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Oman Air takes delivery of ninth Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Oman Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A40-SF (msn 39294) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 944865.

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has taken delivery of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (A40-SH) that it has on order for 2018. This comes at a time when the airline is continuing its trajectory of rapid growth and expansion.

The wide-body Boeing 787-9 is a stretched version of the advanced long-range twin engine Boeing 787-8. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft is configured with 30 award-winning flat-bed Business Class suites, designed by BE Aerospace and 258 Economy Class seats. All classes feature the state-of-the-art Thales Integrated In-Flight Entertainment System which provides an even more enjoyable guest experience, allowing access to a wide selection of on-demand entertainment delivered through a passenger experience interface developed specifically for Oman Air.

With the addition of this latest Dreamliner, Oman Air now operates nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This aircraft will be utilised on Oman Air’s European and Far-Eastern sectors.

A host of enhancements have been introduced across all cabins including dining, amenities and comfort. A new exclusive chinaware, cutlery, glassware, linens and bedding collections have been launched to provide Oman Air premium guests with a unique, bespoke experience.

All classes feature ‘Aria’, a new state-of-the-art Thales Integrated In-Flight Entertainment System designed exclusively for Oman Air featuring an immersive cinematic interface design, showcasing the latest in on-demand blockbuster movies, TV programs and audio selections. Exclusively curated content is available for visitors to Oman, who look to experience the very best of Oman culture from the moment they step onboard.

With the addition of the new Dreamliner, Oman Air’s fleet consists of three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, six 787-9 Dreamliners, six Airbus 330-300s, four Airbus 330-200s, five Boeing 737-900s, 21 Boeing 737-800s, four Embraer 175s and five 737 MAX.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Oman Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A40-SF (msn 39294) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 944865.

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British Airways to take off to Islamabad, Pakistan in 2019

British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-ZBKA (msn 38616) LHR (SPA). Image: 944856.

British Airways has announced that it will fly from London Heathrow to Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, from June 2, 2019.

The route will launch as a three-per-week service, operated on a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner – British Airways’ newest long-haul fleet that is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than other aircraft and features larger windows, mood lighting and the latest inflight entertainment.

Punjab, Islamabad, Shah Faisal Mosque

Islamabad is one of four long-haul routes being launched by British Airways in 2019, its centenary year. The airline is also launching direct flights to Pittsburgh and Charleston, SC in the US and Osaka in Japan, alongside several short-haul routes.

British Airways’ long-haul flights include complimentary food and drink, online check-in and free seat selection 24 hours prior to departure. The airline is amid a £4.5 billion investment for customers, including the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. Next year, the airline will launch its new business class seat with direct aisle access.


Outbound (LHR-ISB)
Day of operation Local departure time Local arrival time
Tuesday 9.15pm 9.55am
Thursday 9.15pm 9.55am
Sunday 9.15pm 9.55am
Inbound (ISB-LHR)
Day of operation Local departure time Local arrival time
Monday 11.40am 4pm
Wednesday 11.40am 4pm
Friday 11.40am 4pm

Top Copyright Photo (all others by BA): British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-ZBKA (msn 38616) LHR (SPA). Image: 944856.

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QANTAS launches 787 Dreamliner services to Hong Kong

QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNC (msn 39040) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 944781.

The first QANTAS Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from Australia to Hong Kong took off on December 13, marking the first destination in Asia to be served by the airline’s Boeing 787-9.

QF29 pushed back from Melbourne just after 10 am in the morning and arrived in Hong Kong at 4.15pm (local time).

The launch follows the arrival of QANTAS’ eighth Dreamliner in November, joining the national carrier’s A330 and A380 aircraft that also fly to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong joins Los Angeles, New York, London and San Francisco as international destinations served by the QANTAS Dreamliner, as the more efficient aircraft gradually replaces the 747 on key routes.

QANTAS has also re-timed one of its two daily flights from Sydney to Hong Kong from March 31, 2019, offering customers the choice of a midday or evening departure from Sydney.

