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Air Belgium drops its plans to resume the Hong Kong route, will fly to other cities in China and the Americas

Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (SPA). Image: 943610.

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this new announcement:

A painful decision, but reasonable given the current market conditions

Air Belgium apologizes to its passengers currently holding a reservation. The company is contacting its Customers concerned and is immediately initiating the full refund process.

Niky Terzakis, CEO of Air Belgium: “The economical and operational conditions are not met to viably resume the service. It is a painful decision to make but a reasonable one when it comes to preserving our development capabilities and assure continued full employment.

China mainland still our priority along other projects to the Americas

Air Belgium is currently flying on behalf of legacy airlines with success. These activities are allowing the company to be acknowledged for its quality of services, reliability, agility and flexibility. Air Belgium employment level is also continuously increasing. In this regard, the company now has 248 full time equivalent employees, compared to 176 last October and continues to hire staff weekly. One should note that by the end of this month, Air Belgium will have carried more than 200,000 passengers.

As for further development of its own. Air Belgium is preparing to serve two destinations in mainland China from Brussels-Charleroi this summer. The company is also finalizing plans aiming at starting service to the Americas by next winter. In this respect, Air Belgium has obtained required approvals and access permits from the different American and Canadian authorities. Further communications regarding these developments and upcoming projects will follow in due time.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (SPA). Image: 943610.

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Swiss welcomes back its first refurbished Airbus A340-300 – HB-JMH

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A340-313 HB-JMH (msn 585) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104582.

Swiss International Air Lines announced on social media:

Welcome back HB-JMH. The first Swiss Airbus A340-300 with a totally refurbished interior in all three seating cabins took off from Zurich on March 7 on its first revenue flight to Tokyo.

The airline also issued this press releases:

The first Swiss Airbus A340-300 with a totally refurbished interior in all three seating cabins took off from Zurich on March 7 on its first revenue flight. Aircraft HB-JMH departed at 13:26 on flight LX 160 to Tokyo.
HB-JMH is the first of Swiss’ five Airbus A340-300s to be given this nose-to-tail cabin refurbishment. The aircraft are undergoing the work one after the other; and under current planning, all five A340s should be refurbished by summer of this year.
The refurbishment program entails developing and installing new First, Business and Economy Class seats, providing a new inflight entertainment system that also offers internet connectivity, installing new galleys and comprehensively modernizing the entire interior (including adopting a new lighting concept) in all three seating cabins. The refurbishment delivers further passenger benefits, too, and raises the inflight comfort aboard Swiss’ Airbus A340s to that of its Boeing 777s.
Next to Tokyo Swiss’ Airbus A340-300s are deployed on services to such destinations as Boston, Johannesburg, Shanghai and Tel Aviv. Swiss has five A340-300s in its long-haul fleet, together with 14 Airbus A330s and ten Boeing 777-300ERs. The Swiss long-haul network currently extends to 24 destinations.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Swiss): Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A340-313 HB-JMH (msn 585) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104582.
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Air France to phase out the Joon brand in June

Joon (Air France) Airbus A340-313 F-GLZN (msn 245) CDG (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 945737.

Joon is ending in June. Air France will close out the Joon brand in late June.

According to Airline Route, the last Joon flight (JN/JON codes) will be operated between St. Maarten and Paris (CDG) on June 28, 2019 (subject to change).

Top Copyright Photo: Joon (Air France) Airbus A340-313 F-GLZN (msn 245) CDG (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 945737.

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Eurowings takes over the Dusseldorf – Newark route

2 operated by Brussels Airlines, to be replaced with newer Airbus A330-300s

Eurowings has made this announcement:

New in the Eurowings long-haul portfolio: from December 1, 2018, the airline will fly to Newark (EWR) six times a week. This means that Eurowings is now offering two attractive connections from Dusseldorf to the Big Apple just in time for Christmas shopping. Eurowings passengers can already fly to John F. Kennedy Airport five times a week.

To mark the new route to Newark, Eurowings is sharing tips on activities and exciting locations in the wintry metropolis and idea for passengers with excess luggage to bear in mind for a stress-free flight after a successful shopping trip.

Getting the Christmas magic bug

At the end of November, the huge Christmas tree in front of the Rockefeller Center is officially lit up during a festive ceremony. Every year, thousands of people gather around the Rockefeller Plaza or follow the event live on television. But even away from this hotspot, the city is magnificently illuminated and beckons you to enjoy a winter shopping trip. Insider tip: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights in Brooklyn.

Shop till you drop

New York is considered to be a shopping mecca all year round but at Christmas time the metropolis excels itself, whether you fancy vintage shopping in Soho or strolling around the big department stores. A whole floor of Macy’s is turned into Macy’s Santaland – in honour of Santa Claus who visits at this time of year – and maybe here some of your long-held shopping wishes will come true. The most beautiful decorative displays can be admired at Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Tiffany’s and Lord & Taylor – all located on Fifth Avenue.

