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Airbus delivers world’s first A330-300 Regional to Saudi Arabian Airlines

Saudia Tails (Airbus)(LR)

Saudia-Saudi Arabian Airlines, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, has taken delivery of its first A330-300 Regional, making it the launch customer for this new member of the A330 family.

The aircraft is the first of the 20 A330-300 Regional aircraft ordered at the 2015 Paris Airshow, and joins Saudi Arabian Airlines’ existing Airbus fleet of 12 A330-300s and 50 A320 Family aircraft. Specially optimized for regional and domestic operations, the A330-300 Regional will boost capacity on several of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ most in-demand routes, enabling the airline to generate additional efficiencies while offering its passengers an unprecedented comfort level. The A330-300 Regional also represents the lowest-cost alternative and easiest fleet addition due to its high commonality with the A330s already operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Saudi Arabian Airlines will lease the A330-300 Regional fleet from the International Air Finance Corporation (IAFC), a leading lessor in the Middle East.

The A330-300 Regional is optimized for missions up to 2,700 nm (5-hour flight) covering short to medium haul routes and offers significant cost savings through a reduced operational weight of around 200 tons. The reduction in fuel burn per seat and maintenance costs will result in an overall cost reduction of around 20% compared with today’s long-range A330-300.

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Fiji Airways arrives in San Francisco

Fiji Airways Inaugural Flight Lands at SFO (PRNewsFoto/Fiji Airways)

Fiji Airways Inaugural Flight Lands at SFO (PRNewsFoto/Fiji Airways)

Fiji Airways’ new Airbus A330-200 aircraft landed at San Francisco (SFO) on June 16 and took off for the first time that night, marking the start of the airline’s new seasonal nonstop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Fiji.

Fiji’s National Carrier will offer twice-weekly nonstop services from San Francisco to Nadi, Fiji until August 14th, 2016 and again during the holidays, in December 2016 and January 2017. The flights will operate from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Fiji (NAN) on Thursdays and Sundays.

Photo: Fiji Airways.

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“People Over Profit” – POP is proposing to fly between the U.K. and India

POP logo and A330 tail

The proposed paper airline, POP (London-Stansted), made this announcement on May 31, 2016:


POP is set to become not just a new airline, not just the only airline currently to fly non-stop from the UK to two of India’s key secondary cities – Amritsar (Punjab) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat) – but an airline with a new unique business model.

POP is a new, low-cost, long-haul airline with a social conscience that will meet the demand of the growing visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market as well as the expanding leisure-tourism and business sectors.

Being established as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) business, POP will enhance the lives of those in the communities it serves by donating a minimum of 51% of its profits to fund social projects in the UK and India.

Passengers will be consulted when booking as to their preferences in terms of the ‘community causes’ they wish POP to support. POP’s philanthropic-giving will enhance the unquantifiable assets of reputation and trustworthiness while gaining a competitive advantage as research illustrates that consumers consider businesses to have an obligation to support the local communities in which they operate.

In the first instance, all of POP’s charitable giving will be made through the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), although a dedicated charitable foundation may be established in due course. In addition, POP will always seek to advance airline industry best practice in neutralizing its carbon footprint in ways that can be aligned with the enhancement of its community projects.

Rewards-based crowdfunding to raise £5m for POP will start in early June 2016 in association with Trillion Fund Ltd, and will continue for 60 days. The crowdfunding campaign involves raising start-up funds for the company via the pre-sale of POP Gold Passes, each priced at £500, to supporters who are attracted by a different kind of rewards package. The first 10,000 Gold Pass holders will win one free off-peak return seat to any POP destination and will, for the following five years when flying with POP, be entitled to a range of VIP benefits both on the ground and in the air, including, for example, extra luggage, and free and unlimited ticket name changes.

(Nino) Navdip Singh Judge, Chairman and Principal of POP, commented: “My vision is to create an airline that, unlike any other before it, serves not just the passengers travelling between the UK and the developing world but, just as importantly, delivers tangible benefits to the communities they are visiting. POP will provide an ‘Enhanced-Value’ in the air and in the community.”

POP will offer family and business-convenient schedules, thus reversing the trend of middle-of-the-night international movements into and out of India. In every way, POP wishes to be known for giving a fair deal – with significant reductions in journey times, highly competitive fares, self-selected on-board and ground services, excellent customer service and convenient point-to-point flights.

At present, there are few direct flights from the UK to any of India’s important secondary cities and there is a fast-growing VFR, leisure/tourism and business market for such flights amongst India’s rapidly expanding middle class. POP’s CSR model will resonate particularly strongly with this target market. The Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the UK and India permits seven scheduled services per week on any route between the UK and India, other than Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. No UK airlines are currently operating nonstop services to Amritsar and/or Ahmedabad.

POP route map

It is anticipated that the first POP flight will depart from Stansted Airport this year in Q4 (2016) to Amritsar using a 378-seat all-economy Airbus A330-300 aircraft in POP livery. POP initially plans to operate three services weekly to each of Amritsar and Ahmedabad.

