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Thursday
Jun232011

Condor commences long-awaited Frankfurt-Seattle route

Today, the Germany-based airline Condor started a route between Frankfurt and the American city of Seattle, Washington.  The route will be operated with the Boeing 767-300ER.  The Seattle Times reported that the route will be flown twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday.

On Monday, the flight is scheduled to leave Frankfurt-Main Airport (IATA: FRA; ICAO: EDDF) at 3:30 in the afternoon, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (IATA: SEA; ICAO: KSEA) 10 hours 50 minutes later, at 5:20 in the afternoon, local time.  The Monday return flight is scheduled to depart Seattle at 7:20 in the evening, local time, and arrive back in Frankfurt at 2:50 in the afternoon the following day, local time.  On Thursday, the schedules for both directions of the route are simply shifted forward in time by a little more than an hour.

Condor's sales and marketing manager for North America, Janet Gorecki-Mackanin, pointed out Condor's partnership with Sea-Tac, Washington-based Alaska Airlines.  She explained that travelers on Condor will now have convenient access to points up and down the American west coast, through Alaska Airlines.  The Port of Seattle, which operates Seattle/Tacoma International, also expressed enthusiasm for the new route.

The business entity that became Condor was founded in 1955, and commenced operations the following year.  Condor's largest hub is at Frankfurt Airport.  Its main offices are in the Frankfurt suburb of Kelsterbach.

In other news, Asiana Airlines subsidiary Air Busan commenced service today, between its hub at Gimhae International Airport (IATA: PUS; ICAO: RKPK) in Busan, South Korea, and Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA) 35 miles (57 kilometers) east of Tokyo.  This route was originally scheduled to commence two months ago, but was delayed because of the earthquake and tsunami that recently struck Japan.

original stories

No-frills Condor Airlines to begin Seattle-Frankfurt flights (Seattle Times)

Port of Seattle Welcomes Condor Airlines non-stop Service to Frankfurt (Port of Seattle)

Germany's Condor to Launch Seattle-Frankfurt Service in June (www.airlinesanddestinations.com)

Air Busan Confirms Revised Tokyo Start Date (www.routesonline.com)

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Friday
Jun102011

Air New Zealand emergency return was not due to bird strike

The Auckland-based New Zealand Herald reported this morning that the scheduled Auckland-Perth Air New Zealand flight, which aborted its itinerary yesterday and returned to the airport (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA), was not compromised by a bird strike, as initially suspected.

The Boeing 767-300ER, operated as Air New Zealand flight 175, sits at Auckland International, undergoing continued inspections, in an attempt to determine the exact cause of the emergency.  Witnesses in the passenger cabin say a plume of fire shot backward from the left-hand engine shortly after takeoff.  Air New Zealand's Chief Pilot Captain, David Morgan, identified the flare as an anomaly that can occur when "airflow through the engine" is interrupted.  The airline indicated that the engine corrected itself, but that the plane was ordered to return to Auckland as a precaution.

Air New Zealand was formed in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), as a joint venture among the British Overseas Airways Corporation, which held a plurality of the shares; Qantas Airways; the government of New Zealand; and the now defunct New Zealand carrier Union Airways.  The airline was nationalized in 1965, when the government of New Zealand bought all shares.  It was privatized in 1989, and re-nationalized in 2001.  Air New Zealand and its subsidiaries operate 99 aircraft to 53 destinations within Oceania, and on the continents of Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America.  Its headquarters is in Auckland, at a complex colloquially called “The Hub.”  As far as airports are concerned, the airline operates its largest hub at Auckland International.  Its focus cities are the national capital Wellington, the nation's second-largest city Christchurch, and the American city of Los Angeles.

As of the time of this post, Air New Zealand is the largest airline headquartered in the land of the long white cloud, and is the only airline to circumnavigate the world.

original stories

Air NZ emergency: 'It was terrifying' (New Zealand Herald)

Air NZ rules out bird strike as cause of emergency (http://tvnz.co.nz)

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Monday
May162011

US Airways starts Charlotte-Madrid and Charlotte-Dublin routes

Last week, US Airways launched two seasonal routes between its hub at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), and Europe.  Last Friday, it kicked off its once-daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in the Spanish capital city of Madrid.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-200ER.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 4:25 in the afternoon, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in the Spanish capital at 6:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Madrid at 9:30 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:55 in the afternoon, local time.

Last Saturday, US Airways launched its seasonal, daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW), in the Irish capital city.  This route will be flown with the Boeing 757-200.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 6:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in Dublin at 6:50 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Dublin at 9:15 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:40 in the afternoon, local time.  Both the Charlotte-Madrid route and the Charlotte-Dublin route are scheduled to operate through September 30.  US Airways will continue to serve both European cities via Philadelphia, after September 30.

