Theme Week: Brazil World Cup special airline liveries

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News | Posted on 16-06-2014

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This week on AirportSpotting we’re starting a new theme to coincide with the World Cup. We’ll be looking at all aspects of aviation in Brazil, from the airlines to the airports and all the great things to see.

In today’s post, we look at some of the special airline liveries and logos that have been applied for the 2014 World Cup.

Gol

PR-GUO (grafitti) now is the official airplane to carry Brazilian Team in World Cup It was painted by "Os Gemeos" (the twins) (c) Eduardo Teodoro

PR-GUO (grafitti) now is the official airplane to carry Brazilian Team
in World Cup It was painted by “Os Gemeos” (the twins) (c) Eduardo Teodoro

PR-GUM was used by Brazilian Team in the Cup of Confederation (c) Eduardo Teodoro

PR-GUM was used by Brazilian
Team in the Cup of Confederation (c) Eduardo Teodoro

Qantas

Qantas have painted Boeing 747-400 with a large football and goal, and football boots applied to the kangaroo logo on the tail. Photo (c) Lee Gatland

Qantas have painted Boeing 747-400 with a large football and goal, and football boots applied to the kangaroo logo on the tail. Photo (c) Lee Gatland

Danish Air Transport

This DAT MD-80, OY-RUE, carries Coca-Cola/FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour scheme (c) Eduardo Teodoro

This DAT MD-80, OY-RUE, carries Coca-Cola/FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour scheme (c) Eduardo Teodoro

JAL Japan Air Lines

JAL 777 World Cup

JAL have got into the spirit of things with these stickers on 777-200 JA8985 (c) Hajime Suzuki

 

Aerolineas Argentinas

Bringing the Argentinian team over the border is 737-700 LV-CSI

Bringing the Argentinian team over the border is 737-700 LV-CSI (c) Aerolineas Argentinas

Brussels Airlines

Belgium's Red Devils scheme has been painted on an A319, and this A330 OO-SFO

Belgium’s Red Devils scheme has been painted on an A319, and this A330 OO-SFO (c) Brussels Airlines

Lufthansa

Lufthansa becomes 'Fanhansa' for the World Cup. A number of its aircraft have had the titles applied.

Lufthansa becomes ‘Fanhansa’ for the World Cup. A number of its aircraft have had the titles applied. (c) Lufthansa

Theme Week: Aviation in Brazil

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Brazil, Miscellaneous Spotting, South America | Posted on 15-06-2014

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BrazilThemeWeek

Brazil is a huge country, and it has been investing in its aviation network over recent years.

Brazil has mentioned plans to build as many as 800 airports to cope with the vast distances involved in reaching some parts of the country. With a population of 198 million and many airports bursting at the seams, this isn’t such a crazy idea.

Whilst the days of the big Brazilian airlines VARIG and VASP are long gone, new airlines such as TAM and Gol are thriving, and many international airlines focus a lot of attention on the country.

Chris the Redeemer in Rio de JaneiroFor enthusiasts, most of the big airports have observation decks which can be used to log and photograph airliners, and it is generally accepted that people enjoy doing this.

There are also a number of good spotting hotels to help with the hobby.

So over the coming week we’ll post a number of articles on topics such as:

Special World Cup airline schemes
Brazil’s Airlines and Airports Overview
Spotting at Sao Paulo’s airports
Preserved Airliners in Brazil
Spotting at Rio de Janeiro

Batik Air first A320 revealed

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Indonesia | Posted on 13-06-2014

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A320 Batik Air

Batik Air’s first Airbus A320 aircraft has been revealed in Toulouse.

With the airline’s colourful livery, the aircraft will be delivered in Q3 2014 and will be operated by Lion Group’s full service unit Batik Air on its growing domestic and regional network. 

The aircraft is the first from a major order placed by the Lion Group in March 2013 for a total of 234 A320 Family aircraft (109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo).

5 new airlines in Africa

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Ghana, Libya, Nigeria, South Africa | Posted on 06-06-2014

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A lot of new airlines are starting up in Africa at the moment. Here are five to look out for…

 

Libyan Wings

Libyan Wings, based at Tripoli, is due to take delivery of two Airbus A319s later this year on lease. The airline is expecting to start flying by September, offering scheduled services. It has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to order Airbus A320neo and A350-900 aircraft.

Discovery Air

Discovery Air of Nigeria has already taken delivery of a couple of Boeing 737-300s and indents to launch flights this month, once its Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority certification is granted. The airline hopes to fly from both Abuja and Lagos to Port Harcourt Omagwa.

FlyAfrica

flyafrica.com is a new Zimbabwean carrier looking to break the monopoly of Air Zimbabwe. It has gained its Air Operators Certificate and hopes to start flying this month. It has sourced five ex-CSA Boeing 737-500s, and will operate from Harare to Bulawayo, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls.

Air Azman

Air Azman of Nigeria has recently been granted its Air Operator’s Certificate and now operates two Boeing 737-300s which were formerly flown by bmibaby. It plans flights across Africa from Kano, Abuja and Lagos, as well as to Dubai.