POP A330-300 (16)(Flt)(POP)(LRW)

The aircraft will be on a full charter basis and will move towards an ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) arrangement over time, but all other organizational aspects will be managed by POP. The company has provisional plans to apply for its own full Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) but will continue to lease its aircraft, probably on an aircraft-only basis, which should yield greater financial returns to POP and to its supported causes.

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Fiji Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-300

Fiji A330-300 DQ-FJW arrives in Nadi (Fiji)(LR)

Fiji Airways (Nadi) on December 29 brought to Fiji its newest fleet addition. Airbus A330-343 DQ-FJW (msn 1692) is the first A330-300 for the flag carrier.

The new A330-300, the largest in the fleet, has 289 seats in Economy and 24 in Business Class. The new plane features enhanced mood lighting, increased cargo space and a Quiet Zone in Economy Class. Other product features and configuration match the current 200-series fleet.

It will be deployed largely on the airline’s busy long haul routes of Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Photo: Fiji Airways. 200 tefui’s were joined to make a giant garland for the new A330-300. According to the airline, “Rapturous applause and excitement greeted the aircraft as it touched down at Nadi International Airport and taxied up to the airline’s Hangar facilities. Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and other Government Ministers joined Fiji Airways staff to welcome the aircraft.

A traditional Rotuman ceremony of welcome was accorded to His Excellency the President, who stepped off the A330 as its first official guest. The aircraft has been christened ‘Island of Rotuma’, following Fiji Airways’ naming convention for its fleet after Fiji’s islands.”

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Fiji Airways is coming to San Francisco

Fiji Airways (2nd) Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJU (msn 1416) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 912540.

Fiji Airways (Nadi), Fiji’s National Airline, has announced plans to commence seasonal twice-weekly nonstop services from Nadi to San Francisco starting in June 2016. The flights, operating in June, July, August, December 2016 and January 2017, will depart from Nadi International Airport to San Francisco International Airport on Thursdays and Sundays.


The flight will depart Nadi on Thursdays and Sundays at 9 pm (2100) (local time), arriving in San Francisco 12:30 pm (1230) (local time, the same day). The San Francisco-Nadi flight will depart at 11pm (2300) (local time) Thursdays and Sundays, arriving in Nadi at 5 am (0500) (local time, +2 days). The new service will be operated on Fiji Airways’ A330 aircraft, the 10-hour flights offer both Economy and Business Class travel options. All Fiji Airways flights are full-service, and include checked baggage, in-flight entertainment, meals and beverages.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJU (msn 1416) approaches the runway in Sydney.

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Air Canada and the IAMAW reach a tentative 10-year agreement

Air Canada Airbus A330-343 C-GHKR (msn 400) YYC (Ton Jochems). Image: 928673.

Air Canada (Montreal) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) today announced they have reached a new agreement, subject to ratification, on collective agreement terms for ten years. The IAMAW represents 7,500 Air Canada employees who work in technical maintenance and as operational support employees at airports handling baggage and in Air Canada Cargo.

“This new agreement with the IAMAW on collective agreement terms for ten years is an important achievement that will support long-term and profitable growth at Air Canada and one that recognizes the important contribution of IAMAW members. Moreover, it will benefit all stakeholders by giving our company more certainty and flexibility, while at the same time providing stability for our employees,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada. “This is now our sixth agreement — the third with terms for 10 years — that we have reached with our unions over the past year. As such, it is a further confirmation of the collaborative partnership Air Canada and its employees enjoy and our shared focus on taking care of customers and building one of the world’s leading international carriers.”

The agreement is subject to ratification by IAMAW’s membership as well as to certain openers over the 10-year period. Details of the agreement will not be released pending ratification by IAMAW and approval by the Air Canada Board of Directors.

The union will recommend ratification to its members and the Company will seek the Air Canada Board of Directors’ approval for the agreement promptly.

This agreement with IAMAW, subject to ratification, follows on the conclusion in November 2015 of a new agreement with Air Canada’s 6,500 flight attendants on collective agreement terms for ten years. It is the sixth agreement reached by Air Canada and its unions, including those with ACPA, representing the airline’s 3,000 pilots, Unifor representing the airline’s 4,000 Customer Service and Sales Agents in Canada, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) representing its U.S. unionized workforce and UNITE representing its U.K unionized workforce.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343 C-GHKR (msn 400) taxies from the gate at Calgary International Airport.

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Intrepid Aviation delivers a new Airbus A330-300 to Evelop Airlines

Evelop's first Airbus A330 in the new livery

Intrepid Aviation announced today that it has delivered one new Airbus A330-300 to Evelop Airlines (Palma de Mallorca). The aircraft is powered by Rolls Royce 772B engines and is subject to a long-term lease to the airline.

“We very are pleased to be taking delivery of Evelop’s third A330-300 and our first brand new aircraft of this type, thanks to our close working relationship with Intrepid Aviation. The aircraft will be put into operations primarily on our Caribbean routes and will contribute to our ongoing growth,” says Evelop’s Managing Director, Emeterio Lorente Herce.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A330-343 F-WWYQ (msn 1691) became EC-MII on the handover.

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