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Lufthansa expands Airbus A380 fleet in Munich

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Starting in Summer 2020, Lufthansa will be taking off from Munich with two additional Airbus A380 aircraft. This will increase the Munich A380 fleet to a total of seven aircraft, with the remaining seven stationed in Frankfurt. Soon, Lufthansa passengers can experience the world’s largest commercial aircraft on five routes from Munich, including the addition of two new destinations served by the double decker. For the first time, Lufthansa will be operating the A380 to Boston and serving San Francisco with an A380 year-round. In addition to these routes, Los Angeles, Beijing and Shanghai are also on Munich’s A380 flight schedule for summer 2020.

Above Photo: Lufthansa.

“Since last March, the A380 has been operating very successfully from Munich. A few weeks ago, we welcomed the millionth A380 passenger on board in Munich. Our customers and our crews love the A380 experience. The flagship of our fleet is perfect for our 5-Star hub Munich. We will continue growing where quality and costs go hand in hand,” says Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Currently, Lufthansa operates the Airbus A380 from Munich to Los Angeles, Beijing and Hong Kong. In the upcoming 2019/2020 Winter Schedule, the giant Airbus will operate to San Francisco, Miami and Hong Kong (until December 2019) as well as Shanghai (as of January 2020).

Above photo: Lufthansa.

The Airbus A380 has been the flagship of Lufthansa since 2010, with a fleet of 14 aircraft.  As of summer 2020, seven will be stationed in Munich and seven in Frankfurt. The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft – 24 meters high and almost 73 meters long. Thanks to a high proportion of composite materials, the A380 is 15 tons lighter and has a 50 percent lower noise level than comparable long-haul aircraft. Moreover, the A380 flies in and out of airports, at the same speed of an A320. All of these characteristics contribute to the reduction of aircraft noise in airport surrounding areas.

The A380 has 33 percent lower fuel consumption and correspondingly lower CO2 emissions than aircraft of the previous generation.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 D-AIMG (msn 069) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 945768.

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ANA to debut the A380 “Flying Honu” to Hawaii on May 24, cabins unveiled

ANA – All Nippon Airways will debut its “Flying Honu” Airbus A380 service to Hawaii on May 24. The airline has unveiled some features of the new service. ANA has also released the early schedule until all three A380s are delivered.

From ANA:

The Hawaiian word “honu” is a term of endearment used towards the sea turtle,
and reflects the widespread love that the Hawaiian people feel for this animal.

It is believed to be a sacred creature in Hawaii, and those who manage to catch a glimpse of one are said to be blessed with good fortune and prosperity.

We decided to name these special liveries FLYING HONU (meaning “flying sea turtle”)
in the hope that our customers traveling to Hawaii on these aircraft will also be blessed with good fortune.

Our 3 FLYING HONU aircraft will be phased into service on the Tokyo-Honolulu route from spring 2019.

Inspired by the Hawaiian sky, ocean, and sunset respectively, each of these aircraft is truly unique and has its own facial expression and color scheme.

520 seats across two decks:

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Economy Class:

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"Lani", ANA's first A380, to become JA381A

Above Copyright Photo: ANA (All Nippon Airways) Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (JA381A) (msn 262) (Lani) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 945970.

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ANA receives its first Airbus A380, will go into service on May 24

ANA's first Airbus A380 on first flight, in Lani livery, became JA381A

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, has received the first of its three Airbus A380 aircraft. ANA and Airbus held a ceremony in Toulouse, France on March 20, 2019 to mark the handover of the plane as well as acknowledge the importance of the airline’s relationship with Airbus. Media events are also scheduled to take place in Japan after the aircraft touches down at Narita airport.

ANA’s new Airbus A380 will enter service on May 24, 2019 traveling between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu, Hawaii. The airplane is designed to provide maximum comfort to up to 520 passengers on this popular route with its premium layout seating. The upper deck is home to eight First Class suites, 56 Business Class seats that convert to fully flat beds and 73 Premium Economy seats. The main deck will have 383 Economy Class seats, including 60 couch seats. This makes ANA the first in Japan to introduce a couch seat concept. Each couch is comprised of three or four seats and passengers are able to lie on the seats by folding up the leg rests. In addition to expanded passenger space, the aircraft offers heightened internet options as well as other advanced in-flight entertainment features.

