GOL terá 268 voos extras para os feriados de abril

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A GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes incluiu 268 voos extras à sua malha aérea para os clientes aproveitarem os feriados da Semana Santa, de 2 a 6 de abril, e Tiradentes, de 17 a 22 do mesmo mês. Ao todo, 21 cidades terão operações adicionais para atender ao aumento de demanda de passageiros nesses feriados.

A oferta de voos da companhia será, principalmente, para o Sul e Nordeste, tendo como destino Florianópolis (SC), Porto Alegre (RS) e Foz do Iguaçu (PR), além de Maceió (AL), Fortaleza (CE), Salvador (BA) e Porto Seguro (BA). Para o período, a GOL também planejou rotas específicas para Recife (PE), Rio de Janeiro (RIOGaleão) e Salvador (BA), partindo do aeroporto de Viracopos, em Campinas.

Além dos aeroportos de Guarulhos (SP), RIOGaleão (RJ) e Brasília (DF), os clientes podem optar por embarcar em voos diretos que partem das cidades de Confins, em Minas Gerais, Vitória, Curitiba e Manaus, sem a necessidade de conexão em outros aeroportos.

As viagens serão realizadas em aeronaves modelo Boeing 737-700 e 737-800 com configuração GOL+, que disponibiliza mais espaço entre as poltronas. Os clientes contarão com alimentos leves e nutritivos do cardápio de serviço de venda a bordo com sopas, snacks e sanduíches preparados com ingredientes orgânicos, integrais e naturais, além de opções vegetarianas.

Fonte: GOL.

Bombardier delivers first Learjet 75 aircraft to be operated out of Poland

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Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier, one of the world’s leading business aircraft manufacturers, announced that it has delivered its first Learjet 75 aircraft to an undisclosed customer based in Poland following certification by the authorities of the country’s Civil Aviation Authority.

“Learjet has a heritage than spans more than 50 years and remains a standard for high-performing business jets,” said Valeria Kolyuchaya, Regional Vice President, Sales, Eastern Europe, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We are confident the Learjet 75 aircraft will provide customers in Poland with an experience that exceeds all expectations.”

Learjet 75 Aircraft

The Learjet 75 aircraft offers improved comfort and styling of the seats; a cabin management system featuring individual touchscreen monitors with full audio and video control; LED lighting throughout the entire aircraft; a generous baggage suite and a spacious galley to optimize catering, work and storage space. With a maximum range greater than 2,000 nm (3,704 km) at cruise speeds up to Mach 0.76*, the Learjet 75 aircraft can fly four passengers and two crew members non-stop* from Warsaw to Lisbon and Munich to Cairo. Additionally, its powerful engines and new winglet design allow it to carry eight passengers with full fuel.*

*: Under certain operating conditions.

Source: Bombardier.

Airbus celebrates delivery of its 9,000th aircraft

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Airbus has celebrated the delivery of its 9000th aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on 20th March 2015. The aircraft is the first A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir and will join the carrier’s all-Airbus A320 Family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific network.

“The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The range of aircraft we offer today is unrivalled, meeting every airline requirement from 100 to over 500 seats with maximum efficiency, uncompromised comfort and broad customer appeal.”

“We are especially pleased to be delivering today’s aircraft to VietJetAir, which is a rising star in the fast-growing Asian region. With the A321, VietJetAir will be able to increase capacity on its most popular routes while benefiting from the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft.”

“We are excited to be adding the A321 to our fleet today as we continue to develop our innovative value-based model in Asia-Pacific,” said Mr. Luu Duc Khanh, Managing Director of VietJetAir. “Based on our proven experience, we are confident that our decision to operate an all Airbus fleet will bring us unbeatable economies of scale while offering our passengers a comfortable travel experience. It will be a great honour for us to welcome the 9000th Airbus aircraft to its new home in sunny Vietnam.”

VietJetAir first took to the skies at the end of 2011 and now operates a fleet of 22 A320 Family aircraft on a network covering Vietnam and a growing number of destinations across Asia. The A321 delivered today is the first of seven ordered by the airline as part of a major aircraft acquisition plan for up to 100 A320 Family aircraft announced in early 2014.

