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Monday, 11 June 2018

Airbus Updates No.1855


below is the link to the incident along with pictures and video link

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Airbus Updates No.1854


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Air Belgium Completes Inaugural Hong Kong Service

Air Belgium Completes Inaugural Hong Kong Service
June 08
LONDON – Air Belgium has finally completed its inaugural flight to Hong Kong after numerous delays pushed back the airline’s planned departure date.
The delays were down to numerous reasons with the airline needing to tackle issues such as not being able to obtain overfly rights from the Russian government in time for the first flight which was originally planned to be in April and fixing their GDS system which was not allowing Chinese travelers to book with the airline.
The success of the flight, however, is a different story, with the airline CEO Niky Terzakis saying that the ticket sales were “relatively good”, however, the bookings back from Hong Kong were below the company’s expectations.
Terzakis said: “The bookings are too low for my liking. We are at about 39 percent of bookings out of Hong Kong, and it should be about 50 to 60 percent as a target.” Despite this though he was confident that the airline would begin to break even within six months of operations.
Photo: Bastiaan Hart.
The next move for Air Belgium will be for the company to continue to expand its fleet and route network. Mr. Terzakis did say that they would be looking to move more into the Chinese market with three new destinations to mainland China being added by September this year, he said that they will all be secondary cities and confirmed that one of the three new destinations will be to the City of Wuhan.
Air Belgium currently operates off of Brussels South Charleroi airport and according to the CEO a “hybrid carrier” with it offering full services at low fares. At the moment a flight with Air Belgium in Economy will cost around HK$4,499 for a single round trip, HK$9,999 in premium economy and HK$19,999 in business.
The aircraft in its tri-class configuration current has the ability to carry 300 passengers with 18 Business, 21 Premium economy and 261 economy seats, the business cabin will be laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration with premium economy and the economy being laid out in a 2-3-2 configuration.
In the future, it is unlikely that we will continue to see the airline operate the A340-300s with Mr. Tezakis saying that they were looking to bring in new aircraft for its fleet with the current planes being interim aircraft, but there has been no confirmation or hints as to exactly what aircraft they will operate.

Airbus Updates No.1853

British Airways outlines Qatar Airways A330 deployment plans

British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) has outlined its proposed operational plans for the three A330-200s it plans to wet-lease from fellow Oneworld member Qatar Airways (QR, Doha Hamad Int'l) later this summer.

Airline Route reports the Airbus widebodies will provisionally enter service on June 9 on the following routes out of London HeathrowDelhi Int'l (through to August 20); Kuwait (through to June 30), and Muscat (through to August 19).

British Airways is using the A330s to offset a capacity crunch brought about by the absence of select Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 B787s.

Airbus Updates no.1852

Malaysia Airlines drops high-density A380s

Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) has scrapped plans to reconfigure its six A380-800 into high-density, all-economy layout seating up to 700 passengers but continues to proceed towards the establishment of a charter unit dedicated to Hajj and Umrah services using the Airbus double-deckers, Air Transport World has reported. 

According to Izham Ismail, Malaysia Airlines' chief executive, the aircraft will continue to fly in its current configuration, seating 484 passengers in a three-class layout. The premium seats can attract high-end pilgrimage passengers and will also make it easier for the airline to use the A380s on Malaysia Airlines' scheduled network during peak times. 

The new charter unit of the Malaysian carrier is expected to be spun off from the parent later this year. The name of the subsidiary will be announced soon, Ismail has added. The new unit will take over Hajj and Umrah flights to Jeddah and Madinah once it has secured necessary approvals from both the Malaysian and the Saudi Arabian authorities. Until then, the services will continue to be operated by Malaysia AIrlines itself.

Airbus Updates No.1851

Nepal Airlines first Airbus A330-200 9N-ALY to be operated on their behalf by Hi-Fly

Airbus A330-200 [F-WWCT/9N-ALY]

Airbus Updates no.1850

Tunisair Airbus A320 TS-IMP sporting a FIFA Russia 2018 Livery for the upcoming World Cup in Russia

Airbus A320-200 [TS-IMP]

Airbus Updates No.1849

Airbus A320 -251N 7918  PR-OBQ Avianca Brasil delivery 04jun18 TLS-SID ex F-WXAK
 Airbus A320 -271N 8101  VT-IVG IndiGo Airlines delivery 06jun18 XFW-DEL ex D-AUBA
 Airbus A320 -251N 8173  G-TTNC British Airways delivery 07jun18 TLS-LHR ex F-WWBY
 Airbus A320 -271N 8196  JA214A ANA All Nippon delivery 08-10jun18 TLS-OVB-HND ex F-WWIA
 Airbus A320 -251N 8239  N331FR Frontier Airlines delivery 06jun18 XFW-YYR-TPA " Choo the Pika" ex D-AXAV
 Airbus A320 -251N 8247  TC-NBU Pegasus Airlines delivery 07jun18 TLS-SAW ex F-WWDM
 Airbus A320 -251N 8261  V8-RBB Royal Brunei Airlines delivery 08-09jun18 TLS-DWC-BWN ex F-WWDC
 Airbus A320 -271N 8284  VQ-BRA S7 Airlines delivery 07jun18 XFW-DME ex D-AVVY
 Airbus A320 -214 8298  HZ-AS75 Saudi Arabian Airlines delivery 04jun18 XFW-JED ex D-AXAD
 Airbus A320 -232 8311  G-WUKD Wizz Air UK delivery 07jun18 XFW-BIUD ex D-AXAG
 Airbus A320 -214 8315  HZ-AS76 Saudi Arabian Airlines delivery 07jun18 XFW-JED ex D-AXAH
 Airbus A320 -214 8319  VP-BIX Aeroflot delivery 09jun18 XFW-SVO ex D-AXAI
 Airbus A321 -231 968  TC-OEB Onur Air delivery 04jun18 CHR-IST ex 2-CETH
 Airbus A321 -231 1015  SX-ACP Olympus Airways delivery 08jun18 CRA-ATH, basic Monarch cs, different tail cs ex G-OJEG
 Airbus A321 -231 1153  YR-NTS Just Us Air ferried 06jun18 OSR-SNN-OSR, G-reg prior delivery ex G-OZBN
 Airbus A321 -231 1421  SP-HAF Small Planet Airlines Polska ferried 05jun18 ERF-OSR, G-reg for paint ex G-OZBZ
 Airbus A321 -231 2793  VP-BRQ Red Wings delivery 05jun18 SNN-DME ex GZBAG
 Airbus A321 -271N 8100  B-1091 China Southern delivery 09jun18 XFW-TSE ex D-AVZD
 Airbus A330 -243 409  JY-JVA Jordan Aviation air-test at AMM 05jun18 prior introduction to svc ex 2-RLAI
 Airbus A330 -243F 1524  A6-DCD Etihad Airways ferried 05jun18 LETL-AUH after storage ex F-WWKY