“We will commit all three of our Airbus A380 to the Tokyo Honolulu route with the goal of introducing a new level of luxury service to our passengers flying ANA on the number one resort route for Japanese travelers,” said Shinya Katanozka, President and CEO of ANA HOLDINGS INC. “We believe the A380 will become a game changer for ANA and will enable us to increase our market share by doubling the number of seats connecting Honolulu and Tokyo by 2020. The FLYING HONU is designed to offer unprecedented comfort and convenience and a world of new possibilities to ANA passengers, something that would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Airbus and Rolls-Royce teams working closely with the dedicated professionals at ANA.”

ANA’s first Airbus A380 sports bold Hawaiian Sky Blue Flying Honu-inspired livery. The second A380 plane will boast Hawaiian Ocean Emerald Green livery and is expected to roll out of the paint shop on March 25, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: ANA (All Nippon Airways) Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (JA381A) (msn 262) (Lani) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 945707.

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Hi Fly unveils its new Airbus A380 in the special “Save the Coral Reefs” livery

 

 

Hi Fly has unveiled its new paint scheme on its first Airbus A380. The carrier has brought the new type to Farnborough.

The A380 is painted in a two-sided scheme.

2018 "save the coral reefs" color scheme (left side)

Above Copyright Photo: Hifly (Malta) Airbus A380-841 9H-MIP (msn 006) (Mirpuri Foundation) FAB (SPA). Image: 942854.

The airline made this announcement:

Hi Fly is supporting the Mirpuri Foundation campaign “Save the Coral Reefs” by painting one of its aircraft with a special-themed livery, aiming to reinforce worldwide the message of sustainability and protection of the seas.

2018 "Coral Reefs Gone By 2050" livery (right side)

Above Copyright Photo: Hifly (Malta) Airbus A380-841 9H-MIP (msn 006) (Mirpuri Foundation) FAB (Antony J. Best). Image: 942855.

The airline joined the project in cooperation with Mirpuri Foundation, Hi Fly’s principal sustainability partner and AkzoNobel, that provided the coating to personalize the project. The chosen aircraft was an Airbus A380-800, the biggest commercial aircraft in the world, which is now painted on both sides, one side in dark blue displaying destroyed corals contrasting with a light blue side representing a pristine ocean with colorful and healthy marine life.

“A big cause requires a big answer and now, the biggest commercial aircraft on the planet will be the one carrying this big message around the globe”, says Paulo Mirpuri,President of both Hi Fly and Mirpuri Foundation.

With this initiative, Hi Fly is raising awareness for this unprecedented campaign to fight the destruction of coral reefs. If no action is taken, these beautiful ecosystems will disappear by 2050. With 50% of the world’s corals already gone, action needs to be taken immediately and awareness is the first step.

Airbus made this announcement:

Hi Fly, a Portuguese company with an all-Airbus fleet has become the first operator of a second-hand A380. It’s a move that marks the beginning of a new era for the program and demonstrates Airbus’ continued commitment to the passenger favorite double-deck widebody airliner.

The A380 program is young – the first aircraft entered into service in October 2007 – and so when msn 006 came off lease after 10 years of airline operation, its lessor looked for support from Airbus in finding a new operator.

Leasing arrangements

After discussions with the lessor and potential customers, a deal came together with Hi Fly, a specialist in ‘wet lease’ operations, also known in the aviation industry as ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance). The company will lease the aircraft and crew to airlines who, for example, need to replace a grounded aircraft or want additional short-term capacity to meet passenger demand.

Commenting on the aircraft’s delivery in July, Hi Fly President and CEO Paulo Mirpuri said: “We welcome the arrival of the Airbus A380 in our fleet and we are extremely happy with the market reaction so far on this new availability in our wet lease product offering.” He also praised the aircraft’s comfort and environmental performance.

All Other Photos: Hi Fly.

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Malaysia Airlines reports its financial progress in the first quarter

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-323 9M-MTF (msn 1281) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 942670.

