quarta-feira, 30 de Julho de 2014


Paul Bannwarth

JU 52-3M - JU Air - HB-HOP

Paul Bannwarth - Dübendorf

ANA - All Nippon to deploy B787-9 ahead of Air New Zealand

ANA - All Nippon Airways is set to pip Air New Zealand in the race to become the first carrier to deploy the B787-9 into revenue service. The Japanese airline, which is due to take delivery of its first B787-9 from Boeing on July 29, plans to deploy the aircraft equipped with 377 seats in Economy and 18 in Premium Class on domestic flights with effect from next month. Long-term plans will see the type entering the international sector in April 2015.

ANA is an existing operator of the B787 Family with twenty-eight B787-8s currently in active service.

While it took delivery of its first, and the world's first, commercial B787-9 jet earlier this month, Air New Zealand is only scheduled to deploy the aircraft into revenue service on flights to Perth Int'l on October 15 followed by Shanghai Pudong and Tokyo Narita

Fuselage jig assembly of the first AN−178 transport is completed

On July 29, 2014 a fuselage jig assembly of the first AN−178 new medium transport was completed. Since this moment works on the aircraft final assembly are starting at the enterprise – i.e. joining of main airframe units (wing, empennage, pylons, nacelles, etc.), installation of aircraft systems, development of aircraft equipment and preparation of the aircraft to its first flight and beginning of certification tests. This projects’ feature is that paperless technology of design and items’ manufacture, based on development in modern PLM environment of NX/TeamCenter electronic annotated 3D models, was firstly applied in its full capacity at the ANTONOV Company. Owing to this, time and laboriousness of design, launch in production and the first prototype manufacturing were considerably reduced.

The AN−178 is the further development of the AN−148 and AN−158 family, basing aircraft of which are intended to carry from 68 to 99 passengers. They acquired good reputation while being operated in various climatic and weather conditions, on unpaved and high−altitude airfields.

 The AN−178 creation is based on researches of market requirements. Modern tendency of development of ramp military aircraft is replacement of four−engined turboprop medium aircraft with twin−jets. Having close fuel consumption by the hour, twin−jets provides much higher efficiency owing to higher cruising speed. According to Dmytro Kiva, President – General Designer: “The AN−178 is our future! We create this aircraft, putting in it wide experience of elder generation of Antonov’s workers with the newest technologies, that our youth successfully assimilate and implement. The project is financed with costs, earned by our collective. We are sure, that the AN−178 will take a good place among transport aircraft of the world. Besides, it will be able to replace famous AN−12 (more 1400 airplanes were produced) and C−160 (more 200 airplanes)”.
The AN−178 will effectively perform all main tasks of military transport aircraft, such as logistic support of troops, carrying and airdropping of cargoes and little military divisions, transportation of injured, light equipment, delivery of equipment and engines. Besides, unique feature of the AN−178 is ability to carry all the type of the existing packaged freights (containerized and palletized ones), including high−capacity containers 1C (sea containers). This makes it an indispensable transport to provide logistic support in both commercial and military segments, as well as operations under emergency situations.

Olexandr Kulyk, Chairman of Sviatoshyn District State Administration in Kyiv, congratulated the Antonov’s collective with execution of significant part of the AN−178 program: “The AN−178 is right what our economics and country need. Here are working places and the most innovative technologies. I would like to thank Antonov for its help, given to the district, city, Ukraine. I am sure, together we will win!”

Airbus terminates purchase order with Skymark Airlines for A380s

Following discussions with Skymark Airlines and in light of the airline’s expressed intentions in respect of the A380, Airbus has in accordance with its contractual rights, notified Skymark Airlines that the purchase order for the six A380s signed in 2011 has been terminated. Airbus is reserving all its rights and remedies.

terça-feira, 29 de Julho de 2014

Boeing Delivers ANA's First 787-9 Dreamliner

ANA becomes first airline to receive both 787 family variants
EVERETT, Wash., July 29, 2014 -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner. ANA will become the world's first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 services on domestic Japanese routes in August.


Shandong Airlines Receives 6th Boeing 737-800 in Special Livery

Shandong Airlines received all six Boeing 737-800 in special liveries.
Shandong Airlines has introduced six B737-800s with special livery, which were named "Virtues of Shandong" with colorful painted decorations on the fuselages.

