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China Southern starts Guangzhou-New York route

This Wednesday the world's sixth largest airline by passengers carried, China Southern, will commence a four-times weekly round-trip service between Guangzhou and New York City.  The round-trip route will be flown between the China Southern operational hub at Baiyun International Airport (IATA: CAN; ICAO: ZGGG), and New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, using the Boeing 777-300ER.

Information gathered from the online airfare aggregator site www.kayak.com shows that the New York-bound flights leave Baiyun International at 1:40 in the morning local time on all four days of the week, and are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy International at 5:15 in the morning New York time, the same day.  The return flights are scheduled to leave Kennedy International at 11:15 in the morning New York time on all four days of the week, and land in Guangzhou at 3:15 in the afternoon the next day.


Hellenic Imperial to start Gatwick, JFK today; Kuwait tomorrow

The Greek airline Hellenic Imperial Airways is flying four times a week between its hub at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV) in Athens, and Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), starting today.  The route will be operated with the Airbus A340-300.  It is scheduled to depart from Athens at 5:30 in the afternoon local time, and arrive in New York at 9:30 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to depart New York at 11:30 in the evening local time, and arrive back in Athens at 5:00 in the afternoon the following day, local time.  The creation of this route makes Hellenic Imperial the only airline based in Greece to currently operate its own aircraft, non-stop, to the United States.

The airline will operate from Terminal 1 at Kennedy International.

Hellenic Imperial also announced that, starting today, it will fly thrice weekly between Athens and Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) south of London.  This route will be also operated with the Airbus A340-300.  Initially, the round-trip service will be operated three times a week, but this will be increased to six over the next few months, according to the U.K.-based Online Regional Travel Group.

Additionally, starting tomorrow, Hellenic Imperial will fly between Athens and Kuwait (IATA: KWI; ICAO: OKBK), the capital of the eponymous Middle Eastern nation.  According to www.flight965.com, this round-trip service will operate two times a week.  It did not give any further details.  When these routes were first announced, the Athens-London round trip was first scheduled to commence on July 1.  But the start date of this route was changed to June 24, to match the start date for Hellenic Imperial's Athens-New York route.

The Dutch airline Arkefly starts non-stop twice-weekly service between Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS; ICAO: EHAM) in Amsterdam and Miami International Airport (IATA: MIA; ICAO: KMIA) in the American state of Florida today, according to a reader blog at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-300ER.

The British budget airline EasyJet also restarts a seasonal service today between mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.  It operates four times a week, on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, according to a timetable printed on EasyJet's website.  It operates between Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in Madrid, and Lanzarote, the furthest east of the Canary Islands (IATA: ACE; ICAO: GCRR).

original stories

Hellenic Imperial Gatwick-Athens (www.countryconnect.co.uk)

Hellenic Imperial to launch Athens - London Gatwick late-Jun 2011 (www.airlineroute.net)

New scheduled route between Athens - New York to start on June 24th, 2011 (Hellenic Imperial Airways)

Hellenic Imperial Airways plans Athens - New York JFK launch from late-June 2011 (www.airlineroute.net)

Hellenic Imperial Airways to start visiting Kuwait! (www.flight965.com)

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American Airlines, Air Berlin expand already-existing codeshare

Air Berlin's recently-added non-stop flights between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) in Berlin, and Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York, are now part of the codeshare agreement in force between Air Berlin and American Airlines since late last year.  The arrangement allows American Airlines customers in the United States to access the Berlin-New York and Düsseldorf-New York non-stops operated year-round by Air Berlin, on the American Airlines website.  The Berlin-New York round trip operates four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  The Düsseldorf-New York round trip operates daily between late June and late October.  Both routes are flown with the Airbus A330-200.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines expressed enthusiasm for the newly expanded codeshare.  Air Berlin's Chief Financial Officer Ulf Hüttmeyer, identified the United States as a "growing market" for Air Berlin, and expressed eagerness to "[sign] more codeshares [with American Airlines] in the future."   According to American Airlines, global distribution systems "will display the [codeshare] flights...for travel starting this Friday, June 24."

American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Air Berlin is expected to join the alliance in 2012.  Its sponsoring member is British Airways.

