quinta-feira, 11 de fevereiro de 2016

Malindo Air continues to expand its international network.

On 5 February the hybrid carrier began daily flights on the 2,541-kilometre route from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Hong Kong (HKG) using its 162-seat 737-800s. The route is already well served by AirAsia and Cathay Pacific Airways (both operating four daily flights) and Malaysia Airlines (thrice-daily flights). Since launching operations in March 2013, anna.aero reckons that the airline has started 29 routes from Malaysia’s busiest airport but dropped eight. It also operates flights from Kuala Lumpur Subang, mainly to domestic destinations.

Peach Aviation now links Tokyo Haneda with Seoul Incheon

This is the airline’s fourth route to the busiest South Korean airport, but only its second route from Tokyo Haneda (the other being Taipei Taoyuan). On 5 February the Japanese LCC began flights on the 1,207-kilometre route between the two airports using its A320s. Competition is provided by Korean Air who also operate a daily flight. Flights depart Seoul at 22:50 arriving in Japan at 01:10 the following morning. Flights then depart Tokyo at 02:00 getting in to South Korea at 04:35.

Tajik Air to lease two B767s

Tajik Air (7J, Dushanbe) is planning to lease two B767-200(ER)s as part of its fleet expansion plans Central Asian Aero News has reported. The aircraft are scheduled to arrive during the current half of the year.
At present, the state-owned airline's operational fleet consists of one B737-300, two B737-400s, three B757-200s, one MA-60, two An-28s, one An-26, and three Mil Helicopters.
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AirAsia X returned to Delhi (DEL) on 3 February with the resumption of flights from Kuala Lumpur

the long-haul LCC will serve the 3,874-kilometre route four times weekly with its A330-300s and face direct competition from Malindo Air (10 weekly flights) and Malaysia Airlines (daily flights). AirAsia X had previously served this route between August 2010 and March 2012. This summer the carrier will serve a total of 17 destinations non-stop from Kuala Lumpur, the same as last summer. While Colombo and Tokyo Narita have been dropped, Sapporo/Chitose and now Delhi have been added. Since the airline’s launch in November 2007 it has launched services to 32 destinations of which 15 have subsequently been dropped. 

Vueling on 3 February commenced a daily service between Amsterdam (AMS) and Milan Malpensa

The Spanish carrier will operate the 797-kilometre sector between the Dutch and Italian cities with its A320 fleet. Direct competition on the route comes in the form of easyJet, which according to OAG Schedules Analyser data operates 24 weekly flights between the two gateways. Indirect competition on the route is provided by Alitalia (14 weekly flights) and KLM (28 weekly flights), as well as easyJet again (six weekly flights), who all offer flights between Amsterdam and Milan Linate. Vueling’s next route to commence from Amsterdam is to London Luton on 18 March, while further services to Catania, Gran Canaria, Lisbon and Naples will also launch later this year. This summer Vueling will serve a total of 17 destinations from Amsterdam compared with 10 last summer.

quarta-feira, 10 de fevereiro de 2016


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Pakistan's Air Indus to wet-lease two B737-800s

Air Indus (I6, Karachi Int'l) has leased a pair of B737-800s as it prepares to resume operations following a seven-month hiatus Pakistan's Tribune newspaper has reported.
Grounded in June last year for alleged safety violations, the carrier has already engaged the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PkCAA) to inspect and certify the two aircraft, which are reportedly in Moscow awaiting delivery.
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West Air on 5 February launched its first ever international service, from Chongqing (CKG) to Singapore

The Chinese carrier will serve the 3,164-kilometre route thrice-weekly with its 180-seat A320s. The route is already served by SilkAir with five weekly flights. Flights depart the carrier’s home base at 18:35 arriving in Singapore at 23:35. Return flights leave Changi Airport at 00:35 before landing in Chongqing at 05:05. With 32 city links to China, Singapore is well-connected to the country. In 2015, China continued to be a key market for Changi Airport, with 4.9 million passenger movements for the sector. Contributing about 9% to Changi’s total passenger traffic, China is the airport’s fifth-largest passenger source market. With West Air’s entrance, there are 12 airlines at Changi Airport operating direct services to China, offering some 560 weekly flights between the two countries. According to ch-aviation, West Air operates a fleet of 22 narrow-body Airbus aircraft. It is a subsidiary of Lucky Air, which in turn, is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines.

2016-NEW AIRLINE:Dominican Republic's Air Century to start int'l pax ops

Air Century (Santo Domingo La Isabela) is planning to commence scheduled international operations on February 15 with the launch of Santo Domingo La Isabela-Port au Prince, Haiti return flights. Operations are on-board a combination of Saab 340B and/or Jetstream 31/32 turboprop equipment.
The Dominican charter specialist also operates a Gulfstream IIB and a Cessna Citation 550 executive jet.
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TAP Portugal Outlines ATR72 Operations in S16

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TAP Portugal in mid-January 2016 has loaded planned ATR72 operation, as the aircraft to join the airline’s fleet under TAP Express brand. The ATR72 aircraft will be operated by White Airways.

