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Air Austral’s next two deliveries from Boeing

Air Austral Boeing 777-39M ER F-OLRD (msn 61602) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934972.

Air Austral is getting ready to take delivery of its latest Boeing 777-300 ER (it currently has three) and its second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Each aircraft, decorated in the unique 2014 livery, which carries an unique photo image of the French island in the Indian Ocean.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Austral Boeing 777-39M ER F-OLRD (msn 61602) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934972.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Air Austral Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (F-OLRB) (msn 34491) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934973.

Air Austral Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (F-OLRB) (msn 34491) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934973.

LOT Polish outlines its growth plans, will increase the Dreamliner fleet to 16, return to Newark

LOT Polish outlines its growth plans, will increase the Dreamliner fleet to 16, return to Newark

LOT Polish Airlines is planning further profitable growth including a return to Newark and a new route to Seoul. The airline issued this statement:

LOT presented its 2020 profitable growth strategy. During that time the carrier plans to achieve sustainable viability and become a leading airline in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe servicing over 10 million passengers per year, gradually increasing its fleet and launching new flights.

LOT’s strategy is based on five pillars: taking advantage of potential that lies in a growing market, developing a network of connections and a hub, competition, boosting effectiveness and building a committed team.

“Taking maximal advantage of the fact that the market of air services in Poland and the Central and Eastern Europe is bound to grow at a much quicker pace than in other European countries is a starting point for our plan of further growth. We have estimated that in Poland alone the number of passengers is going to grow at about 5% per year. It is a huge opportunity for us,” says Rafał Milczarski, LOT’s CEO.

LOT is going to regain its lost market share in Poland, aiming for approx. 25%. It means that the number of its passengers as early as in 2020 is going to exceed 10m vis-a-vis 4.3m in 2015. Hence the airlines have announced that they are going to continue to develop their network of connections with long-haul flights being its most important element.

“Long-distance flights are the most profitable part of our business and being the only airlines in the region, LOT has the related growth potential. We are mostly going to focus on developing flights to North America and most important business centers in Asia. Connections to Central Asia and to the Middle East are particularly interesting from our perspective. Warsaw’s geographical location allows to develop an unmatched offering of flights to countries such as Kazakhstan or Iran. We are going to take advantage of that potential,” adds Rafał Milczarski.

In just a few weeks LOT is going to launch a direct flight to Seoul and next year another connection to Newark in the USA is scheduled to be opened. Flights to the NYC’s second airport will be initially operated 4 and then 5 times a week, starting from the beginning of the 2017 summer season.

“We are happy to return to Newark because it is an important connection to the Polish community. Newark is also an important interchange for passengers who continue their travel to other destinations in the United States and it simply extends our offering,” says Rafał Milczarski.

Soon LOT is going to announce more new destinations. LOT’s CEO points out that as the network of connections keeps developing, the carrier’s Warsaw hub must keep pace as well. Ensuring the shortest and most convenient transfers is one of key conditions underlying the strategy’s implementation.

“As new long-distance flights are launched, the number of short-distance flights, especially from the Central and Eastern Europe, is going to go up as well. We assume that the percentage of transfer passengers, that is, those who change planes in Warsaw, is going to approximate 50% in 2020. Being our hub, the airport must keep up with our development, that is, ensure appropriate infrastructure and capacity. It is a huge challenge for the Warsaw Chopin Airport which in 2020 is going to reach its capacity limits. In the years to come LOT is going to continue with developing its hub at the Warsaw Chopin Airport but ultimately its offering will have to be transferred to another, centrally located airport in Poland,” says LOT’s CEO.

A convenient timetable of flights is not the only competitive edge LOT enjoys. The Polish carrier is going to compete on the market offering the best value for money. LOT has been planning more customized promotions and working on developing additional products and services.

“LOT will no longer be perceived as expensive airlines. Travelling with LOT Polish Airlines can be inexpensive, plus we are capable of going beyond what other low-budget airlines can ensure, namely, for example, free checked baggage or free meals on board,” says Rafał Milczarski. “Competition requires us to build a strong sales structure on all markets on which we are present. We are going to strengthen our co-operation with travel agents who are the backbone of our sales operations in the corporate sector and on the other hand we want to increase the footprint and sales via our lot.com Website which is intended to be the source of best deals for passengers who are most sensitive to price,” adds LOT CEO.

LOT intends to measure customer satisfaction with its services on a regular basis. That ratio is one of the elements that help monitor the strategy’s implementation.
To improve its product portfolio and develop its network of connections LOT will need a strong and efficient fleet. The company estimates that in 2020 it will operate a total of approximately 70 aircraft, including 16 Dreamliners and approximately 15 new single-aisle planes with 150-plus seating capacity.

“LOT is able to develop its fleet on its own thanks to operating leases in that way significantly reducing a burden on the company’s finances and improving availability and delivery time for the planes. In 2017 the first few single-aisle aircrafts are going to be added to our fleet. We are in the final phase of negotiations. We also expect the delivery of two new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. We are going to simplify and standardize our target fleet,” says Rafał Milczarski.

One of key factors allowing LOT to achieve sustainable viability involves steadily increasing the company’s effectiveness in all areas of its operations. Today LOT is one of the most effective airlines in Europe in terms of costs. However, its cost effectiveness ratio is planned to improve to reach 5.5 USc/ASK vis-a-vis the present level of 6.51 USc/ASK. LOT will also ensure the highest possible operational reliability. Its goal is to maintain service regularity at 99% and punctuality at 87%. Thanks to that, it will be among the most punctual airlines in the world.

Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 911988.

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AeroMexico unveils its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, named “Quetzalcoatl” in a special livery

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AeroMéxico presents the special livery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (XA-AML, msn 43859). The aircraft will be named “Quetzalcoatl” (meaning “Feathered Serpent”) after one of the principal deities of pre-Hispanic Mexico.

