Norwegian launches new low-cost flights from London Gatwick to Iceland

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Courtesy: Norwegian.

Low-cost airline Norwegian is continuing its UK expansion with the launch of its newest route from London Gatwick to the Icelandic city of Reykjavik next week, with fares from just £34.90 one way.

From 01 November, Norwegian’s brand new route to Iceland will take off, offering three weekly flights departing on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – perfect for a long weekend break. The new route will be operated by Norwegian’s brand new 186 seat aircraft that will keep passengers connected in the skies with free inflight Wi-Fi.

Iceland is known for its stunning landscape of volcanoes, hot springs and lava fields and there is an abundance of natural beauty to explore. From Iceland’s thermal pools at the Blue Lagoon, black beaches in South Iceland and whales watching just off the coast, as well as the chance to experience the Northern Lights, it is the perfect place to enjoy a winter escape.

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said; “Our growth in the UK continues and we are excited to offer a new direct service from London Gatwick to Iceland. A firm favourite with Brits due to its nature landscape and outdoor activities makes it a fantastic choice for a winter break. We are the only airline offering passenger’s high quality at a low cost with free Wi-Fi, brand new aircraft and a growing route network to the most sought after destinations.”

Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Airline Relations at Promote Iceland comments; “We are delighted that Norwegian has launched a new route to our beautiful country. We are excited to be able to showcase the buzzing city of Reykjavik and the easily accessible Icelandic regions to its customers, from the dramatic fjords of the Westfjords to the moon like landscapes of the north. We look forward to an ongoing and fruitful partnership with Norwegian over the coming months.”

Norwegian’s new service to Iceland will be the airlines fourth new European route to launch in the UK this winter. Two new routes take off from Manchester to Gran Canaria on the 30th October and to Tenerife on the 1st November, as well as a new direct link to Finnish Lapland from Gatwick to Rovaniemi commencing on the 2nd December, just in time for Christmas.

Flight schedule: London Gatwick – Reykjavik

Departs Tuesday and Thursday: 06:15 / Arrives: 09:15

Departs Saturday: 15:50 / Arrives: 18:50

Flight schedule: London Gatwick – Reykjavik

Departs Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 / Arrives:13:00

Departs Saturday: 19:45 / Arrives:22:45

Award winning airline Norwegian now serves over 40 business and leisure winter destinations from London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham, with more than 969 000 seats available to book from the UK throughout winter.

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Boeing, Belavia celebrate delivery of airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800

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Boeing and Belavia, the national airline company of Belarus, celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 purchased directly from the manufacturer. The airplane, featuring a new distinct livery, completed its delivery flight and arrived overnight in Minsk.

Belavia selected the 737-800 based on business objectives set by the airline – cost efficiency and maximum range for flights to Europe and Central Asia. The 737-800 flies 320 kilometers farther than its competitors while consuming five percent less fuel.

“Belavia focuses on reliability and punctuality in its work,” said Anatoly Gusarov, general director, Belavia. “In order to ensure full adherence to our principles, we made our choice focusing on aircraft performance. Therefore, we hope to increase our dispatch reliability and punctuality rate even further after bringing 737 airplanes into operation.”

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Boeing set to deliver record number of airplanes to Turkish Airlines

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Boeing is set to deliver a record number of airplanes this year to Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines. In total, the carrier will take delivery of six 777-300ERs and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2016.

“Turkish Airlines is one of the world’s ascendant airlines and an established global network carrier. It has achieved this through various significant investments in its fleet which now stands at over 311 and growing,” said Ahmet Bolat, Chief Investment and Technology Officer, Turkish Airlines. “The delivery of a further 26 Boeing aircraft this year, which form a substantial part of our long-haul and short-haul fleets, are integral to Turkish’s continued growth and we look forward to introducing the new planes on our domestic and international network.”

The Next-Generation 737’s market success has been confirmed by investors who consistently rank it as the most preferred single-aisle airplane due to its wide market base, superior efficiency and lowest operating costs in its class. To date, more than 7,000 Next-Generation 737s have been ordered by the world’s leading airlines.

“We are pleased that Turkish Airlines continues to show faith in Boeing’s products and services,” said Monty Oliver, vice president, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We have a strong relationship with the airline and are honored that we continue to play a key part in supporting its ambitious growth plans.”

Turkish Airlines and Boeing share a long history that goes back to 1945, with the arrival of the airline’s first DC-3/C-47 airliners. Turkish Airlines entered the jet age in the late 1960s, when the airline began operating DC-9, DC-10 and Boeing 707 airplanes.

Over the years, Turkish carriers have also flown the Boeing 727, 757, MD-80 and the most modern 737 and 777 airplanes. Turkish Technic, a prominent subsidiary of the airline, is a world-class maintenance center for Boeing 737 airplanes, with certifications from regulatory authorities throughout the region and beyond.

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Boeing, Xiamen Airlines announce order for 10 Next-Generation 737s

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Boeing and Xiamen Airlines, China’s only all-Boeing carrier, have finalized an order for 10 Next-Generation 737-800s.

The order, valued at $960 million at list prices, will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

“The 737-800 is the best-selling version of the highly successful Next-Generation 737 family,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president, Northeast Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are pleased to see the 737-800 continues to play an important role in Xiamen Airlines’ fleet expansion.”

Formed in 1984 as China’s first joint venture between the Civil Aviation Administration of China and a municipal government, Xiamen Airlines began flying passengers in 1985 with two 737-200s serving three cities.

