Etihad Welcomes Three New Boeing 787s

UAE’s national carrier Etihad has taken delivery of three new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets. Slated to go into service from this month onwards, the trio will help the airline achieve its target of flying to 125 destinations with an over 160 aircraft fleet by 2030.

The newcomers feature a two-class layout, with 32 Business Suites and 271 Economy seats. Those flying in the former section will have various creature comforts. The list includes a 17.3-inch 4K TV screen, Bluetooth headphone pairing, a lie-flat-bed 78” in length, wireless charging and multiple charging ports.

In the Economy section, with 217 standard seats and 54 Extra Legroom seats (4 inches more), passengers have a 13.3-inch 4K screen for entertainment. They can also pair their personal headphones and tablets to use them as a remote. With Viasat connectivity technology, travellers can use Wi-Fi to stream online content, such as movies and Live TV, including sports channels.

The new aircraft will help Etihad expand its reach in the upcoming months. For instance, the airline will start service to Boston on March 31, 2024, becoming Etihad’s fourth US destination. Other international routes, such as Nairobi and Bali, are also in the pipeline. The summer schedule will also include Nice, Malaga, Mykonos and Santorini.

Etihad now has a fleet of 88 aircraft, including 43 Boeing Dreamliners. The remaining comprise Airbus A380, A350, A320 family and Boeing 777 jets.

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Singapore Airshow 2024: Vietjet Signs MoU With Airbus

At the Singapore Airshow 2024, Vietnam’s Vietjet Air inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to purchase twenty A330-900 jets. If the agreement materialises, it will become the first-ever order from the carrier for a widebody aircraft. Besides helping expand the network, the new aircraft will replace the airline’s current fleet of leased A330-300s.

The Airbus A330-900 is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The aeroplane can fly up to 7,200 nautical miles (13,300km) nonstop. Indoors, it offers travellers enlarged overhead bins, a new lighting system, and access to in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems.

Earlier this week, Vietjet signed an engine deal with Pratt & Whitney. That’s for 19 additional A321Neo jets.

AerCap Announces Aircraft Lease Contracts With Thai Airways

At the Singapore Airshow 2024, aircraft lessor AerCap announced that it has signed multiple lease contracts with Thai Airways. Those comprise the leasing of seven widebody jets and ten single-aisle aeroplanes. Specifically, the agreements cover the transaction of four Airbus A350-900s, three Boeing 787-9s and ten Airbus A321Neos.

Two of the four A350-900s mentioned above have already been delivered to Thailand’s flagship carrier. The remaining two are scheduled to be handed over in this year’s first and second quarters, respectively. The delivery process of the three Boeing jets is slated to commence in Q2 of 2024 through Q4 of 2025. As for the A321Neos, they should begin joining the airline’s fleet in Q3 of next year through Q2 of 2026.

Earlier this week, Thai Airways and Boeing confirmed a purchase agreement for 45 787-9 Dreamliners.

Emirates Flights To Bogota Start This June

From June 3, 2024, Emirates will start serving its fourth South American destination. It’s Bogota, the capital of Colombia. The other three locations the Dubai-based carrier flies to are Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Once flights to the Columbian capital commence, Emirates operations in the Americas will jump to 19 destinations across the USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and, of course, Colombia.

The daily service between Dubai and Bogota will have a stopover in between – Miami, Florida. This is necessary because Bogota is a high-altitude city. Also, passengers on both legs should meet entry regulations for the USA and have the required documentation due to the immigration procedures in Miami. That said, citizens of Colombia and the UAE can stay visa-free for up to 90 days in Dubai and Bogota, respectively.

Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will serve this new route. It will feature a three-class configuration with 354 seats, including lie-flat First and Business Class seats. Here’s the flight schedule:

• EK213 (from Dubai to Miami) – 02:15 departure and 10:05 arrival.

• EK213 (from Miami to Bogota) – 12:35 departure and 15:25 arrival.

• EK214 (from Bogota to Miami) – 17:25 departure and 22:15 arrival.

• EK214 (from Miami to Dubai) – 00:45 departure and 23:00 arrival.

All times mentioned above are local. The schedule is for the summer season. Timings will change slightly for the winter season.

Vietjet Chooses Pratt & Whitney Engines For 19 More A321Neos

After landing engine deals from Cebu Pacific and JetSmart, Pratt & Whitney has signed another one. At the Singapore Airshow 2024, the RTX-owned business has bagged an engine contract from Vietjet. The latter has exercised options for an additional 19 GTF-powered Airbus A321Neo aircraft. Also, the engine maker will provide the Vietnam-based airline with engine maintenance through an EngineWise Comprehensive service agreement.

