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  • scanhorse
    New UK-Norway flights open

    From 25th April, Norway premium start-up carrier airline Flynonstop will fly London City to Kristiansand’s Kjevik Airport five times a week.

    Kristiansand, Norway’s fifth-largest city is a major business hub for the shipbuilding, oil and gas industries.

    It is also a popular holiday destination, known for its white wooden houses, pleasant summer temperatures and entertainment, including Risør’s annual chamber music festival.

    Moreover, those interested in outdoor activities and boating can take advantage of the area’s rugged coast and small rocky reefs and islands through the year.

    A brand new 100-seat Embraer E-190 jet will operate on the route, with each seat having its own iPad.

    “We are delighted that Flynonstop has chosen London City Airport as its UK base, opening up Norway and the wider Nordic region as a new destination for our passengers,” says Bernard Lavelle, Sales Director at London City Airport.


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    Airport starting flights to Denmark

    AIRPORT bosses are welcoming a third attempt to run flights between Newcastle Airport and Copenhagen in Denmark to bring new business and tourism opportunities to the region.

    The route operated by Scandinavian Airlines will operate once a day between Monday and Friday and start on February 4.

    This is the third time an airline has attempted to run a direct flight between Copenhagen and Newcastle after easyJet withdrew its service in 2004 and Cimber Sterling in 2011.

    However regular fliers to Denmark fear ticket prices will still make it more cost effective for families to travel on a budget airline from another regional airport.

    Chris Sanders, aviation development director for Newcastle International Airport, said: “We expect the flights to be popular with the Danish community in the North East and for people visiting friends and family in Denmark.

    “The link will help support the region’s thriving oil and gas and renewable energy sectors, information technology, general manufacturing and business support services.”

    He added: “The route timings allow business travellers to get a full day’s work done in the office before flying which is great news.”

    Travellers will also be able to make connections to Stockholm in Sweden, the Norwegian capital Oslo, Warsaw and Poznan in Poland, Palanga in Lithuania and Billund in Denmark.

    NECC chief executive, James Ramsbotham, said: “A flight to Copenhagen will help our businesses open up another potentially lucrative market and will be particularly welcomed by our oil and gas engineering firms looking to strengthen links with Scandinavia.

    “Copenhagen’s rich cultural offer will no doubt also attract tourists. Likewise the North East’s burgeoning reputation as a tourist destination will bring people to the region providing a boost to our visitor economy.”


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  • scanhorse
    Malaysia Airlines’ Airbus A380 comes to Paris

    SUBANG- Malaysia Airlines will commence A380 services on its Kuala Lumpur-Paris route beginning 1 March 2013. The French capital is the second European destination after London in the national flag carrier’s long haul network to be operated by the superjumbo. The 494-seater Airbus 380 daily services to Paris will be rolled out to replace the current 282 seat B777 operations, increasing daily seat capacity by 75% effective 1 March 2013.

    In conjunction with the A380 operations, Malaysia Airlines is offering attractive promotional fares from now till 11 February 2013, valid for travel from 1 March 2013 till 30 September 2013. Economy class travel on the state-of-art A380 is now possible at all inclusive return airfares starting from RM2899. A ‘Golden Ticket’ campaign during this offer period, allows economy class customers a chance to be upgraded to business class when travelling between 1 March 2013 and 30 Sept 2013. Winners of ‘Golden Tickets’ will be randomly chosen by seat number on flights between Kuala Lumpur and Paris.

    Meanwhile, the all-inclusive promotional return fares for Business Class from Kuala Lumpur to Paris starts from only RM11969, while return First Class fares start from RM 31465.


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    Norwegian has revealed Base in Gatwick

    Nordic budget carrier Norwegian has revealed a major expansion of its activities in the Spanish and UK markets with new operating bases due to be opened in Alicante and London Gatwick from spring 2013. The airline says it “sees a major passenger potential in London” and will introduce new links to several Mediterranean destinations and the Nordic region from the UK capital. The Alicante base will complement its existing operations at Malaga and Las Palmas.

    Norwegian first started serving London in June 2003 when it inaugurated flights from Oslo. It originally served Stansted Airport, but in October 2007 made its debut at Gatwick with the introduction of the airport’s own Oslo link. It has subsequently increased its presence at Gatwick and now serves it from ten separate destinations across the Nordic and Scandinavian regions with almost 150 weekly frequencies. It is now the most popular destination outside its home market, says the airline.
    Interestingly, according to Norwegian this network growth will “allow it to better meet the head-on competition from Asian and European carriers in the long-haul market,” ahead of the launch of its own flights to Asia and the USA, although it confirms it has no immediate plans to launch such flights from outside of its home market.

    “By establishing a new base in London, Norwegian will be positioned to meet the future competition on short-haul routes within Europe as well as long-haul routes globally. Growth and volumes are necessary to stay competitive in the airline industry,” said Bjørn Kjos, Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian. It will initially base three Boeing 737-800s at London Gatwick but will add a fourth aircraft by the end of 2013.

    Norwegian currently has bases of operations in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Spain, while a new base for the company’s long-haul subsidiary is being established in Bangkok. The airline currently operates 64 aircraft on 294 routes to more than 114 destinations and handles just under 16 million passengers in 2011 ranking it as one of Europe’s top low-cost ventures.


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    Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced its new Budapest-Malta route which will initially operate two times per week from 17th May 2013.

    Wizz Air commenced its pan-European low-cost operations in 2004 and has since grown to offer over 250 low-fare routes across 30 countries connecting 84 destinations. The company’s aim is to make flying on the West-East axis more affordable, as well as to provide a new travel experience to all travelers in Europe. Wizz Air deploys the latest technology to ensure that the “Wizz Air experience” is outstanding in terms of service and value for money.

    Wizz Air’s arrival in Malta is great news for the people of Malta and the tourism industry as for the first time travellers between Malta and Budapest will enjoy really low fares paired with Wizz Air’s great service. Malta flights to and from Hungary’s capital city are now available for booking with fares from just € 27.99 each way on


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  • scanhorse
    Ryanair announces two new bases in Morocco in 2013

    Ryanair announced it would open two new bases in Morocco in 2013, at Fez (No 56) and Marrakech (No 57) with a total of three based-aircraft, as Ryanair invests over $210 million in Morocco. Ryanair also announced two new Moroccan airports, at Essaouira and Rabat as it grows its operations in Morocco in 2013 to 60 routes and 8 airports, which will deliver up to 2.5m passenger p.a. and support 2,500 “on-site” jobs in Morocco.

    Ryanair will grow in Morocco in 2013 as follows:
    Fez (new base): 1 based aircraft
    15 routes
    4 new routes: Lille, Nantes, Nimes & St Etienne
    600,000 pax p.a
    600 “on site” jobs

    Marrakech (new base): 2 based aircraft
    22 routes
    7 new routes: Baden, Bergerac, Cuneo (Italy), Dole (France), Munich, Paris (Vatry) & Tours
    1m pax p.a
    1,000 “on site” jobs

    Essaouira (new airport): 2 routes: Brussels & Marseille
    Rabat (new airport): 3 routes: Brussels, Paris & Marseille


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  • scanhorse
    Korean Air expands fleet, adds A380 frequencies

    Korean Air said it will introduce nine additional next-generation aircraft to its fleet this year. The aircraft will comprise two Airbus A380s, one A330-200, two Boeing 777-300ERs, two 737-900ERs, one 747-8F and one 777F.

    Korean Air will take delivery of two A380s in July and October, bringing the number of aircraft to seven out of an order for 10 of the type. The A380s will be mostly used on long-haul flights, including New York and Los Angeles, Calif.

    This month, the airline has doubled the A380 frequency between Incheon and New York from seven to 14X a week. It has increased A380 service between Incheon and Los Angeles from seven to 12X weekly.

    On Feb. 1, the carrier will resume the A380 Incheon-Frankfurt service and will begin its A380 Incheon-Atlanta service in August.

    Korean Air introduced 30 aircraft during 2011 and 2012; 16 in 2011 and 14 last year. The carrier plans to take delivery of 53 aircraft—including five 747-8Is, 10 787-9s and10 Bombardier CS300s—by 2018. It has 148 aircraft in its fleet and plans to have 200 by 2019.

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  • scanhorse
    Lao Central Plans International Growth with Sukhoi Superjets

    Southeast Asian carrier Lao Central Airlines will become the second operator of the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 in the region when it takes delivery of the initial of up to nine aircraft it has on order. The first aircraft for the carrier was recently painted in its full corporate livery at the Ulyanvosk, facility of the designer in Russia. It has a firm commitment for three aircraft and options for six more and type certification for the SSJ100 has already been granted by the Laos Civil Aviation Authority.

    Although relatively unknown outside of the region, the carrier holds the position of being the first private airline in the Laos People’s Democratic Republic. It was founded in 2010 as Phongsavanh Airlines, part of the wider business interests of Lao company Phongsavanh Group, which is involved in international trading activities as diverse as timber, hospitality, telecommunications, banking and security services.

    A later rebranding took place in August 2011 to raise awareness of the airline as a Lao-based venture in international markets. “We decided to change the name to make us more recognisable locally and abroad. The new name will ensure that people know that we are a Lao company, operating out of Laos,” said Thongsay Inthisane, a senior adviser to the venture.

    Lao Central Airlines hopes to expand business rapidly in what is a growing aviation market. It is mainly offering flights in domestic skies with links between Luang Prabang, Pakse and Vietiane, which operates alongside an international service between Wattay International Airport in Vietiane and the Thai capital Bangkok. However, it has ambitions to grow and serve destinations across Vietnam, China and Cambodia, before expanding further in the ASEAN region.


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  • scanhorse
    Finnair to increase Mediterranean flights and destinations this summer

    Finnair are to increase their flights and destinations on across the Mediterranean
    to develop their European network this summer.
    From the 31st March until the 26th October Finnair will be offering increased flights and new destinations to improve its summer routes.

    These new scheduled flight destinations will be Antalya in Turkey, Tel Aviv in Israel, and Palma de Mallorca in Spain. The airline will also be increasing flights for the summer season to to Malaga, Barcelona and Madrid.

    Flights will be starting on the 5th June to Palma de Mallorca, they will be operated twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays.

    Scheduled flights to Antalya start on 7th June and this route will also be operated twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. The city is a popular tourist destination, and Finnair hope the direct scheduled flights will be popular to holiday home owners in the Antalya region.

    The Tel Aviv flights will also begin on the 7th June, again with two weekly flights departing from Helsinki on Mondays and Fridays.

    Finnair Spanish Routes.................................


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  • scanhorse
    Qatar Airways to add capacity on Poland route

    Qatar Airways on Tuesday announced a capacity increase to daily scheduled services on its Poland route from next month.

    Effective from February 1, the current four-times-a-week service from Doha to Warsaw is scheduled to move to a daily operation less than two months after the launch of flights to Poland’s capital city.

    The frequency rise follows a pledge by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker in December to introduce more flights on the Warsaw route once there was strong passenger demand.

    “I have been pleasantly surprised how well the route has performed since adding the latest European gateway to our ever-expanding global network last month,” he said.


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  • scanhorse
    New Routes / Routes online

    As per 08JAN13 Sabre timetable display, Turkish Airlines plans to extend existing 5 weekly Istanbul – Male service to Colombo starting 01FEB13. Reservation for Istanbul departure opened at 0745GMT, Colombo departure opened 15 minutes later. From 31MAR13, operation will be reduced to 4 weekly, however it’ll be operated by A340-300 instead of A330-200.

