Ernest Airlines to expand operations this summer

Ernest Airlines Airbus A319-111 EI-FVG (msn 1362) BLQ (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 941258.

Ernest Airlines is expanding in the following markets:


Copyright Photo: Ernest Airlines Airbus A319-111 EI-FVG (msn 1362) BLQ (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 941258.

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Lufthansa stations the first Airbus A380 at the Munich hub

Lufthansa on March 17 repositioned the first Airbus A380 (D-AIMB) from Frankfurt to the Munich hub. D-AIMB is the first of five A380s to be stationed at MUC. The airline made the announcement on social media.

Photos: Lufthansa.


Frontier Airlines launches new low-cost flights from Tulsa

Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A319-111 N902FR (msn 1515) (Wood Duck)  RDU (Ken Petersen). Image: 923956.

Frontier Airlines on March 15 celebrated the launch of new low-cost, nonstop flights to Denver from Tulsa International Airport.

The start of these low-cost, non-stop flights comes just two weeks before the carrier will add new nonstop service to Orlando, Fla.; San Diego and San Jose, Calif. and Washington – Dulles. Service to San Diego and Orlando commences on April 8, with service to San Jose and Washington-Dulles starting on April 11. These flights will provide the only flights to Orlando’s preferred airport, and the only service between Tulsa, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A319-111 N902FR (msn 1515) (Wood Duck) RDU (Ken Petersen). Image: 923956.

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Aeroflot to resume service to Cairo

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 WL VP-BAD (msn 7240) DUS (Rainer Bexten). Image: 938023.

From April 11, 2018 Aeroflot will resume regular flights from Moscow to Cairo. Flights will operate three times per week on Airbus A320 aircraft to and from Sheremetyevo Terminal F. Ticket sales will launch on 13 March 2018.

Flights between Moscow and Cairo will operate on the following schedules (all times local):

Flight SU 400 will depart weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Moscow at 20:50 and arriving in Cairo at 00:25.

Flight SU 401 will depart weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Cairo at 01:25 and arriving in Moscow at 06:50.

From June 12 to July 2 flights between the Russian and Egyptian capitals will operate daily. This is due to increased demand for air transportation during the World Cup.

Aeroflot stopped operating flights to Cairo in late 2015, when air links between Russia and Egypt were interrupted. A significant increase in security measures was required to reinstate flights between the two countries. This requirement has been met on the Egyptian side, and on 4 January 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree permitting the resumption of regular air traffic.

Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A320-214 WL VP-BAD (msn 7240) DUS (Rainer Bexten). Image: 938023.

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Boeing 737 MAX 7 completes its successful first flight


Boeing’s new 737 MAX 7 successfully completed its first flight on Friday, March 16, 2018. The airplane remains on schedule and now begins a comprehensive flight test program leading to certification and delivery in 2019.


Piloted by Boeing Test and Evaluation Captains Jim Webb and Keith Otsuka (below), the airplane completed a successful 3 hour, 5-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Washington (above), at 10:17 a.m. Pacific, and landing at 1:22 p.m. at Seattle’s Boeing Field. The airplane was put through tests on its flight controls, as well as checks of its systems and handling qualities.

The airplane is the third and newest member of Boeing’s 737 MAX family to be produced, with a maximum capacity of 172 passengers. The MAX 7 has a range of 3,850 nautical miles, the longest of any MAX family airplane. It is designed for exceptional performance for airline customers flying out of airports at high altitudes and hot climates.

The MAX 7 also offers superior performance to the competition, carrying 12 more passengers 400 nautical miles farther than the A319neo, on 7 percent lower fuel costs.

The 737 MAX family incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

All photos by Boeing.


Everts Air Cargo orders two DC-9-83 (MD-83) freighter conversions

Everts Air Cargo McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (F) (MD-82) N73444 (msn 49470) LGB (Derin Allard). Image: 927210.

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has announced the company has signed a contract to provide Fairbanks, Alaska-based Everts Air Cargo with two McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) series freighter conversions. The first MD-83 (msn 53471) will commence modification on April 4, 2018 and will be re-delivered in the beginning of August 2018.

Immediately following, the second DC-9-83 (msn TBD) modification will commence, and is scheduled for re-delivery to Everts in December 2018. Both modifications will be performed by Commercial Jet’s Dothan,Alabama facility.

Everts will use the freighters to replace and augment their existing fleet of DC-9 aircraft.

The AEI freighters shall provide Everts Air Cargo with an Ancra CLS capable of carrying: • (12) 88” x 108” Containers/Pallets, P1 to P12.

Copyright Photo: Everts Air Cargo McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (F) (MD-82) N73444 (msn 49470) LGB (Derin Allard). Image: 927210.

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KLM Cityhopper takes delivery of three new Embraers

KLM Cityhopper (KLC) will add three new Embraers to its fleet during the coming weeks. The first – an E175+, registration PH-EXW (above) – touched down at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on March 15 during the evening. Saturday will see the arrival of another E175+ (PH-EXX), with the third new Embraer, an E190 (PH-EXY), arriving a week later, on March 24.

The delivery of KLC’s 15th and 16th Embraer E175+ and its 32nd Embraer E190 mark another milestone in KLM’s on-going fleet renewal programme. These new aircraft offer passengers greater comfort and more space, thereby helping to create memorable travel experiences.

The Embraer aircraft also perfectly coincide with KLM’s sustainability policy. Owing to their advanced features, the Embraer jets burn less fuel, which means they emit less CO2. The fuel consumption of the new E175+ aircraft is an impressive 22% lower than that of the Fokker 70s they replaced.

Europe’s largest Embraer fleet

KLM Cityhopper has the largest Embraer fleet in Europe. Since KLC phased out its last Fokker aircraft, its fleet has consisted entirely of Embraers. KLM currently uses its “E-jets” to operate around 300 short-haul flights a day, mostly to European business destinations. The E190 has 100 seats, while the E175+ has 88 seats.

With the three new arrivals, the fleet will consist of a total of 48 aircraft. In April 2018, KLC will take delivery of the 49th Embraer, which is the last of the current order.

Photo: KLM Cityhopper/Eric Lips.