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Spring Airlines challenges China Eastern and Cathay Pacific on the Shanghai-Hong Kong route

Spring Airlines (Shanghai) added the mainline Shanghai-Hong Kong route on September 27. The low-cost carrier is challenging incumbents China Eastern Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways on the route.

Read the full article from Bloomberg:

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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A320-214 D-AXAQ (msn 4331) rotates at Hamburg (Finkenwerder). The airliner became B-6705 on delivery.

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Shanghai Airlines to exit the Star Alliance at the end of October

Shanghai Airlines (Shanghai) will exit the Star Alliance on October 31 as a result of the merger with China Eastern Airlines. Shanghai Airlines was welcomed as the 19th member of Star Alliance on December 12, 2007.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Looking nice in the updated 2007 livery, Shanghai’s Airbus A321-231 D-AVZM (msn 6591) at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) became B-6591 on delivery.

Lufthansa reports a $135 million first half loss

Lufthansa (Deutsche Lufthansa AG) (Frankfurst) reported a $135 million net loss for the first half of the year. The loss was blamed on the strike by its pilots and the European airspace closures due to the Icelandic volcanic ash.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. LH’s first Airbus A380-841 is pictured at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) as F-WWSH (msn 038) before it became D-AIMA on delivery.

Uzbekistan Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A320

Uzbekistan Airways (Tashkent) yesterday (July 16) took delivery of its first new Airbus A320.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A320-214 D-AVVA (msn 4371) at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) on July 13 became UK32011 on delivery.

Lufthansa accepts arbitration settlement with its pilots

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has elected to accept the arbitration settlement resolved with its pilots.

Press release:

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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. The first Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (msn 038) at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) for Lufthansa became D-AIMA on delivery.

TAROM joins the SkyTeam alliance today

TAROM-Romanian Air Transport (Bucharest) officially joined the SkyTeam global airline alliance at a ceremony held in Bucharest today (June 25). TAROM becomes the 13th carrier to join SkyTeam, which marked its 10th anniversary on June 22, 2010.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A318-11 D-AUAC (msn 2552) at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) became YR-ASA on delivery.

Lufthansa and Frankfurt Airport welcomes the first based Airbus A380, will host special events

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) will once again welcome the A380 super jumbo. Fraport, owner and manager of FRA, expects the A380 to land at approximately 16:00 hours today (May 18). Upon arrival, this first A380 to join the Lufthansa fleet will be officially named “Frankfurt am Main” by Frankfurt’s lord mayor Petra Roth in a ceremony at the A380 maintenance base on the southern side of the airport. Lufthansa has ordered 15 A380s and taken options on another 10 for its superjumbo fleet to be based at the FRA intercontinental hub. The inaugural flight of Lufthansa’s first A380 is scheduled for June 6 at about 20:30, when the German national soccer team takes to the skies on the Frankfurt am Main to Johannesburg for the World Cup 2010 hosted by South Africa.

To celebrate the start of A380 service at FRA and the World Cup, Fraport is offering a special program of family-oriented events on May 19, May 27 and June 6. Along with airport tours, there will be activities at the outdoor Visitors’ Terrace and in the terminals, including a shopping festival with music (June 6). Fans wishing to send off the German national team in style can do so on June 6 from the Terminal 2 Visitors’ Terrace using hand wavers painted in Germany’s national colors, provided by Fraport free of charge. Happy landings for the A380 and good luck Germany at World Cup 2010!

The A380 has been a frequent guest at Frankfurt. The FRA international air transportation hub was considered the first airport worldwide to have an A380-compatible infrastructure. As early as 2004, Fraport started detailed planning for introducing the new super jumbo, a passenger aircraft of unparalleled dimensions. Only a few years later, Fraport modified the first docking position at Terminal 2 to accommodate super jumbos. Finally, on October 29, 2005, a prototype of the new generation aircraft landed for the first time ever at a commercial airport; Airbus had chosen FRA for this test operation. FRA was the only airport able to provide all prerequisites for conducting reliable and promising test operations under realistic conditions.

