Entries in non-stop (19)

Sunday
Jun262011

Norwegian starts seasonal route between Stockholm and Tel Aviv

Norwegian Air Shuttle commenced a seasonal service between Stockholm's Arlanda Airport (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA), and David Ben-Gurion Airport (IATA: TLV; ICAO: LLBG) in Tel Aviv this morning.  The first Stockholm-Tel Aviv flight of the season for the carrier was scheduled to leave Stockholm's main international airport at 7:00 this morning local time, but was delayed 25 minutes according to Arlanda's website.  The route will operate weekly in both directions on Sunday, until Norwegian Air Shuttle decides to retire it for the season.  It will be flown with the Boeing 737-800.

The route is scheduled to depart Stockholm at 7:00 in the morning each Sunday, local time, and arrive in Tel Aviv 12:50 in the afternoon local time.  It is scheduled to depart Tel Aviv for the return trip at 1:50 in the afternoon local time, and arrive back in Stockholm at 5:40 in the afternoon local time.  The flight is listed at 4 hours 50 minutes long, in both directions, on Norwegian Air Shuttle's official website.  Stockholm and Tel Aviv both observe daylight saving time during the middle months of the year, and Tel Aviv generally operates one hour ahead of Stockholm.

Norwegian Air Shuttle was founded in 1993 and is now Scandinavia's second-largest airline behind Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).  It is based in the municipality of Bærum, a western suburb of Oslo.  In true Scandinavian tradition, it operates seven roughly equivalent hubs in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.

Meanwhile, the Moscow-based airline RusLine started a non-stop route from Moscow to the Lithuanian Baltic seaside town of Palanga today, according to the official website of the town's airport (IATA: PLQ; ICAO: EYPA).  The route is operated with a Bombardier CRJ200.  It too will operate once a week on Sunday, in both directions.  It is scheduled to depart Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport (IATA: DME; ICAO: UUDD) at 5:50 in the morning local time, and arrive in Lithuania at 6:40 in the morning local time.  It is scheduled to depart the town of Palanga at 8:10 in the morning local time, and arrive back in Moscow at 11:05 local time.  Flight time is just under two hours long, in both directions.  Moscow operates one hour ahead of Palanga.

Additional information about this route, including pricing information, can be found on the airline's website, though it is in Russian, and does not offer an English translation.

original stories

Norwegian's Stockholm Arlanda network passes 30 routes; becomes second biggest base (www.anna.aero)

2011 04 12 (Palanga International Airport)

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Wednesday
Jun222011

Sunwing starts Toronto-Lisbon; EasyJet cuts London-Helsinki

Canada's Sunwing Airlines inaugurated a non-stop weekly service between Toronto's Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) and Lisbon's Portela Airport (IATA: LIS; ICAO: LPPT) today.  The eastbound flight will operate weekly, on Wednesday.  The westbound flight will operate weekly on Thursday.  Toronto-Lisbon is scheduled to depart Pearson International at 9:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive at Lisbon-Portela at 9:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  Lisbon-Toronto is scheduled to depart Portela at 12:10 in the afternoon, local time, and arrive back in Toronto at 3:20 in the afternoon, local time.  Sunwing flies a fleet of Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 767-300ER models.  It is unknown which of the two Boeing models will operate along this route.

According to Travel Week Canada, Sunwing will fly to other European destinations this summer as well, from both Toronto and Montreal's Trudeau International (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL).  It will fly between Pearson, and Gatwick in London (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) four times a week; between Trudeau, and Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris twice weekly; between Pearson and de Gaulle twice weekly; and between Pearson and Ireland's Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW) once weekly.  It will also fly between Toronto and the coastal Portuguese town of Porto (IATA: OPO; ICAO: LPPR) once weekly, and between Toronto and Rome (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) once weekly.