Xiamen Airlines Takes Delivery of Its 100th Boeing 737 Aircraft

Xiamen Airlines took delivery of a brand new B737-800 at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, marking the 100th 737 aircraft in its all-Boeing fleet. ~
The newly introduced aircraft, registration number B-1969, is the sixth new aircraft delivered to the airline in 2014.

China Southern Receives Its 2nd Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft

China Southern Airlines took delivery of a brand new Boeing 777-300ER, B-2048) at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport .
The new airplane is the second of 10 777-300ERs China Southern has on order with Boeing.

The Guangzhou-based carrier plans to operate the first two 777-300ER aircraft on its new New York route in early August, where it will be able to directly connect passengers in the southern region of China to the eastern coast of the U.S.

segunda-feira, 28 de Julho de 2014


Gilbert Hechema - Montreal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau Inter -  Canada


    Danny loftus - Honolulu

AIRBUS A350 XWB arrives in Hong Kong for NG FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

The world’s newest, most modern and efficient aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, landed for the very first time at Hong International Airport (HKAI) earlier today.

The aircraft, MSN 005, is one of five A350 prototypes used to perform comprehensive flight test and development trials. The aircraft has to fly a representative airline schedule, demonstrating its maturity for airline operations. This route proving exercise is the last of the trials required for Type Certification, which is expected in September this year. The aircraft will be operated by Airbus flight crews.

For its visit to Asia, the A350 MSN 005 arrived directly in Hong-Kong from Toulouse, France and will carry out crucial hot and humid tests similar to normal airline operations in the region. The aircraft will perform a series of high frequency flights between Hong-Kong and Singapore over three days before departing back to Toulouse on Thursday 31st July.

Airbus A350 will then depart to Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday, 2nd August. The A350’s World Tour began on July 24th and involves a series of tests on four different trips. It will visit 14 airports around the world and will end on August 13th.

quinta-feira, 24 de Julho de 2014


Matt Varley - United Kingdom, Norwich

JU AIR - JU 52-3M - HB-HOY "Rimowa"Die Koffer Mit DenRillen"

Paul Bannwarth - BSL

TransNusa set for first ATR42-600

TransNusa is set to take delivery of its first ATR42-600, cn 1013, from Avions de Transport Regional in due course according to Aviation Letter. The Indonesian carrier also has options for an additional three aircraft.

At present, TransNusa operates a fleet of four Fokker 50s and a wet-leased BAe 146-200 on flights covering eastern Indonesia

Inaugural Function of flights between Paro and Delhi - 24 July 2014

Bhutan Airlines

The A350 XWB embarks on final certification phase

World route proving tour to visit 14 cities

The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350-900, has taken off this morning for the final stage towards certification. These Route Proving tests are designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations and will include high airfield performance, auto-landing trials, and airport turnaround and handling services. Some flights will have passengers on board. The A350 world tour itinerary includes 14 major airports worldwide and one route via the North Pole.

The world tour using A350 MSN5 test aircraft forms part of the route proving for certification campaign. The aircraft (MSN5) is one of the fleet of five test aircraft and one of two with a fully functional cabin (42 business class and 223 economy class seats). The A350 flights will be operated by Airbus flight crews with the participation of Airworthiness Authority pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The tests form part of the last trials required for aircraft Type Certification scheduled for Q3 this year. The first airline delivery, to Qatar Airways, will follow towards the end of the year.

The three week trial (four trips) starts in Toulouse, France. Trip one, includes destinations such as Canada via the north-pole and Frankfurt. Trip two to Asia, the world’s fastest growing aviation market, includes visits to Hong Kong and Singapore. The third trip brings the aircraft to Johannesburg and to Sydney. From Sydney it will fly to Auckland, followed by Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo before returning to Toulouse. On the fourth and final trip, the A350 will depart from Toulouse to Doha, then onto Perth and back to Doha. From Doha it will fly to Moscow, then to Helsinki from where it will fly back to Toulouse.

Today five development A350s are flying and are actively involved in the intensive flight test programme, which has already reached over 540 flights and 2,250 flight hours.

The A350 XWB is the latest addition to the market-leading Airbus Widebody product line. Offering its customers a 25% reduction in fuel-burn, the all-new mid-size long-range A350 XWB Family comprises three versions from 276 to 369 seats. The A350 has carbon fibre fuselage and wings and sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. At the end of June 2014, the A350 XWB had won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide.

