Monthly Archives: December 2021

Chair Airlines adds its first Airbus A320

1st Airbus A320, delivered December 10, 2021

Chair Airlines (Zurich) has added its first Airbus A320.

The pictured A320-214 HB-JOK was delivered on December 10, 2021.


Chair Airlines AG was launched in August 2014 as an independent Swiss airline‚ and is based in Glattbrugg in the canton of Zurich.

Top Copyright Photo: Chair Airlines Airbus A320-214 HB-JOK (msn 3923) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 956337.

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SunExpress takes delivery of four Boeing 737-8 MAX 8s this month

Delivered on December 18, 2021

SunExpress Airlines (Turkey) took delivery of its first four new 189-seat Boeing 737-8 MAX 8s this month.

TC-SMA, TC-SMD, TC-SOI and the pictured TC-SOL were handed over this month.

TC-SOI was the first, leaving Seattle on December 8, 2021.

The airline has 42 total copies on order with deliveries through 2029.

Above Copyright Photo: SunExpress Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 TC-SOL (msn 61203) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 956332.

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Aviation Capital Group commits to 20 A220s and 40 A320neo Family aircraft

Global full-service aircraft lessor Aviation Capital Group (ACG), wholly owned by Tokyo Century Corporation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 20 Airbus A220s and a firm contract for 40 A320neo Family aircraft, of which five are A321XLRs.

With this order ACG is supporting the recently launched multi-million dollar ESG fund initiative by Airbus that will contribute towards investment into sustainable aviation development projects.

Cathay Pacific Cargo suspends all long-haul flights until January 6, 2022

Cathay Pacific Cargo issued this statement:

Further to our announcement on December 28, 2021, due to additional, more stringent quarantine requirements for Hong Kong-based cargo crews, we regret to announce that all long-haul (Transpacific, Europe, South West Pacific, Riyadh, and Dubai) freighter and cargo-only passenger flights will be suspended for a period of seven days, up to January 6, 2022, with immediate effect.

We sincerely apologize for the disruption caused. We will be working with customers to mitigate the disruption as much as possible.

In addition, we are working with the relevant stakeholders on plans beyond 6 January and will communicate further on these as soon as possible.


Photo: Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-941 ET-AYN (msn 542) (Star Alliance) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 956312.

Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-941 ET-AYN (msn 542) (Star Alliance) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 956312.

Copyright Photo: Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-941 ET-AYN (msn 542) (Star Alliance) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 956312.

JetBlue cuts hundreds of flights through mid-January, expecting more omicron sick calls

JetBlue Airways will cancel about 1,280 flights from December 30, 2021 through January 13, 2022 due to anticipated sick calls of crews due to the spreading Omicron variant.

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Frontier Airlines recounts its remarkable 2021 growth story

Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N370FR (msn 10038) (Elrey, the Elk) BUR (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955732.

Frontier Airlines is reflecting on 2021 as an extraordinary year of growth for the 27-year-old Denver-based airline, which completed an initial public offering and became publicly traded on April 1, 2021.

Throughout 2021, Frontier added another 14 A320 family aircraft to its ultra-fuel-efficient all- Airbus fleet, furthering the company’s commitment to more sustainable flying. Frontier also expanded its ‘Low Fares Done Right’ route map by 132 routes, 21 destinations and nine countries.

“The Frontier team showed outstanding resilience and determination this year to accomplish unprecedented results,” said Barry Biffle, president and CEO, Frontier Airlines. “From becoming a publicly-traded company in April, to adding more than 130 routes and nearly ten international destinations to Frontier’s route network, and ordering 91 new Airbus A321neo aircraft, we’ve demonstrated the incredible growth our ‘Low Fares Done Right’ business model is capable of. As we look forward to 2022, we’re excited to continue this momentum with new, greener, aircraft joining our fleet, and many more exciting new route opportunities for our customers.”

Frontier strengthened its position as America’s Greenest Airline in 2021 through the announcement of multiple strategic agreements, including a deal with manufacturer Pratt & Whitney for ultra-efficient GTF engines to power 134 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, the launch of 30% lighter Recaro seats onboard new aircraft, and a 91-aicraft order of Airbus’ A321neo, featuring advanced fuel-saving technology and industry-leading operating economics. These new partnerships, and the order for additional aircraft to satisfy Frontier’s growing network needs, put the airline on the path to triple in size by 2029.

