Boeing recently delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to Singapore-based leasing company BOC Aviation and its customer, Cathay Pacific Airways. The airplane is painted in a special oneworld livery to highlight the commitment of Cathay Pacific, as a member airline, to the alliance’s 10th anniversary.
The airplane (B-KPL) is the 12th Boeing 777-300ER for Cathay Pacific and brings the airline’s 777 fleet to 29 airplanes, which includes 12 777-300s and five 777-200s. The airline also operates 22 Boeing 747-400 passenger airplanes.
The oneworld alliance has 10 member airlines and 17 affiliate airlines, serving 134 countries and 673 destinations, with 8,400 daily departures. Full oneworld alliance members are American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Finnair, Iberia, LAN, Japan Airlines, Malév, Royal Jordanian.
Last week Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 195 to Lufthansa. The aircraft will be operated by Lufthansa CityLine, the wholly owned regional partner of the German carrier and one of the five partners in the Lufthansa Regional family.
“It’s a great honor to see our E-Jets sporting the colors of such a renowned airline as Lufthansa,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “We´re proud to have been selected as the backbone for the renewal of the Lufthansa regional fleet, and our satisfaction is even greater, because we have recently achieved the outstanding milestone of 600 E-Jets operating with 49 airlines in 34 countries.”
Lufthansa’s E195 is configured for 116 passengers in a dual-class layout, with a moveable divider. Based at the carrier’s hub in Munich, the E-Jets will develop new routes and expand Lufthansa’s regional outreach, offering passengers more comfort and safety, without the undesirable middle seat.
With a total of 20 E-Jets for CityLine and ten already delivered to Air Dolomiti and Augsburg Airways, Lufthansa will continue its strive to further upgrade its fleet.
Last week Embraer delivered the first Embraer 170 to British Airways. The aircraft, configured with 76 seats in a singleclass layout, will be operated by BA CityFlyer, British Airways’ wholly owned regional subsidiary, which operates international and domestic routes from London City Airport. The deal was announced in December 2008, and includes firm orders for six EMBRAER 170 and five EMBRAER 190 jets, plus options for another three airplanes of the same model.
The EMBRAER 170 obtained steep approach certification to operate at London City Airport in June 2007. The steep approach uses a software solution developed within the existing fly-by-wire system, which means improved flight quality and control, as well as
reduced pilot workload, less weight, and lower maintenance costs.
On June 30, 2009, Embraer had logged 882 firm orders and 794 options for the E-Jets family. With nearly 600 aircraft delivered to date, the family has a broad base of 53 operators in 35 countries, on five continents.
The EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets – the EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 – with 70 to 122 seats. The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,500 meters), and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km).
This week, Airbus has delivered the first of two A318 aircraft equipped with “steep approach” capability to British Airways. The A318 is the largest commercial aircraft certified to land at steeper than usual gradients and has the potential to transform long haul travel between city centres, saving time and cost to the business traveller. The delivery makes the carrier a new operator of all four members of the A320 Family.
The “Steep Approach” A318 is certified for a 5.5° approach slope. This compares to a nominal 3° slope for standard operations. During “Steep Approach” certification the aircraft has to demonstrate it can safely achieve a 7.5° angle, equivalent to the targeted angle plus a 2° safety margin. The A318 and A318 Elite, were approved for steep approach landing capability by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2007. The A318 Elite has steep approach capability as standard specification.
The A318’s ‘steep approach’ capability makes it ideal for operations out of mountainous or otherwise constrained locations such as urban area airports where the aircraft also satisfies strict low noise regulations. British Airways A318s will each be equipped with two CFM 56-5B9/3 engines.
Willie Walsh, British Airways’ chief executive said: “The A318s were specially ordered for the twice-daily London City – JFK service because of their size, flexibility and ‘steep approach’ capability and will reinforce our unrivalled schedule between two of the world’s greatest financial centres. The A318 may be our smallest aircraft but it has a big role to play in bringing a new dimension of style and convenience to the London – New York route and shows our determination to invest in the future.”
“The A318 has the best capability and range of any commercial aircraft serving city centre airports. It enables operators to open new premium routes with enhanced cabin comfort standards thanks to the widest fuselage of any single-aisle aircraft,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.
In British Airways’ layout, the A318s’ Club World cabin will feature a spacious layout with 32 seats that convert into full lie-flat beds, equipped with OnAir connectivity, allowing passengers to work during the flight with email, web surfing and mobile phone text messaging. The two A318s ordered will join a fleet of 11 A321s, 37 A320s and 33 A319s already in service. British Airways has a further nine A320s and 12 A380s on firm order from Airbus.
