segunda-feira, 25 de maio de 2015


Duncan Stewart - LAX

KLM - B747-400 - PH-BFC

Duncan Stewart - LAX

Air China Adds 5th Weekly Washington Service July/August 2015

Air China during summer peak season is expanding Beijing – Washington Dulles operation, with the addition of 5th weekly flight. The 5th weekly service will be operating from 24JUL15 to 21AUG15, with 777-300ER aircraft.

CA817 PEK1245 – 1435IAD 77W x37
CA818 IAD1635 – 1815+1PEK 77W x37
Airline Routes
Photo:Ton Jochems - AMS

Eastern Air Lines and HavanaAir Charters To Provide Daily Air Service to Cuba

MIAMI, May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. and HavanaAir Charters, LLC, have signed today an  agreement, to support HavanaAir's charter operations to Cuba. HavanaAir is the largest provider of passenger traffic to the island, currently operating 65 flights a month to Havana from Miami with additional service to Santa Clara and Camaguey. The partnership will eventually include additional approved U.S. gateway cities.

Eastern will operate the Boeing 737-800 (Next Generation) aircraft, configured with 16 First Class seats and 129 Coach seats in the main cabin on all flights to Cuba. 

"We are very pleased to partner with Eastern Air Lines.  Eastern earned iconic status in the U.S. airline industry for decades and we are both honored and privileged to partner with their highly experienced management.  Our partnership with Eastern will provide an entirely new level of service to Cuba with their Next Generation Boeing aircraft and their commitment to excellent customer service." said Mark Elias, President and COO of HavanaAir Charters.

"We are excited to partner with HavanaAir Charters. Eastern was formerly the largest provider of air seats in the Cuba market, and with this agreement, Eastern will once again provide more seats to Cuba than any other U.S. carrier.  Cuba is and always will be a very important market for Eastern as we grow our airline and we look forward to proving service from additional U.S. gateways along with our home airport of Miami International", said Ed Wegel, President & CEO of Eastern.

Key Facts:
1.Eastern will operate for HavanaAir twice daily service to Havana and weekly service to Camaguey and Santa Clara.
2.Eastern will support HavanaAir's existing operations to Cuba with some 65 flights monthly.
3.Eastern and HavanaAir will be launching service from other U.S. gateways within 60 days.

UNITED Adds Boeing 787-9 Houston – London Service in March 2016

UNITED during the weekend of 23MAY15′s schedule update adjusted planned Houston – London Heathrow operation, which sees Boeing 787-9 operating on 1 of 3 daily service, from 03MAR16 to 24MAR16.

The following schedule is effective for the week of 13MAR16.

UA921 IAH1655 – 0655+1LHR 789 D
UA970 IAH2030 – 1105+1LHR 763 D

UA920 LHR0920 – 1455IAH 789 D
UA984 LHR1140 – 1715IAH 763 D
UA971 LHR1340 – 1925IAH 763 D

Note current schedule listing shows discrepancy, with 2 flights from IAH, 3 from LHR.
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Photo:Duncan Stewart - LAX

British Airways to Launch Boeing 787 Tel Aviv Service from late-Oct 2015

British Airways in winter 2015/16 season is launching Boeing 787-8 operations on London Heathrow – Tel Aviv route, which operates 5 times a week on BA163/162, starting 26OCT15. Planned operation as follow.

BA165 LHR0810 – 1510TLV 321 D
BA167 LHR1715 – 0020+1TLV 321 x35
BA163 LHR2230 – 0515+1TLV 788 x47
BA163 LHR2230 – 0515+1TLV 772 47

BA162 TLV0735 – 1100LHR 788 x15
BA162 TLV0735 – 1100LHR 772 15
BA166 TLV1030 – 1400LHR 321 x46
BA164 TLV1635 – 2010LHR 321 D
Glenn Palmer - LHR

Transaero on track for maiden A380 this summer

Transaero Airlines (UN, Moscow Domodedovo) will indeed take delivery of two A380-800s later this summer the governor of Primorsky Krai in Russia's Far East, Vladimir Miklushevskiy, has disclosed. The carrier has four of the type on order from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac).

 "Currently, services to the region are operated using different equipment. In summer 2015, services will also be operated using the largest aircraft in the world, the A380, and our runway can accommodate this," he said. "Transaero Airlines is acquiring two such aircraft, they will be used on services to Vladivostok and New York JFK."

 Olga Pleshakova, Transaero Airlines CEO, said last year that the 652-seater quadjets will feature twelve Imperial (First) Class suites, twenty-four Business Class flat-bed seats, and 616 Economy-class seats.

 The first of four B747-8s the Russian carrier now has on order from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) is also scheduled to arrive later this year. 

sexta-feira, 22 de maio de 2015

Boeing Delivers Transaero’s First Next-Generation 737-800

MOSCOW, May 22, 2015 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) delivered today Transaero’s first Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane, sporting a new livery, arrived at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.

