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Royal Air Maroc orders four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CN-RGS (msn 35506) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403138.

Boeing and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) have announced orders for four 787-9 Dreamliners – valued at $1.1 billion at list prices – that will enable Morocco’s flag carrier to expand international service.

The orders, previously listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website, include two 787s purchased in December 2016 and two purchased this month.

Royal Air Maroc, which has already taken delivery of five 787-8s, will grow its fleet of fuel-efficient 787s to a total of nine airplanes. Royal Air Maroc flies 787s on international routes from Casablanca to North America, South America, the Middle East and Europe, and with the additional airplanes plans to expand service to these areas.

 

Royal Air Maroc is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Its fleet includes more than 56 Boeing airplanes, including 737s, 767-300ERs, 787s and a 747-400. The Casablanca-based carrier operates a domestic network throughout Morocco and serves more than 80 destinations across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America and South America.

Boeing also is a longstanding partner to Morocco, supporting the country’s development of its aerospace industry and workforce. Boeing and Safran are joint venture partners in Morocco Aero-Technical Interconnect Systems (MATIS) Aerospace in Casablanca, a high-quality supplier that employs more than 1,000 people building wire bundles and wire harnesses for Boeing and other aerospace companies.

Copyright Photo: The new 787-9s will join the smaller 787-8 Dreamliners already in the RAM fleet. Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CN-RGS (msn 35506) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403138.

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Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

Emirates Airline Boeing 777-31H ER A6-ECV (msn 35594) JFK (Ken Petersen). Image: 921495.

Emirates announced on December 20, 2017 that it will launch a new daily route from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) starting on June 8, 2018. With its strategic position close to the tech and pharma hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough, Emirates will be the first Middle Eastern airline to operate out of the popular North East London airport.

The daily route will be operated by the airline’s new three-class Boeing 777-300ER offering customers 6 seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 306 in Economy Class. The aircraft is fitted with its game changing, fully enclosed private suites in First Class, as well as refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.

Outbound, flight EK33 will depart Dubai at 09:30hrs, and will arrive in London Stansted at 14:10hrs. On its return, flight EK34 will depart London Stansted at 21:10hrs and arrive in Dubai at 07:05 the following day.

Opening the London Stansted gateway was a strategic decision by Emirates to serve the thriving business community in London’s north east and the wider 7.5 million population that fall within its catchment area. Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore and Mumbai are the most popular business destinations from the East of England, which Emirates serves daily through its Dubai hub. Leisure travellers can enjoy direct, daily services to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Bali and the Indian Ocean islands.

More than 25 of the world’s largest corporations have established operations in the wider Cambridge and Peterborough area, with Airbus, Astra Zeneca and GSK amongst the multi-national companies based there. Such businesses have helped establish the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor as one of the top five global knowledge regions, alongside world-leading San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Boston.

With the introduction of the London Stansted daily service, there will be 10 Emirates flights daily, connecting Dubai and London. Passengers can also fly to London Heathrow and Gatwick. London Stansted Airport is one of the capital’s major airport serving London, as well as the wider regions of England’s South East and the Midlands. The airport is connected to London via the Stansted Express which operates a regular daily service to London Liverpool Street Station. The train takes only 47 minutes and passengers arrive in the heart of the City of London, from where they can then connect to regional trains and the London Underground.

Stansted airport will also be vital for Emirates’ SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates and the world’s largest international cargo airline, due to its large cargo handling capabilities. The carrier connects cargo customers to over 154 cities across 84 countries in six continents and flies 140,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of the UK in an average year.

The new gateway will be the seventh UK airport that Emirates operates out of in the UK; other locations include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow.

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Boeing 777-31H ER A6-ECV (msn 35594) JFK (Ken Petersen). Image: 921495.

Lufthansa welcomes the result of the Vereinigung Cockpit ballot

Named "Brussel"

Lufthansa issued this statement on December 15, 2017:

Deutsche Lufthansa AG welcomes the approval of about 80 percent of the members of the German Airline Pilots Union “Vereinigung Cockpit” (VC) with regard to the signed collective labor agreements. Thus, long-term stable labor relations could be reached. Among others, the parties have agreed on a framework collective agreement and a new remuneration agreement as well as agreements on pension and transitional payments lasting until June 2022. The new contracts will result in a structural overall cost saving of 15 percent of staff costs in the cockpit – before wage increases to be paid in the future. The deadline for the vote had expired at 12pm today.

At the same time, Lufthansa and Vereinigung Cockpit agreed on in the package to operate a minimum of 325 aircraft with pilots from Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings by the end of 2022. This will create far-reaching future and career prospects for the pilots. Moreover, junior pilots will be employed from the afore-mentioned airlines with immediate effect and should number more than 500 in 2018.

“For Lufthansa, it’s very important that we are working together with cockpit staff to shape the future of Lufthansa,” says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs. “We firmly believe that the collective bargaining agreements are a good compromise offering attractive elements for our employees and savings for the company,” Volkens stated.

The pension scheme will be changed from a system of defined benefits to a system of defined contributions, as already agreed with ground and cabin staff. As a result, pension liabilities will be reduced by a high three-digit million euro amount, while EBIT 2017 will improve by a significant three-digit million euro amount.

Pilots at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings will receive staggered pay increases totaling to 10.3 per cent and a one-off payment of up to 1.8 monthly salaries for the period of May 2012 until June 2022.

