quinta-feira, 30 de Outubro de 2014


Jorge andres solano sancho - San Jose Juan Santamaria Int'l - Costa Rica

American Unveils First 787 Dreamliner in the Airline's Livery

The painting job for American Airlines (AA)'s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been finished, according to a Twitter post by the airline on Wednesday.

American Airlines tweeted out some pictures of its newly-painted 787 in the airline's core colors - red, white and blue.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier was originally supposed to take delivery of its first 787 in November; however, the delivery could be postponed to December.

First A320-200Sharklets from IBERIA

VLM Airlines to Pioneer Long-Range Sukhoi Superjet 100 in Europe

VLM Airlines to Pioneer Long-Range Sukhoi Superjet 100 in Europe
Antwerp, 29 October 2014 – Belgian operator VLM Airlines and Moscow-based aircraft lessor Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) have today signed a Letter of Intent that will see the airline become the first European operator of the long-range Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR (SSJ100 LR) regional aircraft.

VLM Airlines has selected the SSJ100 LR to spearhead the company’s launch of regional scheduled services in 2015, with details of its route network to be announced.

Under the terms of the LOI, VLM Airlines will take delivery of two SSJ100 LR aircraft in April 2015 under a 12-year operating lease, with options for two further aircraft. The deal also includes purchase rights for ten aircraft.

Arthur White, CEO of VLM Airlines, says: “While VLM Airlines will continue offering ACMI and charter services with our Fokker 50 fleet, we see an exciting opportunity as a niche scheduled operator. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR fits our new strategy perfectly, with its exceptional efficiency and performance, advanced fly-by-wire technologies and spacious cabin.

“We looked at a number of aircraft types in the 100-seat range to see which would give the best passenger experience, flexibility in short-to-medium range destinations and low operating costs – the SSJ100 LR won hands down. It has been great working with IFC and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Companyand I am looking forward to a mutually profitable long-term relationship.”

Alexander Rubtsov, CEO of IFC, comments: “This is a significant deal for IFC and the SSJ100 programme, as it represents our first customer in Europe, which we are delighted about. After intense competition and a detailed review, we are extremely pleased that VLM Airlines has chosen to base its future operation on the SSJ100 LR. We believe the aircraft will not only enable VLM Airlines to exceed its growth plans but will also give Europe a live insight into the excellent capabilities and passenger appeal of the SSJ100, which represents a truly cost-effective regional aircraft solution.”

The SSJ100, Russia’s first serially manufactured passenger airliner, is a 103-seat regional jet designed and manufactured by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company in partnership with Alenia Aermacchi. The aircraft performed its maiden flight in 2008 and entered into service in 2011. The operating range of the long-range variant joining the VLM Airlines fleet is 2,470nm (4,578km), while the standard aircraft’s operating range is 1,645nm (3,048km). The SSJ100 is powered by two SaM146 turbofan engines manufactured by PowerJet, a joint venture between Snecma and NPO Saturn. There are currently over 40 SSJ100 aircraft being operated successfully around the world and the type is certified by a number of regulatory authorities including EASA.

Russia's Budget Airlines scheduled for November 17 launch

Budget Airlines is set to be renamed as Pobeda, or Victory, ahead of its November 17 debut. The LCC's initial network will include flights to Ufa, Perm, Samara Kurumoch, Ekaterinburg , Tyumen, Surgut, Belgorod, Kazan Int'l, and Volgograd.

As a result of upgrade works at Moscow Sheremetyevo, Russia's TASS newswire reports the LCC will instead be using Moscow Vnukovo as its primary hub.

First A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines rolls out of assembly hall

The first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines, to be leased from AerCap, has just moved to station 30 at the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. This new milestone marks the completion of some of the major airframe assembly as well as the successful first electrical power-on. In station 30, the aircraft will now undergo ground tests, while the cabin installation initiated in the previous station (station 40) will be continued

Boeing Delivers Emirates' 100th 777-300ER

777-300ER makes up the majority of airline's fleet
World's largest operator of 777 endorses airplane's efficiency, reliability and flexibility

EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing and Emirates Airline are celebrating the delivery of the airline's 100th 777-300ER (Extended Range), marking another milestone in a partnership that began over two decades ago when the Dubai-based airline ordered its first 777.

