First 242-tonne A330-300 is delivered to Delta Air Lines

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The first 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant of the A330-300 was delivered today to Delta Air Lines. The Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.) – based airline is the first to receive the aircraft type from among 11 worldwide customers for the option. Delta has selected GE CF6-80E1 engines to power its new A330-300.

Launched in 2012 as Airbus’ latest evolution to the twin-engine widebody A330 Family, the increased take-off weight A330-200 and A330-300 incorporate a new aerodynamic package, engine improvements and an optional centre fuel tank (the latter for the A330-300 version). These upgrades on the A330-300 allow for an extended range of up to 6,100 nautical miles while offering up to 2 percent fuel consumption reduction. This incremental innovation to Airbus’ A330 Family received airworthiness approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in April 2015, and received parallel certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this month.

The delivery ceremony today at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France, is particularly notable as the airline brought some 100 employees – each a member of Delta’s Chairman’s Club. The group is selected by their peers annually from 10-thousand nominees in Delta’s most prestigious corporate recognition program.

“Delta’s addition of this Airbus A330-300 marks a major milestone and reflects our continued strategy of making prudent investments in our fleet that enhance our customer experience and operational reliability,” said Delta President Ed Bastian from the delivery event. “Having our Chairman’s Club honorees, true examples of the Delta spirit of service, here to help us welcome this new aircraft into the Delta family makes this occasion even more special.”

“As the launch customer and launch operator of the 242-tonne A330-300, Delta is demonstrating its continued confidence in the performance and comfort of the A330, which has been part of the airline’s fleet for twelve years,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The higher take-off weight allows the airline to fly both trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes, all in unrivalled comfort with operational reliability over 99 percent. The 242-tonne A330 clearly paves the way for the A330neo and A350 XWB to join Delta’s fleet in the next few years.”

Delta Air Lines, Airbus’ biggest A330 customer in North America, flies currently 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 nine more A330-300s and 45 A321ceos still to be delivered to Delta, the airline ordered 25 A350-900 and 25 A330-900neo Airbus widebody aircraft last year.

Being member of the Airbus leading widebody family, and reflecting the market’s continued demand for high efficiency, comfort and reliability, the A330 Family has won more than 1,500 firm orders from over 100 customers worldwide and has more than 1,100 aircraft in operation.

Source: Airbus.

Singapore Airlines A380s adopt special livery to celebrate Singapore’s 50th

Courtesy: Singapore Airlines.

Courtesy: Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines is celebrating the nation’s Golden Jubilee by having two Airbus A380s in a special livery, featuring a large Singapore flag-themed design on the fuselage.

The first aircraft with the commemorative livery will take to the skies in early June and the second in July. The A380s will be in the livery until the end of 2015, with the aircraft serving Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Sydney and Zurich routes.

The A380 is the world’s largest aircraft and the special livery features a 10m-tall and 47m-long Singapore flag-themed design on both sides of the fuselage. On the two inboard engines is the official SG50 logo. (See Annex on ‘Interesting Facts’).

“Singapore Airlines’ success is closely tied to the success of Singapore. What better way to celebrate SG50 than by proudly flying the national flag around the world on the world’s largest aircraft,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

Aviation enthusiasts will be able to get their hands on a collectible aircraft model in the special livery. A 1:200 scale model and a limited-edition 1:100 scale model will be available from KrisShop from July.

Courtesy: Singapore Airlines.

Courtesy: Singapore Airlines.

The special livery is one of many initiatives by Singapore Airlines to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday.

A special A380 Charity Flight is planned for 29 May, on which some 300 beneficiaries of Community Chest will experience a three-hour flight. Beneficiaries will include children with special needs, adults with disabilities, as well as disadvantaged elderly and families, many of whom have never had the opportunity to take a flight.

Singapore Airlines is also organising an art competition, in conjunction with an Open House of the Airline’s training facilities on 25 July 2015. The theme of the competition is “Celebrating SG50 with SIA: Growing with the Nation”. Secondary and tertiary students, up to age 30, can submit digital copies of artwork, accompanied by a description of not more than 100 words, via www.SIAopenhouse.com, up to 30 June 2015.

Children aged between 3 and 12 can also participate in an on-the-spot drawing and colouring competition during the SIA Open House. The Open House, details of which will be announced shortly, will provide a rare opportunity for the public to see the inner workings of Singapore Airlines, at the facility where rigorous training is provided to cabin crew and pilots.

Courtesy: Singapore Airlines.

Courtesy: Singapore Airlines.

For customers, Singapore Airlines has launched special promotions to encourage both overseas Singaporeans and visitors to travel to Singapore for the SG50 celebrations. From 20 May to 10 July, a 50% discount will be offered for online KrisFlyer redemptions to select destinations, for travel within the same period.

Additionally, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will be giving away 50 flight tickets. From 18 May to 31 July 2015, customers who book Singapore Airlines or SilkAir flights and travel within the same period will stand a chance to win an Economy Class ticket to any Southeast Asian destination in our network. To participate in the draw, customers can visit SQMIsg50draw.com

On board, passengers can enjoy a specially curated selection of Singapore movies, TV programmes, and music on our award-winning inflight entertainment system, KrisWorld, throughout the year. Special menus are also being developed to feature Singapore’s unique cuisine, while SG50-themed amenity kits will be launched for the Airline’s new Premium Economy Class, which enters service on the nation’s birthday, 9 August.

Activities to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday began last year, and included the SIA Charity Run and Charity Gala Dinner, which raised some $2.5 million for Community Chest.

Source: Singapore Airlines.

Lufthansa apresenta nova Classe Econômica Premium em um shopping de luxo do Rio de Janeiro

De 22 de maio até 12 de junho, a Lufthansa estará apresentando sua nova Classe Econômica Premium em um shopping de luxo do Rio de Janeiro, o Fashion Mall. O público terá a oportunidade de testar o novo assento, que oferece até 50% mais de espaço comparado ao da Classe Econômica, em um modelo de cabine montado na Praça Central deste shopping.

Tome seu lugar nesta demonstração do novo produto da empresa, descubra o conforto do assento e obtenha informações da classe que se localiza entre a Classe Executiva e a Classe Econômica.

Para complementar sua visita, a Lufthansa oferece ao “passageiro” uma experiência com realidade virtual na qual o visitante poderá fazer um tour virtual a bordo da aeronave, por meio do “Oculus Rift”.

Apresentada durante a ITB 2014 (Internationale Tourismus-Börse) em Berlim, pela primeira vez em 35 anos, a Lufthansa está introduzindo uma nova classe, a Classe Econômica Premium. Proporcionando ao passageiro um conforto mais próximo da Classe Executiva e com um preço mais próximo ao da Classe Econômica, este novo assento se traduz em uma viagem mais relaxante e com o toque marcante de conforto da companhia.

Projetado em 18 meses e especialmente para Lufthansa, este novo assento foi produzido com engenharia alemã e tem precisão nos detalhes. As suas principais características são: apoio individual para os braços e para os pés, até 50% a mais de espaço e três centímetros mais largo do que o da Classe Econômica normal, encosto reclinável, mais comodidade e mais liberdade de movimentação das pernas, mesa rebatível, tela touchscreen de 12 polegadas e tomada elétrica.

Disponível desde o final de Março em voos do Rio de Janeiro para Frankfurt, a nova classe faz parte das instalações do novo Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental que voa diariamente da cidade maravilhosa para Frankfurt. A nova “Rainha dos Céus” também oferece as novas classes da Lufthansa – Primeira, Executiva e Econômica. Atualmente a Lufthansa opera dois voos diários com a nova aeronave, um de São Paulo e outro do Rio de Janeiro. Além disso, a empresa oferece um voo diário de São Paulo para Munique operado pelo Airbus A340-600, também equipado com a nova Classe Econômica Premium.

Entretanto, isso não é tudo. O passageiro da Econômica Premium pode despachar gratuitamente dois volumes de bagagem com 23 kg cada uma levando assim o dobro da bagagem gratuita que poderia levar em Classe Econômica*. Será recebido a bordo também com uma bebida de boas-vindas e receberá um kit de amenidades. As refeições são apresentadas em menus compatíveis com a nova classe de viagem e servidas em louças concebidas especificamente para ela. Em busca de um maior relaxamento durante o voo, uma garrafa de água na poltrona garante que o cliente se sentirá sempre refrescado.

Mediante o pagamento de uma taxa adicional, o passageiro poderá usufruir das vantagens em quase todos os Lufthansa Business Lounges ou Lufthansa Welcome Lounge, em Frankfurt*.

As pessoas que tiverem a vontade de conhecer a nova classe da companhia aérea poderão visitar o Fashion Mall, que fica na Estrada da Gávea, 899, em São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, e está aberto ao público de segunda a sexta-feira das 10h às 22h, e aos sábados e domingos das 15h às 21h.

*: Para passageiros HON Circle Member, Senator e Frequent Traveller, aplicam-se os privilégios do estatuto Miles & More.

Airbus entrega sua 500ª aeronave na América Latina

Cortesia: Airbus.

Cortesia: Airbus.

Um A321 foi entregue à LAN Airlines do Chile, sendo a 500ª aeronave da Airbus entregue na região latino-americana e caribenha. A Airbus é a líder incontestável do mercado de aviação na América Latina, garantindo 97 por cento do total de pedidos na região em 2014.

A demanda por aeronaves na América Latina nunca foi tão forte graças ao aumento populacional e, principalmente, ao crescimento da classe média na região, o que leva as companhias aéreas a adquirirem aeronaves maiores, mais novas e mais eficientes. A América Latina e a região do Caribe se tornaram uma das regiões mais urbanizadas do mundo, com um PIB de 3,9 por cento que cresce a uma taxa acima da média mundial de 3,2 por cento.

“A Família A320 tem complementado o modelo de negócios da companhia ao longo dos anos, e estamos muito animados por fortalecer nossa parceria com a Airbus enquanto eles comemoram essa conquista”, declarou Ignacio Cueto, CEO da LAN Airlines. “Com o A321 estamos preparados para oferecer conforto aos nossos passageiros, com maior capacidade e economia operacional. ”

“A indústria da aviação da América Latina evoluiu muito desde que as companhias aéreas começaram a operar aeronaves da Airbus na região. Nos últimos 30 anos, vimos a região passar de um mercado dominado por companhias estrangeiras para uma rede de companhias aéreas em crescimento acelerado, isto é, uma força que deve ser reconhecida”, disse Rafael Alonso, Presidente da Airbus para a América Latina e região do Caribe. “Conseguimos atingir nossa ampla base de clientes com o A320, a mais importante família de aeronaves da região, e é com prazer que entregamos esta aeronave, em especial, para nossa parceira de longa data, a LAN. ”

A Airbus impulsionou a sua presença na América Latina em 1998, quando a LAN Airlines, a TACA Companhias Aéreas de El Salvador (atualmente parte da Avianca) e a TAM Linhas Aéreas fizeram o maior pedido conjunto já recebido na história da aviação comercial latino-americana, 90 aeronaves de corredor único. Desde então, as três companhias aéreas combinadas realizaram mais de 600 pedidos de aeronaves da Família A320, referência na família de aeronaves de corredor único.

O Grupo LATAM Airlines, resultado da fusão da LAN Airlines com a TAM Airlines em 2012, é uma das 10 maiores companhias aéreas do mundo clientes da Airbus. Até o momento, o Grupo LATAM Airlines encomendou quase 380 aeronaves Airbus e possui 250 aeronaves da Família A320, A330 e A340 em operação.

O A321 é o maior membro da Família A320, oferecendo aos clientes das companhias aéreas os melhores custos assento/milha de qualquer aeronave de corredor único. A Família A320 é a linha de produtos de corredor único mais vendida do mundo, com quase 11.700 pedidos até o momento e mais de 6.500 aeronaves entregues a 400 clientes e operadoras em todo o mundo.

Com mais de 950 aeronaves vendidas e uma carteira de pedidos de aproximadamente 500, existem mais de 550 aeronaves Airbus em operação em toda a América Latina e região do Caribe. Nos últimos 10 anos, a Airbus triplicou sua frota em funcionamento, entregando mais de 60 por cento de todas as aeronaves em operação na região.

Fonte: Airbus.

Qatar Airways to set aviation first by showcasing five of its aircraft at this year’s Paris Air Show

Courtesy: Qatar Airways.

Courtesy: Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways is preparing to showcase the newest and best of its fleet with a display of five aircraft at the 2015 Paris Air Show, which takes place next month at Le Bourget in Paris.

With bespoke, highly-customised interiors, the airline’s new range of aircraft will undoubtedly be the talk of the show, in particular the Airbus A380 and A350 XWB, both of which entered service for the airline recently, with Qatar Airways receiving the A350 as Global Launch Customer.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, said: “The five aircraft that will be on display at this year’s Paris Air Show symbolise the dynamic growth of our airline and our constant focus on world-class quality.

