Lufthansa A350-900 successfully takes off on maiden flight

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The latest Lufthansa fleet aircraft has completed its maiden flight to Munich around three weeks before delivery. The Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 took off on its first flight in Toulouse but without passengers. An international Airbus crew tested the on-board systems and the behavior of the aircraft during all flight stages.

The Lufthansa Group will receive the first of ten A350-900 on 19 December 2016 and will start its scheduled service between Munich and Delhi on 10 February 2017. The world’s most modern long-range aircraft is an investment into the future: It reduces emissions by 25 percent and is significantly quieter during take-off than comparable aircraft types.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Austrian Airlines: Airbus A320 OE-LBZ took off on maiden flight to Bucharest

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines - Hannes Winter.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines – Hannes Winter.

The Airbus A320 with the registration number OE-LBZ took off punctually today (November 28th, 2016) at 7:15 a.m. local time on its first flight OS 789 from Vienna to Bucharest. The aircraft named “Obertauern” offers sufficient space to seat 168 passengers. The medium-haul jet with the Star Alliance livery will be primarily deployed for bilateral flight traffic between Austria and Germany.

In addition to upgrading the fleet by integrating almost new Embraer aircraft to replace its Fokker jets, Austrian Airlines is also adding two Airbus A320 aircraft to expand its fleet. At the end of October the first of the two A320 with the registration number OE-LBY departed from Vienna on its initial flight, followed today by the jet with the designator OE-LBZ. On balance, a total of 31 aircraft of the A320 family are now being operated by Austrian Airlines: seven Airbus A319, 18 A320 and six A321.

Source: Austrian Airlines.

LA’s hottest new Club: Chic, contemporary United Club unveiled at LAX

Courtesy: United Airlines.

Courtesy: United Airlines.

Cue the velvet ropes and flashbulbs: today (November 28th, 2016) United Airlines unveiled its newest United Club, the jewel in the airline’s $573 million project to refresh nearly all of its customer-facing spaces in Terminal 7 and Concourse 8 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Chic, Contemporary United Club at LAX. People sitting chairs with planes outside glass windows.

At more than 20,000 square feet, the LAX United Club is one of the airline’s largest and most stylish. The location features a gourmet kitchen and bar offering expanded food and beverage options, seating areas conducive to working and lounging and spectacular views of the airport, the Hollywood Hills and the Los Angles skyline. The design also takes advantage of the city’s gorgeous year-round weather, with a spacious and scenic outdoor terrace where customers can relax with a cocktail or a meal alfresco.

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Courtesy: United Airlines.

“When you think of Los Angeles, you think of glamour and sophistication, and this new United Club certainly reflects that,” said Julia Haywood, the airline’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “LAX is a key piece of our global route network, and we’re incredibly proud that it will house one of our finest United Clubs. Aesthetically, it’s unlike any other, with panoramic views of the city and an outdoor terrace. These unique amenities – along with fresh food, wine menus, craft cocktails and, most importantly, exceptional service and hospitality for our customers – will elevate the entire experience to something that will truly impress and delight visitors.”

United’s terminal redevelopment initiative at LAX promises to deliver a superior and reimagined experience to the travelers at LAX, one of the airline’s premier West Coast hubs and a key domestic and international gateway. Over the past several months, United has opened a new economy lobby, new baggage claim areas and, in cooperation with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), installed a new security checkpoint complete with five state-of-the-art automated screening lanes to modernize the airport security experience for the airline’s customers.

Source: United Airlines.

Bombardier delivers first CS300 aircraft to airBaltic

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Courtesy: airBaltic

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today (November 28th, 2016) announced the delivery of the first CS300 aircraft to launch operator Air Baltic Corporation AS (airBaltic), the flag carrier of Latvia. The CS300 is the larger variant of Bombardier’s all new C Series aircraft, which is designed to carry between 130 and 150 passengers. The handover to airBaltic comes just five months after the successful entry into service of the CS100 variant of the C Series.

“We are thrilled to be taking home the first CS300 aircraft – the newest member of the most innovative and technologically advanced family of airliners in the world,” said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer, airBaltic. “With its longer range capabilities, lower fuel burn and reduced noise emissions compared to other airliners in its segment, the CS300 aircraft will enable airBaltic to open new routes and connect people all across Europe, while offering passengers an unparalleled in-flight experience.

“I would like to congratulate the entire Bombardier team; we are proud to collaborate with you on this great achievement,” added Mr. Gauss.

“We congratulate airBaltic, the first airline in the world to operate the CS300 aircraft, for its forward-thinking vision. We thank them for their partnership and long-standing support and wish them continued success” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Wherever the C Series aircraft takes to the skies, it will be an ambassador for Bombardier and a symbol of Canadian innovation and achievement as the most technologically advanced aircraft for the 100- to 150-seat market segment.”

“The delivery of the first CS300 aircraft is a major milestone and is the culmination of dedicated hard work and collaboration by thousands of employees, partners and suppliers. I congratulate the entire team for their commitment to the C Series aircraft program and for their perseverance in making this day possible,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

”It is with pride that I acknowledge this significant, symbolic delivery, which once again confirms Québec’s judicious decision to act as Bombardier’s partner in the development and the industrialization of C Series aircraft. Indeed, Bombardier, which contributes $8.5 billion to Québec’s gross domestic product, equivalent to 2% of the province’s economy, is not only a key stakeholder in the Québec aerospace industry but is also generating substantial spinoff for the Québec economy overall,” Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy Dominique Anglade noted.

The maiden commercial flight of airBaltic’s first CS300 aircraft, which will take passengers from Riga to Amsterdam, is scheduled for December 14, 2016.

Source: Bombardier.

