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Qantas Future Small Plane: The Embraer E2 Family Vs Airbus A220

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With Qantas planning to replace its aging fleet of Fokker jets and Boeing 717s, aircraft manufacturers are competing for the lucrative order. Boeing lacks a plane in the regional jet space. But Airbus has the A220, and Embraer has its E2 jets. For Qantas, it looks like being a run-off between these two plane makers.

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Embraer is one of two aircraft manufacturers eyeing an upcoming Qantas order. Photo: Embraer

Passenger capacity one metric to compare the planes

While it’s not just about passenger capacity, it is one way to measure how the Embraer and Airbus offering stack up.

Qantas’ Boeing 717s seat between 110 and 125 passengers. Its Fokker 100s seat 100 passengers. Qantas uses these planes on skinnier trunk routes, regional routes, fly-in-fly-out routes, and charter work. The planes, especially the Fokkers, can fly into some pretty challenging airstrips.

Embraer has three jets in its E2 family, ranging from the 80-90 seat E175-E2 to the 135-145 seat E195-E2. Airbus offers the A220-100 and A220-300. The A220-100 seats between 100-135 passengers and the bigger A220-300 can seat between 120-150 passengers.

Other all-important factors in the choice include final price, range, robustness, operating costs, maintenance costs, and green credentials.

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Airbus is keen to sell its A220 to Qantas. Photo: Airbus

Airbus gets in early to line-up potential order from Qantas

The Airbus A220 is popular in North American and Europe but has not yet gained significant sales traction in the Asia-Pacific region. But that has not stopped Airbus from touting the plane throughout the region. In October 2019, Airbus sent an A220-300 on a seven-country Asia-Pacific showcase tour.

That tour included a pitstop in Sydney and a demonstration flight that included Qantas CEO Alan Joyce among the passengers.

“To me, it looks like a very good aircraft,” Mr Joyce said at the time. “I think passengers would love it.”

The A220-100 might be a better fit for Qantas. Its passenger capacity better matches that of the existing Fokker 100s and Boeing 717s. The Airbus A220-100 has a range of 6.390 kilometers, comfortably covering the entire Australian continent and reaching into much of southeast Asia and the southwest Pacific.

Embraer’s E2 jet cannot be ruled out

While Airbus gets a lot of the attention in the race to snare the Qantas order, you cannot rule out Embraer. Speaking to the Perth branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society this week, Paulo Dias, Asia-Pacific Sales Director for Embraer Commercial Aircraft, said that while the A220 was an admirable plane, Embraers E2 jets had some distinct advantages that made it an ideal choice for Qantas.

“I think the A220 is a great airplane,” he said. “I think one of the benefits of the E2s would be the lower operating costs. That’s what this machine was made for – lower fuels burn, it’s a greener machine, and of course, maintenance costs.

“Designing an aircraft is all about trade offs. You can’t have everything. For this aircraft (the E2) we have optimized economics. It’s got the best fuel burn and maintenance costs hands down.

“Anyone looking at these aircraft would quickly recognise the E2’s profit potential compared to other platforms out there.”

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The E175-E2 may be too small and the E190-E2 too big for Qantas’ needs. Photo: Embraer

Is Airbus a better for Qantas?

Qantas is continually chasing profits, making Paulo Dias’ comments a gentle but perfect pitch to Qantas. But the E175-E2 may be too small for Qantas requirements, noting one of the aircraft types Qantas wants to replace is the 110-125 seat Boeing 717. The next plane up, the 135-145 seat E190-E2 may be too big to take over routes now served by the 100 seat Fokker 100s.

Would Qantas consider splitting its order between two aircraft types – the E175-E2 and E90-ED2, taking some of both? Or does the A220-100 hit the happy middle ground for Qantas? As Paulo Dias notes, they are all excellent planes offering solid cost efficiencies and good environmental credentials. Qantas is expected to announce an order to begin to replace its Fokker 100s and Boeing 717s within the next 12 months Many might argue Embraer will have to put in a lot of legwork to snare this lucrative order from Qantas.

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The World War II Weekend Air Show Is BACK! And Here’s Our Report.

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B-17G “Yankee Lady” coming in for a landing. (All images credit: Author)

The World War II Weekend is one of the best air shows on the American East Coast.

Organized by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, the 30th annual World War II Weekend air show was a stunning success. After being cancelled last year, due to COVID, the June 4-5-6, 2021 show was a sign of normalcy returning. Held on the East Coast of the United States in Reading, Pennsylvania, this air show consists solely of warbirds from the Second World War, as well as a large contingent of WWII reenactors on the ground.

The show is rather unique, in that it is solely composed of warbirds from the Second World War. No fast movers, no helicopters. The only comparable shows, that I know of, would be: the Planes of Fame Air Show in Chino, California and shows held at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in the United Kingdom.

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Sherman tank with supporting infantry makes its way through the crowd.

Not only is the show visually stimulating, but also the sounds of various aircraft are music to one’s ears. The deep throated roar of radial engines was contrasted by the ripping/tearing sound of inline Merlin powered aircraft.

SBD Dauntless and TBM Avenger wait out the storm.

The weather cooperated for the most part with blue skies during the show’s busiest days on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday there was an intense and localized downpour which brought the show to a halt and sent people running for cover. Still, once the rain cleared, it provided for some nice photography.

Nakajima A6M2 Model 21 Zero makes a photo pass.

It was a thrill seeing a Japanese Zero, in this case a Nakajima A6M2 Model 21 Zero, for the first time. Owned by Ellenville LLC, this rare Zero is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 engine. The company also flew their FG-1D Corsair as well as a P-51D Mustang.

Member of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team prepares for the day’s jump.

The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team drops on Saturday and Sunday gave the public a small glimpse of what our airborne troops experienced. The Team is part of The Parachute School, which trains individuals in WWII military style static line parachuting. Both days the Team jumped from a C-46 Commando in two sticks of six men and women. Their authentic attention to detail in their uniforms and parachuting skills were most impressive.

Seeing and hearing heavy four engine bombers is always stunning to experience. The Yankee Air Museum brought their B-17G Flying Fortress “Yankee Lady”. Plus, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) flew in their star attraction, the B-29 Superfortress “Fifi”. Both bombers performed during the show as well as flew rides for lucky passengers.

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SBD Dauntless dive bomber shows off her bomb load.

The CAF always provides numerous warbirds from various units for the World War II Weekend Airshow. Airbase Georgia, the CAF unit based near Atlanta, contributed their P-51D Mustang, SBD-5 Dauntless, FG-1D Corsair, and a very rare P-63A-6 Kingcobra. The TBM-3E Avenger “Doris Mae”, from the CAF Capital Wing, conducted rides and took part in the missing man formation.

Even though the show had fewer warbirds, as compared to past years, it was an impressive event with mostly good weather. World War II Weekend Airshow is definitely a bucket list air show for aviation aficionados. It normally takes place on or around the anniversary of the D-Day, in early June. I recommend you place it on your air show calendar for 2022.

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Weather begins to clear after drenching the B-25 Mitchell “Panchito”.

Randy Jennings is the proud son of combat WWII Mustang pilot, Warner Jennings. From birth, he has been obsessed by all things aviation; past, present and future. As a photojournalist, he has covered aviation events in the United States and Europe. He lives in the Washington DC region with his beautiful wife and rambunctious daughter.

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WestJet Launches New Boeing 787 Amsterdam Flights

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Little by little re-expanding its international network, WestJet said today that from August 5th, the airline’s customers would be able to enjoy a new transatlantic Dreamliner service between Calgary and Amsterdam. Partnering with Dutch flag carrier KLM will provide easily accessible connections to other major European destinations.

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WestJet will add more Dreamliner services from Western Canada this winter. Photo: WestJet

Flights will commence on August 5th

Starting on August 5th, WestJet will operate its 787-9 Dreamliner from its hub in Calgary, Alberta, in Western Canada, to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) in the Netherlands. John Weatherill, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer, shared the following in a statement,

“We are committed to putting international investments in place, as leaders of the travel and tourism industry, to support a safe restart to international travel and further Canada’s economic recovery. With flights set to begin later this summer, we look forward to helping connect Canadians to their loved ones in Europe.”

For the first month of operations, the service will depart twice per week. From September 9th to October 31st, it will increase to thrice-weekly departures. While WestJet is not part of any airline alliance, it does partner with KLM, among others.

As such, connections will be available to onward destinations in Europe such as Athens, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Vienna, and Venice, just to name a few. Schedules will be adapted to support late-day departures and daytime arrivals, the airline said.

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WestJet partners with KLM, allowing travelers easy connections to European destinations such as Athens, Berlin, Madrid, and Manchester. Photo: KLM

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Calgary to London back from July 5th

WestJet will also recommence Dreamliner services to London Gatwick (LGW) from Calgary International Airport (YYC) beginning on July 5th. The airline is currently flying from LGW from Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ). Service from Calgary will operate two times per week. Flights from Toronto to the UK capital will take off three times weekly.

While WestJet may express confidence in the relaunch in international travel, it has become clear over the past year that any scheduling of capacity and routes is tentative at best.

Canada’s second-largest airline is currently only operating seven international destinations after a near-complete halt of international operations earlier this year. However, it is set to increase to 14 from July 5th as the airline adds more transborder routes to the US.

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By the first week of July, WestJet will be back to serving 14 international routes from Calgary and Toronto. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons

Too optimistic a timeline?

While the pandemic seems to be under control in many places of the world as vaccination drives continue to roll out, cases are once more on the rise in countries that previously seemed to have passed the worst stages of the crisis. The highly contagious Delta variant has become more prevalent in the UK, and numbers are rising despite far-reaching inoculation efforts.

