quinta-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2017

AIR EUROPA - B737-800W - EC-IDA - "CORDOBA " Argentina

José Ramon Valero - MAD

IBERIA REGIONAL - CRJ1000 - EC-LJS - "Aviacion sin Fronteras"

José Ramon Valero

South Africa’s Airlink to acquire five E-Jets

South African regional airline Airlink will acquire three Embraer E170s and two E190s from Embraer subsidiary ECC Leasing, as part of a wider plan to take 13 E-Jets in total.

An Embraer spokesman confirmed to ATW the aircraft have been sold, rather than leased, by ECC to Airlink.

Independently owned Airlink will start to receive the aircraft in the first half of 2017, marking the type’s South African debut.

“This is the beginning of the implementation of a well-planned growth and modernization strategy for Airlink that includes replacing our current fleet of Avro RJ85s over the next three years. The strategy calls for a total of 13 E-Jets, and we are in the process of sourcing the balance of the fleet requirement—an additional eight E190s—from the market,” Airlink CEO Rodger Foster said.

Foster added the E-Jets had been selected for their short-field, hot-and-high and extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS) capabilities, as well as their potential to support Airlink’s growth.

“The E190’s ETOPS capability and range presents Airlink with new market opportunities to address isolated destinations that were previously beyond our reach and, in some instances, that have never enjoyed the privilege of reliable scheduled air services,” Foster said.

Airlink already operates a large ERJ fleet and, last December, it started to add a further 11 ERJ140s. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2017, Airlink will be operating 30 ERJs, spanning all three types: the ERJ135, ERJ140 and ERJ145.

The Johannesburg-based airline serves 36 destinations in nine African countries, carrying more than 1.4 million passengers on 44,800 flights annually with a 30:70 split in favor of business travelers.

A350 XWB: six million passengers flown… and counting

Just two years after the A350 XWB’s commercial service entry, over six million passengers already have enjoyed the unique flying experience and well-being provided by Airbus’ latest-generation widebody jetliner – which is shaping the future of long-haul airline operations.
The 62 A350 XWBs in airline service at the end of December 2016 had accumulated 154,000-plus flight hours on more than 25,000 flights, with an average daily utilisation of 12.5 hours.

These aircraft are operated by a growing customer base that currently includes: Qatar Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Finnair, LATAM, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines, Thai Airways International (THAI), China Airlines and Lufthansa.

The A350 XWB version in service today is the A350-900, seating 325 passengers in a standard three-class configuration and offering a flight range of up to 8,100 nautical miles. It will be joined by the longer fuselage A350-1000 – accommodating 366 passengers in a typical three-class cabin layout, with a range of 7,950 nautical miles – which is scheduled for its entry in airline service during the second half of 2017. Both aircraft share the same levels of comfort and operational efficiency.

flyadeal to lease six A320s

flyadeal (Jeddah) will lease six A320-200 jets ahead of its launch later in the year Airbus's Managing Director (Middle East), Fouad Attar, has told Reuters.

The aircraft, supplied by an unspecified lessor, will arrive in time for the LCC's inaugural flights, scheduled for the middle of the year.

Unveiled last year, flyadeal will form part of parent carrier Saudia's SV2020 strategic plan. It aims to operate fifty aircraft by 2020.
ch aviation

SIA To Boost Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia And West Asia Services

Singapore Airlines will be increasing flight frequency to points in Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia and West Asia in the Northern Summer operating season (26 March 2017 to 28 October 2017) to meet growing travel demand.

In Australia, Melbourne will be served with 31 weekly flights, up from 28, with effect from 17 July 2017, while flight frequency to Brisbane will increase to 28 per week, up from 24, starting on 22 August 2017. From 4 June 2017, Sydney will be served 33 times per week, up from 31 times per week. To cater to peak period demand, flight frequency to Sydney will be further increased to 35 weekly flights from 18 June to 30 September 2017.

In Europe, Rome will be served four times per week from July 2017, up from the current two weekly flights. As previously announced, Moscow will be served five times per week, up from four times, with effect from 30 May 2017, when services beyond Moscow to the new destination of Stockholm are introduced.

In Southeast Asia, Bangkok flight frequency will increase to six per day from five with effect from 26 March 2017. Ho Chi Minh City will be served 19 times per week from the same day, up from the current 17 per week.

In West Asia, the Indian city of Ahmedabad will be served four times per week, up from the current three, with effect from 26 March 2017, while Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka will be served 10 times per week with effect from 19 July 2017, up from the current seven flights per week.

