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XL Airways France orders two Airbus A330-900neo aircraft

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XL Airways France (Paris) has ordered two Airbus A330-900neo aircraft with the first delivery in 2020.

The French airline currently operates three Airbus A330-200s (above) and one A330-300.

Top Copyright photo: XL Airways France (XL.com) Airbus A330-243 F-GSEU (msn 635) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 925213.

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TAME to drop the New York route as part of restructuring

TAME Airbus A330-243 HC-COH (msn 348) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944265.

TAME is dropping the New York (JFK) route on February 1, 2019 due to the financial losses on the route.

The airline is likely to dispose of its single Airbus A330-200 (HC-COH) assigned to the route.

The company made this statement at the end of 2018 (translated from Spanish):

In 2019, the company plans to strengthen the domestic market and analyze the international market, focusing on routes that generate profitability. It should be noted that in 2019 certain aircraft lease agreements will expire, so the fleet approval process will begin, the main focus of which is the optimization of the operational cost that will make the results profitable.

The company also aims to generate a strategic alliance, with investment partners or allies, to strengthen the business model and stabilize the company within the next 3 years.

The airline reaffirms its commitment to quality of service, punctuality, security and air connectivity, in addition to continuing to promote the tourist and commercial development of Ecuador.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): TAME Airbus A330-243 HC-COH (msn 348) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944265.

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Tibet Airlines to launch a new route to Helsinki, Finland

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Tibet Airlines is planning to open a new twice-weekly route connecting Jinan with Helsinki starting on April 8, 2019.

Finnavia (Helsinki Airport) issued this statement:

Direct flight connections between Finland and China will increase as the first Chinese airline
company Tibet Airlines commences flights from Jinan, China, to Finland on April 8, 2019.

 

Tibet Airlines’ new route gives Finnish travellers access to yet another Chinese city, Jinan, and also brings both Finland and the rest of Europe closer to China. In terms of the number of flight connections, Helsinki Airport is clearly the leading airport in all of Northern Europe. Next summer, 44 weekly flights for China alone will depart from Helsinki Airport. In 2018, 835000 passengers traveled between Finland and China, and therefore the role of the new route is highly important for both Finland and Finavia.

It is currently planned that flights on the new route will commence on April 8th, and they will be operated with Airbus A330 wide-bodied aircraft twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Flights to Jinan will be available both in business and economy class. With approximately seven million residents, Jinan is the capital of the Shandong province, located along the Yellow River in China. Tibet Airlines is the first Chinese airline company to commence flights to Finland.

To establish the Jinan route, Finavia has collaborated with the City of Vantaa trade and business services and Visit Finland.

Flight connections to China are the highlight of the summer 2019 at Helsinki Airport: Jinan, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hong Kong.

In December 2018, Finavia’s Helsinki Airport hit its all-time record in terms of passenger numbers: 20 million passengers. Passenger numbers at Helsinki Airport have increased dramatically. In 2017, it was estimated that the threshold of 20 million annual passengers would not be broken until 2020. In 2018, the number of passengers was nearly 21 million.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Tibet Airlines Airbus A330-243 F-WWKU (B-8420) (msn 1730) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 933086.

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Avianca Brasil files for bankruptcy protection

Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A330-243 PR-OCX (msn 1657) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944740.

Avianca Brasil on December 11, 2018 announced it was filing for bankruptcy protection.

The airline also stated its passengers flights will continue. The debts from its creditors amounts to almost 493 million reais ($127 million).

The airline issued this statement (translated from Portuguese):

We are here to clarify the news circulated in the press.

Due to the resistance of our aircraft lessors to an amicable agreement, we had to file a request for judicial recovery to protect you, our customers and passengers. As the first court decision, we have had the release of our fleet to comply with all scheduled flights at the airports where we operate.

That is, our operations WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

You, our passengers, can have absolute peace of mind in making your reservations and purchasing your tickets, since all sales and flights are and will be kept.

We will continue here, serving all customers, flying to all destinations with the quality and excellence for which we are known and recognized.

Let’s continue with our mission: make you fall in love. Just come!

Avianca Brasil

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Avianca Brasil, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, saying its operations had been threatened by potential repossession of aircraft, which could prevent the carrier from continuing to operate.

The unlisted airline said in its bankruptcy filing that leasing companies seeking to take back some 30 percent of its all-Airbus fleet threatened its ability to fly some 77,000 passengers in December.

Avianca said in a statement that the bankruptcy filing resulted from a failure to reach a “friendly agreement.” It also said its flights would not be affected.

The aircraft are still under Avianca Brasil’s control for now and it remains unclear what their fate will be as the carrier is asking a Brazilian court to allow it to keep the planes for now.

