sábado, 18 de abril de 2015

AIR INDIA - B787-8 - VT-ANU - First B787 Star Alliance colours

Simon Boddy - LHR

New colours AIR EUROPA: ERJ-195 - EC-KYP

Flynews

Third QATAR AIRWAYS - A350-900 F-WZFD c/n 009 - To be A7-ALC


Alain Charpentier - TLS1 QATA

VIVA AEROBUS - A320-200 Sharklets - F-WWIY


Alain Charpentier - TLS

WINGS AIR - ATR-72-600 - F-WWEW

Alain Charpentier - TLS

QANTAS CELEBRATES 80 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

Qantas today celebrates 80 years of operating international flights in what is already a landmark year for the Qantas International business.
On April 17 1935 Qantas operated Australia’s first international passenger flight from Brisbane to Singapore, carrying two paying customers on a DH86 aircraft. Eight decades later Qantas passengers enjoy an international network that services every continent, spanning a network of more than 250 destinations in over 60 countries.
Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said Qantas had helped shape the global aviation industry, driving higher standards in safety, technology, product and service.
“Qantas has led many innovations that have seen air travel become safer, more comfortable and more efficient than ever before,” Mr Joyce said.
“We have seen journeys that used to take three and half days shrink to less than eight hours and aircraft go from carrying a handful of passengers to 300.
“Over the past eight decades, Qantas has invented business class travel, operated the first dual hemisphere round the world service and flown the longest non-stop commercial route with the world’s largest aircraft.
“Today Qantas International is strong, profitable and positioned for growth. It is earning its highest customer satisfaction levels on record; achieving greater efficiency through smarter fleet utilisation; and strengthening its partnerships with airlines in key markets.
“The global reputation for excellence that Qantas has today is a tribute to the hard work of tens of thousands of Qantas employees over eight decades, from pilots, cabin crew and ground handlers to engineers, sales people and corporate managers.
“Our people built Qantas international into the iconic, global airline it is today. And it’s our people who are taking Qantas forward into the future,” added Mr Joyce.
To mark the 80th anniversary of Qantas’ inaugural international flight, customers travelling on today’s QF51 from Brisbane to Singapore were greeted with a Merlion dance and celebratory balloons and cakes at the departure gate. A special decal has been fitted to the A330 that will operate the flight.
As the world’s oldest continually operating airline Qantas will this year celebrate its 95th birthday, marking the start of domestic flights in Australia 15 years before it started flying internationally.
Qantas International then and now:
Then


• At the time of Qantas’ first international service Qantas had 5 DH86 aircraft that were capable of flying internationally.


• Qantas charged 117 pounds, (roughly $3200 in today’s terms) for its first international service.


• Qantas’ first international flight from Brisbane to Singapore had the capability to carry five passengers.


• Qantas’s first international service from Brisbane to Singapore took three and a half days with overnight stops at Cloncurry, Darwin and Rambang.


• No cabin crew were carried on the first international services operated by the DH86 aircraft. The First Officer handed out drinks and sandwiches prepared on the ground although the passengers usually chose to eat meals at one of the many fuel and overnight rest stops along the way.


• Qantas’ first flight carried only two paying commercial passengers, a major in the Queen’s Coldstream Guards and Lady Mountbatten, a glamourous aristocrat who went on to become the last Vicereine of British India.


• The Qantas International fleet now includes 34 aircraft, including 12 A380s, 12 B747s and 10 A330s.

• A return airfare between Brisbane and Singapore today starts from approximately $1054. International fares have dropped by up to 30% over the past 10 years.

• Qantas flights from Brisbane to Singapore carry approximately 300 passengers (60 times more people than Qantas’ first international flight was capable of carrying).

• Qantas’ Brisbane-Singapore service is now a non-stop service that takes less than eight hours.

• Qantas international flights now provide restaurant style experiences in the sky with multiple courses.

