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Brussels Airlines submits new offer to its pilot community focusing on work life balance and remuneration package

Brussels Airlines' 2018 "Aerosmurf" logo jet

Brussels Airlines has issued this statement:

The Brussels Airlines management and union delegates have worked together intensively the past weeks to further improve the working conditions of the airline’s pilot community. Today, the airline and its social partners have discussed the proposal that will be submitted to the Brussels Airlines pilots for referendum in the coming days.

The current proposal is the result of a joint working group that mainly focussed on the improvement of the current duty and rest time rules and other measures further enhancing the work life balance of the pilots, as well as a compensation plan.

The new proposal represents an important investment both financially as well as in terms of resources for the company and answers to the majority of the concerns of the Brussels Airlines cockpit community.

Based on the proposal made, Brussels Airlines hopes that an agreement can be reached.

In other news, Brussels Airlines welcomed 5.3% more passengers in May, compared to the same period last year. The growth was projected to be higher, but two days of social actions forced the airline to cancel 557 flights. Nevertheless, compared to the same month last year, the number of passengers traveling with Brussels Airlines rose from 839,320 to 883,784.

Compared to the same month last year, Brussels Airlines performed 7.3% less flights in May. The decrease in flights is caused by the social actions of the airline’s pilots on May 14th and May 16th, causing the cancellation of 557 flights. However, the number of passengers traveling on a Brussels Airlines flight rose by 5.3% compared to May 2017.

On the European network the airline registered a passenger growth of 4.8%, while the number of passengers travelling on North American flights rose by 1.3%. Compared to the same month last year, 2.7% more customers have chosen Brussels Airlines for flights to and from the Middle East. The strongest increase was noted on the African network, where 14.1% more guests boarded a Brussels Airlines flight. The number of people traveling with Brussels Airlines to Asia decreased by 13.2%, due to a lower flight offer. In May 2018 the airline operated 40 flights to Mumbai, compared to 44 flights in May 2017.

Despite the decrease in operated flights, the Available Seat-Kilometers (ASK) increased by 3.9%, due to the replacement of the last AVRO jets (100 seats) by bigger Airbus aircraft (180 seats). The Passenger Load Factor climbed up from 76.5% in May last year to 80.3% in May 2018. Thanks to its increased offer, Brussels Airlines was able to continue offering competitive fares and attract even more customers. This means, however, that the pressure on the ticket prices remains very high.

The Cargo Load Factor increased by 4.3 percentage points to an average of 69.7%, while the Revenue Ton-Kilometers (RTK) grew by 11.0%. The transported cargo volume amounted to 4,446 tons.

Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-SND (msn 1838) (we fly you to the home of the Smurfs) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 941886.

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Allegiant welcomes its first-in-fleet American assembled Airbus A320

Allegiant Air this week welcomed its first U.S.-produced Airbus A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama (below).

The pictured Airbus A320-214 N256NV (msn 8220) was handed over on May 22, 2018 and immediately ferried to the Sanford, FL base.

Aerial Photos of the Assembly Line Mobile Airbus FAL at Brookley

A team of Allegiant employees and executives from the company’s headquarters in Las Vegas (below) joined Airbus’ leadership team at the production facility for a special ceremony to officially mark the delivery. The Airbus A320 is the 11th of 13 new A320 aircraft scheduled for purchase directly from Airbus, to be inducted into Allegiant’s fleet this year.

A team of Allegiant employees take delivery of the airline’s first U.S.-produced A320 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama on May 22, 2018 (PRNewsfoto/Allegiant)

Previously inducted aircraft have been assembled in Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany.

This delivery marks another step in Allegiant’s planned transition to a single fleet type by the end of 2018. Allegiant currently has a total of 99 Airbus aircraft either in service or committed for future delivery.

All photos by Allegiant Air or Airbus.


easyJet salutes its growing Bordeaux hub with a new logo jet

Salute to the growing Bordeaux hub

easyJet carried 18.8 million passengers to and from France in 2017, with 1.7 million to and from Bordeaux.
The inauguration of seven new routes will bring the total number of destinations served by the “orange airline” from Bordeaux to 29, consolidating its position with 28% of the French market. 
easyJet has operated in Bordeaux since 2006, and the opening of the Bordeaux base and the arrival of three aircraft this spring 2018 will bring the total capacity to nearly 22 million seats in France, including more than 2.2 million in Bordeaux, which is an increase of approximately 21%.  These changes will mean an additional 400,000 seats during the summer period alone. The new base will also allow easyJet to recruit 110 staff in Bordeaux.
easyJet is saluting this growing presence with this new logo jet.
Javier Rodriguez reporting from Spain.
Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 G-EZUH (msn 4708) (Bordeaux) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 941984.
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Air Malta starts new routes to Southend, Cagliari and Catania

"Valletta - European Capital of Culture 2018"

Last weekend Air Malta started its much anticipated flights between Malta to London Southend, Malta to Cagliari and flights between London Southend, Catania and Cagliari Airports. Air Malta will continue to operate these routes in winter 2018/9.