Meanwhile, today the United Kingdom's popular no frills airline EasyJet flew its year-round London-Helsinki route for the last time (in the foreseeable future at least).  EasyJet flew the route through Gatwick Airport in London, and Vantaa Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) in Finland.  EasyJet cited "lack of demand" as the reason for the contraction.  The no frills carrier based at London's Luton Airport (IATA: LTN; ICAO: EGGW) ended its Manchester-Helsinki route earlier this month, according to the U.K website Air & Business Travel News.  EasyJet plans to stop its Paris-Helsinki route early next month.

original stories

Sunwing to add six more cities to its European program this summer (Travel Week Canada)

Easyjet to stop serving Helsinki (Air & Business Travel News)

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Wednesday
Jun222011

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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Tuesday
Jun212011

Air Berlin starts Hamburg-Keflavík non-stop route

The German semi-low-cost airline Air Berlin has commenced twice-weekly non-stop service between the Hanseatic city on the River Elbe, Hamburg, and the Icelandic town whose name means "driftwood bay" in the local language.  The route between Hamburg's Fuhlsbüttel Airport (IATA: HAM; ICAO: EDDH) and Keflavík International Airport (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF), on a southwestern promontory of the volcanic island nation in the north Atlantic, will operate two times a week, on Sunday and Thursday.  The flights are about 3 hours 20 minutes each, in both directions.  The route will be flown with the Airbus A319.

Keflavík International was built in 1942 by the American military, which called it the United States Naval Air Station Keflavík, or NASKEF.  Keflavík International is the only year-round  international gateway (by air) in Iceland.  It is about 31 miles (50 kilometers) west of Reykjavík, the capital.  A plain near the Icelandic national capital was the site of the A.D. 930 establishment of the world's oldest continuously functioning parliamentary body.  This is now an Icelandic national park, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

[There is no source because this exotic bit of news was hardly reported at all in the Anglophone press.  A bracketed date notation on the English language Wikipedia article for Keflavík International Airport, under Airlines and Destinations, tipped off the webmaster of this site, who decided to report on it.  All articles which inspired this in one way or another were translated from German or Icelandic using Google Translate.

Searches for the route on Air Berlin's website, and on www.kayak.com/flights, are successful, for Sunday and/or Thursday flights.]

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Tuesday
Jun212011

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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Sunday
Jun192011

Air Canada begins Toronto-Gander non-stop route

Yesterday Air Canada started a seasonal, daily non-stop round trip between Toronto, the largest city in Ontario, and Gander, a town of about 10,000 in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The flights will operate between Lester Bowles Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) in Toronto, and Gander International Airport (IATA: YQX; ICAO: CYQX) in the interior of the island of Newfoundland.

Toronto is Canada's largest city (2.5 million) and largest metro area (5.1 million), and is home to the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.  In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Gander was lauded as the most hospitable small town in Canada.  Its airport played a crucial role, providing the nearest feasible landing space for 39 aircraft, many flying trans-Atlantic itineraries, which were ordered by NORAD to land as soon as safely possible, in the wake of the attacks.

Gander International Airport's longest runway is 10,200 feet long, plenty long enough to accommodate any jet capable of flying trans-Atlantic.  Incidentally, the Toronto-Gander Air Canada route will be operated with the Embraer E-190, according to Air Canada's press release from this past February.  The departure and arrival times listed on the several-months-old press release are consistent with current search results from Air Canada and from www.kayak.com/flights.

Air Canada's Vice President for Network Planning, Marcel Forget, explained that the new seasonal route enables residents of Gander and the surrounding communities to have one-stop access to all destinations reachable via Toronto-Pearson, emphasizing Pearson's connections to the United States.

For the three days following 9/11 during which airspace was closed, Gander's residents extended incredible hospitality to more than 6,000 visitors, which represented a temporary population spike of more than 50 percent.  In an understated and classically Canadian manner, they rendered assistance quietly, never asking to be recognized on a large scale for their unquestionably large-scale generosity.  This extraordinary collective gesture from Canadians became known as Operation Yellow Ribbon.

VIDEO PLAYED DURING THE 2010 VANCOUVER WINTER GAMES ABOUT OPERATION YELLOW RIBBON

The air traffic control center in Gander is often the last control center in communication with eastbound traffic before the Atlantic Ocean, and is often the first control center in communication with westbound traffic coming in off the Atlantic Ocean.  Because of its historic importance to North American civil and military aviation, many streets in Gander are named for aviators, such as Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and Eddie Rickenbacker.

