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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.

American to expand domestic winter routes from Miami and Charlotte

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N442YX (msn 17000446) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403792.

American Airlines is again offering winter seasonal service from its Miami hub starting on December 19, 2018.

The carrier will operate daily seasonal service to Buffalo with Airbus A319s.

American will also offer twice-daily Miami – Fort Myers service with Embraer 175s operated by Republic Airlines.

Additionally Republic Airlines will also operate its Embraer 175s on a new nonstop daily flight to Grand Rapids according to Airline Route.

Republic will also operate a daily Miami – Houston with Embraer 175s.

From the Charlotte hub, Envoy Air will operate American Eagle service to Champaign, IL starting also on December 19, 2018.

Additionally Piedmont Airlines (2nd) will operate Embraer 145s on a Charlotte – Ithaca routing effective December 22, 2018.

Copyright Photo (all others by Republic): American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N442YX (msn 17000446) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403792.

American Eagle-Republic Airlines aircraft slide show:


Delta offers summer travel hacks

Delta expected to operate more flights yesterday (Friday) than any day of the year. Be ready for the summer crowds even before you arrive at the airport with these handy tools:

Before you leave

Automatically check-in with the Fly Delta App: Take checking in for your flight off your to-do list. The Fly Delta app automatically checks in eligible customers 24 hours prior to their scheduled departure. Receive an alert via email or push notification, open the app, acknowledge the federal government mandate for restricted items and your boarding pass is there, along with all the tools needed for their trip.

In the airport

Automated Screening Checkpoint Lanes

Be aware of new TSA security procedures: TSA has rolled out stronger security measures across the U.S. In addition to screening personal electronic devices separately, TSA officers may ask travelers to remove other items from carry-on bags and place them in the bins, such as foods, powders and materials that can obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine. Travelers are also encouraged to organize carry-on bags, keeping them uncluttered, to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving. Pro tip: Learn how to pack that bin like a pro here.

Take advantage of automated screening lanes: Delta and TSA spearheaded adding these quicker smart lanes in the U.S. They’re used at Delta hubs in Atlanta, New York’s LaGuardia and JFK, Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul as well as eight other major airports.

Breeze through security with CLEAR: Join CLEAR – now available at 25 airports across the country – and speed through security with the touch of a finger or blink of an eye. U.S.-based SkyMiles members get exclusive pricing on CLEAR membership through Delta’s partnership with CLEAR. Pro tip: Delta Sky Club members with CLEAR or who are enrolled in Delta Biometrics Powered by CLEAR and hold a Delta Sky Club membership can use their fingerprints to enter any Delta Sky Club in the U.S. And, eligible SkyMiles members who are enrolled in CLEAR board their plane at DCA.

On the plane

free mobile messaging

Stay connected with family and friends in the air: Get a weather update from your friends at the beach while you’re on the way – Delta now offers free mobile messaging via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and is the first U.S. based global carrier to do so. This complimentary capability allows customers to stay fully connected with those on the ground and exchange real-time messages in flight with friends and family throughout the holiday season. Look to your seatback information card for instructions on connecting to Wi-Fi.

Skip airport restaurant lines: Delta has food and beverage options from a refreshed Flight Fuel buy-on-board menu on flights over 900 miles, a variety of complimentary Main Cabin snacks and free Main Cabin meals on select coast-to-coast routes, to name a few. Those who want to start the celebration early can also now enjoy free Prosecco in every cabin on international Delta flights.

At your destination airport

Get peace of mind that luggage will arrive on time: Through Delta’s award-winningRFID bag tracking technology, customers receive live push notifications of their bag’s location at critical points, including when the bag is loaded on the aircraft, and all domestic airports offer a map view of the bag’s journey via the Fly Delta mobile app, so customers can track their swimsuits at every step of the way.

On the ground, ready to vacay

Catch a Lyft ride or stay at an Airbnb and earn miles: SkyMiles members can earn miles for every Lyft ride or every stay with Airbnb, giving you another way to earn miles through everyday purchases this summer and all year long.

American Airlines, TSA testing new state-of-the-art screening technology in New York

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working collaboratively with American Airlines, is demonstrating a new computed tomography (CT) scanner at the Terminal 8 security checkpoint at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

State-of-the-art CT checkpoint technology is an enhancement to today’s two-dimensional (2-D) X-ray technology platforms scanning equipment, which is used at the majority of security checkpoints worldwide. Because CT technology is three dimensional (3-D), this new checkpoint technology has the potential to provide better visibility and allow the operator to rotate the bag’s image 360 degrees to show the contents of carry-on items at every angle. CT provides the capability to virtually see beyond unwanted clutter and greatly enhances the ability to visually inspect the contents of carry-on bags for explosives and other prohibited items.

CT technology improves detection capability by more effectively detecting threats, thereby increasing overall security effectiveness. This results in more effective security screening at the security checkpoint. In the future, CT could offer the opportunity for passengers to leave liquids, gels and aerosols, as well as laptops, in their carry-on bags at all times.

Deployment of this technology, both in the United States and abroad, is a critical component of raising the global aviation security baseline.

