A320neo Family sets new standards with 20% reduced fuel burn

The A320neo Family is reaching new heights, with increased fuel burn savings per seat further improved to 20% across the entire family by 2020. The 20% fuel burn saving is achieved through Airbus’ latest cabin innovations reinforced by further engine efficiency improvements.

“The A320neo Family keeps getting better as we are continuously innovating both in cabin productivity and engine efficiency to stay ahead of the game,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “The NEO will deliver a 15% fuel burn savings from day one in 2015 and we will go up to 20% by 2020, ensuring the A320 maintains its position as the leading next generation single-aisle aircraft family.”

Without compromising best in class passenger comfort, Airbus is offering airlines the option of higher seat counts enabled through latest cabin innovations. These include new generation slim line seats, Airbus’ Space-Flex rear lavatory & galley arrangements and Airbus Smart-Lav which together optimize the efficient use of the cabin floor space. The authorities will recertify the A320 family with increased seats limit by end 2014.

The A320neo (new engine option) incorporates cabin innovations, new generation engines and Sharklets (large wing tip devices) which together deliver 20 percent in fuel savings per seat by 2020.

To date, firm orders for the NEO reached 3257 aircraft from 60 customers, representing a 60 per cent market share in its category.

Source: Airbus.

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More than 100 new online travel guides to Lufthansa destinations

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With Lufthansa, the passenger’s journey begins even before the flight. The airline wants to enhance its passengers’ stay at all its destinations and has recently published a digital travel guide to more than 100 Lufthansa destinations at LH.com/travelguide. Passengers have now the possibility to inform themselves about their destination even prior to travel. These destinations range from A for Aberdeen to Z for Zurich, from New York to Shanghai. And by the end of this year, there will be a travel guide to every one of Lufthansa’s 200 current destinations. Passengers can use the travel guides online for free, both on a computer at home and on mobile devices when travelling. All the recommendations, tips and articles are available in German and English, and have been specially researched by our travel editors.

The Lufthansa Travel Guide offers all the important aspects of a classic guidebook, in addition to the topicality and interactive features of an online format. A brief overview sketches a portrait of each city. The first look around is quickly and easily planned with the help of an interactive map and a list of the top 10 attractions. Another big advantage over print versions is the topicality of the online guide: the events calendar, and the restaurant and club listings are always right up to date. This information is supplemented by reports, city tours and multimedia content, such as video clips. Then there are individual recommendations from Lufthansa crew members, who present their favorite locations in the ‘Crew Tip’ section.

Useful details about the local airport and the rest of the country help to plan the trip. Users can search for friends on Facebook who have already visited the destination and can also share the travel guide with them. Another firm fixture is the ‘door-to-door planner’, a detailed itinerary that combines the flight connections and more than 600 other transport options of different providers (train, car, public transport) to describe the journey from your own front door to global destinations in minute detail, available under LH.com/door-to-door.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Tripulação da Lufthansa decola em trajes típicos da Bavária e vai visitar estande da companhia na ABAV na próxima sexta-feira, dia 26

Cortesia: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Na semana em que será aberta a Oktoberfest em Munique, na Alemanha, membros de uma tripulação selecionada da Lufthansa, em trajes populares tradicionais da região da Baviera, decolarão para vários destinos em todo o mundo.  A tripulação de bordo de doze mulheres e dois homens partiu de Munique para Beijing na última segunda-feira (15/09)  à noite no voo LH 722. Outros voos da Lufthansa com tripulações especiais Oktoberfest a bordo, partirão para São Paulo em 24 de setembro e para a Cidade do México em 4 de outubro.  Os tripulantes devidamente paramentados são esperados na 42ª ABAV – Expo Internacional de Turismo, no estande da Lufthansa (F71) a partir das 14h.

Pela primeira vez, a tripulação da Lufthansa, em seus trajes tradicionais da Baviera, também vai decolar de Munique em voos especiais na Europa. Para marcar o início e o final da Oktoberfest de Munique, uma tripulação da Lufthansa City Line também trocará seu uniforme pelas ‘dirndls’ (saias franzidas). Estes vôos vão sair de Munique para Lyon e Copenhagen em 20 de setembro e para Zagreb e Bremen em 21 de setembro. Em 5 de outubro, a tripulação com sua vestimenta tradicional voará de Munique a Zadar (Croácia) e Genebra.

O traje popular da equipe de atendimento ao cliente da Lufthansa, no Aeroporto de Munique tem, neste ano, um novo design. Durante a Oktoberfest, a equipe do aeroporto também poderá usar o novo traje popular em lugar dos uniformes da Lufthansa. Mais informações em www.lufthansa.com.

Fonte: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa adota procedimento modificado de decolagem em toda Alemanha

Deutsche Lufthansa Airbus A380 em Frankfurt.

