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Airbus Showing Off 11-Abreast Seating in A380 Superjumbo

Airbus Showing Off 11-Abreast Seating in A380 Superjumbo

At Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, Airbus showed off a new seat layout for its superjumbo A380 jet that squeezes more seats than ever in one row.
In a space where airlines at most install up to ten seats per row, Airbus has figured out how to place 11 abreast in what it calls its “budget economy” configuration.  The option will be available to airlines starting in 2017.
The mock-up on …

Arkia Israel Airlines Orders 4 Airbus A330-900s

Arkia Israel Airlines Orders 4 Airbus A330-900s

Arkia Israel Airlines announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding four up to four Airbus A330-900neo aircraft.  The agreement will make the carrier the first in Israel to operate the plane.
The A330-900neo is a member of the Airbus widebody family, which also includes the A330-800neo.  The new plane is an upgrade of the existing plane, not an entirely new design.
It will come with new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines derived …

Asiana Airlines Orders 25 Airbus A321neos

Asiana Airlines Orders 25 Airbus A321neos

Asiana Airlines announced that it signed a letter of intent for 25 Airbus A321neo planes.
The South Korean carrier will operate the aircraft on its regional routes, as well as on select domestic routes.
The A321neo will have a range of 3,650 nautical miles and seat approximately 180 passengers in a two-class configuration consisting of first class and coach.
Airbus says that the plans will first be delivered to launch customers in October …

Avianca Holdings, Airbus Sign Deal for 100 A320neos

Avianca Holdings, Airbus Sign Deal for 100 A320neos

Avianca Holdings, which operates seven Latin American airlines, announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding for to acquire 100 Airbus A320neo family planes.  The airline intends to base its fleet renewal strategy on A320neo family aircraft.
The A320neo model range currently consists of the A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo aircraft. The letters “neo” stand for New Engine Option.
The A320neo family planes will incorporate many innovations by including the latest generation engines …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2015

London Heathrow from the air

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen-filled balloon.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess …

Qatar Airways Takes Delivery of First Ever Airbus A350 XWB

Qatar Airways Takes Delivery of First Ever Airbus A350 XWB

Airbus announced the delivery of its first ever A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways on Monday.
The A350 is the first all-new Airbus model since the double-decker A380 jumbo jet debuted back in 2005. It is longer and wider than the existing A330 and A340 models and, through design advancements, significant use of composite materials, and all-new Rolls Royce turbofans, is 25% more efficient.
With the delivery, Qatar Airways becomes the …

Azul Brazilian Airlines Places Order for 35 A320neos

Azul Brazilian Airlines Places Order for 35 A320neos

Azul Brazilian Airlines announced an order for 35 Airbus A320neo aircraft.  The carrier plans to use the planes to serve long-haul and high-density routes in its network, including Campinas-Salvador and Campinas-Recife, Brazil.
The A320neo planes will incorporate many innovations by including the latest generation engines and large Sharklet wingtip devices.  By the first day, Airbus promises these innovations to cut back on fuel usage by 15%.  By 2020, the company promises …