In late January, Transavia unveiled its new logo. On 6th February, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the company, it was the turn of easyJet to present the new livery of its aircraft. The new designs of both low-cost carriers are more elaborate, have bolder lines and less flashy colours. The original identities have little impact now, so low-cost airlines are returning to more traditional marketing.
A group of climbers in the Andes, has just made an incredible discovery. 3,200 metres (10,500 feet) above sea level, at Maule, 250 kilometres (155 miles) south of Santiago, in Chile, after an expedition lasting six days, the climbers found what appears to be the wreckage of a ‘plane that disappeared more than a half century ago.
Thanks to the Transasia ATR flight data recorder (FDR), we know a little more about what happened during the tragic events that took place a week ago in Taipei, and several questions arise. Could the ATR 72-600 fly with one engine ? What is the procedure to follow in a case of engine failure ? Did the crew have any reason to switch off the engine that worked ? The following are just a few initial responses.
Five days after the spectacular crash of Transasia Airways flight GE235 in Taipei, the inquest advances. According to investigators, the ATR 72-600 that had just begun its flight between the capital of Taiwan and Kinmen, experienced engine failure.
In late January, Paris Airports (Aéroports de Paris - ADP), revealed a plan to invest more than three billion euros over five years, notably for Paris’ Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport. Their objective being to to remain a reference international airport equal to, or better than, its competitors, Heathrow, Frankfurt and Dubai.
Three weeks after the AirAsia A320 crashed into the Java Sea claiming the lives of the 162 people on board, the inquest advances. Thanks to the ongoing analysis of the two black boxes recovered, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee investigators (NTSC) have excluded any possibility of a terrorist attack.
A few days ago, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certified the ARJ-21 Comac. But to fly abroad, the Chinese regional jet must now be certified by the American and European civil aviation authorities.
The Four Seasons luxury hotel chain is about to launch two, one-of-a-kind, round the world trips in 2015. The first, a 24-day world tour, will be launched in Los Angeles on 16th March. In flight, there will be personalised service worthy of a luxury hotel, with gourmet cuisine and vintage champagne on the menu.
Since 28th December ANA (All Nippon Airways) has put a symbol of mass tourism up for sale: a limited number of their former Boeing 747 seats. The company has of course been careful to remove the wiring and adapt the feet so that they can be placed on a normal floor without damaging it. Asking Price: between € 4,400 and € 5,100 ($5,200 - $6,000).
On 18th December, Etihad Airways joined the closed circle of the thirteen companies that operate the A380. They have ordered ten units in total, and since the cabin layout is specific to each company that is always an prestigious event. In the coming days, Etihad Airways will strike a double blow by taking delivery of its first Boeing 787, which will enter service on 1st February.
A 70-page report of the European Court of Auditors, published on 16th December, points an accusing finger at deserted airport halls, unused runways, and half empty car parks. Between 2000 and 2013, € 38 million were spent unnecessarily in enlarging terminals or building new runways.
With the aim of promoting Swiss cuisine on 21st November, in this A330, Swiss International Air Lines added a few light meals on the menu to their flight from Zurich to New York; and to do this, Switzerland's national airline called in one of the 50 top chefs in the world: Andreas Caminada. His name may not mean anything to you, yet the 37 year-old Swiss has three Michelin stars and 19/20 in the Gault & Millau guide.
The French Ministers of Finance and Economy finally made a decision on 4th December. A major share of the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (ATB) management company owned, up to now, by the French State will be transferred to Symbiose, a Chinese-led consortium. In the end it was the 308 million Euros offered by them that finally clinched the deal.
In south west France there are no more than three entities vying to acquire 49.9% of the state shares in ATB, the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport management company: Vinci Airports, Aéroports de Paris and SNC-Lavalin associated with Chinese investors. The French Minister of Finance has still not decided. But some voices are against the Sino-Canadian offer.
Reclaiming Business Class clientèle to its medium-haul network is the new goal Air France has set itself, after attacking that of the long haul. On 27th November, at their company headquarters at Roissy (near Paris), the Chairman and CEO presented the new Business Class cabins seats that will be provided on some of its Airbus A319’s and A320’s from next April.