Tag Archives: A330-202

Etihad Airways agrees to take a 49% equity share in struggling Alitalia

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has agreed to take a 49 percent share of struggling Alitalia (2nd) (Rome).

The two airlines issued this short statement:

Alitalia and Etihad Airways today (June 25) confirmed that they have agreed the principal terms and conditions of a proposed transaction whereby Etihad Airways will acquire a 49 percent equity stake in Alitalia.

The airlines will now move to finalize the transactional documents, that will include the agreed upon conditions, as soon as possible. The conclusion of the investment is subject to final regulatory approvals.

Alitalia will become the latest equity partner airline for Etihad Airways. Are there more partnerships coming, especially in Europe?

 

Etihad Equity Partner Airlines

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s Airbus A330-202 EI-EJG (msn 1123) in the special promotional Calabria livery prepares to touch down in Toronto (Pearson).

Alitalia (2nd): AG Slide Show

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Alitalia CEO: 2,200 jobs could be cut due to the Etihad Airways alliance

Alitalia’s (2nd) (Rome) CEO stated upwards of 2,200 jobs could be cut as a result of a planned alliance with Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) as reported today by the La Repubblica newspaper and this report by Reuters. The report also states Etihad Airways is not flexible on this amount of job cuts.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. A lingering question is Alitalia’s role in the SkyTeam alliance when Etihad Airways makes its investment in the flag carrier. Will it leave the alliance? Airbus A330-202 EI-DIR (msn 272) in the SkyTeam motif arrives at Toronto (Pearson).

Alitalia: AG Slide Show

Jetstar Airways announces new Brisbane-Honolulu flights starting on December 15

Jetstar Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has announced new nonstop service between Brisbane and Honolulu starting on December 15, 2014.

The route will be operated by Airbus A330 aircraft up to three times a week during the peak season with two weekly services in the off peak.

The new Honolulu route will be the second wide body service from Brisbane following the start of nonstop services to Bali later this month to be operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Flights will depart from Brisbane on Tuesdays and Fridays with services operating from Honolulu on Mondays and Thursdays.

The third service for peak season will operate on a Sunday. The route will eventually be operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as Jetstar continues to take delivery of more aircraft.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 VH-EBA (msn 508) taxies at Sydney.

Jetstar Airways: AG Slide Show

 

Aer Lingus launches its new route to San Francisco

Aer Lingus (Dublin) yesterday (April 2) launched its inaugural flight to San Francisco. The flight, flight EI 147, was assigned to an Airbus A330-200 (EI-DUO) named St. Columba,

Aer Lingus will operate five flights per week from Dublin to San Francisco as part of its significant trans-Atlantic growth plan in 2014.

The 2014 growth plan includes:

· New routes from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto (Pearson)
· Almost doubling of frequency on services from Shannon to Boston and New York (JFK)
· The addition of three Boeing 757 aircraft to the long haul fleet

Top Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 EI-DUO (msn 841) taxies at Shannon.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. EI-DUO arrives at SFO on the inaugural flight.

Aer Lingus A330-200 EI-DUO (96)(Nose) SFO (MDB)(LRW)

Aer Lingus:

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Iraqi Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-200

Iraqi logo

Iraqi Airways (Baghdad), the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its first A330-200 becoming a new operator for the type. This will be the first Airbus widebody aircraft to be operated by Iraqi Airways. The carrier already operates two A321 aircraft. A330-202 YI-AQY (msn 1339) was formally handed over on November 30. This aircraft was originally destined for AirAsia X. The airline has been in desperate need of modern aircraft.

Accommodating a two-class configuration of 24 business and 264 economy seats, the aircraft is  powered by GE CF6-80 engines and will be deployed on European routes including Germany, Austria and the UK.

Iraqi Airways: AG Slide Show

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Afriqiyah Airways crash was not caused by a technical problem

Afriqiyah Airways’ (Tripoli) May 12 crash was not caused by a technical problem according to the preliminary report.

Read the full report from the BBC:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Airbus A330-202 5A-ONG (msn 1024) is pictured at Paris (CDG) before the tragic accident.

Air Algerie introduces its “Viva L’Algerie” logojet for the World Cup

Copyright Photo: Pepscl. Airbus A330-202 7T-VJW (msn 647) came to Paris (Orly) today (May 31) in this new special color scheme.

Air Algerie (Algiers) has introduced this new “Viva L’Algerie” logojet in preparation for the World Cup in South Africa.

ATW raises a question: Did Afriqiyah mistake the road for the runway?

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The doomed Airbus A330-202 5A-ONG (msn 1024) is seen at Dubai before the crash in similar desert conditions it would have encountered at Tripoli.

ATW has raised this question:

http://atwonline.com/operations-maintenance/news/afriqiyah-airways-pilots-may-have-mistaken-road-runway-0514

Investigators are looking at navaids and the rising sun for the Afriqiyah A330 crash

According to ATW, “Investigators examining the Afriqiyah Airways A330-200 crash are expected to focus on faulty landing aids and the pilots being blinded by the sun as possible causes.

ATWOnline has learned that Runway 09, to which the aircraft was headed, does not have an ILS and the VOR navigational aid was suffering from interference. Pilots were warned in a NOTAM that “interference from signal being experienced during current airport development work. VOR should be used with caution.”

The aircraft was landing to the east and crashed just as the sun was rising, leading to suspicions that the pilots may have been blinded by sunlight to possible errors in their approach and height caused by problems with the landing aids. The aircraft’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders both have been recovered.”

Read the full report in ATW:

http://atwonline.com/aeropolitics-regulation/news/afriqiyah-crash-investigation-focusing-faulty-landing-aids-sunlight-051

Copyright Photo: The relatively-new crashed A330-202 is seen at Toulouse on a test flight as F-WWYS before it was delivered as 5A-ONG on September 8, 2009.

Jetstar Airways opts for A330 higher gross weight

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Jetstar Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has opted for the higher gross weight model for its new Airbus A330-200s on order. This could permit the lower-cost carrier to fly to Europe before the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners arrive in 2013.

Flightglobal news link:

www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/10/01/332966/qantass-jetstar-opts-for-higher-gross-weight-a330s.html