American to add jet service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket next summer

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) starting on June 2 will add daily American Eagle Bombardier CRJ200 jet service (operated by Air Wisconsin) from Washington (Reagan National) to both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket per Airline Route.

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Air Wisconsin (Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation-AWAC) (formerly US Airways Express) (Appleton, WI) currently operates 71 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/ Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N459AW (msn 7863) still in US Airways Express colors departs from the Charlotte hub.

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Lufthansa Group to fly to 261 destinations in 101 countries this winter, the A380 to be operated on the Frankfurt – Hong Kong route

Lufthansa Group (Frankfurt) has issued this summary of new services for its upcoming winter schedule effective October 25:

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The Lufthansa Group Airlines – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss – will become even more attractive for leisure travellers this winter, as the airlines are adding more destinations that appeal to tourists and leisure travelers to their schedules. As always, passengers can trust in the first-rate service, the quality and the reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

With the introduction of the new winter schedule on October 25, 2015, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will offer their customers one of the densest route networks worldwide, featuring more than 20,380 flights per week. This winter, via their hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, as well as via many point-to-point routes, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will serve 261 destinations in 101 countries (previous year: 260 destinations in 100 countries). Furthermore, in cooperation with 30 partner airlines, more than 18,000 codeshare flights will round off the respective flight offering, giving passengers access to an almost global network. The winter schedules of the individual Group airlines will apply from Sunday October 25, 2015 until Saturday March 27, 2016.

From October 2, the new price concept on domestic German and European routes will also apply to Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa. In Economy Class, travellers can individually choose between the three graded fare options “Light”, “Classic” and “Flex”. These options vary mainly with regard to the possibility of making advance seat reservations, re-booking or cancelling flights, and permitted free luggage allowances. Since tickets went on sale last July, the new low-priced “Light” fare option has proved popular with customers. For all options, the Lufthansa Group Airlines as a premier airline still permits one free item of hand baggage. Passengers are also offered free snacks and drinks on board, fixed seat allocation at the check-in counter as well as bonuses for “award miles”, “status miles” and “select miles”.

The most important news from the Lufthansa Group Airlines:

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This winter, Lufthansa will serve 197 destinations and operate a total of 9,900 flights per week. With the introduction of the winter schedule, Lufthansa is expanding its new intercontinental flight offering, which is tailored to the needs of leisure travelers. Tampa (Florida), a new destination since September 25, is the first of several new holiday destinations due to be added to the Lufthansa route network from Frankfurt in the coming months.

From the end of October, Nairobi (Kenya) will be included in the Lufthansa flight schedule, and at the beginning of December, Cancun (Mexico), served mainly by charter flights, Malé (Maldives) and Mauritius will follow, with Panama City rounding off the new timetable in March 2016.

Good news for all Airbus A380 fans: this winter, for the first time, Lufthansa will operate its flagship on the Frankfurt-Hong Kong route. Services from Luxembourg will also be expanded, and with 28 weekly flights from Frankfurt and 24 flights from Munich, the Benelux countries will be served much more frequently than before.

The new winter timetable will offer passengers an hourly connection from Munich to Dusseldorf and Berlin-Tegel. The easy-to-remember flight times, which already apply to connections from Munich to Frankfurt and Hamburg, will now be extended to Dusseldorf and Berlin. Lufthansa flights from Munich to Berlin will take off on the hour, and to Dusseldorf at half past the hour.

This winter, Cape Town will once again be connected with the Munich hub. From October 25, the Airbus A340-600 in a four-class configuration will take off daily for South Africa. Lufthansa customers can also escape the cold winter weather and fly to new destinations in the Canary Islands. On October 25, the new connection between Munich and Fuerteventura will be launched; on October 31 Tenerife will follow. Travelers in search of a new, cooler winter destination will also be able to fly nonstop from Munich to Finland’s largest and most famous winter sports center. From December 19, 2015, Lufthansa will take off every Saturday to Kittilä, 170 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. The nearby skiing resort of Levi is the largest winter sports center in Lapland.

Germanwings and Eurowings

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In the 2015/2016 winter timetable, Germanwings and Eurowings will offer a wide range of flights to 100 destinations in 36 countries, including intercontinental destinations. Germanwings flights to Berlin-Schönefeld will complement the carrier’s existing services to Berlin. A total of 35 flights per week will take off from Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. Germanwings will thus be the only airline flying from Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Berlin’s Tegel and Schönefeld airports.

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This winter, for the first time, the new Eurowings will take off from its new Austrian base in Vienna, from where it will operate nonstop services to Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and London. In November 2015, the airline will launch long-haul flights from Cologne/Bonn Airport with the Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The first of six intercontinental destinations will be Varadero in Cuba. Further destinations will be Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand, Dubai as well as Puerto Plata and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

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This winter, the new Swiss flagship, the Boeing 777-300 ER, will enter scheduled service on routes from Zurich. From January 2016, the new long-haul aircraft will be deployed on the Zurich-New York route.

With the introduction of the winter timetable, Swiss will boost frequencies on its routes to Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Miami (Florida), and will also expand its services from Geneva to destinations in Russia and Portugal in order to meet seasonal demand. In total, Swiss will thus fly to 105 destinations in 49 countries this winter.

