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Emirates takes delivery of its 50th Airbus A380

Emirates (Dubai) and Airbus (Toulouse and Hamburg) are celebrating the delivery of the 50th A380 for the airline. Airbus A380-861 A6-EEX (msn 154) was handed over on July 9. The airline issued this statement:

A major milestone for the A380 program, Emirates and Airbus celebrated in Hamburg, Germany the delivery of the 50th A380 for the Dubai-based airline. It is the 136th A380 which has been delivered in total.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “Emirates has seen tremendous organic growth in the past 4 years, probably the fastest of any airline in history. We’ve literally added capacity equivalent to what some mid-sized airlines operate, but more significantly, we have maintained high seat loads and profitability. This speaks to the strength of our world-class product, and also our business model which is based on an efficient global hub that connects Dubai to the world, and almost any two cities in the world via Dubai.”

He added: “The A380 has been very successful for us, and this is reflected in the strong customer interest and high seat factors wherever we’ve deployed the aircraft. The A380 has helped us serve customer demand on trunk routes, operate more efficiently at slot-constrained airports, and also introduce new concepts on-board that have redefined the flying experience. Moving forward, we will see quite a ramp up in the delivery program and by late 2017 we will have around 90 A380s in our fleet to support existing and new A380 routes.”

Following delivery of their first A380 in July 2008, Emirates took delivery of their 25th A380 in October 2012. All Emirates’ A380s are powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines. The airline has 140 A380 on order.

For the ferry flight from Hamburg to Dubai, the aircraft was loaded with 41 tons of relief goods. This is the biggest amount which has ever been transported on a single flight organized by the Airbus Corporate Foundation. The goods will be deployed in cooperation with ACF (Action Contre la Faim) to a UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai.

The total A380 fleet has accumulated over 1.4 million flight hours in more than 172,000 commercial flights. To date over 60 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board an A380. Every four minutes, an A380 either takes off or lands at one of the 37 airports where it operates today and the network is constantly growing.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Part of the fleet, Airbus A380-861 A6-EDH (msn 025) arrives in Beijing. Bottom: Emirates.

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Emirates 50th A380 (Emirates)(LR)

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Alitalia is resuming Rome-Marseille service on October 26

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) starting on October 26 is resuming Rome-Marseille service, after 16 years with Airbus A319 aircraft. The route is being restored after a 16-year absence per Airline Route. Alitalia last operated this route in October 1998 with ATR 72s.

Here is summary of new routes this summer:

In the summer season Alitalia’s network grew with four new direct connections:

From Venice to Tokyo
From Rome Fiumicino to Comiso and Skopje, Capital of Macedonia.
From Milan Linate to Warsaw and Prague
From Alghero to Turin

Seasonal flights:

Seasonal flights will operate from Rome to Thessaloniki. Seasonal flights from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Los Angeles and Chicago will began in May.

June to September:

from Rome and Milan Linate to Lampedusa and Pantelleria;
from Rome to Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Rhodes.

July to September service will resume from Naples to Olbia.

New summer routes will operate in August:

from Milan Malpensa to Ibiza and Rhodes;
from Milan Linate to Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion and Copenhagen (the last starting from June);
from Rome to Menorca, to Mykonos and Heraklion.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 EI-IMI (msn 1745) in the special Discover Friuli Venezia Guilia livery arrives at the Rome (Fiumicino) hub.

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Lufthansa lays out its strategy to allow the Lufthansa Group to grow in the future

Lufthansa (Lufthansa Group) (Frankfurt) has announced its on-going strategy for dealing with changing dynamic challenges in the marketplace. Key points include; Making Lufthansa a competitive five star airline (i.e. to compete against the Gulf carriers), Eurowings will operate up to 23 Airbus A320s with a new base at Basel, Germanwings‘ fleet will grow to 60 aircraft, a new lower cost long-haul option and how to reduce the cost of flying the Airbus A340s (above). Here is the full report:

Deutsche Lufthansa AG has set itself the objective of regaining its role as the benchmark of the aviation sector and, with it, the first choice for customers, employees, investors and partners.

The company has now unveiled an extensive range of actions to this end which will enable it to derive greater benefit from the continued growth of the global air transport market.

These include new platforms and products for both intercontinental and European air services, an intensified partnership with Air China, an even stronger focus on quality and innovation and a groupwide drive to create more efficient structures and processes.

“The global market for air transport continues to grow,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “But in the dynamic and highly price-sensitive market segments, our current platforms only enable us to exploit the growth potential to a limited extent, in view of their sometimes over-rigid cost structures. That’s why we are now seeking to tap new growth areas, by creatively and innovatively refining our products and services in both the airline sector and – especially – related markets. By 2020 we aim to have raised our revenues from our new businesses, our new platforms and our service companies from the present 30% to 40% of our total revenue flow.”

“We don’t want to be driven by change in the aviation sector: we want to be among the drivers of it,” Spohr continues. “But doing so demands bold steps forward: our market is no place for half-measures. The Lufthansa Group has often set our industry’s standards in the past. And I see no reason why we shouldn’t do so in the future. After all, we have the best of foundations for achieving this: we are a widely diversified aviation group with strong brands; we have a very loyal customer base; and we can count on highly qualified employees who are the envy of our competitors.”

“Our current SCORE program has also equipped us with an ability to change,” Spohr points out. “And we now aim to use this to forge our corporate future.” The work here has involved defining seven ‘action areas’ – not only in the marketplace but also in terms of its internal structures and processes – which should enable the Group to make fuller and more fruitful use of its combined strengths and resources. Priority is also being given within these action areas to the Group’s new growth concepts and to the key issues of innovation and quality, though improving its competitive credentials also remains high on the agenda.

“The fundamental SCORE notion of continuously reducing our unit costs must remain equally valid when the program ends as scheduled in 2015,” Carsten Spohr emphasizes. “And to that end, we will be making this a permanent groupwide concern. We must constantly generate new ideas to improve our profitability, sharpen our competitive edge and keep us the first choice for our customers.”

New growth concepts

The Lufthansa Group will be establishing new platforms with competitive cost structures to ensure that it derives maximum benefit from the further growth of the aviation sector. Thus, the Group’s present multi-brand system with its multiple hubs of Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels will now be consistently complemented by the new “WINGS” multi-platform concept in all the Group’s European home markets. The new WINGS family, which will build on the success of the Germanwings concept, will be specifically aligned to the high-growth market for private air travel. The Group will use the new WINGS master brand to bundle the various platforms for its point-to-point air travel business; and it is considering extending the concept to intercontinental services, too.

Amalgamating the European members of the WINGS family – a move which will also include Germanwings – will permit an aligned management of all these operations. With Germanwings, Lufthansa will also complete the planned transfer of all of its routes not serving its Frankfurt or Munich hubs by next spring. The Germanwings fleet will also be further enlarged to up to 60 aircraft.

With Eurowings as its starting platform, the Lufthansa Group will develop a competitive European air travel product for continental travel. Since the competitive cost structures required cannot be achieved with the present fleet of Bombardier CRJ aircraft, these will be replaced with Airbus A320 equipment. Eurowings will operate up to 23 A320s, and its services are set to be launched in spring 2015. The first Eurowings base outside Germany will be in Basel, Switzerland, and will have a fleet of an additional two to four A320s. It should commence operations early next year.

The Lufthansa Group also plans to create a competitive new long-haul platform under the WINGS banner for the price-sensitive segment of private travel. Studies are currently being conducted into whether this should be done alone or with a further partner: for the latter option, talks are already at an advanced stage with Turkish Airlines. In an initial phase, the new intercontinental platform is expected to operate with a fleet that will gradually be built up to seven Boeing 767 or Airbus A330 aircraft, with operations likely to commence in winter 2015.

In a further move, Lufthansa is considering to what extent up to nine of its Airbus A340s could be operated at substantially lower unit costs, either on new routes or on routes currently threatened with closure. Negotiations are under way with all the internal and external stakeholders involved to achieve the cost reductions required.

Ultimately, the extent to which these new platforms and formats can be developed in the longer term will depend on their profitability and their market success.

