Condor to fly seasonally to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook (2013) (Germany)

Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) will add seasonal service to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia starting on November 5, 2018. According to Airline Route, the new route will operate three days a week until April 22, 2019.

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Alitalia to add two new routes from Palermo

Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A319-112 EI-IML (msn 2127) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935812.

Alitalia is planning to add two new routes from Palermo starting on June 1, 2018 according to Airline Route. The carrier will add daily Airbus A319 domestic service from Palermo to both Bologna and Venice.

The carrier is also adding seasonal weekly service from Milan (Linate) to Stockholm (Arlanda) on May 12, 2018.

Copyright Photo: Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A319-112 EI-IML (msn 2127) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935812.

The “Bikini Airline” issues its 2018 calendar

Vietjet uses its provocative “bikini girls” to buck international trends to get attention in Vietnam. The airline has issued this statement and video:

Vietjet Bikini Calendar Girls are arriving to celebrate Christmas and the New Year!
The hot and sexy models have always been the favorite of many Vietjet passengers, also becoming the media focus every year. Not only displaying their gorgeous looks, the models posed in different cabin crew and staff roles to showcase the airline’s high-quality service and friendly staff.
This year’s international model team included the popular 20-year-old American model, who has nearly 950k instagram followers, Celine Farach and Thai runner-up of Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2017, Kwanlada Rungrojampa (Rock Kwanlada). Vietnamese runner-up of the Asia’s Next Top Model 2017, Ming Tu Nguyen is another attraction.
With the airport, aircraft and cabin as backgrounds, the bikini models pose as pilots, technicians, maintenance staff, flight attendants, ground staff, air traffic controllers, presenting a very interesting perspective to the airline’s excellent services and modern fleet.

Photos: Vietjet.

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Alaska Airlines launches new service from San Francisco to Kona

"Chace Plane"

Alaska Airlines on December 14, 2017 begins nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport and Kailua-Kona International Airport, the 31st new route launched by the carrier from Californiathis year. The new service is part of the largest network expansion in Alaska Airlines’ 85-year history and solidifies Alaska Air Group as the leading airline of nonstop flights from the West Coast to Hawaii.

Virgin America’s A320 family of aircraft will operate the new route, with three classes of service, power outlets throughout the cabin, custom leather seats with adjustable headrests and a selection of food and beverage inspired by local chefs.

Summary of new service:

Start date City pair Departs Arrives Aircraft Frequency
Dec 14 San Francisco-Kona 11:30 a.m. 3:15 p.m. A320 family Daily
Dec 14 Kona-San Francisco 4:15 p.m. 11:17 p.m. A320 family Daily
*Flight times based on local time zones.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.

Copyright Photo: Virgin America Airbus A320-214 WL N283VA (msn 6787) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 935544.

Delta selects Airbus A321neo for narrowbody fleet renewal, orders 100 firm copies

Delta Air Lines Airbus A321-211 WL N310DN (msn 7293) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 936666.

Delta Air Lines and Airbus have agreed to terms for a 100 firm and 100 option order for state-of-the-art Airbus 321neo (new engine option) aircraft with deliveries beginning in 2020. The new jets, which will be powered by Pratt & Whitney geared-turbofan engines, will feature cutting-edge safety, efficiency and comfort.

“This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees and our shareholders,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Delta, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney share the same commitment to safety, efficiency, innovation and continuously improving the customer experience. This order for the state-of-the-art A321neo with Pratt’s Pure Power next-generation jet engines reflects our long-term commitment to these values for Delta people and all our constituents.”

Airbus A321neo

Delta A321neo

Delta will configure the A321neo to a total of 197 seats including seating for 20 in First Class, 30 in Delta Comfort+ and 147 in the main cabin. On-demand inflight entertainment, fast satellite-based 2Ku in-flight Wi-Fi, power ports as well as streaming video content will be available at every seat through Delta Studio. The cabin will also feature expansive, 25-percent-larger bookshelf-style overhead bins and full spectrum LED cabin lighting.

Delta expects to take delivery of its first A321neo in the first quarter of 2020 with new aircraft arriving through 2023.

“The A321neo will equip Delta employees with a customer-preferred, versatile narrowbody aircraft befitting their position as a global airline leader — and we are excited to continue to partner with them as they deliver industry-leading operational performance, customer satisfaction and financial results,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer — Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. “This purchase furthers our commitment to U.S. aviation — a commitment that has never been stronger.  Today, there is more U.S. content in Airbus aircraft than from any other country, with more than 40 percent of our aircraft-related procurement coming from the United States.  In addition, our workforce at the U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama is proud that they will be delivering many of these A321neos to Delta in the coming years.”