As of 09FEB16, planned ATR72 operation in summer 2016 season as follow.

eff 27MAR16 Lisbon – Porto 14 daily (Previously reported)

eff 01APR16 Lisbon – A Coruna 6 weekly (7 weekly from 07JUN16)

eff 01APR16 Lisbon – Asturias 6 weekly

eff 01APR16 Lisbon – Casablanca 1 daily (2 daily from 01JUL16)

eff 01APR16 Lisbon – Malaga 2 daily

eff 01APR16 Lisbon – Seville 2 daily

eff 01APR16 Lisbon – Tangier 5 weekly (7 weekly from 07JUN16)

eff 31MAY16 Lisbon – Valencia 13 weekly

eff 01JUN16 Lisbon – Bilbao 2 daily

eff 01JUL16 Lisbon – Marrakech 1 daily

eff 01JUL16 Lisbon – Vigo 1 daily

Planned ATR72 operation remains subject to change.

Norwegian to open Rome Fiumicino base next month

Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) will open its fifteenth European base at Rome Fiumicino on March 27, 2016. The LCC’s first Italian base will create a total of sixty jobs for pilots and cabin crew.

Norwegian currently serves seven destinations from the Italian capital including: Bergen and Oslo Gardermoen in Norway; Copenhagen Kastrup in Denmark; Gothenburg Landvetter and Stockholm Arlanda in Sweden; Helsinki Vantaa in Finland and London Gatwick in the United Kingdom.
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DOT okays Island Air take over

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has given Ohana Airlines Holdings, LLC (OAH) the go-ahead to sell a controlling interest in Hawai'i Island Air, Inc. (Island Air (USA) (WP, Honolulu)) to PacifiCap, a Hawaii-based venture capital firm managed by PaCap Aviation Finance, LLC and Malama Investments, LLC.
Under the terms of the deal, OAH, owned by tech billionaire Larry Ellison, will retain a non-controlling interest in Island Air and will continue to partner with the new local owners as they move forward with a local management team tapped to oversee the airline’s expansion plans.
Dave Pflieger, who joined Island Air as CEO in 2014 and presided over its successful restructuring and turnaround efforts, will turn the reins back over to Les Murashige, who will become President and CEO, effective February 8.
Murashige was airline president from 2012 to 2013 and has been serving on the airline’s transition team. Other members of the incoming management team include Chief Commercial Officer David Uchiyama, a veteran Hawai‘i sales, marketing and visitor industry executive, and Chief Operating Officer Rob Mauracher, an airline executive who previously lived in Hawai‘i and served as CEO of Island Air from 2004 to 2007.
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Airbus starts A350-1000 final assembly

Airbus has started final assembly of the first A350-1000 on schedule at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. This A350-1000, one of three flight test aircraft to be built, will take to the skies for its maiden flight before the end of 2016. A350-1000 deliveries will start in mid-2017.

To ensure the smooth integration of the A350-1000 into the FAL while A350-900 production is ramping-up, Airbus has added three additional final assembly stations. For maximum flexibility, all stations in the A350 XWB FAL can be used for both models.

Currently in “Station 50” for fuselage join-up and nose landing gear installation, the first A350-1000 will next move to “Station 40” where the wings, main landing gear, pylons and tail planes will be installed. To save time and optimise the A350 assembly process, Airbus starts the cabin furnishing and first electrical power-on in parallel to the structural assembly work. After this stage is completed, the aircraft continues through the FAL process, with final structural activities, ground tests, painting, cabin & cockpit completion and engines installation before being transferred to the flight test centre.

While having a very high degree of commonality with the A350-900, the A350-1000, measuring nearly 74 meters from nose to tail, is the longest fuselage version of Airbus’ all-new family of wide body jetliners. The A350-1000 will be powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, the most powerful engine developed for an Airbus aircraft. The A350-1000 comfortably seats 366 passengers in a typical 3-class configuration and flies on routes of up to almost 8,000 nautical miles which represents a significant revenue-generating advantage for operators. So far, Airbus has won 181 A350-1000 orders from 10 customers.

A major milestone for “multi-tasking:” A350-1000 final assembly begins on time while production ramps up for the A350-900

it’s “full speed ahead” for Airbus’ A350 XWB with final assembly start-up for the new-generation jetliner family’s longest-fuselage member, the A350-1000 – which was kicked off this week, as per planning, in parallel with the baseline A350-900 version’s continued production ramp-up to meet market demand.

The no. 1 A350-1000 is one of three test aircraft that will be utilised for this model’s certification process, with the maiden flight scheduled before the end of the year.

To facilitate the concurrent A350-900 and A350-1000 production, Airbus has introduced three new “stations” in its Toulouse, France A350 XWB final assembly line – where A350-900 versions have been assembled since 2012.

The additions are a third Station 50 (where the forward, centre and aft fuselage sections are joined, along with nose landing gear installation); a fourth Station 40 (for wing-fuselage junction and tailplane installation); and a fourth Station 30 (for ground testing and cabin furnishing activities).

