Monthly Archives: March 2019

Fly Jamaica lays off all of its employees

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Fly Jamaica Airways as of today, March 31, has laid off all of its employees. The cash-strapped airline has been unable to resume operations since its only Boeing 757-200 (N524AT) crash landed at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport on November 9, 2018.

Previously in November the airline issued this statement:

Top Copyright Photo: Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-23N N524AT (msn 30233) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 922818.

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Norwegian to launch a new route from Dublin to Hamilton, Canada

6000th 737

Norwegian has made this announcement:

Norwegian has announced it will commence its first-ever route between Europe and Canada this weekend.

From March 31, 2019 Norwegian will commence a new service from Dublin to Hamilton John C. Munro International Airport.

Above Photo: Chris Futcher.

Norwegian’s new route is the airline’s first-ever transatlantic service to Canada and the only direct flights between Ireland and Hamilton in Ontario. This summer, Hamilton will join Norwegian’s existing services to New York and Providence.

Norwegian will operate flights to Hamilton on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: (Norwegian Air International) (Ireland) Boeing 737-8Q8 WL EI-FHC (msn 37159) (6000th 737) LGW (Robbie Shaw). Image: 946105.

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Embraer delivers the first E175 to Mauritania Airlines


Embraer on March 28 delivered the first E175 (5T-CLL) to Mauritania Airlines.

The airline signed a firm order with Embraer for two E175 jets in 2018. The contract has a value of USD $93.8 million.

The second aircraft will be delivered in the second quarter of 2019.

The E175 for Mauritania Airlines is configured with 76 seats in a comfortable dual class layout. The introduction of E175 is part of Mauritania’s fleet modernization, replacing old aircraft and complementing their modern narrow-body aircraft.

Embraer has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,500 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft.

Photos: Mauritania Airlines.

Hainan Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with “Dream Feather” interiors

Hainan Airlines 787-9 Dreamliner’s Business Class with “Dream Feather” interiors

Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd.’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with “Dream Feather” interiors was delivered to the airline’s hangars at Haikou Meilan International Airport on March 28, marking an overall upgrade of the airline’s brand visual design. The visually pleasing, light and elegant cabin environment assures passengers of a comfortable and stress-free travel experience and makes flying easier.

Hainan Airlines partnered with renowned UK-based design firm PriestmanGoode to create the “Dream Feather” concept. The British firm completed the project in under two years, upgrading the airline’s “look” across the board, including the cabin environment, air-to-ground service supplies and service logos. The “Dream Feather” concept is based on the idea that a feather in a dream is often presented as a feather that is floating in the air or a “feather in flight”. The minimalist feather pattern has been applied in various spaces where the airline’s branding appears, including on the wallpaper, the curtains, the seat and the floor of the aircraft, creating a unique brand identity that will be easily remembered by passengers.

The “Dream Feather” Dreamliner introduces Super Economy class for the first time, adding a third class to the already existing two, which now has a total of 294 seats, 26 business class seats, 21 super economy class seats and 247 economy class seats. Business class, with “Champagne gold” as the dominant tone, has adopted the mainstream 1-2-1 reverse fishbone layout. The airline chose Super Diamond seats from high-end seat manufacturer Rockwell Collins, with spacing between the seat in front upgraded to 46 inches, the ideal distance between reverse herringbone seat. The spaciousness of the area allocated to the passenger, including five places for storage coupled with the golden yarn flickering under the light in the gentle atmosphere, highlight the noble luxury quality. The new Super Economy class, with the light and fashionable “Silver grey” as the dominant tone, equipped with the award-winning Rockwell Collins MIQ seat, comes appointed with four-way head restraints, seat backs that recline up to seven inches, an iPad bracket as well as individual power plug and USB charging port, offering convenient and easy smart travel for passengers. Economy class, with the “Burgundy red” as the dominant tone, is equipped with the popular Recaro CL3710 seat, patented seven-way adjustable head restraints, an ergonomic waist support cushion and a uniquely designed and positioned book and newspaper holder that adds more than one inch of leg room to create a more comfortable travelling experience. The cabin deploys situational lighting, inspired by the natural colors of a river and the sun and moon, delivering a naturally alternating balance between light and shadow.

The all new cabin is equipped with cutting-edge “Hai Studio” hardware and the latest Panasonic EX3 entertainment system, while business, super economy and economy classes respectively feature 18-inch, 13-inch, and 12-inch 1080P HD screens. The entertainment system’s visually-pleasing interface details all media options, while a “recommended” tag and a “score” informs the passenger as to the popularity of each selection. In addition, the wake-up service comes with multiple options that include choices to set a wake-up call for meals and aircraft landing. Furthermore, a tutorial function makes it easy for the traveler to effortlessly navigate all the available features.