Air Canada was founded in 1936 as Trans-Canada Airlines.  It took its current name in 1965.  It acquired poorly-performing Calgary, Alberta-based Canadian Airlines in 2001.  Air Canada operates hubs at Pearson International, Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL) in Montreal, Calgary International (IATA: YYC; ICAO: CYYC), and Vancouver International (IATA: YVR; ICAO: CYVR).  Edmonton, Alberta; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the national capital Ottawa, Ontario are focus cities for the airline.

Air Canada is a publicly traded company headquartered in Montreal, and traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

related story

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

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Thursday
Jun162011

Air France starts seasonal Paris-San Francisco route in A380

Earlier this month, Air France commenced a seasonal non-stop round trip in the Airbus A380, between Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris, to San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO).  The route is flown twice a day on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday; and is flown once a day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, according to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The westbound flight is scheduled at 11 hours 10 minutes long, and the eastbound flight is scheduled at 10 hours 25 minutes long, according to www.kayak.com.

Air France-KLM Group teamed with Delta Air Lines in a trans-Atlantic joint venture, in 2008.  Air France's press release on the seasonal Paris-San Francisco route explains that it is conducted "in partnership with Delta," even though Delta currently has no Airbus A380 airplanes in its fleet.

The seasonal route is scheduled to terminate on September 4 this year, according to Air France.

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Monday
Jun132011

American Airlines starts Chicago-Charlottesville non-stop

Last Thursday, American Airlines commenced a twice daily non-stop round trip between its hub at O'Hare International Airport (IATA: ORD; ICAO: KORD) in Chicago, and Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (IATA: CHO; ICAO: KCHO) in the Piedmont region of central Virginia.  Chicago-Charlottesville is listed at 1 hour 45 minutes long, and departs each day at 1:10 in the afternoon and 8:55 in the evening, Central Time.  Charlottesville-Chicago is listed at 2 hours 5 minutes long, and departs each day at 6:30 in the morning and 4:25 in the afternoon, Eastern Time.  The route will be operated through the regional affiliate of American Airlines, American Eagle.  The aircraft used will be an Embraer RJ140, according to results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.

O'Hare International is located 17 miles (27 kilometers) northwest of downtown Chicago, and was the second-busiest airport in the United States last year, behind Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL) in Atlanta.  O'Hare International is accessible directly from downtown Chicago on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) rapid transit ("L") Blue Line.  The airport is at the northwestern terminus of the CTA Blue Line, and the O'Hare Airport station is underneath Terminal 2.  O'Hare International is also accessible via the city's North Central Service (NCS) Metra rail line, followed by a free O'Hare Shuttle Bus ride to the free Airport Transit System, an elevated rail train that stops at each terminal.

Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport is 8 miles (12 kilometers) north of Charlottesville, in Albemarle County, Virginia.  There are no regularly scheduled public transportation services on site.  However, Avis, Hertz, and National Car Rental all have kiosks at the airport, and a number of taxi services also connect the airport with the town.

Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States behind New York and Los Angeles, and is home to the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.  The Willis Tower (formerly "Sears Tower"), and Trump International Hotel and Tower, which grace the city's skyline, are the two tallest skyscrapers in the United States.  Charlottesville is the seat of Albemarle County, Virginia, and has been rated America's "best place to live" by Frommer's Cities Ranked and Rated.  It is home to several cultural institutions and wineries, and is home to the University of Virginia, established by Thomas Jefferson in 1819.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

US Airways starts Philadelphia-Quebec City route tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Tempe, Arizona based airline US Airways will start flying three non-stop flights in each direction, between Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL) and Jean Lesage International Airport (IATA: YQB; ICAO: CYQB) in Quebec, the capital city of the eponymous Canadian province.  The thrice-daily departures from Philadelphia are scheduled to happen at 9:30 in the morning, 2:49 in the afternoon, and 8:35 in the evening, local time.  The thrice-daily departures from Quebec City are scheduled to happen at 6:25 in the morning, 12:15 in the afternoon, and 5:30 in the evening, local time.

The departure times from Quebec City differ slightly from what was initially planned, when US Airways first made this announcement this past February.  The estimated flight time is between 1 hours 45 minutes, and 2 hours, in both directions.  According to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights, the route will be flown with a Canadair regional jet, operated by the US Airways regional affiliate Air Wisconsin.

With the introduction of this service by US Airways, the entire state of New Jersey is now within a two-hour drive of an airport that offers non-stop service to the Quebec provincial capital city.  (Continental Airlines flies the route non-stop from Newark.)  Philadelphia and Quebec City are both located in the Eastern Time Zone of North America, and both observe daylight saving time.

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.  Philadelphia is the airline's primary international hub.

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US Airways starts Charlotte-Madrid and Charlotte-Dublin routes (May 16, 2011)

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Delta inaugurates New York-Iceland non-stop route

Delta Air Lines, the world's largest airline by passengers carried, is now the first United States-based carrier in 40 years to operate regular service between the New York metro area and Iceland non-stop.  Late this evening, at 11:35 EDT, the inaugural flight for this new route is scheduled to depart from Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in the New York borough of Queens.  The flight will be operated with the Boeing 757-200, according to Delta's press release on the subject, and is scheduled to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (IATA: KEF; ICAO: BIKF), at 9:20 in the morning the next day, local time.  The return flight is scheduled to leave Keflavík daily at 10:50 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in New York at 12:55 in the afternoon, local time.

Keflavík International is 31 miles (50 kilometers) west of the Icelandic capital city, Reykjavík.

Delta's senior vice president for New York, Gail Grimmett, mentioned the airline's emphasis on incorporating "unique destinations" and "growing but underserved global markets" into its list of destinations, suggesting that this new route targets both business travelers and leisure travelers.  Grimmett pointed out that Delta is now the only airline in the SkyTeam Alliance to offer a New York-Iceland route.

Delta Air Lines pilot John Magnusson made a blog post on Delta's official website earlier today, about his thoughts and feelings on being the pilot to fly the inaugural round trip.

The airline that became Delta Air Lines began flying passengers in 1929.  Delta relocated to Atlanta in 1941, and operates its largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL).  It became the world’s largest airline by passengers carried when its merger with Northwest Airlines was completed last year.  Two other airlines fly non-stop between the New York metro area and Iceland.  Iceland's flag carrier airline Icelandair flies the route from Kennedy International and back, and the budget airline Iceland Express flies the route from Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR) in Newark, New Jersey and back.

original stories

Delta Air Lines to Connect New York, Iceland (Delta Air Lines)

Captain's View: JFK Inaugural Flight to Iceland (Delta Air Lines)

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Tuesday
May312011

Finnair starts Helsinki-Singapore non-stop round-trip route

Yesterday, the Finnish flag carrier airline Finnair, inaugurated a daily non-stop round-trip route between its hub at Vantaa International Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) in Helsinki, and Changi International Airport (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) in Singapore.  According to search engine results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights, the daily southeast-bound flight will depart Helsinki at 11:40 in the evening, local time, and arrive in Singapore at 4:10 in the afternoon the next day, local time.  The daily northwest-bound flight is scheduled to depart Singapore at 11:30 in the evening, local time, and arrive in Helsinki at 6:35 in the morning the following day.   The route will be flown with the Airbus A340.

 Finnair CEO Mika Vehviläinen praised the success of the airline's "Asian strategy," and identified the airline's "target group of consumers" as being those "travelling between Asia and Europe on business."  The time slots mentioned above were calculated by the airline to provide particular convenience to Finnish-based business travelers flying to Asia on business, and then back to Finland.

Finland is home to telecommunications giant Nokia, the second-largest company in the Nordic countries by revenue, and the most profitable company in the Nordic countries, according to Forbes Magazine's Global 2000 list, released in 2008.  Finland is also the only Nordic country to use the Euro as its currency, perhaps tying it more closely to much of the rest of Europe, and the rest of the world economically, than its Nordic neighbors Sweden and Norway.  Singapore is an island nation off the southeast end of the Malay Peninsula.  It is home to a number of high-profile firms, both regionally and worldwide, including the investment firm Temasek Holdings, the parent company of Singapore Airlines.

Although the route targets business travelers, a coach seat on the Helsinki-Singapore flight leaving tonight can still be paired with a coach seat on any return flight toward the beginning of June, for a mere 709 EUR round trip, according to www.kayak.com (947 AUD; 615 GBP; 81913 JPY; 1239 NZD; 1250 SGD; 1013 USD).  Business class seats for such a spontaneous round-trip itinerary are six times as expensive.

The listed length of the southeast-bound flight (Helsinki-Singapore) is 11 hours 30 minutes.  The listed length of the northwest-bound flight (Singapore-Helsinki) is 12 hours 5 minutes.  The difference is because in the temperate and tropical latitudes, the jet stream moves west to east.  Singapore operates five hours ahead of Helsinki during European Summer Time, and six hours ahead of Helsinki during all other times.

Finnair heavily promotes its non-stop connections to eastern Asia, of which it boasts more per week than any other European-based airline.

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Saturday
Mar262011

SAS begins daily Oslo-Newark non-stop next Monday

The largest Scandinavian airline will start a new daily non-stop route between the Norwegian capital Oslo, and the New York metropolitan region next Monday.  It will operate between Gardermoen Airport (IATA: OSL; ICAO: ENGM) northeast of Oslo, and Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, 15 miles southwest of Midtown, in the New York borough of Manhattan.

Results returned today by the online airfare booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights show that the daily round-trip route will be flown with the Airbus A330-300.  Westbound travelers are scheduled to depart Oslo at 11:00 in the morning local time, and arrive in Newark at 1:10 in the afternoon local time, the same day.  Eastbound travelers are scheduled to depart Newark at 7:00 in the evening local time, and arrive in Oslo at 8:20 in the morning the following day.

SAS stood at one time for Scandinavian Airlines System, though the airline no longer officially uses the full, former name.  It was founded in 1946, and its main offices are located in Solna, Sweden.  It operates a fleet of Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, and McDonnell Douglas aircraft to destinations in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Continental Airlines, which operates a hub at Liberty International, is the only other airline to fly this route non-stop.  It is in the process of merging with United Airlines.

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Thursday
Nov182010

AA flies between NYC & Rio, Cincy, Indy, Norfolk, Ft. Lauderdale

Today American Airlines launched five new non-stop routes, one international and four domestic.  All involve the American Airlines hub Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), in New York.  The new routes involve Galeão International Airport (IATA: GIG; ICAO: SBGL) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (IATA: CVG; ICAO: KCVG); Indianapolis International Airport (IATA: IND; ICAO: KIND); Norfolk International Airport (IATA: ORF; ICAO: KORF) in the American commonwealth of Virginia; and Fort Lauderdale International Airport (IATA: FLL; ICAO: KFLL) in the American state of Florida.  Four of the five routes will operate daily, in each direction.  The New York-Fort Lauderdale route will operate twice daily in each direction.  Art Torno, American's Vice President - New York, indicated in a statement that these routes are aimed at both business travelers and leisure travelers.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 621 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 Dallas, 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 Dallas.

original stories

AA, American Eagle announce new flights (Yahoo News)

American Airlines and American Eagle Launch Nonstop Jet Service to Five Cities From New York's JFK Airport (American Airlines)

 

Thursday
Nov112010

Air Berlin starts flying between Berlin and Dubai non-stop

Air Berlin, the second-largest carrier based in Germany (by passengers carried in 2009), commenced a thrice-weekly Berlin-Dubai non-stop route on Wednesday of last week.  It operates between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) northwest of Berlin, and Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) southeast of the Dubai city center, in the United Arab Emirates.

The Berlin-Dubai flight will operate thrice weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.  The Sunday eastbound flight is scheduled to leave Berlin at 6:45 in the evening local time, and arrive in Dubai at 3:35 in the morning local time, the next day.  The Wednesday and Friday eastbound flights are scheduled to leave Berlin at 9:25 in the evening local time, and arrive in Dubai at 6:15 in the morning local time, the next day.