At FRA comprehensive handling tests were carried out for the A380. These included the first time ever rehearsal of docking a passenger bridge to the upper level of the double-decker A380. At nighttime, important tow tests measured the effects of the A380 on the airport’s instrument landing system. Following successful completion of these airport compatibility tests, Fraport modified five more docking positions for the A380 at both of FRA’s passenger terminal.

In March 2007, Frankfurt served as the international hub for so-called A380 maturity flights (route provings) with passengers flown from FRA to New York, Washington and Hong Kong and Munich. In renewed boarding tests with the A380 Frankfurt Airport successfully achieved turn-around times of 90 minutes. Also in 2007, construction started on the A380 maintenance base as well as on the CD connector building that links FRA’s two passenger terminals. The architecture of the connector building is geared to the special handling requirements of the mega liner. Meanwhile, FRA’s Pier B has also been modified to serve the A380. Frankfurt Airport currently boasts a total of 10 terminal docking positions for the A380. In addition, there are five A380-compatible remote parking positions. With the new Pier A-Plus (now under construction), Terminal 1 will soon feature another four A380 docking positions.

In 2010 the authorities officially approved regular A380 operations for Runway South, Runway West and large parts of the movement areas (ramp and taxiways) at FRA. From the outset, Runway North already conformed to the regulatory requirements for super jumbo operations. In April 2010, Fraport put its infrastructure and equipment to the final test, after enhancements following the previous 2007 A380 visit. With some six years of planning and implementation, Frankfurt Airport is optimally prepared to welcome the first A380 jet to be home-based at FRA.

Featuring a strategic geographic location in the heart of Germany and the EU, Europe’s largest airport catchment area (38 million inhabitants within a 200 kilometer radius), unsurpassed ground-based feeder networks (high-speed rail and autobahn networks), and outstanding A380 infrastructure, equipment and handling expertise, FRA is ready to serve as a super hub for the A380 in 2010 and beyond.

Catch the A380 Excitement at FRA:

Along with the arrival of the A380 on May 19, airport visitors will get another chance to see the super jumbo from the Visitors’ Terrace on May 27, when the mega liner will be docked at the terminal from 14:00 to 19:30 for handling checks; airport tours will be available for those wanting a close-up view of the A380. Access to the Visitors’ Terrace will be free of charge for children up to and including age 15.

On June 6, the Airport Tours counter in the Airport City Mall Frankfurt (Level 0, Terminal 1) will raffle tickets for rides in Fraport’s follow-me trucks and the giant A380 tow tractor. Shopping deals, live music, activities for the kids and much more will make this a day of super jumbo fun.

Print-quality photos of Frankfurt Airport and Fraport AG are availale free for downloading via the Internet athttp://www.fraport.com (Menu: select Press Center > then Photo Service). For TV news and information broadcasting purposes only, we also offer free footage material for downloading via http://fraport.cms-gomex.com.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (msn 038) became D-AIMA on delivery.

Lufthansa to introduce the new Airbus A380 on June 11 between Frankfurt and Tokyo (Narita)

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has decided to introduce its first Airbus A380 on the FRA-Tokyo (Narita ) route on June 11. The new type will be operated three times a week.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (msn 038) “Frankfurt am Main” is pictured at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) undergoing high-speed rejected takeoff trials. The new type is due to be delivered around May 19 as D-AIMA.

Emirates to add Dubai-Jeddah A380 service on February 1, 2010

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Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EDA (msn 011) XFW

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Emirates Airline (Dubai) will bring the Airbus A380 to Saudi Arabia when it inaugurates A380 service to Jeddah on February 1, 2010. The A380 will be operated four times a week.

News link:

www.ameinfo.com/219656.html

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

Air France brings the Airbus A380 to New York

Air France (Paris) brought the new Airbus A380 to New York (JFK) yesterday (November 20, 2009). Operating as flight AF 380 it carried 380 winning bidders on the auction flight. The proceeds will go to humanitarian projects. Regular CDG-JFK service commences on November 23.

