Entries in Sweden (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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Saturday
Sep252010

Bomb threat diverts plane to Sweden; suspect released

The suspect connected to a bomb threat aboard a Boeing 777 en route from Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) in Toronto, the largest city in Canada, to Jinnah International Airport (IATA: KHI; ICAO: OPKC) in Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan, was released by authorities in Sweden today, after being questioned.  Canadian officials had received two tips via telephone yesterday, from a woman located in Canada, that the Boeing 777, operated as Pakistan International Airlines Flight 782, had explosives on board.  During the second call, the caller gave a description of the person who she said was in possession of the explosives.  This information informed the decision to divert the plane to Arlanda Airport near Stockholm (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA).  Nine hours later, all passengers from Flight 782 except for the suspect flew on the same Boeing 777 to Manchester, England, and then flew from there to Jinnah International in Pakistan.

related stories

Thai Airways plane diverts to Los Angeles after bomb scare (September 8, 2010)

Kuwait City-Mumbai flight diverted due to bomb scare (August 21, 2010)

American Airlines flight aborts on taxiway after bomb threat (August 19, 2010)

AA jet lands in Aleutians after fire warning light goes on (July 13, 2010)

JFK terminal evacuated after bomb scare, reopened (July 4, 2010)

original story (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)