Besides the outstanding cabin environment and hardware, Hainan Airlines’ entirely new air-to-ground service supplies, logos and ground premium VIP Check-in areas were also designed with the “Dream Feather” image to present a consistent visual effect from the moment the passenger steps into the check-in area to the moment he or she disembarks from the plane. The premium VIP check-in areas with the “Dream Feather” design have already formally “opened for business” in Beijing and Xi’an.

Hainan Airlines’ new 787-9 Dreamliner with “Dream Feather” interiors is scheduled to serve routes from Beijing to Haikou, Sanya, Chengdu, Changsha, Guiyang, Fuzhou, Xiamen and other domestic cities as well as international routes between Beijing and destinations in North America. Passengers on these routes will have the opportunity to experience Hainan Airlines’ brand-new brand image, bathed in an atmosphere that lets one feel well-taken care of while enjoying a stress-free travel experience and flying easier.

Photo: Hainan Airlines.

Evelop Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB

The first Airbus A350neo for Evelop, delivered on March 28, 2019

Evelop Airlines, the Spanish carrier of Barceló Group’s Ávoris travel division, has taken delivery of its first of two Airbus A350 XWBs. The second aircraft will be delivered in 2020.

Above Photo: Airbus. Others by the airline.

The A350-900, on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ASLC), will be based at Madrid Barajas – Adolfo Suárez airport and deployed on long-haul routes to Caribbean destinations.

It features a high comfort single class configuration with 432 seats. Passengers will enjoy more personal space, the quietest cabin of any twin-aisle aircraft and the latest generation cabin products, including individual onboard in-flight entertainment.

Evelop Airlines operates an all Airbus fleet of one A320-200, one A330-200 and three A330-300s.

Editor’s Note: The pictured EC-NBO was handed over on March 28, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: Evelop Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZHJ (EC-NBO) (msn 293) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 946016.

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Aeroflot to launch its summer schedule with two new destinations

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BPI (msn 1323) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946099.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines has made this announcement:

On March 31 Aeroflot will launch its summer timetable, which runs through October 26, 2019.

This coming season, Aeroflot will fly to 159 destinations, including 58 destinations in Russia and 101 destinations in 54 other countries around the world.

As the leading airline for Europe-Asia transit routes, offering some of the quickest and most affordable options between the two continents, Aeroflot is continuing to develop strategically important destinations in Asia. From June 1, the number of flights to Seoul will double in comparison with the winter season (from 7 to 14 per week). As usual, Aeroflot will also increase the frequency of its flights to Beijing from 14 to 21 flights per week for the summer season.

In the European market, this summer Aeroflot will further expand its presence with flights to two new destinations from June 1:

  • Marseille;
  • Palma de Mallorca.

There will be five flights a week between Moscow and Marseille. Flights to Palma de Mallorca will operate four times a week. Aeroflot will operate new flights on the Airbus A320 family aircraft.

Aeroflot will also increase flight frequencies to many international destinations, with more flights to European capitals than in the winter season:

  • Athens (from 14 to 21 per week);
  • Budapest (from 21 to 28 per week);
  • London (from 32 to 35 per week);
  • Madrid (from 14 to 21 per week);
  • Tbilisi (from 11 to 14 per week).

Aeroflot will also offer more flights to European resorts. Flight frequencies will increase on routes to:

  • Antalya (from 14 to 21 per week);
  • Burgas (from 3 to 7 per week);
  • Larnaca (from 14 to 21 per week);
  • Malaga (10 to 14 per week);
  • Nice (from 9 to 16 per week);
  • Thessaloniki (from 4 to 7 per week);
  • Tivat (from 7 to 14 per week)

The airline will also resume flights to other popular European summer destinations:

  • Heraklion (14 flights per week)
  • Split (7 flights per week).

Flight frequencies to the following cities in Middle East and Asia will also increase:

  • Beirut (from 3 to 4 per week);
  • Tehran (from 5 to 7 per week);
  • Ulaanbaatar (from 3 to 7 per week).

Aeroflot’s summer schedule will be seeing its usual increase in the number of flights to the following US cities:

  • Washington (from 1 to 3 per week);
  • New York (from 14 to 21 per week).

Aeroflot also plans to increase its flights to cities in other CIS countries:

  • Aktobe (from 4 to 7 per week);
  • Chisinau (from 2 to 7 per week).