The additional services are subject to regulatory approvals. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively through the various distribution channels.

LATAM Airlines Brasil NS17 long-haul changes as of 17JAN17

LATAM Airlines Brasil in recent schedule update adjusted planned International operation from 26MAR17, including reduced operation for Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft. As of 17JAN17, planned service changes as follow.

Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Miami 777-300ER continues operation, 2 daily, instead of planned A350
Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Orlando 26MAR17 – 31MAY17 Boeing 767 replaces A350, 1 daily
Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Paris CDG A350-900XWB replaces 777-300ER, however the 350 will operate on alternating days, instead of 1 daily

Previously planned adjustment remains unchanged:
Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Milan Malpensa Boeing 767 replaces A350, 1 daily
Sao Paulo Guarulhos – New York JFK Reduce from 10 to 7 weekly, 777-300ER operates daily

On separate note, planned Airbus A350 service on Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Santiago de Chile from 26MAR17, has switched back to Boeing 767.
Jim Liu Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline

Jet2 accelerates B737 freighter fleet phase out

Jet2 (LS, Leeds/Bradford) has ended dedicated B737 freighter operations after its only remaining B737-300(F) was withdrawn from commercial service this week.

According to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, G-CELW (msn 23659) was ferried to Kemble Cotswold Airport on Tuesday, January 17.
Jet2 used the aircraft, along with its dwindling fleet of B737-300(QC)s, to carry out overnight flights throughout the United Kingdom for and on behalf of Royal Mail under a contract which expired this month.
The leisure specialist did not participate in the tender for a new Royal Post contract running from January 2017 through to 2022. The tender was ultimately awarded to Sweden's West Atlantic Group.
As it stands, Jet2's mainline fleet will consist of twenty B737-300s, twenty-nine B737-800s and eleven B757-200s used to connect various centres around the United Kingdom with leisure destinations in the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and the United States.
ch aviation

Aztec Airways increases scheduled Bahamas flights

Florida based Aztec Airways (AJ, Fort Lauderdale Executive) has been awarded a Commuter Air Carrier Authorisation by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). In its original filing, Aztec proposed operating a 5x weekly round trip service between Fort Lauderdale Executive and the Bahamian ports of North Eleuthera and Governors Harbour, an additional two flights to its current schedule.
The commuter routes will be run using its two Piper (twin piston) PA-31-350s, which can seat nine passengers.

The carrier has been operating out of Fort Lauderdale Executive since 1998, offering chartered passenger flights and cargo services to destinations throughout the Bahamas and southeast USA.

Saudia schedules 787 service to Madrid from March 2017

Saudia starting March 2017 is adjusting operational aircraft for Jeddah – Madrid route, as the Skyteam member schedules Boeing 787-9 for this 4 weekly flights, replacing 3-class 777-200ER (aircraft code 77L used by Saudia). First flight by the Boeing 787-9 aircraft, including the first flight without First Class on this route, is scheduled on 02MAR17.

SV227 JED0425 – 0850MAD 789 27
SV227 JED0845 – 1310MAD 789 45
SV226 MAD1050 – 1830JED 789 27
SV226 MAD1510 – 2250JED 789 45

Jim Liu Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline

terça-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2017


BRISNACE - Boeing 

9AIR - B737-800W - B-1553

BRISNACE - Boeing 

BOEING 737MAX - N8703J

BRISNACE - Boeing 


Paul Bannwarth

Aeroflot Cancels Eight A350-800s

Aeroflot Airline has canceled an order for eight Airbus A350-800s, Airbus revealed in a presentation at an annual press briefing Jan. 11. Airbus confirmed to ATW the Russian flag carrier has 14 A350-800s on order. The order change was made in November 2016.

In 2007, Aeroflot ordered 22 A350s, comprising eight -800s and 14 -900s.

Because the number of -800 orders has been shrinking, Airbus dropped the model from its line-up. In May 2016, Airbus Commercial Aircraft president and Airbus COO Fabrice Brégier told Russia's Kommersant newspaper that Aeroflot and the manufacturer were considering converting the -800 order into another type, likely the A330neo.

In November 2016, Aeroflot canceled an order for 22 Boeing 787s, transferring purchase rights to Avia Capital Service, a leasing subsidiary of Russian government-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec, under an agreement among Aeroflot, Boeing and lessor. At the time, Aeroflot said it would rely on the A350 and the Boeing 777 for its widebody requirements.