Transaero’s newest 737 has a recognizable radome “bump” on top of the fuselage just behind the wings. The dome-shaped radome covers a Ku-band satellite antenna system that enables broadband passenger connectivity all over the world — even over oceans. The Ku-band range of microwave frequencies is used primarily for satellite communications.

Transaero’s 737-800 is the first in the 737 family to have the system installed during production. In-line installation can save airlines days of lost revenue previously experienced when retrofitting the radome after delivery.

Transaero was the first private airline in Russia, established in 1991. It also was the first Russian airline to introduce a Boeing airplane to its fleet in 1993 when it began operating the 737. Today, Transaero is the second-largest airline in Russia and operates 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s.

Avatar Airlines turns to crowdfunding

Avatar Airlines (Las Vegas McCarran) has launched a crowdfunding initiative to help raise the USD5 million it requires to get operations off the ground. The Nevadan start-up is offering various incentives to investors who contribute between USD5 and USD9,750 in capital.

Descended from the failed Family Airlines (Las Vegas McCarran), Avatar last year said it would require up to USD300 million in funding to acquire a fleet of thirty B747-400s which it intends to configure with 539 seats in economy and 42 in business class. Thereafter, the budget carrier plans to operate scheduled domestic US services connecting San Francisco, CA, Las Vegas McCarran, Honolulu, San Diego Int'l, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami Int'l, Orlando Int'l, Tampa Int'l, New York JFK, Philadelphia Int'l, Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles Int'l, and San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin.

Avatar applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity along with Interstate Scheduled authority early last year. 

GX Airlines looks to make int'l début this year

GX Airlines is planning to make its international debut later this year with flights to two as-yet-unknown Asian capital cities. The Tianjin Airlines (GS, Tianjin) subsidiary, which only launched operations in February, says it plans too tap into Nanning’s growing trade and tourist traffic with Southeast Asia. As such, it is currently studying Bangkok, Vientiane, Hanoi, Singapore Changi, and Phnom Penh as potential candidates.

Using a fleet of five EMB-190s dry-leased from Tianjin Airlines, the start-up currently serves eighteen destinations located throughout China. 

Air Lituanica ceases operations

Air Lituanica (LT, Vilnius) has ceased its operations as of today. All passengers holding tickets until May 29 will be rebooked on Air Baltic (BT, Riga) while remaining passengers will either get a refund or be rebooked on Air Baltic as well if agreed.

The carrier commenced flights in July 2013 with an wet-leased EMB-170 from Estonian Air (OV, Tallinn Lennart Meri) before adding an EMB-175LR, LY-LTF (c/n 17000017) to its fleet a few weeks later. In late 2013, Estonian Air terminated the wet-lease contract and a commercial cooperation with the Vilnius-based airline claiming non payment leading to a legal dispute.

Air Lituanica again had two aircraft when it wet-leased a CRJ-200 from Cimber (QA, Sønderborg) from March 1, 2014. The regional jet was later replaced by a DOT - Danu oro transportas ATR72 in July 2014 and later by an ERJ-145 from bmi regional (BM, Aberdeen Dyce) in late August. In its last months of existence, Air Lituanica again wet-leased a twinjet from Estonian Air and returned the British operated aircraft.

Furthermore, Air Lituanica wet-leased an ATR42 from DOT from January 2015 onwards, meaning that the airline had three aircraft in the end of which just one was operated by itself.

Air Lituanica was founded by the Vilnius Municipality which also held a stake through Start Vilnius. Several other local companies and institutions had also invested in the project. The ongoing losses of the company that were partly born by the taxpayer led to several political disputes in Lithuania.

As of today, the Lithuanian airline operated flights from Vilnius to Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Billund, Brussels National, Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel, Munich, Paris CDG, Prague, Stockholm Bromma and Tallinn Lennart Meri. Air Litunica was the only scheduled airline in Lithunia leaving the Baltic country without an own scheduled airline now.

Air China Takes Delivery of Its 6th 747-8I Aircraft

Air China (CA) took delivery of a brand new Boeing 747-8 International on Friday, which is the sixth of seven 747-8I the flag carrier has ordered.

The 747-8I, Registration B-2482, MSN 44933, officially joined the fleet of Air China following a delivery flight from Everett to Tianjin. Flight CA79 took off from PAE at 1:05 p.m. and arrived at Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN) at 2:48 p.m., according to Flightradar24.

Meanwhile, Air China's last of seven 747-8I (Registration B-2480) conducted its first flight on May 21, scheduled for its delivery later this year, according to a Twitter post by Paine Airport.

The Beijing-based carrier took delivery of its first 747-8I in late September, becoming the first carrier in Asia that operates the passenger version of the new, fuel-efficient 747-8.

Air China's 747-8I features 365 seats in a four-class cabin configuration, including 12 seats in first class, 54 in business class, 66 in premium economy class and 233 in economy class

Boeing Marks 100th 767 Freighter Delivery

Boeing delivered its 100th 767 freighter to FedEx Express a few days ago, marking a great milestone of the 767 program.

