Monthly Archives: September 2010

ANA changes 15 Dreamliner orders to 787-9s

ANA (All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) has decided to change 15 of its current orders for the Boeing 787-8 aircraft to the 787-9 model. ANA currently has a total of 55 orders for the Dreamliner.

The 787-9 aircraft is an extended body version of the 787-8 model, appropriate for short, mid-haul and long-haul international routes. The model will also meet the increasing need for 400 seat-capacity aircraft for domestic routes, and will further improve the flexibility of our fleet and network planning. Furthermore, like the 787-8 model, it is a highly fuel efficient aircraft which will enable ANA to reduce operating costs and carbon dioxide emission.

Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. The first 787-881 to appear in launch customer ANA’s colors is test aircraft ZA002 registered as N787EX (msn 34488). The airliner arrives at Seattle (Boeing Field-King County) after a test flight.

Ryanair is forced to cancel over 300 flights in Spain yesterday

Ryanair (Dublin) cancelled over 300 flights to and from and also in Spain yesterday.

Read the announcement from Ryanair:


Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 737-8AS EI-CSA (msn 29916) is pictured arriving at the Stansted Airport hub.

Jazz Air concludes negotiations with Thomas Cook Canada to operate six Boeing 757-200 aircraft this winter

Jazz Air (Halifax) announced that it has concluded negotiations with Thomas Cook Canada Inc. with respect to their flight services agreement, establishing the pricing for a five-year term ending on April 30, 2015.

Last April, Jazz signed a flight services agreement with Thomas Cook to operate flights on its behalf on Thomas Cook during the winter seasons (November through April). In the initial season, Jazz will operate six Boeing 757-200 aircraft to various destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax under the Thomas Cook Canada brand, subject to Jazz obtaining the required regulatory approvals. Service will commence on November 5, 2010 and will feature several product enhancements developed jointly by Jazz, Thomas Cook and its Sunquest Division.

In 2011, Jazz expects growth in flying under its capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada. Based on the Annual Operating Plan provided by Air Canada which is provided for budget and planning purposes and is subject to change, Jazz anticipates flying approximately five percent more block hours year over year. Jazz estimates the total billable block hours for the year 2011, which include the Thomas Cook flying, to be between 400,000 and 410,000 block hours. Beginning in June 2011, Jazz will introduce the new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen aircraft to support the Air Canada service.

Boeing delays the delivery of the first Boeing 747-8F

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) today announced a schedule change for the 747-8 Freighter with the first delivery now expected to be in mid-year 2011. The company also announced steps it is taking to support the new schedule, including adding a fifth airplane to the flight-test fleet.

Boeing previously indicated that, following recent flight-test discoveries, there was a high probability the first 747-8 Freighter delivery would move into 2011. According to Boeing the new delivery schedule follows a thorough assessment of the expected cumulative impact of these discoveries, which include a low-frequency vibration in certain flight conditions and an underperforming aileron actuator. While neither issue requires structural changes to the airplane, they have led to disruptions to certification testing, which the program was unable to offset within the prior schedule.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 747-8R7F N5573S will become LX-VCC (msn 35807) for launch customer Cargolux Airlines International.

Delta Air Lines to launch a new African route to Luanda

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add an eighth destination to its growing Africa route network on January 20, 2011 between the United States and Luanda, Angola. Flights will operate three times per week with 243-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft flying between Delta’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Luanda with an intermediate stop in Dakar, Senegal.

Delta also is working with TAAG Angolan Airlines for TAAG to codeshare on the flights at a future date.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A330-223 N851NW (msn 609) prepares to land at Tokyo (Narita).

AirTran Airways adds more Sun Belt flights

AirTran Airways (Orlando) announced new nonstop service from Tampa to Key West, as well as additional flights to Tampa, San Juan, Phoenix and Orlando beginning this winter.

The company will also begin nonstop flights between Milwaukee and Phoenix on December 13, 2010.

Service between Akron/Canton and Orlando will start on December 21, 2010.

New flights between Milwaukee and Tampa will also start on March 8, 2011.

Finally a new route between Baltimore/Washington and San Juan will be available starting on April 5, 2011.

Southwest Airlines announced its intends to acquire and merge AirTran Airways.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-76N N289AT (msn 32673) approaches Las Vegas for landing.

Blue Bird Airways to acquire its first aircraft

Copyright Photo: Robert Collazo.

Blue Bird Airways (Heraklion) is getting ready to take delivery of its first aircraft.

Established in 2008 the charter airline has been wet leasing aircraft from SkyExpress.

Copyright Photo: Robert Collazo. Ex-Vision Airlines Boeing 737-4Q8 N744VA (msn 24704) is being prepared at Miami for the upcoming delivery.

Blue Bird Airways (Greece) aircraft photo gallery:

SP Cargo Air is a new Brazilian cargo operator

Copyright Photo: Robert Collazo. 727-2Q9F N740DH (msn 21930) gets another life. It is pictured at Opa-locka (near Miami) after repainting.

SP Cargo Air (Sao Paulo) is a new cargo operator in Brazil. The new airline is getting ready to acquire ex-AStar Boeing 727-2Q9F N740DH (msn 21930).

Ethiopian Airlines to join the Star Alliance in 2011

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) with the assistance of Lufthansa is planning to join the Star Alliance in the next 12 months.

Copyright Photos: Pedro Pics. Boeing 767-360 ER ET-ALO (msn 33768) arrives at London (Stansted).

bmi to launch London Heathrow-Tripoli flights on December 1

bmi (British Midland Airways) (East Midlands) will launch the London (Heathrow)-Tripoli route starting on December 1. The new route will be operated with Airbus A319s. Flight BD469 will depart London Heathrow at 8:55 a.m. (0855) and arrive in Tripoli at 2:30 p.m. (1430). Flight BD470 will leave Tripoli at 3:15 p.m. (1515), arriving at London Heathrow at 4:45 p.m. (1645).

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Airbus A319-131 G-DBCB (msn 2188) is pictured beautifully on final approach at Heathrow Airport.