Monthly Archives: July 2014

Delta to start phasing out its Boeing 747-400s

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) currently operates 16 ex-Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-400s. According to FrequentBusinessTraveler.com citing a memo to its pilots, Delta will retire three aircraft by the end of September and another by the end of this year leaving 12 in the fleet.

Delta was originally a Boeing 747-100 operator and became a 747 operator again with the Northwest Airlines merger.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Boeing 747-451 N671US (msn 26477) taxies to the gate at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Greenland Express may need a new investor

Greenland Express (Denim Air) F.28 Mk 0100 PH-MJP (14)(Tko)(Greenland Express)(LRW)

Greenland Express has had to deal with two cancelled flights and other operational issues recently with operator Denim Air (Amsterdam) according to Nordjyske.dk. According to the report, the airline has issued refunds for the cancelled flights.

Greenland Express CEO Gert Brask also stated to the Danish website that a new investor will have to be found in the future. He will determine the time when new capital is needed.

Greenland Express Air is a Greenlandic/Danish virtual airline, established in the beginning of 2013.

Greenland Express Air chose Dutch flight operator Denim Air to operate the flights. Greenland Express Air uses a Denim Air 100-seat Fokker 100 aircraft (above) on flights between Denmark and Greenland.

Read the full article (in Danish): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Greenland Express. Denim Air’s Fokker 100 (F.28 Mk. 0100) PH-MJP (msn 11505) has been operated for Greenland Express in their colors since the start of services on June 17, 2014.

Elite Airways to fly from Melbourne, Florida to Washington Dulles starting on September 8

Elite Airways CRJ200 (Tko)(Elite)(LR)

Elite Airways (Portland, ME and Melbourne, FL) wants to get into the scheduled airline business. The company was founded on October 30, 2012 and received its FAA Part 121 AOC also in 2012. The airline wants to begin scheduled passenger flights to and from Melbourne International Airport in Florida. The airline has announced it wants to fly from Melbourne to Washington (Dulles) starting on September 8. Fares will start at $199 one-way (see below). The carrier intends to also operate from Portland in the near future.

The airline currently operates 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets but is considering larger aircraft.

Read the full story from the Portland Press Herald: CLICK HERE

All images by Elite Airways.

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Elite Airways 7.2014 Route Map

Moskovia Airlines to revert to a charter airline on September 1

Moskovia Airlines (Moscow-Zhukovsky) filed for bankruptcy protection and reorganization in February 2014. Following an inspection of the airline’s operations this month by the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia), the airline will longer be able to operate as a scheduled passenger airline according to ch-aviation. The airline will revert to a charter airline on September 1.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. The main aircraft for Moskovia now is the new pictured Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B and a remaining single Boeing 737-700 which is likely to be returned. RA-89021 (msn 95021) arrives in Munich.

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Spirit Airlines to add two new routes from Chicago and Detroit to New Orleans

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is adding nonstop service to New Orleans from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and Detroit on November 6.

This is in addition to Spirit’s new nonstop service to New Orleans from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport that will begin on August 1, 2014. With the addition of these new routes, Spirit will operate flights nonstop from five cities to New Orleans.

Additionally Spirit is also adding new service from Chicago (O’Hare) to Atlanta that will begin on November 2, 2014. Additionally, Spirit’s expanded service to operate year-round from Chicago (O’Hare) to Baltimore/Washington will also begin on November 6, 2014. With the addition of these new routes, Spirit operates flights nonstop from Chicago to 21 cities.

Read the analysis on Spirit’s growth spurt by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N527NK (msn 2978) departs from Las Vegas painted in the old black and silver version of the 2004 livery.

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ANA announces the first Boeing 787-9 revenue flights on August 7

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) announced that it will launch scheduled services to three domestic Japanese destinations using the latest stretched version of the Boeing Dreamliner, the 787-9, from August 7. The plane, in 395-seat configuration, will be introduced progressively on routes between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Fukuoka, Osaka (Itami) and Matsuyama as ANA becomes the first airline in the world to operate the scheduled flight of 787-9.

In addition to the first 787-9 going into service in August, ANA is scheduled to take delivery of a further two aircraft in the fiscal year ending March 2015. For the launch of international services, ANA has opted for the 215-seat version of the long-range aircraft – 46 seats more than the existing Boeing 787-8 currently used on international long-haul routes.

The 787-9 is engineered for greater fuel economy than 787-8, while also ensuring approximately 20% more seating and cargo capacity and will help ANA achieve expansion into new markets.

ANA will focus on utilizing the 395-seat version of the 787-9 on major domestic routes to maximize passenger numbers, while also lowering operational costs.

On ANA’s international network, the plan is to utilize the 787-9 to increase capacity on some long-haul routes to Europe, North America and other key destinations which are at present served by the smaller 787-8 or to replace larger aircraft currently operating the routes. This will help ANA to maximize commercial returns, stabilize operating costs and enhance its ability to win more passengers and bigger cargo demand.

ANA is determined to take maximum advantage of the competitive edge provided by the outstanding fuel efficiency of the Boeing 787 to accelerate its growth and make the airline stronger.

Boeing 787-9 Schedules:

ANA 787-9 Schedules

Update: As planned, on August 4, ANA operated the world’s first passenger Boeing 787-9 flight when the pictured JA830A flew a sightseeing trip from Tokyo (Haneda) and with 171 Japanese and American elementary school students residing in Japan as part of the TOMODACHI Initiative.

Read the full story from ZipanguFlyer: CLICK HERE

Update: ANA became the first airline in the world to place the Boeing 787-9 into scheduled revenue service on August 7. Boeing 787-9 JA830A, their first of the stretched Dreamliner, inaugurated operations on the Tokyo (Haneda) – Fukuoka route according to ZipanguFlyer.

Read the full story from ZipanguFlyer: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo; Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Boeing 787-9 for ANA (JA830A).

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ANA firms up an order for 7 Airbus A320neo and 23 A321neo aircraft

ANA A321neo (82)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

ANA Holdings (All Nippon Airways-ANA) (Tokyo) has firmed up an order for 30 A320neo Family aircraft (seven A320neo and 23 A321neo). The initial agreement was announced in March 2014. The aircraft will be part of ANA Holdings fleet development and modernisation strategy to replace its existing single-aisle fleet in the coming years.

Deliveries will start from 2016.

Japanese Aero Engines Corporation (JAEC) is a 23% collaboration partner in PW1100G-JM program. JAEC is responsible for development, manufacturing and engineering support of the fan, low-pressure compressor, combustor, and low-pressure shafts. JAEC is a consortium, consisting of three Japanese companies: IHI (65%), Kawasaki Heavy Industries (25%), and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (10%).

The assembly of Airbus’ first A320neo has been completed following painting of the aircraft and the mounting of PW1100G-JM engines. It will soon start ground tests to prepare for first flight. The flight test campaign for the A320neo will kick-off in Q3 2014, paving the way for Entry Into Service in Q4 2015.

The A320neo – for “new engine option” – incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings and a reduction of 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. With a total of more than 3,000 orders received from more than 50 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured over 60 percent of the market, clearly demonstrating its leadership.

Image: Airbus.

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