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EVA Air to retire its last passenger Boeing 747-400

EVA Air Boeing 747-45E B-16411 (msn 29111) TPE (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 938933.

EVA Air (Taipei) has confirmed it will operate its last Boeing 747-400 revenue passenger flight this month (the carrier will continue to operate all-cargo freighter flights with the type).

Subject to any last minute changes, the last flight is scheduled to be flight BR 892 on August 21, 2017 between Hong Kong (HKG) and Taipei (Taoyuan) (TPE). The Jumbo flight is scheduled to arrive at 1130 (11:30 am) local time.

The carrier’s first two all-passenger Boeing 747-400s were delivered in November 1992.

EVA Air utilized the new aircraft to launch its Taipei-Los Angeles route and introduce its four classes of cabin service, including the debut of its Evergreen Deluxe Class in Economy and Super Business.

The last Boeing 747-400 is the pictured B-16411 which will operate the last flight.

Copyright Photo: EVA Air Boeing 747-45E B-16411 (msn 29111) TPE (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 938933.

EVA Air introduces its new “Bad-Badtz-Maru” Sanrio-family logo jet

EVA Air's 2017 "Bad Badtz-Maru" Sanrio-family logo jet

EVA Air (Taipei) made this announcement:

EVA Air is introducing more characters and creating a new edition of its popular Sanrio-family aircraft. Best known for Hello Kitty jets, EVA launched a “Travel Fun” Jet on Saturday, March 4, 2017, starring the naughtily charming Sanrio character, Bad Badtz-Maru. The airline is flying the latest in its collection of specially painted planes on Taipei-Fukuoka and Taipei-Seoul routes. The aircraft is the world’s first with Bad Badtz-Maru livery to be scheduled for international service.

Above Photo: EVA Air.

EVA’s Badtz-Maru Travel Fun Jet is an Airbus A330-300 configured for 309 passengers, 30 in Business Class and 279 in Economy. To start, flight BR106 departs Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport at 8:10 (8:10 am) and arrives at Fukuoka Airport at 11:15 (11:15 am). Return flight BR105 leaves Fukuoka at 12:15 (12:15 pm) and gets back to Taipei at 13:50 (1:50 pm). EVA then operates the aircraft as BR160, taking off from Taoyuan International Airport at 15:15 (3:15 pm) and arriving at Seoul’s Incheon Airport at 18:45 (6:45 pm). Return flight BR159 leaves Incheon at 19:45 (7:45 pm) and arrives back in Taipei at 21:40 (9:40 pm).

Bad Badtz-Maru is one of the Sanrio family’s most popular characters. Different from Hello Kitty’s sweet image, Badtz-Maru is naughty in a charming kind of way. The new livery captures Bad Badtz-Maru in action, wearing his backpack and sprinting to the nose of the plane, ahead of his best friends. With hats, a camera, snacks and other holiday necessities, Bad Badtz-Maru and friends are ready for a relaxing, laughter-filled vacation aboard EVA.

Above Photo: EVA Air.

Building on affiliate UNI Air’s domestic success with its launch of the world’s first Bad Badtz-Maru aircraft last year and complementing its new Sanrio-family livery, EVA has designed more than 30 inflight service items and cabin amenities, including Bad Badtz-Maru pillows, slippers, headrest covers, playing cards, meal boxes, post cards, safety cards and disposable hand towels. All items are part of the airline’s dedicated program to make the flying experience fun for passengers.

EVA and its Sanrio family jets have been popular among passengers all over the world since it launched its first generation of Hello Kitty Jets in 2005. In 2016, the Daily Mail recognized EVA’s specially painted aircraft among the world’s best liveries and Global Traveler Magazine awarded the carrier a special “Leisure Lifestyle Award for Outstanding Customized Service,” recognizing it for “going beyond what is expected” and “doing something extraordinary.” To keep giving passengers fresh experiences and making flying fun, EVA is renewing its series of specially themed aircraft and developing new liveries during the first half of this year.

Top Copyright Photo: EVA Air Airbus A330-302 B-16331 (msn 1254) (Bad Badtz-Maru) TPE (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 937197.

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Peach to add a Sendai hub in the summer of 2017

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) is planning to add a fourth hub at Sendai for the summer of 2017 according to ZipanguFlyer. Sendai is located in the northeast section of Japan. Peach currently serves Sendai with a single route from its Osaka (Kansai) hub.

The Sendai Airport was involved in the devastating March 11, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and then was subsequently flooded by the tsunami that hit the coast of Japan in this area.

The rising waters flooded the tarmac, taxiways and runway of the airport. The flood waters actually reached parts of the second floor of the passenger terminal.

