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Air Transat adds Split, Croatia to its European destinations for summer 2019

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Air Transat has announced it will be adding Split, Croatia, to its transatlantic flight program.

Starting in the summer of 2019, the airline will offer a weekly nonstop flight to Split.

Air Transat, besides adding Split, Croatia, to its destinations and is also increasing its nonstop flights for many of its main transatlantic markets, namely, Italy, Greece, Croatia, France and Portugal.

With 27 destinations in Europe and the Middle East accessible from six airports in Canada via connecting flights, Air Transat makes planning a dream vacation a breeze for Canadians. Moreover, as of summer 2019, passengers heading to destinations such as Nice, Porto and Basel will fly in one of two new Airbus A321neo LR airplanes being added to its fleet.

A new destination and a bigger footprint in key markets

Given Canadians’ growing interest in the Balkan Peninsula, Air Transat is pleased to be adding Split to its destinations. With its two flights to Zagreb, that makes three direct flights to Croatia every week from Toronto. There will be more direct flights to Greece and Italy, for a total of four weekly flights to Athens (Greece) from Montreal and Toronto. Lamezia (Italy), the gateway to the South of Italy, will be accessible twice a week from Toronto. The airline is increasing its departures to a number of other destinations as well: from Montreal, there will be three flights to Porto (Portugal), three to Nice (France)and two to Basel (Switzerland). Meanwhile, there will be five weekly flights to Dublin (Ireland) from Toronto.

The United Kingdom, France and the Mediterranean in demand

By flying direct every week from four Canadian cities, the airline makes London (England) accessible to vacationers with departures from Toronto (daily), Vancouver (daily), Montreal (three times a week) and Calgary (three times a week). Vacationers looking to discover other areas of the UK can count on five direct flights weekly to Manchester and Glasgow from Toronto, as well as connecting flights from Montreal, Vancouver, Quebec City, Calgary and Edmonton.

Air Transat, the leading airline between Canada and France, remains the benchmark for leisure travel in France. This year, Air Transat is once again offering direct flights from Montreal to the biggest cities in France, that is, Paris (daily direct flights), Marseille (five direct flights weekly), Lyon and Toulouse (four direct flights weekly), as well as Nice, Nantes and Bordeaux (three direct flights weekly). And with its vast network of connecting flights, Air Transat makes most of these destinations available to people in and around Quebec City, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.

Furthermore, Air Transat is set to offer passengers a new product combining air and rail travel, in partnership with SNCF, France’s national rail service. The airline’s customers will be able to purchase a single ticket comprising a flight to Paris plus TGV AIR service enabling them to complete their journey on the TGV high-speed rail network within France or to Brussels, Belgium, thus facilitating access to French provinces and Brussels on a daily basis. Air Transat and SNCF promise a simple service delivering several benefits: a single booking, a single fare and a single ticket. It will be available as of January 2019, and travellers will be able to book from Canada starting in December.

The Mediterranean region, with its idyllic turquoise waters, is vital to the airline’s flight program. First, there’s Spain, which remains an undeniable draw thanks to its dream combination of scenic beaches and captivating culture. Air Transat will continue its direct flights from Montreal to Barcelona (five direct flights weekly) and Malaga (three direct flights weekly) as well as from Toronto, with three direct flights weekly to Barcelona. These Spanish destinations remain accessible to people in the Quebec City, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton areas via Air Transat’s network of connecting flights. Finally, getting to Lisbon (Portugal) will be as easy as ever with five direct flights weekly from Montreal and four from Toronto.

Rome remains accessible too, with five direct flights from Montreal and seven from Toronto. The Italian capital will be easily reachable for travellers from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton via connecting flights through Toronto.

Tel Aviv, Prague, Brussels and Amsterdam: passenger favourites

Air Transat flies direct to Tel Aviv from Montreal twice a week and from Toronto once a week with a connecting flight. Brussels, the Belgian capital, is accessible from Montreal with three direct flights weekly, and from Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary with connecting flights.

The airline offers Canadians seven direct flights to Amsterdam, including four from Toronto, two from Vancouver and one from Calgary, along with two direct flights to Prague from Montreal.

Canada year round

For the past five years, Air Transat has been expanding its domestic flights, linking the country’s major cities. “These flights give an increasing number of Canadians access to more European destinations than ever, with connecting flights to Toronto and Montreal, as well as give access to other Canadian cities,” explains Annick Guérard.