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In the 2015/2016 winter season, Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of flights to as many as 130 destinations in 59 countries. The airline will focus on tourist destinations such as Miami (Florida), which will be served five times a week. From October, it will also offer flights to Mauritius and Colombo (Sri Lanka), and from November, to Marrakesh (Morocco). In response to seasonal demand, Austrian Airlines will thus offer its passengers an attractive range of sunny destinations in the winter as well as in summer.

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Once again, Belgium’s leading airline is underlining its position as the Africa specialist with the launch on October 26 of a new connection between Brussels Airport and Ghana. From that date, the Ghanaian capital Accra will be served four times a week. The flight schedule offers ideal connections to Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and the USA.

This winter, Brussels Airlines is also expanding its European flight schedule. The airline will fly to Bremen five times a week, while Zagreb (6 flights/week) and Billund (12 flights/week) will be served for the first time. Last but not least, Brussels Airlines has good news for sun-lovers. The Canary Islands Tenerife and Gran Canaria will be connected twice a week with Brussels Airport. As well as introducing new destinations, Brussels Airlines will increase frequencies on existing routes. During the winter months, more flights will therefore be available to Monrovia (Liberia), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Lomé (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

Top Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/ Lufthansa’s Airbus A380-841 D-AIML (msn 149) arrives back at the FRA hub.

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Aviastar DHC-6-300 Twin Otter is missing, 13 on board

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Aviastar (PT Aviastar Mandiri) (Indonesia) (Jakarta) de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter is missing in Indonesia today (October 3).

The DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, registration PK-BRM, was operating flight MV 7503 from Masamba to Makassar (Indonesia) with 10 passengers and 3 crew members yesterday (October 2).

Ground controllers lost radio contact with the flight before it reached Makassar.

Makassar is the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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The airline issued this short statement (translated) and photos of PK-BRM and the crew members:

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We (PT. Aviastar Mandiri) and the DEPHUB, BASARNAS, Police, Senkom and other concerned parties,  will continue to search for our aircraft PK-BRM. We expect the cooperation of all parties and the best prayers.

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National Airlines is coming to Vancouver and Windsor from Sanford, Florida

National Airlines (5th) (Orlando) is expanding to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) issued this statement:

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Vancouver Airport Authority has announced the upcoming arrival of National Airlines to Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Starting January 20, 2016 , the twice weekly scheduled service will operate between Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) and YVR.


National Airlines will operate a Boeing 757-200 aircraft on the route. Flights will depart SFB on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 18:45 and arrive in YVR at 22:15. The aircraft will turn around and leave YVR at 23:55 and arrive in SFB at 08:30 the following morning.


Previously National Airlines announced nonstop service between Windsor, Ontario, (YQG), and Sanford, Florida, (SFB). The inaugural flight, on Thursday, December 17, 2015, will depart Windsor International Airport at 2:30 PM EST and arrive Orlando-Sanford International Airport at 5:00 PM EST. National Airlines will fly this route year ‘round. National will offer return flights from Orlando-Sanford International Airport also on Thursdays and Sundays, departing at 10:30 AM EST and arriving in Windsor at 1:00 PM EST.

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This winter National Airlines will operate nonstop service from Orlando-Sanford International Airport to five destinations:

  • Las Vegas McCarren International Airport *
  • San Juan Luiz Munoz’ International Airport, Puerto Rico (SJU) *
  • Windsor International Airport, Ontario
  • Vancouver International Airport, British Colombia
  • St. Johns International Airport, Newfoundland

* Flights to/or from Las Vegas and San Juan are Public Charters under DOT PC # 15-189, and operated by National Air Cargo, Inc. d/b/a National Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/ National Airlines (National Air Cargo Group) (5th) Boeing 757-28A N176CA (msn 24543) with special Expo 2020 Dubai UAE markings taxies at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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Wow Air is coming to Montreal and Toronto

Wow Air (Keflavik) has announced it will add two new low-fare routes starting in May 2016 to both Montreal (Trudeau) (starting on May 12) and Toronto (Pearson) (May 20) from Keflavik (near Reykjavik).

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The new routes will utilize 200-seat Airbus A321s. The routes will be year-round and will operate four days a week.

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/ Airbus A321-211 TF-DAD (msn 6332) taxies at Amsterdam.

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Air France to release a new round of cuts after failing to reach an agreement with its pilots

Air France (Paris) plans to announce a new round of cuts after failing to reach a new agreement with its pilots according to the Wall Street Journal. The airline was seeking to find cost savings of $190 million annually for the next three years but the pilots refused to fly more hours for the same pay.

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Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/ Air France is due to operate the last Boeing 747-400 revenue flight on January 11, 2016, ending a long historic run with the 747. However if the carrier follows through on further deeper cuts the type could be retired sooner. Boeing 747-428 F-GITF (msn 25602) departs from the Paris (CDG) hub.

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Malaysia Airlines to rebrand with a possible name change

Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia Airlines Berhad-MAB) (Kuala Lumpur) will undergo a rebrand process, including a possible name change, in the first quarter of 2016 according to a report by A rebranding strategy will be announced in December.

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