Monthly Archives: June 2019

China Southern Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

China Southern's first Airbus A350-900, to become B-308T

China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first of 20 Airbus A350-900s, becoming the newest operator of this latest generation and highly efficient twin-engine, long-range wide-body aircraft. The Guangzhou-based carrier operates an Airbus fleet of 335 aircraft, including 282 A320 Family aircraft, 48 A330 Family aircraft and five A380 aircraft (figures at the end of May 2019).

China Southern’s A350-900 aircraft features a modern and comfortable three-class cabin layout of 314 seats: 28 business, 24 premium economy and 262 economy. The airline will initially operate the new aircraft on its domestic routes from Guangzhou to Shanghai and Beijing, followed by flights to international destinations.

At the end of May 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Airbus): China Southern Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZGP (B-308T) (msn 318) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 946674.

China Southern aircraft slide show:

Star Alliance members, Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines expanded their codeshare network

Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines, the largest airlines and flag carriers of their countries, Turkey and Poland, have announced the enhancement of their current codeshare agreement with additional destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and LOT’s flight network.

Through this enhanced partnership, Turkish Airlines and LOT will reciprocally add their flight codes on below flights in addition to Istanbul-Warsaw:

From Warsaw From Istanbul
Krakow Ankara Bahrain
Gdansk Izmir Beirut
Szczecin Adana Baghdad
Poznan Antalya Dubai
Wroclaw Dalaman Kuwait
Katowice Amman Budapest
Rzeszow Cairo Johannesburg

Passengers will also enjoy both domestic and international connections from Istanbul. Moreover, taking into account the complementary structure of timetables of both carriers and agreement working reciprocally, it will allow both airlines’ customers to enjoy seamless connectivity in their respective hubs.

LOT Polish Airlines and Turkish Airlines passengers have also benefit of accruing and redeeming miles in their respective loyalty programs, Miles&More and Miles&Smiles on all flights of both carriers.

 

Turkish Airlines’ first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is in the air

Turkish Airlines has made this announcement following the delivery and arrival of Turkish Airlines’ first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Istanbul:

Turkish Airlines has announced that up to 30 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will join the airlines’ young and fast-growing fleet over the next four years, and each will feature the carrier’s bespoke, all-new Business Class Cabins. The Turkish national flag carrier had placed 25 firm + 5 optional orders in last year for the 787-9 Dreamliner, which will be gradually added to its expanding fleet – the youngest in the world – between 2019 and 2023.

Regarded as one of the most advanced aircraft for its fuel efficiency and range flexibility, the 787-9 Dreamliner will open new routes for Turkish Airlines, reinforcing its status as the carrier that flies to more countries than any other. The new aircraft will offer passengers refined comfort during the longest journeys across 311 destinations in 124 countries.

As part of the 787 Dreamliner family, the 787-9 is powered by a suite of new technologies and a revolutionary design. It can fly 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km) in addition to carrying more cargo and allowing the airline to profitably grow its routes. The airplane allows operators to achieve better fuel efficiency per seat compared to the previous airplanes in its class.

Turkish Airlines’ Dreamliner has a seating capacity for 300 passengers, including 270 economy class seats and 30 business class seats. The carrier’s 787 includes long haul economy class seats and business class monuments produced in Turkey by Turkish suppliers.

Within a spacious wide-body cabin featuring larger overhead luggage bins and extra-large windows, dimmable LED window shades give greater control over light entering the cabin. A new filtration, better air pressure and greater humidity helps passengers feel less dryness and reduces fatigue. Meanwhile, the engines, interior, systems, and equipment all feature vibration isolation to create a quieter on-board experience.

The modern cabins provide the perfect setting to enjoy Turkish Airlines’ award-winning on-board dining and in-flight entertainment. For Business Class passengers, the 787-9 Dreamliner elevates this experience even higher. The Dreamliners feature 30 exceptional, all-new Business Class seats, offering unique in-flight experience.

