sexta-feira, 23 de setembro de 2016

RWANDAIR - A330-200 - F-WWKS

Alain Charpentier - TLS

WestJet signs multi-year contract with Suncor

WestJet (WS, Calgary) has secured a multi-year contract with Suncor Energy (Calgary) to fly its employees and contractors to the company’s oil sands operations in Alberta, the Canadian carrier said in a press release. The deal comes into effect this November and includes more than a hundred weekly flights.

As part of the contract, the airline will operate a mix of Next-Generation 737s, as well as Dash 8-400s from its low cost arm WestJet Encore (WR, Calgary) between Edmonton Int'l, Calgary, Vancouver Int'l, Kelowna, Saskatoon and Fort McMurray.

WestJet operates a fleet of 117 aircraft including thirteen B737-600s, fifty-seven B737-700s, fourty-three B737-800s and four B767-300(ER)s. Its low cost subsidiary WestJet Encore maintains flights with thirty-one Q400s.
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JetBlue becomes launch customer of Airbus’ Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer solution

JetBlue has become the launch customer for the first module of Airbus’ “Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer”, following a successful prototyping and demonstration of value. This application, focusing on Long Term Planning, is part of the Airbus Smarter FleetTM solutions.

The Long Term Planning module will help decrease maintenance costs through the optimization of scheduled maintenance events at fleet, aircraft and single task level. Thanks to world class optimization algorithms, JetBlue planners will be able to instantly compute the best schedules for a fleet of 200+ aircraft over a 5 year horizon, while targeting strategic business objectives.

Tony Lowery, Vice President of Technical Operations for JetBlue, said: “Our transformation to a planning-led organization requires state-of-the-art technology and tools. Airbus Smarter FleetTM places us at the leading edge in planning technology, allowing JetBlue to manage one of our biggest cost drivers on a longer horizon with greater fidelity. I could not be more pleased with our partnership with Airbus and this product.

Airbus is committed to Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer’s benefits and will progressively expand to additional modules for scheduled maintenance processes, leveraging increasing Airbus Smarter FleetTM platform capabilities.

Airbus, through “Services by Airbus”, offers end-to-end fleet lifecycle solutions for all its customers. The portfolio ranges from stand-alone services to the most complete integrated solutions, including: Flight Hour & Tailored Support packages; upgrades; training; e-solutions, engineering and maintenance; flight operations; Air Traffic Management; and material management services. Together these enhance aircraft competitiveness by continuously adapting to customers' evolving needs. With more than 40 years of experience in the aircraft industry and a worldwide network of more than 2,500 professionals, customers benefit from the unique expertise and capabilities from Airbus and its affiliated family companies. Airbus Smarter FleetTM is a trademark of Airbus.
Photo:Duncan Stewart - LAX

Hawaiian Airlines considering Europe flights with A330neos

Hawaiian Airlines (HA, Honolulu) Is studying the possibility of introducing nonstop flights to Europe with some of the six A330-800neo aircraft it has on order. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Dunkerley said that while the carrier is interested in potential flights from Honolulu to London, it is yet to look into whether the aircraft could provide the required range to operate the service.

Hawaiian Airlines utilises its twenty-three A330-200s and seven B767-300(ER)s on longhaul routes to Asia, Australia, New Zealand and across the US. The first deliveries of the A330-800neos are not expected until 2019. Next year the carrier will receive its first of sixteen ordered A321neos, which will be utilised on routes to the US West Coast in order to free up the A330-200s for flights to Asia. Dunkerley says that while the airline has made some inquiries into the A380-800, they were mainly for informational purposes.
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Duncan Stewart - LAX

The US carrier is currently looking into adding about half a dozen new routes, Dunkerley told Bloomberg. They include points on the US East Coast, as well as Canada. In Asia, the carrier sees potential for additional flights to China and more services could be added to Austra

Air Tanzania adds maiden Q400

Air Tanzania (TC, Dar-es-Salaam) has taken delivery of the first of two Dash 8-400s it has on order from Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau). Owned by the Tanzanian government, C-FIFG (cn 4495) will be transferred to the local registry over the coming days before starting commercial services.
The airline’s acting managing director Patrick Itule previously said the Q400s' arrival will herald a dramatic expansion in the state-owned carrier's network from Dar-es-Salaam which currently consists of Kigoma and Moroni Int'l. Alongside Air Tanzania's only aircraft, an eighteen year-old Dash 8-300, the two Q400s will be used to gradually roll out service to: Dodoma; Mwanza; Arusha; Mbeya; Tabora; Kilimanjaro; Zanzibar; Pemba Wawi; and Bukoba.

