Lufthansa flies from Frankfurt non-stop to Cape Town (South Africa) again in winter

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Good news for all South Africa fans: This winter Lufthansa will resume operations of the Frankfurt – Cape Town route in its flight schedule. From 2 December 2016, a Lufthansa aircraft will take off from Frankfurt and fly nonstop to the port city at the foot of Table Mountain every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The connection extends the Lufthansa Group’s hub-wide portfolio and optimally complements the formerly seasonal offer from Munich and Zurich with Edelweiss. After Johannesburg, Cape Town is one of the most important markets for Lufthansa in the southern part of Africa. With its Star Alliance partner South African Airways, the airline offers attractive combination options to other destinations in that region.

Cape Town will be served by an Airbus A340-300, which boasts over 279 seats in Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. LH576 leaves Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub at 22:10 and reaches Cape Town the following morning at 11:00. The return journey starts in Cape Town in the early evening at 18:30 and ends the following morning after about 12 hours at 05:30 at Frankfurt Airport. The departure and arrival times enable ideal connections to the entire Lufthansa route network.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Air France introduces a new sleep suit for its La Première customers

Courtesy: Air France.

Courtesy: Air France.

Just like staying in a five-star hotel, a night’s sleep in Air France’s La Première cabin is a totally unique experience. To ensure the wellbeing of its passengers, Air France has once again paid careful attention to detail and is introducing its brand new sleep suit offered to passengers in La Première.

Presented in an elegant new felt pouch, the unisex sleep suit in high quality cotton is subtly embroidered with the Air France seahorse motif. An elegant souvenir that passengers can take with them after their trip, it can easily be worn at home.

To go with this sleep suit, passengers are also given a comfort kit, containing slippers, socks, a shoehorn and a shoe bag. Just like the new sleep suit, the kit is renewed every six months.

Air France La Première, a designer suite

Courtesy: Air France.

Courtesy: Air France.

On board the Boeing 777, the new La Première cabin offers passengers a real designer suite, promising total privacy. Air France has dressed each suite with thick curtains, held back with leather tiebacks. A unique and daring concept, they enable the passenger to decide whether to be totally isolated or just partially. In an instant, the La Première seat turns into a fully-flat bed over two metres long. During the flight, each guest has their own personal 24-inch HD touch screen, one of the largest ever offered on board. When the passenger is ready to go to sleep, the crew members install a mattress on the seat, for impeccable comfort. They are then given a fluffy pillow and a Sofitel My Bed® duvet. With the curtains closed, the partition raised and the lighting subdued, the suite provides optimum comfort for a perfects night’s sleep.

Source: Air France.

Austrian Airlines: 5,500 additional seats to France

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines Group.

Due to the high level of demand related to the UEFA Euro 2016, Austrian Airlines is expanding its flight offering to be able to fly as many fans as possible to France. In addition to deploying larger aircraft, Austrian Airlines is increasing frequencies for flights between Vienna and Paris and Vienna and Lyon. On balance, the red-white-red carrier will be offering an additional 5,500 seats to France in the month of June.

Details on the expanded flight offering

Austrian Airlines will be deploying Boeing 777 aircraft normally used for long-haul routes for the morning flights from and to Paris around the time in which the Austrian National Football Team plays against Portugal and Iceland. These aircraft offer more than 100 additional seats per flight compared to the regularly deployed Airbus A320 and A321. In addition, the flight offering between Vienna and Paris will be expanded to include 15 additional flights using Airbus A320 and A321 jets. In addition to Paris, Austrian Airlines will also be using larger aircraft for flights to Lyon: The Airbus fleet of the airline will also be used for ten rotations between Vienna and Lyon instead of the Fokker 100 and Dash8-Q400 planes, for example to carry fans from Romania or Hungary to the games of their respective national soccer teams.

Austrian Airlines is the official airline of the Austrian Football Association ÖFB, the largest sports association in the country. The red-white-red flagship carrier will bring the athletes led by Marcel Koller, Head Coach of the Austrian National Football Team, along with team trainers, support staff and fans to UEFA Euro 2016 in France. It will also bring them to the away matches within the context of the qualification phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Source: Austrian Airlines.

