Boeing, Ryanair Finalize Order for 100 737 MAX 200s

December 1, 2014

Irish low-cost carrier is launch customer for 737 MAX 200

737 MAX 200 to deliver up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency

DUBLIN, Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Ryanair have finalized an order for 100 737 MAX 200s, valued at $11 billion at current list prices. The order, originally announced as a commitment in September, includes options for 100 additional 737 MAX 200 airplanes, and makes the Irish low-cost carrier the launch customer for the newest member of the 737 MAX family of airplanes.

“Ryanair is proud and honored to become the lead operator of Boeing’s ‘gamechanger’ 737 MAX 200 aircraft, which will expand our fleet to approximately 520 aircraft by 2024 and create another 10,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers in Europe, while allowing us to grow traffic from 82 million passengers last year to over 150 million by 2024,” said Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary.

“These new ‘gamechanger’ aircraft will allow Ryanair to lower our costs and airfares, while improving our customer experience with more leg room and the Boeing Sky Interior, as we roll out new offers, particularly for our Business Plus and Family Extra customers. As many of Europe’s flag carriers cut capacity on short haul routes, Ryanair looks forward to using these new 737 MAX 200 aircraft to grow at many more of Europe’s primary airports,” said O’Leary.

The 737 MAX 200, a variant based on the successful 737 MAX 8, can accommodate up to 200 seats, increasing revenue potential and providing customers up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency per seat than today’s most efficient single-aisle airplanes.

“The 737 MAX 200 will be a excellent addition to Ryanair’s all-Boeing fleet, providing the additional capacity, improved economics and high-levels of reliability that are required for its continued expansion,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our long-term partnership with Ryanair is a source of immense pride within Boeing and we are delighted to have the airline as the launch customer for the 737 MAX 200.”

Boeing developed the 737 MAX 200 in response to the needs of the fast growing low-cost sector, which is forecasted to account for 35 percent of single-aisle airline capacity by 2033. While the heart of the single-aisle market will remain at 160 seats, the 737 MAX 200 will provide carriers like Ryanair with up to 11 more seats of potential revenue and up to 5 percent lower operating costs than the 737 MAX 8, driving economic growth and increasing access to air travel.

Standard across the 737 MAX family, Ryanair’s 737 MAX 200s will be configured with the passenger inspired Boeing Sky Interior, featuring modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. With this order, more than 50 customers have ordered more than 2,550 737 MAXs.

Headquartered in Ireland’s capital city, Ryanair operates more than 1,600 flights daily from 71 bases, connecting 183 destinations in 30 countries. Currently operating 300 Next-Generation 737-800s, Ryanair took delivery of its first 737 in 1994, and now operates the largest fleet of Boeing airplanes in Europe. With a team of more than 9,700 highly skilled professionals, the airline is expected to fly more than 89 million passengers this year.

Azul orders 35 A320neo

December 1, 2014

Brazilian airline complements fleet with A320s for domestic long haul flights

Azul Brazilian Airlines has signed a purchase agreement for 35 A320neo Family aircraft. The airline, which is also leasing another 28 A320neo aircraft, has chosen the A320neo Family to carry out domestic long haul flights and high density routes, including Campinas – Salvador and Campinas – Recife. For Azul, an important driver for selecting the A320neo was the aircraft’s low operating costs and excellent fuel efficiency.  Azul has selected CFM engines for their A320neo fleet.

“Azul is an airline that truly serves all of Brazil. With more than 100 destinations , Azul will soon offer even more seats on our longer haul flights, allowing us to reduce operating costs,” said David Neeleman, CEO and Founder of Azul. “In addition to its market leading economics, which will allow Azul to stimulate new demand, the A320neo is also a perfect complement to our E-Jet fleet, giving us additional seats and capacity that can be dedicated to strategic projects like TudoAzul, Azul Viagens and Azul Cargo.”

“Airbus welcomes Azul to the A320 Family and is proud that they will rely on the A320neo’s unbeatable productivity and fuel efficiency to expand their services,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “We are pleased that Azul recognizes Airbus’ commitment to Brazil and the importance of operating the high performance A320neo in key airports such as Santos Dumont in Rio. This order truly underscores the leading position of the A320neo in the single aisle market.”

