quarta-feira, 25 de novembro de 2015


Rui Silva - Lisboa / Alverca


Duncan Stewart - LAX


ABU DHABI -- Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, celebrated the highly-anticipated arrival of its award-winning Airbus A380 service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), welcoming and thanking guests travelling on the first flights between two of the world’s top travel destinations.
Etihad / Photo:FPP


José Ramon Valero - MAD

American Airlines Adds A321Sharklet New York – Boston Service from Dec 2015

American Airlines starting 17DEC15 plans to introduce Airbus A321Sharklet (32B) aircraft on New York JFK – Boston route, operating on 3 of 4 daily flights. The A321Sharklet aircraft operating on this route is configured in 2-class layout.

Note this route will be operated by 737-800 and Airbus A319 between 05JAN16 and 10FEB16. Service operates with A321Sharklet and 737-800 once again from 11FEB16.

AA144 JFK0755 – 0905BOS 32B x67
AA144 JFK0830 – 0934BOS 32B 7
AA084 JFK1200 – 1302BOS 32B 67
AA391 JFK1200 – 1302BOS 32B x67
AA235 JFK1540 – 1658BOS 738 5
AA199 JFK1545 – 1703BOS 32B D
AA235 JFK2035 – 2145BOS 738 x5

AA1262 BOS0600 – 0719JFK 738 D
AA144 BOS0945 – 1059JFK 32B x67
AA144 BOS1025 – 1134JFK 32B 7
AA198 BOS1342 – 1500JFK 32B D
AA2567 BOS1743 – 1914JFK 32B D
Airline Routes / Photo:Duncan Stewart - LAX

Dimonim Air leasing two Twin Otter-300s

Dimonim Air (Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) has leased a pair of DHC-6-300s from US-based firm, CAAMS Leasing. PK-HVM (cn 620) and PK-HVN (cn 389) arrived in Indonesia in September just prior to the implementation of a new Ageing Aircraft Law which requires aircraft going onto the Indonesian register to be 10 years old or less.


Duncan Stewart

terça-feira, 24 de novembro de 2015


On November 19, 2015, five modernized AN−32RE light military transports were passed to Indian Air Force. It was a final batch completing works on overhaul, modernization and service life extension of 40 airplanes. According to the contract’s terms, the 8th batch of the aircraft was modernized at SE Plant 410 of Civil Aviation with active participation of ANTONOV Company, the aircraft designer, and more than 20 other enterprises.

In accordance with the contract, 65 AN−32s have to be overhauled and reequipped into the AN−32RE model at BRD−1 plant of Indian AF in Kanpur with participation of Ukrainian enterprises. Till present, two airplanes were upgraded at this plant. Nowadays, Indian specialists are working on four such airplanes.

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 The contract on repair and modernization of 105 AN−32s of Indian AF between Ukraine and India was signed on June 15, 2009. State Self−Supporting Foreign Trade Company SPETSTECHNOEXPORT, subsidiary of UKROBORONPROM State Concern, was selected as the main contractor from Ukrainian party. ANTONOV Company, SE Plant 410 of Civil Aviation, which also included into UKROBORONPROM State Concern, became the subcontractors. 

AN−32 light transport was developed by ANTONOV Company on the order of Indian AF. It can be operated in various climatic conditions including hot climate (up to +55oC) and owing to high thrust−to−weight ratio it is capable of operation from/to the elevated airfields (up to 4500 m above sea level) with difficult approaches. Often AN−32s are the only aircraft able to provide connection between mountain settlements and big cities. The AN−32 deliveries were started in 1984.

The decision on the AN−32 modernization was taken because of lack of the proper replacement. Owing to high manoeuvrability and reliability the AN−32 was called as “Silver horse” in India.

New modification of the AN−32 was developed at ANTONOV Company. It was designated as AN−32RE (i.e. reequipped).  While upgrading, the airplanes are fitted with up−to−date equipment providing higher level of flight safety, including air collision avoidance system, ground proximity warning system, satellite navigation system, distance measuring equipment, upgraded radio altimeters, new radar with two multifunctional indicators, new oxygen system and improved seats for crew members. The aircraft payload is increased up to 7.5 t.

Airbus A320neo receives joint EASA and FAA Type Certification

Paving the way to first delivery

The world's best-selling single aisle aircraft, the A320neo, has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 24th November 2015. The certified aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines.

The EASA A320neo type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Certification Director Trevor Woods and the FAA A320neo Type Certificate by Jeffrey Duven, FAA Manager of Transport Airplane Directorate - Aircraft Certification Service. The Type Certificates were handed over to Airbus’ Executive Vice President Engineering, Charles Champion and Airbus A320neo Chief Engineer Pierre-Henri Brousse.

“This double seal of approval represents a great achievement for Airbus. It recognizes the hard work performed by all the teams at Airbus and Pratt & Whitney. It demonstrates the A320neo is meeting all requirements,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The A320neo is now cleared for its first delivery and ready to offer many airlines its winning combination of unbeatable economics and outstanding cabin comfort.”

The A320neo successfully completed a rigorous programme of certification which tested its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully met all airworthiness criteria.

The three flight test aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney engines successfully accumulated over 1,070 flight hours in some 350 flights. Of these 1,070 flight test hours, 300 were completed with the same aircraft in an airline like environment to ensure operational maturity at entry into service.

The A320neo with Pratt & Whitney engines is the first variant in the NEO Family to receive Type Certification. The A320neo with CFM engines will be certified in the coming months, the A321neo and A319neo in both engines variants will follow.

The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. Launched on 1st December 2010, the A320neo offers airlines an engine choice between the Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM and the CFM International LEAP 1A engines. With more than 4,300 orders received from over 75 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

Boeing Delivers Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ First Direct-Purchased Next-Generation 737-800

SEATTLE, Nov. 24, 2015 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Biman Bangladesh Airlines today celebrated the airline's first direct-purchased Next-Generation 737-800 as part of the country’s national airline’s fleet modernization plan.

“We are extremely satisfied with the Next-Generation 737-800 which has earned a worldwide reputation for its reliability and operational efficiency,” said Kyle Haywood, Managing Director & CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines. “Biman Bangladesh is on target to expand and modernize its fleet as well as offer our passengers a superior onboard experience.”

As part of the first phase of its fleet modernization plan, the Dhaka-based airline currently operates a total of six Boeing 777s and two Next-Generation 737-800s. With this delivery, Biman Bangladesh Airlines adds one additional 737-800 and has four 787 Dreamliners on order.

Boeing is very proud of Biman Bangladesh’s confidence in our products and we are certain the 737-800 will support the airline’s fleet modernization and operational efficiency goals,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president, Sales, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes “We look forward to continuing this partnership well into the future.”

Boeing, BOC Aviation Announce Order for 22 737s

Deal for 11 Next-Generation 737s and 11 737 MAX 8s fulfills growing customer demand for new technology, fuel efficient airplanes 

SINGAPORE, Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and BOC Aviation, announced an order for 22 737 airplanes, building on the leasing company's existing order book to fulfill customer demand.

The order, consisting of 11 Next-Generation 737-800s and 11 737 MAX 8 airplanes, will be posted to Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website once finalized.

"This order demonstrates our continued confidence in the Next Generation 737 aircraft for its proven high performance, reliability and asset value," said Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer of BOC Aviation. "The Next Generation 737 economics are very attractive to our customers. With the 737 MAX, we are investing in new technology aircraft to meet our customers' long-term fleet planning requirements."

In addition to today's announcement, BOC Aviation has ordered 167 737 airplanes, including 50 737 MAXs and 16 777s.

"BOC Aviation has played an important role in the success of the 737 program and we're delighted they have again put their confidence in Boeing and the 737 family," said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This new order, on top of the 2014 order for 80 737s, is proof of BOC Aviation's leading position in the leasing market, providing its customers with the most reliable and fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes."

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 new single-aisle airplane will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class – 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor.

BOC Aviation is a leading global aircraft leasing company with a portfolio of 253 owned and managed aircraft operated by 59 airlines worldwide in 29 countries, with commitments to acquire 203 aircraft, as of 30 September 2015. BOC Aviation, owned by Bank of China, is based in Singapore with offices in Dublin, London, Seattle and Tianjin.

