ATR: once again the best-selling regional aircraft since the beginning of the year

June 15, 2015

ATR announces the signature of 46 firm orders and 35 options at the Paris Air Show

The value of the orders amounts to 1.98 billion dollars, including options.
ATR has exceeded 1,500 firm orders since the beginning of the program.
The aircraft manufacturer presents major technological improvements in terms of versatility, operational reliability and the configuration of its aircraft.

Le Bourget, June 15, 2015: On the occasion of the 51st Paris Air Show, the ATR regional aircraft manufacturer announced a total of 46 firm orders and 35 options, for a total value of 1.98 billion dollars. The orders – which will be revealed throughout the week-long Show – have been signed with airlines from five continents, once again underlining the versatility of the ATR ‘-600’ and its worldwide success. Yet again, the ATRs were the year’s best-selling regional aircraft with fewer than 90 seats, despite a difficult economic and financial context and a highly competitive environment. Sales since the beginning of the year have enabled ATR to break through the symbolic barrier of 1,500 firm orders and to consolidate an order book of nearly 300 aircraft, the equivalent of more than three years of production.

Patrick de Castelbajac, CEO of ATR, declared himself to be “highly satisfied with the results obtained. The ATRs are once again firmly established as the favorite aircraft of regional airlines worldwide. Despite the rise in the value of the dollar and the economic slowdown in countries that are very important for our business, we have managed to preserve our position as the number one choice for the airlines”. And he added: “We are estimating demand for about 2,500 turboprops in the coming twenty years and we must continue to develop our range of aircraft and the associated services, in order to remain the reference regional aircraft manufacturer”.

With regard to development policy for its range of aircraft, ATR also made a number of revelations at the Paris Air Show. The aircraft manufacturer in particular announced the deployment of a new, improved vision system, available for the first time on a commercial aircraft. The “Clear Vision” system provides the pilots with head-up information about the flight, directly to the eyes, by means of a device, the Skylens, worn on the face. The increased visibility obtained with the Skylens also enables minimum landing distances to be reduced. This new system thus proposes an extremely reliable alternative for CATIII landings at airports not equipped with instrument landing systems (ILS).

Among the other innovations concerning the versatility and operational reliability of its latest generation of aircraft, ATR presented a new wind shear detection system at the Show. The aircraft maker also announced the installation of new ATR ‘-600’ avionics systems, for even more precise airport final approaches (RNP 0.3/0.3).

ATR also presented the new High Density version of the “Armonia” cabin, capable of accommodating up to 78 passengers (in place of the current 74), in response to demand from certain airlines. The “High Density” cabin should receive certification before the end of the year, for service entry in 2016.

ATR unveiled a new cabin combining increased cargo volume – up to more than 19 m3 in volume – plus seats for up to 44 passengers. The launch customer for this mixed cabin is Papua New Guinea’s PNG Airlines, which will receive its first delivery in 2015.

ATR also announced the opening of two new branch offices in Beijing and Tokyo, to ensure greater reactivity on two markets offering very significant potential for the development of regional air networks with turboprops.

As part of its participation in the “Clean Sky” project, a European initiative which aims to develop technologies to reduce gas emissions and noise from tomorrow’s aircraft, ATR announced that an ATR 72 prototype will be carrying out the very first test flight for the project in the next few days. ATR is playing an active role in the Green Regional Aircraft program. This first flight test campaign should be able to test new, lighter and more insulating composite materials and vibro-acoustic sensors installed on a section of the aircraft’s fuselage. Improvements in terms of lower weight and reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by the ATR 72 should eventually benefit the regional aircraft of tomorrow. These flights will also be able to test the new generation of optical fibers for improved identification of micro-cracks and easier maintenance.

Twentieth Sukhoi Superjet 100 joined Aeroflot Fleet

May 29, 2015

Оn May 25, 2015 Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company delivered the twentieth Sukhoi Superjet 100 to Aeroflot. The aircraft with the tail number RA – 89051 was named after the pilot of World War II and Hero of the Soviet Union – Boris Lakhtin.

Earlier, on April 16, 2015, the nineteenth SSJ100 was delivered to the airline. The aircraft operated a ferry flight from the of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company Delivery Center to Aeroflot’s base site in Sheremetyevo International Airport. It was named in honor of the famous Russian pilot Mikhail Efimov.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 for the Russian national carrier features 87 seats in a two-class configuration.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Aeroflot signed a contract for 30 SSJ100. In January 2015 an additional agreement on delivery of 20 more aircraft has been signed. Thus, by 2017 the fleet of the leading Russian airline would have 50 SSJ100 aircraft of that type.

