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Hawaiian launches its new route to Beijing today

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) reached a new milestone today as it launched three-times weekly nonstop service to Beijing, the latest addition to its expanded international network and first mainland China destination.

Hawaiian Airlines launched inaugural service between Honolulu and Beijing, the airlines first destination in mainland China.

The departure of Flight HA 897 was preceded by festivities at the boarding gate at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) that included Hawaiian music and hula, a Chinese cultural fan dance performance by Phoenix Dance Chamber (below), a traditional Hawaiian blessing and presentation of lei to more than 200 passengers boarding the inaugural flight.

Hawaiian Airlines Service Launch

Remarks were given by Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer; Mike McCartney, Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) president and chief executive officer; and Vice-Consul General Lixin Bian and Assistant Consul General Shousheng Zhao, both of the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles.

Hawaiian Airlines’ new nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing will add nearly 50,000 seats to both travel markets. According to HTA, the state’s official tourism agency, Hawai’i welcomed more than 132,000 visitors from China in 2013, and projects an increase of 37 percent in 2014. In addition, the China market is the highest spending visitor market with an average of $397 per person per day spending.

Starting today, Hawaiian Airlines operates three flights a week between Honolulu and Beijing using a 294-seat A330-200 aircraft. Flight HA 897 departs HNL at 12:01 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, crosses the international dateline, and lands at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) at 5:55 a.m. the following day.

Return flight HA 898 departs Beijing at 1:05 a.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, crosses the international dateline, and arrives in Honolulu at 4:40 p.m. the previous day (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).

As a full-service leisure carrier, Hawaiian Airlines provides all of its passengers between Beijing and Hawai’i with complimentary meals, drinks and blankets, as well as selected in-seat video entertainment on its A330 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Hawaiian Airlines). This dramatic image shows Hawaiian’s Airbus A330-243 N384HA (msn 1259) lifting off the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Fiji Airways and Etihad Airways move closer with an interline agreement

Fiji Airways (2nd) (Nadi) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), the national airlines of Fiji and the United Arab Emirates, respectively, announced a new and far reaching interline agreement between the two carriers.

This agreement will allow reciprocal sales from and to 12 cities in Europe, 17 cities in the Middle East, five cities in Africa, five cities in North America, 29 cities in Asia and three cities in Australia to and from Fiji. The agreement is effective immediately and is the starting point of further negotiations between the two airlines.

Etihad Airways joins Fiji Airways’ list of codeshare or interline partners, which includes American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, QANTAS Airways and Air New Zealand.

On the financial side, Air Pacific Group reported an operating profit before income tax of $14.2 million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013, compared to an operating profit before income tax of $22.4 million for the preceding twelve month period ended March 31, 2013.

On a net basis, the Group reported an after tax profit of $14.5 million for the nine months period compared to $17.8 million from the preceding 12-month period. The nine months performance was driven by an increase in passenger numbers by 2.5 % with an additional revenue of 1.0%, hence a slight yield decrease of -1.5 % due to the relentless competitive environment, especially from/to the U.S. and Australia.

All amounts are in Fijian dollars.

Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJT (msn 1394) of Fiji Airways arrives in Auckland.

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Jetstar Airways announces new Brisbane-Honolulu flights starting on December 15

Jetstar Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has announced new nonstop service between Brisbane and Honolulu starting on December 15, 2014.

The route will be operated by Airbus A330 aircraft up to three times a week during the peak season with two weekly services in the off peak.

The new Honolulu route will be the second wide body service from Brisbane following the start of nonstop services to Bali later this month to be operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Flights will depart from Brisbane on Tuesdays and Fridays with services operating from Honolulu on Mondays and Thursdays.

The third service for peak season will operate on a Sunday. The route will eventually be operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as Jetstar continues to take delivery of more aircraft.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 VH-EBA (msn 508) taxies at Sydney.

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Oman Air posts a loss of nearly $295 million for 2013

Oman Air (Muscat) reported a financial loss of nearly $295 million for 2013. This loss deepened from the previous year.

Oman Air reported strong increases in revenues and passenger numbers, supported by growth in seat capacity, cargo operations and the number of passengers carried in 2013. Oman Air blamed the loss on its investment in new aircraft.

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Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 A40-DF (msn 1120) of Oman Air lands in Zurich.

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US Airways joins the trans-Atlantic joint venture

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), British Airways (London), Iberia (Madrid) and Finnair (Helsinki) today (April 3) celebrate a key milestone as US Airways (Phoenix) joins the airlines’ trans-Atlantic joint venture. As part of the joint business, established by American, British Airways and Iberia in October 2010, the airlines can cooperate commercially on trans-Atlantic flights. The joint venture also includes a revenue sharing agreement in which member airlines have permission to coordinate schedules and pricing on North Atlantic routes. These benefits provide customers traveling between North America and Europe increased choices and access to a more comprehensive network.

US Airways brings 28 trans-Atlantic routes to the joint business including nonstop service from the United States to 18 European destinations including Munich, Athens and Amsterdam. Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C., will become oneworld’s largest East Coast gateways to Europe providing customers access to more than 100 destinations throughout North America with one-stop connections from these two airports. With combined operations, the joint business will serve 29 destinations in North America and 25 destinations in Europe, operating nearly 100 routes between the two regions.

US Airways also plans to implement extensive codeshare agreements with the other carriers in the coming weeks, providing easy access to the joint business’ combined global network.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N283AY (msn 1076) rotates at the Charlotte hub.

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Aer Lingus launches its new route to San Francisco

Aer Lingus (Dublin) yesterday (April 2) launched its inaugural flight to San Francisco. The flight, flight EI 147, was assigned to an Airbus A330-200 (EI-DUO) named St. Columba,

Aer Lingus will operate five flights per week from Dublin to San Francisco as part of its significant trans-Atlantic growth plan in 2014.

The 2014 growth plan includes:

· New routes from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto (Pearson)
· Almost doubling of frequency on services from Shannon to Boston and New York (JFK)
· The addition of three Boeing 757 aircraft to the long haul fleet

Top Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 EI-DUO (msn 841) taxies at Shannon.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. EI-DUO arrives at SFO on the inaugural flight.

Aer Lingus A330-200 EI-DUO (96)(Nose) SFO (MDB)(LRW)

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TAP Portugal to open a new route to Bogota and Panama City in July, will add two ATR 42-600s

TAP Portugal (Lisbon) will be flying to Bogotá and Panama City four times a week starting in July. The new will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with flights departing from Lisbon at 12 noon (1200) and arriving in Bogotá at 3:55 pm (1555). The flight then leaves for Panamá at 4:55 pm (1655), arriving there at 6:25 pm (1825). The return flight departs for Lisbon at 7:40 pm (1940), where it arrives at 11:00 am (1100) the following day (all local times).

The new route will operate with Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a seating capacity of 268.

TAP Portugal starting on July 1 will introduce new ATR 42-600 aircraft, replacing Beechcraft 1900Ds. TAP is also adding new service to Oviedo. The airline issued this statement:

TAP has announced the eleventh new route it will launch in 2014. The new route will connect Lisbon and Oviedo from July 1.

The launch of the Oviedo service has been made possible because of an important change to the fleet operated by PGA — Portugália Airlines (Lisbon), with the replacement of two 19-seater Beechcraft 1900D aircraft with two 46-seat ATR 42-600s, which also have a longer range.

Oviedo will become the eighth Spanish city with direct TAP flights, joining Madrid and Barcelona (which have direct flights from Lisbon, Porto and Funchal), Seville, La Coruña, Bilbao, Malaga and Valencia.
In 2013, TAP carried 944,000 passengers between Portugal and Spain, a 6% increase from 2012.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 CS-TOF (msn 308) of TAP Portugal arrives at Miami International Airport.

