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United Airlines to add a second daily flight from Newark to Brussels

United Airlines Boeing 757-224 WL N13113 (msn 27555) LHR (SPA). Image: 929798.

United Airlines (Chicago) will introduce a second daily nonstop service from its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, to Brussels, Belgium. The new service will operate next summer beginning May 5 to October 28, 2016 (both dates eastbound).

The additional Newark – Brussels flight, UA 44, will depart Newark daily at 9:30 p.m. (2100), arriving at Brussels 11:30 a.m. (1130) the following day. The return flight, UA 45 will depart Brussels at 1:30 p.m. (1330), arriving at Newark at 4:20 p.m. (1620) the same day. Flight times will be eight hours to Brussels and eight hours 50 minutes to Newark (all times are local).

Flights departing between May 5 and May 24 and between Sept. 7 and Oct. 28, 2016, will take off on Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy, including 45 extra-leg room United Economy Plus seats. From May 25 to Sep. 6, 2016, flights will be on Boeing 767-300 aircraft with a total of 214 seats – 30 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 184 seats in United Economy, including 49 Economy Plus seats.

Like United’s existing service between Newark and Brussels, the second daily service will be part of United’s trans-Atlantic joint venture with Star Alliance partners Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss and Air Canada.

United’s current Newark-Brussels flight, UA 999, departs Newark daily at 6:35 p.m. (1835), arriving in Brussels at 7:50 a.m. (0750) the following day. UA 998, departs Brussels at 10:10 a.m. (1010), arriving at Newark at 12:45 p.m.(1245) the same day. Flights UA 999 and UA 998 are operated by Boeing 777-200 aircraft with a total of 267 seats – 50 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 217 seats in United Economy, including 72 Economy Plus seats.

From Newark, United operates flights to more than 300 destinations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, including more than 100 served nonstop. United operates the largest and most comprehensive hub in the New York City market at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-224 N13113 (msn 27555) departs from London (Heathrow).

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Delta and KLM announce a codeshare partnership with Jet Airways via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Jet Airways Airbus A330-302 VT-JWU (msn 1391) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 930662.

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will launch a codeshare agreement with India’s Jet Airways (Mumbai) that brings convenient new travel options for customers flying from Europe and the United States via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to India and beyond.

Delta and KLM announce codeshare partnership with Jet Airways via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Delta and KLM announce codeshare partnership with Jet Airways via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Effective March 27, 2016 and subject to government approvals, Delta and KLM customers flying from Europe and the United States to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport will be able to connect onto Jet Airways’ new daily flights to Delhi and Mumbai, with onward destinations that include Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Goa, Kolkata and Amritsar in India; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Delta and KLM codeshare on these Jet Airways routes will provide customers with co-ordinated customer service, a single ticket and through-check in of bags to their final destinations. Delta SkyMiles and KLM Flying Blue members will be eligible to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on codeshare routes operated by Jet.

In addition, Jet Airways will place its code on flights between Amsterdam and 11 destinations in the United States and Canada operated by Delta and KLM. These include: New York-JFK, Newark, Chicago, Washington D.C., Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Edmonton. Jet Airways will also codeshare on KLM-operated flights to 30 European destinations beyond Amsterdam including Madrid, Zurich and Milan. KLM’s service between Amsterdam and New Delhi also forms part of this agreement.

 

Delta and KLM offer up to 19 peak-day services to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport from 21 destinations in the United States and Canada.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Jet Airways, with this new agreement, is shifting its European hub from Brussels to Amsterdam. Airbus A330-302 VT-JWU (msn 1391) prepares to taxi from the gate at BRU.

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Ryanair to establish its 75th base at Corfu, Greece

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced it will open a new base at Corfu (number 75), from April 2016, with one based aircraft, 11 new routes to Birmingham, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne, Rome, Katowice, Poznan, Pisa, Rzeszow, Venice and Warsaw and more flights to Charleroi (near Brussels), East Midlands, London (Stansted) and Bergamo (near Milan).

The first additional route will be to Rome (Fiumicino) starting on March 29, 2016. The others will be added in late April, early May and June 3, 2016 to Pisa.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-FIO (msn 61579) taxies at Brussels. The new aircraft was delivered on June 12, 2015.

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Finnair expects to gain €70 million with the replacement of the Airbus A340-300s with new A350-900s

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this financial fleet guidance as it prepares to accept its first Airbus A350-900:

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Finnair, which is the European launch customer for the Airbus A350-900 XWB, is preparing to receive its first A350 delivery from Airbus in early October.

As Finnair announced in December 2013, it has made sale and leaseback agreements for its two first A350 aircraft with GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services). These agreements will be concluded in connection with the delivery of the respective aircraft, and the value of the transaction is approximately EUR 260 million.

