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Turkish Airlines inaugurates service to Basra and Naples

Turkish Airlines starts two new routes today, from its hub at Mustafa Kemal Atatürk International Airport (IATA: IST; ICAO: LTBA) in Istanbul.  The newest destinations in the Turkish national airline's network are the Iraqi city of Basra, and the Italian city of Naples.  The Istanbul-Basra route will operate through Basra International Airport (IATA: BSR; ICAO: ORMM) in southern Iraq.  The Istanbul-Naples route will operate through Ugo Niutta Airport (IATA: NAP; ICAO: LIRN) on the Gulf of Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The Istanbul-Basra non-stop will operate in both directions three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  It is 3 hours 15 minutes long southeast-bound, and is 3 hours 25 minutes long northwest-bound.  It will be flown with the Boeing 737-800, according to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The Istanbul-Naples non-stop will operate in both directions three times a week, on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.  It is 2 hours 25 minutes long westbound, and is 2 hours 15 minutes long eastbound.  It will be flown with the Airbus A319, according to www.kayak.com.

Georgian national airline Airzena Georgian Airways also started a new seasonal route.  The airline will fly non-stop between the Georgian town of Batumi (IATA: BUS; ICAO: UGSB) on the Black Sea, to Moscow, the Russian capital (IATA: DME; ICAO: UUDD).  According to Bloomberg, these will be "weekly charter flights," and will operate until October.

Two airlines based in Scandinavia also added new routes within the last day.  The largest airline based in the region, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), launched service between Oslo's Gardermoen Airport (IATA: OSL; ICAO: ENGM) and the Croatian seaside (Adriatic) town of Split (IATA: SPU; ICAO: LDSP).  This route will run three times a week, on Monday, Friday, and Saturday, according to Kayak.  Oslo, a city of 605,000 people, was found to be the world's most expensive city, by the Economist Intelligence Unit's Worldwide Cost of Living Survey.  Split, a city of 230,000 people, is the largest city in the Croatian region of Dalmatia, namesake of the Dalmatian canine breed.

Scandinavian Airlines also launched two services between Scandinavia and the Spanish capital city, Madrid.  One route will fly between Gardermoen Airport and Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in central Spain.  This route will operate two times a week, on Tuesday and Saturday, according to Kayak.  The other will fly between Arlanda Airport in Stockholm (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA) and the Spanish capital twice weekly, on Monday and Friday.

Also, budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle has commenced non-stop service between Gardermoen Airport and two destinations in the Balkans.  Those are Sarajevo (IATA: SJJ; ICAO: LQSA) and Pristina (IATA: PRN; ICAO: BKPR).  According to search results from Norwegian Air Shuttle's website, the Oslo-Sarajevo route will be flown twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday in both directions.  According to the same source, the Oslo-Pristina route will be flown twice weekly, on Monday and Friday in both directions.

Like many low-fare carriers, Norwegian Air Shuttle operates only one model of aircraft.  The route will be flown with some variant of the Boeing 737, either the -300 or the -800.

original stories

Turkish Airlines announces its first flights to Al Basrah (Iraq) and Naples (Italy) (Turkish Airlines)

New flight Batumi - Moscow - Batumi starting from 21 June, 11 (Airzena Georgian Airways)

Georgian Airline Begins First Direct Batumi Flights to Moscow (Bloomberg)

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Curaçao airline Insel Air adds Charlotte, North Carolina to network

Curaçao-based airline Insel Air today launches a non-stop service between Hato International Airport (IATA: CUR; ICAO: TNCC) on Curaçao, and Douglas International Airport (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT) near Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States.  The service will operate twice-weekly, on Wednesday and Saturday according to Insel Air, and will be flown with the McDonell Douglas MD-83 according to results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  Insel Air noted in its press release that this will allow Insel Air travelers to make convenient connections with US Airways, which operates a hub at Charlotte-Douglas.  Insel Air and US Airways signed an interline agreement in 2009.

Willemstad, the largest town on Curaçao, has one of the most colorful and recognizable downtown areas in the Caribbean.  Dutch-style terraced houses are splashed with Caribbean-style color.  Downtown Willemstad and the nearby harbor have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A Bonaire-focused travel site operated from the American state of Texas, called www.bonairepros.com also noted the route this past April.  The site was offering the Charlotte-Curaçao-Bonaire round-trip at 497.3 USD (870.28 ANG) at the time they posted the route.

Bonaire, Curaçao, and Aruba make up what are sometimes called the ABC islands.  Bonaire is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of Curaçao (at the closest point), in the southern Caribbean Sea.  Each of the islands uses a different official currency.  Curaçao uses the Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG).  Aruba, 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Curaçao, uses the Aruban florin (AWG).  Bonaire used the Netherlands Antillean guilder until the last day of 2010.  It now uses the American dollar (USD).

original stories

New InselAir destination, Charlotte US, creates many transfer possibilities with US Airways (Insel Air)

Insel Air to Offer Charlotte flight to Bonaire (www.bonairepros.com)

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Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia elaborate on new network

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have each released information on the trans-Tasman alliance the two airlines worked out late last year.  Currently, Air New Zealand operates 70 percent of all commercial flights across the Tasman Sea, and Virgin Australia (formerly Virgin Blue) operates 30 percent.  That ratio will not change under the new arrangement.  The two airlines are working together on a schedule of times and days (of the week) for the trans-Tasman flights that will optimize convenience for air travelers, and will stay within the terms of the alliance, approved last December by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and the New Zealand Ministry of Transport (MOT).

