Hybrid airships are the modern versions of the ones that briefly flew in the 1930’s. These aircraft are able to fly without crew for an astonishing three weeks. By the end of this decade, Dubai-based company, Airships Arabia are expected to have bought two of these. One is the Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship. It will have 10 feet x 10 feet x 60 feet cargo bay, able to carry 21 tonne payloads and nineteen passengers. The other one, the British Airlander 10, manufactured by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has a smaller payload of 10 tonnes and the ability to carry 48 passengers. HAV plan on making a bigger Airlander 50 with a payload of 50 tonnes.
Air Canada Rouge has announced that it would start flying to new winter seasonal routes to sun routes. The new routes are:
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (18th)
Palm Springs, California (14th)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (21st)
San Jose, Costa Rica (22nd)
Frequency chart here: Thanks to Airwaysnews.com!
They will use their Boeing 767-300ER (282 seats) aircraft on all except the Palm Springs route. The Palm Springs route will be A319 operated – 136 seats. Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada said:
Air Canada is solidifying its position in the Canadian leisure market by offering more flights to more sun destinations during the 2016-2017 winter season. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity for travelers from all across Quebec and Eastern Canada looking to escape the Canadian winter.
Air Canada Rouge (ACR) currently serves 70 leisure destinations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean. These are all short-haul. Europe, Asia, South America and Africa are ACR’s long haul ones.
The Air Line Pilot Association (ALPA) said in a statement.Pilot leaders at Hawaiian Airlines will ask members to give them authority to strike if current negotiations break down and the federal government allows a walkout. According to ALPA, Hawaiian Airlines members are “fed up with management foot-dragging on a new contract while their airline is making record profits.” Last year, the airline confirmed a net profit of $182.6 million. Hawaiian MEC Chairman Hoon Lee said:
When we opened negotiations on a new contract a year ago, we thought negotiations would be simple because the airline was performing so well but our patience is at an end because HAL management seems determined to force the pilots at Hawaiian to continue to work under a substandard contract for as long as possible. We are frustrated and dismayed that management steadfastly refuses to share in its financial success when Hawaiian is recording the best revenues, stock price, and market capitalization in its history. We certainly want a contract, not a strike, but we will not stand by and watch while we fall further behind our peers at other airlines. This strike authorization vote will give us the means to take all legal actions to attain the goal of a fair, market-rate contract if management forces us down that road.
The ALPA said that the strike ballot will begin today and end on May 17th.
In September this year, Malaysia Airlines’ CEO Christoph Mueller will resign from his position of CEO. According to a press statement, Mueller, the first non-Malaysian CEO of the carrier, requested to leave before the end of his three-year contract due to “changing personal circumstances.”
Mueller joined Malaysia Airline on the first of January 2015 as a Non-Executive Director. He became CEO exactly two months later. He helped the airline recover from deadly disasters MH370 and MH17 in 2014. Mueller said:
I am proud of what we have achieved as a team in such a short time and that the hard work of all of our employees is already showing the first signs of success. The airline has been restructured and repositioned to regain its leading position in customer experience and to continue to connect Malaysia with the world. I am confident that the company is now on the right track to succeed in its next phase of growth under a new CEO
Khazanah Nasional Berhad, owner of Malaysia Airlines, highlighted Mueller’s work, who, “has laid the groundwork, put in place a strong management team, and undertaken the necessary measures and initiatives that have produced encouraging signs of progress on Malaysia Airline’s path to recovery, as called for under the five-year 12-point MAS Recovery Plan (“MRP”).” The company said in a statement. The airline is searching for a new CEO.
The first ever A350 XWB full-flight simulator has been installed in Miami, Florida. It has been installed in the Airbus Training Centre (ATC). This follows the four A320 simulators, the A330 simulator and the A340 simulator in the Miami ATC. Joe Houghton, Airbus Vice President of Training and Flight Operations support commented:
With the A350 XWB entering into service in the Americas, we anticipate an increase in demand for widebody full-flight simulator training, especially given the program’s success in the Americas.
Airbus have seven A350 customers in the Americas. Altogether, this exceeds 120 A350 aircraft. At the moment the main customers of the Americas are United Airlines, with an order of 35 A350-1000’s to be delivered in 2018, LATAM, which has an order of 27; two of them delivered (first operator of the A350 in the Americas – fifth in the world.). Delta Air Lines, an order of 25 A350-900’s; expected to be delivered next year and American Airlines, an order of 22 A350-900’s. The remaining A350 customers are Avianca Brasil – 10 orders of A350-1000’s, Azul Linhas Aereas, 5 -900’s leased from Aercap and Air Caraïbes, four -900’s and 3 -1000’s including Air Caraïbes Atlantique.
Garuda Indonesia have order 14 A330-900neo worth $5.75. The deal was signed at a ceremony in London with the President of Indonesia, His Excellency Joko Widodo and British Prime Minister, David Cameron present. This deal is marks another milestone for Garuda Indonesia and Airbus. They had a long relationship. Garuda received their A300 in 1981. Here is what the Garuda Indonesia CEO Arif Wibofo had to say:
We are pleased to announce that we continue our long-standing relationship with Airbus. Both Garuda Indonesia and Airbus fully understand the aim of the deal as a long-term strategy to win the global challenge. The A330neo represents a more-efficient future for Garuda Indonesia. This order restructuring is believed to support our continued commitment to deliver the most modern, comfortable and excellent air travel service to all customers as well as to strengthen the sustained positive growth and business expansion of the company.
Garuda Indonesia will use the A330neo to expand their medium and long haul network to Europe with non-stop flights from Indonesia to Europe and vice versa as well as for extra capacity. Currently, Garuda Indonesia’s long haul consists of 24 Airbus A330’s, 10 Boeing 777-300ER and two Boeing 747-400’s.
This month, American Airlines (AA) are celebrating their 90th anniversary. Their history began on the 15th of April 1926 when aviator Charles A. Lindbergh stowed a bag of mail in his DH-4 biplane and took off from Chicago, headed to St. Louis. AAL Flight 90 to Heathrow (coincidence that the pic matches this statement) Doug Parker, AA’s CEO/Chairman said:
It has been a terrific 90 years for our airline and our best days lie ahead. American is 100,000 strong and innovating every day in large and small ways. Working in this industry is a noble profession, and working for American is a special calling.