Month: January 2012

Emirates Introducing 777-300ER On Dubai-Dublin Route

Emirates Introducing 777-300ER On Dubai-Dublin Route

Airlines, Featured, Headline
  Emirates is announcing it will introduce a larger aircraft boosting capacity on the recently established Dubai-Dublin route beginning July 1st. The move follows the very high demand observed on the route since first operated on January 9th . The carrier will be replacing the 237-seat Airbus A330-200 with a Boeing 777-300ER configured with 8 First Class private seats, 42 lie-flat Business Class seats and 310 Economy Class seats. Five days ago the carrier already announced it was bringing an additional daily flight to satisfy growing demand on the Dubai-Madrid route from July 1st while opening the new Dubai-Barcelona route with one daily flight from July 3rd. Both routes will be served by Boeing 777-300ER. Great expectations are also building as the carrier is set to launch its ...
In New Twist Switzerland Offered 18 Rafales For $2.9 Billion

In New Twist Switzerland Offered 18 Rafales For $2.9 Billion

Defense, Featured
  Hoping to unseat Saab's Gripen as Switzerland fighter replacement for its aging fleet of F-5, Dassault Aviation is reportedly sweetening its deal offer for its Rafale multirole fighter aircraft. Switzerland's Le Matin newspaper, citing a high ranking Air Force officer has revealed that a January 19th 2012 letter from the French aircraft manufacturer 'counter offer' will be presented to Switzerland's Council of States on February 13th. This unexpected development follows the November 30th 2011 selection of the lower cost Gripen despite the certainty that the Rafale had a scored better in evaluation against the Gripen and EADS Eurofighter Typhoon. Under the new deal Switzerland is being offered 18 Rafales at a price of $2.94 billion. This compares favorably to the $3.37 billion th...
Boeing Awarded $687 million for 15 F/A-18E/-F Super Hornet

Boeing Awarded $687 million for 15 F/A-18E/-F Super Hornet

Defense, Headline
The US Navy is awarding Boeing with a $687.5 million contract for procurement of 14 single seat F/A-18E multirole combat aircraft along with one twin-seat F/A-18F variant of the Super Hornet. The latest Lot 36 production contract for fiscal year 2012 is being executed as part of the multi-year III production agreement. Under the agreement a total of 69 single seat F/A-18E and 21 twin seats F/A-18F aircraft have now been funded for production. Operational since 2002, the F/A-18-E/-F is currently being marketed under its latest incarnation designated Block II. The Block II upgrade, operational since April of 2005 implements most advanced integrated and networked warfighting technologies concepts designed to keep the F/A-18-E/F Super Hornet platform relevant for all types of contingencies ...
Norwegian Air Shuttle Orders 222 Aircraft From Boeing And Airbus Plus 150 Options

Norwegian Air Shuttle Orders 222 Aircraft From Boeing And Airbus Plus 150 Options

Airlines
  by Karim Toure Norwegian Air Shuttle announced today Europe's largest ever aircraft order to both Boeing and Airbus. The deal valued at 127 Billion Norwegian Krown ($21.7 billion) will secure 100 Boeing 737 MAX8 and 22 Boeing 737-800 NextGen aircraft from Boeing and 100 A320neo aircraft from Airbus. In a addition, both agreements provide Norwegian with the right to acquire 100 Boeing 737 MAX along with 50 A320neo. While the A320neo portion of deal marks Norwegian first ever transaction with Airbus, the $11.8Billion portion with Boeing for the firm aircraft will officially make Norwegian Europe's launch customer for the 737 MAX. Norwegian, Scandinavia's second largest carrier which has an existing backlog with Boeing for another 55 737-800 NextGen and 6 787-8 should begin recei...
Russia To Supply Syria With 36 Yak-130 Aircraft

Russia To Supply Syria With 36 Yak-130 Aircraft

Defense
Syria is looking to acquire up to 36 Yakovlev Yak-130 jet from Russia on a $550 million deal. The news was announced on Monday by the Kommersant newspapers via the Moscow Times citing sources at Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms export agency. Advanced Fast Jet Training System The 2-seats Yakovlev Yak-130 modern Lead-In Fighter/Advanced Jet Trainer is a very effective fighter trainer solution using a tandem instructor/trainee seating arrangement. The aircraft is very versatile training proposition by offering the ability to simulate on-board systems of many 4th and even 5th generation fighter aircraft via software re-configuration. As such it offers air arms the ability to inexpensively prepare its pilots to transition to any aircraft such as  F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35, also including p
Southwest Invests $60 million For New Cabin Upgrades Aboard 737-700

