terça-feira, 28 de março de 2017
Porter Airlines and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the airline’s fleet has grown to 29 aircraft with Bombardier’s delivery of another Q400 turboprop. Porter exclusively flies Q400 airliners.
Porter’s home base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is known as one of the world’s best urban airports. It is located within three kilometers of the city’s central business and entertainment districts. Approximately 2.7 million passengers used the airport in 2016.
“The Bombardier Q400 aircraft represents the fine craftsmanship that has been the backbone of the aerospace industry in Canada for many years,” said Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines. “As Bombardier prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, the Q400 aircraft’s performance, environmental credentials and passenger appeal continue representing hallmarks of our customer experience. These attributes have supported Porter’s network growth to 23 destinations in more than a decade of operation.”
“We are honoured that Porter continues to credit the Q400 aircraft with providing the operating efficiency, speed and low noise levels that have helped the airline grow to become one of the best regional airlines in North America. Bombardier is delighted that the Q400 aircraft has contributed to that success as we continue to see a trend for more capable turboprop aircraft worldwide,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Aeroflot starting July 2017 plans to resume service to Portugal, initially operating Moscow Sheremetyevo – Lisbon route 3 times a week. Boeing 737-800 aircraft is scheduled to operate this route from 15JUL17, gradually increasing to 6 weekly by October 2017. The Skyteam member previously served Lisbon in October 2003.
15JUL17 – 09SEP17 3 weekly (Day 136 from SVO, Day 247 from LIS)
11SEP17 – 23SEP17 4 weekly (Day x457 / Day x156)
25SEP17 – 01OCT17 5 weekly (Day x45 / Day x56)
02OCT17 – 28OCT17 6 weekly (Day x5 / Day x6)
SU2606 SVO1950 – 2320LIS 73H
SU2607 LIS0840 – 1555SVO 73H
SU2607 LIS0840 – 1555SVO 73H
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Air Canada (AC, Montréal Trudeau) has signed long term lease agreements with Air Lease Corporation for two new General Electric-powered B787-9 aircraft.
The US-based lessor's President and Chief Executive Officer, John Plueger, said in a statement on Monday, March 27, that of the Boeing widebody jets, the first was allocated to Blackbird Capital and acquired in January 2017 while the second was delivered on March 24, 2017, and leased from ALC.
The ch-aviation aircraft database shows Air Canada currently operates sixteen B787-9s of which thirteen are owned with the remainder leased from GECAS.
The SSJ100 wet-leased from CityJet arrived from Venice in its new Brussels Airlines livery (Andrea Spoladore)
Brussels Airlines is ready to start operating its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) airliner. On March 25, the aircraft with tail number EI-FWD arrived at the Belgian carrier’s base airport Zaventem.
The Russian-built regional jet, wet-leased from the carrier’s Irish partner City Jet, entered commercial service with Brussels Airlines on March 26, CityJet CCO Cathal O’Connell told Russian Aviation Insider. O’Connell added that the aircraft had been painted in the Brussels Airlines livery as part of the customization program.
CityJet, which specializes in wet-leasing passenger airplanes, has a total of four SSJ100s in its fleet, and expects to take delivery of two more of the type in April or May this year. The two new airliners will likely be leased to the Belgian airline under the two-year contract for three SSJ100s. According to the aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, a total of five SSJ100s are to be delivered to CityJet before the end of the year.
The Russian-built aircraft will replace Brussels Airlines’ aging Avro RJ100s regional jets. The airline’s strategy calls for phasing out its own regional aircraft gradually, replacing them with wet-leased airliners and complementing the fleet with Airbus A320s.
CityJet has been operating SSJ 100s since June 2016. At the end of last summer, one of the aircraft was wet-leased to Finnish carrier Norra (Finnair’s subsidiary) for one month. One SSJ100 has been operated in the interests of UK carrier BMI Regional since February 27, O’Connell told Russian Aviation Insider. CityJet’s total firm order stands at 15 SSJ100s, plus an option for 16 more.
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The leased narrowbody will perform its first revenue flight for the carrier from Tomsk in Russia to Pattaya in Thailand (Royal Flight)
Royal Flight has taken delivery of a Boeing 757 narrowbody, bringing the total number of such airliners in its fleet up to six, the Russian carrier’s spokesperson told Russian Aviation Insider.
The aircraft, registration code VP-BLB, delivered on operating lease terms, seats 235 passengers. On March 24 the 757 was ferried to Tomsk, from where it will complete its first revenue flight with the new operator to U-Tapao airport in Pattaya, Thailand.