Elsewhere, Lufthansa is working intensively to further develop its bilateral partnerships with other air carriers. In this connection it has just concluded a new agreement with Star Alliance partner Air China for closer collaboration on the MRO and passenger services fronts and, ultimately, a joint-venture arrangement. It is Lufthansa’s declared objective to offer its customers in the four biggest markets and economies outside its home markets the best product available, in collaboration with its local partners.
As a unique aviation group, the Lufthansa Group will also be devoting sizeable resources to further developing its various service companies. World market leaders Lufthansa Technik and LSG Sky Chefs are also benefiting from the expansions of numerous Lufthansa competitors, especially the Gulf-based carriers, and thus serve as a natural “hedge” in the global competitive landscape.

Lufthansa Technik and LSG Sky Chefs will be investing in expanding their business, with a focus on Asia and the Americas. LSG Sky Chefs also aims to increase its involvement in related markets beyond the aviation sector, such as the rail catering segment. Miles & More, too, offers significant further growth potential; and the Lufthansa Group’s customer loyalty program will now be refined to enhance its appeal to “less frequent flyers”, and also to offer more mileage earning and redemption options.

Quality and innovation

Quality and innovation are priority concerns on the overall agenda of the Lufthansa Group. And Executive Board Chairman & CEO Carsten Spohr will bear direct responsibility for the Group’s planned innovation and quality drive. Lufthansa intends to invest a total of EUR 500 million in innovations groupwide between now and 2020. The plans here should see a new “innovation hub” established this year in Berlin, closer to the start-up and digital technology scene; and an “innovation fund” will also be set up to expedite the development of promising new ideas from both within and outside the Group.

Lufthansa not only wants to become the first “five-star carrier” in the Western Hemisphere; it also aims to achieve quality leadership in all its various markets. The quality drive here will include bringing greater personalization to its products and services, with the aim of tripling the present revenues from its additional services between now and 2020.

Outlook

Despite the investments that the raft of actions announced will entail, the Lufthansa Group remains confident of its revised business projections for 2014 and 2015. The Executive Board expects to report an operating profit of around EUR 1 billion for the current year, or EUR 1.3 billion after adjustments for one-off effects.

A series of structural actions will need to be taken soon, however, if the financial goals for 2014 and 2015 are to be achieved. Thus, Lufthansa will reduce its 2014 available-seat-kilometer capacity growth by over 50% compared to original plans, and will be withdrawing five aircraft from its European network and three from its intercontinental routes in the 2014/15 winter timetable period.

Lufthansa Cargo’s capacity will also be reduced this winter through the withdrawal of two Boeing MD-11 freighters.

The Lufthansa Executive Board is confident that the raft of actions planned will go a long way towards securing the Lufthansa Group’s continued viability and further success.

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. What to do with the Airbus A340s? Lufthansa is considering its options with the now aging fleet of Airbus A340s. Airbus A340-311 D-AIGC (msn 027) taxies at the Frankfurt base in the Star Alliance motif.

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Norwegian to launch nonstop Boeing 787 Copenhagen-Bangkok service on October 30

Norwegian Long Haul (Norwegian Air Shuttle) (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) on October 30 will launch a new Boeing 787 route between Copenhagen and Hong Kong. The new route will operate twice a week. Norwegian already offers nonstop routes between Bangkok and both Oslo and Stockholm.

Norwegian will have a fleet of 17 Dreamliners, with seven currently in service and one more will be delivered in 2014.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 EI-LNC (msn 34795) prepares to land in Stockholm (Arlanda).

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EasyJet to add 19 new routes

EasyJet (UK) (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) is adding 19 new routes, due to start flying this autumn, across the EasyJet network including nine new UK services. These new routes will provide over 390,000 additional seats across the EasyJet network, with over 144,000 of these being to and from the UK.

With the overwhelming popularity of easyJet’s current flights to Reykjavik, Iceland, the airline has launched two further routes to the capital. Over 30,000 passengers are expected to use Ireland’s only direct scheduled flights from Belfast International airport alone which join easyJet’s current UK connections from Bristol, London Luton, Edinburgh and Manchester airports. Reykjavik also becomes destination number 107 from London Gatwick – easyJet’s largest base.

The brand new connection will launch from Belfast International on December 12, 2014 and will operate twice per week, throughout the year to the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik (via Keflavik).

The route will be operated using a 156 seater Airbus A319 and easyJet expects to carry around 30,000 passengers to Reykjavik during the first 12 months.

There are three brand new EasyJet destinations from London Luton to Naples in Italy, Basel – Switzerland’s third largest city – and Munich, the capital of Germany’s Bavaria region.

EasyJet will also offer the only direct connections from Aberdeen to Geneva, as well as flights from Glasgow to Marrakech and Edinburgh to Funchal.

Edinburgh to Funchal, Portugal is a year round service which will fly twice per week from 3 February 3, 2015.

Aberdeen to Geneva, Switzerland is a winter service operating weekly from December 13.

Glasgow to Marrakech, Morocco is a year round service operating twice per week from October 29.

In total EasyJet is now offering 33 destinations with over 2.3 million seats to and from Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports this winter – this is more than any other airline operating in Scotland.

EasyJet has already introduced four new routes to Scotland in 2014 including double daily connections between Inverness and London Gatwick and new links to Croatia and Greece from Glasgow.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZBG (msn 2946) in the special Hamburg livery arrives in Rome (Fiumicino).

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JetBlue launches its automatic check-in systemwide

JetBlue Mobile Check-In (LRW)

JetBlue Airways (New York) has issued this statement:

JetBlue Airways has announced the launch of automatic check-in, a technological enhancement that will allow customers to focus on their travel plans and not the need to get to a computer 24 hours before their flight departs to check-in.

Automatic check-in is the most recent step in the airline’s continued focus on making the JetBlue Experience even more convenient. This initial technological innovation removes the need for customers to ever have to check-in for their flights. Beginning today, eligible customers will receive an email 24 hours before their scheduled flight with a ready-to-print boarding pass, as well as the option to download a Mobile Boarding Pass via JetBlue iOS or Android mobile apps. With the printed boarding pass or mobile app, customers are ready to head to the airport, and on to their flight.

In addition to removing this occasionally burdensome check-in process, initiating the process a full 24 hours ahead of a flight is also expected to enable the ability to catch and notify customers of any information inconsistencies or issues with special service requests in a reservation that might otherwise remain unresolved until their arrival at the airport. For those customers not currently eligible for automatic check-in, or those customers who need to address outstanding requirements within their booking, the standard check-in notification process will remain in place.

“The idea of asking customers to jump an additional hurdle before their flight is an increasingly antiquated concept,” says Blair Koch, JetBlue Vice President Commercial and Shared Development Services. “By having the right systems in place, we can remove this step, and even help identify and prevent issues that can hinder customers from fully enjoying their travel experience.”

Eligible customers at launch include individuals who have booked domestic itineraries with Even More SpaceTM seats* and will expand to include additional customers as the program evolves over the next year. Expansion to include additional customers in assigned core seats, is expected to begin in 2015. International travelers and those customers who still have unassigned seats, become eligible later in the new year.

Read the analysis by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photos: JetBlue Airways. According to the airline; “Pass with flying colors! JetBlue’s mobile boarding pass program is now available in ALL domestic US cities. (So no need to dust off that printer, just be sure to show your mom how to do it!)”

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Alaska Airlines to be the first airline to use Boeing’s new “Space Bins”

737 Space Bins at 737 Configuration Studio

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has announced it will be the first airline to get Boeing’s new “Space Bins”. The airline issued this statement through its Alaska Air Blog:

Aiming to improve onboard storage and make flying easier for customers, Alaska Airlines will be the first carrier to get Boeing’s innovative Space Bins. The larger overhead bins have a similar look and feel to Alaska’s current Boeing Sky Interior pivot bins yet hold more bags.

Space Bins on an Alaska Airlines 737-900 ER will hold as many as 174 standard carry-on bags, a 48 percent increase compared to current bins that hold up to 117 bags. Space Bins are deep enough to store nonstandard items, such as a guitar. Space Bins will arrive on all Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX airplanes delivered to Alaska Airlines starting in late 2015.

Listening to customers:

“Boeing listened to Alaska when developing its innovative new 737 Space Bins,” said Mark Thompson, Boeing sales director. “Flight attendants, customer service agents and others visited Boeing’s design center, tested prototypes and gave Boeing’s designers insightful feedback. In addition, Boeing engineers who regularly fly Alaska observed first-hand how customers load bags into bins. Boeing truly appreciates its special partnership with Alaska Airlines.”

The new bins are one way that Alaska is listening to customers to improve service.

