Hainan Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, introduces the new features

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8. The pictured Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1390 (msn 62183) was handed over on November 18, 2017.

The airline has taken the opportunity to spotlight the new type:

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The Boeing 737 MAX 8 features an all-new engine and cutting-edge dual-feather winglets that reduce drag and fuel consumption compared with the conventional winglets on 737-800 aircraft.

The 737 MAX 8 uses a new noise-reducing engine that is 10 decibels quieter than the ICAO noise limit, ensuring a quieter trip.

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More comfortable seating

  • Industry-leading, ergonomically designed slimline seating provides extra legroom without sacrificing comfort.
  • iPad holder for in-flight entertainment.
  • All-in-one magazine holder for extra legroom.
  • Powerful 2.1A USB power supply for charging portable devices.

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All-new cabin design

  • New red and gray design
    Revamped cabin with the background color of the curtains and walls changed from red to light gray while retaining the same design, for a refreshed, comfortable and relaxed cabin interior.
  • Stylish Boeing Sky Interior
    Ultra-spacious cabin with larger, inset overhead baggage compartments and colored LED lighting.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Hainan Airlines): Hainan Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1390 (msn 62183) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939883.

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Delta One service, amenities take flight in select long-haul domestic markets

Delta Air Lines is launching its Delta One experience on key long-haul domestic routes, starting April 1, 2018, with select flights between the following markets:

  • Boston and Los Angeles
  • New York-JFK and San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma
  • New York-JFK and Las Vegas, starting May 1, 2018

Delta One will also become the premium offering April 1, 2018, on the following routes with one scheduled daily flight each:

  • Atlanta and Honolulu
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul and Honolulu

 

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Delta One will be offered during strategic flight times on select routes as the airline works to customize the service offering to align with times when customers are seeking the Delta One experience, which includes flat-bed seats, elevated amenities and a refined dining experience. First Class service may be available on alternate flights on the route.

The expansion of domestic Delta One comes with an industry-leading perk: Starting April 1, 2018, Delta Sky Miles Medallion Members will be eligible for unlimited day-of-departure Complimentary Upgrades to the Delta One cabin on all domestic flights, including Hawaii. This is the airline’s latest move to simplify its SkyMiles program while making it more rewarding for customers.

The Delta One cabin offers a luxurious experience on some of Delta’s longest flights, with privacy, comfort and exceptional service featured at every step, including:

  • 180-degree flat-bed seats, featuring Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding
  • A refined dining experience including chef-curated menus served on Alessi serviceware and seasonally rotating wines selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson
  • In-seat power and USB outlets, seat-back entertainment screens with free entertainment, noise-canceling LSTN headsets and a TUMI amenity kit with Kiehl’s Since 1851 products
  • Complimentary Delta Sky Club access on day of flight
  • Sky Priority check-in, security, and baggage handling and Premium Boarding
  • In Los Angeles, Delta One customers continue to have access to the exclusive Delta ONE at LAX check-in

Delta One vs. First Class Configuration by Route

Route

Total Flights

Flights with Delta One

configuration

Flights with First Class
configuration

BOS-LAX 3 2 1
LAX-BOS 3 2 1
JFK-SEA 4 2 2
SEA-JFK 4 2 2
JFK-SAN 3 1 2
SAN-JFK 3 1 2
ATL-HNL 1 1 0
HNL-ATL 1 1 0
MSP-HNL 1 1 0
HNL-MSP 1 1 0
JFK-LAS 5 1 4
LAS-JFK 5 1 4

Delta already offers the Delta One experience on all flights on the following routes:

  • New York-JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco
  • Boston and San Francisco
  • Washington-Reagan and Los Angeles

About Complimentary Upgrades

The domestic Delta One upgrade process will align with the airline’s domestic First Class process, except upgrades will be awarded in the hours leading up to the flight, as opposed to beginning several days ahead of time.

Medallion Members will be eligible for Complimentary Upgrades in:

  • All U.S. 50 Delta One cabins on the day of departure
  • All First Class cabins worldwide (beginning up to 120 hours/5 days prior to departure depending on Medallion Tier)
  • All Delta Comfort+ seats worldwide (beginning at booking a ticket depending on Medallion Tier)
  • Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members may also use Regional Upgrade Certificates on any flight that is eligible for Complimentary Upgrades, including all First Class and U.S. 50 Delta One flights. These certificates are available through Delta SkyMiles’ industry-exclusive Choice Benefits program.

These are the latest improvements as part of the airline’s multi-billion dollar investment in the customer experience that includes a cabin modernization program featuring new seats, seatback entertainment systems with free entertainment, high-capacity overhead bins, free mobile messaging, access to Wi-Fi on nearly all flights, free Main Cabin meals on select flights, upgraded Main Cabin snacks, an Alessi-designed collection of serviceware, Westin Heavenly® In-Flight Bedding, chef-curated meals paired with wines hand-selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, noise-canceling LSTN headphones and more. Delta has also invested in a number of innovative solutions to ease the travel experience including real-time RFID bag trackingand auto check-in via the Fly Delta app, faster ways through security lines via efficient automated screening lanes and a partnership with CLEAR, and a redesigned E-Gate experience at its Atlanta hub.

