Air Canada to launch Vancouver – Frankfurt and Vancouver – London Gatwick flights for Summer 2017

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Courtesy: Air Canada.

Air Canada today (November 9th, 2016) announced it is further boosting international flights at its Vancouver hub next summer with daily seasonal flights from YVR to Frankfurt, and three times weekly seasonal flights from YVR to London Gatwick. Flights begin June 1, 2017 and June 8, 2017 respectively, and tickets are now available for purchase.

“Air Canada continues to strategically increase its European flights at YVR with seasonal daily flights to Frankfurt next summer and three times weekly flights to London Gatwick,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines. “The addition of our flights to Frankfurt, one of Europe’s most important hubs, offers customers a wide array of convenient choices and the ease of one-stop connections with our Star Alliance partner Lufthansa when travelling to southern, central and eastern Europe as well as Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

“We will be the only airline flying non-stop between YVR and the two largest airports in the London metropolitan region during the peak summer travel period with the addition of London Gatwick. By next summer, Air Canada will serve five European destinations non-stop from YVR including two significant hubs, Frankfurt and London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Dublin, and on a code-share basis with joint venture partner Lufthansa Munich, strengthening YVR as an important hub that connects our B.C., Western Canada and U.S. routes to our expanding international network,” concluded Mr. Smith.

“What an amazing year it has been for Air Canada and YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. “I want to thank Air Canada for continuing to grow its international hub out of YVR and delivering a steady stream of excellent new services. Air Canada’s new non-stop services to Frankfurt and Gatwick will further expand this award-winning airline’s reach into key European markets and will provide incredible benefits for our passengers, partners and communities.”

“Air Canada’s new flights from YVR to Frankfurt and London Gatwick are great news for B.C.’s diverse tourism sector. Already this year we’ve seen year over year European visitors increase by nearly 18 per cent. These new flights will bring even more visitors while creating jobs and spin-off benefits in our hotels, tourism attractions and businesses,” said the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training in BC.

VancouverFrankfurt flights:

Air Canada’s VancouverFrankfurt flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, featuring a choice of three cabins configured with 20 International Business Class individual lie-flat suites, 21 Premium Economy seats and 210 Economy Class seats. Air Canada’s Dreamliners also feature an enhanced seatback In-Flight Entertainment system which is available at every seat throughout the aircraft. All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Vancouver and in Frankfurt, priority boarding and other benefits. Air Canada’s Frankfurt flights complement daily flights operated from Vancouver by Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC840

Vancouver (YVR)

Frankfurt (FRA)

12:25

07:05 (+1 day)

AC841

Frankfurt (FRA)

Vancouver (YVR)

10:00

10:55

Next summer, Air Canada will operate to Frankfurt from five points across Canada: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

Vancouver-London Gatwick flights:

Air Canada’s Vancouver-London Gatwick service will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring premium and economy cabins. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from flights within BC and the Pacific North West at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub. All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Vancouver, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AC1934

Vancouver (YVR)

London Gatwick (LGW)

16:45

Tue, Thur, Sat.

10:25 (+1 day)

AC1935

London Gatwick (LGW)

Vancouver (YVR)

12:00

Tue, Thur, Sat.

14:10

Next summer, Air Canada Rouge will operate to London Gatwick from two points across Canada:  Vancouver and Toronto.

Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion this year has included the recent launch of VancouverDelhi, VancouverBrisbane, VancouverDublin, TorontoSeoul, Toronto-London Gatwick, TorontoPrague, TorontoBudapest, TorontoWarsaw, TorontoGlasgow, MontrealCasablanca and MontrealLyon.

In 2017, the airline will launch new international services between VancouverTaipei, VancouverNagoya, VancouverFrankfurt, Vancouver-London Gatwick, TorontoMumbai, TorontoBerlin, MontrealShanghai, MontrealAlgiers and MontrealMarseille.

Last year, Air Canada launched new international services between VancouverOsaka, TorontoDelhi, TorontoAmsterdam, TorontoDubai, MontrealVenice and MontrealMexico City.

Source: Air Canada.

Lufthansa bids farewell to its Boeing 737 fleet

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Today, 31 October, Lufthansa is saying goodbye to its Boeing 737 fleet after 48 years.  This marks the end of an era for Lufthansa, spanning almost 50 years. A B737-300, with registration D-ABEC (“Karlsruhe”), flew from Frankfurt to Hamburg this morning on special flight LH9922, where Lufthansa’s B737 fleet is to be officially bid farewell during a joint event with Lufthansa Technik. After a special ceremony, Captain and Fleet Commander Ulrich Pade and his crew will be flying back to Frankfurt this afternoon, with a group of media representatives as well as a number of employees on board; the flight is scheduled to land at 5.10 pm local time.

