It’s official. India has now taken over the top spot from the US as the fastest growing aviation market in the world. Coming in March with an estimated growth of 27.4%, which according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) dwarfs the US aviation market growth of 4.1%. That’s over 6 times more than the US which comes in as the second fastest growing market in the world for those counting at home.
IATA cites the reason for such a dramatic growth lies in the fact that the “Indian domestic market is being propelled by the comparatively strong economic backdrop as well as sizeable increases in services.” With average flight frequencies within India set to increase by 11.5% year-on-year in 2016, domestic India airlines carried upwards of 23 million passengers in the first three months of 2016 compared to the 18.5 million figure during the same time period last year which means there’s been a growth of 24.03% according to the data released by the Indian aviation regulator. Also factoring in the fact that as a whole, the global domestic demand rose 3.7% in March compared to last year which is actually a slowdown from the leap year-aided 7.8% growth recorded last February.
The main driving forces behind the demand are the US and China market which are 2 of the largest markets in the world with the US accounting for 2 out of every 5 domestic passengers. Domestic capacity climbed 4.3%, and load factor retreated 0.4 percentage points to 81.6%. The Indian annual domestic revenue Passenger Kilometer growth rate has held steady in the double digits for nineteen consecutive months and counting. This combined with the extremely rapid growth in India contrasted with the slower and negative growth rate in other similarly-sized domestic markets have created a perfect confluence of factors that has crowned India as the overall growth leader in terms of seasonally adjusted domestic RPKs over the last year or so. Add to the fact that for the first time in a decade Air India has reported a modest operational profit and one can see how Indian aviation market is a rising tide that lifts all boats.
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Delta Air Lines, the major American airline headquartered at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, has recently come to an agreement with Airbus, the civil aircraft manufacturer based in France, in order to purchase 37 additional A321ceo aircrafts. These newly ordered aircrafts will be utilized in efforts to renew and revitalize Delta Air Lines’ narrow body fleet. The A321 aircrafts are very fuel efficient and will be replacing older-generation jets such as the MD-88.
In 2013 and 2014, Delta Air Lines placed orders for the Current Engine Option version of the biggest Airbus A320 Family member. In March of 2016, Delta Air Lines received delivery of their first A321 aircraft. In total, Delta Air Lines has now ordered 82 A321 aircrafts. Each aircraft will be powered by CFM International’s CFM 56 engine.
"The Airbus A320 family of aircraft continues to be a cost-efficient, reliable and customer-pleasing mainstay of our narrowbody fleet," said Delta Air Line’s incoming chief executive, Ed Bastian. "The order for the A321s is an opportunistic fleet move that enables us to produce strong returns and cost-effectively accelerate the retirement of Delta's 116 MD-88s in a capital efficient manner."
“Delta is an industry leader in many ways, not the least of which is contributing to the trend toward larger, more fuel-efficient aircraft for their single-aisle fleet,” said the Chief Operating Officer of Customers, John Leahy. “The A320 Family continues to be the backbone of every airline in the world that is paying attention to what their passengers want and their investors need. In 2015, nearly 40 percent of our A320 Family deliveries were A321s, up some 10 percent from the previous year. Our customers, like Delta, know where to find the best comfort, economy and reliability.”
All of the A321 aircrafts ordered by Delta Air Lines will be equipped with the fuel-saving Sharklets system, which is composed of lightweight composite wingtip devices which provide for up to 4 percent fuel-burning savings. Sharklets offers an environmental benefit and provides the airlines with the option of extending their range up to 185 kilometers, or 100 nautical miles. These A321 aircrafts will also have the option of increase payload capacity by nearly 450 kilograms, or 1000 pounds.
Airbus is working hard to meet a target of 50 deliveries by this year’s end and has delivered its 24th A350-900 twin-aisle twinjet, the first to Cathay Pacific Airways, which is scheduled to enter service on June 1st. Airbus Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams has labeled the effort as one of two principal challenges for this year, the other being Airbus’s plans to accelerate the production of the A320 single-aisle twinjets. With over 40 widebody machines in the final stages of assembly in Toulouse, France, Executive Vice President Didier Evrard has placed a mandate to protect the A350 ramp-up project. Didier Evrard succeeded Williams last year as overseer of the programs and has said that the first 350-1000 variant, the 59th A350, is proceeding exactly on schedule.