The airline said in the filing it largely blamed high fuel prices and a strong dollar for its troubles.

Avianca Brasil is owned by holding company Synergy Group, which also controls the better-known Avianca Holdings SA, a publicly listed airline based in Colombia. Still, the fate of one company is linked to the other.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A330-243 PR-OCX (msn 1657) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944740.

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Azul announces a new international route to Porto, Portugal

Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A330-243 PR-AIU (msn 494) (Azul Viagens) FLL (Brian McDonough). Image: 931964.

Azul has announced a new nonstop service to Porto, Portugal starting on June 3, 2019.

The new destination will receive three weekly flights from Sao Paulo (Campinas), Azul’s main hub, which will have a total of 17 weekly frequencies to Portugal.

The Portuguese city is the second destination in Europe to receive flights from Azul after Lisbon.

The nonstop flight will be operated on an Airbus A330, with 272 seats. With the addition of this new flight, Campinas, the largest hub in Latin America, will offer nonstop service to 57 destinations, including Orlando, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Lisbon.

In partnership with Aigle Azur, Azul also offers flights to Paris, France.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A330-243 PR-AIU (msn 494) (Azul Viagens) FLL (Brian McDonough). Image: 931964.

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Hawaiian and JetBlue expand their codeshare agreement as Hawaiian launches its Boston flight

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N390HA (msn 1389) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944577.

Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue today announced an expanded codeshare agreement that allows travelers from dozens of cities, most of them in the eastern U.S., to easily connect to the Hawaiian Islands via Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) starting in April.

Boston-area JetBlue customers can now purchase tickets on Hawaiian Airlines’ nonstop flight to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) with JetBlue’s ‘B6’ code and earn TrueBlue points when they fly.

Additionally, travelers originating in 26 cities – including Washington, DC (DCA), Pittsburgh (PIT), Philadelphia (PHL), Baltimore (BWI) and Cleveland (CLE), which currently cannot connect to Hawai’i through JetBlue in New York  – can already purchase codeshare tickets that carry Hawaiian’s ‘HA’ code on their JetBlue flights that connect in Boston, and JetBlue’s ‘B6’ code on Hawaiian’s new nonstop flight between Logan and Honolulu. And they can use the ‘B6’ code on convenient Hawaiian flights that connect Honolulu to the entire island chain.  Hawaiian and JetBlue’s guests also will continue to enjoy one-stop check-in and baggage transfers to their final destination, as well as the opportunity to earn and redeem loyalty rewards.

Hawaiian and JetBlue also offer their loyal members the opportunity to earn and redeem points or miles for travel on either carrier. HawaiianMiles members can earn miles on JetBlue-operated flights, while  TrueBlue members can accrue points on Hawaiian-operated flights. Similarly, frequent fliers can redeem their points or miles for travel on either carrier’s network, creating a long list of destinations for each program’s loyal members.

JetBlue flights connecting to and from Boston that are covered by the codeshare agreement are available at the following airports: Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore, Buffalo (BUF), Charlotte (CLT), Charleston(CHS), Chicago (ORD), Cleveland, Detroit (DTW), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Fort Myers (RSW), Jacksonville(JAX), Minneapolis (MSP), Nashville (BNA), New York (LGA and JFK), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), Palm Beach (PBI), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham (RDU), Savannah (SAV), Syracuse (SYR), Tampa (TPA)  and Washington, DC both (DCA) and (IAD).

Hawaiian Airlines will begin its five-day-a-week service to Boston on April 4, 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.

In commemoration of Hawaiian Airlines’ 90th  year of operation, the flight to Boston will be numbered Flight HA90. Starting with the inaugural flight on April 4, 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 HA89 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 flights, all of which will have the JetBlue codeshare.

At 5,095 miles, Hawaiian’s BOS-HNL route becomes the longest regularly scheduled route in the U.S. Guests traveling from the East Coast to Hawai’i will enjoy the roominess and superior comfort of Hawaiian’s 278-seat 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.

Hawaiian’s Executive Chef Lee Anne Wong, owner of Honolulu’s Koko Head Café, collaborates with Hawai’i’s top chefs to delight guests with two meals served in each direction.

In Boston, JetBlue will soon offer flights to more than 70 nonstop destinations – many more than any other airline – and is the leader in the number of customers carried and total daily departures. JetBlue also serves Boston with premium Mint flights to a half-dozen destinations. With Mint, JetBlue re-imagined “business class” service offered by legacy carriers with lie-flat seating, curated food and amenities, and hospitality-trained inflight crewmembers – offered at an affordable price. JetBlue is on track to reach 200 daily departures at Logan in the coming years.

Top Copyright Photo: Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N390HA (msn 1389) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944577.

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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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