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Airbus celebrates the delivery of the 9,000th aircraft, the first A321 for VietJetAir

Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement and graph:

Airbus has celebrated the delivery of its 9000th aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on March 20, 2015. The aircraft is the first A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir (Ho Chi Minh City) and will join the carrier’s all-Airbus A320 Family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific network.

VietJetAir first took to the skies at the end of 2011 and now operates a fleet of 22 A320 Family aircraft on a network covering Vietnam and a growing number of destinations across Asia. The A321 delivered today is the first of seven ordered by the airline as part of a major aircraft acquisition plan for up to 100 A320 Family aircraft announced in early 2014.

The 9000th delivery comes less than two years after Airbus reached its last milestone of 8000 aircraft-delivered in August 2013. Over the last 10 years, Airbus has doubled its deliveries to reach over 600 aircraft a year today – a figure that is set to rise further as the demand grows.

Top Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. VietJetAir (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A321-211 D-AZAK (msn 5295) became VN-A651 on the handover.

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The new Eurowings to fly to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Lufthansa Group (Frankfurt) has issued this statement about additional long-range routes for the new Eurowings:

The new Eurowings is further expanding its long-haul routes. Starting this winter, Eurowings customers will be able to fly to another attractive long-haul destination. The first flight from Cologne/Bonn to Puerto Plata in the Caribbean will take off on November 7, 2015. Flights will depart from Cologne/Bonn once a week, on Saturdays. The port city of Puerto Plata is situated on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

Eurowings is also increasing its number of flights to Dubai and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Due to strong demand, the new Eurowings will fly to Punta Cana three times a week from November 7, 2015. There will now also be three flights a week to Dubai from December 17, 2015.

The expansion means that the new Eurowings will now offer a total of six long-haul destinations in the winter season.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The first aircraft to be repainted is Airbus A320-214 D-AIZQ (msn 5497).

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ECAir opens a new route to Bamako and Dakar

ECAir – Equatorial Congo Airlines (Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo) has announced it will inaugurate a new route from Brazzaville to Bamako and Dakar starting on Sunday, March 22.

Bamako (Republic of Mali) and Dakar (Republic of Senegal) are two major capital cities in West Africa. The new service will operate three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from Brazzaville, Wednesday, Friday, Monday from Dakar and Bamako).

Flights to Bamako and Dakar will be operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft, with a capacity of 148 seats (16 in Business and 132 in Economy) until June 1, then with Boeing 737-700 (12 seats in Business and 112 seats Economy) aircraft.

Equatorial Congo Airlines already serves on the regional network, Cotonou (Benin), Douala (Cameroon), Libreville (Gabon) and Kinshasa (DRC).

Equatorial Congo Airlines since February 2, 2015 connects Brazzaville with Paris and Brazzaville with a daily flight to Dubai.

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The ECAir fleet:

1 Boeing 757-200 (HB-JJE), Rivière Sangua. Acquired in May 2013 and whose first commercial flight took place on November 28, 2013. 148 seats including 16 in Business Class and 132 in Economy Class.

1 Boeing 757-200 (HB-JJD), Fleuve Congo. Acquired in March 2012 and whose first commercial flight took place on September 14, 2012. 148 seats including 16 in Business Class and 132 in Economy Class.

1 Boeing 737-300 (HB-JJC), Rivière Alima. Acquired in January 2012 and whose first commercial flight took place on February 1, 2012. 120 seats including 12 in Business Class and 108 in Economy Class

1 Boeing 737-300 (HB-JJB), Rivière Kouilou. Its first commercial flight took place on September 24, 2011. 120 seats including 12 in Business Class and 108 in Economy Class

1 Boeing B 737-700 (HB-JJH), Rivière Niari Acquired in May 2014. 126 seats including 12 in Business Class

1 Beechcraft 90. 5 seats (private aviation – air taxi)

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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by ECAir). Operated by PrivatAir, ex-British Airways Boeing 757-236 HB-JJD (msn 25807) touches down in Hamburg.

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VLM expands again with new routes, from Ireland to Italy

VLM Airlines (Antwerp) is expanding again. As previously reported, the carrier will start Rotterdam-Hamburg flights on April 13 and Antwerp-Hamburg service on April 20.

This will now be followed on April 27 with new routes from Birmingham and London (Luton) to Waterford, Ireland.