It has also been stated previously that non-recurring items associated with the long haul fleet renewal in 2015 will have a substantial positive impact on Finnair’s operating result due to the strengthened US Dollar. This separate guidance covered the sale and leaseback agreements for Finnair’s first two A350s, constituting a significant positive impact, as well as the phase out of all Finnair’s remaining A340-300s, which will involve non-recurring costs primarily materialising in 2015. The remainder of these costs, presently estimated at below EUR 10 million, will be booked in 2016.

Calculated at present exchange rates, the positive net impact of these arrangements on Finnair’s operating profit in H2/2015 is expected to amount to approximately EUR 70 million.

Finnair has ordered a total of 19 new A350-900 XWB aircraft, and under the target delivery schedule it will receive four aircraft in the second half of 2015, seven in 2016–2017 and eight in 2018–2023.

Finnair will dispose of the seven A340-300 aircraft it currently operates by the end of 2017, replacing them as the A350s are delivered and enter into service on Finnair’s scheduled traffic routes.

Airbus has agreed to acquire four A340-300 aircraft currently owned by Finnair in 2016 and 2017.

Since the arrangements relating to both sale and leaseback of the A350s and the sale of A340-300s are denominated in US Dollars, the final financial impact depends on the EUR/USD exchange rate prevailing at the time of delivery of the respective aircraft.

Disclosures on financing arrangements for the A350 aircraft other than the first two to be delivered will be made as those agreements are finalized. Finnair’s fleet consists of both owned and leased aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Finnair Airbus A350-941 is the pictured F-WZFM (msn 018) on a test flight at Toulouse. It will become OH-LWA when it is handed over on October 7, 2015.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The last aging Airbus A340-300 will be retired at the end of 2017. Airbus A340-313 OH-LQB (msn 835) taxies at Brussels.

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Air Serbia to operate the last Boeing 737-300 flight on October 24

Jat Airlines (Belgrade) rebranded and relaunched operations as Air Serbia (Belgrade) under its new ownership group on October 26, 2013. The new look airline replaced its older Boeing 737-300s with newer Airbus A319s and A320s. The remaining ex-Jat Airlines Boeing 737-300s were shifted to its lower-cost Aviolet (Belgrade) brand. The 737-300s, operated by Air Serbia, never wore the Air Serbia livery.

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Aviolet 737-300 nose (Air Serbia)(LR)

Above Photo: Air Serbia/Aviolet.

Air Serbia is operating the Aviolet brand during the 2015 summer season to five countries: Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and Egypt, and a total of 19 destinations, which include Antalya, Catania, Cephalonia, Chania, Corfu, Dalaman, Girona, Heraklion, Hurghada, Karpathos Kos, Milas-Bodrum, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Sharm el Sheikh, Skiathos and Zante.

Now the company is planning to operate the last Boeing 737-300 revenue flight on October 24. According to Airline Route, the last flight will be a roundtrip from Belgrade to Vienna on this date, subject to further changes.

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It is unclear if Air Serbia will also retire the Aviolet brand on this date.

Top Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-3H9 YU-ANI (msn 23416) in the Aviolet markings arrives in Brussels.

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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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Brussels Airlines unveils its new Tintin logo jet

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) has unveiled its new Tintin color scheme on the pictured Airbus A320-214 OO-SNB (msn 1493). The new logo jet made an appearance at the Airbus’ facilities at Toulouse, France yesterday (March 16).

Airbus issued this statement:

An Airbus A320 of Brussels Airlines with a special livery inspired by the Tintin comic book “Red Rackham’s treasure” landed on March 16 at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. The livery was unveiled at the airlines’ Brussels Airport home base in Belgium. The aircraft is named “Rackham” after one of Tintin’s most popular adventures.

The unique livery represents a great black shark, based on the shark shaped submarine invented by popular character Professeur Tournesol in the comic. The painting was carried out by aircraft paint artist Andre Eisele in Ostrava, Czech Republic and took 1,500 man hours in total. The special livery will remain until 2019.

Brussels Airlines is proud to be an ambassador taking Belgian culture around the world. The Tintin livery was developed with Moulinsart, who are custodians of Hergé’s oeuvre, the famous Belgian comic book artist who created Tintin.

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Brussels Airlines A320-200 OO-SNB (15-Tintin)(CloseUp1) TLS (Airbus)(LRW)

Brussels Airlines A320-200 OO-SNB (15-Tintin)(CloseUp3) TLS (Airbus)(LRW)

Video: Brussels Airlines. Meet Rackham.

Brussels Airlines operates a fleet including 32 Airbus aircraft, 24 single-aisle aircraft and 8 A330s. The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 11,500 orders to date and over 6,400 aircraft delivered.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. OO-SNB arrives in Toulouse.

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