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Air New Zealand Spends $2.7 Billion To Purchase Eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners

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Air New Zealand announced today that it will purchase eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft equipped with GE Aviation’s latest GEnx-1B engine, and look forward to this revolutionary new model to help the development of the route network. Improve passenger flight experience and reduce carbon emissions by 190,000 tons per year to effectively achieve environmentally sustainable development. The first new aircraft will be delivered in 2022.

Air New Zealand currently operates 13 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which has already become the main model for pacific region routes.

Air New Zealand’s global CEO Christopher Luxon said: “The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner has a longer fuselage and higher fuel efficiency. We have a long-term close cooperation with Boeing. I believe the 787-10 model can It satisfies our development needs very well and assumes the current flight from 777-200.” He further explained: “This investment is a very important decision for us. The 787-10 can provide more than the 787- 9 more 15% cabin and cargo space, allowing us to flexibly adjust operations, but also bring more new development opportunities.”

At 9:30 am local time in New Zealand, Mr. Lu Jiefeng signed a letter of intent for ordering at the Air New Zealand Auckland headquarters with Christy Reese, vice president of sales for the civil aviation market in Boeing Asia Pacific, and Jason Tonich, vice president of global sales and marketing for GE Aviation. Based on current catalog prices, the total value of the purchase contract is approximately $2.7 billion. In addition to the eight aircraft that have been confirmed to be ordered, the letter of intent also mentions that the number of aircraft purchases can be flexibly adjusted to as many as 20. Air New Zealand will consider the development of the overall fleet and route network in the future. Regarding whether to replace the 787-10 with the 787-9, or a combination of these two models, Air New Zealand holds the final decision; the delivery time of the new aircraft can be advanced or postponed according to market demand. Air New Zealand is about to phase out eight 777-200 aircraft in 2025, and the new aircraft ordered this time will be supplemented accordingly.

Mr. Lu Jiefeng said that buying a new aircraft is an exciting move for both the company and consumers. Investing in the most innovative, comfortable and environmentally friendly models on the market today is also a commitment to actively implement sustainable development.

“In order to make New Zealand more connected to the world, most of our routes are long-haul routes. Introducing the most advanced models will give us the youngest and most environmentally friendly fleet in the world.”

Christy Reese, vice president of sales for the civil aviation market in Boeing Asia Pacific, said that he is honored to further deepen his partnership with Air New Zealand. “This large-scale purchase plan reflects Air New Zealand’s confidence in future operational growth. The Boeing 787-10 is currently the most energy efficient wide-body aircraft, significantly reducing fuel costs by approximately 25% compared to the replaced aircraft. And with the 95% commonality of Air New Zealand’s current 787-9 Dreamliner, it will not only help to improve Air New Zealand’s capacity, but also bring convenience to the overall operation.”

Air New Zealand currently has 13 Boeing 787-9s, 8 Boeing 777-200s and 7 Boeing 777-300 widebody aircraft, and another 787-9 is expected to be delivered this year. The first new aircraft to be purchased will join the New Zealand Air Force fleet in 2022, and the rest will be delivered by 2027.

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Emirates Restores Passenger Services To 7 More Cities, Allow Transit Between 48 Cities

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Emirates Boeing 777-300er
According to a statement from the Dubai Tourism Board, from July 7, Dubai will allow foreign tourists to enter, and foreign residents holding a Dubai residence visa will be able to enter the country today.
Emirates will be offering scheduled flights for passengers from seven additional cities in the month of July. This will add the total number of destinations that Emirates is offering to 48.

According to Emirates, from July 15, the Emirates A380 will return to the sky and fly to London Heathrow Airport and Paris. No airline in the world is as closely linked to the A380 as Emirates. Before the outbreak, Emirates operated 8 A380 flights daily on the Dubai-London Heathrow route alone.

Other airlines only operate a few A380s, but Emirates’ A380 fleet exceeds 100. In January of this year, Emirates was operating a total of 123 A380s.


