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Turkish Airlines orders 6 additional Airbus A350-900s

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Turkish Airlines has confirmed it has ordered six additional Airbus A350-900s.

The aircraft will be delivered in late 2022 and 2023.

Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Airbus A350-941 TC-LGB (msn 421) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 953634.

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ITA Airways becomes the first Italian A350 operator

ITA Airways' first Airbus A350-900

ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350, becoming the 40th operator of the type. The aircraft, which is on lease from ALAFCO, landed for the first time in Italy at Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International Airport on Wednesday evening.

ITA Airways’ A350 cabin is configured in a two-class layout, with 334 seats comprising 33 full lie-flat bed Business and 301 Economy seats.

ITA Airways’ A350 will start operations early June 2022 to serve the new intercontinental routes that the company will open in the summer season from Rome Fiumicino to Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

In December 2021, the Italian carrier firmed up an order for 28 Airbus, including 18 Single Aisle (seven A220s, 11 A320neos) and 10 A330neos, the latest version of the most popular A330 widebody airliner.

Moreover, ITA Airways already leased more than 50 additional new generation Airbus aircraft, six of which are A350s, to complement their fleet modernization.

Top Copyright Photo: ITA Airways Airbus A350-941 F-WZFT (EI-IFB) (msn 270) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 957195.

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French Bee adds a new route to Los Angeles, Miami is coming in the winter

French Bee Airbus A350-941 F-HREU (msn 005) ORY (Wingnut). Image: 946107.

French Bee on April 30 added a new route from Paris (Orly) to Los Angeles, The new route will be operated three days a week with its Airbus A350s.

Starting on December 15, 2022, the carrier will also add the Paris (Orly) – Miami route. This new route will also operate three days a week.

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For the winter season, French Bee will operate to four destinations in the United States (Newark, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco).

Top Copyright Photo: French Bee Airbus A350-941 F-HREU (msn 005) ORY (Wingnut). Image: 946107.

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Iberojet and Air Europa sign an interline agreement

Formerly Evelop Airlines and Orbest Airlines

Iberojet has signed a new interline agreement with Air Europa.

The new agreement will allow Iberojet to connect its long-range flights with Air Europa’s Spanish and European network.

Iberojet operates routes to Punta Cana (PUJ), Cancun (CUN), Havana (HAV), Varadero (VRA), San Jose de Costa Rica (SJO), Los Cabos (SJD) and Mauritius (MRU) from Spain and Portugal.

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Top Copyright Photo: Iberojet Airbus A350-941 EC-NGY (msn 400) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 954059.

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Finnair offers bus connections from Turku and Tampere to Helsinki Airport

Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWI (msn 104) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 956924.

Finnair has made this announcement:

Starting May 2, 2022, Finnair customers can travel between Turku and Helsinki and Tampere and Helsinki in Finland either by air or with a new kind of a bus connection that smoothly links to and from connecting flights from Helsinki Airport. Flights from/to Turku and Tampere are operated in early morning and late evening, allowing for smooth connections to and from Finnair’s network in Europe. During the daytime, Finnair offers a bus connection between Turku/Tampere and Helsinki Airport, and the bus ticket is combined to the flight reservation. The bus connections to/from Tampere are already on sale at finnair.com and the bus connections to/from Turku are available soon.

Combining different modes of transport will reduce the carbon footprint of these domestic routes. Multimodal travel chains are a part of the toolkit for reducing the CO2 footprint of aviation.

The bus connection is operated by Korsisaari bus company, with high-quality coaches that run 100% biodiesel. A one-way bus ride produces more than 1,000 kilograms less CO2 than a one-way flight on these routes. A smooth bus service with guaranteed flight connections is an option for reducing carbon footprint also for those customers, who would otherwise arrive the airport by car.

The bus route runs from Turku and Tampere airports to the bus stations at the city centers, and from there to Helsinki Airport and back. Those arriving at Helsinki Airport by bus have access to priority check-in and security check, enabling a quick transfer to a connecting flight. When changing from a flight to a bus connection at Helsinki Airport, customers will receive their checked baggage among the first ones. Finnair also guarantees connections in the event of traffic disruptions.

Meanwhile Finnair arrives in DFW:

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWI (msn 104) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 956924.

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With airspace limitations, Finnair updates its flights for summer 2022

Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWP (msn 392) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 957112.

Finnair has updated its traffic program for summer 2022, as the closure of Russian airspace impacts Finnair’s Asian traffic. Finnair connects customers from its Helsinki hub to almost 70 European destinations, five North American destinations and eight Asian destinations, including new destination Mumbai, during the summer season 2022.

Some long-haul flights to Asia are cancelled due to Russian airspace closure, and consequently, frequencies in Finnair’s European network are adjusted to the resulting decrease in transferring customers. Finnair informs customers personally via email and text messages of changes to their flights. Customers can then either change the travel date or seek a refund, if they don’t want to use an alternative flight or if re-routing is not available.

Finnair’s Asian offering comprises of daily connections to Bangkok, Delhi, Singapore and Tokyo, three weekly flights to Seoul, two weekly flights to Hong Kong, one weekly frequency to Shanghai, and a new route to Mumbai, India, with three weekly frequencies.

Finnair suspends its other services to Japan for the summer 2022 season, due to the Russian airspace closure. Finnair was originally scheduled to serve Tokyo Narita and Haneda airports, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, and Fukuoka with altogether 40 weekly flights. Finnair is also postponing the start of its new Busan route.

On March 27, Finnair opens its new route to Dallas/Fort Worth, with four weekly flights and full connectivity to American Airline’s extensive network in the US. Another new route, Seattle, opens on June 1 with three weekly frequencies. Finnair also flies to New York JFK and to Chicago daily, and to Los Angeles three times a week. In addition, Finnair flies daily from Stockholm Arlanda to New York JFK and to Los Angeles four times a week.

In Europe, Finnair has a strong network almost 70 destinations, including Southern Europe leisure destinations such as Alicante, Chania, Lisbon, Malaga, Nice, Porto and Rhodes, all served with several weekly frequencies. Those seeking city experiences will enjoy the at least double daily connections Finnair offers to key European cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Hamburg, London, Milan, Paris, Prague and Rome. In Scandinavia and the Baltics, Finnair offers multiple daily flights to the capital cities of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWP (msn 392) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 957112.

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Kammarkollegiet extends agreement with SAS

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 SE-RSA (msn 358) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 956995.

The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet) has decided to extend the agreement concerning domestic flights with SAS until May 2023. The new agreement is an extension of the one that came into force in May 2021.

The procurement was carried out entirely based on environmental criteria such as the average age of the aircraft fleet, efforts being made to increase the proportion of biofuels and other sustainable fuels, as well as a commitment to the next generation of carbon-neutral aircraft powered by electricity and/or hybrid technology.

SAS offers customers an attractive timetable which connects northern and southern Sweden and a network that improves accessibility to the rest of Scandinavia and the world.

The extension to the agreement will take effect on May 1, 2022.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A350-941 SE-RSA (msn 358) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 956995.

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Lufthansa resumes flights from Munich to Delhi

Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXK (msn 212) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 956549.

Lufthansa on January 18, 2022 resumed flights from its Munich hub to Delhi.

The route will operate three days a week with Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXK (msn 212) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 956549.

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Philippine Airlines exits Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization

"The Love Bus"

Philippine Airlines announced on December 31, 2021 it had exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization.

The airline had previously filed for reorganization on September 3, 2021.

Philippine Airlines stated it would reduce its debt load by $2 billion and at the same time add $505 million in liquidity from its main shareholder PAL Holdings, owned by Lucio Tan. PAL also said that at the same time it had the option of obtaining a further $150 million from new investors.

The airline also stated it had terminated around 2,000 employees.

The airline issued this statement:

Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) announced on December 31, 2021 that it has emerged from its voluntary Chapter 11 proceedings as a more efficient airline with a strengthened balance sheet, reaffirming its continuing role as the Philippines’ sole full-service airline with the largest international network.

PAL successfully completed its financial restructuring within four months, in contrast to other airlines that remain in the Chapter 11 process more than a year after filing in 2020. The Philippine flag carrier credits the strong support of its creditors and shareholders, the cooperation of its industry partners and the collective efforts of PAL employees around the world who sustained flights on multiple international and domestic routes throughout the restructuring period.

PAL has streamlined operations with a reorganized fleet and is now better capitalized for future growth. The Company’s Plan of Reorganization, which was approved by the U.S. restructuring Court on December 17, 2021, provides for over US$2.0 billion in permanent balance sheet reductions from existing creditors, improvements in PAL’s critical operational agreements and additional liquidity including a US$505 million investment in long-term equity and debt financing from PAL’s majority shareholder.

