Monthly Archives: April 2012

United Airlines adds Doha, Qatar to its route map today

United Airlines (Chicago) today launched daily service between its Washington hub, Dulles International Airport, and Doha, Qatar, via Dubai.

The extension of the existing Dubai service to Doha is the first of three new, previously announced United services from Washington Dulles. The airline will introduce nonstop service between Dulles and Manchester, U.K. tomorrow, and between Dulles and Dublin, Ireland, on June 7.

United operates the Washington/Dulles-Dubai-Doha service with Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft, which has a total of 269 seats – eight in United Global First, 40 in United BusinessFirst® and 221 in United Economy®, including 108 Economy Plus® seats with added legroom.

Doha is the fourth city in the Gulf region United serves. With nonstop or one-stop service also to Dubai, Kuwait City and Bahrain from Washington/Dulles, United serves more destinations in the Gulf region and Middle East than any other U.S. carrier.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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PrivatAir to operate a Boeing 757-200 for ECAir

PrivatAir (Geneva) is getting ready to operate this former OpenSkies Boeing 757-200 for ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines (Brazzaville). PrivatAir has been operating a Boeing 737-300 (HB-JJB) for ECAir since September 6, 2011. ECAir commenced scheduled passenger operations on September 24, 2011 and currently operates on the Brazzaville-Point Noire route. The 757 will allow the African carrier to expand. The first route is expected to be Brazzaville to Paris (CDG) with three roundtrips a week.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 757-236 HB-JJD (msn 25807, ex F-GPEJ) was painted at Maastricht.

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WestJet launches nonstop Toronto-Kingston flights today

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) today (April 30) launched new, nonstop service between Toronto and Kingston, Jamaica. The inaugural flight departed Toronto Pearson International Airport at 9 a.m. (0900) EDT.

WestJet will fly between Toronto and Kingston three times a week on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

WestJet Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Delta employees and customers to give $1.25 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) employees today will present a check worth $1.25 million to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) at their annual Hot Pink Party in New York City. Delta employees and customers last year raised 25 percent more than the year prior.

Delta people have raised more than $4.75 million for BCRF, including raising $1 million each year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Previous donations have funded 13 BCRF research grants worldwide. This year’s donation will fund an additional five research grants in 2012-2013.

Throughout the month of October, Delta employees donned pink uniforms and sell pink lemonade onboard and in Delta Sky Clubs to raise awareness and support for breast cancer research.

Delta’s international “pink plane,” a Boeing 767-400 (below) featuring BCRF’s trademarked pink ribbon logo on the tail of the aircraft and adjacent to the boarding door, has carried nearly 150,000 customers and flown nearly 6,000 hours – or approximately 104 trips around the world – since being painted pink in May 2010. The aircraft flies international routes, helping raise awareness for BCRF in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Argentina. Delta’s international pink plane replaced the original pink-and-white Boeing 757-200 (above) that between 2005 and 2010 flew throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean to generate awareness for the cause.

Top Copyright Photo: Tony Storck.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

Air Vanuatu to go to daily service on the Port Vila-Sydney route on June 26

Air Vanuatu (Port Vila, Vanuatu) will increased the frequency on the Port Vila-Sydney route to dail service starting on June 26. The route is operated with the pictured Boeing 737-800.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

Air Vanuatu Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Qatar Airways puts the delivery of the first Airbus A380 on hold until the wing cracks issue is resolved

Qatar Airways (Doha) is putting the delivery of its first (of 10) Airbus A380 (the first is due in October 2012) on hold until the wing cracks issue is resolved according to CEO Akbar al Baker and this report by Bloomberg. Baker still hopes Airbus will resolve the issue in order for the company to take delivery on time.

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Jet2 to operate twice-weekly flights from Manchester to Grenoble, France this ski season

Jet2 ( (Leeds/Bradford) will operate twice-weekly flights from Manchester to Grenoble, the noted ski resort area of France from December 16, 2012 through April 14, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton.

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JetBlue launches Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-Kingston flights today

JetBlue Airways (New York) today launched twice daily service from Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston, Jamaica.

Fort Lauderdale service is operated by a combination of JetBlue’s fleet of 100-seat Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft as well as the pictured 150-seat Airbus A320.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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Air Lease Corporation orders 8 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners for Vietnam Airlines

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (Los Angeles) announced today the following transactions covering 11 twin aisle aircraft and two single aisle aircraft including:

  • The purchase of eight new Boeing 787-9 aircraft for lease to Vietnam Airlines. Deliveries of the eight 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft are scheduled for 2017 and 2018. This transaction marks ALC’s longest lead time for a lease placement to date.
  • The purchase from Macquarie Aviation of one Boeing 777-300 ER on long term lease to Emirates (a new customer for ALC).
  • One incremental A330-200 on long term lease to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines delivering in 2013.
  • One A330-300 from the ALC pipeline on long term lease to Sichuan Airlines delivering in 2013. Sichuan airlines also executed a four year extension on one A319 aircraft currently on lease from ALC.
  • One Embraer 190 from the ALC pipeline leased to LAM (Mozambique) delivering in 2012.

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. Vietnam Airlines currently operates 10 Boeing 777-200 ERs for its long-range routes.

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