Bangladesh Airlines (formerly Biman Bangladesh Airlines) (Dhaka) will introduce the euroAtlantic Airways-operated Boeing 777-200 in the new livery on February 6 between Dhaka and London (Heathrow). The new type will also be introduced to Singapore two days later.
Qatar Airways (Doha) has announced the starting dates for four new destinations from DOH. Copenhagen (four times weekly) will be added on March 30 followed by Ankara (four times weekly) on April 5. Tokyo (Narita) (daily) will come on line on April 26. Finally Barcelona will be added on June 7.
Air France (Paris) has signed a letter of intent to sell two new Boeing 777F freighters to FedEx Corporation (Memphis), a spokesman for Air France told Dow Jones Newswires. The new 777Fs have not yet been delivered to AF and the sale will not affect the current 777F fleet.
Continental Airlines (Houston) and two of its employees will go on trial next week in France for manslaughter of 113 people involved in the Air France Concorde crash of July 25, 2000. A former French civil aviation official and two senior members of the Concorde program will also be tried on the same charge on Tuesday in a court near Paris, with proceedings expected to last four months.
TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) Airbus A330-203 PT-MVH (msn 477) MIA, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) is in talks to acquire a share of LAN Airlines (Santiago) owned by President-elect Sebastian Pinera, Brazilian magazine Exame reported late on Thursday on its website according to Reuters. TAM is interested in acquiring a 19 percent stake in LAN held by Pinera’s holding company Axxion.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 WL N907WN (msn 36619) BWI (Row 44 WiFi antenna hump), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has concluded its test phase and signed a contract with Row 44 to equip the entire fleet with WiFi.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.
Continental Airlines (Houston) announced yesterday that it will increase its schedule of flights between its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and London (Heathrow) during 2010. The airline will add a fourth daily service to the route in March and a fifth daily service in October, bringing the total number of Continental daily departures to Heathrow to seven, including its twice-daily service from Houston (Bush Intercontinental).
In addition, Continental announced that effective June 1, 2010 all aircraft scheduled for Heathrow flights will feature new, flat bed seats in BusinessFirst.
In other news, Continental Airlines’ flight CO 881 yesterday operating from the Newark hub to Bogota diverted to Jacksonville due to a passenger with a similar name on the No Fly List. The Boeing 737 landed without incident at JAX at approximately 5:45 p.m. (1745) local time. The passenger was cleared and the flight proceeded without further incident to BOG.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) 787 Dreamliner pilots conducted the program’s first stall tests in which pilots intentionally reduce power to both engines and then recover normal flight speeds as part of the initial airworthiness program for the airplane. Additional stall tests will take place throughout the flight test period.
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Neos (Milan-Malpensa) has added “Science for Peace” stickers to its Boeing 767-306 ER EI-DOF (msn 27610). Science for Peace is a Toronto-based organization of scientists working together to promote world peace. The organization was co-founded by mathematical psychologist Anatol Rapoport and physicist Eric Fawcett, both former professors at the University of Toronto.
Vladivostok Air (Vladivostok Avia) (Vladivostok) has acquired ex-Aer Lingus Airbus A330-301 EI-DUB (msn 055).