Entries in Israel (2)

Sunday
Jun262011

Norwegian starts seasonal route between Stockholm and Tel Aviv

Norwegian Air Shuttle commenced a seasonal service between Stockholm's Arlanda Airport (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA), and David Ben-Gurion Airport (IATA: TLV; ICAO: LLBG) in Tel Aviv this morning.  The first Stockholm-Tel Aviv flight of the season for the carrier was scheduled to leave Stockholm's main international airport at 7:00 this morning local time, but was delayed 25 minutes according to Arlanda's website.  The route will operate weekly in both directions on Sunday, until Norwegian Air Shuttle decides to retire it for the season.  It will be flown with the Boeing 737-800.

The route is scheduled to depart Stockholm at 7:00 in the morning each Sunday, local time, and arrive in Tel Aviv 12:50 in the afternoon local time.  It is scheduled to depart Tel Aviv for the return trip at 1:50 in the afternoon local time, and arrive back in Stockholm at 5:40 in the afternoon local time.  The flight is listed at 4 hours 50 minutes long, in both directions, on Norwegian Air Shuttle's official website.  Stockholm and Tel Aviv both observe daylight saving time during the middle months of the year, and Tel Aviv generally operates one hour ahead of Stockholm.

Norwegian Air Shuttle was founded in 1993 and is now Scandinavia's second-largest airline behind Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).  It is based in the municipality of Bærum, a western suburb of Oslo.  In true Scandinavian tradition, it operates seven roughly equivalent hubs in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.

Meanwhile, the Moscow-based airline RusLine started a non-stop route from Moscow to the Lithuanian Baltic seaside town of Palanga today, according to the official website of the town's airport (IATA: PLQ; ICAO: EYPA).  The route is operated with a Bombardier CRJ200.  It too will operate once a week on Sunday, in both directions.  It is scheduled to depart Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport (IATA: DME; ICAO: UUDD) at 5:50 in the morning local time, and arrive in Lithuania at 6:40 in the morning local time.  It is scheduled to depart the town of Palanga at 8:10 in the morning local time, and arrive back in Moscow at 11:05 local time.  Flight time is just under two hours long, in both directions.  Moscow operates one hour ahead of Palanga.

Additional information about this route, including pricing information, can be found on the airline's website, though it is in Russian, and does not offer an English translation.

original stories

Norwegian's Stockholm Arlanda network passes 30 routes; becomes second biggest base (www.anna.aero)

2011 04 12 (Palanga International Airport)

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Monday
Jun142010

Recent cancellation by Princess Cruises not a boycott of Israel

A letter posted by Princess Cruises to its website Saturday, clarified that a recent cancellation by the cruise line, of the Pacific Princess’ scheduled call to the Port of Ashdod in Israel, is not a boycott of that country.  The call by the ship Pacific Princess to the Port of Ashdod was scheduled to happen on June 2, two days following an incident involving a Gaza-bound flotilla, and the Israeli Defense Forces.  The letter stated that the cancellation decision was made “strictly in the best interests of the safety of our passengers and crew,” and noted that a competing cruise line (not identified) also made a similar decision.

The Pacific Princess did call at the Port of Haifa on the first of June, according to the letter, signed by Princess Cruises President and CEO Alan Buckelew.  Basic questions and answers regarding the cancellation of the call to the Port of Ashdod on June 2, are at the link below.  Princess Cruises is a British-American owned cruise line based in Santa Clarita, California.  It possesses a fleet of seventeen ships, in three classes based on gross tonnage of the ship.  Sixteen fly the flag of the British overseas territory Bermuda, and one, the Dawn Princess, flies the flag of the United Kingdom.  Princess was founded in 1966.  It merged with the Carnival Corporation in 2003, but retains its own branding scheme and logos.

original story (Princess Cruises)