Copyright Photo: Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner HZ-ARB (msn 41545) (Riyadh Season 2021) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 956451.
On December 20, 2021 Norse Atlantic Airways took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The arrival of the aircraft was celebrated at Oslo Airport and the new airline is on track to start transatlantic flights in spring 2022.
The flight from Warsaw, Poland was operated by Norse’s own captains Kjetil Risan, Derek Spicer, Dean Kitchen and Ulf Heikmann.
Norse’s first aircraft is a state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and is leased from BOC Aviation, one of the world’s largest aircraft leasing companies. The airline’s aircraft will be named after popular national parks, and this plane is named Rondane (one of Norway’s largest national parks). Norse’s planned fleet of aircraft consists of 12 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The next deliveries will continue until April and all aircraft will be initially parked at Oslo Airport.
Norse plans to start commercial operation in spring 2022 with the first flights connecting Oslo to select cities in the U.S.
The aircraft lease is at attractive rates and payment terms, allowing the Company a flexible implementation during start-up of its operation, with Norse only paying on a “power by the hour” basis at the outset.
Building a new aviation adventure – with the right people
Norse Atlantic Airways is building a new airline that will offer affordable transatlantic flights. Our vision is to be ‘The Explorer’s Airline’. We are building a high-performance culture and creating an environment where we value diversity, and all colleagues feel a sense of belonging. Not only are we going to work smarter, better, and faster than our competitors, but we will also be known for our excellent customer service. Our unique Team Norse culture will be our competitive advantage. Thousands of talented people have already applied for positions, and we currently have 25 new job openings at our head office in Arendal and our office in London. When all our 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners are in the air, we expect to be a dedicated team of 1,600 in the air and on the ground.
Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) will launch its first flights to the United States on November 28.
The flag carrier will operate two flights a week between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco (above) with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Top Copyright Photo: Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VN-A870 (msn 39289) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 955861.
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Scoot has announced new service between Singapore and London’s Gatwick Airport via Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
In addition to being the sole low-cost carrier (LCC) to operate nonstop flights between Bangkok and London, this will also be the airline’s first entry into the United Kingdom (UK). Scoot’s service via Bangkok complements the existing nonstop services operated between Singapore and London Heathrow Airport by Scoot’s parent, Singapore Airlines.
Scoot’s new service will commence with flights from December 16, 2021 and be followed by three-times weekly seasonal scheduled services from March 2022, with a further review and potential increase in frequency based on demand and regulatory approval. All will be operated by Scoot’s widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Top Copyright Photo: Scoot-flyscoot.com (Singapore Airlines) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 9V-OJI (msn 37130) DPS (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947234.
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Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, will resume flights between Muscat and Bangkok on November 11, 2021.
The flights will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Thursday flight will depart Muscat at 22:00 local time and arrive in Bangkok at 06:45 local time on Friday. The flight from Bangkok will depart at 09:15 local time on Friday and arrive in Muscat at 12:35 local time on Friday. The Saturday flight will depart Muscat at 09:00 local time and arrive in Bangkok at 17:45 local time. The Saturday flight from Bangkok will depart at 20:05 local time and arrive in Muscat at 23:25 local time. All flights are scheduled to operate with Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Top Copyright Photo: Oman Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A40-SI (msn 38792) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 946021.
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Virgin Atlantic Airways has made this announcement:
Virgin Atlantic is expanding its portfolio of flights to South Africa, following the country’s removal from the Red List. Last week, bookings to the region soared by 150% in 24 hours as a result of the Government’s updated travel advice.
From November 8, flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg will increase from three times a week to a daily service. As South Africa’s capital city, not only does Johannesburg offer a gateway to some of the best safaris in the world, but its warm climate provides the perfect escape for Brits seeking some winter sun. Customers traveling in the airline’s Upper Class cabin, as well as Gold Card members, will also be able to take advantage of Virgin Atlantic’s award-winning Clubhouse at O.R Tambo international airport, which offers a relaxing space with tasty food and tempting cocktails.
The relaunch of the airline’s Heathrow to Cape Town service is also being brought forward, following a huge surge in customer demand. From December 17, Virgin Atlantic will fly three times weekly to the destination famed for its breath-taking scenery and its world-famous wine region.
Virgin Atlantic’s South African services will both operate on the airline’s state of the art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats.
Top Copyright Photo: Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-VFAN (msn 37977) LHR (Robbie Shaw). Image: 955534.
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Air Canada announced today a strategic expansion of its India services, with additional flights from Toronto, and a new year-round, nonstop route between Montreal and Delhi.
Starting October 31, just in time for Diwali celebrations, Air Canada will offer three flights per week to the growing Indian community in Montreal. Additionally, the airline is increasing frequency to Delhi from Toronto to ten flights per week beginning Oct. 15.
All flights will be operated with Air Canada’s most modern aircraft, the 298-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring a choice of three cabins of service: Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy class.
As the leading carrier between the two countries, Air Canada offers daily flights from Vancouver, up to ten flights a week from Toronto and three flights a week from Montreal. The airline’s service to Mumbai will resume when conditions permit.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines made this announcement:
The Singaporean government has added the Netherlands to the so-called Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). This means that fully vaccinated travelers who fly to Singapore on a VTL flight will no longer have to undergo quarantine locally. Effective November 1, 2021 KLM will offer two VTL flights per week to Singapore.
Travelers from VTL countries must also show a negative COVID-19 test result that is no older than 48 hours before departure. For other requirements, please refer to the Singapore government website.
Travelers from VTL countries other than the Netherlands can transfer in Amsterdam to the two VTL flights to Singapore and beyond provided they meet the VTL requirements. Dutch travelers can also transfer in Singapore to flights within Asia, provided they meet the stipulated entry requirements of the destination.
Flight schedule to Singapore
KLM flights from Amsterdam to Singapore are operated with either a Boeing 777-300ER or a Boeing 787. KLM’s flight schedule from Amsterdam to Singapore is as follows:
|21 October 2021
to 31 October 2021
|01 November 2021 to 26 March 2022||KL835/KL837/KL839||Tu/Wed/Th/Fr||21:10||16:20+1|
|KL833 (TVL flights)||Mon/Sat|
KLM flight KL833/KL839 will continue as tail-end flight between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
KLM flight KL837 will continue as a tail-end flight between Singapore and Jakarta
Top Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHG (msn 38766) (100 Years) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 955488.
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