Also, this coming Saturday, Air Berlin, along with Berlin Airports and Boeing, will host a ceremony for the German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Air Berlin boasts that it will be the first airline based in Germany to receive a shipment of the Boeing 787.  Air Berlin flies a fleet of 147 aircraft, comprised of 74 Airbus models, 63 Boeing models, and 10 Bombardier models.  It was founded in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA.  It relocated to Berlin in 1985.  Air Berlin operates a semi-low-cost business model.

related stories

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall (February 3, 2011)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

original stories

airberlin and American Airlines expand codeshare agreement (Air Berlin)

American Airlines and airberlin Expand Codeshare Agreement (American Airlines)

airberlin: German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Air Berlin)

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Delta Air Lines codeshare with Air Nigeria update

The codeshare agreement recently negotiated by Delta Air Lines and Air Nigeria is being gradually rolled out over the next few weeks.  The codeshare will be one-way, and will be very limited in scope, extending to only two round-trip routes, both operated by Delta.  Earlier this week, one of those routes went into effect, according to press releases from both airlines.  That route is Delta's round trip between its hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL) in Atlanta and Murtala Muhammed International Airport (IATA: LOS; ICAO: DNMM) in Lagos, the largest Nigerian city.  On July 4 this year, Delta's round trip between Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (IATA: ABV; ICAO: DNAA) in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, will become part of the codeshare.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines were happy with the agreement.  Kinfe Kahssaye, CEO of Air Nigeria, praised the agreement as an important step toward positioning Nigeria as the primary African gateway between Africa and North America.  Delta's senior Vice President for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Perry Cantarutti, said that Africa is "an important part of Delta's international network strategy."  Delta is the only United States-based airline with two Nigerian destinations in its network.

Negotiations between venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the Nigerian government produced Virgin Nigeria Airways in 2004.  Virgin Nigeria Airways commenced operations in 2005, using the aforementioned Murtala Muhammed International Airport as its main hub.  In late 2009, Virgin Nigeria Airways rebranded itself as Nigerian Eagle Airlines.  Then in 2010, it rebranded itself again, as Air Nigeria, following acquisition by new owner Jimoh Ibrahim.

Delta Air Lines was founded as Huff Daland Dusters (a crop dusting company) in Louisiana in 1924.  It changed its name to Delta Air Service, and commenced operations as a passenger airline five years later.  Delta relocated its main offices to Atlanta, Georgia in 1941.  It completed a merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008.  Consolidation was accomplished in 2010.  It is the world's largest airline by fleet size, number of destinations, and passenger revenue.

original stories

Delta Starts Codeshare Flights with Air Nigeria (Delta Air Lines)

Delta Starts Codeshare Flights with Air Nigeria (Air Nigeria)

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American Airlines NYC sale ends December 13

A number of American Airlines (AA) flights to and from the City of New York are now on sale.  Travelers must fly during the period between January 4 and March 9 next year (inclusive) to benefit from this sale.  Those fares to and from New York which are on sale must be booked by December 13.  Fares listed on the sale page do not include baggage fees and certain taxes and other fees which can add a significant amount to the total price paid.

Other restrictions not mentioned here, also apply.

American Airlines flies through four airports in the New York metro area, namely Kennedy International (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK); LaGuardia (IATA: LGA; ICAO: KLGA); Westchester County (IATA: HPN; ICAO: KHPN); and Newark International (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR).  But only certain fares involving Kennedy and LaGuardia are listed as being on sale on the airline's website.

American Airlines fares involving cities other than New York are also on sale.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 625 aircraft to 260 destinations, in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  It is the second-largest airline in the world by the former measure, and is the world’s third-largest airline by the latter measure.  The company moved its main offices to Texas in 1979.  This relocation was criticized as a betrayal by then-New York mayor Ed Koch.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW), and its main offices are in Fort Worth.  Stock in American Airlines' parent company AMR Corporation, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

original stories

New York On Sale (American Airlines)

New York City Sale From American Airlines (Yahoo News)


Emirates reactivates Dubai-New York A380 route

After not flying it for more than a year, Dubai-based Emirates has reactivated its Dubai-New York route, operated by the Airbus A380.  A depressed American economy caused the largest carrier based in the Middle East to suspend the route last year.  The tone of a press release posted to Emirates' official website yesterday suggests that the reactivated route will be marketed primarily with business travelers in mind. 

Last week, Emirates launched twice daily service in each direction between Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  It also launched twice-daily service in each direction between Dubai International and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IATA: IAH; ICAO: KIAH), a facility opened in 1969 and renamed for the 41st American President in 1997.  In New York, Emirates will again occupy its traditional place in Terminal 4 at Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) the New York metro area's largest airport by number of passengers served.

