Boeing and Korean Air finalize an order for 30 737 MAXs and 2 777-300 ERs

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Korean Air (Seoul) today finalized the airline’s order of 30 737 MAXs and two additional 777-300 ER (Extended Range) jetliners valued at nearly $4 billion at current list prices. The airline also has options for additional 737 MAXs as part of the order, which was previously announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show in June.

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With this order for up to 52 Boeing airplanes, Korean Air becomes Boeing’s newest 737 MAX customer and now has 62 firm Boeing airplane orders on backlog.

As part of this order for 737 MAX airplanes, Korean Air also adds another two 777-300ERs as it continues to modernize its long-haul widebody fleet.

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Korean Air currently operates a fleet of 91 Boeing passenger airplanes that consist of 737, 747 and 777 models. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.

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Alaska launches four new routes today

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Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today began flying four new routes that enhance its West Coast network. The new routes are between: Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas; Eugene, Oregon, and San Jose, California; Los Angeles and Monterey, California; and Boise, Idaho and Reno, Nevada.

All flights, except the Portland-Austin route, will be operated by Alaska’s sister carrier Horizon Air, using a 76-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

The Portland-Austin flights will be operated for Alaska by SkyWest Airlines, using new 76-seat Embraer 175 jets. The E175 jet features 12 seats in first class and 64 in coach, and with cabin dimensions on par with a 737.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N171SY (msn 17000485)

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Qatar Airways takes delivery of its 24th and 25th Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners

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Qatar Airways (Doha) took delivery of its 24th and 25th Boeing 787 Dreamliners yesterday (November 4) in a ceremony at Boeing’s production facility in Everett, Washington.

As the Middle East launch customer for the Boeing 787, Qatar Airways received its first Dreamliner in November 2012. Since then the airline has continued to expand as one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and it now flies to more than 150 destinations, with its fleet of Dreamliners serving 30 of those global destinations, including Amsterdam, Casablanca, Cape Town, Rome, and Tokyo Haneda.
Qatar Airways logoQatar Airways will fly its 25th Dreamliner directly to its home in Doha, the State of Qatar, and then on to the Dubai Airshow where it will be on display.

Qatar Airways 787 has 254 custom-made seats across its Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has 232 seats in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in Business Class are fully reclinable.

The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers to remain in touch with friends and colleagues on the ground through the internet and SMS mobile texting across both the Business and Economy cabins.

Top Photo: Qatar Airways. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A7-BCY (msn 38343) carries a special “25th 787 Dreamliner” emblem. Celebrating the official handover to Qatar Airways of its 24th and 25th B787 Dreamliner in Seattle are, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker (second from right) and Boeing Commercial President and CEO Ray Conner.

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Below Photo: Qatar Airways. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners A7-BCX (msn 38342) and A7-BCY together at the dual-delivery ceremony.

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Allegiant celebrates 10 years in Florida with a new “Visit Florida” Airbus A320 logo jet

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Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) yesterday (November 4) celebrated 10 years of flying to Florida. The company unveiled and induced into its fleet a newly acquired Airbus A320 aircraft with a special VISIT FLORIDA branded livery. Allegiant hosted the unveiling event at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) north of Orlando.

The new livery commemorates the company’s ongoing partnership with VISIT FLORIDA to promote tourism and visitation in the Sunshine State. Since Allegiant began bringing visitors into Florida in 2005, the company has brought more than 22 million people into the state and generated an estimated $15.84 billion in visitor spending. Allegiant employs nearly 1,500 people in Florida d as a result of s its operations in the state.

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Between now and the end of the year, Allegiant is inaugurating 14 new Florida flights with two new routes to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, three new routes to Fort Myers, three new routes to St. Petersburg/Clearwater and six new routes to Sanford from cities across the country.

Photo: Allegiant Air. The pictured Airbus A320-214 N228NV (msn 716) was the former D-AHHD of Hamburg Airways and was painted in this special scheme last month.

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American to fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda

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American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will offer customers daily, year-round, nonstop service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) from its trans-Pacific gateway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) beginning on February 11, 2016.

The LAX-HND flight will be operated with American’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Arranged in a two-class cabin configuration, American’s 787-8 features 28 fully lie-flat Business Class seats, 48 Main Cabin Extra seats and 150 Main Cabin seats.

American’s new Los Angeles-Haneda service will be operated as part of the airline’s joint business with fellow oneworld member Japan Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 N808AN (msn 40626) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Horizon Air to fly from Orange County to Santa Rosa and Reno

Named in honor of founder Milton G. Kuolt II

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will add new service from Orange County, California to Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, California and Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada starting on March 16, 2016.

