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Sunwing Airlines to operate weekly New Orleans-Punta Cana charters

Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto) starting on May 14, 2015 will operate weekly charter flights from New Orleans to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on behalf of Vacation Express per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86J C-GOWG (msn 37757) with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

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Nok Air takes delivery of a special 10th Anniversary Boeing 737-800


Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) today (July 11) delivered to Nok Airlines Public Company Limited (Nok Air) (Bangkok) this Boeing 737-86J registered as HS-DBQ (msn 37794) painted in this 10th Anniversary special livery.

The 737-800, owned by Ireland-based leasing company Avolon and operated by Nok Air, features the traditional bird-themed livery with the addition of stars, streamers and “10th Anniversary” painted on the airplane to celebrate the milestone. The aircraft was previously planned to go to Airberlin.

Nok Air means Bird Air in the Thai language.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Nok Air’s brand new 737-800 lands at Boeing Field in Seattle.

Nok Air: AG Slide Show

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Current Route Map:

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Ruili Airlines launches flight operations in Yunnan, China

Ruili Airlines (Kunming, Yunnan) formally started passenger operations on May 18 between its Kunming (KMG) base in southern China and Mangshi (LUX).

As previously reported, Ruili Airlines is owned by the Yunnan Jingcheng Group. In August 2013 the new airline ordered 18 Boeing 737 aircraft. Three aircraft, two Boeing 737-700s and the pictured 737-800 were delivered in order to commence operations.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Airberlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABMX (msn 37786) became B-1960 when it was delivered to Ruili Airlines on April 16, 2014.


Boeing and Nok Air finalize the order for new Boeing 737s

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and Nok Airlines Public Company Limited (Nok Air) (Bangkok) have finalized an order for eight Next-Generation 737-800s (above) and seven 737 MAX 8s. Nok Air also announced that it intends to convert one of the 737-800s into a 737 MAX at a later date.

The order, first announced as a commitment at the Singapore Air Show in February, is valued at $1.45 billion at list prices and will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX. While Nok Air currently operates a fleet of 15 Next-Generation 737s, this marks the airline’s first direct order with Boeing.

The 737 MAX now has 2,017 orders from 40 customers. The 737 MAX brings the most advanced engine technologies to the world’s best-selling airplane, building on the strengths of today’s Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see an 8 percent operating cost per seat advantage over tomorrow’s competition.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. A beautiful takeoff photo of Nok Air’s (Bird Air in Thai) Boeing 737-86J HS-DBK (msn 37774) departing from Phuket in southern Thailand.

Nok Air: AG Slide Show

Airberlin’s first quarter net loss widens to $287.6 million, will share Boeing 787 fleet with Etihad Airways

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) will  integrate their Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet affecting 56 firm aircraft according to a report by Reuters. Airberlin says this will save millions of dollars for both airlines. On the financial side, Air Berlin PLC issued this report for the first quarter:

Air Berlin PLC has realized a group revenue of EUR 761.8 million ($1 billion) in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to EUR 791.9 million ($1.08 billion) in the first quarter of 2013. Due to the shift of Easter business to April, revenue decreased by 3.8 per cent during the first quarter in 2014.

The operating result (EBIT) amounted to EUR -182.8 million (a loss of $176.5 million) in the first quarter of the current year as compared to EUR -188.4 million (-$258.3 million) in the prior year’s quarter.

Compared to the same quarter of the previous year, EBITDAR decreased from EUR -31.5 million to EUR -37.0 million. The financial result amounted to EUR -30.5 million as compared to EUR -25.0 million in the previous year.

Pre-tax earnings in the first quarter of 2014 amounted to EUR -213.4 million after EUR -213.4 million in the same quarter of the previous year. The net result in the first quarter of 2014 amounted to EUR -209.8 million (-$287.6 million) after EUR -196.3 million (-$269.1 million) in the corresponding quarter in 2013. Earnings per share based on an average number of 116,800,508 shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2014 thus amounted to EUR -1.80 compared with EUR -1.68 in the first quarter of 2013 (basic and diluted)

As of March 31, 2014, Air Berlin’s total assets amounted to EUR 2,032.2 million (December 31, 2013: EUR 1,885.5 million), its total equity amounted to EUR -399.1 million (December 31, 2013: EUR -186.1 million) and its net debt amounted to EUR 801.1 million (December 2013: EUR 796.0 million).

