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.
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.
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.
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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).
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).
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.
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.
Qatar Airways (Doha) has placed a firm order for five new Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft in an agreement signed at the Dubai Airshow 2013. These new aircraft will complement the airline’s rapidly growing network, which includes more than 40 routes that have dedicated freighter services. Included in the order are eight additional A330-200F options – which would make today’s deal potentially worth over $2.8bn at list prices for a total of 13 aircraft. These aircraft on order will complement three A330-200Fs Qatar Airways already operates since earlier this year.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Qatar Airways Cargo Airbus A330-243F A7-AFY (msn 1386) arrives in Dubai.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) today outlined details of a new joint venture flight schedule beginning summer 2014, aligning their services and offering more flight choices for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic.
The two airlines are putting the customer at the forefront of their partnership with the new schedule that starts March 30, 2014, combining their slots at London Heathrow to offer maximum customer convenience, particularly for business travelers.
Beginning, April 2, 2014, Delta will move its arrival and departure terminal for several important business markets to join Virgin Atlantic in Heathrow Terminal 3. This includes its London to New York-JFK, London to Boston, and new London to Seattle/Tacoma services and means the two airlines will co-locate on all its New York and Boston flights to London Heathrow. The move will allow for convenient connections and a seamless customer experience for customers flying with Virgin and Delta, including access to Virgin Atlantic’s award winning Clubhouse for all business class passengers.
Delta, in cooperation with Virgin Atlantic, will also operate a second daily service between London Heathrow and Detroit Metropolitan Airport effective June 1, 2014. The service will be particularly appealing to corporate customers needing an early morning arrival into London while offering more schedule choice for customers between London and the U.S. Midwest.
This additional flight will complement Delta’s previously announced new West Coast route between Seattle/Tacoma and London Heathrow, which will launch on March 29, 2014.
Virgin Atlantic is also making significant schedule changes. It is moving its VS1 Heathrow to Newark service from a late afternoon departure to a morning departure. This flight will be particularly attractive to business travelers: it will allow ‘same-day meetings’ to be held in the New Jersey area, while an earlier departure on the return flight means passengers can be in central London for the start of the working day.
This service is part of nine daily flights between London Heathrow and the New York area by the joint venture partners. The new schedule will include departures every 30 minutes during the early evening peak and then hourly until 10.30 p.m. from New York-JFK to London Heathrow and a spread of seven daily flights from London Heathrow to New York-JFK, including two late afternoon and early evening departures. It also includes two conveniently timed departures to and from Newark.
Virgin Atlantic has also retimed its Heathrow to Boston service to depart two hours later in the afternoon. This offers more flexibility for the two airlines’ customers with Delta’s Heathrow to Boston service departing in the morning. Virgin Atlantic’s evening departure from Boston will also move two hours later, giving greater schedule choice to travelers.
In September, Delta and Virgin Atlantic welcomed the decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to approve the carriers’ joint venture by granting antitrust immunity on routes between North America and the UK. This ruling confirmed the clear consumer benefits of the partnership, enabling the airlines to deepen their cooperation, offering more flight choices for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic and improving the travel options for business customers in the New York to London market.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta’s Airbus A330-223 N855NW (msn 621) arrives in Los Angeles.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Virgin Atlantic Airways’ Boeing 747-443 G-VROS (msn 30885) lands in Las Vegas.
Aer Lingus Group (Aer Lingus) (Dublin) for the third quarter reported an operating profit of €94.9 million ($126.8 million) which is 4.4% ahead of last year.
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Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Aer Lingus’ Airbus A330-302X EI-ELA (msn 1106) lifts off the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
US Airways (Phoenix) will launch new nonstop service between its largest hub at Charlotte, North Carolina and Barcelona, Spain; Brussels, Belgium; Lisbon, Portugal and Manchester, England this spring. The four flights from Charlotte supplement the airline’s current service to these destinations from its international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport. Service to Barcelona, Lisbon and Manchester will begin on May 22, 2014. Service to Brussels will launch on June 5, 2014. The new flights bring the number of international destinations US Airways serves from Charlotte to 38 – ten cities in Europe and 28 in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean. US Airways now serves 145 airports in 28 countries from Charlotte.
The flight schedules are as follows:
|From Charlotte (CLT) to:||Departure||Arrival||Aircraft Type||First Day of Service||Last day of service|
|Barcelona (BCN)||6:35 p.m.||9:10 a.m.||Airbus A330-200 with Envoy Suite||May 22, 2014||Oct. 24, 2014|
|Lisbon (LIS)||8:25 p.m.||9:20 a.m.||Boeing 757||May 22, 2014||Sept. 28, 2014|
|Manchester(MAN)||8:35 p.m.||9:30 a.m.||Boeing 757||May 22, 2014||Sept. 28, 2014|
|Brussels (BRU)||4:30 p.m.||7:00 a.m.||Boeing 767||June 5, 2014||Sept. 1, 2014|
|To Charlotte(CLT) from:||Departure||Arrival||Aircraft Type||First Day of Service||Last day of service|
|Barcelona (BCN)||2:30 p.m.||6:15 p.m.||Airbus A330-200 with Envoy Suite||May 23, 2014||Oct. 25, 2014|
|Lisbon (LIS)||11:20 a.m.||3:15 p.m.||Boeing 757||May 23, 2014||Sept. 29, 2014|
|Manchester (MAN)||2:25 p.m.||6:20 p.m.||Boeing 757||May 23, 2014||Sept. 29, 2014|
|Brussels (BRU)||10:15 a.m.||1:45 p.m.||Boeing 767||June 6, 2014||Sept. 2, 2014|
Customers traveling between Charlotte and Barcelona in Envoy, US Airways international business class, will experience the Envoy Suite, which is featured on all of the airline’s Airbus A330 aircraft. The Envoy Suite features an adjustable seat that reclines into a fully flat bed, personal in-flight entertainment and a standard 110-volt universal power outlet so customers can work, play or relax.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N279AY (msn 1011) climbs away from the runway at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) hub.
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Finnair (Helsinki) will operate its seasonal service to Toronto (Pearson), with upgraded two-class Airbus A330 wide body aircraft. Schedules will be timed to match speedy connections throughout Finnair’s network, particularly in the Nordic-Baltic region, Eastern Europe and Russia.
The Toronto-Helsinki route will also be included in the joint business between Finnair and fellow oneworld partners American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia on traffic between the EU and North America, meaning that all four carriers will code share the route with identical fares and conditions on North America-EU itineraries. The joint business makes Toronto yet another gateway for seamless, cost-efficient one-stop trips between Helsinki and dozens of cities in Canada and the United States.
TAP Portugal (Lisbon) has announced the start of operations to Manaus and Belem, both cities in Northern Brazil, as of the beginning of June 2014. With the addition of these new destinations to its network, the company increases to 12 the number of gateways operated in Brazil and further strengthens its positioning as the world’s leading airline in operation to that key market in South America.
The operation is to be launched with three weekly frequencies – on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays – and flights will operate the route Lisbon – Manaus – Belem – Lisbon, thereby allowing TAP to enter for the first time into Northern Brazil, a region with great potential for tourism and where the offer of international flights is still very scarce.
Out of Portugal, flights will depart TAP Lisbon hub at 0930 and arrive in Manaus at 1340. After one hour turn-round time flights go on to Belem arriving there at 1740. At 1910 return flights depart Belem with arrival in Lisbon at 0645 (following day).
Manaus currently has a population of 2.3 million people and is the capital city of the State of Amazonas, which in the whole has a population of 3.6 million people. As the main gateway into Amazonia, Manaus is also a fast growing region in Brazil.
Belem is the capital city of the State of Para, with a population of 7.8 million people, of which 2.25 million in Belem only. The city is an important eco-tourism destination and a gateway into Amazonia as well.
