Emirates moves to an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet

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Emirates has released this statement:

In line with its vision to offer a superior passenger experience and improve environmental performance through a modern and state of the art wide-body aircraft fleet, Emirates has retired the last Airbus A330 (below) and aircraft in its fleet from active service. This makes Emirates the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights.

Type Retired: October 29, 2016 (flight EK523 Thiruvananthapuram – Dubai)

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A330-243 A6-EKW (msn 316) (World Cup Germany 2006) LHR. Image: 924943.

Emirates recently retired A6-EAK from operational service. The aircraft was the last of the 29 Airbus A330 aircraft that had been operating as part of its fleet. A6-EAK joined Emirates in 2002 and had flown for over 60,000 hours travelling close to 45 million kilometres in 14.5 years. That distance is equivalent to almost 60 return journeys between the Earth and the Moon. Emirates has also phased out A6-ERN, the last serving Airbus A340 in the fleet which had joined the airline in 2004, originally manufactured in 1999.

Since January 2015, Emirates has retired 18 A330 and 5 A340 aircraft from its fleet. The average age of the Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft phased out from the fleet is 16.5 years- a figure which is well below the industry standard retirement age of 25 years. In addition to the aircraft that have been retired from active service since January 2015, Emirates plans to further phase out some 25 aircraft over the course of 2017 and 2018 to ensure that the operating fleet remains modern and efficient while offering customers a higher level of comfort and safety.

The retirement of older aircraft is balanced by the induction of younger, more modern aircraft into the fleet. This has resulted in Emirates operating one of the youngest fleets in the industry with an average age of 5.2 years. The two youngest aircraft in the fleet- Emirates’ 85th A380- the first of the new generation A380 aircraft delivered in October 2016 and Emirates’ 125th Boeing 777-300ER- are less than 2 weeks old. Emirates’ fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft will also have a smaller environmental impact as both aircraft types have better fuel efficiency and emissions performance than the retired aircraft.

For the calendar year 2016 Emirates will have taken delivery of 36 new aircraft – 20 Airbus A380s and 16 Boeing 777. This also includes the next generation Boeing 777-300ER aircraft – with upgraded business class seats and other features including a lower fuel burn ratio – to be delivered from November 2016.

Emirates is currently the largest operator of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft with 85 Airbus A380s and 160 Boeing 777s in its fleet. Out of the 234 aircraft worth over USD 112 billion that Emirates has in its order book, 150 will be the new Boeing 777X aircraft that will be delivered starting 2020. The aircraft will feature a range of passenger focused amenities on board including larger windows, higher ceiling, and a wider cabin in addition to being more fuel efficient than older aircraft.

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PNG Air orders five additional ATR 72-600s

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PNG Air on November 7, 2016 announced a $134 million (US) contract for the firm purchase of five ATR 72-600s. The deal represents the conversion into firm orders of five options from a previous deal.

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Formerly known as Airlines PNG, PNG Air signed for a total of six firm ATR 72-600s and 14 options in 2014. They started operating their first ATR 72-600 in November 2015. Today, the airline operates four ATR 72-600s and will receive the fifth aircraft before the end of this year.

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The five new ATR 72-600 aircraft plus an additional one on lease will bring the total ATR fleet to 12 when the last aircraft is delivered in 2022.

The airline is currently undergoing a major transformation plan, with an ambitious fleet renewal and rebranding and a new business strategy focused on the domestic market.

Images: PNG Air.

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Jetlines moves one step closer to launching ultra low fare operations in Canada as Ottawa eases foreign ownership rules

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Jet Metal Corporation and Canada Jetlines Ltd. are pleased to announce that Jim Scott, CEO of Jetlines and Mark Morabito, President & CEO of Jet Metal Corp. applauded the announcement by Federal Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, that will allow Jetlines to move one step closer to becoming operational as Canada’s first true ULCC airline. Minister Garneau announced earlier on November 3, 2016 in Montreal, that he has approved Jetlines’ request for exemption from current foreign ownership rules, which will allow the airline to access necessary capital in order to begin operations.

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On May 16 of this year, Jetlines and its strategic partner, Jet Metal, had applied directly to the Minister of Transport under subsection 62(1) of the Canada Transportation Act seeking to obtain a license for Jetlines at a foreign ownership threshold of up to 49%. The current rules set a foreign ownership level to a maximum of 25%. Under law, the Minister may grant an exemption, if the government believes it is in the “public interest” to do so.

