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About Bruce Drum

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.

SAS Scandinavia pilots’ union delays its strike

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has mader this announcement:

After weeks of mediation, the mediators have, together with SAS and the SAS Scandinavia pilots’ unions, decided to further postpone the strike announced by the pilots’ unions until  July 4, 2022 12.01 PM CET.

Copyright Photo: SAS Airbus A320 SE-ROB pushes back from the gate at Oslo Airport (Jay Selman).

SAS welcomes the mediators’ decision as it continues to be the company’s firm ambition to reach an agreement and avoid a strike.

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Etihad Airways launches its ‘Sustainable 50’ A350-1000 to New York

Etihad Airways celebrated the arrival of its new Airbus A350-1000 in the United States following the inaugural commercial flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on June 30, 2022. The aircraft, which accommodates 371 passengers, is one of five new Airbus A350s to join Etihad’s fleet this year.

From today, all Etihad flights servicing New York and Chicago O’Hare International Airport will be operated by the A350, joining Mumbai and Delhi routes that began flying in April this year.

Etihad passengers travelling to the US have access to Etihad’s US pre-clearance, the only United States Customs and Border Protection facility in the Middle East. This allows passengers bound for the United States to process all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they board their flight, avoiding immigration and queues on arrival in the US.

Sustainable 50

Formed as a partnership between Etihad, Airbus and Rolls Royce in 2021, the Sustainable50 programme will make use of Etihad’s A350s as flying testbeds for new initiatives, procedures and technologies to reduce carbon emissions. This will build on the learnings derived from Etihad’s similar Greenliner programme for the Boeing 787 aircraft type.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered Airbus A350 is one of the most efficient aircraft types in the world, with 25% less fuel burn and CO2 emissions than previous-generation twin aisle aircraft.

Etihad recently established a formal framework with Airbus to collaborate on sustainability across a number of areas, including the promotion and commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel, waste and weight management, and the development of data-driven analysis.

Guest Experience

The aircraft features Etihad’s newest cabin interior, which is inspired by Abu Dhabi and is both more efficient and sustainable in design. Etihad is renowned for high-quality aircraft, and the A350 is filled with thoughtful design details providing exceptional comfort and enhanced privacy.

Etihad’s signature lighting design is inspired by the shadows cast by Abu Dhabi’s palm trees. The cabin lighting emulates natural ambient light and is designed to enhance the guest experience, provide an optimum environment for sleeping and reduce the effects of jetlag. The Airbus A350 also offers the quietest cabin experience for a wide-body aircraft.

Another feature to help reduce light pollution, and therefore jetlag, is the new dark-mode interface on the E-BOX inflight entertainment system. Mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity is also available throughout the aircraft.

Etihad has also thoughtfully created a “Little VIP” experience for its youngest guests. The programme offers newly launched Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi-themed, family-friendly amenities for children. The A350 also has a special new feature, offering interactive flight maps kids can explore with the help of some Jurassic-age friends.

Business Class

The elevated Business class is home to 44 Business Studios with sliding doors that provide a high level of privacy to each suite. Every seat faces forward with direct aisle access. The Business class seat, with a width of over 20”, converts into a fully-flat bed of 79” in length, and features ample storage for convenience.

Noise-cancelling headphones and an 18.5” TV screen provide a cinematic experience to enjoy Etihad’s extensive inflight entertainment offering. The Business seats cleverly feature a built-in wireless charging dock and Bluetooth headphone pairing.

Business class guests can choose from a carefully curated à la carte menu, and guests on longer flights can enjoy Etihad’s signature ‘dine anytime’ service.

Economy Class

Etihad’s spacious Economy cabin is configured with 327 smart seats in a 3-3-3 arrangement, of which 45 ‘Economy Space’ seats have been enhanced with an additional 4 inches of legroom. The Crystal Cabin Award-winning seats were selected after extensive customer trials by Etihad and based on their comfort and sustainability credentials. The seats feature Etihad’s signature supportive headrest, USB charging and Bluetooth headphone pairing, as well as a 13.3” inch screen to enjoy Etihad’s award-winning inflight entertainment system.

Guests receive blankets and pillows for additional comfort and amenity kits on longer flights, as well as enjoying complimentary dining and beverages served by Etihad’s award-winning cabin crew.

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Delta faces a challenging weekend, allows its customers to change plans without any fees

Delta Air Lines’ CEO Ed Bastian apologized to its customers for its recent cancellations as its pilots picket and complain about the overwhelming amount of overtime flying.

