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    Air Austral sign a purchase agreement for three A220s

    Courtesy Airbus

    Air Austral, France’s Réunion Island-based airline has signed a firm order for three A220 aircraft, Airbus’ newest family member. With this order Air Austral becomes the first A220 customer based in the Indian Ocean region. Benefitting from a 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, the A220s will enable Air Austral to reduce its costs and carbon footprint on international routes in the region.

    “Air Austral has chosen the A220-300 as part of the renewal of its Medium and Short Haul fleet. These new-generation aircraft will join the airline from the end of 2020 with the aim of harmonizing part of its fleet and strengthening its operations,” said Marie-Joseph Malé, Chief Executive Officer of Air Austral. The economic and operational performance of the A220 opens new possibilities for the development of our regional network from our main base – Réunion Island – in an efficient and rational way. The 132-seat capacity module, which is more flexible, will allow us to increase our frequencies while offering more comfort to our customers and crews,” he added.

    The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least a 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, along with significantly lower emissions and a reduced noise footprint. The A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

    Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 10/15/19

    Air France takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

    Courtesy Airbus

    Air France has taken delivery of its first A350-900, the world’s most efficient all new design wide-body aircraft. The first jet out of a total order of 28 was handed over to Anne Rigail, Air France Chief Executive Officer and Benjamin Smith, Air France-KLM Group Chief Executive Officer, by Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer during a ceremony held in Toulouse, France.

    Air France will deploy the A350-900 fleet on its transatlantic and Asia routes. The Xtra Wide Body aircraft features a comfortable three-class layout with 324 seats including 34 full-flat business, 24 premium economy and 266 economy class seats. Fully in line with Air France’s commitment to the environment, the all-new A350-900 will provide a 25% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions. Additionally, the aircraft’s delivery flight from Toulouse to Paris will be powered with a blend of conventional and synthetic biofuel.

    Air France operates an Airbus fleet of 143 aircraft. It includes 114 single-aisle and 29 wide-body planes. The airline recently opted to purchase Airbus’ newest aircraft family member, the A220, which will join the fleet over the next years.

    At the end of August 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 913 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

    Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 10/09/19

    First 787-10 Dreamliner for Saudi Arabian Airlines

    Courtesy Boeing

    NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Boeing [NYSE:BA] delivered to Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) its first 787-10 Dreamliner, which will play a key role in the airline’s fleet and network expansion. The largest member of the Dreamliner family sets the benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics and will complement SAUDIA’s fleet of 787-9.

    “SAUDIA operates a state-of-the-art fleet equipped with the latest technology, and in addition to the airline’s existing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s, is now adding the 787-10 variant which will further support future network growth plans,” said His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General, SAUDIA. “The airplane’s onboard cabin features, long range capability and the latest in technological advancements are among the many aspects of what makes the Boeing 787 highly popular with our guests.” In addition to the 787-10, SAUDIA operates 13 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes, and 33 777-300ER (Extended Range) jets.

    With the delivery to SAUDIA, the 787-10 continues to expand its global presence. More than 30 of this Dreamliner models have been delivered to seven operators since the airplane entered commercial service last year. As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 adds about 40 more seats in a 2-class configuration and cargo capacity, offering 25 percent better fuel per seat and fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces. With a range 6,345 nautical miles (11,750 kms), the 787-10 can fly more than 95 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes.

    Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has enabled the opening of more than 235 new point-to-point routes and saved more than 40 billion pounds of fuel. Designed with the passenger in mind, the 787 family delivers an unparalleled experience with the largest windows of any commercial jet, large overhead bins with room for everyone’s bag, comfortable cabin air that is cleaner and more humid, and includes soothing LED lighting.

    Source Boeing / Edited by Airline Adviser 10/02/19

    October Brings Changes

    October 1, 2019, we find it’s that time to prepare for a change. Like the seasons we make some changes with that in mind we encourage airlines to do the same. Business is business not when you try to cheap your operation or overextend without making changes on the way. At this time of the year we should be relaxed in the industry, but this is not today’s world for some.

    Adria Airways was the latest airline to cease operations out of a long list of airlines worldwide. In the next 12 to 18 months more will go, and some will start up. Those start up airlines have far more at risk than any airline that started in the mid 1980’s or 1990’s. Business and worldwide we no longer have that environment. This too goes for us at this site. Therefore, we are going to be creative and this time does not tell you online as some of our competition read our ideas and ran with it!