While approving the exemption for Jetlines, the Minister has indicated he is pursuing a permanent policy change through the legislative process, in order to provide greater opportunities for investment and more options for Canadian air travellers.

Jetlines and Jet Metal will now be working to satisfy the final conditions associated with the closing of the business combination transaction between the parties (the “Transaction”). Additional information regarding the process for the closing of the Transaction will be provided in a subsequent news release from the parties.

Images: Jetlines.

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Lufthansa celebrates 25 Years of Crane Protection in Germany

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Lufthansa issued this statement and photos for Airbus A321-131 D-AIRR (msn 567) “Wismar”:

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Crane Protection Germany, the Lufthansa Group has a very special present for all friends of the crane – their aircraft “Wismar” will be taking off with a special design from this week. The Airbus A321-100 with the registration D-AIRR flies all across Europe and will be decorated with a stylized crane design for six months. These are the same birds which have already been used to decorate the new transport vehicle of Crane Protection Germany. The “Wismar” will be sporting her new outfit until next spring, when the majestic birds can be spotted once more in skies across Europe as they leave their winter quarters and fly back to northern regions again.

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“The Lufthansa Group has been supporting Crane Protection since the 1980s. Our goal has always been to support the protection of the species. As the city is in close proximity to the resting grounds of the cranes, we have made a conscious decision when choosing “Wismar”, an aircraft from north Germany”, says Susanne Kotysch, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Event Management, Lufthansa Group.

After the reunification, the East and West German crane protection groups founded the working group Crane Protection Germany in partnership with Lufthansa. 25 years ago in February 1991, the formation of the non-profit Crane Protection Germany GmbH followed with NABU (Protection of Nature, Germany) and WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) as partners.

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In its latest investment, the Lufthansa Group is sponsoring the new observation platform KRANORAMA at the Günzer Lake. This platform offers barrier-free access to a crane feeding area for the first time with a live broadcast of the cranes via monitor, which guarantees a close-up experience of the birds, which can be up to 1.2m tall. Information on the resting and migration of the cranes is presented via additional audio-visual media and is constantly updated. Now bird watchers and plane spotters across the whole of Europe will be delighted to see another special “bird” in the skies and at airports – the anniversary plane to celebrate 25 years of Crane Protection Germany.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A321-131 D-AIRR (msn 567) (Crane Protection Germany) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 935452.

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Tigerair Singapore to be merged into Scoot

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Tigerair (Singapore) brand will be retired in 2017. The group issued this statement:

Tigerair and our sister airline, Scoot, on November 4, 2016 announced our intention to
operate as one airline under the Scoot brand. This brand integration is expected to take place in the latter half of 2017, and presents our guests with more destination options and enables a more seamless travel experience.

All current Scoot/Tigerair bookings and flights are not impacted by this announcement. When both airlines fully integrate under a single brand, guests who have travel bookings on Tigerair will receive new booking confirmations reflecting the Scoot brand and designated airline code.

Please be assured that we will continue to provide you with great travel experiences.

Tigerair (Australia) will continue under Virgin Australia Holdings ownership.

Top Copyright Photo: Tigerair (Singapore) Airbus A320-232 WL 9V-TRL (msn 5721) PEN (Rob Finlayson). Image: 925825.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Scoot-flyscoot.com (Singapore Airlines) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 9V-OJA (msn 37112) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 934893.

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Mihin Lanka ends all operations

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Mihin Lanka (Colombo), as planned, operated its last scheduled passenger flight on October 29, 2016. As of October 30, 2016 all Mihin Lanka destinations are now being handled by SriLankan Airlines.

Mihin Lanka was the low-fare leisure airline.. The airline commenced operations on April 24, 2007 and operated scheduled flights from its hub at Bandaranaike International Airport to a number of cities in the Indian subcontinent, the Arab states in the Persian Gulf, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Africa.

Copyright Photo: Mihin Lanka Airbus A321-231 4R-MRC (msn 3106) SNN (Malcolm Nason). Image: 905831.

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Kuwait Airways introduces a new livery on its first Boeing 777-300 ER

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Kuwait Airways is getting ready to take delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER. The first, the pictured Boeing 777-369 ER 9K-AOC (msn 62561), has been rolled out of the paint shop in a new livery and logo. The brand is being refreshed from the current 1993 livery with the new aircraft. Kuwait has 10 copies on order.

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All Images: Kuwait Airways.

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