• Qantas remains popular with celebrities, with recent high profile customers including Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to the Dalai Lama, Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge.

• Today Qantas passengers enjoy an international network that services every continent, spanning a network of more than 250 destinations in over 60 countries.

Qantas International Milestones:

• 17 April 1935 - First Qantas international passenger flight arrived in Singapore from Brisbane. Qantas operated DH86 aircraft to and from Singapore where passengers connected with Imperial Airways flights to India, the Middle East and Europe.

• 4 August 1938 – Inaugural Empire flying boat service from Rose Bay, Sydney to Singapore. Rose Bay becomes Sydney’s first international airport.

• 10 July 1943 – The first ‘Double Sunrise’ Catalina flight departs Perth for Ceylon (Sri Lanka). This remains the longest scheduled passenger service in the world by elapsed time. It was also the longest non-stop flight by distance at the time and the only regular wartime air link to Australia.
• 17 June 1944 – Qantas begins flying Liberator aircraft between Perth and Ceylon. This new ‘Kangaroo Service’ was the first use of the iconic kangaroo logo on a Qantas aircraft.

• 1 December 1947 – First all-Qantas Kangaroo Route service from Sydney to London with the Lockheed Constellation.

• 29 June 1949 – Qantas services between Hong Kong and Sydney commence using DC4 aircraft.

• 1 September 1952 – Inaugural Qantas service to Johannesburg, South Africa via Indian Ocean.

• 15 May 1954 – First Qantas Trans-Pacific service from Sydney to San Francisco and Vancouver via Fiji and Hawaii using Super Constellation aircraft.

• 14-20 January 1958 – Qantas began the first scheduled round-the-world service via both hemispheres with Super Constellations.

• 29 July 1959 – First Qantas Boeing 707 jet service departed Sydney for San Francisco via Fiji and Hawaii. This was also the first Trans-Pacific jet service.

• 3 October 1961 – First Qantas service to New Zealand using Lockheed Electra aircraft.

• 17 September 1971 – Qantas Boeing 747 services begin on the Kangaroo Route to London via Singapore. By the late 1970s Qantas operated an all-747 fleet.

• September 1979 – Qantas is the first airline to introduce Business Class travel.

• 16-17 August 1989 – The first Qantas Boeing 747-400 arrives in Australia after a record-breaking non-stop flight from London to Sydney.

• 24 October 2008 – First Qantas A380 service from Melbourne to Los Angeles.

• 16 May 2011 – Qantas services from Sydney to Dallas begin. This is now the longest non-stop scheduled air route in the world.

• 26 March 2012 – Inaugural Qantas service to Santiago, Chile.

• 31 March 2013 – Qantas-Emirates partnership begins with Kangaroo Route service via Dubai.





sexta-feira, 17 de abril de 2015

ALASKA HORIZON - DHC8-Q400 - N452QX


Duncan Stewart - LAX

AIR INDIA - ATR-72-600 - F-WWEV


Alain Charpentier - TLS

TRANSAVIA (GOL) - B737-800W - PH-GUB

Ton Jochems - AMS

CSA - A319-100 - OK-NEP

Ton Jochems - AMS

NORWEGIAN - B787-8 - EI-LNE

Ton Jochems - OSL

ANA Unveils Star Wars™ R2-D2 Livery for 787-9 Dreamliner Aircraft The First and Only Passenger Aircraft to Feature a Star Wars Character



ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, April 16, 2015 - All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced today it will introduce Star Wars livery, with the iconic R2-D2, on its newest aircraft 787-9 Dreamliner to mark the beginning of a five-year ANA Star Wars™ Project and agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.* This marks the first time a Star Wars character will appear on the exterior of a commercial aircraft. The R2-D2 design was unveiled to Star Wars fans today at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, just months prior to the character’s appearance on international flights** in autumn of this year.