Vietjet is expanding its operations at quite a pace. Besides serving passengers throughout its home country, it is also strengthening its flight network to India, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand, among other intercontinental markets. The airline received its first Airbus A321Neo aircraft in 2018. Presently, it has 24 GTF-powered A321Neos in its fleet. All orders put together, the carrier has a backlog of up to 87 jets of the same type.

Singapore Airshow 2024: Starlux Orders Eight Airbus Jets

Taiwan-based carrier Starlux Airlines has placed a firm purchase order for eight Airbus aircraft. Signed at the Singapore Airshow 2024, the agreement comprises five A350F freighters and three A330Neo jets. With this order, Startlux Airlines will become the first to operate the A350F in the country, and it will be used on some of the world’s busiest cargo routes. Also, adding three A330Neos will help the carrier bolster its fleet. It will boast a two-cabin configuration, with 28 business class seats and 269 economy seats.

Starlux Airlines has an all-Airbus fleet of passenger aircraft, including A350-900, A330Neo and A321Neo. The A350F, which is currently under development, will be able to haul up to 111 tonnes of cargo and fly up to 4,700 nautical miles (8,700km). The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent-XWB97 engines, efficient enough to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 40 per cent compared to the 747F.

Pratt & Whitney To Power 35 More JetSmart A320Neos

Earlier this month, Pratt & Whitney announced that it had landed an engine deal with Cebu Pacific Air. The RTX-owned business has now bagged another such deal at the Singapore Airshow 2024. JetSmart, an ultra-low-cost carrier, has chosen Pratt & Whitney to power 35 additional Airbus A320Neo family aircraft, including nine A321XLRs. The engine-maker will supply the airline with GTF engines along with their maintenance through an EngineWise Comprehensive service contract.

This isn’t the first time the two parties have signed a business agreement. In 2019, the carrier selected Pratt & Whitney to power 70 A320Neo family jets. Also, JetSmart operates 15 leased GTF-powered A320Neo family aircraft and 11 A320ceo family aeroplanes powered by V2500 engines.

The Santiago, Chile-based carrier and Pratt & Whitney have signed for a support package for inspections of the GTF engines.

Breeze Airways Orders Ten More A220s

USA-based low-cost carrier Breeze Airways has unveiled an order for ten additional Airbus A220s. More specifically, it is for the A220-300 derivative. With this latest development, the airline’s firm order for the same single-aisle jet rises to 90. That makes Breeze Airways Airbus’ third largest customer globally for the A220.

The first A220 was delivered to Breeze Airways back in December 2021. As of January 2024 end, the airline was operating 20 aircraft of the same type. In fact, by the end of 2024, the carrier aims to have an all-A220 fleet for commercial use.

The Airbus A220-300 is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engines. The aircraft, designed specifically for the 100-150 seat sector, is up to 50 per cent quieter than the previous-generation aircraft and produces approximately 40 per cent less NOx emissions than industry standards. At the same time, it can fly up to 3,600 nautical miles (6,700km) nonstop and offer a 25 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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Singapore Airshow 2024: Royal Brunei Orders Four Boeing Jets

Royal Brunei Airlines has announced an order for four Boeing 787 Dreamliners at the ongoing Singapore Airshow 2024. The twin-engined 787-9 widebody jet accounts for the entire purchase agreement.

The new aircraft will help Brunei’s national carrier modernise its fleet, which includes five 787-8s serving various destinations across Australia, the Middle East, the UK, and Asia. In fact, Royal Brunei Airlines was the first carrier in Southeast Asia to operate the Boeing 787-8 more than 10 years ago. Compared to the 787-8, the 787-9 can carry nearly 20 per cent more passengers and cover routes of up to 14,010km (7,565 nautical miles) nonstop. In addition, the 787-9 delivers up to 25 per cent reduction in emissions and fuel consumption.

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Singapore Airshow 2024: Thai Airways Orders 45 Boeing 787s

At the ongoing Singapore Airshow 2024, Thai Airways has placed an order for 45 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. More specifically, it’s for the 787-9 twin-engined widebody aircraft. Those will help the carrier modernise and bolster its fleet of long-range aircraft. As a result, the airline will add more routes to its international network.

Presently, Thai Airways operates various widebody jets to almost 60 domestic and international destinations. The fleet, which includes Boeing’s 777s and 787s, helps Thailand’s flagship carrier connect to the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Compared to the 787-8, the 787-9 is 20 feet (6 metres) longer. That opens space for nearly 20 per cent more passengers. At the same time, the newer aircraft will help save up to 25 per cent on fuel and emissions.

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