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Alaska Airlines to add the former SunExpress Germany D-ASMA

First MAX 9 for SunExpress Germany, not taken up

SunExpress Airlines of Germany will not take delivery of the pictured Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 previously registered as D-ASMA (msn 64960) (above). This was going to be the first MAX 9 for the German carrier. The airline has elected to cancel its order for any MAX aircraft.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Alaska Airlines is snatching up any extra MAX 9s it can find through Boeing.

The airframe has now been painted in full Alaska Airlines colors minus the telltale SunExpress rudder pending delivery to the Seattle-based airline. The airliner carries a temporary Boeing registration of N1784B (msn 64960).

Top Copyright Photo: SunExpress Airlines (Germany) Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 D-ASMA (msn 64960) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946152.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N1784B (msn 64960) (SunExpress Germany rudder) BFI (Nick Dean). Image: 954801.

SunExpress Germany D-ASMA not delivered, going to Alaska

Samoa Airways’ cancelled MAX 9 is going to Alaska Airlines

"Toloa", will not be delivered to Samoa, now Alaska Airlines

Samoa Airways and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) previously signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Apia, for the lease placement of one new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 aircraft.

The aircraft was scheduled for delivery in late March 2019 as DQ-TFL and was due to replace its existing 737-800.

The lease was cancelled as a result of the March 2019 worldwide Boeing 737 MAX groundings.

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Above Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The MAX 9, msn 43339, ln: 7163 will now be going to Alaska Airlines. Aircraft has a “Boeing Capital” registration of N235BE and rudder is now in partial AS colors.

Top Copyright Photo: DQ-TFL was previously painted in the full Samoa Airways livery before the lease was cancelled. Samoa Airways Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 DQ-TFL (msn 43339) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 945938.

Alaska Airlines exercises options early on 12 Boeing 737-9 MAX 9aircraft

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N918AK (msn 44081) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 954705.

Alaska Airlines announced today it is accelerating its fleet growth by exercising options early on 12 Boeing 737-9 aircraft. The option aircraft are now firm commitments for 2023 and 2024. This additional commitment brings Alaska’s total firm 737-9 order to 93 aircraft, five of which are currently in service.

Alaska announced a restructured agreement with Boeing in December 2020 to acquire 68 737-9 aircraft between 2021 to 2024, with options for another 52 deliveries between 2023 and 2026. This year, the airline has exercised 25 of the options, including 13 planes in May. As part of this transaction, Alaska will add 25 options to backfill the ones that have been exercised.

 

Deliveries 2021 2022 2023 2024 TOTAL
Original Firm Order 12 31 13 12 68
May Option Exercise 9 4 13
August Option Exercise 10 2 12
TOTAL 12 31 32 18 93

Above Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Alaska’s 737-9s are configured to carry 178 guests with 16 First Class seats and 24 Premium Class seats, which provide the most premium legroom of any other U.S. airline.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N918AK (msn 44081) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 954705.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show:

Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N60436 (N979AK) (msn 43393) (Boeing ecoDemonstrator) BFI (Nick Dean). Image: 954641.

Left side of Boeing ecoDemonstrator

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N60436 (N979AK) (msn 43393) (Boeing ecoDemonstrator) BFI (Nick Dean). Image: 954641.

Photo: SCAT Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N1780B (UP-B3726) (msn 43346) BFI (Nick Dean). Image: 954576.

Will become UP-B3726

Copyright Photo: 1 of 2 new MAX 9s for SCAT Airlines: SCAT Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N1780B (UP-B3726) (msn 43346) BFI (Nick Dean). Image: 954576.

SCAT Airlines aircraft slide show:

First Look: The Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 Boeing ecoDemonstrator

Boeing ecoDemonstrator, will become N979AK

Alaska Airlines is getting ready to take delivery of a new MAX 9. Previously destined to go to Corendon Dutch Airlines as PH-CDK, the airframe is now being prepared for Alaska as N979AK. The aircraft is painted in this special Boeing ecoDemonstrator livery. Pictured is the right side.

As previously reported, Boeing and Alaska Airlines announced they are partnering on the latest Boeing ecoDemonstrator program and will flight test about 20 technologies on a new 737-9 to enhance the safety and sustainability of air travel.

In flights beginning this summer, Boeing and Alaska will test a new halon-free fire-extinguishing agent that significantly reduces effects on the ozone layer, evaluate an engine nacelle designed to reduce noise and assess cabin sidewalls made from recycled material, among other projects.

Since 2012, the ecoDemonstrator program has accelerated innovation by taking nearly 200 promising technologies out of the lab and testing them in the air to address challenges for the aviation industry and improve the passenger experience.

In five months of ecoDemonstrator flight tests, Boeing and Alaska will work with nine other partners to test new technologies. After tests are complete, the airplane will be configured for passenger service and delivered to Alaska. The program’s technologies include:

  • Testing a new fire extinguishing agent for aircraft that significantly reduces effects on the ozone layer. This material is intended to replace Halon 1301, which is no longer being produced.
  • Collaborating with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to measure greenhouse-gas levels in the atmosphere to support the agency’s climate modeling and long-term forecasting.
  • Evaluating acoustic lining concepts within the engine nacelle that may reduce noise on current engines and will inform designs for next-generation models.
  • Recycling carbon composite material from Boeing 777X wing production into a cabin sidewall panel. This durable, light material would reduce fuel use and carbon emissions, and supports Boeing’s goals for sustainable manufacturing.

Boeing’s current and future airplanes leverage a number of technologies evaluated in previous ecoDemonstrator testing, including:

  • Advanced Technology winglets on the 737 MAX family that reduce fuel use and emissions.
  • iPad apps that provide real-time weather and other data to pilots, improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. These apps complement digital analytics services Boeing offers to help airlines optimize fleet utilization.
  • A camera system on the new 777X that will enhance safety by helping pilots avoid obstacles on the ground.

ecoDemonstrator test flights are flown on a blend of petroleum-based and sustainable aviation fuel. SAF is in regular use today, reduces life-cycle CO2 emissions by up to 80%, and offers the most immediate and greatest potential to reduce emissions over the next 20 to 30 years in all commercial aviation markets.

In January this year, Boeing committed to make sure its commercial airplanes are capable and certified to fly on 100% SAF by 2030. The company also plans to work with regulatory authorities and across the industry to raise the current 50% blending limit for expanded use of SAF. Boeing’s 2018 ecoDemonstrator 777 Freighter made history as the world’s first commercial airliner to fly on 100% sustainable fuel.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N60436 (N979AK) (msn 43393) (Boeing ecoDemonstrator) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 954398.

Alaska Airlines to join the Boeing ecoDemonstrator Program with a special 737-9 logo jet

Boeing made this announcement:

Boeing and Alaska Airlines announced today they are partnering on the latest Boeing ecoDemonstrator program and will flight test about 20 technologies on a new 737-9 to enhance the safety and sustainability of air travel.

In flights beginning this summer, Boeing and Alaska will test a new halon-free fire-extinguishing agent that significantly reduces effects on the ozone layer, evaluate an engine nacelle designed to reduce noise and assess cabin sidewalls made from recycled material, among other projects.

Since 2012, the ecoDemonstrator program has accelerated innovation by taking nearly 200 promising technologies out of the lab and testing them in the air to address challenges for the aviation industry and improve the passenger experience.

In five months of ecoDemonstrator flight tests, Boeing and Alaska will work with nine other partners to test new technologies. After tests are complete, the airplane will be configured for passenger service and delivered to Alaska. The program’s technologies include:

  • Testing a new fire extinguishing agent for aircraft that significantly reduces effects on the ozone layer. This material is intended to replace Halon 1301, which is no longer being produced.
  • Collaborating with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to measure greenhouse-gas levels in the atmosphere to support the agency’s climate modeling and long-term forecasting.
  • Evaluating acoustic lining concepts within the engine nacelle that may reduce noise on current engines and will inform designs for next-generation models.
  • Recycling carbon composite material from Boeing 777X wing production into a cabin sidewall panel. This durable, light material would reduce fuel use and carbon emissions, and supports Boeing’s goals for sustainable manufacturing.

Boeing’s current and future airplanes leverage a number of technologies evaluated in previous ecoDemonstrator testing, including:

  • Advanced Technology winglets on the 737 MAX family that reduce fuel use and emissions.
  • iPad apps that provide real-time weather and other data to pilots, improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. These apps complement digital analytics services Boeing offers to help airlines optimize fleet utilization.
  • A camera system on the new 777X that will enhance safety by helping pilots avoid obstacles on the ground.

ecoDemonstrator test flights are flown on a blend of petroleum-based and sustainable aviation fuel. SAF is in regular use today, reduces life-cycle CO2 emissions by up to 80%, and offers the most immediate and greatest potential to reduce emissions over the next 20 to 30 years in all commercial aviation markets.

In January this year, Boeing committed to make sure its commercial airplanes are capable and certified to fly on 100% SAF by 2030. The company also plans to work with regulatory authorities and across the industry to raise the current 50% blending limit for expanded use of SAF. Boeing’s 2018 ecoDemonstrator 777 Freighter made history as the world’s first commercial airliner to fly on 100% sustainable fuel.

More from NOAA:

NOAA and Boeing are teaming up to evaluate the best placement for a NOAA greenhouse gas sampling system on a commercial jet by testing options on a new Boeing 737 as part of Boeing’s 2021 ecoDemonstrator flying test bed program. This is a first step toward an expansion of NOAA’s global atmospheric sampling network to include commercial airliners in the U.S. and International airlines in these critical data-gathering efforts.

In the coming weeks, scientists with NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory will oversee installation of three different air sampling inlet configurations on an Alaska Airlines 737-9, one of about 20 different technologies to be included in Boeing’s annual ecoDemonstrator program.

 

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NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network measures gas concentrations air samples from more than 50 ground based sampling locations around the world. NOAA also contracts with a small number of civilian pilots to collect airborne samples. Credit: NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory

 

During test flights this summer and fall, NOAA scientists will be focused on identifying the best way to sample air outside the commercial airplane to minimize contamination. Air for greenhouse gas measurements will be collected from a duct that feeds outside air into the airplane’s interior, and from two inlets mounted in a window plug for comparison.

Goal: standardizing inlet location

“The ecoDemonstrator program provides NOAA an unparalleled opportunity to test our greenhouse gas sampling system on a civilian airliner,” said Colm Sweeney, lead scientist for the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory’s aircraft measurements program. “Standardizing the location and installation of greenhouse gas monitoring instruments on commercial aircraft will be an important first step in expanding our sampling network to provide data for scientists and policymakers interested in understanding greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change.”

For the past 10 years, Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program has taken nearly 200 promising technologies out of the lab and tested them in the air to address challenges for the aviation industry and improve the passenger experience. Each year, the company selects a different aircraft for ecoDemonstrator flight testing by partnering with an airline or using a Boeing-owned aircraft. The NOAA project is one of several technologies being flight-tested this year that are related to environmental sustainability.

 

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Hiring private contractors to sample greenhouse gases from the air is an important aspect of NOAA’s climate research. Here, Paolo Wilczak pilots a sampling flight over southeastern Connecticut on April 25, 2020, as part of the East Coast Outflow field mission. The Global Monitoring Laboratory hopes to add civilian airliners to its sampling fleet. Credit: Paolo Wilczak, Scientific Aviation

 

The NOAA Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network measures the atmospheric distribution and trends of the three main, long-term drivers of climate change – carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide – along with carbon monoxide, an indicator of air pollution. The network collects samples from four baseline atmospheric observatories, as well as from 50 partner institutions and trained volunteers around the world. Since 1992, NOAA has contracted with a handful of private pilots who have collected air samples at a range of altitudes and locations across North America.

Data collected by aircraft provide a view of how the large-scale horizontal and vertical distribution of the measured gases change throughout a given year over the continent. This allows scientists to estimate the contribution of both natural and manmade emissions from the North America continent to the global atmosphere.

Added measurements would improve climate models

While NOAA’s current network of 14 U.S. land-based sites provide valuable scientific data for estimates made by models and satellites, scientists need to increase the number and location of samples to directly measure changes in natural and human-made emissions, and the effectiveness of policies designed to reduce climate change impacts.

NOAA’s ultimate goal is to install greenhouse gas measurement equipment on in-service aircraft to enhance its existing long-term greenhouse gas dataset, which informs policymakers and climate researchers around the world. U.S. commercial aircraft routinely collect weather observations, particularly vertical profiles of temperature and relative humidity captured on takeoff and landing, which have become increasingly important to improving short-term numerical weather models that forecasters rely on to predict severe weather.

“Greenhouse gas measurements made from U.S. commercial airliners would help scientists verify the effectiveness of mitigation efforts in urban areas near major metropolitan airports, and changes in natural emissions coming from melting permafrost near remote airports in the high Arctic,” said Kathryn McKain, the lead scientist for NOAA’s Commercial Aircraft Sampling Network.

Alaska Airlines adds Cincinnati today

Delivered on February 20, 2021

Alaska Airlines made this announcement:

As travelers take to the skies again, Alaska Airlines is ready to provide its guests with a brand-new destination: Cincinnati. Daily nonstop service between Seattle and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) starts today, May 20. The pandemic delayed the original start of service of Aug. 18, 2020.