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China Airlines introduces a “Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan” decorated Airbus A330-300 logo jet

China Airlines (Taipei) this month introduced a logo jet dedicated to the ethnic diversity in Taiwan. The airline issued this statement on the special Masalu! Taiwan Airbus A330-300:

The “Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan” liveried aircraft is the result of a partnership between Taiwan’s Council of Indigenous Peoples, Executive Yuan and China Airlines. The pictured B-18358 made its inaugural flight on March 11 from Taoyuan Airport to Auckland via Sydney. China Airlines flies to Auckland seven times a week, promoting Taiwan’s indigenous culture to the world. Continuing with China Airlines’ Taiwan Culture and Creativity series, the new liveried aircraft is the only one of its kind in the world, displaying details of a traditional wedding of the Paiwan tribe. The drawings come from renowned indigenous artist Sakuliu Pvavaljung’s Wedding Celebration series, shown in the public for the first time. These drawings of joyful celebration welcome people to enjoy the diversity Taiwan has to offer.

The liveried aircraft is an Airbus A330-300, with a capacity of 30 Business Class seats and 277 Economy Class seats. There are illustrations on the cabin interior and designs on the head-rest covers containing indigenous elements, and inserts in the seat pockets introducing the livery on the plane. The aircraft will mainly serve Australia and New Zealand routes, along with Japan, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia routes. In July 2013, Taiwan and New Zealand established the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs of Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC), and it is the first agreement of its type to incorporate a chapter on indigenous cooperation. Taiwan’s indigenous people and New Zealand’s Māori both belong to the Austronesian language family, and research has shown that they have similar genetic characteristics. Because of their close links both culturally and genetically, Taiwan and New Zealand agreed to strengthen ties between the two indigenous groups. Therefore, the first flight for “Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan Liveried Aircraft” was to Auckland, New Zealand, marking historical significance.

The inaugural flight ceremony began with a vibrant Paiwan tribe wedding ceremony, followed by a melodious performance of “Song of the Sea” by Taipei City Indigenous Youth and Children Chorus, together with China Airlines pilots, cabin crew, ground staff and maintenance crew of indigenous descent. The attendees at the unveiling of the liveried airplane included Wu Den-yih, Vice President of Taiwan, Lin,Chiang-I (Mayaw.Dongi), Minister of The Council of Indigenous Peoples, Sun Huang-hsiang, Chairmain of China Airlines, and Lin Peng-liang, President of China Airlines. Each passenger on the inaugural flight received a passport cover, bag, and deck of cards with indigenous print, and a Visiting Taiwan’s Indigenous Tribes notebook.

The illustrations on “Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan Liveried Aircraft” come from the father of modern indigenous art, Sakuliu Pvavaljung. They are from his series of works titled Wedding Celebration, depicting unique marriage traditions from the Paiwan tribe. The illustrations chosen best capture the essence of these works, and include the sending of dowry from the groom on the right side of the fuselage, and the carrying of the bride and the swing ceremony on the left side of the fuselage. The logo “MASALU! TAIWAN” on the body of the plane uses the Paiwan greeting “Masalu” to welcome people to Taiwan.

The indigenous people of Taiwan are few and precious, numbering approximately 530,000 and constituting two percent of the population. The government of Taiwan officially recognizes 14 peoples, and each has preserved their own culture, language and customs. The Council of Indigenous Peoples has partnered with China Airlines on a liveried aircraft in order to promote the rich culture of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, and to draw people from all over the world for a taste of Taiwanese aesthetics. The inaugural flight not only echoes New Zealand and Taiwan bringing tourism ties closer through the ANZTEC agreement, but also expands on economic development in Taiwan’s tribes.

As a leading player in Taiwan’s aviation industry, China Airlines promotes Taiwan’s strength as a cultural hub, and in recent years has released 3 launched aircraft from its Taiwan Culture and Creativity series. The first liveried airplane, “Love & Hug,” features works from artist Jimmy Liao, in which little children are locked in loving embrace with protected animals and planet earth. The second liveried airplane, “Taiwan Tourism,” a collaboration with Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau, shows LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), ecology, romance, cuisine, shopping, culture and other features of Taiwan tourism offerings with a creative cultural flair. The third liveried airplane, “Visiting Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan,” displays the customs of Taiwan’s indigenous people, showcases Taiwan’s cultural creativity.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302 B-18358 (msn 1346) departs today (March 28) from the Taipei (Taoyuan) base.

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QANTAS Airways has its best on-time monthly report in more than 10 years

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has had the best monthly result for on-time flight arrivals and departures for any major airline in more than a decade. The February report from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics showed the flag carrier had a record 92.5 percent in on-time departures and 91.7 percent in on-time arrivals. Punctuality records were broken in both Perth and Darwin, while Brisbane, Adelaide and Townsville recorded their best results in seven years. Record punctuality was also made on return flights to Perth from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
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QANTAS’ reputation as the most punctual and reliable major domestic airline was cemented in 2013 when the airline lead the competition in 12 out of 12 months of the year in both arrivals and departures. It was the first time QANTAS, or any other airline, had been able to lead by that margin. 2013 also marked the fifth year in a row QANTAS has recorded the best results. QANTAS Domestic had less than one per cent of their flights cancelled for the month of February.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-203 VH-EBG (msn 887) taxies at Los Angeles.
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Air China to start a new route from Shanghai to Munich on June 6

Air China (Beijing) will inaugurate Shanghai-Munich nonstop service on June 6, 2014, bringing the number of the European cities it serves from Shanghai up to 4, with the other three cities being Frankfurt, Milan and Paris. Currently, Air China operates from Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu to Europe and is the largest operator of China-European routes.

The four-times weekly service CA 827/8 will be operated on Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Sunday. The outbound flight departs from Shanghai at 01:00 Beijing time and arrives in Munich at 07:10. The return flight departs from Munich at 12:35 local time and arrives in Shanghai at 05:45 Beijing time the following day. Like on other routes to Shanghai, A330-200, a widebody type, is used on the new route. Its Business Class is outfitted with full-flat seats and all classes of services offer personal entertainment system and power outlet, guaranteeing a truly pleasant and easy journey.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-6071 (msn 756) arrives at the Beijing hub.

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Syphax Airlines to start Montreal service on April 25

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Syphax Airlines (Sfax, Tunisia) will launch weekly Airbus A330-200 service between Tunis and Montreal (Trudeau) on April 25. It will be the first long-haul route for the young carrier.

Copyright Photo: Syphax Airlines. Airbus A330-243 TS-IRA (msn 345, ex F-WJKG) was acquired on June 20, 2013.

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Flynas announces new Airbus A330 routes to London and Manchester

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Flynas (formerly Nasair) (stylized as flynas) (Jeddah) is expanding internationally to Europe and Asia with new Airbus A330s. The airline has issued this statement about its new planned Airbus A330 service to both London (Gatwick) (April 8) and Manchester (May 2):

Flynas, the Kingdom’s national carrier, concluded a successful UK tour to announce the launch of direct flights from Jeddah to London and Manchester, the first two European destinations to feature on its ambitious Global Flight Routes program.

The flights will operate three times a week to both the British capital and the northern city of Manchester, offering easy access to the entire country.

The announcements were made at two press conferences held in London and Manchester respectively.

Recently Flynas has made significant investments in enhancing its fleet by adding Airbus A330 aircraft and upgrading its in-flight offering to include a 12-seat Business Class Cabin and smarter onboard entertainment technologies which are perfectly in line with the expectations of cosmopolitan, regional and international customers.

All of Flynas’ international flights will operate out of its hub in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The airline recently announced the launch of direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (starting on April 6) and Jakarta, Indonesia. Other destinations set to be rolled out as part of the program include Paris, France; Karachi, Pakistan and Casablanca, Morocco.

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Hawaiian moves up the start date for year-round Los Angeles-Kahului flights to May 2

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it has accelerated the start date for its new daily year-round service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) by one month, from June 1 to May 2, 2014. In addition, the airline will also add a second daily flight for eight weeks this summer, doubling up on flights from June 30 to September 8, 2014 and adding more than 32,700 seats in both travel markets.

Hawaiian Airlines previously announced that new nonstop summer service between Los Angeles and both Lihu’e, Kaua’i and Kona, Hawai’i Island will commence this June, connecting all four main Hawaiian Islands to Southern California.

With the new start date for the year-round service and the addition of the second daily flight this summer, a total of more than 175,000 seats will be added to both Los Angeles and Maui’s travel markets this year. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines’ Maui hub, which was established in 2012, offers an alternative connecting point for travel to other islands with its expanded neighbor island flight schedule.

The new daily service will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which seats 294 passengers with 18 in First Class and 276 in the Main Cabin. Hawaiian Airlines’ A330 amenities include personal on-demand entertainment system for each seat, increased legroom, and roomy interior.

Flight Route Departure Arrival Aircraft New Start Date
HA 34 OGG-LAX 3:40 p.m. 11:55 p.m. Airbus 330-200 May 2, 2014
HA 33 LAX-OGG 11:15 a.m. 1:40 p.m. Airbus 330-200 May 3, 2014

The second daily flight this summer will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in the Main Cabin. Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing 767 amenities include personal electronic tablets available for purchase, along with increased legroom and roomy interior.

Flight Route Departure Arrival Aircraft Start Date End Date
HA 56 OGG-LAX 9:40 p.m. 5:55 a.m. Boeing 767-300 June 30, 2014 September 7, 2014
HA 55 LAX-OGG 1:30 p.m. 4:05 p.m. Boeing 767-300 July 1, 2014 September 8, 2014

Adding to the enjoyment of the Maui travel experience on Hawaiian Airlines is the carrier’s signature onboard hospitality program, Mea Ho’okipa (translation: I am host). Travelers will enjoy island-style complimentary meals and made-in-Hawai’i snacks to go along with Hawaiian Airlines’ engaging presentation of the islands’ culture, people and Aloha Spirit throughout the flight.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N384HA (msn 1259) prepares to land in Los Angeles.

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Finnair to offer full-flat seats for nine long-haul routes

Finnair’s (Helsinki) flights to Tokyo and New York will feature aircraft equipped with full-flat seats available in Business Class. Additionally, Finnair will offer full-flat seats on flights to Beijing beginning on May 1, 2014 and as of June 1, 2014 the full-flat allocation also extends to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai. The new seats are a result of Finnair’s 29 million-euro program to retrofit most of its wide-body fleet of Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft.

The Zodiac Seats UK Vantage model seats, which are already in use on Finnair’s four newest Airbus A330s, are designed to provide a fully-flat bed measuring 79 inches in length and 23 inches in width. The fully adjustable seats also come with an individual reading light, adjustable head rest, mood lights and a range of inflight entertainment options.

After the full-flat retrofit program is complete, all of Finnair’s long-haul Airbus fleet will have full-flat seats in Business Class with the exception of three older aircraft. Due to maintenance or other technical reasons, designated full-flat routes may still be served by these other aircraft, which feature angled lie-flat seating in Business Class. These three aircraft will be the first to be removed from the fleet as next-generation Airbus A350 XWBs begin arriving in 2015.

Finnair currently operates 15 Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft in its wide-body fleet, serving a network of 15 long-haul destinations in Asia and North America. A further 11 Airbus A350 XWBs (with an option for 8 more) are due to arrive beginning in H2 2015, which will help the airline double its revenue from Asian destinations by 2020. Finnair will be the first European airline to fly with the state of the art A350.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302X OH-LTO (msn 1013) arrives back at the Helsinki (HEL) hub.

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Finnair Lie-Flt Business Class Seats (Finnair)(LR)

Hawaiian Airlines to suspend flights to Taipei in April, will start service to Beijing

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced plans to suspend its thrice-weekly service to Taipei, Taiwan in April and reassign that route’s 294-seat Airbus 330-200 aircraft to its nonstop service to Seoul, South Korea, which will operate five times per week.

Up-gauging to the newer A330-200 aircraft will provide South Korean passengers with enhanced amenities including in-seat in-flight entertainment throughout the aircraft and the airline’s new Extra Comfort preferred seating product. The new aircraft will be available on all flights to Incheon International Airport from April 23, 2014.

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Hawaiian Airlines flight HA 807 will operate its final flight from Honolulu to Taipei on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Return Flight HA808 will operate for the final time on Monday, April 7, 2014 from Taipei to Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines’ reservations department will be contacting passengers booked to fly after that date to accommodate them on other airlines.

Also in April, Hawaiian Airlines will launch thrice-weekly service to Beijing, China, subject to government approval, its 10th international gateway launched since November 2010. The airline has also scheduled new nonstop summer service from Los Angeles and Oakland, California to Kona, Hawai‘i Island and Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Airbus A330-243 N382HA (msn 1171) climbs away from the Honolulu hub.

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TAM Airlines to start Fortaleza-Miami flights on May 31

TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo) will introduce Fortaleza-Miami weekly flights with Airbus A330 aircraft starting on May 31 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 PT-MVO (msn 949) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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Skymark Airlines takes delivery of its first two Airbus A330-300s

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Skymark Airlines (Tokyo), Japan’s third largest airline has taken delivery of the first two A330-300s (JA330A and JA330B) out of a total of ten on lease. Skymark Airlines becomes the first Japanese carrier to operate the Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.

Skymark A330-300 Cabin (Airbus)(LR)

Skymark Airlines’ A330s, configured in a very high comfort, all ”Green Seat” cabin with 271 seats, will start scheduled flights on May 31, 2014 (delayed from April 18) from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka. Skymark Airlines has also announced plans for A330-300 services from Tokyo Haneda to Sapporo and Naha at a later date.

The A330-300 received Validation Type Certificate (VTC) from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in January 2014. Skymark Airlines signed a Flight Hour Services (FHS) components contract with Airbus covering support for all of 10 leased A330 aircraft.  Airbus Customer Services will provide spare parts availability guaranteed through an extensive scope of more than 700 line replaceable units. Skymark Airlines’ A330s will be equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.

Skymark Airlines will soon be adding its first Airbus A380.

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Copyright Photos: Airbus. The pictured A330-343 F-WWKH (msn 1483) became JA330A on the handover.

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Air China to start Beijing-Vienna-Barcelona flights on May 5

Air China (Beijing) will start Beijing-Vienna-Barcelona service on May 5, 2014, giving travelers an additional easy access to the “Capital of Music” and the “Flower of Europe”.

The four-times weekly service CA 841/2 will be offered on Mondays/Thursdays/Fridays/Sundays. The outbound flight will leave Beijing at 02:10 and arrive in Vienna at 06:10 local time and in Barcelona at 09:25 local time. The return flight will leave Barcelona at 11:25 local time and arrive in Vienna at 13:25 local time and Beijing at 05:55. The service is to be operated with an Airbus A330-300. Onboard, the Business Class is outfitted with full-flat seats. The Premium Economy Class offers 120% of the legroom available in standard Economy Class and great mileage deals. The Economy Class impresses with its ergonomic seats that make journeys less tiring. Personal entertainment systems are available in all classes of service.

For a long time, no nonstop flights have been offered to link East Asia and Barcelona, and there have been very few flights between Beijing and Vienna.

As a member carrier of the Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline network, Air China has been actively expanding its European schedule. Currently, Air China offers more than 100 flights per week between China and Europe, serving such major European cities as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Moscow and Madrid. The Beijing-Vienna-Barcelona service will bring Air China’s European routes up to 23, offering access to 19 European cities and expanding the carrier’s European network. It will further improve its global network with its hub in Beijing and make it easier for travelers to transit to other parts of the world via Beijing.

Copyright Photo: Michael Stappen/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X B-6511 (msn 1110) touches down in Dusseldorf.

