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United to operate a trans-Atlantic biofuel flight on September 14

United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N20904 (msn 34824) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 941758.

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., a Canadian agri-tech company that sells Carinata seeds used to produce aviation biojet fuel, will partner with United Airlines and World Energy on Agrisoma’s second international commercial flight powered by biojet fuel made from Carinata seed oil. The nonstop San Francisco-to-Zurich flight on a Boeing 787-8 departs on September 14 at 2:10 p.m. from San Francisco International Airport and arrives September 15 at 10:10 a.m. at Zurich Airport (aka Kloten Airport) (see below).

The biojet fuel made from Carinata and refined by World Energy’s AltAir Fuels, replaces 30 percent of the petroleum jet fuel needed for the flight. Fuels made from Carinata, a non-food, mustard-like oilseed, lead the aviation industry in greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

“This flight is another milestone for the aviation industry’s move toward low-carbon fuels,” said Steve Fabijanski, founder, CEO and president of Agrisoma. “At 11 hours, it is the longest transatlantic biojet flight undertaken to date, and, with the fuel-efficient Boeing 787, represents the lowest carbon footprint commercial flight across the Atlantic. It is our second international biojet flight powered by Carinata, but there are more to come.”

Earlier this year, Agrisoma and Australia’s QANTAS Airways partnered on a transpacific flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne that used biojet fuel produced from Carinata.

Agrisoma has commercial agreements across the global aviation industry to supply Carinata for a low-carbon fuel that is chemically identical to conventional, petroleum-derived jet fuel. Agrisoma has Carinata growers in place throughout the Americas and Australia, where Carinata is grown as a second crop to complement existing crop production, delivering additional on-farm income and soil health benefits.

Carinata Biojet fuel is made by harvesting tons of Carinata crop (above), crushing the grain (below) to recover the oil and refining that oil into jet fuel by the same process used for petroleum-derived jet fuel.

Carinata biojet fuel typically replaces 10 to 30 percent of the petroleum jet fuel needed for a flight, making a cleaner fuel blend that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Production of biofuel from Carinata seeds yields both biofuel and, as a byproduct, high-protein animal feed. Stems and leaves from the crop are returned to the field to enrich the soil for subsequent crops. Carinata is the first oilseed to be certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the independent global standard and certification program for sustainable biofuels.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by AltAir Fuels): United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N20904 (msn 34824) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 941758.

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LOT Polish Airlines is coming to Miami

"Proud to fly the Polish Olympic Team" sub-titles

LOT Polish Airlines will start nonstop service between Warsaw and Miami on June 1, 2019.

The new route will operate four days a week with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

LOT Polish Airlines announced on September 5, 2018 the launch of MiamiWarsaw nonstop passenger service scheduled for June 1, 2019, giving Miami International Airport (MIA) the only nonstop route between Florida and Eastern Europe, as well as the airport’s first-ever service to Poland. Warsaw will further expand MIA’s current network of 20 European destinations, while Miamiwill join LOT’s five other nonstop destinations in North America.

(PRNewsfoto/Miami International Airport)

LOT will operate four weekly flights with new generation Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft that seat 252 passengers. LOT’s hub operation at Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) provides passengers more than 350 daily flights to 100 destinations worldwide, as well as extensive connections throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by LOT): LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRH (msn 35943) (Proud to fly the Polish Olympic Team) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940211.

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Kenya Airways to start New York flights on October 28

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

Kenya Airways, as planned, will launch its new nonstop flights from Nairobi to New York (JFK) on October 28, 2018.

The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.

The new route will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day. From New York the flight will depart at 12:25 landing at Nairobi at 10:55 the following day. The duration will be 15 hours east bound and 14 hours west bound.

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

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Hainan Airlines launches Shenzhen-Zurich service on August 27

Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2759 (msn 38056) LHR (SPA). Image: 941739.

On August 27, Hainan Airlines announced the formal launch of service between Shenzhen and Zurich.

The service is the first nonstop flight connecting China’s GuangzhouShenzhen area with Switzerland, and is also the airline’s 7th intercontinental flight originating from Shenzhen.

The airline will operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the new route with two round-trip flights per week. Hainan Airlines flight HU741, the inaugurate flight of the carrier’s new ShenzhenZurich service, took off from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport at 1:20 am on August 27 Beijing time, and successfully landed at Zurich Airport the same day, at 7:55 am local time.

In 2018, Hainan Airlines launched the ShenzhenBrussels, ShenzhenMadrid, ShenzhenTianjinVancouver, GuangzhouTel Aviv and ShenzhenZurich services in China’s GuangzhouShenzhen area, and is scheduled to launch the ShenzhenVienna service on October 20.

