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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.

Route Map:

Video:

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

Kenya Airways aircraft slide show:

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.

Air Canada aircraft slide show:

Air Europa to resume flights to New York and Miami

Promoting X (Equis) by Nicky Jam and J Balvin

Air Europa has made this announcement:

Air Europa is recovering its flight network with the US and from next June will fly aboard its most modern and efficient fleet, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner,to Miami and New York.

With three weekly frequencies, specifically on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; Air Europa will resume its flights to Miami on June 12, and resume its operation to New York on June 25 also with three flights a week : Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Air Europa’s return to its U.S. destinations is due to its commitment to progressively increase connectivity and flight options to its passengers, as restrictions are removed and whenever maximum safety conditions are ensured.

Air Europa will fly to Miami and New York with its Dreamliner fleet, the most efficient aircraft of how many exist on the market, capable of reducing flight time by 45 minutes and reducing gas emissions by 20% compared to any other aircraft of similar size. In addition, the Dreamliner fleet has HEPA or high-efficiency filters, which are used in hospital environments, and are capable of capturing virus-containing particles with an efficiency of more than 99.9%.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Europa Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EC-MLT (msn 36414 (X (Equis) by Nicky Jam and J Balvin) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 948500.

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QANTAS and Jetstar to resume flights to New Zealand

Jetstar Airways (Australia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VH-VKH (msn 36233) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 943879.

QANTAS Airways and Jetstar Airways will restart flying to all pre-COVID 19 destinations in New Zealand when the two-way Trans-Tasman bubble opens later this month.

The national carrier will also launch two new routes direct from Auckland to Cairns and the Gold Coast, providing travelers with more options for holidays in Queensland and New Zealand.

From April 19, 2021, Jetstar and QANTAS will initially operate up to 122 return flights per week across the Tasman on 15 routes, offering more than 52,000 seats each week.

As part of the existing one-way bubble, the Qantas Group has been operating less than 3 per cent of its pre-COVID capacity on the Trans-Tasman. Flights announced will see this increase to 83 percent – a level that reflects a high level of expected demand for what will be Australia’s only international destination for at least the next six months, moderated by the fact that international tourists (beyond Australia and New Zealand) normally account for about 20 percent of the passengers flying between the two countries.

QANTAS and Jetstar schedules

Jetstar will initially operate to Auckland from Melbourne, Gold Coast and Sydney using its Airbus A320 aircraft, with schedules of both airlines connecting on to Jetstar’s New Zealand domestic network of more than 120 return flights per week to five destinations. Jetstar will resume flights on the remainder of its pre-COVID routes from the middle of the year.

QANTAS’ schedule includes year-round direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown including direct flights from Brisbane and Melbourne to Queenstown, routes which Qantas traditionally only operated seasonally for the ski season peak.

A new daily service from the Gold Coast to Auckland will commence when the bubble opens, marking QANTAS’ first ever international flights from Gold Coast Airport. The new Cairns-Auckland route will launch in time for the June long weekend, operating three days per week. Flights will initially operate for nine weeks until late July, and Qantas will look to add more flights beyond this period if there is demand.

QANTAS will initially operate a mix of Boeing 737-800s as well as the wide-body Airbus A330s.

Jetstar and QANTAS will look to grow capacity and the number of routes as the market recovers.

Top Copyright Photo: Jetstar Airways (Australia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VH-VKH (msn 36233) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 943879.

Jetstar aircraft slide show:

American expects to fly more than 90% of its domestic seat capacity compared to summer 2019 this summer

N876AL

American Airlines made this announcement:

This summer, American Airlines is giving customers more than 150 new opportunities to reconnect with friends and family as it continues to rebuild its network to match demand.

  • Due to strong demand, the airline expects to fly more than 90% of its domestic seat capacity compared to summer 2019 and 80% of its international seat capacity compared to 2019.
  • American will operate more than 150 new routes this summer.
  • American will operate more wide bodies from Miami to match demand in Latin America and the Caribbean.

New domestic routes make it easy to reconnect

In addition to flights that are on sale now, the airline will introduce 17 new routes available for sale starting on April 19, including daily flights between Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU) and Nashville, Tennessee (BNA).

Based on current customer demand projections, American intends to operate a schedule with domestic capacity almost equal to 2019. In response to increased leisure demand, on June 5, the airline is introducing eight new routes, operating on Saturdays, to experience the wonder of Orlando, Florida, and its endless outdoor adventures, including nonstop service from:

  • Birmingham, Alabama (BHM)
  • Dayton, Ohio (DAY)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IND)
  • Louisville, Kentucky (SDF)
  • Memphis, Tennessee (MEM)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (BNA)
  • Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)

And for customers living in South Florida eager to travel to the West Coast or Northeast, the airline is launching widebody service from Miami (MIA) to Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK). All flights will operate on Boeing 777s this summer to match the increased demand.