US Airways' main international gateway is in Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL), but London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Rome are each accessible year-round via US Airways from Charlotte.

original story (US Airways)

Thursday
Jan062011

LAN starts Peru-Easter Island twice-weekly service

LAN, the national airline of Chile, started a twice-weekly non-stop round-trip route between the Peruvian capital Lima and the Chilean territory Easter Island yesterday.  The route will operate in each direction every Wednesday and Sunday.  It will be flown with the Boeing 767-300, according to a post to LAN's official website, made last July.  The route will fly from Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA: LIM; ICAO: SPIM) to Easter Island's Mataveri International Airport (IATA: IPC; ICAO: SCIP).  LAN is the only airline that flies through Mataveri International on a regular schedule.

LAN is in the process of consolidating with the Brazilian carrier TAM, under a single holding company called LATAM Airlines GroupThe consolidation is expected to be in effect around the middle of this year, according to a radio interview given by LAN Chief Operating Officer Ignacio Cueto last month.

Easter Island is the southeastern corner of a vast collection of Pacific islands known as the Polynesian Triangle.  (The other two corners are New Zealand and Hawaii.)  In European languages, the island is named after the day in 1722 when Dutch explorers made contact with it.  Its local name is Rapa Nui.  James Cook, on behalf of Great Britain, visited the island in 1774.  In 1888, Easter Island was annexed by its nearest neighbor on the mainland to the east, Chile.  In July 2010, a total solar eclipse was visible from the island, drawing thousands of visitors.  Easter Island is most famous for the hundreds of giant monolithic human figures of unknown origin, present there, and called moai.

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LAN says merger with TAM will occur in mid-2011 (December 26, 2010)

original story (LAN)

Friday
Oct082010

Hawaiian Airlines starts non-stop Maui-Las Vegas route

This past Sunday, Hawaiian Airlines introduced twice-weekly service between the Hawaiian island of Maui and the American mainland city of Las Vegas.  The route will be flown with a Boeing 767-300 in a 264-seat configuration.

On Sundays and Wednesdays, the Boeing 767-300 is scheduled to leave from Kahului Airport (IATA: OGG; ICAO: PHOG) on the island of Maui at 8:00 in the morning local time, and is scheduled to arrive at McCarran International Airport (IATA: LAS; ICAO: KLAS) in Las Vegas at 4:35 in the afternon during Pacific Daylight Time, and 3:35 in the afternoon during Pacific Standard Time.  The return flights to Maui will take place those same days of the week.  They are scheduled to depart from Las Vegas at 6:25 in the afternoon PDT (5:25 PST), and arrive in Maui at 9:25 in the evening, Hawaiian time.

Hawaiian Airlines was founded in 1929 as Inter-island Airways.  The airline changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines in 1941.  It operates 34 aircraft to 21 destinations, five within Hawaii, ten on the American mainland, three in Asia, two in the South Pacific, and one in Australia.  Hawaiian Airlines has been the recipient of a number of awards over the past few years, including awards for punctuality, baggage handling, and fewest oversales.  Its main offices are in Honolulu, the Hawaiian state capital.  Its largest hub is at Honolulu International Airport (IATA: HNL; ICAO: PHNL).

related stories

JetBlue now flies between Boston and Phoenix non-stop (September 4, 2010)

Finnair flies to Stockholm-Bromma starting Wednesday (August 16, 2010)

United Airlines debuts first route to and from Africa (June 19, 2010)

Air Canada inaugurates non-stop Montréal-Brussels route (June 13, 2010)

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today (June 7, 2010)

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

original story (Hawaiian Airlines)

Thursday
Aug192010

American Airlines flight aborts on taxiway after bomb threat

At San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO) this morning, a Boeing 767-300 operated by American Airlines halted its scheduled takeoff because of a bomb threat called in to San Francisco's police department.  The police department alerted federal authorities, who then halted the takeoff.  Two passengers, a man and a woman seated in the back row of the plane, were seen being handcuffed by police, after takeoff was aborted.

American Airlines Flight 24 was scheduled to take off at 7:30 this morning PDT (10:30 EDT, 3:30 in the afternoon BST).  It was bound for Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK).  The 767-300 was taken to an isolated area of the airport, and passengers were bussed back to the terminal.  As of 5:50 in the afternoon EDT, no bomb has been found.

original story (Google News)

Sunday
Jun132010

Air Canada inaugurates non-stop MontrĂ©al-Brussels route

Yesterday, Air Canada began flying between Montréal, Québec, Canada, and Brussels, Belgium non-stop using the Boeing 767-300ER.  The two daily flights, one in each direction, will operate year-round.  According to the intended schedule, the aircraft departing Trudeau International in Montréal (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL) for Brussels National (IATA: BRU; ICAO: EBBR) will have come from Pearson International in Toronto (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) 95 minutes earlier.  This allows air travelers departing from Pearson International, direct (though not non-stop) access to Brussels as well.  The Boeing 767-300ER aircraft operating the flight have 211 seats for passengers, including an Executive First Class section.

