Showing posts with label A340. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A340. Show all posts

Sunday, September 30, 2012

► JAPAN: EgyptAir to use A330 instead of A340 to Osaka.

EgyptairEgyptair (MS) is to use an Airbus A330-200 instead of the previously announced A340-200 on its Cairo - Osaka Kansai, Japan route, set to resume from 1 December 2012 after it was dropped last year in January owing to the then tense political situation in Egypt.

►► TUNISIA: Emirates cancels planned Tunis reduction to 5x weekly service from December.

Emirates[SEE UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM] Following on from its previous announcement, Dubai based carrier Emirates (EK) will, from 1 December 2012, reduce its weekly service from Dubai to Tunis, Tunisia, from daily to 5x weekly; Mondays and Sundays being nixed. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

► UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Emirates announces various equipment changes to Accra & Abidjan, Lagos, Entebbe and Nairobi effective 2013.

EmiratesDubai based carrier, Emirates (EK), has announced various changes to some its African destinations, effective from between January and February of next year.  

For other previously announced updates, see these posts.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

► NIGERIA: Arik Air announces Winter changes to New York; suffers two incidents in 3 hours.

Arik AirNigerian carrier Arik Air (W3) has announced changes to its Winter 2012 Lagos, Nigeria - New York route effective 29 October 2012. The route is presently served with an Airbus A340-500 wet leased from HiFly Air Transport.

Friday, June 8, 2012

► SOUTH AFRICA: SAA boosts Perth service from August.

South African Airways logo

South African Airways (SA) will, from 16 August 2012, increase its frequency between Johannesburg and Perth from 6x weekly, to daily using an Airbus A340-300.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

► MADAGASCAR: Air Madagascar announces Asia operational changes for Summer.

Air Madagascar
Air Madagascar (MD) has announced that it will introduce its Airbus A340-300 on its Asian routes for the duration of 5 July to 27 October 2012. Presently, the airline operates a Boeing 767-300ER on its Antananarivo – Bangkok – Guangzhou and Antananarivo – Bangkok routes.

Air Madagascar
Air Madagascar's A340 "F-GLZL" (Didairbus)
Antananarivo – Bangkok – Guangzhou
  • MD010 TNR1625 – 0540+1BKK0720+1 – 1110+1CAN 343 15
  • MD011 CAN1355 – 1555BKK1730 – 2205TNR 343 26
  • MD012 TNR1850 – 0805+1BKK 343 3
  • MD013 BKK2315 – 0350+1TNR 343 4

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

► BURKINA FASO: Air Burkina signs code-share with Air France.

Air BurkinaAir Burkina (2J), the Burkinabe regional airline, is to extend its coverage to include France, with the recent signing of a code sharing agreement with Air France.

Effective 1 June, Air France has been allocating Air Burkina an unspecified number of seats on Air France's daily flight between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Ouagadougou that is operated by either an Airbus A330 or A340.

Air Burkina map
Air Burkina's Route Map
"Dominique Patry, Vice President International Affairs and Alliances Air France, stated “this partnership agreement fits into a long-term cooperation perspective. It offers an additional illustration of Air France’s strategy in Africa, aiming to work with local partners. Our ultimate ambition is to offer our customers new regional destinations operated by Air Burkina”. "

Currently, Air Burkina flies to 11 cities around West Africa and will provide KLM/Air France with an important foothold into the fast growing West African aviation scene and is a development which KLM/Air France hopes to implement on other routes in West and Central Africa as well as in France and Europe.

Monday, June 4, 2012

► ETHIOPIA: Airbus pitches A330 to Ethiopian.

European aircraft manufacturers, Airbus Industrie, were recently in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, showcasing their A330 in an attempt to woo potential orders from carrier, Ethiopian Airlines (ET). This follows on from a technical presentation made last year in November.

In 1998, Ethiopian placed an order for two A340s to use on its Addis Ababa - Washington DC route, both of which were never delivered, instead being replaced by the airline's present Boeing 767-300s.
Ethiopian airbus
The Ethiopian A340 that never was. (Eric Pajaud)
"Crawford Hamilton, director of the A330 programme, told The Reporter that executives of Ethiopian were evaluating the A330 aircraft.

Hamilton said last November an Airbus technical team made a technical presentation to senior officials of Ethiopian in Addis Ababa. “The A330 is a very good long-range aircraft,” says Hamilton. “Ethiopian Airlines is one of the leading airlines in Africa. It is a reliable customer. It is self-sufficient. So we are trying to sell a very good aircraft to a very good airline.”"

Though a very loyal Boeing operator (of its 48 aircraft at present, 40 of them are Boeing), Ethiopian Airlines did place an order worth some USD$3billion for 12 Airbus A350-900 XWBs at the 2009 Dubai Airshow, for use on its "Far East and the American operations" and with further strong growth forecast in the next 20 years, the airline could be doing a lot more business with Airbus in the near future.

► EGYPT: Egyptair adds 777 to summer service to Guangzhou.

Egyptian carrier Egyptair (MS) has announced operational changes to its Cairo - Guangzhou, China route for the duration of summer 2012. Initially, the airline planned to use an Airbus A340-200 exclusively on the route, but will now employ a mixture of Boeing 777s and A340s.

Egyptair Guangzhou 777
Egyptair Boeing 777 at Guangzhou, China (MSAL)

Egyptair: Cairo, Egypt - Guangzhou, China (1 June 2012 - 27 October 2012)
MS958 CAI2325 – 1515+1CAN EQV x27
MS959 CAN0005 – 0500CAI EQV x24
  • 01JUN12 – 15JUL12 Boeing 777-200ER
  • 16JUL12 – 31AUG12 Airbus A340-200
  • 01SEP12 – 14SEP12 Boeing 777-200ER
  • 15SEP12 – 27OCT12 Boeing 777-300ER

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

► ALGERIA: Air Algérie to lease an A340 for summer.

Air Algérie logoAlgerian flag carrier Air Algérie (AH), has announced that it will lease an Airbus A340-300 (9M-XAB; c/n 273) from Asian LCC AirAsiaX, to supplement its services for the duration of summer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

► AUSTRALIA: Bomb scare on Air Mauritius flight ex-Melbourne.

Air Mauritius
Press reports out of Australia state that Air Mauritius flight MK943, en-route over south Australia, from Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport to Port Louis, Mauritius, was today (23 May) forced to turn round and return to Melbourne, after the discovery in the aft cabin, of a soft drink can with the word "bomb" scrawled on it.

Air Mauritius A340
Air Mauritius A340 "3B-NAU" (Axel J)
The aircraft, 3B-NAU, touched down at Melbourne again at 14h55 (Melbourne time) with all 197 passengers disembarking under the supervision of Australian authorities, before police conducted a thorough search of the plane. 

One report states that "a man was detained by federal police", though has not yet been corroborated.

The flight will now operate as MK3943 on 24 May leaving Melbourne at 11h30 (Melbourne time) and reaching Mauritius at 16h55 (Mauritius time).

Friday, May 11, 2012

► SOUTH AFRICA: SAA pilot incapacitated during flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg.

South African Airways logoA South African Airways pilot was incapacitated during a scheduled flight from Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport to Johannesburg on 30 April.