With this delivery, Emirates will have 142 777s in operation and is the only airline in the world to operate all the 777 variants. With a current direct backlog of 51 777-300ERs, the 777 also comprises the largest part of Emirates' 213-strong fleet.

"The Boeing 777-300ER is one of the most remarkable aircraft ever built, and its combination of efficiency, range and payload is second to none. Our customers are equally excited by the aircraft and its on-board product, and to date over 108 million passengers have flown on an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER," said Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline.

"We have 204 more Boeing 777s on order, which supports over 400,000 jobs in the United States of America, including those from various suppliers such as General Electric which provides the GE90 engines that power all of our 777-300ERs," said Clark.

Today's 777-300ER is the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane in its class departing on time 99.5 percent of the time making it the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane. Its 330-minutes ETOPS approval allows for more direct flights and decreases cancellations due to conditions at alternate airports.

The 777-300ER has consistently won many accolades including "Best Aircraft Type" which were awarded based on passenger preference polls, "Best in Class" based on fuel burn, passenger load cost and performance and "Best Residual Value for a Twin Aisle Airplane" among others.

"We are proud of our long-term relationship with Emirates and for the confidence they have in Boeing's products and services beginning with the 777 and continuing with the 777X in the years to come," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. "The operating economics and long-range capability of the 777-300ER have played a prominent role in the success of Emirates' business strategy."

At the 2013 Dubai Airshow, Emirates became one of the launch customers for the 777X by committing to 150 airplanes. The order was finalized in July of this year.
Each 777-300ER contains approximately three million components and assemblies, with more than 65 percent purchased through Boeing's global supply chain. More than 500 companies around the world contribute parts for the 777, with a significant percentage in the United States.

 Boeing provides Emirates with essential support and services from its Boeing Edge portfolio of aviation services, including parts and components, Airplane Health Management to speed the detection and resolution of maintenance issues, Jeppesen Crew Rostering services to optimize flight crew scheduling, and AerData STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) to manage aircraft and engine records.

terça-feira, 28 de Outubro de 2014

CAPITAL AIRLINES - A320-200 - B-1621

Eric Wang- Wuhan Tianhe - China

Bassaka Air Macau-Phnom Penh Inaugural Flight Ceremony

Bassaka Air Macau-Phnom Penh Inaugural Flight Ceremony
Bassaka Air commenced its first international flight service between Macau and Phnom Penh on October 27, 2014, and provides twice weekly charter flight service.
Bassaka Air is the thirdnew carrier launched at MIA in 2014, based at the Phnom Penh International Airport. Bassaka Air will provide charter flight services at the initial stage, and they intended to launch twice weekly services in the mid November of 2014.
Contributed by Macau International Airport Company Limited

BOA Boliviana in Madrid

Norwegian to phase out remaining B737 Classics in 2015

Aloha Air Cargo leasing an ABX Air freighter for LAX flights

Aloha Air Cargo began its first scheduled cargo flights to the US mainland on October 23.
According to the HNL Rarebirds blog, the carrier has a lease agreement with Airborne Global Solutions' subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management. A B767-300(F), N226CY (msn 26544), sourced from ABX Air operated the carrier's 5x weekly Honolulu to Los Angeles Int'l service for the first two days.
Photo:Ton Jochems - AMS

Colombia's TAMPA Cargo acquires stake in Mexico's AeroUnion

TAMPA Cargo has completed its acquisition of a minority stake in Mexican freight specialist, AeroUnion.
Photo: Alexandre Mourinha - MIA

Slovenia's Adria Airways phases out last A320

Adria Airways has completed the phase out of its A320-200 fleet with S5-AAS (cn 444) having now been returned to its lessor. According to EX-YU Aviation News, the twinjet operated its last commercial flight on Tuesday, October 21.

