Amedeo firms up order for 20 A380s

Airbus Press Release

Mark Lapidus, CEO of Amedeo said, “Today’s signature with Airbus is a great day for aviation as we offer airlines a new, more flexible way to access the unique benefits of the A380 through our tailored leasing solutions. As world air traffic continues to double every fifteen years and airport infrastructure and slots do not, the A380 is the best solution for airlines to capture that growth and build passenger loyalty thanks to the on-board space and comfort combination that no other airliner can compete with and do so at the lowest per seat unit cost.”

“This firm order from Amedeo is a clear recognition of the A380’s long-term market appeal. The A380’s unbeatable economics and passenger comfort are now available to airlines through operating leases from Amadeo,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A380 is the best tool for airlines to capture growth and increase profits. Amedeo’s tailored leasing solutions will make these benefits available to an even wider airline community, allowing us to expand the operator base of the A380 in partnership with Amadeo.”

Amedeo’s customers will benefit from unbeatable seat-mile costs for their cabin configurations with a baseline three class, 573 seat layout. The main deck comfortably seats 427 passengers in 18.5 inch wide economy seats, while the upper deck offers 12 first class, 66 business class and 68 economy seats. This cabin layout offers an efficient and at the same time flexible cabin configuration that minimises reconfiguration costs and eases transition from operator to operator.

Amedeo will announce its engine selection at a later date.

Amedeo’s senior management has significant experience with the A380, achieving a ranking for the Doric Group as the third largest wide-body lessor worldwide by fleet value, and the world’s largest asset manager of leased A380s. During their time with the Doric Group, Amedeo’s senior management built a 6.8 billion US$ aircraft portfolio under management, including 18 A380s acquired through sale-leaseback arrangements and adding four more as Amedeo during 2013.

Since first entering service in 2007, to date over 120 A380s have joined the fleets of ten world class airlines. The aircraft is capable of flying 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometres non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment. The spacious, quiet cabin and smooth ride have made the A380 a firm favourite with both airlines and passengers, resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies.

The total A380 fleet has accumulated over 1.2 million flight hours in close to 150,000 commercial flights. To date 50 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board an A380. Every five minutes, an A380 either takes off or lands at one of the 35 airports where it operates today and the network is constantly growing.


India lifts ban on foreign airlines operating A380

By Tom Newcombe,

India has lifted restrictions on foreign airlines operating A380 services to its airports.

According to a statement by India’s Civil Aviation Ministry, A380s will now be allowed to land at the country’s four main airports – New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

These four are the only airports in India with the infrastructure equipped to handle the world’s largest passenger airline.

Emirates and Singapore Airline have both said they are reviewing their A380 plans for India following the announcement.

The ban on the carrier was introduced due to concerns foreign airlines could grab a high share of international traffic, further hurting state-run Air India.

The decision to lift the ban was taken after the Ministry consulted with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Air India.

“The operation of A380s will help airports to generate more revenue, give more comfortable and luxurious travel to passengers, liberalise the civil aviation milieu in India and boost the image of Indian civil aviation in the international market,” the Ministry’s statement said.

The lifting of the ban will allow other airlines including British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines to operate the aircraft to India.

An Emirates spokesperson said: “We welcome the decision of the Indian aviation authorities to allow A380 operations.

“We will be reviewing our existing operations, and look forward to serving Indian travellers with our flagship aircraft in the near future.”

Lufthansa said it already has the new Boeing 747-8 intercontinental jet, the next biggest plane, flying into India but did not rule out pressing A380s into service too.

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Emirates Airline firms up order for 50 additional A380s

Press Release by Airbus

Emirates Airline and Airbus have completed discussions and signed the firm contract for 50 additional A380s originally announced at the Dubai Airshow on 17th November 2013. The contract documents were finalised by Tim Clark, Emirates Airline President, during a visit to Airbus’ Headquarters in Toulouse, France.

Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said on the occasion: “The A380 is our flagship aircraft. It is popular with our customers and delivers results for us in terms of operational performance. That is why we have ordered these additional 50 aircraft, to add to our A380 fleet.”