As previously reported, the Tanzanian government also plans to acquire a CS300, although no delivery date, or any confirmation that it would be placed with Air Tanzania, has been given.
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Air Algérie commenced flights from Algiers to Budapest on 15 September.

The 1,777-kilometre sector, which will be flown on the airline’s 737-600s according to OAG schedules, will be operated by the carrier twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) facing no direct competition. Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport, said of the carrier’s arrival: “It’s always a great pleasure to welcome a new airline partner, especially one which adds such an attractive destination to our route network. Air Algérie’s service further enhances our links to North Africa, and the carrier re-joins us during another year which see us continuing to outperform most European markets.” As stated by Lammers, this link further enhances the airport’s ties to North Africa. Budapest is already connected to Cairo and Hurghada in Egypt, while Tunisair links the Hungarian capital to Monastir. For the airline, Budapest becomes its #32 route to Europe from Algiers.

Air India schedules Madrid launch in Dec 2016

Air India in this week’s schedule update has filed operational schedule for Delhi – Madrid route, as the airline plans 3 weekly operation. Using Boeing 787-8 aircraft, this route will commence on 01DEC16.
AI135 DEL1425 – 2020MAD 788 246
AI136 MAD2150 – 1110+1DEL 788 246
Jim Liu - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline

    Russia's Nordwind Airlines secures UN charter contract

    Nordwind Airlines (N4, Moscow Sheremetyevo) has begun operating one of its B737-800, VP-BOW (msn 30040), on behalf of the United Nations after securing a one-year contract, the portal reports. The aircraft will be based at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta and has received a UN billboard livery.
    According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gennady Vani, the airline applied for the contract in order to utilise the aircraft during the slower winter months, when there is lower demand. The carrier has previously worked with the UN in November 2012 when it operated a number of flights transporting UN peacekeeping personnel to Syria.
    Nordwind Airlines’ fleet is made up of ten aircraft, including four A321-200, two B737-800s, one B767-300(ER) and three B777-200(ER)s
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    S7 Group to lease nine B737 MAX from ALC

    Russia's S7 Group has signed an agreement with US-based Air Lease Corporation for the lease of nine B737 MAX, to be operated by its Globus (GH, Novosibirsk) unit. A company spokesperson confirmed to the Vedomosti business daily that the carrier will become the launch customer of the type in Russia.
    Deliveries are expected to start from September 2018.
    Globus operates nineteen B737-800s on regular passenger flights throughout Russia as well as to Germany, Italy, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Hong Kong, China, Croatia, Montenegro, Moldova, and Armenia for and on behalf of its S7 Airlines (S7, Novosibirsk) parent.
    Photo:Pedro Filipe - Duss

    American Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, its latest next generation widebody aircraft.

    The airframer delivered the aircraft to the Fort Worth-based carrier from its final assembly line in Charleston, South Carolina, on 13 September, shows. The Flight Fleets Analyzer shows it has registration N820AL and MSN 40639.

    American Airlines
    American will debut its new premium economy class on the 787-9. The cabin will have 21 seats in a two-three-two configuration.
    American Airlines
    The aircraft is configured with 285 seats, including 30 business class, the 21 premium economy, 27 extra-legroom economy and 207 economy seats.
    The 787-9 will enter service on 4 October operating American flight 50 from Dallas/Fort Worth to London Heathrow, a spokesman says. It will operate domestically between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles from 6 October through 3 November before being placed on flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and both Buenos Aires and Madrid from 4 November.
    American has firm orders for 21 more 787-9s with three due this year, Fleets Analyzer shows. It operates 17 787-8s with three firm orders.

    Ukraine International Airlines to add eight aircraft in 2017

    Ukraine International Airlines (PS, Kiev Boryspil) plans to add eight Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) aircraft to its fleet in 2017 to support its growth strategy, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Yuri Miroshnikov has told the Interfax news agency in an interview.

    The decision comes following the delivery of eight B737-800 this year, with another aircraft of the same type to join the fleet by the end of 2016. The jets have been used to increase frequencies on popular routes and launch new destinations.