The Star Wars livery is in line with ANA’s strategy to further enhance its international presence. Last spring, the carrier significantly expanded its international flight network from Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo. With demand increasing around the world for flights to Japan and routes linking the United States with Asia, ANA is committed to raising the profile of the ANA brand in the global market through innovative partnerships and branding opportunities. The partnership with Star Wars, beloved by audiences in Japan and around the globe, is a perfect match as Japan’s largest airline seeks to connect travelers around the world through this project.


"We’re excited to be involved in this collaboration with ANA, one of the world's leading 5-star airlines,” said Kayleen Walters, Vice President, Marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd. “We’re proud of the innovative R2-D2 design, and we look forward to witnessing the first-ever flight of a passenger aircraft featuring a Star Wars character. We’re confident that Star Wars fans around the world will absolutely love this design."


"ANA boasts an extensive international network, along with convenient connections between the U.S. and a wide variety of destinations throughout Asia,” said Takashi Shiki, ANA Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Although it’s a lofty goal, we hope that like Star Wars, ANA will become well known and loved across all borders and generations. The R2-D2 motif works well with ANA’s blue logo design on the aircraft’s fuselage, and many people associate R2-D2 with competent and reliable service-also hallmarks of ANA’s 5-star service. We are particularly delighted to introduce this collaboration now as we prepare to launch our new international service from Tokyo to Houston in June, making it our 10th North American destination. Through the introduction of the new Star Wars livery we hope to welcome more passengers from around the world to experience ANA as the Inspiration of Japan."


ANA also launched its special website featuring the Star Wars collaboration. For more information on the ANA Star Wars Project, please visit: http://www.ana-sw.com


* ANA Star Wars Project is a five-year agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. in Japan and spanning from 2015 to 2020
** Routes and flights operated by the aircraft with Star Wars livery have not been determined

 






Sun Express Deutschland to start Austrian flights this autumn

Photo:Paul Bannwarth - TFS

Sun Express Deutschland is set to make its Austrian début later this autumn ch-aviation schedule data has revealed. The Sun Express subsidiary, which specializes in leisure flights, will operate a weekly B737-800 service from Vienna to Marrakech in Morocco beginning October 15.

Jet2 to lease an A320 from Titan Airways this summer

Jet2 will damp-lease an A320-200 from UK ACMI/charter specialist Titan Airways (ZT, London Stansted) covering a five-month period this summer. 

From the beginning of May to the end of September, G-POWM (cn 2564) will be based out of Glasgow Int'l where it will be used to provide additional capacity on Jet2's flights to Spain and Portugal. For the duration of the contract, the aircraft will be configured with 180 standard leather seats.

Asiana Plane Smashes Antenna in Japan Runway Undershoot



An Asiana Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft is seen with its evacuation slides deployed after it smashed into a communications antenna at Japan's Hiroshima airport on April 15, 2015 (AFP Photo/)

An Asiana Airlines plane smashed into a communications antenna as it came in to land at a Japanese airport, footage showed Wednesday, injuring 27 people in an accident with echoes of the Korean airline's fatal 2013 crash in San Francisco.

Aerial footage from Hiroshima airport in western Japan showed the localiser -- a large gate-like structure, six metres (20 feet) high that sits around 300 metres from the start of the runway -- splintered, with debris spread towards the landing strip.

Sets of wheel marks were visible on the grass area in front of the runway, while large fragments of the localiser -- part of the instrument landing system -- were on the tarmac.

Several hundred metres away, skid marks showed the Airbus A320 had careered off the runway Tuesday and rotated more than 90 degrees.

What appeared to be a chunk of the localiser was seen dangling from one wing and emergency escape chutes were deployed.

Those on board flight OZ162 from Incheon, near Seoul, to Hiroshima, spoke of terror and confusion.

"There was smoke coming out and some of the oxygen masks fell down. Cabin attendants were in such a panic and I thought 'We are going to die'," a woman told Japanese networks late Tuesday, adding some people were bleeding.

A man wearing a neck brace said he "saw flames, and smoke filled the plane".

All 73 passengers and eight crew evacuated safely but 27 people were injured, Japanese officials said.

Hiroshima police have started an on-site investigation on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in injuries, Jiji Press said.

The airport is equipped with a sophisticated landing system, which can provide full assistance on direction and altitude when planes approach from the west, it said.

But the Asiana plane was approaching from the east because of wind direction, preventing the pilot -- reportedly a veteran from South Korea -- from being able to make full use of the system, media said.

The South Korean carrier said 18 passengers -- 14 Japanese, two Koreans and two Chinese -- had been hurt. Only one of them had to stay overnight in hospital. There was no explanation for the discrepancy between Asiana and Japanese authorities.

When the A380 performed its maiden flight 10 years ago this month, it was clear that Airbus was once again shaping the future of air transportation. A decade later, the company’s vision and passion for aviation are keeping the A380 at the forefront – providing a very large jetliner that is more than ever meeting passengers’ changing expectations and matching the evolving trends in air traffic, while generating significant revenue for its operators. This is best illustrated by airlines’ current use of the A380 on nearly 100 routes to some 45 destinations, linking major airports, accommodating growing traffic on intense regional segments, connecting hubs to key city destinations and serving busy domestic flights. On certain routes, A380s are operated on multiple frequencies – up to seven per day. The A380’s unrivalled interior volume enables operators to choose the cabin configuration that meets the needs of their specific routes and passenger preferences. As an example, many airlines are incorporating a Premium Economy cabin, adding higher-revenue economy class seating while maintaining equivalent overall passenger count totals. As a result, airlines are able to boost the average passenger yield and generate approximately $13 million in additional revenue annually for each of their A380s, according to Frank Vermeire, the Head of A380 Marketing at Airbus. Airbus also is offering an 11-abreast Budget Economy class layout, which retains Airbus’ comfort standard with 18-inch-wide seats. "But we aren’t stopping here, as we have some new cabin innovations that allow even more optimisation of the cabin space, thereby allowing us to add additional business and premium economy seats,” Vermeire added. “The new higher seat count configuration, together with the increase in yield, will generate up to $20 million each year in additional revenues per A380.” The A380’s cabin enables further enhancements of first and business class offerings as well, including private three-room suites for the most discerning travellers, while higher density arrangements for the A380 also are possible – with one airline announcing a two-class 600-seat configuration. In developing the A380, teams at Airbus set their sights high from the design and technology point of view, introducing innovations literally from nose to tail. This includes the Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) for enhanced safety during landing, and the AFDX® backbone network technology for on-board data exchange – both of which are used on the A350 XWB, and have become recognised industry benchmarks. Airbus began its “Love at First Flight” marketing outreach in 2011, capturing passengers’ emotions after the initial A380 experience, a sentiment which keeps them coming back to their aircraft of choice. Sales of the A380 now total 317 from 18 customers – representing a 90 per cent share of the very large aircraft market. More than 150 A380s currently are flown by 13 operators, carrying approximately two million passengers every month. Somewhere in the world, an A380 “shares


RA-74056 sitting at Barneo after landing:

A Gazpromavia Antonov AN-74-200 on behalf of Polar Expedition, registration RA-74056 performing flight a flight from Murmansk (Russia) to Barneo Ice Base (North Pole), made a hard landing at Barneo Ice Base (89 degrees latitude) causing substantial structural damage to the main gear. The aircraft came to a stop and settled on its tail due to the gear damage. The occupants disembarked safely via ladders.
Occupants reported the visibility was poor when the aircraft had to land at Barneo.
A cargo aircraft was dispatched to Barneo to take needed spare parts and engineers to Barneo to repair the AN-74.
Barneo Ice Base is established at about 89 degrees of Latitude every year with an ice runway capable of accepting Antonov AN-74 aircraft and helicopters for taking tourists to the North Pole. This year the base was finished early April, the first flight of the season carrying supplies to the camp landed on Apr. 4th. The second flight landing at the camp was the accident flight.
By Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald | Apr. 15, 2015

