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I have started the ultimate digital photo library of the fascinating world of airliners and airlines. The goal is to have the complete history of all airlines and the various aircraft operated. I have been photographing airplanes since 1965. Join us in this adventure.

Delta and Virgin Atlantic update their network between the U.S. and the U.K.

New 242-ton version, delivered August 25, 2015

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic have announced updates to their respective summer 2018 schedules to optimize their joint network between the United States and the United Kingdom. The strong partnership between the two airlines is focused around offering customers more convenient travel options and the best travel experience across the Atlantic.

Effective March 24, 2018, Delta will introduce the Airbus A330 aircraft on its New York-JFK, Atlanta and Detroit routes to London-Heathrow. The A330 aircraft, which are equipped with Wi-Fi and feature 34 fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin will bring Delta’s onboard customer experience to a new level as well as increase the number of seats on these U.S. routes to London-Heathrow. Highlights of Delta’s A330 service on-board service include:

  • Fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin, arranged in a ‘herringbone’ configuration with individual aisle access.
  • Chef-curated meal options in Delta One, featuring locally sourced ingredients and regionally-inspired meals in the Main Cabin, served with complimentary beverages.
  • Customizable TUMI amenity kits in Delta One, plus a sleep kit with travel essentials for passengers in the Main Cabin and Delta Comfort+.
  • Complimentary in-flight entertainment with Delta Studio at every seat, including Hollywood titles, over 1,000 hours of TV, music and games.
  • Wi-Fi available for purchase.
  • RFID checked baggage tracking updates available direct to mobile devices through the Fly Delta App.​

In addition, beginning March 25, 2018, Virgin Atlantic and Delta will optimize their schedule between New York-JFK and London-Heathrow to offer eight daily frequencies. Virgin Atlantic will operate six daily services and Delta two, providing customers with conveniently timed flight choices throughout the day.

 

The airlines’ joint summer 2018 schedule includes a total of 37 peak daily nonstop flights between the U.S. and the U.K. Of these, 26 flights will operate between London-Heathrow and popular U.S. destinations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. and 11 flights will operate between Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, London-Gatwick and Edinburgh to p­­opular U.S. cities.

The joint venture partnership between Delta and Virgin Atlantic continues to grow, allowing both airlines’ customers to benefit from a high-quality and complementary travel experience with customer service being a key priority. In 2016, the joint venture connected almost five million customers on over 23 routes to over 200 destinations in the U.S.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 N823NW (msn 1628) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931837.

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British Airways to welcome the 25th Dreamliner

British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ZBJF (msn 38613) LHR (SPA). Image: 924483.

British Airways is set to mark a milestone aircraft delivery on Friday (September 29), as it welcomes the 25th Dreamliner into its fleet.

The Boeing 787-8 aircraft will be making its maiden voyage to the airline’s Heathrow home with the flight number BA8625. It will depart Boeing’s Seattle factory on Thursday September 28 at 6.05pm local time and will land at Heathrow at 11.15am local time the following day.

The three cabin aircraft, with the registration G-ZBJI, will be the ninth 787-8 to join the airline’s fleet. British Airways also has 16 787-9s.  Two further 787-9 aircraft and three 787-8 aircraft will be delivered in 2018, followed by 12 787-10s to arrive between 2020 and 2023.

Captain Stephen Riley, British Airways’ director of flight operations, will be taking delivery of the aircraft, he said: “It is a great privilege to be the Captain flying to Heathrow in our newest aircraft. Some two-and-a-half years of work goes into the delivery of a new aircraft so it’s an exciting moment when we finally fly it home to join the fleet.

“The Dreamliners are fantastic aircraft both to fly as a pilot and to enjoy as a customer. They are incredibly technologically advanced and the most fuel efficient long-haul aircraft. They’ve also been designed with travellers’ comfort in mind, which means customers arrive at their destination feeling great.”

To find out more information about what goes on behind the scenes of a delivery flight, watch an interview with Captain Stephen Riley ahead of his trip to Seattle to collect the 787 aircraft.

Video:

The 787s are the most technologically advanced aircraft in British Airways’ fleet. The aircraft consists of a carbon fibre fuselage, which allows the pressure to be maintained at a lower level in the cabin. The internal cabin altitude is the equivalent of 6,000ft, which is 2,000ft lower than on other aircraft. This leads to greater humidity, reducing the drying effect of the cabin air, so customers arrive feeling more refreshed.