In fact the first three A350s have all reached the final assembly stage and the mechanics have finished adding the new six-wheel landing-gear bogies to the first. Concurrently, in their other widebody programs, Airbus has already begun discussing a heavier option for the A330-900neo which is aimed at making the re-engined version of the A330-300 more competitive with the Boeing 787 which is the leading aircraft in its class. John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer has weighed in and admitted that with the current 287 seat A33-900 Neo weighing almost 242 metric ton maximum operating weight, falls laughably short of the 1,300 nautical miles offered by the 7,830-nm range of the 787-9 which can hold 283 passengers.
Airbus is internally exploring a 245 metric ton variant that would retain the A330’s Category B airport rating compared to the Boeing 777 which has a Category F rating or the 777X variant which has a Category E rating. Leahy states that the reason Airbus is looking into a higher weight option is that so the airline can carry additional fuel or more cargo to offset the advantages of the 787-9. And while structural subassemblies and equipment for the A330-900neo project remains on track, testing, certification, and scheduling of first flight won’t be happening until late 2017. Separately, Airbus has confirmed that it is still experiencing delays in the completion of the re-engined A320neo narrowbodies as they are still awaiting the updated PW1100G geared turbofan engines from Pratt & Whitney. As of late May, the 25 A320neos are just parked at Toulouse awaiting new powerplants that would allow them to reduce the initial start time and Klause Roewe, A320 family program head, expects delivery of the new engines to incorporate “very small modifications to shafts and compressors” by mid-June at the latest.
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The Chief Executive Officer and founding president of Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., Michimasa Fujino, has personally guided the company’s new HondaJet aircraft from initial conception all the way through to a fully developed model and certified aircraft. The company fought through at least five years of delays in the certification process. This new HondaJet appears to be one of the most unconventional designs ever found in a production aircraft. This aircraft is the culmination of Fujino’s 30-year old dream of creating the most advanced light jet in the world. Fujino’s outstanding attention to detail is evident in his contributions to the aircraft.
“Despite its apparent merits, the HondaJet project at one point was in danger of suspension. In 1996, Honda shut down most of its aircraft R & D projects and sent the engineers back to Japan to focus their efforts in the increasingly competitive automotive sector,” stated Fred George from Aviation Week. “Undeterred, Fujino went to top management and passionately pled his case several times for continuing his jet project. Potential demand for light jets was then especially strong in the U.S., where general aviation aircraft had access to 5,000 airports.”
Fujino had previously experienced the inefficiency and inconvenience of traditional airline systems which only provide regular nonstop services between a handful of major cities. The HondaJet CEO reasoned that smaller cities demanded smaller jets in order to provide essential air transportation. The new HondaJet aircraft appears to be the answer for this demand.
“Pushing ahead with the HondaJet also would be true to the legacy of company founder Soichiro Honda, who was as fascinated by airplanes as he was by ground vehicles. And as with Honda’s automobile design thrust, the HondaJet would offer pilots crisp handling, a sporty thrust-to-weight ratio and unparalleled human engineering,” added George.
The Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. is currently delivering the first initial HA-420 HondaJets to owners and dealers around the world. It appears as though Fujino’s dream is not a reality.
Frank Pompa released an article on USA Today discussed about how there has been a new solar plane that is setting records. This solar powered plane is called the Solar Impulse 2. To get an idea of this plane, the Solar Impulse 2 is considered a plane that not run on any fuel. The only source of energy it uses it solar, or the sun. This Solar Impulse 2 has made almost 22,000 miles in the air around the world.
This trip began earlier last in on March. The date to be specific was March 9 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Another trip is to be planning for some time later this summer. Although the Solar Impulse 2 has been a huge buzz, there has also been not so good times for the plane. For the entire length of the winter season, the plane was grounded in Hawaii because there was a problem with the airplane which led to the battery being fried. Because of this fried battery, the time for the five day flight from Japan to Hawaii could not be completed as planned.
Regardless of the fact, the Solar Impulse was about to stay victorious in other records such as the longest solo flight ever. The Solar Impulse 2 was also able to set world records for duration and distance in terms of solar aviation.
There are 17,248 solar cells that are used in the Solar Impulse 2. The plane also has a wingspan of over 230 feet, which is considered longer than that of the Boeing 747 which Is at 224 feet.
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Brad Cohen wrote an article on the Special section for USA Today on May 6th 2016 giving the top eight reasons why one should take advantage of Delta SkyMiles and collect them.
