sábado, 28 de março de 2015

AIR INDIA: Boeing 777 Aircraft in Star Alliance livery at Mumbai Airport

Air India




Alexandre Mourinha - Lisboa

Fuzhou Airlines to Receive Its 4th Boeing 737-800 Aircraft on Mar. 28

Fuzhou Airlines' 4th Boeing 737-800 aircraft rolled out of the paintshop. Photo by Fuzhou Airlines

China's start-up Fuzhou Airlines (FU) is set to take delivery of its 4th Boeing 737-800 aircraft on Mar. 28, which has already rolled out of the paintshop. 

Approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Fuzhou Airlines will introduce 5 new aircraft from 2014 to 2015. It means that the regional carrier would introduce at least two aircraft this year, one of which is scheduled to land in Fuzhou on Mar. 28.

Meanwhile, in the new summer/autumn flight season, Fuzhou Airlines will adjust its flight schedules accordingly to meet increasing travel demands.

What's more, Fuzhou Airlines will launch a promotion campaign starting Mar. 29, providing passengers with discount tickets as low as 66 yuan.

sexta-feira, 27 de março de 2015

THAI Holds Aircraft Anointing Ceremony for Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and Airbus 380-800

Somdej Phra Maha Muneewong, Abbot of Wat Rajabopit Sathitmahasimaram Rajaworavihara, presided over the Aircraft Anointing Ceremony for Thai Airways International Public Company Limited’s two aircrafts, Boeing 787-8 royally bestowed the name “PRAN BURI” and Airbus 380-800 royally bestowed the name “CHAIYA”. 


China Southern Starts A380 Beijing – Amsterdam Service from June 2015

China Southern today (27MAR15) has announced it’ll be operating Airbus A380 aircraft on Beijing – Amsterdam route, starting 20JUN15. The A380 service will be replacing existing Airbus A330-300 operation, once a day.

CZ345 PEK0050 – 0540CAN 380 D
CZ346 CAN1450 – 0615+1PEK 380 D

Note the A380 schedule is currently updated until 24OCT15 inclusive.
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BASEL TRIP (23-03-2015)

Paul Bannwarth

Philippine Airlines studying potential A340 replacements

Photo:Duncan Stewart - LAX

Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila) president and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista says his airline is studying the A350 and the B787 as potential replacements for its fleet of A340-300s.

Bautista told the Philippine Star newspaper in an interview this week that the airline would likely phase out its six A340s by 2020.

Boeing, ANA Finalize Order for Three 787-10 Dreamliners First Asian airline to operate all three members of 787 family

SEATTLE, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at approximately $900 million at list prices. With this order, originally announced as a commitment in January 2015, ANA becomes Boeing's newest 787-10 customer and first airline in Asia to operate the entire family of 787 Dreamliners. 
"We truly appreciate ANA's confidence in the 787 and this order further demonstrates our decades-long partnership with ANA," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. "We are honored to play such an important role in ANA's continued success as they look to expand their fleet to include the entire family of 787 Dreamliners."
ANA, the launch customer of the 787, currently operates the world's largest 787 fleet with 34 Dreamliners. The airline will further expand their future fleet with an additional 49 787s on order, leveraging the added efficiency and full flexibility of the complete 787 family. 
In addition, ANA will maintain the innovative passenger experience onboard the Dreamliner that customers have grown accustomed to over the years. 
The 787-10 is the third and longest member of the super-efficient 787 family. With its greater passenger and cargo capacity, high degree of commonality and passenger-pleasing features, the 787-10 will complement the family while setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics. 
The 787-10 will be 25 to 30 percent more efficient than the airplanes it replaces and more than 10 percent better than anything offered by the competition for the future.

quinta-feira, 26 de março de 2015

Portuguese start-up, FlyMii, seeks Madeira flights

FLYmii (Funchal) is a Portuguese start-up looking to use a fleet of A320-200s for flights to mainland Portugal and to Europe. 

British Airways Scales Back Planned A380 Miami Operation in W15

British Airways has revised planned operation on London Heathrow – Miami route for Winter 2015/16 season, from 25OCT15. Previously planned Airbus A380 introduction remains unchanged, however recent schedule update shows the oneWorld member is scaling back planned A380 operation, which operates once a day, instead of twice daily.

