American Eagle retiring Embraer 135

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, USA | Posted on 13-09-2013


American Eagle ERJ135American Eagle is to retire its fleet of Embraer 135 aircraft on 20th November.

The fleet has been slowly reduced recently, with the remaining aircraft put up for sale.

The final route is not yet known.

United add Edinburgh – Chicago flights

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, North America, UK, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 12-09-2013


United 757United Airlines will add a new seasonal route between Edinburgh and Chicago O’Hare from 23 May 2014.

The route will operate until 6 October, with Boeing 757-200 equipment. The service will operate 5x weekly until becoming daily between 13 June to 2 September. It will then revert to 4x weekly. It complements the airline’s existing flights from Edinburgh to New York Newark.

Bob Schumacher, United Airlines’ managing director sales for the UK and Ireland, said: “Having recently celebrated 15 years of operations in Scotland, we’re delighted to expand our schedule with seasonal non-stop service to Chicago, United’s home town.”

Norwegian set to enter Spanish domestic market

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Norway, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 12-09-2013


Norwegian 737-800Norwegian has applied to serve a number of domestic routes in Spain as it continues to grow its network and hubs in the country.

The routes initially applied for include Madrid to Tenerife South and Barcelona to Tenerife South.

Flights will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft, commencing on 1 January 2014.

Thai AirAsia to set up Chiang Mai base

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Asia, China, Thailand | Posted on 11-09-2013


Air Asia A320Thai AirAsia is set to re-establish a base at Chiang Mai in northern Thailand in order to establish itself further in the Chinese market.

It already serves a number of domestic destinations from Chiang Mai, and intends to add services into China when this new base opens – which could be as soon as November 2013.

Finnair’s new A321 is the first with Sharklets

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Finland, Miscellaneous Spotting, Western Europe | Posted on 10-09-2013


 © Airbus S.A.S 2013Finnair has received a new Airbus A321 aircraft, registration OH-LZG, which is the first example in the world to be equipped with Sharklets.

The aircraft will eventually replace Finnair’s existing fleet of 757s, making it an all Airbus operator.

Finnair will take delivery of a total of five Sharklet equipped A321s. It currently operates an Airbus fleet of 40 aircraft (25 A320 family aircraft and 15 A330s/A340s).

Ville Iho, Finnair Chief Operating Officer, said “We are extremely proud to receive the world’s first A321 equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices. This new aircraft will fit perfectly into our fleet and will contribute to optimizing our operating costs, whilst also reducing our environmental footprint.”

Qatar Airways A380 flies

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Heathrow, Middle East, Qatar, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 10-09-2013


 © Airbus S.A.S 2013

Qatar Airways‘ first Airbus A380 has performed its maiden flight from Toulouse ahead of a planned delivery in 2014.

Between now and delivery it will fly to Hamburg for interior and cabin outfitting.

Qatar Airways plans to fly its A380s from Doha to London Heathrow and other principal destinations. It has 13 of the type on order.

Best of the Web – Airports Spotting Videos – British Airways new advert

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Spotting Videos | Posted on 06-09-2013


A bit of a different video for the ‘Best of the Web’ section this week, but since British Airways have always been good to Airport Spotting Blog and supported what we do, we thought we’d bring you their new TV advert which shows off their smart new Boeing 787-8 aircraft and onboard service. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Abigail Comber, British Airways head of marketing, said: “Our new TV advert shows the work that goes on behind the scenes, in order to get 100,000 people in the air every day. The research gave us a real appreciation for every single person that makes flying a seamless process. From the tug driver to the ramp agent, from NATS air traffic control to our chefs  – there’s more people than you realise, that get you from A to Z.”

Delta 737-900 routes announced

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, USA | Posted on 04-09-2013


Delta 737-900ERDelta Air Lines is due to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-900ER aircraft soon.

The first flight anticipated for 3rd November.


Routes initially selected for the new aircraft are all from the airline’s Atlanta base, and include:

  • Detroit Metropolitan
  • Los Angeles International
  • San Francisco
  • Tampa International

Delta announced an order for 100 737-900s in 2011, with deliveries running until 2018.

Kriber seeks to re-open Ciduad Real airport

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 03-09-2013


The abandoned Ciudad Real AirportNew Spanish startup carrier Kriber Airlines has made clear it plans to purchase the abandoned Ciudad Real airport in a bid to create a hub for passenger and cargo flights.

The airport was opened in 2010 and it was hoped it could relieve the crowded Madrid Barajas airport 200km to the north. However, flights did not materialise and the facility was abandoned in 2012.

Kriber hopes to purchase the airport for EUR40 million, and create up to 1,500 jobs.

UT Air to retire TU-154s by end of 2013

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Russia, Spotting News | Posted on 02-09-2013


UT Air TU154Following from its recent aircraft orders, UT Air has now announced that it intends to retire its Tupolev TU-154 fleet by the end of 2013.

The airline recently retired the TU-134 from mainline service, and now the larger aircraft will disappear in favour of western and newer Russian types.

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