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OMAN AIR has opened a new, 40-passenger lounge at Bangkok's
Suvarnabhumi Airport. Built at a cost of US$48,700, the lounge is located
on the second floor of concourses G and E of the international departure
terminal. The airline's manager for Thailand Ahmed Hazeem Al Balushi said
the lounge is intended to enhance the carrier's premium-passenger flow
through Thailand, which has become a popular destination for leisure,
business, shopping and medical visits for people from the Arab world.
Oman Air, which launched flights to Bangkok in 2007 with five weekly
services, now operates 13 flights a week using Airbus 330-200/-300
aircraft. Oman Air is only the second airline from the Gulf Cooperation
Council, after Emirates, to have its own lounge at the hub.
BOC Aviation leases two
A320s to South African
Eurocopter EC175 beats
Singapore-based BOC Aviation has signed an agreement with South
African Airways for the lease of two new A320-200 aircraft. The aircraft,
powered by International Aero Engines (IAE) V2527-A5 SelectOne
engines, are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of this year.
SAA Chief Executive Officer Siza Mizmela says the airline is focused
on strengthening its African route network, on which the aircraft
will be deployed. "We are confident that this partnership with BOC
Aviation is the start to a long-term relationship," she says.
"This is our first transaction with South African Airways, the flag
carrier and largest airline in South Africa," says Steven Townend, deputy
managing director and chief commercial officer of BOC Aviation. "We
are delighted to have our aircraft flying in their fleet and look forward
to building on this initial deal with further aircraft in the future."
BOC Aviation is the largest Asia-based aircraft leasing company,
with a portfolio of 177 aircraft operated by customers worldwide. The
company has 71 additional aircraft on firm order and another two on
committed purchase and leaseback.
The lessor has one of the youngest fleets in the industry, with an
average aircraft age of less than four years. BOC Aviation is wholly
owned by Bank of China. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
Eurocopter says its next-generation EC175 aircraft will beat its
performance targets, incorporating significantly increased range and
payload capacity when it enters service at the end of this year. The
helicopter will be the first in the 7-tonne weight category to offer
Eurocopter says the EC175 will have a baseline radius-of-action
of 135 nautical miles carrying 16 passengers, when configured
for offshore oil and gas missions, "outperforming any medium-lift
helicopter on the market in terms of competitiveness". The figures
represent a 30 percent performance increase, compared with the
helicopter's initial performance baseline.
For longer-range missions, the EC175 can transport 12 passengers
to a radius of action of 190 nautical miles, the manufacturer says.
Furthermore, Eurocopter has launched the development of an
optional 18-passenger configuration for the type, offering a radius-of-
action of 100 nautical miles with a full passenger load.
"Eurocopter has maintained a two-way dialogue with operators
and end-users throughout the EC175's development programme,
providing us with an ever-better understanding of their operational
needs from 2012 and beyond," says Lutz Bertling, the manufacturer's
president and chief executive. "As a result, we have incorporated
certain adaptations that will further improve the helicopter's
operational capability, placing it ahead of the competition from its
entry into service."
The EC175 program is progressing well, with first deliveries
scheduled for late 2012, following certification in the offshore mission
configuration with the enhanced performance. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
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