Vietnam Airlines becomes world’s second operator of the Airbus A350 XWB

Vietnam Airlines has become the second airline in the world to operate the all-new A350 XWB, following a special ceremony in Toulouse today. The A350-900 aircraft was delivered to global lessor AerCap on lease to the airline for operation on long haul routes and is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi tomorrow. Altogether, Vietnam Airlines is set to acquire 14 A350 XWBs, including 10 ordered from Airbus and four from lessors.

Vietnam Airlines will inaugurate commercial service with the A350 XWB later this week, initially on the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh domestic sector and then on non-stop flights from Hanoi to Paris. The aircraft is configured with a premium three class layout, with 29 seats that convert to full flat beds in Business Class, 45 seats in Premium Economy and 231 in Economy. In addition to more personal space in all classes, the aircraft features the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems throughout.

Vietnam Airlines’ new A350 XWB will join an existing Airbus fleet of 59 aircraft flying with the carrier, comprising 49 A321s and 10 A330s.

“The arrival of the A350 XWB marks the start of a major upgrade of our long haul fleet,” said Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Vietnam Airlines. “Combining the latest technologies, a wider cabin and the highest levels of comfort, the A350 XWB will enable us to fly our passengers in style whichever class of travel they choose. We are proud to be the second airline in the world to receive the A350 XWB aircraft which is a step forward that helps us to fulfil our commitment to “reach further”.”

“AerCap is pleased to be the first leasing company to take delivery of the A350 XWB directly from Airbus,” said Philip Scruggs, President & Chief Commercial Officer, AerCap. “We believe that the A350 XWB is an excellent addition to the Airbus family of aircraft. It incorporates the latest technology in both airframe and engines and will deliver important operating efficiencies to our airline customers.  We are pleased to be leasing our first A350 XWB to Vietnam Airlines, which is one of the most vibrant airlines in Asia.”

“We are proud to see Vietnam Airlines become the second airline in the world to operate the A350 XWB,” said Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO, Airbus. “We are confident that the all-new A350 XWB will enable Vietnam Airlines to consolidate its position as one of Asia’s leading international carriers, bringing its passengers the best the industry has to offer.”

“We also thank AerCap for its ongoing confidence in our products and endorsement of their long term investment value,” added Mr Brégier. “The delivery of the A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines marks a new milestone in our excellent partnership with AerCap, together offering a wide range of modern and cost-efficient fleet solutions for airlines in every market segment.”

AerCap is Airbus’ largest customer, and has ordered a cumulative total of 945 Airbus aircraft over the years. These include firm orders for a total of 20 A350 XWBs.

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 781 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 40 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever. The aircraft handed over today is the fifth A350 XWB to be delivered, following the type’s entry into commercial service with its first operator earlier this year.

Source: Airbus.

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Embraer e Boeing colaboram em testes de tecnologia no ecoDemonstrator

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A Boeing e a Embraer S.A. anunciaram hoje uma colaboração para testar tecnologias direcionadas ao meio ambiente em um esforço conjunto para melhorar o desempenho da aviação com relação a aspectos ambientais. Pelo acordo, uma aeronave da Embraer será utilizada para a realização de testes a partir de 2016 através do Programa ecoDemonstrator da Boeing. A iniciativa amplia a cooperação entre duas das maiores fabricantes de aviões do mundo.

Frederico Curado, presidente e CEO da Embraer, e Marc Allen, presidente da Boeing Internacional, assinaram um Memorando de Entendimento durante a cúpula de comércio Brasil-EUA, organizada pela Câmara do Conselho Empresarial Brasil-EUA (Cebeu) na Câmara de Comércio dos Estados Unidos. O evento ocorreu durante a visita oficial da presidenta Dilma Rousseff ao presidente Barack Obama.

A Boeing lançou o Programa ecoDemonstrator em 2011 para acelerar os testes e o emprego de novas tecnologias que podem reduzir o consumo de combustível, as emissões de carbono e o ruído. Até hoje, a empresa testou mais de 50 tecnologias com um Next-Generation 737-800, um 787 Dreamliner e, atualmente está usando um 757 no projeto. Com a plataforma ecoDemonstrator, novas tecnologias sobre impacto ambiental ainda em desenvolvimento podem ser testadas em voo e amadurecem mais rapidamente.

