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Ryanair launches its new subsidiary, Malta Air, for now under the Ryanair brand

Ryanair (Malta Air) Boeing 737-800 WL 9H-QAE (msn 44812) (Ryanair colors) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 946824.

Ryanair has launched its new subsidiary, Malta Air, in Malta.

The pictured 9H-QAE (formerly EI-GDR) is one of the first to receive the new registration.

For now, the new airline is operating under the Ryanair brand although it is expected to soon adopt its own livery (below).

Previously on June 11, Ryanair Holdings announced it had agreed to purchase Malta Air, a Maltese start-up airline, into which Ryanair will move and grow its Malta based fleet of 6 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

This investment in Malta Air will allow Ryanair to grow its already sizable presence in Malta (3 million customers per year), and access non-EU markets (North Africa) from Malta. Completion is planned for the end of June, following which Ryanair Holdings will;

  • Switch 6 Malta based aircraft (worth over $600m) onto the Maltese register
  • 200 Malta based crew move onto local contracts paying local Maltese taxes
  • Increase its Malta based fleet to 10 aircraft within three years and create over 350 jobs
  • Brand its Malta based fleet in Malta Air colors for Summer 2020
  • Move Ryanair based aircraft from France, Italy and Germany onto the Malta AOC which will allow these crews to pay their income taxes locally in France, Italy and Germany instead of Ireland where they are currently required to pay income taxes under Ryanair’s Irish AOC.

Top Copyright Photo: Ryanair (Malta Air) Boeing 737-800 WL 9H-QAE (msn 44812) (Ryanair colors) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 946824.

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Boeing delivers the last Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft

The final Boeing 737NG to be built and delivered

Boeing has handed over the last Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft. The pictured Boeing 737-800 JA73AC (msn 63410) was handed over to Skymark Airlines. It departed from Boeing Field yesterday (June 27) bound for Japan via a rest stop in Anchorage.

Copyright Photo: SKY-Skymark Airlines Boeing 737-800 WL JA73AC (msn 63410) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 946749.

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American Airlines adds three new routes to Caribbean and Latin America from New York

American Airlines Boeing 737-800 WL N354PT (msn 31275) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403715.

American Airlines has made this announcement:

The growth of American Airlines in the Caribbean and Latin American continues with the announcement of three new routes from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) beginning in November.

On November 21, 2019 American will launch daily service from JFK to Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ), and San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO). Saturday-only service to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR), follows starting December 21. All flights will be operated on a Boeing 737-800 with convenient schedules for a full week-long vacation or a quick weekend escape. The new routes are complemented by the extension of seasonal service between JFK and Antigua (ANU).

A trip across town to New York LaGuardia (LGA) offers even more opportunities to catch some sun. American will extend recently launched summer service to Aruba (AUA) to operate year-round beginning in December.

Also, on December 18, American will add a second daily flight from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), and the airline is extending seasonal service between DFW and San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL), to operate year-round.

All new service will be available for sale July 1.

New Routes from JFK

Origin Destination Frequency Departure Arrival Start Date
JFK
MBJ
MBJ
JFK
1x daily 7 a.m.
12 p.m.
11 a.m.
4:09 p.m.
Nov. 21
JFK
SJO
SJO
JFK
1x daily 3:59 p.m.
11:03 p.m.
9:42 p.m.
5:19 a.m.
Nov. 21
JFK
LIR
LIR
JFK
Saturday 7:00 a.m.
11:04 a.m.
10:55 a.m.
4:59 p.m.
Dec. 21

Extension/Increase

Origin Destination Frequency Departure Arrival Start Date
JFK
ANU
ANU
JFK
Daily 7:30 a.m.
1:45 p.m.
12:44 p.m.
5:26 p.m.
Nov. 21
LGA
AUA
AUA
LGA
Seasonal → Year-round
Saturday
8:20 a.m.
3:10 p.m.
2:10 p.m.
7 p.m.
Dec. 21
DFW
SJU
SJU
DFW
1x → 2x 10:50 p.m.
2:30 a.m.
5:22 a.m.
5:58 a.m.
Dec. 18
DFW
SAL
SAL
DFW
Seasonal → Year-round
Sun., Mon., Thur., Fri.
8:25 p.m.
1:53 a.m.
12:02 a.m.
5:30 a.m.
Jan. 7

New international routes are subject to government approval.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-800 WL N354PT (msn 31275) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403715.

