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American Airlines is debuting its new B787-9 Dreamliner on the Dallas Fort Worth and Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) on November 4, 2016
The aircraft will also operate between DFW and São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) beginning November 4. Tickets for both routes go on sale July 10, 2016, although American Airlines says
Every seat offers a personal seatback entertainment system with touchscreen, power and USB ports. Wi-Fi provides global coverage for internet access and complimentary live television channels, nearly 300 movies including 48 new releases, TV shows and games. Business Class customers will also be offered Bose® QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones. Additional advanced features on the Dreamliner include larger dimmable windows, improved cabin humidity and enhanced sound quality.
Customers sitting in Premium Economy will enjoy a leather seat featuring 38 inches of pitch with extendable foot, leg and head rests, personal on-demand entertainment systems and larger touchscreen monitors. When flying international, customers will receive noise reducing headphones and amenity kits, and will enjoy enhanced meal service with complimentary wine, beer and spirits. Premium Economy customers will be able to check one bag free of charge.
“As the first U.S. airline to introduce Premium Economy seating on international flights, we continue to innovate new ways to meet our customers’ expectations with the products and service they value,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer. “The 787-9 is going to be a fantastic addition to our widebody fleet, with international Wi-Fi and an inflight experience that’s second to none. Our existing widebodies will offer Premium Economy as we retrofit our cabins and continue to elevate the entire travel experience with our $3 billion investment.”
The new International Premium Economy service will launch in November and will be available to select customers before it goes on sale in early 2017.
These improvements are the latest in a long-term investment American is making in the customer experience. This year, American is raising the bar even higher and providing more choices for global travelers.
The airline is investing more than $3 billion in every aspect of the customer travel experience – whether that’s in the airports or in the cabins of the most modern fleet in the industry. The improvements include a refresh of Admirals Club lounges worldwide, a new Flagship Lounge experience in six gateways, an upgraded assortment of complimentary healthy food, adding more all-aisle access, fully lie-flat seats, power outlets, improved food and beverage offerings and more. American is going for great.
Scandinavian Airlines reported that it 2.6 million passengers in June 2016. Scheduled traffic (RPK) increased 7.9% and the capacity (ASK) was up 6%. The overall load factor improved by 1.5 % to 81.5% during the month.The factor was primarily driven by the performance on intercontinental routes and routes within Scandinavia.
SAS intercontinental traffic increased 33.8% and the capacity was up 31.7% resulting in a higher passenger load factor than last year. A record of more than 170,000 passengers travelled on SAS intercontinental routes during the month. The growth was driven by new routes to Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Boston as well as more frequencies on existing routes compared to last year. Capacity on the domestic routes was down 5.8% driven by the industrial action in Sweden and the traffic sequentially fell by 2.6%.
The intensified competition and lower jet fuel prices have put pressure on the yield that has declined more than anticipated in 2016. In June, traffic volumes were affected by industrial actions by SAS’s pilots in Sweden during five days. Booking levels have stabilized after the industrial action was called off.
SAS is increasing its intercontinental capacity by about 25% during fiscal year 2015/2016 through new routes and frequencies. Overall, this has resulted in a longer average stage length with subsequent effect on the yield/PASK and will contribute to an expected scheduled capacity growth of 10% during 2015/2016. Number of flights is at the same time expected to increase by about 1%.
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While Boeing continues to express confidence in its ability to smoothly manage the transition between the current generation 777 airliner and the new 777X, one of the keys to its success hangs on preparation for a new automation process. That has proved every bit the challenge some had anticipated. In fact, while speaking with a group of reporters just before the show in the 777 factory in Everett, Washington, BCA (Boeing Commercial Aircraft) v-p of 777 and 777X operations Jason Clark characterized as the learning process associated with the move to a fuselage automated upright build, or FAUB, as “really hard.”
“There’s nothing easy about bringing on a pathfinder technology,” he said. “And if it was, well, gee whiz, we probably would have done it 20 or 30 years ago.”
Used for the first time last fall, the build process serves as something of a centerpiece for Boeing’s continuing evolution toward car-industry style automation. For example, it will allow the company to remove all of the body-structures tools in favor of a process using cradles and automated guided vehicles that “pulse” throughout the production system. At the same time, the company plans to remove all the tooling associated with the wing-to-body join, also in favor of a cradle-based production system.
