Heathrow Terminal 2 opening soon. Check out the sculpture!

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Heathrow, Miscellaneous Spotting, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 29-04-2014

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Slipstream Terminal 2

London Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 will open on 4th June after a number of years under construction, which started with the demolition of the 1950s Queens Building and original terminal structure.

The new building much resembles Terminal 5 and offers  the latest in layout and construction design, and will help Heathrow handle passengers more efficiently. Terminal 2 will be home to Star Alliance carriers once opened.

It features one of Europe’s longest permanent sculptures, the 78 m Slipstream, by Royal Academician, Richard Wilson. It was made using the same Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Technology that is instrumental to the design, development and production of the Boeing and Airbus aircraft that will carry many of the 20m passengers per year served by Heathrow’s new Terminal 2.

Supported between 2 passenger walkways on 4 slim columns 18 m apart, the sculpture weighing around 77 tonnes represents flight.

Flybe launching London City routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Ireland, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 23-04-2014

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Flybe Q400

Flybe has announced a number of new routes from London City Airport starting in October.

New routes include Belfast City, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter and Inverness.

Flybe chief executive Saad Hammad said: “Today’s announcement is a significant landmark in the re-birth of Flybe. We are delighted to re-enter the London market at London’s most convenient airport following a rigorous profitability analysis utilising our strict route assessment model.”

 

Read about my behind the scenes tour of London City Airport here.

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

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(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.

 

Ryanair expands with more bases

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Eastern Europe, Germany, Poland, Western Europe | Posted on 11-04-2014

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Ryanair 737

Ryanair has announced it is to open new bases in Cologne/Bonn, Gdansk, and Warsaw-Modlin from Winter 2014.

The new bases will each see aircraft being based at the airports, and new routes being opened to a variety of destinations.

“Ryanair is delighted to announce that we will be opening a new base at Cologne this winter, offering 8 exciting routes, including 5 new routes to Dublin, London Stansted, Madrid, Riga and Rome Ciampino, which will deliver over 700,000 passengers annually”

“Ryanair is[also] delighted to announce that we will be opening a new base at Gdansk this winter, offering 10 exciting routes, including 3 new winter routes to Birmingham, Leeds Bradford and Warsaw Modlin”

And finally: “Ryanair is delighted to announce that we will be opening a new base at Warsaw Modlin this winter, offering 20 exciting routes, including 4 new winter routes to Gdansk, Madrid, Shannon and Wroclaw, which will deliver some 1.9m passengers annually”

More Delta Boeing 717 routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, USA | Posted on 06-04-2014

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Delta 717Delta will add Boeing 717 service to a number of destinations not previously served by the type.

From Atlanta, destinations include:
Abilene (commenced)
Augusta (commenced)
Dallas Love Field (from 31 October)
Fayetteville (commenced)
Gainesville (commenced)
Grand Rapids (commenced)
Houston Intercontinental (commenced)
Lexington (commenced)
Memphis (commenced)
Mobile (commenced)
Myrtle Beach (commenced)
Tri Cities (from 5 June)
Wichita (from 7 June)

From Detroit Wayne, destinations include:
Austin (from 2 May)
Buffalo (from 5 June)
Chicago Midway (commenced)
Green Bay (from 8 April)
Houston Intercontinental (from 9 April)
Indianapolis (from 5 June)
Kansas City (commenced)
Nashville (from 5 June)
New York JFK (from 2 September)
New York LaGuardia (from 2 September)
Philadelphia (from 8 April)
Traverse City (from 2 May)

From New York JFK, destinations include:
Boston (from 2 September)
Tampa (from 2 September)

From New York LaGuardia, destinations include:
Miami (from 2 September)
Tampa (from 2 September)

From Los Angeles, the only destination is:
Austin (from 6 June)

 

Credit to worldairlinenews.com

Belavia announces Embraer 195 routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Belarus, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, Netherlands, Russia, Western Europe | Posted on 02-04-2014

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Belavia EMB175, (c) Magic Aviation.

Belavia will introduce the Embraer 195 aircraft in May, alongside its existing EMB 175, CRJ, and Boeing 737 aircraft.

The airline has announced that the 195 will operate on the following routes from 6 May:

Minsk – Amsterdam (from 16 May)
Minsk – Batumi (from July)
Minsk – Moscow Domodedovo
Minsk – Prague
Minsk – St Petersburg

 

Norwegian 787s to Gatwick

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Spotting News, Sweden, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 01-04-2014

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Norwegian Air takeoffNorwegian will again fly its Boeing 787 aircraft into Gatwick this summer.

The aircraft will operate daily from Stockholm Arlanda to London Gatwick, with two flights per day on weekdays.

The flights will operate from 6th May to 24th July 2014.

 

 

 

Credit AirlineRoute.net

TAAG Angola aims to develop Luanda into large hub

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Airport News, Belgium, Brazil, China, Dubai, France, Heathrow, Italy, Middle East, Portugal, South America, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 01-04-2014

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TAAG_777-3M2ERTAAG Angola Airlines is planning to turn its Luanda Airport base into a hub to link Central Africa with worldwide destinations in association with Emirates Airline.

TAAG is currently on the EU banned airline list, but it is hoped it will emerge soon and begin expanding its connections to Europe, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Paris CDG, and Rome Fiumicino.

Luanda will also be linked through Dubai via Emirates, who will also take on TAAG’s links to Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo.

A new airport is being built at Luanda which will be able to handle this increased traffic, and match modern standards expected at airports.

Stobart Air and Flybe to launch London Southend partnership

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 31-03-2014

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Flybe Q400Stobart Air is the new name for Aer Arann, keeping it in line with its parent company Stobart Group.

The carrier operates franchise flights on behalf of Aer Lingus, but has now also announced a five year partnership with Flybe to operate services from London Southend Airport.

The five year agreement will initially see two 72 seat ATR 500/600 aircraft based at Stobart’s London Southend Airport, with options to extend the franchise further in the future.  The two planes, flying in Flybe livery, will serve six routes to Northern Europe and Benelux countries from 5 June 2014.  The franchise is aiming to carry over 200,000 passengers to and from London Southend Airport annually in 2015. Tickets will go on sale from 3 April via Flybe.com.

Saad Hammad (above left), Chief Executive Officer of Flybe said: “We are delighted to be extending the Flybe brand further into the South East.  Today’s news is also further evidence of our commitment to providing true regional connectivity across the UK and we look forward to unveiling a major programme of new base and route development over the coming months.”

Southend is owned by the Stobart Group and has seen impressive growth in recent years following the development of its passenger terminal, a runway extension, and the arrival of an easyJet base.

United to fly 787-9s domestically

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Australasia, Australia, North America, USA | Posted on 28-03-2014

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United Airlines 787-800United Airlines will begin operations with its new Boeing 787-9 aircraft by flying on a number of domestic routes.

The first of the aircraft, which is an extended version of the standard 787-8 model, will arrive in July. Flying shorter routes will help in gaining crew familiarity before the type begins long haul flying.

The aircraft will fly between Denver, Houston IAH and Los Angeles International from August.

Already announced, the first international route will be from Los Angeles International to Melbourne, starting in October.