Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hawaiian Airlines arrives in Brisbane with a special salute to the Southern Cross

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) yesterday (November 27) continued its expansion into new international markets, with the launch of nonstop service to Brisbane, Australia, capital city of the State of Queensland.

Passengers on the inaugural flight departing Honolulu enjoyed a festive island-style send-off, featuring live Hawaiian music and hula, a traditional Hawaiian blessing by Kahu Richard Kamanu of Kaumakapili Church, and fresh flower lei upon boarding.

Brisbane is the second gateway city in Australia for the carrier. Hawaiian also offers nonstop daily flights between Sydney and Honolulu using its 294-seat, wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Hawaiian is the only U.S. carrier serving Brisbane, giving travelers in Hawai’i and throughout North America a convenient new travel alternative for experiencing the scenic beauty of Queensland – Australia’s “Sunshine State.”

Centrally located on Australia’s east coast, Brisbane is the gateway to a host of appealing sites and attractions for visitors to enjoy, including the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, world heritage listed rainforests, the iconic Outback territory, and the renowned leisure destinations of Australia’s Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Hawaiian’s Flight HA 443 will depart Honolulu at 10:20 a.m. (1020) every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, cross the international dateline, and arrive in Brisbane at 4:00 p.m. (1600) the following day.

Starting November 28, the return flight HA 444 will depart Brisbane at 6:35 p.m. (1835) every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, cross the international dateline, and arrive in Honolulu at 8:05 a.m. (0805) the same day.

Hawaiian will operate its Honolulu-Brisbane service offering the comfort and roominess of its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in the Main Cabin.

The inaugural flight from Honolulu to Brisbane is also honoring the famed transpacific flight of the Southern Cross, which in June 1928 – the year before Hawaiian was founded – became the first aircraft to fly from Hawai’i to Brisbane.

Originating from Oakland, California, the Southern Cross captured international headlines with its successful completion of the world’s longest journey by air at the time.

Flown by Australian aviation pioneers Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm, the tri-engine Fokker monoplane took approximately 83 hours to fly from Kaua’i to Brisbane’s Eagle Farm airfield, stopping en route in Fiji for the pilots to take a one-day rest break.

In honor of Kingsford Smith and Ulm’s pioneering flight, Hawaiian has placed a commemorative image of the Southern Cross near the cockpit window of the Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft operating the inaugural flight.

Brisbane is the seventh of eight new destinations that Hawaiian has introduced or announced new service to since November 2010, following Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and New York City. Hawaiian will launch service to Auckland, New Zealand, on March 13, 2013.

Hawaiian’s continuing growth into new markets and expansion of existing operations in North America has been fueled by its long-haul fleet renewal and expansion program that began in June 2010. Since then, the company has welcomed nine new Airbus A330-200 aircraft to its fleet, and is scheduled to introduce 13 more A330s into service between 2013 and 2015.

Copyright Photo: PRNewsFoto/Hawaiian Airlines. Capt. Todd Mihara flashes a “shaka” sign, signaling ‘all clear’ from the cockpit of Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Brisbane, Australia moments before departure from Honolulu on November 27. Below the cockpit window of Boeing 767-3CB ER N588HA (msn 33466) is a commemorative image of the Southern Cross in tribute to the pioneering flight between Hawaii and Brisbane in 1928, piloted by Australian aviators Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm. Sister ship N589HA also wears the special logo.

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Can Air Namibia survive the current pilots strike?

Air Namibia (Windhoek) is currently limping through a strike by its pilots, represented by the Namibian Airline Pilots Association (NAPA). Some flights are being cancelled as the carrier continues to lose money. The airline issued the following short statement:

The NAPA industrial action is still on going. Negotiations continue, to reach an agreeable solution.

According to this report by AllAfrica the African carrier is hiring foreign pilots to maintain most of its flights. According to the union the airline is paying more for these foreign pilots than what the national pilots are asking for in the negotiations.

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Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross. Airbus A340-311 V5-NME (msn 051) awaits for its passengers at Frankfurt, bound for Windhoek.

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Qatar Airways arrives in Belgrade, will bring the 787 Dreamliner to London on December 13

Qatar Airways (Doha) on November 21 launched scheduled flights to Serbia, its latest entry into Eastern Europe and the airline’s 11th new route of the year.  The carrier inaugurated the first of three weekly services to the country’s capital city of Belgrade, gateway to Serbia’s historic and cultural attractions. The airline’s newest route also marks an expansion of its global network, now reaching 121 destinations as part of Qatar Airways’ ongoing commitment to serving emerging and popular markets, both in Europe and further afield according to the airline.

The airline has now spread its international wings to 31 gateways across Europe and 11 new destinations so far this year.

Qatar Airways is flying its Airbus A320 on the Belgrade route, featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 Business Class seats and 132 in Economy.

Since the beginning of 2012, Qatar Airways has launched flights to 11 new destinations – Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad (Iraq), Perth (Australia), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Yangon (Myanmar), Maputo (Mozambique) and now Belgrade (Serbia).

Over the next few weeks, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Warsaw, Poland (December 5), Gassim, Saudi Arabia (7 January 2013); Najaf, Iraq (January 23); Phnom Penh, Cambodia (February 20); Chicago, USA (April 10); and Salalah, Oman (May 22).

In other news, the fast-growing carrier will deploy its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the prestigious Doha-London Heathrow route starting on December 13 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A320-232 A7-AHU (msn 5127) arrives in Dubai.

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China Eastern Airlines to order 60 Airbus A320s

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) intends to order 60 additional Airbus A320s for deliveries in the 2014-2017 period according to this report by

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A320-232 B-6376 (msn 3692) in the colorful International Horticulture Expo 2011 (Xian) completes its final approach into Beijing.

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Yakutia Airlines intends to order 3 Boeing 737-700s and 8 737-800s

Yakutia Airlines (Yakutia Aircompany) (Yakutsk) intends to firm up a new order with Boeing for three new Boeing 737-700s and eight 737-800s for deliveries in the 2016-2018 period per Air Journal. This order will be a replacement order for the existing fleet.

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Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle.  Boeing 737-76Q WL D-ABAB (msn 30227) at Dublin became VQ-BLS on delivery. The airliner wears the 2009 “Northern Lights” livery.

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Chilejet is born in Chile with European ties

Chilejet (Santiago) is a new proposed paper airline in Chile.  The Greek family Asprou (Dimitrios and Christopher Asprou) and other European investors, are planning to create a new charter airline in Chile. The name of the company will be Chilejet and it has been reported the owners are planning to begin operations during the first quarter of 2013. The proposed fleet will be four Boeing 737-400 formerly flown by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam). The new entity must obtain an AOC from Chilean authorities.

The Asprou family were owners of  Inter European Airways and now control the leasing company European Capital Corporation (ECH Group).
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EasyJet to go to allocated seating tomorrow

EasyJet (UK) (London-Luton) is shifting away from its open seating policy copied from pioner LCC Southwest Airlines (Dallas). Instead the low-fare airline will change to allocated seating starting tomorrow. The company has issued the following statement:

EasyJet will introduce allocated seating on all of its flights – typically over 1000 a day – from November 27, 2012.  The airline trialled allocated seating in April 2012 with nearly 2 million passengers flying on 12,500 allocated seating flights.  In response to the trial’s success, the airline took the decision to roll out allocated seating across the whole network.

EasyJet trialled allocated seating because passenger research showed that the boarding process could be a source of stress for some customers and in some case,  a barrier to them flying with EasyJet.  The key tests of the trial were to improve passenger satisfaction without impacting EasyJet’s ability to deliver industry leading punctuality  –  all of which were achieved on trial flights.

Research among passengers who have travelled on an EasyJet allocated seating flight has shown that 71% think allocated seating is better due to the improved boarding experience, while over 60% said that they are more likely to fly with EasyJet in the future as a result.

Some interesting facts also emerged from the trial flights:

  • On shorter journeys seat 6A was the best seller while on longer flights it was 1A
  • On shorter journeys seat 16B was the least popular while it was 19B on longer flights
  • Passengers preferred seats on the left hand side of the plane with seats A, B and C out selling D, E and F

All passengers will be allocated a seat for free on EasyJet’s flights but will have the choice of selecting a specific seat for a fee when they book flights, or adding them later to guarantee where they’ll be sitting. There are three bands of pricing, dependent on the seat selected:

  • £12 for extra leg room
  • £8 for up front seats (emergency exits, row 2-5 on A319 or 2-6 on A320)
  • £3 for any other seat

EasyJet trialled allocated seating during the summer season, the  busiest time of year, to stress test the new systems and procedures. The airline decided to roll out the system in the winter season when fewer people travel to ensure a smooth transition. The trial flights showed that allocated seating can be delivered at the same time as maintaining strong levels of on time performance and without adding cost.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A319-111 G-EZDL (msn 3569) taxies to the runway at a snowy Geneva.

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El Al retires its last Boeing 757 today

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) today (November 26) operated its final Boeing 757 revenue flight from Tel Aviv to Barcelona and back per AIrline Route. The type was introduced by El Al in November 1987.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 757-258 4X-EBV (msn 26054) taxies past the camera at Amsterdam.

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LAN Airlines is planning to commence nonstop Rio de Janeiro-Miami service on January 22

LAN Airlines (Chile) (LANTAM Airlines Group) (Santiago) is planning to introduce nonstop Rio de Janeiro – Miami flights using Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft starting on January 22 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Boeing 767-316 ER CC-CXK (msn 37802) prepares to touch down at the Santiago base.

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TransAsia Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A330 today

TransAsia Airways (Taipei) of Taiwan has taken delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus. The aircraft was delivered at a ceremony in Toulouse today (November 26) attended by TransAsia Airways Chairman Vincent Lin.

The pictured A330-343X will be the first widebody aircraft to be operated by TransAsia. Featuring a high comfort two class layout seating 300 passengers, the aircraft will initially fly on services from Taipei to Japan and Singapore. These will be followed by new longer range operations to destinations currently under consideration, including Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Middle East. TransAsia has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power its A330s.

TransAsia Airways currently operates scheduled services to 46 destinations across Asia with a modern fleet that already includes nine A320 Family aircraft. In addition to its new A330s, the carrier has orders for 18 A321s for future delivery, comprising six A321ceo and 12 A321neo.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot. The pictured A330-343E F-WWCX (msn 1357) became B-22101 on delivery today. The jetliner is also wearing the new 2012 livery for the carrier.

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