Airbus A350 scheduled services to Milan Malpensa: Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International

Since LATAM has replaced its new Airbus A350-900s on the São Paulo-Milan Malpensa route, only two airlines currently operates scheduled services with the A350s to Malpensa: Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International.

Singapore Airlines A350-900 at Malpensa

Singapore Airlines operates a five-weekly service Singapore-Milan-Barcelona-Milan-Singapore. Singapore Airbus A350-900s features 253 seats in a 3-class configuration: 42 Business Class seats, 24 Premium Economy Class seats and 187 Economy Class seats.

Airbus A350-900 – Milan Malpensa, April 2017

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 9V-SMG (cn 062) taxiing to runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, April 2017 – © MXPhotos

Thai Airways International A350-900 at Malpensa

Thai Airways International operates a thrice-weekly service Bangkok-Milan; the connection will become four-weekly from 7th August. Thai Airbus A350-900s features 321 seats in a 2-class configuration: 32 Business Class seats and 289 Economy Class seats.

Airbus A350-900 – Milan Malpensa, April 2017

Thai Airways International Airbus A350-900 HS-THC (cn 050) landing on runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, April 2017 – © MXPhotos

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Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner media event at Milan Malpensa

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Milan Malpensa, March 2017

Air France and KLM at Malpensa – Air France B787-9 Dreamliner media event

Air France and KLM come back to Malpensa after five years; last 26th March, they started operating five daily services to Paris CDG and four daily services to Amsterdam Schipol, respectively. To celebrate the comeback, last 28th March, Air France operated the morning service from Paris with its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and held a press conference to illustrate the new flights; at the end of the press conference, the airline presented to the media its B787-9 Dreamliner.

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Milan Malpensa, March 2017

Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (cn 38769/500) taxiing to runway 35L at Milan Malpensa, March 2017 – © MXPhotos

Cabin layout

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the B787 family mid-sized jetliner; the fuselage measures 63 m from nose to tail; and the fuselage cross-section is 5,49 m wide. Air France B787-9 Dreamliner features 276 seats in a 3-class configuration: 30 Business Class seats, 21 Premium Economy Class seats and 225 Economy Class seats.

Business Class

The Business Class cabin has 30 fully-flat seats (60″ pitch, 21″ width) in a 1-2-1 layout. Each seat has a 16″ HD touch screen with IFE remote in the side of the seat, privacy screen, in-seat power and double USB connectors, personal reading light and mood lighting.

Air France - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Business Class Seat

Business Class seat – The new Business Class offers a fully flat bed, direct access to the aisle for every passenger and a multipurpose area (desk, restaurant table, and bed) offering even greater privacy – © MXPhotos

Economy Class – Premium Economy Class

The Economy Class cabin has 225 standard seats (31″ pitch, 17″ width) in a 3-3-3 layout and the Premium Economy cabin has 21 recliner seats (40″ pitch, 19″ width) in a 2-3-2 layout; each seat has an individual 16″ HD touch screen, shared power outlets in between seats and mood lighting.

Air France - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Economy Class Seats

Economy Class seats – Each seat has a 16” HD touchscreen broadcasting new films, movie classics and blockbusters, concerts, documentaries, music and games – © MXPhotos

Air France - Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Premium Economy Class Seats

Premium Economy Class seats – Each seat has an adjustable footrest and is equipped with multiple storage areas, a large tray table, in-seat power and USB connectors – © MXPhotos

Air France-KLM Group

The Air France-KLM network is organized around the hubs of Paris CDG and Amsterdam Schiphol; the Group links Europe to the rest of the world with 328 destinations in 118 countries; the fleet consist of 534 aircraft; Air France and KLM carried 93,4 million passengers in 2016; Air France-KLM Group is part of Sky Team.

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Air France and KLM return to Milan Malpensa

Air France and KLM come back to Malpensa after five years – Last 26th March, Air France and KLM started operating five daily services to Paris CDG and four daily services to Amsterdam Schipol, respectively

Airbus A320 – Milan Malpensa, August 2011

Air France Airbus A320 F-HEPB (cn 4241) landing on runway 35R at Milan Malpensa, August 2011 – © MXPhotos

Last 28th March at Milan Malpensa, Air France presented to the press its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. A detailed photo report of the cabin configuration will be soon published on the website.