Air New Zealand sees four main components of the new alliance.  Those are a trans-Tasman and domestic (for both airlines) codeshare agreement, revenue sharing, reciprocity between the two airlines' respective loyalty programs, and reciprocal lounge access for qualifying travelers on each airline.

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.  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 Airport (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA).  Its focus cities are the national capital Wellington, the nation's second-largest city Christchurch, and the American city of Los Angeles.

Virgin Australia is the second largest airline based in Australia, behind Qantas.  It was founded in 2000 by the venture capital conglomeration Virgin Group Limited, itself founded by the British venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson.  Its corporate offices are located in the Bowen Hills area of Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, and capital of the Australian state of Queensland.  Virgin Australia operates its largest hub at Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE; ICAO: YBBN), and operates secondary hubs at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), and at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).

related stories

Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue partnership approved (December 16, 2010)

Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance blocked (September 10, 2010)

original stories

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia Airlines Group Announce New-look Joint Network (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia Airlines Announce Joint Network (Virgin Australia)


Air Berlin adds London Gatwick to its network

Earlier this month, the Germany-based airline Air Berlin made its first flights to Gatwick Airport (IATA: EGKK; ICAO: LGW), south of Central London.  Germany's second-largest airline now flies non-stop between Hannover-Langenhagen Airport (IATA: HAJ; ICAO: EDDV) and Gatwick, and also non-stop between Nuremberg Airport (IATA: NUE; ICAO: EDDN) and Gatwick.  From Hannover, the new non-stop round trip will operate twice daily through the week (Monday through Friday inclusive), and once on Saturday.  The round trip from Nuremberg will operate twice daily through the week, and once on Sunday.

This is a seasonal route which will be suspended indefinitely this coming October.

Air Berlin is located in the North Terminal at Gatwick.  Air Berlin now has a permanent presence at two London area airports, the other being Stansted (IATA: STN; ICAO: EGSS) northeast of the city, which connects travelers non-stop to three other German destinations.

related stories

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

Air Berlin starts flying between Berlin and Dubai non-stop (November 11, 2010)

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

Air Berlin begins Winter 2011 route to Spain's Costa Blanca (November 4, 2010)

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Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta

Today Alitalia, the highest-profile Italian-based airline, joined Air France, KLM, and Delta Air Lines in the largest trans-Atlantic joint venture of airlines.  The geographic scope of this network of airlines covers more than two thirds of the circumference of the Earth, from French Polynesia in the west, to India in the east.  Such a large network of airlines is enabled by anti-trust immunity granted to the member airlines by national and supra-national governments on both sides of the Atlantic.  This agreement among the four airlines allows Alitalia to remain in the network until at least 2022. 

Air France and KLM, the flag carriers of France and the Netherlands respectively, merged in 2004, although each airline has retained its own branding scheme and logos.  American-based Delta Air Lines merged with KLM partner Northwest Airlines in 2008, and joined this network in 2009.  The arrangement allows the member airlines to "share revenues and costs" associated with flying trans-Atlantic routes, according to a press release put out by Delta today.  Delta stated that this four-way alliance now represents more than a quarter of total capacity in trans-Atlantic passenger air travel.

related stories

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 stories

Alitalia Joins Air France-KLM Group (Delta Air Lines)

Alitalia joins Air France-KLM Group, Delta Air Lines in industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture (Air France)


JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity

Japan Airlines and American Airlines recently submitted an application to Japan's Ministry of Land, Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism, in an effort to work more closely together "on the operations of flights between North America and Asia."  The two airlines applied to the United States Department of Transportation in February for approval of their proposal on the American side.  The Department of Transportation has not yet approved the request, and it is unknown whether or not it intends to.  The timeline for any decision from the Transportation Department on the request is not forthcoming.

The airlines seek immunity from certain anti-trust laws in both countries.  Approval of immunity will, according to a news release posted to the website of Japan Airlines, increase competition in the trans-Pacific travel market, and create "a more comprehensive network, expanded flight options, access to more fare levels and enhanced services."

Japan Airlines was formed in 1951, and has hubs at both major airports in the Tokyo area, business-oriented Haneda International near the city center (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT), and suburban Narita International (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA).  Its corporate headquarters is in Tokyo.  American Airlines was founded in 1930 as American Airways, and originally based in the City of New YorkIt moved its headquarters to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  American's largest hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).  Both airlines are members of the Oneworld global airline alliance, the third-largest such alliance in the world, and winner of the 2010 Best Airline Alliance award at the World Airline Awards held in Hamburg, Germany last month.

related stories

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)

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