British Airways: First flights of Stansted airport are all sold out

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Courtesy: British Airways.

The first British Airways flights from Stansted Airport get off to a flying start this weekend with all the summer sun destinations fully booked.

Bank holiday travellers have a choice of four popular holiday spots, Faro in Portugal and Malaga, Palma and Ibiza in Spain from Saturday with flights to Berlin launching in June.

In addition flights to Malaga are proving so popular that frequency has been doubled to two flights every Saturday during August.

It is the first time British Airways has operated from Stansted, now the fourth London airport on its network, and the summer-only services will run until the end of October,

The flights are operated by the wholly owned British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer on modern, comfortable 98-seat Embraer 190 jets, which are usually based at London City Airport.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer at BA CityFlyer, said:  “This is a great start to our Stansted operation with customers quick to book our inclusive competitive fares with an excellent schedule and the choice of some of the most popular summer destinations.

“We are really looking forward to working with Stansted and giving our customers the choice of flying with British Airways from a fourth London Airport.”

All British Airways flights include a choice of two cabins, Club Europe and Euro Traveller, free on line check-in 24 hours before departure and no debit card charges.

Fares start from Stansted from £49 each way based on a return fare with hand baggage only, inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges.

Andrew Cowan, Stansted’s CEO, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that every seat on the first ever British Airways flights from Stansted completely sold out this weekend. We were confident these new services to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza would prove popular with passengers and this really positive start is a clear demonstration of the strength of demand that exists across the region.

“We now look forward to welcoming the addition of a new Berlin service next month and working closely with British Airways over the summer to build on this strong start and ensuring these exciting new flights continue to be a great success.”

Source: British Airways.

Take your swimsuit with you: Austrian Airlines takes off on initial flights to Jerez and Bari

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines / Michele Pauty.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines / Michele Pauty.

The summer is fast approaching with its fantastic weather. Austrian Airlines is expanding its flight offering to Spain and Italy just in time for the upcoming bathing suit and bikini season. As of today, the airline will fly to Jerez and Bari once a week. Flights to Bari will be offered with a stopover first in Lamezia Terme.

At the beginning of the year, bookings already revealed a shift in the holiday destinations of the average Austrian. In past years, there were frequent bookings to destinations in Tunisia and Turkey. The new trend is clearly towards vacationing in Spain and Italy.

Summer 2016

Due to the increased demand, Austrian Airlines has expanded its flight service to Italy and Spain. In addition to Bari, the airline is operating an additional third flight to Catania each week and a second weekly flight to Olbia. Two additional direct flights from Vienna will also be offered to Naples to increase the flight offering to five times a week. On balance, the current summer flight schedule includes 95 weekly flights to twelve destinations in Italy.

Austrian Airlines operates thirteen flights each week to Spain. It operates daily direct flight service from Vienna to Barcelona, and also offers one direct flight each week originating in Vienna to Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Menorca, Tenerife and Jerez.

Vienna  – Lamezia Terme – Bari – Vienna as of May 26, 2016

Route Flight number Flight day Departure – Arrival (local times)
Vienna – Lamezia Terme OS 9413 Thursday 9:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Lamezia Terme  – Bari OS 9414 Thursday 12:25 p.m.– 1:15 p.m.
Bari – Vienna OS 9414 Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Vienna – Jerez – Vienna as of May 26, 2016

Route Flight number Flight day Departure – Arrival (local times)
Vienna – Jerez OS 9509 Thursday 9:45 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Jerez – Vienna OS 9510 Thursday 2:05 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Source: Austrian Airlines.

Delta launches year-round service from New York (JFK) to Edinburgh

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Courtesy: Delta Air Lines.

Delta Air Lines will launch its new nonstop flight between New York’s John F. Kennedy airport and Edinburgh, Scotland, today, offering more on-board amenities than any other airline serving this route. The new year-round service extends Delta’s U.K. network into Scotland.

“Delta connects our customers to the world with more flights from New York than any other carrier, and we are proud to add Edinburgh to our global network,” said Henry Kuykendall, Delta’s Vice President – New York.