At 10 years young, the A380 continues to “spread its love” for passengers and airline operators alike

When the A380 performed its maiden flight 10 years ago this month, it was clear that Airbus was once again shaping the future of air transportation.   
A decade later, the company’s vision and passion for aviation are keeping the A380 at the forefront – providing a very large jetliner that is more than ever meeting passengers’ changing expectations and matching the evolving trends in air traffic, while generating significant revenue for its operators.
This is best illustrated by airlines’ current use of the A380 on nearly 100 routes to some 45 destinations, linking major airports, accommodating growing traffic on intense regional segments, connecting hubs to key city destinations and serving busy domestic flights.  On certain routes, A380s are operated on multiple frequencies – up to seven per day.
The A380’s unrivalled interior volume enables operators to choose the cabin configuration that meets the needs of their specific routes and passenger preferences.  
As an example, many airlines are incorporating a Premium Economy cabin, adding higher-revenue economy class seating while maintaining equivalent overall passenger count totals.  As a result, airlines are able to boost the average passenger yield and generate approximately $13 million in additional revenue annually for each of their A380s, according to Frank Vermeire, the Head of A380 Marketing at Airbus.
Airbus also is offering an 11-abreast Budget Economy class layout, which retains Airbus’ comfort standard with 18-inch-wide seats.
"But we aren’t stopping here, as we have some new cabin innovations that allow even more optimisation of the cabin space, thereby allowing us to add additional business and premium economy seats,” Vermeire added. “The new higher seat count configuration, together with the increase in yield, will generate up to $20 million each year in additional revenues per A380.”
The A380’s cabin enables further enhancements of first and business class offerings as well, including private three-room suites for the most discerning travellers, while higher density arrangements for the A380 also are possible – with one airline announcing a two-class 600-seat configuration.
In developing the A380, teams at Airbus set their sights high from the design and technology point of view, introducing innovations literally from nose to tail. This includes the Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) for enhanced safety during landing, and the AFDX® backbone network technology for on-board data exchange – both of which are used on the A350 XWB, and have become recognised industry benchmarks.  
Airbus began its “Love at First Flight” marketing outreach in 2011, capturing passengers’ emotions after the initial A380 experience, a sentiment which keeps them coming back to their aircraft of choice.  
Sales of the A380 now total 317 from 18 customers – representing a 90 per cent share of the very large aircraft market. More than 150 A380s currently are flown by 13 operators, carrying approximately two million passengers every month.  Somewhere in the world, an A380 “shares 

quinta-feira, 16 de abril de 2015

United Airlines' 'Purple Plane' is on a Mission For Healthy Babies

Airline honors a decade of supporting the March of Dimes with specially painted commemorative aircraft

CHICAGO, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today welcomed a new Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to its fleet, and while it is not the first of the next generation Boeing planes the company will take delivery of this year, it is the first to feature a vibrant purple fuselage. The commemorative aircraft is specially painted to honor United's ten years of supporting the March of Dimes and their mission to provide families across the country with care and valuable information on pregnancy and having healthy babies.

Flight 2051 departed Seattle's Sea-Tac airport this morning bound for Chicago O'Hare, filled with customers and United partners who supported the March of Dimes through United's fundraising efforts. Each guest was personally welcomed aboard the special flight by 2015 March of Dimes National Ambassador Family, long-time United employee Elise Jackson, her son Elijah and husband Todd. United's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and the 2015 March for Babies National Chairman John Rainey also personally thanked guests for their meaningful contributions.

"Our 'purple plane' is more than just a fun and unique paint job – it's a symbol of the long-standing partnership between our customers and employees and the March of Dimes," said Rainey. "We know that so many people who fly with us have been touched by the issue of premature birth, and we hope that as customers spot this plane flying around the country, we can bring continued awareness and support to this very important issue."