«This particular aircraft completes the delivery of the second ten of the SSJ 100 to our launch customer. It is expected that by the end of 2015 Aeroflot will receive eight more aircraft of this type. Since the beginning of our cooperation, we have done a great work to put the aircraft into operation, and I have no doubt that new aircraft will contribute to the further prosperity of the airline, developing its regional routes», – said SCAC President Mr. Ilya Tarasenko.

Since the entry into service of the first Aeroflot SSJ100 the airline has accumulated more than 45 000 flight hours by this type of aircraft. Currently the airline carries out flights on the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft to cities in Russia, Belorussia, Germany, Lithuania, Croatia, Romania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine.

Volaris takes delivery of first two A321s

May 21, 2015

First airline in Mexico to operate Airbus’ largest single-aisle aircraft

Volaris, a Mexican low-cost carrier, has received its first two Airbus A321 aircraft, the latest being received during a ceremony at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Hamburg, Germany. Volaris’ aircraft will be the first A321s to operate in Mexico and will be deployed on the carrier’s domestic routes to and from Cancun.

The Volaris A321 seats 220 passengers, is equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing tip devices and powered by IAE engines. The two A321s will join Volaris’ existing all-Airbus fleet of more than 50 A319s and A320s aircraft. To date, Volaris has ordered a total of 74 Airbus single aisle aircraft.

The delivery highlights the market trend for larger capacity aircraft by Latin American operators as well as Mexico’s strong traffic growth. According to the most recent Airbus Global Market Forecast, the passenger aircraft fleet serving Mexico will more than double in the next 20 years.

“This is a very important step in our growth strategy, and the A321’s increased seating capacity will undoubtedly help Volaris address the increasing passenger demand for cost-efficient and comfortable air travel,” said Enrique Beltranena, Chief Executive Officer of Volaris. “It’s an honour to be reaching this milestone with Airbus, a key partner since our inception, who has played an important role in our growth as a company and the efficient operation of our aircraft.”

“The A321 is instrumental in bringing increased capacity on Volaris’ most popular routes, and it allows the airline to benefit from the lowest cost per seat of any single aisle aircraft,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are pleased that the A321 will help Volaris efficiently address growing demand for cost-effective air travel in Mexico while benefitting from the unmatched comfort, operating economics and fuel-efficiency of the benchmark A320 Family.”

The A321 is the largest member of the best-selling single aisle A320 Family. The A321’s unbeatable economics offer a 20 percent capacity increase and an improved operating cost per seat compared to the A320. The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 11,700 orders to date and over 6,500 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide.

The A320 Family is the preferred choice for Latin American carriers; there are over 500 A320 Family aircraft in operation and Airbus has more than 60 percent of fleet in-service and order backlog in Latin America today. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 500, almost 600 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In the last 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region.

The 15° SSJ100 joined Interjet fleet

May 20, 2015

Venice (Italy) May 20, 2015

Another brand new Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft joined the Mexican Interjet’s fleet on the 20th of May. The aircraft (MSN95066) was rolled out from the SuperJet International’s facility in Venice (Italy) and took off from the “Marco Polo” Airport for its ferry flight to Mexico, stopping in Keflyavik (Iceland) and Bangor (Maine, USA).

“The 15th delivery to Interjet represents the first half of the total order signed by the Mexican airline for 30 SSJ100 in the 93-seats configuration” says Nazario Cauceglia, CEO of SuperJet International – it is a great result and by the end of 2015 we plan to deliver additional six aircraft”.

As stated by Interjet, the SSJ100 is confirming an excellent performance with a dispatch reliability’s average of 99%. The aircraft is also being appreciated by passengers for its outstanding comfort in the cabin, the wide overhead baggage space and the exclusive Pininfarina interior.

Interjet SSJ100s are being delivered under a three ECA deal, a multilateral export credit guaranteed by Coface (France), Sace (Italy) and EXIAR (Russia), which cover the total aircraft ordered by the Mexican airline and can be tailored for the new SSJ100 customers.

VivaAerobus receives first of 52 A320s on order

May 14, 2015

New A320 marks next step towards fleet renewal for Mexico’s ultra-low-cost carrier

Ultra-low-cost carrier VivaAerobus has taken delivery of its first new A320 following the aircraft handover at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse. The A320 is the first to be delivered from an order placed in 2013 for 52 aircraft (12 A320ceo and 40 A320neo), which is the largest single deal by a Mexican customer. VivaAerobus already operates six leased A320s and will become an all Airbus operator as it completes its fleet transition from 737-300s by early 2016.