Emirates plans A380 Sao Paulo service from Mar 2017

Emirates today (16JAN17) announced the launch of regular Airbus A380 service on Dubai – Sao Paulo Guarulhos, effective from 26MAR17. The 3-class A380 aircraft will replace existing Boeing 777-300ER service. The airline previously operated one-time A380 service to Sao Paulo on 14NOV15.

EK261 DXB0835 – 1630GRU 388 D
EK262 GRU0125 – 2255DXB 388 D (eff 27MAR17)
Jim Liu  - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline
Photo:Alain Charpentier - BCN

Etihad moves forward Manchester 787 service to late-Jan 2017 4 Shares

Etihad Airways in last week’s schedule update has moved forward planned Boeing 787-9 service launch for Abu Dhabi – Manchester route, currently scheduled from next week. Previously the 787 was scheduled to operate from 01FEB17 to 28FEB17, once a day, however this is revised to 23JAN17 – 28FEB17.

EY015 AUH0230 – 0640MAN 77W D
EY021 AUH1020 – 1450MAN 789 D
EY016 MAN0810 – 1920AUH 77W D
EY022 MAN1925 – 0645+1AUH 789
Jim Liu  -Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline
Photo:Etihad Airways

Finnair A340 S17 operations as of 16JAN17

Finnair in previous schedule update additional changes to planned Airbus A340-300 operation, which sees further service consolidation in summer 2017 season. As of 16JAN17, planned A340 service as follow.
Helsinki – Chicago O’Hare 01MAY17 – 29MAY17 4 weekly (5 weekly from 12MAY17)
Helsinki – Miami 01JUN17 – 28SEP17 3 weekly
Additional changes remain highly possible.
Jim Liu - Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline

Aer Lingus to finalize A321neo(LR) tender shortly

Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) will shortly finalize a Request For Proposals (RFP) for lease of A321neo (Long Range) twinjets, issued late last year, airline chief executive Stephen Kavanagh has announced.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the tender was for the lease of seven of the type.
The IAG International Airlines Group unit has alluded to using the A321neo(LR) to develop thinner transatlantic routes where the A330 - the mainstay of its longhaul fleet - would otherwise prove excessive.

"We think the (A321 LR) is particularly interesting for Aer Lingus on the transatlantic," IAG boss Willie Walsh was quoted by the Irish Independent in June last year. "It will allow Aer Lingus to operate double frequencies on flights. So instead of having one A330, you could have two A321s. The advantage of that is that it makes the (Dublin Int'l) hub much stronger. It gives additional flexibility for people to connect from Dublin. That's particularly attractive."

The A321neo(LR) will also be used to replace a quartet of B757-200s, leased from ASL Airlines Ireland (ABR, Dublin Int'l), to operate existing services to Hartford Bradley, Newark, Toronto Pearson, and Washington Dulles.
ch aviation

Arrive today of the first RMAF A400M at Getafe to change the gearboxes.

Getafe has chanced already french F-RBAG, turkish 14-0013, and the french (F-RBAB) is parked on the ramp, preserved without blades, from march 2016
José Ramón Valero

Nepal Airlines awards A330 lease contract

Nepal Airlines (RA, Kathmandu) has formally awarded US lessor AAR Aircraft Sales & Leasing the contract for the supply of two A330-200s following a Request For Proposals (RFP) issued in September last year.

The paper indicated last month that AAR's proposal - USD104.8 million for each jet - was the lowest. In addition, it also indicated it could supply the first aircraft by mid-April instead of the September deadline stipulated in the original RFP. A second jet is due by April 2018.
The state-owned airline plans to use the aircraft to replace its outgoing B757-200s while expanding its network to cover China, Japan, Korea, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.
ch aviation

Airbus China Site to Deliver First A330 in 2017

Airbus is expected to deliver its first A330 aircraft in September 2017 from its completion and delivery center in north China's Tianjin, said Airbus China on Monday.

According to Airbus China, by 2019, the Airbus China site will reach stable production capacity, completing and delivering two A330 wide-body aircraft per month.

"The cabin of the A330 is more complicated than the single-aisle aircraft due to the massive workload and difficulty," said Francois Mery,COO with Airbus Commercial Aircraft China, adding that the completion and delivery center will be responsible for cabin installation, painting and flight tests of the A330.

On March 2, 2016, construction on the Airbus China A330 completion and delivery center started in Tianjin, where A330 aircraft will be completed and delivered to Chinese clients.

