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Hainan Airlines to restore the Shenzhen – Vancouver route

Hainan Airlines has announced it will resume the Shenzhen – Vancouver route on June 9.

The weekly flight will operate with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

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Ethiopian orders five additional Boeing 777F freighters

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines today announced the carrier is further expanding its all-Boeing freighter fleet with an order for five 777 Freighters. The order is currently unidentified on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website.

Ethiopian Airlines operates a fleet of nine 777 Freighters, utilizing the model’s range of 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 km) and maximum structural payload of 107 tonnes (235,900 lb) to connect Africa with 66 dedicated cargo centers throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

In early March 2022, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines also announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the carrier’s intent to purchase five 777-8 Freighters, the industry’s newest, most capable and most fuel-efficient twin-engine freighter.

Ethiopian Airlines also operates three 737-800 converted freighters, as well as a combined passenger fleet of more than 80 Boeing jets, including 737s, 767s, 777s and 787s.

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BOC Aviation delivers first of seven Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft to Turkish Airlines

BOC Aviation Limited has announced that it has delivered the first of seven new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft for lease to Turkish Airlines.

All seven aircraft are part of the Company’s existing order book and will be powered by CFM LEAP-1B engines.

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airBaltic orders 24 electric vehicles

airBaltic has announced that it has ordered a total of 24 electric vehicles for its ground handling, technical and other functions.

The company has already installed seven charging stations on the apron of Riga Airport, with 15 more to be installed by the year end.

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Exclusively at Eurowings: fries on board

French fries are cult – and not just in French and Dutch-speaking countries. Entire snack chains have built their business on the deep-fried potato. For a long time, Belgium and France even fought over recognition as the “inventor nation” of French fries.

Now Eurowings is bringing the French fries back on board – using a new manufacturing process from Dutch partner Foodcase International: this process uses less fat than conventional French fry production. A patented, ovenable packaging ensures that heat is conducted to all areas of the potato frites. This results in a hot, crispy dish above the clouds after about 20 minutes, which has been nominated for the Onboard Hospitality Awards 2022.

From now on, passengers can order fries on their flights with Eurowings – and get in the mood for summer above the clouds. The fries are accompanied by a vegan mayo that tastefully complements the gluten-free snack: the Lufthansa subsidiary is the only airline in Germany to offer fries and vegan mayo. A blast especially for the many young guests on board – they are likely to be particularly pleased with the tasty addition to the menu. The packaging for fries and mayo is also recyclable.

Fresh and light summer snacks new on board Eurowings

The Lufthansa subsidiary is currently experiencing strong growth in demand for business and leisure travel. Many people want to travel again after two years of pandemic – which is why popular summer-sun-beach destinations such as Palma de Mallorca, the Greek islands or Portugal are currently particularly popular. Eurowings has responded to this trend and, in addition to French fries, has made its entire culinary offering summer ready: the wintery sandwiches have been replaced by summery, light versions, such as pretzel corn wedges with chicken breast and cranberries or bagels with Brie. Also new to the in-flight range: a pre-mixed Negroni as a summery aperitif for all vacation lovers.

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JetSmart Peru to commence operations on June 14

JetSmart Peru (Lima) is planning to launch its first flight on June 14, 2022 between its Lima base and Arequipa.

On the same day, the new carrier will also launch service to Trujillo and Cusco from Lima.

Later the airline is planning to add add Cajamarca, Iquitos, Juliaca, Talara and Tarapoto.

The carrier is also planning to fly internationally from Lima to Buenos Aires (Ezeiza) and Santiago, as well as Aerequipa – Santiago and Trujillo – Santiago.

Volotea awards Iberia MRO to maintain its A320 fleet until 2028

Volotea has signed a contract with Iberia Maintenance to perform “C check overhauls” on Airbus A320s at its facilities in Madrid and Barcelona for the next five and a half years.

Volotea will send its A320 aircraft to Iberia MRO for a comprehensive maintenance service to be carried out during the winter seasons. This agreement, which will come into force in January 2023, will run for five and a half years.

The airline selected Iberia Maintenance after an exhaustive bidding process in which the Spanish provider was the winner due to the excellent quality of its services. The contract includes the performance of “C-checks” at Iberia Maintenance’s facilities located in Madrid and Barcelona and reinforces Volotea’s commitment to the Spanish aircraft maintenance industry.

