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Finnair expands its codeshare agreement with Airberlin

Finnair’s (Helsinki) AY designator will be added to selected services operated by Airberlin (Berlin) or its subsidiary Niki (Vienna) to Bucharest, Catania, Chania, Cologne, Larnaca, Málaga, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos and Stuttgart. Finnair passengers will be able to connect to these cities via Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or Zurich.

Most of the new codeshares will supplement Finnair’s own nonstop services from Helsinki, allowing passengers more travel dates and a wider choice of schedules.

Finnair and Airberlin have been codesharing across Scandinavia and Central Europe since 2010.

Top Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 OH-LXF (msn 1712) taxies at London (Heathrow).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin’s Airbus A320-214 D-ABNA (msn 5191) prepares to land at Tenerife Sur.

Cham Wings Airlines starts the Damascus – Kuwait City route

Cham Wings A320-200 (Grd)(Cham Wings)(LR)

Cham Wings Airlines (formerly Sham Wing Airlines) (Damascus) today (April 26) expanded its small network by adding the international Damascus – Kuwait City route with its Airbus A320 according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). Previously the Syrian airline was only operating domestic flights in war torn Syria. According to the report, the airline wants to expand further to Dubai, Sharjah and Cairo.

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The company was established in 2007 and is not well known.

Turkish Airlines Airbus A320 makes a hard landing, engine catches on fire, makes another emergency landing at Istanbul

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) flight TK 1878 from Milan (Malpensa) to Istanbul (Ataturk) today (April 25) made an emergency landing at Istanbul after the engine on the Airbus A320 caught on fire.

The aircraft initially reportedly made a hard landing with the right engine and wing contacting the runway. The crew performed a go around and then made the emergency landing.

According to Reuters the 97 passengers and crew members were safely taken to the terminal.

The aircraft involved is A320-232 TC-JPE (msn 2941) painted in the Star Alliance livery.

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Allegiant acquires three former Hamburg Airways Airbus A320s

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) (Las Vegas) has announced that it has purchased three additional Airbus A320 aircraft. The aircraft were most recently operated by Hamburg Airways in Europe and are scheduled to enter the Allegiant operating fleet in 2015.

Specially the three aircraft are N227NV (msn 714, ex D-AHHH, N228NV (msn 716, ex D-AHHD) and N229NV (msn 730, ex D-AHHG).

On the financial side, the company reported first quarter net income of $64.9 million, up 89.8 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

The CEO commented on the results:

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“We are very proud to report our 49th consecutive profitable quarter, a record quarter for the company, both in absolute terms and on a percentage basis,” stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. “I especially want to thank our team members for their contributions. Their everyday efforts delivering customers safely and reliably is critical to our continued success. It’s nice to start the year off with such strong results after coming off one of the most operationally challenging years in recent memory.

“I’m also pleased to announce our pilots will be receiving a pay increase as a result of our continued success. Excluding a $43.3 million non-cash impairment change in the fourth quarter of 2014, our trailing twelve month operating margin was 21.8 percent as of March 31st. As part of our pilots’ variable pay band structure, pilot pay scales will increase between 5 and 7 percent per hour effective May 1st.

Finally CEO Gallagher commented on the on-going dispute with its pilots and additional focus by the FAA:

“And lastly we have had recent labor/legal issues with the representative of our pilots, the IBT. We expect a successful outcome on our Preliminary Injunction request before the Las Vegas Federal court in the coming weeks. In conjunction with these labor activities, our local FAA office has stepped up surveillance of our operations. We are not aware of any findings from the FAA related to this increased surveillance. However, the FAA has indicated their heightened focus and surveillance associated with the labor activity will continue until the outcome of the litigation is known. While this increased surveillance is in place, the FAA has indicated it will not process any current or additional requests for work that may relate to our planned growth. At the current time, we do not expect any immediate effect on our operations.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) in the special “Make-A-Wish” livery arrives at Sanford (near Orlando).

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easyJet celebrates the delivery of its 250th Airbus aircraft

EasyJet (UK) A320-200 D-AVVL (G-EZOL)(15-250 Airbus)(Tko) XFW (Airbus)(LRW)

EasyJet (UK) (stylized as easyJet)  (London-Luton) and Airbus celebrated their successful partnership yesterday (April 22) at a ceremony in Hamburg (Finkenwerder) to mark the delivery the airline’s 250th Airbus A320 family aircraft. Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, Jean-Paul Ebanga, CFM International President and CEO, Didier Evrard, Airbus EVP and Head of Programs, and Christopher Buckley, Airbus EVP Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific were present at the event.