Since delivering its first A300 in 1974, Airbus has developed the world’s most modern and comprehensive product line. Today this includes the market-leading single aisle A320 Family and the industry’s most extensive Widebody Family, comprising the super-efficient A330, the all-new A350 XWB and the world’s largest aircraft, the flagship double deck A380.

The 9000th delivery comes less than two years after Airbus reached its last milestone of 8000 aircraft-delivered in August 2013. Over the last 10 years, Airbus has doubled its deliveries to reach over 600 aircraft a year today – a figure that is set to rise further as the demand grows.

Source: Airbus.

GOL faz Super Feirão de passagens aéreas neste final de semana

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A GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes lança neste final de semana um Super Feirão de passagens para todos os voos nacionais e da América do Sul, com tarifas promocionais por R$59 a volta. Além disso, estão disponíveis ofertas para os Estados Unidos e Caribe com passagens de ida e volta a partir de R$1.299,00.

Estes valores podem ser encontrados em todos os trechos operados pela companhia, para bilhetes emitidos de ida e volta, com estadia de duas noites ou um sábado, para viagens realizadas entre 24 de março até 25 de junho de 2015. O período de vendas é de hoje até às 8h de segunda-feira, dia 23 de março.

Os clientes da GOL poderão comprar os bilhetes promocionais pelo site (www.voegol.com.br), agentes de viagem e lojas Voe GOL, e o pagamento pode ser feito em até 10 vezes sem juros. Mais informações e o regulamento completo da promoção podem ser acessados no site da Companhia.

Fonte: GOL.

Star Alliance reúne executivos para definir ações

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Cortesia: Star Alliance.

Na última terça-feira, dia 17 de março, na sede da Singapore Airlines, na capital paulista, o Comitê do Comercial da Star Alliance para o Brasil (CSC – Country Steering Council) anunciou algumas das estratégias e ações da aliança para o Brasil em 2015. A reunião contou com a participação do diretor regional de marketing da Star Alliance, Richard Carret. Na ocasião, reuniram-se representantes das 13 companhias aéreas que compõem a aliança no Brasil.

“Sinto uma boa atmosfera nas reuniões do grupo de que participo. É uma equipe séria e dedicada, que demonstra suas preocupações com os rumos da aliança e procura fazer o trabalho com muita dedicação e empenho. Para mim, é sempre um privilégio estar presente nesse comitê”, afirmou Richard Carret ao final do encontro.

Durante sua apresentação, Carret revelou dados que confirmam a liderança da Star Allianceentre as concorrentes, contando com o maior número de afiliados e oferecendo a maior quantidade de destinos e voos em nível mundial. O executivo apontou três mercados no quais a aliança focará suas ações para o período, que são: Brasil, China e Austrália.

As ações dos cinco subgrupos que compõem o comitê foram apresentadas por seus representantes e deverão ser confirmadas nos próximos encontros. Também foram definidas as datas e locais dos próximos CSCs, que acontecerão em 25 de junho, 23 de setembro e 15 de dezembro, nas sedes da Air Canada, Copa Airlines e South African Airways, respectivamente.

“Reuniões como esta demonstram a preocupação da Star Alliance com o mercado brasileiro”, explica o CSC Chair, Ian Gillespie (Avianca) “Buscamos atender às necessidades de nossos clientes de forma eficiente, além de buscar soluções que englobem os ensejos das companhias aéreas. Seguimos sempre em busca de aperfeiçoamento, beneficiando os passageiros com melhor conectividade e produtos diferenciados, como a Tarifa Volta ao Mundo”, completa.

Fonte: Star Alliance.

Lufthansa Technik delivers Zero-G aircraft back to Novespace

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Courtesy: Lufthansa Technik.

