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Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:37 pm

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Mohamed said he was confident that Yemenia would reach 90% e-ticketing by August and 100% "much before the end of the year".

Yemenia's fleet is currently made up of Boeing 737-800s and Airbus A330-200s, but the carrier recently signed an order for 10 Airbus A350s at the Paris air show, scheduled for delivery from 2013 onwards.

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/index...nt&view=article&id=495057&Itemid=1

Can´t remember any release in regards to this order. Assuming this article is correct Yemenia has thus confirmed its A350 commitment / has converted its A350 commitment to the A350. Any member able to give some more input here?
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:40 pm

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Thread starter):
Can´t remember any release in regards to this order.

Wow. Nor can I! And 10 is far more than they originally committed to. Intriguing.
 
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:13 pm

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Thread starter):
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Mohamed said he was confident that Yemenia would reach 90% e-ticketing by August and 100% "much before the end of the year".

Yemenia's fleet is currently made up of Boeing 737-800s and Airbus A330-200s, but the carrier recently signed an order for 10 Airbus A350s at the Paris air show, scheduled for delivery from 2013 onwards.

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/index...nt&view=article&id=495057&Itemid=1

Can´t remember any release in regards to this order. Assuming this article is correct Yemenia has thus confirmed its A350 commitment / has converted its A350 commitment to the A350. Any member able to give some more input here?

Maybe they will lease them from Alafco, they just confirmed their order in Paris...
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:22 pm

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Thread starter):
Can´t remember any release in regards to this order. Assuming this article is correct Yemenia has thus confirmed its A350 commitment / has converted its A350 commitment to the A350. Any member able to give some more input here?

In March 2006, Yemenia announced the intention to purchase 6 + 4 A350 for delivery start in 2012.
http://www.eads.net/800/en/investor/...20060306_airbus_yemen_yemenia.html
No confirmation of order has yet been issued.
 
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:43 pm

Interesting, nobody heard of that before. They never signed a firm order for the old A350, and they only wanted six of them. Maybe Airbus forgot to announce it.  Wink

Anyway, I believe this report is wrong. Yemenia will probably firm it up sooner or later, but they haven't done it yet.
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:13 pm

Yemeni airliner Yemenia plans to buy A350 extra-wide body aircraft from European jet maker Airbus , a spokesman for France's president said on Monday.
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh "talked about aeronautical cooperation in view of Yemenia buying Airbus A350 jets," a spokesman for Sarkozy said at the end of a lunch at the Elysee Palace.


http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/200706...5/tbs-uk-yemen-airbus-7318940.html
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:16 pm

Wow, odd timing! I thought the show was over, we have already seen Easyjet announce an order for 30 A319's today.
 
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:22 pm

I beleive IY made their intentions for the 350 clear a while back, even before the XWB tangent. What is not clear is if they are being purchased or leased.

"Yemenia-Yemen Airways, based in Sanaa, has selected the Airbus A350 for its long haul fleet modernization programme and has signed a preliminary agreement with Airbus for the acquisition of six aircraft of the type, with options for another four. The selection of the A350-800 by the airline followed a thorough evaluation of the aircraft type and its competitor.

Deliveries of the A350s for Yemenia will start in 2012, and the aircraft will be configured in a comfortable two-class configuration with seating for 18 passengers in First Class and 265 in Economy. The engine type for Yemenia's A350s has still to be selected.

Captain Abdulkhalek Al-Kadi, Chairman of Yemenia-Yemen Airways said: "we are delighted to have secured the future of our long-range fleet with the Airbus A350 in the next decade. We are looking forward to introducing the aircraft type on the intercontinental routes to and from Yemen Yemen Airways is on the right track implementing it's fleet modernization program, and is preparing for growth. Recent business trends are remarkably well. Yemenia is expecting a double digit growth annually, this is why there is a need to focus on Human Resources Training, Automation and Networking."

Gustav Humbert, Airbus President and CEO said: "We are proud to start another chapter in the long and fruitful cooperation with Yemenia Yemen Airways. The new A350s are the perfect tools for the airline to further develop its services from Yemen to Europe and Asia. Yemenia's decision for the A350 is also another endorsement of Airbus' new 250 - 300 seat aircraft programme and confirms its success with customers".

Yemenia's decision brings the total number of orders and commitments for the new A350 to 182 from 14 customers.

Yemenia currently has three B737-800, four A310s and two A330-200s in its long haul fleet, operating from its base in Sanaa and Aden to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as possible further expansions of the network in Africa in the future.

The A350-800/900 complements the existing A330/A340 Airbus long-range family while capitalising on A380 state-of-the-art technology. New generation engines, new wings and a lighter structure thanks to the use of 60 per cent advanced materials, assure some 12 per cent lower fuel consumption. Passengers will be able to enjoy the large space offered in a new generation cabin, which will also include latest features of lighting.

A leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE Systems."

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Thread starter):
Mohamed said he was confident that Yemenia would reach 90% e-ticketing by August and 100% "much before the end of the year".

90% e-ticketing is laughable. Anyone who has been to Yemen will tell you that internet penetration is far far too low to allow the e-ticketing numbers to reach that high. That is unles conventional ticketing agents are buying and issuing e-tickets.

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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:28 pm

What it is important , NO airlines have cancelled their first deals with the old A350 version.

If i do not make any mistakes , 6 airlines still have to convert their previous A350 commitments in firm orders for A350XWBs.

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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:34 pm

Quoting FCKC (Reply 8):
If i do not make any mistakes , 6 airlines still have to convert their previous A350 commitments in firm orders for A350XWBs.

GECAS, Yemenia and Bangkok Airways have made commitments for previous A350 versions, but never firmed those up. IIRC, China commited to the A350XWB and TAP, TAM, Air Europa and ILFC made firm orders for previous A350 versions and still have to firm those up. But there have indeed been no cancellations, no matter how you look at it.
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:35 pm

Quoting FCKC (Reply 8):
What it is important , NO airlines have cancelled their first deals with the old A350 version.

Once upon a time I was assured that they would all order 787s instead.

Quoting FCKC (Reply 8):
If i do not make any mistakes , 6 airlines still have to convert their previous A350 commitments in firm orders for A350XWBs.

Air Europa
Air Portugal
TAM
Eurofly
Bangkok Aw
China

Add GECAS and ILFC. I dont think China ever committed to the previous design.
 
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:37 am

Why does Yemenia need these planes? For what routes? I know they have two new-ish A330s, and this is not exactly a rapidly-growing airline with sold-out flights, not to mention serving one of the poorest countries in the world. Would be intrigued to hear what need they are fulfilling by making this purchase, and where the cash is coming from. I have flown Yemenia before and they are a solid and professional airline, but 6-10 new A350s sounds inordinate for them.
 
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:53 am

From what I can see, no official announcement has been made regards this order.
 
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:01 am

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 11):
Why does Yemenia need these planes? For what routes? I know they have two new-ish A330s, and this is not exactly a rapidly-growing airline with sold-out flights, not to mention serving one of the poorest countries in the world. Would be intrigued to hear what need they are fulfilling by making this purchase, and where the cash is coming from. I have flown Yemenia before and they are a solid and professional airline, but 6-10 new A350s sounds inordinate for them.

I don't know how long it has been since you flew IY but they are doing very well. They have carved out some nice little markets for themselves with some shrewd thinking. For instance:
-IY is very popular amongst east Africans travelling to and from France the same goes for the Comoros.
-IY hauls has significant cargo between the GCC and SA via SAH.
-A lot of domestic workers from South East Asia fly with IY because of smart contracts signed with companies that source the labor.

These are just some of the factors. Using tie ins and codeshares with other carriers they are doing well. So there is definitely scope for them to use the new metal. Especially when you consider EIS is a while away not tomorrow.
Additonally by the time these birds come into play IY will likely have let go of the three leased 310s it has allowing for a shuffle of aircraft.

IY is funded by Saudi Investors and the governement of Yemen.

As for Yemen being one of the poorest countries in the world, well it's not. It's somewhere near the middle of the pack. Besides as I already eluded to a good chunk of their business is not O&D ex Yemen. If they can find a way to modernize SAH that would help a lot.

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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:18 am

Quoting YOWza (Reply 13):

I totally agree with you, thats why I think these orders will be firmed sometime this year.

Besides, they are getting a great price for these aircrafts. The old version prices for the new version is a steel in my opinion.

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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:09 am

Quoting YOWza (Reply 13):
I don't know how long it has been since you flew IY but they are doing very well. They have carved out some nice little markets for themselves with some shrewd thinking. For instance:
-IY is very popular amongst east Africans travelling to and from France the same goes for the Comoros.
-IY hauls has significant cargo between the GCC and SA via SAH.
-A lot of domestic workers from South East Asia fly with IY because of smart contracts signed with companies that source the labor.

I flew IY in 2004. The service was good, quality of aircraft was good, though SAH is pretty dreadful. While I agree with your three main bullet points above about IY's niches, these are pretty small niches.

To address your points:
-While I don't have any numbers, East Africans traveling to/from France just can't be that many pax. And certainly not high-yielding ones.
-For cargo b/w GCC and SA, what could IY offer that EK, EY, QR, and SAA Cargo don't?
-I don't know how profitable these contracts are, but contract dependency is not healthy for an airline. Contracts can easily be outbid, and IY has innumerable GCC competitors

Quoting YOWza (Reply 13):
As for Yemen being one of the poorest countries in the world, well it's not. It's somewhere near the middle of the pack.

If you count $586 per capita GDP as "middle of the pack." That makes it 147 out of 182 in this list.
http://www.answers.com/topic/list-of...untries-by-gdp-nominal-per-capita/

However, Ethiopia is ranked 181, and we all know that ET is one of the best carriers in Africa.

Quoting YOWza (Reply 13):
Additonally by the time these birds come into play IY will likely have let go of the three leased 310s it has allowing for a shuffle of aircraft.

Thanks, that's interesting, I didn't know that.

Quoting YOWza (Reply 13):
IY is funded by Saudi Investors and the governement of Yemen.

Didn't know that either. Explains a lot.
 
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RE: Yemenia A350 Order In Paris?

Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:25 am

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 15):
For cargo b/w GCC and SA, what could IY offer that EK, EY, QR, and SAA Cargo don't?

Capacity for one, there is huge demand so any way is a good way.

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 15):
I don't know how profitable these contracts are, but contract dependency is not healthy for an airline. Contracts can easily be outbid, and IY has innumerable GCC competitors

While that may be true in western context business in the middle east is not quite the same. It's more of a mafia mentality, looking after each other and everyone gets a taste of the profits. As I mentioned the Saudis are heavily involved with IY so there are a lot of connections to milk.

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 15):
However, Ethiopia is ranked 181, and we all know that ET is one of the best carriers in Africa.

I think you've successfully argued against your initial argument  Smile GDP and airline viability are not driectly related. If they were Luxembourg should be through the roof.

Either way the 350s will be a nice site in SAH.

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