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Winter 2018: Finnair to add over 100 weekly flights including Lapland, Russia, Stuttgart, Lisbon and the Baltics

Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXF (msn 1712) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 912732.

Finnair will continue to grow its operations during the 2018-2019 winter season with additional capacity added to existing routes in Lapland, Russia and the Baltic countries. In addition, Stuttgart and Lisbon will become year-round destinations.

During the 2018-2019 winter season, Finnair will serve both Kittilä and Ivalo, two of the most popular winter destinations in Finnish Lapland, with additional daily nonstop flights. In addition, schedules for flights to Lapland airports have been aligned for more convenient connections and increased options for customers. Finnair’s direct flights to Lapland from London Gatwick, Paris and Zurich will also continue for the 2018 winter season.

Stuttgart and Lisbon, two new destinations for Finnair starting on April 23 and June 1, 2017 respectively, will continue during the winter season and become year-round routes for Finnair. Stuttgart will be operated as a daily flight and the Lisbon flight will be operated three times per week. As previously announced last spring, Finnair’s flight to Nanjing, China is also continuing as a year-round route with two weekly frequencies during the winter season.

Finnair is adding a new daily overnight flight to Moscow, which will greatly improve connections for Russian passengers travelling to Europe and North America. Additional capacity is also being added for St. Petersburg as the route will be operated with a larger jet aircraft. With this change, Finnair will be adding approximately 600 additional seats per week on the St. Petersburg route. Both Moscow and St. Petersburg will be operated with three daily frequencies.

For the Baltic region, Finnair is also adding a weekly frequency on Sundays for both Riga and Vilnius. Finnair will operate 19 weekly flights to both destinations during the 2018-2019 winter season.

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXF (msn 1712) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 912732.

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Etihad starts cargo service at Miami

Delivered February 25, 2016

Etihad Airways on November 7, 2017 commenced cargo service at Miami International Airport. The weekly cargo flight is routed via Columbus (Rickenbacker) – Miami – Amsterdam – Abu Dhabi with Boeing 777F freighters.

Copyright Photo: Etihad Airways Cargo (Etihad Airways) Boeing 777-FFX A6-DDD (msn 62744) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 931956.

Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium ceases operations

Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) Airbus A320-214 OO-TCV (msn 1968) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 929721.

Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) (Brussels), as planned, ceased all operations on October 27, 2017. The last revenue flight was from Tenerife (Sur) to Brussels.

65 pilots and cabin crew members and two Airbus A320s (the pictured OO-TCV and OO-TCQ) are being transferred to Brussels Airlines.

The company made this short statement:

Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium has ceased flight operations as of October 27, 2017.

We thank you for your loyalty over the last 15 years and wish you always happy landings!

Copyright Photo: Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) Airbus A320-214 OO-TCV (msn 1968) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 929721.

KLM says goodbye to the last Fokker

KLM's farewell salute to Anthony Fokker

KLM Cityhopper, as planned, operated its last revenue flight of a Fokker 70. The pictured F.28 Mk. 0070 PH-KZU, decorated in the special Fokker tribute livery, operated flight KL1070 from London (Heathrow) to the Amsterdam base. The flight blocked in at 8:35 pm (2035) local time.

Top Copyright Photo: KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZU (msn 11543) (Fokker – Anthony Fokker – Farewell) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 938128.

KLM issued this retirement story by Charley Valette on its KLM Blog:

Fokker aircraft were a common sight at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for many decade. Although they have become increasingly scarce in recent times, this did not diminish the passion for this reliable Dutch product. Aviation buffs and plane spotter in the Netherlands all know that Fokker’s days in Dutch service will draw to a close on 28 October 2017.

On that date, KLM Cityhopper will bid farewell to its last Fokkers. The past months have seen many people booking tickets for a final flight aboard a Fokker. There were also lots of cameras along the perimeter fences, especially when one of the last Fokker 70s was specially decorated for the farewell. The accompanying text says it all: “Thank You, Fokker”.

Perfect design for commuter jets

Many readers will be familiar with the post-war Fokkers: the F27, F28, F50, F100 and F70. All of these excellent, reliable, economic aircraft were very modern in their day, but the Fokker 70 was the best of the bunch. Although Fokker only built 48 of these aircraft before it went bankrupt, the F70 paved the way towards a perfect design formula for commuter jets.

In keeping with history, KLM Cityhopper chose to operate its last Fokker flight out of the London, with an English captain at the controls. When flight KL1070 from London Heathrow shuts down its Rolls-Royce Tay engines at Schiphol, the Fokker era at KLM will come to an end. However, the special bond between KLM and Fokker will live on in memory. Looking back on this era, many of the events can be captured as “what if” questions.

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What if KLM had not been allowed to operate flights to the United Kingdom with Fokkers?

KLM ordered its first Fokker aircraft in 1920, marking the start of their shared history, in which two great companies inspired each other to take great steps. However, the budding relationship between KLM and Fokker might have ended right there. In fact, Fokker/KLM administrator Albert Plesman, who later became KLM’s first CEO, included a very explicit resolutive condition in the procurement contract for the first Fokkers ordered by KLM.

Schiphol Fokker

Plesman did so just in case the British government would withhold permission to operate flights to the UK with Fokkers, which were seen as a mortal enemy by the British immediately after the First World War, because Germany’s dominant fleet of Fokker fighter planes were known to have prolonged the war.

Fokker Oldie

Eventually, KLM was permitted to fly Fokkers to England. To make this momentous milestone all the more special, the first scheduled Fokker service to Croydon near London on 14 April 1921 was operated by a British pilot.

Another question: what if there had been no Second World War and Fokker had not been spurred on by Plesman’s claims that the company was incapable of producing a modern aircraft?