One of the most unique features on the Dreamliner is its wings, with a span of 197 feet (60 meters) the curvature allows the aircraft to climb better and increases fuel efficiency. The Dreamliner can also reach a maximum speed of 954 kilometres per hour with a range of 15,200 kilometres, allowing the airline to fly to destinations further afield such as Santiago in Chile and Mumbai in India.

The windows in the 787 are thirty per cent bigger than any other aircraft. It means customers can maintain eye level with the horizon, which lessens motion sickness. It is also around 40 per cent quieter than other aircraft, giving customers the ideal environment to get some shuteye.

British Airways took delivery of its first Dreamliner, a 787-8, in July 2013.The aircraft is made up of three cabins World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World. Two years later, in 2015, the airline took delivery of the next generation of the Boeings Dreamliner, a 787-9. This aircraft is 20 foot longer than the 787-8, allowing room for the airline to add a First cabin on board with an evolution of its First class seat.

Visit British Airways’ 360 degree interactive tour of its Dreamliner here.

Top Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ZBJF (msn 38613) LHR (SPA). Image: 924483.

Joon to start operations on December 1, 2017

Joon (Air France) has announced it will start operations on December 1, 2017 to six destinations departing from Paris-CDG with Air France Airbus A320 / A321 and Airbus A340 / A350 aircraft.

Starting December 1, 2017 in Europe from €39 including tax:

–          Barcelona1 (Spain): 51 weekly flights

–          Berlin1 (Germany): 37 weekly flights

–          Lisbon1 (Portugal): 28 weekly flights

–          Porto1 (Portugal): 3 weekly flights

Starting in summer 2018 in Brazil and the Seychelles:

–          Fortaleza2 (Brazil) starting at €249 including tax: 2 weekly flights

–          Mahé2 (Seychelles) starting at €299 including tax: 3 weekly flights

1One-way including tax from Paris-CDG, until October 15, 2017 valid for travel from December 1 to 21, 2017 and from January 8 to February 28, 2018, hold baggage not included.


2One-way including tax on sale soon from Paris-CDG, hold baggage not included.

Volaris revises its livery

Volaris revises its livery

Volaris (Mexico City) has revised its livery with the pending delivery of the pictured Airbus A320-271N (A320neo) N530VL (msn 7553).

The revised color scheme now includes larger titles and new lavender painted engines (replacing black painted engines).

Copyright Photo: Volaris Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWDI (N530VL) (msn 7553) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939278.

 

La Compagnie orders two Airbus A321neos

La Compagnie (Paris) has made this announcement:

Three years after launching as an exclusively business-class boutique airline with trans-Atlantic routes on July 4 2014, and a year since doubling its daily flights between New York and Paris, La Compagnie is accelerating its development with an order of two Airbus A321neo aircrafts. This investment in the new Airbus aircraft marks a major milestone for the still-young boutique airline, revealing stable growth and progressive future development.

Due for delivery in 2019, the thoroughly modern, efficient and eco-friendly A321neos will take La Compagnie’s in-flight business-class experience to new heights with the latest technologies, Wi-Fi service and “full-flat” beds, ensuring passengers are well-connected and well-rested upon arrival in New York or Paris.

The choice of the French aeronautical firm Airbus, which is headquartered in Blagnac and has manufacturing facilities across Europe and around the world, strengthens La Compagnie’s “French-in-spirit” philosophy that has made the carrier so desirable for intercontinental passengers.

The two Airbus A321neos will be introduced to the La Compagnie fleet in 2019 with a full business-class configuration and the most attractive fares on the market.

Image: La Compagnie.

Delta announces its summer 2018 trans-Atlantic schedules

Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 LR N702DN (msn 29741) "The Spirit of Atlanta" LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 932543.

Delta Air Lines has announced it be offering more nonstop options to Europe from its Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Atlanta, and Detroit hubs and more next summer.

