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Norwegian starts Amsterdam – New York JFK service

Dedicated to Jonathan Swift, Irish Writer

Norwegian on May 7, 2018 started a new route linking Amsterdam with New York (JFK). The new route will operate four days a week.

The pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-CKNY operated the first flight.

Copyright Photo: Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air UK) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-CKNY (msn 63312) (Jonathan Swift, Irish Writer) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941811.

Norwegian UK aircraft slide show:


Georgian Airways to add Cologne/Bonn and Lyon service from Yerevan

Airzena Georgian Airways Boeing 737-790 WL 4L-TGM (msn 33012) AMS (Michael B. Ing). Image: 902827.

Georgian Airways (Tbilisi) has announced two new European routes starting in April from Yerevan.

Twice-weekly service from Yerevan to Lyon will commence on April 19 and twice-weekly Cologne/Bonn service will follow on April 24, 2018 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Airzena Georgian Airways Boeing 737-790 WL 4L-TGM (msn 33012) AMS (Michael B. Ing). Image: 902827.

Georgian Airways aircraft slide show:

Welcome Air stops flying, its last Dornier 328 is sold

Welcome Air Dornier 328-110 OE-LIR (msn 3115) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 928723.

Welcome Air (Innsbruck) operated its last flight on December 26, 2017. The airline has not yet issued an official statement on its website.

The last flight operated between Antwerp and the Innsbruck base. As a result, the last aircraft, Dornier 328-100 OE-LIR (above) was sold.


At its peak, the charter airline operated five Dornier 328s.

Welcome Air was also the parent company of Tyrol Air Ambulance.

The airline was founded on June 14, 1995. Scheduled operations began on May 22, 2000.

The company took a hit in February 2015 when Austrian Airlines announced it would terminate the agreement with Welcome Air to operate the Vienna – Linz route for Austrian. As a result the fleet was reduced.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Welcome Air): Welcome Air Dornier 328-110 OE-LIR (msn 3115) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 928723.


Nordica to add Groningen – Nice service

Operated by LOT Polish Airlines

Nordica (Tallinn) will add seasonal weekly service connecting Groningen with Nice from June 16 to October 6, 2018 according to Airline Route.

In other news, Nordica welcomed its one millionth passenger on December 20, 2017. The airline issued this statement:

Compared to 2016, Estonia’s national airline Nordica has flown 65% more passengers in the year to date – including, today, the one millionth traveller to fly with the airline!

During the high season Nordica flies to 20 destinations and remains unchallenged as the airline with the largest share of the Estonian market.

Toomas Uibo, Nordica’s Director of Marketing and Communication, says that the company had expected to break the one-million-passenger barrier in 2018 but that its successful period of growth has meant it reaching this symbolic milestone before the end of 2017. “For a small country and a young airline, that’s a big number,” he said. “It means a lot. We’re really grateful to all of the passengers who’ve flown with us and helped us hit this mark much earlier than we thought we would.”

The airline presented its one millionth passenger with two free tickets to the Nordica destination of their choice. The lucky recipient will be able to choose from more than 20 destinations.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Nordica): Nordica – LOT Polish Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) ES-ACF (msn 10085) AMS (Marco Finelli). Image: 936529.

easyJet receives approval for the Airberlin Berlin Tegel acquisition

The first Airbus A320neo, delivered on June 14, 2017

easyJet (UK) issued this statement:

easyJet is pleased to confirm that it has received European Commission approval for its recent agreement to acquire part of Air Berlin’s operations at Berlin Tegel Airport.  The acquisition will result in easyJet operating 25 aircraft from Berlin Tegel Airport. The agreement includes easyJet leasing former Air Berlin aircraft, taking over other assets including slots, and offering employment to Air Berlin flying crews. The Commission has confirmed that there are no competition concerns relating to this agreement and easyJet now expects to complete the transaction in the near future.

Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-251N WL G-UZHA (msn 7646) (NEO) AMS (Antony J. Best). Image: 938254.

easyJet announces its first flights from Berlin Tegel

The first Airbus A320neo, delivered on June 14, 2017

easyJet has put close to one million seats on sale for flights operating to and from Berlin Tegel between January 5 and March 24, 2018.

The new routes announced include four German domestic routes connecting Berlin with Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart.

easyJet will also add 15 international destinations, including flights up to 5 times a day to key cities like Vienna and Zurich, as well as regular connections to popular leisure destinations like Palma de Mallorca and Catania.

The airline already transports more than 5.3 million people to and from Berlin each year through its existing base at Berlin Schoenefeld which opened in 2004, now serving 51 routes.

easyJet flights to and from Berlin Tegel Airport remain subject to regulatory approval of easyJet’s transaction with Airberlin. easyJet signed an agreement with Airberlin to acquire part of its operations at Berlin Tegel Airport in October this year.

In order to enable the launch of the winter flight program as soon as possible, easyJet will use some wet lease aircraft alongside easyJet planes to operate flights from Tegel.

The airline plans to announce additional new routes from Tegel for the summer season starting on March 25, 2018 in due course.

Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-251N WL G-UZHA (msn 7646) (NEO) AMS (Antony J. Best). Image: 938254.

Blue Air to add a new route from Liverpool

Leased to TUI Airlines Netherlands

Blue Air will launch a new route connecting Liverpool with Palma de Mallorca starting on June 2, 2018. The new route will operate twice-weekly.

The Romanian carrier will also start Turin – Paris (CDG) flights starting on march 25, 2018 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Blue Air Boeing 737-86N WL YR-BME (msn 34251) AMS (Marco Finelli). Image: 932711.