QF117 will operate overnight and arrive into Hong Kong in the morning, providing more options for onward connections to other destinations in Asia, including those operated by QANTAS’ new codeshare partner Cathay Pacific.

QANTAS’ Dreamliner carries 236 passengers across three cabins. It features the latest version of the airline’s Business Suite, nicknamed “mini First Class” by some frequent flyers, as well as a next generation Premium Economy seat and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and more legroom.

QANTAS operates 28 flights per week to Hong Kong from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Top Copyright Photo (all other by the airline): QANTAS Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNC (msn 39040) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 944781.

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Boeing delivers the 787th 787 Dreamliner to AerCap and China Southern

Boeing's 787th Boeing 787

Boeing has delivered the 787th 787 Dreamliner to come off the production line, marking a special milestone for the super-efficient airplane family and the fastest-selling twin-aisle jet in history.

Since its first delivery in September, 2011, the 787 family has flown nearly 300 million passengers on more than 1.5 million flights around the world, including more than 210 new nonstop routes made possible by the airplane’s superior fuel efficiency and range.

The airplane was delivered to AerCap, the world’s largest lessor and 787 customer. Sporting a special logo commemorating the production milestone, the airplane will be leased and operated by China Southern, which continues to expand its long-haul fleet of 787 Dreamliners, including 10 787-8s and eight 787-9s.

China Southern Airlines first ordered 10 787-8 Dreamliners in 2005 and further increased its capability on long-haul routes when they placed an order for 787-9s in 2016.

The 787s have enabled the airline to launch a number of non-stop global routes, connecting Guangzhou to London and Rome in Europe; Vancouver, British Columbia, in North America; and Perth, Auckland, and Christchurch in the Oceania region.

About China Southern Airlines

As China’s largest airline by fleet size, China Southern Airlines currently operates more than 800 aircraft, including Boeing 787, 777, 747 and 737s. The carrier operates more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions across the world.

About AerCap

AerCap is the global leader in aircraft leasing with, as of September 30, 2018, 1,457 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio. AerCap has one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and has its headquarters in Dublin with offices in Shannon, Los Angeles, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle and Toulouse.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by China Southern): China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-1168 (msn 38797) (787th Boeing 787) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 944679.

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American Airlines introduces 18 new routes and adds seats to Paris and Madrid

American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N832AA (msn 40638) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944767.

American Airlines is opening up additional flights to more cities across the U.S. as well as two new flights to Europe.

The 18 new routes start this summer and include a new destination: Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana (FCA), with service from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

The airline is also returning to Canada’s Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia (YHZ), with service from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and LaGuardia Airport in New York (LGA).

The world’s largest airline is also increasing summer service from DFW to two popular European cities next summer: Paris and Madrid.

All flights will be available for sale Monday, December 17.

More domestic flights from hubs

“With 18 new routes, we are committed to providing the most choices for our customers across the U.S. and a chance to see the world,” said Vasu Raja, Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning for American. “Service to Kalispell, for example, offers an exciting destination for our customers to experience. It also introduces new opportunities for local Kalispell customers to connect across American’s vast network through LAX, ORD and DFW.”

At the same time, the company is investing to provide a more consistent experience across regional and mainline fleets. American’s dual-class regional aircraft are equipped with first class seats, Wi-Fi and free wireless entertainment, and work has already begun to provide access to power at every seat.

More service from DFW

American continues to grow its largest hub as it increases to 900 flights per day in the summer of 2019 by opening 15 new gates at the Terminal E satellite. American will add five new routes from DFW beginning in April with service to San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) in California. In May, the airline will launch new daily service to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) in South Carolina. Then, in June, in addition to Kalispell, American begins year-round service to Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) in Pennsylvania and daily seasonal service to California’s Wine Country via Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa.

The airline will also add a second daily flight to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris and Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) starting June 6, providing more choices and connectivity for its customers and cargo, improving what is already the most robust service to those destinations from DFW.

