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Hans Airways’ first Airbus A330-200 arrives in the U.K.

Hans Airways, the UK’s new long-haul airline readying to fly to India, celebrated the arrival of its first Airbus A330-200 on UK soil this week.

The first aircraft is Airbus A330-202 registered as G-KJAS (msn 950).

The aircraft touched down from Palma Airport, Mallorca to Birmingham International Airport on August 2, welcomed by CEO Satnam Saini, COO Nathan Burkitt and CCO Martin Dunn for Hans Airways, ahead of formal technical handover and technical acceptance signing with the lessor.

Hans Airways has partnered with maintenance and repair overhaul specialist STS Aviation Services for Re-Registration tasks and Entry into service modifications ahead of its important route-proving flight for the UK Civil Aviation Authority in the coming weeks. The A330 will fly as newly re-registered G-KJAS.

Since 2020, Hans Airways has maintained a close dialogue with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on its progress. Prior to arriving in Palma, the aircraft underwent a thorough 200-hour inspection in Abu Dhabi (UAE) by Etihad Engineering (work previously contracted by its former airline operator, Air Europa). The aircraft was required to return to Spain, its original country of registration for final contractual, administration, financial transfer and customs clearance. In Palma work included a final internal inspection of the engines and rectification of any defect identified on the airworthiness and positioning flight.

First Hans Airways Airbus A330-200 arrives in United Kingdom

“Our first widebody Airbus arriving into the UK is a big and significant milestone on Hans Airways’ journey to launch,” said CEO Satnam Saini. These past 12 months we are very pleased to have added a wealth of competence and experience to our leadership and management team and recruited and trained up a full complement of exceptional pilots and cabin crew who will be ready to fly as soon as the airline’s AOC is awarded.

“We are delighted STS has been selected as a long-term key maintenance supplier to support Hans Airways’ Airbus A330,” stated Colby Payne, Head of Sales for STS. “As a result of this partnership, we have accepted the first aircraft for a maintenance visit at our state of the art, wide-body aircraft MRO facility in Birmingham and look forward to supporting Hans Airways with further projects as its growth continues.”

First Hans Airways Airbus A330-200 arrives in United KingdomAmritsar / Golden Temple will be its first route

Once it has its AOC, together with similar accreditation from India’s DGCA, Hans Airways is planning an initial four times weekly service from Birmingham to Amritsar in North India. Amritsar is a major commercial and cultural centre in the heart of Punjab. The city is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion and home to the Harmandir Sahib, famously known as the Golden Temple.

As Hans Airways finalizes slots and timetable, it plans to operate ACMI / charter services, which will help with crew training ahead of the scheduled service operation, Satnam Saini said.

About Hans Airways

Hans Airways is the UK’s newest hybrid, long-haul airline venture, blending value for money fares with a quality inflight service offering. Hans Airways will offer two classes of cabins: Economy class with a 31-inch seat pitch and 274 seats, and Premium Economy (called “Anand Plus”), offering a 56″ pitch and 24 seats. It will offer high quality complementary inflight entertainment and catering as standard.

Air Serbia increases the number of flights to the United States, wants more cabin crew members

Air Serbia Airbus A330-202 YU-ARA (msn 885) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403140.

Air Serbia made this announcement:

Due to increased demand for flights between Belgrade and New York, starting from the upcoming winter season, Air Serbia will increase the number of flights on this route from the usual two flights a week to three flights a week. The Serbian national airline will be operating flights between these two cities every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. In addition to that, Air Serbia continues to expand its operations in the United States market, and starting in April 2023, it will commence direct flights between Belgrade and Chicago (O’Hare Airport – ORD). Chicago will be the second U.S. destination in Air Serbia’s network, and the Serbian national airline plans to operate flights on this route two times a week.

With the introduction of Belgrade – Chicago flights, for the first time after 32 years, the capital of Serbia will be directly connected to the American city where approximately 350 thousand residents of Serbian origin reside, as well as a large number of residents hailing from other countries of former Yugoslavia, as well as neighbouring Balkan countries, which are well-connected with Belgrade via the regional Air Serbia network.