“A inovação é um dos principais pilares da estratégia da Embraer e temos satisfação de continuar nosso trabalho com a Boeing para apoiar o crescimento sustentável da nossa indústria no longo prazo”, disse Curado, da Embraer. “O Programa ecoDemonstrator oferece uma nova e valiosa oportunidade de colaboração entre as nossas empresas para aumentar o desenvolvimento de testes ambientais beneficiando os clientes, a nossa indústria e a sociedade. ”

“Como líderes do setor, Boeing e Embraer estão comprometidas com a inovação e o desenvolvimento de tecnologias que podem ajudar a atender as metas ambientais da aviação – e essa é a missão do Programa ecoDemonstrator”, disse Allen, da Boeing. “Ao trabalharmos juntos desta forma tão inovadora e entusiasmada, avançaremos para melhorar a eficiência da aviação e reduzir o impacto ambiental.”

A cooperação entre Boeing e Embraer no ecoDemonstrator reforça uma relação que começou em 2012, quando as fabricantes anunciaram que iriam cooperar de forma a criar valor para ambas as empresas e seus clientes. Desde então, as fabricantes têm trabalhado em várias frentes, como no programa visando o incremento da segurança de pousos e decolagens e no programa do cargueiro militar KC-390. Além disso, em 2015, a Boeing e a Embraer inauguraram um centro conjunto de pesquisa em biocombustíveis em São José dos Campos – SP, para realizar estudos com biocombustíveis e coordenar pesquisas com universidades e outras instituições brasileiras.

A Boeing tem trabalhado em parceria com fornecedores, companhias aéreas e agências governamentais em testes com modelos de ecoDemonstrator. As tecnologias testadas incluem um novo winglet e revestimentos “anti-inseto” na asa que podem melhorar a eficiência aerodinâmica, aplicativos de software que podem melhorar a eficiência em voo e novos tipos de biocombustível de aviação sustentável.

A Embraer incorpora requisitos ambientais no desenvolvimento de produtos através de seu programa de Desenvolvimento Integrado do Produto Ambientalmente Sustentável (DIPAS). Desde o início, os aviões da Embraer são projetados com ênfase na incorporação de inovações e aderindo às normas ambientais.

Fonte: Embraer.

Building momentum: Vietnam Airlines becomes second operator of the game-changing A350 XWB

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The operator base for Airbus’ new-generation A350 XWB is extending to East Asia with handover of the Xtra Wide Body jetliner to Vietnam Airlines. This aircraft will enter commercial revenue service later in the week, operated on lease from AerCap.

Today’s milestone delivery, celebrated during a ceremony at Airbus facilities adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France, makes Vietnam Airlines the world’s second A350 XWB operator after the jetliner’s introduction in January by launch customer Qatar Airways.

With the A350 XWB in its fleet, Vietnam Airlines will bring a new level of service to passengers while also benefiting from enhanced profitability and increased competitiveness in the long-haul premium sector.  Vietnam is a key growth market in Asia and is expected to continue to record much higher-than-average growth in traffic – estimated at approximately 8.4 per cent per annum over the next 20 years, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast.

A shared passion for aviation

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Vietnam Airlines’ no. 1 A350 XWB – an A350-900 version – initially will be flown on the carrier’s Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh route, and will begin long-haul services from these two Vietnamese cities to Paris, France later in the year. The airline will introduce a total of 14 A350-900s into its fleet, composed of 10 received from Airbus and the other four from lessors.

“Thank you, Airbus, for building us a great airplane with the latest innovative technologies,” said Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Vietnam Airlines’ Executive Vice President – Commercial, during the A350 XWB delivery ceremony. “Our corporate slogan is ‘Reach further,’ and with the A350 XWB, we are fully committed to providing our valued customers with a memorable flying experience that reaches new heights.”

The relationship with Vietnam dates back 20 years when Airbus aircraft became the first Western types to be operated in the country. Since then, the company’s jetliners have served as a platform for Vietnam Airlines to grow at home and abroad, and also have contributed to the Vietnamese economy’s development.  In addition to the newly-received A350 XWB, Vietnam Airlines currently operates 59 Airbus-built aircraft: 49 single-aisle A321s and 10 widebody A330s.

