Monthly Archives: April 2022

Niceair is planning to start operations in June

Niceair is planning to launch its first flight in June 2022.

Niceair is a new carrier starting direct year round scheduled services from the United Kingdom, Denmark and Spain to Akureyri, the gateway to Arctic Iceland.

The new airline will fly to Copenhagen (June 2), London (Stansted) (June 3) and Tenerife Sur (June 8).

The virtual airline has contracted with Hi Fly Malta to operate an Airbus A319 on these routes.

Based in Akureyri, the carrier will operate with Airbus A319 aircraft featuring 150 seats which offers optimal performance for both passengers and cargo. The flights will initially be operated using the aircraft of an established European airline.

Here is the initial schedule:

Akureyri, Iceland’s second city and capital of the North is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle and is an attraction in itself. Situated at the end of Iceland’s longest fjord, the views from the city are breath-taking and the tourism offering is significant with a wide range of hotels and accommodation options, local tour operators offering experiences in the surrounding area, Iceland’s largest ski area, a rich cultural programme and a wide variety of excellent shops, bars and restaurants. The wider area offers countless experiences, including year-round whale watching, geothermal pools, charming towns and villages, world leading attractions such as the now famous ‘Beer Spa’, luxury accommodation and much more.

Thorvaldur Ludvik Sigurjonsson is the CEO of Niceair and one of its founders.

Virgin Australia to add four new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, will retire all Fokker 100s

Virgin Australia Group has taken an important step in its journey towards Net Zero, unveiling the first phase of its fleet growth program which will see four new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft introduced to its network and Fokker 100 aircraft retired from service and replaced by Boeing 737-700s. 

The four new MAX 8 aircraft, scheduled to start entering service from February 2023, will reduce emissions by 15% per journey in comparison to current 737 NG aircraft. Each 737-700 will fly more passengers for a similar amount of fuel than each F100, resulting in 30% less emissions per seat per trip.

Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the fleet program is part of a broader growth strategy which will see the Boeing 737 fleet, currently consisting of 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft, increase to 88 with the inclusion of 4 MAX 8 aircraft in response to increasing demand.

“We are on track to return to 100% of pre-COVID domestic capacity by June this year and expect to well exceed those levels by year’s end, and our resources sector and contract flying in WA is in high demand. This investment in our fleet reflects the increased demand we are experiencing in all parts of Virgin Australia,” Ms Hrdlicka said.

“With growth comes a larger carbon footprint, so it’s vital that we take the right steps now to ensure that as we do more flying, we are also working to reduce our emissions.

“We have a younger average fleet age than other airlines operating in the Australian market and we are in a good position to phase out our older F100 aircraft for more fuel-efficient options.

“This fleet program is about making sure we capitalize upon that advantage as we work toward achieving our 33% domestic market share, strengthen our resources sector and contract flying, and continue on our journey to Net Zero.”

Since it’s re-launch in November 2020 the Virgin Australia Group has announced it will grow its 737 fleet by over 50%, from 58 aircraft to 88. The Group currently operates 10 x F100 aircraft across its operations in Western Australia, with the F100 fleet to be gradually transitioned out and replaced by 737-700s from first quarter 2023.  

As part of a future phase of its fleet program Virgin Australia Group has an additional 25 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft on order, which will transport more passengers for a similar amount of fuel to current 737 NG aircraft, resulting in 17% less emissions per seat per trip.

“Existing F100 flight and cabin crew, VARA engineering and support staff and corporate and operations functions will be progressively trained to operate and maintain a 737 NG fleet, both as F100 aircraft are retired and as the airline continues to grow its WA resources sector and contract flying business.”

In addition to its 737 fleet, Virgin Australia Group will also continue to operate Airbus A320 aircraft as part of its resources sector and contract flying operations.

