Icelandair becomes the first European airline to operate a Boeing 757-200 with Scimitar Blended Winglets

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced on February 15, 2017 that Icelandair is the first airline in Europe to install and operate with Scimitar Blended Winglets (SBW) on its Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Aviation Partners’ latest Winglet design, the Scimitar Blended Winglet, uses existing Blended Winglet technology but adds new aerodynamic Scimitar tips and a small outboard aerodynamic trailing edge wedge, further increasing the efficiency of the airplane.

A Retrofit enhancement to their current 757-200 Blended Winglets, Icelandair expects increased savings to block fuel, reduced engine maintenance, improved takeoff performance, and lower emissions, among other benefits.

The Scimitar Blended Winglet replaces the standard aluminum Blended Winglet tip with an aerodynamically optimized, scimitar-shaped tip cap. This helps provide the additional drag benefit over the standard Blended Winglet configuration.

The Scimitar Blended Winglet modification reduces Boeing 757-200 fuel burn by up to an additional 1.1% over the Blended Winglets alone; together they can reduce fuel burn by more than 6%.

 

Icelandair is currently working on their 4th Scimitar Blended Winglet modification and plan to have a total of 17 units in service before the 2017 summer season.

Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.

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From Emirates SkyCargo with love

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Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates airline, has unveiled a unique decal featuring a rose on one of its Boeing 777F freighter aircraft ahead of Valentine’s Day. The decal, installed at the Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre in Dubai, is the first of its kind for Emirates SkyCargo and highlights the strong contribution made by the air cargo carrier to the floriculture industry through the transport of fresh flowers across the world.

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One of the first ports of call for the aircraft will be Nairobi in Kenya, where the aircraft will be loaded with a consignment of flowers headed to Amsterdam- the world’s largest flower distribution center.

Transporting flowers around the world

Every day Emirates SkyCargo transports fresh flowers across its global network of over 150 destinations. This includes the flowers transported on board dedicated freighters from major flower exporting countries such as Kenya and Ecuador directly to Amsterdam, as well as flowers transported in the belly hold of the aircraft from countries as far and diverse as India, New Zealand, Vietnam, Zambia, and Ethiopia. Between January and December 2016, Emirates SkyCargo transported over 70,000 tons of fresh flowers around the world.

Although the transportation of flowers is a year-round activity, there is a marked increase in the volume of flowers- in particular roses- being transported around Valentine’s Day which is the single most important annual date for floriculturists worldwide. It is estimated that close to 250 million stems of roses are grown worldwide exclusively to cater to the increased demand for flowers around Valentine’s Day. Emirates SkyCargo adds supplementary cargo capacity every year in the major flower trade lanes to be able to bring the additional volumes of flowers to Aalsmeer – the world’s largest flower auction house in Amsterdam – and from there onwards to other global destinations.

In the week running up to Valentine’s this year, Emirates SkyCargo has operated 4 freighters over and above the daily scheduled freighter service from Nairobi bringing close to an additional 350 tonnes of flowers into Amsterdam. Additional capacity was also deployed to supplement the thrice weekly freighter service between Quito in Ecuador and Amsterdam in order to cater to the demand around Valentine’s Day.

By facilitating the global export of flowers from countries such as Kenya and Ecuador, Emirates SkyCargo also makes an important economic contribution to these regions where the cultivation of flowers is an important local industry. The floriculture industry supports employment for an estimated half a million people in Kenya and over 100,000 people in Ecuador.

Cool Chain and Flowers

The journey of a flower usually begins in a farm where it is harvested by hand. The freshly harvested flowers are then sorted, arranged in bouquets and hand packed into boxes which are then loaded on the aircraft. In order to ensure maximum freshness and shelf life, the temperature in the cargo hold of the aircraft is maintained between 1 and 3 degrees centigrade.
Emirates Skycargo also offers a range of innovative cool chain solutions to ensure that the flowers are maintained at the right temperature from the origin to destination. One such solution is ‘White Cover’- an innovative temperature protection solution that is cost efficient and environmentally friendly. Designed to shield temperature-sensitive cargo from solar heat during transportation, it is water resistant, yet breathable making it ideal for the transport flowers. Handling and loading of the flowers is managed by trained Emirates SkyCargo staff helping maintain product integrity during transportation.