AerCap: the importance of aircraft lessors

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The first A350 XWB’s delivery for operation by Vietnam Airlines also puts a spotlight on the growing role of aircraft leasing companies in today’s evolving air transport industry. Among the leaders is AerCap, which is Airbus’ largest single customer – with cumulative orders for 945 jetliners.  Based in Amsterdam, AerCap serves 200 customers in approximately 90 countries and has firm orders for a total of 20 A350 XWBs.

At today’s A350 XWB delivery ceremony, AerCap President and Chief Commercial Officer Philip Scruggs highlighted Vietnam Airlines’ evolution from Russian-built aircraft to a modern fleet. “Today, Vietnam Airlines leads all of Asia as it introduces the A350,” he told the audience of invited guests and VIPs.

Making the freedom of flight even better

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The no. 1 Vietnam Airlines aircraft is a beauty inside and out.  Its streamlined exterior lines underscore many of the key A350 XWB elements that are setting new standards for aviation: the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, and fuel-saving Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines – which together deliver unrivalled levels of operating efficiency.

Adding a special touch is the Vietnam Airlines logo on the vertical tail, featuring one of the most enduring and meaningful symbols of Vietnamese culture: the Lotus flower; while the livery’s distinct gold colouring underscores this jetliner’s high quality and evokes a sense of luxury.

Leveraging smart innovation by Airbus, the A350 XWB’s cabin design adds to the pleasant aesthetics, incorporating smooth curves, flowing lines, innovative lighting and wide windows – with straighter side walls and a flat floor in the cabin further increasing overall comfort and spaciousness.

A350 XWB comfort in all three classes of service

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Configured with a premium three-class layout, Vietnam Airlines’ A350 XWB has seating for 305 passengers – with 29 Business seats that convert to full flat beds, 45 seats in Premium Economy and 231 in Economy.

In addition to more personal space in all classes, this aircraft features the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems throughout.

“The A350 is the latest member our widebody family, and the result of about a decade’s development by thousands of engineers,” Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier told invited guests at today’s delivery ceremony. “This aircraft puts Vietnam Airlines at the forefront – not only of Asia’s aviation industry — but also the world’s.  That is exactly where Vietnam Airlines belongs.”

Source: Airbus.

Expanding coast-to-coast service, Delta to offer the most seats of any airline between JFK and LAX, SFO

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Courtesy: Delta Air Lines.

For the millions of passengers who fly coast-to-coast each year, Delta Air Lines will soon offer additional and upgraded transcontinental service, cementing the airline’s leading position on two of the busiest routes in the United States.

“New York-JFK to Los Angeles and San Francisco are essential domestic markets from New York City, and Delta is committed to offering our customers a superior schedule and product on these routes,” said Gail Grimmett, Delta senior vice president-New York. “We’re excited to expand operations at our New York-JFK hub, where our nearly $2 billion investment in New York City airports has significantly benefited customers and employees over the past six years.”

As of November 2015, Delta will increase service between New York-JFK and Los Angeles International Airport from nine to 10 daily peak-day flights. Four flights will be operated with Boeing 767 widebody aircraft, which provide direct aisle access for all Delta One customers, and six flights will use Boeing 757 aircraft featuring new interior modifications that have been completely refurbished from nose to tail.

Delta will also be upgrading three of its eight daily flights between New York-JFK and San Francisco to Boeing 767 widebody aircraft, making the airline the only carrier to operate widebody service on both routes.

This network expansion, which will allow Delta to offer the most seats of any airline between New York-JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco, accompanies the airline’s other noteworthy investments both on the ground and in the air.

Delta’s new Los Angeles service complements its recent $229 million facilities investment at LAX, including a newly remodeled Delta Sky Club, a renovated Sky Priority lobby, and a brand new premium check-in experience, Delta ONE at LAX. Customers flying in Delta One enter the terminal through a dedicated curbside entrance, leading to a private check-in lounge with personalized luggage check and access to a dedicated security checkpoint.

Meanwhile, Delta customers at JFK continue to enjoy the benefits of its $1.4 billion, state-of-the-art international gateway at Terminal 4, which opened in May 2013. That expansion featured nine new and seven renovated international gates; improved and renovated check-in areas, including a dedicated Sky Priority check-in area; a centralized security checkpoint; new dining and retail offerings; a new 24,000 square-foot flagship Delta Sky Club with the first-ever Sky Deck outdoor terrace; dual taxiways for less congestion and shorter taxi times; and improved Customs and Border Protection and baggage claim facilities. In January 2015, the second phase of Terminal 4’s expansion debuted an additional 11 gates, streamlining travel for those with connecting flights at JFK and enhancing access to amenities at both terminals.

