terça-feira, 23 de maio de 2017

FLYONE - A320-200 - EK-32008

Alain Charpentier - BCN

Boeing Completes Radar Upgrade for Saudi Arabia’s AWACS Fleet

Airborne Warning and Control System upgrades improve radar, simplify maintenance

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 23, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] has completed a series of upgrades that substantially enhance the technological capabilities of Saudi Arabia’s E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. Among the enhancements to improve radar capabilities and reduce repair time for the airborne surveillance fleet are systems that increase the original equipment’s radar sensitivity and expand the range for tracking targets.

The upgrades, called the Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP), comprise a new radar computer, a radar control maintenance panel and electrical and mechanical software and hardware.

"The AWACS’s main mission is to provide real-time situation awareness, and our teams have stayed true to that mission,” said Keith Burns, Saudi AWACS programs manager for Boeing. “The modernized software, multiple radar nodes and overall enhanced operation make this is the most significant upgrade to the AWACS radar since it was developed in the 1970s.”

Boeing engineers and technicians performed the installation and checkout of the first upgraded aircraft at Boeing Field in Seattle. The remaining aircraft were modified at Alsalam Aerospace Industries in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with support of Boeing engineers, technicians and a test and evaluation team.

The RSIP kit is built by Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems and has been installed on United States, United Kingdom, NATO and French AWACS fleets.

Boeing delivered Saudi Arabia's AWACS aircraft between June 1986 and September 1987.

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Lufthansa Munich – Seoul Feb 2018 service updates

Lufthansa in last week’s schedule update has filed Airbus A350-900XWB operations for Munich – Seoul Incheon route, subject to Government Approval. The airline intends to operate A350 aircraft on 04FEB18 and 25FEB18 from MUC, 05FEB18 and 26FEB18 from ICN.

LH718 MUC1610 – 1045+1MUC 359
LH719 ICN1230 – 1620MUC 359
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Singapore Airlines to retire four A380s by 2Q18

hsckcwong - LAX

Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) will retire four of its A380-800s by March of next year, ahead of the expected delivery of three new aircraft of the same type. The fleet change plans were highlighted in its annual report which was released last week.
Other aircraft to be removed from the fleet are two A330-300s, two B777-200s and one B777-200(ER). Their removal will make way for the addition of ten A350-900s as well as the afore-mentioned A380-800s.
Presumably, Singapore will be looking to phase out the elder of its A380s. According to ch-aviation fleet data, the oldest of the aircraft in Singapore's fleet are 9V-SKA (msn 3), 9V-SKB (msn 5), 9V-SKC (msn 6), 9V-SKD (msn 8) and 9V-SKE (msn 10) all delivered during 2006 and 2008 and leased from DS Aviation/Doric Asset Finance.
The carrier anticipates that the changes in its fleet will lead to a marginal capacity increase of 0.4%.
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segunda-feira, 22 de maio de 2017

Airbus Corporate Jets launches ACJ330neo

Offers proven capability and nonstop to the world range

Airbus Corporate Jets has launched a private jet version of its new A330neo[1], which combines new-generation engines and aerodynamic and other improvements to deliver even more comfort, efficiency and true “nonstop to the world” range.

Called the ACJ330neo, it will fly 25 passengers 9,400 nm/17,400 km or 20 hours, enough to fly nonstop from Europe to Australia.
“For customers, such as countries needing to fly heads of state and delegations worldwide on government business, the ACJ330neo offers an unbeatable combination of modern design, proven capability and productivity, as well as being part of the world’s best-selling widebody family,” declares Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy.
Featuring a very spacious cabin the ACJ330neo readily accommodates conference/dining areas, a private office, bedroom, bathroom and guest seating, and can be fully customised to suit customer needs.
And with experience in delivering around 70 turnkey cabins over several decades, Airbus has unrivalled manufacturer know-how in this field.

The A330 is the world’s most successful widebody airliner, having evolved through intelligent innovation into an even more capable one - as well as into freighter, multi-role tanker transport, and corporate jet roles.
Recent A330 advances include new-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, Sharklet wingtips and improved maximum take-off weights[2], delivering hugely better payload and range.
Other new features include the option of an onboard airport navigation system (OANS), similar to GPS in cars, and a runway overrun prevention system (ROPS), for which insurance companies offer reduced premiums.
Like all Airbus aircraft, the ACJ330 features Category 3B autoland and other enriching features as standard and, like all Airbus aircraft in production today, it has a common cockpit, on which more than 100,000 pilots are already qualified.
The ACJ330 also has optional dual head-up displays (HUDs) and, in common with the rest of the family, inherits excellent reliability from its airliner roots.

