Air Canada To Expand Service To Paris In 2020

Air Canada is broadening its network into Paris for summer 2020. The Canadian air carrier will be offering additional flights from two locations in Canada. Its aim is to foster growth in the tourism sector.

Air Canada says it will offer 31 direct weekly flights between Canada and Paris for the 2020 summer season. The airline will be increasing route frequency out of Montreal and Toronto with a total of seven extra weekly flights.

Between 2nd July and 27th August 2020, Air Canada will have two flights operating seven days a week from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). There will be an additional daily service operating three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Air France Follows British Airways With Baggage Transport Trial

Air France is trialing autonomous baggage carts in Toulouse. The news comes as British Airways is undertaking a similar trial at London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5.

As airports across the globe work to cut delays, many are looking to introduce smart technology. Whether it’s enhanced tracking or artificial intelligence, integrating technology can help to cut delays across the board. However, with any new technology, there are certain pros and cons. In order to work out any potential flaws early on and to establish whether the pros outweigh the cons, technology will be tested on a small scale before being ramped up slowly.

Hong Kong Airlines Plans To Pay Staff On Thursday

Besieged by a growing debt burden Hong Kong Airlines says it will have the funds available to pay staff wages tomorrow, Thursday the 5th of December 2019.

Earlier the embattled airline had planned on holding off paying staff and creditors until the airline regulators in Hong Kong threatened to take away the airline’s license to operate.

On Monday the Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) told Hong Kong Airways that they had until Saturday, December 7th to come up with more cash or face risking their license.

SAS Gives Its Final Boeing 737-600 A Special Send Off

AS has bid farewell to its last Boeing 737-600. The airline held a special farewell flight for the aircraft at the weekend where it visited each country for which SAS is a flag carrier.

SAS is in the midst of a fleet transformation as it looks to usher in a new generation of cleaner, more fuel-efficient aircraft. In fact, the airline took delivery of its first Airbus A350 this weekend for that very reason. The Boeing 737-600’s retirement flight saw the aircraft visit each of SAS’s main hubs, before drawing a huge 600 in the sky.

The aircraft took off at 13:49 local time from Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport (ARN). Following its departure from Stockholm, the aircraft climbed to 32,000 feet and flew towards Copenhagen. The aircraft then started its descent, making a low pass directly overhead Copenhagen at around 14:40, 50 minutes after departing from Stockholm.

Following its low pass at Copenhagen Airport, the aircraft began to climb again until it reached the slightly lower cruise height of 29,000 feet. At around 15:04, the aircraft began to draw a 600 in the sky taking around 23 minutes to complete the pattern. Once the aircraft completed the pattern, it continued on to its destination, Oslo (OSL). The aircraft landed at 15:57, giving a total flight time of just over two hours.

Qatar Airways Heathrow Terminal 4 Premium Lounge Review

Yesterday, I shared my experience at Hamad International Airport’s Al Mourjan business lounge. Before I landed in Doha, I had the pleasure of experiencing Qatar Airways’ Premium Lounge at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4.

The premium experience was felt from the very beginning at check-in. While handing over my bags, I was directed to a fast track security check, which was near the desk.

Unlike the system process at Heathrow, there was hardly anyone in line for this check. Additionally, the location of the lounge was in close proximity to the exit of security. Therefore, the whole process between check-in and completing security screening took less than 10 minutes. This gave me some extra time to explore the lounge!

Emirates’ A380 Year Of Tolerance Flight Sets A World Record

Emirates has completed a one-off flight to mark the UAE Year of Tolerance today, and the flight has broken a Guinness World Record. Operating as EK2019, the flight lasted just 90 minutes but contained the most nationalities ever recorded on an aircraft. In total, there were 145 nationalities represented on the Airbus A380, which was wearing a very special livery to mark the occasion.

The special flight was to be operated by an Emirates A380, registered A6-EVB. This is one of the younger A380s in the fleet, having been delivered to Emirates in November 2018.

Arriving at the airport, passengers were greeted with a dedicated check-in counter and, of course, plenty of photo ops. Each was given a special celebratory boarding pass, stamped with the EK2019 #yearoftolerance graphic. Every passenger was also invited to write down their name along with their nationality to add to a board celebrating the flight.

Airbus Celebrates As The 100th A220 Is Completed

Airbus has a reason to celebrate today as it announces the production of its 100th A220 aircraft. In a celebratory ceremony at the A220 headquarters in Mirabel, Canada, the manufacturer announced that the A220-300 produced for Lativa-based airBaltic was the 100th aircraft from the A220 line.

At a celebration held at Airbus A220 headquarters in Canada, representatives from both Airbus and airBaltic celebrated the delivery of the 100th A220-300. And the significance of the date? It is exactly three years after the world’s first A220-300 left Airbus to join airBaltic on the 29 November 2016. Such perfect timing.

The celebratory aircraft features a new cabin design with 149 seats and modernised livery. It will join airBaltic’s current fleet of 20 A220-300 aircraft. The airline was the launch operator for the A220-300 three years ago and is Airbus’ biggest European customer for the aircraft and, therefore, a fitting recipient of the 100th aircraft.

China’s Juneyao Airlines Adds Helsinki To Dublin And Keflavik

Shanghai carrier Juneyao has announced its adding three 5th Freedom routes to its Helsinki service. Next year the Chinese Star Alliance member will fly HEL to Dublin, Manchester and Keflavik.

Juneyao is a relatively young carrier. Long-haul international flights were started earlier this year with a 787-9. Juneyao has 10 of the type on order, according to OMAT. The Chinese carrier now flies Shanghai to Helsinki daily.

In March of 2020 Juneyao will fly a twice-weekly service between Shanghai and Keflavik, via Helsinki. Whether this is strictly a 5th Freedom arrangement is unclear. We have contacted Juneyao for clarification.