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Emirates to bring the Airbus A380 to Kuwait starting on July 16

Emirates (Dubai) will introduce a scheduled Airbus A380 service to Kuwait City starting on July 16, marking the airline’s 25th anniversary of flights to the country of Kuwait.

EK 857 and EK 858 will be upgraded to a double decker, bringing Emirates’ highly popular flagship aircraft to Kuwait International Airport.

It was July 16, 1989 when Emirates began flights between Dubai and Kuwait, and the airline now serves the route five times daily with a combination of Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

The Emirates A380 on the Kuwait route will offer 14 First Class Private Suites, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 399 seats in a quiet and spacious Economy Class.

Kuwait is only the second market in the Middle East to be served by the airline’s A380 aircraft after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Emirates currently operates its A380 to 28 of its 142 global destinations.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-EDC (msn 016) climbs away from the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR).

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Is United Airways of Bangladesh in financial trouble?

United Airways (Dhaka) is a privately-held airline in Bangladesh. The international carrier commenced operations on July 10, 2007.

According to this report by the Daily Star, the airline may be facing a suspension of AOC due to outstanding aeronautical and non-aeronautical charges. The aircraft has been banned from adding new aircraft until its bills are paid. The airline must pay its overdue bills by June 15.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A310-325 S2-AFF (msn 672) arrives at London (Gatwick).

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Delta relocates key flights to Terminal 3 at London’s Heathrow Airport next to Virgin Atlantic

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) today mark another major step forward in their partnership as Delta relocates some of its key services to join Virgin Atlantic at Heathrow Terminal 3. The move comes as both airlines start flying their new and aligned summer schedules that offer customers more choice and flexibility while reducing onward transit times.

From today, Delta moves its arrival and departure terminal for several important business markets including its London to New York-JFK, London to Boston, and new London to Seattle services to Heathrow’s Terminal 3. The move enhances convenience and a seamless customer experience. For example, on the world’s most important business travel market between London Heathrow (Terminal 3) and New York JFK (Terminal 4) Delta and Virgin Atlantic will now operate from the same terminal and make it easier for customers to manage their travel plans including any last minute flight changes. The two airlines have also introduced a dedicated New York to London schedule with the customer in mind.

The new routes announced by Delta and Virgin Atlantic include Delta’s new West Coast service between Seattle and London Heathrow which commenced flying on March 30, 2014. And in co-operation with Virgin Atlantic, Delta will also operate a second daily service between London Heathrow and Detroit Metropolitan Airport effective June 2, 2014. The service will be particularly appealing to corporate customers needing an early morning arrival into London while offering more schedule choice for customers between London and the U.S. Midwest.

The two airlines’ summer schedule includes a total of 32 peak daily nonstop flights between North America and the U.K.. Of these, 25 flights will operate between London Heathrow and popular U.S. destinations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington.

Delta and Virgin Atlantic also provide a competitive offering for the New York to London travel market. It is designed with business travelers in mind and offers a total of nine daily nonstop flights. The schedule includes departures every 30 minutes during the early evening peak and then hourly until 22:30 from New York-JFK to London Heathrow. From London Heathrow to New York-JFK there is a spread of seven daily flights including two late afternoon and early evening departures. These services will be complemented by two daily nonstop flights between New York’s Newark airport and London Heathrow.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-232 LR N703DN (msn 32222) of Delta holds in position for runway clearance at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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easyJet’s new William Shakespeare Airbus A319 logo jet and oldest William Shakespeare are the center points of a new campaign to recognize the famous playwright on the British calendar

EasyJet (UK) (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) as previously reported, painted one of its Airbus A319 with likeness of playwright William Shakespeare. We now know the reason. The airline today (April 2) launched a campaign to get the playwright officially recognized on the British calendar. The airline issued this statement:

Britain’s oldest real life William Shakespeare (below) has today launched a campaign to get the world’s most famous playwright officially recognized in the British calendar.

The 91 year old, from Bristol, was joined by Stratford-upon-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawias. Mr. Zahawias signed the petition to recognize April 23 as the national William Shakespeare Day.

EasyJet (UK) Wiulliam Shakespeare-Nadhim Zahawi (easyJet)(LR)

Copyright Photo: EasyJet. Will-I-Am: Britain’s oldest William Shakespeare (above) launches campaign to make April 23 official day of the Bard.

The duo launched the campaign at London’s Gatwick Airport by unveiling a special edition easyJet Airbus A319 (G-EZBI) with an image of William Shakespeare on the fuselage. The airline is backing the bid to get the Bard recognized and is helping to garner the 100,000 signatures necessary for the issue to be debated in parliament and trending online with #Shakesonaplane

Heritage and culture remain one of the key drivers of tourism to the UK (Visit Britain report) and easyJet has arranged a program of free Shakespearean performances at airports across the country to share the playwright’s most famous work. The airline’s special William Shakespeare plane will also operate on flights across easyJet’s network this summer to help promote the UK as one of Europe’s leading cultural hot spots. The campaign for national William Shakespeare Day will culminate on the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth this April 23.

EasyJet (UK) William Shakespear + crew (EasyJet)(LR)

William Shakespeare from Bristol, said: “It is such an honor to be chosen to launch this campaign to recognise my namesake. All my life I have been proud to share my name with such an iconic British figure and I think it is important we recognise his achievements with an official day in the calendar.”

Paul Moore, Communications Director for easyJet said: ‎”William Shakespeare is Britain’s most famous author so easyJet is proud to back the bid to make 23 April his national day. We are asking our UK passengers to sign the petition while suggesting to those from the rest of Europe that they visit the land of Shakespeare to learn more about him and see his works performed.

“Our campaign will run during April in our in-flight magazine read by 5 million passengers a month, across thousands of seat back adverts and we will be staging free Shakespearean performances at airports across the UK. Passengers can win free flights by writing a sonnet supporting the campaign and it will be launched with our special Airbus which will carry Shakespeare’s image on the side. Aviation and Shakespearean language combine for the name – Romeo Alpha Juliet.”

Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford-upon-Avon said:

“Is it a Bard, is it a plane? William Shakespeare is one of Britain’s greatest gifts to the world, ‘he was not of an age, but for all time’, and I have long argued this sceptre’d isle should celebrate April 23 as a national holiday. I’m delighted that easyJet have chosen to campaign on this issue – let’s hope we can get it off the runway.”

EasyJet will be collecting signatures and offering free Shakespeare performances at the following airports this month:

• London Gatwick: April 12-13
• London Luton: April 14-15
• Edinburgh: April 14-15
• London Stansted: April 14-15
• Manchester: April 16-17
• Bristol: April 16-17

Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZBI (msn 3003) is seen departing from Gatwick Airport near London. (all others by EasyJet).

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Ethiopian starts nonstop Boeing 787 flights to Shanghai, China

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on March 29 started daily nonstop service to Shanghai, China. Ethiopian operates the Shanghai flight using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 24 Cloud Nine Business Class and 246 Economy Class seats.

Shanghai is Ethiopian’s 80th international destination.

Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. Up close on the ramp at London’s Heathrow Airport. Boeing 787-8 ET-AOO (msn 34743) taxies past the camera.

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Delta and Virgin Atlantic launch Seattle/Tacoma-London Heathrow flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continued its rapid expansion in Seattle/Tacoma with the launch of new daily nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to London Heathrow Airport on Saturday, March 29. The route, established as part of Delta’s joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways (London).

Through its trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia, Delta offers Seattle-area travelers nonstop service to Paris and Amsterdam while also providing connecting service to more than 150 additional destinations beyond those European hubs.

This spring Delta will also begin expanded Seattle/Tacoma service from Anchorage; Fairbanks, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; San Francisco; San Jose, California; and Vancouver to support its growing international gateway that currently serves London Heathrow, Amsterdam and Paris-Charles de Gaulle as well as Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo-Narita, and Tokyo-Haneda.

In June, Delta will begin new international service from Seattle/Tacoma to Seoul and Hong Kong, bringing Delta’s total nonstop transoceanic destinations to nine, as many as all other SeaTac international carriers combined.

By this summer, Delta will offer more than 2,500 daily international seats as part of its 79 peak-day departures to 25 destinations.

Delta currently operates 35 peak-day departures to 15 destinations from Seattle/Tacoma.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-451 N667US (msn 24222) departs from Tokyo (Narita).

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EasyJet to expand its presence at its London’s Luton Airport home, unveils the new Tartan livery at Inverness

EasyJet (UK) (London-Luton) has agreed a new 10 year deal with London Luton Airport which could see the airline more than double its size at the airport from four to nine million passengers a year. The expansion would also see the creation of 2,500 new jobs at the airport – the UK’s sixth largest – and in the surrounding region.

London Luton Airport logo

EasyJet has 15 aircraft based at London Luton, its second largest London base, and plans to grow its capacity by around 20% over the next year – adding new business and leisure routes and increasing frequencies on some of its existing 39 routes from London Luton.

EasyJet is the largest airline operating from London Luton with 1,600 staff employed locally and 39 destinations served.

EasyJet first launched flights from London Luton Airport with one aircraft in 1995 and the airport remains the home of the airline with its headquarters based there.

London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 9.7 million passengers in 2013, departing to over 100 destinations. The Airport directly and indirectly employs over 600 and 8,000 staff respectively and is a key economic driver for the region.

Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by EasyJet). Airbus A319-111 G-EZBF (msn 2923) in the Tartan design prepares to depart from Gatwick Airport on the south side of London.

The airline issued this statement about G-EZBF:

EasyJet today (March 31) celebrated the launch of new early morning flights between Inverness and London Gatwick by unveiling a special edition tartan plane and EasyJet tartan kilts.

EasyJet (UK) A319-100 G-EZBF (14-Tartan)(Ceremony)(EasyJet)(LR)

EasyJet was joined by Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP and Highlands MP Danny Alexander as well as representatives from Visit Scotland, Scottish Council for Development and Industry and the Inverness Chamber of Commerce .

These services not only secure the long term future of air links between the Highlands and London following Flybe’s decision to exit the route but will also help to keep businesses in the Highlands connected to London.