    As a result of the service extension, operational schedule on Istanbul – Male is being revised, and TK has local traffic rights on Male – Colombo sector.

    till 31JAN13
    TK730 IST2025 – 0710+1MLE 330 x15
    TK731 MLE0845 – 1410IST 330 x26

    eff 01FEB13
    TK730 IST0015 – 1100MLE1215 – 1415CMB 330 3
    TK730 IST0110 – 1155MLE1310 – 1510CMB 330 x236

    TK731 CMB2140 – 2240MLE0010+1 – 0545+1IST 330 x37

    Around 0800GMT, CMB MLE IST loaded as TK9327 (picture below), but revised back to TK731 around 0815GMT.


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  • scanhorse
    Emirates keen on trans-Pacific link with Qantas

    Emirates wants to extend its alliance with Qantas Airways across the Pacific Ocean, allowing passengers to fly around the world on Airbus SAS A380s.

    The carriers have scope to link Qantas’s A380 flights into Los Angeles with routes the Gulf carrier seeks to operate from its Dubai hub, Emirates President Tim Clark said in a phone interview. The partnership won provisional approval from Australia’s antitrust regulator last month.

    “If the timing is right and the two aircraft meet, with Qantas and Emirates you could go around the world with A380s,” he said yesterday. “I’m sure we could do trans-Pacific business on Qantas metal as part of this overall deal.”

    Emirates would push for the alliance’s extension into trans-Pacific routes only if Qantas’s chief executive Alan Joyce and his management back the idea, Mr Clark said.


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  • scanhorse
    Flydubai widens Saudi network with new Ha’il destination

    KUWAIT: flydubai, Dubai’s innovative lowcost airline, has added another destination in Saudi Arabia to its network, with two flights a week to Ha’il. Flights to Ha’il, an oasis city in Nejd in the north west of the country, will commence on 13 February 2013. The city contributes to a large percentage of the Kingdom’s wheat, date and fruit production. flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “As we remain committed to better serve the Saudi market, we are grateful to the authorities for their continuous support of flydubai. The start of this service reaffirms our commitment to serve regional airports with direct flights to Dubai. We look forward to serving passengers from Ha’il, which is becoming increasing important to the Kingdom’s economy.” flydubai first launched services to Saudi Arabia in November 2010, and now serves Riyadh, Jeddah, Abha Yanbu, Dammam, Gassim, Tabuk and Taif and in addition to Ha’il. flydubai’s network now spans more than 50 destinations in 32 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Central & Eastern Europe.


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  • scanhorse
    Emirates to add fifth daily flight to Bangkok

    Emirates Airline said on Monday that it was planning to add a fifth daily flight to Bangkok at the end of the first quarter of 2013.

    The Dubai carrier said it was further strengthening its commitment to South East Asia by adding the extra flight, with the announcement coming just weeks after it launched a daily service between Dubai and Phuket.

    From March 31, Emirates will operate 35 flights a week between Dubai and Bangkok, plus a daily Airbus A380 service between Bangkok and Hong Kong, and a daily flight between Bangkok and Sydney, which connects on to Christchurch.

    These services, along with the Phuket flights, take the number of weekly Emirates departures from Thailand to 56.

    Etihad flies record 33,802 passengers in 1 day

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  • scanhorse
    Ukraine International Airlines will takeover Aerosvit operation to Copenhagen

    From 31MAR13, Ukraine International Airlines will takeover Aerosvit operation to Copenhagen, Prague and Stockholm. Number of routes transferring from Aerosvit to UIA will increase to 24 as a result. Planned schedule as follows.

    Kiev – Copenhagen
    PS161 KBP1005 – 1140CPH 735 x17
    PS162 CPH1340 – 1705KBP 735 x17

    Kiev – Prague
    PS807 KBP1025 – 1135PRG 735 D
    PS808 PRG1415 – 1720KBP 735 D

    Kiev – Stockholm
    PS171 KBP1015 – 1145ARN 735 x27
    PS172 ARN1355 – 1710KBP 735 x27

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