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Star Alliance awarded at Air Transport Awards 2019

Star Alliance has been named Airline Alliance of the Year for the third time in a row – The Air Transport Awards are the only “industry to industry” awards granted since 2012, acknowledging the best companies and personalities that improve and contribute to the development of air transportation worldwide

Ekali, 3rd May 2019 – Star Alliance has been named Airline Alliance of the Year for the third time in a row at the Air Transport Awards. The Air transport Awards recognise excellence and innovation in various categories of the aviation sector. Winners were announced on Friday at a special award ceremony held in Ekali, Greece. A panel of aviation industry experts selected Star Alliance in recognition of its exceptional contribution to the travel industry.
Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance, commented: “Being presented with this important accolade is a testament to our continued focus on making the customer journey better. This promise is at the very heart of what we do, and I would like to thank our customers for their continued loyalty and trust. We are exceptionally proud that the accomplishments of our more than 447,000 employees in the Star Alliance family have been consistently recognised by the prestigious Air Transport Awards. As digital applications continue to become an ever-increasing component of the customer journey, we continue to innovate by embracing and applying new technologies to make the customer journey and experience seamless, even when schedule disruptions occur.”
The Air Transport Awards are the only “industry to industry” awards granted since 2012, acknowledging the best companies and personalities that improve and contribute to the development of air transportation worldwide.

Boeing 767-300ER – Milan Malpensa, October 2017

Star Alliance (United Airlines) Boeing 767-300ER N653UA (cn 25391/460) taxiing to runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, October 2017 – © MXPhotos

About Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,800 daily flights to over 1,300 airports in 193 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines.

(Star Alliance Press Office – MXPhotos)

Celebrating 50 years of the Boeing 747

On 9 February 1969, the Boeing 747 took to the skies for the first time – The world’s first twin aisle aircraft opened a new age of air travel


Every day millions of people fly, it is an accepted way of life – but that has not always been the case. From the early days of commercial aviation, flying was limited to business travellers and those with the means to purchase the very expensive tickets. Destinations were also limited requiring a number of connections to fly between major cities. In 1969, that all changed as an incredible invention was revealed to the world. On 9 February 1969, the Boeing 747, called the “Super Jet”, and dubbed the “Jumbo Jet” by the press took to the skies for the first time. To those whom have loved the plane through the years she is the “Queen of the Skies”.

Boeing 747-200F – Milan Malpensa, February 2005

Atlas Air Boeing 747-200F N512MC (cn 21220/294) taking off on runway 35L at Milan Malpensa, February 2005 – © MXPhotos

Boeing 747-400 – Zurich Kloten, June 2005

Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 9V-SPI (cn 28022/1082) being pushed back from its stand at Zurich Kloten, June 2005 – © MXPhotos


The 747 quickly became the icon of commercial aviation. The 747 was postage stamp famous, an icon of pop culture, the backdrop of movies and television, and it even carried the Space Shuttle. The airplane introduced a number of technological and aviation firsts, the greatest being the invention of the twin aisle wide body design. It also marked the first commercial use of the high bypass turbofan engine.
Under the command of chief designer Joe Sutter, the 747’s design was based in safety. Boeing introduced quadruple hydraulic systems, redundant structures and four main landing gear (the plane is able to operate on two); Boeing also reinvented pilot training, moving away from strictly procedural training to behavioural training. It did not take long for the 747 to have a giant impact on air travel. It was the must-have flagship for the world’s airlines and attracted passengers with its luxury and passenger appeal.

Boeing 747-400 – Milan Malpensa, September 2005

Japan Airlines Boeing 747-400 JA8089 (cn 26342/905) slowing down on runway 35L at Milan Malpensa, September 2005 – © MXPhotos

Boeing 747-400F – Milan Malpensa, November 2007

Emirates Sky Cargo Boeing 747-400F N497MC (cn 29258/1220) lining up on runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, November 2007 – © MXPhotos


What has made the 747 extraordinary aside from its distinguishing hump and its Hollywood status, has been the customers who have helped the 747 fleet log more than 57 billion nautical miles (121.5 billion kilometres) which are equal to more than 137,000 trips from the Earth to the moon and back! It is through partnerships with our customers that air travel became a possibility for much of the world. 747s have flown more than 5.9 billion people – the equivalent of 78 percent of the world’s population. And as the 747’s role continues, it provides a service that the original designers foresaw and optimized the 747 to perform as the world’s finest freighter – a testament to an airplane that was built to last.

Boeing 747-400 – Milan Malpensa, August 2008

Japan Airlines Boeing 747-400 JA8921 (cn 27645/1262) on short final to runway 35L at Milan Malpensa, August 2008 – © MXPhotos

Boeing 747-8F – Milan Malpensa, August 2016

Cargolux Italia Boeing 747-400F LX-YCV (cn 35805/1407) on short final to runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, July 2013 – © MXPhotos


“Over the last 50 years, the 747 has become legendary, today it is a bridge to a romantic era of flight, an era that we should continue to aspire to resurrect. But more than that the 747 is a reminder of the power of the human spirit and what we can accomplish with our hearts, minds and hard work. It reminds us that even though we may lose hope in a world that seems filled with strife, we can turn our eyes to the skies and see those great contrails of the Queen of the Skies crossing the heavens and know that we can still overcome great adversity and accomplish incredible things.” – Mike Lombardi, Boeing Historian

Boeing 747-8F – Milan Malpensa, May 2014

Nippon Cargo Airlines – NCA Boeing 747-8F JA13KZ (cn 36138/1431) on short final to runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, May 2014 – © MXPhotos

Boeing 747-400 – Milan Malpensa, April 2015

Thai Airways International Boeing 747-400 HS-TGT (cn 26616/1097) on short final to runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, April 2015 – © MXPhotos

(Boeing Commercial Airplanes – MXPhotos)

Lufthansa Airbus A321 new paint scheme at Milan Malpensa

Yesterday 8th February, Lufthansa operated the morning service LH1856/1857 from Munich with the Airbus A321 D-AISP (cn 3864) “#ExploreTheNew” wearing the new airline’s paint scheme

Airbus A321 – Milan Malpensa, February 2018

Lufthansa Airbus A321 D-AISP (cn 3864) “#ExploreTheNew” taxiing to stand 605 after the water salute by the airport fire fighters at Milan Malpensa – © MXPhotos


Neos is the first Italian airline to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Wednesday 13th December, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EI-NEO (cn 38785/639) “Spirit of Italy” was delivered to Neos – The airline is the first Italian carrier to operate the state-of-the-art B787 Dreamliner

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Verona Villafranca, December 2017

Neos Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EI-NEO (cn 38785/639) “Spirit of Italy” being pushed back from stand 65 at Verona Villafranca, December 2017 – © MXPhotos

Neos fleet

Neos fleet currently consist of 10 aircraft: 6 Boeing 737-800NG, 3 Boeing 767-300ER and 1 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. A further 2 B787-9 Dreamliner will be delivered to the airline within the end of 2018.

Neos B787-9 Dreamliner – Cabin layout

The Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner is the family mid-sized jetliner; the fuselage measures 63 m from nose to tail; the fuselage cross-section is 5,74 m wide.
Neos B787-9 Dreamliner features 359 seats in a 3-class configuration: 28 Economy Premium Class seats, 36 Economy Extra Plus seats and 295 Economy Class seats.
All seats are equipped with touch-screen interactive IFE TV screens where passengers can control audio, video, food, and shopping preferences.

Economy Premium Class

The Economy Premium Class cabin has 28 recliner seats (46″ pitch, 19″ width) with extensible footrest in a 2-3-2 layout. Each seat has a 9” HD popup touch screen, in-seat power and USB connector, personal reading light and mood lighting.

