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Arke to bring the Boeing 787 to Toronto next summer

Arke (formerly Arkefly) (Amsterdam) will introduce the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the Amsterdam – Toronto (Pearson) route starting on June 27, 2015. The new type will replace a Boeing 767-300 and will operate twice-weekly until September 2, 2015 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Arke’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner PH-TFK (msn 36427) lands at Luton Airport near London.

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Monarch Airlines finalizes its deal with Boeing for 30 737 MAX 8s + 15 options

Monarch 737 MAX 8 (11)(Flt)(Boeing)(LR)

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) today finalized an order for 30 737 MAX 8s worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices. The order, originally announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July when Monarch selected Boeing as its preferred bidder for fleet replacement, includes options for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s and marks the beginning of the British carrier’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet.

The 737 MAX has accumulated 2,325 orders to date from 48 customers and is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history.

Headquartered at London Luton Airport, but also operating from five other U.K. bases – London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Leeds-Bradford – Monarch predominantly serves holiday destinations around the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands as well as European ski resorts. Founded in 1968, the British carrier will move to a cost effective and uniform fleet of 737 MAX 8s within the next decade.

As previously reported, on October 24, Monarch Airlines and other parts of Monarch Holdings Limited, the UK’s leading independent leisure travel group, completed a restructuring program and sale of 90 percent of the group to Greybull Capital LLP under which it secured £125 million of permanent capital and liquidity facilities.

Image: Boeing.

Monarch Airlines: AG Slide Show

Monarch Airlines will continue to be a Boeing customer, preparing to finalize an order for 30 737 MAX 8s

Monarch 737 MAX 8 (11)(Flt)(Boeing)(LR)

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) today announced that the two companies are finalizing terms and working towards a Purchase Agreement for 30 737 MAX 8s, marking the start of a fleet transition for Monarch to Boeing single-aisle airplanes.

The order, valued at $3.1 billion at current list prices, will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website when finalized.

According to Boeing, “The 737 MAX has surpassed 2,000 orders from 42 customers worldwide, the most successful launch in Boeing history. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The 737 MAX 8 provides customers with more flexibility and cost efficiency than the competition in the heart of the single-aisle market. Airlines operating the 737 MAX 8 will see an 8 percent operating cost per seat advantage over the A320neo. In addition to lower fuel use, the 737 MAX reduces the operational noise footprint by 40 percent compared to today’s airplane.”

Headquartered at London Luton Airport, but also operating from five other U.K. bases, Monarch predominantly serves holiday destinations around the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands as well as European ski resorts. Founded in 1968, the British carrier’s passenger numbers reached nearly 7 million in 2013, a record for the airline, with a fleet made up of more than 40 airplanes.

Monarch had been adding Airbus A320 Family aircraft so this is an important switchover catch for Boeing.

In the meantime, Monarch releases this statement:

The Monarch Group, the UK’s leading independent travel group, today announces that it has chosen Boeing as its preferred bidder for its narrow-bodied fleet replacement. The Group is in the process of finalizing terms and working towards signing a Purchase Agreement with Boeing for the purchase of 30 Next Generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, with options on a further 15 aircraft.

The announcement with Boeing represents the latest major milestone in the transformation and renewal of The Monarch Group, and is integral to realizing the opportunity for Monarch Airlines to differentiate itself in its market whilst bringing back warmth and a personal touch to European air travel.

Iain Rawlinson, Executive Chairman of the Monarch Group, said: “Today’s announcement is an important milestone in an exhaustive three year evaluation process, and a key part of The Monarch Group’s transformation and renewal. Boeing truly understood our business and put together a complete package that fits extremely well with our ambitions for the Group. With this announcement, we begin another chapter in our long and fruitful relationship with Boeing – something which now stretches over 40 years.”