Currently, neither Manaus nor Belem have direct flights to Europe in operation. Thus, the launch of TAP direct flights to those cities, that are the gateway into North Brazil, represent quite a significant step forward. From June 2014 onwards, customers will be provided with the most convenient and fastest connections to Lisbon and many other destinations beyond across the company’s European network.
Currently, TAP operates direct flights to 10 gateways in Brazil: Fortaleza; Natal; Recife; Salvador; Brasilia; Belo Horizonte; Rio de Janeiro; Sao Paulo; Campinas and Porto Alegre, adding in the whole to 74 weekly frequencies operated in average. With the introduction of Manaus and Belem as new destinations, TAP will from now on cover all regions in the country, considerably reinforcing the reach of its network in Brazil.
Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 CS-TOK (msn 317) prepares to land at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).
Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) on June 25, 2013, SAS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the a tentative order of 12 new long-haul aircraft.
SAS and Airbus on October 3 signed the final long-haul aircraft order agreement comprising four A330-300 Enhanced aircraft and eight A350-900 aircraft plus six options for A350-900. The Airbus A330s will be delivered 2015/16 and the Airbus A350 swill be delivered from 2018.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X SE-REE (msn 515) approaches for landing at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Air Namibia (Windhoek), the national airline of the Republic of Namibia, took delivery of its first A330-200 from Airbus at a ceremony in Toulouse, France on September 26. The aircraft is the first of two A330s being leased by Air Namibia from US lessor Intrepid. The airline’s A330 features a two-class cabin layout seating 244 passengers which comprises 30 business class seats and 214 economy class seats.
Airbus has announced a new lower weight variant of its versatile A330-300 wide-body aircraft that is optimized for use on domestic and regional routes in high growth markets with large populations and concentrated traffic flows. China will be one of the most important markets for this new version of today’s world’s most efficient and reliable wide body aircraft.
The announcement was made by Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO of Airbus, at the Aviation Expo China (Beijing Airshow) 2013, which has opened its doors in Beijing.
“The new lower weight A330-300 variant specially designed for regional and domestic use is Airbus’ solution for markets with large populations and fast growing, concentrated air traffic flows. Operators of the new A330-300 variant will benefit from a proven, mature and reliable aircraft that brings relief to limited airspace, airport congestion and pilot shortage,” said Fabrice Bregier. “We are announcing the new A330-300 lower weight variant today in China because here we see strong pent-up demand for efficient and reliable wide-body aircraft connecting mega cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou.”
Compared to current A330-300 variants that are adapted to longer-range missions of up to 6,100 nautical miles (nm), the new A330-300 regional and domestic variant will be optimised to seat up to around 400 passengers in Airbus’ best in class 18 inches wide economy seat comfort on missions up to 3,000 nm and offer significant cost savings through a reduced operational weight of around 200 tonnes. The reduction in fuel burn per seat and maintenance costs thanks to these innovations will result in an overall cost reduction by up to 15% compared with the today’s long-range A330-300 variants.
In addition, the new A330-300 variant will benefit from the latest A350 XWB and A380 technologies. These include cockpit functionalities such as dual head-up display and the latest navigational systems. The cabin will also be future proofed with innovations such as modern slimline light-weight seats, high broadband wi-fi connectivity throughout, the newest In-Flight Entertainment allowing HD TV, LED lighting and full colour mood lighting.
Copyright Photo: Airbus. For the first time the A330 flew in formation with the new A350 and also the A380 near Toulouse.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) welcomed the decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to approve the carriers’ joint venture by granting antitrust immunity on routes between North America and the United Kingdom.
In their filing to the DOT, Delta and Virgin Atlantic noted that nearly 60 percent of the slots at London Heathrow Airport are controlled by British Airways and its joint venture partners. As a result, the carriers dominate air travel between the U.S. and the U.K, including the New York-London market, the most important business market in the world. By combining Virgin Atlantic’s Heathrow slots and U.K. brand strength with Delta’s powerful U.S. network, the joint venture will offer significant competition in the market and benefit consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.
New schedule between New York-JFK and London Heathrow
With the customer at the forefront of their partnership, the airlines unveiled a new schedule for the competitive New York to London travel market designed with business travelers in mind and offering a total of nine daily nonstop flights. Effective March 30, 2014, Delta and Virgin Atlantic will operate a harmonized schedule between New York-JFK and London Heathrow featuring seven daily nonstop services at convenient time slots. The new schedule will include departures every 30 minutes during the early evening peak and then hourly until 22:30 from New York-JFK to London Heathrow and a spread of seven daily flights from London Heathrow to New York-JFK, including two late afternoon and early evening departures. These services will be complemented by two daily nonstop flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and London Heathrow.
Delta and Virgin Atlantic will operate the following New York-JFK-London Heathrow schedule beginning March 30, 2014:
|New York (JFK) – London (LHR)||London (LHR) – New York (JFK)|
|*arrives the following day|
The two airlines will work together to coordinate other schedule and network opportunities. Combined, the airlines will operate a total of 32 peak daily nonstop flights between North America and the U.K. of which 24 flights will operate between London Heathrow and popular U.S. destinations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington. Business customers will also benefit from a high-quality product: Delta and Virgin Atlantic’s business class uniquely includes forward-facing full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access on every flight. In addition, both airlines will offer a premium economy product on its trans-Atlantic services.
Customers are already seeing improved travel options from the partnership as they are benefiting from codesharing across 104 routes offering seamless connections to 63 destinations across North America and the UK. The partnership also means that members of frequent flyer SkyMiles and Flying Club loyalty programs have more opportunity to earn and use miles/points, while Premium customers have reciprocal access to Delta Sky Club and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounges. In addition, business class passengers receive priority check-in, boarding, baggage handling and additional baggage allowance on all Delta and Virgin Atlantic operated flights worldwide, including those outside of the codeshare agreement.
Delta and Virgin Atlantic will unveil further product enhancements later in the year, appealing to the business customer and improving the travel experience of customers across the trans-Atlantic.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Northwest Airlines Airbus A330-323X N813NW (msn 799) of Delta approaches the Tokyo (Narita) hub for landing.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Airbus A330-343X F-WWCG (msn 1341) became G-VWAG on delivery to Virgin Atlantic.
The new Airbus A350 joined the Airbus A330 and Airbus A380 for an “Xtra-widebody” family flight yesterday (September 19) near Toulouse. The Airbus wide body family of flight test aircraft, the A380, A330 and the all-new A350 XWB, took off from Toulouse flying together for the first time.
Copyright Photo: Airbus.
Thai Airways International (Bangkok) has inspected its Airbus A330-300 fleet for possible issues involving the landing gear. According to the Bangkok Post, the airline had previously encountered problems with the Airbus A330-300 landing gear prior to the accident a week ago (September 8) involving HS-TEF. The nose wheel collapsed on landing at Bangkok and the aircraft veered off the runway.
According to Thai and this report, the accident involving HS-TEF, was due to “defective bogie beam on the aircraft’s landing gear.”
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Meanwhile Thai has removed its name and logo from the damaged HS-TEF.
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Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-321 HS-TEF (msn 066) approaches the Bangkok hub prior to landing accident.
Thai Airways International‘s (Bangkok) Airbus A330-321 HS-TEF (msn 066) while operating flight TG 679 from Guangzhou (CAN) to Bangkok (BKK) (Suvarnabhumi) with 287 passengers and 14 crew members skidded off the runway on landing in Bangkok after the front landing gear failed late last night (September 8). At least 8 passengers were slightly injured during the evacuation (some media reports raise this number to 14).
