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Air Canada announces new rouge European destinations + Casablanca

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced one of its most far-reaching summer schedule expansions ever with its first route to Africa and the addition of four major European cities to its global network. The new Air Canada rouge service to Casablanca, Morocco , means Air Canada will be one of only a dozen airlines in the world that serve six continents.

“Air Canada is solidifying its position among leading global carriers by becoming one of only a dozen airlines flying to six continents with today’s announcement of non-stop service to Casablanca, our first destination in Africa. Our Montreal – Casablanca flight will also be the only service to North Africa by a North American carrier and our aim is to transform this new route into a year-round operation. Our new, nonstop Air Canada rouge routes to Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, and Glasgow from Toronto Pearson are equally important as we continue to build out our network from our global gateway hub with more international destinations. The European services will be complemented by our Star Alliance partners, giving customers an even wider choice of travel options,” said Benjamin Smith , President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

All the new services will be operated by Air Canada rouge (Toronto), Air Canada’s leisure carrier. All flights will be flown using a 280-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins. Customers will have the ability to collect and redeem Aeroplan miles. Seats are now available for purchase. To promote these new nonstop routes, Air Canada is offering a special introductory fare starting as low as CAD$869 roundtrip, all-in for travel before July 2016 .

Route Details:

Toronto – Prague : service begins May 29, 2016 with flight AC1922 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 16:55 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Prague at 7:20 the next day. Return flight AC1923 departs Prague at 9:30 and arrives in Toronto 12:40 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Service ends for the season on September 29, 2016.

Montreal – Casablanca : service begins June 3, 2016 with flight AC1936 and operates four times weekly, subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals. Departs Montreal at 21:40 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Casablanca at 10:00 the next day. Return flight AC1937 departs Casablanca at 11:55 and arrives in Montreal at 14:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Service ends for the season on October 17, 2016 .

Toronto – Budapest : service begins June 10, 2016 with flight AC1910 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 22:35 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving in Budapest 13:35 the next day. Return flight AC1911 departs Budapest at 15:05 and arrives in Toronto at 18:45 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Service ends for the season on October 15, 2016 .

Toronto – Glasgow : service begins June 13, 2016 with flight AC1938 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 18:55 on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, arriving in Glasgow at 6:40 the next day. Return flight AC1939 departs Glasgow at 8:25 and arrives in Toronto 10:50 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Service ends for the season on September 25, 2016 .

Toronto – Warsaw : service begins June 16, 2016 with flight AC1926 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 18:30 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, arriving in Warsaw at 9:30 the next day. Return flight AC1927 departs Warsaw at 11:00 and arrives Toronto 14:50 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Service ends for the season on September 30, 2016 .

Since 2009, Air Canada has increased its system-wide international capacity, measured by seats, by approximately 50 percent. This year, Air Canada launched new international services from Montreal to Venice and Mexico , Vancouver to Osaka, and Toronto to Amsterdam . In November, the airline will launch nonstop service to Dubai and Delhi from Toronto and it has also announced new service beginning in 2016 to Brisbane from Vancouver, to Lyon from Montreal, and to London – Gatwick from Toronto.

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Wizz Air to launch two new routes to Birmingham

Wizz Air (Hungary) (Budapest) will launch the two new routes to Birmingham (UK). The twice-weekly Warsaw – Birmingham route will be started on September 14 followed the next day by twice-weekly Budapest -Birmingham service according to Airline Route.

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LOT Polish Airlines wants to double in size in the next 5 years

LOT Polish Airways (Warsaw) has big plans. The carrier wants to double in size in the next five years.

The airline last week announced it would add long-haul routes to Bangkok, Seoul and Tokyo. LOT will also launch more than a dozen European connections, thus expanding its hub and providing convenient transfer flights to passengers from such cities as Ljubljana, Zurich, Cluj-Napoca and Nice.

The first long-haul route to be launched will be Tokyo – it will also be the first direct connection from Poland and New Europe to Japan. The first flight is scheduled for  January 13, 2016 as previously report. The next connections – to Bangkok and Seoul – will start in autumn 2016.

The carrier is also starting routes between January and March 2016. LOT Polish will operate the Warsaw – Dusseldorf route starting on January 1, 2016 with two daily Embraer 175 flights.

Warsaw – Zurich will be started on January 1, 2016 with two daily Embraer 170 flights.

