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    Aviation and Airline Adviser in Today’s World

    We began as a website in October 2008 with the airline industry at mind. Aviation and Airline industry has changed in so many ways since then.

    The world has changed well beyond any of our imagination. We never thought we would see so much unrest in our lifetime and for the industry alone is far more complex than ever before.

    On an editorial note, even we feel this website is outdated in retrospect to today’s world events. We are not getting involved in politics nor the unrest around the world. We will stick to the basics as your airline and aviation advocacy only. Later in 2024 we will decide what direction we may take. Either way we are not giving up on this website known and the original Airline Adviser.

    Editorial Airline Adviser 04/29/24

    Thai Airways Saying Goodbye to the Queen

    A Fanfare and farewell to the Queen of the skies. Thai airways saying goodbye to the Boeing 747-400 last of its jumbo fleet. This event and gala took place April 23, 2024, in a fitting event full of tears and emotions.

    When covid-19 pandemic came around March 2020 also forced the early retirement of the airbus A380. Many of the aircraft from Thai airways still sit dormant at Bangkok Airport. That is now 4 years sitting and no movement or flight.

    Thai Airway is also going through major restructuring of the airline due to the pandemic and financial losses over the years since then. On May 17, 2023, they reached a resolution to restructure the airline and almost a year to that date things are slowly showing signs of prosperity. Along with shedding the larger aircraft and orders for more fuel efficient and latest in the aviation industry. Already flying a fleet of Airbus A350’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

    This May 2024 and future month in this year would be a great opportunity to start negotiations with airports in the US and other long-term development on the international markets. Over the years many long-distance international flights were terminated in the airline’s routes. We look forward to seeing and future discussion of the long-distance international markets from Thailand with Thia Airways

    Source Fire and Aviation TV / Shared by Airline Adviser April 29, 2024

    Overhaul Overhaul Overhaul

    We among many others have said overhaul has to be done. Well so much has happened in the airline industry we have not kept up with this site.

    Overhaul is something Boeing needs to do now.

    Overhaul Is what a number of airlines need to do now like JetBlue, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines among a few others.

    Overhaul of this site we are about to begin.

    Source Airline Adviser 03/24/24

    Akasa Air Orders 150 More Boeing 737 MAX Jets

    HYDERABAD – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Akasa Air made the announcement January 18, 2024. The Indian carrier has placed a follow-on 737 MAX order, confirming 150 more fuel-efficient jets in its order book. The purchase of 737-10 airplanes and additional 737-8-200 jets by India’s all-737 operator was revealed at the Wings India 2024 airshow.

    Akasa Air will leverage the 737 MAX family to expand its domestic and international network in the coming years. Since launching operations in 2022, the airline has captured approximately 4% of India’s domestic market, serving 18 destinations with a fleet of 22 737 MAX jets.

    In addition to supporting our rapid domestic expansion, the efficiency and economics of these new airplanes position Akasa to launch international routes in the coming months,” said Vinay Dube, Akasa Air founder and CEO. “The lower carbon emissions of the 737 MAX family allow us to remain focused on sustainable operations, while also providing our environmentally conscious passengers with a more comfortable way to fly. Sustainability is at the core of our business, and we strive for more opportunities to reduce our impact to the environment.” 

    Both 737 MAX variants will provide Akasa Air with added capacity and range on new and existing routes, while reducing fuel use and carbon emissions by 20% compared to older-generation airplanes.

    “This milestone demonstrates the strength of our partnership with Akasa Air and is a testament to the capabilities of the 737 MAX family to further the airline’s operational priorities,” said Stephanie Pope, Boeing Chief Operating Officer. “The efficiency and versatility of the 737-10 and 737-8-200 will support Akasa Air’s expansion to meet soaring demand for air travel in the region for many years to come.”

    As Akasa Air looks to expand its network in India and South Asia, Boeing’s 2023 Commercial Market outlook forecasts delivery of 2,705 new commercial airplanes over the next 20 years for the region, of which nearly 90% will be single-aisle jets.

    Edited By Airline Adviser / Source Boeing 01/30/24

    Getting Ready For Take Off 2024

    From Owner and editor of Airline Adviser a brief news release regarding this site. Since the Coronavirus locked down the Country in March of 2020, we never fully recovered out of it due to various reasons The last three years to put any real dedication as we did prior to covid pandemic are two opposite worlds.

    Effective now until the beginning of the year slight changes will be made before major changes in 2024. Many major updates from the beginning of 2024 and working back into the industry insiders we look forward to returning to a better airline adviser than before. Obviously, it will take time as Rome was not built in a day.

    Source Airline Adviser 12/18/23

    Azerbaijan Airlines Expands By Confirming Order for More Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    BAKU, Azerbaijan, /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Azerbaijan Airlines announced late April 2023 the national flag carrier has ordered eight 787-8 Dreamliners to support the growth of its long-haul fleet. The super-efficient jets will enable the Central Asian carrier to profitably open new routes from Azerbaijan and boost capacity for inbound tourism.

    Courtesy Boeing Company

    Leaders from both companies, including Jahangir Asgarov, president of Azerbaijan Airlines, and Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, celebrated the order at a signing ceremony at the airline’s hub in Baku. In July 2022, Boeing and the carrier announced a commitment to purchase four 787s; since then, the order was finalized for eight airplanes and unidentified on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.

    “The successful development of the country’s civil aviation has become possible thanks to the continuous support and attention of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. The signing of a contract with Boeing for the purchase of modern wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliners is an important step in modernizing the fleet and increasing the level of AZAL air transportation,” said Asgarov.

    More than 85 customers around the world have placed orders for more than 1,600 787 Dreamliners, making the 787 the fastest selling twin-aisle airplane in history. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family’s fuel efficiency, flexibility and range have enabled airlines to open more than 350 new nonstop routes, such as Azerbaijan Airlines’ recent connection between Baku and New Delhi.

    “The 787 has helped position Azerbaijan Airlines as the leading carrier across Central Asia, with the airplane’s flexibility and capability opening Azerbaijan up to increased tourism and economic growth,” said Deal. “For more than 20 years we have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with Azerbaijan Airlines and this order for Dreamliners is a testament to the strength of our product family and the relationship between our companies.”

    Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by advanced engines, the 787 Dreamliner can fly up to 20% more passengers while reducing fuel use and emissions by 25% compared to the airplanes it replaces. The 787-8’s range reaches up to 13,530 km in a typical two-class configuration, enabling Azerbaijan Airlines to grow its network across Europe, Asia and beyond.

    Azerbaijan Airlines is one of the largest carriers in Central Asia, serving 40 destinations across 25 countries, with a fleet that includes Boeing 757, 767 and 787 jets.

    Source Boeing / Edited By Airline Adviser 05/06/23

    Delta, LATAM to launch code sharing partnership in Latin America

     

    Courtesy Airline Adviser

    Delta and LATAM will launch code sharing for flights operated by certain LATAM affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru beginning in the first quarter of 2020, pending receipt of applicable government approvals.

    The codeshare will offer customers increased connectivity between up to 74 onward destinations in the United States and up to 51 onward destinations in South America. Important step begins to deliver benefits to customers with expanded connectivity to up to 51 destinations in South America

    Delta expects to expand codeshare opportunities to include more destinations in the near future. The airlines are also working toward introducing frequent flyer program reciprocity and reciprocal lounge access.

    “This is an important milestone for customers as we begin to deliver on the transformative partnership between Delta and LATAM announced earlier this year,” said Steve Sear, Delta President – International and Executive Vice President – Global Sales. “Once fully realized, this partnership will give us the ability to offer our shared customers an industry-leading network and superior service across the Americas.”

    In September, Delta and LATAM announced an agreement that would bring together the leading airlines in North and South America, which once fully implemented will offer significantly expanded travel options for customers with access to 435 destinations worldwide. The enhanced cooperation is subject to governmental and regulatory approvals.

    Source Delta Airlines / Edited by Fire and Aviation TV / Provided to Airline Adviser 12/03/19

    SunExpress Sign Order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates/PRNewswire/ — SunExpress is exercising options for 10 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes to continue renewing its fleet and growing its position in the leisure travel industry, the airline and Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced at the Dubai Airshow.

    The purchase, valued at $1.2 billion according to list prices, adds to a previous SunExpress order for 32 MAX airplanes. “We have a long standing, strong and trustful relationship with Boeing and thus we decided to turn our option into an order. We stand behind our strategic decision to phase the 737 MAX into our fleet for all of its economic and ecological advantages, mid- and long-term,” says Jens Bischof, CEO of SunExpress. “We have full confidence that Boeing will deliver us a safe, reliable, and efficient aircraft.