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Thai issued this statement:
“Thai Airways International Flight TG 679, Guangzhou – Bangkok operated with Airbus 330-300 aircraft departing Guangzhou at 16:03 hrs. (local time) scheduled to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 23:00 hrs. (local time) experienced incident while landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport. As the aircraft was landing, the landing gear touched the runway, the nose gear failed. As a result, the plane skidded off the runway. The captain took control of the aircraft until it stoped and the passengers were evacuated using slides. The aircraft was carrying 287 passengers and 14 crew members. 8 passengers were slightly injured. Injured passengers were taken care and sent to hospital for medical treatments.”
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. HS-TEF approaches BKK for landing before the accident.
Qatar Airways (Doha) on September 3 further expanded its operations in China with the launch of scheduled flights to Chengdu, the airline’s sixth destination to China.
Flight QR 884 arrived at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to an impressive water salute, following its nonstop journey from the airline’s operational hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar. All passengers and operating crew of the maiden flight received a warm welcome from the airport officials.
The new thrice weekly flights now join Qatar Airways’ five other Chinese gateways – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Chongqing – for a total of 41 flights per week.
Chengdu becomes the 130th destination in the Qatar Airways global network, and now adds to over 15% of the airline’s routes which fly across Asia.
The Chengdu route is operated with an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration of up to 248 seats in Economy and 36 in Business Class. The aircraft features seatback TV screens providing all passengers in both cabins with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system – a choice of more than 900 audio and video on demand options.
Added Al Baker: “2013 has been a fantastic year for Qatar Airways and today we expand to eight new routes since this January. Over the next few years, we will increase our global footprint, providing greater travel options for business and leisure passengers, taking them to key business markets, holiday hotspots and underserved regions around the world.”
Flight schedules, between Chengdu and Doha, are as follows:
DOHA – CHENGDU: 3-times-a-week, effective September 3, 2013
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
QR884 Depart Doha at 0200 hrs Arrive Chengdu at 1430 hrs
CHENGDU– DOHA: 3-times-a-week, effective September 3, 2013
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
QR885 Depart Chengdu at 0100 hrs Arrive Doha at 0350 hrs
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 130 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.
Qatar Airways has so far launched eight destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq) and Chengdu, China.
Over the next few months, the network will expand with the addition of further destinations – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Ta’if, Saudi Arabia (October 2), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014).
In other news, Qatar Airways has announced frequency increases to destinations in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific in preparation for the busy winter season.
Strong passenger demand and additional aircraft inducted to the fleet has prompted the Doha-based airline to add frequencies to its popular and growing routes. Highlights of the frequency increases are:
Ankara (Turkey) 4 flights a week from 3 beginning Sep 18
Belgrade (Serbia) 4 flights a week from 3 beginning Sep 18
Bucharest (Romania) 5 flights a week from 4 beginning Sep 17
Dubai (UAE) 91 flights a week from 77 (13 daily flights) from Aug 1
Islamabad (Pakistan) 7 flights a week from 4 (daily flights) beginning Oct 27
Jakarta (Indonesia) 14 flights a week from 11 (double-daily flights) beginning Sep 1
Manama (Bahrain) 49 flights a week from 47 (7 times a day) beginning Sep 15
Moscow (Russia) 12 flights a week from 10 beginning Sep 3
Sofia (Bulgaria) 5 flights a week from 4 beginning Sep 17
Yangon (Myanmar) 7 flights a week from 3 (daily flights beginning Oct 27
On August 1 Qatar Airways increased its frequency on its very popular Doha – Dubai route with two additional daily flights, taking its capacity up to 13 services per day. Dubai has the highest frequency in the airline’s route network; this popular Gulf destination is served 91 times a week.
Flights to the Gulf region will see another increase as services to Manama in Bahrain will rise by seven to a total of 49 flights each week.
Expansion highlights also include one additional weekly flight to key European routes Ankara, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia and flights to Moscow will grow from 10 to 12 weekly flights.
Yangon, which was re-launched last October with three flights a week, will be upgraded to a daily nonstop service.
Another popular far-eastern route Jakarta will see increase in capacity from 11 to 14 flights a week, resulting in double-daily flights to the Indonesian capital city.
Qatar Airways will also be strengthening its commitment to Pakistan; the recent frequency increases to Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar will be supplemented by Islamabad moving from four weekly services to a daily service.
Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways.
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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today announced plans to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017. The order, which comprises 10 international wide body A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrow body A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta’s prudent fleet renewal to enhance profitability while diligently managing capacity.
The 10 A330-300 aircraft will augment Delta’s existing fleet of 32 A330s. The first A330 delivery is scheduled for spring of 2015, with three additional airplanes scheduled for that year, four in 2016, and the final two in 2017.
Delta will be the first airline to operate the enhanced 242-metric ton A330-300, which offers additional payload capacity and range. Delta will use the aircraft’s versatility to optimize its Pacific and Atlantic networks.
These aircraft will be powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines. Delta currently operates similar GE CF6 engines on more than 60 widebody aircraft.
The A330 will feature 34 full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in BusinessElite, 32 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 227 Economy seats. The international aircraft will feature in-flight Wi-Fi and industry leading in-flight entertainment with a library of more than 1,000 on-demand options, as well as standard 110v power, modern interiors with LED lighting, and extra-capacity overhead bins.
The 30 A321s will expand Delta’s existing fleet of 126 A320-family domestic aircraft. Delta’s first three A321s are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, with 12 more due in that year. The remaining 15 jets are scheduled for 2017.
Delta’s A321 will be equipped with CFM56-5B engines produced by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Snecma of France. Delta operates more than 200 aircraft in its fleet today with CFM56 engines, including all Airbus narrowbody aircraft. The A321s will also feature wingtip sharklets, which will provide up to 4 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.
The Airbus A321 will have 20 First Class seats, 22 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 148 seats in the Economy cabin. Every A321 will feature in-flight Wi-Fi, industry leading in-flight entertainment with live satellite TV and on-demand options, and standard 110v power. The A321 will also offer Economy cabin seats that are among the widest in the industry.
Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323X N801NW (msn 524) taxies at Amsterdam.
Bottom Image: Airbus.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) announced today it will add new daily nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Seoul-Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport (both subject to government approval) beginning on June 2, 2014 and June 16, 2014, respectively.
Delta is able to offer new service to Seoul and Hong Kong due to strong support of from its local Seattle and Pacific Northwest customers as well as its strategic partnership with Alaska Airlines. The new service will complement existing service to Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. All five destinations are the leading commercial centers in the region, a benefit for corporate customers traveling between the U.S. and Asia.
With these additions, Delta will serve 17 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region primarily via its U.S. gateways of Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles, and via its hub in Narita. Since 2009, Delta’s Pacific capacity has increased over 20 percent, driven in large part by the development of Detroit and Seattle into core Asia gateways.
The Seoul flight will operate using a 210-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 35 full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy class seats.
Hong Kong service will operate using a 234-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 34 full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 168 Economy class seats.
The Seattle-Tacoma area is one of Delta’s fastest-growing international gateways and last month the airline announced new nonstop service to London-Heathrow Airport beginning in March 2014. Since May, Delta service in Seattle/Tacoma has expanded from 33 peak-day departures to 13 destinations to its current schedule of 44 peak-day departures to 18 destinations, including six international markets. Delta has also invested $14 million in its facilities at Sea-Tac, including its recently completed lobby renovations, new Delta Sky Club, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations and expanded ticket counters.
Flight details for Seattle-Seoul service:
|199||SEA at noon||ICN at 3:30 p.m. (following day)||June 2, 2014|
|198||ICN at 5:20 p.m.||SEA at 12:05 p.m. (same day)||June 3, 2014|
Flight details for Seattle-Hong Kong service:
|139||SEA at 1:30 p.m.||HKG at 6:45 p.m. (following day)||June 16, 2014|
|138||HKG at 10:00 a.m.||SEA at 7:55 a.m. (same day)||June 18, 2014|
SEA-Asia Route Map: Delta’s growing Asian Route Map from SEA:
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Arriving at Sea-Tac from Tokyo (Narita) is this Airbus A330-323X N801NW (msn 524). Delta will use the smaller A330-200 version to HKG.
Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) is planning to move its Orlando operations from Orlando-Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida (SFB) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) for the summer season of 2014. MCO will be serviced from Glasgow, London-Gatwick and Manchester with Airbus A330s per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 G-TCXA (msn 795) climbs beautifully away from Toronto (Pearson).
Jet Airways reports a $59 million loss for its fiscal first quarter, Etihad Airways’ purchase of 24% of the shares approved
Jet Airways (Mumbai) reported a $59 million loss in its fiscal first quarter. This is the second quarterly loss for the carrier. Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has secured regulatory approval to a 24 percent share of the carrier for $379 million.
Etihad Airways is on a buying spree to acquire minority shares of smaller carriers to code-share with and also to increase traffic for both carriers.
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Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302 VTY-JWT (msn 1370) departs from Toronto (Pearson).
Aer Lingus (Dublin) record a first half 2013 pre-tax loss of $21.7 million, an increase of 272.7 percent from the smaller loss in the first half of 2012. However the flag carrier was able to record a pre-tax profit of $38.6 million in the second quarter but it was not enough to offset the larger loss in the first quarter.
The airline put a positive spin of the second quarter:
Christoph Mueller, Aer Lingus’ CEO, commented:
“Aer Lingus is pleased to report an excellent business performance for the first half of 2013. All key revenue metrics have trended positively with passenger numbers up 1.3%, load factor up 2.0 points and growth in fare revenue per seat across short and long haul.
Our Q2 2013 revenue performance was particularly strong. We expanded long haul capacity by 16.3% in the quarter and successfully sold the additional seats, achieving a load factor of almost 95% in June. Short haul continues to trade positively. However, the weakness in UK routes identified in our Q1 results has continued in Q2. The first half of our financial year is seasonally loss making and we are reporting an operating loss (before exceptional items) which is €12.0 million higher than the prior year. This performance reflects the impact of a number of one-off factors including the start up of our contract flying operations and planned changes to our long haul fleet.
We continue to focus on our cost base and are conscious that certain planned cost saving initiatives have not had effect as quickly as we had initially hoped. However, the voluntary severance program we outlined at Q1 seeking a headcount reduction of 100 has been oversubscribed with expressions of interest. We expect the benefits of this programme will start to take effect towards the end of the current year with full year effect in 2014.
Bookings for the remainder of the year at 30 June 2013 were ahead of prior year with Q3 long haul looking particularly positive. However, this booking profile has somewhat eroded over July due to the good weather. Nonetheless, we maintain our guidance that 2013 operating profit, before net exceptional items, will be broadly in line with 2012.”
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Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 EI-DUO (msn 841) taxies at the the Dublin hub.
Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) is planning to start nonstop Istanbul (Ataturk)-Boston (Logan) service on May 12, 2014. The new route will be operated with Airbus A330s five days a week per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-203 TC-JNA (msn 697) taxies at Frankfurt.
Transat A.T. Inc., the parent of Air Transat (Montreal) has announced the signing of an agreement with the U.S.-based International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) for the long-term (eight-year) lease of four Boeing 737-800 aircraft. This new type will be introduced in the summer of 2014 and will become the core of Air Transat’s permanent narrow-body fleet. The 737-800s will be used on sun-destination routes to Mexico, the Caribbean and Florida. The agreement also includes the renewal through 2020 and 2021 of the leases on six Airbus A330 aircraft—three A330-200s and A330-300s—with improved terms.
The three long-range A330-200s were originally to be phased out of the fleet. Transat and ILFC, however, reached an agreement that will enable Transat to achieve its objective of reducing costs, and that, in the case of these aircraft, will prove more advantageous than the seasonal subcontracting arrangement originally envisioned.
The agreement is in keeping with Transat’s previously announced plan to internalize its operations using narrow-body aircraft (it has relied on outside aircraft since 2003), and to deploy a so-called accordion fleet that enables it to adjust the number of narrow- and wide-body jets at its disposal according to seasonal tourism market needs. Generally speaking, Transat has greater need for narrow-body aircraft in winter, when Canadian travellers favour medium-haul sun destinations, and greater need for wide-body jets in summer, when the transatlantic market is busiest.
“This is an important step in the implementation of a fleet that is adaptable to seasonal needs,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat, adding: “This deal gives us greater flexibility and a significantly enhanced cost structure. This strategy is key to our future success and to a return to profitability in winter, and will also ensure that we maintain the high quality of our products and our customer experience.”
Air Transat’s fleet currently consists of nine Airbus A310s and twelve A330s. Transat plans to add additional narrow-body aircraft, mainly on a seasonal basis in winter, to meet demand on its sun destination routes.
These measures are part of the plan announced in December 2011 and updated in June 2013, which calls for improvements to Transat’s cost structure of $75 million by 2015, and which is unfolding as anticipated. As for the fleet, other changes are planned, notably the replacement of some Airbus A310s.
Air Transat has previously wet leased Boeing 737-800s from CanJet Airlines.
Air Transat will again be a Boeing operator.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The Airbus A330-200s will remain a part of the Air Transat fleet through 2021. Airbus A330-243 C-GTSN (msn 369) is beautifully captured at Amsterdam.
Edelweiss Air (Zurich) has announced it will add a second weekly flight on the Zurich-Tampa route starting on March 14, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 HB-IQI (msn 291) arrives at the Zurich base.
Airbus (Toulouse) yesterday (July 19) celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th A330. The aircraft, an A330-343X registered B-LBB (msn 1436), powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, was handed over to Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) at special ceremony in Toulouse. Cathay Pacific together with its sister airline Dragonair (Hong Kong) is the world’s largest operator of the A330, with a total of 56 now in service.
Since its first delivery of the A330 in 1995, Cathay Pacific’s Airbus fleet now comprises 38 A330-300s and 11 A340s, while Dragonair flies 21 single aisle A320 Family aircraft and 18 A330-300s. The Cathay Pacific Group has outstanding orders for 10 more A330-300s. The airline will also take delivery of 48 all-new A350 XWBs in the future, including 46 ordered from Airbus and two leased aircraft.
The wide market appeal of the A330 Family is demonstrated daily by over 100 operators, including network carriers, low cost, charter and flag carriers, who fly A330s on all missions from 30 minutes to over 14 hours. About 1.2 billion passengers have enjoyed traveling on board the light, bright and spacious A330 cabin to and from the 300 airports it serves today. More than 1,250 A330s have been ordered to date.
Copyright Photo: Airbus. B-LBB wears a special “We are flying the 1000th A330″ inscription below the main titles.
Arik Air (Arik Wings of Nigeria) (Lagos) has expanded its international fleet with the acquisition of a new A330-200 twin-engine aircraft. The new aircraft will fly its long-haul routes, which includes London Heathrow, New York John F Kennedy and Johannesburg Oliver Tambo Airports.
The introduction of the Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the Arik Air fleet, is the first of its kind to be added to the airline, and will increase the current fleet to 24 aircraft, with a further 24 aircraft on order.
Arik Air is West and Central Africa’s largest airline, and operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. The airline operates a fleet of regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft including two Airbus A340-500 making the airline the first operator of this particular type of wide-bodied aircraft in Africa. The airline currently serves 20 destinations in Nigeria and flies to 11 international destinations including London Heathrow (UK) and New York JFK (USA). The airline operates a combined number of over 120 daily flights from its hubs, and has been Africa’s fastest growing airline for the last two years.
Video: Former Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A330-223 EI-EWH (msn 891, ex VT-VJL) roars into the sky from Dublin. The wide body airliner became 5N-JIC named “Joseph of the Holy Family” when it was delivered on July 9, 2013.