“Alaska is committed to making flying a hassle-free and comfortable experience,” said Mark Eliasen, Alaska Airlines treasurer and vice president of finance. “The additional storage space will allow our customers to keep their personal items with them in the cabin, which we think they will enjoy.”
Faster and easier boarding

When open, the bin’s bottom edge hangs about 2 inches lower, which means people don’t have to lift their bags as high to load them. The deeper bins allow more bags to be stowed, and let customers load overstuffed bags with less struggle.

That should cut boarding times, improve on-time performance and require less intervention from flight attendants.

Flight attendant representatives who tried the Space Bins preferred them over traditional Boeing Sky Interior bins.

“We are appreciative that flight attendant feedback had an impact on this decision,” said Matthew Coder, manager of inflight experience at Alaska Airlines. “The Space Bins will let customers easily toss their bags in, which means flight attendants can spend less time and effort reorganizing things, and more time engaged with our customers.”

Continuously improving the 737

Although the 737 is the world’s best-selling single-aisle airplane, Boeing is committed to continuous improvements that make it even better for Alaska Airlines employees and customers.

“We’re taking the Boeing Sky Interior, which is hugely popular with our airline customers and passengers, and building on that success by adding even more room for bags,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of the 737 program for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “One of the reasons the 737 is the world’s best-selling airplane is because we work with our customers to continuously improve the airplane with features such as Space Bins.”

Alaska Airlines flies an all-Boeing fleet of 737 airplanes, including 20 737-900 ERs. The carrier has 66 firm orders for 737-900 ERs and 737 MAX aircraft to be delivered through 2022, including an order of four 737-900 ERs finalized this month.

Boeing also released this statement:

Boeing announced the launch of its new Space Bins today (July 10), which provide more room for carry-on bags. Space Bins are now available as an optional feature on new Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAX airplanes.

Each of the larger Space Bins will stow six bags, two more than the current pivot bins installed on Next-Generation 737s with the Boeing Sky Interior. That’s based on a standard size carry-on bag measuring 9-in x 14-in x 22-in (23 cm x 36 cm x 56 cm).

“We’re taking the Boeing Sky Interior, which is hugely popular with our airline customers and passengers, and building on that success by adding even more room for bags,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “One of the reasons the 737 is the world’s best selling airplane is because we work with our customers to continuously improve the airplane with features such as Space Bins.”

With a lower bin lip height, Space Bins provide increased visibility into the back of the bins and make bag loading even easier. They’re also as easy to close as the current pivot bins, but require no bin assist mechanism.

Launch customer and hometown partner Alaska Airlines will begin installing Space Bins on all new deliveries as soon as the larger bins become available in late 2015.

Boeing’s Space Bins will also be available for retrofit on in-service Next-Generation 737s.

Copyright Image: Alaska Airlines.

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Island Air and American commence interline e-ticket sales

Island Air (Honolulu) and American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) are commencing interline e-ticket sales and airport through check-in for customers of both carriers. The new agreement allows both airlines to sell each other’s seats and place all flight segments on a single ticket. The agreement provides customers access to a larger route system to enhance their travel options.

At the airport, this relationship means boarding passes can be issued by either Island Air or American all the way through to the guests’ final destination without having to re-check in with the next carrier. The interline relationship relieves passengers holding a through, interline ticket of transferring baggage at the connecting airport.

“We continue to improve Island Air, and with this interline agreement with American Airlines, we will expand our customer base and offer even more value,” said Island Air CEO Paul Casey.

Island Air interline e-ticketing with American became available in all major computer reservations systems on June 27, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group/AirlinersGallery.com. Former American Eagle-Executive Airlines ATR 72-210 N342AT (msn 345) sports the new 2014 livery at the Honolulu base.

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Hawaiian adds more flights between Los Angeles and Maui and O’ahu for the November 2014 to January 2015 period

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it has added more flights between Los Angeles and Maui and O’ahu for the November 2014 to January 2015 period, offering an expanded schedule.

Hawaiian Airlines currently operates daily year-round nonstop service between Los Angeles and Kahului, Maui. Beginning on November 20, a second flight will be added that will range from four-times weekly to daily over seven weeks of service, adding more than 20,000 seats to both Los Angeles and Maui travel markets.

Thrice daily service is currently offered between Los Angeles and Honolulu. Beginning on December 5, a fourth flight will be added that will range from three- to five-times weekly service throughout the month of December. A total of more than 8,400 seats will be added to both Los Angeles and O’ahu travel markets over four weeks of service.

Both seasonal flight additions will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in the Main Cabin.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER WL N580HA (msn 28140) departs from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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Boeing projects 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years

Boeing 777X (Boeing)(LR)

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) projects a demand for 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years, an increase of 4.2 percent from last year’s forecast. The company released its annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) in London, estimating the total value of those new airplanes at $5.2 trillion.

“This market is strong and resilient,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With new and more efficient airplanes entering service, the growth in air travel is being driven by customers who want to fly where they want, when they want.”

Fueling this year’s forecast is the single-aisle market, which is projected to be the fastest growing and most dynamic segment due to the continued emergence of low-cost carriers. 25,680 new airplanes will be needed in this segment, making up 70 percent of the total units in the forecast.

“Based on the overwhelming amount of orders and deliveries, we see the heart of the single-aisle market in the 160-seat range,” said Tinseth. “There’s no question the market is converging to this size, where network flexibility and cost efficiency meet. The Next-Generation 737-800 and new 737 MAX 8 offer our customers the most revenue potential in this mid-sized space.”

Boeing forecasts that 8,600 new airplanes will be needed in the twin-aisle segment, led by small widebody airplanes in the 200 to 300 seat range such as the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner. This year’s forecast reflects a continued shift in demand from very large airplanes to efficient new twin-engine products such as the 787-10 and new 777X.

Boeing New Airplanes Deliveries

Boeing Asia-Pacific Market

Boeing’s Current Market Outlook is the longest running jet forecast and regarded as the most comprehensive analysis of the aviation industry. The full report can be found at www.boeing.com/cmo.

Frontier Airlines announces three new routes

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced it will again expand its low-cost service with discount flights between Atlanta and Chicago (O’Hare), Denver and Chicago (O’Hare) and St. Louis and Ft. Myers.

This announcement means Frontier Airlines will now serve 72 destinations nonstop from Denver International Airport, eight cities from Chicago O’Hare, ten destinations from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and five cities from Southwest Florida International Airport (Ft. Myers).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N216FR (msn 4745) arrives in Los Angeles.

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Blue Air to fly Liverpool-Bucharest

Blue Air (BlueAirWeb.com) (Bucharest) as of December 15, 2014, will operate a nonstop flight from Liverpool to Bucharest.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 YR-BAR (msn 25371) prepares to taxi at Brussels.

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Routes from Bucharest:

Blue Air Bucharest 7.2014 Route Map (LRW)

Bangkok Air orders three ATR 72-600s

Bangkok Airways (Bangkok Air) (Bangkok) and the European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR are pleased to announce the signature of a contract for the purchase of three ATR 72-600s, valued at approximately USD24.6 million each (subject to negotiated discount). This deal represents the conversion into firm orders of the options included in the deal unveiled earlier this year at the Singapore Airshow (6 firm ATR 72-600s and two options), plus one additional aircraft.

With the acquisition of these new ATR 72-600s, the airline will bring to nine its total fleet of ATR 72-600s. The delivery of their first aircraft is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, while the 9th aircraft is expected to arrive into the airline’s fleet by the first quarter of 2017. With the introduction of their new ATR 72-600s, Bangkok Airways is further extending its long term partnership with ATR since the two companies have been cooperating for more than 20 years.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com.

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Air France-KLM revise their earnings forecast, stock declines over 5%

Air France-KLM Group (Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) (Amsterdam) has issued a profit warning, lowering it profit forecast from 2.5 billion euros to around 2.25 billion. The stock tumbled over 5 percent.

The Group issued this statement in their June traffic numbers:

“While not representing a turning point in market trends, the June traffic figures published today as well as bookings for July and August nevertheless reflect the over-capacity on certain long-haul routes, notably North America and Asia, with the attendant impact on yields. This comes on top of the persistently weak cargo demand and the challenging situation in Venezuela identified in the First Quarter.

These factors lead us to revise our EBITDA target for Full Year 2014 from around 2.5 billion euros to between 2.2 and 2.3 billion euros, a rise of over 20% compared with 2013.

Strong capital disciple will enable us to remain on track in terms of debt reduction and we confirm our objective of 4.5 billion euros in net debt in 2015.”

