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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.

airBaltic to operate flights to Malaga, Madrid and Lisbon also during the Winter

airBaltic Bombardier CS300 YL-CSD (msn 55006) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 939702.

airBaltic has announced plans to continue operating flights from Riga to Malaga, Madrid and Lisbon also during the winter season, which will begin in late October.

Wolfgang Reuss, Senior Vice President Network Management of airBaltic: “We introduced direct flights to Malaga and Lisbon only this spring, however, the passenger demand for these routes has already been high, making it viable for us to fly to these cities year-round. With the addition of the three routes as well as return of flights to Abu Dhabi, this winter we will continue to offer the best connectivity to and from the Baltics.”

Route Flight frequency Price *,

Basic

Price *,

Premium

Price*,

Business

Riga – Lisbon 2 flights weekly 89 EUR 155 EUR 499 EUR
Riga – Madrid 2 flights weekly 85 EUR 149 EUR 499 EUR
Riga – Malaga 2 flights weekly 95 EUR 149 EUR 479 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges, on www.airbaltic.com, subject to availability

airBaltic serves over 70 routes from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

For summer 2018, airBaltic has introduced eight new destinations from Riga to Malaga, Lisbon, Split, Bordeaux, Gdansk, Almaty as well as Sochi and Kaliningrad. In addition, airBaltic launched a new nonstop route connecting Tallinn and London.

Copyright Photo: airBaltic Bombardier CS300 YL-CSD (msn 55006) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 939702.

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WestJet statement regarding ALPA strike authorization vote

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FUJR (msn 60130) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104623.

WestJet has issued the following statement regarding the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) announcement that it has issued a strike authorization vote to WestJet pilots.

“A strike authorization vote is a common step by unions in context of the overall labor negotiation process,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “We remain focused on successfully negotiating an agreement that will benefit our pilots and WestJet.”

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FUJR (msn 60130) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104623.

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United Airlines unveils its new United Polaris Lounge at San Francisco

United Polaris chairs at SFO (PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

Beginning April 30, customers traveling in United Polaris, the airline’s international premium cabin travel experience, will be able to relax and dine prior to their travels or refresh upon arrival in the new United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) conveniently located in the International Terminal near Gate G92.

United Polaris Lounge at SFO (PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

Thoughtful California touches are incorporated into the lounge’s look as well as the food and beverages so that customers – visiting us from all over the globe – get a glimpse into the Bay Area’s unique aesthetic.

The Bar at United Polaris lounge at SFO (PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

United Polaris Lounge at SFO Facts and Highlights

  • Two levels across more than 28,000 square feet
  • 440 seats
  • 19 different types of seating
  • 492 power outlets and 492 USB ports
  • 8 pieces of art by prominent Bay Area artists, all San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Art Award honorees
  • 5 private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
  • 8 luxurious shower suites, featuring rainfall showers and Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa products
  • Personal valet services, including steaming garments
  • “The Dining Room” – a private restaurant style dining area with a menu designed by Chef Tritia Gestuvo, a California native, that blends international comfort foods — such as a traditional Chinese congee breakfast and hand-cut pappardelle pasta with mushroom ragout — with staples like the United Polaris Burger
  • A bistro-like buffet that includes a ramen noodle bar in the afternoon and additional unique-to-San Francisco treats that align with the flight schedule and destinations of United and Star Alliance partners
  • Cocktails inspired by the Bay Area, including the Mai Tai, invented in Oaklandin 1944, and the Pisco Punch, featuring pisco which became all the rage during the California Gold Rush of 1849

Second floor view at United Polaris lounge at SFO (PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

The United Polaris lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport is expected to open by early June, the lounge at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston this summer and the lounge at Los Angeles International Airport this fall.

Shower Suite at United Polaris lounge at SFO (PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

The focus behind the United Polaris experience has always been to provide long-haul travelers with what they’ve asked for: better sleep in the sky. On average, United plans to add one aircraft with the new United Polaris business class seat every 10 days from now through 2020. Beginning July 1, every seat onboard will be provisioned with a cooling gel pillow. The gel pillow, previously available by request, has proven to be one of the most popular items of United Polaris bedding.

In response to customer feedback, beginning May 1, United will offer customers a pre-arrival dessert in place of the pre-departure chocolate that is currently served. On flights departing the U.S., customers will be served a white chocolate cranberry cookie from Christie Cookie Co., handcrafted from gourmet ingredients in Nashville, Tenn. Customers on flights that originate outside the U.S. will receive a box of chocolates.

Photos: United.

