Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hainan Airlines launches new collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, announces “Kung Fu Panda”-themed Liveries – Six new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will feature special designs

Hainan Airlines' first "Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda" promotional livery, delivered on September 23, 2016

Copyright Photo: Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-1540 (msn 62715) (Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 935149.

Hainan Airlines has issued this statement:

On the occasion of its inaugural Boeing 787-9 flight to North America, Hainan Airlines announced on June 30, 2016 a new collaboration with DreamWorks Animation to feature the “Kung Fu Panda” film franchise on Hainan’s award-winning fleet, which provides nonstop service between China and seven North American destinations.

Hainan 787-9 B-7880 (12)(Tko) PAE (Hainan)(LR)

Photo: Hainan Airlines.

The agreement will include up to six specially designed “Kung Fu Panda”-themed liveries for Hainan’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, delivered in 2016 and 2017. These full-wrap designs will showcase characters and scenes from the blockbuster film franchise, including Po, Tigress, Monkey and others, and will remain for a three-year period.

Kung Fu Panda

“The ‘Kung Fu Panda’ story is deeply rooted in Chinese history, culture and society,” said Hou Wei, Vice President of Marketing at Hainan Airlines. “We are excited to partner with an iconic American movie studio and strengthen the bridge connecting China and North America. Hainan Airlines is proud to extend its elite experience and top-rated customer service to celebrate these outstanding films and characters.”

“Stay tuned for an exciting opportunity for fans of “Kung Fu Panda”, Hainan and Boeing to be a part of this landmark collaboration,” continued Mr. Hou. “We will make an announcement soon about how you can create an original piece of aviation history.”

The inaugural flight of Hainan’s first 787-9 Dreamliner to Los Angeles is a nod to the home of DreamWorks Animation, the Hollywood studio that produced the “Kung Fu Panda” movies. Hainan is China’s only airline to operate both the 787-8 and now the newest 787-9 Dreamliner in its fleet. The larger 787-9 features 289 seats in a two-class configuration and is an update to Boeing’s industry-leading airplane, which includes features such as Wi-Fi and an all new personal entertainment system.

When “Kung Fu Panda 3” was released in early 2016, two versions of the movie were created, one with animation that matched the English audio, one with Chinese-language animation, a first for an animated feature. ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ is the first film co-produced by DreamWorks’ Shanghai-based venture Oriental DreamWorks, established in 2012. All three “Kung Fu Panda” films will be available on demand on board Hainan’s Dreamliners this summer.

“We are thrilled to team with Hainan for this exciting collaboration which connects ‘Kung Fu Panda’ to fans and travelers in an entirely new way,” said Mimi Slavin, Head of Global Promotions, DreamWorks Animation. “This campaign reinforces DreamWorks Animation’s ongoing commitment to the Chinese market and only serves to further enhance our connections to fans throughout Asia and around the world.”

Hainan Airlines is Mainland China’s largest independent airline, and is the only Mainland Chinese airline with a perfect five-star rating from Skytrax, the international airline ratings agency, five years in a row. The airline is expanding its North American service, flying nonstop between China and Seattle, Silicon Valley (SJC), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago, Boston and Toronto. Today, Hainan also inaugurates its nonstop service between Calgary (YYC) and Beijing, the first airline to fly nonstop between Calgary and China.

Business class passengers enjoy priority check-in and luxurious seats that convert to fully-flat beds. Gourmet Chinese and Western cuisine as well as award-winning wines, freshly brewed espresso and high-quality tea are available. Amenity kits feature Bulgari® cosmetics. Premium passengers can also reserve complimentary private chauffeured car service between home, the airport and their destination in both the U.S. and China. A state of the art entertainment system offers over 100 movies, audio selections and games on demand for all passengers.

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SkyWest to fly between Seattle/Tacoma and San Luis Obispo for Alaska Airlines

SkyWest to fly between Seattle/Tacoma and San Luis Obispo for Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines will launch daily, nonstop service between its Seattle/Tacoma hub and San Luis Obispo, California, on April 13, 2017. Located just south of the city of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport serves travelers from as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County.

The year-round service will be operated by SkyWest Airlines using Embraer E175 jets, featuring 12 seats in first class, 12 seats in Preferred Plus and 52 seats in the main cabin. The E175 boasts cabin dimensions on par with a Boeing 737.

Copyright Photo: Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) SEA (Tony Storck). Image: 928988.

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Allegiant announces 12 new routes including Newark and Denver

Allegiant announces 12 new routes including Newark and Denver

Allegiant Air has announced 12 new routes and three new cities, namely Newark, Ogdensburg, NY and Denver.

