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United Airlines and ALPA reach a tentative agreement to extend the pilot contract

United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N38955 (msn 37814) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930056.

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced that it has reached an Agreement in Principle with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) for a contract extension covering the airline’s more than 12,000 pilots more than a year ahead of the amendable date of the current contract. The agreement is subject to a ratification process which includes final documentation, review, and consideration by the ALPA Master Executive Council.

United has joint collective bargaining agreements covering the majority of its represented employees and recently announced that it will open contract negotiations early for the airline’s ramp service and passenger service agents, storekeepers, load planners, maintenance and fleet technical instructors, and other groups represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The airline is also engaged in mediated negotiations with the Association of Flight Attendants and recently announced an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to put a proposed joint collective bargaining agreement out for ratification by the company’s technicians and related employees.

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Air Canada to offer double-daily Vancouver-London Heathrow service next summer

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced it is boosting international flights at its Vancouver (YVR) hub next summer with double daily flights from YVR to London Heathrow. In addition, the airline’s new nonstop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane, Australia will now launch two weeks earlier on June 1, 2016 to meet demand.

AC will use Boeing 777-300 ERs and 787-9 Dreamliners on the YVR-LHR route.

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Norwegian orders 19 additional 344-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian Long Haul) (Oslo) today made this announcement:

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Norwegian, Europe’s third largest low-cost airline, is continuing to expand its international operations by signing an agreement to purchase 19 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners – the order will help more than quadruple its current long-haul fleet to 38 aircraft within the next five years.

The agreement is the largest single order of 787-9s in Europe and includes purchase options for an additional ten aircraft of the same type. The new order will enable the company to launch even more long-haul routes and expand its existing network in the coming years.

Norwegian already operates Dreamliner aircraft from its London Gatwick base, serving the UK’s only low-cost long-haul flights to US – Dreamliners are used on services to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. A further low-cost route from Gatwick to Boston will be launched in May 2016, while next month will see the launch of low-cost Caribbean flights with the UK’s only direct route to Puerto Rico – both new routes will also be served by Dreamliner aircraft.

Norwegian currently operates eight 787-8 Dreamliners and has 11 of the bigger 787-9 on order. With today’s order, Norwegian’s long-haul fleet will consist of 38 Dreamliners by 2020. The first deliveries from the new order will commence in 2017.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With a longer fuselage, the 787-9 will fly 53 more passengers than the 787-8. Norwegian’s asset company, Arctic Aviation Assets Limited (AAA), will own the aircraft.


Norwegian’s version of the 787-9 has 344 seats with 35 in premium and 309 in economy. With today’s order for 19 787-9s, Norwegian has more than 150 unfilled orders from Boeing, including 100 737 MAXs. In addition, the company has 100 Airbus A320neos on order.

In other news, on the financial side, Norwegian today reported its third quarter results for 2015 with a pre-tax result (EBT) of 1.1 billion NOK (£87million), a strong improvement from the same quarter previous year. The company’s long-haul operations and international routes have a positive impact on the results. The load factor is at a record high of 91 percent.
The pre-tax result was 1.1 billion NOK, a strong improvement from 505 MNOK (£43.5million) in the same quarter last year. The load factor for the third quarter was 91 per cent, up six per cent.

The airline carried 7.7 million passengers this quarter, an increase of 9 per cent. The long-haul passenger growth was 15 per cent, compared with last year’s third quarter result.

Norwegian’s strongest growth in terms of passenger numbers was at London Gatwick, where the airline operates both long- and short-haul routes. The growth at Spanish airports is also considerable. In the Nordic countries passenger numbers are stable, with a slight increase in market share.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: “The third quarter results show that Norwegian’s long-haul operations and international routes are becoming significantly more important. This is where we see most of the future growth potential, enabling the company to compete in a global market with strong competition.

“UK activity has played a crucial role in a strong third quarter for Norwegian, with Gatwick seeing our biggest overall growth in passenger numbers. With new aircraft and new routes planned, expansion in the UK will continue to be at the forefront of our long-term plans.

“We also see growth in Europe in general, while the Scandinavian market is stable. The Scandinavian and European route networks play an increasingly important role in our long-haul strategy, as many of our passengers use connecting flights with Norwegian.”

The UK will be a key market in Norwegian’s future expansion plans – growth and activity in the UK during the third quarter has included:

UK FLEET UPGRADED WITH NEW AIRCRAFT – Norwegian already has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world and Q3 has seen further new 737-800 aircraft begin operating from UK airports

Also in the third quarter, Norwegian received more international awards, including two Passenger Choice Awards. The company took delivery of five new aircraft, ordered two new Dreamliners and entered into an agreement to lease out 12 of its new Airbus A320neos, which will be delivered from 2016. Norwegian-subsidiary Arctic Aviation Assets Limited owns the aircraft and will be leasing them out for a period of 12 years.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EI-LNA (msn 35304) is pictured at Paine Field near Everett before it was handed over to the carrier.

