Okay, we all know about the US sanctions on doing business in Iran. The US Government made a rule that stated that no airplanes could be sold to Iran or an Iranian company if that aircraft contains any parts made in the US. Well that is basically all commercial aircraft except Russian aircraft. When Iranian aircraft buyers want Airbus or Boeing products they have to get more creative to get around US sanctions. Well not that creative I guess, the airlines use straw buyers.
We here at the Puckinflight blog love random routes. Today’s random route comes to us from Kiev, Ukraine. Windrose Airlines, a scheduled carrier based in Kiev announced today that they plan to start Kiev – Bangkok service on October 23rd. Service will be using a yet to-be-determined A330.
Book at Windrose.aero.
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The DOT yesterday issued a “show cause” order detailing how the new Brazil slots for this year and next year are to be divided among the bidders. Here was my prediction.
DL gets JFK-GRU
AA gets LAX-GRU
AA gets ORD-GRU
US gets PHL-GRU
Those were my predictions. Here is what the show cause order says
Starting in 2014 the qualification requirements for elite status on United Airlines will include a minimum spend of ten cents a mile. This is in line with Delta’s spend requirement released several months ago.
There are a couple of ways around the requirement.
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Tags: United Airlines
Here’s the pitch.
A new airport, built from the ground up. An airport built to handle the A380. An airport with lower landing fees than the main international airport and linked to the city center though a high-speed rail line with a travel time of less than an hour. That pitch was the motivation for Ciudad Real International Airport. 150 miles south of Madrid’s city center the airport was designed from the start to be a relief airport for Madrid Barajas Airport. This airport was built was because the high speed rail line meant that the travel time from the city center would be about equal to the time it takes to get from the city center to Madrid Barajas Airport.
Persian Gulf airlines are currently in a period of transition. The various governments in the region have over the past several years been looking to transition out of the state owned airline business. For the profitable airlines this isn’t a problem; however, for the marginal airlines this has been a huge problem. State governments despite the desire to end funding of these unprofitable airlines, have a strong interest in seeing the airline remain in business. There are two solutions to this problem. First, the state can get the airline profitable and then sell it, or they can retain an ownership stake in the airline and continue to pump money in. The Kuwaiti government according to the latest amendment to their privatization law is going to continue to pump money in to Kuwaiti Airways further disrupting the privatization plan.
Sources within Airbus are reporting that their newest plane, the A350 is ready for its first flight. After having successfully completed engine tests yesterday, sources say that the first flight should take place this Friday. Subject to weather the flight should take place around 1000 Friday morning.
The A350 is Airbus’ answer to Boeing’s 787 and 777. Airbus expects to start delivery of the A350 next year.
- Airbus Starts the A350 Line
- Airbus Removes Lithium-ion Batteries From the A350
- Look at Those Winglets
Philippine Air loaded the seat map for their new A330 configuration. The all economy configuration seats 414 passengers in a 3-3-3 configuration and slated to be used on Hajji flights. Wait what 3-3-3?!?!?!. Ok that doesn’t sound as bad as it actually is. Most carriers have their A330’s in 8-abreast seating in a 2-4-2 configuration, which this average blogger finds reasonably comfortable. Now, until recently the 777 has 9-abreast seating in a 3-3-3 configuration. Of course cabin width on a 777 is 19ft 3in (5.86m) and the A330 has cabin width of 17ft 3in (5.28m). Using some rough maths this means that each seat on Philippine Air’s new A330 is about 8% narrower than the 777 coach seat. On an hour long flight that’s not going to make much of a difference, on a flight to Saudi Arabia I imagine this will make a huge difference.
Either way count me out.
h/t Airline Route Blog
Airlines commit fraud on a continual basis, each day every day. Chances are if you have booked a ticket on an airline you have been a victim of fraud and you don’t even know it. Here’s how they do it and why they get away with it.