Archive for October, 2007

Photo of the Day - Douglas C-47 Skytrain (DC-3)


Wrapped in the light of dawn, this photo once again shows the remarkable beauty of the DC-3. This Skytrain, titled “Mr. C, It’s Tuesday”, is operated by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum and is based at Addison, TX.

SQ A380 landed in Singapore

Just a few minutes ago, the first commercial Airbus A380 touched down at Singapore Changi Airport and parked at Terminal 3.

The 471-seater Singapore Airlines A380 (A380-841, MSN003, 9V–SKA, has been previously F-WWSA) arrived from Toulouse, where it had been formally delivered to SIA on Monday in a grand ceremony.

Some 400 guests, including Singapore’s Prime Minister were on hand to welcome the A380 and its crew after the 12-hour flight.
Many more excited people lined the beach off the Airport to witness the new pride of Singapore Airlines making its way to its new home.

Videos I found on YouTube:

Officially news coverage

A380 greeted with water canon salute

Flickr photos by various photographers

a380 singapore

a380 singapore

a380 singapore

Source: Channel NewsAsia

Jet Airways completes order for 20 737s

Boeing and Mumbai-based Jet Airways, India’s largest private airline, today announced they have finalized an order for 20 Next-Generation 737-800s. The order is valued at nearly $1.5 billion at current list prices.
“Today’s announcement reflects our continuing efforts to be the industry leader by combining superior service with reliable, comfortable and efficient operations,” said Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways. “The 737 has proved to be a reliable and efficient aircraft on our network and has provided economic value for our airline and comfortable travel for our passengers.”
All 20 737-800s will be equipped with performance-enhancing Blended Winglets, which improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4 percent. Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 50 Classic and Next-Generation Boeing 737-400/-700/-800/-900 airplanes.
“Since Jet Airways began operations in 1993, the airline has continued to offer its passengers value by adding routes and frequencies while providing a positive flying experience for its customers,” said Dinesh Keskar, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales. “This order validates the superior economics the 737 offers and we value Jet Airways’ continuing endorsement of Boeing jetliners.”
Jet Airways has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world, with an average fleet age of just under five years. The airline operates more than 340 daily flights to 53 destinations throughout India and internationally, including the United States, Canada, Belgium, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Katmandu.

VistaJet orders 3 Airbus Corporate Jetliners

VistaJet, the Swiss-headquartered VIP charter company with operations in Austria, Germany and soon in Asia, has ordered 3 Airbus Corporate Jetliners (ACJs), becoming a new customer.

With the acquisition of these three Airbus ACJs, VistaJet will expand its fleet to a total of 31 aircraft, including those on order. The Airbus ACJs will become VistaJet’s flagship aircraft, will all have the same highest standards of configuration and services, and will all be offered for charter through its innovative concept.

VistaJet has yet to select the engines that will power its Airbus ACJs and the cabin completion centre that will outfit them.

“We see increasing demand for top-of-the-line corporate jets, such as the Airbus ACJ, as our “blue-chip” clients realise just how much more comfort and space they can get for their money,” says VistaJet CEO and President Bing Chen. “As a leader in the European and Russian market, we differentiate ourselves by providing the utmost in service with a fleet that is just two years old on average, and which the Airbus ACJs will help us to expand in Russia and Asia. This investment is a further commitment of VistaJet to satisfy the most demanding customers,” he adds.

Airbus’ ACJ Family is increasingly successful, and often serves as the benchmark at the top-end of top-end corporate jets.

“Airbus ACJs are the newest addition to the fast-growing VistaJet fleet that already comprises medium to ultra-long range business jets, some of which are managed for private customers, so it’s good to know that we have been selected by a company that knows its aircraft,” says Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy.

Airbus Corporate Jetliners are the first business jets to feature fly-by-wire controls - now the industry standard - and deliver all of the benefits that flow from being a modern design. These include advanced fuel-saving aerodynamics, industry-leading use of weight-saving composites, proven reliability and cost-saving centralised maintenance for all aircraft systems.

