quinta-feira, 23 de Outubro de 2014


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JUNEYAO AIRLINES - A320-200 Sharklets - F-WWIC

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AIRBUS - A320 neo - F-WNEO

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BATIK AIR - A320-200 Sharklets - F-WWBO

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Boeing Announces SF Airlines Order for Boeing Converted Freighters China carrier signs definitive agreement for 767BCFs

SEATTLE, Oct. 23, 2014 – Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today that SF Airlines has placed an order for an undisclosed number of 767-300ER passenger-to-freighter conversions (Boeing Converted Freighters). SF Airlines, a subsidiary of Shenzhen, China-based delivery servicesompany SF Express, will accept its first redelivered 767 in the second half of 2015.

“SF Express aims to become China’s most respected and reliable international courier company,” said Li Sheng, President of SF Airlines. “The addition of both wide and narrow-body Boeing freighters to our fleet will help us to continue providing quality service and expanded service networks, so as to offer efficient and reliable express delivery solutions that serve all the needs of our customers.”

The 767 Boeing Converted Freighter offers an intercontinental range capability well-suited to the mid-sized freighter market, and maximizes efficiency of operations and payload configuration.

“We are honored that SF Express has placed its trust in Boeing as their provider of passenger-to-freighter conversions for the 767-300ER,” said Dan da Silva, vice president of Modification and Conversion Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Customers prefer Boeing Converted Freighters for three main reasons: to benefit from the expertise and airplane knowledge only the airplane’s original manufacturer possesses, to have access to Boeing’s world-class global support and to simplify regulatory acceptance in China and other countries around the globe. By delivering these advantages, we give our customers a competitive edge in the marketplace.”

In its recently released World Air Cargo Forecast, Boeing forecasts that Asia will continue to lead the world in average annual air cargo growth, with domestic China and intra-Asia markets expanding 6.7 percent and 6.5 percent per year, respectively. Boeing projects that air cargo traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent over the next 20 years, with global air freight traffic expected to more than double by 2033. With increased air cargo traffic, the world freighter fleet is also expected to grow with deliveries of 840 new factory-built airplanes and 1,330 passenger to freighter conversion airplanes.

Boeing Statement on Kunming Airlines Commitment for 10 737s

SEATTLE, Oct. 23, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] is pleased that Kunming Airlines has committed to purchase 10 737s, including four Next-Generation 737-700s and six 737 MAX airplanes.

The commitment, valued at $897 million at current list prices, is subject to the approval of the Chinese government and will be posted on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

“This commitment is a major step in our growth strategy,” said Xuan Yuen, CEO, Kunming Airlines. “The 737 is the backbone of our fleet and will continue to be in the future. These airplanes will further expand and improve our route network, contributing to our vision to build Yunnan’s gateway airport to be the forefront of the province’s economic development.”

“We are honored to partner with Kunming Airlines as they continue to strengthen their presence in the Yunnan province,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This commitment from Kunming Airlines represents a strong endorsement of the market-leading efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort of the 737 family of airplanes.”

Capable of carrying up to 128 passengers in a two-class configuration, the 737-700 is one of the most successful selling versions of the Next-Generation 737 family. Known for its reliability, fuel efficiency and economical performance, the 737-700 has been selected by leading carriers throughout the world, and has contributed more than 1,200 orders to the strong success of Next-Generation 737 family orders.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX will be 14 percent more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s – and 20 percent better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service. The 737 MAX 8 will have an 8 percent per seat operating cost advantage over the A320neo.

Kunming Airlines, based at Changshui International Airport in the capital city of Yunnan province, began operations in 2009. The carrier currently serves more than 25 cities across China by operating a fleet of 10 737-700s and five 737-800s.

AIRBUS and ORACLE TEAM USA forge technology partnership

AIRBUS, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer and ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending champion of the America’s Cup, have forged a technology partnership.

As Official Innovation Partner of ORACLE TEAM USA for the 35th America’s Cup, AIRBUS will share the know-how of its engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis to work with the ORACLE TEAM USA design team.