JetBlue adds new cities and routes as it refines its West Coast strategy

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N589JB (msn 2215) (Barcode) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 924211.

JetBlue Airways today announced it is advancing its West Coast strategy following its successful Mint® expansion in new markets like San Diego, Las Vegas and Seattle/Tacoma over the past year. The latest series of network enhancements is designed to better meet the needs of coast-to-coast travelers facing limited competition and – with the most legroom in coach, unlimited free snacks and complimentary Fly-Fi high-speed Internet, live television and movies – plays to JetBlue’s strength as a favorite choice for transcontinental travel.

The enhancements bring a number of schedule changes in 2018:

  • Launching JetBlue service in Ontario, California, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Bozeman, Montana.
  • Refining its Long Beach, Calif. schedule to better meet the needs of the market.
  • Increasing service in Burbank, California.
  • Adding frequencies on popular cross-country routes.
  • Expanding seasonal service in Palm Springs, California, along with Mint for the holiday season.

Get Onboard in Ontario, California.

JetBlue will expand its L.A.-metro service with new nonstop flights between Ontario International Airport (ONT) and New York’s John F. KennedyInternational Airport (JFK). JetBlue, already a leader in transcontinental travel, will be the only airline to offer nonstop service to the East Coast from Ontario. Service begins September 5, 2018 and Ontario will be the 73rd nonstop JetBlue destination from New York-JFK.

Ontario International Airport will become the tenth airport served in California by JetBlue and serves some six million people in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, as well as portions of Orange and Los Angeles counties. The Inland Empire has become one of the fastest growing metro areas in Southern California due to its affordable home prices, new construction, and a growing nightlife and cultural scene. The San Bernardino-Riverside-Ontario metro area is on track to grow by some two million people over the next three decades and Ontario International Airport has demonstrated it is committed to supporting that growth.

JetBlue previously served Ontario between 2000 and 2008 and is returning a decade later, encouraged by the surge in customer demand in the Inland Empire, as well as the airport’s leadership position on smart growth in Southern California. Ontario was originally JetBlue’s sixth overall destination and the very first on the West Coast.

Daily Schedule between New York (JFK) and Ontario (ONT)
Beginning September 5, 2018

JFK-ONT Flight #355 ONT-JFK Flight #354
7:12 p.m. – 10:39 p.m. 11:59 p.m. – 8:24 a.m. (+1)

Three New Routes in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

JetBlue will launch new, seasonal service in Steamboat Springs with three nonstop routes connecting the internationally-known resort destination with three of the airline’s focus cities. JetBlue flights between Steamboat and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) will begin December 15, 2018. JetBlue will be the only airline to fly nonstop from Steamboat to both Boston and South Florida.

JetBlue will operate at Steamboat/Hayden Airport (HDN), just 30 minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs.

Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Steamboat/Hayden (HDN)
Wednesdays & Saturdays; Beginning December 15, 2018

BOS-HDN Flight #1227 HDN-BOS Flight #1228
9:14 a.m. – 12:16 p.m. 1:11 p.m. – 7:17 p.m.

Schedule between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and Steamboat/Hayden (HDN)
Saturdays; Beginning December 15, 2018

FLL-HDN Flight #45 HDN-FLL Flight #48
7:31 a.m. – 10:27 a.m. 11:22 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Schedule between Long Beach (LGB) and Steamboat/Hayden (HDN)
Wednesdays & Saturdays; Beginning December 15, 2018

LGB-HDN Flight #820 HDN-LGB Flight #821
11:14 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – 4:14 p.m.

JetBlue meets Montana

JetBlue will also grow further in the western U.S. with its first-ever scheduled service in Montana. The airline will operate seasonal flights between Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) and Long Beach beginning December 13, 2018.

Schedule between Long Beach (LGB) and Bozeman (BZN)
Thursdays and Sundays; Beginning December 13, 2018

LGB-BZN Flight #10 BZN-LGB Flight #9
10:48 a.m. – 2:27 p.m. 3:12 p.m. – 4:51 p.m.

Burbank Meets Boston

JetBlue will also add service at Hollywood Burbank Airport, where it has operated since 2005. JetBlue, already the only airline to offer cross-country service in Burbank, will add a second northeast destination with nonstop flights to Boston. JetBlue offers more nonstop routes between the Golden State and New England than any other airline.