The following day the Warsaw – Barcelona route will commence with four weekly Embraer 195 flights.

Additionally the carrier will restart Warsaw – Cluj (January 2, 2016), Warsaw – Venice (January 23, 2016), Warsaw – Athens (March 2, 2016), Warsaw – Ljubljana (March 2, 2016), Warsaw – Beirut (March 30, 2016) and Warsaw – Nice (March 30, 2016).

The airline outlined its plans as it hosted the Star Alliance meeting:

In next five years LOT plans to be twice as big an airline as it is now. Wants to carry 10 million passengers a year, which is more than twice as much as now. LOT plans to have also almost twice as big a fleet as currently and 60% more operations. The company has presented its strategic objectives and development plans for 2016-2020. It has announced opening five new long-haul connections next year. Three new connections to Asia – Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok and more than dozen European connections have just been announced. Other new routes will be known this autumn. This is the first such dynamic growth in the company’s history. LOT intends to compete for leadership in the region, becoming the largest network carrier in New Europe.

LOT wants to connect New Europe with the world and become the most international Polish brand. Instead of defending the position of an ethnic carrier in its market, LOT wants to start competing actively for market share in Europe.

We have all the assets to become a regional leader. We already have a strong position in relation to other network carriers in New Europe and access to the largest regional market, which will grow intensively. Our Warsaw hub is perfectly located, efficient and is the largest one in this part of Europe. We are successfully ending our restructuring process, historically we are already the main airline flying from this region to North America, and the 86-year history translates into a relatively high brand recognition. These are just a few arguments that back our position” – says Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines. Development is the company’s goal and task is to take advantage of the market potential and the projected growth. “This is a perfect moment for us. The population of the New Europe region is more than 175 million people. Its economic growth rate is more than four times higher than in the Euro zone countries. The number of passengers per one inhabitant is growing much faster than in countries of Old Europe, and at the time it is still five times lower than in the EUexplains Sebastian Mikosz.

LOT’s strategic objectives are based on five key elements. The first one are long-haul flights, which the company intends to develop consistently. Even now routes operated by the Dreamliner are the most profitable part of the business, and LOT is the only airline that flies, on a larger scale, convenient, on regular connections from New Europe to the USA, Canada, and China. “This will be a driving force of our growth, which will entail the rest of the network. In the long-haul flights area we have the lowest competition in the region. We have one of the youngest fleets in Europe and we are the only airline to operate all its long-haul connections with the most advanced aircraft in the world, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Not only Polish passengers appreciate this fact” – assures Sebastian Mikosz.

The second element is the Warsaw hub. LOT will be a hub & spoke carrier, consistently developing its offer of quick and convenient connections via Warsaw. “We have already increased our transfer capabilities by 40%. Together with the Chopin Airport we have a potential to consolidate fragmented markets of New Europe and to provide it with a leading transfer hub for intercontinental connection” – assumes LOT’s CEO. Convenient geographical location is not the main advantage. The most important argument for passengers is the minimum connecting time – 35-45 minutes, which is one of the shortest in Europe. It is supported by modern, spacious terminal, proximity to major Warsaw business and office centres and to the city centre. All of this comes with the airport’s potential of servicing more than 20 million passengers per year (currently 10 million).

The third element is growth. In 2020 LOT wants to carry more than 10 million passengers a year, that is more than twice as many as today, to perform more than one hundred thousand operations per year (currently over 68,000) and to fly to around 75-80 destinations (currently 49). It intends to regain the lost market share in Poland approximately to the level of 30% and get close to 10% market share in New Europe. This should result in an increase in revenues to about PLN 9 billion (currently less than PLN 3.5 billion) with constantly improving margins, which already puts LOT above average among European network carriers.

“We need to focus on building the effect of scale. Insufficient scale of operations is currently LOT’s biggest problem. There is absolutely no reason why in five years’ time we should not become an airline of a size comparable to Austrian Airlines, Finnair, TAP or Air Lingus. We operate in a fast growing market and, without development, our market share will be rapidly declining. Without expanding the network we will be very susceptible to pressure from the competitionexplains LOT’s CEO. Apart from competition it is a question of company’s performance and its role in the industry. “Only with real potential to consolidate the regional market LOT may become an attractive partner for wider cooperation within alliances or joint ventures. Development is also crucial in the context of potential privatization, for which LOT is getting readysays Sebastian Mikosz.