Would the aircraft manufacturer have completed the development of both the F24 and the “flying wing” Project 180, the first truly intercontinental airliner? Would KLM have operated flights to many destinations with large, aluminium Fokker aircraft for decades?

And what if the dollar exchange rate hadn’t declined sharply against the Deutschmark and Dutch guilder in the 1990s?

Could Fokker have avoided bankruptcy and profited from the recovering airline market? Would it have developed a new generation of aircraft? And would those aircraft have worn KLM colours?

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Although these questions will never be conclusively answered, many things did gradually become clear for the editorial team creating the book “Dutch at Heart”, which celebrates KLM’s Fokker fleet. Based on the stories of KLM and Fokker staff as well as the curator, the bond between these two great Dutch companies is recounted from the day of establishment to the final weeks. You can order the book here: www.Fokker-70.nl.

3 = 1

At the end of October, Fokker aircraft will be leaving the Dutch commercial air transport scene for good. That leaves only two members of the Dutch Aviation Trinity – KLM, Fokker and Schiphol – as well as the memories of an era in which Fokker played a leading role in our industry. These memories are captured in the Fokker monument, symbolically uniting KLM, Fokker and Schiphol, which KLM Cityhopper will unveil at Schiphol Oost on 29 October 2017.

Fokker 70

I’ve been flying for KLM since 1985. Right now I’m a captain on the Boeing 777. Before that, I flew the Boeing DC-9, 737-300, 400 747-200, 300, and 400, Fokker 28, and the MD-11.

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KLM announces the last Fokker 70 flights

Thank you and farewell to Anthony Fokker and the Fokker fleet

KLM issued this statement:

KLM wants to reflect in appropriate style on the end of the 97-year partnership between KLM and Fokker. The phasing out of the Fokker 70 at KLM Cityhopper marks the end of an extraordinary period for the Dutch airline industry.

So many KLM fans would like to be aboard one of the final Fokker flights on October 28, 2017, that we are publishing the flight schedule below.

 DUS – Düsseldorf KL1862 arrival Amsterdam 19.05 hrs*

NWI- Norwich KL1512 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*

HAJ – Hannover KL1912 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*

BRU – Brussel KL1732 arrival Amsterdam 19.15 hrs*

LUX – Luxembourg KL1746 arrival Amsterdam 19.35 hrs*

LHR – London KL1070 arrival Amsterdam 20.30 hrs *

*Local time

Especially for fans

That the very last commercial Fokker flight will depart from London is no coincidence. Soon after the first passenger flights took place on May 17, 1920, two Fokkers joined the KLM fleet as the first passenger aircraft to be owned by KLM: these Fokker IIs bore the registration numbers H-NABC and H-NABD. The first commercial flight with a Fokker II was on September 15, 1920 to London. The arrival of the Fokker 70 from London on October 28, 2017 will complete the circle.

Modernizing the fleet

KLM Cityhopper began replacing its Fokker fleet with the modern E-Jet, Embraer 190 and Embraer 175 in 2008. These new aircraft are facilitating further expansion of the existing network, higher flight frequencies, and lower costs. This wide-ranging modernisation means KLM Cityhopper can contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly operation in which quality and passenger comfort are top priorities.

Copyright Photo: KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZU (msn 11543) (Fokker – Anthony Fokker – Farewell) AMS (Antony J. Best). Image: 938597.

airBaltic announces new Bombardier CS300 routes for 2017

airBaltic Bombardier CS300 YL-CSA (msn 55003) AMS (Marco Finelli). Image: 936523.

airBaltic has received its second of its 20 Bombardier CS300 jets on firm order. The modernized fleet will ensure growth of the carrier with at least 10 additional routes and 16% more tickets on sale in 2017.

The second CS300 aircraft, registered as YL-CSB, departed from Montreal Mirabel shortly before midnight local time on the last day of 2016 and arrived in Riga in 2017. The flight time was seven hours and 11 minutes and aircraft covered 6582 km non-stop between the Canadian and Latvian airports.

The pictured YL-CSA, the first CS300, is seen at Amsterdam. On December 14, 2016 this airBaltic CS300 operated the first commercial flight. With 120 passengers aboard, including local media, the flight departed Riga and landed in Amsterdam. airBaltic is operating the CS300 aircraft in a 145-seat, two-class configuration. The airline has ordered a total of 20 CS300 aircraft.

airBaltic has announced new CS300 routes for 2017:

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Since entering revenue service with Swiss, the CS100 aircraft has completed more than 1,600 flights — carrying over 156,560 passengers, covering over 1,181 500 km and serving 18 destinations.

Copyright Photo: airBaltic Bombardier CS300 YL-CSA (msn 55003) AMS (Marco Finelli). Image: 936523.

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KLM’s 9th 787 is named “Jasmijn” (Jasmine), delivered on August 26, 2016

KLM's 9th 787 is named "Jasmijn" (Jasmine), delivered on August 26, 2016

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines further expanded its fleet, welcoming its seventh Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the morning of August 27, 2016 in Amsterdam after a delivery flight from Paine Field near Everett, WA.

KLM’s seventh Boeing 787 Dreamliner is called “Jasmine” (“Jasmijn” in Dutch).

Jasmine is a blooming creeper with innumerable white flowers, which give off an intoxicating scent. The plant originates from South Asia. There are numerous species, including the Arabian jasmine and star jasmine.

All of KLM’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners are named after flowers or blooming plants, including the Sunflower, Carnation, Bougainville, Dalia, Hibiscus and Mimosa. KLM’s eighth new Dreamliner is expected to arrive in late September.

Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHH (msn 38767) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 934595.

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