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Garuda Indonesia opens the Denpasar (Bali) – Guangzhou, China route

Garuda Indonesia Airways Boeing 737-8U3 WL PK-GMG (msn 30141) DPS (Michael B. Ing). Image: 924195.

Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) is expanding into China. The flag carrier made this announcement:

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As part of its continuous network expansion program, particularly of the Chinese market, Garuda Indonesia on Sunday, November 22, officially launched a direct flight from Denpasar to Guangzhou, China and return.

Garuda Indonesia flies the Denpasar – Guangzhou (GA 896) route three (3) times a week, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday with a departure from Denpasar scheduled at 23:45 WITA and arriving in Guangzhou at 05:00 LT (local time). Meanwhile, the Guangzhou – Denpasar route (GA 897) is flown every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Departure time from Guangzhou is at 06:15 LT and arrives in Denpasar at 12:00 WITA. On this new route, Garuda operates a Boeing 737-800 NG with a capacity of 12 passengers in business class and 150 passengers in economy class.

Garuda Indonesia’s Director of Services, Nicodemus P. Lampe said that the Denpasar – Guangzhou vv service is part of the airlines network expansion strategy, especially to China. China is a very important market for Garuda Indonesia and the Airline will continue to develop services to this country, explained Nicodemus.

With the launching of this new Denpasar Guangzhou service, Garuda now flies to China 24 times a week, to Shanghai – Jakarta vv (7 times), Beijing – Jakarta vv (4 times), Beijing – Denpasar vv (3 times), Guangzhou – Jakarta vv (7 times) and the newest service, Denpasar – Guangzhou Denpasar vv (3 times), added Nicodemus.

Now, more than ever, Garuda Indonesia is ready to cash in on the huge potential Chinese market, as Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia between January-August 2015 reached 489,233 tourists or an increase of 25.56 percent compared to the same period in 2014, which only reached 389,627 tourists, added Nicodemus.

Apart from flying to Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, Garuda Indonesia also flies 21 times a week to Hong Kong, including Hong Kong – Jakarta vv (14 times) and Hong Kong – Denpasar vv (7 times).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8U3 WL PK-GMG (msn 30141) prepares to taxi from the gate at Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali.

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Copa Airlines takes delivery of its 100th airplane with a special decal

Copa Airlines (Panama City) took delivery of the 100th airplane to join its fleet, a Boeing 737-800 (HP-1852CMP) decorated with a special decal celebrating the airline achieving this important milestone.

The airplane, leased from SMBC Aviation Capital, flew from Seattle to its Panama City home base, where it was welcomed by a special ceremony.

With this new airplane, Copa now has 77 Next-Generation 737s in its fleet. In April, the airline signed an order for 61 737 MAX airplanes.

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Copa Airlines allows passengers to make fast and convenient connections to 74 destinations in 31 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through its Hub of the Americas in Panama City, the airline hub with the most international connections in Latin America. For the last two consecutive years, FlightStats has recognized Copa as “Best Airline in Latin America” for its on-time performance and quality of service.

Photo: Boeing. Boeing 737-8V3 HP-1852CMP (msn 39968) wears the special “100” logo.

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American Airlines introduces its TWA heritage jet

American's TWA heritage jet (1979 livery)

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) on November 16 introduced its TWA heritage livery logo jet. The pictured Boeing 737-823 N915NN (msn 33227) wears the 1979 livery of Trans World Airlines with joint American and TWA titles.

Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. N915NN passed through the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) today.

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Video: American Airlines. AA brought this Boeing 777-300 ER to Sydney. Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft performed a flyover of Sydney Harbour and was welcomed by joint business partner QANTAS Airways in Hangar 96 at Mascot. The aircraft visit is a prelude to American’s new daily service from Sydney to Los Angeles, which starts on December 19, as part of the carriers’ expanded partnership announced earlier this year.

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QANTAS celebrates 95 years of history and unveils a “Retro Roo II” Boeing 737-800

"Retro Roo II" in the 1959 Boeing 707 livery

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

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A newly reconfigured Qantas Boeing 737-800 painted in vintage 1960s livery has been unveiled in Sydney as the national carrier celebrates 95 years of flying.

Retro Roo II (VH-VXQ) has the same livery that featured on Qantas’ Boeing 707 jets from 1959 to 1961 – when the flying kangaroo helped revolutionise long-haul travel.

The Boeing 707 represented a step-change in aviation and Qantas was the first carrier outside the United States to operate the jet. In 1959, Qantas used it to become the first airline to operate regular passenger jet services across the Pacific Ocean, connecting Sydney and San Francisco.

Qantas was also the first airline to offer a round-the-world jet service with the Boeing 707. The flying time was 70 hours compared to 127 hours with the Super Constellation aircraft that the B707 replaced. Today a Qantas flight from Sydney to London stops just once, in Dubai, and takes 21 flying hours.

