The Canadian airline WestJet has announced the launch of a new WestJet Link service, that will connect smaller airports with WestJet’s hub at the Calgary International Airport. WestJet Link will offer flights from Calgary to Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook, Lloydminster and Prince George.
Ryanair has announced to expand its connecting flights service at Milan Bergamo Airport by adding 31 new European routes. The Irish low-cost airline has become the biggest airline in Italy.
Tianjin based Okay Airlines has confirmed an order for five Boeing 787-9 on its official Weibo-account. The deal refers to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) made at Paris Air Show 2017. At list prices, the agreement is valued at $1.4 billion.
Wizz Air has announced a massive expansion at its London Luton base, with the addition of four Airbus A320 aircraft to the hubs fleet by June 2018. The allocation of four more Airbus A320 aircraft, each equipped with 186 seats, brings the total number of aircraft in Wizz Air’s Luton fleet to five.
As Delta Air Lines will retire it´s Boeing 747 fleet by the end of December 2017, the passenger version of the legendary Jumbo-Jet will get even rarer.
According to a press release by the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, Air Sénégal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for two Airbus A330Neo aircraft. This makes the carrier the first African airline to order the new aircraft model.
Boeing and AerCap announced at the 2017 Dubai Airshow that Egypt Air will lease six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Egypt Air, the national flag of Egypt, is leasing the airplanes from Dublin-based AerCap, the world's largest 787 customer with more than 115 787s owned or on order.
47 years after the very first flight of the Boeing 747 for United Airlines from San Francisco to Honolulu, the airline recreated this event on November 7, 2017 for the very last flight if this type of aircraft. For the carrier and for Boeing, this was a historic farewell journey. The last United Airlines Boeing 747 flight departed under the flight number UA747 from San Francisco to Honolulu with more than 300 passengers, employees and distinguished guests on board.
Qatar Airways announced on Monday, that it has entered into an agreement to buy a 9,61 percent stake of Cathay Pacific. The price for 378,188,000 shares is HK$5.16 billion ($661 million).
Singapore Airlines announced a major overhaul of cabins for its entire A380 fleet. The carrier will receive five new A380 in the next months. All new delivered aircraft will be configured with the new cabin product. The retrofit work for the existing 14 A380 will start in late 2018 and is targeted for completion in 2020.
On October 31, 2017, the Swiss full service carrier SkyWork has announced, that it was granted the full admission to operate again. This permission was temporarily limited by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation, due to the airline’s lack of a secure funding basis, which is a requirement to maintain an AOC.
The last Air Berlin flight has touched down at Berlin-Tegel on Friday, marking the end of existence for the German airline. AB6210 (callsign “BER4EVER”), inbound from Munich, landed at 23:45 local time and was said goodbye by the airport fire brigade with a water salute. Over 400 aviation enthusiasts witnessed the final landing from the visitor terrace at Berlin-Tegel Airport.
Boeing and Singapore Airlines have formally announced a deal for a total of 39 new aircraft, split into 20 Boeing 777-9s and 19 Boeing 787-10s during a ceremony at the White House in presence of the United States President, Donald Trump and the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.
Air Mauritius has received its first Airbus A350-900 on Friday, October 20, 2017. The airline is now the first carrier in the Indian Ocean that operates this aircraft type. The wide body aircraft will be operated in a two-class-configuration, offering 28 business class seats, as well as 298 economy class seats. The aircraft was welcomed in Mauritius with a traditional water salute. The new A350 will bear the name “Le Morne Brabant”, which is the highest mountain on the island.
After more than 32 years on September 29, 2017, Southwestern Airlines send their Boeing 737 Classic on its very last flight from Housten to Dallas’ Love Field. Only two days later, on October 1, 2017, the low-cost carrier launched the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 and became the first airline in North America which offers scheduled flight with this type of aircraft. The low cost carrier will renew its current fleet and complement its existing fleet with Boeing 737 MAX in the next years.
The first Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner has touched down in Sydney this morning. The brand new long-haul jet is set to become a game-changer for Qantas, CEO Alan Joyce says.
Thomas Cook Group Airlines has launched a new airline, based in Mallorca, to supplement its existing operations. The British global travel company has applied for a new Airline Operator Certificate (AOC) in Mallorca with the aim of scheduling the first flights from early 2018.