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Boeing, Hainan Airlines, Sinopec celebrate China’s first commercial flight with sustainable aviation biofuel

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston), Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) and Sinopec today celebrated China’s first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China’s commercial aviation industry.

The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight – which carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a Next-Generation 737-800 – used biofuel made by Sinopec from waste cooking oil collected from restaurants in China. Both of the airplane’s CFM International CFM56-7B engines were powered by a fuel blend of approximately 50 percent aviation biofuel mixed with conventional petroleum jet fuel.

Sustainably produced biofuel, which reduces carbon emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to petroleum through its lifecycle, is expected to play a key role in supporting aviation’s growth while meeting environmental goals. The Boeing Current Market Outlook has forecast that China will require 6,020 new airplanes by 2033 to meet fast-growing passenger demand for domestic and international air travel.

In China, Boeing collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a new sustainable aviation biofuel industry. In 2011, Air China conducted China’s first aviation biofuel test flight in a Boeing 747-400 using China-grown, jatropha-based biofuel. Boeing also partners with the Commercial Aviation Corp. of China (COMAC) and several research institutions, including Chinese Academy of Science’s Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), on aviation biofuel development.

Boeing also works with airlines, research institutions, governments and other stakeholders to develop sustainable aviation biofuel in the United States, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Japan and the Middle East.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-84P WL N5515X (msn 39208) became B-1928 when it was handed over to Hainan Airlines on February 21, 2014.

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Ryanair backs off on trans-Atlantic flights

Ryanair (Dublin) has reportedly backed-off on media reports this week of a possible board approval and proposed low-fare trans-Atlantic flights in the near future. According to this BBC report, quoting a Ryanair statement, “Ryanair has not considered or approved any trans-Atlantic project and does not intend to do so”.

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Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DYM (msn 36575) lands Tenerife Sur.

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Sun Country announces new service to Gulfport/Biloxi and Savannah/Hilton Head Island

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has announced new seasonal service from its Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) base to coastal destinations Savannah/Hilton Head (SAV) and Gulfport/Biloxi (GPT).

Gulfport/Biloxi seasonal service will run August 27-November 22, 2015 and Savannah/Hilton Head service will run August 27-December 13, 2015.

With the addition of these two destinations, Sun Country Airlines will service a total of 37 destinations throughout the year.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7Q8 N713SY (msn 30635) arrives at Miami International Airport.

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Lufthansa is hit again by another round of strikes by its pilots

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) is being impacted today (March 18) by another round of strikes by its pilots, represented by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC). Today’s strike is affecting short and medium-haul flights in Europe. The pilots have also called for another strike tomorrow, this time affecting its long-haul flights.

The airline has been plagued by strikes by its pilots.

The airline issued this statement:

The pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has announced strike action on March 18, 2015, affecting short and medium haul flights operated by Lufthansa. All Lufthansa long haul operations are scheduled to operate as normal. Also not affected by the strike are flights operated by Germanwings, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti; Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Austrian Airlines. Lufthansa Cityline will also remain largely unaffected by the industrial action.

Despite the strike, the Lufthansa Group will continue to operate the majority of the 3000 daily scheduled flights and passengers will be offered flight alternatives via rebooking.

The pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit have announced strike action for March 19, 2015, affecting Lufthansa long haul flights. Short haul flights will not be affected.

A special flight schedule will be published early afternoon on March 18, 2015.

Passengers are kindly requested to check the status of their flight prior to departure.

Read the full report by the BBC: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Still going strong. The pictured Boeing 737-330 registered as D-ABEC (msn 25149) is named “Karlsruhe”. D-ABEC is pictured arriving at Zurich and was delivered on December 27, 1967. Lufthansa is planning to retire its remaining Boeing 737-300s and 737-500s this year.

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Alas Uruguay takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-300

Alas Uruguay (Montevideo) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-300. The pictured former Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-36N CX-OAA (msn 28569) arrived at Carrasco International Airport (MVD) in Montevideo on March 11 (below) to the traditional water cannon salute.

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The new airline hopes to start scheduled passengers operations soon once it acquires its AOC.

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Alas Uruguay was created by the former employees of defunct PLUNA.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. CX-OAA is pictured at the Montevideo base.

All Air Vanuatu flights cancelled due to excessive damage in the islands, flight partially resume on March 16

Air Vanuatu (Port Vila) and the Vanuatu Islands have been slammed with a Category 5 Cyclone (hurricane) named Pam. The cyclone made a direct hit on the capital Port Vila. There is massive damage and possible deaths.

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CNN: the cyclone hitting the islands.

Video Below: Early video of the damage in Port Vila:

Read the full report from stuff.co.nz: CLICK HERE

The Republic of Vanuatu is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is located around 1,750 km east of Australia, 500 km north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands.

 

The airline issued this short statement today:

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As a result of destructive cyclonic activity all Vanuatu airports still remain closed for commercial aircraft. All Air Vanuatu flights have been cancelled until further notice.

Update: The airline has now issued this update:

Port Vila airport has reopened. Planned flights for Monday March 16 are: NF11 Sydney – Vila DEP 0600 ARR 0920| NF10 Vila-Sydney DEP 1120 ARR 1515| NF 01 Sydney – Vila DEP 1615 ARR 2000| NF20 Vila – Brisbane DEP 2200 ARR 2345| All Timings local time.

Check in 2 hours prior departure.

From Tuesday March 17 normal international flight schedules will resume commencing with NF 21 Brisbane/Santo/Port Vila.

VANUATU DOMESTIC FLIGHTS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 YJ-AVI (msn 30734) departs from Sydney.

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Video: Air day in the life of Air Vanuatu before the massive storm:

 

SAS posts a wider fiscal first quarter net loss

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (SAS Group) (Stockholm posted a wider fiscal first quarter (through January 31, 2015) net loss of SEK 640 million ($73.7 million), a significant increase from its SEK 112 million ($12.9 million) reported in the same quarter a year ago.

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Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. SAS has been selling some of its valuable London Heathrow (LHR) slots to raise capital in the current crunch. As a result, SAS is using larger aircraft into LHR. Boeing 737-883 LN-RRK (msn 32278) completes the final approach to the runway at LHR.

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