Boeing delivers Uzbekistan Airways new 767-300ER as airline celebrates 20th anniversary

Uzbekistan 767 B-1Boeing has delivered a new 767-300ER (Extended Range) passenger airplane to Uzbekistan Airways, coinciding with the airline’s 20th anniversary.

This is the first of the four 767-300ERs ordered by the airline in 2008. Uzbekistan Airways, headquartered in Tashkent, also has two 787-8s on order.

“Air travel in and out of our region is increasing and the 767-300ER, with its excellent fuel efficiency and operational flexibility, will enable us to successfully meet the growing demand,” said Valeriy Tian, director-general, Uzbekistan Airways. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary and implement our growth plans, we look forward to continuing our partnership with Boeing.”

The Boeing 767 family is a complete family of clean, quiet, fuel-efficient airplanes that provide maximum market versatility in the 200- to 300-seat market. Boeing has delivered more than 1,000 767s that are flown by over 120 operators around the world.

“We congratulate Uzbekistan Airways on their 20th year of successful operations and Boeing is proud to be a partner with this technically advanced and extremely well managed airline,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales for Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With the new, even more passenger-pleasing cabin interior, low operating costs and technological innovations, Boeing is confident that the 767-300ERs will play an important role as Uzbekistan Airways continues with its expansion plans.”

Boeing delivers first 747-8 and 777 freighters to Korean Air

Korean Airlines KAL Dual Delivery 747-8I & 777-300Boeing and Korean Air today celebrated delivery of the airline’s first 747-8 and 777 Freighters. With the milestone delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both the 747-8 and 777 Freighters.

“We are very proud to become the first airline in the world to have the combined strengths of these two freighters in its fleet,” said Yang Ho Cho, chairman of Korean Air. “Our cargo fleet is being improved by these fuel-saving planes. They can help reduce carbon emissions by 17 percent and this supports our goal to be a responsible citizen of the world.”

Korea’s flagship carrier is the first Boeing customer to order both variations of the new 747-8 airplane and is also a key supplier partner on this new airplane program.

“Boeing is honored to celebrate this historic delivery with YH Cho and the Korean Air family,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  “It is hard to imagine reaching this day without the leadership of YH and his vision to transform Korean Air into one of the best global airlines in the world.”

The 747-8 Freighter offers a range of 4,390 nautical miles (8,130 km) and a maximum structural payload capacity of 148 tons (134 tonnes), while offering an additional 4,221 cubic feet (120 m3) and 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400 Freighter.

The twin-engine Boeing 777 Freighter is the most fuel-efficient airplane with leading economic and environmental performance in its category. It has a cargo capacity of 103 metric tons (113 tons) with a range of 9,038 kilometers (4,880 nautical miles).

Korean Air plans to operate the 747-8 Freighter on its transpacific route, with stops in Osaka and Narita, Japan, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The 777 Freighter is Korean Air’s first twin-engine freighter and will allow the airline to open into new markets in Europe, including Vienna, Frankfurt and London.

About Korean Air:
Korean Air, with a fleet of 142 aircraft, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines, and operates almost 400 flights per day to 119 cities in 40 countries. It is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance, which together with its 14 members, offers its 487 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 14,000 daily flights covering 926 destinations in 173 countries.

A new operational life for “mature” A330s as converted freighters

A330-300P2F GE AIRBUS V25Airbus will expand its freighter family portfolio with the A330P2F conversion, modifying A330s that have completed their useful operational service as passenger jetliners for new careers as cargo aircraft.

This conversion programme, unveiled during the Singapore Airshow, brings together the resources of Airbus, its EADS EFW sister company within the EADS group, and ST Aerospace of Singapore.

Both A330-200 and A330-300 versions of Airbus’ twin-engine jetliner will be eligible for the P2F (passenger-to-freighter) conversion, meeting the expected demand for modern, efficient and highly capable mid-sized cargo aircraft.  They are to complement Airbus’ A330-200F freighters, which are new-production jetliners that also respond to the requirements of this cargo market segment.