Emirates SkyCargo has been at the forefront of the cargo industry operating a young and modern fleet of 255 aircraft including 15 dedicated freighters- 13 Boeing 777Fs and two Boeing 747-400ERFs. The carrier also offers a number of specialised transportation solutions for customers across different business verticals such as pharmaceuticals and automobile.

Photo: Boeing 777-F1H A6-EFL (msn 42230) is seen at the Dubai Hub.

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AeroMexico celebrates the return of its first aircraft

AeroMexico issued this statement:

AeroMexico, Mexico’s global airline with more than 80 years of history, celebrated the return of the Stinson SR-5A, the first airplane in its fleet. This four-seat airplane with registration number NC14163 operated the carrier’s maiden flight between Mexico City and Acapulco on September 14, 1934.

The first flight was piloted by Julio Zinser, the first commercial pilot in Mexican history. Captain Zinser flew the Stinson SR-5A over Chalco-Cuautla-Iguala-Chilpancingo and landed in the port of Acapulco, Guerrero. The flight lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes and was the first nonstop scheduled flight ever operated by a Mexican airline.

Antonio Diaz Lombardo, Aerovias de Mexico (today AeroMexico) founder, ensured the airline’s rapid growth and expansion over the following decades. By 1955, the airline had 15 aircraft in its fleet and offices in 21 cities across Mexico and in two cities in the United States. In 1957, the airline operated its first international flight on the Mexico City-New York route.

In 2014, AeroMexico learned of the exciting opportunity to bring its first aircraft home and started working on this grand project that took two years to complete. The Mexican Air Force and the Mexican Civil Aviation Authorities worked in strong cooperation with AeroMexico to bring the project to fruition.

On May 27, 2016 the Stinson left Manassas, Virginia on its way home to Mexico City. The trip lasted one week, with 13 stopovers in different airports in the United States and Mexico. Aeromexico is proud to celebrate the return of this 82-year old legend with a documentary directed by Spanish director and screenwriter Miguel Catalan, that tells the airplane’s story starting with its manufacture all the way through its journey back home.

Today, the plane looks just as it did, during its first flight in 1934, thanks to the Aeromexico maintenance team that worked together with the Mexican Air Force painting the plane in the original colors displayed on its inaugural flight. The teams also completed a technical inspection to make sure that the legend could continue flying in Mexico. They checked the engine, fuselage, cockpit, controls, and applied the livery to make sure it looked just like it did on its maiden flight.

From March 1, the Stinson SR-5A will be on display at the Santa Lucia Military Air Force Base Museum in the State of Mexico.

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Air Canada introduces a new color scheme

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At three events held simultaneously across Canada in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, Air Canada on February 9, 2017 unveiled for its customers and employees, a bold new livery inspired by Canada for its entire fleet, elegant new uniforms for its employees, and a taste of some of the new onboard menu offerings that its customers can look forward to.

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Above Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) at the Toronto (Pearson) event.

“Air Canada’s new livery signals a pivotal inflection point in our 80-year history,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at the event in Toronto, where the airline’s largest hub is located. “On the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary year, with our new livery, new uniforms for our employees, the award-winning international cabin standard introduced with the launch of our Boeing 787 aircraft, and enhanced onboard offerings, the future Air Canada represents the strength of our nation and the future-looking spirit of our airline. On behalf of our 30,000 employees world-wide, it is a privilege to fly Canada’s flag, and we are proud to showcase some of the best of this nation’s talent as we continue to expand Air Canada’s horizons to fly to more than 200 destinations on six continents.”

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Above Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Airbus A321-211 C-GJWO (msn 1811) at the Montreal (Trudeau) event.

