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Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) is switching London airports. Starting on March 30 the flag carrier will switch from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport. The airline currently operates twice-weekly Boeing 777-200 service from Hanoi and twice-weekly flights from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).
The airline is planning to switch to the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners starting on July 1 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Ole Simon/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-26K ER VN-A144 (msn 33503) taxies at Paris (CDG) in the now old livery.
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Video: The revised new livery of Vietnam Airlines:
Qatar Airways (Doha) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have finalized an order for four 777 Freighters, valued at $1.24 billion at current list prices. The airline also has purchase rights for four additional airplanes, which when exercised will bring the combined value to $2.46 billion.
Qatar Airways first announced an intent to order the four 777 Freighters at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow.
Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of 37 Boeing 777-300E Rs (Extended Range) and 777-200 LRs (Longer Range), in addition to seven 777 Freighters.
The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload and general cargo market densities, making it the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter.
Global air freight traffic is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent, doubling the cargo traffic over the next 20 years, according to the Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast released in October.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/Airlinersgallery.com. Boeing 777-FDZ A7-BFD (msn 41427) arrives in Amsterdam.
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American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has formally submitted an application to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) proposing to operate daily, year-round, nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND). Per the U.S.-Japan bilateral agreement, U.S. airlines may only operate a total of four daily round-trip flights at Haneda Airport. Currently that service is provided by Delta Air Lines from Los Angeles and Seattle/Tacoma, Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu, and United Airlines from San Francisco. American’s application seeks to transfer an existing route authority from Seattle/Tacoma, and would provide new service to Haneda from American’s hub in Los Angeles.
In December, the DOT instituted a carrier-selection proceeding to determine whether current service between Seattle/Tacoma and Haneda should be reallocated to another airline. Citing underutilization of a scarce resource, American seeks a reallocation of the Haneda authority. The airline intends to fly it year-round with daily service from Los Angeles. American’s application is in response to the DOT’s decision to consider the best allocation of the slots.
American would provide important consumer and competitive benefits in the Haneda market, by competing head-to-head with other carriers on the Los Angeles-Haneda route and bringing the first-ever oneworld service to the LAX-HND market to compete with other alliances. American’s proposal would also enhance the overall competition for service between the U.S. and Tokyo. Los Angeles is the largest continental U.S. gateway to Tokyo and demand in the Los Angeles-Tokyo market is almost five times larger than Seattle-Tokyo.
American will operate its proposed LAX-HND service with a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The airline is retrofitting all 47 of its 777-200s to refresh the cabins and enhance the premium experience on international flights. The retrofitted 777-200 features a Business Class product designed especially for American Airlines customers, with a fully lie-flat seat, direct aisle access and a private flying experience. The plane has a modern interior – including a walk-up bar – with unique lighting, a dramatic archway and a spacious look. It also has Main Cabin Extra and all Main Cabin seats have in-seat entertainment systems.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-223 ER N753AN (msn 30261) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.
Kenya Airways (Nairobi) will introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the Nairobi – London (Heathrow) route next summer as a replacement aircraft. The Triple Seven will replace the smaller Boeing 787-8 on the route from June 14 through September 14 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3U8 ER 5Y-KZX (msn 42097) taxies to the gate at Amsterdam.
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Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City) will remain a Boeing operator. The flag carrier has finalized its order for 10 777-300 ERs (Extended Range) with Boeing. The order is valued at $3.3 billion at list prices.
The airline originally announced its intent to order the 777-300 ER in November.
The 777-300 ER carries 386 passengers in a standard three-class configuration up to 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers), on nonstop routes.
Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. The airline also has 10 Airbus A350-900s on order with the first delivery in 2019. Kuwait is no stranger to the Boeing Triple Seven. The carrier has been a Boeing 777-200 ER operator. The pictured Boeing 777-269 ER 9K-AOA (msn 28743) will be replaced.
Kuwait Airways aircraft slide show:
Emirates (Dubai) has announced a third daily service to Birmingham Airport, becoming the first airline to offer a direct First Class service to the region.
Commencing on Saturday August 1, 2015, Emirates flight EK 41, operated by a Boeing 777-300 ER, will depart Dubai International Airport at 0235 and arrive in Birmingham at 0705. The outbound flight, EK 42, will depart Birmingham Airport at 0910 and arrive in Dubai at 1910. The additional service adds seven more inbound flights a week to Birmingham, increasing passenger and cargo capacity on the route by 42 percent.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-31H ER A6-EBK (msn 34481) holds short of the runway at London Gatwick Airport.