EasyJet (UK) A319-100 G-EZBF (14-Tartan)(Ceremony-1)(EasyJet)(LR)

To mark the occasion easyJet created the ‘Highland aircraft’ tartan which is the first to be registered to an airline since records started in 2008 and one of the most prominent orange designs available. The easyJet tartan also features on a special edition Airbus A319 aircraft – named ‘Inverness’ – which will operate on easyJet routes across Europe to help promote the Highlands as a tourism destination.

The new Inverness to Gatwick flights will be followed by four new easyJet routes launching this spring – Herakilon and Bodrum from Edinburgh and Spilt and Kos from Glasgow. In total EasyJet expects to carry over 5.3 million passengers on Scottish flights this year ensuring it remains Scotland’s largest airline.

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EasyJet to expand operations at London’s Gatwick Airport after a new seven year agreement with GAL

EasyJet (UK) (London-Luton) has announced that it has agreed a new seven year deal with Gatwick Airport (GAL) from April 2014 which will incentivise the airline to grow at the airport and provide the framework for EasyJet and GAL to further improve customer experience for easyJet’s passengers.

EasyJet plans to continue to grow at Gatwick through increasing our slots and by deploying larger aircraft as EasyJet replaces 156 seat A319s with 180 seat A320s and, from 2017, A320neos. In the next fiscal year (ending in March 2015) alone the airline will increase capacity and passenger numbers by around 10% compared to the previous year.

The agreement has been reached within the new ‘commitments’ framework which will replace the current regulatory regime as confirmed by the CAA last year‎.

EasyJet started flying from London Gatwick Airport in 1999 and now has 57 aircraft based there, operating on 108 routes. The airline has around 1400 cabin crew and 700 pilots operating from the airport.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. William Shakespeare touches down at EuroAirport serving the Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg area on the fuselage of Airbus A319-111 G-EZBI (msn 3003).

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El Al upgrades its premium cabins

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) has announced it is upgrading its Tel Aviv-New York (JFK) route with new Business Class “bed-like” seats and a renewed First Class to be completed by end of May 2014 on its Boeing 747-400s.

El Al President and CEO Elyezer Shkedy: “The upgrade of the premium class seats on our wide-body aircraft is part of our ongoing strategy of upgrading the El Al product and passenger experience. After purchasing our 8 new Boeing 737-900 ER planes, we embarked on a process to fully renew the Business Class and First Class seats on the Boeing 747-400 aircraft. We continue to work on providing the best product and the most advanced service for our customers.”

In addition, El Al is renewing the First Class seats on its Boeing 747-400 fleet and offering customers an intimate, prestigious and redesigned cabin.

El Al Israel Airlines is the only airline offering First Class on nonstop flights to/from North America.

Upgrading Premium Classes on the 747-400 Fleet

Aircraft Interior, Seats and Cabin Appearance:

Interior of Aircraft: The interior of the premium classes on the 747-400 fleet have been redesigned.

Business Class: El Al has renovated its seats to “bed-like” and is offering more space between rows. Business Class on the upgraded aircraft offers 47 seats, instead of 49, with 20 seats on the upper deck and 27 on the main deck.

Business Class Seats:

  • Electrically operated seats
  • Expanded Pitch: 193 – 196 cm
  • Seat Width: 50.8 cm
  • “Bed-Like” Seat
  • Operational Features: sitting and resting positions, leg support, ergonomic support
    First Class: Passengers will enjoy a more intimate and prestigious cabin that ensures their privacy.  The cabin includes 8 First Class seats instead of 12.

First Class Seats:

  • Electrically operated seats providing  ergonomic support
  • Pitch: 2 meter
  • Seat Width: 53.3 cm
  • Flatbed seat

As part of the process, El Al cooperated with Hollandia, a recognized expert in precision engineered sleep systems, to offer a unique mattress which was designed specifically for the comfort of First Class passengers.  The mattress is made with Tempur, a special advanced material used by NASA for upholstering seats on its spaceships. The material is known to be soft and pliable, providing the right support for the body. The mattress is covered with a soft and pleasing to the touch Aloe Vera finish for a coddling experience.


All Cabin Photos by: Sivan Faraj/El Al Israel Airlines.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-412 4X-ELE (msn 26551) arrives at London (Heathrow).

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Monarch Airlines to start London Luton-Antalya flights on March 30

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) will begin offering twice-weekly Airbus A321 service from London (Luton) to Antalya starting on March 30 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAE (msn 5606) with Sharklets arrives at Tenerife Sur.

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Flynas announces new Airbus A330 routes to London and Manchester

Flynas A330 (13)(Flt)(Flynas)(LR)

Flynas (formerly Nasair) (stylized as flynas) (Jeddah) is expanding internationally to Europe and Asia with new Airbus A330s. The airline has issued this statement about its new planned Airbus A330 service to both London (Gatwick) (April 8) and Manchester (May 2):

Flynas, the Kingdom’s national carrier, concluded a successful UK tour to announce the launch of direct flights from Jeddah to London and Manchester, the first two European destinations to feature on its ambitious Global Flight Routes program.

The flights will operate three times a week to both the British capital and the northern city of Manchester, offering easy access to the entire country.

The announcements were made at two press conferences held in London and Manchester respectively.

Recently Flynas has made significant investments in enhancing its fleet by adding Airbus A330 aircraft and upgrading its in-flight offering to include a 12-seat Business Class Cabin and smarter onboard entertainment technologies which are perfectly in line with the expectations of cosmopolitan, regional and international customers.

All of Flynas’ international flights will operate out of its hub in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The airline recently announced the launch of direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (starting on April 6) and Jakarta, Indonesia. Other destinations set to be rolled out as part of the program include Paris, France; Karachi, Pakistan and Casablanca, Morocco.

Images: Flynas.

Flynas logo

Current routes from Jeddah:

Flynas 3.2014 Route Map



Aeroflot Group’s full year 2013 net profit increases 41.9% to $203.3 million

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) today announced the consolidated IFRS financial results of the Aeroflot Group (Moscow) for the twelve months ending December 31, 2013. Key financial highlights:

• Full year 2013 net income increased 41.9% to RUB 7,334.7 mlm ($203.3 million);

• Full year 2013 revenue increased 15.0% to RUB 290,955.8 mlm ($9.135 billion);

• Full year 2013 traffic revenue increased 16.4% to RUB 257,545.7 mlm ($8.086 billion);

• Fuel costs for 2013 rose 11.2% to RUB 79,127.8 mlm ($2.484 billion);

• Operating costs excluding aircraft fuel, staff costs and depreciation and amortization for full year 2013 increased 9.9% to RUB 133,354.0 mlm ($4.187 billion);

• Full year 2013 basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) were both RUB 7.6 (US cents 23.9), which is 15.2% higher than basic EPS in 2012 and 16.9% higher than diluted EPS in 2012.

Other 2013 highlights

Aeroflot became the official carrier of the football club Manchester United in 3Q 2013. The long-term sponsorship agreement helps position Aeroflot as a premium global brand.

In October 2013 Aeroflot announced plans to launch Russia’s first national low-cost carrier under the brand Dobrolet. The airline will operate as a 100%-owned subsidiary of Aeroflot. Since the October announcement Aeroflot has worked closely with relevant government authorities to ensure that necessary legislation and regulations are in place to allow for the LCC model to succeed in Russia. Aeroflot views the LCC market as a significant source of future growth and an opportunity to expand its business with negligible cannibalisation. The Group plans to launch Dobrolet this year.

In November 2013 Aeroflot introduced Aurora Airlines, a unified Russian Far East subsidiary based on the legacy assets of Vladivostok Avia and Sakhalin Aviatrassy (SAT). The roll-out of Aurora Airlines presents a strong opportunity to capture market share in the Far East, a region with few transport alternatives. The Group expects that Aurora will fly 2.4 million passengers a year by 2018. The creation of Aurora contributes to the consolidation and restructuring of Aeroflot’s legacy subsidiaries.

In December 2013 JSC Aeroflot was granted permission by the Central Bank of Russia to introduce a depositary receipt program. The following month Aeroflot launched a Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-211 VP-BTL (msn 5881) in Manchester United special promotional livery arrives at London (Heathrow).

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Air Serbia to retire the last Jat Airways Boeing 737 on April 28

Air Serbia (Belgrade) is currently planning to operate the last Boeing 737-300 flight on April 28. The aging Jat Airways Boeing 737-300 fleet is being upgraded and replaced with newer Airbus A319s. Currently the last Boeing 737-300 scheduled service is now scheduled for flight JU 415 from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Belgrade on April 28 according to Airline Route.

This will also be end of the Jat Airways (JAT) brand and name.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Because of the imminent retirement the former Jat Airways Boeing 737-300s are not being repainted in Air Serbia’s colors. Boeing 737-3H9 YU-ANJ (msn 23714) completes its final approach to the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport in the current 2004 livery.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. JAT was the first airline in Europe to order and operate the new Boeing 737-300 in 1985. The new type entered revenue service after the first (YU-AND) was delivered on July 31, 1985. The pictured 737-3H9 YU-ANL (msn 23716) displays the original 1963 livery worn by the type.


TAM Airlines to start Fortaleza-Miami flights on May 31

TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo) will introduce Fortaleza-Miami weekly flights with Airbus A330 aircraft starting on May 31 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 PT-MVO (msn 949) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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British Airways launches the new Boeing 787 route to Austin, Texas with Jerry Hall

British Airways (London) today (March 3) launched the new London (Heathrow)-Austin, Texas Boeing 787 route with the help of Texan Jerry Hall (formerly married to Mick Jagger). The inaugural flight is utilizing 787-8 G-ZBJC (see below).

Austin is British Airways’ 25th North American gateway and third in the state of Texas (Houston and Dallas being the other two). This is the first trans-Atlantic route between Austin and London.

The callsign for British Airways aircraft is Speedbird. The Speedbird symbol was designed by Lee-Elliott for Imperial Airways in 1932. It represents speed, flight and power – and became one of the most successful motifs of the twentieth century.

Speedbird 191 will arrive in Austin later today.

Read the full report from the Daily Mail: CLICK HERE

British Airways issued this statement:

British Airways today launches its inaugural flight between Austin, Texas and London, England.  This marks the first regular trans-Atlantic nonstop service for the city of Austin.  The inaugural flight into Austin Bergstrom International Airport will be met by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and British Airways EVP Americas Sean Doyle.