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Hawaiian to drop the Fukuoka, Japan route

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it will suspend its daily service to Fukuoka this summer.  Hawaiian Airlines flight HA 453 will make its final trip from Honolulu to Fukuoka on June 29, 2014, and HA 454 will make its final return from Fukuoka to Honolulu on June 30, 2014.

Passengers with reservations to fly after June 30 will be re-accommodated. The airline’s reservations department will be contacting affected passengers in the next several weeks. The airline will continue to accept reservations for travel between Honolulu and Fukuoka prior to June 30, 2014.

The Fukuoka daily service was launched on April 16, 2012.  Hawaiian Airlines also provides daily service to Tokyo and Osaka, and thrice-weekly service to Sendai and Sapporo.

Fukuoka was the third destination in Japan, following Tokyo (November 2010) and Osaka (July 2011).

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N382HA (msn 1171) taxies at Los Angeles.

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Aer Lingus’ 2013 operating profit drops by 12% to $83.8 million

Aer Lingus Group (Aer Lingus) (Dublin) today announced its unaudited preliminary results for the year ended December 31, 2013. The group reported a 12 percent drop in its operating profit for 2013, before net exceptional items, of €61.1 million ($83.8 million).

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Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302X EI-DUZ (msn 847) lands back at the Dublin hub. Aer Lingus has now settled on a long-haul fleet around the new Airbus A350. The airline has nine A350-900s on order.

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South African to switch to the newer Airbus A330-200s on the London Heathrow route, switches to Virgin Australia

South African Airways (Johannesburg) starting on March 28, will be operating a newer aircraft, the Airbus A330-200 on scheduled flights between London Heathrow and Johannesburg.

The newer aircraft replaces the current A340-600 used on the route and will operate on flight SA 235, the first of SAA’s two daily departures at 1900 and selected SA 237 flights, which departs at 2100.

In other news, South African has announced that it has accepted QANTAS Airways’ (Sydney) decision to conclude their long standing code share agreement effective May 31, 2014.

SAA has been flying to Sydney for more than 27 years before the code share with QANTAS was put in place in October 2000 following the strategic decision for SAA to stop operating between Johannesburg and Sydney with its own aircraft and to begin code sharing with QANTAS.

As a result, South African has announced a new code share agreement with Virgin Australia Brisbane).

SAA flies daily between Johannesburg and Perth and this new partnership offers SAA customers expanded access across Australia to domestic destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide. The new code share is now available for travel starting on February 11.

Virgin Australia has been an interline partner of SAA since July 2010 where the two airlines had a commercial agreement to handle those customers travelling on both airlines. SAA is now expanding this relationship into a code share agreement.

The flag carrier is celebrating its 80th anniversary this month. South African Airways dates back to February 1, 1934, when the South African government took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways. The airline was renamed South African Airways (SAA), and fell under the control of the South African Railways and Harbour administration.

On November 1, 1934, SAA introduced the Junkers Ju 52/3m, the first multi-engine aircraft, which was used on domestic flights. During the 1930s, the airline steadily acquired more planes, including the first 10-seater Junkers Ju 86s, Douglas DC-3s, Lockheed 749A Constellations, Lockheed Lodestars, Douglas DC-7Bs, Vickers Viscounts and the Boeing 707.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 ZS-SXX (msn 1223) approaches the runway at the O.R. Tambo International Airport base near Johannesburg.

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Aeroflot passenger is fined over $19,500 for drunken fight on an airplane

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has issued this statement concerning a drunken passenger which caused the flight to make an unscheduled landing in Novosibirsk:

On February 18, 2014 Gagarin District Court ruled in favor of Aeroflot in its suit against Andrei Krivoruchko, the passenger whose actions on board led to an emergency landing. The defendant will have to pay 704,199.70 rubles (over $19,500) in total, including compensation for the losses borne by Aeroflot.

The incident happened on April 22, 2013 during an SU 206 flight from Moscow to Shanghai. As stated by the court, intoxicated Mr Krivoruchko behaved inappropriately and expressed an obvious disrespect for other passengers and the crew. He also threatened them with violence, physically resisted the crew members and did not comply with a written warning of the aircraft commander to stop violating the rules of onboard behavior.

As a result, the captain was forced to opt for an emergency landing at Novosibirsk airport. The unruly passenger was handed over to local authorities. Aeroflot filed a lawsuit on this issue in October 2013 and won the case.

However satisfactory for Aeroflot this adjudication is, it still cannot be considered too stringent by the standards of many other countries in Europe, Asia and America, where airborne drunken brawls are criminalized and a refusal to obey calls to order, acts of violence or attacks on members of the crew are punished with imprisonment from a few months up to 20 years. In some cases, jail term can be given even for smoking on board.

Since the beginning of 2013, Aeroflot sees a positive trend of hardening position of the Russian courts against airborne rowdies, including the area of financial responsibility for detrimental actions against the airline and other passengers. Nevertheless, the need of even more drastic measures against disruptive passengers is evident. Aeroflot stands firm on this issue and confirms its resolution not to leave violating the rules of onboard behavior without serious consequences.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 VQ-BBE (msn 1014) prepares to land in Los Angeles.

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XL Airways France to return to Miami this summer

XL Airways (France) (Paris-CDG) will return to Miami for the second summer in a row. The French airline will offer three flights a week with its 408-seat Airbus A330-300s from May 25 until August 31.

Miami has become the second most important North American destination for XL Airways after New York.

Additionally, as previously reported, AirEuropa will also return for the summer to Miami from Madrid with three weekly flights starting on June 4.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-303 F-WWKA (msn 1360) became F-HXLF on delivery on November 30, 2012.

Routes from Paris (CDG):

XL Airways France 2.2014 CDG Route Map

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Iberia reaches an historic agreement with its pilots

Iberia (Madrid) and the International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) have issued this statement about a break through agreement with its pilots, represented by SEPLA:

International Airlines Group (IAG) announces today (February 13) that Iberia has reached agreement in principle with its pilots’ union, SEPLA, to introduce permanent structural change and improve the airline’s viability. It also heralds a new positive working relationship between Iberia and SEPLA after years of conflict.

This landmark agreement provides a strong foundation to put Iberia on the path towards sustainable profitable growth – the more positive of the two scenarios outlined at IAG’s Capital Markets Day in November 2013. It will also enable Iberia to become more competitive and reduce its cost base.

The main impacts of the agreement are:

· Fundamental productivity improvements within Iberia.

· Salaries to remain frozen until 2015 as outlined in the Mediation Agreement. After that date, increases will be subject to the airline’s profitability.

· The Mediation Agreement provided a 14 per cent salary reduction for pilots and an additional 4 per cent cut linked to the productivity agreement. With these productivity improvements, the 4 per cent will be returned.

· Facilitates the growth of Iberia and Iberia Express.

Luis Gallego, Iberia’s executive chairman, said: “I would like to thank the efforts made by SEPLA, the pilots and Iberia’s management team who worked together to reach this agreement. This groundbreaking deal reduces the cost structure and provides the foundation for the airline to grow profitably. A strong and profitable Iberia can protect jobs in the long term and boost tourism which is a key driver in Barajas and Spain’s economic recovery.

“Iberia is the natural airline choice for Latin America and this agreement will enable it to be a formidable competitor and build on its new brand, providing customers with great service and an extensive network.

“This agreement also enables the growth of Iberia Express with a competitive cost base and provides promotion opportunities for current Iberia and Iberia Express first officers. Iberia Express will help make Iberia profitable and stronger, by providing short haul feed, and will provide Spanish competition to low cost carriers”.

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive said: “‘Luis Gallego, his team and SEPLA deserve congratulations for striking a bold deal that will mark the turning point in Iberia’s future. Luis has deservedly won the respect of the industry, his colleagues and the trade unions. Permanent structural change was the only way to save Iberia from slow decline. This agreement marks the beginning of its future”.