Over the past nine years, United employees have contributed more than $5.5 million to the March of Dimes and have walked more than 36,000 miles in March for Babies events nationwide. Last year alone, United and its employees raised more than $700,000 for March of Dimes research, education and services. This year, United has committed to raise $1.2 million for the organization, with about half of that from employee efforts. And thanks to the generosity of the passengers on this flight, United has raised $780,000 for the March of Dimes with today's delivery.

Southwest Airlines Shows Its Love To The Show-Me-State: Unveils Missouri One

Airline honors Missouri with specialty aircraft and dedicated fare sale

Southwest Airlines® (NYSE: LUV) today celebrates more than 30 years of service in the state of Missouri with the unveiling of the Airline's newest specialty aircraft, named Missouri One—a Boeing 737-700.
Southwest and state and local government leaders revealed the aircraft in Kansas City, where Southwest first began its Missouri service in 1982. The aircraft, emblazoned with an artist's rendition of the Missouri state flag, was unveiled at a ceremony this morning at the Kansas City location of Aviation Technical Services, with whom Southwest has partnered for more than 35 years. Southwest Employees, community members, and executives were on hand, including Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly.
"Kansas City and St. Louis have been vital cities in our network for more than 30 years," Kelly said to an enthusiastic crowd at the unveiling.  "I couldn't think of a better way to 'show' our love to our Employees, Customers, and friends in the great state of Missouri than by dedicating this high-flying salute to them!"
Further demonstrating Southwest's dedication to both the Kansas City and St. Louis communities, Southwest donated $5,000 each to Science City at Union Station and the St. Louis Science Center. The funds will help support Science City's Summer Camp, which sparks interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) for children ages 6-12 through interactive, challenging, and fun activities, and contribute toward scholarships for the St. Louis Science Center's Flight Academy Camp. 

"We've always valued the enduring partnership between the state of Missouri and Southwest Airlines," said Governor Jay Nixon. "As a tribute to 30 years of quality service by Southwest and Missouri's proud aerospace legacy, this magnificent plane will showcase the Show-Me State's aerospace strength around the world."     
Kansas City band Lost Wax performed as attendees enjoyed local coffee from The Roasterie Coffee Company, and cheered as Kelly, Governor Nixon, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James closed the event by christening the aircraft amid fanfare. The plane then proceeded to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for additional festivities, featuring Mayor Francis Slay.
In celebration of Missouri One, Southwest today launched a special three-day fare sale with fares as low as $59* one-way from both Kansas City and St. Louis to select destinations nationwide (see fare rules below). These low fares are available for purchase only at Southwest.com, Swabiz.com, or by calling 1-800-I-FLY-SWA, today through April 17, 2015, 11:59 p.m. PT for travel Aug. 25 through Oct. 28, 2015.  Some blackout dates apply. See fare rules below for details.

Fare Examples: 
Kansas City to St. Louis as low as $59 one-way
St. Louis to New Orleans as low as $99 one-way
Kansas City to Dallas (Love Field) as low as $69 one-way
St. Louis to Atlanta as low as $99 one-way
Kansas City to New York (LaGuardia) as low as $109 one-way
Kansas City to Phoenix as low as $144 one-way
St. Louis to San Francisco Bay Area (SFO) as low as $154 one-way
Southwest Airlines began service in Kansas City on Feb. 18, 1982, with six daily nonstop departures to two cities. The airline currently operates 68 daily nonstop departures to 26 destinations from Kansas City. Southwest began service in St. Louis on March 17, 1985, with 17 daily nonstop departures to four cities. The airline currently operates 88 daily nonstop flights to 34 destinations from St. Louis.
Kansas City International Airport is Southwest's 17th largest operation in terms of daily departures. Lambert International Airport is Southwest's 13th largest operation in terms of daily departures. Combining these stations, Missouri represents the 9th largest state in the Southwest network in terms of daily departures. Together, Southwest employs more than 550 people in Missouri.
Missouri One joins nine other 737s in the Southwest fleet that carry unique, state-themed paint schemes: Arizona One, California One, Colorado One, Florida One, Illinois One, Lone Star One (Texas), Maryland One, Nevada One, and New Mexico One.
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SAS - B737-800 - LN-RPM