Safety-related questions about the A380 arose just last week when an aircraft of this model, operated by Australia's Qantas Airways, lost an engine over Indonesia while flying from Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) to Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).  Qantas has grounded its fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, and research into the cause of the engine failure is ongoing.  As of this post, Emirates has indicated no plans to stop operating its fleet of 14 A380s in light of the announcement from Qantas.

Emirates is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates.  Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates four of the longest non-stop routes being commercially flown today, between Dubai and the cities of Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the United States; and between Dubai, and São Paulo in Brazil.  It operates 145 aircraft (both Airbus models and Boeing models) to 103 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  The carrier became the first to fly the Airbus A380 to an American airport when it flew from Dubai International to Kennedy International in 2008.  In addition to its current fleet of 14 Airbus A380s, the airline has an additional 76 on order from Airbus.  Its largest hub is Dubai International, and its main offices are in Dubai.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

related stories

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

Emirates CEO Clark stands by plans for more than 90 A380s (September 13, 2010)

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s (June 22, 2010)

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original stories

Emirates offers a sky full of choices with jumbo-sized capacity boost to the USA (Emirates)

Emirates Restarts NYC Double-Decker Plane Flights (ABC News)


Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1

Starting September 1, Turkish Airlines will begin a codeshare agreement with US Airways.  According to the agreement, US Airways will place its codeshare symbol (US) onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International Airport near Istanbul (IATA: IST; ICAO: LTBA), and three European destinations served by Turkish Airlines.  Those three are Munich and Frankfurt in Germany, and Zurich in Switzerland.

US Airways will also place its codeshare symbol onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International and Kennedy International in the New York borough of Queens (IATA; JFK; ICAO: KJFK), and O’Hare International northwest of Chicago, Illinois (IATA: ORD; ICAO: KORD), both in the United States.

Within the Republic of Turkey, US Airways will also place its codeshare symbol onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International and the domestic destinations of Adana, Ankara (the national capital), Antalya, and Izmir.

In return, air travelers with Turkish Airlines will “gain access to Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), Philadelphia (IATA: PHL: ICAO: KPHL), and Phoenix (IATA: PHX; ICAO: KPHX) via US Airways, flying from Frankfurt (IATA: FRA; ICAO: EDDF), Munich (IATA: MUC; ICAO: EDDM), Zurich (IATA: ZRH; ICAO: LSZH), Chicago, and New York,” according to the press release posted to the Turkish Airlines official website.

Turkish Airlines was formed in 1933.  As of this post, it flies to 161 destinations with 142 aircraft.  Its largest hub is Ataturk International Airport in the Yesilkoy neighborhood of Istanbul, on the western side of the city.  The airline’s main offices are located very near the airport.

The earliest direct predecessor to US Airways was called All American Aviation, and was founded by the du Pont family in 1939.   After a series of name changes, it settled upon US Air in 1979.  It re-branded itself as US Airways in 1997.  US Airways maintains hubs in the American cities of Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.  Moreover, Washington, D.C. is a focus city for the airline, through Reagan National Airport (IATA; DCA; ICAO: KDCA) just south of the central business sector of Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Virginia.  The airline’s main offices are in Tempe, Arizona.

related stories

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

original story (Turkish Airlines)


American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan

Starting today, air travelers flying with either American Airlines or JetBlue Airways, on an itinerary involving one or both of Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) or Logan International Airport in Boston (IATA: BOS; ICAO: KBOS) will benefit from “more convenient connections and travel options” to and from those two airports, within the domestic and international networks of those two airlines.  The relationship resulting from this interline agreement will be limited to those routes unique to one or the other of the two airlines.  This will cause no route overlap whatsoever, according to a post made to the website of American Airlines yesterday.  Also, starting later this year, members of each airline’s frequent flyer program will be able to earn points with the other airline’s frequent flyer program when flying certain routes.  The routes for which frequent flyer points on the two airlines will be interchangeable, are listed in the press release on the American Airlines website.

On November 1 this year, the two airlines are scheduled to trade timeslots, in a transaction involving three airports, Kennedy International, Logan International, and Westchester County Airport in mainland New York State.

American Airlines was founded in New York in 1930, when dozens of smaller airlines merged to form American Airways.  It relocated its headquarters to Dallas, Texas in 1979, where the airline’s main offices remain today.  American’s largest hub is at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).

