sexta-feira, 24 de junho de 2016


Alain Charpentier - TLS

Air Transat commenced service on two transatlantic services this week, starting on 14 June with a connection between Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Zagreb

The 7,070-kilometre sector will be served weekly (Tuesdays) facing no direct competition. A second route was launched by the Canadian carrier on 17 June between Vancouver (YVR) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO). The 8,996-kilometre city pair will also be flown weekly (Fridays), again facing no incumbent. “Thanks to Air Transat, Vancouver has a direct link to one of the world’s most renowned and ancient connecting hubs – Rome,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. “This service opens up exciting new opportunities to explore an amazing country, known for its rich culture and stunning attractions.” Both of Air Transat’s new transatlantic services will both be flown by the carrier’s A330-200 fleet. The latest launches mean that Air Transat offers 17 transatlantic routes from Pearson, and six from Vancouver. While Zagreb is a new destination for Air Transat, the airline already serves Fiumicino from Pearson.
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NewLeaf to launch in early 3Q

NewLeaf (Winnipeg Int'l) has announced a revised launch date of July 25 with budget flights connecting twelve Canadian cities.

In a statement, the virtual carrier said it would offer regular scheduled flights to: Abbotsford; Edmonton Int'l; Fort St. John; Halifax; Hamilton, ON; Kamloops; Kelowna; Moncton; Regina; Saskatoon; Victoria Int'l and Winnipeg Int'l.

Service is on-board B737-400s chartered from technical partner, Flair Airlines (F8, Kelowna).

NewLeaf had originally planned to commence flights in February of this year only be thwarted by a Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) review of regulations governing virtual carriers.

Though the CTA did eventually rule that virtual carriers do not require an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in order to offer commercial air transport services, local airline consumer advocate Gabor Lukacs has now sought to overturn the ruling. He argues that as virtual carriers are not bound by the same rules and regulations that govern actual certified carriers, such as in the areas of ticket refund policies, they should not be allowed to operate, let alone sell tickets given the increased risk to passengers.

The application is currently before the Canadian courts.
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Thai VietJetAir starts Thailand-Vietnam scheduled flights

Thai VietJetAir (VZ, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) has commenced scheduled operations following a near three-year delay Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh, the vice-president of VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company, has said.

Speaking to The Bangkok Post, Binh said the carrier was looking to issue an official statement in the coming two months with own regular flights to begin shortly after. In the meantime, Thai VietJetAir has assumed its parent VietJetAir's Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City routes before expanding to Da Nang, Dalat, and Haiphong later this year. No plans for domestic Thai services have yet been revealed.

Though operational for over a year, Thai VietJetAir has only carried out charter flights between Thailand and Vietnam for and on behalf of tour operators. It currently has a pair of A320-200s on its books.

Just prior to their original planned launch of regular services in March last year, former majority shareholder and Thai national, Somphong Sooksanguan, moved to divest both himself and Kan Air (K8, Chiang Mai) parent, Kannithi Aviation, of their combined 51% stake in the carrier. Somphong blamed his exit on differences in managerial style with that of 49% shareholder, VietJetAir (VJ, Hanoi).
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quinta-feira, 23 de junho de 2016

Alaska Resumes Portland OR – Orlando Service from March 2017

Alaska Airlines starting Spring 2017 is resuming Portland OR – Orlando service, as the airline scheduled daily service from 16MAR17. This route will be operated by Boeing 737-900ER aircraft.

AS782 PDX0640 – 1515MCO 739 D
AS781 MCO1615 – 1935PDX 739 D

Alaska last operated this route in August 2008.
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AWAS orders 15 A320 Family aircraft

Confirms continuing healthy appetite for best-selling A320 Family

AWAS, the Dublin-based leading global aircraft leasing company has announced an order for an additional 15 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 12 A320ceo and three A321ceo aircraft.

Dave Siegel, AWAS CEO remarked on the deal, “AWAS is pleased to continue our long-term relationship with Airbus in reaching this deal for the order of 15 A320 CEO Family aircraft which will include a mix of both A321 and A320 aircraft. AWAS is bullish on the A320 and A321 CEO family as its value proposition to airlines remains strong which is evident in the continued global demand for Airbus single aisle aircraft. AWAS is pleased to be able to offer our customers new production CEOs in support of their fleet plans.”