    Competition and rivalries are a constant threat these days where others copy or try to steal your ideas. From aircraft to airports and operators operating the airports are challenged every day with the success each day with safety and satisfaction. To operate any type of business has its challenges and this goes without saying. Our wise and only free advice to those companies and airlines are remember where it all started and look back before bankruptcy.

    Year 2020 is not far away neither are a ton more changes worldwide both economically and environmentally. We applaud all those who get it right and serve each day with dedication and passion for the very next passenger. Our congratulations to many airports that received grants from the FAA and others. To those airports who endured delays due to construction another thank you for the upgrades. This is what it takes to continue and make changes as we will do the same. Were not an airport we are however involved in both the fire and aviation industry. We have the passion to continue both the difficult days and good days. We are here for you, people matter we care

    Airline Adviser 10/01/19

    Thomas Cook Major Loss To Industry

    Monday September 23 in United Kingdom in the early hours Thomas Cook the world’s oldest travel company ceased operations. Therefore, Thomas Cook Airlines no longer flying stranded passengers everywhere. The best thing though is the United Kingdom made sure that would not be the case with the biggest air lift since the world war 2. This is one event the C.A.A. and British Government had plans in place if this event came about.

    Condor Airlines is appealing to the German government as they were a major provider and link to Thomas Cook Airlines. They are still flying as we currently writing this article. Lufthansa may step in when it comes to Condor Airlines. This is yet to be decided and mentioned by Lufthansa . Condor Airlines long before Thomas Cook logos were placed on the aircraft and operated by was a strong airline. The earlier days when Boeing 707 and DC-10 aircraft were in the fleet it would not be without charter flights along with regular flight schedules.

    So far in 2019 there are many airlines that have ceased to fly the skies with many others mentioning that they are in financial trouble. Not since the late 80’s with deregulation in the states have we or the industry seen so much change. It’s not over yet more to come in the next 18 – 24 months there be more going and new start ups showing . The latest in a string of airlines are Jet Airways from India, Aigle Azur and XL Airways from France. Today September 23, 2019 in the early hours of the morning Thomas Cook Airlines, British based along with the world’s oldest tour operator ceased operations. For months there was public knowledge of Thomas Cooks trouble and this is where the C.A.A. and British government had a plan where they are fully prepared. We applaud them for this, and many other countries could learn from them.

    At Airline Adviser were not just a website therefore you do not see tons of articles in our news section. We provide many services and are very professional with the industry including consulting. For daily news and updates it is best to see our twitter account @AirlineAdviser . This is our ONLY twitter account for our company and yes, we work together with others. We travel from time to time and keep our pulse and passion to provide the best up to date analysis of the industry. Our heart and prayers go out to those who lose their jobs and for the those affected.

    Source Airline Adviser 09/23/19

    Embraer Delivers First E195-E2 to AerCap and Azul

    Courtesy Embraer

    São José dos Campos, Brazil – Embraer delivered last week from its main facility in São José dos Campos, its first E195-E2, the biggest of the three members of the E-Jets E2 family of commercial aircraft. The recipients are AerCap, the world’s largest aircraft leasing company, and Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. Azul is the global launch operator for the E195-E2 and has placed firm orders for 51 of the type. The airline will receive another five aircraft in 2019.

    Azul is configuring the E195-E2 in a single class layout with 136 seats and will deploy the aircraft on several domestic and international routes.

    “Over the last 10 years Azul revolutionized the Brazilian aviation market. We have helped to double the domestic market by providing service to regions, cities and communities that have never had service before, all thanks to the Embraer E195-E1 aircraft. Now with the E195-E2 we are ready to launch the next chapter in Brazilian aviation. We could not be more proud to bring this Brazilian aircraft, built with Brazilian technology and innovation to the Brazilian skies”, said David Neeleman, Azul’s founder and chairman of the board. “The E2 represents the next significant step in Azul’s fleet transformation, further powering our margin expansion story well into the years to come”, concluded Neeleman.

    “Everyone at AerCap is thrilled to deliver the world’s first Embraer E195-E2 aircraft to Azul. We have no doubt that this incredible aircraft will drive two of Brazil’s global leaders to new heights. We wish both Embraer and Azul every success with the E-Jets E2 program and we look forward to working with both for many, many years to come,” said Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap.

    In April, the E195-E2 received its Type Certificate from three regulatory authorities: ANAC, the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil); the FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation administration) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).

    Flight tests confirmed that the aircraft is better than its original specification. Fuel consumption is 1.4% lower than expected – that’s 25.4% less fuel per seat compared to the current-generation E195. Maintenance costs are 20% lower. The E195-E2 is the most environmentally friendly aircraft in its class, having the lowest levels of external noise and emissions.

    Like the E190-E2, the E195-E2 has the longest maintenance intervals in the single-aisle jet category with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit for typical E-Jet operations. This means an additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over a period of ten years compared to current generation E-Jets.

    Source Embraer / Edited By Airline Adviser 09/16/19

    Storms, Strikes, Delays, Demonstrations, and Heat

    Well it’s been a tough Summer for the airline industry world-wide. From thunderstorms in the Summer to Airlines with fleets of Boeing Max 8 aircraft being grounded  makes for delays and cancellations. A very hot Summer that gives many areas heat beyond records can also cause flight delays. Strikes from various parts of the world from some airline pilots to airport ground crews like those of Barcelona in Spain. Even cargo airlines have had there fair share of problems this summer 2019.

    Some airlines themselves suffer from breakdowns disputes and demonstrations we have seen more than ever in Hong Kong. We at Airline Adviser cover worldwide in the industry and are here for you. Simply for up to date reporting see our twitter site @AirlineAdviser . This gives us the tools to provide you the most crucial information. Without a doubt being there keeping you informed and advise as to what’s happening regarding those airlines or airports that might be affected.

    Now that Hurricane Season has shown us how many of us should take it seriously without a doubt. Having been in many in South Florida and our experience in both fire and aviation industry our dedication to keeping you up to date is in our heart. We are your source in many ways. At this time Hurricane Dorian is approaching east coast of Florida with uncertainty of exact path and scale. May reports say it can be as dangerous as a category 4 or slightly less. Either way it is a strong and dangerous one that has anyone from Key West- Miami all the way up to Jacksonville and all parts inland concerned. Monday Labor Day is projected to make land fall and many like us are monitoring.

    We are not just a website therefore we strong suggest you stay update with us like many others on twitter. Our feeds can be observed on the home page bottom right of our site www.airlineadviser.com Do not forget major airports you can see at our airports and facilities page. All major airlines will be monitoring just as we are same goes for airports. We will be with them too sharing this. Please be safe and remember safety first.

    Airline Adviser 08/29/19

    KLM Intention for up to 35 E195-E2 Jets

    Paris, France– Embraer announced at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, KLM Cityhopper’s intention to purchase up to 35 E195-E2 jets, 15 firm orders with purchase rights for a further 20 aircraft of the same model. This intention, which still requires a Purchase Agreement, has a value of USD 2.48 billion based on Embraer’s current list prices. The order will be added to Embraer’s backlog as soon as a firm contract is completed.

    “With a fleet of 49 E-Jets, KLM is already the largest Embraer operator in Europe and adding KLM to the E2 family of operators would be a huge vote of confidence in Embraer, our after sales care, and the E2 program. The aircraft uses 30% less fuel per seat compared to KLM Cityhopper’s current E190s. And in terms of aircraft noise, the aircraft is the quietest in its class both internally for passengers, and externally, by a significant margin*”, said John Slattery, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

    KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers, said, “Embraer has been a key partner for KLM and Cityhopper over the past ten years. Our customers appreciate the E190 and E175’s. The E2 would be a welcome addition to the KLM fleet, giving us greater capacity flexibility and help to manage down costs. In addition, the environmentally friendly E195-E2 also supports our sustainability goals with lower levels of noise and emissions.”

    KLM Cityhopper started the process of replacing its fleet of venerable Fokker aircraft for E-Jets in 2008, in order to enhance the existing network and to permit the efficient development of new routes. KLM Cityhopper’s all Embraer fleet currently has 49 E-Jets, the largest E-Jet fleet in Europe – 32 E190s and 17 E175s.

    Source Embraer / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/27/19

    Fuji Dream Airlines Orders Two E175s

    Paris, France – Embraer announced at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, that it has signed a contract with Japan’s Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) for a firm order of two E175 jets. The order has a value of USD 97.2 million, based on 2019 list prices, and was already included in Embraer’s 2019 first-quarter backlog as “undisclosed.”

