Lufthansa is now operating the Airbus A380 on the Munich – Shanghai route.
Lufthansa is now operating the Airbus A380 on the Munich – Shanghai route.
Finnair (Helsinki) will welcome its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft from Airbus in a delivery ceremony to be arranged on October 7, 2015. Finnair has 19 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft on order, to be received in 2015-2023.
Finnair’s first Airbus A350-900 enters into long-haul service on November 21, 2015 when the aircraft flies from Helsinki to Shanghai. The next A350 long haul destinations include Beijing, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore as previously announced. Finnair will also take the aircraft to New York later this year, becoming the first airline in the world to fly to the US with this new aircraft type.
For the first few weeks, the new aircraft will serve crew familiarization flights in Europe, with the first commercial flights taking place on October 9 to Amsterdam and Oslo.
The company continued;
Finnair has slightly adjusted its Airbus A350 long-haul launch schedule, due to changes in the expected delivery schedules of the company’s first A350 aircraft, the needs of the crew familiarization program, and other operational factors. The company wants to offer the best possible customer experience for its customers, and has therefore adopted a slightly more conservative launch schedule than previously indicated.
”Introducing 19 new aircraft into our fleet over a period of eight years is a major program for Finnair. We have built the necessary flexibility into our preparedness plans and our A340 exit plan to adjust to any changes that may arise over the course of this massive program, ensuring a smooth introduction of the new aircraft into our fleet,” says Ville Iho.
Photo: F. Lancelot/Airbus. Airbus A350-941 F-WZFM (msn 018) arrives back at Toulouse on September 16 after its first flight. The new type will become OH-LWA on the handover.
Asiana Airlines (Seoul) has announced it will commence twice-weekly service between Seoul (Incheon) and Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on August 8. The new route will be served with Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Yuji Wang/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323 HL7792 (msn 1001) approaches the runway at Shanghai (Hongqiao), China.
EVA Air (Taipei) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of four additional A330-300s. As with its existing A330 fleet, the new aircraft will be powered by CF6-80 engines by General Electric.
EVA Air currently operates a fleet of 29 Airbus aircraft, including 14 A330s and 15 A321s.
Copyright Photo: Yuji Wang/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302 B-16333 (msn 1274) in the third version of the Hello Kitty special livery arrives in Shanghai (Hongqiao).
Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) today launched the first of three new nonstop routes between the U.S. and Mainland China, part of the airline’s large-scale expansion of its service in North America. Hainan is inaugurating service between San Jose, California (Silicon Valley) (SJC) and Beijing on June 15, between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Shanghai (Pudong) on June 20, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Shanghai-Pudong on June 22.
The Silicon Valley and Boston routes will be flown by Boeing 787 Dreamliners, making Hainan the airline with the most nonstop 787 Dreamliner routes between China and North America. Hainan currently offers daily nonstop service between Beijing and Seattle/Tacoma, Boston and Chicago (O’Hare). Hainan first launched U.S. service in 2008 with nonstop flights between Seattle/Tacoma and Beijing.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2728 (msn 34938) departs from Toronto (Pearson).
Alitalia (3rd) (Rome) has announced new intercontinental nonstop service from Milano (Malpensa) to Shanghai (Pudong), which marks the return of the airline in China and a further stage in the development of Malpensa airport’s intercontinental connections.
The flight, launched with the inauguration of Expo Milano 2015, represents another major investment of Alitalia in Milan, following the introduction of the nonstop flight to Abu Dhabi on March 29.
In addition to the new flights to Shanghai and the daily flights to Abu Dhabi, Alitalia has also strengthened its connections on the Milan – Tokyo route, which are now daily as daily are the flights to New York’s JFK airport.
Alitalia has become the leading airline out of Malpensa in number of intercontinental destinations and, over the next three years, Alitalia aims to increase by 130% the number of passengers on intercontinental flights departing or arriving at Milan Malpensa Airport.
Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 EI-EJM (msn 1308) in the special promotional “Expo Milano 2015” livery taxies at the Milan (Malpensa) hub.
China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) yesterday (May 3) operated the last revenue flight with its last Airbus A340-600.