Including the first A320, all VivaAerobus’ A320ceo are powered by IAE engines. The A320neo will be powered by Pratt and Whitney engines. The aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s domestic network and international routes to the United States.

“Our new fleet of A320s will enable VivaAerobus to continue enhancing our operational efficiencies by lowering our costs and fares for our passengers, while offering a significant upgrade with the A320 cabin comfort,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus. “We couldn’t be more pleased to integrate this new aircraft into our growing Airbus fleet and we look forward to expanding our network and allowing even more passengers to fly for the very first time.”

“We are proud that VivaAerobus has chosen the market-leading A320 Family to renew its fleet and expand its network, taking a further step to becoming an all Airbus operator,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A320’s unparalleled reliability, best-in-class passenger comfort and unbeatable fuel efficiency complements VivaAerobus’ business model and we are eager to see their success evolve even more with the NEO in the years to come.”

VivaAerobus, jointly owned by IAMSA, Mexico’s largest bus company, and Irelandia, a global low-cost-carrier airline developer group, has based its fleet renewal strategy on the A320 Family. The A320’s unmatched operating economics and reliability will play a key role as the airline meets the growing demand for cost-efficient air travel in Mexico.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 11,700 orders to date and over 6,500 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide. The newest member of the A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates many innovations including latest generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020. With nearly 3,800 orders received from 71 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured almost 60 percent share of the market.

To date, the A320neo program has 345 firm orders from six customers in Latin America. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 500, more than 550 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In the last 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region.

LAN Airlines Announces Routes for New Boeing 787-9 Fleet

May 7, 2015

·      The LAN 787-9 fleet began operations in April 2015, and will gradually be incorporated into the Company’s fleet. In 2015, the 787-9 will operate from Santiago, Chile to Lima, Peru (with continuing service to Los Angeles), New York, Easter Island, Madrid, Frankfurt, Auckland and Sydney.

·      The LAN Boeing 787-9 will carry 313 passengers, 283 in Economy Class and 30 in Premium Business Class; 27% more than the 787-8 and with 23% greater cargo capacity.

·      The 787-9 is the first long haul LAN aircraft to incorporate the recently debuted unified cabin design for LATAM Airlines Group.

·      As previously announced, LAN will receive a total of 32 aircraft from Boeing, including 14 787-9 models, four more than originally ordered.

Santiago, May 7th, 2015. LAN Airlines, a member of LATAM Airlines Group, announces the arrival of the first 787-9 aircraft in Latin America to their fleet. The 787-9 is an extended version of the 787-8, capable of transporting 27% more passengers and 23% more cargo.  LAN will configure the cabin with 283 Economy Class seats and 30 Premium Business Class seats.

The new LAN aircraft began commercial service in April 2015, from Santiago, Chile to Lima, Perú with continuing service to Los Angeles, California and will gradually begin service on additional routes throughout the year, including flights from Santiago, Chile to New York, Easter Island, Madrid, Frankfurt, Auckland and Sydney.  The Company will receive six Boeing 787-9 aircraft in 2015.
Ignacio Cueto, CEO of LAN, commented: “We are very happy to receive this next generation aircraft into our fleet, which contributes to the plan of expanding our destination network.  The arrival of the Boeing 787-9 to LAN makes us the only carrier in Latin America to operate both 787 models.  It also strengthens our in-flight travel experience, transporting 313 passengers over long distances with the same environmental efficiency”, he said.

Cueto also pointed out a modification to LAN’s original request in 2007, for 32 total 787s, including 22 787-8s and 10 787-9s.  “We reached an agreement with Boeing to substitute four of the 787-8s with the newest model and we are very happy to announce that we will receive a total of 14 Boeing 787-9s in the first two years, which is great news for our passengers”, he concluded.

“LAN Airlines has become a leader in Latin America and in the world thanks to its outstanding inflight services, leadership and commitment to innovation and technology,” said Van Rex Gallard, Vice President of Sales for Latin American, Africa and the Caribbean at Boeing. The Boeing 787-9 is an exceptionally efficient aircraft in terms of fuel consumption and environmental performance, and new air humidification techniques reduce feelings of dryness and fatigue by providing cleaner air and a better flight experience for passengers.”
Features of the LAN’s Boeing 787-9
The Boeing 787-9 is capable of carrying 27% more passengers and 23% more cargo than the 787-8.  Furthermore, it can travel longer distances without stopping, while delivering the same environmental efficiency as the previous model.

