British Airways powers its future by turning household rubbish into jet fuel

Courtesy: British Airways.

British Airways has entered a partnership to design a series of waste plants that convert household waste into renewable jet fuel to power its fleet.

The partnership, with Velocys, a renewable fuels company, is part of the airline’s plans to develop long-term, sustainable fuel options.

The first plant will take hundreds of thousands of tonnes of household waste per-year, destined for landfill or incineration, including nappies, plastic food containers and chocolate bar wrappers, and convert it into clean-burning, sustainable fuels. This will contribute to the airline’s commitment to reduce net emissions by 50 per cent by 2050.

As well as helping the airline industry reduce its carbon emissions this initiative will also significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The UK still sends more than 15 million tonnes of waste per year to landfill sites which not only damages our natural environment but also releases further greenhouse gases affecting climate change.

The planned plant will produce enough fuel to power all British Airways’ 787 Dreamliner operated flights from London to San Jose, California and New Orleans, Louisiana for a whole year. It would be the first plant of this scale. The airline plans to supply its aircraft fleet with increasing amounts of sustainable jet fuel in the next decade.

The jet fuel produced at the plant will deliver more than 60 per cent greenhouse gas reduction, compared with conventional fossil fuel, delivering 60,000 tonnes of CO2 savings every year. This will contribute to both global carbon emissions reductions and local air quality improvements around major airports.

During the past week the Department for Transport has published changes to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO), and for the first time, sustainable jet fuel will be included in its incentive scheme. These changes to the RTFO are designed to promote sustainable aviation. Once implemented, they are expected to provide long term policy support for this market.

Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said: “Sustainable fuels will play an increasingly critical role in global aviation, and we are preparing for that future.

“Turning household waste into jet fuel is an amazing innovation that produces clean fuel while reducing landfill.

“From developing innovative operating techniques, to investing in the most modern and efficient aircraft, we have a strong track record in researching, identifying and implementing ways to reduce emissions.

“This partnership continues this tradition, and shows how we are investing in our long-term future – and that of our customers.”

Source: British Airways.

British Airways launches new premium transfer drive service at Heathrow to help customers avoid missing connecting flights

Courtesy: British Airways.

British Airways is introducing a new service called Premium Transfer Drive at Heathrow to ensure that customers who are at risk of missing their connection are able to catch their onward flight.

The new scheme applies to customers travelling on a UK domestic flight, who are connecting on to either a short-haul flight in Club Europe, a long-haul service in Club World (long haul business class) or First, or who are Silver or Gold Executive Club members.

British Airways’ team at Heathrow will track these customers, and where there’s a risk they will miss their connection, will provide an ‘airside’ car transfer between one flight and the next.

They will also send a message to the inbound aircraft, so the cabin crew can inform the customer that a car will be waiting to transfer them, thereby alleviating any stress or worry.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ new director of brand and customer experience, said: “Missing a connection is one of the most stressful situations a customer can experience, so helping them through that journey and keeping them informed is critical. The new premium transfer service will enable us to identify customers who are at risk of missing their onward flight, and proactively arrange to collect them by car, whisking them directly to their next flight.

“We’re already receiving great customer feedback from customers who have benefitted from the new service and as WiFi is introduced on our aircraft, we’ll also be able to use that to communicate directly with customers about their onward flight.”

British Airways is investing £400 million in Club World with an emphasis on improved catering and sleep. At Heathrow a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access has opened, and lounges around the airline’s network are being revamped and improved.

The Club Europe cabin has been introduced on UK domestic services and recent catering improvements have been introduced in Club Europe as well as across all long haul cabins.

British Airways customers can look forward to the latest generation Wi-Fi across British Airways’ long-haul and short-haul fleets over the next two years.

Source: British Airways.

KLM: The Fokker 70’s final commercial flights

Courtesy: KLM.

KLM wants to reflect in appropriate style on the end of the 97-year partnership between KLM and Fokker. The phasing out of the Fokker 70 at KLM Cityhopper marks the end of an extraordinary period for the Dutch airline industry.

