Monthly Archives: August 2016

LATAM Airlines takes delivery of the first Airbus A320neo in South America

First Airbus A320neo for South America, delivered on August 29, 2016

Airbus issued this statement:

LATAM Airlines Group took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo – showcasing its white, indigo and coral livery and powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines – on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.

LATAM Airlines Brasil will become the first airline in North and South America, and the fifth operator in the world, to operate the ultra-fuel efficient aircraft type.

Executives from LATAM and Airbus attended a delivery ceremony, which also marked the delivery of LATAM’s fourth A350 XWB — the first with the airline group’s new brand livery. LATAM was also the Americas’ first A350 XWB operator.

The A320 is configured in a 174-seat layout with 18” wide seats and equipped with the innovative Space-Flex cabin configuration. LATAM was the first in Latin America to order the A320neo in 2011, shortly after the program was launched. The airline group has a total of 67 A320neo Family aircraft on order.

Initially, LATAM plans to fly its first A320neo on Brazilian domestic routes to Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) and São Paulo (Guarulhos).

In November, LATAM will begin to fly regional routes throughout South America. The second LATAM A320neo, to be delivered later this year, is also expected to operate regional flights. The airline group has more than 250 Airbus aircraft in operation.

Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Brazil) Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWBV (PT-TMN) (msn 7126) (first A320neo) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 934622.

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Thai takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Thai takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Thai Airways International has become the eighth operator of the Airbus A350-900, following the delivery on August 30, 2016 of the first of 12 aircraft (HS-THB) set to join the carrier’s fleet. The aircraft delivered is being operated on lease from US-based CIT.

Thai has configured its A350-900 with a premium two class layout with a total of 321 seats, comprising 32 THAI’s Royal Silk Class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, and 289 in the main cabin.

After an initial period flying on regional services between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the aircraft will be deployed on long haul flights soon thereafter, starting with the Bangkok-Melbourne route.

Altogether Thai has ordered 12 Airbus A350-900s. Four of these are being purchased directly from Airbus, with the other eight aircraft being acquired under lease agreements.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Copyright Photo: Thai Airways International Airbus A350-941 F-WZGQ (HS-THB) (msn 044) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 933885.

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KLM’s 9th 787 is named “Jasmijn” (Jasmine), delivered on August 26, 2016

KLM's 9th 787 is named "Jasmijn" (Jasmine), delivered on August 26, 2016

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines further expanded its fleet, welcoming its seventh Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the morning of August 27, 2016 in Amsterdam after a delivery flight from Paine Field near Everett, WA.

KLM’s seventh Boeing 787 Dreamliner is called “Jasmine” (“Jasmijn” in Dutch).

Jasmine is a blooming creeper with innumerable white flowers, which give off an intoxicating scent. The plant originates from South Asia. There are numerous species, including the Arabian jasmine and star jasmine.

All of KLM’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners are named after flowers or blooming plants, including the Sunflower, Carnation, Bougainville, Dalia, Hibiscus and Mimosa. KLM’s eighth new Dreamliner is expected to arrive in late September.

Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHH (msn 38767) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 934595.

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Still flying after 47 years

Still flying after 47 years

This venerable DC-8 airframe was originally delivered to Finnair as OH-LFR and named “Paavo” on January 27, 1969.

The airliner has also proudly served with the French Air Force (F-RAFG) and Air Transport International (N721CX) in its airline and military career.

Today is still flies on carrying humanitarian supplies to all parts of the world as N782SP.

From Wikipedia:

Samaritan’s Purse is an evangelical Christian humanitarian organization that provides aid to people in physical need as a key part of Christian missionary work. The organization’s president is Franklin Graham, son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

The name of the organization is based on the New Testament Parable of the Good Samaritan, in which Jesus uses a parable to teach people one form of the Golden Rule; “love your neighbor as yourself”.

Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries around the world. It has been a key financier for Carllen Japheth Africa Relief which has operations in Kenya and Southern Sudan.[citation needed] The humanitarian work of the Carllen Japheth Africa Relief in North Eastern, Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok, Busia, Meru, Kajiado and Baringo counties has seen tremendous improvement in the livelihood of vulnerable ophans and widows.[citation needed] The international headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse are in Boone, North Carolina, with additional U.S. facilities in Charlotte and North Wilkesboro, N.C. Affiliate offices are in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Field offices are located in some 20 countries across five continents.

Copyright Photo: Samaritan’s Purse International Relief McDonnell Douglas DC-8-72CF N782SP (msn 46013) GSO (Ken Petersen). Image: 934492.

