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British Airways retires the Airbus A318, Iberia to retire the A340-600 as IAG reports first half results

Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-JPU (msn 744) KBP (Robbie Shaw). Image: 950772.

International Consolidated Airlines (IAG) today (July 31, 2020) presented Group consolidated results for the six months to June 30, 2020.

The results for the six months were significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, which has had a devastating impact on the global airline and travel sectors, particularly from late February 2020 onwards.

COVID-19 situation and management actions:

  •   Most Group aircraft grounded in quarter 2, with small programme of passenger flights for essential travel and repatriation
  •   1,875 additional cargo flights operated in quarter 2 to transport critical equipment and essential supplies
  •   Additional operating procedures implemented to protect customers and staff including facemask use and additional cleaning
  •   Liquidity boosted by actions including accessing Spain’s Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) facility and UK’s Coronavirus Corporate Finance Facility (CCFF). Also, British Airways’ Revolving Credit Facility extended and additional one-year bridge aircraft financing facilities agreed and implemented in quarter 2
  •   Multi-year renewal signed with American Express on July 24, including €830 million payment, a significant part of which is Avios pre-purchase
  •   Cash operating costs for quarter 2 reduced to €205 million per week, with April and May slightly lower than previously estimated at €195 million per week, despite additional cost of operating cargo-only flights
  •   Current capacity planning scenario for an increase through quarter 3 and quarter 4, to -74 percent and -46 percent versus 2019 respectively, but plans highly uncertain and subject to easing lockdowns and travel restrictions
  •   Based on our current capacity planning scenario, IAG would reach breakeven in terms of Net cash flows from operating activities during quarter 4 2020
  •   Government wage support schemes accessed in main employee bases and other measures agreed to reduce employee costs due to much-reduced flying program
  •   Capital spending for 2020 reduced by €1.5 billion, against the original plan, with 2020 fleet capital expenditure covered by committed financing
  •   Deliveries of 68 new aircraft due in 2020 to 2022 deferred and certain legacy aircraft retired early, including 32 Boeing 747s and 15 Airbus A340-600s
  •   IAG expects it will take until at least 2023 for passenger demand to recover to 2019 levels and is restructuring its cost-base to reduce each airline’s size, with consultations being undertaken locally as required
  •   Active discussions remain ongoing with Globalia regarding a potential restructuring of the Air Europa acquisition, taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Any agreed transaction would remain subject to regulatory clearances IAG period highlights on results:
  •   Passenger capacity operated in quarter 2 down 95.3 per cent on 2019 and for the six months down 56.2 percent on 2019
  •   Second quarter operating loss €1,365 million before exceptional items (2019 operating profit: €960 million) Note: Iberia is currently operating 3 A340-600s to Latin America: EC-IZY, ECJLE and EC-JNQ.
  •   Operating loss before exceptional items for the half year €1,900 million (2019 operating profit: €1,095 million)
  •   Exceptional charge in the half year of €2,137 million on derecognition of fuel and foreign exchange hedges for 2020 and impairment of fleet
  •   Loss after tax before exceptional items for the half year €1,965 million, and 2020 statutory loss after tax and exceptional items: €3,806 million (2019 profit: €806 million)
  •   Cash of €6,016 million at June 30, 2020 down €667 million on December 31, 2019. Committed and undrawn general and aircraft facilities were €2.1 billion, bringing total liquidity to €8.1 billionProposed capital increase:

 Proposed capital increase of up to €2.75 billion, to be supported by irrevocable commitment from largest shareholder and underwritten, subject to approval at General Shareholders’ Meeting in September

For definitions refer to the Alternative performance measures section.
1 The 2019 results include a reclassification of the costs the Group incurs in relation to compensation for flight delays and cancellations as a deduction from revenue as opposed to an operating expense. There is no change in operating profit. The amount reclassified for the period to June 30, 2019 was €63 million. Further information is given in note 1.
2 The prior year comparative is December 31, 2019.

Willie Walsh, IAG Chief Executive Officer, said:

“In quarter 2 we’re reporting a record operating loss of €1,365 million before exceptional items compared to an operating profit of €960 million last year. Total operating losses including exceptional items relating to the early retirement of British Airways’ Boeing 747s and Iberia’s Airbus A340s came to €2,177 million.

“We operated 1,875 cargo-only flights using passenger aircraft in quarter 2 which was an important cash contributor to the Group.

“All IAG airlines made substantial losses. As a result of government travel restrictions, quarter 2 passenger traffic fell by 98.4 per cent on a capacity reduction in the quarter of 95.3 per cent. We have seen evidence that demand recovers when government restrictions are lifted. Our airlines have put in place measures to provide additional reassurance to their customers and employees on board and at the airport.

“We continue to expect that it will take until at least 2023 for passenger demand to recover to 2019 levels. Each airline has taken actions to adjust their business and reduce their cost base to reflect forecast demand in their markets not just to get through this crisis but to ensure they remain competitive in a structurally changed industry.

“IAG continues to take action to strengthen its balance sheet and liquidity position including more than halving its operating cash costs and significantly reducing its capital spending. At the end of June liquidity stood at €8.1 billion. Based on our current capacity planning scenario, we would reach breakeven in terms of Net cash flows from operating activities during quarter 4 2020.

“Subject to shareholder approval at our AGM on September 8, IAG will undertake a capital increase of up to €2.75 billion which will enhance the Group’s resilience, balance sheet and liquidity position. We’re delighted that our largest shareholder, Qatar Airways, has already committed to support the proposed capital raising. This will best position IAG to continue executing its strategic objectives and capitalise on its existing market leading position and future growth and consolidation opportunities.”

In other news, British Airways has decided to drop the London (City) – New York Airbus A318 business route. The 32-seat A318s will be retired immediately. The unique route was last revenue flight was operated on March 18, 2020 (BA2 JFK-LCY with G-EUNA).

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Top Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-JPU (msn 744) KBP (Robbie Shaw). Image: 950772.

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Lufthansa temporarily decommissions Airbus A340-600 fleet

  • Three Airbus A340-600 have already been transferred to Spain 

In the coming weeks, Lufthansa will temporarily decommission the entire Airbus A340-600 fleet.

Three aircraft of this type (D-AIHC, D-AIHE and D-AIHF) have already been flown to Teruel, in northeastern Spain. The long-haul aircraft will be parked at the airport there.

Lufthansa plans to transfer the entire Airbus A340-600 fleet, equaling 17 aircraft, to Teruel where they will be decommissioned over the next 2-3 months. These aircraft will not be operating within of the regular scheduled services for at least the next one to one and a half years. 

A decision on the future use of the aircraft or a possible reactivation of a maximum of ten aircraft will be taken at a later stage in time.

Photo: European Space Imaging.

Teruel Airport is located between Zaragoza and Valencia in the northeast of Spain. With around 240 days of sunshine a year and little rainfall, the region is particularly suitable for parked aircraft.

Type Retired: April 5, 2020 (flight LH773 Bangkok-Frankfurt with D-AIHC)

Above Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A340-642 D-AIHC (msn 523) FRA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 930900.

Note; All 17 Lufthansa Airbus A340-600s are currently grounded, pending their 14 ferry flights to Tereul. Most of the fleet operated their last revenue flights in March 2020. The last revenue flight (for now) was flight LH773 between Bangkok and the Frankfurt hub, arriving at 6:13 am (0613) on April 5, 2020 with D-AIHC.

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Virgin Atlantic parks its last three Airbus A340-600s at Bournemouth

Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A340-642 G-VWIN (msn 736) LHR (SPA). Image: 934153.

Virgin Atlantic Airways on March 24, 2020 decided to ferry its last three Airbus A340-600s (G-VWIN, G-VFIT and G-VNAP) from Prestwick International Airport (PIK) to Bournemouth (BOH) for storage. The last revenue flight was operated on March 8, 2020.

Last revenue flights:

G-VWIN – March 7, 2020 – flight VS58 Bridgetown, Barbados – London (Gatwick)

G-VFIT – March 8, 2020 – flight VS412 Lagos – London (Heathrow) (last revenue flight)

G-VNAP – February 15, 2020 – flight VS58 Bridgetown, Barbados – London (Gatwick)

Virgin Atlantic took delivery on July 22, 2002 of the first A340-600 (G-VSKY) as the launch customer. The type entered revenue service on August 1, 2002 on the London (Heathrow) – New York (JFK) route.

Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A340-642 G-VNAP (msn 622) (A big Virgin Atlantic thank you) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 945086.

Above Copyright Photo: Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A340-642 G-VNAP (msn 622) (A big Virgin Atlantic thank you) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 945086.

Top Copyright Photo: Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A340-642 G-VWIN (msn 736) LHR (SPA). Image: 934153.