“Use of CT technology substantially improves TSA’s threat detection capability at a checkpoint.” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “This partnership will allow us to deploy new technology quickly and see an immediate improvement in security effectiveness.”

“At American, we are always looking at ways to invest in technology that raises the bar on global aviation security while improving the customer experience,” said American Airlines Chief Security Officer José Freig. “Our partnership with Analogic Corporation and the TSA will continue to transform aviation security by bringing state-of-the-art CT technology to the security checkpoint.”

TSA expects the new CT technology will begin operation at JFK in late July. CT technology is also being tested at airport security checkpoints in Phoenix and Boston.

Photos: American Airlines.

Palau Pacific Airways is forced to shut down

Palau Pacific Airways (Koror, Palau) has been forced to halt operations after a dramatic drop in Chinese passengers. The carrier served both Hong Kong and Taipei.

China has designated the country of Palau as an “illegal tour destination” and prohibited its citizens from visiting Palau, hence the dramatic drop.

Palau officially established diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1999. China had been threatening to banned airlines and destinations that did not recognize Taiwan as part of China.

The airline had just introduced a new livery (top).

The other route to Taipei, Taiwan was not enough to sustain the tiny airline.

The airline commenced operations on November 11, 2014.

AirExplore had been supplying the aircraft and crews.

Below Copyright Photo: Palau Pacific Airways-PPA (AirExplore) Boeing 737-8Q8 WL OM-FEX (msn 28213) HKG (Paul Denton). Image: 934182.

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2014


Lufthansa announces six new winter destinations from Frankfurt and Munich

Lufthansa Airbus A319-112 D-AIBD (msn 4455) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942868.

Lufthansa is expanding its schedule from Frankfurt and Munich to include six new to destinations.

Lufthansa now flies from Frankfurt and Munich to Eilat (Ovda) (above), the attractive holiday resort on the Red Sea in the south of Israel. If you’ve had enough of winter and snow, Lufthansa will take you to this sunshine paradise four times a week (Thursdays and Sundays from Frankfurt and Tuesdays and Saturdays from Munich).

Starting this winter, Lufthansa will fly to Agadir (Morocco) (above) every Monday and Saturday from Frankfurt and every Sunday from Munich. Agadir is located on the southern Atlantic coast of Morocco, in the foothills of the Anti-Atlas mountains. The capital of the province of Agadir Ida-Ou Tanane is a popular holiday destination featuring golf courses and endless beaches.

Trieste (Italy), the capital of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia in the north-east of Italy, is considered one of the literary capitals of Europe, and its many ethnic  and religious groups have earned it the moniker of ‘early New York’. From the start of the winter, you can fly there with Lufthansa twelve times a week departing from Frankfurt.

From winter 2018, Lufthansa once again offers flights to Thessaloniki (Greece) from Frankfurt. The town is the ideal starting point for hikes and explorations of the north of Greece, and it is the transit airport for onward travel to Chalkidiki in the south east.

Edinburgh (United Kingdom) is the new European destination from Munich. From December 2018, Lufthansa will fly to the Scottish capital on Tuesdays and Saturdays, in addition to the existing Frankfurt route. Edinburgh not only has an interesting old town, it is also the perfect starting point for visiting the Highlands.

Munich is also the starting point for another new destination, Tromsø (Norway) (above). The city is an important cultural centre north of the Arctic Circle and is regarded as an ideal starting point for experiencing the Northern Lights.  An Airbus A319 flies to this Norwegian city every Thursday and Saturday. These flights also depart from Frankfurt.

The new connection at a glance

Frankfurt (FRA) – Eilat (VDA)

  • Twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays from 28 October 2018)
  • LH670: FRA 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. VDA (Thu)
  • LH670: FRA 10:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. VDA (Sun)
  • LH671:VDA 4:30 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. FRA (Thu)
  • LH671:VDA 5:00 p.m. – 8:55 p.m. FRA (Sun)
  • Price: from 359 euros including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 3,161 km (1,707 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A320

Munich (MUC) – Eilat (VDA)

  • Twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 November 2018)
  • LH684: MUC 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. VDA
  • LH685: VDA 4:35 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. MUC
  • Price: from 349 euros including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 2,861 km (1,545 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A319/A320

Frankfurt (FRA) – Agadir (AGA)

  • Twice a week (Mondays and Saturdays from 29 October 2018)
  • LH1328: FRA 11:25 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. AGA
  • LH1329: AGA 3:15 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. FRA
  • Price: from 219 euros including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 2,656 km (1,434 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A320

Munich (MUC) – Agadir (AGA)

  • Once a week (Sundays from 4 November 2018)
  • LH2698: MUC 8:05 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. AGA
  • LH2699: AGA 12:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. MUC
  • Price: from 199 euros including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 2,692 km (1,454 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A319

Frankfurt (FRA) – Trieste (TRS)