Virgin Australia announced its commitment to Net Zero Emissions by 2050 in November last year. In addition to its fleet program the airline is also actively building out its wider sustainability strategy, including investigating operational efficiencies, the use of alternative fuels, and waste management and carbon offsetting programs.

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Lufthansa unveils its first Airbus A350 with its upgraded Business Class

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

Munich has a new flying ambassador. An Airbus A350-900 with the registration D-AIVC was christened on April 29 at Munich Airport by the Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder.

In his address, Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG said: “The A350 is the quietest and most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in our fleet. With a significantly improved Business Class on board, this aircraft also represents the beginning of one of the largest product modernizations in Lufthansa’s history. This aircraft is sustainable and offers customers a premium flight experience. The “Munich” is a worthy ambassador of the Bavarian capital to the world.”

The D-AIVC now departs from the Bavarian hub for Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.

Premium travel experience with improved Business Class

The “Munich” is the first aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet to offer its guests an improved Business Class. All seats have direct access to the aisle, can be easily and quickly converted into a two-meter-long bed and offer more storage space. In addition, travelers have significantly more space in the shoulder area.

The introduction of the improved Business Class marks the beginning of an extensive renewal of Lufthansa’s cabins. Next year, the airline will introduce a new top product in all travel classes, Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class, that is unparalleled in the market.

Six aircraft have already been named Munich

The A350 is already the sixth aircraft to be christened with the city’s name. This means that Lufthansa can already look back on more than six decades of flying with a “Munich”.  On October 11, 1960, a Lufthansa aircraft was named after the Bavarian capital for the first time. The “godchild” at the time, a Boeing 707 with the registration D-ABOF, was christened at what was then Munich-Riem Airport. The godmother was Ilse Vogel, wife of the then Lord Mayor Dr. Hans-Jochen Vogel. The fifth “Munich” was the Airbus A380 with the registration D-AIMB, which was christened by Edith von Welser-Ude on July 28, 2010 and which is no longer part of the Lufthansa fleet.

Reduction of CO2 emissions by 30 percent

The A350, whose fleet in Munich is being expanded from 17 to 21 aircraft, is the Lufthansa Group’s most modern and fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft. In order to accelerate the modernization of its long-haul fleet, the Lufthansa Group had signed leases for four additional Airbus A350-900s in the fall of 2021. These will all be used by the core Lufthansa brand at the Munich site, thus strengthening the premium offering there.

The A350-900 consumes only around 2.5 liters of kerosene per passenger per 100 kilometers flown. This reduces CO2 emissions by around 30 percent compared with predecessor models. The aircraft is also much quieter.

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KLM releases a statement concerning flight cancellations this weekend

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines issued this statement:

KLM has cancelled up to 47 flights (roundtrips and one way) for Saturday and Sunday.

Earlier, KLM already announced the cancellation of a total of 28 round trip flights for Friday. These cancellations need to contribute to our effort to offer most of our customers a pleasant start and return of their journey.

Cancelling flights needs to contribute to the request of Schiphol to keep processes manageable at the airport because of their staff shortage. Cancelling flights and adjusting KLM’s flight schedules also helps controlling our own workload.

KLM’s flight schedule will be optimized throughout the weekend. At this point in time, we do not expect additional cancellations are needed. However, further cancellations can not be ruled out.

We urge passengers to get to the airport on time. KLM’s recommends to be at the airport at least 3 hours prior to time of departure of your flight.

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Condor outlines its winter schedule from Düsseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt

Condor has made this announcement:

Soak up the sun on the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches: Germany’s most popular vacation airline will also be taking travelers to faraway destinations from Düsseldorf and Munich in winter 2022/23.

Condor flies from Düsseldorf to Punta Cana on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and to Cancún on Tuesdays and Sundays.

From Munich, travelers fly to Punta Cana on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Initially, a Boeing 767-300 aircraft will be used, so Germany’s most popular vacation carrier is continuing its long-haul commitment in Düsseldorf and Munich in the coming season.

