Zurich Airport received its anna.aero Cake of the Week award for last week’s Edelweiss Air’s service to Las Vegas. Marking the achievement are Zurich’s: Stefan Wermelinger; Rolf Hancock; Nicole Hortobàgyi Brand; Peter Grünig; Linus Ackermann; Ina Weidmann; Natalie Gessler; and Mark Wettstein.
Proudly showing-off their Route of the Week certificate in front of Air China’s A330-300 that was operated by the Chinese carrier on the inaugural flight from Beijing on 5 May, are Vienna Airport’s (left to right): Robert Breitenfeld, Senior Manager Africa, Asia and Middle East; Ina Zierhofer, Statistics; Petra Kienberger, Market Development; Nikolaus Gretzmacher SVP President Operations; Belina Neumann, Head of Aviation Marketing and Business Development; Ursula Pusch, Aviation Marketing and Communications Manager; and Andreas Donis, Tariffs.
On 2 May, Skopje Airport celebrated the launch of Alitalia’s four weekly flights to Rome Fiumicino with a special cake featuring the symbols of the two cities on top. Cutting the celebratory cake’s first slice were (left to right): Zoran Krstevski, GM, TAV Macedonia; Marco Quagliarella, Regional Manager, Alitalia; and Ernesto Masimino Bellelli, Ambassador of Italy to Macedonia.
Northeast Florida Airport celebrated on 2 May the inaugural flight of Frontier Airlines’ thrice-weekly flights from Trenton with a fabulous cake in the shape of a Frontier aircraft surrounded by post cards. See above a full video-coverage of the carrier’s first arrival at the airport.
On 12 May, Kosice Airport and Czech Airlines celebrated together the 90th anniversary of the Kosice-Prague airport pair. Cutting the celebratory cake’s first slice are (left to right): Tomáš Jančuš, Deputy CEO, Kosice; and Dalibor Málek, Sales Manager for Slovakia, Czech Airlines.
On 5 May, SunExpress stationed one of its 737-800s at Hannover Airport. The arrival of the Turkish leisure airline’s aircraft was greeted with a water arch salute by the German airport’s fire brigade.
Furthermore, on 8 May, SunExpress opened another German base, this time at Nuremberg, with one 737-800 based at the airport. The carrier’s summer schedule from the German gateway will include a total of 10 destinations in Turkey, Egypt and the Canary Islands. The crew of the first service to Heraklion got a warm welcome with big pillows (as a little help during an overnight stop) delivered by the marketing team of Nuremberg.
On 9 May, Munich Airport greeted with the traditional water arch salute AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC — the largest Russian scheduled cargo carrier) that will operate weekly (Fridays) from Moscow Sheremetyevo utilising its 747-8 Freighter. Marking the achievement are (left to right): Walter Morris, Sales Manager, ABC; Ivan Santoro, Chief Representative Germany, ABC; Andreas von Puttkamer, Head of Aviation, Munich; Andrey Andreev, Head of Sales and Business Development, ABC; Robert van de Weg, SVP Marketing and Sales, ABC; and Markus Heinelt, Director Traffic Development Cargo, Munich.
The Eurovision Song Contest was held in Copenhagen last weekend. Leeds Bradford Airport celebrated its link to the chart-topping Danish capital on 9 May. Marking the event is Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development and Marketing Director, Leeds Bradford. SAS is operating this airport pair since the end of March with twice-weekly flights (Mondays and Fridays), using its CRJ 900s. Next year’s event will likely take place in Vienna after Austria’s Conchita Wurst won with her song “Rise like a phoenix”. Leeds Bradford does not (yet) have direct services to the Austrian capital …
Barcelona Airport welcomed on 5 May Air China’s first service from Beijing with the traditional water arch salute. The new service is operated four times weekly via Vienna.
On 8 May, Glasgow Airport held a double celebration for US Airways’ 10th anniversary at the international gateway as well as for Captain David Gray of Gloucester, Massachusetts, who, after 36 years of service, took the controls of what was his final flight with the airline. The US operator, which is now part of American Airlines, launched operations from the Scottish airport on 11 May 2004 with Philadelphia services.