    The Ukrainian carrier is now considering entering the Canadian market in 2018, a year ahead of initial plans. However, Miroshnikov concedes that in order to offset the route’s high seasonality, the airline must resume flights to east-bound markets such as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran and has appealed to Ukrainian regulators to make this possible. Growth on this front is being hampered by Russia’s decision last year to block off its airspace to all Ukrainian carriers in a tit-for-tat move. Furthermore, the airline was recently forced to indefinitely postpone the resumption of scheduled services linking its Kiev Boryspil hub with Ashgabat due to issues with the bilateral air service agreement between the two countries.

    UIA currently operates a fleet of thirty-nine aircraft, including three B737-300s, one B737-300(F), six B737-500s, sixteen B737-800s, four B737-900(ER)s and B767-300(ER)s each, as well as five EMB-190s. Its network covers sixty destinations across Europe, Asia and North America.
    Photo:Alain Charpentier- TLS

    quinta-feira, 22 de setembro de 2016

    JAPAN AIRLINES - B767-300 - JA610J

    Japan Airlines

    SKY WORK - SAAB2000 - HB-IZD - New Livery


    Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787 international service in Oct 2016

    Uzbekistan Airways in today’s schedule update (22SEP16) filed planned Boeing 787-8 operations in October 2016. At time this post goes to press, planned Boeing 787-8 service for international routes in October 2016 as follow.

    Tashkent – Dubai 05OCT16 – 24OCT16 Day 36
    Tashkent – Sharjah 02OCT16 / 04OCT16 / 11OCT16
    Tashkent – Tel Aviv 17OCT16 – 24OCT16 Day 1
    Additional changes remain highly possible.
    Jim Liu  - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline

    Eurowings expands Salzburg operation in S17

    Eurowings this past week has rolled out planned summer 2017 operation for its new Salzburg base, including the launch of 5 new routes.

    eff 26MAR17 Salzburg – Palma Mallorca 2 weekly (Day 47)

    eff 27MAR17 Salzburg – Dubrovnik 1 weekly (Day 4)

    eff 28MAR17 Salzburg – Split 1 weekly (Day 6)

    eff 28MAR17 Salzburg – Thessaloniki 2 weekly (Day 26)

    eff 29MAR17 Salzburg – Olbia 1 weekly (Day 6)

    Eurowings’ new Salzburg service from Dec 2016/Jan 2017 will be maintained in summer 2017 season, on/after 26MAR17, including:

    Salzburg – Brussels 4 weekly (Day x246)

    Salzburg – Geneva 3 weekly (Day 246)

    Salzburg – Hamburg Increase from 2 to 4 weekly (Day x136)

    Salzburg – Paris CDG Reduce from 5 to 4 weekly (Day x246)

    Salzburg – Zurich Reduce from 6 to 4 weekly (Day x246)

    Frequency comparison is based on S17 vs W16.
    Jim Liu - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline
    Photo:Pedro Filipe - Duss

    Zoom Air adds first aircraft

    Zoom Air (India) (Delhi Int'l) has added its first aircraft, a Bombardier CRJ-200, to its fleet. According to the start-up, the jet will enter into service this month. The airline plans to maintain operations with five CRJ-200LRs out of Delhi Int'l.

    Under its previous incarnation as Zexus Air (Delhi Int'l), the full-service start-up was able to secure its No Objection Certificates (NOC) from the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation but reportedly failed in its attempt to secure an Air Operators Permit (AOP) from the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

    Zoom Air reportedly plans to offer flights to Aurangabad, Aizawl, Chandigarh, Dharamsala, Durgapur, Dimapur, Jorhat, Kulu, Shillong, Mumbai Int'l, Ranchi, Kolkata, Hyderabad Int'l, Srinagar, and Lucknow initially.
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    S7 Airlines outlines E170 operations in S17

    oneWorld member S7 Airlines in recent schedule update has filed planned Embraer E170 schedule, tentatively planned for Late-March 2017 launch from Moscow and Novosibirsk. Planned operation with the 78-seater aircraft, based on OAG Schedules Analyser listing, as follow.

    Moscow Domodedovo – Nizhniy Novgorod 1 daily

    Moscow Domodedovo – Voronezh 2 daily

    Novosibirsk – Almaty 1 daily

    Novosibirsk – Bishkek 1 daily

    Novosibirsk – Chita 4 weekly (Day x245)

    Novosibirsk – Ulan-Ude 2 weekly (Day 26 / Day 37 from UUD)

    Planned E170 operations remain subject to change.
    Jim Liu - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline

    Ryanair plans additional new UK routes in 2017

    Ryanair yesterday (21SEP16) has announced a number of planned new routes from UK in 2017. Included in yesterday’s announcement, the airline plans to launch new routes from Aberdeen, Cardiff and Newquay. Planned operation as follow.

