ANA receives its first Airbus A380, will go into service on May 24

ANA's first Airbus A380 on first flight, in Lani livery, became JA381A

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, has received the first of its three Airbus A380 aircraft. ANA and Airbus held a ceremony in Toulouse, France on March 20, 2019 to mark the handover of the plane as well as acknowledge the importance of the airline’s relationship with Airbus. Media events are also scheduled to take place in Japan after the aircraft touches down at Narita airport.

ANA’s new Airbus A380 will enter service on May 24, 2019 traveling between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu, Hawaii. The airplane is designed to provide maximum comfort to up to 520 passengers on this popular route with its premium layout seating. The upper deck is home to eight First Class suites, 56 Business Class seats that convert to fully flat beds and 73 Premium Economy seats. The main deck will have 383 Economy Class seats, including 60 couch seats. This makes ANA the first in Japan to introduce a couch seat concept. Each couch is comprised of three or four seats and passengers are able to lie on the seats by folding up the leg rests. In addition to expanded passenger space, the aircraft offers heightened internet options as well as other advanced in-flight entertainment features.

“We will commit all three of our Airbus A380 to the Tokyo Honolulu route with the goal of introducing a new level of luxury service to our passengers flying ANA on the number one resort route for Japanese travelers,” said Shinya Katanozka, President and CEO of ANA HOLDINGS INC. “We believe the A380 will become a game changer for ANA and will enable us to increase our market share by doubling the number of seats connecting Honolulu and Tokyo by 2020. The FLYING HONU is designed to offer unprecedented comfort and convenience and a world of new possibilities to ANA passengers, something that would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Airbus and Rolls-Royce teams working closely with the dedicated professionals at ANA.”

ANA’s first Airbus A380 sports bold Hawaiian Sky Blue Flying Honu-inspired livery. The second A380 plane will boast Hawaiian Ocean Emerald Green livery and is expected to roll out of the paint shop on March 25, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: ANA (All Nippon Airways) Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (JA381A) (msn 262) (Lani) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 945707.

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Ethiopian Airlines refutes the baseless allegations written in the Washington Post

Ethiopian Airlines issued this statement:

Ethiopian Airlines strongly refutes all the baseless and factually incorrect allegations written in the Washington Post dated March 21, 2019.

All the allegations in the article are false defamations with out any evidence, collected from unknown and unreliable sources and meant to divert attention from the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX airplanes.

Ethiopian airlines operates with one of the highest global standards of quality and safety performances certified by all National, Regional and International regulators like the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the FAA, EASA, IOSA and ICAO and other National regulatory authorities. Ethiopian is one of the leading global airlines with modern fleet, high standards of infrastructure, highly automated with the latest ICT (information and communication technology) and one of the most modern operating systems.

The airline has seven full flight simulators (Q-400, B-737NG, B-737 MAX, B-767, B-787, B-777 and A350) to train its pilots and other airlines pilots. It has one of the largest and most modern Aviation Academy with training devices and technologies among the very few in the world. The Airline has invested more than half a billion dollars in infrastructure only in the last 5 years which is not common in a typical airline.

Although the cause of the accident is yet to be known by the international investigation in progress, the entire world knows all Boeing 737 MAX airplanes have been grounded since the tragic accident of ET 302/10 March. About 380 B-737 MAX airplanes are grounded all over the world including in the USA. All concerned regulators, safety oversight authorities and other law enforcement agencies are conducting serious investigation on the design and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX airplanes and we are waiting patiently for the result of these investigations.

This being the fact, the subject article is trying to divert the main focus of the world to unrelated and factually incorrect allegations.

We hereby demand the Washington Post to remove the article, apologize and correct the facts.

Wow Air and Indigo Partners fail to reach an agreement, Icelandair is back in negotiations

Wow Air Airbus A321-211 WL TF-WIN (msn 7650) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946028.

Wow Air and Indigo Partners have failed to reach agreement on an investment.

Wow Air is resuming discussions with the rival Icelandair Group.

Wow Air issued this short statement:

The proposed investment of Indigo Partners LLC in WOW air has been cancelled by Indigo Partners. Therefore, all negotiations between WOW air and Indigo Partners have been cancelled.

Subsequently WOW air has started discussions with Icelandair Group. The parties aim to conclude the negotiations by Monday, March 25, 2019.

Icelandair Group had previously announced in November 2018 it was moving ahead with plans to take over Wow Air but the first attempt failed.

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Top Copyright Photo: Wow Air Airbus A321-211 WL TF-WIN (msn 7650) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946028.

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The final British Airways heritage livery arrives at London Heathrow

G-CIVB Rolling Out. Iain White – Fennell Photography.