Ton Jochems - OSL

VIRGIN ATLANTIC - A320-200 - EI-DEO


Alain Charpentier - TLS

ALASKA HORIZON - DHC8-Q400 - N407QX

Duncan Stewart - Lax

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa introduces luxury seaplane transfers in the Maldives

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is set to introduce luxury seaplane transfers from Malé International Airport direct to the crescent-shaped Dhonakulhi Island in the north of the Maldives. 
The seaplane service is the result of a new partnership with Trans Maldivian Airways; provider of the world’s largest seaplane fleet. 
Three flights will be provided daily with prices starting from $650 per adult and $325 per child for return transfers.
All guests travelling to the newly opened five star resort will be welcomed at Malé International Airport, whisked through to a private lounge before transferring to board the seaplane for a one hour flight to the tropical Dhonakulhi Island. 
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Exclusive to Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, on-board luxuries include iPads, mobile devices and Bose noise cancelling headphones, as well as a catering service offering a selection of soft drinks. 
Guests can sit back and relax in comfort whilst admiring the picture perfect aerial views over the Haa Alif Atoll, the northernmost atoll in the Maldives.  
Carsten Schieck, general manager of Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa commented: “With the launch of daily seaplane transfers to the resort, we’re putting the glamour back into travel, ensuring that our guests can begin their luxury holiday from the moment they touch down in the Maldives. 
“At Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa we are dedicated to providing a premium service and I am confident that the seaplane transfer will meet and exceed our guests’ expectations by making their journey to the resort an enjoyable and seamless experience.”
Boasting the luxury of space and privacy across one of the largest islands in the Maldives, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa offers guests their own private cocoon of space across the island’s expansive 297,000 square metres. 
Set in the Haa Alifu Atoll, the seaplane transfer reduces travelling time in the Maldives by half, ensuring that guests experience a premium service from arrival to departure.
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Air New Zealand to Fly Direct to Houston

Air New Zealand has announced it will start flying to Houston, Texas, from December this year, marking the first direct connection between New Zealand and America’s South.
This will be Air New Zealand’s longest nonstop flights, and will be operated by its completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Auckland and Houston five-times-weekly, with the hope of becoming a daily connection.
The new route is set to become the fastest link for Kiwis to get to popular East Coast and Midwest destinations such as New York and Chicago. Houston is also a key gateway for Mexico and the rest of Central America, as well as the Caribbean which is becoming an increasingly popular cruise destination for New Zealanders.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the airline is hugely excited to be adding Houston to its list of international destinations, particularly as the move comes hard on the heels of the airline’s recent announcement that it will also begin flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December.
The announcement means that the airline will soon be offering direct services to five North American destinations including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Hawaii and Houston.
As well as benefitting its New Zealand-based customers, the new route has been developed with access to a huge pool of potential US visitors in mind.
Luxon said that research had found that some Americans thought it took more than 40 hours to reach New Zealand, but the new route will change this perception:
“What we’re trying to do is get them to think they’re not going to have to do a transcontinental flight from New York to Los Angeles and down to New Zealand and make it less dramatic for them by doing a one or two hour commuter flight (to Houston),” he said.
Air New Zealand will codeshare from Houston to other key US domestic destinations, with Star Alliance partner, United Airlines - which has a large Houston-based hub. United will codeshare on the Air New Zealand flight from Houston to Auckland, and points beyond.
Air New Zealand has also recently announced it will launch flights between Auckland and Buenos Aires, Argentina – the airline’s first ever scheduled service to South America, to commence in December 2015.
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AirAsia X to order HGW A330s for European flights

AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) is planning to acquire an unspecified number of HGW (High Gross Weight) A330-300s to be used in resuming services to Europe next year. The A330-300 HGW is seven tonnes heavier than the standard version, which weighs in at 233 tonnes, and features a strengthened wing and additional fuel capacity giving the aircraft a range of 11,300 kilometres.

