Asiana Airlines will connect Barcelona and Seoul four times a week
The “low cost” company will connect Barcelona airport with Los Angeles, Oakland, Buenos Aires and Punta Cana.
The brand of the group IAG (British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus) to operate long-haul flights from Barcelona already has the name: Level, which start flying yesterday June 1, 2017.
The top executives of the group IAG and the airlines Vueling and Iberia, dressed in an informal way with jeans and polo with the colors of the new company have presented this morning in a hostel / hostel on Corsega street the much talked about low cost and long project reach that has been launched following the operation of Norwegian this summer will start flying to four destinations in the United States.
Level, a trademark of an operation that will fall on planes and crews Iberia has chosen to choose two destinations in the United States: Los Angeles and Oakland in California, one in the Caribbean, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and a four in the South Cone: Buenos Aires.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of the airline holding company explained that this new brand comes to Barcelona because the destination deserves it, because of the potential that the city has and the demand that is not served on direct flights, an operation that will involve the creation of 250 Jobs in El Prat.
Luis Gallego, president and CEO of Iberia said that the fact that his company is the operator, with two Airbus A330 aircraft is temporary, since the intention is for Level to go from being a trademark to an independent airline within Of the IAG group, with which it will bet not only to grow in Barcelona, but also to offer the same service of long radio with departure from other European airports.
The aircraft will have a double cabin configuration, with 21 seats in the premium tourist class and 293 seats in economy class. The tickets will be on sale today on flylevel.com from 99 euros per way the economical option for Los Angeles and Oakland, while flights to Buenos Aires and Punta Cana will start at 159 euros. The Premium option for these four destinations will be priced from 599 euros.
Baggage allowance (additional to the piece of free hand luggage), meals, selection of seats and the latest movie releases will be included for Premium Tourist customers, while in tourist services will be charged, including internet on board .
Calendar and frequencies
– Flights to Los Angeles begin June 1, 2017 and operate twice a week.
– Flights to San Francisco (Oakland) begin June 2, 2017 and operate three times a week.
– Flights to Punta Cana start on June 10, 2017 and operate twice a week.
– Flights to Buenos Aires begin on June 17, 2017 and will operate three times a week.
Air Nostrum will resume the route on March 26 at the express request of the Valencian government
The Valencian company Air Nostrum recovers the air route between Valencia and Barcelona, after years without air service between the second and the third capital of Spain. The first plane will start on March 26 and the intention is to get return flights the same day, company president Carlos Bertomeu announced at a press conference with the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, and the Minister of Economy, Vicent Soler.
According to Bertomeu, it is a “risk bet”, since it is a “complicated route”: “Although it has volume, the average income is low.” Likewise, he has revealed that recovering this airline has been an express and repeated request of the Valencian government at a time when the railway connection is “deteriorated”. Puig stressed that it seems “unusual” that there is still no AVE (high speed train) between Valencia and Barcelona.
Bertomeu has said that the project is starting to walk and has not committed to give a daily number of flights, but has expressed its intention to make it possible to make the trip back and forth on the same day between the two cities. It has also committed to launch “specific flights to bring Catalans to the Fallas,” celebrations that take place in March.
At the same time, Ximo Puig has announced a subsidy line with Air Nostrum for “ecomarketing”: through an initial four-year agreement, the company’s planes will be “painted” with different cultural, festive and tourist motifs of the Valencian Which operates the company. In this way, Air Nostrum and the public company Society Thematic Projects (SPT) commit to invest 6 million euros each. The first year will decorate 20 aircraft progressively; The first will deal with the declaration of the Fallas as Intangible Heritage of Unesco. The promotion will change every year depending on what the Tourism Council determines.
Regarding the possibility that the aid could be interpreted as a subsidy to the route Valencia-Barcelona, the Valencian president has been forceful: “The Generalitat Valenciana is not going to subsidize that flight nor any”. Bertomeu has insisted that the new route and the tourism promotion campaign are “two absolutely separate issues”.