    Aberdeen – Alicante eff 09FEB17 2 weekly (Day 47)

    Aberdeen – Faro eff 02MAY17 2 weekly (Day 26)

    Aberdeen – Malaga eff 08FEB17 2 weekly (Day 36; Day 47 from 30MAR17)

    Cardiff – Faro eff 27MAR17 2 weekly (Day 15)

    Newquay – Faro eff 28MAR17 2 weekly (Day 26)
    Jim Liu - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline
    Photo:Ton Jochems - AMS

    South African planned A330-300 operations as of 22SEP16

    South African Airways in recent weeks has made additional adjustment to planned Airbus A330-300 operation, scheduled to enter service in December 2016. Latest update sees minor changes to Northern summer 2017 operations. As of 22SEP16, planned A330-300 service entry as follow.

    eff 01DEC16 Johannesburg – Lagos 1 daily
    eff 01JAN17 Johannesburg – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 6 weekly, 7 weekly from 04APR17
    eff 02FEB17 Johannesburg – Dakar – Washington Dulles 3 weekly
    eff 01APR17 Johannesburg – Munich Alternating days. A330-300 will operate 3 weekly from 06JUN17 instead of daily, based on recent update
    eff 02JUN17 Johannesburg – Accra – Washington Dulles 4 weekly

    Jim Liu - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline

    Sichuan Airlines to Add 4 A350-900s into Its Fleet

    Sichuan Airlines has signed an agreement to lease three A350-900s from AerCap and one from Air Lease Corp, the airline said on Monday.

    On the same day, Sichuan Airlines and Airbus signed a strategic agreement to ensure the smooth delivery and operations of the airline's A350.

    The Chengdu-based carrier, which is owned by the Sichuan provincial government in southwestern China, is due to take delivery of its first A350-900 aircraft in 2017. The airline plans to use the aircraft to expand its North American services.

    The deal will support the airline's international expansion and improve its competitiveness in the long-haul market.

    The A350 XWB is Airbus' all-new family of widebody aircraft that is shaping the future of medium- to long-haul airline operations - overcoming the challenges of volatile fuel prices, matching rising passenger expectations and addressing increasing environmental concerns. The A350 XWB is setting 

    a new standard of efficiency in its class, with 25 percent lower fuel consumption compared to its current aluminium long-range competitors. It also provides superior passenger comfort, with more personal space and 18-inch wide seats as standard in economy.

    In recent two years, the airline has stepped up expanding its international business and has launched services to Moscow, Dubai, Tokyo, Osaka and Prague, with its new Los Angeles service coming soon.
    Joy Wong, China Aviation Daily / Photo:Ton Jochems - PRG

    Virgin Australia looks for Perth promise for long-haul

    The new Virgin Australia service between Perth and Abu Dhabi will also open additional connection options for passengers travelling to and from the capital of Western Australia, with direct connections to 23 European, 15 Middle East and 10 African destinations.

    Virgin Australia is to debut its Airbus A330-200 on its first long-haul international missions from June 2017 when it introduces a three times weekly link between Perth and Abu Dhabi. Subject to regulatory approvals, the flight will operate in conjunction with its equity partner Etihad Airways and complement the UAE national carrier’s existing daily service on the city pair.

    “Our A330 aircraft will be deployed on a long-haul international route for the first time on flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi, which increases the number of services offered on the route from seven to 10 per week through our alliance with Etihad Airways,” confirmed John Borghetti, chief executive officer, Virgin Australia.

    As part of the Perth expansion, Virgin Australia will cease its existing three times weekly Sydney - Abu Dhabi flights from February 4, 2017, although Etihad will boost its own schedule from 11 to 14 weekly flights by adding additional morning departures from Abu Dhabi and afternoon departure from Sydney on its EY450 and EY451 services.

    The combined impact of the additional Sydney capacity and Virgin Australia’s Perth shift will boost codeshare flights between the two airlines to 45 weekly rotations. “Australia is a critical part of our network, and we will continue to add capacity in order to meet the growing two-way demand for business and leisure travel,” said Peter Baumgartner, chief executive officer, Etihad Airways.

