Frontier to add new flights to Branson, Cleveland and Nashville

"Grizwald, the Bear"

Frontier Airlines continues to add routes, announcing five more non-stop flights from Branson Airport (BKG), Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE), and Nashville International Airport (BNA). Service begins in spring 2019.

Routes and Frequency:

Branson:

DESTINATION

ORIGIN

FREQUENCY

SERVICE START

DFW

TO/FROM

BKG

Wednesday, Saturday

1-MAY-19

ORD

TO/FROM

BKG

Wednesday, Saturday

1-MAY-19

Cleveland:

DESTINATION

ORIGIN

FREQUENCY

SERVICE START

CHS

TO/FROM

CLE

Thursday, Sunday

30-APR-19

SFO

TO/FROM

CLE

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

30-APR-19

 

Nashville:

DESTINATION

ORIGIN

FREQUENCY

SERVICE START

ORD

TO/FROM

BNA

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

30-APR-19

Additionally, Frontier is expanding service between Chicago (ORD) and both Fort Myers and Tampa into the summer season with flights twice/week to Fort Myers and 3 times/week to Tampa.

Top Copyright Photo (all other images by the airline): Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-214 WL N227FR (msn 6184) (Grizwald, the Bear) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 945324.

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Delta Cargo, Virgin Atlantic Cargo to drive long-term growth with move to new purpose-built facility at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo are to move into the new purpose-built dnata City East, London Heathrow’s most state-of-the-art cargo facility. The move supports the airlines’ growing cargo businesses, enhances their trans-Atlantic partnership for customers, and future-proofs the joint venture’s position in the U.K. market by doubling the size of their cargo footprint at the airport.

Virgin and Delta’s cargo operations have been aligned under one roof in the U.K. since June 2016 and share cargo facilities at major U.S. gateways, notably Atlanta, Boston, Miami, New York, Orlando and Washington-Dulles with the objective to create an enhanced customer proposition on both sides of the Atlantic.

The move to the new facility – scheduled for the second half of 2019 – will ultimately increase the size of Virgin and Delta’s cargo operation at Heathrow to 335,000 square feet, and see customers benefit from greater automation and faster truck and cargo handling times.

The purpose-built facility will deliver the highest levels of service, security and automation. Inside the warehouse, investments in technology will enable staff using handheld devices to efficiently manage the flow of cargo, while the double-train ETV system will increase storage to 245 positions for pallets and containers. Customer trucks arriving at the facility will benefit from a new door management system, which enables drivers to complete paperwork at the gatehouse on arrival without leaving their vehicles and to then be immediately assigned to one of the facility’s 18 cargo doors.

The new location will also provide further benefits for customers choosing Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo services to move temperature-controlled healthcare and life science products as well as offering a dedicated perishables zone and an enlarged AVI centre for live animals.

Photo: Delta Air Lines.

Samoa Airways to lease a new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 from ALC

Samoa Airways and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) have signed a memorandum of understanding in Apia, for the lease placement of one new Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.

Scheduled for delivery in late March, the aircraft, which will be delivered direct from Boeing in Seattle Washington, will replace the National Carrier’s existing 737-800.

The MOU was signed by the Prime Minister, Honourable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Samoa Airways Chairman Feesago Siaosi Fepuleai and ALC Executive Chairman Steven Hazy.

The airplane will feature the new Boeing Sky Interior, highlighted by modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger overhead stowage bins.

The MAX’s technological advances plus its powerful LEAP-1B engines are redefining the future of efficient and environmentally friendly air travel.

Samoa Airways is set to become the first airline in the South Pacific Region including New Zealand and Australia to operate the new Boeing 737 MAX 9.

The new aircraft will be configured with 16 Business Class seats and 173 seats in Economy Class, and will operate between Apia, Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane.

Air Tahiti Nui takes delivery of its second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Air Tahiti Nui announced on social media:

We are thrilled to announce that our 2nd TahitianDreamliner will arrive at PPT today at 2:40 PM! Tupaia, our new blue bird, is just as beautiful as the first one! An inauguration ceremony is planned to celebrate its arrival. We can’t wait to see our aircraft landing in Tahiti.

Photo: Air Tahiti Nui.

First Look: The cabin of the new Boeing 777X

Boeing has announced on social media:

Just like the 787 Dreamliner, the 777X passenger experience will leave you feeling refreshed with better cabin altitude and humidity, temperature, sound quality and lighting.

Photo: Boeing.

Emirates to operate scheduled Airbus A380 service to Amman

Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EOJ (msn 182) (Expo 2020 Dubai UAE) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 945323.

Emirates will operate its Airbus A380 aircraft to and from Amman between June 1 and October 26, 2019, in response to increased demand for travel during the summer period. This adjustment will see the airline operate one of its three daily flights on the route (EK 903/904) with its flagship A380. This will be the first time that Emirates will operate a scheduled A380 service to Amman, following the historic one-off A380 flight operated in September 2016.

From  June 1 to October 26, 2019, A380 flight EK 903 will depart Dubai at 1400 hrs and arrive in Amman at 1555 hrs, while the return A380 flight, EK 904 will leave Amman at 1800 hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2200 hrs.

The Emirates A380 flying to Amman will be set in a three-class configuration, with 427 generously pitched seats in Economy Class on the lower deck, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.  Once the A380 reaches cruising altitude, passengers in the First Class cabin can enjoy the on-board Shower Spas and First and Business class customers can socialise in the On Board Lounge where they can mingle, network and enjoy complimentary beverages, canapés and other special delicacies at 40,000 feet.

Emirates has been flying to Jordan for 33 years, and has carried over 5.5 million passengers to and from Amman. Emirates has developed its operations in Jordan, providing more connectivity for its customers and boosting its services to the country, and today operates three daily flights between Amman and Dubai utilizing the Boeing 777.

During the financial year 2019/20, Emirates will take delivery of six new Airbus A380 aircraft. Emirates currently has 109 A380s in service and 53 pending delivery, more than any other airline globally. More than 116 million passengers have travelled on the Emirates A380 since it was first launched in 2008.

In order to meet increased seasonal passenger demand Emirates will be also be introducing its Airbus A380 aircraft to Boston in the United States and Glasgow in the UK.

In other news, Emirates has released this statement about its relationship with flydubai:

The strategic partnership between Dubai’s two airlines, Emirates and flydubai, continues to open up the world for travellers since its launch 14 months ago, and is set to grow even further in 2019 with new codeshare destinations to be added.

The partnership, which came into effect at the end of October 2017, has since delivered a number of benefits to both airlines’ customers, such as offering greater global connectivity through more destination choices, flexibility with flight options when planning trips, one integrated loyalty programme, and the convenience of travelling on a single ticket with seamless point to point baggage handling.

Between January and December 2018, the two airlines have jointly carried 3.29 million customers on codeshare flights across 84 destinations, which include popular tourism and adventure destinations such as Bucharest, Kathmandu and Zanzibar, amongst many others. Through the codeshare partnership, Emirates customers can access 67 additional destinations through flydubai’s network, while flydubai customers have 115 additional destinations they can travel to on Emirates network.

Expanding global connectivity

The partnership started with codeshare flights to just 29 cities, and has since expanded to 84, including new flydubai destinations such as Catania, Krakow, Dubrovnik and Helsinki.

During 2019 the network of codeshare flights will be further expanded, with the launch of new flydubai destinations Naples and Budapest, as well as several others that will be announced in due course. flydubai flights to Chittagong will also restart from January 20, 2019, while flights to Kozhikode, Kerala, will start from February 1, 2019.

Delivering better connections

Since December 2 last year, 11 flydubai flights started to operate from Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport to help improve the connections between Emirates and flydubai. These are Belgrade, Bishkek, Bucharest, Catania, Helsinki, Krakow, Mineralnye Vody, Prague, Rostov-on-Don, Salalah and Zagreb. During this year, more flights, including Naples and Budapest, will be departing from Terminal 3, further improving the connection experience for customers.

This move has enabled customers booked to travel to these destinations to check-in at the Emirates Business Class and Economy Class desks in the departures area of Terminal 3. Business Class passengers are also able to use fast track on the ground and enjoy other Business Class services, whilst transiting passengers have a smooth and quick transit time.

One loyalty program

To provide customers with an easy way to accrue and redeem air miles, flydubai adopted Emirates Skywards as its program in August last year. The alignment of the loyalty programme allows Emirates Skywards members to earn Skywards Miles and Tier Miles and enjoy shared travel benefits when flying across the combined networks.

Since August 2018, over 125,000 Skywards members have flown and earned almost 300 million Skywards Miles on flydubai. Skywards members have also been active in using their Miles to partially or fully pay for over 10,000 flydubai tickets.

Members earn the same currency with both airlines, so they can reach rewards faster and more easily rise through the tiers of the programme. Members enjoy even more privileges as they move through the membership tiers – they earn bonus Miles, can use Business Class check-in desks when flying Economy Class, and enjoy extra baggage plus priority baggage delivery.

Currently, the combined networks of Emirates and flydubai is 216, which by 2022, is expected to reach 240 destinations, offering customers across the world far reaching global connectivity via Dubai.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EOJ (msn 182) (Expo 2020 Dubai UAE) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 945323.

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