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The Guardian: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson to help develop a new Air Djibouti

Air Djibouti (1st) (Djibouti) operated from 1963 to 2002. Bruce Dickinson of the Iron Maiden and formerly of Astraeus Airlines (2002 – 2011), is helping to get the new version of Air Djibouti airborne through his Cardiff Aviation.

Bruce Dickinson is an English musician, airline pilot (who used to fly for Astraeus Airlines), broadcaster and the lead vocalist of the heavy metal Iron Maiden band.

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Top Copyright photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. The original Air Djibouti touted itself as the “Red Sea Airline”. Douglas DC-6B F-OCYJ (msn 43740) sits at Paris (Orly).

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Bottom Copyright photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Astraeus Airlines had two special “Iron Maiden” special liveries. The 2007 “Iron Maiden 1 – Somewhere Back in Time World Tour) livery was painted on Boeing 757-23A G-OJIB (msn 24292) pictured departing from London (Gatwick).

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Icelandair is coming back to Chicago O’Hare

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Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced further expansion of its global network with new year-round service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Flights will begin March 16, 2016 with four weekly round-trips to Iceland on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with connections to more than 20 destinations in Europe.

Icelandair, in operation since 1937, has a long, illustrious history of providing flights from the United States to Europe, including a 15-year stint from Chicago that began in 1973. Since then, Icelandair has continued to grow as an airline with new aircraft, modern amenities and more destinations. With the announcement of Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Icelandair will now offer service from 15 North American gateways.

Icelandair Announces Service from Chicago O'Hare (PRNewsFoto/Icelandair)

Icelandair Announces Service from Chicago O’Hare (PRNewsFoto/Icelandair)

The update Icelandair route map (above).

Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, Chicago-ORD, Denver, Edmonton, Newark, New York-JFK, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.; and seasonal service from Anchorage, Halifax, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando, Portland, OR and Vancouver. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to take an Icelandair Stopover for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.

Copyright Photo below: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-256 TF-FIY (msn 29312) is pictured at Southend for maintenance.

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ECAir’s leased Boeing 757-200 is back in service

 

ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines (Brazzaville) is once again using its leased PrivatAir (Geneva) Boeing 757-204 HB-JJE (msn 27219). According to the airline, HB-JJE arrived back at Brazzaville last night. The ECA fleet now consists of four Boeing 737-300/700s, two Boeing 757-200s and one Boeing 767-300.

In the coming weeks, ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines will continue to expand its network with the opening of its third intercontinental (Beirut) and new regional destinations (Luanda, Abidjan, Yaounde, Bangui, N’Djamena).

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister aircraft PrivatAir Boeing 757-236 HB-JJD (msn 25807) departs from Brussels.

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La Compagnie today starts London – New York area flights

La Compagnie (Paris-CDG) today enters the very competitive London – New York area market. The French boutique upscale carrier commences Boeing 757-200 services today between Luton Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport with Boeing 757-256 F-HTAG (msn 29307).

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by La Compagnie). Former Thomson Airways Boeing 757-204 F-HCIE (msn 27208, ex G-BYAT) remains at Southend as it is prepared for service.

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Joel Chusid’s Airline Corner – March 2015

Joel Chusid’s Airline Corner – March 2015

Assistant Editor Joel Chusid

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By Assistant Editor Joel Chusid

The Clampetts are Back

In the past few months, the global media has breathlessly reported on a series of incidents in China where passengers did seemingly unthinkable things on board commercial airliners. These ranged from throwing hot noodles at a flight attendant on a Thai AirAsia flight enroute to Nanjing over a seating dispute to numerous cases of passengers opening emergency exits on a number of different airlines at various stages of flight, before takeoff, while taxiing to a gate after landing and, thankfully unsuccessfully, in midflight. The reasons varied, to protest an extended delay, to “get fresh air” or “get off quicker” or inebriation. A rural farmer lit up a cigarette in the lav on a Cathay Pacific flight. Most, if not all, of these passengers ended up in jail, and the Chinese government introduced a “National Uncivilized Travel Record”, a sort of no-fly list for bad behavior, on which the errant passengers names were recorded. Why? Well, as living standards in China have risen, more and more passengers have taken to the air for the first time whereas in the past the train was the most common mode of inter-city transportation. China does have an enviable high speed rail system, but train tickets now can sometimes cost the same as an air ticket. This brings back memories of American Airlines’ introduction of “Value Pricing” in 1992, which resulted in a fare war that made flying too cheap to pass up for people who hadn’t previously flown. Those passengers new to air travel, were called, in airline speak, “FIRID” (for “first time flyer”), although they became known as “The Clampetts” and that summer of full flights was labeled “The Clampett Summer”. The Clampetts were a fictional family on a US situation comedy called “The Beverly Hillbillies” that ran in the late 1960s who had struck it rich, but were unfamiliar with creature comforts of living in a mansion. Stories that summer about passengers unfamiliar with airline travel, such as not opening a window, smoking, not knowing what to do with a seat belt and much more emerged among the employee ranks. These kinds of incidents also happen elsewhere, due to the unfamiliarity of an airplane in emerging nations. Although these incidents are far from comical; they can result in expenses, inconvenience to others and, yes indeed, a threat to safety. In the meantime, when flying in China, keep an eye on your fellow passenger as this era, too, shall pass, as air travel becomes more routine.

Speaking of Smoking

Why do airplanes still have no smoking signs lit up? Can you believe it’s been 25 years since flights (of six hours of less) became no smoking in the U.S.? Not long after that, all flights were smoke free. The rest of the world soon followed. The American Heart Association and other health organizations celebrated that anniversary on February 23 of this year. There are some of us who remember upon check-in, being asked “smoking or no smoking” and when boarding passes reflected that option and yellow nicotine stains were obvious around air vents – and seats had ashtrays. Most airlines relegated smoking to the rear of the cabin, which meant the back of the economy class section but also the last row or two of first class. Essentially, after takeoff, when today the announcement about electronic devices is made, it used to be the “smoking is now permitted” PA. Some passengers in the non-smoking section would congregate near the rear galleys to grab a smoke. On some airlines, such as Lufthansa, as I experienced, “to be equitable”, smoking was permitted on one entire side of the aircraft.

Noah’s Ark

Yes, the “Ark” is coming to New York’s JFK International Airport. Not quite Noah’s, but it’s for animals and their travel experience. The new $48 million, 178,000 square foot transport and quarantine “terminal” will handle 70,000 domestic and wild animals annually when it opens next year. The Ark is designed with its customers in mind to reduce the stress of travel, with an animal arrival and departure lounge, gourmet food, showers, an overnight pet resort called “Paradise 4 Paws” and veterinarian services. The facility is being designed out of the former Cargo Building 78 and will feature climate controlled vehicles for transfer to and from aircraft. For horses, planes can taxi directly to the terminal. Of note is the livestock handling section which has been designed with the input of famed animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin.

Copyright Photo Above: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Up-close nose view of Icelandair’s special Aurora Borealis color scheme on Boeing 757-256 TF-FIU (msn 26243).

The Northern Lights, Outside and Inside

Icelandair, in recognition of the Aurora Borealis, has introduced a new livery on one of its Boeing 757s that flies back and forth between Europe and North America, via Iceland, of course. But in addition to the paint job of the plane named Hekla Aurora, the airline has fitted the interior with blue and green LED lighting that brings the natural phenomena inside. The company says it celebrates the Icelandic stopovers they are known for, since it is one of the places in the world where the Aurora Borealis can be seen most often. Actually Reykjavik is a cool (as in fun, not temperature) place for a stopover, where 365 days a year, one can breathe clean air, eat fresh seafood, or swim in one of the many naturally indoor or outdoor heated pools or relax in the man-made Blue Lagoon, which is right near the airport.

Copyright Photo Below: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. A side view of TF-FIU.