So many KLM fans would like to be aboard one of the final Fokker flights on 28 October 2017, that we are publishing the flight schedule below. A few seats are still available and can be booked via www.klm.com.

Especially for fans
That the very last commercial Fokker flight will depart from London is no coincidence. Soon after the first passenger flights took place on 17 May 1920, two Fokkers joined the KLM fleet as the first passenger aircraft to be owned by KLM: these Fokker IIs bore the registration numbers H-NABC and H-NABD. The first operational flight with a Fokker II was on 30 September 1920 to London. The arrival of the Fokker 70 from London on 28 October will complete the circle.

KLM will be devoting much social media attention to the departing Fokkers in the run up to 28 October.

Modernising the fleet
KLM Cityhopper began replacing its Fokker fleet with the modern E-Jet, Embraer 190 and Embraer 175+ in 2008. These new aircraft are facilitating further expansion of the existing network, higher flight frequencies, and lower costs. This wide-ranging modernisation means KLM Cityhopper can contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly operation in which quality and passenger comfort are top priorities.

Last flights:

  • DUS – Düsseldorf KL1862 arrival Amsterdam 19.05 hrs*
  • NWI- Norwich KL1512 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*
  • HAJ – Hannover KL1912 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*
  • BRU – Brussel KL1732 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*
  • LUX – Luxembourg KL1746 arrival Amsterdam 19.35 hrs*
  • LHR – London KL1070 arrival Amsterdam 20.30 hrs *

*Local time.

Source: KLM.

Air Canada introduces Montreal – Tokyo non-stop flights

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada announced today (August 23th, 2017) the introduction of a new service between Montreal and Tokyo Narita starting June 1, 2018. Flights will operate year-round, with daily service during summer peak travel and three times a week during the winter, with Air Canada’s flagship aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Air Canada’s new transpacific service from its Montreal hub is designed to optimize connectivity to several Canadian and U.S. cities: Quebec City, Ottawa, Halifax, Charlottetown, Boston, Philadelphia and Orlando.

Special introductory fares start as low as $999 round-trip, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents.

“Air Canada is continuing its global expansion by strategically building its Montreal hub, and we are thrilled to announce the launch of non-stop flights to Tokyo, Montreal’s first scheduled link to Japan. The new flights will offer travelers from Atlantic Canada and the Northeastern U.S. convenient access to Japan and beyond, complementing our existing Tokyo flights from Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, while also strategically positioning Air Canada as a leader in the growing Montreal–Asia market,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada. “This new transpacific service further reflects Air Canada’s ongoing international growth strategy from Montreal, following the recent introduction of non-stop flights to Shanghai, Lima, North Africa and Europe. In addition, it enables Montreal to derive significant direct benefits including the creation of close to 130 Air Canada flight attendant, pilot and airport positions.”

“This direct flight between two international cities, Tokyo and Montreal, shows that Montreal is once again a major player in Canadian and North American aviation. After Shanghai and Tel Aviv, this new flight to Japan’s capital reflects a major investment by Air Canada that will generate significant economic and tourism benefits for our city,” said Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.

“Great news for our business community and for Quebec’s economy and tourism. This route will facilitate growth of Quebec businesses as well as further trade with Japan and other Asian countries. Moreover, introducing non-stop flights attracts foreign companies, which in turn contribute to Quebec’s economic prosperity,” said Lise Thériault, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for SMEs, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development.

“We are pleased with this new first for Montrealers,” said Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montreal. “The addition of Tokyo to our air service, on top of Tel Aviv, Algiers and Shanghai, among others, certainly reinforces Montreal-Trudeau’s status as an international hub. This new non-stop flight illustrates once again Air Canada’s desire to use Montreal as a strategic platform. This city-pair with Japan also greatly enhances our service for the Montreal community, since Tokyo Narita offers connections to all Japanese cities and to many destinations in Southeast Asia, the Far East and Oceania,” he added.

