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ANA to fly to Vienna from Tokyo Haneda

ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA873A (msn 34530) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 943955.

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, is expanding its services to Europe with the upcoming launch of a new daily non-stop route flying a Boeing 787-9 from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Vienna International Airport.

Service begins on February 17, 2019, and will be the cornerstone of ANA’s strategy to meet growing business demand for flights connecting Asia and Europe.

In addition to its appeal as a tourist destination, recently ranked as the most livable city in the world*1, Vienna is well positioned to act as a connecting hub for further travel within Europe through its joint venture partnership with Austrian Airlines, a member of the LH Group. With Vienna-based flights to 68 other European cities, the Lufthansa Group’s significant presence in the Austrian capital and the airport’s rapid 25 to 50-minute minimum connection time makes reaching other cities on the continent simple and straightforward. Likewise, ANA’s partnership with the Lufthansa group will allow it to meet the increased demand for Japan-bound flights from Austria and neighboring countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Poland. The addition of Vienna brings ANA’s total number of European non-stop flights to eight and marks the seventh city in Europe and the 44th *2 city outside Japan to be served by ANA.

Demand for flights to Europe has increased in part due to the strengthened economic relationship between Japan and the European Union. As the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) lowers economic barriers, ANA aims to make travel just as convenient. As part of ANA’s comprehensive drive to boost business traveler convenience, flights from Haneda and Vienna will arrive in the early morning, perfect for business travelers and tourists to make the most of the day or easily connect to ANA’s extensive domestic network.


The expansion of flights to Vienna is part of ANA’s “Tokyo metropolitan area dual hub model” that harnesses the global reach of both Haneda and Narita airports as the company looks for opportunities to increase its international network and achieve steady growth.

  • *1 The Economist ranked Vienna as the #1 most livable city in the world.
  • *2 Including Tianjin, served only by cargo flights.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by ANA): ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA873A (msn 34530) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 943955.

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Juneyao Airlines takes delivery of first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Juneyao Air's first 787, in special Peony livery, delivered October 15, 2018

Juneyao Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The first Boeing 787-9 (B-1115) was handed over at a ceremony at Paine Field on October 15, 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Juneyao): Juneyao Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-1115 (msn 64312) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 943660.

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WestJet announces Calgary as home to the initial Dreamliner hub

WestJet today announced that it’s connecting Alberta to the world as it launches its first three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner international destinations from Calgary. WestJet becomes the first Canadian airline to base its Dreamliner aircraft out of YYC Calgary International Airport.

WestJet is launching nonstop service on board its Dreamliners from Calgary to London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin on April 28, May 17 and June 1, 2019, respectively.

The international scheduled service between Calgary and London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin will support 650 full-time jobs and $100 million in total economic output. This is in addition to WestJet’s yearly economic output of more than $5 billion, that supports more than 32,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alberta.  Overall WestJet’s national economic impact on Canada annually generates $17.4 billion and supports more than 153,000 jobs.*

The three new flights from the UK and Western Europe are expected to eventually bring up to 185,000 visitors to Calgary on a yearly basis, helping also increase local tourism.

The first of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners ordered by WestJet will arrive in Calgary early in 2019, with two more arriving by April. The aircraft will operate on domestic flights for crew training and regulatory compliance before the first scheduled international flight in April. WestJet also has options for an additional 10 aircraft to arrive between 2020 and 2024. Hub locations and routes for the remaining seven aircraft have not yet been announced.

WestJet’s Dreamliners will carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin. The Dreamliner route from Calgary to London (Gatwick) will replace the Boeing 767 service that currently operates the route from Calgary.

