Monthly Archives: September 2019

Photo of the Day: The first Canadian North aircraft is repainted

Canadian North has repainted its first aircraft into the new Canadian North (First Air) livery, pending the merger between the two airlines.

The pictured Boeing 737-36Q C-GCNU (msn 29140) was painted at Amarillo, TX and returned to Edmonton yesterday.

Copyright Photo: Sam Hawkins.


Thomas Cook scrambles to avert a collapse

Thomas Cook Group, according to Reuters, is scrambling to find $251 million for its lenders to avoid a total collapse.

The group is the parent organization of the following airlines:

Thomas Cook Airlines UK

Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia

Condor Flugdienst

Thomas Cook Aviation

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XL Airways declares bankruptcy and stops selling tickets

XL Airways France (Paris-CDG) has declared insolvency and stopped selling tickets.

The airline stated:

“XL Airways, in major financial difficulty, is unfortunately obliged to stop ticket sales as from September 19,”

The company is expected to go into receivership today.

Based at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, XL Airways also operates flights from Marseille and Lyon to Reunion island and flights from Lyon and Nantes to French West Indies.

The airline hopes to fly some flights through September 23.

The airline was operating Airbus A330 aircraft:

XL Airways France aircraft photo gallery:

Sichuan Airlines launches the Chengdu – Helsinki route

Sichuan Airlines made this announcement:

At 5:39 am local time on September 16, 2019, Sichuan Airlines flight 3U8271, carrying 278 passengers, landed smoothly at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, marking the success of the airline’s maiden nonstop flight from Chengdu, China to Helsinki, Finland.

A ceremony for the maiden flight and a promotional event for the launch of the new service were then held by Sichuan Airlines in Helsinki, with representatives from the Chinese Embassy in Finland, the Finnish Directorate of Immigration, the Finnish Tourism Board, the municipal governments of Helsinki and Vantaa, Helsinki Business Hub, local travel agencies and Chinese-funded firms in attendance.

The new route was originally to fly directly to Copenhagen. However, the stop in Helsinki was added, transforming the airline’s original ChengduCopenhagen service to the current ChengduHelsinkiCopenhagen service, becoming one that also connects two Nordic cities. The schedule is one flight every Monday and Friday. An Airbus A330 aircraft will service the route, with flight numbers and flight times as follows (all times are local times):

Westbound: 3U8271, departing from Chengdu at 2:00 am and arriving in Helsinki at 6:00 am, and then departing from Helsinki at 8:35 am and arriving in Copenhagen at 9:10 am;

-Eastbound: 3U8272, departing from Copenhagen at 10:55 am and arriving in Helsinki at 1:35 pm, and then departing from Helsinki at 3:45 pm and arriving in Chengdu the next day at 5:00 am.

Finland is renowned for its Aurora Borealis and winter resorts. It only takes nine hours for travelers to fly from Chengdu to Finland, home of visual phenomena that can only be seen in regions bordering the Arctic Circle and a world of ice and snow.

Passengers of Sichuan Airlines who depart from mainland China/overseas (regional) airports and take connecting flights in Chengdu are entitled to a range of transit benefits, including free accommodation, coffee break service and meal, VIP lounge, rapid security check and visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Sichuan Airlines has launched international non-stop flights from Chengdu to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Helsinki, Istanbul, Rome and Yangon, among other international cities, since the beginning of this year. The airline has gradually expanded their “Panda Route” with international (regional) courses increasing to more than 50 by now.

Sichuan Airlines aircraft photo gallery:

LOT Polish Airlines to fly the Kraków – New York route

LOT Polish Airlines has announced it will add a new nonstop route from Kraków to New York (JFK) starting in May 2020.

The new route will operate with Boeing 787 Dreamliners from Kraków Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York starting on May 3, 2020 and will be operated once a week:

LO 019 KRK-JFK 18:45-22:30 Sunday
LO 020 JFK-KRK 00:15-14:50 Sunday

LOT Polish Airlines aircraft photo gallery:

Eurowings to add flights to Malta, Belgrade and Florence from Stuttgart

Eurowings has made this announcement:

Eurowings adds new destinations from Stuttgart to its summer flight schedule 2020: Starting on June 1, 2020, the airline flies twice a week, on Fridays and Mondays, to the Mediterranean island of Malta.

From June 1, 2020, Eurowings launches the connection from Stuttgart to Florence in Italy. The route will be operated four times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Starting on June 2, 2020, passengers will also be able to fly from the Swabian metropolis to Belgrade on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The island state Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea and has three inhabited islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The Blue Lagoon is a popular excursion destination. The climate is pleasant all year round and even in winter at an average of very mild 15 degrees. Malta attracts its visitors with numerous bays, sandy beaches and rock caves to excursions and exploration tours.

Belgrade means “the white city” and is the capital of the Republic of Serbia. Due to its location at the estuary of the Sava into the Danube, Belgrade is often referred to as the gateway to the Balkans.

