Dubai International Airport will close one of its two runways on 1st May for heavy maintenance and resurfacing work to take place.
The closure will last for 80 days, and will mean the airport’s carriers – in particular based airline Emirates – will have to reduce frequencies and make other changes in order to cope with the restrictions in place.
Emirates has also confirmed that it will ground 20 aircraft during the period, including all of its Airbus A340-500s, some A330-200s, and some Boeing 777s.
The airline recently relocated its dedicated freight operations to the new Dubai World Central Airport.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport becomes the latest to add Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on 3rd March when British Airways begin a daily flight from London Heathrow.
The airport’s Family Viewing Area will provide a vantage point and refreshments for spotters and other members of the public wishing to see the first arrival of the Dreamliner. British Airways’ flight 191 is scheduled for its first landing at 5 pm. Inaugural flight BA 190 is scheduled to depart ABIA for London Heathrow at 7 pm (after the inaugural launch, British Airways’ flights are scheduled to depart Austin at 8 pm).
Austin Bergstrom Family Viewing Area
The Family Viewing Area is located near the airport’s east runway. Please note, while the 787 may land on the east or west runway, Gate 2, used by British Airways, faces the viewing area providing ample time to see the aircraft. To access the airport’s Family Viewing Area, take the Hwy. 71 access road past Presidential Blvd. (road to airport terminal). Take the first right past Presidential Blvd. to Golf Course Rd. Follow Golf Course Rd. to the end, where the Family Viewing Area is located.
Some sad news today… Sydney Airport is to close its observation deck on the International Terminal in March.
According to site Australian Business Traveller, Sydney Airport confirmed the closure due to “operational reasons” as the airport explores a range of potential uses for the space as it looks to redevelop parts of the terminal.
This is sad news for spotters who enjoy the panoramic views and great position for photographing and watching aircraft at the airport.
There are a number of alternative locations for spotting aircraft at Sydney, which the airport encourages you to use. These include the Rydges Hotel at Terminal 1, Qantas Drive, the mound next to runway 16L, and the area alongside the runway 25 threshold.
The airport maintains that the aviation enthusiast community is important to them and has a page dedicated to this (see here) with details of spotting locations. Nevertheless, some enthusiasts have reacted badly at the news of this closure.
United Express will begin Embraer 175 flights on 17th May this year.
The aircraft, owned and operated by SkyWest, will initially operate from United’s Chicago O’Hare hub. The first flight will operate to Washington Reagan National. Two days later, Boston Logan will be added.
SkyWest placed an order for 40 Embraer 175s last year. The aircraft will operate in a two class layout, and will eventually be seen across a large number of United Express destinations.
Asiana Airlines have announced that their first Airbus A380 route will be to Los Angeles International.
The South Korean airline will receive their first two A380s this summer, and begin services between Seoul Incheon and Los Angeles on 30th July.
Prior to being introduced on the Los Angeles route, Asiana plans to temporarily utilize the A380s on short and medium haul international destinations like Tokyo Narita, Osaka, Hong Kong and Bangkok from June
The new aircraft will consist of a total of 495 seats–12 First Class, 66 Business Class, and 417 Travel Class seats. Asiana specifically designed this new aircraft to enhance seat efficiency and to meet the demands of each class.
Milan Orio al Serio airport near Bergamo will close to all fixed wing operations between May 13 and June 2, 2014.
The closure is to allow essential runway resurfacing works to take place.
Flights to the airport will be reduced and diverted to other airports during the period of the closure. Ryanair has already announced that it will operate from Milan Malpensa during the period.
In a move that is likely to see airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines reviewing their operations to India, the government there has agreed to lift a ban on Airbus A380 flights to the country.
The ban was put in place to protect national carrier Air India from predatory carriers stealing passengers and market share to the country. It was also in part because of a lack of infrastructure to handle the huge superjumbo.
Now, however, A380s will be allowed to fly to the country’s four biggest airports: Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
Both Emirates and Singapore Airlines have now said they will review their operations to India with a view to introducing A380 services. Lufthansa, which currently operates Boeing 747-8s to India said it would also not rule out the possibility of flying its A380s to the country.
One of the most popular new restaurants in Accra has opened adjacent to Kotoka International Airport.
The former Ghana Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10 has been preserved on land adjacent to the airport, with its interior now a restaurant for 118 people.
The aircraft is painted in bright green colours, with the original flag tail scheme still in place. Inside, diners can sit in booths alongside the windows or down the centre of the cabin. Overhead lockers are still in place, and out of the window aircraft arriving and departing can be seen at the neighbouring airport.
The aircraft is believed to be ex-9G-ANB
I’ve been meaning to give this one a mention for a while.
Monarch Airlines are retiring their Airbus A300-605R fleet on Sunday 13th April after 23 years in the fleet (where did the time go!?). The final example is G-OJMR, which was delivered new in 1991.
Monarch have arranged for their last commercial A300 flight to be for enthusiasts on a special trip from London Gatwick to Birmingham airports, with every one of the 374 seats up for grabs at a special price of £74, including taxes.
For more details see this page: http://blog.monarch.co.uk/tickets-available-for-the-last-commercial-flight-of-monarch-airlines-airbus-a300-605r/
AeroMexico has brought forward the date it will start using its Boeing 787s to London Heathrow to 15th March.
Originally they were due to operate from 16th April.
The aircraft will be used twice weekly from Mexico City, but is due to stop operating in late May.