segunda-feira, 1 de junho de 2015

The American Airlines 787 Experience Two Weeks Later

While many bloggers and aviation reporters (NYCAviation among them) showed off the first flight on American Airlines’ newest airframe, the Boeing 787-800, I decided to take a slightly different approach and see how she was holding up after the first week of service. American Airlines now has six 787-800 in their huge fleet, with N800AN doing a twice a day ORD-DFW run for pilot/crew and ground staff familiarization. This relatively short flight is long enough to get everyone acquainted with this incredibly complex machine and show it off to their domestic customers.

I was booked in seat 21A and was looking forward to flying on American Airlines’ latest and greatest. I had high expectations; a domestic wide body trip, cool lighting/ambiance, high-tech windows, a quiet cabin, a “better” environment (humidity and pressurization), comfortable seats and meeting a few other excited aviation enthusiasts.
Arriving in Chicago I quickly navigated my way to gate L10. I caught a glimpse of my shiny new bird standing tall amongst all the domestic narrowbody 737s and MD-80s. I arrived as the inbound flight from Dallas was deplaning. There was a bit of a buzz in the gate area with lots of passengers having just completed a “bucket list trip.” Cellphones, iPads and DSLRs were out and snapping away, and mercifully, no selfie-sticks were seen!
The inaugural week had gone pretty well with 100% dispatch reliability and no major equipment issues. American Airlines has planned and implemented a smart, strategic launch. An established route, hub to hub service, good training for all team members and reasonable turn times. This thoughtful introduction produced a great travel experience for the 7000 passengers who have traveled before me.
I met with Captain Mike Riley and he escorted me on board. It was a novel experience to be one of a handful of people on a plane that seats 226 people. As Captain Mike headed to the flight deck, I headed to my seat to stow my luggage and introduce myself to the crew. This plane is configured with 198 economy seats and 28 business seats.
Our flight today had two Captains on the flight deck, Captain Mike Riley and Captain Bob Schertler who would be flying the return leg to Dallas. They told me we would have 226 passengers on board, and a crew of 8. Although the cabin was full and we had no empty seats, today’s two hour flight would be taking off at only 375,100lbs, well below the maximum take-off weight of 502,500lbs. As the Captains programmed in our flight information, I met with the crew to get their impressions of the aircraft.
Today’s crew of eight was busy preparing the plane for flight, coordinating the delivery of catering on board, assisting in training the ground staff and taking care of the 226 passengers. The business cabin is fitted out with 28 lie-flat seats. Each seat is its own personal cocoon of wide screen monitors and fully reclining seats. These seats even had their own personal ‘do not disturb’ light that the passenger could activate. Not much use on a 2-hour flight, but those little lights will get more use on the upcoming flights to Beijing and Buenos Aires.
The cabin of the 787 is sleek and contoured. Not many sharp edges to be found on the cabin dividers, galleys and bathrooms. Some of the “high-tech” features on the 787 include the LED lighting. A cool, soothing blue greeted us as we boarded and a red/orange accent was added as we landed. Other lighting options include; “Fiesta” and “American House Party”. Perhaps those lighting options will get more use when this aircraft is travelling to vacation destinations! Soon Captain Mike announced it was time to go and close the boarding door. This would be the 4th time the boarding door was closed since ground staff was getting checked off and trained on the proper way to open and close a Dreamliner door.
I easily found my seat, since it was the only one not occupied! I got buckled and excitedly awaited our engine start procedure. The first thing I noticed was the lack of engine noise and vibration. There were none of the tell indications of the ventilation cutting off as this plane uses a bleedless system for cabin ventilation. Nor did I notice any loud or pulsating hydraulic pumps building up pressure. Soon we were on our way to our departure runway.
The weather in Chicago was damp, cloudy and a bit windy; I was looking forward to clearing the cloud deck and seeing some sun. After a surprisingly short taxi time, the two GE GEnx-1B engines effortlessly got us airborne and on the way to Dallas. The noise level was muted and did not have the typical low frequency roar of a typical jet engine. The take-off was a bit bumpy and had a few oh’s and ah’s from one of the first time travelers a few rows behind me. As we broke through the cloud cover the ride smoothed out dramatically. Today’s flight plan had us at 30,000 feet, the smoothest altitude they could find. Unfortunately 30,000 was still bumpy and a bit choppy, so we descended to 28,500 feet and found some good air. Although the plane is capable of flying at 43,000 feet and Mach .85, our plans were more pedestrian.Much to the chagrin of my row-mates, I amused myself playing with electro chromic window shades. Being a photographer I had fun experimenting with the different dimness settings, it was like having my own ND filter on the window! Dimming the window 1/2 ways was the equivalent of three and a third stops, taking my shutter speed from 1/1000th to 1/80th of a second. The only “issue” is that the window has a definite blue hue to it, so color correction will be required for any pictures taken out the window.
The 3-3-3 seat alignment in economy is fairly dense, but certainly adequate for a two hour flight. One of the features that would make a 9-12 hour flight in the middle seat manageable is the super inflight entertainment (also known as the electronic pacifier in some circles). Each seat has its own video screen, USB charging port and 120v power outlet. The video screen was large (9” inch) and the video quality was good. Best of all I had a huge selection of videos to choose from. Today’s flight had 180 TV programs to choose from! After beverage and snack service I fired up the video system and watched two episodes of “The Big Bang Theory.” If I need to travel 9-12 hours I would certainly pick the Dreamliner: the combination of air quality, low noise levels and great personal video systems (and power ports) would make the trip manageable.
 The information is "http://www.nycaviation.com/2015/05/settled-american-airlines-787-experience/#.VWu0Y9JVhHw" Is always quoted the reference link.

