New Abu Dhabi Airport Premier Inn hotel offers spotting views

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airport News, Dubai, Middle East, Spotting Hotels, Spotting News | Posted on 18-12-2013


Premier Inn Abu DhabiA new Premier Inn hotel has opened at Abu Dhabi Airport and promises views of aircraft movements from both rooms and the rooftop terrace.

The new hotel is linked to Terminals 1 and 3 at the airport by the Skypark retail corridor.

Although I haven’t stayed there yet, the hotel confirms that some rooms have views of aircraft movements, and can be reserved if you leave a note with your booking or call ahead of your stay.

The hotel also boasts a rooftop terrace with pool and loungers. This also offers spectacular views all around, and over the airport (similar to the Sheraton Deira in Dubai).

Premier Inn AUHAs always, discretion is advised when using binoculars, poles and cameras around airports in the UAE as police can be less tolerant of this. Make sure you check it is ok with hotel staff when using the rooftop terrace.

The link for the hotel is here:

If you have stayed there, why not comment below with your findings or details of the best rooms with views!

ANA to start 787 flights to Düsseldorf and Munich

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Asia, Frankfurt, Germany, Japan, Western Europe | Posted on 18-12-2013


by Altair78ANA All Nippon Airways will begin daily Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to Düsseldorf from 30 March 2014.

The flights will link the German airport with Tokyo Haneda.

In addition, ANA will add a second daily flight to Frankfurt, and it will also introduce a new flight to Munich from from Tokyo Haneda.


Norwegian orders Boeing 787-9s

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Norway, Western Europe | Posted on 18-12-2013


Norwegian Air takeoffNowegian, one of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner operators, has ordered two of the larger 787-9 variants.

The aircraft will be leased from MG Aviation, and arrive in 2016.

“In order to run a competitive long-haul operation, we are dependent on brand new cost-efficient aircraft. I´m very satisfied to have secured our first two 787-9 Dreamliners. This is a fantastic airplane with high passenger comfort, long range and low fuel burn,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.

American Livery and TWA Heritage Livery News

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, USA | Posted on 17-12-2013


American Liveries

American Airlines is asking for people to decide whether it keeps its new livery, or adopt an alternative one which retains the classic AA logo on the tail. It has provided two example images to illustrate the idea.

You can find out more about the proposed liveries at this link.

But in slightly more interesting news, the airline, which is merging with US Airways, has announced that it is to keep the heritage liveries worn by US Airways aircraft (namely PSA, America West, Piedmont, and Allegheny) and in addition to this will introduce US Airways and TWA heritage liveries to keep the memories of these carriers alive.

TWA was one of the best known airlines in US history, and merged with American in 2001. This livery would be a real joy for the photographers out there to capture, even if it does appear on something modern such as an A320.


Cathay Pacific Cargo switching to Dubai World Central

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Asia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Middle East | Posted on 16-12-2013


Cathay Pacific CargoFrom 1st February 2014 Cathay Pacific will move its Cargo operations from Dubai International Airport to Dubai World Central (Al Maktoum) Airport.

The airline’s passenger flights will remain at the existing airport, however.

Boeing 787s to be painted at Charleston

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, North America, USA | Posted on 14-12-2013


Boeing 787 DreamlinerBoeing will open a new Boeing 787 paint facility at its North Charleston base from 2016.

Construction will begin on the site in 2014, and eventually completed Boeing 787s will be painted into the colors of customer airlines. These are likely to only include aircraft built at Boeing’s South Carolina (BSC) plant.

Currently all BSC-built 787s are flown to Fort Worth, Texas, for final paint prior to delivery.


Flybe and Loganair celebrate 5 years together

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 13-12-2013


Flybe LoganairFlybe, Europe’s largest independent regional airline, has celebrated the five year anniversary of its franchise agreement with Scottish airline Loganair that, when it took to the skies at the start of the winter flying programme in 2008, was the first ever deal of its kind for a low cost carrier.

Loganair currently flies 25 routes under the Flybe brand from 11 airports exclusively served by the Scottish airline. It has today also announced it will take over two routes after Flybe withdraws from them at the end of March 2014 namely those from Edinburgh to Norwich and Cardiff.

Phil Preston, Chief Operating Officer at Loganair, added: “It is great to be able to celebrate five successful years in partnership with Flybe. We are delighted to be part of an extensive regional network which links the communities of our home markets within the Highlands and Islands of Scotland with key Flybe destinations throughout the UK and Europe.”

Air Seychelles eyes growth

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Asia, France, India, Middle East, Seychelles, Western Europe | Posted on 13-12-2013


Air Seychelles are expecting to take an Airbus A319 aircraft in late 2014 to allow growth from its Mahe base to destinations around the Indian Ocean.

Destinations are likely to include Abu Dhabi, Antananarivo, St Denis Reunion, and Mumbai.

The airline will also resume service to Paris Orly (via Abu Dhabi) in February 2014.

Finnair to lease LOT Boeing 787

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 12-12-2013


LOT-787Finnair will lease LOT Polish Airlines’ Boeing 787 SP-LRE from 27th December to 3rd January 2014.

The aircraft will be used on flights from Helsinki Vantaa to New York JFK.

American Airlines purchases regional jets

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


American CRJ900In what has been an exciting week for American Airlines (it announced its merger with US Airways on 9th December), another announcement has been made regarding the airline’s regional jet fleet.

It will purchase 90 new 76-seat regional jets. Consistent with American’s Plan of Reorganization and Merger Agreement, these aircraft will provide much improved economics for the airline as they will replace smaller, less efficient 50-seat regional aircraft scheduled for retirement.

American has firm orders for 30 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, with options for up to 40 more. The aircraft will be operated on behalf of American by PSA Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways. American expects to begin taking delivery of the CRJ900s in the second quarter of 2014.

American also has firm orders for 60 Embraer E175 type aircraft with options for up to 90 more. American expects to begin taking delivery in the first quarter of 2015. The company will determine which regional carrier will fly the E175s at a later date. Both the CRJ900 and the E175 will fly in the American Eagle livery.