CSA Czech Airlines is slowly emerging from its self-imposed retreat by announcing more expansion and route updates.
Earlier this month the airline announced its return to the UK with a new twice-weekly link to Liverpool from Prague starting on 4th June.
Now, it has announced the inauguration of a focus city at Stuttgart Airport which will commence in May.
A 3x weekly ATR42-500 route from Prague to Stuttgart had already been announced, starting 26th May. But now, on the same day, the airline has said it will start flights from Stuttgart to Bologna, Geneva and Marseilles (via Geneva). All routes will use the ATR42 aircraft.
I came across this onboard footage of a morning arrival at Geneva Airport filmed on board a Swiss A330-300 earlier this year.
If you have a few minutes to sit back and relax, it really takes in the sights and sounds of an arrival with stunning light, and the Swiss scenery passing below, before arriving at a packed ramp full of airliners from around the world.
A new Boeing 727 scheduled service is to begin in Europe, a number of years since the last was seen.
The route is to be flown by Azerbaijan Airlines, and will link Baku with Geneva, flying twice weekly (Friday and Sunday) using a specially configured aircraft with executive interior. It will seat 65 passengers in a First and Business Class layout.
The route will begin on 11th July, and it is expected that the aircraft used on the service will be 4K-8888, a 727-251 originally operated by Northwest Airlines, and now in a striking livery with immaculate interior.
Flights will be operated with the schedule as follows:
Air Canada has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, registered C-GHPQ.
The aircraft, the first of Air Canada’s 37 787s on order for delivery through 2019, departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash. on its delivery flight to Toronto on 18th May.
Air Canada has announced it will use the 787 on its Toronto-Tel Aviv routes, as well as launch a new destination – Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The 787 is 20 percent more fuel efficient than similar-sized airplanes it will replace in Air Canada’s fleet.
Other routes scheduled to see Air Canada 787s include London Heathrow, Paris CDG and Zurich. See more on our Boeing 787 Routes page.
Whilst crews familiarise themselves with the aircraft, it will begin operating on the Toronto – Montreal domestic service at certain times over the next couple of months.
FARNAIR Europe has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-400 aircraft.
The aircraft is a high gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 28492 – ex JA737F) built in 1996 and was converted at Commercial Jet’s Miami facility, which is one of five authorized AEI Conversion Centers worldwide. This is AEI’s 2nd of an anticipated 30+ freighters to be delivered in 2014.
Guy Girard, CEO of the FARNAIR Group, said “This is the first of four aircraft we have secured, while the rest will join our fleet in the coming months.”
2. Norwegian Boeing 787-800
Fly Norwegian’s 737s on routes across Scandinavia and mainland Europe, including a flight to the most Northerly airport in the world!
3. Air Canada Boeing 767-300
Fly long haul and short haul in Air Canada’s 767s, including a trip to Hawaii, and the famous landing at St. Maarten as seen from the cockpit!
4. Air France Boeing 777-200ER
Follow the pilots of this state-of-the-art aircraft in a flight from Paris to New York JFK. It covers everything from the moment they arrive at the airport, including planning and pre-flight, to the charts, cockpit instruments, approach, landing and all the outside cockpit views.
5. Swiss Airbus A340-300
Like the Air France 777 example above, this one follows the pilots through every aspect of their flight both on the ground and in the air, as they take an A340 from Zurich to San Francisco. Fascinating documentary and cockpit views.
Etihad 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.
Slovenian national carrier Adria Airways is looking to set up a number of hubs or focus cities at airports outside of its home country.
The airline has already based a CRJ900 aircraft at Pristina Airport in Kosovo, and is now looking to set up similar operations at Tirana in Albania, Verona in Italy, and Klagenfurt in Austria.
All of these airports are within close proximity of Slovenia.
The newly-announced Verona hub will allow Adria to take up routes dropped recently by Air Dolomiti, and it intends to connect the city to its fellow Star Alliance partner hubs at Brussels, Vienna and Zurich. Flights will start in 2014.
Klagenfurt is still being evaluated as a possible base for 2014.
Bombardier’s new CSeries regional airliner made its first flight in September so we thought we’d take a look at which airports the type will be a regular sight at once deliveries take place.
So far almost 180 examples have been ordered by airlines around the world (split over the CS100 and CS300 models), with a number of purchases by leasing companies.
The airports are:
Seoul, South Korea – Korean Air ordered 10 CS300s, becoming the first in Asia to order the type. Routes have not yet been announced, so it is not certain whether the type will fly from Gimpo or Incheon airports.
Riga, Latvia – airBaltic are due to take 10 CS300 examples for regional flights around Europe.
Bahrain – Gulf Air will take 10 CS100s for flights around the Middle East.
Geneva & Zurich, Switzerland – Lufthansa ordered 30 CS100s which will be used to revitalise the short- and medium-haul fleet of Swiss, replacing its older Avro Regional Jets. These will fly from the airline’s Geneva and Zurich bases across Europe. Additionally, Geneva-based PrivatAir has ordered five CS100s in an all-business class configuration.
London City, UK – The Docklands airport will be certified for CSeries operations. Swiss and PrivatAir are both possible carriers who will fly the type there. However, a new airline named Odyssey Airlines is currently being formed with a base at London City. It has ordered 10 CS100s.