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Lufthansa Bets A350 Can Turn All Munich Long-Haul Profitable

Deutsche Lufthansa AG is banking on Airbus Group SE’s latest A350 wide-body jet to shore up its Munich hub, where the deployment of less efficient planes means normally lucrative long-haul flights are losing money.
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LOT Polish Airlines and Finnair lead flag carrier expansion in Europe

LOT Polish Airlines and Finnair lead flag carrier expansion in Europe | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

Our recent analysis identifying those airlines that have started the most new routes at the start of the S17 season as usual revealed that Europe’s LCCs lead the way in these rankings. However, two European flag carriers (KLM and SAS) both made the top 15, while British Airways and Lufthansa both only just missed out. anna.aero has also noticed that, considering it operates from a capacity-constrained airport, British Airways has done quite well at growing its route network from London Heathrow during the last couple of years. This got our data elves wondering which of Europe’s flag carriers has seen the biggest growth in its route network from its home base in recent times.

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WestJet plans to establish own ULCC; eyes 4Q17 launch

WestJet plans to establish own ULCC; eyes 4Q17 launch | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

WestJet (WS, Calgary) has announced its intention to launch a new, ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) in Canada subject to agreement with its pilots and any required regulatory approvals. The carrier said in a statement that the yet-to-be-named ULCC is expected to start in late 2017 with an initial fleet of ten high-density B737-800s.

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Lufthansa to receive five A320neos in 2017

Lufthansa to receive five A320neos in 2017 | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Lufthansa Group will take delivery of five Airbus A320neos instead of the 10 originally planned to be delivered this year, Lufthansa spokesperson Joerg Waber confirmed to ATW.
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Norwegian Air Takes on Asian Rivals With $230 Fares to Singapore

Norwegian Air Takes on Asian Rivals With $230 Fares to Singapore | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA will fly from London to Singapore beginning this fall, taking on British Airways and Singapore Airlines Ltd. as it expands its long-haul budget services in Asia.
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Qantas Perth-London: will you fly direct, or connect via Dubai?

TALKING POINT | Qantas is expected to announce next week the exact 'late March 2018' launch date (and pricing, and schedule) for its non-stop flights between Perth and London. The much-trumpete
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Bulgarian Mig-29s escort Lufthansa Airbus A380 arriving in Sofia for the first time

Bulgarian Mig-29s escort Lufthansa Airbus A380 arriving in Sofia for the first time | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"On Oct. 16, a Lufthansa Airbus A380 landed for the very first time in Sofia. Piloted by the only Bulgarian A380 Lufthansa pilot, Senior First Officer Mario Bakalov, the largest passenger aircraft of the world took off from Frankfurt as a special flight carrying a delegation of politicians, customers and media to the Bulgarian capital to introduce the Lufthansa A380 to customers and the general public in the country and to promote long-haul flights to the U.S. and Asia."

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Malaysia Airlines Lures Travelers on KL-London Route

Malaysia Airlines Lures Travelers on KL-London Route | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Malaysia Airlines says lower fares to and from the U.K. are luring passengers from rival British Airways. The carrier is still trying to recover from two unexplained tragedies in 2014 and now dominates the London route. Bloomberg's Haslinda Amin reports on "Bloomberg Markets: Middle East." (Source: Bloomberg)
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Bringing You The Finest Flavours Of The World (Behind the Scenes) | Singapore Airlines

What's the process like in a world where there's #NoDetailTooSmall? Go behind the scenes with us to find out!
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Qantas Boeing 787-9 economy seats: it's all about the legroom

Qantas Boeing 787-9 economy seats: it's all about the legroom | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Qantas will reveal the design and cabin layout of its new Boeing 787 economy class seating this coming Thursday October 27, at a major launch event which will also showcase new business class and premium economy seats..."

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Airbus offers a peek at its flying taxi

Airbus offers a peek at its flying taxi | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"European aerospace giant Airbus has quietly lifted the curtain on an ambitious Silicon Valley project called Vahana. It's a pilotless passenger aircraft that aims to someday add a vertical component to your commute."

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Exclusive: Boeing sales chief says the 737 Max vs. Airbus A320neo fight has just begun - Puget Sound Business Journal

Exclusive: Boeing sales chief says the 737 Max vs. Airbus A320neo fight has just begun - Puget Sound Business Journal | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Boeing's top salesman is betting that the established customer base for the 737 will power sales to an even split with competitor Airbus. Currently Airbus’ A320neo has a substantial 1,342-jet order lead over Boeing’s 737 Max. That gives the European plane 60 percent of the market."

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Airbus A380 cracks 600 passenger ceiling and 400 passenger floor

Airbus A380 cracks 600 passenger ceiling and 400 passenger floor | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Two decks. Four engines. Four classes. And fewer than four hundred passengers on board — or more than six hundred. That’s the reality of the Airbus A380 as 2015 comes to a close, ten years after the superjumbo first flew"

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How Will Alaska Airlines Support Its New Mixed Fleet?

How Will Alaska Airlines Support Its New Mixed Fleet? | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Kurt Kinder, a 29-year veteran of the airline, became Alaska Airlines’ vice president for maintenance and engineering in January 2016. He answers that question and more.
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Malaysia Airlines plans A350 arrivals

Malaysia Airlines is preparing for the delivery of its first A350 aircraft this year, and already has it earmarked for Auckland as the first long-haul route. Speaking with Business Traveller, CEO Peter Bellew said: “The first long-haul route will be Auckland, I think, and Tokyo, and a new destination we don’t currently fly to. It’s under negotiation. We are talking to three or four airports and there’s one that’s in the lead at the moment and we know the ground over there and we know the people. We should have that announced by the end of April.” Malaysia Airlines has six A350-900 aircraft on order, with the first one being delivered at the end of the year. The deliveries have been delayed, and Bellew says that despite Airbus assuring him that they will be with the airline in October 2017, he is expecting them on December 31. Bellew said that the configuration of the aircraft is still being finalised, but it will have three classes – economy, business and first – and will have “just a bit north of 300 seats”.
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Boeing's Longest 737 Max Can't Debut Too Soon for One Buyer

Boeing's Longest 737 Max Can't Debut Too Soon for One Buyer | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Boeing Co. is nearing a decision to build a longer 737 Max targeted for lengthy routes such as Boston to Los Angeles -- and fill a gap in its lineup that Airbus Group SE is exploiting by racking up order after order for its A321neo.
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Cathay Pacific: narrow new Boeing 777 economy seat due 2018

Cathay Pacific: narrow new Boeing 777 economy seat due 2018 | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Cathay Pacific will fit an all-new economy seat across its Boeing 777-300 fleet as the airline moves to a tighter but more profitable 10-across layout instead of the current 3-3-3 seating. All 1
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Boeing elaborates on 777-9 design details

Boeing elaborates on 777-9 design details | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Boeing has published further preliminary details of the 777-9’s configuration, three years ahead of entry into service, revealing a slightly lower aircraft with an interior resculpted to carve out a precious 10.2cm (4in) of internal diameter.
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Copa launches new LCC to stem Colombia losses

Copa launches new LCC to stem Colombia losses | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

Panama’s Copa Holdings has unveiled a new low-cost carrier, Wingo, as it aims to turn its loss-making Colombian operations around. Bogota-based Wingo will operate its first flight on 1 December, and will take over all of Copa Colombia’s routes except its flights to and from Panama City.

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Iberia to introduce premium economy in 37 long-haul aircraft

Iberia to introduce premium economy in 37 long-haul aircraft | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Spanish flag carrier Iberia has detailed plans to roll out a new premium economy cabin across 37 of its long-haul aircraft, starting from summer 2017.
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Biggest passenger plane comes to Christchurch

Biggest passenger plane comes to Christchurch | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
Aviation enthusiasts will get to view the world's largest passenger aircraft as it begins daily service to Christchurch.
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Sydney Airport seeks more low-cost carriers

"Sydney Airport is looking to lure more low-cost Asian airlines to its operations in a bid to continue passenger growth at the nation’s premier airport. China — and its burgeoning and travel-hungry middle class — remain a key driver of growth for Sydney Airport, but at an investor update in Sydney yesterday the airport said it wanted more Asian low-cost carriers to use the airport."

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​Analyst sees Boeing Co. going past 60 737s a month - Wichita Business Journal

​Analyst sees Boeing Co. going past 60 737s a month - Wichita Business Journal | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it
While Boeing can go as high as 63 planes a month with little risk, further increases could put stress on the Wichita companies and others in the supply chain.
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Boost for Boeing: Export-Import Bank wins revival

Boost for Boeing: Export-Import Bank wins revival | Airports, Airlines & Aircraft | Scoop.it

"Nearly six months after the Export-Import Bank was shut down due to congressional wrangling, the federal agency has been revived – which is good news for the Boeing Co. The bank plays a key role in making loans and guaranteeing loans to foreign buyers of U.S. goods. Since 2007, it’s provided support for $135 billion in exports from Washington state, according to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., one of the backers of the bank’s reauthorization."

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