US Airways Group, Inc. (Phoenix), the parent of US Airways (Phoenix), today announced that its shareholders approved the merger agreement with AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc. (Dallas/Fort Worth).
The merger agreement was approved by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of US Airways stock, which represented over 99% of the votes cast by US Airways shareholders on the proposal. Of the 132,788,060 shares voted, 132,273,780 shares voted in favor of the proposal; 257,757 shares voted against; and 256,523 abstained. Shareholders also approved other proposals related to the merger.
Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways, and incoming CEO of the combined company, said, “We are pleased that our shareholders overwhelmingly supported our merger with American Airlines. This approval is a major milestone on our path to completing the merger, and we continue to make excellent progress overall thanks to the focused efforts of the dedicated representatives from both companies. By bringing together two highly complementary networks and generating significant revenue synergies, the new American Airlines will deliver enhanced value for its shareholders. I want to thank our shareholders, our customers and our more than 100,000 dedicated employees for their support throughout this process and look forward to moving forward as an even stronger airline.”
As previously announced, AMR and US Airways agreed to combine to create the new American Airlines, a premier global carrier. Headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth, the new American Airlines will become a highly competitive alternative for consumers to other global carriers and is expected to offer more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries. The combined airline will offer customers more choices and increased service across a larger worldwide network and through an enhanced oneworld® Alliance. Together, American Airlines and US Airways are expected to operate a mainline fleet of almost 950 aircraft and employ more than 100,000 team members worldwide.
The merger is subject to regulatory approvals, other customary closing conditions and confirmation of AMR’s Plan of Reorganization by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The companies continue to expect to complete the combination in the third quarter of 2013.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323X N275AY (msn 370) departs from London (Heathrow).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER N336AA (msn 25193) lands at Zurich.
Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) today (July 9) launched nonstop service to Taipei, Taiwan, the latest addition to its expanding international network and seventh Asian gateway destination.
The departure of HA 807 followed gate side festivities that included Hawaiian music and hula, performance honoring the Taiwanese culture, traditional Hawaiian blessing, and presentation of lei to passengers boarding the inaugural flight. Remarks were given by Hawai’i Governor Neil Abercrombie, who was one of several VIP guests on the inaugural flight; V.C. Chu, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu; and Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
Copyright Photo: PRNewsFoto/Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian Airlines employees greet Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (center) with lei as he boards the inaugural flight from Honolulu to Taipei today. Taipei is the latest addition to Hawaiian Airlines’ growing international network and seventh Asian destination. Front Row (L to R): Sharon Wai, Governor Neil Abercrombie, and Billy Remular. Back Row: Shannon Kaleikini-Fukuda, Sonny Ah Puck and Jerrica Sorrow.
Today’s inaugural capitalizes on the extension of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program to cover citizens of Taiwan. Taipei is the capital city and economic center of Taiwan, and the surrounding metropolitan area of Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung is home to nearly seven million people. As a whole, Taiwan has more than 23 million people and is considered one of the “Four Asian Tiger Economies” with one of the highest Per Capita GDP in Asia.
Hawai’i hosted nearly 10,000 visitors from Taiwan in 2012, according to the Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA), which expects arrival numbers to grow substantially with Visa restrictions lifted. ”This new Hawaiian Airlines flight fits into our strategy of global market diversification,” commented Mike McCartney, HTA president and CEO. ”This new service is critically important asHawai’i strives to become a major hub for that region in Asia.”
Hawaiian Airlines will operate three flights a week between Honolulu and Taipei using a 294-seat A330-200 aircraft. Flight HA 807 departs Honolulu International Airport at 1:55 a.m. every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, crosses the international dateline, and lands at Taipei International Airport at 6:15 a.m. the following day.
The return Flight HA 808 departs Taipei at 8:55 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, crosses the international dateline, and arrives in Honolulu at 1:10 p.m. the same day.
The addition of Taipei to Hawaiian Airlines’ international network follows the launches of service to Tokyo in November 2010, Seoul in January 2011, Osaka in July 2011, Fukuoka in April 2012, New York in June 2012, Sapporo in October 2012, Brisbane in November 2012, Auckland in March 2013 and Sendai in June 2013. New non-stop service will begin between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, subject to government approvals.
Copyright Photo: Eurospot. Airbus A330-243 F-WWYX (msn 1104) became N380HA on delivery.
Los Angeles International Airport has welcomed the first arrival of a Fiji Airways (2nd) (Nidi, Fiji) branded Airbus A330-200. Previously the airport was served with Air Pacific Boeing 747-400s.
The airport issued this statement:
To honor its cultural heritage, Fiji Airways has announced a new refreshed brand at a celebratory launch event at Los Angeles International Airport. American travelers will now see direct flights from Los Angeles to Fiji almost double by the end of the year, and they will travel in new, state-of-the-art A330s.
The event retired its “Air Pacific” brand to align more closely with what makes Fiji unique, its people. With increased frequency of flights and new aircrafts, it will be even easier for Americans to get to the 333 islands of Fiji, home to happiness and rich culture.
The airline has retired its previously known classes Pacific Voyager (economy) and Tabua Class (business) and will introduce the Fiji Airways’ Economy and Fiji Airways’ Business Class as part of its enhanced on-board offering.
On board, Fiji Airways has introduced new (A330) and refreshed (B737) interiors. Revitalized service, including new meal options, new crockery and linens, have been introduced to offer an improved long-haul dining experience.
Additional Enhanced Features Include:
- Business class guests will enjoy optimized comfort in seats that provide eight degree in-flight sleep bed and 76 inches of bed length at 60 inches of pitch, along with Panasonic’s 15.4-inch LCD displays, a handset that includes a credit card reader and keyboard, as well as noise cancelling audio jack and a USB interface.
- A new fine dining experience and a new wine cellar with world-class wine options will be available to business class guests. Special Fiji Airways designed amenity kits for overnight flights and noise cancelling IFE headsets are part of the full suite of on-board products.
- State-of-the-art in-flight entertainment systems, in-seat power, mood lighting and the introduction of sleeper and breakfast service—Yadra Vinaka, which means “Good Morning” in the Fijian language—complete the new Fiji Airways experience.
- On the new A330s the Fiji Airways Kids Club offers complimentary entertainment for children with movies, games and e-books.
Copyright Photo: Pete Morejon. Newly-delivered Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJT (msn 1394) had the honor of operating the first flight to LAX. It is pictured parked at LAX waiting for the departure back to Fiji.
XL Airways France (Paris-CDG) on June 28 launched summer seasonal service to Miami, its fourth U.S. destination. The new route will operate three days a week until September with Airbus A330-200s.
Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 F-GRSQ (msn 501) arrives at Brussels.
Routes to the Western Hemisphere:
Aer Lingus (Dublin) has announced it will reinstate the Dublin-San Francisco route on April 2, 2014. The Irish carrier is also planning to open a new route to Toronto (Pearson) on April 21, 2014 in competition with Air Canada rouge.
As previously reported, Aer Lingus is adding three leased Boeing 757-200s to supplement its Airbus fleet, allowing for some expansion.
Aer Lingus issued this statement:
Aer Lingus today (July 3) announced significant expansion to its trans-Atlantic route offering for 2014. In addition to its existing services from Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), New York (JFK) and Orlando, the airline will commence year round direct service between San Francisco and Dublin from April 2014 with 5 services per week being operated by Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.
Aer Lingus will also commence direct year-round service from Canada from April 2014. A daily direct Boeing 757 service between Toronto (Pearson) and Dublin will operate during the summer season, with up to four weekly services operating during the winter. Two Boeing 757 aircraft will be based in Shannon and will be used to deliver increased frequency on existing services from Boston and New York. Year-round connections from the east-coast to Shannon will be introduced. This expansion will directly support more than 200 new jobs.
