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Kenya Airways’ support of wildlife with special liveries

2022 special "Black Rhino" livery

Kenya Airways is supporting African wildlife with special liveries.

Case in point is the support of Ol Pejata Conservancy and the Black Rhino.

Top Copyright Photo: Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZD (msn 36041) (Black Rhino) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 957316.

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American to trim its summer schedule due to Boeing 787 delays

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N815AA (msn 40633) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 956844.

American Airlines has announced it will be forced to trim its international summer schedule due to delivery delays by Boeing of its ordered Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

Due to the delays, AA will only receive 10 787-8s this year versus the 13 that were scheduled. Three deliveries have been pushed back to 2023.

According to Reuters, AA will temporarily suspend routes between Seattle/Tacoma and London Heathrow, Los Angeles and Sydney, and Dallas/Fort Worth and Santiago.

AA will also delay the launch of service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Tel Aviv, and reduce the frequency of flights between Miami and São Paulo to one flight a day.

Read more from Reuters:

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/american-airlines-plans-more-schedule-cuts-it-waits-787-jet-deliveries-2022-02-18/

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N815AA (msn 40633) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 956844.

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Kenya drops plans to nationalize Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZF (msn 36043) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 956248.

Kenya Airways will not be nationalized. The government of Kenya has dropped its plans to fully nationalize the flag carrier.

Instead the government will look at other ways to safeguard its loans to the carrier according to the IMF.

Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 41 destinations worldwide, 34 of which are in Africa and carries over four million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

 

The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Kenya Airways takes pride in being at the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

Kenya Airways celebrated 43 years of operations in January 2020 and was named Africa Leading Airline 2019 by the World Travel Awards.

Top Copyright Photo: Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZF (msn 36043) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 956248.

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Biman Bangladesh to restore the Dhaka – Manchester route

Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner S2-AJS (msn 40126) LHR (Richard Vandervord). Image: 956230.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines will restore the Dhaka – Manchester route on December 26.

The route will be operated two days a week through March 28, 2022 with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The company will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on January 4, 2022.

Top Copyright Photo: Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner S2-AJS (msn 40126) LHR (Richard Vandervord). Image: 956230.

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Avianca emerges from Chapter 11

Avianca (Colombia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N781AV (msn 37503) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 955996.

Avianca announced on December 1, 2021 that it has successfully completed its financial restructuring process and emerged from Chapter 11 as a more efficient and financially stronger airline, with significantly reduced debt and over $1 billion of liquidity.

After advancing through the Chapter 11 process in 18 months, Avianca has revamped its business model to be significantly more efficient, reaffirming its commitment to providing reliable and on-time service, combining a value proposition that includes the best attributes of low-cost airlines, while retaining key differentiators that allow it to be the most convenient travel alternative for millions of passengers in Latin America and the world.

Looking ahead, Avianca will continue to strengthen its value proposition, adjusting its products and services to the needs of its customers:

  • Competitive Prices: Affordable prices are more important now than ever. The Company will provide more competitive pricing and allow customers to personalize their fare packages and pay for the services and flexibility they need.
  • One of the strongest networks in Latin America: Over the next three years, Avianca expects to nearly double its network, expanding to nearly 200 routes in Latin America and the world. The majority of the new routes will be point-to-point, providing greater convenience to its customers. The network will be served by a fleet of more than 130 aircraft by the end of 2025 with reconfigured, lighter-weight new-generation seats, which will allow Avianca to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations and contribute to airport decongestion while increasing its efficiency.
  • More seats and more comfort: Avianca is committed to investing more than US$200 million in the next year renewing its seats, including three new types – Premium, Plus and Economy – of its A320 fleet in order to provide greater comfort, operate more efficiently, and offer more competitive prices.
  • Boeing 787 for long-haul flights: The airline will continue to fly the Dreamliner, an exceptional aircraft that given its capabilities, features, efficiency, and comfort is the best solution for the Company and customers.
  • Avianca Cargo, a strategic business: The Company’s Cargo business will continue with significant growth potential, maintaining its leadership in Colombia and continuing to expand in other strategic markets, providing more and better solutions to the customers.
  • The best loyalty program in the region and VIP lounges: With the LifeMiles frequent flyer program, Avianca customers will be able to continue earning and using miles across the airline’s network and with its coalition partners. Likewise, passengers will continue to enjoy the Company’s VIP Lounges as they have done when flying with Avianca.
  • Star Alliance Member: The company will continue to be supported by Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, which provides its customers with connectivity to 1.300 airports around the world.
  • Enhanced Services: Avianca has strengthened its online customer service and digital channels for passengers to manage trips more easily. Over the next 12 months, the company plans to further revamp these channels and its apps to continue to improve and make it easier for passengers to manage their travel. Punctuality has been and will continue to be a key priority; according to data from Cirium, Avianca is one of the leading Latin American airlines in on-time performance for 2021.

