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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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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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Tuesday
Nov092010

Emirates reactivates Dubai-New York A380 route

After not flying it for more than a year, Dubai-based Emirates has reactivated its Dubai-New York route, operated by the Airbus A380.  A depressed American economy caused the largest carrier based in the Middle East to suspend the route last year.  The tone of a press release posted to Emirates' official website yesterday suggests that the reactivated route will be marketed primarily with business travelers in mind. 

Last week, Emirates launched twice daily service in each direction between Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  It also launched twice-daily service in each direction between Dubai International and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IATA: IAH; ICAO: KIAH), a facility opened in 1969 and renamed for the 41st American President in 1997.  In New York, Emirates will again occupy its traditional place in Terminal 4 at Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) the New York metro area's largest airport by number of passengers served.

Safety-related questions about the A380 arose just last week when an aircraft of this model, operated by Australia's Qantas Airways, lost an engine over Indonesia while flying from Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) to Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).  Qantas has grounded its fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, and research into the cause of the engine failure is ongoing.  As of this post, Emirates has indicated no plans to stop operating its fleet of 14 A380s in light of the announcement from Qantas.

Emirates is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates.  Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates four of the longest non-stop routes being commercially flown today, between Dubai and the cities of Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the United States; and between Dubai, and São Paulo in Brazil.  It operates 145 aircraft (both Airbus models and Boeing models) to 103 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  The carrier became the first to fly the Airbus A380 to an American airport when it flew from Dubai International to Kennedy International in 2008.  In addition to its current fleet of 14 Airbus A380s, the airline has an additional 76 on order from Airbus.  Its largest hub is Dubai International, and its main offices are in Dubai.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

related stories

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

Emirates CEO Clark stands by plans for more than 90 A380s (September 13, 2010)

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s (June 22, 2010)

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original stories

Emirates offers a sky full of choices with jumbo-sized capacity boost to the USA (Emirates)

Emirates Restarts NYC Double-Decker Plane Flights (ABC News)

Sunday
Oct312010

Tokyo's Haneda Airport resumes regular international service

Today, for the first time in 32 years, regularly scheduled international air traffic operated through Tokyo, Japan's Haneda Airport (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT), the busiest airport in the country, and the second busiest in all Asia.  Between the two large airports serving the Tokyo metropolitan area, Haneda is the one located closer to the city center, and is therefore the one preferred by business travelers.  The international terminal at Haneda in fact opened on October 21, though no traffic traversed the terminal on that date.

The second-largest airline based in Japan, All Nippon Airways (ANA), commenced five new international routes through Haneda today.  As part of the airport's reactivated international program, All Nippon will operate the Boeing 767-300ER in a 214-seat configuration between Haneda and the American city of Honolulu, the Thai capital Bangkok, the largest Taiwanese city Taipei, and Singapore.  It will also operate the Boeing 777-200ER in a 223-seat configuration between Haneda and the American city of Los Angeles.

In addition, Thai Airways International commenced a Bangkok-Tokyo route today, through Haneda, and its hub at Suvarnabhumi Airport (IATA: BKK; ICAO: VTBS) in the Thai capital.

A number of other airlines will begin flying international routes to and from Haneda within months.  Air Canada plans to commence a non-stop route to and from Vancouver International (IATA: YVR; ICAO: CYVR) next January.  American Airlines plans to begin flying non-stop between Kennedy International in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) and Haneda next January as well.  British Airways plans to add to its international programme a non-stop route between its hub at Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) and Haneda next February.  Also next February, United States-based Delta Air Lines plans to begin non-stop flights between Haneda and Los Angeles International (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX), and between Haneda and Detroit Metropolitan (IATA: DTW; ICAO: KDTW).  This past July, Hawaiian Airlines received approval for a non-stop route between Honolulu International (IATA: HNL; ICAO: PHNL) and Haneda, originally scheduled to commence today, but which has been pushed back to a start date later this month.

Haneda Airport opened in 1931, and has been under continuous control of the Japanese government since 1958.  It is operated by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.  When suburban Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA) to the east of the city, opened in 1978, all international air traffic was routed through that facility.  With the opening of the international terminal, there are now three terminals at Haneda Airport.  The others are terminals 1 and 2.  Terminal 1 at Haneda is known as Big Bird, or just "the bird," because of its apparent shape from an aerial perspective.

original stories

Weekly travel agenda: Haneda international flights begin (The Independent)

ANA to Launch Five International Routes from Haneda Airport (All Nippon Airways)

THAI Introduces Daily Flights to Haneda (Thai Airways International)

Air Canada to double daily Vancouver-Tokyo service with launch of Canada's only non-stop flights to Haneda Airport, conveniently located near central Tokyo (Air Canada)

American Airlines Awarded Right to Fly From New York Kennedy to Tokyo (Haneda), the Busiest Airport in Asia (American Airlines)

Haneda Holiday (British Airways)

Delta Announces Tokyo-Haneda Flight Schedules (Delta Air Lines)

Hawaiian Confirmed for Tokyo Service (Hawaiian Airlines)