Air Canada’s fleet of 300 mainline and regional aircraft are being repainted in a bold black and white design that highlights its iconic red maple leaf encircled ensign, or “rondelle,” that returns to the tail of the flag carrier’s fleet after an absence of 24 years. Reflecting Canada’s vastness and contrasting seasons, with references to its wildlife and First Nations heritage, the new fleet livery was designed by international design firm Winkreative, headed by Canadian entrepreneur Tyler Brûlé. Following today’s events, the first three aircraft sporting this new livery will enter service immediately. Videos and photos of Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the new livery are available here: aircanada.com/livery.

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Above Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) YUL (Gilbert Hechema). Image: 936904.

With the new livery providing a sleek, contemporary backdrop, Air Canada premiered elegant charcoal grey and black employee uniforms with red accents and accessories by Canadian designer Christopher Bates. The stylish uniforms combining urban chic and international flair complement the charcoal greys, natural tones and red accents featured in the new interior cabin design of Air Canada’s international fleet. The airline’s pilots, flight attendants, airport customer service agents and other uniformed personnel comprising approximately two-thirds of its 30,000 global workforce will start wearing their new uniforms later this year. Photos are available here: http://www.aircanada.com/uniform.

On hand at the event at Air Canada’s main hub in Toronto were Tyler Brûlé and Christopher Bates to celebrate with customers and employees, together with the airline’s award-winning culinary partner, British Columbia-based chef David Hawksworth, and world renowned Quebec-based sommelier, Véronique Rivest, both actively involved in developing Air Canada’s premium menu choices. Air Canada’s selection of Signature dishes, created by Chef Hawksworth, showcases the finest Canadian ingredients from across the country available since it was launched in October 2015 for Air Canada’s International Business Class customers. Air Canada’s new sommelier, Véronique Rivest, will expertly pair the dishes and develop Air Canada’s wine program with a selection of Canadian, old and new world wine that are changed seasonally to highlight the best wines to be enjoyed at 30,000 feet.

In addition, guests were treated to a sampling of some of the new onboard menu choices that will be available for Air Canada customers starting this April, including Lavazza premium Italian coffee that becomes the airline’s new coffee offering among its complimentary beverage selections for all customers, and Toronto-based Dufflet Pastries’ pumpkin spice loaf which will be featured on flights to Europe in Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins. Guests also sampled a selection of Quebec fine cheeses including Oka, camembert and cheddar, alongside freshly baked bread from Quebec artisanal bakery Première Moisson, paired with a Vineland Estates Winery white wine from Ontario’s Niagara region and Les Athlètes du Vin, a French Pinot Noir, both selected by sommelier Véronique Rivest, which will debut for Air Canada’s International Business Class customers in April.

In 2016, Air Canada significantly increased its global footprint with the launch of 28 new routes including 15 new international and 12 U.S. trans-border routes. With new service to Morocco, the airline joined the elite club of global carriers serving all six continents. In 2016, Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge started new services between Toronto-Seoul, Toronto-London Gatwick, Toronto-Prague, Toronto-Budapest, Toronto-Warsaw, Toronto-Glasgow, Montreal-Casablanca, Montreal-Lyon, Vancouver-Delhi, Vancouver-Brisbane and Vancouver-Dublin.

In 2017, Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge will continue its global strategic expansion and will launch new international services between Toronto-Mumbai, Toronto-Berlin, Toronto- Reykjavik, Montreal-Shanghai, Montreal-Algiers, Montreal-Marseille, Montreal- Reykjavik, Vancouver-Taipei, Vancouver-Nagoya, Vancouver-Frankfurt, and Vancouver-London Gatwick. Air Canada will also receive its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at the end of 2017, marking the start of its narrowbody fleet renewal program, to be followed in 2019 with the delivery of its first Bombardier C Series aircraft.

To date, Air Canada has taken delivery of 23 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners with 14 more planned by 2019 – all offering the new international cabin standard. In addition, the airline completed the reconfiguration of its entire Boeing 777 fleet of 25 aircraft with the state-of-the-art Dreamliner cabin configuration and inflight entertainment systems.

Air Canada continues to receive top honours, including being named the fastest growing brand among Canada’s largest companies and being recognized by Skytrax as the only Four Star international network carrier in North America. Air Canada, was also named in 2016 among Canada’s Top 100 Employers for a fourth year in a row.

