Dec 20, 2016: Emirates will operate the first ever commercial Airbus A380 flight to Morocco in North Africa, when it takes the iconic double decker aircraft to Casablanca on March 26, 2017. The airline’s flagship aircraft, which continues to excite travellers and aviation enthusiasts alike, will replace the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft currently used on the Dubai-Casablanca route, offering increased seat capacity across all three cabin classes and an enhanced premium product experience. The switch to the A380 offers a total of 1834 additional seats per week, meeting a growing demand from travellers on the route, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 lie flat seats in Business Class and 401 seats in spacious Economy Class cabin. Travellers from Morocco flying from Casablanca to Emirates’ world class hub, Dubai, can seamlessly connect to onward destinations in Emirates network, particularly in the GCC, East Asia and Australia, with many cities, such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Doha, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, also being served by the A380. The A380 service will also provide travellers from across the Emirates’ network, mainly the GCC and Australia as well as India, US, and the Far East, with ideal connectivity via Emirates' ultra-modern hub in Dubai.
Dec 03, 2016: Air France receives its first 787 and this airplane will be deployed on Paris to Cairo route starting in January. Boeing and AerCap, a global leader in aircraft leasing, celebrated the delivery of the first 787-9, for Air France. This signifies the delivery of AerCap's 50th Dreamliner. The airplane is also the 500th 787 produced on Boeing's production lines. "It is with great pride and honor that Air France is taking delivery of its first Boeing 787, the 9th for Air France-KLM," said Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO, Air France-KLM. "Air France's first e-enabled aircraft, the Dreamliner, marks a new stage in the moderniSation of our fleet. It will offer customers the best of Air France's products and services."
Incheon International Airport (ICN), the 'Winged City', is an airport located on reclaimed land approximately 32 miles from downtown Seoul, South Korea. The airport's two runways, passenger terminal complex and other facilities officially opened and became fully operational on 29 March 2001 making Incheon one of the world's biggest cargo airports. Following the completion of phase four (when the airport (aircity) will have four runways, 128 gates, two passenger terminals and four satellite concourses) in 2020 annual passenger numbers could reach 100 million; there could be 530,000 flights and the airport could be handling over seven million tons of cargo per year, which would transform ICN into Asia's main airport hub and one of the top ten busiest airports worldwide. Phase two expansion included the construction of a third runway, a terminal and an APM. The expansion increased the annual flight capacity from 240,000 to 410,000, annual passenger capacity from 30 million to 44 million, and annual cargo capacity from 2.7 million tons to 4.5 million tons. Phase three expansion, which will cost about KRW4.9 trillion ($4.5bn), was started in September 2013 and is scheduled for completion in 2016. Upon completion, the airport will be able to handle 62 million passengers and cargo of 5.8 million tons annually.
Dubai is looking to stand out as a high-tech hub in its region. A test flight of what is said to be the world’s first drone taxi service was conducted in the United Arab Emirates city on monday. An unmanned craft, developed by German drone maker Volocopter, was successfully tested in a ceremony put on for Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed. The Volocopter vehicle is a two-seat, eighteen-rotor vehicle, which takes off and lands vertically. The vehicle is meant to fly autonomously for up to 30 minutes, making it ideal for short-distance urban travel. The goal of the project is to grow into an Uber-like platform here users can pull out their phones and order a ride at the nearest “voloport.” The vehicle is equipped with a number of fail-safes in the event of something going wrong. Items like extra batteries, rotors, and parachutes ensure passenger safety.
AUG-8-2016 7 p.m. ET: Delta has canceled more than 740 flights due to a loss of power affecting Delta operations systemwide. Following the power loss, some critical systems and network equipment didn't switch over to Delta's backup systems. Delta's investigation into the causes is ongoing. As of 7 p.m. ET, Delta had operated 3,340 of its nearly 6,000 scheduled flights. Systems are fully operational and flights resumed hours ago but delays and cancellations remain as recovery efforts continue into the evening. Officials said for the rest of the evening customers should check the status of their flight at delta.com or the Fly Delta App. Customers can rebook their flight via the website.
The Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation and Japan Airport Terminal Co. have been working with Panasonic Corporation and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) to reorganize the ever-increasing flow of traffic in the airports, and have recently begun public testing of “information universal design initiatives,” according to a press release from Panasonic. The press release goes on to explain that Panasonic and NTT are each responsible for different initiatives which collectively aim to, “...promote the development of airports that cater to all individuals,” beginning with domestic and international terminals at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. NTT’s initiatives include multilingual support for restaurant menus, navigation through facilities using informational signs, measurement and forecast of congestion at international departure screening areas, mobile signs to manage the flow of foot traffic, and also the implementation of audio signage equipment with noise-reducing technology. On the other side, Panasonic is starting public testing of its autonomous mobility program via a robotic electric wheelchair called the WHILL NEXT, in addition to “LinkRay™ technology,” which intends to improve transportation information for foreign visitors.
In 1984, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, now NASA Armstrong, and the Federal Aviation Administration teamed up in a unique flight experiment called the Controlled Impact Demonstration to test a promising fuel additive for retarding or suppressing fire in a real-world aircraft crash-landing scenario. When blended with standard Jet-A fuel, the FM-9 additive, a high molecular weight long-chain polymer, had demonstrated the capability to inhibit ignition and flame propagation of the released fuel in simulated impact tests. An obsolete Boeing 720 four-engine airliner was obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration for the project, which would conclude with an intentional crash-landing of the remotely piloted aircraft into several steel structures set up on the bed of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base to breach the fuel tanks in the wings. This anti-misting kerosene with the FM-9 additive could not be introduced directly into a gas turbine engine due to several potential problems, such as clogging of filters. The modified fuel had to be restored to nearly Jet-A standard before being introduced into the engine for burning. This restoration was accomplished on the Boeing 720 using a device called a degrader that was installed on each of the aircraft's four Pratt & Whitney JT3C-7 engines.
Nov 15, 2016: Hainan Airlines, that currently operates a fleet of 260 aircraft, including Boeing 787 and Airbus A330 long-haul jets, is a new member of the Board of Airlines Representatives in Germany (BARIG). The corporation has around 13,000 employees and belongs to the HNA Group which is engaged in aviation, tourism and the hotel business. The group has 18 further airlines at command that are mainly serving destinations in China. Furthermore, Hainan Airlines holds shares in prominent hotel chains such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, NH Hotels, Carlson Rezidor and the service company SWISSPORT. Regarding European air traffic the HNA Group holds a participating interest in the Portuguese TAP, among others.
Dec 26, 2016: Swiss-AS has announced a new business relationship with India’s low cost carrier SpiceJet regarding the Swiss Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering System AMOS. AMOS will be rolled out and used by over 600 employees in the Technical department of the airline. Some members of the SpiceJet technical department staff are already familiar with AMOS, which helped the airline not only during the evaluation phase, but will also be beneficial in the future implementation process. “India has become a strategic market for us and, with SpiceJet on board, we are proud to continue this Indian story of success,” stated Ronald Schaeuffele, CEO of Swiss-AS.