The Dubai-Berlin flight will operate thrice weekly on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.  The Monday westbound flight is scheduled to leave Dubai at 5:20 in the morning, local time, and arrive in Berlin at 9:00 in the morning, local time.  The Thursday and Saturday westbound flights are scheduled to leave Dubai at 8:20 in the morning local time, and arrive in Berlin at 11:55 in the morning local time.

Representatives from both Air Berlin and the United Arab Emirates were on hand in Berlin for the inauguration ceremony.  This is the first "regular, year-round, non-stop service to the Middle East" ever operated by Air Berlin, according to the airline's press release on the subject.  Air Berlin CEO Joachim Hunold pointed out during the route's inauguration ceremony that Air Berlin is the only airline to link Berlin and Dubai non-stop.  He said the route will be marketed to both business travelers and leisure travelers, in both cities.

When Tegel Airport is closed no later than spring 2012, this route will be flown using the new Brandenburg International Airport.  Air Berlin posted to its website last week that tickets for the route can be had for as low as 199 EUR (1001 AED, 169 GBP, 273 USD) one-way.

Air Berlin operates a semi-low-fare business model.  It was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  It operates 148 aircraft to 154 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Air Berlin relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

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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).

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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)

Wednesday
Aug042010

China-based carriers want to fly to Hawaii, but hit bureaucracy

Two airlines based in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) China Eastern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines, have expressed that they want to fly between their hubs and focus cities in the PRC, and the American state of Hawaii.  For various reasons, neither has begun flying a route between the PRC and Hawaii.

A foreign country must receive “approved destination” status before marketing international travel to citizens of the PRC.  The United States received this status in 2008. But additional bureaucracy on both the Chinese side and the American side has stifled the process anyway.  Travel figures from the year 2008 are revealing.  Hawaii received 22 times more Japanese tourists in 2008, than it did Chinese tourists, despite Japan having only a tenth the population of China in 2008.

As of this post, China Eastern and Hainan fly to Hawaii via connecting cities in other countries, typically Tokyo, Japan; and Seoul, South Korea.  But no PRC-based airline flies non-stop between China and Hawaii.  Hainan Airlines, headquartered on the eponymous island south of the mainland, was supposed to start a three times weekly service in both directions, between Beijing and Honolulu sometime this year, but that has been put on hold.

China Eastern Airlines was formed in 1988, and is headquartered in the commercial and financial hub of Shanghai.  The city’s two major airports, Hongqiao International Airport (IATA: SHA; ICAO: ZSSS) and Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG; ICAO: ZSPD), are China Eastern’s largest hubs.

Hainan Airlines was founded in 1989, and operates hubs at Haikou Meilan International Airport near its headquarters (IATA: HAK; ICAO: ZJHK), and also at Capital International Airport in the Chinese capital of Beijing (IATA: PEK; ICAO: ZBAA).  Hainan Airlines received approval from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) last October to fly the thrice-weekly Beijing-Honolulu non-stop route.

China Airlines, based in the Republic of China (Taiwan), flies twice weekly between the largest Taiwanese city Taipei, and Honolulu.  It would like to increase capacity per week on this route, according to the Pacific Business News, but is facing hurdles.  China Airlines was formed in 1959 in Taipei.  Its headquarters has remained in the largest Taiwanese city since the airline’s founding, and the airline operates a hub at Taoyuan International Airport on the island of Taiwan (IATA: TPE; ICAO: RCTP).

Additionally, Cathay Pacific Airways is based in Hong Kong, a “special administrative division” of the PRC.  Cathay Pacific was founded in 1946 by American and Australian former Air Force pilots.  Its hub is at Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG; ICAO: VHHH).  This airline, the largest of the four by number of international passengers, nevertheless does not fly to or from any airport in Hawaii, as of August 2010.

original story (Pacific Business News)

Sunday
Jul182010

787 Dreamliner to visit Farnborough International Air Show

Tomorrow, the Boeing Company's new 787 Dreamliner will make its international debut at the Farnborough International Air Show in the South East England county of Hampshire.  A 787 flew in to Farnborough Airport (IATA: FAB; ICAO: EGLF), where the Air Show will take place later this week, non-stop from Seattle.  It landed this morning at 9:09, local time (4:09 in the morning EDT, 1:09 in the morning PDT). Although the Farnborough International Air Show is a biennial seven-day event, it is expected that the 787 Dreamliner will be flown out of the Air Show on Tuesday.