Further schedule and service detail is as follows:

Los Angeles

New Boeing 777-200LR service will link Angelenos nonstop to Paris and Amsterdam beginning June 16, 2018. in addition to more than 100 onward destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India via easy connections on Delta’s joint venture partners Air France and KLM:

 

LAX – Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
DL156 LAX at noon CDG at 7:55 a.m. (next day) Tue/Thurs/Sat
DL157 CDG  at 3:15 p.m. LAX at 6:25 p.m. Wed/Fri/Sun

 

LAX – Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
DL78 LAX at noon AMS at 7:55 a.m. (next day) Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun
DL79 AMS  at 3:35 p.m. LAX at 6:25 p.m.  Mon/Tue/Thur/Sat

 

New York-JFK

Delta’s largest trans-Atlantic gateway will expand next year with new seasonal service to the Ponta Delgada-Azores beginning May 24, 2018 year-round service to Lagos, Nigeria, beginning March 24 and an upgraded offering on New York-JFK to London-LHR with new A330 service.

 

JFK – Azores (PDL)
Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
DL417 JFK at 8:30 p.m. PDL at 7:30 a.m. (next day) excluding Mon/Wed
DL217 PDL  at 9:15 a.m. JFK at 10:30 a.m. excluding Tue/Thurs

 

JFK – Lagos (LOS)
Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
DL415 JFK at 10:55 p.m. LOS at 2:50 p.m. (next day) Mon/Wed/Fri
DL215 LOS  at 11:30 p.m. JFK at 5:30 a.m. (next day) Tue/Thurs/Sun

 

Atlanta

At Delta’s Atlanta hub, the world’s most travelled, new daily seasonal service to Lisbon on Boeing 767 aircraft will begin May 24, 2018 and run through Sept. 4, 2018.  Delta’s Atlanta hub will make it easier for U.S. customers to visit Portugal with convenient one-stop connections from over 150 destinations in the U.S.

 

ATL – Lisbon, Portugal (LIS)
Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
DL122 ATL at 7:30 p.m. LIS at 8:45 a.m. (next day) Daily
DL123 LIS  at 10:30 a.m. ATL at 2:45 p.m. Daily

 

Detroit

Delta will add a third daily round-trip between Detroit and Paris beginning May 16, 2018 in addition to Delta’s and Air France’s existing service. The new flight will provide customers more choice and offer additional connections in Paris to over 100 destinations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

 

DTW – Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
DL96 DTW at 3:50 p.m. CDG at 6:00 a.m. (next day) Daily
DL99 CDG  at 1:10 p.m. DTW at 4:10 p.m. Daily

 

Orlando and Indianapolis

Previously announced year-round service will begin March 30, 2018 from Orlando to Amsterdam and on May 24, 2018 from Indianapolis to Paris, bringing easy connections to more than 100 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India to customers in the Sunshine and Hoosier states.

 

Orlando (MCO) – Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
DL126 MCO at 9:45 p.m. AMS at 12:45 p.m.(next day) Daily to 5x weekly
DL127 AMS  at 1:15 p.m. MCO at 5:40 p.m. Daily to 5x weekly

 

IND – Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Flight Number Departs Arrives Frequency
DL500 IND at 6:20 p.m. CDG at 8:45 a.m. (next day) Daily to 5x weekly
DL501 CDG  at 1:15 p.m. IND at 4:35 p.m. Daily to 5x weekly

Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 LR N702DN (msn 29741) “The Spirit of Atlanta” LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 932543.

United’s new safety video

United Airlines is lifting the curtain on a new Safety is Global safety video, which will be on board flights starting this month. The video follows United employees representing flight attendants, pilots, ramp operations, customer service representatives and tech ops through dream destinations around the world as they demonstrate the safety features of the aircraft. As part of this debut, United is giving customers an opportunity to win round-trip flights to their dream destinations in the United Dream Destination Sweepstakes.

“A few years back, we made our safety demonstration more interactive, and entertaining to engage customers during the safety briefing, one of the most important parts of the flight,” said Mark Krolick, vice president of marketing at United. “Introducing the new Safety is Global video continues the theme of highlighting some of the amazingly diverse, global cities that we fly to, and giving our customers the chance to visit one of their own dream destinations.”

Customers can get a sneak peak of the Safety is Global video before their next United flight by visiting the United Hub. The video features the following destinations Alaska; China; Denver; India; Munich; New York and Rio de Janeiro.

For contest rules, and to enter the sweepstakes visit uniteddreamdestinationsweeps.com.