Star Alliance officially opens new lounge at Sao Paulo – Guarulhos Airport Terminal 3

Courtesy: Star Alliance.

Courtesy: Star Alliance.

Star Alliance officially opened its new Lounge at São Paulo – Guarulhos Airport, Terminal 3 last Friday. About 1,350 square metres in size, the lounge can accommodate up to 295 guests and is open daily from 12.00 noon to 03.00 in the morning. Access is granted to passengers travelling on Star Alliance member airlines from Guarulhos in First or Business Class or holding Star Alliance Gold Status. The lounge is located on the mezzanine level, overlooking the atrium and the airport apron beyond, and can easily be reached by escalators or elevators.

In line with the new Star Alliance lounge concept (already implemented in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and Paris), local touches and flavours have been combined with global branding elements. This has allowed for the creation of a very Brazilian look and feel, reflecting the strong artesian heritage of the country, by the São Paulo based architects Indio da Costa A.U.D.T. Studio. The use of wood, rope, natural fibres and typical ceramic finishing bring cosiness to a sophisticated interior and provides a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere to customers. Some of the country’s most talented designers used mainly native Brazilian materials to create specially handcrafted furniture. This gives the lounge a unique ambiance, with the various seating areas divided into a variety of different sections, each with their own appeal.
The lounge was developed and is operated by In Flight Solutions Brasil on behalf of Star Alliance.

Courtesy: Star Alliance.

Courtesy: Star Alliance.

For those wishing to work, free wi-fi access is provided throughout the lounge, with convenient power and USB outlets available. A dedicated business centre and free wi-fi printing is also provided.

Complimentary hot and cold refreshments can be taken from a well-equipped café area. The bar area and two further coffee stations provide additional drinks.

A selection of local and international newspapers and magazines is available as well as televisions showing international news and sports channels.

For those wishing to freshen up, four fully equipped shower suites are available in addition to the standard restroom facilities. Flight information displays ensure that customers are kept informed on the status of their flights.

12 Star Alliance member carriers offer on average 44 daily flights to and from Guarulhos Airport, connecting to 22 destinations in 16 countries. This makes Guarulhos the Alliance’s most international operation in Latin America.

Courtesy: Star Alliance.

Courtesy: Star Alliance.

Air Canada, Air China, Lufthansa, SWISS, South African Airways*, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, TAP and United all operate from Terminal 3, Avianca will remain in Terminal 1 and Copa Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to operate from Terminal 2, where third party lounges will be available for eligible customers.

Globally, Star Alliance First Class and Business Class passengers as well as Star Alliance Gold Card holders have access to more than 1,000 lounges.

*SAA will move into T3 as of August 2nd, 2014

Source: Star Alliance.

Iberia launches flights to Stuttgart and Hanover

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Courtesy: Iberia.

The Iberia Group is to add two new German destinations to its European flight network. Starting on the 26th of October, the Spanish airline will fly from Madrid to Stuttgart and Hanover, with four and three weekly flights, respectively. At Iberia’s hub in Madrid, passengers can connect with another 32 Spanish destinations, Lisbon and Oporto in Portugal, 11 African cities, 16 destinations in Latin America, and three U.S. cities.

The flights from Stuttgart to Madrid will depart from Madrid on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 15:50 h. The return flight from Echterdingen airport in Stuttgart will be at 19:10 h.

From Madrid to Hanover, Iberia will fly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:25 h., and on Saturdays at 15:50 h. The return flight to the Spanish capital will depart from Hannover at 16:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the Saturday flight at 19:10

Iberia is undergoing a total transformation to become more efficient, and competitive, as well as to improve its customer service. Apart from the new routes to Stuttgart and Hanover, the company has recently announced plans to launch services to Stockholm, Istanbul, Athens, Amsterdam, Santo Domingo, and Montevideo. A new brand image, productivity improvements, new aircraft, and new cabin interiors on long-haul aircraft are also transforming the company, which has been setting new punctuality records –in June Iberia was ranked by FlightStats as the world’s most punctual airline. It has been near the top in the ratings for the past year.