Chicago, with 2.75 million inhabitants in the city and 9.62 million in the wider metropolitan area, is the most populated city in the state of Illinois and the third most populated city in the USA, after New York and Los Angeles. It is located on the coast of Lake Michigan and represents an important international centre of finance, culture, trade, industry, education, communication and transport, which was visited by 60 million tourists in 2019.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is one of the six highest-traffic airports in the world, and in 2019, more than 90 million passengers have used its services.

Thanks to the recommencement of trans-Atlantic flights six years ago, Air Serbia again enabled connections between the region and the United States of America, after a pause of almost two and a half decades. Since the re-establishment of the air connection to the U.S. to May of this year, the national airline has carried a total of 383,324 passengers on the Belgrade – New York route.

The flights between Belgrade and New York are operated by the biggest aircraft in Air Serbia’s fleet, an Airbus A330, named after famous Serbian scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla.

In other news,

Due to the planned expansion of the network of destinations and higher traffic in the upcoming period, Air Serbia has announced a call for new cabin crew members. Interested candidates, who are at least 18, have a high school diploma and are fluent in English, can apply by filling out an applicationon the official website of the company no later than August 10, 2022. Candidates who wish to join the Serbian national airline also need to be citizens of the Republic of Serbia and to have a valid passport, to be communicative and to have a positive approach to completing everyday tasks.

During the selection process, the candidates will undergo specially designed tests and exercises in order to meet the highest work standards cultivated at the company. The necessary criteria which will be used to rank candidates include a high level of fluency in English, readiness to help passengers, and demonstrated motivation and desire to become a member of the national airline’s team.

Short-listed candidates will have the opportunity to learn about work dynamic, career opportunities and internal training offered by our company to employees from Air Serbia hiring experts.

After a pause of two years, the hiring of new cabin crew members will be organized for the second time this year. After the previous drive and assessment held in April, 28 selected candidates have continued their career in Air Serbia.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Serbia Airbus A330-202 YU-ARA (msn 885) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403140.

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Level returns to Los Angeles and San Francisco from Barcelona

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Starting this week, LEVEL, IAG’s low-cost long-haul airline, connects Los Angeles with Barcelona and resumes its direct San Francisco–Barcelona route as part of its Summer 2022 Program.

LEVEL is the only airline that offers a direct connection from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Barcelona. The route from Los Angeles, the airline’s highlight for this summer season, will initially operate with three frequencies a week, on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and, as of June 1, an additional frequency will be added on Wednesdays, taking the total up to four. The route from San Francisco resumes with four weekly frequencies, including operations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

This low-cost company is characterized by offering tailor-made customer experiences with very affordable prices. In fact, both routes to Barcelona are on sale from $479 round trip from Los Angeles and from $509 round trip from San Francisco.

The routes from Los Angeles and San Francisco are two of four routes that LEVEL will operate in the United States during this 2022 summer season. In addition to Los Angeles and San Francisco, LEVEL is also flying to Barcelona from New York and a Boston–Barcelona route will be added on May 1.

Moreover, the airline’s codeshare with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines links the city of Barcelona with the US market thanks to the connecting reservations to and from destinations offered by those airlines. Thus, this codeshare provides the destinations of American Airlines and Alaska Airlines with a greater number of connections to Barcelona and other Spanish and European destinations through the network of Vueling, IAG’s low-cost short/medium-haul airline.

LEVEL will offer more than 11,000 weekly seats on its routes to the United States, which is more than double what it offered in 2019, before the pandemic.

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan destination in Spain. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the art of Gaudí, the city offers its visitors a vast array of culture, history, and spectacular beaches for fun or just relaxing. The city is also well known for its rich gastronomy, with restaurants for every taste.

Route details

Frequency Departure airport Departure time Arrival airport Arrival time
Monday, Wednesday*, Thursday, and Saturday BCN 14:00 LAX 18:10
Monday, Wednesday*, Thursday, and Saturday LAX 19:55 BCN 16:40 +1
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday BCN 14:00 SFO 18:10
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday SFO 20:10 BCN 17:00 +1

* From June 1, a fourth additional frequency is added to the Los AngelesBarcelona route.