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and inaugural British Airways Captain Dave Willsher flying the 787 Dreamliner Simulator and welcoming British Airways to Austin, Texas. (PRNewsFoto/British Airways)

For this much anticipated route, British Airways will operate one of the newest aircraft in its fleet, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  The service will be available five days a week, increasing to daily flights in May.  The first flight is perfectly timed to help accommodate travelers from Europe heading to the international South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals.

The new aircraft features three cabins: Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy).  The cabins feature stylish new interiors with state-of-the-art entertainment systems.  British Airways provides meals, snacks and beverages, including full-service bar for free.  Customers can also benefit from a generous baggage allowance.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJD (msn 38619) was delivered on September 27, 2013.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Fernandez Imaging/AirlinersGallery.com. G-ZBJC touches down in Austin on the historic first flight.

British Airways 787-8 G-ZBJC (97-Union flag)(Ldg) AUS (FEI)(LRW)


British Airways to bring the Airbus A380 to Singapore on October 28

British Airways (London) has announced it will upgrade the London (Heathrow)-Singapore route to the new Airbus A380 initially three days a week starting on October 28, 2014.

As previously reported, the new Airbus A380 will begin flying from London (Heathrow) to Washington Dulles International Airport on September 1, 2014. The aircraft is already flying from London to both Los Angeles and Hong Kong and just started services between London and Johannesburg.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-841 G-XLEB (msn 121) arrives back at the London (Heathrow) base.

British Airways utilizes Kristin Davis to introduce the new A380 service to Singapore:

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Qatar Airways announces all business Airbus A319 flights to London Heathrow

Qatar Airways (Doha) has announced the launch of a new daily all premium Business Class service from its hub in Doha to London’s Heathrow Airport.

The new service will be the first of its kind in the Middle East, commencing from May 15, 2014, with an Airbus A319 aircraft fitted with an all Business Class, single aisle, 2–2 seating configuration offering 40 seats.

Qatar Airways currently operates five daily flights to London Heathrow and the additional sixth all Business Class daily service marks the start of an exciting new era for travelers to and from the UK, who can experience complete comfort and privacy with the airline’s award-winning five-star hospitality.

The new additional flight will step up the frequency on the Doha – London Heathrow route from 35 to 42 weekly services.

Qatar Airways has been awarded the World’s Best Business Class Airline for 2013 and has also twice been the recipient of the Airline of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012 at the prestigious Skytrax Airline Awards. The airline has also been named as ‘Best Long-Haul Airline’ for the second year running and ‘Business Airline of the Year’ at the high profile UK Business Travel Awards 2014 recently held in London.

Qatar Airways’ new A319 Business Class seat will have one of the highest specifications for business class travel of any airline with wide seats that recline into fully flat beds and state of the art Oryx entertainment system (with more than 900 entertainment options  –  movies, television, video games and music).

Passengers can also remain in touch with their friends and loved ones on the ground through the SMS mobile texting GSM and GPRS service upon this aircraft, which is sure to reflect that of a VIP jet experience for those traveling between London and Doha.

Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 129 aircraft flying to 134 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

Qatar Airways’ first venture into the all Business Class premium market will strengthen its position as one of the leading airlines in the global aviation industry.

As part of its aggressive expansion program, Qatar Airways will launch routes to eight new destinations during 2014: Sharjah (UAE) from March 1; Dubai World Central (UAE) from March 1; Philadelphia (USA) from April 2; Larnaca (Cyprus) from April 29; Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (Turkey) from May 22; Edinburgh (Scotland) from May 28; Miami (USA) from June 10 and Dallas/Fort Worth (USA) from July 1.

The Doha – London Heathrow New Daily A319 All Business Class Flight Schedule (all times local)

Depart Doha                           QR015 at 14:50 hrs, arrives in London Heathrow 20:25 hrs
Depart London Heathrow         QR016 at 21:55 hrs, arrives in Doha 06:40 hrs

Top Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. All others by Qatar Airways. Operated as an ACJ, Airbus A319-133 A7-CJA (man 1656) arrives in Zurich.

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Ethiopian Airlines first officer hijacks his Boeing 767-300 to Geneva

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) flight ET 702 was hijacked today (February 17). The Addis Ababa to Rome flight with 202 passengers and crew members was apparently hijacked by the first officer seeking asylum in Switzerland.

Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit.

The pictured Boeing 767-3BG ER ET-AMF (man 30563) has safely landed in Geneva at 0600 (6 am) local time.

The hijacker was taken into custody.

The company issued this “diversion” statement:

Ethiopian Airlines flight 702, on scheduled service departing from Addis Ababa on February 17, 2014 at 00:30 (local time) and scheduled to arrive in Rome at 04:40 (local time), was forced to proceed to Geneva Airport. Accordingly, the flight has landed safely at Geneva Airport and all passengers and crew are safe at Geneva Airport.

The cause of the diversion of the flight is under investigation. Ethiopian Airlines has made all the necessary arrangements to ensure that its esteemed passengers are being properly handled while in Geneva and can proceed to their intended destinations, to Rome and Milan, at the earliest.

Ethiopian Airlines wishes to apologize to its esteemed customers for the inconvenience caused by this diversion.

Read the full report from CNN: CLICK HERE

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Norwegian Air International is awarded an AOC in Ireland, will lease four Boeing 787-9s

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian Long Haul) (Norwegian Air International) (Norwegian.com) has issued this statement concerning the issuance of an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the state of Ireland for subsidiary Norwegian Air International Limited (Dublin) on February 12. Norwegian’s long haul Boeing 787s operations will be transferred to this new subsidiary.

Norwegian issued this statement (translated from Norwegian):

Irish authorities have awarded Norwegian Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and license to Norwegian’s wholly owned subsidiaries Norwegian Air International Limited, which has its administration in Dublin.

The operation of the Norwegian’s long-haul routes will, with the new permit will be transferred to Norwegian Air International Limited (NAI). The airline has established management and essential government functions in Dublin and is ready to operate under the Irish Aviation Authority.

Why Ireland?

There are several reasons why the Norwegian has established long-distance company in Dublin. The main reason is the availability of future traffic rights to and from the EU. Norwegian has an order for over 260 new aircraft and plans to launch several new routes to and from Europe.  Norwegian Air International’s establishment in Ireland does not affect the export guarantees attached to the company’s financing. Besides that Ireland has an aviation authority of good repute, the country is also a sort of hub for the airline industry – including all major leasing companies such as Norwegian partners with offices in Dublin.

The choice of Ireland, not because the country has specific rules that allow American or Asian crews, with both politicians and unions have claimed. In fact, Norwegian could have based its long-distance company in any other European country and yet used American and Asian crews, as several other European airlines have done for years. The only exceptions are Norway and to some extent Denmark who have chosen to retain outdated rules regarding this.

Transfer of new AOC

The transfer of the first Dreamliner plane to the new EU AOC: one implemented on February 12 and was done in conjunction with scheduled maintenance. The remaining aircraft will be transferred. U.S. transport authorities will now consider its application for traffic rights asserted
Norwegian’s long-haul flights to and from the United States. This is regulated under the Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and the EU, which means that an operator from any party that meets the conditions, shall be entitled to operate under this agreement. It granted the operating license and the license in Ireland means that Norwegian meets all the necessary requirements.

Competitors and unions have made a number of false accusations against both Norwegian and Ireland. This is despite the EU’s transport authorities, Irish and Norwegian regulators have repeatedly disproved it. Norwegian expects the approval of the application of the United States in compliance with the Open Skies Agreement as Norwegian has the same rights as before when the aircraft were moved from Norway to the EU.

In other news, Norwegian has contracted for four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for delivery in 2017 and 2018. With the new agreement, Norwegian’s 787 fleet will increase to 14 aircraft.

The four aircraft will be leased from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). The new aircraft will be in service in 2017 and 2018.

Norwegian has three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in the current fleet and five more on order. Further, the company has already signed an agreement for two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with deliveries in the first quarter of 2016. In total, Norwegian will have a fleet of 14 long-haul 787 aircraft, with four to be delivered in 2014, one in 2015, two in 2016, two in 2017 and two in 2018.

This larger Dreamliner model accommodates more passengers and is more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly than the 787-8 model. Boeing has already made a series of test flights and the aircraft type will be in commercial operation later in 2014. The agreement has been signed with the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

Finally, Norwegian announced an annual profit before tax of 437 million Norwegian kroner (NOK) ($71.6 million). For the fourth quarter, Norwegian reported a profit of 283 million kroner.

2013 is the seventh year in a row that Norwegian has reported a profit.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Norwegian Long Haul’s (now Norwegian Air International) Boeing 787-8 EI-LNA (man 35304) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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Finnair to operate a fifth daily flight to London Heathrow

Finnair (Helsinki) is increasing the number of flights it operates to London Heathrow from Helsinki from four to five times daily. Effective March 30, 2014, flight AY 995 departs Helsinki at 4:25 P.M. (1625) for arrival in London three hours later at 5:30 P.M. (1730), while AY 996 departs London at 7:35 P.M. (1935) and arrives in Helsinki at 12:30 A.M. (0030). The new frequency will be flown primarily with Finnair’s new Airbus A321 aircraft, which are equipped with fuel-efficient Sharklet wingtip devices and operate within Heathrow’s strictest noise parameters.

In addition to its own five daily frequencies, Finnair offers two daily codeshare roundtrips operated by fellow oneworld partner British Airways.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 D-AZAO with Sharklets became OH-LZG (msn 5758) on September 5, 2013.

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Flybe now expects to cut 450 positions

Flybe (Exeter), currently under a reorganization aimed at cutting costs under a new CEO (Saad Hammad), expects its job cuts to be smaller than the original 500 redundancies it expected. It now expects to cut around 450 positions according to this report by Reuters.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-JECT (msn 4144) with the image of Matt Le Tissuer) arrives at London (Gatwick).

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines to resume flights to New York on June 4, Frankfurt in April

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) is planning to resume nonstop Dhaka-New York (JFK) flights on June 4 according to the Daily Star. There will be two flights a week. The route was suspended in July 2006. Biman is leasing two Boeing 777-200 ERs from EgyptAir for five years in order to resume the service to New York. The first aircraft will arrive next month and second in march according to the article.

New service to Frankfurt starts in April.

The company is also taking delivery on two new Boeing 777-300 ERs in February and March which will allow the company to retired the last McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 on February 20 as previously reported.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3E9 S2-AFP (msn 40123) completes its final approach into London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Atlasjet is coming to London Luton

Atlasjet Airlines (Istanbul-Ataturk) is coming to London. Luton Airport has been selected at its airport of entry into this important summer market. The Turkish carrier will launch nonstop services from Istanbul (Ataturk) to London (Luton) on May 2 per Airline Route. The new route will operate four days a week with Airbus A320s.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Atlasjet). Airbus A320-232 TC-OGI (msn 640) taxies past the camera at Antalya.

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Atlasjet FAs (Atlasjet)(LR)

Finnair to increase flights to Lapland

Finnair (Helsinki) and the biggest tour operators in Lapland have agreed upon a three-year partnership to increase flights to Lapland as well as a marketing collaboration. Beginning in November 2014, with the start of the winter timetable season, Finnair will significantly add to its Lapland flight schedule. Flights will be added particularly from Helsinki to Kittilä, Ivalo and Kuusamo. Timetables have been drawn up to provide passengers with good connections between Lapland and European and Asian destinations via Helsinki.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 OH-LXF (msn 1712) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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Celebrating 90 Years of Flying:


JAL Group announces its flight and fleet plans for fiscal year 2014-2015

JAL Group (Japan Airlines) (Tokyo) has announced its flight frequency and fleet plans on both international and domestic routes for fiscal year 2014 (ending March 31, 2015):

In regards to the airline’s international network, with the addition of international flight slots at Tokyo (Haneda) Airport, JAL will begin operating new day-time nonstop flights from March 30, 2014, between Haneda and London, between Haneda and Paris, and between Haneda and Singapore as well as between Haneda and Bangkok. Additionally, the airline will use late night and early morning slots to launch new service between Haneda and Ho Chi Minh City. JAL will strive to improve customer accessibility and meet travel demand in overseas gateways to connect with domestic cities.

Meanwhile, at Tokyo (Narita) Airport, with expected growth of travel demand between North America and Asia, JAL will increase weekly round-trip flights from 7 to 14 between Narita and New York. Additionally, the airline will increase flights frequency from 3 to 4 round-trip flights weekly between Narita and Moscow to meet strong growth of business demand.

Furthermore, JAL plans to increase the number of available revamped aircraft (JAL SKY SUITE 777/767), and in particular, expand the availability of aircraft featuring JAL SKY WIDER in Economy Class. The airline has also decided to operate aircraft with fully-flat seats or shell flat seats in Business Class cabins on all medium and long haul routes to and from Southeast Asia and Honolulu by the early Second Half of FY2014 in order to further deliver improved service to customers.

In regards to the airline’s domestic network, JAL has decided to double flight frequency between Haneda and Yamagata, and the airline will also resume six domestic routes based on a thorough review of flight schedules and operations within the airline’s network so that customers will be able to connect more conveniently.

# The following plans and schedules are subject to government approval.

International Network

1.       New services, flight frequency increase and flight schedule changes at Tokyo (Haneda) Airport

[New services and flight frequency increase]

Flight No. Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft

Route Details



Haneda – Singapore

11:20 17:20 777-200ER767-300ER Increase from 7 to 14 weekly flightsfrom March 30, 2014 (*1)



Singapore – Haneda 01:50 09:50


Haneda – Bangkok

11:30 15:40 777-200ER767-300ER Increase from 7 to 14 weekly flightsfrom March 30, 2014


Bangkok – Haneda

09:45 17:55


Haneda – London 11:20 15:50 777-300ER

7 weekly flights from March 30, 2014



London – Haneda 19:15 15:00+1 (*3)


Haneda – Ho Chi Minh City 01:25 05:15 767-300ER

7 weekly flights from March 30, 2014



Ho Chi Minh City – Haneda 13:55 22:00 (*5)

(*1) Flights No. are JL719/JL710 on Haneda= Singapore route, and JL717/JL718 on Haneda=Bangkok route between March 30 and March 31, 2014.
(*2) In addition to codeshare flights operated by British Airways (BA), JAL will operate flights between Haneda and London.
(*3) For more details on JAL SKY SUITE 777, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/ss7/.
Flights No. are JL401/JL402 between March 30 and March 31, 2014.
(*4) The airline will use late night and early morning slots at Haneda Airport to launch new service.
(*5) For more details on JAL SKY SUITE 767, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/ss6/.

[Flight schedule and aircraft type changes]

Flight No. Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft Effective Period Remarks

JL041 to JL045

Haneda – Paris

00:40 to 10:35 06:20 to 16:10 777-200ER to 777-300ER From March 30, 2014 (*6)

JL042 to JL046

Paris – Haneda

11:30 to 21:00 06:30+1 to 15:55+1

(*6) JAL plans to maintain codeshare flights (operated by AF) with Air France (AF) at Haneda Airport. Flights No. are JL405/JL406 between March 30 and March 31, 2014.

2.       Flight frequency, flight schedule and aircraft type changes at Tokyo (Narita) Airport

[Flight frequency increase]

Flight No. Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft




Narita – New York

18:30 18:25 787-8 With the addition of JL004/003 to current daily JL006/005, route frequency will increase from 7 to 14 weekly flights from March 30, 2014 (*7)


New York – Narita

09:30 12:40+1


Narita -Moscow

10:45 16:00 787-8 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly flightsfrom March 30 to October 25, 2014

(Additional flight frequency is on Mo)

Mo, We, Fr, Su


Moscow – Narita

18:15 08:35+1

(*7) Dep. time of JL004 will be ten minutes early and Dep. time of JL003 will be ten minutes late during May 1 to August 31, 2014.

JL003 starts on March 31, 2014.

[Service suspension]

Flight No. Route


Effective Period



Narita – London

Suspension of JL401/402 daily round-trip operation From March 30, 2014 (*8)


London – Narita

(*8) JAL maintains codeshare flights (operated by BA) with BA at Narita Airport.

[Flight frequency decrease]

Route Details

Updated Flight Schedule

Flight No. Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft

Narita = Singapore

Decrease from 14 to 7 weekly flightsfrom March 30, 2014


18:10 00:30 767-300ER



08:10 16:20

Narita = Bangkok

Decrease from 14 to 7 weekly flightsfrom March 30, 2014


18:05 23:00 767-300ER


08:10 16:15

(*9) For more details on JAL SKY SUITE 767, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/ss6/.

JL719/JL710 on Singapore route will be decreased and JL717/JL718 on Bangkok route will be decreased from March 30, 2014.

[Flight schedule and aircraft type changes]

Flight No. Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft Effective Period Remarks

JL405 to JL415

Narita – Paris

11:10 to 14:35 16:45 to 20:10 777-300ER to 787-8 From March 30, 2014

JL406 to JL416

Paris – Narita

19:30 to 22:20 14:20+1 to 16:55+1

3.       Other aircraft type changes

Flight No. Route


Effective Period Remarks


Haneda = Bangkok

777-200ER, 787-8 to 767-300ER From March 30, 2014


Narita = Bangkok


Haneda = Shanghai(Hongqiao)

777-200ER to 767-300ER until the middle of June767-300ER to 777-200ER from the middle of June


Narita = Delhi

787-8 to 777-200ER(*10)


Narita = Sydney


Haneda = Singapore


Haneda = Singapore

787-8 to 767-300ER


Narita = Singapore


Haneda = Beijing


Narita = Vancouver

767-300ER to 787-8


Narita = Honolulu



Narita = Seoul(Incheon)

767-300ER to 737-800


(*10)Premium Economy service will be provided on flights between Narita and Delhi, between Narita and Sydney as well as between Haneda and Singapore (JL037/JL036).

4.       Improving the quality of products and services on international routes

JAL SKY WIDER is now being installed into Boeing 777-300 ERs and Boeing 767-300 ERs (JAL SKY SUITE 777/767). Highlights of the JAL Economy Class seat include increased pitch and a slim-style seatback design resulting in approximately 10 cm (Max.)(*11) more legroom than the present seat pitch. The number of JAL SKY SUITE 777/767 aircraft with JAL SKY WIDER installed will increase to 22 aircraft by the beginning of July from the current 10 aircraft (as of Jan. 22). The airline is striving to deliver a more enjoyable experience and soothing rest to customers on every journey.

(*11) Specifications for select seats are different.

JAL began to introduce the JAL SKY SUITE 767 from December 2013, and the airline will now also begin operating its Boeing 787-8s on medium and long haul routes of Southeast Asia and Honolulu routes. The airline will also offer its fully-flat seats or shell flat seats in Business Class cabins on all medium and long haul routes to and from Southeast Asia and Honolulu by early Second Half of FY2014.

5.       New services to and from Osaka (Kansai) and Nagoya (Chubu)

Regarding to JAL Group Mid-Term Management Plan for fiscal years 2012 to 2016(year ending March31, 2017), the airline plans to allocate resources on operations to medium and long haul routes such as Europe, North America and Southeast Asia, and it will further develop its network to provide more convenience and enjoyable travel experiences to customers. JAL is looking forward to enhancing its network with the addition of international flight slots at Haneda Airport from FY 2014.  Moreover, JAL plans to improve services to and from Osaka (Kansai) and Nagoya (Chubu) in FY2015. The airline is also considering to advance this plan with any adjustments of new aircraft launches and will announce more details as soon as they have been decided.

