Boeing, Malaysia Airlines announce order for up to 50 737 MAX airplanes

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and Malaysia Airlines Berhad (Malaysia Airlines) announced today an order for 25 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at $2.75 billion dollars at current list prices. The order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, also includes purchase rights for additional 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 airplanes.

“This deal is a game-changer for Malaysia Airlines with much lower costs and greater efficiency which we will pass on to our loyal customers with lower fares,” said Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew. “With the 737 MAX’s longer range capabilities, we will be able to connect our passengers to more destinations, in greater comfort and with superior economics.”

The Malaysian national carrier has operated almost every derivative of the 737 airplane family and took delivery of its 100th 737 in December 2014. Malaysia Airlines currently operates 56 737-800s.

“The 737 MAX will continue the superior operating economics and reliability of the 737 that Malaysia Airlines has depended on for more than 40 years,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are honored to continue our long partnership with Malaysia Airlines and welcome them to the growing 737 MAX family.”

“Malaysia Airlines is now on a path to growth across the Asean region,” said Bellew. “This new aircraft order will set the stage for our continued recovery and success into the next decade.”

The 737 MAX will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class – 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor. The new single-aisle airplane incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

Source: Boeing.

Galeão-Tom Jobim International Airport implements Rockwell Collins airport operations solutions

Courtesy: RIOgaleão.

Courtesy: RIOgaleão.

Athletes, officials and fans traveling to the 2016 Summer Games via Rio de Janeiro’s main airport, Galeão-Tom Jobim International Airport, will enjoy an improved travel experience when they arrive.  The airport recently implemented a number of Rockwell Collins airport operational solutions to better handle the influx of passengers and aircraft arriving for the 2016 games.

 “The Galeão Airport is the gateway to our country, and it’s important that we provide the best possible experience for travelers attending one of the world’s premier sporting events,” said Herlichy Bastos, operations director at RIOgaleão. “The ARINC airport systems allow us to more effectively manage airline ground activities—from the moment a plane lands on the runway until it takes off again. Optimizing our airport infrastructure is enabling us to handle more planes and manage more airlines more effectively.”

The Rockwell Collins solutions are part of a $2 billion program focused on renovating and expanding the airport prior to the start of the games.  The airport has implemented several key systems to improve airport operations, alleviating aircraft congestion at gates and improving on-time departure and arrival rates. Other key improvements include a new digital signage system that keeps passengers informed and moving through the airport.

“Beyond the games, RIOgaleão has ambitious growth plans, with a goal of operating at a capacity of 37.5 million passengers per year—a significant increase from its current capacity,” said Augusto de Macedo Santos, head of sales, Latin America. “Brazil is a rapidly growing market and this marks yet another key milestone in our commitment to invest and grow our business in the country.”

Rockwell Collins’ airport systems management organization, ARINC Managed Services, is responsible for the on-site maintenance and support of all the systems.

ARINC airport solutions being deployed at RIOgaleão include:

  • ARINC AirDB™
  • ARINC AirVue™
  • ARINC AirPlan
  • ARINC VeriPax™
  • ARINC AviNet® Airport

Source: Rockwell Collins.

JetBlue orders 30 additional A321 aircraft

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

New York-based JetBlue Airways has amended its purchase agreement with Airbus to include an additional 15 Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) and 15 A321neo (new engine option) aircraft.  The airline, which already operates A321s, has not yet announced its engine selection for the newly ordered aircraft.  Beginning in 2019, JetBlue has the flexibility to configure the New Engine Option aircraft to the Longer Range version of the A321 – the A321LR.

“Airbus has been our partner since the beginning, and we are proud that our partnership continues today,” said Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue. “The A321 is an incredible aircraft that is delivering results for our business. We intend to deploy many of these aircraft to expand our successful Mint experience and our west coast presence.”

Many of JetBlue’s newly ordered A321 aircraft are expected to be delivered from Airbus’ newest manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.  The first aircraft to be produced at Airbus’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility – a JetBlue A321 known as “BluesMobile” – is on public display today at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  BluesMobile was delivered to the airline and entered service this spring.

“When we decided to build an assembly line in the U.S., we did it to help meet the increasing demand from our U.S. customers,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The A320 Family is a market leader worldwide – one that has found particularly great success in the United States because of its economics, efficiency and comfort. We look forward to delivering more and more aircraft from our U.S. facility to our customers here in America.”

JetBlue currently operates a fleet of 160 A320 Family aircraft, including 130 A320s and 30 A321s. Including the order announced today, the airline’s backlog of Airbus aircraft comprises 116 planes: 25 A320neo, 31 A321ceo, and 60 A321neo aircraft.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to more than 320 operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes, the A320 Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

Source: Airbus.

THAI’s first A350 XWB takes to the skies

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests.

Altogether, THAI will acquire a total of 12 A350-900s with four on direct order and eight on lease. The airline will be able to operate these aircraft on long range as well as on selected regional services.

The A350 XWB is the world’s latest generation airliner and the newest member of Airbus’ modern, comfortable & efficient widebody product family. It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber 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 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Source: Airbus.

Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines receives world’s first CFM powered Airbus A320neo

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Pegasus Airlines, Turkey’s leading low-cost airline, took delivery on Tuesday July 19th, its first Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines, becoming the first airline to do so for the type. Pegasus placed the largest single order by a Turkish carrier for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft in 2012, making it a new Airbus customer. Pegasus Airlines along with Airbus and CFM top management and employees celebrated the delivery in a private ceremony at Airbus’ site in Hamburg.

