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Biman Bangladesh Airlines to introduce the first Boeing 777-300 on the Kuala Lumpur route

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) is due to take delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER on October 21. The new type (with this new livery) will be introduced on the Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur route on October 30 per Airline Route.

Biman Bangladesh Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for the full details.

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Qatar Cargo is coming to Toronto, Atlanta and Houston

Qatar Airways’ (Doha) cargo division has announced it will begin scheduled dedicated Boeing 777F freighter services to three North American destinations – Atlanta, Houston (Bush Intercontinental) and Toronto (Pearson).

The new North American services will be operated with Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777F freighters and will fly from the airline’s hub in Doha via Luxembourg.

Atlanta and Houston will be served with twice-weekly flights from November 2, while the Toronto weekly services will begin five days later on November 7. In North America, Qatar Airways currently operates dedicated freighters only to Chicago (O’Hare).

The carrier also flies daily nonstop passenger services to Houston (Bush Intercontinental), New York (JFK) and Washington (Dulles), together with thrice-weekly flights to Montreal (Trudeau), offering sufficient cargo space in the belly of the aircraft.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways’ passenger services to Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be supplemented with a weekly cargo flight, effective October 30.

In addition, extra cargo flights will operate to Chicago, Colombo, Bahrain, Dammam, Hong Kong and Tehran from October 30.

Qatar Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Emirates to launch the Dubai-Lusaka-Harare route on February 1

Emirates Airline (Dubai) is launching the Dubai-Lusaka-Harare route on February 1, 2012.

Emirates Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

Turkmenistan Airlines to purchase two additional Boeing 777-200 LR (Longer Range) aircraft

Turkmenistan Airlines (Ashgabat) is preparing to order two additional Boeing 777-200 LR (Longer Range) aircraft according to this report by MENAFN.com.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Turkmenistan Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for the aircraft information.

RAK Airways to add Lahore and Peshawar

RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) is planning to add both Lahore (November 12) and Peshawar (November 15) in Pakistan.

The company is also adding new routes to Kuwait City (November 20) and Khartoum (three times weekly).

Read the full report from Khaleej Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Reiner Geerdts.

Route Map:

Air Arabia to fly to Russia

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (Sharjah) has announced it will introduce direct service to Moscow and Yekaterinburg in Russia, beginning on October 14 and 29 respectively. The two new Air Arabia destinations are the first in Russia. Moscow and Yekaterinburg will become the carrier’s fifth and sixth destination in CIS and Russian Federation and its 69th worldwide.

Air Arabia will offer service to Moscow on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sunday, departing from Sharjah International Airport at 09:00 AM and arriving at Moscow (Domodedovo) Airport at 14:00. Return flights will depart from Moscow on the same days at 15:00 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:00.

The carrier will offer service to Yekaterinburg on Wednesday and Saturday departing from Sharjah International Airport at 10:05 and arriving at Yekaterinburg Airport at 16:50. Return flights will depart from Yekaterinburg on the same days at 17:50 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:50.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Air Arabia (Sharjah) Route Map:

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS to launch 21 new routes in summer 2012 season

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) is launching 21 new routes for the summer 2012 season.

New routes from Copenhagen:

Copenhagen- Kaliningrad. First flight March 25 . Copenhagen – Katowice. First flight March 26 Copenhagen -Malaga. First flight March 31. Copenhagen -Split. First flight May 12. Copenhagen -Dubrovnik. First flight July 4.

New routes from Norway:

Oslo-Antalya. First flight May 12. Oslo-Faro. First flight June 26. Stavanger-Nice. First flight June 24. Stavanger-Split. First flight June 25. Stavanger-Barcelona. First flight June 28. Stavanger-Palma. First flight June 29. Bergen-Manchester. First flight January 6. Bergen-Malaga. First flight June 23. Bergen-Split. First flight June 25. Bergen-Barcelona. First flight June 28. Bergen-Palma. First flight June 29.

New routes from Stockholm (Arlanda);

Stockholm-Barcelona. First flight March 25. Stockholm-Dubrovnik. First flight March 25. Stockholm-Malaga. First flight March 31. Stockholm-Reykjavik. First flight June 22. Stockholm-Alicante. First flight June 26.

