Entries in Airbus (31)

Monday
Jun272011

Airbus A320neo dominates commerce during the Paris Air Show

The recently completed 2011 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport (IATA: LBG; ICAO: LFPB) showed that the airline industry has much interest in a new model of aircraft being built by Airbus.  An environmentally friendlier version of the Toulouse-based aircraft maker's A320, the new variant shown off by Airbus at Le Bourget last week is identified by the Greek prefix meaning "new" tacked onto its name (albeit, the end of its name).

The London-based Guardian reported that Airbus did 57 billion USD (39.9 billion EUR; 35.4 billion GBP) in business during the biennial air show, at the general aviation field east of ParisAs reported here last week, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) placed an order for 30 of the A320neo.  But the Guardian reported that the Indian budget carrier IndiGo ordered a stunning 150 of the model (along with 30 ordinary A320s), and that the Malaysian budget carrier Air Asia topped even that, with an order for 200 of the A320neo.  A recap of the events at the world's largest air show, from Aviation International News, states that this latter transaction was "the largest single firm order in aviation history."

Other buyers of the A320neo in Paris last week were the American budget carrier JetBlue Airways, the Chilean airline LAN, the Indian budget carrier GoAir, and Republic Airways, an American holding company which owns six United States-based airlines.

The A320neo models will, according to Airbus, boast more efficient engines than what the ordinary A320 has.  The aircraft maker promises the A320neo will burn 15 percent less fuel than the A320 does.  If true, this means the A320neo will have an additional range (relative to the A320) of 950 kilometers (589 miles), all else equal.  Alternatively, it means the A320neo will be able to carry two metric tons (4,400 pounds) more payload, all else equal.

As it so happens, "neo" is an Airbus acronym for "new engine option."  The "neo" engines are being built by American engine maker Pratt & Whitney, and by CFM International.  The latter is a transnational joint venture between the American firm General Electric, and the French engine maker Snecma.  The A320neo is "due to enter operational use in October 2015," according to a video uploaded by Aviation Week, to YouTube.

related story

Scandinavian Airlines orders 30 of the Airbus A320neo (June 21, 2011)

original stories

Paris Air Show 2011 Report (Aviation International News)

Airbus 'overwhelmed' by sales success as A320neo proves a hit at Paris air show (The Guardian)

Airbus A320neo star of the Paris Air Show (Aerospace and Defence News)

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Saturday
Jun252011

EasyJet starts route between London-Gatwick and Catania on Sicily

Starting today, the United Kingdom's popular budget airline EasyJet will fly three times a week between London's Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) and Vincenzo Bellini Airport (IATA: CTA; ICAO: LICC) on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily.  The flights will operate in each direction on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, according to the route's timetable, available on the airline's official website.  The route will be flown with the Airbus A319-100, according to results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.

EasyJet is the most popular airline for leisure travel, based in the United Kingdom.  Its largest hub is Luton Airport (IATA: LTN; ICAO: EGGW), 35 miles (57 kilometers) north of London.  It was established in 1995, and based its business model on the one used by the American carrier, Southwest Airlines.  One aspect of the budget airline business model is exclusive use (or at least very heavy use) of a single aircraft model.  Southwest, for example, is by far the world's largest operator of the Boeing 737, flying more than 550 of them, and having 130 more on order as of this posting.  EasyJet is the world's largest operator of the Airbus A319.  As of this posting, EasyJet operates more than 150 of the A319, in a fleet of fewer than 200 planes.

[To the right is a photograph of the 100th Airbus A319 delivered to EasyJet, landing at Bristol Airport (IATA: BRS; ICAO: EGGD) in special livery, in September 2008.]

related stories

Sunwing starts Toronto-Lisbon; EasyJet cuts London-Helsinki (June 22, 2011)

U.K.-based easyJet will debut a new ash detector (June 5, 2010)

original stories

EasyJet LGW-CTA timetable (EasyJet)

Easyjet Launches Catania - London Gatwick in June 2011 (http://airportsinitaly.blogspot.com)

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Friday
Jun242011

Qantas settles with Rolls-Royce for 95 million AUD out of court

Qantas Airways announced earlier this week that it reached an out-of-court settlement with engine maker Rolls-Royce regarding last November's engine failure on one of the Australian flag carrier airline's Airbus A380 models.  The settlement is in the amount of 95 million AUD (70.4 million EUR; 62.4 million GBP; 123.1 million NZD; 99.7 million USD).

