Copyright Photo: Geodis (Titan Airways) Airbus A330-343P2F G-EODS (msn 713) STN (Antony J. Best). Image: 955444.
BBAM Limited Partnership has announced the delivery of the first Airbus A321P2F on lease to Titan Airways earlier this month. The Airbus A321P2F is the first production of a passenger to freighter conversion of an Airbus A321. The delivery is the first of several A321P2F conversions that BBAM has contracted with Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW).
The A321P2F is the first in its size category to offer containerized loading in both the main (up to 14 full container positions) and lower deck (up to 10 container positions). EFW’s A321P2F solution has a generous and proven gross payload of over 28 metric tons, with further upside potential in future conversions. The solution, which comes with optimized weight distribution to enable empty flights and random loading, accords high flexibility for operators, in particular express carriers. The program is the only OEM solution for A321P2F in the market that also ensures lifecycle value, given its superiority in quality, reliability and ease of maintenance.
Titan Airways made this announcement:
We are excited to announce the introduction of our first Airbus A330 airliner. The 5 year young Airbus A330-200 will join the fleet in the first quarter of 2020 and enter revenue service in April.
The A330, leased for a 5 1/2 year term, will be our first wide bodied Airbus variant, replacing a Boeing 767-300ER.
The A330 will fulfil long haul requirements previously met by the B767, which we are retiring as we transition towards an all Airbus fleet. We have selected this aircraft due to the very high standard of the cabin and the crew rest compartment, which will enable us to operate the aircraft to its maximum range. This should open up a wealth of new opportunities in the charter market.
The spacious cabin is configured with 32 fully lie-flat beds and 206 standard economy seats, offering a 32inch seat pitch. All seats are equipped with touch screen in-flight entertainment and in-seat power, allowing passengers to power their own devices. The provision of crew rest extends the range of the aircraft to approximately 14 ½ hours.
With the addition of the A330 we are thrilled to be able to offer our clients a choice of comfortable, modern, economical aircraft with a diversity of capacity and range.
We anticipate strong demand for the new A330 aircraft from other airlines for wet/damp lease, ad-hoc charter and tour operator charter roles.
Titan AIrways’ Boeing 737-33A (QC) G-POWC (msn 25402) (above) has been leased for the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour which started in London. The aircraft has been painted in this special FIFA livery sponsored by Coca-Cola.
Coca-Cola issued this statement:
The global leg of the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off today with an official launch ceremony at London Stansted Airport with former FIFA World Cup™ winners Sir Geoff Hurst of England and Andrea Pirlo of Italy. The stars helped send the original FIFA World Cup Trophy off on its worldwide journey to 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Coca-Cola is inviting fans around the world to get #ReadyFor the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to the same solid-gold trophy that will be presented to the winning country of the tournament in July.
Before starting on its global tour, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Colatraveled across Russia for three months, spanning nearly 10,000 miles and visiting 16 cities, making it the longest host country tour in history.
This marks the fourth time Coca-Cola and FIFA have come together to bring the Trophy Tour to the world. This year’s experiential activation will visit several countries for the first time ever, including Iceland, Austria and Mongolia.
Route of the Tour:
“As football fans around the world gear up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we want to make sure they are ready for all of the emotions that this summer’s tournament will bring,” said Ricardo Fort, vice president, global sports partnerships, The Coca-ColaCompany. “The Trophy Tour will give fans everywhere a taste of the excitement that’s to come, not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Trophy for themselves.
Phillipe Le Floc’h, chief commercial officer, FIFA, added, “Following the success of the first phase of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, which gave more than 220,000 people across Russia the chance to see the FIFA World Cup Trophy with their own eyes, we are very excited to now offer this unforgettable opportunity to football fans around the world. The next few months are going to bring joy and wonder to hundreds of thousands of people from over 50 countries, and we thank Coca-Colafor partnering with us in taking the FIFA World Cup to the world.”
All photos by Coca-Cola and FIFA.
Atlantic Star Airlines (London), the would-be airline that wants to advertise and operate charter flights between the United Kingdom and St. Helena Island in the Atlantic Ocean has announced a delay. The island is expected to have a new airport that is due to open next year. However the proposed airline has now announced a delay in the sale of tickets for the proposed new service. The paper airline issued this statement:
Atlantic Star Airlines must regretfully announce that there will be a delay to the sale of tickets on their first charter flights between the UK and St Helena planned for Easter 2016.