Above Photo: MIA. Frontier was late to serve MIA. Since then it has become the 5th largest airline at Miami International Airport.

To meet the demand of its widening network, the airline welcomed more than 670 flight new attendants and 170 pilots to the Frontier team in 2021 and continues to hire for additional crew member positions. Moreover, Frontier added bases in Tampa and Atlanta this year, extending the company’s local economic benefit with new jobs and more attractive base options for team members.

Top Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N370FR (msn 10038) (Elrey, the Elk) BUR (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955732.

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Emirates expects a peak travel period ahead of the New Year

Emirates made this announcement:

As the year draws to a close, a high volume of passengers are expected to surge through Dubai International to meet their travel plans for the New Year celebrations and the holidays season. With nearly 1 million travelers departing and arriving into Dubai, the peak travel period which starts today will last through 10 January 2022.

In line with Emirates and Dubai International’s health precautions and to ensure the safety of the general public, only passengers with valid tickets will be allowed into the terminal.

UAE citizens and residents, as well as international travelers traveling from Dubai to Emirates’ global network throughout the busy period are encouraged to follow the airline’s guidelines for a smoother, and hassle-free travel journey.

Early check-in options

Emirates’ customers may check in as early as 24 hours before their flight departure using the 32 self-service bag drop machines and 16 check-in kiosks available at Terminal 3, or at Emirates’ check-in desks. * Passengers traveling to the US can check in 12 hours before departure at Emirates’ check-in desks.

Located adjacent to Terminal 3 car park area in Zone C, passengers can also use the car park check-in facility from 24 hours and up to six hours prior to departure. With zero parking charges for using the drop-off lane adjacent to this facility, customers who get dropped off at Terminal 3 Departures Car Park will have an even easier and more convenient check-in option to make their airport journey smoother.

Customers using the self-service kiosk will receive their boarding passes on the spot, but must still complete their immigration formalities no later than 60 minutes before their flight departure.

Passengers also have the convenient option to check in online up to 48 hours and until 90 minutes before their flight departure, through Emirates’ official website or the mobile app, and download digital boarding passes on their mobile phones for select destinations.

Same day check-in tips

To avoid the rush of the holidays and the New Year’s Eve, Emirates urges passengers to arrive at the airport at least 3 hour prior to their flight departure, and ensure they have all the required documents for their destination.

To further expedite their airport experience, customers can utilise Emirates’ biometric path in Terminal 3 for a smoother and contactless journey from specific check-in desks, Emirates dedicated lounges and boarding gates. Without any document checks or queuing, passengers can use the biometric path for a fast and efficient process to complete their immigration formalities and board their flights.

Customers who check in less than 60 minutes before departure will not be accepted for travel.

Once checked in, passengers are advised to ensure they arrive to their boarding gate on time. Gates open 90 minutes before departure, boarding starts 45 minutes before the flight and gates close 20 minutes before departure. Emirates will not be able to accept passengers reporting late to the boarding gate for travel. Check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule and to avoid the impact on operations.

Emirates has invested in industry-leading initiatives to ensure the health and safety of its passengers both on board and on ground. The airline has put in place detailed measures and safety protocols across all its touchpoints at DXB that are equipped to handle the surge in passenger traffic. From contactless technologies to biometric journeys, Emirates’ passengers can plan their holidays with the airline in ease, complete comfort and absolute confidence. Advanced cleaning technologies are used across high traffic areas at Emirates’ dedicated lounges including seats and handrails. Social distancing measures are maintained through floor markings and signage. Hand sanitizing stations as well as Plexiglas partitions are also implemented across all Emirates check-in desks.

Norse Atlantic Airways receives its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC)

The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority today (December 30, 2021) issued an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to Norse Atlantic Airways. The new airline is on track to start transatlantic flights in spring 2022.

An AOC is the approval granted by a national aviation authority to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes. This requires the operator to have personnel, assets and systems in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public.

Norse plans to start commercial operation in spring 2022 and the first flights will depart from Oslo to selected cities in the U.S.

Norse will be offering direct flights from Oslo to: • Los Angeles (Ontario Intl. Airport) • New York (Stewart Intl. Airport) • Fort Lauderdale/Miami (Ft. Lauderdale Intl. Airport) .