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EVA Air Cargo Begins Post MD-11F And 747-400F Era With Order For 5 Boeing 777F

EVA Air Cargo Begins Post MD-11F And 747-400F Era With Order For 5 Boeing 777F

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The Paris air show 2015 saw EVA Airways order 5 new Boeing 777F, a $1.5 billion list price investment towards building its future cargo fleet. The move highlighted the Taiwanese carrier effort towards modernizing its cargo fleet yet consolidating most economically its entire long haul passenger and freight mission on 2 variants of a single 777 type. Following retirement of its last MD-11 Freighter this past March, the airlines management had indicated its desire to retire its 8 Boeing 747-400F within three years. In fact March 23rd 2015 saw the last scheduled flight of a MD-11F in the Taiwanese carrier's color when registration aircraft B-16113 departed Taipei to Anchorage. The same aircraft, the last MD-11F still operating would soonafter arrive at San Bernadino, California for long term ...
Bell 212 Helicopter Crash In Gabon; Two Crews On Board Killed

Bell 212 Helicopter Crash In Gabon; Two Crews On Board Killed

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  ANAC, Gabon's main aviation authority in the capital Libreville announced the crash of a Bell 212 helicopter on Tuesday March 14th 2012 killing the two crews piloting the aircraft; a French and Austrian national. The helicopter went down at approximately at 1:30pm local time (8:30am New York time) while taking part in oil exploration/ seismic operations on behalf of the Perenco Oil company with CCG Veritas Services SA of France acting as the main contracting party. The crash site near the Iguela marsh land area, is located in Gabon's southwest oil-producing hub, not far from the tiny oil-producing nation economic capital of Port-Gentil. The Bell 212 helicopter registered D-HALS is owned by HELOG Lufttransport KG, a German company with advertised experience in providing helicopt...
Southwest Invests $60 million For New Cabin Upgrades Aboard 737-700

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

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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 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

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  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...
Cargolux And Atlas Air Forgo  5 Boeing 747-8F Ahead Of Delivery

Cargolux And Atlas Air Forgo 5 Boeing 747-8F Ahead Of Delivery

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Atlas Air, the world leader in cargo Aircraft Crew Maintenance Insurance announced Wednesday 21st 2011 it was “exercising right to terminate” 3 brand new Boeing 747-8F out of the 12 ordered since 2006. The 3 aircraft were due to be delivered in October and November 2011. The announcement indicates that because the 3 aircraft were among the first to be issued from the 747-8 assembly line, these 'early-build' aircraft did not incorporate the various design improvements installed by Boeing on latter (newer) build aircraft. The implication that performance shortcomings might be more apparent on these three aircraft it seems influenced Atlas air decision. Through Bloomberg.com, Jim Proulx, a Boeing spokesman explained that these 747-8 being “the first airplanes off the line are slightly short
Boeing And ANA Unveil New Livery For First 787

Boeing And ANA Unveil New Livery For First 787

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The Boeing Company unveiled Saturday August 6th 2011 the first Boeing 787 scheduled to enter service with launch customer airline All Nippon Airways early next month. The event took place at the manufacturer's Everett facility in Washington State. Japan's largest carrier with an outstanding order for 40 Boeing 787-8 and 15 787-9, plans to debut the aircraft operation with a 'special package tour' international charter flight organized between Tokyo and Hong-Kong once the aircraft final acceptance tests will be  completed.  Subsequently the carrier will introduce it on regular domestic flights between Haneda and Okeyama, as well as Haneda and Hiroshima. While the aircraft is supposed to set new standards of operating economics for its class, ANA has been keen to highlight the unrivaled co
A320neo Driving Airbus Resurgence

A320neo Driving Airbus Resurgence

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The month of June 2011 will remain one of Airbus' most spectacular with massive aircraft sales being realized by the manufacturer particularly during the Paris Airshow held at Le Bourget Airport between June 20th and 26th. With 667 aircraft sold, the A320neo provided for the greater part of the staggering $72.2 billion worth of sales realized by the manufacturer (Airbus has revealed that commitments comprising Memorandum of Understanding for 312 aircraft are worth US$28.2 billion and firm purchase orders for 418 aircraft are worth around US$44.0 billion). The A320 “New Engine Option” was first offered commercially by Airbus in December 2010 as the latest improvement of the already highly successful A320 single-aisle passenger aircraft family. Since then, the A320neo has amassed 1,029 ord

Excerpts From Interview Of Air France-KLM CEO Pierre Henri Gourgeon With The Newspaper Le Monde

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We are publishing excerpts from an interview published in the French daily newspapers Le Monde issue of May 20th 2011 and Air France news portal of Pierre Henri Gourgeon, Air France's CEO. The interview follows the group announcing it had realized a 122 million euros ($174 million) profit for the 2010-2011 fiscal year ended March 31st 2011, reversing 1.3 billion euros ($1.85 billion) lost a year before. The 65-years old Aeronautics Engineer became Air France CEO in January 2009 after serving as Deputy CEO from June 2004. He is likely to remain at that post through 2015 pending confirmation at the next board meeting on July 7th, 2011. The 122 million euros profit just announced by the Air France-KLM Group is a big turn around from the 1.3 billion euros lost in 2009-2010. His latest 'Embar...

Virgin Australia And Air New Zealand New Agreement Between Australia And New Zealand

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Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand announced a new business alliance that would improve both carriers outlook for passengers transportation services between Australia and New Zealand. The new alliance will bring deeper code sharing agreements easing travelers connections on routes operated across the two carriers in the newly expanded network. Such travelers will benefit from unrestricted access to any one carrier's lounge. Cross-honoring Air New Zealand’s Airpoints loyalty programme and Virgin Australia’s Velocity Rewards programme will further stimulate market share gains for the two participants. In the end both carriers are to share profits. A profound alteration of flight services schedules will reflect the nature of a deal aimed at providing additional convenience to travelers

Qantas And American Airlines Introducing Deeper Joint Business Agreement

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A Joint Business Agreement is being sought from regulators in three nations as Qantas and American Airlines seek to deepen their commercial relationship. Applications have been filed with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the New Zealand Minister of Transport and The U.S. Department of Transportation. An approval will allow the JBA participants to maximize their market share on the South Pacific routes between the US, Australia, New Zealand and further. Both airlines recognize that with American Airlines ability to offer up to 1,010 weekly flights to 37 destinations in North America, along with Qantas new 4 weekly services to its Dallas/Fort Worth hub (where both carriers implements code-sharing agreements to 54 destinations since March 2011) significantly increa...