Roberto Kriete, Chairman of the Board, stated: “We are very proud of the work that the Avianca team has done that has led the company to emerge from Chapter 11 on schedule as a financially stronger organization. While we are on the right path to recovery, we must remain cautious with the progress of the pandemic that has not yet ended and must stay focused on executing our new business plan. I have all the confidence that with the support of our investors, all those who believed in us and with the current leadership, this company will continue to grow while connecting Latin America.”

As per the approved plan of reorganization, the new shareholders will invest in Avianca Group International Limited, a new holding company, which will be domiciled in the United Kingdom and will consolidate the group’s investments in all of its subsidiaries (including Aerovias del Continente Americano, its Colombian subsidiary, and TACA International, its Central American operation). The prior holding company, Avianca Holdings was domiciled in Panama.

Seabury Securities LLC served as investment banker and financial advisor to Avianca, and Milbank LLP served as legal advisor.

Top Copyright Photo: Avianca (Colombia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N781AV (msn 37503) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 955996.

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LOT Polish to operate a weekly Katowice – Varadero charter flight for Rainbow Tours

LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRH (msn 35943) (Proud to fly the Polish Olympic Team) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 955977.

On Saturday, November 27, 2021 a new long-haul charter route was launched at Katowice Wojciech Korfanty Airport. Direct flights to Varadero, Cuba, will be handled once a week for Rainbow Tours. The route is handled by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner operated by LOT Polish Airlines (252 seats).


Varadero is the fourth direct long-haul charter route which launched at Katowice Airport in 2021. At the turn of February and March 2021, LOT Polish Airlines began handling weekly flights to Cancun, Mexico, and Puerto Plata, the Dominican Republic, for Rainbow Tours.

TUI offers flights from Katowice Airport to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic; they are also handled by LOT Polish Airlines’ Dreamliner. The route is handled every ten or eleven days.


During the biggest crisis in the history of aviation, which was caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the significance of charter flights has increased at Katowice Airport. During the pre-pandemic 2019, among 4.84 million passengers handled at Katowice Airport, approximately 2 million (41%) travelled on charter flights. After ten months of 2021, approximately 2 million passengers were noted in total traffic; charters constituted 60% of that result (approximately 1.2 million travelers).


Katowice Airport is the biggest regional cargo airport in Poland. In 2019, record breaking 4.84 million passengers flew via its network; 2 million of them travelled on charter flights. The forecast for 2020 assumed that 5.5 million travelers would be handled. Ultimately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, 1.44 million passengers travelled to/from Katowice Airport last year. The airport is the country leader in the area of charter traffic and the regional leader in the area of cargo traffic.

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRH (msn 35943) (Proud to fly the Polish Olympic Team) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 955977.

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ZIPAIR Tokyo is coming to Los Angeles

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2019

ZIPAIR Tokyo has announced its much-anticipated inaugural long-haul destination at a press conference held in Tokyo Japan.

Starting December 25, 2021, the carrier will offer nonstop service between Tokyo Narita and Los Angeles International Airport.

ZIPAIR operates the highly efficient Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on its international routes and will initially offer three flights per week to Los Angeles.

Flight Schedule: Tokyo (Narita) – Los Angeles

ZG 24 | Departs Narita 14:45 Arrives Los Angeles 7:40 | Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday | 12/25/2021 – 3/26/2022

ZG 23 | Departs Los Angeles 9:40 Arrives Narita 14:25 (+1) | Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday | 12/25/2021 – 3/26/2022

Between December 25-30, ZG24 arrives into Los Angeles at 7:30 and ZG23 departs at 9:30

Between March 15-26, ZG24 arrives into Los Angeles at 8:40 and ZG23 departs at 10:40 Flight schedules are subject to relevant government approvals.

Top Copyright Photo: ZIPAIR Tokyo Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA822J (msn 34832) NRT (Akira Uekawa). Image: 951735.

Oman Air seeks oneworld alliance membership, restores London route

Ex 5Y-KZH, leased from Kenya Airways April 5, 2016

Oman Air announced today it will seek oneworld membership. The carrier has asked Qatar Airways to assist in its attempt to join the alliance.

In other news, Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, resumed flights between Muscat and London (Heathrow) on September 22, 2021. The flights operate three times weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing Muscat at 14:25 local time and arriving in London at 19:10 local time. Flights from London depart at 20:50 local time and arrive in Muscat at 07:15 local time on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

All flights are scheduled to operate with Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Top Copyright Photo: Oman Air Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A40-SY (msn 36045) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 933621.

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Kenya Airways to restore the London Heathrow route

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZE (msn 36042) ZRH (Ton Jochems). Image: 942202.

Kenya Airways will restore the Nairobi – London (Heathrow) route on June 26, 2021.

Flights were suspended on April 9, 2021.

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Top Copyright Photo: Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZE (msn 36042) ZRH (Ton Jochems). Image: 942202.

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Air Canada to add more flights to Hawaii this winter

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 947454.

Air Canada will launch more nonstop options from Canada to Hawaii this winter, including the first MontrealHonolulu and TorontoMaui services. These new flights complement the airline’s long-standing services from Calgary and Vancouver to the Hawaiian Islands and will enable convenient connections across Canada as well as from Europe.

“We are seeing strong demand in the sun markets this winter with people in Canada and around the world looking ahead to holiday travel. As we finalize our schedule to position Air Canada’s leadership in leisure travel this winter, we have added new non-stop flights to Hawaii from Montreal and Toronto in addition to our flights from Calgary and Vancouver, making it more convenient than ever for Canadians across the country to experience the Hawaiian Islands. From Europe, customers will be able to easily connect to our Hawaii flights from our Montreal and Toronto gateways. We know people will be excited to travel this winter, and we look forward to welcoming our customers onboard,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

Air Canada’s new Hawaii flights from Montreal and Toronto feature a choice of three cabins of service, including the airline’s premium travel experiences and Air Canada Signature Class featuring lie-flat Executive Pods.  Seats are available for sale now for next winter.  Air Canada’s new refund policy of offering customers options of refunds, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours, is applicable to all tickets purchased.

Montreal to Honolulu Schedule:

  • Connects to/from BrusselsFrankfurt, intra-Quebec and Atlantic Canada

 

Flight

Route

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aircraft

Day of Operation

Begins

AC521

Montreal (YUL) to
Honolulu (HNL)

13:30

19:54

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Wed, Sun

Dec. 12, 2021

AC520

Honolulu (HNL) to
Montreal (YUL)

21:30

12:02 (+1 day)

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Wed, Sun

Dec. 12, 2021

Toronto to Hawaii Schedule:

  • Connects to/from London Heathrow, FrankfurtViennaAtlantic Canada, intra-Ontario and Manitoba

 

Flight

Route

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aircraft

Day of Operation

Begins

AC531

Toronto (YYZ) to
Maui (OGG)

17:10

22:14

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Sat

Dec. 18, 2021

AC530

Maui (OGG) to
Toronto (YYZ)

23.55

13:27

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Sat

Dec. 18, 2021

AC589

Toronto (YYZ) to
Honolulu (HNL)

17:05

21:15

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Mon, Fri, Sun

Dec. 17, 2021

AC590

Honolulu (HNL) to
Toronto (YYZ)

22:55

13:37 (+1 day)

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Mon, Fri, Sun

Dec. 17, 2021

Calgary to Hawaii schedule

  • Connects to/from AlbertaSaskatchewanManitoba, and other Canadian markets

 

Flight

Route

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aircraft

Day of Operation

Begins

AC529

Calgary (YYC) to
Honolulu (HNL)

14:50

19:20

Boeing 737

Tue, Thur, Sat

Dec. 18, 2021

AC528

Honolulu (HNL) to
Calgary (YYC)

22:45

08:20 (+1 day)

Boeing 737

Tue, Thur, Sat

Dec. 18, 2021

AC587

Calgary (YYC) to
Maui (OGG)

14:50

19:06

Boeing 737

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

Dec. 17, 2021

AC588

Maui (OGG) to
Calgary (YYC)

21:45

08:17 (+1 day)

Boeing 737

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

Dec. 17, 2021

Vancouver to Hawaii schedule

  • Connects seamlessly to/from BC and other Canadian markets

 

Flight

Route

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aircraft

Day of Operation

Begins

AC519

Vancouver (YVR)
to Honolulu (HNL)

14:05 -will vary
in peak winter

17:30 -will vary
in peak winter

Boeing 787 Dreamliner
in peak winter

Up to daily in
peak winter

Sept. 14, 2021

AC518

Honolulu (HNL)
to Vancouver (YVR)

21:55 -will vary
in peak winter

06:55 (+1 day) -will vary
in peak winter

Boeing 787 Dreamliner
in peak winter

Up to daily in
peak winter

Sept. 14, 2021

AC537

Vancouver (YVR)
to Maui (OGG)

18:00 -will vary
in peak winter

21:03 -will vary
in peak winter

Boeing 787 Dreamliner
in peak winter

Up to daily in
peak winter

Sept. 10, 2021

AC536

Maui (OGG)
to Vancouver (YVR)

22 :40 -will vary
in peak winter

07:00 (+1 day) – will vary
in peak winter

Boeing 787 Dreamliner
in peak winter

Up to daily in
peak winter

Sept. 10, 2021

AC545

Vancouver (YVR)
to Kona (KOA)

16:50

20:18

Boeing 737

Thur, Fri, Sun

Dec. 19, 2021

AC544

Kona (KOA)
to Vancouver (YVR)

21:35

06:38 (+1 day)

Boeing 737

Thur, Fri, Sun

Dec. 19, 2021

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPQ (msn 35257) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 947454.

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