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United to offer more seats from Newark to six international cities next summer on its brand-new Boeing 787-10 aircraft

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

United Airlines today announced it will operate its newest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on six trans-Atlantic routes from its New York/Newark hub beginning in March 2019. United was the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10, and is also the first airline in the world to have the entire family of Boeing's 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet. United's 787-10 features 44 United Polaris business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 199 standard Economy seats. Tickets will be available for purchase on Dec. 3, for travel beginning March 30.

"United is proud to offer more seats between New York and Europe than any other carrier and our Boeing 787-10 aircraft based in New York/Newark will enable us to connect even more New York City customers to Europe and beyond," said Patrick Quayle, United's Vice President of International Network. "We are thrilled to announce six international cities that will be served with this aircraft and we look forward to offering our customers all of the comforts and services of our most advanced aircraft."

Offering more service than any other U.S. airline from New York to Germany and Israel, United currently offers daily nonstop service to Frankfurt and twice-daily nonstop service to Tel Aviv. United also operates daily service from New York/Newark to Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin and Paris.

Investing in customer-friendly advancements onboard

In addition to United's signature all aisle access Polaris business class and United Premium Plus seats, United is investing in several customer-friendly advancements onboard. The aircraft features updated lighting patterns that mimic sunrise and sunset and are designed to help customers in each cabin fall asleep and wake up more adjusted to new time zones. A brand new seatback entertainment system is also available at every seat, which includes:

– Split screen capabilities allowing customers to watch a movie and view the flight map simultaneously.
– A relax mode for customers who want to customize a selection of soothing videos and relaxing audio playlists.
– The world's most extensive suite of accessibility features on a seatback entertainment system, which accommodates any level of vision, as well as provides support for customers with hearing and mobility issues.
– Movie and television recommendations based on remaining flight time and previously watched content.

United previously announced its first 787-10 aircraft will begin operating between New York/Newark and Los Angeles and San Francisco in January 2019.

The Boeing 787-10 is 18 feet longer than the 787-9 and can carry more passengers and more cargo. The -10 aircraft can fly up to 6,430 nautical miles, while using 20 percent less fuel than older generation airplanes. United currently operates 25 787-9 and 12 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline expects to take delivery of 14 787-10 aircraft over the next two years.

Singapore Airlines to open service to Sea-Tac Airport

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Adding more ways to reach more parts of the world, the Port of Seattle welcomes the announcement of Singapore Airlines nonstop service beginning September 2019 from Singapore Changi Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Singapore is one of Seattle’s largest unserved markets in the Southeast Asia region and Changi Airport is a global hub for the carrier, offering multiple connections to its network including India. Sea-Tac will be the fourth North American nonstop destination for Singapore Airlines adding to current service in San Francisco, New York (Newark), and Los Angeles. Singapore Airlines also operates one-stop services to JFK and Houston.

“This new link to Singapore and connections to destinations beyond will broaden the global connectivity of our region,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Courtney Gregoire. “Singapore is an increasingly important consumer of Washington State services and export products and is a global hub for tech start-ups and entrepreneurship. It is fitting that our two regions will now be connected with a nonstop flight.”

“Our new non-stop flights to Seattle are another demonstration of our commitment to expand our operations in the important US market and grow our network reach. The new services will also further strengthen the Singapore hub by providing customers faster and more convenient connectivity from key markets such as Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia to North America,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr. Goh Choon Phong.

The four-times-a-week service, beginning on September 3, 2019, will be on a fuel-efficient A350-900 aircraft with 253 seats (42 business, 24 premium economy, 187 economy). It will be initially operated three times per week before increasing to four times per week in October 2019.

At a little over 8,000 miles, the route will be the longest nonstop service from Sea-Tac, surpassing Seattle-Dubai by several hundred miles.

Singapore Airlines has been named the World’s Best Airline in 2018 by numerous publications, including Travel+Leisure Magazine, SkyTrax, and TripAdvisor. For more information visit Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines also has a codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines, and members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan and Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer loyalty programs can earn miles on each other’s flights.

“This new route expands our global partner network, giving Mileage Plan members more international utility as well as the ability to earn Alaska miles,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines' executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Guests traveling to Singapore and beyond can enjoy the added convenience of connecting via our largest hub in Seattle. By next September, our Global Partners will offer nonstop service to 11 international destinations from Sea-Tac.”

Primera Air ceases operations

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

"With a great regret we must inform you that Primera Air will cease all operations on the midnight of October 1st, 2018 and enter administration process, after 14 years of operations," the board of Primera Air says in the statement.

"This is a sad day for all the employees and passengers of Primera Air. The company has been working relentlessly during the last months to secure the long-term financing of the airline. Not being able to reach an agreement with our bank for a bridge financing, we had no other choice than filing for bankruptcy.

During the last 2 years, several unforeseen misfortunate events severely affected the financial standing of Primera Air. In 2017, the company lost one aircraft from operations due to severe corrosion problems, and had to bear the total cost of rebuilding, resulted in a loss of more than 10 million euros. 2018 began with a fantastic start of our low-cost long-haul project with a brand-new Airbus 321neo fleet, however due to severe delays of aircraft deliveries this beginning ended up being rocky and incredibly problematic: operational issues, cancelations of number of flights, loss of revenues are just few to mention. In addition, to fulfil our obligations in front of passengers, Primera Air leased in aircrafts and beared additional costs of over 20 million euros.

Weighting the potential losses due to future delivery delays, and the added exposure to our partners and lessors, and bearing in mind the difficult environment that airlines are facing now due to low prices and high fuel costs, we have decided to cease operations now, where it will have smaller effect on our clients, due to the timing of the year, rather than increasing the exposure. Without additional financing we do not see any possibility to continue our operations.

This is an enormous disappointment after the incredible hard work and dedication put into building the airline. Company wants to sincerely thank all its employees for their hard work and dedication, its clients for years of loyal support and its suppliers for their cooperation during the years."

Air Tahiti Nui introduces its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Boeing, Air Lease Corp., and Air Tahiti Nui have celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner, via lease from ALC. This is the first Boeing airplane to join the Tahitian airline, which plans to use the longest-range Dreamliner to replace aging A340s and connect its home base in the South Pacific with world capitals such as Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

Air Tahiti Nui joins other carriers in the Pacific who operate long-distance routes in switching to the super-efficient and long-range 787-9. The airplane can fly up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km), while reducing fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 percent compared to older airplanes.

Air Tahiti Nui configured its new Dreamliner to seat 294 passengers in three classes. The cabin features a new business class equipped with 30 full lie-flat seats, along with 32 premium economy seats.

"Our dream has finally become reality with the arrival of Air Tahiti Nui's first 787-9 Dreamliner," said Michel Monvoisin, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Air Tahiti Nui. "The Tahitian Dreamliner will make flying to one of the world's treasures an unforgettable experience, as we introduce new seats and a culturally inspired cabin on the 787. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, the 787 Dreamliner will guide us towards another successful 20 years and beyond."

The airline announced in 2015 it would lease two 787s through ALC and purchase two 787s directly from Boeing as part of its plan to upgrade its fleet for the future.

French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch and other government dignitaries joined the airline in celebrating the milestone delivery at Boeing's South Carolina Delivery Center.

"We are pleased to deliver ALC's first aircraft to Air Tahiti Nui," said Marc Baer, Executive Vice President of Air Lease Corporation. "The capabilities of the 787 will help enhance Air Tahiti Nui's commercial operations and will significantly increase the efficiency of its future fleet."

"We are honored to welcome Air Tahiti Nui as a new Boeing customer and the latest member of the 787 Dreamliner family. We are confident the airplane's market-leading efficiency and unmatched passenger comforts will transform the airline's operation," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for The Boeing Company. "This delivery opens a new partnership between Boeing and Air Tahiti Nui, and demonstrates the strength of our partnership with ALC."

Delta to offer more flights from new York and Los Angeles to Europe, open a new service from Tampa to Amsterdam

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Delta is expanding its trans-Atlantic network for summer 2019 with new routes plus additional frequencies. The airline will launch its first nonstop flight from Tampa Bay, Fla., to Amsterdam, Netherlands. The year-round service, which launches on May 23, will be Delta’s 11th Amsterdam route from the U.S. and second from Florida, following the launch of its Orlando service earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Delta is also expanding its hub-to-hub flying between the United States and Europe with services from Los Angeles International Airport to both Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle increasing to daily operations beginning June 16, 2019.

“Delta is putting great focus on our international expansion and Europe is an important part of this,” said Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s Vice President — Trans-Atlantic. “Our new Tampa Bay flight and extra capacity on other key routes from our LAX and JFK hubs offer our customers more choice and convenient connections throughout the United States and Europe in connection with our partners.”

The LA to Paris service will be the third route to the French capital to be operated using the upgraded Boeing 777 aircraft, featuring the Delta One suites and Delta Premium Select. The two new cabins will feature on select flights from Atlanta and Minneapolis effective Dec. 13. Paris is also the second European hub where customers can enjoy Delta’s new products, after their debut on the airline’s flagship A350-900 aircraft on the Detroit to Amsterdam route. All flights between the U.S. and mainland Europe are operated in conjunction with joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia.

Capacity from New York-JFK will also grow next summer with the launch of a second daily nonstop flight to both Paris and Tel Aviv, Israel. For Paris, the additional flight brings the total number in conjunction with Air France, KLM and Alitalia to seven a day. The Tel Aviv service, meanwhile, has been timed as a daytime departure from Tel Aviv, completing the existing night-time departure to offer customers more choice. Both flights will be operated using A330-300 aircraft on the route, with flat-bed seats in the Delta One business class cabin. Delta has also recently upgraded its Main Cabin meal service to provide a restaurant-style dining experience in the sky complete with menu card and full drinks selection.

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