Under the traditional process, employees build fuselage sections in an upside-down configuration. They drill and fasten the panels together using power tools, a repetitive and tiring job that places a lot of stress on their shoulders and hands. Once complete, a crane places the section onto a large turning fixture that rotates it in an upright position. The turned section then gets moved via crane to its next location for work to continue through completion.
Using automated guided robots designed by Kuka Robotics, FAUB drills and fills some 60,000 fasteners that attach the panels comprising the 777’s forward and aft body sections. The new process uses automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to move the components of FAUB into position, including work stands, fuselages and the robotic arms that drill and insert fasteners. The robots, positioned inside and outside the fuselage, not only drill the holes, but also act as a bucking bar and perform dynamic riveting.
Boeing has so far sent 15 airplane fuselages through the new system, said Clark. However, it had hoped to fully move to the new process by the end of the summer. It now has given itself another year to reach the milestone. Still, the company insists the delay will not block the so-called “critical path” to 777X EIS (entry into service) in 2020.
Clark explained that the challenges lie not with the automation itself, but rather in what he described as “our own condition of assembly” and “how we prep.”
“The very first position is where we bring the panels in from the heavy industries over in Japan or Spirit [Aerosystems] and we basically tack them together,” he explained. “Well, this airplane was designed in an era when that’s not what you did. We brought them into large tool jigs and put them back into the shape of the tool.
“We’ve changed the tooling philosophy so what we’re going through is some of those learnings, working with our suppliers, working with our own internal engineering to really modify how it goes together. When it goes together well, then it moves into the second position, where the automation comes on…It takes a while to get it all effective, you’ve got to dial it in over time. Right now we’re in that dialing phase.”
The effort involves retraining mechanics and changing some installation plans, added Clark. “It’s hard on our guys,” he explained, “that first time around, and we’re only 15 barrels in. But with every barrel, we’ve gotten better.”
In another key effort to “de-risk” transition from the 777 to 777X, low-rate initial production of the first twenty-three 777-9s will happen where the company had placed the now decommissioned surge line for the 787 in the Everett factory, what Boeing calls the 40-24 bay. That means Boeing will build the fuselages—forward, middle and aft bodies—with FAUB in the main flow of the existing 777 line and move them onto the low-rate line until about 2020. “We do that because it is a major de-risking element,” said Clark. “When we have to inject a new derivative into the main line, it really struggles as it gets into the final assembly area because the flows are so extensive within that production system. So it really bogs down the main production system for final assembly. [Instead], you take all that risk and put it over on the other line and you can learn it at the pace [production] needs to be at.”
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Emirates launched its second daily A380 service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). With this expanded schedule, Emirates is now able to serve nearly 1,000 passengers travelling to Los Angeles each day. Also on the same day Vienna joined the family of A380 scheduled destinations served by an Emirates A380.
The Emirates A380 aircraft was decked out in specially-designed Dodgers branding to celebrate its expanded service to Los Angeles, as well as the airline’s sponsorship of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This sponsorship in conjunction with the second daily flight to Los Angeles, emphasizes Emirates’ commitment to sports, culture and the Southern California region.
The new flight EK217, operated by an Airbus A380-800 aircraft, is configured for 3 cabin classes with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business class and 401 seats in Economy class.
“We’re thrilled to continue growing our footprint in Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States, and to be able to provide more flight choices to more customers daily as well as doubling the economic benefits Emirates’ flights provide to Southern California,” said Rob Gurney Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, The Americas. “We strive to give our customers the best possible travel experience every step of the way through our award-winning service and industry-leading products.“
In addition to serving those visiting or traveling to Los Angeles, passengers wishing to travel beyond LA to nearby destinations in the U.S. can take advantage of our partnerships with Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. For example, through Alaska Airlines, passengers can connect from LAX to cities such as Eugene, Mammoth Lakes, Monterey, Portland, Santa Rosa, and Guadalajara. Through Virgin America, passengers can travel onwards to Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Cancun and more.
The new Emirates flight EK217, departs Dubai daily at 3:00 p.m. and arrives in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m. The return flight EK218, departs Los Angeles daily at 10:30 p.m. and arrives in Dubai approximately 16 hours later at 1:30 a.m. This new service supplements the current EK215 Airbus A380-800 flight which departs Dubai at 8:55 a.m. and lands in Los Angeles at 1:55 p.m. The existing return flight, EK216, departs LAX 4:45 p.m. and arrives in Dubai 7:35 p.m. the following day.
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