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KLM details its winter 2015-2016 schedule changes

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has announced further details of its upcoming Winter 2015-2016 Schedule:

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During the 2015-16 winter season (from October 25, 2015 to March 27, 2016), KLM will expand its network by continuing its new services to Edmonton, Bogotá-Cali in the long haul network and Krakow, Montpellier and Belfast in the medium haul network. Simultaneously KLM is further adjusting its capacity to the market demand with capacity reductions on East Africa and Japan.


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KLM is improving its product with the delivery of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (above) and the finalization of the new World Business Class configuration in Boeing 777-200 aircraft. By the end of 2015, more than 60% of the total KLM Long Haul fleet will be equipped with the new full flat WBC configuration.

KLM is increasing its capacity by 2.9%* compared to the 2014-2015 winter season. The growth is being implemented on the long-haul network, largely by introducing larger aircraft—including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 777-300—and by reducing production using the Airbus A330-200 and the Boeing 747 Combis.

(*measured in ASKs)

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Europe, fortifying its portfolio with the continuation of the three start-ups in summer season 2015.

In Summer 2015, three new destinations (Krakow, Montpellier and Belfast) have been started successfully and will be continued in the Winter season 2015. These services will continue being operated with five weekly frequencies to Belfast and Krakow and four weekly frequencies to Montpellier. To further improve the hub function of Amsterdam, KLM will increase its weekly flights to Florence from 14 to 16 and to Bristol from 21 to 26.

North America, continuation of new destination and capacity increase in response to market demand

KLM is continuing its services to Edmonton in Canada started in Summer 2015. These services will be operated three times a week. Via Edmonton, passengers could benefit from the beyond network of our Canadian partner WestJet. Furthermore, KLM keeps on extending its capacity on existing destinations in response to market demand: San Francisco is served now seven times a week instead of six. KLM is further expanding its services to Atlanta by increasing weekly frequencies from twelve to 13-14 frequencies. In the Winter season 2015, in conjunction with Delta Air Lines operations, Atlanta is served 27-28 times a week from Amsterdam.

Central and South America, strengthening position

KLM will continue flying to the Colombian cities of Bogota and Cali on a three-weekly rotation in Winter 2015. KLM will also continue the fourth frequency to Buenos Aires-Santiago de Chile in the Winter season. The new generation aircraft Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be introduced to Rio de Janeiro in the course of this Winter. Furthermore, KLM will continue to make use of its key partnerships in the region, including Copa Airlines from Panama and GOL in Brazil. Regarding the Caribbean network, a schedule change will be implemented to Aruba and Bonaire, resulting in direct flight to and from both islands on some days of the week. From January 2016 onwards, KLM will increase capacity to Havana in order to accommodate the increasing number of tourists to Cuba.

Africa, optimizing the network

Within East Africa, KLM has redesigned the network to better meet the demand from specific markets. KLM will increase the number of circle flights to Kilimanjaro/Dar es Salaam and Kigali/Entebbe from four weekly frequencies to a daily frequency, and reduce the number of direct flights in the region. KLM will continue to build on the strength of the Kenya Airways network in East Africa and further develop its connecting opportunities beyond Nairobi. In West Africa, KLM will add a third weekly frequency to Luanda per December 2015. Together with Air France, KLM offers six weekly flights from both hubs to the Angolan capital.

Asia and Middle-East, reinforcing partnerships

In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi – Bahrein will be the first route for deployment of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Dubai will be the second route to receive the Dreamliner in the course of Winter 2015. Furthermore, KLM continues to reinforce cooperation with Etihad Airways to offer customers a wider choice of connecting flights. In China, KLM is intensifying its cooperation with its Chinese partners by implementing a new Joint Venture between KLM, China Southern and Xiamen Airlines. Due to strong pressure on traffic from Japan to Europe and on results, KLM has decided to reduce frequencies to Osaka and suspend the Fukuoka service as of January 5, 2016.

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United Airlines to add three new international routes from the San Francisco hub

United Airlines (Chicago) is adding three new routes from its San Francisco (SFO) hub. The airline issued this statement:

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United Airlines, the U.S. airline with the most comprehensive route network and the most trans-Pacific service, will further expand its global reach with new nonstop service from San Francisco to:

  • Tel Aviv, Israel, with service three times each week beginning March 30, 2016;
  • Auckland, New Zealand, with service three times each week beginning July 1, 2016, expanding to daily service in October; and
  • Xi’an, China, previously announced, three-times-weekly service beginning May 8, 2016, for the summer season.

Each new service is subject to government approval.

The airline intends to operate the new flights with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s most advanced passenger airplane.

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As part of United’s evaluation for serving San Francisco (SFO) to Tel Aviv (TLV) nonstop, the airline considered the opinions of thousands of customers who petitioned for the service through the SFOTLV.ORG petition effort.

Flight  From  To  Departure  Arrival
UA954 SFO TLV  8 p.m. We/Fr/Su 8:10 p.m. the next day
UA955 TLV SFO 12:55 a.m. Tu/Fr/Su 6 a.m. the same day

Flight times will be 14 hours, 10 minutes eastbound and 15 hours, 5 minutes westbound.