The deal was reached Wednesday morning, but during a press conference, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce refused to go into specifics.  He characterized the settlement as "a very good result," considering the recent downturn in the commercial aviation industry in general.

The A380 that suffered the engine failure happened to be the first A380 inaugurated into service by Qantas in late 2008.  It was given the name Nancy Bird Walton, after the famous Australian aviatrix born in 1915.  She was the youngest Australian woman to have a pilot's license, and during the 1930s, operated an air ambulance service in the Australian state of New South Wales.  She died in 2009, at the age of 93.

The Qantas Airbus A380 was scheduled to fly from Changi International Airport (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) in Singapore to Kingsford Smith Airport (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY) in Sydney.  The engine failed shortly after takeoff, requiring the plane to return to Singapore.  Qantas grounded its fleet of A380s (of which there were six at the time) for inspections.  This prompted Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa to do the same.  In the time since, all three airlines have expressed confidence in the long-term soundness of the A380, both mechanically and from a business point of view.

Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and Lufthansa are three of six carriers worldwide to fly the Airbus A380.  The others are Air France, Emirates, and Korean AirAir France and Emirates were unconcerned about the safety of the A380s in their respective fleets, because the engines in all of their A380s are the GP7200, made by the Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric and Pratt & Whitney.  Last November, Korean Air did not yet fly the A380.  But for the record, it chose the Engine Alliance GP7200 to power its A380, of which it has ordered ten, and currently possesses one.

related stories

Qantas looks at legal action against Rolls-Royce for engine failure (December 2, 2010)

Qantas CEO aboard first company A380 to fly since engine failure (November 27, 2010)

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation (November 22, 2010)

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Qantas Reaches Commercial Agreement with Rolls-Royce (Qantas Airways)

Rolls-Royce deal drives Qantas profit (Sydney Morning Herald)

Rolls-Royce, Qantas settle over engine explosion (Yahoo News)

Qantas settles with Rolls-Royce (CNN Online)

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Scandinavian Airlines orders 30 of the Airbus A320neo

The Toulouse, France-based Airbus has sold 30 of its new A320neo model aircraft to Solna, Sweden-based Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).  These are scheduled for delivery to SAS during the second half of 2016.  SAS also has the option to order 11 more, for delivery during 2019.

Airbus explained in its press release on the SAS purchase, that "[the] A320neo incorporates more efficient engines...which will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings."  SAS also estimates that when the A320neo fully replaces the current fleet of A320s (of which SAS flies 12), its carbon emissions per available seat-kilometer will be reduced by 15 percent.

SAS noted that the value of this order is something in the neighborhood of 18 billion SEK (1.96 billion EUR, 2.83 billion USD, 2.67 billion AUD, 3.68 billion NZD, 226.96 billion JPY)

original stories

SAS orders 30 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft (Airbus)

SAS places an order with Airbus for 30 aircraft (SAS)

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Tuesday
Jun212011

American Airlines, Air Berlin expand already-existing codeshare

Air Berlin's recently-added non-stop flights between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) in Berlin, and Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York, are now part of the codeshare agreement in force between Air Berlin and American Airlines since late last year.  The arrangement allows American Airlines customers in the United States to access the Berlin-New York and Düsseldorf-New York non-stops operated year-round by Air Berlin, on the American Airlines website.  The Berlin-New York round trip operates four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  The Düsseldorf-New York round trip operates daily between late June and late October.  Both routes are flown with the Airbus A330-200.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines expressed enthusiasm for the newly expanded codeshare.  Air Berlin's Chief Financial Officer Ulf Hüttmeyer, identified the United States as a "growing market" for Air Berlin, and expressed eagerness to "[sign] more codeshares [with American Airlines] in the future."   According to American Airlines, global distribution systems "will display the [codeshare] flights...for travel starting this Friday, June 24."

American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Air Berlin is expected to join the alliance in 2012.  Its sponsoring member is British Airways.