“This delivery marks the start of Pegasus’ fleet renewal with the most fuel efficient aircraft incorporating the latest technologies, aerodynamics, engines and a comfortable cabin,” said Mehmet Nane, CEO of Pegasus Airlines. “We have an ambitious expansion strategy and the A320neo will be the backbone of this.”

“We are delighted to be delivering our first CFM powered A320neo to Pegasus Airlines.” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “It fills us with pride that Pegasus Airlines has selected the A320neo Family to achieve its impressive growth plans. We are sure the aircraft will deliver on their expectations.”

“Today, Pegasus, Airbus and CFM are making history. Introducing a new engine family in commercial service happens almost once in a lifetime. It’s a big deal, so we are very proud to do it with our long-term customer, Pegasus, and with Airbus,” said CFM International CEO Jean-Paul Ebanga.

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling and most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft Family. The A320neo powering with the CFM International’s LEAP-1A provides operators with double digits improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – with a 15 percent reduction upon entry into service and up to a 20% reduction by 2020.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices. With over 4,500 orders received from 83 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market. The Airbus’ A320neo Family offers thanks to their widest cabin unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard.

Source: Airbus.

Designed for the future: Sizing up Airbus’ new Beluga XL transporter

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

With development of the new Beluga XL airlifter, Airbus is creating a platform tailored to meet its evolving transport needs in the decades to come – particularly to support future production ramp-ups for the company’s range of modern single-aisle and widebody jetliners.

The Beluga XL programme was launched in November 2014, with this oversized transporter to be utilised for carrying complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites around Europe to the final assembly lines in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany.

Based on the airframe of the versatile A330 jetliner, a total of five Beluga XL airlifters are to be built, with the first to enter operational service in mid-2019. They will gradually replace the existing fleet of Beluga ST aircraft, which were derived from the shorter-fuselage A300.

“The Beluga XL is really a patchwork,” said Olivier Delmas, Head of Overall Aircraft Design for the programme, in explaining how elements of two A330 jetliner versions are combined for the Beluga XL. “Geometrically, it is the forward part of an A330-200F freighter, with the aft part of an A330-300 variant.”

A large “bubble” airframe section added to the fuselage’s lower portion takes the Beluga XL’s diameter from 5.6 metres for an A330 up to 8.8 metres. The cockpit has been lowered to make space for a main deck with direct cargo loading/unloading capabilities above it.

Delmas explained this approach was chosen because no existing aircraft answered Airbus’ criteria for a new-generation transporter, and it allowed the company to create an aircraft capable of handling its requirements based on the proven, robust A330 jetliner family.

“We needed the cargo hold to be 45-metres long with an internal diameter of 8 metres, and a payload capability of 50 tonnes,” he added. “These dimensions can accommodate fuselage sections and allow us to transport a pair of A350 XWB wings – something we can’t do today by air.”

Increasing the Beluga XL’s volume by 30 percent compared to the existing Beluga ST will make the new airlifter much more cost effective. Further enhancements are to reduce the time needed for unloading, refuelling and reloading the aircraft while making its stopovers at locations across the Airbus production network.

Source: Airbus.

SWISS becomes the world’s first airline to put the new Bombardier C Series into commercial service

Courtesy: SWISS.

Courtesy: SWISS.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) became the first airline in the world to operate the new Bombardier C Series today when its first CS100 aircraft took off on its first commercial flight. The new “whisperjet” left Zurich for Paris Charles de Gaulle after an appropriate inauguration ceremony at the departure gate. The new Bombardier C Series will gradually replace the present Avro RJ100s on SWISS’s short- and medium-haul routes between now and July 2017.

SWISS commenced scheduled operations with the new Bombardier C Series today when the world’s first Bombardier CS100 aircraft to be delivered to an airline departed from Zurich on flight LX 638 to Paris. The new short- and medium-haul transport, which has also been dubbed the “whisperjet” for its low noise emissions, left Zurich shortly after noon for Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Gate ceremony with Miss Switzerland 2013 Dominique Rinderknecht

The historic first Bombardier C Series flight was duly celebrated at the gate before its departure. SWISS Chief Commercial Officer Markus Binkert presented a special certificate to mark the occasion to passenger Thomas Marks Lee, the world record holder for first flights on a new aircraft type. This was followed by the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was performed together with Dominique Rinderknecht, Miss Switzerland of 2013. The CS100, which was named Kanton Zürich last week, was fully booked for its first-ever commercial flight.

“I am extremely proud that we are the first airline in the world to put this totally newly-developed aircraft into service,” said SWISS CCO Markus Binkert. “The Bombardier CS100 is a class act in every respect: comfort, economics and environmental credentials. And its service entry today ushers in a new era in short- and medium-haul air travel, for our customers in particular.”

Gradual replacement of the Avro RJ100 fleet by July 2017

Courtesy: SWISS.

Courtesy: SWISS.

SWISS has ordered 30 Bombardier C Series aircraft in all – 15 CS100s and 15 of the bigger CS300. The new aircraft will primarily replace the present SWISS Avro RJ100s between now and mid-2017. This will be followed by further C Series deliveries which will partly replace other aircraft types and partly permit some modest growth of the SWISS short- and medium-haul fleet.In addition to Paris Charles de Gaulle, Manchester, Prague and Budapest will be the first SWISS destinations to receive Bombardier CS100 service. They will be joined by Warsaw and Brussels at the end of August, and by Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest in September. Further points currently served with Avro RJ100 equipment will switch to C Series operation with each successive delivery. The Zurich-London City route is scheduled to change to C Series service in the first quarter of next year.

Source: SWISS.