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Virgin Atlantic release this tribute to the type:

Farewell and thank you to our A340-600s

BY: MICHAEL OAKES

At 15:04 on Tuesday 24 March, G-VWIN Lady Luck touched down on a positioning flight to Bournemouth airport. This marked something of a momentous occasion – as it would be the final Virgin Atlantic flight for our trusty workhorse, our Airbus A340-600.

We intended to retire our remaining A340s from the fleet early this year as part of our fleet transformation plan: The 787 joined our fleet between 2014-2018, A350 deliveries are now well underway, and the A330neo will join the fleet from late 2021 to complete the modernisation of our entire fleet over a ten-year period. The result will be one of the youngest fleets in the skies, halving our average aircraft age by 2024 to just 5.3 years and reducing our carbon emissions by 32 percent.

With the recent developments in our response to the global impact of Covid-19 it made sense to bring forward retiring the A340s from service, so G-VFIT Dancing Queen made its final passenger flight earlier in March, and have moved to a new home in Bournemouth last week, along with G-VNAP Sleeping Beauty and G-VWIN Lady Luck, both of which had also touched down there earlier that day. You may still get to see them in the sky, flying charters for their new owner.

One of the last A340 flight departures. Photo by John Powell from our engineering team.

These, our last three A340s, together spent close to 180,000 hours in the sky over more than 21,000 flights during their time in the Virgin Atlantic fleet. Ironically, in all her years flying with us, Lady Luck never made it to Las Vegas.

We took delivery of our first A340-300, G-VBUS Lady in Red, back in April 1993.

Richard with Princess Diana naming G-VBUS, Lady in Red. Read the full story of our first Airbus here

We were the launch customer for the longer A340-600, flying the first ever commercial service on the type in August 2002. At the time the A340-600 joined us, it was the longest commercial aeroplane in the skies (the Boeing 747-8 later stole the title by just 93cm).

“Our hangar was first opened in a celebration ceremony to unveil the world’s first Airbus A340-600 to enter passenger service; G-VSHY. The unveiling called for a great celebration complete with a visit from Richard Branson, Claudia Schiffer and dancers hanging from the ceiling while Liberty X performed!”  The aircraft then flew off with staff and invited guests to star at the Farnborough Airshow” – Terry Flynn, Manager – Aircraft Assets

Ten A340-300s and 19 A340-600s have graced the Virgin Atlantic fleet in total, traveling the length and breadth of our network and indeed the globe, from New York to Sydney – and many places in between. One of them even scored a cameo role in the 2006 Bond film, Casino Royale! (you can read all about our association with James Bond here)

Back in the 90s we adopted the #4Engines4Longhaul slogan for the fleet, which was the style at the time. However, as newer, more efficient twin-engine aircraft entered the scene, our quad-engine fleet became more expensive to run – and created higher carbon emissions. And while some of our customers continue to maintain an almost fanatical admiration for them, many others prefer to fly on other aircraft (exacerbated by the incredible experience our new A350s offer). But you can’t deny there’s a certain charm and charisma about the A340 that many of us are so fond of.

In 2018 we actually brought one back from retirement. Sleeping Beauty Rejuvenated re-entered service after a couple of years in storage, giving our people and customers more time to enjoy her. We won’t be able to do that again, but you can read all about her story, and that of the “A Big Virgin Atlantic Thank You” that you may have seen on her here.

Ian’s story

Having been on the first A340-600 Training course in Toulouse in 2002, I was amongst the first Virgin Engineers to certify our first aircraft delivered that year G-VSHY, I not only worked the aircraft in Heathrow but in New York and later in Lagos and Delhi.

Following on from the highly successful -300 that served us so well, Airbus built on that foundation to heavily stretch the forward and rear fuselage with large ‘plug’ sections, upgraded the much needed power requirements with the 50k lb thrust of the RR Trent engines and increased efficiency of various system modifications and improvements to make a formidable, solid built aircraft that has stood the test of time but without changing the design philosophy.

Personally one area that impressed me was the redesign of the centre landing gear for the increased payload, not only to now include 4 wheels but had the ingenious facility to tilt both ways in “Dip” for landing and “Trail” for stowing in the gear bay on retraction.

I am proud to have been involved with the aircraft from the start.

So, on behalf of the many millions of passengers and pets who flew on them and the pilots, engineers, cabin crew and airport teams who knew this graceful and elegant flying machine so well; Thank you and Godspeed, old friend!


We thought we’d end this post with the words (and photos) of some of the many people who flew our A340s through the years…

This photo was taken on G-VWEB in her final flight as a Virgin Atlantic aircraft in Tarbes. The aircraft in shot is G-VJAM which was soon to be delivered to us. Out with the old, in with the new. – Adam Pursey, senior first officer.

Collecting Bubbles (G-VFIZ) from Manila at sunrise for a 14 hour empty flight to Heathrow. – Martin Curtis-Goodall, cabin services supervisor

Bringing back an empty A346 from Manilla back in August 2018 was a wonderful experience. – Alex Gojkovic, cabin service supervisor

July 2013 G-VNAP landing into Heathrow – Jane Unwin, Safety Investigator

G-VRED – An early morning start in Newark with New York in the background.- Andrew Murdoch, senior first officer

Last A340-600 flight for me. Last operational flight with my father and probably the last time I will fly a four engined aircraft.- Andrew Murdoch, senior first officer

My personal favourite 346 moment was seeing these kids from Three Bridges Primary on a visit to our Heathrow hangar. Their little faces gazing up at G-VFIT in wonderment, so lovely to see! – Gareth Neale, Manager, corporate communications

Giving Lady Luck as much runway as possible on its return flight from Tupelo. – Tom Minto, Manager, Aircraft Maintenance

Dropping G-VBUG off at San Bernardino to be scrapped was a strange trip but a special one with a great crew. – Simon Flood, senior first officer

My very first flight as crew, G-VFIZ “Bubbles” gave me my wings! – Amber-Jayne Fitch, cabin crew

The A340-600 aircraft was my favourite aircraft to fly and work on (sorry Boeing guys!) Funny enough i have great memories from 2012 of bringing back the European team from the Ryder Cup that year. It was touch and go as to whether they would win the Cup but we obviously had full confidence in them as we sent G-VWIN to bring them back from Chicago Rockford airport. Bye old girl, you’ll be missed. – Patrick O’Callaghan, cabin crew

VBUG delivery day in Toulouse – 28 Feb 2007. Our final A346 – Nik Blundell, Head of group capital accounting

End of an era. Always my fave aircraft-so sad to see them go. Will miss them a lot… -Michelle Gray, cabin crew

Nairobi Inaugural with a crew led in the cabin by Eddie – Lish Kelly, Trainer, flyer.

Group 801 visiting G-VFIZ, Bubbles, on our Airbus aircraft visit on 22/03/17 – Amy Perry, cabin crew

Retirement flight of G-VBUG – Helen Newcombe, cabin services supervisor

Our A340 fleet:

 

G-VFIT Airbus A340-642 Dancing Queen
G-VYOU Airbus A340-642 Emmeline Heaney
G-VRED Airbus A340-642 Scarlet Lady
G-VWEB Airbus A340-642 Surfer Girl
G-VNAP Airbus A340-642 Sleeping Beauty Rejuvenated
G-VAEL Airbus A340-300 Maiden Toulouse
G-VBUS Airbus A340-300 Lady in Red
G-VFLY Airbus A340-300 Dragon Lady
G-VHOL Airbus A340-300 Jetstreamer
G-VSEA Airbus A340-300 Plane Sailing
G-VSKY Airbus A340-300 China Girl
G-VAIR Airbus A340-300 Maiden Tokyo
G-VELD Airbus A340-300 African Queen
G-VFAR Airbus A340-300 Molly
G-VSUN Airbus A340-300 Rainbow Lady
G-VATL Airbus A340-600 Miss Kitty
G-VBLU Airbus A340-600 Soul Sister
G-VBUG Airbus A340-600 Lady Bird
G-VEIL Airbus A340-600 Queen of the Skies
G-VFIZ Airbus A340-600 Bubbles
G-VFOX Airbus A340-600 Silver Lady
G-VGAS Airbus A340-600 Varga Girl
G-VGOA Airbus A340-600 Indian Princess
G-VMEG Airbus A340-600 Mystic Maiden
G-VOGE Airbus A340-600 Cover Girl
G-VSHY Airbus A340-600 Madame Butterfly
G-VSSH Airbus A340-600 Sweet Dreamer
G-VWKD Airbus A340-600 Miss Behavin

 

South African to sell nine Airbus A340s

South African Airways Airbus A340-642 ZS-SNI (msn 630) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944355.

