TAP Portugal showcases its new Airbus A330-900neo on test flights

One of three new Airbus A330-900neos - first to fly

Starting on June 19, TAP’s new Airbus A330neo made the first of a series of flight tests around the world, in the TAP colors and with some TAP flight crew. The first flight in this series brought the A330neo to Lisbon for the first time, from where it flew to Rio de Janeiro, returning to the Portuguese capital before heading off once more, this time to São Paulo, Recife and Miami (below).

By the end of June, the A330neo in TAP’s colors will have carried out a test flight plan that will have taken it to Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok and Mauritius. During the final stage, TAP’s new aircraft will fly to New Delhi, Reykjavik, Chicago and Atlanta, before finishing its journey around the world by returning to the Airbus factory in Toulouse.

As the final step in the aircraft certification stage, these tests are also known as route tests and include ETOPS mission, diverted airport landings and handling tests. After visiting Europe, the A330neo will go on to visit the 15 main airports on five continents to achieve 150 hours of test flights.

The route verification tests are the latest requirements for Aircraft Type Certification scheduled for this summer.

On March 20 this year, TAP made history with this aircraft when TAP pilots took the A330-900neo for a flight in Toulouse. Normally only Airbus pilots are allowed to operate these flights. The aircraft was tested in several different flight configurations that are only used in training simulators, as well as several take-off and landing manoeuvres.

TAP will be the first airline in the world to operate the new A330-900neo aircraft. This aircraft will be the first equipped with the new version of the Airspace cabin, which is a new concept shaped to meet TAP’s ambition to offer the best product in the industry to its clients. As well as this new Airspace cabin interior, the A330neo will also incorporate the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 jet turbines and aerodynamic improvements. With its unbeatable economy, versatility and reliability, the A330neo will consume up to 14% less fuel per seat, making it the world’s most efficient wide-bodied aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Miami International Airport and Airbus): The first A330neo before its first flight: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A330-941 F-WWCP (CS-TUB) (msn 1836) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 941471.

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Norwegian is coming to Tampa

Dedicated to Joseph de Montgolfier, French Inventor

Norwegian will launch a new route to Tampa. Beginning on October 31, the airline will offer twice-weekly service from London’s Gatwick Airport aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Top Copyright Photo: Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air UK) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-CKWA (msn 63315) (Joseph de Montgolfier, French Inventor) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 942326.

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UPS and International Brotherhood Of Teamsters reach handshake agreement for new National Master Agreement

UPS Airlines (UPS-Worldwide Services) Boeing 747-8F N609UP (msn 64254) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 941249.

UPS issued this statement:

Months of collective bargaining have culminated in a tentative agreement for UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The five-year agreement, which is subject to ratification, covers Teamsters-represented UPS employees in small package roles.

UPS’s goal has been to reward the company’s employees for their contributions to its success while enabling the business to remain flexible to meet its customers’ needs – each of these goals have been met in the new agreement. UPS is well-positioned to grow and meet the needs of its customers.

Negotiations continue on a number of supplemental agreements that cover local work rules as well as the separate agreement that covers about 11,000 Teamsters-represented employees in the UPS Freight® network.

The new agreements will go into effect August 1, 2018, once they are ratified by employees.

Copyright Photo: UPS Airlines (UPS-Worldwide Services) Boeing 747-8F N609UP (msn 64254) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 941249.

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Swoop launches service on sold-out flight from Edmonton

Swoop on June 25 celebrated its inaugural flight from EdmontonInternational Airport (YEG) to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM). The sold-out flight is scheduled to depart at 10:25 AM MDT. In addition to the first flight, Swoop announced Edmonton as its second operational base.

As of October, Swoop will base two of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft in Edmonton resulting in the creation of almost 90 jobs in the region.

Today, the airline also launched its inaugural flight from Winnipeg Richardson International airport to Hamilton.

Swoop also launched sold out flights from Hamilton, Abbotsford and Halifax on June 20.

All photos by Swoop.

Swoop’s initial schedule offers service from Abbotsford, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Halifax as follows:






7 X Weekly 


6 X Weekly


5 X Weekly


6 X Weekly



6 X Weekly


21 X Weekly



6 X Weekly


21 X Weekly



6 X Weekly



6 X Weekly

† Service begins July 25, 2018.