Cincinnati becomes Alaska’s 95th nonstop destination from Seattle. With CVG Airport located in Northern Kentucky, this is the first time Alaska will have regularly scheduled service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Start Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
May 20 Seattle – Cincinnati 10:10 a.m. 5:35 p.m. Daily 737
May 20 Cincinnati – Seattle 6:35 p.m. 8:25 p.m. Daily 737

Flight times based on local times

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N918AK (msn 44081) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 953800.
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Alaska to grow its fleet by 30 aircraft, will add Belize City

First MAX 9 for Alaska Airlines, in service March 1, 2021 SEA-SAN

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

With recovery on the horizon, Alaska Airlines is taking advantage of strategic opportunities by adding 30 mainline and regional aircraft to fulfill capacity needs in the years ahead. And as more travelers search for additional leisure getaways, Alaska will begin flying to Belize City, Belize.

Growing the Alaska Air Group fleet

Alaska expects domestic travel to return to pre-COVID levels by the summer of 2022, which will require more aircraft across Air Group. To prime the airline for growth, Alaska is taking the following actions:

  • Adding 17 new Embraer 175 jets to the regional fleet in 2022 and 2023 – nine to be operated by Horizon Air and eight by SkyWest.
  • Exercising options for 13 Boeing 737-9 MAX deliveries in 2023 and 2024.

"Honoring Those Who Serve"

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N651QX (msn 17000812) (Honoring those who serve) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947748.

The 17 regional aircraft additions grow Air Group’s regional fleet to 111 planes: 71 at Horizon and 40 with SkyWest. Horizon will receive its nine additional E175s in the next two years: five scheduled for delivery in 2022 and four in 2023. This is in addition to three existing firm E175 orders to be operated by Horizon. All eight SkyWest aircraft will enter service for Alaska in 2022.

Photo: Alaska Airlines. In order to fly the 737-9, pilots are required to take eight hours of flight simulator and computer-based training that focus on the operation of the MAX. The pilot training program for the MAX is more extensive than what’s required by the FAA.

Alaska announced a restructured agreement with Boeing in December 2020 to acquire 68 737-9 MAX aircraft between 2021 to 2024, with options for another 52 deliveries between 2023 and 2026. The airline will accept the first 13 options over two years: nine in 2023 and four in 2024.

Alaska adds Belize to its international destinations

Alaska also announced today new nonstop service to Belize City, Belize, in Central America from the West Coast. Belize will be the fourth country Alaska flies to from its West Coast hubs, joining Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Routes and schedules to Belize will be announced when ticket sales begin in early June.

Video:

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N915AK (msn 44080) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 947423.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show:

flydubai loses $194 million in 2020

flydubai has issued this financial report for 2020:

flydubai remains well positioned as a result of its agility and flexibility

Annual Results for 2020

  • flydubai on May 2, 2021, announced its Annual Results for the reporting period ending 31 December 2020
  • Reports a loss of AED 712.6 million (USD $194 million)
  • flydubai reports total annual revenue of AED 2.8 billion (USD $773 million) compared to AED 6.0 billion (USD $1.6 billion) in 2019; a decrease of 52.7%
  • During the course of the year, the airline completed two financing facilities amounting to AED 283 million (USD $77 million) for general corporate purposes
  • Carries 3.2 million passengers

Key factors impacting Full-Year Results for 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic and MAX aircraft

  • In the first two months of 2020 the business fundamentals continued to be strong
  • Over a 5-week period, the airline’s operations were severely impacted by the increased closure of international borders and the suspension of flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Navigating through the pandemic: severely curtailed flight operations for 14 weeks between 24 March and 07 July
  • Coupled with the effects of the pandemic, performance was also impacted by the 22-month grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
  • This heavily impacted the financial performance from mid-March, continued into the second quarter and resulted in a loss of AED 545.2 million for the six-month period ending 30 June
  • The strategy defined at the start of the pandemic to develop alternative revenue sources and contain costs gained momentum during the third and fourth quarters minimizing the second half loss to AED 167.4 million
  • The government created a safe environment for tourism and this increased demand contributed to flydubai’s recovery in the second half of 2020. It is expected to continue in 2021

Statements on the 2020 Annual Results

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, commenting on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on flydubai’s 2020 Annual Results, said: 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us more than any other crisis. We fully recognize that it is the priority of governments to ensure the health and wellbeing of its people. The effects of the travel restrictions that were put in place to safeguard against transmission of the virus have heavily impacted the aviation industry.”

Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, commenting on how flydubai adapted to the changing situation, said:

“During the course of last year, we adapted quickly to the changing situation and supported governments with their repatriation efforts helping them to make arrangements for their citizens to return home.  We were also conscious of our role to contribute to the easing of the strain on the supply chain. We enabled the movement of essential goods across our network dedicating 11 aircraft for cargo operations at the peak of the pandemic.  We redesigned our customer journey and launched our passenger partnership enabling travel in a safe environment.  We were ready to launch flights as soon as the airspace opened growing our network to 65 destinations by year end; a considerable achievement in a complex period for the airline industry.  We also achieved a seat factor of 73% in spite of these challenges.”

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, commenting on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, said:

“The ongoing impact of the grounding of the MAX aircraft required our Engineering and Maintenance Team to put an active aircraft storage program in place. The resulting 18 hours of maintenance per aircraft each week placed additional demands on their already extensive workload.  We are grateful for their hard work and dedication which has ensured that the aircraft were meticulously preserved and ready to return to service in the best condition. The range and efficiency of the MAX aircraft would have been beneficial to exploring additional revenue opportunities during this challenging period.”

Note: flydubai put the Boeing 737 MAX back into service on April 8, 2021.

Francois Oberholzer, Chief Financial Officer at flydubai, commenting on the financial measures taken by the airline, said: 

“During a demanding year for the aviation industry, we optimized all possible revenue generating opportunities and we took early measures to control our costs and preserve liquidity.   We redoubled our efforts in cost improvement, deferred capital expenditure and raised new financing facilities.  The proactive steps we took at the start of the pandemic enabled the airline to end the year with cash assets, including pre-delivery payments, of AED 2.5 billion.”

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, commenting on the 2020 Full-Year Results, said:

“The challenges we faced in 2020 meant that there were difficult decisions to be made. The priority however was to protect our employees. I fully recognize that in order to be able to achieve this our employees had to take periods of unpaid leave or work at reduced salary levels. I fully recognize that this created some hardship, but it has meant that we have been able to maintain employment levels.  I would also like to thank our financial partners, our lessors and suppliers for the understanding and support they have shown towards us.  We managed the combined effects of the pandemic and continued grounding of the MAX aircraft on our operations, but undoubtedly they have had a severe impact on our Results.”

Key performance and operational figures

Reporting period for

31 December 2020

Reporting period for

31 December 2019

Key performance figures for:
Total annual revenue AED 2.8 billion (USD 773 million) AED 6.0 billion (USD 1.6 billion)
Total annual loss for 2020

 

Total annual profit for 2019

(AED 712.6 million)

(USD 194 million)

 

AED 198.2 million

(USD 53.9 million)

Total cash assets including pre-delivery payments AED 2.5 billion AED 2.6 billion
RPKM (% growth) (63.4%) (11.4%)
ASKM (million)  9,594 25,415
Passenger numbers 3.2 million 9.6 million
Ancillary revenue

% of revenue comprising baggage, cargo and inflight sales

13.4% 8.9%
Fuel costs

% of total annual operating costs.

Reduction mainly due to the quantity consumed

14.6%  25.8 % 
Fleet size 51 59
Average aircraft age 5 years and 1 month 4 years and 4 months
Number of flights operated 27,450 73,233
Total number of destinations on the network 65 93
Total number of countries on the network 37 47
Total number of employees 3,796 3,922
Number of employees on unpaid or voluntary leave 1,092

Outlook statement for 2021

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, commenting on the outlook for 2021, said:

“We have shown that flydubai is well placed to identify new opportunities and get up and running quickly by deploying our narrow-body aircraft.  We expect trading conditions to remain challenging and the business fundamentals remain strong. This is recognized by our shareholder and we are grateful for their continued confidence and commitment.”

“We would like to acknowledge the government’s response to the pandemic and the efforts that have been made to allow the travel and leisure sectors to reopen.  Precautionary safety measures are in place on board our aircraft, at the airport and at hotels to keep us all safe whilst allowing the industry to recover.”

“Through the efforts we are making across our customer journey and the launch of new destinations for the summer travel is possible and we are there to support our customers to realize their travel aspirations.”

flydubai destinations from Dubai:

A6-FNC

Above Copyright Photo: Flydubai Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 A6-FNC (msn 60983) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 944632.
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