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Hainan Airlines to launch Beijing-Oslo nonstop service on May 15

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Hainan Airlines plans to formally launch nonstop service between Beijing and Oslo on May 15.

This will be the first direct route between mainland China and Norway as well as the airline’s first nonstop Nordic service.

The Beijing-Oslo route, with three round trip flights weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, will be serviced by an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 32 seats in business class and 262 seats in economy class.

Hainan's 2016 "Ha! MANchester" promotional livery

Above Copyright Photo: Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-8287 (msn 1703) (Ha! MANchester) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937031.

Hainan Airlines aircraft slide show:

The airline now operates 21 routes with destinations in Europe including Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, Edinburgh, Zurich, Vienna, Manchester, Madrid and Moscow.

Hainan Airlines’ Beijing-Oslo Flight Schedule (All times are local):

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Aeroflot to launch its summer schedule with two new destinations

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BPI (msn 1323) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946099.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines has made this announcement:

On March 31 Aeroflot will launch its summer timetable, which runs through October 26, 2019.

This coming season, Aeroflot will fly to 159 destinations, including 58 destinations in Russia and 101 destinations in 54 other countries around the world.

As the leading airline for Europe-Asia transit routes, offering some of the quickest and most affordable options between the two continents, Aeroflot is continuing to develop strategically important destinations in Asia. From June 1, the number of flights to Seoul will double in comparison with the winter season (from 7 to 14 per week). As usual, Aeroflot will also increase the frequency of its flights to Beijing from 14 to 21 flights per week for the summer season.

In the European market, this summer Aeroflot will further expand its presence with flights to two new destinations from June 1:

  • Marseille;
  • Palma de Mallorca.

There will be five flights a week between Moscow and Marseille. Flights to Palma de Mallorca will operate four times a week. Aeroflot will operate new flights on the Airbus A320 family aircraft.

Aeroflot will also increase flight frequencies to many international destinations, with more flights to European capitals than in the winter season:

  • Athens (from 14 to 21 per week);
  • Budapest (from 21 to 28 per week);
  • London (from 32 to 35 per week);
  • Madrid (from 14 to 21 per week);
  • Tbilisi (from 11 to 14 per week).

Aeroflot will also offer more flights to European resorts. Flight frequencies will increase on routes to:

  • Antalya (from 14 to 21 per week);
  • Burgas (from 3 to 7 per week);
  • Larnaca (from 14 to 21 per week);
  • Malaga (10 to 14 per week);
  • Nice (from 9 to 16 per week);
  • Thessaloniki (from 4 to 7 per week);
  • Tivat (from 7 to 14 per week)

The airline will also resume flights to other popular European summer destinations:

  • Heraklion (14 flights per week)
  • Split (7 flights per week).

Flight frequencies to the following cities in Middle East and Asia will also increase:

  • Beirut (from 3 to 4 per week);
  • Tehran (from 5 to 7 per week);
  • Ulaanbaatar (from 3 to 7 per week).

Aeroflot’s summer schedule will be seeing its usual increase in the number of flights to the following US cities:

  • Washington (from 1 to 3 per week);
  • New York (from 14 to 21 per week).

Aeroflot also plans to increase its flights to cities in other CIS countries:

  • Aktobe (from 4 to 7 per week);
  • Chisinau (from 2 to 7 per week).

On the domestic market the main news is the launch of two new flights:

  • Krasnodar – Simferopol;
  • Volgograd – Sochi.

Flights to these destinations are scheduled from June 1 to October 1. Aeroflot will operate one flight per day on each of these routes on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. In addition, the new timetable will continue to operate daily flights between Sochi and Simferopol. The Company is helping to make air travel more accessible to all Russians by launching direct flights between regions, bypassing Moscow.

On a number of routes flight frequency will significantly increase. To meet seasonal demand, Aeroflot has developed an extensive flight programme to Black Sea resorts. Compared to the 2018/19 winter timetable, Aeroflot will increase flight frequencies to the following destinations:

  • Anapa (from 21 to 35 per week)
  • Simferopol (from 28 to 84 per week)
  • Sochi (from 70 to 77 per week)

In the coming season Aeroflot will resume flights to another Black Sea resort – Gelendzhik (21 flights per week).

The number of flights will also increase on routes to other Russian cities:

  • Abakan (from 5 to 7 per week)
  • Izhevsk (from 14 to 21 per week)
  • Kazan (from 54 to 56 per week)
  • Kaliningrad (from 35 go 42 per week)
  • Mineralnye Vody (from 28 to 35 per week)
  • Nizhny Novgorod (from 35 to 42 per week)
  • Saratov (from 28 to 42 per week)
  • Ulyanovsk (from 14 to 21 per week)
  • Yakutsk (from 5 to 6 per week)

Aeroflot’s route network will be complemented by the extensive geography of its subsidiary airlines.

