EgyptAir supports the Egyptian Football Team with a new logo jet

EgyptAir's 2018 National Football Team special livery

EgyptAir received the pictured new Boeing 737-800 SU-GEN on December 8, 2017. The new airliner has now been painted in a special Egyptian Football Team livery in support of the national team (below).

This morning, the aircraft departed Cairo as flight 4 from Cairo International Airport, heading to the city of Zurich, Switzerland, to engage in friendly games with the Greek team in preparations for Russia 2018.

The team will return from Zurich on the morning of March 28 where is seen heading back to Cairo (top).

EgyptAir is the Official Carrier for the Egyptian National Football.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by EgyptAir): EgyptAir Boeing 737-800 WL SU-GEN (msn 63806) (Egyptian National Football Team) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 941291.

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SCAT Airlines’ first MAX 8 introduces a new livery

First MAX 8 introduces a new livery

SCAT Airlines (SCAT Air Company) is preparing to introduce a new livery with the pending delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8. The pictured UP-B3720 (msn 61737) was rolled out of the paint shop at Renton Airport on March 16 sporting the new look.

The airline is talking about the new color scheme on its social media (translated):

“By Creating the concept of a new livery, we were inspired by the existing livery, but we wanted to stress the sophisticated fuselage of the Boeing 737 Max 8.

Writing the name of the company in blue color transmits the unique and modern positioning of the new graphics of the airline. The concept of the livery presents a new perception of the graphics of the aircraft using the corporate color scheme of SCAT in tandem with the color of the national flag.

Together these two colors form dynamic curves inspired by wind movement and freedom of flight. The power of the blue flowers is filled with a silver stripe.

Placing the logo on the tail turns it into a bold and modern super graphic, creating a dynamic visual rhythm of the connecting lines around the tail part of the plane. This reflects the role of the airline in the mission of connecting Kazakhstan with other countries.”

Copyright Photos: SCAT Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 UP-B3720 (msn 61737) RNT (Brandon Farris). Image: 941291.

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SCAT Airlines (2018) (Kazakhstan)

United Airlines is halting pet shipments

United Airlines has issued this statement:

Effective immediately, we are not accepting any new reservations for PetSafe travel. We will honor any existing PetSafe reservations confirmed as of March 20, 2018, although we will assist any customer that wishes to cancel their reservation. This suspension does not affect pets that travel with us in-cabin.

We are taking this voluntary action to conduct a thorough and systematic review of our PetSafe program and make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets. We expect to complete our review by May 1, 2018.

All photos by United Airlines.

VLM Airlines to restore its route to Birmingham

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2005

VLM Airlines (flyvlm) will add the seasonal daily Antwerp – Birmingham route on March 26 until October 27, 2018. This is a resumption for the airline.

This is the second UK route for the company.

Top Copyright Photo: VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLI (msn 20226) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 940791.

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Brussels Airlines to resume flights to Yerevan

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2006

Brussels Airlines will resume weekly flights from Brussels to Yerevan, Armenia on June 2.

Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-223 OO-SFZ (msn 249) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910517.

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Ryanair to help and will eventually acquire 75% of LaudaMotion

Ryanair Holdings Plc on March 20 announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with Mr. Niki Lauda to support his plan to develop and grow LaudaMotion GmbH, an Austrian Airline based in Vienna.

LaudaMotion is an Austrian AOC holder owned by Niki Lauda, which has recently acquired many of the assets, including Airbus A320 aircraft, of the former Niki Airline, and will shortly start a range of scheduled and charter services from Germany, Austria and Switzerland primarily to Mediterranean leisure destinations.

Under this agreement Ryanair will acquire an initial 24.9% stake in LaudaMotion and this will rise as soon as possible to 75% subject to EU Competition approval.

Niki Lauda will chair the Board of the airline and oversee the implementation of his strategy to build a successful Austrian low fares airline. Ryanair will provide financial and management support to LaudaMotion as well as 6 wet-lease aircraft for S2018 to enable LaudaMotion to complete an extensive 21 aircraft flying program.

The cost of this 75% investment in LaudaMotion (if approved by the EU) will be less than €50m although Ryanair will provide an additional €50m for year 1 start up and operating costs. Both Mr Lauda and Ryanair will work with the existing management team of LaudaMotion and expect the airline to reach profitability by year 3 of operations if their plan to grow the business to a fleet of at least 30 Airbus aircraft is successful.

This partnership provides job security, career opportunities and growth in employment in all activities of LaudaMotion, such as cockpit and cabin crew, maintenance and administration, and will allow consumers and visitors to benefit from strong competition, leading to more choices and lower fares. 

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:

“We look forward to working in partnership with Niki Lauda to successfully develop his vision for a successful Austrian low fares airline to service the schedule and charter markets.  The LaudaMotion AOC will support a fleet of Airbus aircraft which is something we have hoped to develop within the Ryanair Group for some years.

LaudaMotion will benefit from this partnership between Niki Lauda and Ryanair. With access to the Ryanair fleet and financial resources, LaudaMotion will now grow more rapidly, as it seeks to compete in a market which is dominated by Lufthansa’s high airfares with its Swiss and Austrian subsidiaries.

This LaudaMotion partnership is good news for Austrian and German consumers/visitors who can now look forward to real competition, more choice and lower fares.  It is also great news for LaudaMotion’s people who can look forward to improved job security and more promotional opportunities in Vienna and other bases as we work with Niki Lauda and his team to accelerate growth of LaudaMotion – Austria’s low fares airline.” 

Niki Lauda, Chairman of LaudaMotion said: 

“I have always stood up for competition and have opposed monopolies. Therefore I am thrilled that in the partnership with Ryanair, Laudamotion will be able to establish itself as a strong competitor and to grow quickly and sustainably. A new player in the aviation market is born and I am looking forward to offering our passengers an extensive route portfolio at competitive air fares.”

LaudaMotion will eventually introduce its own unique livery at the end of the summer season 2018.


Sections for the first All Nippon Airways Airbus A380 arrive in Toulouse

The main sections of the first Airbus A380 for Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) have arrived at the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse, France via a special convoy, with six subassemblies – the nose, central and aft fuselage sections, the tailplane, and the two wings.

ANA Holdings placed a firm order for three A380s in 2016, becoming the first customer for the superjumbo in Japan.  The first delivery is scheduled early in 2019, and the A380 will initially be operated on the Tokyo-Honolulu route. ANA’s A380s will feature a special ‘Honu’ Hawaiian green sea turtle livery (below), symbolizing good luck and prosperity.

Today, 222 A380s are operated by 13 airlines on 60 destinations, and 240 airports around the world can accommodate the A380.

ANA made this announcement about the special A380 livery:

ANA, Japan’s largest airline, announced today it has selected “FLYING HONU” as the theme for its limited edition livery to be used on the carrier’s Airbus A380, which will be introduced on the Tokyo-Honolulu service, launching in spring 2019. The new route marks ANA’s first introduction of the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner.

The aircraft’s final design was selected from among 2,197 submissions from around the world, which were received by ANA during an open design contest conducted from Oct. 7-Nov. 30, 2016. An in-house selection committee awarded the grand prize to Chihiro Masuoka of Tokyo, for his concept “Sea Turtle Family,” featuring the Hawaiian green sea turtle—a symbol of good luck and prosperity in Hawaii. Mr. Masuoka was awarded a pair of roundtrip business-class tickets for ANA’s Tokyo-Honolulu route. In addition to the design contest’s grand prize winner, four runners up, including the creators of the design “Stephen+Cayden” from the state of Hawaii, will receive commemorative gifts from ANA.

Known as “Honu” in the Hawaiian language, the green sea turtle is considered a sacred creature, and is widely loved by the people of Hawaii. ANA selected “FLYING HONU” as the nickname to call the special edition aircraft, with the hopes to pass on some of the happiness and luck to its passengers to Hawaii.

ANA Group will be supporting activities in Hawaii to protect the Hawaiian green sea turtle, which is listed by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a wild animal in danger of extinction.

ANA is moving forward with preparations to offer new passenger services to coincide with the introduction of the A380, and will provide updates as they become available.

Four runners up designs:

Photo: Airbus.