“Both the A330-200F and A330P2F will play a key role in this market segment, as the A330 has established itself as the most popular platform in the mid-sized widebody category,” explained Andreas Hermann, Vice President – Freighters at Airbus.  “The A330P2F addresses a different price-point and end-users, based on different operational requirements.”

He said the market already has proven it can support both new-production freighters and converted freighter products using the same aircraft platform as the basis – if the platform is right.  “We believe the A330 is one such platform, and we expect it will enjoy strong demand in both products.”

The A330 first entered service in 1994.  Nearly 1,200 aircraft have been ordered, with almost 850 delivered to date.

Air Nostrum receives its 75th Bombardier Commercial Aircraft

Air Nostrum CRJ1000-HRBombardier Aerospace and Air Nostrum of Valencia, Spain yesterday celebrated the delivery of the airline’s 75thBombardier commercial aircraft at Bombardier’s Mirabel facility in Québec, where the CRJ aircraft are manufactured. The aircraft, a CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, was accepted by Miguel Ángel Falcón, General Manager, Air Nostrum.

The 75th aircraft follows nine CRJ1000 NextGen, 11 CRJ900, and 35 CRJ200 regional jets, as well as 19 Q300 turboprops that have previously been delivered to Air Nostrum.

“Bombardier’s CRJ and Q-Series aircraft have served Air Nostrum’s operations exceedingly well and I’m delighted to be here today to accept our latest CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet for our fleet,” said Mr. Falcón. “Since their entry-into-service in 2010, we have deployed our CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft on high-frequency routes to feed the hubs of our oneworld® alliance partner, Iberia. The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft are performing beyond our expectations, delivering reduced costs per seat, increasing efficiencies, reducing environmental emissions and providing an enhanced passenger experience.”

“As a launch customer for the CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, Air Nostrum has been a steadfast champion in the aircraft’s entry-into-service, and we are delighted to hand over the airline’s 10th model of the type,” said Sylvain Leclerc, Vice President & General manager, CRJ Programs, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, during the delivery event. “We wish Air Nostrum much continued success as one of Europe’s leading regional airlines,” added Mr Leclerc.

Air Nostrum is one of the largest regional airlines in Europe and a member of oneworld airline alliance. With some 2,000 employees, the airline operates more than 150,000 annual flights on more than 120 routes, and carries over 5 million passengers per year.

Air Nostrum is the only regional airline in Europe that has been chosen as “Airline of the Year” (Golden Category), by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) on five occasions. The airline has also been awarded with the “Palme D’Or,” by the same association. In 2011, Air Transport World named Air Nostrum as its “Regional Airline of the Year.”

In total, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,709 CRJ Series regional jets and 1,084 Q-Series turboprops.

Porter Airlines Launches Vacation Wing, Porter Escapes

Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. (PAHI) is opening a new division, Porter Escapes, to offer vacation packages to customers.

Packages built around Porter Airlines destinations will combine flights and hotel accommodation, with car rental and travel insurance available as further options. Individual pieces of the package may also be booked separately. Working with tourism partners in each destination, the next phase for Porter Escapes will include theatre, spa, adventure and other package themes that meet individual tastes.

“Porter Airlines has developed a strong leisure travel following,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of PAHI. “Many of our passengers are already creating these personal getaways on their own. Now, we want to offer more than just flights to get them there and back.”

While all 19 current Porter destinations are candidates for Porter Escapes packages, the initial focus is primarily on leisure areas, including Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mont Tremblant, Que., and Burlington, Vt. Other popular cities, such as Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, Boston, New York, Washington and Chicago, are also intended to be part of the initial rollout before growing to other locations.

“Packages will be available at various price points and provide the level of quality that people have come to expect from Porter,” said Deluce. “We are talking with a number of potential partners, some of which will offer packages exclusive to Porter Escapes.”

Specific prices will be set when packages are ready for sale as early as the second quarter of 2012. Purchases can be made through a dedicated Porter Escapes website, registered travel agency partners or by telephone at that time.

Porter Escapes will operate as a subsidiary of PAHI. It is a separate Travel Industry Council of Ontario-registered business led by a dedicated team with tour and travel industry experience, including licensed in-house agents.