Monthly Archives: May 2013

Newsworthy Photo of the Day – May 31, 2013

Nordwind Airlines Boeing 767-3G5 ER VP-BOY (msn 29435) SNN (Malcolm Nason). Image: 912356.

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason/

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Historic Photo of the Day – May 31, 2013

Condor Flugdienst Boeing 757-230 D-ABNF (msn 25140) “Rizzi Bird” FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 912355.

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/

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Czech Airlines to put its first Airbus A330 in service tomorrow to Seoul

Czech Airlines-CSA A330-300 OK-YBA (07-90 1923-2013)(Nose)(CSA)(LR)

Czech Airlines-CSA (Prague) will place its newly-acquired Airbus A330-300 into revenue service tomorrow (June 1) from Prague to Seoul (Incheon). The airliner was delivered on may 14 and is leased from its new partner Korean Airlines (Seoul).

Copyright Photos: Czech Airlines. Airbus A330-323X OK-YBA (msn 425) is now wearing this new 90 Years 1923-2013 logo.

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Video (in Czech): OK-YBA’s arrival in Prague on May 14.

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Delta to add two new international routes this weekend

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) this weekend will begin new service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Prior to the inaugural flight, Seattle was the largest West Coast city without nonstop service to Haneda, which is the preferred Tokyo airport for many business travelers due to its proximity to the city’s central business district.

Seattle-Haneda service adds to Delta’s growing Asian gateway in Seattle. In addition to Tokyo, Delta will begin new service to Shanghai on June 16, and also operates flights to Beijing and Osaka, Japan. In addition to its Asian gateway, Delta operates nonstop service to Paris and Amsterdam from Seattle. This summer the airline will operate more than 45 daily flights to 18 destinations worldwide from Seattle.

The Haneda flight will operate using Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft at which time every Delta trans-Pacific flight will feature full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, as well as Economy Comfort seating and in-flight entertainment in every seat throughout the aircraft. The flight also complements Delta’s nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Tokyo-Narita, which upgrades to a Boeing 747-400 on June 1.

Delta’s successful international growth in Seattle is possible, in part, because of its partnership with Alaska Airlines, which operates a domestic hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new Tokyo-Haneda flight will benefit from easy connections to more than 55 U.S. cities on Delta and Alaska’s domestic networks.

Delta’s schedule between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Haneda Airport:

Flight Departs Arrives Service Begins
Flt 581 SEA at 9:10 p.m. HND at 11:30 p.m. (following day) June 1, 2013
Flt 580 HND at 12:30 a.m. SEA at 5:40 p.m. (previous day) June 3, 2013

Delta Air Lines this weekend will also begin new nonstop service between Newark’s Liberty International Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Newark is one of the largest markets from Paris.

The new service will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

In addition to Newark, this summer Delta will offer flights between Paris and its hubs at New York-JFK, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Detroit and Cincinnati, as well as key business markets in Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Delta’s schedule between Newark’s Liberty International Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport:

Flight Departs Arrives Service Begins
Flt 610 EWR at 6:50 p.m. CDG at 8:35 a.m. June 1, 2013
Flt 609 CDG at 1:30 p.m. EWR at 3:50 p.m. June 2, 2013

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Boeing 767-332 ER WL N172DZ (msn 29691) arrives at Tokyo (Narita).

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Aeroflot puts its Airbus A320 1956 retrojet into revenue service

Aeroflot A320-200 VP-BNT (56)(Nose) SVO (Aeroflot)(LRW)

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has put its newly-delivered Airbus A320-214 VP-BNT (msn 5614) into revenue service. The flag carrier issued this statement:

The only air plane in a retro livery in Russia has joined the Aeroflot fleet celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the national flag carrier.

In late 2012 Aeroflot organized a voting in social networks to choose the best livery for its retro-jet. More than 2500 people participated in the voting process, and the livery of one of the first world’s jet airliners — Tupolev Tu-104 (appeared in 1956) was declared a winner. In the opinion of the majority of voters was this livery carried the spirit of the “romantic” 1950s, the time when the air transport industry in the country was rapidly growing and significant achievements were made in the national air construction.

The final draft of the livery to be painted on the newest Airbus A320 was designed in accordance with the voters’ comments, taking into account safety standards and recommendations from Airbus and Akzo Nobel specialists considering the paint spraying and its technical and performance parameters.

The retrojet is named “DOBROLET” after the Open Joint Stock Company found on March 17, 1923, which was the predecessor of Aeroflot. The newcomer to the Aeroflot fleet is to demonstrate the vast historical inheritance of the air company and to attract interest of the public to the long and rich history of Aeroflot.

Gaining from the synergy of prominent heritage and modern innovative development, the Russian national flag carrier, one of the oldest air companies in the world, operates one of the youngest air fleets in Europe. Currently there are 137 aircraft in Aeroflot including 87 Airbus A319/320/321 family planes.

All Airbus aircraft are received by Aeroflot directly from Airbus manufacturing plants. The airplanes are designed in two class composition and can carry 116 (A319), 140 and 158 (A320) and 170 (A321) passengers. These aircraft provide services on European and Russian domestic destinations. Airbus A320 family airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are one of the best for mid-range flights.

Top Copyright Photo: Aeroflot. Airbus A320-214 VP-BNT (msn 5614) is seen at the Moscow (Sheremetyevo) base. VP-BNT was handed over on May 29.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Eurospot/ The airframe was tested at Toulouse as F-WWIF.


TUI Travel commits for 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Boeing (Chicago) and TUI Travel PLC (London) announced a commitment today for 60 737 MAX airplanes, valued at $6.09 billion at list prices. The commitment by one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups includes 737 MAX 8s and 9s. Boeing looks forward to working with TUI Travel to finalize the details, at which time the order will be posted as a firm order to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

“A major part of TUI Travel’s strategy is to provide our customers with unique holiday experiences that they can only get from us,” said Peter Long, Chief Executive, TUI Travel. “This multi-billion pound investment in the Boeing 737 MAX – representing the future generation of more fuel-efficient aircraft for our short and medium-haul programs – will be a further driver in delivering this.”

The TUI Travel airlines are Arkefly (Netherlands), Corsair International (France), Jetairfly (Belgium), Thomson Airways (UK), TUIfly (Germany) and TUIfly Nordic (Sweden). This graph shows TUI Travels’ brands and market shares in these key European markets:

TUI Travel Sectors (TUI)(LR)

Top Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis/ The new aircraft will replace the current generation of Boeing 737-800s. Thomson Airways’ 737-8K5 WL G-TAWK (msn 28836) is pictured at Manchester in the new TUI colors (please click on the photo for the full-size view).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ole Simon. TUIfly was ranked the most fuel-efficient charter airline worldwide for short-haul and long-haul flights in the 2012 Airline Index published by the German environmental NGO, atmosfair, indicating how TUIfly’s investment in modern, more fuel-efficient aircraft and focus on efficient aeronautical procedures are yielding results. Thomson Airways came second for most efficient charter airline for short haul flights. TUIfly’s ( Boeing 737-8K5 WL D-ATUD (msn 34585) in the special Haribo Goldbaren scheme climbs away from Frankfurt (please click on photo for full-size view).

Newsworthy Photo of the Day – May 30, 2013

Kharkiv Airlines Boeing 737-8Q8 WL EI-EOP (msn 32841) SNN (Malcolm Nason). Image: 912337.

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason/

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Historic Photo of the Day – May 30, 2013

Air Jamaica Airbus A300B4-203 6Y-JMK (msn 131) MIA (Keith Armes). Image: 912307.

Copyright Photo: Keith Armes/ Taken December 8, 1984.

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China Southern Airlines to introduce the Boeing 787 on June 6

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) is planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-8 to scheduled service on June 6. The new type will be introduced on the Guangzhou-Beijing route.

On May 31, Boeing and China Southern Airlines celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787 Dreamliner. China Southern is the first Chinese airline to take delivery of the game-changing airplane.

This delivery is the first of 10 Dreamliners for China Southern. China Southern will first operate the 787 on domestic flights before introducing the Dreamliner on its long-haul international passenger service. China Southern is the tenth customer worldwide to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/ The first, Boeing 787-8 B-2725 (msn 34923), arrives back at Everett (Paine Field) after a test flight. B-2725 is painted in a special 787 color scheme.

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Japan Airlines announces a cabin upgrade for its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) announced today that it will install all new seats in the airline’s two-class international Boeing 767-300 ER fleet as part of its continued commitment to provide customers with a high-quality, full-service experience. The latest improvements are in addition to the previously announced revamp of the airline’s four-class international Boeing 777-300 ERs.

JAL-Japan Airlines Business Class seat (JAL)(LR)

JAL Business Class in the updated Boeing 767-300ERs will be fitted with 24 new JAL SKY SUITE II seats, each designed to recline 180 degrees into a fully flat bed. In addition, each seat in the 1-2-1 configuration provides unobstructed aisle access for an undisturbed flight allowing maximum personal enjoyment and a soothing rest.

JAL-Japan Airlines Business Class (JAL)(LR)

In revamped aircraft’s JAL Economy Class, the airline will install its newest economy class seat, JAL SKY WIDER.  A total of 175 seats will be available in a 2-3-2 configuration and seat highlights include increased pitch and a slim-style seatback design resulting in approximately 10 cm (MAX.) more legroom than the present seat pitch.

JAL-Japan Airlines Economy Class seat (JAL)(LR)

JAL plans to first introduce the completely revamped Boeing 767-300 ERs between Tokyo (Narita) and Vancouver from December 2013. The revamped aircraft will also be introduced onto select long-haul Southeast Asia routes and Honolulu routes by fiscal year 2014.

With these latest improvements, all of JAL’s routes operating to and from North America and Europe as well as the airline’s long-haul Southeast Asia routes will offer flat-reclining seats in JAL Business Class providing passengers with an even more comfortable in-flight experience.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Boeing 767-346 ER JA615J (msn 33850) approaches the Tokyo (Narita) hub. All others by JAL

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