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Air Transat becomes even more “green”

Air Transat (Montreal) (website), world’s first certified green airline in 2011, has reached another milestone. The airline is the first in the world to have achieved the second level Minimization award in the Fly-360-Green Certification Program, a benchmark for high performing airlines / aircraft operators.

“We are especially proud to have obtained this certification because it recognizes the efforts that we have made to improve our environmental performance in every area of our airline through initiatives such as greenhouse gas reduction, energy and water conservation, recycling and social responsibility” said Jean-Francois Lemay , General Manager of Air Transat. “It was the hard work and dedication of our employees that enabled us to attain this high standard and we will continue to improve so that we maintain our role as an industry leader.”

Developed by the World Green Aviation Council (WorldGAC), Fly-360-Green is a point based performance rating system where points are earned for business attributes considered environmentally beneficial in 8 key areas: Engineering, Ground Operations, Flight Planning/Dispatch, Flight Operations, Greening on Board, Corporate Environmental Practices, Corporate Policies, Strategic Planning. Airlines and aircraft operators can qualify for one of the four certification levels: Participation, Minimization, Efficiency, and Neutrality.

Fly-360-Green differs from other rating systems in that it has quantified most of the “green credits”. This ensures airlines are environmentally compatible, retain high quality standards, and are financially sound. The World Green Aviation Council, apart from fostering the international standard for sustainable aviation by addressing aviation’s absolute emissions, is the third-party administrator of the Fly-360-Green certification program.

WorldGAC performs technical reviews and verification of Fly-360-Green registered projects to determine if they meet the standards set forth in the Fly-360-Green rating system. Dedicated technical experts ensure Fly-360-Green certification meets the highest levels of quality and integrity.

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Transat’s Airbus A330-342 C-GCTS (msn 177) taxies at Paris (CDG).

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Air Caraibes to lease three Airbus A350-900s from ILFC

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., announced today that it has reached an agreement with French Caribbean carrier Air Caraïbes Atlantique Airlines (Guadeloupe) to lease three new Airbus A350-900s. The aircraft have an anticipated delivery timeline between 2016 and 2018, and will be operated on the airline’s long-haul route network.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. The new aircraft is expected to replace the older Airbus A330s. Air Caraibes’ (2nd) Airbus A330-323X F-OONE (msn 965) departs from Zurich.

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Turkish Airlines is coming to Montreal

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) will begin operating out of Montréal-Trudeau Airport starting on June 3, 2014. A Star Alliance member, Turkey’s main carrier will offer three regular weekly flights to Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Turkish Airlines will use Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a capacity for 28 passengers in business class and 261 in economy.

In addition to serving 42 domestic destinations, Turkish Airlines flies to and from some 200 international destinations in more than 100 countries. Atatürk Airport is its chief connection hub with Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe (mainly the Balkans) and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Located 15 kilometers west of central Istanbul, the airport is experiencing astounding growth, having welcomed 45 million passengers in 2012, or 20% more than the previous year.

Because of its membership in Star Alliance, Turkish Airlines will benefit at Montréal-Trudeau from Air Canada’s network, as well as those of United Airlines and US Airways, for connections to other points in Canada and to the United States.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X TC-JNL (msn 1204) taxies at the Atatürk Airport hub near Istanbul.

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Etihad Airways and Jet Airways forge ahead with a new strategic partnership

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has added another partner airline as its airline empire grows. The fast-growing airline has entered into a new strategic partnership with Jet Airways (Mumbai) following the final approval for their alliance and 24 percent equity purchase. The airlines have issued this statement:

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates and Jet Airways have announced that both airlines closed the transaction for the subscription of a 24 percent equity stake by Etihad Airways in Jet Airways. All requisite Indian regulatory approvals had been obtained by November 12, 2013. Jet Airways has, on November 20, 2013, issued and allotted 27,263,372 equity shares of a face value of Rs. 10 each at a price of Rs. 754.7361607 per equity share on a preferential basis to Etihad Airways.

Consequent to the above allotment, the paid up share capital of Jet Airways stands increased to 11,35,97,383 equity shares of Rs. 10 each. Following this issue and allotment of the said equity shares on a preferential basis to Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways holds 24 percent of the post issue paid up share capital of Jet Airways (on a fully diluted basis). Additionally, Mr. James Hogan and Mr. James Rigney, being nominee Directors of Etihad Airways, have been appointed as additional directors on the board of directors of Jet Airways as from November 20, 2013.

Mr. Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways said: “The infusion of foreign direct investment in the aviation sector will result in economies of scale, grow traffic at our airports, and create job opportunities. I am confident that this investment will greatly benefit all our stakeholders whilst significantly benefitting our customers who will now have access to a more expanded global network.”

Mr. Goyal also stressed that together with Etihad Airways, Jet Airways would enhance connectivity for tourists, business travellers, Indian families and the wider travelling public.

Mr. James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways said: “India is one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world and a key part of the Etihad Airways growth strategy. Through this association, Etihad Airways and Jet Airways will both be strengthened, as will the economies of India and the UAE. By linking our two networks and adding new flights, new routes and more code-share options, travel to, from and within India will become much easier.”

Mr. Goyal and Mr. Hogan confirmed that the collaboration between the airlines would commence immediately with a view to delivering network and service benefits to customers as soon as possible. Specific details will be released progressively.”

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Jet Airways’ Airbus A330-302 VT-JWR (msn 1351) taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

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Brussels Airlines is struck today by a work stoppage by its pilots

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) was struck today (November 18) by its pilots. The company issued this statement and a list of cancelled flights:

Due to a wildcat strike action of a number of our pilots, we are forced to cancel some of our flights on Monday November 18. Our priority is to assist our passengers as much as possible. All customers affected by the strike action will be offered travel alternatives, depending on their travel needs.

Brussels Airlines 11.18.13 Cancelled Flights

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) climbs away from the runway at JFK International Airport in New York.

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Aer Lingus reports a third quarter operating profit of $126.8 million

Aer Lingus Group (Aer Lingus) (Dublin) for the third quarter reported an operating profit of €94.9 million ($126.8 million) which is 4.4% ahead of last year.

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Read the analysis by Irish Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Aer Lingus’ Airbus A330-302X EI-ELA (msn 1106) lifts off the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Finnair to upgrade the Toronto route next summer

Finnair (Helsinki) will operate its seasonal service to Toronto (Pearson), with upgraded two-class Airbus A330 wide body aircraft. Schedules will be timed to match speedy connections throughout Finnair’s network, particularly in the Nordic-Baltic region, Eastern Europe and Russia. 

Toronto service will operate from June 1 to September 21, 2014, on Tuesdays, Friday and Sundays and will last approximately eight and a half hours. Flights depart Toronto (Pearson) at 2235 (1035 pm)  and arrive in Helsinki the next day at 1345 (1:45 pm) local time. Return flights depart Helsinki at 1700 (5 pm) and arrive in Toronto (Pearson) at 1845 (6:45 pm) local time.
 
The Airbus A330 aircraft,with 229 seats in Economy Class and 42 in Business Class, replace narrow body single-class Boeing 757-200s previously in use on the route. Currently four of Finnair’s eight A330s feature seats in Business Class that convert to fully-flat beds, with more scheduled for retrofit during 2014. All A330 aircraft feature a renewed, complimentary inflight entertainment experience in both cabin classes, including 72 movies and more than 150 television shows on demand.

The Toronto-Helsinki route will also be included in the joint business between Finnair and fellow oneworld partners American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia on traffic between the EU and North America, meaning that all four carriers will code share the route with identical fares and conditions on North America-EU itineraries. The joint business makes Toronto yet another gateway for seamless, cost-efficient one-stop trips between Helsinki and dozens of cities in Canada and the United States.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302X OH-LTS (msn 1078) arrives at the Helsinki (HEL) hub.Finnair: AG Slide Show