Boeing 777X officially launches with Dubai orders

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Dubai, Germany, Middle East, North America, Qatar, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 18-11-2013

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Boeing 777-8X & 777-9XBoeing has officially launched its new 777X aircraft having now received numerous orders for the type at the Dubai Air Show.

Orders for the 777X now stands at 259 examples. New orders in Dubai have come from Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, and Qatar Airways.

Representing the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar value, 777X orders and commitments include Lufthansa with 34 airplanes; Etihad Airways with 25; Qatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with 150 airplanes. The combined value of the agreements is more than $95 billion at list prices.

“We are proud to partner with each of these esteemed airlines to launch the 777X – the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jetliner in the world,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “Its ground-breaking engine technologies and all-new composite wing will deliver unsurpassed value and growth potential to our customers.”

The 777X builds on the passenger-preferred and market-leading 777, which today commands 55 percent of market share in its category in terms of backlog, and 71 percent of the in-service fleet worldwide. The 777X family includes the 777-8X and the 777-9X, both designed to respond to market needs and customer preferences.

Etihad Regional formed from stake in Darwin Airline

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Airport News, Germany, Middle East, Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 17-11-2013

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Etihad RegionalEtihad Airways has taken a 33.3% stake in Swiss carrier Darwin Airline, and will rebrand it as Etihad Regional in the hope of extending its brand coverage in Europe.

The move will come into effect in June 2014 and will see Darwin’s Saab 2000 fleet based in both Zurich and Berlin. Etihad will begin a new A330-200 link from its Abu Dhabi base to Zurich to coincide with the move, and provide onward connections through Darwin to a number of European cities.

This will naturally unlock worldwide onward connections through Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub for many new passengers in Europe.

flydubai places large 737 order

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Dubai, Middle East | Posted on 17-11-2013

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Flydubai fleetLow cost carrier flydubai has placed a large order for Boeing 737 aircraft at the Dubai Air Show.

The order includes 11 737-800s and 100 737MAX 8 variants.

“flydubai is pleased to continue its partnership with Boeing. We believe that the commitment for up to 111 Boeing 737 aircraft will give flydubai one of the best performing aircraft available in the single-aisle market,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai. “This will ensure that flydubai is well positioned to continue to set new standards in aviation and support the further economic development of the United Arab Emirates.”

Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with firm configuration of the airplane achieved in July 2013. First flight is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,600 orders to date.

Huge Etihad aircraft order at Dubai Air Show

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Dubai, Middle East | Posted on 17-11-2013

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Etihad Boeing ordersThe Dubai Air Show has gotten off to an incredible start with some historic aircraft orders.

One of most notable so far has been from Etihad Airways, which has committed to over 140 new aircraft, along with a number of options. Orders come from both Airbus and Boeing.

From Airbus, Etihad has ordered 40 A350-900s, ten A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neo’s and 10 A320neo’s.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said, “Ten years ago this month, we celebrated our inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi using an Airbus A330. As one of the first airlines set to receive the much-awaited Airbus A350-1000, we look forward to benefiting from its operational efficiencies and cost savings.”

800x600_1384524372_A350-900_EtihadFrom Boeing, the airline will take 30 787-10 Dreamliners and 25 777X. This is notable in that the 787 has now surpassed 1,000 orders, and the 777X will now officially launch due to this (and other) orders.

“Our ongoing investment in the 787 is well-founded and is apparent by the record time in which the Dreamliner family received its 1,000th order,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We are truly grateful for the continued confidence that our customers have placed in the 787 and together, we are excited about growing the product line and expanding our presence with this family of airplanes.”

Etihad now has 71 787 Dreamliners on order and is the world’s largest airline customer for the airplane.

 

 

 

New Moscow airport planned at Ramenskoye

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Eastern Europe, Russia | Posted on 17-11-2013

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Ramenskoye AirportPlans are afoot to turn the airfield at Ramenskoye, 40km south east of Moscow, into a new passenger airport which is aimed primarily at low cost airlines.