From 25OCT15 to 26MAR15, BA operates 1 daily each of Boeing 747-400 and A380 on this route.

BA207 LHR0910 – 1355MIA 744 D
BA209 LHR1335 – 1820MIA 388 D

BA206 MIA1710 – 0630+1LHR 744 D
BA208 MIA2050 – 1005+1LHR 388 D
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Photo:Ton Jochems - LAX

Avanti Air to operate Brindisi charters on behalf of FlyCar

Avanti Air will run twice-weekly return charter flights between Hanover and Brindisi via Stuttgart Echterdingen on behalf of FlyCar beginning next month.

Using its sole jet aircraft, a recently acquired Fokker 100 (D-AOLG, cn 11452), Avanti Air will operate the flights from April 13 to November 27.

Air Pegasus, secures AOP, to launch next month

Air Pegasus (PPL, Bangalore Int'l) will commence scheduled flights early next month after it secured its Air Operators Permit (AOP) from the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) this week.

"We received the flying permit from DGCA today," managing director Shyson Thomas told India's Express newspaper on Tuesday, March 24. "At present, we have two ATRs, one more is scheduled to come in from Ireland-based leasing firm Elix Aviation in the first week of April. We will start services in 6-8 sectors in the next two weeks.”

Using its first aircraft, an ex-Kingfisher Airlines ATR72-500 VT-APA (cn 699), the budget start-up has alluded to plans to serve Kochi Int'l, Tuticorin, Thiruvananthapuram, Hubli, Goa, Belgaum, Rajahmundry and Chennai from its Bangalore Int'l hub. 

Air New Zealand sets December date for South American debut

Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int'l) is planning to make its South American debut on December 1 of this year with a 3x weekly return flight between Auckland Int'l and Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Argentina. The flights are on-board B777-200(ER) aircraft.

The Austrian Airlines fleet of Fokker aircraft will begin to be replaced this year by Embraer medium-haul jets.

Austrian Airlines

Hainan Airlines Plans to Buy 30 Boeing 787s

By Jon Ostrower, The Wall Street Journal | Mar. 26, 2015
China's Hainan Airlines Co. Ltd., said Tuesday it plans to buy 30 Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners, expanding its fast-growing long-haul jet fleet.

The airline said it plans to sign an agreement with the U.S. plane maker for 270-to-290 seat 787-9 Dreamliners for delivery by 2021 valued at as much as US$7.7 billion at list prices, though customers regularly secure steep discounts.

Hainan announced the pending deal in a regulatory filing. A Boeing spokesman said the company couldn't comment on negotiations with its airline customers. The airline has taken delivery of nine of 10 Dreamliners it currently has on order, according to Boeing.

The proposed deal is a boost for Boeing's order book of Dreamliner jets, which after years of growth, plateaued as jets were only available in 2020 and beyond.

Delta Air Lines Inc. last year cited the delivery timelines as a factor in its decision to purchase 50 long-range Airbus Group jets over Boeing Dreamliners. The company has sold more than 1,000 787s since 2004.

The proposed deal also underscores the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that has taken place among Boeing customers to secure new jet orders and delivery slots, according to two people familiar with the deal.

Many of the Dreamliners ordered by Hainan will come from delivery positions once reserved for United Continental Holdings Inc., the two people said. The U.S. airline is in negotiations with Boeing and engine maker General Electric Co. for a crop of larger 777-300ER jets converted from a portion of its Dreamliner order now going to Hainan, but hasn't yet been completed.

United Chief Executive Jeff Smisek said in an interview last week that the discussions with Boeing and GE for the 386-seat 777s were ongoing and "focus on a lot of things, including price."

American Airlines Inc. had been initially offered the United slots, but declined as it was interested in the smaller 787-8 rather than the larger 787-9 ordered by United. It was too close to the delivery date to switch models, the people said.

A United spokeswoman said the airline doesn't comment on its future fleet plans.

American recently received its first two 787 Dreamliners, which are slated to begin service May 7. A spokesman for American said it has 40 787s on firm order and 58 additional options. The airline switched its initial commitment from larger 787-9s to smaller 787-8s to replace aging 767 jets of similar size. The spokesman said it expects over time it will fly both Dreamliner models.

