Monthly Archives: September 2017

Ibex Airlines retires the last CRJ200 regional jet

Type Retired: September 27, 2017 (FW17 Fukuoka- - Sendai with JA03RJ)

Ibex Airlines operated the last Canadair (Bombardier) CRJ200 regional jet revenue flight with the pictured JA03RJ on September 27, 2017 as flight FW17 between Fukuoka and Sendai per ch-aviation.

Copyright Photo: Ibex Airlines-ANA Connection Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) JA03RJ (msn 7624) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 907882.

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Air Nostrum promotes the Cies Islands

Promoting the "Islas Cies"

Air Nostrum has painted one of its Bombardier CRJ1000 (EC-MNQ) in a Cies Islands promotional special livery.

The Cíes Islands are an archipelago off the coast of Pontevedra, in the region  of Galicia (Western Spain) in the mouth of the Ria de Vigo.

They belong to the municipality of Vigo. They were declared a Natural Reserve in 1980 and are included in the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park.

Javier Rodriguez reporting from Spain.

Copyright Photo: Air Nostrum-Iberia Regional Bombardier CRJ1000 (CL-600-2E25) EC-MNQ (msn 19051) (Islas Cies) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 939314.

Malaysia to lease six ex-Airberlin Airbus A330-200s

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-223 9M-MKV (msn 296) (Visit Malaysia Year) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 900997.

Malaysia Airlines has provided further clarification on its fleet strategy, following its previous updates on the matter.

Malaysia Airlines fleet strategy is a key component of the ongoing five-year 12-point MAS Recovery Plan (MRP) unveiled on August 29, 2014, which calls for the resetting of the airline’s operating business model towards a competitive cost position, with a focus on the network and revenue management.

In his presentation to media, Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew provided an in-depth update on Malaysia Airlines’ fleet strategy, as well as its business performance, products and services, among others.

As emphasized in its statement on September 21, 2017, Malaysia Airlines has a firm order of 25 Boeing 737 aircraft and options on other types of aircraft, including both new and used aircraft from Boeing and Airbus. Overall, this strategy will provide Malaysia Airlines with the flexibility in deciding which aircraft suits its operational environment best moving forward.

In line with this, Bellew also announced that Malaysia Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the lease of six (6) second hand Airbus A330-200, as replacement for six narrow body Boeing 737 that are being returned to lessors . The A330-200 aircraft, expected to begin arriving from February 2018, will allow the airline to bridge the next generation wide-body aircraft orders. The LOI with AerCap, the lessor of the aircraft, was signed today.

As per the LOI, the A330-200s will be leased for six years from 2018 to 2023 and will mainly be used to up-gauge several high-demand medium haul routes. The aircraft features are very similar to Malaysia Airlines’ current A330-300 fleet with exactly the same Pratt & Whitney engines. Malaysia Airlines is negotiating a maintenance support program with Pratt & Whitney. The six aircraft will have a two class configuration, 287 seats with 19 fully lie flat Business Class seats, brand new IFE on all seats and WiFi.

Malaysia Airlines previously operated Airbus A330-200s (see photo).

Malaysia Airlines currently operates six A380s, 15 A330-300s and 48 Boeing 737-800s.

Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-223 9M-MKV (msn 296) (Visit Malaysia Year) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 900997.

 

Boeing’s Dreamliner surpasses one million flights

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N789EX (msn 41988) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 913660.

In less than six years of service, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family has already surpassed 1 million passenger flights, faster than any twin-aisle jet. Connecting the world with over 150 new nonstop routes, the Dreamliner family has flown more than 190 million passengers while saving 18 billion pounds of fuel since its first delivery in September 2011.

Copyright Photo: Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N789EX (msn 41988) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 913660.

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WestJet announces the name and logo for its ultra-low-cost airline, named Swoop

WestJet has announced the name and logo for its ultra-low-cost airline (ULCC) in Canada.

Named Swoop, the ULCC will begin selling flights in early 2018.

“The name Swoop denotes exactly what we plan to do,” said Bob Cummings WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and the executive member responsible for the launch of Swoop. “It’s a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more Canadians to travel.”

Swoop will provide Canadians with a no-frills, lower-fare travel option backed by an airline with a proven track record of bringing lower fares to Canadians and an investment-grade credit rating.

 

Swoop will be based in Calgary.

Swoop has flown in to the Canadian travel market to provide the country with a no-frills, lower-fare air travel option that will get more Canadians travelling. Swoop has the unique position of being the only ultra-low-fare carrier in Canada with a strong balance sheet, a modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft and a management team with deep knowledge of the aviation market.

Frontier announces nine additional routes connecting 13 cities

"Powder, the Polar Bear"

Frontier Airlines issued this statement:

As a further expansion of its commitment to deliver low fares nationwide, low cost airline Frontier Airlines has announced nine more routes connecting 13 cities. This announcement comes just two months after the airline’s previous announcement of more than 80 new routes across the US, meaning the airline now serves more than 90 percent of American households. All routes are on sale, with new route fares as low as $39.

Departure City Arrival City Start Date
Atlanta to/from San Jose April 9, 2018
Austin to/from Cleveland April 9, 2018
Charleston to/from Chicago O’Hare May 11, 2018
Charleston to/from Philadelphia Feb. 20, 2018
Colorado Springs to/from San Antonio April 8, 2018
Colorado Springs to/from San Jose April 9, 2018
Colorado Springs to/from Minneapolis April 9, 2018
Colorado Springs to/from Seattle April 8, 2018
San Jose to/from Cincinnati April 8, 2018

These additional announcements come just two months after the carrier made the largest network expansion announcement in its history. In that announcement, the carrier introduced 21 new cities and 85 new routes. These previously announced routes are now on sale today. These announcements come as the carrier continues to deliver on their promise of providing Low Fares Done Right to more customers than ever before.

In addition to these new announcements, Frontier has extended its schedule through Aug. 11, 2018.

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A321-211 WL N711FR (msn 7184) (Polar Bear) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403406.

Sundair operates its first revenue flight

Sunair starts operations on September 27, 2017

Sundair, the new German charter airline, launched its first revenue flight on September 27, 2017 after its AOC was granted on the previous day. The very first operation was flight SDR2402 from Kassel to Palma de Mallorca with the pictured Airbus A320-214 D-ASEF (msn 4974).

Sundair is 50 percent owned by Schauinsland Reisen, a German tour operator that will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018, in collaboration with Spaniard entrepreneur Marcos Roselló, CEO of the Air41 technology company and founder of Sundair.
 
D-ASEF is pictured on departure at Palma de Mallorca on runway 06R on its way back to Kassel.
Copyright Photo: Sundair Airbus A320-214 D-ASEF (msn 4974) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 939303. 
Javier Rodriguez reporting from Palma de Mallorca.