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Eastern Air Lines and HavanaAir Charters to operate daily air service to Cuba

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Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Miami) which is still planning to operate its first revenue charter flight on May 30, has issued this statement:

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. and HavanaAir Charters, LLC, have signed on May 22 an agreement, to support HavanaAir’s charter operations to Cuba. HavanaAir is the largest provider of passenger traffic to the island, currently operating 65 flights a month to Havana from Miami with additional service to Santa Clara and Camaguey. The partnership will eventually include additional approved U.S. gateway cities.

Eastern will operate the Boeing 737-800 (Next Generation) aircraft, configured with 16 First Class seats and 129 Coach seats in the main cabin on all flights to Cuba.

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“We are very pleased to partner with Eastern Air Lines. Eastern earned iconic status in the U.S. airline industry for decades and we are both honored and privileged to partner with their highly experienced management. Our partnership with Eastern will provide an entirely new level of service to Cuba with their Next Generation Boeing aircraft and their commitment to excellent customer service.” said Mark Elias, President and COO of HavanaAir Charters.

“We are excited to partner with HavanaAir Charters. Eastern was formerly the largest provider of air seats in the Cuba market, and with this agreement, Eastern will once again provide more seats to Cuba than any other U.S. carrier. Cuba is and always will be a very important market for Eastern as we grow our airline and we look forward to proving service from additional U.S. gateways along with our home airport of Miami International”, said Ed Wegel, President & CEO of Eastern.

Key Facts:

Eastern will operate for HavanaAir twice daily service to Havana and weekly service to Camaguey and Santa Clara.

Eastern will support HavanaAir’s existing operations to Cuba with some 65 flights monthly.

Eastern and HavanaAir will be launching service from other U.S. gateways within 60 days.

Copyright Photo below: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Eastern Air Lines (2nd) Boeing 737-8AL WL N276EA (msn 35070) arrives at the Miami base.

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Virgin Atlantic plans to operate the last Boeing 747 flight from Heathrow in April 2016

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) has tentatively scheduled the last Boeing 747-400 revenue flight for Heathrow Airport with an arrival on April 18, 2016 in London. According to Airline Route, the last planned flight is currently flight VS 006 departing Miami at 9:50 pm (2150) on April 17, 2016 and arriving the next day (April 18) at London (Heathrow) at 11:30 am (1130).

Virgin Atlantic has operated the Boeing Jumbo since its inception on June 22, 1984. The pictured ex-Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 747-287B G-VIRG (msn 21189) (above), named “Maiden Voyager”, operated the first Virgin Atlantic flight between London (Gatwick) and Newark.

Top Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-287B G-VIRG (msn 21189) holds short of the runway, ready for departure from Gatwick Airport. Click on the photo for the large view (note the humorous painted-on painter falling off the tail and dropping red paint on the fuselage).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Virgin Atlantic added the first Boeing 747-400 on April 28, 1994 with the arrival of Boeing 747-4Q8 G-VFAB (msn 24958) “Lady Penelope”. Sister ship Boeing 747-4Q89 G-VBIG (msn 26255) arrives at London (Heathrow).

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The Eastern name is back! – Eastern Air Lines receives its Part 121 AOC

Eastern (2nd) 737-800 WL N276EA (14)(Nose and FA)(Eastern)(LR)

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Miami) has brought back the Eastern name to South Florida skies. The airline concluded its FAA proving flights on May 5 and today (May 13) formally received its Part 121 Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in Miami. The new airline issued this statement:

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Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. is pleased to report that its operating subsidiary, Eastern Air Lines, has received an Air Carrier Operating Certificate from the US Federal Aviation Administration. Eastern received its certificate and “Part 121″ operations specifications, which authorize passenger charters with large aircraft, in a short ceremony today at Eastern’s headquarters in Building 5A at Miami International Airport. (Bldg 5A served as Eastern’s Operation Center from 1965-1991).

“We are honored and humbled to have been selected to bring the Eastern Air Lines name and legacy back to the skies, and the receipt of our 121 certification is the culmination of several years of planning and, over the last year, intense preparations by our team to meet all FAA requirements. During our proving run flights with the FAA, we flew our aircraft to Dallas, San Antonio, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Columbus (Ohio) and Colorado Springs, and we received a great reception in each city and were proud to show off our colors once again,” said Ed Wegel, Eastern’s founder and CEO. “We are also pleased that our certificate will be held in the South Florida CMO, which is Eastern’s home base,” Wegel added.

