Shanghai Airlines (Shanghai) has retired its last Boeing 757-200 from revenue service. The pictured Boeing 757-26D B-2875 (msn 33966) on March 21 operated flight FM 9172 from Harbin to Shanghai (Pudong) according to wcarn.com.
Shanghai Airlines added the first Boeing 757-200 in 1993.
Iraqi Airways (Baghdad) announced on February 20 that it will begin services to Manchester, UK beginning on March 15, 2015.
The twice-weekly service, flown by one of the carrier’s Boeing 737-800s, will include the first flight being between Manchester and Erbil on Wednesdays at 22:00 and the second flight being between Manchester and Sulaymaniyah on Sundays, also departing at 22:00.
Erbil is the largest city and capital of the semi-autonoumous Kurdistan region of Iraq. Erbil is located 55 miles east of Mosul.
Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.
Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 737-8Z YI-ASR (msn 40080) was just handed over to the carrier on February 20.
Flydubai (marketed as flydubai) (subsidiary of Emirates) (Dubai) has announced the launch of flights to Ahwaz, Hamadan, Esfahan, Shiraz and Tabriz in Iran. The announcement will see flydubai’s Iranian network grow to seven points, adding to the launch of flights to Tehran and Mashhad in 2014. Flights to Shiraz, Esfahan and Ahwaz will commence on March 8, 11 and 14 respectively. Hamadan and Tabriz will join the flydubai network on March 16.
Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand-new Boeing 737-8KN A6-FEU (msn 40273) taxies to the runway at Boeing Field (King County) in Seattle.
Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) is adding more flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to China. The fast growing carrier will add a new route from SEA to Shanghai on June 22. The new route will operate four days a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) with two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Flight 7956 will depart Seattle/Tacoma at 12 noon (1200) and arrive Shanghai Pudong Airport at 4:30 pm (1630) the following day. Flight 7955 will depart Shanghai Pudong at 1:15 pm (1315) and arrive Seattle/Tacoma at 9:35 am (0935) the same day. Flight time is 13 ½ hours westbound and 11 hours 20 minutes eastbound.
The new service compliments the existing service from SEA to Beijing, which will expand to daily service on June 15.
Hainan started serving SEA in June 2008.
Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-6088 (msn 906) is pictured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced it will add new destinations with more nonstop flights made possible by acquiring the rights to two additional Love Field gates.
Beginning in April, Southwest will offer daily nonstop flights to nine new cities from Dallas (Love Field), including Memphis, Milwaukee, and Seattle/Tacoma, and will increase the number of nonstop flights to recently introduced destinations added after the October 2014 expiration of the Wright Amendment restrictions on long-haul flying at Love Field.
Details on numbers of flights as well as the full list of the cities and fares will be announced soon. The new flights will be made possible through a long-term sub-lease agreement that will transfer usage of two gates in the newly rebuilt 20-gate facility from United Airlines to Southwest Airlines. Terms of the deal are confidential. The transaction was reviewed and cleared without conditions by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. The City of Dallas, the owner and operator of Love Field, also has approved the sublease.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-790 N560WN (msn 30542) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
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Okay Airways (OKAir) (Tianjin) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) yesterday (January 30) celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-900 ER (Extended Range). The delivery marks the first 737-900 ER to be delivered to a Chinese customer and is the first of eight 737-900 ERs that Okay Airways has on order.
The addition of the 737-900 ER airplanes will join the existing fleet of 737-800 airplanes.
Okay Airways’ new 737-900 ER is configured with 200 seats in a one-class layout. It will feature Boeing’s Sky Interior.
Okay Airways, the first privately owned airline in China, is headquartered in Beijing with its main hub at Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN). Its jetliner fleet includes 13 Boeing 737-800s and one Boeing 737-300 Freighter, which serves more than 100 domestic and international routes.
Photo: Boeing. Boeing 737-9KF ER B-1739 (msn 41114) departs from Boeing Field.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has added nonstop service from Phoenix to Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle/Tacoma and has put larger aircraft on select flights from Seattle/Tacoma to Phoenix to accommodate customers traveling to and from the pro football championship game (Super Bowl).
The temporary service will operate as follows:
Flights 8789 to Los Angeles and 8799 to Seattle/Tacoma will operate using specially configured aircraft with all first or business class seats. Along with the added service, Delta has increased the size of the aircraft on one regularly scheduled flight from Phoenix to Seattle/Tacoma on February 2 from a regional jet to a 160-seat Boeing 737-800.
Delta regularly operates five peak-day flights to Phoenix from its Seattle/Tacoma hub, and two of those flights will be operated using larger aircraft to accommodate more fans traveling to the game on Friday, January 30. Delta also operates five peak-day flights from Los Angeles to Phoenix. Some service may be operated by Delta Connection carriers SkyWest Airlines and Compass Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 N399DA (msn 30379) approaches the runway at Las Vegas.
Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery):