sábado, 26 de maio de 2018

Allegiant SVP to head Canada's Jetlines, invest in equity

Jetlines (Vancouver Int'l) has appointed Lukas Johnson, who has recently resigned as Allegiant Air (G4, Las Vegas McCarran) Senior Vice-President (Commercial), as the Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier's new CEO. Johnson will also acquire a 5% stake in the carrier's subsidiary, Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd., for CAD700,000 (USD544,000), the airline has announced.
Johnson's tenure as Jetlines CEO will officially commence on June 18, 2018, until when the current CEO Stan Gadek will continue to lead the carrier.

Johnson will bring eight-year senior management experience from Allegiant Air where he held a number of executive positions prior to his resignation in mid-May 2018.
His shares in Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. will have limited rights and will be subject to certain restrictions, including a two-year restriction on transfer. Subsequently, the shares will be redeemable by either the airline or Johnson.

Jetlines, founded in 2013, had earlier announced it would launch in June 2018 with hubs at Halifax and Abbotsford. However, this timeline has been delayed as the airline struggled to secure leases for B737-800 aircraft in a considerably tightened market. It now plans to firm up a lease commitment for two A320-200s by the end of this quarter. A new timeline for launch will be announced once the airline has secured the aircraft.
The Canadian ULCC also has a firm order for five B737 MAX 7s directly with Boeing but deliveries of the type are not expected to commence before 2019.

Germania prepares for A320neo service entry

Berlin-based Germania Group has established an entry-into-service process for the Airbus A320neos, which will join the fleet in January 2020.

Germania CEO Karsten Balke said the investment and fleet standardization represents the most extensive modernization program in the airline’s history.

In July 2016, Germania ordered 25 180-seat Airbus A320neos, with 15 options, in a deal valued at $2.7 billion. The carrier selected Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan (GTF) engines to power the A320neos.
With A320neo fleet, Germania is counting on a 15% reduction in fuel consumption per seat and is estimating a reduction in maintenance costs by more than 5%.

Germania transports more than 3 million passengers per year from 20 European airports to more than 55 destinations within the continent, North Africa and the Middle East.

Together with its Swiss affiliated company Germania Flug AG and Bulgarian Eagle, the airline operates 36 aircraft.
Kurt Hofmann,

NordWind expands its narrow-body fleet

NordWind, which is part of Turkish-backed Pegas Touristik Group, has added an eighth Airbus А321 narrow-body to its fleet (Sergey Sergeev)

Supporting its effort to diversify from being predominantly a charter specialist into a balance of leisure and scheduled operations, Russia’s NordWind Airlines is adjusting its capacity according to the new strategy and in response to growing demand.

The airline which, along with sister carrier Pegas Fly is part of Turkish-backed Pegas Touristik Group, has added an eighth Airbus А321 narrow-body to its fleet and is expecting the delivery of a ninth of the type shortly.

The newly arrived aircraft is a 10-year-old A321, with tail number VQ-BRL, and is powered by IAE V2500 engines and fitted with 214 passenger seats in a single economy-class configuration. It has been delivered under an operational lease agreement with Aircastle.

NordWind’s A321 fleet is expected to reach nine airframes before the end of this year. The eighth, as well as the ninth, were previously operated by defunct British holiday airline Monarch Airlines.

NordWind’s Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) lists 22 aircraft registered with the airline as of May of this year: two Airbus А330-200s, six Вoeing 777s, eight Airbus А321s and six Вoeing 737-800s. However, according to a public tracking service, only 19 of these are currently in service, showing instead that three wide-bodies (a Boeing 777 with tail number VP-BJH and two Airbus A330s, VP-BYV and VP-BYU) are currently idling in Istanbul. Reportedly, the A330s were leased from Turkish Airlines under short-term contracts, and have now been repatriated to Turkey and will shortly be replaced with long-term leased aircraft of the same type, it is claimed.

At the same time, the airline is expanding its long-haul fleet, which is expected to reach 10 aircraft before the end of this year. A sixth Boeing 777 has recently entered service.

NordWind and Pegas Fly plan to expand their joint fleet to 50 aircraft this year. Pegas Fly currently operates four Вoeing 737s, six Вoeing 767s and an Embraer 190. The airline is expecting to take delivery of six more E190s.
by ES in Air Transport,

Uzbekistan Airways’ latest Boeing 787 starts service with Moscow flight

Uzbekistan Airways’ new Dreamliner has more passenger seats than the other two B787s in its fleet, and features a crew rest area (Uzbekistan Airways)

Uzbekistan’s flagship air carrier Uzbekistan Airways has taken delivery of its third Boeing 787-8. Sporting tail number UK78703, the aircraft operated its first commercial flight from Tashkent to Moscow on May 20 with 244 passengers on board, the airline reports.

The latest addition provides 270 seats – 24 in business and 246 in economy class – compared with the 246-seat first two Dreamliners in Uzbekistan Airways’s fleet, and also features a crew rest compartment. All three aircraft are powered by GE Aviation Genx-1В engines.

Uzbekistan Airways initiated commercial operations of the type in September 2016 and now, with the aircraft operating flights to Dubai, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Frankfurt, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and New York, the airline is claiming 100 per cent dispatch reliability of its Dreamliners. The plan is to have at least six B787s in its fleet by 2020.

After abandoning the operation of its fleet of Ilyushin IL-114-100, Russian/Soviet-made turboprops on May 1 this year, Uzbekistan Airways is now a western-built-only jet operator. It currently flies 22 passenger airliners, including three Boeing 787-8s, six Boeing 767-300ERs, four Boeing 757-200s and nine Airbus A320s. Four more aircraft – a Boeing 757 and three Avro RJ85s, which are also registered with the airline – are, apparently, grounded. The national carrier also operates two Boeing 767-300F freighters and two VIP-configured aircraft, a B767-300ER and an A320, for the transportation of the country’s high-ranking officials.

Last year the airline carried 2.7 million passengers, exceeding its 2016 results by 9.4 per cent.
by ES in Air Transport

quarta-feira, 23 de maio de 2018


Marcelo Fouquet de Biasi

Boeing, Xiamen Airlines Celebrate Delivery of Carrier’s First 737 MAX Jet

Fast-growing Chinese carrier has doubled its fleet in less than five years; plans to double it again

SEATTLE, May 23, 2018 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the first 737 MAX airplane and the 200th Boeing jet to Xiamen Airlines, a fast-growing Chinese carrier that has doubled its fleet in less than five years and has plans to double it again to serve more domestic and international passengers.

“The addition of the new Boeing 737 MAX is a major milestone for Xiamen Airlines as we execute our development roadmap,” said Che Shanglun, chairman of Xiamen Airlines. “We plan to expand our fleet to 568 airplanes by 2035, and evolve into a competitive world-class airline serving the globe, doing our part in helping China build a human community with shared destiny.”

Established in 1984, Xiamen Airlines, headquartered in Xiamen in southeastern China, began operations with two leased 737s serving three cities. Today, the airline operates 400 routes across China, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.

In addition to its rapid growth, Xiamen Airlines has achieved 31 consecutive years of profitability while operating an all-Boeing fleet of 737s, 757s, and 787 Dreamliners. The carrier took delivery of its 100th Boeing airplane in November, 2013.

Xiamen will introduce the new 737 MAX 8 into its fleet and is one of the launch customers for the new 737 MAX 10.

“Xiamen Airlines has achieved incredible success and Boeing is extremely proud to have been their partner from day one,” said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer. “The delivery of the first 737 MAX to Xiamen builds on a partnership that has spanned three decades and signals the beginning of an even brighter future together. We are confident the MAX will help Xiamen fly farther, improve fuel efficiency and provide greater comfort for their passengers.”

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,500 orders from nearly 100 customers worldwide.

The family of airplanes is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, and includes design updates such as Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglet that will result in less drag and optimize performance, especially on longer-range missions. Together, these improvements reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions by at least 14 percent compared to today’s Next-Generation 737s – and by 20 percent more than the single-aisle airplanes they replace.

ACJ320neo Family enters production

Manufacture of the first ACJ320neo has begun, with elements taking shape across Europe and final assembly due to begin in ...

Family highlighted at EBACE show

Manufacture of the first ACJ320neo[1] has begun, with elements taking shape across Europe and final assembly due to begin in June, followed by the first delivery of the ‘green’ aircraft to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter of this year. A second ACJ320neo will follow by year-end.

Deliveries of the first ACJ319neo, for K5 Aviation, will begin in the second quarter of 2019, marking a further step in the creation of the new corporate jet family. Orders for the ACJ320 Family now total nine aircraft, comprising three ACJ319neo and six ACJ320neo aircraft.

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) is highlighting the ACJ320neo Family, which also includes the ACJ319neo, at the EBACE show[2], where it will be present with a stand shared with Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH). Two of today’s ACJ319s are also on display at EBACE.

