All Nippon Airways take delivery of their 50th Boeing 787 Dreamliner

All Nippon Airways’ 50th Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Source:

All Nippon Airways has taken delivery of their fiftieth Boeing 787 Dreamliner. During a ceremony held at Boeing’s Everett Delivery Centre, Boeing gave ANA its fiftieth Dreamliner, a 787-9 registered JA882A (c/n 43872).

Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of All Nippon Airways commented:

The 787 has played a significant role in opening up routes into new markets, while also forming the backbone of our long-haul fleet.  As the launch customer for the Dreamliner family, we are proud to welcome the 50th aircraft into our fleet, where it will continue to serve our passengers with the most innovative and memorable flying experience.

ANA became the 787 launch customer in 2004 when it purchased 50 aircraft and in 2011, seven years later, it was the first airline to take delivery of this revolutionary aircraft.  ANA’s current fleet consists of 36 787-8s and 14 -9s and also having another 33 Dreamliners still on order, including the newest and longest member of the Dreamliner family, the 787-10.


Turkish Airlines Commences their Atlanta Service

Turkish Airlines 777-300ER TC-JJN with special Batman v Superman Livery (displayed from Batman side)

Turkish Airlines have launched their daily service to/from Atlanta on May 16, making it the ninth US route for the airline and its 15th destination in the Americas.
The other destinations in the Americas that are served by Turkish Airlines are: Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Panama, Bogota, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco and Miami.
The carrier is expanding its services throughout the United States. They offer 70 flights per week and provides one-stop connections to 289 destinations and 115 countries through its Istanbul hub, it has said in a statement.
Ahmet Olmustur, Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines, commented:

The addition of the Atlanta gateway means that we will now connect business and leisure travellers through our Istanbul hub more efficiently and to more destinations than any other airline via one-stop connection through the world’s most travelled airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

The Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed said:

We are pleased to welcome Turkish Airlines as the newest carrier to Atlanta, solidifying the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport not only as the world’s busiest airport, but also the gateway to the world. The new route will open a wide range of business and tourism opportunities to a vast array of global destinations served by the leading carrier.

Turkish Airlines has said

Passengers between Istanbul and Georgia’s capital will be able to enjoy special round-trip fares.

Until the end of October, Miles&Smiles members will enjoy a 25% mileage discount when redeeming miles on the route or a 25% bonus on paid tickets as well as chances for upgrades.

The daily flight schedule is:

TK031 departing Istanbul at 2.05pm and arriving in Atlanta at 7.05pm.

TK032 departing Atlanta at 10.45pm and arriving in Istanbul at 4.40pm (next day).

To commemorate the launch, Turkish Airlines has exposed the Atlanta community to its destinations in through a number of different promotions/procedures. These include 3D art and Coca-Cola customised bottles for the launch flight. 3D art representing “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, the most recent Turkish Airlines-sponsored film was installed and showed off at Lenox Square from the 12th of May till the 18th of May. The public was encouraged to take a photo by the 3D art and to share it using #TurkishAirlines Atlanta for a chance to win a round-trip Turkish Airlines flight. The carrier also partnered with Coca-Cola to serve customised branded bottles during its first flight in this route.

United Launches its first trans-pacific route – San Francisco (US)- Xi’an (China)

Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) – Source: United Hub.

On the 8th of May 2016, United Airlines launched a new route – San Francisco in the US to Xi’an in China. UA have launched this route because Chinese routes to the US have a very high demand. This route is operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The route has been given the number #853. The airline is famous all around the world, especially in China. This new route however is unique because this is the first ever trans-pacific flight to land in Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.

Cayman Airways to modernise fleet

Source: Cayman Airways

Cayman Airways’ plan is to bring in one Boeing 737-800 and four 737 MAX 8’s to its fleet. The Cayman Island Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, District Administration and Transport Moses Kirkconnell has said the plan:

will not only give our National Airline the newest fleet in the region, but it will also guarantee our growth in tourism air arrivals as we prepare our airport to accommodate more visitors and as our room stock grows accordingly.

Mr. Kirkconnell has said that the current Boeing 737-300’s will be eliminated from it’s fleet by 2020. Cayman Airways Chairman Philip Rankin commented:

 The low operating costs and potential for increased revenue allow the new aircraft to be introduced with no incremental government funding, and establishes a firm foundation for the continued success of the airline just as our 737-300 purchase brought strong financial benefit to the airlines, we are certain that this new step in our plan will again prove to be the right decision.


Aeroplane Collision in Indonesia

Source: Andrew W. Sieber’s Flickr page – PK-LBS, the aircraft involved in the accident (737-800) two years before the collision. Licence here no changes made.

A Batik Air Boeing 737-800 taking off (PK-LBS), doing route 7703 collided with a (thankfully empty) TransNusa Air Services (PK-TNJ) (TAS) ATR 42-600. Both aircraft caught on fire and were damaged pretty terribly. PK-LBS was taking off on a domestic journey to Ujang Padang, carrying 49 passengers and seven crew. Thankfully everyone evacuated safely.


Ryanair receives it’s 400th Boeing aircraft

Source: Ryanair. This is a picture of Ryanair’s 737s. The closest one has the new livery winglets.

The Irish (I’m from Ireland!) low-cost carrier has received it’s 400th Boeing aircraft. It is a Boeing 737-800 registered EI-FRC. Ryanair is the largest 737-800 operator in the world. Ryanair has 130 more 737-800s to be delivered. It will also be the launch customer of the 737 MAX 200. Ryanair has 100 MAX 200s on order. It will have 200 seats and it will reduce fuel burn by 20% per seat. This is what the COO, Michael Hickey has to say:

“The Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with its industry leading technical reliability and seating capacity, has been the foundation upon which our successful and safe growth has been built upon, since we took our first delivery in March 1999,” said Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer, Michael Hickey. “We are delighted to be now taking delivery of our 400th 737-800, which includes the new Boeing Sky Interior and slimline seats, offering extra leg room and an enhanced customer experience, as part of our ‘Always Getting Programme’.”

“A key factor in Ryanair’s continued success is the outstanding economics of the Next-Generation 737-800,” said Monty Oliver, vice president, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This 400th 737 delivery is a special milestone for both our companies and we are honored that Ryanair continues to be an all-Boeing operator.”