    “We are extremely pleased to continuously grow our fleet and our relationship with Embraer,” said Yohei Suzuki, Chairman and CEO of Fuji Dream Airlines. “FDA currently operates 14 aircraft – three E170s and eleven E175s. These new aircraft will give us the ability to grow our capacity, allowing us to add more routes and frequencies, while also offering our passengers the best cabin in its category.”

    FDA’s new E175s will be configured in a single-class layout with 84 seats, with deliveries starting in 2019. Embraer delivered the first E-Jet, an E170, to Fuji Dream Airlines in 2009.

    “After nearly 10 years of operations, Fuji Dream Airlines has established itself as an exemplary model for sustainable growth with the support of the E175’s unrivaled attributes underpinning the success of their continued network expansion with new point-to-point services,” said Cesar Pereira, Asia Pacific Vice President, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “As a testament to Embraer’s merits, there will be a total of 48 E-Jets flying in Japan by the end of 2019. Of which, FDA’s all-Embraer fleet of 14 aircraft represents the largest of its kind in Asia and has a world leading 99.83% dispatch reliability – yet another example of how Embraer’s products and customer support have been setting new standards in the industry.”

    The E175 is the best seller of the E-Jets family with more than 770 orders from airlines and lessors around the world. Since January 2013, Embraer has sold more than 565 E175s to airlines in North America alone, earning more than 80% of all orders in the 70-76-seat jet segment.

    Source Embraer / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/27/19

    Binter Sign an Order for Two Additional E195-E2s

    Paris, France– Embraer announced at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, that it has signed a contract with Binter, of Spain, for two additional E195-E2s, confirming purchase rights from the original contract, signed in 2018. The two new E195-E2s will be included in Embraer’s 2019 second-quarter backlog and have a value of USD 141.8 million, based on Embraer’s current list prices. The airline is celebrating 30 years of operations in 2019.

    “We are extremely proud that Binter is reinforcing its commitment to the E2 program and has confirmed these new acquisitions even before the first E195-E2 delivery to the airline. We wish continued success to Binter as it modernizes its fleet and continues to expand into new international markets in Europe and Africa”, said Martyn Holmes, Vice President, Europe, Russia & Central Asia, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

    Binter will receive its first E195-E2 jet in the second half of 2019, becoming the first European customer of the E-Jets E2’s largest model. The airline is configuring the aircraft with 132 seats in a very comfortable single-class layout.

    Source Embraer / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/27/19

    Azul Sign Pool Program to Support New E195-E2 fleet

    Paris, France– Embraer announced at the 53rd International Paris Air Show the signing with Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras, S.A. of a long-term Flight Hour Pool Program agreement to provide repairable component support for the carrier’s brand new fleet of Embraer E195-E2 jets, the second generation of the E-Jets family.

    Azul, which placed a total order of 51 E195-E2, is the global launch customer for the new aircraft and will receive the first delivery during the second half of this year. The multiyear Flight Hour Pool Program agreement includes material services engineering and advanced component exchanges from Embraer spare parts facilities in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

    “Signing up for this service of Embraer reiterates our philosophy of recognizing the value of Brazilian products. We are the only airline in the country to acquire aircraft manufactured in Brazil and, strengthening our partnership with Embraer, we will be the launchers of the new generation of the company’s E-Jets. This support which we agreed upon with them will guarantee an even more efficient operation, with greater aircraft competitiveness and availability, which will also impact the satisfaction of those who fly Azul,” said Alex Malfitani, Vice President of Finance, Azul.

    Embraer’s Flight Hour Pool Program, which currently supports more than 40 airlines worldwide, is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment on high value repairable inventories and resources and to take advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and its vast component repair service provider network. The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehousing space, and the virtual elimination of the need for resources required for repair management, while ultimately providing guaranteed performance levels.

    The E195-E2 is the second of three new aircraft models that make up the E2 family of aircraft. The E190-E2 is already being operated by Norway’s Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, and Air Astana, a flag carrier of Kazakhstan.

    Source Embraer / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/27/19

    United Airlines sign contract for up to 39 E175s

    Paris, France– Embraer announced, at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, that it has signed a contract with United Airlines for up to 39 E175s. The order comprises 20 firm aircraft and 19 options in a 70-seat configuration. The order has a value of USD 1.9 billion, based on Embraer’s current list prices, with all options being exercised. The firm order will be included on Embraer’s 2019 second-quarter backlog. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020. These aircraft will replace older 70-seat aircraft currently operated by United’s regional partners.