SAS Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Aerolineas Argentinas to resume the Buenos Aires-Cancun route on November 13

Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) is planning to resume the Buenos Aires-Cancun route on November 13 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Air Canada strike to be blocked by the government

Air Canada’s (Montreal) flight attendants will not be allowed to strike this week because the Canadian government will refer the labor dispute to a federal tribunal according Labor Minister Lisa Raitt and this report by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Air Canada Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Wingnut.

AmeriJet International opens Newark cargo facility

Amerijet International (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Miami) has announced the opening of its new 20,000 square-foot freight facility in Newark. The new facility is located at 275 South Street, Newark, NJ 07114 with convenient access from Route 21 (McCarter Highway), the New Jersey Turnpike, as well as Route 1 and 9.

Cargo is then surface transported to its Miami cargo hub.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Alaska Horizon to operate the San Jose-Palm Springs route

Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) will start flying the San Jose, CA-Palm Springs, CA route starting on February 17, 2012 for parent Alaska Airlines per Airline Route.

Alaska Horizon Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

S7 Airlines adds weekly, seasonal service between Novosibirsk and Phuket

S7 Airlines (Ob and Moscow) has added weekly seasonal service between Novosibirsk and Phuket, Thailand with Boeing 767-300s according to Airline Route. The new route started on October 3.

In addition, S7 is launching a new route between Vladivostok and Hong Kong.

The flights will be operated from November 2, 2011 once a week on Wednesdays. The departure from Vladivostok is at 12:00 noon, with an arrival at Hong Kong at 14:30 local time. The return flight departs from Hong Kong at 15:35 and arrives at Vladivostok at 23:20.

The Hong Kong flights will be served by Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: OSDU.

S7 Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Transaero Airlines to add Moscow-Mineralnye Vody service on October 19

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) for the first time ever, will launch flights on the Moscow – Mineralnye Vody route on October 19.

Transaero’s new flight Moscow – Mineralnye Vody – Moscow UN 169/170 will operate daily according to the following schedule:

UN 169: Departure from Moscow Domodedovo Airport on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 5:00 pm, arriving in Mineralnye Vody at 7:10 pm.

Departure from Moscow Domodedovo Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 12:00 pm, arriving in Mineralnye Vody at 2:20 pm.

Departure from Moscow Domodedovo Airport on Wednesdays at 9:20 am, arriving in Mineralnye Vody at 11:40 am.
All times local.

UN 170: Departure from Mineralnye Vody Airport on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:10 pm, arriving in Moscow at 10:40 pm.

Departure from Mineralnye Vody Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3:20 pm, arriving in Moscow at 5:40 pm.

Departure from Mineralnye Vody Airport on Mondays and Fridays at 12:40 pm, arriving in Moscow at 3:00 pm.

All times local.

All flights will be operated with Boeing 737s.

Transaero Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Wingnut.

Worldwide Route Map:

Sky Airlines’ Boeing 737-4Q8 TC-SKF gear collapses on landing at Antalya

Sky Airlines’ (Antalya) Boeing 737-4Q8 TC-SKF was involved in a landing incident at Antalya yesterday (October 10).

Read the full account from the Hurriyet Daily News: CLICK HERE

Sky Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Virgin Atlantic is interested in merging with BMI, will develop the world’s first low carbon aviation fuel

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) is strongly pursuing a buy-out of rival BMI (East Midlands) from Lufthansa and combining the two carriers according to this report by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

In other news, Virgin Atlantic Airways today announced the development of a world-first low carbon aviation fuel with just half the carbon footprint of the standard fossil fuel alternative.

The ground breaking partnership with LanzaTech represents a breakthrough in aviation fuel technology that will see waste gases from industrial steel production being captured, fermented and chemically converted using Swedish Biofuels technology for use as a jet fuel. The revolutionary fuel production process recycles waste gases that would otherwise be burnt into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

Within two to three years Virgin Atlantic will plan flights with the new fuel on its routes from Shanghai and Delhi to London Heathrow as LanzaTech and partners develop facilities in China and India. The technology is currently being piloted in New Zealand, a larger demonstration facility will be commissioned in Shanghai this year, and the first commercial operation will be in place in China by 2014. Following successful implementation, a wider roll-out could include operations in the UK and the rest of the world.

LanzaTech estimates that its process can apply to 65 % of the world’s steel mills, allowing the fuel to be rolled out for worldwide commercial use. The energy company believes that this process can also apply to metals processing and chemical industries, growing its potential considerably further.