Domestic Network 

1.       New services (Resumption)



Effective Period

Itami = Matsumoto 1 daily flight August 1 ~ August 31, 2014
Itami = Memanbetsu 1 daily flight July 19 ~ August 31, 2014
Sapporo (New Chitose) = Izumo 4 weekly flights August 1 ~ August 31, 2014 (Mo, We, Fr, Su)
Sapporo (New Chitose) = Tokushima 3 weekly flights August 1 ~ August 31, 2014 (Tu, Th, Sa)
Nagoya (Chubu) = Kushiro 3 weekly flights August 1 ~ August 31, 2014 (Tu, Th, Sa)
Nagoya (Chubu) = Obihiro 4 weekly flights August 1 ~ August 31, 2014 (Mo, We, Fr, Su)

2.       Flight frequency increase



Effective Period

Haneda = Yamagata 1 daily to 2 daily flights(*) March 30, 2014 ~
Haneda = Kansai 2 daily to 3 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014
Haneda = Okinawa (Naha) 12 daily to 14 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014(July 18 ~ August 31, 2014:13 daily round-trip flights)
Haneda = Nagoya (Chubu) 1 daily to 2 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Haneda = Okayama 5 daily to 6 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014
Haneda = Tokushima 6 daily to 7 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014
Haneda = Takamatsu 6 daily to 7 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014
Haneda = Kitakyushu 5 daily to 6 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014
Haneda = Ishigaki 1 daily to 2 daily flights July 18 ~ August 31, 2014
Itami = Okinawa (Naha) 1 daily to 2 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~(April 29 ~ May 31, 2014: 3 daily round-trip flights)
Itami = Nagasaki 3 daily to 4 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Fukuoka = Izumo 2 daily to 3 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Sapporo (New Chitose) = Memanbetsu 3 daily to 4 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Fukuoka = Kochi 3 daily to 4 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Fukuoka = Amami-oshima 1 daily to 2 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~

(*) Schedules on Haneda = Yamagata route.

Flight No. Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft


Haneda – Yamagata

08:10 09:10 E170 (76 seats)


17:25 18:25


Yamagata – Handea

08:55 10:00


18:55 20:00

3.       Flight frequency decrease



Effective Period

Haneda = Sapporo (New Chitose) 17 daily to 16 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Haneda = Izumo 6 daily to 5 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Narita = Sapporo (New Chitose) 3 daily to 1 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Narita = Fukuoka 3 daily to 1 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Narita = Nagoya (Chubu) 3 daily to 2 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Itami = Izumo 6 daily to 5 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Itami = Miyazaki 6 daily to 5 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Fukuka = Matsuyama 8 daily to 6 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~

Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. Before it was remodeled in the JAL Sky Suite 777 interior with appropriate markings, the pictured Boeing 777-346 ER JA731J (msn 32431) wore the special “Sky Eco” livery to underscore JAL’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact.

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Loganair to launch Dundee – London Stansted flights on March 30

Loganair (Flybe) (Glasgow) will operate a twice daily weekday service, and once on a Sunday, from Dundee to London (Stansted) starting March 30, replacing the CityJet service to London City which is due to be withdrawn at the end of March.

In the meantime, tenders will soon be issued to secure a Public Service Obligation that will ensure the long term future of air services between Dundee and London.

Flights will operate twice daily on weekdays, with flights leaving Dundee at 7.00 am and 4.25 pm. Return flights depart Stansted Airport at 9.00 am and 6.25 pm, allowing business passengers to complete a full day’s work in London. There will also be a flight to and from London Stansted every Sunday afternoon, leaving Dundee at 4.25 pm and departing Stansted at 6.25 pm.

The new service, operated by a 32-seat Dornier 328 turboprop aircraft, is the result of weeks of negotiation between Dundee Airport operator HIAL, Dundee City Council, Transport Scotland and the airline.

Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Suckling Airways, the Dornier 328-110 will be operated on the new route. G-BWWT (msn 3022) taxies at Manchester.

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Current Route Map:

Loganair 1.2014 Route Map

Germanwings adds two more routes to London Heathrow

Germanwings (2nd) (Cologne/Bonn) yesterday (January 20) added two former Lufthansa routes to London (Heathrow) from both Berlin (Tegel) and Hamburg.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 D-AGWS (msn 4998) taxies at Palma de Mallorca.

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Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand agree to form an alliance, Singapore to operate its Airbus A380s to New Zealand

Singapore Airlines (Singapore) and Air New Zealand (Auckland) have agreed to form an alliance enabling Air New Zealand to fly the Auckland-Singapore route again and Singapore Airlines to operate the Airbus A380 to New Zealand for the first time.

The A380 would be operated daily by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and Auckland, progressively replacing an existing daily service with the smaller Boeing 777-300 ER. Air New Zealand would launch daily services between Auckland and Singapore using newly refitted Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft, taking over five flights currently operated by Singapore Airlines and adding two more weekly flights, increasing the frequency to daily.

Subject to regulatory approvals, the carriers would aim to boost their existing capacity between Singapore and New Zealand by up to 30% year round over time.

Singapore Airlines’ daily Singapore-Christchurch service would continue as part of the alliance.

The proposed alliance would enable Air New Zealand passengers to access codeshare travel on the Singapore Airlines network to the United Kingdom, Europe, South East Asia and Africa, as well as on the network of its regional subsidiary airline, SilkAir. Singapore Airlines’ customers would be able to access codeshare travel across the Air New Zealand domestic network and to selected international destinations.

The alliance would see Air New Zealand’s ‘NZ’ code return to Singapore Airlines’ network for the first time since 2007. Air New Zealand last operated to Singapore in 2006.

The parties are seeking approval for the alliance from the Competition Commission of Singapore and the New Zealand Minister of Transport.  Pending approval, flights could commence as early as December 2014.

Top Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380-841 9V-SKR (msn 082) gracefully climbs away from the runway at Zurich.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-219 ER ZK-OKA (msn 29404) arrives at London (Heathrow).

Transaero Airlines starts offering “Discount Class”

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) following up on our previous report, on January 14, 2014, started to offer a new low-cost product called Discount Class.

Discount class is offered on certain Transaero flights from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport on a number of popular domestic and international routes including those to London, Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona, Rome,Milan, Tel Aviv, Vilnius, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Stavropol, Ufa, Khanty-Mansiysk, Kiev, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa, Astana, Almaty, Karaganda, Yerevan, Antalya.

During the first day of the service launch, the airline carried about 5,000 passengers on 54 Discount Class flights on Boeing 737 and Tu-214 aircraft (above).

All seats on specified flights are sold according to Discount Class rules. The ticket fares include, in accordance with the Russian Federal Aviation Rules, free drinks and food or meals depending on flight length. Passengers are also offered a choice of newspapers and an opportunity to buy duty-free goods onboard. However, Discount Class passengers won’t be able to order special meals. Passengers on these flights can carry 10, 15 or 20 kilos of luggage, depending on tariff of the purchased ticket.

Members of the Transaero Privilege frequent flyer program may earn points travelling in Discount Class at a 50% rate. They can also get reward tickets for these flights.

The new product by Transaero Airlines guarantees a reasonable balance of comfort and affordable ticket prices.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Tupolev Tu-214 RA-64518 (man 42305018) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines to now retire the last DC-10 on February 20, will host enthusiast flights from Birmingham

Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) has delayed the retirement of its last McDonnell Douglas DC-10. Here is the updated message by the airline:

On, or about February 14, 2014 this three-engine wide-body  will be withdrawn from scheduled service and prepped by engineering for its final flights. The last commercial flight will be on Thursday, February 20 when flight BG 1015 takes to the skies at 0830 from Dhaka enroute to Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Operating via Kuwait this flight will arrive in Birmingham the same day at 1620. Priced at only ₤ 600 (plus taxes) for a window seat or ₤ 500 plus taxes, for all the other seats, we have kept the pricing at minimal levels to ensure the flight is accessible to as many as possible.

But this is not its final operation. Due to an overwhelming response from aviation enthusiasts from around the world, we are going to operate scenic flights on the weekend of February 22, 23 and 24 from Birmingham airport. The first flights to go on sale will operate on the Monday, February 24 at 0900, 1200 and 1500 with a block time of an estimated one-hour. If as expected, they sell out quickly we will open up the Sunday, February 23 flights up for the same times of 0900, 1200 and 1500. As these sell out then we will open up the Saturday flights also at the same times – 0900, 1200 and 1500. As with the last commercial flight from Dhaka, we are keeping the prices for these scenic flights at reasonable levels with prices of ₤150 for a window seat and ₤100 for an aisle seat. Please note that for the last commercial flight ever on Monday February 24 @ 1500, prices have been set slightly higher at ₤200/₤150. In order to keep the flights as “special” as possible we are only selling 152 of the 319 seats on the aircraft – therefore all are window or aisle seats.

We want to make sure these flights only sold to aviation enthusiasts and not to third parties or wholesalers, so you must book on-line at www.biman-airlines.com. For the last commercial flight ever, on February 24 @ 1500, we have teamed up with Ian Allan travel in the UK at www.ianallantravel.com/aviationtours/ who will also sell tickets.

Biman Bangladesh is the last passenger operator of the DC-10.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 S2-ACQ (msn 47817) arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Air Serbia to add six new destinations

Air Serbia (Belgrade) will launch flights to six new destinations in Europe and the Middle East.

Flights will commence new routes to Beirut (Lebanon), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Varna (Bulgaria) on March 30, 2014, followed by Kiev (Ukraine) and Warsaw (Poland) on May 29, 2014.

The new routes will increase the total number of destinations to 35, a growth rate of 20 per cent in comparison to the present number.

Air Serbia will offer daily services to Budapest, Kiev, Sofia and Warsaw, while Beirut and Varna will commence with three flights a week and increase to daily frequencies from June 2014.

Services to Kiev, Warsaw and Beirut will be operated with Airbus A319 aircraft.

Budapest, Sofia and Varna flights will be operated with Air Serbia’s (former Jat Airways) ATR 72 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Serbia’s Airbus A319-132 YU-APE (msn 3252) arrives at London (Heathrow).

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American Airlines and US Airways are set to start the first phase of their codeshare agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) (American Airlines Group) today are now offering customers improved access to the combined company’s global network through the first phase of a codeshare. Beginning today, customers can book flights on both airlines’ networks through the codeshare for travel starting on January 23.

Through the codeshare, each airline will sell tickets operated by the other carrier using its own code and flight number, and customers will be able to easily combine select flights operated by each airline on a single itinerary when booking travel on aa.com, usairways.com, or through other travel distribution channels. In addition, customers connecting on codeshare flights can seamlessly transfer bags when traveling on an itinerary that includes flights operated by both carriers. Launched in a phased approach, the codeshare seeks to provide a smooth travel experience while American and US Airways continue to operate as separate airlines during the merger integration.

The first phase of the codeshare will cover only select American and US Airways flights and includes placing:

  • The US Airways code on most American-operated flights between American’s hubs in Chicago,Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK), and US Airways hubs in Charlotte,Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. (DCA).
  • The American code on most US Airways-operated flights between US Airways’ hubs in Charlotte,Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. (DCA), and American’s hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK).
  • The American code on US Airways’ East Coast Shuttle service, which includes flights betweenBoston, New York (LGA) and Washington, D.C. (DCA).
  • The US Airways code on select American domestic flights from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth, providing US Airways customers immediate access to small- and medium-size destinations currently served by American but not US Airways.
  • The American and US Airways code on select international flights operated by the other carrier.

The two airlines are expected to extend the codeshare to include all flights within the combined network in the coming weeks. Customers should continue to check in for flights and conduct business with the airline operating their flight just as they did before the launch of this codeshare.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER WL N378AN (msn 25447) with Blended Winglets approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. The “new American” will operate a mixed long-range fleet of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft. US Airways’ Airbus A330-323X N274AY (msn 342) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).

EasyJet supports the decisions of CAA for London’s airports

EasyJet (UK) (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) has issued this statement concerning recent decisions by the CAA concerning the future of London’s airports:

“easyJet welcomes the CAA’s decision that Gatwick Airport has substantial market power and that as a consequence Gatwick needs continued regulation through an airport licence.

“easyJet also welcomes the significant changes the CAA has made to the assumptions on passenger growth and cost of capital which have led to a lowering of its estimate of fair airport charges from RPI +1.6% to RPI – 1.6%.

“easyJet supports the CAA’s endorsement of Gatwick’s Commitments proposal. However, it is now up to Gatwick Airport to show that this more commercial approach can deliver lower charges and improved service for airlines and their passengers.

“easyJet welcomes the inclusion of the costs of the any second runway in the licence so that these can be scrutinised by the regulator.

“easyJet also welcomes CAA’s announcement that robust plans to deliver operational resilience in major disruption will also be under CAA regulatory oversight.

“Finally, easyJet is supportive of the CAA’s approach to Stansted airport which under new ownership has shown itself willing to take a more commercial approach to airlines which will also benefit passengers.”

In other news, the company is planning to drop the new Southend-Edinburgh route on June 15, 2014 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZBR (msn 3088) in the special “Airbus 100″ holds short of the runway at London’s Gatwick Airport.

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Ryanair calls the Stansted CAA regulatory regime “inadequate” over its decision to deregulate the airport fearing higher rates

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Ryanair (Dublin) has issued this statement:

Ryanair today criticized the UK CAA’s false claim that Stansted Airport does not have substantial market power, and the consequent deregulation of Stansted. Against evidence and its own earlier findings, the CAA now inexplicably claims that airlines are able to exert buyer power on Stansted in circumstances where Stansted was allowed by the CAA to double its charges in 2007, which caused a 5 year 27% traffic collapse at Stansted while Heathrow and Gatwick were growing. Even Easyjet moved flights to Southend to avoid Stansted’s high charges.
Today’s deregulation decision by the CAA will allow Stansted to increase charges in future and will result in yet more damage to UK consumers and competition. This decision confirms yet again that the CAA’s regulatory regime is “inadequate”, as previously found by the Competition Commission in its 2009 decision to break up the BAA airport monopoly.
Ryanair’s Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Juliusz Komorek said:
“Ryanair regrets today’s unsupported claim by the CAA that Stansted does not have substantial market power and the CAA’s decision to deregulate Stansted. The CAA’s failure to recognise that Stansted has profitably maintained its prices above the competitive level since 2007, despite a 27% fall in traffic, confirms the Competition Commission’s finding that the CAA regulatory regime is ‘inadequate’.
Today’s decision is an example of the CAA’s regulatory failure which will again harm consumers as Stansted will be able to further increase airport charges whenever it wishes, without any reference to competitive price levels.
Effective regulation with aggressive price caps is the only way to ensure that consumers are protected and that Stansted can grow its traffic on a sustained basis. Ryanair condemns the CAA’s continuing failure to effectively regulate Stansted.

Ryanair is the largest operator at Stansted Airport on the north side of the London area.

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Routes from Stansted:

Ryanair 11.2013 STN Route Map

IranAir retires the last passenger Boeing 747-100 after almost 35 years of service!

IranAir (Tehran) has retired the last operating passenger Boeing 747-100 in the world. Boeing 747-186B EP-IAM (msn 21759) was ferried yesterday (January 8) from Mehrabad Airport (THR) in downtown Tehran (used for domestic flights) to nearby Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) southwest of Tehran (used for international flights) for storage in the cargo area. The flight lasted only 10 minutes on three operating engines and was flown by Captain Moghadam. EP-IAM is now grounded forever at IKA after almost 35 years of service

EP-IAM was delivered new from Boeing on August 2, 1979 and was flown its entire service life with the flag carrier of Iran. This is a testimony to Boeing for the durability of the airframe.

Thanks to Shahram (Shary) Sharifi for his eyewitness report from Iran.

In other news, IranAir restarted twice-weekly service from Mashbad to Bahrain on December 21, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-186B EP-IAM taxies across the ramp at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Video: Window view of the takeoff from IKA on April 9, 2012.


Air Algerie commits for eight additional Boeing 737-800s

Air Algerie (Algiers) and Boeing (Chicag) today announced a commitment for eight Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. When finalized, the order will be worth $724 million at list prices.

Today’s Air Algerie’s commitment for 737-800s will all feature the Boeing Sky Interior, the 787 Dreamliner inspired cabin.

Based in Algeria’s capital city Algiers, at Houari Boumedienne International Airport, Air Algerie currently serves more than 40 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. The Algerian flag-carrier currently operates a fleet of 17 Next-Generation 737-800s and five 737-600s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8D6 7T-VKF (msn 40860) approaches the runway for landing at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Royal Jordanian celebrates 50 years of flying, will introduce the Boeing 787 on July 1, 2014

Royal Jordanian Airlines (Amman) this month celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The flag carrier launched scheduled passenger flights on December 15, 1963 as Alia-The Royal Jordanian Airline (Air Jordan) between Amman and Beirut. The airline adopted the current name on December 15, 1986.

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Majesty King Abdullah II joined the airline on December 22 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee according to the airline. RJ has introduced a new 50th emblem which is likely to appear on its aircraft The airline is also issuing 50 days of daily free tickets.

Royal Jordanian 50th Anniversary logo

The airline issued this statement and photo:

His Majesty King Abdullah II joined Royal Jordanian on Sunday, December 22, 2013, in a celebration to mark the national carrier’s 50thanniversary.

During a visit to RJ’s new premises, the King toured a photo exhibition depicting the flag carrier’s development since its launch in 1963 and also viewed a model of a modern aircraft and its functions from take-off to landing.

The King and the attendees also watched a film about the development of RJ, which launched its maiden flight to Beirut on December 15, which was later followed by other destinations across various continents.

His Majesty congratulated the RJ staff on the airline’s golden jubilee, expressing his pride in and appreciation for their relentless efforts to upgrade “this national edifice” over five decades.

“Through its glitter, RJ has become a real ambassador of the country and an embodiment of its bright image as it circled the world in its name,” the King wrote in the visitors’ book, urging the airline to pursue its efforts to boost its competitiveness in the region and the world.

During the ceremony, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Ibn Al Hussein, Prime Minister Abdullah Nsour and senior officials, King Abdullah honoured a number of staff members and ex-employees for their contributions to RJ. He also received a memento, a Boeing 787 yoke, from the Chairman of the Board of Directors Nasser Lozi.

Lozi said in remarks during the ceremony that RJ’s golden jubilee marks the carrier’s history and the ability of its staff from multiple generations to build an airline whose roots run deep at home and which has spread its branches across the world.

He said the company had made remarkable growth and expanded through various stages of the Kingdom’s development and sought to promote the national values of a sense of belonging, maintaining traditions and hospitality.

Lozi said human resources are the backbone of RJ’s development and modernisation as it relied on the expertise, loyalty and keenness of its staff to put the airline among the world’s prestigious airlines

Royal Jordanian President/CEO Amer Hadidi said: “The 50 past years of RJ lifetime is a source of pride for all of us. RJ is dream that came true with the persistent efforts of loyal Jordanians that could manage to build this edifice with very limited potentials.”

He added that the airline has promising future plans including growing its fleet and increasing the destinations on its route network, adding that RJ will be receiving the first 5 Boeing 787 aircraft in the second half of 2014, helping RJ to reach new heights and to fly to more cities around the world.

Hadidi said the airline intends to invest in the aviation industry in the field of maintenance and ground handling, and to expand in this area by providing these services in the regional markets. He pointed that RJ has the required expertise and capabilities qualifying it to contribute to the development of aviation in the Arab world, particularly the countries that witnessed the transformation of the Arab Spring and are in need of such services.”

In other news, Royal Jordanian is planning to introduce its first new 267-seat Boeing 787-8 initially on the Amman-Jeddah route on July 1, 2014 followed by the twice-weekly Amman-Lagos-Accra route the next day according to Airline Route. Twice-weekly Amman-Montreal (Trudeau) will be introduced on July 3 followed by weekly Amman-Abu Dhabi service on July 5.

Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Royal Jordanian Airlines’ Airbus A330-223 JY-AIF (msn 979) approaches the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Alia’s Lockheed L-1011-385-3 TriStar 500 JY-AGB (msn 1219) taxies at Paris (Orly) in the ornate 1981 livery.

Qatar Airways expands its code-share agreement with US Airways, will launch a new route from Philadelphia to Doha on April 2

Qatar Airways (Doha) today announced the expansion of a code-share agreement with US Airways (Phoenix) for flights via Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The agreement will provide millions of Americans the opportunity to fly internationally with Qatar Airways out of PHL using the seamless connection service on select code-share flights operated by US Airways.

Qatar Airways will launch daily nonstop service from Philadelphia to Doha, Qatar on April 2, 2014.