“This is a completely new endeavor for us,” said Fabrice Brégier, AIRBUS President and CEO. “By taking on an extreme technology and sports project of this magnitude we stretch our competencies and further boost our agility.. There are so many similarities between the America’s Cup yacht and our aircraft design, that each partner benefits from an excellent platform not only to learn and grow but also to win.”

For ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, the partnership will allow his team to benefit from the skill-set of a leading engineering group with experience working on the cutting-edge of technology.

“The America’s Cup is a boat race, but the design technology and engineering are very often the winning factor,” Spithill said. “The new America’s Cup boats are lighter and faster than what we’ve had before. They will be powered by a wing and will fly above the water on foils. They’re as much like airplanes as they are like traditional boats, so I know we’ll have a lot to learn from the experience the engineers at AIRBUS bring to the project.”

ORACLE TEAM USA first won the America’s Cup in 2010 racing a trimaran powered by one of the largest wings (223 feet / 68 meter) ever built.

In 2013, the team successfully defended its title in the AC72 class – wingsail powered catamarans that flew above the water on hydrofoils at over 50 mph (90kph).

The next America’s Cup will be in 2017 and raced in the new AC62 class; a smaller, lighter and more finely engineered foiling catamaran than its predecessor that is expected to reach similar speeds.

“Everything we do in these boats is right at the edge of what’s possible,” Spithill said. “For our design team to be able to have access to the resources of AIRBUS is going be a huge benefit to us.”

“All at AIRBUS are very excited about this partnership,” concluded Brégier. “Our engineering teams’ enthusiasm and engagement to be a part of this project is simply overwhelming. The biggest challenge might be to bring them back working on airplanes again!”


ORACLE TEAM USA has won the last two editions of the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport. Skipper/helmsman Jimmy Spithill will lead one of the best international teams in sailing as it competes in the America’s Cup World Series regattas in 2015 and 2016, while ORACLE TEAM USA sailors, designers and boat-builders are preparing for the next America’s Cup races in the summer of 2017.

The Common Type Rating is approved for A350 XWB and A330 pilot training

Airlines and pilots will both benefit from the Common Type Rating pilot training on the A350 XWB and A330 jetliners, further extending Airbus’ concept of flight operational commonality between its fly-by-wire aircraft families.

The new regulatory approval means that pilots who are qualified and current on the A330 can already commence their preparations to take the A350 XWB’s controls by undergoing “differences training” only.

Enabling a significant reduction of costs for airlines, the differences training does not necessitate the use of a ground-based full-flight-simulator, and allows a 65 percent reduction in pilot training time – to only eight days – versus a standard transition course. Additionally, it facilitates the creation of a pool of pilots who can fly both the A330 and A350 XWB in a single-fleet flying (SFF) concept for increased scheduling flexibility and mobility.

“This achievement is a fine example of our ability to combine innovation with commonality, and will be particularly valuable to airlines wishing to operate the A330 and A350 XWB in parallel,” explained Régine Vadrot, who leads the Training & Operational Certification team at Airbus. “The A350 XWB is a true member of the Airbus integrated family of aircraft.”

A notable factor in achieving the A350 XWB/A330 Common Type Rating is the similarity in handling qualities between the two fly-by-wire jetliners, as recently verified by pilots representing the European and U.S. civil aviation authorities who flew both aircraft.

As the latest Airbus widebody twin-engine jetliner, the A350 XWB is to set a new standard of comfort and efficiency in its class. With A350 XWB deliveries to begin before the end of 2014, an increasing number of pilots will be trained to fly the aircraft – many of whom are already approved to operate A330 jetliners.

The A330 remains a cornerstone in Airbus’ product line of twin-engine widebody aircraft, having logged more than 1,300 orders – with over 1,100 aircraft currently serving 100-plus operators worldwide. Its attractiveness is being further enhanced by Airbus’ development of a new 242 tonne weight variant, as well as a version optimised for regional routes and the A330neo (new engine option) configuration that was launched in 2014.

terça-feira, 21 de Outubro de 2014

SHANDONG AIRLINES - B737-800 - B-5157

Larry Chen - Taipei Taoyuan Int'l Airport

Etihad Airways and Alitalia Unveil Two EXPO Milano 2015 Aircraft

Alitalia, Italy's leading carrier, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have unveiled two aircraft in a unique Expo Milano 2015 livery to mark their co-sponsorship of the global event.