Florence is the capital of the Italian region of Tuscany and is famous for its numerous Renaissance masterpieces of art and architecture. It was also home to Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. In 1982, the historic city center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

In other news, Eurowings will be flying thousands of football fans from 16 September 2019 to the guest appearances of their favorite teams throughout Europe: During the group phase of the European competitions, Eurowings has specifically increased flight capacity on its Europe-wide route network and offers football fans from Germany, England, Austria, Italy, Spain and Hungary a quick and easy journey to the respective venues. To date, 18 additional flights have already been scheduled: The Eurowings “fan pilots” not only fly between Barcelona and Düsseldorf as well as Cologne/Bonn, they also bring London fans to the Bavarian capital Munich. In addition, Eurowings is expanding its capacity on many existing connections by deploying larger aircraft – for example, on flights from Düsseldorf to Milan or Prague.

A very special highlight awaits fans of the European defending champion: for the first time, they can fly exclusively with Eurowings from Liverpool directly to the Mozart city of Salzburg for a match. In Salzburg, Eurowings now operates one of four bases outside Germany.

Eurowings has set up a special task force to provide these additional flights at short notice: Specialists from various fields work closely together here to ensure, in cooperation with the respective airports, that football fans can travel easily, quickly and punctually to the matches of their teams.

The Eurowings flight schedule to the games

Date Orig Dest FlNo Dep Time loc Arrival Time loc
16.09.19 BCN DUS EW9445 17:45 20:05
18.09.19 DUS BCN EW9444 15:55 18:10
27.11.19 CGN BCN EW520 07:00 09:10
27.11.19 BCN CGN EW521 09:50 12:10
28.11.19 CGN BCN EW520 08:10 10:20
28.11.19 BCN CGN EW521 11:00 13:20
09.12.19 LPL SZG EW5239 16:50 20:00
10.12.19 LPL SZG EW5239 08:00 11:10
11.12.19 LPL SZG EW5239 08:30 11:40
11.12.19 LPL SZG EW5241 14:35 17:45
09.12.19 SZG LPL EW5238 14:50 16:10
10.12.19 SZG LPL EW5238 06:00 07:20
11.12.19 SZG LPL EW5238 06:30 07:50
11.12.19 SZG LPL EW5240 12:35 13:55
11.12.19 STN MUC EW1705 10:10 13:10
12.12.19 STN MUC EW1705 15:10 18:10
11.12.19 MUC STN EW1704 08:30 09:30
12.12.19 MUC STN EW1704 13:20 14:20

Eurowings aircraft photo gallery:

Lufthansa prepares for Oktoberfest with flights featuring the biggest ‘Trachten’ crew of all time

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

  • Cabin crews in folk costume on A380 flights from Munich to Beijing and Los Angeles 
  • Leberkäs’, pretzels and Weißwurst: Oktoberfest comes to the Lufthansa lounges

Just in time for the Oktoberfest in Munich, Lufthansa’s Trachten- crew is getting ready for takeoff. This year, the world’s largest crew in folk costume will take off in Lufthansa’s flagship Airbus A380 for the first time. A total of 21 Lufthansa flight attendants will be trading their uniforms for traditional Bavarian garb. The first Lufthansa ‘Trachten’ flight will take off from Munich on 23 September and head to Beijing while the flight on 3 October will be from Munich to Los Angeles. In addition to this, crews on a selection of European routes will also be taking off in traditional costume.

Lufthansa employees in traditional Bavarian clothing

The traditional costumes worn by Lufthansa’s long-haul crew were designed and tailored by Angermaier, a Munich-based specialist for traditional Bavarian clothing. The dirndls of the female flight attendants are dark blue with silver-gray aprons, while the men will be wearing short lederhosen with dark blue vests made of the same material as the dirndls. As in previous years, Lufthansa passengers can also experience the ‘Trachten’ flights on a selection of European routes from Munich. In September and October, a Lufthansa CityLine crew will be exchanging their uniforms for dirndls. Their flight destinations are Amsterdam, Lyon, Gdansk, Milan, Sofia, Brussels, Ancona, Belgrade, Warsaw, Cologne and Münster.

For Lufthansa’s passenger support staff in Munich’s Terminal 2, it has been a tradition for years now to welcome passengers in traditional costume during the Oktoberfest. In addition to the Lufthansa uniform, ladies may also wear dirndls and the gentlemen may wear traditional Trachten suits.

Oktoberfest in the Lufthansa lounges

Munich’s Lufthansa lounges are also prepared for the Oktoberfest. In the twelve lounges in Terminal 2 and the satellite building, over 4,000 kilograms of Leberkäs’ will be served, along with over 38,000 pretzels and approximately 750 kilograms of Weißwurst sausages. This year’s Oktoberfest menu in the festively decorated Lufthansa First Class lounges will start with Festtagssuppe, a traditional soup, followed by farmers’ duck and closing with homemade apple strudel served with vanilla sauce, roasted almonds and rum-soaked raisins. In the Senator and Business lounges, passengers will enjoy typical Bavarian dishes such as Leberkäs’, Fleischpflanzerl meatballs and quark mousse with plum topping.