Starting on May 1 the newly revitalized airline will add four new routes from Liege, namely to Avignon, Bologna, Nice and Venice.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 (Fokker 50) OO-VLX (msn 20177) sits at Rotterdam between flights.

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Eurowings outlines its first intercontinental routes, will be operated SunExpress Germany

Lufthansa Group (Frankfurt) details the first long-range routes for the new Eurowings:

The new Eurowings will fly from October 25, 2015 on its new intercontinental flights  from Cologne/Bonn Airport. The first flights will take off to the Caribbean, Dubai and Thailand.
The new Eurowings is building on the successful Germanwings concept, which is positioned as an innovative quality low-cost airline and “low-cost” brand in Germany and Europe.

The new routes will include Dubai, the Thai cities of Bangkok and Phuket, as well as the Caribbean destinations of Varadero, Cuba and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The new Eurowings routes will be flown by Airbus A330-200s. From the coming winter season onwards, the fleet will initially consist of two aircraft and will be expanded to a total of seven Airbus A330s.

SunExpress Deutschland (SunExpress Germany), a joint venture of Lufthansa (Frankfurt) and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), will operate the long-haul route aircraft on behalf of the new Eurowings with its own cockpit and cabin personnel.

Vienna has now been chosen as the first location outside of Germany as a new Eurowings base.

Initially two Airbus A320s will be put into operation on European routes in the first step of the expansion.

The fares will correspond to Germanwings’ popular “fly à la carte” principle, which was successfully introduced in 2013. The fares BEST, SMART and BASIC, which have been extremely popular with passengers, will also be used by the new Eurowings. The fare classes include various levels of services and service packages.

The BEST fare is offered to the most demanding private customers who value comfort and exclusiveness. This offer includes comfortable seating in an extra-wide seat with lots of leg-room in the exclusive forward cabin area. The BEST fare also includes two free items of luggage each of up to 23 kg, à la carte menus on board, priority check-in, lounge access and the chance to collect miles (including HON Circle miles).

The cheaper SMART fare includes extra services such as one piece of luggage of up to 23 kg, two meals and soft drinks on board, as well as the chance to collect miles.

The BASIC fare offers a straightforward travel experience at a reasonable price, to which further services can be added on an individual basis.

On long-haul routes, the new Eurowings offers three attractive options. The exclusive BEST area comprises the first three seating rows and offers the latest ZIM seats. These seats correspond to the new Lufthansa premium economy class model, which offers seat pitch of 115 cm, has a backrest that can be adjusted by up to 20 cm, allows a 130° angle, and offers every guest their own armrest as well as comfortable leg and foot rests. Economy tickets can be booked with both SMART and BASIC fares. The “More Comfort” option, which can be booked as an add-on, offers seats with greater seat pitch along with a blanket and a pillow. State-of-the-art in-flight entertainment is offered on all intercontinental flights across all fares, which can be enjoyed both on screens in the backrest of the seat in front as well as on passengers’ own electronic devices such as notebook computers, tablets and smartphones. All long-haul aircrafts will also have Wi-Fi on board.

On routes within Germany and on routes throughout Europe, the existing Eurowings fleet will gradually be replaced from the beginning of 2015 by aircraft in the new Eurowings livery (above). The 23 Bombardier CRJ900s operated until now will also be replaced by Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Airbus A320, the pictured A320-214 D-AIZQ (msn 5497) in new livery flew on February 1, 2015 from Hamburg to Prague.

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EasyJet adds routes from London Gatwick and Stansted, presents its “Vision for European Aviation”

EasyJet UK) (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) has announced two new routes from its London Gatwick and Stansted bases for the summer of 2015.

A new twice-weekly route between Stansted and Monastir, Tunisia will begin on June 2 on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The new twice-weekly routes from London Gatwick are to Preveza, Greece, beginning on May 17, and Pula, Croatia, beginning on June 23.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK director, told Telegraph Travel that the increased connections were because “Greece in particular continues to prove a popular destination” and that easyJet is to be the only airline offering direct scheduled flights from the UK to Preveza, a relatively unvisited area of northwestern Greece.

In other news, easyJet on February 26 launched its Vision for European Aviation calling on the EU, Governments and regulators to improve competitiveness in European aviation.

The airline continued;

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The European Commission is currently working on a new Aviation Package and easyJet believes that this is the time to address some long-standing issues such as the reform of airport charges and Single European Skies.

Passengers have hugely benefited from the liberalisation of the airline sector which led to increased competition. Airlines have reduced their fares by 1-2% per year on average over the last 20 years but these reductions have not been mirrored across other aviation sectors in Europe such as airports and air space management. ‎

There is no effective control of charges and services at many monopoly airports across Europe, with consumers paying more than they should. For those specific airports, easyJet believe that tougher regulation and a revised Airport Charges Directive is needed.‎

New research by Frontier Economics published today shows that tougher regulation of charges at 15 of Europe’s largest monopoly airports would save passengers €1.48 billion, increasing total one-way passenger trips by 12.2 million, which in turn would increase consumer and tourism spending, and boost trade. In total, the overall impact of better airports regulation would be an increase of GDP in the EEA area of €37bn (+0.23%) or around 470,000 jobs.

Just four key changes would provide these benefits:

• the move from dual till to single till regulation – when all revenues, both aeronautical and commercial, are taken into account when setting charges
• the reduction of airports’ return on capital by just 0.5%
• an increase in airports’ operating efficiency by 10% – reflecting the higher efficiency gains made by airlines, and
• the removal of the subsidy of transfer passengers – the charges for whom are often half that of origin and destination passengers.

easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall outlined easyJet’s views in meetings with new European Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc, a range of MEPs with an interest in transport and in a speech to the European Aviation Club.

In the speech Carolyn McCall called on Europe to put passengers at the heart of decision making;

“The EU plays a crucial role in supporting European aviation and easyJet is a shining example of that – without the liberalisation of European skies we would not exist in our current form.‎

“Europe is currently debating which policy framework to put in place, at a national and EU level, to promote the competitiveness of EU aviation.

“In order to get the best outcome for consumers, we believe that this framework should be based on fair competition, freedom of choice, and with passengers at the heart of policy making. We are calling on EU policy makers to revise the Airport Charges Directive and to rethink how we deliver Single European Skies.

“If we just tackled these two issues, they would improve the efficiency of our industry, drive down fares for consumers and create billions of Euros of GDP, equivalent to hundreds of thousands of jobs.”‎

EasyJet’s Vision for Europe‎

EasyJet’s Vision for Europe outlines the passenger journey, from booking, to the airport, to in-flight and arrival which explains at each step of the way our views on the right policy framework that can make travel easier and more affordable for all of our passengers. In addition to airport charges the document highlights four other key issues which if properly addressed would bring benefits to airlines and their passengers.

Single European Sky

EasyJet proposes a rethink based on three principles:

1) A pragmatic approach to address the deep rooted underlying concerns of key stakeholders. For example, there will be no compulsory redundancies amongst air traffic controllers. Airspace sovereignty is guaranteed and Member States can ensure they have control over their airspace
2) Governance is shared, so airspace users have an equal seat at the table.
3) SES should be on an opt-in basis, but with EU funding only available for those who opt in‎.

Social dimension‎

At easyJet we aim to be a good corporate citizen and to operate a model of responsible profitability – that means that we employ people on local contracts and in line with local conditions and legislation, according to where they are based. We also work with trade unions right across Europe.

The current framework enables easyJet to do the right thing but this should be enforced equally and fairly across countries.

Ground handling services

There is not enough competition on ground handling services which means passengers still pay too much and do not receive the right level of service.

Slot trading

It is critical that airlines are allowed to trade slots to ensure they are used as efficiently as possible.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZDK (msn 3555) arrives in Hamburg dressed in the “new look” 2015 livery.

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VLM Airlines to expand operations in April

VLM Airlines (Antwerp) in April is launching new daily scheduled flights between Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Hamburg (Germany) and between Antwerp (Belgium) and Hamburg.

The move continues VLM Airlines’ evolution as a scheduled operator, building on the launch of an Antwerp-Geneva service last month.

Passengers will be able to choose from two return Rotterdam-Hamburg flights each weekday from Monday April 13. Twice-daily return weekday flights between Antwerp and Hamburg will begin flying on Monday April 20. Both services will utilize VLM Airlines’ fleet of Fokker 50 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 (Fokker 50) OO-VLJ (msn 20105) rests between flights at Rotterdam.

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Route Map:

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