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Edelweiss adds new short- and long-haul destinations

Edelweiss Switzerland (Edelweiss Air) Airbus A340-313 HB-JMG (msn 562) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935965.

Edelweiss Switzerland will introduce a new Tuesday service to Orlando starting on January 16, 2018; and frequencies will be increased on the existing Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Cape Town (South Africa) routes.

On the short- and medium-haul fronts Edelweiss will resume service to Marsa Alam in Southern Egypt, with a weekly Thursday flight from the end of September onwards.

Edelweiss will also offer a Sunday service to Edinburgh between Christmas and Easter. And certain popular holiday destinations will receive intensified service that will give customers greater planning flexibility. These include the Canary Islands, Hurghada (Egypt), Seville (Spain) and Catania (Italy).

Copyright Photo: Edelweiss Switzerland (Edelweiss Air) Airbus A340-313 HB-JMG (msn 562) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935965.

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Kuwait Airways retires the last Airbus A340-300

Kuwait Airways Airbus A340-313 9K-AND (msn 104) LHR (SPA). Image: 925234.

Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City) quietly operated its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight on July 31, 2017. Flight KU 156, with the pictured 9K-AND, departed Istabul (Ataturk) at 03:30 am and arrived at 06:44 am local time at the Kuwait City base according to Flightaware.

Kuwait operated four of the type, with the first, 9K-ANA, delivered on March 29, 1995. The new type was assigned to the New York and Manila routes via multi stops.

Copyright Photo: Kuwait Airways Airbus A340-313 9K-AND (msn 104) LHR (SPA). Image: 925234.

Finnair retires its last Airbus A340-300

Finnair Airbus A340-313 OH-LQE (msn 938) (Oneworld) BRU (Rainer Bexten). Image: 932726.

Finnair operated its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight on January 31, 2017 with the pictured OH-LQE. The airliner flew the last flight between Tokyo (Narita) and its Helsinki base. The airline issued this short statement:

End of an era: Last commercial Airbus A340 flight in Finnair livery was flown on January 31 TYO-HEL by OH-LQE. Thank you for 11 amazing years!

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A340-313 OH-LQE (msn 938) (Oneworld) BRU (Rainer Bexten). Image: 932726.

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Iberia prepares to retire the last Airbus A340-300

Type Retired: Last revenue flight was on November 14, 2016 (EC-GUP on flight IB 166 BOS-MAD). However is still available as a back-up aircraft

Iberia (Madrid), despite other reports elsewhere, still has one Airbus A340-300 (EC-GUP) remaining in its active fleet.

As of today, the pictured Airbus A340-313 EC-GUP (msn 217) is being kept by Iberia as a back up aircraft. The airliner may still see it assigned to a revenue flight even through December. Iberia received this week its ninth Airbus A330-200 (EC-MNK) which is the planned replacement aircraft for the last A340-300.

EC-GUP was last operated on November 14, 2016 but remains ready for service at any time.

Iberia introduced the Airbus A340-300 in 1996 when A340-313 EC-154 was delivered on February 29, 1996.

Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A340-313 EC-GUP (msn 217) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403133.

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Emirates to retire three aircraft types this month as it simplifies its fleet

Emirates Airline (Dubai) back in December 2015 announced its fleet plans for 2016. In total, the airline announced it will retire 26 aircraft, including 12 Airbus A330-300s, 4 A340-300s, 1 A340-500, 6 Boeing 777-200mERs, 2 Boeing 777-300s and 1 Boeing 777-300 ER. The average age of the Emirates aircraft slated for retirement in 2016 will be 15.7 years, well-below the average industry retirement age of 25. In addition, 13 more aircraft will be retired in 2017 and another 13 will be retired in 2018.

As part of this plan, three aircraft types will be retired by the end of October 2016 from revenue service.

The last Emirates Airbus A340-300 revenue flight will be flight EK863 from Muscat to Dubai on October 29, 2016

Above Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A340-313 A6-ERS (msn 139) DXB (Paul Denton). Image: 911100.

According to Airline Route,  the last Airbus A340-300 (above) revenue service is currently scheduled as flight EK863 from Muscat to Dubai on October 29, 2016.

The last Airbus A330-200 revenue service to be flight EK523 (Thiruvananthapuram – Dubai) on October 30, 2016

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A330-243 A6-EKW (msn 316) (World Cup Germany 2006) LHR. Image: 924943.

The last Airbus A330-200 (above) revenue service is scheduled to be flight EK523 (Thiruvananthapuram – Dubai) and the last Boeing 777-200 ER (below) revenue flight is scheduled to operate as flight EK539 (Ahmedabad – Dubai) both on October 30, 2016.

The last Boeing 777-200 ER revenue flight will be flight EK539 (Ahmedabad – Dubai) on October 30, 2016.

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Boeing 777-21H ER A6-EMI (msn 27250) (World Cup Germany 2006) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 900537.

After the retirements, Emirates will operate a simplified fleet of two basic aircraft types (Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777 which includes the 777-200 LR, -300 and -300 ER variations.

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