Jet2 announces an expansion at Edinburgh Airport

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Jet2 (Jet2.com) (Leeds/Bradford) has announced a major expansion at Edinburgh Airport with 12 new destinations for the summer season of 2016.

The 12 new destinations include Antalya, Crete, Dalaman, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Paphos, Rhodes and Tenerife plus exclusive routes to Kefalonia, Larnaca, Vienna and Zante.

The carrier will start flying to the three new Canary Island destinations in February 2016. The airline will add a fifth based aircraft at EDI, a Boeing 737-800.

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New route information:

Austria:

Vienna – twice weekly (Monday & Friday) starting on April 29, 2016.

Canary Islands:

Gran Canaria – weekly (Monday) starting on February 15, 2016.
Lanzarote – twice weekly (Thursday & Sunday) starting on February 14, 2016.
Tenerife – twice weekly (Tuesday & Saturday) starting on February 12, 2016.

Greece

Crete (Heraklion) – twice weekly (Monday & Friday) starting on May 27, 2016.
Kefalonia – weekly (Wednesday) starting on May 25, 2016.
Rhodes – weekly (Saturday) starting on June 25, 2016.
Zante –twice weekly (Tuesday & Saturday) starting on May 31, 2016.

Cyprus

Larnaca – weekly (Wednesday) starting on May 25, 2016.
Paphos – weekly (Wednesday) starting on June 22, 2016.

Turkey

Antalya – weekly (Thursday) starting on June 23, 2016.
Dalaman – weekly (Friday) starting on June 24, 2016.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86Q G-GDFZ (msn 30276) in Jet2holidays colors departs from Tenerife Sur.

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Qatar Airways to bring the Airbus A350-900 to Munich

Qatar Airways (Doha) has announced it will add the new Airbus A350-900 on the Doha – Munich daily route starting on October 1. The airline issued this statement:

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Qatar Airways, the Global Launch Customer of the A350 XWB, has announced the expansion of its A350 services to Germany, with the new state-of-the-art aircraft being deployed on its Doha-Munich route.

Commencing October 1, 2015, the Doha-based airline will be launching the A350 XWB to Munich alongside its existing Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on one of the two double-daily flights to Munich.

Beginning November 1, 2015, the second daily flight to Munich will also be operated with the world’s newest wide-body aircraft, the A350 XWB, further strengthening the airline’s position in Germany as a world-class airline providing passengers with an exclusive premium travel experience.

Qatar Airways introduced its first and second commercial A350 XWB flights to the German market with flights to Frankfurt in January and March this year. The airline has also recently launched its third A350 aircraft to Singapore and will add its fourth and fifth aircraft with all three daily flights to Singapore scheduled to be operated with the A350 XWB by mid-August, 2015.

Qatar Airways’ A350s feature 283 seats – with 36 seats in Business Class in a 1-2-1 configuration, featuring 80” inch fully flat horizontal beds – and a 247 seating capacity in Economy Class in a 3-3-3 layout. All seats in Business Class have a direct aisle access with 17” HD in-flight entertainment screens. Economy Class features 10.6” in-flight entertainment screens and more space for passengers in window seats, thanks to a vertical side wall panel design.

Qatar Airways currently has three Airbus A350-900 XWB in its fleet of aircraft, with 77 more on order, and is the only airline in the world to operate every family of Airbus’ modern airline portfolio. The airline, which has been serving Munich since 1998, currently operates 14 flights each week between Munich and the airline’s Doha base, Hamad International Airport, from which it flies to 146 key leisure and business destinations worldwide.

Video above: A trip report on the Airbus A350-900 from Doha to Frankfurt.

Copyright Photo below: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A350-941 F-WZFA became A7-ALA (msn 006) on the handover.

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Video below: Sam Chui. Airbus A350 inaugural flight.

 

Delta to add another feeder route to Seattle/Tacoma

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues to add feeder spoke routes to its growing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub. The carrier will start Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet service from SEA to the Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) serving the Pasco, Washington area. The new daily route will start on November 1 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines‘ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N617QX (msn 10130) taxies to the runway at the SeaTac hub.

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Azul firms its order for 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets

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Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras S.A. (Sao Paulo-Viracopos) and Embraer S.A. (São José dos Campos) have reached a final agreement for 30 firm orders for the E195-E2 jets. The contract, announced as a Letter of Intent (LOI) during the 2014 edition of the Farnborough International Airshow, in July last year, also includes an additional 20 purchase rights for the same model, bringing the total potential order up to 50 E195-E2 jets.

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Currently, the Brazilian airline has a total of 82 E-Jets in service and another six E195s on order. It operates the largest fleet of E195s in the world. With this firm order from Azul, the E-Jets E2 backlog reaches 242 firm orders, plus 348 options and purchase rights.

The first delivery of an E-Jets E2 (the E190-E2) is planned for the first semester of 2018. The E195-E2 is scheduled to enter service in 2019 and the E175-E2 in 2020. Embraer’s E-Jets E2s have state-of-the-art Pratt & Whitney PurePowerTM Geared Turbofan high by-pass ratio engines (PW1700G on the E175-E2, PW1900G on the E190-E2 and E195-E2). Combined with new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and improvements to other systems, the E2s will deliver significant reductions in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions, and external noise.

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SAS reaches a new collection labor agreement with its Swedish pilots union

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Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) has issued this statement:

SAS has signed a new modern collective bargain agreement with the Swedish pilot union SPF. The negotiations have reached the targets within set timeframe and thus there will be no industrial action (strike) by the pilots in Sweden. SAS has now reached agreements with three of the four pilot unions on new contracts, which means that most of the SAS pilots are now covered by the new Scandinavian collective bargain agreement.

SAS’ objective is to invest in the aircrafts of the future, destinations and services that meet customers’ demand. Therefore, it is required that SAS adapts the collective bargain agreements to today’s competitive environment.

The new collective bargain agreement is valid for two years and shall enter into force on 21 May 2015.

SAS had as a preventative measure cancelled a limited number of flights to avoid having travelers being stranded in the event of a strike. We hope to return to normal traffic in Sweden as soon as possible.

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Air France to resume services to Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Air France (Paris) on June 30, 2015, is resuming services to Freetown with three weekly frequencies from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Flights will be operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 208 seats: 40 in the Business cabin, 21 in Premium Economy and 147 in Economy.

In other news, Air France will close its Toulouse, Nice and Marseille pilot bases by October which will result in the reassignment of approximately 200 pilots to Paris according a report by Midi-Pyrenees.

Read the full report (in French): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo below: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-203 F-GZCI (msn 502) approaches the runway at New York (JFK).

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Ruili Airlines orders 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

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Ruili Airlines (Kunming, Yunnan) is expanding rapidly. The relatively new airline is planning to expand its small fleet with Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by the end of 2025. The fast-growing Chinese carrier will acquire 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (believed to be a mixture of MAX 7, MAX 8 and MAX 9 models) from two leasing companies, AVIC International Leasing Company and Minsheng Financial Leasing Company, according to Zacks.

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Ruili Airlines formally started passenger operations on May 18, 2014 between its Kunming (KMG) base in southern China and Mangshi (LUX).

As previously reported, Ruili Airlines is owned by the Yunnan Jingcheng Group.

Three aircraft, two Boeing 737-700s and the pictured 737-800 were delivered in order to commence operations in 2014. The current fleet is now five aircraft.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured ex-Airberlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABMX became B-1960 (msn 37786) with Ruili Airlines.