Virgin Atlantic will be the first airline to use this fuel and will work with LanzaTech, Boeing and Swedish Biofuels towards achieving the technical approval required for using new fuel types in commercial aircraft. A “demo” flight with the new fuel is planned in 12-18 months.

This next generation technology overcomes the complex land use issues associated with some earlier generation biofuels – and detailed analysis suggests the fuel will produce around a 50% saving in lifecycle carbon emissions. The Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), the leading international body to ensure the sustainability of biofuels production, will advise the team to ensure the fuel produced meets key environmental, social and economic criteria.

Virgin Atlantic believes that this development will take the airline well beyond its pledge of a 30% carbon reduction per passenger km by 2020. The investment in renewable fuels is part of our wider program to reduce carbon through measures such as using new, more fuel-efficient aircraft and supporting a global carbon cap and trade scheme, through our involvement in Aviation Global Deal group.

Copyright Photo: Nik French.

Virgin Atlantic Slide Show: CLICK HERE

EasyJet to open two new bases in France at Nice and Toulouse

EasyJet (UK) (London-Luton) is expanding in France with two new permanent bases in Nice and Toulouse – its 21st and 22nd network bases – to be operational by the summer season of 2012.

The bases in Nice and Toulouse will open during the 2012 summer season with two Airbus 319 aircraft in each base and will bring to five the number of easyJet bases in France (in addition to Orly, Charles de Gaulle and Lyon) with a total fleet of 24 aircraft.

Following the opening of the two new bases, easyJet expects to increase by 10 its regional and European routes (from 27 to 37) on top of its existing operations. Already the second largest airline by market share in France, and the second biggest at both Nice and Toulouse, easyJet flew 12 million passengers to and from France in 2011.

With the capacity increase in Nice, the largest airport outside of Paris, easyJet will add to its existing portfolio of 16 routes: five new exciting business and leisure, domestic and European destinations, including Toulouse, Nantes and Bordeaux.

According to the airline, easyJet will offer local consumers a wide choice of 21 destinations with friendly service and low-fares and up to 215 flights per week.
In Toulouse, where easyJet has significantly grown its operations in a very short time, the airline will offer on the top of its current portfolio of 11 routes: five additional city routes including Basel and Brussels.

Copyright Photo: Guillaume Besnard.

EasyJet Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Alaska Airlines to start Seattle/Tacoma-Kansas City service on March 12

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will add the Seattle/Tacoma-Kansas CIty route starting on March 12, 2012. The new route will be served with Boeing 737-800 equipment. Kansas City is the seventh-largest market in the country previously unserved by AS from Seattle/Tacoma.

AS is also offering new seasonal service between Palm Springs and San Jose, California, starting on February 17, 2012. The new nonstop California route will originate in Portland, Oregon, and operate throughout the year except between June 3 and October 4.

Alaska Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

American Airlines to cut 4Q capacity by 3% and retire up to 11 Boeing 757s

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) announced it will adjust its late fall and winter schedule, which is expected to result in fourth quarter mainline capacity that is approximately 3 percent lower on a year-over-year basis.

In addition, as part of the reductions, American said it will retire up to 11 Boeing 757-200 aircraft in 2012.

American has moved on a few occasions throughout the year to reduce its capacity as fuel prices moved upward and improvement in the broader economy failed to materialize. With these latest moves American expects full year capacity to be up about 0.4 percent year-over-year for mainline and consolidated capacity will be up approximately 1.2 percent. This represents an approximate 3 percent reduction in the company’s capacity expectations versus American’s initial guidance provided in January 2011.

These reductions will modestly increase 2011 unit costs compared to those incorporated in the guidance provided on Sept. 21, 2011. In addition, compared to prior guidance, third quarter unit costs will be adversely impacted by quarter-end volatility in WTI crude oil prices and foreign exchange rates. WTI prices decreased, while jet fuel prices remained high, which will result in a $29 million non-cash fuel hedging ineffectiveness charge, which will be recorded in fuel expense. In addition, the U.S. dollar strengthened, which will drive a $22 million incremental charge as a result of foreign exchange volatility.

American Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

Starbow Airlines commences operations in Ghana

Starbow Airlines (Accra) commenced scheduled passenger flights on September 26 on the Accra-Kumasi route using BAe 146-300s.