“Among our international development priorities, Japan is a market with significant potential, as our colleagues recently confirmed at the national level. This direct route between Montreal and Tokyo confirms our intention to move forward to further promote Quebec’s original tourism offer in Asia. Congratulations to Air Canada on this initiative,” said Martin Soucy, President and CEO of the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec.

“Tourisme Montréal wanted to be a partner in this new Montreal–Tokyo service because it allows Montreal to further its international influence. This important addition builds on the new flights between China and Montreal operating during the last two years. We believe that the impact on Montreal tourism will be highly strategic and showcase Montreal’s vitality, while giving us access to Japan and other Asian and oceanic destinations. I would like to congratulate Air Canada for its dynamism and its major contribution to the future of Montreal and Quebec tourism,” stated Yves Lalumière, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal.

Air Canada’s Boeing 787 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 has 180-degree lie-flat seats in configuration guaranteeing direct aisle access. The Premium Economy cabin offers more generous personal space, wider seats, greater legroom and recline, premium meals, complimentary bar service, priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport. The Economy cabin has slimline seats providing comfortable personal space and state-of-the-art individual on-demand entertainment system.

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Montreal hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight #

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

AC005

Montreal (YUL)

14:05

Tokyo Narita (NRT)

15:50+1

AC006

Tokyo Narita (NRT)

17:30

Montreal (YUL)

16:30

So far in 2017, Air Canada has launched seven new services from its Montreal hub to: Shanghai (China), Marseille (France), Dallas/Ft. Worth and Washington/Dulles (U.S.), Reykjavik (Iceland), Tel Aviv (Israel) and Algiers (Algeria) with an eighth new route to Lima (Peru) beginning in December 2017.

Air Canada operates more non-stop flights between Canada and Japan than any other carrier with up to 46 non-stop return flights between Canada and Japan per week. Complimenting the new service between Montreal–Tokyo Narita, Air Canada operates flights up to seven times a week flights between Vancouver–Tokyo Narita; double daily flights between Toronto and Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita; flights up to seven times a week between Calgary–Tokyo Narita. Air Canada also offers summer seasonal service to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport daily up to seven times per week and Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya up to four times per week with Air Canada Rouge.

The Air France Boeing 787: 10 destinations to explore the world!

Courtesy: Air France.

In 2017, Air France has already taken delivery of two Boeing 787s and will receive three more by the end of the year. These 5 aircraft will serve 10 destinations around the world.

The Air France Boeing 787, which already serves Cairo (Egypt), London (UK) and Montreal (Canada) from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, will also soon fly to Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Bamako (Mali), Boston (US), Toronto (Canada), Panama City (Panama), Lyon (France) and São Paulo (Brazil).

Flight schedules (in local time) operated by the Boeing 787

Cairo

AF0570: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 14:30, arrives in Cairo at 18:55 Flights operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

AF0567: leaves Cairo at 00:40, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 05:30 Flights operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

London Heathrow

AF1680: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 07:35, arrives at Londres-Heathrow at 07:50 ; AF1681: leaves Londres-Heathrow at 09:45, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 12:05. Flights operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Montreal

AF0344: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:35, arrives in Montreal at 14:55; AF0345: leaves Montreal at 16:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 05:50 the following day. Flights operated daily.

Lyon

AF7640: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 07:50, arrives in Lyon at 08:55 ; AF7641: leaves Lyon at 10:25, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 11:35. Flights operated daily as from 29 May 2017.

Abidjan and Bamako

AF0520: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:00, arrives in Bamako at 14:45; leaves Bamako at 15:45, arrives in Abidjan at 17:25. AF0521: leaves Abidjan at 19:30, arrives in Bamako at 21:10; leaves Bamako at 23:10 arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 05:50. Flights operated daily as from 9 October 2017.

Boston

AF0334: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 15:35, arrives in Boston at 17:40; AF0333: leaves Boston at 19:40, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 08:15 the following day. Flights operated daily as from 29 October 2017.

Toronto

AF0356: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 14:10, arrives in Toronto at 16:40; AF0351: leaves Toronto at 18:35, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 08:00 the following day. Flights operated daily as from 20 November 2017.

Panama City

AF0474: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:45, arrives in Panama City at 19:05; AF0475: leaves Panama City at 21:10, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:10 the following day. Flights operated daily as from 9 December 2017.

São Paulo

AF0456: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:10, arrives in Sao Paulo at 18:05; AF0459: leaves Sao Paulo at 20:10, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 11:15. Flights operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as from 5 February 2018.

Source: Air France.

KLM welcomes tenth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner “Marguerite”

Courtesy: KLM / Patrick Kop.

KLM’s Dreamliners are named for flowers or flowering plants, a typical Dutch export product, which suits KLM well. Other B787s have received names such as Zonnebloem (Sunflower), Anjer (Carnation), Dahlia, and Lavendel (Lavender). The ninth Dreamliner, delivered in July, bears the name Lelie (Lily).

More comfortable and eco-friendly
The Boeing 787 creates less noise, consumes less fuel, and gives off fewer carbon dioxide emissions. It brings us ever closer to our aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% in 2020 compared to 2011. The Dreamliner is built mainly of carbon fibre composite which can be cut easily, so the manufacturing process creates less waste.

The aircraft also offers numerous advantages in terms of passenger comfort. The increased cabin air pressure helps passengers to arrive at their destination feeling well rested. Passengers who want to be online during their flight have access to WiFi.

Next Dreamliner expected in January 2018
KLM took receipt of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in November of 2015. In January 2018, we are expecting our eleventh Dreamliner.

Source: KLM.

Airbus and Cathay Pacific: a long-term partnership reaches new heights

Courtesy: Airbus.

The exceptional partnership between Airbus and Cathay Pacific Airways was marked by a unique concert in Toulouse, France this week that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region – and coincided with Cathay Pacific’s latest announcement for Airbus jetliners.

Yesterday’s concert of Hong Kong’s Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) was hosted by Airbus in partnership with Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.

As one of the world’s most respected pre-professional orchestras, AYO provides a platform for young classical musicians from around Asia to highlight their talents and perform in the international arena. Since its formation 27 years ago, many of AYO’s alumni have gone on to join some of the greatest orchestras in Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the United States.

More than 100 young musicians perform at the Airbus University

The orchestra’s Toulouse performance, comprising over 100 young musicians and held at the Airbus University, was attended by an audience that included personnel from Cathay Pacific – led by the airline’s CEO, Rupert Hogg – officials from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, local Toulouse dignitaries and Airbus employees.

“Cathay Pacific has long been a great supporter of AYO, and when the airline asked if we could host this special concert during the European leg of its tour, we were most happy to support the request,” said Rainer Ohler, the Head of Communications at Airbus. “In addition to commemorating the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s anniversary, it really was a celebration of the excellent partnership between Airbus and Cathay Pacific.”

Conducted by AYO’s founder, Richard Pontzious, the orchestra gave a stirring 90-minute performance of Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and the William Tell Overture by Rossini. Organising the event took several months of coordination with AYO and Cathay Pacific, and involved setting up the Airbus Events Centre as a venue suitable to host a classical concert.

Cathay Pacific Group’s fleet of Airbus jetliners continues to expand

The 21 August concert capped a noteworthy day in the relationship of Airbus with Cathay Pacific, which also saw the airline sign a memorandum of understanding for the purchase of 32 A321neo jetliners, to be used by its Cathay Dragon regional operation.

The Cathay Pacific Group has been flying Airbus aircraft since the early 1990s, with more than 100 Airbus aircraft in service today. It currently has 23 A320 Family aircraft, 61 A330-300s (the Asia-Pacific region’s largest A330 fleet), along with 17 A350-900s.

In addition to the additional 32 A321neos covered by the newly-signed memorandum of understanding, the airline has 31 A350 XWBs on order for future deliveries, composed of five more A350-900 versions and 26 of the longer-fuselage A350-1000s.

Source: Airbus.