Amenity Kit Retro

American-Piedmont amenity kit (MBI)(LRW)

Above Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The Piedmont Airlines version of the new American Airlines legacy carrier amenity kits.

Since we’re talking liveries, American Airlines has introduced special liveries of its predecessor companies. That’s not unusual, but now it’s taken the same idea to its amenity kits, which are distributed to first and business class passengers on long-haul international routes. The kits, which contain the usual items like eye masks, moisturizer, toothbrush and toothpaste and such, are sized to be used as a cover for mini tablets. They’ll be debuted over several months.

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ECAir has a Boeing 757-200 seized in Paris

PrivatAir (Geneva) has stopped operating its Boeing 757-204 HB-JJE (msn 27219) for ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines (Brazzaville). HB-JJE was operating the aircraft for ECAir.

According to a statement by ECAir, the airliner was seized at Paris (Charles de Gaulle) on April 11.

According to ECAir (translated from French);

“This seizure is considered by Equatorial Congo Airlines as manifestly illegal because it is based on a judgment by opposing parties other ECAir and the amount awarded in this judgment is not due to any hypothesis by Equatorial Congo Airlines. Equatorial Congo Airlines will assert its rights in court to release from the seizure and to obtain compensation for damages in a short time. The company has made arrangements to limit any inconvenience that may be caused to its passengers. Our lawyers are hard at work to recover the Boeing 757-200.”

In the coming weeks, Equatorial Congo Airlines plans to continue to expand its network with the opening of its third intercontinental (Beirut) and new regional destinations (Luanda, Abidjan, Yaounde, Bangui, N’Djamena).

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister-ship Boeing 757-236 HB-JJD (msn 25807) lands in Geneva, the home of PrivatAir.

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FedEx Corporation to acquire TNT Express for $4.8 billion

FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) has announced its intention to acquire its European rival TNT Express (TNT Airways) (Amsterdam) in an all-cash public offer with a stated public value of $4.8 billion. FedEx is offering a 33 percent premium in its price offering for the stock of TNT. The combined European headquarters will be Amsterdam. TNT’s Liege cargo hub will be maintained.

The two companies issued this joint statement:

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Transaction highlights:

FedEx Corporation (FedEx) and TNT Express N.V. (TNT Express) reached conditional agreement on recommended all-cash public offer of €8.00 per ordinary TNT Express share.

The Offer Price represents a premium of 33% over the closing price of 2 April 2015 and a premium of 42% over the average volume weighted price per TNT Express share of €5.63 over the last 3 calendar months.

The transaction represents an implied equity value for TNT Express of €4.4 billion ($4.8 billion).

Transaction unanimously recommended and supported by TNT Express’ Executive Board and Supervisory Board.

High level of deal certainty.

PostNL N.V. has irrevocably confirmed to support the Offer and tender its 14.7% TNT Express shareholding.

Combination will transform FedEx’s European capabilities and accelerate global growth.

Customers will enjoy access to an enhanced, integrated global network, combining TNT Express strong European capabilities and FedEx’s strength in other regions globally, including North America and Asia.

FedEx and TNT Express employees share a commitment to serving customers and delivering value for shareholders and supporting the communities they live and work in.

The parties have agreed to certain non-financial covenants including:

Existing employment terms of TNT Express will be respected.

The European regional headquarters of the combined companies will be in Amsterdam/Hoofddorp.

TNT Express hub in Liege will be maintained as a significant operation for the group going forward.

TNT Express’ airline operations will be divested, in compliance with applicable airline ownership regulations.

FedEx and TNT Express anticipate that the Offer will close in the first half of calendar year 2016.

FedEx and TNT Express are confident that anti-trust concerns, if any, can be addressed adequately in a timely fashion.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. FedEx Express Boeing 757-204 (F) N923FD (msn 26266) departs from EuroAirport serving Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. TNT Airways Boeing 737-4M0 (F) OE-IAT (msn 29210) taxies to the runway at Frankfurt.