On the domestic market the main news is the launch of two new flights:

  • Krasnodar – Simferopol;
  • Volgograd – Sochi.

Flights to these destinations are scheduled from June 1 to October 1. Aeroflot will operate one flight per day on each of these routes on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. In addition, the new timetable will continue to operate daily flights between Sochi and Simferopol. The Company is helping to make air travel more accessible to all Russians by launching direct flights between regions, bypassing Moscow.

On a number of routes flight frequency will significantly increase. To meet seasonal demand, Aeroflot has developed an extensive flight programme to Black Sea resorts. Compared to the 2018/19 winter timetable, Aeroflot will increase flight frequencies to the following destinations:

  • Anapa (from 21 to 35 per week)
  • Simferopol (from 28 to 84 per week)
  • Sochi (from 70 to 77 per week)

In the coming season Aeroflot will resume flights to another Black Sea resort – Gelendzhik (21 flights per week).

The number of flights will also increase on routes to other Russian cities:

  • Abakan (from 5 to 7 per week)
  • Izhevsk (from 14 to 21 per week)
  • Kazan (from 54 to 56 per week)
  • Kaliningrad (from 35 go 42 per week)
  • Mineralnye Vody (from 28 to 35 per week)
  • Nizhny Novgorod (from 35 to 42 per week)
  • Saratov (from 28 to 42 per week)
  • Ulyanovsk (from 14 to 21 per week)
  • Yakutsk (from 5 to 6 per week)

Aeroflot’s route network will be complemented by the extensive geography of its subsidiary airlines.

This summer, Rossiya Airlines under the commercial management of PJSC Aeroflot will operate flights to 59 different destinations under Aeroflot’s commercial management. They include over 40 domestic and international flights from St. Petersburg, including flights to Simferopol, Sochi, Tel Aviv, Rome, Milan, Nice, Paris, London, Berlin, Prague and more. Rossiya Airlines will operate another half a dozen flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo to various destinations in Russia (including cities in the country’s Far East), Paris-Orly, Nice, Denpasar (Bali) and Colombo.

Under Aeroflot’s commercial management regional carrier Aurora will also offer passengers 20 destinations in the Far East.

Low-cost airline Pobeda develops its own flight network. For the summer season, the network will be expanded to include 120 destinationsin Russia and abroad.

In total, Aeroflot Group will operate regular flights to 358 routes (296 of which are unique) in 57 countries throughout summer 2019.

The Group’s route network will be supplemented by 162 destinations operated by partner airlines under code-sharing agreements. Thanks to this, a further 19 countries will appear in Aeroflot’s route network: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Ghana, Iceland, Kenya, Laos, Luxembourg, Malta, Macedonia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia.

In total, including cooperation with partners, Aeroflot Group will operate flights to 520 destinations (458 of which are unique) in 76 countries in the summer 2019 season.

Top Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BPI (msn 1323) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946099.

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Air France to bring the Airbus A380 to Atlanta

Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJH (msn 099) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946095.

Air France on March 31 will be launching La Première service on its Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Atlanta route for the first time ever.

Air France is the first airline to offer a La Première service to Europe from Atlanta and the only airline to operate A380 from Atlanta Delta hub with four cabins. In the La Première cabin, passengers receive a tailored personalized service from Air France staff at all times. Whatever you need during your flight, we will be ready at hand.

Together with their partner Delta, Air France brings opportunity to discover the La Première experience from more than 150 cities via Atlanta to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With Atlanta, Georgia, La Première is now available from seven gateways in the U.S.




In the La Première cabin, you will receive a tailored personalized service from our staff at all times. Whatever you need during your flight, we will be ready at hand.

Once you arrive on board, the crew will introduce themselves to you. Next, you will be welcomed into the La Première cabin where every feature emanates sophistication and style: soft leather, suede, textile fabrics with a tweed trim, subtle wood and metallic finishes… In your private space, each detail is designed for your pleasure, so you can enjoy your flight in pure comfort and tranquility.


In the La Première suite, you are free to orchestrate your trip in whichever way you see fit. Move around in the cabin or enjoy some privacy, as you please. Make yourself at home in the sky, with a range of services available to you, including an individual cloakroom, storage space, and a bedside lamp. And if you’re traveling with someone else, feel free to invite him or her to join you at your large table by taking a seat on an elegant and comfortable ottoman.
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In your private suite, you can sleep soundly. Your comfortable upright seat transforms into a bed measuring 2 m / 6.5 ft in length and 77 cm / 30 in in width*. It has a memory foam mattress, a pillow and a large fluffy duvet. This way, you are sure to enjoy a full night’s sleep in hotel-standard comfort.