Launched as a joint programme, Airbus’ A330 and A340 are the world’s best-selling widebody family, with more than 2,000 orders to their credit and over 170 customers and operators.
Airbus supports more than 500 airline and corporate jet customers with one of the largest support networks in the world, including services tailored to business jet needs.

More than 180 Airbus corporate jets are in service on every continent, including Antarctica.

LATAM Brasil boosts London service in 3Q17

LATAM Airlines Brasil during peak season plans to increase Sao Paulo Guarulhos – London Heathrow operation, currently served 7 weekly. From 09JUL17 to 18AUG17, overall service will increase to 9 weekly, with additional flights served by Boeing 767 aircraft.

JJ9684 GRU2250 – 1455+1LHR 763 4
JJ9684 GRU2255 – 1455+1LHR 763 7
JJ8084 GRU2350 – 1515+1LHR 773 D

JJ9685 LHR1955 – 0415+1GRU 763 1
JJ8085 LHR2210 – 0555+1GRU 773 D
JJ9685 LHR2230 – 0655+1GRU 763 5
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Biman schedules leased A330 service in June/July 2017

BIMAN Bangladesh Airlines during the month of June and July 2017 plans to lease Airbus A330 aircraft to support its operation, mainly operating service to Doha and Kuwait. Planned operation as follow.

Doha 06JUN17 – 22JUL17 3 weekly
BG125 DAC1630 – 1715CGP1815 – 2040DOH 332 4
BG126 DOH2215 – 0645+1DAC 332 4
BG225 DAC1815 – 2040DOH 332 6
BG226 DOH2215 – 0650+1ZYL0750+1 – 0930+1DAC 332 6
BG025 DAC1815 – 2040DOH 332 2
BG026 DOH2215 – 0650+1CGP0750+1 – 0835+1DAC 332 2
Kuwait City 07JUN17 – 24JUL17 3 of 4 weekly

BG143 DAC1945 – 2230KWI 332 1
BG144 KWI0010 – 0845CGP0945 – 1030DAC 332 2
BG043 DAC1945 – 2230KWI 332 35
Inbound flight BG044 currently displays 772 on Day 46

Singapore Airlines expands A350 network from July 2017

Alain Charpentier - TLS

Singapore Airlines in last week’s schedule update filed 2 additional destinations to be served by the new Airbus A350-900XWB, effective from 01JUL17. Planned service as follow.

Singapore – Mumbai SQ422/421, replacing 777-200ER
SQ422 SIN0740 – 1030BOM 359 D
SQ421 BOM1145 – 1950SIN 359 D

Singapore – Munich 4 of 7 weekly operated by A350, replacing 777-300ER
SQ328 SIN0030 – 0655MUC 77W 135
SQ328 SIN0030 – 0655MUC 359 x135

SQ327 MUC1310 – 0700+1SIN 77W 135
SQ327 MUC1310 – 0700+1SIN 359 x135
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Qatar Airways Cargo adds Heathrow service from June 2017

Qatar Airways Cargo from 03JUN17 is introducing service to London Heathrow, on board Airbus A330 Freighter. The airline will operate Doha – London Heathrow – Basel – Doha routing once a week, replacing 1 of 2 weekly Doha – London Stansted – Basel – Doha routing.

QR8285 DOH0710 – 1245LHR1445 – 1720BSL 33X 6
QR8286 LHR1445 – 1720BSL2020 – 0325+1DOH 33X 6

With this new service, overall service to Basel remains unchanged at 4 weekly, while London Stansted being revised from 8 to 7 weekly, including:

1 weekly Doha – London Stansted – Basel – Doha
1 weekly Doha – London Stansted – Brussels – Doha
3 weekly Doha – London Stansted – Milan Malpensa – Doha
2 weekly Doha – London Stansted – Paris CDG – Doha

Service via Basel and Brussels is operated by Airbus A330 Freighter, Milan and
By Jim Liu - Airline Routes


hsckcwong - LAX

Brussels Airlines to buy seven Airbus A330ceos

flag carrier Brussels Airlines has decided to replace seven of its 10 Airbus A330s, but is sticking with A330ceos for its fleet renewal and long-haul expansion.

Lufthansa-owned Brussels Airlines issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the A330 replacement last summer. Given the carrier’s push to create an all-Airbus fleet, Airbus was a likely choice.

On May 22, Brussels Airlines said a detailed evaluation with its 100% owner Lufthansa Group concluded the A330ceo was the right aircraft, in terms of commercial, economic and operational performance. The A330ceos will have a significantly higher maximum takeoff weight and range than Brussels Airlines’ existing fleet, increasing potential payload.

