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The first Eurowings Airbus A320 enters revenue service

Eurowings A320-200 D-AIZQ (15)(Grd) HAM (Lufthansa)(LRW)

Eurowings (Dusseldorf) placed its first Airbus A320 in the new livery into revenue service yesterday (February 1) between Hamburg and Prague. The Lufthansa Group issued this statement and photo for its expanding subsidiary:

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The new Eurowings will took off on its maiden flight on Sunday, 1 February 2015. An Airbus A320 with the tail number D-AIZQ and in the new livery left Hamburg at 10.55 a.m. and flew to Prague, where landed at 12.00 p.m. The aircraft, which carries 162 passengers, is the first Airbus A320 in the Eurowings fleet. Further aircraft will follow in the coming weeks. A total of 23 Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets are being replaced by Airbus A320s.

By starting to renew the Eurowings fleet with Airbus A320s in the new branding, another important milestone has been reached in the implementation of the WINGS concept. The range of services oriented to leisure travel under the Eurowings brand allows the Lufthansa Group to open up new customer potential. The airline group is also safeguarding its leading position in point-to-point connections in its German, Austrian, Swiss and Belgian home markets in the long term.

To start with, the flights will continue to be operated on behalf of Germanwings under Germanwings flight numbers. By the end of 2015, Eurowings and Germanwings along with other European airlines are to be united under the Eurowings brand name and should acquire new customers by offering low-cost short- and long-haul services, in doing so providing quality at low prices.

Photo: Lufthansa. Eurowings’ first A320, the pictured A320-214 D-AIZQ (msn 5497) was transferred from Lufthansa on January 25. Currently Eurowings operates as a Lufthansa Regional carrier.

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Etihad Airways carries 23 percent more passengers in 2014

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has announced its passenger numbers for 2014. The airline issued this statement and report card:

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, carried a record number of passengers and cargo in 2014, marking its strongest operational performance to date.

Almost 14.8 million passengers flew with Etihad Airways last year, a significant increase of 23 percent over 2013 levels. The growth in passenger demand continued to outstrip the airline’s capacity increase, highlighting the strength of its long-term growth strategy.

In total, Etihad Airways carried more than 74 percent of the 19.9 million passengers who travelled through Abu Dhabi International Airport in 2014. With the addition of the airline’s equity partners that operate flights into the UAE capital, the combined total rises to a significant 82 per cent of passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Etihad Airways introduced 10 additional destinations to its global route network in 2014, with new services launched to Medina, Jaipur, Los Angeles and Zurich in the first half of the year, and Perth, Rome, Yerevan, Phuket, San Francisco and Dallas/Fort Worth in the second half of the year. In addition, frequencies were increased on 23 existing routes across the world in 2014.

Building on its organic growth, the airline also expanded its codeshare and equity partnerships last year. These partnerships delivered over 3.5 million passengers onto Etihad Airways flights, an increase of 40 per cent over the 2.5 million passengers in 2013.

New codeshare agreements were launched with Air Europa, jetBlue, Philippine Airlines, GOL, SAS, Hong Kong Airlines and Aerolineas Argentinas, while Etihad Airways’ existing codeshares with South African Airways, Alitalia and Jet Airways were significantly expanded.

In August 2014, the airline announced a €560 million investment in the new Alitalia to acquire a 49 percent shareholding in the carrier, a 75 per cent interest in Alitalia Loyalty, which operates the MilleMiglia frequent flier program, and five pairs of slots at London’s Heathrow Airport, which will be leased back to Alitalia. The transaction received European Commission merger clearance in November 2014 and became effective on 31 December 2014.

Alitalia is the latest addition to Etihad Airways’ equity partners network, which also includes airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Aer Lingus, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia. An investment is being formalised in Swiss-based Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airline.

In addition, Etihad Airways Partners was unveiled last year to offer passengers more choice through improved networks and schedules, plus enhanced frequent flyer benefits. The partnership also builds greater synergies for participating airlines, which currently include airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI.