Underscoring the high degree of commonality between the A350-900 and A350-1000, all final assembly line stations – including the newest three – can accommodate both aircraft types.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­As a further measure for accommodating concurrent A350-900 and A350-1000 production, Airbus is increasing the number of A350 XWB final assembly line employees from its current level – approximately 1,500 – to some 1,900 by 2018.

The A350-1000 can accommodate a total of 366 passengers in a typical three-class configuration, and integrates Airbus’ standard comfort in economy class with 18-inch-wide seats at nine-abreast. Meanwhile, the aircraft’s range of 7,950 nm. represents a significant revenue-generating advantage for operators. To date, the A350-1000 has received 181 orders from 10 customers around the globe.

Commercial service entry of the A350-1000 is targeted for mid-2017 with Qatar Airways, which also was the A350-900 version’s launch customer.

terça-feira, 9 de fevereiro de 2016


Marcelo Foquet de Biasi


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2016-NEW AIRLINE:Dominican Wings commences operations

Dominican Wings (DWI, Santo Domingo Las Américas) has commenced revenue operations with its first commercial flight - Santo Domingo Las Américas-Port of Spain - on Friday, February 5. Additional services to Trinidad & Tobago are expected from Puerto Plata.
The charter operator completed its certification with the Dominican Republic's civil aviation regulatory bodies in October last year. As it stands, it operates one A320-200 - HI-968 (cn 561) - on lease from parent Avion Express (X9, Vilnius).

India's Quikjet completes certification, aims to relaunch

Quikjet (DQ, Bangalore Int'l) has secured its Scheduled Air Operators Permit from the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) ahead of its planned resumption of commercial operations.

The announcement follows the arrival of the Indian freight specialist's only current aircraft B737-400(F) VT-SVA (msn 28490) in October last year.

The ASL Airlines Switzerland (FT, Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg) subsidiary had previously operated scheduled domestic services with an ATR72-200(F) freighter wet-leased from its Swiss parent.

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Azores' SATA Internacional takes delivery of maiden A330

SATA Internacional has taken official delivery of its first A330-200 - CS-TRY (cn 970) - following maintenance works at Madrid Barajas. The aircraft is part of a trio of A330s that will replace the airline's current longhaul backbone, the A310-300 of which it has three.

The aircraft's inaugural commercial service - Lisbon to Boston via Ponta Delgada on March 27 - is also expected to herald SATA's rebranding into Azores Airlines

AQatar Airways Says to Expand Flights to Eastern Europe


Qatar Airways has announced a major expansion programme across Eastern Europe, with additional flights to Croatia, Hungary and Azerbaijan.
Flights to Zagreb and Budapest are increasing to a 10-weekly service from a current daily service from April 3 and July 3 respectively, while flights to Baku are increasing to an 11-weekly service, also from a current daily scheduled flight, from March 27, the Doha carrier said in a statement.

Qatar Airways also said it is also launching new direct flights from Doha to Belgrade from March 16, a destination currently served by the airline via Sofia on a four-weekly schedule.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: "Qatar Airways is expanding rapidly, not only in terms of new places and our network offering, but also with the service we offer."

In response to increasing demand, one of the airline's double-daily services to Moscow Domodedovo International Airport is currently served with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers 122 more seats per departure than the A320 aircraft previously used for this flight.

Meanwhile, flights to Warsaw will be upgraded to the Airbus A330 aircraft from July 1, increasing seat capacity on the daily scheduled service from Doha. The Airbus A320 currently serves Warsaw and the second daily frequency service to Moscow.


The first A321neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight on February 9th from Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft, registration D-AVXB, was flown by Experimental Test Pilots Martin Scheuermann and Bernardo Saez Benito Hernandez. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Gérard Leskerpit and monitoring the flight’s progress were Flight-Test Engineers Sandra Bour Schaeffer and Emiliano Requena Esteban.

The flight lasted five hours and 29 minutes during which tests were performed on the engine speed variation (low/high), systems behaviour and to validate the aircraft’s flight envelope. The A321neo will join the NEO flight test fleet and perform a partial flight tes tprogramme to validate the impact on handling qualities, performance and systems. The first A321neo will be delivered at the end of 2016.

The A321neo is the largest member of the A320neo Family and 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 A320neo flight test campaign has accumulated some 1,900 flight hours in over 640 flights since the first flight on 25th September 2014.

Nigeria's Med-View Airline to lease another Slovak B737

Med-View Airline (VL, Kano) will wet-lease another B737 from Slovakian ACMI/charter specialist Air Explore (ED, Bratislava) Skyliner Aviation has reported. B737-400 OM-DEX (msn 28867) will shortly join B737-800 OM-GEX (msn 29919) in service for the Nigerian scheduled operator.

at present Med-View operates a fleet of two B737-400s, one B737-500s, and one B767-300(ER) on flights throughout Nigeria as well as to destinations in West Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
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