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ANA’s Cargo Boeing 767s Set To Fly To Hangzhou In China

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Japanese carrier and Star Alliance member All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the country’s largest airline by passenger numbers. However, it also has a reasonably sizeable cargo division. Like many freight-focused airlines, ANA Cargo is presently operating a more diverse network than usual amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Its latest expansion will see it operate two round trips to Hangzhou, China using its cargo-carrying Boeing 767 freighters.

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One of ANA Cargo’s nine 767 freighters. Photo: Getty Images

Two cargo-carrying round trips

In a statement seen by Simple Flying, ANA announced today that it would be flying two round trips to China’s Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) towards the end of the month. The flights will depart from the airline’s Tokyo Narita (NRT) hub. Commenting on the new route, ANA Cargo, and its President Toshiaki Toyama, stated that:

ANA is operating the freighters in response to increased demand for transportation of cargo with the growth of cross-border e-commerce. (…) Hangzhou represents a vital industrial hub, and we are excited to offer a direct link between the city and the Japanese market.”

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Hangzhou Airport opened in December 2000. Photo: MNXANL via Wikimedia Commons

ANA Cargo will fly out from Tokyo to Hangzhou on two Sundays this month, namely the 20th and 27th. The return workings back to the Japanese capital will correspondingly take place the following day. The full schedule is as follows. All times are local.

  • NH8529: Tokyo Narita 23:00 – Hangzhou 01:45 (+1), June 20th and 27th (Sundays).
  • NH8530: Hangzhou 04:05 – Tokyo Narita 08:20, June 21st and 28th (Mondays).

The aircraft involved

According to its statement, ANA Cargo plans to deploy Boeing 767-300 freighters on these two rotations. Data from ch-aviation.com shows that the airline will therefore have a choice of nine aircraft. Indeed, the database shows that ANA Cargo operates four standard 767-300Fs, as well as five examples of the 767-300BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter).

ANA states that the 767s will offer a “maximum load capacity [of] roughly 50 tons” on the route. These are relatively old aircraft, with the converted examples, in particular, averaging 25.6 years old. Meanwhile, the standard 767-300Fs have an average age of 17.2 years, compared to ANA’s 20 passenger-carrying 767-300ERs at just 13.6 years old.

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ANA Cargo’s 767s are older than their passenger counterparts. Photo: Alan Wilson via Flickr

While on the subject of passenger-carrying aircraft, it is important to acknowledge the role that they are playing in ANA’s cargo efforts. The airline, like many others, has utilized the downturn in passenger demand to deploy these aircraft on cargo flights. It states that:

While adjusting our services to meet the changing market conditions and strong demand for cargo, ANA will operate more than 2,000 cargo flights using freighter and passenger aircraft in June. (…) Over the pasy year, ANA’s cargo operations have helped maintain global supply chains.”

Also a passenger corridor for ANA

By flying from Tokyo Narita to Hangzhou, ANA Cargo will join the airline’s passenger-carrying division is having a presence on this corridor. Indeed, ANA already operates a weekly service for paying guests between the Japanese capital and China’s east coast.

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ANA also flies passengers between Tokyo and Hangzhou on a weekly basis. Image: RadarBox.com

Interestingly enough, data from RadarBox.com shows that these services are also typically operated by the Boeing 767-300, albeit the passenger-carrying version. The outbound flight (NH929) has a scheduled duration of three hours and 45 minutes. Departure from Tokyo Narita takes place at 12:15 local time, with the arrival in Hangzhou set for 15:00.

This service operates every Thursday, as does the return working. This flight, numbered as NH930, departs Hangzhou at 16:30 local time following a 90-minute turnaround. The inbound service back to Tokyo is scheduled to take half an hour less, with the journey totaling three hours and 15 minutes. It touches down in the Japanese capital at 20:45.

What do you make of this route announcement? Have you ever flown to or from Hangzhou as a passenger? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/ana-cargo-boeing-767-hangzhou-china/

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Where Are Qantas’ Boeing 747’s Now?

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Few aircraft turn heads like the Boeing 747 does. It is arguably the most iconic and best-loved aircraft ever flown. Between 1971 and 2020, Qantas operated scores of Boeing 747s, ranging from 747 SPs to 747-400s. One year after the last Boeing 747 left Qantas, what has become of the planes?

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Qantas flew scores of Boeing 747s over 49 years, retiring the last in 2020. Photo: Getty Images

Most 747s now scrapped, but some preserved

Most of the former Qantas 747s, especially the older 747s, are now officially scrapped. But in the interim, many of the aircraft found second lives with other airlines. Some, like the 747-200, VH-EBQ City of Bunbury, some became museum pieces and remain carefully preserved.