This agreement in principle is subject to the approval of SEPLA’s general assembly.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. Iberia wanted labor peace with its pilots before it unveiled this livery. It went ahead anyway and now it has the labor peace, at lease for now with the pilots. New Airbus A330-302 F-WWKA (man 1437) became EC-LYF on delivery on November 13, 2013. It is named “Juan Carlos I”.

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Aerolineas Argentinas orders four Airbus A330-200s

Aerolíneas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) has signed a purchase agreement for four Airbus A330-200s to renew and consolidate their widebody fleet. Aerolíneas Argentinas will announce the engine selection at a later date.

Argentina’s flagship carrier will deploy the new A330 aircraft for medium and long haul routes from their Buenos Aires hub to destinations throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States. The airline currently operates eight Airbus A340-300s (above), four A340-200s and four A330-200s.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Airbus A330-200s will help replace the older aging Airbus A340-200s and A340-300s. A340-313X LV-CSF (man 128) lands on runway 27 at Miami International Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines is the most prompt U.S. airline for 10 years in a row

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) continued its on-time performance streak in 2013, leading all U.S. carriers in punctuality for the 10th consecutive year as reported today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Hawai’i’s largest and longest-serving airline averaged a 93.3 percent on-time performance ranking for the full year 2013, earning the top ranking in 11 of the 12 months and exceeding the industry average for the year by 15 percentage points. For the month of December, Hawaiian Airlines recorded a 92.4 percent on-time performance to lead the industry.

In December, Hawaiian Airlines also ranked #1 for fewest cancellations, with 11 out of 6,032 total flights — or 0.2 percent.

Hawaiian Airlines provides daily nonstop service to Hawai’i from 11 gateway cities in North America – more cities than any other carrier – using Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 767-300 aircraft, making it the only carrier to offer wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft for all transpacific flights. The airline is also the leading provider of air service between the islands of Hawai’i.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N393HA (msn 1422) departs from Las Vegas.

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Jet Airways posts a third quarter net loss of $43 million

Jet Airways Group (Jet Airways) (Mumbai) has reported a net loss of $43 million in the third quarter. The group issued this financial statement:

Jet Group reports lower Loss before Tax of INR 2,839 Million for Q3 FY14 as against INR 9,984 Million in Q2 FY 14

Highlights for quarter ended December 31, 2013 vs. December 31, 2012 (Jet Group)

Operational

  • 4% growth in number of passengers.
  • 5% growth in Available Seat Kilometers.
  • 4% growth in number of departures.

Financial

  • 6% increase in operating revenue, Q3 FY14 operating revenues are INR 49,901 Mio vs. Q3 FY13 was INR 47,223 Mio.
  • 1% increase in passenger yields to Rs. 8,056 from Rs. 7,974

Domestic Yields have improved by 20% in Q3 vs the previous quarter whereas Market Share continues to remain strong at 24.6%.

International Operations achieved 81.6% seat load factor vs 78.0% in the same quarter last year.

However, Rupee depreciation, high fuel prices and increase in airport charges continued to impact costs in the current quarter.

Instances of aircraft on ground impacted the quarter by INR 1,057 million. During the quarter 2 A330’s were sold and the balance access capacity is expected to be sold/leased out in coming quarter.

Fuel rates increased by approximately 10.6% vs the same quarter last year.

Etihad invested 2,057 crores in November 2013 for a 24% stake in Jet Airways.

Competition Commission of India has approved an investment of 50.1% stake in Jets customer loyalty program on February 5.

Mr. Ravishankar Gopalakrishnan, Chief Financial Officer, Jet Airways (I) Ltd said,

“Jet Airways reports a reduced loss of INR 2,839 Million in Q3 owing to improved passenger yields and sustained market share.

Post the equity infusion by Etihad, Jet reduces its debt from INR 124,947 Million as of September’13 to INR 108,952 Million in December’13. This will help lower Jet’s interest costs going forward.”

Outlook

Network expansion plans for additional fights to Gulf and Europe.

Q4 is expected to be muted on account of both yields and seat factors.

Rupee depreciation versus dollar continues to be a cause of concern.

High cost debt will be replaced with cheaper debt resulting in reduced Interest costs.

The surplus aircraft in the system will be either leased out or sold in coming quarter.

Focus on various avenues of ancillary revenues should help to boost revenues in the quarters to come.

Synergies in terms of network and costs will start to impact numbers positively in the next few quarters.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Jet Airways is reducing its Airbus A330 fleet. Airbus A330-243 VT-JWE (msn 807) taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

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Iberia’s sixth Airbus A330-302 is named “Miami”

 

Iberia (Madrid) took delivery of its sixth new Airbus A330-302 (EC-LZJ, msn 1490) on January 24, 2014. The airline has named the aircraft “Miami”. The airliner is coming to MIA today and is expected to arrive around 1600 (4 pm). Miami International Airport once served as a mini Latin American hub (with McDonnell Douglas DC-9s) for Iberia.

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Skymark Airlines to start Airbus A330 flights on April 18

Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) will place its new Airbus A330-300 into revenue service on April 18 according to ZipanguFlyer. The initial route will be from Tokyo (Haneda) to Fukuoka five times a day.

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Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Airbus A330, the pictured A330-343 F-WWKH (msn 1483) at Toulouse will become JA330A when it is delivered to the carrier around March 1.

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Avianca to resume Bogota-London flights, grounds its Fokker 50s

Avianca (Colombia) (Bogota) has announced it will resume regular service between Bogota and London (Heathrow) in July. Airbus A330s (above) are expected to be operated on the restored route.

In other news, the company has also announced its has temporarily grounded its remaining Fokker 50s. The company issued this statement:

“In line with the fleet renovation and modernization plan, Avianca S.A. is in the process of renewing its regional fleet by replacing the Fokker 50s with ATR 72-600 aircraft. The company currently operates a combined turbo prop fleet, consisting of four F okker 50s and four brand new ATR 72s.

In spite of the high technical standards and strict preventive maintenance processes, the company has in place, on January 28, a malfunction on one of the engines of a Fokker 50 operating on the Cali-Tumaco route before take-off. After performing all the proper inspections and going through all the safety procedures, Avianca S.A. has taken the preventive decision to temporarily ground its Fokker 50 fleet.

This preemptive security measure will allow Avianca S.A. and the engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney to establish the causes of the event, and implement the necessary corrective measures that will guaranty the aircraft ́s operational reliability.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N948AC (msn 948) rotates off the runway at Miami International Airport (MIA).

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Virgin Australia celebrates 10 years of international flying, announces new codeshares

Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) today celebrated 10 years of international flights, announcing eight new international codeshare services.

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The airline’s first international flight, DJ 007 departed from Christchurch, New Zealand at 11 am on January 29, 2004 for Brisbane, Australia.

Virgin Australia Original 2004 International Crew (Virgin Australia)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia. The cockpit crew of the original flight DJ 007.

Since then, the airline has grown from offering one international destination to offering over 400 destinations worldwide. Virgin Australia operates to 16 destinations internationally and through its strategic alliance partners, offers 386 codeshare and interline destinations across the world.

The eight new international codeshare services include Seattle/Tacoma and Boston with Delta Air Lines, Zurich, Minsk, Medina and Rome with Etihad Airways and Athens and Brunei with Singapore Airlines.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Virgin Australia). Airbus A330-243 VH-XFB (msn 372) departs the runway at Sydney.

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PAL Airlines leases an Airbus A330-300 from AirEuropa for the southern summer season

PAL Airlines (Santiago) has leased in from AirEuropa (Palma de Mallorca and Madrid) the pictured Airbus A330 for the southern summer season. The new type entered revenue service on January 11, 2014 between Santiago and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. AirEuropa’s Airbus A330-343X EC-LXR (msn 1097) taxies yesterday (January 21) with joint titles at hot and hazy Santiago, Chile.