United has served Israel since 1999. The airline currently offers twice-daily Boeing 777 nonstop flights between Tel Aviv and New York/Newark.

San Francisco-Auckland

United’s three-times weekly service to Auckland (AKL), New Zealand’s largest city and main transportation hub to other points throughout the country, will launch July 1, 2016, with 787-8 aircraft. The schedule will expand to daily flights operating with 787-9 aircraft on Oct. 28, 2016, in time for the peak-winter travel season.

The Auckland flights will operate in partnership with United’s Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand.

Flight  From  To  Departure  Arrival
UA917 SFO  AKL 10:45 p.m. 6:55 a.m. two days later
UA916 AKL  SFO  1:20 p.m.  6:40 a.m. the same day

Flight times will be 13 hours, 10 minutes westbound and 12 hours, 20 minutes eastbound.

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From its San Francisco hub, United operates nearly 280 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

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United currently has 22 787 Dreamliners in its fleet and expects to take delivery of three more by the end of 2015.

Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N27957 (msn 36409) taxies to the gate at the nearby Los Angeles (LAX) hub.

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British Airways takes delivery of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

British Airways (London) has welcomed the arrival of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

According to British Airways, “The Boeing 787-9 – the latest addition to the fleet – features an evolution of our First cabin, with just 8 seats compared to the usual 14, increased range and is 20 feet longer and four inches taller than the 787-8.”

The new type will be flying to Abu Dhabi, Austin, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat and San Jose, CA.

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Copyright Photo: David Apps/AirlinersGallery.com. The first British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the pictured G-ZBKA (msn 38616), is pictured arriving at the London Heathrow base for the first time on September 30, 2015 after being handed over to the carrier on the day before.

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ANA celebrates the roll-out of the R2-D2 Star Wars Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA873A logo jet at Everett

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ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) today (September 12) is celebrating the roll out of the new R2-D2 Star Wars special livery on new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA873A (msn 34530). The airline issued this statement:

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The R2-D2™ ANA Jet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, rolled-out from the Boeing Everett Factory for the first time this morning (September 12). The R2-D2™ (below).

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ANA Jet is the first of three planes to be decorated with Star Wars characters as part of an agreement between ANA, Japan’s largest airline, and The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.

ANA Star Wars R2-D2

“Today the time has come to bring the ANA Star Wars project to life and we hope Star Wars fans across the world will be as excited about our R2-D2 ANA Jet as we are,” said Hideki Kunugi, Senior Vice President, the Americas, ANA. “At ANA we’re always looking for ways to improve the flying experience for our passengers, and what better way to start your trip to Asia than on a one-of-a-kind Star Wars plane?”

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The R2-D2 design was unveiled to Star Wars fans at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California earlier this year. Today marks the first time a Star Wars character appears on the exterior of an actual commercial aircraft.

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“The Boeing Company is truly honored that ANA has selected the new 787-9 Dreamliner to showcase this wonderful new livery,” said Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President, Northeast Asia Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Their commitment to the 787 is a testament to the market-leading efficiency and innovation of the Dreamliner. I am confident this latest addition to its large fleet of 787s, will help ANA maintain its position as one of the best airlines in the world.”

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On October 18, the R2-D2™ ANA Jet is scheduled to go into service on international routes, initially as flight NH116 between Tokyo and Vancouver, and then fly between Japan and other cities in ANA’s robust international network including the US (Seattle and San Jose), Europe (Munich, Paris and Brussels), Australia (Sydney), China (Beijing), and Indonesia (Jakarta).[1] The R2-D2 motif is imprinted onto the cockpit and front half of the jet’s main fuselage, while the Star Wars logo spans the length behind the wings. The interior of the 215-seat passenger plane will feature themed in-flight decorations, such as headrest covers, paper napkins and cups, and passengers will be able to enjoy all six of the currently released Star Wars films as part of ANA’s extensive in-flight entertainment options. This will be the first time that any of the Star Wars movies have been included as part of an in-flight entertainment system.[2]

Two additional planes decorated with BB-8, a brand new character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and R2-D2 will take to the skies following the R2-D2™ ANA Jet. The first, a Boeing 767-300, will begin flying domestic Japanese routes in November and then, in March 2016, a Boeing 777-300ER, is scheduled to start serving international routes principally between Japan and North America (the exact routes have yet to be announced)[3]. Fans will be able to see the planes’ schedules at http://www.ana-sw.com.

Today’s ceremony began with an introduction from Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Northeast Asia Sales and Marketing at Boeing, who welcomed the crowd that included journalists, R2-D2, C-3PO and Stormtroopers. When the official Star Wars music began to play, the Paint Hangar doors at the Boeing Everett Factory opened, unveiling the R2-D2™ ANA Jet to the world for the first time.

[1] Routes and flights detailed on the above site are provisional and subject to change without notification.

[2] Star Wars movies to be shown from November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016 on all international routes.

[3] The routes are tentatively set as New York, Chicago and Houston, but this is subject to change.


All Images by ANA/Star Wars Project.