Delta orders 50 Airbus widebody aircraft

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 50 new Airbus widebody aircraft, 25 A350-900 and 25 A330-900neo aircraft. Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines will power the Airbus A330neo aircraft and Trent XWB engines will power Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

“When the most successful U.S. airline today – a company that has flown passengers around the world for more than 80 years, has 80-thousand employees and 165 million customers in a year – says ‘yes we want 50 more of your widebody planes’, you can’t debate the fact that it is a massive endorsement of your product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “Airbus is unique in offering an optimized long-range choice in aircraft that will allow Delta to continue to modernize its fleet and customize its use with the most efficient and comfortable aircraft available.”

Delta Air Lines currently flies both Airbus single-aisle and widebody aircraft, including 57 A319ceo and 69 A320ceo aircraft, plus 11 A330-200s and 21 A330-300s. In addition to the order announced today, Delta has an order backlog of 10 A330-300s and 45 A321ceo aircraft, bringing its total Airbus backlog to 105 aircraft.

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The A350 XWB is the latest addition to the market-leading Airbus widebody product line. Offering its customers a 25 percent reduction in fuel-burn, the all-new mid-size long-range A350 XWB Family aircraft can seat up to 369 passengers in a typical two-class layout. The A350 has a carbon fibre fuselage and wings and sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. At the end of October 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide.

The A330 Family has now attracted more than 1,300 orders. Over 1,100 A330 Family aircraft are flying with more than 100 operators worldwide. The A330 is one of the world’s most efficient aircraft with best in class operating economics. Airbus has committed to continuously improving the program since the A330’s service entry. The company spends approximately 150 million euros each year on enhancements and incremental improvements for the A330 jetliner family. The newest evolution is Airbus’ A330neo, which builds on the A330’s proven economics, versatility and reliability while reducing fuel consumption by a further 14 percent per seat. Comprised of two versions – the A330-800neo and the A330-900neo – this aircraft incorporates latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines with 112-inch diameter fan for a 10:1 bypass ratio, more seats and new cabin features.

The A330, A350 XWB and A380 make up the Airbus widebody aircraft Family, which uniquely spans the 250 to over-500 seats segment.

Source: Airbus.

Gulfstream manufactures 100th G650

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that it has manufactured the 100th G650. The ultra-long-range business jet was delivered to a customer on Nov. 14, 2014.

“The production of the 100th G650 is a testament to the demand for this amazing aircraft,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “It truly set a new world standard for performance, range, speed, safety and comfort when it entered into service in December 2012. The completion of the 100th aircraft also speaks volumes about the skilled employees who build these planes.”

The G650 was announced on March 13, 2008, and took its first flight on November 25, 2009. The aircraft was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration on September 7, 2012, and by the European Aviation Safety Agency on December 21, 2012.

The aircraft can fly near the speed of sound, with a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. It has a range of 6,000 nautical miles/11,112 kilometers at Mach 0.90 or 7,000 nm/12,964 km at Mach 0.85. It can connect passengers nonstop from London to Los Angeles and Beijing to New York.

“Since it entered service, the G650 has proven it is a performance leader,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The G650 has claimed 42 speed records and secured an around-the-world speed record. It’s more fuel-efficient than many other aircraft, offers customers one of the most comfortable cabin experiences and is equipped with industry-leading safety features.”

The G650 has the largest business-jet cabin and provides passengers with wider seats, more aisle room and the ability to control the cabin entertainment, temperature and lighting with a smart device, such as an iPhone® or iPod®. The large windows, quiet cabin and low cabin altitude improve comfort and reduce fatigue. Passengers have the ability to work, connect to the Internet or relax before arriving at their destination.

The G650 features the PlaneView II cockpit, which includes standard state-of-the-art Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II and the Gulfstream Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD). EVS provides pilots with real-time images of the aircraft’s surroundings and greatly improves situational awareness in low-visibility conditions. In zero-visibility conditions, pilots can rely on SV-PFD to understand the position of the aircraft in relation to the runway, terrain or obstacles. Gulfstream was the first to implement these safety technologies in business jets.

The G650 is certified in 12 countries and has more than 33,500 flight hours.

Gulfstream recently delivered the first fully outfitted G650ER to a customer. It shares the same cabin, avionics and systems as its sister ship, the G650.

The G650ER travels farther at faster speeds than any other business jet on the market. At Mach 0.85, it can carry passengers 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers, and at Mach 0.90, 6,400 nm/11,853 km.

Current G650 owners and order-holders can upgrade their G650 to a G650ER.

Source: Gulfstream. 

Cabin-air study now also on Lufthansa short-haul routes

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Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

After carrying out an extensive series of cabin-air tests on its Airbus A380 aircraft, Lufthansa is now extending the study to its short-haul model, the Airbus A321. Hanover Medical School (MMH) will remain the scientific partner. The programme was launched on the Frankfurt–Marrakesh route: it runs until March next year and comprises air measurements on a total of 44 flights within Europe. “We have been committed to cabin-air quality for many years – there is no other airline in the world that addresses this topic as thoroughly and consistently as we do. The measuring kit developed jointly by Lufthansa Technik and Hanover Medical School enables us to take a completely new approach,” says Kay Kratky, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board and responsible for Operations and the hub in Frankfurt.

The test series in the cockpit of the Airbus A380 included some 800 hours of measurements, and confirmed that there was “no noticeable chemical pollution”. Even when unusual odours were reported, no trace of air pollution could be measured. Neither national nor international limits concerning air quality in enclosed rooms and workplaces were exceeded on board. All the relevant measurements collected in regular flight operations were mostly substantially below these limits. There was no trace of the neurotoxin ortho-tricresyl phosphate (o-TCP). “Altogether the concentration of organophosphates was very low,” sums up Wolfgang Rosenberger from the Institute for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at MMH. “I should emphasise that we carried out a congener-specific analysis for precisely those TCPs contained in jet engine oil. Out of the ten possible TCP isomers, we didn’t see any of the ortho-TCP considered to be neurotoxic, and that was with a detection threshold of less than 1 ng/m³ (1 nanogramme (ng) = 1 billionth of a gramme = 10-12 kilogrammes). Even if that sounds a bit complicated, it’s important to explain, because reports in the media have so far paid very little or no attention to this aspect, which is particularly important from a toxological perspective. People often only talk about TCP, and from a regulatory point of view at least that is not only wrong, but also disconcerting,” explained Rosenberger. Of course, the sensitive measuring equipment was able to identify isolated odours, he added; following the use of disinfectant wipes, for example, or if other aircraft were taxiing up ahead.

Generally speaking, the measurement kit identifies and quantifies around 200 substances that may be in the cabin air. A data logger continuously records climate data for a general description of the cabin air, such as temperature, air pressure and humidity, while an aerosolspectrometer measures dust levels. Other components of the measuring kit serve to track carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and volatile organic compounds (VOC). Samples are also actively taken and then analysed in a laboratory, using isotope dilution analysis, for instance, in order to examine more than 150 VOC as well as 15 other aldehydes, such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and hexanaldehyde and 19 organophosphates such as TCP. Furthermore, a screening analysis was used to identify unknown substances in the cabin air.

The measurement kit is installed in the cockpit during the flight, but the same air is supplied throughout the aircraft cabin, so the measurements are representative of overall air quality in the aircraft.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Air Canada Expands Introduction of Boeing 787 Dreamliners to More Asia Routes from Vancouver

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Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada yesterday announced it will expand the introduction of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring the airline’s new International Business Class and Premium Economy seating to more of its routes to Asia from Vancouver including Beijing in February and Seoul in March 2015. Air Canada recently converted its Vancouver-Shanghai route to 787 Dreamliner service, with Vancouver-Tokyo/Narita to be converted mid-December. Visit 787.aircanada.com for a virtual tour of the aircraft featuring Air Canada’s new international product standard that offers international travellers industry-leading seating amenities in a choice of three cabins of service.

“We are very excited to expand the introduction of Air Canada’s new 787 Dreamliner aircraft to more routes from Vancouver to Asia on a year-round basis. Customer feedback on our new International Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy product standard debuted on the 787 Dreamliner has been extremely positive,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines while in Vancouver to present the newest addition to Air Canada’s international fleet to clients and business partners. “The choice of three cabins of state-of-the-art seating, as well as enhanced cabin comfort and next-generation entertainment systems are a big hit with customers. Our new international product standard is being introduced with the arrival of 787 Dreamliner aircraft and we look forward to offering more customers the very best in comfort and amenities as we begin the conversion later next year of all 25 of our Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR aircraft to our 787 Dreamliner seating standards.”

Air Canada’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft feature three cabins of service offering comfortable ergonomic seating and enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screens. Air Canada’s International Business Class cabin features 20 Executive Pods with 180-degree lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration guaranteeing direct aisle access. The Premium Economy cabin has 21 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration and, unique for a North American airline, Air Canada’s Premium Economy seating offers more generous personal space, wider seats and greater legroom and recline as well as premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport. The Economy cabin has 210 slimline seats in a 3-3-3 configuration providing personal space consistent with the comfort of Air Canada’s current Economy cabin.

The fuel efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliners opens up opportunities for Air Canada to serve new international destinations and convert existing routes to Dreamliner service as the airline replaces existing Boeing 767 aircraft with the new Boeing 787 fleet. Air Canada’s first new route to be operated with the 787 Dreamliner was Toronto-Tokyo/Haneda in July, followed by the conversion of the airline’s Toronto-Tel Aviv route to 787 Dreamliner service in August.

Air Canada will take delivery of six Boeing 787 aircraft by the end of 2014, with all 37 aircraft scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2019. The carrier’s Dreamliner fleet will consist of a total of 15 787-8 aircraft and 22 of the larger capacity 787-9 aircraft. As Air Canada takes delivery of new widebody aircraft for its mainline fleet, current Boeing 767 aircraft will be transferred to its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 180 destinations on five continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2013 served more than 35 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in the United States and 72 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,269 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2014 for the fifth consecutive year. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com.

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Source: Air Canada.

Lufthansa starts flights to Bydgoszcz

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Lufthansa is further expanding its capacities to Poland in the 2015 summer flight timetable. The airline will fly to the industrial and trading city of Bydgoszcz for the first time from 29 March. In doing so, the airline will be connecting its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich with nine cities in Poland in future. The route will be flown on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with an Embraer 190 by Lufthansa CityLine, which has a total of 100 seats in Business and Economy Class.

LH 1382 leaves the Lufthansa hub at 10.55 a.m. and arrives in Bydgoszcz an hour and 30 minutes later, at 12.25 p.m. The return flight, LH 1383, lands in Frankfurt at 2.45 p.m. These times are ideal for transfer flights within the airline’s German and international network.

“Lufthansa has the most extensive route network in Poland of any European carrier. With Bydgoszcz, we now fly some 240 times a week from our hubs in Frankfurt and Munich to nine cities in Poland. This makes us the clear market leader on connections between Germany and our neighbour to the east”, says Kay Kratky, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Operations & Hub Frankfurt. “Travellers from the American east coast and Europe in particular benefit from seamless transfer connections and the many destinations in all areas of Poland.”

Bydgoszcz (Bromberg) has around 360,000 inhabitants and is the eighth largest city in Poland. It is situated between Poznan and Gdansk and is home to various branches of industry. The New Opera House and the Philharmonic Orchestra make it one of the country’s main music centres. The nearby city of Torun is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination thanks to its Gothic old town and many other attractions.

In addition to flights to Bydgoszcz, Lufthansa will also be offering non-stop connections to Gdansk, Kattowice, Krakow, Lublin, Poznan, Rzeszów, Warsaw and Wroclaw in summer 2015.

Further information and flight booking services with Lufthansa can be found on the internet at LH.com or by phoning the Lufthansa call centre on +49 (0)69 86 799 799 (landline rate). Flights can also be booked with Lufthansa’s travel agency partners and at the Lufthansa ticket desks in airports.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Half a million passengers carried by LOT’s Dreamliners!

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Courtesy: LOT.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts in LOT’s livery have already carried half a million travellers! A careful statistical analysis has clearly pointed out on Maciej Kołodziej who has bought the ticket as the Half a Millionth Passenger of those most advanced and comfortable airliners which operate on long-haul flights of LOT. Mr. Kołodziej flied today at 4:45 pm from Warsaw to New York. On that occasion, LOT has prepared a surprise at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport.

Among the attractions waiting for Maciej Kołodziej was not only a cake made of airplane cookies and a Dreamliner’s gift handed by Sebastian Mikosz, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines. The biggest surprise for the Half a Millionth Passenger, and numerous travellers at the Warsaw Airport, was an unusual flash mob performed by artists from ROMA Music Theatre. As a part of advanced preparations for Polish premiere of “Mamma Mia!” musical, the artists of the Theatre performed fragments of songs “I have a Dream” and “Mamma Mia”.

“I am glad that we could greet the Half a Millionth passenger on board of our Dreamliner in such a solemn manner. The number of passengers carried with the aircrafts, which we have had only since the last year, is as big a population of Poznań or even exceeds that of Gdansk. Boeing 787 is an exceptionally comfortable aircraft that is appreciated by travellers especially on long-haul flights, such as the one to New York. It is because of the opportunity to fly in those jets and experience the highest onboard service standard that more and more customers choose LOT. There is firm data to evidence that – we have been carrying more passengers on long-haul flights this year, in all classes, than we did the last year. I congratulate Mr. Kołodziej and I believe the today’s flight will be a flight of dreams for you” – said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines while handing the prize.

Courtesy: LOT.

Courtesy: LOT.

