A final trip for a Chilean Boeing 727-225

Star 727-200 CC-CPV fuselage (moved to new site) Santiago (AR)(LRW)

The fuselage of Boeing 727-225, formerly registered as CC-CPV (its last unpainted registration was CC-PFL, msn 22433), was moved quietly last night (September 1, 2016) from Santiago Airport (SCL) to its new resting place in Lonquén, southwest of Santiago de Chile. It was acquired by a truck company (same one that moved it). The future use of the airframe is yet to be decided by the company.

The airliner was last operated by the charter company Star Airlines, and was named “Padre Alberto Hurtado” after the first Catholic Saint of Chile.

Assistant Editor Alvaro Romero reporting from Santiago, Chile.

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

Bottom Copyright Photo: The airframe was originally delivered to Eastern Airlines as N802EA on October 8, 1980. It would also serve with Northwest Airlines (N802EA), Miami Air International (N802MA, see below) before arriving in Chile in 2005.

Miami Air International Boeing 727-225 N802MA (msn 22433) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 100111.

LATAM Airlines takes delivery of the first Airbus A320neo in South America

First Airbus A320neo for South America, delivered on August 29, 2016

Airbus issued this statement:

LATAM Airlines Group took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo – showcasing its white, indigo and coral livery and powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines – on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.

LATAM Airlines Brasil will become the first airline in North and South America, and the fifth operator in the world, to operate the ultra-fuel efficient aircraft type.

Executives from LATAM and Airbus attended a delivery ceremony, which also marked the delivery of LATAM’s fourth A350 XWB — the first with the airline group’s new brand livery. LATAM was also the Americas’ first A350 XWB operator.

The A320 is configured in a 174-seat layout with 18” wide seats and equipped with the innovative Space-Flex cabin configuration. LATAM was the first in Latin America to order the A320neo in 2011, shortly after the program was launched. The airline group has a total of 67 A320neo Family aircraft on order.

Initially, LATAM plans to fly its first A320neo on Brazilian domestic routes to Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) and São Paulo (Guarulhos).

In November, LATAM will begin to fly regional routes throughout South America. The second LATAM A320neo, to be delivered later this year, is also expected to operate regional flights. The airline group has more than 250 Airbus aircraft in operation.

Copyright Photo: LATAM Airlines (Brazil) Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWBV (PT-TMN) (msn 7126) (first A320neo) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 934622.

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Thai takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Thai takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Thai Airways International has become the eighth operator of the Airbus A350-900, following the delivery on August 30, 2016 of the first of 12 aircraft (HS-THB) set to join the carrier’s fleet. The aircraft delivered is being operated on lease from US-based CIT.

Thai has configured its A350-900 with a premium two class layout with a total of 321 seats, comprising 32 THAI’s Royal Silk Class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, and 289 in the main cabin.

After an initial period flying on regional services between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the aircraft will be deployed on long haul flights soon thereafter, starting with the Bangkok-Melbourne route.

Altogether Thai has ordered 12 Airbus A350-900s. Four of these are being purchased directly from Airbus, with the other eight aircraft being acquired under lease agreements.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Copyright Photo: Thai Airways International Airbus A350-941 F-WZGQ (HS-THB) (msn 044) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 933885.

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KLM’s 9th 787 is named “Jasmijn” (Jasmine), delivered on August 26, 2016

KLM's 9th 787 is named "Jasmijn" (Jasmine), delivered on August 26, 2016

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines further expanded its fleet, welcoming its seventh Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the morning of August 27, 2016 in Amsterdam after a delivery flight from Paine Field near Everett, WA.

KLM’s seventh Boeing 787 Dreamliner is called “Jasmine” (“Jasmijn” in Dutch).

Jasmine is a blooming creeper with innumerable white flowers, which give off an intoxicating scent. The plant originates from South Asia. There are numerous species, including the Arabian jasmine and star jasmine.

All of KLM’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners are named after flowers or blooming plants, including the Sunflower, Carnation, Bougainville, Dalia, Hibiscus and Mimosa. KLM’s eighth new Dreamliner is expected to arrive in late September.

Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHH (msn 38767) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 934595.

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Still flying after 47 years

Still flying after 47 years

This venerable DC-8 airframe was originally delivered to Finnair as OH-LFR and named “Paavo” on January 27, 1969.

The airliner has also proudly served with the French Air Force (F-RAFG) and Air Transport International (N721CX) in its airline and military career.

Today is still flies on carrying humanitarian supplies to all parts of the world as N782SP.

From Wikipedia:

Samaritan’s Purse is an evangelical Christian humanitarian organization that provides aid to people in physical need as a key part of Christian missionary work. The organization’s president is Franklin Graham, son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

The name of the organization is based on the New Testament Parable of the Good Samaritan, in which Jesus uses a parable to teach people one form of the Golden Rule; “love your neighbor as yourself”.

Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries around the world. It has been a key financier for Carllen Japheth Africa Relief which has operations in Kenya and Southern Sudan.[citation needed] The humanitarian work of the Carllen Japheth Africa Relief in North Eastern, Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok, Busia, Meru, Kajiado and Baringo counties has seen tremendous improvement in the livelihood of vulnerable ophans and widows.[citation needed] The international headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse are in Boone, North Carolina, with additional U.S. facilities in Charlotte and North Wilkesboro, N.C. Affiliate offices are in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Field offices are located in some 20 countries across five continents.

Copyright Photo: Samaritan’s Purse International Relief McDonnell Douglas DC-8-72CF N782SP (msn 46013) GSO (Ken Petersen). Image: 934492.

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“Olympia Siegerflieger“ brings the German 2016 Rio Olympics team home

“Olympia Siegerflieger“ brings the German 2016 Rio Olympics team home

Lufthansa released this statement on August 23, 2016:

The German Olympic team has returned home, landing on time at 11.10 a.m. local time at Frankfurt Airport with flight number LH 511. The Boeing 747-8 with the registration D-ABYK was specially branded in a custom “Olympia Siegerflieger“ design. Around 250 athletes were on board, amongst them gold medal winners in beach volleyball Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, double-gold canoeist Sebastian Brendel, the gymnasts who won bronze with Sophie Scheder and many others.

After landing at Frankfurt Airport and taking a photo of their arrival in front of the plane, the German athletes went with a police escort directly to Frankfurt downtown to Römer Square, where they are welcomed by Federal President Joachim Gauck.

More than 50 international Olympic delegations use the services offered by the Lufthansa Group. The official Swiss Olympic delegation is also travelled back on Swiss flight LX 93 from Rio de Janeiro to Switzerland. The Boeing 777-300 ER was ceremoniously received at Zurich airport with a shower of water. Among the passengers the gold medallists in the lightweight men’s four rowing and the mountain biker Nico Schurter were on board.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 747-830 D-ABYK (msn 37835) (2016 Rio Olympics Team Aircraft – returning home) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 934473.

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