In addition Aer Lingus customers from sixteen cities across the U.S. (including Seattle/Tacoma, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego) will benefit from convenient connections to Ireland via San Francisco, as well as a number of UK and European cities via Dublin. The new San Francisco route also represents a business opportunity for Aer Lingus Cargo.
Further to the direct service to Ireland from Toronto, Aer Lingus will provide connections from eight Canadian cities including Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. Once in Dublin, flights will connect to over twenty UK and European cities.
This growth plan will bring the Aer Lingus long haul schedule to 10 daily trans-Atlantic services, connecting North America with Ireland and Europe.
Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302X EI-ELA (msn 1106) prepares to depart from the Dublin hub.
Finnair to join up with British Airways and Japan Airlines to coordinate schedules and share revenue to Japan
Finnair (Helsinki) is seeking to join with the British Airways-Japan Airlines joint venture to coordinate schedules and share revenue on European-Japanese flights according to this report by Bloomberg. Combining fares will be the key element of the expanded JV between the Oneworld partners. The carriers currently operate 10 routes between Europe and Japan.
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In other news, the company issued this statement about being the most punctual international airline (a dig at SAS?) for the past two months:
Finnair has been the most punctual international airline for the past two months, according to travel data provider FlightStats. With 93.83 per cent of flights arriving or departing within 15 minutes of schedule in May and 91.14 per cent in April, Finnair is currently the world’s most reliable international carrier according to the data services firm, which supplies the travel industry and general public with real-time global flight tracking information.
“There are all kinds of factors out of an airline’s control that can cause delays to passengers and loss of revenue, but these rankings highlight the degree to which dedicated employees working in well-defined processes can proactively and positively manage on-time performance,” says Finnair Chief Operating Officer Ville Iho. “I’m very proud of this impressive achievement, both among our own employees and those of our key partners.”
In FlightStats’ rankings for the year 2012, Finnair was runner-up for lowest global cancellation rate and a runner-up for most punctual European airline. The oneworld alliance, of which Finnair is a member, was named the alliance with the best on-time performance.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302X OH-LTR (msn 1067) in the old 2000 livery climbs away from Narita International Airport near Tokyo bound for the Helsinki hub.
Libyan Airlines (Tripoli), the national carrier of Libya, has taken delivery of its first A330-200 becoming a new operator for the type. The carrier already operates seven Airbus A320 aircraft, with three A330-200 and four A350-800 aircraft on order.
Accommodating a two-class configuration of 24 business and 235 economy seats, the aircraft is powered by GE CF6-80 engines and will be deployed in the Middle East, around Dubai and Jeddah, as well as on Asian and European trunk routes.
Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 F-WWCK (msn 1412) became 5A-LAR on delivery.
Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) according to Reuters, citing a report in Kommersant, is considering leaving the SkyTeam alliance in the future. According to the report, the flag carrier is not happy with its development of routes in the United States due to the “high fares” charged by Delta Air Lines.
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Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X VQ-BCQ (msn 1058) in the SkyTeam motif arrives at the Moscow (Sheremetyevo) hub.
Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) and Airbus (Toulouse) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the order of eight new A350-900 XWB and four A330-300 Enhanced. The agreement marks the launch of SAS’ long haul strategy of an extensive fleet renewal plan, options for more aircraft and a total upgrade of passenger cabins on existing fleet.
SAS recently launched a completely new service concept to create the most modern flight experience for our customers. The customer offer is backed by a comprehensive fleet renewal plan with 65 short haul aircraft already announced and initiated, now complemented with an extensive long haul fleet plan. Key deliverables within the strategy 4Excellence Next Generation have paved the way.
The first A350-900 is due in 2018, and already in 2015, the fleet will be upgraded with the first couple of A330-300 Enhanced to replace A340 when the current leasing agreements expire. In the meantime, SAS will commence the cabin upgrade of seven aircraft in the existing fleet.
SAS’ current long haul fleet consists of seven A340-300 and four A330-300 as well as an additional leased A340 in the fall of 2013.
Eight A350-900 XWB
· SAS will order eight A350-900 with options for another six aircraft.
· The A350-900 has approximately 20% higher passenger capacity than the existing A340/A330 fleet.
· The A350-900 is a completely new aircraft type incorporating advanced aerodynamics, the latest materials and system technology available.
· The Aircraft offers up to 30% lower fuel consumption per passenger seat.
· More comfort, larger windows and a quieter cabin resulting in reduced noise by half compared to e.g. A340.
· The A350 will be delivered to SAS starting 2018.
Four A330-300 Enhanced
· SAS will increase its efficient A330 fleet from four to eight aircraft by ordering four of the A330-300 Enhanced.
· The improvements include a new cabin interior, a 2% fuel burn reduction and a huge increase in range, making it a capable aircraft for all of SAS network.
· The A330-300 Enhanced will be delivered to SAS starting in 2015
Upgrade of seven A330/A340
· SAS will upgrade the passenger cabins on up to seven selected A330/A340.
· The upgrade will consists of new seats throughout the cabin including fully flat seats in Business Class, and throughout the entire cabin a new high definition full video on demand in-flight entertainment system.
· The Cabin upgrade is expected to be completed 2015.
In other news, SAS is supplementing its current Copenhagen-Newark route from June 28 through August 16 with a twice-weekly wet-leased Omni Air International Boeing 767 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X SE-REE (msn 515) climbs away from the Stockholm (Arlanda) hub.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) today detailed a codeshare agreement across 108 routes* and connections to 66 destinations across North America and the U.K.
Today’s codeshare announcement coincides with Delta acquiring a 49 percent stake in Sir Richard Branson’s airline – marking the next step towards a full joint venture between the two carriers. Virgin Atlantic will place its code on 91 Delta routes, including both trans-Atlantic and domestic U.S. routes. Delta will place its code on 17 Virgin Atlantic routes, including the recently launched Little Red domestic U.K. services connecting London to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
The agreement includes the following customer benefits:
- Virgin Atlantic customers will now enjoy a vast network of connecting North American destinations while Delta customers will gain an additional six daily frequencies between London to New York
- SkyMiles and Flying Club loyalty programs that will offer up to 125% tier bonus miles* to frequent fliers on all Delta and Virgin Atlantic flights – not just those within the codeshare agreement
- Reciprocal Delta Sky Club and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse access at applicable airports for Upper Class and BusinessElite passengers and Flying Club Gold members and SkyMiles Platinum and Diamond members
- Priority check-in, boarding, baggage handling and additional baggage allowance on all Virgin Atlantic and Delta operated flights worldwide – not just those within the codeshare agreement – forVirgin Atlantic Upper Class and Flying Club Gold members as well as Delta BusinessElite and SkyMiles Gold, Platinum and Diamond members
The two airlines announced their intention to enter into a joint venture agreement in December 2012. Last week unconditional merger clearance was granted by the European Commission and theU.S Department of Justice closed their review of the transaction. As of today, Delta has successfully completed its acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic. The U.S Department of Transportation is currently reviewing the parties’ application for antitrust immunity relating to the proposed joint venture of the parties’ operations on nonstop routes between the US and the UK. This review is expected to be completed during third quarter of 2013, and the implementation of the Delta/Virgin Atlantic joint venture is anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2014. Once implemented, this will deliver further significant additional consumer benefits and vibrant competition to the trans-Atlantic market.
Customers will be able to reap the rewards of the reciprocal codesharing beginning July 3, 2013 when travel across the routes begin.
As part of a $3 billion investment in enhanced global products, services and airport facilities, all of Delta’s flights between the U.S. and London-Heathrow feature fully flat-bed seats offering direct aisle access in the BusinessElite cabin. These flights also offer Delta’s popular Economy Comfort seating in the forward section of the economy cabin. Economy Comfort offers four additional inches of legroom and 50 per cent more recline compared to standard economy seats. All cabins offer in-seat audio and video on demand with a broad range of in-flight entertainment options. Delta also will begin introducing in-flight WiFi service on international flights beginning in 2014.
Virgin Atlantic completed a £150m upgrade program, including a new Upper Class cabin across its Airbus A330 aircraft in 2012 – with features including the longest fully flat bed in the sky and a redesigned on board bar. Brand new Clubhouses opened at both JFK and Newark airports in the past year and have received awards for innovation and design. The airline launched its domestic service; Virgin Atlantic Little Red in March 2013 and is now flying 26 daily frequencies to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen from Heathrow. Virgin Atlantic achieved record levels of on time performance in 2012 and is the number one airline in punctuality performance at Heathrow on the majority of its routes and out-performing its key competitor in 11 out of 12 months.
*Canadian and Jamaican flights subject to foreign government approval.
Virgin Atlantic codeshare on Delta operated flights:
|to||JFK||New York, NY|
|JFK||New York||to||ATL||Atlanta, GA||MKE||Milwaukee, WI|
|AUS||Austin, TX||MSP||Minneapolis, MN|
|BNA||Nashville, TN||MSY||New Orleans, LA|
|BOS||Boston, MA||ORD||Chicago, IL|
|BUF||Buffalo, NY||ORF||Norfolk, VA|
|BWI||Baltimore, MD||PDX||Portland, OR|
|CHS||Charleston, SC||PHL||Philadelphia, PA|
|CLE||Cleveland, OH||PHX||Phoenix, AZ|
|CLT||Charlotte, NC||PIT||Pittsburgh, PA|
|CMH||Columbus, OH||RDU||Raleigh Durham|
|CVG||Cincinnati, OH||RIC||Richmond, VA|
|DCA||Washington, DC||ROC||Rochester, NY|
|DEN||Denver, CO||RSW||Fort Myers, FL|
|DFW||Dallas/Fort Worth||SAN||San Diego, CA|
|DTW||Detroit, MI||SAT||San Antonio, TX|
|FLL||Fort Lauderdale||SDF||Louisville, KY|
|IAD||Washington, DC||SEA||Seattle, WA|
|IND||Indianapolis, IN||SFO||San Francisco, CA|
Salt Lake City, UT
|LAS||Las Vegas, NV||STL||St Louis, MO|
|LAX||Los Angeles, CA||TPA||Tampa, FL|
|MBJ||Montego Bay||YQB||Quebec, Canada|
|MCI||Kansas City, MO||YUL||Montreal, Canada|
|MCO||Orlando, FL||YVR||Vancouver, Canada|
|MIA||Miami, FL||YYZ||Toronto, Canada|
|BOS||Boston||to||ATL||Atlanta, GA||MCO||Orlando, FL|
|CMH||Columbus, OH||MEM||Memphis, TN|
|CVG||Cincinnati, OH||MSP||Minneapolis, MN|
|DTW||Detroit, MI||ORF||Norfolk, VA|
|IND||Indianapolis, IN||RDU||Raleigh Durham, NC|
|LGA||La Guardia, NY||SLC||Salt Lake City, UT|
|LAX||Los Angeles||to||HNL||Honolulu, HI||PHX||Phoenix, AZ|
|KOA||Kona, HI||SAN||San Diego, CA|
|LAS||Las Vegas, NV||SEA||Seattle, WA|
|LIH||Lihue, HI||SFO||San Francisco, CA|
|OAK||Oakland, CA||SLC||Salt Lake City, UT|
|OGG||Kahului, HI||SMF||Sacramento, CA|
|SLC||Salt Lake City, UT|
|SFO||San Francisco||HNL||Honolulu, HI|
|SLC||Salt Lake City, UT|
Delta codeshare on Virgin Atlantic operated flights:
|JFK||New York, NY|
|LAX||Los Angeles, CA|
|SFO||San Francisco, CA|
|LGW||London Gatwick||to||LAS||Las Vegas, NV|
|LAS||Las Vegas, NV|
Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-TWA/American Airlines Boeing 757-2Q8 WL N713TW (msn 28173) departs from New York (JFK).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X G-VKSS (msn 1201) lands at Las Vegas.
SriLankan Airlines (Colombo) has signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Airbus for six A330-300s and four A350-900s. The MOU will have to be finalized into a firm contract.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. SriLankan already operates the Airbus A330-200. The A330-300 and A350-900 will be new types for the flag carrier. Airbus A330-243 4R-ALB (msn 306) prepares to land at Dubai.
Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) has signed a contract to lease four Airbus A330-200s from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).
Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to take place later this year. This is a new type for AR.
Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. The newer A330-200s are likely to replace four of the older A340-300s. Airbus A340-313X LV-CSX (msn 373) is pictured at Sydney in the updated 2010 livery.
EVA Air (Taipei) today (June 18) joined the Star Alliance network, further strengthening the Alliance’s presence in Asia/Pacific. At the official joining ceremony held at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance said: “EVA Air has successfully completed all joining requirements and I can confirm that our Chief Executive Board (CEB) has now unanimously accepted EVA Air into our Alliance.”
Founded just over 16 years ago, Star Alliance has progressively built its presence in Asia/Pacific and now has eight member carriers based in this region, which continues to show a growing demand in air travel, posting 5.2% growth in 2012. At present, 19 Star Alliance member airlines operate more than 4,000 daily flights to, from and within the Asia / Pacific region, serving 280 airports in 44 countries.
Austin Cheng, President, EVA Air said: “Star Alliance membership gives us the privilege of serving new customers from all corners of the globe and introducing our passengers to the seamless services and status recognition that the Alliance provides. As a member, we have the opportunity to introduce travellers to new ways of connecting to destinations throughout Asia via our hub in Taipei.”
Star Alliance was founded with the mission of providing seamless global air travel for the high value international traveller. EVA Air’s customers will now have access to a global network of 28 airlines, operating more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries. In addition to bringing Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Surabaya in Indonesia as unique airports to the network, EVA Air expands the Alliance’s presence on the important Cross-Straits market, which has grown from an annual passenger volume of just over 3 million in 2009 to around 9 million in 2012. Moreover, Taiwan’s geographic location is such that it has the shortest average distance to all major cities in the Asia-Pacific region, making Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport an important hub in the region. In total, Star Alliance now offers 10 hubs across Asia / Pacific: Tokyo – Narita and Haneda, Seoul – Incheon, Beijing, Shanghai – Pudong, Taipei – Taoyuan, Shenzhen, Bangkok, Singapore and Auckland.
Top Copyright Photo: Star Alliance. The flight attendants (in their uniforms) of the member airlines welcome EVA Air at Taipei.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Yuji Wang/AirlinersGallery.com. EVA Air is a big corporate sponsor of the Hello Kitty cartoon series and brand created and owned by the Japanese company Sanrio. The third Hello Kitty logojet, in the form of Airbus A330-302X B-16333 (msn 1274) prepares to land at Shanghai (Hongqiao) (please click on the photo for the full-size view).
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Cebu Pacific Air (Cebu Pacific Air.com) (Manila) on June 13 took delivery of its first Airbus A330-300. The pictured A330-343X RP-C3341 (msn 1420, ex F-WWTR) was handed over to the carrier. The carrier is planning to use the new type to launch scheduled low-fare service between Manila and Dubai where many ex-pats work in the Gulf region.
Airbus issued this statement:
Cebu Pacific has taken delivery of its first A330-300 during a special ceremony in Toulouse on June 13. The aircraft is the first of four A330s being leased by Cebu Pacific from US lessor CIT and will be used to launch the carrier’s new long haul low-fare operations.
Cebu Pacific has specified a single class layout for its A330 fleet seating 436 passengers. The airline will initially operate the first aircraft on medium haul regional routes, before launching its first long haul services to Dubai in October.
“The delivery of our first widebody aircraft marks a milestone for Cebu Pacific,” said Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer. “The addition of the highly efficient A330 to our fleet ultimately translates to unbeatable operating costs, enabling us to offer the lowest possible fares to our guests. In addition, we will be the only Filipino carrier flying nonstop between Manila and Dubai, eliminating multiple stops or connecting flights.”
The A330 will join an existing fleet of single aisle A320 Family aircraft flying with Cebu Pacific on its extensive domestic and regional network, currently covering 34 domestic and 22 international destinations across Asia. In addition to its leased A330s, the carrier has 47 A320 Family on firm order with Airbus for future delivery, including 30 latest generation A321neo.
The A330 is one of the most widely-used widebody aircraft in service today. Airbus has recorded over 1,200 orders for the various versions of the aircraft and more than 900 are in service with almost 100 operators worldwide today.
Top Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. RP-C3341 departed this morning (June 14) on its delivery flight to Manila (please click on the photo for the full-size view).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Airbus. The wide body airliner still wears the F-WWTR test registration prior to the hand over.
Video: Cebu Pacific Air’s version of the “Safety Dance”:
Virgin Australia to upgrade the Perth-Sydney route to all Airbus A330s on weekdays, expands its code-share program with Etihad Airways
Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) has announced that from October this year, it will operate its Airbus A330 aircraft on all Perth-Sydney weekday flights.
The introduction of a seventh Airbus A330 to Virgin Australia’s fleet later this year will see these aircraft operate all Perth-Sydney and Perth-Melbourne weekday services and two out of three Perth-Brisbane weekday services.
The airline now offers all customers on flights between Perth and the East Coast fully inclusive hot meals and beverages, as well as in-flight entertainment.
“We have had an extremely positive response to the introduction of our Airbus A330 “Coast To Coast” service and we are very pleased to now be offering this on all Perth-Sydney and Perth-Melbourne weekday flights.
The Airbus A330 aircraft feature Virgin Australia’s designer Business and Economy Class product, which includes luxury leather seating, generous seat recline and a range of gourmet food offerings.
In other news, Virgin Australia has announced flights to Milan, Italy and Amsterdam, Netherlands will be added to its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) from June 3, 2013.
The announcement follows recent regulatory approvals being granted allowing Virgin Australia to codeshare on flights into Italy and the Netherlands.
Customers travelling on Virgin Australia’s network will be able to connect through Abu Dhabi on to Milan or Amsterdam on the same ticket. Velocity Frequent Flyer members will also be able to earn points and status credits on these routes.
The codeshare flight between Abu Dhabi and Milan will be operated by a two-class Airbus A330-200 seven times per week. Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam will be operated by a two-class Airbus A330-200 seven times per week. Etihad and Virgin Australia fly 28 times per week from Australia to Abu Dhabi, connecting to 14 codeshare destinations in Europe.
This is a continuation of the roll-out of Virgin Australia’s alliance with Etihad Airways, which already includes 50 codeshare and interline destinations globally. Virgin Australia will continue to work closely with Etihad Airways to develop a network aligned with the needs of their customers.
Etihad Airways currently operates flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane into Abu Dhabi.
Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com.
AirEuropa (Air Europa Líneas Aéreas) (Palma de Mallorca) added Montevideo, Uruguay as planned on June 4. The new destination is served from the Madrid hub with Airbus A330-200 aircraft, three days a week.
Copyright Photo Above: AirEuropa. The first A330-200 flight arrives at Montevideo.
In other news, AirEuropa has added its first Airbus A330-300.
Top Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Orbest Orizonia as EC-JHP, Airbus A330-343X with the temporary registration of OE-ICB (msn 670) is pictured at Palma de Mallorca yesterday undergoing an acceptance flight (click on the photo for the full-size view). The airliner will be leased from CIT Leasing Corporation.
Avianca (Bogota) is planning to deploy its Airbus A330-200s on the daily Lima-Miami route starting on July 15 per Airline Route.
Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N948AC (msn 948) taxies to the runway at Miami International Airport dressed in the now old 2005 livery (please click on the photo for the full-size view).
Bottom Copyright Photos: Avianca. The new look for AV. Airbus A320-214 N538AV (msn 5398) is one of the first aircraft to display the new look.
Czech Airlines-CSA (Prague) will place its newly-acquired Airbus A330-300 into revenue service tomorrow (June 1) from Prague to Seoul (Incheon). The airliner was delivered on may 14 and is leased from its new partner Korean Airlines (Seoul).
Copyright Photos: Czech Airlines. Airbus A330-323X OK-YBA (msn 425) is now wearing this new 90 Years 1923-2013 logo.
Video (in Czech): OK-YBA’s arrival in Prague on May 14.
The move comes as Airberlin, Germany’s second largest carrier, continues to work through its Turbine business turnaround program, and as Etihad Airways prepares for significant international expansion.
The recruitment transfers began in April when the first batch of six Boeing 737-rated First Officers arrived in Abu Dhabi to start type conversion training on to the Boeing 777 at Etihad Airways’ Flight Training Centre.
Upon successful completion, the six pilots will undertake line training on the airline’s global network, before being fully licensed as type-rated Boeing 777 First Officers.
Further pilot transfers will take place in the coming months, comprising Airbus A320 Captains, Airbus A320 First Officers, Airbus A330 First Officers and Boeing 777 non-rated First Officers.
Etihad Airways’ current fleet of 77 Boeing and Airbus aircraft will grow significantly this decade with more than 90 firm order aircraft scheduled for delivery.
Over the next 12 months the carrier will take delivery of four Boeing 777-300 ERs, five Airbus A320s, one Airbus A321, one Airbus A330-200 and one Airbus A330-200 freighter aircraft. Late next year, Etihad Airways will also introduce its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Etihad Airways currently employs over 1,400 pilots, and plans to recruit 1,000 more by 2020.
In other news, Etihad has announced it has entered the second phase of its strategic partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) following the launch of new Amsterdam service. The airline issued this statement:
The daily service, operated by a two cabin Airbus A330-200 and configured to carry 262 passengers with 22 in Pearl Business Class and 240 in Coral Economy Class, was launched on May 15 and carries KLM’s KL code.
The launch of the new flights coincides with the addition of 12 new KLM destinations out of Schiphol Airport which now carry Etihad Airways EY code. KLM has also added its KL code to a further six Etihad Airways destinations from its Abu Dhabi hub.
The 12 additional destinations that Etihad Airways customers can now access through codeshare operations with KLM are Stockholm, Aberdeen, Barcelona, Bergen, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds/Bradford and Madrid.
These cities join the first phase of cities served by KLM, which carry the EY code, Billund, Cardiff, Newcastle, Oslo, and Stavanger.
KLM now has its KL code on six Etihad Airways’ flights to Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, Khartoum, Male, Muscat and Seychelles.
These join the initial group of cities served by Etihad Airways – Colombo, Islamabad, Lahore, Melbourne, and Sydney – which also carry the KL code.
In addition to flight operations Etihad Airways has this year wet-leased a Boeing 747-400 freighter from KLM. This aircraft, with a payload capacity of 124 tons, links the two cargo hubs of Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, and increases our capacity to Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Dhaka.
From KLM’s partner, Air France, Etihad Airways has also wet-leased an Airbus A340-300 for use on the Paris-Abu Dhabi route from now until the end of the year.
Amsterdam joins a group of 17 leading European cities that Etihad Airways flies to including Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London and Paris.
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Etihad Airways’ Airbus A330-243 A6-EYE (msn 688) (Manchester City Football Club) arrives at Munich.
Video: Etihad Airways.
Oman Air (Muscat), the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has placed an order for three A330-300s, growing its A330 Family fleet to a total of ten Airbus aircraft. The aircraft will be operated on long haul routes and can comfortably seat close to 300 passengers.
Copyright Photo: Dave Glendinning. Airbus A330-343X A40-DB (msn 1044) taxies at London (Heathrow).