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Hunnu Air is coming to Paris

Hunnu Air (Ulaanbaatar) has just announced it will operate twice-weekly summer seasonal flights to Paris (CDG) from June 9 to August 29. The company is planning to add an Airbus A330-200 for the route.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 JU-8888 (msn 1750) taxies at Shizuoka/Mount Fuji.

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Finnair and its pilots agree on a new collective labor agreement

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this statement:

The Association of Support Service Industries (PALTA) and the Finnish Air Line Pilots’ Association (SLL) have reached a new collective labor agreement for Finnair’s pilots. The new collective labor agreement comes into effect on February 1, 2014 and it is in line with the central Pact for Employment and Growth. The three-year contract includes a crisis clause similar to the ones in the collective labor agreements which were reached with other employee unions this fall. According to the crisis clause, in the coming months Finnair will negotiate with SLL on cost savings. If an agreement on the savings is reached by June 13, 2014, Finnair will offer pilots job security for two years.

“The collective agreement period with the pilots was coming to an end in January, and it was natural to agree to terms similar to those reached with other employee unions during the fall”, says Finnair’s Chief Operations Officer Ville Iho. “During previous negotiation rounds the pilots have shown understanding for Finnair’s situation and have been ready for solutions that increase cost effectiveness. Discussions about savings are never easy, but I’m confident that together we will find required savings.”

The savings negotiations will begin on January 9, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 OH-LVD (msn 1352) in the Oneworld scheme taxies at Zurich.

Finnair: AG Slide Show

Czech Airlines to get another new airline partner: Travel Service Airlines

Czech Airlines-CSA (Prague) and partner Korean Air (Seoul) have announced Korean Air has exercised its option and brought in another equity partner. Travel Service Airlines (Prague) is acquiring a 34 percent share in Czech Airlines. Korean Air retains its 44 percent share.

The airlines issued this statement:

Czech Aeroholding has been informed by Korean Air about its requirement to use option to exercise its right to purchase further 34% of Czech Airline stock from Czech Aeroholding. This step is in accordance with the purchase contract on the sale of 44% of Czech Airline stock signed by Korean Air and Czech Aeroholding in April this year. Korean Air will subsequently sell 34% stake to Travel Service, an air carrier, which will thus become a co-shareholder of Czech Airlines thus joining Korean Air which holds 44% of shares, Czech Aeroholding with the final share of 19.74% and Ceska Pojistovna which will continue to hold its 2.26% share in Czech Airlines.

Korean Air explains the decision to exercise its option on further 34% of the Czech Airlines shares which is to be subsequently sold to Travel Service by its plan to reinforce its operations in Europe. Working together with Travel Service, the company wishes to make Vaclav Havel Airport Prague its European hub. The entry of Travel Service into Czech Airlines will provide Korean Air with connections to approximately 40 new destinations in Europe to which their passengers will be able to fly after their transfer at Vaclav Havel Airport Prague.

As early as in spring of this year, Korean Air purchased 44% of Czech Airlines shares from Czech Aeroholding which it will continue to hold. Now it wishes to use the Czech Airlines platform to collaborate with Travel Service. With regard to the fact that Travel Service, the new shareholder, is a Czech air carrier, Czech Airlines will not lose the status of the so called national carrier.

We regard the development of Vaclav Havel Airport Prague aiming to make it a Central-European hub as absolutely crucial. The fact that Korean Air is bringing another key partner into Czech Airlines represents a step toward fulfilling this aim. I am convinced this partnership will be advantageous particularly for passengers who, in future, will be able to choose from a more quality product – a wide network of destinations – provided by the three carriers,” said Miroslav Dvorak, chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Czech Aeroholding.

In spite of the fact that the contractual documentation might be signed as promptly as possible, it will surely include suspensory conditions. This is because the entire transaction is first subject to approval by the competent antitrust authorities, which may take several months before it can take effect.

