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Lufthansa deploys the Airbus A350-900 on the Munich – Tokyo route

Second Airbus A350-900, delivered on February 24, 2017

On December 1, 2017 Lufthansa began flying the Airbus A350-900 from Munich to Tokyo.

Just in time for the A350 launch in Tokyo, the newest member of the A350 fleet will be deployed – the Airbus A350-900, registration D-AIXF, started scheduled flights earlier this week. This brings the number of A350-900 aircraft stationed at the Munich hub up to six.

As well as Tokyo, the A350-900s fly to Beijing, Hong Kong, Boston, Delhi and Mumbai. The A350-900 has space for 293 passengers –  48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXB (msn 080) CGN (Rainer Bexten). Image: 937081.

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Lufthansa welcomes its second Airbus A350-900

Second Airbus A350-900, delivered on February 24, 2017

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.

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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.

Second Airbus A350-900, delivered on February 24, 2017

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.

Copyright Photos: Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXB (msn 080) CGN (Rainer Bexten). Image: 937081.

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Will Lufthansa retire the Germanwings brand earlier?

Lufthansa (Frankfurt), in the wake of the tragic crash of Germanwings (2nd) (Cologne/Bonn) flight 4U 9225 in the French Alps, is facing some tough decisions on the future of its low-cost subsidiaries. Before the crash, Lufthansa was planning to gradually phase out the Germanwings brand and shift a number of routes to the new Eurowings (Dusseldorf) low-cost brand.

According to Airline Route, on October 25, 2015, a total of 55 Germanwings routes  (and the 4U code) operating from Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf and Hamburg were due to be transferred to Eurowings and the EW code.

The Germanwings brand was expected to be gradually phased out with no end date specified. However with this tragic loss and the now apparent criminal act, will Lufthansa close out the tarnished Germanwings brand sooner?

Lufthansa has touted the success of its low-cost subsidiaries. Is this strategy now in jeopardy with the tragic loss of Germanwings flight 4U 9225?

Fortune explores this question: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: The current red and orange brand was introduced with much fanfare in 2012. Airbus A319-112 D-AKNT (msn 2607) taxies at London (Heathrow).

Germanwings aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. The ill-fated Airbus A320-211 D-AIPX (msn 147) is pictured taxiing at the Cologne/Bonn hub in the previous 2002 yellow and maroon livery.

Current route map from Cologne/Bonn:

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British Airways to return three GSS Boeing 747-8 freighters to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings in April

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Atlas Air) (New York) has announced it intends to pursue new ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) placement opportunities for three 747-8 Freighter aircraft currently operated for British Airways plc by Atlas Air Worldwide’s 49%-owned UK subsidiary, Global Supply Systems Limited (GSS).

The action follows notice from British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A., regarding British Airways’ strategic decision to exit dedicated cargo-freighter service and to return the aircraft to GSS in April 2014 pursuant to the terms of the existing ACMI agreement between the parties.

Effective with the termination of the agreement, the three 747-8Fs will be redelivered to the company by GSS. Through GSS, the company also will receive contractual early termination fees from British Airways.

Meanwhile Qatar Airways (Doha) will operate five Boeing 777F freighter flights between Hong Kong and London for IAG Cargo (British Airways) starting on May 1. IAG Cargo issued this statement:

IAG Cargo has announced it has signed a long-term commercial agreement with Qatar Airways to purchase capacity on Qatar Airways-operated air cargo freighters, effective from May 1, 2014.

Qatar Airways will operate five Boeing 777F flights a week between Hong Kong and London on behalf of IAG Cargo, providing continuity of service for IAG Cargo customers.

The agreement marks a transition for IAG Cargo and follows the company’s decision to transfer freighter operations from its current provider, Global Supply Systems.

IAG Cargo connects 350 destinations worldwide, serving the world’s economic hubs with cargo-friendly wide-bodied planes. Through its Constant Climate network, it has one of the largest networks globally for handling temperature-sensitive air cargo.