Booming demand and staff shortages, especially pilots, is causing a lot of the cancellations. Weather also plays a major role.

Bastian has called this period the most challenging period in the airline’s history.

Delta is providing more flexibility to customers for changing their travel plans ahead of the busy July Fourth holiday travel weekend.

The global airline has issued a systemwide fare difference travel waiver for July 1-4, which allows customers to rebook their trip around potentially challenging weekend travel days – with no fare difference or change fees, as long as customers travel between the same origin and destination. Customers can adjust their travel plans via My Trips or the Fly Delta app. Rebooked travel needs to take place by July 8, 2022.

Delta sent this message to its SkyMiles members:

The summer travel season is well underway, and I share the excitement of so many of you who are returning to the skies as restrictions lift and entire regions of the world reopen. At the same time, I know many of you may have experienced disruptions, sometimes significant, in your travels as we build our operation back from the depths of 2020 while accommodating a record level of demand.

If you’ve encountered delays and cancellations recently, I apologize. We’ve spent years establishing Delta as the industry leader in reliability, and though the majority of our flights continue to operate on time, this level of disruption and uncertainty is unacceptable. You choose to invest your time, resources and loyalty with Delta and you’ve rightly come to expect a world-class experience on every flight, and that includes the best reliability in the business.

Despite the historic challenges facing our industry, Delta’s team of 75,000+ professionals around the globe remain focused on providing the very best care for you and your loved ones. I want to thank them for their continued professionalism, resilience and the truly outstanding service they continue to deliver on a daily basis. Thanks to their efforts, so far in June we’ve flown over 96% of our scheduled departures, with more than 80% of our flights arriving within 14 minutes of their scheduled arrival time. I’m proud of the work of our team in the face of the many obstacles we’re up against as air travel re-emerges and even prouder of our determination to reduce cancellations and further minimize delays.

RESTORING RELIABILITY

Things won’t change overnight, but we’re on a path towards a steady recovery. Steps we’ve taken include offering more flexibility for your travel plans and adjusting our summer schedule so that when challenges do occur, we can bounce back faster. Crews are being scheduled with more buffer room to help us absorb and adjust when factors like summer thunderstorms disrupt the operation. And as always, we’re issuing travel waivers ahead of inclement weather, enabling you to easily rebook travel if needed without worry.

At the same time, airport procedures are being updated, including earlier boarding to help ensure on-time departures and schedule changes at our largest connecting hub in Atlanta to help manage the volume of customers at the airport. And we’ve activated our Peach Corps, a program that brings in hundreds of employees from our corporate offices to the airports in Atlanta and New York to assist with check-in, baggage drop-off, airport wayfinding, using kiosks, serving you at our Delta Sky Clubs and other helpful tasks.

We’ve accelerated our hiring as well, bringing on around 15,000 new employees since the start of 2021. That includes a record number of Reservations and Care specialists, pilots, flight attendants, aircraft maintenance technicians and more – overall we’re hiring several hundred new Delta team members every week to assist you and help ensure a reliable, comfortable experience on Delta when you fly.

And we’re continuing to engage with the Federal Aviation Administration on improving processes for air traffic management, which will help minimize delays and cancellations due to inclement weather.

The environment we’re navigating today is unlike anything we’ve ever faced, but Delta is no stranger to challenging times, and our commitment to you is as strong as ever. We won’t stop until we’ve made things right, and we’ll never stop improving for you.

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We’re excited to see you returning to the skies, and every flight is an opportunity to earn your loyalty and trust anew. On behalf of our global team, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we work throughout the summer and beyond to get you to your destination safely and restore the world-class reliability that you deserve and have come to expect from Delta.

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MIAT Mongolian Airlines to lease out its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

Zela Aviation and MIAT Mongolian Airlines have announced that Mongolia’s first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 is available for ACMI leases from the first of July.

The aircraft is equipped with 150 economy and 12 business class seats, fully equipped with In-Flight Entertainment and WiFi capability offering increased levels of comfort for the passenger, reduced noise footprint and unmatched operating efficiencies for operators.

Zela Aviation, an air charter broking company, with 17 years of experience in the aviation industry has been the GSA of MIAT Mongolian Airlines since 2015, offering its direct support and enabling the airline to undertake ACMI Wet Lease & Damp Lease operations throughout Europe, The Caribbean, South America and Asia.

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Luxair unveils its new 60th Anniversary special livery by Marco Weiten

Luxair has made this announcement:

On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, Luxembourg flagship carrier Luxair unveiled its new livery as part of iths 60th anniversary celebrations, representing the Luxembourgish symbol “Roude Léiw” (red lion) which rises from its ashes like a phoenix, designed by Marco Weiten.

 

Above Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. LX-LGV arrives at Palma de Mallorca.

As the 60th anniversary of the first Luxair flight approached, operated on March 31, 1962 to Paris Le-Bourget, the airline launched an appeal to artists from Luxembourg and the Greater Region to imagine its next special livery.

In April 2022, a pre-selection established by Luxair staff members, made it possible to select eleven designs, then in May, the winner, Marco Weiten (below), was elected by a professional jury of artists and art experts as well as by the management of Luxair.

The Boeing 737-800, registered LX-LGV, dressed in Marco Weiten’s designs symbolizing the rebirth and promising future of Luxair.

 

The airline continued;

Renaissance, future, tradition … so many illustrations tell the story of Luxair’ on its new special livery. Drawn by the Luxembourgish artist Marco Weiten, this mix of colors represents the indisputable Luxembourgish symbol Roude Léiw which rises from its ashes like a phoenix, to celebrate the 60 years of Luxair.

On February 28, 2022, as the 60th anniversary of the first Luxair flight approached, operated on March 31, 1962 to Paris Le-Bourget, the airline launched an appeal to artists from Luxembourg and the Greater Region to imagine its next special livery.

The waiting is over… on June 29, 2022 the airline finally unveiled its #FlyingIsAnArt Anniversary edition!

For this third edition of #FlyingIsAnArt, Luxair invited artists to draw their vision of the future of the airline, while highlighting the values of inclusion, diversity, audacity and innovation. The competition was a great success and the company received more than sixty works overflowing with creativity, each one more original than the other.

In April, a pre-selection established by Luxair staff members, made it possible to select 11 designs, then in May, the winner, Marco Weiten, was elected by a professional jury of artists and art experts as well as by the management of Luxair.

The Boeing 737-800, registered LX-LGV, dressed in Marco Weiten’s designs symbolizing the rebirth and promising future of Luxair, took off for the first time on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 transporting its passengers to Tenerife.

Discover this livery with Marco Weiten words:

“60 years of Luxair, flight, history, power, energy and skill, serenity and the desire to give the best. Let’s celebrate 60 years together with this lively design. Luxair’s colors symbolically run through the different decades and unite in a strong Luxembourg symbol, the red lion. It represents a Luxembourg tradition, but here it rises from its ashes like a phoenix and all the colors converge in it, the dawn of a fantastic future. All together we are a positive sign of respect, competence, teaching and practice. At 60 years, Luxair is just beginning to fly… the future is now.”, Marco Weiten.

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Asiana resumes flights to Rome

Asiana Airlines made this announcement:

After two years of stoppage due to the pandemic, direct flights between Italy and South Korea resumed on  June 18, 2022 thanks to the connections available between Rome Fiumicino and Seoul of the Korean company Asiana Airlines.
The celebrations for the reopening of flights between the two countries took place today at Pier E of Leonardo Da Vinci airport, with presence of the Korean Ambassador to Italy Lee Seong Ho, the Director of the Korean Cultural Institute Chun Ye Jin, the President of the FITA (Italian Federation of Taekwondo) Angelo Cito, of the President of the Korean community Ryou Kyoung Hoon, of the General Manager Italy of Asiana Airlines Kim Hyeoktae and of the Head of Aviation Business Development of Aeroporti di Roma Federico Scriboni.
For the moment, the Asiana Airlines route will have a twice-weekly frequency, departing every Tuesday and Saturday. Thanks to the connections of Asiana Airlines, making a stopover at Seoul Incheon airport, it will be possible to reach other destinations, including Japan, China and some areas of the Pacific.
Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.
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Korean Air resumes the Seoul – Milan route

Korean Air today (July 1) is resuming the Milan (Malpensa) – Seoul route.

The restored route will operate three days a week.

The route will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Photo – jangsumedia

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

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aha! to begin nonstop flights from Reno to Boise

aha!, powered by veteran ExpressJet Airlines, has announced that it will begin nonstop service between Reno and Boise, Idaho on August 31, 2022 – bridging Idaho’s City of Trees and the Biggest Little City with one convenient, nonstop route.

aha! will fly to the Boise Airport (BOI) three times a week with 50-seat Embraer ERJ145 regional jets. The addition of Boise comes after the recently announced Idaho Falls route, which begins August 11, and will bring the number of cities served by nonstop flights from aha!‘s home base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport to 11.