This is the first time in aviation history in which a design of this type is painted on an aircraft’s livery, offering a unique fusion of tradition and modernity. AeroMéxico’s Quetzalcoatl plane left the Boeing Aircraft Paint Hangar after a nine-day process—six days longer than expected—as the engineers found that they needed extra time to add all of the original hues and colors featured in the winning design.

In November 2014, AeroMéxico announced the “Design is in the Air” contest via social media and at several universities, inviting participants to submit a creative image to be painted on an aircraft’s fuselage. More than 1,000 participants presented their designs during the four-week contest period, 400 of which were chosen for meeting the requirements established in the rules. The winning design was created by graphic designer José Manuel Escudero of the Mexican state of Veracruz.

"Quetzalcoatl", AeroMexico's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, delivered on October 12, 2016

Copyright Photo: AeroMexico Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner XA-ADL (msn 43859) (Quetzalcoatl) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 935138.

AeroMéxico is the second carrier in Latin America to operate the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and plans to continue investing until its fleet has ten 787-9 aircraft, with the purpose of providing a better flight experience to customers. If an airline places an order for a 787 today, it could take between 10 to 15 years for it to be delivered. With a fuselage measuring 20 feet wider than the 787-8, the 787-9 will have the capacity for 48 additional passengers on longer routes (up to 300 more nautical miles) with 20% greater fuel efficiency, and up to 20% fewer emissions than the aircraft this model is replacing.

The airline has said that it will wait until the plane lands in Mexico to unveil the interior of this new aircraft that will change its customers’ travel experience.

Photo: AeroMexico.

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The first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for Uzbekistan Airways

The first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for Uzbekistan Airways

Uzbekistan Airways has two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on order.

Copyright Photo: Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner UK78701 (msn 38363) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934399.

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China Airlines takes delivery of the first co-branded Boeing 777

China Airlines takes delivery of the first co-branded Boeing 777

Copyright Photo: China Airlines Boeing 777-309 ER B-18007 (msn 43982) (Boeing special colors) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 932888.

China Airlines and Boeing on May 16, 2016 celebrated the delivery of the world’s first co-branded 777 during a ceremony in Everett, marking the carrier’s 10th 777-300 ER (Extended Range).

In 2004, China Airlines became the first airline in the world to use Boeing’s co-branded livery on its latest 747-400. That airplane was nicknamed the ‘Blue Whale’ by the airline and was the first co-branded twin-aisle airplane in the world.

With this delivery, China Airlines now operates a fleet of 10 777-300ERs and continues to bolster its long-haul routes to the North American and European markets. Taiwan’s flag carrier also introduced a new, state-of-the-art cabin interior onboard its 777-300 ERs designed by award-winning Taiwanese architect Ray Chen.

Each of the airline’s 10 777-300 ERs are configured to seat 358 passengers in a three-class layout highlighted by the new ‘Family Couch’ seats in economy class. China Airlines is the only airline in North Asia to feature the Family Couch seats, where three economy seats convert into a flat surface to provide passengers with added rest and relaxation.

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The first Boeing 787-9 for LATAM Airlines (Chile) is delivered

The first Boeing 787-9 for LATAM Airlines (Chile) is delivered

LATAM Airlines (Chile) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGK (msn 38474) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 932756.

World Airline News report issued on May 14, 2016:

LATAM Airlines (Chile) on May 13, 2016 took delivery of its first LATAM-painted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The pictured CC-BGK arrived in Santiago, Chile the following day. CC-BGK landed at 11:42 am on runway 17L at SCL.

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Boeing to build 747 fuselage panels at Macon, Georgia facility

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has announced that 747 fuselage panels will be built at its Macon, Georgia facility beginning in 2018.

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Boeing will take over the work from Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triumph Group, Inc., with the Macon site providing assembled fuselage panels to Boeing’s 747 final assembly line in Everett, Washington. Boeing and Triumph Aerostructures have worked together to ensure a smooth transition for the 747 supply chain.

Boeing and Triumph Aerostructures have worked together for many months to ensure a smooth transition for the 747 supply chain. As part of this detailed process, the Boeing team selected the Boeing Defense, Space & Security Macon facility for 747 fuselage panel work.

Defense work currently performed at the Macon site includes replacement center wing sections for the A-10 Thunderbolt II, as well as sub-assemblies for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Fuselage panels for the C-17 Globemaster transport airplane were also produced at the site until earlier this year.

Current defense work at the facility is scheduled to be complete in mid-2016, at which time Boeing will transition the site for Commercial Airplanes work. Facility staffing will be temporarily reduced during the transition. The site will ramp up to full production on 747 fuselage panels by mid-2018, at which point it will employ up to 200 people.

Macon will become the twelfth manufacturing site for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Fabrication organization, which has operations in three countries.

Boeing will invest approximately $80 million in employee training, tooling and building modifications over the next three years.

The fuselage panel assembly transfer to the Macon site is the first of several new work packages for the 747 currently supplied by Triumph Aerostructures that Boeing will announce in the coming months.

Other 747 structures work now done by Triumph Aerostructures, including the empennage, floor beams and flight surfaces, is currently being competitively bid to selected suppliers. Boeing expects to have sourcing decisions for all the work completed this year.

At Macon, Boeing will equip the site with new tooling and equipment, which will occupy the entirety of the 220,000 square foot facility. A new advanced manufacturing production system will reduce the time to produce fuselage panels while also increasing quality and enhancing employee safety.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. The 2015 version of Boeing’s support of the hometown NFL Seattle Seahawks. Boeing 747-83QF N841BA (msn 60119) lands back at Paine Field in the 12th Man livery.

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