With Dusseldorf and Munich the comprehensive winter program is extended in the distance by two additional departure airports.

From Frankfurt, 21 long-haul destinations are on the flight schedule, including Cape Town and, for the first time, the South African city of Johannesburg. Connections to Mombasa have also been resumed.

In addition, flights to New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and Seattle/Tacoma will continue several times a week. In addition to North America, the schedule includes Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, Grenada and Tobago, as well as the Condor dream destinations Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

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Avianca and Viva Air agree to merge under the same holding company

Viva's new "Boomerang" yellow livery

Avianca and Viva Air jointly issued this statement:

The majority shareholders of Viva and Avianca jointly announced that Viva will become part of the same holding company as Avianca Group International Limited (Avianca Group) and that Declan Ryan, founding partner of Viva, will join the board of directors of Avianca Group, bringing his decades of aviation experience.

Any transfer of control rights over Viva’s operations in Colombia and Peru by the new holding company will be subject to requesting and obtaining all necessary regulatory authorizations.

Until the receipt of necessary authorizations, control and administration of Viva in Colombia and Peru will be independent of Avianca; Viva will continue to compete with the other airlines within the Avianca Group. Until the authorizations are obtained, customers, suppliers, employees, and relationships for the companies will remain the same; with separate internal and external operations, as well as independent sales channels and customer service teams.

In the future, if competent authorities approve a change of control, the shareholders anticipate that both airlines may be part of the same holding company, maintaining their individual brands and strategies.

The decision to unify the economic rights of both groups is made after Covid-19 triggered the biggest crisis in the airline industry, forcing airlines around the world to adapt to new ways of flying and strengthen their operations. The pandemic has awakened countries worldwide to see the need to create solid and sustainable airline groups to guarantee and enhance domestic and international air connectivity and, at the same time, generate value for the consumer.

“This is an important day for Viva as it is the perfect scenario to continue with our growth and expansion strategy, staying true to our goal of inclusiveness in air travel. If the authorities approve the management of both groups under the same holding company, it will encourage the growth of the air transport market, promoting low rates for users and good service with the best punctuality, allowing everyone to fly with a world of destinations. This transaction and a potential future combination will create high-skilled jobs for our employees and our suppliers. By delivering the fundamental good of bringing people together, we will positively impact the connectivity of Colombia, the region, and the economic development of the country”, added Declan Ryan, founding partner of Viva.

Potential approval of a full combination will provide both Avianca and Viva with more financial stability allowing them to accelerate investment, innovation, and growth.

Viva Air Route Map:
Top Copyright Photo: Viva (Air Colombia) Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWBH (HK-5352) (msn 10136) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 951288.
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Amapola to fly to Kokkola in Finland this summer

Amapola Flyg Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 SE-MFR (msn 20264) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 953006.

Amapola Airlines (Amapola Flyg) will offer non-stop service between Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) and Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport (KOK) in Finland on July 7, 2022.

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly.

From Arlanda, the carrier also flies to:

South Lapland in Vilhelmina Monday – Friday, twice a day. We also offer a flight on Sundays.

The flight duration between Arlanda Airport and South Lapland Airport is about 2 hours and 15 minutes, a stopover takes place at Lycksele Airport.

Lycksele Airport Monday – Friday, twice a day. We also offer a flight on Sundays.

The flight duration between Arlanda Airport and Lycksele Airport is about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Höga Kusten Airport in Kramfors Monday – Friday, twice a day. We also offer a flight on Sundays.

The flight duration between Arlanda Airport and Höga Kusten Airport is about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Hemavan Tärnaby Airport on Mondays, twice a day and Tuesday – Friday once a day. We also offer a flight on Sundays.
The flight duration between Arlanda Airport and Hemavan Tärnaby Airport is about 2 hours and 30 minutes, a stopover takes place at Höga Kusten Airport in Kramfors.

Top Copyright Photo: Amapola Flyg Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 SE-MFR (msn 20264) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 953006.