It has been said that the SkyMiles program is critiqued heavily by the frequent flier community because of how beneficial or lack of the points are. However, Delta Airlines has ramped up their SkyMiles so attract more customers to take advantage of these points. Here are the top eight reasons why one should collect Delta SkyMiles.
1. Delta will not charge for fees for last minute bookings
Competitors such as United and American will charge $75 if you book a flight within 21 days. Delta however, will not.
2. SkyMiles will never ever expire
Most of the other competitors will wipe your points clean within 18 to 24 months of inactivity
3. It is possible to earn the Elite Status without ever flying
You can use your credit card in order to get Elite Status.
4. Getting Elite Status is easier to get starting new year
Your SkyMiles can roll over meaning easier to get Elite Status.
5. Delta has teamed up with new partners that are outside of the SkyTeam
These partners include Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.
6. The SkyTeam is working hard to improve itself
The SkyTeam has been expanded and improved.
7. Competitors loyalty programs are not getting any better
A lot of other competitors are not bettering their programs in a beneficial way to customers.
8. Delta’s redesigned tiered award system will mean that there are more affordable flights
Delta Airlines has restructured its aware system.
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Boeing has delivered the 50th Boeing 777 as part of an order placed in 2006 when Qatar Airways’ network was just barely over 50 destinations. Over a decade later with the delivery of the 50th 777, the total fleet number of aircraft currently in service for the Doha-based carrier has risen to over 180 and the Boeing 777 has become a mainstay of the long-haul fleet and remains an essential part of the route expansion strategy by Qatar Airways. Per Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Qatar and Boeing have developed and enjoyed an enduring/mutually beneficial relationship since the beginning of the first 777 order. Currently the airline is a major 777X customer having ordered 60 aircrafts and operates the 777-300ER as well as the Long-Range (LR) variant of the 777-200.
Group Chief Executive, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker has lauded about how comfortable and spacious the cabins of the Boeing 777 are and that view is backed up by overwhelming support by the crew and passenger testimonials. Qatar is in the process of transitioning from a 9-abreast layout to 10 abreast in its 777-300ERs economy class cabins and plans to increase the seat number from the current 316 to the upgraded 388 seating layout variant. Qatar Airways operates to a host of destinations using the 777 as their primary aircraft.
The carrier operates in airports all across major cities in the United States such as Los Angeles, New York JFK, Miami, Dallas, Washington Dulles, Houston and Chicago to name a few. Qatar Airways forthcoming service to Atlanta will be served with a 777-300ER beginning on June 2nd. Qatar Airways is a state-owned flag carrier holding base in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha. The airline is a hub-and-spoke network operating in over 150 international destination across the seven continents. Currently employing over 40,000 employees the carrier has been a member of the Oneworld alliance since 2013 and is also the first Gulf carrier to sign with the airline alliances.
Established on November 22nd of 1993, the airline started with 75 employees and consisted of only two Airbus A320s at the time. The airline has been the subject of controversy regarding harsh treatment of their employees and unprecedented scrutiny in the workplace with allegations that an employee could be fire if she becomes pregnant.
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Delta Air Lines, the major American airline headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, has recently added their Delta Shuttle product onto their main routes which run from its Seattle hub to Los Angeles and San Francisco. This move will raise the stakes in two markets which will inevitably become more competitive as Alaska Airlines has recently acquired Virgin America. The Delta Shuttle will include various different upgrades over the standard Delta economy offering, and will also be featured on routes between the Northeast triangle of New York LaGuardia, Washington Reason, as well as Boston, in addition to the competitive Los Angeles – San Francisco sector.
The Delta Shuttle product will offer a variety of improvements, including: gates located closer to security, exclusive check-in counters dedicated to Delta Shuttle customers, access to in-flight Wi-Fi, free meals in First Class on all flights, free entertainment options through Delta Studio, free newspapers for all customers (including USA Today, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal), free Luvo snack box provided in Comfort+ on all flights, free snacks onboard offered in the main cabin by Nourish Snacks, as well as free in-flight wine, spirits, beers, and other beverages in all classes of service (including Starbucks coffee, Fremont Brewing Company craft beer, as well as Lagunitas Brewing Company). The Delta Shuttle product will also feature two classes of service with free upgrades for SkyMiles Medallion members, when available. In addition to all of this, Delta Shuttle customers will have convenient access to the new Delta Sky Club which is scheduled to open on Concourse A in the Fall of 2016.