Frankfurt to Become the First Destination for Qatar’s A350

Qatar Airways has announced Frankfurt as its first ever commercial flight using its Airbus A350 Xtra Wide Body (XWB).

The airline will be the global launch operator of the Airbus A350 XWB, and Qatar Airways are expected to receive their first of the aircraft before the end of the year.

The aircraft will be paired with a daily Doha – Frankfurt route from January 2015. The airline currently flies twice a day between the two cities with the QR67/68 being the first to be operated by the Extra Wide Body aircraft. The airline will operate flight QR69/70 with the new aircraft shortly afterwards, but there are no firm dates.

The airline has reportedly chosen the European city for its first route for the Extra Wide Body service because of the significant capacity the aircraft provides for the comfort of its business and leisure travellers.

Qatar Airways’ first A350 will be the mid-sized A350-900 which can seat 283 passengers across a dual-cabin layout, with 247 seats in economy and 36 in business class.

The airline currently has 80 of the A350 aircraft on order - 43 of which are the mid-sized A350-900, and 37 of the stretched A350-1000, which has room for 350 passengers in a three-class cabin and will enter service in mid-2017. The airline hopes to induct the first eight aircraft in production into its fleet by the end of 2015.
Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways said: “Qatar Airways looks forward to inaugurating our first A350 on the Doha – Frankfurt route, and to very soon introducing this next-generation of aircraft on many other cities offered on the airline’s extensive network.”
The aircraft made its maiden flight over the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France last week in full Qatar Airways livery. Following the inaugural flight, Qatar’s A350 XWB is now continuing its production phase, including cabin completion and further ground and flight tests, before final delivery.

“We are delighted to see the new A350 taking to the skies in our livery,” said Mr Akbar Al Baker.

With a cross-section of 220 inches from armrest to armrest, the A350’s cabin provides the widest seats in its category, offering its passengers a unique experience of space and comfort.

Passengers will also enjoy more headroom, wider panoramic windows and larger overhead storage space. 
The airline will reach 146 destinations by the end of the year, after they launch new services to Djibouti, in the Republic of Djibouti, on October 26 and Asmara, in Eritrea on December 4.
Qatar Airways took delivery of its first double-decker A380 in September this year which operates on Qatar’s daily route from Doha – Heathrow.
“This year has truly been a Year of the Fleet for Qatar Airways. The airline has demonstrated its commitment to quality and comfort offered onboard and to providing passengers with the leading technology available in the aviation industry,” Mr Akbar Al Baker said.

THAI Resumes A380 Service to Hong Kong from Dec 2014

THAI from 01DEC14 is resuming Airbus A380 operations on Bangkok – Hong Kong route, based on latest schedule update. The A380 service operates 1 daily flight, on TG600/601. TG operates 5 daily flights on this route.

TG600 BKK0800 – 1145HKG 380 D
TG601 HKG1325 – 1510BKK 380 D
Routes Online
Photo: Alexandre Mourinha

China Airlines Nov 2014 Boeing 777-300ER Operations as of 21OCT14

China Airlines further revised planned Boeing 777-300ER regional service for the month of November 2014. Latest adjustment as of 21OCT14 as follow.

Taipei Taoyuan – Bangkok 22NOV14 – 30NOV14 1 daily CI835/836
Taipei Taoyuan – Hong Kong 26OCT14 – 30NOV14 Up to 4 daily (up to 5 daily from 22NOV14 to 30NOV14)
Taipei Taoyuan – Kaohsiung 26OCT14 – 10NOV14 1 daily CI309/300 (Previously planned until 29NOV14 from TPE, 30NOV14 from KHH)

Planned Boeing 777-300ER operation for Oct/Nov 2014 on following routes remain unchanged:
Taipei Taoyuan – Hanoi 26OCT14 – 01DEC14 Routes Online
Photo:Kobayash - Taoyuan (Taipei)

Thai VietJetAir takes delivery of first aircraft

Thai VietJetAir has taken delivery of its first aircraft, HS-VKA (cn 2745).
The A320-200 was sourced from Vietnamese parent, VietJetAir, and arrived at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi on October 16.