Besides destinations mentioned above, Hainan Airlines international services now fly from Shenzhen to Brisbane, Cairns, Oakland, Zurich, Sihanouk, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ventiane, Luang Prabang, Da Nang and Nha Trang.The airline has established an increasingly expanded international flight network that makes it ever easier for travelers to transit between long- and short-range flights originating out of the same or nearby airports in the area. The ShenzhenZurich service will complement the services already in place, greatly reducing flight and transit times for passengers.

Hainan Airlines’ Shenzhen-Zurich Flight Timetable:

Flight No.



Departure City

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Arrival City





1:20 am

 7:55 am






11:40 am

 5:00 am +1


Top Copyright Photo: Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2759 (msn 38056) LHR (SPA). Image: 941739.

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Royal Air Maroc is coming to Miami, a new link to Africa

Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CN-RGT (msn 35509) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 942871.

Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will commence scheduled passenger service to Miami International Airport (MIA) effective on April 3, 2019.

RAM will operate three weekly roundtrip flights between Casablanca, Morocco and Miami.

The new service will be operated with Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

With Royal Air Maroc entering service to Miami, MIA will gain its first passenger flights to/from the continent of Africa since February 2000, when South African Airways withdrew its Miami service.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by RAM): Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CN-RGT (msn 35509) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 942871.

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Biman Bangladesh adds its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Named "Aakashbeena"

Biman Bangladesh Airlines on August 18 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (S2-AJS, msn 40126).

The new type arrived at the Dhaka base on August 19, 2018 (see video below).

S2-AJS, named “The Aakashbeena”, was recently showcased at the Farnborough Airshow.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Biman): Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N1015B (S2-AJS) (msn 40126) FAB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942764.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N1015B (S2-AJS) (msn 40126) FAB (SPA). Image: 942762.

First 787 Dreamliner, delivered on August 18, 2018


Ethiopian Airlines registers record success in 2017/18 fiscal year

Named "Lake Tana"

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest Airline Group, has announced that it has registered record success in the just ended 2017/18 fiscal year.  In line with its 15 year strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, the airline registered historical success in financial, commercial, operational and customer service areas.

During the 2017/18 fiscal year:

  • Ethiopian introduced additional +14 new aircraft, more than one aircraft per month;
  • The airline opened 8 new international destinations, namely Geneva (Switzerland), Chicago (USA), Bahrain, Kaduna (Nigeria), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Kisangani and Mbuji-Mayi (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Nosy-Be (Madagascar);
  • The number of passengers carried grew by +21% topping the 10 million mark for the first time in the airline’s history and reaching 10.6 million passengers;
  • Freight carried grew by +18% from previous fiscal year to attain 400,339 tons;
  • Operating revenue grew by +43% from previous fiscal year to culminate at 89.1 billion Ethiopian birr (ETB);
  • Net profit stood at 6.8 billion ETB. 

During the fiscal year, the airline was given for the first time in its history a 4 Star rating by SKYTRAX, the leading customer service rating organization in the airline industry, putting it on par with other global airlines. SKYRAX also recognized Ethiopian as Best Airline in Africa; Best Business Class in Africa and Best Economy Class in Africa. 

Ethiopian reached and passed the 100th aircraft in service milestone during the year, becoming the first African airline in history to do so.

Recapping the exceptional 2017/18 fiscal year performance, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, said:

“It was an exceptional year for Ethiopian with record performance in financial, operational, commercial and customer service areas. This historical performance is, due first and foremost, to the commitment, hard work and competence of my 16,000 colleagues with each one of them at all echelons of the company playing a critical role in this success.

I wish to thank them for their dedication, hard work and contribution in enabling our national carrier to fly high in the sky and defend the colors of our country and our continent.They are the backbone of the airline and the architects of its success.

This performance is all the more exceptional given the very tough operating and competitive environment in Africa, where jet fuel price, our main cost driver, has soared during the year and is on average 30% more expensive in Africa, our home market, than in the rest of the world, putting the continent’s carriers at a severe competitive disadvantage. This remarkable result was also achieved in the backdrop of aggressive foreign carriers’ penetration into the African market with the African airline industry collectively forecasted to loss money.

The historical performance attests the soundness of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan, Vision 2025. During the next 2018/19 fiscal year, we aim to further grow our network, introduce record number of modern fleet and greatly enhance the on-ground customer service at our main hub with the opening at the end of 2018 of the newly expanded and significantly upgraded airport terminals in Addis Ababa.” 

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Ethiopian and Airbus): Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOO (msn 34743) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940818.

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