Air France welcomes its first Boeing 787

Courtesy: Air France.

At 9 am on Friday 2 December, Air France welcomed its very first Boeing 787. On this occasion, and as is our custom, firefighters at Paris-Charles de Gaulle gave the aircraft the traditional water salute.

Franck Terner, Air France CEO stated: “It is with great pride and honour today that Air France takes delivery of its first Boeing 787, the 9th in the Air France-KLM Group. The Boeing 787 marks a new step in the modernization of our fleet and will offer our customers the best Air France products”.

On board the Boeing 787 – the best of Air France

For Air France customers, the Boeing 787 has many assets –

– the latest Air France cabins – a cocoon in the sky in the Business cabin (30 seats) and comfort for all in the new Premium Economy cabin (21 seats) and in Economy (225 seats);

– a Wi-Fi connection on board adapted to the requirements and habits of customers (from 20MB to 200MB for a price ranging between €5 and €30);

– additional comfort and space with the new Premium Economy seats;

– windows that are approximately 30% larger than on similar aircraft;

– a lower cabin altitude and enhanced in-flight humidity levels for greater travel comfort.

Many operational assets

This new-generation aircraft has many operational assets including –

– fuel consumption reduced by about 20% compared with previous-generation aircraft, an asset that reduces the effects of a new increase in the price of fuel;

– a significant reduction in CO2 emissions (around 20%) and noise emissions.

Maintenance support by AFI KLM E&M

A major player on the aeronautical maintenance market, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) provides maintenance support for the Air France KLM Group’s Boeing 787 fleet.

AFI KLM E&M offers the most comprehensive technical support for airlines on the market, particularly for new-generation aircraft fleets, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to engine overhaul and aero structure support (high composite capability with the new Hélios facility at Paris-CDG), modification capability (design and production certification), APUs, training (innovative digital tools), etc.

A major player for 787 maintenance, AFI KLM E&M has successfully developed a maintenance capability for the GEnx-1B powerplant, making it the first MRO present on this market, excluding engine manufacturer. A first customer has already signed up with AFI KLM E&M: Xiamen Air (China). AFI KLM E&M has extensive experience in Boeing 787 maintenance and since 2012 has carried out the 787 component support for several customer airlines (12 to date).

Air France and the Boeing 787: a series of discovery flights

In line with its passion for aircraft, Air France invites its customers and aviation lovers to come and discover the Boeing 787 on four inaugural flights around France on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January 2017:

  • 7 January at 8:30 am: Corsica and the Mediterranean, flight AF787.
  • 7 January at 1:30 pm: Southwest – Gascony, flight AF789.
  • 8 January at 8:30 am: Brittany, flight AF787.
  • 8 January at 1:30 pm: Tour of France, flight AF789.

Air France’s Boeing 787 will make its first commercial flight to Cairo on 9 January 2017.

The Company will take delivery of a second aircraft in April 2017, which will serve Montreal starting 1 May 2017.

Source: Air France.

Air Canada to launch Vancouver – Frankfurt and Vancouver – London Gatwick flights for Summer 2017

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada today (November 9th, 2016) announced it is further boosting international flights at its Vancouver hub next summer with daily seasonal flights from YVR to Frankfurt, and three times weekly seasonal flights from YVR to London Gatwick. Flights begin June 1, 2017 and June 8, 2017 respectively, and tickets are now available for purchase.

“Air Canada continues to strategically increase its European flights at YVR with seasonal daily flights to Frankfurt next summer and three times weekly flights to London Gatwick,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines. “The addition of our flights to Frankfurt, one of Europe’s most important hubs, offers customers a wide array of convenient choices and the ease of one-stop connections with our Star Alliance partner Lufthansa when travelling to southern, central and eastern Europe as well as Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

“We will be the only airline flying non-stop between YVR and the two largest airports in the London metropolitan region during the peak summer travel period with the addition of London Gatwick. By next summer, Air Canada will serve five European destinations non-stop from YVR including two significant hubs, Frankfurt and London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Dublin, and on a code-share basis with joint venture partner Lufthansa Munich, strengthening YVR as an important hub that connects our B.C., Western Canada and U.S. routes to our expanding international network,” concluded Mr. Smith.