“New engines and Sharklets enable the ACJ320neo Family to link even more of the world nonstop, in a large and comfortable cabin that is the envy of other business jet manufacturers,” said ACJ President Benoit Defforge.

The ACJ319neo can fly eight passengers 6,750 nm/12,500 km or 15 hours, while the ACJ320neo can transport 25 passengers 6,000 nm/11,100 km or 13 hours.

With wider and taller interiors than any other business jet, the ACJ320neo Family capitalises on the trend toward bigger cabins, delivering unmatched comfort, space and freedom in an aircraft of similar size and operating costs, with the modernity and value sought by customers today.

All Airbus corporate jets are derived from the world’s most modern aircraft family, delivering the benefits of an airliner heritage that is unmatched by traditional business jets.

These include a robust reliability that comes from aircraft that are designed to fly many times a day in airline service, simplicity and efficiency in maintenance, and a worldwide support network that is sized to serve more than 500 customers and operators flying over 10,000 aircraft.

ACJ customers also benefit from services tailored to their specific needs, such as the Airbus Corporate Jet customer-care centre (C4you) and ACJ Service Centre Network.

For customers wanting even more passenger capacity plus nonstop-to-the-world range, Airbus offers a complete family of VIP widebodies, which includes the new ACJ330neo and ACJ350 XWB families.

More than 190 Airbus corporate jets are in service worldwide. They are flying on every continent, including Antarctica, highlighting their versatility around the clock, around the world.

Together, ACJ and ACH are uniquely well placed to provide modern and efficient combined solutions to the air travel needs of customers worldwide, being the only manufacturer offering both business jets and helicopters.

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About Airbus Corporate Jets

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) creates the world’s most rewarding flying experiences for customers by providing them with unique expertise, the finest service, best technology and highest standards of care in corporate aviation. All Airbus corporate jets come from the most modern aircraft family on the market, derived from Airbus’ successful market-leading jetliners.

Allegiant receives its first U.S.-produced Airbus aircraft

Celebrating the delivery of Airbus’ first U.S.-produced A320 jetliner for Allegiant Air were executives from Airbus and Allegiant Air, along with a team of Allegiant employees and representatives of the more than 380 Airbus employees at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama

Allegiant Air has taken delivery of its first U.S.-produced A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Allegiant Air, a team of Allegiant employees, and representatives of the more than 380 Airbus employees at the production facility.

Bob Lekites, Executive Vice President of Customers for Airbus Americas said, “Airbus is committed to developing and producing fuel-efficient, passenger-friendly aircraft that are leaders in the evolving airline marketplace. Our partnership with Allegiant Air, coupled with our commitment to producing innovative aircraft, has allowed Allegiant to expand their ultra-low cost consumer flight options. We are proud to deliver Allegiant their first Airbus aircraft manufactured in Mobile, and we look forward to providing them more aircraft that exceed customer expectations.”

“Today’s delivery is an exciting milestone for Allegiant and our ongoing commitment to providing access to affordable, safe and reliable air travel for many people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to fly,” said Maury Gallagher, CEO and chairman, Allegiant. “This delivery is also an important step in our transition to an all-Airbus fleet, increasing efficiencies across our entire operation, and bringing economic advantages in fuel savings, higher seat capacity and more.”

The Airbus Manufacturing Facility in Mobile is delivering A320 Family aircraft at a rate of four per month – with the Allegiant delivery marking the facility’s 69th aircraft delivered since operations began in 2015.

The entire operation requires a team of dedicated employees of which more than 80 percent of are from the Gulf Coast region with nearly one third being U.S. Military Veterans. In addition to supporting hundreds of local jobs, the Mobile area has seen many Airbus suppliers open new facilities in the region, providing even more employment and a parallel boost to the local economy.

Demonstrating the adage “The Sun Never Sets on Airbus Manufacturing” – Airbus aircraft are now produced around the clock, 24 hours a day, at facilities in Mobile, Alabama; Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin, China.

Royal Brunei NW18 long-haul service changes

Royal Brunei on Monday (21MAY18) announced long-haul service changes, scheduled to commence on 28OCT18. The airline’s sole European service to London Heathrow, will be operating on nonstop basis, replacing existing 1-stop service via Dubai. Planned changes as follows.

effective till 27OCT18
Bandar Seri Begawan – Dubai – London Heathrow 1 daily 787-8
BI097 BWN1950 – 0005+1DXB0135+1 – 0555+1LHR 787 4
BI097 BWN2025 – 0040+1DXB0150+1 – 0625+1LHR 787 x4
BI098 LHR1745 – 0345+1DXB0515+1 – 1730+1BWN 787 D

effective from 28OCT18
Bandar Seri Begawan – Dubai 4 weekly 787-8
BI007 BWN0020 – 0500DXB 787 x246
BI008 DXB0600 – 1800BWN 787 x246

Bandar Seri Begawan – London Heathrow 1 daily 787-8
BI003 BWN0015 – 0650LHR 787 D
BI004 LHR1705 – 1440+1BWN 787 D

Bandar Seri Begawan – Melbourne Schedule change for Melbourne departure, moving from noon to evening hours. 1 daily 787-8
BI005 BWN1900 – 0500+1MEL 787 D
BI006 MEL1840 – 2240BWN 787 D

The adjustment marks the launch of airline’s nonstop service to Europe, bypassing The Middle East. The airline launched European service in 1990, initially operating with Boeing 757, via points in the Middle East. Operational dates listed below is based on data from OAG, actual launch date may vary.

01JUN90 – 31AUG91 Bandar Seri Begawan – Bangkok – Dubai – Frankfurt (2 weekly)
21NOV90 – 31MAY91 Bandar Seri Begawan – Singapore – Dubai – London Gatwick (2 weekly)

Boeing 767 introduced from June 1991, which saw the airline operated various routing up to October 2018 (including Boeing 787 in recent years):
Bandar Seri Begawan – Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow
Bandar Seri Begawan – Bangkok – Abu Dhabi – Frankfurt
Bandar Seri Begawan – Bangkok – Dubai – Frankfurt
Bandar Seri Begawan – Bangkok – Frankfurt
Bandar Seri Begawan – Bangkok – Sharjah – Frankfurt
Bandar Seri Begawan – Dubai – Frankfurt – London Heathrow
Bandar Seri Begawan – Dubai – London Heathrow
Bandar Seri Begawan – Kuala Lumpur – Bahrain – Zurich
Bandar Seri Begawan – Singapore – Dubai – London Heathrow
Bandar Seri Begawan – Yangon – Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow

Service to London Heathrow was launched in June 1991, replacing Gatwick; Zurich was offered between 1993 and 1996, Frankfurt served until September 2007
By Jim Liu - Routesonline

euroAtlantic Airways adds used B767s, mulls order options

euroAtlantic Airways (YU, Lisbon) has announced it has acquired three B767-300(ER)s from Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) as part of its fleet expansion plans. Of the three aircraft, understood to be msn 33047, 33048, and 33049, two are at Naples Int'l undergoing C-Checks and reconfiguration. The third will shortly be ferried from Beijing Capital to Europe. All three are due in service by July 14.

"The arrival of these Boeing B767-300ER that used to belong to Hainan Airways, a TAP Air Portugal shareholder, will ensure we can fulfil our contracts over the coming years and foresee the acquisition of new models," euroAtlantic owner and chairman Tomaz Metello said in a statement. "US manufacturer Boeing is still on our radar but we are also looking at European builder Airbus in the future if it offers better cost/benefit options and we will take our structural decisions accordingly."
The Portuguese ACMI/charter specialist's fleet currently consists of one B777-200(ER), six B767-300(ER) passenger jets and one B737-800.
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iFly adds narrow-bodies to its fleet

An Airbus А319, with the tail number EI-GFN, has arrived at iFly’s Vnukovo, Moscow base (Alexander Mishin / Transport-photo.com)

In a move aimed at improving the flexibility of its capacity management, Russian leisure airline iFly is adding two smaller aircraft to its fleet of long-haul jets.

An Airbus A319, a new type for iFly, has been seen at Vnukovo, the airline’s base airport. Until now the carrier has operated only long-haul aircraft: six wide-body Airbus A330s and one single-aisle Boeing 757-200.

The newly-arrived A319, registered as EI-GFN, was previously operated by the three Russian carriers RusLine, Tatarstan and VIM Airlines, the last two of which went out of business. The first operator of the 13-year old aircraft was EasyJet.

The airline first signalled its interest in narrow-body operations in 2015. “We want to slightly reduce our capacity whilst at the same time remaining in our price segment, because our partners demand very stringent price-per-seat requirements on some routes,” an executive of the airline told Russian Aviation Insider at the time. “Besides that, our strategy is based on the highest efficiency of fleet operations. So we focus on aircraft with an average age of between 10 and 12 years, with their predictable operation costs. It will either be the Boeing 737-800 with 189 seats, or an Airbus A319 seating 156 passengers,” he revealed.

