KLM’s Boeing 787 routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Africa, Airline News, Asia, Bahrain, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Middle East, Netherlands, South America, Western Europe | Posted on 12-02-2015


KLM 787-9

KLM has added some more route details for its upcoming Boeing 787 fleet, with six initial destinations.

The airline will take the stretched 787-9 model, with the first flights due to commence in October.

The routes KLM will initially fly with its Boeing 787s are:

  • Amsterdam – Abu Dhabi – Bahrain – Starts 25th October
  • Amsterdam – Cairo – Starts 30th November
  • Amsterdam – Quito – Guayaquil – Amsterdam – Starts 2nd December
  • Amsterdam – Xiamen – Starts 3rd December


I’m looking forward to seeing the plane in the smart blue colour scheme of KLM, and it will be delivered in the updated scheme which is currently being rolled out across the existing fleet.

Keep up to date with KLM and all other airlines’ Boeing 787 routes on our dedicated page here.

Air Leisure to revive Airbus A340-200s in Egypt

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Asia, Egypt, Spotting News | Posted on 27-10-2014


By Paul Spijkers [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Paul Spijkers [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

A new leisure carrier in Egypt, named (suitably) Air Leisure, is planning to lease a number of the retired Airbus A340-200s from EgyptAir (although one recently returned to flying for the national carrier).

The wide-body type is the original model of A340 and is now pretty rare, with Aerolineas Argentinas retiring theirs, and a sole example still flying sporadically in Venezuela.

Air Leisure plans to use the aircraft on flights from regional airports such as Aswan, Hurghada and Luxor to destinations in the Far East.

At present Air Leisure operates a single McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft. No date has been set for the launch of A340 flights yet.

Air Arabia starting Ras Al Khaimah flights

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Airport News, Asia, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Middle East, Oman | Posted on 21-04-2014


(c) Air Arabia

(c) Air Arabia

Air Arabia will begin flying from Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) from 6 May using Airbus A320 aircraft.

The airline will take up where failed RAK Airways left off.

In February 2014, Air Arabia and the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation entered into a long-term strategic partnership to significantly increase the number of destinations accessible to the residents of Ras Al Khaimah and to bring more tourists within reach of the emirate. From its hub at RAK International Airport, Air Arabia will follow exactly the same value-for-money business model as it does from its primary base in Sharjah.

Two new Airbus A320 aircraft will initially be based at RAK International Airport to service regular routes to Jeddah in Saudi; Cairo in Egypt; Muscat in Oman; Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar in Pakistan; Dhaka in Bangladesh; and Calicut in India, which will be added shortly after launch.


SunExpress Leipzig Base

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Airport News, Eastern Europe, Egypt, Germany, Spain, Spotting News, Turkey, Western Europe | Posted on 28-05-2013


SunExpress B737-800One for the German spotters: SunExpress will base a Boeing 737-800 at Leipzig Halle Airport this summer.

The Turkish airline will operate the aircraft on charter routes to Egypt, the Canary Islands, and Turkey.


5 airports to see a Lockheed L1011 Tristar

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Egypt, North America, UK, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 09-11-2012


RAF L-1011 TristarThe Lockheed Tristar was one of the most successful widebody airliners of its era, but today barely any can be found operating around the world.

If you’re keen to get a few of these in your logbooks before they’re all turned into beer cans, here are five airports where you can still at least see L-1011 Tristars, even if they’re not carrying passengers around.


Tucson, Az
A L-1011 Tristar was donated to the Flying Hospital. It was turned into a mobile hospital, with beds, operating tables and lots of equipment. For a few years it flew around Africa and the Far East treating patients in developing countries. However, since flights seem to have halted, this aircraft can be found languishing at Tucson Airport. It is P4-MED, c/n 1064.

Victorville, CA
Of all the US storage airports, Victorville in California is THE place to find L-1011 Tristars in significant numbers. The remaining retired fleet of Delta Air Lines (who operated the L-1011 in significant numbers) can be found here – some still complete, whilst others are missing parts or only a short while away from the scrapman. The best way to see them is to hire a light aircraft flight over the airport so that you can get a better view (and pictures) of the Tristars.

London Stansted, UK
For a number of years now, Stansted Airport has had its own stranded L-1011 Tristar. Formerly operated by British Airways, Caledonian, and Classic Airways, G-IOII c/n 1145 is used as an instructional airframe at the airport.

RAF Brize Norton, UK
The Oxfordshire RAF base is a staging post for troop flights and logistics, and flights to the remote Falkland Islands. Although the RAF’s Tristars are not used on public passenger flights any more, they still operate from this base, which is the only airport in the world with regular L1011 flights.

Taba International, Egypt
This remote airport in eastern Egypt. There are a number of Lockheed Tristars in storage here due to the mixed fortunes of a number of carriers who have taken second-hand examples of the type – airline such as Royal Air, Skygate International,and Air Rum.


There are other operators and stored examples of L1011s around the world, but in often less accessible locations. Airports such as Damascus, Tripoli, Islamabad, Kinshasa, and NDjamena.

Have you spotted a Tristar in any other location? Leave a comment below!



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