“This order is a major vote of confidence in the A380. Since delivery of their first aircraft in July 2008, Emirates’ A380 fleet has grown to be the largest in the world with 44 A380s in operation. We congratulate Emirates on this impressive achievement and thank the airline for their continued support of our flagship aircraft. As Tim Clark has often said, “The A380 really is a game-changing aircraft.” commented John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

Since first entering service in 2007, to date 122 A380s have been delivered, to ten world class carriers. The aircraft flies 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometres non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment. The spacious, quiet cabin and smooth ride have made the A380 a firm favourite with both airlines and passengers, resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies.


British Airways reveals more A380 and Dreamliner routes

British Airways reveals more A380 and Dreamliner routesBy Lucy Siebert

British Airways will operate an A380 to Washington from next year, while it has also revealed new destinations for its B787 Dreamliners.

The super jumbo will start servicing Johannesburg from February, while it will head to Washington from September 1.

Meanwhile, Dreamliners will be operated on routes from London to Hyderabad from March, Chengdu from May, Philadelphia from June and Calgary from July.

BA said it will also increase frequencies to Chengdu from the current three to five, starting in May.

Its Tokyo Haneda route will also be increased from five a week to daily from May, with a retimed departure from Haneda. Mexico City will also see an increase from five to six services a week from April.

And Cape Town will see three extra B777-200ER seasonal services a week during South Africa’s winter, taking the route to 10 flights a week.

Richard Tams, British Airways’ head of UK&I sales said: “We’re delighted to be able to roll these aircraft out across more of our network on these important Indian, Chinese and American routes. More destinations will follow as we will receive 12 A380s and 24 787s over the next three years.”

Tams added BA had seen “significant demand” to Chengdu, Haneda, Mexico City and Cape Town.

Sourced from Routes


Game-changing planes

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A new generation of aircraft is set to revolutionise the aviation industry. Martin Ferguson reports

When Concorde was grounded a decade ago it was the end of a glamorous era in aviation history.

It was also the end of a valuable revenue stream for travel agents.

Luxury holiday packages sold to high-end customers brought in lucrative commissions for nearly 30 years. Many in the trade questioned whether the supersonic passenger jet would ever be replaced.

While the modern plane may never reach the same speeds, the launch of the Airbus A380 six years ago marked the dawn of a new age for air travel. Agents could once again draw on customer demand to fly on state-of-the-art aircraft to sell holidays.

With this year’s launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the Airbus A350 scheduled to be operational late next year, agents will have more scope for selling airline-based travel experiences than ever before.

Ken McLeod, a director at agency consortium Advantage Travel Centres, says: “The impact of the A380 and the Dreamliner on the trade has been significant. People are organising trips and holidays around the times and availability of the aircraft.

“This type of buying behaviour hasn’t been seen since Concorde. It’s a fantastic selling opportunity for travel agents.”

EVOLUTION IN THE SKIES

Andrew Solum is a director with travel and aviation consultancy TIA Global. He says the industry is going through a “dramatic change” and the B787 and A350 will revolutionise the way the world travels. “It used to be about bums on seats. It was about getting volume so you could offer lower costs per seat mile on large aircraft.

“Wide-body aircraft still have their use in select markets where there is a mix of corporate and leisure travel. But next-generation aircraft are more fuel-efficient, have greater range, and an optimum number of seats.”

Put simply, next-generation aircraft are much lighter, can fly higher, travel faster and are cheaper to operate, meaning better prices to long-haul destinations for customers.

“The B787 has the ability to fly from London to Perth or Honolulu non-stop,” Solum says. “This could open up two new markets [for an airline] just by a change of aircraft. Lower fuel usage is a godsend for airlines because the size and range mean they don’t need to cram in 800 seats to make it viable.”

OPERATIONALLY FANTASTIC

Thomson Airways was the first UK carrier to operate the B787. It has four in its fleet with another four on order. Since the inaugural flight to Majorca in May, the airline has carried more than a quarter of a million passengers on Dreamliners.

Carl Gissing, director of customer service, says the aircraft is the perfect size and has the ideal range for the airline’s target market.

“The A380 and B777 are too big, but we still wanted to find an aircraft that was efficient and allowed us to bring customers cost-efficient holidays to new and different destinations.

“We also wanted to increase our range with an aircraft that would offer the best possible comfort,” says Gissing.

He calls the Dreamliner “operationally fantastic” and says: “It brings our costs down and allows us to put a good seat price together for our operators, which can then offer great value to customers.”

