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American Airlines to fly to Iceland next summer

American Airlines Boeing 757-23N WL N204UW (msn 30886) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 927941.

American Airlines is adding another new destination to its seasonal European footprint when service begins to Keflavik (near Reykjavik), Iceland (KEF) next summer. Service to Iceland’s capital and largest city begins June 7, 2018 from American’s Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) hub.

The route will be flown on a 176-seat Boeing 757-200, featuring lie-flat Business Class seats and a full suite of products including American’s innovative Casper bedding and Cole Haan amenity kits in the premium cabin.

American offers more than 760 daily flights from DFW, serving more than 200 destinations in 31 countries.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 757-23N WL N204UW (msn 30886) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 927941.

American Airlines Announces New Service to Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Service dates*

DFW–KEF: June 7 – Oct. 26
KEF–DFW: June 8 – Oct. 27

Schedule

DFW–KEF
Departs DFW at 8:20 p.m.
Arrives KEF at 9:15 a.m.
(Next day)
KEF–DFW
Departs KEF at 11:10 a.m.
Arrives DFW at 2:50 p.m.

 

 

Aircraft

Boeing 757-200
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Brussels Airlines bids farewell to the last AVRO jet

This weekend Brussels Airlines says goodbye to the AVRO Jet, the aircraft type with which the airline started off in 2001. On Saturday, October 28, 2017 several aviation fans flew to Geneva on the Avro’s last commercial flight for Brussels Airlines. Today, October 29, 2017, the airline’s staff bid farewell to the aircraft type that carried millions of passengers over the years, on which hundreds of its pilots and flight attendants started their careers and on which several Brussels Airlines engineers worked during its maintenance.

With the touchdown of flight SN2720 Geneva-Brussels at 1940 on October 28, 2017, Brussels Airlines ended its AVRO era. Over the past 15 years, 31.5 million Brussels Airlines passengers boarded the 4-motor aircraft type, on the 606,000 flights to 89 different destinations. The AVRO was a regular guest at airports like Bromma (Stockholm), Copenhagen, Marseille, Lyon, Geneva, Berlin, Oslo, Manchester and Berlin.

Once upon a time, Brussels Airlines’ fleet consisted of 32 AVRO jets. This weekend, the last one, registered as OO-DWD (Delta-Whiskey-Delta) (below) retires from the airline. From today onwards, Brussels Airlines’ operator license only consists of Airbus aircraft.

Type Retired: October 28, 2017 (SN2720 Geneva-Brussels with OO-DWD)

Above Copyright Photo (all others by Brussels Airlines): Brussels Airlines BAe (Avro) RJ100 (146-RJ100) OO-DWD (msn E3324) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910519.

Many aviation fans and long-time Brussels Airlines customers were present on the last commercial flight. One of them even traveled all the way from the United States to Brussels only to be on the farewell flight of the AVRO. Indeed, the AVRO has become a rare aircraft in Europe. The few planes that are left only fly in Ireland, Great Britain, Sweden and Greece. Some of these served for Brussels Airlines before.

Other ex-Brussels Airlines AVRO jets started a new life on other continents. Some jets now serve as firefighting planes in the US and Canada or fly in South America and Ghana.  Others have been dismantled for spare parts and one of them now serves as practice aircraft for the Brussels Airport firefighters.

“It is with a lot of gratitude and nostalgia that we look back on the AVRO era. It was the aircraft with which Brussels Airlines as born and took its very first steps. The AVRO was an important and successful chapter in Brussels Airlines’ history, it has brought millions of passengers safe and sound to their destination and for hundreds of our crews it was a springboard for their career.

Bernard Gustin, CEO Brussels Airlines

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Brussels Airlines to add 10 new winter destinations starting on October 29

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-301 OO-SFO (msn 045) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910518.

Brussels Airlines will launch its biggest winter season expansion in its 15-year history. This winter season, which runs from October 29, 2017 until the end of March 2018, the airline serves no less than 80 destinations from Brussels Airport, including 59 short- and medium haul destinations and 21 long haul destinations. Compared to last year, the offer includes 10 newcomers. In addition, two destinations that were already served in summer, are now added to the winter schedule for the first time. In total 13,359 European flights and 1,166 intercontinental flights are on the planning this winter.

Brussels Airlines welcomes winter season with ten new destinations

European offer

The short and medium haul offer expands with several new winter sun destinations. For the first time Brussels Airlines will set sail for Cabo Verde, Tunisia and Egypt. The Canarian islands offer also grows thanks to the addition of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Tenerife will become a daily service and Gran Canaria also gets more frequencies.

Bordeaux will be served several times a week and Madeira is added to the winter schedule. Popular city trip destinations Rome, Madrid and Warsawget more flights per week.

Thanks to the use of larger aircraft the seat offer increases by 25 to 50% on several destinations: Barcelona, Billund, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Hannover, Krakow, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Porto and Rome.

New Destinations

Almeria (Spain) 1 x week
Arrecife (Lanzarote) 3 x week
Agadir (Morocco) 1 x week
Boa Vista (Cabo Verde) 2 x week
Enfidha (Tunisia) 1 x week
Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) 1 x week
Hurghada (Egypte) 2 x week
Marsa Alam (Egypte) 1 x week
Palma de Mallorca (Spain) 1 x week
Sal (Cabo Verde) 1 x week

 

Summer destinations that are now served in Winter too

Bordeaux (France) 4 x week
Funchal (Madeira) 1 x week

 

Existing destinations with more frequency

Las Palmas (Canary Islands) 4 x week (+2)
Madrid (Spain) up to 23 x week
Rome (Italy) up to 24 x week (+6)
Tenerife  (Spain) 7 x week (+5)
Warsaw 16 x week (+ 4)

Intercontinental offer

After the launch of Mumbai in spring, Brussels Airlines increases the number of weekly flights to the Indian metropolis to six. In Africa, Abidjan and Accra also get more frequencies.

