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easyJet celebrates a decade of flying from Jersey

easyJet (easyJet.com) (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZBE (msn 2884) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 934538.

easyJet launched its first flight between Jersey and London Luton in March 2008.

The airline has carried over two million customers to and from Jersey in the last decade and over 600,000 in the last 12 months alone. easyJet’s capacity at Jersey is expected to grow around 9% this summer.

easyJet is also celebrating the first flight between Edinburgh and Jersey this weekend.

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, is celebrating ten years of flying to and from Jersey, serving customers in Jersey with direct connections to key UK cities and providing customers all around the UK with the opportunity to experience the variety that the island of Jersey has to offer.

easyJet launched the very first flight to Jersey on March 20, 2008 from London Luton and since then the airline’s services to and from the island have continued to grow. Just 10 days after the Luton inauguration the airline launched direct flights from Liverpool and over the last decade has expanded its network offering, adding services between Glasgow (2011), London Southend (2012), Newcastle (2013) and London Gatwick and Belfast in 2014.

In January 2018 the airline put seats on sale on between Jersey and Edinburgh for the very first time, with the inaugural flight due to depart from Edinburgh this Saturday, March 31. The route will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer season, with fares starting from £30.74.*

easyJet operates eight routes and over 132 flights a week during peak summer, flying over 600,000 passengers to and from Jersey across its UK network each year.

Copyright Photo: easyJet (easyJet.com) (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZBE (msn 2884) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 934538.

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FedEx and its pilots reach a tentative agreement

FedEx Express (Memphis) and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The tentative agreement is subject to a final ratification vote of its members. ALPA issued this statement:

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On Wednesday, August 19, FedEx pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), reached a tentative agreement (TA) with FedEx management on an amended collective bargaining agreement. The parties have been actively negotiating since 2011. Discussions started in 2011 under a special interim discussions agreement that had originally been made by both parties to assist in narrowing the field of open items in order to conclude formal bargaining in a timely manner. Formal bargaining began in January 2013 when Section 6 openers were exchanged with management. On October 31, 2014, FedEx management filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), and negotiations have been conducted under NMB guidance.

The new agreement is subject to review and finalization of contract language. Terms of the tentative agreement are not being released, as they first must be reviewed and approved by the FedEx ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC). If approved by the FedEx MEC leadership, the TA will be subject to a ratification vote of over 4,000 FedEx pilots. If ratified, the contract would become amendable in 2021.

Copyright Photo: Paul Ferry/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-236 (F) N915FD (msn 24120) departs from Luton Airport near London.

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Wizz Air to fly to Iceland from Poland

Wizz Air (Budapest) has announced further growth of its route network from Poland. From July 3, 2015 Wizz Air will start operating a new service from Gdansk to Keflavik (near Reykjavik) in Iceland, with two weekly flights.

Wizz Air now offers a total of 116 Polish routes to 22 countries from seven Polish airports.

In other news, Wizz Air has announced twice-weekly service from Budapest to Tenerife, starting on October 30 with departures on Mondays on Fridays.

Wizz Air now flies from Budapest Airport with 41 routes to 21 countries.

Finally, Wizz Air announced a new Debrecen route to Bergamo (near Milan) which will start operating with two weekly flights on October 25.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 HA-LYA (msn 6077) with Sharklets lands in London (Luton).

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Atlasjet Airlines fully rebrands as AtlasGlobal Airlines

AtlasGlobal A321-100 TC-ETN (14)(Grd) LTN (JMS)(LRW)

Atlasjet Airlines (Istanbul) has now fully changed its name to AtlasGlobal Airlines.

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Copyright Photo: James Mepsted. Although this new look was introduced in late 2014 on the pictured Airbus A321-131 TC-ETN (msn 614), the complete change has not taken place until now.

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Blue Air establishes a new base at Larnaca in the wake of the Cyprus Airways demise

Blue Air (Bucharest) is opening a new operational base in Cyprus and will start operating daily flights Larnaca to Athens and thrice-weekly flights to Thessaloniki. Blue Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 YR-BAR (msn 25371) is pictured at Luton Airport near London.

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The new routes:

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Current routes from Bucharest:

Blue Air 1.2015 Route Map

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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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Wizz Air to add more flights from its Budapest base next summer

Wizz Air (Hungary) (Budapest) has announced it will base a new Airbus A320 in Budapest to grow passenger traffic by 20% up to 2.2 million passengers at its Budapest base in 2013. This 7th Budapest aircraft will start operations on March 13, 2013.