As it stands, the Slovenian national carrier operates two A319-100s and six CRJ-900s. Its two CRJ-200s are scheduled to leave the fleet in early 2015 to be replaced with additional CRJ-900s.
 Photo:Ton Jochems - AMS

China's Kunming Airlines commits to ten B737s

Kunming Airlines has committed to purchase ten B737s, including four B737-700s and six B737 MAX aircraft, from Boeing.

China's SF Airlines to acquire B767 converted freighters

SF Airlines has finalized a deal with Boeing for an undisclosed number of B767-300(ER) passenger-to-freighter conversions with the first B767-300(F) due for delivery during the second half of 2015.

HAC - Hokkaido Air System returns to JAL control

HAC - Hokkaido Air System has once more returned to being a subsidiary of JAL - Japan Airlines after the latter successfully increased its stake in the carrier from 14.5% to 51.2% late last week. JAL secured additional shares in HAC from the Hokkaido prefecture government as well as companies based there.

segunda-feira, 27 de Outubro de 2014


Alain Charpentier - TLS


Alain Charpentier - TLS


Ton Jochems- BRU

METRO JET - A321-200 - EI-FBH

Ton Jochems - AYT

Xiamen Airines Welcomes Its Second 787 Dreamliner

On the afternoon of Oct. 26, Xiamen Airlines (MF) welcomed its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN), marking the 20th 787 for China.
Xiamen Airlines has six Dreamliners on order. The rest four 787s will be delivered in next year. Specifically, the third 787 is scheduled to join the airline in Feb. 2015, which will be deployed on popular domestic routes to meet increasing travel demands during Spring Festival travel rush.


sábado, 25 de Outubro de 2014

N.C.P.C - B767-300ER - CS-TRW

João Luis Pessoa - Lisboa

FLYNAS AIR - A330-300 - CS-TRI

João Luis Pessoa - Lisboa

ENTER AIR - B737-800W - SP-ENU - ex TACV

João Luis Pessoa - Lisboa


João Luis Pessoa - Lisboa


Alain Charpentier - TLS


Alain Charpentier - TLS

Etihad Airways and Alitalia Unveil Two EXPO Milano 2015 Aircraft

Alitalia, Italy's leading carrier, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have unveiled two aircraft in a unique Expo Milano 2015 livery to mark their co-sponsorship of the global event

China Eastern Northwest Receives First A321 Aircraft in New Look

Vistara‬ Unveils Its First A320 Aircraft

Vistara (UK)'s first A320 aircraft painted with the airline's livery landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) on Wednesday, marking the 82nd anniversary of JRD Tata's first commercial flight from Karachi to Mumbai.

Spring Airlines to Introduce 10 A320s for Fleet Expansion

Spring Airlines (9C) will boost its capacity input in Shanghai and introduce 10 Airbus A320 aircraft in next year, NetEase, Inc. reported, citing the fleet and network expansion plans disclosed by an insider from the budget carrier.

China Eastern Jiangsu Receives Its 4th Airbus A319 Aircraft

China Eastern Airlines' Jiangsu Branch took delivery of its fourth Airbus A319 aircraft on Oct. 15.

With a brand-new aircraft, registration B-6463, landing smoothly at Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG) at 6:03 p.m. on Oct. 15, China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu Ltd. (MU) took delivery of its fourth Airbus A319 aircraft.
By now, China Eastern Jiangsu owns a fleet of 38 aircraft totally, including 27 Airbus A320s, 6 A321s, 4 A319s and one A330 on wet-leasing. With the arrival of new A319 aircraft, the company further boosts its transportation capacity for the upcoming winter/spring season.