“We are pleased to see leading lessor AWAS come back for more of our best-selling A320 Family aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “This is a clear signal of the continuing strong demand for our modern, fuel-efficient A320 Family which day in, day out, delivers profitability to its owners and a great travel experience to the passengers.”
Including this latest purchase agreement, AWAS’ cumulative orders to date for A320 Family aircraft have reached a total of 95, comprising 89 A320 and six A321 aircraft.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 12,500 orders since launch and more than 7,000 aircraft delivered to some 400 customer and operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320 & A321), the A320 Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

Nordic Aviation Capital to Acquire 19 E190s from Delta

By Linda Blachly, ATW Daily News

Danish lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has agreed to purchase 19 Embraer E190 aircraft from U.S.-based Delta Air Lines. This new acquisition will bring NAC's fleet to 357 aircraft, which includes 89 Embraer and Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2016.

"We are investing heavily in growing the business both organically and through strategic acquisitions such as this one with Delta Air Lines," NAC chairman Martin Moller said. "NAC's investment in this attractive portfolio of aviation assets underlines our confidence in the long-term growth prospects of the regional jet market. We have already agreed to sell two of these aircraft and have prospective clients for all remaining aircraft."

China Southern to Receive Last of 10 Boeing 777-300ER

By Lena Ge, China Aviation Daily
China Southern Airlines is set to take delivery of its 10th Boeing 777-300ER aircraft soon, which is also the last one the Guangzhou-based carrier ordered in 2012.
According to a Weibo post by FATIII, the 77W, Registration B-7588, is scheduled to be delivered to China Southern by Boeing in Seattle on July 21. After a delivery flight, it will touch down at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on June 23.

As ChinaAviationDaily fleet data base CADAS shows, China Southern now operates 77 wide-body aircraft including 37 Airbus A330s, 25 Boeing 777s, 10 787s and five A380s.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350 Long-Haul Review: Inaugural Service to Boston

By Blaine Nickeson, Airline Reporter

Qatar Airways has been growing rapidly, both in terms of their fleet and their route network. I recently got to experience an example of both when I joined Qatar for their inaugural flight to Boston Logan Airport (BOS), utilizing the new Airbus A350-900 XWB. It was a pretty special trip.

After a rather disappointing first experience on Qatar when flying in from Los Angeles, I was really hoping to see Qatar's best when departing from their home hub of Doha. Sometimes, operating from outstations with once-daily service can be very challenging.

This would be my first time flying the Airbus A350 as well - just a few days before our Editor-in-Chief David Parker Brown. I wanted to make sure to take the chance to remind him of that (thanks Blaine ^David).

Overall, my flight was great. The service was up to snuff and the food tasty. But the star of the show was the A350. Wow, what a ride. Read on!

Qatar Airways has been expanding quite a bit over the last few years into new U.S. markets. The new service to Boston, New England's economic hub, comes on the heels of new service to Los Angeles, and an upcoming new route into Atlanta. New York has also been upgraded to twice-daily flights. Just like the other members of the "ME3" (Emirates and Etihad), Qatar Airways has found geography on its side, making for one-stop connections around the world, particularly to places like India.

All of that growth requires a fleet to support it. Qatar has invested heavily in the Boeing 787 and also the Airbus A350, of which they were the inaugural customer. While I've flown the Dreamliner a number of times, I had yet to try the A350.

We arrived at Doha's beautiful Hamad International Airport. It mirrored the rest of the modern city of Doha that I saw. It was constructed recently just next to the old international airport, and is something that Qatar Airways should be proud to call home. Unfortunately, there were some miscommunications within my travel group, and we were unable to visit the (from what I've heard, excellent) Al Mourjan Business Lounge. That's ok, though, as it gave me more time to drool over the amazing A350 sitting at our gate.

It's important to remember that the A350-900 is much larger than the smallest version of the 787 family. I had to keep reminding myself that this isn't an apples-to-apples comparison. While the 787 roughly competes (in size, not range) with the Boeing 767 and Airbus A330, the A350-900 fights in a different weight class - it is almost exactly the same size as the Boeing 777-200.