Iberia Group airlines now operate 268 flights a week between Spain to Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich. Iberia Express, part of the Iberia Group, will operate the Stuttgart and Hanover routes.

Source: Iberia.

Boeing Delivers ANA’s First 787-9 Dreamliner

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Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner.

ANA will become the world’s first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 services on domestic Japanese routes in August.

“The 787 Dreamliner is a key element in our growth strategy and we are proud to be the first airline to fly both models of the 787 family,” said Osamu Shinobe, ANA president and CEO. “The new 787-9 will build on the exceptional efficiency of the 787-8 and will allow us to meet growing demand that is anticipated ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Our customers have expressed their pleasure with the comfort of the 787′s innovative cabin features and we are excited to introduce the new 787 variant into our fleet.”

With this delivery, ANA will have 29 787s in its fleet, more than any other operator in the world.

“This milestone delivery adds yet another chapter in our long and successful relationship with ANA,” said John Wojick, senior vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “ANA continues to demonstrate the market-leading efficiency and comfort of the 787 family.”

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

ANA has 29 more 787-9s on order with commitments for 14 more. Sixty customers from around the world have ordered more than 1,000 787s, with more than 160 currently in operation.

Source: Boeing.

Airbus A350 XWB arrives in Hong Kong for the first time ever

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The world’s newest, most modern and efficient aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, landed for the very first time at Hong International Airport (HKAI) earlier today.

The aircraft, MSN 005, is one of five A350 prototypes used to perform comprehensive flight test and development trials. The aircraft has to fly a representative airline schedule, demonstrating its maturity for airline operations. This route proving exercise is the last of the trials required for Type Certification, which is expected in September this year. The aircraft will be operated by Airbus flight crews.

For its visit to Asia, the A350 MSN 005 arrived directly in Hong-Kong from Toulouse, France and will carry out crucial hot and humid tests similar to normal airline operations in the region. The aircraft will perform a series of high frequency flights between Hong-Kong and Singapore over three days before departing back to Toulouse on Thursday 31st July.

Airbus A350 will then depart to Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday, 2nd August. The A350’s World Tour began on July 24th and involves a series of tests on four different trips. It will visit 14 airports around the world and will end on August 13th

Source: Airbus.

Airbus A350-900 makes first visit to Lufthansa in Frankfurt

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Today, for the first time, and planned for 7 p.m., the new Airbus A350-900 will visit the largest Lufthansa hub in Frankfurt. The visit is part of Airbus’ official approval procedure that the machine, arriving in Frankfurt from Iqaluit in Canada and bearing the production number MSN005, is involved in.

During this phase known as route proving, Lufthansa and Airbus will test all relevant processes and procedures with their system partners in order to make sustainable optimisations to the entire process chain, from arrival and handling through to departure. The focus here is on adjusting all the workflows to Lufthansa standards. On Saturday, 26 July, the aircraft will then leave Frankfurt for Toulouse. Departure is expected to take place at 2 p.m.

The A350-900, which will be delivered to Lufthansa from 2016, opens up a whole new dimension of aircraft for Lufthansa: the airframe consists of 53 per cent composite materials that are combined with titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. The proportion of modern materials used in its structure is therefore more than 70 per cent. The fuselage, based on lighter carbon-fibre composite materials (CFRP), contributes greatly to the lower fuel consumption. Robust systems with the latest technology also help to reduce MRO costs.

‘Greater fuel efficiency, lower CO2 emissions and less noise: there’s a lot to be said for the A350-900, of which we will receive 25. With this, we are taking another step towards an efficient and modern fleet’, said Kay Kratky, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board – Operations and Hub Frankfurt, of the expected landing of the aircraft in Frankfurt. ‘As the quiet A350-900s will be delivered to Lufthansa from as early as 2016, this is also good news for those living in close proximity to airports’, Kratky continued.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

The state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines and an aerodynamic design reduce emissions to well below current statutory limits. The noise footprint of the new models will be at least 30 per cent lower than similar-sized aircraft today.