In April, Azul announced that it would start operating long haul flights by early December. The airline expects to fly new international routes with a fleet of 12 leased wide body Airbus aircraft, including seven Airbus A330-200 and later five Airbus A350-900 equipped with Rolls-Royce engines.

Airbus has obtained regulatory approval for training of A350 XWB airline pilots in accordance with the original goal of an A330/A350 “Common Type Rating” (CTR). This will enable Azul pilots to benefit from reduced training time in the transition from one Airbus jetliner model to another, resulting in significant benefits for airline profitability, pilot productivity and scheduling flexibility.‎

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 11,000 orders to date and over 6,200 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide. Thanks to its widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer the industry’s best level of comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. The newest member of the A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets (wing tip devices) which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings. Firm orders for the NEO reached over 3,200 aircraft from 60 customers, representing a 60 percent market share in its category.

Airbus A350-900 receives FAA Type Certification

November 14, 2014

Successfully achieves industry’s most rigorous aircraft test programme
The world’s latest generation commercial airliner, the A350-900, received Type Certification on the 12th November from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at FAA headquarters in Washington D.C. FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan and Airbus Group Inc. Chairman Allan McArtor were among the signing authorities at the official ceremony. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Today’s milestone follows the A350-900 Type Certification awarded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30th September.

The A350-900’s respective FAA and EASA certification awards come after Airbus successfully finished a stringent program of certification trials which took the A350-900 airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure all airworthiness criteria are fully met. The fleet of five test A350-900 aircraft completed the certification flight test campaign, on time, having accumulated more than 2,600 flight test hours to create and successfully achieve one of the aviation industry’s most thorough and efficient test programs ever developed for a commercial airliner.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range product line and the newest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family. The A350 XWB stands out in its class thanks to its combination of passenger comfort, technological innovation and its unique industrial process. Built hand-in-hand with our customers, the A350 XWB sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. At the end of October 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide.

Reduced Thrust Take-Off Certified for Sukhoi Superjet 100

November 14, 2014

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company received a Supplemental Type Certificate, which allows Sukhoi Superjet 100 to perform reduced thrust takeoff.

Operating mode with engines working with a reduced engine speed and lower turbine gas temperature allows to reduce engine load and to extend engine lifetime, so this, in turn, minimizes aircraft maintenance cost.

Reduced thrust takeoff mode on Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft can be used in the airports with runway exceeding 2000 meters in length.

Being a part of Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft development program, tests have been conducted on a prototype 95003 in Ramenskoe aerodrome, in Zhukovsky, near Moscow. During the tests, 22 flights with different levels of thrust have been performed.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company constantly works on expanding operating conditions of Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft and improving aircraft type design.

A large-scale certification program has been carried out in 2014, and as a result, the Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) has confirmed the possibility of SSJ100 aircraft to perform autoland under CAT IIIa. IAC AR has also issued Supplemental Type Certificate for expansion of operating conditions regarding performance of flights under RNAV1 and P-RNAV, crosswind limitation on runways with low Mu-factor, as well as regarding aircraft operation on narrow 30-meter-wide runways.

AJW Aviation signs ground-breaking PBH contract with start-up Qingdao Airlines

October 27, 2014

Shanghai, October 27th 2014:  In partnership with CASC (China Aviation Supplies Corporation) in Beijing, AJW Aviation has signed a six year contract to provide power-by-the-hour support to Qingdao Airlines’ fleet of A320 aircraft.
Established by the Nashan Group, the Qingdao Municipal Government and Shandong Airlines, Qingdao Airlines launched operations earlier this year providing domestic services to destinations across China. The airline has announced future orders for a total of 23 A320 family aircraft, including 5 A320ceos and 18 A320neos, with the first delivery expected in 2018, and the fleet growing to over 50 aircraft in the next 6 years.

