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Britten-Norman delivers new lighter Islander to FLN

Aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman has announced the delivery of its latest model BN2B-20 Islander aircraft to one of its longest standing regular, repeat customers, Frisia Luftverkehr GmbH Norddeich (FLN). The German airline operates scheduled and charter flights along the Frisian coast and to and from Helgoland.

The airline, which is based at Norden, was formed in 1969 and has been operating Islanders since 1975. In common with the majority of Islander operators around the world, the services provided by FLN allow year-round essential support to remote communities.

Britten-Norman say the 2017 model Islander comes with a range of benefits over its predecessors, including reduced empty weight, light weight Skytech starters, a glass panel based on Garmin avionics and the JP Instruments EDM 960 electronic engine display, LED external lighting, Amsafe 4 point crew harnesses, enlarged baggage access and all window seating.  Prior to becoming operational the aircraft will also be fitted with MT’s 4-bladed composite propellers. All modifications included in the 2017 Islander will be made available as options for retrofit on selected legacy models of the aircraft.

Vulcan XL426 Open Day – preview


The Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT) is holding an open day at its Southend Airport home on Sunday 20 August.

Now settled in her new home inside the airport’s Hangar 6, visitors can expect to see Vulcan XL426 undercover after she’s weathered the elements for more than 30 years. The ‘Visit the Vulcan Day’ team say they will also have displays that including: Buccaneer, Jaguar and Hunter aircraft cockpit nose sections, a ‘Green Goddess’ fire engine, Essex Fire Fighting Museum fire engine, London Southend Airport fire engine, ‘Cold War’ military vehicles displays, classic 1960s and ‘70s cars, plus a BBMF flypast.

The VRT team will also be on hand to give visitors guided tours of Vulcan XL426 and for an additional small fee visitors can climb inside the cockpit.  Doors open at 10.00 a.m. with last admission at 4.00 p.m.

General admission is £4.00 for adults with accompanied under-16s admitted free. Admission allows visitors entry to the hangar to walk around the Vulcan, take a guided tour if they wish and take photographs. For an additional £3.50 per person applicable to both adults and under-16s, visitors can climb inside the Vulcan’s cockpit. The Vulcan Restoration Trust’s stand will also be open with a wide selection of Vulcan souvenirs on sale.

Limited free car parking will be available close to the Vulcan hangar.

For full details please see the Vulcan Restoration Trust website: www.avrovulcan.com.

#FIA16: Rockton Signs MRJ90 LOI

Swedish regional aircraft lessor Rockton has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for an order of ten Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) 90 aircraft. The LOI includes options on a further ten airframes.

Rockton and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation will now work together to finalise the deal with first deliveries due to begin in 2020.

Niklas Lund, President, Rockton said, “We find the MRJ airliner to be an exceptional product that will be operating worldwide in a not too distant future. Rockton is, with great anticipation, looking forward to developing and expanding the future operator base in close co-operation with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.  This new aircraft will provide crucial economic benefits to airlines looking to operate in the 70-90 passenger size segment, especially in comparison with current products.  The MRJ fits well into the European market where noise and emission requirements are very stringent.  Furthermore, the long range capability of the aircraft allows regional airlines to open new routes from local airports.”

Hiromichi Morimoto, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, commented: “This European lessor order from Rockton will give the MRJ program the burst of momentum to expand customer base in Europe. We are pleased to conclude this LOI with Rockton and to build a strong partnership to market the MRJ in Europe.  We firmly believe that the combination of expertise of Rockton and the state-of-the-art MRJ will create a new path to the European lease financing market and provide a variety of solutions for customers.”

A total of 407 MRJ aircraft have been ordered so far with a further 40 to be added to the orderbook once Mitsubishi Aircraft has signed definitive agreements with Rockton and fellow lessor Aerolease Aviation. That figure consists of 243 firm orders, 180 options and 24 purchase rights.

#FIA16: Ten 737-800s for Standard Chartered Bank

International banking group Standard Chartered Bank has been confirmed as the customer for a previously unidentified order for ten 737-800s. The order is valued at $960m.

