Cyprus Airways (2nd) (Larnaca) is a new version of the original flag carrier. The new Cyprus Airways has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC). The company made this short statement on March 14, 2017:
We are delighted to inform you that Cyprus Airways received the Air Operator Certificate! We are very excited to begin flying soon!
The new carrier acquired its first aircraft, the pictured Airbus A319-114 5B-DCW (msn 1129, ex S7 Airlines VP-BTO), in December 2016 and operated a proving flight on March 4, 2017.
The original Cyprus Airways ended all operations on January 9, 2015.
South Korean start-up carrier KAIR Airlines has announced that it has selected the A320 Family to launch its new low cost operation, with a firm order for eight A320ceo. The new airline will be based in Cheongju in central South Korea and will focus primarily on services to international destinations in North East Asia.
Copyright Photo: Airbus A320-211 F-WWBA (msn 001) (Sharklets – hunting down fuel burn) TLS (Clement Alloing). Image: 907670.
On February 24, 2017 Lufthansa welcomed its second Airbus A350-900 to the Munich base. Flight LH 9921 from Toulouse landed at around 11:00 at Munich Airport. There was also a special welcome from the airport’s fire service who received the new Airbus with a ceremonial fountain of water (below). Captain Georg Obermaier carried out the transfer flight from the Airbus works in Toulouse and is full of enthusiasm for the newest member of the fleet.
Photo Above: Lufthansa.
The airline continued;
The flight crew completed their first training flights from the northern runway at Munich Airport to Leipzig. After a short interim stop, the A350-900 continued on to Cologne where it is pictured, where it landed for the first time at around 15:00.
The new aircraft has capacity to carry 293 passengers – 48 passengers in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy Class and 224 in Economy Class. The A350-900 is currently the world’s most advanced and most environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft. It uses 25 percent less kerosene, produces 25 percent fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off than comparable types of aircraft.
On March 14, 2017, the second A350-900 will take off for Boston as its first flight in scheduled service.
Jazeera Airways, the first private airline in Kuwait and the Middle East has embellished an Airbus A320-200 aircraft from its fleet and dedicated gates at Kuwait International Airport with the national colors of patriotism to commemorate Kuwait’s National and Liberation days.
The airline continued;
During the most celebrated month of the year, the Airbus A320 with registration 9K-CAJ is furnished with the Kuwaiti flags alongside captivating text that reads “daaam 3eezik ya Kuwait” as a gesture of airline’s pride of the Kuwaiti heritage and liberation.
Epitomizing Kuwaiti culture in their approach to airline hospitality and service, Jazeera Airways has played its part in the country’s economic growth and is presently one of the largest operators at Kuwait airport.
Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new aircraft, an A321, in a handover ceremony in Toulouse with Mr. Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air Chairman and CEO, and Mr. Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft and Chief Operating Officer Airbus, in the presence of Gael Meheust, SVP Sales and Marketing CFM, Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer, and international media.
The delivery is the first from a firm order placed by Iran Air in December 2016 for 100 Airbus aircraft (46 single aisle and 54 wide-body jets) to renew and expand its fleet.
Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft and Chief Operating Officer Airbus. stated “Clearly in a country of 80 million people, there is a need for the latest passenger aircraft to meet domestic as well as international demand.
Iran is forecast to require some 400 to 500 new aircraft to modernise as well as to grow its existing passenger fleet to catch up with years of pent up demand on domestic as well as international routes. The latest generation of fuel efficient aircraft will also allow new routes and markets to be exploited.
The delivery complies with all relevant international laws. Airbus coordinated closely with regulators in the EU, US and elsewhere to ensure understanding and full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPA). Airbus will continue to act in full compliance with the conditions of the US government Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) licences.
Photos: Airbus. Airbus A321-211 WL EP-IFA (msn 7418) was officially handed over on January 11, 2017.
SalamAir (Muscat) is Oman’s first Low Cost Carrier (LCC) with an initial fleet of three Airbus A320s (A40-OVA/OVB/OVC). The SalamAir A320 fleet will feature a single class available to fliers with three seats on either side divided by an aisle alongside a comfortable pitch seat.
According to the new airline, “SalamAir is the brainchild of ASAAS, a national investment and development company, SalamAir was formed to meet Oman’s rapidly increasing demand for air traffic, which is expected to grow by 40% by 2019. ASAAS has made a substantial initial investment in SalamAir, its anchor venture, with the ambition to advance the airline as a catalyst for Oman’s development and diversification agenda, and as a key component of the broader efforts to promote tourism and hospitality across the sector’s value chain.”
The first revenue flight will be between Muscat and Salalah starting on January 30, 2017, followed by flights to Dubai (Al Maktoum) from Muscat on February 15, 2017.
Air Lease Corporation (AL) has announced the placement of one Airbus A350-900 wide body jet on long term lease to Sichuan Airlines (Chengdu, China). The aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019 from ALC’s order book with Airbus. The A350-900 will be primarily operated across the Pacific, linking major cities in China with USA and Canada.
Sichuan will be leasing three Airbus A350-900s through AerCap and now one through ALC.
Sichuan Airlines has leased Airbus A330-200, A330-300, A319, and A321 aircraft from ALC. Later this year, Sichuan will receive the first A320neo and A321neo leased into China from ALC.