“Lufthansa has always taken innovative approaches to cater the customers’ needs and to take advantage of market opportunities, which is why we played a key role in the B737’s creation and development. We will continue to pursue this innovative approach with the latest generation of aircraft,” said Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board and Head of Hub Management.

Over the decades, Lufthansa has had a total of 148 B737 of almost all generations. At the beginning of the 1960s, the then Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Technik, Professor Gerhard Höltje, pushed the project forward and supported the joint development of a short and medium-haul jet with Boeing. The cabin design and the positioning of the engines under the aircraft’s wings were based on the long-haul aircraft of the time.

A 1960s children’s book described the Boeing 707 as the father and the B727 as the mother of the small jet named “Bobby”. This name caught on. “The B737 has always been called “Bobby” by Lufthansa employees and aircraft fans. Many passengers and employees associate a very special time with this aircraft model. We want to thank the B737 for almost 50 years of reliable and successful operations,” said Klaus Froese, CEO Lufthansa Hub Frankfurt.

With the start of the winter schedule, all six remaining B737-300 aircraft had its last commercial flights on October, 29. The planes will be transferred to Florida in the coming weeks, where they will be resold. In future, Lufthansa will offer continental services with a single type of aircraft, which will result in synergies in various areas, such as pilot licensing, cabin crew and planning and provision of spare parts. The Lufthansa A320 family currently consists of around 150 A319, A320 and A321 aircraft and also includes four aircraft of the latest generation – the A320neo.

On 19 February 1965, Lufthansa was the world’s first purchaser of 22 Boeing 737-100s. Almost three years later, on 4 February 1968, Lufthansa landed the first B737 in Hamburg. Within a short time, the Boeing 737 became the normal size for short-haul aircraft. Besides the B737-200 in various passenger and freight versions, the first B737-300 was delivered to Lufthansa in 1986, which offered a high level of comfort, efficient fuel consumption and low noise levels compared to other aircraft of the period.

In May 1988, the first co-pilots were trained to fly the B737, which was also the first aircraft to witness to the reunification of the two Germanys as it was the first aircraft to land in the former GDR at Leipzig Airport. A little later on 2 October 1990, the first Lufthansa flight with the B737 “Sindelfingen” took off to West Berlin. In the summer of 2016, the B737 was given one last great honor when the B737 with registration D-ABEK was given the colors of the “Fanhansa” and flew to France with German national football team on board.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo test loading of Trent XWB

Together with Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Technik AG has reached another important milestone in its preparations for the entry into service of the Airbus A350 in Lufthansa German Airline’s fleet: In a test carried out in Frankfurt under real-life conditions, a Trent XWB aircraft engine provided by Rolls-Royce was loaded into a Boeing 777F. This successful loading trial means that now the seamless logistics of providing spare engines via air freight are assured.

When prepared for loading, the engine and its transport stand weigh eighteen tons. The engine weighs seven tons (dry weight) and is five meters long; the fan is three meters in diameter. As a result, the engine could only be transported via special flight with an Antonov An-124, an Airbus Beluga or a Boeing C-17. As an alternative, Rolls-Royce developed a completely new type of transport stand upon which the engine can be placed and divided into two large modules.

On this split engine stand, the large-volume fan can be separated from the rest of the engine within a single day. The individual modules are then optimally prepared for transport together with the other tools required for engine replacement, and can be loaded. The unit that results from this approach can also be transported in freighters from the Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft families.

Lufthansa Cargo currently has five Boeing 777 freighters in its fleet. As part of the test, the company had to demonstrate that the transport conditions required by Boeing could actually be met in practice.

“Months of planning preceded the test,” explains Ralf Henker, responsible for Supply Chain Management in Aircraft Maintenance at Lufthansa Technik. “Without the partnership and cooperation of our colleagues at Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa Cargo, we would not currently be able to ensure that we can supply every destination airport of the new fleet with a replacement engine if necessary. Every move we make has to fit, and every wheel of the logistics chain needs to mesh optimally with all the others.”

“Over the last four months, we developed a detailed loading and rigging plan based on our experience with other capital goods that are similarly sensitive and yet difficult to handle,” says Harald Mueller, who is responsible at Lufthansa Cargo for Aircraft Handling Competence & Quality Assurance. “It’s great to see that it works in practice exactly the way we envisioned it.”

