Enerjet to introduce a new livery with the first Boeing 737 MAX

Enerjet, which has Boeing 737 MAXs on order, will be introducing a new livery featuring a colorful geometric tail design (above).  There is a fully painted MAX at Boeing Field (BFI) (first) and at Renton (third).  Their second aircraft, msn 44314, ln 7882,  arrived at BFI on January 21, unpainted with an unusual temporary registration of N240BE.

Top Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Enerjet is a licensed Canadian charter airline based in Calgary that commenced operations with Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft in November, 2008.

Enerjet previously announced its proposed FlyToo brand (formerly Jet Naked) for Canadian ultra-low-cost-carrier (ULCC) service.

Enerjet aircraft photo gallery:

South African to sell nine Airbus A340s

South African Airways Airbus A340-642 ZS-SNI (msn 630) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944355.

South African Airways (SAA) has put some of its aircraft up for sale to accommodate the new Airbus A350-900s the airline recently added to its fleet.

In a tender on the airline’s website, SAA said it was selling nine wide-body aircraft – – five Airbus A340-300s and four Airbus A340-600s – – and 15 spare engines and four Auxiliary Power Units, a device used to provide energy.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

After we received the four new Airbus A350-900, it has become necessary for us to sell our older models to accommodate the new models with superior features such as the quieter cabin, relaxing in-flight environment and more extra-legroom seats in economy class and lie-flat beds in business Class,” said Zuks Ramasia, SAA’s Acting CEO.

“The decision to sell the aircraft has nothing to do with the business rescue process. For some time we had planned to replace our four-engine aircraft with new generation and more efficient aircraft as part of our fleet renewal programme,”  said Ramasia.

“When we received five A330-300s in late 2017- early 2018 we had already planned to retire five A340s at that time, but due to the operational fleet undergoing maintenance, the retirement of the aircraft was postponed.  Now is the time to sell the aircraft,” she said.

Ramasia said with the new A350s which will start operating on its international route network next week, replacing the A340s has become possible. The closing date for the tender is January 30, 2020 at 11.00 am SA time.

The aircraft on sale used to operate on regional and international routes, which will now be flown by the A330s and A350-900s.

Note: The remaining Airbus A340s are now likely to be retired in 2021.

Top Copyright Photo: South African Airways Airbus A340-642 ZS-SNI (msn 630) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944355.

South African Airways aircraft slide show:

Nordic Aviation Capital finalizes an order for 20 Airbus A220 Family aircraft

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the leading lessor of regional aircraft, signed at the end of 2019 a firm order for 20 A220 Family aircraft.

This latest order from NAC, counted in the 2019 order-book, is a huge endorsement and affirms the strong market demand for the state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient A220 Family.

NAC is today the largest lessor of regional aircraft in the world, managing and owning 500 aircraft on lease to 78 airline customers in over 50 countries.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous-generation aircraft, along with significantly lower emissions and a reduced noise footprint. The A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft. At the end of December 2019, the A220 had accumulated 600 orders and over 100 aircraft in service with seven operators worldwide.

Image: Airbus.

Adria Airways’ assets are sold to an European banana importer

Adria Airways assets were auctioned off on January 23, 2020. The winner was Izet Rastoder, a European businessman that is also the largest banana importer in Europe. His winning bid was 45,000 Euros.

Previously Izet Rastoder in November 2019 set up a new airline in Slovenia called Air Adriatic.

The Adria Airways brand was not included in the sale.

Adria Airways aircraft photo gallery:

 

United adds 29 new flights to Miami for the Super Bowl

United Airlines is offering football fans across the United States more options to get to Miami for the Big Game. United is offering fans more than 5,600 seats through 29 additional nonstop flights to Miami from its seven U.S. hubs including Los Angeles and seven special point-to-point flights between Kansas City and Miami.

 

United’s Big Game Service to Miami

Day

From

To

Frequency

Friday

San Francisco

Miami

3 Flights

Friday

Kansas City

Miami

2 Flights

Friday

Chicago

Miami

5 Flights

Friday

Denver

Miami

1 Flight

Friday

Houston

Miami

5 Flights

Friday

Los Angeles

Miami

1 Flight

Friday

New York/Newark

Miami

8 Flights

Friday

Washington Dulles

Miami

2 Flights

Saturday

San Francisco

Miami

3 Flights

Saturday

Kansas City

Miami

2 Flights

Saturday

Chicago

Miami

5 Flights

Saturday

Denver

Miami

1 Flight

Saturday

Houston

Miami

6 Flights

Saturday

New York/Newark

Miami

6 Flights

Saturday

Washington Dulles

Miami

2 Flights

Monday

Miami

San Francisco

5 Flights

Monday

Miami

Kansas City

3 Flights

Monday

Miami

Chicago

4 Flights

Monday

Miami

Denver

1 Flight

Monday

Miami

Houston

5 Flights

Monday

Miami

Los Angeles

2 Flights

Monday

Miami

New York/Newark

9 Flights

Monday

Miami

Washington Dulles

3 Flights

Air France and Chalair sign a code-share agreement

Air France and Chalair have announced a code-share agreement which offers Air France customers additional travel opportunities to and from the French regions, providing them with easier access to the entire Air France network.