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Tailwind Air announces seaplane service from Manhattan to Provincetown, MA via Boston Harbor

Tailwind Air has made this announcement:

Tailwind Air has announced a new destination, creating the fastest way to Provincetown, MA.

Travelers may now enjoy a nonstop seaplane flight directly from Boston Harbor’s Fan Pier Marina (IATA Code: BNH) to Provincetown Harbor, MA (below). Flights from Boston Harbor are approximately 35 minutes from dock to dock and include complimentary water taxi/launch service to and from the seaplane.

Tailwind will also offer nonstop and one-stop flights from Manhattan’s Skyport Marina at East 23rd Street to Provincetown Harbor, MA.  Scheduled summer service begins May 25, 2022 and operates through September 5, 2022.

While Tailwind Air’s turboprop seaplane fleet is young, less than five years on average, seaplane travel certainly is not. The Manhattan Skyport opened in 1936, and has been hosting popular seaplane travel for decades. For nearly 100 years, seaplane operations have been part of the core transportation landscape of maritime cities such as Seattle, Miami, and Vancouver.

Boston Harbor–Manhattan flights, and a complete schedule for all flights operated by Tailwind Air, can be found below.

With the addition of Provincetown Harbor, Tailwind Air now serves four destinations from its Boston Harbor base. Manhattan is served three times daily seven days a week. Plymouth, MA is served daily. One-stop same plane service to East Hampton (HTO) is also available.

Route Map:

With the addition of Provincetown Harbor, Tailwind Air now serves eight destinations from its Manhattan base. Manhattan destinations are: Boston, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Shelter Island, Montauk, Provincetown, Plymouth, and Bridgeport.

The new Provincetown schedule running May 25–September 5, 2022

Boston Harbor→Provincetown Harbor, MA Provincetown Harbor, MA → Boston Harbor
DEPART ARRIVE DAY OF WEEK STOPS DEPART ARRIVE DAY OF WEEK STOPS
6:20 PM 6:55 PM Wednesday-Friday Non-Stop 6:30 AM 7:05 AM Monday and Tuesday Non-Stop
11:30 AM 12:10 PM Sunday Non-Stop
Manhattan → Provincetown Harbor, MA Provincetown Harbor, MA → Manhattan
DEPART ARRIVE DAY OF WEEK STOPS DEPART ARRIVE DAY OF WEEK STOPS
5:10 PM 6:55 PM Wednesday-Friday 1 – stop via BNH 6:30 AM 8:20 AM Monday and Tuesday 1 – stop via BNH
12:20 PM 1:40 PM Sunday Non-Stop

Boston Harbor to Provincetown, MA fares start at $275. Manhattan to Provincetown fares start at $795.

flybig to start the Delhi – Shillong route on May 2

flybig will add the Delhi – Shillong route on May 2.

flybig’s mission statement:

In conjunction with the UDAN initiative, flybig, India’s newest friendly regional airline, provides connectivity to destinations that were hitherto not accessible by air. Our reason for existence will be based on providing a continuum of a warm family atmosphere on all of our flights whilst providing connectivity and convenient timings for travel.

Schedule:

 

Route Map:

 

Bristow Group to acquire British International Helicopter Services Limited

Bristow Group Inc. today announced its plans to acquire British International Helicopter Services Limited (BIH), further enhancing its leading global Government Services business.

Bristow will continue to build upon BIH’s strong relationships established through a longstanding history of serving both military and civilian markets. Bristow expects to realize efficiencies by leveraging its scale to continue providing safe and reliable vertical lift solutions in the region.

BIH will add to Bristow’s operations in the UK and adopt the Bristow name and brand throughout its operations. BIH currently operates a fleet of two AW189 SAR-configured helicopters, three S-61N helicopters, and one AS365 helicopter, performing various passenger and freight transport as well as hoist operations.

The acquisition is an all-cash transaction and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2022, following required regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.