Finnair has received a new Airbus A321 aircraft, registration OH-LZG, which is the first example in the world to be equipped with Sharklets.
The aircraft will eventually replace Finnair’s existing fleet of 757s, making it an all Airbus operator.
Finnair will take delivery of a total of five Sharklet equipped A321s. It currently operates an Airbus fleet of 40 aircraft (25 A320 family aircraft and 15 A330s/A340s).
Ville Iho, Finnair Chief Operating Officer, said “We are extremely proud to receive the world’s first A321 equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices. This new aircraft will fit perfectly into our fleet and will contribute to optimizing our operating costs, whilst also reducing our environmental footprint.”
A bit of a different video for the ‘Best of the Web’ section this week, but since British Airways have always been good to Airport Spotting Blog and supported what we do, we thought we’d bring you their new TV advert which shows off their smart new Boeing 787-8 aircraft and onboard service. Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Abigail Comber, British Airways head of marketing, said: “Our new TV advert shows the work that goes on behind the scenes, in order to get 100,000 people in the air every day. The research gave us a real appreciation for every single person that makes flying a seamless process. From the tug driver to the ramp agent, from NATS air traffic control to our chefs – there’s more people than you realise, that get you from A to Z.”
Scoot is the long-haul low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines. It recently celebrated its first anniversary, having launched operations between Singapore and Sydney on 4th June 2012.
The airline flies Boeing 777-200 aircraft in a bright yellow colour scheme. The airline recently added Seoul, South Korea, to its network. So where can you catch a Scoot aircraft? They currently fly to the following destinations (all from Singapore Changi):
Gold Coast, Australia
Seoul, South Korea
Tokyo Narita, Japan
Have you flown with Scoot? How do they compare to other low cost carriers in Asia?
This had slipped my attention until I read about it on George Hamlin’s excellent Observation Deck blog, but it turns out Helsinki Vantaa Airport in Finland has opened a new viewing area for spotters to watch aircraft movements.
The ‘Scenic Terrace’ actually replaces the older terrace which had closed down. It reopened in April 2013 and sits atop a building next to Terminal 2, giving elevated views over the aircraft parking ramps and of the two main runways.
The terrace is open from 7am to 10pm daily, but make sure you wrap up warm in the winter months! It is free to enter, and there are vending machines for snacks.
UT Air has signed two lease agreements with VEB-leasing to bring a number of new Russian-made regional jets to its fleet.
One of the agreements is to finance six of the Sukhoi SSJ100 LR aircraft ordered by the carrier. The delivery of the single-class cabin aircraft seating 103 passengers will begin in 2014.
The second agreement is to lease ten of the UAC made MS-21-300 aircraft which are still in development, with aircraft delivery starting in 2018 and to be completed in 2020. The Irkut Corporation will also provide services for placing aircraft into service.
These announcements were made at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013 at Zhukovsky.