“The additional flights are scheduled to provide more flexibility in a traveler’s day with a later departure from DFW and from CDG, and, in the case of MAD, enable optimal connectivity to Iberia’s network from larger markets such as Sacramento, California (SMF); Reno, Nevada (RNO); and Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL),” said Raja.

Customers flying to CDG and MAD from DFW can choose fully lie-flat business class seats featuring access to the Flagship Lounge and chef-designed meals, as well as a lumbar support pillow and duvet from sleep experts Casper. Or, they can opt for one of more than 20 Premium Economy seats featuring more width, legroom and adjustability; extendable foot and head rests; a chef-inspired meal; complimentary amenity kits and a Casper pillow and blanket.

The additional CDG and MAD flights will be operated as part of the Atlantic Joint Business (AJB) among American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair. Through the AJB, customers can seamlessly book and fly on nearly 150 trans-Atlantic flights to hundreds of destinations in North America, Europe and the Caribbean.

Second daily flight to CDG and MAD, June 6–Oct. 27 (subject to change)

DFW–CDG (Boeing 787-9)

Departs DFW at 8:30 p.m.
Arrives CDG at 12:45 p.m.

Departs CDG at 3:25 p.m.
Arrives DFW at 6:50p.m.

DFW–MAD (Boeing 787-9)

Departs DFW at 8:50 p.m.
Arrives MAD at 1:05 p.m.

Departs MAD at 4:55 p.m.
Arrives DFW at 8:20 p.m.

New summer routes

From DFW

Destination city Aircraft Flights begin Frequency Season
San Luis Obispo, California (SBP) E175 April 2 Daily Year-round
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR) E175 May 3 Daily Summer
Kalispell, Montana (FCA) E175 June 6 Daily Summer
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT) E175 June 6 Daily Year-round
Santa Rosa, California (STS) E175 June 6 Daily Summer/Fall

From DCA

Destination city Aircraft Flights begin Frequency Season
Melbourne, Florida (MLB) E175 May 4 Sat./Sun. Summer

From LAX

Destination city Aircraft Flights begin Frequency Season
Santa Rosa, California (STS) E175 May 3 Daily Summer
Kalispell, Montana (FCA) E175 June 6 Daily Summer

From LGA

Destination city Aircraft Flights begin Frequency Season
Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) E145 May 3 Daily Year-round
Asheville, North Carolina (AVL) E175 May 4 Sat./Sun. Summer
Daytona Beach, Florida (DAB) E175 May 4 Sat./Sun. Summer
Jackson, Wyoming (JAC) A319 June 8 Saturday Summer
Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ) E175 June 15 Saturday Summer

From ORD

Destination city Aircraft Flights begin Frequency Season
Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT) CRJ700 June 6 Daily Year-round
Kalispell, Montana (FCA) E175 June 6 Daily Summer
Durango, Colorado (DRO) CRJ700 June 8 Saturday Summer

From PHL

Destination city Aircraft Flights begin Frequency Season
Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ) E175 June 13 Daily Summer

From PHX

Destination city Aircraft Flights begin Frequency Season
Raleigh, North Carolina (RDU) A320 May 3 Daily Year-round

Also, as previously announced, American will inaugurate 28 new domestic and international routes from Dec. 19 to 22, 2018 on top of two international launches this week: MIA–Matecana International Airport (PEI) in Pereira, Columbia, and MIA–Argyle International Airport (SVD) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by American): American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N832AA (msn 40638) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944767.

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El Al is coming to Las Vegas and San Francisco

Celebrating 70 years of flying

El Al Israel Airlines has announced the only nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Tel Aviv, Israel starting on June 14, 2019. The weekly nonstop flight (roundtrip) will utilize a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Also, for Northern California residents and neighboring states, as of May 13, 2019, El Al will operate three weekly nonstop flights from San Francisco to Tel Aviv Israel on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft offering Economy, Premium, and Business Class.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by El Al): El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 4X-EDC (msn 38086) (70 Years) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944741.

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