International Airline Group (IAG) (London) CEO Willie Walsh discusses British Airways‘ (London) commitment to building the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel.
This ground-breaking fuel project is set to revolutionise the production of sustainable aviation fuel. Approximately 575,000 tons of post-recycled waste, normally destined for landfill or incineration, will instead be converted into 120,000 tons of clean burning liquid fuels using Solena’s innovative integrated technology.
British Airways has made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tons per annum of the jet fuel produced at market competitive rates.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, said: “We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry. The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for British Airways to reduce its carbon emissions significantly. The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”
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Air Canada (Montreal) became the first Canadian carrier to offer customers in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity. The carrier plans to begin rolling out connectivity across its North American fleet in May under an agreement with Gogo®. The agreement will also provide for future type-testing of Gogo satellite solutions for Wi-Fi on international flights.
Air Canada presently has two Wi-Fi-equipped Airbus A319 aircraft operating in Canada and the United States and, subject to a final agreement with Gogo, plans to begin outfitting its remaining Airbus A319, A320 and A321 and Embraer 190 fleet types, as well as its Air Canada Express CRJ705 and Embraer 175 aircraft, with Air-To-Ground Wi-Fi connectivity. The installations are to begin in May with the goal of equipping 29 aircraft in 2014 and a targeted completion date of December 2015 for the designated 130 narrow-body aircraft. The system offers peak connection speeds comparable to mobile broadband services available on the ground. Current regulations prohibit the use of cellular phones for voice communication. Pricing will be competitive with other in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity offerings.
Gogo has also provided Air Canada the opportunity to type-trial two satellite-based systems, using Gogo 2KU and Inmarsat GlobalXpress KA-band solutions. These tests are expected to be conducted in 2015. The results will help determine future connectivity options that can be considered as the technology continues to evolve.
In other news, Airline Route is reporting Air Canada has delayed the introduction of the new Boeing 787-8 due to delivery delays. The Toronto (Pearson)-Zurich route has been delayed from May 18 to May 25. The Toronto (Pearson)-Tel Aviv route will also be delayed from July 1 to July 15. The Toronto (Pearson)-Tokyo (Haneda) route remains unchanged for July 1. There will be a single domestic roundtrip on May 21 between Toronto (Pearson) and Montreal (Trudeau) to introduce the new type.
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AirTran Airways (subsidiary of Southwest Airlines) Captain Mike “Mad Dog” Watson on his retirement flight. Mad Dog has been flying for over 52 years, and is best known for his legendary preflight announcements singing “Bad to the Bone” while playing his harmonica. Captain Watson was also recipient of the 2000 AirTran Excellence Award for his heroic efforts during an inflight emergency earlier that year.
Congratulations Mad Dog.
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American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is switching from a “rolling hub” to a more traditional “banking hub” at Miami International Airport (MIA) on August 19. With this change MIA will have 10 distinctive banks throughout the day. The change will help improve the revenue synergies for the company because it will allow for quicker and more competitive connections (each hub competes against other hubs for the quickest and easiest connections). The move will also increase the number of possible connections.
MIA has four runways so it can handle the inbound and outbound complexes.
Of course during afternoon thunderstorms in the summer months a banking hub will be more of a challenge as there is less room for any weather delays. If one complex is delayed on the ground by a thunderstorm, the following arriving complex will have to wait for that departing complex to depart.
American is doing the same thing at Chicago (O’Hare) (ORD) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) throughout 2015. American does not have any re-banking plans at Los Angeles (LAX) or New York (JFK) right now due “to a variety of factors including gate space and slot constraints.”
American explained this change to its employees:
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N816NN (msn 31081) arrives at Miami International Airport on a clear day.
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Transaero Airlines (Moscow) has completed the interior design of its Airbus A380s, which will join the airline’s fleet in 2015. Each of the airline’s four aircraft will be able to accommodate 652 passengers, will be configured in three classes of service – Imperial (First), Business and Economy, providing the highest level of comfort for passengers.
According to the airline, “Imperial class is a unique Transaero Airlines product. The A380 aircraft will feature 12 closed suites with luxury seats, which extend into full-flat beds. Separation from neighboring seats will be possible using retracting blinds, which will ensure privacy and comfort in each personal area. The seats in Imperial class will be the largest in their class and will be upholstered with fabric glittering with shades of gold. The Imperial class cabin will be located in the front of the aircraft on the lower deck and will feature 1-2-1 seat configuration.”
Transaero’s A380 Business class will accommodate 24 cocoon style seats, upholstered with high quality fabric, which may be easily transformed into 180-degree flat beds. The Business class cabin will be located in the front of the aircraft on the upper deck in 1-2-1 configuration.
The Imperial and Business class cabins will be fitted with mood lighting creating an ambience for passengers by changing color during different stages of the flight.
The spaciousness of the double-decker allows the carrier to locate bars in Imperial and Business class. Transaero, in line with its existing services, has planned special cloakrooms for passengers in these classes.
Economy class will accommodate 616 seats and will be located on the lower as well as on the upper deck. The seats in this class will be upholstered with high quality leather featuring 3D effect. The seat pitch in Economy class will be 31-32 inches complying with the airlines’ global standards. The seats will be configured in 3-4-3 rows on the lower deck and in 2-4-2 rows on the upper deck.
Transaero Airlines А380s will be fitted with the most advanced high-speed in-flight Internet access system ensuring up to 12 Mb/sec data speeds for each passenger. It will also feature the advanced entertainment system Panasonic eX3.
Seaborne Airlines (St. Croix and San Juan) has announced that its nonstop daily service from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan (SJU) to Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) started on April 15 2014.
Seaborne now serves 18 airports throughout the Caribbean.
Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda/AirlinersGallery.com. SAAB 340B N283AE (msn 283) with the Seahorse on the tail taxies at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport hub.
Video: Seaborne Airlines also operates the Twin Otter with floats. Here is a day in the life of a Twin Otter pilot:
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Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with Air China (Beijing), China’s exclusive national flag carrier, that leverages the reach of their respective hubs in Honolulu and Beijing to offer more options and a more streamlined experience for customers traveling to further destinations. The new partnership takes effect following Hawaiian’s launch of its three-times weekly nonstop service to Beijing on April 16.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A N591HA (msn 33423) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2033 (msn 38673) arrives at the Beijing hub.