Etihad Airways also reported strong cargo growth for 2014, with 568,648 tons of freight and mail flown in total, a 17 per cent increase year-on-year. The airline accounted for 89.6 per cent of cargo imports, exports and transfers at Abu Dhabi airport last year.

Over the course of last year, Etihad Cargo enhanced its global reach by offering bellyhold capacity on Etihad Airways’ 10 new passenger destinations and expanding its freighter services to new markets such as Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Hanoi and Moscow. A freighter service was also launched from Milan to Bogotá and from Bogotá to Amsterdam, following an agreement with Avianca Cargo, the cargo division of Latin American carrier Avianca.

Etihad Airways’ fleet consisted of 110 aircraft at the end of 2014 (+24 per cent year-on-year), with an average age of 5.5 years. The airline took delivery of its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 in December, with both state-of-the-art aircraft offering new standards in cabin interiors, together with considerable fuel efficiency and environmental improvements.

An additional nine Airbus aircraft (two A330-200s, three A321s, three A320s and one A330-200F) and six Boeing aircraft (one 777-300 ER, five 777-200 LRs) were received in 2014, while further leased capacity was also added to enhance the airline’s rapid growth.

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 A6-EID (msn 1947) now sports the old 2003 livery.

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Asiana Airlines to bring the Airbus A380 to New York JFK

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) will assign the Airbus A380 to the Seoul (Incheon) – New York (JFK) route starting on June 13 per Airline Route. As of July 14, the route will be exclusively operated with Airbus A380s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-841 HL7625 (msn 152) arrives in Los Angeles.

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Skymark Airlines operates its last Airbus A330 revenue flight

Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) yesterday (January 31) operated its last Airbus A330-300 revenue flight. According to ZipanguFlyer, the last revenue flight from Tokyo (Haneda) was flight BC 727 to Sapporo (New Chitose) operated with Airbus A330-343 JA330D. The final flight was the return leg, flight BC 730 back to Tokyo (Haneda), arriving back at 2236 local time.

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Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. A spectacular takeoff view of Airbus A330-343 JA330B (msn 1491) from Haneda Airport from Tokyo Bay.

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Airberlin today introduces Milo, the giant red ostrich on Airbus A320 D-ABFO

Airberlin.com A320-200 D-ABFO (15-Milo-topbonus)(Grd)(Airberlin)(LRW)

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) today introduced a 66-foot long giant portrait of Milo, the new ostrich mascot of Airberlin’s topbonus frequent flyer program. The Airbus A320-214 registered as D-ABFO (msn 4565) entered service today (January 31). The airline issue this statement.

A giant image of Milo, the new mascot for Airberlin’s topbonus frequent flyer program, will soon be cruising the skies along the airline’s European route network. The very first Airbus A320-200 to carry the mascot’s likeness, registration D-ABFO, took off from Munich at 8:20 a.m. on January 31, 2015, and arrived in Hamburg at 9:40 a.m. From there, Milo continued to Palma de Mallorca, touching down at 1:40 p.m., before completing the final leg of the journey and landing in Faro at 3:20 p.m.

Measuring approximately 22 meters (66 feet) in length, both sides of the aircraft will carry an image of Milo the red ostrich. Seven employees at Airberlin’s technical service in Munich were responsible for the paint job, which kept them busy for two days in total.

“Milo will take to the skies to increase the prominence and visibility of topbonus at the approximately 120 airports across the European route network. We will continue in our efforts to make our frequent flyer further even more attractive this year, and will therefore reach out to people who strictly speaking may not be the most frequent flyers. We are confident that the Airbus decorated with the friendly image of Milo will continue to increase awareness of topbonus within this particular target group”, explains Anton Lill, Managing Director at topbonus.

The scheduled routes the Airbus will service over the coming days are shown at airberlin.com/topbonusflieger.