National Airlines eyes B777s

National Airlines is looking to secure two B777s on a 3 to 4-year lease the Air Finance Journal has reported. The carrier, which specializes in ad-hoc passenger and cargo charter flights, operates two B747-400(F)s alongside two B757-200s. As of February this year, the carrier has been granted US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to conduct domestic and international scheduled passenger services.

FlySafair, launches operations

FlySafair successfully launched operations on Thursday, October 16 with multiple daily flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg O.R. Tambo.
Operations are on-board a pair of B737-400s with services to Port Elizabeth also on the cards.

Albatros Airlines set for first B737

Albatros Airlines will shortly take delivery of its first B737-500 (msn 28995), with the aircraft currently being repainted in Bratislava ahead of its delivery later on in the year.
The former Ukraine International Airlines aircraft will join the Venezuelan carrier's fleet of three EMB-120 and two Cessna (single turboprop) 208B Grand Caravan used on scheduled passenger flights throughout the country.

Boeing Celebrates Groundbreaking for 777X Composite Wing Center

Investment of more than $1 billion will sustain thousands of Puget Sound jobs

EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus. Permitting for the new 1-million-square-foot facility was completed approximately seven weeks earlier than anticipated, allowing for an accelerated start to construction.

 Boeing is investing more than $1 billion in the Everett site for construction and outfitting of the new building.

Once completed, the facility located on the north side of the main final assembly building will help usher in composite wing fabrication for the company's newest commercial jetliner and sustain thousands of local jobs for decades to come.

"We're excited with the progress being made on this new facility that will play a crucial role in bringing the 777X to market," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "We wouldn't be in this position without the support of our teammates and partners throughout the Puget Sound region and in Olympia – we owe them all a debt of gratitude."

Completion of the new building, which is expected in May 2016, will require approximately 3.5 million hours of work. At its peak, there will be approximately 1,200 contract employees working on the project. By the numbers, the new building will require:

31,000 tons (28,000 metric tons) of steel
480 miles (770 kilometers) of electrical cable
80,000 linear feet (24,384 meters ) of process piping
530,000 cubic yards (405,210 cubic meters) of fill material
170,000 tons (154,000 metric tons) of concrete
To date, the 777X has accumulated 300 orders and commitments. Two models will comprise the 777X family – the 777-8X, with approximately 350 seats and a range capability of more than 9,300 nautical miles; and the 777-9X, with approximately 400 seats and a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles. The 777-8X competes directly with the Airbus A350-1000, while the 777-9X is in a class by itself, serving a market segment that no other airplane can. First delivery of the 777X is targeted for 2020.


Airbus launches new VIP widebody cabin-concept

Introduces a new way to greater capacity, comfort and capability

Airbus has launched a new VIP cabin concept, initially for the A330-200, offering a faster and more affordable way to the greater capacity, capability and comfort of a widebody for both private and government customers. Called Summit, the concept features a VIP section at the front of the cabin, and airline-style seating at the rear.

“What most customers want in a widebody is the ability to carry more people and to fly them nonstop to the world, “ points out Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “The Airbus ACJ330 Summit delivers the greater capacity, comfort, and capability of a widebody, and will do so faster and more affordably than competitors, by using a modern and proven solution.”

The Airbus ACJ330 Summit features a bedroom with ensuite bathroom at the front, followed by an office, a conference and dining room and a working area, and then airline-style first-class and economy seating at the rear.

The airline-style seating would be installed in production, which is faster and more cost-effective, and the concept can be evolved to meet customer needs.

Airbus’ A330 is one of the world’s most successful airliners, and is currently being produced at a rate of ten a month, the highest of any widebody. The A330 and A340 were launched as a joint programme, have won more than 1,700 orders to date, and more of them have been delivered (1497 to end-September) than any other widebody series.

