Monthly Archives: October 2019

Swoop adds two new Mexican destinations to its Edmonton network

Swoop, today continues to expand its North American service with the introduction of two new routes from Edmonton International Airport (YEG); the first to Cancún International Airport (CUN) departing today, followed by the inaugural flight to Mazatlán International Airport (MZT) departing on November 2.

The new routes expand Swoop’s Edmonton to Mexico service, having launched a Puerto Vallarta (PVR) service earlier this month. With Swoop’s unbundled airfare, services and amenities allowing for a customized travel experience, more Canadians have the option to escape the snow this winter at an accessible price.

Swoop’s first direct flight to Cancún departed this morning at 7 a.m. MDT, starting a weekly service on Thursdays. Nonstop Edmonton to Mazatlán service starts November 2 at 7:30 a.m. MDT with a weekly service on Saturdays and adding a Tuesday service as of December 17.

Flights are now available for booking through to April 25, 2020.

Service Between Service Offered Weekly Frequency Total one-way price
from
Edmonton, AB to Cancún, MX Thursday, 1 x per week $178.00† CAD
Cancún, MX to Edmonton, AB Thursday 1 x per week $179.00† CAD
Edmonton, AB to Mazatlán, MX Tuesday,  Saturday 1x per week until
Dec. 17 2 x per week
until April 25
$178.00† CAD
Mazatlán, MX to Edmonton, AB Tuesday, Saturday 1x per week until
Dec. 17 2 x per week
until April 25
$179.00† CAD
†Every day low fares valid through November 2, 2019 for travel between January 7 – February 12, 2020.

Nordica stops flying its remaining routes from Tallinn

Nordica over the past weekend suspended flying scheduled passenger flights on the following routes from Tallinn:

Copenhagen

Kiev

Trondheim

Vienna

Vilnius

Previously in July LOT Polish Airlines took over service to Brussels, Stockholm and Warsaw.

Nordica aircraft photo gallery:

 

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia is rescued, becomes Sunclass Airlines

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia has been rescued. Petter Stordalen and private equity firms Altor and TDR Capital has agreed to buy the assets of the bankrupt carrier.

Read more from Reuters.

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia has made this announcement (translated):

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia has acquired a new owner.

The airline will change its name to SunClass Airlines.

It will take some time before the change is fully implemented, and you will therefore, for a time to come, find that both names (SunClass Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines) will be visible at the airports, on your ticket, on the boarding pass, etc.

 

Our logo with the heart is the same as before, so you can always look for the heart when searching for information. No new ticket will be sent and your current ticket will therefore remain valid. Flight numbers and flight times are unchanged.

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia aircraft photo gallery:

 

Air Italy’s first Milan- Malé service takes off

Air Italy has made this announcement:

Air Italy heralds start of Winter Season with new flights to the Maldives, Mombasa, Zanzibar and Tenerife all in same week.

Air Italy’s first nonstop flight to Malè, (IG995), was inaugurated on October 29, taking off from Milan Malpensa at 6.15 pm.

The Milan–Maldives route, together with the flights to Zanzibar and Mombasa, which commence service on November 1, 2019 are also joined this week by the inaugural flight to Tenerife, which was launched two days ago, completing the airline’s new winter season lineup.

As VIPs and dignitaries gathered to celebrate at the airline’s Milan Malpensa hub, there was a traditional cake and ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the departure of the A330 aircraft.

All international flights to and from Milan Malpensa, including the new service for the Maldives, benefit from connections with domestic flights served by Air Italy between Milan and central and southern Italy, namely Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme and Cagliari.

Air Italy’s long-haul network is operated by Airbus A330-200s with 24 seats in Business Class and 228 seats in Economy Class, operating from the Milan Malpensa hub where the airline operates all year round direct flights to New York (daily) and Miami (daily except Tuesday). Also from Malpensa, Air Italy offers direct flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto in the summer season, from March to October, while during from the winter season the company operate weekly flights to the Maldives, Zanzibar and Mombasa.

Air Italy aircraft photo gallery:

 

Iberia adds four China destinations thanks to agreement with Spring Airlines

Iberia has made this announcement:

  • Iberia customers can now reach Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian and Changchun, via Shanghai
  • These flights can be booked from 31 October for flights starting on 1 December

Iberia continues to expand in the Chinese market and customers can now book flights via Shanghai to Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, and Changchun, thanks to a new code sharing agreement signed with Spring Airlines.

Spring Airlines customers can now book flights from Shanghai to Madrid under the Chinese airline flight code on Iberia’s thrice-weekly services between both cities.

Under the code-share agreement, customers of the two airlines will enjoy all the benefits offered to connecting flight passengers: the entire journey on one ticket, a wider choice of flights, guarantees in the event of missed connections, among others.