This summer, Rossiya Airlines under the commercial management of PJSC Aeroflot will operate flights to 59 different destinations under Aeroflot’s commercial management. They include over 40 domestic and international flights from St. Petersburg, including flights to Simferopol, Sochi, Tel Aviv, Rome, Milan, Nice, Paris, London, Berlin, Prague and more. Rossiya Airlines will operate another half a dozen flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo to various destinations in Russia (including cities in the country’s Far East), Paris-Orly, Nice, Denpasar (Bali) and Colombo.

Under Aeroflot’s commercial management regional carrier Aurora will also offer passengers 20 destinations in the Far East.

Low-cost airline Pobeda develops its own flight network. For the summer season, the network will be expanded to include 120 destinationsin Russia and abroad.

In total, Aeroflot Group will operate regular flights to 358 routes (296 of which are unique) in 57 countries throughout summer 2019.

The Group’s route network will be supplemented by 162 destinations operated by partner airlines under code-sharing agreements. Thanks to this, a further 19 countries will appear in Aeroflot’s route network: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Ghana, Iceland, Kenya, Laos, Luxembourg, Malta, Macedonia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia.

In total, including cooperation with partners, Aeroflot Group will operate flights to 520 destinations (458 of which are unique) in 76 countries in the summer 2019 season.

Top Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BPI (msn 1323) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946099.

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Etihad Airways to deploy the Boeing 787 on all routes to China, reduces aircraft on order, will retire the last Airbus A330-300

Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Chengdu, effective July 1, 2019, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the route. Also from July 1, the airlines’ daily service from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai will be upgraded from the 787-9 to the larger 787-10 Dreamliner.

  • Chengdu to be served daily with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from July 1, 2019
  • Shanghai to be upgraded to larger 787-10 Dreamliner from July 1, 2019

Once the changes take effect, the airline will fly all 28 weekly services to China’s four main gateways – Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong – with the next generation Dreamliner aircraft.

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLU (msn 39675) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 945709.

Above Copyright Photo: Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLU (msn 39675) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 945709.

The 787-9 service to Chengdu will feature Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats – 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats. The upgrade of aircraft will also see an increase in belly-hold cargo capacity of four tonnes.

The 787-10 service to Shanghai will be configured with 336 seats – 32 Business Studios and 304 Economy Smart. Belly-hold cargo capacity will be increased by two and a half tonnes.

Etihad Airways recently celebrated 10 years of direct flights between Abu Dhabi and China, the capital-capital airlink was launched in 2008. Since 2008, the airline has carried over four and a half million passengers between Abu Dhabi and China.

Timetables: Abu Dhabi – China schedules

Flight

Origin

Departs

Desti

Arrives

Freq

Aircraft

EY 818

Abu Dhabi

08:15

Cheng
du

19:40

Daily*

Boeing 787-9

EY 811

Cheng
du

21:00

Abu Dhabi

00:25

Daily*

Boeing 787-9

Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. *Daily operation during summer timetable, three weekly flights during winter timetable.

Flight

Origin

Departs

Desti

Arrives

Freq

Aircraft

EY 862

Abu Dhabi

21:45

Shang
hai

10:35

Daily

Boeing 787-10

EY 867

Shang
hai

00:45

Abu Dhabi

05:55

Daily

Boeing 787-10

Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. Shanghai to be upgraded to 787-10 from July 1, 2019. Departure of 1st 787-10 from Shanghai will be on July 3, 2019.

Flight

Origin

Departs

Desti

Arrives

Freq

Aircraft

EY 888

Abu Dhabi

21:30

Beijing

08:50

Daily

Boeing 787-10

EY 889

Beijing

01:25

Abu Dhabi

06:10

Daily

Boeing 787-10

Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. Beijing upgraded to 787-10 Dreamliner on Jan 1, 2019.

Flight

Origin

Departs

Desti

Arrives

Freq

Aircraft

EY 834

Abu Dhabi

22:05

Hong Kong

10:05

Daily

Boeing 787-9

EY 833

Hong Kong

19:45

Abu Dhabi

00:05

Daily

Boeing 787-9

Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. Hong Kong to be served by 787-9 Dreamliner from March 31, 2019. Departure of 1st 787-9 from Hong Kong will be on April 1, 2019.

In other news, the airline is also reducing its aircraft on order. In a statement, the airline stated it will take delivery of five Airbus A350-1000s and 26 A321neos plus six Boeing 777-9s “over the coming years” (no specific delivery dates).

The carrier stated it will also continue to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, but did specify the number. Etihad has so far received 28 of 71 Dreamliners it has on order.

With these fleet changes, Etihad Airways will also retire its last three remaining Airbus A330-300s in March 2019.

Below Copyright Photo: Etihad Airways Airbus A330-343 A6-AFF (msn 1245) (Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2014) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 927297.

Last three A330-300s to be retired in March 2019

Etihad Airways aircraft slide show:

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Virgin Atlantic to launch new service between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv

Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A330-343 G-VRAY (msn 1296) LHR (SPA). Image: 945652.

Virgin Atlantic Airways has announced it will be launching flights between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv, Israel with the first flight taking place on September 25, 2019.

Flying daily between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport, the five hour flight will operate on an Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

In 2019, Virgin Atlantic will welcome the first four of 12 Airbus A350-1000 to its fleet which not only boasts a totally redesigned on board experience for customers but will help transform the fleet into one of the quietest and most fuel efficient in the sky.

The airline also looks forward to becoming the founding member of a new, $13 billion transatlantic joint venture with over 300 daily transatlantic flights and 96 nonstop destinations, alongside Delta, Air France and KLM as well as launching new services from London Heathrow to Las Vegas and Manchester to Los Angeles.

Top Copyright Photo: Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A330-343 G-VRAY (msn 1296) LHR (SPA). Image: 945652.

Virgin Atlantic aircraft slide show:

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TAP Air Portugal to add San Francisco in June

TAP Portugal - Air Portugal Airbus A330-343 CS-TOU (msn 997) LIS (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 940710.

TAP Air Portugal has announced its latest new destination: San Francisco. This new route reinforces and consolidates the Company’s bet in that market, now extending its reach to reach California, on the west coast of the USA.

TAP´s operation to San Francisco begins on June 10, 2019 and will have five flights per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flights depart from Lisbon at 10:00 am and arrive in San Francisco at 14:40 pm, local time. On the opposite direction, the departure is at 16:10 pm, arriving in Lisbon at 11:25 am, on the following day.


San Francisco will be the TAP´s eighth destination in North America and the third new destination for TAP in the United States next year. Chicago and Washington are also available for sale, with operation starting on June 1 and June 16, 2019 respectively.


In the North American market, TAP had three destinations in 2015, and now has nine routes, increasing its weekly frequencies from 16 to 56.

TAP also reinforced the number of weekly flights from Porto to Newark (from 2 to 6 weekly flights).

In the North Atlantic, TAP flies to: San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, New York – JFK, New York – Newark, Boston and Miami, departing from Lisbon, and New York – Newark departing from Porto, as well as Toronto , In Canada.

The expansion and renovation of the TAP´s fleet has made these new routes possible. The company has already received seven Airbus aircraft this year, with more arriving over the next years, to a total of 71 new aircraft by 2025. The first new aircraft the company received was an Airbus A320neo, which has been in service since June. Two Airbus A321neo’s joined the TAP fleet in September. A new Airbus A330neo arrived in Lisbon, with TAP set to become the first airline in the world to put this aircraft into service. On Saturday, December 8, 2018 a new Airbus A321neo arrived, with another A321neo arriving in Lisbon from the Airbus factory on Tuesday December 11, 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): TAP Portugal – Air Portugal Airbus A330-343 CS-TOU (msn 997) LIS (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 940710.

TAP Air Portugal aircraft slide show:

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RwandAir wants to fly to New York via Accra

RwandAir Airbus A330-343 9XR-WP (msn 1759) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 941031.

RwandAir is seeking authority to fly to New York (JFK) via Accra. The airline is seeking 5th Freedom Traffic Rights to use Accra as a stoping point from Kigali. If approved, the airline would use its Airbus A330s.

The airline on December 1, 2002 began operations as the new national carrier under the name Rwandair Express for Rwanda with a concession to carry out airport ground handling (ancillary activity) at Kigali International Airport.

In March 2009, the airline registered a new trademark “RwandAir” which is the current operating name.

Operating from Kigali as the hub at the heart of Africa, RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines and operates one of the youngest and state of the art fleet on the African continent which comprises of four Boeing 737-800s, two Boeing 737-700s, two Bombardier CRJ900s, two Bombardier Q400s all in dual class configuration and two new triple class Airbus A330s.

The airline reaches out to twenty-six cities in Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): RwandAir Airbus A330-343 9XR-WP (msn 1759) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 941031.

RwandAir aircraft slide show:

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Wow Air launches its first route to India

Wow Air Airbus A330-343 TF-GAY (msn 1098) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 935285.

Wow Air (Keflavik), despite its financial concerns, today (December 7) launched its new route to Delhi, India.

The new route will operate three a week  using its only 345-seat Airbus A330-300 (TF-GAY).

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Wow Air Airbus A330-343 TF-GAY (msn 1098) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 935285.

Wow Air aircraft slide show:

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