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News : Republic Airways, United Airlines agree on long-term deal

Republic Airways, United Airlines agree on long-term deal


Republic Airways and United Airlines have reached an agreement to secure the long-term relationship between the two airlines.

The motion filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York keeps Republic on a path towards achieving the goals established at the outset of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection case.

“Today’s announcement further strengthens an important relationship for Republic. The agreement we have reached, once approved, will secure United as a long-term strategic partner, provide significant benefits to our airline, and will preserve a reliable and on-time travel experience for United’s customers,” explained Bryan Bedford, chairman, president and CEO of Republic. “The agreement also completes a major milestone in our reorganisation effort and keeps us on schedule to achieve our goal of emerging from bankruptcy by the end of the year.”

The parties anticipate that the motion will be heard before the Honorable Sean H. Lane on 15 June 2016. The amended agreement would provide for the uninterrupted flying of all fifty-four (54) Embraer 170s and 175s currently operated by Republic for United and also for future E-Jet flying by Republic for United through term extensions to all current E170 aircraft and, subject to certain conditions, expected further deliveries of E175s under revised new delivery schedules. The new agreement will become effective upon issuance of the approval order by the court.
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News : AirAsia announces “astounding” results for 1Q16

AirAsia announces “astounding” results for 1Q16


AirAsia Berhad has revealed its results for the quarter ending 31 March 2016 (1Q16) which it has described as “astounding”, featuring a profit after tax of RM876.94 million, up 487% year-on-year (YoY).

AirAsia’s 1Q16 revenue was RM1.70 billion, up 31% from the 1Q15 figure. This strong revenue came on the back of a 17% YoY growth in the number of passengers carried at 6.48 million which was well ahead of the 3% capacity growth. These figures led to a high load factor of 85%, up 10 percentage points (pp) YoY.

In 1Q16, AirAsia recorded strong operating profit of RM521.14 million (up 121% YoY) and, as mentioned, net operating profit of RM409.80 million (up 230% YoY). During 1Q16, the company posted revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) of 16.88 sen (up 17% YoY). The average fare similarly witnessed an increase to RM166 (up 11% YoY). Meanwhile, as mentioned, profit after tax for 1Q16 was RM876.94 million (up 487% YoY).

AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar commented, “The positive momentum we have seen for our Malaysian operations has continued well into the current quarter. Our improved RASK proved that low fares stimulate the market as seen by the sustained increase in the number of passengers. Meanwhile, ancillary revenue as a whole has increased by 22% YoY with the highest contributor coming from baggage (45% of total ancillary revenue) followed by cargo (9% of total ancillary revenue) and insurance (7% of total ancillary revenue).

“The highest growth seen among our ancillary products are AirAsia Courier (up by more than 1000% YoY), sales of inflight merchandise (up 274%), inflight duty free (up 147%) and connecting fees for our ‘Fly-Thru’ service (up 74% YoY). These led to the company recording an ancillary income per pax of RM50 this quarter (up 5%), thus achieving our target,” Omar added.

The company’s cost per available seat kilometre (CASK) in 1Q16 was 11.70 sen, down 1% YoY. The decrease in CASK was a benefit from lower fuel prices which declined by 23% YoY on the back of 29% lower average fuel price at $56 per barrel, compared with $79 a barrel during 1Q15. However, this was offset by a 112% increase in aircraft operating lease expenses due to an additional 16 sale and leaseback exercise of aircraft done in the previous financial year.

Referring to the balance sheet, Omar highlighted, “The management monitors the company’s net gearing closely to ensure that it is constantly at a healthy and comfortable level. At the end of 1Q16, the company’s USD denominated borrowings has actually reduced by 6% from $2.54 billion in 4Q15 to $2.40 billion as we have pared down our working capital borrowings using our strong cash balances. The company’s net gearing ratio therefore is at 1.84 times at the end of 1Q16, 20% lower compared with the previous quarter due to lower total debt.”

Segment reporting of the associate airlines within the AirAsia Group – Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Japan – have also been released alongside those of the Group itself.

The Group posted quarterly revenue of RM3.00 billion while its operating profit in 1Q16 was RM536.9 million. The Group’s 1Q16 profit before tax was RM1.08 billion, while cash balances stood at RM2.88 billion.

From this quarter onwards, the company will disclose year-to-date segment reporting in addition to the current quarterly segment reporting in the notes section of its Bursa Announcement.