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Jet2 announces two new Glasgow routes for the summer

Jet2-Jet2.com Boeing 737-800 WL G-JZHP (msn 63147) (Friendly Low Fares) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946501.

Jet2 will add two new routes from Glasgow this summer – Almeria and Krakow.

The Almeria flights will operate weekly and Krakow will operate two days a week.

Jet2 will fly to 34 destinations from Glasgow.

Top Copyright Photo: Jet2-Jet2.com Boeing 737-800 WL G-JZHP (msn 63147) (Friendly Low Fares) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946501.

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Ryanair Sun to be rebranded as Buzz

Will become Buzz (2nd)

Ryanair still holds the rights to Buzz name and brand.

The first Buzz (below) was a British low-cost airline operating flights within Europe. It operated from 2000 until 2004 as a subsidiary of KLM and at the end, Ryanair.

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2003

Above Copyright Photo: Buzz (1st) Boeing 737-3Q8 G-BZZF (msn 26311) STN (Pedro Pics). Image: 922485.

Ryanair acquired the assets of Buzz including the London Stansted airport slots and 8 Boeing 737-200 and 10 BAe 146-300 aircraft.

Ryanair restarted Buzz as a wholly owned subsidiary called Buzz Stansted.

In September 2004, Ryanair decided to close down Buzz Stansted and all operations were halted on October 31, 2004.

On April 23, 2018 Ryanair started a new subsidiary called Ryanair Sun in Poland. The aircraft carry Polish registrations (top) but do not display the Sun name on the aircraft.

Now Ryanair has decided to resurrect the Buzz brand and will rebrand Ryanair Sun as Buzz (2nd) (below).

Artist Rendition Image via Michael Kelly.

Top Copyright Photo: Ryanair (Sun) (Poland) Boeing 737-800 WL SP-RSR (msn 44799) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 945979.

 

Air France-KLM Group presents its 2018 – 2019 winter schedule: 2.5% increase in capacity

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-800 WL PH-HXK (msn 62157) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943966.

Air France-KLM today made the following announcement:

For the 2018-2019 winter season (October 28, 2018 to March 30, 2019), Air France-KLM is increasing capacity by 2.5%* compared to the previous winter season and is pursuing its growth objectives in continuation of the summer season. This growth, mainly generated by a better use of the fleet, is broken down as follows:

–       +2.8% for long-haul passenger operations,

–       +1.1% for medium and short-haul passenger operations,

–       +11.5% for Transavia’s low-cost operations.

Long-haul: +2.8%

On its long-haul network, Air France-KLM will offer 6 new routes this winter –

–        5 destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle in continuation of the summer season: Seattle/Tacoma (USA), Taipei (Taiwan), Nairobi (Kenya) with Air France and Fortaleza (Brazil) and Mahé (Seychelles) with Joon, which will also continue to serve Cape Town (South Africa), Mumbai (India) and Cairo (Egypt), previously operated by Air France.

–        1 destination on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol in continuation of the summer season: Fortaleza (Brazil) with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

 

  • North America

In the United States, Air France will continue to serve Seattle/Tacoma, inaugurated on March 25, throughout the winter season with 3 weekly flights. The company will increase its weekly frequencies to Detroit and New York, offering 7 and 28 weekly flights respectively. KLM will offer an additional weekly flight to Minneapolis (4 weekly flights).

In Canada, the Air France-KLM group will increase seat capacity by 10% from Europe. Customers will benefit from an additional flight to Montreal (13 weekly flights) with Air France. On departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, they will benefit from 2 additional flights to Toronto (9 weekly flights) and an additional flight to Calgary (7 weekly flights) with KLM.

 

  • Central and South America and the Caribbean 

In Costa Rica, Air France and KLM will operate an additional flight to San José, representing a 30%** capacity increase from Europe, with 4 weekly flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and 3 weekly flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol throughout the winter season. A fourth frequency will be added during the peak season, from mid-December to January.