GoldStar Airlines

Goldstar Airlines is another new airline from Ghana. It hopes to begin services to China, the UK and USA, as well as offering flights to Brazil during the World Cup. Although flight times are available on the airline’s website, there are no aircraft or start dates available yet.

 

Arik Air coming to Dubai

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Dubai, Middle East, Nigeria | Posted on 05-06-2014

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Arik Air

Nigeria’s Arik Air will commence flights to Dubai from 28 July using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Outbound flights will depart from Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS), Lagos at 1905 (local time) arriving at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV), Abuja at 2020 (local time). The flight will then continue on to Dubai, departing Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV), Abuja at 2150 (local time) finally arriving at Dubai International Airport (DXB), Dubai Terminal 1 at 0720 (local time).

The inbound flight will depart Dubai at 1030 (local time) and arrives in Abuja at 1430 (local time). The flight continues on to Lagos, leaving Abuja at 1600 (local time) and arriving in Lagos at 1715 (local time).

Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Arik Air’s Global Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“This is another exciting moment for us all at Arik Air, not only launching a new international destination, but becoming the first airline to link the capital Abuja to Dubai. The importance of Dubai as the Middle East’s commercial capital makes it imperative for Arik Air to connect the city with Lagos which is a Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Transaero to operate Boeing 747 on domestic routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Eastern Europe, Russia | Posted on 04-06-2014

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Transaero Boeing 747-400

Transaero Airlines will begin flights from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Vladivostok and Khabarovsk using Boeing 747-400 aircraft. This move is aimed at meeting the increasing demand during the summer season 2014.

Flights began to Vladivostok on 21 May, with other routes coming online in June and July.

Transaero is the only operator of passenger Boeing 747-400 aircraft in Eastern Europe, the CIS and Russia. These aircraft operate flights on the most popular leisure and scheduled routes from Moscow to numerous destinations in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. In summer season 2014, Boeing 747-400 aircraft will operate from Saint Petersburg to Greece, Cyprus, Tunisia and Turkey.

Heathrow Terminal 2 Opens

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Airport Spotting Guide, Heathrow, Spotting News, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 04-06-2014

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The first flight arrives at Heathrow's new Terminal 2

The first flight arrives at Heathrow’s new Terminal 2

London Heathrow Airport‘s Terminal 2 has opened to passengers this morning.

The first flight, arriving from Chicago O’Hare at 6am, was operated by United Airlines, who will be the only airline to use the terminal initially. Shortly, however, other Star Alliance carriers will also transfer their operations from other Heathrow terminals, along with Aer Lingus and Virgin Atlantic Little Red.

The £2.5 billion terminal replaces the original Terminal 2 and Queens Building, which was the first of the central terminals at Heathrow. The new one is much more spacious and has a greater capacity for passengers and aircraft. It features a huge sculpture.

It also has 28 gates, eight A380 piers, 33 shops and 17 restaurants.

What Terminal 2 is like for enthusiasts is not known yet, but we’d love to hear from you if you’re passing through or visiting in the coming days. Are there any views before security? Do the departure lounges have large windows?

You can find out more about spotting at Heathrow here.

Delta orders 15 Airbus A321s

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, USA | Posted on 02-06-2014

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Delta Airbus A321

Delta has placed an order for 15 Airbus A321 aircraft, which will be a new type to the airline. (Edit: this is a top-up from their previous order for A321s).

The aircraft are the current engine option (ceo) model, and are scheduled for delivery from 2018. They will be used to offset aircraft retirements at the time (likely McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and Boeing 757 aircraft).

Delta currently operates a large fleet of Airbus aircraft, including 126 A320 Family aircraft and 32 A330s. The order announced today brings Delta’s backlog to 45 single-aisle Airbus A321 and 10 widebody Airbus A330 aircraft.

Many of Delta’s A321s will be delivered from Airbus’ brand-new A320 Family assembly line, currently under construction in Mobile, Alabama.

AeroLap Paraguay planning Madrid service

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, South America, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 02-06-2014

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AeroLap Paraguay 767-300 (c) AeroLap

Startup airline AeroLap Paraguay are planning to start a new service from Asuncion to Madrid Barajas according to latest reports.

The airline is investing $180 million in starting operations using a Boeing 767-300, N254MY.

It is hoped that scheduled service to Madrid will begin in December.

First HondaJet executive aircraft nearing completion

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, Spotting News, USA | Posted on 28-05-2014

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HondaJet

The first HondaJet executive aircraft is approaching the end of construction at the company’s plant in North Carolina, reports Motoring.com.au.

The aircraft, known as the HA-420, is aimed at the growing biz jet market. It is a twin-jet T-tail design which it is hoped will begin deliveries to customers next year.

“Honda Aircraft Company’s most important goals are achieving Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification and delivering the first customer aircraft,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Our total effort is focused on reaching these much anticipated milestones in the first quarter of 2015.”

The first aircraft will undergo ground tests soon, and will be followed by eight more test examples as part of the certification process.