Read the analysis on City Index: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Air France’s Boeing 747-428 F-GITJ (msn 32871) climbs into the clear skies after departing from Toronto (Pearson) bound for Paris (CDG).
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Bottom Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-406 PH-BFL (msn 25356) of KLM completes its final approach to the runway at JFK International Airport in New York.

 

 

 

Gol to operate biofuel flights to the United States

Gol Transportes Aereos (Sao Paulo) will soon operate biofuel flights to the United States. In association with Amyris, the two parties have issued this announcement:

Amyris has partnered with Gol to begin the first commercial route with farnesane, the recently approved renewable jet fuel.

Gol has committed to fly its Boeing 737 fleet with up to a 10 percent blend of the renewable fuel on its U.S. to Brazil routes starting with initial flights later in July 2014. Supported by Boeing, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and other partners, Amyris is working to bring this new, renewable jet fuel to commercial airlines starting with Gol.

Developed by Amyris, an industrial bioscience company, and Total, one of the world’s leading energy companies, this new aviation renewable fuel meets the rigorous performance requirements set for Jet A/A-1 fuel used by the global commercial aviation industry. On June 15, 2014 ASTM revised the ASTM for jet fuel standard, paving the way for airlines to use Synthesized Iso-Paraffin (SIP) farnesane as a jet fuel component in commercial airlines globally. When produced sustainably, farnesane can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 80% on a lifecycle basis compared to traditional petroleum fuels.

Amyris is an integrated renewable products company focused on providing sustainable alternatives to a broad range of petroleum-sourced products. Amyris uses its industrial bioscience technology platform to
convert plant sugars into a variety of hydrocarbon molecules – flexible building blocks that can be used in a wide range of products. Amyris is commercializing these products both as No Compromise (R) renewable ingredients in cosmetics, flavors and fragrances, polymers, lubricants and consumer products, and also as No Compromise renewable diesel and jet fuel. Amyris Brasil Ltda., a subsidiary of Amyris, oversees the establishment and expansion of Amyris’s production in Brazil.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8HX PR-GUT (msn 38878) arrives in Sao Paulo (Congonhas).

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Frontier Airlines pilot sets the bar for tarmac delays; orders pizza for everyone!

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Frontier Airlines’ (2nd) (Denver) captain Gerhard Bradner is a hero to everyone on board a weather delayed Airbus A320. Flight 719 was bound from Washington (Reagan National) to the Denver hub on Monday night when heavy thunderstorms in the Denver area diverted the flight to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Once on the ground the captain took the matter in his own hands and personally ordered 50 pizzas for its hungry passengers. The captain has now established a new standard for stranded flights. Well done Captain Bradner.

Read the full story (with videos) from 9 News: CLICK HERE

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An update report on the testing program of the new Airbus A350

Airbus A350 testing in Keflavik (Airbus)(LRW)

Airbus’ (Toulouse) flight test department is moving at full-speed with all five A350-900 developmental aircraft now flying – a fleet that has accumulated more than 2,100 total hours in over 500 flights. Among the key recent achievements of the program are crosswind tests with msn 001 in Keflavik, Iceland (above); msn 003’s hot-weather test campaign in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; the first flight of msn 005 and two Early Long Flights (ELFs) performed by msn 002. Remaining certification tests include route-proving and “maximum energy” rejected takeoff evaluations, which will help pave the way for the A350 XWB’s planned certification in the third quarter of 2014 and the subsequent delivery of the first customer aircraft to Qatar Airways before year-end.

Copyright Photo: B. Sveinson/Airbus.

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Air New Zealand takes delivery of the first Boeing 787-9

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) celebrated the first 787-9 Dreamliner delivery yesterday (July 8) with launch customer Air New Zealand (Auckland). About 1,000 Boeing employees representing the 787 program joined Air New Zealand executives and guests at a unique celebration of this milestone event (below, Boeing).

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“We are proud to be the launch customer for the 787-9,” said Air New Zealand Chief Financial Officer Rob McDonald. “We believe it will be a game-changer for Air New Zealand, with increased levels of fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. We look forward to inviting our customers on board to experience the aircraft and all of its benefits for themselves.”

Air New Zealand’s Rolls-Royce powered 787-9 is part of the airline’s fleet modernization effort. This 787-9, painted in a unique black livery, is the first of 10 Dreamliners to join Air New Zealand’s fleet. The airline said the airplane will operate the Auckland–Perth route in October 2014 and to both Tokyo and Shanghai in November 2014.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 km) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Twenty-six customers from around the world have ordered 409 787-9s, accounting for 40 percent of all 787 orders.

Top Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Boeing). Boeing 787-9 N1012N landing at Paine Field near Everett became ZK-NZE (msn 34334) when it was handed over on July 8.

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Videos: The building and delivery of the first ANZ 787-9:

And the now famous “Swimsuit Safety Video”:

Emirates finalizes its order for 150 Boeing 777Xs

Emirates 777X (Boeing)(LRW)

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and Emirates Airline (Dubai) have finalized an order for 150 777Xs, valued at $56 billion at list prices. First announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, the order by the world’s largest 777 operator was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history.

The order – a combination of 115 777-9Xs and 35 777-8Xs – also includes purchase rights for an additional 50 airplanes that, if exercised, could increase value to approximately $75 billion at list prices.

“With the order for 150 777Xs, Emirates now has 208 Boeing 777s pending delivery, creating and securing jobs across the supply chain,” said Emirates president Sir Tim Clark. “Today Emirates operates more than one in every 10 Boeing 777s aircraft built. We fly 138 of these efficient planes across the globe spanning the USA and Latin America in the west, to New Zealand and Japan in the East. The 777X will offer us operational flexibility in terms of range, more passenger capacity and fuel efficiency, and we look forward to inducting them into our fleet from 2020.”

The 777X will introduce the latest technologies including the most advanced commercial engine ever – the GE9X by GE Aviation – and an all-new high efficiency composite wing that has a longer span than today’s 777. The 777X family includes the 777-8X and the 777-9X, both designed to respond to market needs and customer preferences.

The 777-9X will be 12 percent more fuel efficient than any competing airplane, necessary in today’s competitive environment. The 777-8X is 5 percent more efficient than its competitor at all ranges while providing for new network opportunities.

Design of the 777X is underway and production is set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2020. To date, the 777X has accumulated 300 orders and commitments from six customers worldwide.

Image: Boeing.

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Spirit Airlines embraces its haters with a new mileage contest

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has issued this new wrinkle in its “Hug the Haters” program previously announced:

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Delays, fees and legroom generate a lot of negative feelings and social media buzz about airlines. Who doesn’t have an epic tale of flying hassles and pain?

Spirit Airlines gets it and is helping everyone get rid of their hate by giving away up to one billion FREE SPIRIT miles to those who feel wronged by an airline.

As part of an effort to help customers learn about its different approach to air travel, Spirit is embracing real hate from travelers.

Starting July 8, Spirit Airlines will be giving miles away until they reach One Billion–that’s a lot of hate the airline’s embracing. With the Hate Thousand Miles Giveaway, travelers on Spirit (or any other airline) can receive 8,000 FREE SPIRIT Miles to use toward an award flight on Spirit when they submit up to 140 characters at HateThousandMiles.com. So go ahead and release the hate. While you are at it, learn how to save big bucks by flying Spirit.

“We want to change the way people think about air travel and educate them about the Spirit way of traveling,” said Ben Baldanza, Spirit’s CEO. “We’re going to Hug The Haters. They can share their frustrations with flying, and in return, we’re going to give them 8,000 FREE SPIRIT Miles*, which gets them very close to an award flight.”

Additionally, customers who don’t have any hate can tell the airline about a good time they had saving on Spirit and get 8,000 FREE SPIRIT Miles, as well.

“We know many customers love us and our approach to air travel,” continued Baldanza. “We’re confident once the haters see how we’re different, and how much money they can save, they’ll learn to love us, as well.”

The Hate Thousand Miles Giveaway kicks-off Spirit’s promise of “Less Money. More Go” Spirit’s total price, including all the charges for optional services, is about 40% lower than other airlines on average.
That lets Spirit customers save more money for the good times when they get there.

Images and Video: Spirit Airlines.

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Borajet Airlines to acquire four Embraer 190s

Borajet Airlines (Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen) has ratified an agreement to acquire four Embraer 190s as part of an initiative to gradually upgrade its turboprop fleet, add capacity and frequencies, and grow its network. The airline is acquiring the 100-seat, single-class E190s through a third party lease agreement. The first E190 revenue flight is slated to begin later this month.