It is Airbus' first completion and delivery center for wide-body aircraft outside Europe. The first A330 aircraft is expected to be delivered from the center in 2017.
To date, the center has recruited 160 staff, about sixty percent of its total hiring plan.
Airbus delivered 153 aircraft to Chinese operators in 2016, its seventh consecutive year of more than 100 deliveries.
The deliveries included 141 aircraft in its single-aisle A320 family and 12 of its A330 family.
According to Airbus China, there are 1,383 Airbus aircraft in service in Chinese mainland, about half of the total civil aircraft with more than 100 seats on the Chinese mainland.
A joint venture between Airbus and Chinese partners in Tianjin has delivered more than 300 A320 aircraft since it went into operation in 2008.
China Daily

Iran makes history with first new aircraft

Arrival of first Airbus jet marks start of major fleet modernisation programme

Mark Elliott - Travel News

Iran Air’s first A321 is delivered from the Airbus factory

The long-overdue modernisation of Iran’s commercial air fleet is now underway, following the delivery of a brand new Airbus aircraft to national carrier, Iran Air.

Iran has moved quickly following the easing of economic sanctions, ordering 100 Airbus and 80 Boeing aircraft. Decades in the diplomatic wilderness have left Iran with an aging air fleet, and the country is now estimated to require up to 500 new aircraft in the coming years, to bring its fleet into line with international standards.

This process has now officially begun with the arrival of a modern A321 aircraft. The new single-aisle jet comes equipped with 194 seats in two classes, all featuring seat-back in-flight entertainment systems.

“This significant milestone marks the first practical step in Iran Air’s ambitious passenger aircraft fleet renewal and its stronger presence in international civil aviation. Iranian travellers can be proud with our selection of the world’s most modern single-aisle aircraft,” said Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air’s chairman & CEO.

The A321 comes fitted with seat-back in-flight entertainment systems

“Today signals that with international collaboration and co-operation, we can achieve mutually beneficial commercial goals.”

Airbus stressed that the delivery “complies with all relevant international laws”, and was coordinated with regulators in the EU and US.

“Today is a momentous occasion,” said Airbus’ commercial president, Fabrice Bregier. “As we take these first steps together, we stand ready to support the development and modernisation of Iran Air. Clearly in a country of 80 million people, there is a need for the latest passenger aircraft to meet domestic as well as international demand.”

segunda-feira, 16 de janeiro de 2017


BRISNACE - Boeing 


BRISNACE - Boeing 

LUCK AIR - B737-800W - B-7988

BRISNACE - Boeing 

BASEL, EuroAirport TRIP

Paul Bannwarth

TUIFLY - B737-800 - D-ATUH

CEWE photobook has reworked its promoting appearance on a TUIfly Boeing 737-800, applied now to a sister aircraft.

Richard Branson unveiled prototype for a supersonic passenger plane

Sir Richard Branson has unveiled the prototype for a new supersonic aircraft that promises to halve air travel times and send passengers between London and New York in three hours and 15 minutes.

The XB-1 has been nicknamed “Baby Boom” and is claimed to be the world’s fastest civil aircraft ever made and promises to give passengers “affordable” supersonic travel. While the first commercial flight is not expected until 2023, the price of a flight between London and New York is currently set at £2,500 each way.

The new aircraft has a cruising speed of Mach 2.2 or 1,451mph, which is 10 per cent faster than Concorde’s speed of Mach 2 (the speed of sound is measured as Mach 1) and 2.6 times faster than other airliners. The new planes are set to carry 40 passengers at a time.

“I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” the Virgin founder said. “As an innovator in the space, Virgin Galactic’s decision to work with Boom was an easy one. We’re excited to have an option on Boom’s first 10 airframes.”

Despite other aerospace companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin developing their own supersonic spacecraft, Virgin and Boom are hoping to beat the competition to market as the aircraft uses existing technology that has already been approved by regulators.

Boom’s development of the new aircraft has been done in partnership with Sir Richard’s Spaceship Company, which is attached to Virgin Galactic. The company will provide engineering and manufacturing services to Boom, in addition to test flight support and operations, and Sir Richard has signed an option to buy the first 10 airframes.

Ahead of the unveiling, Blake Scholl, CEO and founder of start-up Boom, said: “60 years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds.

“Concorde’s designers didn’t have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now we do,” he said, adding that the company is looking forward to the first Boom flight late next year.

