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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.

Spirit Airlines to add new service to St. Croix

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930207.

Spirit Airlines has announced, beginning on May 24, 2018, it will connect Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with nonstop service to St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX). The service will run three times per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The new route will be operated with Airbus A319 aircraft.

The Caribbean island will become Spirit’s 65th destination, following last week’s addition of Columbus, OH, and upcoming new service to Richmond, VA; Guayaquil, Ecuador; and Cap Haitien, Haiti.

 

Spirit continues to rebuild to its full historic Caribbean scheduled service levels.  On March 10, service to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and to San Juan and Aguadilla in Puerto Rico all return to pre-storm, daily service. On April 12, Spirit will also celebrate expanded service to Kingston, Jamaica for the summer season and new nonstop service to Cap Haitien, Haiti. Spirit intends to resume its Saturday-only service to St. Maarten on May 5, 2018.

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930207.

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DHL Express officially opens its new Brussels Hub

DHL Express on February 22, 2018 opened its new regional hub at Brussels Airport. The state-of-the-art hub is equipped with the most recent logistics technology and will almost quadruple the capacity of DHL Express in Brussels to 42,000 shipments per hour. The hub, an investment of over 140 million euros including lease expenses, has seen the creation of an additional 200 new DHL jobs to date at the airport, three years earlier than initially planned.

Ken Allen, CEO DHL Express said: “Brussels plays a crucial role in the worldwide DHL Express network. Brussels Hub is one of our largest hubs in the world and because of its location in the logistics heart of Europe, it also plays an important role in connecting companies from this region with the world. This new hub is a key part of our worldwide investment plan and will support our growth, the efficiency of our network and the high level of quality for which customers turn to DHL Express.”

The new 36,500m² hub (including warehousing and offices) almost quadruples the capacity of DHL Express in Brussels. At full capacity, the hub’s two automated sorting systems can process up to 42,000 packages per hour, making it the fifth largest hub in the global DHL network. It offers air and ground links to a broad number of European destinations, as well as direct intercontinental connections to the Americas, Middle East and Africa.

As part of DHL’s GoGreen program the new hub reduces the company’s ecological footprint by 768 tons of CO² per year, thanks to its more efficient sorting techniques and better insulation. It is also certified to the TAPA ‘A’ security standards.

Photo: DHL Express.
  

Cathay Pacific to fly seasonally to Cape Town

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRD (msn 038) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 935957.

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced it will offer seasonal service from Hong Kong to Cape Town, South Africa starting on November 13, 2018. The new route will operate three days a week until February 18, 2019 with new Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRD (msn 038) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 935957.

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Air New Zealand is coming to Taipei

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZJ (msn 37966) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934340.

Air New Zealand has announced it will fly up to five times a week between Auckland and Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport from November 2018, with flight NZ77 departing Auckland at 10:35 am and arriving in Taipei at 4:50 pm local time. NZ78 will depart Taipei at 6:30 pm local time, arriving in Auckland at 10:20 am +1.

With a flight time of just over 11 hours, the service from Auckland to the central Asian destination will be operated by Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

 

Air New Zealand’s Auckland – Taipei schedule from 1 November 2018 is as follows:

This announcement comes after the airline launched direct services to Houston and Buenos Aires in December 2015 and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in June 2016.

Copyright Photo: Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZJ (msn 37966) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 934340.

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Emirates to bring the Airbus A380 back to Houston

Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EEL (msn 133) (Expo 2020 Dubai UAE) LAX. Image: 923029.

Emirates will resume its flagship Airbus A380 service between Houston (IAH) and Dubai (DXB) from  June 1, 2018. This follows the airline’s recent adjustments to its US services with the launch of a new nonstop Dubai-Newark service from June 1, 2018 and the resumption of daily services to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando from March 25, 2018.

Houston will join more than 40 destinations on Emirates’ extensive global network served by its highly popular A380 aircraft, including Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Kuwait. Emirates will deploy its three-class A380 on the Houston route, offering a total of  516 seats, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 flatbed seats in Business Class seats and 426 spacious seats in Economy Class, increasing capacity per flight by more than 160 passengers compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER.

Emirates celebrated 10 years of service to Houston in December 2017, and has carried nearly 2 million passengers since its inaugural flight in December 2007. Services to Houston were upguaged to an A380 in December 2014, but as part of Emirates’ fleet optimization, the decision was made in July 2016 to operate the route with a Boeing 777-300ER.

Flight EK211 will depart Dubai at 09:35 and arrive in Houston at 16:50 daily. Return flight EK212 will depart Houston at 20:00 and arrive in Dubai at 20:00 the next day. Passengers from Houston can enjoy convenient connections in Dubai when travelling to destinations in India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore or South Africa. Passengers can also take advantage of over 90 codeshare destinations with flydubai.

Emirates serves 12 points in the US, helping to link the world’s largest economy with emerging markets that will further drive American economic growth, trade, and job creation. Of the 80-plus destinations on our Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific network, 67 are not directly served by any US carrier. The breadth of our network between the US and India is unparalleled, offering more flights than any other foreign carrier and significantly reduced travel times compared to airlines connecting via European hubs.

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EEL (msn 133) (Expo 2020 Dubai UAE) LAX. Image: 923029.

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Air Wisconsin operates its last flight as an American Eagle carrier

Air Wisconsin on February 14 operated its last flight for American Airlines as an American Eagle carrier.

The airline new exclusively operated for United Airlines and an United Express carrier.

The carrier announced the last flight American Eagle flight was flight ZW 4179 from Philadelphia to Norfolk with Bombardier CRJ200 N465AW on social media:

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Icelandair to drop Belfast

Icelandair Boeing 757-256 WL TF-FIT (msn 26244) LHR (SPA). Image: 928953.

Icelandair has announced it will drop the Keflavik – Belfast route on May 15, 2018. The airline cited economic reasons for the dropped route.

Copyright Photo: Icelandair Boeing 757-256 WL TF-FIT (msn 26244) LHR (SPA). Image: 928953.

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