The airline commented on its first quarter results:

Airberlin’s operating result for the first quarter of 2014 in a difficult market environment with high pressure on capacity utilization and yield was slightly better than that of the previous year. In particular, the effects of the Turbine turnaround program led to a clear cost reduction. As a result, Airberlin was able to reduce the cost per available seat kilometer (CASK), excluding fuel cost, by 8.2% over the corresponding quarter of the previous year. In this manner, especially aircraft costs and airport infrastructure costs were reduced due to productivity increase and by renegotiating better terms and conditions for leasing contracts. Due to the Easter travel not starting until April, total sales for the first quarter decreased by 3.8% to EUR 761.8 million (previous year: EUR 791.9 million). Revenue per available seat kilometer fell to 6.54 Eurocents (previous year: 7.10 Eurocents). airberlin’s operating loss (EBIT) for the first quarter slightly decreased by 3% to EUR -182.8 million (previous year: EUR -188.4 million).

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86J D-ABKK (msn 37753) arrives in Palma de Mallorca (PMI) in the special “35 years – The way to your heart” color scheme.

Airberlin: AG Slide Show

Transavia France introduces seven new routes from Paris Orly as the fleet expands with Airbus A320s, introduces a new uniform

Transavia France (Transavia.com) (Paris-Orly) has introduced seven new routes per Anna Aero. Paris (Orly)-Tel Aviv was added on April 10 followed by new service to Athens, Faro, Istanbul and Malaga on April 12 along with Pisa and Prague on April 13.

The subsidiary of Air France-KLM now operates 12 Boeing 737-800s and will soon operate five Airbus A320s that are being transferred from Air France.

On April 1 Transavia unveiled its new cabin crew uniform. Previously Transavia issued this statement:

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Transavia.com is in the process of creating a new uniform for its cabin crew and sales & service staff. The design process is unique because the end product will be a result of co-creation. This means that the wearers themselves will contribute ideas for the design. Bas van Wayenburg, design consultant, will translate these ideas and suggestions into wearable uniform components. Through ‘crew sourcing’, the airline’s personnel in both the Netherlands and France will take a vote on the final design. By opting for this approach, transavia.com is not only demonstrating its commitment to its employees, but is also enhancing its visual appearance to its customers. The new uniform will be put into use in the summer of 2015.

“We are proud to be working together with our around 1,500 employees, the end users, on the creation of a new uniform in such a way. Our employees reflect our brand and are the customers’ first point contact. The uniform is an important element of our visual identity and must continue to be that. Therefore, after nearly 9 years, we are giving our uniform a facelift. It needs to be in keeping with the core values of our brand, including enthusiasm, commitment and sincerity, while at the same time expressing safety and responsibility,” explains Mattijs ten Brink, General Manager of transavia.com.

Incidentally, this is not the first time that transavia.com has involved end users in the development process of a product. Crowd sourcing was also applied for the Fanflight (2013) and Slogan (2011) campaigns.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86J WL F-GZHI (msn 36120) taxies past the camera at Antalya, Turkey.

Transavia (France): AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Transavia.

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Routes from the Paris (Orly) base:

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Etihad Airways reportedly will raise its share in Airberlin to 49.9%, could it be merged with Alitalia?

Airberlin (ariberlin.com) (Berlin-Tegel) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), which currently controls  29.21 percent of the Airberlin stock, are reportedly in negotiations about Etihad Airways raising its stake to 49.9 percent according to Reuters, citing the Wirtschafts Woche magazine.

Wirtschafts Woche magazine is reporting a group of German shareholders, among them former and current Airberlin executives, will raise their share to more than 50 percent as required by German law.

The article also reports Airberlin would be delisted if the sale is completed.

This report, if correct, would explain why Airberlin delayed its annual meeting by one week citing an imminent announcement to be made about ownership.

Etihad Airways has been on a buying spree lately for airlines that need financial help. The fast growing Gulf carrier has been in negotiations with Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) about a possible buy-in. This has lead to speculation that Airberlin, Niki and Alitalia could be combined with a common Etihad ownership thread.