British Airways has made this announcement:

The fourth and final British Airways aircraft in a heritage livery has touched down at Heathrow this morning.  The Boeing 747-400 (above) adorns the Negus design which was originally on the British Airways fleet from 1974-1980.

The arrival of the aircraft rounds off a nostalgic few weeks for the aviation community.

Enthusiasts around the world have already been treated to a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) liveried Boeing 747-400, a British European Airways (BEA) Airbus A319 and a British Airways Landor 747-400, which have collectively flown to more than 30 destinations across the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America.

The special series of designs have been introduced to mark British Airways’ centenary, as the airline celebrates its past while looking to the future. Alongside the heritage liveries, all new aircraft entering the fleet, including the A350, will continue to receive today’s Chatham Dockyard design.

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly.

The Negus-liveried 747-400, registration G-CIVB, entered the IAC paint bay at Dublin Airport earlier this month where it was painted with the first version of the Negus livery which adorned the British Airways fleet from 1974-1980, directly after the merger of BOAC and BEA and the formation of the airline that customers know today. The aircraft will head to Cape Town later today for its first commercial flight in its retro design.

When it initially flew, the Negus livery was the first to carry “British Airways” since 1939, when the original British Airways Limited merged with Imperial Airways to form BOAC. Interestingly, the Union Flag is not present on the side of the aircraft as, like the final BEA aircraft livery, the flag began to be fully celebrated on the aircraft’s tailfin instead.

In its centenary year, British Airways is hosting a range of activities and events. The airline is hosting BA 2119 – a program, which will lead the debate on the future of flying and explore the future of sustainable aviation fuels, the aviation careers of the future and the customer experience of the future.

The airline will be working with expert partners to identify BA’s 100 Modern Britons; the people up and down the country who are currently shaping modern Britain, and of course, the year would not be complete without creating some special moments for customers – on and off board.

The centenary activity is taking place alongside the airline’s current five-year £6.5bn investment for customers. This includes the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. Earlier this week the airline also revealed its highly-anticipated new business class seat – ‘Club Suite’ – and confirmed it will arrive on the first of its A350 aircraft in July.

British Airways to launch a new London Gatwick – Milan Bergamo route

British Airways will launch a new route from London Gatwick to Milan Bergamo.  The six-per-week service launches on September 1, 2019.

Bergamo Airport is conveniently nestled between some of Italy’s most picturesque lakes and Milan.  The airport is 45km from the fashion capital known for its sophistication and creativity which is perfect for a weekend city break.  For those seeking a relaxed sunshine escape, Bergamo is the closest gateway to Lake Como and driving distance from Lake Garda, as well as the Franciacorta Wine Region. Bergamo also borders the Alps, providing access to a number of ski resorts during winter.

Resort town Menaggio on Lake Como, Italy

Photo: British Airways.

Laudamotion introduces new crew uniforms, will go by Lauda

Delivered on February 8, 2019

Laudamotion has introduced new uniforms for its crew members. As its new livery reflects, the carrier will officially shorten its name to Lauda.

The carrier is also expanding, especially between Germany and Palma de Mallorca in coordination with Ryanair.

Top Copyright Photo: Lauda – laudamotion.com Airbus A320-232 OE-IHL (msn 3105) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 945746.

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Qatar Airways reaches a significant milestone with delivery of 250th aircraft

Qatar Airways is celebrating the arrival of its 250th aircraft, an Airbus A350-900 from Toulouse, France, the latest addition to the group’s growing fleet of passenger, Cargo and executive aircraft.

This impressive landmark comes just 22 years after the carrier began operations, and is testament to the incredible growth of an airline that has become world-leading in that time, winning a host of awards, including the Skytrax World Airline of the Year accolade on no less than four occasions.

The new A350-900 joins the airline’s state-of-the-art fleet, where the average age of aircraft is less than five years old. As of 20 March 2019, Qatar Airways’ fleet is made up of 203 passenger aircraft, 25 Cargo and 22 Qatar Executive jets.

Qatar Airways is renowned for its state-of-the-art fleet. Last year, the airline became the world’s launch customer of the Airbus A350-1000, symbolising Qatar Airways’ determination to lead the way in the industry by pioneering and championing the latest technology and innovation. In 2014, the airline became the global launch customer of the Airbus A350-900, becoming the first airline in the world to operate every family of Airbus’ modern airliner portfolio.

In January 2015, Qatar Airways deployed its newly-received, world-first, Airbus A350 XWB aircraft on the Frankfurt route and in 2016, it became the first airline to fly the A350 family of aircraft to three continents.

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.

The airline has launched an array of exciting new destinations recently, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya and Da Nang, Vietnam. Qatar Airways will add a number of new destinations to its extensive route network later this year, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Langkawi, Malaysia; Davao, Philippines; and Mogadishu, Somalia.

Photos: Qatar Airways.