Nordica’s growth is progressing as planned, and this includes flights to Copenhagen, which will start on April 27, 2018.
Nordica’s morning flights to Copenhagen will depart from Tallinn at 7:00 on weekdays and its evening flights at 18:30 from Tuesday to Friday. The Sunday evening flight will depart for Copenhagen at 17:30. Return flights to Tallinn will depart at 8:10 from Monday to Friday and at 19:40 from Tuesday to Friday, with the Sunday evening flight departing Copenhagen at 18:40.
The launch of the Tallinn-Copenhagen route will also boost transit travel through Tallinn Airport: starting in spring passengers from the Danish capital will be able to fly with Nordica via Estonia to Kyiv, Vilnius and St Petersburg. The route will also give Ukrainian travellers the chance to reach Scandinavia via Tallinn.
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.
DFW–KEF: June 7 – Oct. 26 KEF–DFW: June 8 – Oct. 27
Departs DFW at 8:20 p.m.
Arrives KEF at 9:15 a.m.
Departs KEF at 11:10 a.m.
Arrives DFW at 2:50 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1 x week
3 x week
1 x week
Boa Vista (Cabo Verde)
2 x week
1 x week
Fuerteventura (Canary Islands)
1 x week
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
4 x week
1 x week
Existing destinations with more frequency
Las Palmas (Canary Islands)
4 x week (+2)
up to 23 x week
up to 24 x week (+6)
7 x week (+5)
16 x week (+ 4)
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
6 x week
7 x week ( + 1)
5 x week (+1)
Top Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-301 OO-SFO (msn 045) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 910518.
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)
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.
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.
Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this financial fleet guidance as it prepares to accept its first Airbus A350-900:
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.
Finnair aircraft slide show:
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.
Airline Aircraft Type “Endangered Species List” (aircraft types soon to be retired) (click on the photo below for the full list):
Jat Airlines (Belgrade) rebranded and relaunched operations as Air Serbia (Belgrade) under its new ownership group on October 26, 2013. The new look airline replaced its older Boeing 737-300s with newer Airbus A319s and A320s. The remaining ex-Jat Airlines Boeing 737-300s were shifted to its lower-cost Aviolet (Belgrade) brand. The 737-300s, operated by Air Serbia, never wore the Air Serbia livery.
Above Photo: Air Serbia/Aviolet.
Air Serbia is operating the Aviolet brand during the 2015 summer season to five countries: Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and Egypt, and a total of 19 destinations, which include Antalya, Catania, Cephalonia, Chania, Corfu, Dalaman, Girona, Heraklion, Hurghada, Karpathos Kos, Milas-Bodrum, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Sharm el Sheikh, Skiathos and Zante.
Now the company is planning to operate the last Boeing 737-300 revenue flight on October 24. According to Airline Route, the last flight will be a roundtrip from Belgrade to Vienna on this date, subject to further changes.
It is unclear if Air Serbia will also retire the Aviolet brand on this date.
Top Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-3H9 YU-ANI (msn 23416) in the Aviolet markings arrives in Brussels.
ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines (Brazzaville) is once again using its leased PrivatAir (Geneva) Boeing 757-204 HB-JJE (msn 27219). According to the airline, HB-JJE arrived back at Brazzaville last night. The ECA fleet now consists of four Boeing 737-300/700s, two Boeing 757-200s and one Boeing 767-300.
In the coming weeks, ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines will continue to expand its network with the opening of its third intercontinental (Beirut) and new regional destinations (Luanda, Abidjan, Yaounde, Bangui, N’Djamena).
Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister aircraft PrivatAir Boeing 757-236 HB-JJD (msn 25807) departs from Brussels.