Founded in late 2009, iFly’s original purpose was to transport holidaymakers for the Tez Tour travel agency. In March this year an unnamed company, with Hong Kong backing, acquired a share in the airline.
In 2017 iFly entered the list of Russia’s Top-20 airlines, having carried 744,200 passengers, up 84.3 per cent on the previous year.
by ES in Air Transport, Russia

terça-feira, 22 de maio de 2018


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Alaska Airlines gets 'animated' with newly themed plane featuring artwork from Disney•Pixar's Incredibles 2

SEATTLE, May 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ahead of the highly-anticipated release of Disney•Pixar's Incredibles 2 on June 15, Alaska Airlines unveiled a special-edition plane today, featuring moviegoers' favorite family of "Supers." The Incredibles 2-themed plane, Alaska's first Disney•Pixar film livery, was unveiled to a crowd of more than 2,000 cheering students during Aviation Day at the airlines' Seattle hangar.

"This plane will delight guests of all ages from San Francisco to New York and beyond," said Natalie Bowman, Alaska Airlines' managing director of brand marketing and advertising. "Like all of us at Alaska Airlines, many of our guests have anxiously awaited Incredibles 2. We're honored to take this incredible family to new heights and share the imagery with travelers across our expansive route network."

Decked out in their Incredible super suits, the Parr family—Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack—spans the fuselage. Guests boarding the Incredibles 2 plane will see a logo when they board. An image of the raccoon from the film, Jack-Jack's nemesis, will delight guests seated over the wings.

"These characters are among the most celebrated characters in the Pixar family," said Incredibles 2 producers Nicole Grindle and John Walker. "After waiting 14 years to see them on the big screen again, fans will love seeing them on their Alaska Airlines plane, too."

The unique design is a collaboration between Disney•Pixar and Alaska Airlines. The Incredibles 2-themed 737-800, tail number N519AS, begins flying throughout Alaska's route network Sunday. With a cruising speed of 530 mph and sporting larger-than-life images of the "Supers," the plane will visit fans throughout the country via transcontinental routes and flights to Hawaii.

Disney fans can follow @AlaskaAir on Twitter and facebook.com/alaskaairlines to learn about promotional activities leading up to the June 15 release of Incredibles 2.

Alaska's Disneyland Resort-themed planes include the "Spirit of Disneyland II," launched in 2009; and the "Adventure of Disneyland Resort" Cars Land at Disney California Adventure plane, which made its debut in 2013.

About Incredibles 2

In "Incredibles 2," Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of "normal" life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don't shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That's what makes this family so Incredible.

Written and directed by Brad Bird ("Iron Giant," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille") and produced by John Walker ("The Incredibles," "Tomorrowland") and Nicole Grindle ("Sanjay's Super Team" short, "Toy Story 3" associate producer), Disney•Pixar's "Incredibles 2" busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.


  • Six additional 787-9s ordered for Qantas International 
  • Retirement of last six 747-400s by end 2020 
  • Will bring improved efficiency, passenger comfort and route options 

Qantas has today announced an order for six additional Boeing 787-9s to fly on its international network, bringing its fleet of Dreamliners to 14 by the end of 2020.

The arrival of the new aircraft will enable the airline to accelerate retirement of its last six Boeing 747s – an aircraft type that has been in its fleet in various forms since 1971.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the announcement was an important moment for the national carrier.

“This really is the end of one era and the start of another. The jumbo has been the backbone of Qantas International for more than 40 years and we’ve flown almost every type that Boeing built. It’s fitting that its retirement is going to coincide with our centenary in 2020,” Mr Joyce said.

“Over the years, each new version of the 747 allowed Qantas to fly further and improve what we offered passengers. The Dreamliners are now doing the same thing.

“The 787 has better economics and a longer range, and its already opened up new routes like Perth to London. With a larger fleet of Dreamliners, we’ll be looking at destinations in the Americas, Asia, South Africa and Europe.

“By the end of 2020 we’ll have farewelled the 747, finished upgrading the cabins of our A380s, and welcomed our fourteenth 787. That’s a great proposition for our customers and creates some really exciting opportunities for our people,” added Mr Joyce.

Qantas expects to invest in an additional 787 simulator to assist with training more of its pilots to operate the new aircraft. This comes on top of the Qantas Group Pilot Academy

opening in 2019.

Interiors of the additional 787s will feature the same configuration as the existing aircraft. The Qantas Dreamliner carries fewer passengers than the larger 747 (236 seats vs 364) and has a greater focus on Business and Premium Economy seating.