Southwest Invests $60 million For New Cabin Upgrades Aboard 737-700

Corporate News, Headline
This effort is taking place as the carrier is undergoing the most significant fleet modernization effort of its history. On December 13th 2011, Southwest Airlines finalized the largest order of airplane by value and airplane count in Boeing history. The $19 Billion dollar deal (at list price) for 58 Boeing 737NG (-800 variant) and 150 Boeing 737MAX affirmed Southwest as the launch customer for the highly fuel efficient MAX variant. With the 737-800 due to be delivered starting this year, the 2013 completion target date for the Evolve Cabin will give the carrier enough momentum before the introduction the 737MAX begins sometimes in 2017. The new Evolve concept brings eco-friendly principles aboard the aircraft via introduction of more durable materials that are also easier to sustain, r...
Air China To Employ New Boeing 777-300ER On Its Beijing-Los Angeles Route

Air China To Employ New Boeing 777-300ER On Its Beijing-Los Angeles Route

Analysis, Featured
  Air China announced it would increase its flight frequency between Beijing and Los Angeles while introducing brand new Boeing 777-300ER on the route. The new 777-300ER flights will operate as flights CA 987/988 and CA 983/984 beginning June 1st 2012. The move follows Air China accepting the 4 brand new aircraft from Boeing between July and December 2011. The new schedule will see two daily flights each departing Los Angeles and Beijing. For instance China Air flight 984 would depart Los Angeles at 1:40 am and flight 988 at 1:20 pm arriving in Beijing the next day landing respectively at 05:20am and 5:00 pm (all local time). Previously flight CA983 eastbound leg originated in Beijing at 9:35 pm every evening while CA987 operated solely on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday ...
Virgin Australia To Add Daily A330 Service From Melbourne To Perth And Sydney

Virgin Australia To Add Daily A330 Service From Melbourne To Perth And Sydney

Headline
Virgin Australia is announcing it will boost its daily coast-to-coast service between Melbourne and Perth and shuttle service between Melbourne and Sydney. The carrier plans to introduce its 2 widebody Airbus 330-200 aircraft on both routes. The two daily flights between Melbourne and Perth are set to launch on  May 14th 2012. The  new short haul service between Melbourne and Sydney will begin operating the very next day on May 15th 2012. The new schedule will permit the A330-200 to conduct the 3h45min Melbourne-Perth flight departing at 1pm and 5:30pm Melbourne time daily. The return leg will allow Perth-Melbourne passengers to arrive at 1:45pm and 10:45pm. On the much shorter 1 hour-long route between Melbourne and Sydney, the widebody aircraft will be deployed in order to satisfy pe
Air France December’s Passenger Traffic Up 7.5%, But Additional Cost Cutting Needed

Air France December’s Passenger Traffic Up 7.5%, But Additional Cost Cutting Needed

Airlines, Corporate News
  The Air France/KLM group just released its traffic figures for the month of December 2011. An overall improvement for passenger traffic of 7.5% from last year's December (2010) was most dramatic in Europe with a 14.8% rise, the Americas came in second with a 9.0% increase, followed by Africa/Middle East with 5.1% jump. The carrier's Asian network only saw a 4% rise in traffic while the Carribean/Indian Ocean network traffic only appreciated by 3.6%. The 6.11 million passengers transported this past December proved a double digit improvement to last year's December's 5.47 million (11.7% more). The net increase in number of passengers transported this year is a stern reminder of last year's 5,100 flight cancellations that followed two rounds of extreme winter weather in December al...
Seven Passengers Hurt When Qantas A380 Encounters Turbulence

Seven Passengers Hurt When Qantas A380 Encounters Turbulence

Airlines, Featured
A Qantas flight QF32 that originated in London Friday on its way to Sydney via Singapore encountered severe turbulences while cruising through Indian airspace. It was reported that seven of the 450 passengers aboard the A380 Super Jumbo suffered various cuts and bruises and had to be treated upon the aircraft arrival in Singapore. The violent turbulences began apparently as the A380 Super Jumbo flight had only 3 hours remaining in its 12 hours and 35 minutes trip to Singapore. The additional and final leg linking Singapore to Sydney normally takes another 7 hours and 20 minutes. Friday's incident comes amidst newest controversial revelations surrounding the A380 safety as Australia's The Age newspapers recently published commentaries by the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Associat...