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Jet Airways to launch Mumbai-Paris flights on May 14

Jet Airways has announced new daily nonstop service from Mumbai to Paris (CDG) with effect from May 14, 2014. This new flight from India’s financial capital of Mumbai to Paris will be operated by wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft.

Jet Airways (Mumbai) flight 9W 124 will depart from Mumbai’s brand new Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, T2 at 1200 and arrive at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport at 1750. The return flight 9W 123 will depart Paris at 2110 (LT) and arrive Mumbai at 0945 the following day thus providing a seamless connection to the airline’s entire network within India. Moreover, the return Jet Airways flight from Paris to Mumbai will make it the only evening departure from continental Europe to Mumbai.

Paris will be the airline’s twenty first international destination, and will provide a key gateway point for travel to several destinations across Europe with Jet Airways’ code share and interline partners.

Jet Airways will deploy an Airbus A330-200 aircraft on this route, with 18 Premiere seats that open up as flatbeds and 236 ergonomic Economy seats.

In other news, the airline is expected to place an additional order for narrow body aircraft in the near future.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 VT-JWD (msn 751) climbs away from nearby Brussels.

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Air China arrives in Hawaii

Air China (Beijing) yesterday (January 20) celebrated the start of its Beijing - Hawaii service with a ceremony held at T3 of Beijing Capital International Airport. In attendance were the invitees from U.S. Embassy in China, Beijing Capital International Airport Customs, Beijing General Station of Entry-Exit Frontier Inspection, Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau and Beijing Capital International Airport Co. Ltd. as well as Air China’s executives. At the ceremony, dancers from Hawaii treated the audience to the distinctive Hula dance, which is a showcase of Hawaii’sindigenous culture, and presented garlands to the invited guests on stage, giving the occasion a rich tropical feel.

The new service, CA 837/8, is the first nonstop air link between Beijing and Hawaii. It’s operated three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday with wide body Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 1330 Beijing time and arrives in Honolulu at 1630 local time. The return flight takes off from Honolulu at 2200 local time and arrives in Beijing at 0520 Beijing time on the next day.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-6070 (msn 750) arrives back to the Beijing hub and base.

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American Airlines and US Airways are set to start the first phase of their codeshare agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) (American Airlines Group) today are now offering customers improved access to the combined company’s global network through the first phase of a codeshare. Beginning today, customers can book flights on both airlines’ networks through the codeshare for travel starting on January 23.

Through the codeshare, each airline will sell tickets operated by the other carrier using its own code and flight number, and customers will be able to easily combine select flights operated by each airline on a single itinerary when booking travel on aa.com, usairways.com, or through other travel distribution channels. In addition, customers connecting on codeshare flights can seamlessly transfer bags when traveling on an itinerary that includes flights operated by both carriers. Launched in a phased approach, the codeshare seeks to provide a smooth travel experience while American and US Airways continue to operate as separate airlines during the merger integration.

The first phase of the codeshare will cover only select American and US Airways flights and includes placing:

  • The US Airways code on most American-operated flights between American’s hubs in Chicago,Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK), and US Airways hubs in Charlotte,Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. (DCA).
  • The American code on most US Airways-operated flights between US Airways’ hubs in Charlotte,Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. (DCA), and American’s hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK).
  • The American code on US Airways’ East Coast Shuttle service, which includes flights betweenBoston, New York (LGA) and Washington, D.C. (DCA).
  • The US Airways code on select American domestic flights from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth, providing US Airways customers immediate access to small- and medium-size destinations currently served by American but not US Airways.
  • The American and US Airways code on select international flights operated by the other carrier.

The two airlines are expected to extend the codeshare to include all flights within the combined network in the coming weeks. Customers should continue to check in for flights and conduct business with the airline operating their flight just as they did before the launch of this codeshare.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER WL N378AN (msn 25447) with Blended Winglets approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. The “new American” will operate a mixed long-range fleet of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft. US Airways’ Airbus A330-323X N274AY (msn 342) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).

Fiji Airways announces its Five Year Master Plan

Fiji Airways (2nd) (Nadi, Fiji) has announced details from its five-year strategic plan approved by the airline’s board in mid-December 2013.

Developed through input from customers, employers, and stakeholders, the plan includes three focus areas: (1) growing the number of aircrafts and available seats, (2) increasing operating profits and passenger numbers, and (3) expanding the airline’s route network through key airline partnerships.

(1) The airline will increase its fleet size by 25% with new Airbus A330-200, Boeing 737-800s and ATR 72-600s aircraft. The additional aircraft will support plans to increase the number of available seats and passengers across all markets by 35% and 39%, respectively.

(2) The airline will activate an aggressive financial performance strategy to increase operating profits above $100m (FJD), a goal calculated using current fuel prices and exchange rates.

Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways’ Managing Director and CEO, states “Our aim is to be a world-class airline matched by an ambitious but solid financial plan that expands on current successes and takes our airline to a new level.”

In addition to increasing financial stability, building and maintaining a strong and loyal workforce also remain imperative. “We plan to increase total staff numbers by 28.5%. Part of our vision for 2017 is to be the Fijians’ employer of choice,” says Pichler.

(3) In terms of network expansion, Fiji Airways will focus on the deliberate selection of new routes and airline partnerships through detailed scheduling studies and interlining and code-sharing opportunities. Recent amendments resulting from the plan include new direct Sydney-Suva and Apia-Suva services and changes to some Auckland-Nadi departure times.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJT (msn 1394) prepares to touch down in Los Angeles.

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Hawaiian to offer nonstop Los Angeles-Maui service starting on July 1

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it will offer daily year-round service between Los Angeles and Maui this summer to answer increasing demand from the Southern California market.

More than 120,000 air seats will be added to both Los Angeles and Maui’s travel markets when the new nonstop service launches on July 1, 2014. The new daily service also capitalizes on convenient connections to Hawai’i from other cities on the U.S. mainland through Hawaiian Airlines’ growing network with airline partners. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines’ Maui hub, which was established in 2012, offers an alternative connecting point for travel to other islands with its expanded neighbor island flight schedule.

Flight Route Departure Arrival Start Date
HA 34 OGG-LAX 3:40 p.m. 11:55 p.m. July 1, 2014
HA 33 LAX-OGG 11:15 a.m. 1:45 p.m. July 2, 2014

The new daily service will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which seats 294 passengers with 18 in First Class and 276 in the Main Cabin.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N388HA (msn 1310) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Royal Jordanian celebrates 50 years of flying, will introduce the Boeing 787 on July 1, 2014

Royal Jordanian Airlines (Amman) this month celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The flag carrier launched scheduled passenger flights on December 15, 1963 as Alia-The Royal Jordanian Airline (Air Jordan) between Amman and Beirut. The airline adopted the current name on December 15, 1986.

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Majesty King Abdullah II joined the airline on December 22 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee according to the airline. RJ has introduced a new 50th emblem which is likely to appear on its aircraft The airline is also issuing 50 days of daily free tickets.

Royal Jordanian 50th Anniversary logo

The airline issued this statement and photo:

His Majesty King Abdullah II joined Royal Jordanian on Sunday, December 22, 2013, in a celebration to mark the national carrier’s 50thanniversary.

During a visit to RJ’s new premises, the King toured a photo exhibition depicting the flag carrier’s development since its launch in 1963 and also viewed a model of a modern aircraft and its functions from take-off to landing.

The King and the attendees also watched a film about the development of RJ, which launched its maiden flight to Beirut on December 15, which was later followed by other destinations across various continents.

His Majesty congratulated the RJ staff on the airline’s golden jubilee, expressing his pride in and appreciation for their relentless efforts to upgrade “this national edifice” over five decades.

