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Philippine Airlines is coming to Cairns and Auckland

Philippine Airlines (Philippines) (Manila) has announced it will launch a new route to Auckland, New Zealand via Cairns starting on December 1. The carrier will use Airbus A320s on the new route.

Here is the full statement:

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As part of the expansion of its network in the Oceania region, flag carrier Philippine Airlines will launch flights from Manila to Cairns, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand beginning on December 1 this year.

PAL will operate four flights weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) to serve the Manila-Cairns-Auckland route, utilizing the 156-seater Airbus A320.

The six-hour flight to Cairns – PAL’s fifth Australian destination – departs Manila at 11:45 PM (2345) (MNL time) arriving in Australia at 08:00 AM (0800) (local time) the following day. The one-hour stopover allows PAL to pick up passengers from Cairns for the continuing journey to Auckland. Arrival in New Zealand is at 4:00 PM (1600) (local time).

Flights from Auckland depart on the same days at 6:30 PM (1830) (local time), arriving Cairns at 10:30 PM (2230) (local time). After a brief stopover, flights depart from Cairns, arriving Manila at 3:30 AM (0330) (MNL time), the following day.

Prior to launching flights to these two destinations, PAL opened services to New York, USA on March 15 and to Jinjiang in Quangzhou, China on April 25.

Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 RP-C8615 (msn 3731) arrives in Singapore.

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Airbus A320neo with LEAP-1A engines takes to the skies for the first time

Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement, video and photo:

The first A320neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight on May 19 in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, registration F-WNEW, was flown by Experimental Test Pilots Philippe Perrin and Malcolm Ridley. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Jean-Michel Pin and monitoring the progress of the flight profile were the Flight-Test Engineers Tuan Do and Philippe Pupin. The flight lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes during which tests were performed to validate the aircraft’s flight envelope up to the maximum altitude (39,000 feet) and test the engine speed variation (low/high) in addition to checking systems behavior.

The newest member of the A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates many innovations including latest generation engines, Sharklet wing tip devices and cabin improvements, which together will deliver up to 20 percent in fuel savings by 2020.The flight test campaign of the A320neo has accumulated more than 400 flight hours in around 130 flights since first flight on September 25, 2014.

Photo below: Airbus.

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JetBlue to launch new service to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood from Baltimore/Washington and Philadelphia, will also expand to Mexico City

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JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced plans for two new routes that will grow its presence in the Baltimore-Washington and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and continue its expansion in its focus cities in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.

Beginning November 12, JetBlue will operate new once daily service between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) — the same day JetBlue launches previously announced service between Baltimore/Washington and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood. Within the National Capital Region, JetBlue also operates flights out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Beginning November 19, JetBlue will operate twice daily service between Philadelphia (PHL) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL). Philadelphia is one of the largest markets JetBlue currently does not serve from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and will play a part in its growth towards 100 daily flights to meet increasing customer demand in South Florida.

JetBlue will serve both routes with its Airbus A320 aircraft.

JetBlue’s Daily Schedule between Baltimore-Washington and Orlando as of November 12, 2015:

BWI – MCO   MCO – BWI

11.20 a.m. – 1.56 p.m.   2.42 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.

JetBlue’s Daily Schedule between Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood as of November 19, 2015:

PHL – FLL   FLL – PHL

7.30 a.m. – 10.09 a.m.   9.45 a.m. – 12.21 p.m.

1.05 p.m. – 3.50 p.m.   6.30 p.m. – 9.13 p.m.

JetBlue also announced plans to begin flying to Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport, one of the largest markets in the Americas. Mexico City will be JetBlue’s second destination in Mexico and its 35th in the Latin America and Caribbean region, where JetBlue continues to expand its presence as a leading U.S. airline.

Daily service to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) will launch on October 1 from JetBlue’s two focus cities in Florida, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Service from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando to Mexico City will operate in the evening, with flights back to the U.S. from Mexico City offered in the early morning.

