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Tuesday
Jun282011

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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Saturday
Aug072010

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

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

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)

Thursday
Jul292010

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American

In anticipation of joining the Oneworld airline alliance in 2012, the German carrier Air Berlin has signed codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair.  Information posted to Air Berlin’s website on Tuesday explains that these arrangements will give Air Berlin’s customers convenient access to many destinations in Asia, and also to many destinations in North America.

The President and the CEO of American Airlines and Air Berlin respectively, Tom Horton and Joachim Hunold respectively, told the press they were “pleased” and “very pleased,” respectively, at the agreement.  The President of Finnair, Mika Vehviläinen meanwhile, was “delighted” at the intent of Air Berlin to join the Oneworld airline alliance, and noted that customers of Air Berlin, through partnership with Finnair, would gain "first class access to destinations in Asia."  British Airways will act as the alliance sponsor for Air Berlin.

Indeed, geographically, Air Berlin now stands to gain indirect access to a number of new destinations on both sides of its base.  As of this post, it directly operates flights to only seven North American destinations non-stop, year-round.  And it directly operates flights to only seven Asian destinations, non-stop, year-round, only two of which are located in the eastern part of Asia.  The new partnership significantly increases the number of flights available to customers of Air Berlin.

Finnair was founded in 1923.  Its main offices are in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and its largest hub is Vantaa Airport in Helsinki (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK).  Finnair flies non-stop to ten Asian cities.  Eight of those are in the eastern part of Asia.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).

Air Berlin is a German airline operating a semi-low-cost business model.  It is the second-largest German-based airline behind Lufthansa.  Air Berlin 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.  The airline 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.

related stories

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

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 stories

Air Berlin concludes codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair after joining oneworld (Air Berlin)

Air Berlin to join oneworld alliance (British Airways)

Thursday
Jul222010

Delta Air Lines autumn 2010 sale

Delta Air Lines, the world's largest airline by fleet size and number of destinations, is running an airfare sale on travel scheduled for this coming fall.  The sale includes both domestic and international destinations.  Fares listed in the press release are each way, and are based on a round-trip purchase.

Fares must be booked by July 29.  A 21-day advance purchase is required.  Moreover, various additional taxes and fees can add a significant amount to the overall cost of travel.  Luggage charges are extra.  Certain dates combined with certain destinations are excluded from this sale (blackout dates), requiring air travelers to travel to certain places during certain times, for the normal fare.  Additional restrictions not mentioned here, apply.

press release (Delta Air Lines)

sale page (Delta Air Lines)

baggage allowance (Delta Air Lines)