On Friday, Airbus has delivered its 4000th A320 Family aircraft to Brazilian flag carrier TAM from its Final Assembly Line in Hamburg.
The aircraft, an A319, is powered with IAE engines and configured in a single-class layout seating 144 passengers. On the A319’s ferry flight from Hamburg to Brazil, TAM transported goods for schools for handicapped children in the region. The equipment was donated by Aviation without Borders Germany (LOG) and facilitated by the Airbus Foundation.
In July more than 10,000 Airbus employees involved in the programme at all Airbus’ sites celebrated the production of the 4000th A320 Family aircraft.
TAM became an Airbus A319 operator in 1998 with a historic combined order of 90 aircraft together with the airlines TACA and LAN. Today the airline operates a fleet of 125 Airbus aircraft. More than 350 Airbus aircraft are in operation in Latin America with 22 carriers. This represents more than 40 per cent of aircraft over 100 seats in service in Latin America.
The A320 Family includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321.
Boeing today delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Reg: PH-BVD – Name: “Nationaal Park Amboseli”). The airplane has been painted in a special SkyTeam livery in celebration of the alliance’s 10th anniversary. Today’s delivery marks the start of an in-service evaluation using chrome-free decorative paint and primer.
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As part of Boeing’s lifecycle approach to reducing environmental impact and in response to KLM’s and other customer’s requests, Boeing has introduced a chrome-free primer and chrome-free exterior decorative paint to this airplane. In addition to simplified health and safety monitoring requirements, a chrome-free primer reduces the environmental impact of the paint and stripping process. Removing chrome from the paint and primer eliminates the need for special handling of paint waste and clean-up and designated offsite disposal areas.
Boeing will apply the non-chrome paint and primer on up to 14 airplanes across Boeing models for in-service evaluation with the intention of making it a standard option in the future.
Boeing today delivered Qatar’s first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the Qatar Emiri Air Force.
Qatar became the first Middle East nation to order the C-17 when it signed an agreement with Boeing on July 21, 2008, for the purchase of two advanced airlifters and associated equipment and services.
Boeing will deliver Qatar’s second C-17 later this year. The company will provide operational support, including material management and depot maintenance support, under the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership.
There are currently 205 C-17s in service worldwide. With today’s delivery, 16 have been placed with international customers. The U.S. Air Force, including active Guard and Reserve units, has 189. International customers include Qatar, the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Australian Air Force and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability consortium of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. The United Arab Emirates announced on Feb. 24 that it also will acquire four C-17s.
Afriqiyah Airways, based in Tripoli (Libya), has taken delivery of their first Airbus A330-200 aircraft, becoming a new operator of this aircraft type. The new A330 will seat 230 passengers in a two-class cabin and will serve long-haul operations on routes from Tripoli to Africa and Europe.
The new A330-200, the first of three ordered in 2006, will join Afriqiyah’s existing all Airbus fleet of two A319s and five A320s. This brings the unique benefits of Airbus aircraft commonality to Afriqiyah, who can use the same pool of pilots, cabin crew and maintenance engineers across its entire Airbus fleet.
The airline will take delivery of a further 10 A320 family aircraft in the coming years, and has also selected the A350 XWB, with six A350-800s ordered in 2007.
Boeing and EgyptAir today announced that the airline has converted a previous order for two 777s into an order for additional eight Next-Generation 737-800s. The airline currently has seven 737-800s in operation and it is taking delivery of additional five 737-800s this year. The airline currently has five 777s in its fleet and is scheduled to receive six 777-300ERs beginning next year.
EgyptAir joined the Star Alliance in July 2008. The carrier has been focused on increasing the utilization of Cairo International Airport as a key regional hub for both passenger and air freight operations.
Embraer recently delivered the first EMBRAER 190 jet to Mozambique flag carrier LAM – Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique.
The deal was announced in October 2008 and includes firm orders for two EMBRAER 190s, plus two purchase rights.
LAM’s EMBRAER 190 is configured in a dual-class layout, featuring nine seats in business class and 84 in economy. The aircraft will be based in the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, and will replace older narrowbody jets operated for domestic routes, mainly in the cities of Nampula and Pemba. It will also be used for regional flights to Luanda (Angola), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), Johannesburg, and in the near future, Cape Town (South Africa), and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
LAM also signed an Embraer Pool Flight Hour Program service contract to easily and effectively support its EMBRAER 190 jet fleet. The pool program quickly provides replacement aircraft parts and eliminates the need for inventory investments, once Embraer assumes the responsibility for maintaining an inventory at its distribution and service centers, in order to provide parts to operators as soon as they are requested.