“We’re very proud that we can now approve this important step on the way to the entry into service of the A350,” said Dean Raineri, Project Director New Aircraft and Infrastructure Development Aircraft Maintenance at Lufthansa Technik. “We’re right on schedule in other areas as well, such as the training of our employees and the procurement of tools and spare parts.”

For some time now, Lufthansa Technik has supported a variety of A350 operators in the areas of component supply and aircraft maintenance.

More than 800 aircraft of the A350 type have been ordered from Airbus to date. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is the world’s most efficient large civil aero engine and the exclusive engine option for the A350.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Video: Courtesy of Lufthansa Technik.

Lufthansa Group to serve new holiday destinations over winter

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

The airlines in the Lufthansa group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines – will be even a more attractive option for winter holidaymakers and business travellers this winter. As always, passengers can rely on the high standard of service, quality and reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

In the forthcoming 2016/2017 winter flight timetable, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will offer its customers precisely 19,838 flights each week around the world. This winter, the Lufthansa Group airlines will link 255 destinations in 101 countries via its hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, but also via many point-to-point routes. These services will be supplemented by more than 18,000 code-sharing flights with some 30 partner airlines, offering passengers a network which almost spans the globe. The winter flight timetables for the individual Group airlines apply from Sunday, 30 October 2016 to Saturday, 25 March 2017.

Key news from the Lufthansa group airlines:

Lufthansa

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa lists a total of 194 destinations in its winter flight timetable and offers approximately 9,668 flights a week. There is some good news for travellers who love South Africa: Lufthansa is adding a service from Frankfurt to Cape Town (South Africa) to its flight timetable again this winter.  Starting on 2 December 2016, a Lufthansa aircraft will take off from Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday bound for the port city near Table Mountain. This year-round service expands the Lufthansa Group’s multi-hub portfolio and perfectly complements the seasonal service previously operated out of Munich and Zurich in conjunction with Edelweiss.

Flights will also run to San Jose (USA) in Silicon Valley over winter, along with the attractive dream destinations of Mauritius, Malé (Maldives) and Cancún (Mexico). Lufthansa has significantly increased the number of connections to Nairobi (Kenya), Dallas (USA) and Poona (India).

Funchal (Madeira) is being added to the European programme, with a once-weekly flight to the city commencing on 29 October 2016. Thanks to mild weather all year round, the Portuguese island primarily attracts walkers during the winter season.

The list of new European destinations served out of Frankfurt also includes Tromsø (Norway) and Ivalo (Finland), with one flight to each per week. With these two new destinations and its existing twice-weekly service from Munich to Kittilä (Finland), Lufthansa will fly to three attractive tourist destinations in the far north of Europe. This region is gaining in popularity among winter sports enthusiasts and holidaymakers keen to see the northern lights. The summer destination of Tirana (Albania) will remain on the winter flight timetable, with daily flights to the city from Frankfurt. There will be an increase in the number of connections from Frankfurt to Friedrichshafen and Wrocław (Poland) over winter.

A new year-round service to Marrakesh (Morocco) will be offered out of Munich. Lufthansa will start operating this route on 30 October, taking passengers to the Moroccan city twice a week. Denver (USA) and Tehran (Iran) will be added to the winter flight timetable as new destinations and there will be more frequent services to Los Angeles, Miami (both USA) and Tel Aviv (Israel).

Debrecen (Hungary), Odessa (Ukraine) and Porto (Portugal) will remain on the timetable. Passengers will be able to fly from Munich to the Polish city of Rzeszów this winter for the first time. There will also be additional weekly services to Ancona (Italy) and Graz (Austria). Twice as many flights will run to Malta.

Austrian Airlines

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines.

In winter 2016/2017, Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of up to 130 destinations in 56 countries. The Austrian carrier is stepping up its focus on tourist destinations over winter. For instance, a Boeing 767 will fly to the Cuban city of Havana once a week starting on 25 October. In addition, there will be direct flights from Vienna to the Maldives and Mauritius up to twice a week. The airline will offer as many as two weekly connections to Marrakesh and a once-weekly flight to Colombo in Sri Lanka in its winter flight timetable. With these additions, Austrian will address its strong seasonality and fly to an interesting range of sunny destinations in winter as well as in summer.

Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Courtesy: Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines will serve a large number of new destinations this winter. Starting on 6 March 2017, the Belgian airline will fly to the Indian metropolis of Mumbai from Brussels five times a week. The new service to Toronto (Canada), which was introduced during the last flight timetable period, will continue to run over winter.

There is good news for anyone looking to travel to Africa. The seating capacity on flights to the popular winter destinations of Banjul (Gambia) and Dakar (Senegal) will be increased and more frequent services to Entebbe (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda) will make it easier to travel to East Africa.

Compared with last winter, Brussels Airlines has significantly expanded its flight timetable, adding services from Brussels to Porto (Portugal), Naples (Italy), Belfast (Ireland), Nuremberg (Germany) and Nantes (France). On top of this, the airline is increasing its weekly flights to Lisbon (Portugal), Málaga, Tenerife (both Spain), Edinburgh (UK) and Billund (Denmark).

Eurowings

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Courtesy: Lufthansa Group.

Eurowings will further add to its growing list of services from Austria in the new winter flight timetable. For the first time, Eurowings Europe aircraft will fly from the new base in Salzburg to Zurich (Switzerland) six times a week, Geneva (Switzerland) three times a week, Brussels (Belgium) four times, Paris (France) five times and Hamburg (Germany) three times a week. There will be seven flights per week to Cologne-Bonn (Germany).

A host of attractive new destinations will be served out of Vienna this winter. Eurowings passengers will be able to fly to Málaga, Fuerteventura and Las Palmas twice a week or head to the Andalusian city of Jerez de la Frontera (all Spain) once a week. Rome and Pisa will be added to the list of destinations in Italy. Passengers looking to soak up the Egyptian sun over winter can now fly from Vienna to Marsa Alam (Egypt) once a week. A new once-weekly service will also be available to Faro (Portugal). Passengers will also be able to fly to Nuremberg (Germany) eleven times a week over winter. Thanks to the expansion of the flight timetable at the new foreign base in Vienna, passengers will be able to reach 18 destinations for the first time.

During the winter season, the long-haul programme will be expanded with a once-weekly flight from Cologne to the Cuban capital of Havana. The first winter service from Cologne to Miami (USA) and back will also be introduced. This US destination was first included in the flight timetable in summer 2016. There will be more frequent long-haul services from Cologne to Varadero (Cuba), Mauritius and Phuket (Thailand).

The destinations of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (both Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal) will be added to the list of flights out of Düsseldorf. Passengers will be offered new services from Hamburg to Tenerife and Fuerteventura (both Spain) this winter.

In the new winter flight timetable 2016/2017, Eurowings will serve 91 destinations in 34 countries.

SWISS

Courtesy: SWISS.

Courtesy: SWISS.

In the forthcoming winter flight timetable, the new SWISS long-haul aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, will be used for flights to Miami and San Francisco for the first time. Starting on 3 March 2017, the new flagship will also fly to Singapore every day. This service is currently run three times a week using a Boeing 777-300ER. SWISS will also step up its weekly connections to Hamburg, Berlin (both Germany), Cracow (Poland) and Belgrade (Serbia) in winter. Between 4 and 25 February 2017, SWISS will also offer a number of new scheduled flights between Zurich, Sion (Valais, Switzerland) and London City (UK) to meet the demand for attractive services catering for winter tourism. SWISS will use larger aircraft on flights to Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia), Portugal (Lisbon) and Italy (Rome, Florence) this winter.

In the new winter flight timetable 2016/2017, SWISS will serve 100 destinations in 44 countries.

In addition to this, SWISS will offer connections to holiday destinations around the world in conjunction with its partner Edelweiss during the winter season 2016/2017. More frequent flights will be offered to the Canary Islands. For the first time, there will be five flights a week to Tenerife, four to Gran Canaria and two to both Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (all Spain). Passengers will also be able to fly to Seville (Spain) twice a week over winter for the first time.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa Technik: Wizz Air extends and expands contracts for A320 and A321neo

Courtesy: Wizz Air.

Courtesy: Wizz Air.

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost carrier of Central and Eastern Europe, is extending its successful partnership with Lufthansa Technik and expanding it with additional services. The ultra-low-cost airline has extended two existing contracts for technical support of its Airbus A320 family and its future A321neo fleet by Lufthansa Technik. Apart from the integrated component supply as part of Total Component Support TCS®, the agreement also covers aircraft overhaul. In addition, use of Cyclean® engine washes has now also been agreed for the Wizz Air fleet.