This is the first co-operative project between AJW and CASC and it combines benefits from both sides to deliver a more valuable service to the airline. Qingdao Airlines acknowledged the important contribution that AJW and CASC are making to its operational efficiency at an official banquet in Qingdao last month, noting the  24/7 AOG and critical response support backed up by locally sited inventories of A320 spares which together are reinforcing the cost-efficient solutions. They stated that CASC was instrumental in securing AJW Aviation as Qingdao Airlines’ power-by-hour and repair management partner, recognising not only the depth of experience from CASC, but also AJW’s expertise in providing this service for airlines of all sizes around the world.

Start-up operator, Qingdao Airlines, is focused on the rapid growth of the Chinese air transportation market. It is estimated that between 450 million to 500 million passenger trips will be made annually in China by 2015 and this represents over 100% increase since 2009.

In addition to Qingdao Airlines, AJW is also actively engaged with Air China, Shandong Airlines, China Eastern and Hainan Airlines for the provision of spare rotable and engine components.

LAN and TAM will be the first airline companies in South America to allow mobile devices to remain on in “airplane mode” during the entire flight

October 15, 2014

This new option for passengers will gradually be implemented throughout the company’s fleet and will begin today with aircraft operating in Ecuador.

Santiago, October 14, 2014 – LAN and TAM, both members of the LATAM Airlines Group, announced that all their passengers can maintain their mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) turned on in “airplane mode” throughout the flight, including during take-off and landing.

This new option for passengers will gradually be implemented in the aircraft that make up the group’s fleet and starting today with aircraft that operate flights within Ecuador, allowing passengers to have access to work, entertainment and information on their devices during all stages of the flight.

“At both LAN and TAM, we are always concerned in optimizing each stage of our flights. Each day, more and more people use mobile technologies and we strive hard to be the pioneers in any innovation that can be implemented in our aircraft. Allowing uninterrupted use of mobile devices on our aircraft is in line with this principle and is an important investment to improve the travel experience of our passengers,” said Jerome Cadier, VP Marketing of the LATAM Group.

The project was executed by LAN and TAM in partnership with the aviation authorities of each country where the group companies operate, in order to carry out the tests required to approve all their aircraft, thus maintaining the highest safety standards.

ALTA Member Airlines Passenger Traffic Increases 5.7% in August

October 14, 2014

Miami, October 10, 2014 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) announced that its member airlines carried 15.4 million passengers in August, up 5.7% from the previous year.

Traffic (RPK) grew 4.3% and capacity (ASK) increased 0.4%, bringing up the load factor to 81.0%, 3.1 percentage points higher than in August 2013.

The number of passengers carried year-to-date increased 5.8% versus the same period of the previous year, reaching 117.7 million passengers. During the aforementioned period, traffic (RPK) rose 5.8%, capacity (ASK) increased 2.4%, and the passenger load factor reached 79.5%, 2.6 percentage points higher than the previous year.

Freight ton kilometers declined 1.6% in August but increased 0.1% year-to-date.

Rolls-Royce Joins Growing ALTA Affiliates Base

October 10, 2014

Miami (October 7, 2014) – Rolls-Royce is the latest organization to join the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) as an Affiliate Member, effective today.  ALTA safeguards the interests of the region´s industry by facilitating the development of safer, more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly air transport in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Marine & Industrial Power Systems (MIPS). These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines, for use on land, at sea and in the air.

Chris Bewley, Rolls-Royce, Vice President Customers – Civil Large Engines, said:  “The Latin American and Caribbean aerospace industry is important to Rolls-Royce and we have increased our presence in the region through sales of products and services. We look forward to supporting ALTA’s goals of developing safety, efficiency and environmental performance in the region.”

Eduardo Iglesias, ALTA´s Executive Director, added, “We are excited to welcome Rolls-Royce into our roster of Affiliate members.  We embrace the diversity of affiliates related to aviation and appreciate the interest of Rolls-Royce to pursue closer ties with the aviation world in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The company has a long-standing presence in the region and has forged relationships with some of the major stakeholders in the industry.  I believe Rolls-Royce will contribute strongly to ALTA´s membership base.”