GRU Airport tem movimento de cerca de 13 milhões de passageiros

Nos primeiros quatro meses do ano, o GRU Airport – Aeroporto Internacional de São Paulo registrou um movimento de cerca de 13 milhões de passageiros, o que representa um crescimento de 0,7% em relação ao mesmo período do ano passado.   No mês de abril, viajaram pelo aeroporto 3,1 milhões de pessoas – queda de 3% ante abril de 2014. 

  Em relação às operações aéreas, foram registrados 97,9 mil pousos e decolagens de janeiro a abril, o equivalente a uma retração de 1,2% no comparativo com os primeiros quatro meses de 2014.   Considerando apenas o mês de abril, foram 23,4 mil voos, o que representa uma queda de 4,7% em relação ao mesmo mês do ano passado. 

As informações são"http://www.brasilturis.com.br/noticias.php?id=22588&noticia=gru-airport-tem-movimento-de-cerca-de-13-milhoes-d".Sempre é citado o link de referência. The information is "" Is always quoted the reference link.

Aerolíneas Argentinas anuncia nova rota

A Aerolíneas Argentinas, maior companhia aérea da Argentina, anunciou o lançamento de uma nova rota que ligará a cidade de Puerto Iguazu, na fronteira com o Brasil, e El Calafate, conhecida mundialmente pela geleira Perito Moreno, declarada Patrimônio da Humanidade pela Unesco. 
Serão quatro voos semanais de aproximadamente duas horas que serão realizadas por um Boeing modelo 737-800.

As informações são"http://www.brasilturis.com.br/noticias.php?id=22653&noticia=aerolineas-nova-rota-anuncia-puerto-iguazu-el-cala".Sempre é citado o link de referência. The information is "" Is always quoted the reference link.

Aer Lingus pode entrar na Oneworld e Irlanda receber mais voos

Willie Walsh, que já foi piloto e CEO da própria Aer Lingus até
 2004, agora pretende comprar sua ex-companhia
Os 25% de participação do Governo Irlandês, principal impasse enfrentado pela International Airline Group (IAG) para a compra da Aer Lingus desde dezembro, enfim teve a venda aprovada pelo parlamento da Irlanda nesta semana. Com o maior obstáculo sendo ultrapassado, só resta a Ryanair, low-cost também irlandesa, ceder e decidir, mesmo contra sua vontade, vender seus 29,8% de share na Aer Lingus a IAG

Caso tudo ocorra como o CEO Willie Walsh prevê, a entrada da Aer Lingus no grupo IAG, já composto por British Airways, Iberia e Vueling, pode agitar o mercado de rotas transatlânticas operadas por grandes empresas norte-americanas, europeias e asiáticas. 

Embora a Aer Lingus não seja membro de nenhuma grande aliança global no mundo da aviação, como Skyteam, Oneworld e Star Alliance, a parceria atual estabelecida com a United faz com que membros da MileagePLus possa ganhar milhas por viajar em qualquer voo da empresa irlandesa. E não para por aí. A Aer Lingus também possui uma forte parceria com a JetBlue, que permite conexões via Nova York e Boston com o single-ticketing (bilhete único). 

A aquisição da Aer Lingus pela IAG pode mudar ainda mais as coisas, já que uma possível entrada da aérea irlandesa na Oneworld alliance não está descartada. A aliança já tem parceiros como a British Airways, American, Iberia, entre outros. Em meio a uma cordilheira de vantagens a vista, a Aer Lingus ainda poderia aproveitar a inclusão na joint venture (associação de empresas) transatlântica entre American Airlines e British Airways. 

Atualmente, a companhia tem voos para Nova York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco e Toronto, todos a partir da Irlanda. A imprensa irlandesa acredita que a aquisição provavelmente trará quatro novas rotas transatlânticas para o país, embora ainda não tenham sido identificados.​

As informações são"http://www.mercadoeeventos.com.br/site/noticias/view/118030/aer-lingus-pode-entrar-na-oneworld-e-irlanda-receber-mais-voos".Sempre é citado o link de referência. The information is "" Is always quoted the reference link.

Airbus trabalha em novo layout que pode aumentar capacidade do A380

A Airbus, fabricante francesa de aviões localizada em Tolouse, está desenvolvendo um novo layout para o modelo A380, no qual as áreas de descanso dos tripulantes seriam remodeladas e combinadas, o que forneceria espaço para a instalação de mais assentos.

O chefe do programa de Airframer (estrutura mecânica, incluindo fuselagem, asas e sistema de propulsão) da Airbus, Didier Evrad, detalhou os planos para adicionar mais assentos no A380. "A Airbus já testemunhou uma série de diferentes layouts na cabine do A380. Agora, podemos ver claramente uma tendência no sentido de criar uma cabine ainda mais eficiente", disse Evrad.

Ao juntar a área de descanso da tripulação de voo, localizada logo atrás do cockpit, com a cabine de descanso para os tripulantes, abaixo da principal, Didier Evrad acredita que exista a possibilidade de liberar espaço suficiente para instalar até seis assentos Premium Economy. O chefe de Airframer acredita que a nova formatação poderá já entrar em vigor a partir de 2017.

"Estamos focados em ter um A380 cada vez mais atrativo, mais eficiente, em termos econômicos, e com uma cabine totalmente otimizada. Essa é a nossa prioridade atualmente", disse o CEO da Airbus, Fabrice Bregier.

O executivo permanece otimista em relação as perspectivas de compra e operação do A380, apesar de reconhecer que o modelo não é tão popular já que o mercado é um pouco mais limitado do que ele esperava, sobretudo devido a algumas dificuldades acusadas por alguns clientes em relação a novas operações. Atualmente, a Emirates Airline é o principal cliente do A380.

As informações são"http://www.mercadoeeventos.com.br/site/noticias/view/118036/airbus-trabalha-em-novo-layout-que-pode-aumentar-capacidade-do-a380".Sempre é citado o link de referência. The information is "" Is always quoted the reference link.

Copa Airlines terá voo para San Francisco a partir de 17 de setembro

A Copa Airlines anunciou que a partir de 17 de setembro terá um voo diário e sem escalas que ligará San Francisco, nos EUA, à Cidade do Panamá. Com a nova operação, a companhia amplia sua rede de rotas para 74 cidades em 30 países. “A Copa Airlines tem o prazer de anunciar seu novo serviço sem escalas entre Panamá e San Francisco, um destino turístico, comercial, financeiro e tecnológico muito importante, com fortes vínculos com a América Latina”, anunciou Pedro Heibron, presidente executiva da Copa. 

As informações são"http://www.mercadoeeventos.com.br/site/noticias/view/118049/copa-airlines-tera-voo-para-san-francisco-a-partir-de-17-de-setembro".Sempre é citado o link de referência. The information is "" Is always quoted the reference link.