sábado, 20 de Setembro de 2014


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AIR CHINA CARGO - B777-200F - B-2096

Marco Moutinho - AMS

Garuda Indonesia has returned to London Gatwick after an absence of over 10 years

the Indonesian flag-carrier began flying from Jakart to London’s, via Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The service will be operated five times weekly by the airline’s 777-300s.
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Norwegian started destinations #36 and #37 from its growing London Gatwick (LGW) hub, adding six times weekly connections to two new European capitals – Berlin Schönefeld and Warsaw Chopin


Air Armenia’s Yerevan to Frankfurt

Air Armenia arrived in Frankfurt on September with its maiden flight from Yerevan (EVN).
The twice-weekly service (Tuesdays and Saturdays)
route will be flown by the carrier’s A320s.
No other carrier operates this route at present. Air Armenia’s only other services to Western European destinations are to Athens and Paris CDG which are also both flown twice-weekly

Turkish Airlines has found a new country to serve. On 19 August the Star Alliance carrier began thrice-weekly flights from its Istanbul Atatürk (IST) hub to Asmara (ASM) the capital of Eritrea, a country in East Africa. The 3,009-kilometre route will be operated via Taif in Saudi Arabia using the airline’s 737-800s

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Frontier Airlines, which in the previous week added its second route to Dallas/Fort Worth,

Frontier Airlines, which in the previous week added its second route to Dallas/Fort Worth, continued to expand its domestic network with the addition of five new routes from Washington Dulles, VA (IAD), all of which are operated by the airline’s 168-seat A320s.~
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AVIOLET - B737-300 - YU-ANI

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ARKE FLY - B787-8 - PH-TFK

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Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines Announce Order for 20 737 MAX 8s

CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Ethiopian Airlines today announced an order for 20 737 MAX 8s. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is worth more than $2.1 billion at list prices and also includes options and purchase rights for a further 15 737 MAX 8s. The order represents the largest single Boeing order by number of airplanes from an African carrier.

sexta-feira, 19 de Setembro de 2014

FLY VISTA - A320-200 - OE-ICW

The first A320-214 for fly Vista of Georgia, it's to become 4L-AJD.
Paul Quinn - Dublin, Ireland


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AIR BERLIN - A320-200 - D-ABNB "USA Discover America"

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Swiss International Air Lines orders up to 25 A320neo

Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has announced that SWISS, a member-airline of the Group, will expand its A320 fleet with a firm order for 15 A320neo aircraft, plus an additional ten of the type to be confirmed at a later stage. The fuel-efficient NEO-fleet will gradually renew and replace SWISS’ existing fleet of A320 Family aircraft.

“Our decision to go with the cleanest, the most reliable and the most efficient belongs to the image of Switzerland, thus the A320neo was a natural fit with our modernization strategy,” says Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President Lufthansa Group Fleet Management.

“We are delighted to welcome SWISS as a new customer for the A320neo and thank the Swiss Flag carrier for their continuous confidence in our products,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “For many years SWISS has successfully cashed in on all the economic and environmental benefits the A320 Family offers. The A320neo will be the hero in many chapters of SWISS’ success story well into the future. We are happy that our NEO-offering will enable SWISS to operate their routes even more efficiently with significantly reduced CO2 and noise emissions.”
SWISS is the national airline of Switzerland and with A319s, A320s, A321s, A330s and A340s in its fleet the carrier will be able to take maximum benefit from the unique commonality across the Airbus Family.
The A320neo – for “new engine option” – incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings and a reduction of 3,600 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year. With more than 3,250 orders received from 60 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured a solid 60 percent share of the market, clearly demonstrating its leadership.

easyJet orders 27 more A320 aircraft

A320 Family delivers the best operating costs and passenger comfort
easyJet has placed an order for 27 additional current engine option A320s, taking its combined total order for the type to 315 aircraft. With an all Airbus fleet, easyJet selected the A320 Family aircraft as it delivers the best operating economics and the roomiest cabin for unequalled passenger comfort in the single aisle category.

"We are bringing new aircraft into the fleet as we continue to see a significant number of new profitable opportunities in our core markets in the near term and in order to maintain our cost advantage," said Carolyn McCall, easyJet Chief Executive.