In the context of changes of the Czech Airlines shareholder structure, Philippe Moreels, the current President and Chairman of the Board, announced its intention to resign from both positions. “I welcome the entry of Travel Service into Czech Airlines and also perceive it as the culmination of the company’s intensive four year restructuring period. In this new phase, Czech Airlines is going to need some new blood and a change in its management style. Therefore, it is logical that all the shareholders will agree on a new company president after the transaction has been completed. Until then, I will continue to be available and will be working on all the steps necessary allowing the transaction to bring a synergy effect to allthe partners as soon as possible,” said Philippe Moreels about his intention to resign from both his positions after the transaction has been approved by antitrust authorities.

After the transaction has been approved by antitrust authorities, the Czech Airlines statutory bodies will continue to consist of three members and their composition will reflect the new shareholder structure of the company.

Top Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 OK-NEM (msn 3406) of Czech Airlines arrives in Amsterdam with the special 90 Years (1923-2013) logo.

Czech Airlines-CSA: AG Slide Show

Travel Service Airlines: AG Slide Show

Korean Air: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Travel Service Airlines’ (Czech Republic) Boeing 737-8CX OK-TVB (msn 32362) prepares to land in Nantes, France.

 

Rosaviatsia recommends Tatarstan Airlines be grounded

Tatarstan Airlines (Tatarstan Aircompany) (Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia) is still operating. However Rosaviatsia, the Russian federal air transportation agency that monitors airline safety activities, has recommended the airline be grounded due to alleged breaches in training and crew rest times according to The Moscow News. The Boeing 737-500 that crashed at Kazan on November 17 was attempting a go around when it crashed directly into ground killing all 50 passengers and crew members on board. The crew may have not been properly trained and apparently lost control of the aircraft.

The airline issued this statement (translated from Russian):

In response to an emerging wave of disinformation, Tatarstan Airlines officially informs everyone all flights are operating as normal.

The Federal Agency is only recommending the AOC be revoked. In the case of a formal decision to suspend the activities of the airline, all passengers will be notified in advance.

Meanwhile the airline’s board of directors fired the current CEO Aksan Giniyatullin due to the November 17 crash according to The Moscow Times.

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Tatarstan has been adding newer Airbus A319s. A319-112 VQ-BMM (msn 3171) is pictured at Palma de Mallorca.

Tatarstan Airlines: AG Slide Show

Air Canada rouge starts Orlando service today

Air Canada rouge (Toronto-Pearson) today begins year round flying between Toronto (Pearson) and Orlando, Florida with three daily departures and two more starting on December 14. By March 1, 2014 the airline will fly six times daily to/from Orlando, more than any other Canadian carrier. Customers on this route now have the option of enhanced comfort with Premium rouge service in addition to rouge and rouge Plus service on Air Canada rouge’s Airbus A319 aircraft. Premium rouge service on the A319 aircraft will also be introduced on several Air Canada rouge destinations in the US, Caribbean and Mexico to be launched in the coming months.

Air Canada rouge will also assume the Montreal-Orlando route on February 15, 2014.

Toronto-Orlando schedule:

Toronto departures to Orlando:

  • 9:30 a.m. arrive Orlando 12:20 p.m.
  • 5:10 p.m. arrive Orlando 8:00 p.m.
  • 8:40 p.m. arrive Orlando 11:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 a.m. arrive Orlando 9:23 a.m. (Dec. 14- April 30/14)
  • 11:10 a.m. arrive Orlando 14:03 p.m. (Dec. 14- April 30/14)
  • 6:50 p.m. arrive Orlando 9:43 p.m. (March 1-28/14)

Orlando departures to Toronto:

  • 7:15 a.m. arrive Toronto 10.04 a.m.
  • 1:15 p.m. arrive Toronto 4:04 p.m.
  • 8:55 p.m. arrive Toronto 11:44 p.m.
  • 6:00 a.m. arrive Toronto 8:49 a.m. (March 1-28/14)
  • 10:15 a.m. arrive Toronto 1:04 p.m. (Dec. 14- April 30/14)
  • 2:55 p.m. arrive Toronto 5:44 p.m. (Dec. 14- April 30/14)

*actual flight times may vary slightly with seasonal changes.

Air Canada rouge introduces Airbus A319 Premium rouge service

Air Canada rouge is operating newly retrofitted A319 aircraft on select routes featuring 136 seats, including the introduction of 12 Premium rouge seats in the front 3 rows of the aircraft in a separate curtained cabin. Premium rouge features a 35″ pitch with a 5″ recline, blocked middle seats for more personal space, complimentary entertainment including both free content and iPads and a premium meal and beverage service. Premium rouge customers also enjoy complimentary Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority check in, security and boarding. Premium rouge service will be offered on the following routes:

  • Toronto-Orlando starting today, November 25
  • Toronto-Sarasota, Florida, launching November 30
  • Toronto-Kingston, Jamaica, launching Jan.6
  • Toronto-San Jose, Costa Rica, launching Jan. 6
  • Toronto-Cancun, Mexico, launching Jan. 6
  • Montreal-Las Vegas, USA, launching March 1

In addition to Premium rouge, the cabin also features 6 new slimline rouge Plus seats in a 3+3 configuration directly behind the Premium rouge cabin offering more legroom; and 118 new slimline rouge seats in a 3+3 configuration. A tasty selection of meals, drinks and snacks, as well as comfort items such as pillows, blankets and headphones are available to rouge and rouge Plus customers onboard through Air Canada rouge’s Buy On Board service.

Air Canada rouge crew offer the airline’s unique warm welcome onboard.  Trained in Orlando in Customer Service Excellence, they take every measure to ensure flights that are relaxed, enjoyable and are a memorable start and end to a Florida vacation. Air Canada rouge aircraft are all equipped with player, a next generation in-flight entertainment system that streams unlimited live entertainment — including movies, TV shows, kids programming, music and an About Us section — to customers’ personal electronic devices. Air Canada rouge is one of the first airlines in North America to offer streaming onboard content. player is offered at a nominal fee of $5 for rouge and rouge Plus customers for unlimited movie and TV show access; music and destination content are always complimentary. Customers are invited to  bring their own fully-charged laptop or iPad, iPod or iPhone, or they can rent an iPad on board for $10.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 C-GSJB (msn 1673) departs from Toronto (Pearson).

Air Canada rouge: AG Slide Show

 

The new Hunnu Air – Wings of Mongolia

Mongolian Airlines Group (Ulaanbatar) on April 18, 2013 changed its name to the pictured Hunnu Air – Wings of Mongolia to avoid any confusion with MIAT Mongolian Airlines. Besides operating Fokker 50 aircraft on domestic routes in Mongolia, the carrier operates two Airbus A319s on scheduled routes from Ulaanbaatar to Bankgok, Hong Kong and Shanghai (SHA).

The pictured Airbus A319-112 JU-8888 (msn 1750), named the “Great Mongol”, conducted a charter flight to Shizuoka/Mount Fuji, Japan on August 17, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. YU-8888 taxies to runway 12 at FSZ as flight MR 8136 bound for the Ulaanbaatar base.

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Air Canada extends the Montreal-San Francisco route to year-round service

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced that its current seasonal flights between Montreal (Trudeau) and San Francisco will be extended to year-round flights beginning in November 2013. All flights will be operated with Airbus A319 aircraft.

Montreal-San Francisco daily year-round schedule:

Flight Depart Arrival
AC 781 Montreal at 17:35 San Francisco at 21:00
AC 780 San Francisco at 08:10 Montreal at 16:29

Montreal-Trudeau Airport (YUL) is an important Air Canada hub serving more than 6.2 million of the airline’s customers in 2012. Air Canada, together with regional airlines operating under the Air Canada Express banner, operates more than 100,000 flights to/from YUL and 67 destinations: 21 destinations in Canada, 16 in the United States, 23 in the Caribbean and Mexico, and seven European gateways.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 C-GJWF (msn 1765) in the hybrid partial 2004 livery arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Air Canada: AG Slide Show