Widerøe announces five new international routes

Widerøe continues to expand their international and Norwegian domestic services. In June and August 2018 five new international services will be started; between Bergen and Munich, Hamburg, Billund, Gothenburg – and between Kristiansand and London (Stansted).

At the same time there will be an increase in the number of domestic departures from Kjevik. In total, Widerøe increase their passenger capacity by 180,000 seats from Bergen and Kristiansand, to Germany, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom and Trondheim.
The company in April will be adding its new 114-seat, eco-friendly jet aircraft take off from Bergen to Tromsø and Bodø. These super-modern E190-E2 aircraft (above) will also be put into operation on the new international services to Hamburg and Munich, which start up on August 13, 2018 and  August 14, 2018, states Stein Nilsen,CEO of Widerøe.
New livery coming?
On June 25, 2018 the service between Bergen and Billund will start up, and in the late summer a further four services will be opened up to/from destinations in Europe.
Here are the new Widerøe services from Bergen:
Bergen-Billund: Monday, Wednesday, Friday-departure 10.45, return 12.30 (first departure on June 25).
Bergen-Munich: Monday, Wednesday, Friday-departure 17.50, return 21.10 (first departure on August 13).
Bergen-Hamburg: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday-departure 19.40, return 21.55 (first departure on August 14)
Bergen-Gothenburg: Thursday, Sunday-departure 10.45, return 12.20 (first departure August 16)

Wideroe (Widerøe's Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-103 LN-WIA (msn 359) TRD (Ton Jochems). Image: 912543.

Above Copyright Photo: Wideroe (Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-103 LN-WIA (msn 359) TRD (Ton Jochems). Image: 912543.
New services from Kristiansand to London and Trondheim:
From August 13, 2018 Widerøe will fly the new route Kristiansand-London (Stansted) on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Departure time will be 17:30, with return 20:00.
There will be a new morning departure to Trondheim on weekdays at 06.30, with return 08.20. There are also new services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with departure 10.50 and return 15.30. The current afternoon departure on weekdays will continue on every day with departure 17.25 and return 19.35. The first, new morning departure starts on June 25, 2018, and from August 13, 2018 the whole of the new flight program from Kjevik will be operational.
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Neos takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Neos' first Boeing 787-9, introduces a new livery, delivered on December 12, 2017

Neos on December 12, 2017 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Named “Spirit of Italy”, the pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EI-NEO (msn 38785), arrived at the Milan (Malpensa) base the following day in the the new corporate livery. The aircraft performed a low fly-by before landing (below).

EI-NEO is leased from AerCap and is the first of three to be delivered with the second due in June, 2018 and the third in October 2018. The new Dreamliners will replace the older Boeing 767-300 ERs.

The airline is planning to operate the new type to Cancun, Freeport, La Romana, Male, Mombasa, Nossy-Be and Zanzibar.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Neos/Michela Celi): Neos Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EI-NEO (msn 38785) PAE (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940147.

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Lufthansa welcomes the result of the Vereinigung Cockpit ballot

Named "Brussel"

Lufthansa issued this statement on December 15, 2017:

Deutsche Lufthansa AG welcomes the approval of about 80 percent of the members of the German Airline Pilots Union “Vereinigung Cockpit” (VC) with regard to the signed collective labor agreements. Thus, long-term stable labor relations could be reached. Among others, the parties have agreed on a framework collective agreement and a new remuneration agreement as well as agreements on pension and transitional payments lasting until June 2022. The new contracts will result in a structural overall cost saving of 15 percent of staff costs in the cockpit – before wage increases to be paid in the future. The deadline for the vote had expired at 12pm today.

At the same time, Lufthansa and Vereinigung Cockpit agreed on in the package to operate a minimum of 325 aircraft with pilots from Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings by the end of 2022. This will create far-reaching future and career prospects for the pilots. Moreover, junior pilots will be employed from the afore-mentioned airlines with immediate effect and should number more than 500 in 2018.

“For Lufthansa, it’s very important that we are working together with cockpit staff to shape the future of Lufthansa,” says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs. “We firmly believe that the collective bargaining agreements are a good compromise offering attractive elements for our employees and savings for the company,” Volkens stated.

The pension scheme will be changed from a system of defined benefits to a system of defined contributions, as already agreed with ground and cabin staff. As a result, pension liabilities will be reduced by a high three-digit million euro amount, while EBIT 2017 will improve by a significant three-digit million euro amount.

Pilots at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings will receive staggered pay increases totaling to 10.3 per cent and a one-off payment of up to 1.8 monthly salaries for the period of May 2012 until June 2022.

The entry-level and potential final compensations for future employees will continue to be based on today’s current levels. More moderate increases will, however, reduce costs. The remuneration structures of current employees remain unchanged. Additionally, further measures have been agreed on in order to increase productivity.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 D-AIMJ (msn 073) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403135.

Delta’s 11th Annual Investor Day in Atlanta showcases business momentum

Delta Air Lines released this statement:

“It’s nice to host you in what I consider to be our living room. We’re doing this presentation under the wing of the Spirit of Delta.”

 

That’s how CEO Ed Bastian welcomed more than 100 investors and Wall Street analysts to Delta’s 11Misspelled Wordth annual Investor Day, which was hosted at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta. It was the first time in recent years that the event, which typically is in New York, was held in Atlanta.Bastian set forth many of Delta’s key financial, operational and customer experience achievements during the year, noting that Delta people who drive these results are setting Delta up for its climb forward in 2018.

 

He also strongly emphasized Delta’s plan to curb unit cost growth in 2018 excluding profit sharing to between 0 and 2 percent in 2018 through a variety of productivity and efficiency initiatives.

Bastian also mentioned Delta’s order of A321neos, saying, “We think it’s the best Misspelled Wordnarrowbody aircraft product in the sky, not only for our customers, but for our people to work with.”

Before fielding questions from analysts and investors, Ed rounded out his comments describing how Delta has five strategic advantages that differentiate it from competitors, updated December quarter guidance and debuted guidance for 2018 earnings-per-share growth.

 

Other speakers included Joanne Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, who emphasized to the group that hiring the right people and reinforcing a strong brand as an employer will be key to keeping Delta’s strong culture going forward. She also mentioned that Delta’s Rules of the Road is a strong expression of values that guides the entire enterprise.”Rules of the Road is probably the best business book you’ll read,” she said.

Chief Marketing Officer Tim Misspelled WordMapes discussed how Delta listens to customers and how growing loyalty to Delta’s brand creates a durable revenue stream. “We listen with a bias toward action,” he said. “We listen with a bias toward doing something more because we genuinely are concerned with your experience and getting you to where you need to go with a great experience.”

President Glen Hauenstein outlined Delta’s revenue momentum, which is the best in years, and why the airline expects to generate positive PRASM in every quarter next year. That growth will be driven by Delta’s network, revenue premium and its increasing globalization, with new and expanded joint ventures and investments expected to yield hundreds of millions of dollars in financial benefits.

Chief Operating Officer Gil West said, “We truly have a culture of continuous improvement. This is something difficult to replicate – you not only need to have the hard skills to do it, but there has to be the people, the culture has to be receptive to continuous improvement. The organization really excels at that and people bring it to life.”

 

Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer, discussed initiatives to reduce non-fuel costs through efficiency improvements and fleet transformation. Fuel prices are expected to remain “relatively stable” next year, he said.”We have to find ways and innovate to find ways to address costs in ways we haven’t done before,” he said.

Bastian closed out the event with a $25,000 donation presentation to the Atlanta chapter of Marine Toys for Tots. The donation was provided on behalf of attendees and was given in their name.

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QANTAS announces Melbourne-San Francisco route starting in late 2018, second Dreamliner named “Waltzing Matilda”

QANTAS' second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, named "Waltzing Matilda"

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) on December 15, 2017 revealed the name of its second Dreamliner, and announced a new route, ahead of the aircraft’s first scheduled international flight.