Nos últimos 12 meses, desde agosto de 2013, a Lufthansa tem conduzido testes de emissões de ruído produzidos pelo procedimento de aceleração de 1000 pés. No novo procedimento, a aeronave que deixa a pista oeste do Aeroporto de Frankfurt reduziu de 1500 pés (aprox. 457 metros) para 1000 pés (aprox. 305 metros) a altitude para aceleração e empuxo adicionais onde era permitido pelas restrições locais na trajetória de decolagem.

Durante a maior medição mundial sobre o ruído na decolagem, as estações de medida registraram mais de 70 mil decolagens da Lufthansa. O que representa mais de metade de todas as decolagens da empresa em Frankfurt, um dos principais hubs (centros de distribuição da companhia aérea na Alemanha). Os dados foram analisados pelo Fórum Flughafen e a região local, que não pode observar mudanças significativas nas emissões de ruídos como resultado do procedimento modificado de decolagem.

As medições confirmam os cálculos detalhados de um estudo científico já realizado pela Lufthansa, TU Berlin e o Centro Aeroespacial da Alemanha. Tomando-o como base o estudo anterior, a Lufthansa decidiu agora lançar este procedimento modificado de decolagem em todo o país, para implementar este padrão global em âmbito global. Durante anos, muitas companhias aéreas tem utilizado este procedimento de decolagem, tornando-o uma prática comum na maioria dos aeroportos alemães e internacionais, devido à redução significativa relevante no consumo de combustível e nas emissões de carbono.

A mudança na altitude de aceleração para 1000 pés obedeceu aos padrões estabelecidos pela Organização da Aviação Civil Internacional (ICAO).Há  algum tempo, a Lufthansa já havia obtido a permissão da Autoridade Federal da Aviação da Alemanha e do Ministério Federal do Transporte e Infraestrutura Digital (BMVI) para modificar seu procedimento.

Afinal, o que significa a aceleração de 1000 pés?

Depois que uma aeronave decola da pista, geralmente sobe a uma velocidade constante com os flapes baixados até atingir determinada altitude. Geralmente nesta fase as aeronaves modernas não utilizam o empuxo máximo disponível, substituindo-o por um nível reduzido do empuxo de decolagem. Quando a aeronave atinge a altitude inicial de referência, o empuxo dos motores é modificado para empuxo de subida. À medida que a aeronave continua a operação de decolagem, ela precisa acelerar para permitir a retração dos flapes e subida até a altitude de cruzeiro em velocidade maior. A altitude em que se inicia o aumento na velocidade é chamada altitude de aceleração.

Ao mudar estas duas altitudes a resistência do vento diminui quando os flapes são recolhidos, reduzindo assim o consumo de combustível. A Lufthansa acredita que a mudança no procedimento – considerando apenas a Alemanha – economizaria em torno de 3.000 toneladas de combustível por ano. O que significaria uma redução de cerca de 10.000 toneladas em emissões de CO2. Em termos mundiais, os benefícios para o meio ambiente seriam, naturalmente, muito superiores, aproximadamente 6 mil toneladas a menos de querosene e cerca de 19 mil toneladas menos de CO2. Mais informações em www.lufthansa.com.

Fonte: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Recycled cooking oil powers Finnair flight to New York

Courtesy: Finnair.

Courtesy: Finnair.

Finnair will operate its flight from Helsinki to New York on 23 September with an Airbus A330 using environmentally sustainable biofuel, coinciding with the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on the same day. As a leader in the sustainable development of commercial aviation, the airline believes strongly in proactive measures to manage environmental performance.

Most of an airline’s environmental impact arises from aircraft emissions during flight, and switching to a more sustainable fuel source can reduce net CO2 emissions by between 50 and 80 per cent. The biofuel mixture powering the flight to New York, provided by SkyNRG Nordic – a joint venture between SkyNRG and Statoil Aviation – is partly manufactured from cooking oil recycled from restaurants, an example of a biofuel alternative to ordinary jet fuel that significantly reduces net greenhouse gas emissions while also being sustainable in its own right. Finnair and its partners insist on the cultivation of biofuel sources that neither compete with food production nor damage biodiversity.

Aviation biofuel is a proven and exhaustively tested technology – Finnair first flew with biofuel in 2011 – but at more than twice the price of conventionally produced jet fuel, it is not yet economically viable for any airline to operate with exclusively. This demonstration flight is made possible thanks in part to cooperation with Airbus and SkyNRG Nordic.

“The UN Climate Summit is an important gathering to fight climate change, and we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the climate benefits of more widespread adoption of environmentally sustainable biofuels in aviation,” says Finnair’s Vice President of Sustainable Development Kati Ihamäki. “Finnair is committed to working further with industry partners and government bodies alike to help develop the biofuel supply chain and bring down the cost of sustainable biofuel for everyday use.”

