Vueling adds Rome Fiumicino base

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Eastern Europe, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Spain, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 21-11-2013

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This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.Hot off the heels of its announcement about creating a hub at Brussels, Vueling has come up trumps again with the announcement that Rome Fiumicino Airport will also become a base from Summer 2014.

This time the airline is adding a massive 24 new routes from Rome.

This will no doubt capitalise on the struggling Alitalia and its own network from Rome, as Vueling are targeting both domestic and international routes.

The new routes are:

  • Alicante
  • Amsterdam
  • Athens
  • Bari
  • Berlin
  • Brindisi
  • Brussels
  • Catania
  • Corfu
  • Dubrovnik
  • Genoa
  • Heraklion
  • Lamezia
  • Malta
  • Munich
  • Mykonos
  • Palermo
  • Prague
  • Rhodes
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Santorini
  • Seville
  • Split
  • Torino

The airline already operates from Rome to Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga, Mahon, Nantes, Palma de Mallorca, Paris Orly, and Valencia.

Iran planning to build its own airliner

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Iran, Middle East, Miscellaneous Spotting | Posted on 20-11-2013

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Sanction-ridden Iran has announced plans to develop its own passenger aircraft which will be capable of flying domestic segments between the country’s airports.

Currently Iranian carriers are banned from purchasing new aircraft or spare parts from Western manufacturers, and are often forced to keep ageing airliners flying long past their years, or source them through various unofficial channels.

However, now Manouchehr Manteghi, the head of Iran’s aviation organization has said the country will develop the 150-seat “Iran 141″ aircraft, which it aims to have in service by 2017. The aircraft will be designed to operate sectors of around one hour, and will be operated by the country’s various airlines.

Iran is not new to aircraft manufacturing, having purchased rights to license-build Antonov AN-140 aircraft (named Iran-140), with the first example being completed in 2003.

WestJet starting flights to Ireland

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Canada, Ireland, North America, Western Europe | Posted on 18-11-2013

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Westjet 737-MAX7 ArtworkWestJet will open its first transatlantic route from next summer, linking Toronto with Dublin in Ireland.

The route will operate daily between 15 June and 4 October, with a stop in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

A Boeing 737-700 will be used on the route.

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.

flydubai places large 737 order

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

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Flydubai fleetLow cost carrier flydubai has placed a large order for Boeing 737 aircraft at the Dubai Air Show.

The order includes 11 737-800s and 100 737MAX 8 variants.

“flydubai is pleased to continue its partnership with Boeing. We believe that the commitment for up to 111 Boeing 737 aircraft will give flydubai one of the best performing aircraft available in the single-aisle market,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai. “This will ensure that flydubai is well positioned to continue to set new standards in aviation and support the further economic development of the United Arab Emirates.”

Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with firm configuration of the airplane achieved in July 2013. First flight is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,600 orders to date.

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.

 

 

 

New Moscow airport planned at Ramenskoye

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Eastern Europe, Russia | Posted on 17-11-2013

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Ramenskoye AirportPlans are afoot to turn the airfield at Ramenskoye, 40km south east of Moscow, into a new passenger airport which is aimed primarily at low cost airlines.

Currently Ramenskoye is used as a test facility for the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and is also home to the MAKS Airshow every second year. The airfield has one main operational runway which is of sufficient length for airliner operations.

It is planned to construct a passenger terminal capable of handling up to 400,000 passengers per year. This would later be upgraded to handle 1.5 million passengers.

A second passenger terminal would be constructed from 2017 and the first terminal expanded further. Eventually it is anticipated the airport would handle up to 10 million passengers per year.

Cargo infrastructure would also be constructed.

Wizz Air starting Craiova base

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Eastern Europe, Romania | Posted on 16-11-2013

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Wizz Air is to open its 19th base at the Romanian airport of Craiova from 23 July 2014.

It will serve the following routes from the airport: Barcelona, Bologna, Dortmund, Rome Ciampino.

And increase existing services to Bergamo and London Luton.

 

Delta planning Love Field expansion

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, North America, USA | Posted on 15-11-2013

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Delta has announced it will significantly expand its operations at Dallas Love Field.

The airline will add flights to five destinations over 18 daily flights, challenging the likes of Southwest who currently have a 95% hold at the airport.

Delta plans to add services to major hub cities from Love Field, including Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York La Guardia. It will also increase flights on its existing Atlanta route.