Total sales of the Airbus ACJ Family, which comprises the A318 Elite, Airbus ACJ and A320 Prestige, now stand at more than 100 aircraft. The family is derived from the tremendously popular Airbus A320 Family, which has won more than 5,300 orders and has some 250 customers and operators to its credit.

Airbus delivers first A380 to Singapore Airlines

Airbus A380 First Delivery Ceremony

This is a historical day in aviation! Today Airbus has officially handed over the first A380 (A380-841, MSN003, 9V–SKA, has been previously F-WWSA) to Singapore Airlines in a ceremony held at its Delivery Centre Toulouse, France in the presence of over 500 guests. The aircraft was officially handed over to Chew Choon Seng, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Singapore Airlines by Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders in presence of Chief Executive Officer Rolls-Royce Sir John Rose. Singapore Airlines will be the first to fly the A380 on regular scheduled service.

For all who missed the ceremony will be photos and videos made available at http://www.a380delivery.com.

Singapore Airlines also used this opportunity to reveal their new, spacious and luxurious A380-cabin-interior, featuring 471 seats in three classes.

“This delivery really marks the beginning of a new chapter for the aviation industry and we feel honoured to be the ones opening this new chapter”, said Chew Choon Seng, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines. “With the A380, but also with the new cabin we are offering, our customers will enjoy a completely new way of flying while benefiting from the quietest cabin in the sky. In every class we’ll provide more comfort and more space for relaxation. Our new Singapore Airlines Suites - a class beyond First - will redefine luxury air travel,” he added.

You might want to watch this 2 videos.
Singapore Airlines CEO Chew Choon Seng takes the CEOs of Airbus and Rolls Royce on a tour of its first Airbus A380.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 advertising.

“This is a landmark day for all those who worked so hard over the years to make it happen. It is also a tribute to all the engineers and workers who developed the A380, as well as all our customers who selected this magnificent and highly efficient jetliner. We appreciate the confidence they have shown in Airbus and for staying with us through troubled times”, said Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders. “This is all a testimony to their faith in the product and in Airbus. We are especially thankful and proud that an airline of the standing and reputation of Singapore Airlines is the first to operate this all new greener, cleaner, quieter and smarter 21st Century Flagship.”

Singapore’s A380 is powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, which generate 72,000 lbs thrust each. They greatly contribute to the A380’s environmental friendliness. As a result the A380 is setting new environmental benchmarks in air-transport. The A380 has an unmatched fuel efficiency of less than three litres per passenger per 100 kilometres.

“We are delighted that Singapore Airlines, our long standing partner, has selected the Trent 900 engine for its A380 long-haul fleet”, said Sir John Rose, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce. “It’s the quietest and cleanest engine for the A380, with emissions levels well within the requirements of all current and future legislation.”

The aircraft’s efficiency and advanced technologies results in higher operational flexibility and outstanding economics - with a range of more than 8,000 nm/15,000 km and seat-mile costs 20 percent lower than the former largest aircraft.

The A380 will take-off for Singapore on 16th October, arriving at Singapore’s Changi International Airport the following day. The next generation, eco-efficient double-decker will enter service between Singapore and Sydney, with a special charity-flight, between both cities on 25/26th October. The scheduled services will commence daily from 28th October.

Currently Singapore Airlines has five A340-500 Airbus aircraft in its mainline fleet. In total and to date, Singapore Airlines has further 19 A380, 20 A350 and 19 A330-300 on order.

To date, total orders and commitments for the A380 are 189 from 16 customers. Subsequent aircraft for delivery to Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines and Qantas are also well on track.

SIA A380 Cabin Interior Revealed - Pictures

The cabin interior of the Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 has been revealed by Airbus. Following you will find pictures of all 3 classes - Singapore Airlines Suites, Business Class and Economy Class. (More information about the cabin layout)

Singapore Airlines Suites

Singapore Airlines A380 SkySuite

Business Class

Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class

Economy Class

Singapore Airlines A380 Economy Class

Visit http://www.a380delivery.com for more great coverage!

