segunda-feira, 5 de outubro de 2015

Emirates doubles capacity on services to Boston

British Airways’ first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has arrived at Heathrow to take its place in the airline’s fleet. Following an eight hour 45 minute flight from Seattle, the aircraft (registration G-ZBKA) touched down at its new home at 08.50 local time. . It is the first of 22 787-9s the airline is set to receive from Boeing, with the next due to arrive in mid-October and a further two expected by the end of the year
Photo:FPP - Lisboa

AERORÉPUBLICA / COPA - ERJ190 - HK-4456 - new ConnectMiles frequent flyer program.

Tomas Cubero Maingot - Costa Rica

Emirates Schedules 1 A340-500 Beirut Rotation in early-Oct 2015

Emirates has extended planned Airbus A340-500 operation, as the airline scheduled Dubai – Beirut flight on 06/07OCT15. The A340-500 will operate on EK955/956 service.
EK955 DXB2055 – 0005+1BEY 345 06OCT15
EK956 BEY0140 – 0650DXB 345 07OCT15
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Within special flight tests the AN−70 successfully overpassed a distance more than 13,000 km

From 22 to 26 September 2015, the AN−70 short takeoff and landing military transport performed an international flight and carried a military cargo within evaluation of transport capacity and widening the operational conditions.
From the Kyiv−Antonov airport, the aircraft flew to Bangui, Central African Republic. This flight endured 9 hours 2 minutes. In Bangui, the AN−70 took on board a cargo weighting 23.6 tons. After that, the aircraft landed in Ndjamena, the Republic of Chad. According to Viktor Goncharov, test pilot of ANTONOV, the crew captain, "from Ndjamena airport we took off under a temperature of +33 Celsius degrees with a take−off weight close to the maximum. The aircraft confirmed designed data of the take off parameters including length of the runway distance. AN−70 also showed good climb rate“. After 6−hour flight, the AN−70 arrived to the place of the cargo destination – to Istres, France. The aircraft returned to the Kyiv−Antonov airport with intermediate stop in Leipzig, Germany.
In this expedition AN−70 was in the air more than 20 hours, flew over 13,600 km. Throughout the route the aircraft demonstrated its high flying, take off and landing characteristics as well as low fuel consumption. On−board handling equipment was tested under actual operating conditions. All the tasks were performed successfully.


The biggest series transport aircraft AN−124−100 Ruslan has performed a milestone, cross−channel flight to deliver the highest−thrust production engine Rolls−Royce Trent XWB−97 from Britain to France.

This transport operation became a next page in list of the unique transportations performed by Ruslan. Rolls−Royce Trent XWB−97 is a new oversized and the highest−thrust jet the manufacturer has ever made. Ruslan carried the engine manufactured in Derby facility, from East Midlands airport to the Airbus testing facility in Toulouse.
On the customer's request, it was particularly important that this mission was completed on time, as the Trent XWB−97 engine that was being transported is the first of its kind that will actually take flight, on an Airbus A380 flying test bed.

Airbus A320 ACT maintenance class to be installed at Spirit Airlines

First customer in the Americas for Airbus Competence Training Suite

Spirit Airlines, a low-cost carrier based in Miramar, Florida, is preparing for the installation of the first Airbus Competence Training (ACT) classroom in the Americas. This state-of-the-art maintenance training suite is being set-up at Spirit’s new maintenance facilities in Detroit, Michigan (U.S.). Spirit’s maintenance personnel and engineers will receive initial and recurrent training in the new A320 ACT classroom. 

“We are excited to continue our great partnership with Airbus, and delighted with the prospects of this new Detroit training facility,” said John Bendoraitis, Spirit's Chief Operating Officer. "The advanced training opportunities for our Technical Operations Team Members that the facility provides will allow Spirit to stay updated with the latest technology that Airbus develops.  We already began this new era with our first A320 course, which began September 21."

“Supporting our customers’ needs is a top priority for Airbus,” said Damon Cram, Director, Airbus Training Sales. “We are pleased to meet Spirit’s internal training needs by providing this all-in-one, on-site comprehensive solution to the airline’s maintenance and engineering training organization. Making the ACT concept and Airbus’ educational tools available to Spirit is a milestone for Training by Airbus in the Americas. This placement will ensure even more efficient service, support and proximity to our customers.” 

ACT is an operationally oriented, scenario-based program focused on a ‘learning by doing’ approach. It allows for both theoretical – with animated system descriptions – and practical troubleshooting and maintenance tasks. Spirit Airlines and Airbus have signed a five-year agreement for the A320 ACT Suite. 