Also, this coming Saturday, Air Berlin, along with Berlin Airports and Boeing, will host a ceremony for the German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Air Berlin boasts that it will be the first airline based in Germany to receive a shipment of the Boeing 787.  Air Berlin flies a fleet of 147 aircraft, comprised of 74 Airbus models, 63 Boeing models, and 10 Bombardier models.  It was founded in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA.  It relocated to Berlin in 1985.  Air Berlin operates a semi-low-cost business model.

related stories

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall (February 3, 2011)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

original stories

airberlin and American Airlines expand codeshare agreement (Air Berlin)

American Airlines and airberlin Expand Codeshare Agreement (American Airlines)

airberlin: German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Air Berlin)

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Thursday
Jun162011

Korean Air flies first Airbus A380 today

Korean Air will fly the first Airbus A380 operated by any air carrier based in northeastern Asia today.  The flight will operate from Incheon International Airport (IATA: ICN; ICAO: RKSI) in the South Korean capital city of Seoul to Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA) in the Japanese capital city of Tokyo.  Cho Yang-ho, chairman of Korean Air's holding company Hanjin Group, explained that the company took a "calculated risk" when it signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus at the Paris Air Show in 2003.

Cho cited the superior fuel efficiency of the A380 (compared to the models the A380 is replacing on many routes worldwide, such as the Boeing 747) as Korean Air's rationale for investing in the A380 less than two years following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, a time of rising fuel prices and rising costs of doing business in the industry.  Airbus reported that Korean Air ordered a total of ten of the A380 model, with five to be delivered by the end of this year, and the other five to be delivered by 2014.

Airbus also explained that Korean Air eventually intends to use the A380 to operate routes to long-haul destinations from Incheon International, such as Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York, Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris, and Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  Korean Air currently uses the Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200, and the Boeing 747-400 to operate these non-stop routes, according to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.

The -800 is the specific variant of the A380 that will be operated by Korean Air, and is the most popular variant of the A380 in use by the six airlines that currently fly the model.  Those airlines are, alphabetically, Air France, Emirates, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas Airways, and Singapore Airlines

Korean Air added some posh touches to its A380s, that in some ways go beyond what the A380s of the other five operators feature.  Its seating arrangement includes 94 "prestige class" seats that lay flat.  The Korean Air A380 passenger capacity will be 407, far lower than the capacities on the A380s flown by the other five carriers.  Korean Air's A380s will also feature a bar lounge and a duty free shop.

[Pictured above is the delivery ceremony at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, on May 25 this year.]

original stories

The A380 enters commercial service with Korean Air (Airbus)

East Asia's first A380 goes into operation today (Korea JoongAng Daily)

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Thursday
Jun162011

Air France starts seasonal Paris-San Francisco route in A380

Earlier this month, Air France commenced a seasonal non-stop round trip in the Airbus A380, between Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris, to San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO).  The route is flown twice a day on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday; and is flown once a day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, according to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The westbound flight is scheduled at 11 hours 10 minutes long, and the eastbound flight is scheduled at 10 hours 25 minutes long, according to www.kayak.com.

Air France-KLM Group teamed with Delta Air Lines in a trans-Atlantic joint venture, in 2008.  Air France's press release on the seasonal Paris-San Francisco route explains that it is conducted "in partnership with Delta," even though Delta currently has no Airbus A380 airplanes in its fleet.

The seasonal route is scheduled to terminate on September 4 this year, according to Air France.

original story (Air France)

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Monday
May162011

Air France 447 black box data may be readable

Reuters reported earlier today that information from the flight data recorders of Air France flight 447, which slammed into the Atlantic Ocean nearly two years ago, may be readable.  A transfer of all of the data from the devices, informally called "black boxes," is the first step in determining what caused the fatal crash of the Airbus A330, carrying 216 passengers and 12 crewmembers, in the early morning hours of 1 June 2009.  The Air France-operated aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar near the equator over the Atlantic, while flying from Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro (IATA: GIG; ICAO: SBGL) to Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris.

Earlier this month, Air France-KLM CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon made a statement in reaction to the discovery of the flight data recorders.  He thanked the French agency responsible for investigation of civil aviation accidents (the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses, or BEA) for their hard work, and expressed a "heartfelt hope" that the data extracted would provide answers for the victims' families, for Air France, and for the aviation industry.

