Monthly Archives: May 2019

Video: ANA A380 Flying Honu inaugural flight Tokyo – Honolulu

New video from Sam Chui:

ANA All Nippon Airways have started flying their Airbus A380 “Flying Honu” between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu on 24 May 2019. I was among the first passengers to fly on the inaugural flight. There were lot of good celebrations at the boarding gate and on-board.

This is a detail trip report of the first ANA A380 “Flying Honu” themed flight in Business Class. Throughout the video, I also looked into other unique features on this ANA flight including ANA Couchii, economy class and premium economy. In next video, I will review ANA A380 First Class from Honolulu to Tokyo.


TAP to fly to Banjul, Gambia

TAP Portugal - Air Portugal Airbus A320-214 WL CS-TNT (msn 4095) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946599.

TAP will begin flying to Banjul, the capital of The Gambia, on October 26, 2019. TAP will offer three flights per week from Lisbon.

This is another example of the national airline strengthening its service to Africa, a market in which TAP has recorded significant growth.

The service will use Airbus A320 aircraft, with three flights per week, leaving Lisbon at 20:55 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arriving in Banjul at 00:10 the next day. The flights will then leave Banjul at 01:05 (on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays), arriving at Humberto Delgado Airport at 06:05 (all times local).

TAP flies to the following destinations in Africa: Morocco (Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier and Fez), Cape Verde (Sal, Praia, S. Vicente and Boa Vista), Senegal (Dakar), Guinea-Bissau (Bissau), Ivory Coast (Abidjan), Togo (Lomé), Ghana (Accra), S. Tomé and Príncipe (S. Tomé), Angola (Luanda) and Mozambique (Maputo) – a total of 16 cities in 10 countries.

The new destination of Banjul, in The Gambia, and the recently announced start of flights to Conakry, in Guinea, bring the number of African countries and cities the national airline directly serves from Portugal to 12 and 18, respectively.

TAP carried more than 1.1 million passengers on its African routes in 2018, an increase of 11.3% compared to the previous year. TAP continues its growth in Africa with these new destinations for 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A320-214 WL CS-TNT (msn 4095) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946599.

TAP aircraft slide show:


European Elections 2019: Austrian Airlines declares its commitment to Europe: “Austrian Airlines is also European”

Austrian Airlines has made this announcement in support of the European Elections:

• Austrian Airlines has displayed the EU flag on all aircraft since 1997
• The Austrian flag carrier employs about 7,000 people from 58 nations
• The network links Austria to 100 European destinations

Shortly before the European elections 2019, Austrian Airlines has declared its clear commitment to Europe. Austrian Airlines CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech puts it this way: “We are Austria’s flag carrier. At the same time, we have been displaying the EU flag on all our aircraft since the year 1997 out of conviction. Austrian Airlines is also European.”

In this way, Austrian Airlines joins many other European companies in actively promoting high voter turnout at the European elections. The elections for the European Parliament will take place in Austria this coming Sunday, May 26, 2019. “Austrian Airlines has profited enormously from Europe’s political as well as economic integration. Europe is a project of peace and prosperity. The success of this project is important for the future of all of us. Every vote cast in these elections is thus a vote cast to support this project”, von Hoensbroech adds.

Austrian Airlines employs a total of 7,083 people from 40 European and 18 non-European countries, and links 101 cities within Europe with each other. Austrian Airlines temporarily had the EU flag painted on the nose of an Airbus A320 with the aircraft registration OE-LBL in order to visibly display its commitment to Europe and the European Union.

Photo: Austrian Airlines.


Ryanair launches new Dublin route to Toulouse, ready to order more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Ryanair on May 24 launched a new route from Dublin to Toulouse, with a four times weekly service as part of its Winter 2019 schedule. Ryanair also announced that this new Toulouse route will continue for Summer 2020, operating daily from April 2020.

Ryanair’s Dublin Summer 2019 schedule includes 100 routes in total with 14 new routes: Bordeaux (2pw), Bournemouth (4pw), Bodrum (2pw), Cagliari (2pw), Dubrovnik (4pw) Gothenburg (2pw), Split(4pw), London Southend (twice daily), Lourdes (2pw), Milan Malpensa (daily), Thessaloniki (2pw), Luxembourg (3pw), Frankfurt (12pw), and Kyiv (2pw).

In other news, CEO Michael O’Leary in an interview on CNBC, stated he is ready to order more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft despite the grounding.



Korean Air receives delivery of its 200th Boeing aircraft

HL8346 - "200th Boeing" logo

On May 14, Korean Air received delivery of its 25th Boeing 777-300ER (HL8346), the 200th Boeing aircraft the airline has received since 1971.

The first Boeing aircraft Korean Air received delivery of was the Boeing 707-3B5C. Out of the 200 aircraft from Boeing over 48 years, Korean Air currently operates a total of 119 on both international and domestic routes as part of its passenger and cargo fleets.

The new aircraft was first operated on the Incheon~Fukuoka route, and will primarily fly to San Francisco, Osaka, Hanoi and other international destinations along with the 24 other Boeing 777-300ERs. The latest Boeing 777-300ER will have a special livery to show that it’s the 200th plane from Boeing.

Korean Air first introduced the Boeing 777-300ER into service in 2009. With a seat capacity of 291, Boeing 777-300ER is an eco-friendly aircraft with 26% fewer carbon dioxide emissions compared to its predecessor, and it emits less noise. Passengers can enjoy a comfortable cabin atmosphere created by LED colored lighting.

B777-300ER is equipped with next-generation seats: Kosmo Suites in first class, Prestige Sleepers in prestige class, and New Economy in economy class.

Korean Air connects 124 cities in 44 countries with 119 and 49 aircraft manufactured by Boeing and Airbus respectively.

The airline will continue to promote customer convenience as a global leading airline.

Top Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 777-300 ER HL8346 (msn 63434) (200th Boeing) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946400.

Korean Air aircraft slide show:

Avianca Brazil is forced to suspend operations after its AOC is revoked

Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A330-243F PR-ONV (msn 1506) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403956.

ANAC, the civil aviation authority of Brazil, on Friday (May 24) suspended the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Avianca Brazil forcing the ailing carrier to suspend all operations.

The carrier stated it would continue to work on restructuring and looks forward to restarting operations.

Top Copyright Photo: Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A330-243F PR-ONV (msn 1506) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403956.

Avianca (Brazil) aircraft slide show:


APFA and TWU International blast American Airlines management

Joint Statement from APFA National President and TWU International President

Instead of investing in its workers, American Airlines has chosen to enrich their executives with hefty compensation packages and bonuses at the cost of customer service and employee morale. They’ve saddled employees with unfair contracts and failed to address the consistently low rankings that leave AA dead last of the big three airlines for flight delays and customer complaints.

Blaming and attacking their employees and the unions that represent them will do nothing to improve American’s ranking or the future of this once great airline.