The 787 family consumes up to 20% less fuel than other similar aircraft, reducing CO2 emissions by 20% with less environmental impact.

The 787-9 expands on the visionary design of the 787-8, which offers the best in comfort for its passengers:
·         Windows with up to 40% greater surface area than current aircraft, providing passengers with greater visibility during their flight.
·         Overhead luggage compartments 30% larger.
·         LED illumination and aerodynamics that provide for a smoother flight, in addition to new air humidification techniques that reduce sensations of dryness and fatigue, providing cleaner air

The LAN Boeing 787-9s debuts new unified LATAM Airlines Group cabin interiors
LAN recently announced the launch of its new unified look and feel for LATAM Airlines Group cabins. The Company’s 787-9 fleet is the first to feature this new unified cabin design for wide body aircraft and is testament to the airline’s constant pursuit of innovation to offer passengers the best possible travel experience.
The new look and feel was inspired by the colors and textures of the region, achieving a balance between the intrinsic passion of South American culture and the elegance of natural tones with a unique, personable cabin that provides a memorable world-class experience to all LAN and TAM passengers.
Premium Business Class provides full flat seats that recline 180 degrees with the same design as those currently offered, including an integrated footrest, memory system to save the user’s seat configuration, and a lumbar massage system to further increase passenger relaxation. In Economy Class, ergonomic reclining seats provide a headrest with four configurations, providing greater comfort to passengers.
The in-flight entertainment system uses a touchscreen equipped with cutting-edge technology. Passengers can access movie reviews based on the popular website IMDB and in the coming months will be able to access the Duty Free catalogue, add items to their shopping cart, and send their order to crew members. All of these options will be available on their personal touch screen from the comfort of their seat.

Cuba: el destino elegante de moda para los turistas estadounidenses

March 30, 2015

A partir de que en diciembre de 2014 se anunció la mejora de las relaciones entre los EE.UU. y Cuba, el gobierno de Obama está relajando la prohibición de viajar que ha estado en vigencia.

Ya hubo varios anuncios de posibles nuevos servicios aéreos entre los dos países, y como hay 1,8 millones de cubanos viviendo en los EE.UU. ¿los nuevos servicios aéreos se dedicarán al mercado de los amigos y familiares que los van a visitar o podría ser que Cuba sea el próximo destino preferido de los turistas estadounidenses?

El reporte ha utilizado Traffic Analyser, DOT Analyser y Schedules Analyser de la OAG para examinar:

  • El tamaño del mercado
  • Las oportunidades que ofrece al turismo
  • Las líneas aéreas que ya corren con ventaja en cuanto a servicios en la región

En 2014 viajaron 18.000 pasajeros en servicios aéreos programados entre Cuba y los EE.UU., aunque en este caso lo hicieron a través de aeropuertos ubicados fuera de los EE.UU.

No se trata de un nuevo destino turístico

Cuba ya es un destino turístico importante por derecho propio y en 2013 atrajo a 2,9 millones de visitantes. El mercado más grande de visitantes que llegan por vía aérea es Canadá, de donde provinieron todos los visitantes que llegaron por vía aérea en 2013, es decir 1,1 millones, una cifra que había crecido 35% durante los cinco años anteriores.

¿Un destino elegante de moda?

Es probable que otros destinos en el Caribe no estén muy contentos con la llegada de un nuevo competidor con que disputarse el mercado estadounidense. El número de plazas en líneas aéreas programadas de los EE.UU. al Caribe en 2014 creció un 10% con respecto a 2013, sin embargo a juzgar por nuestros datos, los tres años anteriores fueron más turbulentos, lo que implica que a pesar de que ha habido un crecimiento en la región, este se ha producido a paso lento.

¿Ventaja para los primeros operadores?

En la carrera por lanzar servicios aéreos programados, algunas líneas aéreas pueden correr con ventaja. Los datos del OAG DOT Analyser muestran que en 2013 14 líneas aéreas ofrecieron algún grado de servicios aéreos no programados desde los EE.UU. a Cuba, pero tres de ellas tuvieron operaciones significativamente mayores que las otras.

Por lo tanto, ¿qué impacto tendrá en la región la posible inauguración de servicios aéreos programados hacia Cuba?