Qatar Airways is already a partner with IAG through the oneworld global alliance which it joined in October 2013. The airline is taking delivery of a further three Boeing 777F aircraft during 2014.

Top Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. This decision will end British Airways World Cargo and Global Supply Systems. GSS operated Boeing 747-87UF G-GSSD (msn 37562) in British Airways World Cargo colors departs graceful from Cologne/Bonn.

British Airways World Cargo (GSS): AG Slide Show

Qatar Airways: AG Slide Show

Video: Flying the Boeing 747-800F freighter:

Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-FDZ A7-BFA (msn 36098) of Qatar Airways Cargo taxies at Amsterdam.

Cargojet earns an operating profit of C$2.7 million for the first quarter

Cargojet Inc. (Cargojet Airways) (Hamilton) announced today financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 .

For the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2013:

  • Total Revenues were $40.7 million, an increase of $0.6 million or 1.5% versus the previous year.
  • Gross Margin was $4.9 million, a decrease of of $0.6 million or 10.9% versus the previous year
  • EBITDA was $2.7 million (all amounts in Canadian dollars), an increase of $0.8 million or 42.1% versus the previous year

“We are very pleased with the improvement in financial and operating results, as compared to the previous year, despite two less operating days in the quarter”, said Ajay K. Virmani, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We continue to see modest improvements in demand and volumes from all revenue sectors, although overall yields and pricing remain under pressure”. “We will continue to manage our cost prudently and gain efficiencies where available”, he concluded.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Boeing 767-223 (F) C-FMCJ (msn 22316) makes a stop at Cologne/Bonn.

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European Routes:

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Germanwings paints its first aircraft in the new brand

Germanwings (2nd) (Cologne/Bonn) as planned, has introduced its first Airbus A319 in its new brand as introduced on December 6 by parent Lufthansa.

For more details, please see our previous report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Airbus A319-132 D-AGWT (msn 5043) at the CGN base is the first to receive the new treatment.

Germanwings: AG Slide Show

Air Botswana adds its first BAe RJ85, introduces a new brand promoting the destination of Botswana

Air Botswana (Gaborone) is getting ready to take delivery of its first BAe RJ85, this former Lufthansa CityLine jetliner. The airline has also taken the opportunity to introduce this new color scheme which promotes the exotic country destination of Botswana in southern Africa.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. BAe RJ85 A2-ABG (msn E2303, ex D-AVRP) is pictured being prepared for the handover at Cologne/Bonn. The new livery also includes the new “Our pride, your destination” tagline.

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ATRAN acquires its first Boeing 737, will operate for UPS

ATRAN (Aviatrans Cargo Airlines) (Volga-Dnepr Group) (Moscow-Domodedovo) has acquired its first Boeing 737 freighter. The pictured 737-46Q (SF) VP-BCJ (msn 28663) was acquired on July 23, 2012 and will be operated on the Cologne/Bonn-Moscow (Domodedovo) route for UPS under a freight contract.

Previous to this new addition the cargo airline, formerly known as Moscow Aviation Enterprise, has operated Russian-built aircraft, especially those built by Antonov and Ilyushin.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. VP-BCJ is pictured at Cologne/Bonn today in a Volga-Dnepr like livery.

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IranAir claims it is being refused fuel in Europe

IranAir (Tehran) has again claimed it is being refused fuel by some companies in Europe due the United Nations sanctions.

Read the full report by Reuters:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Click on the photo for further details.

The first ex-Lufthansa CityLine CRJ200 is painted for UTair

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Ex-Lufthansa CityLine CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) D-ACJJ (msn 7298) is pictured at Cologne with its new identity.

UTair Aviation (Khanty Mansiysk) is acquiring a fleet of second-hand Bombardier CRJ200s (CL-600-2B19s) from Lufthansa CityLine. The first has been painted.