From Airbus: China’s agreement for 45 Airbus A330 Family aircraft, along with options for 30 more A330s, was formalized in Paris, France on June 30, 2015. Signing the agreement were Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier and Li Hai, President and CEO of China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, with this milestone witnessed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) is increasing the number of departures to seven flights a week from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Chicago (Oo’Hare) and seven a week from Copenhagen to Shanghai.
The new departures are part of the SAS plan to expand its long haul fleet network that also includes opening all-new routes.
Earlier this year, SAS announced additional departures from Oslo and Stockholm to New York (JFK) and from Copenhagen to San Francisco.
SAS now announces three additional weekly departures – two extra flights to Shanghai and one more to Chicago. This means a daily service is now available on both routes. The improved services will coincide with the opening of the winter traffic program in late October and means that in winter 2015/16, SAS will offer 108 weekly departures between Scandinavia and the USA and 50 weekly departures between Scandinavia and Asia.
The new departures from Copenhagen to Shanghai will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. The new departures from Shanghai to Copenhagen will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new departure from Stockholm to Chicago and return will be on Sunday.
As of the start of the winter traffic program on October 26, 2015, the below five routes will all be upgraded to daily year-round service:
Copenhagen – Shanghai
Copenhagen – San Francisco
Stockholm – Chicago
Stockholm – New York
Oslo – New York
SAS offers long haul flights from Scandinavia to New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. In September 2015, SAS will open a new route from Stockholm to Hong Kong.
Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. SAS Airbus A330-343 LN-RKH (msn 497) departs from the Stockholm (Arlanda) hub.
Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City) has taken delivery of its first A330-200, becoming a new operator for the type. In February 2014, Kuwait Airways announced the lease of 12 Airbus aircraft including 7 A320ceo and 5 A330-200s in addition to the purchase of 25 aircraft including 10 A350-900 and 15 A320neo Family aircraft marking the start of a major fleet renewal plan.
Kuwait Airways’ first A330-200 accommodates a three-class configuration of 17 full-sleeper first class modules, 30 very high-comfort business and 165 latest standard economy seats, a combination that shows a clear attention to comfort and efficiency detailed in the features that also include the latest Entertainment systems, and Connectivity throughout the cabin.
Kuwait Airways will introduce the new type on July 17 on the Kuwait City – Chennai route followed by the Kuwait City – Rome (Fiumicino) – Paris (CDG) route on the following day.
Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A330-243 F-WWYV (msn 1626) became 9K-APA when it was handed over to the carrier on June 23.
Saudia-Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah), the national carrier of Saudi Arabia will become the first airline in the world to operate the new Airbus A330-300 Regional.
The new aircraft will join Saudi Arabian Airlines’ existing Airbus fleet of twelve A330-300s and 50 A320 Family.
Passenger demand in Saudi Arabia is experiencing high growth both on domestic and regional routes. The new A330-300 Regional variant, specially designed for regional and domestic operations, is Airbus’ solution for markets with large populations and fast growing, concentrated air traffic flows. The A330-300 Regional is set to boost capacity on several of Saudi Arabian Airlines most in-demand routes, enabling the airline to better serve the Saudi Arabian and regional travelling public.
The A330-300 Regional is optimized to seat up to 400 passengers in Airbus’ best in class 18 inch wide economy seat comfort on missions up to 3,000 nm and offers significant cost savings through a reduced operational weight of around 200 tons. The reduction in fuel burn per seat and maintenance costs will result in an overall cost reduction by up to 26% compared with the today’s long-range A330-300. In addition, the A330 Regional benefits from the latest A350 XWB and A380 technologies.
Saudi Arabian Airlines has signed an operating lease agreement with IAFC for the 20 Airbus A330-300 Regional and 30 A320ceo aircraft, which Saudia is planning to also add with this order.
Top Image: Airbus. The Airbus A330-300 Regional.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Saudia is also ordering 30 of the current version of the Airbus A320. Airbus A320-214 HZ-ASF (msn 4955) in the SkyTeam livery taxies at Frankfurt.
Air Canada (Montreal) and Unifor, the union representing the airline’s approximately 4,000 Customer Service and Sales Agents, have announced that they have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for five years.
The airline continued;
“Along with agreements concluded with other employee groups over the past eight months, this tentative agreement with Unifor, subject to ratification, provides Air Canada with added stability and flexibility to support profitable growth. Importantly, it is a “win-win” agreement which acknowledges the contribution of our customer service and sales agents to Air Canada’s success,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.
“We’re very pleased to have achieved important gains for our Air Canada members,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “We listened closely to what our members wanted in this contract and delivered results.”
The agreement is subject to ratification by the union membership. Details of the agreement will not be released pending ratification and approval by the Air Canada Board of Directors.
The union will recommend ratification to its members and the Company will seek the Air Canada Board of Director’s approval for the agreement.
This tentative agreement with Unifor follows on the conclusion in October 2014 of a new agreement with Air Canada’s pilots on collective agreement terms for ten years. It is the fourth tentative collective agreement reached by Air Canada and its unions, including those with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) representing its U.S. unionized workforce and UNITE representing its U.K unionized workforce.
Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada Airbus A330-343 C-GFAJ (msn 284) climbs away from the runway at London (Heathrow).