This new addition brings Royal Flight’s overall fleet to nine aircraft. Apart from the six 757s, the carrier operates one Boeing 737-800 narrowbody and two Boeing 767 widebodies. The airline has plans to further expand its fleet, but prefers not to announce any details just yet.
Royal Flight occupies 14th place among Russian carriers by passenger traffic, which grew 14.6% in 2016 to 994,200 passengers. Traffic data for the first two months of this year indicate a further increase of almost 250% year-on-year, reaching 153,600 passengers. The airline operates mainly to the UAE, India, Austria, Spain, Greece, Thailand, Vietnam, Morocco, and Tunisia.
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On 15 March the carrier introduced a twice-weekly service between Chengdu (CTU) and Los Angeles (LAX) using its 787-9s. It already serves the Californian metropolis from Changsha, with Chongqing services starting on 21 March. The new 11,573-kilometre route faces no competition. The inaugural flight was operated by the airline’s Kung Fu Panda-themed aircraft. Between China and the US, the world’s two biggest aviation markets, Hainan Airlines is now responsible for 11% of seat capacity. Leading the way is United Airlines with 22%, followed by Air China 18%, China Eastern Airlines 16% and China Southern Airlines with 11%. Chinese carriers account for 59% of capacity compared with 41% for US carriers.
Thai Lion Air is taking the fight to Thai AirAsia and Nok Air by launching a new domestic route in Thailand.
On 17 March the LCC began 12 times weekly flights between Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) and Khon Kaen (KKC) using its 737-800s. The two incumbent carriers operate a total of 47 weekly flights between the two airports, which are only 365 kilometres apart. This becomes Thai Lion Air’s 11th domestic route from Bangkok Don Mueang from where it also serves seven international routes. The 11 domestic routes are served by a total of 396 weekly departures. With this new service, Thai Lion Air has increased its share of the Thai domestic market to 19% ranking it third behind Thai AirAsia (27%) and Nok Air (20%).
segunda-feira, 27 de março de 2017
Bombardier C Series Aircraft Completes Landmark Non-Stop Transatlantic Flight from London City Airport to New York John F. Kennedy Airport
- The CS100 would offer the only economically viable commercial option for direct intercontinental flights from London City to John F. Kennedy Airport
- Flight follows the completion of steep approach demonstration flights at London City Airport
- CS100 aircraft expected to receive Transport Canada and EASA steep approach certifications in the second quarter of 2017
- Bombardier Commercial Aircraft confirmed today that a C Series aircraft with a representative payload successfully flew non-stop from London City Airport (LCY) to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York City. The direct intercontinental flight followed a series of successful flights to demonstrate the CS100 aircraft’s exceptional capabilities for operations to and from LCY, including steep approach landing and short runway performance.
“The C Series aircraft program achieved another significant milestone with the completion of the demonstration tests at LCY. The C Series is the only commercial aircraft that was specifically designed for operations at LCY and we are very proud of its performance. The aircraft smoothly performed all eight take-offs and landings during a two-day period, as planned. This confirms the C Series aircraft’s unparalleled capabilities,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The aircraft is meeting all performance expectations and clearly demonstrates that it is the best performing and most efficient aircraft in the 100- to 150-seat class.”
“It has been a pleasure to welcome the Bombardier CS100 aircraft and its team to London City Airport for the first time, as part of their testing and evaluation process. Following the landmark C Series non-stop flight to JFK, we look forward to the completion of its regulatory certification, followed by entry into commercial passenger operation with SWISS,” added Declean Collier, CEO of London City Airport.
Transport Canada and EASA certifications for steep approach operations with the CS100 aircraft is expected in the second quarter of 2017. Bombardier has extensive experience operating at LCY Airport with various aircraft types, including the Q400 turboprop aircraft, as well as the Challenger 650 aircraft and Global 5000 and Global 6000 business jets.
The CS100 aircraft is the most efficient and economical commercial aircraft allowing airlines to viably offer direct intercontinental flights from LCY Airport to both North America as well as the Middle-East on top of opening numerous new route opportunities within Europe, Russia and Northern Africa, which were not possible with old-generation aircraft.
SWISS is expected to be the first airline to offer service with the C Series to and from LCY later this year.