Pictured to the left is the very aircraft that went down over the Atlantic as Air France flight 447, according to its photographer Pawel Kierzkowski, who has graciously licensed this photograph under Creative Commons.

The photograph was taken on 28 March 2007, two years before the crash.

related story

Remains of Air France 447 found beneath Atlantic (April 4, 2011)

original stories

Black box data from crashed Air France jet said to be intact (Yahoo News)

Flight AF447 flight recorder retrieved: statement by Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, CEO of AIR FRANCE KLM (Air France)

Statement by Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, CEO of AIR FRANCE KLM (Air France)

Monday
Apr042011

Remains of Air France 447 found beneath Atlantic

Airplane wreckage and remains of some of the 228 victims of the 2009 crash of Air France 447 have been found.  This was the fourth attempt at locating the wreckage, and this site erroneously reported last year that a previous attempt was successful.

Air France 447 was a regularly-scheduled commercial passenger flight from Galeão International Airport (IATA: GIG; ICAO: SBGL) in Rio de Janeiro to Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris.  The flight was operated with an Airbus A330-200.

The flight data recorders, known informally as the "black boxes," have not yet been found.  But it is hoped that these devices can be recovered, and that the data on them can shed light onto the cause of the accident.

AF 447 located: statement by Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, CEO AIR FRANCE-KLM (Air France)

Saturday
Mar262011

SAS begins daily Oslo-Newark non-stop next Monday

The largest Scandinavian airline will start a new daily non-stop route between the Norwegian capital Oslo, and the New York metropolitan region next Monday.  It will operate between Gardermoen Airport (IATA: OSL; ICAO: ENGM) northeast of Oslo, and Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, 15 miles southwest of Midtown, in the New York borough of Manhattan.

Results returned today by the online airfare booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights show that the daily round-trip route will be flown with the Airbus A330-300.  Westbound travelers are scheduled to depart Oslo at 11:00 in the morning local time, and arrive in Newark at 1:10 in the afternoon local time, the same day.  Eastbound travelers are scheduled to depart Newark at 7:00 in the evening local time, and arrive in Oslo at 8:20 in the morning the following day.

SAS stood at one time for Scandinavian Airlines System, though the airline no longer officially uses the full, former name.  It was founded in 1946, and its main offices are located in Solna, Sweden.  It operates a fleet of Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, and McDonnell Douglas aircraft to destinations in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Continental Airlines, which operates a hub at Liberty International, is the only other airline to fly this route non-stop.  It is in the process of merging with United Airlines.

original story (SAS)

Tuesday
Dec142010

Hawaiian Airlines eagerly anticipates future expansion

Hawaiian Airlines reported yesterday on its website that it has strengthened its financial position by paying off maturing loans, and by securing an expanded revolving line of credit, which it figures it will need in order to expand.  The posh Airbus A330, of which Hawaiian now flies three, is an integral part of the new expansion according to a post made to the airline's website.  Hawaiian exercised its rights to purchase six more A330s late last month.  Hawaiian explained that it chose the A330 over the Boeing 767 (pictured) on many routes involving the North American mainland, due to the A330's "superior fuel efficiency and longer operating range."

Hawaiian Airlines was founded in 1929 as Inter-island Airways.  The airline changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines in 1941.  It operates 36 aircraft (both Airbus and Boeing) to 21 destinations, five within Hawaii, ten on the American mainland, three in Asia, two in the South Pacific, and one in Australia.  Hawaiian Airlines has received a number of awards over the past few years, including awards for punctuality, baggage handling, and fewest oversales.  Its main offices are in Honolulu, the Hawaiian state capital.  Its largest hub is at Honolulu International Airport (IATA: HNL; ICAO: PHNL).

related story

Two brand new Airbus A330s join Hawaiian Airlines (June 3, 2010)

original stories

Hawaiian Airlines Announces New Financing Facility, Strengthens Financial Position for Future Growth (Hawaiian Airlines)

Hawaiian Airlines orders more Airbus A330 planes (Yahoo News)

Thursday
Dec022010

Qantas looks at legal action against Rolls-Royce for engine failure

Qantas Airways has reiterated that it believes it has a cause of action against the British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce.  The two companies are currently in talks, and Australia's national airline says it will seek an out-of-court commercial settlement from the British company before proceeding with any lawsuit, according to www.foxbusiness.com.  Rolls-Royce "gave no response" to the news from Qantas.