The value chain is the fourth extremely important element. “In our industry customer satisfaction consists of many elements, which are being performed by our partners or sub-contractors and not the airline alone. The airport and relevant services are responsible for airport procedures, and the handling agent (also a separate entity) is responsible for check-in, collection of luggage and its transport to the aircraft and then to the conveyor belt. We want to cooperate and monitor the entire chain more closely. We expect that our suppliers will develop together with us and also raise the level of quality of their services. Only by doing so we can ensure LOT’s development in passenger services” – explains Ewa Kołowiecka, Chief Operations Officer.

The fifth key element is a committed team. “LOT also means a lot of people for whom this is not just a job but primarily a passion. But we have to continue changing as an organization – this process is already under way but we need a substantial transformation of our corporate culture. We are determined to build a coherent system of staff development to ensure that LOT will become a modern and dynamically growing airline” – adds Monika Kiełtyka-Michna, Member of the Management Board responsible for Corporate Matters.

Presenting its main strategic objectives, LOT also presented the network development plans. Carrier announced  opening five new long-haul connections in 2016. Three of them – Tokyo, Bangkok and Seoul have just been announced. Others will be announced this autumn. After opening five new destinations LOT will more than double its network of long-haul connections compared to the present one as soon as next year. As regards new European connections, three new short-haul routes have already appeared in the booking systems: Venice, Cluj-Napoca and Ljubljana. LOT is also coming back to some routes, which it had to suspend as part of the final pool of compensatory measures required by the European Commission in return for the state aid. These are Athens, Barcelona, Nice, Zurich and Beirut. Starting from January 2016 flights to Belgrade, Düsseldorf, Yerevan, Chisinau, Zagreb and Gdansk – Cracow, which were suspended since July of this year as part of the final pool of compensatory measures required by the European Commission, will be restored as well.

LOT emphasizes that it is able to implement the first phase of the development of the connections network entirely by using its present fleet. New fleet will be needed in subsequent phases. We want to have at least 70-80 new aircrafts by 2020. “Of course, further intensive development will require more resources. For this purpose the company must acquire an investor. This is the best time to do it. The financial situation is stable. LOT is on the final stretch to a successful closure of the restructuring process. For the first time in seven years, LOT ended the preceding year with a profit on core business, that is flying, amounting to more than 99 million zloty” – emphasizes Maciej Dziudzik, Member of the Management Board responsible for Financial Matters.

Thanks to an attractive schedule and high customer service standards LOT wants to make travel for a wide range of customers, even those most demanding ones, as pleasant as possible. With a rich range of classes, fares, products and additional services we want to enable passengers to freely compose their travel of the individually chosen elements. “On one hand, we are already constantly improving our complex offer for demanding business passengers, while, on the other hand, we are creating new travel opportunities for persons for whom low price is crucial. We are changing and improving our quality throughout the process of the so-called customer journey. We want to accompany our passengers and be the host of their journey right from the thought about it, then by seeking an attractive offer, sales and distribution, services before the flight, on-board product and services after the flight. We intend, for example, to further develop mobile applications and our own on-line sales channels to make it easier for customers to use our services, to introduce tools that allow for personalized offers and promotions, and to systematically monitor the level of customer satisfaction. At the turn of the year we plan to refresh the interior of Boeing 737 and to gradually introduce in all Boeing planes, including Dreamliners, elements of new design and new colour scheme for each class of travel. As a result, the aircraft interiors will look more modern and friendly. New colours and markings will significantly improve travel, helping passengers find their way at the airport, go through it and take a comfortable seat on the plane. We want to be a consciously chosen carrier of the region – summarizes Marcin Celejewski, Member of the Management Board responsible for Trade Issues.

Presenting its strategic objectives and development plans, LOT presented its re-defined mission: “We are proud to connect New Europe with the World. We take care of our passengers, being full of positive energy, mindful of Polish tradition and hospitality. Thanks to the passion and professionalism of the whole team we are developing, creating a profitable airline. Together we are building the most international Polish brand.”

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. The Embraer E-Jets will lead the expansion on the European routes. LOT Polish Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) SP-LNA (msn 19000415)  departs from London (Heathrow).

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LOT Polish Airlines to launch flights to Tokyo, will restore four routes

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) has announced it will launch nonstop Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flights from Warsaw to Tokyo (Narita) starting on January 13, 2016. The new route will operate three days a week.

In other news, according to Airline Route, the carrier will restore four routes to Belgrade, Chisinau, Yerevan and Zagreb in early January. These four routes were due to be dropped on July 1.

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SmartWings is adding four new routes from Warsaw, Poland

SmartWings (smartwing.com) (Prague) is adding more routes and flights from Warsaw, Poland. Warsaw-Lanzarote was added yesterday (November 1) following by the Warsaw-Fuerteventura route tomorrow (November 3). Warsaw-Las Palmas will be added on November 4 and  Warsaw-Tenerife Sur (South) on November 6 per Airline Route.

SmartWings is a brand name of  Travel Service, a.s. (Travel Service Airlines) with regular flights from its base at Prague Airport.

During the year, SmartWings offers flights to more than forty popular destinations and resorts throughout and outside Europe with departures from Prague, Brno and Ostrava. Every summer season SmartWings brings flights to new destinations as well an increase of frequencies to the current ones.

Travel Service, a.s., the largest airline in the Czech Republic, has been operating in the market for 15 years. Travel Service, a.s. is the leader of the charter market in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and it has a noticeable share in Poland. Apart from charter flights, Travel Service has also been conducting regular lines under the brand SmartWings since 2004 and since 2007 with private charter flights.

SmartWings operates Airbus A320s, Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s.

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EuroLOT to start four new routes from Warsaw

EuroLOT (eurolot.com) (Warsaw) will start four new routes from Warsaw on October 26; Chisinau, Cluj/Napoca (October 27), Stuttgart and Zagreb per Airline Route.

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Wizz Air adds more routes from Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw

Wizz Air (Budapest) has announced further expansion in Riga. The airline will deploy a second Airbus A320 aircraft at Riga Airport from April 22, 2015 adding 3 new services: Hamburg Lübeck, Stavanger and Liverpool will be operated twice weekly, each. The airline has also increased frequencies on some of its most popular routes in the summer 2015 season. The London Luton service will be operated 11 times per week, while the service to Doncaster Sheffield will increase to 3 weekly flights also from April 22, 2015.

With these 3 new services Wizz Air is now offering a total of 11 routes to 6 countries from Riga.

Additionally Wizz Air has announced further expansion of its low fare route network in Lithuania. From April 22, 2015 the airline will start operating flights from Vilnius to Frankfurt (Hahn) three times a week, Belfast and Malmo twice a week, each. Frequencies on existing services will also increase in the summer 2015 season. Routes from Vilnius to Dortmund and Stavanger will be operated 4 times per week, while services to Doncaster Sheffield, Bergen and Sandefjord will increase to 3 weekly flights from April 22, 2015.

With the latest addition to the network, Wizz Air now offers 19 routes to 12 countries from Vilnius, bringing the total seat capacity in 2015 to over 1 million seats.

Finally, Wizz Air has announced further expansion in Warsaw Chopin. From January 17, 2015 the airline will launch two new winter services to ski destinations, connecting Warsaw with Verona and Turin with one flight per week. The airline will also deploy a fifth Airbus A320 aircraft adding 6 new services from March 29, 2015. Four weekly flights will operate from Warsaw to Dortmund, two weekly flights to Larnaca and Lisbon and weekly services to Alicante, Catania and Malta. The airline has also increased frequencies on some of its most popular routes from Warsaw in the summer 2015 season. London Luton, Brussels Charleroi, Milan Bergamo, Budapest, Paris Beauvais, Eindhoven, Glasgow and Liverpool will be operated with more weekly flights than before starting on March 29, 2015.

With these 8 new services Wizz Air is now offering a total of 30 routes to 16 countries from Warsaw Chopin Airport. This announcement follows earlier growth in the Polish regions of Gdansk, Katowice, Poznan, Szczecin and Warsaw Chopin where Wizz Air has increased services in a bid to bring more of its low fare services to all Polish consumers.

Lisbon, the latest, 100th addition to Wizz Air’s destination map is the capital of Portugal and one of the oldest cities in the world, older than London, Paris and Rome.

In August 2014 Wizz Air celebrates the 10th anniversary of operations from the Polish capital. In the past 10 years a total of 9 million passengers chose the airline’s low fares and great services in Warsaw. With the addition of the fifth Airbus A320 aircraft, Wizz Air’s investment rises to above $400 million (US) and the base grows to close to 200 employees.

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