Entries in London (13)

Saturday
Jun252011

EasyJet starts route between London-Gatwick and Catania on Sicily

Starting today, the United Kingdom's popular budget airline EasyJet will fly three times a week between London's Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) and Vincenzo Bellini Airport (IATA: CTA; ICAO: LICC) on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily.  The flights will operate in each direction on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, according to the route's timetable, available on the airline's official website.  The route will be flown with the Airbus A319-100, according to results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.

EasyJet is the most popular airline for leisure travel, based in the United Kingdom.  Its largest hub is Luton Airport (IATA: LTN; ICAO: EGGW), 35 miles (57 kilometers) north of London.  It was established in 1995, and based its business model on the one used by the American carrier, Southwest Airlines.  One aspect of the budget airline business model is exclusive use (or at least very heavy use) of a single aircraft model.  Southwest, for example, is by far the world's largest operator of the Boeing 737, flying more than 550 of them, and having 130 more on order as of this posting.  EasyJet is the world's largest operator of the Airbus A319.  As of this posting, EasyJet operates more than 150 of the A319, in a fleet of fewer than 200 planes.

[To the right is a photograph of the 100th Airbus A319 delivered to EasyJet, landing at Bristol Airport (IATA: BRS; ICAO: EGGD) in special livery, in September 2008.]

related stories

Sunwing starts Toronto-Lisbon; EasyJet cuts London-Helsinki (June 22, 2011)

U.K.-based easyJet will debut a new ash detector (June 5, 2010)

original stories

EasyJet LGW-CTA timetable (EasyJet)

Easyjet Launches Catania - London Gatwick in June 2011 (http://airportsinitaly.blogspot.com)

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Friday
Jun242011

Hellenic Imperial to start Gatwick, JFK today; Kuwait tomorrow

The Greek airline Hellenic Imperial Airways is flying four times a week between its hub at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV) in Athens, and Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), starting today.  The route will be operated with the Airbus A340-300.  It is scheduled to depart from Athens at 5:30 in the afternoon local time, and arrive in New York at 9:30 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to depart New York at 11:30 in the evening local time, and arrive back in Athens at 5:00 in the afternoon the following day, local time.  The creation of this route makes Hellenic Imperial the only airline based in Greece to currently operate its own aircraft, non-stop, to the United States.

The airline will operate from Terminal 1 at Kennedy International.

Hellenic Imperial also announced that, starting today, it will fly thrice weekly between Athens and Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) south of London.  This route will be also operated with the Airbus A340-300.  Initially, the round-trip service will be operated three times a week, but this will be increased to six over the next few months, according to the U.K.-based Online Regional Travel Group.

Additionally, starting tomorrow, Hellenic Imperial will fly between Athens and Kuwait (IATA: KWI; ICAO: OKBK), the capital of the eponymous Middle Eastern nation.  According to www.flight965.com, this round-trip service will operate two times a week.  It did not give any further details.  When these routes were first announced, the Athens-London round trip was first scheduled to commence on July 1.  But the start date of this route was changed to June 24, to match the start date for Hellenic Imperial's Athens-New York route.

The Dutch airline Arkefly starts non-stop twice-weekly service between Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS; ICAO: EHAM) in Amsterdam and Miami International Airport (IATA: MIA; ICAO: KMIA) in the American state of Florida today, according to a reader blog at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-300ER.

The British budget airline EasyJet also restarts a seasonal service today between mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.  It operates four times a week, on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, according to a timetable printed on EasyJet's website.  It operates between Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in Madrid, and Lanzarote, the furthest east of the Canary Islands (IATA: ACE; ICAO: GCRR).

original stories

Hellenic Imperial Gatwick-Athens (www.countryconnect.co.uk)

Hellenic Imperial to launch Athens - London Gatwick late-Jun 2011 (www.airlineroute.net)

New scheduled route between Athens - New York to start on June 24th, 2011 (Hellenic Imperial Airways)

Hellenic Imperial Airways plans Athens - New York JFK launch from late-June 2011 (www.airlineroute.net)

Hellenic Imperial Airways to start visiting Kuwait! (www.flight965.com)