Boarding was chaotic. There was no special mention of the inaugural Boston flight or any kind of gate celebration, but they did give away items to commemorate the flight. Each passenger got a special certificate for the occasion, along with a Qatar Airways polo shirt and a Qatar-branded battery power pack (while a nice touch, I'm not sure if adding 300+ cheap lithium ion batteries to a flight is such a solid idea). While business class was trying to board, I saw grandmas with their elbows out and heads down, pushing as hard as they could to the front of the line. Alright, alright, but we're all going the same place, right?

Once in my seat, my excitement really ramped up. Wow, was this plane gorgeous or what? I had a great view out of my window of the massive-looking Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, as well as the artful curled-up winglet that sported Qatar's Oryx logo. The business class cabin feels extremely airy, as they have foregone the center overhead bins in favor of a wide, flat ceiling. Between the front business cabin and rear section (where I sat) was a wide-open space, with a small bar but no visual obstructions. Combined with artful LED mood lighting and that "new plane smell", this felt like plane heaven.

The plane also had optional in-window electric mini blinds, at least in business class, that offered an opaque shade to allow some natural light, but also a blackout shade for sleeping time. While I loved the look and function of it (but can't imagine the poor mechanic that has to fix it), I actually prefer the Boeing 787's electrochromic dimming system. I prefer that system's ability to let me look out the window without brightening the entire cabin. To each their own, however.

We pushed from our gate right on time with a mostly full flight. A handful of folks, like myself, were on board to celebrate the inaugural - you could spot them as the ones walking around with cameras and big grins on their faces. Other folks were just regular passengers, unaware that they were on any type of special flight. The passenger in front of me was a two-million-mile American Airlines elite, and for him this was just another flight.

I got immense joy from watching the A350's tail camera on my in-flight entertainment display. This is the first plane I've been on with it, and the skies had cleared from the earlier rain, allowing for a great view. Watching the takeoff roll was impressive!

Once we were in flight, the service kicked in to high gear. We were offered our choice of a hot or cold towel, and the crew set up the modest mid-cabin business class bar, which offered champagne and some fresh fruit. While it looked nice, I didn't actually see anyone use it during the flight.

I changed in to my provided pajamas, and then decided to order some food. Given that we didn't visit the lounge as I had expected, I was pretty hungry. Just like on my inbound flight from Los Angeles, the menu is a la carte - you can order whatever food you'd like at any time during the flight. I started with something from the "Lighter Options" menu, a very tasty Thai marinated beef and glass noodle salad, served cold. I moved on to the roasted tomato soup with basil; it was good, but nowhere near as good a the roasted corn soup on my flight to Doha.

Adhering to the "when in Rome" mentality, I then had the Arabic mezze. When I was growing up, an Armenian friend's mom would send tabbouleh with his lunch, which I remember fondly. This definitely wasn't as good as that, but the platter was tasty.

For my main course, I selected the seared red snapper with saffron cream sauce and asparagus. It was a great dish, and the fish was cooked perfectly (it always amazes me when a carrier can manage that on an airplane!) Throughout my meal, I tried a number of wines from the extensive list. It was a great meal.

After stuffing myself, I decided to get some sleep. I wasn't really tired, but knew I had a long day ahead of me; we would arrive to Boston at around 3:00 p.m. local time, and then I had a four-hour layover and a four-hour (economy) flight back to Denver. Sleep was going to be important. I made up my bed with the provided duvet, and managed to get about five hours of sound sleep - the smooth and quiet A350 had a lot to do with that.

The in-flight entertainment (IFE) system had an extensive selection of movies and shows. I watched The Martian for the what has to have been the fifth time, and then enjoyed a few episodes of Mythbusters - I'm really going to miss that show. Unlike Qatar's Boeing 777 fleet, the new A350 features satellite-based WiFi service, so I was able to keep up with work while flying. That can both be a good and bad thing.

Soon, we were getting close to Boston. I guess after my 16-hour flight from Los Angeles, the relatively-short 12-hour flight had flown by (pun intended). It was a beautiful day, so once again the tail camera on the IFE system was put to good use. This was my first inaugural, so I was hoping we'd have a warm welcome waiting for us on the ground.

I wasn't disappointed. As we landed, I could see a few airport fire trucks lined up on the taxiway, waiting to greet us with a water cannon salute. That was a pretty cool experience, and those non-AvGeeks seemed to finally realize there was something special about this flight. As we taxied up to the gate, there were tons of folks standing all around the apron, phones and cameras lifted high in the air. While I'm sure they were excited to welcome new service to Doha on Qatar Airways, I honestly think most of them were there to see the beautiful Airbus A350. It was fun to wave back at the excited crowds from my big windows.

Qatar Airways' expansion to Boston makes a lot of sense. Boston is a hub for Qatar partner JetBlue, which can provide a domestic feed for Qatar. Emirates already serves the city, so Qatar is able to offer some competition on flights to the Middle East. Boston is a world-class, diverse city, and should be able to support both business and leisure traffic. The economical Airbus A350 helps make the business case better as well.

While the A350 is still a rare sight in North America, I hope it becomes more common as production ramps up. Trust me - you're going to like flying it.

Note: I was a guest of Qatar Airways for this flight review. All opinions are my own, however.

Hainan Airlines to Relaunch Beijing-Cairo Service


China's Hainan Airlines is aiming to return to the Africa/Middle East market with the relaunch of the Beijing-Cairo route in December, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The Haikou-based carrier plans to fly an Airbus A330 on the 3X-weekly service. The last time it operated this route was in 2012.

The airline used to operate Beijing-Dubai-Khartoum (Sudan) and Beijing-Abu Dhabi-Luanda (Angola) service, but suspended the routes because of operating losses and the unstable political situation.

However, Hainan Airlines still showed an interest in the Africa/Middle East market in 2012 when it launched Ghana's Africa World Airlines (AWA), a joint venture with the China-Africa Development Fund, Ghana SAS Financial Group and Ghana Social Security and National Insurance Trust.

As part of Beijing's national "One Belt, One Road" policy in recent years, Chinese carriers have again begun exploring the Africa/Middle East market.
By Katie Cantle, ATW Daily News

quarta-feira, 22 de junho de 2016

Cobalt board member's shady past comes to light

The Swiss Attorney General's Office has confirmed it has three indictments pending against Urs Meisterhans, a member of the board of start-up carrier Cobalt (CO, Larnaca).

The Cyprus Business Mail says indictments for “aggravated money laundering, securities fraud and negligence in financial operations,” would date back to May last year and stem from Meisterhans' alleged dealings at Sinitus AG, a Swiss financial services company.

Basing its case on US court cases against the Swiss national, the AGO alleges Meisterhans, who was the founder and principal of Sinitus AG, colluded with his ex-wife and a German national to defraud US-based investment management firm Absolute Capital Management of more than USD200 million from at least September 2004 to September 2007.

Meisterhans has denied the reports stating categorically that he has never been indicted in any country.

For its part, the Cypriot Ministry of Transport, whose various departments are responsible for vetting and ensuring compliance with local and EU laws, has said it was unaware of any criminal proceedings pending against any Cobalt board members at the time it issued its Air Transport Services License. Given the report and its evidence, investigations have now been launched.

The Cypriot Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) has the power to revoke an airline's license should any one of its board members or executive leadership be found to have committed illegal acts or have acted unprofessionally. As such, the ATLA has said it may ask for Meisterhans' removal from Cobalt's board. 
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Photo:Pedro Filipe  - LPPT

Though technically operational, Cobalt will only begin regular, scheduled passenger services to Europe later next month.

Tunisair commenced service between Tunis (TUN) and Montreal (YUL) on 16 June.

Although the 3,993-kilometre route was launched on a Thursday, the twice-weekly operation will regularly be flown on Wednesdays and Sundays according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Operated on the carrier’s 266-seat A330-200s, the city pair will face no direct competition. Montreal becomes the carrier’s only destination in North America. Looking at the airline’s schedules data, its other A330-200 routes are Algiers, Paris Orly, Jeddah and Madinah.

British Airways started two new connections to Berlin Tegel (TXL) on 19 June, one from London Stansted (STN) and one from London City (LCY

While both routes will use London City-based aircraft, the kit is stationed at London Stansted over the weekend,

undertaking flights to Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca. While both routes therefore utilise the airline’s E190 fleet and face no direct competition, the former is operated just weekly (Sundays), while the latter is operated 16 times weekly. The airline also flies 46 times weekly from its main London Heathrow hub to the German capital.

Air Serbia commenced service on a trio of routes from Belgrade (BEG) this week, starting with two routes on 15 June to Hamburg (HAM) and Ohrid (OHD)

Flights on the 1,228-kilometre link to Hamburg will be flown four times weekly utilising the carrier’s CRJ 900 fleet, although the first flight was operated by one of the airline’s A319s. “We are delighted to welcome Air Serbia as a new airline to Hamburg Airport. Belgrade is a destination that has not been on offer as a direct route from Hamburg for a long time,” commented Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport. The short 402-kilometre sector to Ohrid will be flown thrice-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) by the airline’s ATR 72s. A third route was launched on 18 June from the Serbian capital, a 1,791-kilometre link to St. Petersburg (LED). Operated on a mixture of the airline’s short-haul Airbus fleet, services to the Russian city will be flown thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays). “Air Serbia is delighted to commence flights to St. Petersburg, a well-positioned gateway to North Europe and the vast country of Russia. With multiple weekly flight options, convenient arrival and departure times, and easy connections over Belgrade to the Balkans and Southern Europe, we expect the St Petersburg route to be a hit with business and leisure travellers who have expressed strong travel demand to the city,” noted Dane Kondić, CEO of Air Serbia. None of the airline’s three new routes will face direct competition.

Hainan Airlines Eyes First Ever Dublin-China Route

By John Mulligan, 

China's Hainan Airlines is close to deciding on whether to open a route from Dublin to Beijing in what would be Ireland's first nonstop link to Asia's biggest economy.

The carrier is part of the huge Chinese conglomerate HNA, a Fortune 500 company whose activities range from aviation to hotels, and shipping to technology. HNA chief operating officer William Zhang confirmed yesterday that a Dublin-Beijing route is under serious consideration.

He said that Hainan Airlines -- the fourth-largest airline in China -- is "very likely" to launch the service, demand for which is currently being assessed.

In what would be a significant coup for the IDA, Mr Zhang also revealed that Ireland is one of the countries where HNA might consider developing its first regional headquarters, saying that Ireland has "strong advantages".

Senior HNA executives were in Dublin for the past few days, and held a meeting at the Chinese embassy to discuss the route, said Mr Zhang.

He declined to be drawn on when a route could be announced, but airport authorities in both China and Dublin have been involved in discussions.

Government agencies such as the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Tourism Ireland have been pushing for a direct route for a number of years. The DAA, which controls Dublin and Cork airports, has been heavily involved in efforts to lure a Chinese carrier to the capital.

HNA, which also has a huge property portfolio, aims to be a Fortune 100 company within three years.

Last year, its Bohai Leasing subsidiary paid US$2.6 billion to buy Dublin-based aircraft lessor Avolon, which was co-founded by Domhnal Slattery.

Mr Slattery continues to run Avolon, which is now the world's fourth-biggest aircraft leasing firm.

Mr Slattery is hopeful that a Beijing-Dublin route will be launched.

"The core issue now is does it make business sense to do it," he said.

"It's got to stand on its own merits. I'd be optimistic."

Yesterday, Dublin Airport also secured other new business as KLM announced it's launching a twice a day service to Amsterdam starting in October.

HNA was founded in 1993 and has annual revenues of over US$25 billion. It is heavily involved in the aviation sector.

Apart from aircraft leasing, it also owns stakes in other airlines and last year agreed to pay US$2.8 billion to buy aircraft baggage handler Swissport. Earlier this year, it agreed to pay US$1.5 billion for aircraft catering firm Gategroup.

It has also been linked to a sale of aircraft leasing firm CIT Aerospace. That business could fetch as much as EUR2.7 billion. HNA Capital chief investment officer Guang Yang declined to say yesterday whether HNA would bid for the CIT business.

Mr Slattery said that if HNA did pursue CIT Aerospace and managed to buy it, that such a deal would be transformational for the group.

"CIT is in a process at the moment and we'll see how that evolves," he said. CIT has about 300 aircraft on its books.

"That would be a very significant acquisition for us to consider and could be quite transformative for us were we to proceed with it or engage," he said.


KLM at the launch of winter 2016/17 season is launching service to Ireland, with the offering of Amsterdam – Dublin nonstop flights

From 30OCT16, the Skyteam member will operate this route twice a day, using Embraer E190 aircraft.

KL935 AMS1200 – 1240DUB E90 D
KL939 AMS2120 – 2200DUB E90 D
KL932 DUB0555 – 0830AMS E90 D (eff 31OCT16)
KL936 DUB1315 – 1550AMS E90 D
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Photo:Pedro Filipe - LPPT - ERJ170

Martinair Cargo Concludes MD11 Freighter Operation in June/July 2016

Martinair Cargo is concluding MD11 Freighters operation, currently scheduled on 01JUL16. Based on OAG Schedules Analyser listing, the airline’s MD11F scheduled operation, excluding charters or ad-hocs, for the next 2 weeks as follow.

1 weekly Amsterdam – Aguadilla – Bogota – Aguadilla – London Stansted – Amsterdam

1 weekly Amsterdam – Miami – Bogota – Aguadilla – London Stansted – Amsterdam
1 weekly Amsterdam – Miami – Guatemala City – Bogota – Aguadilla – London Stansted – Amsterdam
2 weekly Amsterdam – Cairo
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Emirates Takes Delivery of 80th Airbus A380 Superjumbo

China Aviation Daily 

Emirates Airline has taken delivery of its 80th A380 Superjumbo from Airbus, with another 62 pending delivery, the gulf carrier announced via its social accounts.

The A380-800 Superjumbo, Registration A6-EUB, was delivered to the airline in Hamburg, Germany on June 21, followed by its delivery flight to Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Following delivery of their first A380 in July 2008, Emirates took delivery of their 50th A380 in July 2014.

The Dubai-based carrier has 142 A380s on order. With the arrival of "A6-EUB", there are still 62 A380s pending delivery, of which 21 A380s will join the fleet this year.

Emirates now operates the world's largest fleet of A380 aircraft, currently serving 40 different destinations across the globe. On July 1, the airline will launch a daily A380 service to Vienna, its 41st A380 destination.

terça-feira, 21 de junho de 2016

COBALT - A320-200 - 5B-DCR

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The A350 XWB embarks on its first demonstration tour of China

The A350 XWB embarks on its first demonstration tour of China

The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350XWB, will make its first demo tour of China between June 25th and July 2nd. During the eight day trip, A350 XWB test aircraft MSN2 (Manufacturer serial number) will fly to Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (SHA), Guangzhou (CAN), Haikou (HAK) and Chengdu (CTU).

The tour follows the A350’s endorsement by China Eastern Airlines who ordered 20 A350-900 aircraft in April 2016. Air China also ordered 10 A350-900. The unrivalled operational performance and cabin comfort of the A350 XWB will give Chinese airlines a competitive edge and to attract more passenger on international routes. China is one of the fastest growing markets for air transport and Airbus has supplied 50 per cent of the in-service commercial aircraft fleet in China.

Chinese aviation industry has made important contributions to the development and making of the A350 XWB. Airbus (Beijing) Engineering Centre together and its partner Aviation Industry Corporation of China participated in the programme’s development, involving specific design work for the airframe. Some five percent of the airframe is manufactured in China. The A350 XWB is a symbol of strategic industrial cooperation between Airbus and China’s aviation industry.

Featuring a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials, the MSN002 is one of Airbus’ fleet of five test A350-900 aircraft and one of two with a fully functional cabin (42 business class and 210 economy class seats). The flights will be operated by Airbus flight crews.

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. The spaciousness, quietness, beautiful interior and ambient lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of comfort and well-being, setting new standards in terms of flight experience for all passengers.

To date, Airbus has recorded some 800 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 42 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

POP secures A330 charter; regional LCC feed on cards

flyPOP (London Stansted) has chartered an A330-300 from an unspecified operator ahead of plans to commence regular flights to the Indian cities of Amritsar and Ahmedabad during the last quarter of this year.
Chairman Navdip Singh Judge told the Runway Girl Network in an interview that of the aircraft's 378 seats, 78 seats are premium economy while the remainder are in an all-economy layout.

