New safety video from Air New Zealand: In Air New Zealand’s latest safety video we fly to some of the world’s most stunning surf breaks. We partnered with some of the world’s top pro surfers, including Gabriel Medina, Mick Fanning, Laird Hamilton and Alana Blanchard, to demonstrate safety onboard our flights.
Transaero Airlines (Moscow) on May 22 took delivery of this new Boeing-direct delivery 737-800. The airliner, painted in the new livery, arrived at the Domodedovo Airport base in Moscow.
Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing delivered on May 22 Transaero’s first Next-Generation 737-800. The airplane, sporting a new livery, arrived at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.
Transaero’s newest 737 has a recognizable radome “bump” on top of the fuselage just behind the wings. The dome-shaped radome covers a Ku-band satellite antenna system that enables broadband passenger connectivity all over the world — even over oceans. The Ku-band range of microwave frequencies is used primarily for satellite communications.
Transaero’s 737-800 is the first in the 737 family to have the system installed during production. In-line installation can save airlines days of lost revenue previously experienced when retrofitting the radome after delivery.
Transaero was the first private airline in Russia, established in 1991. It also was the first Russian airline to introduce a Boeing airplane to its fleet in 1993 when it began operating the 737. Today, Transaero is the second-largest airline in Russia and operates 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s.
Copyright Photo below: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8MC WL N1782B (EI-RUR) (msn 44435) taxies at Boeing Field in Seattle prior to the handover.
Air Canada (Montreal) yesterday (May 22) launched seasonal service to Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Air Canada flight AC 7918 from Toronto (Pearson) marked the start of seasonal services to Atlantic City, resort city famed for beaches, boardwalks and casinos.
Seasonal, four times weekly Air Canada Express flights from Toronto to Atlantic City are operated by Jazz Aviation LP (Halifax) with 74-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
New routes launched to date this year in addition to Toronto-Atlantic City include: Toronto-Austin, Montreal-Venice, Vancouver-Osaka, Vancouver-Comox, Calgary-Halifax and Calgary-Nanaimo. Upcoming new routes still to launch include: Toronto-Dubai, Toronto-Delhi, Toronto-Amsterdam, Toronto-Abbotsford, Montreal-Mexico City and Calgary-Terrace.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGOY (msn 4365) is pictured on the ramp at Toronto (Pearson).
Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Miami) which is still planning to operate its first revenue charter flight on May 30, has issued this statement:
Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. and HavanaAir Charters, LLC, have signed on May 22 an agreement, to support HavanaAir’s charter operations to Cuba. HavanaAir is the largest provider of passenger traffic to the island, currently operating 65 flights a month to Havana from Miami with additional service to Santa Clara and Camaguey. The partnership will eventually include additional approved U.S. gateway cities.
Eastern will operate the Boeing 737-800 (Next Generation) aircraft, configured with 16 First Class seats and 129 Coach seats in the main cabin on all flights to Cuba.
“We are very pleased to partner with Eastern Air Lines. Eastern earned iconic status in the U.S. airline industry for decades and we are both honored and privileged to partner with their highly experienced management. Our partnership with Eastern will provide an entirely new level of service to Cuba with their Next Generation Boeing aircraft and their commitment to excellent customer service.” said Mark Elias, President and COO of HavanaAir Charters.
“We are excited to partner with HavanaAir Charters. Eastern was formerly the largest provider of air seats in the Cuba market, and with this agreement, Eastern will once again provide more seats to Cuba than any other U.S. carrier. Cuba is and always will be a very important market for Eastern as we grow our airline and we look forward to proving service from additional U.S. gateways along with our home airport of Miami International”, said Ed Wegel, President & CEO of Eastern.
Eastern will operate for HavanaAir twice daily service to Havana and weekly service to Camaguey and Santa Clara.
Eastern will support HavanaAir’s existing operations to Cuba with some 65 flights monthly.
Eastern and HavanaAir will be launching service from other U.S. gateways within 60 days.
Copyright Photo below: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Eastern Air Lines (2nd) Boeing 737-8AL WL N276EA (msn 35070) arrives at the Miami base.
Air Lituanica (Vilnius) yesterday (May 22) ceased all operations. The carrier had previously started operations on June 30, 2013.
The airline issued this statement:
Air Lituanica will operate flights from/to Amsterdam, Paris and Tallinn on May 22. Flights to Berlin, Prague, Brussels, Stockholm, Hamburg are cancelled on May 22. All flights are cancelled from May 23 and onwards. Air Lituanica, seeking to reduce inconvenience for the passengers and taking into account the financial resources, agreed with Air Baltic that all passengers having Air Lituanica tickets for cancelled flights between May 22 and May 29 will be rebooked on Air Baltic flights to their origin destinations .
Air Lituanica Customer Care Center will send new tickets for the passengers travelling between May 22 and May 29 with new flight details. If new routing and flight schedules will not be acceptable, passengers will be able to reject the travel and request for refund from “Air Lituanica”.
“Air Lituanica” made immediate payment for “Air Baltic” for the flights for the next 8 days, so all the passengers have guaranteed flights with “Air Baltic”. Next 8 days “Air Baltic” will accept “Air Lituanica” passengers on BT flights from and to Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague, Munich, Paris, Billund, Stockholm, Vilnius and Tallinn.
Next few days “Air Lituanica” will continue talks with “Air Baltic” and will look for possibilities to carriage passengers travelling after May 29.
All passengers are entitled for full refunds and guarantees by European law and Montreal convention. JSC “Start Vilnius” has guarantee issued for passenger compensation.
Passengers, having air tickets for the cancelled flights should contact ticket sales agency. If passengers purchased the ticket from the travel agency, they should contact them. If tickets have been purchased on “Air Lituanica” website, they should fill refund form on “Air Lituanica” website or send claim by email email@example.com. Passengers whose tickets were paid by credit card with purchases insurance, can claim the bank for a refund.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Estonian Air Embraer ERJ 170-100LR ES-AEB (msn 17000106) operating for Air Lituanica, arrives in Brussels.
WestJet (Calgary) will launch service from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Glasgow, Scotland, on board a special version of one of its Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft adorned with a custom-designed WestJet tartan on its tail.
To mark the occasion of its first service to the United Kingdom, WestJet worked with the world’s last dedicated hand-crafted tartan mill, D.C. Dalgliesh of Selkirk, Scotland, to design a commemorative tartan in the airline’s distinctive blue and teal corporate colours. In addition to producing neck ties, cufflinks and scarves, WestJet also decaled two aircraft with the same tartan.
“We wanted to create something unique to celebrate our new service to Scotland and what could be more Scottish than creating our own company tartan?” said Lindsay Robertson, WestJet’s Lead, Creative Services. “On top of that, decaling an aircraft was something fun that we knew our guests would enjoy and in fact, one aircraft is already in service across our network and creating a lot of buzz. We encourage anyone who sees it to take a photo and tweet with the hashtag #TartanTail.”
WestJet’s first flight from Halifax to Glasgow departs Halifax Stanfield International Airport at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015. The daily, nonstop seasonal service runs until October 24, 2015.
WestJet launched its first transatlantic service in June 2014 between St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Dublin, Ireland. The daily, non-stop seasonal service resumed on May 1 this year, six weeks earlier than last year. It concludes on October 23, 2015.
Photo below: Andy Cline (CNW Group/WestJet).
Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) today (May 22) stated nonstop flights from Memphis to Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Las Vegas and Sanford (near Orlando).
Copyright Photo below: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 M868GA (msn 49554) arrives at the Las Vegas base.