British Airways: Launch of Milan flights from two London airports

Courtesy: British Airways.

British Airways is launching new year-round services to Milan, Italy from two London airports in April.

The new routes to Milan’s Linate Airport will start from London City Airport on April 24 and from Stansted Airport on April 29.

There will be two flights a day on week days and one a day at weekends from London City and two a week from Stansted.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: “Milan is a very exciting route for us as it will appeal to both business and leisure customers. The new services gives the choice of two alternative London airports with well-timed flights to Linate, which is Milan’s most convenient airport.”

Earlier this month British Airways announced new summer-only routes from London City to Skiathos, Greece and to Manchester, which together with Milan means flights to 30 destinations will operate in British Airways’ colours from the Docklands airport this summer.

At Stansted British Airways is launching three new destinations, including a second Italian city Florence, and increasing frequency on some existing routes. The new service to Milan will be the airline’s ninth route this summer.

All flights will operate on modern Embraer 190 jet aircraft, with spacious cabins and two abreast seating so every customer can have an aisle or window seat.

Basic each way fares from London City and Stansted to Milan from £45 are available to book on www.ba.com

Customers flying in Euro Traveller benefit from allocated seats, a generous hand-baggage allowance and loyalty points which can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or towards other trips

Club Europe customers receive complimentary food and drinks on board, a generous free baggage allowance and free seat selection and on-line check-in.

Italian airline Meridiana, who currently codeshare on the British Airways services between Linate and Heathrow, will in future also codeshare on the new services from London City and Stansted.

Source: British Airways.

British Airways flights return to Birmingham and Bristol

Courtesy: British Airways.

British Airways is to start flying from Birmingham and Bristol airports again with the launch of four new summer-only routes to popular European sunspots.

From May the airline will begin direct flights from both Birmingham and Bristol to the popular Spanish destinations of Malaga, Ibiza and Palma and to the Italian city of Florence.

They will operate on modern Embraer 190 jet aircraft, with spacious cabins and two abreast seating so every customer can have an aisle or window seat.

The new return flights from both airports will operate once a week at weekends.

British Airways last flew from Birmingham and Bristol in 2007 when the regional airline business was sold to Flybe.

Since then Vueling and Iberia Express, subsidiaries of British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), have started up services to Barcelona, Malaga, Alicante, Tenerife, Paris Orly and Madrid from Birmingham, while Aer Lingus has continued to operate to Dublin from Birmingham since 1984.

Aer Lingus Regional operate from Bristol to Dublin.

The news comes just a week after British Airways announced it is to resume European flights from Manchester Airport and increase destinations and frequencies from both London City and Stansted airports this summer.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer, said: “We are very excited to be returning to Birmingham and Bristol with four very popular routes. Customers can once again enjoy competitively priced flights to the sun direct from their doorstep with British Airways to those destinations they tell us they want to fly to. We look forward to a busy summer at both airports.”

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer for Birmingham Airport, said, “Having British Airways return to Birmingham is not only great news for the airport but also the Midlands region and we are confident this is the beginning of a long-term growth plan with the airline. Launching these four routes, of which Florence is currently unserved, means British Airways and Avios card holders as well as leisure travellers looking for a two-class cabin product can travel from their more convenient airport than those further afield. We look forward to welcoming one of the world’s most recognisable and trusted brands back to Birmingham in May.”

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Airport said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement which will see the iconic British Airways brand returning to Bristol Airport.  It will be the first time an airline has operated a scheduled service between Bristol and the Italian historic city of Florence which we are sure will prove very popular. These additional flights to Palma, Florence, Ibiza and Malaga offers passengers in the South West and Wales region further choice of scheduled flights for the summer season. We look forward to working with British Airways on the new routes and further enhancing the services available from Bristol. “

Source: British Airways.

Lufthansa Airbus A350-900: Namaste India!