Mirroring the rapid growth of China’s air travel industry, the carrier now has expanded its fleet in service to 135 airplanes – 17 737-700s, 108 737-800s, 4 757-200s and 6 787-8 Dreamliners.

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Boeing, Ryanair Celebrate Milestone Delivery of Airline’s 400th Next-Generation 737-800

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Boeing and Ryanair marked a milestone today with the delivery of the airline’s 400th Next-Generation 737-800.

The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world.

“The Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with its industry leading technical reliability and seating capacity, has been the foundation upon which our successful and safe growth has been built upon, since we took our first delivery in March 1999,” said Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer, Michael Hickey. “We are delighted to be now taking delivery of our 400th 737-800, which includes the new Boeing Sky Interior and slimline seats, offering extra leg room and an enhanced customer experience, as part of our ‘Always Getting Programme’.”

Ryanair pioneered the low-cost model in Europe more than 30 years ago, with the Next-Generation 737-800 providing the optimal platform for its continued growth. Ryanair is the largest Boeing operator in Europe with more than 1,800 daily flights carrying 106 million passengers annually to more than 30 countries.

“A key factor in Ryanair’s continued success is the outstanding economics of the Next-Generation 737-800,” said Monty Oliver, vice president, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This 400th 737 delivery is a special milestone for both our companies and we are honored that Ryanair continues to be an all-Boeing operator.”

Ryanair has more than 130 unfilled orders for Next-Generation 737-800s and is also the launch customer for the 737 MAX 200, the newest member of the 737 MAX family.

The Dublin-based carrier ordered 100 737 MAX 200s, a variant based on the successful 737 MAX 8, that can accommodate up to 200 seats, increasing revenue potential and providing airlines with up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency per seat than today’s most efficient single-aisle airplanes.

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Aeroflot launches regular flights to Valencia and Alicante

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Aeroflot will launch regular flights on the routes Moscow – Valencia – Moscow and Moscow – Alicante – Moscow starting from June 1, 2016.

Flights will be operated daily on comfortable modern Boeing 737 aircraft on the following schedule:

  • Flight SU 2502 leaves Moscow at 9:00 and arrives in Valencia at 13:00. Return SU 2503 flight leaves Valencia at 13:50 and arrives in Moscow at 19:35 (all time is local);
  • Flight SU 2522 leaves Moscow at 11:15 and arrives in Alicante at 15:10. Return SU 2523 flight leaves Alicante at 16:20 and arrives in Moscow at 22:05 (all time is local).

Valencia and Alicante provinces are the part of the Autonomous Community of Valencia and are located on the Mediterranean coast. Valencia is famous for its wide sandy beaches, orange groves and quiet fishing villages. Alicante is a center of fishing and seafood export.

Source: Aeroflot.

Boeing launches Next-Generation 737 Boeing Converted Freighter

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Boeing yesterday launched the Next-Generation 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) with orders and commitments for up to 55 conversions from seven customers.

“The Next-Generation 737 provides exceptional value to express freight carriers through its superior payload, range, reliability and efficiency,” said Stan Deal, senior vice president, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“While the recovery of the global cargo market has been slow, we see demand for freighters, such as the 737-800BCF, that will carry express cargo on domestic routes,” Deal said. “Over the next 20 years, Boeing forecasts customers will need more than 1,000 converted freighters the size of the 737, with China’s domestic air freight carriers accounting for nearly one-third of the total market.”

Through its freighter conversion program, Boeing transitions passenger airplanes into freighters, extending the economic life of the airplane. The 737-800 is the first Next-Generation 737 that Boeing has offered for conversion. While large freighters carry high-density cargo on long-range routes, the 737-800BCF will primarily be used to carry express cargo on domestic routes.

The 737-800BCF carries up to 52,800 pounds (23.9 metric tons) of cargo, flying routes of nearly 2,000 nautical miles (3,690 kilometers).

Twelve pallet positions – 11 standard pallets and one half-pallet – provide 5,000 cubic feet (141.5 cubic meters) of cargo space on the main deck. This will be supplemented by two lower-lobe compartments, combined providing more than 1,540 cubic feet (43.7 cubic meters) of space for revenue-generating cargo.

Boeing has won a total of 30 firm orders and 25 commitments for the 737-800BCF:

  • YTO Airlines, based in Hangzhou, China, has ordered 10 conversions with commitments for 10 additional conversions
  • China Postal Airlines, based in Beijing, has ordered 10 conversions
  • GE Capital Aviation (GECAS), which will provide the initial airplane for conversion, has ordered five conversions
  • An unannounced customer has ordered five conversions with two commitments

In addition, Boeing has secured 13 commitments for conversions from:

  • SF Airlines, based in Shenzhen, China
  • Cargo Air, based in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • An unannounced customer

The first 737-800BCF is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Existing passenger airplanes will be modified at select facilities located near conversion demand, including Boeing Shanghai. Modifications include installing a large main-deck cargo door, a cargo-handling system and accommodations for up to four non-flying crew members or passengers.

Boeing is a leader in providing 24/7 support and service to the global aviation industry. In addition to designing freighter conversions and interior modifications, Boeing offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services including aftermarket parts, subscription-based maintenance programs, engineering support, crew training, route planning, digital crew scheduling, advanced data analytics and software to enhance airlines and leasing company operations.

Source: Boeing.