The exclusive component support for the rapidly growing Wizz Air fleet, with its some 72 A320 and A321 aircraft types at present, includes the repair and overhaul of components as well as pool services and logistics. The material is supplied by Lufthansa Technik from Frankfurt to Katowice in Poland and distributed by Wizz Air to the airline’s individual bases. In addition to the current and still expanding fleet, the contract also covers the 110 aircraft of the Airbus A321neo type that have been ordered and are due to be delivered to Wizz Air starting in 2019. The services are firmly agreed up to 2022.

Heiko Holm, Technical Director at Wizz Air, says: “Lufthansa Technik has been our partner ever since our very first flight in May 2004. We have developed a stable and fruitful cooperation over the past twelve years and our new agreement underlines our commitment to this partnership as we continue to treat aircraft maintenance with highest priority and ensure to cooperate with the best-in-class service providers.”

The contract for the overhaul of the aircraft, which has been renewed to 2022, also covers the airline’s current and future A320 family and the future A321neo fleet. The corresponding layovers will take place at Lufthansa Technik Budapest in Hungary.
Dietmar Focke, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Budapest, says: “Servicing Wizz Air from the beginnings till today and further on till 2022 shows the great cooperation of both parties and the trust in the performance of Lufthansa Technik Budapest. We are happy to serve this fast growing airline.”

With the renewal of the overhaul contract, Wizz Air has commissioned regular washes of all V2500 engines in its current A320 fleet from Lufthansa Technik. The dedicated Cyclean® service station established for this purpose in Budapest has already carried out the first engine washes. The Cyclean® equipment is installed in a transport vehicle so that engines can also be washed at other stations. Lufthansa Technik’s new Cyclean® location in Budapest is also available for other aircraft operators with other engine types.

Lufthansa Technik maintains the airline’s A320 family of aircraft at a total of ten stations in Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. A fleet manager on behalf of Lufthansa Technik handles the coordination in Budapest between the needs of the airline and the maintenance organization. Lufthansa Technik is also responsible for all engineering services for maintaining airworthiness (Subcontracted Continuing Airworthiness Management Tasks – SCAMT) and also looks after the wheels and brakes for the entire Wizz Air fleet.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Lufthansa flies German Paralympic team back to Germany

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa / Oliver Roesler.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa / Oliver Roesler.

The German Paralympic team returned from Rio de Janeiro to Germany yesterday. At exactly 10:53 last morning, the aircraft with flight number LH 507 touched down in Frankfurt. The Boeing 747-8 with the registration D-ABYK is currently flying with the special design “Lufthansa Siegerflieger” as well as the logo of the National Paralympic Committee Germany as a special honor. On board were around 250 athletes, guide runners, trainers, doctors and support staff. Klaus Froese, CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines Hub Frankfurt, welcomed the athletes on arrival at the gate and congratulated them personally on the outstanding achievements of the entire team.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Ten years of Lufthansa crews in national costume

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Ten years ago we heard it for the first time: Take-off for the Lufthansa crew in national costume. Since then, a total of 20 destinations have been flown to on four continents, with national costumes from three different fashion houses introduced to the passengers during this famous time of year for Bavaria. Two days before the beginning of the Munich Oktoberfest, Lufthansa passengers will once again get to experience Bavarian tradition up in the clouds. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary, two crews will take-off in Angermaier costumes. Eleven flight stewardesses and two flight stewards will look after guests today on flights from Munich to Toronto and from Munich to Washington. Further destinations will include Shanghai and Hong Kong on 20 September, Denver on 2 October and Boston on 3 October.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Over the past ten years, both the design of the costumes as well as the names of the designers have changed on a regular basis. However, the Lufthansa colours of yellow, blue and white have always stayed the same.

This year’s anniversary costume was designed and tailored by the Munich national costume specialists Angermaier, which is outfitting the crews to match the largest public festival in the world for the third time in a row. The Oktoberfest dirndl for the flight stewardesses is dark blue with a silver-grey pinafore. The men wear knee-length lederhosen with a dark blue waistcoat in the same fabric as the dirndls.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

As in previous years, national costumes will be worn on flights to selected European destinations from Munich. At the beginning and the end of the Munich Oktoberfest, a crew from Lufthansa CityLine will swap their uniform for the dirndl. Destinations this year are Belgrade, Birmingham, Cluj, Nice, Olbia and Sylt.

For Lufthansa employees at passenger services at Munich airport, it has long been tradition to welcome passengers in national costume during Oktoberfest. In addition to the Lufthansa uniform, the women wear the Lufthansa dirndl in yellow and blue and the men wear blue suits in the style of the traditional costume. The Service employees in the Lufthansa First Class Lounges wear costumes in black and gold.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.