The president of Air Nostrum has framed Valencia-Barcelona flights in an attempt to boost inland tourism, which has decreased by 4% in the last year and is “the one that rises the average cost”, with trips of congresses and end of week. Likewise, it has announced that for this route the company will make a “selection of cabin crew of Valencian”.
Badalona Aritex company wants to register as a world leader in the aeronautical sector
The Chinese giant aircraft industry Avic has acquired the Catalan company Aritex, based in Badalona and so far owned by the group Comsa Emte, with a business plan with which it plans to triple its sales by 2020, from 85 million today to about 250 million.
The head of the aviation business Aritex, Cristobal Calzado, explained in an interview with Europa Press that Avic has sufficient resources to respond to the growth plan of the Catalan company and provide a capital injection that will allow you to invest in new technology .
Aritex engaged in the design, manufacture and installation of production lines and assembly for aircraft manufacturers, an area that accounts for 70% of turnover, and automobiles, the remaining 30%, and, as indicated Calzado, the goal is to position as world leaders.
The company proposes to grow both organically and through acquisitions, mainly in Europe, to incorporate technology to complement its product offering.
New horizons in China
After the purchase by Avic, Aritex aims to boost its business in China, mainly in aeronautics, but also raises entering the automotive area, which has no customers in the Asian giant.
It also studies begin operating in the railway business, primarily in China, where there is a significant lack in industrial automation processes.
Founded in 1961 as an industrial company supplying means for automotive, Aritex diversified its activity towards the aerospace industry in 2011. It has a workforce of 300 employees and a presence in Europe, Asia, United States and Latin America.
China has a production center in Shanghai, where he works for the company Commercial Aicraft Corporation of China (Comac), its second largest client after Airbus, and since last year also has contracts with Boeing, for working from a subsidiary in Seattle (United States) opened last year.
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The future of aviation
On his own discretion or by the glow they look good others know there are people who have done extraordinary things and have been eclipsed, relegated to second row, forgotten for decades or forever. They are something like a fifth Beatle, defined concept that one person, but to the many who helped make the group a Liverpool legend.
The fifth Beatle or eclipsed in the early days of aviation character was Charles Taylor, a clever bicycle mechanic who worked in the shop of the Wright brothers pioneered self-propelled flight, the December 17, 1903 managed to make the first jump ( They were exactly 12 seconds and 37 meters) engine, a milestone that since the IAF International Aeronautical Federation, considered “the first sustained flight in a heavier-than-air aircraft.”
Heavier yes, but also very light, and while Orwille Wright was that first day at the controls of the Flyer I and Wilbur accompanying him on foot for the feat at Kitty Hawk, creating Taylor made possible the miracle: he used aluminum, a metal lighter than other options to build an engine that also gave twice the performance than bicycle manufacturers had in mind. It was a triumph three in which two had great recognition to the point that in 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially declared the day of the Wright Brothers, commemorated every December 17. Charlie Taylor dropped the trio ended up living on charity and only many years later, his work has been recognized, but almost exclusively within the sector.
For many aeronautical engineers and technical maintenance of aircraft, the transition from bikes to planes Taylor is an inspiration, and now are these professionals who are leading the evolution of aviation in the immediate future, again discreetly, although supported it was aware by industry and that technological future is greater environmental awareness, lower fuel consumption and the search for new materials to lighten aircraft fuselage both inside as well as the search for alternatives to the propulsion of aircraft and helicopters.
Airlines greet and buy new industry initiatives, such as Finnair, which started last Wednesday to fly the Helsinki-Beijing route with its new Airbus A350. “This is a brutal air: in addition to a larger cabin, quiet and comfortable passage than its predecessors, has its great strength in consumption: 20% less than comparable aircraft of previous generations,” said an excited Pekka Vauramo, chief of historical Finnish airline founded in 1923 and now it has turned to long-haul flights with connections between Europe and Asia through its hub in Helsinki counselor.