Currently Ramenskoye is used as a test facility for the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and is also home to the MAKS Airshow every second year. The airfield has one main operational runway which is of sufficient length for airliner operations.

It is planned to construct a passenger terminal capable of handling up to 400,000 passengers per year. This would later be upgraded to handle 1.5 million passengers.

A second passenger terminal would be constructed from 2017 and the first terminal expanded further. Eventually it is anticipated the airport would handle up to 10 million passengers per year.

Cargo infrastructure would also be constructed.

Wizz Air starting Craiova base

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Eastern Europe, Romania | Posted on 16-11-2013

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Wizz Air is to open its 19th base at the Romanian airport of Craiova from 23 July 2014.

It will serve the following routes from the airport: Barcelona, Bologna, Dortmund, Rome Ciampino.

And increase existing services to Bergamo and London Luton.

 

Delta planning Love Field expansion

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, North America, USA | Posted on 15-11-2013

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Delta has announced it will significantly expand its operations at Dallas Love Field.

The airline will add flights to five destinations over 18 daily flights, challenging the likes of Southwest who currently have a 95% hold at the airport.

Delta plans to add services to major hub cities from Love Field, including Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York La Guardia. It will also increase flights on its existing Atlanta route.

 

Flybe closes UK bases

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Miscellaneous Spotting, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 15-11-2013

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Flybe has announced it will close a number of its UK airport bases in a bid to restructure the company and strengthen the airline.

Bases at Aberdeen, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey and Newcastle are due to close as the airline looks to save £85m over the next few years.

Many job redundancies are expected, along with cuts in the routes the airline serves.

More British Airways A380 routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Heathrow, North America, South Africa, UK, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 12-11-2013

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British Airways A380British Airways have released details about future Airbus A380 services.

From May 2014 the airline will add a second daily A380 on its London Heathrow – Los Angeles service (delayed from April).

Then, from 26 October 2014 the superjumbo will be used on one of the daily London Heathrow – Johannesburg flights.

 

Airlines who still fly the MD-80 series

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Eastern Europe, Iran, Italy, Middle East, North America, South America, Taiwan, USA, Venezuela, Western Europe | Posted on 09-11-2013

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MD80 FATAnother aircraft I noticed that is starting to slip from the radar (SAS retired their last example last month after a long association with the type) is the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series. This stretched variant of the ubiquitous DC-9 was very popular with mainline and charter airlines from its first appearance in the 1980s.

Today only a handful of airlines are still flying the aircraft (which makes it a candidate for a future update of Last Chance to Fly!). Luckily some of these carriers are easily accessible and have the type in larger number.

I’m only looking at the older MD-80/81/82/83/87 variants here. MD-88s and -90s are a bit more common for the time being.

The main airlines still flying the aircraft are:

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The airline’s MD-80 fleet was once one of the largest in the world, and is still found in decent numbers on its domestic network. However the type is steadily being replaced by modern Boeing and Airbus aircraft, so catch one while you can!

Allegiant Air
Another of the largest operators of the type, Allegiant Air flies MD-82, -83 and -87 aircraft on leisure and low cost schedules and charters across America.

Aeropostal
The Venezuelan carrier has a number of MD-82 and -83 aircraft which it flies from its Caracas base.

Iran Air Tours
This airline flies ten MD-82s from Tehran on scheduled services. It used the aircraft to replace its older Tupolev TU-154s.

Danish Air Transport
A scheduled and charter airline flying a couple of MD-80 series aircraft from Denmark.

Meridiana MD-80Meridiana
Italy’s second-largest airline, based in Olbia, Sardinia, flies ten MD-82s, which are likely to be replaced in the near future with more modern aircraft.

Bulgarian Air Charter
This airline operates charter flights across Europe with a fleet of 13 MD-82/83 aircraft.

Far Eastern Air Transport
This troubled Taiwanese carrier recently returned to the skies and is now equipped with a fleet of eight MD-82/83 aircraft. It flies them from Taipei to destinations across the Far East.

Which airlines have you flown an MD-80 series aircraft of? When was the last time you flew one?