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) issued this financial report on the first quarter:

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) reported a year-on-year (YoY) yield improvement of 6.6% in the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 despite the significant competition in both international and domestic sectors. Revenue per Available Seat Kilometre (RASK) also followed suit, showing healthy growth of 3.5% YoY with overall total revenue also growing by 2% YoY.

Malaysia Airlines Group (MAG) Chief Executive Officer Izham Ismail (GCEO) said, “Our performance is on budget for quarter one and the concerted focus on yield, which began in the second half of the previous year, continues to see results with an overall improvement in yield and RASK.

I am heartened by the relatively encouraging first quarter of 2018, especially after a challenging FY2017 which saw the company underperform against budget. Our performance last year was hampered by an adverse exchange rate swing which saw the depreciation of the Malaysian Ringgit (RM) against the US dollar (USD). With more than 50% of our cost structure in USD, the depreciation had a significant impact on the company’s overall financial performance. Nevertheless, taken on aggregate, the company has made progress on the execution of the Malaysian Airlines Recovery Plan (MRP). This includes an improved cost base for the airline, bringing it in line with its peer network airlines.

Despite improvements in the quarter, the airline is preparing itself for a tough year ahead with competition and exchange rate volatility. Escalating fuel prices remain a particular concern, up almost 100% from early 2016. Moving forward we will continue to drive yield by focussing on the premium segment to cushion the airline from rising costs. Overall, we expect to see improvements in our performance in the later part of this year and against this backdrop, we are working hard to deliver sustained profitability in 2019,” he added.

 

Q1 performance YoY

  Actual Q1 2018 Actual Q1 2017
Passengers (m) 3.2 3.6
Passenger Load Factor (%) 75.4% 79.4%
Passenger Yield (sen) 22.6 21.2
On-Time Performance (%) 76% 78%
Total RASK (sen) 20.5 19.8

 

Passenger Load factor

  Load % Q1 2018
Load % Q1 2017
International 77.2% 81.1%
Domestic 64.1% 70.8%

Malaysia Airlines saw an encouraging trend of yield improvement continue for both international and domestic sectors due to a concerted focus on premium segments of business class seats and corporate sales. This comes on the back of sustained RASK and yield improvement over several preceding quarters. Yield in the quarter was up 6.6% YoY. The increase in yield offset the reduction in load factor and also resulted in RASK improvement of 3.5% YoY. The growth was on the back of improved yield management and pricing segmentation.

Though overall, the quarter was a positive one, looking forward, the second quarter is expected to be weaker and more challenging due to the soft demand during Ramadan.

Investing in the Customer

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-841 9M-MNC (msn 084) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942665.

Above Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-841 9M-MNC (msn 084) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942665.

The quarter saw Malaysia Airlines replace our Airbus A380 (above) operations with the Airbus A350-900 aircraft on the London route. The new aircraft, offering the latest in technology, provides unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions and lower maintenance costs. The aircraft also offers an improved experience on board.

The flagship A350 aircraft is equipped with Wifi on-board, the first for Malaysia Airlines, and includes new in-flight entertainment systems with modern and improved functionality. It has also refreshed its first and business class amenities and offers better comfort in Economy.

The airline’s satellite Golden Lounge in KLIA reopened in Febuary 2018 with a new look and upgraded facilities. The lounge design reflects the rich heritage of Malaysia alongside modern facilities which includes amongst others, more charging stations, plug points and seating areas. The satellite Golden Lounge is the latest lounge to have undergone renovation since the last quarter of 2017, following upgrades to regional and domestic Golden Lounges.

Alongside this, the ‘Best of Malaysia’ range of dishes was introduced at the Golden Lounges in January 2018. Through this initiative, Malaysian favourites such as Rojak Buah, Chicken Kurma with Nasi Hujan Panas and Jelatah and Ayam Perchik with Nasi Ulam, were introduced and incorporated into the airlines’ in-flight menu. A specially designed Chinese New Year festive menu on selected routes featuring Yee Sang and other symbolic dishes were also offered in First, Business and Economy classes in Q1 2018.

A Customer Experience Task Force was set up in November 2017 to address the gaps across all customer touch points based on customer feedback. A Delay Handling Lab was also organized in this quarter as part of the airline’s ongoing efforts to provide customers with a more seamless travel experience and to improve disruption handling. These initiatives contributed to a positive improvement in the airline’s overall Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) scores which rose to 74% in this quarter, as compared to 70% in Q4 2017. Concerted efforts will carry on to ensure continued improvements across all customer touchpoints.

