Finnair (Helsinki) has selected IAE International Aero Engines AG to supply engines for its five new Airbus A321 extended range aircraft, entering the Finnair fleet from September 2013. The IAE V2533-A5 engines offer Finnair a significant advantage in fuel efficiency over the competition, saving about 300 tons of fuel per year per aircraft, according to aircraft supplier Airbus test data. The engines also operate well within noise limitations set by ICAO and the EU.
Finnair announced in June 2010 an order for five Airbus aircraft to replace the four Boeing 757s currently in the fleet. The new A321s will be quieter and more comfortable for passengers, as well as about 5 per cent more fuel efficient. The move also enables more flexibility and interoperability between European scheduled and leisure flights, driving up aircraft utilization and further reducing per-passenger emissions.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. The new A321s will end Finnair’s connection with Boeing. The four Boeing 757-200s are mainly operated on charter flights. Boeing 757-2Q8 OH-LBV (msn 30046) arrives at Miami International Airport.
Island Air (Hawaii) (Honolulu) has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-200. The pictured former American Eagle Airlines (Executive Airlines) ATR 72-212 registered as N348AE (msn 349) arrived at the pictured Honolulu base on September 23. N348AE will become N941WP with Island Air. The new type also introduces this new livery.
Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group.
Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) is adding Singapore again to its route network on May 12, 2013 with daily nonstop service from the Zurich hub. The route will be served with 219-seat Airbus A340-300s.
The new flights mark a return to the city-state for Swiss. Swiss served Singapore from its foundation until spring 2009, though this previous service was routed via Bangkok.
Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. When Swiss added the new route to San Francisco it created this special “San Francisco” color scheme on Airbus A340-313X HB-JMJ (msn 150). HB-JMJ is pictured departing from the Zurich hub.
Orbest Orizonia Airlines (formerly Iberworld Airlines) (Palma de Mallorca) and Iberia (Madrid) have signed a contract for the maintenance of Orbest’s Airbus A320s and A330s. Orbest is a unit of the Orizonia Holiday Group.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos. Still wearing the color scheme of Iberworld, Airbus A330-343X EC-JHP (msn 670) prepares to arrive at Lisbon.
BMI Regional (Aberdeen and East Midlands) has decided to retain its current name with a new revised logo (below) as its starts a new life as an independent airline under the ownership of Sector Aviation Holdings.
The company also announced starting on October 29, it will fly between Bristol and Aberdeen and between Manchester and Antwerp, twice daily on both routes and operated by its Embraer jet fleet.
Copyright Photo: Dave Glendinning. Embraer ERJ 145EP G-RJXI (msn 145454), still wearing the remnants of the Star Alliance color scheme, taxies to the gate at London (Heathrow). A new livery incorporating this new logo is likely for the carrier.
Ryanair (Dublin) has announced it will open a new route between London (Stansted) and Lublin – its 11th Polish airport on December 17, bringing its Stansted winter schedule to 95 routes, including new winter routes to Budapest and Warsaw (Modlin), as well as ski routes to Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin.
The ultra low fare carrier also announced it open a new route between Dublin and Lublin – its 11th Polish airport on December 18, bringing its Dublin winter schedule to 54 routes, including new winter routes to Budapest and Warsaw (Modlin), as well as ski routes to Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin.
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCJ (msn 33564) taxies at the ski destination of Salzburg.
Virgin America (San Francisco) has announced new flights to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) from both San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The airline is expanding its footprint at PSP, with a new 2012-2013 seasonal flight schedule that will include a new weekly Saturday nonstop flight from JFK to PSP – the only nonstop flight offered from the New York City area to Palm Springs. The new nonstop flight will add to Virgin America’s seasonal daily connecting flight schedule from JFK to PSP and its seasonal daily nonstop schedule from SFO to PSP.
Virgin America’s 2012-2013 nonstop PSP flight schedule is as follows:
San Francisco (SFO) – Palm Springs (PSP)
Palm Springs (PSP) – San Francisco (SFO)
Daily except Sat
New York (JFK) – Palm Springs (PSP)
Palm Springs (PSP) – New York (JFK)
Connecting flights are also available from PSP to Virgin America’s New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Philadelphia (PHL), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Washington D.C. (IAD) cities.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Named “Virgin and Tonic”, Airbus A319-112 N525VA (msn 3324) approaches Los Angeles for landing.
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) on September 20 launched its ultra low fare service between Houston (Bush Intercontinental) and Dallas/Fort Worth. Spirit now offers twice daily nonstop flights between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, with connections available to 12 destinations throughout the Americas, including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Oakland/San Francisco, Phoenix/Mesa, Portland (Oregon), Tampa, and Toluca/Mexico City.
Spirit is also introducing daily nonstop service from Houston to Chicago O’Hare and Las Vegas on October 4, 2012.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A319-132 N534NK (msn 3395) prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.
Myanma Airways (formerly Burma Airways and Union of Burma Airways) (Yangon), as the flag carrier of Myanmar, will acquired two Embraer ERJ 190s under a lease agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE. The aircraft are the first modern 100-seater jets to be introduced in the country. The E190s will be delivered in November and December 2012.
Each E190 is configured with 100 seats in a single class layout. The two E-Jets are part of the airline’s fleet modernization plan. In addition to deployment on domestic routes, the E190’s 2,400 nm (4.448 km) range gives Myanma Airways the capability to fly to new Asian destinations as the flag-carrier of Myanmar.
At the end of 2012, the airline will launch international flights as the national flag carrier of Myanmar.