St. John’s – London (LHR) effective for Winter 2017/18 will be reduced from 3x/week to 2x/week.
Halifax – London (LHR) effective for Winter 2017/18 will be reduced from 4x/week to 2x/week.
Shenzhen – Melbourne effective effective August 1 is CANCELLED.
Jeju – Yeosu effective June 15 increased from 1x/day to 2x/day.
Cairo – Tokyo (NRT) beginning with the Winter 2017/18 schedule will BEGIN 1x/week service.
Porto – Porto Santo effective between June 12 and September 25 will operate 1x/week (Scheduled Charter).
Los Angeles – Hilo effective December 20 increases from 5x/week to 7x/week.
Los Angeles – Kahului effective December 20 increases from 2x/day to 3x/day.
Los Angeles – Kona effective December 20 increases from 1x/day to 2x/day.
Los Angeles – Lihue effective December 20 increases from 1x/day to 2x/day.
San Francisco – Kahului effective December 20 increases from 3x/day to 5x/day.
San Francisco – Kona effective December 20 increases from 2x/day to 3x/day.
San Francisco – Lihue effective December 20 increases from 1x/day to 2x/day.
Earlier today, Boeing released its forecast for the commercial aviation market for the next 20 years. This typically discusses what Boeing sees coming for the industry including demand for certain type of aircraft and the demographics of future customers.
What was noticeably absent from the 2017 version of this forecast was any talk of the 747. They have acknowledged that the 747 platform is being wound down, without any serious orders forthcoming.
For the first time in decades, Boeing is now looking to a future driven only by 2-engine aircraft, primarily the 737, 787 and upcoming 777x platforms. The forecast suggest that the aircraft market over the next 20 years will require over $6 trillion in new aircraft deliveries.
D-ABYT prepares for her first ever flight, a B1 test flight at Paine Field.
Of course this makes all the sense in the world since technology has allowed 2 engines to do the work of 4, and deliver passengers to their destinations in more comfort and safety than ever before. But for the aviation romanticists in the world that have always seen the 747 as the most beautiful aircraft in the sky, such a sobering moment doesn’t pass easily.
In their comments, Boeing stated that they were simply being realists in their projections and see that the era of 4 engine aircraft is drawing to an end. I guess all that’s left is to enjoy the Queen of the Skies for as long we can….
Related: Lufthansa 747-400 Gallery
Lufthansa 747-8i Gallery
In ceremonies held during the Paris Airshow at Le Bourget, Lufthansa and Austrian walked away with impressive awards from SKYTRAX, affirming their dominant position in European aviation.
Austrian was awarded ‘Best Airline Staff Service In Europe’ that includes staff and crew both on the ground and in the air. This marks the 4th consecutive year that ‘OS’ has been given that honor. Some might consider this kind of streak a dynasty.
Austrian’s COO Andreas Otto and Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr join in receiving Austrian’s award.
Lufthansa walked onto the stage to accept several awards. The most meaningful being recognized as the ‘Best Airline In Europe’. In addition to this award, Lufthansa also received hardware for being the ‘Best Airline In Western Europe’ and for ‘Best First Class Dining’.
Lufthansa’s Carsten Spohr is on hand to receive LH’s awards……
18 million people from 160 countries took part in the annual Skytrax balloting. SKYTRAX has been rating and awarding Airline performance since 1999.