Monthly Archives: May 2013

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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Singapore Airlines orders 30 Airbus A350-900s and 30 stretch Boeing 787s

Singapore A350-900 (06)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Singapore Airlines (Singapore) has placed a firm order with both Airbus and a tentative order with Boeing according to Reuters. The airline has ordered 30 additional Airbus A350-900s. Some of the A350-900s can be converted to the larger A350-1000s. Additionally Singapore has tentatively placed an order for 30 stretched Boeing 787s. Boeing has not yet made a decision to launch this new variant.

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Image: Airbus.

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American to fly Miami-Milan Malpensa starting on November 21

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today announces daily nonstop service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Malpensa Airport (MXP) in Milan. The new route will start on November 21.

Daily MIA-MXP Service Schedule (all times local):

AA 206

  • Departs MIA at 5:55 p.m. ET
  • Arrives at MXP at 9:35 a.m. CET the following day

AA 207

  • Departs MXP at 11:25 a.m. CET
  • Arrives at MIA at 4:40 p.m. ET

The new service between Miami and Milan will be operated as part of American’s joint business agreement with British Airways and Iberia. Through the airlines’ enhanced relationship, American’s customers have access to more than 125 destinations throughout Europe. In addition to the new service from Miami, American also currently serves MXP from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The new route will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 with 218 seats.

Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero/ Boeing 767-323 ER N7375A (msn 25202) lands at the Miami hub (please click on the photo for the full size view).

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Delta to restore the Salt Lake City-Raleigh/Durham route on December 22

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is planning to restore the Salt Lake City-Raleigh/Durham route on December 22 according to Airline Route. The restored route will be operated daily with Airbus A320 equipment.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/ Airbus A320-211 N311US (msn 125) arrives at Minneapolis/St. Paul hub.

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North America Route Map (click on the map for the full-size view):

Delta 5:2013 North America Route Map

Boeing celebrates the delivery of the 50th 747-800 Intercontinental


Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (May 29) celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-800. Lufthansa (Frankfurt), the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-800 Intercontinental. It is the airline’s seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747.

Boeing delivered the first 747-800 Intercontinental to Lufthansa in April 2012. The airplane entered service on June 1, 2012 with a flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Washington (Dulles), D.C. Cargolux Airlines took delivery of the first 747-800 Freighter in October 2011. To date, 35 Freighters and 15 Intercontinentals, including eight of the Boeing Business Jet version, have been delivered.

Top Copyright Photo: Boeing. Pictured at a soggy Paine Field, Boeing 747-830 D-ABYI (msn 37833) was handed over to the carrier on May 29.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/ Another view of D-ABYI arriving at Paine Field on May 18.

Lufthansa 747-800 D-ABYI (88)(Apr) PAE (JGW)(LRW)

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