Lufthansa’s 2016 “F.C. Bayern Munchen” logo jet

Lufthansa's 2016 "F.C. Bayern Munchen" logo jet

On July 25, 2016 Lufthansa made this announcement:

The FC Bayern Munich took off on July 25, 2016 on a Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 for an eleven-day USA trip on the “FCB Audi Summer Tour 2016”. To mark the occasion, the long-haul aircraft with the registration D-AIHK has been covered with a special FC Bayern Munich design. In addition to the FC Bayern Munich logo, ten players from the club are also pictured on the fuselage: Jérôme Boateng, Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal. Also shown in sporting action: Franck Ribéry, David Alaba, Thomas Müller, Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben. The Lufthansa Airbus will be flying from Munich to four continents with this design for a year.

Lufthansa has been the official carrier of FC Bayern Munich since 2004. In addition to its long-term cooperation with FC Bayern Munich, the airline also works with the German Football Association (DFB) and supports numerous popular sports. Moreover, the airline is a national sponsor of the sports foundation Deutsche Sporthilfe, and has been a partner of the German Olympic Sports Committee (DOSB) for many years. This traditionally includes flying the German team to the Olympic Games and, as a partner of the National Paralympic Committee (DBS), to the Paralympics.

D-AIHK is now back at the Munich base.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A340-642 D-AIHK (msn 580) (F.C. Bayern Munchen) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 934249.

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Mauritania Airlines finalizes its order for one Boeing 737-800

The island of Fogo in the republic of Cabo Verde, with clouds over its mountainous volcanic landscape

The island of Fogo in the republic of Cabo Verde, with clouds over its mountainous volcanic landscape

Mauritania Airlines and Boeing have finalized an order for one Next-Generation 737-800 airplane, valued at $96 million at current list prices.

Based in Mauritania’s capital city Nouakchott, at Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport, Mauritania Airlines was founded in 2010 and currently serves more than 10 destinations across Africa and Europe. The Mauritanian flag-carrier currently operates a fleet which includes one Next-Generation 737-700 and two 737-500s.

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Prime Air is unveiled in Seattle on August 5, 2016

Prime Air is unveiled in Seattle on August 5, 2016

On August 5, 2016 Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the first Prime Air-branded Boeing 767 at Seattle (Boeing Field) operated by Atlas Air (“1997” is a prime number).

Amazon previously announced in May 2016 it would lease 20 Boeing 767s from Atlas Air. This followed a previous deal announced in March 2016 to lease up to 20 767s from Air Transport Services Group.

Amazon also utilizes FedEx and UPS for its Prime deliveries.

Amazon issued this statement:

Amazon on August 5, 2016 is showcasing its first ever branded air cargo plane during Seafair’s Air Show, an annual community celebration taking place in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle. The Boeing 767-300, operated by Amazon’s air cargo provider Atlas Air, is flying in the Seafair Air Show to thousands of Seattle residents and Amazon employees.

“Creating an air transportation network is expanding our capacity to ensure great delivery speeds for our Prime members for years to come,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations. “I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate the inaugural flight than in our hometown at Seafair alongside Amazon employees and Seattle residents.”

The airplane, named Amazon One, is one of 40 that Amazon has agreed to lease through air cargo partners Atlas Air and ATSG. There are currently 11 dedicated airplanes flying for Amazon as of today with additional airplanes rolling out over time. In an ode to its Prime members, Amazon’s first airplane in its dedicated fleet features a tail number made up of a Prime number.

In the last year, Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure great delivery speeds and supply chain capacity for its customers, including Amazon Flex, the company’s mobile application that allows individuals to sign-up, be vetted and begin delivering for Amazon, a dedicated network of 4,000 trailers to increase trucking capacity and, now, the network of air cargo planes. These efforts join Amazon’s robust worldwide network of more than 125 fulfillment centers and over 20 sortation centers where the company uses high-end algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technological innovations to increase delivery speeds for customers. Amazon is now bringing the same technological expertise to efforts in the transportation space to increase shipping capacity for its customers.

Copyright Photo: Prime Air (Atlas Air) Boeing 767-33A ER (F) N1997A (msn 27310) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 934097.

