Monthly Archives: July 2010

Finnair to lease two Airbus A340-300s from ILFC

Finnair (Helsinki) will lease two 270-seat Airbus A340-300 wide-bodied aircraft for four years from the leasing company ILFC. The aircraft will join the Finnair fleet in late 2010 and early 2011.

Finnair currently has 12 Airbus long-haul aircraft, which fly to nine
destinations in Asia as well as to New York in North America. At the end of this year, one further new Airbus A330 aircraft, ordered earlier, will join the fleet. With the coming additions, Finnair’s long-haul fleet will grow to a total 15 Airbus aircraft by the beginning of next year.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. A splendid view of Airbus A340-313E OH-LQE (msn 938) at the HEL hub in the Oneworld scheme.

Next May, Finnair will open a daily direct route to Singapore.

Austrian Airlines adds “Celebrate Life in Vienna” stickers

B767-3.OE-LAE-sticker, originally uploaded by Airliners.

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) has added “Celebrate Life in Vienna” and “Life Ball” stickers to its Boeing 767-3Z9 ER OE-LAE (msn 30383). The Austrian Airlines Vacation Center organizes tours to the Austrian capital city.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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.

Virgin Atlantic Airways sees 10% revenue growth in its first 1Q

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) is reporting a 10 percent revenue growth in its fiscal first quarter.

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Copyright Photo: Nik French. The first aircraft in the “new paint” color scheme is Boeing 747-41R G-VROC (msn 32746) seen on the ramp at Manchester.

British Airways reports a fiscal 2Q operating loss of $112.9 million

British Airways (London) weary from cabin crews strikes report an operating loss of $112.9 million in fiscal first quarter ending on June 30.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 747-436 G-BNLX (msn 25435) banks away from Heathrow Airport.

TAM ‘s stockholders to inject another $81 million

TAM Linhas Aereas’ (Sao Paulo) stockholders will inject another $81 million in equity into the company through the issuance of new stock according to this report by Reuters.

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Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Recently-delivered Airbus A330-223 PT-MVT (msn 1118) climbs from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

FAA: Mexico does not meet ICAO safety standards

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) yesterday (July 30) announced that Mexico is not in compliance with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), following an assessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. As a result, the United States is downgrading Mexico from a Category 1 to Category 2 rating.

With the IASA Category 2 rating, Mexican air carriers cannot establish new service to the United States, although they are allowed to maintain existing service.

A Category 2 rating means a country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with international standards, or that its civil aviation authority – equivalent to the FAA for aviation safety matters – is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping or inspection procedures.

As a result AeroMexico issued this statement:

“Regarding the announcement released today by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which informed Mexico’s downgrade from a Category 1 to a Category 2 in their safety ranking, Grupo Aeroméxico issues the following statement:

1.      The downgrade to Category 2 is a result of an audit performed by the FAA to the Civil Aeronautics Board (DGAC) of Mexico. The result of this audit exclusively refers to the Mexican aeronautics authority and does not reflect the level of safety that national airlines maintain.

2.      Aeromexico and its affiliate company Aeroméxico Connect are routinely audited by the FAA in all of its outbound operations to the United States, as is its affiliate, Aeromexico Connect and the highest international standards of operational safety are always fulfilled. Aeromexico is the first Mexican airline that has received its third consecutive IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) re-certification given by the International Air Transport Association, IATA.

3.      Aeromexico collaborates with American authorities in other safety programs such as the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) “Prevention Against Acts of Illegal Interference Program” and the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) “Security Program”.

Cargo operations have been certified in theft and terrorism prevention by the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), and the airline is an active member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), a world-wide association committed to promoting the prevention of accidents and air incidents.

4.      As founding member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, in which 13   airlines participate, Aeromexico is required to comply with security standards in order to operate the codeshared flights with other partners.

Within this alliance, US carrier Delta Airlines performed annual security-related audits to Aeromexico from 1994 until 2006. The global security standard IOSA was established as a requirement since 2006 and Aeromexico proudly holds this standard since its inception.

The measure announced by the FAA, doesn’t imply any changes in the operations to / from the United States by Aeromexico and its affiliated companies and all flights continue to operate normally.

Aeromexico will cooperate with the aeronautics authority to reestablish the Category 1 rating and will work hard to mitigate the effects and inconveniences that this measure could cause its passengers in Mexico and the US.

All domestic operations of Aeromexico as well as flights to Central and South America, Europe and Asia will remain unaffected.”

Northwest Airlines agrees to price fixing

Northwest Airlines-NWA (Minneapolis/St. Paul), now merged into Delta Air Lines (Atlanta), has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $38 million fine for conspiring to fix cargo prices according to this report by Reuters.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Now gone, NWA Cargo’s Boeing 747-251B (F) N632NW (msn 23112) climbs gracefully at Anchorage.

Atlas Air’s Global Supply Systems to operate three Boeing 747-800F freighters for British Airways

Copyright Photo: Pedro Pics. The current three Boeing 747-400F freighters are expected to replaced by the new 747-800Fs. 747-47UF (msn 29252) is pictured at the STN base.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (New York-JFK) confirmed that its 49%-owned UK subsidiary, Global Supply Systems Limited (GSS) (London-Stansted), has signed a five-year wet leasing agreement with British Airways Plc to operate three Boeing 747-8 freighters on behalf of British Airways starting in 2011.

Under this long-term aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) outsourcing contract, GSS will provide a turnkey solution for British Airways’ cargo division, British Airways World Cargo (BAWC). GSS will lease the 747-8F aircraft that it will operate for BAWC from AAWW’s Atlas Air unit, which expects to take delivery of the aircraft from Boeing in early 2011.

Mexicana considers its options, two flights blocked in Canada

Mexicana (Mexico City) is considering its options according to this report by Reuters. Two departures from Canada (Montreal and Calgary) were blocked by the owners of the aircraft. Representatives from the pilots and flight attendants unions stated the company is considering protection from its creditors.

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Copyright Photo: Airbus A319-112 N790MX (msn 3790) taxies at Los Angeles.