Trip one: Toulouse-Iqaluit-Frankfurt-Toulouse
Trip two: Toulouse-Hong-Kong-Singapore-Hong-Kong-Toulouse (Hong Kong to Singapore several times)
Trip three: Toulouse-Johannesburg-Sydney-Auckland-Santiago de Chile-Sao Paulo-Toulouse
Trip four: Toulouse-Doha-Perth-Doha-Moscow-Helsinki-Toulouse

Cargolux welcomes 10th Boeing 747-8 freighter

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. today announced that it will take delivery of its 10th 747-8 freighter from Boeing. The aircraft, registered LX-VCK and named ‘City of Contern’, is scheduled to leave Boeing’s Paine Field in Seattle on July 24th. After stopovers at Seattle Tacoma and Calgary, where the new freighter picks up a load of cargo, LX-VCK arrives in Luxembourg on July 25th.

‘The delivery of the 10th 747-8F has helped us bring down the average age of our fleet - already one of the youngest in the industry - to a mere 5.8 years’, said Dirk Reich, President & CEO. ‘Apart from the increased fuel efficiency and reduced noise footprint, the 747-8F is the ideal aircraft for the implementation of our dual hub strategy between Zhengzhou and Luxembourg. Our goal is indeed to operate multiple daily connections between both locations with the -8F’, Reich added.

As a launch customer of the 747-8F, Cargolux became the world’s first operator of the type in 2011. The type has performed extremely well in Cargolux’s services and reached an average daily utilization of 15:58 hours in 2013. The airline expects to take delivery of its 11th 747-8F out of a total order of 14 units later this year. Cargolux also operates 11 747-400 freighters.

Aerovista delivery B737-300 and A320

Aerovista, the Dubai based charter and ACMI specialist, has taken delivery of a B737-300 MSN 28873 registration number 4L-AJC, on behalf of our partner "flyvista", and an A320-232 MSN 1422 reserved registration 4L-AJF.
This brings the total Aerovista fleet to five aircraft comprising of two B737-300, two B737-500s and the newly added A320-232.

Virgin Australia Los Angeles Service Changes from late-Oct 2014

Virgin Australia from 26OCT14 is increasing Brisbane – Los Angeles service, which sees 4 weekly service being increased to daily, on board Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. With this service increase, the airline will cancel existing 3 weekly Melbourne – Los Angeles route, from the same date.

 VA007 BNE1115 – 0630LAX 77W D
VA008 LAX2305 – 0710+2BNE 77W D Routes Online
Photo:Duncan Stewart

Volotea Planned New W14 Routes as of 23JUL14

Volotea in Winter 2014/15 season is introducing additional 4 routes. General info for these new routes as follow.
eff 19DEC14 Venice – Toulouse 2 weekly (Except 05JAN15 – 08FEB15)
eff 20DEC14 Nantes – Las Palmas 1 weekly
eff 20DEC14 Toulouse – Tenerife North 1 weekly
eff 20DEC14 Venice – Santander 2 weekly (until 06JAN15)

 Previously reported new routes:
eff 27NOV14 Strasbourg – Marseille 4 weekly (2 weekly from 09JAN15)
eff 21DEC14 Bordeaux – Fuerteventura 1 weekly Routes Online
Photo:Ton Jochems - PMI


Royal Air Maroc Planned W14 Embraer E190 Operations

eff 26OCT14 Casablanca – Berlin Tegel 2 weekly (3 weekly from 07NOV14)
eff 26OCT14 Casablanca – Bordeaux 3 weekly
eff 26OCT14 Casablanca – Brussels 1 weekly
eff 26OCT14 Casablanca – Fez 3 weekly (2 weekly from 09NOV14 to 07JAN15)
eff 26OCT14 Casablanca – Marseille 2 weekly
eff 26OCT14 Casablanca – Milan Malpensa 1 weekly
eff 26OCT14 Casablanca – Tangier 4 weekly
eff 26OCT14 Casablanca – Toulouse 4 weekly
eff 26OCT14 Casablanca – Zurich 3 weekly (2 weekly from 12NOV14)
eff 27OCT14 Casablanca – Barcelona 1 weekly
eff 27OCT14 Casablanca – Marrakech 3-4 weekly
eff 27OCT14 Casablanca – Nantes 3 weekly
eff 27OCT14 Casablanca – Strasbourg 2 weekly
eff 28OCT14 Casablanca – Agadir 4 weekly
eff 28OCT14 Casablanca – Montpellier 2 weekly
eff 28OCT14 Casablanca – Munich 2 weekly (3 weekly from 08NOV14)
eff 28OCT14 Casablanca – Turin 3 weekly
eff 29OCT14 Casablanca – Copenhagen 2 weekly (3 weekly from 11JAN15)
eff 30OCT14 Casablanca – Nice 1 weekly
eff 31OCT14 Casablanca – Ouarzazate 1 weekly
eff 01NOV14 Casablanca – Rome 1 weekly
eff 07JAN15 Casablanca – Oujda 1 weekly