Winter Wonderland: Ice skating and holiday markets

Ice skating is one of the most popular winter sports and also great fun for beginners. The famous Wollman Rink in Central Park is open from October and skates can be hired on site. There is also a small ice rink at the Rockefeller Center. What’s special about this: visitors to New York can go skating under the Christmas lights at night. Then they can warm up with a hot drink at one of the many holiday markets, such as at Columbus Circle. The magnificently decorated Christmas markets offer not only delicious things to eat but also many pretty souvenirs.

Tips and tricks for excess luggage

After a prolonged shopping trip, suitcases are often bursting at the seams. Good preparation ensures a stress-free return journey: of course, extra luggage such as suitcases full of gifts or oversized souvenirs may be taken on board at Eurowings but should be registered in advance via the Call Center. Passengers can read up on the costs in detail in the schedule of charges.

Basically, at Eurowings, each passenger may carry one item of hand luggage on board with a maximum weight of 8 kg and maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23 cm. In addition, a further small item of hand luggage is permitted (e.g. laptop bag, handbag, briefcase, folder satchel, etc.). In the regular SMART fare option, each passenger may additionally register a suitcase up to 23 kilograms. Liquids of all kinds may only be carried on board in containers with a capacity of up to 100 millilitres and they must be placed in a transparent, resealable bag. Eurowings provides more information about luggage at eurowings.com.

As a further pre-Christmas highlight, from mid-December Eurowings will inspire its passengers on board for their Christmas shopping in New York. In cooperation with Cologne-based start-up Sugartrends, a marketplace for local retailers, the airline showcases the best shops and trendy gift ideas from the Big Apple in a magazine which can be found in the seat pockets. Passengers can connect to the Internet on board their long-haul flight to New York, enabling them to browse and purchase the products of hip New York boutiques at Sugartrends.com. On arrival in New York, they can personally pick up the products purchased on board in the actual stores.

Top Copyright Photo: Eurowings (Brussels Airlines) Airbus A340-313 OO-SCW (msn 335) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 941319.

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Air Belgium suspends scheduled flights to Hong Kong, will focus on ACMI

Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (SPA). Image: 943610.

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this announcement:

Air Belgium confirms that it is to temporarily pause its flights  from Charleroi Airport to Hong Kong during the coming winter period. The interruption will be effective from October 1, 2018 until March 30, 2019. 

The reason for the pause is the fact that Air Belgium faced the non-respect of contractual terms by its major commercial partner regarding tariffs and load factor. Under these conditions, Air Belgium is unwilling to carry out the winter program as initially planned and to endanger its financial position. In good faith we’ve tried to find a solution for our partner’s defaulting situation to date.

The negotiations went on for several weeks. Because the new season was about to start, and due to the lost confidence in the partner, Air Belgium however did not want to risk having to operate from an even more complex situation.

During the pause Air Belgium will continue operating for other legacy airlines and focus on launching its air service to Mainland China, such as Zhengzhou. We are maintaining our development plans.

The pause will have no consequences on Air Belgium’s employment level. On the contrary, we  continue our hiring efforts to meet the market demands and to realize our plans.

We also would like to make clear that our decision to operate scheduled air services from Brussels Charleroi airport is not questioned and will be maintained. Customers satisfaction and the convenience has been validated by massive positive feedback and our strategy to operate from Charleroi is to remain.

Needless to say that passengers holding reservations during the suspension period will be contacted individually and handled personally.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (SPA). Image: 943610.

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Eurowings to add Dusseldorf – Las Vegas flights

First A340, in service March 20, 2018 Dusseldorf - Vienna

Eurowings will add the Dusseldorf – Las Vegas service starting on July 3, 2019.

The new route will be operated three days a week with Airbus A340-300s operated by Brussels Airlines according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Eurowings): Eurowings (Brussels Airlines) Airbus A340-313 OO-SCW (msn 335) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 941320.

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Joon to resume service to Quito

Joon (Air France) Airbus A340-313 F-GLZK (msn 207) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 942238.

Starting May 14, 2019, the Air France network is expanding thanks to Joon, with the launch of its Paris-CDG – Quito (Ecuador) route. Customers will be able to travel between the two capitals by Airbus A340-300 in the comfort of the new long-haul travel cabins, with 30 seats in the Business cabin, 21 seats in the Premium Economy cabin and 227 seats in the Economy cabin. 3 weekly flights will be offered starting at €299 including tax one way1.

Flight schedules (in local time):

AF210: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13h10, arrives in Quito at 18:05;
AF211: leaves Quito at 19h50, arrives in Paris at 13h50 the following day.
Flights operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the summer season2.

The ancient city of Quito

Located more than 2,850 m above sea level, and built on the ruins of an Inca city, Ecuador’s capital is home to many treasures. Its historic center, the best preserved in Latin America, is the first to be included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. From Independence Square to San Francisco Square, nothing beats getting lost in the narrow and colorful streets to discover Old Quito. Want a great view? The Panecillo peak, which stands in the middle of the city, offers a breathtaking view.

Want to go even higher? Quito, bordered by the Andes, is also the starting point for unforgettable escapades into the heart of the volcanoes, the gateway to the lush Amazonian forest and an opportunity to discover the Galapagos Islands and its protected species.

Joon, the new generation travel experience by Air France

  • Be carried away in Business, Joon takes care of everything

In the Business cabin, enjoy all the comforts of a real seat-bed. Your seat turns into a 2 meter-long seat-bed. The colors, fabrics and space ensure you will be totally relaxed in the Business cabin with all the comforts you require. Thanks to the seat’s fixed shell, you benefit from a real private space: welcome to your very own private bubble where you will receive a welcome kit and a practical and stylish comfort kit. Enjoy our in-flight entertainment offer, with more than 1,200 hours of programs on a 15.6-inch HD touch screen, as well as noise-reducing headphones. Enjoy a complete meal with dishes designed by exceptional French chefs and let yourself be tempted by a signature cocktail concocted by the Experimental Cocktail Club3  for your aperitif and prepared by your Joon crew!

  • More space in Premium Economy

The Premium Economy cabin offers you a brand new seat with optimal comfort: a 133° seat recline, 99 cm of generous legroom and a 49 cm-wide seat. In your own premium space you benefit from specific products and services, with a comfort kit on arrival on board as well as a welcome drink. At mealtimes, your starters and desserts are inspired by those offered in the Business cabin and are accompanied by a choice of drink including champagne!

  • Stay on trend and connected in Economy

In the Economy cabin, you have 78 centimeters of legroom and a 118° seat recline. It is equipped with a latest generation touch screen and a USB plug to recharge your devices during the flight. A full meal is also available. And if you wish, you can indulge in a drink or a sweet or savory treat from our additional inflight menu! Finally, feel free to optimize your comfort on board by choosing from our 70 seats available as a “Seat Plus”4 or “Seat Duo”5 paid option.

The world at your fingertips

This new offer is in addition to that of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which offers a daily flight to Quito and Guayaquil by Boeing 777 from Amsterdam-Schiphol.

The world at your fingertips with Joon:

  • To Ecuador – Quito: 3 weekly flights starting May 14th 2019
  • To Brazil – Fortaleza: 2 weekly flights then 3 weekly flights for the 2018 winter season
  • To the Seychelles – Mahé: 3 weekly flights
  • To Egypt – Cairo: 1 daily flight
  • To South Africa – Cape Town: 3 weekly flights then 5 weekly flights for the 2018 winter season
  • To India – Mumbai: 1 daily flight
  • To Germany – Berlin: up to 7 daily flights
  • To Spain – Barcelona: up to 7 daily flights
  • To Portugal – Lisbon with 4 daily flights and Porto with 3 weekly flights
  • To Italy – Rome with 7 daily flights and Naples with 2 daily flights
  • To Norway – Oslo: up to 3 daily flights and Bergen with one daily flight for the 2018 winter season
  • To Hungary – Budapest: 3 daily flights for the 2018 winter season
  • To Turkey – Istanbul: 1 daily flight

About Joon

Joon is the new generation travel experience by Air France. A trip designed for you that you can create yourself. Launched in December 2017, Joon has carried more than two million customers in Europe and worldwide from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Its fleet consists of Airbus A320 and A321 on its medium-haul network and Airbus A340 on its long-haul network. Joon is an innovation laboratory for the Air France group, with a modular offer, in-flight catering, streaming programs with original content and multiple and innovative partnerships for a global travel experience. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France, the company will have a fleet of 28 Airbus aircraft in 2020 (18 A320/A321 and 10 A340/A350). Joon currently employs more than 500 people.

(1) Launch fare – one way, with no hold baggage.
(2) March 31st to October 26th 2019
(3) Cocktail bar located 37 rue Saint-Sauveur in Paris, quartier Montorgueil.
(4) The Seat Plus have additional legroom (34 inches) and are located at the front of the cabin to disembark first. Price: €50 for a flight lasting 9 hours or less and €70 on longer flights.
(5) The Seat Duo are located on each side of the cabin next to the window and provide additional privacy. Price: €30.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Joon): Joon (Air France) Airbus A340-313 F-GLZK (msn 207) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 942238.

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