Boeing, UPS announce order for 14 747-8 Freighters

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and UPS today (October 27th, 2016) announced an order for 14 747-8 Freighters. The agreement also includes an option to purchase an additional 14 of the cargo airplanes.

“These aircraft are a strategic investment for increased capacity for UPS customers around the globe,” said Brendan Canavan, president, UPS Airlines. “The 747-8 will allow UPS to upsize our network in both new and existing markets.”

The 747-8 Freighter is the world’s most efficient freighter, providing cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter on the market. With its iconic nose door, the airplane has 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400F. The airplane also reduces the noise footprint around an airport by 30 percent compared to its predecessor.

“UPS could not have selected a better aircraft to meet its growing business needs,” said Brad McMullen, vice president, Sales, North America and Leasing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’ve continued to make the 747-8 Freighter even better, and we look forward to seeing UPS introduce it to its fleet.”

With 109 747-8 passenger and freighter airplanes delivered to customers around the globe, the fleet is performing with the highest dispatch reliability and utilization of any four-engine airplane in service.

UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

Source: Boeing.

British Airways: ParalympicsGB arrive home “victorious”

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Courtesy: British Airways.

It was another morning of celebration at Heathrow Terminal 5 today (September 20), as ParalympicsGB arrived home from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on British Airways flight “BA2016”.

Arriving home in style, the 300 athletes and support staff travelled on “victoRIOus” – the same gold-nosed aircraft that brought Team GB home last month.

As the athletes disembarked flight “BA2016” a number of medallists, including Sarah Storey, Will Bayley, Lee Pearson and Hannah Cockroft, proudly posed for a photo with their medals.

Upon entering arrivals, athletes were greeted to an emotional and rapturous reception with a VIP zone for “friends and family” welcoming them home, including Paralympic superfan Stephen Mangan.

Courtesy: British Airways.

Courtesy: British Airways.

Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, said: “We are honoured to be part of such a special moment of national pride and celebration. It has been a privilege to fly the athletes home from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“I’d also like thank everyone across the airline who worked tirelessly for months to deliver a truly memorable homecoming that Team GB and ParalympicsGB so rightly deserve.”

Fans and athletes have been using #BAckSupercharged on social media to share their messages of celebration – the hashtag also features on the aircraft livery.

Tim Hollingsworth, British Paralympic Association CEO, said: “The performance of ParalympicsGB at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has surpassed our expectations. It is right that our athletes return to the UK proud of their achievements and are celebrated by our partner British Airways, flying them home in style. It is the perfect ending to an incredible two weeks.”

Courtesy: British Airways.

Courtesy: British Airways.

On her 11 hour 15 minute journey from Rio de Janeiro, “victoRIOus” carried 585 items of equipment, some of which included; archery tackle, racing chairs, tennis chairs, throwing frames, leg bags, prosthetic bags, running blades, fencing foils, paddle tubes, solo bikes and tandem bikes. The heaviest piece of kit is a hand bike weighing 32kg.

Extra water, champagne, snacks and treats were loaded on board and passengers were treated to a three-course menu and full English breakfast before landing. Some of the dishes available to choose from include; Gaucho-style beef tenderloin with kale and tomato, Grilled salmon and ginger-infused noodle salad, chicken in a white wine sauce, thai fish curry and chicken with polenta au gratin.

Over  1,300 hours of films, top TV shows and audio programmes were available to enjoy on the flight, including a ‘swimming with dolphins’ documentary with Paralympic athlete Ellie Simmonds, classic sporting movie ‘Chariots of Fire’ and a number of new movies including; The Jungle Book, Dad’s Army, Hail Caesar, Me Before You, Love & Friendship and The Nice Guys.

Source: British Airways.

Lufthansa brings German Olympic team back to Germany from Rio de Janeiro

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

The German Olympic team has returned home, landing on time at 11.10 a.m. local time at Frankfurt Airport with flight number LH 511. The Boeing 747-8 with the registration D-ABYK was specially branded in a custom “Olympia Siegerflieger“ design. Around 250 athletes were on board, amongst them gold medal winners in beach volleyball Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, double-gold canoeist Sebastian Brendel, the gymnasts who won bronze with Sophie Scheder and many others.

After landing at Frankfurt Airport and taking a photo of their arrival in front of the plane, the German athletes went with a police escort directly to Frankfurt downtown to Römer Square, where they are welcomed by Federal President Joachim Gauck.

More than 50 international Olympic delegations use the services offered by the Lufthansa Group. The official Swiss Olympic delegation is also travelling back today on SWISS flight LX 93 from Rio de Janeiro to Switzerland. The Boeing 777-300ER will be ceremoniously received at Zurich airport with a shower of water. Among the passengers the gold medallists in the lightweight men’s four rowing and the mountain biker Nico Schurter are on board.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

British Airways: Team GB arrive home “Victorious”

Courtesy: British Airways.

Courtesy: British Airways.

Team GB arrived home from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on British Airways flight “BA2016” at 9.55am this morning (Tuesday August 23), on a gold-nosed aircraft appropriately named “victoRIOus” by the public.

Gold medallists Nicola Adams and Max Whitlock were the first to walk off the aircraft to a warm reception at Heathrow Terminal 5, as Captain Steve Hawkins waved a union flag out of the cockpit window in time-honoured tradition.

victoRIOus’ is carrying a haul of 92 medals on board which weigh a total of 7.2 stone (46kg) , alongside 320 athletes and support staff. The special charter flight also featured the hashtag ‘#greattobeBAck’ on its livery, which the fans and athletes have been using.

Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, said: “Today is a very special moment in British sporting history and for the airline too. We’re all very proud of Team GB, and it has been a pleasure to serve the athletes once again as the official airline supplier.”

Extra water, champagne, snacks and treats were loaded on the 11 hour 15 minute flight from Rio de Janeiro. Passengers were treated to a three-course menu on board, as well as the home comfort of a full English breakfast and English tea before landing.

Highlights from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games were shown on board, alongside sporting documentaries ‘Sporting Greats; Sir Steve Redgrave’ and ‘Back on Board: Greg Louganis’, as well as classic sports film ‘Chariots of Fire’.

“victoRIOus” will take flight once again to bring back ParalympicsGB from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, when they arrive home on Tuesday September 20.

Source: British Airways.

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.

British Airways completes Boeing 747 cabin refresh

Courtesy: British Airways.

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.

British Airways’ first refreshed Boeing 747 flies

Courtesy: British Airways.

Courtesy: British Airways.

The first of 18 of British Airways’ much-loved Boeing 747s with a refreshed interior and state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system is taking to the skies from Heathrow to New York JFK this week.

The revamped jumbos will now operate on selected flights to New York JFK, Chicago, Lagos, Dubai, Boston, Riyadh and Kuwait, with further routes added in summer 2016.

The aircraft will be fitted with Panasonic’s next generation eX3 entertainment system, which will give 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 also helps to reduce the amount of fuel used by the aircraft.

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

Richard D’Cruze, British Airways’ in-flight entertainment and technology manager, said: “We know that in-flight entertainment is really important to our customers – being able to relax and watch a film or listen to music helps customers to pass the time enjoyably – so by installing this state-of-the-art equipment we will be able to deliver even more programming on board.”

The refit, which has been carried out by British Airways’ engineers in Cardiff, will include a cabin interior refresh bringing these 747s more in line with the airline’s newest aircraft.

New seat foams will be installed in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus to increase customer comfort and new style seat covers fitted to match those on the A380 and 787. Carpets and curtains throughout the plane will also be replaced to mirror the new aircraft colour pallet.

Kathryn Doyle, British Airways’ aircraft cabin interiors manager, said: “Our customers love our new aircraft, but the 747s hold a special place in their heart, so we’re delighted to have been able to revamp these aircraft. They’ll look and feel like new now, with enhanced comfort, technology and design.”

Source: British Airways.