Brussels Airlines has therefore secured board approval to buy seven Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered A330-300ceos, which will arrive in 2018-19. They will replace seven of Brussels Airlines’ oldest A330-200s and -300s that are coming to the end of their leases.

The engine selection is important, as it harmonizes the engine types within Brussels Airlines’ own operation and is in keeping with other several other Lufthansa Group airlines.

“For the Brussels Airlines Maintenance & Engineering Department, this harmonization and standardization results in many benefits, such as reduced complexity,” Brussels Airlines said.

The decision comes just a few months Lufthansa Group fully acquired Brussels Airlines.

“This is the largest investment project in Brussels Airlines’ 15-year history,” Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin said, adding that the fleet renewal will also include a total cabin revamp across all 10 aircraft.

The A330s will be equipped with new cabins in business class, economy privilege and economy class. “More details about the seat configuration and the state-of-the-art inflight product will be announced at a later stage,” Brussels Airlines said.

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sexta-feira, 19 de maio de 2017

VISTARA - A320 NEO - F-WWBJ - msn 7606

Alain Charpentier - TLS

China's AG600 Mega Seaplane Prepares for First Flight

By Chen Chuanren, AINonline

Claimed to be the world's largest seaplane, China's AG600 amphibian carried out its first high speed taxi test at Avic's facility in Zhuhai on April 29. The taxi run validated the aircraft's steering, trimming and braking capability as it made a 180 degrees turn after a straight run.

According to Avic, the AG600's brakes and engines performed well during the test, clearing the way for further ground evaluations ahead of a planned first flight from land in late May, followed by a subsequent takeoff from sea during the second half of 2017. Avic has shortlisted eight test pilots, although only three will make the debut flight.
State-owned Avic rolled out the AG600 in July 2016 and gave it a public debut at November's Airshow China in Zhuhai. The AG600 has a length of 121 feet (36.9 meters), wingspan of 127 feet (38.8 meters), a maximum take off weight (MTOW) 117,700 pounds (53.5 metric tons) on land and is powered by four six-bladed WJ-6 turboprop engines. In comparison, the Japanese ShinMaywa U.S.-1A amphibian has a MTOW of 99,000 pounds (45 metric tons).

Video film released by the Chinese state media revealed a modern glass cockpit, with six multi-function displays. According to the government, the AG600 is primary intended for roles such as for fire fighting, maritime search and rescue, as well as environmental monitoring and protection. However, other possible uses could include military supply and patrol operations in support of China's growing maritime presence. Avic claims to have commitments from the Chinese government for 17 of the new amphibian, as well as expressions of interest from prospective export customers.

In its fire fighting role, the aircraft is able to scoop up 26,400 pounds (12 metric tons) of water in 20 seconds, before dropping it over an area around the size of a football field. According to Avic chief designer Huang Lingcai, the AG600 can operate in around 75 to 85 percent of typical weather conditions in the South China Sea. For search and rescue operations, it is designed to withstand sea states three to four, including waves of up to 13 feet (2 meters). The aircraft has seating capacity for 50 passengers.

Air Canada outlines B737 MAX fleet plans

Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) has outlined its proposed plans for the deployment of two B737 MAX aircraft due to enter its fleet by the end of 2017. The new narrow-bodies are likely to be used on routes from Victoria Int'l to Toronto Pearson and Montréal Trudeau, and between Calgary and Halifax, reports Skies Mag.

Duncan Bureau, Air Canada’s vice-president of global sales, also suggested that the airline would look at routes into the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Air Canada has placed an order with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for a total of thirty-three B737 MAX 8s and twenty-eight B737 MAX 9s, with two due for delivery this year, sixteen in 2018 and the remaining forty-three by 2021. The MAX 8 is set to replace the carrier's Airbus A320-200s of which it currently has forty-two, while the MAX 9s will replace the A321-200s which number fifteen.
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Lufthansa Airbus flies birthday greetings throughout Europe

  • Lufthansa wishes Munich Airport a happy 25th birthday 
  • Lufthansa Airbus to reveal livery birthday greeting on May 20 for Family Day 
  • 25-year shared success story


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Paul Bannwarth

quarta-feira, 17 de maio de 2017

AZUR AIR - B737-400 - UR-UTP

Alain Charpentier - TLS

Boeing, Malindo Air Celebrate First 737 MAX Delivery

SEATTLE, May 16, 2017 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) today marked the first delivery of the new 737 MAX. The airplane, a 737 MAX 8, was handed over to Malindo Air at the Seattle Delivery Center. The Malaysia-based airline will be the first to put the 737 MAX into commercial service.
“This airplane will change the face of the single-aisle market,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister. “The 737 MAX 8 is the best in its class, providing unmatched performance and economics for our airline customers.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Boeing to take the delivery of the world’s first Boeing 737 MAX,” said Chandran Rama Muthy, CEO of Malindo Air. “The Boeing 737NG fleet has served Malindo well in its growth and we believe that the 737 MAX will become the centerpiece of our fleet. These new aircraft will allow us to go to further destinations and will play a key role in providing lower air fares to our customers."