QANTAS International CEO Alison Webster was joined by the Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, at QANTAS’ engineering base in Melbourne to mark the naming as well as the Dreamliner’s first passenger service to Los Angeles.

Often called Australia’s unofficial national anthem, Waltzing Matilda was one of the 45,000 suggestions received from the public to name the airline’s new fleet of eight Dreamliners.

“Banjo Paterson is said to have written Waltzing Matilda while working on a cattle station in the outback Queensland town of Winton, which was also the birth place of QANTAS 25 years later,” Ms Webster said.

“The Melbourne-Los Angeles flight was the first international service that we put our very first Airbus A380 on in 2008, so there’s a nice symmetry with this being the first for our Dreamliner as well,” added Ms Webster.

The QANTAS Dreamliner will initially operate six days a week on the 14-hour flight between Melbourne and Los Angeles, complementing the existing daily Airbus A380 service between the two cities.

QANTAS today also announced an all-new route to be operated by the Dreamliner, with the introduction of Melbourne to San Francisco service. The route will be on sale from early 2018 with flights expected to start by late 2018. Capacity between Melbourne and the US will be rebalanced to match demand for the two Californian cities, meaning that the Dreamliner will fly to Los Angeles some days of the week and San Francisco other days.

The QANTAS Dreamliner features 236 seats across three cabins including the acclaimed Business Suite, nicknamed “mini First Class” by some frequent flyers, as well as a next generation Premium Economy seat and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and device charging outlets.

QANTAS has so far taken delivery of two Boeing 787-9s. The arrival of its third and fourth aircraft early next year will enable the national carrier to start its historic Perth-London (Heathrow) flight, which originates in Melbourne. All eight aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2018, with half based in Melbourne and half based in Brisbane.

Earlier this year, QANTAS revealed all eight Dreamliner names; Great Southern Land, Waltzing Matilda, Great Barrier Reef, Skippy, Boomerang, Quokka, Uluru and Dreamtime. The sequencing of the names is being announced as the aircraft are delivered.

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Nouvelair to operate from Monastir to Scandinavia next summer

Nouvelair Airbus A320-214 TS-INC (msn 1744) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 928579.

Nouvelair (Tunis) is adding new Scandinavian service for the next summer season from Monastir. The carrier will operate the twice-weekly Monastir – Copenhagen – Stockholm (Arlanda) – Monastir route with Airbus A320 aircraft starting on March 31, 2018 according to Airline Route.

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Meridiana is coming to New York and Miami from Milan Malpensa

Meridiana (Italy) (Antony J. Best)

Meridiana issued this statement:

Meridiana on December 14, 2017 launched its summer 2018 schedule including the announcement of seven new destinations.

Milan Malpensa network

The new Milan Malpensa network will be covering a total of 17 destinations from Milan Malpensa out of which 7 destinations which will be new routes for Meridiana.

Starting from June 2018 both New York (JFK) (June 1, 2018) and Miami (June 8, 2017) will be connected nonstop with Milan Malpensa, respectively on a daily basis and four times a week. The new routes will be operated on 247-seat Airbus A330s.

In addition, Meridiana’s Airbus A330 aircraft will also serve the twice-weekly Milan Malpensa – Havana route from September 4, 2018.

Meridiana is planning to add five Airbus A330-200s starting in April 2018.

Meridiana new domestic services will connect Milan Malpensa to the five Italian cities of Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania and Lamezia Terme.

In the summer of 2018 , Meridiana will continue to serve many strategic destinations from Milan Malpensa such as Accra, Cairo, Dakar, Mombasa, Lagos, Havana , Mosc ow and Zanzibar.

 

Olbia, connected by Meridiana all year long to Milan Linate, Rome Fiumicino and Bologna, from March 25, 2018 , will also see Meridiana offering nonstop international flights to London (LGW), Moscow (DME) and other domestic seasonal routes such as Venice, Turin, Bergamo, Milan Malpensa, Naples, Verona and Bergamo .

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