Following a strong Budapest traffic growth of 30% in 2012, Wizz Air is now announcing further frequency increases on six routes to Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kiev, Larnaca, Malaga and Naples and will reinstate the holiday route to Thessaloniki (Greece). In total the airline will operate 30 routes and 155 weekly flights from Budapest in the summer period.

Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis. Airbus A320-232 HA-LPS (msn 3771) departs from Luton Airport near London.

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Routes from Budapest:

Wizz BUD 12:2012 Route Map

Ryanair is still optimistic about its proposed takeover of Aer Lingus after the EC ruling

Ryanair (Dublin) is still optimistic about final European Commission approval of its proposed takeover of rival Aer Lingus (Dublin). The European Commission has raised concerns about competition in Ireland despite Ryanair’s offer to surrender European routes from Ireland to allow for other carriers to add Irish service.

Ryanair issued the following statement:

Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, confirmed on November 14 that its discussions continue with the European Commission about its radical package of remedies designed to address the Commission’s competition concerns in relation to Ryanair’s June 19 offer for Aer Lingus. This comprehensive remedies package includes a number of new airline bases in Dublin, new entrant competitors on over 40 routes to/from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, as well as specific competition solutions that guarantee increased price competition on routes to and from Ireland.

Following receipt of the Commission’s statement of objections last evening (November 13), a standard procedural step in Phase II EU merger reviews, Ryanair expects that the Commission will shortly market test this transformational remedies package, and remains confident that its offer for Aer Lingus will receive competition clearance following any fair assessment by the Commission. A detailed process of engagement with the EU Commission is now underway.

Ryanair’s offer for Aer Lingus is being reviewed while dramatic changes take place across the EU airline industry, including: (1) a large restructuring of Iberia with 4,500 job losses; (2) the takeover of Vueling by IAG, combining the Number 2 and Number 3 airlines in Spain; (3) a major restructuring of SAS including 6,000 job losses and state backed loan guarantees; and (4) the planned merger of Aegean and Olympic, the Number 1 and Number 2 airlines in Greece.

It is against this backdrop that Ryanair is proposing a merger that provides secure jobs, growth opportunities and financial benefits for all shareholders in a larger Ireland based EU carrier.

Read the local media analysis of this proposed merger from The Irish Times: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCL (msn 33806) in the Dreamliner livery lands at London (Luton).


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Bottom Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection. Airbus A320-214 EI-DEJ (msn 2364) taxies at the Dublin base.

Wizz Air to start Budapest-Geneva service on December 14

Wizz Air (Hungary) (Budapest) will launch a new route from Budapest to Geneva starting on December 14. The new route will operate on three days a week. In addition, the company will launch a new route from from Belgrade to Beauvais.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Airbus A320-233 HA-LPA (msn 839) is seen in action at London (Luton).


Arkefly to fly to Sanford near Orlando

ArkeFly (Amsterdam) has announced scheduled service beginning on June 24, 2011 from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) to Sanford International Airport near Orlando. This is the first ever nonstop scheduled service between Amsterdam and Orlando Sanford. ArkeFly is part of the World of TUI whose brand Thomson Airways currently operates year-round between various points in the United Kingdom and Orlando Sanford.

This new year-round service will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays using 283-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft configured with 31 Premium Comfort seats, 154 Comfort Class seats and 98 Economy Class seats.

Nonstop service on Mondays is scheduled to leave Amsterdam at 8:30 AM (0830) and arrive at Orlando Sanford at 12:45 PM (1245); flights will depart Orlando Sanford at 2:30 PM (1430) and arrive in Amsterdam at 7:15 AM (0715) (on Tuesdays) via Miami. On Fridays the nonstop service is scheduled to leave Amsterdam at 2:30 PM (1430) and arrive at Orlando Sanford at 7:45 PM (1945); flights will depart Orlando Sanford at 9:30 PM (2130) and arrive in Amsterdam at 1:15 PM (1315)(on Saturdays) via a stop in Miami. All flight times are local.

Copyright Photo: James Mellon. Arkefly has leased this Boeing 767-304 ER PH-OYI (msn 291238) from sister airline Thomson Airways. It was delivered yesterday from Luton Airport.