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Avelo Airlines opens its new Orlando base with 3 737s, to expand to 10 by 2027

Avelo Airlines opened its third U.S. base on June 30 at Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Over the next year, Avelo expects to create up to 150 MCO-based jobs. These positions will be a combination of Avelo Crewmembers and jobs with Avelo business partners operating at MCO. Roles will include Airport Customer Service, Aircraft Technical Operations and Maintenance, Pilots, Flight Attendants and Supervisors. As the airline adds additional aircraft and routes over the next five years, Avelo expects to create up to 500 MCO-based jobs.

A Rapidly Expanding MCO Fleet and Route Network

Avelo will initially base three Boeing Next-Generation (NG) 737 jetliners at MCO – one 147-seat 737-700 and two 189-seat 737-800s.

Avelo’s current systemwide fleet consists of 10 737 NGs and is expected to expand to 15 aircraft by early 2023.

Over the next 12 months, Avelo plans to fly to 15 nonstop destinations from MCO. By 2027, Avelo expects to base 10 aircraft at MCO serving up to 50 nonstop destinations.

With the opening of its MCO base today, Avelo now serves three popular nonstop destinations from Orlando.

Southern Connecticut: Since November, Avelo has operated daily service between MCO and Southern Connecticut’s most convenient airport – Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN). With the opening of its Orlando base, Avelo now flies to HVN up to three times per day.

Washington, D.C.: Beginning on June 30, Avelo will offer seasonal service five days per week to Baltimore / Washington International Airport (BWI) through August 21, 2022.

Wilmington, N.C.: Beginning on July 1, Avelo will offer seasonal service three days per week to Wilmington International Airport (ILM) through November 9, 2022.

New Orlando Pilot and Flight Attendant Training Center

 

Avelo also said it is on track for converging its airline-wide Pilot and Flight Attendant training in Orlando. Initial and recurrent training for all Avelo Pilots and Flight Attendants will be facilitated by Avenger Flight Group (AFG) — the world’s largest privately owned commercial aviation training and simulation company. Training will begin this fall with the completion of the new Orlando training facility next spring.

Previously conducted in separate locations and, at times, by separate companies, Avelo’s Pilot and Flight Attendant training will now be conducted at AFG’s new state-of-the-art Orlando campus. AFG provides advanced flight training solutions to airlines around the world at nearly 20 flight training centers across North America, South America and Europe. The new AFG-based training will provide opportunities for collaborative learning and training in areas such as leadership, evacuation simulations and customer service.

Avelo employs nearly 200 Pilots and Flight Attendants. The airline anticipates hiring hundreds more in the years ahead — many of whom will be based in Orlando.

A Simple, Smooth and Reliable Alternative to Hub & Spoke Airlines

 

Unlike conventional airline “hubs” that connect passengers between spoke cities, Avelo flies its Customers nonstop between its three “bases” and the destinations served by those three airports. In addition to Orlando, Avelo operates bases at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and HVN.

The airline has dedicated airplanes, Pilots, Flight Attendants and maintenance teams based at BUR, HVN and MCO. In contrast to the hub & spoke carriers, Avelo flights start and end every day at their respective base, providing Crewmembers with an enhanced quality of life that enables them to sleep at home every night rather than in hotels (which is typically the case at hub & spoke airlines).

Avelo’s base model also allows mechanics to inspect every aircraft every evening when it returns to its respective base, contributing to the airline’s industry-leading reliability. In fact, since launching 14 months ago, Avelo has cancelled less than 1% of its flights. Lastly, the absence of hubs eliminates the risk of Avelo Customers missing their connection (because there are no flight connections to miss), or having their bag delayed or lost at a connecting hub (which is where most bags are mishandled).

A Different, Better and More Affordable Travel Experience

 

Amidst the crowds, long lines, lengthy walks and traffic congestion encountered at most major airports, Avelo primarily serves smaller, secondary airports. These airports are typically more convenient and offer a refreshingly smooth, quick and simple hometown airport experience.

At Avelo, there are no change or cancellation fees. Additionally, Avelo offers several unbundled travel-enhancing options that give Customers the flexibility to pay for what they value, including priority boarding, checked bags, carry-on overhead bags, and bringing a pet in the cabin.

Additionally, the fuel-efficient American-made 737 jetliners Avelo operates offer a more spacious and comfortable experience than the much smaller regional aircraft historically operated at the small secondary airports Avelo primarily serves. Customers may choose from several seating options, including seats with extra leg room, as well as pre-reserved window and aisle seating.

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