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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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Pegasus Airlines receives the world’s first CFM powered Airbus A320neo

Pegasus-flypgs.com A320-200N WL D-AVVP (TC-NBA)(09)(Tko) XFW (Airbus)(LRW)

Pegasus Airlines took delivery on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 its first Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines, becoming the first airline to do so for the type. Pegasus placed the largest single order by a Turkish carrier for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft in 2012, making it a new Airbus customer. Pegasus Airlines along with Airbus and CFM top management and employees celebrated the delivery in a private ceremony at Airbus’ site in Hamburg.

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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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Airbus A320neo with CFM LEAP-1A engines receives joint EASA and FAA Airworthiness Type Certification

Airbus A320neo with CFM LEAP-1A engines receives joint EASA and FAA Airworthiness Type Certification

Airbus issued this statement:

On May 31, 2016, the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft, the A320neo, received on-schedule the Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the second engine option to be certified – CFM International’s LEAP-1A engine. This certification paves the way for the delivery of the first A320neo equipped with this engine type in mid-2016. This award follows by six months the initial Certificate of Airworthiness received from the EASA and FAA for the A320neo, powered by the Pratt & Whitney engine option. The first A320neo was delivered on January 20, 2016.

The two LEAP-powered aircraft assigned to the flight test campaign have now successfully accumulated over 1,000 flight hours in more than 350 flights – including 150 flight hours completed with the same aircraft in an airline-like environment to ensure operational maturity at entry into service. Certification of the remaining aircraft/engine variants with LEAP engines will follow in the coming months. When all flight testing has been completed, the NEO development fleet (with both engine options) will have achieved a combined total of 3,000 flight hours.

The A320neo Family offers unbeatable fuel efficiency. Featuring latest engine technologies, Sharklet wing-tip devices and cabin innovations, the A320neo Family aircraft offers the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft delivering 15% fuel burn per seat reduction at entry into service in 2016, and a 20% reduction by 2020. Furthermore, everyone will benefit from the A320neo’s enhanced environmental credentials – which include a significant decrease in C02 emissions and a nearly 50 percent lower noise footprint.

The A320neo Family offers airlines an engine choice between the Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM and the CFM LEAP-1A engines. With one aircraft in three sizes (A319neo, A320neo, A321neo), the A320neo Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, allows operators to match the right aircraft size to demand and seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment on low to high-density domestic to longer range routes up to 4,000nm. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320neo Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard. Since its launch on 1st December 2010, the A320neo Family has received a tremendous market endorsement with more than 4,500 orders from over 82 customers, representing some 60 percent share of the market.

Copyright Photo: Airbus A320-271N D-AVVA (msn 6286) (Airbus A320 NEO – Unbeatable fuel efficiency) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 929870.

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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:

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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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Allegiant Air announces 19 new routes and three new destinations

Ex-Iberia EC-IEI, delivered May 29, 2015

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) today (January 12) announced 19 new routes and service to three new destinations including Baltimore-Washington (BWI); Destin, Florida; and El Paso, Texas.

New routes announced include:

Nonstop Service to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) from:

Savannah, Georgia – begins April 29, 2016
Cincinnati – begins April 29, 2016
Tulsa, Oklahoma – begins May 19, 2016
Asheville, North Carolina – begins May 19, 2016
Knoxville, Tennessee – begins May 20, 2016
Lexington, Kentucky -begins June 3, 2016

Nonstop Service to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) from:

Indianapolis – begins April 8, 2016
Pittsburgh – begins April 8, 2016
Baltimore – begins April 29, 2016
Lexington, Kentucky – begins June 2, 2016

Nonstop Service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) from:

Cincinnati – begins May 20, 2016 and ends Sept. 5, 2016
St. Louis – begins June 2, 2016

Nonstop Service to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

El Paso, Texas – begins May 6, 2016
Knoxville, Tennessee – begins May 13, 2016

Nonstop Service to San Diego International Airport (SAN) from:

Stockton, California – begins April 7, 2016
El Paso, Texas – begins May 6, 2016

Nonstop Service to Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) from:

New Orleans – begins April 14, 2016
Memphis, Tennessee – begins April 15, 2016
Richmond, Virginia – begins April 15, 2016

Nonstop Service to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

New Orleans – begins June 3, 2016

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Iberia Airbus A320-214 N224NV (msn 1694) departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Wizz Air announces three new routes from Budapest

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LYS (msn 6662) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 930958.

Wizz Air (Budapest) has announced further growth of its low fare route network and launched three new services from Budapest to Liverpool and Keflavik (near Reykjavik), commencing in March as well as a Budapest-Ibiza service commencing in June.

With this announcement, Iceland becomes the 23rd country for Wizz Air.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 HA-LYS (msn 6662) taxies at EuroAirport serving the Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg area.

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