UNI Air’s unveils its 2016 “Bad Badtz-Maru” (Bad Penguin) special livery

UNI Air's unveils its 2016 "Bad Badtz-Maru" (Bad Penguin) special livery

UNI Air on September 13, 2016 unveiled its first special livery on one of its new ATR 72-600s. The pictured B-17001 features the Japanese mangas (comics) named “Bad Badtz-Maru” [Bad Penguin], featuring some Sanrio characters.

This is a first time the EVA Air Group has applied this kind of livery of unique characters. The group is expected to drop some of their Airbus A330 “Hello Kitty” liveries in near future [the contract will soon be concluded). This unique ATR 72-600 will serve exclusively on domestic routes such as to Makung from Taipei Songshan Airport, in order to develop tourism in Taiwan.

Copyright Photo: UNI Air ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) B-17001 (msn 1044) (Bad Badtz-Maru – Bad Penguin) TSA (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 934842.

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Airberlin’s 2016 salute to the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek

Airberlin's 2016 salute to the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek

Airberlin and German TV channel ,TELE 5, are ushering in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the “Star Trek” TV and movie series with a special logojet.

TELE 5 holds the exclusive free-to-air TV broadcast rights for the original Star Trek series in Germany.

Copyright Photo: Airberlin (airberlin.com) Airbus A320-214 D-ABFG (msn 4291) (Star Trek – Tele 5) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 934827.

 

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LOT Polish outlines its growth plans, will increase the Dreamliner fleet to 16, return to Newark

LOT Polish outlines its growth plans, will increase the Dreamliner fleet to 16, return to Newark

LOT Polish Airlines is planning further profitable growth including a return to Newark and a new route to Seoul. The airline issued this statement:

LOT presented its 2020 profitable growth strategy. During that time the carrier plans to achieve sustainable viability and become a leading airline in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe servicing over 10 million passengers per year, gradually increasing its fleet and launching new flights.

LOT’s strategy is based on five pillars: taking advantage of potential that lies in a growing market, developing a network of connections and a hub, competition, boosting effectiveness and building a committed team.

“Taking maximal advantage of the fact that the market of air services in Poland and the Central and Eastern Europe is bound to grow at a much quicker pace than in other European countries is a starting point for our plan of further growth. We have estimated that in Poland alone the number of passengers is going to grow at about 5% per year. It is a huge opportunity for us,” says Rafał Milczarski, LOT’s CEO.

LOT is going to regain its lost market share in Poland, aiming for approx. 25%. It means that the number of its passengers as early as in 2020 is going to exceed 10m vis-a-vis 4.3m in 2015. Hence the airlines have announced that they are going to continue to develop their network of connections with long-haul flights being its most important element.

“Long-distance flights are the most profitable part of our business and being the only airlines in the region, LOT has the related growth potential. We are mostly going to focus on developing flights to North America and most important business centers in Asia. Connections to Central Asia and to the Middle East are particularly interesting from our perspective. Warsaw’s geographical location allows to develop an unmatched offering of flights to countries such as Kazakhstan or Iran. We are going to take advantage of that potential,” adds Rafał Milczarski.

In just a few weeks LOT is going to launch a direct flight to Seoul and next year another connection to Newark in the USA is scheduled to be opened. Flights to the NYC’s second airport will be initially operated 4 and then 5 times a week, starting from the beginning of the 2017 summer season.

“We are happy to return to Newark because it is an important connection to the Polish community. Newark is also an important interchange for passengers who continue their travel to other destinations in the United States and it simply extends our offering,” says Rafał Milczarski.

Soon LOT is going to announce more new destinations. LOT’s CEO points out that as the network of connections keeps developing, the carrier’s Warsaw hub must keep pace as well. Ensuring the shortest and most convenient transfers is one of key conditions underlying the strategy’s implementation.

“As new long-distance flights are launched, the number of short-distance flights, especially from the Central and Eastern Europe, is going to go up as well. We assume that the percentage of transfer passengers, that is, those who change planes in Warsaw, is going to approximate 50% in 2020. Being our hub, the airport must keep up with our development, that is, ensure appropriate infrastructure and capacity. It is a huge challenge for the Warsaw Chopin Airport which in 2020 is going to reach its capacity limits. In the years to come LOT is going to continue with developing its hub at the Warsaw Chopin Airport but ultimately its offering will have to be transferred to another, centrally located airport in Poland,” says LOT’s CEO.

A convenient timetable of flights is not the only competitive edge LOT enjoys. The Polish carrier is going to compete on the market offering the best value for money. LOT has been planning more customized promotions and working on developing additional products and services.