Photo: Delta Air Lines.

QANTAS Airways to operate the world’s first US – Australia biofuel flight

QANTAS Airways has announced it will operate the world’s first bio-fuel flight between the United States and Australia.

The Los Angeles to Melbourne flight will take place early next year, in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels,  and will see QANTAS’ new Dreamliner being powered by Brassica Carinata (carinata), a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed. Carinata produces high quality oil, ideal for aviation biofuel, bio-jet for aircraft and bio-diesel for airport vehicles.

The news of the flight follows QANTAS’ siging of a landmark partnership with Agrisoma Biosciences (Agrisoma), the Canadian based agricultural-technology – company who developed the carinata seed.

The two organizations will work with Australian farmers to grow the country’s first commercial aviation biofuel seed crop by 2020.

Carinita is a ‘drop-in’ crop and requires no specialised production or processing techniques. It is water efficient  and The University of Queensland field trials in Gatton, Queensland, and in Bordertown, South Australia, have demonstrated it should do very well in the Australian climate.

It is sown in either fallow areas where food crops fail or in between regular crop cycles, known as “cover cropping”.  Rotational or break-crops improvessoil quality, reduces erosion for food crops and provides farmers with additional annual income.

University of Queensland’s Dr. Anthony van Herwaarden leads the seed crop trials with Agrisoma in Australia.

Renewable jet fuel is chemically equivalent to, and meets, the same technical, performance and safety standards as conventional jet fuel.

In 2012 QANTAS and Jetstar operated Australia’s first biofuel trial flights. QANTAS’ Airbus A330 Sydney-Adelaide return service and Jetstar’s A320 Melbourne-Hobart return service were both powered with biofuel derived from used cooking oil (split with 50:50 convential jet fuel) certified for use in commercial aviation.

Photo: Boeing.

United to add 12 new United Express routes in 2018

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N964SW (msn 7868) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936126.

United Airlines, according to Airline Route, is adding 12 new routes operated by United Express carriers (mostly by SkyWest Airlines) in 2018:

Chicago O’Hare – El Paso (April 9, 2018) – daily Embraer 170 (Republic Airlines)
Chicago O’Hare – Fresno (June 7, 2018) – daily Embraer 175 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Jacksonville FL (April 9, 2018) – daily Embraer 175 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Liberal (February 6, 2018) – 6 weekly Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – North Platte (February 1, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Pueblo – Liberal (February 6, 2018) – 6 weekly Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Scottsbluff (January 30, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 by SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Kalispell (June 7, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Medford (April 9, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Missoula (June 7, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Redmond (April 9, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Newark – Elmira (April 9, 2018) – daily Embraer ERJ145 (CommutAir)

Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N964SW (msn 7868) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936126.

Aer Lingus is coming to Seattle/Tacoma

Named "St. Laurence O'Toole"

Aer Lingus has announced it will commence Dublin – Seattle/Tacoma nonstop service on May 18, 2018. The new route will operate four days a week.

This is Ireland’s first direct service between Dublin and the Seattle area.

Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A330-302 EI-FNH (msn 1744) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937842.

Boeing, Avolon finalize a deal for 75 737 MAX airplanes

Boeing and Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, have finalized an order for 75 737 MAX airplanes. The confirmed order is for 55 MAX 8s and 20 MAX 10s, with options for 20 additional MAX 8s.

The agreement, announced as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the 2017 Paris Air Show, is valued at nearly $11 billion at list prices including the 75 firm and 20 option aircraft.

Launched at the 2017 Paris Air Show, the MAX 10 will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane. The new airplanes will bolster Avolon’s airplane portfolio to meet growing customer demand in the narrow-body market segment.

Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Avolon is one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing firms, with an owned, managed and committed fleet of 915 aircraft as of September 30, 2017. Avolon also has the youngest owned fleet amongst the top three lessors and an order book of exclusively new technology aircraft.

 

Wizz Air signs a MOU for 146 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Wizz Air's first Airbus A321

Wizz Air Holdings Plc, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced on November 15, 2017 that, following a competitive selection process, it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus S.A.S. relating to the purchase of a further 146 Airbus A320neo family aircraft (72 A320neo and 74 A321neo). While deliveries will start in 2022, the bulk of the aircraft will be delivered in 2025 and 2026, following on from the delivery of the 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft ordered by Wizz Air in 2015. Under the Memorandum of Understanding Wizz Air has the right to substitute a number of the A320neo aircraft with the Airbus A321neo and vice versa, depending on its future requirements.

This new order, if approved by Wizz Air’s shareholders, would bring Wizz Air’s outstanding orders with Airbus to 282 aircraft, including also 8 Airbus A320ceo and 18 Airbus A321ceo aircraft, deliveries of which will continue to early 2019, and 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft, deliveries of which are planned to start in 2019 and continue through to the end of 2024.

Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL D-AVXI (HA-LXA) (msn 6848) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 929984.