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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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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)



Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure

Australia's Qantas Airways posted to its website late last week that they are reassigning routes originally flown by their six grounded Airbus A380 aircraft, to other Airbus planes, and to the Boeing planes in its fleet.  Routes normally flown by the substituted Boeing planes have been assigned to other Airbus planes.  Qantas specifically mentioned routes involving the domestic destinations Sydney and Perth, and the international destinations Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo (Narita International Airport in particular) as being affected by the reassignments.  From November 5, the first full day during which the airline's six A380s were grounded, to November 11, Qantas operated all but seven scheduled flights across its "international network," according to the press release.

Qantas stressed that their six grounded A380s "will not return to service until there is complete certainty that the fleet [of A380s] can operate safely."

Singapore Airlines returned one of its grounded airplanes to service last Friday.  The Singaporean national airline, which immediately grounded its fleet of 11 A380s upon hearing of the Qantas Singapore-Sydney engine failure, returned all 11 to service the next day following tests.  Then upon discovering oil stains on some of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines which power the carrier's A380s, it again grounded three of the super jumbo planes.  A second of the three was returned to service last Saturday.

Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and Lufthansa, the three airlines that fly the Airbus A380 with the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, "may need to replace one component" in the engines, before returning the airplanes to service.

Dubai-based Emirates, which also operates the A380, continues to fly the newest Airbus model with no problems.  According to Emirates, the Airbus A380s operated by Emirates use the Engine Alliance-manufactured GP7000 engine, rather than the recently troubled Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine.  According to Engine Alliance, the engine they build to power the A380 is the GP7200.  Engine Alliance refers to an alliance between General Electric (GE) and Pratt & Whitney, formed in 1996 for the purpose of manufacturing aircraft engines for high capacity, long range aircraft.

related story

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

original stories

A380 Update - Qantas Confirms International Network Availability (Qantas Airways)

Singapore Air Returns One A380 to Service After Engine Change (Bloomberg)

Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa May Need A380 Engine Fix (Bloomberg)


Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare

Starting Monday, the Belgian air carrier Brussels Airlines will commence a codeshare agreement with the American-based carrier Continental Airlines.  According to the codeshare agreement, Continental Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (CO) on routes flown by Brussels Airlines between Brussels and nine other destinations in Europe; and also on routes flown by Brussels Airlines between the Belgian capital and twelve destinations in Africa.

Meanwhile, according to the codeshare agreement, Brussels Airlines will for its part, place its codeshare symbol (SN) on Continental's daily flights (one in each direction) between the Belgian capital and Continental's hub in the New York metropolitan area, Liberty International Airport near Newark, New Jersey (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR).  Brussels Airlines will also place its codeshare symbol on flights operated by Continental between Liberty International and five domestic destinations.  Those five are, alphabetically, Cleveland, Ohio (a Continental hub); Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Houston, Texas (location of the carrier's headquarters); and Orlando, Florida.

Brussels Airlines was formed in 2006 and commenced operations the following year.  The highest-profile airline based in Germany, Lufthansa, owns a 45 percent share in Brussels Airlines.  The airline is headquartered in the Belgian town of Diegem, in Flemish Brabant, a province in the center of the country which completely surrounds the capital city.  The airline's largest hub is at National Airport in Brussels (IATA: BRU; ICAO: EBBR).

The company that eventually became Continental Airlines was founded in 1931 in El Paso, Texas.  It commenced operations three years later.  It is a publicly owned airline whose stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  Earlier this year, Continental Airlines signed an agreement to merge with the Chicago, Illinois-based carrier United Airlines.

related stories

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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 (Continental Airlines)