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Aer Lingus to introduce a new livery and uniforms in January 2019

Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DEK (msn 2399) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943518.

Aer Lingus in January 2019 will roll out a new brand according to CEO Stephen Kavanagh ahead of the first Airbus A321LR delivery in April 2019.

The update will also include new uniforms.

Let’s hope Aer Lingus does lose its “color” in its color scheme for a bland “Eurowhite” “updated” livery.

Previously on August 3, 2018 CEO Stephen Kavanagh issued this report on the first six months of 2018:

Aer Lingus has an ambitious flight path – to be the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic. This vision is enabled by a profitable, sustainable short-haul network; and is supported by a guest-focused brand and digitally-enabled value proposition. Todays’ results are the latest manifestation of the airline’s successful business model. A business model that has delivered accelerated growth, boosted traffic, created new Irish job opportunities and driven Irish tourism growth particularly from North America over the past number of years.

We are now re-investing in the business to deliver future growth. This year Aer Lingus is flying 17 times daily to 13 North American gateways, providing a record 2.75 million seats between Ireland and North America: we have almost doubled our North American transatlantic capacity from Dublin over the past five years. This growth has a very positive impact on the wider economy in this country with tourism receipts from North American visitors up 27% since 2015 to over €1.5 billion.

We have invested in our people with hundreds of new Cabin Crew, Pilot and Ground positions created this summer; we had over 8,600 applicants for the Aer Lingus Future Pilot Programme which launched in April; our Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme launched in May is a four-year programme run in conjunction with DIT and SOLAS, Further Education & Training Authority in Ireland. Our commitment to investing in our people is exemplified by the multi-million euro investment in a new joint flight crew and cabin crew training centre which will be open in 2020.

We have been undergoing a programme of positive change in response to our ambitious growth strategy. We have repositioned our brand and enhanced our product and guest experience offering a new Aer Lingus Business Class; WiFi on A330s; new website and mobile app; automated check-in and bag drop experience at Dublin airport, to name just a few. All of these changes are informed by extensive guest engagement, we listen carefully to the over 12 million guests we carry every year and adapt our offer accordingly.

In order to realise our growth ambitions, significant infrastructure development and process improvement is required at Dublin Airport. We expect that the airport’s forthcoming Capital Investment Programme will begin to address the infrastructure deficits at the airport. Prior to the delivery of such infrastructure, we are hopeful that airlines can work with Dublin Airport to make significant process improvement and to optimise existing infrastructure in order to address the existing congestion and to facilitate growth.

Our aim is to compete on the global stage and to realise our ambition to be the leading value carrier on the North Atlantic. Our new aircraft being delivered from 2019 – the Airbus A321 NEO LR, will make new airports in the US more attractive and present a variety of potential destination cities. To realise the new opportunity that these new modern fuel-efficient aircraft will provide, we launched a search for new 2019 North American Airport destinations presenting a unique opportunity for local communities to invest, alongside Aer Lingus, in the introduction or expansion of our service, as has been so successfully realised in Hartford. Our new uniform will project a distinctive, contemporary Irish brand that can compete internationally, as we target travel to Europe from North America as well as those travelling west. We have a clear path for continued growth.

This success is the result of our value model, based on the pillars of cost, product and service which continues to deliver. Our investment in new aircraft, new uniforms, new facilities, and new people is part of our objective to futureproof the business and is demonstrative of our big ambitions.

Stephen Kavanagh is CEO of Aer Lingus

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Aer Lingus): Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DEK (msn 2399) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943518.

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Brussels Airlines invests further in its Africa network, drops Mumbai

Brussels Airlines continues to invest in its position on the African market, by further reinforcing its flight offer to and from the continent.

As of next year, the airline adds 3 extra flights per week to Banjul (Gambia) and will operate 3 out of the 7 weekly frequencies to Dakar (Senegal) as a direct flight, without a stop in another African airport.

At the same time, the airline ceases its operations to and from Mumbai on January 6, 2019, but continues to offer its customers smooth travel options via Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich with Lufthansa Group partners Lufthansa and Swiss.

After a network expansion of 26 short- and medium-haul destinations this summer, Brussels Airlines invests further in its African long-haul network in winter. The airline will service Banjul (The Gambia) daily instead of 4 times a week. From the 7 weekly flights to and from Dakar, 3 flights will become direct flights, without a stop in another African airport from 7 January onwards, creating more capacity on the flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Brussels Airlines’ Mumbai flights, which were launched in March 2017, will be stopped on January 6, 2019 for economic reasons, as the route does not deliver the anticipated results. At the same time, passengers still have ample alternative travel options via Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich thanks to Lufthansa Group airlines Lufthansa and SWISS. The Mumbai flight capacity will be used to refocus on Africa, the core intercontinental business of Brussels Airlines.

Customers who had booked flights to or from Mumbai after 6 January are being contacted by Brussels Airlines and are offered alternative travel solutions to get to their final destination.

On the short-haul network, Brussels Airlines adds two new destinations: as from October Kiev (Ukraine) will be served 4 times a week and as of February a 3-weekly service to Wroclaw (Poland) will be launched. Furthermore the airline adds additional frequencies to existing destinations this winter season, including Alicante, Billund, Bordeaux, Faro, Geneva, Lisbon, Malaga and Tel Aviv.

Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-TCV (msn 1968) LHR (SPA). Image: 941759.

Above Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-TCV (msn 1968) LHR (SPA). Image: 941759.

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Brussels Airlines is also making a significant investment this winter in its long-haul product and overall on board experience by gradually renewing the cabins of its ten Airbus A330 aircraft, launching a brand new Business Class, a renewed Economy Class and for the first time a Premium Economy Class in a separate cabin. The first refurbished aircraft will be ready in December.

New destinations starting in Winter 2018-2019:

  • Kiev 4x/week (as of October 2018) – all-year destination
  • Wroclaw 3x/week (as of Feb 2019) – all-year destination

Additional frequencies as from Winter Season (starting on October 29, 2018)

Short Haul

  • Alicante +1/week
  • Billund +2/week
  • Bordeaux +1/week
  • Faro +1/week
  • Geneva +1/week
  • Lisbon +1/week

Long Haul (changes effective as from January 7, 2019)

  • Banjul +3/week (daily service)
  • Dakar: remains daily service but 3 times direct

All other images by Brussels Airlines.

Allegiant and Vegas Golden Knights announce multi-year partnership agreement

Ex EC-HHA, delivered on April 20, 2018

Allegiant Air and the Vegas Golden Knights announced today an unprecedented multi-year partnership, designating Allegiant as the “Official Domestic Airline Partner of the Vegas Golden Knights.”  The partnership – in Allegiant’s hometown of Las Vegas – promises to engage hockey fans across North America through key activations and sponsored content.

In addition to the exclusive designation as the “Official Domestic Airline Partner of the Vegas Golden Knights,” Allegiant will engage hockey fans at various touchpoints throughout T-Mobile Arena, through on-site activations on Toshiba Plaza and via digital and social media. Fans can expect big fun from Allegiant throughout the season including Vegas Golden Knights tickets and autographed gear giveaways and much more.

The Vegas Golden Knights are a National Hockey League franchise owned and operated by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC. The Vegas Golden Knights were established by founding partners William Foley and his family and the Maloof family.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N214NV (msn 1221) (Vueling colors) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 943456.

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Alaska to add Seattle/Tacoma – Columbus, Ohio flights

Alaska Airlines Airbus A320-214 N625VA (msn 2800) SEA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104705.

Alaska Airlines will add a new spoke route from its Seattle/Tacoma hub next year. The carrier on March 7, 2019 the carrier will add the SEA – Columbus, Ohio route.

The new route will be operated daily with Airbus A320 aircraft.

Alaska Airlines issued this statement:

Alaska Airlines is ready to touch down in Buckeye Country. The airline announced today it will begin daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio. The new service, which is scheduled to begin March 7, 2019, will be the only nonstop flight offered between the Pacific Northwest and Central Ohio.