Gissing adds that Dreamliners will cut the airline’s carbon emissions by at least 20%. Earlier this month, Thomson launched a Gatwick-Phuket service, and Puerto Vallarta on the west coast of Mexico and Mauritius will join the network for the summer season.

This winter Thomson will fly its Dreamliners from Gatwick to Jamaica, Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Maldives, Kenya and Goa. The 787 out of Glasgow and the East Midlands will fly to Mexico and Florida, while Manchester flights serve Barbados, Mexico, Florida and the Dominican Republic. Last month, budget carrier Norwegian announced it would use the B787 to serve Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles and New York from Gatwick next summer.

BEATING JET LAG

British Airways debuted its Dreamliner on the Heathrow-Toronto service in September and has since added another on its Heathrow-Newark route.

The airline plans to add 24 more to its fleet over the next four years. A BA spokesman says the investment is part of a drive to introduce cabins that make life for passengers more comfortable.

Lower cabin pressure, a mood lighting system and larger windows are supposed to significantly reduce jet lag.

“The B787 has the largest windows of any commercial airliner, offering customers views of the horizon from every seat. Instead of pull-down blinds, each one has its own dimmer switch,” says the spokesman.

BA is also one of a large number of airlines to have Airbus’s new A350 on order, with 18 scheduled to come into service between 2017 and 2023. Qatar Airways will be the first airline to operate the aircraft at the end of next year.

United Airlines, which flies out of Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heathrow and Manchester to US destinations, has 35 A350s on order.

Bob Schumacher, the airline’s managing director for the UK and Ireland, says it will replace older aircraft that are less efficient and less reliable. “The new aircraft will provide a better product for customers, and a better work environment for our co-workers. The cabin will offer an improved customer experience with more headroom, panoramic windows and more overhead storage.”

Security threats and high oil prices have made the last decade a huge challenge for airlines. But next-generation aircraft are creating new routes, markets and opportunities. Given the resurgence of global markets, the timing is good. Agents must be ready to capitalise on customer demand to try these new aircraft.

Sourced from Travel Weekly


Airbus wins 160 orders and commitments worth US$44 billion at Dubai

Airbus won a total of 160 orders and commitments at the 13th Dubai Airshow worth US$44 billion, underlining the strong appeal of its widebody aircraft. The A380 and A350 XWB in particular,  were demonstrated to be spot-on with customer requirements and expectations. The order intake includes 142 firm orders worth US$40.4 billion (50 A380, 40 A350-900, 10 A350-1000, 26 A321neo, 10 A320neo and 6 A330-200F) and 18 Memorandum of Understanding worth      US$3.6 billion.

By value, Emirates placed the single largest order for 50 additional A380s, worth US$20 billion, commending its efficiency and passenger appeal and confirming the A380 flagship status within their fleet.

By numbers, Etihad Airways placed the single largest firm order for Airbus at the Dubai airshow with 87 aircraft (40 A350-900, 10 A350-1000, 26 A321neo, 10 A320neo and one A330-200F) worth US$19 billion at list prices.

The versatile A330-200F has seen ongoing success with five firm orders from Qatar Airways Cargo (plus eight commitments) and one firm order with Etihad Airways representing a total of 14 orders and commitments worth US$3billion. Air Algérie also committed for three A330-200 passenger aircraft worth US$648 million, building on their top reliability.

Lybian Wings, based in Tripoli, announced the start of its operations at the airshow, choosing Airbus to build up its initial fleet with a commitment for three A350-900s and four A320neo’s

John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers commented: “With its central position geographically, its strong economic growth and population-centres just a flight away, Middle Eastern carriers stand to reap the benefits of traffic growth. The order intake at the airshow, by value our biggest ever Dubai, is a clear evidence that the Middle East region is investing in the most modern and efficient aircraft to capture this growth,” he added.

Traffic growth has led to average aircraft size ‘growing’ by 25 per cent with airlines selecting larger aircraft or up-sizing existing backlogs. Larger aircraft like the A380 combined with higher load factors make the most efficient use of limited slots and contribute to rising passenger numbers without additional flights as confirmed by London’s Heathrow Airport. A focus on sustainable growth enabled fuel burn and noise reductions of at least 70 per cent in the last 40 years and this trend continues with innovative products like the A320neo, the A320 Sharklet, the A380 and the A350 XWB.


