airBaltic to add nine new routes this summer

airBaltic Bombardier CS300 YL-CSA (msn 55003) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 938760.

airBaltic, starting on March 27, will enter the summer season with nine new routes and improved schedule linking the Baltic region with sunny destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East.

This summer airBaltic will offer more than 70 direct services from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. For the summer season of 2018 airBaltic will offer new services from Riga to Malaga (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Split (Croatia), Bordeaux (France), Gdansk (Poland), Almaty (Kazakhstan) as well as Sochi and Kaliningrad (both in Russia). In addition, airBaltic will launch a new route connecting Tallinn and London. A complete schedule of airBaltic flights can be found on the company’s homepage at

airBaltic will also improve service for the summer season in Ukraine by increasing frequencies from Odessa to Riga up to six weekly flights starting March 25, 2018. Additional frequencies will also be added for such destinations as Paris, Munich, Warsaw, Moscow, Milan among others.

airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. airBaltic also offers direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

Copyright Photo: airBaltic Bombardier CS300 YL-CSA (msn 55003) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 938760.

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Air Belgium has painted its first Airbus A340-300

Air Belgium (2nd) has announced on social media that its first Airbus A340-300 has been pulled out of the paint shop.

The pictured Airbus A340-313 registered as OO-ABA (msn 835) previously flew with Finnair as OH-LQB.

Copyright Photo: Vincent Gys/AIr Belgium.

Delta connects El Paso, Texas, to the West with new nonstop service to Salt Lake City

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N810SK (msn 15093) LAS (Ton Jochems). Image: 911201.

Delta customers will have a new, convenient way to access El Paso, Texas with new nonstop service from the airline’s hub at Salt Lake City International Airport beginning October 1.

Delta’s Salt Lake City hub offers customers more than 250 daily departures to 90 destinations across the Intermountain West, West Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and Europe, bringing the world to El Paso International Airport with easy, one-stop connections.

The new service will complement existing Delta flying of three peak-day departures from El Paso with global connections via the airline’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The daily service will operate as follows:

Departs Arrives Aircraft
ELP at 8:15 a.m. SLC at 10:15 a.m. CRJ-900
SLC at 8:05 p.m. ELP at 10:25 p.m. CRJ-900

The Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines is equipped with 12 seats in First Class, 20 in Comfort+ and 44 in the main cabin. Customers will have access to in-flight Wi-Fi as well as streaming in-flight entertainment via Delta Studio.

Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N810SK (msn 15093) LAS (Ton Jochems). Image: 911201.

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Delta adds its 50th destination from Boston with new Las Vegas service starting October 1

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N376DA (msn 29624) LAX (Jay Selman). Image: 402954.

A milestone is coming to Delta’s service in Boston this October: Las Vegas service will mark the global airline’s 50th nonstop destination from Boston Logan International Airport and Delta and partners will serve 33 domestic destinations and 17 international destinations from Boston.

Delta’s daily BOS-LAS schedule is conveniently timed for both business and leisure travelers:

Departs Arrives Aircraft
BOS at 08:15 a.m. LAS at 11:10 a.m. Boeing 737-800
LAS at 11:15 a.m. BOS at 7:20 p.m. Boeing 737-800


The onboard experience will be on Boeing 737-800 aircraft with seating for 16 in First Class, 36 in Comfort+ and 108 in the main cabin, featuring in-flight entertainment at every seat and streaming via Delta Studio in addition to Wi-Fi access.

Delta’s broad service at Las Vegas

Delta and partners offer more than 70 daily departures from Las Vegas on an average day, including proposed (pending final government approvals) joint venture partners WestJet and Korean Air and joint cooperation agreement partner Aeromexico.

Recent Delta service increases include an additional daily flight to San Diego that began in 2017 and Seattle beginning in July 2018 for improved intra-West connectivity. Las Vegas service provides Boston customers with a new and convenient gateway to top intra-west destinations such as San Jose and Orange County, California (SNA).

Delta dates its Las Vegas presence back to Western Airlines’ inaugural service on April 17, 1926 – the first scheduled commercial airline service to Las Vegas from Los Angeles. Western merged with Delta in 1987. Delta began jet service at Las Vegas more than 50 years ago on June 1, 1962.

Delta’s leading global network in Boston

Delta is continuing its investment in Boston by reaching 112 peak day departures by this summer, an increase of 19 departures compared with summer 2017 and 29 departures over summer 2016. Delta and its partners serve 50 total destinations from Boston, including 17 international destinations and the largest transatlantic network.

Delta’s new service to Las Vegas complements numerous Boston service enhancements made in 2018. This spring Delta added new seasonal weekend service to New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston, with Charleston service increasing to daily beginning in summer. This leisure expansion continues with new Saturday service to Aruba as of June, marking Delta’s sixth destination in the Caribbean from Boston.  Additional flights to top business markets begin this summer from Boston to Nashville, Atlanta, Seattle/Tacoma, Kansas City, Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh.


Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N376DA (msn 29624) LAX (Jay Selman). Image: 402954.

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American to upgrade the Philadelphia – Los Angeles route

American Airlines Airbus A330-323 N276AY (msn 375) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104356.

American Airlines will assign the Airbus A330-200 and the A330-300 to the Philadelphia – Los Angeles route starting on March 25, an upgrade from the current Airbus A321 service according to Airline Route.

The route operates daily.

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A330-323 N276AY (msn 375) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104356.

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Virgin Australia announces services between Brisbane and Alice Springs

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2002

Virgin Australia on March 19, 2018 announced it will commence services between Brisbane and Alice Springs, increasing its regional domestic network offering.

From June 19, 2018, Virgin Australia will operate a twice-weekly return service on Tuesdays and Thursdays under a wet lease agreement with Alliance Airlines, operated by Alliance’s Fokker 100 and Fokker 70 fleet of aircraft.


Services between Brisbane and Rockhampton, currently operated by Alliance’s Fokker 100 fleet, will also benefit with Virgin Australia upgrading two existing return flights to its Boeing 737 aircraft, adding over 300 seats per week in to the region.

Brisbane-Alice Springs Schedule

BNE-ASP VA1023 1015/1305 Tuesdays and Thursdays
ASP-BNE VA1026 1340/1700 Tuesdays and Thursdays

Copyright Photo: Alliance Airlines (Australia) Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) VH-XWN (msn 11278) BNE (Peter Gates). Image: 906002.

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Kuwait and MEA to codeshare on the Kuwait City – Beirut route

First Airbus A320 with Sharklets, revised flag emblem

Kuwait Airways and Middle East Airline have announced a new strategic partnership, which will see Kuwait national carrier’s code, KU added to Middle East Airline flights and Lebanon national carrier’s code, ME added to Kuwait Airways flights operated between Kuwait City and Beirut.

The Bilateral Code Share Partnership will commence on March 25, 2018.

Kuwait Airways operates 11 weekly flights on the route with Airbus A330/A320 aircraft and Middle East Airlines (MEA) operates 13 weekly flights with its Airbus A320 fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Kuwait Airways Airbus A320-214 WL F-WWBY (9K-AKE) (msn 6350) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 925047.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A320-214 F-OMRB (msn 5152) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910515.

MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A320-214 F-OMRB (msn 5152) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910515.