Service between Winnipeg and Abbotsford begins August 16, 2018.

easyJet celebrates new German domestic route between Berlin-Tegel and Cologne/Bonn with delivery of 300th aircraft, grows in Belfast

easyJet (Europe) Airbus A320-214 OE-IZU (msn 4013) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942513.

easyJet welcomed its 300th aircraft, an Airbus A320-214, into the fleet on June 21 on the new route between Berlin-Tegel and Cologne/Bonn airport. This is also the 111th aircraft with an Austrian AOC (easyJet Europe).

The aircraft is a former airberlin aircraft that has been converted and transferred into the easyJet fleet and marks a milestone in the airline´s recent expansion in Germany. With the 300th aircraft delivery 10 of the 18 aircraft based in Berlin-Tegel are now easyJet planes, alongside the aircraft that have been wet leased to support the flying schedule from Tegel during the transition period until November 2018.

The new route between Berlin-Tegel and Cologne/Bonn is part of easyJet´s biggest summer schedule for Berlin with more than 16 million seats flying over the summer season. Flights will operate twice a day and the frequency will be increased to six daily connections by September 2018, with fares starting from €39.99*. With the comprehensive network of key European and domestic cities with convenient, frequent flights, easyJet is growing the number of business passengers with 75% of the DAX 30 signed up to corporate travel deals and that is set to increase further.

In other news, easyJet is celebrating a milestone for expansion at its Belfast base, welcoming a third Airbus A320 aircraft – the sixth aircraft to be positioned at the airline’s Northern Ireland base.

The 186-seat aircraft will remain based in Belfast throughout the year and joins three 156-seat Airbus A319 and two 186-seat A320 aircraft serving the airline’s customers in Northern Ireland. Due to the volume of inbound easyJet flights at Belfast International Airport, the addition of this aircraft means that the airline offers capacity equivalent to up to 13 aircraft.

June 22, 2018 also marks the launch of the latest routes to join easyJet’s Belfast network with first flights to the Isle of Man and Venice taking off on June 22, followed by flights to Naples and Valencia which launch on  June 23. The airline now operates up to 624 flights a week across 32 routes and 8% more flights compared to summer 2017.

  • Flights to the Isle of Man operate twice a week throughout the year
  • Flights to Venice operate twice a week throughout the yea
  • Flights to Naples operate twice a week throughout the summer season
  • Flights to Valencia operate twice a week throughout the summer season

Top Copyright Photo (all others by easyJet): easyJet (Europe) Airbus A320-214 OE-IZU (msn 4013) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942513.

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Aegean Airlines firms up order for 30 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Aegean Airlines Airbus A320-232 SX-DGL (msn 3812) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942512.

Aegean Airlines has firmed up an order for the purchase of 30 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft at a ceremony in Athens.

The purchase agreement, comprising 10 A321neos and 20 A320neos (below), was signed by Aegean Chairman Eftichios Vassilakis and Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders.

It follows an earlier Memorandum of Understanding signed in March 2018.

Currently, Aegean operates a fleet of 49 Airbus aircraft (37 A320s, 11 A321s and 1 A319).

Top Copyright Photo (all images by Airbus and Aegean): Aegean Airlines Airbus A320-232 SX-DGL (msn 3812) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942512.

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SkyWest fully implements an Electronic Maintenance Log (eAML) in 443 aircraft

From the SkyWest Airlines blog:

For more than four and half decades, SkyWest Airlines has led the way for operational and safety advancements in the regional airline industry. Today, after years of preparation and led by cross-departmental collaboration, each of SkyWest’s 443 aircraft is fully equipped with an Electronic Maintenance Log (eAML). SkyWest is the first commercial airline in the United States to equip and operate its entire fleet with the new FAA-approved technology.

“The eAML provides a significant boost to our already-robust maintenance program,” said SkyWest Chief Operating Officer Mike Thompson. “The elimination of paper streamlines processes from the flight deck to maintenance technicians and our operations control center teams, resulting in improved reliability that benefits employees and customers alike.”

Enhancing our teams’ ability to track and manage aircraft airworthiness, the eAML will provide real-time maintenance data for each aircraft. Not only does this reduce the risk of human error, it also improves response time for repairs, meaning fewer maintenance-related delays for passengers.

Thank you to the numerous individuals and teams at SkyWest who spent countless hours over the last two years to develop and implement this new technology. The eAML demonstrates SkyWest’s ongoing commitment to providing safe, reliable flights for our more than 36 million passengers.