The first E190 for Borajet landed at Sabiha Gökçen Airport on June 29, 2014.

Borajet was established in 2008 with three ATR 72-500s.

Copyright Photo: Matt Varley/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR EI-FCN (msn 19000263) poses at Norwich before its delivery flight.

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Air Canada to fly to Panama City, Panama

Air Canada (Montreal) today announced that it will start new, nonstop flights between Toronto (Pearson) and Panama City beginning on December 17, 2014. With the launch of the three-times weekly, year-round service, Air Canada will be the only Canadian network carrier operating between Canada and Panama.

The new service will be provided with an Airbus A319 aircraft with 120 seats.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 C-GBIP (msn 546) in the special “Horizons Enfance” color scheme arrives at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

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Lufthansa to fly the Boeing 747-800 Intercontinental on the Frankfurt-New York route

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will assign the newer Boeing 747-800 Intercontinental on the Frankfurt-New York (JFK) route from July 15 through October 25. The 747-8I will replace an older 747-400 with daily service according to Airline Route.

Lufthansa received its first 747-830 (D-ABYA) on April 25, 2012 and introduced the new type on the Frankfurt-Washingon (Dulles) route on June 1, 2012 as we have previously reported.

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. Wearing the special Fanhansa titles in support for the current 2014 World Cup, Boeing 747-830 D-ABYO (msn 37841) awaits its next assignment at the Frankfurt hub.

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Delta reduces Caracas service to one flight a week

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) effective August 1 will reduced its service on the Atlanta-Caracas route to one flight a week per Airline Route. This move follows the actions of American Airlines. Both carriers are reducing services to CCS due to the Venezuelan government’s attempt to disallow the transfer of funds out of Venezuela.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. The route will now be operated with smaller Boeing 737-700s. Boeing 737-732 N309DE (msn 29634) arrives at the New York (JFK) hub.

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Gol announces a code-share agreement with Etihad Airways

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) has signed a codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). The agreement depends on approval from ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency) and CADE (Brazil’s antitrust authority).

The companies already have an interline agreement and the expansion of the partnership through the codeshare agreement will initially allow Etihad Airways to include its code on flights operated by Gol, giving its customers a greater number of connections for destinations in Brazil and South America.

Both companies will soon sign a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) agreement offering all their customers the benefits of their respective mileage programs – GOL’s Smiles and Etihad’s Etihad Guest.

In other news, Gol has announced it has filed a formal request to Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to operate domestic flights to Carajás and Altamira, in the state of Pará. These destinations have an accelerated level of growth, generating demand for new services.

The request was made to operate in Carajás – with four weekly frequencies and Altamira – three weekly frequencies. The operation, still pending approval by ANAC, is expected to begin in September 2014.

Top Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GUO (msn) of Gol in the special FIFA World Cup 2014 livery prepares to land at Sao Paulo (Congonhas).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. The 2014 version of the Etihad Airways special Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula 1 livery on Airbus A340-642 A6-EHJ (msn 933) prepares to land at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

SWAPA applauds the Dreamjet decision by the DOT but still opposes the Norwegian Air International application

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The Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) (Dallas), the union representing the pilots of Southwest Airlines, issued this statement:

The Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) commends the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for granting an exemption to Dreamjet, a startup airline, based in France within the European Union (EU).

“The rapid approval of Dreamjet’s application is applauded by the pilots of Southwest Airlines,” said Captain Paul Jackson, SWAPA Governmental Affairs Chairman. “We agree with the DOT that Dreamjet is fit to serve the EU-US market under the terms of the Open Skies agreement.”

This approval for Dreamjet is in contrast to the application for a foreign carrier exemption on file with the DOT by Norwegian Air International (NAI). The pilots of Southwest Airlines have opposed the application of NAI from early in the process based on their flag of convenience strategy and usurping of labor laws with the offshoring of crews.

“We continue to oppose NAI and at the same time applaud the DOT for recognizing EU carriers that comply with the rules and grant them entry to a fair and equitable market,” Jackson continued.

Dreamjet is set to launch five weekly flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Newark Liberty Airport on July 11 with a Boeing 757-200 configured with 74 business class seats.

Note: Dreamjet has now been renamed La Compagnie.

WestJet to add wide-body aircraft by the fall of 2015

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. (Calgary) today announced that it is moving forward with plans that would see the airline fly its own wide-body aircraft as early as fall 2015. The airline has received the support of the WestJet Pilot Association and its Board of Directors, and is currently in the advanced stages of sourcing wide-body aircraft.

“This is the natural, next-step evolution for WestJet,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “It’s made possible by our low-cost business model, growing network strength, airline partnerships and our award-winning brand driven by the efforts of our more than 10,000 WestJetters from coast to coast.”

Initially, WestJet expects to operate four wide-body aircraft with the first deployments on routes between Alberta and Hawaii during the winter season beginning in late 2015. The airline’s current winter service between Alberta and Hawaii, via two Boeing 757-200s operated by Thomas Cook, is ending in the spring of 2015. Further announcements regarding WestJet’s wide-body schedule for the 2016 summer season will be released at a later date, as the airline looks to expand its operation into overseas markets.

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US Airways to operate a special flight “0737″ on August 19 to honor the last Boeing 737 Classic

US Airways (Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth) has decided to honor the long line of Boeing 737 Classic aircraft with a special flight “US 0737″ that will be flown on the last day of revenue passenger operations for the last Boeing 737-400 on August 19.

US Airways, with the previously legacy operations of Allegheny Airlines, USAir, Piedmont Airlines and now US Airways, the airline has flown the Boeing 737-200, 737-300 and 737-400 models. This is the last flight of a Classic 737 for the company.

The new American Airlines will continue to operate the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 model. This special flight is available to the public and employees who want to experience history of the last flight.

Passengers and employees on this special flight will pay tribute to the many years of faithful service this aircraft type has provided to the legacy US Airways certificate holder.

The special flight will be routed from Charlotte (CLT) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), then on to Philadelphia (PHL) and finally back to Charlotte to close this chapter of airline history. Extra time is being allocated at each station for special farewell ceremonies.

Previously on November 26, 2012 US Airways retired its last Boeing 737-300 from revenue service. Aircraft 737-3B7 N530AU (msn 24412) operated flight US 1611 from Raleigh/Durham to the Charlotte hub ending 28 years of faithful service

The now finalized schedule of special flight US 0737 on Tuesday August 19, 2014:

US Airways last 737-400 flight (LRW)

Thank you US Airways and the American Airlines Group for honoring airline history and for organizing this special goodbye flight.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4B7 N443US (msn 24842) taxies to the runway at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) hub.

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Air Uganda remains grounded, issues ticket refunds

Air Uganda (Meridiana Africa Airlines Uganda Limited dba) (Kampala and Entebbe) has issued this statement:

Air Uganda wishes to inform its stakeholders and customers of the continued temporary suspension of its flights to Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Bujumbura, Kigali, Mogadishu, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa and Juba. This follows the withdrawal of International Air Operator Certificates (AOCs) from all airlines registered in Uganda, by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Passengers holding valid Air Uganda tickets should contact their Travel Agent or the Air Uganda Travel Center to get a refund.

Read the report from The Observer: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Iberia McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87) EC-EXT became 5X-UGB (msn 49837) with Air Uganda.

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Regional Route Map:

Air Uganda 6.2014 Regional Routes (LRW)

 

 

Lufthansa and Air China to strengthen their partnership

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has issued this statement:

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, and Song Zhiyong, President and Executive Director of Air China Limited (Beijing), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance the commercial partnership as part of a joint venture, during the Chancellor’s visit to China.

Both companies also signed a memorandum of understanding to expand collaboration in the area of maintenance, repair and overhaul services.

As members of the Star Alliance, Lufthansa and Air China have been connected for a number of years. The memorandum of understanding should pave the way for the creation of a commercial joint venture between the German airline and Air China.

This partnership will add to the existing joint ventures with United Airlines and with Air Canada between Europe and North America (since 1998) and with ANA (since 2012) on routes between Europe and Japan.

The agreement with Air China will allow the Lufthansa Group to provide its airlines with even better access to the world’s second largest aviation market after the USA.

The new partnership agreement should come into force as early as the start of the winter flight timetable in late October 2014.