Neos - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Economy Premium Class Seats

Economy Premium Class seats – © MXPhotos

Economy Class – Economy Extra Plus Class

The Economy Class cabin has 295 standard seats (31-32″ pitch, 17,2″ width) in a 3-3-3 layout; each seat has an individual 9” HD seatback touch screen, shared power outlets in between seats and mood lighting. The Economy Extra Plus seats offer the passengers more legroom; Economy Extra Plus also means registration at a dedicated desk and a fast track for security checks where available.

Neos - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Economy Class Seats

Economy Class seats – © MXPhotos

Flight deck

The flight deck of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner introduces new technologies to help pilots work more efficiently and safely while maintaining significant operational commonality with previous generations of Boeing airplanes. Operational commonality is the similarity between airplanes in operating procedures, checklists, and flight crew interfaces. Commonality simplifies training and can decrease airline operating costs. To achieve operational commonality with the B777, the Boeing team worked to ensure the new airplane would in many ways “feel” like a B777, while implementing new capabilities and simplifying the flight deck.

Neos - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

On the Flight Deck threshold – © MXPhotos

Neos history

Characterized by a consistent mission to offer the market a high quality air transport activity both in flight and on land, NEOS was born in June 2001 and, once it obtained the Air Carrier Certificate on the 7th March 2002 from the National Civil Aviation Body (ENAC), its first Boeing 737-800W (Winglet) I-NEOS “City of Milan” took off from Milan Malpensa the following day to Senegal (Dakar and Cap Skirring). Regular flights started however in October of the same year as the only Italian air carrier being authorized to fly the route Italy-Cape Verde, followed by routes to the Canary Islands in August 2003 and to numerous important holiday destinations in the Mediterranean in the summer of 2004. Long haul flights finally started in December 2004 and are currently performed by three Boeings 767-300ERW (Extended Range Winglets) which have been on duty since 9th December 2005 May 2006 and May 2015 respectively and by one Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which have been on duty since 13th December 2017.
NEOS has been the first Italian airline to be certified JAR OPS since its inception. It carries out technical maintenance on its aircrafts and other carriers’, with its own Personnel, at the Milan Malpensa airport applying what is provided for on the matter by the JAR 145. At its headquarter it carries out training programs for pilots and flight assistants on Boeing 737-800, 767-300 and 787-9 following the TRTO certificate that was awarded in September 2002. Neos owns its bases at the airports of Milan Malpensa, Verona and Bologna, from all of which it operates daily regular flights and charter flights.

(Neos Press Office – MXPhotos)

Malpensa cargo volumes keep growing

Malpensa cargo volumes keep growing, with more than 110 weekly all-cargo services, marking +11% since the beginning of the year – Cargolux and Cargolux Italia carry the 19% of Malpensa freight volumes – The airline’s worldwide network covers 90 destinations, some 70 of which are served on scheduled all-cargo flights

Boeing 747-8F – Milan Malpensa, August 2016

Cargolux Boeing 747-8F LX-VCB (cn 35806) landing on runway 35R at Milan Malpensa – © MXPhotos

About Cargolux Airlines International

Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, is Europe’s leading all-cargo airline with a modern and efficient fleet composed of 14 Boeing 747-8 freighters and 13 Boeing 747-400 freighters. The Cargolux worldwide network covers 90 destinations, some 70 of which are served on scheduled all-cargo flights. The company has more than 85 offices in over 50 countries, and operates an extensive global trucking network to more than 250 destinations as well as full and part-charter services. Cargolux also offers third-party maintenance at its modern two-bay maintenance hangar in Luxembourg. The company is specialized in B747 line and hangar maintenance up to and including C-Checks. It offers a range of specialized maintenance services and holds line maintenance approval for 777 aircraft. The Cargolux Group employs close to 1,900 staff worldwide.

(Cargolux Press Office – MXPhotos)