    The airline, which specializes in offering direct connections between Europe, Turkey and popular holiday destinations, has achieved significant growth in recent years as it steadily expanded its fleet of mainly Boeing 737 airplanes. Last year, SunExpress’ passenger count climbed to nearly 10 million across roughly 100 destinations.

    Source Boeing / Edited by Airline Adviser 11/27/19

    EgyptAir Adds More Boeing 787s to Fleet

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, EgyptAir is growing its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet with an agreement to lease two more airplanes from AerCap, the airline announced at the Dubai Airshow. The Egyptian flag carrier unveiled it had selected the super-efficient airplane to modernize its fleet during the last Dubai Airshow in 2017.

    The carrier began operating the 787-9 this year, deploying the Dreamliner on new direct flights from its hub in Cairo to Washington, D.C., and other cities. EGYPTAIR says the 787s have delivered on the Dreamliner’s promise of unmatched efficiency, providing a 23-percent reduction in fuel consumption compared to the airplanes they replaced.

    “The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has outperformed our expectations, helping us significantly reduce our fuel use and emissions, while bringing comfort to our passengers,” said Ahmed Adel, chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company. “We look forward to growing our network with additional 787-9 airplanes and flying more passengers to their destinations at an affordable cost.”

    To maintain its fleet of 787s, the carrier also announced agreements with Boeing this week that would provide EgyptAir with global access to critical aircraft components, including a Landing Gear Exchange and Quick Engine Change kit solutions.

    EgyptAir joins other 787 operators in expanding its commitment to the Dreamliner program after experiencing the airplane in revenue service. More than half of all 787 customers have placed repeat orders for the airplane, helping the Dreamliner become the fastest-selling widebody airplane in history. The biggest 787 customer is Dublin-based AerCap with 117 airplanes owned and on order. AerCap will lease a total of eight 787s to EgyptAir.

    Speaking at the Dubai Airshow, AerCap CEO Aengus Kelly said, “AerCap is very proud to continue to support EgyptAir’s widebody fleet renewal program and sustainable growth ambitions. We thank our friends and partners at EgyptAir for their continued confidence in AerCap and we look forward to working with the EgyptAir and Boeing teams as these aircraft deliver.”

    Source Boeing / Edited by Airline Adviser 11/27/19

    Flynas firms up 10 A321XLRs

    Courtesy Airbus

    Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s first low-cost airline, has signed a firm order for 10 A321XLRs at the 2019 Dubai Airshow. The agreement was signed by Bandar Almohanna, flynas Chief Executive Officer and Christian Scherer Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. In 2016, flynas signed an agreement for 80 A320neo family and currently operates a fleet of 27 A320ceos and 4 A320neos.

    In 2018, the airline transported more than 6.6 million passengers on 60,000 domestic and international flights. The airline is currently operating over 1,200 flights weekly to 17 domestic destinations and 53 international destinations.

    Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 11/27/19

    GECAS orders 12 A330neo and 20 A321XLR aircraft

    Courtesy Airbus

    Courtesy Airbus A321XLR

    GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric [NYSE: GE], has signed a firm order for 12 highly efficient wide-body Airbus A330neos and 20 long-range single-aisle A321XLRs.

    The agreement for the A321XLR includes an order for 13 new planes and the upsizing of seven A321s in its existing backlog. The latest order takes the total number of A330 Family aircraft ordered by GECAS to 45 and all variants of the A320 Family to 588.

    At the Dubai Airshow, Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer said: “Having one of the world’s most respected and influential lessors invest in the A321XLR and the A330neo, speaks volumes on their global appeal, versatility and solid value as an asset. Airbus thanks GECAS on its wise investment and endorsement of the A330neo.”

    The A330neo Family is the new generation A330, comprising two versions: the A330-800 and A330-900 sharing 99 percent commonality. It builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330 Family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent per seat versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500 nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation.

    Source Airbus / Edited by Airline Adviser 11/27/19

    Air Senegal Orders Eight Airbus 220 Aircraft

    Courtesy Airbus

    Air Senegal, the new national carrier of Senegal, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for eight A220-300 aircraft. The MoU was signed in the presence of HE Alioune SARR, Minister of Tourism and Transport Senegal.

    The A220s’ efficiency will enable Air Senegal to reduce the airline’s operating costs while offering passengers unrivalled comfort throughout its fleet. Earlier in 2019, the carrier was the first African airline to fly Airbus’ new generation widebody aircraft, the A330neo, featuring latest technology engines, new wings with enhanced aerodynamics and a curved wingtip design, drawing best practices from the A350 XWB.