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

After being the star at many events in Toulouse, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg – the moment has finally arrived: Today (February 10th, 2017) the Lufthansa A350-900 starts its regular scheduled service from Munich to Delhi. This means that all Lufthansa passengers can now experience the world’s most state-of-the-art long-haul aircraft themselves for the very first time. At 12:20 the newest member of the fleet took off almost fully occupied with passengers from its home base in Munich. The first flight was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Steffen Harbarth, CCO Lufthansa Hub Munich and Dr Michael Kerkloh, CEO Munich Airport, in the presence of the Lufthansa crew, and Lufthansa Station and Munich Airport employees. Before departure, there was Bavarian music playing and gingerbread hearts were passed out to passengers. The aircraft will be welcomed for the first time in India tonight at 00:10.

It is one of the most important events of the year for the Lufthansa Group because with the A350-900, the airline is welcoming a highly modern addition to its fleet. The first ten Airbus A350-900 aircraft will be stationed in Munich starting 10 February 2017 with Delhi as the first destination and Boston added to the list in March. The aircraft offers seats for 293 passengers: 48 seats in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. The A350-900 is the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft. It consumes 25 percent less fuel, produces up to 25 percent fewer emissions and is much quieter than comparable aircraft types when taking off.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Qantas Sydney – Beijing flights take off in time for Chinese New Year

Courtesy: Qantas.

Qantas’ new flights to Beijing take off today (January 25th, 2017), helping power the Australia-China travel boom and marking the next step in the national carrier’s Chinese growth strategy.

Beijing is Qantas’ third destination in Greater China, joining Shanghai and Hong Kong.   The new service gives the capital’s 21 million residents a direct gateway to Australia, representing a huge opportunity for the Australian tourism industry and Australian companies doing business in China under the Free Trade Agreement.

Inbound flights on the new route are timed to connect with Qantas’ domestic network to popular onward destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart, as well as the airline’s Tasman services to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Qantas will be working with Tourism Australia, Destination NSW and across its own marketing channels to showcase Australia for a Chinese audience, as well as jointly selling the route with its joint venture partner China Eastern.

Flights will operate to Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3, using a 235 seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft.  Overall, the service adds 3,300 seats to the market per week.

CEO Alan Joyce said the 12 hour route takes Qantas’ long history of serving China into a new era.

“It’s the perfect time for Qantas to fly to Beijing. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement is hitting its stride and China is on track to become the number one source of visitors to Australia within the next year or so,” said Mr Joyce.

“What’s really exciting is the potential we see for the future.  We now have the Qantas Group’s biggest ever network in Greater China, and our goal is to make our Beijing route a flagship corridor for tourism and trade.

“For Chinese travellers, our message is that there’s no better way of getting to know Australia than with the national carrier.  In the business market, this route gives our companies the ability to win new business and get their products and services into the market. And it’s a positive for the Australian travel industry.  So whichever way you look at it, this is a good news story.”

The new Beijing service is part of Qantas’ growth strategy for China and the broader Asian region, increasing its total capacity on routes to Asia by seven per cent.

Together with its partners China Eastern and China Southern, Qantas customers can now choose from 130 weekly return flights between Australia and China, plus close to 256 connecting services to domestic destinations within China.  The Jetstar Group of airlines offers more than 30 return flights a week into eight Chinese cities from Singapore and Vietnam.

Today’s route launch follows the beginning of Melbourne-Tokyo Narita flights before Christmas and the announcement last week of a new Jetstar service between Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh city, to begin in May 2017.

Launch celebrations will take place in both cities, including the traditional Chinese Lion Dance and the gifting to passengers of chocolates inside red packets to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Source: Qantas.

KLM resumes flights from Malpensa Airport

Courtesy: KLM.

On 26 March 2017, KLM will launch a thrice daily service between Milan Malpensa and Schiphol, in addition to the existing service from Milan Linate. In addition, Air France operates five flights a day between Milan Malpensa and Paris Charles de Gaulle. This provides passengers from Milan with connections to more than 260 destinations with a maximum transfer time of four hours in Amsterdam or Paris.

With the resumption of services to Italy’s second most important airport, Malpensa, we are now able to offer our customers a choice of two Milanese airports with direct connections to Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle, the gateways to KLM and Air France’s entire global network – Harm Kreulen, Air France-KLM Senior Vice President Benelux.

In addition to the Milan Malpensa service, KLM already added two new seasonal destinations to its network at the end of last year for 2017, namely Cagliari and Catania.

Source: KLM.