quinta-feira, 23 de Outubro de 2014


Alain Charpentier - TLS

JUNEYAO AIRLINES - A320-200 Sharklets - F-WWIC

Alain Charpentier - TLS

AIRBUS - A320 neo - F-WNEO

Alain Charpentier - TLS

BATIK AIR - A320-200 Sharklets - F-WWBO

Alain Charpentier - TLS

Boeing Announces SF Airlines Order for Boeing Converted Freighters China carrier signs definitive agreement for 767BCFs

SEATTLE, Oct. 23, 2014 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today that SF Airlines has placed an order for an undisclosed number of 767-300ER passenger-to-freighter conversions (Boeing Converted Freighters). SF Airlines, a subsidiary of Shenzhen, China-based delivery servicesompany SF Express, will accept its first redelivered 767 in the second half of 2015.

“SF Express aims to become China’s most respected and reliable international courier company,” said Li Sheng, President of SF Airlines. “The addition of both wide and narrow-body Boeing freighters to our fleet will help us to continue providing quality service and expanded service networks, so as to offer efficient and reliable express delivery solutions that serve all the needs of our customers.”

The 767 Boeing Converted Freighter offers an intercontinental range capability well-suited to the mid-sized freighter market, and maximizes efficiency of operations and payload configuration.

“We are honored that SF Express has placed its trust in Boeing as their provider of passenger-to-freighter conversions for the 767-300ER,” said Dan da Silva, vice president of Modification and Conversion Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Customers prefer Boeing Converted Freighters for three main reasons: to benefit from the expertise and airplane knowledge only the airplane’s original manufacturer possesses, to have access to Boeing’s world-class global support and to simplify regulatory acceptance in China and other countries around the globe. By delivering these advantages, we give our customers a competitive edge in the marketplace.”

In its recently released World Air Cargo Forecast, Boeing forecasts that Asia will continue to lead the world in average annual air cargo growth, with domestic China and intra-Asia markets expanding 6.7 percent and 6.5 percent per year, respectively. Boeing projects that air cargo traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent over the next 20 years, with global air freight traffic expected to more than double by 2033. With increased air cargo traffic, the world freighter fleet is also expected to grow with deliveries of 840 new factory-built airplanes and 1,330 passenger to freighter conversion airplanes.

Boeing Statement on Kunming Airlines Commitment for 10 737s

SEATTLE, Oct. 23, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] is pleased that Kunming Airlines has committed to purchase 10 737s, including four Next-Generation 737-700s and six 737 MAX airplanes.

The commitment, valued at $897 million at current list prices, is subject to the approval of the Chinese government and will be posted on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

“This commitment is a major step in our growth strategy,” said Xuan Yuen, CEO, Kunming Airlines. “The 737 is the backbone of our fleet and will continue to be in the future. These airplanes will further expand and improve our route network, contributing to our vision to build Yunnan’s gateway airport to be the forefront of the province’s economic development.”

“We are honored to partner with Kunming Airlines as they continue to strengthen their presence in the Yunnan province,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This commitment from Kunming Airlines represents a strong endorsement of the market-leading efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort of the 737 family of airplanes.”

Capable of carrying up to 128 passengers in a two-class configuration, the 737-700 is one of the most successful selling versions of the Next-Generation 737 family. Known for its reliability, fuel efficiency and economical performance, the 737-700 has been selected by leading carriers throughout the world, and has contributed more than 1,200 orders to the strong success of Next-Generation 737 family orders.

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 will be 14 percent more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s – and 20 percent better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service. The 737 MAX 8 will have an 8 percent per seat operating cost advantage over the A320neo.

Kunming Airlines, based at Changshui International Airport in the capital city of Yunnan province, began operations in 2009. The carrier currently serves more than 25 cities across China by operating a fleet of 10 737-700s and five 737-800s.

AIRBUS and ORACLE TEAM USA forge technology partnership

AIRBUS, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer and ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending champion of the America’s Cup, have forged a technology partnership.

As Official Innovation Partner of ORACLE TEAM USA for the 35th America’s Cup, AIRBUS will share the know-how of its engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis to work with the ORACLE TEAM USA design team.