First Airbus A350-1000 successfully completes first flight

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The first of three A350-1000 development aircraft to fly – MSN059 – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 15.00hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted four hours and 18 minutes.

The crew in the cockpit on board this flight comprised: Hugues van der Stichel, Experimental Test Pilot; Frank Chapman, Experimental Test Pilot and Gérard Maisonneuve, Test-Flight Engineer. Furthermore, monitoring all the test parameters at the Flight-Test-Instrumentation (FTI) station behind the cockpit were: Patrick du Ché, Head of Flight & Integration Tests; Emanuele Costanzo, Head of A350 Development Flight Tests; and Stéphane Vaux, Flight-Test Engineer.

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Powered by Rolls-Royce’s new Trent XWB-97 engines, the aircraft traversed south-western France, during which the crew explored the aircraft’s handling and flight envelope. The aircraft was accompanied by a chase plane to observe and film the various manoeuvres. Its progress was monitored by experts on the ground in real-time via a direct telemetry link.

Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier said: “We have seen today the world’s most modern and efficient passenger aircraft – the A350-1000 – in action for the very first time, adding soon to the successful A350 Family. My congratulations and thanks go to all the teams who have contributed to make today’s flight happen.” He added: “We are equally pleased that many customers have witnessed this important milestone today together with us – here from our headquarters in Toulouse.”

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Benefitting from the experience of the original A350-900 test campaign (accomplished in 2014), the A350-1000’s development programme will be shorter – under one year for the three aircraft. MSN059’s duties for performance testing will include exploration of the flight envelope, handling qualities, loads and braking. The second aircraft to fly, MSN071, will also be tasked with performance evaluation, which will encompass braking, powerplant, systems and autopilot. The third and final aircraft to fly – MSN065 – will be equipped with a cabin and will evaluate the cabin and air systems. MSN065 will also perform the “early long flights” and route-proving. The overall campaign will culminate in the type’s certification followed by its entry into airline service in the second half of 2017 with first operator Qatar Airways – the largest A350-1000 customer to date with 37 on order.

The A350-1000 is the latest member of the Airbus leading widebody family, together with the A330neo, offering unprecedented levels of operating efficiency, low noise and true long-range capability. As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900, the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. The A350-1000 embodies all of the fuel efficiency and ‘Airspace’ cabin comfort of the original A350-900 – but with extra size perfectly tailored for our customers on some of their busiest long-haul routes. To date 11 customers from five continents have placed orders for a total of 195 A350-1000s.

Source: Airbus.

Lufthansa: Welcome to the Airbus A350-900

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Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

On 19 December 2016, the Lufthansa Group will receive its first A350-900, which is the most modern long haul aircraft worldwide and which will be based at Lufthansa’s Munich Hub. The first regular commercial flight will be from Munich to Delhi on 10 February 2017. Tickets are available now. “We are looking forward to welcoming our first A350-900 shortly before Christmas. And already in February, our passengers will be able to enjoy a higher level of comfort on their flights to Delhi as we have now made further improvements to key components of the A350-900’s cabin interior. This includes, among other things, a newly designed self-service area in Business Class, new seats with ergonomically designed cushions in Economy Class, larger screens in all classes and improved broadband internet services”, says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of the Munich Hub.

Once Lufthansa has taken ownership of the aircraft on 19 December, the A350-900 will be transferred to Munich during the week leading up to Christmas. Lufthansa Technik in Munich will then install the cabin interior including the new Premium Economy Class as well as other features so that the new flagship aircraft will be ready to be presented to the public at the beginning of February.

From February 2017 onwards, Lufthansa will station the first ten Airbus A350-900 aircrafts in Munich. The first flight destinations are Delhi and Boston. The aircraft will have space for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in the regular Economy Class section. The A350-900 is the most modern and environmentally friendly long haul aircraft worldwide and uses 25 percent less kerosene and produces 25 percent fewer emissions. The A350-900’s noise “footprint” is up to 50 percent lower than that of comparable aircraft types.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Peach Aviation orders 10 A320neo and three A320ceo

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Japan’s Peach Aviation has signed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 10 A320neo and three A320ceo.  The order was announced at a signing ceremony in Tokyo today, attended by Shinichi Inoue, Managing Director and CEO, Peach Aviation and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

The newly-ordered aircraft will join an existing A320 Family fleet at Peach currently comprising   18 A320ceo and another two on order. With the addition of the A320neo, the airline will become the first low cost carrier (LCC) in Japan to operate the latest member of the popular A320 Family.

“Our A320 fleet is growing as our route network expands, not only in the domestic market but also to various Asian cities,” said Shinichi Inoue.  “By introducing the A320neo to our fleet we will enhance even further our profitability while continuing to offer our passengers greater comfort with 18-inch wide seats.”  We believe that the A320neo will strengthen our position in the competitive Japanese aviation market.”

“We are pleased that Peach Aviation has placed this additional order for the A320 Family,” said Fabrice Brégier. “This further strengthens the position of the A320 Family as the preferred choice of airlines in the low cost sector in Japan. We are honoured by the confidence Peach Aviation has once again placed in our products and are sure that the A320 Family will contribute to the airline’s ongoing success as it expands in the domestic and regional markets.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line. To date, the Family has won about 12,800 orders and more than 7,250 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide.

The A320neo Family incorporates the latest engines and aerodynamic enhancements, delivering more than 15 percent in fuel savings per seat. These features have seen the A320neo Family capture a market share of over 60 per cent in its category, with about 4,800 orders received since its launch in 2010 from 88 customers, including Peach Aviation.

Featuring the widest cabin in the single aisle market, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes with 18” wide seats in Economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320, and A321), the A320 Family seats from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covering the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

Source: Airbus.