    Mr. Ibrahima Kane Air Senegal CEO said: “These new A220 aircraft will contribute to develop our long-haul network to Europe and our regional network in Africa. Combined with our recent A330neo aircraft, this new Airbus fleet reveals Air Senegal’s ambition to offer the best travel experience for our passengers.”

    “The number of A220s operation on the African continent is steadily growing and we are proud to add Senegal’s new flag carrier in our list of A220 African customers. Offering the lowest operating costs in its category, the A220 is the best aircraft for airlines to launch new domestic and international routes efficiently,” said Christian Scherer Chief Commercial officer Airbus.

    Source Airbus / Edited by Airline Adviser 11/27/19

    Airbus Receives Additional Order From Easyjet

    Courtesy Airbus

    EasyJet has exercised purchase rights to increase its fleet of A320neos by 12 new aircraft. The agreement takes the carrier’s total order for the A320neo Family to 159 aircraft and its overall orders for Airbus single aisles to 480 A320 Family.

    EasyJet currently operates over 1,000 routes with a fleet of 333 A320 Family aircraft (39 A320neo Family and 294 A320ceo Family) and serves over 155 European airports in over 30 countries. From its first A320 Family delivery in 2003, easyJet has grown to operate Europe’s largest A320 Family fleet and is also Europe’s largest customer for the NEO.

    Source Airbus / Edited by airline Adviser 11/27/19

    Biman Bangladesh Airlines Announce Order for Two 787-9 Dreamliners

    Courtesy Boeing

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Biman) announced at the 2019 Dubai Airshow that the carrier is expanding its 787 Dreamliner fleet with two additional airplanes valued at $585 million at list prices.

    The purchase – recorded in October as an unidentified order on Boeing’s website – complements Biman’s fleet of 787-8 jets with the larger and longer-range 787-9 variant. The national flag carrier of Bangladesh says the addition of the 787-9 will help modernize its fleet and expand its international network.

    “One of our key priorities is to have a modern fleet with technologically-advanced airplanes that will enable us to expand our international reach,” said Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, Former Chief of Air Staff, Chairman Board of Directors, Biman Bangladesh Airlines. “While we have a good domestic network, we plan to extend our international network to include more destinations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The 787 with its technological superiority, excellent operational performance and passenger experience will enable us to achieve that goal,” he added.

    The 787-9 is part of a three-member family that offers long range and unmatched fuel efficiency in the 200 to 350 seat market. For Biman Bangladesh, the 787-9 can carry 298 passengers in a standard three-class configuration and fly up to 7,530 nautical miles (13,950 kms) while reducing fuel use and emissions by up to 25 percent compared to older airplanes.

    “Biman Bangladesh is showing us the powerful potential of the Dreamliner family. Just last month, the airline launched a new non-stop flight from its hub in Dhaka to Medina, Saudi Arabia. It’s a great example of the 787-8 serving as a ‘market opener.’ And now, Biman adds the 787-9 which brings more seats, more range and more cargo-carry capability for the routes that need it. The two will form a profitable network solution for Biman,” said Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

    Boeing also provides services that help Biman operate more efficiently. As part of a multiyear agreement, the airline’s pilots this year began using the Jeppesen Flite Deck Pro X electronic flight bag (EFB) platform to access mobile charts and navigational information, increasing their situational awareness on the ground and in the air.

    Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has enabled the opening of more than 250 new point-to-point routes and saved more than 45 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 11/18/19

     

    Emirates Airline orders 50 A350XWB

    Courtesy Airbus

    Airbus and Emirates Airline have signed a purchase agreement for 50 A350-900s – Airbus’ newest generation widebody aircraft. The order was signed at Dubai Airshow 2019 by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer.

    HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “Today, we are pleased to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. This follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates’ long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft, and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB.

    “Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub.”

    Sheikh Ahmed added: “This deal reflects our confidence in the future of the UAE’s aviation sector and is a strong affirmation of Dubai’s strategy to be a global nexus connected to cities, communities and economies via a world-class and modern aviation sector.”

    The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments – up to ultra-long haul (17,900km). Its Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle aircraft and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight flying experience. The aircraft features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies result in 25% lower operating costs, as well as 25% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions compared with previous-generation competing aircraft – demonstrating Airbus’ commitment to minimize its environmental impact while remaining at the cutting edge of air travel.

    Source Airbus / Edited By Airline Adviser 11/18/19