Andrew Swaffield, Managing Director of Monarch Airlines, said: “I joined Monarch Airlines because I saw that it has a unique brand, and exceptional people. We see an opportunity to bring back warmth and a personal touch to a very commoditised European aviation market. Our size enables us to deliver on this promise. With this fleet replacement we are choosing the correct number of aircraft and the correct size of aircraft to help us create a year round efficient European operation which maximizes profitability. Our process has been rigorous and fair and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead it to a successful conclusion.

“Having reviewed all of the options in the marketplace, we concluded that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 is the aircraft that best fits our future route network strategy, enabling us to tightly control our unit costs whilst offering a superior service to our customers.”

Image: Boeing.

Monarch Airlines: AG Slide Show

EasyJet to expand its presence at its London’s Luton Airport home, unveils the new Tartan livery at Inverness

EasyJet (UK) (London-Luton) has agreed a new 10 year deal with London Luton Airport which could see the airline more than double its size at the airport from four to nine million passengers a year. The expansion would also see the creation of 2,500 new jobs at the airport – the UK’s sixth largest – and in the surrounding region.

London Luton Airport logo

EasyJet has 15 aircraft based at London Luton, its second largest London base, and plans to grow its capacity by around 20% over the next year – adding new business and leisure routes and increasing frequencies on some of its existing 39 routes from London Luton.

EasyJet is the largest airline operating from London Luton with 1,600 staff employed locally and 39 destinations served.

EasyJet first launched flights from London Luton Airport with one aircraft in 1995 and the airport remains the home of the airline with its headquarters based there.

London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 9.7 million passengers in 2013, departing to over 100 destinations. The Airport directly and indirectly employs over 600 and 8,000 staff respectively and is a key economic driver for the region.

Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by EasyJet). Airbus A319-111 G-EZBF (msn 2923) in the Tartan design prepares to depart from Gatwick Airport on the south side of London.

The airline issued this statement about G-EZBF:

EasyJet today (March 31) celebrated the launch of new early morning flights between Inverness and London Gatwick by unveiling a special edition tartan plane and EasyJet tartan kilts.

EasyJet (UK) A319-100 G-EZBF (14-Tartan)(Ceremony)(EasyJet)(LR)

EasyJet was joined by Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP and Highlands MP Danny Alexander as well as representatives from Visit Scotland, Scottish Council for Development and Industry and the Inverness Chamber of Commerce .

These services not only secure the long term future of air links between the Highlands and London following Flybe’s decision to exit the route but will also help to keep businesses in the Highlands connected to London.

EasyJet (UK) A319-100 G-EZBF (14-Tartan)(Ceremony-1)(EasyJet)(LR)

To mark the occasion easyJet created the ‘Highland aircraft’ tartan which is the first to be registered to an airline since records started in 2008 and one of the most prominent orange designs available. The easyJet tartan also features on a special edition Airbus A319 aircraft – named ‘Inverness’ – which will operate on easyJet routes across Europe to help promote the Highlands as a tourism destination.

The new Inverness to Gatwick flights will be followed by four new easyJet routes launching this spring – Herakilon and Bodrum from Edinburgh and Spilt and Kos from Glasgow. In total EasyJet expects to carry over 5.3 million passengers on Scottish flights this year ensuring it remains Scotland’s largest airline.

EasyJet (UK): AG Slide Show

EasyJet’s traffic to more than double at London Stansted over the next five years

EasyJet (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) has reached a new agreement with the new owners of London Stansted Airport (STN) (north of central London). New owner MAG previously acquired STN from Heathrow Airport Holdings for $2.35 billion.

EasyJet, as part of the deal, has promised to raise its Stansted passenger numbers to 6 million passengers per year from the current 2.8 million passengers according to Reuters.

It is unclear if this is a straight built up of traffic with new routes or whether some traffic at other London airports will be moving to STN. The low-fare carrier has recently been adding new routes notably from at Gatwick and Southend. Nearby Luton is the base for the carrier.

Traffic at STN had been declining. This new accord will stem those losses. Rival Ryanair has a major hub at STN.

The airline recently announced it had reached the milestone of more than 60 million passengers who have travelled with the airline in the past 12 months to May 31, 2013.