The program continues to invest in and improve the production system and the airplane itself, keep it a vital part of our cargo customers' networks, according to Randy's Journal, a Boeing blog authored by Randy Tinseth, Vice President, Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

A performance improvement package engine from GE was delivered this year, adding another half-point in fuel efficiency.

Cargo operators are keeping the fleet busy with an average utilization of nearly 10 hours a day. The fleet has accumulated more than two million flight hours combined.

FedEx took delivery of its first Boeing 767-300F in September 2013 as part of its fleet modernization strategy. 

quinta-feira, 21 de maio de 2015

Volaris takes delivery of first two A321s

First airline in Mexico to operate Airbus’ largest single-aisle aircraft

Volaris, a Mexican low-cost carrier, has received its first two Airbus A321 aircraft, the latest being received during a ceremony at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Hamburg, Germany. Volaris’ aircraft will be the first A321s to operate in Mexico and will be deployed on the carrier’s domestic routes to and from Cancun.

The Volaris A321 seats 220 passengers, is equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing tip devices and powered by IAE engines. The two A321s will join Volaris’ existing all-Airbus fleet of more than 50 A319s and A320s aircraft. To date, Volaris has ordered a total of 74 Airbus single aisle aircraft.  

The delivery highlights the market trend for larger capacity aircraft by Latin American operators as well as Mexico’s strong traffic growth. According to the most recent Airbus Global Market Forecast, the passenger aircraft fleet serving Mexico will more than double in the next 20 years.   

“This is a very important step in our growth strategy, and the A321’s increased seating capacity will undoubtedly help Volaris address the increasing passenger demand for cost-efficient and comfortable air travel,” said Enrique Beltranena, Chief Executive Officer of Volaris. “It’s an honour to be reaching this milestone with Airbus, a key partner since our inception, who has played an important role in our growth as a company and the efficient operation of our aircraft.” 

“The A321 is instrumental in bringing increased capacity on Volaris’ most popular routes, and it allows the airline to benefit from the lowest cost per seat of any single aisle aircraft,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are pleased that the A321 will help Volaris efficiently address growing demand for cost-effective air travel in Mexico while benefitting from the unmatched comfort, operating economics and fuel-efficiency of the benchmark A320 Family.”

The A321 is the largest member of the best-selling single aisle A320 Family. The A321’s unbeatable economics offer a 20 percent capacity increase and an improved operating cost per seat compared to the A320. The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 11,700 orders to date and over 6,500 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide.

The A320 Family is the preferred choice for Latin American carriers; there are over 500 A320 Family aircraft in operation and Airbus has more than 60 percent of fleet in-service and order backlog in Latin America today. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 500, almost 600 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In the last 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region. 

Sichuan Airlines receives its 100th Airbus aircraft

China’s largest all Airbus operator celebrates a land-mark delivery

Airbus has delivered the 100th aircraft, an A321, to China’s largest all Airbus operator Sichuan Airlines. The aircraft was handed over to Sichuan Airlines during a delivery ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. Equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices and powered by IAE V2500 engines, the aircraft  features a comfortable two class cabin, seating 194 passengers (8 business and 186 in economy).  Including the latest delivery Sichuan Airlines’ fleet comprises 93 A320 Family aircraft and seven A330 Family aircraft.

“We are happy to receive the 100th aircraft from Airbus. The latest addition to our all Airbus fleet will further increase our capacity to satisfy the growing market demand for air traffic in China,” said Li Haiying, Chairman and President of Sichuan Airlines. “We are expanding our route networks not only across China but also to Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. With a 100-strong fleet comprising both Airbus A320 Family and A330 Family aircraft, we are confident to take our passengers to more destinations and offer them a more comfortable flight experience.” 

“We would like to congratulate Sichuan Airlines on the milestone of increasing its fleet to 100 aircraft with Airbus single-aisle and wide bodies and we would like to express our gratitude to Sichuan Airlines for its confidence in Airbus aircraft,” said Eric Chen, President Airbus China. “Starting from a regional player in the South-Western part of China, Sichuan Airlines has today developed into a strong player in China and is exploring new opportunities in the international market. As always, we will provide strong support to Sichuan Airlines with our top performing aircraft and top level of services.”

The partnership between Sichuan Airlines and Airbus dates back to 1995 when the airline introduced an A320 to become the first airline to operate an Airbus fly-by-wire aircraft in China’s mainland. It was also the first airline to operate Airbus A321 in China’s mainland. In 2009, the airline received the first A320 assembled at the Airbus Tianjin Final Assembly. In 2010, Sichuan Airlines received its first A330 aircraft.  

Based in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in South-Western China, Sichuan Airlines has a network to some 200 domestic destinations including Beijing, Harbin, Hangzhou, Xi’an and Sanya as well as international routes to Asia, Australia, and North America.  