To celebrate the 250th delivery, easyJet unveiled its newest A320 with a unique livery featuring 250 miniature aircraft (below). As with other recent deliveries to easyJet, the A320 is equipped with the latest technology and fuel-saving Sharklets.

EasyJet (UK) A320-200 D-AVVL (G-EZOL)(15-250 Airbus)(Tail) XFW (Airbus)(LRW)

The airline flies 234 aircraft on more than 750 routes to over 130 airports across 33 countries.
easyJet operates Europe’s largest and the world’s fourth largest Airbus single aisle fleet. Since easyJet took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft (an A319) in September 2003, Airbus has delivered an aircraft on average every 16 days since the first delivery

EasyJet has 158 aircraft currently on order, and in terms of total aircraft orders is Airbus’ third biggest airline customer. Currently easyJet fly a fleet of 85 A320s (180 seats) and 149 A319s (156 seats).

Photos: Airbus. The pictured Airbus A320-214 D-AVVL (msn 6572) with the special emblems became G-EZOL on the handover on April 22.

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Vueling Airlines teams up with Pepsi to provide power ports, unveils a Pepsi Max logo jet

Vueling A320-200 EC-MEQ (15 Pepsi MAX)(Titles)(Vueling)(LR)

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) is teaming up with Pepsi to create a joint project called “Vueling by Pepsi”. Vueling also painted its Airbus A320-232 EC-MEQ (msn 6483) in a special Pepsi Max color scheme (above). The airline issued this statement:

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Vueling and Pepsi have linked their brands for the first time and are presenting a joint project called Vueling by Pepsi, calling for the installation of electric power sockets in more than 60 aircraft over the next five years thanks to Pepsi. Thus Vueling becomes Europe’s first low-cost carrier to incorporate this technological innovation.

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To launch the project, at the Barcelona-El Prat airport on April 21, the two companies presented the first aircraft with an exclusive and striking fuselage bearing the Pepsi MAX brand and a new cabin interior with a remodelled business zone where the new power sockets will be placed.

Pepsi will sponsor the installation of the power sockets, becoming Vueling’s strategic commercial partner since it will also become official provider of soft drinks on board. Since 11th March the Vueling in-flight menu includes internationally recognized brands such as Pepsi, Pepsi Light, Pepsi MAX, Lipton Ice Tea, and Tropicana juices, as well as local brands such as Kas. The Pepsi impact will reach the 25 million passengers Vueling carries every year on more than 170,000 flights.

Passengers seated in the new “Priority” zone (rows 1-4) will be able to recharge their electronic devices during the flight thanks to power points supplying electricity in 220 and 110 volt formats as sell as via a 5-volt USB port, with which to charge laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Over the next five years more than seven million passengers may avail themselves of this new on-board equipment.

The new business zone is set off from the rest of the passenger cabin by separator panels behind row 4 with new blue-toned ambient lighting in the side panels that evoke the colour of the Pepsi drink. Passengers in this zone enjoy more comfortable seats and more room, and customers in the Excellence row will get new services such as small towels and hot meals.

Vueling chairman and CEO Álex Cruz commented: “This alliance with Pepsi has been decisive in taking another step in our efforts to transform our passengers’ flying experience by offering them what they demand the most, such as the option to keep working with their laptops or checking the contents of their tablets or phones.”

Xavier Orriols, PepsiCo’s South West Europe President said “At Pepsi we bet on innovation as one of the keys to our growth, and consequently this is a highly satisfactory kind of cooperation since it enables us to stress our brand values and impact on the millions of passengers that Vueling carries every year.”

Vueling was founded in July, 2004, with a fleet of two Airbus A320s and four initial routes and is part of the International Airlines Group (IAG). In the 2015 summer season, Vueling will operate more than 325 routes to 150 cities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, with more than 700 flights each day, and 22 operational bases. The airline has carried more than 95 million passengers.

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Aruba Airlines is coming to Miami

Aruba Airlines (Aruba) is expanding to Miami. The airline is planning to add the Aruba – Miami route starting on July 2 with five weekly Airbus A320 flights according to Miami International Airport (MIA).

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Copyright Photo: Michel Saint-Felix/AirlinersGallery.com. Aruba Airlines currently operates a pair of Airbus A320s. The pictured A320-232 P4-AAA (msn 582) was the first and arrived at the new airline on November 15, 2012.

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