A new Delta Sky Club in San Francisco will open in August.

Once onboard, all cross-country flights between New York-JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco offer the premium cabin Delta One, with full flat-bed seats and a suite of other services, including tailored meals from Chef Michael Chiarello and wines selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. Delta Comfort+ also offers upgraded amenities like dedicated overhead space, extra legroom and premium snacks including Luvo sandwich wraps and Greek frozen yogurt bars.

Customers can also access free and paid streaming entertainment options through Delta Studio on any of Delta’s Wi-Fi-equipped domestic flights using their own portable electronic devices. Delta already operates the world’s largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet, with more than 3,500 Internet connected flights daily, including its entire fleet of 620 domestic mainline aircraft. Customers in Delta One and Delta Comfort+ receive complimentary access to premium content, while customers in the Main Cabin have access to a wide selection of complimentary entertainment.

Source: Delta Air Lines.

Air Canada adiciona Lyon e Londres-Gatwick à sua crescente rede global

Cortesia: Air Canada.

Cortesia: Air Canada.

A Air Canada expandiu ainda mais a sua extensa rede global com o anúncio de novos serviços non-stop para Lyon, na França, e para o aeroporto Gatwick, de Londres – ambos começam a ser operados no verão de 2016. As duas novas rotas vão oferecer convenientes opções para as viagens, tanto a negócios como a lazer, para a Europa.

“Prosseguindo com a estratégia de expansão internacional, a Air Canada tem o prazer de oferecer aos clientes o serviço non-stop, que vai operar durante todo o ano, entre Montreal e Lyon, localizada no coração da segunda maior área metropolitana da França. A Air Canada continua voando para Paris, aeroporto Charles de Gaulle, e esta nova rota da sua principal empresa vai aumentar ainda mais as conveniências oferecidas aos clientes que viajam para a França. Além disso, o novo voo vai fornecer o único serviço entre a América do Norte e Lyon durante todo o ano. A novidade também complementa os serviços da Air Canada rouge para o aeroporto Nice-Côte d’Azur,” disse Benjamin Smith, presidente do segmento de passageiros da Air Canada.

“O novo serviço sazonal da Air Canada rouge entre Toronto e o aeroporto Gatwick, de Londres, complementará a nossa extensiva operação para o aeroporto Heathrow, nosso maior portão de entrada fora do Canadá, com voos non-stop a partir de oito cidades canadenses. A Air Canada rouge está idealmente adaptada para atender Londres-Gatwick, com o foco nas viagens de lazer e acesso fácil ao sul de Londres. Este novo serviço também nos colocará como a única transportadora do Canadá a atender múltiplos aeroportos na região de Londres, e complementa o serviço da Air Canada rouge para Manchester e Edimburgo. As novas rotas vão oferecer convenientes horários de conexões com as nossas extensas redes doméstica, entre a fronteira com os EUA e internacional.”

James Cherry, presidente e CEO do Aéroports de Montréal disse: “Este novo serviço regular entre Montreal e Lyon, a segunda maior área urbana da França, é uma excelente notícia, que apoia a posição do aeroporto Montreal-Trudeau como um hub entre a América do Norte e a Europa, particularmente  para a Europa francófona.

Howard Eng, presidente e CEO do Greater Toronto Airports Authority disse: “Como o maior hub e portão de entrada da Air Canada, queremos dar boas-vindas ao anúncio do novo serviço da rouge a partir do aeroporto Toronto Pearson para o aeroporto Gatwick de Londres, que começa no próximo verão. Este novo voo oferecerá para os nossos passageiros ainda mais opções e conveniência no planejamento de suas agendas de viagens – e isso é uma parte importante de como estamos trabalhando para colocar os nossos passageiros em primeiro lugar. “

Os bilhetes para ambas as rotas estarão disponíveis para compra a partir de 02 de julho de 2015, e o voo entre Montreal e Lyon começa a ser operado, em até cinco vezes por semana, em 16 de junho de 2016 – a empresa vai utilizar na rota o Airbus A330-300 com 37 lugares na International Business Class, com poltronas que viram verdadeiras camas, e 228 na classe Econômica. O voo sazonal da Air Canada rouge entre Toronto e Londres-Gatwick começa em 19 de maio de 2016, e será operado em até sete vezes por semana com o Boeing 767-300ER, com 24 assentos na classe Premium rouge e 256 na rouge. Todo os voos são agendados para otimizar a conectividade através dos hubs da Air Canada em Montreal e Toronto, respectivamente.