In recent years, Qantas was best known for its fleet of Boeing 747-400s. The last of them only left the airline in 2020. But before the 400 series were 747-SPs, 747-100s, 747-200, and 747-300s. There were some big-name airlines happy to take former Qantas 747s. In 1991, United Airlines picked up six Qantas Boeing 747-200s. They were VH-EBP, VH-EBO, VH-EBN, VH-EMB, VH-EBL, and VH-EBK.

In the late 1980s, the first Boeing 747-400s touched down in Sydney, going on to fly under Qantas colors for 30 years. According to the airline database, ch-aviation, Qantas flew 31 747-400s over the years, including six extended range (ER) versions.

One of the most famous is VH-OJA which is now preserved at the Historical Aviation Society Museum south of Sydney. Most of the 747-400s are now scattered around the world in boneyards such as Mojave, Victorville, Marana Pinal, or Tulepo. Some 747-400s found themselves flying for other airlines. VH-OEB Phillip Island was bought by Rolls-Royce recently to be used as a testbed.

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The last Qantas 747 left the fleet in July 2020. Photo: Getty Images

A quick retirement for the Boeing 747 in early 2020

With the worldwide travel downturn hitting Qantas hard last year, the airline brought forward its previously announced retirement dates for their remaining 747-400s. Over the first half of 2020, the final jumbos began flying out of Sydney, heading to storage in California.

Qantas sent their last 747-400, VH-OEJ Wunala, off to California in July. 2020 was an unusual year, and the aircraft didn’t get the send-off originally planned. But VH-OEJs final flight did make a splash, drawing a kangaroo in the sky after it left Sydney.

It was a sudden end for an aircraft type that flew continuously at Qantas for 49 years – a remarkable length of time. However, in the year since, Qantas has been keen to maximize the nostalgia surrounding the 747. In a nifty marketing stunt, the airline proceeded to sell the drinks carts from the jumbos. The carts, appropriately stocked with drinks, sold like hotcakes.

More recently, Qantas has channeled the early days of the 747, setting up a replica of their notorious upper deck Captain Cook lounge at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach. The fabulously retro lounge harked back to an era when people dressed up to fly, were able to smoke onboard, and flight attendants carved the roast beef inflight.

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Qantas continues to capitalize on nostalgia surrounding the 747. Photo: Getty Images

Qantas turns to smaller, more efficient planes

Like many other airlines that flew the 747, Qantas is eyeing smaller, more fuel-efficient planes in the future. Earlier this decade, Qantas purchased a dozen Airbus A380s, a bigger plane than the Boeing 747, and probably a purchase the airline came to rue. Those A380s are now in long-term storage in California, flagged to return to flying in 2023.

  • In 2021, the flagship of the Qantas fleet is the 236 seat Boeing 787-9, a plane airlines love for its operating efficiencies but i leaves many passengers underwhelmed. In contrast, most passengers were always pleased to board a 364 seat Qantas 747-400.

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Air Belgium gears up for Airbus A330neo deliveries, A340-300 replacement

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Launched in 2018, Air Belgium made headlines after it expanded into new and somewhat untouched markets, notably from its homebase in Brussels-Charleroi Airport; a primarily low-cost airport and a significant base for Ireland’s Ryanair. Air Belgium became the first to offer scheduled long-haul flights to Hong Kong from the low-cost hub – a move that surprised many. Not only was the airline competing against Cathay Pacific, who operated to the more convenient Brussels-Zaventem Airport, but it also utilised four-engined Airbus A340-300s – which remain in the carrier’s core fleet to this date.

Air Belgium currently operates a fleet of Airbus A340-300s for its passenger operations. Photo by Anselm Ranta | AeroNewsX.

That is set to change however. Although yet to be communicated officially, two Airbus A330neos are undergoing preparation in Toulouse destined for none other than Air Belgium. The aircraft will equip the airline with a competitive advantage against the likes of Brussels Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium – the country’s two largest airlines.

The two Airbus A330-900s sitting at Toulouse were originally destined for the now defunct Air Berlin. At the hands of Air Lease Corporation, Rwandair revealed interest in leasing the two and the aircraft were painted in the carrier’s livery. Eventually the agreement fell through and the planes were left without an operator.

F-WWCJ, the Airbus A330-900 that will soon be registered OO-ABF and painted in Air Belgium colours. Photo by Olivier Hoarau | AeroNewsX.

A sticker with the Air Belgium branding on it has been spotted on an Airbus A330-900neo in Toulouse, registered MSN1844. The aircraft will, upon delivery, be re-registered OO-ABF. The other aircraft is registered MSN1861. According to sources for French aviation news site, actu-aero,fr, Air Belgium could likely take delivery of at least one of its Airbus A330neos this summer. The aircraft are due to be painted with the entire Air Belgium livery shortly, as well as be fitted with an Air Belgium-selected interior.

At the CaribAvia conference that took place today, Air Belgium Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Wilmart detailed plans to replace two of the airline’s Airbus A340-300s with a new aircraft type by the end of this year.

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Air Belgium gears up for Airbus A330neo deliveries, A340-300 replacement

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Launched in 2018, Air Belgium made headlines after it expanded into new and somewhat untouched markets, notably from its homebase in Brussels-Charleroi Airport; a primarily low-cost airport and a significant base for Ireland’s Ryanair. Air Belgium became the first to offer scheduled long-haul flights to Hong Kong from the low-cost hub – a move that surprised many. Not only was the airline competing against Cathay Pacific, who operated to the more convenient Brussels-Zaventem Airport, but it also utilised four-engined Airbus A340-300s – which remain in the carrier’s core fleet to this date.

Air Belgium currently operates a fleet of Airbus A340-300s for its passenger operations. Photo by Anselm Ranta | AeroNewsX.

That is set to change however. Although yet to be communicated officially, two Airbus A330neos are undergoing preparation in Toulouse destined for none other than Air Belgium. The aircraft will equip the airline with a competitive advantage against the likes of Brussels Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium – the country’s two largest airlines.

The two Airbus A330-900s sitting at Toulouse were originally destined for the now defunct Air Berlin. At the hands of Air Lease Corporation, Rwandair revealed interest in leasing the two and the aircraft were painted in the carrier’s livery. Eventually the agreement fell through and the planes were left without an operator.

F-WWCJ, the Airbus A330-900 that will soon be registered OO-ABF and painted in Air Belgium colours. Photo by Olivier Hoarau | AeroNewsX.

A sticker with the Air Belgium branding on it has been spotted on an Airbus A330-900neo in Toulouse, registered MSN1844. The aircraft will, upon delivery, be re-registered OO-ABF. The other aircraft is registered MSN1861. According to sources for French aviation news site, actu-aero,fr, Air Belgium could likely take delivery of at least one of its Airbus A330neos this summer. The aircraft are due to be painted with the entire Air Belgium livery shortly, as well as be fitted with an Air Belgium-selected interior.

At the CaribAvia conference that took place today, Air Belgium Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Wilmart detailed plans to replace two of the airline’s Airbus A340-300s with a new aircraft type by the end of this year.

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Air Belgium gears up for Airbus A330neo deliveries, A340-300 replacement

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Launched in 2018, Air Belgium made headlines after it expanded into new and somewhat untouched markets, notably from its homebase in Brussels-Charleroi Airport; a primarily low-cost airport and a significant base for Ireland’s Ryanair. Air Belgium became the first to offer scheduled long-haul flights to Hong Kong from the low-cost hub – a move that surprised many. Not only was the airline competing against Cathay Pacific, who operated to the more convenient Brussels-Zaventem Airport, but it also utilised four-engined Airbus A340-300s – which remain in the carrier’s core fleet to this date.

Air Belgium currently operates a fleet of Airbus A340-300s for its passenger operations. Photo by Anselm Ranta | AeroNewsX.

That is set to change however. Although yet to be communicated officially, two Airbus A330neos are undergoing preparation in Toulouse destined for none other than Air Belgium. The aircraft will equip the airline with a competitive advantage against the likes of Brussels Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium – the country’s two largest airlines.

The two Airbus A330-900s sitting at Toulouse were originally destined for the now defunct Air Berlin. At the hands of Air Lease Corporation, Rwandair revealed interest in leasing the two and the aircraft were painted in the carrier’s livery. Eventually the agreement fell through and the planes were left without an operator.

F-WWCJ, the Airbus A330-900 that will soon be registered OO-ABF and painted in Air Belgium colours. Photo by Olivier Hoarau | AeroNewsX.

A sticker with the Air Belgium branding on it has been spotted on an Airbus A330-900neo in Toulouse, registered MSN1844. The aircraft will, upon delivery, be re-registered OO-ABF. The other aircraft is registered MSN1861. According to sources for French aviation news site, actu-aero,fr, Air Belgium could likely take delivery of at least one of its Airbus A330neos this summer. The aircraft are due to be painted with the entire Air Belgium livery shortly, as well as be fitted with an Air Belgium-selected interior.

At the CaribAvia conference that took place today, Air Belgium Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Wilmart detailed plans to replace two of the airline’s Airbus A340-300s with a new aircraft type by the end of this year.

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