Lufthansa celebrates 60 years of flying to Rio de Janeiro

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

On 15 August, at the start of the second week of the Olympic Games, Lufthansa celebrates its 60th anniversary of scheduled service to Brazil. In 1956, a Lockheed Super Star with 48 first-class seats flew from Hamburg to Rio de Janeiro in a total 26 hours with three stopovers. In the meantime, the flight time with a Boeing 747-8 has more than halved with now around eleven hours.

Lufthansa is using the occasion of this anniversary to deepen its commitment to the city and its inhabitants and to fulfil its responsibility as an internationally active aviation group. As a sign of its social corporate responsibility, employees of the Lufthansa Group are renovating the non-profit Centro Comunitário Paulo da Portela (CCCP) vocational training centre in Rio de Janeiro. The centre in Oswaldo Cruz has been sponsored by Help Alliance, Lufthansa’s non-profit employee organisation, since 2011. The renovation work is being supported by Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann, the reigning Olympic champions in beach volleyball. In the CCCP, young people will receive a vocational education and will be prepared, among other things, for university entrance examinations.

Since its foundation by Lufthansa employees in 1999, Help Alliance has been committed to its work in Central and Latin America. Today, the association supports around 40 aid initiatives internationally. For each project, employees of the Lufthansa Group voluntarily take responsibility in cooperation with local partners who have many years of experience in development co-operation. The aid initiatives are funded solely by donations.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Aeroflot takes delivery of brand new Airbus A320

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Courtesy: Aeroflot.

Aeroflot has taken delivery of its new A320 aircraft fitted with state-of-the-art aerodynamic wing-tips known as Sharklets. The aircraft has been named in honour of Abram Ioffe, a prominent Russian physicist.

 A320 aircraft is delivered to Aeroflot directly from the manufacturer. The new A320 is equipped with CFM56 engines and can accommodate 158 passengers in a spacious two-class configuration (8 seats in business and 150 in economy). This aircraft provides services primarily on European and domestic routes. Aeroflot is one of the world’s leading airlines in terms of operational reliability and actual hours flown per A320 aircraft.

A320 airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered one of the best for mid-range flights.

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Brand new Boeing 737-800 M.Vrubel joins Aeroflot fleet

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Courtesy: Aeroflot.

Aeroflot has taken delivery of a new B737-800 aircraft made by Boeing. The plane is named in honour of Mikhail Vrubel, an outstanding Russian painter.

Aeroflot’s Boeing 737-800 has two-class composition with 20 seats in business class and 138 seats in economy class. The Business class salon is equipped with monitors for viewing media content. All Boeing B737-800 aircraft are delivered to Aeroflot directly from the manufacturer. Boeing 737 is one of the world’s most popular single-aisle jet airliners providing high level of comfort on medium-haul routes.

Source: Aeroflot.

Boeing, Belavia celebrate delivery of airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800

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Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and Belavia, the national airline company of Belarus, celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 purchased directly from the manufacturer. The airplane, featuring a new distinct livery, completed its delivery flight and arrived overnight in Minsk.

Belavia selected the 737-800 based on business objectives set by the airline – cost efficiency and maximum range for flights to Europe and Central Asia. The 737-800 flies 320 kilometers farther than its competitors while consuming five percent less fuel.

“Belavia focuses on reliability and punctuality in its work,” said Anatoly Gusarov, general director, Belavia. “In order to ensure full adherence to our principles, we made our choice focusing on aircraft performance. Therefore, we hope to increase our dispatch reliability and punctuality rate even further after bringing 737 airplanes into operation.”

Source: Boeing.

Aeroflot expands fleet with four new Airbus A321s

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Courtesy: Aeroflot.

Aeroflot has taken delivery of four new A321s equipped with aerodynamic wing-tips known as Sharklets.

All A321 aircraft are named in honour of outstanding Russian people who contributed a lot to artistic, cultural and scientific development.

VP-BAE bears the name of Sergei Bondarchuk, a Russian film director, screenwriter and actor.