Hollywood Burbank Airport is approximately 12 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Daily Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Burbank (BUR)
Beginning September 5, 2018

BOS-BUR Flight #2339 BUR-BOS Flight #2338
3:28 p.m. – 6:48 p.m. 8:08 p.m. – 4:40 a.m. (+1)

In It For The Long Haul

JetBlue will also boost frequencies on several popular cross-country routes in California and beyond. In Burbank, JetBlue will build on the success of its existing New York-JFK flight with the addition of a second daily nonstop roundtrip on the route. The added New York-JFK flight will give customers on both ends of the transcon routes new daylight travel choices.

Daily Schedule between New York (JFK) and Burbank (BUR)
Beginning September 5, 2018

JFK-BUR Flight #2359 BUR-JFK Flight #2358
7:43 a.m. – 10:51 a.m. 11:41 a.m. – 8:05 p.m.
JFK-BUR Flight #359 BUR-JFK Flight #358
5:23 p.m. – 8:39 p.m. 9:59 p.m. – 6:26 a.m. (+1)

Similarly, JetBlue will add a second daily flight between Boston and Long Beach beginning September 5, 2018. The new Boston addition will also operate as a daylight flight in both directions and provide a new choice for customers traveling between New England and Southern California.

Daily Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Long Beach (LGB)
Beginning September 5, 2018

BOS-LGB Flight #2405 LGB-BOS Flight #2404
9:16 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. 9:58 a.m. – 6:28 p.m.
BOS-LGB Flight #405 LGB-BOS Flight #504
6:13 p.m. – 9:33 p.m. 9:35 p.m. – 6:02 a.m. (+1)

Elsewhere in the west, JetBlue is adding a second daily frequency between New York-JFK and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Scheduled as a daylight flight in both directions, this expanded service will also provide a valuable link between the airline’s home in New York and its Salt Lake Support Center (SSC). The SSC is home to nearly 2,500 customer support crewmembers.

Daily Schedule between New York (JFK) and Salt Lake City (SLC)
Beginning September 5, 2018

JFK-SLC Flight #871 SLC-JFK Flight #872
9:29 a.m. – 12:57 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 8:27 p.m.
JFK-SLC Flight #71 SLC-JFK Flight #72
7:07 p.m. – 10:28 p.m. 11:18 p.m. – 5:44 a.m. (+1)

Long Beach

In addition to adding Steamboat Springs and Bozeman flights in Long Beach, as well as introducing daylight Boston service, JetBlue will also adjust schedules at Long Beach Airport to better meet the needs of the market, offering up to 23 daily flights, which is in line with service levels offered by JetBlue in 2016.

JetBlue will revise flight frequencies on the following Long Beach routes starting September 5, 2018:

  • Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS) – Three times daily service.
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK) – Twice daily service.
  • Portland International Airport (PDX) – Once daily service.
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) – Up to three times daily service.
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – Twice daily service.
  • San José International Airport (SJC) – Twice daily service.
  • Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) – Once daily service.

JetBlue will continue to offer its current frequencies of nonstop service between Long Beach and New York-JFK, Fort Lauderdale-HollywoodInternational Airport (FLL), Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Reno–Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

Palm Springs Season + More Mint

JetBlue is returning to Palm Springs for its fourth season with an expanded flying schedule, plus the airline’s premium Mint service during the peak December and January travel days. Flights between Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and New York-JFK will resume this fall on October 10, 2018.

JetBlue service will initially operate four times per week – more than ever before for the early portion of the season – then expand to daily service in mid-December. JetBlue is the only airline to offer daily nonstop service between Palm Springs and the East Coast.

JetBlue’s Mint flights will be offered for the second year in Palm Springs between December 20, 2018 and January 3, 2019. Mint flights will operate on a daylight schedule in both directions during the 14-day holiday peak. JetBlue Mint offers a completely rethought design and a more personal approach to service, featuring exceptional hospitality from specially trained crewmembers, lie-flat seating, tapas-style menu by New York Cityrestaurant Saxon + Parole, fresh espresso and exclusive amenity kits by Hayward and Hopper.

Schedule between New York-JFK (JFK) and Palm Springs (PSP)
beginning October 10, 2018

JFK – PSP Flight #149 PSP – JFK Flight #150
5:42 p.m. – 8:55 p.m. 9:45 p.m. – 5:40 a.m. (+1)

Mint Schedule between New York-JFK (JFK) and Palm Springs (PSP)
December 20, 2018 – January 3, 2019

JFK – PSP Flight #149 PSP – JFK Flight #150
9:25 a.m. – 12:39 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 10:04 p.m.

Best in Cross-Country Comfort

JetBlue will operate all new flights – with the exception of Palm Springs Mint service – using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

Palm Springs Mint flights will be operated using JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 with Mint aircraft.