Speaking at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, Kieran Corr, Head of Aviation Finance at Standard Chartered, said: “We are excited about adding these new Boeing aircraft to our fleet.  Our current portfolio consists of over 110 aircraft on operating lease to airline clients globally.  We are committed to continuing to grow and diversify our client base over the next couple of years.

“We are investing to leverage our global and leasing capabilities to demonstrate our commitment to key clients by providing aircraft on operating lease to meet increasing air traffic demand across some of the world’s fastest growing regions. With deliveries through 2018, these new Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s will help us meet near-term client demand and expand our client base in our core markets, such as North East Asia.”

“Our key markets are Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with a focus on emerging markets.  We want to help the aviation sector grow in those markets to drive regional trade and investment and we can only do that with an expanded diversified fleet.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner added: “We’re proud that Standard Chartered has chosen the Next-Generation 737 to grow its Aviation Finance business.  They’ve had great success in the past with 717s and 737 Classics, and we’re pleased to welcome them back to Boeing.”

#FIA16: More Boeing Jets for Donghai Airlines

Donghai Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Boeing covering 25 737 MAXs and five 787-9 Dreamliners. It is valued at $4bn at current list prices.

The airline’s Chairman, Wong Cho Bau said he was “very pleased to be working again with the Boeing Company”.  In 2013 Donghai Airlines ordered 15 737-800s and ten 737 MAX 8s.

He added: “Donghai Airlines has undergone steady development over the past ten years since the beginning of our freighter operations in 2006. Under China’s One Belt One Road initiative, we will accelerate our fleet expansion plan to satisfy the rapidly growing air travel market and help build our home base Shenzhen as the transportation hub in southern China.  We’re committed to introducing new next-generation airplanes that deliver the industry-leading fuel efficiency and passenger comfort in their segment market as a key effort to fulfill the plan.”

Boeing will now work with Donghai Airlines to finalise the details of the agreement.

“We are honored by Donghai Airline’s reaffirmation of the 737 MAX, and we look forward to welcoming Donghai as our new 787 customer,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner.  “These new airplanes will provide Donghai Airlines with the added efficiency, operating economics and passenger comfort for their business growth domestically and internationally.”

By 2020 Donghai Airlines will have a fleet of 50 aircraft – 45 737s and five 787s and it is intending to grow to 100 by 2025.

#FIA16: Airbus Nets Virgin A350 Order

Virgin Atlantic Airways has placed a $4.4bn firm order for 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

Eight of the jets will be purchased outright with the other four leased. Virgin has selected the A350-1000 as a replacement for its remaining Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A340-600 aircraft, with the first airframes arriving in early 2019.

The deal was announced on day one of the Farnborough International Airshow.

Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger, said: “The size of this order demonstrates our absolute focus on investing in the future for our customers and our people, and confirms the strength of our business.”

“The A350-1000 plays a pivotal role in our fleet programme, helping to create one of the youngest, cleanest, greenest fleets in the sky.”

“We’re looking forward to introducing this aircraft to our customers, as its impressive economics, fuel performance, and quiet flying offer an irresistible proposition that makes long haul travel more enjoyable and better for the environment.”

Virgin intends to operate the A350-1000 on both business and leisure routes from London Heathrow and London Gatwick. The initial aircraft will operate to “key” US destinations from Heathrow.

Because the jets will be used on business and leisure routes, they will be delivered to the airline in two configurations. The business fleet will seat up to 360 passengers with the leisure fleet accommodating up to 410.

Virgin Atlantic President Sir Richard Branson said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the A350 to Virgin Atlantic.  It is an outstanding aircraft from both a customer and sustainability point of view.  Sustainable growth and meeting our carbon targets is incredibly important to us, and the aircraft’s environmental credentials were a genuine factor in our selection.  We will be pairing its cutting edge customer proposition with our own Virgin magic to give customers the best possible experience.”

Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer, added: “This agreement allows Virgin Atlantic to set the standard on its network by being amongst the first airlines into service with the A350-1000, with an Airspace by Airbus cabin, offering superior comfort including industry leading 18in wide seats in economy. These modern, efficient A350s will complement Virgin Atlantic’s existing fleet of ten A330-300s and offer Virgin Atlantic crews the advantage of familiarity with Airbus operating procedures around the network.”

 

#FIA16: ALC Signs for More Airbus Aircraft

US lessor Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has revealed a firm order for three Airbus A350-900s and one A321 at the Farnborough International Airshow.
“These additional A350 and A321 aircraft were needed to fill ongoing customer lease placements as we continue to experience strong A350 and A321 demand,” said John L Plueger, Air Lease Corporation’s CEO and President.

The Los Angeles-based lessor has also added another A321 to its portfolio. Airbus
The Los Angeles-based lessor has also added another A321 to its portfolio. Airbus

The deal takes ALC’s portfolio of Airbus aircraft to 267, including 24 A350-900s, 27 A321ceos and 118 A321neos.
John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, said: “ALC is a leading lessor and longstanding partner of Airbus. We would like to thank ALC for their continued confidence in our Airbus products. Their customers will be delighted with the unbeatable economics as well as the superior cabin comfort in all classes for their passengers.”

#FIA16: Xiamen Airlines Opts for MAX 200

Boeing kicked off the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow with a deal with Xiamen Airlines for up to 30 737 MAX 200s.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) is valued a $3.39bn at current list prices. Xiamen Airlines, which is a stated-owned subsidiary of China Southern Airlines, is already a 737 MAX customer and has identified the jet, which can accommodate up to 200 passengers, for its low-cost subsidiaries, Jiangxi Airlines and Hebei Airlines.
The deal is subject to approval from the board of Xiamen Airlines, China Southern Airline Group and the Chinese Government.
“We are pleased with this new milestone in our relationship with Xiamen Airlines,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “The market-leading efficiency and reliability of the 737 MAX 200 will enable Xiamen and its subsidiaries to expand its growing network, while maintaining an optimal fleet. This MOU further demonstrates the strength of our enduring partnership and we look forward to finalizing the deal in the near future.”

#FIA16: Dreamliner Display Preview

Boeing has provided a sneak preview of the 787-9 Dreamliner display it will put on at next week’s Farnborough International Airshow.
The film was shot at Moses Lake, Washington State, during the display practice.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787-9 N1015B (c/n 34533, tbr JA880A) will be displayed at Farnborough. The jet features additional, ‘cherry blossom’ and ‘Mount Fuji’ decals as well as ANA and Boeing titles on the bottom of the fuselage.

Emirates Launches Second LAX Link & A380 Touches Down In Vienna

 

Emirates is now flying twice a day between its Dubai International Airport hub and Los Angeles.

The first service of flight EK217 departed the UAE on July 1 and was operated by Airbus A380-861 A6-EON, which wore a specially-designed Los Angeles Dodgers livery.  The scheme was applied to celebrate the new service as well as the airline’s sponsorship of the baseball team.

“We’re thrilled to continue growing our footprint in Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States, and to be able to provide more flight choices to more customers daily as well as doubling the economic benefits Emirates’ flights provide to Southern California,” said Rob Gurney Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, The Americas.

The new flight, departs Dubai daily at 1500hrs and arrives in Los Angeles at 2000hrs.  The return service – EK218 – departs Los Angeles daily at 2230hrs and arrives in Dubai approximately 16 hours later at 0130hrs.

A three-class Airbus A380 will be used on the flights, providing 14 private suites in First Class, 76 seats in Business and 401 seats in Economy.

Emirates flight EK127 receives a water cannon salute on arrival at Vienna. Emirates
Emirates flight EK127 receives a water cannon salute on arrival at Vienna. Emirates

July 1 also saw Emirates introduce the A380 on its flights to Vienna, making it the 41st destination to be served by the airline’s flagship.

The carrier operates two flights a day to the Austrian capital with EK127/128 operated by a three-class A380 and EK125/126 flown with a 360-seat Boeing 777-300ER.