    “With this contract, we have the opportunity to continue serving United’s fleet with our class-leading E175 platform,” said Charlie Hillis, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North America, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Embraer’s dedication to finding solutions that meet our customer’s needs is the primary reason we continue to outperform in this market segment.”

    “The E175, operated by our regional partners, has proven to be an important part of our fleet as we continue to grow our mainline airline and provide an enhanced customer experience,” said Gerry Laderman, Chief Financial Officer of United Airlines. “As we focus on providing our customers the utmost comfort and convenience, we will rely on aircraft like the E175 to help us achieve our goal of delivering the best experience in the sky.”

    Including this new contract, Embraer has sold more than 585 E175s to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in this 70-76-seat jet segment.

    Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft up to 150 seats with more than 100 customers from all over the world. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,500 aircraft have been delivered. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 75 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.

    Source Embraer / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/27/19

    Boeing Statement on 737 MAX software

    CHICAGO, June 26, 2019 – The safety of our airplanes is Boeing’s highest priority. During the FAA’s review of the 737 MAX software update and recent simulator sessions, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified an additional requirement that it has asked the company to address through the software changes that the company has been developing for the past eight months. The FAA review and process for returning the 737 MAX to passenger service are designed to result in a thorough and comprehensive assessment. Boeing agrees with the FAA’s decision and request and is working on the required software. Addressing this condition will reduce pilot workload by accounting for a potential source of commanded stabilizer motion. Boeing will not offer the 737 MAX for certification by the FAA until we have satisfied all requirements for certification of the MAX and its safe return to service.

    Source Boeing / Shared By Airline Adviser 06/27/19

    Turkish Airlines expands network with its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

    Courtesy Boeing

    SEATTLE, June 26, 2019 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner for Turkish Airlines, which plans to use the airplane’s fuel efficiency, range, reliability and size to operate new non-stop international routes such as Bali, Bogota-Panama, Washington and Atlanta.

    “Turkish Airlines has been committed to continuously expanding its range of services on and off-ground as it grows in reach and flies to more international destinations than any other carrier in the world. With this goal in mind, we’re thrilled to reach new horizons with the addition of the 787-9 Dreamliner to our fleet flying from our new home, Istanbul Airport,” said M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines’ Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee. “The aircraft’s advanced technology, fuel efficiency, and passenger-centric cabin design will all help us remain the first choice for travelers and provide our loyal flyers across the globe with a best-in-class experience for years to come.”

    Turkish Airlines’ Dreamliner has seating capacity for 300 passengers, including 270 economy class seats and 30 business class seats. The carrier’s 787 includes long haul economy class seats and business class monuments produced in Turkey by Turkish suppliers.

    Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/27/19

    EVA Air Takes Delivery of Its First Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

    Courtesy Boeing

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., /PRNewswire/ — EVA Air today celebrated the delivery of its first Boeing [NYSE:BA] 787-10 Dreamliner, marking the first of 20 super-efficient 787-10s the carrier plans to use on high-density routes within Asia later this summer. The airline, which is also celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, already operates a fleet of four 787-9 Dreamliners.

    “The 787 Dreamliner has become the flagship of our fleet and we will leverage the airplane’s unrivaled fuel efficiency, reliability and size to operate high-density markets in Asia,” said Steve Lin, Chairman of EVA Air. “The 787-10 offers around 15 percent more cabin space and cargo capacity compared to our existing 787-9s and this added capability will allow us to explore new opportunities for future growth in the emerging markets within Asia Pacific. As a five-star airline, we are committed to providing world-class service and products to our customers and these new airplanes will be key to our long-term success.”

    Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by advanced GEnx engines, EVA Air’s 787-10 is the largest member of the fuel-efficient and passenger-pleasing Dreamliner family. At 224 feet long (68 meters), EVA Air’s 787-10 can serve 342 passengers in a two-class configuration, which is 38 more seats than EVA Air’s 787-9 Dreamliner.

    A member of Star Alliance, EVA Air serves international routes with approximately 565 weekly flights. Onboard the airline’s new 787 Dreamliner, passengers can experience EVA Air’s new Royal Laurel class seats designed by Designworks, a BMW Group company. At 23 inches wide, the new seats feature privacy panels, full lie-flat capabilities as well as enhanced in-flight entertainment systems. EVA Air also partnered with Teague, to redesign its economy class seats, which are produced by Recaro.

    Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 06/27/19