Returning to the associate carriers, Thai AirAsia (TAA) posted revenue of THB8.97 billion in 1Q16, an increase of 16% from the same period last year while net operating profit increased by 76% YoY to THB1.94 billion. This led TAA to post a profit after tax of THB1.83 billion (up 99% YoY) in 1Q16.

AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, commenting on TAA’s performance, said, “During the quarter, TAA recorded 18% YoY increase in passenger numbers with load factor increasing by 5 pp to 88%, its highest on record due to the strong momentum of the tourism industry that saw total arrivals increase from China and Asean. This led to a 3% increase in RASK at THB1.81. Meanwhile, CASK reduced by 6% YoY to THB1.39 due to a 25% drop in fuel expenses.”

Indonesia AirAsia (IAA) recorded revenue of IDR907.27 billion in 1Q16, down 24% YoY. This was in-line with the planned 34% decrease in capacity that led to the 25% decrease in the number of passengers carried. IAA operated 14 fewer aircraft in 1Q16. The load factor recorded a 10 pp improvement to 80%.

Meanwhile, IAA registered a lower net operating loss of IDR114.06 billion (down 76%) but achieved a small profit after tax of IDR 21.95 billion (up 104%). “IAA’s turnaround plan is showing good signs especially on the cost side,” Fernandes remarked. “Costs decreased 15% from a year ago in all areas, particularly on lower aircraft operating leases and fuel expenses. In 1Q16, two aircraft were redeployed to TAA and PAA while one aircraft was removed in April and transferred to MAA.

“The underlying strategy behind the turnaround plan was to remove additional aircraft from IAA’s fleet that can be better utilised by other associates, seven of which have been transferred out as planned,” he continued. “The benefits of this can be seen in the quarter under review where aircraft operating lease expense has reduced by 51% following a lease rate restructuring while maintenance and overhaul cost have decreased by 21%.”

Philippines AirAsia (PAA) posted a 23% increase in revenue at PHP2.57 billion and strong growth in the number of passenger (up 15% YoY) due to higher aircraft utilisation which increased from 9.3 lock hours to 12 block hours per day. The load factor was 87% in 1Q16, up by 10 pp YoY. CASK decreased by 7% to PHP2.49 on the back of lower aircraft operating lease expenses (down 22%) and fuel expenses (down 25%).

Further guided by the management’s turnaround plan, net operating losses in 1Q16 reduced to PHP374.56 million, down 54%. Meanwhile, a profit after tax of PHP88.67 million (up 110%) was achieved for the quarter.

“The cost reduction and re-fleeting exercise has enabled us to achieve figures that are close to break even for our operations this quarter,” noted Fernandes. “As a result, operating losses came in lower than the previous year backed by profitable operations in the month of January.”

AirAsia India (AAI) reported a 179% increase in revenue at INR1.96 billion and strong capacity growth of 110% YoY at the end of 1Q16. The average fare increased steadily by 12% to INR3,155 while ancillary revenue per passenger grew by 115% to INR502.

“India has shown great prospects to grow further as we continue to revolutionise air travel in the country with our low fares and excellent product,” Fernandes declared. “AAI is gaining traction among our guests in India as seen from our strong loads which rose to an all-time high of 86% amid stiff competition. Meanwhile, the total passengers carried increased by 127% YoY to 0.54 million.” During the quarter, AAI posted a smaller net loss of INR78.59 million (down 75%).

Commenting on the Group’s outlook, Fernandes stated, “In Malaysia, we are seeing robust demand despite the weaker consumer sentiment and domestic economy. In addition, the trend of local consumers trading down when going on their travel still persists while foreign nationals are still eyeing Malaysia as a value-for-money holiday destination due to our weaker currency. Additionally, demand from Chinese travellers has recovered as we note a 37% jump in the number of Chinese guests flying into various points in Malaysia for the first quarter of the year. Meanwhile, we believe the implementation of the visa waiver initiative for Chinese tourists by the Malaysian government since the start of the second quarter will likely boost arrivals in the coming quarters.

“On the other hand, Indian travellers entering Malaysia grew by 32% YoY and this shows our brand strengthening in the Indian market,” Fernandes continued. “Both markets of China and India are key to our growth. We are off to a brilliant start in 2016 and foresee the momentum sustaining through the rest of the year.”

“As seen in 1Q16, we are beneficiaries of the low fuel price, with all associates observing lower aircraft fuel expense, leading to lower CASK for the Group. Our efforts to hedge 75% of our fuel requirements as a Group at an average cost of $55 per barrel on jet kerosene paid off. We are now relatively insulated from volatility of global fuel prices in the coming quarters,” Fernandes concluded.
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News : New no-cancellation record for Delta Connection

New no-cancellation record for Delta Connection


The six regional carriers of Delta Connection have created a new record by operating for almost eight days without a cancellation, their best-ever completion factor streak and one which beat their previous record by almost three days.

For more than 17,000 operations, Compass Airlines, Endeavor Air, ExpressJet Airlines, GoJet Airlines, Shuttle America and SkyWest Airlines flew as scheduled, not cancelling for any reason, including maintenance, weather, air traffic control or other circumstances both in and out of the carriers’ control.

The streak ended only after a flight from Washington Reagan National to New York LaGuardia was cancelled due to inclement weather on the evening of Tuesday 24 May.

“The momentum has been incredible at our Delta Connection affiliates as they continue to break operational records, delivering to our customers a mainline-like experience,” declared Erik Snell, vice-president, Delta Connection. “This latest cancel-free run is just the beginning as our regional partners continue to find opportunities to drive an even more consistently reliable operation.”

Within those six carriers – and at the time of writing – Endeavor Air has just passed 83 straight days of perfect controllable completion factor.
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News : Flybe customer support switch completed

Flybe customer support switch completed


Flybe has successfully completed the relocation of its Customer Contact Centre to the Belgrade office of Sitel, a provider of outsourced customer relations services, in a move that the airline says has helped it to reduce unit operating costs and improve customer service.

Flybe initially outsourced its customer service function to Sitel in 2013 and since then has gradually integrated its remaining customer relations and social media functions to take full advantage of Sitel’s infrastructure and technology in both Exeter and Belgrade. The company deasl with an average 60,000 calls a month.  

Amy Valcik, Flybe’s chief marketing officer, explained, “We have been delighted at the improvements and cost savings made through our partnership with Sitel. Sitel is a leader in its field and we look forward to maintaining this positive relationship with the company, both in Exeter and in Belgrade.”

Sitel site director Matt Cleveland added, “We’re proud to have partnered with Flybe for more than three years and to have proved we were the right choice. Our global presence means we’ve been able to support Flybe with both a continuing Exeter base and now the skills, expertise and benefits that our Belgrade base offers as well.

“I can’t praise our Exeter team enough as they’re the reason the partnership has been so successful,” Cleveland noted. “They do an incredible job helping the airline and making sure the experience of its customers continues to get better and better. We’re looking forward to helping Flybe achieve even more in the months and years ahead.”
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News : Aegean first quarter loss increases

Aegean first quarter loss increases


Aegean Airlines has reported its key financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) with consolidated revenue at €147.9 million, which was 7% higher compared with the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15).

Passenger traffic rose by 9% to 2 million, with 6% more flights, as the company invested more capacity even in the winter months, continuing to serve new destinations which yield positive results only in the summer.

International passenger traffic rose by 12%, while the number of passengers carried on the domestic network rose by 6%, despite significant increases in competitors’ capacity.

Net losses after tax stood at €21.5 million compared with losses of €8.3 million in 2015. The larger fleet (with 11 more Airbus aircraft since the beginning of 2015), which is underutilised in the winter, the support of new international destinations even in the winter months, as well as the decline in the domestic fares, weighed on results of the seasonally weak quarter.

Dimitris Gerogiannis, managing director, commented, “The delivery of our new aircraft is now complete so we start the year with a significantly larger – and younger – fleet and network compared to early 2015. We anticipate collecting on our investment in the summer season through increased traffic flows, new services and the efficiency of our new fleet. Winters, which are weak in incoming tourism demand, do cost more as we grow and as the domestic consumer remains weak due to the economy; this in turn increases our reliance on the quality of the demand of the summer season.

“We have achieved growth even in domestic traffic against increasing route coverage by competitors, on the back of additional travel options and connectivity offered to our customers and through lower fares,” he added. ““As far as international traffic as well as demand trends are concerned, winter performance was encouraging, however the quality of demand and our results will be determined in the coming summer months.”
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News : WestJet offers expanded TSA PreCheck capability

WestJet offers expanded TSA PreCheck capability


WestJet has announced that eligible passengers departing from US airports will now be able to receive the TSA PreCheck designation using web, mobile and kiosk check-in.

Until now, only eligible travellerswho received their boarding passes at WestJet counters could use the programme, which offers a less-intrusive search when departing from US airports.

“This next step is very important for our guests, particularly those who make use of one of our many self-serve options,” explained Ed Baklor, WestJet senior vice-president, guest experience. “The ability to check in, add your known traveller number and have your TSA PreCheck designation embedded in the barcode of your electronic boarding pass will make the security experience much more efficient, especially for business travellers and other frequent flyers.”

To be eligible, customers must be registered with TSA PreCheck, one of four US Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveller programmes. When using one of the programme's dedicated security lanes, TSA PreCheck members can leave their shoes, belt, or light jacket on while passing through the scanner. Laptops and liquids can remain in carry-on baggage.

Also new with WestJet is the airline’s ability to issue electronic boarding passes for eligible passengers departing from any Canadian airport, with the exception of Calgary, to any US or international destination served by WestJet. Travellers flying from Calgary to US or international destinations will receive electronic boarding passes when the airport's new international terminal opens on 31 October 2016. Passengers flying from any US destination served by WestJet, as well as select international destinations served by WestJet, will also be able to receive electronic boarding passes.
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News : EBACE 2016: ViaSat signs multi-year connectivity agreement with Dassault Aviation

EBACE 2016: ViaSat signs multi-year connectivity agreement with Dassault Aviation


As part of a new multi-year agreement with Dassault Aviation, ViaSat will provide the OEM with bundled global Ku-band broadband services for Falcon 8X aircraft. 

“There is a strong complement between Dassault Aviation's Falcon brand, which is known for advanced technology and premier cabin amenities, and the ViaSat global connectivity system, which is recognised as an advanced broadband services platform delivering premier in-cabin connectivity experiences,” commented Ken Peterman, SVP and general manager, ViaSat. “By pairing our two organisations, we can deliver on a shared vision: making office-in-the-sky capabilities – with access to the real internet – a reality that will benefit Falcon operators well into the future.”

The deal will see ViaSat provide Dassault with in-cabin network equipment including the ViaSat Mobile Terminal 1500 (VMT-1500-C) shipset, which includes a Ku-band antenna, modem and antenna control unit. To enable its in-flight connectivity service, the company will provide Dassault with a Satcom Direct Router. 

Installation of the system will begin in mid-2016 on a Falcon 8X, with delivery scheduled before the end of the year. First shipset installations are being completed in Little Rock Arkansas. 

Dassault Falcon Services is now working on the STC for the Falcon 7X, based on the certification plans done for the Falcon 8X. 
 
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News : EBACE 2016: STC awarded for the SD WiFi Hub

EBACE 2016: STC awarded for the SD WiFi Hub


Satcom Direct (SD) has received the initial supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA paving the way for installing the SD WiFi Hub on Citation CJ3 aircraft.

Additional STCs are in progress for the Hub, the standalone router and Wi-Fi solution for small to mid-size aircraft and enhancement to the Satcom Direct Router (SDR) for larger aircraft.  

Introduced worldwide during the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention 2016, The SD WiFi Hub is a wireless access point (WAP) and serves as a gateway for all voice and data communications on the aircraft. At 1.6lb, the Hub has the smallest and lightest router form factor in aviation.
 
“Meeting the connectivity needs for customers with airframes of all sizes was the driver for the development of the SD Wi-Fi hub. Receiving the first STC paves the way for the availability of the product to the marketplace,” said Ken Bantoft, chief technology officer for SD.
 
The SD technology team is working with its dealers and MROs to expand the availability of STCs for other airframes. 
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News : Airbus Corporate Jet Centre unveils Kaolin cabin interior

Airbus Corporate Jet Centre unveils Kaolin cabin interior


Based on customers’ requests and needs, Airbus Corporate Jet Centre’s (ACJC’s) Creative Design Studio, led by Sylvain Mariat, has designed a VIP ACJ319 cabin interior – Kaolin – which gives priority to space, brightness and elegance through curved-lines and white tones.

“With this interior we want to offer the perfect balance between modernity, originality and fluidity to match customers’ expectations and lifestyles,” says Mariat. 

Certificated for 19 passengers, the Kaolin concept features a large crew-rest zone with five seats, a dining area including club-four and a club-two seating, followed by a large lounge area with a Majliss meeting area. The cabin interior also has a VIP zone with six individual mini-suites, and a master bedroom with a club-seat integrated into the side-ledge, plus an en-suite bathroom.  
 
This unrivalled configuration provides the different cabin functionalities that a customer would expect; namely a public zone for meeting and dinner, and a private zone. The VIP area is the perfect answer with its six individual suites, fully equipped with the latest technologies, convertible seats and dedicated storage.  “By creating curved-line mini-suites, our objective was to create aestheticism which optimises the living space,” explains Mariat. “The integration of a cylindrical sliding bar and evolutive, clover-shaped, low table in the lounge area strengthened this wish,” he adds. 
 
Kaolin also includes the latest high-end IFE and connectivity technologies such as Ka-band, and full High-Definition (HD) Audio and Video On Demand (AVOD). 
 
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News : ATIS 2016: JetBlue talks digital strategy

ATIS 2016: JetBlue talks digital strategy


At SITA’s 2016 Air Transport IT Summit (ATIS) in Barcelona, JetBlue’s CIO and EVP innovation, Eash Sundaram, told delegates about JetBlue’s latest digital developments.

Talking about the carrier’s new lobby at New York JFK, which Sundaram said is due to be unveiled over the next few weeks, he declared the airline’s philosophy is still very much ‘inspiring humanity.’

While JetBlue has automated processes such as check-in with the aim of eliminating crewmember processes which didn’t add value to the passenger experience, it very much still sees the value of having crewmembers present elsewhere.

Sundaram stated that JetBlue looks at the way in which technology can enable the improvement of the hospitality experience for both passengers and crewmembers, asserting that in the future, crewmembers will have access to NFC-enabled devices which will allow them to see a passenger’s PNR as they approach. This way, Sundaram demonstrated, crewmembers could open by asking “How can I help you with your flight to Boston today, Mr. Smith?”

During his presentation, Sundaram also confirmed JetBlue is currently working on permanent bag tags, assigning the concept of the mobile boarding pass to what he referred to as “JetBlue’s previous chapter.”

In-flight, Sundaram asserted that its real-time in-flight connectivity allows crewmembers to see if passengers will miss their connecting flight, allowing them to re-book passengers onto the next available service to provide a solution before the plane lands. This ability to manage disruption, explained Sundaram, is why the airline sees in-flight Wi-Fi as ‘foundational’ – and why it remains a free service for passengers – because it allows JetBlue staff to improve passenger experience.

Stephanie Taylor, assistant editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines / LARAnews.net
Barcelona, Spain
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News : Wizz Air reports increased underlying net profit for FY2016

Wizz Air reports increased underlying net profit for FY2016


Wizz Air Holdings has revealed its audited results for the full year ended 31 March 2016 (FY2016) including an underlying net profit of €224 million.

The total revenue increased by 16% to €1,429 million, with ticket revenue up 13% to €895 million and ancillary revenue up 23% to €534 million, with ancillary revenue per passenger increasing by 2% to €27.

That underlying net profit of €224 million was a record for the company and represented an increase of 53% compared with FY2015. The underlying net profit margin of 16% was up year-on-year by 3.8 percentage points (pp).

The number of passengers carried in FY2016 was up 21% on FY2015’s figure to 20 million and the load factor rose by 1.5 pp to 88.2%. The total unit costs fell by 5% to 3.43 euro cents per ASK (available seat kilometre).

During FY2016, 69 new routes were added, including routes to three new CEE destinations and 12 new Western European destinations. The airline opened four new operating bases during FY2016, in Tuzla (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Kosice (Slovakia), Lublin (Poland) and Debrecen (Hungary). So far three new operating bases have been announced for FY2016, Iasi and Sibiu (Romania) and Kutaisi (Georgia).

The company has a strong balance sheet with free cash of €646 million at the end of FY2016 and a net debt to EBITDAR ratio of 1.4 times.

Highlights of FY2016 also include deployment of the larger 230-seat Airbus A321ceo, driving efficiency and the order for 110 Airbus A321neos to join them and drive future growth.

Commenting on the results, Wizz Air’s chief executive officer József Váradi said, “I am delighted to report another remarkable year for us as we delivered a strong operating performance across all key metrics. We continue to build on our market leadership in Central and Eastern Europe and have a strong balance sheet and an attractive orderbook of existing and new technology aircraft to drive growth.

