Boeing and Turkmenistan Airlines, the national carrier of Turkmenistan, today announced the airline’s plan to extend its long-haul operations by adding a fourth 777-200LR (Long Range) airplane to its fleet.
The commitment, valued at $346.9 million at list price, will be reflected on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website once it is finalized.
The new 777-200LR will be the 32nd airplane purchased by Turkmenistan Airlines from Boeing. Turkmenistan’s flag carrier, based in Ashgabat, operates 737, 757 and 777 aircraft models. The airline transports about 3,000 passengers daily in the country and nearly two million passengers annually on its international and domestic routes.
Crystal Luxury Air (subsidiary of Crystal Cruises) (Los Angeles) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777. The company will begin offering exclusive 14-day and 28-day itineraries to remote destinations around the world. The pictured ex-Air Austral Boeing 777-29M LR has been painted at Victorville, CA and is now registered as P4-XTL.
As we reported last month: Crystal Cruises for Crystal Luxury Air (Los Angeles) made this announcement:
Crystal Cruises, the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line, is once again pioneering new fronts in the luxury travel industry with the purchase of a Boeing 777-200 LR, offering an array of global itineraries for its expanded brand extension Crystal Luxury Air. The announcement comes on the heels of Crystal’s groundbreaking news in July of an extensive brand expansion, which will include extravagant air vacations around the world aboard a luxurious Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
In addition to doubling the initial air projections with the expanded aircraft fleet, Crystal will work with the Registry of Aruba in developing and securing an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). This will pave the way for Crystal Luxury Air to launch international operations. The twin-aisle Boeing 777-200 LR will be redesigned to accommodate just 88 guests with flat-bed first class seats; a beautifully appointed lounge and bar; and offer 14- and 28-day around-the-world and international itineraries, beginning in 2017.
The twin-aisle Boeing 777-200 LR, and the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which typically seats up to 300 passengers and will be redesigned to accommodate just 52 guests, will boast the premium luxury that discerning global travelers have come to expect from Crystal, including copious amounts of guest space, plush amenities and Crystal’s world-class service and crew. Trips will include accommodations at the world’s most luxurious hotels, the finest Michelin star-level cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs and fabulous local cultural entertainment. Additionally, the aircrafts can be arranged for special charters.
Air Austral (St. Denis, Reunion Island) has now scheduled the last Boeing 777-200 LR (Longer Range) revenue flight for October 30 as flight UU202 from Dzaoudzi (Mayotte Island) and Reunion per Airline Route. This was brought forward from May 30, 2016.
Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-29M LR F-OLRA (msn 40955) is pictured in action at Sydney.
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Air India (Mumbai) has announced the launch of the world’s longest route starting on December 2 from Delhi (DEL) to San Francisco (SFO) with Boeing 777-200 LRs (Longer Range). The new long-range route will be operated three days a week.
The company is also reportedly considering new service to Amsterdam and Barcelona.
Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-237 LR VT-ALB (msn 36301) taxies at JFK International Airport in New York.
Ethiopian Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) has achieved another milestone with the successful completion of retro-fitting all Ethiopian Boeing 777 passenger aircraft with 180° business class full flat bed. The retro-fitting was completed and the aircraft have started operations with the new 180° business class full flat bed.
The retro-fitted Boeing 777-200 and 300 with new 180° flat business class seats are expected to enhance passenger comfort and improve the Ethiopian product. These new 180° business class seats impact the overall Business class service to a higher level of customer satisfaction.
Top Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Ethiopian Airlines). Boeing 777-260 LR ET-ANR (msn 40774) taxies at London (Heathrow).
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has inked a new three-year deal with Chelsea Football Club as the club’s official airline sponsor, again bringing together two major international brands.
Delta and Chelsea FC, the English Premier League and Capital One Cup champions, first joined forces in 2012 and since then have worked together to bring the airline’s 170 million annual passengers closer to the club. Chelsea players have joined Delta customers and employees in numerous events around the world showcasing Delta’s products and services and shared global scope.
Delta is the exclusively designated “Official Airline Partner of Chelsea FC” and the agreement gives Delta LED exposure at each home game and on the Chelsea FC website. The Delta logo will also be included on media backboards for interviews conducted at Chelsea’s stadium around Premier League home matches. The Delta 360˚ Lounge will also remain at Stamford Bridge.
Delta is synonymous with sport in the United States where the airline is the official airline sponsor of sixteen leading U.S. sports teams including baseball’s New York Yankees, hockey’s Los Angeles Kings, American football’s Minnesota Vikings as well as Super Bowl winners Seattle Seahawks. This summer, Delta will welcome the Chelsea team as they tour the United States, playing matches in New Jersey, Charlotte and Washington D.C.
Delta flies to 335 destinations across six continents, and alongside partner Virgin Atlantic, operates up to 39 flights a day from the U.K. to North America.
Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-232 LR (Longer Range) N709DN (msn 40559) departs from London’s Heathrow Airport.
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Emirates (Dubai) has announced it is commencing a daily service to Orlando, Florida from September 1, 2015. The route will be served by Boeing 777-200LR aircraft with eight First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats.
Emirates flight EK 219 will depart Dubai International Terminal 3 (DXB) at 03:50 hours local time and arrive at Orlando International Airport (MCO) Terminal B at 11.40 hours local time, a flying time of 15 hours 50 minutes. The return flight, EK 220 will depart Orlando International at 14:20 hours and arrive into Dubai at 12:30 the following day, a 14 hours 10 minutes flight.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Emirates Airline Boeing 777-21H LR A6-EWI (msn 35589) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) plans to begin daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Shanghai-Pudong Airport on July 9, 2015, pending U.S. Department of Transportation and foreign government approval.
The Los Angeles market makes up 25 percent of all U.S.-Asia demand, and the start of Shanghai service marks Delta’s fourth daily nonstop flight to the Asia-Pacific region in addition to Tokyo-Narita, Tokyo-Haneda and Sydney.
The route will operate using a 291-seat Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft with 37 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 36 seats in Economy Comfort and 218 seats in Economy class.
Combined with its hubs in Detroit, Seattle/Tacoma and Tokyo-Narita, Delta will operate 42 weekly departures to China’s global financial center. Additionally, Delta offers daily service to China’s capital, Beijing, from both Seattle/Tacoma and Detroit.
Travelers passing through Los Angeles continue to enjoy the benefits of the $229 million expansion and enhancement of Terminal 5 at LAX. The current project will double the size of the ticketing lobby and screening checkpoints and open an exclusive Sky Priority lobby with dedicated access to screening checkpoints for Delta’s high-value customers. It also will include renovations to the Delta Sky Club and new baggage carousels. All renovations are expected to be complete prior to the start of Shanghai service in July.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta Air Lines’ Boeing 777-232 LR N702DN (msn 29741) named “The Spirit of Atlanta” arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.
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Emirates (Dubai) has announced plans to offer a double daily service to Barcelona, less than three years after its initial launch to the city.
From May 2, 2015 Emirates will add a further 3724 seats per week to Barcelona increasing overall capacity by 51 percent. The extra service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200 LR in a three class configuration, complementing the airline’s already successful daily Airbus A380 service.
Flight EK 188 will depart Dubai at 1545 and arrive at Barcelona El Prat Airport at 2100. Flight EK 189 will take off daily from Barcelona at 2245 and land in Dubai at 0725 the following day.
In addition to Barcelona, Emirates also operates a double daily service to Madrid. Emirates first launched flights to Spain in 2010 and now offers a total of 21,042 seats per week to and from the country.
Copyright Photo: Boeing 777-21H LR (Longer Rang) A6-EWG (msn 35578) taxies to the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.
Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) is now flying to Dallas/Fort Worth. DFW issued this statement:
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport yesterday (December 3) welcomed Etihad Airways and its new service from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with DFW’s traditional “shower of affection” water cannon salute from the Airport’s Department of Public Safety. Etihad Airways now offers direct service between Abu Dhabi and DFW with Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft operating three days per week on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with daily service scheduled to start on April 16, 2015. The flight is estimated to bring in an additional $90 million to the North Texas economy with three times a week service, and about $200 million per year once daily service begins.
The new service continues DFW’s recent wave of international expansion, as the airport has added 18 new international destinations in the past four years. With the addition of the new Etihad service, DFW now hosts 23 airlines and 55 direct international destinations and continues to be only one of seven airports in the world with over 200 direct destinations.
Unique about the service from Abu Dhabi to DFW is that arriving passengers can be pre-screened by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before boarding their flight in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is one of only a few airports outside of the United States to offer an onsite U.S. CBP facility. Once cleared by CBP in Abu Dhabi, travelers check their baggage to their final U.S. destination. Upon landing at DFW, passengers can proceed directly to their next connection or destination without having to process through DFW’s Customs and Immigration Hall, because they were pre-cleared in Abu Dhabi.
Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Leased from Air India, Boeing 777-237 LR (Longer Range) A6-LRB (msn 36301) arrives in Los Angeles.