Airbus secures more than £30bn in airshow orders

Emirates Airbus A380 in flight

Dubai-based Emirates wants another 50 A380 Airbus super-jumbo planes

The plane manufacturer Airbus has secured deals for aircraft potentially worth over £30bn on the first day of the Dubai airshow.

The Dubai airline Emirates wants 50 more Airbus A380 superjumbos, in deal said to be worth £14.2bn.

Airbus says that order will protect 2,500 jobs at its UK bases in Flintshire and Bristol.

United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad could spend up to £16.7bn on nearly 120 planes, including 50 A350s.

Etihad has placed firm orders for 87 aircraft, with options for another 30.

Doha-based Qatar Airways has also agreed a £600m deal for five A330 freighters, with an option to take a further eight, bringing the potential order total to £1.7bn.

Wings for all the planes are made the Airbus factory at Broughton in Flintshire, which employs over 6,000.

Commentators view the Emirates deal for more A380 planes as significant, as sales of the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft suffered in 2012.

After initial orders of 30 planes, only nine were sold.

“Emirates has understood from the start that the A380 is unmatched in terms of efficiency, economics and passenger comfort and a true crowd-puller,” said the head of Airbus, company president Fabrice Bregier.

“We value our partnership with Emirates Airlines and are pleased to see this getting stronger each day with their A380s flying.”

AIRBUS ORDERS AT DUBAI SHOW

  • Etihad: 50 A350 XWB, 36 A320neo , one A330-200F, options on another 30 planes – potential deal estimate £16.7bn ($26.9bn)
  • Emirates: 50 A380s – deal estimate £14.2bn ($23bn)
  • Qatar: Five A330 freighters, with option for eight more – potential deal estimated £1.7bn ($2.8bn)

Emirates has already taken delivery of 39 A380 planes, which can carry between 500 and 800 passengers.

The wings for the plane are designed at Filton, Bristol, before being made in north Wales and then shipped to Toulouse in France where the plane is assembled.

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable welcomed the A380 announcement.

“This major new order protects over 2,500 jobs in Filton and Broughton and will also be welcome news for the many thousands more workers employed by companies who supply smaller parts to the aircraft from across the UK,” he said.

“The British aerospace industry is a global leader, second only to the United States. This is one of the UK’s major success stories.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum at the opening of Dubai airshow, with Airbus A380 in background‘Flagship’ plane

 The event was opened by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai

Announcing the deal, the chairman and chief executive of Emirates, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, said the A380 remained popular with passengers.

“The A380 continues to be the flagship of our fleet,” he said.

“This latest order will help us meet both fleet expansion and fleet replacement needs.”

However, the biennial airshow has also seen a brisk trade for Airbus rivals, the American plane maker Boeing.

Emirates wants to buy 150 of Boeing’s 777X planes, which will be seen as the main competition to the Airbus A380 when it goes into production by the end of this decade.

That deal is thought to be worth some £47bn ($76bn) alone.

AIRBUS ORDERS AT DUBAI SHOW

  • Etihad: 50 A350 XWB, 36 A320neo , one A330-200F, options on another 30 planes – potential deal estimate £16.7bn ($26.9bn)
  • Emirates: 50 A380s – deal estimate £14.2bn ($23bn)
  • Qatar: Five A330 freighters, with option for eight more – potential deal estimated £1.7bn ($2.8bn)

Sourced by BBC News Wales


At 652 seats, Transaero’s A380s could top all others

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By Ben Mutzabaugh

Transaero CEO Olga Pleshakova tells Today in the Sky that the airline will outfit its four A380s with 652 seats in three classes of service.

“Imperial Class is 12 seats, which are designed as suites,” says Pleshakova, describing Transaero’s A380 layout through a translator. ” There are 24 seats in business class – these are full-flat seats and all-around access. And 616 is for the economy, for the total of 652.”

That would give Transaero’s A380s the highest seating capacity of any airline currently flying the jet, though other carriers are scheduled to receive their first A380s before Transaero does.