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Tunisair (Tunis) took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200 in Toulouse yesterday (June 9), thus becoming a new operator of this type of aircraft.
Named “Tunis”, the pictured A330-243 F-WWKR became TS-IFM (msn 1631) (above and below) on the hand over and flew out from Toulouse and landed at Tunis-Carthage Airport in the evening, thus joining the airline’s existing fleet of Airbus aircraft comprising four A319s and seventeen A320s.
Above photo: Airbus/H. Gousse.
Boasting an entirely new, fully equipped cabin, Tunisair’s A330-200 will accommodate 24 passengers in business class and 242 in economy class.
The A330 family, which can seat between 250 and 300 passengers, has to date recorded more than 1,400 orders. More than 1,100 aircraft of this type are already flying with more than 100 operators worldwide.
Top Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. F-WWKR returns to Toulouse after a test flight.
Alitalia (3rd) (Rome today (June 4) introduced a new livery reflecting the new ownership group.
The airline issued this statement, images and videos:
Alitalia today introduced its new brand, new aircraft livery and new visual identity to its employees, to the worldwide media, and to key business and institutional stakeholders.
The new developments were unveiled at a major launch event at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, for more than 1,500 Alitalia staff, who were joined by a special guest of honor, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The airline also announced product upgrades across all classes of service on its international wide-body fleet with the aim of repositioning itself on the world stage as a leader in superior service and a powerful ambassador for Italy.
The new developments mark a major milestone for Italy’s national airline, as it revitalises its business across all areas of its global operations.
“The new livery (above) presented today marks a major milestone in the history of one of the most iconic Italian brands in the world,” said Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman of Alitalia.
“We have also unveiled the results of the outstanding work to create more comfortable interiors and to introduce a strong, innovative service culture.
“Alitalia’s livery is universally associated with Italy and viewed as iconic and highlyrecognised.
However, it was clear that it needed to evolve to bring Alitalia into the 21st century in a way that could meet our ambitious objectives and the most demanding market expectations.
“What you see here today is classic Italian style projected into the future with a modern, fresh feel. It is about reconnecting Alitalia with Italy, and promoting Italy in the world. Our entire company is dedicated to working together to make this happen.”
After 46 years, the green band will disappear from the fuselage for the first time. At the core of the new livery is a larger tricolour ‘A’ tailfin, which serves as a powerful representation of the Italian flag across the world. A more modern typeface and non-Italic style conveys the confidence and assertiveness of the new Alitalia.
A warm ivory fuselage adds an element of Italian style and elegance to the scheme, and a sense of speed is created by a refined series of bands progressively leading towards the rear of the aircraft.
The vibrant and contemporary new branding will also feature in the cabin décor of Alitalia’s modern fleet of Airbus, Boeing and Embraer aircraft, allowing for fresher, more stylish, and uniquely Italian interiors which now feature the type of fine detailing and design associated with luxury sports cars.
Leading Italian brands will be largely represented on board, starting from the new Poltrona Frau leather design on Business Class seats, Frette bedding, Richard Ginori tableware and Ferragamo amenity kits.
The new inflight experience places considerable emphasis on greater customer choice, innovation, quality, and importantly, more personal control over how guests relax, dine and are entertained on board.
Starting from today, Wi-fi connectivity will progressively be made available on all long-haul aircraft, together with revamped movie galleries and inflight entertainment.
Silvano Cassano, Alitalia Chief Executive Officer, said: “Just as our new livery simplifies, clarifies and improves our Alitalia logo, so our new service concept simplifies, clarifies and improves our customer offer. It is about putting our guests right at the heart of what we do.
“We have developed this new concept in a way which delivers and showcases the best of Italian style and hospitality, while also taking inspiration from the centres of excellence around the Etihad Partners network.
“The result is a service concept which incorporates global best practice but which does so with a uniquely ‘Alitalian’ flavor.”
According to Mr Cassano, the key driver of success for the new Alitalia would be the company’s loyal and experienced employees.
“The business is now entering a new era. Our current investment in training is unprecedented in the history of Alitalia, involving thousands of Alitalia people, to ensure they have the tools to deliver the highest standards in the industry.”
James Hogan, Vice Chairman of Alitalia and President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “The old Alitalia was a great brand but a challenged business. Now we are well on the way to seeing the rebirth of this iconic airline, in a new era of commercial success.
“The steps taken by Alitalia’s senior management team over the last five months are to be applauded. What we see here today is a business growing in confidence. The future is bright for the new Alitalia.”
The new livery Airbus A330 showcased today has been named Artemisia Gentileschi after a 17th century Italian artist. She is regarded as one of the most progressive and talented artists of her generation, and the embodiment of courage and human dignity.
The A330-200 aircraft will operate its first flight from Rome to Abu Dhabi on June 5 and return back to Milan.
The announcement follows a highly successful first five months of partnership with minority shareholder Etihad Airways, which has already seen over 70,000 guests shared between the airlines on their growing codeshare operations. In addition to the revenue boost from new direct and codeshare routes, Alitalia will also benefit from widespread non-revenue synergies which will be worth more than US$ 15 million in 2015. These synergies will be complemented by investment in shared technology solutions and ongoing sharing of ‘best practice’ between both airlines.