“easyJet is a demanding customer and this repeat order is as solid an endorsement as you can get for the A320’s proven productivity, reliability and comfort. The A320 Family has the widest cabin which also helps with faster airport turnaround times,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.
The A320 Family aircraft already offer the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft and the Sharklet wing tip devices help to reduce fuel burn by a further four per cent and to increase range by 100nm.
Currently easyJet operates a fleet of some 225 A320 Family aircraft. In June 2013, EasyJet became a customer for the A320neo, with an order for 100 aircraft. Altogether, with this latest order, easyJet’s combined total order for all members of the A320 Family rises to 415 aircraft.

easyJet is the largest A320 Family customer and operator in Europe and operates one of Europe’s most extensive route networks. The airline is the UK’s largest by numbers of passengers carried.
The A320 Family is the world’s most successful with nearly 11,000 ordered and over 6,200 delivered to over 400 customers and operators.

A350 XWB takes centre stage at Istanbul airshow 2014

Photo:Alain Charpentier - TLS

Airbus products support the fast growing Turkish market

A350 XWB test aircraft MSN5 will fly to Turkey for the first time ever and be the star of Airbus’ presence at the 10th Istanbul airshow between September 25th-28th 2014 at the Istanbul Ataturk airport general aviation apron. Airbus is yet again bringing its newest aircraft to the airshow having brought the A380 in recent years. The A380, Airbus’ flagship is ideally suited to regions with rapid traffic growth such as Turkey.

The A350 XWB will arrive on September 25th and be open to media and airline visitors during the morning of September 26th. The aircraft is scheduled to depart from Istanbul returning to its home base in Toulouse on the evening of the 26th September.
Visitors are welcome on Airbus stand (in hall 1 B-03) where a 1:20 scale model of the A350 XWB will be exhibited. Airbus teams will be delighted to explain more about the A350 XWB, the world’s most advanced passenger jet, as well as Airbus’ full range of aircraft offering maximum benefits to the airlines without compromising on passengers’ comfort.

Airbus’s family of widebody aircraft is the most advanced and wide-ranging product portfolio in the 200 to over 500 seat market segment. These planes offer airlines the smartest, most efficient way to capitalize on the extraordinary growth in medium and long-haul air travel especially to and from Turkey where traffic is growing at faster pace than the world’s average.

Airbus and Turkey have a long history of partnership. For more than two decades, Airbus has been providing Turkish customers with the most modern and comprehensive family of aircraft on the market, and today there are over 200 Airbus passenger and freighter aircraft in operation with Turkish operators. Airbus considers Turkey to be a strategic industrial partner and is committed to long-term mutually beneficial industrial cooperation. This is demonstrated by the placement of work packages that include transfer of technology and which help to build skills and competences in the highly competitive Turkish aviation industry.

Brussels Airlines to retire the last BAe RJ85

Brussels Airlines is planning to phase out its last BAe (Avro) RJ85 September 19).
The last flight is scheduled to be a roundtrip flight from Brussels to Stockholm (Bromma) and return. The last flight will be flown with the pictured OO-DJP (msn E2287)
After the retirement, Brussels will continue to operate 12 BAe (Avro) RJ100s.
Photo:Paul Bannwarth - BSL



Gol considers buying Embraer E2 jets

Gol Transportes Aéreos has announced is studying the possibility of buying the new Embraer E2 jets, which will be available starting in 2018.
These aircraft would be an option for its less dense routes that cannot support 130 to 140 seats. The company will eventually disclosure to the market if, and when, it decides to proceed.
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THAI Plans Double Daily 747 Operation to London in W14

Based on latest schedule update on 17SEP14, THAI is switching operational aircraft on Bangkok – London Heathrow service from 26OCT14, which sees double daily Boeing 747-400 operation. TG916/917 sees the 747 replacing current A340-600 service.

TG910 BKK0015 – 0620LHR 747 D
TG916 BKK1320 – 1935LHR 747 D

TG911 LHR1150 – 0610+1BKK 747 D
TG917 LHR2135 – 1555+1BKK 747 D

On Bangkok – Milan Malpensa route, service will also see Boeing 747-400 operating, replacing A340-600.
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KLM sets final date for MD-11 operations

KLM will operate its final scheduled MD-11 rotation on October 25 between Amsterdam and Montréal Trudeau.