“Through its glitter, RJ has become a real ambassador of the country and an embodiment of its bright image as it circled the world in its name,” the King wrote in the visitors’ book, urging the airline to pursue its efforts to boost its competitiveness in the region and the world.

During the ceremony, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Ibn Al Hussein, Prime Minister Abdullah Nsour and senior officials, King Abdullah honoured a number of staff members and ex-employees for their contributions to RJ. He also received a memento, a Boeing 787 yoke, from the Chairman of the Board of Directors Nasser Lozi.

Lozi said in remarks during the ceremony that RJ’s golden jubilee marks the carrier’s history and the ability of its staff from multiple generations to build an airline whose roots run deep at home and which has spread its branches across the world.

He said the company had made remarkable growth and expanded through various stages of the Kingdom’s development and sought to promote the national values of a sense of belonging, maintaining traditions and hospitality.

Lozi said human resources are the backbone of RJ’s development and modernisation as it relied on the expertise, loyalty and keenness of its staff to put the airline among the world’s prestigious airlines

Royal Jordanian President/CEO Amer Hadidi said: “The 50 past years of RJ lifetime is a source of pride for all of us. RJ is dream that came true with the persistent efforts of loyal Jordanians that could manage to build this edifice with very limited potentials.”

He added that the airline has promising future plans including growing its fleet and increasing the destinations on its route network, adding that RJ will be receiving the first 5 Boeing 787 aircraft in the second half of 2014, helping RJ to reach new heights and to fly to more cities around the world.

Hadidi said the airline intends to invest in the aviation industry in the field of maintenance and ground handling, and to expand in this area by providing these services in the regional markets. He pointed that RJ has the required expertise and capabilities qualifying it to contribute to the development of aviation in the Arab world, particularly the countries that witnessed the transformation of the Arab Spring and are in need of such services.”

In other news, Royal Jordanian is planning to introduce its first new 267-seat Boeing 787-8 initially on the Amman-Jeddah route on July 1, 2014 followed by the twice-weekly Amman-Lagos-Accra route the next day according to Airline Route. Twice-weekly Amman-Montreal (Trudeau) will be introduced on July 3 followed by weekly Amman-Abu Dhabi service on July 5.

Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Royal Jordanian Airlines’ Airbus A330-223 JY-AIF (msn 979) approaches the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Alia’s Lockheed L-1011-385-3 TriStar 500 JY-AGB (msn 1219) taxies at Paris (Orly) in the ornate 1981 livery.

ANA and Garuda Indonesia move closer with a new partnership, both airlines will launch a Tokyo Haneda-Jakarta route

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) and Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) have announced a comprehensive partnership under which the two airlines will code share on flights between the two countries and will allow passengers to be able to collect and redeem miles on Frequent Flyer Program of both airlines.

From March 30, 2014, ANA will operate new route between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Jakarta Airport, followed by Garuda Indonesia opening the same route from the first quarter of 2014. These new flights will increase the number of weekly flights operated by the two carriers between Japan and Indonesia to 53 – comprising 14 ANA flights and 39 Garuda Indonesia flights. Both airlines will be providing improved and expanded customer service concurrent with this agreement and network expansion.

ANA and Garuda will allocate code share flight numbers to flights between Japan and Indonesia operated by each airline.
Passengers on ANA flights arriving in Jakarta will be able to travel on to maximum of 10 Indonesian routes such as Jogjakarta or Denpasar on code share flights operated by Garuda Indonesia while passengers on Garuda Indonesia flights arriving at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Kansai International Airport will be able to travel on to maximum of 11 Japanese routes such as Chitose or Nagoya using code share flights operated by ANA.

The two airlines will also start discussions on a partnership between their respective mileage programs. The details of joint mileage program, including the start date, will be announced separately on both companies’ websites when decided.

Top Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. ANA’s Boeing 777-281 JA702A (msn 27033) arrives in Fukuoka.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 PK-GPM (msn 1214) of Garuda Indonesia approaches Amsterdam for landing.

Sichuan Airlines now links western China with Sydney, Australia

Sichuan Airlines (Chengdu) on December 20 launched a new service from Chengdu and Chongqing to Sydney.

Sichuan Airlines will operate twice weekly flights from Chengdu-Chongqing to Sydney on its Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Sydney Airport now has 94 weekly flights from nine carriers to greater China, with five carriers offering 46 services to mainland Chinese cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-5907 (msn 462) lands in Beijing.

Sichuan Airlines: AG Slide Show

AirAsia X orders 25 Airbus A330-300s

AirAsia X (Kuala Lumpur) has announced an order for 25 Airbus A330-300 aircraft and obtained options on 10 additional aircraft according to Reuters.

Copyright Photo: Pepscl/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X 9M-XXD (msn 1066) is pictured in action at Paris (Orly).

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Air Transat becomes even more “green”

Air Transat (Montreal), world’s first certified green airline in 2011, has reached another milestone. The airline is the first in the world to have achieved the second level Minimization award in the Fly-360-Green Certification Program, a benchmark for high performing airlines / aircraft operators.

“We are especially proud to have obtained this certification because it recognizes the efforts that we have made to improve our environmental performance in every area of our airline through initiatives such as greenhouse gas reduction, energy and water conservation, recycling and social responsibility” said Jean-Francois Lemay , General Manager of Air Transat. “It was the hard work and dedication of our employees that enabled us to attain this high standard and we will continue to improve so that we maintain our role as an industry leader.”

Developed by the World Green Aviation Council (WorldGAC), Fly-360-Green is a point based performance rating system where points are earned for business attributes considered environmentally beneficial in 8 key areas: Engineering, Ground Operations, Flight Planning/Dispatch, Flight Operations, Greening on Board, Corporate Environmental Practices, Corporate Policies, Strategic Planning. Airlines and aircraft operators can qualify for one of the four certification levels: Participation, Minimization, Efficiency, and Neutrality.

Fly-360-Green differs from other rating systems in that it has quantified most of the “green credits”. This ensures airlines are environmentally compatible, retain high quality standards, and are financially sound. The World Green Aviation Council, apart from fostering the international standard for sustainable aviation by addressing aviation’s absolute emissions, is the third-party administrator of the Fly-360-Green certification program.

WorldGAC performs technical reviews and verification of Fly-360-Green registered projects to determine if they meet the standards set forth in the Fly-360-Green rating system. Dedicated technical experts ensure Fly-360-Green certification meets the highest levels of quality and integrity.

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Transat’s Airbus A330-342 C-GCTS (msn 177) taxies at Paris (CDG).

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Etihad Airways is coming to Dallas/Fort Worth and Perth

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) will add a new long-range route to Dallas/Fort Worth on December 3, 2014 becoming the fifth destination in the United States. Etihad has a code-share agreement with American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth). The new route will operate three days a week with three-cabin ultra-long range Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft (Etihad is acquiring five 777-200 LRs from Air India). The aircraft will be configured to carry 237 guests, with 8 Diamond First Class suites, 40 Pearl Business Class flatbed seats, and 189 Coral Economy Class seats.

Flight EY 161 will depart every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from Abu Dhabi at 9.45 am (0945) and arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth at 4.30 pm (1630) the same day. The return flight, EY 160, will depart Dallas/Fort Worth at 6.45 pm (1845) on the same day and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 7.50 pm (1950) the following day.

DFW joins the other US cities of Chicago (O’Hare), New York (JFK), Washington (Dulles) and Los Angeles (to launch on June 1, 2014).

Etihad is also launching its fourth route to Australia on July 15, 2014 with daily flights to Perth, Western Australia. The new route will operate with Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 262 seats – 22 seats in Pearl Business Class and 240 in Coral Economy Class.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 A6-EYN (msn 832) prepares to land in Johannesburg.