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Wednesday
Jun222011

Sunwing starts Toronto-Lisbon; EasyJet cuts London-Helsinki

Canada's Sunwing Airlines inaugurated a non-stop weekly service between Toronto's Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) and Lisbon's Portela Airport (IATA: LIS; ICAO: LPPT) today.  The eastbound flight will operate weekly, on Wednesday.  The westbound flight will operate weekly on Thursday.  Toronto-Lisbon is scheduled to depart Pearson International at 9:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive at Lisbon-Portela at 9:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  Lisbon-Toronto is scheduled to depart Portela at 12:10 in the afternoon, local time, and arrive back in Toronto at 3:20 in the afternoon, local time.  Sunwing flies a fleet of Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 767-300ER models.  It is unknown which of the two Boeing models will operate along this route.

According to Travel Week Canada, Sunwing will fly to other European destinations this summer as well, from both Toronto and Montreal's Trudeau International (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL).  It will fly between Pearson, and Gatwick in London (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) four times a week; between Trudeau, and Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris twice weekly; between Pearson and de Gaulle twice weekly; and between Pearson and Ireland's Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW) once weekly.  It will also fly between Toronto and the coastal Portuguese town of Porto (IATA: OPO; ICAO: LPPR) once weekly, and between Toronto and Rome (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) once weekly.

Meanwhile, today the United Kingdom's popular no frills airline EasyJet flew its year-round London-Helsinki route for the last time (in the foreseeable future at least).  EasyJet flew the route through Gatwick Airport in London, and Vantaa Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) in Finland.  EasyJet cited "lack of demand" as the reason for the contraction.  The no frills carrier based at London's Luton Airport (IATA: LTN; ICAO: EGGW) ended its Manchester-Helsinki route earlier this month, according to the U.K website Air & Business Travel News.  EasyJet plans to stop its Paris-Helsinki route early next month.

original stories

Sunwing to add six more cities to its European program this summer (Travel Week Canada)

Easyjet to stop serving Helsinki (Air & Business Travel News)

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Saturday
Dec252010

British Airways launches London-Chambéry winter service

Last Saturday, British Airways commenced a seasonal winter route between London City Airport (IATA: LCY; ICAO: EGLC) and Chambéry-Savoie Airport (IATA: CMF; ICAO: LFLB) in the French Alps.  The route is marketed toward leisure travelers, and will be operated four times a week by BA CityFlyer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the United Kingdom's highest-profile airline.  The "brand new" Embraer 190 operated by BA CityFlyer will fly once in each direction on Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday "until the end of March 2011," according to a post made several months ago to British Airways' official website.

British Airways says fares for the route start at 59 GBP one way (69 EUR).

original story (British Airways)

Monday
Nov292010

BA and Iberia respective shareholders both approve merger

Earlier today, shareholders in British Airways and Iberia Airlines voted "overwhelmingly" in favor of a proposed merger between the two European carriers which would create the third-largest airline in Europe.  Among European-based carriers only Lufthansa and Air France-KLM would be larger.  The resulting business entity will be called International Consolidated Airlines Group.  The London-based Daily Telegraph reported that Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways, would like to consolidate additional airlines within this new holding company in the future, and that this is the reason for the "bland" holding company name.

The merger is worth an estimated 5.7 billion GBP (6.76 billion EUR; 8.89 billion USD) and will be executed entirely with company stock.  According to the New York-based Wall Street Journal, shareholders of British Airways will receive a share of International Consolidated Airlines Group for every share of British Airways they own, and shareholders of Iberia Airlines will get 1.0205 shares of the new holding company for every share of Iberia.  Iberia reported on its website that five years from now, the new multinational corporation expects the airlines' combined efforts to produce 400 million EUR (337 million GBP; 526 million USD) annually in excess of the sum of the two airlines' individual expected revenues.

Both British Airways and Iberia are members of the Oneworld airline alliance.

Operational headquarters of the airline resulting from this merger will be in London, and corporate headquarters will be in Madrid.  Each city is the capital of its respective country.  Despite the move, the two merging airlines "will keep their separate brands and identities" according to the Wall Street Journal today.  The merger is scheduled to be officially complete on January 21 next year.  The Daily Telegraph noted solemnly that British Airways' individual ticker symbol would no longer be visible on the London Stock Exchange, as of January 24 next year.

Mr. Walsh, and Iberia CEO Antonio Vázquez Romero will hold a press conference at Madrid's Hotel Intercontinental on November 30, at 10:00 in the morning local time, according to Iberia's press release.

British Airways is the highest-profile airline headquartered in the United Kingdom, and was founded in 1974, from the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  It is based in the borough of Hillingdon in London.  Its largest hub is Heathrow International Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL).  It operates 239 aircraft (Airbus and Boeing) to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  Company stock is currently traded on the London Stock Exchange, although the "BA" ticker symbol will be replaced by the ticker symbol for International Consolidated Airlines Group next January 24.

Iberia Airlines was founded in 1927, and is the largest carrier based in Spain, by number of passengers carried.  It is headquartered in Madrid, and maintains hubs at Barajas Airport in the Spanish capital (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD), and also at Barcelona Airport in the northeast of the country (IATA: BCN; ICAO: LEBL).  It operates an all-Airbus fleet of 116 aircraft to 99 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.

related stories

British Airways resolves Iberia merger concern over deficit (September 23, 2010)

DOT grants anti-trust immunity to BA-Iberia-AA alliance (July 22, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

original stories

BA, Iberia holders approve merger (Yahoo Finance)

Iberia and British Airways shareholders approve merger (Iberia Airlines)

BA, Iberia Shareholders Back Merger (Wall Street Journal)

British Airways shareholder vote to trigger end of BA name on stock market screens (Daily Telegraph)

Thursday
Sep232010

British Airways resolves Iberia merger concern over deficit

Earlier today the largest airline based in Spain, Iberia Airlines, cleared another obstacle to its anticipated merger with British Airways (BA).  Iberia announced that it was happy with British Airways' plan for dealing with its 3.7 billion GBP pension deficit (4.36 billion EUR; 5.8 billion USD).  The United Kingdom's highest-profile airline showed Iberia how it plans to put 330 million GBP (388.55 million EUR; 517.67 million USD) annually into pension funds for the next sixteen years.

The anticipated merger would unite the two airlines under the same holding company, called International Airlines Group.  However, each of the two airlines would retain its long-established logos and branding schemes.  British Airways CEO Willie Walsh would become CEO of International Airlines Group, while Iberia CEO Antonio Vasquez Romero would become Chairman of the Board.  The holding company's operational headquarters would be in London, and its corporate headquarters would be in Madrid.  Iberia claims the merger will allow visitors from Europe to obtain inexpensive airfare to Central America.  The website www.beatthebrochure.com reports that the merger will make available "a vast array of services offering cheap flights" between destinations all over the globe.

British Airways was formed in 1974 with the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  It is the United Kingdom’s highest-profile airline, and is headquartered very near its main hub Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) in the London borough of Hillingdon.  British Airways flies a fleet of 237 aircraft to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents, and also maintains a hub at Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) southeast of London.

Iberia Airlines is the Spanish flag carrier, and was founded in 1927.  It is based in the national capital of Madrid.  Iberia maintains its largest hub at Barajas Airport in Madrid (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD).  Spain's second-largest city Barcelona is a focus city for the airline.  Iberia flies 116 aircraft to 120 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.

related stories

DOT grants anti-trust immunity to BA-Iberia-AA alliance (July 22, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

original story (www.beatthebrochure.com)

Monday
Aug022010

British Airways and cabin crew union adjourn without agreement

A new attempt at negotiations, hosted by the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), and involving representatives from British Airways and Unite, the union representing British Airways’ cabin crew workers, adjourned without agreement today.  According to the BBC, no progress has been made in the negotiations.  However, a British Airways spokesperson said there are plans to meet again next week.

Over the period of April 2010 to June 2010 inclusive, during which Unite staged 22 days of industrial action, British Airways recently reported a loss of 164 million GBP (198 million EUR; 259 million USD).

The Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service is a Crown non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom.  It is based in London, but has eleven ancillary offices throughout the island of Great Britain.  British Airways was founded in 1974, from the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  It is headquartered in the borough of Hillingdon in London.  Its largest hub is Heathrow International Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL).  Unite is a British and Irish trade union formed in 2007 with the merger of Amicus the Union, and the Transport and General Workers’ Union.

related stories

BA links CEO’s bonus to ending labor disputes (June 10, 2010)

Unite says it will strike through summer if demands not met (June 9, 2010)

British Airways will expand its immediate-term flight schedule (June 4, 2010)

British Airways will expand its immediate-term flight schedule (May 26, 2010)

Unite the Union begins strike series against British Airways (May 24, 2010)

The Unite strikes against British Airways are back on (May 21, 2010)

Unite is barred from going forward with BA strike action (May 18, 2010)

British Airways has released its contingency plan for the first strike (May 15, 2010)

British Airways and cabin crew union are trying to avert strikes (May 12, 2010)

original stories

Fresh BA cabin crew dispute talks adjourn (BBC)

Q&A: What's the BA dispute about? (BBC)

Saturday
Jun052010

U.K.-based easyJet will debut a new ash detector

Yesterday, the United Kingdom-based low-cost airline easyJet announced via its website that it will soon debut an ash detection device called the Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector, or “AVOID.”  It was invented by a senior scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, and will be put to use on an Airbus A340 test flight within two months.

AVOID uses infrared technology to enable pilots to see an ash cloud as far away as 100 kilometers (50 nautical miles), between altitudes of 5,000 feet and 50,000 feet.  AVOID is said to work similarly to the weather radar instruments already present on commercial airliners.

The low-cost carrier easyJet was founded in 1995.  It flies more of the 100 most popular routes in Europe than any other airline, and it was the United Kingdom’s most popular airline in 2009, carrying 46 million passengers that year, according to its website.  Its largest hub is Gatwick Airport, 28 miles (46 kilometers) south of central London (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK). Its headquarters is at Luton Airport, 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of central London (IATA: LTN; ICAO: EGGW).

Comments on this development, from the Chief Executive of easyJet, Andy Harrison; Dr. Fred Prata, the inventor of the AVOID system; and Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority, can be read in the original article below.

related stories

The British cruise industry has benefited from eruption and strikes (May 31, 2010)

In Europe, ground transportation bookings are up significantly (May 21, 2010)

Airlines now criticizing British models of predicted ash movement (May 17, 2010)

Volcanoes in Iceland could affect aviation for decades  (May 17, 2010)

Heathrow and Gatwick closed as of 1:00 A.M. local time Monday (May 16, 2010)

Keflavík Airport is closed again due to volcanic ash (May 14, 2010)

Eyjafjallajökull damage report, and spectacular new video (May 13, 2010)

Keflavík and others might close temporarily tomorrow (May 7, 2010)

The spread of volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajökull over time (May 4, 2010)

original stories

easyJet Unveils Ash detector to End Large-Scale Disruption (easyJet)

Easyjet to Test Volcanic Ash Detectors on Its Aircraft (Aviation International News Online)

Friday
May212010

The Unite strikes against British Airways are back on

Unite the Union have won their appeal of the recent High Court decision barring them from striking against British Airways.  As a result, what was originally planned to be the second of four strikes against British Airways, involving cabin crew employees of the U.K. flag carrier, will commence next Monday, May 24, and will cease on Friday, May 28.  A representative of Unite hinted at even more strikes to come (barring some kind of settlement with British Airways), but acknowledged that such action would still have to be voted on by the union.  Representatives from British Airways expressed confidence that the airline would still be able to fly as many as 70 percent of the originally scheduled flights during the strike period set to begin next Monday.  This prediction by the airline relies upon enough cabin crew employees ignoring Unite’s call to strike.

British Airways still plans to run “a full programme” at Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) and at London City (IATA: LCY; ICAO: EGLC) next week.  The airline estimates that its operations of long haul flights at its hub, Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), will be cut to 60 percent of the regular schedule.  It estimates that its operations of short haul flights will be cut to 50 percent of its regular schedule.

