Monthly Archives: November 2015

Royal Air Maroc is coming to Washington

Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CN-RGC (msn 43818) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 927406.

Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca) will launch the Casablanca – Washington (Dulles) route starting on September 8, 2016. The new route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CN-RGC (msn 43818) approaches the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.

Royal Air Maroc aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Delta to restore the Salt Lake City – Toronto route

Delta Air Lines Airbus A319-114 N352NB (msn 1824) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921473.

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will resume the Salt Lake City – Toronto (Pearson) route on May 27, 2016. The dormant route with will be operated daily with Airbus A319s per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 N352NB (msn 1824) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Airline Slide Show

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Hawaiian Airlines to launch the Honolulu – Tokyo Narita route

Oakland Raiders emblem

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) will launch a new route connecting its Honolulu hub with Tokyo (Narita) starting on July 22, 2016. The daily route will be operated with Airbus A330-200s.

Later in the day, Hawaiian made the announcement public with this statement:

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Hawaiian Airlines today announced plans to begin daily nonstop service between Narita International Airport (NRT) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL) starting July 22, 2016. Hawaiian’s new Narita route will complement its existing daily service to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND), providing two daily flight options to travelers in the Greater Tokyo region.

Starting July 22, 2016, Hawaiian’s Flight HA 821 will depart Honolulu daily at 3:30 p.m., cross the international dateline, and arrive at Narita International Airport at 7 p.m. the following day. Beginning July 23, the return Flight HA 822 will depart from Narita at 9 p.m., cross the international dateline, and arrive at Honolulu International Airport at 9:55 a.m. the same day.

 

Guests on Hawaiian’s Honolulu-Narita flights will enjoy comfortable legroom aboard the wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which seats 294 passengers and features 18 seats in Business Class, 40 seats in Extra Comfort and 236 seats in Economy Class.

 

Narita will be the airline’s 11th international destination and its fourth destination in Japan. Hawaiian launched service from Honolulu to Haneda in November 2010, Osaka in July 2011 and Sapporo in October 2012.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N380HA (msn 1104) with the Oakland Raiders logo arrives in San Diego.

Hawaiian Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Xiamen Air launches two new routes to Sydney, is also coming to Melbourne, Vancouver and New York in 2016

Xiamen Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2760 (msn 41540) PAE (Steve Bailey). Image: 926637.

Xiamen Air (Xiamen Airlines) (Xiamen, Fujian Province, China) launched the first ever intercontinental route between Fuzhou and a destination outside of Asia with the opening of a regularly scheduled nonstop flight between Fuzhou and Sydney on November 29, 2015. The airline will also initiate nonstop service between Xiamen and Sydney starting on December 5.

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Xiamen Air launched nonstop service between Xiamen and Amsterdam in July 2015, marking the opening of the airline’s first intercontinental route. The new services to Sydney, operated by Boeing 787-8 aircraft, will help Xiamen Airlines expand its network. The new Xiamen route reduces travel time between the city and Australia to nine hours.

Xiamen Air plans to continue expanding its overseas network while its fleet of Boeing 787-8 aircraft will service international routes. The airline plans to add the more advanced Boeing 787-9 aircraft to the fleet in a move to further expand its global network.

The Chinese airline plans to launch nonstop service to Melbourne, Vancouver and New York in 2016.

Top Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Xiamen Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2760 (msn 41540) arrives at Paine Field.

Xiamen Air aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Bottom Photo: Xiamen Air.

Xiamen Air fleet (Xiamen Air)(LRW)

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American Airlines introduces the AirCal heritage jet

American 737-800 WL N917NN (15-AirCal 81)(Grd)(American)(LRW)

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has introduced its AirCal heritage jet scheme (painted in the 1981 livery) on Boeing 737-823 N917NN (msn 29572).

Air California (later AirCal) was acquired by AMR Corporation and merged into American Airlines on July 1, 1987,

Top Photo: American Airlines. N917NN in the 1981 AirCal color scheme.

Below Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The original Air California/AirCal. Boeing 737-293 N464AC (msn 19309) is pictured at Seattle/Tacoma in the final 1981 livery.

AirCal Boeing 737-293 N464AC (msn 19309) SEA (Bruce Drum). Image: 102066.

Air California/AirCal aircraft gallery and slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

The Legacy of American Airlines (The American Family Tree) (American Airlines – photos supplied by AirlinersGallery.com)

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The American-AirCal amenity kit: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com)

American-AirCal amenity kit (MBI)(HR)

Video: A 1982 AirCal TV commercial – “Watch Us Grow”

Video: Back to the Future with American Airlines:

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Bush Air Cargo’s N777YA makes a hard landing in Alaska

Crash landed on November 22, 2015 at McGrath, AK

Bush Air Cargo‘s (Anchorage and Palmer, AK) pictured Douglas C-47B-DK (DC-3) N777YA (msn 25634) “Arctic Liner” made a hard landing at the Nixon Fork Mine in McGrath, Alaska.

According the the FAA initial report for the November 22, 2015 incident, the crew of N777YA “on landing struck a snow berm and the landing gear went through the wing at Nixon Fork Mine in McGrath, Alaska”.

There were no injuries to the two crew members on board but the fate of the “Arctic Liner” is probably not good.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. N777YA taxies to the runway at Palmer, AK before the incident.

Video: N777YA landing on skies:

Video Description: Bush pilot and owner of Bush Air Cargo Bart Tiernan speaks out on the effects of banning 100 Low Lead aviation fuel to his operation of DC-3 aircraft. Bush Air Cargo is the only commercial operator in the U.S. that has an STC to operate on skis in the winter. The US EPA has a public comment period for its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making which closed on June 26, 2010 .

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KLM “unboxes” its new Boeing 787-9 as it enters service

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) yesterday (November 26) issued this statement and video:

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today launched a light-hearted unboxing movie featuring the latest addition to its fleet: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The short film shows the Boeing 787 Dreamliner being “unwrapped”, as it were. KLM is the world’s first airline to present a new aircraft in this way.

Unboxing is an internet phenomenon, whereby people film the moment they unbox their latest acquisition or unwrap a gift, posting the moment on social media. This novel approach to opening packages is highly popular at the moment, particularly when it comes to new technological gadgets, such as phones and robots. KLM decided to play along with this trend, unboxing its brand-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In the movie, the hangar serves as the box, which is opened to reveal the entire aircraft.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner joined the KLM fleet earlier this month. The new addition operated its first commercial flight on Monday, November 23, to Abu Dhabi/Bahrain. This is the first of a total of 21 Boeing 787 Dreamliners that will eventually join the KLM fleet.