Etihad Airways: AG Slide Show

Air Caraibes to lease three Airbus A350-900s from ILFC

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., announced today that it has reached an agreement with French Caribbean carrier Air Caraïbes Atlantique Airlines (Guadeloupe) to lease three new Airbus A350-900s. The aircraft have an anticipated delivery timeline between 2016 and 2018, and will be operated on the airline’s long-haul route network.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. The new aircraft is expected to replace the older Airbus A330s. Air Caraibes’ (2nd) Airbus A330-323X F-OONE (msn 965) departs from Zurich.

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Air Seychelles to fly again to Europe, will add an Airbus A319

Air Seychelles (Mahe), the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has announced, subject to regulatory approval, it will launch flights to Paris-Orly as part of a significant expansion to its international schedule.

The island carrier use to operate an extensive nonstop Boeing 767 nonstop network to Europe before its new partnership with Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi).

Starting in February 2014, Air Seychelles will operate two roundtrip services per week between Seychelles and Paris-Orly via Abu Dhabi with its Airbus A330-200 aircraft, configured with 18 flat-bed Business Class seats and 236 Economy seats.

The new Paris-Orly services complements Etihad Airways’ existing double-daily services to Paris-Charles De Gaulle.

Currently, the island carrier code shares on 14 flights per week to Paris-Charles De Gaulle with equity partner Etihad Airways, offering a daily service between the archipelago and the French capital. The new flights will increase the connections to 18 per week.

The airline also unveiled a new regional network plan, subject to approvals, which will see significant expansion of its operations in the Indian Ocean in the fourth quarter of 2014, following the delivery of an Airbus A319.

Highlights of the plan include:

• The launch of regional services to Antananarivo, Reunion and Mumbai
• An increase in services to Abu Dhabi from seven to eleven per week, offering a double daily service with equity partner Etihad Airways
• A network designed to maximise connectivity through the Seychelles, with two way connectivity throughout the region with Mumbai and Abu Dhabi and beyond.

The new regional schedule will see Air Seychelles operate three roundtrip flights per week to Mauritius and Mumbai, two roundtrip flights per week to Antananarivo and Reunion, and 11 return flights per week to Abu Dhabi.

The airline will also offer three return flights per week to Hong Kong, three return flights per week to Johannesburg, and two flights per week to Paris-Orly.

Altogether, the airline will see its weekly international services nearly double from 16 to 29 flights per week.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A330-243 A6-EYY (msn 751) is actually leased from partner Etihad Airways.

Air Seychelles: AG Slide Show

Current Route Map:

Air Seychelles 12.2013 Route Map

Turkish Airlines is coming to Montreal

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) will begin operating out of Montréal-Trudeau Airport starting on June 3, 2014. A Star Alliance member, Turkey’s main carrier will offer three regular weekly flights to Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Turkish Airlines will use Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a capacity for 28 passengers in business class and 261 in economy.

In addition to serving 42 domestic destinations, Turkish Airlines flies to and from some 200 international destinations in more than 100 countries. Atatürk Airport is its chief connection hub with Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe (mainly the Balkans) and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Located 15 kilometers west of central Istanbul, the airport is experiencing astounding growth, having welcomed 45 million passengers in 2012, or 20% more than the previous year.

Because of its membership in Star Alliance, Turkish Airlines will benefit at Montréal-Trudeau from Air Canada’s network, as well as those of United Airlines and US Airways, for connections to other points in Canada and to the United States.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X TC-JNL (msn 1204) taxies at the Atatürk Airport hub near Istanbul.

Turkish Airlines: AG Slide Show

Afriqiyah Airways rebrands, retiring the 9.9.99 tail logo

Afriqiyah Airways (Tripoli) rebranded the company in October with this new aircraft livery and logo (see above). With the new political situation in Libya, a new livery was inevitable. The new “three slash” tail logo replaces the previous 9.9.99 tail logo. According to the airline, the three medium blue marks represent the neck markings of the Turtle Dove, a migratory bird of North Africa.

Afriqiyah 2013 logo

State-owned Afriqiyah Airways was reportedly being considered for a planned merger with rival Libyan Airlines (Tripoli).

Since the end of civil war, the company has been rebuilding under the new State of Libya. The traditional Tripoli-Paris (CDG) route was restored on October 31 with leased aircraft. The restored route is currently being operated three days a week.

The old “9.9.99″ tail motif previously celebrated the establishment of of the African Union on September 9, 1999 in Sirte which Libya supported under Gaddafi. The name “Afriqiyah” is Arabic for African. The old logo was associated with deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured newly-built Airbus A330-202 F-WWYK will become 5A-ONP (msn 1472) on delivery.

Poll: Do you like the new Afriqiyah Airways livery?

Afriqiyah Airways (compare the liveries): AG Slide Show

Etihad Airways and Jet Airways forge ahead with a new strategic partnership

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has added another partner airline as its airline empire grows. The fast-growing airline has entered into a new strategic partnership with Jet Airways (Mumbai) following the final approval for their alliance and 24 percent equity purchase. The airlines have issued this statement:

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates and Jet Airways have announced that both airlines closed the transaction for the subscription of a 24 percent equity stake by Etihad Airways in Jet Airways. All requisite Indian regulatory approvals had been obtained by November 12, 2013. Jet Airways has, on November 20, 2013, issued and allotted 27,263,372 equity shares of a face value of Rs. 10 each at a price of Rs. 754.7361607 per equity share on a preferential basis to Etihad Airways.

Consequent to the above allotment, the paid up share capital of Jet Airways stands increased to 11,35,97,383 equity shares of Rs. 10 each. Following this issue and allotment of the said equity shares on a preferential basis to Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways holds 24 percent of the post issue paid up share capital of Jet Airways (on a fully diluted basis). Additionally, Mr. James Hogan and Mr. James Rigney, being nominee Directors of Etihad Airways, have been appointed as additional directors on the board of directors of Jet Airways as from November 20, 2013.

Mr. Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways said: “The infusion of foreign direct investment in the aviation sector will result in economies of scale, grow traffic at our airports, and create job opportunities. I am confident that this investment will greatly benefit all our stakeholders whilst significantly benefitting our customers who will now have access to a more expanded global network.”

Mr. Goyal also stressed that together with Etihad Airways, Jet Airways would enhance connectivity for tourists, business travellers, Indian families and the wider travelling public.

Mr. James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways said: “India is one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world and a key part of the Etihad Airways growth strategy. Through this association, Etihad Airways and Jet Airways will both be strengthened, as will the economies of India and the UAE. By linking our two networks and adding new flights, new routes and more code-share options, travel to, from and within India will become much easier.”

Mr. Goyal and Mr. Hogan confirmed that the collaboration between the airlines would commence immediately with a view to delivering network and service benefits to customers as soon as possible. Specific details will be released progressively.”

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Jet Airways’ Airbus A330-302 VT-JWR (msn 1351) taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

Etihad Airways: AG Slide Show

Jet Airways: AG Slide Show

Air Algérie signs MOU for three additional Airbus A330-200s

Air Algérie (Algiers) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for three A330-200 passenger aircraft as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans. This order has been placed at Dubai Airshow 2013.

The new aircraft will be deployed on medium and long haul routes from the Air Algérie hub in Algeria. Air Algérie has already ordered a total of five Airbus A330-200s, which have all been delivered to date.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Algerie’s Airbus A330-202 7T-VJX (msn 650) arrives in Montreal (Trudeau).

Air Algerie: AG Slide Show

Brussels Airlines is struck today by a work stoppage by its pilots

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) was struck today (November 18) by its pilots. The company issued this statement and a list of cancelled flights:

Due to a wildcat strike action of a number of our pilots, we are forced to cancel some of our flights on Monday November 18. Our priority is to assist our passengers as much as possible. All customers affected by the strike action will be offered travel alternatives, depending on their travel needs.

Brussels Airlines 11.18.13 Cancelled Flights

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) climbs away from the runway at JFK International Airport in New York.

Brussels Airlines: AG Slide Show

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