The Airbus A350-900 will fly more efficiently than any other type of aircraft, based on kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometres. The new aircraft will consume an average of just 2.9 litres of kerosene per passenger and 100 kilometres flown, depending on the cabin design. This is around 25 per cent less than aircraft available today and will have an equally positive impact on the Company’s carbon footprint.

Good news for Lufthansa passengers: customer comfort will be noticeably improved. The A350-900 stands out for its particularly quiet and comfortable cabin, which is made possible by new insulation methods and materials, as well as the cabin design.

This investment in new technology, efficiency and customer comfort is a continuation of the ongoing fleet modernisation at the airlines in the Lufthansa Group. Following the aircraft orders already placed in March and September of last year, the Group currently has a total of 261 brand-new aircraft on order with a list value of EUR 32bn. These are to be delivered by 2025, including the 25 Airbus A350-900s with a list value of EUR 5bn.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Hawaiian Airlines to order six A330-800neo aircraft

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Hawaiian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for six A330-800neo aircraft. The agreement adds yet another name to the growing list of launch customers for the new aircraft type. The new commitment replaces a previous order placed by Hawaiian for six A350-800s.

“The A330-800neo’s fuel efficiency, additional range and commonality with our existing A330 fleet makes the A330-800neo an elegant solution to our need for growth aircraft toward the end of this decade,” said Mark Dunkerley, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

“Hawaiian Airlines has long recognized the value of innovation and today’s commitment is yet more evidence of that forward-thinking mindset,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A330-800neo will serve the Hawaiian network well as the airline continues to expand in Asia and grow its capacity in mature markets. The aircraft will provide unbeatable value in a very large and important segment of the widebody market.”

Hawaiian Airlines currently operates a fleet of 18 A330-200 aircraft, with additional orders for 16 A321neo aircraft on backlog.

The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family launched last week at the Farnborough Air Show. First deliveries are scheduled to start in Q4 2017. The A330neo incorporates latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduced fuel consumption by 14 percent per seat, making it the most cost-efficient, medium-range Widebody aircraft on the market. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and of course all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family.

Source: Airbus.

Airbus A350 XWB embarca na fase final de certificação

“Versão em Português / The English version is after the Portuguese version.”

Cortesia: Airbus.

Cortesia: Airbus.

O mais novo avião do mundo, o Airbus A350-900, decolou nesta manhã (24) para a fase final de certificação. Os Testes de Rotas, que são desenvolvidos para demonstrar que o avião está pronto para ser operado por companhias aéreas, incluirão desempenho em aeroporto de grande altitude, ensaios de autoaterrissagem, turnaround e serviços de manuseio em aeroportos. O itinerário da turnê mundial do A350 inclui 14 grandes aeroportos, uma rota via Polo Norte e alguns voos terão passageiros a bordo.

A turnê mundial usando a aeronave de teste A350 MSN5 faz parte da campanha de testes de certificação. O avião (MSN5) é um dos cinco aviões da frota de testes e um dos dois com a cabine totalmente funcional (42 assentos na classe executiva e 223 na econômica). Os voos com o A350 serão operados por tripulações de voo da Airbus, com participação de pilotos da Airworthiness Authority da Agência Europeia de Segurança na Aviação (EASA).

Os testes são parte dos últimos ensaios exigidos para a Certificação de Tipo de aeronave, programada para o terceiro trimestre deste ano. A entrega do primeiro avião, para a Qatar Airways, acontecerá até o final do ano.

Cortesia: Airbus.

Cortesia: Airbus.

