(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.
It’s not one that’s on many peoples’ radars, but a short domestic route in South Korea is actually the world’s busiest passenger route, and is the subject of this Greatest Flights.
The route is Seoul to Jeju, and island to the south of the country. It is operated by no fewer than seven airlines, namely Air Busan, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Jet, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air, and T’way.
Flights take off between Seoul’s Gimpo Airport and Jeju as often as every five minutes during the day, with over 69,000 flights between the two every year.
Whilst most flights are operated by regular Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 medium haul jets, the 280 mile trip is sometimes flown by Boeing 747-400 and 767-300s at peak times.
Previous Greatest Flights:
World’s Shortest Route – Westray to Papa Westray
World’s Longest Route – Sydney to Dallas Ft Worth
DC-3 Scheduled Flight – Yellowknife to Hay River
Singapore to Sydney in an A380
Winair to St Barths
TAAG 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.
Asiana’s first Airbus A380 has emerged from the paint shop in Hamburg in full colours of the South Korean airline.
Asiana Airlines has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft from Seoul initially on regional services in Asia followed by long-haul routes to the US.
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Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 27-03-2014
Japan Transocean Air has placed an order for 12 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, valued at $1.1 billion at list prices, which will mark the start of the airline’s fleet renewal program with the new airplanes scheduled to enter into service from 2016. As part of the agreement, JTA will have the flexibility to switch to the 737 MAX family of aircraft.
A member of the Japan Airlines Group, JTA is based in Naha, Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island chain. Currently, the airline operates a fleet of 737-400 airplanes on domestic routes linking Okinawa with major Japanese cities as well as other islands within Okinawa.
A large order has come from Spicejet at the India Aviation 2014 event for 42 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
This brings the total umber of Boeing aircraft operated or on order by Spicejet to 90, including the 737-800, -900ER and now the MAX variant.
“SpiceJet greatly values the ties we have built over the years with Boeing. The Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, the mainstay of the fleet ever since SpiceJet started operations, have vindicated our choice by their endurance, reliability and cost effectiveness,” said S.L. Narayanan, Group CFO for The Sun Group. “The induction of Boeing 737 MAX will further modernize our fleet, improve customer experience, and ensure that we operate the most efficient fleet well into the future.”
First flight of the new MAX is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,800 orders to date and will have 8 percent lower per-seat operating costs than the future competition.
A new spotting hotel has emerged at Jakarta Airport and is receiving favourable reviews from spotters who have visited.
The FM7 Resort Hotel is situated close to the end of Runway 25R, and one of the main benefits is the proximity of aircraft approaching this runway, which can be photographed quite easily.
Although the hotel is only two stories high, rooms on the top floor can be found that have good views and are not too obstructed by the surrounding trees. Some rooms also have views across to runway 25L, but SBS is necessary to identify them as they disappear behind the buildings.
The owner of the hotel is aware of the needs of plane spotters and welcomes the trade this brings. A rooftop bar is being constructed which has views of both sides of the airport, although through glass.
The hotel is in a less than ideal neighbourhood, but once inside is quite luxurious and serves good food. It also provides a free shuttle to the airport. Here’s a map of the hotel’s location.
Visit the FM7 Hotel’s webpage here: http://fm7hotel.com/
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China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, registered B-2099.
The new airplane is the first of 10 777-300ERs China Southern has on order with Boeing.
“The 777-300ER’s long-haul capability is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing long-range markets more efficiently and open new routes in the future,” said Zhang Zifang, Chief Operating Officer, China Southern Airlines. “The 777-300ER will support the development of Guangzhou as our main international hub and will be a vital part of our ‘Canton Route’ services.”
China Southern plans to operate its first 777-300ER on its new North America routes, where it will be able to directly connect passengers in the southern region of China to the eastern coast of the United States.
Scoot, the low-cost spin-off of Singapore Airlines, has announced some of the routes it plans to operated its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners on.
As Scoot works towards replacing its entire Boeing-777 fleet, the new Dreamliners — the first of which is expected to arrive in November — will help the airline save more than 20 per cent in fuel per seat, Chief Executive Campbell Wilson said.
“We certainly intend to pass some, if not most, of the savings to our consumers as, clearly, lower air fares stimulate more people to travel … At the very least, the fares will not increase; more likely they will come down,” he added.
Scoot announced in October 2012 it had agreed to acquire 20 Boeing 787s.
Initial routes will be from Singapore Changi to Taipei, Japan, and Australia.
ATR have had a good Singapore Airshow, with a number of significant orders for their ATR 72-600 regional turboprop announced.
Bangkok Airways have placed an order for eight aircraft (six firm and two options). The airline has been operating ATR aircraft for two decades and currently operates a fleet of eight ATR 72-500s. The first new ATR 72-600s will be delivered later this year, allowing Bangkok Airways to start renewing its fleet and to offer all the new comfort and cabin features of the ATR-600s to its customers.
Secondly, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) announced they have purchased 40 ATR 72-600s (20 firm and 20 options) to add to its leasing business. This is the first time DAE has ventured into regional aircraft, and expects high interest from customers around the world for the type. Khalifa AlDaboos, Managing Director of DAE, declared: “ATRs are today operated by some 190 carriers all over the world, and this is clearly providing us with many potential opportunities to place this new fleet of regional aircraft”