To enter Spain, it is necessary to be vaccinated and present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate. Tourists can have two doses if no more than 270 days have passed since the date of the last vaccination, or three doses if more than 14 days have passed since the third vaccination.

If the established vaccination requirements are not met, a negative COVID-19 test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain or an antigen test carried out no more than 24 hours prior to arrival can be presented instead. It is also essential to fill out the Spain Travel Health form and obtain the QR code, vaccinated or not.

Top Copyright Photo: Level (Spain) Airbus A330-202 EC-MOU (msn 1777) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938159.

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Air Italy to shut down

Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GGN (msn 482) MIA (Brian McDonough). Image: 949038.

Air Italy made this announcement today:

Following the shareholders’ meeting of Air Italy (Alisarda and Qatar Airways through AQA Holding spa) which decided the “liquidazione in bonis” of the company, and with the aim of minimizing the inconvenience for passengers holding Air Italy tickets, we inform all passengers that:

From February 11 to 25, 2020 inclusive, all Air Italy flights will be operated by other carriers at the times and on the days previously scheduled; all passengers who booked flights (outward or return) after February 25, 2020 will be re-protected or fully refunded.

More specifically:

  • All scheduled flights (outward or return) up to and including February 25, 2020 (including the first departures on the morning of February 26, 2020 of domestic flights to Malpensa and from Male and Dakar airports) will be regularly operated, without any changes to the original scheduled dates and times and on the same flight conditions. Passengers will be able to fly using their ticket. Alternatively, passengers can always opt for a full ticket refund by emailing the following address refunds@airitaly.com (or contacting their travel agency) prior to their flight’s departure time.
  • For all tickets scheduled to depart by February 25, 2020 and to return after February 25, 2020:
    • – the outward journey will be regularly operated, without any changes to the original scheduled dates and times and the same flight conditions; with regards to the return flight, passengers will be offered a travel option on the first available flight of another carrier, the details of which will be provided from 18 February 2020 by calling the following number from Italy: 892928, from abroad: +39078952682, from Usa: +1 866 3876359, from Canada: +1 800 7461888, or by contacting the travel agency in the case of purchase through this channel.
    • – Alternatively, passengers can opt to claim their refund for unused flight segments, by emailing the following address refunds@airitaly.com (or by contacting the travel agency if the ticket was purchased through it) prior to the flight’s departure time.
  • Tickets for return flights after February 25, 2020:
    • – If purchased directly via the web (Air Italy portal) or Air Italy contact center, they will be fully refunded in a manner that will be provided via email, or requesting it at the address refunds@airitaly.com
    • – If purchased through the Air Italy ticket office, they will be fully refunded by going to any Air Italy ticket office
    • – If purchased through a travel agency it will be necessary to request a refund or a change of travel by contacting the agency

All bookings for which the travel document has not been completed through the purchase of the ticket will automatically lapse. For more information, the toll-free number from Italy: 892928; from abroad: +39078952682 from Usa: +1 866 3876359 from Canada: +1 800 7461888

Top Copyright Photo: Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GGN (msn 482) MIA (Brian McDonough). Image: 949038.

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Blue Panorama Airlines becomes Luke Air

Formerly Blue Panorama Airlines

Blue Panorama Airlines has become Luke Air with the arrival of the first ex-Qatar Airways Airbus A330-200.

Airbus A330-202 is pictured at Dublin after coming out of the paint shop in the new brand.

Two Airbus A330-200s are being added and will eventually replace the Boeing 767-300s.

Copyright Photo: Luke Air Airbus A330-202 A7-ACA (9H-RTU) (msn 473) DUB (Greenwing). Image: 948001.

Level to start Paris – Las Vegas service in October

Level (France) Airbus A330-202 F-HLVL (msn 1864) ORY (Wingnut). Image: 946106.

Level (Paris-Orly) will launch a new route from Paris (Orly) to Las Vegas on October 30. The twice-weekly service (Wednesdays and Sundays) will operate with Airbus A330-200s.


