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.
Las Vegas based low-cost carrier Allegiant Air have ordered four A319’s from Filipino Cebu Pacific. They are expected to be delivered between 2017 and 2018. Allegiant have previously purchased six A319’s from the same airline. So far, three have been received and three more are to be delivered later in the year. By the end of the year, Allegiant expects to have 85 aircraft, consisting of 33 Airbus A320 family (17 A319’s and 16 A320’s). Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company Chief Operating Officer said:
This agreement to purchase additional aircraft from Cebu Pacific is an important step in our long-term transition to a single fleet type.
Ordering these aircraft is to improve operating efficiency. These are replacing the old McDonnel Douglas MD-80’s. The MD-80’s retirement date has been extended partially due to the lower fuel prices. Last November, Allegiant announced the retirement of their Boeing 757-200s, which totals five aircraft. This is expected to happen next August.
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.
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.
According to the Russian business daily Vedomosti, Russia’s flag carrier, Aeroflot will now accept its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. There were claims that they were cancelling the order. Aeroflot ordered 18 787-8’s and 4 787-9’s adding up to 22 Dreamliners however they reduced their order to 20 Dreamliners but I am unsure which variant that they have reduced. These arrive in 2017. Aeroflot’s CEO Vitaly Savelyev has said this:
We’re trying to exit the deal.
Mr. Savelyev told Rossiya 24 TV last October:
Boeing didn’t deliver them on time and we don’t need them in a slumping market.
Aeroflot reduced it’s Boeing 777-300ER order from three to one. These should also arrive in 2017. The seven NG 737’s should arrive in 2019. They have also knocked off nine A320 Family from their order of 30, now it is 21 aircraft. Their delivery has been delayed, delayed by three years. The airline have also decided to not launch flights from Moscow/Domodedovo and will focus on Moscow/Sheremetyevo and Moscow/Vnukovo through expanded subsidiary Rossiya. They originally planned on launching three domestic flights which would’ve been operated by the A320. Rossiya have taken assets and routes from Donavia and Orenair, their sister companies, which were due to close at the end of March. So Rossiya have received Donavia’s six A319’s and Orenair’s 5 737-800’s and 3 777-200ER’s.