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Singapore Airlines selects Airbus for A380 retrofit program

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Airbus has been selected by Singapore Airlines (SIA) to provide cabin retrofit services for 14 A380 aircraft currently in service with the carrier. The retrofit programme, which will be undertaken at SIA Engineering Company in Singapore, will see the airline’s recently launched cabin products installed on the aircraft. The new cabin products will debut on five new A380s to be delivered this year and next year.

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Under the agreement, Services by Airbus will be responsible for Service Bulletin (SB) and aircraft cabin parts-kit delivery. Its teams will also contribute their A380 design knowledge and engineering expertise to integrate SIA’s customised cabin fittings into the A380’s spacious double-deck interior. The retrofit work is expected to start in late 2018, with all 14 aircraft scheduled for completion by 2020.

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Singapore Airlines’ new A380 cabin offers more personal space in all classes. The aircraft will accommodate a total of 471 passengers, with six private Suites and 78 Business Class seats (above) on the upper deck and 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats (below) on the main deck.

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Airbus’ Global Market Forecast projects that over the next 20 years the commercial aircraft upgrades services market will be worth US$180 billion, driven in part by high competition between airlines who value the ‘passenger experience’ as a differentiator (comfort, connectivity etc.), as well as systems upgrades. Notably, 38 per cent of this demand will come from the Asia-Pacific region.

SIA Premium Economy Class

Airbus has been selected by Singapore Airlines (SIA) to provide cabin retrofit services for 14 A380 aircraft currently in service with the carrier. The retrofit program, which will be undertaken at SIA Engineering Company in Singapore, will see the airline’s recently launched cabin products installed on the aircraft. The new cabin products will debut on five new A380s to be delivered this year and next year.

All photos above by Airbus.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKK (msn 051) LAX (Roy Lock). Image: 910613.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKK (msn 051) LAX (Roy Lock). Image: 910613.

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United to add 12 new United Express routes in 2018

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N964SW (msn 7868) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936126.

United Airlines is adding 12 new routes operated by United Express carriers (mostly by SkyWest Airlines) in 2018:

Chicago O’Hare – El Paso (April 9, 2018) – daily Embraer 170 (Republic Airlines)
Chicago O’Hare – Fresno (June 7, 2018) – daily Embraer 175 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Jacksonville FL (April 9, 2018) – daily Embraer 175 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Liberal (February 6, 2018) – 6 weekly Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – North Platte (February 1, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Pueblo – Liberal (February 6, 2018) – 6 weekly Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Denver – Scottsbluff (January 30, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 by SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Kalispell (June 7, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Medford (April 9, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Missoula (June 7, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Los Angeles – Redmond (April 9, 2018) – daily Bombardier CRJ200 (SkyWest Airlines)
Newark – Elmira (April 9, 2018) – daily Embraer ERJ145 (CommutAir)

Update: On November 21, 2017 United Airlines made the official announcement:

United Airlines on November 21 announced it will offer customers more opportunities to travel from five of its U.S. hubs to 10 cities in California, Florida, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas beginning in April 2018. Additionally, the airline announced it will optimize its O’Hare International Airport (ORD) schedule to provide shorter connection times and more options for customers connecting through Chicago.

New year round service

United will now serve Wilmington, North Carolina from Chicago and Washington Dulles and Elmira, New York from New York/Newark. The full list of new routes includes:

Hub

New Destination

Frequency

Begins

Aircraft

Chicago (ORD)

El Paso (ELP)

2 flights daily

April 9

E170

Chicago (ORD)

Wilmington (ILM)

2 flights daily

April 9

ERJ

Denver (DEN)

Jacksonville (JAX)

1 flight daily

April 9

E175

Los Angeles (LAX)

Redmond (RDM)

2 flights daily

April 9

CRJ

Los Angeles (LAX)

Medford (MFR)

2 flights daily

April 9

CRJ

New York/Newark (EWR)

Elmira (ELM)

2 flights daily

April 9

ERJ

Washington-Dulles (IAD)

Wilmington (ILM)

2 flights daily

April 9

ERJ

New seasonal daily service from Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX)

With United’s new summer service, more customers will have easier access to popular outdoor destinations like Yosemite National Park near Fresno; Glacier National Park near Kalispell and Yellowstone National Park near Missoula.