The A321 is the largest member of the best-selling single aisle A320 Family. While passengers benefit from the A321’s state-of-the-art cabin design, wider seats and enhanced comfort, airlines profit from the unique operational flexibility of Airbus’ single-aisle aircraft. 

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 11,700 orders to date and more than 6,500 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide. Thanks to its widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer the industry’s best level of comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard.

quarta-feira, 20 de maio de 2015

The 15th SSJ100 Joined Interjet Fleet. Another brand new Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft joined the Mexican Interjet’s fleet on the 20th of May. The aircraft (MSN95066) was rolled out from the SuperJet International’s facility in Venice (Italy) and took off from the “Marco Polo” Airport for its ferry flight to Mexico, stopping in Keflyavik (Iceland) and Bangor (Maine, USA).

Another brand new Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft joined the Mexican Interjet’s fleet on the 20th of May. The aircraft (MSN95066) was rolled out from the SuperJet International’s facility in Venice (Italy) and took off from the “Marco Polo” Airport for its ferry flight to Mexico, stopping in Keflyavik (Iceland) and Bangor (Maine, USA).

“The 15th delivery to Interjet represents the first half of the total order signed by the Mexican airline for 30 SSJ100 in the 93-seats configuration,” says Nazario Cauceglia, CEO of SuperJet International. “It is a great result and by the end of 2015 we plan to deliver additional six aircraft”.

As stated by Interjet, the SSJ100 is confirming an excellent performance with a dispatch reliability’s average of 99%. The aircraft is also being appreciated by passengers for its outstanding comfort in the cabin, the wide overhead baggage space and the exclusive Pininfarina interior.

Interjet SSJ100s are being delivered under a three ECA deal, a multilateral export credit guaranteed by Coface (France), Sace (Italy) and EXIAR (Russia), which cover the total aircraft ordered by the Mexican airline and can be tailored for the new SSJ100 customers.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 – developed by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) in partnership with Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi – incorporates the most modern Western technology and systems, optimized power and efficiency, together with high standards of comfort available in the 100-seat segment

AIRBUS:Hello from the Philippines! Our A350‬ XWB is in Manila for the first time! ‪A350XWBTour‬

terça-feira, 19 de maio de 2015

Embraer Confirms Firm Order from Tianjin Airlines for E-Jets and E-Jets E2

São José dos Campos, Brazil, May 19, 2015 - Embraer S.A. and China’s Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of the HNA Group, have signed the final agreement for the sale of 22 aircraft. The contract, with an estimated value of USD 1.1 billion at current list prices, comprises 20 E195s and two E190-E2s, making HNA Group Tianjin Airlines the first Chinese airline to order the E-Jets E2s. The agreement between the two companies for 40 aircraft was previously announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s State visit to Brazil, in July 2014. The remaining 18 E190 E2 will be part of a second approval by the Chinese authorities in a later stage.

The first E195 will be delivered in 2015, and the first E190-E2 is scheduled for delivery in 2018. This order will be incorporated in Embraer’s 2015 second-quarter backlog. Tianjin Airlines is currently the operator of the largest fleet of E-Jets in Asia.

“We are honored to confirm this repeated order for our largest client in Asia,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “China is growing very fast and there is a need for smaller narrow-body jets to support efficient hub and spoke operations, complementing larger narrow-body aircraft operations, thus providing an ideal balance of frequency and seats, encouraging the development of new markets with lower risks and incremental capacity, while generating significant demand for new aircraft in this category.”

“As the number of passengers is growing in China, these E195s will be very important to support Tianjin Airlines’ strategy to attend this demand,” said Du Xiaoping, the Chairman of Tianjin Airlines. “We are very satisfied with the E190s that are currently in operation and are sure that the new airplanes will allow us to achieve our development objectives.”

The Embraer-Tianjin Airlines partnership is well established. Tianjin Airlines was the launch customer for the E190 in China and operates the largest E-Jets fleet in Asia with 50 E190s in its fleet. It is also the first carrier being appointed as an Authorized Service Center for Embraer aircraft in China. Recently, the carrier announced to install Embraer AHEAD-PRO system for all its 50 E190s, becoming the first user of this system in China.

HNA Group Tianjin Airlines was launched as the first true regional airline in China in 2009. In 2010, the carrier changed its focus from purely regional operations to a combination of mainline and regional services. Its aim is to become a medium-to-large international airline, as it pursues a new “regional aviation and global operations” strategy. In 2011, Tianjin Airlines received the “Best Regional Aviation Airline in China” and “Global Four-star Airlines” awards from Skytrax for its outstanding achievement. Today, the carrier operates a fleet of more than 80 jets that serves some over 100 domestic and international cities and carries over ten million travelers.

Virgin Atlantic S16 Boeing 747-400 Operations as of 19MAY15

Based on the week of 17MAY15′s OAG Schedules Analyser update, the following is Virgin Atlantic’s planned Boeing 747-400 operations in summer 2016 season, effective 27MAR16.

