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Hong Kong Airlines places orders for 10 Airbus A380’s

Hong Kong Airlines has placed an order for 10 Airbus A380s with Airbus which makes the order worth $3.8 billion worth at list prices. Airbus plans to start the delivery to the airlines from 2015 onwards. While the  Hong Kong Airlines order still hasn’t appeared in Airbus’s order and delivery figures on the Internet, It will bring Airbus’s order tally for A380s to 27 won last year, when the manufacturer also signed contracts with Japan’s Skymark Airlines and South Korea’s Asiana Airlines Inc. for six each, and a further five for Qatar Airways Ltd. further strengthening its position in superjumbo market and also helping it overcome the recent bad press it has had to face due to a string of issues with the A380’s that belong to…

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Emirates to provide In-Flight Internet on its Airbus A380 fleet

Emirates has recently announced plans of providing in-flight internet on-board its superjumbo fleet  of 11 of  the 19 Airbus A380s already in service starting mid-2012. All future Emirates A380s will be rolled out pre-fitted with wireless Internet. Passengers will be able to connect their smartphone, tablet or laptop to wireless hotspots dotted around the superjumbo and tap into in-flight Internet service provided by OnAir, with prices ranging from US$7.50 to US$25. The $7.50 plan, which will be available only to mobile device users will come with a 5MB data limit and is targeted for users looking for light surfing, checking emails and other social network activities, as Emirates puts it ” The US $7.50 package should be sufficient for the average Blackberry user to stay connected all the way from Dubai to Paris…

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Cathay Pacific to launch new seats for Premium Economy and Economy

Cathay Pacific has announced the launch of its new Premium Economy class and also an overhaul of its international economy seating. The airline to bring these changes onto its aircrafts starting March 2012 with the firs flight from Hong Kong to Sydney. The other routes which will be getting the Premium Economy seating will be Singapore, New York, Toronto and Vancouver followed by other destinations. In contrast to the usual practice of placing Premium Economy seats in the same cabin as Econ0my, Cathay plans to create a seperate cabin space for the same having 26 to 34 seats based on the aircraft config. The Seat pitch will be 38 inches, which is six inches more than Economy Class and 19.3 inches wide, with an 8 inch…

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Malaysia Airlines and Air France to launch new A380 services

Malaysia Airlines is planning to start its A380 service from KL-London Heathrow from 2nd July 2012, As per the information provided at Airlineroute.net The 503 seater aircraft will be operating 3 times a week service initially and switch to daily service from 15th August 2012. The reservation for the same is open and the schedule will be as follows: Kuala Lumpur – London Heathrow MH002     KUL      2340 – 0550+1    LHR MH003     LHR     1200 – 0725+1     KUL The airline has opted for a 3 cabin configuration with 8 First Class seats on the Lower deck, 52 Business Class seats on the Upper deck and 96 Economy seats on the Upper Deck and 347 Economy seats on the Lower deck. For more details check out…

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JetBlue places firm order for 40 A320neo aircraft

Just saw it on the Airbus website that JetBlue has placed a firm order for 40 A320neo aircraft with an with an option to convert 30 of its pre-existing orders for A320s to the larger A321 model with enhanced wingtip devices called Sharklets. This is a finalization of the order placed by the airline at the Paris Air show in June this year, with this finalization JetBlue currently has on order 40 A320neo aircraft, 30 A321s and 22 A320s. This is definitely a big win for Airbus and the A320neo aircraft which has proved to be a highly successful model for the aircraft manufacturer. With this now Airbus has a order backlog of about 1200 A320neo’s, which promise to be 15% more efficient than the…

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China Eastern cancels Boeing 787 order

China Eastern Airlines has announced that it would be cancelling its order for 24 Boeing 787s and instead order 45 Boeing 737 variants, the airline has cited extended delivery delays for the cancellation. In addition the carrier plans to order 15 Airbus A330 aircraft which will be delivered between 2013 and 2015, it also intends to sell its 5 Airbus A340-300s back to Airbus in 2012. China Eastern’s Boeing 787 order book for the 787-8 variant consisted of 15 orders for the parent carrier, and 9 orders for China Eastern’s subsidiary Shanghai Airlines. The airline’s 737 order is valued at $3.3 billion at list prices.The new aircraft are expected to be delivered to the airline starting 2014 and until 2016. Given that China Eastern’s latest…

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Air Berlin to commence non-stop operations from Berlin to Los Angeles

OneWorld member-elect Air Berlin will commence non-stop flight operations from Berlin to Los Angeles, the airline plans to start a three times-weekly service starting May 2012. The new route will allow the airline to integrate much better with its OneWorld partner American Airlines hub at LA and utilize redemptions on each others routes from their respective hubs. The airline plans to use a Airbus A330-200 aircraft offering both business and economy class for this route. The inaugural flight on this route starts on 11th May 2012 with flight AB7022 departing Berlin Tegel at 1000 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and arriving in Los Angeles at 1250. The Berlin-bound leg for the route with AB7023, will depart at 1445 and land 0725 the next day. This…

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Gulf Air launches live TV on aircraft

Bahrain’s state owned carrier, Gulf Air plans to fit its new aircraft with its new state of the art ‘Sky Hub’ Inflight Entertainment (IFE) system. The technology will allow passengers to watch live TV, receive text messages and access social-media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The first aircraft to be fitted with the ‘Sky Hub’ system will be an A330-200, of which Gulf Air recently took delivery. The airline plans to offer the service for free in the first few weeks while the system is being tested on-board. Once the airline’s other aircraft get upgraded with the new IFE system, the airline plans to start charging for the Internet at a cost of $15.91 per hour of use while Phone-call charges will be the…

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Iberia to launch Iberia Express for its short and medium haul routes

Spanish carrier Iberia which is part of the International Airlines group (IAG) has decided to start a new subsidiary named Iberia Express, the airline intends to service its short and medium haul destinations specially the Spanish domestic and European markets from Madrid offering Economy and Business Class seating at “Competitive” fares. The carrier which intends to use the subsidiary to feed traffic to its long haul operations has said that initially Iberia Express would start operations by utilizing existing Iberia aircraft, starting with four A320s going to 13 aircraft by the end of next year. The airline says its doing this to counter the competition from Low Cost Carriers(LCC) like Easyjet and Ryanair which have over the recent years strengthened their service offering to the…

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Qantas seals the largest aircraft order in Australian history

As announced by Qantas earlier in August 2011, Qantas and Airbus have sealed a contract for 110 Airbus A320 aircraft which makes it the largest order in Australian aviation history. The deal is a combination of 78 of the A320neo aircrafts which are scheduled to join the service from 2016 onwards and 32 A320s, which will be delivered to the carrier starting 2013. The A320 and the A320neo which have proven to be a bumper product for the Airbus group and have generated substantial order book for Airbus are intended to be used on both the short and medium haul domestic and international routes for the carrier’s low-cost venture in Japan, Jetstar Japan, and the new Asian-based premium carrier whose regional base is currently pending…

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