terça-feira, 26 de julho de 2016

Suasa Airlines Under Probe for Licence-Less Flight, Public Warned Against Buying Tickets

The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) announced today an investigation against Suasa Airlines Sdn Bhd which flew to Langkawi last week without the necessary licence and approval.

The aviation regulator advised the public not to use the services of the company, which it said did not have the required Air Service Permit (ASP) to carry out commercial flights.

"As of today, Suasa Airlines does not possess a valid ASP and therefore cannot perform a commercial air service operation. In order for an entity to operate a commercial airline business, it is required to hold an ASP and an Air Operator Certificate ("AOC")," the commission said in a statement.

"Suasa Airlines filed an application with Mavcom to operate a commercial flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi on July 22, 2016, which Mavcom rejected.

"However, on the same day, Suasa Airlines continued to operate this flight as a "demonstration flight" which is now being investigated by Mavcom," the commission added.

Established March 1, Mavcom oversees the issuing, suspension and revocation of the ASP for unscheduled flights and the Air Service Licence (ASL) for flights with a fixed schedule.

The commission stressed the importance of complying with the aviation industry's laws and regulations, which it said was a "fundamental requirement" for those wishing to join the industry.

"Mavcom would also like to advise consumers to refrain from making any flight arrangements with Suasa Airlines and Monspace Sky Airlines to ensure that they do not face any inconvenience in their travels," it added.

The commission also said it will be filing a police report against local company Monspace, which was reportedly launched on July 22 with a flight to Langkawi, for allegedly misleading the public.

"Based on evidence gathered to date, Mavcom has found Monspace Sky Airlines, which also does not hold an ASL or ASP, had marketed themselves as an airline," the regulator said, pointing out Section 36 of the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 that bars commercial flights without its ASP.

Photos posted online promoting Monspace's launch showed an aircraft with pink livery that carried the words "Monspace" and "Suasa Airlines". However, it is unclear how the two are related as their websites were scant on information.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has denied knowledge of Monspace, The Star daily reported yesterday.

Prior to Mavcom's announcement, Malay Mail Online contacted Suasa Airlines and Mon Space (M) Sdn Bhd, but has yet to receive a response.

Suasa Airlines CEO Mohd Jabarullah Abd Kadir subsequently responded to Malay Mail Online after Mavcom issued its statement, but only said he is currently overseas.

According to its website, Monspace boasted that it is "one of the largest private airline in Malaysia" and purportedly owns "the largest fleet of Boeing 737 and 747" airplanes. The company did not list any contact detail apart from its office address.

At the time of writing however, the website displayed a message saying that it was under maintenance and carried a line saying "Monspace Sky Airlines operated by Suasa Air Sdn Bhd".

On July 22, entertainment news portal Galaksi Media Online reported that Monspace will be operating domestic flights to Langkawi, Kedah from KLIA.

The report also said the company planned to operate international flights to Mecca and several places in China in the future.

ETIHAD Adds Dreamliner Service to Amman from August 2016

ETIHAD starting next week is launching Dreamliner service to Jordan, as the airline scheduled 1 daily flight on Abu Dhabi – Amman route. From 01AUG16, the 2-class 787-9 will operate the daytime flight, with following schedule.

EY511 AUH0015 – 0235AMM 320 x135

EY511 AUH0050 – 0310AMM 320 135

EY513 AUH1030 – 1250AMM 789 D

EY512 AMM0400 – 0810AUH 320 135

EY512 AMM0500 – 0910AUH 320 x135

EY514 AMM1455 – 1905AUH 789 D
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Norwegian Files Preliminary 787-9 Service Expansion in S17

Norwegian in the preliminary schedule filing for summer 2017 season has filed long-haul operational schedule, effective 25MAR17. The preliminary filing sees the introduction of Boeing 787-9 service to Asia, as well as flights originating to/from Oslo. By August 2017, all service to/from Oslo will move to Boeing 787-9 operation, replacing -8.

eff 29MAR17 Copenhagen – Los Angeles 1 of 4 weekly (Overall reduce to 3 weekly from 25APR17)

eff 01JUN17 Oslo – New York JFK 3 of 4 weekly (4 weekly from 06AUG17)

eff 04JUN17 Oslo – Los Angeles 1 of 2 weekly (2 weekly from 02AUG17)

eff 07JUN17 Oslo – Bangkok 1 weekly

eff 01AUG17 Oslo – Oakland 2 weekly

eff 03AUG17 Oslo – Orlando 1 weekly

eff 04AUG17 Oslo – Ft. Lauderdale 2 weekly

Further changes remain highly possible.
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Emirates Shelves Planned A380 Dallas Resumption from Sep 2016

Emirates on Monday’s schedule update (25JUL16) has cancelled planned Airbus A380 service resumption on Dubai – Dallas/Ft. Worth route. The 3-class A380 aircraft was previously scheduled to resume on 01SEP16, however the update sees 777-300ER continues to operate this route.

