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Lanmei Airlines to add new international routes

Lanmei Airlines is expanding. The new carrier will add the Phnom Penh – Hanoi, Siem Reap – Ho Chi Ming City and Shihananoukville – Hong Kong routes on December 20, 2017 according to Airline Route.

Lanmei Airlines (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. was founded on March 7, 2016, and commenced its first flight on September 29, 2017. The AOC was granted on August 15, 2017.

The maiden flight of Lanmei Airlines by an Airbus A320 was from Sihanoukville to Macau and onward to Palau (above). The flight from Macau to Palau boarded 144 passengers and 177 ones from Macau to Sihanoukville.

To commemorate this special day, Lanmei Airlines prepared carefully for its maiden flight celebration. Lanmei Airlines’ staff presented customized postcard, scarf, free SIM card etc. to each passenger at three terminals. Its cabin crew continued surprises in the sky: free flight tickets, stewardess scarves, aircraft models, customized blankets and USB flash discs were lucky draws. Each time a lucky passenger won, the whole cabin turned into a sea of joy.

According to the airline:

Named after Lancang-Mekong River, Lanmei Airlines’ logo looks like a peacock spreading its tails. Lanmei Airlines chooses peacock as logo because it symbolizes propitious totem in both oriental and western culture. The six feather of the wings-like logo represents the six Greater Mekong River countries who are the community of shared destiny & shared river. The logo also looks like a rotating aircraft engine, implying to supply new and steady thrust to these six nations.

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly (all others by Lanmei Airlines). This ex-Monarch Airlines Airbus A321-232, now painted for Cambodian LCC Lanmei Airlines as XU-919 (msn 3522, ex G-ZBAL) departed Dublin on delivery to Cambodia on the evening of December 8, 2017.

SAS launches its summer schedule with 11 new routes

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) has started it summer schedule with 11 new routes. The airline issued this report on the new routes and summer services:

SAS is launching its summer timetable for 2015 with a number of new destinations from Scandinavia. Eleven new routes are being launched and many popular summer destinations are also returning.

From March 29, SAS will gradually be introducing its summer timetable and launching a total of eleven brand new routes, both from its main Scandinavian hubs and regional airports such as Gothenburg and Bergen.

New Routes

From Sweden

– Stockholm–Budapest: Departures on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. First departure March 29. No departures during the high season.
– Stockholm – Riga: Departures daily. First departure 29 March.
– Stockholm–Faro: Departures on Saturdays, plus Wednesdays in the high season. First departure April 4.
– Stockholm–Ankara: Departures on Thursdays. First departure July 2.
– Gothenburg–Alanya (Gazipasa): Departures on Wednesdays. First departure July 1.
– Gothenburg–Dublin: Departures on Saturdays, plus Wednesdays and Sundays in the high season. First departure April 11.

From Denmark

– Copenhagen–Edinburgh: Departures on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and daily during the high season. First departure March 29.
– Copenhagen–Ankara: Departures on Saturdays, plus Mondays and Wednesdays in the high season. First departure June 6.

From Norway

– Oslo–Salzburg: Departures on Saturdays. First departure May 23.
– Bergen–Gothenburg: Departures on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. First departure March 30. No departures during the high season.

Summer routes re-opening

Sweden

From Stockholm to Chania, Cagliari, Olbia, Biarritz, Palermo, Pisa, Pristina, Bristol, and Bodø, Pula, Bologna, Milan, Alanya.
From Gothenburg to Pula, Nice, Athens, Pristina, Alicante, and Palma de Mallorca.

Denmark

From Copenhagen to Dubrovnik, Split, Pula, Montpellier, Biarritz, Chania, Thessaloniki, Palermo, Naples, Pisa, Gazipasa, and Alicante.
From Billund we are also re-opening the route to Gazipasa in Turkey.