LCC Subsidiary VietJet Thai Starts Operations

Vietnamese low-cost carrier (LCC) VietJet Air's first subsidiary, Thai VietJet Air, will begin operations with a Bangkok-Phuket, Thailand schedule on March 29 using an Airbus A320-200. The airline originally planned to launch with flights from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International, but it has opted instead for the cheaper Don Mueang LCC airport.

Using four A320-200s, the new subsidiary plans to extend services to Krabi and Udon Thani in Thailand, and Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam later this year.

The new venture recently saw key Thai investor Somphong Sooksanguan, president of Thai regional carrier Kan Air, sell out of some 41% of his holding in the carrier. Somphong cited differences of opinion with the VietJet parent's policies as the reason for diluting his holding to 10%, with the possibility of selling out completely. Unnamed Thai investors have bought his equity.

Thai VietJet plans to expand its operations to China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and South Korea, pending approvals from the Thai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). Although the LCC was granted a Thai air operator's certificate (AOC) last November, it has taken several months to gain route approvals from the relevant authorities.

VietJet Air, which currently operates an all-Airbus fleet of 22 A320-200s across Southeast Asia, also took delivery in Vietnam of its first of seven Airbus A321s last week, marking Airbus's 9,000th delivery.


Paul Bannwarth

quarta-feira, 25 de março de 2015


Qantas has announced additional capacity* to Dallas/Fort Worth and Hong Kong to cater for increased demand during the holiday season.

Currently operating six flights per week between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, Qantas will increase to daily A380 services from 8 December 2015 to 19 January 2016.

Qantas currently operates daily B747 services between Sydney and Hong Kong.

Effective for services from 10 December 2015 to 20 January 2016, Qantas will upgrade services on five days per week (Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun) to an A380 aircraft.

From 21 January to 16 February, Qantas will upgrade its B747 services to daily A380 services between Sydney and Hong Kong.

The additional capacity delivers on Qantas’ strategy of offering a more dynamic schedule to provide customers with more choice.

We are focused on giving our customers more choice at a time of year they want to travel. The additional services during one of our busiest periods will provide greater convenience for more customers travelling to the US and Hong Kong.

The additional seasonal services follow Qantas’ recent announcement to operate 33 return services between Sydney and Vancouver - 13 return services in June/July, and 20 return services from mid-December to late January 2016, operated by a three-cabin, 364-seat refurbished B747 aircraft.

Qantas has recently made a number of improvements to the international customer experience including a new inflight dining experience in Economy offering more choice, 50 percent larger meals and improved service. On 1 March, Qantas updated its First and Business menus, offering Cape Grim Beef from Tasmania, Yasa Caviar from Abu Dhabi and Fraser Isle Spanner Crab with Pepe Saya Crème Fraiche to customers travelling in First.

*All flights are subject to regulatory approval

*Aircraft are subject to change
Photo:Duncan Stewart - LAX

Japan Airlines’ Osaka Kansai to Los Angeles

Japan Airlines has used one of its 787-8s to re-launch service between Osaka Kansai and Los Angeles on 20 March. The route was celebrated in California by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Japan Airlines has resumed non-stop flights between Osaka Kansai (KIX) and Los Angeles (LAX). On 20 March the Japanese oneworld member started daily flights on the 9,218-kilometre route using its 787-8s. No other carrier operates this airport pair. This is the airline’s second US service from Osaka as it already operates daily flights to Honolulu in Hawaii. It is also Japan Airlines’ second route to Los Angeles complementing the airline’s existing daily service from Tokyo Narita. Yasuhiro Nakamura, SVP The Americas for Japan Airlines said, “Japan Airlines is pleased to further expand its trans-Pacific network. The increase in service also strengthens JAL’s presence in Los Angeles and offers our customers more choice and convenience when travelling to Japan and destinations throughout Asia.” Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports said, “Japan Airlines’ resumption of non-stop service from LAX to Osaka will strengthen business, tourism, and cultural ties with one of the most desirable cities in Asia. The new route will offer LA travellers more choices in reaching the economically important Kansai region, as well as destinations beyond.”