Like last year, Washington D.C. is temporarily suspended during the winter. Flights resume as from March 19, 2018.

Intercontinental offer increase

Mumbai 6 x week
Abidjan 7 x week ( + 1)
Accra 5 x week (+1)

Top Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-301 OO-SFO (msn 045) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910518.

Jetairfly officially becomes TUI

TUI Airlines (Belgium) Boeing 737-86J WL OO-TUV (msn 36883) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 935153.

Jetairfly (Brussels) officially on October 19, 2016 adopted the TUI name and brand.

Above Copyright Photo: TUI Airlines (Belgium) Boeing 737-86J WL OO-TUV (msn 36883) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 935153.

Below Copyright Photo: Jetairfly (TUI Airlines Belgium) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner OO-JDL (msn 34425) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 921633.

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Delta and KLM announce a codeshare partnership with Jet Airways via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Jet Airways Airbus A330-302 VT-JWU (msn 1391) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 930662.

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will launch a codeshare agreement with India’s Jet Airways (Mumbai) that brings convenient new travel options for customers flying from Europe and the United States via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to India and beyond.

Delta and KLM announce codeshare partnership with Jet Airways via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Delta and KLM announce codeshare partnership with Jet Airways via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Effective March 27, 2016 and subject to government approvals, Delta and KLM customers flying from Europe and the United States to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport will be able to connect onto Jet Airways’ new daily flights to Delhi and Mumbai, with onward destinations that include Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Goa, Kolkata and Amritsar in India; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Delta and KLM codeshare on these Jet Airways routes will provide customers with co-ordinated customer service, a single ticket and through-check in of bags to their final destinations. Delta SkyMiles and KLM Flying Blue members will be eligible to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on codeshare routes operated by Jet.

In addition, Jet Airways will place its code on flights between Amsterdam and 11 destinations in the United States and Canada operated by Delta and KLM. These include: New York-JFK, Newark, Chicago, Washington D.C., Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Edmonton. Jet Airways will also codeshare on KLM-operated flights to 30 European destinations beyond Amsterdam including Madrid, Zurich and Milan. KLM’s service between Amsterdam and New Delhi also forms part of this agreement.

 

Delta and KLM offer up to 19 peak-day services to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport from 21 destinations in the United States and Canada.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Jet Airways, with this new agreement, is shifting its European hub from Brussels to Amsterdam. Airbus A330-302 VT-JWU (msn 1391) prepares to taxi from the gate at BRU.

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Ryanair to establish its 75th base at Corfu, Greece

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced it will open a new base at Corfu (number 75), from April 2016, with one based aircraft, 11 new routes to Birmingham, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne, Rome, Katowice, Poznan, Pisa, Rzeszow, Venice and Warsaw and more flights to Charleroi (near Brussels), East Midlands, London (Stansted) and Bergamo (near Milan).

The first additional route will be to Rome (Fiumicino) starting on March 29, 2016. The others will be added in late April, early May and June 3, 2016 to Pisa.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-FIO (msn 61579) taxies at Brussels. The new aircraft was delivered on June 12, 2015.

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Finnair expects to gain €70 million with the replacement of the Airbus A340-300s with new A350-900s

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this financial fleet guidance as it prepares to accept its first Airbus A350-900:

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Finnair, which is the European launch customer for the Airbus A350-900 XWB, is preparing to receive its first A350 delivery from Airbus in early October.

As Finnair announced in December 2013, it has made sale and leaseback agreements for its two first A350 aircraft with GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services). These agreements will be concluded in connection with the delivery of the respective aircraft, and the value of the transaction is approximately EUR 260 million.

It has also been stated previously that non-recurring items associated with the long haul fleet renewal in 2015 will have a substantial positive impact on Finnair’s operating result due to the strengthened US Dollar. This separate guidance covered the sale and leaseback agreements for Finnair’s first two A350s, constituting a significant positive impact, as well as the phase out of all Finnair’s remaining A340-300s, which will involve non-recurring costs primarily materialising in 2015. The remainder of these costs, presently estimated at below EUR 10 million, will be booked in 2016.

Calculated at present exchange rates, the positive net impact of these arrangements on Finnair’s operating profit in H2/2015 is expected to amount to approximately EUR 70 million.

Finnair has ordered a total of 19 new A350-900 XWB aircraft, and under the target delivery schedule it will receive four aircraft in the second half of 2015, seven in 2016–2017 and eight in 2018–2023.

Finnair will dispose of the seven A340-300 aircraft it currently operates by the end of 2017, replacing them as the A350s are delivered and enter into service on Finnair’s scheduled traffic routes.

Airbus has agreed to acquire four A340-300 aircraft currently owned by Finnair in 2016 and 2017.

Since the arrangements relating to both sale and leaseback of the A350s and the sale of A340-300s are denominated in US Dollars, the final financial impact depends on the EUR/USD exchange rate prevailing at the time of delivery of the respective aircraft.

Disclosures on financing arrangements for the A350 aircraft other than the first two to be delivered will be made as those agreements are finalized. Finnair’s fleet consists of both owned and leased aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Finnair Airbus A350-941 is the pictured F-WZFM (msn 018) on a test flight at Toulouse. It will become OH-LWA when it is handed over on October 7, 2015.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The last aging Airbus A340-300 will be retired at the end of 2017. Airbus A340-313 OH-LQB (msn 835) taxies at Brussels.

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