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