Findings from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), about an engine weakness which led to the November 4 engine failure over Indonesia, led Qantas to "conduct further investigations" into the causes of the blown engine.  The flight ended with a dramatic landing back at Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS), whence it had departed shortly before, bound for Sydney.  The A380 trailed smoke as it touched back down at Changi International.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is colloquially known as the "Flying Kangaroo."  Qantas operates 142 aircraft.  It flies to 18 domestic destinations, and also flies to four destinations in New Zealand, and one in the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia.  In addition, it flies to four destinations in North America, one in South America, one in Africa, two in Europe, and eight in Asia.  Qantas operates hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport, and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  Company stock is traded on the Sydney-based Australian Securities Exchange.

related stories

Qantas CEO aboard first company A380 to fly since engine failure (November 27, 2010)

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation (November 22, 2010)

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Qantas prepares to sue Rolls-Royce over engine blast (Yahoo News)

Qantas Says It Can Pursue Legal Action Against Rolls-Royce (Fox Business)

Saturday
Nov272010

Qantas CEO aboard first company A380 to fly since engine failure

Earlier today, Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce expressed confidence in the repairs made to his airline's fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, before boarding one in Sydney bound for Singapore.  This was the first A380 flight operated by Australia's national airline since its fleet of A380s was grounded on November 4, after an engine failure over the Indonesian island of Batam forced a Sydney-bound Qantas A380 to return to Singapore.  Joyce said Qantas is now "100 per cent comfortable with the operation of the [A380]," and that his airline is in talks with Rolls-Royce over compensation.  Joyce said the British aircraft engine maker was "apologetic" over the situation.

Yesterday, a Qantas-operated Boeing 747 was delayed just before takeoff from Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY) when an indicator light showed an engine fault.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is colloquially known as the "Flying Kangaroo."  Qantas operates 142 aircraft.  It flies to 18 domestic destinations, and also flies to four destinations in New Zealand, and one in the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia.  In addition, it flies to four destinations in North America, one in South America, one in Africa, two in Europe, and eight in Asia.  Qantas operates hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport, and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  Company stock is traded on the Sydney-based Australian Securities Exchange.

related stories

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation (November 22, 2010)

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Alan Joyce on board as Qantas A380 returns to sky (The Australian)

First Qantas A380 back in operation (World News Australia)

Monday
Nov222010

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation

Following a series of engine-related malfunctions, including one on November 4 that forced pilots to make an emergency landing in Singapore, both the French aircraft manufacturer Airbus, and Australia's Qantas Airways have announced they will seek compensation from the British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce.  An Airbus spokesman said the company would seek "full financial compensation" from Rolls-Royce.  Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said it was too early to determine how much, in monetary terms, this has cost the airline, but suggested that Australia's national airline might seek compensation from Rolls-Royce in the future.

Qantas plans to return one of its grounded A380s to service this coming Saturday.  Joyce has said he will be aboard the first Qantas-operated A380 to fly since the November 4 engine failure.

related stories

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Rolls-Royce face Qantas Airbus A380 compensation over engine scare (UK Daily Mail)

Qantas Seeks Rolls-Royce compensation for A380 (Wall Street Journal)

Qantas to Recommence A380 services (Qantas Airways)

Tuesday
Nov162010

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure

Australia's Qantas Airways posted to its website late last week that they are reassigning routes originally flown by their six grounded Airbus A380 aircraft, to other Airbus planes, and to the Boeing planes in its fleet.  Routes normally flown by the substituted Boeing planes have been assigned to other Airbus planes.  Qantas specifically mentioned routes involving the domestic destinations Sydney and Perth, and the international destinations Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo (Narita International Airport in particular) as being affected by the reassignments.  From November 5, the first full day during which the airline's six A380s were grounded, to November 11, Qantas operated all but seven scheduled flights across its "international network," according to the press release.

Qantas stressed that their six grounded A380s "will not return to service until there is complete certainty that the fleet [of A380s] can operate safely."

