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Air China’s first Airbus A350-900, delivered on August 8, 2018

1st Airbus A350-900, delivered on August 8, 2018

At the Toulouse Airbus Delivery Centre, the first Airbus A350-900 was handed over to Air China on August 8, 2018. The airline has ordered a total of 10.

The date of 8-8-2018 was chosen for the handover date as 8s are considered to be a good luck sign in China.

At this event the top managers of Airbus, Air China and Rolls Royce were in attendance.

Cao Jianxiong, VP of Air China, in his speech remarked on the great steps taken by the airline in renewing the fleet and for climbing in the worldwide airline rankings.

Paul Freestone, senior VP of customers for Rolls Royce said “Rolls Royce is a partner with 45 years of continuous relations with Air China, which started with the H.S. Tridents equipped with RR Spey engines until now. The decision of Air China to select the RR Trent XWB is an important sign of this partnership”.

George Xu, CEO of Airbus China, reminded “Its so important for the strong relationship between Air China and Airbus. Air China is the first carrier to have ordered the A350 and first to take delivery.

Several hundreds of planes made by Airbus are in the fleet of Air China from the A320 family, A330s, and now the ultra modern A350s”.

1st Airbus A350-900, delivered on August 8, 2018

During this month, the new jet will be introduced between Beijing and Shanghai by August 14, 2018 and later to Chengdu. 

Air China choose to outfit the new widebody jet in a triple class layout. The 312 seats are: 32 in business class with 1-2-1 abreast, 24 in premium economy in 2-4-2 and 256 seats in economy in 3-3-3. All the seats are equipped with personal IFEs.

This year Air China will receive at least 4 A350-900s of the 10 on order. 

1st Airbus A350-900, delivered on August 8, 2018

Five European destinations will see this new twin jet in 2018 and 2019: Frankfurt, London (Heathrow), Milan (Malpensa), Munich and Paris (CDG).

Marco Finelli reporting from France. All photos by Marco Finelli.
Copyright Photos: Air China Airbus A350-941 B-1086 (msn 167) TLS (Marco Finelli). Image: 943021.

 

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China Airlines to bring the Airbus A350-900 to Ontario, CA, will showcase a special “carbon” livery on the last A350

China Airlines Airbus A350-941 B-18909 (msn 138) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 941155.

As previously reported, China Airlines will start Ontario, CA – Taipei, Taiwan service on September 17, 2018. Flight CI 023 will depart ONT nightly at 2350 (11:50 PM) local time.

The airline will introduce the Airbus A350-900 on the route on October 28, 2018.

The retiring Boeing 747-400s:

In other news, the company is planning to introduce a new “carbon livery” for its last Airbus A350-900 (B-18918, msn 239). The aircraft is due in October.

 

Above Photo: Airbus.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by China Airlines): China Airlines Airbus A350-941 B-18909 (msn 138) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 941155.

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Cathay Pacific announces nonstop service from Seattle/Tacoma to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRE (msn 039) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 941122.

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced it will commence a new nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on April 1, 2019, becoming the only airline that will directly link Hong Kong with the fastest-growing city on the West Coast.

The four-times-weekly service will see Seattle/Tacoma become the airline’s eighth passenger gateway in the United States, and its 10th in North America.

Cathay Pacific currently serves Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), New York (Newark), San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. A new Cathay Pacific service to Washington, DC will commence on September 16, 2018.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said the Seattle route, which will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft, underscores the airline’s expansion strategy to connect new destinations not otherwise served from Hong Kong–and to link its home, one of the most innovative cities in Asia, with tech hubs the world over.

The Cathay Pacific Group is undergoing a period of unprecedented growth, with nine new destinations having already been announced for launch this year.

CX 857 will depart Seattle on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings at 1:05 a.m., arriving in Hong Kong the following day at 5:25 a.m. This early morning arrival allows passengers to connect with every Cathay Pacific flight across Asia—including Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and over 20 gateways in mainland China—without a lengthy layover in Hong Kong. The return flight, CX 858, will depart Hong Kong at 11:55 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, arriving in Seattle at 9:00 p.m. (same day).

(PRNewsfoto/Cathay Pacific Airways)

The airline’s customers will enjoy a superior experience when they fly between Hong Kong and Seattle. Cathay Pacific’s A350-900s are amongst the quietest and most environmentally-friendly aircraft in the sky and are equipped with comfortable seating, an enhanced inflight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity across Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes.

Details of the new Seattle service from April 1, 2019 are as follows (all times local):

Flight no

From

To

Departure/Arrival

Days of operation

CX 857

SEA

HKG

0105/0525+1

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

CX 858

HKG

SEA

2355/2100

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Cathay Pacific): Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRE (msn 039) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 941122.