Effective Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
March 7, 2019 Seattle – Columbus 9:45 a.m. 5:15 p.m. Daily A320
March 7, 2019 Columbus – Seattle 6:15 p.m. 8:25 p.m. Daily A320

Flight times based on local time zones.

Alaska currently operates an average of 31 daily flights from the West Coast to 10 Midwest cities, which includes Chicago; Detroit; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Minneapolis; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Nebraska; St. Louis; and Wichita, Kansas.

From Alaska’s main hub in Seattle/Tacoma, guests can travel nonstop to 89 destinations. Columbus becomes the 90th nonstop destination this spring.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Airbus A320-214 N625VA (msn 2800) SEA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104705.

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Frontier Airlines adds six new routes and its 100th City: Harlingen, Texas

"Cliff, the Mountain Goat"

Frontier Airlines has announced the one-hundredth city in the low-fare carrier’s network and the addition of six new routes to its network.

The airline will add new, low-fare service to/from Harlingen, Texas with the only non-stop service to Denver and Chicago as well as international service from Las Vegas with nonstop flights to both Cancun and Cabos San Lucas, Mexico.

In addition to low fares for Harlingen being the carrier’s 100th city served, the nonstop flights to Denver mark an important milestone for Denver International Airport (DEN). The addition of Frontier service to Harlingen brings the number of domestic destinations available from DEN to 179, which represents the most domestic routes that any U.S. airport serves. Frontier is proud to help its hometown airport achieve this success.

Additionally, Frontier will introduce new service from Chicago O’Hare with flights to Palm Springs, California and from Philadelphia to Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla. This means Frontier will now offer 31 nonstop destinations to/from Las Vegas, 19 destinations to/from Chicago, 24 destinations to/from Philadelphia, and 2 destinations to/from Sarasota/Bradenton.

Summary of New Service:


Depart ORD: 1:54 p.m. Arrive HRL: 5:15 p.m.

Depart HRL: 6:05 p.m. Arrive: ORD: 9:19 p.m.

Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Nov. 21



Depart ORD: 7:50 a.m. Arrive PSP: 10:12 a.m.

Depart PSP: 5:12 p.m. Arrive: ORD: 11:18 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Friday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Dec. 14



Depart DEN: 6:15 a.m. Arrive HRL: 10:02 a.m.

Depart HRL: 10:55 a.m. Arrive: DEN: 12:52 p.m.

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Nov. 22



Depart LAS: 12:09 p.m. Arrive SJD: 4:05 p.m.

Depart SJD: 5 p.m. Arrive LAS: 7:02 p.m.

Frequency: Saturday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Dec. 15



Depart CUN: 6:19 p.m. Arrive LAS: 8:20 p.m.

Depart LAS: 9:56 a.m. Arrive CUN: 5:24 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Friday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Dec. 21



Depart PHL: 4:52 p.m. Arrive SRQ: 7:45 p.m.

Depart SRQ: 8:43 p.m. Arrive: PHL: 9:18 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Friday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Dec. 10


Top Copyright Photo (all others by Frontier): Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-214 N216FR (msn 4745) (Mountain Goat) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943098.

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Eurowings integrates the last of a total 77 ex-Airberlin aircraft

Eurowings Airbus A320-214 D-ABHG (msn 2867) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942415.

Eurowings made this announcement on social media:

After nine months we are integrating the last of a total of 77 aircraft from Air Berlin into our fleet. The Airbus A320 with 174 seats and the registration D-ABDT will be in service from today.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Eurowings): Eurowings Airbus A320-214 D-ABHG (msn 2867) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942415.

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Alaska to drop the San Francisco – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood route

Alaska Airlines Airbus A320-214 N625VA (msn 2800) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104579.

Alaska Airlines is planning to drop the former Virgin America San Francisco – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood route.

The last flight will be operated on January 7, 2019 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Airbus A320-214 N625VA (msn 2800) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104579.

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