Boeing, EVA Airways Finalize Taiwan's Largest Ever Commercial Airplane Purchase

Deal includes up to 24 787-10 Dreamliners and two 777-300ERs
EVA joins 787-10 launch customer airline group, will be first Taiwanese carrier to operate Dreamliner

SEATTLE, Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and EVA Airways today finalized a historic order for up to 24 787-10 Dreamliners and two 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners. The order, valued at more than $8 billion at current list prices, marks the largest single commercial airplane purchase in Taiwan aviation.

"EVA participated in development of the Boeing 777-300ER and became a launch customer in 2005," said EVA President Austin Cheng. "From that first delivery through today, we operate 22 of these high-performance long-haul aircraft. We believe the future of the airline industry will be built on fuel efficiency and cabin comfort. The new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner's high fuel efficiency and long-range flying capabilities meets these requirements and our operational needs. These planes will support our growth well into the future."

EVA Airways becomes the newest Dreamliner customer and will join the 787-10 launch customer team as one of the first airlines in the world to introduce the newest member of the 787 Dreamliner family.

"We are honored to welcome EVA Airways as Boeing's newest member of the 787-10 Dreamliner launch customer group," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "For many years, EVA Air has been pushing the boundaries of aviation. Ten years ago, EVA was a launch customer for the 777-300ER. With today's order, Boeing is proud to continue playing an integral role in revolutionizing Taiwan's aviation history as EVA becomes one of the first customers around the world to operate the 787-10."

EVA Airways continues to modernize its long-haul fleet to replace aging aircraft and plans to grow its fleet to more than 100 units by 2020. These new 787-10 Dreamliners will allow the airline to expand into new markets. They will be deployed on medium-range and long-haul flights and will be operated in tandem with the 777-300ERs to form the backbone of EVA Airways' fleet.

EVA Airways currently operates more than 40 Boeing airplanes and with today's order, the airline's backlog will increase to 37 airplanes, which includes fourteen 777-300ERs, five 777 Freighters and eighteen 787-10s.

EVA Airways' 777-300ER fleet continues to grow and the carrier is the world's eighth largest 777-300ER operator in the world and fourth largest in Asia.

The 787-10 will be the third and longest member of the super-efficient 787 family. With its greater passenger and cargo capacity, robust range and passenger-pleasing features, the 787-10 will complement EVA's Boeing widebody fleet while setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics.

The 787-10 will be 25 percent better in fuel and emissions than the airplanes it replaces and more than 10 percent better than anything offered by the competition for the future.

Red Wings eyes ex-Transaero Tu-214s

Red Wings (Russia) (WZ, Moscow Vnukovo) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Evgeny Klyucharev has confirmed his airline is in talks with lessor Ilyushin Finance Co. to take over three Tu-214s formerly in service with Transaero Airlines (UN, Moscow Vnukovo). 

The three aircraft - RA-64509 (msn 42305009), RA-64518 (msn 42305018), and RA-64549 (msn 42305013) - have been parked at Moscow Domodedovo following Transaero's collapse last month.

Klyucharev told journalists in Moscow last week that the Tu-214s would increase Red Wings' network coverage given the type's added range over the Tu-204 model of which Red Wings currently operates nine.

Aside from the Tupolev Design Bureau (Moscow Zhukovsky) twinjets, Red Wings also operates five SSJ 100-95s with plans to add five more airframes next year.

All of Red Wings' aircraft are leased from IFC.




Duncan Stewart - LAX

segunda-feira, 23 de novembro de 2015

ANA Plans One-off Boeing 787-9 Los Angeles – London Gatwick Charter in Dec 2015

Star Alliance member ANA in mid-December 2015 is operating charter service on Los Angeles – London Gatwick route, with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Los Angeles departure is scheduled on 15DEC15, while London Gatwick departure scheduled on 18DEC15.

As usual, GDS system as well as OAG Schedules Analyser does not specifically indicate whether this will be operated by Star Wars R2-D2 ANA Jet, however this charter flight is most likely to be operated by this Star Wars jet.

