Monthly Archives: September 2021

MidAmerica Airport is long on critics, but officials see a turnaround as Boeing expands

From the Belleville News-Democrat:

Currently served by Allegiant:


Flyr expands to Copenhagen, Paris and Rome

Flyr (Oslo) is again expanding in Europe.

Flyr previously added its first European destination, Alicante, Malaga and Nice on August 21. The company is now expanding its frequencies to Alicante and Malaga.

Now the new airline has announced it will also add three new destinations.

The airline issued this statement:

Flyr is launching three new routes to some favorite destinations among Norwegians: Copenhagen, Paris, and Rome.

Simultaneously, the new Oslo-based airline’s flight program will expand with more weekly departures to the popular destinations of Alicante and Malaga.

“We listened to our customers, and many wanted Flyr routes to Copenhagen, Paris, and Rome. In addition, we now also have the pleasure of expanding our route offerings for Norwegians who want to travel to Malaga and Alicante”, says Thomas Ramdahl, Commercial Director of Flyr.

Flyr’s first international routes went to Nice, Alicante, and Malaga on August 21, and the company has subsequently experienced great demand from Norwegians who want more weekly departures to Alicante and Malaga.

Flyr will launch several additional exciting destinations in the coming weeks.

Top Photo (all others by the airline): NewYard25.

flyadeal receives its first three new Airbus A320neos

flyadeal, the low-cost subsidiary of Saudia-Saudi Arabian Airlines, issued this statement:

Saudi Arabia’s first true low cost airline, launched through only digital and social channels
• Flies to both domestic and international destinations and has flown over 11 million passengers
• 47 additional new Airbus A320neo to join the fleet
• Creating career opportunities in aviation for younger generation

flyadeal, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, marks several milestones ahead of its four-year anniversary on September 23, 2021.

During an event held on September 15 at the King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah, the Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, H.E. Eng. Ibrahim Alomar, the CEO of flyadeal Mr. Con Korfiatis, flyadeal board members,dignitaries, partners, special guests and members of the media were present to mark the official introduction of the airline’s latest Airbus A320neo joining the fleet – its third delivery in three months.


flyadeal is a game-changing initiative that has become the first successful Saudi low-cost airline. It is also currently the fastest growing airline in the Middle East. The formation of the airline was inspired by the Saudi Vision 2030.

Director General Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, His Excellency Eng. Alomar said:

“flyadeal is a prime example of the Saudi vision 2030. It demonstrates the potential of the Kingdom’s aviation sector.

Lower fares from flyadeal will enable more people to travel, encouraging trade and tourism.”

The airline accomplished a unique feat by launching exclusively on digital and social channels, which demonstrated the immense potential of the fast-growing digital and social media market. With its vibrant purple, lime colors and youthful inviting brand, flyadeal quickly became very popular with  travelers.


The airline began its operations with a small fleet of leased A320 aircraft, with double daily flights between Jeddah and Riyadh.

In under one year of flying, flyadeal was operating 392 weekly flights within Saudi Arabia and soon became the second largest airline on the highest traffic route in the MENA region (Jeddah to Riyadh).

flyadeal has been able to accelerate growth within the Saudi domestic market. The journey of flyadeal has been exceptional. The low-cost airline is now operating over 600 weekly flights, with a fleet of 15 A320 aircraft.

flyadeal is currently operating 18 routes domestically.


flyadeal is focusing on providing digital solutions to customers in line with the Vision 2030 focus on digital enablement; 98% of seats sold are through direct online booking.

The airline has also become the first in the Kingdom to create employment opportunities for Saudi women to work in several areas, including pilots, cabin crew, airport managers, executive leadership, and has also supported efforts to localize pilot positions through its cadet program.


On April 28, 2021, flyadeal set a Guinness World Record by lighting up 8,015 light bulbs to say “Shukran” (Thank You) to its customers on the occasion of 10 million passengers flown. It is currently the largest LED light bulb word in the Guinness World Records.


In July of this year, flyadeal began international operations between Riyadh and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. There are plans to expand into other regional and international routes that are yet to be announced.


flyadeal operates an all-Airbus fleet of single-aisle Airbus A320 aircraft.

In July 2019 flyadeal made a strategic announcement, announcing the order of 50 Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) aircraft*

“The Airbus A320neo aircraft features a brand-new seating concept, providing greater legroom and comfort for our customers. It features 60% more overhead storage space and a new ambient mood lighting concept.  It will also deliver a more fuel-efficient performance and give us the range to open up more new destinations” Con Korfiatis, CEO of flyadeal said.

The airline has now inducted 3 brand new Airbus A320neo aircraft, and are expecting to operate the full 50 that are on order, by 2025.

Airbus and Air New Zealand to study potential for hydrogen-powered aircraft

Air New Zealand and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on a joint study to explore the potential for hydrogen-powered aircraft operations.

Under the agreement, Air New Zealand will analyze the impact hydrogen-powered aircraft may have on its network, operations and infrastructure. Meanwhile, Airbus will share expected aircraft  performance and ground operations characteristics to support Air New Zealand in its decarbonization roadmap.

Airbus is currently studying three concepts for hydrogen-powered aircraft, including a turboprop, turbofan and blended wing option. The company plans to bring a hydrogen-powered aircraft to the market by 2035.

Sun Country Airlines reminds locals it is from Minnesota with local brands

Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-8KN WL N833SY (msn 40244) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 955004.

Sun Country Airlines has announced the release of a new inflight menu serving more than just the Midwest hospitality they’re known for. Tapping into Minnesota-based Caribou Coffee, Fulton Brewing and smalltown favorite, Dot’s Pretzels, the airline hopes to share more Minnesota and Midwest flavor from coast to coast.

In addition, Sun Country plans to invite passengers to sit back in their comfortable reclining seats with their beverage and snack in hand and enjoy 15 new, complimentary Minnesotathemed movies like “Purple Rain,” “The Mighty Ducks,” “Grumpy Old Men,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Juno,” and more.

As part of this announcement, the airline names Caribou Coffee the Official Coffee of Sun Country Airlines. The partnership includes a $250,000 investment by Sun Country in equipment upgrades onboard to ensure high flavor quality and consistency across its fleet for passengers to enjoy. In addition to Caribou Coffee ready-to-drink Cold Brew cans that are currently available for purchase, Sun Country will begin offering complimentary fresh brewed hot Caribou Coffee on all flights in early 2022. You betcha heard that right.

Dot’s Pretzels, a beloved family-owned small business, will now be available onboard your next Sun Country Airlines flight. Passengers who purchase tickets in Sun Country’s “best seats,” will receive a complimentary bag of Dot’s Pretzels. Additional bags will be available for purchase onboard.

Beginning this month, Sun Country Airlines will offer an additional craft beer option from Minnesota-based Fulton Brewing, adding Fulton Sweet Child of Vine IPA to the list of brews available for purchase onboard. Passengers also have the option of purchasing Fulton Lonely Blonde, which was originally brought onboard in 2019.

What’s pairs better than beer and a pretzel? Travelers can take advantage of the “Hometown Flavor Bundle” and save $1 when they purchase any snack along with a Minnesota beer or liquor. Sun Country Airlines also offers Minnesota-based Prairie Organic Gin and Vodka on its inflight menu.

These products are now available onboard any of Sun Country’s more than 95 routes across 65 airports in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Route Map:

Top Copyright Photo: Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-8KN WL N833SY (msn 40244) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 955004.

Sun Country aircraft slide show:

DHL unveils a new gateway facility at Bologna Airport, delivers 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses

DHL on September 15, 2021 cut the ribbon on a new argo facility at Bologna, Italy. The facility will be used by DHL Express Italy.

The facility is served from the Leipzig hub via a daily flight.

The new facility can handle over 17,000 shipments per hour.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

In other news, DHL has announced 1 billion vaccine doses shipped to more than 160 countries in the fight against COVID-19 since December 2020.

