Ukrainian 737 crashes in Iran killing 176

Ukrainian 737 crashes in Iran killing 176

A Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 has crashed in Tehran, killing all 176 onboard.  The aircraft UR-PSR (MSN 38124), operating as flight PS752 bound for Kiev, took off from Imam Khomeini’s runway 29R at 06:12, but lost contact with air traffic control just six minutes later before crashing near Tehran.  Reports from the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation point to no survivors among the 167 passengers and nine crew members. Meteorological data from Imam Khomeini airport…

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Qantas chooses A350-1000 over 777X for Project Sunrise

Qantas chooses A350-1000 over 777X for Project Sunrise

Qantas has tentatively selected the Airbus A350-1000 over Boeing’s 777X for its Project Sunrise ultra-long-haul route initiative. The Australian carrier wants to be able to operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York, and said today it would order up to a dozen aircraft. A final “go or no-go” decision is set to take place in March 2020, extended from February by Airbus to provide additional time…

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SAS takes delivery of first A350

SAS takes delivery of first A350

Scandinavian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the latest operator of the Airbus widebody. Airbus confirmed the handover of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft, MSN358, which is registered SE-RSA. The Scandinavian carrier has configured the A350, named ‘Ingegerd Viking’, with 300 seats including 40 in the business-class cabin and 32 in premium economy. It plans to begin operating the aircraft on 28 January, initially on its Copenhagen-Chicago route, before expanding to other…

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Emirates announces $16bn order for 50 A350XWB

Emirates announces $16bn order for 50 A350XWB

Emirates has announced an order for 50 A350-900 aircraft with an estimated value of US$16 billion (£12.4bn) at list prices. The announcment was made on the second day of the Dubai Airshow 2019, with delivery of the first A350XWB aircraft expected in May 2023. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive, signed the deal with Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer from Airbus. This purchase agreement replaces the heads of agreement signed…

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Norwegian reports 64% rise in Q3 profits

Norwegian reports 64% rise in Q3 profits

Norwegian has reported a 64% rise in third quarter operating profit, to NOK 2.97 billion (£250m), after slowing capacity growth in the period. Revenue was up 8% at NOK 14.4 billion (£1.23bn), primarily due to the airline’s intercontinental flights. Passenger numbers declined 3% to 10.5 million. The airline increased capacity by just 3%, compared with 8% during the third quarter of 2018 and a 48% hike during last year’s second quarter. Norwegian’s return to profitability…

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LOT to launch flights to San Francisco

LOT to launch flights to San Francisco

LOT Polish Airlines will launch flights from Warsaw to San Fransisco, the airline has announced. The route will commence on 5 August 2020 and will operate four times a week using the airline’s Boeing 787 aircraft. The launch of the route coincides with the annoucement that Poland will be added to the United States’ visa waiver programme. LOT chief executive Rafal Milczarski commented, saying: “We do believe that now Poles will be more willing to…

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Delta takes 20% stake in LATAM

Delta takes 20% stake in LATAM

Delta Air Lines will be spending $1.9 billion (£1.5bn) in LATAM Airlines Group to take a 20% in the Latin American conglomerate, it has announced. The surprise deal will give Delta a much larger presence in the region, with the new partnership serving 435 destinations worldwide and carrying more passengers between North America and Latin America than any other partnership. As part of the deal, Delta will purchase four A350 aircraft from LATAM and will…

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Virgin Atlantic announces launch date of São Paulo route, codeshare with GOL

Virgin Atlantic announces launch date of São Paulo route, codeshare with GOL

Virgin Atlantic confirmed yesterday the launch date of its new London-São Paulo route. The flight is scheduled for 29 March 2020, and will be operated by one of the carrier’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.  Virgin Atlantic will join British Airways and LATAM in offering flights to the Brazilian city, with the route becoming the airline’s first ever to South America. The service will operate daily all year round.  Detailed route information can be seen below:…

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Norwegian offers slots to delay bond repayments

Norwegian offers slots to delay bond repayments

Scandinavian low-cost airline Norwegian is requesting to delay the repayment of bonds in exchange for its takeoff and landing slots at London Gatwick. The airline says it is requesting extension of the maturity dates for two sets of unsecured bonds – NAS07 and NAS08 – until November 2021 and February 2022, respectively. The two bonds were originally set to mature in December 2019 and August 2020. Norwegian claims that its Gatwick slots are valued at…

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Japan Airlines A350 enters service

Japan Airlines A350 enters service

Japan Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 (JA01XJ) officially entered service yesterday, operating as Flight 317 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka. The aircraft departed Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport 16 minutes past schedule at 12:26, arriving at 14:14. JAL has decided to deploy the A350 exclusively on domestic routes, starting with Fukuoka, with plans to expand to Sapporo (New Chitose), Okinawa (Naha), and Osaka (Itami). The aircraft will feature 369 seats across three cabins, including “First Class” and…

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