Airbus’ portfolio of training services, collectively named “Training by Airbus,” ensures a smooth aircraft entry into service and provides customers with support and services throughout the operation life of their Airbus fleet. Courses are also provided locally to customers due to advanced mobile solutions and e-learning opportunities.

Fly County Airlines commences operations

Fly County Aviation (Nairobi Wilson) commenced domestic Kenyan operations on Monday, September 21 with 3x weekly flights from its Nairobi Wilson base to Voi Ikanga airstrip which is located approximately 10km northwest of the town of Voi in southern Kenya.

The start-up plans to extend the flight to include an onward sector to Mombasa as early as next month.

A virtual carrier, Fly County Airlines charters aircraft from partner Skyward Express (Nairobi Wilson). Thus far it has been operating Dash 8-300 5Y-SMK (cn 407), a Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan, and a Do228.

sexta-feira, 2 de outubro de 2015


Ton Jochems - AYT


Ton Jochems - AYT

CONDOR - B757-300W - D-ABOF

Ton Jochems - AYT

Transaero to Cease Operations, Aeroflot Deal Fails

Russian carrier Transaero has stopped selling tickets and has been set its final day of operations on December 15, according to a statement published in its Facebook page.

“Upon the decision of the Government to reorganize the activities of Transaero and to ensure the transportation of our passengers, the sales of tickets for our flights has been stopped” said the statement “the transportation of passengers with issued tickets for our domestic and international routes will be up to December 15, 2015. Tickets issued for flights after this date will be refunded in full.”

A Dead End Street

Last September, Aeroflot announced the plans to integrate the troubled Russian airline as part of state-owned carrier group. However, the parties failed to reach an agreement on the purchase by Aeroflot of a 75% stake plus one share in Transaero within the deadline stipulated in the tender offer.

“While disruptions in the civil aviation market and social tensions among Transaero employees have been avoided, the Board of Directors noted this and decided not to extend the terms of the tender offer from Transaero shareholders that the Board of Directors considered on 3 September.” Aeroflot informed in a press release.
Turbulent times for Russian Aviation
Failing oil prices have taken its toll on Russian economy, which experienced the collapse of its currency in over 50% last year. Also, Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in Ukraine led to a plunge in air transport demand. One year ago, Transaero requested a bailout to cover its debts with financial institutions, estimated in 67 billion roubles ($1 billion).

© Airbus 2007 - Fixion - TransaeroThe impact of this economic crisis have led Russian carriers to adjust their capacity and redefine growth and expansion plans. Transaero and Aeroflot have opted to cancel their Boeing 787 Dreamliner orders, and in the case of Transaero, the airline opted to defer its 747-8I and Airbus A380 deliveries. Instead, taking delivery of Airbus A321s and Boeing 737-800s in an attempt to improve passenger yields and decrease operational costs. These deliveries came with the launch of a new corporate image, intended to be originally revealed in its deferred Very Large Aircraft.

Photos:Ton Jochems -AMS

Bhutan Airlines, formerly known as Tashi Air and with the ICAO code of B3, has begun service to Delhi from its base in Paro, the only international airport in Bhutan.

Bhutan Airlines, formerly known as Tashi Air and with the ICAO code of B3, has begun service to Delhi (DEL) from its base in Paro (PBH), the only international airport in Bhutan. 

Bombardier Signs Firm Agreements for Combined Total of up to 16 CRJ Series Aircraft and Welcomes Dublin’s CityJet to CRJ Series Family

First order includes eight firm CRJ900 aircraft and six option aircraft to be operated by CityJet in the Scandinavian Airlines network

•Separately, a long-standing customer signs order for two firm CRJ700 aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has welcomed Dublin-based CityJet (CityJet) to the CRJ Series family of aircraft operators following confirmation that it will operate CRJ900 aircraft in the network of Sweden’s Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). CityJet will acquire the aircraft from a customer that signed a firm purchase agreement for eight CRJ900 aircraft and took options on an additional six. The customer has requested to remain unidentified at this time.

 Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the firm agreement signed by Bombardier and its customer is valued at approximately $369 million USD. The value could increase to $651 million USD if all options are exercised. 

“The long-term profitability and development of our airline is dependent on the addition of modern, fuel-efficient aircraft to our fleet. The CRJ900 jetliners with their lower operating costs, outstanding operational flexibility and enhanced cabin amenities were key factors in our successful tender for our new SAS contract,” said Pat Byrne, Executive Chairman, CityJet. “As a long-time regional operator for some of Europe’s finest airlines, we are pleased to add SAS to our list of distinguished customers.”

