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Air Berlin to begin passenger flights to Iraq

6 February 2010

Germany’s second-largest airline says it will begin regular flights to Iraq from Saturday. The new route forms another link in the carrier’s expanding global network of destinations.

Low-cost air carrier Air Berlin said it will begin scheduled fortnightly passenger flights to Iraq as of Saturday, the first German airline to do so since the Iraq War.

The airline said connections would be offered from Munich to Erbil in northern Iraq and Sulaimaniya in northeastern Iraq, alternating every second week between the two destinations.


German Airline gets new base in Hanover

17 January 2010

Germanwings, a German low-cost airline, will be basing three aircraft at Hanover-Langenhagen airport, making Hanover Germanwings’ sixth base in Germany.

One of the first destinations for Germanwings out of Hanover will be London Stansted. Germanwings will also be serving 14 other destinations in Europe, One of the first destinations for Germanwings out of Hanover will be London Stansted. Germanwings will also be serving 14 other destinations in Europe, including Stuttgart, Vienna, Milan, Budapest, Moscow, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Barcelona, Split, Zagreb, Bastia, Dubrovnik, Heraklion
and Zadar.


Lufthansa launches Iraq flights

16 January 2010

Lufthansa has become the first major European carrier in 20 years to launch a service to Baghdad.

The German carrier said it was planning to fly to the Iraqi capital and Erbil in the north from Frankfurt and Munich this summer due to high demand and security issues within the country easing.

Lufthansa first started flying to Baghdad in 1956 but halted operation in 1990 because of the Gulf War, when U.S.-led forces reversed Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.


British Airways launches luxury service to New York

29 September 2009

British Airways was accused of hypocrisy as the airline prepared to launch a luxury all-business service between London and New York, with just 32 seats on an aircraft normally fitted for 100 people, days after chief executive Willie Walsh pledged a drastic cut in emissions.

The twice daily service on customised Airbus A318s features flat beds and latest technology allowing passengers to send emails and text and use the internet while on board.

Flights leaving from London though will be forced to make a brief refuelling stop at Shannon airport in the west of Ireland because City airport’s runway is too short to handle an A318 aircraft with a full fuel load. BA is arranging for passengers to use the Shannon stop to clear US customs and immigration.


New Morrocan low-cost airline starts Stansted flights

7 May 2009

Moroccan low-cost carrier Air Arabia Maroc launches services from London Stansted today.

Roundtrip flights will operate four times per week between Stansted and Air Arabia Maroc’s hub in Mohamed V International Airport, Casablanca.

Launch flights from Casablanca to Marseille, Brussels, Milan, Lyon and Paris will start on May 10, 12, 14 and 16 respectively.

source: Travelmole

Air Berlin announces more flights from Berlin

15 March 2009

Germany’s second largest airline Air Berlin recorded moderate growth of only 1% over 2007. However, the airline remains committed to further growth in 2009 with new routes coming on line. Air Berlin will fly from Hanover to Stockholm Arlanda, as well as between Stuttgart and Nice. It will also boost its presence at Berlin Tegel with more frequencies to Nuremburg.


Airline unveils new route to central London

10 March 2009

Ambitious regional airline Air Southwest said its new direct air link from the Westcountry to the heart of the City of London could be the first in a string of new domestic and European flights.

The firm yesterday announced a recession-busting twice-daily service from Newquay and Plymouth to City Airport, near east London’s Docklands business district.


Virgin Atlantic circles the world with V Australia service

23 February 2009

Virgin Atlantic will launch its first service over the Pacific this week, allowing passengers to fly around the world on Sir Richard Branson’s airline for the first time.

The V Australia service will connect Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with Los Angeles. The first flight departs from Sydney on Friday and will break the Qantas and United Airlines duopoly on flights between Australia and the United States. Virgin Atlantic celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

source: Times OnLine

Jet2 airline to operate flights to Isreal direct from Manchester

17 January 2009

Award winning low cost airline Jet2 has announced that the airline will be operating a new route from Manchester to Tel Aviv from 21 may this year.

Jet2’s is confident it will provide an important gateway for the UK’s northern Jewish community to one of Israel’s largest cities.


Vueling Airline adds four more routes for 2009

28 December 2008

Spanish budget airline, Vueling, have added four more destinations to their growing network. Bases on operating services to popular Mediterranean destinations Vueling has added Barcelona to Ibiza and Minorca, Madrid to Ibiza and Malta and Malaga to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Flights commence late in March 2009.