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Minoan Air to fly from Oxford

Minoan Air (Herkalion) is expanding operations with a new base for its Fokker 50s at Oxford in the United Kingdom. The airline issued the following statement:

Minoan Air announces the commencement of five routes out of the London Oxford Airport in early 2013.

Five routes have been identified from the London Oxford Airport that demonstrate satisfactory traffic potential. The airline plans to operate the Munich, Amsterdam, Copenhagen Dublin and Edinburgh routes starting in January 2013 with a gradual introduction that will last for two months. The objective of the airline is to offer a premium service with no additional charges. More routes are under examination.

The frequency and departure time for each route will be tailored to the requirement of the business passenger for each specific route. Ticket sales for these routes will be available both online and from travel agencies by the middle of November 2012.

The new airline started operations 0n June 1, 2011 flying to Ibiza, Malaga, Valencia, Costa Daurada (Catalonia), Jerez de la Frontera (Andalusia), Alicante, Menorca and Palma de Mallorca.

Ceiba Intercontinental launches its first European route to Madrid

Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines (Malabo) made its historic first intercontinental flight on October 4 from Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to Madrid. Ceiba will service the route with its Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation of Equatorial Guinea purchased the aircraft as the first step in the government’s efforts to meet the growing demand for air service to the country and support its growing economy.

Ceiba has scheduled three flights a week on the new Madrid-Malabo route and is part of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).

Ceiba currently offers scheduled service from Bata and Malabo in Equatorial Guinea to several cities in West and Central Africa, including Accra, Ghana; Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Brazzaville, Congo; Douala, Cameroun; Libreville, Gabon; Cotonou, Benin; andLome, Togo.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-2FB LR 3C-LLS (msn 40668) takes off from Paine Field near Everett.

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Allegiant Air to start Las Vegas-Plattsburgh flights on December 19

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) will launch twice-weekly service between the Las Vegas hub and Plattsburgh, New York starting on December 19 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N405NV (msn 49623) decorated in the Blue Man Group climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Travel Service Airlines introduces a Moravian-Silesian Region logojet

Travel Service Airlines (Czech Republic) (Prague) has unveiled  a new Boeing 737-800 logojet which promotes the Moravian-Silesian Region  (Czech: Moravskoslezský kraj). The region is one of 14 administrative regions in the Czech Republic with the regional capital located in Ostrava.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Boeing 737-8FN OK-TVL (msn 37076) is seen just after landing at Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) on October 7. In the background is the typical late afternoon image of the Airberlin hub.
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Turkish Airlines orders 15 additional Airbus A330-300s

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) has placed an order for 15 additional Airbus A330-300s, their seventh order for the A330 family of aircraft and their twentieth Airbus order overall. The aircraft will be operated on medium and long haul routes from the Turkish Airlines hub in Istanbul.

Turkish Airlines placed their first order with Airbus in 1984, and now operate 101 Airbus aircraft including 17 A330 Family aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Airbus A330-343X TC-JNR (msn 1311) taxies across the ramp at Nuremberg.

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Wow Air announces its plans for this winter

Wow Air (Keflavik) according to the new airline, “has announced increased competition in the marketplace, one of the main goals is to make flights to and from Iceland cheaper than ever.”

The airline flew to 13 destinations in Europe this summer; Copenhagen, London, Paris, Lyon, Alicante, Zurich, Basel, Stuttgart, Cologne, Berlin, Kaunas, Warsaw and Krakow.

This winter Wow Air will fly to Iceland from Berlin, London, and Alicante. Around Christmas the airline will offer flights to Copenhagen, Warsaw and Kaunas and over the ski season from December until March Wow Air offer ski flights to Salzburg.

Wow Air fleet consists of two Airbus A320s named WOW Force One and WOW Force Two. The aircraft are comfortably set up with 30-32 inch leg space and are wet leased from Avion Express.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Airbus A320-231 LY-COS (msn 415) taxies at Zurich.

Japan Airlines to phase out the McDonnell Douglas MD-90s in March

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) is planning to phase out its last McDonnell Douglas MD-90. The pictured MD-90-30 JA8070 (msn 53358) is the only MD-90 in the JAL fleet to be repainted in the new 2011 Crane livery. JA8070 was repainted in October 2012. The last six MD-90s will be phased out by March 2013 and will be sold to Delta Air Lines. The airliner is pictured taxiing out to runway 05 at Tokyo (Haneda) as flight JL1883 bound for Miyazaki.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa.

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Apollo expands its relationship with Scandinavian Airlines

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) and Apollo are expanding their relationship. Before the summer, SAS and Apollo signed a record agreement worth SEK 920 million. Now Apollo has once again chosen SAS as its external partner for flying its customers. During negotiations, SAS’s punctuality was valued highly by Apollo. Another key factor was SAS’s flexible aircraft fleet, which enables Apollo to offer direct flights from regional airports in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

The agreement between SAS and Apollo covers over 900 flights, with several departures from regional airports in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. Airbus A319-132 OY-KBO (msn 2850) touches down at Zurich.

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easyJet adds new routes to Iceland

easyJet (UK) (London-Luton) has announced the addition of two new routes from Manchester and Edinburgh to Keflavik (near Reykjavik), which will begin in March 2013.

Twice weekly flights will leave Edinburgh and Manchester from March 14 and 21, 2013 respectively. The flights will leave Edinburgh on Mondays and Thursdays and Manchester on Thursdays and Sundays.

Earlier this year, easyJet operated its inaugural flight to Keflavik from London (Luton) – a route which has proved popular with passengers both in the UK and Iceland. The Luton – Keflavik service is now being increased from three to four flights per week throughout the year, bringing the total number of easyJet flights to the destination to eight per week from next March. The additional flight will operate on Fridays.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren.

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Alaska Airlines introduces a new Boeing 737-800 “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II” at Anchorage

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) yesterday (October 4) introduced its latest logojet in the form of “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II” painted on its Boeing 737-890 N559AS (msn 35178) in its salute to “Wild Alaska Seafood”. The company issued the following statement:

Weighing in at 91,000 pounds, the world’s largest salmon landed in Anchorage on October 4 to a cheering crowd of hundreds of Alaska Airlines employees and seafood industry executives. Stretching nearly 129 feet, the fish-themed Boeing 737-800 is the most intricately painted commercial aircraft in the world and celebrates the partnership of Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

The new “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II” design is nearly identical to an earlier version of the paint scheme that Alaska Airlines unveiled on a 737-400 (737-490 N792AS  msn 28887) (see link below) in 2005, which was re-painted with the carrier’s traditional Eskimo livery last year. In addition to sporting the glimmering image of a wild Alaska king salmon like the original “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon,” the new design is about nine feet longer and also features fish scales on the winglets and a salmon pink-colored Alaska script across the fuselage. The design was produced in partnership with ASMI, which promotes wild, natural and sustainable Alaska seafood.

Alaska Airlines flew nearly 24 million pounds of seafood last year from Alaska to markets in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Streamlined flight schedules and a rigorous training program required of all airline employees who handle perishables ensures the seafood that travels from Alaska waters to markets across the United States arrives fresh—often within 24 hours. The goal is to keep seafood moving rapidly throughout its journey on Alaska Airlines and maintain a consistent temperature range from the time it leaves the water to when it arrives in stores and restaurants.

About half of the United States’ total seafood catch comes from Alaska fisheries, according to ASMI. In addition, the state of Alaska is widely regarded as a world leader in sustainable management of its seafood resources.

“Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II” trivia

  • The 129-foot-long Boeing 737-800 has a wingspan of 117 feet and a cruising speed of 530 mph.
  • Four gallons of Mylar paint was used to create an iridescent sparkle over the nearly 3,500 fish scales, which also makes the painting three dimensional.
  • More than 90 percent of the fuselage was airbrushed with 21 unique colors to create the lifelike king salmon.
  • A crew of eight worked around the clock for 27 days at Associated Painters Inc. in Oklahoma City to paint the plane.
  • The plane accommodates 157 passengers and six crew members.

Beginning today (October 5), the aircraft will fly passenger routes throughout Alaska Airlines’ network, connecting destinations from Hawaii to Boston and from Anchorage as far south as Mexico.

The “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II” aircraft is an original design of Mark Boyle, a Seattle-based wildlife artist who is also a recognized leader in the livery design of commercial aircraft. Boyle designed the first Salmon-Thirty-Salmon plane and has created a dozen other special paint themes for Alaska Airlines in recent years, including the Spirit of Disneyland I and II and the Spirit of Make-A-Wish planes.


Copyright Photos: The new Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II plane boasts fish scales on the winglets. Four gallons of Mylar paint was used to create an iridescent sparkle over the nearly 3,500 fish scales decorating the plane. (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)

See all of the special schemes at Alaska Airlines (Slide Show):