COVID-19 has become the largest global health crisis in a century. Governments, NGOs, and public authorities have focused on containing the virus, accelerating vaccination programs to keep populations safe, and ensuring that economies recover quickly. Since the global vaccine campaign began in December 2020, DHL has safely delivered more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to more than 160 countries, playing a key role in the global vaccination roll-out.

Seattle Kraken fans to receive early boarding on Alaska Airlines

Delivered on November 30, 2017

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

The Seattle Kraken’s inaugural hockey season just got even sweeter for fans. Starting today through the end of the season, Kraken fans who wear the teams’ jersey can board early on all Alaska Airlines flights departing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Paine Field (PAE) this season.

GOAL! Seattle Kraken fans to receive early boarding on Alaska Airlines

It’s been over a year since the Kraken name and brand was unveiled, providing a sneak peek at the jersey’s colors and overall design. Fans clamored this week to get a jersey when they went on sale, including many Alaska Airlines employees.

Alaska is the founding partner and official airline of the Kraken. We can’t wait to welcome our hometown to games via Alaska Airlines’ Atrium, which will serve as the main entrance for all events at the new Climate Pledge Arena. Located on the south side of the arena, the Atrium spans 36,000 square-feet and feature stories and images reflecting the Pacific Northwest and the travel opportunities within our region and across the globe. Fans will see Alaska branding on the ice and on several boards around the hockey rink during games.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900 ER SSWL N282AK (msn 62473) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 955100.

Alaska Airlines (Boeing) aircraft slide show:

United to start Washington Dulles – Lagos flights on November 29

United Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner N12010 (msn 40926) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955099.

United Airlines announced today that new service between Washington (Dulles) and Lagos, Nigeria will begin on November 29 (subject to government approval).

The airline will operate three weekly flights.

United will operate this route with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris® business class lie-flat seats, 21 United Premium Plus® premium economy seats, 36 Economy Plus® seats and 158 standard economy seats. This flight is the only service between the U.S. and Nigeria to offer premium economy product. Flights will depart Washington, D.C. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Top Copyright photo: United Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner N12010 (msn 40926) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955099.

United Airlines aircraft slide show:

ATR and BRA-Braathens Regional Airlines partner with Neste to accelerate 100% SAF certification (Braathens Regional) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEN (SE-MKG) (msn 1354) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 935323.

ATR has made this announcement:

As part of its commitment to meet the challenges of decarbonization of the aviation industry, Swedish airline Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA), turboprop manufacturer ATR and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) producer Neste will partner to achieve the collective aim of accelerating the certification of 100% SAF of ATR aircraft to fly with 100% Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ – a key pillar of the industry’s decarbonization strategy, which has an immediate impact in reducing CO2 emissions.

The companies aim to show a demonstration flight in 2022, with one of Braathens Regional Airlines’ ATR aircraft flying with 100% SAF in one engine and 50% SAF in the other, for an anticipated emissions reduction of 64%. It is expected that an ATR flying with 100% sustainable aviation fuel in both engines would reduce CO2 emissions by 82%, if it were flying one of Braathens Regional Airlines’ typical routes. This collaboration follows the successful Perfect Flight venture in 2019 in which every aspect of a BRA ATR flight was optimized, including the use of a 50% SAF blend. This led to a saving of 46% of CO2 emissions, compared to a standard flight.

ATR, as the most sustainable on the market, burning up to 40% less fuel and emitting up to 40% less CO2 than a similarly sized regional jet, is the ideal aircraft on which to deploy 100% SAF. Today, with no SAF on board, if ATR aircraft replaced every regional jet departing from Sweden, nearly 32,000 tonnes of CO2 could be saved, for a reduction in CO2 emissions of 42%.These eco-credentials were validated when the aircraft became the first-ever to become eligible for Green Financing in 2019, when Braathens Regional Airlines modernized their fleet with ATR aircraft replacing aging, regional jets.

International Route Map:

Top Copyright Photo: (Braathens Regional) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEN (SE-MKG) (msn 1354) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 935323.

BRA aircraft slide show: