Monthly Archives: January 2018

Emirates to launch services to Santiago de Chile via Sao Paulo

Emirates Airline Boeing 777-21H LR A6-EWA (msn 35572) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 913639.

Emirates has announced its plan to launch a new, five times a week, service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport (SCL), via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, starting on July 5, 2018.

The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times a week to Sao Paulo, complementing the airline’s existing daily Airbus A380 flight between Dubai and Sao Paulo. In total, Emirates will now fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo. Emirates’ Santiago flight will be a linked service with Sao Paulo, meaning that customers in South America can now travel between the two cities in unprecedented style and comfort. Citizens from both Brazil and Chile only need ID cards to travel to either country.

The new route will be operated with a two-class configured Boeing 777-200LR which offers 38 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264 seats in Economy Class. The new 777 flight will also offer up to 14 tonnes of capacity for cargo, opening up access to more global markets for Chilean exports such as fish, seafood, cherries, flowers and general perishable goods.

Flight EK263 will depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 09:05hrs local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 17:00, before departing again at 18:30 and arriving into Santiago at 21:40 on the same day. The return flight EK264 will depart Santiago on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 01:10 local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 05:55. EK264 will depart once again from Sao Paulo at 07:45 bound for Dubai where it will arrive at 05:15 the next day.

 

 

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Boeing 777-21H LR A6-EWA (msn 35572) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 913639.

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First Airbus A321LR successfully completes its first flight

Airbus’ first A321LR (Long Range), msn 7877, has accomplished its first flight following a mission lasting 2 hours and 36 minutes. The aircraft powered by CFM Leap-1A engines is now set to undergo a nearly 100 hour flight test programme, including trans-Atlantic missions, for EASA and FAA Type Certification in Q2 2018. Entry into service is targeted for Q4 2018.

The aircraft’s crew comprised: Experimental Test Pilots Yann Beaufils and Peter Lofts as well as Flight Test Engineers Frank Hohmeister, Jim Fawcett, Cedric Favrichon and Cabin Specialist Alexander Gentzsch. During the flight, the crew tested the aircraft’s flight controls, engines and main systems including flight envelope protections, both at high and low speed.

The A321LR features a new door configuration, enabling its operators to accommodate up to 240 passengers in Airbus’ widest Single Aisle fuselage in the sky. The new Airspace by Airbus cabin available on the A320 Family additionally enhances the passengers’ unrivalled travel experience. With further options, combining an increased Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) of 97 tons and a third Additional Centre Fuel Tank (ACT), the aircraft’s range extends to 4000nm (7400 km), allowing airlines to tap into new market opportunities.

Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 20 percent by 2020. With more than 1900 orders received from over than 50 customers, to date the A321neo has captured a solid 80 percent market share, making it the true aircraft of choice in the Middle of the Market.

Photos: Airbus.

AeroMexico to operate its last Boeing 777-200 revenue flight

The last 777 flight to be operated on February 26, 2018 (AM031 EZE-MEX)

AeroMexico (Mexico City) is retiring its last Boeing 777-200 from the fleet. The Triple Seven fleet has been replaced with newer Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

According to Airline Route, the last revenue flight is currently scheduled for February 26, 2018 between Buenos Aires (Ezeiza) and Mexico City as flight AM 031.

The carrier added the type on March 23, 2006 with N745AM.

Copyright Photo: AeroMexico Boeing 777-2Q8 ER N774AM (msn 28689) GRU (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 906595.

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Air Canada to launch new domestic western regional routes, Vancouver – Delhi route to become year-round

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGNW (msn 4388) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 925782.

Air Canada has announced it will begin new domestic regional nonstop flights on July 2, 2018.

“We are pleased to offer new nonstop flights onboard our Bombardier Q400s between popular BC and Alberta cities as we continue to strategically expand our already extensive domestic network,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “With the continued growth at several communities on Vancouver Island and in the BC Okanagan, we see the opportunity to add new nonstop services and provide additional convenient travel options.”

“With Alberta being such a key market, the new direct flights into Kelowna, Victoria and Comox are great news for British Columbia’s visitor economy,” said Walt Judas, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia. “Air Canada’scommitment to servicing these routes is not only a huge boost for the individual communities, it is also a major benefit for the Thompson Okanagan and Vancouver Island regions as a whole.”

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGNW (msn 4388) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 925782.

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Route and frequency

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Edmonton-Kelowna – year-round

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Edmonton at 08:40

Kelowna at 08:59

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Edmonton at 16:05

Kelowna at 16:24

Kelowna-Edmonton – year-round

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Kelowna at 09:30

Edmonton at 11:51

AC8404 YLW-YEG

Kelowna at 16:55

Edmonton at 19:16

Edmonton-Victoria – seasonal

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Edmonton at 08:40

Victoria at 09:40

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Edmonton at 16:00

Victoria at 17:00

Victoria-Edmonton – seasonal

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Victoria at 10:10

Edmonton at 12:55

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Victoria at 17:30

Edmonton at 20:15

Calgary-Comox – seasonal

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Calgary at 10:05

Comox at 10:58

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Comox at 11:30

Calgary at 14:14

 

These new routes complement Air Canada’s previously announced new nonstop North America routes beginning 2018:

  • Toronto to: Omaha, Providence, Nanaimo, Kamloops
  • Montreal to: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Victoria
  • Edmonton to: San Francisco
  • Vancouver to: Sacramento

Air Canada will launch new international services in 2018 including:

  • Toronto to: Shannon (Ireland), Porto (Portugal), Zagreb (Croatia), Bucharest (Romania), Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Montreal to: TokyoNarita (Japan), Dublin (Ireland), Bucharest (Romania), Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Vancouver to: Paris (France), Zurich (Switzerland)

In other news, Air Canada also announced that its current seasonal nonstop VancouverDelhi flights will become year-round starting June 8, 2018.