The great outdoors is also high on travelers’ lists and customers can look forward to more flight choices to places like Asheville, North Carolina (AVL); Kalispell, Montana (FCA); and Jackson, Wyoming (JAC), which are already available for purchase. And in addition to the nine previously announced new routes from Austin, Texas (AUS), beginning in May, American is introducing new Saturday flights between AUS and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS).

Creating the broadest global network

As international demand has been slower to recover, American’s international capacity will be down approximately 20% compared to the same period in 2019. The airline remains committed to serving as many international destinations as possible and will continue to offer more flights to more destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean than any other airline.

American is using wide body aircraft to match demand from MIA; thus, short-haul markets in Latin America and the Caribbean will see select flights operating on Boeing 777s and 787-8s this summer:

Aircraft Destination
Boeing 787-8 Cali, Colombia (CLO)
Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE)
Lima, Peru (LIM)
Medellin, Colombia (MDE)
Port au Prince, Haiti (PAP)
Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
Boeing 777-200 Bogota, Colombia (BOG)
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)

The airline will also serve Colombia more than ever before with upgauged aircraft and recently announced service from JFK to Cali (CLO), Bogota (BOG) and Medellin (MDE) launching on May 6. Customers will also have increased access to Ecuador and Peru with even more capacity than 2019. And starting this summer, American will be the only U.S. carrier to serve Tel Aviv (TLV) and Suriname (PBM) from its MIA hub.

In addition, the airline is working with JetBlue to introduce new American service between JFK and Athens (ATH) and TLV. However, due to the effects of the pandemic and the resulting weak demand, American will not operate to Edinburgh, United Kingdom (EDI), Shannon, Ireland (SNN) and Hong Kong (HKG) this summer. American will continue to serve these markets through London Heathrow (LHR) and Dublin (DUB), through American’s Atlantic Joint Business partners, British Airways and Aer Lingus.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N876AL (msn 65996) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 951869.

American aircraft slide show (Boeing):

JAL and ANA operated this Boeing 787 for the torch relay of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (now rescheduled)

2020 Tokyo Olympic Torch relay aircraft

JAL and ANA jointly operated this Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (JA837J) for the torch relay flight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The aircraft carries the logos of both carriers.

JA837J is pictured arriving at Tokyo (Narita) (NRT) on March 20 after completing the mission carrying the torch from Athens to JASDF Matsushima Air Base. This livery was applied for about only a week, until the plane got repainted to the regular JAL scheme soon after this landing.

This will become a very rare photo since the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been rescheduled for July 23, 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL and ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA837J (msn 34860) (Tokyo 2020) NRT (Akira Uekawa). Image: 949531.

JAL aircraft slide show:

 

American to fly from Los Angeles to Christchurch

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N807AA (msn 40625) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933327.

American Airlines has made this announcement:

A trip to the breathtaking landscape of the majestic Southern Alps will become much shorter when American Airlines launches the only nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC), next October. The airline is also adding the only direct service between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Auckland, New Zealand (AKL), which will increase connecting opportunities for more customers across the United States. These routes are a direct result of the recently approved joint business with Qantas, which delivers new customer benefits like enhanced codeshare opportunities and increased frequent flyer benefits for American and Qantas customers.

The gateway to the South Island

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and as the only carrier to operate this route, American will introduce its customers to one of the world’s most unique destinations.

“The South Island sums up everything that our customers are looking for in New Zealand — adventure, culture and wildlife found no where else,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Senior Vice President of Network Strategy. “We want to make their lifelong dreams a reality and bring New Zealand’s beauty even closer as the gateway to the South Island where you can drive, hike, cruise and fly to a variety of classic New Zealand experiences.”

American will fly to CHC three times per week from October 2020 through March 2021 on a Boeing 787-8. The 787-8 features 20 Flagship Business seats and 28 Premium Economy seats, providing additional comfort for the 13-hour flight. The aircraft offers a variety of entertainment options for customers, with access to power at every seat, live television, and hundreds of movies, music, games and TV shows.

LAX to CHC creates unique one-stop connections to the South Island not previously available by any other carrier. Qantas and Jetstar will connect passengers from CHC on to Wellington and Melbourne — some of the most popular destinations in the Pacific.