Judge added that POP has a verbal agreement with an unspecified budget carrier operating out of London Stansted wherein it will provide regional European feed to POP longhaul flights and vice versa.
In terms of funding, through its initial investors, POP has thus far managed to raise GBP5 million of the GBP8.9 million it needs to sustain Year One of operations. The remainder, it hopes, will come through crowdfunding.
As previously reported, POP will initially operate as a virtual carrier before pursuing its own AOC in two years time.
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Boeing, Russian Firm Said Near US$4 Billion Deal to Save 747

By Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg News |

A Boeing 747-8 freighter is assembled in Everett. (Gail Hanusa / Boeing)

Boeing Co. is nearing a US$4 billion deal with Russia's largest air-freight company that would help extend the life of the iconic, hump-nosed 747 jumbo jet amid waning demand for four-engine aircraft, people close to the transaction said.

The U.S. planemaker is in advanced talks with AirBridgeCargo Airlines and its Moscow-based parent, Volga-Dnepr Group, to convert a year-old commitment into more than 10 firm orders for 747-8 freighters, two of the people said. The agreement could be announced as soon as the Farnborough Airshow next month in England, according to four people briefed on the deal, who asked not to be identified because the talks are confidential.

The deal would provide a crucial lifeline for the "Queen of the Skies" as Boeing tries to preserve production until the air-cargo market revives or shipping companies start to replace aging wide-body fleets. The 747 freighter, prized for a hinged nose that allows large cargo to be loaded at the front, is Boeing's second-most expensive commercial jet, with a list price of US$379.1 million. Buyers typically negotiate discounts.

Converting commitments to firm orders starts the process of allocating manufacturing resources and production slots to build the planes.

Boeing rose 2.6 percent to SU$133.13 at 9:37 a.m. in New York. The gain was the biggest in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which climbed 1.4 percent in a global rally fueled by signs that the campaign to keep the U.K. in the Europe Union was gaining strength.

A representative of Volga-Dnepr declined to comment on the talks, but said the airline plans to take all 20 jumbos it committed to last year. A Boeing spokesman declined to comment.

Airline Shift

Sales have dwindled for Boeing's four-engine 747 and the Airbus Group A380 superjumbo jetliner as airlines have shifted long-range travel to more-efficient twin-engine models like Boeing's 777. Boeing had just 22 unfilled orders for the 747 through May, according to its website. The planemaker halved annual output of its largest commercial jet to six planes in January, citing declining sales.

The potential Russian savior for the 747 -- which brought long-range travel to the mass consumer market when it was introduced by Pan American World Airways in 1970 -- isn't just a Boeing customer. Volga-Dnepr also transports large aircraft segments for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner from suppliers to the planemaker's factories.

"White Tails"

At the Paris Air Show last June, Volga-Dnepr signed a memorandum of understanding to buy 20 of the 747-8 freighter. The shipping company took delivery in November of the first two aircraft, so-called white tails built for other customers whose orders fell through.

The Russian freight hauler confirmed it is the unidentified buyer for two of the four jumbo freighter orders Boeing recorded in March, saying the planes will be delivered later this year. The first of those two 747s has been repainted with the livery of CargoLogicAir Ltd., a Volga-Dnepr subsidiary.

TransAsia Plans to Lease or Sell Four A330 Aircraft

TransAsia Airways Corp yesterday said it would sell or lease out four Airbus A330 aircraft as part of its efforts to streamline its operations.

TransAsia uses the aircraft on flights to Japan. After the removal of the planes from its fleet, the carrier is to use Airbus A320 and A321 jets to serve its Japan routes, TransAsia said.

For pilots who are to be affected by the adjustment of the carrier's fleet, TransAsia said it would give on-the-job training to allow them to fly other aircraft models, adding that it would place other affected employees in other positions.

The change is aimed at taking on rising competition in the air transportation market in Japan, where the number of flights from Taiwan has been increasing rapidly, TransAsia said.

The carrier added that a stronger yen has also had an adverse impact on flights to Japan from Taiwan.

TransAsia said that the carrier would use its A320 and A321 aircraft to serve international routes and destinations in mainland China.

For domestic routes, TransAsia said it is to continue to use ATR aircraft.

In addition to the four A330 jets, TransAsia owns five A321, five A320 and seven ATR models.

TransAsia chairman Vincent Lin said that efforts to streamline its fleet are aimed at boosting the efficiency of its operations and sharpening its competitive edge.

At a time when traditional airlines such as TransAsia face pressing threats from budget carriers, Lin said that his company is trying to build a "hybrid" business model that strikes a balance between a traditional carrier and a budget carrier to seize more business opportunities.

Destinations Cut

The carrier said it is to stop its services to Okinawa, Japan, and Guiyang and Macau in China from Oct. 30 to further streamline its operations.

The carrier said that it would inform passengers who have already booked flights to the three destinations and help them deal with any inconvenience caused.

Flights to Palau

After the destination adjustments, TransAsia is to fly to eight international destinations, including Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo in Japan, Siem Reap, Cambodia, and Palau.

It is to continue to fly to 12 Chinese cities, including Shanghai, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Xuzhou, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Zhangjiajie and Wuxi.

TransAsia said that at a meeting on Friday last week, board members approved a proposal to make a rights issue by selling 125 million new shares to raise NT$1 billion (US$32 million) to boost its working capital.

The issue price has been tentatively set at NT$8 per share.

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Duncan Stewart - LAX


Duncan Stewart - LAX

Airbus A350 XWB to Visit China for Demonstration

The world's newest airliner, the Airbus A350 XWB will visit Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Haikou and Chengdu soon on a week-long demo tour around China, the European manufacturer announced Thursday.

The A350-900 jetliner is scheduled to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport on next Saturday, June 25.

The demo tour will take the aircraft to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Haikou and Chengdu during a period of five days, from Monday June 27 to Friday July 1.

The A350-900 aircraft, MSN002, is one of five A350 XWB prototypes used to perform comprehensive flight test and development trials.

On July 2, the A350 will leave China for France.

Fiji Airways touches down in San Francisco

New seasonal service to operate twice a week

Fiji Airways has embarked on the next phase of its long-haul expansion plan with the launch of its first ever direct flights to San Francisco.

The inaugural flight touched down in the Californian city on 16 June 2016, and services will now operate twice a week using Fiji Airways’ new Airbus A330 aircraft.

The outbound flights will leave Fiji’s Nadi International Airport every Sunday and Thursday at 2215 and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 1345. The return services take-off on the same days at 2300 and land back in Fiji at 0500 two days later. The flights, which have a duration of approximately 10-11 hours, cross the International Date Line.

The new service will run on a seasonal basis until 14 August 2016, before recommencing for the Christmas and New Year holidays in December 2016 and January 2017.

San Francisco becomes the second new long-haul destination launched by Fiji Airways this year, following the start of services to Singapore in April 2016. It also becomes the airline’s second destination on the US mainland, following Los Angeles.

Written by:Mark Elliott / Travel News

Iran Says Has Finalised the Deal to Buy 100 Boeing Airliners

Iran has reached a deal to buy 100 planes from U.S. planemaker Boeing, and the two sides are awaiting approval by U.S. Treasury authorities, the head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation said in remarks published by state media on Sunday.

So far, Boeing has only been granted permission to present its products to IranAir and a handful of other airlines as it tries to catch up with Europe's Airbus, which won a provisional deal earlier this year for 118 jets worth US$27 billion.

Reuters reported on June 6 that Iran was edging toward a historic agreement to buy jetliners from Boeing for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and that a deal for more than 100 aircraft could be reached fairly soon.

"Of the 250 (passenger) planes in Iran, 230 have to be replaced," Ali Abedzadeh, the head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation, told the state-run daily newspaper Iran, adding that a written agreement had been signed with Boeing to buy 100 aircraft.

Abedzadeh said that no precise timeline could be given for the implementation of the deal before an authorization is issued by the U.S. Treasury Department.

He said Boeing had submitted an official request to the U.S. Treasury for a final permit for the plane sales and "the final contract is to be signed between the two sides after the license has been obtained."

In January, IranAir agreed in to buy 118 jets worth US$27 billion at list prices from Airbus. The deal was conditional on U.S. export licenses because of the quantity of U.S.-built parts.

In comments about the Airbus purchases, Abedzadeh told the Iran newspaper "The final obstacle in this area are only the permits from the U.S. Treasury Department."