 “We are looking forward to working with CityJet to further expand our regional route network and thereby strengthen SAS’ offering to frequent travelers. These new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft from CityJet will provide us with efficient and flexible production of regional flights that will feed our larger traffic flows and will complement nicely the 12 CRJ900 aircraft in SAS’ current network operation,” said Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO at SAS.

“We welcome CityJet as the newest member to the CRJ aircraft family. With its unique operations, CityJet has forged strong business relationships with many of Bombardier’s long-standing customers, such as SAS who now look to CityJet’s expertise for their network growth,” said Ryan DeBrusk, Vice President, Sales, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia & Commonwealth of Independent States, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “CityJet brings an impressive amount of knowledge and experience in the wet lease market whereby it will now provide airlines with modern aircraft, crews and maintenance for operation.”

VALORFLY - B737-400 - 9H-VLA

FPP - Lisboa


FPP - Lisboa

NEOS - B737-800 Split Scimitar Winglets - I-NEOZ

FPP - Lisboa

Golden Wings South Africa adds first Q300 to fleet

Golden Wings Aviation (South Africa) (Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has secured its maiden Dash 8-300 on dry-lease from Canadian firm, Avmax. The turboprop - cn 414 - is the company's first of the type.

Based out of Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, Golden Wings also operates a Fokker 70 - ZS-SKA (cn 11559) - for its affiliate Golden Wings Aviation (Sudan) (Juba).
Photos: Golden Wings

Al-Rafedain Falcon Airlines adds maiden Il-76

Al-Rafedain Falcon Airlines (Najaf) has taken delivery of its first of two Il-76TDs Skyliner Aviation has shown. YI-BAC (cn 83483502) was recently seen in service on flights between Yerevan and Sulaymaniyah late last month.
According to its site, the start-up plans to offer cargo services between Iraq and the region at large

Xiamen Air Welcomes Its Last Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Xiamen Airlines (MF) has taken delivery of a brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is the last of six 787s the airline has on order.

The new long-haul jet, Registration B-2763, touched down at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) on September 30 and has been initially deployed on routes connecting Xiamen and Fuzhou with Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping boarded Xiamen Airlines' 787, Registration B-2763 on September 23 and had an interior tour of the airplane during his visit to Boeing's factory in Everett, Seattle. Accompanied by Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner, President Xi boarded the 787 Dreamliner, experienced the first class and business class cabins, toured the cockpit and visited the crew rest area.

On Aug. 31, 2014, the Xiamen-based carrier received its first 787 Dreamliner, Registration B-2768, which is the first wide-body airplane of the airline. Over the past year, Xiamen Air, which now operates six 787 Dreamliners, has achieved over 10,000 flying hours, handled 3,568 aircraft movements and 55,000 passengers totally. The five Dreamliners earned nearly one billion yuan for the Xiamen-based carrier.

Xiamen Airlines has already used its new Dreamliner fleet to launch its first ever long-haul flights connecting Xiamen with Amsterdam. And it will now continue to roll-out more long-haul routes, including services to Sydney on November 29 and its first destinations in North America in 2016.

The Dreamliner (B-2763) is set to operate the inaugural flights of Fuzhou-Sydney and Xiamen-Sydney routes at the end of this year, the airline disclosed.

Aiming to tap into the global long-haul market, Xiamen Airlines wants more long-range jets. Since its first Drealiner joined in August 2013, Xiamen Airlines has completed an initial order for six 787-8s. But, the Xiamen-based carrier has agreed to acquire six larger 787-9 aircraft from Boeing.

The new wide-body jet is the sixth Dreamliner and also the 16th new aircraft introduced by the Xiamen-based carrier this year. Like the other five 787-8s in the airline's fleet, the new aircraft is configured with 237 seats in a three-class layout, including four seats in first class, 18 in business class and 215 in economy class. All premium seats recline to form fully-flat beds.

With the arrival of new 787-8 Dreamliner, Xiamen Airlines now operates a fleet of 128 Boeing aircraft, including 17 737-700s, 99 737-800s, six 757-200s and six 787-8 Dreamliners.

quinta-feira, 1 de outubro de 2015

SUNDOR - B737-800W - 4X-EKR

João Luis Pessoa - Barcelona


Alain Charpentier - TLS

Mahan Air Increases Milan Flights from mid-Nov 2015

Iranian carrier Mahan Air from 15NOV15 is adding 3rd weekly rotation on Tehran – Milan Malpensa service, as it launches the new flight on Sundays. This route is operated by Airbus A310 aircraft, with following schedule.

W5110 IKA0705 – 1005MXP 310 367
W5111 MXP1205 – 1920IKA 310 367