New York (AirGuide - Airline News Asia / Pacific) Nov 27, 2011
Air France Air France to launch daily A380 Paris-Dubai route in December. Air France will start operating Airbus A380 aircraft on a daily Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Dubai (DXB) route Dec. 5, and on a 2X-daily CDG to Los Angeles (LAX) route May 28, 2012. The CDG-DXB service will be a seasonal A380 route, made possible by the aircraftOs redeployment from Tokyo Narita to DXB for the winter season, resulting from lower seasonal demand to Tokyo, AF said. The CDG-LAX route is part of the transatlantic joint venture operated by AF KLM, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines. Air France said it will operate six A380s in the current winter schedule on five routes (CDG to New York JFK, Johannesburg, Montreal, Washington Dulles and DXB) and eight A380s in the next summer schedule to six destinations (LAX, JFK, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Montreal and Washington). Nov 23, 2011
Boeing, Air New Zealand, General Electric Boeing 777 Customers Benefit from 10 New Environmental Actions. The Boeing 777 program is implementing 10 initiatives that will eliminate 5.5 million pounds CO2 emitted and 300,000 gallons of jet fuel used annually during the 777 delivery process. The first customer to benefit from all 10 of the initiatives is Air New Zealand, which took delivery of a 777-300ER (extended range) jetliner Nov. 7 . "Air New Zealand is excited to participate," said Duncan Mairs , Air New Zealand's technical manager currently based in Seattle overseeing the airline's 777-300ER deliveries. "We have a wide range of environmental initiatives under way across the business. Being able to find ways to lessen the environmental impact of building an airplane is another excellent step on our journey to becoming the world's most environmentally sustainable airline," he said. During the 20-day paint and delivery process, Boeing workers incorporated new processes including reducing the number of times potable water and hydraulic filters are changed, using chromate-free primer in the painting process, and enhancing recycling and use of electric carts instead of gas-powered vehicles. "A team of employees identified redundancies in testing," said Jeff Klemann , vice president Everett Delivery Center. "One idea was to eliminate engine-run tests already performed by GE, the 777's engine manufacturer. This will result in a reduction of 1.4 million pounds of CO2 in 2012 as well as less community noise and emissions." The team also improved flight planning efficiency for pre-delivery test flights. Reducing fuel loads reduces airplane weight, which improves fuel economy. By careful pre-planning flight crews also are able to reduce flight times. The flight-planning initiatives will save a total of 193,155 gallons of jet fuel annually. The chrome-free primer used on the recently delivered Air New Zealand jet reduces the environmental impact of the paint and reduces potential health and safety risks during painting. It also eliminates the need for special handling of paint waste and clean-up, and designated off-site disposal areas. These advantages also provide benefit when the airplane is prepared for repainting. Nine of the environmental initiatives are now implemented on all 777 airplanes delivered. Use of chrome-free primer is optional. Air New Zealand will use chrome-free primer on future 777-300ER deliveries. Nov 21, 2011
British Airways British Airways Launches Flights and Holidays to Mauritius From London Gatwick. British Airways is changing its Mauritius timetable to give customers an extra day in the sun this winter. Flights back from the Indian Ocean isle will take off 12 hours later than at present, creating more time for relaxation before travellers have to get...