British Airways: Slope off to the top of the Tyrol from Heathrow

Courtesy: British Airways.

Courtesy: British Airways.

British Airways customers will soon be able to slope off and enjoy the best of scenic Austria with flights to Innsbruck from Heathrow starting on December 4.

Skiers will now be able to fly to the former Winter Olympic city from two UK airports as the airline already operates direct flights from Gatwick to the Tyrolean capital.

Flights will operate four-times-a-week during winter and twice-per-week during the summer season, with return fares starting from £88 in Euro Traveller and £338 in Club Europe.

Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ head of planning, said: “We’ve launched 15 new routes already this year but now it’s time to turn our attention to the ski season.

“We are sure the new route from Heathrow to Innsbruck will prove popular with those looking to hit the slopes this winter as it offers ideal access to some of the very best ski resorts in Europe, including Mayrhofen, Alpbach and Niederau.

“Innsbruck is also a popular tourist destination for non-skiers and the service will launch just in time for the picture-perfect Christmas markets.”

Flights will depart from Terminal 5 and the route will be served by a two-class cabin A320 aircraft.

Those choosing a ‘Plus’ or ‘Plus Flex’ fare can check their ski equipment in for free as part of their 23kg baggage allowance, as well as the hand luggage allowance of one cabin bag and a handbag or laptop bag per person.

Other routes the airline has launched this year include San Jose in California, Palermo, Biarritz and Kalamata from Heathrow and San Jose in Costa Rica, Lima and JFK from Gatwick.

Flights to Cape Town from Gatwick will operate from November 24 and services to Santiago from Heathrow will start from January 3, 2017.

Source: British Airways.

Air Canada resumes the only non-stop flights between Abbotsford and Toronto

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada will be resuming the only non-stop flights between Abbotsford and Toronto this summer, when Air Canada Rouge brings their hallmark customer service excellence to daily, seasonal flights starting June 26, offering Canadian travellers flying to or from Abbotsford convenience and competitively-priced options. Fares start as low as $276 each way, all in.

“We are pleased to return to Abbotsford this summer, offering convenient options for family, friends and relatives travelling between the extensive BC Fraser Valley area and the Greater Toronto Area. Additionally, our Abbotsford flights connect easily and seamlessly at our Toronto Pearson global hub to our extensive North American network as well as to and from Delhi, India,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Air Canada’s AbbotsfordToronto flights are operated with Air Canada Rouge 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, with a choice of Premium Rouge and Economy cabins. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC1980

Abbotsford (YXX)

Toronto (YYZ)

12:25

19:40

AC1979

Toronto (YYZ)

Abbotsford (YXX)

09:45

11:45

Source: Air Canada.

LOT: Tickets for flights to Seoul are already available for sale

Courtesy: LOT.

Courtesy: LOT.

Already on October 17th, LOT flights will connect Poland as well as Central and Eastern Europe with Seoul. Flights will be operated 3 times a week, and the tickets for the new connection are already for sale! South Korea is an increasingly popular destination of business travel and tourism, and LOT is the only carrier in the region to offer direct flights to Seoul!

Seoul is one of the most important and fastest developing business centres in Asia and it is the cradle of gigantic, globally known corporations that have been keen on investing in Poland. The capital of South Korea is thus the natural destination for LOT, which is clearly backed by economic data. For South Korea, Poland is the main investment market in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, and it is the fifth investment market in the whole Europe. On the other hand, for Poland, South Korea is the second economic partner in Asia in terms of trade. Import and export are mainly based on electronics and multi-media equipment.

“Korean companies have invested over USD 1,7 billion in Poland, and they have invested many times more in the whole Central and Eastern Europe. Since today, LOT guarantees the most comfortable travel between Seoul and our part of Europe, without the need of shifting back or tiresome transfers in large and crowded airports of Western Europe. Our offer saves time and guarantees comfort and the highest quality of service. We are certain that this will be appreciated especially by passengers on business travel,” says Rafał Milczarski, LOT CEO.

LOT is the first carrier in Central and Eastern Europe to connect South Korea with so many Polish and European cities. One of the greatest advantages of the direct connection with Seoul is the shortest travel time not only from Poland but also from other countries in the region. Thanks to the convenient schedule, LOT enables travel from such cities as Wrocław, Stockholm, or Copenhagen with one short and comfortable transfer, which shall take no more than a few dozen minutes. For example, the transfer time from Vilnius will only take 50 minutes, which makes it possible to save even a few hours in comparison with the connections offered by other European carriers.

“Opening direct flights always releases the potential in the tourism sector. We are certain that now, many Poles will decide to visit South Korea, although they had no such plans before. I heartily encourage them to do so, since Seoul deservedly is called a city that never sleeps, and the Koreans themselves are called the Italians of Asia,” says LOT CEO.

Every year, approximately 30 thousand people travel from Poland to South Korea, and from the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe – 350 thousand. The forecasts say that in the upcoming years, these numbers will grow by 8 per cent every year.

“We also count on the visits of the inhabitants of Korea who do not know Poland well and who will decide to visit and meet us thanks to our offer. We are a safe country that has a lot to offer to Korean tourists. I am certain that their positive experience related to Poland will begin already on board of our planes. I would like to remind that the flights to Seoul will be performed exclusively by Dreamliners, and the menu will include both Polish and Korean specialities,” adds Rafał Milczarski.

LOT will introduce into the menu the dishes especially dedicated for passengers travelling on that route, while the on-board entertainment system shall include Korean movies. Moreover, the whole on-board entertainment system will be available in the Korean language version and there will always be a Korean-speaking crew member on board.

The flight from Warsaw to Seoul shall take slightly more than 10 hours. Passengers on board of LOT Dreamliner will have three travel classes at their disposal – LOT  Business Class with the intimate cabin of 18 seats only, all of which are easily convertible to the full flat bed. The experience comes with the top restaurant quality cuisine with wide choice of beverages and personal service. LOT Premium Class features larger, individual space and footrests, comfortable thigh support, cocktail tables and extensive menu served on porcelain. LOT Economy Class means modern seats with individual on-board entertainment screens, sockets and USB ports as well as fresh and varied seasonal meals served during the flight.

Starting October 17th flights between Warsaw and Seoul will be operated every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, according to the following timetable:

WAW – ICN LO 097 14:40 – 08:15+1

ICN – WAW LO 098 10:05 – 15:50

In the winter season, that is starting October 30th, LOT Dreamliners will take off from Warsaw to Seoul every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, according to the following timetable:

WAW – ICN LO 097 14:40 – 09:20+1

ICN – WAW LO 098 10:50 – 15:25

LOT’s network of long haul connections has never developed so fast in its history! Seoul is the second after Tokyo long haul connection that will be opened by LOT this year. Thus, Polish carrier keeps gaining strength on the Asian market and as such it now offers connections to three most important Asian cities: Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing.

Source: LOT.

KLM to launch service to Dublin

Courtesy: KLM.

Courtesy: KLM.

Today, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will expand its medium haul network with flights to Dublin. On commencement of its new winter schedule, october 30, KLM will operate a twice-daily service between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Dublin.

Dublin will be the first destination in Ireland and the 78th European destination that is operated directly by KLM from Amsterdam. For transfer passengers, KLM also offers various daily flights in cooperation with Aer Lingus between Amsterdam and Dublin.

“Improvement in our results has been translated into growth in KLM network. Having introduced a record number of new destinations in the summer of 2016, the new destination Dublin is another proof of KLM keeping on investing in its network to offer customers an ever-broader range of destinations” – Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO.

The daily flights to Dublin will be operated by an Embraer 190 with 100 seats. Flight KL935 from Amsterdam to Dublin will depart at 12:00 hours and arrive at 12:40 local time. Flight KL936 will depart 13:15 hours, arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 15:50 hours. The evening flight (KL939) will leave Amsterdam at 21:20 hours and arrive at 22:00 hours. The return flight (KL932) will depart the following morning at 05:55 hours, touching down in Amsterdam at 08:30 hours.
Source: KLM.

The Airbus A350 XWB embarks on its first demonstration tour of China

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350XWB, will make its first demo tour of China between June 25th and July 2nd. During the eight day trip, A350 XWB test aircraft MSN2 (Manufacturer serial number) will fly to Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (SHA), Guangzhou (CAN), Haikou (HAK) and Chengdu (CTU).

The tour follows the A350’s endorsement by China Eastern Airlines who ordered 20 A350-900 aircraft in April 2016. Air China also ordered 10 A350-900. The unrivalled operational performance and cabin comfort of the A350 XWB will give Chinese airlines a competitive edge and to attract more passenger on international routes. China is one of the fastest growing markets for air transport and Airbus has supplied 50 per cent of the in-service commercial aircraft fleet in China.

Chinese aviation industry has made important contributions to the development and making of the A350 XWB. Airbus (Beijing) Engineering Centre together and its partner Aviation Industry Corporation of China participated in the programme’s development, involving specific design work for the airframe. Some five percent of the airframe is manufactured in China.  The A350 XWB is a symbol of strategic industrial cooperation between Airbus and China’s aviation industry.