“Not only will we be showcasing our A350 XWB for which we are the Global Launch Customer, but we will also have four other benchmark-setting aircraft this year, showcasing Qatar Airways’ five-star hospitality.”

The A350 XWB, which entered service in January and now flies double-daily to Frankfurt and daily to Munich from October this year, is also being rolled out across three daily services to Singapore this summer, and will prove popular with aviation enthusiasts visiting the show, as Qatar Airways remains the only airline in the world flying this next generation aircraft.

Courtesy: Qatar Airways.

Courtesy: Qatar Airways.

The 517-seat A380 superjumbo comprising of First, Business and Economy Class over two decks, is the largest passenger jet in the world, and currently flies to Bangkok, Paris and London from Doha in the State of Qatar. The new First Class A380 seat features a 90-inch seat pitch, transforms into a fully flat bed and has up to 2,000 entertainment options displayed on individual 26-inch television screens.

Overall, Qatar Airways will have on display at the Paris Air Show an Airbus A380, A350, A320, A319 and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner has a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats with a high standard of comfort on board, including individual 10.6 inch television screens for all Economy Class seats and a full complimentary food and beverage service.

The A320 on display has 12 Business Class seats, 120 Economy Class seats and on-demand audio video at every seat. Qatar Airways is in the middle of a major investment programme upgrading its A320 aircraft to include 180-degree lie flat-beds, new 15.4 inch smart monitors and touch-screen remote control handsets as well as power, USB ports and connectivity for smart devices in Business Class.

The Airbus A319 all Business Class aircraft, which flies daily from Doha to London Heathrow, will also be a popular attraction at the show. This aircraft is configured with a single aisle, 2-2 seating configuration, offering 40 premium Business Class seats and the experience of what feels like a VIP jet. Qatar Airways’ A319 Business Class seat has one of the highest specifications for Business Class travel of any airline, with wide seats that recline into fully flat beds.

Source: Qatar Airways.

Fly to two European holiday islands with Lufthansa

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

Two popular holiday islands can be found on the new summer flight schedule from Munich: Iceland and Crete – the largest volcanic island in Europe and the largest Greek island, will be served every Saturday from 23 May 2015. The new connection to the Icelandic airport Keflavik also complements the service from Frankfurt: Iceland is on the flight schedule three times a week at Germany’s largest hub. Lufthansa will only fly to the Cretan airport in Heraklion from Munich. “For many passengers, the two destinations are on their list of dream destinations. The variety of historical and tourist attractions make them particularly interesting destinations for travel lovers”, says Thomas Klühr, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Finance & Hub Munich. In addition to Keflavik and Heraklion, this summer Lufthansa will fly to Glasgow/Scotland, Seville/Spain and Perugia in Umbria/Italy for the first time.

Iceland offers spectacular scenery, with active volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls. With more than 8,000 inhabitants, Keflavik is the sixth largest city in Iceland. In addition to the port, the international airport makes Keflavik one of the most important locations in Iceland. The nearby capital Reykjavík offers numerous museums and tourist attractions.

Crete is renowned for its good tourist infrastructure and more than a thousand kilometres of coastline. Picturesque historical architecture and museums also make Heraklion an interesting destination. The Mediterranean climate of Crete is characterised by dry and warm temperatures, thus making May to September an optimum time to travel to the island.

The round trip to Iceland can be booked from 249 euros, to Crete from 129 euros. More information and the opportunity to book Lufthansa flights can be found online at LH.com or via the Lufthansa Service Center by calling (069) 86 799 799 (landline rate). Flights can also be booked at the Lufthansa travel agency partners and at the Lufthansa sales counters at airports.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Boeing delivers Transaero’s first Next-Generation 737-800

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing delivered today Transaero’s first Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane, sporting a new livery, arrived at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.

Transaero’s newest 737 has a recognizable radome “bump” on top of the fuselage just behind the wings. The dome-shaped radome covers a Ku-band satellite antenna system that enables broadband passenger connectivity all over the world — even over oceans. The Ku-band range of microwave frequencies is used primarily for satellite communications.

Transaero’s 737-800 is the first in the 737 family to have the system installed during production. In-line installation can save airlines days of lost revenue previously experienced when retrofitting the radome after delivery.

Transaero was the first private airline in Russia, established in 1991. It also was the first Russian airline to introduce a Boeing airplane to its fleet in 1993 when it began operating the 737. Today, Transaero is the second-largest airline in Russia and operates 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s.

Source: Boeing.