The Half a Millionth Passenger of Dreamliner, who has purchased a ticket for the economy class, was given an upgrade to LOT Business Class and a voucher for any flight of LOT’s flights network, amounting to the symbolic PLN 787. Mr. M. Kołodziej received also gifts from the management of Frederic Chopin Airport and an invitation to the premiere of Polish version of “Mamma Mia!” musical performed by ROMA Musical Theatre.

“Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is the first European home to Dreamliner and we are very proud of that. The world’s most advanced airplane is a huge attraction and it still arouses great interest of passengers and all those who dream about flying. We are glad that together with LOT Polish Airlines we can offer our customers direct flights on the Dreamliners to four continents and that way bring Warsaw and Poland closer to the entire world. This is our undeniable advantage over most airports in Central Europe” – says Michał Kaczmarczyk, Director, Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport.

LOT’s Dreamliners, the flagship airliners of the carrier have attracted more and more passengers. They offer unprecedented comfort to the passengers. This is, among others, due to the noise level reduced by 60% and pressure maintained at an appropriate level. More oxygen and proper humidity reduce the jet lag effect. In addition to that, the aircraft cabin is illuminated with a unique LED lighting system. On long-haul flights, the passenger fall asleep in light imitating the night sky, and at dawn, they are woken up by light that imitates times of day which are natural to the body. Therefore, it is easier to adapt to new time zones. The 787 aircraft can accommodate 252 passengers. It offers 20% lower fuel consumption and is more environmentally-friendly. Moreover, with the 30% larger window area, the horizon is visible at a height of a passenger’s eyes.

There are three classes offered to the passengers of LOT’s Dreamliners: LOT Business class with seats folding to form a flat bed and service as in the best restaurant; LOT Premium class with larger seats, headrests and footrests with varied menu of meals and drinks, and LOT Economy class with comfortable seats with headrests and footrests and superb free catering.

Currently, LOT flies 6 Dreamliners. Named gracefully Franek by passengers in an on-line contest, the newest one joined the fleet in May last year. LOT has started to partially operate long-haul flights with Boeing 787 aircrafts in June 2013, gradually putting Boeing 767 airliners out of use. Two months later, in August 2013, all flights to New York, Chicago, Toronto and Beijing were operated with Beings 787. By the end of 2017, LOT will have 8 of those state-of-the-art aircrafts in its long-haul fleet.

Source: LOT.

SWISS vai adicionar oito novos destinos a partir de Genebra

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Dentro da estratégia de buscar ser “A Companhia Aérea de Próxima Geração para a Suíça”, a SWISS não para de expandir produtos e serviços. Os planos de crescimento para Genebra mais recentes são um adendo ao anúncio do mês passado. Paralelamente, a companhia aérea anuncia uma expansão significativa da rede baseada em Zurique e um aumento de 50% na capacidade de passageiros na rota Lugano-Zurique, após a transferência das operações para a Austrian Airlines do Grupo Lufthansa.

Com a transição para os horários de verão 2015, a SWISS vai adicionar oito novos destinos a sua rede atual baseada em Genebra. Florença (com quatro frequências semanais), Sarajevo (com dois vôos semanais) e Skopje (com dois voos semanais) serão servidas durante o ano todo; e Palermo, Calvi, Thessaloniki e Zakynthos serão servidos sazonalmente durante os meses de verão.

“Estas novas rotas são uma prova adicional do nosso investimento consistente na região francófona da Suíça”, afirmou Lorenzo Stoll, Diretor da SWISS para a Suíça Ocidental. “E nosso crescente leque de serviços para destinos é uma resposta direta às necessidades e expectativas de nossos clientes.”

Ajudando Genebra a crescer

Os novos pontos elevarão para 39 o número de destinos da rede SWISS baseada em Genebra, há dois anos eram apenas 12. Desta forma, a SWISS mais do que triplicou sua abrangência em voos sem escalas ao longo dos últimos dois anos para viajantes da Suíça Ocidental e regiões adjacentes da França e para os setores locais de negócios e do turismo.

“As ações da SWISS aqui, são notícias muito boas para nós”, acrescentou Robert Deillon, Diretor do Aeroporto de Genebra. “Estes novos destinos incluem uma expansão cuidadosa da rede de Genebra nos Balkans, que não são particularmente bem servidas no momento. E as novas rotas para a Grécia e Itália são uma resposta clara à demanda de viajantes turistas por dois mercados ainda vitais.”

Combinada com a nova rota Genebra-Lugano, com 16 voos semanais lançada no mês passado, os oito novos destinos destacarão ainda mais os atrativos da rede SWISS baseada em Genebra. Ao mesmo tempo, eles vão fortalecer ainda mais o papel da SWISS como um dos mais importantes provedores de serviços aéreos para e de Genebra. Mais informações em www.swiss.com.

Fonte: Swiss.