The lighting scenarios are drawing inspiration from the colourful sunsets of Turkey’s central Cappadocia region and idyllic turquoise beaches, a modern, traveller-friendly 1-2-1 layout offers all aisle access to Business Class passengers, enhanced privacy panels, personal closed stowage space, self-care mirror and wide cocktail table maximizes space to offer ultimate comfort and introduces a privileged experience. Forty-four-inch legroom and a 180 full flat 76-inch seat bed length are provided for each of the 30 seats. Increased seclusion comes from the adjustable privacy panel between the paired middle seats and newly designed seat shell, while an 18-inch HD video display and touchscreen remote control raise the entertainment offering. Suede-like alcantara padding -commonly found in sports cars-, used for the interior trimming of each Business Class seat, adding another welcome touch of luxury and refinement.

Produced by local and national Turkish suppliers, Economy class seat offers Turkish Airlines passengers a pleasant journey with 12 inch HD screens in first 6 aircrafts and 13 inch HD screens after, new functional literature pocket design, 6 inch recline and 31 inch legroom.

The first 787-9 Dreamliner flight will depart from the new home of Turkish Airlines, Istanbul Airport, to Antalya on July 8, 2019, and its first international flight will be from Istanbul to Denpasar (Bali) on July 17, one of the new routes to be added to the network for 2019.

Following those, it will continue to carry passengers on a number of medium and long-haul exotic routes through the summer. They include routes into London, Dubai, Washington DC, New York, Atlanta, Mexico City, Cancun, Bali, Amsterdam, Delhi, Panama City, and Bogota.

By the end of August 2019, six 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will be operational and servicing international routes, heralding the start of a new chapter in the growth of Turkish Airlines’ young and modern fleet.

In other news, Turkish Airlines has added Nigeria’s Port Harcourt to its flight network.

Flying to more countries that any other airline, Turkish Airlines added Port Harcourt, an important city in Nigeria, to its flight network as the global carrier’s 56th destination in Africa. Flag carrier will operate four weekly reciprocal flights between Istanbul and Port Harcourt.

Already flying to Lagos, Kano and Abuja in Nigeria, Turkish Airlines added Port Harcourt to the list, increasing its flight network to 311 destinations. With this launch, the global carrier continues to be the leader as the airline that flies to more destinations than any other airline in Africa.

FLIGHT START END DAYS DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
TK 621 25/06/2019 25/06/2019 Tuesday IST 06:35 11:30 PHC
TK 622 25/06/2019 25/06/2019 Tuesday PHC 14:30 23.10 IST
TK 627 27/06/2019 26/10/2019 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, IST 19:45 23:40 PHC
Saturday
TK 628 27/06/2019 26/10/2019 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday PHC 00:35 9:15 IST

*All times are in LMT.

 

KLM to concentrate on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Air France on the Airbus A350-900 for long-haul flights

The Air France-KLM Group has made this announcement:

Air France and KLM pursue the optimization of their respective long-haul fleets. The airlines will effectively swap the remaining firm Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 orders between them, in order to realize fleet efficiencies through harmonization and accelerated growth of similar aircraft at both airlines.

The implementation of the swap between the airlines means that in the 2021-2023 timeframe, the 6 remaining Boeing 787 ordered for Air France will be transferred to KLM, and the current 7 Airbus A350-900s on order for KLM will be transferred to Air France.

Today, Air France operates 9 Boeing 787-9s and one additional aircraft is scheduled to arrive in May 2020, resulting in a fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9s for Air France next year. In addition, Air France will receive its first Airbus A350-900 in September 2019. It has already an additional 20 on firm order to which will be added the 7 A350-900s initially intended for KLM, for a total of 28 aircraft.

KLM presently operates 13 Boeing 787-9s and will receive its first Boeing 787-10 in June 2019. This fleet will further grow to a total of 21 Boeing 787s by the end of 2020 to which will be added the 6 Boeing 787s initially intended for Air France for a total of 27 aircraft.

Options for further fleet development at Air France within the Air France-KLM group is currently under study, in consultancy with all stakeholders.

This is the first step towards harmonizing and simplifying the Air France-KLM Group fleet at its two major airlines” declared Benjamin Smith, CEO Air France-KLM.

KLM had the following statement:

“Both Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 are excellent aircraft. From a fleet management perspective, optimizing the number of different aircraft types KLM operates is very important for our operational efficiency and productivity. That is why KLM is happy to be able to expand the 787 fleet via this order swap. With these additional B787-10’s KLM will be ready to further develop its route network bringing in the next few years the total B787’s for KLM to 28 (13x B787-9 and 15x B787).”