    The new Virgin Australia service between Perth and Abu Dhabi will also open additional connection options for passengers travelling to and from the capital of Western Australia, with direct connections to 23 European, 15 Middle East and 10 African destinations. Newly connected two-way markets for Perth are Athens, Beirut, Geneva, Istanbul, and a number of African destinations including Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Khartoum and Nairobi.
    “Virgin Australia’s announcement is great news for Western Australians, and people wanting to visit our great State,” said Kevin Brown, chief executive officer, Perth Airport. “This new direct service offers greater choice when travelling to Abu Dhabi, either as a final destination or for onward travel to Europe, the Americas and Africa.”

    The close proximity of Terminal 2 (Regional), Terminal 1 (Domestic) and Terminal 1 (International) at Perth Airport will allow Virgin Australia passengers to transfer easily under one roof between regional, domestic and international services and will also open up additional connection options at this end of the route.

    Virgin Australia is also launching a new five times weekly link between Melbourne and Los Angeles from April 4, 2017 using its Boeing 777-300ERs. This route will be facilitated by the closure of the Sydney – Abu Dhabi link and the reduction of Brisbane – Los Angeles schedules from seven to six flights per week from April 7, 2017.

    “The United States is a key market for Virgin Australia and this enables us to service Los Angeles from the three biggest gateways in Australia – Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney,” said Borghetti. “In partnership with Delta Air Lines, we will soon offer 25 services each week from Australia to Los Angeles and remain the only trans-Pacific alliance to offer Business Class guests lie flat beds with direct aisle access on all services.”
    Richard Maslen - Editor, Routesonline  / Photo:Duncan Stewart - LAX

    terça-feira, 20 de setembro de 2016

    IBERIA EXPRESS - A320-200Sharklets- EC-LYE

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    IBERIA - A330-200 - EC-MKI - 70 Years


    Singapore Airlines W16 London aircraft changes as of 20SEP16

    Singapore Airlines has made further changes to planned operational aircraft on Singapore – London Heathrow route, where overall A380 operation being reduced from 14 to 13 weekly. SQ308/321 sees 777-300ER operating instead of A380 on following days:

    07NOV16 – 31JAN17 Day 1
    01FEB17 – 15MAR17 Day 2

    SQ306 SIN0110 – 0720LHR 77W D
    SQ308 SIN0910 – 1520LHR EQV D
    SQ318 SIN1250 – 1900LHR 77W D
    SQ322 SIN2345 – 0555+1LHR 388 D

    SQ305 LHR0915 – 0610+1SIN 77W D
    SQ317 LHR1055 – 0750+1SIN 388 D
    SQ319 LHR2035 – 1730+1SIN 77W D
    SQ321 LHR2205 – 1900+1SIN EQV D

    Jim Liu - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline

    Azores Airlines to expand transatlantic operations with A321neo

    Azores airlines which is fully owned by Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos (SATA) is modernizing its short-haul and transatlantic fleet with the A321neo and by 2019 with the longer range A321LR. The decision follows a growth strategy to expand into new transatlantic routes.

    Azores airlines has been an Airbus customer since 1999 operating seven A310, A320 and A330 Airbus aircrafts across Europe, Canada and North America.

    “Our mission is to bring the Azores to the world and the world to the Azores and we are happy to be investing in the Airbus A321neo aircraft to continue achieving this,” says Paulo Menezes, CEO of SATA Group. “The A321LR passenger comfort, performance, superior range and fuel efficiency match our long haul as well as regional needs. We have a vision of being ever stronger and more competitive in a demanding global world and also of being able to build an airline of excellence that can make its mark in the world of international commercial aviation and gradually and consistently conquer market share and visibility for the brand.”

    "We are very excited about this order which confirms the A321LR as the single aisle aircraft of choice for transatlantic and regional routes,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers. “No other single aisle aircraft can match the A321LR’s performance, fuel efficiency and productivity and with its wider fuselage passengers will also enjoy the most comfortable cabin experience.

    The A321LR, the latest member of the market leading A320neo Family, will be able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm. The A321LR will provide additional flexibility as it will have the longest range of any single aisle airliner, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes and enable airlines to tap into new long haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single aisle aircraft. First deliveries will start in 2019.

    The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. With nearly 4,800 orders received from 87 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

    Airbus innovation at work: 25 years of aircraft family commonality

    The commonality feature of Airbus’ fly-by-wire jetliner families is marking 25 years of operations, providing benefits that range from enhanced fleet deployment, improved efficiency and better scheduling for airlines to greater productivity, proficiency and job satisfaction for pilots.

    Airbus’ A320 was the first fly-by-wire airliner to enter commercial service, providing a cornerstone in the company’s forward-looking approach that brought cockpits and flight controls into the modern era. The commonality results from Airbus’ continuous application of similarities in cockpit layout and functionality – along with shared aircraft handling characteristics and similarity in systems – across its product line of fly-by-wire aircraft.

    Today, Airbus commonality covers everything from the single-aisle A320 Family (composed of the A318, A319, A320 and A321) to the widebody A330, A340, A350 XWB and the double-deck A380.

    Single Fleet Flying: a foundation of Airbus commonality

    Within the twin-engine A320 Family, flight crew members can perform Single Fleet Flying – easily shifting among the various aircraft models, thereby flying multiple versions with the same type rating.

    Advantages of Single Fleet Flying include the optimum use of pilot resources by airlines, reduced training requirements for flight crews as well as related lower costs for airlines, and increased flight opportunities for pilots.

    These benefits extend to the latest A320neo (new engine option) variants as well. The world’s airworthiness authorities have concluded that even with the installation of NEO’s new powerplants, the aircraft can be considered variants of the A320ceo (current engine option) family members – allowing all versions to be operated by pilots with the same A320 type rating.

    Single Fleet Flying also applies within other Airbus product line segments, such as the A330, covering its A330-200 and A330-300 passenger models, the A330-200F freighter…and in the future, the A330neo (new engine option) version.

    And while the long-range A330 and next-generation A350 XWB have different type certificates, their handling characteristics are so similar that they have been granted a Common Type Rating from the airworthiness authorities. To transition from an A330 to the A350 XWB, pilots use laptop-based systems and ground-based trainers, eliminating the mandatory need for expensive full-flight simulators and a full type rating check ride. The pilots can then be assigned to both the A330 and A350 under terms of a single licence endorsement – another example of Single Fleet Flying that results directly from Airbus commonality.

    Cross Crew Qualification, and the advantages of Mixed Fleet Flying

    Commonality also streamlines the requirements in transitioning from one Airbus jetliner product type to another. For instance, an A320-rated pilot who is going to qualify on the very large, four-engine A380 is given shortened ground training courses and only five simulator sessions; whereas pilots without previous Airbus fly-by-wire experience would require more extensive training – both in ground school and with flight simulators.

    This commonality-related aspect within the Airbus product line is called Cross Crew Qualification, and it enhances the opportunities for a pool of multi-qualified pilots to operate, for example, both single-aisle and widebody Airbus airliners in what is referred to as Mixed Fleet Flying.

    Significant cost savings and more flexibility for airlines

    Commonality enables airlines to create a truly integrated fleet management structure, offering flexibility in the scheduling rosters for their crews and improving the utilisation of their aircraft – such as seamlessly bringing in a longer-fuselage A321 on a route where passenger volume has grown beyond the capacity of an A320.

    Gerrit Van Dijk, who works in Technical Marketing - Aircraft Operations for Airbus Customer Affairs, noted that it is not uncommon for a pilot to experience six to eight changes in the aircraft types flown during a career, involving typical retraining costs of $30,000 for each changeover. “Add some 1.5 months of pilot downtime for each change, and it becomes obvious that the combined costs to airlines is several billion dollars every year,” he said. “However, those with Airbus fleets can reduce pilot retraining costs by two-thirds on average.”

    According to Van Dijk, the advantages of commonality not only apply to large main-line carriers with significant aircraft fleets; smaller airlines in particular can benefit from powerful economies of scale that previously were the privilege of big operators. Depending on the mix of fleet and the nature of an airline’s flight operations, annual revenue flying time per pilot may increase by 5-15 percent with Single Fleet Flying and Mixed Fleet Flying, he added.

    A better work environment and more proficiency for pilots

    Pilots appreciate Airbus commonality for the opportunities of a more varied work environment, including the ability to fly on a larger part of an airline’s route network, while enjoying better mobility within their airline and across the job market, Van Dijk explained.

    He cited the example of pilots who alternate long-haul and short-range trips by applying Single Fleet Flying and Mixed Fleet Flying. These flight crew personnel have the possibility to perform more takeoffs and landings for proficiency, while enabling a better work and life balance compared with being assigned only long-haul flying.

    UK Leisure Carrier Jet2 Receives First of 30 Boeing 737-800s

    UK leisure airline Jet2 has taken delivery of the first of 30 Boeing 737-800s it has on order.