However, the reduced maintenance needs of the 787 plus more efficient aircraft patterning and reduced payload restrictions on long routes mean the actual impact on overall capacity for Qantas International is expected to be negligible. The Dreamliner burns approximately 20 per cent less fuel.

To date, Qantas has taken delivery of four 787-9s with a further four due to arrive by the end of 2018. The six announced today will arrive between late 2019 and mid-to-late 2020.

There are currently ten 747-400s left in the fleet and these will be steadily retired between July this year and the end of 2020. Qantas received the last of its 747s new from Boeing in 2003, which will be 17 years old at time of retirement.

MaxAir adds maiden B737

MaxAir (Nigeria) (VM, Katsina) has taken delivery of its first B737-300 following the arrival of 5N-DMB (msn 28331) in Kano from Tucson Int'l this past weekend.
In a statement to the Nigerian press, Director Operations, Captain Ibrahim Dilli, said the carrier had acquired three B737s, the remaining two of which would deliver in the coming days.
Once in-country, MaxAir will deploy the aircraft on scheduled flights between Lagos, Kano, and Abuja. No launch date has yet been revealed.
MaxAir also has three B747-400s which it uses for Hajj charter flights.
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Ugandan gov't orders CRJs, A330s for new national carrier

The Government of Uganda has pushed ahead with its plans to establish a new national carrier.

According to The Monitor newspaper, Minister for Works and Transport, Monica Azuba-Ntege, told a media gathering in Kampala this week that government has made an initial cash deposit of approximately UGX4.43 billion Ugandan shillings (USD1.2 million) for the purchase of six aircraft.

Of the funds, Azuba-Ntege said UGX1.5 billion (USD403,133) had been put down for four CRJ-900s from Bombardier (BBA, Montréal Trudeau) while the remainder had been paid to Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for two A330-200s. Of the sextet of aircraft, the Bombardiers are expected to deliver first.

Insofar as managerial infrastructure is concerned, the minister said that the Uganda National Airline Company has already been registered, an interim board and management appointed, and a business plan also approved by Cabinet. The carrier is expected to start flights in November this year.

Azuba said Uganda Airlines will also operate ancillary services such as groundhandling and catering among other tasks.

sábado, 19 de maio de 2018

PIA adorns aircraft with national animal Markhor logo

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has introduced a new livery with its logo and design to include a painting of the Markhor, the national animal which inhabits the mountainous regions of the country.
The Markhor will be visible on the aircraft tail, while the cockpit of PIA planes integrates the Pakistan’s flag, accompanied by PIA – written in English and Urdu.
The Express Tribune

“Markhor is a national animal which is a fighter and does not lose heart in the hard time as he has courage to climb the mountain regardless of the difficulties. PIA will also touch the heights in the same manner."

Dubai International (DXB / OMDB), United Arab Emirates
A320-214  - AP-BLU (cn 2719)

sexta-feira, 18 de maio de 2018

Air Italy shows new livery on A330-200 - In March, the carrier announced that it would be adding five A330-200s and three 737 Max 8s to its fleet as the summer season commenced. It took delivery of its first Max 8 on 11 May.

Simone Previdi

Milan Malpensa (MXP / LIMC), Italy
A330-202, EI-GFX (cn 571)

AIR ITALY - B737-700 - EI-FFM - Meridiana-Air italy hybrid livery.

Varani Ennio - VRN Spotter Group

Verona Valerio Catullo Villafranca (VRN / LIPX), Italy

Pegas Fly becomes Russia’s third E-Jet operator

Pegas Fly is Russia's first operator of the Embraer E190 (Mansur)

Pegas Fly has become Russia’s third operator of the Embraer family of E-Jets, with the start of commercial operations of the Embraer E190 (tail number VP-BZC), which it has taken on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC).

Pegas Fly (the commercial name of Ikar Airlines which, along with its sister carrier Nordwind Airlines, is part of the Pegas Touristik group) is awaiting the delivery of six more pre-used E190 regional jets. Two are scheduled to join the first aircraft at its Sheremetyevo base before the end of May. The initial aircraft, the first such variant of the type in Russia, will be maintained by NW Technic, the group’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider.

Configured with 110 passenger seats, it has already operated flights from Sheremetyevo to Volgograd, St Petersburg and Krasnodar. This conflicts with the airline’s initial plan for the E-Jets, which specified that they would instead be positioned at Zhukovsky, another airport near Moscow, and operate flights to Europe.

In line with this proposal, Pegas Fly obtained the necessary commercial rights from this small airport for services to Amsterdam, Oslo, Prague and Stockholm, but whether parent company Pegas Touristik has decided to put off or abandon this plan remains uncertain, as it has refused to comment on any questions concerning the E190.