Airbus A330s and A340s have been chosen by more than 160 customers and operators around the world, which means that wherever an ACJ330 Summit customer flies there is likely to be another user nearby.

The A330 achieves a robust reliability of better than 99 per cent, and is in-service as freighter and mult-role tanker transport (MRTT) versions - as well as with airlines and private customers.

Airbus corporate jet operators are also backed by a worldwide support network that serves more than 500 customers and operators, as well as services tailored to their needs.

Airbus has sold over 170 corporate jets to date, and these aircraft are flying on every continent, highlighting their versatility

Airbus to adjust A330 production rate to nine a month

Transition towards A330neo
Airbus has decided to adjust the production rate for its A330 Family from the current rate 10 to 9 aircraft a month in Q4 2015 as it transitions towards the A330neo.

Since 2013, Airbus has been building 10 A330 Family aircraft each month, the industry’s highest ever production rate for this aircraft size category, reflecting the strong success of Airbus’ market leading widebody family.

“Our role as an aircraft manufacturer is to anticipate and adapt our output to ensure we continue to maintain a smooth production flow for Airbus and for our supply chain,” said Tom Williams, Airbus’ Executive Vice President Programmes. “With the recent commercial success we’ve seen following the launch of the A330neo, in addition to the new 242 tonne weight variant and the A330 optimised for regional routes, we are confident we will sustain a steady production towards the A330neo ramp up period.”

The A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,300 orders, with over 1,100 aircraft flying with more than 100 operators worldwide. The A330 is one of the world’s most efficient aircraft with best in class operating economics. With numerous on-going product enhancements entering service in the coming years, such as the more capable 242 tonne take-off-weight variant, the A330 for regional and domestic routes and the A330neo, the A330 Family remains the most cost-efficient and capable widebody aircraft, averaging operational reliability above 99 percent. The A330 belongs to the successful Airbus Widebody aircraft Family, which comprises the A330, A350 XWB and A380, and uniquely spans the 250 to over 500 seats segment.

sábado, 18 de Outubro de 2014

KLM - MD11 - PH-KCE - "95" Years"

Ton Jochems - AMS

CITILINK - A320-200Sharklets - F-WWIT

Alain Charpentier - TLS

THAI SMOLE - A320-200Sharklets - F-WWBJ

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Ton Jochems - AMS

Royal Air Maroc Outlines S15 Boeing 787 Operations

Royal Air Maroc has revised planned Summer 2015 operations, which includes introduction of Boeing 787-8 service on additional routes. Planned operation for Summer season from 29MAR15, as of 16OCT14, as follow.

eff 29MAR15 Casablanca – New York JFK Boeing 787 service (from 22FEB15) increases from 5 weekly to 7 weekly
AT200 CMN1400 – 1715JFK 788 D
AT201 JFK1915 – 0740+1CMN 788 D

eff 29MAR15 Casablanca – Montreal NEW Boeing 787 route, operating 3 times a week until 12JUN15 and from 06SEP15
AT208 CMN1820 – 2105YUL 788 357
AT209 YUL2235 – 1035+1CMN 788 357

 eff 14JUN15 Casablanca – Algiers NEW Boeing 787 route, operating 2 weekly until 02SEP15
AT560 CMN1210 – 1350ALG 788 37
AT561 ALG1510 – 1700CMN 788 37

eff 14JUN15 Casablanca – Jeddah NEW Boeing 787 route, operating 3 times a week until 05SEP15
AT250 CMN1900 – 0310+1JED 788 357
AT251 JED0455 – 0950CMN 788 146

eff 16JUN15 Casablanca – Paris Orly Boeing 787 operates 2 weekly until 01SEP15
AT764 CMN1220 – 1605ORY 788 26
AT765 ORY1730 – 1930CMN 788 26
Routes online

Jambojet, to replace B737-300s with -700s

Jambojet is looking to replace its fleet of three B737-300s with newer B737-700s

sexta-feira, 17 de Outubro de 2014

MRJ Rollout Ceremony to be Webcast Live at 2 pm (JP time) / 5 am (GMT) on Saturday, October 18

The Rollout Ceremony of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) will be webcast live at MHI-NASW (Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works) on Saturday, October 18th, 2014.

You are invited to watch the ceremony via the Internet and share this event to witness the sure progress of the MRJ program.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm (JP time)
5:00 am to 5:30 am (GMT)
* The ceremony will be held inside the Komaki South Plant and is not visible externally.

quinta-feira, 16 de Outubro de 2014

Indonesia AirAsia X to make debut in late December

Indonesia AirAsia X is set to commence scheduled long haul operations on December 22 this year. According to the YPPH Updates blog, the AirAsia subsidiary will offer a 5x weekly Denpasar to Melbourne Tullamarine service on-board an A330-300 aircraft.

Photo:Kobayashi - Taipei Taoyuan Int'l Airport - RCTP - Taiwan

Qatar Airways’ first A350 XWB completes its maiden flight

The first customer A350-900 which will be delivered to Qatar Airways has successfully completed its maiden flight. The flight was the first time an A350 XWB configured for a customer has taken to the sky. Following the successful flight, Qatar’s A350 XWB will continue its production phase before delivery; this includes cabin completion as well as further ground and flight tests.

Qatar Airways will become the first operator of the A350 XWB when it takes delivery of its first aircraft later this year. The airline has 80 A350s on order, including 43 A350-900 and 37 of the larger A350-1000 models. With a cross-section of 220 inches from armrest to armrest, the A350’s cabin provides the widest seats in its category, offering its passengers a unique experience of space and comfort.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line and the newest member of Airbus' leading widebody family. The A350 XWB stands out in its class thanks to its combination of passenger comfort, technological innovation and its unique industrial process. Built hand-in-hand with our customers, the A350 XWB sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide.

Airbus ACJ319 highlights trend to larger cabins at NBAA

All of the business jet variants launched in recent years feature larger cabins than their predecessors, highlighting the market’s wish for more cabin. Airbus will be highlighting its leadership of this trend by displaying an Airbus ACJ319, with the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet, at the NBAA show .

The Airbus ACJ319 on display is operated by Tyrolean Jet Services and is offered for VVIP charter. It features lounge areas at the front, a bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shower in the middle, and business-class seating in the rear, and is certificated for 19 passengers.

“More space in the cabin is desirable for many reasons other than the greater comfort and freedom of movement that it brings,” explains Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “The larger cabin volume and floor-area of Airbus corporate jets means you can take more people with you when you travel, be more productive along the way, and carry more baggage,” he adds.

The desire for a large cabin is one of the findings of Airbus’ ACJ Billionaire Study, announced earlier this year, which highlighted the wish of high net-worth individuals to take with them when they travel, those that look after them at work and at home.

Airbus’ ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321 fit into the same sort of ramp space as traditional business jets, but their cabins are almost twice as large, offering a very different travel experience, in which people can socialise more easily by moving around the cabin.

Airbus corporate jets deliver more than traditional business jets, such as extra baggage-space, pilot-pleasing Category 3B autoland, and mechanic-friendly engine and systems access.

Part of the world’s most modern aircraft family, Airbus’ ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321 are enjoying huge success with airlines, which have now ordered more than 11,000 of them.
This airliner heritage confers robust reliability, the likelihood of finding other operators of similar aircraft wherever a customer flies, and an all-encompassing network supporting more than 500 customers and operators around the world. Airbus has sold over 170 corporate jets to date, and these aircraft are flying on every continent, highlighting their versatility.

quarta-feira, 15 de Outubro de 2014

WHITE AIRWAYS /OMNI INTER - A319-100CJ - CS-TFU "Captain´s Choise

João Luis Pessoa - Lisboa


Introduction of world’s largest airliner on popular route reinforces commitment to UK

LONDON, United Kingdom – Qatar Airways’ first A380 has commenced services on the popular Doha-London route marking another major milestone for the five-star airline.