  • Twelve times a week (from 28 October 2018)
  • LH228: FRA 9:05 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. TRS (Mon-Thu)
  • LH228: FRA 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. TRS (Fri/Sat)
  • LH229: TRS 11:00 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. FRA (Mon-Wed)
  • LH229: TRS 11:05 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. FRA (Thu)
  • LH229: TRS 11:15 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. FRA (Fri/Sat)
  • LH244: FRA 4:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. TRS (Mon/Wed-Fri/Sun)
  • LH244: FRA 4:15 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. TRS (Tue)
  • LH245: TRS 6:20 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. FRA (Mon-Fri/Sun)
  • Price: from 99 euros including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 594 km (321 nautical miles)
  • Canadair CRJ 900

Frankfurt (FRA) – Thessaloniki (SKG)

  • Twice a week (Friday and Sunday from 28  October 2018)
  • LH1288: Friday FRA 7:10 a.m. –  10:35 a.m. SKG
  • LH1289: Friday SKG 11:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. FRA
  • LH1288: Sunday FRA 11:05 a.m. –  2:30 p.m. SKG
  • LH1289: Sunday SKG 3:25 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. FRA
  • Price: from 149 euros including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 1,542 km (833 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A320

Munich (MUC) – Edinburgh (EDI)

  • Twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays from 01 December 2018)
  • LH2580: Tuesday/Saturday MUC 10:20 a.m. –  11:40 a.m. EDI
  • LH2581: Tuesday/Saturday EDI 12:25 p.m. –  3:30 p.m. MUC
  • Price: from 89 euros including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 1333 km (720 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A319 / CRJ 900

Munich (MUC) – Tromsø (TOS)

  • Twice a week (Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 December 2018)
  • LH2458: Thursday MUC 7:20 a.m. –  10:50 a.m. TOS
  • LH2459: Thursday TOS  11:45 a.m. –  3:20 p.m. MUC
  • LH2458: Saturday MUC 9:00 a.m. –  12:30 p.m. TOS
  • LH2459: Saturday TOS  1:25 p.m. –  5:00 p.m. MUC
  • Price: from 179 euros including taxes and fees
  • Distance: 2407 km (1300 nautical miles)
  • Airbus A319

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa Airbus A319-112 D-AIBD (msn 4455) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942868.

Lufthansa aircraft slide show:

airBaltic receives its tenth Airbus A220-300 (CS300)

airBaltic received the tenth Airbus A220-300 aircraft, registered as YL-CSJ, in Riga on July 20. By the end of 2018, airBaltic plans to have a total of 14 A220-300 aircraft on its fleet.

airBaltic has launched an improved cabin with new, comfortable seats on its latest two Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Passengers will benefit from such additional improvements as more legroom, new pockets behind the seats for magazines, hangers next to the seat for jackets. All airBaltic Airbus A220-300 aircraft will get the improved cabin.

On May 28, 2018, airBaltic announced a firm purchase agreement for the sale and purchase of 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 aircraft of the same type. The order complements the existing order of 20 A220-300 aircraft and forms the backbone of the new airBaltic’s business plan Destination 2025 that builds on the successful progress of the current airline’s business plan Horizon 2021, which has laid the groundwork for future expansion.

Photos: airBaltic.

Norwegian to increase number of transatlantic flights from Ireland by over 35% next summer

Dedicated to Maria Zambrano, delivered on May 16, 2018

Norwegian continues its growth in Ireland by announcing its new expanded 2019 summer schedule with 37% more weekly departures to the USA and Canada.

Norwegian currently operates flights from Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports to New York-Stewart International Airport and Providence TF Green Airport on the US East Coast. Flights are operated using brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Norwegian’s increased 2019 summer schedule from Ireland has 40 weekly transatlantic departures and is now available to book for travel from March 31, 2019, as follows:

From Dublin

  • Hamilton-Toronto – The brand-new daily service to Canada commences on March 31, 2019 and will mark the first direct flight between Hamilton and Dublin. The new route provides passengers with greater choice and flexibility for travel to Toronto and nearby Niagara Falls. Fares from €189 one way.
  • Providence – Norwegian will increase flights to Providence, Rhode Island to a daily service next summer, up from five flights per week. One of America’s oldest cities, Providence provides good access to Boston and other ideal summer destinations in New England such as Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Fares from €129 one way.
  • Stewart – Consumers will continue to benefit from twice-daily flights on Norwegian’s popular Dublin-New York-Stewart route following the introduction of a daily morning departure in April.

From Shannon

  • Stewart – Norwegian will increase its summer service to New York Stewart International Airport from three to five flights per week due to strong passenger demand. Fares from €129 one way.
  • Providence – Business travellers and holidaymakers will continue to benefit from four flights per week to the heart of New England next summer. Fares from €129 one way.

From Cork

  • Providence – Norwegian will continue its seasonal service to Providence with three flights per week. The airport’s only flights to the US will continue to offer Cork residents a direct transatlantic link during the busier summer season. Fares from €129 one way.

Norwegian also serves the European cities of Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki direct from the Irish capital with fares from €33.51 one way.

Copyright Photo (all others by Norwegian): (Norwegian Air International) (Ireland) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 EI-FYG (msn 42831) (Maria Zambrano, Spanish philosopher) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 942552.

Norwegian aircraft slide show: