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Air Canada marks Earth Day via new partnership with ocean clean-up organization 4ocean

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FVLZ (msn 38358) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945804.

Air Canada has made this announcement:

To mark Earth Day 2019, Air Canada announced a partnership with environmental organization 4ocean, a company dedicated to actively removing waste plastics and trash from the ocean and coastlines while inspiring individuals to work together for cleaner oceans. As the exclusive Canadian airline to sponsor 4ocean, this partnership marks an important milestone in Air Canada’s plastic reduction strategy and creates opportunities for Air Canada employees to participate in coastal North America clean-ups in 2019.


“A key target of Air Canada’s corporate waste strategy is our Single-Use Plastics Reduction program. Our partnership with 4ocean as the exclusive Canadian airline is a great fit with this journey and we are especially delighted with the opportunity to engage our employees in our communities. There are many Air Canada employees who care deeply about sustainability and the environment who are keen to make a difference in actively help reduce ocean plastic pollution,” said Teresa Ehman, Senior Director of Environmental Affairs at Air Canada.

“We are ecstatic to partner with Air Canada in an initiative to eliminate single use plastic.  We believe Air Canada’s Sustainability program is a giant leap forward in this initiative.  4ocean is looking forward to removing thousands of pounds of plastic and waste with Air Canada.” said Tony Chvala, Chief Operating Officer at 4ocean.

To date, 4ocean has removed more than four million pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines. Drawing from their years of experience, 4ocean will also participate with the Air Canada team to develop educational resources on ocean conservation for employees to draw from and further enhance the company as an environmental steward.

Reducing single-use plastics builds on Air Canada’s other environmental and community efforts

Air Canada’s ongoing plastic reduction efforts include researching and rethinking important decisions made at various stages of the supply chain. In 2018, a review and assessment of all plastics used onboard was conducted, and the company identified options to eliminate, replace, reduce or recycle is single-use plastics. The 35 million plastic stir sticks used on aircraft and in lounges will be the first single-use plastic to be eliminated at the beginning of Summer 2019.

Starting in Fall 2019, Air Canada will additionally be removing the outer plastic bag from approximately 1.8 million Business Class and Premium Economy Class amenity kits, bringing its total single use plastic items removed from onboard to 36.8 million. The company is supporting this work in partnership with University of Toronto graduate students in their final year of their Master of Science in Sustainability Management program. The students are working with Air Canada to identify alternatives to plastic use onboard our aircraft.

About Air Canada’s environmental initiatives:

Leader in fuel efficiency
Since 1990, Air Canada has improved its fuel efficiency by 44.5 per cent. We have also committed to meet ambitious targets set by the International Air Transport Association, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. Air Canada has this fuel efficiency improvement through strong climate action plan that includes:

  • $10 million fleet modernization,
  • Sustainable biofuel development and support in Canada,
  • Fuel efficiency program and route improvements.

These efforts and our other green initiatives to increase efficiency and reduce waste were recognized when Air Transport World named Air Canada the Eco-Airline of the Year for 2018.

Repurposing duvets
Waste reduction at Air Canada is about more than recycling paper and aluminum cans. Since 2016 Air Canada has partnered with Partners in Project Green to distribute lightly used duvets to social service agencies that assist people in need and other duvets are donated to local kennels. To date over 13,000 duvets have been donated, equivalent to over 20,000 kilograms of material.

Recycling uniforms
When Air Canada launched new uniforms in 2017, creative solutions to reduce landfill waste were implemented, which diverted 282 tonnes of material from landfill, approximately the weight of two empty 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft:

  • Four truckloads totaling 50,000 employee uniform pieces were donated to Brands for Canada who removed all branding and offered the items to people re-entering the workforce to begin new careers and without the means to purchase new clothes.
  • Uniforms shredded and repurposed into stuffing for punching bags donated to community centre or converted into automotive stuffing.

To learn more about Air Canada’s environmental performance and initiatives, please consult our corporate sustainability reports available at www.aircanada.com and look for our 2018 Corporate Sustainability report available later this Spring.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FVLZ (msn 38358) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945804.

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Reuters: Norwegian Air cabin crew union calls for a strike at Paris Charles de Gaulle

"Babe Ruth, American Athlete"

From Reuters:

Norwegian Air’s largest cabin crew union in France has called for a strike from April 24 to April 26, seeking higher pay and better working conditions, a union representative said on Saturday.

UNAC union representative Anastasia Durand told Reuters the union represents 70 percent of the airline’s 158 cabin crew based at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, also known as Roissy, from where Norwegian has four or five flights per day.

Durand said there had been no formal vote for the strike but the union had sounded out staff and there was general support for the action. She didn’t say if any talks were planned with the company.


Top Copyright Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Norwegian Long Haul) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner LN-LNU (Babe Ruth, American Athlete) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946250.

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KLM adds Guanacaste-Liberia to its network as a new destination in Costa Rica

KLM's 4th new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

KLM is expanding its network with the opening of Guanacaste-Liberia (LIR) in Costa Rica. As per the start of the winter 2019 schedule, this region on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica will be served four times per week with a direct KLM flight from Amsterdam. On the southbound sector, this flight will make an intermediate landing in San José (Costa Rica), a destination that is currently already served by KLM in its winter schedule.

KLM will commence service on October 29, 2019 on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Amsterdam-Schiphol, San José and Guanacaste-Liberia. The flights will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with 30 seats in World Business Class, 45 seats in Economy Comfort and 219 seats in Economy Class.