Pratt & Whitney engine MRO provider

Delta is also announcing a long-term commitment with Pratt & Whitney for Delta TechOps to be a major maintenance, repair and overhaul provider for the Pure Power PW1100G and PW1500G engines, powering Delta’s A321neo and C Series aircraft. This latest generation family of Pratt & Whitney engines is a major factor in the 12 percent fuel efficiency improvement on a per seat basis Delta expects over classic A321 performance.

“Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to complete over 5,000 engine repairs and overhauls at Delta TechOps is possible because of the high level of professionalism and quality MRO work the Delta TechOps team performs for the Delta fleet and to more than 150 additional airline and aviation customers based across the globe,” said Delta COO Gil West. “Delta TechOps’ position as an MRO industry leader and the largest in North America will be fortified even further with the addition of Pratt & Whitney engines to its extensive portfolio.”

This commitment by Pratt & Whitney will drive significant job creation within the Delta TechOps workforce and comes as Delta is already making significant investments to its engine overhaul capabilities at its Atlanta Technical Operations Center, including the first new engine test cell to be built in the U.S. in more than 20 years and expanded engine shop space.

“The addition of geared-turbofan technical knowledge at Delta TechOps will not only be applied to the 200 engines that will power Delta’s A321neo fleet, but will also uniquely position TechOps as an MRO leader in this space as future engine types are developed,” West said.

“We couldn’t be more proud of our long standing relationship with Delta, which dates back to the 1930s,” said Pratt & Whitney President Robert Leduc. “Fast forward nearly 90 years, and the GTF engine has revolutionized aviation technology, and will provide Delta with proven performance and environmental benefits. We are honored to power and support Delta’s new fleet of A321neo aircraft well into the future.”

Copyright Photo: The new Airbus A321neo aircraft will join the current fleet of Airbus A321-200s. Delta Air Lines Airbus A321-211 WL N310DN (msn 7293) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 936666.

Cathay Pacific to launch nonstop Hong Kong – Washington Dulles flights

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

Cathay Pacific Airways is expected next week to announce a new nonstop Airbus A350-900 route linking its Hong Kong base and Washington (Dulles) according to the South China Morning  Post. The new route is expected to take under 17 hours.

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

Norwegian expands long-haul network with flights from US to Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan, buys 28 slots at Gatwick

"Roald Dahl, British Storyteller"

Norwegian on December 14, 2017 announced further expansion of its long-haul networks with four new routes between Europe and the United States to Europe: New York (JFK) and Los Angeles to Madrid; New York (JFK) to Amsterdam; and Los Angeles to Milan.

Norwegian now offers 61 nonstop transatlantic routes between the US and Europe.

To support the continuous growth at Los Angeles International Airport, Norwegian will open its fourth American crew base with 150 cabin crewmembers during the first quarter of 2018. The airline already has four crew bases for cabin crew and pilots in the U.S.

Service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Madrid-Barajas Airport will launch on July 18, 2018, and operate three times per week. Service to Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport will launch on May 7, 2018, and will operate four times per week.

Service from Los Angeles International Airport to Madrid will launch on July 16, 2018, and will operate four times per week. Service to Milan-Malpensa Airport will launch on June 18, 2018, and will also operate four times per week.

Economy launch fares to Amsterdam and Madrid from New York City start as low as $199 and $229 one-way, respectively, including taxes; fares from Los Angeles to both Madrid and Milan start from $229 one-way, including taxes.

Overall, Norwegian now offers 61 transatlantic flights from 13 U.S. airports to Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well six routes to the French Caribbean, totaling 67 routes out of the United States. Upcoming launches from the U.S. include: Oakland/San Francisco to Rome (February 6, 2018); New York/Newark to Paris (February 28); Chicago to London (March 25); Austin to London (Mach 27); Denver to Paris (April 9); Oakland/San Francisco to Paris (April 10), Boston to Paris (May 2); New York/JFK to Amsterdam (May 7); Los Angeles to Milan (June 18); Los Angeles to Madrid (July 16); and New York/JFK to Madrid (July 18).

In other news, Norwegian on December 13, 2017 confirmed it has acquired an additional 28 weekly slots at London Gatwick Airport from summer 2018. The take-off and landing slots, purchased from Small Planet Airlines, will allow Norwegian to plan for continued growth at Gatwick as the airline heads into its busiest ever year in the UK in 2018.

London Gatwick is at the heart of Norwegian’s fast-growing UK operation, where the airline already flies more than 4.6 million passengers each year to over 30 global destinations. Norwegian’s route network at Gatwick includes affordable long-haul flights to 9 US cities and Singapore, with further long-haul routes to Argentina, Chicago and Austin launching early next year.

Planning work is now underway to allocate the newly acquired 28 weekly slots which cover the busy summer 2018 period at London Gatwick.

Copyright Photo: Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air UK) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-CJUL (msn 38779) (Roald Dahl, British Storyteller) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940216.