The new airline issued the following statement:

Aero Surveys Limited, operating under the commercial name Starbow, announced that its scheduled commercial air services commenced on Monday, September 26, 2011.

Starbow is operating two BAe 146-300s aircraft with 94 seats, including 8 Business Class seats. The BAe 146-300 is a four-engine jet aircraft that will bring an unprecedented level of reliability, speed, and comfort to aviation in Ghana.

The inauguration flight was from Accra to Kumasi. On September 28 2011, Starbow added the Accra-Tamale route and soon after, Accra-Takoradi route as well as a second daily flight to Kumasi.

Starbow has partnered with leading European maintenance providers, Inflite, and has hired highly experienced foreign and local pilots, all of whom are trained to EASA standards. Starbow aims to achieve world class levels of safety and reliability.”

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. BAe 146-300 G-UKSC became 9G-SBA (msn E3125) on delivery. The airline is pictured at Southend before the delivery.

Cities served and prospective destinations in west Africa:

Arik Air to drop the Abuja-London Heathrow route on October 30

Arik Air (Arik Wings of Nigeria) (Lagos) will drop the Abuja-London (Heathrow) route on October 30 per a report by Airline Route.

Arik Air Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Cyprus Airways to drop the Larnaca-Manchester route on October 30

Cyprus Airways (Larnaca) will drop the Larnaca-Manchester route on October 30 according to a report by Airline Route.

Cyprus Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for the aircraft information.

Cyprus Airways’ European Destinations:

Comlux orders two Sukhoi Superjet 100 business jets

Comlux (Zurich) yesterday announced the purchase agreement for two Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ) aircraft plus two additional options.

With this order Comlux becomes the launch customer of SuperJet International for this new type of VIP aircraft.

The deliveries of the two Superjet 100 aircraft are planned for 2014. The order has an estimated value of $200 million, including options.

Before the entry into service, the VIP cabin interior of the aircraft will be designed and outfitted by Comlux America (Indianapolis), the completion center of the Comlux Group. Comlux America is appointed as the first approved Sukhoi Business Jet completion Center.

The Sukhoi Business Jet is the VIP aircraft version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliner. It offers a spacious and ultra quiet cabin oand a range of approximately 4300 nm (8000 km), thanks to its additional fuel tanks. The launch of the VIP aircraft version comes just four months after the successful airline entry into service of the SSJ100 in April 2011.

Blue1 to drop the Helsinki-London Heathrow route on October 30

Blue1 (Helsinki) is dropping the Helsinki-London (Heathrow) route effective October 30 per a report by Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord.

Blue1 Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Blue1 European Route Route Map:

Norwegian to fly Oslo-Manchester three times weekly

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) will fly the Oslo-Manchester route three times weekly starting on October 31 according to Airline Route.

Norwegian Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Norwegian routes from Oslo:

Air Canada’s flight attendants reject the new contract, will strike on October 13

Air Canada (Montreal) is facing a strike by its flight attendants who rejected the latest contract offer.

The company issued the following statement:

“Air Canada has been advised by CUPE, the union representing the airline’s 6,800 flight attendants, that the new tentative agreement reached by the Company and the union’s negotiating committee on September 20, 2011 was not ratified by the union membership. Subsequently, Air Canada has been given a strike notice by CUPE confirming the union’s intention to begin a strike at 00:01 a.m. ET Thursday October 13, 2011. In the interim, Air Canada’s operations are not affected and the airline will continue to operate its normal schedule.”

Air Canada Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Please click on the photo for the aircraft information.

GECAS orders six additional Embraer ERJ 190s

GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services) has signed a contract with Embraer for six firm orders and six options of the Embraer ERJ 190, with the right to convert to the Embraerr ERJ 195. The total value of the deal, which will be included in Embraer’s fourth quarter of 2011 backlog, is $256.8 million, at list price, and could double, if all options are confirmed. Delivery of these aircraft will begin in the fourth quarter of 2012.

This new contract expands on the agreement for two Embraer ERJ 190 jets, announced last June during the Paris Air Show, which is included in Embraer’s third quarter of 2011 backlog. GECAS presently has 93 E-Jets of all models on lease with 15 airlines around the world, and its portfolio now comes to 101 E-Jets.

Talks stall between AMR and the American Eagle pilots for a new contract

American Eagle Airlines’ (2nd) (Dallas/Fort Worth) pilots and management have failed to reach a new contract before Eagle is sold off by AMR.