Welcoming the freshly-painted jet into a hangar with more than 300 employees, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce described the vintage livery as a flying tribute to the airline’s history of innovation.

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Above Photo: QANTAS. Boeing 737-838 VH-VXQ (msn 33723) arrives at the Sydney base.

“None of the past 95 years would have been possible without all those who have worked for Qantas with such commitment and passion. Tens of thousands of people have dedicated their whole careers to the national carrier and many who work here today are the third or fourth generation in their family to do so,” he added.

“As we celebrate our 95th birthday today, I hope this livery inspires a sense of pride in what our national airline has achieved during all those years of taking Australians around the world and bringing them safely home again,” said Mr Joyce.

“A large part of the national pride people feel towards the flying kangaroo comes from the fact it has been responsible for so many innovations in global aviation.

“We were the first airline to introduce business class, we have operated record breaking endurance flights throughout our history and we’ve helped pioneer many breakthroughs in aviation technology.

“Innovation is still at the core of Qantas and we’re now looking to a new generation of aircraft with the arrival of Qantas’ first B787 Dreamliners in 2017. Like the 707 in 1959, these aircraft are at the cutting edge of aviation and we’re really excited about the opportunities they’ll open up for our customers.

The arrival of Retro Roo II, which was painted in Townsville, is part of Qantas’ 95th birthday celebrations. Events so far have included an Australia-wide Instameet and Qantas’ charity flight to Longreach, which raised over $110,000 for drought relief. A gala dinner for over 1,000 people in the airline’s A380 hangar in Mascot on Friday rounds out the activities.

Retro Roo II is the second Qantas 737 aircraft in vintage livery. Retro Roo I was launched last November, featuring the livery of 1971-1984, and regularly appears on social media as passengers photograph it at airports across the country.

Earlier this year, Qantas donated its record-breaking Boeing 747-400 (VH-OJA) to an aviation museum staffed largely by former Qantas employees. The aircraft was significant for operating the world’s longest non-stop flight from London to Sydney in 1989, and is now a big tourism draw for the Illawarra region.

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by QANTAS). Boeing 737-838 VH-VXQ (msn 33723) named “Retro Roo II” is pictured at Sydney after arriving from Townsville.

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Ryanair takes direct delivery of the 375th Boeing 737-800

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Ryanair (Dublin) celebrated the Irish low-cost carrier’s 375th direct delivery of a Next-Generation 737-800. Ryanair is the largest Next Generation 737-800 customer in the world having ordered more than 530 of the airplane type.

The Dublin based airline is this year celebrating its 30th anniversary of operations since its first flight in 1985. Today, Ryanair is the largest all-Boeing operator in Europe.

American to add new routes to Cancun, Mexico

American 737-800 (Reno Air CS)(Grd)(American)(LR)

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will offer new access to Cancun, Mexico when it adds new service from four U.S. cities in 2016. The new seasonal service to Cancun International Airport (CUN) will operate on Saturdays from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Kansas City International Airport (MCI). Service will start on March 5, 2016.

In August, American announced plans to provide customers a more seamless experience with its Airbus 319 fleet. A319s will be retrofitted with AC power ports at every seat and new overhead bins with increased storage for carryon bags. When complete, all A319s will be configured with 128 seats with 8 First Class seats and 18 Main Cabin Extra seats.

American is taking delivery of more than 100 new aircraft this year, giving it the youngest fleet of any U.S.-based network carrier. Orders include the Airbus A320 and A320neo family, A350-900s, Boeing 737 MAX, 777-300ERs and 787s, which will make American’s fleet even younger, more modern and fuel efficient.

Photo: American Airlines. AA has released an early photo of its new Boeing 737-800 Reno Air legacy retro jet.

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Boeing and Korean Air finalize an order for 30 737 MAXs and 2 777-300 ERs

Korean Air 737 MAX and 777-300ER (Boeing)(LR)

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Korean Air (Seoul) today finalized the airline’s order of 30 737 MAXs and two additional 777-300 ER (Extended Range) jetliners valued at nearly $4 billion at current list prices. The airline also has options for additional 737 MAXs as part of the order, which was previously announced as a commitment during the Paris Air Show in June.

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With this order for up to 52 Boeing airplanes, Korean Air becomes Boeing’s newest 737 MAX customer and now has 62 firm Boeing airplane orders on backlog.

As part of this order for 737 MAX airplanes, Korean Air also adds another two 777-300ERs as it continues to modernize its long-haul widebody fleet.

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Korean Air currently operates a fleet of 91 Boeing passenger airplanes that consist of 737, 747 and 777 models. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.

Image: Boeing.

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