Swiss has taken delivery of its maiden CS100

Swiss has taken delivery of its first CS100 ahead of the type’s global debut this month.

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As the CSeries launch operator, Swiss is using the aircraft of this type to replace its fleet of sixteen ARJ-100s, all lease from its Swiss Global Air Lines unit.

The first CS100, HB-JBA (cn 50010), is scheduled to enter service with Swiss on July 15 with its maiden commercial flight scheduled to be Zurich-Paris CDG. After that, the aircraft will be deployed on other regional European routes, such as: Warsaw Chopin, Brussels National, Nice, Stuttgart Echterdingen, Hanoi, Milan Malpensa, Florence Peretola and Bucharest Otopeni in due course.

The Lufthansa subsidiary has fifteen CS100s and fifteen CS300s on order from Bombardier.

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Air Caraïbes Atlantique outlines A350 operations

Air Caraïbes Atlantique is planning to start its A350-900 revenue operations during Q1 2017, analysis of schedule by ch-aviation has revealed.

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The aircraft, which will be configured with 18 Business Class seats, 45 Premium Economy seats and 326 Economy Class seats, will be initially used on 4 weekly Paris Orly-Pointe à Pitre (Guadeloupe) floghts and 3 times weekly on Paris Orly-Fort De France (Martinique) flights from March -.

The Air Caraïbes subsidiary has a total of 6 A350s on order, 3 A350-1000s (directly on order from Airbus) and 3 A350-900s (to be leased from AerCap). The first A350-1000 should be delivered in 2020 and the first -900 is expected to arrive in December this year.

Air Canada and Bombardier finalize an order for up to 75 CSeries aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Air Canada announced on June 28 that they have finalized a firm purchase agreement with the LOI announced in February 2016 the agreement includes a firm order for 45 CS300 aircraft and an adoption for 30 more.

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Deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2019 and extend to 2022. At list price, the firm orders for 45 CS300s is valued at approximately USD 3.8 billion, increasing to USD  6.3 billion should the Canadian carrier exercise all its 30 options. 

Icelandic WOW Air to launch flights to New York later this year

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The Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air announced today that they will be launching flights between Reykjavik and America’s most populated metro area, New York City.

WOW Air will begin flying from Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Nov. 25. They will offer daily flights  to up to 21 other European destinations.

Skúli Mogensen, CEO of WOW air, said: “Having announced new routes to Canada and California plus our two new UK routes, the addition of New York is a reflection of our determination to keeping the momentum going and to continue changing the landscape of transatlantic travel.

“We know that New York is a desirable destination for many travellers from the UK and Europe, so it’s exciting to be able to add this vibrant, global city to our portfolio of North American destinations, making it even more accessible to those on a budget.”

WOW Air started service to North America with the addition of Baltimore-Washington Airport and Boston airport in early 2015 and have added 4 new North-American destinations since then. The airline now also flies to San Francisco and Los Angeles in the US and Toronto and Montreal in Canada, which were all inaugurated in the past 2 months. These destinations are served with their Airbus A321’s and their new A330 widebodies.

 

 

Newark will initially be served with their Airbus A321, but will be upgraded in seasons when demand peaks. The current published schedule, courtesy of airlineroute.

WW103 KEF1515 – 1625EWR 321 D
WW104 EWR1735 – 0440+1KEF 321 D

Iran Air inks Memorandum of Understanding with Boeing

Iran Air says it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boeing over the purchase of an undisclosed number of narrow- and wide-body aircraft.

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In a statement, the carrier said the MOU involves orders for B737s and B777-300(ER) jets. The finalization of the order, though, is subject to the approval of the US and Iran governments.

Earlier this year, Iran Air signed a commitment for 118 aircraft with Airbus I dusters and one for up to 40 aircraft with Avions de Transport Régional. Despite early optimism, the finalization of these two orders has been bogged down as some of the suppliers for both manufacturers are based in the USA.

Belgium’s VLM ceases operatations after 24 years of service and filed for bankruptcy 

VLM has suspended operations after filing for bankruptcy with an Antwerp commercial court on Wednesday, June 22. 

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To justify the move, the carrier said in a statement that the court allotted six-months period of creditor protection would not be enough to both restructure its operations and raise extra capital. Additionally, the VLM CEO, Hamish Davidson, said the two-week waiting period between the application for creditor protection and its acceptance had also seen some passengers cancelling their bookings for their scheduled operations. Charter and ACMI contracts were also severely affected.

The carrier reportedly owes EUR3 million (US$3.4 million) to KBC Banks as well as an additional EUR3 million to various suppliers, including Antwerp Airport.

The Bombardier CS100 receives EASA and FAA Type Certification

Bombardier has obtained from the USA and European aviation authorities the type certification for the CS100, as it prepares for delivery of the first aircraft to launch operator SWISS, supposed to debut commercially next month. 

The first CS100 for SWISS. Photo by Bombardier

“In the same week that our C Series aircraft surpassed 5,000 flight hours and the first SWISS aircraft readies for its first flight, we are celebrating another very proud moment with the receipt of the CS100 aircraft EASA and FAA Type Validations. I congratulate our teams for all their hard work in delivering these latest significant accomplishments,” said Robert Dewar, Vice President, C Series Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “As we move quickly towards the delivery of the first CS100 aircraft to SWISS, we are gratified that several aviation leaders are confirming what we have been saying all along — the C Series aircraft will open up new opportunities for operators, while delivering unrivalled economic advantages, performance, and environmental credentials.”

Garuda Indonesia eyes New York and Los Angeles for US operations

Garuda Indonesia CEO Aria Wibowo says New York JFK and Los Angeles Int’l may be the first US destinations to be launched in the event Indonesia regains Category 1 status with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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In an interview with the Antara news agency, Wibowo said that flights to both destinations would be operated with B777-300(ER) aircraft with a stopover in Tokyo Narita.

Currently flights operate by Garuda with B777 aircraft are unable to operate with maximum loads because of weight restrictions at its hub, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta. As a result, long haul flights are forced to do stopovers, Garuda’s flights to London and Amsterdam, for example, are operated with stopovers in Singapore.

Indonesia expects the outcome of its latest FAA audit to be known by the end of next month.

China’s HNA Group to take delivery of two Azul A350s

The HNA Group will take delivery of two A350-900s originally destined for Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras as part of a 2014 leasing agreement with AerCap for five of the type.

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The president of the Brazilian LCC told Bloomberg that the two aircraft were part of a trio originally to be delivered in 2018. As of right now, Azul will add two A350-900s next year, with only one due an year later. 

The move is part of a series of capacity cuts Azul is planning because of last year’s traffic reductions. Thus far tweet aircraft part of the fleet have been removed from service. Those include an A330-200, six ATR72-600 and eleven EMB-190 moved to sister carrier TAP Portugal, while three other aircraft have been returned to their lessors.