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The new Airbus A350-900 receives its FAA Type Certificate

Airbus (Toulouse) has announced the new A350-900 received its Type Certification on November 12 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington).

FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan and Airbus Group Inc. Chairman Allan McArtor were among the signing authorities at the official ceremony. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. This milestone follows the A350-900 Type Certification awarded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on September 30.

According to Airbus, “The A350-900’s respective FAA and EASA certification awards come after Airbus successfully finished a stringent program of certification trials which took the A350-900 airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure all airworthiness criteria are fully met. The fleet of five test A350-900 aircraft completed the certification flight test campaign, on time, having accumulated more than 2,600 flight test hours to create and successfully achieve one of the aviation industry’s most thorough and efficient test programs ever developed for a commercial airliner.”

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. One of the five test aircraft, the pictured A350-941 F-WZNW (msn 004), wears partial Qatar Airways markings at Farnborough where it was showcased. Qatar Airways will be the first airline to take delivery of the new type.

Qatar Airways aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

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Ethiopian Airlines adds two domestic destinations

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced it started new services to Bale Robe on September 1, located in the South-Central part of Ethiopia and Kombolcha in North-Central Ethiopia on September 10.

The new flights will be on a daily bases to Kombolcha, and four times a week to Bale Robe on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using the Bombardier Q400 aircraft. The addition of these new services will bring the number of Ethiopian domestic destinations to 20.

Bale Robe is famous for the Omar Cave, which is the longest cave in Ethiopia at 15.1 kilometers and the longest system of caves in Africa.

Kombolcha is an industrial hub housing steel product and textile factories.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 ET-ARM (msn 4472) lands at Farnborough (FAB).

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Interjet to bring the Sukhoi Superjet 100 to Miami, will start Houston service on October 23

Interjet (Mexico City) will introduce the new Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B on the Merida-Miami route starting in mid October pending aircraft deliveries.

In other news, the company will start Monterrey-Houston service on October 23, with two daily flights Monday through Friday, and one daily flight on Saturdays and Sundays.

The company describes its business model:

Through its hybrid business model (Low Cost Carrier – LLC) based on a strategy of combining higher quality service with efficient business practices, Interjet offers a superior product- making it the first airline in Mexico to achieve high quality service at an affordable price. This effective business strategy allows Interjet to satisfy the needs and requirements of diverse population sectors, and expands coverage to business and leisure market. For customer convenience, Interjet ́s aircraft include a variety of useful amenities. Many of its airplanes are equipped to broadcast live take-off and landing video. With a capacity of 150 passengers each, Interjet’s Airbus 320 offers a superior coach class service with more legroom than any other Mexican airline.

As of January 2011, Interjet inaugurated its Training and Development Center for Pilots (Centro de Capacitación y Adiestramiento para pilotos – CAA), featuring an Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulator (FSS) at Zero Flight Time (ZFT), level D, making it the most advanced training center in Mexico. The CAA meets the certification requirements of Mexico ́s DGCA, U.S. FAA and the European EASA.

Interjet is the first airline in Mexico and Latin America to implement the use of biofuels on its commercial flights. Biofuels have the potential to reduce up to 80% of CO2 emissions. Made from oils extracted from the seed of the Jatropha Curcas (a native Mexican plant), it is transformed into Synthetic Paraffinic Biokerosene (Bio-KPS). The biofuel is made of a combination 27% Bio-KPS and 73% traditional jet-fuel.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B RA-97010 (msn 95045) was on display at the Farnborough Airshow (FAB).

Interjet: AG Slide Show

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Route Map (routes from Mexico City):

Interjet MEX 9.2014 Route Map

 

Air Seychelles takes delivery of two new Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otters

Air Seychelles (Mahé) has taken delivery of two new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft from Viking Air Limited of Canada.

The new aircraft will be used for services between Mahé and Praslin, as well as other islands in the Seychelles archipelago, including Bird, Denis and Frégate.

Named ‘Isle of Bird’ and ‘Isle of La Digue,’ both aircraft have already left the manufacturer in British Columbia en route for Mahé Island, Seychelles.

Both aircraft will stop at several airports in Canada, Europe and Africa on their way to Seychelles, with Isle of La Digue on display at this week’s Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom.

The aircraft was officially delivered on July 16 to Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer, Manoj Papa by the Chief Executive Officer of Viking Air, David C. Curtis.

Last week the two Twin Otter aircraft were flown from Viking Headquarters to Calgary where ferry fuel tanks were fitted for the extended flight to Seychelles.

In addition to this week’s stop at Farnborough, the flight path to Seychelles included Churchill (Canada), Iqaluit (Canada), Reykjavik (Iceland), Malmo (Sweden), Nis (Serbia), Aswan (Egypt) with a final stop in Nairobi (Kenya).

The ferry flights are being operated by two Air Seychelles’ pilots, Captains Sandy Benoiton and Eddie Cesar, and the distance covers a total of 9,175 nautical miles (17,000 km), the longest sector being from Aswan to Nairobi (distance 1,528 nautical miles).

The multi-million dollar fleet announcement for the purchase of three DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft was made last October in a deal between the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles and Viking Air Limited.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter C-GFAP (msn 898) was on display at the Viking Air area at Farnborough.

Air Seychelles: AG Slide Show

China Express converts three Bombardier CRJ900s to firm orders

China Express Airlines (Chongqing) has converted previously announced conditional purchase agreements for three Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets into a firm order. The conditional purchase agreements for five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, with options on an additional eight CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, were announced on December 2, 2013, along with a firm order for three CRJ900 NextGen airliners.

China Express provides regional passenger services to 44 cities throughout China with its fleet of five Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft and nine 84-seat CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The airline was the first to operate the CRJ900 aircraft in China.

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China Express Airlines orders three additional Bombardier CRJ900s

China Express Airlines (Guiyang, Guizhou), has placed a firm order for three Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airliners, as well as entered into conditional purchase agreements for five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft with options on an additional eight CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. China Express provides regional passenger services with its fleet of five Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft and six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The airline made history last year by being the first to operate the CRJ900 aircraft in China.

“By 2016, we anticipate that the total number of China Express’ routes will reach approximately 90, three times as many as the number of existing routes, and will cover 60 per cent of China’s regional cities,” said Wu Longjiang, President, China Express. “We are confident that our fleet of Bombardier aircraft will be a very efficient and reliable asset in achieving these objectives.”

As of September 30, 2013, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 1,779 CRJ Series aircraft, including 306 CRJ900 andCRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft. The aircraft are operating in over 50 countries on six continents, and on average, a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world. CRJ Series aircraft have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers and have logged more than 38 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GIAZ (msn 15277) is pictured at Farnborough.

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Etihad Airways considers an investment in grounded Kingfisher Airlines

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) is in talks with Kingfisher Airlines (Mumbai) about a possible minority investment in the grounded airline according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Meanwhile the Deccan Herald of India believes Jet Airways (Mumbai) is a better investment for the Gulf carrier.

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Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Boeing 777-3FX ER A6-ETF (msn 39700) prepares to land at Bangkok.

Etihad Airways: AG Slide Show

Kingfisher Airlines: AG Slide Show

Jet Airways: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) with the test registration of F-WWEG (msn 788) arrives at Farnborough. Although painted, the turboprop was never delivered to Kingfisher Airlines as VT-KAT. Instead it went to Air Botswana as A2-ABS.