American commits to 787s, Uber stops Athens service, Philippine Airlines readies A350, Gulf Air gets competitive with their new Business Class

– American is ordering 48 787s scheduled to be delivered from on 2020 to get rid of the 767/ A330 and is replacing their A350 order (that was done by US Airways)

Sounds like a solid choice as the airline already has a a number of 787 delivered/ on order. Long Haul planes run somewhere between $700k -$1m per month when leased.

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The 787 widebody order consists of 22 787-8s scheduled to begin arriving in 2020 and 25 787-9s scheduled to begin arriving in 2023, American said. The 787-8s will replace American’s Boeing 767-300s, while later 787-9 deliveries will replace Airbus A330-300s and older 777-200 widebody aircraft. All of the 787s will be powered by GE Aviation GEnx-1B engines.

American operates a fleet of 35 787s to destinations such as Tokyo, São Paulo and Paris. American will operate 89 787s once all aircraft ordered previously and in today’s deal are delivered.

– Uber is suspending service in Athens

That’s a shame as the taxi mafia is strong in Greece (likely also the reason Uber was ‘outlegislated’).

However the metro is fast an somewhat convenient for most trips from the airport.

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– Philippine Airlines will bring their new A350 on the New York route starting in October

The initial A350 will likely be flown on some routes around the Southeast Asia region initially, a PAL spokesman told ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily.

The aircraft will then be used for nonstop flights from Manila to New York JFK, replacing PAL’s one-stop service. PAL is tentatively looking at the last week of October for the New York A350 flight, which would be the start of the winter schedule season.

– Gulf Air is serious about their new 787-9 and A321neo Business Class

new business class section will be “best in class,” according to CEO Krešimir Kučko, who has said that new business-class seats had been benchmarked not against other carrier’s business class, but first-class, seats. While declining to give further details, he said the cabin would be considerably better than normal business-class offerings from other airlines.

“The same goes with the neo. It will have lie-flat seats in business-class in the A321s flying the longer destinations, such as Paris and Frankfurt.” The airline’s current A321s also have this feature—unusual in a single-aisle aircraft. Gulf Air says that the arrangement has proved popular on the Bahrain-Paris run.