Airbus did its best to show a brave face during the May 19 ceremony marking the delivery of the first Lufthansa Airlines A380. For despite the festive atmosphere and the fact that Lufthansa had become the fifth airline to accept delivery of the superjumbo, the struggles the program has experienced couldn’t go completely ignored.
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Lufthansa took delivery today of its first Airbus A380 during a handover ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, making it the fifth customer to have taken possession of at least one of the superjumbos. It holds a firm order for 15 of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered transports, four of which it expects to join its fleet this year. Lufthansa plans to deploy its new flagship aircraft on routes to Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg.
Bombardier Flexjet and Korean Airlines formed a marketing alliance that allows fractional owners from the former company who use the international airline for overseas travel to have access to premium services. Additionally, the newly created Flexjet Connect allows Korean Air passengers to secure private jet travel throughout the U.S. on Flexjet’s all-Bombardier aircraft fleet.
Boeing has logged a fresh order for 20 new 777s from an unidentified customer, according to the company's latest orders and deliveries report, published May 4. All told, the company has registered net firm orders for 27 Boeing 777s during the year and cancellations for seven, four of which it listed in its May 4 report.
Hong Kong Airlines finalized a firm order with Airbus for six A330-200s, the European manufacturer confirmed today. The contract, which closes on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) announced during the Singapore Airshow earlier this year, calls for Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines to power the new aircraft.
In perhaps another sign of an impending recovery for the world’s air transport industry, international scheduled air traffic for January rose 6.4 percent compared with the same period a year ago, according to figures released today by the International Air Transport Association (IATA.) The relatively robust gain came as airlines increased capacity by a mere 1.2 percent during the month, resulting in a load factor increase of 3.7 points, from
Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region facing the prospect of a slow return to profitability during 2010 might have taken some encouragement from better-than-expected results for the third quarter of the current financial year announced by Singapore Airlines (SIA) on February 4.
Signature Flight Support announced a new customer relationship program–Signature Status–at the 2010 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio in January.
Australia’s Virgin Blue has reached an agreement “in principle” with Boeing to order up to 50 new 737s, Virgin Airlines Group CEO Brett Godfrey said in a statement released today. “We do not intend to shy away from remaining competitive, and we plan to vigorously defend our core domestic markets,” said Godfrey, who also noted that Virgin Blue plans to secure “additional short-term domestic capacity.”
Koito Industries, a Japanese supplier of seats to carriers such as Continental Airlines, falsified test results and made unauthorized design changes on 150,000 seats supplied to 32 international airlines, Japan’s Transport Ministry said.