Descargue el reporte completo para conocer cómo el OAG Analyser puede impulsar el éxito con un análisis de gran alcance.

Intercargo becomes first ground handling company to join ALTA

March 11, 2015

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced today it welcomes Intercargo, a ground handling company based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as its most recent Affiliate Member.

Intercargo provides comprehensive airport services striving for superior standards of quality, guaranteeing the sustainability of the Company.  Intercargo´s vision is to be a model company as a service provider, recognized by client air transport organizations and by the end users for its transparent and efficient public administration.

María Cecilia García, the highest authority at Intercargo, stated, “For an Argentinian, state-owned company, it is a great source of pride to comply with all quality standards required by ALTA to become a member of that association.  Our joining ALTA has the firm objective of promoting, defending and supporting the goals of the association, both in terms of the operational safety of airport services and the protection and preservation of the environment, as well as the optimization of work processes.  Upon our incorporation with ALTA we will actively contribute towards the collaboration with its members and the endorsement of other ground handling companies to join the association.”

Eduardo Iglesias, Executive Director of ALTA, commented, “ALTA fully supports the incorporation of Intercargo as its first ground handling Affiliate.   The association and all its current members can derive great benefits from the diversity of activities fulfilled by its peers within the aviation industry.  It provides greater leverage resulting from their exposure to the best practices and learnings from such an assorted range of providers.  I am very glad Intercargo is now part of the ALTA membership.”

SuperJet International announces additional 10 SSJ100 for Interjet

March 5, 2015

Venice (Italy) – March 2, 2015

SuperJet International – joint venture between Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi and Sukhoi Holding – is pleased to announce that the Mexican airline Interjet confirmed the option for additional 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft.

In 2011 Interjet originally ordered 15 SSJ100 and 5 options. The 5 options became firm in July 2012 at Farnborough Air Show. In November 2012, during ALTA Leaders Forum in Panama, Interjet announced the addition of 10 options which have been executed today leading the total firm order to 30 aircraft.

The value of the new option batch is 350 million US Dollars.

“This order confirms the solid relationship we have been able to build up with our Customer but also the sound reliability of our product which is definitely one of the main drivers in Interjet choice. The SSJ100 is a super optimized aircraft, equipped with advanced technology and offering attractive cash operating costs. We are sure that customers will continue looking at the SSJ100 as a main player in the regional market – states Nazario Cauceglia, Chief Executive Officer of SuperJet International.

Twelve SSJ100 are currently in service with Interjet confirming the excellent operations and a dispatch reliability over the 99%. The thirteenth SSJ100 has been already delivered and will join the Interjet fleet soon.

According to the airline’s operational reliability report, to date the 12 Interjet SSJ100 have completed over 21.000 flight hours and 20.000 flight cycles starting from the Entry into Service in September 18, 2013. The SSJ100 are operating from Mexico City to various Mexican destinations and starting from October 2014 to the Unites States.

“We are delighted to add 10 aircraft to our SSJ100 fleet. The Superjet 100 is a really good product, we are very satisfied of its superior performance and the reduced operating costs. The SSJ100 was the right choice for the Interjet fleet development, it is perfectly suitable for domestic mid-density routes as well as several short-haul international ones” states Jose Luis Garza, Chief Executive Officer of Interjet.

Along with the order and according to a SuperCare Agreement applied to the entire Interjet SSJ100 fleet, SuperJet International will provide the airline with a full assistance on the after-sales support as well as training services.

As of today SJI, which is also the SSJ100 worldwide training provider, has trained 130 Interjet pilots and 168 mechanics.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100, designed and produced by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company, in partnership with Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi, incorporates the most modern Western systems technology and is powered by two PowerJet SaM146 engines.

Boeing, LATAM Airlines Group Celebrate Delivery of Airline’s First 787-9 Dreamliner

February 6, 2015

First Latin American operator of the 787 becomes the first Latin American operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9

EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE:BA) and LATAM Airlines Group celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. LATAM Airlines Group is leasing the new airplane from Amsterdam-based lessor AerCap.

LATAM Airlines Group will become Latin America’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline group launches 787-9 services on South American routes in April.

With this delivery, LATAM Airlines Group will have 11 787s in its fleet, the most in Latin America. The company is building a fleet of 32 787 Dreamliners, including 10 787-9s, over the next several years.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Fifty-eight customers from around the world have ordered more than 1,070 787s, with more than 200 airplanes delivered.

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