Sun Country to expand in Nashville

Named "Lake of the Clouds"

Sun Country Airlines is growing its network with new routes and new destinations, including new service to Nashville from Minneapolis/St. Paul. From Nashville, new service begins in November to Fort Myers, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, and Tampa.

NASHVILLE, TN to/from the cities below

Fort Myers, FL

Travel Dates
Mondays & Fridays
beginning November 2, 2018

from $49*
One-Way per person

Miami, FL

Travel Dates
Wednesdays & Saturdays
beginning November 3, 2018

from $49*
One-Way per person

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Travel Dates
Thursdays & Sundays
beginning November 1, 2018

from $49*
One-Way per person

New Orleans, LA

Travel Dates
Mondays & Fridays
beginning November 2, 2018

from $49*
One-Way per person

Orlando, FL

Travel Dates
Thursdays & Sundays
beginning November 4, 2018

from $49*
One-Way per person

Tampa, FL

Travel Dates
Wednesdays & Saturdays
beginning November 3, 2018

from $49*
One-Way per person

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Top Copyright Photo (all others by Sun Country): Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-8BK WL N808SY (msn 33021) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940194.
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Bhutan Airlines to start Paro – Mumbai service

Named "Dorji", delivered on July 29, 2014

Bhutan Airlines (Paro) is planning to commence a new route from Paro to Mumbai starting on October 13, 2018.

The route will operate seasonally on a weekly basis until November 17, 2018 according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Bhutan Airlines): Bhutan Airlines Airbus A319-112 A5-BAC (msn 1551) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 934566.

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Widerøe celebrates first flight from Hamburg to Bergen

Second E190-E2, delivered on May 16, 2018

Widerøe celebrated its first, nonstop flight from Hamburg to the port of Bergen on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

The route to Bergen will be operated three times a week all year round on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

New Embraer E-190-E2 with 114 seats are being operated on the route.

The carrier is also operating from Munich to Bergen.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Widerøe): Wideroe (Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS) Embraer E190-E2 (ERJ 190-300STD) LN-WEB (msn 19020010) AYT (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942671.

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Southwest Airlines updates its service animal policies

Southwest Airlines today announced changes to its policies for trained service and emotional support animals. The changes are designed to provide clearer guidance to Customers traveling with service animals and will go into effect on Monday, September 17.

To create these policy changes, Southwest reviewed the recent enforcement guidance issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT), evaluated feedback from Customers and Employees, and spoke with numerous advocacy groups that represent Customers with disabilities who travel with service animals. Based upon the guidance received, Southwest will enact the following changes on September 17:

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)

  • ESAs will be limited to dogs and cats
  • ESAs will be limited to one per customer
  • ESAs must remain in a carrier or be on a leash at all times

Customers traveling with ESAs will still need to present a complete, current letter from a medical doctor or licensed mental health professional on the day of departure.

Trained Service Animals

  • In alignment with recent DOT guidance, Southwest will accept only the most common service animals – dogs, cats, and miniature horses. For the health and safety of our customers and employees, unusual or exotic animals will not be accepted.

As is the case today, the Customer with the disability must be able to provide credible verbal assurance that the animal is a trained service animal.

Formally Recognizing Psychiatric Support Animals (PSAs)
Southwest also will introduce an enhancement that recognizes fully-trained psychiatric support animals (PSAs) as trained service animals. Southwest informally accepted PSAs as trained service animals in the past and the airline is pleased to formalize the acceptance of this type of service animal based upon Customer feedback. PSAs are individually trained to perform a task or work for a person with a mental health-related disability. A credible verbal assurance will be sufficient to travel with a PSA.

For the safety of both Southwest’s Customers and Employees, all emotional support and service animals must be trained to behave in a public setting and must be under the control of the handler at all times. An animal that engages in disruptive behavior may be denied boarding.

“The ultimate goal with these changes is to ensure Customers traveling with service animals know what to expect when choosing Southwest,” said Goldberg. “Southwest will continue working with advocacy groups, Employees, Customers, and the DOT to ensure we offer supportive service animal guidelines.”

Photo: Southwest Airlines.

