Gatwick’s mobile reporters get snapping

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Miscellaneous Spotting, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 14-10-2013

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Gatwick InstagramEleven members of staff at London Gatwick Airport have been enlisted as mobile photographers to document the life of the airport as they go about their daily jobs.

Gatwick was one of the first airports to set up its own Instagram account. With over 150 million people using Instagram, it is a great way to connect with people in a visual way.

You can follow Gatwick on Instagram and EyeEm, searching for the username @gatwickairport. Look out for the first posts from the official mobile reporters this week, where they will be using the hashtag #lgwmobilereporter.

You can view Gatwick’s Instagram feed here: http://instagram.com/gatwickairport#

 

 

Adria Airways setting up non-Slovenian bases

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Eastern Europe, Italy, Kosovo, Slovenia, Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 14-10-2013

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Adria CRJSlovenian 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.

6 airports that the CSeries will be a regular at

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Asia, Bahrain, Eastern Europe, Estonia, Middle East, South Korea, Switzerland, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 12-10-2013

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CSeries CS100Bombardier’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.

 

 

easyJet planning Naples base in 2014

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Italy, Miscellaneous Spotting, Western Europe | Posted on 11-10-2013

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easyjet a319easyJet is planning to open a base at the Italian airport of Naples in Spring 2014.

The airline is already the biggest carrier at the airport, which it began serving in 2000. Now, it will add five more routes, bringing its total to 20 from Naples, and add an anticipated extra 350,000 extra passengers per year.

This will be easyJet’s 24th base. Its most recent addition is Hamburg – the airline’s second base in Germany.

Delta DC-9 retirement plans

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, North America, USA | Posted on 08-10-2013

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Delta DC-9Delta has finally made plans to retire its Douglas DC-9 fleet after years of speculation.

Although Delta was one of the first airlines in the world to operate the type, it had actually retired its own examples in the 1990s. However, when it merged with Northwest Airlines in 2010 it inherited that airline’s batch of aircraft.

These have continued to serve domestic destinations from the airline’s hubs, and now details have emerged about the final flights, which will take place on 5th January 2014.

Schedules and aircraft types are always subject to change, but it is expected that DC-9s will operate the following routes on 5th January prior to the type’s retirement:

Atlanta to:
Akron, Asheville, Augusta, Birmingham, Charleston SC, Chicago O’Hare, Greensboro, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Pensacola, Pittsburgh, Savannah, St Louis, Washington Dulles

Detroit to:
Chicago O’Hare, Milwaukee

Delta is one of the last carriers to fly passengers on DC-9s. Our ebook Last Chance to Fly gives more details about flying on rare aircraft around the world, such as the DC-9.

Jetstar’s first Boeing 787 delivered

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Australasia, Australia, North America, Singapore, Thailand, USA | Posted on 08-10-2013

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Jetstar 787 LN123 B1 Flight - September 14, 2013Jetstar‘s first Boeing 787 was delivered from Everett direct to Melbourne on 6th October.

The aircraft, VH-VKA, will join the Qantas low-cost arm flying domestic flights initially, before being deployed on flights to Honolulu, Phuket and Singapore (see our 787 Routes Page)

The airline has a total of 14 787 Dreamliners on order and expects to fly an all-787 long-haul fleet by 2015.

Japan Airlines places first Airbus order

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 07-10-2013

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JAL A350-900 A350-1000Japan Airlines has placed its first ever order for Airbus aircraft, choosing the A350 to upgrade its fleet.

The airline has signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft.

“We will utilize the A350 XWB to maximum, which offers high level of operational efficiency and product competitiveness, while positively catering to new business opportunities after slots at airports in Tokyo are increased,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. “In addition to improving profitability with advanced aircraft, we always aim to deliver unparalleled services to customers with the latest cabin and steady expansion of our route network.”

 

Museum of Aeronautical Science, Narita, Japan

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Asia, Japan, Spotting Trip Reports | Posted on 03-10-2013

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Boeing 747 at museumAlec Wilson recently visited a little-known museum close to Tokyo’s Narita Airport in Japan and provided this report.

The Museum of Aeronautical Science displays artefacts that are relevant to the aviation history of Japan, including a number of full aircraft exhibits.

The museum is located to the south of Narita airport.
Access from the airport is by bus from stop no.30 outside the south wing of terminal 1 – there are only 4 buses out per day (5 return).
To Museum: 0935; 1135; 1335; 1535.
From Museum: 1010; 1310; 1410; 1610; 1710.
Trip takes about 20 mins. JPY200 each way.

The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday 1000 – 1700. Entry fee is JPY500.
All the exhibits are outside. Inside there is various regalia etc.

Also of note is that the museum offers an observation deck with views over Narita Airport. From here you can watch aircraft landing and departing, log numbers, and take photographs.

Exhibits include:

JA3007 Cessna 195 7870
JA3117 Piper PA-18150 18-6626 (Storage shed at back of main building.)
JA3440 Beech E33 CD-1196 (Code 440)
JA3848 Fuji FA-200160 294
JA3944 Cessna 172P 172-74964
JA4177 Mooney M.20M 27-0121
JA5074 Aero Commander Twin Commander680E 872
JA5151 Cessna 411A 411A-0280
JA5159 Beech 56TC TG-77
JA5238 Cessna 421B 421B-0602
JA5258 Fuji FA.300 30001
JA7758 Robinson R22 0961
JA7990 Kamov Ka-26D 7303804
JA8611 NAMC YS-11 1001/2001
JA8628 Mitsubishi MU-2B 005
JA8711 NAMC YS-11 115 2048 (Nose only. Storage shed at back of main building)
JA8767 Mitsubishi MU-2G 520 (Nose only. Storage shed at back of main building)
JA9156 Mitsubishi S-62A M62014
JA9298 Hughes 369HS 04235 (Storage shed at back of main building.)
JA9512 Aerospatiale SA.330F 1141
N67HB Learjet 25B 25-189
N642NW Boeing 747212B 21942 (Nose/cockpit section outside with small cross section of fuselage inside.)
JA8001 Douglas DC-832 45418 (Small cross section of fuselage inside.)

 

Thomas Cook rebrands

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, Western Europe | Posted on 01-10-2013

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Thomas Cook is rebranding, with a new ‘Sunny Heart’ logo and livery.

All of the companies under Thomas Cook will receive the branding, including its airline divisions.

The Group has many leading brands including Neckermann in Europe, Ving in Sweden, Condor in Germany and Airtours in the UK that will all carry the ‘Sunny Heart’. The intention isn’t to rebrand all with the Sunny Heart, but they form part of the Group architecture and will, in most cases, carry the Heart as some part of their logo.

“The Heart will appear on the web, in brochures, in our aircraft, in our concept hotels, our other hotels and in our stores: in short, everywhere that our customers connect with us,” said Harriet Green, Group CEO of Thomas Cook Group. “Our new brand essence will show our customers the breadth and depth of the Thomas Cook Group. It will inspire and assure our customers, showing that everything through our brands is connected at every level ensuring a unification of care for our customers, through every step of their journey with Thomas Cook.”

Iberia to reveal new corporate image this month

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 01-10-2013

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Iberia A340-600Iberia are to reveal a new corporate image at their Madrid headquarters on 15th October.

The launch of the new image will become effective in mid-November with the delivery of Iberia’s first Airbus A330 bearing the new logo, which is presently nearing completion at the Airbus factory in Toulouse.

The new brand image, which will keep the current symbols and colour scheme that identify the airline as the Spanish flag carrier, is part of a wider renovation and modernisation programme that is intended to make Iberia a modern, profitable, and sustainable company, attractive both to customers and staff.