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Xiamen Air launches the Xiamen – Amsterdam route

Xiamen Airlines (Xiamen Air) (Xiamen) has launched its first route to Europe. The Chinese airline issued this statement:

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On July 26, Xiamen Airlines officially launched the carrier’s very first intercontinental route, the Xiamen-Amsterdam route. The new route marks a key milestone in the airline’s implementation of its globalization strategy.

Xiamen Airlines will operate the new route, flight numbers MF811 and MF812, with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 4 seats in first class, 18 in business and 214 in economy. The flight departs Xiamen at 11:50 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and arrives at Amsterdam’s Schiphol at 5:45 a.m. the next day. The flight duration is 11 hours and 55 minutes. The return journey departs Amsterdam at 12:35 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and arrives in Xiamen at 5:30 a.m. the next day, with a flight duration of 10 hours and 55 minutes. The above are all local times, and were arranged to facilitate connections to other flights after passengers reach their destinations.

The new route complements KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ existing Xiamen-Amsterdam route — also on a three-times-a-week schedule, signifying that, starting from July 26, there will be six direct flights between Xiamen and Amsterdam weekly.

Xiamen Airlines has upgraded both the air and ground services for the new intercontinental route, with a concerted effort on integrating Chinese cultural elements into its services. As an example, the new tableware for the first class and business class cabins are made of blanc de chine, and authentic highly-reputed lapsang souchong tea will be on offer in the two cabins.

Xiamen Airlines operates a fleet of 119 Boeing jets, which is the biggest all-Boeing fleet in China. The fleet now has 5 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, with the sixth to be delivered soon. As part of the expansion plans for further intercontinental routes originating from Fujian province, the airline has ordered 4 more advanced Boeing 787-9aircraft, forming a fleet of 10 Boeing 787s.

Chairman and general manager Che Shanglun explained that Xiamen Airlines will launch a direct Xiamen-Sydney route at the end of this year. Next year, the carrier plans to launch routes to North America, completing a route network covering Europe, America and Australia, and supporting China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy by creating a “Silk Road in the Sky.”

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2762 (msn 41542) taxies at Amsterdam.

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LOT announces increased frequencies to North America and new destinations

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) in the winter season of 2016/2017 will enhance its presence in the US by increasing frequencies from New York (JFK) and Chicago (O’Hare) to Warsaw. The Polish carrier has also announced several new long-haul destinations from its Warsaw hub to Bangkok, Seoul and Tokyo (Narita). LOT will also launch more than a dozen new European connections, thus expanding its hub and providing convenient connecting flights to passengers flying to such cities as Ljubljana, Zurich, Cluj-Napoca and Nice.

The airline continued:

Long-haul flights are the most important part of LOT’s strategy. The first new long-haul flight is scheduled for January 13, 2016 and will be to Tokyo–the first direct connection from Poland and New Europe (Central and Eastern Europe) to Japan. Bangkok and Seoul will start in autumn 2016. The Polish carrier will also enhance its presence in New York and Chicago by adding two additional frequencies to its winter schedule from each city.

“Opening new long-haul destinations is essential for our development, which is why we will launch them as quickly as possible,” said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines.

“Even now, connections operated by the Dreamliner (above) are the most profitable part of our business.

LOT is the only airline that offers on a larger scale, convenient, regular flights from Poland and New Europe to New York, Chicago, Toronto and Beijing. Four current connections will be supplemented with three more, and later this year, LOT will announce two new long-haul destinations to operate in 2016. After opening these five new destinations next year, LOT will more than double its network of long-haul connections compared to today. We want our hub to develop along with us. Opening more than a dozen European connections guarantees even more convenient transfers for new passengers from Poland and the entire region. But the new connections are just the start. Next year we plan to enhance our presence in those destinations where we already operate. This means, for example, an increased frequency of flights from Chicago and New York in the winter season.”

