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AirAsia Group turns to Inmarsat for high-speed broadband

AirAsia X (AirAsia.com) Airbus A330-343 9M-XXK (msn 1433) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 939297.

Inmarsat has announced that the AirAsia Group has selected its next-generation GX Aviation inflight broadband solution for more than 120 Airbus aircraft.

The landmark contract signed by Inmarsat and AirAsia Group, through its subsidiary ROKKI, covers all existing and future Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft operated across the AirAsia Group, including the long-haul operator AirAsia X. The agreement also has the scope to include any additional aircraft types due for delivery in the coming years, such as the Airbus A350.

The first installations of GX Aviation onboard AirAsia Group aircraft, together with the launch of commercial service, are both scheduled to commence in the first half of 2018.

 

This contract supports Inmarsat’s strategy of providing airlines with tailored scalable capacity by designing, owning and operating a global network of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS). GX Aviation is the world’s first in-flight connectivity solution with seamless, reliable high-speed global coverage provided through a single operator. It is the only service in the market that guarantees minimum data rates, ensuring that airline passengers can browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights, with an onboard connectivity experience comparable to the mobile broadband services they may receive on the ground.

AirAsia Group will connect to the GX network using exclusive new JetWave terminals produced by Honeywell Aerospace. The terminals are designed for ease of installation and maintenance to assure the lowest downtime for any cabin connectivity solution in the market, allowing installation with minimal labour and using standard tools available in maintenance hangars.

Copyright Photo: AirAsia X (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) Airbus A330-343 9M-XXK (msn 1433) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 939297.

 

Trigana Air Service ATR 42-300 with 54 people on board is missing in Indonesia

Trigana Air Service (Jakarta) flight TGN 267 with 49 passengers and five crew members on board and operating between Jayapura to Oksibil in Papua, eastern Indonesia has gone missing today (August 16). The airliner is now overdue and is feared to have crashed in the remote area. The flight was operated with an ATR 42-300 registered as PK-YRN (msn 102). The flight crew lost radio contact with ATC before 1500 (3 pm) local time after taking off from Sentani Airport at Papua’s regional capital of Jayapura (see the map below).

Trigana Air Service logo

The company started regional operations in 1991.

Read more from The Guardian: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister-ship ATR 42-300 PK-YRP (msn 050) taxies at Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

Google Map:

Map Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia

 

Sriwijaya Air orders two Boeing 737-900 ERs

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Sriwijaya Air (Jakarta) today announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-900 ER (Extended Range) airplanes during a signing ceremony at the Paris Air Show.

The order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Orders and Deliveries website, marks the first all-new airplane purchase for the Indonesian airline and included a letter of intent to exercise options for up to 20 additional 737 airplanes.

Sriwijaya Air logo

Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air is the country’s third largest carrier. The airline operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737 airplanes and offers flights to various Indonesian destinations as well as a few international cities.

Sriwijaya Air banner

According to the airline, “Our aircraft are painted in blue, red and white colors which each of the color represents:

White : Clean hearthed employees
Red : The courage and wisdom in solving problems and making decisions of the team
Blue : Passion for traveling to all corners of our beloved archipelago.”

Image Above: Boeing. All others by Sriwijaya Air.

Sriwijaya Air aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Sriwijaya Air is already operating the smaller brother, the Boeing 737-800. Boeing 737-8K5 PK-CLT (msn 27991) taxies at Denpasar.

 

Jetstar Airways to add three new routes in March

Jetstar Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) is planning to add three new routes on March 29 per Airline Route: Cairns – Denpasar, Gold Coast – Perth and Melbourne – Wellington.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 VH-VQO (msn 2587) taxies at Denpasar.

Jetstar Airways aircraft slide show:

 

Lion Group orders 40 additional ATR 72-600s, becomes the largest ATR customer

Lion Group (Jakarta) has signed a $1 Billion purchase agreement for 40 additional ATR 72-600s from ATR, hiking the firm order total to 100 aircraft. Lion Group becomes ATR’s largest customer ever.

There are currently three subsidiary airlines in the Lion Group operating ATRs: Wings Air with a fleet of 32 ATR aircraft operating in Indonesia; Malindo Air with a fleet of 10 ATRs operating in Malaysia; and Thai Lion Air, so far with 1 ATR in operation in Thailand. These additional 40 ATR 72-600s will be used to meet the growing demand forecast over the next five years both within the Group’s existing operators’ networks and to develop other opportunities for ATR operations throughout Asia and developing markets worldwide. Deliveries of the aircraft signed today will start in 2017 and run into 2019.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Wings Air’s ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) PK-WGG (msn 1063) departs from Denpasar on the island of Bali.

Wings Air: AG Slide Show

Garuda Indonesia orders 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) announced an order for 50 737 MAX 8s, valued at $4.9 billion at current list prices. The flag carrier of Indonesia will purchase 46 737 MAX 8s and will convert existing orders for four Next-Generation 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s. The order was previously accounted for on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries Web site, attributed to an unidentified customer.

Garuda Indonesia currently operates 77 Boeing 737s. The new order gives the airline the flexibility to grow and to update its fleet as the market demands.

According to Boeing, “The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX will be 14 percent more fuel-efficient than today’s most efficient Next-Generation 737s – and 20 percent better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service. The 737 MAX 8 will have an 8 percent per seat operating cost advantage over the A320neo.”

The total number of 737 MAX orders to date is 2,295 airplanes from 47 customers worldwide.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Garuda Indonesia has been a long time Boeing 737 operator. Garuda Indonesia’s Boeing 737-8U3 WL PK-GMA (msn 30151) prepares to taxi from the gate at Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

Garuda Indonesia Aircraft Slide Show:

Garuda Indonesia: AG Slide Show

Malindo Air to compete on the busy Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route

Malindo Air (Lion Air Group)  (Kuala Lumpur) will launch Boeing 737 service on the very busy and competitive Kaula Lumpur-Singapore route on November 3.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-9GP ER 9M-LNH (msn 38732) departs from Denpasar on Bali, Indonesia.

Malindo Air: AG Slide Show

Malindo Air logo-2

Malindo Air Route Map:

Malindo Air 10.2014 Route Map

QANTAS’ passengers will be able to use personal electronic devices starting tomorrow

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) today issued this statement:

From tomorrow afternoon QANTAS customers will be able to use their personal electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and music players in flight mode, for the duration of each flight, providing uninterrupted access to work and entertainment.

QANTAS was approved to revise its personal electronic device policy by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority today following new guidance on the safe use of personal electronic devices inflight.

Advice for customers:

Devices can be used whether passengers are boarding via aerobridge or transiting across tarmac.

Once aircraft doors are closed for departure, devices will need to be in ‘flight mode’.

Customers are required to secure handheld devices by holding them or placing them in a seat pocket during taxi, take-off and landing. Larger items such as laptops will still need to be stowed.

Customers are still required to listen to all inflight safety briefings and comply with cabin crew instructions.

Mobile and smart phones will still not be able to be used to make calls or send texts from the air.

QANTAS plans to lift restrictions on electronic devices across the entire QANTAS Group for regional, domestic and international flights.

QANTAS Link and Jetstar Airways are in the final stages of preparing their submission to CASA for the extended use of personal electronic devices.

The changes to CASA’s ruling on personal electronic devices inflight follows an announcement by the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in October last year that it would allow passengers to leave their electronic devices on through all phases of flight if individual airlines could prove that it did not interfere with the operation of the aircraft.

Experts from airlines, aircraft manufacturers, passenger groups, pilot associations, flight attendants, and mobile services have since been investigating the impact of personal electronic devices inflight.

Until today, devices in Australia were required to remain off until the seatbelt sign turned off, meaning passengers were unable to use them while the aircraft was taxiing to the runway or through much of the climb or descent.

In addition, QANTAS is working towards enabling customers to use their own devices to access 350 hours of on-demand entertainment from gate to gate on selected Domestic and International aircraft. Initially this functionality would encompass Apple devices including iPads and iPhones, followed by laptops and Android devices at a later stage.

Customers would only need to download a Q Streaming app to their device, or connect via their browser to the Q Streaming Inflight Entertainment network to access movies, TV shows and music. Qantas will continue to offer complimentary tablets for customers to access Q Streaming on a number of aircraft types.

The new policy will apply to all QANTAS Domestic and QANTAS International flights from 3:00pm tomorrow (August 26).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-838 VH-VXS (msn 33725) prepares to taxi from the gate at Denpasar on the island of Bali, Indonesia.

QANTAS Airways: AG Slide Show

AirAsia’s 2Q profit rises 43% to $63 million, sells 500,000 tickets in 24 hours

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) reported its second quarter net profit rose 43 percent to $63 million.

Read the full report in the WSJ:

CLICK HERE

In other news, the airline is claiming to have set a world record for the most tickets sold in 24 hours – 500,000.

Read the full report:

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. A fine ramp study of Airbus A320-216 9M-AHE (msn 3327) at Denpasar.

Skywest Airlines to acquire another Fokker 100

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.  Skywest's Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) VH-FNJ (msn 11489) climbs beautifully at Denpasar in the 2003 colors..

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Skywest's Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) VH-FNJ (msn 11489) climbs beautifully at Denpasar in the 2003 colors..

Skywest Airlines (Australia) (Perth) is adding another Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) bringing the fleet to 16 aircraft (nine F100s and seven Fokker F.27 Mk. 050s). The company is also considering an order for four Airbus A320s.

Press release:

www.skywest.com.au/home.asp?documentid=438