Boeing and Malaysia Airlines sign Memorandum of Understanding for 16 Airplanes

Boeing and Malaysia Airlines Berhad (Malaysia Airlines) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 16 airplanes during a ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington D.C.

The signing was witnessed by Dato’ Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry and in the presence of The Honorable Dato’ Sri Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia as well as members from the airline and Boeing.

The announcement includes eight 787-9 Dreamliners by converting eight of Malaysia Airlines’ existing order of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and eight additional purchase rights of the 737 MAX 8s as well as Boeing’s Global Fleet Care service to maintain the national carrier’s current and future Boeing airplanes. Once finalized, the deal will be posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.

Malaysia Airlines currently operates more than 50 Next-Generation 737s and has an additional 25 737 MAXs on order, including 10 for the new 737 MAX 10.

Image: Boeing.

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KLM announces the last Fokker 70 flights

Thank you and farewell to Anthony Fokker and the Fokker fleet

KLM issued this statement:

KLM wants to reflect in appropriate style on the end of the 97-year partnership between KLM and Fokker. The phasing out of the Fokker 70 at KLM Cityhopper marks the end of an extraordinary period for the Dutch airline industry.

So many KLM fans would like to be aboard one of the final Fokker flights on October 28, 2017, that we are publishing the flight schedule below.

 DUS – Düsseldorf KL1862 arrival Amsterdam 19.05 hrs*

NWI- Norwich KL1512 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*

HAJ – Hannover KL1912 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*

BRU – Brussel KL1732 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*

LUX – Luxembourg KL1746 arrival Amsterdam 19.35 hrs*

LHR – London KL1070 arrival Amsterdam 20.30 hrs *

*Local time

Especially for fans

That the very last commercial Fokker flight will depart from London is no coincidence. Soon after the first passenger flights took place on May 17, 1920, two Fokkers joined the KLM fleet as the first passenger aircraft to be owned by KLM: these Fokker IIs bore the registration numbers H-NABC and H-NABD. The first commercial flight with a Fokker II was on September 15, 1920 to London. The arrival of the Fokker 70 from London on October 28, 2017 will complete the circle.

Modernizing the fleet

KLM Cityhopper began replacing its Fokker fleet with the modern E-Jet, Embraer 190 and Embraer 175 in 2008. These new aircraft are facilitating further expansion of the existing network, higher flight frequencies, and lower costs. This wide-ranging modernisation means KLM Cityhopper can contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly operation in which quality and passenger comfort are top priorities.

Copyright Photo: KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZU (msn 11543) (Fokker – Anthony Fokker – Farewell) AMS (Antony J. Best). Image: 938597.

Alaska Airlines named Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants, A321 theme jet coming

Alaska Airlines named Official Airline of the San Francisco Giants (PRNewsfoto/Alaska Airlines)

Alaska Airlines has announced the company has signed an agreement to become the official airline of the San Francisco Giants for the next seven years, extending the partnership that Virgin America established with the organization in 2008. To celebrate this partnership and Alaska’s commitment to the Bay Area, the company unveiled the design for an Airbus 321 featuring the Giants logo and team colors that will begin flying early next year.

 

The extended partnership features several cobranded elements which will be introduced over the next several months leading into the 2018 season. They include:

  • An Alaska Airlines customized suite located in AT&T Park’s right field with views of McCovey Cove;
  • The naming rights to the AT&T Park Club Level which will be called the “Alaska Airlines Club Level” and be updated to combine the look and feel of the airline with the premium level experiences Giants fans have appreciated on this level of the ballpark; and
  • The new Giants-themed Airbus 321, operated by Virgin America, will feature the iconic Golden Gate bridge in orange across the fuselage with the orange and black Giants logo above the wing and a large black “SF” on the back section of the fuselage.

The Alaska/Giants partnership will also feature many fan-friendly components including:

  • Alaska in-flight Giants offers;
  • Special vacation packages for Giants fans through the Giants Vacations program;
  • Alaska serving as the presenting partner for the Giant Races, which are a series of foot races that include events such as a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Kids Race/Family Relay, held in Scottsdale, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco and benefit local community groups;
  • Continuation of the highly popular “Two-For-One” Flight Voucher event for the first 40,000 Giants fans attending a Giants home game each season. The first “Two-For-One” event will be this coming Sunday, Sept. 17; and
  • Alaska will launch a seasonal, twice daily flight from San Francisco to Phoenix, Arizona for Giants fans to attend Spring Training in 2018. The flight schedule is being finalized and tickets will go on sale later this year.

Another important element of this partnership will be the collaboration and support of both Alaska Airlines and the Giants on important community initiatives and programs focused on youth and education throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Image: Alaska Airlines.

Flair Air becomes Flair Airlines, introduces a new livery

Flair Air (Kelowna) on July 25, 2017 officially changed its name back to Flair Airlines. The airline wanted a new look for its revised name and held an online “Paint the Plane” contest.

Renae Ferchoff-Ambler was announced as the winner with her winning design (above).

The airline has also introduced a new logo.

Flair Airlines is adding additional flights to Kelowna, Toronto (Pearson) and Vancouver.

Image: Flair Airlines.

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ANA takes delivery of its first Airbus A321neo

All Nippon Airways (ANA) had taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo (A321-272N JA131A, msn 7839), becoming the launch operator of the version of the aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engines.

ANA’s A321neo is configured for 194 passengers with 8 premium class seats and 186 economy class seats.

ANA will start scheduled commercial services on domestic routes in October 2017. The aircraft is the first for the airline to be used on domestic routes equipped with in-flight entertainment system for all seats.

ANA currently operates 16 A320 Family aircraft, with another 29 on order for future delivery.

Parent company ANA Holdings (ANA HD) also has three A380s on order.

Image: Airbus.

United Airlines increases its Airbus A350 order

 

United Airlines has increased the number of Airbus A350 XWB aircraft it will bring into its fleet, updating and expanding its previously existing order for 35 A350-1000 to 45 A350-900 widebody aircraft to replace older, less efficient aircraft, supporting future growth at the airline. 

These aircraft will be the first Airbus widebodies to join United’s global fleet.

The 100th A350 was delivered at the end of July 2017, just some 30 months after the first delivery of the world’s most modern widebody aircraft in December 2014. To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 848 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide.

Image: Airbus.

Hong Kong Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900


Hong Kong Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 (B-LGA), on lease from AerCap, making the carrier the 15th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin aisle airliner. Altogether Hong Kong Airlines will acquire 21 Airbus A350 XWB, including 15 purchased directly from Airbus and six on lease from third party lessors.

Hong Kong Airlines has configured its A350-900 with a premium three-class layout with a total of 334 seats, comprising 33 in Business Class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 108 in the new cabin class “Economy Comfort” and 193 in Economy Class. The aircraft features the airline’s latest cabin products, including an all-new entertainment system and full in-flight connectivity. After an initial period flying on regional routes, Hong Kong Airlines’ A350-900 will begin long haul operations in December this year, flying on the carrier’s non-stop service to Los Angeles.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 848 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever. With 287 firm orders for the A350 from carriers in Asia-Pacific, the region represents over a third of total sales for the type to date.

Photo: Airbus.