Eastern (2nd) 737-800 WL N276EA (14)(Ldg) SJU (Eastern)(LR)

Photo Above: Eastern Air Lines. N276EA at San Juan on a FAA proving flight.

Eastern will be announcing its initial charter operations shortly and has recently concluded deals for additional 737-800s (below).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Eastern). Boeing 737-8AL N276EA (msn 35070) lands at Miami International Airport (MIA).

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Turkish Airlines to return to Miami

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Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) is coming back to Miami. The airline has announced it will restore the Istanbul – Miami route on October 25, this with daily Boeing 777-300 ERs flights. Previously the airline operated the route with Airbus A340-300s and dropped the route in 2001.

Bottom Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3F2 ER TC-JJU (msn 60401) in the special Istanbul-San Francisco livery touches down at London (Heathrow). Will there be a Miami version?

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Thomas Cook Airlines inaugurates new USA services

Thomas Cook (UK) A330 arrives at MIA (MDAD)(LR)

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) has begun its newest services to North America from its base at Manchester. With twice-weekly flights to Miami began on May 3 and thrice weekly New York JFK services beginning on May 5 respectively. The services are being flown by the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A330-200s, with the inaugural flight to Miami being served by the first aircraft to be fully painted in the airline’s new 2013 “Sunny Heart” livery. Thomas Cook also began seasonal services between Glasgow (International) and Las Vegas on May 4.

Thomas Cook stated on their Facebook page on the day of the first Miami flight:

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“Welcome to Miami! Our first flight touched down in the ‘magic city’. Have fun everyone, we are not jealous… Much!!”

The first Miami flight was treated with the signature water canon salute (above).

Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock reporting from Manchester.

Photo Above: Thomas Cook Airlines.

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Avianca firms up its order for 100 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement:

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Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announcement in February, Avianca (Bogota) has signed a purchase agreement for 100 A320neo Family aircraft, the largest single order ever made in Latin America’s aviation history. The agreement, which includes A319neo, A320neo and A321neo aircraft (below), will allow Avianca to maintain one of the youngest fleets in the region as the airline aims to replace airplanes currently operating from their Bogota, Lima and San Salvador hubs.

Avianca A320neo and A321neo (Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Image Above: Airbus.

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Established in Colombia in 1919, Avianca was the first airline in the Americas, and is the second oldest airline in the world. The Airbus-Avianca partnership was taken to a new level in 1998 when TACA (now part of Avianca), LAN, and TAM placed a joint order for 90 single-aisle aircraft. This was the largest joint contract ever signed in Latin American commercial aviation history. To date, the Avianca airline group has ordered nearly 300 aircraft including 276 A320 Family (among them, 133 A320neo Family) and 15 A330 Family.

To date, the A320neo program has 345 firm orders from six customers in Latin America — Avianca, Azul, Interjet, LATAM Airlines Group, VivaAerobus and Volaris. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 500, more than 550 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In the last 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Avianca will remain an Airbus A320 Family operator. Current generation Airbus A320-214 N724AV (msn 6153) climbs away from Miami International Airport (MIA).

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Falcon Air moves four MD-80s to Lakeland, considers scheduled flights

Falcon Air (Falcon Air Express) (Miami) has moved four McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83s (MD-83s) to Lakeland, Florida (LAL).

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Previously The Ledger in Lakeland reported the city of Lakeland was negotiating with Falcon Air to provide scheduled passenger flights from the underutilized airport. The last scheduled passenger service at LAL was provided by DirectAir (operated by Sky King Airlines). LAL is located very close to Disney World and is situated between Orlando and Tampa.

According to the report, Falcon Air is considering scheduled air service to Baton Rouge, Branson, Chicopee (Massachusetts), Huntsville, Jackson, Lansing (or Kalamazoo) and Newport News/Williamsburg. Service could start in June.

The business model is likely to be the same as used by Allegiant Air which serves small cities initially with minimal service and flies to popular holiday destinations like Orlando. Allegiant serves the Central Florida area through Sanford (SNF) (north of Orlando) and St. Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE) (west of Tampa). LAL is actually closer to Disney World than SFB. Falcon Air is likely to select small cities not already being served by Allegiant Air from Central Florida.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N120MN (msn 53120) is one of the four aircraft that has been repositioned to LAL.

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