There will be a competition on Airberlin’s social media channels on February 2, 2015 to coincide with the première of the topbonus plane, inviting people to report sightings.

Topbonus is using Milo to target infrequent flyers in particular. Ostriches are the world’s largest flightless birds, and topbonus is helping Milo realize its dream of soaring across the skies by collecting miles on the ground with around 100 topbonus partners. These miles can then be redeemed for free tickets and other attractive premiums.

Photo: Airberlin.

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Qatar Airways acquires a stake in IAG

Qatar Airways (Doha) has bought a 9.99 per cent stake in British Airways’ owner International Airlines Group (IAG), becoming the company’s largest shareholder.

The move will cement a close commercial relationship between BA and the airline, whose owner, the Qatari government, is a significant investor in Britain.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, the BA owner, said in : “We’re delighted to have Qatar Airways, one of the world’s premier airlines, as a long-term supportive shareholder. We will talk to them about what opportunities exist to work more closely together and further IAG’s ambitions as the leading global airline group.”

BA sponsored Qatar’s entry into the Oneworld airline alliance, and they also have a cargo partnership. Qatar has indicated it would seek to extend ties following the investment, which could include codeshares on flights via the Gulf state, allowing the airlines to sell tickets on each other’s planes.

Akbar Al Baker, the Qatar airline’s CEO said: “IAG represents an excellent opportunity to further develop our westwards strategy.”

Qatar Airways is prohibited from owning more than a minority stake in IAG under EU ownership rules and said it does not currently intend to increase its 9.99% shareholding.

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Qatar Airways’ second Airbus A380, the pictured A380-861 A7-APB (msn 143) completes its final approach to London’s Heathrow Airport, the home of IAG’s British Airways.

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Emirates unveils an ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Airbus A380 logo jet

Emirates A380-800 A6-EDZ (99-ICC Cricket World Cup 2015)(Tko)(Emirates)(LR)

Emirates (Dubai) has issued this statement, photos and video for its sponsorship of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The pictured Airbus A380-861 A6-EDZ (msn 107) now carries special markings. The airline issued this statement:

With just two weeks to go until the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Emirates airline, a global connector of people, places and passions, has unveiled the first of its aircraft that will feature the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Logo.

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The Emirates Airbus A380 recently set off to Australia and New Zealand, and is the first of a number of “specially-dressed” Emirates aircraft that will fly around the globe, celebrating this major event with cricket-lovers and uniting fans around the world.

Emirates A380-800 A6-EDZ (99-ICC Cricket World Cup 2015)(Flt)(Emirates)(LR)

Emirates has been the official partner of the International Cricket Council since 2007 and all its major tournaments including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

In partnership with the ICC, Emirates also sponsors the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Match Referees.
Cricket has provided Emirates with a powerful platform to connect with fans and communities across Asia, Australasia, South Africa and the UK. In addition to its partnership with the ICC, Emirates’ cricket sponsorships include:

Title Sponsor of the Emirates Airline Twenty20, which brings successful County Cricket Clubs to Dubai to compete for the coveted Emirates T20 Championship.

In the UK, Emirates has partnerships with Durham County Cricket Club and Lancashire County Cricket Club, including naming rights to both clubs’ playing grounds and their respective T20 representative teams.

Emirates has unveiled “specially-dressed” aircraft on special occasions and during major events, such as during the 2020 World Expo bid, which Dubai won in 2013.

Photo Below: A380 Photo Credit Club Med. The Airbus A380 cabins are beyond luxury, with living rooms, double bedrooms and private suites. Each onboard apartment, which has a 64 inch high sliding door, includes a reclining armchair and a full-length ottoman, both upholstered by Poltrona Frau. The ottoman transforms into a separate 80 inch long fully flatbed.

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Video: With just two weeks to go until the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, Emirates reveals the first of its A380s that will feature the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Logo.

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