The quarter also saw the airline introduce its new brand campaign anchored around Malaysian Hospitality. The aim of this campaign is to re-emphasise the truly Malaysian experience that encompasses all aspects of the airline’s customer experience, reflected in its products and services.  The campaign will be rolled out in the next quarter via the release of a new TV commercial across all platforms.

Technology driven company

In its continuous journey towards becoming a digital airline, Malaysia Airlines rolled out several key technological enhancements in the quarter. The airline recently unveiled an enhanced MHupgrade which provides a quicker and more seamless bidding system for customers to upgrade flights.  Also introduced in the quarter was the Amadeus Anytime Merchandise initiative to boost ancillary revenue whilst offering customers more convenience in purchasing travel insurance and pre-booked seats. The airline also rolled out its Multi-Currency Platform enabling a more stable currency conversion for the airline whilst allowing customers the flexibility of paying for flights in their preferred currency.

Other initiatives introduced in the quarter include the iCrewHack which was launched to simplify and improve cabin crew reporting and work processes. The airline also held a Digital IT Junior Disruptor Programme, a collaborative programme with children and teens between the ages of 12 and 17, aimed at exploring and understanding the needs of the traveller of tomorrow. In addition to this, a series of technology talks and collaborations with Microsoft was also carried out in the first quarter, with the aim of saving time, travel and cost for employees. These programmes will continue throughout the year in line with the airline’s aim of providing its employees with collaborative tools and technology to boost productivity and reduce operational costs.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-8H6 WL 9M-MLT (msn 39334) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 942667.

Above Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-8H6 WL 9M-MLT (msn 39334) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 942667.

Fleet

The Malaysia Airlines fleet has undergone a transformation since the start of the MRP, in line with the airline’s core focus of Asia Pacific.

Whilst the Boeing 737-800s continue to provide domestic and regional connectivity, the widebody technology has now been streamlined and rightsized to a simpler model of Airbus A350-900s and the A330s, to suit scheduled operations.

The Airbus A380s will be used for the Hajj and Umrah business and deployed during peak and high demand periods.

The A350s, equipped with a First Class offering and the capacity to serve longer haul routes, is mobilized on the London and Japan routes, where there is higher demand for the premium cabin.

The quarter saw the arrival of an additional two of the airline’s six A350-900s, bringing the total of A350-900 aircraft to four in the first quarter.

The A330s (top) will be deployed on higher density regional routes across Asia Pacific, significantly improving the customer experience whilst also generating better revenue. The airline received the first two of the six A330-200s in the quarter.

The airline is undergoing an extensive process in selecting the next generation widebody fleet for future growth and replacement for ageing and end of lease aircraft. Several vendors have been engaged to provide information on new technologies that would best suit the Group’s network and expansion plans. This would also take into consideration fuel efficiency and passenger requirements.

Project Amal

MAB recently signed a three-year agreement with Andalusia Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd., to transport Malaysian pilgrims to Madinah and Jeddah during the Umrah season beginning October this year until 2021. The agreement will see Malaysia Airlines providing up to 200 charter flights over the three years. The agreement will eventually be novated from Malaysia Airlines to Project Amal once the new airline meets all regulatory and licensing requirements in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

Operations

A higher OTP of 76% was registered for Q1 2018 as compared to the previous quarter, which was at 73%. Despite the significant improvement from the last quarter, the OTP registered was still lower than the overall target of 82% mainly due to consequential and technical delays and aircraft limitations. External factors, which included weather-related delays and air traffic congestion, also impacted the OTP. Disruptions were kept to a minimum, however, through stringent monitoring and activation of various contingency plans conducted by an internally set up OTP task force.

The total number of mishandled baggage showed a significant reduction of 44% as compared to Q4 2017. Mishandled baggage per 1,000 passengers also showed a positive reduction to 7.96 cases compared to 14.28 cases per 1,000 passengers in the previous quarter. The positive results recorded in terms of mishandled baggage are the direct result of various process improvement initiatives that the airline has undertaken. The quarter also saw the airline collaborate with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) in a joint effort to identify and rectify baggage discrepancies.