WestJet has optimized connections to and from the airline’s network across Canada and Western U.S. through the airline’s YYC hub.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 65 non-stop destinations with an average of 1,100 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop Dreamliner service:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary – London (Gatwick) Daily 7:20 p.m. 11:00 a.m. +1 April 28, 2019
London (Gatwick) – Calgary Daily 1:30 p.m. 3:40 p.m. April 29, 2019
Calgary – Paris Four times weekly 7:20 p.m. 12:10 p.m. +1 May 17, 2019
Paris – Calgary Four times weekly 2:10 p.m. 3:30 p.m. May 18, 2019
Calgary – Dublin Three times weekly 8:45 p.m. 11:38 a.m. +1 June 1, 2019
Dublin– Calgary Three times weekly 1:45 p.m. 3:05 p.m. June 2, 2019
*The Economic Impact of WestJet (2019) B787-900 International Scheduled Air Services: Calgary – Dublin/London Gatwick/Paris prepared by RP ERICKSON & ASSOCIATES AVIATION CONSULTANTS CALGARY, ALBERTA

WestJet today unveiled its refreshed brand including a national advertising campaign, its first three international Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner routes and a new Platinum WestJet Rewards tier at an event in downtown Calgary.

Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO, was joined for the announcement by Canadian community and business leaders.

The refreshed brand image outlines WestJet’s global ambitions and heralds new products aimed at international and Premium travellers.  Called, Love Where You’re Going, the new WestJet commercial is seen below.

“Today’s announcement marks a pivotal time for WestJet,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “Love where you’re going embodies both the thrill of travel and the sheer ambition we at WestJet have for our airline. Our 13,000 WestJetters are unique assets, and what we deliver for our 24 million guests is something that cannot be replicated.”

Guests will start to see the updated brand image and positioning reflected in many of WestJet’s assets including westjet.com, WestJet’s airport presence over time across Canada and gradually across the fleet.

In addition to the announcement of the brand refresh, Sims also revealed today in Calgary that WestJet will launch its first three 787 Dreamliner non-stop routes from Calgary to Paris, Dublin and London to become the first Canadian airline to base its Dreamliner aircraft out of YYC Calgary International Airport. Both announcements will have substantial beneficial economic impacts on the Alberta region.

Finally, as part of the new WestJet, Sims also announced that WestJet Rewards will introduce a new Platinum tier, making it easier for WestJet Rewards members to get even more value from the frequent flyer program as the airline heads global. The tier is targeted for launch later this year. Details on the new WestJet Rewards Platinum tier and other changes to the program can be found here.

All images by WestJet.


Saudia increases flights to Los Angeles, Singapore and Abu Dhabi

Delivered on April 10, 2017

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has announced additional seat capacity and frequencies on a number of its international routes.

The airline currently flies 3 frequencies per week to Singapore from Jeddah, which will increase to 4 weekly, with the addition of one more weekly flight effective October 29 this year.

The Singapore route is operated with the airline’s new state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, featuring lie-flat seats in Business Class and spacious Guest Class (Economy seating).


During the upcoming peak holiday period, two more nonstop flights to Los Angeles will start from December 10 until January 13, 2019 taking it up to five-weekly-flights for a limited time.

Additional seats will also become available on the Manchester route, from the period December 18 to January 13, 2019. The route will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER during this period, with 115 additional seats per flight. Saudia currently flies to Manchester 5 frequencies per week from Jeddah with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Guests flying to Manchester can experience the latest inflight dining service in Guest Class (Economy) – Bistro by Saudia.

With increased demand to Abu Dhabi, Saudia will also begin offering an additional weekly frequency from Jeddah, taking it up to 8 flights per week.


Most flights feature Saudia’s latest state-of-the-art Panasonic inflight entertainment system, and features onboard WiFi and more than 4000 hours of Hollywood premiere and latest television shows, box sets, music, multi-language, international and children’s programming, as well as digital and audio books, and much more.

Since April this year, a free-of-charge WhatsApp texting plan was introduced for all guests to have the convenience of staying connected onboard, regardless of class of travel.*

As of September 15, Saudia has expanded the plan to now include free access to iMessage, Facebook Messenger, in addition to the already available WhatsApp.


Saudia is the first airline in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia regions to introduce a complimentary social media messaging plan onboard flights.

Guests traveling with Saudia onboard all flights enabled with WiFi connectivity, will be able to access the social messaging plan through a simple three-step process. To select the service, guests can connect their device to the “SAUDIA_ONAIR” network, and then select the plan and provide an email address in order to activate.

Saudia flies to more than 90 destinations worldwide, with a modern, mixed fleet of 155 narrow and widebody Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The airline’s growing route network and double-digit growth has resulted in highest-ever passenger numbers – flying more than 22 million guests from the beginning of the year until end of July this year.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Saudia): Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HZ-ARF (msn 41549) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 939178.

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KLM and QANTAS sign a code-sharing agreement

"Orchid", delivered on March 29, 2018

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and QANTAS Airways, Australia’s national carrier, have signed a code-sharing agreement, allowing both airlines to expand their networks substantially.

For KLM passengers, this means they can fly from anywhere in the world, on a single ticket, with full baggage transfers, via Singapore to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth.

The code-share begins on October 31, 2018. KLM will attach its flight number to daily flights between Singapore and the four key Australian destinations listed above. QANTAS will attach its QF code to KLM flights between Amsterdam and Singapore.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by KLM): KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHO (msn 42509) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 943707.

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Air Tahiti Nui takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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Air Tahiti Nui has delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (F-OMUA, msn 39297, named “Fakarava”). The airline announced on social media:

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The Presidential Delegation of Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui head office and @Boeing celebrate the delivery of the first Tahitian Dreamliner in Charleston with our hostesses who brought a Polynesian touch with a beautiful dance performance!

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Boeing later in the day issued this statement:

Boeing, Air Lease Corporation, and Air Tahiti Nui celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner, via a lease from ALC. This is the first Boeing airplane to join the Tahitian airline, which plans to use the longest-range Dreamliner to replace aging Airbus A340s and connect its home base in the South Pacific with world capitals such as Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

Air Tahiti Nui joins other carriers in the Pacific who operate long-distance routes in switching to the super-efficient and long-range 787-9. The airplane can fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km), while reducing fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 percent compared to older airplanes.

Air Tahiti Nui configured its new Dreamliner to seat 294 passengers in three classes. The cabin features a new business class equipped with 30 full lie-flat seats, along with 32 premium economy seats.

The airline announced in 2015 it would lease two 787s through ALC and purchase two 787s directly from Boeing as part of its plan to upgrade its fleet for the future.

French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch and other government dignitaries joined the airline in celebrating the milestone delivery at Boeing’s South Carolina Delivery Center.

The aircraft is leased from ALC. ALC issued this statement:

Air Lease Corporation on October 8, 2018 announced the delivery of the first of two new Boeing 787-9 aircraft on long-term lease to Air Tahiti Nui. This Dreamliner aircraft is from ALC’s order book with Boeing and is powered by GEnx-1B74/75 engines.

All photos above by Air Tahiti Nui.

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Below Copyright Photo: Air Tahiti Nui Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-OMUA (msn 39297) LAX (Michael Carter). Image: 943871.

Air Tahiti Nui aircraft slide show:

1st 787, "Fakarava", delivered October 9, 2018

Air Canada announces new year-round services between Toronto and Vienna

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FSBV (msn 37182) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942268.

Air Canada has announced the introduction of new year-round services between Toronto and Vienna starting on April 29, 2019.

The daily flights will operate with Air Canada’s flagship aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. During the winter season, from November until March, flights will operate five days a week. This service is offered in partnership with Star Alliance joint venture partner Austrian Airlines complementing their MontrealVienna flights also beginning in April 2019.

Vienna. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

In addition to flights being timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s and Austrian Airlines’ global network at Toronto and Vienna, flights also provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access where available, priority boarding and other benefits.







Days of operation 


(OS 8248)




8:30 (+1 day)

Daily (5 days a week in winter)


(OS 8247)





Daily (5 days a week in winter)

Air Canada’s Star Alliance and joint venture partner airline Austrian Airlines will also begin year-round nonstop service between Montreal and Vienna on April 29, 2019, onboard Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. These flights will operate daily in the summer and five times weekly during the winter season.







Days of operation 


(OS 74)




8:45 (+1 day)

Daily (5 days a week in winter)


(OS 73)





Daily (5 days a week in winter)

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Canada): Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FSBV (msn 37182) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942268.

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