NH1977 LAX1330 – 0810+1LGW 789 15DEC15
NH1978 LGW1010 – 1300LAX 789 18DEC15
Airline Routes / ANA

American Airlines Revises Boeing 787 Dallas – Madrid Service in 16Q1

American Airlines in recent schedule update has extended planned Boeing 787-8 operations on Dallas – Madrid route, currently scheduled from 05JAN16 to 02MAR16 (US departure). The oneWorld member previously scheduled Dreamliner operation on this route until 10FEB16.

AA036 DFW1745 – 0955+1MAD 788 x13
AA037 MAD1220 – 1645DFW 788 x24
This route is currently operated by Boeing 777-200ER.
Airline Routes / Photo: AA

DELTA New York – Amsterdam Dec 2015/Jan 2016 Aircraft Changes

DELTA during Christmas/New Year period plans operational aircraft changes for New York JFK – Amsterdam route, as Boeing 777-200ER scheduled to operate from 18DEC15 to 02JAN16 (except selected dates; US departure). The 777 will replace A330-300 aircraft on this route.

DL475 JFK1700 – 0600+1AMS 777 D
DL049 AMS1020 – 1247JFK 777 D
Airline Routes / Photo:Duncan Stewart - LAX

Int'Air Îles begins Let 410 operations

Int'Air Îles has begun scheduled Let 410 operations following the arrival of its maiden aircraft of the type - D6-NOA (cn 2719) - last month.

Formerly in service in Brazil as PR-NOA with NOAR Linhas Aéreas (Joao Pessoa), the twinprop was acquired by the Comorian state before being disposed of to the airline.

Since its inaugural flight late last month, the twinprop has begun regular rotations around the Comorian archipelago as well as to Majunga in Madagascar and Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.

Int'Air Îles also operates two Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208Bs and two Cessna (twin turboprop) 404s though government has tasked it with acquiring larger aircraft to open up flights to Kenya and Mau
ritius. The B737-200Adv and the ARJ-85 have been touted as options in the past.

Finnair Starts First A350 Long-Haul Flight to Shanghai

The first A350 XWB of Finnair (AY) landed smoothly at Terminal 2 of Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) on Sunday morning, marking the A350 XWB aircraft's inaugural flight on Helsinki-Shanghai route. As Europe's first Airbus A350 XWB operator, Finnair is also the world's first airline to fly the A350 XWB to China.

Shanghai has been selected by Finnair as its first long-haul destination served with the A350 XWB, which will provide strong support for the European carrier's strategy in China. Finnair intends to double its Asian traffic by 2020 from the 2010 baseline, and the A350 fleet investment is the backbone of this strategy. Meanwhile, Helsinki-Shanghai route is one of the most important routes to this strategy.

"Finnair has worked on A350XWB programme for ten years, today we are here at Shanghai China to celebrate the first Finnair Airbus A350 XWB enters into long-haul service on Helsinki-Shanghai route. This moment heralds a new and exciting chapter in Finnair's 92 year history. A350 will make great contribution to both passenger and cargo for China market. On behave of Finnair, I sincere hope everyone would join us to look forward the wonderful performance of Finnair's A350 fleet", said Pekka Vauram, Finnair CEO.

Shanghai is the A350's first destination in China. Travelers can have an extraordinary experience on the world's newest aircraft with its brand new in-flight entertainment system, wi-fi service and unique Nordic experience. The new aircraft is quiet and spacious, which enables passangers to enjoy their journey even more than before.

The airline's A350 XWB aircraft is configured with 297 seats, including 46 business seats, 208 economy seats and 43 economy comfort seats in the front of the economy class cabin.

"As Finnair was the first Western European airline to fly to China in 1988, it is only fitting to operate Europe's first A350 into this market, with Shanghai being selected as one of our most important destinations. We are delighted to see the Shanghai market continuing to grow in a sustainable manner," said Lars Olofsson, Sales Director, Greater China at Finnair.

With the new A350, Finnair will continue to enhance products and services, expand new destinations in Europe, and contribute on making passengers' journey more convenient and comfortable, he added.