South African Airways (SAA) has put some of its aircraft up for sale to accommodate the new Airbus A350-900s the airline recently added to its fleet.

In a tender on the airline’s website, SAA said it was selling nine wide-body aircraft – – five Airbus A340-300s and four Airbus A340-600s – – and 15 spare engines and four Auxiliary Power Units, a device used to provide energy.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

After we received the four new Airbus A350-900, it has become necessary for us to sell our older models to accommodate the new models with superior features such as the quieter cabin, relaxing in-flight environment and more extra-legroom seats in economy class and lie-flat beds in business Class,” said Zuks Ramasia, SAA’s Acting CEO.

“The decision to sell the aircraft has nothing to do with the business rescue process. For some time we had planned to replace our four-engine aircraft with new generation and more efficient aircraft as part of our fleet renewal programme,”  said Ramasia.

“When we received five A330-300s in late 2017- early 2018 we had already planned to retire five A340s at that time, but due to the operational fleet undergoing maintenance, the retirement of the aircraft was postponed.  Now is the time to sell the aircraft,” she said.

Ramasia said with the new A350s which will start operating on its international route network next week, replacing the A340s has become possible. The closing date for the tender is January 30, 2020 at 11.00 am SA time.

The aircraft on sale used to operate on regional and international routes, which will now be flown by the A330s and A350-900s.

Note: The remaining Airbus A340s are now likely to be retired in 2021.

Top Copyright Photo: South African Airways Airbus A340-642 ZS-SNI (msn 630) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944355.

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Qatar Airways to operate its last Airbus A340-600 revenue flight on May 1

Last A340-600 revenue flight to operated on May 1, 2019 between Bangkok and Doha

Qatar Airways, according to Airline Route, is operating the 372-seat Airbus A340-600 currently on three Asian routes from the Doha hub (Bangkok, Colombo and Kuala Lumpur).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

The A340-600s are being replaced with newer Airbus A350s

The Colombo and Kuala Lumpur routes will see the A340-600 depart on March 31.

The remaining route, Bangkok – Doha, will see the last last Airbus nA340-600 revenue flight on May 1, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Airbus A340-642 A7-AGB A7-AGB (msn 715) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 925615.

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Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Virgin Atlantic G-VEIL “Queen Of The Skies”

Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A340-642 G-VEIL (msn 575) (Backing the Bid) LHR (SPA). Image: 924507.

MotoArt has made this announcement:

Fifteen years ago, the Virgin Airlines Airbus A340-600 series plane, “G-VEIL” rolled out of a factory in Toulouse, France. As with other famed “Flying -MORE-Ladies” of Virgin Atlantic’s fleet, she featured a creative name and a beautiful pin-up girl on her nose. This queen was named by the Queen herself, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on the centenary of an historic agreement between Great Britain and France called the “Entente Cordiale.” This important understanding resolved long standing disputes and established a diplomatic relationship between the two countries that has stood the test of time.

“I am now delighted, in this Entente Cordiale centenary year, to name this new Airbus for Virgin Atlantic Airways: The Queen of the Skies.” – Queen Elizabeth II.

The plane was decommissioned in San Bernardinoin 2016 and was destined for the scrapyard. It was purchased by Dave Hall, owner of MotoArt, a Torrance, California based builder who makes furnishings and decor using upcycled plane components. “Not everyone can own a plane, or even furniture made from a plane,” states Hall, “But everyone can own a part of a historic plane like this one and pass it on to the next generation.”

As with other planes they have rescued from destruction, his company produced the PlaneTags™ from the skin of the plane and sells them through their website. Each PlaneTag™ is unique and numbered as a limited edition and allows aviation enthusiasts to collect rare pieces of history. In addition to owning a piece of the “Queen of the Skies”, for each PlaneTag™ sold a $3.00 donation will be made to The Virgin Atlantic Foundation, a charity which supports the welfare of children and young people worldwide, almost exclusively through their partner WE.

Top Copyright Photo: Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A340-642 G-VEIL (msn 575) (Backing the Bid) LHR (SPA). Image: 924507.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A340-642 G-VEIL (msn 575) LHR (Michael B. Ing). Image: 909771.

The type to be replaced with new Airbus A350-1000s

South African to rationalize their domestic route network, Mango to grow larger

Mango (South African Airways) Boeing 737-8BG WL ZS-SJK (msn 32355) JNB (TMK Photography). Image: 913072.