We realise that this will come as a considerable disappointment to the many Saints, potential visitors and tourism businesses on St. Helena who have been waiting for seats on these flights to become available to purchase.
Atlantic Star had entered in to partnership with Titan Airways of Stansted to operate the flights. Detailed negotiations had been been concluded and a draft agreement reached. However we received notification this week that Titan have unilaterally declared all agreements void and are no longer willing to operate the services. It goes without saying that we feel extremely let down.
Clearly this is a major setback and we now find ourselves in the position of needing to identify a new charter provider in a shorter timeframe. As a consequence we find ourselves unavoidably forced to “stop the clock” on the countdown to ticket sales. We know how disappointed many people reading this release will be and we are hard at work engaging a replacement airline for the charter programme. This will take time, and we will keep our future customers and trade partners informed as and when it is appropriate to do so.
Our passion for St.Helena as a destination remains undimmed, and we maintain our belief that direct flights to and from the UK are desirable as well as operationally and financially feasible.
Richard Brown, Andy Radford and Aiden Walsh
The Atlantic Star Leadership Team.
Photo: St. Helena Island. Atlantic Star Airlines.
Titan Airways (London-Stansted) has retired its last BAe RJ100 after a long association with the UK-built 146 series of aircraft. The airline issued this statement:
Titan Airways RJ100, G-POWF, left the fleet to begin a new role with Canadian operator, North Cariboo Air.
G-POWF, which had been with us for two and a half years, had most recently been employed on a government contract in the Gulf region. The RJ100 superseded Titan Airways’ BAe 146 operations in the Gulf which dated back to 2009.
The role previously fulfilled by Titan is now being taken over by the RAF’s own aircraft.
The departure of the RJ100 is a step in Titan’s long term strategy to operate more modern, economical and environmentally friendly aircraft. In addition to the phasing out of older aircraft types, we have begun actively seeking younger, more efficient aircraft. An Airbus A320-233 was introduced in April and we are looking for further opportunities to expand our charter fleet with Airbus.
Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati Collection. Titan Airways has had a long association with the BAe 146 and its various models. The type has also had a number of liveries. BAe 146-200 G-ZAPN (msn E2119) sports one of those unique color schemes.
Titan Airways (London-Stansted) has become a privately-owned company. The airline which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, issued this statement:
Titan Airways has become a fully privately owned business. The business is now owned outright by managing director and founder, Gene Willson, who recently bought out long term investors 3i.
Originally holding a 37% stake in Titan’s parent company, Hagondale, 3i’s ownership was reduced to 22% last March and the remaining balance of shares were purchased at the end of last year.
Mr Willson said, “We are extremely pleased to achieve this milestone in such a significant year – our 25th birthday. 3i have been a very supportive partner but completing the purchase of their shares provides us with full control of our long-term development plans for the airline. The additional shareholding also gives us the flexibility for further business opportunities.”
When Titan Airways was founded in 1988 it was a two man operation operating a single light aircraft, a Cessna 404 Titan. Today we have grown into one of the UK’s most successful charter airlines with 250 staff and a versatile fleet of 12 aircraft, ranging from a 6 seat Citation CJ2+ to a 265 seat Boeing 767-300 (see above). A 13th aircraft, an Airbus A320-233, will be joining the fleet in the spring.
Mr Willson, who still regularly captains several of the aircraft types in the Titan Airways fleet, believes our success can be attributed to our ability to deliver bespoke services with exacting attention to detail to a diverse customer base.
Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Boeing 767-36N ER G-POWD (msn 30847) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).
Titan Airways (London-Stansted) has added its first Boeing 767-300 for its long-range charters. Ex-Skymark Airlines 767-36N ER G-POWD (msn 30847) was accepted on December 17, 2009.
Titan Airways (London-Stansted) has added “Pixie Lott” (Victoria Louise Lott) titles to its Boeing 757-2Y0 G-ZAPU (msn 26151) for the upcoming Baby-G tour. Pixie will be introducing her “Turn it Up” album on September 14.
For those that are uninformed here is a picture of the English singer-songwriter:
Snowjet (London) is a charter tour operator which specializes in getting skiers to the slopes. Starting on December 12 it will use Thomson Airways and Titan Airways to operate from UK airports to Chambery and Sion.