The subsonic test flight of the XB-1 will take place east of Denver, Colorado, while the supersonic test flights will take place near Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.


Wideroe inks deal with Embraer for 3+12 E-Jet E2s

Wideroe (WF, Bodø) has signed a firm order agreement with Embraer  for up to fifteen E2 Family jets. The Brazilian manufacturer said in a statement the contract consists of three firm ordered EMB190-E2s with purchase rights for twelve further E2 family aircraft including the EMB175-E2, EMB190-E2, and EMB195-E2 variants.
The firm-ordered aircraft, which are scheduled to deliver in 2018, will be configured in a single-class layout with 114 seats.

Flynas orders 60 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Converts further 20 CEOs to NEOs

Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s leading low-cost carrier, has signed an agreement with Airbus for 60 A320neo Family aircraft.

In addition to the 60 aircraft, Flynas has converted 20 A320ceo from a previous order to A320neo bringing the airline’s total firm order to 80 A320neo. The deliveries are scheduled to take place during 2018-2026.

The agreement was announced today in Riyadh at a press conference attended by Ayed Al Jeaid, Chairman, NAS Holding, Bander Al Mohanna, Chief Executive Officer, NAS Holding Group and Fouad Attar, Managing Director, Airbus Middle East.

Flynas, an all Airbus operator, currently has 26 A320ceo in service. Launched in 2007, the airline has successfully operated over 260,000 flights and carried more than 30 million passengers in the last ten years.

Ayed Al Jeaid, Chairman, NAS Holding Group said, “Flynas has come a long way to establish itself as a highly reputed airline in Saudi Arabia. With the introduction of the new aircraft technology, we are confident of our ability to provide best services to our customers. We also look forward to being the first airline in the Kingdom to be successfully listed on the Saudi Stock exchange, which will offer equity ownership to the public and be a part of a great journey.”

Bander Al Mohanna, Chief Executive Officer, NAS Holding Group said, “We have operated exceptionally well with our existing Airbus A320 fleet, which has allowed us to maintain high performance standards in operations and passenger experience. We have an ambitious growth vision and the new A320neo order will further support our plans to be a leading low-cost carrier with the most advanced and efficient technology and will allow us to strengthen our offerings within and outside of Saudi Arabia.”

In 2016, Flynas set a new record by carrying 6.3 million passengers contributing to a 14% year-on-year increase. The A320neo will provide Flynas unbeatable efficiency and comfort in both high-density domestic segments as well as thinner routes.

“The additional A320neo aircraft will continue to support Flynas’ growth plans as a leading low-cost carrier in Saudi Arabia’s fast-growing aviation sector,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer - Customers, Airbus. Today’s agreement further consolidates the aircraft’s popularity that has been endorsed by operators worldwide. The aircraft will offer a unique combination of unbeatable economics, fuel and cost efficiency and outstanding passenger comfort.”

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with more than 5,000 orders from 90 customers since its launch in 2010. It incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. The A320neo also offers significant environmental performance with nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.


Qatar Airways once again revised planned Airbus A350-900XWB service entry for Doha – Paris CDG route. Based on the latest and 3rd revision, the airline will now introduce the A350 service on 01MAR17, instead of 01FEB17.

QR041 DOH0120 – 0630CDG 77W D
QR039 DOH0715 – 1230CDG 388 D
QR037 DOH1505 – 2005CDG 359 D
QR042 CDG0925 – 1745DOH 77W D
QR040 CDG1515 – 2335DOH 388 D
QR038 CDG2120 – 0540+1DOH 359 D
Jim Liu Data & Analysis Manager - Airlineroute, Routesonline

LAM Mozambique Airlines took damage while landing, may have hit a drone

LAM Mozambique Airlines has told Portuguese-language media that one of its aircraft was struck Thursday, possibly by a drone. In a Facebook post, the airline said that the crew of the Boeing 737 heard a bang, suggesting that some sort of “external body” hit the aircraft. The 737 was flying from Maputo and on approach to Tete airport when the incident occurred.

The Aviation Herald wrote that “a post flight examination revealed a drone had impacted the right hand side of the radome.” The website Mozambicano also reported the drone strike. The aircraft apparently landed safely with 80 passengers and six crew members on board.

In April 2016, British Airways reported that one of its aircraft may have hit a drone while landing at London Heathrow Airport.
Hundreds of near-misses have been reported at airports across the United States in recent years. Flying a drone within five miles of an airport in the United States is illegal, largely for safety reasons