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Finnair study: Finns want to reduce the CO2 impact of flying, prefer direct measures such as biofuels and carbon captures

Delivered on September 29, 2016

Finnair conducted a consumer research study during summer 2018 to find out what Finns think of the different ways to reduce or compensate emissions resulting from aviation. According to the study’s results, the majority of Finns are ready to pay to reduce the emissions caused by air travel, but want the proceeds from possible additional charges to go directly to environmental work. Responsible travel is thus increasingly important for Finnish travelers.

Finnair is responding to this by introducing a new service in early 2019, which will offer customers an easy way to support measures that directly impact the carbon load. For example, customers will be able to pay to support the use of biofuels and carbon capture initiatives. Finnair is also continuing its own comprehensive measures to reduce its overall CO2 emissions.

Study: Finns prefer biofuels and carbon captures as measures, want to directly impact CO2 emissions of flying

According to the study, almost all Finns (94%) want to reduce the emissions of air travel, and many are also willing to pay for this as a part of the ticket price.

The respondents saw supporting the use of biofuels (55%) and carbon captures (28%) as the best alternatives for reducing the environmental impacts of flying. For example, forests and other biomass capture CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, and thus act as significant carbon captures that can offset more CO2 than they produce.

Only 11% of Finns, however, were in favor of a flight tax. When asked directly about a flight tax, 73% of respondents said a flight tax should not be introduced if the proceeds cannot be directly attributed to reducing environmental impacts.

On the other hand, 76% of the respondents were ready to pay more for a flight ticket, or alternatively, pay an additional charge, if the money is used for reducing environmental impacts. There was a lot of dispersion in what would be an appropriate amount to pay, but the majority of respondents were ready to pay approximately five to 20 euros extra for a one-way flight within Europe. However, almost 20% of the respondents were ready to pay more than that.

The study also showed that the international emissions trading mechanisms are not well known by Finns: over half of the respondents (60%) did not know aviation was a part of the EU emissions trading scheme and did not know of the upcoming global emissions scheme (CORSIA).

The study was conducted for Finnair by Innolink Research and Spring Advisor during the summer of 2018, and approximately 1,200 Finns were interviewed.

Finnair invites customers to develop more responsible air travel

“The study – as well as the direct feedback from our customers – shows that environmental awareness has clearly increased. It was great to see that so many customers are ready to invest in more responsible air travel,” says Pekka Vauramo, Finnair’s CEO. “Developing responsible travel is a common objective for us all.”

Finnair now invites its customers to join in on the work to make aviation more environmentally responsible. As of early 2019, customers can choose to support either the use of biofuels or carbon capture initiatives when they fly with Finnair. Finnair will offer two alternatives: customers can either purchase biofuel to be included and blended on a later flight, or support a carbon capture project with a sum of their choice.

Finnair is in discussions with potential partners, and the alternatives the company will offer and its partners will be communicated later on. Finnair also continues its own strong efforts to reduce its CO2 emissions

“It is very important for us that the alternatives we offer will actually help to reduce the carbon load,” adds Vauramo. “Investment in new fuel-efficient aircraft is our most important and impactful environmental action, but we also work with the environment in mind in our daily flight operations, and we participate in international initiatives to reduce emissions.”

Already over half of Finnair’s long-haul fleet – 11 aircraft – is comprised of new, fuel-efficient Airbus A350 aircraft.

Vauramo also stresses that every single passenger can impact the carbon dioxide load of their own trip with their travel choices.

“Fly with airlines that have a modern fleet, fly the shortest route, pack light and combine air travel with other traffic modes. In the future, our customers will also be able to support carbon footprint reducing projects easily through Finnair.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Finnair): Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWG (msn 051) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 939954.

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Philippine Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

First flight June 7, 2018, first Philippines Airbus A350-900

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 at a special event in Toulouse, France, becoming the 19th airline to operate the world’s most modern and efficient long range airliner.

Altogether, Philippine Airlines has ordered six A350-900s, which will be primarily operated on nonstop services to Europe and North America. These will include the carrier’s longest route to New York, which the A350-900 can operate nonstop in both directions, all year round. Representing a distance of over 8,000 nautical miles, the 17 hour return journey from New York to Manila previously involved a technical stop in Vancouver.

Philippine Airlines has configured its A350-900s with a premium three class layout seating 295 passengers in three classes. This including 30 seats that convert to fully flat beds in Business Class, 24 offering extra space in Premium Economy and 241 18-inch wide seats in the main cabin.