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Southwest to fly from Oakland to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta starting on February 12, 2017, extends schedule through late April with new routes

Southwest to fly from Oakland to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta starting on February 12, 2017, extends schedule through late April with new routes

Beginning on February 12, 2017, Southwest Airlines will fly nonstop daily between Oakland and both San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

In addition, beginning on March 9, 2017, Southwest will add daily service between Houston (Hobby) and Omaha and between New York/Newark and Ft. Lauderdale./Hollywood.

Also starting on March 11, 2017 and furthering its network development of the carrier’s near-international service, Southwest has published new nonstop service to operate seasonally on Saturdays between Denver and Belize City, Belize.

Also on March 11, 2017, Southwest launches nonstop service to operate seasonally on Saturdays and Sundays between Dallas Love Field and Jacksonville.

This coming weekend, on Sunday, August 7, 2016, Southwest will inaugurate international service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Nassau, The Bahamas.

Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8H4 SSWL N8658A (msn 36899) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931547.

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Emirates Boeing 777-300 A6-EMW crash lands at Dubai and burns, passengers and crew evacuated

Emirates 777-300 A6-EMW (99)(Apr) DXB (PDN)(LRW)

Emirates (Dubai) has issued this statement:

Emirates can confirm that today, August 3, 2016, flight EK521 travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International Airport. There were 275 passengers and crew on board.

The Boeing 777-300 aircraft (A6-EMW), departed at 10.19 am from Trivandrum International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50 pm at Dubai International Airport.

We are in the process of opening our customer assistance line and will share these details soon but at this stage we have no further information on what may have caused the accident. Our priority remains with the passengers and crew involved.

We are expecting a 4-hour network wide delay.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-31H A6-EMW (msn 32700) was delivered on March 28, 2003. The airframe has been destroyed by the accident.

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SAS on August 1 celebrates 70 years of flying

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS made this announcement:

On August 1, SAS celebrates 70 years as pioneers in the sky. The first flight, Stockholm to New York, took place on September 17th the same year.

August 1, 1946 was the starting point for Scandinavia’s preferred airline through the merger of the Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish international airline operations. On September 17 of the same year, 28 specially invited guests gathered for the inaugural flight with SAS’ new DC-4 “Dan Viking” from Stockholm to New York. The journey took 25 hours with intermediate landings in Copenhagen, Prestwick in Scotland and Gander on Newfoundland. The true history of SAS had begun.

Pioneers in the sky – then, now and in the future

Through the decades, SAS has launched the world’s first around-the-world service, in-flight entertainment system, tourist class and sleeper seats. SAS was the first airline to offer separate check-in and lounges, and we hired the first female commercial pilot. SAS was also first to implement green approaches, saving aircraft fuel and reducing emissions. These historic examples have paved the way to where we stand today, focusing on making life easier for Scandinavia’s frequent travelers.

New and smart digital solutions

SAS is currently investing in new innovations and smart digital solutions to make travel an easier, faster and more personal experience. Making life easier involves features like upgraded SAS Lounges, new SAS Café Lounges as well as Fast Track. SAS loyalty & frequent flyer program, EuroBonus, was founded in 1992 and now has more than 4.5 million members. EuroBonus members can accumulate points on flights, hotel stays, car rentals and even on everyday purchases. The points can be redeemed at either SAS or our many partners.

SAS Labs is developing some radical new ideas and innovations for the future of travel; from airplane boarding passes contained under your skin to smart and personalized luggage tags. This autumn, all of our cabin crew will be equipped with Cabin Crew Devices. These iPad Minis will make their work easier, as well as giving them the opportunity to give SAS travelers even better service. The devices will make it possible to check such things as the status of luggage transfers, flight connections and EuroBonus membership information.

Sustainability and expansion

SAS environmental vision is to be a part of long-term sustainable society. We believe that it should be possible to fly with no fossil fuel CO2 emissions by 2050. Some of SAS main focus areas are biofuel, fuel efficiency measurements, green flights, and a new more fuel-efficient fleet.

During the last few years SAS has invested in the largest intercontinental expansion in the company’s history to and from USA and Asia. All with SAS new upgraded cabin. In the past twelve months SAS has opened new direct routes from Scandinavia to cities such as Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Boston and will be opening a direct route from both Copenhagen and Oslo to Miami in September. September is also the month SAS will celebrate the first flight between Scandinavia and the US.

Milestones:

1910-1939

1918 Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S (DDL), SAS’ Danish parent company, is founded

1920 DDL is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Market

1924 AB Aerotransport (ABA), SAS’ Swedish parent company, is founded

1927 Det Norske Luftfartselskap A/S (DNL), SAS’ Norwegian parent company is founded

1940-1959

1946 SAS is formed from Det Danske Luftfartselskab A/S (DDL), Det Norske Luftfartselskap A/S (DNL) and Svensk Interkontinetal Lufttrafik AB (SILA). The first intercontinental flight Stockholm – New York.

1951 DDL, DNL and ABA form the present SAS Consortium.

1954 SAS is the world’s first airline to fly the Copenhagen – Los Angeles polar route in scheduled services.

1955 SILA (which owned 50% of ABA) was quoted on the “Stockbrokers’ List” in Sweden.

1957 SAS is the first airline to offer “round the world service over the North Pole.” North Pole Shortcut Copenhagen – Anchorage – Tokyo.

Scandinavian Airlines System-SAS Sud Aviation SE.210 Caravelle 3 SE-DAB (msn 11) (Christian Volpati Collection). Image: 931341.

1959 SAS enters the jet age. The first jet aircraft, Caravelle (above), in service.

1960-1969

1960 SAS opens its first hotel, the SAS Royal Hotel Copenhagen.

1965 SAS is first to introduce and electronic reservation system.

1967 DNL is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

1970-1979

"Ivar Viking", delivered on November 12, 1971

1971 SAS puts its first Boeing 747 jumbo jet into service (above).

1980-1989

1980 SAS opens its first hotel outside of Scandinavia, the SAS Kuwait Hotel. SILA is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

1981 SAS EuroClass is introduced on all European routes.

1982 SAS is the most punctual airline in Europe for the first time.

1984 SAS receives Air Transport World’s distinction “Airline of the Year” for 1983.

1986 Spanair is founded

1989 SAS International Hotels owns 40% of Intercontinental Hotels Group. This stake sold in 1992.

1990-1999

1994 Focus on airline operations in the SAS Group – sale of a number of subsidiaries.

1996 SAS celebrates its 50th anniversary on August 1. Harmonization and name change of SAS parent company to SAS Danmark A/S, SAS Norge ASA and SAS Sverige AB.

1997 SAS is one of the founders of Star Alliance.

1998 Air Botnia becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of the SAS Group.

1999 The SAS Group becomes a majority owner of Widerøe.

2000-2009

2001 A single SAS share is established. On July 6, SAS is listed on the stock exchanges in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo. Braathens is acquired by the SAS Group in December.

2002 Rezidor SAS Hospitality signed a master franchise agreement with Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

2003 Acquisition of 49% of the shares in Estonian Air.

2004 Incorporation of Scandinavian Airlines Sverige, SAS Braathens and Scandinavian Airlines Danmark.

2005 The SAS Group sells European Aeronautical Group to Navtech Inc. The SAS Group sells Jetpak Group to Polaris Private Equity and 67 % of SAS Component to Singapore Technologies Engineering. Furthermore Carlson Hotels acquires a 25 % stake in Rezidor SAS.

2006 SAS celebrates 60 years. CEO Jørgen Lindegaard leaves SAS on August 1; replaced temporarily by CFO Gunnar Reitan. Rezidor Hotels introduced at the Stockholm Stock Exchange

2007 Mats Jansson becomes new CEO for SAS. SAS Strategy 2011 is introduced. Flight Academy was sold. SAS Group sold its remaining stake in Rezidor to Carlson Companies

2008 Datagraf acquires SAS Media. SAS Facility Management sold to Coor. SAS Group sells airBaltic to the management of the Company.

2009 To facilitate the implementation of Core SAS a rights issue of appr SEK 6 billion was carried out.

2010-

2010 To further strengthen the financial preparedness and complete Core SAS a rights issue of appr SEK 5 billion was carried out.

2011 Rickard Gustafson became new CEO of SAS. The stragegy plan 4Excellence was launched.

2012 SAS launched the restructuring program 4Excellence Next Generation.

2013 SAS sold 80% of its holding in Wideröe.

2014 SAS completed a SEK 3.5 bn issue of preference shares.

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