Air Canada Montreal – Lyon:

Voo De  Para Frequência
AC828 Montreal
21:10
Lyon
10:20 (+1 dia)
Até cinco vezes por semana
AC829 Lyon
12:00
Montreal
14:00
Até cinco vezes por semana

Air Canada rouge Toronto-London-Gatwick:

Voo De Para Frequência
AC1924 Toronto
22:10
Gatwick
10:15 (+1 dia)
Até sete vezes por semana
AC1925 Gatwick
12:00
Toronto
15:00
Até sete vezes por semana

Fonte: Air Canada.

British Airways oferece aumento no parcelamento de pagamento de tickets

Cortesia: British Airways.

Cortesia: British Airways.

A British Airways anuncia um aumento na forma de pagamento de tickets pelos seus clientes. A companhia aérea passa a aceitar no Brasil o pagamento em até 10 vezes sem juros em compras realizadas por meio de agências de viagens. A companhia, que aceitava o pagamento de tickets em até cinco vezes, espera com isso ampliar o acesso dos brasileiros aos mais de 70 países em que opera no mundo.

Em 2015, a British Airways completa 30 anos de serviços no Brasil e oferece voos diários para Heathrow, em Londres, a partir de São Paulo e Rio de Janeiro em quatro diferentes cabines: World Traveller (econômica), World Traveller Plus (econômica plus), Club World (executiva) e First (primeira classe).

Fonte: British Airways.

United Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines form long-term strategic partnership

Courtesy: United Airlines.

Courtesy: United Airlines.

United Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines today announced a new strategic partnership in which United will acquire an approximate 5 percent stake in Azul, Brazil’s third-largest airline, paving the way for the carriers to cooperate on a range of customer benefits including codesharing of flights (subject to government approval), expanded connection opportunities on routes between the United States and Brazil, in addition to other points in North and South America, and joint loyalty-program participation.

Through a wholly owned subsidiary, United will invest $100 million for its economic stake in Azul, which includes one seat on Azul’s board of directors.

More Choice and Convenience

Azul serves more destinations in Brazil than any other Brazilian carrier, including more than 50 daily flights from Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport. This new partnership will offer customers more flight choices and convenient connections for travel between the United States and destinations in Brazil. In addition, the partnership will enable United and Azul to provide an improved transfer process at Guarulhos for timely connections for customers and their baggage. The airlines announced plans for United to place its code on flights in Azul’s extensive network from Guarulhos to key destinations throughout Brazil, as well as on Azul’s flights to Florida; Azul plans to place its code on United routes throughout North America and the Caribbean, pending government approval.

“Brazil is an important market in United’s global route network and this partnership with Azul further strengthens our ties to the region,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “Together we will offer our mutual customers more choice and convenience when traveling to and from destinations across Brazil.”

“This will be great for customers,” said David Neeleman, founder and CEO of Azul. “Through this partnership, Brazilians will have access to destinations in United’s worldwide route network, while U.S. customers will be able to fly conveniently to famous destinations in Brazil such as Belo Horizonte, Iguazu Falls and the Amazon.”

Enhanced Loyalty Program Benefits

As a result of the partnership, United and Azul will expand their frequent flyer loyalty agreement.

MileagePlus and TudoAzul members will have reciprocal benefits to earn and redeem miles systemwide on both airlines. “It is important to highlight that customers will be able to use their TudoAzul points to fly to any destination served by United worldwide,” said David Neeleman.

As their partnership grows, the carriers will work to expand the offerings for loyalty program members.

Barclays served as exclusive financial advisor to United.

United In Brazil

United began serving Brazil in 1992, with flights to both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The airline currently operates five daily flights to Brazil from its Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington/Dulles hubs.

Source: United Airlines.