Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, China, Frankfurt, Germany, Japan, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 05-11-2013
A total of five converted Air China 757s will join the fleet, with the first beginning domestic flights from Chengdu to Nanjing in mid-November.
Eight Boeing 777 freighters are on order, which will be used on international services to Frankfurt and Osaka amongst others. They will begin flying in January 2014.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Bahrain, Dubai, Eastern Europe, Frankfurt, Germany, Middle East, Western Europe | Posted on 27-10-2013
The new Dubai World Central (also known as Dubai Al Maktoum) airport has had some positive news over the past few days as two airlines have announced their intention to fly routes to the airport.
First, Condor will introduce Boeing 757 charter flights to the airport from both Dusseldorf and Frankfurt starting 21st November.7
Second, Gulf Air has announced its intention to begin daily flights to the airport from Bahrain using Airbus A320 aircraft. It is hoped to attract business travellers to the new facility, in addition to its 51 weekly flights to Dubai International Airport.
The new airport is set to open its passenger terminal today, with Wizz Air already having announced it is to fly there from its Eastern European bases. Eventually it is anticipated that Emirates will relocate its operations to Dubai World Central.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Frankfurt, Germany, Heathrow, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting News, Sweden, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 10-06-2013
British Airways will receive its first two Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on 26th and 27th June.
The airline’s first Airbus A380 will be delivered on 4th July.
Both types are expected to be delivered direct to London Heathrow airport, so if you’re around on those days make sure you keep a camera handy.
It is expected that 787 training will take place at Manston Airport, with crew training flights likely operating to Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, and Stockholm Arlanda.
Crew familiarisation on the A380 will take place on flights to Frankfurt and possibly other European trunk routes. I’ll post any updates on here as soon as I find out more.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, China, Frankfurt, Germany, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 20-04-2013
The aircraft will operate on Mondays and Wednesdays (Tuesdays and Thursdays from Shanghai) from 26 September.
From the winter season the Boeing 747-400 will replace the Airbus A340-600 on Lufthansa‘s daily departure to Shanghai. The A380 operates in addition to this daily service.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Frankfurt, Germany, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 24-10-2012
The low-cost airline will increase the number of destinations it serves from Barcelona to 100 in 2013, as it adds 28 more routes, including destinations such as London Gatwick, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf from March.
This comes on the back of Vueling adding 45 new destinations from Barcelona over the past two years. This has put the airport in second place in Europe in terms of the number of destinations served, behind Frankfurt. But it hopes to turn Barcelona into the biggest hub in Europe as it continues expanding and adding more choice of destinations.
By doing this, Vueling is increasing the number of connecting passengers at the airport, and also working at increasing the number of business passengers it carries to around 50% of all passengers.
The airline’s CEO, Alex Cruz, said he hoped to be seen as a short/medium-haul version of Qatar Airways with its base at Barcelona.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, Frankfurt, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia and CIS, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 20-09-2012
The first aircraft is due for delivery in November, making LOT the first European airline to take on the Dreamliner.
The European flights are bookable now, and include:
Warsaw – Brussels, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th January 2013
Warsaw – Budapest, 11th-14th January 2013
Warsaw – Frankfurt, 3rd-6th, 9th, 10th January 2013
Warsaw – Hanover, 23rd December 2012 & 4th January 2013
Warsaw – Kiev, 17th, 20th, 27th December 2012
Warsaw – London Heathrow, 22nd, 29th, 31st December 2012, 1st-2nd January 2013.
Warsaw – Munich, 14th-16th, 18th, 19th, 28th December 2012
Warsaw – Prague, 14th-16th, 18th-20th, 28th December 2012 & 2nd, 11th-14th January 2013.
Warsaw – Vienna, 17th, 21st-24th, 27th, 29th, 30th December 2012 & 13th January
If you manage to get on one of these flights, I’d love you to send in a report!
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Eastern Europe, Frankfurt, Germany, Heathrow, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Middle East, North America, Russia, Singapore, Spain, UK, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 04-09-2012
A good friend of mine, Andrew Solum, and British Airways‘ Head of UK & Ireland Sales, Richard Tams, are about to embark upon a fantastic journey in the hope of raising money for charity.
Their target is to raise £20,000 for the Comic Relief Flying Start charity, supported by British Airways and aimed at improving the lives of countless children every year.
Their challenge? Well, they’ve got to get around the world in seven days, starting in New York on 15th September, and using every Oneworld airline partner.
The journey will start with American Airlines from New York to Chicago then on to the Tokyo Narita international hub of Japan Airlines.