In Chile, for instance, the Gamma variant, most likely originating in Brazil, is causing the near-collapse of the healthcare system. Planning for reopening is all well and good, but COVID might yet have some tricks up its sleeve, as much as we would like to once more jet freely across the Atlantic in a 787-9 by late summer. Let’s keep fingers crossed that WestJet’s transatlantic route plans will come to fruition.

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Eurowings to open Prague base this year

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Eurowings, a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group has announced that it will be launching a new short-haul base later this autumn from the capital city of the Czech Republic. This will also be Eurowings’ 10th base in Europe and will create “more than one hundred new jobs” and will provide “important employment impulses for the Czech aviation market,” according to the airline.

Eurowings stated that it plans to base two Airbus A320 aircraft at Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport (PRG) from the 31st of October and will position an additional A320 aircraft at the airport in the summer of 2022. Initially, the German carrier has stated that it will fly from Prague to Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Milan, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Athens and Birmingham.

In a company statement, the Chief Executive of Eurowings, Jens Bischof said “Eurowings will offer non-stop connections to Czech business travellers and vacationers alike – just in time for the relaunch of air traffic after the long-time corona crisis.” The CEO added that Eurowings “will offer local touch combined with top-notch customer-friendly services at our Prague base that will clearly distinguish Eurowings from low-cost airlines.”

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Eurowings Airbus A319 registered D-AGWN at Hamburg Airport. Photo by Pascal Weste | AeroNewsX.

The announcement comes amidst growing confidence in the recovery of air travel in Europe, where vaccination is expected to allow governments to ease travel restrictions and open their borders to foreigners. As a matter of fact, the number of daily flights in most European countries has increased dramatically over the last number of weeks mainly due to the start of the summer season.

The opening of Eurowings’ Prague base comes as a major blow for Czech Airlines, the country’s former flag carrier which is mostly owned by leisure airline Smartwings. Czech Airlines filed for insolvency earlier this year in light of the severe impact the coronavirus crisis had on the industry and is now undergoing a restructuring process in an attempt to save one of Europe’s oldest airlines from disappearing.

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Years In The Making: flydubai Launches Slovenia Flights

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After years of efforts from Slovenia’s government and Ljubljana Airport operator, Fraport Slovenia, the country will finally be linked with the Middle East. flydubai is launching flights between Dubai and Ljubljana in September as a three-weekly service that is also codeshared by Emirates.

flydubai is coming to Ljubljana, marking the first service between the Middle East and Slovenia. Photo: Getty Images

Finally: Dubai-Ljubljana flights

Slovenia’s Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will finally receive a nonstop commercial link with the Middle East this year when flydubai launches flights from Dubai to the Slovenian capital.

The services will run as follows:

  • Flight FZ1789 departing Dubai (DXB) for Ljubljana (LJU) on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 10:00 and arriving at 14:15
  • Flight FZ1790 returning from Ljubljana to Dubai on the same days, departing at 15:15 and arriving at 23:05

Flights start on 24th September, and they will operate year-round. The route will be operated by flydubai’s flagship Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and Emirates will codeshare.

Emirates and flydubai will continue their partnership on the route to Ljubljana, offering a simple transfer process in Dubai by selling single tickets between the two of them. Photo: flydubai

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Years in the making

The launch of Dubai-Ljubljana flights has been years in the making. Ljubljana was seeking flights to Dubai, Doha, or Abu Dhabi in order for the country to have one-stop access to Australia and Asia.

Presently, Turkish Airlines provides much-needed connectivity for Slovenia via Istanbul, but having a link with Dubai or Doha in addition to having Turkish Airlines was always highly desirable because of the extra one-stop destinations that this would provide.

Previously, what counted most against Ljubljana was that it is in the catchment area of several large airports that are well-connected to the Middle East. Vienna Airport is very close to the Eastern part of Slovenia, while Venice is very close to the West.

Furthermore, Zagreb Airport, serving the capital of Croatia, is even closer. Up until before the pandemic, Zagreb had a daily link to Dubai with an Emirates Boeing 777 aircraft and two daily flights to Doha with Qatar Airways’ Airbus A320 family aircraft.

In the past, Emirates even sold tickets to Ljubljana itself via Zagreb Airport: passengers would land in Zagreb on a scheduled Emirates service and then transfer onto a bus that took them to Ljubljana.

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Qatar Airways served Zagreb twice daily up until the pandemic, and sources indicate that a substantial proportion of passengers were from Slovenia. Photo: Getty Images

Slovenia and the UAE are open to tourists

Passengers flying from Slovenia to the United Arab Emirates on Flydubai’s Ljubljana-Dubai route will be able to enter the country fairly easily, with just a negative PCR COVID-19 test required.

Meanwhile, the UAE is on Slovenia’s red list (but not the “dark red” list), so entry into Slovenia from Dubai is more complicated with testing required regardless of the person’s vaccination status. Still, this may well change in the future as the flights are not launching for another three months.

What do you think of the news that Slovenia will finally receive a link to the Middle East? Do you think Flydubai will be increasing frequencies soon? Let us know what you think of this story in the comments below.

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