LATAM Airlines Group reports preliminary monthly statistics for September 2014

October 10, 2014

Santiago, Chile, October 9, 2014– LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its subsidiaries, (“LATAM Airlines Group” or “the Company”) (NYSE: LFL / IPSA: LAN / Bovespa: LATM33), the leading airline group in Latin America, today reported its preliminary monthly traffic statistics for September 2014 compared to September 2013.
System passenger traffic increased by 2.6% while capacity increased by 1.0%. As a result, the Company’s load factor for the month increased 1.3 points to 84.3%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 53% of the month’s total passenger traffic.
Domestic passenger traffic in LATAM Airlines Group’s Spanish speaking operations (Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia) rose 7.3%, while capacity increased by 4.5%. As a consequence, the domestic passenger load factor increased 2.1 points to 80.9%.
Domestic passenger traffic in Brazil decreased by 1.4%, while capacity increased by 0.6%. As a consequence, the domestic Brazil passenger load factor decreased 1.6 points to 79.6%.
International passenger traffic increased by 3.7%, while capacity increased by 0.2%. Accordingly, the international passenger load factor for the month increased 3.0 points to 88.5%. International traffic includes international operations of both LAN and TAM on regional and long haul routes.
Cargo traffic for LATAM decreased 3.2% as capacity decreased 3.6%. As a consequence, the cargo load factor increased 0.2 points to 59.4%. The decrease in cargo capacity is a result of a reduced freighter operation in addition to decreased availability in the bellies of passenger aircraft in addition to a reduced freighter operation. Cargo traffic decrease was driven by weaker imports into Latin America.

TAM and LAN start transferring their international flights from and to Sao Paulo to Terminal 3 at Guarulhos Airport

October 6, 2014

São Paulo, October 3, 2014 – Next week, on October 8, TAM and LAN will begin transferring their international operations to the new Terminal 3 at Guarulhos International Airport, and TAM will begin transferring its domestic operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. The move is expected to be concluded by October 10 and will provide passengers with greater comfort and convenience, while also positioning Guarulhos Airport as the largest international hub of the LATAM Airlines Group. The two airlines have carefully planned the transition and there are no changes to the scheduled arrival and departure times of flights.

The first stage of this process consists of transferring, on October 8, all operations for long-haul flights from/to North America and Europe from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. The next day (October 9), it will be the turn of all operations involving short-haul flights from/to countries in South America. And lastly, on October 10, TAM’s domestic flight operations will be transferred from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, Wing D. The transition includes the entire check-in and baggage operations, stores for purchasing and rescheduling tickets, self-service totems and back-office structure. The recheck-in area will be located in Terminal 3 (lower level) and also in Terminal 2.

“LATAM Airlines Group is the largest and most important airline group in South America and Guarulhos Airport is its main hub in the region”, says CEO of LATAM Airlines Group, Enrique Cueto. “So this change of terminal is strategic to offer a better travel experience for our customers. With the consolidation of our operations, we will extend the service capacity to our customers and provide more benefits, improving their connection times”.

Passenger access to the airport has also become easier, since the parking garage building connects directly to the terminal. LAN and TAM’s check-in operation includes 40 counters located strategically near the boarding area to help passengers get through the airport more quickly. The new last-generation baggage check-in system is fully automated and faster and also provides greater security. Passengers boarding in Terminal 3 also can enjoy a wide variety of stores, cafés and restaurants, while passengers arriving in the new terminal can shop in the world’s largest Dufry store.

New VIP Lounge

By the end of the month, the first LATAM Airlines VIP Lounge and the largest in Guarulhos Airport will be inaugurated in the new terminal. The new 1,835-square-meter lounge will be the first to feature the visual identity of LATAM Airlines.

The lounge can accommodate 450 people and will be available to all member airlines of the oneworld alliance. With an innovative design, the lounge provides the utmost in comfort, with amenities such as an entertainment room, a buffet area with cold and hot meals, private restrooms and a bar with draft beer.

The three lounges maintained by TAM in Terminals 1 and 2 will be deactivated once the airline moves to the new terminal. Until the new lounge is launched, customers can use the GRU VIP lounge located in Terminal 3 and the American Airlines VIP lounge located in Terminal 2.

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