“This is a completely new endeavor for us,” said Fabrice Brégier, AIRBUS President and CEO. “By taking on an extreme technology and sports project of this magnitude we stretch our competencies and further boost our agility.. There are so many similarities between the America’s Cup yacht and our aircraft design, that each partner benefits from an excellent platform not only to learn and grow but also to win.”

For ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, the partnership will allow his team to benefit from the skill-set of a leading engineering group with experience working on the cutting-edge of technology.

“The America’s Cup is a boat race, but the design technology and engineering are very often the winning factor,” Spithill said. “The new America’s Cup boats are lighter and faster than what we’ve had before. They will be powered by a wing and will fly above the water on foils. They’re as much like airplanes as they are like traditional boats, so I know we’ll have a lot to learn from the experience the engineers at AIRBUS bring to the project.”

ORACLE TEAM USA first won the America’s Cup in 2010 racing a trimaran powered by one of the largest wings (223 feet / 68 meter) ever built.

In 2013, the team successfully defended its title in the AC72 class – wingsail powered catamarans that flew above the water on hydrofoils at over 50 mph (90kph).

The next America’s Cup will be in 2017 and raced in the new AC62 class; a smaller, lighter and more finely engineered foiling catamaran than its predecessor that is expected to reach similar speeds.

“Everything we do in these boats is right at the edge of what’s possible,” Spithill said. “For our design team to be able to have access to the resources of AIRBUS is going be a huge benefit to us.”

“All at AIRBUS are very excited about this partnership,” concluded Brégier. “Our engineering teams’ enthusiasm and engagement to be a part of this project is simply overwhelming. The biggest challenge might be to bring them back working on airplanes again!”


ORACLE TEAM USA has won the last two editions of the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport. Skipper/helmsman Jimmy Spithill will lead one of the best international teams in sailing as it competes in the America’s Cup World Series regattas in 2015 and 2016, while ORACLE TEAM USA sailors, designers and boat-builders are preparing for the next America’s Cup races in the summer of 2017.

The Common Type Rating is approved for A350 XWB and A330 pilot training

Airlines and pilots will both benefit from the Common Type Rating pilot training on the A350 XWB and A330 jetliners, further extending Airbus’ concept of flight operational commonality between its fly-by-wire aircraft families.

The new regulatory approval means that pilots who are qualified and current on the A330 can already commence their preparations to take the A350 XWB’s controls by undergoing “differences training” only.

Enabling a significant reduction of costs for airlines, the differences training does not necessitate the use of a ground-based full-flight-simulator, and allows a 65 percent reduction in pilot training time – to only eight days – versus a standard transition course. Additionally, it facilitates the creation of a pool of pilots who can fly both the A330 and A350 XWB in a single-fleet flying (SFF) concept for increased scheduling flexibility and mobility.

“This achievement is a fine example of our ability to combine innovation with commonality, and will be particularly valuable to airlines wishing to operate the A330 and A350 XWB in parallel,” explained Régine Vadrot, who leads the Training & Operational Certification team at Airbus. “The A350 XWB is a true member of the Airbus integrated family of aircraft.”

A notable factor in achieving the A350 XWB/A330 Common Type Rating is the similarity in handling qualities between the two fly-by-wire jetliners, as recently verified by pilots representing the European and U.S. civil aviation authorities who flew both aircraft.

As the latest Airbus widebody twin-engine jetliner, the A350 XWB is to set a new standard of comfort and efficiency in its class. With A350 XWB deliveries to begin before the end of 2014, an increasing number of pilots will be trained to fly the aircraft – many of whom are already approved to operate A330 jetliners.

The A330 remains a cornerstone in Airbus’ product line of twin-engine widebody aircraft, having logged more than 1,300 orders – with over 1,100 aircraft currently serving 100-plus operators worldwide. Its attractiveness is being further enhanced by Airbus’ development of a new 242 tonne weight variant, as well as a version optimised for regional routes and the A330neo (new engine option) configuration that was launched in 2014.