In Brazil, the Group will continue to serve Fortaleza with KLM and Joon, a destination that was inaugurated on May 3rd by both airlines. Joon will increase its frequencies to the Brazilian destination with a total of 3 weekly flights. Air France will increase its seat capacity by 30% to Rio de Janeiro with 3 additional weekly flights (10 per week).

In Argentina, KLM will add a weekly frequency to offer customers a daily flight between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Buenos Aires.

In Colombia, the Bogota – Cartagena route will be operated 4 times weekly by KLM throughout the season. During the peak winter season, from December to February, customers will benefit from a fifth weekly frequency.

In the Caribbean, the Group will offer 3 times more seats between Europe and St. Martin – 4 additional flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and St. Martin with Air France (5 weekly flights) and an additional flight on the St. Martin – Curaçao route with KLM (3 weekly flights).

  • Asia and the Middle East

In Taiwan, Air France will continue its service from Paris-Charles de Gaulle in continuation of the summer season with 3 weekly flights.

In India, KLM will increase its flight frequencies to Mumbai and offer 4 weekly flights throughout the winter season. Joon will continue to serve Mumbai with a daily flight. In total, the Group will offer 32 weekly flights between Europe and India with Air France, KLM and Joon.

In Japan, Air France and KLM will offer customers an additional weekly flight to Osaka (5 and 7 flights per week respectively) on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol. Air France will also increase its frequencies to Tokyo-Haneda with 2 additional flights (12 weekly flights). The Group will thus increase its seat capacity to Japan by 8% for the winter season.

In Vietnam, Air France will offer an additional weekly flight to Ho Chi Minh City, i.e. 4 weekly flights, during the Christmas holiday period.

In Sri Lanka, KLM will adapt its flight schedule to the capital Colombo with 2 weekly flights.

In the United Arab Emirates, with 3 additional weekly flights on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and 2 additional flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol from next February, the Group will offer up to 19 flights per week between Dubai and its main hubs.

  • Africa and the Indian Ocean

In Egypt, Joon will continue to serve Cairo with a daily flight, a destination that was previously operated by Air France.

In Kenya, Air France will offer 3 weekly flights to Nairobi in continuation of the summer season. In total, Air France-KLM will offer 10 weekly services to Nairobi, with 3 on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and 7 on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, in addition to the daily services operated by its partner Kenya Airways from both hubs.

In West Africa, Air France-KLM will increase capacity by 10%. To Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Accra (Ghana), customers will benefit from 2 and 4 additional flights respectively, for a total of one daily flight for each of these routes from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. To Lomé (Togo), Air France will offer a daily flight with 3 additional weekly flights in addition to the 4 weekly flights Paris – Niamey – Lomé.

In Sierra Leone and Liberia, KLM will cease its Freetown – Monrovia service on January 21, 2019.

In South Africa, Joon will continue to serve Cape Town with 5 weekly flights.

In the Seychelles, customers will benefit from 3 weekly flights to Mahé with Joon throughout the winter season.

In the Maldives, Air France will offer an additional flight to Malé, with a total of 3 weekly flights. KLM will continue to serve Mauritius with 3 non-stop weekly flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol, in addition to the non-stop Air France flights fromParis-Charles de Gaulle.

 

Medium- and short-haul: +1.1%.

On its medium- and short-haul network, the Air France-KLM Group will offer 20 new routes** from its main hubs and regions:

  • 16 routes operated 1 to 14 times a week throughout the season:

–        From Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Bari (Italy), Catania (Italy), Cork (Ireland), Lorient (France), Toulon (France) and Wroclaw (Poland) with AF as well as Bergen (Norway) with Joon.

–        From Paris-Orly: La Rochelle (France) with HOP!