“We already operate in these three A350 Asian routes, which are the first European operator, with a total order of 18 units. These fully renew the fleet, we will save millions of euros each year in fuel bills and are already significantly reducing the emission of atmospheric CO2A “.
The A350 looks great inside and on the outside, a cabin design completely different to its predecessors pilot, a stylized wing is also responsible for lower fuel consumption by their shape, topped curve, and for, the largest market, with a diameter such that the fuselage of the Concorde, the famous supersonic aircraft but inefficient, would huge engine inside.
In the same market, long-haul aircraft and medium capacity, Boeing has also made a commitment to a more efficient aircraft with the 787 Dreamliner program, new generation apparatus similar to 350 in response to sprint as relentless competitor Airbus US manufacturer. Gone are the days when the Spanish commercial pilots said the rhyme: “The ham, serrano, and the plane … American”, in times of the aforementioned bioreactors French Concorde and Caravelle, milestones of European industry, although maintenance more complicated than their American counterparts.
The last Caravelle, a design first flew six decades, retired in 2004, when the Airbus A320 had already established itself as the favorite aircraft for short and medium distances again in fierce competition with Boeing 737s.
The first units of the A320 are already veterans, since they debuted in the late eighties and Airbus wants to maintain its market share and customer loyalty by launching the 320neo model acronym for new engine option, where lies one of these revolutions discrete air transport engineers hand.
The two engines to choose from that offer the Airbus NEO are the new Pratt & Whitney PW1000G and CFM International LEAP, which are considered turbojet engaged. Unlike their predecessors, they carry a reduction gear system incorporating a fan gearbox capable of absorbing more power levels than those achieved in other engine designs. These engines are also known as GTF, by geared fan turbo: this is a drive to achieve an optimization of 7% of its power thanks to slow the fan, which is the first compressor is seen when looking at an engine compared to the rest of the engine compressors.
According to Airbus, the A320neo family will provide fuel savings of 15% and an additional flight distance of 500 nautical miles (about 950 kilometers), or the ability to carry two tonnes more payload at a given range. For the environment, the fuel savings translate into some 3,600 tonnes less per year CO2por plane.
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The El Prat airport sector maintained the upward trend thanks to the tourist positioning of Barcelona and the promotion of low cost airlines. And it has not peaked yet
El Prat touch the sky. It will record on record. The Barcelona airport has six years winning passengers. A success story that does not seem to end. As recently said Kenny Jacobs, director of marketing for Ryanair, “it seems that everyone wants to come to Barcelona”.
How is possible? Xavier Fageda has worked in recent years side by side with the academic Germà Bel in airport issues. “The growth of El Prat in recent years has several explanations. The main capacity was expanded with the new runway in 2004 and the new terminal in 2009. The other key factor is the expansion of tourism in Barcelona and this has led to low cost to take positions. Also important has been the good management of the leading company in El Prat Vueling “.
Sonia Corrochano, director of the airport of El Prat de Barcelona highlights some oddities. “The city is among the four preferred destinations in Europe in social networks. Additionally statistics show that many people who come here for tourism repeated. And eight out of ten cruise passengers arriving by plane to embark on one of the cruises from the city. And this is a growing sector. ”
Spain as a whole is experiencing a sweet period from the tourist point of view because passenger traffic growing more than 25 months. The rise in international passenger traffic is driving, especially following the collapse of competitive markets such as Tunisia and Egypt. But it has also diversified its proposal.
According to the hotel association CEHAT, the supply of sun and sand has risen from more than 90% of Spanish tourism at 72%. “Few European countries have an airport network as extensive quality and quality as in Spain that connects so many different cities,” said Albert Grau and Bruno Hallé are responsible for tourism consultant Magma
Barcelona takes advantage of this situation because it offers everything at once: vacation tourism destination and insurance business and convention town. The current improvement in the economy is the icing on the cake. From Magma stress that, for example, “people company values the urban tourism and leisure. In a context of economic recovery, this group of travelers, less seasonality, it becomes crucial. ” These experts also stand out as the launch of El Prat “it is the reflection of a successful tourism promotion policy on the part of local institutions in recent years.”
