Jet2-Jet2.com (Leeds/Bradford) has finalized an order for three Next Generation 737-800s, valued at $288 million at current list prices.
Jet2.com previously ordered 27 Next Generation 737-800s in September 2015 and operates an all-Boeing fleet of more than 60 airplanes.
Jet2.com is a subsidiary of Dart Group PLC, a UK Aim listed Leisure Travel and Distribution & Logistics Group. The Company commenced commercial aircraft operations in 1983 and passenger flights to sun destinations from Leeds-Bradford Airport in 2003.
Jet2.com now flies over three million customers each year through a combination of package holidays and flight only services to 55 destinations across 364 holiday resorts from seven Northern departure bases.
The newer Boeing 737s will help the carrier retire its Boeing 737-300 Classic fleet.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86Q WL G-GDFY (msn 30278) with “Great flight times” sub-titles approaches the runway at the resort island of Tenerife at Tenerife Sur (South) Airport.
Jet2 (Jet2.com) (Leeds/Bradford) has announced a major expansion at Edinburgh Airport with 12 new destinations for the summer season of 2016.
The 12 new destinations include Antalya, Crete, Dalaman, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Paphos, Rhodes and Tenerife plus exclusive routes to Kefalonia, Larnaca, Vienna and Zante.
The carrier will start flying to the three new Canary Island destinations in February 2016. The airline will add a fifth based aircraft at EDI, a Boeing 737-800.
Photo above: Jet2.
New route information:
Vienna – twice weekly (Monday & Friday) starting on April 29, 2016.
Gran Canaria – weekly (Monday) starting on February 15, 2016.
Lanzarote – twice weekly (Thursday & Sunday) starting on February 14, 2016.
Tenerife – twice weekly (Tuesday & Saturday) starting on February 12, 2016.
Crete (Heraklion) – twice weekly (Monday & Friday) starting on May 27, 2016.
Kefalonia – weekly (Wednesday) starting on May 25, 2016.
Rhodes – weekly (Saturday) starting on June 25, 2016.
Zante –twice weekly (Tuesday & Saturday) starting on May 31, 2016.
Larnaca – weekly (Wednesday) starting on May 25, 2016.
Paphos – weekly (Wednesday) starting on June 22, 2016.
Antalya – weekly (Thursday) starting on June 23, 2016.
Dalaman – weekly (Friday) starting on June 24, 2016.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86Q G-GDFZ (msn 30276) in Jet2holidays colors departs from Tenerife Sur.
Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will reportedly end its cooperative agreement with PrivatAir (Geneva) at the end of the summer season in late October per Airline Route. PrivatAir currently operates Boeing 737-800 aircraft for LH on the Frankfurt – Dammam and Frankfurt – Pune routes.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. PrivatAir’s Boeing 737-86Q HB-IIR (msn 30295) approaches the runway at Zurich.
SunExpress Airlines (Antalya) will start five new routes from Antalya for the summer season of 2015. The new routes include Amsterdam (three days a week effective April 27, 2015), Geneva (weekly, March 28), Klagenfurt (weekly, May 13), Luxembourg (weekly, April 3) and Strasberg (weekly, April 24) per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. SunExpress Airlines’ Boeing 737-86Q WL TC-SUU (msn 30274) lands at Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) has seen some of its Canadian traffic being syphoned by U.S. carriers with vacation flights leaving from close-by U.S. cities like Buffalo, New York. Canadian citizens have been crossing the border to catch the cheaper flights at these close-by U.S. airports. Now the Canadian carrier has decided to do the same thing.
The carrier is introducing two new services in association with Sunwing Vacations. Departing from Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) on Saturdays, services to Cancun International Airport (CUN) will begin on January 17, 2015 and operate until May 9, 2015, while flights to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) will be available between February 14, 2015 and May 9, 2015.
The new routes represent the first direct scheduled international destinations to be offered, increasing the number of airports accessible via a direct connection from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Sunwing Airlines’ nonstop flights are operated on Boeing 737-800 series aircraft which seat 189 passengers.
According to the carrier, these “low cost, high frills” flights enable travellers to start off their vacation in style with a complimentary welcome glass of champagne. Passengers will also be able to sit back and relax while enjoying award winning onboard service along with Hot & Fresh Bistro meals served with a choice of wine plus complimentary in-flight entertainment and children’s activity kits.
Sunwing travellers departing from Buffalo this winter will be able to choose from a broad selection of all-inclusive vacation packages in both Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico. Offering an array of properties and exclusive products to suit a number of different tastes and budgets ranging from adults only to group and family vacations, Sunwing resorts in both locations stand out for their beachfront settings, wealth of land and water sports, varied dining options and children’s activities.
Introductory pricing for a one-week vacation from Buffalo to Cancun starts from just $1135 + $140 taxes per person, based on double occupancy at Oasis Tulum departing on January 17, 2015. Buffalo departures to Punta Cana start from just $1195 + $170 taxes per person, based on double occupancy at Vista Sol Punta Cana departing on May 2, 2015.
All Sunwing Vacations packages include award winning Sunwing Airlines’ Champagne Service, which features a complimentary glass of champagne, hot towel service, Hot & Fresh Bistro meals™ served with a choice of wine at lunch and dinner, and complimentary in-flight entertainment, including first run movies and a generous 20 kg free baggage allowance. For just $40 more per flight segment, travellers can upgrade to Sunwing’s Elite Plus service, which features advance seat selection, separate check-in at a majority of airports, advance boarding, 30 kg baggage allowance, priority baggage handling, and extra legroom seats.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86Q C-FEAK (msn 30292) taxies at Palma de Mallorca on a summer lease.
El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) launched its UP division on March 30. 180,000 tickets were sold before the first flight departed. Up launched operations with low-fare service to five Destinations: Berlin, Budapest, Kiev, Prague and Larnaca.
Berlin: Up to 12 weekly flights
Prague: Up to 11 weekly flights
Kiev: Up to 11 weekly flights
Budapest: Up to 12 weekly flights
Larnaca: Up to 6 weekly flights
A total of up to 52 weekly flights to UP destinations
Copyright Photo: El Al/UP. The inaugural flight ceremony at the gate before boarding.
The inaugural flight to Berlin was piloted by Captain Hovev Ben David, Manager of the 737 fleet, together with First Officer Izhar Katzir (below).
Copyright Photo: El Al/UP.
The business model combines a low base fare and passengers can add for additional services – such as seating, check-in at the airport, baggage and other services.
Economy Class passengers may order meals, for a fee, from an UP menu that will be offered to them during the flight.
The menu includes a selection of fresh products: sandwiches, salads, baked goods, muesli, as well as snacks, soft drinks, hot drinks and alcoholic beverages. The fresh food offered for sale, including sandwiches, are Mehadrin kosher with certification provided by the Chief Rabbinate under supervision of Rabbi Moshe Nachshoni. All ingredients have Badatz kashrut certification.
In other news, financially El Al reported a full-year net profit of $25.4 million for 2013, reversing the $18 million loss the airline posted ithe previous year.
El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) has agreed to be the launch customer in Europe for Exede® In The Air in-flight Internet service from ViaSat Inc. To begin, ViaSat plans to deliver the service to El Al Boeing 737s flying routes from Tel Aviv into several European cities. The two companies plan to immediately begin working toward certification and installation of the Exede terminals on EL AL aircraft with a target date to launch service within one year.
For El Al, ViaSat is responsible for providing and managing a complete in-flight Internet service to the aircraft, including airborne terminals, antennas, radomes, and air time from the Eutelsat KA-SAT high-capacity Ka-band satellite. Additional details of what services will be offered to EL AL passengers will be announced closer to the launch of service.
Exede in-flight Internet service is designed to eclipse the service quality and speeds of other in-cabin airline broadband services. The major differentiator is an innovative, high-capacity Ka-band satellite system developed by ViaSat. The more favorable economics of the ViaSat system enable airlines to provide a consistent, high-speed service level to each passenger, rather than simply an aggregate amount of bandwidth to the plane that leaves passengers competing for service. The system is capable of delivering 12 Mbps or more to each connected passenger.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86Q 4X-EKO (msn 30287) climbs away from Geneva.
A first glimpse of ex-Maersk Air/Sterling Boeing 737-7L9 OY-MRG (msn 28010) after being repainted at Shannon. The new scheme retains the Cimber Air Viking tail logo. Copyright Photo: Trevor Mulkerrins.
Cimber Sterling (Copenhagen) has painted the first Boeing 737 in the new colors. Cimber Air acquired some of the assets of Sterling Airlines in January 2009 including the AOC, aircraft and domain web addresses. It has been operating the former Sterling aircraft (mainly in Sterling.com titles). This new airline will replace defunct Sterling Airlines.