A380 Delivery Ceremony on Monday

Airbus A380 First Delivery Ceremony

Airbus will celebrate the first A380-handover to first customer Singapore Airlines on Monday, 15th October, with a dedicated delivery ceremony from 10.00 to 11.30 am CET (Central European Time). The exclusive event - hosted by Singapore Airlines, Rolls-Royce and Airbus - will take place at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse (France). The spacious double-decker aircraft is powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.

With http://www.a380delivery.com Airbus has set up a dedicated website to follow this historical event. Featured on this website are also articles and great pictures and videos. Don’t miss it!

“This is a major milestone for the A380 programme, and I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all parties concerned. I want to thank our teams and all those who worked hard, days, nights, and week-ends, for their dedication and commitment,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer.

At the event Singapore Airlines will reveal their new, spacious and luxurious A380 cabin-interior. The flagship of the 21st century will take-off for Singapore on October 16, arriving at Singapore’s Changi International Airport the following day. The next generation, eco-efficient double-decker will enter service between Singapore and Sydney, with a special charity-flight, between both cities on 25/26th October. The scheduled services will commence daily from 28 October.

Being cleaner, greener, quieter and smarter, the A380 is already setting new environmental benchmarks in air-transport. Per passenger, the A380 has an unmatched fuel efficiency of less than three litres per 100 kilometres.

The A380 will provide more comfort in every class and more open space for relaxation. Customers will enjoy a new way of flying while benefiting from the quietest cabin in the sky. The aircraft’s efficiency and advanced technologies will result in higher operational flexibility and outstanding economics - with a range of more than 8,000 nm/ 15,000 km and seat-mile costs 20 percent lower than the former largest aircraft.

To date, total orders and commitments for the A380 are 189 from 16 customers. Subsequent aircraft for delivery to Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines and Qantas are also well on track.

The ceremony can be viewed via Live video stream on www.airbus.com, www.a380delivery.com and will also be available for TV satellite downlink free of charge.

The entire ceremony will be retransmitted via three satellites, covering Europe, the Middle-East, Asia, Australia and America.

1- Transmission hours
15th October 2007
Transmission from 07H20 to 09H45 GMT // from 09H20 to 11H45 CET
Transmission via DVB QPSK 4.2.0

2- Transmission via Eutelsat W3 @ 7° East
Donwlink: 11 043.5 Mhz (bande KU)
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 6.6665
FEC: 7/8

3- Transmission via Asiasat 2 @ 100.5° East
Downlink: 4049.5 Mhz (Bande C)
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 6.6665
FEC: 7/8

4- Transmission via NSS806 @ 319.5° East
Downlink: 4 193.5 Mhz (Bande C)
Polarisation: Linear
Symbol Rate: 6.6665
FEC: 7/8

SAS agree to exercise options for Next-Generation 737s

Boeing today announced that SAS Scandinavian Airlines has exercised options for two Next-Generation 737-800 jetliners. The airplanes will strengthen the 737 fleet of SAS Scandinavian Airlines to support growth on domestic and intra-Europe routes. The airline will equip the airplanes with fuel-saving Blended Winglets. The order was recently posted to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries Web site attributed to an unidentified customer.
“SAS has ambitious targets to strengthen its position on the Northern European market. With these additional airplanes we can increase frequencies and add routes to our network, thereby serving our customers even better,” said Mats Jansson, president and CEO of SAS Group. “We have a long history of being environmentally conscious, so we’re delighted with the significant emission-reducing improvements of the 737 family.” The SAS Group has a fleet of 88 Boeing 737s.
“The 737 has undergone continuous improvements to meet evolving market demands. As well as being the most high-tech, most reliable single-aisle aircraft available, the Next-Generation 737 has environmentally progressive features such as fuel-saving Blended Winglets and lighter-weight carbon brakes,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president Sales, Europe, Russia & Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The lighter-weight carbon brakes are available on all Next-Generation 737 models from 2008 as a no-charge optional feature.

