First A350 delivered to Vietnam Airlines

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Vietnam | Posted on 30-06-2015

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Today the first Airbus A350XWB for Vietnam Airlines was delivered to the carrier from the manufacturer’s Toulouse plant.

The aircraft is on lease from AerCap, and is registered VN-A886.

Today’s milestone delivery makes Vietnam Airlines the world’s second A350 XWB operator after the jetliner’s introduction in January by launch customer Qatar Airways.

The airline will initially operate their A350s on crew familiarisation flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi from 5th July, before it commences international duties to Paris and Seoul after the summer.

 

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Remember to check out our Airbus A350 Routes Page for up-to-date information on who flies the aircraft and on which routes.

Norwegian adding US – Caribbean flights

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Caribbean, North America, USA | Posted on 26-06-2015

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Norwegian will introduce flights from the USA to Caribbean destinations this winter, expanding its Boeing 737 services away from Europe for the first time.

The airline, which offers Europe – USA long haul flights using its 787 Dreamliners, will now add flights from Boston Logan, New York JFK and Baltimore/Washington to Guadeloupe and Martinique.

All of the flights will be flown by Boeing 737-800 aircraft using its European crews.

Flights commence on 3 December, and make use of Open Skies treaties because of the French ownership of the two Caribbean islands.

Norwegian has stated that this will make good use of the slower Winter schedule in Europe, where carriers such as Ryanair often park aircraft for extended periods.

Paris Air Show Aircraft Orders Summary 2015

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting | Posted on 23-06-2015

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This year’s 2015 Paris Air Show was a great success for the various aircraft manufacturers, and was well attended.

Here’s a summary of the airliner orders each of the main manufacturers received this year.

Airbus

Air Lease Corporation 1x A350-900
1x A321ceo
3x A320ceo
Alpha Star 1x ACJ319neo
Asian Airline 60x A320neo family
Eva Air 4x A330-300
Garuda Indonesia 30x A350XWB (LOI)
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) 60x A320neo family
Korean Air 50x A321neo (30 + 20 options)
Peach Aviation 3x A320ceo
Saudia 20x A330-300 regional
30x A320ceo
Synergy Aerospace 62x A320neo family
VietJetAir 6x A321ceo
Wizz Air 110x A321neo

ATR

Air Madagascar 3x ATR 72-600
Air New Zealand 1x ATR 72-600
Bahamasair 3x ATR 42-600
2x ATR 72-600
Binter Canarias 6x ATR 72-600
Braathens Aviation 15x ATR 72-600 (5 + 10 options)
Cebu Pacific 26x ATR 72-600 (16 + 10 options)
Japan Air Commuter 23x ATR 42-600 (8 +15 options)

Boeing

AerCap 100x 737 MAX 8,
Air Lease Corporation 8x 787-10 (for Vietnam Airlines, converted from 787-9)
Ethiopian Airlines 10x 787-8 (terrible teens)
Enter Air 2x 737-800
2x 737 MAX 8
Eva Air 5x 777 freighter
Garuda Indonesia 30x 737 MAX 8
30x 787-9
Korean Air 50x 737 MAX (30 +20 options)
2x 777-300ER
Minsheng Financial Leasing 30x 737/737 MAX
Qatar Airways 10x 777-8X
4x 777 freighter
Ruili Airlines 30x 737 MAX 8
SMBC Aviation Capital 10x 737 MAX 8
Sriwijaya Air 2x 737-900ER
Undisclosed 1x 737BBJ MAX 9
Volga-Dnepr Group 20x 747-8F (MoU)

Bombardier

Swiss 10x CS100 converted to CS300
Westjet Encore 6x Q400

Embraer

Air Castle 15x E190-E2 (+15 purchase right)
10x E195-E2 (+10 purchase rights)
Guizhou 17x E190 (7 + 10 options)
Skywest 8x E175 (confirmed options)
United Airlines 28x E175 (10 + 18 options)

Others

Yakutia 3x Sukhoi SSJ100
Ping An Leasing 50x Comac C919
Puren Airlines 7x Comac C919
7x ARJ21
Reignwood Aviation Group 50 Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter

Korean Air Airbus Order

3D imagery, 737 MAX, MAX, 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX8, 737 MAX 9; Enter Air; K66407

3D imagery, 737 MAX, MAX, 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX8, 737 MAX 9; Enter Air; K66407

 

Transaero Tiger 747 logojet revealed

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Russia | Posted on 23-06-2015

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Transaero Airlines has painted one of its Boeing 747-400s in a striking tiger motif to promote the Amur Tiger Centre and promote the environmental and conservation issues surrounding rare species.

The Amur tiger has been chosen to symbolize the project as these subspecies rank among the biggest living cats and the most endangered big cats in the world. According to the surveys of 2015, the population of Amur tigers in Russia has stabilized to reach 510-540 individuals, and started to  increase sustainably. In the coming decade, the fate of Amur tigers and the wildlife in general will depend in significant part upon concerted actions by the international community.

The aircraft which has been painted is EI-XLN, which can be found on high density domestic and international routes from Moscow.

Tunisair’s first Airbus A330 delivered

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Tunisia | Posted on 12-06-2015

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Tunisair has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-200 airliner.

Named “Tunis”, the wide-body aircraft flew out from Toulouse and landed at Tunis-Carthage Airport in the evening, thus joining the airline’s existing fleet of Airbus aircraft comprising four A319s and seventeen A320s.

“I am extremely happy to welcome the A330-200 to our fleet, its unique profitability and unrivalled operating costs will allow us to develop our operations and win new market shares, thus supporting our country’s growth in the areas of tourism and economic development,” said Sara Rejeb, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tunisair, during this ceremony held at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse.

The aircraft is registered TF-IFM.

First Swiss CSeries painted

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting News | Posted on 10-06-2015

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Ahead of its appearance at the Paris Air Salon, the first Bombardier CSeries aircraft has been painted in the colours of a customer airline.

The aircraft, CS100 C-GWXZ, now wears the full colours of Swiss European Airlines.

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Alitalia unveils its new livery

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Italy, Miscellaneous Spotting, Western Europe | Posted on 04-06-2015

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It doesn’t seem long since Alitalia started painting its aircraft in the new livery we see today, but at a ceremony in Rome today, Airbus A330-200 I-EJGA was unveiled in a brand new corporate scheme.

The new scheme is clearly based on the Alitalia livery we all know well from the 1980s and 90s, but goes for a much more conservative look without the cheatline.

James Hogan, vice chairman of Alitalia and president and CEO of Etihad Airways, said: “The old Alitalia was a great brand but a challenged business. Now we are well on the way to seeing the rebirth of this iconic airline, in a new era of commercial success.

“The steps taken by Alitalia’s senior management team over the last five months are to be applauded. What we see here today is a business growing in confidence. The future is bright for the new Alitalia.”

“The new livery presented today marks a major milestone in the history of one of the most iconic Italian brands in the world,” added Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, chairman of Alitalia.

Some may consider this to be too much towards the ‘eurowhite’ which has plagued so many other European carriers, where the fuselage is devoid of any interesting scheme and simply painted white. But Alitalia may have been smart here, after so many criticised the placing of the cheatline below the windows on the previous livery.

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What do you think?

Two special Singapore Airlines A380 schemes celebrate anniversary

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Singapore | Posted on 03-06-2015

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Singapore Airlines is painting two of its Airbus A380 aircraft in special colour schemes to celebrate the nation’s Golden Jubilee.

The first aircraft with the commemorative livery will take to the skies in early June and the second in July. The A380s will be in the livery until the end of 2015, with the aircraft serving Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Sydney and Zurich routes.

The A380 is the world’s largest aircraft and the special livery features a 10m-tall and 47m-long Singapore flag-themed design on both sides of the fuselage. On the two inboard engines is the official SG50 logo.

The special livery is one of many initiatives by Singapore Airlines to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday.

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For customers, Singapore Airlines has launched special promotions to encourage both overseas Singaporeans and visitors to travel to Singapore for the SG50 celebrations.

Transaero Airlines new livery appears

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Russia | Posted on 22-05-2015

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Transaero Airlines new livery

Transaero Airlines has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737-800, seen here, which is in the airline’s new livery.

The aircraft, registered EI-RUR, features high speed internet and mobile phone connectivity.

The airline plans to use this new livery and corporate identity for all new aircraft joining the airline’s fleet.  This will be the first step in enhancing Transaero’s corporate identity that has remained unchanged for more than two decades and has received wide recognition both in Russia and abroad following the active development of Transaero Airlines and strengthening of its position in the international transportation market.

 

Virgin plans Boeing 747 retirement

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Heathrow, North America, UK, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 18-05-2015

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Virgin Atlantic has penciled in the retirement of its Boeing 747 fleet.

Unless further changes occur, the final flight will be VS006 from Miami to London Heathrow on 17 April, 2016, arriving on 18 April at 1130am.

This will be a significant moment for the airline, which began services using a Boeing 747-200B in 1984 and has never been without the jumbo ever since. However, today the airline has a growing number of modern types such as the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787, and is still due to receive Airbus A380 superjumbos at some point (they have been deferred by the airline).

So now’s the chance to get a Virgin 747 flight booked if you haven’t yet!