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Fly Ernest Airbus A319 at Milan Malpensa

Last 15 March, Fly Ernest took delivery of its first Airbus A319 – The airline is a low-cost carrier operating flights between Italy and Albania – Fly Ernest was founded by David Girhammar and made its first commercial service, operated by Mistral Air, on 1 July 2016

Airbus A319 – Milan Malpensa, March 2017

Fly Ernest Airbus A319 EI-FVG (cn 1362) parked at Milan Malpensa, March 2017 – © MXPhotos

The network

Fly Ernest operates flights from Ancona, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Cuneo, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Pisa, Perugia, Pescara, Rimini, Trieste, Venice and Verona to Tirana.

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Blue Air Boeing 737-400 in-flight experience

Boeing 737-500 – Turin Caselle, March 2016

Blue Air services to Italy – Turin Caselle International Hub

Blue Air is the first Romanian private low-cost airline. The company was founded in 2004 with the desire to create a safe, comfortable and affordable flight alternative. Blue Air operates flights from the international hubs of Bucharest Otopeni and Turin Caselle to the most important destinations in Europe.
In November 2014, the airline opened the international hub of Turin Caselle and currently operates flights to 15 destinations: Alghero, Athens, Bacau, Bari, Berlin (Tegel), Bucharest, Catania, Ibiza, Lamezia Terme, London (Luton), Madrid, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Pescara and Rome (Fiumicino). Three Boeing 737s are based at Turin Caselle.

Fleet

Blue Air fleet consists of 25 aircraft: 3 Boeing 737-300s, 9 Boeing 737-400s, 6 Boeing 737-500s, 1 Boeing 737-700s and 3 Boeing 737-800s.

Blue Air Boeing 737-400 – Cabin layout

We had the opportunity of flying on the company’s B737-400 YR-BAQ (cn 28702/2978) on the route Turin-Lamezia Terme-Turin.
The Boeing 737-400 is the B737 Classic family mid-sized jetliner; the fuselage measures 36,45 m from nose to tail; the fuselage cross-section is 148 in (3,76 m) wide.
Blue Air B737-400 features 170 seats in a single-class configuration; the cabin has six Recaro SL3510 seats for each row in a 3-3 layout.
Blue Air crews are composed of the most experienced pilots and flight attendants in Romania. Most of the pilots have over 10,000 flight hours on various types of aircraft.

Boeing 737-400 – Turin Caselle, March 2016

Blue Air Boeing 737-400 YR-BAQ (cn 28702/2978), the same aircraft we flew on, ready to be pushed back from its stand at Turin Caselle, March 2016 – © MXPhotos

Blue Air - Boeing 737-400

Economy Class seats – The Recaro SL3510 is designed to meet the needs of short and medium range flight operations – The SL3510 is lighter and offers more legroom compared to a conventional seat in the same configuration – © MXPhotos

Flight deck

Flying on a Boeing 737 Classic is always a great experience for every aviation enthusiast, especially if you can have the chance to live it on the jump seat in the flight deck. The opportunity came true at 20,000 feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea en route from Turin Caselle to Lamezia Terme as flight 0B4005.

Blue Air - Boeing 737-400

Flight Deck – The crew during the checklist before descending to Lamezia Terme – The overhead panel is the nerve centre of the aircraft systems and replaces many of the controls once located on the flight engineers panel – The four light-grey panels are the primary system control panels: fuel, electrical, hydraulics and air-conditioning – © MXPhotos

Blue Air - Boeing 737-400

Flight Deck – Banking left at 3,500 feet on approach to Lamezia Terme runway 10 – © MXPhotos

Blue Air - Boeing 737-400

Flight Deck – The crew during the secure checklist after the flight back to Turin Caselle, March 2016 – © MXPhotos

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MXPhotos would like to thank Mr Andrea Primoceri, Aviation Photo Elite Photographer, Mrs Alexandra Petre, Blue Air Online Advertising & Brand Executive, Mr Adrian Duru, Blue Air Product Manager at Cimair/GSA, Mrs Roberta Bau’, Turin Airport Press Office, External Relations and Marketing Specialist and SACAL Lamezia Airport for their cooperation.