Airline Route on 18MAY15 reported Virgin is tentatively scheduling last Boeing 747-400 operation in London Heathrow, however some sources that relies on this site on daily basis, claiming the date of 17APR16 is the carrier’s last 747-400 operation. Such claim is incorrect.

Glasgow – Orlando 2 weekly VS071/072
London Gatwick – Cancun 3 weekly VS093/094
London Gatwick – Havana 2 weekly VS063/064
London Gatwick – Las Vegas 1 daily VS043/044
London Gatwick – Montego Bay 3 weekly VS065/066
London Gatwick – Orlando 13-14 weekly VS027/028, VS015/016
London Heathrow – Miami 1 daily VS005/006, 27MAR16 – 17APR16
London Heathrow – New York JFK 5 weekly VS045/046, 27MAR16 – 17APR16
Manchester – Barbados 1 weekly VS077/078
Manchester – Las Vegas 2 weekly VS085/086
Manchester – Orlando 11 weekly VS073/074, VS075/076
Currently, schedule listing is available up to June 2016. Further changes to planned 747-400 operation remain highly possible.
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Photo:Duncan Stewart - LAX

Boeing Business Jets Unveils Split Scimitar Winglets for BBJ Family

New winglet now standard on new BBJs, available for retrofit
Adds up to 2 percent additional range to BBJ family

GENEVA, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] Business Jets (BBJ) announced today at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) that Split Scimitar Winglets are now standard on new BBJs.

The BBJ, a business jet based on the Next-Generation 737 family, is the first business jet to offer the Split Scimitar Winglets as a standard feature

The Split Scimitar Winglets – designed, developed and certified by Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) – also will be offered for retrofit on in-service BBJs by Aviation Partners Inc. (API).

"We are very excited to offer the Split Scimitar Winglet for our current BBJ family," said Boeing Business Jets President David Longridge. "It is another example of our dedication to continuous improvement for the BBJ family, and we think our customers will enjoy the increased performance and design."

The Split Scimitar Winglet gives the BBJ family up to an additional 2.2 percent of range capability on a 6,000 nautical mile mission, providing customers increased performance and flexibility. The Split Scimitar Winglet takes the existing blended winglet and adds a scimitar tip and downward strake.

The first in-service BBJ to have Split Scimitar Winglets installed is available to view at the static airplane display this week at EBACE.

Boeing Business Jets offers a wide variety of ultra-large-cabin, long range airplanes perfectly suited for the private jet market. The product line includes the BBJ and BBJ MAX family as well as Boeing widebody airplanes including the BBJ 787, 777, and 747-8.

Boeing Business Jets Announces Two Airplane Orders

Orders for BBJ, BBJ 787-8 Dreamliner
First BBJ 787-9 delivered
GENEVA, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] Business Jets announced today two new orders at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva. Two undisclosed customers have selected a BBJ and a BBJ 787-8 Dreamliner.
"We are pleased to have such a strong start to 2015, and we know that these two customers will love their airplanes and all the capability and flexibility they provide," said Boeing Business Jets President David Longridge.
Boeing Business Jets also announced the first BBJ 747-8 entered into service in early 2015 and the first BBJ 787-9 Dreamliner was delivered to a completion center to install its custom interior.
Boeing Business Jets offers a wide variety of ultra-large-cabin, long range airplanes perfectly suited for the private jet market. The product line includes the BBJ and BBJ MAX family as well as Boeing widebody airplanes including the BBJ 787, 777 and 747-8.

A320neo with LEAP- 1A engines takes to the sky for the first time

Marking the start of testing for second engine choice
The first A320neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight today in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, registration F-WNEW, was flown by Experimental Test Pilots Philippe Perrin and Malcolm Ridley. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Jean-Michel Pin and monitoring the progress of the flight profile were the Flight-Test Engineers Tuan Do and Philippe Pupin. The flight lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes during which tests were performed to validate the aircraft’s flight envelope up to the maximum altitude (39,000ft) and test the engine speed variation (low/high) in addition to checking systems behaviour.
“Today marks yet another important step forward in the development of the A320neo and I would like to warmly thank all the teams who made this first flight happen,” said Klaus Roewe, Head of the A320 Programme. “With the second NEO engine now taking to the skies, we are progressing well towards fulfilling our objective to offer our customers an engine choice for a product at the cutting edge of competitiveness.” 
The newest member of the A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates many innovations including latest generation engines, Sharklet wing tip devices and cabin improvements, which together will deliver up to 20 percent in fuel savings by 2020.The flight test campaign of the A320neo has accumulated more than 400 flight hours in around 130 flights since first flight on 25th September 2014

