airberlin and Etihad A320 revealed

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Germany, Middle East, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 14-01-2014

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airberlin and Etihad livery A320airberlin and Etihad Airways today unveiled an Airbus A320 aircraft in specially designed joint livery, symbolising the close ties between the two airlines and marking the launch of a new Moving Forward media campaign.

Following the implementation of joint codesharing across the networks both airlines will strengthen the commercial partnership in 2014.

The developments in the commercial partnership are set to further increase the number of passengers who fly on the airberlin and Etihad Airways network, which currently serves 228 destinations in 84 countries.

The A320 aircraft was revealed in Berlin and will enter service with airberlin, so photographers keep your eyes out!

Top 5 spotting airports in January

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Africa, Australasia, Eastern Europe, Greece, Middle East, Miscellaneous Spotting, New Zealand, North America, South Africa, USA | Posted on 31-12-2013

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January – typically a cold month for those in Europe and the USA; a month where people try to make new starts and pursue the resolutions they made at the end of the last year.

The weather doesn’t have to be a hindrance for your spotting. Here are five suggestions of places to spot in January.

 

Los Angeles International
One of the greatest airports in America. Los Angeles boasts sunshine and warmer temperatures than most of the country at this time of the year, and the sunlight is always great for photography. Head to one of the locations around the perimeter and snap some heavies landing.

Skiathos Airport

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South Africa’s principal airport is great at this time of year – warm, sunny and with lots of daylight. The airport is a hub for South African Airways, and a focal point for many African operators. You can also see a number of older aircraft operating here.

Skiathos
Dubbed the St. Maarten of Europe, the Greek island of Skiathos is an amazing place for the aircraft spotter and photographer. With average temperatures in the low teens, it is much more pleasant than the rest of Europe, and always popular with charter airlines.

Abu Dhabi
Always hot at this time of year, Abu Dhabi is an up-and-coming alternative to Dubai. Hub for Etihad Airways, the airport has a new Premier Inn with views of aircraft movements, making a much cheaper alternative to Dubai’s Sheraton Deira.

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Auckland
Catch up with aviation in New Zealand at its principal gateway and home hub of Air New Zealand. Auckland has a pleasant climate at this time of year, and offers some great local aviation attractions in addition to the airlines it serves, such as Ardmore Airport and its classic aircraft.

 
Whatever you get up to with your spotting in January, remember to comment on which airports you’ve been to and send us your tips and photographs from around the world!

New Abu Dhabi Airport Premier Inn hotel offers spotting views

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airport News, Dubai, Middle East, Spotting Hotels, Spotting News | Posted on 18-12-2013

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Premier Inn Abu DhabiA new Premier Inn hotel has opened at Abu Dhabi Airport and promises views of aircraft movements from both rooms and the rooftop terrace.

The new hotel is linked to Terminals 1 and 3 at the airport by the Skypark retail corridor.

Although I haven’t stayed there yet, the hotel confirms that some rooms have views of aircraft movements, and can be reserved if you leave a note with your booking or call ahead of your stay.

The hotel also boasts a rooftop terrace with pool and loungers. This also offers spectacular views all around, and over the airport (similar to the Sheraton Deira in Dubai).

Premier Inn AUHAs always, discretion is advised when using binoculars, poles and cameras around airports in the UAE as police can be less tolerant of this. Make sure you check it is ok with hotel staff when using the rooftop terrace.

The link for the hotel is here: http://global.premierinn.com/gcc/en/hotel/UKPAD2/abu-dhabi-international-airport

If you have stayed there, why not comment below with your findings or details of the best rooms with views!

Air Seychelles eyes growth

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Asia, France, India, Middle East, Seychelles, Western Europe | Posted on 13-12-2013

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Air Seychelles are expecting to take an Airbus A319 aircraft in late 2014 to allow growth from its Mahe base to destinations around the Indian Ocean.

Destinations are likely to include Abu Dhabi, Antananarivo, St Denis Reunion, and Mumbai.

The airline will also resume service to Paris Orly (via Abu Dhabi) in February 2014.

Boeing 777X officially launches with Dubai orders

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Dubai, Germany, Middle East, North America, Qatar, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 18-11-2013

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Boeing 777-8X & 777-9XBoeing has officially launched its new 777X aircraft having now received numerous orders for the type at the Dubai Air Show.

Orders for the 777X now stands at 259 examples. New orders in Dubai have come from Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, and Qatar Airways.

Representing the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar value, 777X orders and commitments include Lufthansa with 34 airplanes; Etihad Airways with 25; Qatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with 150 airplanes. The combined value of the agreements is more than $95 billion at list prices.

“We are proud to partner with each of these esteemed airlines to launch the 777X – the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jetliner in the world,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “Its ground-breaking engine technologies and all-new composite wing will deliver unsurpassed value and growth potential to our customers.”

The 777X builds on the passenger-preferred and market-leading 777, which today commands 55 percent of market share in its category in terms of backlog, and 71 percent of the in-service fleet worldwide. The 777X family includes the 777-8X and the 777-9X, both designed to respond to market needs and customer preferences.

Etihad Regional formed from stake in Darwin Airline

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Airport News, Germany, Middle East, Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 17-11-2013

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Etihad RegionalEtihad Airways has taken a 33.3% stake in Swiss carrier Darwin Airline, and will rebrand it as Etihad Regional in the hope of extending its brand coverage in Europe.

The move will come into effect in June 2014 and will see Darwin’s Saab 2000 fleet based in both Zurich and Berlin. Etihad will begin a new A330-200 link from its Abu Dhabi base to Zurich to coincide with the move, and provide onward connections through Darwin to a number of European cities.

This will naturally unlock worldwide onward connections through Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub for many new passengers in Europe.

Huge Etihad aircraft order at Dubai Air Show

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Dubai, Middle East | Posted on 17-11-2013

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Etihad Boeing ordersThe Dubai Air Show has gotten off to an incredible start with some historic aircraft orders.

One of most notable so far has been from Etihad Airways, which has committed to over 140 new aircraft, along with a number of options. Orders come from both Airbus and Boeing.

From Airbus, Etihad has ordered 40 A350-900s, ten A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neo’s and 10 A320neo’s.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said, “Ten years ago this month, we celebrated our inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi using an Airbus A330. As one of the first airlines set to receive the much-awaited Airbus A350-1000, we look forward to benefiting from its operational efficiencies and cost savings.”

800x600_1384524372_A350-900_EtihadFrom Boeing, the airline will take 30 787-10 Dreamliners and 25 777X. This is notable in that the 787 has now surpassed 1,000 orders, and the 777X will now officially launch due to this (and other) orders.

“Our ongoing investment in the 787 is well-founded and is apparent by the record time in which the Dreamliner family received its 1,000th order,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We are truly grateful for the continued confidence that our customers have placed in the 787 and together, we are excited about growing the product line and expanding our presence with this family of airplanes.”

Etihad now has 71 787 Dreamliners on order and is the world’s largest airline customer for the airplane.

 

 

 

Etihad A321 routes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Asia, Eastern Europe, India, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey | Posted on 19-09-2013

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Etihad Airways will take delivery of its first Airbus A321 in December.

This will be the first of 11 the airline has on order. They will initially fly on the following routes:

Abu Dhabi – Chennai
Abu Dhabi – Istanbul Ataturk
Abu Dhabi – Riyadh

More destinations will be introduced as more aircraft arrive.

Jat Airways becomes Air Serbia

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Miscellaneous Spotting, Serbia | Posted on 01-08-2013

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Jat Airways 737-300Struggling Jat Airways is to be revamped, with a new name and fleet.

The airline is to become Air Serbia, and will operate a fleet of Airbus A319 aircraft leased from Etihad Airways.

Etihad has taken a 49 per cent stake in the European carrier, which dates back to 1927.

The first two A319s will join the fleet immediately in order to operate a busy summer schedule. Then, alongside Jat’s existing destination network, Air Serbia will launch a further fourteen new routes this winter, Siniša Mali, the finance advisor to Serbia’s Deputy Minister says. EX-YU Aviation News has revealed eleven destinations the airline will launch this winter. They are Abu Dhabi, Banja Luka, Beirut, Budapest, Bucharest, Cairo, Ljubljana, Prague, Sofia, Varna and Warsaw.

To allow this to take place, the airline’s ageing Boeing 737 aircraft will be retired and a further six A319s leased.

Biman last DC-10 flight in October

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Asia, Bangladesh, Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Middle East, Oman, Spotting News | Posted on 30-06-2013

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Bangladesh Biman DC10Biman Bangladesh Airlines will retire its McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft from service in December, to be replaced by Boeing 777s.

Biman is the last airline in the world to operate the DC-10 in passenger service, making this a significant announcement and the last opportunity to fly on the type if you haven’t already!

I was lucky enough to take a number of United Airlines DC-10 flights, and also see the Biman examples at various airports.

I know a number of enthusiasts have been taking trips to fly on the Biman aircraft over recent years, before it’s too late.

The final flight is expected to take place on 1st December 2013. At the moment, the DC-10 is being flown on the following routes:

  • Dhaka – Chittagong – Abu Dhabi (ends 1 December)
  • Dhaka – Chittagong – Dubai (ends 28 November)
  • Dhaka – Hong Kong (ends 29 November)
  • Dhaka – Kuala Lumpur (ends 30 November)
  • Dhaka – Muscat (ends 28 November)

The DC-10 is just one of the aircraft featured in Last Chance to Fly – our ebook which lists the rare and historic airliners that you can still fly, and which airlines operate them. Download your copy here: www.airportspotting.com/books/chance-fly-rare-passenger-aircraft/