quinta-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2014

Boeing, Avianca Celebrate Delivery of Airline's First 787 Dreamliner

EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Avianca celebrated the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner for the Latin American carrier, helping the airline stay at the forefront of technology in the region.

"The addition of the first Boeing 787-8 to Avianca's fleet is a milestone for commercial aviation and for our airline, which strives to bring the most advanced aviation technology to our passengers," said Avianca President and CEO Fabio Villegas Ramirez. "With this aircraft, we continue to fulfill the dream this company has had from the beginning: To make better and better connections between Latin America and the world, while giving our customers more enjoyable flights aboard airplanes designed to provide the greatest comfort along with maximum operational performance."

The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 uses 20 percent less fuel and creates 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

"The 787 Dreamliner, with its high efficiency, enhanced environmental performance and preferred passenger experience, is an ideal airplane for the Latin American market, and Boeing is pleased and honored that Avianca will use the 787 to modernize its fleet and delight its customers," said Van Rex Gallard, vice president, Latin America, Africa and Caribbean Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are excited to grow our partnership with Avianca for today's fleet and for the future."

In addition to providing airlines with unprecedented fuel economy and low operating costs, the 787 features a host of new features that greatly enhance the passenger experience.

Avianca's Boeing 787-8 will carry 28 passengers in business class and 222 in economy class. Passengers in both classes will also experience cabin environment improvements made possible on the 787 such as dynamic LED lighting, the largest windows, bigger overhead bins, a lower cabin altitude, a more humid environment, low interior noise, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

With 95 years in operation, Avianca is working to fly a younger fleet than ever, flying with leading-edge technology to 24 destinations in Colombia and 98 destinations in South America, North America and Europe.

To date, 58 customers have ordered 1,055 787s, making the Dreamliner the fastest-selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing history.

Etihad Airways receives first Airbus A380

At a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines, welcomed the first of its ten new Airbus A380 aircraft. Etihad Airways is the thirteenth airline to operate the A380, and the aircraft is the 150th A380 delivered by Airbus.

The delivery is set to boost capacity on several of Etihad’s most in-demand routes, taking the airline to new heights as it continues to redefine the flying experience. Setting new benchmarks in onboard product, service, hospitality and style, Etihad Airways has invested in enhancing the passenger experience through the acquisition of Airbus’ game changing A380.

The A380 offers airlines increased capacity, long-haul range, fuel efficiency and improved performance but also immense flexibility in cabin choices, as yet again demonstrated by Etihad Airways. The aircraft is a firm favorite for passengers as it brings an exceptional in-flight experience with a smoother flight, quieter cabin and the highest level of comfort available in the sky.

“Since its inception, Etihad Airways has experienced exponential growth and we’re pleased to have contributed to that success. I am convinced that our flagship, the A380, will provide an efficient solution to support Etihad’s continued expansion,” said Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier.

Etihad’s A380 is designed to carry 498 guests in four living spaces on the aircraft, including two VIP guests in The Residence by Etihad™, nine guests in the First Apartments, 70 guests in the Business Studio, and 417 guests in Economy SmartSeats. Equipped with the latest entertainment systems and the plush surroundings of Etihad Airways’ interior, passengers can expect an exceptionally comfortable journey.

Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said: “The Etihad Airways A380 will offer a world class travel experience across all cabins. We are delighted to launch this first A380, with nine to follow, which will set a new benchmark for air travel, particularly with the introduction of the Residence by Etihad™, the only three room cabin in the sky.”

Etihad’s first A380 will make its debut on the popular London Heathrow route, from Abu Dhabi International Airport, in December. By the end of 2015, Etihad Airways will have five A380s in operation, with plans to introduce the aircraft on the airline’s Sydney and New York JFK routes.

quarta-feira, 17 de dezembro de 2014


This Vision is wearing new "Havana Air" titles and Cuban flag logo, while operating charters to Cuba for ViajeHoy Travel.

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TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES / HIFLY (Saudia Titles) A330-300, CS-TMT operating to Luanda.

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Airbus receives over 500 ideas for Fly Your Ideas student challenge

Teams at Airbus now selecting the best 100 concepts

Round One of Airbus’ global competition Fly Your Ideas has attracted worldwide entries on how the next generation will tackle the future challenges of aviation. Over 50 Airbus experts and innovators are now reviewing the more than 500 ideas submitted. Their mission is to select the 100 teams who merit a place in Round Two of the competition.

Ian Lane, Airbus Senior Expert and Fly Your Ideas assessor commented: “We passionately debate and review each idea. It is an absolute privilege and inspiration to see such imaginative, unrestrained thinking from the student teams.” He adds: “As aviation professionals, we have insight into which developments are already in the pipeline, so the idea has to be genuinely new. It could be something very simple, used in a new context or combined with an element in a way we haven’t seen before.”

Whether selected for the next round or not, Airbus will give feedback to every team on their submission, thus nurturing the spirit of innovation in the next generation.

The 100 selected teams will be announced in January 2015. Just the top five teams will make it to the final and present their ideas at a live event in June 2015. The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize.

What sets Fly Your Ideas apart from other global student competitions is the deep and company-wide engagement of the Airbus teams. The assessors were drawn from right across the business, and include non-technical professionals as well as engineers and aviation experts. The multidisciplinary, multicultural teams reflect the way Airbus people work inside the company, and the firm belief that diversity is a driver of innovation

V Air Launches Maiden Flight

V Air officially commenced its operation with a flight from Taipei to Bangkok, Thailand on Monday morning.
V Air, a new low-cost subsidiary of Taiwan's TransAsia Airways, officially commenced its operation with a flight from Taipei to Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday morning.

The start-up airline took delivery of its first A321 aircraft in the V Bear livery in October. Currently, the budget carrier has one A321 aircraft in an all economy configuration and expects to expand its fleet to a total of five planes by 2015.
In addition, V Air also revealed the plan to launch a chartered flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia on Jan. 6 and start operating its second regular route to Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 7, 2015.

V Air is the second budget airline in Taiwan after Tigerair Taiwan (IT) - a joint venture between China Airlines (CI) and Singapore's Tiger Airways (TR), which made its maiden flight to Singapore in September.

terça-feira, 16 de dezembro de 2014

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Finnair’s first A350 XWB takes shape

The first A350-900 for Finnair is taking shape in the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. Finnair will be the first European airline to fly the A350 XWB and the third operator in the world. Scheduled for delivery in autumn 2015 the aircraft is now in the fuselage section joining phase.

 Following this, the aircraft will move to wing junction, cabin installation and first power-on, all achieved in one single station. Once these phases are completed, the aircraft will undergo system tests, cabin completion, painting and engine installation before starting the delivery process, including flight testing.

Finnair has a total of 19 A350 XWB on order. The aircraft will be deployed on Finnair’s long-haul routes to Asia and America.

The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. To date, the A350 XWB has already won 778 firm orders from 41 customers worldwide

segunda-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2014

Libyan Wings defers delivery of maiden A319s (5A-WLA)

Libyan Wings has deferred delivery of its first aircraft - a pair of A319-100s on lease from the Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) -
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Emirates' private jet service unveils its uniforms

Using the iconic Emirates uniform as a starting point for inspiration, the Emirates Executive uniform features a sleek red shift dress and a beige cropped jacket. The highly recognisable red pill-box hat remains, but the side veil has been removed and a neckerchief has been added for vintage appeal. The signature Emirates red and beige colour palate was also retained. The final design sought to provide comfort and flexibility for the Cabin Crew, while making a distinctive statement about the premium the flying experience offered by Emirates Executive.
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AirAsia X places firm order for 55 A330neo

Carrier to benefit from even lower operating costs for long haul services

AirAsia X, the long haul affiliate of Asia’s largest low cost airline, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 55 A330neo aircraft. This is the largest single order to date for the best-selling A330 Family and reaffirms AirAsia X’s position as the biggest A330 airline customer worldwide, having now ordered a total of 91 aircraft. The announcement covers the firming up of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 50 A330neo signed during the Farnborough Air Show in July 2014, plus an additional five aircraft. Deliveries of the newly-ordered aircraft will begin in 2018.

“This latest deal with Airbus will enable AirAsia X to consolidate its growth rate in 2015-2017 before ramping up deliveries from 2018 onwards.” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Co-Founder and Director of AirAsia X. “The A330 has proven itself to be exactly the right aircraft for our business model, combining low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort. We are extremely excited about the even greater levels of efficiency that will come with the A330neo, which will play a key role in enabling AirAsia X to maintain its position as the long haul low cost leader.”

“This order from AirAsia X is a major endorsement of the A330neo as the most cost-efficient aircraft in its size category,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. “With the A330neo in its fleet, AirAsia X will benefit from even lower operating costs as it expands it network and reach, enabling more people to fly further more often than ever before. We look forward to AirAsia X becoming one of the first operators of the latest version of the highly successful A330.”

Building on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330ceo, the A330neo will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. These advances will make the aircraft the most cost-efficient in its size category, with a reduction in fuel consumption of 14% per seat, an increase in non-stop flying range of up to 400 nautical miles and the lowest possible maintenance costs.
The A330 Family is part of the world’s most modern and comprehensive widebody product line, which also includes the larger A350 XWB and double deck A380. Together, the various versions of the aircraft efficiently cover all airline widebody requirements for regional, medium and long haul operations, seating from 250 to over 500 passengers and sharing unique levels of operational commonality.

Boeing, Jetlines Announce Order for Five 737 MAX 7s

New Canadian ultra-low cost carrier starts building its fleet
SEATTLE, Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Jetlines today announced an order for five 737 MAX 7s as the new Canadian ultra-low cost carrier builds its future fleet. The order, valued at $438 million at current list prices, includes purchase rights for an additional 16 737 MAXs.

 "This agreement with Boeing is a major milestone for Jetlines," said Jim Scott, CEO of Jetlines. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Boeing and look forward to introducing the 737 MAX 7 into our fleet."

The new airline, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, plans to tap into passenger demand by offering low cost airfares on routes that avoid direct competition with other airlines.

"Boeing is proud to partner with Jetlines as it begins a journey to offer low airfares to passengers across Canada," said Brad McMullen, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 737 MAX 7 is perfectly suited to the airline's needs, and we appreciate the confidence Jetlines has in the airplane."

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX 7 will be capable of flying more than 3,800 nautical miles, extending the range over today's 737-700 by approximately 400 nautical miles (741km).

With this order, the 737 MAX has orders for 2,562 airplanes from 55 customers worldwide

Mahan Air Schedules London Gatwick Service from mid-Dec 2014

Iran’s Mahan Air today (15DEC14) plans to begin service on Tehran – London Gatwick route, based on the airline’s schedule listing. The listing shows the airline schedules 3 weekly flights with Airbus A310 aircraft, although this is not confirmed.

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Hainan Airlines to Start A330-300 Service to Europe from March 2015

Hainan Airlines in March 2015 will begin A330-300 service to Brussels and Berlin, replacing existing -200 operation. Planned A330-300 service entry date, and planned schedules from 29MAR15 as follow.

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Vietnam Airlines upgraded fleet expected to enhance London route

The upgrade of Vietnam Airlines fleet of aircraft is expected to enhance the flag-ship route between London and the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, when the brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft arrives in 2015 next year to fit alongside the new Boeing 787-9s which will fly to London Gatwick with effect from July 2015.
The Airbus A350-900 has a maximum of 475 seats and has been ordered by twelve of the world's leading airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airlines and Lufthansa.
In another announcement, Vietnam Airlines has said that it is considering selling a 20% equity stake to up to three foreign strategic partners during the early part of

Aeromexico adds extra services from Mexico City to London

Aeromexico, the national flag carrier of Mexico based in Mexico City, has reported that, from April 2015, the frequency of its London Heathrow to Mexico City service will increase from 3 times a week to four times and then to five times from June 2015.

Aerovias de México, operating as Aeroméxico, is part of the powerful SkyTeam alliance and operates scheduled domestic and international services to North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
Flights currently depart London on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving the following day and the new frequencies will be added on Tuesday and Friday.
The route will be operated by Aeromexico’s new 787 Dreamliner with 32 seats in business class and 211 in economy.

The Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov presented to members of the Government of Bahrain business version of the Sukhoi ‪Superjet‬ 100 during his visit to this country.


sexta-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2014

Russia's Red Wings set to take delivery of first Sukhoi SuperJets

Red Wings is set to take delivery of its first two of three SSJ 100-95s, formerly in service with the now defunct Moskovia Airlines.
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Aeromexico receives 1,100th Embraer E-Jet

Mexico City, Mexico, December 11, 2014 – Embraer delivered the 1,100th E-Jet production aircraft, yesterday, during a ceremony held in the Aeromexico hangar, at the Benito Juárez International Airport, in Mexico City. The aircraft, an E190 model, is also the 200th aircraft from the E-Jet family flying in Latin America.

“In the same year that we are celebrating the E-Jets’ 10th anniversary of operations, worldwide, we are immensely proud to be recognizing yet another milestone that this versatile family of aircraft has now achieved,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “As one of Embraer’s largest operators, it is only fitting that Aeromexico is the recipient of the 200th E-Jet on the Latin American continent, as well as the 1,100th E-Jet worldwide.

“Embraer has been a very important ally for over 10 years; currently, over 50 percent of our fleet is comprised of these Brazilian aircraft,” said Andres Conesa, airline’s CEO. “In Aeromexico we feel very proud to be the carrier that receives 1,100th Embraer E-Jet and integrate it into our fleet, one of the most modern in the industry.”

Aeromexico operates a fleet of 62 Embraer jets through its regional brand, Aeromexico Connect: 27 E190s, six E170s, three E175s, and 26 ERJ 145s.

The first delivery of an E -Jet in Latin America occurred in 2005. Currently, eight airlines, from seven countries, operate the E-Jets in the region, where Embraer is the leader in the segment of jets up to 130 seats, with a 70% market share.

Embraer is the only manufacturer to develop a modern family of four airplanes specifically targeted for the 70 to 130-seat segment. Since their formal launch of the program, in 1999, the E-Jets have redefined the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications.

The E-Jets family entered revenue service in 2004. Currently, E-Jets are flying with 65 airlines from 45 countries, holding a 62% market share, based on deliveries, in the segment of jets with capacity up to 130 seats. Today, E-Jets are flying with mainline, low-cost and regional carriers, as well as charter airlines. The E-Jets have a strategically located global network of customer support and services with 37 MRO service centers, worldwide, including 12 Embraer Authorized Service Centers (EASC) and 25 independent centers

In June 2013, Embraer launched the second generation of the E-Jets family – the E-Jets E2 – the first of which is slated to enter service in 2018.

Belavia Plans Boeing 737-800 Service to Barcelona from mid-May 2015

Belavia has opened reservation for its planned Boeing 737-800 operation, due to enter service in Summer 2015 season. Currently, the carrier plans to operate the 737-800 on Minsk – Barcelona route once a week, from 16MAY15.
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Iberia and Iberia Express to Launch 13 New Routes

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The Spanish airline has announced 13 new routes and additional frequencies for its summer 2015 schedule.

From its base in Madrid, the airline plans to operate flights to twelve destinations including Florence, Naples, Palermo, Catania and Verona in Italy, London Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh in the UK, Hamburg in Germany, Funchal in Portugal, Budapest in Hungary and Paris Charles de Gaulle in France.

They will also launch a non-stop flight from Asturias in the north of Spain to Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
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 Alongside its new routes, the Iberia Group will add 65 weekly flights to 24 existing Spanish, European and long-haul routes. These include destinations such as Mexico City, New York, Paris Orly, Lisbon, Tel Aviv, Venice, Dublin, Prague, Berlin, Stuttgart, Asturias, the Canary and Balearic Islands, and Galicia in northern Spain.