The entry-level and potential final compensations for future employees will continue to be based on today’s current levels. More moderate increases will, however, reduce costs. The remuneration structures of current employees remain unchanged. Additionally, further measures have been agreed on in order to increase productivity.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 D-AIMJ (msn 073) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403135.

OpenSkies to end the Paris Orly – Newark route

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2008

British Airways is ending the Paris (Orly) – Newark route operated by OpenSkies on September 2, 2018 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: OpenSkies (British Airways) Boeing 757-230 WL F-HAVN (msn 25140) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 402390.

Alaska Airlines launches new service from San Francisco to Kona

"Chace Plane"

Alaska Airlines on December 14, 2017 begins nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport and Kailua-Kona International Airport, the 31st new route launched by the carrier from Californiathis year. The new service is part of the largest network expansion in Alaska Airlines’ 85-year history and solidifies Alaska Air Group as the leading airline of nonstop flights from the West Coast to Hawaii.

Virgin America’s A320 family of aircraft will operate the new route, with three classes of service, power outlets throughout the cabin, custom leather seats with adjustable headrests and a selection of food and beverage inspired by local chefs.

Summary of new service:

Start date City pair Departs Arrives Aircraft Frequency
Dec 14 San Francisco-Kona 11:30 a.m. 3:15 p.m. A320 family Daily
Dec 14 Kona-San Francisco 4:15 p.m. 11:17 p.m. A320 family Daily
*Flight times based on local time zones.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.

Copyright Photo: Virgin America Airbus A320-214 WL N283VA (msn 6787) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 935544.

Delta and WestJet agree to form a joint venture

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N3751B (msn 30491) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 402430.

Delta Air Lines and WestJet have agreed to deepen their existing partnership by entering into a comprehensive transborder joint venture that will increase travel choices between the U.S. and Canada.

The airlines have entered into a preliminary memorandum of understanding regarding their intention to deepen their existing partnership to form a commercial joint venture arrangement, which will offer customers access to an extensive transborder route network, world-class airline products, enhanced frequent flyer benefits, shared airport facilities and amenities, and a more seamless travel experience.

Highlights of the planned joint venture arrangement, subject to board approvals, execution of definitive agreements and applicable regulatory approvals, in the United States and Canada, include:

  • Coordinated flight schedules for new nonstop flights to new destinations, expanded codesharing, and seamless and convenient connections on the airlines’ extensive networks in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Enhanced frequent flyer benefits including reciprocal benefits for top-tier members of both airlines.

 

WestJet Boeing 767 Plus Cabin

Delta has a 25-year track record of partnering closely with airlines around the globe, beginning with the first successful trans-Atlantic partnership, when Northwest and KLM launched their joint venture in 1993. With this agreement, Delta will have eight partnerships with leading carriers in the world’s biggest aviation segments spanning Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Canada. Through deep relationships and immunized joint ventures, Delta has successfully achieved many benefits of cross-border cooperation for its customers.

WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline, currently has 45 airline partners providing access to more than 175 destinations in more than 20 countries. WestJet has also entered into a definitive purchase agreement for 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in January 2019. With one of the youngest fleets in the airline industry, WestJet continues its global growth while controlling operating costs and providing an award-winning guest experience.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N3751B (msn 30491) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 402430.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FBWI (msn 39090) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937235.

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FBWI (msn 39090) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937235.

Level to launch four long-haul routes from Paris Orly, the OpenSkies brand to be retired

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2017

International Airlines Group will launch flights to Montreal, Newark, Guadeloupe and Martinique from Paris Orly from July 2018 via Level its low cost longhaul airline brand.
Fares start from €99 one way.

  • Flights to Montreal start on July 2, 2018 and operate three times per week.
  • Flights to Guadeloupe start on July 3, 2018 and operate four times per week.
  • Flights to Martinique start on September 3, 2018 and operate three times per week.
  • Flights to Newark start on September 4, 2018 and operate four times per week.

Level will base two Airbus A330-200 aircraft at Orly, each with 293 economy and 21 premium economy seats.

Checked luggage (plus a free cabin bag), meals, seat selection and the latest movie releases will be complimentary for customers flying in premium economy. Those travelling in economy can chose what they want to buy based on a menu of choices. Next generation inflight technology will be available for all customers with a wide range of onboard entertainment options. There is also super-high speed internet connectivity with prices starting at €8.99.

Customers can also earn and redeem Avios, IAG airlines’ loyalty currency, giving them the opportunity to fly to 380 destinations across the Group’s network.

Level’s Paris flights will be operated by staff who currently work for IAG’s French airline OpenSkies which is based at the airport. The OpenSkies brand will cease to operate at the end of next summer and all its staff will operate Level flights.

OpenSkies (British Airways) Boeing 767-336 ER F-HILU (msn 24341) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937268.

Above Copyright Photo: OpenSkies (British Airways) Boeing 767-336 ER F-HILU (msn 24341) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937268.

Flights from Orly to New York will continue to operate under the OpenSkies brand until the end of summer 2018.

In Barcelona, Level will launch a new route to Boston on March 28, 2018. Flights will operate up to three times each week for the summer season. A third A330-200 aircraft will be added to the Barcelona fleet later in the summer providing the opportunity to expand its network further.

Level flies currently from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, San Francisco (Oakland) and Punta Cana with a summer service to Los Angeles.

Top Copyright Photo: Level (Iberia) Airbus A330-202 EC-MOU (msn 1777) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938159.

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