The airline’s consensual restructuring plan was accepted by 100% of the votes cast by its primary aircraft lessors and lenders, original equipment manufacturers and maintenance, repair, and overhaul service providers, and certain funded debt lenders.

“Philippine Airlines stands ready to help grow back the Philippines’ local and international air travel markets in ways that renew the tourism industry, serve the needs of global citizens including overseas Filipinos, and contribute actively to the recovery of the Philippine economy,” said PAL Director Lucio C. Tan III, quoting PAL Chairman and CEO Dr. Lucio C. Tan. “Our mission as the flag carrier matters more than ever, and we are thankful for the chance to rebound from the pandemic and continue to fulfill this mission as best as we can.”

“This is a celebratory moment for PAL, for all our partners and stakeholders, and for our personnel who sacrificed much while working successfully to keep the airline flying,” said Gilbert F. Santa Maria, PAL President and Chief Operating Officer. “Above all, we thank our customers for their support, and the Filipino people for keeping faith in their flag carrier through the entire restructuring process. There are immense challenges ahead, but we look forward to tackling them as a reinvigorated Philippine Airlines, better positioned for strategic growth to continue serving our customers.”

Moving forward, PAL will reinvest in its operations to better serve its valued customers by:

  • Reinforcing PAL’s position as the Philippines’ sole full-service airline with the largest international network serving four continents, including:
    • The only nonstop flights linking the Philippines to the U.S., Canadian East and West Coasts, Hawaii, Brisbane, and Melbourne;
    • The largest network of flights from the Philippines to multiple cities in Japan, Australia and the Middle East, along with convenient schedules to Hong Kong, Korea, Taipei, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia;
    • A high-frequency domestic network encompassing trunk routes to the major cities of Visayas, Mindanao and Luzon, as well as inter-island services to the nation’s tourist hot spots and paradise islands;
    • The only full-service options in Philippine domestic skies, including Business Class on many local routes.
  • Restoring more routes and increasing flight frequencies as travel restrictions ease and borders reopen, including the resumption of regular flights to multiple cities in mainland China, full regularization of flights to Australia and the commencement of historic new services to Israel.
  • Building on code sharing and interline partnerships to complement the airline’s current and future network and allow PAL passengers to enjoy better connections and access to more destinations through partner airlines.
  • Expanding PAL’s newly established cargo business to tap more air cargo market opportunities, including the operation of all-cargo flights to keep supply chains moving and to meet specific freight transport needs such as the airlift of vaccines and medical equipment.
  • Offering year-round great value fares and competitive promotional offers.
  • Developing innovations to PAL’s Mabuhay Miles frequent flyer program, including an expansion of membership rolls and enhancements to program terms and benefits.
  • Accelerating digital transformation initiatives to deliver seamless and intuitive experiences to PAL customers, including a more personalized website and mobile app, a streamlined booking process that offers more flexible payment options such as e-wallets and installment plans, enhanced self-service options for rebooking and check-in, and improved chat facilities and inter-active voice response (IVR) functions through PAL’s contact center.
  • Rolling out new product advancements within 2022, as part of a commitment to continuously upgrade services and the overall customer travel experience.
  • Upholding, as always, the strictest professional safety standards and health protocols in all of PAL’s operations.

Under the newly effective recovery plan, PAL has the option to obtain up to US$150 million in additional financing from new investors.

PAL reiterated its commitment to fulfill all refund obligations. The Company has cleared over 99% of past refunds and is now back to normal processing times for refunds, except for some 2020 cases that require validation procedures mostly involving third party providers.

Philippine Airlines Inc. was the only party included in the Chapter 11 filing; while PAL Holdings Inc., which is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: PHI), and Air Philippines Corporation, known as PAL Express, were not included in the Chapter 11 filing.

75 Years of connecting the Pacific.

On July 31, 1946, Philippine Airlines became Asia’s first airline to cross the Pacific Ocean. The pioneer DC-4 flight carried 40 American servicemen from Manila to Oakland, California, via Guam, Wake, Kwajalein and Honolulu.

Top Copyright Photo: Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Airbus A350-941 RP-C3507 (msn 280) (The Love Bus) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946502.

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Photo: Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-941 ET-AYN (msn 542) (Star Alliance) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 956312.

Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-941 ET-AYN (msn 542) (Star Alliance) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 956312.

Copyright Photo: Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-941 ET-AYN (msn 542) (Star Alliance) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 956312.