Added DestinationDate Of Resumption
Khartoum
from 03 July
Amman
from 05 July
Osakafrom 07 July
Naritafrom 08 July
Athensfrom 15 July
Larnaca
from 15 July
Romefrom 15 July

Emirates will be offering scheduled flights for passengers from the above seven additional cities in the month of July.

Passengers can now transit from Emirates’ network of 48 destinations through Dubai airport following the announcement that the city will be open for business and leisure visitors from 07 July, with new air travel protocols that facilitate travel for UAE citizens, residents and tourists while safeguarding the health and safety of visitors and communities.

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Delta Air Lines Returns To Shanghai On June 25, First U.S. Airline Resume Flights To China

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Delta A350 Take Off In Toulouse
Delta Air Lines announced today that it will resume the Seattle-Shanghai Pudong route on June 25, the route will have a stopover at Seoul Incheon Airport and the route is operated twice a week.
From July onwards, Delta Air Lines will resume the Seattle-Shanghai Pudong and Detroit-Shanghai Pudong routes, which will also have a stopover at Incheon Airport and each route is to be operated once a week.
Since the suspension of Sino-US routes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in February this year, Delta Air Lines is the first American airline to resume Sino-US routes.
At present, several Chinese airlines have announced flight schedules to the United States for July, including Air China’s route between Beijing and Los Angeles, China Southern Airlines’ route between Guangzhou and Los Angeles, and China Eastern Airlines’ Shanghai-New York route etc.

Shanghai neon city
Shanghai neon city, Nanjing Road

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in China at the end of January, Delta Air Lines announced on January 31 that it will suspend all scheduled passenger flights to China. The flight suspension was extended at the end of April and it has continued till this day. However, as China’s domestic pandemic situation is controlled, the market demand for flights from the United States to China has increased significantly. The situation coincided with the China Civil Aviation Administration’s targeted strict restrictions imposed on the Sino-US routes as an effort to cooperate with the overall national pandemic prevention strategy.


Delta Cargo Flights To Asia
Delta Cargo Flights To Asia, Image by James Jones

After several rounds of “confrontation” between the relevant departments of the two countries, the current weekly flight volume is set at the scale of four flights each week between China and the United States, and American airlines have finally been approved to reopen Chinese routes.

According to the press statement released by Delta Air Lines, the Shanghai-Seattle route will be operated by the Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and Delta Air Lines is committed to providing clean and safe travel services for passengers.


“We are excited to resume our services between the U.S. and China, as economic and social activities start to recover, with a mission to connect the world, Delta is committed to getting our customers to their destinations safely and confidently, especially at this critical time. We are implementing unprecedented health and safety measures and practices, so customers are assured of ease and safety at all points of their journey.”

Wong Hong, Delta’s President – Greater China and Singapore

Delta Air Lines schedule for June, July and beyond:
RouteFlightDepartureArrivalOperating DaysFleet
SEA-ICN-PVG28723:304:45June 25-26 A350
PVG-ICN-SEA2889:157:15June 27-28 A350

Passenger service (June 25 – 30)
RouteFlightDepartureArrivalOperating DaysFleet*
SEA-ICN-PVG28723:304:45ThursdaysA350
PVG-ICN-SEA2889:157:15SaturdaysA350

Passenger service (July 1 – Oct. 24)
*Note: Transitions to A330-900 starting August 1.

RouteFlightDepartureArrivalOperating DaysFleet
DTW-ICN-PVG28319:0000:15FridaysA350
PVG-ICN-DTW2844:458:20SundaysA350

Passenger service (July 1 – Oct. 24)

In addition to Delta Air Lines, another U.S. carrier, United Airlines, has also been approved to resume scheduled passenger flights in China, and it should soon announce its latest related flight plans.

On June 19, the US Department of Transportation rejected China’s application for further increase in the number of weekly flights and insisted on maintaining the current plan for 4 flights each.

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