MD-83 with Emergency Landing at Istanbul (Pictures)

An McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (SU-BOY, 53191/2151) operated by Egyptian carrier AMC Airlines, carrying 163 people, from Hurghada, Egypt (HRG/HEGN) to Warsaw, Poland (WAW/EPWA) caught fire Thursday after making an emergency landing at Istanbul’s international airport (IST), a government official said. One passenger was slightly injured.

The fire in the Egyptian plane was extinguished, and there was no loss of life, said the official at the state agency in charge of airports. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to talk to the media.

The plane was forced to land in Istanbul due to a technical problem, but its main landing gear failed to work properly. The aircraft landed on its fuselage, overran runway 18/36, caught fire and came to rest just short of approach lights.

AMC Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83
AMC Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83

There were 156 passengers and 7 crew members aboard, and one of the passengers was slightly injured.

Link: Gallery with 27 pictures

Sources: AP, flightglobal

Grupo Marsans to order a total of 61 Airbus aircrafts - including A380 and A350 XWB

Grupo Marsans, the largest tourism and transport group in Spain, has signed today a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 61 Airbus aircraft including 10 A350-900s, 4 A380s, 5 A330-200s and 42 A320 Family aircraft (of which 12 A319s, 25 A320s and 5 A321s). These aircraft will be operated by Grupo Marsans’ subsidiary airlines Aerolineas Argentinas and Air Comet amongst others in the group. At this stage no engine selection has been made. This new order combines with the previous order for 12 A330-200s and will bring Grupo Marsans’ total commitment with Airbus to 73 aircraft.

Gonzalo Pascual, President of Grupo Marsans, explained: “This purchase is an important step for us at Grupo Marsans in our development. It demonstrates our commitment to enhancing our group’s position on the short and long haul networks by incorporating the most efficient aircraft on the market today. Furthermore with the A380, we will become the first A380 customer and operator in Spain and South America.”

“We are extremely honored by this important vote of confidence from Grupo Marsans. This Memorandum of Understanding is a clear sign that Airbus responds to the market. We are very proud of the selection of the A320 Family, the A350 XWB and the A380 by Grupo Marsans which, as we all know, control Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Comet and several other airlines in Europe and South America,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers.

Being greener, cleaner, quieter and smarter, the A380 is already setting new standards for transport and the environment. The aircraft is the most fuel efficient aircraft flying today. The combination of extra passenger capacity without increasing the number of flights, excellent environmental performance and lower operating costs is an ideal solution for the airports and the airlines that serve them.

For passengers, the A380 offers wider, more comfortable seats in all classes and the quietest cabins in the sky. Its unique double-deck wide body architecture also gives airlines flexibility to economically offer improved comfort standards without reducing fleet capacity. To current standards for larger premium class products, the A380 can typically carry 525 passengers in three classes in unprecedented comfort on flights of over 8000 nm (15 000 km).

The A350 XWB (Extra Wide-Body) is Airbus’ newest aircraft model and will be the world’s most technically advanced aircraft when it enters service in 2013. Designed to increase productivity and offer unparalleled levels of passenger comfort in its class, the A350 XWB will offer the lowest operating costs and lowest seat mile costs of any aircraft in that category. Addressing environmental concerns and cost-effectiveness, the A350 XWB will be one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft ever.

The A330 is already the aircraft of choice for more than 60 customers and operators around the world and is the unquestioned leader in its class with a commanding market share and a continually expanding operator base. The A330 provides the operator with a significant competitive advantage in the market today through very low operating costs per seat, as well as the widest and most comfortable cabin in its category.

The A320 Family, which also includes the A318, A319 and A321, is recognized as the benchmark in the single-aisle aircraft market and has 5,400 orders and more than 3,200 deliveries to its credit.

Source: Airbus