Airbus launches ACJneo Family with order from Acropolis Aviation

New aircraft expands Airbus corporate jet family

Airbus has launched the ACJneo (New Engine Option) Family with an order for an ACJ320neo from Acropolis Aviation of Farnborough, near London, which is the first to order the new aircraft.
Delivery of Acropolis’ ACJ320neo, which will seat 19 passengers, is planned for the fourth  quarter of 2018. Cabin outfitting details and engine choice will be decided later.
Airbus’ ACJ320neo features new, more efficient, engines, wingtip-mounted Sharklets, and a more comfortable cabin. Together, these improve fuel burn, range and performance, while delivering an even better ride. The ACJ320neo will be able to fly 25 passengers 6,000 nm/11,100 km.
“Our passengers and team have been delighted with our Airbus ACJ319 and the success that it has achieved with VVIP charter flights over the past five years,” says Acropolis Aviation CEO Jonathan Bousfield. “We are excited and proud to be the first launch-customer for the ACJ320neo, which is the cornerstone of our planning for a successful future,” he adds.
Airbus’ ACJ320neo will be complemented by a new ACJ319neo, also with new engines, Sharklets and a more comfortable cabin, which can fly eight passengers 6,750nm/12,500km.
“Airbus prides itself on innovation and having the world’s most modern aircraft family, so launching the ACJneo Family is a natural next step for us in growing the Airbus corporate jet lineup,” comments Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “The ACJneo allows us to offer even more of the comfort, range and value sought by our customers,” he adds.
Airbus corporate jets’ airliner heritage means that they offer the widest and tallest cabins of any business jet, while being similar in size externally. It also means that they can carry the larger groups that companies, individuals and governments often want to fly. Airbus corporate jets also feature the robust reliability demanded by airlines, and are supported by a worldwide network serving the needs of more than 8,000 aircraft and over 500 customers and operators.
Airbus corporate jets were the first with the enhanced ergonomics and practical protection of fly-by-wire controls that are today’s industry standard. They are still the only aircraft in the top-of-the-line bizliner category to do so. They also feature the common cockpit of all Airbus aircraft produced today, extensive weight-saving materials, and cost-saving centralised maintenance.
More than 170 corporate jets have been sold to date, and they are flying on every continent, including Antarctica, highlighting their versatility.

Modern design of Airbus ACJneo is natural fit for new technologies

Customers benefit from more comfort, range and value

Launching two new aircraft, the ACJ319neo and ACJ320neo, gives Airbus the ability to offer customers a corporate jet solution with more comfort, range and efficiency. They build on the widest and tallest cabin that is already the cornerstone of the family’s success around the world.
Both aircraft capitalise on new engines now being developed for the modern A320 airliner family, as well as Sharklets and improvements in cabin comfort and fuel capacity.
The more modern design of the A320 Family, which was conceived in the 1980s and has been continuously improved, enables it to better incorporate new technologies than older designs.
As a result, the ACJ319neo will fly eight passengers 6,750nm/12,500 km, and the ACJ320neo 25 passengers 6,000nm/11,100 km, bringing even more city-pairs within nonstop range.
Airbus pioneered the use of new engines and Sharklets, which, in addition to increasing range,  deliver a 16 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency on the ACJ320neo, compared with today’s ACJ320ceo. Sharklets also reduce noise and emissions.
Airbus has already won around 3,800 orders for the A320neo Family which, together with today’s A320 Family, has now booked an impressive 11,600-plus orders. 
Flight trials of the A320neo are already under way, with deliveries to airlines due to begin towards the end of this year, so the future is already flying.
New engines
Most of the efficiency improvement of a new aircraft comes from its engines.
Early jetliners of the 1950s and 1960s, were powered by small-diameter turbojet engines, in which all of the air entering passed through the hot core, before being ejected out of the back.
More modern jetliners of the 1970s and 1980s are powered by larger diameter, turbofan, engines, which bypass much of their airflow around the hot core.
Turbofan engines are inherently more efficient, because they generate thrust by ejecting a larger mass of air more slowly than smaller ones, throwing away less energy in their exhaust.
Today, the trend is toward even larger diameter turbofan-engines, for even greater efficiency.
Airbus offers CFM International LEAP-1A or Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G engines on the ACJneo Family. Both have larger diameters than those on the competing aircraft, whose 1960s origins, when engines had small diameters, limits the size of what will fit beneath its wing today.
In addition to their larger diameter, higher bypass-ratio advantage, the new turbofan engines on the ACJneo family feature other new technology. This includes improved aerodynamic flows, advanced materials and higher pressure-ratios, which further reduce fuel consumption.
Wings generate lift by creating high-pressure air underneath their surface and low-pressure air above it. At the wingtips, high-pressure air underneath the wing tries to join the low-pressure air on top, creating large swirls called vortices.
Surfaces at the wingtips, such as Sharklets, limit this airflow around the wingtips. This saves fuel by reducing drag, while also improving take-off and landing performance.
Sharklets are already in widespread service on airliner versions of the A320 Family. They are also flying on the Airbus ACJ320 Family, on which they are both new-build and retrofit options.
Sharklets are standard fit on the ACJneo Family, improving appearance as well as extending range, reducing fuel-burn, and improving performance.
Lower cabin altitude
Civil aircraft typically fly at heights of 30-40,000ft, where thinner air makes breathing difficult. Their cabins are thus pumped up with air as they climb, to provide a breathable atmosphere for passengers (typically the equivalent of about 8,000ft, though this varies from aircraft to aircraft).
A lower cabin altitude makes most sense on long flights, especially towards their end, when an aircraft is able to reach its highest cruising altitude. This because aircraft are laden with fuel at the start of such flights, only being able to climb higher after consuming much of their fuel.
Airbus’ ACJneo Family will feature a lower cabin altitude (LCA), equivalent to an average of less than 6,400ft, delivering an atmosphere that is even closer to that experienced on the ground.
Additional centre tanks (ACTs) 
The Airbus ACJ319neo is offered with up to five ACTs in its cargo-hold, allowing space for baggage underfloor – as well as on board. This matches the five ACTs that some of today’s ACJ319 operators currently utilise.
The ACJ320neo is now offered with up to four additional centre tanks (ACTs) in its cargo-hold – two more than previously offered. The disposition of the ACTs in the cargo-hold is also improved, allowing up to 18.4m3/650ft3 of baggage to be carried when all four ACTs are fitted.
of the ACTs in the cargo-hold is also improved, allowing up to 18.4m3/650ft3 of baggage to be carried when all four ACTs are fitted.