 

The “C-checks” consist of the inspection, overhaul, maintenance, and replacement of aircraft parts, and include preventive maintenance, identified as “C-check”.  C-checks, which must be performed every 14-16 months, are considered to be the most comprehensive evaluations in the market.

Iberia Maintenance is a leading provider of maintenance and repair services, with programs that meet the needs of each client and state-of-the-art technological systems. At its facilities in Madrid and Barcelona, it has six hangars with 16 positions and the necessary workshops to carry out maintenance and material management services for the A320 aircraft and associated engines.

Last year, Volotea completed the transition to a full Airbus fleet by opting for the A320 model, with which the company’s operations are now cleaner and more environmentally friendly.

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flydubai grows its network to more than 100 destinations with the addition of Izmir and Pisa

flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced that it will operate flights to ten unique destinations from June 23, 2022. This includes the launch of flights to the new destinations Izmir and Pisa as well as the resumption of operations to popular seasonal summer destinations such as Bodrum, Mykonos, Santorini and Tivat.

Since the start of 2022, flydubai has launched flights to six destinations around its network including the start of flights to AlUla (ULH), its newest destination in Saudi Arabia, as well as the resumption of flights to its second point in Istanbul, Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). The carrier grows its network to 100 destinations with the start of flights to ten additional destinations, with the focus on seasonal summer routes.

flydubai has grown its network in Central and Eastern Europe over the years to more than twenty destinations that include popular cities such as Belgrade, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague, Naples, Sarajevo Salzburg and Warsaw. Over the summer, the carrier’s network in Europe will further grow with the start of flights to Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Pisa, Santorini, Tivat and many more.

Since its launch in 2018, the Holidays by flydubai online portal has become a one-stop shop for customers to browse for and book their holiday packages including flights and hotels with the option to add pre-packaged ancillary services. Holidays by flydubai now offers affordable packages from 50 source markets across the flydubai network and more than 10,000 hotels from which customers can choose. flydubai passengers will be able to take advantage of the competitive Holidays by flydubai packages for their upcoming summer travel plans.

Flight details for the ten destinations starting from June 23, 2022

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View of Bodrum castle and Marina Harbor in Aegean sea in Turkey

View of Bodrum castle and Marina Harbor in Aegean sea in Turkey
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik
Harbour with wooden fishing boats in Chora town on a sunny summer day, Mykonos island, Greece

Harbour with wooden fishing boats in Chora town on a sunny summer day, Mykonos island, Greece
flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft

flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft

In other news, flydubai has recorded an exceptional performance in the First Quarter of 2022, building on the momentum from the tremendous performance in 2021. The carrier’s growing network and added capacity on its existing routes have been supported by new aircraft deliveries since the start of the year.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “Dubai has demonstrated its ability to successfully overcome the various challenges presented by the pandemic and continues to thrive. We have continued our growth in 2022 capitalising on the tremendous results we reported for 2021. We have seen the number of passengers carried in the first quarter of this year more than double compared to the previous couple of years as we welcomed the world during Expo Dubai 2020, connected underserved markets to Dubai and added more frequencies around the network.”

“Our strong business model, supported by our ongoing recruitment drive to grow our workforce in parallel with the scheduled aircraft deliveries this year, will see that we are well placed to accommodate the surge in demand as more people get ready to travel again over the summer”, added Al Ghaith.

Q1 2022 performance

flydubai operated 19,000 flights between 01 January and 31 March 2022 and carried 2.35 million passengers. This represents a 114% increase in the number of passengers carried compared to 2021. In addition, flydubai has seen an increase in demand for connecting traffic with 43% of passengers connecting on to the carrier’s network compared to 28% for the same period last year. Demand for travel in Business Class continues to grow across the network, Europe saw an increase to 51% in 2022 up from 39% in 2021.

Aircraft deliveries

flydubai has taken delivery of four new aircraft this year, growing its fleet of Boeing 737s to 63 aircraft serving its growing network. The carrier will take delivery of 18 more aircraft over the next few months, for which financing mandates have been issued. To support this growth trajectory, flydubai is currently undergoing a recruitment drive to add more talented professionals to its workforce and this includes pilots, cabin crew and various positions across the business.

Growing network

flydubai has built an expanding network of more than 100 destinations in 50 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South-East Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent, exceeding the number of destinations it operated to prior to the pandemic. The carrier relaunched flights to Yanbu (YNB) in Saudi Arabia in February and added AlUla (ULH) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to its growing network in March, and has also announced the start of flights to a number of new destinations including Pisa in Italy and Izmir in Turkey commencing this summer.

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