Boeing delivers the first direct-purchased 737-800 to Biman Bangladesh Airlines

Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 737-8E9 WL S2-AHO (msn 40334) BFI (Royal S. King). Image: 930110.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) yesterday (November 24) celebrated the airline’s first direct-purchased Next-Generation 737-800 as part of the country’s national airline’s fleet modernization plan.

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As part of the first phase of its fleet modernization plan, the airline currently operates a total of six Boeing 777s and two Next-Generation 737-800s. With this delivery, Biman Bangladesh Airlines adds one additional 737-800 and has four 787 Dreamliners on order.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/ Boeing 737-8E9 S2-AHO 9msn 40334) taxies to the runway at Seattle’s Boeing Field (King County).

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Delta’s new Airbus A330-300 takeoff video

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has issued this new video and description written by Rachel Solomon:

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By Rachel Solomon

Mojave, California – With 10 state-of-the-art A330 Airbus airplanes joining Delta’s fleet over the next two years, the airline saw an opportunity to tell a story of an innovative aircraft.

And how Delta Marketing told that story was just as cutting edge.

Equipped with top-notch technology, the A330-300 can fly farther while consuming less fuel than its predecessors. It also features best-in-class onboard features, including flat-bed seats and premium entertainment, reflecting Delta’s efforts to provide a superior customer experience.

The advanced A330 – with the new, sleek Delta logo painted on its belly – demanded a more dynamic video than in the past. So Marketing, in combination with Atlanta-based firm Pouya Creative, embarked on a months-long plan to produce dramatic images that let viewers get up close and personal with the belly-logo livery just as the A330 takes off.

How did the team do it? Thirty-five cameras, nine months of planning and one camera-rigged Porsche driving 160 mph just 200 feet below the plane.

“What would up the ante?”

The project started with Mauricio Parise, Director – Marketing Communications, in January.

“We have great footage showcasing our new 737-900,” Parise said. “But to represent ourselves as the global airline we are, we needed to film a widebody plane like this new A330-300, which flies across the globe.”

Then Delta’s Visual Content leads Mary Welsh, Manager – Brand Strategy and Creative Services, and Chris Fisher, Specialist – Art Direction and Graphic Design, and Pouya Creative teams took it from there.

The plan was to capture a dramatic shot of the belly logo just as the plane was taking off. To do that, the team would need a camera that could be attached to something moving as fast as the plane – say, a Porsche 911. The camera, wedged in the back seat, would need to be wireless and controlled remotely to ensure perfect-angle shots.

Meanwhile, a smaller Learjet and a helicopter would provide aerial shots to show other angles of the A330.

Last year, Delta used a Learjet and a helicopter to film a brand new Boeing 737, but filming in this manner – not only from aircraft but a sports car – took the project to the next level.

“We asked ourselves, ‘What would up the ante?’ this time,” said Pouya Dianat, Project Director and Director of Pouya Creative. “Delta loyalists crave unique perspectives, and we wanted to live up to that.”

Over the next several months, the team recruited all the right people for the job, including Delta employees from Flight Operations, Technical Operations and the Operations/Customer Center, as well as videographers and a professional stunt driver.

“Safety my first concern”

What started out as an artistic idea became a matter of engineering precision and skill. Using Airbus performance software, Cory White, Delta Senior Engineer – Performance Aircraft, figured out the exact calculations to ensure the Porsche-rigged camera could film the underside of the plane clearly and safely.

“I was excited to be involved in such a unique opportunity, but safety was my first concern,” White said. “It’s a heavy burden to make sure calculations are done properly. Checking and rechecking was essential.”

“Delta loyalists crave unique perspectives, and we wanted to live up to that.”

White calculated the effect of temperature and wind on the performance of the Airbus and the acceleration of the Porsche to determine the appropriate distance between the plane and the car, as well as timing of takeoff.
Then, the team put White’s calculations to the test.

Weeks prior to the shoot, the film crew and Delta’s flight team performed more than a dozen practice runs in both the car and a flight simulator. Testing continued during the shoot; Captain Dan Lewis, Delta Chief Line Check Pilot for the A330, and First Officer Robin Grey conducted two trial takeoffs in the A330.

“We’ll need to validate where the plane leaves the ground and have clear range signals worked out ahead of time,” Lewis said in one of several safety meetings. “What we have to do is plan for the worst.”

“Plane in my rearview mirror”

The teams met in September at the Mojave Air and Space Port, an arid location an hour-and-a-half northeast of Los Angeles. The production team had grown to more than 50 people, including pilots and co-pilots, cameramen, audio and video technicians, production crew members and security. After months of planning, everything began to come together.

The crew spent day one reviewing details of the shoot, establishing safety protocols and filming still photos of the A330, which had just landed from Atlanta that afternoon.

“We had a check list of things we needed from each part of the crew in order to be successful,” Dianat said. “It took the safety of the aerial film crews, the precision of the driver and pilots, and camera and wireless operations.”

On day two, the team reconvened at sunrise. Outside of a hangar, a helicopter circled above to capture the perfect shot of the A330 taxiing towards the rust-red Mojave Desert Mountains. The team performed its final test runs before shooting the groundbreaking scene that afternoon.

The A330 lined up on the runway behind the Porsche. Dianat gave the go-ahead, and the Porsche sped off with the A330 shortly following.

“Seeing the plane come up in my rearview mirror was unforgettable,” said Roger Richman, the professional stunt driver. “I’ve been chased by a lot of things, but never anything as large, or with first class seating! But I was amazed at the precision and consistency of these Delta pilots – I would trust my life with those guys.”

“The results are powerful. It really helps bring the brand to life in a differentiated way by showcasing a brand-new aircraft that symbolizes our global scope.”

After four takeoffs, the crew had the shots it needed and wrapped for the day. The following day was spent shooting the A330’s exterior from all angles by Learjet and helicopter.
In all, the team edited more than four hours of footage down to a 60-second spot.

Parise said the most challenging part of the project – aside from the desert heat – was pulling off a project that required coordination across many different teams – internal and external.

“The results are powerful,” Parise said. “It really helps bring the brand to life in a differentiated way by showcasing a brand-new aircraft that symbolizes our global scope.”

About the A330-300

It’s a quieter, more eco-efficient widebody aircraft that operates long-haul flights. Delta took delivery of its first in May.

Passengers: 293
Crusing speed: 531 mph
Range: 5343 miles

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InterCaribbean Airways to fly to Cuba from Providenciales

InterCaribbean Airways Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia VQ-TBC (msn 120283) FLL (Andy Cripps). Image: 929340.

InterCaribbean Airways (Providenciales), the official airline of the Turks and Caicos Islands, announced its new twice-weekly route from Providenciales (PLS), Turks & Caicos Islands to Santiago de Cuba (SCU) starting on December 10.

Services to Havana, Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), Cuba, are slated to start in early 2016.

These new flights expands the airline’s total list of destinations to 18 cities throughout the Caribbean, making interCaribbean the best choice for “connecting you and the Caribbean”.

With increased air services from USA and Canada and the recent addition of a second London frequency by British Airways to Providenciales, this service provides timely international connections to this new service and allowing additional island choices for the vacation traveler to combine several Islands. It is Ideal for People to People travelers ready to visit the culture of Cuba.

The company operates a fleet of EMB-120 Brasilia (above), Twin Otter and Beech 99 aircraft connecting the Turks & Caicos to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. It operates domestic flight in the Turks & Caicos Islands and Jamaica. International services link Jamaica to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico.

Copyright Photo: Andy Cripps/ Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia VQ-TBC (msn 120283) arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Airbus A320neo receives joint EASA and FAA Type Certification

Received EASA and FAA type certificate

Airbus (Toulouse and Hamburg) has announced the A320neo has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on November 24, 2015. The certified aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines.

The EASA A320neo type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Certification Director Trevor Woods and the FAA A320neo Type Certificate by Jeffrey Duven, FAA Manager of Transport Airplane Directorate – Aircraft Certification Service. The Type Certificates were handed over to Airbus’ Executive Vice President Engineering, Charles Champion and Airbus A320neo Chief Engineer Pierre-Henri Brousse.

The A320neo successfully completed a rigorous program of certification which tested its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully met all airworthiness criteria.

The three flight test aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney engines successfully accumulated over 1,070 flight hours in some 350 flights. Of these 1,070 flight test hours, 300 were completed with the same aircraft in an airline like environment to ensure operational maturity at entry into service.

The A320neo with Pratt & Whitney engines is the first variant in the NEO Family to receive Type Certification. The A320neo with CFM engines will be certified in the coming months, the A321neo and A319neo in both engines variants will follow.

The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. Launched on 1st December 2010, the A320neo offers airlines an engine choice between the Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM and the CFM International LEAP 1A engines. With more than 4,300 orders received from over 75 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/ Airbus A320-251N F-WNEW (msn 6419) arrives back at Toulouse after a test flight.

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HNA Group to buy a 23.7% share of Azul for $450 million

Named "Anjo Azul" (Blue Angel)

Azul Brazilian Airlines (Sao Paulo) has issued this statement concerning an investment by the HNA Group:

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Countering the headwinds of the current Brazilian economic crisis, Azul Brazilian Airlines announces today an important milestone that positions it as an even stronger and more competitive airline. The Chinese international conglomerate HNA Group has selected Azul as its primary strategic investment in Latin America.

In one of the largest equity investments in a Brazilian company this year, Azul received a firm commitment from HNA Group, subject to completion of certain conditions precedent, for the investment of $450 million (US) in exchange for an economic stake of 23.7%. As a result, HNA Group will be Azul’s newest shareholder and board member. With this equity raise, Azul will have one of the strongest balance sheets in Latin America.

Over the past 20 years, HNA Group has successfully transformed itself from a traditional aviation company to a global conglomerate spanning the aviation, real estate, finance, tourism, and logistics sectors, with revenues of $21 billion and over 110 thousand employees.

HNA Group has a solid experience with aircraft lessors and has recently invested in Swissport, a renowned global aviation handling company. Within its aviation group, HNA owns 14 airlines with a total fleet of 561 aircraft.

According to David Neeleman, CEO of Azul, the Chinese group saw in Azul a solid investment with high growth potential. “The investment of $450 million investment, considering Brazil’s current macroeconomic situation, demonstrates that we have a winning business model and that the HNA Group, as a large investor, has absolute confidence in Azul’s team. Moreover, this investment makes Azul the airline with the highest valuation in the Brazilian market, at US$ 1.9 billion.”

“HNA Group is committed to expanding in the airline industry through strategic investments in companies with strong market positions and excellent management teams. We are pleased to partner with Azul in order to bring more choice and convenience to our customers traveling to and from Brazil. We eagerly look forward to working with Azul founder David Neeleman and his team for the mutual benefit of both airlines,” said Adam Tan, President of HNA Group.

This investment will bring significant benefits to Azul including a stronger cash position, support for its fleet plan, product and service improvements. Moreover, the partnership between Azul and HNA Group will result in commercial agreements, joint negotiation efforts, and adjustments in aircraft allocation. Finally, it also enables the company’s entry into the Asian market.

Seabury Securities LLC, Seabury Group’s investment banking unit, served as financial advisor to Azul.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/ Azul is smiling. Azul Brazilian Airlines (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Embraer ERJ 190-200 IGW (ERJ 195) PR-AUB (msn 19000660) arrives at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

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JetBlue Airways partners with Amazon

Named "This Magic MoMint"

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Amazon (Seattle) today announced that unlimited streaming entertainment on Amazon Video is available beginning this week on over 150 JetBlue aircraft equipped with free Fly-Fi broadband Internet, just in time to entertain travelers during the holiday travel season.

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Amazon Prime members can sign-in or sign-up to instantly access tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Amazon Originals such as the critically-acclaimed new series The Man in the High Castle, the multi Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series, Transparent, and the Emmy award-winning kid’s series Tumble Leaf, at no additional cost to their membership. In addition, all JetBlue customers can rent or purchase titles in the Amazon Video store, including new release movies and day-after TV programming. logo


As part of the multiyear year agreement, Amazon on JetBlue has been integrated into The Hub, JetBlue’s entertainment portal that customers access on their personal devices. Amazon on JetBlue offers a high-quality and reliable streaming experience for customers choosing from thousands of titles 35,000 feet in the air.

The collaboration will involve a broad array of benefits for customers, including activities in JetBlue’s flagship Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. In 2016, TrueBlue loyalty program members will be able to earn TrueBlue points for their purchases in more than 40 categories on Amazon while inflight or on the ground through other JetBlue marketing channels.

Customers will also be able to watch Amazon Originals such as the just-launched series The Man in the High Castle as well as the second season of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series Transparent which airs on December 11, among others, on JetBlue’s seatback televisions.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/ JetBlue Airways’ Airbus A321-231 N946JL (msn 6425) in the Prism tail design prepares to depart from the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) hub.

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Boeing and EVA Air finalize an order for up to 24 787 Dreamliners and two 777-300 ERs

EVA Air 787-10 signing ceremony (Boeing)(LRW)

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and EVA Airways (EVA Air) (Taipei) today finalized a historic order for up to 24 787 Dreamliners (18 787-10s and 6 787-9s) and two 777-300 ER (Extended Range) jetliners (below). The order, valued at more than $8 billion at current list prices, marks the largest single commercial airplane purchase in Taiwan aviation.

Top Photo: Boeing. EVA President Austin Cheng and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner show off a model of the 787-10 in the new livery just announced.

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EVA Airways becomes the newest Dreamliner customer and will join the 787-10 launch customer team as one of the first airlines in the world to introduce the newest member of the 787 Dreamliner family.

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EVA Air 787-10 signing ceremony (MNG)(LRW)

EVA Air 787-10 signing ceremony with FAs (MNG)(LRW)

EVA Airways continues to modernize its long-haul fleet to replace aging aircraft and plans to grow its fleet to more than 100 units by 2020. These new 787-10 Dreamliners will allow the airline to expand into new markets. They will be deployed on medium-range and long-haul flights and will be operated in tandem with the 777-300 ERs to form the backbone of EVA Airways’ fleet.

EVA Airways currently operates more than 40 Boeing airplanes and with today’s order, the airline’s backlog will increase to 37 airplanes, which includes fourteen 777-300ERs, five 777 Freighters and eighteen 787-10s.

EVA Airways’ 777-300 ER fleet continues to grow and the carrier is the world’s eighth largest 777-300 ER operator in the world and fourth largest in Asia.

The 787-10 will be the third and longest member of the super-efficient 787 family. With its greater passenger and cargo capacity, robust range and passenger-pleasing features, the 787-10 will complement EVA’s Boeing widebody fleet while setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics.

The 787-10 will be 25 percent better in fuel and emissions than the airplanes it replaces and more than 10 percent better than anything offered by the competition for the future.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/ Brand-new Boeing 777-35E ER B-16725 (msn 44554) displays the new 2015 livery for the expanding carrier.

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