    The 189-seat aircraft, which will enter revenue service over the next few weeks, will be followed by the remainder of the 30-strong order over the next two years. The aircraft were ordered in two batches, comprising an order for 27 737-800s that was finalized in September 2015 and a further three that were ordered in December 2015.
    "The 30 new aircraft will support the ongoing growth at and Jet2holidays," the company said. "The aircraft will be operated across the company's nine UK bases and will take package holiday and flight-only customers to sunshine, ski and city destinations."

    Jet2 described the delivery as a major milestone in its growth and development strategy, which will see it open new bases in Birmingham and London Stansted in 2017 and hire almost 1,000 additional pilots, cabin crew and engineers.

    Since launching in 2003, Jet2 has expanded to become the fourth largest UK-registered airline, serving 65 destinations. For the financial year ended March 31, 2016, the group flew over 6 million passengers and revenue rose 15% to EUR1.3 billion (US$1.7 billion).

    Victoria Moores, ATW Daily News

    Qatar Airlines debuts A380 on Sydney route

    Sydney has become Qatar Airways’ first destination in Australia to be served by the A380 aircraft, six months after the route’s inauguration with the Boeing 777-300 on 1 March 2016.

    The 517-seater A380 aircraft increases the airline’s daily capacity by 44 %.

    Qatar Airways group chief executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “From the moment we inaugurated service to Sydney earlier this year, we have been welcomed with open arms.

    “Customers flying to and from Sydney appreciate our global route network and our efficient flight schedules, which save them hours of time on the average itinerary. We are pleased to respond in kind, with the introduction of the A380 service to Sydney, offering 517 seats per flight.

    “Qatar Airways brings travellers from Australia to more destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa than any other airline serving Australia today. Australia is one of the main hubs of the business world in Asia Pacific, with many passengers flying worldwide for business and leisure. What better way to serve travellers from this key destination than to introduce our iconic A380 to the country, starting with the nation’s biggest hub, Sydney.”

    Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather added: “We’re thrilled that Qatar Airways has upgauged to an A380 within six months of the airline’s launch in Sydney, which is testament to their early success and strong loads.

    “Qatar Airways’ Doha-Sydney service already generates an estimated 3,000 jobs and contributes more than $240 million to the economy per year, plus it provides passengers with more choice and connectivity.

    “Sydney Airport estimates that Qatar Airways’ A380 will deliver an incremental $78 million in inbound visitor expenditure annually to Australia, supporting the federal government’s target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020. On behalf of Sydney Airport, I’d like to congratulate Qatar Airways on this significant milestone and wish them continued success on the route.
    Simon Fillmore
    Photo:FPP - LHR

    segunda-feira, 19 de setembro de 2016


    Ton Jochems - LEJ


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    Paul Bannwarth

    Honduras's EasySky adds maiden Bombardier twinjet

    EasySky (EKY, Tegucigalpa) has added a maiden Bombardier CRJ-100 to its fleet in the form of N713AV (cn 7033) Skyliner Aviation has reported.

    The ex-Ibex Airlines (FW, Sendai) twinjet arrived in Tegucigalpa earlier this month and is awaiting transfer to the Honduran registry before being deployed into service.

    A passenger charter carrier, EasySky also operates two B737-500s as well as B737-200s wet-leased from sister carrier Global Air (DMJ, México City). It organizes scheduled charters between Tegucigalpa and Roatán domestically and internationally to Havana Int'l, Cuba, Caracas Simón Bolivar, Venezuela, and Toluca and Cancún in Mexico.
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    ViaAir secures Greenbrier EAS contract

    ViaAir (VC, Orlando Int'l) has been selected as the new Essential Air Service (EAS) provider at Lewisburg (which serves Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs in West Virgina) by the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

    Under the terms of its contract, which runs from October 1, 2016, through to November 30, 2018, ViaAir will operate a 12x weekly non-stop return service between Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs and Charlotte using 50-seat ERJ-145 aircraft. The total annual subsidy allocated is USD4.73 million.

    The DOT issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) in March this year and received offers from ADI Aerodynamics (4A, Pontiac), Boutique Air (4B, San Francisco, CA), Corporate Flight Management (LF, Smyrna), Silver Airways (3M, Fort Lauderdale Int'l), and Southern Airways Express (9X, Memphis Int'l), in addition to ViaAir.

    Incumbent operator Silver Airways retendered for the contract and although its proposal was the only one that contained an interline agreement with a larger air carrier, the DOT says it encountered stiff resistance from Greenbrier town council which accused it of "poor performance."

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    Singapore Airlines to begin A380 retirements in 4Q2017

    Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) has announced it will not be renewing the lease on its first A380-800 - 9V-SKA (cn 003) - once it expires in October 2017.

