Toulouse, 19 November 2021 – CMA CGM Group, a world-leader in shipping and logistics, and Airbus have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of four A350F freighter aircraft. The order, which is subject to finalisation in the coming weeks, will lift CMA CGM’s total Airbus fleet to nine aircraft, including five A330-200F.
The aircraft will be operated by CMA CGM AIR CARGO, the recently launched air cargo activity of CMA CGM Group.
“We are proud to welcome CMA CGM AIR CARGO in the group of operators for the A350F and we are equally pleased to support the company’s future strategic development,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International. ”The A350F will fit seamlessly into the carrier’s existing fleet of Airbus freighters. Thanks to its composite airframe and latest technology engines, it will bring unbeatable efficiency in terms of fuel burn, economics and CO₂ emissions, empowering the long-term sustainable growth of the Group.” Scherer adds: “Having an early endorsement by such an international cargo powerhouse as the CMA CGM Group is very gratifying.”
The A350F is based on the world’s most modern long range leader, the A350. The aircraft features a large main deck cargo door and a fuselage length optimised for cargo operations. Over 70% of the airframe is made of advanced materials resulting in a 30t lighter take-off weight, generating an at least 20% lower fuel burn over its current closest competitor. With a 109t payload capability (+3t payload/ 11% more volume than its competition), the A350F serves all cargo markets (Express, general cargo, special cargo…) and is in the large freighter category the only new generation freighter aircraft ready for the enhanced 2027 ICAO CO₂ emissions standards.
Air India Enters Into Codeshare Agreement With AIX Connect for 100 Flights
A codeshare arrangement has been made between AIX Connect, formerly known as Air Asia India, and Air India, which is controlled by the Tata Group. A codeshare arrangement allows one airline to sell seats on a different carrier’s flights while both use the other’s flight number.
Over 100 flights per day on 21 destinations operated by AIX Connect will now have Air India’s ‘AI’ designator code. It will gradually add more routes covered by the codeshare agreement. In a statement, Air India announces that reservations for the codeshare flights are now being accepted at all points of sale, with travel beginning on September 27, 2023.
The codeshare flights are now accepting reservations at all points of sale, with travel beginning this Wednesday. The extent of the agreement between the two airlines allows passengers to have their bags checked in all the way to their ultimate destinations and receive their boarding tickets at the initial point of departure for all of the travel sectors on a single ticket. To comply with government regulations, passengers connecting from international to domestic flights must go through customs at the initial point of entrance into India, according to Air India.
In addition to the shared destinations between the route networks of the two airlines, Air India has expanded its domestic route network with the introduction of the codeshare agreement to include Bagdogra, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, and Surat.
Embraer and Scoot Sign Pool Program Agreement for its E190-E2 fleet
Embraer announced a Pool Programme services agreement with Scoot to support the airline’s incoming fleet of nine E190-E2 aircraft.
The Pool Programme provides access to component exchanges and repair services for over 300 repairable parts to support Scoot’s Embraer aircraft, allowing the airline to reduce its upfront investment in high-value repairable inventories and resources while leveraging Embraer’s technical expertise and extensive component repair service provider network. The Pool Programme currently covers more than 60 airlines globally.
The E190-E2 jet is the most effective and quiet single-aisle aircraft in the world, and Scoot will receive the first batch in 2024. Scoot’s operations will also gain from the AHEAD (Aircraft Health Analysis and Diagnosis) system, which includes early detection capabilities for critical systems, reducing technical interruptions and preventing flight cancellations, and the eSight, which provides real-time fleet performance monitoring.
With 10,000 flying hours for basic checks and no calendar limit for normal E-Jet operations, the E-Jets E2 series of aircraft, including the E190-E2, has the longest maintenance intervals in the single-aisle jet category. As a result, the aircraft can be used with little downtime.
Singapore serves as the hub for Embraer’s business in the Asia Pacific region. The company has employees based in Singapore as well as a regional distribution centre inside the free trade zone of Changi Airport. A state-of-the-art E2 full flight simulator and pilot training programme will be launched in Singapore in 2023, according to a recent announcement by Embraer and CAE. The Singapore-CAE Flight Training Centre at the SIA Training Centre will serve as the home base for the full flight simulator.
British Airways And IndiGo Announce New Codeshare Partnership
British Airways and IndiGo, India’s top airline, have announced a codeshare deal to improve connectivity between the UK and India.
Customers will benefit from better connectivity between Southeast Asia and Europe as of October 12, 2023, with this arrangement, which will see British Airways add its code to a variety of destinations across IndiGo’s network.
When flying from London Heathrow to New Delhi or Mumbai, eight destinations are now accessible as codeshare possibilities. This comprises three new locations that were previously unavailable to British Airways customers:
- London Heathrow to Amritsar via New Delhi
- London Heathrow to Kochi via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Ahmedabad via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Goa via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Thiruvananthapuram via Mumbai (NEW)
- London Heathrow to Kolkata via Mumbai
- London Heathrow to Rajkot (Hirasar) via Mumbai (NEW)
- London Heathrow to Vadodara via Mumbai (NEW)
Customers flying from Rajkot (Hirasar) to London or transiting through Heathrow (or vice versa) will be able to connect to their destination on a single ticket as a result of the agreement.
IndiGo’s fleet of A320 aircraft serves a large domestic and regional network. All British Airways customers who continue their journey with IndiGo will receive a complimentary meal as well as the UK carrier’s substantial baggage allowance in the economy via codeshare on flights to India – two checked bags weighing up to 23 kilogrammes per person.
The number of British Airways flights from India to London now exceeds pre-pandemic levels, with the airline operating 56 flights a week, to five Indian gateways: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
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