EK221 DXB0245 – 0945DFW 77W D
EK222 DFW1215 – 1200+1DXB 77W D
Airline Routes / FPP

Air India Aug - Oct 2016 Delhi – London Aircraft Changes

Air India later this week is adjusting planned operational aircraft, which sees Delhi – London Heathrow service moving to all-Boeing 787 operation for the rest of summer season. From 29JUL16 to 29OCT16, AI111/112 service will be operated by Boeing 787-8, instead of 777-200LR aircraft. First Class service will no longer be offered during this period, however reservation was closed for a number of weeks prior to this aircraft changes.

AI161 DEL0230 – 0730LHR 788 D

AI111 DEL1400 – 1900LHR 788 D

AI162 LHR0945 – 2250DEL 788 D

AI112 LHR2130 – 1040+1DEL 788 D

Air India currently also operates AI115/116, the 3rd daily flight, which will be discontinued from 15AUG16.
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26JUL16 Update – China Airlines Amsterdam W16 Service Changes

China Airlines on Late-Monday (25JUL16) completed its schedule update for Amsterdam service, which sees latest changes from 01DEC16. From 01DEC16, planned nonstop Taipei Taoyuan – Amsterdam service remains unchanged, however A340-300 will continue operating for this 4 weekly flights.

CI073 TPE0135 – 0900AMS 343 x247
CI074 AMS1550 – 1220+1TPE 343 x247

Planned A350-900XWB service will now commence on 09JAN17.
CI073 TPE0215 – 0900AMS 359 x247
CI074 AMS1550 – 1135+1AMS 359 x247
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Ethiopian Plans A350 London Service from August 2016

Ethiopian Airlines starting 15AUG16 is switching operational aircraft on Addis Ababa – London Heathrow route, as the airline set to introduce Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft on this route. The A350 will operate on daily basis, replacing 777-200LR. Reservation for the A350 operating flight opened last Friday (22JUL16).

ET700 ADD0100 – 0650LHR 350 356

ET700 ADD0115 – 0705LHR 350 7

ET700 ADD0315 – 0905LHR 350 4

ET710 ADD1100 – 1700LHR 350 12

ET701 LHR2100 – 0630+1ADD 350 D
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SWISS Expands CS100 Network in W16

SWISS in last week’s schedule update has expanded planned Bombardier C Series CS100 aircraft operations for winter 2016/17 season, effective 30OCT16. The second major update sees the CS100 aircraft operating on nearly 40 routes throughout the season. As of 25JUL16, planned CS100 W16 operations (30OCT16 – 25MAR17) as follow.
New CS100 operating routes, opened for reservation since last week:

Geneva – Munich eff 05MAR17 1 weekly (Day 7)

Geneva – Valencia eff 11FEB17 1 weekly (Day 6)

Zurich – Alicante eff 18MAR17 1 weekly (Day 6)

Zurich – Amsterdam eff 30OCT16 1-3 weekly

Zurich – Belgrade eff 12NOV16 1 weekly (Day 6, extra CS100 flights in Dec 2016)

Zurich – Berlin Tegel eff 13NOV16 3-4 weekly, additional frequencies from 11FEB17

Zurich – Birmingham eff 05NOV16 Multiple frequencies, up to 6-7 weekly by 18DEC16 (Previously eff 30OCT16)

Zurich – Dresden eff 03FEB17 1 weekly (Day 5, 2 weekly on Day 35 from 01MAR17)

Zurich – Florence eff 30OCT16 Multiple frequencies (Previously eff 01OCT16)

Zurich – Frankfurt eff 20NOV16 Multiple frequencies (Except 28NOV16 – 31DEC16)

Zurich – Geneva eff 30OCT16 Multiple frequencies (Previously reported)

Zurich – Gothenburg eff 19FEB17 1 weekly (Day 7)

Zurich – Graz eff 15FEB17 Multiple frequencies

Zurich – Hamburg eff 30OCT16 up to 5 weekly

Zurich – Krakow One-time service on 29JAN17

Zurich – Leipzig eff 16NOV16 1 weekly (Day 3; 2 weekly on Day 34 from 15FEB17; No CS100 service 15DEC16 – 03JAN17)

Zurich – London Heathrow eff 16NOV16 1 weekly (Day 6 until 10DEC16, Day 3 from 04JAN17)

Zurich – Luxembourg eff 31OCT16 Multiple frequencies (Previously reported)