Hawaiian Airlines launches all-cargo island service

Hawaiian Airlines on August 13, 2018 celebrated the launch of all-cargo service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Līhu‘e Airport (LIH) and Hilo International Airport (ITO) by transporting construction and household supplies to support disaster relief projects in Hanalei on Kaua‘i and Puna on the Island of Hawai‘i.

Hawaiian’s new ATR 72 aircraft was loaded with 1,020 pounds of construction tools bound for Līhu‘e to be used by Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity in repairing homes for low-income residents affected by last April’s devastating storms. A second flight to Hilo carried 1,815 pounds of furniture for 20 micro-houses built by HOPE Services Hawai‘i to shelter families affected by the ongoing Kīlauea volcano lava flow. The items were packed by employees at City Mill, which augmented Hawaiian’s list with its own donations. Also aboard the flight from Honolulu to Hilo were 23 boxes of school supplies collected by Hawaiian employees and being delivered to Pāhoa Elementary.

The pictured N810HC below made the first revenue flight.

Cargo operations launched on August 13, 2018 with N810HC

Above Copyright Photo (all others by Hawaiian): Ohana by Hawaiian-Empire Airlines ATR 72-212 (F) N810HC (msn 423) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 943082.

The Līhu‘e shipment expands Hawaiian’s partnership with Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity, established with an initial $25,000 cash donation after torrential storms displaced residents on Kaua‘i earlier this spring. The new partnership with HOPE Services Hawai‘i builds on Hawaiian’s earlier contribution of $50,000 to support the Salvation Army’s emergency shelters set up in Puna in the wake of Kīlauea’s recent eruption.

New Cargo Operation

Hawaiian’s new cargo fleet, consisting of two ATR 72 aircraft (N810HC and N811HC) in an all-cargo configuration, offers customers efficient shipment of goods throughout the state with well-timed connections from the airline’s mainland and international networks. The ‘Ohana by Hawaiian freighter operation will also include flights between HNL and Kahului Airport (OGG) and Kona International Airport (KOA) with the arrival of two more aircraft expected to be in service next year.

Hawaiian’s ATR 72s can also accommodate up to seven LD-3 containers, the same type carried by aircraft flying Hawaiian’s transpacific routes, allowing the airline to transfer cargo more seamlessly between the islands and destinations in Asia, the South Pacific and the U.S. mainland.

The cargo fleet is operated by Empire Airlines, which also operates ‘Ohana by Hawaiian’s four 48-passenger ATR 42 fleet serving the communities of Kapalua (Maui), Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i. 

The new ATR 72 service complements bulk freight and containerized shipping Hawaiian provides on over 70 scheduled transpacific daily flights with Airbus A330 and A321neo, and Boeing 767 aircraft. The airline’s Boeing 717 fleet, which flies approximately 170 daily flights between the Neighbor Islands, will continue to provide express shipments throughout the state.

Hawaiian Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to obtain a cargo certificate on March 20, 1942, when it converted amphibious Sikorsky S-38s into cargo aircraft to transport beef from Moloka‘i to Honolulu, while using S-43s as freighters servicing other islands. Hawaiian has provided transpacific shipping for over 75 years.

Photos: Hawaiian Airlines.

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El Al takes delivery of its 6th Boeing Dreamliner in a retro livery

El Al Israel Airlines is celebrating 70 years of flying. Yesterday, August 13, 2018, the company accepted the pictured sixth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner registered as 4X-EDF (msn 63394) and named “Rehovot”. The new airliner is painted in a 1964 retro livery for the company.

All images by El Al.

Bombardier places 3 Q400s with PassionAir of Ghana

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced the company successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana. The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party.


The airline will operate the three Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration on domestic routes.

PassionAir is a new Ghanaian owned airline, and aims to become the most competitive Aviation Service Provider in Ghana and West Africa. Our focus is on safety and excellent customer service delivery, depicting the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality. Our product lines range from scheduled to chartered flights offered at internationally accepted standards and competitive prices.

PassionAir as start off, will operate flights domestically, with plans of expanding our services to the West African sub-region in the medium term.

Image: Bombardier.