“What an amazing year it has been for Air Canada and YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. “I want to thank Air Canada for continuing to grow its international hub out of YVR and delivering a steady stream of excellent new services. Air Canada’s new non-stop services to Frankfurt and Gatwick will further expand this award-winning airline’s reach into key European markets and will provide incredible benefits for our passengers, partners and communities.”

“Air Canada’s new flights from YVR to Frankfurt and London Gatwick are great news for B.C.’s diverse tourism sector. Already this year we’ve seen year over year European visitors increase by nearly 18 per cent. These new flights will bring even more visitors while creating jobs and spin-off benefits in our hotels, tourism attractions and businesses,” said the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training in BC.

VancouverFrankfurt flights:

Air Canada’s VancouverFrankfurt flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, featuring a choice of three cabins configured with 20 International Business Class individual lie-flat suites, 21 Premium Economy seats and 210 Economy Class seats. Air Canada’s Dreamliners also feature an enhanced seatback In-Flight Entertainment system which is available at every seat throughout the aircraft. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Vancouver and in Frankfurt, priority boarding and other benefits. Air Canada’s Frankfurt flights complement daily flights operated from Vancouver by Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC840

Vancouver (YVR)

Frankfurt (FRA)

12:25

07:05 (+1 day)

AC841

Frankfurt (FRA)

Vancouver (YVR)

10:00

10:55

Next summer, Air Canada will operate to Frankfurt from five points across Canada: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

Vancouver-London Gatwick flights:

Air Canada’s Vancouver-London Gatwick service will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring premium and economy cabins. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from flights within BC and the Pacific North West at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Vancouver, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC1934

Vancouver (YVR)

London Gatwick (LGW)

16:45

Tue, Thur, Sat.

10:25 (+1 day)

AC1935

London Gatwick (LGW)

Vancouver (YVR)

12:00

Tue, Thur, Sat.

14:10

Next summer, Air Canada Rouge will operate to London Gatwick from two points across Canada:  Vancouver and Toronto.

Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion this year has included the recent launch of VancouverDelhi, VancouverBrisbane, VancouverDublin, TorontoSeoul, Toronto-London Gatwick, TorontoPrague, TorontoBudapest, TorontoWarsaw, TorontoGlasgow, MontrealCasablanca and MontrealLyon.

In 2017, the airline will launch new international services between VancouverTaipei, VancouverNagoya, VancouverFrankfurt, Vancouver-London Gatwick, TorontoMumbai, TorontoBerlin, MontrealShanghai, MontrealAlgiers and MontrealMarseille.

Last year, Air Canada launched new international services between VancouverOsaka, TorontoDelhi, TorontoAmsterdam, TorontoDubai, MontrealVenice and MontrealMexico City.

Source: Air Canada.

Boeing, China Southern Airlines Finalize Order for 12 787-9 Dreamliners

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and China Southern Airlines today (October 12th, 2016) finalized an order of 12 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $3.2 billion at current list prices. The new order strengthens China Southern’s expanding long-haul fleet.

“The 787 Dreamliners have helped us to achieve initial success in implementing our internationalization strategy in the past few years and enabled us to make our operation and services more appealing to passengers,” said Tan Wangeng, CEO, China Southern Airlines. “The additional new 787-9s will further increase our capacity and services for our long-haul routes.”

China Southern Airlines, China’s launch customer of the 787, currently operates 10 787-8s. The airplanes have enabled the Guangzhou-based carrier to launch six new non-stop global routes, connecting Guangzhou to London and Rome in Europe, Vancouver in North America, as well as Perth, Auckland and Christchurch in the Oceania area.

“China Southern has been a long-standing Boeing customer and we truly appreciate their confidence in the 787,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 787-9 will help the airline achieve a new level of efficiency and profitability.”

The 787-9 complements and extends the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly more passengers and more cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental performance. Like the 787-8, the 787-9 brings the economics of large jets to the middle of the market, with 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

China’s largest airline by fleet size, China Southern Airlines currently operates 700 aircraft, including Boeing 787, 777, 747, 757 and 737s. By 2020, the airline expects to have a fleet of 1,000 aircraft with passenger traffic surpassing 160 million annually.

Source: Boeing.

LOT Polish Airlines to connect Los Angeles with Central and Eastern Europe

Courtesy: LOT.

Courtesy: LOT.

In the beginning of April, 2017, LOT Polish Airlines will launch its new nonstop service from Los Angeles to Warsaw. The Polish flag carrier will operate its flights with state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners four times a week. This is the very first direct connection from the West Coast to Poland. Because of its advanced European network, LOT Polish Airlines bring the most comfortable and convenient alternative for travel to dozens of destinations, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.

LOT’s Dreamliners will fly from Los Angeles on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. These flight to Warsaw will take less than 12 hours. They enable LOT to ensure the shortest trip from the West Coast of the US to many destinations in Poland and other countries in the Eastern and Central Europe. Ticket are now available.

“We are going to launch the first direct flight from the Eastern and Central Europe to Los Angeles, one of major and most famous cities in the US. I am certain that California is not only a perfect vacation destination but also a business center that has been steadily gaining in importance. On the other hand, there are many people living near Los Angeles who come from the Central and Eastern Europe, as well as people conducting business in Europe. I have good news for them. They no longer have to change planes at crowded Western European hubs with our excellent alternative” – says Rafał Milczarski, LOT’s CEO.

Thanks to direct flights between Los Angeles and Warsaw passengers travelling by LOT will have access to an extensive network of flights operated by the Polish carrier.

“LOT is a rising airline star in Europe, offering the shortest and the most comfortable connections via Warsaw to dozens of cities in Europe. It means only two hours transfer time to destinations such as Prague, Budapest, Vilnius or even London or Stockholm, as well as great connectivity to major Polish cities, such Wrocław, Poznań, Rzeszów or Katowice. We fly one of the youngest fleets in Europe; our crew and our hub in Warsaw is one of the most comfortable and passengers’ friendly in Europe. Newark is no longer a missing link in our route network. Our return to that destination makes us an attractive airline to numerous passengers who have not relied on our services yet” – adds R. Milczarski.

The flights to Los Angeles will be operated exclusively by Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the most modern aircraft in the world. Thanks to an advanced technology they allow much higher cabin pressure and humidity, and are much more spacious. All those factors help enhance passengers’ comfort during a long flight and reduce the so-called jet lag effect.

There are three travel classes offered on Dreamliners: LOT Business Class, LOT Premium Class and LOT Economy Class. In Business Class, 18 seats recline to one of the biggest airline beds in the market. Restaurant-quality meals are offered and served to passengers on an individual basis using top-quality dinner sets, with a broad selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

LOT’s Premium Economy class offers 21 spacious seats, all equipped with armrests, footrests and leg rests. Thanks to the seats’ improved back rest deflexion, passengers can feel comfortable and take a rest even on a long flight. Also in this class a sumptuous menu is served, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available.

Compared to other planes, Dreamliners offer the LOT Economy class passengers much greater private space to enjoy. Seats fold forward without taking foot space, they are also equipped with footrests. Each passenger is offered a personalized onboard entertainment system equipped with USB. In the Economy Class passengers are also served free, hot and diversified meals and offer a broad selection of beverages.

Los Angeles will be the eighth long-haul connection in LOT’s network and its fifth destination in North America. The announcement of the inauguration of the flights to the West Coast of the US is another stage of the implementation of LOT’s profitable growth strategy. In 2016 alone LOT has announced and launched 24 new flights, including the recently announced connection to Newark, New Jersey, in the US and the connection to Seoul scheduled to be inaugurated on 17 October.

Source: LOT.

LOT will fly from Newark to Warsaw

Courtesy: LOT.

Courtesy: LOT.

On October 4, 2016, LOT will launch ticket sales for new direct flights to and from Newark, beginning April 28, 2017. Flights to Warsaw are to be operated at first three and later four times a week, giving passengers the best access to Poland as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

The Newark-Warsaw flights are scheduled for Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. As of June, a Tuesday flight will be added.

“Newark is one of the most important airports to the Polish diaspora on the east coast of the United States. I am pleased that we are able to relaunch that route after a break lasting several years, ensuring our fellow countrymen the most comfortable flights to Poland” – says Rafał Milczarski, CEO of PLL LOT.

Newark passengers traveling by LOT will have access to an extensive network of flights to other US destinations, as well as destinations across Central and Eastern Europe.

“LOT offers the shortest and the most comfortable connections via Warsaw to dozens of cities in Europe. It means only 2 hours transfer time to destinations such Moscow, Prague, Budapest and Vilnius, and great connectivity to major Polish cities, such as Gdańsk or Kraków. We fly one of the youngest fleet in Europe; our crew is professional and hospitable and our hub in Warsaw is one of the most comfortable and passenger friendly in Europe. Newark is no longer a missing link in our route network. Our return to that destination makes us an attractive airline to numerous passengers who have not relied on our services yet”- adds R. Milczarski.