  • KL0717/KL0719 departs Amsterdam-Schiphol at 11:35, and arrives in San José (Costa Rica) at 17:15 Local time. From there, the flight departs at 19:15 towards Guanacaste Liberia, to arrive at 20:10.
  • After a short 65 minute stop on ground, the flight continues under the same flight number directly to Amsterdam-Schiphol, with a departure out of Guanacaste Liberia at 21:15 Local time; to arrive at Amsterdam-Schiphol at 13:20 Local time the following day.

It is possible to arrive in San José, and depart from Liberia on the same ticket, making it an ideal combination for all travelers that want to discover the beautiful nature and pura vida of Costa Rica. Likewise, passengers originating in Costa Rica can start and end their journey in either San José or Guanacaste Liberia in both directions on the same ticket.

Map: Google Maps.

About Guanacaste

Guanacaste is a region in the northwest of Costa Rica, bordering the Pacific Ocean and lies at approximately 150 miles from the capital San José. The region is known for its beautiful coastline, with quiet inlets, pristine beaches and small islands that dot the coastline. The climate in Guanacaste is unique in Costa Rica, since the region receives little to no rain from November to April; which makes it a popular holiday destination. Also in terms of nature the region has a lot to offer, jungles around the volcanos in the interior form a green backdrop for hikers and flora and fauna enthusiasts alike. The capital of Guanacaste is Liberia, with 60.000 inhabitant. The modern international airport of Guanacaste Liberia is situated less than 15 miles from the nearest beach.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by KLM): KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHE (msn 38765) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 932107.

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British Airways takes the top brand for the United Kingdom

British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-ZBKM (msn 38629) LHR (SPA). Image: 944862.

British Airways has been voted the number one British brand in both the consumer and business Superbrands lists for 2019.

Over 1,500 brands were included in both surveys and British Airways was voted in fourth place in the Business Index and fifth place in the Consumer Index. The airline also secured the number one spot in the ‘Travel – Airlines’ category in the consumer survey, ahead of 18 of its competitors from the UK and internationally.

All voters were asked to judge brands against the three core factors inherent in a Superbrand: quality, reliability and distinction. According to the experts at Superbrands, brand perception and voting by individuals is also influenced by a range of both short and long-term factors, from the brand’s current profile to its latest marketing activities and new product and service developments, giving a holistic picture of how brands are currently perceived.

The business Superbrands voting process involving 2,500 UK business professionals, supplemented by an expert council comprising 24 senior business-to-business marketing leaders.

In addition to the British public vote in the consumer Superbrands survey, which was weighted to reflect the breadth of opinion across the whole country, all brands awarded Superbrand status were also highly rated by an objective and voluntary council of senior industry experts to provide a secondary quality control mechanism.

Brands do not pay or apply to be considered – in order to provide a broad review of the market and identify the strongest brands in each category, all the key players in each sector need to be voted on.

The research process was managed by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) in partnership with Dynata, one of the world’s leading data research companies.

Top Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-ZBKM (msn 38629) LHR (SPA). Image: 944862.

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Air Lease Corporation announces delivery of first of five new Boeing 787-9 aircraft with China Southern Airlines

First visit to LAX

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced the delivery of one new Boeing 787-9 aircraft on a long-term lease to China Southern Airlines today.

Featuring GEnx-1B76A engines, this aircraft is the first of five 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft scheduled to deliver to China Southern Airlines through 2020 from ALC’s order book with Boeing.

China Southern has just started operating the 787-9 into Los Angeles on March 31.

Top Copyright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-1167 (msn 38796) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946134.

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EgyptAir takes delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

SU-GER - EgyptAir's first 787 Dreamliner, delivered on March 27, 2019

EgyptAir on March 27, 2019 took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner when the pictured 787-9 SU-GER departed Paine Field in Everett bound for Cairo.

Above Photo: EgyptAir.

The flag carrier has six copies on order.

The aircraft is expected to have a new business class product.

The first planned international route is likely to be from Cairo to Toronto (Pearson).

Top Copyright Photo (all others AerCap): EgyptAir Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner SU-GER (msn 38798) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946019.

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Etihad Airways and Gulf Air sign codeshare agreement, strengthening ties between the carriers

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Gulf Air, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain, have signed a codeshare partnership, for travel commencing with the summer schedule.

  • Codeshare operations to begin with the summer schedule between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain and onwards from both hubs
  • Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on 12 Gulf Air routes across the Gulf region, North Africa, Europe and key destinations in Pakistan
  • Gulf Air will place its ‘GF’ code on 10 Etihad routes including destinations in Africa, Australia, Indonesia and the USA

The announcement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two carriers at the Bahrain International Airshow in November last year and will further strengthen the strong ties between the two countries and carriers.

The agreement will see Etihad place its ‘EY’ code on Gulf Air flights from Bahrain to and from Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, Casablanca, Dhaka, Faisalabad, Larnaca, Malaga, Multan, Najaf, Peshawar, Sailkot and Tbilisi.

Gulf Air will place its ‘GF’ code on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to and from Bahrain, Brisbane, Chicago O’Hare, Jakarta, Lagos, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York JFK, Sydney and Washington.

Guests who are travelling to the USA with Etihad will be able to enjoy the preclearance facility offered at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi Airport is a purpose-built facility that allows US bound passengers to process all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they depart. On arrival in the US, guests arrive as domestic passengers, speeding up the arrival process and making onward connections more seamless.

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held at Etihad Airways Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, attended by Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, and Krešimir Kučko, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air.

In addition to the codeshare signing, both Etihad Guest and Gulf Air Falconflyer loyalty programs are exploring ways to offer earn and burn opportunities.

Gulf Air currently operates four return daily flights between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi while Etihad currently operates three return daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

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Below Copyright Photo: Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLN (msn 39659) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 938115.

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLN (msn 39659) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 938115.

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Below Copyright Photo: Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A9C-FB (msn 39997) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 945083.

Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A9C-FB (msn 39997) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 945083.