“The surveys we conduct among our customers indicate that Barcelona is one of the (if not the) favorite destinations. Therefore, next year will transport more than 6.3 million people in El Prat, 500,000 more than last year, “José Espartero, director of marketing for Ryanair Spain, the company that transports passengers in Spanish skies. “Historically, the city has recorded more incoming flights, but we are seeing that departing flights are growing very significantly. Next summer we will increase our network of routes from Barcelona, with 3 new destinations to Berlin, Hamburg and Marrakech, “said Espartero.
In 2012 EasyJet had a base in Barajas. Now they have just installed in Barcelona. “Twenty years ago El Prat airport was the first in which we operate outside the UK for what is happening is not surprising at all,” recalls Javier Gandara, CEO of EasyJet to Spain and Portugal. “Behind the success of El Prat she is the fact that it is a destination in itself. And the low cost airlines, which previously flew from secondary airports, which have assumed and positioned themselves here, “Gandara said. There is a temporary factor that also plays into the Barcelona airport right now says this executive of EasyJet. “With the drop in oil prices, many low cost to them would not come before the accounts have decided to operate again. And this means that there is more supply, more competition and therefore more traffic. ”
Given these figures, Aena rubs his hands. Because the Barcelona airport, living an uptrend, is very profitable. In 2014 El Prat won twelve times Barajas and represents more than half of the benefits of airport management. “The reform of the commercial offer of the T2 and increased traffic generated higher revenues,” said airport sources.
The growth of the Barcelona terminal those years has gone hand in hand with Vueling. Fernando Estrada, Director of Strategy and Alliances of this airline believes “this pace is sustained, steady and it has nothing to bubble. Their bases are solid. Now after years we have created a hub in Barcelona, with passengers throughout the year and put the city in place in the airport market. The proof is that now more and more long-haul airlines have decided to come here. ”
Indeed, one of the common criticisms is that Barcelona has yet to lead in the long haul. But this aspect is also changing. Since 2006 the number of intercontinental routes has doubled. This week Emirates, announced that it will operate two daily flights between Barcelona and Dubai with the A380, the world’s largest aircraft. This introduction involves increasing the capacity by 32% over the current long-haul offer this airline.
“This reflects our confidence and commitment to the market in Barcelona,” explains Fernando Suarez de Gongora, CEO of Emirates. “We see potential both for those traveling to Barcelona from Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East as well as for travel to these regions, whether for business or tourist purposes”. Xavier Fageda states that “in relation to long-haul flights, the improvement on the growing presence of Asian and American airlines in the European market also tend to be positioned outside the major European hubs that are highly saturated, for example in Barcelona”.
Does El Prat ability to make this leap ?. Technically, yes. Corrochano recalls that current facilities can manage to reach 55 million passengers, ie 35% more than the current traffic. “You may add a level comparable to other T2 volume,” he says. You can also increase to 25% the number of operations per hour. The skies are clear.
The plane of the world’s largest passenger replaced from 1 June B777-200LR untill now carried out the connection
The Emirates airline will operate two daily flights between Barcelona and Dubai with the A380 passenger plane of the world, from June 1, 2016 replaced the B777-200LR so far operated one of the two largest daily services.
As reported Thursday the company said in a statement, Barcelona becomes a destination served exclusively to Emirates A380*. With the introduction of the A380 on the Madrid-Dubai route last August 1 and the two daily A380 flights from Barcelona, Emirates will operate the next three of four daily flights from Spain with the largest aircraft in the world “for company year with regular flights with this model plane in Spain “of, he stressed the company.
The introduction of a second A380 in Barcelona involves increasing the capacity by 32% over the current bid and offer 2,068 seats per day, about three times the initial offering of 2012, which was of 720 seats daily. The Emirates A380 offers 517 seats, of which 14 private suites in First Class, 76 seats bed in ‘business’ and 427 spacious seating in class ‘Economy’.