British Airways was founded in 1973, with the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  Unite the Union serves workers in both the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic.  It was founded in 2007 when Amicus merged with the Transport and General Workers’ Union.  In 2008, Unite signed an agreement to merge with the North American union United Steelworkers.

related stories

British Airways has released its contingency plan for the first strike (May 15, 2010)

British Airways and cabin crew union are trying to avert strikes (May 12, 2010)

original story (Daily Telegraph)

Sunday
May162010

Heathrow and Gatwick closed as of 1:00 A.M. local time Monday

The busiest and second-busiest airports in the United Kingdom are both closed for the night.  The closures are due to renewed concern about the levels of ash in the air, from the continued eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano in south-central Iceland whose eruption brought all commercial air traffic in Europe to a standstill for several days last month.  These closures will follow a day of frustration for many air travelers in North West England, where Manchester and Liverpool each closed its own major airport today.  The ash cloud is estimated to move south and settle in over Greater London during Monday and Tuesday.  It is estimated the ash cloud will have moved on through London by Wednesday.

The United Kingdom’s two busiest airports, Heathrow (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), and Gatwick (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) are scheduled to be closed from 1:00 Monday morning to 7:00 Monday morning local time (8:00 Sunday evening to 2:00 Monday morning, EDT).  Officials at both airports advise travelers who are scheduled to fly during the night to contact their airline for further information.

London City Airport (IATA: LCY; ICAO: EGLC) the one nearest to the center of The Metropolis, reports that London airspace is entirely closed from midnight to 6:00 Monday morning, local time.  Suburban Luton Airport (IATA: LTN; ICAO: EGGW) does not give any indication that it intends to close at this time.

Suburban Stansted Airport (IATA: STN; ICAO: EGSS) also does not yet plan to close.  But all advise air travelers to keep close contact with the operating airlines of their flights for updates.

related story

Eyjafjallajökull damage report, and spectacular new video (May 13, 2010)

original story (www.breakingtravelnews.com)

original story (CNN)

original story (BBC)

update from the BBC (BBC)

Saturday
May152010

British Airways has released its contingency plan for the first strike

Yesterday, British Airways posted information to its website about the percentage of regularly-scheduled flights during the first strike period that will operate despite the strike, and which flights those are.  As reported here early Wednesday morning EDT, Unite, the union of cabin crew employees staging the strikes, scheduled for later this month and into the first days of June, has announced initial strike dates of May 18 to May 22, inclusive.

On the web, British Airways includes flights originating on May 23 in its contingency plan for the first strike, even though that is not a scheduled strike date.  Travelers with the United Kingdom flag carrier whose itineraries during the first strike period involve either London Gatwick (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) or London City (IATA: LCY; ICAO: EGLC) will not be affected during the first strike period.  All flights departing from or arriving at one of those two airports will operate despite the strike.

London Heathrow (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), British Airways’ main hub, the newest data from the airline indicate that it will operate “more than 60 per cent” of long haul flights departing from or arriving at Heathrow, and will operate “more than 50 per cent” of short haul flights departing from or arriving at Heathrow.

(This updates information reported here, that British Airways would run all short haul flights to and from Heathrow as scheduled.  The recent report on British Airways' website is not clear about which itineraries qualify as "short haul," and which qualify as "long haul.")

British Airways did not elaborate on the status of its flights during the first strike period not involving any of the three abovementioned airports.  Specifics on which flights involving which airports will fly during the second, third, and fourth scheduled strikes are forthcoming.  British Airways’ website has the latest information on the British Airways cabin crew union strike, as does the website of Unite.

