Entries in Seattle (5)

Thursday
Jun232011

Condor commences long-awaited Frankfurt-Seattle route

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

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

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

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

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

original stories

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

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

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

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

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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)

Sunday
Jun202010

Dreamliner struck by lightning during test last month

The eagerly anticipated Boeing 787 Dreamliner took a test flight over Puget Sound in Washington state last month, during which it was hit by a stray bolt of lightning from a nearby storm.  Nevertheless, the plane suffered "absolutely no damage," as a result of the lightning strike, according to Dreamliner program manager Scott Fancher.  Demonstration that the new super jumbo jet can withstand lightning is key to demonstrating the overall soundness of its electrical system.

Production, certification, and delivery to airlines of the Dreamliner has been postponed multiple times.  As of this post, it is scheduled to gain type certification later this year.  Continental Airlines has plans to use the Dreamliner to fly its recently announced Houston-Auckland route starting in September of next year.

The Boeing Company was formed in Seattle in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products.  Boeing moved its headquarters to Chicago in 2001.

related story

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

original story (www.bloomberg.com)

Monday
Jun072010

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today

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

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

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

related stories

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

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

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

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

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

original story (Delta Air Lines)

Tuesday
Jun012010

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday

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

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

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

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

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

related stories

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

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

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

original story (Delta Air Lines)