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Norwegian’s passenger traffic was down 95% in November

Norwegian Air Shuttle has issued this traffic report:

Norwegian’s traffic figures for November are strongly affected by lower demand due to travel restrictions in Europe. The bookings for Christmas look positive.

In November, 124,481 customers flew with Norwegian, 95 percent fewer than the same month last year. Total capacity (ASK) decreased by 96 percent while passenger traffic (RPK) decreased by 98 percent. The cabin factor was 44.4 percent, a decrease of 39 percentage points.

The pandemic continues to have a negative impact on our business. With travel restrictions throughout Europe, demand will be very low. The fact that vaccines are coming soon is good news for the aviation industry and we will compete for customers when it becomes possible to travel again. Our goal is now to create a financially strong and competitive airline with a new financial structure, an adapted size of the aircraft fleet and an improved range for our customers, says CEO Jacob Schram.

62 extra departures in Norway – Tickets for next summer are now available and it looks positive with the bookings. It is clear that people have started thinking about the summer holidays. It is also worth noting that the bookings for Christmas are good and we have set up 62 extra departures in Norway. We look forward to flying our customers home for Christmas, Schram continues. In total, Norwegian completed 72.7 percent of the planned flights in November, of which 94.8 percent went according to schedule.

"Joan Miro, Spanish Artist"

Above Copyright Photo: Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air UK) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-CKOF (msn 38786) (Joan Miro, Spanish Artist) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 952173.

Virgin Atlantic to return to Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-VMAP (msn 38047) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 949064.

Virgin Atlantic Airways has made this announcement:

Sunseekers this winter can head down to South Africa on Virgin Atlantic’s new daily seasonal service flying between London Heathrow and Cape Town

With the first flight taking off on October 25, 2020, the new service will operate on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft complementing the existing daily service to Johannesburg.

The VS478 will operate as a night flight departing Heathrow at 16:20 arriving into Cape Town at 05:55 whereas the inbound, the VS479, will depart at 08:00 landing later that day at 18:00.

Top Copyright Photo: Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-VMAP (msn 38047) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 949064.

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Bamboo Airways takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Bamboo Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (VN-A819).

The new type will seat 294 passengers including 26 “merchant seats”.

The merchant capsule is designed with spacious space, separately with modern light brown root colors, bringing a pleasant, luxurious and relaxing feeling. The chair can flatten 180 degrees into bed, use high-quality leather and high-quality fabrics from the world’s leading manufacturer such as Botany Weaving (Ireland), Lantal.

Additionally, Business-class seats are equipped with Mood Lighting, which can help passengers adjust colors and lighting. Each passenger will be provided a Handset which has touch and remote control.

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will initially serve the Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh route from Tet 2020.

In 2019, Bamboo Airways will operate 49 routes connecting all major cities to popular tourist destinations in Viet Nam. For the domestic market, we will focus on operating new routes apart from main cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang. Domestic routes will include tourist destinations such as Quang Binh, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Phu Quoc and Nha Trang.

With the mission of exploring new destinations, Bamboo Airways delivers unique experiences with direct flights connecting Vietnam to different countries in the region. By 2021, Bamboo Airways is expected to expand direct flights to the US and Europe.

Emirates orders 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to complement 777X family

Boeing and Emirates announced today they have finalized a purchase agreement for 30 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes, valued at $8.8 billion according to list prices. The agreement, signed at the Dubai Airshow, culminates discussions between the two companies on the best 787 Dreamliner model to meet the requirements of one of the world’s leading airlines.

Emirates had previously signed an initial agreement for the larger 787-10 variant. In officially selecting the 787-9 today, Emirates adds a medium-sized widebody airplane to complement the airline’s larger 777 aircraft. Both airplane families lead their respective category for superior range and fuel efficiency.

As part of the agreement, Emirates will update a portion of its large order book by exercising substitution rights and converting 30 777 airplanes into 30 787-9s. With this conversion, Emirates remains the world’s biggest 777X customer with 126 airplanes on order and the largest 777 operator with 155 airplanes today.

To support Emirates’ current-generation 777 airplanes in the coming years, the companies announced that Boeing Global Services will leverage its worldwide supply chain to provide timely replacement parts, reducing maintenance times and keeping aircraft in service.

Image: Boeing.

EgyptAir leases two additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from AerCap

EgyptAir Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SU-GER (msn 38798) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 946933.

AerCap Holdings N.V. and EgyptAir today announced they have executed long-term operating leases for two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The aircraft are from AerCap’s order book with Boeing and the first unit is scheduled to deliver in 2021 with the second unit delivering in 2022.

In October 2017, EgyptAir placed an order with AerCap for six 787-9 aircraft, all of which were delivered to the airline in 2019.

The announcement was made during the 2019 Dubai Airshow.

AerCap is the world’s largest customer of the 787 aircraft, with a total of 117 owned and on order.

Top Copyright Photo: EgyptAir Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SU-GER (msn 38798) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 946933.

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines orders two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing and Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Biman) announced today at the 2019 Dubai Airshow that the carrier is expanding its 787 Dreamliner fleet with two additional airplanes valued at $585 million at list prices.

The purchase – recorded in October as an unidentified order on Boeing’s website – complements Biman’s fleet of 787-8 jets with the larger and longer-range 787-9 variant. The national flag carrier of Bangladesh says the addition of the 787-9 will help modernize its fleet and expand its international network.

The 787-9 is part of a three-member family that offers long range and unmatched fuel efficiency in the 200 to 350 seat market. For Biman Bangladesh, the 787-9 can carry 298 passengers in a standard three-class configuration and fly up to 7,530 nautical miles (13,950 kms) while reducing fuel use and emissions by up to 25 percent compared to older airplanes.

 

Boeing also provides services that help Biman operate more efficiently. As part of a multiyear agreement, the airline’s pilots this year began using the Jeppesen Flite Deck Pro X electronic flight bag (EFB) platform to access mobile charts and navigational information, increasing their situational awareness on the ground and in the air.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft photo gallery:

 

 

QANTAS Centenary celebrations take off as nonstop London-Sydney research flight lands

100 Centenary Scheme - "QANTAS Time Capsule Towards 2120"

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

  • Project Sunrise research flight direct from London to Sydney lands after 19 hours and 19 minutes
  • Qantas announces Centenary program to celebrate 100 years of the flying kangaroo
  • Royal Australian Mint unveils commemorative $1 centenary coin
  • Qantas exhibition to visit a number of cities across Australia

Qantas has kicked off 12 months of centenary celebrations as it marks a fresh milestone in aviation with a nonstop London to Sydney flight.

Flown by the latest addition to the national carrier’s fleet, a brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed in Sydney at  12:28pm, 19 hours and 19 minutes after leaving Heathrow. It follows the non-stop New York to Sydney flight last month as the second of three research flights aim at improving crew and passenger wellbeing on ultra long haul services under consideration.

The direct flight reduced total travel time by around two hours compared with current one-stop services from the east coast of Australia. It is only the second time any commercial airline has flown this route nonstop, after Qantas flew a near-empty 747-400 in 1989.

The new Dreamliner was met by more than 1,000 Qantas employees to mark the flying kangaroo’s 99th birthday and kick off 12 months of celebrations as it heads towards its centenary.

Three components of those celebrations were revealed today – special livery on a new Dreamliner that will be seen at airports around the world, featuring every Qantas logo since 1920; a $1 coin to mark the 100th that will enter circulation next year; and a touring exhibition that will visit a number of cities around Australia.

Qantas Chairman Richard Goyder said: “Qantas is a national icon because it’s been such a big part of Australian life for so long.

“We started in outback Queensland carrying mail and a few passengers in the 1920s. We grew as Australia grew, and we’ve had important support roles during wars, national disasters and celebrations. Our founders talked about overcoming the tyranny of distance and through the years we’ve moved from bi-planes, to single wing, to jets to help bring things closer,” added Mr Goyder.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “Almost a century after our first flight, Qantas and Jetstar carry more than 50 million people around this country and the globe each year. I’m sure that would amaze our three founders, who held the early board meetings of this company at the local tailor’s shop because it was the longest table they could find.”

“A lot of Australians saw the world for the first time on a flying kangaroo. And a lot of migrants started their life in Australia when they first stepped on a Qantas plane.

“There are so many amazing Qantas stories that also tell the story of modern Australia. We want our centenary to be a celebration of those stories as well as how we’ll be part of taking the spirit of Australia further in the years ahead,” added Mr Joyce.

Qantas will officially turn 99 years old, and begin its 100th year, on Saturday November 16, 2019.

ABOUT THE CENTENARY AIRCRAFT

The new 787 Centenary livery aircraft will fly across key Qantas international destinations, including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London. Named Longreach after the Queensland town that was key to the airline’s origins, it joins nine other Qantas 787s that are all named after things that are iconically Australian, includingSkippy, Great Southern Land, Waltzing Matilda and Jillaroo.

ABOUT THE $1 CIRCULATING COIN

The Royal Australian Mint will produce approximately 5 million limited edition one-dollar coins to be used in Australia for every day cash transactions, which will go into general circulation from February 2020.

For collectors, there is an eleven-piece collection set featuring key milestones and images of aircraft from across the decades including the Avro, Catalina Flying Boat, Boeing 707 and 747 and the A380. The centrepiece is a Kangaroo copper coin similar to the original Australian penny, which inspired Qantas’ iconic Kangaroo symbol. Sets are available at www.qantasstore.com.au.

