ECAir is coming to Beirut

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ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines (Brazzaville) has announced on June 2 it will add twice-weekly Boeing 757-200 service on the new Brazzaville – Beirut, Lebanon route.

Copyright Photo below: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines (PrivatAir) Boeing 757-236 HB-JJD (msn 25807) sits at the gate at Maastricht.

ECAir aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

 

Delta to add two more routes from Seattle/Tacoma

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues to expand its growing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) hub.

Starting on April 4, 2016, the carrier will add the daily SEA – Boston route with Boeing 737-800s according to Airline Route.

In addition, Delta is also adding Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700 service from SEA to Victoria, British Columbia starting on the same day.

Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 N387DA (msn 30374) departs from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery only): AG Airline Slide Show

Singapore Airlines introduces its new Premium Economy Class

Singapore Airlines (Singapore) has introduced its new Premium Economy Class. The airline issued this statement and video above:

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Customers traveling in Singapore Airlines’ new Premium Economy Class can look forward to a wide range of in-flight offerings including a Premium Economy Book the Cook service, champagne and curated wines, a specially-designed collector’s edition amenity kit and the world’s most advanced in-flight entertainment system.

In addition to three main courses to choose from on board, customers can select their meals before travel by opting for the Premium Economy Book the Cook service. Choices include Seafood Thermidor, Roasted Chicken in Garlic Cream Sauce, Rosemary Beef Brisket, Roasted Chicken Rice, Pork Congee with Century Egg, Spiced Chicken Nasi Biryani, Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken, and Pancakes with Maple Syrup and Scrambled Eggs.

Customers will also be able to pair their choice of meal with a glass of Ernest Rapeneau Brut Prestige champagne, which will be available throughout the flight on all routes offering Premium Economy, or pick from a selection of curated wines.

Complementing the specially designed new seat, which has a width of either 18.5 or 19.5 inches depending on aircraft type, with an 8-inch recline, Premium Economy Class will feature the next-generation KrisWorld, Singapore Airlines’ award-winning in-flight entertainment system. Based on hardware from Panasonic Avionics, with a customised user interface and a large selection of content, it is the world’s most advanced in-flight entertainment system. The 13.3-inch full HD monitor is also the largest in its class.

Singapore Airlines worked with renowned design company Massive Interactive to seamlessly integrate the functionality of a video touch-screen handset into the core design of a new, innovative user interface to ensure that navigating through menus and programmes is intuitive and user friendly.

Customers travelling in Premium Economy Class will also receive an amenity kit that will come in exclusive limited editions, initially featuring SG50 motifs to commemorate Singapore’s 50th birthday. The amenity kit, which consists of a toothbrush, toothpaste and a pair of anti-slip socks, is designed as a collectible item, and pouches can be clipped together.

Malaysia Airlines is placed into receivership, operations continue

Malaysia Airlines (Malaysian Airline System Berhad-MAS) (Kuala Lumpur) today (May 25) was placed into receivership as the company transitions to a new company (Malaysia Airlines Berhad-MAB). The transfer of assets will occur on September 1, 2015. The restructuring could result in the loss of a significant number of jobs as the national carrier downsizes under its 12-point MAS Recovery Plan.

The airline issued two statements:

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The first statement:

Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the sole shareholder of Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS), today (May 25) announced the appointment of Dato’ Mohammad Faiz Azmi as Administrator for MAS, effective May 25, 2015.

The appointment of the Administrator will facilitate the transfer of selected assets and liabilities from MAS to the new company Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), effectively by September 1, 2015. MAS continues to operate throughout the period up to and including August 31, 2015, after which MAB will operate the business of the airline from September 1, 2015 onwards.
The appointment is a voluntary undertaking by Khazanah and is made pursuant to the Malaysian Airline System Berhad (Administration) Act 2015 (MAS Act), which was passed by both houses of the Malaysian Parliament last year. The MAS Act provides for an effective, efficient and seamless means to transition the business, property, rights, liabilities and affairs of MAS to MAB.
The transition from MAS to MAB is a key component of the 12-point MAS Recovery Plan, which was announced on August 29, 2014, to restructure the national carrier and set it on a path towards sustainable profitability. The MRP also includes conditional investment funding by Khazanah of up to RM6 billion, disbursed on a staggered basis and subject to the fulfillment of strict conditions.

The second statement:

Christoph Mueller, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) and CEO-designate of the new airline, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), assures customers that MAS operations continue as normal with the appointment of the Administrator.

Mueller states, “I assure you our operations are very much business as usual. All MAS flights, schedules, and reservations continue to operate as normal. We remain committed to serving you with our world-class Malaysian Hospitality, and look forward to welcoming you on board Malaysia Airlines.”

“This appointment does not affect our daily operations or existing reservations. You can continue to make reservations in full confidence that our flights and schedules are operating as normal, that tickets sold will be honored, and that our Enrich frequent flyer program continues with Miles and status preserved”, Mueller added.

Today, Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah) announced the voluntary appointment of an Administrator for MAS. This appointment reflects the continuing and considerable effort to September 1, 2015, when MAB becomes operational with a new business model and a new management team, led by Mueller.

The appointment by Khazanah, Malaysia’s sovereign fund and the sole shareholder of MAS, is backed by the Malaysian Airline System Berhad (Administration) Act 2015 (MAS Act) enacted by the Government of Malaysia. Under the MAS Act, the Administrator plays a critical role to facilitating the transfer of selected assets and liabilities to MAB, which will replace MAS as Malaysia’s new national carrier.

Copyright Photo below: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. The Airbus A380 are likely to be sold with the restructuring. Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-841 9M-MNF (msn 114) (100th A380 logo) climbs away from London (Heathrow).

Malaysia Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Qatar Airways introduces the new Airbus A350-900

New video from Qatar Airways: Airbus and Qatar Airways have collaborated to design and develop the A350 XWB. We are proud to be the first to fly the world’s newest aircraft and look forward to welcoming you on-board this aircraft. It’s truly ahead of the curve.

Video: KLM Jets – Real World Connection

New video from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: Jets links gaming to real life and helps passengers to be at their gate on time. Using beacon technology available at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol gamers are rewarded ingame when being on time. Jets is available now on the Apple Store via http://klmf.ly/1Afmsuk and Google Play Store via http://klmf.ly/1JrXpq3.