The following day they will fly with Japan Airlines from Tokyo to the Hong Kong home of Cathay Pacific and on September 17 undertake a three-flight schedule from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur with Cathay Pacific, Kuala Lumpur to Singapore with Malaysia Airlines, which is on track to join oneworld at the turn of the year. They will then travel on from Singapore to London Heathrow with Qantas arriving early on September 18.
On September 19 they will fly from Amman to Frankfurt with Royal Jordanian, then with airberlin to Germany’s capital city.
On September 20, they will take to the air again with airberlin to Frankfurt, then off with LAN to Madrid. From its base at the Spanish capital, Iberia will then carry them to the Moscow hub of S7, landing early on September 21, before a swift transfer to S7 for a flight to St. Petersburg.
The following day (September 22) they will begin the last leg of their journey heading with Finnair from St Petersburg to its own Helsinki home then on to Heathrow to connect on to their final flight, a British Airways jet from London to New York arriving at 8.55pm local time.
In total they will cover just over 30,000 miles, flying along the way on every oneworld member airline and via 11 of the alliance’s major hubs.
Tams said: “I’ve done a lot of flying in my time at British Airways, but never so many destinations in such a short period. We’ll be going through 16 airports, flying on ten different aircraft types and visiting 11 countries on 12 airlines. We won’t even have time to stop and enjoy the views!
Mr Solum, a management consultant and oneworld Emerald top tier frequent flyer, said “it will be tough going on standby staff tickets with no guarantee where we’ll be seated, but at the end of the day, every penny we raise will make a difference to a child – and that is really our driving force for this challenge.”
Tams added “We’re enormously grateful to our oneworld partners for supporting our challenge – it’s a great reflection of the reach the alliance has. I’d also like to thank our hotel partners in this, the Global Hotel Alliance, Starwood and Marriott.”
“The travel trade have also already been really supportive and we’ve already hit £8,000+ of our target but we really want to reach at least £20,000 so we’re asking everyone to dig deep and help us out. Anyone can pledge money at:
The money raised will all go directly to Flying Start, the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief UK. It will help to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of children living in the UK and in some of the poorest countries across the world. The aim of the charity is to help create lasting change by giving children and their families the chance to start supporting themselves.
The intrepid travellers will be blogging their adventures and experiences, so stay tuned for further details!
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, France, Frankfurt, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Miscellaneous Spotting, Singapore, Thailand, Western Europe | Posted on 04-09-2012
The aircraft recently appeared in full colours at the Hamburg Finkenwerder facility in Germany, where it had recently flown to for painting.
Thai will use their Airbus A380s on routes from Bangkok to European destinations such as Frankfurt and Paris CDG. Initially they will operate to Hong Kong and Singapore from 28 October, and from Januray also to Tokyo Narita.
THAI will become the ninth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of first the aircraft in the third quarter this year. The airline has firm orders for six A380s.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Asia, Frankfurt, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Luxembourg, Middle East, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, UK, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 16-08-2012
Featuring extended length, capacity, range, and a variety of technological advances both inside and out, the type is the height of aviation design.
It is available in passenger, cargo and VIP configurations; however, the cargo variant has proved far more popular, and more airlines are currently flying this option.
So where can you see the Boeing 747-8 in operation? Here are are the main airports:
Everett Paine Field
Boeing’s airfield to the north of Seattle where the Boeing 747-8 is built. You’ll see all aircraft flight testing here, and sitting on the flight line as they are fitted out. You can head to the Future of Flight center for its observation deck and watch the 747′s flying close by you.
Global Supply Systems flies three 747-8′s on behalf of British Airways Cargo to destinations worldwide. However, their home base is London Stansted airport in the UK.
Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok
Cathay Pacific ordered ten Boeing 747-8′s for its cargo network, and was one of the launch customers for the type. Their Hong Kong base is one of the busiest hubs for the type, as it also sees examples from other cargo airlines visit.
Lufthansa is the only airline to operate the passenger version of the 747-8 so far (other airlines have the type on order), and their Frankfurt base is where it flies from. It operates to destinations such as Washington Dulles on a daily basis. In total, 20 747-8′s will join Lufthansa as they replace their older 747-400′s.
Cargolux was the first airline to take delivery of a Boeing 747-8. The airline ordered seven of the type, which are based at Luxembourg. However, they can be seen on their round-the-world network to many far flung airports.
Nippon Cargo Airlines are based at Tokyo Narita Airport in Japan. They ordered 14 Boeing 747-8′s, and the type has already entered service on long haul cargo operations.
The first VIP configured Boeing 747-8 was delivered to the Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight as a royal transport aircraft. It flies from Abu Dhabi on official business.