Here is the official AF press release:

This morning (November 20), at 11:39 am, Air France’s A380 took off from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, operating flight AF 380, the first transatlantic flight between Europe and the United States by A380. Among the passengers were the 380 winning bidders for seats on the inaugural Paris-New York – Paris flights. This auction raised proceeds of 300,000 euros which will finance five different humanitarian projects by charities chosen by the Air France Foundation.

The aircraft, registration F-GHJA, landed at New York-Kennedy airport at 1:20 local time, 7:20 Paris time.

The proceeds of this auction of seats on the two inaugural Paris-New York-Paris flights finally reached 300,000 euros, more than expected. The amount will thus finance 5 humanitarian projects for children in need instead of the three initially planned.

The benefits of the auction for the inaugural Paris-New York-Paris flights will go to several projects in aid of humanitarian associations for children in need all over the world. The Air France Foundation supports these projects.

Starting on Monday November 23, the A380 will operate daily scheduled flights:

  • AF 006 Paris-New York leaving at 1:30, arriving at 3:45 pm;
  • and AF 007 New York-Paris leaving at 7:15 pm, arriving at 8:35 the following day.

From Paris, Air France will operate the A380 on its Johannesburg route as from February 3, 2010 and will therefore be the first airline to operate the A380 to Africa.

News link including a video:

www.euronews.net/2009/11/21/first-transatlantic-flight-for-superjumbo-jet/

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

NYC Aviation (Phil Derner) was also there to record the event:

http://nycaviation.com/2009/11/20/air-france-a380-completes-first-flight/

AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines to fly Antonov An-148 internationally next month

AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines (Kiev) will start operating its new Antonov An-148 to Russia starting next month. The new type has been operating on domestic routes.

News link:

www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=104507

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

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Air France takes delivery of its first Airbus A380

Air France (Paris) as planned took delivery of its first Airbus A380 yesterday (October 30). A380-861 F-HPJA (msn 033, ex F-WWSB) was accepted by the flag carrier.

News link:

www.airbus.com/en/presscentre/pressreleases/pressreleases_items/

09_10_30_a380_delivery_airfrance.html

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

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Armavia adds Bahrain, SuperJet 100 delayed

Armavia (Yerevan) added Bahrain as a new destination on October 26, 2009.

Meanwhile in other news, the delivery of the first SuperJet 100 has been delayed by “several months” according to published reports.

News link:

www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/10/27/334036/superjet-delivery-to-armavia-postponed-for-several-months.html

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss

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Sydney passengers stranded by A380s for 26 hours

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.  Please click on photo for more photos.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Please click on photo for more photos.

QANTAS Airways’ (Sydney) normal sterling reputation took another hit again when some of its London-bound QF 31 passengers where stranded for 26 hours in Sydney after two Airbus A380s had mechanical problems. Critics have stated that outsourcing of maintenance for the past 18 months has hurt the company’s reputation and led to several well-documented incidents.

News link:

www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article6872263.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093

Air France to bring A380 to Paris Orly Nov. 11

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Air France (Paris) is planning to bring its first Airbus A380 to Paris (Orly) on November 11 at 1700 local time for airport familiarization (as an alternate airport). AF is due to take delivery of F-HPJA (msn 033) on October 30 and the new type will go into revenue service on November 23 between Paris (CDG) and New York (JFK).

British to launch London City-JFK flights

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

British Airways (London) tomorrow (September 29) will launch new Airbus A318 business class service (with 32 seats) from downtown City Airport in London to New York (JFK) via Shannon. Passengers will clear U.S. Customs at Shannon while the airliner is being refueled.

News link:

www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/sep/28/ba-business-class-new-york

Air France will accept first A380 on Oct. 30

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.  Please click on photo for more photos.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Please click on photo for more photos.