In addition to the new long-haul flights, LOT will begin to fly to three new destinations in Europe in 2016: from Warsaw to Venice and Cluj-Napoca (January) and to Ljubljana (March). LOT will also return to routes that were suspended due to the Restructuring Plan. Thus LOT’s passengers will be able to fly directly from Warsaw to Barcelona (January) and to Athens, Nice, Zurich and Beirut (March). From January 2016, flights between Warsaw and Belgrade, Dusseldorf, Yerevan, Chisinau, Zagreb and between Gdansk and Krakow will be restored, many of which are the connections suspended since July this year, as part of the final pool of compensatory measures required by the European Commission.

LOT is able to operate the entire first phase of its network development using only existing aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) departs from Calgary.

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Air France-KLM’s first half loss widens, more cuts coming, KLM gives a 787-9 preview

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Air France-KLM (Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) (Paris and Amsterdam) today announced a second quarter loss of €79 million ($86.4 million), widening the first half loss.

As a result, the group stated it would cut another €300 million ($328 million) in costs. The group will continue to cut unprofitable routes.

The group announced these immediate measures:

  • Launch of immediate cost-saving measures
  • Acceleration of all cost reduction initiatives
  • Adjustment of Winter 2015-16 capacity

The group blamed the widening loss on increased competition and exchange rate issues.

Alexandre de Juniac made the following comments:

“In the First Half 2015, Air France-KLM’s results were characterized by exceptional volatility in exchange rates and the fuel price, and by on-going pressure on unit revenues. All the Perform 2020 cost-saving initiatives were identified and quantified, and productivity agreements have already been signed at KLM. Transavia is pursuing its rapid development and will serve 47 cities on departure from Paris this summer. The maintenance business is posting strong growth.

The lack of results improvement leads us to implement immediate additional adaptation measures including, in particular, the closure of heavily loss-making routes, the downward revision in capacity for the forthcoming Winter season, together with an acceleration and an increase in the magnitude of our cost-saving initiatives. Following the agreement signed by KLM with its unions, the rapid conclusion of the negotiations with the Air France unions is key to re-launching the results turnaround. At this pivotal moment in Air France-KLM’s history, the Board and I know that we can count on the spirit of responsibility and commitment shared by all the Group’s staff to enable us to return to a growth path.”

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In other news, KLM is banking on the new Boeing 787-9 (above) to give it a financial spark and lift. The airline issued this preview of the upcoming introduction of the new type:

KLM 787-9 above Amsterdam (KLM)(LRW)

Image Above: KLM. The new Boeing 787-9 over Amsterdam.

For KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the introduction of the Boeing 787-9 marks the dawn of a new age for both customers and crew. With this aircraft, KLM invests more than ever in its customers and future. KLM has chosen this new aircraft type to ensure its passengers an unforgettable and comfortable journey.

“The Boeing 787-9 enables KLM to offer passengers even more comfort and privacy. KLM has chosen to add specific improvements to this special aircraft, which make it unique among other 787s. All these details add up to ensure our passengers can experience a new way to fly.”

Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO
KLM 787-9 Business Seat (KLM)(LRW)Photo Above: KLM. The Boeing 787-9 WBC Seat.

Among the most important features of the Boeing 787-9 are the new World Business Class (WBC) seats, which recline completely flat and have direct access to the aisle; the Economy Class seats, which recline 40% further; a state-of-the-art Inflight Entertainment system; and Wi-Fi for all passengers who want to be online during their flight. Finally, the interiors in WBC, Economy Comfort and Economy Class create a highly hospitable setting onboard.

Lower fuel consumption

With the arrival of this new aircraft type in October 2015, KLM is adding a quieter and more fuel-efficient aircraft to its fleet. The Boeing 787-9 is equipped with highly fuel-efficient engines, which will reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20%.

The aircraft is part of KLM’s program of fleet investment, which began with the introduction of the new World Business Class in the Boeing 747. This was followed by entirely new World Business Class and Economy Class interiors in the Boeing 777-200 and the phased introduction of new Boeing 777-300s. From December 2015, KLM will continue its fleet renewal with the deployment of the Embraer 175 and 190.

New flight mode

The design of the interior of the aircraft creates a typically KLM mood, layout and character onboard the Boeing 787-9. The point of departure for the cabin interior was to maximise comfort and privacy for passengers, while maintaining KLM’s brand values.

KLM 787-9 Cabin (KLM)(LRW)

Above Photo: KLM.

KLM’s Boeing 787-9 is fitted with onboard Wi-Fi. This marks the launch of KLM Wi-Fi, which was tested in earlier trials. It will now be possible to use the internet, email and other online services onboard using laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

Larger windows, a higher cabin pressure and special LED-lighting further enhance the unique flight experience. This is all aimed at ensuring passengers arrive fitter and more rested at their destinations.

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British Airways to operate the Airbus A380 daily to Singapore, Miami to start on October 25

British Airways (London) will go to a daily Airbus A380 operation the London (Heathrow) – Singapore route on February 24, 2016 instead of early March, 2016. As previously reported, the Super Jumbo will also be introduced on the London (Heathrow) – Miami route on October 25.

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Also on October 25, BA will introduce the new stretched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (below) on the London (Heathrow) – Delhi route.

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Top Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLEE (msn 148) taxies at the London (Heathrow) hub.

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British Airways to resume Boeing 787-8 service on the London Heathrow – Calgary route, announces more 787-9 routes

British Airways (London) will resume daily Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service on the London (Heathrow) – Calgary route now on December 5, 2015 per Airline Route. The Boeing 767-300 will be assigned to the route from October 25 until December 4.

In other news, BA has announced the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be assigned to the London (Heathrow) – Delhi route from October 25 according to Airline Route.

Additionally the new type will be assigned to the London (Heathrow) – Abu Dhabi – Muscat route starting on November 17.

The 787-9 will also now operate on the London (Heathrow) – Kuala Lumpur route starting December 21 and the new London (Heathrow) – Austin route starting February 22, 2016.

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Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. British Airways currently operates eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The first 787-9 Dreamliner will be registered as G-ZBKA (msn 38616). BA has 16 on order. Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJC (msn 38611) departs from London (Heathrow).

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Air Canada gets ready for the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, will increase the new Toronto-Delhi 787-9 route to daily service

Air Canada (Montreal) stated it plans to increase its new Toronto – Delhi nonstop service from four times weekly to daily service beginning on October 30, 2016.

Air Canada’s new nonstop service between Toronto and Delhi , set to be launched on November 1, 2015 with four weekly flights, is the airline’s first route to be dedicated for Boeing 787-9 series aircraft. Air Canada will receive a total of 29 new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft by 2019, in addition to eight 787-8 aircraft already in operation, as part of the carrier’s fleet renewal and international expansion from its global hub at Toronto Pearson airport.

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Photo Above: Air Canada. Mood lighting on the 787.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. AC currently operates eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners (top). The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (C-FNOE msn 35265) is currently undergoing final testing at Boeing before the handover this month. Boeing 787-8 C-GHPY (msn 35262) arrives at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

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Boeing to support Oman Air’s six Boeing 787s on order with a “suite of services”

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has announced Oman Air (Muscat) has contracted for a suite of services to support the upcoming entry into service of the airline’s 787 Dreamliners and to ensure ongoing efficiency and cost savings for its fleet.

Boeing will support Oman Air’s 787s with its Component Services (formerly Rotables Exchange) program, Loadable Software Airplane Parts service and Airplane Health Management. Together, these services will help Oman Air minimize the time and cost of maintenance while increasing airplane availability.

With the Component Services program, Oman Air will have access to a Boeing-managed, dedicated pool of high-value, mission-critical parts, enabling the airline to greatly reduce their inventory management costs while improving component availability.

Through the Loadable Software Airplane Parts service, Boeing will handle software configuration and management tasks associated with operating the 787.

Airplane Health Management will allow Oman Air to minimize maintenance delays and schedule disruptions by continuously monitoring airplane performance while the airplane is in flight, notifying ground crews in advance of potential maintenance issues.

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Oman Air, the designated carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has six 787s on order.

Boeing Commercial Aviation Services offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services including 24-hour customer support; pilot and crew training; aftermarket parts; airplane maintenance, engineering and modifications; and information services to enable airlines and leasing companies to operate more efficiently.

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