Air Austral, a French carrier based in the overseas island territory of Reunion, had ordered an 840-seat version of the jet that it was to receive in 2014. However, that order now appears to be in limbo after the airline hit a financial rough patch. And, even if the airline does eventually take delivery of the A380, the Airline Passenger Experience Association reports that Air Austral has backed off from the plan for a maximum-density seating layout.

Most other operators of the A380 have configured the jets with a capacity in a range between about 470 and 520 seats. At the low end, Korean Air says its 407-seat layoutgives it ‘the most spacious A380 anywhere.”

Transaero’s coach class “seat pitch” – an industry term that refers to the space between a point on a seat and the same point on the seat in front of it – will be 31″, according to Pleshakova.

That’s a relatively tight fit, though it’s in line with the offerings on some other long-haul carriers. Qantas, for example, offers a similar seat pitch on its A380 jets, according to SeatGuru.com. Emirates and Air France offer a still-tight average coach-class seat pitch of 32″ on their A380s, according to SeatGuru.com.

Pleshakova also shed light on where Transaero plans to deploy its A380 superjumbos.

“It’s going to be used on the most-popular routes that have the highest passenger traffic,” Pleshakova tells Today in the Sky. “So it’s Moscow to Thailand, Moscow to the Dominican Republic … and also to Barcelona in Spain.”

And, in an interesting twist, Transaero says its A380 may even find its way into service on a domestic route.

“We’re talking to the airport in the city of Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean to start using it domestically (to Moscow),” Pleshakova says.

That route comes in at about 4,000 miles, making it one of the longest possible domestic routes in the world that doesn’t involve flying to a nation’s overseas state or territory. For comparison’s sake, a flight between Miami and Seattle or between Boston and San Francisco comes in at about 2,700 miles. The flight between New York JFK and Honolulu – a route flown by Hawaiian Airlines – comes in at just under 5,000 miles.

Transaero also has ordered four of Boeing’s biggest passenger jet – the 747-8 Intercontinental. Transaero is scheduled to take delivery of its first of those jets in 2015, as well.

“We plan to use these planes on various combinations on various routes,” Pleshakova says. “Of course the way the 747-8 is designed is different inside from how A380 is laid out. So, for instance, high season to Thailand will be on the A380 and the low season will be the 747.”

“On top of that,” Pleshakova adds, “we’re planning to use the 747-8 between Moscow and the United States destinations.”

Sourced from USA Today


British Airways A380 to make long-haul debut Tuesday

British Airways Airbus A380

British Airways Airbus A380
Courtesy, Airbus

British Airways’ Airbus A380 will operate its first commercial long-haul service on Tuesday, debuting on the London Heathrow-Los Angeles route.

After performing a series of short-haul training flights, the 469-seat aircraft is scheduled to depart Heathrow’s Terminal 5, operating as BA269 to Los Angeles, at 16:15 local time Tuesday.

“It will be the first and only A380 aircraft to operate between London and Los Angeles,” British Airways said in a statement.

The carrier is planning to deploy its A380s on services to Hong Kong from Oct. 22 and Johannesburg from Feb. 12, 2014.

Twelve A380s are due to join its fleet over the next four years.

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Air France receives ninth A380

The aircraft was delivered at delivered at the Airbus factory in Hamburg, in the presence of Air France staff

The aircraft was delivered at delivered at the Airbus factory in Hamburg, in the presence of Air France staff

By Mark Elliott

The latest double-decker aircraft was handed over to the French national carrier at the Airbus factory in Hamburg last week, and comes equipped with 516 seats in four classes – nine in first class, 80 in business class, 38 in premium economy and 389 in economy.

“The arrival of this new aircraft illustrates our commitment to invest in a modern long-haul fleet, offering latest-generation products and services for the benefit of our customers,” Air France’s chairman & CEO Frédéric Gagey said at the delivery ceremony, which was attended by Air France employees.

“I wanted Air France staff working at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub to be able to take part in this event to emphasise that, in addition to our strategic investment, the involvement of all our staff is paramount to the success of (Air France’s recovery strategy) Transform 2015.”

The delivery of the ninth A380 follows the recent launch of Air France’s first ever A380 flights to Shanghai, which commenced on 2 September. This month, the airline will operate its A380s to six destinations – New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Tokyo and Shanghai.

Air France has ordered a total of 12 A380s, with the next aircraft scheduled to be delivered in 2014.

Sourced by Travel Daily UK


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