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“Olympia Siegerflieger“ brings the German 2016 Rio Olympics team home

“Olympia Siegerflieger“ brings the German 2016 Rio Olympics team home

Lufthansa released this statement on August 23, 2016:

The German Olympic team has returned home, landing on time at 11.10 a.m. local time at Frankfurt Airport with flight number LH 511. The Boeing 747-8 with the registration D-ABYK was specially branded in a custom “Olympia Siegerflieger“ design. Around 250 athletes were on board, amongst them gold medal winners in beach volleyball Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, double-gold canoeist Sebastian Brendel, the gymnasts who won bronze with Sophie Scheder and many others.

After landing at Frankfurt Airport and taking a photo of their arrival in front of the plane, the German athletes went with a police escort directly to Frankfurt downtown to Römer Square, where they are welcomed by Federal President Joachim Gauck.

More than 50 international Olympic delegations use the services offered by the Lufthansa Group. The official Swiss Olympic delegation is also travelled back on Swiss flight LX 93 from Rio de Janeiro to Switzerland. The Boeing 777-300 ER was ceremoniously received at Zurich airport with a shower of water. Among the passengers the gold medallists in the lightweight men’s four rowing and the mountain biker Nico Schurter were on board.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 747-830 D-ABYK (msn 37835) (2016 Rio Olympics Team Aircraft – returning home) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 934473.

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The first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for Uzbekistan Airways

The first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for Uzbekistan Airways

Uzbekistan Airways has two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on order.

Copyright Photo: Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner UK78701 (msn 38363) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934399.

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Airbus delivers world’s first A330-300 Regional to Saudi Arabian Airlines

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Saudia-Saudi Arabian Airlines, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, has taken delivery of its first A330-300 Regional, making it the launch customer for this new member of the A330 family.

The aircraft is the first of the 20 A330-300 Regional aircraft ordered at the 2015 Paris Airshow, and joins Saudi Arabian Airlines’ existing Airbus fleet of 12 A330-300s and 50 A320 Family aircraft. Specially optimized for regional and domestic operations, the A330-300 Regional will boost capacity on several of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ most in-demand routes, enabling the airline to generate additional efficiencies while offering its passengers an unprecedented comfort level. The A330-300 Regional also represents the lowest-cost alternative and easiest fleet addition due to its high commonality with the A330s already operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Saudi Arabian Airlines will lease the A330-300 Regional fleet from the International Air Finance Corporation (IAFC), a leading lessor in the Middle East.

The A330-300 Regional is optimized for missions up to 2,700 nm (5-hour flight) covering short to medium haul routes and offers significant cost savings through a reduced operational weight of around 200 tons. The reduction in fuel burn per seat and maintenance costs will result in an overall cost reduction of around 20% compared with today’s long-range A330-300.

Photo: Airbus.

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Boeing delivers the 50th 787 to ANA

Boeing delivers the 50th 787 to ANA

Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing and ANA (All Nippon Airways) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s 50th 787 Dreamliner during a ceremony on August 17, 2016 at Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center. The milestone marks yet another record for ANA as it becomes the world’s first airline to operate 50 787 Dreamliners.

As part of efforts to expand its global network, ANA also announced plans to launch new routes from Tokyo, Narita to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in September this year and Mexico City, Mexico in February 2017 using 787 Dreamliners.

ANA became the launch customer of the 787 when it purchased 50 in 2004, and was the first to bring the airplane into service in 2011. The airline operates more than 11 percent of all 787s around the world today and has flown an estimated 125,000 flights with the Dreamliner.

Already the world’s largest Dreamliner operator, ANA has an additional 33 787s on order, including the longest and newest member of the family, the 787-10. The airline also has 20 777-9 airplanes on order.

ANA recently showcased its 50th 787 Dreamliner at the Farnborough International Airshow, performing high-performance demonstration flights for thousands in attendance and wowing millions of fans around the world on the internet.

Since entering service in 2011, the 787 has flown more than 109 million passengers on more than 500 routes around the world, including more than 120 new nonstop routes made possible through its efficiency.

Copyright Photo: ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA882A (msn 43872) (ANA’s 50th 787 – Inspiration of Japan) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934363. – Inspiration of Japan) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934363.

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PIA introduces “Pakistan Premier” service on August 14, 2016 with 4R-ALN wet leased from SriLankan Airlines

PIA introduces "Pakistan Premier" service on August 14, 2016 with 4R-ALN wetleased from SriLankan  Airlines

On August 14, 2016 Prime Minister Namaz Sharif of Pakistan unveiled PIA’s new luxury “Pakistan Premier” service on flight PK785 from Islamabad to London (Heathrow). PIA is planning to operate six weekly “Pakistan Premiere” flights to London (Heathrow) with three each from Islamabad and Lahore.

The airline is banking on this new level of service as a pathway to profitability.

PIA is planning to wet lease up to four SriLankan Airbus A330s.

PIA and SriLankan Airlines will increase their cooperation of services and code sharing flights.

Copyright Photo: Pakistan Premier (Pakistan International Airlines) (SriLankan Airlines) Airbus A330-343 4R-ALN (msn 1604) LHR. Image: 934295.

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