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Singapore Airlines to order 20 Boeing 777-9s and 19 787-10 Dreamliners

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Boeing has issued this statement:

Boeing is pleased that Singapore Airlines has announced its commitment to purchase 20 777-9s and 19 787-10 Dreamliners. The national carrier and 787-10 launch customer also announced its recommitment for its previous order for 30 787-10 airplanes.

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The 787-10 is the third member of the super-efficient, passenger-pleasing 787 Dreamliner family. With its greater passenger and cargo capacity, high degree of commonality and passenger-pleasing features.

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Qatar Airways launches the longest air route

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Qatar Airways released this statement on February 6, 2017:

It was a historic moment for Qatar Airways on February 6, 2017, as it launched its new record-breaking Auckland service on one of the country’s most significant days of the year – Waitangi Day. As the first Qatar Airways flight touched down on the North Island of New Zealand, just after sunrise – a new chapter in the airline’s history began.

Celebrations to commemorate the launch of the world’s longest commercial flight, which takes 17 hours and 30 minutes and covers a distance of 14,535 kilometers, began at the airport with a traditional water salute as the Qatar Airways Boeing 777 taxied down the runway (above).

Qatar Airways’ first flight to New Zealand flies over the city of Auckland on its final approach to the airport.

The new daily flight to Auckland is served by a Boeing 777, which has a two-class configuration with 42 seats in Business Class and 217 seats in Economy Class.

Passengers travelling on the inaugural flight were welcomed on board with special cupcakes, in addition guests travelling in Business Class received a celebratory Kiwi Rose Fizz mocktail, both created to commemorate the new service. Bespoke menu cards and beverage lists inspired by a traditional Maori carving were also designed especially for the occasion.

Auckland is the first new destination launch of the year for the airline that added 14 new destinations in 2016 and plans to launch more in 2017/18 including: Yanbu and Tabuk, Saudi Arabia; Dublin, The Republic of Ireland; Nice, France; Skopje, Macedonia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina; Libreville, Gabon; Douala, Cameroon; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Canberra, Australia; Medan, Indonesia; and Las Vegas, U.S.

Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Boeing 777-2DZ LR A7-BBB (msn 36013) AKL (Colin Hunter). Image: 936880.

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Watermakers Air to add a new Cessna Caravan EX to its fleet

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Watermakers Air has announced it is adding a Cessna Caravan EX as the newest addition to their fleet of Cessna 208B Grand Caravans. Delivered direct from the Cessna factory, this state of the art Caravan EX will be the newest, most comfortable Caravan available in South Florida. The modern Caravan EX boasts a luxurious cabin our passengers are sure to enjoy, with executive leather seating, a wide aisle, and large windows to savor the beautiful views of the islands. Equipped with the most advanced technology in its class, the EX features the exceptional Garmin G1000 glass cockpit avionics suite. In addition, the larger engine and four-bladed prop allow for a faster cruising speed and provide an ultra-quiet and smooth ride.

 

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Watermakers Air offers comfortable and reliable scheduled air service for both passengers and freight from Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport to 10 Out Island airstrips in the Bahamas. Watermakers Air also offers private charters to destinations of your choice.

Scheduled Passenger and Freight Service to:

Andros (San Andros, Fresh Creek, Congo Town)
Chub Cay
Great Harbour Cay
Eleuthera (North Eleuthera, Rock Sound)
Staniel Cay
Great Exuma
Cat Island (New Bight)
Private Charters to the destination of your choice

Anywhere in the Bahamas or within 500 miles of Ft. Lauderdale
(excluding Haiti and Cuba)

Watermakers Air operates from a private hangar at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE).

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All scheduled flights are operated by Exuma Cays Travel, Inc., a Public Charter Operator under the approved U.S. DOT 380 Public Charter Program, prospectus number PC-15-191.

Watermakers Air was formed in 2002 for the specific purpose of flying passengers, as well as freight and supplies. Although the name harkens back to the time when our operation was primarily a support division of Watermakers, Inc., we are now a stand-alone FAA certified public charter operator for both passengers and freight.

All images by Watermakers Air.

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