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Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin’s Boeing 737-86J D-ABML (msn 37773) prepares to land at Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

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Ruili Airlines is a new airline in Yunnan Province of China

Ruili Airlines (Kunming, Yunnan, China) is a new airline located in the remote Yunnan province of China. The province is in the southwest portion of China. The airline is named after trading city of Ruili which is on the border with Myanmar.

The new airline is acquiring two Boeing 737-700s (B-5811 and B-5812) and the pictured former Airberlin Boeing 737-800.

According to CAPA, the airline received its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) on January 22, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured brand new Boeing 737-86J D-ABMX (msn 37786) was handed over to Airberlin on December 19, 2013. D-ABMX was repainted by KLM at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. It is pictured at AMS yesterday (February 3) departing for Berlin and its imminent delivery to China as B-1960.

Holiday messages from the airlines, our warmest wishes to our readers

It is a different environment out there these days for the airlines. They have to compete on many levels of service and also now in the growing social media to grab the attention of the potential customers. This includes the new and growing art of producing top-viewing videos to convey their messages including holiday greetings. Any airline which fails to recognize this new trend and operate creatively in this new venue will be left behind.

Since we like to report on new trends in air transportation, our intent with this sampling is to show you some of the best holiday messages this year being produced by the airlines. If you know of any good holiday airline messages that we missed please send us the link and we will add it to this list.

Christmas Elves

Air New Zealand has been at the cutting edge of this new media. Their videos get some of the top scores and visits. Here is their short holiday message:

Delta brought out their “Cheer Cart” for the holidays:

And a special holiday safety video:

WestJet had a big media splash this season and took a great leap forward with three blockbuster Christmas videos including one that granted its passenger’s wishes at bag claim:

Christmas Happy Holiday

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our loyal readers, contributors and supporters the best in holiday greetings and wishes. Thank you for your readership, friendship, contributions and support of our AG products and our advertisers.

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Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin has had a Christmas tradition of painting one of its aircraft in a special holiday livery. This year the theme is “Flying home for the holidays” and it features candles at each window on the pictured Boeing 737-86J D-ABMS (msn 37782). The affect is also different at night where the cabin light illuminates each candle at each window.

Christmas Gingerbread

Airberlin explains how it determines the registration marks of its aircraft, unveils its 2013 “Flying home for Christmas” logo jet

Airberlin 737-800 WL D-ABMS (13-Flying home for Christmas)(Grd)(Airberlin)(LRW)

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) in an online article on their website, explains the art of aircraft registrations:

Dr. Justin Gordon Abdy spends the time waiting. Standing at the window façade where the gate is located, he allows his gaze to wander across the airport’s airfield. Dawn is breaking. In his head, he runs through his documents one more time in preparation for the talk he has scheduled for today. Out of the corner of his eye, he notices a red and white aircraft behind the glass panel. It taxies slowly to the runway. D-ABDY – five letters on the tail of the aircraft suddenly grab his attention. Abdy is his surname! It can be traced back to the English knights and barons of the 17th and 18th centuries. He wonders how the name ended up on the tail of the aircraft and takes out his smartphone. He does some investigation into the matter.

The aircraft with this registration code is an Airberlin Airbus A320. Every aircraft in the world is uniquely designated so that it can be precisely identified wherever it is. In Germany, the aircraft registration code is assigned via the higher federal authority for civil aviation, the LBA (German Federal Aviation Office) in Braunschweig. An international classification system is used for determining the registration code. The first letter represents the country of the operator – in this case “D” for “Deutschland” (Germany). The hyphen is followed by a letter that designates the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of the aircraft. All those with the letter “A” after the country designation have a weight of over 20 tons. This Airbus is even authorised for a MTOW of 77 tons.

Later, Dr Abdy sends a snapshot of the A320 to Airberlin. Germany’s second largest airline tells him more about the aircraft registration code. The sequence of the other letters in the registration code is determined by the airline operating the aircraft itself. It then needs to be approved with official authorizations in accordance with specific regulations. Moreover, the letter combinations selected by the airline must not be present on any other aircraft anywhere in the world.