JetBlue will serve both routes with its Airbus A320 aircraft.

JetBlue continues to grow its footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline recently announced plans to serve Quito, Antigua, and Grenada, and to offer its successful Mint experience from New York to Aruba and Barbados on Saturdays between November 7, 2015 and April 30, 2016, and daily between December 19, 2015 and January 4, 2016.

Copyright Photo below: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N746JB (msn 3622) in the special New York Jets motif arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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The growing route map from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport:

JetBlue FLL 5.2015 Route Map

VivaAerobus receives its first direct delivery Airbus A320

 

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VivaAerobus (Monterrey) took delivery of its first new Airbus A320 (the pictured A320-232 F-WWIY and XA-VAA, msn 6574) following the aircraft handover at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse on May 9, 2015. The A320 is the first to be delivered from an order placed in 2013 for 52 aircraft (12 A320ceo and 40 A320neo), which is the largest single deal by a Mexican customer. VivaAerobus already operates six leased A320s and will become an all Airbus operator as it completes its fleet transition from Boeing 737-300s by early 2016.

Including the first A320, all VivaAerobus’ A320ceo are powered by IAE engines. The A320neo will be powered by Pratt and Whitney engines. The aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s domestic network and international routes to the United States.

Copyright Photo below: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured A320-232 F-WWIY (msn 6574) became XA-VAA when it was handed over on May 9.

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Lufthansa to fly Finland’s ski center in the Kittilä, Lapland region

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Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has announced it will fly from Munich nonstop to the largest and best-known winter sports center in Finland for the first time. From December 19. 2015, Lufthansa will be taking off every Saturday for Kittilä, nearby to the ski resort at Levi. Until March 26, 2016, the winter seasonal route to Lapland will be operated with an Airbus A320 with 168 seats.

In other route news, Lufthansa will operate this summer from Munich to Glasgow with Airbus A319s starting on May 16. The route will operate one day a week.

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In other news, Lufthansa Technik completed the installation of Premium Economy class seats (above) on an Airbus A340-300 with the registration of D-AIGO. Thus, a total of 53 aircraft now offer the extra comfort in Economy Class on approximately 2,000 new, well-equipped seats. Passengers can thus already enjoy the airline’s new travel class on half of all long-haul jets.

The retrofit order is carried out according to the type of aircraft. Therefore, all Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380 aircraft on routes from the Frankfurt hub already have Premium Economy on board. A total of 15 of the Airbus A340-600 aircraft stationed in Munich and the A340-300 aircraft in Dusseldorf also feature the new seats.

The remaining aircraft of the type Airbus A330-300, A340-300, A340-600 and Boeing 747-400 will be retrofitted in the coming weeks. The retrofitting is expected to be completed in the autumn of 2015.

Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-211 D-AIPB (msn 070) taxies at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR).

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Bloomberg: Air India wants to order 14 Airbus A320neo aircraft

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Air India (Mumbai) according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed sources, is in negotiation with Airbus in order to acquire 14 new A320neo aircraft.

The flag carrier is also considering converting some Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners orders (seven remain on order) to the larger 787-9.

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Copyright Photo below: Ole Simon/AirlinersGallery.com. The newer Airbus A320s would replace the older models. Airbus A320-214 VT-EDF (msn 4237) arrives in Dubai.

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Video: Aer Lingus unveils Airbus A320 EI-DEO in a new “Green Spirit” special rugby livery, now flying

Aer Lingus (Dublin) as reported, yesterday (May 10) unveiled its new “Green Spirit” special livery in support of the Irish Rugby Team. The carrier is the official airline of the national team. The new livery has been painted on the pictured Airbus A320-214 EI-DEO (msn 2486) which was formerly painted in full Virgin Atlantic colors for the Little Red operation.

Copyright Photo Below: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. EI-DEO as of today, May 11, is now flying on revenue flights. It is pictured in bright sunlight departing this morning from Dublin.

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