It’s also worth noting Air Transat is launching a new summer flight between Edmonton and Toronto, opening the door to European travel to people in northern Alberta.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A330-243 C-GTSN (msn 369) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 940475.

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Hawaiian Airlines to fly nonstop to Boston starting in April, becomes the longest domestic route

The first Airbus A330 in the new 2017 livery

Hawaiian Airlines will begin its five-day-a-week service on April 4, 2019 to Boston – more than a week before Patriots’ Day on April 15, 2019.

Boston is the largest U.S. market without nonstop service to Hawai’i with nearly 500 people flying between eastern New England and the islands on any given day. This new route adds to Hawaiian Airlines’ global network. The market between Boston Logan International (BOS) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL) airports last year generated about $76 million in ticket sales.

In commemoration of the city of Boston’s deep history and Hawaiian Airlines’ 90th year of operation starting on November 11, the flight to Boston will be numbered Flight HA90. Starting with the inaugural flight on April 4, 2019 HA90 will depart HNL every day but Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. and arrive at BOS the following morning at 6 a.m. Flight HA91 will depart BOS every day but Wednesday and Thursday at 8:55 a.m., except for Friday flights, which will depart at 8 a.m. The flights will arrive in Hawai’i the same day at 2:35 p.m. and the Friday flight will arrive at 1:40 p.m. Both HNL arrival times offer guests ample time to settle into their accommodations and unwind with a Hawaiian sunset, or connect to Kaua’i, Maui or the Island of Hawai’i via the airline’s convenient schedule of some 170 daily interisland jet flights.

At 5,095 miles, Hawaiian’s BOS-HNL route becomes the longest regularly scheduled domestic route in U.S. history.

New Englanders traveling from the East Coast to Hawai’i’s shores will enjoy the roominess and superior comfort of Hawaiian’s Airbus A330 widebody aircraft.

Incorporating flowing curves evocative of the winds and the ocean, Hawaiian’s spacious first class cabin features 18 lie-flat leather seats that transform into 180-degree beds at a roomy 20.5 inches wide and 76 inches long. Aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats are ideally tailored to leisure guests such as couples, families and honeymooners, while offering functionality to the business traveler.

Hawaiian also recently expanded to 68 from 40 the number of Extra Comfort main cabin seats, which offer a generous 36-inch pitch for extra leg room, and priority boarding. Guests can upgrade to Extra Comfort seats for $145 each way.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Hawaiian): Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 F-WWCH (N361HA) (msn 1823) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939213.

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Hawaiian Airlines to end service to Beijing

"Keoe", now with Raiders logo for 2018 NFL season (official airline)

Hawaiian Airlines will drop the Honolulu – Beijing route on October 12, 2018.

The route is currently operated three days a week with Airbus A330-200s according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N396HA (msn 1488) (Raiders) SEA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104738.

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Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) announces its summer 2019 long haul schedule

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) Airbus A330-243 G-MDBD (msn 266) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937662.

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) has announced its full summer 2019 long haul program which is now on sale for flight-only and package holidays, including new flights to Montego Bay and more flights to Seattle/Tacoma, Orlando and Cancun.

Thomas Cook Airlines will fly from Manchester, London Gatwick and Glasgow to 13 destinations in the USA, the Caribbean and Mexico. The airline will also strengthen its core long-haul fleet with an Airbus A330-200.

The new aircraft will have fully refurbished premium and economy cabins, seat back in-flight entertainment and USB charging points. Based at Manchester airport, it increases the Thomas Cook Group Airline fleet of A330-200s to eight and the group airline total long haul fleet to 27.

Thomas Cook Airlines is Manchester airport’s largest long-haul carrier. There are 720,000 long haul seats on sale from Manchester in summer 2019. Seattle/Tacoma, which launched in May this year, will increase from two flights a week to three (the same frequency as San Francisco), Cancun will fly daily (same as New York) and 13 flights a week will go to Orlando at peak season, a growth of 21 percent compared to summer 2018. Montego Bay is a brand new long-haul destination.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Thomas Cook): Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) Airbus A330-243 G-MDBD (msn 266) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937662.

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Fiji Airways launches nonstop Nadi – Tokyo Narita flights

Fiji Airways (2nd) Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJV (msn 1465) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942223.

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline on July 3, 2018 launched its direct flight to Japan with a celebration at Nadi International Airport. The flights will operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from Nadi to Narita International Airport.

With the launch of the services, Fiji Airways became the 100th airline to serve Narita Airport.