The scheduled flights from Toronto, through Montréal, to Brussels, and back, will operate as Air Canada flights 832 and 833 respectively.  Their time slots are as follows.  The Boeing 767-300ER will depart Pearson International at around 5:00 in the afternoon ET, and is scheduled to arrive at Trudeau International at 6:10 in the afternoon ET.  It will leave from Trudeau International at around 7:45 in the evening ET, and arrive at Brussels National at about 8:35 CET the following morning.  For the return route, departure from Brussels is scheduled for 10:45 in the morning, CET, and arrival in Montréal is scheduled for 12:25 ET that same afternoon.  The onward flight to Toronto will depart Trudeau International around 2:00 ET in the afternoon, and arrive at Pearson around 3:15 ET.

At the time of this post, this new route was the only non-stop access to and from Brussels on Air Canada.  Air Canada is Canada’s flag carrier.  The airline was founded in 1936 as Trans-Canada Air Lines.  It acquired Canadian Airlines in 2001.  Air Canada has hubs in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montréal.

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Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today (June 7, 2010)

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines gets nod from DOT for service to Haneda (May 9, 2010)

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda (May 8, 2010)

original story (Air Canada)

Monday
Jun072010

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today

Air travelers in Seattle will soon board for Delta Air Lines' new non-stop service to Osaka International Airport in Japan (IATA: ITM; ICAO: RJOO).  Delta plans to operate one non-stop flight daily in each direction, as it continues to promote the Seattle-Tacoma region as its primary west coast gateway to eastern Asia.  Just as with the route between Seattle and Beijing that Delta inaugurated last week, this route will be flown with the Boeing 767-300ER.  The Boeing 767-300ER carries 216 passengers and includes both BusinessElite and economy class seats.

Each day, Delta’s passengers will depart Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (IATA: SEA; ICAO: KSEA) at around 12:45 in the afternoon Pacific time, and arrive in Osaka at around 4:00 in the afternoon the following day Japan time.  At around 6:00 in the afternoon local time, passengers depart Osaka for the return trip, which ends at approximately 12:05 in the afternoon local time in Seattle.  At this time tomorrow, Delta will be the only airline headquartered outside Japan to fly through Osaka.  And it will be the first airline to carry passengers between Osaka and a destination outside Japan, since 1994.  (Despite its name, Osaka International has been an entirely domestic airport since 1994.)

The airline that became Delta Air Lines began flying passengers in 1929.  Delta relocated to Atlanta in 1941.  It became the world’s largest airline by passengers carried when its merger with Northwest Airlines was completed earlier this year.

related stories

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines gets nod from DOT for service to Haneda (May 9, 2010)

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda (May 8, 2010)

original story (Delta Air Lines)

Tuesday
Jun012010

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday

Delta Air Lines, the world’s largest airline by passengers carried, recently announced on its website that it will commence non-stop service five times a week between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (IATA: SEA; ICAO: KSEA), and Capital International Airport in Beijing, China (IATA: PEK; ICAO: ZBAA), starting Friday.  According to Delta, the addition of this route will help position the Seattle area as a gateway to Asia.  When the first flight departs Seattle, Delta will become the only United States-based carrier to operate the route.  The Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines is the only other carrier to operate the route.

The arrival and departure times for this route in both directions have been recently revised by Delta, in response to time slot changes at Capital International Airport.  They are now as follows.

The first flight along this route will depart June 4, at 9:05 in the evening local time, from Seattle-Tacoma International.  The first Beijing-Seattle flight will depart June 6, at 8:55 in the evening local time.  The westbound flight will arrive in the Chinese capital at 11:40 at night the following day, local time.  The eastbound flight will arrive in Seattle at 5:30 in the morning the same day, local time.  The recent revisions will appear in all ticketing channels, and on www.delta.com, starting May 22. 

Delta Air Line will operate the Seattle-Beijing route with Boeing 767-300ER airplanes, which seat over 200 passengers.  The 767-300ER will include 35 BusinessElite seats.

The airline that became Delta Air Lines began flying passengers in 1929.  Delta relocated to Atlanta in 1941.  It became the world’s largest airline by passengers carried when its merger with Northwest Airlines was completed earlier this year.

related stories

Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines gets nod from DOT for service to Haneda (May 9, 2010)

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda (May 8, 2010)

original story (Delta Air Lines)