US Airways will retire its Boeing 737-400 fleet on 19th August 2014.
To mark the occasion the airline is putting on a special flight that will call at three cities on the final day of operation.
US flight number 0737 will leave Charlotte on a flight to Dallas Fort Worth. It will then fly to Philadelphia before returning to Charlotte. The flight times are expected to be:
Charlotte 0830 – Dallas Ft Worth 1016
Dallas Ft Worth 1245 – Philadelphia 1703
Philadelphia 2000 – Charlotte 2140
At each destination there will be a special farewell for the aircraft with staff and press.
The public are able to book on this flight, but it is expected to have sold out very quickly.
If you witness the final day of operation, why not send us your pictures!
UTair has signed an agreement with the regional government to develop Yermolino Aerodrome into another international airport for Moscow and the surrounding area.
The facility is currently under utilised and lacking any significant infrastructure. However, given investment which would adapt it into a fully fledged airport, UTair says it will introduce up to 20 based Airbus A321 aircraft and a significant network of routes.
Yermolino is around 90 miles to the south west of Moscow and has fairly good road links.
The regional government would provide support in attracting investors for the project, whilst additional funding would also be provided by the Ministry for Internal Affairs.
Construction is expected to start later in 2014, with the airport opening for airline flights in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is to be held in Russia. A throughput of 6.5 million passengers would be expected by 2020.
The airport would not be limited to UTair flights, with other airlines being invited to begin services to Yermolino.
Greenland Express is a new airline hoping to revitalise air travel and tourism in the northern Danish outpost with low fares and a number of destinations.
The airline will launch services on 17 June using a Fokker 100 aircraft, flown by ACMI operator Denim Air. The aircraft is registered PH-MJP.
The airline is actually based in Aalborg, Denmark. It will offer flights on the following routes:
Aalborg – Kangerlussuaq
Aalborg – Keflavik
Aalborg – Narsarsuaq
Aalborg – Copenhagen
Keflavik – Narsarsuaq
Keflavik – Aalborg
Keflavik – Kangerlussuaq
Keflavik – Copenhagen
Copenhagen – Narsarsuaq
Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
Copenhagen – Aalborg
Copenhagen – Keflavik
Narsarssuaq – Aalborg*
Narsarssuaq – Keflavik*
Narsarssuaq – Copenhagen*
* Routing from Narsarssuaq is via Kangerlussuaq.
The airline says of its service: “We are looking forward to offering a new alternative for air transport between Denmark and Greenland with safety and personal service in focus, and at quite competitive prices.”
Transaero Airlines will begin flights from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Vladivostok and Khabarovsk using Boeing 747-400 aircraft. This move is aimed at meeting the increasing demand during the summer season 2014.
Flights began to Vladivostok on 21 May, with other routes coming online in June and July.
Transaero is the only operator of passenger Boeing 747-400 aircraft in Eastern Europe, the CIS and Russia. These aircraft operate flights on the most popular leisure and scheduled routes from Moscow to numerous destinations in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. In summer season 2014, Boeing 747-400 aircraft will operate from Saint Petersburg to Greece, Cyprus, Tunisia and Turkey.
The first flight arrives at Heathrow’s new Terminal 2
London Heathrow Airport‘s Terminal 2 has opened to passengers this morning.
The first flight, arriving from Chicago O’Hare at 6am, was operated by United Airlines, who will be the only airline to use the terminal initially. Shortly, however, other Star Alliance carriers will also transfer their operations from other Heathrow terminals, along with Aer Lingus and Virgin Atlantic Little Red.
The £2.5 billion terminal replaces the original Terminal 2 and Queens Building, which was the first of the central terminals at Heathrow. The new one is much more spacious and has a greater capacity for passengers and aircraft. It features a huge sculpture.
It also has 28 gates, eight A380 piers, 33 shops and 17 restaurants.
What Terminal 2 is like for enthusiasts is not known yet, but we’d love to hear from you if you’re passing through or visiting in the coming days. Are there any views before security? Do the departure lounges have large windows?
You can find out more about spotting at Heathrow here.
Startup airline AeroLap Paraguay are planning to start a new service from Asuncion to Madrid Barajas according to latest reports.
The airline is investing $180 million in starting operations using a Boeing 767-300, N254MY.
It is hoped that scheduled service to Madrid will begin in December.
Cargo airline Amerijet International is expanding with two new bases and 11 new routes.
New bases will be created at Reno-Tahoe Airport, and Rickenbacker Airport near Columbus.
The airline will then begin Boeing 767 flights between the two hubs to connect its growing network.
“Amerijet’s selection of Reno-Tahoe International for its west coast operation is amazing news for our airport and our community,” Marily Mora, President/CEO of Reno-Tahoe International Airport, said. Rollins further added “This service connects Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Reno on the west coast with Columbus, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Newark and Atlanta on the east coast.”
Amerijet operated a fleet of Boeing 727-200 and 767-200 freighter aircraft. It has an existing hub at Miami International Airport serving South America.
Qantas’ record-breaking route from Sydney to Dallas Ft. Worth is to be upgraded to Airbus A380 equipment from 29 September.
The route is currently operated by a Boeing 747-400ER six times weekly, and recently featured in our Greatest Flights series as it’s now the longest passenger flight in the world.
With the upgrade to A380, the flight will no longer need to stop in Brisbane on the inbound leg.
Coincidentally, this will also give Qantas the crown for the longest A380 flight. Currently Emirates holds the record on its Dubai – Los Angeles route.
Etihad Airways will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners later this year.
As part of the training programme for pilots and crews, the aircraft will operate initially on the short Abu Dhabi – Doha route from 1st – 31st December 2014.
The daily EY391/398 flight operates late at night on the 1 hour sector.
Other routes announced by Etihad for its Boeing 787s include Dusseldorf, Mumbai and Washington Dulles, all from December/January.
Find out more on our Boeing 787 Routes page.
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The UK’s historic Manston Airport – famed for its role in the Battle of Britain, and popular with enthusiasts largely because of its collection of stored and abandoned airliners – has announced it is to close on 15th May.
The airport was bought for £1 last year by an investor who hoped to find a future for the airport. But recently, the only passenger operator at Manston, KLM Cityhopper, withdrew its flights to Amsterdam and the future looked bleak.
Since the airport is losing £10,000 per day, it entered a consultation period about closing and has now announced this date, despite offers from investors and business proposals by staff.
It’s a sad end to Manston, which interestingly has one of the widest runways in the world.