Saudia Boeing 787 Routes Revealed

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Middle East, Saudi Arabia | Posted on 02-09-2015

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Saudia 787-9

Saudia will be one of the next new carriers to receive the Boeing 787 Dreamliner when they are delivered in early 2016.

The airline has eight 787-9s on order, which it will use on its long-haul network.

Initially the aircraft will be used on domestic and short-haul routes to aid in crew familiarisation.

The Saudia Boeing 787 routes announced so far are:

  • Jeddah – Dammam – Starts 1 February 2016
  • Jeddah – Dubai – Operates 1 February – 29 February 2016
  • Jeddah – Riyadh – Starts 1 February 2016
  • Riyadh – Dubai – Starts 1 February 2016
  • Jeddah – Guangzhou – Starts 1 March 2016
  • Jeddah – Manchester – Starts 1 March 2016
  • Jeddah – Paris CDG – Starts 1 March 2016
  • Riyadh – Guangzhou – Starts 1 March 2016

The Boeing 787 routes of Saudia and all other operators can be found on our Boeing 787 Routes Page.

(credit airlineroute.net)

Estonian Air moving into Swedish domestic market

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Estonia, Miscellaneous Spotting, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 28-08-2015

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Estonian Air CRJ900 at Stockholm Arlanda

Estonian Air has announced plans to move into the Swedish domestic market by announcing two new routes.

The airline will commence services from the winter timetable this year, starting on 25 October, on the following routes:4

  • Stockholm Arlanda – Arvidsjaur
  • Arvidsjaur – Gallivare

Both flights will operate 11x weekly and act as an extension of each other (ie Stockholm – Arvidsjaur – Gallivare). They will be operated by Estonian’s CRJ900 aircraft equipment.

The airline also operates from Tallinn to Stockholm Arlanda with the CRJ900.

 

First Finnair A350 rolled out

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Finland, Miscellaneous Spotting, Western Europe | Posted on 27-08-2015

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Finnair A350

The first fully painted Airbus A350 for Finnair has rolled out of the paint shop at Toulouse and here’s the picture.

The aircraft is OH-LWA, and is one of 19 on order with the airline. The first delivery is due in September, with flights commencing in October.

See our Airbus A350 Routes Page for more information.

 

First Jetstar Q300 arrives

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Australasia, Australia, New Zealand | Posted on 27-08-2015

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Jetstar-Q300b

Jetstar Airways now has its first DHC-8 Q300 turboprop.

VH-TQM has been transferred from QantasLink to operate domestic services within New Zealand, and is painted in the full livery of the low cost airline.

The exact routes have not yet been announced, but eventually there will be five in the fleet and are operated by Eastern Australia Airlines on behalf of Jetstar.

 

Korean Air’s first 747-8i delivered

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Frankfurt, Germany, South Korea, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 26-08-2015

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747-8I KAL HL7630

Korean Air has had its first Boeing 747-8i delivered – the first of ten it has on order of the passenger variant of the latest jumbo jet.

With this delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8. Korean Air currently operates seven 747-8 Freighters.

Korea’s flag carrier currently operates a fleet of 87 Boeing passenger airplanes that includes 737, 747 and 777s. The airline also operates an all-Boeing cargo fleet of 28 747-400, 747-8 and 777 Freighters.

Its new 747-8i’s will fly on the route from Seoul Incheon to Frankfurt from 2 September 2015, going daily from 1 October.

Other routes will be Singapore and San Francisco from November, followed at some stage by London Heathrow, which was announced initially before changing to Frankfurt.

The first aircraft is registered HL7630.

Iran Air Boeing 747SP Schedule

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, China, India, Iran, Malaysia, Middle East | Posted on 21-08-2015

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"Iran Air Boeing 747SP Wedelstaedt" by Konstantin von Wedelstaedt - Website: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Iran-Air/Boeing-747SP-86/1569423/&sid=e6125fd7d37ff9970f760ad67faed7bd. Licensed under GNU Free Documentation License 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Iran_Air_Boeing_747SP_Wedelstaedt.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Iran_Air_Boeing_747SP_Wedelstaedt.jpg

(c) Konstantin von Wedelstaedt

Despite planning to retire the type a year ago and operating enthusiast flights, Iran Air still continues to fly the world’s last passenger-carrying Boeing 747SP aircraft.

The stubby ‘Special Performance’ variant is one of the rarer passenger aircraft still flying. So I thought I’d look at the schedules it is operating, in case you want to grab a flight before it’s too late.

DEP ARR FROM TO FL NO  DAYS
0705 1200 Tehran IKA Mumbai Int’l IR810 Tue
0735 1230 Tehran IKA Mumbai Int’l IR810 Fri
1205 1655 Kuala Lumpur Int’l Tehran IKA IR815 Wed
1330 1710 Mumbai Int’l Tehran IKA IR811 Tue
1330 1820 Kuala Lumpur Int’l Tehran IKA IR815 Mon, Sat
1400 1710 Mumbai Int’l Tehran IKA IR811 Fri
1925 0625+1 Tehran IKA Beijing Capital IR800 Wed
2155 0925+1 Tehran IKA Kuala Lumpur Int’l IR814 Tue
2240 0325+1 Beijing Capital Tehran IKA IR801 Thu
2325 1055+1 Tehran IKA Kuala Lumpur Int’l IR814 Fri, Sun

At present the 747SP still appears on some services beyond 25th October, when the winter timetable starts. So it may be flying for a while yet!

