Amman - Royal Jordanian yesterday welcomed its fifth 787 aircraft, thus completing the assimilation of the first group of its 787 order.
The airline received the fourth 787 on Nov. 20, while it started the introduction of this model since last August, under the airline's strategic plan to renew its long-haul fleet.
Royal Jordanian's acting President/CEO Captain Haitham Misto said that the 787s that RJ acquired are a new, advanced generation of the 787. The five new airliners are working on RJ's medium- and long-range routes, replacing the airline's four Airbus 340s and one Airbus 330.
Misto added that the airline will resume receiving the rest of the ordered Dreamliners starting with 2016 and throughout the following few years. This milestone will help RJ meet its operational needs and leverage the passengers' experience, particularly when they fly on long-haul flights. The state-of-the-art features and high specifications of the 787s are bound to offer higher levels of comfort and luxury.
He expressed pride in the technical and managerial competency of the RJ staff that made the Dreamliners successfully and smoothly join the fleet, especially that RJ received a request from Boeing to give its experience gained during the delivery of its 787s to an international airline, be it in training pilots and crew members or in regard to the engineering procedures and systems of these aircraft.
He stressed that the 787 is currently the most technologically advanced and efficient airplane in the aviation industry; airlines are racing to acquire this type of aircraft because of its exceptional technical and service specifications.
Marty Bentrott, vice president for Sales, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes said: "The addition of the 787 Dreamliner to Royal Jordanian's fleet will mean not only an enhanced travel experience for its passengers but will translate into significant cost savings for the airline. This is validated by the fact that not only does the 787 have a strong customer base in the Middle East but one that is increasing worldwide. We are proud of our relationship with Royal Jordanian and look forward to continuing this partnership well into the future."
Boeing indicated that it has an order of 1,050 Dreamliners to be delivered to more than 60 global airlines by the end of 2020, an unprecedented number for a manufacturer of any type of aircraft. The Dreamliners have improved ventilation and humidity levels onboard, which takes the travel experience to a new level, offering passengers more comfort.
The aircraft is built of carbon-fiber composite materials and has a powerful electrical system to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency. It consumes 20 per cent less fuel than today's similarly sized airplanes, enabling it to offer an exclusive eco-friendly performance.
The new planes also enable airlines to increase their cargo revenues by providing about 20 per cent to 30 per cent more cargo capacity than the current airplanes of the same size.
Source: Royal Jordanian
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0922h UTC Nov 23, 2014
ELKO, Nevada – SkyWest Airlines is ringing in the New Year with the launch of daily jet service for our Elko passengers. On Jan. 1, 2015, SkyWest will begin operating daily Delta Connection flights from Elko to Salt Lake City using a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ200).
"The new jet service for our Elko customers means they'll be able to enjoy more comfortable, convenient air service," said Greg Atkin, SkyWest Airlines' managing director – Market Development. "We've also timed the schedules to ensure they're ideal for every type of traveler, and we're pleased to continue making our flights from Elko Regional Airport even better."
The new jet schedule, effective Jan. 1, 2015, is timed to ensure customers can seamlessly connect from Salt Lake City to hundreds of Delta destinations around the world.
The new jet service from Elko to Salt Lake will be onboard the 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet 200 (CRJ200) and will replace the 30-seat Embraer 120 Turboprop. All of the flights in Elko have been timed to provide maximum connection opportunities on Delta's global network in Salt Lake.
Source: Skywest Airlines
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0444h UTC Nov 23, 2014
Virgin Australia and South African Airways have today announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement giving Velocity Frequent Flyer and Voyager members the ability to earn and redeem Points and be recognised across both airlines' networks.
From early next year, Velocity members will be eligible to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits on all South African Airways operated services, including Airlink and SA Express, while Voyager members will be able to earn Miles on all Virgin Australia operated services, on all domestic, short-haul and long-haul international routes.
Velocity members will be able to use their Points to purchase Reward Seats on all South African Airways operated services in either Economy or Business Class, while Voyager members can do the same across the entire Virgin Australia operated network in Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class.
Velocity Frequent Flyer Chief Executive Officer Neil Thompson said: "This is an exciting extension of the bilateral codeshare agreement Virgin Australia launched with South African Airways in October this year.
"Having the ability to earn and redeem Points as well as enjoy a number of premium services like priority check-in, priority boarding and lounge access with South African Airways is an important benefit for our members.
"We continue to find innovative ways to reward our members and extending the ability to utilise points on our growing international network is important to our most valued customers," Mr Thompson said.
Executive SAA Customer Loyalty, Ms Suretha Cruse said: "South African Airways is delighted to build upon the strong relationship we have with Virgin Australia. We have had very positive feedback since code-sharing on Virgin Australia's domestic network and this will only further enhance our customers' experience.
"We are very pleased to be able to offer our valued Voyager members with new mileage earning and redeeming opportunities when they fly on the Virgin Australia network, and look forward to welcome Velocity members on the award-winning services of SAA," Ms Cruse said.
Source: Virgin Australia
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0443h UTC Nov 23, 2014
Warsaw - The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts in LOT's livery have already carried half a million travellers. A careful statistical analysis has clearly pointed out on Maciej Kołodziej who has bought the ticket as the Half a Millionth Passenger of those most advanced and comfortable airliners which operate on long-haul flights of LOT. Mr. Kołodziej flew today at 4:45 pm from Warsaw to New York. On that occasion, LOT has prepared a surprise at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport.
Among the attractions waiting for Maciej Kołodziej was not only a cake made of airplane cookies and a Dreamliner's gift handed by Sebastian Mikosz, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines. The biggest surprise for the Half a Millionth Passenger, and numerous travellers at the Warsaw Airport, was an unusual flash mob performed by artists from ROMA Music Theatre. As a part of advanced preparations for Polish premiere of "Mamma Mia!" musical, the artists of the Theatre performed fragments of songs "I have a Dream" and "Mamma Mia".
"I am glad that we could greet the Half a Millionth passenger on board of our Dreamliner in such a solemn manner. The number of passengers carried with the aircrafts, which we have had only since the last year, is as big a population of Poznań or even exceeds that of Gdansk. Boeing 787 is an exceptionally comfortable aircraft that is appreciated by travellers especially on long-haul flights, such as the one to New York. It is because of the opportunity to fly in those jets and experience the highest onboard service standard that more and more customers choose LOT. There is firm data to evidence that - we have been carrying more passengers on long-haul flights this year, in all classes, than we did the last year. I congratulate Mr. Kołodziej and I believe the today's flight will be a flight of dreams for you" - said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines while handing the prize.
The Half a Millionth Passenger of Dreamliner, who has purchased a ticket for the economy class, was given an upgrade to LOT Business Class and a voucher for any flight of LOT's flights network, amounting to the symbolic PLN 787. Mr. M. Kołodziej received also gifts from the management of Frederic Chopin Airport and an invitation to the premiere of Polish version of "Mamma Mia!" musical performed by ROMA Musical Theatre.
"Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is the first European home to Dreamliner and we are very proud of that. The world's most advanced airplane is a huge attraction and it still arouses great interest of passengers and all those who dream about flying. We are glad that together with LOT Polish Airlines we can offer our customers direct flights on the Dreamliners to four continents and that way bring Warsaw and Poland closer to the entire world. This is our undeniable advantage over most airports in Central Europe" - says Michał Kaczmarczyk, Director, Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport.
LOT's Dreamliners, the flagship airliners of the carrier have attracted more and more passengers. They offer unprecedented comfort to the passengers. This is, among others, due to the noise level reduced by 60% and pressure maintained at an appropriate level. More oxygen and proper humidity reduce the jet lag effect. In addition to that, the aircraft cabin is illuminated with a unique LED lighting system. On long-haul flights, the passenger fall asleep in light imitating the night sky, and at dawn, they are woken up by light that imitates times of day which are natural to the body. Therefore, it is easier to adapt to new time zones. The 787 aircraft can accommodate 252 passengers. It offers 20% lower fuel consumption and is more environmentally-friendly. Moreover, with the 30% larger window area, the horizon is visible at a height of a passenger's eyes.
There are three classes offered to the passengers of LOT's Dreamliners: LOT Business class with seats folding to form a flat bed and service as in the best restaurant; LOT Premium class with larger seats, headrests and footrests with varied menu of meals and drinks, and LOT Economy class with comfortable seats with headrests and footrests and superb free catering.
Currently, LOT flies 6 Dreamliners. Named gracefully Franek by passengers in an on-line contest, the newest one joined the fleet in May last year. LOT has started to partially operate long-haul flights with Boeing 787 aircrafts in June 2013, gradually putting Boeing 767 airliners out of use. Two months later, in August 2013, all flights to New York, Chicago, Toronto and Beijing were operated with Beings 787. By the end of 2017, LOT will have 8 of those state-of-the-art aircrafts in its long-haul fleet.
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0441h UTC Nov 23, 2014