Since 2007, Air China has been a member of the Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, and with almost 49 million passengers, as measured by intercontinental traffic, is China’s biggest airline.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-430 D-ABVW (msn 29493) climbs away from the runway at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2043 (msn 41441) of Air China approaches the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Video: A go around at Barcelona on July 5

Sometimes people taking videos at airports capture some interesting footage. This incident took place at Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) on July 5.

Here is the description by Miguel Ángel on YouTube:

On July 5, early in the morning. What you see is what happened.

An UTair Boeing 767-300 (VQ-BSX) incoming from Moscow as (flight) UT5187 and Aerolíneas Argentinas Airbus A340-300 (LV-FPV) were involved into what could be the bigger disaster of Barcelona Airport.

The Utair 767 was about to land on Runway 02 while the Argentinas was crossing the runway.

By the time Russian pilots sighted the Argentinas (they were taxiing to the holding point of runway 25R for takeoff) on the runway while they were on the final approach, they did their best making an impressive and close go around.

After that incidence the plane landed safely on runway 02, and the Argentinas took-off heading to Buenos Aires.

Read the report from the UTair pilots in the Siberian Times: CLICK HERE

Update: Aerolineas Argentinas has now publicly responded to the filmed event:

“Aerolíneas Argentinas clarifies that in the alleged incident at El Prat airport in Barcelona on Saturday  July 5, involving an aircraft of the Russian airline UTair and an Aerolíneas Argentinas aircraft, there was no risk at any time.

This has been corroborated by the manager of the Spanish airports operator AENA (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation) who initially reported that “both planes were where they should be.”
Moreover, a spokesman of AENA also said that “the landing of the UTair aircraft could have been done without risk, since both aircraft were in the proper place, with enough distance between them.”

This is consistent with the report made by the captain of the Aerolineas Argentinas aircraft, who said the AR plane followed the instructions of El Prat control tower.

This morning AENA issued a statement that ensures that the “go-around” performed by the Russian aircraft “is a standard procedure, with all the guarantees of safety”.

Thus Aerolineas Argentinas clarifies that the situation recorded by a plane spotter and widely publicized by the media, related to flight AR 1163 on Saturday July 5, did not involve any risk.”

 

Thai Vietjet Air is planning to launch operations in September

Thai Vietjet Air crew (TJA)(LRW)

Thai Vietjet Air (Bangkok) is the new Thai joint venture of Vietjet Air of Vietnam.

According to the new airline, Thai Vietjet Air is a joint venture between Vietjet Air (Ho Chi Minh City) and Kan Air (Chiang Mai). Vietjet Air will hold 49 percent and Kan Air will hold the controlling 51 percent of the stock.

The new airline is hiring cockpit and cabin staff.

The airline is in the process of obtaining its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and plans to start operations in September with two Airbus A320s according to the Bangkok Post.

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Read the full story: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photos: Thai Vietjet Air.

Thai Vietjet Air family (TJA)(LRW)

 

Thai to introduce the Boeing 787 now on July 25

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Thai Airways International (Bangkok) is now planning to introduce the first Boeing 787 service between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Chiang Mai on July 25 pending the delivery of the pictured 787-8 HS-TQA (msn 35315) per Airline Route.

Bangkok-Manila 787 service will begin on August 8 to be followed by Bangkok-Tokyo (Haneda) on September 1 and Bangkok-Perth on September 2.

All dates are subject to change depending on the deliveries.

Copyright Photo: Thai Airways.

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Ryanair to launch three new routes to and from Scotland on October 26

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced significant growth for Scotland with three new routes between Edinburgh and London (Stansted), Glasgow and London (Stansted) and Glasgow and Dublin (three times daily), as well as a new base at Glasgow International (Ryanair’s 69th in total).

Ryanair’s existing once daily flight from Glasgow Prestwick to Dublin will now switch to Glasgow International as part of an expanded three times daily business service between Glasgow and Dublin. Despite this switch Ryanair remains committed to its long standing base at Prestwick where the airline has a major maintenance facility and is currently in discussions with Glasgow Prestwick and the Scottish Government, its new owners, to explore growth opportunities to/from Prestwick Airport.

From October 26, 2014, Ryanair will base three Boeing 737-800s at Edinburgh, one at Glasgow (International) and one at Glagow (Prestwick).

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DLB (msn 33584) taxies at Nantes.

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Air Canada to deploy the Boeing 787 on the Vancouver-Tokyo Narita route

Air Canada (Montreal) will start a second Boeing 787 daily route from Vancouver to Tokyo (Narita) on December 15 per Airline Route. The 787 will replace a 767 on the route.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 C-GHPQ (msn 35257) lands in Zurich.

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Jet Airways and Alitalia expand their code-sharing agreement

Jet Airways (Mumbai) and Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) have announced the expansion of their code share partnership offering guests enhanced network connectivity between India and Italy and beyond to several Indian and Italian cities of touristic and business importance.

The new code share flights went on sale from July 1, 2014, for travel starting today (July 5, 2014).

Under the expanded code share agreement, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on the Alitalia operated flights between Abu Dhabi and Rome and beyond to Bologna, Florence, Naples, Turin, Venice and Verona in Italy.

Similarly, Alitalia will place its code on Jet Airways flights operated between Abu Dhabi and Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi. Alitalia will also place its code on Jet Airways’ flights beyond Mumbai and Delhi to Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Udaipur.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-35R ER VT-JEK (msn 35165) of Jet Airways departs from Toronto (Pearson).

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Skymark Airlines to introduce a “One Piece Jet” special livery

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Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) on July 19 will introduce a “One Piece Jet” special livery based on the popular Japanese cartoon series according to ZipanguFlyer.

According to Wikipedia, “One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 4, 1997; the individual chapters are being published in tankōbon volumes by Shueisha, with the first released on December 24, 1997, and the 74th volume released as of June 2014. One Piece follows the adventures of a young boy named Monkey D. Luffy, a young boy whose body gains the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit, and his diverse crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates. Luffy explores the ocean in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as One Piece in order to become the next Pirate King.”

Read the full story from ZipanguFlyer: CLICK HERE

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Boeing 737 fuselages end up in the Clark Fork River near Superior, Montana, crews will attempt to remove

Boeing 737 fuselages in river

Eyewitness New 12 reports:

“Linda Frost, Montana Rail Link, told CBS-affiliate KPAX 19 cars derailed about 18 miles east of Superior, Montana around 4 p.m Thursday (July 3). Seven of the cars were carrying aircraft components, three cars soybeans, three cars with denatured alcohol and the other seven were empty, Frost said. The aircraft components landed in the Clark Fork River.”

The fuselages were manufactured by Spirt Aerosystems (Wichita) and were headed by train to Boeing’s 737 assembly plant in Renton, WA. The fuselages are a probable insurance write off and will not be used. However someone’s delivery may be affected.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

July 6 Update: From the The Spokesman-Review in Spokane:

“Crews today (July 6) will attempt to remove three Boeing 737 fuselages that tumbled down a steep embankment and into the Clark Fork River in Western Montana after a train derailed.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost said Saturday that it’s unclear the type of challenge involved because it’s the first time the company has faced such a task.

No one was injured when 19 cars from a westbound train derailed Thursday about 10 miles west of Alberton. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The train carried six fuselages. Three others also fell off but stayed on land. Frost said Boeing has had workers at the scene assessing the damage.”

Read the full account: CLICK HERE

Photo: Twitter photo by Robotpig.

Lufthansa starts operations to Lublin, Poland, will add Marrakesh on October 2

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) is expanding its route network from its Frankfurt hub. On July 3 a Lufthansa aircraft took off from Frankfurt for its inaugural flight to Lublin in Poland. The trade and university city in eastern Poland is already the airline’s eighth destination in Poland. The Airbus A319 reached Lublin airport, which only opened in 2012, in just under two hours. This flight will operate twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays.

From this autumn, the culturally significant city of Marrakesh will be included by Lufthansa in Morocco on its flight plan. Starting on October 2, 2014, the airline will fly twice a week from Frankfurt to Marrakesh for the first time.

The cultural city lies inland, at the edge of the Atlas Mountains, and can now be reached conveniently and directly in just under four hours from Frankfurt on Thursdays and Sundays. Passengers will be able to travel to Marrakesh on the Airbus A320 in both Business Class and Economy Class.

Copyright photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 D-AILU (msn 744) taxies at the Munich hub in the special Lulu Stork markings.