Additionally, JetBlue has also grown its industry-leading Mint flights at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco, and recently introduced the premium flights to new western markets including San Diego, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Seattle/Tacoma.

Copyright Photo: JetBlue is downsizing its Long Beach operation to allow for these new routes. JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N589JB (msn 2215) (Barcode) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 924211.

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American to fly nonstop to Cordoba, Argentina

American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER WL N350AN (msn 33089) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 924015.

American Airlines will open a new nonstop route to Argentina. The carrier will start the Miami – Codoba route on April 2, 2019. The new route will operate four days a week with Boeing 767-300 aircraft according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER WL N350AN (msn 33089) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 924015.

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American introduces an Airbus A321 “Stand Up to Cancer” logo jet

American Airlines in association with Marvel Studios has introduced a “Stand Up to Cancer – 10 Years of Impact” new logo jet on the pictured Airbus A321-231 N116AN (msn 6070).

A transformation of heroic proportions. Check out our Stand Up To Cancer and Marvel Studios Avengers: #InfinityWar plane reveal.

According to FlightAware, here is the upcoming schedule for N116AN:

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Your face on a plane: Only at Kulula

Kulula has started a #faceonaplane contest as we previously reported. The contest is moving ahead.

The airline is asking for people to submit their mug shots. There will be six winners:

Have a familiar face? We’ve got a plane for it.
Picture it now: 6 faces on 6 planes and a pair of return tickets for each winner, we’ll also be giving away 5 random return tickets so you can also take to the skies.

Here are the rules:

You’re not just a pretty face, are you? Do you have a face that reaches for the skies? And when you come face-to-face with fame, are you ready to enter the game?

Well fame is staring you straight in the face. kulula.com is calling on all the poker faces, funny faces, fresh faces, long faces and those who simply just want to be in your face to enter the Travel Hater, Face on a Plane competition. The competition will have you facing off with other pretty faces from Monday today to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to have your face on a kulula plane.

So, don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. Go online and enter now to be one of the six lucky famous faces who will get their face on one of our kulula planes.

As part of your entry you will see a preview of just how fabulously crazy your face will look on the side of one of our plane’s and you will have a chance to share the video with your friends to challenge them to a face on a plane face-off.

But first you need to face the facts:

  1. Visit kulula.com/faceonaplane
  2. Fill in your deets and upload your best plane face to enter
  3. Receive your own personlised video and share it with you family and friends
  4. Challenge them to a face-off

Let’s face it, you are not just another pretty face. So, enter and come face-to-face with fame.

We want your face on the side of our plane, I mean who wouldn’t?

Terms and Conditions:
  1. The promoter of this campaign is Comair Limited, in respect of its kulula.com brand, Reg No 1967/006783/06, having its principal place of business at No.1 Marignane Drive, Bonaero Park, Kempton Park (the Promoter).
  2. The Competition starts at 00:01 on 06 March 2018.
  3. From all valid entries, winners will be chosen during three separate selection processes at the discretion of the Promoter based on the funniest, silliest and wackiest faces submitted. Each winner of a Prize will be notified by email or phone call within 48 hours of the decision being made. Should the Promoter be unable to successfully contact any winner after 24 hours, such person will be disqualified and another winner will be selected in the same fashion.
  4. Entries will be considered incomplete and thus disqualified if the entrant does not complete all requested information on the Microsite, including name, telephone number and email address.
  5. By entering this completion, all entrants acknowledge and agree that should they win the prize, they will transfer ownership and copyright in any photos taken for the purpose of this competition to the Promoter and their image shall, free of charge be placed on the kulula.com plane and will become kulula.com brand stock. The Promoter may require the winner at (no fee) to be identified and in addition to the image on the plane, have their photo taken and complete a Public Relations interview which may be published on any media platform up until 31 August 2018.
  6. Employees, non-executive directors, agents, partner agencies and consultants of Comair Limited and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
  7. The Prize is not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
  8. The Promoter, its associated companies, agent, contractors and sponsors assume no liability whatsoever for any direct or indirect loss, injury or damage arising from any persons participation in the competition.
  9. The winners agree to the use of their names, images and videos in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winners or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. Any entrant who submits an obscene and/or offensive and/or image that distracts from the kulula brand will immediately be disqualified and stand to have their Face on a Plane video deleted from the respective channel. In such case, the Promoter reserves the right to institute legal action against the entrant who offends anyone or damages the kulula brand.
  10. The Promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  11. The Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice.
  12. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified
  13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  14. The conducting of the competition will be overseen by an independent auditor.

All images by Kulula.

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