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Bangkok Air’s “United for Wildlife” commitment and logo jet

Bangkok Air's 2017 "United for Wildlife" livery

Bangkok Air (Bangkok Airways) (Bangkok) is commited to stopping illegal wildlife trade. The airline unveiled this logo jet in November 2017 to underscore its commitment.

The airline made this statement:

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited led by Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President has singed the United for Wildlife Transport Industry Declaration supported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at Dublin, Ireland.

The Declaration aims to raise awareness to stop wildlife trade and educate passengers, stakeholders as well as staffs about the consequences of illegal wildlife trade and spotting smugglers in the act focusing on the illegal wildlife such as African elephants, rhinos, some big cats and pangolins.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways said, “We are pleased to be part of this initiative that recognizes the need to protect endangered species from illegal trade and transportation. Numbers of carriers as in Aviation industry are aware of this serious issue and commits a wide range of measures designed to prevent the movement of illegal wildlife and wildlife products.”

“As one of the leading regional airline, serving customers around the world, we acknowledge our responsibility to the society, to the community and to the environment; therefore we have a strict policy in trafficking of illegal wildlife and wildlife products for carriage on board Bangkok Airways.” Mr. Puttipong added.

Bangkok Airways also  plans to integrate CSR projects to lessen the impact on the climate and the environment such as  “Carbon Footprint for Organization” campaign to promote the importance of Greenhouse gas control on a daily basis for organization and  “Love Earth, Save Earth” campaign to encourage students and local people to preserve the natural resources and environment.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Bangkok Air and UFW): Bangkok Air (Bangkok Airways) A320-232 HS-PPH (msn 2783) (United for Wildlife) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940586.

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Finnair opens new route to Lyon, adds long-haul frequencies to Osaka, Hong Kong, Delhi and Phuket

Happy Holidays 2017

Finnair has announced the opening of a new winter route to Lyon, France, for the 2018/2019 winter season. Known for its gastronomy, historical landmarks and its proximity to the French Alps, Lyon is the second largest metropolitan area in France. As of December 11, 2018 Finnair will fly two weekly flights to Lyon from its Helsinki hub with an Embraer E190 aircraft. Operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the flights will offer smooth connections to Finnair’s Asian network.

Continuing with its growth strategy, Finnair is receiving its twelfth Airbus A350-900 aircraft in 2018 and will be adding several frequencies to its popular long-haul destinations. Finnair’s route to Osaka will now become daily during the winter season with two additional frequencies on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Two additional frequencies will also be added to the Hong Kong route on Fridays and Sundays, for a total of 12 weekly frequencies. Finnair’s route to Delhi will become a daily destination during the winter season with the addition of a flight on Wednesdays and a fourth weekly frequency will also be added to the Phuket route on Mondays starting as of December 10. In addition, the schedule for Finnair’s flight to Miami will be modified so it better coincides with Finnair’s other North American departures and its connecting flights to Europe.

Additional short-haul frequencies will also be added to popular Finnair destinations in Europe during the winter season. An additional weekly frequency will be added to Malaga, Funchal and Tenerife, two weekly frequencies will be added to both Rome and Gran Canaria and a daily flight on weekdays will be added to Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. Furthermore, Finnair will continue its non-stop flights to Lapland from London Gatwick, Paris and Zurich.

Finnair will also be extending the operating period on some of its existing routes. Malta and Antalya will now continue operating from the 2018 summer season until December 9. The routes to Edinburgh and Alanya-Gazipasa will also be extended for the winter, making them new year-round destinations for Finnair.

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWE (msn 023) (Happy Holidays) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940560.

 

DHL and Air Hong Kong extend their relationship with a new 15-year agreement, will acquire 8 additional A300-600F freighters

Air Hong Kong-DHL Airbus A300F4-605R B-LDC (msn 857) BKK (Ken Petersen). Image: 911858.

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has extended its partnership with AHK-Air Hong Kong Limited with a new 15-year block-space agreement which will enable the carrier’s overnight air services to continue supporting the DHL Express network until 2033.

As part of the new commercial arrangements, DHL will sell its 40% stake in Air Hong Kong to majority-owner Cathay Pacific, and purchase eight of Air Hong Kong’s A300-600F cargo planes which will then be leased back to the carrier. The new arrangement will provide a stable revenue stream to Air Hong Kong and a predictable cost base for DHL. The new agreement takes effect on January 1, 2019, replacing Air Hong Kong’s current agreement with DHL when it expires.

The new agreement will initially provide DHL with the same service and access to Air Hong Kong’s capacity as per the current agreement, but allows for greater growth and flexibility in aircraft deployment and route selection to support DHL’s express services in the Asia Pacific region. Air Hong Kong remains an important partner in DHL’s Asia Air Network that utilizes more than 800 daily flights to the United States, Europe and around the Asia Pacific region.

DHL Express recently also announced the expansion of its Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong, a dedicated and purpose-built air express cargo facility at the Hong Kong International Airport which services over 800 flights daily. The expansion will add an additional 8,000sqm of space as well as new technologies including automated X-ray inspection machines and material handling systems. The Central Asia Hub has seen shipping volumes grow 12% year-on-year for the past decade and already handles more than 40% of all DHL shipments in Asia Pacific. When operating at its full capacity, the annual throughput of the expanded CAH is expected to go up by 50% to 1.06 million tonnes per annum. The expanded CAH will handle six times more in terms of shipment volume than when it was first established in 2004.

Copyright Photo: Air Hong Kong-DHL Airbus A300F4-605R B-LDC (msn 857) BKK (Ken Petersen). Image: 911858.

Air France-KLM and Jet Airways sign an Enhanced Cooperation Agreement

Jet Airways (Etihad Airways) Boeing 777-35R ER A6-JAD (msn 35158) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937748.