Featuring a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials, the MSN002 is one of Airbus’ fleet of five test A350-900 aircraft and one of two with a fully functional cabin (42 business class and 210 economy class seats). The flights will be operated by Airbus flight crews.

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. The spaciousness, quietness, beautiful interior and ambient lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of comfort and well-being, setting new standards in terms of flight experience for all passengers.

To date, Airbus has recorded some 800 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 42 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Source: Airbus.

British Airways: Some “oompah” for new German routes from London City Airport

Courtesy: British Airways.

Courtesy: British Airways.

There was more than a bit of “oomph” for the launch of new British Airways flights to Germany from London City Airport this weekend with a rousing send-off from the Die Dorf Fest Kapelle Oompah Band.

The band brought a traditional taste of German festivities to East London to celebrate the launch of the new three-a-day flights to Berlin.

Three-a-day flights to Hamburg were launched in May and together with existing services to Dusseldorf and Frankfurt means British Airways now operates more than 70 flights each week to Germany direct from the Docklands.

An additional 98-seat Embraer 190 aircraft has also arrived this month, the 20th Embraer to join the British Airways fleet at London City The new aircraft will create 20 new jobs at the airport as well as additional roles for the many companies that supply the airline.

The extra routes mean that British Airways will have its busiest ever summer at London City Airport where it will operate over half the flights.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, London City, said: “We are delighted to extend our flights to Germany, offering the best choice of destinations and schedules from London City Airport.  This is a very important market for us and means we can offer customers what they want, excellent network and frequencies, a choice of 32 destinations in the UK, Europe and the USA and low all-inclusive fares.”

This is the first time British Airways has operated to Berlin from London City and each way hand baggage only fares are available from £49 on www.ba.com/londoncity

Matthew Hall, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: “The ‘Oompah’ band brought the spirit of the Berlin beer hall and some fun to London City Airport, as we celebrate our new British Airways route to Berlin-Tegel. It’s fantastic to connect these two creative and vibrant cities with this new and convenient route.  With the airport situated just 20 minutes from the Shard, Europe’s tallest building, and with quick and efficient check-in and boarding, the buzz of Berlin is closer than ever, be it for business trip or city break.”

London City to Berlin timetable

Flight No Depart Arrive Days
BA8491 08:20 11:00 Mon-Sat
BA8493 12:55 15:40 Mon, Wed, Fri
BA8493 13:15 15:55 Tue, Thur, Sun
BA8495 18:10 20:55 Mon-Fri, Sun
         

Berlin to London City timetable

Flight No Depart Arrive Days
BA8490 07:05 07:50 Mon-Sat
BA8492 11:35 12:20 Mon, Wed, Fri
BA8492 12:00 12:40 Tue, Thur, Sun
BA8494 16:50 17:40 Mon-Fri, Sun

Source: British Airways.

Orangepride: KLM’s unique orange aircraft to promote the Netherlands

Courtesy: KLM / Menno Mennes.

Courtesy: KLM / Menno Mennes.

The introduction of the special aircraft was partly prompted by a social media post KLM published on King’s Day 2015. At the time, KLM’s followers were presented with a picture of an orange aircraft, along with the question: “Should we colour orange next year on King’s Day? #OrangeExperience”. 30,000 likes and 2,500 positive responses later, KLM rolls out its only orange aircraft today.

KLM will deploy the orange Boeing 777 on routine flights within the network and, whenever possible, during events that offer opportunities to promote the Netherlands. The aircraft will debut this summer and will be in operation on the Rio de Janeiro-Amsterdam route during the Olympic Games. On 22 August, KLM will use its orange Boeing to operate the “Medal Flight” that brings the Dutch Olympic heroes home.

Painting procedure
335 litres of paint were used to spray the aircraft orange fading into KLM’s distinctive blue. Applying the colours in multiple, thin layers, requires less paint and the sustainable, chromate-free paint can be easily washed off. The colours of the Dutch flag have been incorporated in the transition between orange and blue, completing the aircraft’s Dutch image. It took a team of 35 people four days to spray on the orange livery.

More about the KLM Boeing 777-300
The KLM version of the Boeing 777-300 has a completely revamped interior, with full-flat seats in World Business Class and more legroom in Economy Class, ensuring greater comfort for passengers. In addition, the inflight entertainment system has been fully renewed and adapted throughout the cabin. By the end of this year, KLM will have replaced more than 80% of its intercontinental aircraft cabin interiors.

Source: KLM.