At Nadi International Airport departure gate, an inaugural ceremony was held in celebration of the launch of the new direct route, where passengers were given a taste of Japan with a sushi and green tea station. Onboard each passenger received commemorative gifts and a special inaugural flight dining experience.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen said the three times-weekly flights make Fiji and the South Pacific more accessible to Japanese tourists than ever before.

“We are excited to share with Japan the untouched beauty of our 333 islands. Fiji’s unparalleled hospitality and warmth offers Japanese tourists a unique, culturally immersive experience – much more than just another beach getaway. Our flights have been designed to ensure guests get the most of their time in Fiji. The flight from Narita arrives into Nadi in the morning, with convenient domestic connections on our subsidiary Fiji Link to major tourism spots like Savusavu and Taveuni. Additionally, guests can also easily do boat transfers after arrival to the many wonderful resorts in the beautiful Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups,” Mr. Viljoen said.

“Additionally, this direct flight also provides a great opportunity for Fijians to be able to travel to Japan with the ease and comfort of their National Airline to witness two major sporting events that’s of great interest to many Fijians; the Rugby World Cup in 2019, and the Summer Olympics in 2020.” Mr. Viljoen added.

Fiji Airways Nadi to Narita flights will operate with the code FJ351 with a flight time of nine hours and five minutes. The Narita to Nadi flight will operate with code FJ350 and a flight time of eight hours and 40 minutes.

Flight Frequency Departs Arrives Start Date
FJ351 Tue, Fri, Sun  

Nadi 1:25pm

 

Narita 7:30pm

 

Tuesday, July 3rd 2018

FJ350 Tue, Fri, Sun Narita 9:25pm Nadi 9:05am Tuesday, July 3rd 2018

The new route is flown with Airbus A330 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJV (msn 1465) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942223.

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Avianca Brazil and Alitalia announce a code-share agreement

First Stretched Triple Seven, delivered on September 1, 2017

Avianca Brazil and Alitalia have announce the implementation of a code-share agreement.

At first, with its “AZ” code, the Italian airline will sell air tickets to its partner destinations in Brazil, significantly increasing its penetration in the market.

The shared network will include 21 national and international destinations in connection with Alitalia services to/from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro: Brasilia, Cuiabá, Campo Grande, Belem, Belo Horizonte (Confins), Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiânia, João Pessoa, Maceió, Natal, Navegantes, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo, Vitória, and Santiago, Chile, as an international destination. Sales are already available for travels from  July 3.

The agreement will expand the offer and connectivity for travelers arriving in the country with the Italian airline. Among other facilities, Alitalia customers will be able to fly to the desired destination in Brazil with a unique ticket, checking-in once at the departure airport for the entire journey, and collecting the checked baggage at the end of their trip in the arrival airport.

Currently, Avianca Brazil serves 25 domestic and four destinations abroad, with 282 daily departures, using 55 Airbus aircraft – the youngest fleet in the Americas. Alitalia, on the other hand, is the leading Italian airline and offers 18 weekly frequencies between Italy and Brazil, 11 on the Rome-São Paulo route and 7 weekly frequencies on the Rome-Rio de Janeiro route.

 

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the two airlines): Alitalia (3rd) (Societa Aerea Italiana) Boeing 777-3Q8 ER EI-WLA (msn 35783) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 941779.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A330-243 PR-OCK (msn 1508) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104595.

Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A330-243 PR-OCK (msn 1508) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104595.

Nepal Airlines takes delivery of its first widebody aircraft

"Annapurna", the first Airbus A330 for Nepal Airlines

Nepal Airlines has taken delivery of the first of two Airbus A330s, which it will lease from Portuguese lessor Hi Fly. These will be in addition to its two existing A320ceos, and will be one of the largest aircraft operating out of Tribhuvan International Airport.  Situated at high altitude, only the most sophisticated of aircraft are capable of operating from this location, which is Nepal’s gateway to destinations in the rest of Asia and beyond.

 The A330 is the most popular widebody aircraft ever, having won over 1,700 orders from 119 customers worldwide. Today, over 1,300 A330s are in service with 124 airlines, flying on everything from high density domestic and regional operations to long range intercontinental routes.

The pictured A330-243 9N-ALY (msn 1872) “Annapurna”  arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport today.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Airbus): Nepal Airlines Airbus A330-243 F-WWCT (9N-ALY) (msn 1872) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 942283.

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