Top Copyright Photo: Level (France) Airbus A330-202 F-HLVL (msn 1864) ORY (Wingnut). Image: 946106.

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Air Italy responds to American, Delta and United accusations

Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GFX (msn 571) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 946242.

Air Italy has issued this statement following a previous statement by Qatar Airways:

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have waged a years’ long war against their competitors in the Middle East. With those disputes having been settled last year, the three carriers have since turned their attention to us, claiming that we, Air Italy, are somehow a threat to American jobs and the health of the US airline industry.

Let us introduce ourselves, and set the record straight.

Air Italy is an Italian-registered and Italy-based airline. We are 56 years old (we previously were known as Meridiana), and we have served the United States for many years. Our shareholders are Alisarda, which holds 51% of our shares, and Qatar Airways, with a 49% shareholding. Our ownership structure has been reviewed and approved by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, ENAC, and by the European Commission.

As of today we have a fleet of 13 aircraft, five of which are capable of operating long-haul service. While we pride ourselves on our flair and world-class service, we are puzzled (but slightly flattered) that the three very largest US carriers – which between themselves operate a fleet of more 2,500 aircraft – claim to be threatened by us.

We serve four points in the US from Milan – New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. We have served New York’s JFK International Airport for many years. And we have added an important new service option for Miami, which we serve five days per week.

We have also just launched and have been welcomed warmly in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where we offer the only nonstop service to Milan. We will serve these cities four days per week – providing an important link between the US and Italian high tech, fashion and entertainment capitals.

Qatar Airways, which announced its minority investment in US in 2016 and completed its investment in us in 2017, does not code-share on our US-Italy routes.

The largest US carriers (and their alliance partners) control about 90% of all transatlantic traffic. If any of these three US airlines genuinely believe that our tiny share of “their” market is a threat, or that we should not be permitted to be licensed as an Italian carrier and serve the US, then they should address their complaints to ENAC and to the European Commission. We are proud to be serving the US market under a new name and colors, offering consumers an affordable, fun and high-quality new travel alternative.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GFX (msn 571) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 946242.

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Alitalia: Records 14th consecutive month of passenger growth – +4% in January

Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A330-202 EI-EJJ (msn 1225) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104900.

Alitalia made this announcement for January 2019 as other airlines (Air France-KLM, Lufthansa, Delta, easyJet etc.) consider taking a share of the struggling flag carrier:

Alitalia’s passenger revenues increase continues the growth trend reported in the previous months.

The Italian airline reported in January 2019 the fourteenth consecutive month of growth, with a 4 percent increase in passenger revenues, compared to January 2018.

The growth was achieved without aircraft fleet expansion and was in particular driven by the excellent performance in the international and intercontinental sectors.

In January 2019, passenger revenues of long-haul services increased by 6 per cent compared to the previous year and now represent 48 percent of total passenger revenues, a value never achieved in the last 5 years.

Number of passengers carried on long-haul flights also continues the growth trend: in January 2019, Alitalia carried 197,380 travelers on its intercontinental services with a 2.3 percent increase compared to the same month of the previous year.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Airbus A330-202 EI-EJJ (msn 1225) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104900.

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Air Italy drops plans to serve Chicago O’Hare

Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GGP (msn 521) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 945550.

Air Italy has dropped its plans to launch a Milan (Malpensa) – Chicago (O’Hare) route. The airline is no longer taking reservations. The new route was intended to commence on May 14, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Italy): Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GGP (msn 521) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 945550.

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Air Italy is coming to California

Air Italy's first Airbus A330-200

Air Italy (3rd) is launching two new California routes from Milan (Malpensa) in the spring 2019.

The rejuvenated carrier is launching a new route to Los Angeles (four days a week) on April 3, 2019 followed by San Francisco (four days a week) on April 10, 2019.

In other news, the airline launched a new route from Milan (Malpensa) to Delhi yesterday (December 7) (below).


This will be followed by a Milan (Malpensa) – Mumbai route starting on December 14, 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GFX (msn 571) ISS (Marco Finelli). Image: 942229.

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