The Newark-Warsaw flights will be initially operated by the leased Boeing 767-300 in two travel classes: Business Class and Economy class. Beginning in August the route will be operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a three-class configuration: LOT Business Class, LOT Premium Economy and LOT Economy.

Together with Newark, LOT will continue to operate flights to JFK. In fact, this year for the first time LOT will fly to JFK daily even in winter season. In total LOT will offer up to 2 connections to New York area almost every day.

The announcement of the connection to Newark is part of LOT’s profitable growth strategy that the airline has been implementing since early 2016. The Polish airline has launched 23 new connections in total, including the first direct Warsaw-Seoul flight to be inaugurated on 17 October.

Source: LOT.

Air France-KLM signs a partnership agreement with Gogo to equip its long-haul fleet with WiFi

Courtesy: Air France - KLM.

Courtesy: Air France – KLM.

On 29 September 2016, Air France-KLM signed a partnership agreement with Gogo, a world leader in broadband Internet provision and entertainment in the airline industry, to offer its customers connectivity services on board its long-haul flights.

68 Air France Boeing 777 and 15 Airbus A330 as well as 29 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777 and 12 Airbus A330 will be equipped with WiFi on board starting from end 2017, a total of 124 long-haul aircraft.

With this new joint Air France and KLM agreement, the Group’s passengers will benefit from WiFi during their trip by staying connected around the world with their family, friends or business partners, on their smartphone, laptop or tablet. On the in-house Air France-KLM designed onboard portal a freely accessible environment is available where customers can find relevant information about their flight, arrange travel details and find entertainment beyond the state of the art seat-back inflight entertainment systems.

The 2Ku product from Gogo offers a future-proof platform based on the latest antenna technology, bringing flexibility to adapt to growing demands from our customers.

We want to offer our customers the best possible solution to stay connected. By installing the latest WiFi technology on board on more than 120 aircraft in our long-haul fleet, we are once again illustrating our ability to innovate and provide all our passengers with the best possible experience – Michel Pozas Lucic, Vice President Customer Innovation and Care at Air France-KLM.

Boeing 787 already equipped with WiFi
On Air France-KLM’s long-haul fleet, passengers already enjoy WiFi on board the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with currently 8 aircraft operated by KLM and the first aircraft operated by Air France as from 9 January next year. The Group’s Boeing 787, which offer WiFi on board, are equipped by Panasonic Avionics, and offer the same portal and products as planned on the rest of the long-haul fleet.

Source: KLM.

Air Canada announces Toronto – Mumbai 787 Dreamliner service

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada last Wednesday announced it is launching a new, three-times weekly service between Toronto and Mumbai, the largest city and financial capital of India. The non-stop, year-round service will be operated starting July 1, 2017 using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

 “Air Canada is pleased to offer customers this new, non-stop route between Toronto and Mumbai. This is Air Canada’s third route to India after TorontoDelhi service that began last fall and our new seasonal VancouverDelhi service commencing next month. This will be the only non-stop service between Canada and Mumbai and with it Air Canada now offers the best coverage of any carrier operating in the CanadaIndia market,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“The Canada-India Business Council welcomes Air Canada’s announcement today. The CanadaIndia corridor offers tremendous economic opportunities and our organization is working to promote trade and commerce between our two countries. Air linkages are essential to this, so having a non-stop flight between Canada’s and India’s financial and business centers should serve as a further catalyst to this rapidly developing trade relationship,” said Gary Comerford, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada-India Business Council.

With the announcement of the new TorontoMumbai route, Air Canada now offers three Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes between Canada and India, including year-round daily TorontoDelhi service and seasonal VancouverDelhi service launching Oct. 20, 2016. TorontoMumbai will operate year-round with Air Canada’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft features 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy Class seats, with upgraded in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft.

Flights will be available for sale immediately with special introductory pricing and are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada’s global hub at Toronto Pearson.  All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Days of the week

AC046

Toronto

Mumbai

21:35

21:30 + 1 day

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

AC047

Mumbai

Toronto

23:55

05:35 + 1 day

Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Source: Air Canada.