“LOT will no longer be perceived as expensive airlines. Travelling with LOT Polish Airlines can be inexpensive, plus we are capable of going beyond what other low-budget airlines can ensure, namely, for example, free checked baggage or free meals on board,” says Rafał Milczarski. “Competition requires us to build a strong sales structure on all markets on which we are present. We are going to strengthen our co-operation with travel agents who are the backbone of our sales operations in the corporate sector and on the other hand we want to increase the footprint and sales via our lot.com Website which is intended to be the source of best deals for passengers who are most sensitive to price,” adds LOT CEO.

LOT intends to measure customer satisfaction with its services on a regular basis. That ratio is one of the elements that help monitor the strategy’s implementation.
To improve its product portfolio and develop its network of connections LOT will need a strong and efficient fleet. The company estimates that in 2020 it will operate a total of approximately 70 aircraft, including 16 Dreamliners and approximately 15 new single-aisle planes with 150-plus seating capacity.

“LOT is able to develop its fleet on its own thanks to operating leases in that way significantly reducing a burden on the company’s finances and improving availability and delivery time for the planes. In 2017 the first few single-aisle aircrafts are going to be added to our fleet. We are in the final phase of negotiations. We also expect the delivery of two new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. We are going to simplify and standardize our target fleet,” says Rafał Milczarski.

One of key factors allowing LOT to achieve sustainable viability involves steadily increasing the company’s effectiveness in all areas of its operations. Today LOT is one of the most effective airlines in Europe in terms of costs. However, its cost effectiveness ratio is planned to improve to reach 5.5 USc/ASK vis-a-vis the present level of 6.51 USc/ASK. LOT will also ensure the highest possible operational reliability. Its goal is to maintain service regularity at 99% and punctuality at 87%. Thanks to that, it will be among the most punctual airlines in the world.

Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 911988.

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AeroMexico unveils its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, named “Quetzalcoatl” in a special livery

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AeroMéxico presents the special livery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (XA-AML, msn 43859). The aircraft will be named “Quetzalcoatl” (meaning “Feathered Serpent”) after one of the principal deities of pre-Hispanic Mexico.

This is the first time in aviation history in which a design of this type is painted on an aircraft’s livery, offering a unique fusion of tradition and modernity. AeroMéxico’s Quetzalcoatl plane left the Boeing Aircraft Paint Hangar after a nine-day process—six days longer than expected—as the engineers found that they needed extra time to add all of the original hues and colors featured in the winning design.

In November 2014, AeroMéxico announced the “Design is in the Air” contest via social media and at several universities, inviting participants to submit a creative image to be painted on an aircraft’s fuselage. More than 1,000 participants presented their designs during the four-week contest period, 400 of which were chosen for meeting the requirements established in the rules. The winning design was created by graphic designer José Manuel Escudero of the Mexican state of Veracruz.

 

AeroMéxico is the second carrier in Latin America to operate the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and plans to continue investing until its fleet has ten 787-9 aircraft, with the purpose of providing a better flight experience to customers. If an airline places an order for a 787 today, it could take between 10 to 15 years for it to be delivered. With a fuselage measuring 20 feet wider than the 787-8, the 787-9 will have the capacity for 48 additional passengers on longer routes (up to 300 more nautical miles) with 20% greater fuel efficiency, and up to 20% fewer emissions than the aircraft this model is replacing.

The airline has said that it will wait until the plane lands in Mexico to unveil the interior of this new aircraft that will change its customers’ travel experience.

Photo: AeroMexico.

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Republic Airways Holdings and American Airlines reach a long term agreement, Shuttle America to be phased out

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N137HQ (msn 17000231) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402600.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. has announced it has reached an agreement with American Airlines that secures a long-term relationship between the two airlines and has also filed a motion for its approval in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The amended agreement provides for:

  • a single capacity purchase agreement that prescribes the flying commitments and obligations of Republic and American related to the legacy American and US Airways capacity purchase agreements;
  • permitting the removal of certain aircraft, an extension in duration of Republic’s flying for certain aircraft for American, which will facilitate Republic’s ability to favorably restructure the remaining aircraft financing obligations, and allowing for the potential restoration of service of a certain number of aircraft, subject to Republic’s ability to secure suitable financing of the aircraft;
  • facilitates Republic’s transition to a single air carrier operating certificate by reconfiguring 80-seat aircraft to 76-seat configuration (Embraer 175s).

The parties anticipate that the motion will be heard before the Honorable Sean H. Lane on September 21, 2016. The new agreement will become effective in accordance with the terms of the Amendment following issuance of the approval order by the court.

Copyright Photo: The Embraer 170s and 175s are gradually being transferred from Shuttle America to sister airline Republic Airlines (2nd). American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N137HQ (msn 17000231) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402600.

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