Hub

New Destination

Frequency

Begins

Aircraft

Chicago (ORD)

Fresno (FAT)

Daily

June 7

E175

Los Angeles (LAX)

Kalispell (FCA)

Daily

June 7

CRJ

Los Angeles (LAX)

Missoula (MSO)

Daily

June 7

CRJ

Enhancing operations in Chicago

Beginning in February 2018, a newly enhanced bank structure at O’Hare will mean shorter connection times and better access to more destinations for customers connecting through the carrier’s Chicago hub. This operations enhancement, already in place at United’s Houston hub, will enable United to greatly improve connectivity throughout its industry-leading global route network.

Copyright Photo: United Express-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N964SW (msn 7868) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936126.

Delta, Korean Air joint venture is approved by the U.S. DOT

Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 ER N862DA (msn 29734) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921468.

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air took a significant step in the creation of their trans-Pacific joint venture with approval of the joint venture by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The DOT approval reflects the consumer benefits that will be created by the new joint venture. The two carriers will deepen their relationship, offering customers in the U.S. and Asia an enhanced and expanded flight network as well as more compelling travel options. The airlines have also applied for approval for the joint venture from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The joint venture will create a combined network serving more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia, providing customers of both airlines with more travel choices than ever before. The joint venture will provide both airlines with the expanded scale and scope to offer new alternatives to customers. The two airlines will also expand codeshare flights on trans-Pacific routes.  Customers will benefit from enhanced frequent flyer benefits, providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn and redeem miles on Delta’s SkyMiles and Korean Air’s SKYPASS program.  In addition, co-location at key airports including Incheon Terminal 2 which will provide customers with a seamless connection and baggage transit experience. Under the agreement, the airlines will share costs and revenues on flights within the scope of the joint venture as they work to expand service options for travelers.

In anticipation of the joint venture, Delta launched new nonstop service between Atlanta and Seoul earlier this year. This flight complements Korean Air’s existing service and provides customers in the U.S. with greater access to destinations across Asia. Korean Air operates to 10 gateways in the U.S. while Delta has three gateways from Seoul along with nonstop service to six other gateways in Asia. The new joint venture provides U.S. travelers with more options when flying to Asia.

Delta has a 25-year track record of partnering closely with airlines around the globe, beginning with the first successful trans-Atlantic partnership, when Northwest and KLM launched their joint venture in 1993. Today, Delta has seven partnerships with leading carriers in the biggest aviation markets in the world that are either joint ventures, equity investments, or both – spanning Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. Through these deep relationships and immunized joint ventures, Delta has successfully achieved many of the benefits of cross-border cooperation for our customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 ER N862DA (msn 29734) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921468.

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Korean Air:

Bottom Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 777-3B5 HL7534 (msn 27950) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 906591.

Korean Air Boeing 777-3B5 HL7534 (msn 27950) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 906591.

Delta updates the “Spirit of Freedom” logo on N694DL

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Five years ago, Delta dedicated one of its Boeing 757 aircraft to honor America’s servicemen and women.

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The airline underscored that commitment to the U.S. military today, re-dedicating the plane with a fresh coat of paint and new logo during the first day of its annual Veterans Day event.

Known as the “The Spirit of Freedom,” the plane is more than an aircraft; it’s a symbol of respect, said Delta’s Veterans Business Resource Group vice president Kurt Robinson.

“This plane isn’t your ordinary aircraft,” he said. “When you see it pull up at the gate with the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ emblem on the front, it’s a reminder of how appreciative Delta is of all service members and for all they’ve done for us.”

