Tuesday
May222012

Nine BMI routes get BA numbers as integration proceeds

British Midland International routes flown between London's Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) and nine European and African destinations will acquire British Airways flight numbers tomorrow, as part of the integration process first announced late last year.  The nine routes affected will be those flown between Heathrow, and the BMI destinations of Agadir, Morocco; Basel, Switzerland; Bergen, Norway; Casablanca, Morocco; Hanover, Germany; Marrakech, Morocco; Nice, France; Stavanger, Norway; and Vienna, Austria.  According to British Airways, all departure and arrival terminals at Heathrow will remain the same, as will estimated departure and arrival times.

On April 19 this year, International Consolidated Airlines Group, led by former British Airways CEO Willie Walsh, bought BMI from Lufthansa.  BMI withdrew its membership in the Star Alliance last month.  British Airways is part of the Oneworld airline alliance.

Also, Virgin Atlantic will launch a four times weekly non-stop round-trip route between Heathrow and Vancouver International Airport (IATA; YVR; ICAO: CYVR) Thursday.  The route will operate in both directions on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  According to results returned by the search engine on Virgin Atlantic's website, the route will be operated with the Airbus A340-300.  The flight is approximately ten hours long in both directions.

related story

BA and Iberia respective shareholders both approve merger (Nobember 29, 2010)

original stories

bmi flights changing to BA flight numbers (British Airways)

BMI to be 'integrated quickly' into British Airways (Airport Watch UK)

Virgin Atlantic Launch Flights to Vancouver (Virgin Atlantic)

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Thursday
Jun302011

Mass turtle crossing delays flights at New York's JFK Airport

A large group of diamondback terrapins stopped takeoffs at New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) yesterday morning.  The turtles' annual summer migration route runs from Jamaica Bay (which borders Kennedy International to the south) to a nearby beach, where they lay their eggs.  They attempted to cross runway 4L/22R en route to the beach.

A post to http://nycaviation.com explains that Kennedy International is "almost entirely surrounded by bays, creeks, swamps, and undeveloped land."  150 turtles made up the slow-moving caravan, according to a video from the Associated Press (below).  Any air traffic backlog created by the terrapins' migration route worked itself out by the end of the day.

original stories

JFK Airport Runway Closed Due to Turtles (NYC Aviation)

Flight delays as JFK airport runway taken over by turtles! (New York Daily News)

Turtles halt flights at JFK airport (The Daily Telegraph)

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Vueling starts Madrid-Mykonos seasonal non-stop route

The Barcelona-based regional carrier Vueling Airlines will start a new seasonal route Friday.  It will run between Barajas Airport in Madrid (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) and Mykonos Island National Airport (IATA: JMK; ICAO: LGMK) on the Greek Cycladic island of Mykonos.  The route will run in both directions on Monday, Friday, and Sunday until July 28, when it will begin to run on Thursday as well.  As of this posting, travelers can fly this route on these four days of the week, until September 11.  This may be when Vueling intends to discontinue the seasonal route, but that is unconfirmed.  Results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights show that Vueling has a codeshare agreement with the Spanish airline Iberia along this route.  The same source shows that the route will be operated with the Airbus A320-100 and A320-200.

Also, the Jakarta-based carrier Lion Air has commenced service between its hub at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (IATA: CGK; ICAO: WIII) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA: KUL; ICAO: WMKK) near the Malaysian capital.

Lion Air will face a great deal of competition along this route, as no less than five other airlines fly it daily, according to Kayak.  Notwithstanding that, presumably each of Lion Air's flights is filled to capacity, as the company's English motto is "We make people fly."  Our editors are curious as to the ways in which this motto is implemented in the day-to-day activities of the airline.

In any case, Alitalia is indefinitely shelving its Turin-Berlin (Tegel) route, effective tomorrow.  Also, the British budget carrier EasyJet is discontinuing its Berlin (Schönefeld)-Gothenburg route tomorrow as well.

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Wednesday
Jun292011

US Airways and Aegean Airlines plan a codeshare agreement

US Airways and Aegean Airlines have announced they plan to codeshare on certain flights between the United States and Greece.  The proposed codeshare is focused on the American city of Philadelphia, where US Airways has a hub, and the Greek capital city of Athens, very near where Aegean Airways has its headquarters.  According to a recent press release from both airlines, US Airways travelers will be able to fly the seasonal route between Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL) and Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV) in Athens, and have access to much of the domestic network of Aegean Airlines.

US Airways travelers will also have the option to fly from Philadelphia to London's Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), Munich's Franz Josef Strauss Airport (IATA: MUC; ICAO: EDDM), or Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) on US Airways, then onward to Athens or Thessaloniki (IATA: SKG; ICAO: LGTS) on Aegean Airlines.

Aegean Airlines travelers will be able to fly the seasonal route to Philadelphia from Athens, and then have access to the entire American network of US Airways from Philadelphia.  (It was not indicated that US Airways' American network would be part of the codeshare.)

The proposed agreement is still subject to both United States Department of Transportation (DOT) approval, and approval by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, and Networks in the Hellenic Republic.  Both airlines are members of the Star Alliance.

original stories

US Airways and Aegean Airlines Announce New Codeshare (US Airways)

US Airways and Aegean Airlines Announce New Codeshare Agreement (Aegean Airlines)

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Tuesday
Jun282011

CityJet starts Manchester-Antwerp; cancels Manchester-London

CityJet, the Ireland-based subsidiary of Air France, has announced it will fly between Manchester Airport (IATA: MAN; ICAO: EGCC) in North West England, and Deurne Airport (IATA: ANR; ICAO: EBAW) in the Belgian city of Antwerp.  The route will be operated with the Fokker 50.  The precise timetable of the route is unpredictable, on some days flying two round trips, and on other days not flying at all.  The airline had planned to start service between Manchester and London City Airport (IATA: LCY; ICAO: EGLC), but recently set aside those plans.

Moreover, the Qatari national airline Qatar Airways has launched service between its base at Doha International Airport (IATA: DOH; ICAO: OTBD) and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  This service will operate in both directions, three times weekly, on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, according to search results returned by the airline's website.  Flight times are 13 hours 20 minutes westbound, and 12 hours 25 minutes eastbound, according to results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The new Doha-Montreal route will be flown with the Boeing 777-200ER.

original stories

Discover Great-Britain with flights out of Antwerp Int'l Airport! (Air France)

Delivering 5-star Service to Montreal (Qatar Airways)

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