Hainan Airlines to fly the Los Angeles – Changsha, China route

Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2739 (msn 38055) SJC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930154.

Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) has announced it will launch the only nonstop service from Los Angeles (LAX) to inland China on January 21, 2016. Hainan will connect passengers to Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, a metropolis of over 7 million people famous for its world-renowned cuisine and rich history.

The new route is part of Hainan’s large-scale expansion in North America. On the west coast, Hainan already operates nonstop service between San Jose (Silicon Valley) (SJC) and Beijing, and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Beijing and Shanghai. This complements the airlines’ direct routes between Beijing and Chicago, Boston and Toronto, and between Shanghai and Boston.

All North American routes – including the new service between LAX and Changsha – are flown by Boeing 787 Dreamliners, making Hainan the airline with the most nonstop 787 Dreamliner routes between China and North America.

 

Beginning January 21, the newest route departs LAX Terminal 2 on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:35 pm and arrives Changsha at 7:20 pm the following day. Return flights depart Changsha at 1:00 pm and arrive LAX at 10:35 am the same day. LAX times are one hour later after March 12 due to Daylight Savings Time.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2739 (msn 38055) departs from San Jose.

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JetBlue to launch Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Aguadilla, Puerto Rico flights, also adds more Baltimore service

JetBlue Airways Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N184JB (msn 19000008) (Blueberries) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 930230.

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced it is adding a new route between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The airline will also add additional frequencies in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, its South Florida focus city, and at Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston, where JetBlue is the largest airline. S

Roundtrip flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, will operate daily beginning May 5, 2016, on JetBlue’s Embraer 190 aircraft (above).

In addition to the new route, JetBlue is adding flights to some of its routes on the east coast. Starting May 5, 2016 the airline will add an additional daily roundtrip flight between Boston and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). The addition comes as JetBlue has grown significantly this year in Baltimore, recently adding service to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood just last month.

Also beginning May 5, 2016, JetBlue will add an additional daily roundtrip nonstop flight between Boston and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N184JB (msn 19000008) taxies to the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Kalstar Embraer 195 overruns the runway at Kupang, Indonesia

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Kalstar Aviation (Serpong, Indonesia) Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) PK-KDC (msn 19000057) while operating flight KD 678 from Denpasar (Bali) to Kupang, Indonesia, with 120 passengers and five crew members on board, overran runway 07 last night (December 21) while landing at Kupang. No injuries were reported according to the Jakarta Globe.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Kalstar Aviation Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) PK-KDC (msn 19000057) with special “Adventure Borneo” markings arrives at Jakarta (CGK) before the incident.

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KLM updates its fleet plan for KLM Cityhopper, the last Fokker 70 to be retired by 2018

KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZL (msn 11536) LHR. Image: 930729.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has updated its fleet plan for its subsidiary KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam):

On December 19, the thirtieth—and, provisionally, final—Embraer 190 arrived in the Netherlands. Starting next year, KLM Cityhopper’s fleet will by supplemented by fifteen Embraer 175s. The first of its kind is scheduled to arrive in March. This signals a new phase in KLM Cityhopper’s fleet renewal program.

KLM Cityhopper on course to an all-Embraer fleet.

KLM Cityhopper is Europe’s largest regional carrier. Each year, it carries out more than 100,000 flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to fifty-four European destinations. In 2016, the number will grow to fifty-eight destinations.

By replacing the Fokker 70 with the Embraer 175 and the Embraer 190, KLM Cityhopper’s fleet will consist of thirty Embraer 190s, and fifteen Embraer 175s by no later than 2018. As a result, KLM will have the single-largest Embraer fleet in Europe.

Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. The venerable Fokker 70 will be retired in 2018. KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZL (msn 11536) taxies to the gate at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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TAM Airlines becomes the first Airbus A350-900 operator in the Americas

Acceptance flight of TAM's first Airbus A350

LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines (Santiago) and TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo), has taken delivery of its first A350-900 in Toulouse, France.

In doing so, TAM will become the first airline in the Americas to operate the all-new airliner and the fourth worldwide. TAM’s aircraft is configured in a premium two-class layout, with 348 seats, comprising of 30 Premium Business Class and 318 Economy. LATAM has ordered a total of 27 A350-900s aircraft for the Group.

The carrier will start operating the A350-900 commercially in January 2016 between Sao Paulo and Manaus, Brazil, as part of continued training and crew familiarization. This will be followed by operations from Sao Paulo to Miami in March and then to Madrid in April.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A350-941 F-WZFS (msn 024) became PR-XTA when it was officially handed over on December 17.

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IAG converts 15 Airbus A320neo options into firm orders

British Airways A320-200neo (97-Union flag)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) has firmed up options for a further 15 Airbus A320neos. The new type will be operated by British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling Airlines.

Iberia A320-200neo (13)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Since its launch in 2010 the A320neo Family has won 60 percent of all new orders for single aisle aircraft with over 100 seats and has been selected by over 75 airlines worldwide.

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GPS artist Yassan and Japan Airlines create a global message of Peace On Earth

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) has released this statement:

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In a truly global work of art, Guinness World RecordsTM-holding GPS artist Yassan has created a massive, international artwork around the theme of world peace and in the process, is attempting to break his own record for the largest GPS drawing for the world to share.

With the help of Japan Airlines Company, Ltd and select member airlines of the oneworld® alliance, Yassan’s latest project covered over 65,700 miles (105,734 km), beginning in Tokyo and ending in Mexico, traveling through 6 continents and 24 cities, creating a planetary-scale GPS holiday message for the world. The finished piece of GPS art spells “PEACE” across the planet.

Creative agency STORIES® produced a documentary video holiday card containing images of Yassan’s journey and the people and places he encountered along the way to help send Yassan’s message of peace around the world.

In 2010, Guinness verified Yassan’s previous work as the world’s largest GPS drawing, where he spent 6 months traveling 4,451 miles across Japan to propose to his girlfriend. The image spelled out “MARRY ME” across the length and breadth of Japan’s three main islands, with a heart covering the northern island of Hokkaido. She accepted his proposal!

In order to create his GPS drawings, Yassan carries an iPhone and GPS tracker that records his location data as he travels. He then uploads this information to create a drawing on a map.

Yassan (Yasushi Takahashi) was born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan and graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music . He is interested in geo-located media, and his work has been showcased in over 2,000 TV, print, news and web publications worldwide.

STORIES, LLC is a full-service production, commercial and literary management company based in Tokyo with international arm STORIES INTERNATIONAL INC., in Los Angeles. A subsidiary of SEGA and Hakuhodo DY Group, STORIES creates award-winning content by connecting Hollywood with international brands.

Founded in 1951, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd became Japan’s first international airline. A member of the oneworld® alliance, JAL now reaches more than 305 airports in 51 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of more than 220 aircraft.