Air France inaugurates its Boeing 787’s first commercial flight to Cairo

Courtesy: Air France.

On 9 January 2017, Air France inaugurated its Boeing 787’s first commercial flight to Cairo. Customers can now travel to Cairo on board this innovative new aircraft up to 6 times a week. Equipped with the latest new travel cabins, the Boeing 787 has 30 seats in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 225 in Economy.

Flights schedules for the Boeing 787 to Cairo (in local time)

AF570: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 14:30, arrives in Cairo at 20:00;

AF567: leaves Cairo at 1:35, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 5:30.

Flights operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Discover enchanting Cairo with Travel by Air France

There is a beautiful smell of jasmine in the gardens of Heliopolis, with rose sellers along the coastal path, where lovers walk hand in hand in the evening. The night is mild, laden with the smell of chichas. Cairo never seems to sleep, and never stop living. Everything is forgiven in Cairo, as something seems to make everything calm. Its Pyramids defy time and the nurturing river Nile flows from the heart of Africa.

Air France offers all curious, demanding and passionate travellers a digital and original travel blog called travelby.airfrance.com. With two new cities added each month, Cairo is one of the 100 or so destinations available.

On board the Boeing 787: the best of Air France

This innovative new-generation aircraft offers a unique travel experience:

  • the latest Air France cabins: a cocoon in the sky in the Business cabin (30 seats), and comfort for all in the new Premium Economy cabin (21 seats) and in Economy (225 seats);
  • a Wi-Fi connection on board adapted to the requirements and habits of customers (from 20MB to 200MB for a price ranging between €5 and €30);
  • mood lighting adapted to the different stages of the flight;
  • additional comfort and space with the new Premium Economy seats;
  • windows that are approximately 30% larger than on similar aircraft, equipped with an electronic window darkening system;
  • a lower cabin altitude and enhanced in-flight humidity levels for greater travel comfort.

Source: Air France.

Lufthansa: New summer destinations from Munich

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Starting next summer, Lufthansa will be extending its route network from Munich to include two great new flight destinations – from 28 March 2017, there will be flights six times a week from Munich to Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region of France and, at the beginning of the Easter holidays, on 9 April, Lufthansa will for the first time be offering flights from Bavaria‘s capital city to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. In addition, from 27 March 2017 onwards, there will also be flights departing from Frankfurt every Monday, Thursday and Friday to the pilgrimage destination in Spain. On top of this, travelers will also have the chance this summer to fly non-stop to Marrakech for the first time. There will be flights twice a week to the Moroccan royal city – popular with lovers of culture – departing every Friday and Sunday.

As well as these new destinations, the summer flight schedule is also being expanded to include more flights to some already popular destinations – more weekly flights to Malta, Dublin, to the Romanian city of Sibiu and to Geneva.

North America fans will be happy too – both the Canadian city of Montreal and Denver in the USA will feature daily in the flight program in future. There is also something special coming for Lufthansa passengers traveling to Boston – from March onwards, the new Lufthansa A350-900 will be flying to this city in New England. This aircraft is currently the most advanced and most environmentally-friendly long haul aircraft in the world.  And if you don’t want to wait until then for this amazing new flight experience, starting on 10 February, you can fly in the Airbus A350-900 to New Delhi. Lufthansa will be operating daily flights to the Indian capital city right through the summer.

The new routes in the summer flight schedule at a glance 

Munich (MUC) – Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) (1x / week 09.04. – 22.10.)
LH1866: MUC 08:40 – 11:30 SCQ
LH1867: SCQ 12:20 – 15:00 MUC

Price: from EUR 149 including taxes and fees
Airbus A320

Munich (MUC) – Nantes (NTE) (6x / week: 28.03. – 28.10.)

LH2242:
Monday MUC 06:35 – 08:30 NTE
Tuesday, Saturday MUC 15:45 – 17:40 NTE
Thursday MUC 15:50 – 17:45 NTE
Friday MUC 08:30 – 10:25 NTE
LH2243:
Monday NTE 09:10 – 10:55 MUC
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: NTE 18:55 – 20:40 MUC
Sunday NTE 17:20 – 19:50 MUC

Price: from EUR 119 including taxes and fees
Airbus A319

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.