Monthly Archives: November 2017

American responds to the “December Pilot Scheduling Error”

American Airlines has issued this statement after a growing number of media reports:

Out of the 200,000 flights American will operate in December, only a few hundred are currently unassigned to pilots. That number of open flights continues to decrease thanks to our pilots who are stepping up to the plate and picking up trips to ensure customers are taken care of. It’s another example of why we are thankful to have such an incredible team. In addition, we have more reserve pilots on hand in December than normal months and they provide us with the ability to fly many of the trips that are currently uncovered. We have not canceled any scheduled flights in December and will continue to work to ensure both our pilots and our customers are cared for.

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Shanghai Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for Shanghai Airlines, delivered on November 27, 2017

Shanghai Airlines on November 27, 2017 took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8. The pictured MAX 8 was handed over as B-1382.

Copyright Photo: Shanghai Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N6046P (B-1382) (msn 61621) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939454.

Cargolux and NCA sign a cooperative agreement

Cargolux's "You name it, we fly it" logo jet

Cargolux has announces it has signed a cooperation agreement with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) that allows both partners access to each other’s capacity through code – share and space swap agreements. Cargolux now has access to NCA’s flights f rom Frankfurt Hahn to Tokyo (Narita) while NCA has access to Cargolux’s flights from Luxembourg to Narita. This is a major milestone in Cargolux’s operations to Japan , which, traditionally, has been an important market for Cargolux .

Cargolux Italia Boeing 747-4R7F LX-TCV (msn 30401) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 926118.

Above Copyright Photo: Cargolux Italia Boeing 747-4R7F LX-TCV (msn 30401) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 926118.

Cargolux Italia:

As per this agreement Cargolux plans to operate a weekly flight from Luxembourg to Tokyo Narita. Cargolux Italia (above) will stop its operations to Narita but will maintain its services to Osaka (Kansai). The code – share operation is planned to start with the summer season 2018. Both airlines consider the agreement as a first step towards a potentially deeper cooperation.

In addition to this opportunity to develop its activity at Narita, Cargolux also intends to further develope its operations through Komatsu. Together with Cargolux Italia’s operations to Osaka, Cargolux is well placed to provide its customers with comprehensive services to and from Japan.

Top Copyright Photo: Cargolux Airlines International (Luxembourg) Boeing 747-8R7F LX-VCM (msn 61169) (You name it, we fly it) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 932973.

Cargolux:

NCA:

Bottom Copyright Photo: NCA-Nippon Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-8KZF JA13KZ (msn 36138) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 909961.

NCA-Nippon Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-8KZF JA13KZ (msn 36138) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 909961.

Condor to add Quito, Ecuador and return to New Orleans in 2018

Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Boeing 767-3Q8 ER WL D-ABUP (msn 30048) LAS (James Helbock). Image: 935753.

Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) is adding new twice-weekly Boeing 767-300 service from FRA to Santo Domingo and continuing to Quito, Ecuador starting on October 5, 2018.

As previously reported, Condor has also announced it will be returning to New Orleans and will be operating twice-weekly flights operating on Thursdays and Sundays from May 17, 2018, through September 30, 2018, between Frankfurt and New Orleans.

Flights on Thursdays and Sundays will depart New Orleans at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt the next day at 10:40 a.m., and depart Frankfurt at 11:50 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in New Orleans at 3:55 p.m. the same day.

Condor will operate 259-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Boeing 767-3Q8 ER WL D-ABUP (msn 30048) LAS (James Helbock). Image: 935753.

British Airways announces new regional flights for next summer to holiday destinations

700th Embraer E-Jet special logo

British Airways has announced it will increase flights from UK regional airports to some of the top European holiday hotspots for the summer of 2018.

In May this year, British Airways launched seven new summer-only routes from Manchester Airport and four from Birmingham and Bristol airports.

From May 2018 there will be extra weekend flights from Manchester to Malaga, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca, with Mykonos flights operating on Saturdays instead of Fridays,  an extra weekend flight from Birmingham to Palma and an extra weekend flight from Bristol to Malaga.

Additional summer routes include flights from Manchester to Alicante and Nice, from Birmingham to Malaga and Florence and from Bristol to Ibiza, Palma and Florence.

For snow and ski lovers, British Airways is also launching new winter-only services from Manchester to Salzburg and Chambery on December 15.

All flights operate on modern Embraer 190 jet aircraft, with spacious cabins and two abreast seating allowing every customer to have an aisle or window seat.

British Airways currently operates up to 10 return flights a day between Manchester and London Heathrow and a weekly service to London City Airport.

Copyright Photo: British Airways-BA CityFlyer Embraer ERJ 190-100SR G-LCYN (msn 19000392) (700th E-Jet) GLA (Robbie Shaw). Image: 935975.

Adria Airways announces six new destinations for next summer

Adria Airways Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) S5-AAV (msn 15284) SEN (Keith Burton). Image: 927966.

Adria Airways is set to connect Ljubljana Airport to six new destinations next year. With the summer timetable (from March 25, 2018) Adria Airways will continue flights to the Ukrainian capital Kiev and at the same time connect Slovenia to six new European cities and popular holiday destinations.

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In the 2018 summer season it will thus be possible to fly with Adria Airways to Hamburg, Germany’s largest port and “Gateway to the World” (four times a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays). Passengers will also be able to fly from Ljubljana Airport to Geneva, the diplomatic, business and scientific centre of the world (three times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays), to Bucharest, a city with the multiple styles of different historical periods (four times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) and to Sofia, a young, dynamic and modern European capital (three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays). Adria aircraft will also connect Ljubljana to Dubrovnik in Croatia, the pearl of the Adriatic and filming location for the popular series Game of Thrones (twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning on 28 April), and to the Croatian island of Brač, famous for its lush greenery and sandy and gravelly beaches (twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning on 28 April).

The planned flight schedule is as follows:

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Top Copyright Photo: Adria Airways Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) S5-AAV (msn 15284) SEN (Keith Burton). Image: 927966.

Spirit Airlines announces eleven new routes

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N506NK (msn 2490) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930238.

Spirit Airlines has announced it is expanding with 11 new routes. Beginning in March and April of 2018, Spirit will launch new year-round service from Baltimore/Washington, Tampa and Orlando. Spirit will also begin seasonal service to Seattle/Tacoma from four new cities and connect Detroit to San Diego and Portland, Oregon. The new service includes:

ROUTES START DATE FREQUENCY
Baltimore/Washington (BWI)  to/from    
Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) March 22, 2018 Daily, year-round (service subject to government approval)
Denver (DEN) March 22, 2018 Daily, year-round
Tampa (TPA) to/from
Los Angeles (LAX) April 12, 2018 Daily, year-round
Las Vegas (LAS) April 12, 2018 Daily, year-round
Orlando (MCO) to/from
Las Vegas (LAS) April 12, 2018 Daily, year-round
Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) to/from
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) April 12, 2018 Daily, seasonal
Chicago (ORD) April 12, 2018 Daily, seasonal
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) April 12, 2018 Daily, seasonal
Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) April 12, 2018 Daily, seasonal
Detroit (DTW) to/from
Portland, OR (PDX) April 23, 2018 Daily, seasonal
San Diego (SAN) April 23, 2018 Daily, seasonal

This month, Spirit also announced it will begin serving Columbus, Ohio and Richmond, Virginia early next year. These two new cities will bring Spirit’s growing network to 62 total destinations, with even more expected in the year ahead.

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N506NK (msn 2490) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930238.