The Maltese airline started operating a twice weekly flight to Cagliari in Sardinia every Wednesday and Sunday, a twice weekly flight to Catania every Monday and Thursday and three times weekly to Malta every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Customers travelling to/from London Southend can also opt to travel via Catania or Cagliari thus connecting Malta and London Southend with a daily flight.

Top Copyright Photo (others by Air Malta): Air Malta (airmalta.com) Airbus A320-214 9H-AEO (msn 2768) (Valletta – European Capital of Culture 2018) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941852.

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Reuters: Brussels Airlines pilots call for a strike on May 11

First A340, in service March 20, 2018 Dusseldorf - Vienna

From Reuters:

Pilots of Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines plan to go on strike from May 11 in a dispute over pay and conditions.

The unions of pilots formally notified the airline of its intention on Friday, although there will be talks between Brussels Airlines and union representatives on Monday, the airline and a union representative said.

Pilots want a pay hike, a better work-life balance, improved career prospects and the possibility of earlier retirement and voted 80 percent in favor of a strike.

Filip Lemberechts of the ACLVB union said many of the concerns related to Brussels Airlines future as part of Lufthansa’s budget brand Eurowings.

“What will happen to Brussels Airlines for medium- and long-haul flights, what is the position of Brussels… As long as there is uncertainty, people are worried,” he said.

Lufthansa, which took control of the Belgian national flag carrier in 2016, earlier this year appointed a new chief executive officer and chief operating officer at the airline.

The German company plans to use Brussels Airlines to expand long-haul operations for its Eurowings budget brand out of Duesseldorf.

Copyright Photo: Operated by Brussels Airlines: Eurowings (Brussels Airlines) Airbus A340-313 OO-SCW (msn 335) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 941319.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-TCQ (msn 2114) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 941516.

Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-TCQ (msn 2114) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 941516.

Air Canada operates a biofuel flight from Edmonton to San Francisco

Air Canada Airbus A320-214 C-FGKH (msn 1975) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940090.

Air Canada announced its EdmontonSan Francisco flight on May 2 will operate with biofuel onboard a 146-seat Airbus A320-200 aircraft. The larger aircraft was scheduled for this flight to accommodate the trade mission delegation led by the Government of Alberta, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton-area businesses to California.

“Air Canada is proud to partner today with the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) to operate today’s flight with biofuel. Air Canada continues to support and advocate for the development of biofuel in Canada to become commercially viable; a big step towards creating more sustainable aviation in Canada and internationally. This is our eighth biofuel-operated flight since 2012. The result of today’s biofuel use reduces this flight’s carbon emissions by over 10 tonnes, which represents a 20% reduction in net carbon emissions for this flight,” said Teresa Ehman, Director, Environmental Affairs at Air Canada.

“Since 1990, Air Canada has improved its fuel efficiency by 43 per cent. We have also committed to meet ambitious targets set by the International Air Transport Association, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. These efforts and other green initiatives to increase efficiency and reduce waste were recognized by Air Transport World which earlier this year named Air Canada the Eco-Airline of the Year for 2018.”

“This biofuel demonstration flight reflects our combined commitment to bring forward low carbon, renewable fuels into the aviation and airport sectors,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of EdmontonInternational Airport. “Air Canada’s leadership in the renewable resource sector strongly aligns with EIA’s commitment to regional economic development and sustainability, while reducing the long-term carbon impact of airport operations.”

“Dozens of Alberta businesses and organizations are joining us on today’s San Francisco flight, to help showcase our province’s potential abroad and create new jobs and opportunities at home,” said the Honourable Deron Bilous, Alberta Minister of Economic Development and Trade. “Using biofuel is an important reminder that, by working with partners like Air Canada and EIA, Alberta will continue to be the energy and environmental leader North America needs for the 21st century.”

“This commitment and use of cleaner energy shows corporate leadership which is integral to all of us working together to address climate change,” said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “I hope it encourages other companies to follow suit so we can continue to accelerate leadership on energy transition and climate change.”

Air Canada’s EdmontonSan Francisco daily, nonstop flights launched yesterday, May 1.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Airbus A320-214 C-FGKH (msn 1975) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940090.

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Hong Kong Airlines to start daily service to Manila from June 2018

Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A320-214 B-LPJ (msn 5514) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 936068.

Hong Kong Airlines will operate daily flights between its home base of Hong Kong and Manila, the capital of the Philippines from  June 1, 2018 – the latest addition to the airline’s expanding network.


Hong Kong Airlines will deploy an Airbus A320 on the new route, which will be outfitted with a single-class configuration and offer 174 seats in Economy Class.

The schedule* for the new service can be seen below (All times local):

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Tue, Fri, Sun




Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat






Copyright Photo: Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A320-214 B-LPJ (msn 5514) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 936068.

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