–        From Amsterdam-Schiphol: Växjö (Sweden) with KLM

–        From the French regions with HOP! Air France:

o   From Caen: Geneva (Switzerland) and Marseille (France)

o   From Lorient: Lyon (France)

o   From Lille: Brest (France)

o   From Metz-Nancy: Marseille (France)

o   From Rennes: Brussels (Belgium) and Strasbourg (France)

 

  • 4 routes operated once a week (mainly on weekends) during the French school holidays with HOP! Air France:

– Pau from Brest, Caen and Strasbourg (France)

– Geneva (Switzerland) from Brest (France)

 

For the first time, Joon will operate flights to Budapest (Hungary) and Bergen (Norway), previously operated by Air France, as well as Rome (Italy), Naples (Italy), Oslo (Norway) and Istanbul (Turkey) in continuation of the summer season. Joon, the new generation of travel by Air France, will offer a total of 10 destinations for the winter season on its medium-haul network.

 

Transavia: + 11.5%

Transavia will expand its network from all its bases in France and the Netherlands with 18 new routes**:

–        From Eindhoven: Krakow (Poland)

–        From Rotterdam: Nador (Morocco) and Lanzarote (Spain)

–        From Amsterdam: Beirut (Lebanon) and Ovda (Israel)

–        From Groningen: Tenerife (Spain)

–        From Paris-Orly: Athens (Greece), Palermo (Italy), Rabat (Morocco) and Tenerife (Spain)

–        From Nantes: Djerba (Tunisia), Monastir (Tunisia), Casablanca (Morocco), Rome (Italy), Seville (Spain), Tenerife (Spain) and Tel Aviv (Israel)

–        From Lyon: Djerba (Tunisia)

 

On departure from the Netherlands, the Group’s low-cost airline will increase capacity by 3.8% and by 25% on departure from France.

 

A modernized fleet and new cabins

 

Air France-KLM is continuing its investments in order to offer its customers the latest generation aircraft and the best travel cabins.

 

For the 2018-2019 winter season, the Group will fly to 29 destinations by Boeing 787 with Air France and KLM:

 

  • From Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Boston and Detroit (United States), Bogota (Colombia), Panama (Panama), Guangzhou (China), Osaka (Japan), Bamako (Senegal), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Nairobi (Kenya), Malé (Maldives).
  • From Amsterdam-Schiphol: Toronto, Calgary (Canada), Minneapolis, New York, Washington, Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco (United States), San Jose (Costa Rica), Bogota – Cartagena (Colombia), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Mauritius (Republic of Mauritius), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Mumbai (India), Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xiamen (China) and Osaka (Japan).

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

The Air France Airbus A380 will also take off to 7 destinations: New York, Los Angeles and Miami (United States), Mexico City (Mexico), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Johannesburg (South Africa), and Shanghai (China).

Air France will offer its customers the opportunity to enjoy the latest new travel cabins on board 51% of its long-haul flights by the end of the winter season: 1 Airbus A330, 7 Boeing 787, 25 Boeing 777-200 and 19 Boeing 777-300 aircraft. In addition, next January, Air France’s first renovated Airbus A330 will unveil its brand new Business, Premium Economy and Economy long-haul travel cabins on flights to Houston (United States), Accra (Ghana) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). A total of 15 Airbus A330s will be refurbished by the beginning of 2020.

KLM is also continuing to deploy its new World Business Class and Economy cabins. As from January 2019:

  • all KLM long-haul flights will offer the new World Business Class, equipped with full flat seats.
  • all Boeing 777, Boeing 787 and Airbus A330 aircraft will be equipped with the new Economy cabins.

Joon also offers its customers its latest travel cabins on board its 4 Airbus A340s, which will fly to Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Fortaleza (Brazil), Mumbai (India) and Mahé (Seychelles) throughout the winter season.

Finally, Transavia France is continuing to expand and will take delivery of a 34th new Boeing 737 in its fleet in December 2018.

*Capacity measured in available seat-kilometres compared to the 2017-2018 winter schedule.

**Compared to the 2017-2018 winter season.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the group): Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-800 WL PH-HXK (msn 62157) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943966.

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American to end Miami – Washington Dulles flights

American Airlines Boeing 737-800 WL N357PV (msn 31277) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942989.

American Airlines is planning to drop the Miami – Washington (Dulles) route on December 19, 2018 according to Airline Route.

United Airlines previously announced the restoration of the route.

The Miami – Washington (Reagan National) route will continue.

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-800 WL N357PV (msn 31277) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942989.

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