Read the full report by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

American Eagle Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum

American Airlines to outsource some Boeing 757-200 maintenance work

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has notified the Transport Workers Union (TWU) in Tulsa that the company will outsource heavy maintenance on four Boeing 757-200 aircraft starting on November 1, according to this report by Tulsa World.

The C Checks will be performed by TIMCO Aviation Services (Greensboro) rather than by AA employees at the Tulsa International Airport maintenance base.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

American Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for the aircraft information.

Samair takes delivery of its first aircraft

Samair (Bratislava) has taken delivery of its first aircraft. The pictured Boeing 737-476 OM-SAA (msn 24439) at Budapest on September 11, 2011 was accepted by the new carrier on October 4.

Copyright Photo: Ferenc Hamori.

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Lion Air to start a full-service subsidiary in November 2012

Lion Air (Jakarta) has filed for a new AOC for a new full-service subsidiary named Space Air. Space Air will be based in Jakarta and will be launched in November 2012 with Boeing 737-900 ERs.

Read the full story from The Jakarta Post: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Lion Air Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Lion Air Route Map:

Smart Aviation takes delivery of two Bombardier Q400s

Smart Aviation (Company Cairo) has taken delivery of two new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft. SU-SMH (msn 4367) was accepted on September 16 and SU-SMI (msn 4368) followed on September 22. The two new turboprops will be used on domestic and regional flights. The aircraft were ordered in August 2010.

The company launched charter operations on May 3, 2007 with a single 10-seater Cessna Citation Sovereign jet aircraft.

The company, which is partially owned by EgyptAir, is the first corporate jet operator in Egypt to cater to businessmen, politicians, executive air travelers and medical services.

Photo: Bombardier.

 

KMV Avia ceases all operations in Russia

KMV Avia (Kavkazskie Mineralnye Vody)
ceased all operations on September 28, 2011. Its AOC was about to be revoked on October 1, 2011. The number of Russian airlines is likely to continue to shrink.

Read the full story from The Moscow Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon. Please click on the photo for the full story of the airline.

KMV Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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AviaNova shuts down all operations

AviaNova (Moscow-Sheremetyevo) is the latest Russian airline casualty. The low-fare carrier announced it was shutting down today (October 9, 2011). The company was operating six Airbus A320s.

The airline received its AOC in August 2009 and commenced operations on August 27, 2009.

Video: Too bad, we will miss this colorful airline which made a “splash” in its short history:

Copyright Photo: OSDU. AviaNova Airbus A320-232 EI-ELE (msn 1969) approaches Sheremetyevo Airport near Moscow for landing.

AviaNova: AG Slide Show

Adria Airways successfully recapitalizes, retires its retrojet

Adria Airways (Ljubljana) has successfully reorganized and recapitalized.

The airline issued the following statement:

“At its 69th meeting, the Management Board of Adria Airways adopted a statement on the implementation of measures associated with the Agreement on Financial and Commercial Restructuring of Adria Airways d.d., in which it determined that the company has fulfilled all the measures it was bound to carry out in line with the Agreement. Alongside other measures, one condition for carrying out the recapitalization was the conclusion of a new entrepreneurial collective agreement between the company and unions. The new entrepreneurial collective agreement has been signed by all the unions except for the Association of Air Cabin Crews of Slovenia. In line with the collective agreements act, the entrepreneurial collective agreement applies to all employees in the company, irrespective of their membership in a specific union.

This signals the conclusion of the company’s financial rehabilitation, and the laying of foundations for further commercial and human resources rehabilitation.”

Adria Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nik French. Probably as a result of the reorganization, the company retired the pictured retrojet from the fleet on October 3, 2011. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Air Southwest ends all operations

Air Southwest (UK) (Plymouth) as planned, ended all operations on September 30. The brand has been retired. The three Bombardier DHC-8-300 aircraft were transferred to parent Eastern Airways.

Copyright Photo: Pedro Pics.

REDjet to double its fleet and expand operations

REDjet (flyREDjet.com) (Bridgetown, Barbados) resumed operations after taking a lot of bad press when one of its aircraft was unable to maintain operations. The young airline apologized and is adding two additional McDonnell Douglas DC-9-80 (MD-80) aircraft. The airline is also expanding, adding Antigua and Jamaica.