Effective today, this agreement concerns six routes in France operated by Chalair:

From Paris-Orly:

  • Agen: 2 daily flights from Monday to Friday and 1 flight on Sunday
  • Limoges: 2 daily flights from Monday to Friday and 1 flight on Sunday
  • Quimper: 3 daily flights from Monday to Friday, 1 flight on Saturday and 2 flights on Sunday

From Lyon:

  • La Rochelle via Poitiers: 2 daily flights from Monday to Friday and 1 flight on Sunday
  • Limoges: 2 daily flights from Monday to Friday and 1 flight on Sunday
  • Poitiers: 2 daily flights from Monday to Friday and 1 flight on Sunday

Flights are operated by ATR 72 (70 seats) and ATR 42 (48 seats).

In particular, this code-share agreement will enable customers to benefit from seamless services from the French regions as well as baggage checked to its final destination when connecting to and from an Air France or Chalair flight.

Eligible Air France customers(1) benefit from SkyPriority services at the airport and on board flights operated by Chalair. Members of Flying Blue, the Air France-KLM frequent flyer programme, can also earn Miles and XPs.

Chalair Aviation is an independent French airline.

Chalair has been operating in France since 1986 and has more than 33 years of aeronautical experience, making it one of the 3 oldest French airlines.

The airline is expanding fast. Its fleet comprises 15 aircraft with between 19 and 70 seats. It operates more than 160 weekly flights, on departure from 17 French airports.

Chalair is currently the benchmark airline in French regional transport in the sector of aircraft with less than 70 seats.

(1) Business customers, Club 2000, Platinum and Gold members of the Air France-KLM Flying Blue frequent flyer program.

Air France launches a business class service on its domestic network

Starting today, Air France is extending its Business class service to customers on its domestic network, on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and the French regions, which will also be available on short-haul flights connecting the French regions to international destinations(1).

With this move upmarket, Business class customers with a connection on a long, medium or short-haul flight to or from the French regions will now enjoy seamless Business class service at no extra cost throughout their trip.

This new service can be booked at airfrance.com or on the Air France App and is valid for travel as from February 4, 2020.

Air France is the only airline to offer a Business class service in France.

A tailor-made Business cabin

For travel within France, there is three types of fare:

  • Business Leisure: non-refundable ticket, modifiable for a fee of €70;
  • Business Flex: refundable ticket, modifiable at no extra cost;
  • Business Abonné: refundable ticket, modifiable at no extra cost, including an option to take an earlier or later flight.

Each booking class has just one fare and the same conditions. Also, the purchase of an upgrade from the Economy cabin to the Business cabin will be available at the opening of flight check-in, 30 hours before departure.

Attentive service before the flight

Air France Business customers will benefit from special services such as SkyPriority channels at the airports which offer this service:

  • Dedicated check-in and baggage drop-off
  • Priority lines at security checkpoint and passport control
  • Priority boarding
  • Priority at transfer desks during connections
  • Priority baggage delivery

Away from the hustle and bustle of the airport, customers also benefit from access to the Air France lounges where they can enjoy something to eat, work, rest or ask for information. The lounges for short-haul flights are available at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (terminals F and G), Paris-Orly 1, Bordeaux and Lyon airports. The airline’s partner lounges are available at Paris-Orly (terminal 1A), Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, Montpellier and Mulhouse airports.

A more generous baggage allowance is exclusively dedicated to them. Business customers can take two pieces of baggage weighing 32kg each in the hold, as well as two carry-on bags and a cabin accessory for a total of 18kg.

In addition, they can choose their seat when they book their flight.

 

 

 

On short-haul flights, Air France offers its Business customers a dedicated catering serviceincluding:

  • A savoury snack
  • A sweet snack
  • A selection of beverages such as wines and champagnes from the Air France Business class wine cellar chosen by Paolo Basso, soft drinks and much more.
  • An oshibori to freshen up.

 

Entertainment as a bonus

On the Air France Play App, Air France’s digital entertainment offer, customers can download unlimited newspapers and magazines on their tablet and smartphone free of charge from 30 hours before departure, to enjoy before, during or after their trip.

They also benefit from Wi-Fi access with Air France Connect. By the end of the year, the entire Air France fleet, including its short-haul aircraft, will be equipped.

With Air France Connect(2), customers can access one of the three passes on offer:

  • A free “Message” pass for all, to send and receive messages during the entire flight;
  • A “Surf” pass, costing €3 on domestic flights, €5 on flights lasting less than 2 hours and €10 on flights lasting more than 2 hours, to surf the internet, consult and send emails;
  • A “Stream” pass, costing €10 on domestic flights, €15 on flights lasting less than 2 hours and €20 on flights lasting more than 2 hours, to enjoy high-speed internet access, streaming and downloading, including the “Message” and “Surf” passes.

Customers on board Air France short-haul flights benefit from a varied entertainment offer adapted to the flight time via Air France Connect, with movies, short films, TV series, live TV, music, press, games, audio books, TED Talks, documentaries, etc.

Air France Connect will be available on the entire Air France fleet by the end of 2020.

This new service is available for purchase today at airfrance.com or on the Air France App, and is valid for travel as from 4 February 2020.

 

(1) Available on flights connecting Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle to the French regions, on those directly connecting the French regions to each other and to international destinations. Except flights to/from Corsica and flights operated by ATR and Embraer 145.
(2) Available on the Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321 fleet.(3)
Except the CRJ 700. The Airbus A321 will be gradually equipped as from the end of 2020.