Monthly Archives: January 2016

Allegiant Air announces 19 new routes and three new destinations

Ex-Iberia EC-IEI, delivered May 29, 2015

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) today (January 12) announced 19 new routes and service to three new destinations including Baltimore-Washington (BWI); Destin, Florida; and El Paso, Texas.

New routes announced include:

Nonstop Service to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) from:

Savannah, Georgia – begins April 29, 2016
Cincinnati – begins April 29, 2016
Tulsa, Oklahoma – begins May 19, 2016
Asheville, North Carolina – begins May 19, 2016
Knoxville, Tennessee – begins May 20, 2016
Lexington, Kentucky -begins June 3, 2016

Nonstop Service to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) from:

Indianapolis – begins April 8, 2016
Pittsburgh – begins April 8, 2016
Baltimore – begins April 29, 2016
Lexington, Kentucky – begins June 2, 2016

Nonstop Service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) from:

Cincinnati – begins May 20, 2016 and ends Sept. 5, 2016
St. Louis – begins June 2, 2016

Nonstop Service to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

El Paso, Texas – begins May 6, 2016
Knoxville, Tennessee – begins May 13, 2016

Nonstop Service to San Diego International Airport (SAN) from:

Stockton, California – begins April 7, 2016
El Paso, Texas – begins May 6, 2016

Nonstop Service to Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) from:

New Orleans – begins April 14, 2016
Memphis, Tennessee – begins April 15, 2016
Richmond, Virginia – begins April 15, 2016

Nonstop Service to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

New Orleans – begins June 3, 2016

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Iberia Airbus A320-214 N224NV (msn 1694) departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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ANA is the first airline to fly the 100,000th 787 Dreamliner flight

ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA813A (msn 34521) "787" "Tomo Dachi" SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930992.

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) yesterday (January 11) celebrated the airline’s 100,000th revenue flight with the 787 Dreamliner during a gate ceremony at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The milestone marks yet another record for ANA as it becomes the first airline in the world to reach 100,000 787 flights.

ANA was the launch customer of the 787 Dreamliner family and in 2011 became the first airline to introduce the innovative airplane to passengers around the world. Since then, the fuel-efficient airplane has enabled ANA to launch new routes worldwide, including North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. With this milestone, ANA has accumulated approximately a quarter of all 787 revenue flights.

ANA operates the world’s largest Dreamliner fleet with 44 787s, including both the 787-8 and the longer 787-9. The airline has 39 unfilled 787 orders, including for the longest and newest member of the 787 family, the 787-10, in addition to 20 777-9X airplanes.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA813A (msn 34521) taxies at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Ryanair to open its 77th base at Belfast International, starts “honoring” some of its passengers

"Honoring" passenger Nelly Langedijk from the Netherlands

Ryanair (Dublin) on January 7 announced it will open a new base at Belfast International Airport, starting in March, with one based aircraft and a four daily flights to London (Gatwick). The base will grow to three aircraft and five more new routes from October 2016. Belfast is the 77th base for the ultra low-fare carrier.

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly/AirlinersGallery.com. Ryanair has initiated a campaign “honoring” some of their passengers by displaying their image on some aircraft. In this image, passenger ” Nelly Langedijk ” from the Netherlands is featured on the nose of Boeing 737-8AS EI-DAH (msn 33546) pictured at the Dublin base.

Ryanair issued this statement on the “30 Names 30 Planes” program:

“On July 8, 2015 to celebrate its new Facebook account and 30th birthday, Ryanair launched a ’30 Names 30 Planes’ competition, offering 30 fans the chance to have their name and face pictured on one of 30 Ryanair aircraft. Entry was through the Ryanair Facebook page, where fans uploaded their photo and downloaded a CGI video of their own Ryanair aircraft bearing their name and face. After over 80,000 entries the 30 lucky winners were announced in October 2015.”

According to Ryanair, the first decals were fitted in the first week of December 2015 and the decals will be fitted for up to six months.

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United to add Denver – Richmond flights

United Express-SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N114SY (msn 17000410) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 930968.

United Airlines (Chicago) will add daily United Express Embraer 175 service (operated by SkyWest Airlines) between the Denver hub and Richmond, Virginia starting on April 5 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N114SY (msn 17000410) taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

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Wizz Air announces three new routes from Budapest

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LYS (msn 6662) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 930958.

Wizz Air (Budapest) has announced further growth of its low fare route network and launched three new services from Budapest to Liverpool and Keflavik (near Reykjavik), commencing in March as well as a Budapest-Ibiza service commencing in June.

With this announcement, Iceland becomes the 23rd country for Wizz Air.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 HA-LYS (msn 6662) taxies at EuroAirport serving the Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg area.

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Emirates to bring the Airbus A380 to Washington Dulles, will go double daily to Los Angeles

Side view of "United for Wildlife"

Emirates (Dubai) is planning to introduce the Airbus A380 on the daily Dubai – Washington (Dulles) route starting on March 27, replacing the current Boeing 777-300 ER per Airline Route.

In other news, Emirates also announced that it plans to launch a second daily service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday July 1, 2016.

The second Los Angeles flight will be operated with an Emirates’ Airbus A380-800 aircraft in a 3-class configuration with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business class and 401 seats in Economy class.

The new service, flight EK217, will depart Dubai at 3:00 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m.

The return flight, EK218, will depart Los Angeles at 10:30pm. and arrive in Dubai approximately 16 hours later at 1:30 a.m. The new service will supplement the current EK215 Airbus A380-800 flight departing Dubai at 8:55 a.m. and landing in Los Angeles at 1:55 p.m. The existing return flight, EK 216, departs LAX 4:45 p.m. and arrives in Dubai 7:35 p.m. the following day.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-EEI (msn 123) in the “United for Wildlife” special scheme visited Munich.