Airbus Updates no.1848

Airbus A318 -121 3390  PR-OND Avianca Brasil ferried 05jun18 SJK-NAT ex CC-CVR
 Airbus A319 -112 1612  SX-BHN Olympus Airways ferried 05jun18 ATH-KWI on wet-lease to Wataniya Airways** ex N612MX
 Airbus A319 -112 1778  LY-VET Avion Express ferried04jun18 MAN-CHR, all white, for storage ex N718CT
 Airbus A319 -132 2404  AP-BNI Shaheen Air International posn / in svc 05-06jun18 KHI-AMM-TUN-AMM on wet-lease to Royal Jordanian Airlines ex TC-JUA
 Airbus A319 -132 2452  AP-BNK Shaheen Air International International posn / in svc 05/08jun18 KHI-HMB-JD_HMB on wet-lease to Fly Egypt ex TC-JUD
 Airbus A319 -132 2631  AP-BNL Shaheen Air International ferried 05jun18 KHI-AMM prior wet-lease to Royal Jordanian Airlines ex TC-JLO
 Airbus A319 -132 2738  AP-BNN Shaheen Air International posn 05/08jun18 KHI-HBE-KWI-HBE on wet-lease to Fly Egypt ex TC-JLM
 Airbus A319 -111 3403  D-ASTQ Germania delivery 06jun18 WOE-ERF ex AP-EDC
 Airbus A320 -231 308  2-OJSN TRTO Agency ferried 01jun18 VBS-HHN after storage ex UR-CNM
 Airbus A320 -233 739  SP-HAC Small Planet Airlines Polska posn 04jun18 PAD-WAW ex XU-721
 Airbus A320 -233 902  LY-VEI Avion Express posn 05jun18 DUS-AYT after / prior wet-lease to Condor / Sun Express ex XU-714
 Airbus A320 -214 973  XY-AGO Myanmar Airways International ferried / inn svc 30-31may18 RGN-DWC-TLL-RHO-TLL on wet-lease to smartLynx Estonia, all white ex EI-EYH
 Airbus A320 -214 1130  N235NV Allegiant Air delivery 06jun18 SNN-BGR-BQN ex VQ-BDR
 Airbus A320 -214 1725  ES-SAS smartLynx Estonia regd & delivery 06jun18 MEX-YMX ex HK-4817
 Airbus A320 -214 2764  A6-ABF Air Arabia posn / in svc 09jun18 SHJ-HBE-DMM-HBE on wet-lease to Air Arabia Egypt ex JY-PTD
 Airbus A320 -214 3373  OO-SNK Brussels Airlines delivery 08jun18 OSR-BRU ex OE-IGK
 Airbus A320 -214 4122  N262NV Allegiant Air onward delivery 09jun18 SAL-PIE ex HZ-AS15
 Airbus A320 -214 6754  OE-ICG easyJet Europe ferried 04/07jun18 MXP-LJU.MXP on transfer, regd 06jun18 ex G-EZOU
 Airbus A320 -251N 7853  B-1349 Zhejiang Loong Airlines delivery 07-08jun18 XFW-TSE-TSN-HGH ex D-AXAY
 Airbus A320 -271N 7875  9H-NEO Air Malta delivery 05jun18 TLS-SNN, for paint, Capital Airlines ntu ex F-WWDZ

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Airbus Updates No.1847

Air Seychelles orders A320neo

Air Seychelles (HM, Mahé) has ordered an A320neo from Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) as part of its ongoing restructuring and turnaround plan.

The carrier said in a statement the CFM International LEAP 1A-powered aircraft will deliver during the second half of 2019 and will enable it to increase capacity on its Johannesburg O.R. Tambo and Mumbai Int'l routes while at the same time reduce its operating costs through reduced fuel burn.

“To position Air Seychelles as the airline of choice within the Indian Ocean, we need to ensure that the business is aligned with the demands of the markets in which we operate today," airline Chief Executive Officer, Remco Althuis, said. “Hence as part of the strategic plan, this new order will not only enable the airline to gradually replace its existing jet fleet with modern new aircraft, but it will also enable Air Seychelles to further strengthen its business by operating in a more efficient manner.”

As part of its cost-cutting drive, Air Seychelles ended longhaul, widebody operations with its pair of A330-200s having since been phased-out. As it stands, its fleet entails two A320-200s and six DHC-6-400s used to run domestic island-hopper flights as well as services to Abu Dhabi Int'l, Mauritius, Mumbai, and Johannesburg.

In tandem with the capacity cut, Air Seychelles has also reduced its head-count with 126 staff to be made redundant instead of the 174 announced earlier this year.

“We have just informed those that are being made redundant that they will receive their final letter with all their dues calculated. We have considered a five-month package including the allowances,” Althuis was quoted by the Seychelles News Agency.

Airbus Updates No.1846

Iberia adds first A320neo

Iberia (IB, Madrid Barajas) has taken delivery of its first A320neo with EC-MXU (msn 8221) having been positioned from Toulouse Blagnac to Madrid Barajas on Tuesday, May 29.

The IAG International Airlines Group unit has a total of thirty-seven A320neo Family purchase options of which sixteen are A320neo and four are A321neo.

Iberia currently operates fifteen A319-100s, thirty-three A320ceo, and fifteen A321-200s all of which will eventually be replaced by the incoming A320neo Family jets.