The aircraft features the award-winning Airspace by Airbus cabin, with more personal space and full connectivity throughout. The cabin is the quietest of any twin aisle aircraft and features the latest mood lighting and air conditioning systems. Higher humidity levels and a lower cabin altitude all contribute to added well-being on board, especially for long range flights.

At the end of June 2018, Airbus has recorded 882 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 46 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever. 182 A350 XWBs have been delivered to 19 airlines worldwide.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Airbus and Philippines): Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Airbus A350-941 F-WZNA (RP-C3501) (msn 221) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 942284.

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Airbus forecasts 37,400 new aircraft over the next 20 years

Airbus A350-941 F-WZGG (msn 003) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942662.

Airbus has issued this forecast:

The world’s passenger fleet will more than double to 48,000 aircraft in 20 years with traffic growing at a resilient 4.4% per year, driving a need for 37,390 new passenger and freighter aircraft according to Airbus’ new Global Market Forecast 2018-2037.

Growth drivers include private consumption increasing 2.4 times in emerging economies, higher disposable incomes and a near doubling of the middle classes globally. Emerging countries will account for over 60% of economic growth, with trips per capita to multiply 2.5 times for these nations. Combined with evolving airline business models and continuing liberalisation, the growing scale of air transportation will lead to an increasing resilience to regional slowdowns.

Greater aircraft range and capacity through technological developments allow airlines the flexibility to explore new business opportunities whilst maintaining focus on cost reduction.

“There is a growing trend to use aircraft across a broader range of operations, with today’s more capable aircraft blurring the boundaries between market segments. These realities made us develop a new segmentation with Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large categories, reflecting more closely the way airlines operate aircraft,” said Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “Thanks to the versatility of our leading, most comprehensive family of aircraft, the top end of our single aisles, the A321neo, fly efficiently on long haul routes and our wide bodies like the A330neo equally serve regional operations. We’re extremely strong in this Medium market segment.”

Airbus already leads in the Small (S) segment with the A320neo and in the Large (L) segment with the A350-900. In the Extra-Large (XL) segment, the market for replacement aircraft is just starting and provides opportunities for the very efficient A350-1000 combined with the A380.

Looking at the four segmentations more closely, in the Small segment typically covering the space where most of today’s single-aisle aircraft compete, there is a forecast future requirement for 28,550 new aircraft, representing more than three-quarters of total expected demand. In the Medium segment, for missions requiring additional capacity and range flexibility, represented by smaller widebodies and longer-range single-aisle aircraft, Airbus forecasts demand for 5,480 passenger and freight aircraft. For additional capacity and range flexibility, in the Large segment where most A350s are present today, there is a need for 1,760 aircraft. In the Extra-Large segment, typically reflecting high capacity and long range missions by the largest aircraft types including the A350-1000 and the A380, Airbus forecasts demand for 1,590 aircraft over the next 20 years.

Of the 37,390 new aircraft required, 26,540 are for growth and 10,850 will replace older generation less fuel efficient aircraft. The more than doubling in the world fleet to 48,000 aircraft results in a need for 540,000 new pilots. Airbus continues to evolve its service business to meet the needs of its growing customer base.

Top Copyright Photo: Airbus A350-941 F-WZGG (msn 003) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942662.

Iberia takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

"Placido Domingo", first IB A350, first flight May 29, 2018, delivered June 26, 2018

Iberia, Spain’s flag carrier and a founding member of the IAG’s group of airlines, has taken delivery of its first of 16 Airbus A350 XWB on order, becoming the 18th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin-engine widebody.

The pictured Airbus A350-941 F-WZNP (msn 219), named “Placido Domingo”, was handed over as EC-MXV on June 26, 2018 and immediately ferried to the Madrid base.

Above Photo: Airbus and Iberia.

The aircraft is the first Airbus A350-900 to feature the latest performance improvement package including a wing twist, extended winglets and increased maximum takeoff weight capability, delivering unrivalled performance across Iberia’s network. The aircraft is configured in a premium three-class layout, with 348 seats, including 31 full lie-flat bed Business, 24 Premium Economy and 293 Economy seats.

The A350-900 will join Iberia’s all-Airbus fleet comprising more than 100 aircraft (including Iberia Express), allowing them to leverage the full benefit of Airbus’ unique aircraft family commonality.

In order to reduce its carbon footprint, the A350 XWB delivery flight from Toulouse to Madrid was fuelled with a blend of sustainable jet fuel.

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. As the founding member of “Airspace by Airbus” cabin brand, the A350 XWB cabin provides passengers and crews the best in comfort, well-being and technology.

To date, Airbus has recorded 847 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 44 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Top Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A350-941 F-WZNP (EC-MXV) (msn 219) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 942236.

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