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Aer Arann

Aer Arann quietly abandoned plans to start operating from Liege to London Luton, Birmingham and Lorient. The Irish Regional announced in February that it would launch the services May 15. Apr 28, 2006

Cardiff to Dublin air services, the latest to be ditched without virtually any warning by Ryanair, have been picked up by Aer Arann, who quickly introduced twice daily ATR flights last week. Ryanair regulars might also be warned that the airline appears to be stopping the Stansted - St Etienne (they called it Lyon) flights from 5 June. The Air Wales operation to Dublin has also been withdrawn. Aer Arran says that frequencies will be improved with additional aircraft into the fleet and confirmed a 25 May startup to Galway. This will bring the total number of Aer Arann routes from Cardiff to four, all new this year, with Lorient, South Brittany, the other two destinations. Pictured are: (l to r) Jon Horne (managing director, Cardiff Airport), Tara Fenton (Aviance, handling agents for Aer Arann at Cardiff), Lisa Colbert (Aer Arann) and Captain Tony Wade (Aer Arann). Apr 30, 2006

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus said Friday it will add a fuel surcharge to flights to and from the US and Middle East of [euro]35 ($43.20)/$40 each way effective May 15. It said it is the first time it has imposed a fuel surcharge on any of its routes and that the move is "regrettable but necessary." The airline said it is 51% hedged in 2006 and that fares on transatlantic flights fell nearly 5% last year while fuel costs increased by [euro]33.1 million. Apr 24, 2006


Bmi leased a 767 to be operated on its service to Riyadh from April 22 and a new route to Jeddah scheduled to launch May 18. The aircraft will be configured with two classes and will feature Star Alliance livery. Apr 24, 2006


FlyWho is yet another website that pretends to be an airline. The CAA said that it is talking to BluArrow Aviation Ltd who, according to the terms and conditions shown, is the owner of the site. We quote FlyWho, "A huge percentage of people who fly hate the experience. Research shows that there has never been a time in history where so many companies claim to be investing in customer service yet people have never been as dissatisfied with their purchases as they are today. Air travel has robbed economy customers of comfort, dignity and satisfaction. We are here to repair that damage! With the world's finest economy cabin and a very impressive economy plus cabin, for those who want even more space and comfort, FlyWho is simply in a class of its own!" FlyWho was launched as FlyBlu in November 2004, changed it name due to a possible title clash in the US and claims to be starting services in July. Apr 30, 2006


Fifty years is a long time. In April 1956 Lufthansa introduced services to Dusseldorf and on to Hamburg, from Manchester. Ringway, as it was then called, was but a stop on a Lockheed L-1049 G Super Constellation service that started at Chicago, went on to Montreal, and then Shannon. The first service from Germany saw Bert Trautmann, a former prisoner of war, cutting the ribbon just days before his heroic performance for City in the FA Cup Final where he played in the latter part of the match with a broken neck. Lufthansa's summer timetable for 2006 offers Manchester passengers a choice of 85 flights a week (28 to Frankfurt, 21 to Munich, 24 to Dusseldorf and 12 to Hamburg), with onward connections to 187 destinations in 79 countries in the Lufthansa network. Our photo shows cabin attendant Anna Schwertfeger, in the Lufthansa uniform of the 1950's, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the services at Manchester Airport with (l -r) Tim McDermott (Manchester Airport Director of Aviation Development), Flight Captain Gerrit Adam, Dr Karsten Benz (Lufthansa Vice President Sales & Services Europe) and Dieter Grotepass (Lufthansa General Manager UK & Ireland). Apr 30, 2006

Lufthansa joined the host of airlines raising their fuel surcharges, announcing yesterday that surcharges on long-haul flights will increase to [euro]62 ($76.70) from [euro]52 effective May 5. Surcharge on German and intra-European routes will remain at [euro]12 per segment. Apr 26, 2006

S7 Airlines

S7 Airlines announced the following service increases: Irkutsk-Beijing from twice-weekly to thrice-weekly from June, Novosibirsk-Beijing to five-times-weekly from four from July, a new daily Domodedovo-Perm service from April 11, a second daily DME-Samara flight from April 10 and a fourth daily DME-Chelyabinsk flight from April 3. All new Domodedovo flights are aboard 737-500s. S7 plans to expand its Chelyabinsk service to include routes to Sochi, Anapa, St. Petersburg, Antalya, Khudzhand, Dushanbe, Yerevan and Rimini. Apr 25, 2006

S7 Airlines is the new name of Siberia Airlines, which unveiled the new moniker and logo in Moscow earlier this month. In conjunction with the unveiling, S7 announced upgrades to its Internet sales platform, business lounges at Moscow Domodedovo and Novosibirsk and office and terminal decor and uniforms, all of which are designed "to support the dynamic growth and development from a regional carrier to the biggest Russian airline," according to Konstantin Koshman, director-marketing and regional development. Apr 25, 2006

Swiss International

Swiss International Air Lines boosted its fuel surcharge on long-haul flights to CHF106 ($83.29) in each direction from CHF93. European and domestic services will see a fuel surcharge of CHF32 each way. The revised surcharges will be levied on all tickets issued in Switzerland from April 25. Swiss last increased its fuel surcharges in September 2005. Apr 24, 2006

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic Airways launched four-times-weekly flights between London Heathrow and Dubai using A340-600 and A340-300 aircraft. Frequency will rise to daily from June 1. Dubai is Virgin's first Middle East destination. Apr 26, 2006
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Date:May 1, 2006
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