Singapore Airlines’ first A350 XWB takes shape

Airbus has begun final assembly of the first A350-900 for Singapore Airlines at its facilities in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 70 A350 XWBs ordered by the airline and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016. The A350 XWB will form a major part of the future Singapore Airlines fleet and will be operated on the carrier’s medium and long-haul routes.
The aircraft is now in the initial fuselage section joining phase. Following this, it will move in before the end of the month to the next assembly station for wing junction, start of cabin installation and first power-on.
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range aircraft family and the latest member of the manufacturer’s leading widebody family. The A350 XWB is the world’s most modern and efficient aircraft in its size category and is setting new standards in terms of flight experience for passengers, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness for airlines. 

Iran May Be Looking to Replace Aging Planes with Airbus Purchase

Iran's acquisition of Airbus jets from an undisclosed vendor may be the first move in a rush to rebuild the Islamic republic's fleet as a thaw in relations with the U.S. begins to weaken the grip of trade sanctions.

The purchase by Mahan Air of nine used Airbus planes could herald a raft of deals extending to national carrier Iran Air and potentially including Boeing Co. planes and new Russian or Chinese models. Iran says it may need as many as 500 aircraft over the next decade, requiring US$2 billion a year of investment.

The Mahan deal centers on eight A340s, a wide-body type which ceased production in 2011 as the price of oil rendered its four engines uneconomic, before the slump in crude made second-hand examples more attractive. While selling new planes to Iran remains outlawed, it can bypass the ban by buying older jets from sources in countries not signed up to sanctions, something becoming easier as talks seem to near a conclusion.

Future used-aircraft purchases could include "some of the earlier Boeing 777s," said Thomas Pellegrin, an analyst at PwC's Aviation Center of Excellence research office in Dubai, adding that an end to sanctions would open the door to the acquisition of new aircraft models from Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd. and Russia's Sukhoi, maker of Superjet 100, assuming curbs on trade with Moscow are also removed.

Greece, Russia

Mahan Air's new fleet will allow it to add flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi in Russia, Manama in Bahrain and Athens, Saeed Chalandari, head of Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, was cited as saying by the official Iranian Students News Agency.

Mahan -- blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury in 2011 over claims that it transported weapons and funds on its flights to assist Iran's Revolutionary Guard -- will get an operating license within a month, according to ISNA. The aircraft deal also include a sole single-aisle A321.

"Airbus is compliant with international trade laws on Iran and has not been involved," a spokeswoman for the Toulouse-based manufacturer said by e-mail. "Once the aircraft is in the hands of an airline, it's their property and we cannot keep track or control what they do with the aircraft."

Unlike privately owned Mahan Air, state-controlled Iran Air may opt to wait for a formal lifting of sanctions, allowing it to buy new planes instead of old ones. Should restrictions be fully lifted it will need about 100 planes and is interested in models including re-engined single-aisle Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s, together with the 777 and 787 and A330 and A350.

Strong Demand

The Mahan purchase comes amid negotiations between Iran and powers led by the U.S. on the country's nuclear ambitions, which aim to reach an accord by June 30 under the latest timetable. An interim deal in 2013 eased a ban on safety-related aircraft spares, which Boeing obtained a license to sell last year.

"We've done a pretty good assessment on our side and we think the demand, should things open up, would be very strong," Marty Bentrott, Boeing's vice president of sales for the Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, said in Dubai last week before Mahan Air's jetliner purchases were announced on May 9.