KLM operates just three MD-11s - PH-KCB msn 48556), PH-KCD (msn 48558), and PH-KCE (msn 48559) ´
Photo:Marco Moutinho - AMS

Air Canada rouge to enter Asian market in May 2015

Air Canada rouge is set to make its first foray into the Asian market when it launches a seasonal Vancouver Int'l to Osaka Kansai service in 2015.
The Air Canada subsidiary said in a statement that subject to regulatory approval, the 5x weekly flights will operate between May 1 and October 24, 2015 on-board a B767-300(ER).
Photo:PMB/FPP - Lisboa

quarta-feira, 17 de Setembro de 2014

Shots of Spirit's New Livery

By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

Are you curious about Spirit's new paint scheme? If so, you've come to the right place. Today in the Sky got an exclusive look as Spirit rolled out its new livery for the first time Monday at a maintenance facility in Upstate New York.

 For those who just want a glimpse, I've tried to order the most interesting photos up front. But for the die-had aviation enthusiasts, feel free to click through to the end for a through look at the flashy new paint job.

Spirit's first aircraft to get the airline's new paint scheme is rolled outside for photographs at the Premier Aviation Overhaul Center in Rome, N.Y., on Sep. 15, 2014. (Photo: Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY)

United Airlines to Add 50 E175 Aircraft to United Express Fleet

CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the company will amend its existing agreement with regional carrier Shuttle America, to add 50 E175 aircraft. Shuttle America's parent company, Republic Airways Holdings Inc., will determine which of its carriers will operate the new 76-seat aircraft under the United Express brand.

United anticipates deliveries will begin in July 2015 and continue through the summer of 2017. The new aircraft will replace large turboprop airplanes and older, less-efficient aircraft and are in addition to 70 E175s whose deliveries began this year for other carriers to operate as United Express. 
"We are pleased to offer more travelers the opportunity to experience this modern, more fuel-efficient aircraft, particularly given the high satisfaction levels our customers report when they fly our E175s," said Sandra Pineau-Boddison, United's senior vice president of United Express.      
Additional Fleet Updates
In addition to expanding the E175 fleet, United plans to make the following changes to its United Express service:
Extend the airline's agreement with Shuttle America on 38 E170s, with new expiration dates beginning in September 2019 and continuing throughDecember 2022; and

Begin removing, in 2015, 31 Bombardier Q400s operated by Republic Airlines, a carrier also owned by Republic Airways Holdings Inc.

Air China's first B747-8 due next month

Air China will take delivery of its first B747-8, B-2485 (msn 41191), later next month with an additional two due before the end of the year.

In total, Air China has seven of the type on order from Boeing and plans to use them as replacements for its fleet of four B747-400s used on flights to Shanghai Hongqiao domestically and Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok and Tokyo Narita regionally.

Gambia Bird to boost winter fleet with a leased Germania A321

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Gambia Bird will augment its winter fleet with the wet-lease of an A321-200 from parent, Germania. According to exclusive ch-aviation information, with effect from December 1, the twinjet will be deployed on a weekly London Gatwick to Banjul via Dakar service in addition to a 2x weekly services from Gatwick via Freetown to Banjul.

Qatar Airways flies into a new era of travel with delivery of its first A380

World’s flagship aircraft takes Gulf airline to new heights with innovative solutions and bespoke design
At a ceremony in Hamburg hosted by Airbus, Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines welcomed a new star to its fleet – the A380. In the presence of His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, the airline took delivery of the first of its 10 Airbus A380 aircraft on order.

The delivery marks the beginning of a new chapter for Qatar Airways, as it pushes boundaries and expands its operations. The A380, with its unique combination of increased capacity, long-haul range and unbeatable fuel efficiency, will enable the airline to carry its passengers even further and at deluxe comfort standards.