REDjet is adding the Port-of-Spain (Trinidad)-Kingston (Jamaica) route on November 20, the Barbados-Kingston route on November 21 and finally the Antigua-Georgetown (Guyana) on November 23.

Photo: REDjet.

Expanded Route Map:

QANTAS warns 11,000 passengers could be disrupted on Monday due to the strike

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has issued the following statement:

“More than 11,000 QANTAS passengers face lengthy delays and cancelled flights on Monday (October 10) as the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) ramps up its industrial campaign against QANTAS.

QANTAS will be forced to cancel 40 flights, delay 24 flights by up to 3.5 hours and bring forward 14 flights on Monday with the union to hold four hour strikes in the afternoon in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

There will be 40 domestic flights cancelled and 27 delayed or brought forward. There will be 11 international services delayed.

The union action ton Monday will bring the total number of passengers that have been impacted since unions commenced strike action six weeks ago to 46,500 passengers from 348 cancelled or delayed flights.

Qantas Group Executive Government and Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth said the strike is due to an ongoing dispute over pay and the union’s attempt to effectively run the airline.

In addition to the four hour strikes, the ALAEA is taking a range of industrial action which includes:

- Ongoing one hour strikes in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane each week.
– Ban on licensed aircraft engineers doing overtime which creates a backlog of maintenance.
– Day long strikes at heavy maintenance facilities in Melbourne and Brisbane.
– Go-slow on day-to-day work.”

QANTAS Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

Kingfisher aircraft skids off the runway at Chennai

Kingfisher Airlines’ (Mumbai) had an incident early this morning in Chennai, India according to this report by The Times of India. The flight had departed Chennai bound for Trichy when it returned to Chennai. The nose wheel burst on landing and the aircraft skidded off the main runway. There were no injuries to the 13 passengers and five crew members on board. The aircraft was recovered and the runway was later opened.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Kingfisher Slide Show: CLICK HERE

 

Gulf Air is coming to Rome

Gulf Air (Bahrain) will add Rome and the Bahrain-Rome route on November 30.

Gulf Air Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton.

Southwest’s plans for AirTran’s hub at Atlanta

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is making plans for its subsidiary AirTran Airways’ hub at Atlanta according to this article by Bloomberg. Some markets will be dropped and the Boeing 717-200s will probably be gradually replaced. The number of daily departures is expected to be trimmed around 13 percent to around 175. WN will add new service to larger markets and rely less on connecting. WN also expects a $1 billion increase in annual revenue from ATL.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

In other news, Southwest for the ninth year, kicked off the University of Texas/University of Oklahoma NCAA football game weekend with a pep rally to support both team and the annual Southwest Pigskin Plane Pull at Dallas Love Field (both teams play each other today in Dallas). According to WN, “More than 500 Southwest Employees came out to Southwest’s Maintenance Hangar to watch Fellow Employees compete on behalf of UT or OU to see who could pull an 83,000-pound Boeing 737 across 50 yards the fastest.”

Boeing 737-3H4 N391SW (msn 27378) wore the special nose emblem this year.

Read the full report from Nuts About Southwest: CLICK HERE

Photo of “Red River Rivalry” logo on N391SW: CLICK HERE

AirTran Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Norbert G. Raith. Please click on the photo for additional information.

QANTAS and Airbus finalize Australia’s largest aircraft order

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) and Airbus have finalized a contract for 110 A320 Family aircraft, to help with the airline’s fleet renewal and expansion plans in the coming years. The firm order for 78 A320neo and 32 A320s is the largest single order in Australian aviation history by aircraft units and follows a commitment signed in August.

The new aircraft will be deployed mainly by Jetstar Airways.

Jetstar Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Jetstar Route Map:

 

SilkAir adds Koh Samui in Thailand

SilkAir (Singapore) launched its first flight to Koh Samui, Thailand on September 27.

Flight MI 772 departs Singapore Changi Airport at 0810 hours and reaches the Thai resort island at 0900 hours. The return flight, MI 771, departs Koh Samui at 1030 hours and reaches Singapore at 1325 hours (all times local).

Koh Samui is SilkAir’s third destination in Thailand, after Phuket and Chiang Mai, and the 36th destination in the airline’s network. The three times weekly flights operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and are operated with the A319 aircraft, featuring both Business and Economy Class.