Having arrived in Hamburg as a former German government aircraft, this very special Airbus A310 has now left Hamburg again in a completely new role. Lufthansa Technik AG has delivered the new Zero-G aircraft to its French owner Novespace following extensive modifications. The former 10+21 “Konrad Adenauer” bearing the registration F-WNOV will operate in the future as a parabolic aircraft in the name of space exploration and technology – in true reflection of the spirit of Franco/German friendship.

Some 1,300 modifications were required in the framework of the conversion program in order to convert the aircraft back to its original factory default state as required by the European aviation authority EASA. The cabin refit then commenced, with the approx. 20 meter long “test area” proving particularly challenging.

This is the area where prospective astronauts will be able in the future to experience weightlessness for the first time, for example, or where scientific investigations will take place. Extra powerful light installations were required in particular for this purpose, with care being taken to ensure that these would not pose a hazard for the “weightless” passengers. Novespace will use the aircraft from its home airport in Bordeaux from May.

According to Christophe Mora, Technical and Operation Director at Novespace: “We chose Lufthansa Technik because they know this aircraft very well, they modified this aircraft a long time ago and have maintained it ever since. They also offered us a good modification and C-check package and today we can see that they have been doing very good work.”

The German Aerospace Center uses the converted Airbus A310 for zero-gravity research. Dr. Ulrike Friedrich, head of parabolic flight projects: “We are very pleased that the new parabolic aircraft is well maintained thanks to the professional collaboration between Novespace and Lufthansa Technik and is now ready for scientific flights, having been fitted with all the necessary conversions. Many researchers are already waiting impatiently to carry out their biological, physical and medical experiments with zero gravity.” The German, French and European Space Agencies are looking forward to their first joint flight campaigns in May.”

One thing is for sure according to Joerg Paisen, Project Manager with responsibility for modifying the new parabolic aircraft at Lufthansa Technik: “The EASA requirements were a real challenge when it came to demonstrating the structural integrity of this aircraft. It is solely down to the good interaction between the customer, engineering planning and the technicians from the different divisions that the project was implemented successfully.” The principle of concurrent engineering was followed, with engineering activities, work planning and manual execution running largely in parallel. A team of 50 technicians was involved directly with the aircraft in Lufthansa Technik’s Hangar 5 in Hamburg.

The new Zero-G aircraft from Novespace was already the third so-called “Special Mission Aircraft” in a row for Lufthansa Technik. Before this, the SOFIA airborne observatory, a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), had been in Hamburg for several months for a major overhaul. And Lufthansa Technik also converted a Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 on behalf of the Federal German Government to an evacuation aircraft for highly contagious Ebola patients in the shortest possible time.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Aeroflot and Aerolineas Argentinas announce codeshare agreement

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Courtesy: Aeroflot.

Aeroflot and Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carriers and largest airlines in Russia and Argentina respectively, signed a code-sharing agreement today at the Moscow International Tourism & Trade Exhibition (MITT 2015).

The agreement between the two airlines, both members of the SkyTeam global alliance, will strengthen the carriers’ positions in both markets and provide customers with greater convenience and flexibility in their travel. Madrid and Barcelona will serve as the transit hubs for the code-shared flights.

Subject to regulatory approval, Aerolineas Argentinas will place its ‘AR’ code on services operated by Aeroflot between Moscow and Buenos Aires via both Madrid and Barcelona. Aeroflot will place its ‘SU’ code on flights operated by Aerolineas Argentinas between Buenos Aires and Moscow via Madrid and Barcelona.

Aerolineas Argentinas President and Chief Executive Officer Mariano Recalde said: “This agreement with Aeroflot will offer our customers unparalleled access to the Russian market and open new opportunities for Russians traveling to Buenos Aires or elsewhere in Argentina thanks to our strong domestic network.”

“We look forward to a successful relationship with Aerolineas Argentinas,” said Aeroflot’s Director for External Relations and Alliances Natalya Teimurazova. “We are pleased to offer customers a smoother and more convenient experience when travelling between Russia and Argentina. We expect this agreement will open new opportunities for passengers of Aeroflot and Aerolineas Argentinas.”

Source: Aeroflot.