Acting chief executive officer (CEO) of the AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) longhaul subsidiary, Benyamin Ismail, told Malaysia's Star newspaper in an interview last week that his airline will meet Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) officials this week over the conversion of some of AirAsia X's twenty-three outstanding A330 firm orders into HGW variants. Deliveries are slated to begin before the middle of 2016, just in time for the launch of flights to London.

In a bid to bring forward its return to the United Kingdom, the LCC is exploring the possibility of leasing two aircraft from an undisclosed Middle Eastern carrier. However, should the deal go ahead, it would require a stop in the Middle East leading to some doubts about the proposal's viability.

AirAsia X used its fleet of A340-300s during its last foray into Europe which ended in 2012. Back then, the airline blamed high fuel prices, "exorbitant" taxes, and weak travel demand for its withdrawal. 
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quarta-feira, 15 de abril de 2015

VUELING - A320-200Sharklets - EC-LZM

João Luis Pessoa - Lisboa

TINTAN AIRWAYS - A320-200 - G-POWI

João Luis Pessoa - Lisboa

TINTIN: Brussels Airlines, A320-200, OO-SNB



João Luis Pessoa - Lisboa

Garuda announces Paris and Frankfurt plus increase to daily on Amsterdam and London

The amazing turnaround of National Carrier, Garuda Indonesia continues apace as the world class, five star airline has now announced firm plans for a massive expansion of its European presence by the end of 2015.

Two new routes from its operating base in the country's capital city, Jakarta are to be flown on the brand new Boeing 777 aircraft due to arrive in the fleet later this summer. With Paris and Frankfurt as the preferred new destinations, the existing route which serves both Amsterdam and London is also being upgraded to a daily service.

The companys President Director, M. Arif Wibowo, noted that Germany and France had been chosen as the countries economic growth is more stable as compared to other European countries.
"The European growth is still two to three percent with the biggest growth recorded by Germany and France. Frances growth is still lower than Germanys," he elaborated.

To enable the growth of the European routes, Garuda will be operating a total of 10 long haul aircraft providing first class, business class and economy options on all flights to Europe.

There plans announced confirm that there will be four flights per week between Jakarta, Paris and Frankfurt by the end of 2015 and inaddition Garuda Indonesia will soon announce new routes to China and the Middle East.
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Raya Airways leasing an American B767 freighter

Raya Airways (TH, Kuala Lumpur Subang) has upgauged the equipment it uses on its Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok-Kuala Lumpur Subang route operated for and on behalf of global logistics giant, DHL Express.

Based on ch-aviation research, the Malaysian operator has replaced a leased DHL Air (D0, East Midlands) B757-200(F), G-BMRJ (msn 24268), used to operate the route with a B767-200(F), N761CX (msn 22318), on wet-lease from ATI - Air Transport International (8C, Little Rock).

Formerly Transmile Air Services (TH, Kuala Lumpur Subang), Raya Airways also operates three B727-200(F)s for and on behalf of other logistics firms including UPS and CEN Worldwide. 

Trio of Indonesian domestic carriers order 75 N219s

Nusantara Buena Air (Medan Soewondo) and three other domestic Indonesian operators have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with local manufacturer, Indonesian Aerospace, for seventy-five N219 turboprops.

According to the terms of the MOU, Nusantara Buena Air and Aviastar Mandiri (MV, Jakarta Halim) will each order twenty units with ten options while Trigana Air Service (IL, Jakarta Halim) will order ten with five options.

Developed from the EADS CASA CN-212 Aviocar, the N219 is a twinprop aircraft designed to operate out of remote airfields carrying a total of 21 passengers and crew. 
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