British Airways was founded in 1973, from the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  It is headquartered in the borough of Hillingdon in London, near Heathrow.  Unite is a British and Irish trade union formed in 2007 with the merger of Amicus and the Transport and General Workers’ Union.  In 2008, Unite signed an agreement to merge with the North American union United Steelworkers.  Both unions will retain their current branding schemes and leadership.

related stories

British Airways and cabin crew union are trying to avert strikes (May 12, 2010)

original story (British Airways)

Wednesday
May122010

Delta is expanding at both Kennedy and LaGuardia

In its ongoing campaign to become the number one airline in the New York metro area, Delta Air Lines is adding and expanding service to dozens of destinations both domestic and international, the company announced via its website yesterday.  Expansion by the world’s largest carrier (by number of passengers) will occur at both Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) and LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA; ICAO: KLGA).  The facilities at JFK are the focus of the company’s international expansion.  And LaGuardia, which does not currently regularly schedule departures or arrivals to or from outside North America, is the focus of the domestic expansion.  (Delta and Continental depart LaGuardia seasonally to Bermuda and Aruba respectively.  These places are considered part of North America.)

Air travelers with Delta will be able to access three more cities in the United States from LaGuardia (Nashville, St. Louis, and San Antonio) once the airline’s domestic expansion, involving both major airports in the borough of Queens, is complete.  Service between the City of New York and seven other American cities will be expanded.  Service between the City of New York and two Canadian cities, Toronto and Montreal, will also be expanded.

Internationally, Delta currently flies two year-round, daily round-trip itineraries between JFK and London Heathrow.  That number will be increased to three this September, the airline announced.  The round-trip flight added this September between JFK and Heathrow will be outfitted specifically for business travelers, and will feature full-flat beds in BusinessElite class.

Delta flights between JFK and various popular European, Eurasian, Middle Eastern, and Asian destinations will be flown with larger planes starting next month, allowing for greater passenger capacity.  Moreover, Delta will commence the only non-stop service between JFK and two northern European destinations, Copenhagen and Stockholm, later this month.

Delta commenced operations as a commercial carrier in 1929.  It has been headquartered in Atlanta since 1941.  In 2008, Delta announced a merger with Northwest Airlines, which was completed earlier this year.

related stories

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

Delta is offering a free checked bag to AMEX SkyMiles members (May 5, 2010)

Delta is angry at DOT and FAA for rejecting its time slot proposal (May 5, 2010)

original story (Delta Air Lines)

Saturday
May012010

Does a truly worldwide airline exist?

I did not believe it at first, but one does exist.  Executive Travel Magazine, headquartered in New York and published bi-monthly, recently reminded us that three and a half years ago, Air New Zealand added flights to its schedule that made it possible to fly around the world (either flying westward or eastward) without the aid of any other airline.  The magazine’s website also pointed out in March, in response to a question from a reader, that the now defunct United States carrier Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) used to circle the world using a single plane (with intermediate stops in two or three major international hubs), but that no airline does this nowadays.

I ran multiple searches on Air New Zealand’s multiple region-specific websites this afternoon to confirm the continued existence of the four flights purported to take a traveler around the world solely with Air New Zealand.  They still exist.  Starting in New Zealand and moving across the Pacific, they are Auckland-Los Angeles, Los Angeles-London, London-Hong Kong, Hong Kong-Auckland.

Of course, the importance of being able to circle the world using only one airline depends on a traveler’s objective.  If a traveler’s objective is similar to Phileas Fogg’s – to circle the world as quickly as possible – then this capability might play a crucial role in the logistics of the circumnavigation.  Time spent retrieving luggage, checking luggage with the next carrier, and passing through security when switching from one carrier to another, can be spent walking (or sprinting?) from an arrival gate to the next departure gate, and getting off the ground for the next leg of the journey more quickly.

Circumnavigating the globe for the sole purpose of doing it as quickly as the current state of technology will allow has lost its charm though.  And the requirement that an adventurer begin his quest in one of the four cities listed in the second paragraph causes additional expense and inconvenience even for most who are interested it attempting it.  Travelers who live in the Midwestern United States may be in luck though.  The merger of the United States-based carriers Delta and Northwest might make such an excursion possible on a single United States-based carrier once again in the near future.  And the merger might even make the journey possible with my hometown of Cincinnati (a longtime Delta hub) as an origin.

Would you ever do this just to say you did?  Comments are welcome, as always.

original story (Executive Travel Magazine)