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Delta to continue to fly to Dallas Love Field (for now)

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will continue operating five daily flights between Dallas Love Field and Atlanta.

U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade ruled Friday (January 8) the Atlanta-based airline can continue to serve customers at the Dallas airport while gate allocations it is seeking are decided in lower courts.

Delta responded with this comment:

“Delta is pleased that the Court has confirmed our right to serve Love Field,” the airline said Friday. “We look forward to bringing the people of Dallas the benefit of Delta’s industry leading product and global network at Love Field.”

Delta has fought a lengthy legal battle to continue operating at Dallas Love Field so customers have more choice at an airport where Southwest Airlines operates 18 of 20 available gates. Love Field is smaller than Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport but more convenient to downtown.

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WestJet today starts Boeing 767-300 scheduled service to Hawaii

Ex-QANTAS VH-OGJ, delivered August 27, 2015

WestJet (Calgary) today celebrates the airline’s first flight from Alberta to Hawaii on its own Boeing 767-300 extended-range aircraft. To this point, flights to the Hawaiian Islands had been taking place on leased aircraft.

WestJet took delivery of its first Boeing 767-300 on August 27, 2015 and has been flying the aircraft between Calgary and Toronto in order to obtain Extended-range Twin-engine Operation (ETOPS) certification. This certification allows the aircraft to be operated for extended distances over water and is required for WestJet’s service to Hawaii and to London Gatwick, which commences service in May 2016.

WestJet’s Boeing 767-300 service to Hawaii departs Edmonton on January 10 at 8:15 a.m. and arrives in Maui at 12:37 p.m.

The airline will operate two 767-300 aircraft from Calgary and Edmonton to Honolulu and Maui. Each aircraft seats 262 guests. The aircraft include a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in a two-by-two configuration, hot meals and all of the other amenities associated with Plus. The main cabin has 238 seats, with two seats on either side of the aircraft and three in the middle. One of the 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline’s new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system while the other will include tablets loaded with movies and popular televisions shows. By spring, both aircraft will be equipped with WestJet Connect.

WestJet’s seasonal service between Alberta and Hawaii began December 11, 2015, using two leased 767 aircraft from Omni Air International pending receipt of federal government certification for extended operation of WestJet’s 767s, which was received on December 30, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) lands at the Calgary base.

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West Atlantic’s CRJ200 SE-DUX crashes in the border region of Sweden and Norway, 2 crew members dead

West Air Europe Cargo (West Atlantic Group) Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) SE-DUX (msn 7010) OSL (Gunter Mayer). Image: 930938.

West Atlantic Cargo Airlines (West Air Europe-Sweden) (West Atlantic Group) (Gothenburg, Sweden) Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) with the registration of SE-DUX (msn 7010) late on January 8 with two pilots was operating flight SWN 294 between Oslo and Tromso, Norway, crashed in the mountainous border region of Norway and Sweden. The crew members declared an emergency and disappeared from radar. The jetliner impacted a mountain northwest of Lake Akkajaure in Lapplandsfjällen near the Norwegian border. There were no survivors.

West Atlantic was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Operations are performed all over Europe.

The company issued this statement:

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The aircraft departed Oslo on route to Tromsö and declared mayday at 23:31 (January 8) whereby the Swedish and Norwegian search and rescue teams were notified. The crash site was located at 03:10 (January 9) near the Norwegian border by the Lake Akkajaure in the Swedish Lapplandsfjällen by air rescue services with support from Hovedredningssentralen in Norway.

The search has been taken over by the Swedish police which are on their way to the accident site. The internal process is coordinated by the Company’s Emergency Response Team.

Route
Flight no: SWN 294
Route: Oslo – Tromsö
Crew members on board: 2
Type of freight: General freight / Post

Aircraft
Registration: SE-DUX
Aircraft Type: Bombardier CRJ200 PF
Year of manufacture: 1993
Manufacturer’s serial number: 7010
Hours flown since manufactured: 38 601:49
Total flight cycles since manufactured: 31 036

West Atlantic Sweden AB has operated the aircraft since 2007 and flown approximately 10,000 hours.

Crew
Age: Captain 42, First Officer 34
Employed with the company: 2011 and 2008
Flight hours: Captain 2 050 hours on type, total hours 3 173
First officer: 900 hours on type, total hours 3 050

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer/AirlinersGallery.com. SE-DUX arrives at Oslo before the tragic accident.

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SriLankan Airlines bids farewell to its last Airbus A340 after 21 years

4R-ADF operated the last A340 flight on January 7, 2016

SriLankan Airlines (Colombo) yesterday (January 7) operated its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight from Chennai to Colombo with the pictured A340-313 4R-ADF (msn 374). The airline issued this statement and photos of the historic event:

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SriLankan Airlines, the first Asian airline to operate the four-engine Airbus A340 aircraft, bid goodbye to the last of its A340s after more than two decades in service, with a final commercial flight on January 7, 2016.

SriLankan introduced the A340 on September 1, 1994, at the time when it was the most sophisticated aircraft manufactured by Airbus Industrie. Over this 21-year period, a total of seven A340s have served the airline, and were for many years the mainstay of its long haul fleet.

Above Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by SriLankan).

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Below Photo: 4R-ADF and the crew received the traditional water cannon salute on its return to Colombo.

SriLankan A340-300 4R-ALF arrives at Colombo on last flight (SriLankan)(LR)

Below Photo: Final handshake recived from SriLankan’s CEO – Suren Ratwatte to Capt. Nanda Nadarajah (former Chief Pilot A340).

SriLankan A340-300 4R-ALF captain on last flight (SriLankan)(LR)

Below Photo: The crew of the last revenue flight:

SriLankan A340-300 4R-ALF crew on last flight (SriLankan)(LR)

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