Textron Aviation Delivers Special Mission-Configured Cessna Citation Longitude in Support of Japan Civil Aviation Bureau Flight Inspection Mission
On 30 June 2022, Textron Aviation announced that it had shipped a Cessna Citation Longitude jet for a special mission that was outfitted with flight inspection calibration equipment and will be flown by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). The aircraft will perform flight validation and flight inspection operations, to maintain the integrity of the airways that make up Japan’s national airspace.
“The Longitude continues the legacy of Cessna Citation flight inspection jet aircraft in service by the JCAB. The performance, large cabin and capabilities of the Longitude provide the JCAB a new level of efficiency and productivity in maintaining the operational integrity of its airports and airways.“Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales for Textron Aviation
“Textron Aviation is honoured to, once again, be selected as the aircraft provider of choice for the JCAB,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales for Textron Aviation. “The Longitude continues the legacy of Cessna Citation flight inspection jet aircraft in service by the JCAB. The performance, large cabin and capabilities of the Longitude provide the JCAB a new level of efficiency and productivity in maintaining the operational integrity of its airports and airways.”
The JCAB Longitude is equipped with UNIFIS 3000-G2 flight inspection equipment to perform critical verification of navigation aids such as Instrument Landing System Category I, II, and III (ILS Cat I,II,III) approaches, Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS), Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range (VOR), Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN), and more.
In addition to the Longitude, the JCAB also operates five Citation CJ4 jets in a similar flight inspection capacity.
The Longitude’s clean-sheet design incorporates cutting-edge technology throughout the aircraft, providing clients with the lowest direct operating cost in its class. The Longitude, powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles and envelope protection, has best-in-class maintenance intervals of 800 hours/18 months and Textron Aviation maintenance and diagnostic systems (AReS). The roomy cockpit features improved access and an ergonomic design that prioritises crew comfort and productivity. Textron Aviation also claims that there is currently no super-midsize business jet on the market besides the Longitude with better range, payload, or cruising speed with a lower direct operating cost (Ed – we cannot independently verify this claim).
Textron Aviation supplies various government, military, and commercial customers globally with airborne solutions for vital tasks with their aircrafts’ quality, adaptability, and low operating costs. The aviation solutions offered by the firm provide the high performance and flying characteristics necessary to meet the specific demands of special mission such as air ambulance, ISR, utility transport, aerial survey, flight inspection, training, and more.
Qatar Airways to Increase Doha – Melbourne Flights Starting 1 October 2022
Qatar Airways will be increasing its Doha – Melbourne flights from the current once-daily schedule to double-daily flights from 1 October 2022 with the support of the Victorian Government. A strategic partnership was inked between the airline and the Victorian government to improve connectivity to Melbourne in order to grow trade and tourism.
“Melbourne is the original home for Qatar Airways in Australia, and we are excited to enhance our operations there, as a testament to both strong demand and our deep commitment to Australia. We look forward to welcoming more passengers to experience our five-star hospitality, as travel to and from Melbourne to many cities worldwide via our Doha hub in Qatar. The launch of the additional daily flight to Melbourne ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ will allow more football fans to travel to attend their respective matches.”Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker
Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Ben Carroll, said: “Backing international aviation supports our economy and we will continue to work with airlines like Qatar Airways to establish and expand routes into Melbourne to boost local jobs.”
Melbourne Airport Chief Executive Officer, Lorie Argus, said: “There is huge demand for international travel out of Melbourne, and these extra services couldn’t come at a better time with the soccer World Cup kicking off in November. It’s exciting to see airlines like Qatar Airways adding more capacity into Melbourne, given they are a global airline and could send their aircraft anywhere it’s a huge vote of confidence in our city. Qatar Airways is already a favourite with passengers heading to the Middle East or Europe, and given their partnerships with both Virgin Australia and Qantas, we expect these new flights will prove very popular.”
The additional Melbourne schedule includes an onward leg to Canberra, officially resuming a once-daily connection between Doha and Canberra starting 1 October 2022. The added daily schedule will be operated utilising the Boeing 777-300ER, featuring its award-winning QSuite Business Class. The airline will operate a total of 40 weekly flights to Australia with this network enhancement.
With the newest addition, the airline will operate to six destinations in Australia including Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney. This will surpass Qatar Airways’ pre-pandemic footprint of five gateways in Australia, following the addition of Brisbane services that started in early 2020 during the global pandemic.
Qatar Airways has recently announced its strategic partnership with Virgin Australia, which will offer increased travel options and benefits across 35 destinations in its extensive domestic network, as well as to its recently relaunched short-haul international markets, including Fiji and Queenstown, New Zealand.
Qatar Airways has maintained its Australian services throughout the pandemic, whilst launching services to Brisbane in early 2020 to provide essential connectivity. It has carried over 330,000 passengers in and out of Australia during the pandemic between March 2020 to December 2021 via both commercial flights and special chartered services. Qatar Airways Cargo also played a crucial part in supporting Australia’s imports and exports industry during the pandemic, by being one of the very few global airlines that never stopped flying. Currently, Qatar Airways Cargo carries over 1,900 tonnes of cargo to and from Australia per week.
Singapore Airlines Boosts Japan Services and Restores Pre-Covid Connectivity to India in Response to Strong Demand
In the coming months, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will expand service to locations around Japan and restore its Indian network to pre-pandemic levels. By December 2022, the airline will also add extra flights to Los Angeles and Paris, while maintaining direct service to Vancouver.
In response to high demand for air travel, this will provide consumers with greater flexibility and alternatives throughout the Northern Winter operating season (30 October 2022 to 25 March 2023). With the addition of further changes to the SIA and Scoot networks, the SIA Group capacity is expected to reach about 81% of pre-pandemic levels by December 2022.