    The Singaporean carrier said in a statement that the aircraft would be returned to its lessor as part of a regular review of its fleet requirements.
    Singapore Airlines has a further four aircraft of the type, from the same era, whose leases are due to expire in the coming months. A decision concerning their fate has yet to be made, the carrier added.
    In total, Singapore Airlines operates nineteen A380-800s the bulk of which are owned outright by the airline. The remainder are shared between DS Aviation (four), WealthCap (three), Hannover Leasing (one), and Doric Asset Finance (one). Singapore Airlines firmed up purchase rights to the last five A380s it has on order from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) in October 2012.
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    FlyBe adds London – Dusseldorf route in W16

    FlyBe in winter 2016/17 season is adding new service to Germany, with scheduled operations on London City – Dusseldorf route. From 31OCT16, the airline will offer 3 flights on weekdays, 1 on weekends. This route is operated by Dash8-Q400 aircraft.
    BE1401 LCY0825 – 1055DUS DH4 x7
    BE1405 LCY1505 – 1735DUS DH4 x67
    BE1410 LCY1805 – 2035DUS DH4 x6

    BE1400 DUS0650 – 0720LCY DH4 x7
    BE1404 DUS1405 – 1435LCY DH4 x67
    BE1409 DUS1750 – 1820LCY DH4 7
    BE1409 DUS1820 – 1850LCY DH4 x67
    Jim Liu - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline
    Photo:Pedro Filipe - Duss

    AeroMexico outlines Boeing 787-9 operations from Nov 2016

    Jim Liu - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline

    AeroMexico in last week’s schedule update has opened reservation for Boeing 787-9 service, scheduled to enter operation in November 2016. Planned 787-9 operation, configured in C36Y238, as follow.
    Mexico City – Madrid
    eff 06JAN17 AM001/002 service, 1 daily

    Mexico City – New York JFK
    04DEC16 – 25MAR17 AM408/409 service, selected dates

    Mexico City – Paris CDG AM003/004 service
    18NOV16 – 17DEC16 Selected days
    eff 18DEC16 1 daily

    Mexico City – Tijuana
    26NOV16 – 04JAN17 Selected dates on AM170/185

    Spirit Airlines receives its first U.S.-produced Airbus aircraft

    Airbus delivers the new A321 to 140 Spirit employees at ceremony in Mobile, Ala.

    The first delivery of an A321 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Spirit Airlines took place today in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Spirit Airlines, 140 Spirit Airlines employees, and the 350 Airbus employees at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility.

    “Many years ago, Spirit recognized that Airbus was the right partner to provide the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft, which allowed them to become a leading Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the U.S.,” said Bob Lekites, Executive Vice President-Customers, Airbus Americas. “It’s been a successful partnership, and this aircraft — the first to be produced for Spirit in Mobile and the U.S.A — will hold a special place in our memories as we go forward. It’s truly a great milestone.”

    “This is an exciting day for Spirit Airlines,” said Bob Fornaro, President and CEO of Spirit Airlines. “Our Fit Fleet is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the industry and we’re thrilled to add our first American-made aircraft to the Spirit family. Spirit’s all-Airbus fleet helps us maintain an efficient, streamlined operation, allowing the company to save on costs and provide customers with ultra-low fares.”

    Airbus announced its commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in 2012, and less than one year later, broke ground on the $600 million facility. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant took place in September 2015. The aircraft delivered today is the 10th aircraft delivered from Mobile.

    Airbus anticipates delivering four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the end of 2017. The initial deliveries will all be A320 Family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.

    In addition to hundreds of new Airbus jobs the project has brought to the local community, the Mobile area has seen many Airbus suppliers open new facilities in the region, providing even more employment and a parallel boost to the local economy. Airbus is proud that 87 percent of its new employees are from the Gulf Coast region, with nearly one third being U.S. military veterans.

    Demonstrating the adage “The Sun Never Sets on Airbus Manufacturing” – Airbus aircraft are now produced around the clock, 24 hours a day, at facilities in: Mobile, Alabama; Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin, China.

    sábado, 17 de setembro de 2016

    AIR ASIA - A320-251n(WL) - 9M-NEO (cn 7236) - Fly on our first A320neo! Inaugural flight of AirAsia first A320neo to Kota Kinabalu. Now wearing special NEO liver

    Ahmad Sallehuddin A.Sahak 
    Kota Kinabalu - International (BKI / WBKK) , Malaysia


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