“We will continue to expand our route network, drive efficiency in our operating model, and enhance our compelling customer proposition to sustain growth and drive returns for shareholders,” Váradi added.
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News : WOW air to lease five Airbus aircraft from ALC

WOW air to lease five Airbus aircraft from ALC


Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced the placement of three new Airbus A321-200ceos, one new Airbus A321-200neo and one new A320-200neo aircraft on long-term leases to WOW air of Iceland.

One A321-200ceo has already been delivered to the airline, with the remaining two delivering in 3Q16 and 4Q16. The A320-200neo and A321-200neo are scheduled to be delivered in 1Q17 and 1Q18, respectively. ALC bought three of the aircraft from another operator just after delivery from Airbus and the other two aircraft are from ALC’s orderbook with Airbus.

“ALC is very pleased to announce these five new A321 and A320 lease placements with our new customer, WOW air. We look forward to a long-term relationship with WOW air as they continue to add new modern Airbus aircraft to modernise their expanding fleet and grow their network,” remarked Grant Levy, Air Lease Corporation’s executive vice-president.
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News : Mauritius joins AirAsia X’s route network

Mauritius joins AirAsia X’s route network


AirAsia X has added to its route network with Mauritius as the next destination to be connected directly from Kuala Lumpur, with three times weekly flights which start on 4 October 2016.

This new destination will be operated with Airbus A330-300s having a capacity of 377 seats, inclusive of 12 Premium Flatbeds. Mauritious will be AirAsia X Group’s 22nd destination throughout its route network.

AirAsia X Berhad CEO Benyamin Ismail commented, “At AirAsia X, we aim to provide everyone with the opportunity to fly further at the most affordable rate. We are very proud to be the only airline to offer nonstop direct flights on this route, and to add Mauritius into our growing list of nonstop travel options from Kuala Lumpur. We are sure that the announcement of this route will definitely excite the market, especially here in Malaysia. Apart from that, the flight to the paradise of Mauritius is perfectly timed to connect to all points in our vast network in Asia and Australasia using the FlyThru service.”

Flights will depart from Kuala Lumpur at 10:25 on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and will land in Mauritius at 13:25. In the opposite direction, take off from Mauritius on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday will be at 02:55, with touchdown in KL at 14:20 (all times local).
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News : TAP Express becomes first Portuguese E-Jet operator

TAP Express becomes first Portuguese E-Jet operator


After beginning the incorporation of nine used E190s into its fleet during the past few months, TAP Express has launched its first scheduled flights with the E190 from Lisbon to various destinations of its intra-European network. 

The entry into service of the E190 is part of TAP Portugal’s renewal strategy for its regional fleet, which was recently re-branded from Portugalia PGA Airlines to TAP Express to deliver greater brand and product consistency.

The E190s, which are configured with 106 seats, are replacing Fokker 100 jets that have serviced the airline for 25 years.

“For the complete renewal of its regional fleet as well as the improvement of the product and services offered, it is with great anticipation that TAP launches the new E190 into operation, which provides a new dimension of comfort and newness that will surprise our passengers. The new E190 aircraft are extremely modern, with advanced technology and greater autonomy, allowing us to open new routes and reach new markets, ensuring a more reliable and more flexible operation, with higher levels of economy and efficiency,” remarked TAP’s CEO, Fernando Pinto. “With its entry into service, TAP Express now has the youngest fleet in the market it serves, thus positioning itself more competitively in relation to its counterparts.” 

“We are extremely pleased to add TAP Express to the growing family of E-Jet operators,” declared Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “With the best operating cost in the category of jets with up to 100 seats, the E190 will bring more efficiency and flexibility to TAP Express operations, and provide unmatched passenger comfort.”
 
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News : Norwegian leases two more Dreamliners

Norwegian leases two more Dreamliners


With the addition of two new leased Boeing 787-9s to Norwegian’s fleet, the airline’s long-haul fleet will consist of 42 Dreamliners by 2020.

The 787-9s, which have been leased from CIT Aerospace, are scheduled to be delivered in spring 2018. 
Elsewhere, the carrier has exercised eight of its 100 Boeing 737 MAX8 purchase options. Norwegian already has 100 such aircraft on firm order and is the European launch customer. 

The airline’s CEO, Bjørn Kjos, commented, “In order to offer customers more routes and make our intercontinental operation even more competitive, we need more brand new, cost-efficient aircraft. Our intercontinental operation is crucial to the company’s global growth and the creation of new jobs. The Dreamliner is a great airplane with high passenger comfort, long range, low fuel burn and reduced emissions.” 
 
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