South African Airways Group airlines, South African Airways (SAA) and Mango, its low-cost subsidiary, announced plans to rationalize their route network for improved efficiencies and optimal aircraft utilisation through a revised airline brand schedule. This will see additional Mango operated flights for the domestic market.

The rationalization program follows an earlier announcement in September, where the airline announced network changes as part of the progressive implementation of its turnaround plan. These initiatives form part of the Five-year turnaround plan to return the business to commercial sustainability in the shortest time possible.

Both SAA and Mango currently offer 200 return flights per week between Johannesburg and Durban and 278 return flights per week between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Photos above: SAA. The Mango cabin.

To enhance efficiencies and to provide more diverse offering to customers, whilst responding to demand, the two airline brands will ensure seamless implementation of the revised schedule with effect from January 15, 2018. Once fully implemented Mango will operate 132 return flights on the Johannesburg – Durban route and 116 return flights on the Johannesburg – Cape Town route per week. SAA will operate 68 return flights between Johannesburg and Durban, and 162 return flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The SAA group will continue to offer customers the option to travel on the product of their choice, making it much more convenient for them to choose their preferred service and schedule.

The changes will be reflected in all the SAA and Mango distribution systems with effect from 12 December 2017.

Mango flights will operate on Boeing 737-800s and SAA will discontinue operating Airbus A340-600s on the Johannesburg – Cape Town route.

South African Airways Airbus A340-642 ZS-SNF (msn 547) JNB (Paul Denton). Image: 923668.

Above Copyright Photo: South African Airways Airbus A340-642 ZS-SNF (msn 547) JNB (Paul Denton). Image: 923668.

Members of Voyager, SAA’s frequent flyer programme, will continue to earn Miles on Mango operated flights if booked on the SAA code and will continue to enjoy the SAA baggage allowance, lounge access and a seamless transfer on to the regional and international network services of SAA. Voyager members can also spend their Miles on Mango operated flights, by utilising Miles or a combination of Miles and a range of payment options.

Top Copyright Photo: Mango (South African Airways) Boeing 737-8BG WL ZS-SJK (msn 32355) JNB (TMK Photography). Image: 913072.

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Iberia joins Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair in joint business on flights between Europe and Japan

Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-LEU (msn 960) LHR (SPA). Image: 928592.

Iberia will join Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair on October 18, 2016 in their joint business between Europe and Japan.

The joint business means that the four airlines will share revenue and cooperate on scheduling and pricing between Japan and Europe, providing customers with more flexible routing options and an attractive range of fares.

Last August Japanese regulators gave approval to the airlines’ plans to include Iberia in the joint business between British Airways, Japan Airlines and Finnair. The Spanish airline starts today with thrice-weekly non-stop flights Madrid-Tokyo-Madrid.

The joint business opens up all four airlines’ networks between Japan and Europe and allows the airline partners to cooperate on expanding their presence in this growing and important market. The agreement also strengthens the oneworld alliance and enables it to compete more effectively around the world with other global alliances.

Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-LEU (msn 960) LHR (SPA). Image: 928592.

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Lufthansa’s 2016 “F.C. Bayern Munchen” logo jet

Lufthansa's 2016 "F.C. Bayern Munchen" logo jet

On July 25, 2016 Lufthansa made this announcement:

The FC Bayern Munich took off on July 25, 2016 on a Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 for an eleven-day USA trip on the “FCB Audi Summer Tour 2016”. To mark the occasion, the long-haul aircraft with the registration D-AIHK has been covered with a special FC Bayern Munich design. In addition to the FC Bayern Munich logo, ten players from the club are also pictured on the fuselage: Jérôme Boateng, Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal. Also shown in sporting action: Franck Ribéry, David Alaba, Thomas Müller, Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben. The Lufthansa Airbus will be flying from Munich to four continents with this design for a year.

Lufthansa has been the official carrier of FC Bayern Munich since 2004. In addition to its long-term cooperation with FC Bayern Munich, the airline also works with the German Football Association (DFB) and supports numerous popular sports. Moreover, the airline is a national sponsor of the sports foundation Deutsche Sporthilfe, and has been a partner of the German Olympic Sports Committee (DOSB) for many years. This traditionally includes flying the German team to the Olympic Games and, as a partner of the National Paralympic Committee (DBS), to the Paralympics.

D-AIHK is now back at the Munich base.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A340-642 D-AIHK (msn 580) (F.C. Bayern Munchen) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 934249.

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