The arrival of the world’s largest commercial airliner on the Doha-to-London service reinforces Qatar Airways’ presence in the United Kingdom, with six flights a day between the two cities in addition to direct services from Doha to Edinburgh and Manchester. Qatar Airways will add a second A380 to the Doha-London route this December.

Featuring a tri-class configuration of First, Business and Economy Class seating over two decks, the Qatar Airways A380 is designed to offer the airline’s signature five-star service with outstanding in-flight entertainment and service on board. There are a total of 517 seats, with eight in First Class, 48 in Business Class and 461 seats in Economy Class. First Class passengers benefit from 90-inch seat pitch, 180 degree flat-beds and 26-inch LCD TV screens while Business Class passengers experience 52-inch seat pitch, with 80-inch, 180 degree flat-beds and 17-inch touchscreen monitors. In Economy Class, the onboard experience is enhanced with 10.6-inch entertainment screens and seats with a seven-inch recline.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to witness the beginning of the first Qatar Airways A380 commercial service.

“Qatar Airways is committed to offering our passengers the best possible experience when it comes to travelling with our airline, and this aircraft, with its customised interior, will set a new level of comfort for our passengers, who will also benefit from a smooth and pleasant passenger experience at the world’s newest airport, Hamad International Airport.”
Qatar Airways A380 inaugural flight touches down at London Heathrow Airport.

Qatar Airways is set to add a second A380 to the Doha-London route this December.
Qatar Airways is the first airline in the world to offer the next generation Thales (AVANT 4th generation) in-flight system on the A380. The Android-based system features a touchscreen handset, giving users a “second screen experience” where they can watch a movie on their main screen and follow the flight progress on the moving map on their handset. There are games, films and cartoons for every age group, and passengers can also watch the pilot’s view from the external landscape camera.
Before their A380 flight, passengers travelling from Doha can also experience world-class facilities at the new Hamad International Airport, while First and Business Class passengers departing from London can experience the ultimate in luxury on the ground at the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4, more of a boutique hotel and private club than a lounge.

Qatar Airways took delivery of its first A380 on 17th September 2014, with the inaugural flight to London occurring on 10th October 2014. The aircraft is the first of 13 on order and has commenced operations on the QR003 and QR004 London-Doha services.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 137 aircraft to 144 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.


Apsara International Air, a new carrier jointly owned by Chinese and Cambodian investors, on Wednesday 8 October started to operate daily domestic flights from Phnom Penh (PNH) to the tourist resort of Siem Reap (REP). The short 235-kilometre sector will be flown daily with an A320. Competition on the route comes from Cambodia Angkor Air which operates 36 weekly flights using mostly ATR 72s.

Apsara International Air has launched domestic services in Cambodia with an A320 that used to be operated by Skywings Asia Airlines. The new airline’s IATA code is IP which used to be used by Atyrau Airways of Kazakhstan before that airline ceased operations in 2009. Anna.aero

EASA certifies A350 XWB for up to 370 minute ETOPS


Photo;Alain Charpentier - TLS

First new airliner ever to be approved before EIS for “ETOPS Beyond 180 minutes”
Includes an option for up to 370 minute maximum diversion time, for the most efficient, reliable and direct long-range routings of any two-engined aircraft.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the new A350-900 airliner for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) ‘Beyond 180 minutes’ diversion time. This significant achievement marks the A350 XWB as being the first new aircraft type ever to receive such a level of ETOPS approval prior to entry into service (EIS). Moreover, this means that operators will benefit from the most efficient, reliable and direct long-range routings of any two-engined aircraft.

The FAA’s respective ETOPS certification of the A350 is expected soon.

The approval which includes ETOPS 180min in the basic specification also includes provisions for ‘ETOPS 300min’ and ‘ETOPS 370min’ depending on individual operator selection. The latter option extends the diversion distance up to an unprecedented 2,500nm – a distance which corresponds to a maximum ETOPS diversion time for the A350 of approximately 370 minutes, at one-engine-inoperative speed under standard atmospheric conditions.