JetBlue is a low-cost airline which was founded in New York in 1998.  Its offices are located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, in the City of New York.  Its main hub is Kennedy International.  JetBlue is unusual among American-based carriers in that it is a non-union airline.

related stories

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (American Airlines)


Concorde engine tests were a success

For seven hours last Saturday, engines from the supersonic airliner Concorde were tested and found to be in perfect condition, according to Ben Lord, the Vice Chairman of Save Concorde Group, a United Kingdom-based association of Concorde enthusiasts.  An approximately equivalent French group called Olympus 593, arranged for the tests to be conducted at the Air and Space Museum just off the premises of the general aviation airfield (IATA: LBG; ICAO: LFPB) in Le Bourget, a suburb of Paris.  The engines were taken from Sierra Delta, a former Air France Concorde.

Shortly after the engine tests, the Vice Chairman wrote, at the group's website, www.save-concorde.org.uk, "I want to pay tribute to the fantastic workmanship that has taken place in France today with my British and French colleagues.  The Anglo-French effort is replicating history from 40+ years ago, and I am so proud of the work that each and every individual from the world of Concorde has done in recognition of their contribution today."  The other engines from Sierra Delta will be similarly tested over the coming weeks.

As the Vice Chairman of Save Concorde Group points out, Concorde is, and for more than forty years has been, an Anglo-French project, resulting in the highest-profile and most popular supersonic commercial passenger transport vehicle ever.  Concorde flew frequent, regularly scheduled flights among only four airports in the world, Heathrow Airport in London (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), Charles de Gaulle International in Paris (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG), Kennedy International in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), and Dulles International in Washington, D.C. (IATA: IAD; ICAO: KIAD).

Concorde first flew in 1969, and first carried paying passengers in 1976.  The only blemish on Concorde's safety record occurred in 2000 outside Paris, when one crashed into a Charles de Gaulle International airport hotel, killing all aboard, and four on the ground.  Rising maintenance costs were cited as one reason why Concorde was grounded three years later.  But it is sincerely hoped that Concorde will be fully functional in time to fly over the opening ceremonies in London, of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

related story

Plan launched in Anglo-French joint effort to fly Concorde again (May 30, 2010)

original stories

Test Shows Concorde Engine Is Sound (www.avweb.com)

Concorde to take to the air again? (The Daily Dust)

Le Bourget Air and Space Museum (official site - in French)

Le Bourget Air and Space Museum (unofficial site - in English)


Plan launched in Anglo-French joint effort to fly Concorde again

Research on the feasibility of flying the supersonic passenger jet Concorde again has begun at Le Bourget Air and Space Museum in the Parisian suburb of Le Bourget, and near the general aviation airport of the same name (IATA: LBG; ICAO: LFPB).  Preliminary research is an Anglo-French joint project that is anticipated to cost around 15 million GBP (17.7 million EUR; 21.8 million USD).  A British association called the Save Concorde Group, and a French association called Olympus 593, are behind the effort.

“Major tests” have been done at Le Bourget on multiple Rolls Royce engines that once powered the supersonic airliner.  These engine tests are the first step, and it was always unknown whether or not the engines could even be safely started.  Nevertheless, the Vice Chairman of the Save Concorde Group called the developments “amazing,” and proclaimed in a press release that the process is moving along supersonically.  How fast, then?  London hosts the Summer Olympics in 2012, and it is hoped that Concorde, fully-functional, could be shown off in connection with that event.  The next step in getting Concorde back in the air is to perform a ground taxi with the aircraft.

Concorde flew its first test flights in 1969 and flew its first passengers in 1976.  Only two airlines ever flew the supersonic aircraft on regular schedules, British Airways and Air France, the flag carriers of the United Kingdom and France respectively.  For regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic flights, Concorde used Heathrow Airport in London (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) and Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG).  The two American airports used regularly by Concorde were Dulles International in Washington, D.C. (IATA: IAD; ICAO: KIAD), and Kennedy International in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK).

Concorde was grounded in 2003 three years after the fatal crash of Air France 4590, a Concorde flight from Charles de Gaulle International to Kennedy International.  On takeoff, the aircraft ran over a piece of metal dropped by a jet that had recently departed Charles de Gaulle.  Just minutes into the flight, the Concorde captain attempted, but failed, to land the crippled aircraft at the airfield in Le Bourget.  A little more than a week ago, it was revealed that the former leader of the Concorde program at Aérospatiale, Henri Perrier, faces a two-year suspended jail sentence in connection with the crash.

original stories

Work starts in £15 million plan to get Concorde flying (BBC)

Experts begin £15 million project to get Concorde flying again (UK Daily Mail)

Save Concorde Group (United Kingdom)

Olympus 593 (France - in French)

Le Bourget Air and Space Museum (official site - in French)

Le Bourget Air and Space Museum (unofficial site - in English)

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definition of "Anglo-French"