GX Airlines to add its first international route

GX Airlines (2015) (China)

GX Airlines (Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines) (Nanning) will launch its first international route in May. The Chinese carrier will launch the twice-weekly Nanning – Siem Reap route on May 29, 2018. The route will be operated with Airbus A320s according to Airline Route.

GX Airlines is a joint venture between Tianjin Airlines (70%) and the Guangxi Beibu Gulf Investment Group (30%). GX Airlines received its first aircraft Embraer 190) from Tianjin Airlines and its AOC was achieved on February 1, 2015.

Operations commenced on February 13, 2015.

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Drukair orders one Airbus A320neo and one ATR 42-600

Drukair signed a purchase agreement with Airbus in Hamburg, Germany on April 11, 2018 for a new Airbus A320neo, configured to 20 Business and 120 Economy seats.

Photo: Airbus.

The new Airbus is expected to arrive Bhutan in the first quarter of 2020.

Additionally Drukair signed a MOU with ATR for the purchase of one ATR 42-600 on April 6, 2018, due to be delivered in July 2019.

Photo: Drukair.

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Wow Air introduces new Wow Premium Fares

Wow Air Airbus A330-343 TF-GAY (msn 1098) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933641.

Wow Air, Iceland’s ultra-low-fare transatlantic airline, announces WOW premium, a new full-service ticket bundle that is perfect for the business or leisure traveler seeking a more inclusive travel experience. This new offering from Wow Air will rival similar business services offered on legacy carriers with the fares remaining closer to what consumers have come to know and expect from the innovative Icelandic airline.

The WOW premium ticket bundle includes: the WOW air BigSeat, featuring a wider seat with a foot rest and at least 37 inches of legroom; priority boarding and fast track security; an in-flight meal and drinks; two checked bags; one carry-on item; one personal item; and no change fee for rescheduling and cancellation protection.

WOW premium is an enhanced version of the WOW biz offering that was announced in 2017.

“We have received great interest from businesses that want to provide their employees that travel a more comfortable experience at affordable prices that are not currently available,” says Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air. “We believe we can be a leader in this market by offering a premium product at half the price of our competitors and look forward to continuing to lower prices over the Atlantic.”

For a limited time, travelers can purchase select one-way WOW premium fares to Iceland from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and New York (EWR and JFK) for as low as $399*. Additionally, WOW air is offering select one-way WOW premium fares from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and New York (EWR and JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS), Paris (CDG) and London (LGW and STN) via Iceland for as low as $599*.

More information about each ticket package available from WOW air is available here:

WOW basic

WOW plus

WOW comfy

WOW premium

  • Flight ticket
  • 1 personalitem up to a maximum of 42x32x25cm/ 17x13x10in.

  • Flight ticket
  • 1 personal item
  • 1 carry-on bag up to a maximum of 56x45x25cm/22x18x10in (12kg/26 lbs).
  • 1 checked bag.
  • Standard seat selection.

  • Flight ticket
  • 1 personal item
  • 1 carry-on bag
  • 1 checked in bag.
  • Cancellation protection. Ensures a refund if a customer cancels a flight reservation due to unavoidable reasons. More on cancellation protection here.
  • Seat reservation. XL (seat pitch: 32 – 33″) or XXL (seat pitch: 35″+). Best extra legroom seat available.

  • Flight ticket
  • 1 personal item.
  • 1 carry-on bag.
  • 2 checked bags
  • Cancellation protection. Ensures a refund if a customer cancels a flight reservation due to unavoidable reasons. More on cancellation protection here.
  • BigSeat. Our biggest and most comfortable seat with a seat pitch: 37″ -45″)
  • Fast Track Security at KEF airport in Iceland. Separate security lane through security control. Quicker access to the departure hall.
  • Priority boarding (all airports). Early boarding means plenty of overhead baggage space and more time to get comfortable on board.
  • In-flight meal. Delicious meal from our exclusive pre-order menu or food and drink from the WOW ME catalog on board.
  • No change fee

*Flights from San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (EWR & JFK) to Iceland (KEF), Amsterdam (AMS), Paris (CDG) and London (LGW & STN) via Iceland. Based on lowest one-way WOW premium fare booked on www.wowair.us. Includes all taxes, fees and carrier charges. Available for travel April – June & September – October, 2018. The offer applies for 375 seats on selected flights, only when booking round trip flights. Subject to availability. Lowest advertised fare is exclusive to MyWOW members.

Copyright Photo: Wow Air Airbus A330-343 TF-GAY (msn 1098) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933641.

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Hong Kong Airlines to start daily service to Manila from June 2018

Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A320-214 B-LPJ (msn 5514) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 936068.

Hong Kong Airlines will operate daily flights between its home base of Hong Kong and Manila, the capital of the Philippines from  June 1, 2018 – the latest addition to the airline’s expanding network.

 

Hong Kong Airlines will deploy an Airbus A320 on the new route, which will be outfitted with a single-class configuration and offer 174 seats in Economy Class.

The schedule* for the new service can be seen below (All times local):

Flight Sector

Flight Number

Departure

Arrival

Frequency

HKG – MNL

HX781

2110

2300

Tue, Fri, Sun

HX781

2130

2300

Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat

MNL – HKG

HX782

0655

0855

Daily

Copyright Photo: Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A320-214 B-LPJ (msn 5514) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 936068.

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FAA Issues Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) for CFM56-7B engines

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) that requires operators to inspect fan blades on certain CFM56-7B engines within 20 days.

The directive is based on a CFM International Service Bulletin issued today and on information gathered from the investigation of Tuesday’s Southwest Airlines engine failure. The inspection requirement applies to CFM56-7B engines. Specifically, engines with more than 30,000 total cycles from new must complete inspections within 20 days.  The EAD becomes effective upon publication. The engine manufacturer estimates today’s corrective action affects 352 engines in the U.S. and 681 engines worldwide.

Southwest Airlines issued this short statement:

Southwest Airlines Company acknowledges the issuance of Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018-09-51 by the Federal Aviation Administration to airlines operating CFM56-7B engines. The existing Southwest Airlines maintenance program meets or exceeds all the requirements specified in the Airworthiness Directive.

Photos: Southwest Airlines.

Boeing delivers the first 737-800BCF to GECAS and West Atlantic

Boeing on April 19 announced the delivery of the first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The first customer is GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and the freighter will be operated by West Atlantic Group, based in Sweden.

West Atlantic will receive four 737-800 aircraft within the next 11 months and, once delivered, the company will operate 23 Boeing 737 freighter aircraft.

Boeing’s Current Market Outlook forecasts that over the next 20 years, customers will need more than 1,100 standard-body converted freighters.

Through its freighter conversion program, Boeing transitions passenger airplanes into freighters, extending the service life of the airplane. The 737-800BCF carries more payload – up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 lbs) – and has longer range – 2,000 nautical miles (3,750 km) than other standard-body freighters – providing capability to open new markets. The 737-800BCF freighter also offers operators newer technology, lower fuel consumption and better reliability than other standard-body freighters. It primarily will be used to carry express cargo on domestic / short haul routes.

For the 737-800BCF, Boeing has received 45 orders and commitments, from seven customers including: YTO Airlines, based in Hangzhou, China; China Postal Airlines, based in Beijing, China; GECAS, based in Ireland; Air Algerie, based in Algiers, Algeria; LAS Cargo, based in Bogota, Colombia; Cargo Air, based in Sophia, Bulgaria ; and an unannounced customer.

Twelve pallet positions provide 4,993 cubic feet (141.4 cubic meters) of cargo space on the main deck of the 737-800BCF. This will be supplemented by two lower-lobe compartments, combined providing more than 1,540 cubic feet (43.7 cubic meters) of space for revenue-generating cargo.

Existing passenger airplanes will be modified at select facilities located near conversion demand, including Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co. Ltd., and Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd., also known as STAECO, in China. Modifications include installing a large main-deck cargo door, a cargo-handling system and accommodations for up to four non-flying crew members or passengers.

Photo: Boeing.

Air Moldova to fly to Israel

Air Moldova Airbus A320-233 ER-AXP (msn 741) CDG (Ole Simon). Image: 913708.

Air Modova will add the Chisinau – Tel Aviv route on May 6. The new route will be operated three days a week with Airbus A320s according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Air Moldova Airbus A320-233 ER-AXP (msn 741) CDG (Ole Simon). Image: 913708.

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