ABOUT THE DIRECT LONDON-SYDNEY FLIGHT

  • QF 7879 flight London to Sydney flight time was 19 hours and 19 minutes. Touch down at Sydney International airport was 12:28pm
  • The flight was operated by a brand-new Boeing 787-9 registration VH ZNJ, named Longreach.
  • The service was a re-purposed delivery flight. Rather than flying from Boeing’s factory in Seattle back to Australia empty, the aircraft was positioned in London to simulate one of the Project Sunrise routes under consideration by Qantas. All carbon emissions were offset.
  • The flight departed London’s Heathrow Airport and flew across 11 countries including England, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Philippines and Indonesia before crossing the Australian coast near Darwin, tracking south east across Australia towards Sydney.
  • Remaining fuel upon landing was approximately 6300kg which translates to about 1 hour 45 minutes of flight time

Top Copyright Photo (all others by QANTAS): QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNJ (msn 66074) (100 Centenary) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 948008.

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Air France and KLM to offer one-stop flight from Manila to Paris-Charles de Gaulle via Taipei

Air France's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Air France-KLM have made this announcement:

From November 5, 2019, Air France and KLM are offering a one-stop flight from Manila to Paris with a faster and smoother connection via Taipei. The service with KLM from Manila to Taipei, now connects KLM from Taipei directly to Amsterdam and Air France seamlessly to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

The Air France flights from Taipei operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Flight schedule in local time

Winter schedule November 5, 2019 – March 26, 2020

MANILA – PARIS (VIA TAIPEI)

FLIGHT

ROUTE

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

AIR CRAFT

AF8415

(operated by KLM)

MANILA – TAIPEI

20:35

22:55

B777

AF557

(operated by Air France)

TAIPEI  –  PARIS-CDG

00:45

07:50

B787-9

AF552

(operated by Air France)

PARIS-CDG – TAIPEI

19:00

14:45+1 day

B787-9

AF8414

(operated by KLM)

TAIPEI – MANILA

17:05

19:20

B777

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (msn 38769) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 937138.

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QANTAS Group to slash carbon emissions

100 Centenary Scheme - "QANTAS Time Capsule Towards 2120"

The QANTAS Group will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in a major expansion of the airline’s commitment to a more sustainable aviation industry.

The national carrier will:

  • Immediately double the number of flights being offset
  • Cap net emissions from 2020 onwards
  • Invest $50 million over 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry

 

CUTTING NET CARBON EMISSION

This announcement means that Qantas is the only airline group to commit to cap its net emissions at 2020 levels, and the second to commit to net zero emissions by 2050.

In total, these commitments are the most ambitious carbon emissions targets of any airline group globally.

Qantas, Jetstar*, QantasLink and Qantas Freight will offset all growth in emissions from domestic and international operations from 2020.

This includes offsetting all net emissions from Project Sunrise, the carrier’s plan to operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York, should the project proceed. This will also extend to domestic flying, meaning that growth on key routes like Melbourne-Sydney will be carbon neutral.

The aviation industry, which contributes around 2 per cent of global CO2 emissions, has committed to halving emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. It was the first industry to make such commitments. Qantas had signed up to those commitments but will now exceed them.

Qantas will work with industry, research institutions and governments to develop the long-term solutions to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry over the next three decades.

OFFSETTING FLIGHTS

Qantas currently operates the largest carbon offset program in the aviation industry, with around 10 per cent of customers booking flights on Qantas.com choosing to offset their flights.

From today, Qantas and Jetstar will double the number of flights offset by matching every dollar spent by customers who tick the box to fly carbon neutral. By matching our customers’ commitment, we expect even more people to offset their emissions.

This additional investment will see Qantas Future Planet, which is already the largest private sector buyer of Australian carbon credits, support more conservation and environmental projects in Australia and around the world.

Existing projects include protecting the Great Barrier Reef, working with Indigenous communities to reduce wildfires in Western Australia and securing over 7000 hectares of native Tasmanian forest.

SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL

Qantas will invest $50 million over the next ten years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry.

Sustainable aviation fuel can reduce carbon emissions by eighty per cent compared to traditional jet fuel, but are currently almost double the price.

Qantas will work with governments and private sector partners to support the development of sustainable aviation fuel in Australia and overseas to make it more viable and increase demand throughout the industry.

The national carrier will also continue to reduce its emissions through continued investment in more fuel efficient aircraft, more efficient operations such as single-engine taxiing, and smarter flight planning to reduce fuel burn.

Qantas is on track to replace its Boeing 747 fleet by the end of 2020 with the more fuel-efficient B787 Dreamliners, which burn 20 per cent less fuel than aircraft of a similar size. Jetstar’s A321neo (LR) aircraft,
which begin arriving next year, use 15 per cent less fuel than the aircraft they are replacing.

The Qantas Group continues to work with aircraft and engine manufacturers on next-generation technology that will deliver a further step-change in emissions reduction – however, innovations such as electric aircraft engines are still some time away.

CEO COMMENTS

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said these commitments would make Qantas a leader in the aviation industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

“We recognise that airlines have a responsibility to cut emissions and combat climate change. We’ve already made some good progress, especially by investing in newer aircraft that have a much smaller carbon footprint.

“We want to do more, and faster. We’re effectively doubling our carbon offsetting program from today and we’re capping our net emissions across Qantas and Jetstar from 2020 so that all new flying will be carbon
neutral.

“Qantas offsets all of its own travel needs and so do many of our customers. By matching their efforts, we’re hoping it will encourage even more people to offset and the program will keep growing.

“These short-term actions will go towards a longer-term goal of being completely net carbon neutral by 2050. It’s ambitious, but achievable.

“Innovation is going to be key. We’re investing $50 million to hopefully kickstart a sustainable aviation fuel industry in Australia. We know from our own trials that the technology works but we need to get to a scale of production where it’s a practical substitute.

“Concerns about emissions and climate change are real, but we can’t lose sight of the contribution that air travel makes to society and the economy. The industry has already come a long way in cutting its footprint and the solution from here isn’t to simply ‘fly less’ but to make it more sustainable.

“We’re doing this because it’s the responsible thing to do, but hopefully it will also encourage more people to choose Qantas and Jetstar because of the action we’re taking,” added Mr Joyce.

Copyright Photo: Gordon Reid via John Adlard.

In other news, Qantas has completed precautionary inspections of thirty-three 737NG aircraft, checking for hairline cracks that have appeared in some high cycle aircraft worldwide.

The cracks relate to the ‘pickle fork’ structure, which is located between the wing and fuselage. Qantas brought forward these precautionary checks by up to seven months and completed them within seven days.

Of the 33 of Qantas’ 737 aircraft that required inspection, three were found to have a hairline crack in the pickle fork structure. These aircraft have been removed from service for repair.

The aircraft had all completed around 27,000 cycles. Any aircraft with more than 22,600 cycles was inspected, in line with advice from regulators.

Qantas will minimise any customer impact from having these aircraft temporarily out of service.

Qantas is working with Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Boeing to resolve this issue, which involves some complex repair work. All three aircraft are expected to return to service before the end of the year.

CEO of Qantas Domestic, Andrew David said: “As people would expect with Qantas, we’ve gone above what was required to check our aircraft well ahead of schedule.

“We would never fly an aircraft that wasn’t safe. Even where these hairline cracks are present they’re not an immediate risk, which is clear from the fact the checks were not required for at least seven months.

“Unfortunately, there were some irresponsible comments from one engineering union, which completely misrepresented the facts. Those comments were especially disappointing given the fantastic job our engineers have done to inspect these aircraft well ahead of schedule, and the priority they give to safety every day of the week,” added Mr David.

Qantas will continue to monitor aircraft that are in scope of the airworthiness directive as inspections fall due.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNJ (msn 66074) (100 Centenary) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 948008.

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WestJet launches 787 Dreamliner service to Maui

WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GURP (msn 64975) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946083.

WestJet’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner yesterday (October 31) carried guests for the first time between Calgary and Maui providing Hawaii-loving travelers the opportunity to experience WestJet’s state-of-the-art aircraft and award-winning guest experience while flying over the Pacific.

WestJet is the Canadian airline with the most flights to Hawaii and this winter will operate up to 54 weekly flights to four destinations. During peak season, the airline will operate 22 weekly flights between Western Canada and Maui and up to 28 weekly flights between Vancouver and Honolulu, Lihue and Kona.

Photo: Adrian Edwards via WestJet.

The WestJet Dreamliner features 320 seats in three cabins: Business, Premium and Economy, all of which contain a high-level of comfort and WestJet’s award-winning guest service. The Dreamliner’s Business cabin features all-aisle-access, lie-flat seats with on-demand dining and entertainment. The upscale Premium cabin is the ideal combination of comfort, value and guest service including a separate cabin, elevated meal service and signature welcome perks featuring sparkling wine and an amenity case. WestJet’s improved Economy cabin features on-demand inflight entertainment, blankets and pillows and complimentary food and beverages with a select number of extra legroom seats available for purchase.

Details of WestJet’s current service between Calgary and Maui (OGG):

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary-Kahului* Up to six-times
weekly
11 a.m. 2:27 p.m. October 31, 2019
Kahului-Calgary* Up to six-times
weekly
10:30 p.m. 7:14 a.m. (+1) October 31, 2019
*Departure times may vary by day of week

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GURP (msn 64975) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946083.

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