Meanwhile, Russia’s fleet of E-Jets continues to grow, albeit slowly, despite the government’s efforts to promote and support the Russian-made rival the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100). With Pegas Fly becoming the first operator of the E190 in the country, the only E-Jet variant not currently operated in Russia is the Embraer E175 (ERJ170-200). S7 Airlines operates 17 E170s and Saratov Airlines is expecting delivery of further two Embraer E195s.


Brian Worthington

Germania has added a weekly (Thursdays) service from Friedrichshafen to Faro on 10 May.

The 1,852-kilometre sector will be flown by a variety of the airline’s equipment, but predominantly its 737-700 fleet, and faces no direct competition. In addition to Faro, Germania currently offers flights from Friedrichshafen to 10 other destinations in Egypt, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain and Turkey in its S18 schedule from the German airport.

quarta-feira, 16 de maio de 2018

Launch operator A330neo completes maiden flight

Airspace cabin checks commences with TAP Air Portugal aircraft
The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal - MSN1819 - completed its 4:32 hours maiden flight.

The aircraft now joins the fleet of two A330-900 test aircraft already performing flight tests since 19 October 2017.

MSN1819 is the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace cabin by Airbus. It is equipped with light Flight Test Instrumentation during its test phase to check cabin systems such as air conditioning, crew rest etc.

With over 1,700 orders, the A330 is the most popular wide-body aircraft ever, performing nearly 1,000,000 flights every year. Today, more than 1,400 aircraft have been delivered to almost 120 customers worldwide on a wide range of routes, from domestic and regional flights to long range intercontinental services.

Offering the lowest operating costs in its category, and thanks to continuous investments in latest innovations, the new generation A330neo is the most profitable and best performing aircraft in its size category. The A330neo first delivery is planned in summer 2018.

The A330neos will usher the brand-new Airspace by Airbus cabin concept, a consumer-centric cabin developed with passengers at heart and airlines in mind around the four pillars: Comfort, Ambience, Service and Design. These cabin options will ensure that the A330neos will set the benchmark in passenger experience and airline value, alongside its widebody partner, the A350 XWB.

China Southern adds Sanya – London service from July 2018

China Southern late-last week opened reservation for its planned Guangzhou – Sanya – London Heathrow service, becoming the only carrier offering nonstop service between China’s Hainan Island and the UK. From 12JUL18, Airbus A330-200 aircraft will operate this route twice a week.

CZ651 CAN0910 – 1045SYX1315 – 1845LHR 332 47

CZ652 LHR2210 – 1600+1SYX1855+1 – 2020+1CAN 332 47
By Jim Liu - Routesonline

Gulf Air moves forward Boeing 787 Europe debut to mid-May 2018

Gulf Air is moving forward its planned Boeing 787-9 service debut to Europe, as the airline filed one-time 
Bahrain – Paris CDG service with the Dreamliner. The 787 is scheduled to operate on 16MAY18, replacing Airbus A320.

GF019 BAH0135 – 0720CDG 789
GF018 CDG1100 – 1810BAH 789

Planned 787-9 service to Moscow Domodedovo from 12JUN18 to 14JUN18, and 2 daily London Heathrow service from 15JUN18 remains unchanged.
EDIT: Based on data from FlightRadar 24, Gulf Air on 12MAY18 also operated Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Paris CDG.
By Jim Liu - Routesonline

Delta adds limited-time A350 Detroit – Frankfurt service in Jan 2019

Delta Airlines during the weekend of 13MAY18’s schedule update filed limited-time A350-900XWB service on Detroit – Frankfurt route, currently scheduled in January 2019. From Detroit, the A350 will operate from 12JAN19 to 17JAN19, replacing Boeing 767.
DL086 DTW1809 – 0750+1FRA 359
DL087 FRA0950 – 1250DTW 359
By Jim Liu - Routesonline

El Al 1Q19 London Heathrow aircraft changes

El Al Israel Airlines in recent schedule update adjusted planned operational aircraft for Tel Aviv – London Heathrow route, in the first quarter of 2019. Based on current listing, the airline’s 11 weekly service will be operated by Boeing 787-9 only, from 06JAN19 to 30MAR19.
LY315 TLV0905 – 1235LHR 789 x6
LY317 TLV1715 – 2045LHR 789 x56
LY316 LHR1420 – 2105TLV 789 x56
LY318 LHR2230 – 0515+1TLV 789 x5
By Jim Liu - Routesonline

Emirates schedules extra London Heathrow service in 3Q18

Emirates during the month of July and August 2018 once again operates 7th daily flight on Dubai – London Heathrow, scheduled on Saturdays. The extra EK2641/2642 flight is operated by 3-class Boeing 777-300ER. Including London Gatwick and London Stansted, Emirates offers 11 flights a day on Saturdays.

EK2641 DXB1510 – 1935LHR 77W 6
EK2642 LHR2130 – 0735+1DXB 77W 6
Separately, the airline previously planned to operate 2-class A380 service to London Heathrow on 24JUN18 as EK005/006, this has already switched back to 3-class operation.
By Jim Liu
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IBERIA plans limited-time A350 Paris Orly service in 3Q18

oneWorld member IBERIA last week filed additional intra-European service with its new Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft. The A350 is scheduled to serve Madrid – Paris Orly route once a day, from 27JUL18 to 03AUG18, and from 27AUG18 to 31AUG18.

IB3436 MAD0850 – 1050ORY 359
IB3435 ORY1220 – 1425MAD 359

IB3436/3435 is currently operated by A320 aircraft.
By Jim Liu

Air Sénégal commences flight operations

Air Sénégal(HC, Dakar Blaise Diagne Int'l) has announced it will shortly commence regular flight operations.
Having secured its AOC last month, the state-owned carrier said in a statement it would offer a daily return service between Dakar Blaise Diagne Int'l and the riparian town of Ziguinchor effective Monday, May 14. Operations are onboard its ATR72-600 turboprops.

Other destinations expected to launch in the coming months include Banjul, Praia, Nouakchott, and Bissau.
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Air Italy adds maiden B737 MAX 8, A330

Air Italy (IG, Milan Malpensa) has taken delivery of its first of twenty B737 MAX 8s due from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) following the handing over of EI-GFY (msn 64605) last week.

It is tentatively scheduled to be deployed into regular service on May 16 with flights from Milan Malpensa to each of Naples Int'l and Palermo. This will be followed by service to Rome Fiumicino (starts May 19), Olbia (starts June 3), Cairo Int'l (starts July 1), Moscow Domodedovo (starts July 3), and Lamezia Terme (starts August 26).

The aircraft are procured via Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l), which owns 49% of Alisarda, Air Italy's parent company, which has also supplied the carrier with its first of five A330-200s to be delivered this summer.

According to Skyliner Aviation, A7-ACE (msn 571) has now been added to the Irish register as EI-GFX and is currently in Dublin Int'l where it is being repainted into Air Italy's livery. It is recalled, however, that the Airbus widebodies are only a stop gap measure ahead of the delivery of the first B787-8s in May 2019.
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Nordavia’s first aircraft addition in nine years

After nearly a decade, Nordavia is now expecting to take delivery of three Boeing 737NGs this year (Marina Lystseva)

Russia’s Nordavia Airlines has embarked on a long-awaited fleet renewal programme. For the first time in nine years, the Archangel-based regional carrier has added a Boeing 737-700 to its fleet of nine ageing B737 Classics and expects to take delivery of two more before the end of the year, while at the same time phasing out one of its oldest aircraft.

The recent addition, with tail number VP-BYY, was previously operated by Mexican airline Aeromexico and will fly across its new carrier’s network connecting Russia’s north-west region (Archangel, Murmansk, Syktyvkar, St Petersburg etc) with Moscow and destinations in the south of the country. The next of the three additional aircraft is scheduled to arrive in August or September. At least one of the three will be a higher capacity B737-800, intended for operating longer flights, including to and from Turkey.

Fleet renewal has long been on the airline’s agenda, but the final decision on the type was regularly postponed due to a spate of changes of ownership. Last year the airline finally agreed a close cooperation with another Russian carrier, Red Wings, owned by Ilyushin Finance, thereby forming what the owners call ‘an alliance’. The aim of this arrangement is to exploit synergies whilst also maintaining relatively independent businesses, and to boost collective traffic to jointly make it into the top-10 list of Russian airlines.

Since partner Red Wings currently operates Airbus A320-family aircraft, Nordavia initially considered the Europe-made aircraft as a substitute for its vintage fleet of Boeing 737CLs built between 1990 and 1993, but the airline finally opted to continue with Boeing, since it already has the infrastructure for operating the type.

Red Wings has recently placed an order for the operational leases of six Bombardier CS300 with a delivery in 2019. The aircraft will reportedly be shared within a joint network project with Nordavia. ES in Air Transport, Russia