After last week code-share agreement signed by Iberia with Hainan Airlines to the Chinese cities Haikou, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Xi’an, the Spanish airline’s customers can now flight easily to ten destinations in China.

Iberia aircraft photo gallery:

 

Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines sign wide-ranging partnership agreement

The two airlines issued this statement:

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  •  Revenue sharing on flights between Singapore and Malaysia, subject to regulatory approval
  •  Significant expansion of regional and long-haul codeshare routes

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have signed a wide-ranging commercial agreement that will significantly strengthen the long-standing partnership between the two airline groups. Subject to regulatory approvals from the relevant competition authorities, the national carriers propose to share revenue on flights between Singapore and Malaysia, expand codeshare routes, and participate in joint marketing activities to develop tourism.

The new agreement also includes SIA’s subsidiaries SilkAir and Scoot, as well as Firefly, the sister airline of MAB. It follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding in June 2019, which aimed to provide new customer benefits as well as new business opportunities.

Flights between Singapore and Malaysia will operate under a joint business arrangement. MAB and SIA intend to coordinate flight schedules to provide customers with more flight choices and frequencies for passenger convenience. As part of the agreement, the two airline groups also plan to offer joint fare products, align corporate programmes to enhance the value proposition to customers, and explore tie-ups between their frequent-flyer programmes.

The two airline groups will also expand their codeshare arrangements to include more destinations on each other’s networks. Today, the airlines codeshare on flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang.

With the expansion, SIA and SilkAir plan to codeshare on MAB’s domestic flights and as such serve a total of 16 destinations1 in Malaysia.

In turn, MAB will progressively codeshare on flights between Singapore and Malaysia, Europe, South Africa and other destinations once necessary approvals are granted. This will be implemented in phases. It represents a significant expansion of the existing codeshare agreement and will provide MAB with more opportunities to expand connectivity to and from Malaysia.

In addition, MAB and SIA have agreed to work on joint marketing activities to boost long-haul tourism to Malaysia and Singapore. Both airlines will also explore the potential development of airpasses, which will enable customers travelling to Malaysia through the Kuala Lumpur and Singapore hubs more choices to visit other parts of the country such as Kuantan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu on a single ticket. Travellers can expect a seamless experience of convenience and flexibility while enjoying multi-stop itineraries.

“We are very pleased to take our partnership with Malaysia Airlines to a new level. This will be a win-win for both our airline groups, and provide new benefits for our customers. In particular, the expanded scope of our partnership has the potential to provide a significant boost to the tourism industries in both Malaysia and Singapore, as well as the wider Southeast Asia region,” said SIA CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

MAB CEO, Captain Izham Ismail said, “We are honoured to collaborate alongside SIA in providing our customers a more competitive product between Malaysia and Singapore and the opportunity to travel to more global destinations. This is in line with Malaysia Airlines’ long-term business plan goal of engaging in deep partnerships to extend our reach and presence globally. This partnership is more than a conventional partnership and we believe in the mutual benefits for both airline groups and countries.”

Subject to regulatory approvals, the codeshare flights will be progressively made available for sale through the airlines’ respective booking channels in key markets around the world.

 

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1Alor Setar, Bintulu, Johor Bahru, Kota Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, Labuan, Langkawi, Miri, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu, Tawau

National cross-country team buys biofuel from SAS

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

The Swedish cross-country team has decided to invest in biofuel to reduce its climate affecting emissions. The team is buying biofuel from SAS at an amount equivalent to the fuel consumption of the skiers’ and trainers’ flights between Stockholm and Östersund in 2019.

Since last summer, anyone flying with SAS can opt to buy biofuel, which reduces climate-affecting carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80 percent.

“We are incredibly proud of the national cross-country team’s decision to buy biofuel. We are constantly developing more sustainable products and services, and one way of contributing to this is to offer the opportunity to buy biofuel. So it’s great that the Swedish skiers want to be part of the transition to a more sustainable way of traveling. Hopefully, more will be inspired to follow their example,” says Karl Sandlund EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, SAS.

SAS doesn’t make any profit on the fuel bought by customers like the Swedish cross-country team and it is added to the biofuel already bought by SAS.

“For the Swedish Ski Association, sustainability is a natural part of its activities. We aim to offer good sporting environments with a healthy financial situation and we want to use natural resources in a responsible and effective way so as not to put our climate and opportunities for future generations at risk. Together with our partners, we want to do our best to minimize our footprint and set an example in sustainable travel, which is why we’re delighted to be able to take steps together with SAS toward more sustainable travel,” says Ola Strömberg, Association Director and acting head of the cross-country team at the Swedish Ski Association.

The increased use of biofuel is a prerequisite for more sustainable flights and for SAS to be able to achieve its objective of cutting climate-affecting carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2030.

SAS works in various ways to promote the large-scale production of sustainable biofuel in Scandinavia.