A350 operators will thus be able to serve new direct non-limiting routings, compared with a 180 minute ETOPS diversion time: The ETOPS 370min option will be of particular benefit for new direct southern routes such as between Australia, South Africa and South America; while the ETOPS 300min option will facilitate more efficient transoceanic routes across the North and Mid-Pacific – such as from South East Asia to US, and Australasia to the US. Meanwhile, operators flying on existing routes (currently flown with up to 180 minute diversion time) will be able to traverse a straighter and consequently quicker and more fuel efficient path, and also have access to more – and possibly better equipped – en-route diversion airports if needed.

The granting of this ETOPS capability prior to the A350’s EIS is a testimony to the development teams’ emphasis on securing the aircraft’s design and systems maturity, which had to be demonstrated as equivalent to that of a proven ETOPS aircraft such as its widebody sibling – the versatile and extremely reliable A330. The latter has proven the robustness of its systems as demonstrated in over 30 million flight hours in almost seven million flights.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line and the newest member of Airbus' leading widebody family. The type sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Around 70 percent of A350 flight hours will be ETOPS. At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide.

Notes for Editors:
“ETOPS” is a set of rules initially introduced by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in the mid-1980s to allow commercial operations with twin-engine aircraft on routes beyond 60min flying time from the nearest airport and which were previously operated only by aircraft with more than two engines. These rules, which are now named “EDTO” (Extended Diversion Time Operations) by ICAO have been progressively revised to allow operations beyond 180min diversion time.
In 2009, the Airbus A330 became the first airliner to gain an ETOPS ‘Beyond 180min’ certification, when it was granted an ETOPS 240min certification by EASA.

As of today, Airbus twin-engined airliners have accumulated over 16 million ETOPS flight hours, out of which over 12 million have been accumulated by the A330 models

IndiGo signs MoU for 250 A320neo aircraft

India’s largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo and its Co-Founders, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 250 firm A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement will become Airbus’ single largest order by number of aircraft.

Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo said, “This new order reaffirms IndiGo’s commitment to the long-term development of affordable air transportation in India and overseas. The additional aircraft will enable us to continue to bring our low fares and courteous, hassle free service to more customers and markets and will create more job opportunities and growth. The IndiGo team is energised and excited to herald this new phase of our growth.”

IndiGo has previously placed orders for 280 Airbus aircraft (100 A320ceo and 180 A320neo).

“The A320neo continues to dominate world market share and this commitment confirms the A320 Family as the aircraft of choice in the most dynamic aviation growth markets. We thank IndiGo and its Co-Founders, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia for their tremendous vote of confidence,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020 which is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 11,000 orders to date and over 6,200 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” wide seats in economy as standard.

Boeing Rolls Out American's First 787


Boeing has rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner for American Airlines. "Next stop - The paint shop". Photo: American Airlines/Twitter

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for American Airlines has been rolled out of the final assembly facility last week, according to All Things 787 Blog.

The aircraft will get painted in the airline's livery in the following days, according to a Twitter post by the airline on Tuesday.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier tweeted out a photo of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has finished up assembly activities, saying that "Next stop - The paint shop".
The airline was originally supposed to take delivery of its first 787 in November; however, the delivery could be postponed to December. The first 787-8 is scheduled to enter service on domestic routes from early 2015.
American has firm orders for 42 787s - 16 787-8s and 26 787-9s, with options for another 58. The airline is scheduled to take delivery of two 787s in 2014, 11 in 2015, 13 in 2016 and nine in 2017.
The 787-8s will replace some of its 767s as part of its fleet renewal plan, said the carrier.

Xiamen Airlines to Take Delivery of 2 787 Dreamliners in New Flight Season

What's more, Xiamen Airlines is scheduled to take delivery of another two Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the winter/spring flight season, registration number B-2769 and B-2770. The airline welcomed its first 787 Dreamliner at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) on August 31. The second 787 will arrive in Xiamen on Oct. 24, when it will be deployed on domestic roundtrips from Beijing to Fuzhou and Xiamen on Oct. 28; while the third Dreamliner is set to be delivered in Feb. 2015.


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