The 13 routes follow the eight new destinations the airline released this year for its 2014 schedule, including Montevideo, Santo Domingo, Amsterdam, Athens, Hanover, Istanbul, Stockholm and Stuttgart.

The airline also increased its capacity into Panama City and Santiago in Chile, as well the summer destinations such as St. Petersburg, Ibiza, Dubrovnik and Zagreb.
In 2014, the airline made improvements to its products and services, introducing new aircraft, new long-haul cabins, and a new brand image. The airline also celebrated record punctuality, with Iberia succeeding in becoming the world’s most punctual airline in June, August and October.

Iberia Express became Europe’s most punctual airline in the first half of the year, and both airlines have achieved their highest quality and recommendation feedback from passengers.

The Iberia Group fly to more than 100 destinations in 38 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Routes Online

American Airlines, which in the previous week touched down for the first time at Sao Paulo’s third busiest gateway, continued to expand its presence at Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP), with the addition of a new link from Miami, FL (MIA) on 2 December. The 6,474-kilometre sector will be served daily, utilising the oneworld member’s 209-seat 767-300s. No other airline serves this airport pair. As of 1 December, American is operating thrice-weekly from New York JFK to Viracopos. Miami currently offers services to a total of 11 destinations in Brazil, more than any other US airport.

American Airlines, which in the previous week touched down for the first time at Sao Paulo’s third busiest gateway, continued to expand its presence at Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP), with the addition of a new link from Miami, FL (MIA) on 2 December. The 6,474-kilometre sector will be served daily, utilising the oneworld member’s 209-seat 767-300s. No other airline serves this airport pair. As of 1 December, American is operating thrice-weekly from New York JFK to Viracopos. Miami currently offers services to a total of 11 destinations in Brazil, more than any other US airport.

Cathay Pacific Airways on Monday 8 December made Manchester (MAN) its newest long-haul destination from its Hong Kong (HKG) hub. The new four times weekly service on the 9,651-kilometre route will be operated by the airline’s 777-300ERs

Cathay Pacific Airways Cabin crew were joined by Angus Barclay, GM Europe, Cathay Pacific Airways and Charlie Cornish, Group Chief Executive of the Manchester Airports Group on Monday 8 December to celebrate the launch of the airline’s new four times weekly service to Hong Kong. The route will be operated by the airline’s twin-engined 777-300ERs. Eagle-eyed readers will note that the aircraft on top of the cake has four engines.

This becomes Manchester’s longest route this winter beating the 9,011-kilometre route to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico operated by Thomson Airways. Charlie Cornish, CEO of Manchester Airports Group (MAG) said, “It is an incredibly important and exciting day here at Manchester Airport and a delight to see our direct flights to China commence. Obtaining the route has been a key objective of ours for several years and to achieve it two years ahead of schedule is testament to the continued growth, development and role Manchester Airport has to play in UK aviation. Furthermore it is pleasing to see such strong load factors on the first flights, proving that demand for direct services is well and truly here in the North West, from the 100,000 people within our region, who currently travel to Hong Kong via London or other European hubs.” Cathay Pacific already operates five daily flights to London Heathrow.

quarta-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2014


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Airbus says first delivery of A350 to Qatar postponed

GENEVA, Dec 10 (Reuters) - First delivery of the new Airbus A350, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13, has been postponed and no new date has been set, the planemaker said on Wednesday.

"We are working very closely with Qatar Airways to meet our common goal to deliver their first A350 XWB very soon," an Airbus spokesman said.

Qatar Airways is the biggest customer for Airbus's new-generation wide-body aircraft.

Earlier this year, it delayed taking delivery of its first A380 superjumbo for several months in a dispute over cabin fittings.

American’s first 787 delivery delayed to 2015

American Airlines plans to take delivery of its first B787-8 in the first quarter of 2015, an at least two month delay from previous expectations of a November delivery.
 American had expected the delivery of two 787-8s before the end of the year and another 11 in 2015, the Ascend Fleets database shows.
The carrier has firm orders for 16 787-8s and 26 787-9s.
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