* On board the A380 aircraft, your upright seat transforms into a full-size bed measuring 2 m / 6.5 ft in length and 60 cm / 24 in in width.

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From the moment you board the aircraft to the moment you land, you are in control of a complete, latest-generation entertainment system. The intuitive touchscreen interface and remote control exists in 12 languages.

Movies, games, TV shows, documentaries, music, relaxation videos… Enjoy 1,000 hours of on-demand entertainment and browse through our catalog of items for sale on board. Feature movies are available in HD, transforming your 24-inch screen into a veritable movie theater…

On board the A380 aircraft, your 10.4-inch interactive screen gives you access to a varied program of on-demand video.

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Enter and explore the La Première environment thanks to our virtual tour platform. Discover this exceptionally designed space and let us delight you with our La Première experience.


Top Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJH (msn 099) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946095.

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ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, Welcomes Australian pilots through E-3 visa program

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, today announced that it is welcoming Australian pilots to join in its growth by introducing a new E-3 Visa Program. The program allows Australian pilots to live in the U.S. while flying for ExpressJet. ExpressJet is hiring more than 600 pilots as it grows with 25 new Embraer E175 aircraft in 2019.

Pilots who participate in ExpressJet’s E-3 Program will complete training at the airline’s Houston, Texas, training complex, where the airline has its own E175 and ERJ145 full-motion flight simulators. Training is paid and single-occupancy hotel accommodations are provided.

After training, pilots will be based at one of ExpressJet’s five domiciles (Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; Houston, Texas; Newark, New Jersey) and may choose to live in base or the city of their choice by using flight and airline jumpseat privileges to travel to base.

E-3 Program pilots are eligible for ExpressJet’s $22,000 new-hire bonus and an additional $5,000bonus for an eligible type rating. In addition, pilots are eligible for ExpressJet’s health and wellness insurance plans and have access to travel privileges on United Airlines and other participating, global carriers. E-3 Program participants will also have access to a company liaison to help navigate their new careers in the U.S.

Australian pilots interested in flying for ExpressJet should apply at or on After completing a video interview, ExpressJet will initiate the Visa application and cover costs related to the process as well as travel expenses to the U.S. Applicants can visit for complete qualifications and application requirements.

EgyptAir takes delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

SU-GER - EgyptAir's first 787 Dreamliner, delivered on March 27, 2019

EgyptAir on March 27, 2019 took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner when the pictured 787-9 SU-GER departed Paine Field in Everett bound for Cairo.

Above Photo: EgyptAir.

The flag carrier has six copies on order.

The aircraft is expected to have a new business class product.

The first planned international route is likely to be from Cairo to Toronto (Pearson).

Top Copyright Photo (all others AerCap): EgyptAir Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SU-GER (msn 38798) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946019.

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Wow Air shuts down and ceases all operations

Wow Air Airbus A321-253N WL TF-DTR (msn 8085) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 945644.

Wow Air today has announced its has ended all operations and all flights are cancelled.

The carrier was unable to come to an agreement with any other party, including Indigo Partners and Icelandair.

The company originally started operations on May 31, 2012 using other carriers.

The airlines issued this statement:


End of Operation of WOW AIR

Information for WOW AIR passengers

WOW AIR has ceased operation. All WOW AIR flights have been cancelled.

How will I reach my destination?

Passengers are advised to check available flights with other airlines.

Some airlines may offer flights at a reduced rate, so-called rescue fares, in light of the circumstances. Information on those airlines will be published, when it becomes available.

What are my rights?

Passengers whose ticket was paid with a credit card are advised to contact their credit card company to check whether a refund of the ticket cost will be issued.

Passengers who bought their ticket from a European travel agent (within the European Economic Area) as a part of a package tour (a package which includes flights and accommodation or other services) are protected by the Package Travel Directive. Those passengers are advised to contact their travel agent to arrange an alternative flight.

Passengers who may have bought travel protection, or those passengers whose credit card terms may include such protection, may be entitled to claim compensation and assistance due to delays or travel disruption. However, such compensation is often limited.

Passengers may also be entitled to compensation from WOW AIR, including in accordance with European regulation on Air Passenger Rights. In case of a bankruptcy, claims should be filed to the administrator / liquidator.

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Top Copyright Photo: Wow Air Airbus A321-253N WL TF-DTR (msn 8085) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 945644.

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