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PSA Airlines to introduce the new Bombardier CRJ900 on July 31

PSA Airlines (2nd) (American Eagle and US Airways Express) (subsidiary of American Airlines Group) will introduce its new Bombardier CRJ900s (three delivered so far) on July 31 per ch-aviation.

Although painted in American Eagle colors (above), the CRJ900s will initially be operated for US Airways mainly from the Charlotte and Philadelphia hubs.

Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GWGQ became N547NN (msn 15317) when it was handed over on June 4, 2014.

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Current Route Map for PSA Airlines:

PSA (2nd) 7.2014 Route Map

Video: Delivery of the first Bombardier CRJ900 to PSA Airlines:

Norwegian launches Boeing 787 flights from London Gatwick to Los Angeles, New York and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Norwegian Long Haul (Norwegian Air Shuttle) (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) this week has expanded its Boeing 787 operations, this time from London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW). On July 2 the fast-growing airline launched Gatwick-Los Angeles service. Yesterday (July 3) Norwegian started Gatwick-New York (JFK) flights and today it will commence Gatwick-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood service.

According to Norwegian,  “almost all of the 291 seats on Norwegian’s 787 Dreamliner are fully booked on the launch trips to Los Angeles, New York and Fort Lauderdale.”

The airline continued (translated from Norwegian), “The launch of long-haul routes from London Gatwick is an important part of Norwegian’s global growth strategy and in a few years, it is Spain’s turn. We are excited that Norwegian’s routes between London and the United States are now running. We think that everyone should be able to afford to fly, even between Europe and the USA. The trans-Atlantic market has for too long been dominated by a few large airlines with expensive tickets and limited flexibility”, says CEO Bjorn Kjos.

In 2013, Norwegian launched the only low cost long-haul routes between the United States and Scandinavia, and between Asia and Scandinavia.

This past year, according to Norwegian, 100,000 Americans have flown with Norwegian and 200 000 passengers have traveled from Europe to the United States with the company.

According to Norwegian, “Currently Norwegian employs 300 American cabin crew at the base in Fort Lauderdale and in New York and 200 at the base in Bangkok. Norwegian had over 6,000 applications for the 300 posts in the United States. 150 pilots fly its 787 Dreamliner and 40 more pilots will be employed, including the base in New York.

Norwegian currently has seven 787 Dreamliners in service. By 2018 the company will have a long-haul fleet of 17 Dreamliners.

Norwegian’s current long-haul Boeing 787 routes:

From New York (JFK): Stockholm (ARN), Oslo (OSL), Copenhagen (CPH), Bergen (BGO and London (LGW)

From Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL): Stockholm (ARN), Oslo (OSL), Copenhagen (CPH) and London (LGW)

From Los Angeles (LAX): Stockholm (ARN), Oslo (OSL), Copenhagen (CPH) and London (LGW)

From Oakland, CA (OAK): Stockholm (ARN) and Oslo (OSL)

From Orlando (MCO): Oslo (OSL)

From Bangkok (BKK): Oslo (OSL) to Stockholm (ARN)

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 EI-LNE (msn 34796) with Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen on the tail arrives in New York at JFK International Airport (JFK).

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Airbus to offer high-density seating for the A320 and A321

Airbus A320neo (Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Airbus (Toulouse), in appealing to ultra low-fare carriers where the number of seats that can be sold is important, is now offering a high-density configuration version for the A320neo/A320ceo of 189 seats and 240 seats for the A321neo. Airbus issued this statement:

In offering even more efficiency for airline operators, Airbus is increasing seating capacity for A320neo (new engine option) and A320ceo (current engine option) jetliners to 189 seats, while also adding 20 more seats for A321neo aircraft to accommodate 240 passengers in an efficient high-density, all-economy layout.

“We are supporting the higher seat count with intelligent means to give living space to passengers,” said Klaus Roewe, Airbus’ Senior Vice President – A320neo Programme. “These new A320 Family configurations do not compromise on comfort, as they retain the Airbus standard of 18-inch wide seats in economy.”

To raise the A320’s capacity to 189 seats, Airbus has worked with airworthiness authorities to certify increased exit limits for the forward and aft doors on this version of the aircraft, taking advantage of exits that are significantly larger than the Type C requirements they were originally certified to. Also incorporated are wider evacuation slides or slide/rafts.

For the A321neo, the use of state-of-the-art slim-line seats and a new exit door arrangement – along with the optimized “Space-Flex” rear cabin galley configuration and Smart-Lavatory design – will increase this stretched fuselage jetliner version’s passenger capacity to 240 passengers, all while retaining Airbus’ 18-inch wide seat standard for economy travellers.

Roewe explained that six or more seats are added by using the new exit door arrangement, which eliminates Door 2 and the first cross-aisle in the fuselage’s forward section, while also incorporating a new double over-wing exit and shifting Door 3 aft-ward by four frames – thereby reducing the area necessary to accommodate emergency exit rows in the aircraft.

“If you add this up, it results in an approximately six per cent fuel burn per seat reduction – only by incorporating more seats in the A321neo aircraft,” Roewe added.

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Interair launches Johannesburg-Dar es Salaam flights

Interair (Johannesburg) on June 23 launched Johannesburg-Dar es Salaam flights with its Boeing 737-200s. Interair is one of the last passenger operators of the 737-200.

Interair’s business plan as a regional carrier is to connect French-speaking African countries.

Besides Dar es Salaam, the airline’s current routes are: St Denis, Réunion Island; Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, Congo; Cotonou, Benin, Douala, Cameroon: Bangui, Central African Republic: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Bamako, Mali.

Interair has code-share agreements with Air Austral.

The South African airline is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Some of the aircraft the airline has operated during these 20 years have been the de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7, Boeing 707, Boeing 727 and the Fokker F.28. The airline is currently operating the Boeing 737 and Boeing 767.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-South African Airways Boeing 737-244 ZS-SIH (msn 22587)

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Current Route Map:

Interair 7.2014 Route Map

Emirates to serve Mauritius with two daily Airbus A380 flights

Emirates (Dubai) will serve Mauritius with double daily Airbus A380 service from December 1.

This second A380, which will operate as flight EK 703/704, replaces the existing Boeing 777 operation and increases Emirates’ capacity on the route by 19%, further meeting the demand on the route and demonstrating the growth of Mauritius as a global destination.

Services between Dubai and Mauritius and vice versa is operated in codeshare with Emirates’ long-time partner Air Mauritius.

The upgraded A380 service leaves Dubai as EK 703 at 1000, arriving at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport at 1645. It returns as EK 704 leaving Mauritius at 2300, landing at Dubai International Airport at 0540 the following day.

Emirates is the first airline in the world to operate an Airbus A380 service to a destination in the Indian Ocean. The airline currently has 49 A380s serving 26 destinations around the world, more than any other airline globally.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-EDH (msn 025) approaches the runway at London (Heathrow) with special “6000th Airbus aircraft” markings.

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SeaPort Airlines to take over for Silver Airways at Muscle Shoals, Alabama

SeaPort Caravan N24MG (08)(Grd)(SeaPort)(LRW)

SeaPort Airlines (Portland, OR) will replace Silver Airways at Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The Northwest Alabama Regional Airport has accepted a bid from SeaPort Airlines to fly from the airport according to WAAY TV.

Silver Airways announced in April it was leaving the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport. SeaPort will offer four flights a day to Nashville.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

In other news, SeaPort has also made a bid to serve to Tupelo, MS, another airport being abandoned by Silver Airways. The airline has been recommended to replace Silver.

SeaPort logo

Previously SeaPort Airlines began service on June 16, 2014 from Great Bend, Kansas (Great Bend Municipal Airport) to Wichita (Wichita Mid-Continent Airport) and Kansas City (Kansas City International Airport). The carrier was recently awarded the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract to provide service at Great Bend by the United States Department of Transportation, replacing Great Lakes Aviation.

However SeaPort is expected to drop EAS service to Athens, GA, Jackson, TN, and El Centro, CA after an audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) under the new EAS rules set by Congress.

Copyright Photo: SeaPort Airlines.

The expanding and now spread-out route map of SeaPort Airlines:

SeaPort 6.2014 Route Map

 

Video: SeaPort Airlines.

 

Two new ultra low-fare airline proposals from Canada

Canada Jetlines logo

Canada is spawning two new ultra low-fare airline proposals. Both are based on the Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Air and Ryanair models where are all services are unbundled and passengers select and pay for whatever they want. All services have a charge amount with an attractive low base ticket price.