A turnê de testes, com duração de três semanas e com quatro viagens, começará em Toulouse, na França. A primeira rota inclui destinos como Canadá, via Polo Norte, e Frankfurt. A segunda será para a Ásia – o mercado de aviação de crescimento mais rápido do mundo, e inclui visitas a Hong Kong e Cingapura. A terceira levará a aeronave para Johanesburgo e Sydney. Da cidade australiana, a aeronave voará para Auckland, seguida por Santiago e São Paulo antes de retornar a Toulouse. Na quarta e última viagem, o A350 partirá de Toulouse para Doha, seguirá para Perth e voltará para Doha. De lá, voará para Moscou e Helsinki, de onde retornará para Toulouse.

Atualmente, cinco aeronaves A350 de desenvolvimento estão voando e ativamente envolvidas no intensivo programa de testes, que já realizou mais de 540 voos e 2.250 horas de voo.

O A350 XWB é a mais recente adição à linha de produtos widebody líder de mercado da Airbus, que oferece a seus clientes 25% de redução no consumo de combustível. A novíssima Família A350 XWB, de médio porte e longo alcance, é formada por três versões de 276 a 369 assentos. O A350 tem fuselagem e asas em fibra de carbono e define novos padrões em termos de experiência dos passageiros, eficiência operacional e eficácia de custo. No final de junho de 2014, o A350 XWB já registrava 742 pedidos de 38 clientes em todo o mundo.

Cortesia: Airbus.

Cortesia: Airbus.

Viagem 1: Toulouse – Iqaluit – Frankfurt – Toulouse 

Viagem 2: Toulouse – Hong Kong – Cingapura – Hong-Kong – Toulouse (Hong Kong a Cingapura várias vezes)

Viagem 3: Toulouse – Johanesburgo – Sydney - Auckland – Santiago – São Paulo – Toulouse

Viagem 4: Toulouse – Doha – Perth – Doha – Moscou – Helsinki – Toulouse

Fonte: Airbus.


The Airbus A350 XWB embarks on final certification phase

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350-900, has taken off this morning for the final stage towards certification. These Route Proving tests are designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations and will include high airfield performance, auto-landing trials, and airport turnaround and handling services. Some flights will have passengers on board. The A350 world tour itinerary includes 14 major airports worldwide and one route via the North Pole.

The world tour using A350 MSN5 test aircraft forms part of the route proving for certification campaign. The aircraft (MSN5) is one of the fleet of five test aircraft and one of two with a fully functional cabin (42 business class and 223 economy class seats). The A350 flights will be operated by Airbus flight crews with the participation of Airworthiness Authority pilots from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The tests form part of the last trials required for aircraft Type Certification scheduled for Q3 this year. The first airline delivery, to Qatar Airways, will follow towards the end of the year.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The three week trial (four trips) starts in Toulouse, France. Trip one, includes destinations such as Canada via the north-pole and Frankfurt. Trip two to Asia, the world’s fastest growing aviation market, includes visits to Hong Kong and Singapore. The third trip brings the aircraft to Johannesburg and to Sydney. From Sydney it will fly to Auckland, followed by Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo before returning to Toulouse.  On the fourth and final trip, the A350 will depart from Toulouse to Doha, then onto Perth and back to Doha. From Doha it will fly to Moscow, then to Helsinki from where it will fly back to Toulouse.

Today five development A350s are flying and are actively involved in the intensive flight test programme, which has already reached over 540 flights and 2,250 flight hours.

The A350 XWB is the latest addition to the market-leading Airbus Widebody product line. Offering its customers a 25% reduction in fuel-burn, the all-new mid-size long-range A350 XWB Family comprises three versions from 276 to 369 seats. The A350 has carbon fibre fuselage and wings and sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. At the end of June 2014, the A350 XWB had won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Trip one: Toulouse – Iqaluit – Frankfurt – Toulouse

Trip two: Toulouse – Hong-Kong – Singapore – Hong-Kong – Toulouse (Hong-Kong to Singapore several times)

Trip three: Toulouse – Johannesburg – Sydney – Auckland – Santiago de Chile – Sao Paulo – Toulouse

Trip four: Toulouse – Doha – Perth – Doha – Moscow – Helsinki – Toulouse

Source: Airbus.