Airberlin doubles the offer to Dusseldorf
On the other hand, Airberlin will increase its weekly frequency between Barcelona and Dusseldorf from one to two flights a week from May 2016, it informed the German airline in a statement Thursday. The company said that this decision is “proof of its commitment to the Spanish market” and its importance in their overall strategy. As part of its plan for next year, the company will consolidate its presence in its two ‘hubs’ international, Berlin and Dusseldorf, with the addition of new destinations and expanding frequencies.
*The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by the European aircraft company Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. It was initially namedAirbus A3XX and designed to challenge Boeing‘s monopoly in the large-aircraft market. The A380 made its first flight on 27 April 2005 and entered commercial service in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines.
The A380’s upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage, with a width equivalent to a wide-body aircraft. This gives the A380-800’s cabin 550 square metres (5,920 sq ft) of usable floor space, 40% more than the next largest airliner, the Boeing 747-8, and provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration. The A380-800 has a design range of 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 km), sufficient to fly nonstop from Dallas, USA to Sydney, Australia, and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (about 900 km/h, 560 mph or 490 kn at cruising altitude).
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The ‘City Branding Lab’, will innovate and experiment with solutions that enhance the city’s competitiveness, while improving the quality of life
The City Council and the multinational Adobe System have signed an agreement to promote the first “City Branding Lab.” It is to learn, share and investigate and bring new services and knowledge to serve the needs of the cities, and do it with the cooperation of public and private initiative.
The star of the Barcelona Brand has served to attract multinational Adobe giant world of digital technology. During signing the agreement, which took place under the Smart City Expo, President of Adobe for Europe, Mark Zablan stressed that “new technology developed in the laboratory of City Branding allows Barcelona and other cities to work in brand digital to provide digital services to citizens and business and attract more tourists to the city. “It also added that “Barcelona is a great travel companion laboratory to develop City Branding”.
The Mayor Xavier Trias explained that “a company like Adobe wants to make this commitment and work with the city of Barcelona, to me makes me very happy. This season long with Adobe because they want to do is to put technology at the service of the people. ”
Aircraft: the Welcome Pack
One of the first projects to be developed by the City Branding Lab is a welcome pack. A pilot project to improve the experience of visitors arriving in Barcelona through digital technology. “It is a welcome pack technology, transmedia, that can be much more efficient in sending certain messages to people visiting the city, whether for a conference or for sightseeing,” he detailed the Director of Communications City Hall, Marc Puig. Among others, sent messages on civility.
City Branding Lab has a landing point in the city. Growth Center will be located in Barcelona and will be operational throughout next year.
The plane links from February 1st (2014) the Catalan capital with the emirate has 517 seats, 14 of which are suites and 76 private-bed seats
El Prat de Llobregat- . The airline Emirates has launched the first regular service in Spain Airbus A380 , the world’s largest aircraft, the daily route from Barcelona to Dubai, which will have a 44 % more seating capacity.
From February 1st-2014 , Emirates flies between Barcelona and Dubai with A380 , a plane has 517 seats, 14 of which are suites and 76 private – bed seats .
As reported by Emirates , the A380 replaces the B777 -300 , which operated to date, and provides more than 2,200 additional seats per week to Dubai route .
Emirates Vice President Commercial Operations for Europe , Thierry Aucoc , explained that the addition of the new aircraft “is the response to increased demand for air travel to and from Barcelona, a route that has a high occupancy rate .”
In July 2012 , Emirates launched the connection between Barcelona and Dubai , which last year carried more than 220,000 passengers and this year’s estimate is that 60,000 passengers have more , as stated by the director of the El Prat Airport , Sonia Corrochano .
The airport director has said the A380 ” demonstrates the potential of the city and the airport, which is working to grow internationally .”
For his part, Secretary of Transportation of the Generalitat, Ricard Font , said the good performance of connections with Asia El Prat airport and said that ” any company that is considering buying new planes are thinking about Barcelona as one of its primary destinations in Europe and as a bridge between Asia and America