Norway

From Trondheim to Malaga and Barcelona. From Bergen to Split, Dubrovnik, Nice, Malaga, Barcelona, and Alanya (Gazipasa).
From Stavanger to Split, Nice, Malaga, Barcelona, and Alanya (Gazipasa).
From Kristiansand to Split.
From Oslo to Dubrovnik, Pula, Olbia, Pisa, Palermo, and Pristina.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-232 OY-KBF (msn 1807) prepares to touch down in Tenerife Sur.

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SAS sells another slot pair at London Heathrow Airport

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) has sold another slot pair at London’s slot-controlled Heathrow Airport. The airline issued this statement:

SAS has entered into a slot transaction with Turkish Airlines that will take over one afternoon slot-pair at London Heathrow from SAS at the beginning of the winter traffic program on October 25, 2015.

The transaction will generate a positive earnings impact of $22 million for SAS to be accounted for during the second quarter with a corresponding cash effect during calendar year 2015.

As part of creating balance between frequencies and capacity during the day and following the disposition of a morning slot-pair earlier in February 2015, SAS has entered into a second slot-pair transaction. Following this transaction, SAS will have 19 daily slot-pairs at London Heathrow and will still be the fifth largest airline operating at London Heathrow, measured in number of weekly departures. After this transaction, SAS does not have any plans to reduce its portfolio of slots.

SAS currently operates from London Heathrow to Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stockholm and Stavanger. SAS will continue to offer a strong and comprehensive network between Scandinavia and London Heathrow with the intention to keep the seat capacity to/from London Heathrow unchanged through the use of larger aircraft on remaining departures. As noted earlier in February 2015, SAS will consider the use of other airports in the London-region.

Following this transaction, Turkish Airlines will have 38 weekly slot-pairs at London Heathrow Airport.

Copyright Photo: SAS has pledged to use larger aircraft into London Heathrow. Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A321-232 LN-RKI (msn 1817), which formerly had the image of H.C. Andersen, taxies across the ramp at LHR.

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Nordwind Airlines takes delivery of its 8th Airbus A321

Nordwind Airlines (Moscow) of Russia successfully took delivery of its eighth Airbus A321-200 aircraft as part of its on-going fleet and network expansion. Airbus A321-232 VQ-BRU (msn 2933) was ferried to Nordwind’s main base at Sheremetyevo Airport on the north side of Moscow on December 29. This is the ninth Airbus aircraft received by Nordwind.

Nordwind’s Airbus fleet now consists of eight A321-200s and the one A320-232 delivered between December 2011 and December 2013.

The new A321, powered by IAE V2500 engines, features a comfortable two class cabin. The new aircraft will be used to increase frequencies to existing destinations on short- and medium-haul routes.

Nordwind Airlines is still expecting to receive two additional A321s by the end of 2014 and will continue to add more in 2015 per its expansion plans.

Currently Nordwind has the fleet of 41 aircraft – 3 Boeing 777-200 ERs, 16 Boeing 767-300 ERs, 8 Boeing 757-200s, 1 Airbus A320-200, 8 Airbus A321-200s and 5 Boeing 737-800s and expects to end 2014 with a consolidated fleet of 50 aircraft.

“With this eighth Airbus 321 aircraft, Nordwind  will continue to expand the fleet with more frequencies and destinations for the convenience of our passengers,” said Oguz Senol Yuce, Deputy General Director, Head of Fleet, of Nordwind Airlines. “Along with two expected deliveries in 2014, we plan to operate 10 A321 in total in 2014 which will allow us to continue our capacity growth at a time when we see positive demand trends. It provides best-in-class efficiency, economics, reliability and passenger comfort that Nordwind needs for its fleet renewal initiative.”

Copyright Photo: Nordwind Airlines. A beautiful capture of the new addition, namely the former Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A321-232 VQ-BRU (msn 2933, ex N933AG and VT-KFR). The airliner is being leased from ACG.

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Aegean and Olympic facing a day of strikes

 

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Aegean Airlines (Athens) and Olympic Airlines (Athens) today are facing a long day of country-wide general strikes in Greece including the air traffic controllers. Aegean has already cancelled 50 flights and Olympic has cancelled 140 flights. The workers are protesting low wages and job cuts.