New Airline in Malaysia, flymojo Executes Letter of Intent for up to 40 Bombardier CSeries Airliners

  • New airline, flymojo, announced at Malaysia’s Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA)
  • flymojo is expected to becomethe first customer for CS100 aircraft in the region
  • Bombardier has now received orders and commitments for more than 600 CSeriesaircraft    

flymojoBombardier Commercial Aircraft and Fly Mojo Sdn Bhd announced today that the parties have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the sale and purchase of 20 CS100 aircraft with options for an additional 20 CS100 aircraft.

The announcement was made in parallel with the Government of Malaysia’s announcement at LIMA on a new airline, flymojo, which will be based out of Johor Bahru, Johor and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Upon execution of a firm purchase agreement, flymojo is expected to become the first customer and operator of the CS100aircraft in the region.  

Based on the list price of the CS100 aircraft, a firm order would be valued at approximately $1.47 billion US, and could increase to $2.94 billion US, should flymojo exercise all its options.

At the LOI signing ceremony, flymojo was represented by Managing Director, Janardhanan Gopala Krishnan and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft by Regional Vice President, Sales, Asia-Pacific, Frank Baistrocchi.

In attendance were the Right Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Tun Razak, the Honorable Minister of Transport, Liow Tiong Lai, the Honorable Deputy Minister of Transport, Aziz Kaprawi, Canada’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Her Excellency Judith St. George, flymojo Chairman, Alies Anor Abdul and Vice President, Sales, China and Asia-Pacific, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Andy Solem.

“The announcement of a new airline in Malaysia is an exciting way to kick off LIMA. With flymojo’s primary hub at Senai International Airport, Johor and secondary hub in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the airline’s ultra-modern fleet of CS100 aircraft will play a key role in improving connectivity between the Peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak, as well as other parts of the region,” said Deputy Minister of Transport, Aziz Kaprawi.

“In addition, as the only airline utilizing the Southern Corridor as its headquarters, flymojo will transform Senai into a key regional aviation and logistics hub – augmenting the government’s initiatives in developing Iskandar Malaysia and the Southern Corridor. Further strengthening Kota Kinabalu’s standing as a gateway into Malaysia, flymojo will also boost tourism into Sabah and Sarawak,” added Deputy Minister Aziz.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Malaysia’s flymojo and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft as they work together to bring the CSeries aircraft to Malaysia and the ASEAN region,” said the Honorable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, Government of Canada. “As the travel needs in the region increase, Canada is committed to supporting the growth of economic ties between our two countries. As Minister of International Trade, I am pleased to see a Canadian company growing through exports, creating jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.”

“Born of the desire to make air travel a much-anticipated and longed for experience, flymojo is dedicated to providing value, and exceptional customer service that will focus on putting the human touch back into flying,” said flymojo Chairman, Alies Anor Abdul.

“We are confident that our model will resonate deeply with our passengers and that the use of the technologically advancedCSeries aircraft will transform the aviation industry in Malaysia and the region,” added Mr. Alies.

“With its strategic market footing and unique operations, flymojo is an ideal match for the all-new CS100 jetliner,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CSeries family of aircraft will enable new airlines such as flymojo to cover markets efficiently thanks to its exceptional economics, operational flexibility and widebody comfort, coupled with an unmatched environmental and noise footprint.

“The CSeries family of aircraft’s game-changing technology, and its two models – the CS100 and CS300 jetliners — provide airlines the capability for natural progression in terms of market coverage and passenger capacity,” added Mr. Arcamone.

About CSeries aircraft
Bombardier is creating the future with its CSeries aircraft — the only 100 per cent-new family of airliners specifically designed for the100- to 149-seat, single-aisle market. Benefitting from a clean-sheet design that includes leading-edge technology and systems integration, advanced materials and latest generation aerodynamics, the CSeries aircraft offer a 15 per cent* cash operating cost advantage, a 20 per cent* fuel burn advantage, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental and noise footprint.

The CS100 aircraft offers unmatched flexibility for many airline business models and is an ideal solution for hot-and-high and city-centre airport operations.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 243 CSeriesairliners.

About flymojo
flymojo, operated by Fly Mojo Sdn Bhd, is a new airline targeting the travel market within ASEAN and the regions bordering it. flymojo was born out of the desire to make air travel a much-anticipated and enjoyable experience. flymojo aims to deliver value and exceptional service to our customers, and to put the human touch back into flying. flymojo intends to set the standard in passenger comfort, on time performance, inflight entertainment and communication, as well as in delivery of seamless services. flymojo will operate out of its primary hub at Johor Bahru, Johor and secondary hub at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s largest manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, we posted revenues of US$20.1 billion.  News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter@Bombardier.

WestJet and Santa surprise travellers with a holiday miracle

WestJet today released the airline’s second annual holiday video – The WestJet Christmas Miracle – showing how WestJet and Santa teamed up to delight unsuspecting travellers with a real-time holiday surprise.

WestJet’s Digital Command Centre and a team of more than 150 merry WestJetters became Santa’s helpers, delivering personalized gifts to guests arriving in Calgary as part of a true holiday miracle.

“This year, we wanted to turn our holiday campaign into a tradition by doing something that’s never been done before,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President, Communications and Community Relations.  “Inspired by the notion of real-time giving, we wanted to surprise our guests with meaningful, personalized gifts when they least expected them. Being able to show our guests how much we care with gift-giving, a tried and true holiday tradition, resonates with WestJetters as much as our guests.”

Last year, WestJet’s inaugural holiday video reached nearly 500,000 views in just weeks. Once the video reached the milestone of 25,000 views, the airline donated flights to a family in need through WestJet’s community investment program.  This year, WestJet Cares for Kids will continue this tradition by donating flights through Ronald McDonald House Charities, one of WestJet’s six partner charities, once the video reaches 200,000 views. Canadians can help to reach this goal by sharing the WestJet Christmas Miracle video with friends and family.

Nineteen hidden cameras captured guests at Toronto and Hamilton International Airports confiding their Christmas wishes with a virtual Santa Claus while waiting to board flights to Calgary. Guests were surprised upon arrival when a festively decorated baggage carousel came to life.  On this special day, it was not just their suitcases that arrived, but the gifts they had asked for merely hours before.

The WestJet Christmas Miracle video was made possible in part by WestJet’s trusted partners, Best Buy Canada,Calgary International Airport Authority, Toronto Pearson International Airport and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Awarded Transport Canada Flight Test Permit

CSeries aircraft to commence a series of high-speed taxi runs to clear the aircraft for first flight

Bombardier CSeriesBombardier Aerospace announced today that the first CSeries aircraft – Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) – has successfully obtained Transport Canada’s Flight Test Permit, thereby clearing the way for its maiden flight, expected in the coming weeks.

This follows a series of pre-flight tests including low-speed taxi runs. FTV1 will now proceed with high-speed taxi runs whereby the aircraft simulates speeds for flight take-off.

“Five years in the making and today, following receipt of Transport Canada’s flight test permit, we are very close to theCSeries airliner’s first flight – a historic moment for Bombardier and a game-changing moment for the industry,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CSeries aircraft teams have spent the last few weeks completing rigorous exercises to ensure the integrity and maturity of the aircraft are absolutely in check with the flight crew’s requirements. Pending optimal weather, the CSeries aircraft will soon take to the skies.”

Bombardier will provide regular updates on the first flight timing via its website dedicated to the CSeries Aircraft First Flight www.cseriesfirstflight.bombardier.com, where the latest news about the program and its maiden flight will be posted. On the day of first flight, the event will be broadcast live on the site.

CSeries aircraft
Designed for the growing 100- to 149-seat market, the 100 per cent new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15* per cent cash operating cost advantage and a 20* per cent fuel burn advantage. With the extra capacity seating option, the CS300 aircraft’s productivity further improves, offering airlines an average of four* per cent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat. The CSeriesaircraft’s clean-sheet design is ensuring that the aircraft will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nm (5,463 km)*. The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kg)* lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft.

As of June 30, 2013, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 388 CSeries aircraft that included firm orders for 177 CSeries airliners.

Boeing Celebrates Delivery of 50th 747-8

– Launch customer Lufthansa takes delivery of milestone airplane

– Reliability of fleet stands at 98.8 percent

Lufthansa DLH 747-8I at Everett Delivery Center K65900-09EVERETT, Wash., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8 today. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the airline’s seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747.

“Lufthansa is very proud to have the next Boeing 747-8 entering our fleet – almost exactly one year after the launch flight from Frankfurt to Washington, DC,” said Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President Fleet Management, Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “After one year of operation and now seven aircraft in the fleet, the aircraft has proven and delivered the excellent economical and ecological performance. We are very happy with the reliable operation of the 747-8.”

For more than a year-and-a-half, airlines have benefited from the 747-8’s excellent schedule reliability, utilization, performance and operational advantages. Schedule reliability, an industry measure of departure from the gate within 15 minutes of scheduled time, is 98.8 percent for the 747-8 fleet.

“This delivery is not only an important milestone for the 747-8 program, but it sets the stage for our future,” said Eric Lindblad, vice president and general manager, 747 program. “We will be building and delivering the 747-8 for decades to come.”

This milestone delivery also represents the shared commitment to quality, innovation and affordability of Boeing and its global supply chain to produce the world’s most iconic, fuel-efficient large commercial airplane. The 747-8 has about six million parts manufactured by more than 550 suppliers in almost 30 countries, including the United States, China, Germany, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. In the U.S., more than 450 suppliers across almost 40 states contribute to the 747-8 program.

Boeing delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental to Lufthansa in April 2012. The airplane entered service on June 1, 2012 with a flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Washington, D.C. Cargolux Airlines took delivery of the first 747-8 Freighter in Oct. 2011. To date, 35 Freighters and 15 Intercontinentals, including eight of the Boeing Business Jet version, have been delivered.

EGYPTAIR to start 3 new direct services to Manchester, Toronto & Harare

Egyptair Boeing 777-300EREGYPTAIR glad to announce the start of its new direct regular flights to/from Manchester, UK , Toronto, Canada and Harare, Zimbabwe starting from the 1st of June 2013.

The new EGYPTAIR operations will be added to the current 17 African and 20 European destinations in addition to other destinations served by our code-share partner airlines.
EGYPTAIR will offer special promotional fares to these new destinations in addition to benefits to our frequent flyer members flying onboard the new services.

 Departure times and dates are as follows:

To/From Manchester :
Flight number: 783/784
Operating days from Cairo: daily except Monday & Wednesday
Operating days from Manchester : daily except Monday & Wednesday
Departure time from Cairo: 0845 [8:45 am ]
Departure time from Manchester: 1430 [ 1:30 pm ]
This in addition to our 14 weekly regular flights to London

To/From Toronto:
Flight number: 995/996
Operating days from Cairo: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
Operating days from Toronto: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Departure time from Cairo: 2355 [11:55 pm ]
Departure time from Toronto: 1245 [ 12:45 pm ]

To/From Harare:
Flight number: 841/842
Operating days from Cairo: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Operating days from Toronto: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
Departure time from Cairo: 2330 [11:30 pm ]
Departure time from Toronto: 2045 [ 8:45 pm ]

For more details, please call 1717 or 090070000 from Egypt or any of EGYPTAIR office worldwide.