On the production front, Boeing claims the Dreamliner will be as much as 20 percent more fuel efficient than other aircraft of similar size.  All Nippon Airways is expected to be the first airline to receive its scheduled shipment of 787s from Boeing.  And this past spring, Continental Airlines became the first airline to schedule the Dreamliner for a particular route.  Continental plans to operate the Dreamliner non-stop between its Houston hub and Auckland, New ZealandType certification of the Dreamliner is scheduled to occur later this year.  Despite these plans, it was reported last Thursday that delivery of the aircraft by Boeing to its buyers, may be postponed to next year.

Boeing was founded in Seattle in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  It was renamed for its founder William Boeing three years later.  Boeing relocated its corporate offices from Seattle to Chicago in 2001.  The Farnborough International Air Show has taken place in every even-numbered year since 1962, and has origins that go back a generation further.

related stories

Boeing has released the probable configuration of a stretch 787 (July 1, 2010)

787 stabilizer problems will not change timetable, Boeing says (June 27, 2010)

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month (June 20, 2010)

Continental schedules world’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes (May 29, 2010)

original stories

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes International Debut (The Boeing Company)

Boeing Says 787 Delivery May Be Delayed Until 2011 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Boeing's Farnborough International Air Show 2010 webpage (The Boeing Company)

Farnborough International Air Show (official site)

Wednesday
Jun232010

Southwest air fares as low as $39 one-way end on June 24

To celebrate its 39th birthday, until 11:59 P.M. PDT on June 24, the American low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines is offering fares as low as $39 each way, for travel taking place this year between September 8 and November 17, inclusive.  This price is available on routes traversing 450 miles or fewer.  Longer routes are also on sale, for $79 one way, and for $119 one way, depending on length.  The sale prices are available on non-stop itineraries, and also on itineraries that have intermediate stops.  Travel must be booked at either www.southwest.com, or www.swabiz.com.  According swamedia.com, travelers booking the 39th birthday sale fares are still entitled to check two bags within certain size limits, for free.

There are a number of exceptions and rules governing this sale, including blackout on all Fridays and Sundays throughout the sale period.  Also, these sale prices do not include certain federal taxes, facility charges, and baggage fees, which can raise the total price of travel significantly.  Other rules and restrictions not mentioned here, also apply to this sale.

original story (Southwest Airlines)

Saturday
May082010

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda

Delta’s CEO Richard Anderson thanked the United States Transportation Department yesterday for allowing Delta, the world’s largest airline (by number of scheduled passengers) non-stop access to Tokyo’s preferred business airport, Haneda, from the American cities of Los Angeles and Detroit.  Just as it did in its criticism of DOT over takeoff and landing slots on the American east coast earlier this week, Delta drew attention to its latter proposal’s potential for job creation.  Mr. Anderson thanked Delta’s employees who sent letters to DOT in support of allowing Delta non-stop access to Haneda from North America.

No American-based carrier currently flies in to or out of Haneda, the busier of Tokyo’s two airports.  However, American Airlines is already scheduled to commence service to and from Kennedy International in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) at the beginning of October this year.  Two more American cities, San Francisco and Honolulu, will receive non-stop service to and from Haneda starting at the end of October this year, from the large Japanese-based carrier Japan Airlines.  Delta’s expected timetable for commencing service to Haneda from Los Angeles and Detroit is not yet disclosed on the airline’s website.

Thirteen major metropolitan areas in the United States now have non-stop, year-round access to Tokyo’s Narita Airport, some 35 miles east of Tokyo, including Los Angeles and Detroit, both served by Delta.  Presumably, Delta still intends to appeal the recent USDOT joint decision with the Federal Aviation Administration rejecting Delta’s joint proposal with US Airways, to trade time slots with four other airlines, at JFK and Reagan National (IATA: DCA; ICAO: KDCA) in Washington, D.C.

original story (Delta Air Lines)