Emirates Airline confirmed yesterday that it will start flying one of its first Airbus A380s nonstop between Dubai and New York JFK Airport on October 1. It claims to not yet know, however, whether or not that flight will actually represent the launch of the airline’s A380 service, as Emirates president Tim Clark continues to mull the possibilities for a still earlier entry elsewhere in a quickly expanding network.
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British Airways last month announced plans to create a business-class service from London City Airport (LCY) to New York via Shannon, Ireland. The airline was forced to incorporate a tech stop due to payload restrictions associated with LCY’s 3,934-foot-long runway. British Airways said it will acquire Airbus A318s configured with 32 business-class seats to operate the service.
Brazil’s Embraer announced an order here yesterday from U.S. aircraft leasing company Jetscape for 10 E190 jets, along with options for another 10 aircraft and “purchase rights” for 10 more.
The value of the transaction totals $375 million at list prices, and could reach $1.125 billion if all options and purchase rights are exercised. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2009.
Honeywell will leave Singapore with agreements to place its equipment on three Asia Pacific airlines’ airplanes. The transactions involved avionics, auxiliary power units, wheels and brakes, as well as comprehensive maintenance.
Airbus is studying 10-abreast seating for its A350WXB following interest from low-cost airlines including AirAsia, which has inquired a potential 25-aircraft order.
ATR announced regional turboprop orders from two South Pacific operators here yesterday. Air Tahiti has bought an ATR 72-500, valued at about $18 million. The 66-seater will operate under ETOPS-120 rules. Air Tahiti CEO Mate Galenon said the airline is now able to serve more islands, such as Hiva Oa in the Marquesas, which the airline could until now reach only with its smaller ATR 42s.
Boeing has acknowledged its embarrassment over the effect of delays on customers in the Asia Pacific region and despite a characteristic refusal by some executives here to discuss compensation payments, one manager freely offered a gesture of contrition.
AirAsia has selected a suite of Rockwell Collins avionics for 60 new Airbus A320s, with options for 40 more. AirAsia X, its low-cost affiliate, selected the same avionics for 15 Airbus A330 aircraft.
Under terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will provide maintenance support at a set price per flight hour for 15 years. Previously, the avionics firm announced a service-and-support contract with AirAsia for 100 A320 aircraft.
Boeing announced new firm orders from two Indonesian airlines–ambitious low-fare 737 operator Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia–for a total of 60 airplanes. An order for 56 B737-900ERs from Lion Air raises the airline’s order total for the type to 178. Garuda’s commitment for four 777-300ERs accompanies a conversion of an order for six deferred 777-200ERs to the larger type, bringing its total -300ER commitment to 10.
Many Singapore Air Show visitors are seeing the Airbus A380 paying for itself in commercial service for the first time as it lands and takes off here at Changi Airport. For at least another six months, Singapore will remain the only operating base for the world’s largest airliner and local carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) its only operator.