The airline has ordered a total of 19 A350s and took delivery of its first A350 in October. It is expected to receive four aircraft of the type by the end of 2015, with another seven being delivered in 2016 and 2017. The complete order will be fulfilled by 2023.

Besides Shanghai, Finnair is scheduled to start flying its A350 to Beijing and Hong Kong in the following months.

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José Ramón Valero

domingo, 22 de novembro de 2015

“Star Wars™ ANA JET” Ready to Fly on Japan Domestic Routes!

Star Wars™ ANA JET to feature new, original paper cups and headrest covers Original R2-D2™ ANA Jet film begin to be shown on in-flight entertainment.

TOKYO, November 5, 2015 - As part of the Star Wars™ Project, ANA plans to fly three aircraft with special livery, and on November 22, 2015 one of those jets, the Star Wars™ ANA JET (Boeing 767-300) will fly for the first time as ANA’s flight number NH14 departing Itami Airport in Osaka bound for Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Star Wars™ ANA Jet will then fly on various other domestic routes. The aircraft will feature new, original paper cup and headrest cover designs to immerse passengers into the world of Star Wars.

From December 1 on the international routes, passengers will also be able to enjoy an original film on the in-flight entertainment system featuring the R2-D2™ ANA Jet, which already went into service from October 18. The film includes footage from the process of applying the special R2-D2 livery paint to the ceremonial charter flight event hosted on October 17 to mark the first passenger flight of the aircraft.

<Star Wars™ ANA JET First Flight>
Date: November 22, 2015
Flight No: NH14 Itami (Osaka) 7:30am - Haneda (Tokyo) 8:40am


Duncan Stewart - LAX

LION AIR - B737-800W - PK-LPK

Andika Primasiwi - Semarang - Achmad Yani International, Indonesia

Copa Airlines Celebrates 100th Airplane with Special Decal on Boeing Next-Generation 737

Panama's flag carrier relies on 737 family to link Americas through Panama City hub

SEATTLE, Nov. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Copa Airlines (NYSE: CPA) took delivery of the 100th airplane to join its fleet, a Boeing 737-800 decorated with a special decal celebrating the airline achieving this important milestone.

The airplane, leased from SMBC Aviation Capital, flew from Seattle to its Panama City home base, where it was welcomed by a special ceremony.

"We are proud to celebrate this historic achievement for our company and for the country – a result of the efforts of our more than 9,000 dedicated coworkers, and the support of our customers, suppliers, government entities and partners," said Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines. "This aircraft symbolizes our airline's steady growth during its 68-year history, as well as the enhancement of Panama's connectivity with the world and its reputation as a major logistics and tourism center, all of which translate to better opportunities for development for the country and for all Panamanians."

With this new airplane, Copa now has 77 Next-Generation 737s in its fleet. In April, the airline signed an order for 61 737 MAX airplanes.

The 737 MAX builds on the strengths of today's Next-Generation 737 by incorporating 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. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 14 percent fuel-use improvement over today's most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes.

Copa Airlines allows passengers to make fast and convenient connections to 74 destinations in 31 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through its Hub of the Americas in Panama City, the airline hub with the most international connections in Latin America. For the last two consecutive years, FlightStats has recognized Copa as "Best Airline in Latin America" for its on-time performance and quality of service.

sexta-feira, 20 de novembro de 2015

SpiceJet has increased the number of direct services to Dubai by adding new flights from Amritsar and Kozhikode.

The 2,025-kilometre sector from Amritsar will operate daily (except Saturdays) and face direct competition from Air India Express (daily flights). The 2,675-kilometre route from Kozhikode will operate daily and go up against Air India, Air India Express and IndiGo, all of whom operate daily flights. SpiceJet already serves Dubai from six other Indian cities; Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kochi, Madurai, Mumbai and Pune

Azul Airlines started Orlando flights from Belo Horizonte on 16 November, adding to the airline’s existing services to the US destination ‒ a daily Sao Paulo Viracopos operation

The 6,677-kilometre route will be flown thrice-weekly, using the airline’s 272-seat A330-200 fleet. From 14 December, the service will be expanded to a daily frequency. The route currently has no incumbent airline operating the city pair.
aenna / Photo:Rui Silva