“We’re looking forward to bringing thousands more American visitors to Scotland,” said Frank Jahangir, Delta’s Vice President – Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “As the only year-round nonstop flight between New York and Edinburgh, we are confident that the route will expand trade and tourism opportunities. VisitScotland statistics estimate that the new flight has the potential to bring an additional £23 million to the Scottish tourism industry in one year alone.”

According to the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics, the United States is the number-one inbound tourism market to Scotland, with nearly a half-million visitors in 2014 – an increase of 100,000 compared to the previous year. Overall tourism expenditure in the country stood around $14 billion in 2014.

“Scottish tourism punches above its weight on the world stage, and this new Delta service from New York to Edinburgh will be another fantastic boost, strengthening our connectivity in the North American market by unlocking Delta’s vast domestic network,” said Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland.

Delta’s New York to Edinburgh service will initially be operated using a 163-seat Boeing 757-200ER, with a larger 210-seat widebody Boeing 767-300ER during the summer months, effective June 8, 2016. Beginning September 5, 2016, the 757-200ER will operate on the route.

“This direct new route between New York and Edinburgh is a great statement of confidence from Delta both in New York and in Scotland,” said Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport. “It is further confirmation of Edinburgh Airport’s position as the leader for connectivity from the U.S. to Scotland. I congratulate Delta for recognizing the growing international demand for direct links to Edinburgh.”

All flights from New York to Edinburgh will be equipped with Wi-Fi, allowing customers to stay connected at 30,000 feet, in addition to complimentary on-demand in-flight entertainment in all cabins. Movies and TV shows can also be downloaded to tablet and laptop devices.

Customers flying in Delta Comfort+, Delta’s premium economy service, benefit from up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Main Cabin seats, as well as priority boarding. Furthermore, Delta’s flights from New York to Edinburgh feature fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin, with Westin Heavenly Inflight Bedding from Westin Hotels & Resorts and TUMI amenity kits featuring products by MALIN + GOETZ. Customers enjoy a range of regional dining options in the Delta One cabin, with menu items produced using seasonal ingredients and paired with wines selected exclusively for Delta by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.

Tickets for Delta’s New York-Edinburgh service are available through Delta Air Lines on www.delta.com. Flights are operated in conjunction with joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic Airways.

The schedule for the new service between New York-JFK and Edinburgh is:

Flight Departs Arrives
DL409 New York-JFK at 10:45 p.m. Edinburgh at 10:50 a.m. (+1 day)
DL209 Edinburgh at 1:10 p.m. New York-JFK at 3:43 p.m.

Source: Delta Air Lines.

Air China introduces its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Courtesy: Boeing.

Courtesy: Boeing.

Boeing and Air China officially unveiled the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner to the public at a grand ceremony in Beijing today. The national flag carrier is the first airline in the country to have a 787-9 enter into service.

“The 787-9 Dreamliner employs a multitude of cutting-edge technologies best represented by its electronic handling system and wide application of composite materials,” said Captain Wang Yingnian, chief pilot of Air China. “As such, it enjoys clear advantages such as low fuel consumption, low emission and lower noise, which are highly aligned with the green flying idea that Air China has long been an advocate of.”

This is the first of 15 Dreamliners set to join Air China’s fleet.

“We are very honored that the 787-9 has joined Air China’s national flag carrier fleet,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice president of Northeast Asia Sales, “Carrying the long term partnership between Air China and Boeing, Air China’s 787-9 will provide comfort and convenience for passengers, exceptional fuel efficiency and environmental performance for the airline customers.”

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly over 40 more passengers an additional 285 nautical miles (830 km) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

“We believe the 787-9 will become the backbone of Air China’s international long-haul routes and will play an important role in supporting Air China’s international development strategy,” added Captain Wang.

Air China, headquartered in Beijing, is a leading provider of passenger and cargo services in China with scheduled flight routes connecting 174 cities in 40 countries and regions. Air China will use its 787-9s to ride on the wave of fast growing international passenger traffic by expanding its international network through non-stop point-to-point services.

Source: Boeing.