At Airberlin, everything regarding aircraft registration is handled by the CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization) team, where Nicole Pietsch and her colleagues are based. This team is dedicated to maintaining the airworthiness of the Airberlin fleet and, among other things, deals with the complex authorizations required for the aircraft at the LBA. The process as a whole begins long before the aircraft is allowed to taxi for the first time on the airport apron. The Airberlin aircraft have an average age of just five years. The authorization process starts approximately half a year before an aircraft joins the Airberlin fleet. When this happens, Nicole first of all, files an application for the reservation of a registration code, which is used by the office responsible for handling the matter to open a file for this aircraft.

For the registration code, Nicole determines the letters towards the end in accordance with a scheme. Because Airberlin is also otherwise abbreviated as “AB” on flight tickets, the third letter is often “B”. The other letters are then chosen to enable the Airberlin technicians to recognise the equipment of an aircraft, or its type, immediately from the combination of letters. For instance, all Airbus A320 aircraft which have the same equipment have “D”, “F” or “N” as the fourth letter. If it were a case of proceeding in a purely chronological and alphabetical order, the letter “E” would also be used, but this letter is already occupied by aircraft of other airlines. The last letter then follows in accordance with the order of the alphabet again. Since Nicole has been following this procedure for a while now, the classification system continues to be used for all newly authorised airberlin aircraft.

In order to register an aircraft, however, yet more steps have to be taken – simply establishing a registration code is not enough. The initial application to the LBA is followed by many more at specific points in time – for initial registration, prior to delivery, following the technical checks and after certain approvals and inspections have taken place. Everything is put down in writing. For instance, even with four to six weeks to go before delivery takes place, the airberlin legal team makes an application for the purpose of registering the aircraft. When all the necessary steps have been taken, Nicole personally brings the documents to Braunschweig. The day on which the aircraft is to be authorised is an exciting one. Carrying a vast number of original documents under her arm, she goes to the LBA and only leaves the office once she has the newly issued authorisation documents such as the certificate of airworthiness, the registration certificate and the noise certificate. Then, at the end of the day, she also receives the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) via fax, which permits the aircraft to be flown as part of the airberlin fleet.

Though he has learned that the Airbus is not directly named after his surname but simply happens to share the same sequence of letters, Dr Abdy is still delighted that an aircraft bears his surname.

Copyright Photo: Airberlin. Boeing 737-86J D-ABMS (msn 37782) was unveiled yesterday in Dusseldorf. The airline issued this statement:

Airberlin is once again operating its aircraft decorated in Christmas livery under the motto “Flying home for Christmas”. The Boeing 737-800 will continue to be out and about on the airline’s European route network right into January. Anyone who flies home for the holiday season with Airberlin on a regular basis has a good chance of travelling in the festively-decorated aircraft. The inaugural flight for Airberlin’s Christmas aircraft will go from Dusseldorf to Copenhagen. “I am delighted to have the opportunity of operating the first flight this year in Airberlin’s Christmas colors. It’s always a special occasion, bringing flight guests home to their families and friends in airberlin’s Christmas aircraft,” First Officer Andreas Graute explained.

This year the design of the Christmas plane resembles a string of fairy lights. There is a candle-like light for each day of Advent. “The windows of the aircraft constitute the flames of the candles. For the first time we have a Christmas design that achieves a completely different effect at night to that created during the daytime. The aircraft has an especially atmospheric ambience on evening flights,” said André Rahn, Senior Vice President Marketing. The design was created by RAPP Germany. The interior of the plane is also decorated in festive mood with specially-designed headrest covers.

The Boeing with the registration D-ABMS, which is affectionately known as “Merry Santa”, arrived at Hangar 7 at Dusseldorf Airport on November 13. First of all, the fuselage of the aircraft was thoroughly cleaned. On November 14 the seven-man Airberlin technik team started work. The first step was to once again clean all the surfaces to be decorated with special detergent. Next the sheeting, which is certified for aviation and specially UV-resistant, was mounted on the fuselage of the aircraft. Finally, an edge sealer was applied to the leading edges in order to prevent the sheeting from peeling away and to guarantee optimal airflow. The sheeting with the fairy light design is just 80 micrometres thick, measures 15.32 m in length and is 1.87 m high.

In 2010, the Airberlin Christmas aircraft appeared for the first time in digital form on airberlin.com. In response to requests from numerous guests, the first actual airberlin aircraft in Christmas livery took to the skies in November 2011. airberlin is the first German airline to have a Christmas aircraft.

Airberlin: AG Slide Show

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