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Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 JA805P (msn 5304) with Mariko Sinoda on the fuselage arrives in Taipei.

Peach aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Route Map:

Peach 3.2015 Route Map

EVA Air retires its last Boeing 747-400 Combi

EVA Air (Taipei) today (January 5) operated its last Boeing 747-400 Combi revenue flight. Flight BR 868 operated from Taipei (Taoyuan) to Macau with the pictured Boeing 747-45E (M) B-16409 (msn 28093). This leaves three passenger Boeing 747-45E aircraft (B-16410, B-16411 and B-16412) which are due to be retired from passenger service later this year.

The unique combi model seats 28 in first class, 86 in business and 162 in economy with a special cargo section.

EVA Air continues to operate the Boeing 747-400 as a freighter for its cargo division.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com.

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V Air commences operations

V Air (subsidiary of TransAsia Airways) (Taipei) on December 17 launched schedule low-fare operations. The first route was from Taipei (Taoyuan) (TPE) to Bangkok (Don Mueang) (DMK) using this 194-seat A321. The new airline will compete with Tigerair Taiwan. The second route to Chiang Mai, Thailand is scheduled to start in early January.

Top Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 B-22608 (msn 6009) holds short of the runway at Taipei (Sung Shan).

Below Photo: V Air. The V Air crew waves goodbye to the inaugural flight.

V Air inaugural flight (V Air)(LR)

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Tigerair Taiwan is ready to start operations tomorrow on the Taipei-Singapore route


Tigerair Taiwan (Taipei-Taoyuan) as planned, will launch scheduled passengers operations from Taipei (Taoyuan) to Singapore tomorrow (September 26) with Airbus A320s. The first flight will depart at 10:20 am local time in Taipei.

Tigerair, established in 2004, is part of the Singapore Airlines Group and is joining up with China Airlines which is entering the low-fare market with this joint venture. Tigerair is hoping the agreement will allow the brand to enter new markets in Taiwan, Japan and Korea.

The joint venture is between the China Airlines Group which holds a 90% stake and Tigerair holding the remaining 10%. The network will cover major destinations in Northeast and Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, China and Taiwan.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. The first aircraft, the pictured Airbus A320-232 B-50001 (msn 6187), wears “Taiwan” special titles that separates it from other Tigerair-branded aircraft at the Taiwan base..

 

China Eastern Airlines to finalize an order for 80 Boeing 737s

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) has committed to and plans to finalize an order for 80 new Boeing 737s.

Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing is pleased that China Eastern Airlines has committed to purchase 80 737s, including Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX airplanes. When finalized, the order will become China’s largest-ever purchase by an airline for single-aisle airplanes, worth more than $8 billion at current list prices.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86N B-5683 (msn 39400) in the special “Yunnan Peacock” color scheme arrives at Taipei (TPE).

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Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reports first quarter net income of $7.9 million, places two Boeing 747-8F freighters with DHL

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo) (New York) reported first quarter net income of $7.9 million, down 60.4 percent from the same quarter a year ago

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is the parent company of Atlas Air and Titan Aviation Leasing and majority owner of Polar Air Cargo.

The company issued this full statement:

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. announced adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders of $11.3 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared with $5.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

On a reported basis, net income attributable to common stockholders in the first quarter of 2014 totaled $7.9 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared with $20.1 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted earnings in the first quarter of 2014 exclude a special charge of $3.4 million after tax, or $0.13 per diluted share, mainly related to the company’s U.K. affiliate, Global Supply Systems Limited. Adjusted earnings in the first quarter of 2013 exclude an income tax benefit of $14.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, related to the tax treatment of extraterritorial income.

“2014 is off to a good start, led by the initiatives we’ve undertaken to diversify our business mix, expand our aircraft and service offerings, develop new customers and position Atlas to take advantage of market opportunities,” said William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Within our ACMI segment, results benefited from an increase in the number of new 747-8 freighters in operation as well as an increase in flying for our CMI customers. In Dry Leasing, the investments we’ve made since early 2013 in attractive, modern 777 freighters on long-term leases with strong customers drove a significant increase in contribution from sources with highly predictable revenue and earnings streams.

“In addition, the expansion of our 767 aircraft service solutions and our growth into passenger charter operations supported the improvement in our results despite a seasonally soft contribution in Commercial Charter and the continued reduction in AMC Charter cargo volumes.

“Reflecting our global market leadership in outsourced aircraft assets and services, we have developed several new strategic customer relationships since the first quarter of 2013 that have enhanced the resilience of our business model.