As a five-star performer, the A380 has become a firm favourite with passengers and airlines, due to the smoothness of the flight, quietness of the cabin and the spaciousness of the overall aircraft layout. These unique characteristics allow Qatar Airways to achieve their ambition of providing excellent services to their passengers. The A380’s built-in cabin flexibility has also given Qatar Airways the opportunity to make innovative use of the aircraft’s space, offering the airline’s passengers an exceptional in-flight experience.
All seats are equipped with the latest entertainment systems, and the stylish and comfortable interior for Qatar Airways’ A380 will accommodate a total of 517 people – 461 in Economy, 48 in Business and eight in First Class, featuring the widest first-class seats in the industry. The aircraft has two full-length passenger decks - First and Business Class cabins will both be located on the aircraft’s upper deck, along with a special lounge area for premium passengers.
Qatar Airways’ Group Chief Executive, His Exellency Akbar Al Baker, said: “By introducing the A380 to our ever expanding fleet, it will strengthen Doha’s position as a key regional and global aviation hub. As we are continuously reviewing our passenger offering to always provide the very best in class, for us the arrival of the A380 opens a new chapter in the unparalleled, signature service we provide to travellers on board with Qatar Airways.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Qatar Airways as the latest airline to offer unprecedented A380 services to the world. The multi-award-winning carrier and our flagship product are a perfect match to excite the flying public in all markets,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “Leading carrier Qatar Airways aims for the best, and we are proud our A380 is an essential ingredient in their strategy to showcase their excellence and hospitality, connecting the world.”

Qatar Airways is the 12th world class carrier to fly the A380. The airline’s first A380 will make its debut on the popular London Heathrow route, from Hamad International in Doha, followed by Paris Charles de Gaulle.
With 318 orders so far by 19 customers the A380 captures 90 percent of the Very Large Aircraft market. With the delivery today, the global A380 fleet mounts up to 142 aircraft, having accumulated over 1.5 million flight hours on some 180,000 commercial flights. To date over 65 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board an A380. Every four minutes, an A380 either takes off or lands at one of the 41 airports where it operates today and the network is constantly growing.

China-Made ARJ21-700 Arrives in Chengdu for Flight Test

The ARJ21-700 aircraft will conduct a 10-day flight test in Chengdu. Before its arrival in Chengdu, the aircraft has completed flight test in Sanya.

Launch customer Chengdu Airlines (EU) said it is preparing for the delivery of its first ARJ21-700.
The ARJ21 is a short and medium range regional jet made by China in accordance with international standards. The ARJ21 aircraft has a standard flight range of 2,220 km, and its extended version has a flight range of up to 3,704 km.
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) said the ARJ21 aircraft has received 258 orders from customers at home and abroad.
Actually, the aircraft has started flight tests since its maiden flight in 2008. It is learnt that the aircraft has been undergoing flight tests under the standards of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Earning a FAA type certification is a precondition for the ARJ21-700 to enter the world market.

The first ARJ21 is scheduled to be handed over to launch customer Chengdu Airlines by the end of 2014.

segunda-feira, 15 de Setembro de 2014


 Raihan Ahmed - Dhaka - Hazrat Shahjalal International,Bangladesh


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UT AIR - ATR-72-600 - F-WWEP - 1175

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METROJET - A320-200 - EI-FDL

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China Eastern Yunnan Airlines Receives New Boeing 737-800 Aircraft

China Eastern Yunnan Airlines took delivery of a brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft at Kunming Changshui International Airport , bringing its fleet size up to 63 aircraft.

First American 787-8 Undergoing Final Assembly


The first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for American Airlines is now undergoing final assembly at the manufacturer's factory in Everett, Washington, according to a Twitter post by the airline on Friday.

The airline revealed on its Twitter account that it will take delivery of its first 787-8 in December. The first 787-8 is scheduled to enter service on domestic routes from early 2015.
American has firm orders for 42 787s - 16 787-8s and 26 787-9s, with options for another 58. The airline is scheduled to take delivery of two 787s in 2014, 11 in 2015, 13 in 2016 and nine in 2017.
The 787-8s will replace some of its 767s as part of its fleet renewal plan, said the carrier.

sábado, 13 de Setembro de 2014

Novair leasing BH Air's A330-200

Novair has leased an A330-200 from Bulgaria's BH Air - Balkan Holidays Air.

 While the Swedish carrier's longterm plans for the widebody jet are currently unknown, the aircraft, LZ-AWA (cn 255), has been spotted in service on flights between Scandinavia and Greece.

China Southern to start Guangzhou - San Francisco via Wuhan

China Southern Airlines will offer a 3x weekly Guangzhou to San Francisco, CA via Wuhan
beginning December 16.
The flight, the first direct air route linking Central China and the US West Coast, will operate on-board one of China Southern's ten B787-8s.

China Southern currently serves Los Angeles Int'l and New York JFK in the US with a daily A380-800 service to Los Angeles and four weekly B777-300(ER) services to New York JFK, both operating non-stop from its Guangzhou hub.

Qatar Airways' Saudi start-up, Al Maha Airways, to launch "soon"

Al Maha Airways is set to begin operating domestic Saudi Arabian services "shortly" a report in Qatar's Al-Sharq newspaper has claimed. The paper claims the Qatar Airways-backed start-up will initially use a fleet of nine A320-200 aircraft for operations which will be limited to flights between Jeddah and Riyadh initially before branching off into the Kingdom's second-tier cities.

It is currently unknown whether or not Al Maha has secured its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) though Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker did state in June that the carrier was well advanced in its certification with the Saudi authorities.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) confirmed Al Maha was on track for a November launch.

Concerns over the project's future were raised in March this year when relations between Qatar and fellow Gulf states Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, soured over mounting frustration at Doha’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood; an organization the Saudis and the UAE have labelled as “terrorist”.

Another start-up, the Al Qahtani Aviation Company's Saudi Gulf Airlines, is also due to make its debut later this year with four A320-200s on order from Airbus Industrie due for delivery early next year.

Nigeria's Med-View Airline begins Hajj charter flights

Med-View Airline has deployed its widebody fleet onto Hajj charter flights from various designated points in Nigeria to Madinah in Saudi Arabia. The Nigerian carrier currently operates a single B767-300(ER) wet-leased from euroAtlantic Airways.

Etihad Regional to operate own Lugano - Zurich flights

Darwin Airline is set to begin offering its own Lugano to Zurich services with effect from October 30. The double-daily flights will go head-to-head with those of Swiss, for which it currently operates the route.
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Beluga celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first flight

Flight hours per aircraft have since doubled and will do so again by 2017
With its maiden flight on September 13, 1994, the popular Beluga cargo aircraft, affectionately named after the white whale because of its remarkable shape, is celebrating this week twenty years of transporting Airbus component parts between Airbus’ European manufacturing sites.

Since 1995, the fleet of five Beluga aircraft replaced the ageing Super Guppy transporters in order to supply the Airbus final assembly lines in Toulouse and Hamburg. Today, more than sixty flights are performed each week between eleven sites, carrying crucial parts for all of the Airbus programmes, including the A380*.

The Beluga fleet is operated by Airbus Transport International (ATI), an Airbus subsidiary airline, and each Beluga crew is composed of a pilot, a co-pilot and a flight engineer.

With the production start of the A350 XWB in 2012 and the production ramp-up on other Airbus programmes, the Beluga activities again will substantially increase over the next five years.

In order to accompany this challenge, Airbus launched in 2011 the Fly 10 000 project. Flight crew numbers and flight hours have grown and loading procedures have been further optimized, with the opening of new integrated loading facilities in Hamburg and Bremen in Germany and Saint-Nazaire in France. Broughton, UK and Getafe, Spain will follow soon. Fly 10,000 should allow the Beluga fleet to double its activities by 2017 (from 5,000 to 10,000 flight hours).

“The Beluga is an essential element of Airbus’ integrated logistics and production ‎system. It is thanks to its reliability and engagement of the Beluga teams that we can fulfil our constant pursuit of efficiency”, said Günter Butschek, Airbus Chief Operating Officer.

The Beluga is based on the twin-engine A300-600R, appreciated for its reliability and its cost-effectiveness. It is powered by General Electric CF6-80C2 engines. With its impressive dimensions (56 m long, 17 m high, a fuselage diameter of 7.71 m and a main-deck cargo volume of 1,400m3), the Beluga is the champion of its category (compared with the Antonov AN-124 or even the C-17). The Beluga can carry a maximum payload of 47 metric tonnes non-stop over a range of 1,660 km/900 nm.

*only the Vertical Tailplane and tailcone, all other A380 components being transported through the “multimodal transport system (sea, river, road).