The 737 MAX family is designed to offer the greatest flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the single-aisle market. Every airplane will feature the new Boeing Sky Interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing’s history. To date, it has received almost 3,700 orders from 87 customers across the world.

New SSJ100 Model Certified by EASA: Base Take-Off Weight with Increased Engine Thrust  

The designer and manufacturer of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company has successfully ended European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification process for its new type – B100.
The difference between the B100 and the base version is the increased-thrust SaM-146 engines; such engines are also installed to the long range version of the aircraft.
Key characteristics of SSJ100 B100, certified type RRJ-95B-100, are flight range – 3048 km with expected payload under standard atmospheric conditions, maximum takeoff weight – 45880 kg, engine takeoff thrust – 16100 lbf, and takeoff distance reduced by 10% as compared to the base version.
Certification of B100 type marked another milestone in the large-scale program of operating conditions expansion for Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The increased thrust of the engine improves the aircraft’s takeoff performance, granting new opportunities to the Customers. Such characteristics might be of interest to the Western Europe airlines when it comes to flights from short runways including those within the boundaries of the city.
These characteristics may also appeal to potential Customers from the BRICS area for which the possibility of commercial operation from aerodromes located at heights reaching 3300 meters above sea level becomes as an essential requirement when deciding in favor of SSJ100. The increased engine thrust of the new type copes with the task.
The EASA certificate allows to deliver B100 to European airlines and as well as to other Customers on other continents. Earlier, in December 2015, this model was certified in Russia.
Consequently, SCAC broadens its product line via offering the new model with improved takeoff performance in addition to aircraft of different takeoff weight and distance range.
Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) is a new-generation Russian commercial jet developed and produced by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. SSJ100 was designed with the latest technologies, ensuring operational efficiency and a high level of passenger comfort. The SSJ100 can be operated on both short and medium distance routes. The SSJ100’s distance range is 3 048 kilometers for basic model aircraft while its long-range version can travel more than 4 578 kilometers. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company manufactures the commercial airliners SSJ100, a version of the Sukhoi Business Jet and special-purpose aircraft. The SSJ100 commercial operation started in 2011.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) was founded in 2000 in order to create and develop new models of commercial aircraft. Today, the company's main project is design and development of Sukhoi Superjet 100. Principal directions of the company’s activity are development, production, sales and maintenance support of Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The company is head-quartered in Moscow and the aircraft are assembled in the company’s branch in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur

Cargolux China delays start until Q418

Cargolux China (Zhengzhou) has pushed back its launch date until the fourth quarter of 2018, reports supply chain publication The Loadstar. CEO of Cargolux (CV, Luxembourg), Richard Forson, has blamed China's current anti-corruption moves for the delay.

"China is undergoing a major anti-corruption drive at the moment, which has made partners over there cautious," he is reported as saying.

Meanwhile, economic news site Paper Jam reports that delays have also been caused by China's foreign investment rules.

"Chinese legislation is not very clear regarding the participation of a foreign company beyond 25%," the site reports Francois Bausch, Luxembourg's Minister of Development, Sustainability and Infrastructure, as saying.
Cargolux China is a joint venture with Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Co (HNCA), with the Luxembourg-based freight specialist holding a 35% stake. It is intended to be based out of Zhengzhou, which is Cargolux's largest hub in mainland China. According to its annual report, Cargolux carried more than 100,000 tonnes of freight to and from Zhengzhou in 2016. Cargolux currently operates 24x weekly flights between Europe and China.
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Alain Charpentier


Paul Bannwarth

terça-feira, 16 de maio de 2017

ATLAS AIR - B747-8F - N854GT

Ton Jochems - AMS

Qeshm Air to launch Tehran - Brussels route

Qeshm Airlines (QB, Tehran Mehrabad) plans to launch a direct Tehran Imam Khomeini – Brussels Charleroi flight in the near future, reports Iran's official IRNA news agency. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mahmoud Shekarabi made the announcement this week at a meeting with the Belgian Ambassador to Iran François Delhaye.