Fuel Efficiency

A total of 43 fuel initiatives, with target savings set at RM220 million, were registered in this quarter and will be tracked for 2018. In the current environment of escalating fuel prices, MAB will leverage on technology and digitization to minimise volatility effects. This quarter saw the introduction of the MH Fuel Messenger and MH Ops applications which are set to increase operational efficiency.

In all of the initiatives rolled out group-wide to drive operational excellence, safety continues to be the top priority.

Ethics and Governance

The Code of Practice and EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) was introduced and rolled out across the group in this quarter. The initiatives under this code include training and readiness assessments for all frontline staff, ahead of the implementation of this legislation. To date, a total of 5500 employees across the group have been trained and equipped with knowledge on EU GDPR. The quarter also saw MAG collaborating with the Anti Trafficking in Persons & Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Council, in setting up a consultative body. This initiative will see employees across the group including ground and flight crew being trained in detecting, reporting and apprehending traffickers as well as providing support to victims of Human Trafficking. Training is expected to commence in the next quarter.

Investing in a talent pipeline and local succession planning

The quarter saw the introduction of a more streamlined and improved recruitment process for pilots, engineers, cabin crew and frontline staff with a total of 11 recruitment drives held between January and May 2018.

An employee referral scheme was unveiled in the quarter to encourage employees to refer deserving candidates to take up positions in key areas such as Flight Operations and Engineering. Apart from this, the Group also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) to help boost the pipeline for pilots. The first group of cadets will be recruited from UniKL Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT) in Sepang.

Election and polling activities for the appointment of candidates for the MAG Works Council 2018 also took place in Q1 2018. The Works Council was established in 2016 to encourage positive collaboration and discussions between management and employees on important aspects covering work processes, benefits and the general wellbeing of all employees.

Alongside this, various development and leadership programmes continued throughout the quarter, to train and strengthen the internal talent pool. Some of these include the Leadership Talk Series and the General Managers Circle. The aim of these programmes is to inculcate a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing, and enhancing the capabilities of senior-level leaders within the group to develop and nurture their employees.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Malaysia Airlines): Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-323 9M-MTF (msn 1281) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 942670.

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Lufthansa launches the first Airbus A380 from the Munich hub

First flight from MUC, flight LH452 to LAX on March 25, 2018

Lufthansa Airbus A380 on Sunday, March 25 operated for the first time, a take off from Munich on a regular passenger flight (above). Its destination was the City of Angels, Los Angeles.

Flight LH 452 took off for California at 12.00 noon.

Lufthansa chief pilot Raimund Müller welcomed nearly 509 passengers on board the “Munich”, as the A380 has been named – that’s how many seats the largest passenger aircraft in the world has. Among other things, 890 main courses, 530 cushions and 41 liters of tomato juice will also be loaded onto the aircraft for the passengers.

Not long afterwards, in the early evening, the second A380 flight will follow on: LH 722 took off at 7.15 pm, heading for Peking, and at 10.25 pm, the third A380 took off for Hong Kong, bearing flight number LH 730. All A380 flight connections will be offered daily from Munich.

The Airbus A380 has been Lufthansa’s flagship aircraft since 2010. Currently the fleet comprises 14 aircraft, five of which are to be stationed in Munich as of March 25.

When it comes to being environmentally friendly, the A380 stands out from the crowd with a specific fuel consumption of around three liters per passenger per 100 kilometers and a quiet Trent 900 engine made by Rolls Royce which has a very low level of noise emission.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 D-AIMB (msn 041) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 941341.

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Malaysia Airlines ends scheduled Airbus A380 service to London Heathrow

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-841 9M-MNB (msn 081) LHR (SPA). Image: 935726.

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) has ended scheduled Airbus A380 service on its flagship route to London Heathrow. The last A380 service departed from LHR on March 5 as flight MH 3. LHR was the last A380 destination for the type for the airline.

The new Airbus A350-900 is now assigned to the route.

Malaysia will continue to use the type as a charter aircraft. The aircraft are being reconfigured to carry Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-841 9M-MNB (msn 081) LHR (SPA). Image: 935726.

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