Mahan has "extensive plans" requiring an upgrade and expansion of its fleet, part of which has been achieved through the Airbus acquisition, the airline said on its website. A spokesman for the company declined to comment on further plans.

Used 777s

The A340 is a "great choice" in lifting capacity, though provides less flexibility over frequencies versus a greater number of smaller jets, Pellegrin said. Its inefficiency compared with new models such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 means that there are "a range of potential sellers," and the leaner, two-engine 777 may also become an option for Iran when older examples exit the fleets of top carriers.

"The challenge though is not just in procuring the hulls, it is in maintaining them and getting the spare parts that go along with them," Pellegrin said.

The introduction of the Airbus planes, all less than 15 years old, has cut Iran's average fleet age to 19 years, according to Alireza Jahangirian, head of the country's civil aviation authority. It has also boosted the country's total airline capacity by 4,000 seats to 26,000, said Abbas Akhoundi, the roads and transport minister, according to ISNA.

Negotiations over the planes took months and were kept low-key to avoid a possible backlash, said Hamid Habibi, Jahangirian's deputy, according to the news service.

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Two ex Air India A330-200 retourn to leasing ( G-CINR / G-CINP )

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Airbus A350 XWB Lands in Taiwan for the First Time Ever

The world's newest, most modern and efficient aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, has just kicked off its third demonstration tour with Taiwan, landing at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) for the first time on Saturday.

The aircraft, MSN002, is one of five A350 XWB prototypes used to perform comprehensive flight test and development trials.

The A350 XWB will stop at TPE for 5 days, carrying top management from China Airlines and EVA Airways, before flying to Manila, carrying officials of Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air. Later destinations, if there are any, are not yet disclosed.


Jet Aviation Wins Completions Contract for First VIP 787

Jet Aviation is preparing to complete the interior of the first privately-owned Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The work, which is being done for an undisclosed Middle Eastern customer at the company's Basel, Switzerland, facility, will take just over two years and is due for delivery in 2018.

The company's engineers have been working with Boeing on specifications and preparations for VIP versions of the Dreamliner since 2011. Since winning the contract, Jet Aviation (Booth A050) has stepped up its cooperation with the airframer to establish a seamless flow of technical data between the two companies.

The aircraft interior has been developed by the UK's Andrew Winch Design and features a master bedroom, bathroom and office suite, a large open-plan dining and living area, as well as separate rooms for guests. It will also be equipped with a state-of-the-art communications system, along with a sophisticated lighting, heating and soundproofing package. Boeing Business Jets president David Longridge described the 787-9 VIP completion as a "milestone project."

"We have a precise understanding of the data required by Boeing for the Dreamliner to validate the modification of systems and structures," said Neil Boyle, vice president and general manager of the Jet Aviation Basel facility. "Developing this degree of engineering specification so early in a project is unprecedented. As a basis of comparison, such engineering maturity is typically only attained with the traditional metallic aircraft by the final design review. In this sense, Jet Aviation truly is writing 'the rule book' for completing carbon fiber aircraft."

In March, Jet Aviation won a contract from an undisclosed Asian customer to complete the interiors of a pair of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The work has already begun at the Basel facility and deliveries are scheduled for the third quarter of 2018. Since it was established in 1977, Jet Aviation's Swiss completions center has completed more than 200 aircraft, including 25 Boeing jets since 1999.

Tianjin Airlines Accelerates Expansion Pace in Japan

A Tianjin Airlines (GS) aircraft performing flight GS6629 took off smoothly from Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN) at 6:00 p.m. on May 15, marking the successful launch of the scheduled Tianjin-Osaka international service. Meanwhile, Tianjin Airlines opened two international services from Xi'an to Osaka and Shizuoka on May 15 and May 16, respectively, as it accelerates its overseas expansion pace.

Currently, the Tianjin-based carrier has formed the international route network based on Tianjin and Xi'an, reaching to Japan's Osaka, Sapporo, Hakodate, Okinawa and Shizuoka, South Korea's Seoul and Jeju, Thailand's Bangkok and Taichung. Tianjin Airlines is now operating 11 regional and international services, seven of which are headed toward Japan, accounting for more than half of the total.

The Tianjin-Osaka service, with flight number GS6629/30, is operated twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, using Airbus A320 aircraft. The outbound flight is scheduled to take off from TSN at 6:00 p.m. and arrive at Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX) at 8:25 p.m., with the return flight departing from KIX at 9:25 p.m. and landing in Tianjin at 0:15 a.m. the next day (all Beijing time).

Xiamen Airlines May Fly 787 Dreamliner to Osaka, Japan in July

Xiamen Airlines (MF) has filed an application for launching a new service between Fuzhou and Osaka, Japan starting July 2015, according to an announcement on the website of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on May 18.

Pending government approval, the airline will operate the Fuzhou-Osaka service using Boeing 737/738/788 aircraft, with three flights weekly.

The Air Transportation Department of CAAC is soliciting public comments on the application until May 26, 2015.