A new spotting hotel has emerged at Jakarta Airport and is receiving favourable reviews from spotters who have visited.
The FM7 Resort Hotel is situated close to the end of Runway 25R, and one of the main benefits is the proximity of aircraft approaching this runway, which can be photographed quite easily.
Although the hotel is only two stories high, rooms on the top floor can be found that have good views and are not too obstructed by the surrounding trees. Some rooms also have views across to runway 25L, but SBS is necessary to identify them as they disappear behind the buildings.
The owner of the hotel is aware of the needs of plane spotters and welcomes the trade this brings. A rooftop bar is being constructed which has views of both sides of the airport, although through glass.
The hotel is in a less than ideal neighbourhood, but once inside is quite luxurious and serves good food. It also provides a free shuttle to the airport. Here’s a map of the hotel’s location.
Visit the FM7 Hotel’s webpage here: http://fm7hotel.com/
If you have visited, leave a comment below and tell us about your experience.
China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, registered B-2099.
The new airplane is the first of 10 777-300ERs China Southern has on order with Boeing.
“The 777-300ER’s long-haul capability is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing long-range markets more efficiently and open new routes in the future,” said Zhang Zifang, Chief Operating Officer, China Southern Airlines. “The 777-300ER will support the development of Guangzhou as our main international hub and will be a vital part of our ‘Canton Route’ services.”
China Southern plans to operate its first 777-300ER on its new North America routes, where it will be able to directly connect passengers in the southern region of China to the eastern coast of the United States.
Scoot, the low-cost spin-off of Singapore Airlines, has announced some of the routes it plans to operated its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners on.
As Scoot works towards replacing its entire Boeing-777 fleet, the new Dreamliners — the first of which is expected to arrive in November — will help the airline save more than 20 per cent in fuel per seat, Chief Executive Campbell Wilson said.
“We certainly intend to pass some, if not most, of the savings to our consumers as, clearly, lower air fares stimulate more people to travel … At the very least, the fares will not increase; more likely they will come down,” he added.
Scoot announced in October 2012 it had agreed to acquire 20 Boeing 787s.
Initial routes will be from Singapore Changi to Taipei, Japan, and Australia.
ATR have had a good Singapore Airshow, with a number of significant orders for their ATR 72-600 regional turboprop announced.
Bangkok Airways have placed an order for eight aircraft (six firm and two options). The airline has been operating ATR aircraft for two decades and currently operates a fleet of eight ATR 72-500s. The first new ATR 72-600s will be delivered later this year, allowing Bangkok Airways to start renewing its fleet and to offer all the new comfort and cabin features of the ATR-600s to its customers.
Secondly, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) announced they have purchased 40 ATR 72-600s (20 firm and 20 options) to add to its leasing business. This is the first time DAE has ventured into regional aircraft, and expects high interest from customers around the world for the type. Khalifa AlDaboos, Managing Director of DAE, declared: “ATRs are today operated by some 190 carriers all over the world, and this is clearly providing us with many potential opportunities to place this new fleet of regional aircraft”
Asiana Airlines have announced that their first Airbus A380 route will be to Los Angeles International.
The South Korean airline will receive their first two A380s this summer, and begin services between Seoul Incheon and Los Angeles on 30th July.
Prior to being introduced on the Los Angeles route, Asiana plans to temporarily utilize the A380s on short and medium haul international destinations like Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Hong Kong and Bangkok from June
The new aircraft will consist of a total of 495 seats–12 First Class, 66 Business Class, and 417 Travel Class seats. Asiana specifically designed this new aircraft to enhance seat efficiency and to meet the demands of each class.
Hunnu Air – Wings of Mongolia, will begin twice-weekly flights from Ulaan Bataar to Paris Charles de Gaulle from 9th June.
Flights are initially scheduled to operate with Airbus A319 equipment, which will likely need to make a technical stop en-route. However, the airline is due to receive its first Airbus A330 later in the year, which will likely be used instead.
The flight will operate on Mondays and Fridays, arriving in Paris at 1300.
Picture (c) Hunnu Air
Thai Airways International have started loading their Boeing 787 flight schedules into the system according to Airlineroute.net.
It looks like the airline will operate their new Dreamliners initially on the following routes:
Bangkok to Perth
Daily, from 1st July
Bangkok to Tokyo Haneda
Daily from 1st August
As always you can keep up-to-date on the routes airlines are planning to operate their 787s to on our 787 Routes page.
In a move that is likely to see airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines reviewing their operations to India, the government there has agreed to lift a ban on Airbus A380 flights to the country.
The ban was put in place to protect national carrier Air India from predatory carriers stealing passengers and market share to the country. It was also in part because of a lack of infrastructure to handle the huge superjumbo.
Now, however, A380s will be allowed to fly to the country’s four biggest airports: Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
Both Emirates and Singapore Airlines have now said they will review their operations to India with a view to introducing A380 services. Lufthansa, which currently operates Boeing 747-8s to India said it would also not rule out the possibility of flying its A380s to the country.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 25-01-2014
Following on from the previous report we made about the end of ANA All Nippon Airways Boeing 747 operations, details have now been announced of the date and routes to be flown by the final aircraft.
The final ANA 747 flights will take place on 31st March 2014. The final route will be Tokyo Haneda to Okinawa and back.
The aircraft will leave Haneda at 0840, arriving back at 1500, marking the end of decades of operation of the type with the airline.
HK Express, formerly Hong Kong Express, has revealed its new logo and aircraft livery.
The airline, which flies Airbus A320s, has turned itself into a low cost carrier (LCC) operating from Hong Kong to a number of destinations. Its latest route will link Seoul in South Korea from 30th March.
The airline hopes to have 11 A320s flying by the end of the year. They will wear the smart new livery seen here.
Mr. Andrew Cowen, Deputy CEO of HK Express explained, “The new logo and livery design will be rolled out across all of our branding towards the end of March. We wanted to establish a new brand for HK Express to reflect and support the amazing transition that HK Express has undergone in the past year, and the fresh, youthful and dynamic sense that the new design inspires fits perfectly with our ethos as Hong Kong’s one-and-only low fare airline. We look forward to the adventure continuing in 2014 and beyond!”