Airbus flew five of its A350-900 aircraft in formation over France yesterday for some unique photographs.
The display was to celebrate the new aircraft receiving its EASA type certification.
The EASA A350-900 Type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick Ky. The document was handed over to Airbus’ Executive Vice President Engineering, Charles Champion and Airbus’ A350 XWB Chief Engineer, Gordon McConnell.
“Receiving the A350-900 Type Certification from EASA is a great achievement for Airbus and for all our partners who have contributed to designing, building and certificating this fantastic, new generation aircraft. The A350-900 is now ready to fly from the nest and be enjoyed by airlines and passengers,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The A350 XWB embodies many extra innovative technologies which make all the difference in passenger comfort and airline efficiency.”
Now, only four days later, the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been rolled out at Boeing’s Everett Paine Field factory. It also features the new livery, which will be applied to the whole fleet over the coming year.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will take delivery of its first 787-9 later this year. Etihad Airways is one of the world’s largest customers for the 787 with a total of 71 Dreamliners on order, including 41 787-9s and 30 787-10s. The 787 will be a key part of Etihad Airways’ fleet and network expansion plans. The airline has announced that the 787-9 will be introduced on six of the airline’s routes: Dusseldorf, Germany; Doha, Qatar; Washington, D.C.; Mumbai; Brisbane, Australia andMoscow.
Etihad Airways has used the completion of its first Airbus A380 aircraft to unveil a new livery.
Keen eyed spotters had been speculating for weeks as the airline’s first superjumbo was seen being tested with strange colours on the tail.
Now, all is clear as the airline presents its ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ scheme at the Airbus Hamburg facility.
The new design uses a colour palette which reflects the varying hues of the landscape of the UAE, from the darker sands of the Liwa desert to the lighter colours seen in the Northern Emirates. The result of extensive research, the design will also be a key feature of the new cabin interiors being introduced on Etihad Airways’ Airbus A380 aircraft.
The entire Etihad Airways fleet of more than 100 aircraft, as well as those to be delivered, will be painted in the new livery during the next three years ensuring that the Facets of Abu Dhabi is seen across the world.
Iran Air is the last commercial operator of the stumpy Boeing 747SP (Special Performance) model. It has announced it will retire the type in November or December
The final day of operations will be in late November or early December, however on November 23rd and a special flight for enthusiasts is available aboard the aircraft (EP-IAC), departing from and returning to Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. The flight will include a fly past at Isfahan.
Booking can be done through Airevents.de at this link. In the meantime, the aircraft still flies between Tehran and Kuala Lumpur.
Republic Holdings and the UK’s Flybe have come to an agreement regarding orders for more Embraer aircraft to meet their fleet development needs.
Flybe has arranged to transfer 20 of its 24 outstanding Embraer 175 orders to Republic, which will use them as part of United Express. In addition to this, Republic has ordered another 30 E-175s, boosting its fleet by 50 in total.
As a reciprocal deal, Flybe will take on 24 of Republic’s fleet of Q400 turboprops on lease to allow it to replace similar examples coming to the end of lease in its current fleet.
The remaining four Flybe E-175 orders will be deferred until 2018, with the Republic Q400s arriving from March 2015.
Republic, which still holds options on another 32 E-175s, will receive the new E-Jets from the third quarter of 2015, with the final delivery slated for 2017.
KLM has announced a group of farewell flights for enthusiasts on its McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft.
The airline is the last to operate the tri-holer on passenger flights and will retire it by the end of the year. The fleet has been slowly reduced over the past year, with aircraft being sent to desert storage locations for part-out.
Many enthusiasts have been calling on the airline to offer a farewell flight as a way of saying goodbye to the MD-11; for many it will be the last chance to get a flight on board it.
KLM will fly three one-hour enthusiast flights from Amsterdam Schiphol on 11 November 2014, with all passengers receiving a commemorative book as part of their ticket cost.
Aeroflot retired its fleet of Ilyushin IL-96 aircraft earlier this year as it moves towards more modern, Western types for its widebody operations.
One of the aircraft has even been destroyed by fire since it was retired.
However, now there’s a bit of hope for those who like to see Russian planes in the skies, or those who haven’t flown on the type yet (myself included) as both Cubana and Red Wings are taking on some of the former Aeroflot IL-96s for their own operations.
Cubana uses the type on some domestic schedules, and also to places like Buenos Aires, Madrid and Paris Orly from its Havana base. It will take one ex-Aeroflot aircraft.
Red Wings is planning to use the aircraft on flights from Moscow to Simferopol in Crimea. It will take three ex-Aeroflot aircraft. I think it’ll look fantastic in their colours!