Air France (Paris) will take delivery of its first Airbus A380-861 (F-HPJA, msn 033, ex F-WWSB) in a ceremony at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) on October 30. The new type is due to be introduced on the Paris (CDG)-New York (JFK) route on November 23, 2009.

Jazeera Airways is largest operator at Kuwait

 

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Jazeera Airways (Kuwait City) in July became the largest operator in Kuwait surpassing state airline Kuwait Airways.

 

www.ameinfo.com/208637.html

East Star Air is declared bankrupt

 

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East Star Air (Wuhan) has lost its effort to restructure its debt and resume operations. The Wuhan Intermediate People’s Court rejected the restructuring plan backed by ChinaEquity on August 27, 2009. The court declared the ChinaEquity funding proposal was too vague and unspecified. China’s fourth private airline suspended operations previously on  March 15, 2009.

 

News link:

www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-08/27/content_8625656.htm

Wataniya Airways reports its first financial results

 

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Wataniya Airways (Kuwait City) lost $20.6 million in its first half of 2009. The young airline launched operations on January 24, 2009. The company will take delivery of its four Airbus A320 in October.

 


East Star Air asks to resume operations

 

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East Star Air (Wuhan) has asked the CAAC for permission to resume operations and claims it is solvent per ATW. The company suspended all operations on March 15, 2009.

 

Full details from ATW:

East Star Air asked CAAC for permission to resume operations despite a Wuhan court’s rejection of takeover offers from China National Aviation Fuel Holding Co. and Shanghai YuField. East Star was forced to suspend operations and enter bankruptcy owing to its heavy debt burden and the March collapse of a share sale deal with Air China parent CNAC (ATWOnline, July 17).

East Star spokesperson Zhao Changbing disputed reports that the carrier owed CNY1.01 billion ($147.6 million). “In fact, our debt was about CNY752 million before we were suspended but we have total capital of CNY1.01 billion, so we still have a net asset of CNY257 million, which proves we don’t have a financial problem at all. So we hope the regulator [will] approve us to resume operation,” he said. He reiterated the airline’s interest in welcoming any investors interested in a takeover even though five CNAF subsidiaries, seven airports and Shanghai YuField have made no progress.

Siem Reap Air remains grounded, blacklisted

 

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Siem Reap Air (subsidiary of Bangkok Air) (Phnom Penh) remains grounded as a result of still being blacklisted by the European Union. The EU has not lifted the ban on the Cambodian airline. The carrier suspended operations on November 24, 2008.

Sukhoi sells 24 Superjet 100s to Avia

 

Sukhoi displayed this Superjet 100 at the Paris Air Show.  Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

Sukhoi displayed this Superjet 100 at the Paris Air Show. Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

Sukhoi (Moscow) has sold 24 Superjet 100s to Avia (Moscow), a leasing company in Russia. So far, Sukhoi is leading the order parade at the Paris Air Show.

AeroSvit introduces the An-148-100B

 

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Please click on photo for full view, information and other hot photos.

AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines (Kiev) as the launch customer on June 2 introduced the Antonov An-148-100B (UR-NTA, msn 0101) with the first revenue flight linking Kiev (Boryspil) and Kharkov. Nine more copies will follow UR-NTA. UR-NTA also introduced a new livery for the company.

 

For more information please click on this link:

www.aerosvit.ca/e_us/about/news/7788.html

EasyJet’s first direct new Airbus A320

 

easyJet's (UK) first new Airbus A320-214 was delivered on February 19.  The pictured D-AVVD (msn 3805) at Hamburg (XFW) became G-EZTA on delivery.  Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

EasyJet's (UK) first new Airbus A320-214 was delivered on February 19. The pictured D-AVVD (msn 3805) at Hamburg (XFW) became G-EZTA on delivery. Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

East Star Air’s AOC is revoked by the CAAC

 

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Please click on photo for full view and caption.

East Star Air (Wuhan) yesterday (March 15) lost its AOC (please see photo for additional details).

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