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Nine BMI routes get BA numbers as integration proceeds

British Midland International routes flown between London's Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) and nine European and African destinations will acquire British Airways flight numbers tomorrow, as part of the integration process first announced late last year.  The nine routes affected will be those flown between Heathrow, and the BMI destinations of Agadir, Morocco; Basel, Switzerland; Bergen, Norway; Casablanca, Morocco; Hanover, Germany; Marrakech, Morocco; Nice, France; Stavanger, Norway; and Vienna, Austria.  According to British Airways, all departure and arrival terminals at Heathrow will remain the same, as will estimated departure and arrival times.

On April 19 this year, International Consolidated Airlines Group, led by former British Airways CEO Willie Walsh, bought BMI from Lufthansa.  BMI withdrew its membership in the Star Alliance last month.  British Airways is part of the Oneworld airline alliance.

Also, Virgin Atlantic will launch a four times weekly non-stop round-trip route between Heathrow and Vancouver International Airport (IATA; YVR; ICAO: CYVR) Thursday.  The route will operate in both directions on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  According to results returned by the search engine on Virgin Atlantic's website, the route will be operated with the Airbus A340-300.  The flight is approximately ten hours long in both directions.

related story

BA and Iberia respective shareholders both approve merger (Nobember 29, 2010)

original stories

bmi flights changing to BA flight numbers (British Airways)

BMI to be 'integrated quickly' into British Airways (Airport Watch UK)

Virgin Atlantic Launch Flights to Vancouver (Virgin Atlantic)

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Air Canada offers more flights between Calgary and Tokyo

Last Wednesday Air Canada announced an increase in the frequency of its seasonal non-stop trans-Pacific round trip between Calgary International Airport (IATA: YYC; ICAO: CYYC) and Tokyo's Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA).  The increase from three per week to five per week will take effect March 26, when the route is re-introduced for the North American high travel season.  Air Canada's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Ben Smith said the airline looks forward to approval by Japanese regulators, of year-round service from Air Canada, between Calgary and the Japanese capital.

The Calgary-Tokyo non-stop seasonal route will be flown this season with the Boeing 767-300 according to results returned by the online airfare booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights

Also, Canada's highest-profile airline had announced plans last August to fly once daily between Vancouver International Airport (IATA: YVR; ICAO: CYVR) and Tokyo's Haneda International Airport (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT) in both directions, starting yesterday.  But "[as] a result of lower than expected demand," inauguration of that route has been pushed back to March 3 at the earliest, according to Air Canada's official website.

Haneda International, closer to central Tokyo than Narita, is the preferred airport for business travelers traveling through Tokyo.  Last October, a dedicated international terminal opened at Haneda.  And for the first time in 32 years, regularly scheduled international air traffic operated through the facility.  Haneda International was the busiest Japanese airport in 2009, the second-busiest airport in Asia that year, and the fifth-busiest in the world.  The monorail train ride between the international terminal at Haneda and Minato in Tokyo is about fifteen minutes long, and costs 470 JPY (5.68 USD, 5.68 CAD, 4.14 EUR, 3.57 GBP, 5.75 AUD, 7.40 NZD).

Prior to the opening of the international terminal at Haneda, Narita International, 36 miles (58 kilometers) away from Tokyo, handled nearly all international traffic through the Japanese capital.  North Americans traveling to Japan will still more likely use Narita than Haneda.  Public transportation to Tokyo from the more distant Narita International is available, but it can take an hour or more to go between the airport and the city.

related stories

 Air Canada expands Winter 2011 schedule (October 21, 2010)

Tokyo's Haneda Airport resumes regular international service (October 31, 2010)

original story (Air Canada)


Cathay Pacific plane escorted to Vancouver after bomb scare

Canadian F-18 fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) flew for more than an hour nearby a Cathay Pacific passenger jet bound for Vancouver (Flight 838) this afternoon.  The fighter jets were scrambled after a bomb threat was made against the plane, at approximately 12:30 in the afternoon local time (UTC-07), 3:30 in the afternoon EDT (UTC-04).  They escorted the passenger jet until it landed safely at Vancouver International Airport (IATA: YVR; ICAO: CYVR) a little over an hour later.  Once it was safely on the ground, the fighters circled back to their base on Vancouver Island.  The passenger plane, an Airbus A340-300, was towed to an isolated area of the airport.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that passengers deplaned at Vancouver International without incident, and that no one was injured.

The fighter jets were scrambled “as a precaution,” a NORAD representative said in an interview.  This comes less than two days after a Fokker 100 made a hurried landing at Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) after a bomb threat was called in to its operating airline, the Latvian carrier Air Baltic.

Cathay Pacific is the defending Airline of the Year award winner at the annual World Airline Awards, and is the flag carrier of Hong Kong.  It will defend its title at the 2010 World Airline Awards in Hamburg, Germany next week.  Cathay Pacific and the Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet Airlines recently announced they will finalize an interline agreement next month.  This will streamline air travelers’ transfers between the two airlines at Cathay Pacific’s two Canadian destinations, Vancouver and Toronto-Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ).

related stories

No bomb was found on the Riga-Berlin Air Baltic flight (May 15, 2010)

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

Airline of the Year will be named in Hamburg on May 20 (May 10, 2010)

original stories

Cathay Pacific flight gets military escort to Vancouver after bomb threat (Vancouver Sun)

Fighter jets escort Cathay plane to Vancouver after bomb threat (Toronto Star)