“As air traffic contributes 2 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions, it is very important to have this trial with the use of biofuels,” says Finland’s Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto. “If the price of oil rises and biofuels become cheaper, there will hopefully be a day when we’ll be able to replace at least some of the fossil fuels with fuels made of renewable and waste material. I’m happy that Finnair is showing leadership in this development.”

“Finnair is a long-standing Airbus customer of almost 30 years and I am particularly proud to be collaborating with the airline for this commercial flight,” says Andrea Debbané, Airbus Vice President of Environmental Affairs. “ Airbus and Finnair share the aviation industry’s ambitions to reach carbon neutral growth by combining the most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft with optimised Air Traffic Management and operational procedures, while also pushing for the commercial use of affordable sustainable jet fuels.”

“This flight is a warm up for a large offensive from our side with our partners Statoil Aviation, Neste Oil and many others to accelerate the local supply and production of sustainable and affordable jet fuel for the Nordic countries,” says SkyNRG CEO Dirk Kronemeijer. “With common effort – including crucial support from governments – and united purpose, we can realize a sustainable and long term future for aviation.”

Along with its partners Finnair is also currently investigating the possibility of establishing a biofuel hub at Helsinki Airport. Finnair is active as well in the Nordic Initiative for Sustainable Aviation, a group of airlines, airport operators, manufacturers and government ministries working to accelerate the development of sustainable biofuel for aviation in the Nordic countries.

About Finnair

Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than nine million passengers annually and connecting 15 cities in Asia with more than 60 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, will be the European launch customer of the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past five years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world’s leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.

Source: Finnair.

IAG converts eight A330-200 options into firm orders

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Courtesy: Airbus.

IAG has decided to convert eight A330-200 options, previously announced, into firm orders for Spain’s flag carrier Iberia, which will become a new operator of the A330-200.  The aircraft will be delivered from the end 2015 and will be equipped with GE CF6 engines. Iberia’s all Airbus fleet already includes eight A330-300s.

“We are just delighted that Iberia has reconfirmed its confidence in the A330, and are extremely pleased to welcome them as a new operator of the A330-200 benefiting from the enhanced performance that the new 242 tonne version brings, while continuing to deliver the family synergies of an all Airbus fleet,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

Iberia today operates an all Airbus fleet, including 13 A319, 12 A320, 18 A321, 8 A330-300, 8 A340-300 and 17 A340-600. On 1st August 2014, the new A330s were announced alongside an order for eight Airbus A350-900 aircraft. In total they will replace 16 A340 family aircraft in Iberia’s long-haul fleet. The airline flies to more than a 100 destinations in 38 countries.

The A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, has now attracted more than 1,300 orders, with over 1,000 aircraft flying with more than 100 operators worldwide. The A330 is one of the world’s most efficient aircraft with best in class operating economics, averaging dispatch reliability well above 99 percent.

Source: Airbus.

Qatar Airways unveils “Join the Club” Facebook contest for FC Barcelona fans

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Courtesy: Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways is celebrating its global partnership with football giants FC Barcelona with a brand new social media competition, “Join the Club”, giving its fans on Facebook an opportunity to win a number of exciting prizes.

To participate, fans simply need to like Qatar Airways’ official Facebook page www.facebook.com/qatarairways, sign up and invite a maximum of 10 friends to join the contest.

The contest which runs until 7th October, 2014, will enable the grand prize winner to receive return tickets onboard Qatar Airways to Barcelona, watch a FC Barcelona match at Camp Nou, and receive an official FC Barcelona football shirt signed by the players. The name of the lucky winner will be announced on 15th October, 2014.

Qatar Airways is also hosting this contest on its official website qatarairways.com/jointheclub. Entrants can also participate from their mobile devices, and share it with their friends on Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said that with an ever-growing audience on social media, the airline is keen to engage with passionate football and FC Barcelona fans worldwide who wish to experience the live action at Camp Nou.

Qatar Airways has a robust social media presence and has reached over 5 million fans – the airline is currently in second position on Facebook for the most “Liked” global airline.

Launched on Facebook in April 2011, Qatar Airways has achieved remarkable fan growth, due to a wide variety of promotions including fan engagement, exclusive airfares, and the airline’s sponsorship of the world’s most popular football club, FC Barcelona.

“Fundamental to our FCB social media promotions is the opportunity for the fans of Qatar Airways and FC Barcelona to interact directly with us online. We are very proud of our partnership with FC Barcelona and we are always looking for innovative ways to engage with the fans of the club,” said Mr. Al Baker.

Qatar Airways entered into a strategic three-year partnership with FC Barcelona in July 2013 that sees the airline’s brand name appear on the FCB team shirts from the start of the 2013/14 season.

The airline currently operates 10 weekly non-stop flights from Doha to Barcelona with great connections from points across the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 136 aircraft to 144 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Source: Qatar Airways.