 

Oman Air 787 Routes Announced

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Frankfurt, Germany, Italy, Middle East, Oman, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 19-08-2015

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Oman Air 787 Routes

Oman Air is due to take delivery of their first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in September. The airline has announced the first routes that the type will operate when in service from October. They are:

Oman Air 787 Routes

  • Muscat – Salalah – 1x daily from 25 October
  • Muscat – Frankfurt – 1x daily from 25 October
  • Muscat – Milan Malpensa – 1x daily from 1 December

Salalah is a short domestic route which will be operated initially to aid in training crews. It is not likely to feature as a long-term 787 route for the airline.

 

The airline has four 787-8s on order, and six 787-9s which are due for delivery between 2016-2018.

 

As always, keep an eye on our Boeing 787 Routes Page for a full list of all of the Dreamliner routes operated by different carriers.

ANA Star Wars planes coming to a galaxy near you

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 18-08-2015

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ANA Star Wars Planes

ANA All Nippon Airways has released details of yet more Star Wars liveries for its aircraft, which will be appearing in a galaxy – or at least an airport – near you soon!

In an agreement with The Walt Disney Company, which owns the Star Wars franchise, the airline will now be painting three aircraft in total in special schemes to promote the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is due for release in December.

The aircraft chosen for the special Star Wars planes include a Boeing 767-300, a 777-300ER and a 787-9 Dreamliner.

ANA launched the Star Wars Project in April 2015 after signing a five year promotion license contract for the Star Wars brand with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. As part of the agreement, the ANA Star Wars planes’ will also display in-flight decorations, such as headrest covers, paper napkins and cups featuring Star Wars characters – more details will be announced at a later date. The partnership also means ANA will be the only airline in the world to offer all six of the currently released Star Wars films as part of its extensive in-flight entertainment options on international routes. This will be the first time that any of the Star Wars movies have been included as part of an in-flight entertainment system.

SW-02

BB8-05

R2D2-03

The three ANA Star Wars planes will fly international and domestic routes. On October 18, the R2-D2™ ANA Jet (787-9) is scheduled to go into service on international routes, initially as flight NH116 between Tokyo and Vancouver, and then fly between Japan and other cities in ANA’s robust international network including the US (Seattle and San Jose), Europe (Munich, Paris and Brussels), Australia (Sydney), China (Beijing), and Indonesia (Jakarta).

In November, the Star Wars™ ANA Jet will fly domestic Japanese routes, and then in March 2016 the BB-8™ ANA Jet (777-300ER) is scheduled to start serving international routes principally between Japan and North America.

You’ll be able to follow the schedules on the special website, www.ana-sw.com

Final US Airways flight scheduled

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, North America, USA | Posted on 17-08-2015

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American US Airways merger

US Airways will perform a ceremonial final scheduled flight on 16th October 2015 to mark the end of the transition into American Airlines.

The two carriers have been merging for the past few years and now operate under one Air Operator’s Certificate, with many aircraft already having been painted into the colours of American.

From 17th October all flights will transition to the AA/AAL flight numbers (although many aircraft still need to be painted).

To mark the occasion a US Airways Airbus A321 will operate four sectors across the country as flight US1939, before the code is retired.

The flight US Airways flight number is significant as 1939 was the year the company can trace its ancestry to, when All American Aviation was founded.

The four flight sectors are:

  • 1005 Philadelphia – Charlotte 1204
  • 1435 Charlotte – Phoenix 1601
  • 1710 Phoenix – San Francisco 1912
  • 2155 San Francisco – Philadelphia 0618 (17th October) – the final landing.

It is anticipated that events will be planned at each location, presumably in the gate areas, and for passengers on board.

The flight is open for booking at present (US Airways website), but is likely to fill up soon.

It will be a shame to see another key American carrier disappear, but it’s great that they have planned a special event like this to commemorate.

I will be flying a former US Airways flight from Boston to New York a few days after this on what will presumably be an aircraft still wearing the original colours. Here’s hoping!

 

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New World’s Longest Non-Stop Flight Coming from Emirates

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Dubai, Middle East | Posted on 13-08-2015

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By Alex Steffler from Houston, TX, US (Emirates  Uploaded by Altair78) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Alex Steffler from Houston, TX, US (Emirates Uploaded by Altair78) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Emirates Airline has announced plans for a new route that will become the world’s longest non-stop scheduled airline flight.

The route will see the airline link its Dubai International base with Panama City Tocumen International in Central America.

The airline plans to operate the route on a daily basis using Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.

“Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers travelling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. “We’re also pleased to be the only commercial airline to offer a daily, First Class service to travellers on what will be the world’s longest non-stop flight.”

Service to Panama City to begin on 1st February 2016. Flight EK251 will depart Dubai at 08:05 and arrive in Panama City at 16:40 daily. The return flight EK252 will leave Panama City at 22:10, arriving in Dubai at 22:55 the next day. That is a 17 hours and 35 minutes flight (westbound), beating the present longest flight operated by Qantas between Sydney and Dallas Ft Worth, which takes 16 hours and 50 minutes.