The airline operated the last flight, flight MU 524, from Tokyo (Narita) to Shanghai (Pudong) with the pictured Airbus A340-642 B-6055 (msn 586) in the special Expo 2010 Shanghai livery. The last flight ended 12 years the type was operated by the carrier.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-642 B-6055 (msn 586) in the “Better City, Better Life” livery for Expo 2010 departs from Los Angeles International Airport in the past.
The alliance, subject to regulatory approvals, would see Air China introduce a daily nonstop service between Beijing and Auckland.
The Chinese flag carrier would also continue to codeshare on Air New Zealand’s daily Shanghai – Auckland service which will be operated exclusively by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from August 24.
The proposed alliance would further open up Beijing as a new market to and from New Zealand and the airlines aim to almost double sustainable capacity between China and New Zealand while delivering a range of other benefits to travellers including greater frequency and network connections.
Subject to regulatory approvals, alliance services could commence as early as December 2015.
In other news, Air China will start Beijing-Melbourne four-times weekly nonstop service from June 1, 2015, becoming the only carrier that offers Beijing-Melbourne nonstop service. At the same time, the carrier will continue its Shanghai-Melbourne nonstop service.
The four-times weekly flights CA 165/6 will be offered on Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday. The service is slated to increase to daily from October 25, 2015. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 02:00 and arrives in Melbourne at 15:30 local time; the return flight departs from Melbourne at 20:40 local time and arrives in Beijing at 06:30. The flights will be operated with Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Finally, Air China will add flights to its Beijing-Los Angeles route from May 2015, further strengthening its presence on the North American market.
The new flight numbers are CA 887/8. From May 2 to June 30, 2015, four flights will be offered per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. From July 1 to October 24, the flights will be increased to daily. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 12:00 and arrives in Los Angeles at 09:00 local time. The return flight departs from Los Angeles at 11:30 and arrives in Beijing at 15:10 local time. Boeing 777-300 ER, an aircraft type quite popular with the world’s business travelers, features full-flat seats in First Class/Business Class as well as Central Bar, personal AVODs and power outlets in all classes of service, accessible toilet and mood lighting system which can mimic wonderful moments from sunrise to sunset.
From 2013 to 2014, Air China started three nonstop routes: Beijing-Houston, Beijing-Hawaii and Beijing-Washington. Currently, Air China serves 7 destinations in North America, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Washington, Vancouver and Hawaii, spanning the southern, western and eastern parts of the United States. It offers 104 flights per week operated with the Boeing 777-300 ER. On January 7, 2015, Air China’s first Boeing 747-8, a new member of Boeing 747 family, made its maiden flight on its long-range route: Beijing-New York.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2039 (msn 38675) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.
British Airways (London) today rolled out at London Heathrow its brand new promotional livery on this Boeing 777-236 ER registered as G-YMML (msn 30313). The airline issued this statement about the new design:
“BA’s paint bay teams have brought a fantastic design, created by Chinese fashion designer Masha Ma, to life.
The Boeing 777-200 is a centrepiece of the airline’s contribution to the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai.
Click on the photo above for the full-size view.
The design by Ma on the Boeing 777-200 aircraft, depicts a bamboo and a rose in an east-meets-west fusion of symbols and artistic styles.
The Engineering team used specialist techniques to paint the aircraft with Ma’s design which combines a western impressionistic style with Chinese ink-and-wash painting techniques. The design took 2,472 manhours and 186 individual stencils to apply.
The festival, which runs from March 2 to 4 at the Long Museum in Shanghai, is part of the GREAT Britain campaign aimed at promoting the UK as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and education to generate jobs and growth”.
Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) is adding more flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to China. The fast growing carrier will add a new route from SEA to Shanghai on June 22. The new route will operate four days a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) with two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Flight 7956 will depart Seattle/Tacoma at 12 noon (1200) and arrive Shanghai Pudong Airport at 4:30 pm (1630) the following day. Flight 7955 will depart Shanghai Pudong at 1:15 pm (1315) and arrive Seattle/Tacoma at 9:35 am (0935) the same day. Flight time is 13 ½ hours westbound and 11 hours 20 minutes eastbound.
The new service compliments the existing service from SEA to Beijing, which will expand to daily service on June 15.
Hainan started serving SEA in June 2008.
Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-6088 (msn 906) is pictured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.