First Boeing 777-300 in the new livery

Above Copyright Photo: The first Boeing 777-300 has now been repainted in the new livery. Air Canada Boeing 777-333 ER C-FITL (msn 35256) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 940829.

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Ryanair and BALPA sign UK Recognition Agreement

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EKC (msn 38495) LGW (SPA). Image: 931519.

Ryanair on January 30, 2018 confirmed that it has signed a formal Union Recognition agreement with BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association), who will now be the sole representative body for Ryanair employed Pilots in the UK.

This agreement follows extensive negotiations with BALPA since Ryanair’s December announcement that it was willing to recognise Unions for collective bargaining purposes. While these recognition negotiations were continuing with BALPA, the 6 remaining Ryanair UK Bases (including Stansted) voted – in secret ballot – to accept pay increases of up to 20%, which had already been agreed by a majority (9) of other UK bases. These pay increases mean Ryanair’s UK pilots are earning 20% more than competitor 737 pilots (Norwegian and Jet2).

Ryanair welcomes the positive and constructive engagement of BALPA which led to the formal signing of this recognition agreement within 5 weeks of the first meeting. This recognition agreement with BALPA is significant because the UK accounts for almost 100 of Ryanair’s 400+ current aircraft fleet and over 25% of Ryanair’s pilot body. Ryanair looks forward to working with BALPA and its newly elected BALPA Ryanair Company Council.

Ryanair’s Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson said:

“Welcoming this UK recognition agreement, we are pleased today to announce this UK recognition agreement with BALPA on behalf of our directly employed pilots in the UK. The UK accounts for 25% of Ryanair’s fleet and pilot numbers. This agreement validates the decision of Ryanair’s Board in December to recognise unions, and the fact that we have delivered pay rises of up to 20% and union recognition for our pilots in our largest market, shows how serious Ryanair is about working constructively with unions that are willing to work constructively with us.

This rapid progress in the UK is in marked contrast to some other EU countries where we are still waiting for a response to our recognition proposals and where some unions have failed to put these substantial pay increases to our pilots. We now call on these unions to stop wasting time and act quickly to deliver 20% pay increases to our pilots in February, and conclude formal recognition agreements, which they are presently sitting on. Ryanair will not allow these unions to delay pay increases to our pilots. In Dublin for example, where just 35% of our pilots have not yet received this pay increase, we have warned FÓRSA/IALPA that we will offer it to these pilots individually if they refuse / fail to organise a vote among just 35% of our Dublin pilots on this pay increase on/before 31 Jan.

This agreement between Ryanair and BALPA shows that Ryanair can work with unions that wish to work with us to promote the interests of both our pilots and our customers.”

Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-EKC (msn 38495) LGW (SPA). Image: 931519.

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Seventh Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 touches down in Munich

Lufthansa has welcomed its seventh Airbus A350-900, a plane with the registration of D-AIXG, to Munich. On February 1, after a short downtime for upgrading, the “Mannheim” will take off on its first scheduled flight. With a total fleet size of seven aircraft, Lufthansa will be offering its customers six new destinations with the A350-900 in the summer flight schedule: Seoul as of February 1, New York (EWR), Chicago and Denver from March 25 onwards, and Singapore as of March 27. Vancouver will become the newest A350-900 destination on May 1. Lufthansa is already flying the most modern member of its fleet to Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Boston, Delhi and Mumbai. “When the summer flight schedule goes into effect, our passengers will be able to enjoy flights on the world’s most modern long-haul aircraft to six additional destinations. The A350-900 is quiet and fuel-efficient, with a cabin that won the German Design Award,” says Wilken Bormann, CEO Hub Munich.

In late 2017, Lufthansa won the “German Design Award 2018” in the category “Excellent Product Design”. The jury commended the creation of a unique travel environment. The Economy Class of the A350-900 has seats in various shades of blue and offers passengers additional comfort: The seats have new ergonomic cushions and more space for storing personal items. The design for the A350 Economy Class was developed by the agency PearsonLloyd Design Ltd.

The A350-900 seats 293 passengers: 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. The aircraft is the world’s most modern and eco-friendly long-haul aircraft. It uses 25 percent less kerosene, has 25 percent lower emissions and is significantly more quiet during take-off than comparable aircraft models. Lufthansa has ordered a total of 25 of these state-of-the-art jetliners.

Photo: Lufthansa.

SBA Airlines AOC is suspended

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2016

SBA Airlines (Caracas) has announced its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) on January 26, 2018 was suspended for 90 days by the El Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC) of Venezuela.

 

The airline must now demonstrate it can meet the current technical and financial regulations before its AOC can be restored.

Announcement by the airline in Spanish:

Top Copyright Photo: SBA Airlines Boeing 767-3P6 ER YV528T (msn 24349) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104287.

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