The new seats will be located in a "clearly identifiable" separate premium economy compartment between business and economy. Each premium economy area will contain between 21 and 52 seats, depending on the aircraft type.
Again depending on the aircraft, the seats will be up to three centimetres wider and have approximately ten centimetres more room at the side as each one has its own wide armrest and a centre console between the seats.
QANTAS is expected to announce thousands of job losses at its interim results on Thursday as part of moves to slash costs by $2 billion over three years and end a profit nosedive that will see it lose as much as $300 million before tax.
A Russian air stewardess was injured when she fell out of an aircraft which was struck by a catering truck as it prepared to depart from its gate at Dubai airport on Monday morning.
The Airbus A321-200, operated by Ural Airlines, was preparing to depart for its flight from Dubai to the Russian city of Perm when a ground catering truck impacted the tail of the aircraft causing the flight attendant to fall out of the aircraft through the open door, landing on the tarmac 4 metres below.
In its annual report, the Canadian Transportation Agency says that the total number of complaints it received against both domestic and foreign carriers has increased in the past year -- 301 complaints against eight Canadian carriers in 2012-2013, up from 215 complaints in 2011-2012.
Airbus is offering to build an A330 completion center in China, probably in Tianjin, says a manufacturing industry official, as the European airframer steps up efforts to promote the type as an answer to China’s shortage of pilots, technicians and airspace capacity.
In return for the completion center, Airbus is asking China to commit to buying a large number of A330s, possibly 200, says the official.
The Chinese government, which heavily influences aircraft purchase by the mainly state-owned airline industry, is still considering the offer.
Recent headlines and this column report that Airbus is considering re-engining the popular A330 with GE Aviation GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-TEN power plants.
Tim Clark, president and chief operating officer of Emirates Airlines, urged Airbus to improve efficiency of the giant A380 with engine technology found in newer generation aircraft: “It is time that the A380 gets an injection of the new technology which is now becoming available for the A320/737 in the form of GTF/LEAP and GE9X for the 777X. “
Dreamliner aircraft was damaged at Mumbai airport on Saturday after it brushed past another aircraft while being taken for a flight.
Both aircraft were damaged and the DGCA has constituted an inquiry to investigate the matter. The incident took place around 3 pm when the aircraft was towed to the Air India hangar at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport.
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Qatar Airways has unveiled the cabin interior of its Airbus A380s at the ITB travel trade show in Berlintoday, which features a new first-class product. The airline plans to put the superjumbo into service this summer between Doha and London Heathrow.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker revealed the cabin layout at the show. The airline is configuring its A380s with a three-class, 517-seat layout incorporating first and business class on the upper deck and economy on the upper and main deck.
British Airways will start flying its Airbus A380 on the London-Singapore route later this year.
Commencing on 28 October 2014, the UK’s national carrier will deploy the double-decker aircraft on three weekly Singapore flights. Numbered BA11, the A380 flights will depart London Heathrow Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, while the return flight BA12 will leave Singapore’s Changi Airport every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
BA operates its A380s with 469 seats in four classes, including 14 seats in first class, 97 in business class, 55 in premium economy and 303 in economy.
Air Zimbabwe (UM, Harare Int'l) has had its entire board of directors fired by Zimbabwean Minister of Transport, Obert Mpofu. The airline's management is at the centre of a USD11million insurance scam which recently came to light following a forensic audit of the airline's operations. The airline's CEO Innocent Mavhunga, his predecessor Peter Chikumba and secretary, Grace Pfumbidzayi, were recently arrested and charged with six counts of fraud and another of criminal abuse of office. “The ZRP would like to confirm that Peter Chikumba and Innocent Mavhunga have been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigations into the Air Zimbabwe (Private) Limited fraud case. “Chikumba, a former chief executive of Air Zimbabwe from September 2007 to December 2010, and Innocent Mavhunga, the suspended chief executive, are Grace Nyaradzo Pfumbidzayi’s accomplices in the fraud case,” police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, told The Herald.
In 1977 British Airways and Singapore Airlines shared a Concorde for flights between London and Singapore International Airport at Paya Lebar via Bahrain. The aircraft, BA's Concorde G-BOAD, was painted in Singapore Airlines livery on the port side and British Airways livery on the starboard side. The service was discontinued after three return flights because of noise complaints from the Malaysian government.
Lessons learned from this prototype are incorporated in the second airplane, to be registered as HB-SIB, construction of which was started in 2011. Its more spacious cockpit will enable the pilot to fully recline during flights lasting from 4 to 6 days; it will have an increased payload; its electrical circuitry will be isolated to enable flights in rain; and system redundancy will improve reliability.
Final tests are taking place and the assembly of the airplane should be completed by the end of 2013. Flight testing is planned for spring 2014, and the round-the-world flight for between April and July 2015.
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