VP-BKI has been named Dmitry Ryabushinsky, a Russian scientist specialising in hydro and aero dynamics.

The other two VP-BJX and VP-BEW got the names of famous writers Ivan Goncharov and Mikhail Zoshchenko respectively.

The airliners are designed in a new enhanced two class composition with 16 seats in business and 167 in economy. All A321 aircraft family are delivered to Aeroflot directly from the manufacturing plant in Hamburg. Aeroflot operates А321 aircraft across its European and domestic routes network.

A321 airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered among the best for mid-range flights.

Source: Aeroflot.

Lucky number eight: Next Austrian Airlines Embraer took off

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Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

Under the sign of lucky number eight the eighth Austrian Airlines Embraer aircraft with the registration number OE-LWB took off on its initial flight OS 191 from Vienna to Cologne on last August 8. In total, Austrian Airlines will integrate 17 Embraer jets into its fleet by the end of 2017, to replace the Fokker fleet.

The Embraer jets consume about 18 percent less fuel per aircraft seat than the Fokker, and are thus much more environmentally compatible. The fleet renewal program also enhances travel comfort: The cabin equipped with a two-by-two-seating is particularly spacious thanks to its ergonomic design, thus offering passengers a feeling of enjoying more space. The Embraer jets have an average age of four years, providing room for 120 passengers. The list price of an Embraer jet is about USD 52 million.

Source: Austrian Airlines.

British Airways completes Boeing 747 cabin refresh

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Courtesy: British Airways.

British Airways has completed the major makeover of 18 of the airline’s iconic Boeing 747s to give them the look and feel of their newest aircraft.

Each jumbo jet now features a refreshed interior and state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system – as well as extra seats for customers flying in Club World.

The first aircraft to be refreshed departed for New York, on the airline’s flagship transatlantic route, while the last one also goes back into commercial service tomorrow (August 4) as the BA117, flying customers from Heathrow to JFK airport.

Troy Warfield, British Airways’ director of customer experience, said: “We have recently taken delivery of our 12th A380 super jumbo and have now have 13 Dreamliners in our fleet, however the iconic Boeing 747s remain an important part of our fleet, that many of our customers love.

“We know customers who fly the revamped 747s really appreciate the improved interiors, with their mood lighting, better seating and new state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system, making their flight just fly by.

“Our engineers have made these amazing aircraft look and feel like new, with enhanced comfort, cutting edge technology and cool, clean design.”

Across all 18 aircraft the 11 month refit has involved:

  • 61 miles of wiring for the new Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system
  • Enough new carpets to cover 34 tennis courts
  • Nearly six miles of new LED lights
  • 4,500 light fittings
  • Fabric changes to 4,950 seats
Courtesy: British Airways.

Courtesy: British Airways.

The refit means the aircraft cabin interiors are similar in look and feel to the airline’s newest aircraft, with 16 additional Club World lie-flat seats.

New carpets, seat covers and mood lighting have been fitted throughout each aircraft to match the new colour pallet of the airline’s new A380 and 787s, including new seat foams and new style seat covers in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus to increase customer comfort.

All eighteen refreshed aircraft have also been fitted with Panasonic’s next generation eX3 entertainment system, which gives customers a choice of over 1,300 hours of entertainment including more than 130 movies and 400 TV programmes on larger, hi-resolution screens, capable of touch and swipe gestures, giving the system the familiar feel of using a tablet.

Lightweight in design, the system from Panasonic Avionics Corporation helps to reduce the amount of fuel used by the four-engined Boeing 747s.

As part of the upgrade, customers in World Traveller Plus now have access to a universal power socket at every seat, capable of accepting plugs from the UK, US and Europe. World Traveller customers also have their own personal USB socket to power phones and tablets.

The revamped jumbos now operate on selected flights to New York JFK, Chicago, Johannesburg, Dubai, Boston, Riyadh, Kuwait, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Washington DC.

British Airways has a fleet of 142 long-haul and 143 short-haul aircraft operating flights to almost 200 destinations around world.

Source: British Airways.