“In ACMI, these include Astral Aviation, BST Logistics and Chapman Freeborn. We’ve also expanded with Etihad Airways, introduced new 767 cargo CMI service for DHL Express, and added VIP 767 passenger CMI service for MLW Air. And in Dry Leasing, we now provide 777Fs to Aerologic, Emirates Airlines and TNT Transport International.”

Separately, the company announced the placement of two 747-8 freighters in ACMI service for DHL Express. The state-of-the-art aircraft will provide additional revenue cargo volume for DHL’s transpacific network growth. They replace two 747-400 freighters currently in service for DHL that will enter immediate revenue service for Atlas.

Outlook

We are encouraged by our first-quarter performance and the positive direction of market trends so far in 2014, but we are maintaining our earnings outlook for the full year.

Airfreight volumes are improving, and recent forecasts suggest that airfreight demand will grow by a few percentage points in 2014 – the first real growth after three essentially flat years. Forecast airfreight yields continue to lag behind, however.

With still limited visibility into second-half airfreight market demand and yields, we continue to expect results in 2014 to approximate 2013, excluding an expected decline in our AMC Charter operations as we have previously discussed.

On a per share basis, earnings in the second quarter of this year should be similar to or slightly higher than our adjusted first-quarter earnings. As the majority of our earnings are typically generated in the second half of the year, we expect to update our expectations as the year progresses.

For the full year, we expect total block hours to be a few percentage points lower than 2013 block hours, with more than 70% in ACMI, less than 10% in AMC Charter, and the balance in Commercial Charter. Our Dry Leasing segment should show dramatic growth, with a contribution run rate in subsequent quarters that should be similar to the first quarter of 2014. Aircraft maintenance expense in 2014 should total approximately $175 to $180 million, and depreciation should be approximately $115 to $120 million. In addition, we anticipate an effective income tax rate of approximately 30%.

We remain confident in the resilience of our business model and our ability to leverage the scale and efficiencies in our operations. The business initiatives we have undertaken and the investments we have made have transformed the company to deliver meaningful earnings in any environment.

Should 2014 be the inflection point when growth returns to commercial airfreight and yields improve, our business initiatives and the investments we have made have positioned Atlas to be one of the prime beneficiaries.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Atlas Air also operates the Boeing 767-300F freighter for DHL. Boeing 767-3JHF ER N643GT (msn 37809) arrives at Taipei (Taoyuan).

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Peach cancels at least 448 flights this summer due to a pilot shortage

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) has announced it may cancel up to 2,088 flights between May 19 and October 25 due to a pilot shortage. 448 flights scheduled for May and June have been confirmed as cancelled.

The airlines issued this statement:

Peach

Peach Aviation Limited Representative Director and CEO Shinichi Inoue on April 24 announced amendments to its Summer 2014 flight schedule, due to an unavoidable shortage of flight crew personnel, which will affect flights from May 19, resulting in cancellations of some flights. It is with extreme regret that these amendments must be made. However, in order to maintain efficient and safe operations for our customers, Peach has decided to take these precautionary measures.

Since the launch of its first flight in March 2012, Peach, the first Japanese LCC, has maintained a flight cancellation rate of 0.96%, a remarkably low number among LCC carriers. However, the increasingly competitive environment has created a sudden rise in demand for flight crew throughout the industry, leading to a shortage in personnel. In addition, there has been an unexpected number of absentees for health reasons among Peach’s flight crew. Therefore, after careful reevaluation, it has been necessary to decrease the number of flights in order to maintain safety and customer satisfaction. Peach is making every effort to find alternative arrangements for our customers.

Up to 2,088 flights between May 19 and October 25, 2014 may be affected by these amendments. 448 flights scheduled for May and June have been confirmed as cancelled. Any further changes to the flight schedule from July onwards will be announced on April 30. Customers who have already purchased tickets for these flights will be contacted via e-mail.

Customers who would like to change their flights to a different Peach flight will be able to do so free of charge. In the event that a new flight is unavailable, or if the affected customer is unable to travel during the desired period, the airfare will be refunded. Customers will be informed of the necessary procedures and details by email, via the e-mail address they registered upon initial purchase. Peach has also established a designated hotline for customers with further questions regarding the amended flight services.

To ensure safe and efficient operations, Peach will embark upon an even more proactive hiring strategy for flight crew to alleviate the current situation and to assure customer satisfaction. Peach aims to maintain the operational standard seen in the latter part of 2013 (operating with 11 aircraft), in order to maintain the quality of service we have been providing to our customers since our inauguration in 2012.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this will cause to all affected customers.

 

Currently the new airline currently employs 108 cockpit crews, consisting of 52 Captains and 56 First Officers (Copilot) according to Zipanguflyer.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 JA809P (msn 5640) in the special “Girl’s Award-Rune-Roots of Kawaii” livery, arrives at Taipei (Taoyuan).

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Current Peach route map:

Peach 4:2014 Route Map

 

 

China Airlines introduces a “Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan” decorated Airbus A330-300 logo jet

China Airlines (Taipei) this month introduced a logo jet dedicated to the ethnic diversity in Taiwan. The airline issued this statement on the special Masalu! Taiwan Airbus A330-300:

The “Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan” liveried aircraft is the result of a partnership between Taiwan’s Council of Indigenous Peoples, Executive Yuan and China Airlines. The pictured B-18358 made its inaugural flight on March 11 from Taoyuan Airport to Auckland via Sydney. China Airlines flies to Auckland seven times a week, promoting Taiwan’s indigenous culture to the world. Continuing with China Airlines’ Taiwan Culture and Creativity series, the new liveried aircraft is the only one of its kind in the world, displaying details of a traditional wedding of the Paiwan tribe. The drawings come from renowned indigenous artist Sakuliu Pvavaljung’s Wedding Celebration series, shown in the public for the first time. These drawings of joyful celebration welcome people to enjoy the diversity Taiwan has to offer.

The liveried aircraft is an Airbus A330-300, with a capacity of 30 Business Class seats and 277 Economy Class seats. There are illustrations on the cabin interior and designs on the head-rest covers containing indigenous elements, and inserts in the seat pockets introducing the livery on the plane. The aircraft will mainly serve Australia and New Zealand routes, along with Japan, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia routes. In July 2013, Taiwan and New Zealand established the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs of Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC), and it is the first agreement of its type to incorporate a chapter on indigenous cooperation. Taiwan’s indigenous people and New Zealand’s Māori both belong to the Austronesian language family, and research has shown that they have similar genetic characteristics. Because of their close links both culturally and genetically, Taiwan and New Zealand agreed to strengthen ties between the two indigenous groups. Therefore, the first flight for “Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan Liveried Aircraft” was to Auckland, New Zealand, marking historical significance.

The inaugural flight ceremony began with a vibrant Paiwan tribe wedding ceremony, followed by a melodious performance of “Song of the Sea” by Taipei City Indigenous Youth and Children Chorus, together with China Airlines pilots, cabin crew, ground staff and maintenance crew of indigenous descent. The attendees at the unveiling of the liveried airplane included Wu Den-yih, Vice President of Taiwan, Lin,Chiang-I (Mayaw.Dongi), Minister of The Council of Indigenous Peoples, Sun Huang-hsiang, Chairmain of China Airlines, and Lin Peng-liang, President of China Airlines. Each passenger on the inaugural flight received a passport cover, bag, and deck of cards with indigenous print, and a Visiting Taiwan’s Indigenous Tribes notebook.

The illustrations on “Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan Liveried Aircraft” come from the father of modern indigenous art, Sakuliu Pvavaljung. They are from his series of works titled Wedding Celebration, depicting unique marriage traditions from the Paiwan tribe. The illustrations chosen best capture the essence of these works, and include the sending of dowry from the groom on the right side of the fuselage, and the carrying of the bride and the swing ceremony on the left side of the fuselage. The logo “MASALU! TAIWAN” on the body of the plane uses the Paiwan greeting “Masalu” to welcome people to Taiwan.

The indigenous people of Taiwan are few and precious, numbering approximately 530,000 and constituting two percent of the population. The government of Taiwan officially recognizes 14 peoples, and each has preserved their own culture, language and customs. The Council of Indigenous Peoples has partnered with China Airlines on a liveried aircraft in order to promote the rich culture of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, and to draw people from all over the world for a taste of Taiwanese aesthetics. The inaugural flight not only echoes New Zealand and Taiwan bringing tourism ties closer through the ANZTEC agreement, but also expands on economic development in Taiwan’s tribes.

As a leading player in Taiwan’s aviation industry, China Airlines promotes Taiwan’s strength as a cultural hub, and in recent years has released 3 launched aircraft from its Taiwan Culture and Creativity series. The first liveried airplane, “Love & Hug,” features works from artist Jimmy Liao, in which little children are locked in loving embrace with protected animals and planet earth. The second liveried airplane, “Taiwan Tourism,” a collaboration with Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau, shows LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), ecology, romance, cuisine, shopping, culture and other features of Taiwan tourism offerings with a creative cultural flair. The third liveried airplane, “Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan,” displays the customs of Taiwan’s indigenous people, showcases Taiwan’s cultural creativity.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302 B-18358 (msn 1346) departs today (March 28) from the Taipei (Taoyuan) base.

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