Nonstop service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from:

Cincinnati – begins Nov. 16, 2016

Savannah, Georgia – begins Nov. 16, 2016

Asheville, North Carolina – begins Nov. 17, 2016

Knoxville, Tennessee – begins Nov. 17, 2016

Nonstop service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

Ogdensburg, New York – begins Oct. 5, 2016

Nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from:

Ogdensburg, New York – begins Oct. 6, 2016

Nonstop service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

Concord, North Carolina – begins Oct. 5, 2016

Nonstop service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from:

Albuquerque, New Mexico – begins Oct. 6, 2016

Nonstop service to Oakland International Airport (OAK) from:

El Paso, Texas – begins Oct. 6, 2016

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

Provo, Utah – begins Sept. 28, 2016

Nonstop service to McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

Destin, Florida – begins Oct. 7, 2016

Nonstop seasonal service to Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) from:

Denver – begins Dec. 14, 2016

Allegiant is also increasing its seasonal service on three existing routes. Missoula International Airport (MSO) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been operating as a seasonal route and will now operate twice weekly as a year-round route. Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) and MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV) to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) both began service as seasonal summer routes, but will now lengthen their seasonality to operate through the beginning of January, 2017.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N222NV (msn 1530) FLL (Brian McDonough). Image: 931963.

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Singapore Airlines’ 9V-SWB catches on fire at Singapore

Damaged by fire at Singapore on June 27, 2016

On June 27, 2016, Singapore Airlines flight 368 with the pictured Boeing 777-312 ER 9V-SWB (msn 33377), suffered an engine oil leak during a flight from Singapore to Milan (Malpensa).

The flight returned to the Singapore base and on landing, the right, number 2, engine caught on fire. The right wing was engulfed in flames. The fire was reportedly extinguished in 15 minutes. There were no reported injuries. 9V-SWB was significantly damaged.

Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312 ER 9V-SWB (msn 33377) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 933502.

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WestJet announces two new routes

WestJet announces two new routes

WestJet has announced new flights from Edmonton, AB, to Hamilton, ON, and Winnipeg, MB, to Kelowna, BC. Flights are available for sale as of Monday June 27, 2016 , with service commencing July 28, 2016.

WestJet also announced enhanced schedules between Vancouver and Winnipeg, and Edmonton and Vancouver. Starting July 28 through September 6, 2016, flights operating between Vancouver and Winnipeg will operate 24 times weekly. Flights between Edmonton and Vancouver will operate 54 times weekly. These new flights offer greater flexibility and more options during the peak summer travel period.

Flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT WL C-GJWS (msn 34152) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 903098.

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NewLeaf Travel is back with more destinations, will start on July 25 using Flair Air

NewLeaf Travel is back with more destinations, will start on July 25 using Flair Air

NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. on June 23, 2016 announced it will resume sales with ultra low fares and an expanded route map. Customers will be able to book flights on the NewLeaf Travel Company website ( to/from an expanded list of 12 Canadian cities: Halifax, Moncton, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Fort St. John, Abbotsford and Victoria. The first flights will take off July 25, 2016.

NewLeaf 2016 logo (LRW)

In March 2016, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) completed its review of licensing regulations and determined that, as a reseller of air services, NewLeaf Travel Company is not required to hold an airline license. Flights booked through NewLeaf will be operated by Flair Airlines, a licensed Canadian airline with an experienced crew and pilots flying Boeing 737‐400 passenger jets.

As an ultra‐low cost travel company, NewLeaf will work with Flair Airlines (above) to offer base fares that are significantly less than other Canadian carriers. It will achieve this through cost‐saving measures such as operating out of airports with lower landing fees; flying a simple point‐to‐point network with minimal time between flights; and offering customers à la carte purchase of options such as carry-on and checked baggage, priority boarding, and call centre assistance for a fee.

NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. is a privately-held Canadian company headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photo: Flair Air Boeing 737-4B6 C-FLER (msn 24573) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 911648.

NewLeaf route map:

NewLeaf 6.16 Route Map

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VLM Airlines declares bankruptcy and shuts down

VLM Airlines declares bankruptcy and shuts down

On June 22, 2016 VLM Airlines declared it was filing for bankruptcy and ceased all operations. The closure came after the People’s Viennaline announced it was canceling its ACMI contract with VLM due to its non-performance.

The carrier originally commenced operations in May 1993 as the “Wings of Flanders”.

Copyright Photo: VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLQ (msn 20159) LCY (SPA). Image: 927865.

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Alaska Airlines to fly between Portland, Oregon and Orlando

Alaska Airlines to fly between Portland, Oregon and Orlando

Alaska Airlines on June 22 announced new, daily nonstop flights between Portland, Oregon, and Orlando, Florida, to begin in March 2017.

The new flight will be the first and only nonstop flight between Portland and Orlando. With the new flying, Alaska will offer 21 weekly nonstop flights from Seattle, Portland and San Diego.

Flights will be operated with fuel-efficient Boeing 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-990 ER SSWL N494AS (msn 41729) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 933379.

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