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Kuwait Airways retires the last Airbus A340-300

Kuwait Airways Airbus A340-313 9K-AND (msn 104) LHR (SPA). Image: 925234.

Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City) quietly operated its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight on July 31, 2017. Flight KU 156, with the pictured 9K-AND, departed Istabul (Ataturk) at 03:30 am and arrived at 06:44 am local time at the Kuwait City base according to Flightaware.

Kuwait operated four of the type, with the first, 9K-ANA, delivered on March 29, 1995. The new type was assigned to the New York and Manila routes via multi stops.

Copyright Photo: Kuwait Airways Airbus A340-313 9K-AND (msn 104) LHR (SPA). Image: 925234.

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American begins a strategic relationship with China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2733 (msn 34927) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 921994.

American Airlines on March 28, 2017announced it has committed to make a $200 million (US) equity investment in China Southern Airlines, creating a strong foundation for a long-term relationship between two of the world’s biggest carriers. China Southern is the largest airline in China and is the ideal carrier for American, the largest airline in the world, to build a relationship within this critically important market.

 

China Southern’s primary hub is located in Guangzhou (CAN) with the majority of its transpacific flights positioned there, while American flies to Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) from its hubs in Chicago (ORD), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX). The carriers are planning to give travelers not only the amenities, features and the products that they want at different price points, but also a bigger network that serves the markets to which they want to travel.

Later this year, the two carriers expect to begin codeshare and interline agreements that will give customers access to many more destinations in China, as well as North and South America. American customers will be able to access nearly 40 destinations beyond Beijing and more than 30 destinations beyond Shanghai. China Southern customers will gain access to almost 80 destinations beyond LAX, San Francisco (SFO), and New York’s Kennedy Airport (JFK) in North and South America. The expected codeshare routes are anticipated to include the ability to earn and redeem AAdvantage® Miles, through-bag checking and the ability to book travel on a single ticket. The planned routes operating under the interline agreement are anticipated to include through-bag checking to the traveler’s final destination.

American currently offers daily service from DFW to Hong Kong (HKG), PEK and PVG; LAX to HKG and PVG; and ORD to PEK and PVG. All flights to PEK and PVG are operated on the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (below), while its HKG flights are operated using its flagship Boeing 777-300. American also has Chinese-speaking flight attendants and offers fully lie-flat seats in first and business class cabins on all of its transpacific flights between China and the U.S.

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N807AA (msn 40625) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933327.

Above Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N807AA (msn 40625) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933327.

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Top Copright Photo: China Southern Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2733 (msn 34927) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 921994.

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United Airlines moves up the retirement date of its last Boeing 747

United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N177UA (msn 24384) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 910644.

United Airlines today (January 11) issued this statement to its employees:

“There’s something very special about a Boeing 747. It’s the one aircraft that even casual travelers can easily identify. And we know that the experience of traveling on one, or flying one, is unforgettable.

As deeply connected as we all are to this iconic aircraft, the time has come to retire our 747 fleet from scheduled service. Last March, we announced that this would occur by the end of 2018; now we plan to operate our last 747 flight in the fourth quarter of this year.

It’s a bittersweet milestone — this jumbo jet with its unmistakable silhouette once represented the state-of-the-art in air travel. Today, there are more fuel-efficient, cost-effective and reliable widebody aircraft that provide an updated inflight experience for our customers traveling on long-haul flights.

For these reasons, we’re saying farewell to the Queen of the Skies, which has been part of our fleet since we first flew the aircraft between California and Hawaii in 1970.

We’ll be working with all of you who fly or work on the 747s to ensure a smooth transition to other fleets. Our forward-looking fleet plan will cover 747 replacements and anticipated growth opportunities. And of course, we’ll honor the 747 with an unforgettable retirement celebration — we’ll keep you posted with more details on her final flight in the months ahead.

Thank you for all that you are doing. I am so proud and excited about the great future we’re building together as we create the best airline in the world.

Sincerely,

Scott Kirby – President, United Airlines

Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N177UA (msn 24384) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 910644.

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AirlineRatings.com announces its list of the world’s safest airlines

QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQJ (msn 062) LHR (SPA). Image: 935640.

AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, has announced its top 20 safest airlines for 2017 from the 425 it monitors.