Zurich – Madrid eff 18NOV16 Multiple frequencies

Zurich – Munich eff 19DEC16 1-2 weekly, additional frequencies from 16FEB17

Zurich – Naples eff 30OCT16 1 weekly (Day 7 until 06NOV16. 2 weekly on Day 27 from 19FEB17)

Zurich – Oslo eff 24NOV16 At least 1 weekly, operational day varies

Zurich – Rome eff 11NOV16 Multiple frequencies

Zurich – Sofia eff 04DEC16 1 weekly (Day 7 until 29JAN17)

Zurich – Valencia eff 23NOV16 1 weekly (Day 3 until 07DEC16)

Zurich – Vienna eff 05NOV16 1 weekly (Day 6 until 28JAN17)

CS100 continues to operate following routes in W16:

Zurich – Brussels

Zurich – Bucharest (Service operates from 25FEB17, 1 weekly on Day 6)
Zurich – Budapest

Zurich – Dusseldorf (eff 03OCT16)

Zurich – Hanover (eff 01SEP16)

Zurich – Manchester (Previously no scheduled CS100 operation in W16. Revised operation sees CS100 operates at least 1 weekly, excluding selected periods)

Zurich – Milan Malpensa (eff 03OCT16, instead of previously scheduled from 16SEP16)

Zurich – Nice (eff 16OCT16, instead of previously scheduled from 02OCT16)

Zurich – Paris CDG

Zurich – Prague

Zurich – Stuttgart (eff 07SEP16)

Zurich – Venice (eff 11SEP16)

Zurich – Warsaw (eff 20AUG16)

Planned CS100 operations remain subject to change, including routes, frequencies, operational periods.
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Duncan Stewart


Marcelo  Fouquet de Biasi

JetBlue orders 30 additional A321 aircraft

Order combines current and new engine types

New York-based JetBlue Airways has amended its purchase agreement with Airbus to include an additional 15 Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) and 15 A321neo (new engine option) aircraft. The airline, which already operates A321s, has not yet announced its engine selection for the newly ordered aircraft. Beginning in 2019, JetBlue has the flexibility to configure the New Engine Option aircraft to the Longer Range version of the A321 – the A321LR.

“Airbus has been our partner since the beginning, and we are proud that our partnership continues today,” said Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue. “The A321 is an incredible aircraft that is delivering results for our business. We intend to deploy many of these aircraft to expand our successful Mint experience and our west coast presence.”

Many of JetBlue’s newly ordered A321 aircraft are expected to be delivered from Airbus’ newest manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. The first aircraft to be produced at Airbus’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility – a JetBlue A321 known as “BluesMobile” – is on public display today at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. BluesMobile was delivered to the airline and entered service this spring.

“When we decided to build an assembly line in the U.S., we did it to help meet the increasing demand from our U.S. customers,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The A320 Family is a market leader worldwide – one that has found particularly great success in the United States because of its economics, efficiency and comfort. We look forward to delivering more and more aircraft from our U.S. facility to our customers here in America.”

JetBlue currently operates a fleet of 160 A320 Family aircraft, including 130 A320s and 30 A321s. Including the order announced today, the airline’s backlog of Airbus aircraft comprises 116 planes: 25 A320neo, 31 A321ceo, and 60 A321neo aircraft.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to more than 320 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, 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.



first for L´Armée de l´Air - EC-330 Airbus A330-243 

delivery to Airbus DS 22jul16 TLS-LEGT for MRTT
Photo, landing this afternoon at Getafe : José Ramón Valero

segunda-feira, 25 de julho de 2016

Bombardier and Government of Tanzania Sign Purchase Agreement for Two Q400 Turboprops

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the Government of Tanzania has signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners. The aircraft will be delivered with a 76-seat, dual-lavatory configuration and will be used for commercial airline operations in the region.

Based on the list price of the Q400 airliner, the firm order is valued at approximately US $62 million.

“Our Q400 aircraft will provide affordable, convenient and comfortable air transport solutions,” said Dr. Leonard Chamuriho, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works and Communication, Tanzania. “We are committed to providing state-of-the-art service to our passengers and are keen to expand further as our business grows to include new destinations in Tanzania and the African region.

“Tanzania is a large country with some challenging airfields, and the Q400 turboprop’s capability to operate at these airports, its jet-like speed, long-range cruise capability and outstanding turboprop economics were key factors that guided us in selecting the aircraft for our operations,” added

Dr. Chamuriho. “The level of in-continent support that Bombardier offers is also very important for us.”

“This transaction not only solidifies the relationship between the Government of Tanzania, and Bombardier, but also reaffirms Africa as one of the most prolific Q400 aircraft markets. The Q400 aircraft is a showcase for the continent, where it has proved itself to be extremely efficient as well as cost-effective,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales - Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Bombardier’s Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops and CRJ Series regional jets have made significant advances in Africa where approximately 160 aircraft – including more than 50 Q400 turboprops -- are in service with, or ordered by, approximately 40 customers and operators.

Bombardier’s customer support network for commercial aircraft in Africa includes a Regional Support Office (RSO) and spare parts depot, co-located in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as Authorized Service Facilities in South Africa and Ethiopia. Operating from the company’s regional office located in the United Arab Emirates, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s sales and marketing team is well positioned to provide industry-leading solutions to its current and prospective customers.

THAI’s first A350 XWB takes to the skies

he first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests.
Altogether, THAI will acquire a total of 12 A350-900s with four on direct order and eight on lease. The airline will be able to operate these aircraft on long range as well as on selected regional services.
The A350 XWB is the world’s latest generation airliner and the newest member of Airbus’ modern, comfortable & efficient widebody product family. It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB 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.
To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

quinta-feira, 21 de julho de 2016

Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines receives world's first CFM powered Airbus A320neo

Airline becomes launch operator for A320neo with CFM engines

Pegasus Airlines, Turkey’s leading low-cost airline, took delivery on Tuesday July 19th, its first Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines, becoming the first airline to do so for the type. Pegasus placed the largest single order by a Turkish carrier for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft in 2012, making it a new Airbus customer. Pegasus Airlines along with Airbus and CFM top management and employees celebrated the delivery in a private ceremony at Airbus’ site in Hamburg.

“This delivery marks the start of Pegasus’ fleet renewal with the most fuel efficient aircraft incorporating the latest technologies, aerodynamics, engines and a comfortable cabin,” said Mehmet Nane, CEO of Pegasus Airlines. “We have an ambitious expansion strategy and the A320neo will be the backbone of this.”

“We are delighted to be delivering our first CFM powered A320neo to Pegasus Airlines.” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “It fills us with pride that Pegasus Airlines has selected the A320neo Family to achieve its impressive growth plans. We are sure the aircraft will deliver on their expectations.”

"Today, Pegasus, Airbus and CFM are making history. Introducing a new engine family in commercial service happens almost once in a lifetime. It's a big deal, so we are very proud to do it with our long-term customer, Pegasus, and with Airbus,” said CFM International CEO Jean-Paul Ebanga.

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling and most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft Family. The A320neo powering with the CFM International’s LEAP-1A provides operators with double digits improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions - with a 15 percent reduction upon entry into service and up to a 20% reduction by 2020.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices. With over 4,500 orders received from 83 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market. The Airbus’ A320neo Family offers thanks to their widest cabin unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard.

Bombardier Renews Authorized Service Facility Agreement with STAECO to Enhance Support to Aircraft Operators in the Asia Pacific Region

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has renewed its Authorized Service Facility (ASF) agreement with Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (“STAECO”) of Jinan, China for an additional three-year term. In addition to providing maintenance services for CRJ Series aircraft as done under the original agreement, STAECO will now also provide maintenance services for Q400 turboprops.

Under the agreement, STAECO is designated as an authorized service provider for base and other maintenance on all Bombardier CRJ Series and Q400 aircraft, including aircraft modifications, repainting, and avionics and cockpit upgrades.

“STAECO has been serving operators of CRJ Series aircraft for over 10 years with a variety of maintenance solutions, and we are pleased to add the Q400 turboprops to our portfolio,” said Wang Chao, President, STAECO. “The renewal of our relationship with Bombardier as part of its growing customer support network, permits us to continue serving our customers’ needs together.”

“STAECO has an excellent reputation for providing reliable and professional support to operators of Bombardier CRJ aircraft, and I am confident that this level of service will continue as the company extends its expertise to cover Q400 turboprops,” said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We’re delighted with the renewal of our contract with STAECO as an Authorized Service Facility serving our customers close to their base of operations.”

The fleet of Bombardier commercial aircraft in the Asia Pacific region is steadily growing with 365 Q Series turboprops, CRJ regional jets and C Series airliners now ordered by, or in service with approximately 50 customers and operators in the region.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s Customer Services network in the Asia Pacific region includes Regional Support Offices in Shanghai, Tokyo, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney, as well as a Parts Services Depots in Narita, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. GMR Aero Technic in Hyderabad, India and Hawker Pacific in Cairns, Australia, also operate Authorized Service Facilities that provide valued support to keep our customers flying competitively in the region.

VOLARIS - A320-200Sharklets - XA-VOY

Duncan Stewart - LAX

EASTERN - B737-700W - N278EA

Duncan Stewart - LAX

SWISS - A321-200Sharklets - HB-IOO

Ton jochems - AMS


Ton Jochems - AMS


Ton Jochems - AMS