Canada Jetlines (Vancouver) is a new startup airline proposal that intends to establish low fare flights out of Vancouver International Airport with Airbus A319s.

Read the full story from the Financial Post: CLICK HERE

Jet Naked will offer fares at less than 60% of those currently sold by Air Canada and WestJet.

Read the full story from the Financial Post: CLICK HERE

Both prospective airlines are in the raising capital investor phase.

 

Aloha Air Cargo adds two Boeing 737-300 freighters

Aloha Air Cargo 737-300F N301KH (08)(Blessing)(AAC)(LRW)

Aloha Air Cargo (Honolulu) has announced the initiation of its fleet replacement plan with the purchase of two former Lufthansa Boeing 737-300SF all cargo converted aircraft. The first 737-300 (737-330 N301KH, msn 27904) was delivered on June 2, 2014 and recently entered operations with the second plane (737-330 N302KH, msn 27905) currently in its initial maintenance check, and scheduled to be delivered to Honolulu during the third quarter of this year – enhancing the carrier’s fleet mix to two Boeing 737-300s, two Boeing 737-200s, and three SAAB 340A turboprops.

The Boeing 737-300 boasts nine full cargo positions totaling upwards of 39,000 lbs of payload capacity; that is two positions and nearly 10,000 lbs more than its sister aircraft, the Boeing 737-200 that Aloha currently flies. With ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Operations) capability, more fuel efficient and quieter engines, and a greatly reduced environmental footprint, the airframe is superior in every way.

“Our current fleet of four Boeing 737-200 aircraft has served Aloha and our predecessor very well over the last several decades, but timing is key to begin transitioning to a newer airframe,” said Pat Rosa, Chief Operating Officer for Aloha Air Cargo. “We are excited to invest in the future of our company and its employees by adding the 737-300s to our fleet. With this addition, Aloha Air Cargo will continue to build upon its 30 year history for providing safe and reliable cargo services to our communities in Hawaii and beyond.”

Aloha Air Cargo delivers fast, economical and reliable transport of goods between the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii. It became an independent cargo operator after the closure of Aloha Airlines passenger services in May 2008. Aloha Tech Ops is a division of Aloha Air Cargo and provides maintenance and engineering services to airlines in the State of Hawaii.

Aloha Air Cargo is owned by Seattle-based Saltchuk, which has been doing business in Hawaii since 2000 when it acquired Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge. Committed to the welfare of Hawaii and strengthening the local economy, the company also acquired Hawaii Fuel Network, Maui Petroleum and Minit Stop Stores in 2006.

Copyright Photos: Aloha Air Cargo. Kahu Kordell Kekoa blessing the plane’s name: Kū Ha’aheo (meaning “to stand tall with unselfish pride”).

Aloha Air Cargo 737-300F N301KH (08)(Grd) HNL (AAC)(LRW)

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Current Route Map:

Aloha Air Cargo 6.2014 Route Map

Water leak causes a QANTAS Airways Airbus A380 to return to Los Angeles

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) flight QF 94 returned to Los Angeles early this morning at 2:39 am after a water pipe burst on the Melbourne, Australia-bound Airbus A380 flooding parts of the cabin. One Twitter report from a passenger described the leak as a “river of water running down the aisles”.

Read the report from NBC Los Angeles: CLICK HERE

QANTAS issued this statement:

A flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne has returned to LA about an hour after take off as there was a water leak on board the aircraft. Crew on board did everything they could to help customers, including moving them to unaffected areas and providing spare blankets so they could stay dry.

We’re also providing customers with hotel accommodation while the issue is being fixed by our engineers in Los Angeles. We apologise to customers for the inconvenience. There were no safety of flight concerns with the water leak, however the Captain decided to return to LA in the interests of passenger comfort. We are liaising with Airbus to understand what caused this fault.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-842 VH-OQD (msn 026) lands at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Livingston gets a reprieve, will continue flying after July 14

Livingston Compagnia Aerea (2nd) (New Livingston) (Milan-Malpensa) has won its appeal and will continue to fly with its current Air Operators Certificate (AOC). The company issued this statement:

New Livingston has been granted by Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) the revalidation of its Operating License, as per art. 9, paragraph 1, of EU Regulation n. 1008/2008.

All connections continue regularly and are confirmed as planned. At the same time tickets, reservations and contracts will be honored without any interruption, even after July 14, 2014.

On June 27, 2014, the Court of Busto Arsizio has appointed Mr Oliviero Tessera as judicial commissioner of the procedure of “concordato preventivo con riserva”, whose petition for admission had been submitted by New Livingston on June 25.

The above procedure is intended to strengthen New Livingston financial structure and improve its commercial and industrial efficiency.

New Livingston wishes to thank again the customers, the suppliers and own employees for their trust and constant support.

Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 EI-ERH (msn 2157) taxies at Bologna.

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Lufthansa reports on the first year of the “new Germanwings”

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has issued this information report on the first anniversary of the revamped Germanwings (2nd) (Cologne/Bonn):

For exactly one year now, the “new Germanwings” has enhanced the range of flights on offer for customers throughout Europe. On July 1, 2013, it launched an entirely new product and brand concept, and over the space of twelve months it has developed to become the third largest airline in Germany. Since July 2013, Germanwings has carried more than 16 million passengers. The number of routes on offer has also risen from 182 to 296 today. Germanwings now serves 130 destinations, most of which are in Europe.

Lufthansa amalgamated its domestic German and European flights that were not operated through its Frankfurt and Munich hubs in the “new Germanwings”. The handover of flight routes is now well advanced. In Cologne, Stuttgart and Hanover it has been completed, while in Hamburg and Berlin a few routes are still being transferred. Lufthansa began transferring routes to Germanwings in Düsseldorf in March 2014. Once the hand-over has been completed, Düsseldorf will be the largest Germanwings base.

Germanwings passengers rate the airline highly positively. In all the passenger surveys, they attest to the airline’s high-quality service, and the vast majority is extremely satisfied with the new offer. Customers thus reinforce Germanwings’ claim to be a low-cost-carrier offering flights at low prices and a high-quality service.

The expansion of Germanwings has also been successful from a commercial point of view: in comparison to last year, when the airline contributed €93 million to the Lufthansa Group’s earnings improvement year-on-year, the contribution is expected to increase again this year. For 2015, for the first time in many years, the Group expects to achieve a balanced result on its non-hub routes in Europe.

The airline, which is based at Cologne-Bonn Airport, has also significantly expanded its fleet. While just one year ago 38 jets bore the Germanwings livery, 71 aircraft can now be seen sporting the logo of the youngest airline in the Lufthansa Group. A further ten aircraft will join the fleet by the end of the year. The workforce has also increased from 1,600 to just over 2,000, the bulk of new staff recruitment being in flight operations. The number of flight personnel has thus risen from 1,174 to 1,614. Germanwings crews currently complete a total of 3,312 flights each week, compared with 1,891 a mere twelve months ago. Since its launch a year ago, Germanwings with its highly motivated team has already completed around 171,000 safe take-offs and landings. Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG: “We have been on the offensive with the ‘new Germanwings’ in terms of point-to-point flights on European and German domestic routes that are not operated through our major hubs. We have combined our many years of experience in the low-cost segment and our high quality standards to develop a convincing concept that has been extremely well received by customers. With the ‘new Germanwings’, we have taken an important step and are now closer to achieving our goal of flying profitably beyond the major hubs within the short-haul traffic segment.”

Thomas Winkelmann, spokesman for the Germanwings Executive Board: “Germanwings is without a doubt one of the most creative airlines in Europe. Twelve months ago we entered new territory with Germanwings’ new product and brand promise. Since then, we have been combining the various requirements of different customer groups in one airline. Today we know that this bold decision was the right one: everyone feels at home on board of Germanwings. This is undoubtedly because we refuse to compromise on two points: safety and the friendly and expert way in which we deal with our customers.”

A unique feature of Germanwings is ‘à la carte flying’. When booking their tickets, passengers have a choice of three products in different price segments with different comfort add-ons: ‘BEST’ represents the high-end offer that primarily covers the needs of business passengers but that also appeals to certain leisure travelers. The ‘SMART’ fare product includes certain extra services, and ‘BASIC’ is a no-frills, low-cost fare.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. The Germanwings fleet has expanded from 38 to 71 Airbus aircraft in the past year. Formerly with Lufthansa, Airbus A320-211 D-AIQS (msn 401) now flies for lower-cost Germanwings.

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