Thursday, August 21, 2014

Last KLM MD-11 flight nears

Times are difficult for the older widebody airliners. Not only many Boeing 747s and Airbus A300s are withdrawn from service, but also McDonnell Douglas MD-11s. Only one airline still flies this three-engined widebody on passenger services and that is KLM. But this will not last long. On October 25 the MD-11 will make its last flight for the Dutch carrier.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New airline colours on Dreamliners

Production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner seems to make good progress. That means that 787s with the tails of a growing number of airlines are rolling out of the factory. Photographs of them can be found on the internet. Examples are Virgin Atlantic, Avianca and Xiamen Airlines.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Japan chooses 777-300ER to replace VIP 747s

The government of Japan has decided to replace two Boeing 747-400 VIP aircraft by two Boeing 777-300ERs as government and VIP aircraft (Very Important Persons). That is reported by Japanese media.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

On the back of a 747 forever

Space Center Houston's Space Shuttle replica Independence today reached its final destination atop the original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Boeing 747 (SCA-905). The aircraft and simulated spacecraft tandem will remain on display at NASA's Houston facility where many millions of tourists will be able to visit it in the future.

Cathay to phase out A340s and 747s

Hong Kong's all-widebody-operator Cathay Pacific is to phase out part of its fleet of Boeing 747-400s and all of its A340-300s in 2016 and 2017, as part of its fleet renewal plan. The airline announced that it intends to sell six of its B747-400Fs back to Boeing with four of them already parked. Four passenger 747-400s are also to be retired with two of them having been withdrawn from service this month.

ALC leases two more 777-300ERs to KLM

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced long term lease agreements with Dutch airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for two additional new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2016 and early 2017.

Airbus A350 ends world tour

The Airbus A350-900 has completed a series of route proving trials to fourteen cities worldwide over the past three weeks. According to Airbus the new airliner has successfully demonstrated that it is ready for airline operations.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Finnair will be first European A350-operator

Finnair is to be the first European operator of the Airbus A350 XWB, which will become the backbone of its longhaul fleet. The first A350-destinations out of Helsinki will be Shanghai, Bangkok and Beijing in late 2015, followed by Hong Kong and Singapore in 2016. The airline has 11 firm orders and 8 options for A350 aircraft.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Taipei Taoyuan Airport readies gates for A380

If the Airbus A380 will ever become a sales success, than it must at least be made possible to fly it to more airports. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan understands this very well. The airport is going to renovate two boarding gates in Terminal 2 to accommodate handling of the megajet.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Singapore Airlines with A380 to Auckland

Singapore Airlines will deploy the Airbus A380 megajet on its flights to Auckland in New Zealand from 27 October 2014. The 471-seat aircraft will perform flight SQ285 every day, departing Singapore at 20:50 hours and arriving in Auckland at 11:45 hours the following day.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Who is selling the most widebody jets?

Who is selling the most widebodies? Boeing or Airbus? The two aircraft manufacturers are, as often, quarelling about who sold the most aircraft. The fuss is about this year's sales total so far. Boeing is in a very good mood, because it sold 324 aircraft in July only. It has never had a month that it sold so many planes.

Friday, August 8, 2014

BH Air takes delivery of AirbusA330

The Bulgarian holiday airline BH Air (Balkan Holidays Air) has taken delivery of an Airbus A330. It is of the A330-200 version and according to the airline it will be flying between Sofia and the USA. The airline earlier asked approval for flights to New York JFK and Chicago O'Hare. The airline so far operated only smaller Airbus aircraft types: A319 and A320. The A330 (LZ-AWA) is leased from AerCap.(Photo: BH Air)

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LATAM orders 27 Airbus A350-900 widebodies

The LATAM Airlines Group (LAN and TAM), the biggest airline in South America, said it has ordered 27 Airbus A350-900 widebody jetliners. Delivery will take place between December 2015 and 2019. TAM will be the first airline in the Americas to operate the aircraft.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Air France with Airbus A380 to Miami

Starting December 1, 2014, Air France makes Miami in Florida (United States) a new destination for the Airbus A380. Air France wants to attract customers seeking for a winter-sun break.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014