Ms JoAnn Tan, Senior Vice President Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, said: “Japan is a key market for the SIA Group, and we will work closely with our partners to meet the demand for air travel as entry requirements gradually ease. Robust demand for travel to and from India, to points across the Group network, support an increase in our services in this important market.
“By stepping up services into the Northern Winter season, we give our customers even more flight options as they make their travel plans over the next few months. The SIA Group will closely monitor the demand for air travel and adjust its services accordingly.”
SQ634 to Tokyo (Haneda) and SQ638 to Tokyo (Narita) will begin daily services from July 24, 2022. SIA will fly three daily services into Japan’s capital, up from 14 flights per week, in addition to the daily SQ12 service from Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo (Narita). The daily SQ636 service to Tokyo (Haneda) will be reintroduced on October 30, 2022, increasing the total number of weekly trips to 28.
Flight SQ618 from Singapore to Osaka will resume on October 30, 2022, extending service between the two cities to twice daily. The frequency of SQ656 flights to Fukuoka will be increased to three per week. SIA will run 62% of its pre-Covid operational capacity to Japan by 30 October 2022 with the thrice-weekly route to Nagoya.
The airline will gradually increase the number of weekly flights to Chennai from the existing ten. Services to Kochi will be increased to 14 times per week, up from the present seven flights per week. Bengaluru services will be increased to 16 flights per week, up from the existing seven flights per week. By the end of October 2022, SIA will have deployed nearly all of its pre-Covid operational capacity to India.
SQ36 will begin daily nonstop service to Los Angeles on November 30, 2022. This is in addition to the existing SQ38 daily service. The airline will increase its weekly flights to Los Angeles from 17 to 21, including a daily one-stop service through Tokyo (Narita).
SQ332 will run five times weekly from Singapore to Paris from December 1, 2022, up from three times weekly now, and will supplement the present daily SQ336 service to the city. Paris will now be served by 12 weekly flights, up from seven.
To meet rising travel demand, Singapore Airlines will maintain its thrice-weekly SQ48 direct service to Vancouver during the Northern Winter operating season.
Mjets Continues its Expansion in Southeast Asia by Launching Private Jet Services in Malaysia and Indonesia in Partnership with Sersol
MJets Limited signed an agreement with Sersol Berhad (“Sersol”) on 30 June 2022 at the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur, as part of the company’s latest venture into the private aviation industry which sees MJets – Asia’s leading private jet terminal (FBO) and luxurious private jet operator, partnering with Sersol, an ACE listed company on Bursa Malaysia.
Under the agreement, the two companies will set up a Joint Venture Company (“JVC”) that will offer world-class aircraft charter services, ground handling services, aircraft management and even bring in a world-class fleet of private jets into Malaysia and Indonesia.
This synergistic collaboration promises to generate revenue for both entities. This new JVC has a 50:50 equity split made up of cash and non-monetary contributions to the venture.
With this JVC, the local private aviation sector will witness a fresh new variety of cutting-edge private jet services, which is projected to boost travel alternatives at competitive prices following its introduction into the market.
The Heads of Agreement was signed by MJets Chief Executive Officer, Natthapatr Sibunruang and Sersol Group Managing Director, Datuk Wira Justin Lim.
“With 15 years of experience in private jet services and maintenance experts for the aviation industry, we believed that MJets has the capability and strategic approach to soar towards success with the develop and expansion of private jet services in Southeast Asia. We are thrilled to come into an agreement with Sersol and look forward to the future development and long-term relationship of our partnership and this flagship project in Malaysia and Indonesia” said Natthapatr Sibunruang, Chief Executive Officer of MJets.
“Sersol is taking steps to expand our business into aviation, technology, sustainable energy, property development, telecommunication and healthcare, elevating the company to new heights. We believe the private jet charter aviation sector offers a blue ocean opportunity to enter Malaysia and Indonesia’s aviation sector. There is increasing demand within differentiated market segments desiring safe and reliable travel options easing travel complications,” said Datuk Wira Justin Lim.
Datuk Wira Justin Lim believes that this JV provides a strategic growth opportunity for the Group – as the private jet and related business and possibility of expansion of a world-class FBO is a relatively new industry segment for the Malaysian and Indonesian aviation sectors, as the JV taps into the increasing demand preference for private charters by high-net-worth individuals. Additionally, since the Covid pandemic hit, many passengers worldwide are seeking safer ways to travel without complications of being exposed to infections.
Emirates to Operate Additional Flight to London Gatwick with Third Daily Service
With the addition of a third daily flight, Emirates will enhance the frequency of its flights to/from London Gatwick airport starting on 27 July and continuing until 3 August 2022.
This summer’s strong demand from visitors flying to and from London will be helped by the addition of a third daily flight. Additionally, it will offer more seats to assist Emirates passengers impacted by capacity changes made to aircraft departing from London Heathrow in order to lessen operational difficulties at the airport. Customers of Emirates who are affected by capacity changes at London Heathrow will be notified by the airline or their travel agency directly. In order to accommodate any disrupted bookings and guarantee seamless onward aircraft connections for passengers to reach their intended destination, the airline is collaborating closely with its travel partners.
The additional daily flight to London Gatwick will be operated by a wide-body Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft offering seats in First, Business and Economy class. Flight EK011 and EK012 will operate to and out of London Gatwick in the morning.
Emirates appreciates the support of London Gatwick Airport, along with other partners on the ground who have been working closely with the airline to secure sufficient ground handling resources to deal with the additional demand, and provide passengers with a smooth and reliable journey.
Emirates will continue to operate its six daily flights to/from London Heathrow during this period, and its planned re-start of daily services to London Stansted will commence on 1 August 2022.
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