Singapore Airlines returned one of its grounded airplanes to service last Friday.  The Singaporean national airline, which immediately grounded its fleet of 11 A380s upon hearing of the Qantas Singapore-Sydney engine failure, returned all 11 to service the next day following tests.  Then upon discovering oil stains on some of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines which power the carrier's A380s, it again grounded three of the super jumbo planes.  A second of the three was returned to service last Saturday.

Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and Lufthansa, the three airlines that fly the Airbus A380 with the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, "may need to replace one component" in the engines, before returning the airplanes to service.

Dubai-based Emirates, which also operates the A380, continues to fly the newest Airbus model with no problems.  According to Emirates, the Airbus A380s operated by Emirates use the Engine Alliance-manufactured GP7000 engine, rather than the recently troubled Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine.  According to Engine Alliance, the engine they build to power the A380 is the GP7200.  Engine Alliance refers to an alliance between General Electric (GE) and Pratt & Whitney, formed in 1996 for the purpose of manufacturing aircraft engines for high capacity, long range aircraft.

related story

 Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

A380 Update - Qantas Confirms International Network Availability (Qantas Airways)

Singapore Air Returns One A380 to Service After Engine Change (Bloomberg)

Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa May Need A380 Engine Fix (Bloomberg)

Tuesday
Nov092010

Emirates reactivates Dubai-New York A380 route

After not flying it for more than a year, Dubai-based Emirates has reactivated its Dubai-New York route, operated by the Airbus A380.  A depressed American economy caused the largest carrier based in the Middle East to suspend the route last year.  The tone of a press release posted to Emirates' official website yesterday suggests that the reactivated route will be marketed primarily with business travelers in mind. 

Last week, Emirates launched twice daily service in each direction between Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  It also launched twice-daily service in each direction between Dubai International and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IATA: IAH; ICAO: KIAH), a facility opened in 1969 and renamed for the 41st American President in 1997.  In New York, Emirates will again occupy its traditional place in Terminal 4 at Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) the New York metro area's largest airport by number of passengers served.

Safety-related questions about the A380 arose just last week when an aircraft of this model, operated by Australia's Qantas Airways, lost an engine over Indonesia while flying from Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) to Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).  Qantas has grounded its fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, and research into the cause of the engine failure is ongoing.  As of this post, Emirates has indicated no plans to stop operating its fleet of 14 A380s in light of the announcement from Qantas.

Emirates is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates.  Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates four of the longest non-stop routes being commercially flown today, between Dubai and the cities of Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the United States; and between Dubai, and São Paulo in Brazil.  It operates 145 aircraft (both Airbus models and Boeing models) to 103 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  The carrier became the first to fly the Airbus A380 to an American airport when it flew from Dubai International to Kennedy International in 2008.  In addition to its current fleet of 14 Airbus A380s, the airline has an additional 76 on order from Airbus.  Its largest hub is Dubai International, and its main offices are in Dubai.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

related stories

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

Emirates CEO Clark stands by plans for more than 90 A380s (September 13, 2010)

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s (June 22, 2010)

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original stories

Emirates offers a sky full of choices with jumbo-sized capacity boost to the USA (Emirates)

Emirates Restarts NYC Double-Decker Plane Flights (ABC News)

Monday
Nov082010

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure

Qantas Airways, the national airline of Australia, continues research this week into the cause of a mid-air engine explosion that forced the recent emergency landing of one of its aircraft.  The affected aircraft is an Airbus A380, and as a result of the engine failure, Qantas has grounded indefinitely (but for at least a week) its entire fleet of Airbus A380s.  The aircraft that suffered the engine failure had departed from Changi Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) bound for Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney, the largest Australian city (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).  Engine failure occurred relatively shortly after takeoff, as the aircraft had only made it over Indonesia when it was forced to dump fuel and return to Singapore.

"A series of recent emergencies on various aircraft" has afflicted Australia's best-known airline, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.  Investigators into the malfunctions have discovered faults with three Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, the type used to power the Airbus A380.  Singapore Airlines and the German carrier Lufthansa have said they will continue operating the A380.  Air France and Dubai-based Emirates also operate the A380, but as of this post, neither has explicitly indicated, in light of the Qantas engine explosion, whether they will or will not continue to fly the A380.

Singapore-Sydney was the very first route flown commercially by the Airbus A380.  That flight, in October 2007, was operated by Singapore Airlines.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is colloquially known as the "Flying Kangaroo."  Qantas operates 142 aircraft, six of which are the grounded A380s.  Qantas flies to 18 domestic destinations, and also flies to four destinations in New Zealand, and one in the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia.  In addition, it flies to four destinations in North America, one in South America, one in Africa, two in Europe, and eight in Asia.  Qantas operates hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY), and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  Company stock is traded on the Sydney-based Australian Securities Exchange.

original stories

Qantas Continues A380 Engine Inspection Program (Qantas Airways)

Qantas Extends A380 Grounding to a Week After Engine Explosion (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Oil leaks investigated as Qantas Extends A380 grounding (Sydney Morning Herald)

Qantas A380 makes emergency landing in Singapore (Sydney Morning Herald)

Monday
Sep132010

Emirates CEO Clark stands by plans for more than 90 A380s

Emirates CEO Tim Clark reaffirmed his airline's desire to purchase more than 90 A380 model aircraft from the France-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus.   By phone last Thursday, Clark said the current order of 90 A380s "certainly won't be enough."  Emirates already has a dozen A380s, and it plans to take delivery of its order of A380 jumbo jets from Airbus between 2011 and 2017.

Airbus was formed in 1970 in a joint effort of the governments of France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.  It now produces around half of the world’s jet airliners, and is headquartered in Toulouse, France.  Emirates is the largest airline based in the Middle East.  Its main offices are in the Garhoud neighborhood of the emirate of Dubai.  Its largest hub is Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB).  Emirates is wholly owned by The Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.  The airline has been headquartered in the emirate of Dubai ever since its founding in 1985.  The emirate of Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates.

related stories

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s (June 22, 2010)

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original story (Bloomberg)

Saturday
Sep042010

JetBlue now flies between Boston and Phoenix non-stop

This past Thursday, the American-based air carrier JetBlue Airways started flying non-stop between Logan International Airport in Boston (IATA: BOS; ICAO: KBOS) and Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix (IATA: PHX; ICAO: KPHX).  JetBlue is flying this route once per day.  The route is being flown with the A320 model, from the Toulouse, France-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

Departure from Boston is scheduled to take place daily at 7:30 in the morning, local time.  Arrival in Phoenix is scheduled for 10:09 in the morning, local time.  Departure from Phoenix is scheduled to take place daily at 11:00 in the morning, local time.  Arrival back in Boston is scheduled for 6:58 in the evening, local time.  Air travelers who book this route before the end of the day today might be able to get it for $99 one-way.  (Travel must occur before on or before October 30.)

JetBlue is a low-cost airline which was founded in New York in 1998.  Its offices are located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, in the City of New York.  Its main hub is Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK).  JetBlue is unusual among American-based carriers in that it is a non-union airline.

related stories

Finnair flies to Stockholm-Bromma starting Wednesday (August 16, 2010)

United Airlines debuts first route to and from Africa (June 19, 2010)

Air Canada inaugurates non-stop Montréal-Brussels route (June 13, 2010)

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today (June 7, 2010)

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

original story (Jet Blue Airways)

Monday
Aug092010

Emirates offers sale fares between 20 cities during Ramadan

Last Wednesday, Emirates announced sale fares to 20 of its destinations, in observation of the month on the Islamic calendar called Ramadan.  To benefit from the sale fares to the 20 destinations (all located in the Middle East, the Far East, and Africa), travelers with the airline must fly between August 10 and August 31 on the internationally accepted civil calendar (29 Sha’aban and 21 Ramadan on the Islamic calendar).  According to the press release, the sale is for ten percent off, and applies to both economy class and business class seats.

Emirates is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  But it was unclear from the press release whether the airline’s largest hub, Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) must be either a point of origin or a destination for one or more flights in an itinerary in order to receive the sale fares.

The airline recently expressed an intention to purchase as many as 90 new A380 aircraft from the Toulouse, France-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus.  Emirates is the largest airline based in the Middle East.  It is wholly owned by The Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.  Emirates has been headquartered in the emirate of Dubai ever since its founding in 1985.

original story (Emirates)

sale page (Emirates)

Emirates baggage allowances (Emirates)