On November 29, 2017, Air France-KLM and Jet Airways signed a landmark ‘Enhanced Cooperation Agreement’ for the development of their operations between Europe and India.

A first in the history of Indian aviation, this agreement strengthens the partnership built between the three airlines since 2014. This cooperation was expanded in 2016 with an extensive code-share agreement for connections between Europe and North America and Jet Airways’ hubs at Mumbai and Delhi in India via Air France-KLM’ hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.

The enhanced cooperation agreement will see Jet Airways, Air France, and KLM working together to develop their commercial and product offering. Customers will thus benefit from multiple travel options and seamless service throughout the three partners’ networks spanning 44 cities in India and 106 destinations across Europe.

This agreement will strengthen the enhanced offer for customers travelling between India, Europe and North America in the following ways –

  • Offer an extended network and increased capacity between Paris, Amsterdam and India. The recent launches of Amsterdam-Mumbai by KLM and Bengaluru-Amsterdam and Chennai-Paris by Jet Airways are the first examples of this ambition.
  • Improve connecting opportunities through adapted flight times via Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam-Schiphol as well as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai.
  • Offer guests, a seamless travel experience between the networks of Jet Airways, Air France and KLM.
  • Benefits of the Flying Blue and JetPrivilege loyalty programmes on the three airlines’ networks worldwide.
  • Coordination of sales and services to provide the best possible offer for customers.

This agreement will complement the Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines’ transatlantic partnership between Europe and North America, offering access to over 200 destinations in North America, establishing a global cooperation connecting the three continents.

In addition to the airlines’ enhanced cooperation agreement, Air France KLM Cargo and Jet Airways Cargo have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to strengthen their cooperation in the cargo sector.

Air France, KLM and Jet Airways combine their networks between Europe and India

For the 2017-18 winter season, Air France, KLM and Jet Airways operate 64 weekly flights between the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs and 4 destinations in India – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.

From Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France and Jet Airways operate 33 weekly frequencies to Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai and Chennai.

From Amsterdam-Schiphol, Jet Airways and KLM operate 31 weekly frequencies to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Copyright Photo: Jet Airways (Etihad Airways) Boeing 777-35R ER A6-JAD (msn 35158) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937748.

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Tigerair to be merged into Scoot on July 25, 2017

Tigerair (Singapore) Airbus A320-232 WL 9V-TRI (msn 5596) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 924909.

Tigerair (Singapore) (originally Tiger Airways) is going away. Parent Singapore Airlines has decided to consolidate its budget airline subsidiaries under the Scoot brand and name on July 25, 2017. Tigerair’s (Singapore) aircraft are being repainted in Scoot’s livery. Tigerair’s TR code will survive and will be transferred to Scoot, replacing Scoot’s TZ code.

Tigerair Taiwan and Tigerair Australia will continue to operate under the Tigerair brand.

Scoot issued this statement:

Since May 2016, Scoot and Tigerair has been working to integrate reservation systems, flight schedules and connections, conditions of carriage, check-in counters and call centers. Those integrations have since been completed.

On July 25, 2017, the integration will be finalized and Scoot and Tigerair will merge to operate under a single brand, Scoot. With the merger, Tigerair will operate under the Scoot brand, however the Scoot designator code (TZ) will be re-designated as TR. This merger is part of our long-term growth strategy and to enable a more seamless travel experience for all our guests.

Top Copyright Photo: Tigerair (Singapore) Airbus A320-232 WL 9V-TRI (msn 5596) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 924909.

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Rossiya Airlines resurrects Transaero’s “Siberian Tiger” nose on EI-XLD

Transaero's Siberian Tiger color scheme

Transaero Airlines in June 2015 unveiled at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, the official presentation of the joint project with the Amur Tiger Center of a new “Siberian Tiger” livery on the pictured 447-seat Boeing 747-412 EI-XLN (msn 28029). The special color scheme was designed to “draw attention of the international and the Russian public to the issues of environmental protection and conservation of rare and endangered species.”

The airline continued;

The project, called “Striped Flight”, has acquired the characteristics and features of the tiger with the nose of the aircraft adorned in the image of the head of the Amur tiger.

According to surveys conducted in 2015, the Amur tiger population in Russia in the wild has stabilized at around 510-540 individuals.

In the coming decade, the fate of tigers and the whole natural complex will largely depend on the concerted action of the international community. The airline and the Amur Tiger Center have joined forces under the motto: “Let’s save nature together.”

In flight, Transaero passengers on “Striped flight” will be able to view the documentaries produced by the Center under the “Siberian Tiger” project.

The Amur Tiger Center, located in Moscow and Vladivostok, specializes in the protection of Siberian Tigers.

However, as previously reported, Transaero ended ended all operations at midnight on October 25, 2015 after losing its AOC.

Rossiya Airlines, a subsidiary of Aeroflot, has taken over the Boeing 747-400s formerly operated by Transaero. The carrier has decided to carry on the “Siberian Tiger” campaign on this Boeing 747 (below).

Top Copyright Photo: Transaero Airlines Boeing 747-412 EI-XLN (msn 28029) (Siberian Tiger) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 929397.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rossiya Russian Airlines Boeing 747-446 EI-XLD (msn 26360) (Siberian Tiger) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936198.

Resurrecting Transaero's "Siberian Tiger" nose on EI-XLD

Hong Kong Airlines to fly to Auckland, New Zealand

Hong Kong Airlines to fly to Auckland, New Zealand

Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330-223 B-LNI (msn 1034) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 922159.

World Airline News report issued on May 13, 2016:

Hong Kong Airlines will launch its first daily nonstop service to Auckland, New Zealand on November 10, 2016. Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 283 seats, including 24 business class seats, will be deployed on the route.

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