Top of the list for the fourth-year running is Australia’s QANTAS Airways, which has a fatality free record in the jet era.

Making up the top 20 in alphabetical order are; Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, ANA-All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

AirlineRatings.com does not numerically rank its top 20 safest airlines but selects one overall standout airline.

Responding to public interest, the AirlineRatings.com editors also identified their top ten safest low-cost airlines.

These are (in alphabetical order): Aer Lingus, Flybe, HK Express, Jetblue, Jetstar Australia, Jetstar Asia, Thomas Cook, Virgin America, Vueling and Westjet.

In making its selections, AirlineRatings.com takes into account a range of factors that include; audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations; government audits; airline’s crash and serious incident record; profitability and fleet age.

AirlineRating.com’s editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, also examined each airline’s fleet history and its track record of initiating new safety technology to arrive at its top 20 safest airlines.

According to AirlineRatings.com editor Geoffrey Thomas, “our top 20 safest airlines are always at the forefront of safety innovation, operational excellence and the launching of more advanced aircraft like the A350, 787 and 777X.”

“While these airlines are always leaders in safety there was no question that QANTAS still remains the leader in safety enhancements and operational excellence,” Mr Thomas said.

“Over its 96-year history QANTAS has amassed an amazing record of firsts in safety and operations and is accepted as the world’s most experienced airline.”

“QANTAS has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years.”

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQJ (msn 062) LHR (SPA). Image: 935640.

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Iberia joins Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair in joint business on flights between Europe and Japan

Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-LEU (msn 960) LHR (SPA). Image: 928592.

Iberia will join Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair on October 18, 2016 in their joint business between Europe and Japan.

The joint business means that the four airlines will share revenue and cooperate on scheduling and pricing between Japan and Europe, providing customers with more flexible routing options and an attractive range of fares.

Last August Japanese regulators gave approval to the airlines’ plans to include Iberia in the joint business between British Airways, Japan Airlines and Finnair. The Spanish airline starts today with thrice-weekly non-stop flights Madrid-Tokyo-Madrid.

The joint business opens up all four airlines’ networks between Japan and Europe and allows the airline partners to cooperate on expanding their presence in this growing and important market. The agreement also strengthens the oneworld alliance and enables it to compete more effectively around the world with other global alliances.

Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-LEU (msn 960) LHR (SPA). Image: 928592.

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PIA introduces “Pakistan Premier” service on August 14, 2016 with 4R-ALN wet leased from SriLankan Airlines

PIA introduces "Pakistan Premier" service on August 14, 2016 with 4R-ALN wetleased from SriLankan  Airlines

On August 14, 2016 Prime Minister Namaz Sharif of Pakistan unveiled PIA’s new luxury “Pakistan Premier” service on flight PK785 from Islamabad to London (Heathrow). PIA is planning to operate six weekly “Pakistan Premiere” flights to London (Heathrow) with three each from Islamabad and Lahore.

The airline is banking on this new level of service as a pathway to profitability.

PIA is planning to wet lease up to four SriLankan Airbus A330s.

PIA and SriLankan Airlines will increase their cooperation of services and code sharing flights.

Copyright Photo: Pakistan Premier (Pakistan International Airlines) (SriLankan Airlines) Airbus A330-343 4R-ALN (msn 1604) LHR. Image: 934295.

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British Airways to launch its longest nonstop route

British Airways to launch its longest nonstop route

Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-ZBKC (msn 38621) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 930123.

British Airways is launching the only direct flight between London and Santiago in Chile from January 3, 2017.

Santiago will become the airline’s lengthiest long-haul route, taking 14 hours 40 minutes, nearly an hour more than the current longest flight of 13 hours 50 minutes service to Buenos Aires.

The four-a-week flight will be served by the airline’s newest aircraft, the four-cabin Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First cabin.

Santiago will be the latest destination in Latin America to join British Airways’ route network. The airline recently launched new services to San Jose in Costa Rica and Lima in Peru. In addition, it also operates flight to Rio and Sao Paulo in Brazil and Buenos Aires in Argentina.

British Airways is taking delivery of 21 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, five of which arrived in 2015 and 11 of which will arrive this year. The final five will be delivered during 2018.

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