quarta-feira, 23 de Julho de 2014


Ton Jochems - AMS

EASYJET - A319-100 - G-EZBI

Ton Jochems - AMS


Ton Jochems - AMS

flynas Ends Manchester Service from early-August 2014

flynas from 02AUG14 is cancelling Jeddah – Manchester operation, just 3 months after service launch. The airline currently operates 3 weekly flights on board Airbus A330 aircraft with following schedule.

XY025 JED0355 – 0845MAN 330 357
XY026 MAN1015 – 1855JED 330 357

 Schedule listing in the OAG Schedules Analyser, GDS, airline website schedule listing all shows last flight operates on 01AUG14. flynas will continue to serve Manchester through codeshare partnership with ETIHAD, via Abu Dhabi
Routes online

Royal Jordanian Planned Boeing 787 Operation as of 23JUL14

Royal Jordanian has further revised planned Boeing 787 operation, effective 01SEP14. Latest revision as follow. Note planned Boeing 787 operation is currently scheduled until 25OCT14, except East Asia service.

Amman – Jeddah Inaugural flight on 01SEP14 (Occasional operations in Sep/Oct)
Amman – London Heathrow Planned Boeing 787 service from 08SEP14, is being moved forward back to 01SEP14 (787 does not operate on 04SEP14, 21SEP14, 25SEP14, 26SEP14, 28SEP14, 30SEP14)
Amman – Riyadh One-off service on 04SEP14
Amman – Dubai One-off service on 04SEP14
Amman – Madinah NEW One-off service on 06SEP14, 25SEP14
Amman – Barcelona One-off service on 21SEP14 remains unchanged (Previously not mentioned on Airline Route as separate post)
Amman – Frankfurt One-off service remains unchanged on 25SEP14, 28SEP14
Amman – Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur 4 weekly from 01OCT14 to 29NOV14
Amman – Bangkok – Hong Kong 3 weekly from 02OCT14 to 30NOV14

 Planned one-off service on following routes are being cancelled:
Amman – Abu Dhabi 06SEP14
Amman – Kuwait 26SEP14
Routes Online

Planned Boeing 787 operation remains subject to change.

Japan's Amakusa Airlines to replace Dash 8-100 with an ATR42

Amakusa Airlines intends to replace its sole aircraft - a Dash 8-100, JA81AM (cn 537) - with an ATR42-600 sourced from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC).

Hawaiian Airlines to order six A330-800neo aircraft

First U.S. airline to join launch list for new aircraft type
Hawaiian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for six A330-800neo aircraft. The agreement adds yet another name to the growing list of launch customers for the new aircraft type. The new commitment replaces a previous order placed by Hawaiian for six A350-800s.
“The A330-800neo’s fuel efficiency, additional range and commonality with our existing A330 fleet makes the A330-800neo an elegant solution to our need for growth aircraft toward the end of this decade,” said Mark Dunkerley, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.
“Hawaiian Airlines has long recognized the value of innovation and today’s commitment is yet more evidence of that forward-thinking mindset,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A330-800neo will serve the Hawaiian network well as the airline continues to expand in Asia and grow its capacity in mature markets. The aircraft will provide unbeatable value in a very large and important segment of the widebody market.”

Hawaiian Airlines currently operates a fleet of 18 A330-200 aircraft, with additional orders for 16 A321neo aircraft on backlog.

The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family launched last week at the Farnborough Air Show. First deliveries are scheduled to start in Q4 2017. The A330neo incorporates latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduced fuel consumption by 14 percent per seat, making it the most cost-efficient, medium-range Widebody aircraft on the market. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and of course all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family.