SilkAir Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for information about the airline.

Route Map:

Qatar Airways is coming to Helsinki

Qatar Airways (Doha) plans to add a new route from Doha to Helsinki in the near future. The fast-growing airline is also expected to announce a large aircraft order at the Dubai Air Show next month. The planned low-cost subsidiary will use existing aircraft according to this article by Bloomberg.

Qatar added Oslo on October 5. Oslo became destination number 107 in the airline’s global route map and the 27th city served by Qatar Airways in Europe, a continent now representing 25 percent of the airline’s international reach.

Read the article: CLICK HERE

Qatar Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati.

Arik Air orders two Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals

Arik Air (Arik Wings of Nigeria) (Lagos) and Boeing announced a deal for two 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes. The order is valued at $635 million at list prices and was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s website.

The order was announced during a signing ceremony at the Corporate Council for Africa’s 8th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

Arik Air is Nigeria’s fastest-growing privately owned airline operating a large fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737s and serves more than 22 domestic, six regional and three long-haul routes. The airline plans to use the 747-8 on its key long-haul routes.

Image: Boeing.

Arik Air Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Alaska Airlines and Its aircraft technicians reach tentative agreement on proposed five-year contract

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) yesterday (October 6) jointly announced tentative agreement on a proposed five-year contract for the carrier’s 626 aircraft technicians and related employees. The proposed contract includes annual pay raises, additional job protection provisions, and a shared commitment between Alaska Airlines and AMFA to work on minimizing health care cost increases.

Further details on the contract are being withheld pending a ratification vote by union members, which is expected to be completed by mid-November. If ratified, the new contract would become amendable on October 17, 2016. The current contract is amendable on October 17, 2011.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Iberia Express is born

IAG’s board has approved the launch of Iberia’s new subsidiary airline – Iberia Express – which will operate part of Iberia’s short and medium haul network.

According to IAG, “the subsidiary is being established to compete effectively in the Spanish domestic and European market. Over time it will develop new markets and destinations and strengthen the Madrid hub, creating valuable new jobs for the Spanish economy.”

Iberia Express will start operations in the summer of 2012. In addition to direct traffic, Iberia Express will also provide transfer feed onto Iberia’s long haul network.

The subsidiary will have a single A320 fleet with four aircraft initially. The low-cost subsidiary will have 13 A320s by the end of 2012. All the aircraft will be sourced from Iberia’s existing fleet.

Iberia Express will have lower operating costs than Iberia’s loss-making short and medium haul business. The subsidiary will recruit new staff at market rates. It will have improved aircraft utilization. Maintenance and ground handling will initially be provided by Iberia.

According to IAG, “The creation of Iberia Express will not change the terms and conditions of existing Iberia employees and it will not modify the existing relationships with Vueling Airlines and Air Nostrum-Iberia Regional.”

AirAsia to launch the Kuala Lumpur-Da Nang route on December 16

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) has announced it will launch the Kuala Lumpur-Da Nang, Vietnam route on December 16.

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QANTAS Airways to increase the number of frequencies on the Dallas/Fort Worth route

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) is celebrating the success of the new Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth route with additional frequencies.

The company will increase the frequency of its services between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) from four per week to daily by July 2012.

Capacity on the route will grow to six services per week on January 15, 2012 and to seven per week on July 1, 2012.

QANTAS began flying to DFW in May 2011, giving Australians access to an unprecedented range of destinations across the United States and beyond via one of America’s leading hub airports. The route is served by a three-class Boeing 747-400 ER – the aircraft type currently being reconfigured with QANTAS’ A380-style cabins.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for additional information on this unique aircraft.

Etihad Airways has its best third quarter ever

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) reported revenues growth of 39 percent to $1.1 billion (Q3 2010: $785 million) in the third quarter. For passengers carried, the airline reported a 18 percent increase to 2.25 million (up from 1.9 million) in the airline’s strongest ever third quarter. Seat factor increased by 3.8 percent to 80.7 percent, the highest quarterly result in its history.

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Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Please click on the photo for information on this colorful logojet.

Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing confirm an order for four 777F freighters

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) and Boeing have now confirmed an order for four new 777F freighters. Ethiopian will become the first African airline to operate the new freighter.

The order was previously listed as “unidentified”.

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Copyright Photo: Michael Stappen.

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