The partnership will further expand the opportunities of U.S. travelers flying internationally who want to use Qatar Airways’ growing list of destinations. Connections to PHL through US Airways are available from the following cities:

  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
  • San Francisco, CA (SFO)
  • Chicago, IL (ORD)
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Miami, FL (MIA)
  • Tampa, FL (TPA)
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
  • Palm Beach, FL (PBI)
  • Fort Myers, FL (RSW)
  • Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
  • Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
  • Charlotte, NC (CLT)
  • Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)

Qatar Airways and US Airways’ code-share and frequent flyer partnership, which launched in 2009, focused on flights between Doha and the United States and Europe, as well as connecting flights from select European gateways to Doha.  The code-share agreement will provide customers the convenience of a single combined ticket for Qatar Airways and US Airways operated connections, and will include the benefits of one-stop check-in and automatic baggage transfer.  In addition, the airlines’ frequent flyer program members may earn miles or points while traveling on all flights of the other carrier and may redeem award tickets as well.

Qatar Airways joined the oneworld® alliance on October 30, 2013 and US Airways will become a member on March 31, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-2DZ LR (Longer Range) A7-BBA (msn 36012) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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JAL to introduce “JAL Sky Suite 777″ service to Frankfurt in April

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) announced today its new “JAL Sky Suite 777″ service will be introduced between Tokyo (Narita) and Frankfurt in April 2014.

JAL Sky Suite 77 service boasts increased comfort and functionality in all four classes. According to JAL, the revamped aircraft has yielded favorable feedback from customers since it was launched on Tokyo (Narita) and London route in January 2013. It won a Good Design Award in 2013 and Skytrax’s Best Business Class Airline Seat of the year for 2013.

JAL Sky Suite 77 has been introduced between Tokyo (Narita) and London, between Tokyo (Narita) and New York, and between Tokyo (Narita) and Paris as well as between Tokyo (Narita) and Los Angeles.

Between Tokyo (Narita) and Frankfurt (JL407/JL408):


Name of seat

Number of Seats

First Class


8 seats

Business Class


49 seats

Premium Economy


40 seats

Economy Class


135 seats/147seats


Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL’s Boeing 777-346 ER JA731J (msn 32431) wears a special “JAL Sky Suite 777″ logo on the rear fuselage at its approaches London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Cathay Pacific to replace its Johannesburg and San Francisco Boeing 747-400 routes on October 26, 2014

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has been progressively replacing its Boeing 747-400s from passenger service especially on long-haul routes.. The company is currently planning to replace the last two long-range Boeing 747-400 passenger routes to Johannesburg and San Francisco with newer Boeing 777-300 ERs on October 25, 2014 per Airline Route.

Update: This retirement date has now been moved up to August 31, 2014 per Airline Route.

This will end long-haul passenger service of the type with CPA. It is unclear at this time if the airline will continue short-haul Asian service of the aircraft after this date.

In addition, the company will end Boeing 747-400 passenger service to London (Heathrow) on December 31, 2013.

Cathay Pacific continues to operate an extensive Boeing 747 freighter operation.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-467 B-HOP (msn 23815) approaches London (Heathrow) when it once served that route.

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Alitalia fails to raise enough “cash call” capital to keep it flying

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) according to Reuters, has failed so far to raise the 300 million euros ($407 million) (only 173 million euros received) in its emergency cash call. The flag carrier is now facing stiffer competition as other airlines move in to add new routes from Italy sensing the emergency. Alitalia will need to find a strategic carrier very quickly that is willing to invest in a failing airline and turn it around. So far Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), the savior of struggling airlines, has avoided Alitalia.

Air France-KLM, which owns 25 percent, refused to put in any more capital because it stated the rescue plan was not drastic enough to save the airline.

This is the second version of Alitalia, saved once before from the first failing Alitalia. Is there a third?

The Italian drama continues. Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 EI-DTB (msn 3815) taxies at London Heathrow.

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Flybe to cut six bases and 500 jobs

Flybe (Exeter) will close six bases and eliminate 500 positions despite a recent profit announcement. The bases to be closed are Aberdeen, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey and Newcastle.

Read the full report from the BBC: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-KKEV (msn 4201) completes its final approach into Gatwick Airport near London.

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Virgin Atlantic to cut back on the “Little Red” London Heathrow-Manchester service

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) will cut one of four London Heathrow-Manchester “Little Red” Airbus A320 flights next year according to TheBusinessDesk.com. The airline explained the reduction was not due to decreased demand but rather having to give back one LHR slot to another unnamed carrier.

However The Independent reported last month the “Little Red” feeder flights were experiencing low sales.

Read the full report from The Independent: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. The “Little Red” domestic flights are operated by Aer Lingus in full Virgin Atlantic colors. Airbus A320-214 EI-DEO (msn 2486) arrives at London (Heathrow).

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Emirates orders 50 additional Airbus A380s

Emirates Airline (Dubai) has placed an additional order for 50 Airbus A380 aircraft. The order was signed at a ceremony at the 2013 Dubai Airshow witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

Following delivery of their first A380 in July 2008, Emirates has now taken delivery of 39 A380s. Their 39th A380 is on Airbus’ static display at the 2013 Dubai Airshow. All Emirates’ A380s are powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines.

Since first entering service in 2007, the A380 has joined the fleets of ten world class carriers. The aircraft flies 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometres non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment. The spacious, quiet cabin and smooth ride have made the A380 a firm favorite with both airlines and passengers, resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies.

The total A380 fleet has accumulated over one million flight hours in almost 140,000 commercial flights. To date some 50 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board an A380. Every five minutes, an A380 either takes off or lands at one of the 34 airports where it operates today and the network is constantly growing.

On this historic “airline order milestone” day, Emirates issued this statement:

Emirates airline has again rewritten all records in civil aviation with an order for 150 Boeing 777X, comprising 35 Boeing 777-8Xs and 115 Boeing 777-9Xs, plus 50 purchase rights; and an additional 50 Airbus A380 aircraft.

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Left to Right: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO; Tom Enders, Chief Executive EADS; Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.
Together, the Boeing and Airbus orders, excluding purchase rights, are worth an estimated $99 billion (US) at list prices. This is the largest ever aircraft order in civil aviation and also Emirates’ largest order announced at any event to date.

The agreement was signed today (November 17) at the Dubai Air Show by His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, with Jim McNerney, Boeing Chairman, President and CEO, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus’ President and CEO. The signing was witnessed by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Emirates’ Boeing 777X order is the single largest aircraft order by value in the history of U.S. commercial aviation, and the additional A380 order cements Emirates, already the largest operator of this aircraft type, as the principal customer for the A380 worldwide. These latest orders bring Emirates’ total firm order book to 385 aircraft (excluding options or purchase rights), comprising 214 Boeing 777s, 101 Airbus A380s, and 70 A350s, at a total estimated value of US$ 166 billion.

Emirates’ Boeing 777X

“The announcement today includes the purchase of 300 GE9X engines from General Electric, to power the 150 Boeing 777X aircraft ordered. Taking into account the U.S. Government jobs multiplier (every $1 billion in US aerospace exports supports 5,747 American jobs), today’s historic order will protect and support over 436,000 jobs in U.S. aerospace manufacturing – not only at Boeing and GE facilities, but with hundreds of other suppliers,” said Sheikh Ahmed.

Emirates’ 777-8X and 777-9X will be a combination of two and three-class configurations, with the 777-8X potentially seating 342 passengers in 3 classes, and the 777-9X seating over 440 passengers in 2 classes.

“Emirates today operates more than one in every 10 Boeing 777 aircraft built. It is the workhorse of our fleet. What the 777X does, is offer us a flying range comparable with the 200LRs and 300ERs, but with more passenger capacity at potentially up to 18% more fuel efficiency,” said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.

Emirates’ unwavering commitment to the Boeing 777 dates back to 1996. Today, Emirates is already the largest operator of the 777 with 131 in operation, and the only airline to fly all variants in the 777 family. At the 2011 Dubai Air Show, Emirates ordered 50 Boeing 777-300ERs with options for 20 more at a total value of US$ 26 billion (AED 95.4 billion). It was then a record breaking aircraft order– the single largest by any airline with Boeing in dollar value.

Emirates’ Airbus A380s

Emirates currently operates the world’s largest fleet of A380s with 39 in service.

Its order for 50 additional A380 aircraft today brings Emirates’ total A380 order book to 101 aircraft, worth US$ 45 billion. A combination of two and three-class cabin configuration, the first 25 of these latest A380 aircraft orders are scheduled to be delivered before the first quarter of 2018.

Emirates has been associated with Europe’s largest passenger aircraft since April 2000 when it became the first airline to announce plans to purchase the super jumbo. As the largest customer for the A380, Emirates is therefore the largest supporter of European aerospace manufacturing jobs tied to the A380 programme which is spread across Airbus’ manufacturing centres in France, Germany, England and Spain.

Follow-up article: From Reuters: Emirates was concerned that Airbus was considering slowing down A380 production because of lagging new orders and took a look at how many additional A380s it could physically take at its Dubai base and stated it could have ordered 10 more! This order now ensures the A380 production rate will continue and probable A380 profit for Airbus in 2015 or 2016. Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Analysis: Can other airlines, especially European and North American carriers, compete against the fast growing Gulf carriers? CNN Money explores this question: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Emirates’ Airbus A380-861 A6-EEC (msn 110) with special “Expo 2020 Dubai UAE” stickers completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).

Video: An inside look at the Emirates Operations Control Room, Dubai.

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Vueling to create a new base at Brussels with seven new routes

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com)  (Barcelona) will open a new base in Brussels in May 2014. The airline stated it would launch seven new routes from BRU to Ibiza, Lisbon, Oporto, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Venice bringing the Brussels total to 11 routes.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Vueling’s Airbus A320-214 EC-LVP (msn 5587) with Sharklets in the “Linking Europe” special scheme arrives at London Heathrow.

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Alitalia planned job cuts unlikely to persuade Air France and KLM to put in more cash

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) is facing a major decision today at its board meeting. According to this report by Reuters, Alitalia’s CEO Gabriele del Torchio, a turnaround specialist, is expected to unveil his plan. The drastic measures may include up to 2,000 job cuts and salary cuts.

However the cuts are unlikely to persuade major shareholder and board member Air France-KLM to put any more capital into the failing flag carrier. Alitalia needs a $400 million infusion to keep flying. The group has already zeroed-out its investment.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Dave Glendinning/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s Embraer ERJ 190-100LR EI-RNB (msn 19000479) taxies at London (Heathrow).

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How to repair a damaged Boeing 787-8

Boeing (Chicago) is currently repairing the damaged Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP (msn 34744) at London’s Heathrow Airport. As previously report, the new airliner was damaged by fire on July 12, 2013.

According to this report by The Seattle Times, Boeing’s repair team is gluing a giant composite plastic skin patch inside a temporary building surrounding the rear section of the aircraft. The tail has been removed.

Boeing builds the fuselage as a single piece so this repair is very delicate and intricate for this new technology. The repairs should take five weeks.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Read the initial report of the fire: CLICK HERE

Follow-up report on the fire by the AAIB: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. ET-AOP is undergoing this delicate repair inside this specially-designed and fabricate housing which surrounds the rear fuselage.

Norwegian to open a new base at Madrid next summer

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) continues its expansion in Europe and opens new base in Madrid for the summer of 2014. Norwegian will open six new routes from Madrid to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Hamburg, Warsaw and London.

The base in Madrid is Norwegian’s fifth Spanish base along with Alicante, Malaga, Las Palmas and Tenerife.

Six new routes from Madrid from June 2014: 

Norwegian will have two Boeing 737-800 aircraft at the base in Madrid. In addition, 100 employees will be recruited locally and six new routes launched.

Madrid – Stockholm
Four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, starting June 4, 2014

Madrid – Oslo
Three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting June 3, 2014

Madrid – Helsinki
Three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting on June 4, 2014

Madrid – Hamburg
Four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, starting June 4, 2014

Madrid – Warsaw
Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, starting June 3, 2014

Madrid – London
Daily from June 2, 2014

Madrid – Copenhagen
Increases from three to four times a week between April and June 2014. As of July 2014 there are flights daily between Madrid and Copenhagen.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86N LN-NOQ (msn 32658) departs the runway at London (Gatwick).

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Delta posts a higher 3Q net profit of $1.2 billion

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today reported financial results for the 2013 third quarter.  Highlights from the quarter include:

  • Delta’s net profit for the September 2013 quarter was $1.2 billion, or $1.41 per diluted share, excluding special items1.  This result is a $444 million improvement year-over-year.
  • Including $157 million in special items, Delta’s GAAP net income was $1.4 billion, or $1.59 per diluted share.
  • The company began returning capital to shareholders, with $100 million in share repurchases and $51 million in dividend payments.
  • September quarter results include $249 million of profit sharing expense in recognition of Delta employees’ contributions to the company’s financial performance.
  • Delta generated $1.2 billion of operating cash flow and $627 million of free cash flow in the September 2013 quarter, and ended the period with adjusted net debt of $9.9 billion.

Revenue Environment

Delta’s operating revenue improved $567 million in the September 2013 quarter compared to the September 2012 quarter.  Traffic increased 2.1 percent on a 2.6 percent increase in capacity.

  • Passenger revenue increased 6.7 percent, or $581 million, compared to the prior year period.  Passenger unit revenue (PRASM) increased 4.0 percent year over year with a 4.5 percent improvement in yield.
  • Cargo revenue decreased 6.1 percent, or $15 million, on declining freight yields.
  • Other revenue was flat year over year as growth in Delta’s third-party staffing business revenues offset a decline in third-party maintenance revenues.

Comparisons of revenue-related statistics are as follows:

Increase (Decrease)3Q13 versus 3Q12
Passenger Revenue 3Q13 ($M) ChangeYOY UnitRevenue Yield Capacity
Domestic $ 4,121 10.7 7.7% 8.9% 2.7%
Atlantic 1,853 9.0% 5.6% 4.3% 3.2%
Pacific 1,044 (5.0)% (4.2)% (3.9)% (0.8)%
Latin America 548 16.0% 1.6% 2.1% 14.1%
Total Mainline 7,566 8.2% 4.9% 5.2% 3.2%
Regional carriers 1,688 0.5% 2.2% 4.9% (1.6)%
Consolidated $ 9,254 6.7% 4.0% 4.5% 2.6%

“The momentum we have built by running an outstanding operation and investing in our product and people enabled a 7 percent revenue growth, with particularly strong performance in Atlanta, New York and London,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s president.  “The revenue environment appears solid through the end of the year, including strong holiday bookings, and we expect to continue to build on the revenue premium we deliver versus the industry.”

Cost Performance

Total operating expense in the quarter increased $312 million year-over-year driven by higher volume- and revenue-related expenses; the impact of operational, service and employee investments; and $75 million higher profit sharing expense.  These cost increases were partially offset by the savings from Delta’s structural cost initiatives.  Non-operating expense declined as a result of lower interest expense and a $40 million benefit for the portion of Virgin Atlantic’s September quarter profit attributable to Delta’s ownership stake.

Consolidated unit cost excluding fuel expense, profit sharing and special items (CASM-Ex2), was 1.1 percent higher in the September 2013 quarter on a year-over-year basis, driven by the impact of wage increases and operational and service investments.  GAAP consolidated CASM increased 1.0 percent.

Fuel expense, excluding mark-to-market adjustments, declined $81 million as a result of lower market fuel prices and better settled hedge performance. Delta’s average fuel price3 was $2.97 per gallon for the September quarter, which includes $0.06 in hedge gains.  On a GAAP-basis, fuel expense for the September quarter increased $74 million year-over-year, driven by lower mark-to-market gains on hedges.

For the September quarter, operations at the Trainer refinery produced a $3 million profit.  While lower crack spreads pressured results at the refinery, they also reduced market jet fuel prices and helped lower Delta’s overall fuel expense.

Cash Flow

Cash from operations during the September 2013 quarter was $1.2 billion, driven by the company’s September quarter profit.  The company generated $627 million of free cash flow.

Capital expenditures during the September 2013 quarter were $635 million, including $450 million in fleet investments and $61 million for the purchase of 12 aircraft off lease. During the quarter, Delta’s debt maturities and capital leases were $430 million.

In the September quarter, the company began returning capital to shareholders.  On Sept. 10, the company paid $51 million to shareholders, which represents the $0.06 per share quarterly dividend declared earlier in the year.  In addition, the company repurchased 4.8 million shares at an average price of $20.82 for a total of $100 million.  The company has $400 million remaining of the $500 million share repurchase plan authorized by Delta’s Board of Directors in May.

Delta ended the quarter with adjusted net debt of $9.9 billion and the company has now achieved over $7 billion in net debt reduction since 2009.  This debt reduction strategy produced a $33 million year-over-year reduction in interest expense in the September quarter.  As of September 30, 2013, Delta had $5.8 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $4 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, and $1.8 billion in undrawn revolving credit facilities.

“The $1.8 billion in free cash flow we have generated so far this year has allowed us to achieve our initial $10 billion debt target and start down the path toward our new $7 billion target,” said Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer.  “With consistently solid cash generation, we are moving forward with our plan to return capital to shareholders while continuing to invest in the company and strengthen our balance sheet.”

Company Highlights

Delta has a strong commitment to its employees, customers and the communities it serves.  Recent Delta highlights include:

  • Recognizing the achievements of Delta employees toward meeting the company’s financial and operational goals with $456 million of incentives so far this year, including $387 million in profit sharing expense and $69 million in Shared Rewards payments;
  • Significantly improving its operational performance, resulting in an on-time arrival rate of 83 percent and a 99.8 percent completion factor so far this year.  This completion factor performance includes 40 days of 100 percent mainline completion factor;
  • Receiving final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation for Delta’s joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways with a grant of anti-trust immunity.  The joint venture will allow the airlines to deepen their cooperation, offering more flight choice for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic and improving the travel options for business customers in the New York to London market;
  • Equipping Delta’s crews with enhanced technology by providing all flight attendants new Windows Phone 8 handheld devices that will streamline on-board purchasing and improve the customer experience and also announcing plans to provide Delta’s 11,000 pilots with the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, allowing pilots more efficient access to real-time flight information; and
  • Continuing to support the communities we serve through Delta’s Force for Global Good, including raising nearly $7 million since 2005 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and furthering the foundation’s goal of breast cancer awareness with Delta’s Pink Plane, a 767-400 (above) dedicated to Evelyn Lauder and featuring BCRF’s trademarked pink ribbon logo on the tail of the aircraft.

Special Items

Delta recorded special items totaling a $157 million gain in the September 2013 quarter, including:

  • a $285 million gain for mark-to-market adjustments for fuel hedges settling in future periods; and
  • a $128 million charge for facilities, fleet and other items, primarily associated with Delta’s domestic fleet restructuring.

Delta recorded special items totaling a $279 million gain in the September 2012 quarter, including:

  • a $440 million gain for mark-to-market adjustments for fuel hedges settling in future periods;
  • a $39 million gain associated with the exchange of slots at New York-LaGuardia and Washington-Reagan National;
  • a $12 million loss on extinguishment of debt;
  • a $66 million charge for severance and related costs; and
  • a $122 million charge for facilities, fleet and other, including charges resulting from the closure of Comair.

End Notes

(1)   Note A to the attached Consolidated Statements of Operations provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

(2)   CASM – Ex: In addition to fuel expense, profit sharing and special items, Delta believes excluding ancillary business costs is helpful to investors because ancillary business costs are not related to the generation of a seat mile. These businesses include aircraft maintenance and staffing services Delta provides to third parties and Delta’s vacation wholesale operations. The amounts excluded were $224 million and $214 million for the September 2013 and 2012 quarters, respectively. Management believes this methodology provides a more consistent and comparable reflection of Delta’s airline operations.

(3)   Average fuel price per gallon: Delta’s September 2013 quarter average fuel price of $2.97 per gallon reflects the consolidated cost per gallon for mainline and regional operations, including contract carrier operations, and includes the impact of fuel hedge contracts with original maturity dates in the September 2013 quarter. On a GAAP basis, fuel price includes $285 million in fuel hedge mark-to-market adjustments recorded in periods other than the settlement period. The net refinery profit for the quarter was $3 million. See Note A for a reconciliation of average fuel price per gallon to the comparable GAAP metric.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta’s special “Force for Global Good” Boeing 767-432 ER N845MH (msn 29719) “Pink Plane” taxies at London (Heathrow).

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