The delivery of KLM’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is delayed

KLM issued this short statement about the delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner that is painted in a special livery to celebrate its 100th Anniversary:

The arrival of KLM’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner from the Boeing factory in Charleston USA will be later than anticipated. The new aircraft was initially planned to land at Schiphol on Saturday morning June 29, but is now expected in the coming days. It often happens that the delivery process of an aircraft is slightly delayed due to the complexity and administrative issues.

Images: KLM.

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airBaltic paints YL-CSJ in the flag colors of Estonia

airBaltic has made this announcement:

Due to the growing popularity of airBaltic services in Estonia, last weekend airBaltic completed the paintwork on one of its Airbus A220-300 aircraft at Magnetic MRO facilities at Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. Now airBaltic’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft registered as YL-CSJ is carrying the colors of the Estonian flag and the name of its capital – Tallinn.

To create this artwork, 15 professional painters worked for 1 000 hours. In total, 250 liters of primer, paint and lacquer were used to cover the aircraft, which constitutes the layer of 120 microns or 0.12 mm.

During the first five months of 2019 airBaltic has transported over 210 000 passengers to and from Estonia. The airline has carried 31% more passengers in Estonia to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East than during the same period last year.

airBaltic offers the best connectivity to and from Tallinn, fostering better business relations and more leisure travel opportunities to and from the Estonian capital. Following growing local demand, airBaltic has been increasing its presence in Estonia, by adding more direct destinations from Tallinn Airport. By launching three new direct routes this year, airBaltic now offers a total of 12 direct services from Tallinn.

As of June, airBaltic is basing two of its Airbus A220-300 in Tallinn. It is the greenest commercial aircraft currently available. It is the first aircraft to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions by 20% and 50% respectively.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. In the summer season 2019, airBaltic has launched new destinations from Riga to Dublin, Stuttgart and Lviv as well as to Kos and Menorca. 

Photo: airBaltic.

Ethiopian to launch flight to Garowe, Somalia

Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced the launch of its flight to Garowe, Somalia, via Bossaso, Somalia effective July 15, 2019.

The flight schedule to Garowe, Somalia is as per the below:

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Flight Number

Frequency

Departure Airport

Departure time

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Arrival Airport

Arrival Time

Sub Fleet

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ET 0368

Mon, Wed, Sat.

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ADD

11:30

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BSA

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13:35

ET DH8

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ET 0368

Mon, Wed, Sat.

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BSA

14:35

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GGR

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15:20

ET DH8

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ET 0368

Mon, Wed, Sat.

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GGR

16:20

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ADD

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18:20

ET DH8

Ethiopian launched its debut flight to Somalia, Mogadishu 4 decades ago.

Boeing delivers the last Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft

The final Boeing 737NG to be built and delivered

Boeing has handed over the last Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft. The pictured Boeing 737-800 JA73AC (msn 63410) was handed over to Skymark Airlines. It departed from Boeing Field yesterday (June 27) bound for Japan via a rest stop in Anchorage.

Copyright Photo: SKY-Skymark Airlines Boeing 737-800 WL JA73AC (msn 63410) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 946749.

Skymark aircraft slide show:

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Air Canada inaugurates service to Sydney, Nova Scotia from Montreal

Air Canada on June 27 inaugurated new, nonstop service between Montreal and Sydney, Nova Scotia. This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. The flight will be operated on a 78-seat Q400 turboprop aircraft. This connection will allow for travel between the two cities, or travellers can connect onward to other destinations from across Air Canada’s network through the hub in Montreal.

This arrival of flight AC7998 in Sydney yesterday marked the beginning of daily service between the two cities until October 26, 2019. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

 

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC7998

Montreal 13:20

Sydney 16:20

Daily

AC7997

Sydney 6:00

Montreal 7:05

Daily

 

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at the Montreal hub, priority boarding and other benefits.

Video: The making of ‘We are Air France’

Air France paid tribute to the men and women of the company who are passionately committed on a daily basis to offering our customers an exceptional travel experience. The film ‘We are Air France’ is dedicated to them. It is also dedicated to our customers, who have put their trust in us for more than 85 years.

Take a look behind the scenes of the filming and the message from Anne Rigail, Air France’s CEO, as well as Thomas Pesquet.