As previously reported, Qeshm will likely make its European debut later this month with flights between the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz and Hamburg Helmut Schmidt in Germany. Operations are to be on-board the carrier's recently delivered A319-100, EP-SAS (msn 2091), of which type two more are expected in the coming months.
Speaking of the Brussels route, Shekarabi said that it will expand tourism ties between Iran and Europe, given Belgium's central location, and will provide good opportunities for Iranian businesses.

Qeshm Air secured its Third Country Operator (TCO) licence from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in October last year, alongside Iran Air (IR, Tehran Mehrabad) and Mahan Air (W5, Tehran Mehrabad), becoming the first Iranian carriers to do so. An application by Kish Air (Y9, Tehran Mehrabad) is still in progress.
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Xiamen Airlines 4Q17 North American service changes as of 12MAY17

Xiamen Airlines earlier this year (March/April 2017) adjusted planned North American operation for winter 2017/18 season, including seasonal service reduction in the 4th quarter. Planned changes, on board Boeing 787-8, as follow.

Xiamen – Shenzhen – Seattle 18OCT17 – 12DEC17 Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly (Day 15)
Xiamen – Vancouver 23OCT17 – 10DEC17 Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly (Day 46)
By Jim Liu - Airline Routes

Air France unveils plans for LCC subsidiary Boost

Ton Jochems - AMS

Air France-KLM revealed information about its proposed low-cost carrier, Boost (Paris CDG), at its investor day last week. According to its presentation, the new subsidiary will kick-off in winter 2017, with plans to operate around 10% of Air France's operations by 2020.
Boost is intended to be a tool for the group to capture new customer segments, specifically the millennial market, with the deliberate aim "to regain the offensive on ultra-competitive routes".
The new carrier will wet-lease its aircraft from Air France – a total of eighteen medium-haul aircraft by 2018 and ten long-haul aircraft by 2020 – in a measure that will lead to unit cost savings of between 15 – 18% on Air France's costs. Savings will be achieved through revised labour agreements for cabin crews and reduced catering expenses due to moving to paid on-board food and drink options.

Boost will begin winter 2017 with six A321-200s, which will increase to eleven of the type by summer 2018. This period will also mark the introduction of long-haul aircraft, with the addition of three or four A340-300s. The first A350s are scheduled to be delivered winter 2019. By summer 2021, the mix is expected to be: six A320s, twelve A321s, and ten A350s.

For its medium-haul operations, Boost will operate several hubs to feed its proposed routes. For the long-haul, it plans to fly to a mix of Asian destinations, taking over some of Air France's loss-making routes. This would make up 70% of the new carrier's long-haul business, with the remaining 30% going to the opening up of new destinations.

The Boost project is the cornerstone of Air France-KLM chief executive Jean-Marc Janaillac's Trust Together restructuring plan. It has faced opposition from pilot and cabin crew unions, but nevertheless looks to be on track for its launch.

Iran Air takes delivery of its first four ATR 72-600s

Iran enters an era of renewal and expansion of its regional network connectivity

Toulouse, May 16th, 2017 – Iran Air, Iran’s national flag carrier, today took delivery of its first four ATR 72-600s. ATR and Iran Air signed earlier this year a firm contract for 20 ATR 72-600s and options for a further 20. Deliveries of the 20 firm aircraft will extend until the end of 2018.

Following the relief on international sanctions on Iran, there is a major need to modernise and develop air transportation to boost local economies throughout the country and improve connectivity between the regions. Iran relies on a strong domestic infrastructure, that numbers 60 airports that the ATRs are fully capable of serving. The ATR 72-600 is ideal for operations in many types of challenging environments, including small airfields, unpaved runways and mountainous regions. The ATR 72-600 will form the core of the regional aircraft of the Iran Air fleet and will substantially contribute to the expansion and development of the services provided by the national airline across the country.
Christian Scherer, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, declared: "There are still historical moments in aviation, and this is one of them. We are proud and gratified that our ATR aircraft are providing the solution to Iran's significant needs in regional connectivity. As Iran's travelling public gains access to increased supply of air transportation, it will benefit from the highest standards of comfort, efficiency and reliability with the ATR´s we are delivering today and over the coming months. We salute Iran Air for their choice in our favour and the tremendous role they play in their country."
Farhad Parvaresh, Chief Executive Officer of Iran Air, commented: “Our new fleet of ATR 72-600s showcases our will to provide newest generation aircraft to our customers, therefore ensuring comfort, reliability and competitiveness. Strengthening the links between all our communities will encourage new business opportunities for everyone.”
Iran is also expected to be the Middle East’s next big tourism destination. This freshly open market, along with the currently existing significant religious traffic, will develop connectivity domestically as well as towards neighbouring countries in the years to come. The country’s air services will require the highest standards of comfort as well as operational flexibility.