Airbus as announced that Malaysia Airlines has placed an order for 17 new Airbus A330 aircraft, the order is made up of 15 Wide body A330-300 Wide body aircraft for use for passenger operations as well as 2 A330-200F to be used for freighter operations. The aircraft will be configured in a two class configuration, will seat 283 passengers and will begin to be delivered from the first half of 2011. Malaysia Airlines has a long list of firm orders with Airbus which also includes a firm order for 6 Airbus A380 Double Decker Super Jumbo Aircraft. The full media release from Airbus can be read below: Order covers passenger aircraft plus new freighter model Malaysia Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 17 A330 widebody aircraft. The contract firms up a previously announced Memorandum of Understanding for 15 A330-300 passenger aircraft, plus an additional order for two A330-200F Freighters for operation by the carrier’s subsidiary MASkargo. Deliveries of the passenger aircraft will begin in the first half of 2011, with the first freighter joining the MASkargo fleet later the same year. Seating 283 passengers in a high comfort two class layout, the A330-300 will become the mainstay of the carrier’s medium haul passenger fleet and will be used on services to destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to the Middle East. In the freight market, MASkargo will fly the aircraft on sectors of up to 3,200 nautical miles, with the capability to carry payloads of almost 70 tonnes. “The A330s complement the other aircraft orders under our fleet modernisation plan. The ability to add capacity will enable us to offer more frequencies to key destinations and fly to new destinations. This strategy complements our continuous investment in people, systems as well as infrastructure, and positions us in high gear for growth,” said Malaysia Airlines Managing Director/CEO, Azmil Zahruddin. “The latest order from Malaysia Airlines underscores the position of the A330 Family as the most efficient and versatile product line in its class,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “In addition to the proven reliability and low operating costs of the passenger aircraft, the MAS group will also be one of the first airlines to benefit from the new levels of efficiency coming to the freight market with the A330-200F.” Malaysia Airlines is a long-standing customer of Airbus and currently operates 14 A330s, comprising 11 A330-300s and three long range A330-200s. In addition to the latest A330 order, the carrier also has six A380s on firm order for future operation on its busiest long haul routes. The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in service today. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,000 orders for the various versions of the aircraft. More than 650 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with over 80 operators worldwide. The new A330-200F freighter variant is currently at an advanced stage of its […]
Virgin Atlantic announced today that despite the current economic downturn, it plans to purchase an additional 10 Airbus A330-300 Aircraft. The purchase will allow Virgin Atlantic to expand its services prior to the delivery of their Boeing 787 Dreamliners The full media release from Virgin Atlantic can be read below: Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, today announced a $2.1billion order for 10 new Airbus A330-300 aircraft which will be delivered from early 2011. Five of the aircraft will arrive in 2011 and five in 2012. The new aircraft, which can seat up to 270 passengers, will operate on many of Virgin Atlantic’s existing business and leisure routes worldwide. They will also assist future growth, helping Virgin Atlantic to fly to new destinations from London such as Beijing, Cancun and Vancouver. The more fuel-efficient A330-300s, which deliver lower maintenance costs as well as substantial cargo capacity, will integrate with Virgin Atlantic’s existing fleet of 38 aircraft and help the airline expand before the arrival of 15 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, from 2013. Each of the A330-300 aircraft will feature the next generation of seats, which will be lighter and even more comfortable than those in the air today. Every passenger will benefit from a dynamic new entertainment hub, including USB ports and power sockets in Upper Class and Premium Economy cabins, which will set the new standard in in-flight systems. All Virgin Atlantic travelers will also be able to send and receive emails and texts on their Blackberries, handheld PDAs and other mobile devices. Virgin Atlantic will be the first UK long-haul airline to roll-out this service across its fleet. The new twin-engine A330-300s will ensure that Virgin Atlantic maintains its reputation for flying one of the most modern and environmentally friendly fleets in the world. It is nearly 10% more fuel efficient than the A340-300 aircraft. Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, commented: “Despite the worst economic conditions in decades, we are focusing on sustainable growth in the years ahead using the most fuel-efficient aircraft possible. Virgin Atlantic has a strong history of successfully investing during a downturn and our Airbus order today sends a strong signal that now is the time to invest, in order to help protect jobs and get the world’s economy moving again.” Virgin Atlantic has already secured financing for all 10 aircraft via AerCap, the integrated global aviation and aircraft leasing company. Four of the aircraft will be on direct operating leases from AerCap. To date, Airbus has won more than 1000 orders for the various versions of the A330 aircraft. Almost 600 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with over 70 airlines worldwide. Virgin Atlantic is currently negotiating the engine selection for the A330-300. The manufacturers involved are General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce and the decision will be announced during the summer.
An Airbus A330 aircraft operated by Australian budget carrier Jetstar, bound for Osaka has made an emergency landing in Guam. On landing all passengers and crew disembarked successfully. The full press release from Jetstar can be read below: A Jetstar A330-200 aircraft operating directly between Osaka and the Gold Coast has made an emergency in-flight diversion but safe landing into Guam International Airport this morning. Flight JQ 20 departed Osaka (Kansai International Airport) at 20.50 pm local time/ 22.50 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) bound for the Gold Coast. It is understood there was smoke in the cockpit followed by the right hand cockpit window area catching fire before being extinguished by technical crew approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes into the flight operating direct to Australia. The cockpit window fire was contained to the cockpit only of the aircraft before it was extinguished. The A330-200 Osaka-Gold Coast service was carrying 186 passengers, 13 crew (including 9 cabin crew and 4 pilots) and 4 infants. The majority of passengers are Japanese nationals in addition to some overseas nationals and a small number of Australians, the final number to be confirmed. The aircraft landed without incident into Guam International Airport at 02.20am local time / 02.20am AEST. All passengers and Jetstar crew are safe and there are no reports of injuries. Passengers were successfully disembarked around one hour after arrival into Guam. All passengers were addressed by Jetstar crew, were cleared through Customs and Immigration in Guam, and are now being accommodated in local hotels in Guam. Alternative flight arrangements have now been made for them to continue to Australia. Passenger and Jetstar crew recovery will occur through a Jetstar A330-200 aircraft departing this morning from Sydney to Guam and returning to Brisbane International Airport. Aircraft Engineers in Guam are currently inspecting the aircraft and Jetstar have both advised and are working proactively with relevant authorities. Further customer enquiries can be made to Jetstar on 131 538 (Australia) and updates will be made at www.Jetstar.com.
Four months after launching its A380 Qantas have announced it will increase A380 services to the US and UK in June 2009 Qantas announced today it would increase A380 services between Australia and both the UK and US from early June 2009. The increase will follow the delivery of the fourth Qantas A380 in May. From 7 June, Qantas will operate five A380 services each week from Sydney to London. Increasing from three per week, the new QF31 Sydney-London services will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. From 9 June, A380 flights from Australia to Los Angeles will increase from five to six per week, with the addition of a fourth service from Sydney. The new QF11 Sydney-Los Angeles services will operate on Tuesdays. Executive General Manager Qantas, Mr John Borghetti, said the Qantas A380 continued to receive exceptional feedback from customers. “The response from our customers has reaffirmed what we set out to achieve with the aircraft – to create a designer aircraft which exceeded our customers’ expectations when it comes to comfort and functionality,” he said. Since the launch of A380 services in October in October 2008, Qantas has carried around 50,000 passengers on its three-aircraft A380 fleet. Following the arrival of aircraft four in May, Qantas expects to take delivery of a further three A380s in 2009.
Singapore Airlines have announced they will introduce new Airbus A330 aircraft on routes between Singapore and Australia along with Singapore and Japan, the full press release can be read below: Singapore Airlines will introduce its new Airbus A330-300 regional aircraft on routes to Australian and Japanese cities, progressively from the end of March 2009. The first of 19 new A330-300s will be delivered to Singapore Airlines by Airbus in mid-January. The aircraft will initially be used to complete pilot conversion, and thereafter, operate some short sectors between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and Jakarta, during late February and March. Its full entry into commercial service will occur on 30 March 2009. To coincide with the 25th anniversary of the commencement of Singapore Airlines flights between the two cities, the craft’s first route will be between Singapore and Brisbane. From April, services between Singapore and Perth will be progressively converted from the existing B777 operations to A330, with conversion completed in May. The daily flight between Adelaide and Singapore will be converted by June. Also in June, following delivery of the eighth aircraft, the A330 will debut on Japan routes, with the daily service to Nagoya to be converted from B777 operations. By March 2010, the daily B777 service to Osaka will be replaced with the A330. The A330-300 twin-engine wide-body aircraft will be configured with 285 seats in two classes – Business and Economy. A new Business Class seat, designed especially for regional and medium-haul flights, as well as other cabin product features, will be unveiled when the aircraft is delivered in January. The Business Class cabin will consist of 30 seats, in a 2-2-2 configuration (distinct from the existing B777 on these routes, which is in a 2-3-2 layout). Economy will feature 255 seats, in a 2-4-2 configuration. All seats will feature the new KrisWorld – Singapore Airlines’ award-winning in-flight entertainment system. * Actual inaugural service will take place from Singapore to Brisbane (SQ255) on 30 March 2009 – the date of the 25th anniversary of the commencement of Singapore Airlines services betweenthe two cities. The first flight from Brisbane is SQ236 on 30 March 2009.