A new way to New Zealand

American currently operates seasonal service from LAX to AKL and will add new service from DFW next year. Flights will be operated with American’s state-of-the-art 787-9, with 30 Flagship Business seats and 21 Premium Economy seats. New flights from DFW to AKL will enable new one-stop connections to New Zealand from more than 70 cities across the United States.

“Now, we’re able to get customers from places like Louisville, Savannah or Monterrey, Mexico, all the way to New Zealand with just one stop,” said Raja.

As American enhances its commitment to the region, seasonal LAX to AKL service will resume earlier next year — Oct. 7 — adding three weeks of service to the increasingly popular destination.

“The South Island is a must-see for any international visitor to New Zealand,” said Stephen England-Hall, Tourism New Zealand’s Chief Executive. “Thanks to the new nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Christchurch and Dallas-Fort Worth to Auckland, it’s is now easier than ever before to experience all that unique and welcoming New Zealand has to offer.”

Benefits of the Qantas Joint Business

American and Qantas recently received final approval to form a joint business, which promises significant customer benefits not possible through any other form of cooperation. The carriers have already rolled out improved frequent flyer benefits, including higher earning rates for points and status credits on each airline’s network, and have expanded codeshare routes on each other’s network. Qantas will also increase from six weekly flights between Sydney, Australia (SYD), and DFW to daily service by mid-2020. Additionally, Qantas announced new service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Brisbane, Australia (BNE), which will launch in February and April respectively. Qantas will have its code on American’s new flights to New Zealand, giving Qantas frequent flyers more opportunities to earn and redeem Qantas points and status credits on American. Next year, American and Qantas will provide the most service to Australia and New Zealand from the United States.

LAX–AKL flights beginning in Oct. 2020 will be available for purchase starting Nov. 9. New LAX–CHC and DFW–AKL flights will be available for purchase starting Nov. 30.

Origin Destination Departure Time* Arrival Time* Season
DFW AKL 10:30 p.m. 7:40 a.m./8:40 a.m.
(+2 days)
Oct. 25, 2020–March 25, 2021
3 x weekly through Nov. 29
Daily starting Dec. 1
AKL DFW 11:15 a.m./12:15 p.m. 7:10 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020–March 27, 2021
3 x weekly through Nov. 29
Daily starting Dec. 3
LAX CHC 11:30 p.m. 9:25 a.m./10:25 a.m. Oct. 25, 2020–March 24, 2021
3 x weekly
CHC LAX 1:10 p.m./2:10 p.m. 6 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020–March 26, 2021
3x weekly

*Flight times subject to change and account for Daylight Savings.
New flights are subject to government approval.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N807AA (msn 40625) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933327.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (Boeing):

 

American to bring the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to the Philadelphia hub

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N803AL (msn 40621) LHR (SPA). Image: 947889.

American Airlines is bringing the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to the Philadelphia hub starting in late 2019 and early 2020.

The carrier will add the type to the Chicago (O’Hare) hub January 7 and the Dallas/Fort Worth hub on December 17, 2019 according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N803AL (msn 40621) LHR (SPA). Image: 947889.

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Avianca Holdings, United Airlines And Kingsland Holdings agree to terms for loan to be provided to Avianca

Avianca (Colombia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N780AV (msn 37502) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 947817.

Avianca Holdings has reached agreement with United Airlines and Kingsland Holdings S.A. regarding the terms of United and Kingsland’s proposed financing to AVH of up to US $250 million, and established the conditions precedent to the transaction.

United and Kingsland have agreed to provide Avianca a four-year loan at an interest rate of 3%; interest will be paid-in-kind until maturity, granting Avianca greater financial flexibility. The loan will convert into shares at Avianca’s option –at an equivalent price per share of US $4.6217, representing a 35% premium over the 90-day weighted average price through October 3, 2019– subject to certain conditions, including AVH’s share price consistently trading above seven dollars; the loan may also be converted into shares voluntarily at the discretion of United Airlines and Kingsland Holdings. The financing will be secured by a pledge of stock in AVH’s major subsidiaries.

Drafting of final documentation is ongoing and is expected to be executed by mid-October. Funding remains subject to certain other conditions, including the successful conclusion of Avianca’s debt reprofiling plan in a manner consistent with the Avianca 2021 plan, as well as the closing of the company’s exchange offer for its US$550 million 2020 bond.

Avianca continues to work on quickly finalizing negotiations with its creditors and fulfilling the conditions necessary to conclude the bond exchange offer, in order to expeditiously close the stakeholder loan.

Once this process is concluded, Avianca expects to offer its preferred shareholders the opportunity to participate in US $125 million financing under similar conditions.

Top Copyright Photo: Avianca (Colombia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N780AV (msn 37502) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 947817.

Avianca aircraft slide show: