Azores Airlines, which is fully owned by Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos (SATA), is modernizing its short-haul and trans-Atlantic fleet with the Airbus A321neo and by 2019 with the longer range A321LR. The decision follows a growth strategy to expand into new trans-Atlantic routes.
Azores Airlines (SATA) has been an Airbus customer since 1999 operating seven A310, A320 and A330 Airbus aircrafts across Europe, Canada and North America.
According to Airbus, The A321LR, the latest member of the market leading A320neo Family, will be able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm. The A321LR will provide additional flexibility as it will have the longest range of any single aisle airliner, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes and enable airlines to tap into new long haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single aisle aircraft. First deliveries will start in 2019.
Orange2fly Airlines (Athens) is a new Greek airline charter company.
Orange2fly is now operating in own its full colors with titles on its first Airbus A320, the pictured SX-ORG (msn 1407) pictured today at Palma de Mallorca. This A320 has been operating on behalf of Aigle Azur during the peak summer season and has now returned to Orange2fly on September 12.
The new airline describes itself:
“orange2fly” Airlines is a brand new Greek airline company, based in Athens, Greece which shall carry out worldwide operations in ACMI and the charter business. The company was established in September 2015 and will operate under a Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, Air Operator Certificate in accordance with the European Aviation Safety Agency Regulation. (EASA)
“orange2fly” Airlines aims at filling a niche section in the air travel and cargo market, ensuring high quality service and customer satisfaction. The company will order initially with an Airbus 320 of 180 Economy seats.
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com.
American Airlines on September 13, 2016 took delivery of the pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from North Charleston, SC. The The first 787-9 is registered as N820AL (msn 40639).
The new type will be introduced domestically on October 14 between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles.
According to American, the 787-9 will make its debut international flight between Dallas/Fort Worth and Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) on November 4. The aircraft will also operate between DFW and São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) beginning on November 4.
The first Airbus A350-900 XWB for China Airlines (CAL) has completed its maiden flight over the skies of Toulouse in South West France.
This first A350-900 for China Airlines is scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks.
China Airlines has 14 A350-900s on order. The aircraft is expected to be deployed on the carrier’s long-haul routes to Europe and on selected regional routes. The A350-900 will join China Airlines’ Airbus fleet including A330s and A340s on its regional and long haul services.
Photo: Airbus. Airbus A350-941 F-WZGV (msn 049) will become B-18901 on delivery.
UNI Air on September 13, 2016 unveiled its first special livery on one of its new ATR 72-600s. The pictured B-17001 features the Japanese mangas (comics) named “Bad Badtz-Maru” [Bad Penguin], featuring some Sanrio characters.
This is a first time the EVA Air Group has applied this kind of livery of unique characters. The group is expected to drop some of their Airbus A330 “Hello Kitty” liveries in near future [the contract will soon be concluded). This unique ATR 72-600 will serve exclusively on domestic routes such as to Makung from Taipei Songshan Airport, in order to develop tourism in Taiwan.
Copyright Photo: UNI Air ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) B-17001 (msn 1044) (Bad Badtz-Maru – Bad Penguin) TSA (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 934842.