The flights will be operated by Horizon Air using 76-seat Q400 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N434MK (msn 4227) is named for founder Milton G. Kuolt II.

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Emirates unveils “United for Wildlife” Airbus A380 special livery

Emirates (Dubai) has revealed its first Airbus A380 wearing a special livery in support of United for Wildlife, a global collaboration that unites the efforts of the world’s leading wildlife charities in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

This livery features 6 wildlife species threatened by poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, and aims to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and communicate the need for urgent action. #WhoseSideAreYouOn.

The aircraft involved is Airbus A380-861 A6-EEI (msn 123).

The airline issued this statement and photos:

Two massive Emirates A380 jets take to the skies this week, wearing special livery in support of United for Wildlife, a global collaboration that unites the efforts of the world’s leading wildlife charities in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

The beautiful livery, featuring some of the planet’s wildlife threatened by poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, aims to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and communicate the need for urgent action.

The Rt Hon The Lord Hague of Richmond, Chair of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce said: “We welcome the efforts and commitment made by Emirates airline to combat the illegal wildlife trade. This is more than just an environmental issue. The illegal wildlife trade is now recognized as a serious and organised transnational crime. It drives corruption, is linked to money laundering and can damage economic development in many of the world’s poorest countries and communities. It will take a concerted effort, involving not only effective deterrents against poaching and smuggling, and vigilance in policing and punishing these crimes, but also efforts to increase consumer education to cut demand to protect these animals for the future.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Many animals, in particular African elephants, rhinos, tigers, and pangolins, are under extreme pressure because of an unprecedented spike in the illegal wildlife trade. The world is in a global poaching crisis, and everyone has to do their part to stop this, before it is too late. Emirates believes that the global transport industry, including airlines, can play a significant role to break the supply chain of illegal wildlife trade. And at Emirates, we are committing the resources to do our part.”

Consumers too, can contribute in a big way, by boycotting products made from the parts of these endangered animals and discouraging others from doing so.

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Emirates A380-800 A6-EEI (15-United for Wildlife)(Grd)(Emirates)(LR)Emirates’ two A380s will be operating flights this week. The first one departed for London (LHR) on November 2 and a second will operate to Mauritius (MRU) on November 5, each wearing a different design featuring endangered wildlife. The decal on the first flight featured six endangered species, while the second flight will feature a decal with rhinos and elephants. Both designs cover the world’s largest passenger aircraft almost from nose to tail, spreading over the wings and under-belly of the plane. Approximately 40% of the surface area of the A380 will be covered by the decal. The larger of the two designs span over 42.5 metres in length and 6.2 meters in width, and weighs 70kg. Entirely designed, produced, and applied by Emirates’ in-house staff, both of these are the largest decals the airline has put on any aircraft, to date and took a team of 28 people 2.5 days to apply the decals on one A380, or approximately 900 man hours per aircraft.

In addition to its two A380s literally “flying” the flag for the cause, Emirates will run regular feature stories about wildlife protection in its inflight magazines, and showcase podcast interviews, wildlife programming and feature films on its award-winning ice inflight entertainment system. This subject was the cover story in the October edition of Emirates’ Open Skies magazine, which can be read here.

The airline is also collaborating with international organizations to train and better equip its ground and cargo staff to detect and deal with illegal wildlife products in transit. As the required paperwork for movement of some wildlife products is often forged, Emirates also made the decision to ban trophy shipments.

Quick facts about the threat to wildlife from poaching and illegal trade.

  • There are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild. Illegal trade in their parts and products is one of the biggest threats to wild tigers. Between 2000 and 2014, the parts of at least 1,590 tigers were seized in Asia. ·
  • Rhino poaching in South Africa increased from 13 rhinos in 2007 to 1215 rhinos in 2014. That now equates to more than three rhinos a day. Africa-wide, 1,293 rhinos are reported to have been poached in 2014. ·
  • Around 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers each year. Central Africa is worst hit with a poaching rate twice the continental average. Left unaddressed, poaching could cause the extinction of elephants in Central Africa.
  • The pangolin is the world’s most-trafficked mammal. Over a million pangolins are estimated to have been poached in the last ten years. ·
  • Park rangers are often ill equipped and inexperienced to tackle armed and ruthless poachers. Poaching syndicates have changed the way they operate and are now using sophisticated weaponry and equipment to increase their activities and avoid detection (helicopters, veterinary drugs, night vision equipment). 1,000 rangers are estimated to have been killed in ten years while protecting wildlife.

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