Air Arabia adds Izmir to its growing Turkey network, Bergamo in Italy

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Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that, from June 27, 2018, it will become the first airline to connect the UAE and the Turkish city of Izmir with a direct flight.

Izmir, which is the third largest city in Turkey, joins Istanbul, Antalya, Bodrum, and Trabzon as the carrier’s fifth destination in the country.

The flight will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 21:05 hours, and arriving the next day at Izmir’s Adnan Menderes International Airport (ADB) at 00:50 hours local time. The return flight will depart Izmir at 01:30 hours, landing in Sharjah at 06:50 hours local time.

 

Air Arabia currently operates flights to over 140 routes across the globe from five hubs located in the Middle East and North Africa.

In other news, Air Arabia Egypt announced it will commence its nonstop flights to Italy starting from May 4, 2018; serving Bergamo (Milan) twice a week from its hub in Alexandria, Egypt.

The flight will operate on Fridays and Sundays under two different timings. On Fridays, the flight will depart from Alexandria International Airport at 16:10 hours, and will arrive at Milan Bergamo International Airport at 19:45 hours local time. The return flight will depart from Milan at 20:30, landing in Alexandria at 24:00 hours local time. On Sundays, the service will depart from Alexandria International Airport at 07:10 hours, and arrive at Milan Bergamo International Airport at 10:45 hours local time. The return flight will depart from Milan at 11:30, landing in Alexandria at 15:00 hours local time.

 

Copyright Photo: Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (UAE) Airbus A320-214 A6-ANN (msn 5423) SHJ (Paul Denton). Image: 913891.

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Bloomberg: British Airways is in negotiations with Airbus for more A380s

British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLED (msn 144) LHR (SPA). Image: 940743.

British Airways, according to a report by Bloomberg, is currently in talks with Airbus for a new order for additional A380s.

BA currently operates an even dozen of the widebody type.

Copyright Photo: British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLED (msn 144) LHR (SPA). Image: 940743.

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Spirit Airlines to connect Atlantic City and New Orleans

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) LAS (TMK Photography). Image: 925224.

Spirit Airlines has announced new nonstop service connecting Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Beginning April 13, 2018, Spirit will operate 4 flights per week between the two popular vacation destinations.

Spirit Airlines has been providing nonstop flights and low fares from Southern New Jersey for more than 27 years at Atlantic City International Airport. From Atlantic City, Spirit currently operates 10 flights per day to 6 cities, including Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. On April 12, 2018, Spirit will also resume its daily seasonal service to Atlanta.

In New Orleans, Spirit will begin seasonal nonstop service from Columbus, OH, beginning on March 22, 2018. Spirit also recently started service to New Orleans from Boston, Newark/New York, Tampa and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Spirit now operates 19 daily flights from New Orleans to 17 destinations.

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) LAS (TMK Photography). Image: 925224.

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Delta introduces enhanced requirements for customers traveling with service or support animals effective March 1

Delta Air Lines issued this statement:

Delta Air Lines is taking steps to further protect its customers, employees and service and support animals by implementing advance documentation requirements for those animals. This comes as a result of a lack of regulation that has led to serious safety risks involving untrained animals in flight. The new requirements support Delta’s top priority of ensuring safety for its customers, employees and trained service and support animals, while supporting the rights of customers with legitimate needs, such as disabled veterans, to travel with trained animals.

Delta carries approximately 700 service or support animals daily — nearly 250,000 annually. Putting this into perspective, Delta carries more than 180 million passengers annually. Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as sugar gliders, snakes, spiders and more. Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs. Delta has seen an 84 percent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016, including urination/defecation, biting and even a widely reported attack by a 70-pound dog. In 2017, Delta employees reported increased acts of aggression (barking, growling, lunging and biting) from service and support animals, behavior not typically seen in these animals when properly trained and working.

New Procedures & Updated Requirements

In compliance with the Air Carrier Access Act, Delta provides in-cabin travel for service and support animals without charge. The guidelines, effective March 1, require that all customers traveling with a service or support animal show proof of health or vaccinations 48 hours in advance. In addition to the current requirement of a letter prepared and signed by a doctor or licensed mental health professional, those with psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals will also need to provide a signed document confirming that their animal can behave to prevent untrained, sometimes aggressive household pets from traveling without a kennel in the cabin. These measures are intended to help ensure that those customers traveling with a trained service or support animal will no longer be at risk of untrained pets attacking their working animal, as has previously been reported.

“The rise in serious incidents involving animals in flight leads us to believe that the lack of regulation in both health and training screening for these animals is creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel,” said John Laughter, Delta’s Senior Vice President — Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance. “As a leader in safety, we worked with our Advisory Board on Disability to find a solution that supports those customers with a legitimate need for these animals, while prioritizing a safe and consistent travel experience.”

In developing the updated requirements, Delta solicited the feedback and input of its 15-member Advisory Board on Disability, a group of disability advocates established more than a decade ago and composed of diverse Delta frequent flyers with a range of disabilities.

Air Carrier Access Act

As the Title 14 Code of Federal Aviation Regulations § 382.117 dictates, “you must permit the service animal to accompany the passenger with a disability at any seat in which the passenger sits, unless the animal obstructs an aisle or other area that must remain unobstructed to facilitate an emergency evacuation.” However, untrained animals that have been misidentified as service and support animals are regularly reported to occupy seats, stretch across the aisles and move throughout the cabin during flight, often without restriction. That same regulation also requires that airlines determine whether any factors preclude travel in the cabin by a service animal. Such factors include: “whether the animal would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others” and “whether it would cause a significant disruption of cabin service.”

“We are committed to consistently improving our policies, prioritizing the safety of all Delta customers and employees,” said Laughter. “We have received extensive customer feedback through calls, emails and social posts — many from among those within the disability community — urging Delta to take action. This new policy is our first step in better protecting those who fly with Delta with a more thoughtful screening process.”

What Customers with Service and Support Animals Need To Know

Any customer traveling with a service or support animal on/after March 1 will need to meet the new requirements as outlined below:

Traveling with a trained service animal

  • Customers traveling with a trained service animal will be required to submit a signed Veterinary Health Form and/or an immunization record (current within one year of the travel date) for their animal to Delta’s Service Animal Support Desk via Delta.com at least 48 hours in advance of travel.

Traveling with an emotional support animal or psychiatric service animal

  • Customers traveling with an emotional support animal or psychiatric service animal will be required to submit a signed Veterinary Health Form and/or an immunization record (current within one year of the travel date), an Emotional Support/Psychiatric Service Animal Request form which requires a letter prepared and signed by a doctor or licensed mental health professional, and a signed Confirmation of Animal Training form to Delta’s Service Animal Support Desk via Delta.com at least 48 hours in advance of travel.

Delta is creating a Service Animal Support Desk for customers traveling with service and support animals to improve their travel experience and ensure they receive excellent customer service. This desk will verify that the above documentation is received and confirm the customer’s reservation to travel with the animal, prior to arrival at the airport. If a form is not completed, a representative will communicate with the customer via e-mail to request the missing or incomplete items.

Delta does not accept exotic or unusual service or support animals. Additional information on types of accepted animals and other questions related to traveling with service and support animals is available here.

BB Airways plans to resume operations this year

BB Airways (Kathmandu) is planning to restart operations this year.

The Nepalese airline purchased a grounded Boeing 757-200 (9N-ACA) from Nepal Airlines. It is planning to restart operations in 2018 after repairs are made to the aircraft.

The airline describes itself:

BB Airways aspires to rewrite the image of Nepali airlines as a safe, reliable, affordable, prompt and delightful carrier.At present BB Airways has operating permission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Hong Kong, China; New Delhi, India; Tokyo, Japan; Doha, Qatar; Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore.

BB Airways continues;

BB Airways is commencing its flights with one Boeing 757-200, followed soon by another Boeing 757. With the arrival of our second aircraft, we would be expanding our services to Bangkok, Singapore, New Delhi and Doha. Very soon we would be adding two Boeing 767s in our fleet. Our further plans are to fly to Europe and Australia.

Previously the airline started flights on October 11, 2012 using a wet-leased TonleSap Airlines Boeing 757-200 operating four flights a week to Kuala Lumpur. The company shut down on December 30, 2012.

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Cargojet announces scheduled international freighter service

Cargojet Airways Boeing 767-328 ER (F) C-GVIJ (msn 27212) SVO (OSDU). Image: 931321.

Cargojet Airways has announced their scheduled freighter service between Canada and South America and a second frequency between Canada and Europe starting on February 2, 2018.

Cargojet will begin operating its own scheduled Boeing 767-300F freighter aircraft twice per week on the following schedules:

Hamilton, ON to/from Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru via Altanta, Georgia and will operate Fridays and Sundays.

Hamilton, ON to/from Cologne, Germany will operate on Saturdays with continued connectivity through the Cargojet network.

Copyright Photo: Cargojet Airways Boeing 767-328 ER (F) C-GVIJ (msn 27212) SVO (OSDU). Image: 931321.

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Melbourne – San Francisco service to start on September 1, 2018

QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNA (msn 39038) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 940297.

QANTAS Airways has announced the start date of September 1, 2018 for its new Melbourne to San Francisco service.

The QANTAS Dreamliner features 236 seats across three cabins including the Business Suite, nicknamed “mini First Class” by some frequent flyers, as well as a next generation Premium Economy seat and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and device charging outlets.

To facilitate the new direct Melbourne – San Francisco service four times per week, QANTAS’ Melbourne – Los Angeles Dreamliner flights will move from six to two services per week. QANTAS will continue to operate daily Airbus A380 flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

QANTAS’ Melbourne – San Francisco and Melbourne – Los Angeles schedule*

Route Flight Dep Time^ Arr Time^ Frequency Aircraft
MEL-SFO QF 49 2140** 1900 Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun B789
MEL-LAX QF 95 2140** 1900 Mon, Fri B789
MEL-LAX QF 93 0905** 0635 Daily A380
SFO-MEL QF 50 2200 0630+2** Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun B789
LAX-MEL QF 96 2355 0825+2** Tues, Fri B789
LAX-MEL QF94 2255 0750+2** Daily A380

* Subject to government and regulatory approvals.
^Times above are local.
** 1 hour later in DS

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNA (msn 39038) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 940297.

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