“Unlike on the short hour-long sectors where the Delta Shuttle is normally offered, Seattle-San Francisco is two hours twenty minutes and Seattle-Los Angeles is just under three hours. That’s a length where the improved product makes a difference relative to a standard mainline product. First Class is more or less the same (perhaps with a slightly improved ground experience), but the real benefit is felt in economy class and economy comfort, who get free alcohol (always popular) and premium snacks,”
reported Vinay Bhaskara from Airways News.
“Even though the flights will now operate with the Shuttle branding, they are not necessarily the same schedule-wise as the other shuttle products on the East and West Coast. The eight to ten daily flights on the routes are less than an hourly schedule, and the increase to Los Angeles was actually already planned before the conversion to the Shuttle product. So the Shuttle product is really more about creating a marketing and branding advantage in a crowded marketplace.”
Delta Airlines has placed an order for over 75 Bombardier CSeries 100 aircrafts for a deal worth over $5.3 Billion. This transaction is the largest in Bombardier Commercial Aircraft history, placing Delta Airlines as Bombardier’s largest CSeries customers.
Bombardier’s CS100 is a family of narrow-body, twin-engine, medium-range jets. The CS100 seats 110 passengers while the CS300 seats 135 passengers. CSeries aircrafts contain a high amount of composite materials and larger windows. The cabins feature large, rotating overhead storage. These aircrafts are equipped with 2 Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines and has a maximum cruising speed of 470 kts.
This order has over 50 purchase options of the $71.8 million Bombardier CSeries aircrafts. It is said that Delta purchased these planes at a largely discount list price with over 65-70% off. On April 28 , 2016 Delta Airlines announce the deal at a media conference.
Delta Airlines is a major American Airline that is headquartered at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, GA. They operate over 5,400 flights daily, servicing over 334 destinations in 64 Countries across 6 continents.
Delta’s fleet consists of 642 mainline narrow body aircrafts. With less than half of the fleet hold less than 150 passengers. It is rumored that the McDonnell Douglas MD-88 is to be replaced by the CS100. Bombardier’s CSeries are considered an excellent replacement flights that require a short hauls, allowing for more flexibility with a 2,600 to 3,000 nautical miles operational range.
With this purchase, and a previous order by Air Canada, Bombardier hopes to bring the heat with the competitors like Airbus and Boeing. Boeing has been dominating the industry since the 1998 merger with McDonnell-Douglas.
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China Eastern Airlines has just announced their signing for 20 Airbus A350-900s and 15 Boeing 787-9s as they embark on their long-haul fleet modernization program. The airline stated in a filing to the Shanghai stock exchange that they are expecting delivery of the A350s in batches starting from 2018 to 2022.Exclusively powered by the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, 2 A350 aircrafts will be delivered in 2018, three in 2019, and two more in 2020. The remaining 13 are to be introduced in 2021-2022. Concurrently, China Eastern will be taking delivery of the 787-9s over the entire period of 2018-2021 and was not given an option in regards to engine selection for the Boeing jets.
In 2018, four 787-9s will be delivered to China Eastern, followed by the six in 2019, and finally the last five in 2020-2021. This long-haul renewal comes on the heels of a restored commitment by China Eastern to the 787 lost in 2011.
At the time China Eastern canceled a 787 order in favor of the 737. As part of a stipulation set forth by the fleet upgrade program, China Eastern is to withdraw 12 Airbus A330s and a total of six Boeing 767’s from service. The A350 deal is valued at just a shade under $6 billion with the 787 agreement at around $4 billion, but inside sources have revealed that airframers have been granted significant concessions. China Eastern Airlines was established on 6/27/1988 under the CAAC Huadong Adminstration and is headquartered in the China Eastern Airlines Building on Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in the Changing District of Shanghai, China.
It is considered one of the main major airlines which operates international, domestic and regional routes with main hubs at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. By passenger numbers, China Eastern Airlines is China’s second-largest carrier and also became the country’s first airline to offer shares on the international market. China Eastern Airlines has an incredibly strong presence on routes in Asia, North America and Australia as it looks to exploit the domestic market by boosting flight frequencies. They are the first major Chinese carrier to place an order with Airbus and the A320 is considered the backbone of the fleet.
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