When easyJet was founded in November 1995 the airline first took to the skies with just two aircraft flying between two domestic UK destinations. Eighteen years later, the airline now operates 212 aircraft flying to 137 airports in 33 countries spanning Europe and North Africa.

More than one hundred of easyJet’s 800 Luton based staff gathered outside the airline’s Hangar 89 head office at London Luton Airport to mark the 60 million milestone and celebrate the airline’s continued success and popularity.

Top Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZIW (msn 2578) in the Linate-Fiumicino Per Tutti special scheme arrives at London (Gatwick).

EasyJet (UK): AG Slide Show

The current routes from STN:

EasyJet (UK) STN 6:2013 Route Map

easyJet to launch 10 new routes from London’s airports in 2013

easyJet (UK) (London-Luton) has announced today that it will be introducing ten new routes from the summer of 2013 across the four London airports it operates from – London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted and London Southend.

The Russian capital Moscow, Greek city Kalamata, along with the Greek island of Mykonos and Spanish city of Santiago join other European city break favorites Sofia, Berlin and Krakow as well as the Sardinian resort of Olbia. The further afield destinations Sharm El Sheikh and Marrakech will also feature from additional easyJet London bases.

The route expansion means that more than 316,000 affordable seats have been added to easyJet’s 2013 Summer schedule which now extends to a total of 340 routes from the UK.

Year-round flights from London Stansted to Sharm el Sheik, Marrakech and Sofia are available from just £86.99 and £30.99 respectively and will significantly strengthen and expand the range of destinations on offer from London Stansted Airport.

New summer routes for London Luton Airport include Greek island Mykonos and Sardinian treasure Olbia, while the German city of Berlin and Polish city of Krakow will now fly year-round from London Southend Airport with fares starting from £22.99*. The new routes at Southend will be served by an additional aircraft at the airport.

The airline has today announced expansion plans which will see the airline begin flying to the popular Greek resort of Mykonos and the historic Sardinian resort of Olbia, from the summer of 2013 from Luton Airport.

EasyJet will fly to the Greek resort of Mykonos twice a week from London Luton Airport with fares starting from as little as £32.99* and the inaugural flight taking off on April 26, 2013.

Mykonos is a Greek island which forms part of the Cyclades and lies between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. A sun worshipper’s paradise, the island is also awash with cultural heritage with Petros the Pelican and the Mykonos Windmills being two of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos.

The new route to Olbia will operate twice a week with fares starting from £30.99* and inaugural flights taking off from May 15, 2013. Olbia is the gateway to the beautiful white beaches of the northeast Sardinian coast and the glittering Costa Smeralda. Once a little fishing village, it has grown to become Sardinia’s busiest ferry port and a haven for food lovers.

In other news, easyJet, announced today that it will reach the landmark of flying more than 100 routes from London Gatwick Airport.

The airline also revealed last week that it has been successfully awarded the rights to fly between London Gatwick – easyJet’s largest base, and Moscow – a key business and leisure destination with fares starting from as little as £67.00*. EasyJet will operate an Airbus A320 on two services a day between London Gatwick and Moscow Domodedovo airport and expects to fly over 230,000 passengers in its first year of operations alone with tickets on sale in the coming months. Flights will start from next Spring.

EasyJet’s Gatwick route expansion continues with the launch of flights between London Gatwick and Kalamata in Greece, as well as the Spanish city of Santiago from the summer of 2013. The airline will fly to Kalamata twice a week, with fares starting from £34.99*. This is easyJet’s first time flying to the Greek city and the inaugural flight will take off from London Gatwick on July 6, 2012. EasyJet’s new route to the historic Spanish city of Santiago will see the airline flying to the beautiful city three times a week, with fares starting from £32.99* and the inaugural flight departs on June 18, 2013.

* one way, including taxes based on two people travelling on the same booking.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Airbus A319-111 G-EZBR (msn 3088) taxies past the camera at Salzburg, Austria. The airliner wears the special “Airbus 100” logo to commemorate the delivery of the 100th Airbus aircraft.

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