With the lowest noise and emissions levels of any commercial aircraft in its class, the C Series aircraft is ideal for urban operations and noise-sensitive airports. The CS100 aircraft has a much lower noise footprint compared to other commercial jets, and provides a better quality environment for London residents as it is the quietest commercial aircraft in production.
Asiana Airlines last week adjusted planned Airbus A350-900XWB operation, which sees changes to planned inaugural date and route. The airline previously scheduled 15MAY17 inaugural on Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai route, however this is now revised to 09MAY17, Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong.
Revised A350-900XWB operation as follow.
Seoul Incheon – Beijing 28JUL17 – 13AUG17 OZ331/332
Seoul Incheon – Hanoi eff 14AUG17 OZ733/734 Day x346
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong 09MAY17 – 14JUN17 OZ721/722 1 daily
Seoul Incheon – Manila eff 10MAY17 OZ703/704 Day x2 from ICN/ Day x3 from MNL (EXCEPT 14AUG17 – 28SEP17; previously scheduled from 15MAY17)
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai eff 15JUN17 OZ112/111, OZ114/113 (EXCEPT 14AUG17 – 28SEP17; previously scheduled from 15MAY17)
Seoul Incheon – San Francisco eff 14AUG17 1 daily
Seoul Incheon – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 14AUG17 OZ361/362
Seoul Incheon – Singapore 28JUL17 – 13AUG17 OZ751/752 Day x24
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ATA Airlines (Iran) (I3, Tabriz) has wet-leased another MD-83 from ACMI/charter operator Bravo Airways (Ukraine) (BAY, Kiev Boryspil) Skyliner Aviation has reported. UR-CQC (msn 53625) was positioned from Kiev Boryspil to Tabriz earlier this week.
ATA Airlines operates eight MD-83s (of which one other is leased from Bravo with three leased from Khors Aircompany (KO, Kiev Boryspil)), three A320-200s, one B737-300s, and two ERJ-145s (undergoing maintenance at Istanbul Atatürk) on scheduled passenger flights to twenty-eight destinations across Iran as well as Iraq, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Qatar, and Georgia.
Ethiopian Airlines is adding four new destinations March 26-28, according to the Addis Ababa-based carrier.
Ethiopian Airlines will launch services from Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Antananarivo, Madagascar; and Oslo, as well cargo services to Ahmedabad, India.
“Three new [passenger] flights to three new destinations in just three days is one of the greatest expansions in Ethiopian’s long and illustrious history,” Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said in a statement.
In February, Ethiopian Airlines started flights to Conakry, Guinea. By July, the Star Alliance member will start service Chengdu, China; Singapore; and Jakarta, Indonesia. The carrier envisages reaching 120 international destinations worldwide by 2025.
Ethiopian Airlines is the largest cargo operator in Africa. Ahmedabad is the fifth cargo gateway to India, providing the Indian market with minimum weekly import capacity of 240 tons, as of March 28. Ethiopian Airlines serves 36 global freighter destinations with an average daily uplift of 650 tons. It has deployed six Boeing 777-200LRF and two Boeing 757-260F aircraft.
According to the statement, the carrier operates during its summer schedule a total of 28X-weekly flights to four destinations in China; 20X-weekly to the Americas; 72X-weekly to Asia, 65X-weekly to the Middle East; 400X-weekly to 53 cities across Africa; and almost 54X-weekly to Europe.
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RwandAir (WB, Kigali) is planning to make its European debut during the second quarter of the year. According to availability data from Amadeus, the carrier plans to start a 4x weekly Kigali-London Gatwick, United Kingdom, service on May 26. Service is on-board A330 widebody metal.
RwandAir currently operates one A330-200, one A330-300, two B737-700s, three B737-800s, two CRJ-900s, and two Dash 8-400s on scheduled flights throughout Rwanda, as well as sub-Saharan Africa as a whole. At present, Dubai Int'l and Mumbai Int'l are its only intercontinental services.
Qeshm Airlines (QB, Tehran Mehrabad) has taken delivery of its maiden A319-100 in the form of EP-SAS (msn 2091) Skyliner Aviation has reported.
Formerly UR-COP with Ukraine's Khors Aircompany (KO, Kiev Boryspil), the thirteen year-old airframe was recently tracked in service between Tehran Mehrabad and Mashad.
The Iranian carrier also operates five A300-600(F)Rs, three A320-200s, four ARJ-100s, one ARJ-85, four Fokker 100s, and four Fokker 50s.
sexta-feira, 24 de março de 2017
With the objective of conducting a ‘High and Warm’ flight test campaign to check aircraft and engine performance in high-altitude, warm and humid conditions, the A350-1000 MSN071 test aircraft flew first to Bolivia before completing its tour in Colombia and then returning to Toulouse, France, after 10 days of flight and ground tests.
The flight test campaign took place at three different airports:
· Cochabamba at an altitude of 8,300ft (2,350m)
· La Paz at 13,300ft (4,054m)
· Barranquilla at sea level, with temperatures ranging between 8°C and 32°C
The aircraft took-off and landed several times at each airport to collect data.
Early test results confirm the good performance and behavior of both the aircraft and its Trent XWB-97 engines. This is a major successful milestone in the aircraft certification flight test campaign.
The A350-1000 is ready for high altitude operations from Entry Into Service later this year.
All three A350-1000 flight test aircraft (MSN059, MSN071 and MSN065) are engaged in the ongoing Type Certification campaign, during which the aircraft is pushed to extreme limits well beyond what they should ever face during normal in-service operations.
With over 1,000 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 450, almost 650 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, representing a dominant market share of 53 percent of the region’s in-service fleet. Since 1990, Airbus has secured more than 60 percent of net orders in the region and in the past 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet.
terça-feira, 21 de março de 2017
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Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Ryanair celebrated the delivery today of the airline's 450th Next-Generation 737-800. The plane is seen here outside of Boeing's Seattle Delivery Center.
DUBLIN, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Ryanair celebrated the delivery today of the airline's 450th Next-Generation 737-800. This significant milestone has been reached in less than two decades, with the Irish low-cost carrier taking an average delivery of 25 737-800s per year since 1999.
"Ryanair is proud to partner with Boeing and has operated an all-Boeing fleet since 1994," said Ryanair's Chief Operations Officer, Mick Hickey. "Our current order of 737-800s and the 737-MAX 200 'Gamechanger' will allow us to grow our fleet to 585 aircraft and our passenger numbers to 200 million per annum by 2024, maintaining our position as Europe's largest, and greenest and cleanest airline."
With more than 80 unfilled orders for Next-Generation 737-800s, Ryanair is also the launch customer for the 737 MAX 200, with 100 unfilled orders. The 737 MAX 200 can accommodate up to 200 seats, increasing revenue potential and providing airlines with up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency per seat than today's most efficient single-aisle airplanes.
"Ryanair has consistently demonstrated the outstanding economic, reliability and safety capabilities of the Next-Generation 737-800, using this airplane as the foundation to become one of the biggest airlines in the world," said Monty Oliver, vice president, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "To deliver the 450th 737-800 is truly a significant milestone in both companies shared history and we look forward to supporting Ryanair on the next phase of its incredible journey with the introduction of the 737 MAX 200."
Ryanair carried 119 million passengers last year with 1,800 daily flights to more than 200 destinations. The Dublin based carrier is the largest 737-800 customer in the world and the largest Boeing operator in Europe.
Langkawi, 21st March 2017 - Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has signed an agreement with the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) in Singapore to provide A350 XWB training to the carrier’s flight crew.
The contract will cover complete courses for flight crew transition to the new A350 XWB, as well as regular recurrent training services.
The agreement was signed today at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2017 by Nik Azli Abu Zahar, Executive Counsel, Malaysia Airlines and Jean-Francois Laval, Executive Vice President, Asia, Airbus.
According to Malaysia Airlines Chief Operations Officer, Capt Izham Ismail, “The A350 XWB will play a key role in our future fleet and network expansion plan. The Airbus training centre in Singapore offers the full range of courses and facilities, including state-of-the-art full flight simulators, to enable us to train our crews for this new aircraft type. This will be an efficient and cost-effective solution for Malaysia Airlines, with crews being trained close to home” he added.
“AATC is proud to work with Malaysia Airlines and support the carrier’s flight crew training needs for its A350 XWB fleet,” said Jean-Francois Laval, Executive Vice President, Asia, Airbus. “This latest agreement underscores the close partnership between Airbus and Malaysia Airlines.”
Malaysia Airlines will take delivery of its first A350-900 at the end of this year. Altogether the airline will acquire six aircraft on lease from Air Lease Corporation. The airline will operate the aircraft on premium long haul routes, with a luxurious three-class layout.
AATC in Singapore is part of the Airbus global flight training network, which also includes training centres in Toulouse, Miami and Beijing. The Airbus training centres all offer identical courses, with the latest facilities, including full flight simulators and fixed training devices.