The plane honors Delta’s more than 10,000 employee veterans and 3,000 active duty employees — a commitment the airline takes seriously. When the plane was originally dedicated in 2012, the Secretary of Defense awarded Delta its highest honor to given to employers, the Employer Support Freedom Award.

The 2017 updated "The Spirit of Freedom"

Above Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 WL N694DL (msn 29726) “The Spirit of Freedom” LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939926.

Delta’s specialty liveries only graces a handful aircraft in the airline’s fleet, making this one all the more special. Originally, the aircraft’s logo depicted the “Spirit of Freedom” text along with an American flag. Now emblazoned with the updated logo, the aircraft depicts logos of each U.S. military branch beneath the text.

Robinson, who is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, explained that multiple Delta groups came together to get the plane ready for its big unveiling.

“Several people submitted concept drawings of the new logo, and then we worked with Marketing to make it come to life,” he said. “We painted the plane offsite to keep it a surprise, and snuck it back in for TechOps to apply the logo.”

After TechOps’ Veteran’s Day observance, the plane will return to its regular schedule — flying to a number of domestic destinations ​across the U.S.

Top and Below Photos: Delta Air Lines.

Delta, AeroMexico announce nonstop service between Atlanta and Queretaro

AeroMexico Connect Embraer ERJ 190-100LR XA-ACJ (msn 19000531) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 922941.

Delta and its partner AeroMexico, launched their new nonstop service between Atlanta and Queretaro, Mexico, on November 1.

The Atlanta-Queretaro route will be operated using Embraer 190 aircraft with 99 passenger seats, including 11 in Clase Premier—AeroMexico’s Business Class cabin—with the following schedules:

Departure Arrival Frequency
Atlanta-Queretaro* AM 2711 8:36 p.m. 11:23 p.m. Daily
Queretaro-Atlanta* AM 2710: 6:30 a.m. 10:53 a.m. Daily

 

In the framework of this celebration, AeroMexico also announced the beginning of its new Monterrey-Atlanta service uniting two of the leading hubs in North America.

*Times published are local to each country and are subject to changes without notice.

Copyright Photo: AeroMexico Connect Embraer ERJ 190-100LR XA-ACJ (msn 19000531) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 922941.

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Singapore Airlines’ unveils the new cabin product, will be rolled out to the entire Airbus A380s fleet

Singapore Airlines announced on November 2, 2017 that its eagerly awaited new cabin products will be fitted to its entire Airbus A380 fleet, including retrofit work on 14 aircraft that are already in service.

The announcement was made in Singapore at the global launch of the airline’s new cabin products, which will start entering service next month on the first of five new A380s on order with Airbus. Retrofit work will start in late 2018 on the 14 existing A380s1 that will be fitted with the new products, with all targeted for completion in 2020.

Singapore Airlines was the launch operator of the A380 when it took delivery of the world’s first superjumbo in 2007. The new aircraft configuration will carry up to 471 customers in four classes of travel, with six Singapore Airlines Suites, 78 Business Class seats, 44 Premium Economy Class seats and 343 Economy Class seats.

“Singapore Airlines set new industry benchmarks for premium full-service travel when we introduced our first A380s in October 2007. A decade later we continue to receive highly positive feedback about the travel experience on the aircraft,” said Senior Vice President Product & Services, Mr Marvin Tan.

“The introduction of our all-new cabin products is intended to ensure we retain our product leadership position. The significant investment in the new product and service offerings demonstrates that we are always listening to our customers, and ensuring that we continue to deliver the world’s best travel experience.”

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKN (msn 071) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926240.

Above Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKN (msn 071) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926240.

Singapore Airlines’ A380s currently serve Auckland, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, and Zurich.

SIA currently has 18 A380s in its fleet, having  recently returned one to the lessor. Four more will be returned to lessors progressively in 2018.

Sam Chui reports on the unveiling: