On 30 March, Air China resumed services from Beijing to London Gatwick with four weekly flights, utilising its A330-200s. Upon arrival the airline was greeted with a lion dance ceremony, the traditional fire truck water arch salute and a fantastic cake, especially prepared by anna.aero for this great event (LGW is our local airport after all). Celebrating the achievement are (left to right): Wu Xiaoming, UK General Manager, Air China; members of the Air China cabin crew, and (centre) anna.aero’s Ross Falconer. (The cake was made by a new anna.aero cake maker – Bashini –– as our regular chef, the anna.aero publisher’s wife, has had a baby.)
Proudly showing-off their Route of the Week certificate for last week’s Pegasus Airlines service to Madrid are Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen’s (left to right): Umut Mert, Key Account Manager; Asiyat Khasanova, Commercial Aviation Director; Selin Sahin, Key Account Manager; and Murat Burhanoglu, Key Account Manager.
Bordeaux Airport received its anna.aero Cake of the Week award for the fabulous cake baked for Helvetic Airways’ pre-launch ceremony of the service to Zurich, which is scheduled to be launched on 8 May. Marking the achievement are (left to right): Myriam SanJose, Noelle Monier, Sophie Rebollo, Christophe de Boucaud, Myléne Bancod, Estelle Boulard, Nathalie Poursillie, Emilie Espinosa, Catherine Caraglio, France Danmaille, Celine Foisseau-Pukraj, Christine Mota, Leslie Gabrion, Sophie Vergneres.
London Stansted Airport was crowned the world’s best gateway for low-cost carriers for the fourth year in a row at the World Airports Awards. The airport topped the poll of nearly 13 million passengers in the annual SKYTRAX airport customer survey. Receiving its prize is Andrew Harrison, MD, London Stansted.
On 18 March, London Luton Airport organised a pre-launch ceremony for Atlasjet, the Turkish carrier which will launch a new service from Istanbul Atatürk on 2 May, utilising its 200-seat A321s.
KLM increased its frequency on the Amsterdam-Bergen airport pair from thrice-daily to five times daily. The achievement was celebrated with tulips and fresh orange juice served to passengers on the first of the five daily flights on 31 March.
Last week, Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport welcomed Lufthansa’s 747-8 from Frankfurt for the first time with the traditional water arch salute.
Berlin SXF ten years ago: On 30 March, Aer Lingus celebrated 10 years of operations at Berlin Schönefeld Airport. The Irish flag carrier started serving this airport pair with four weekly flights from its Dublin base. However, since 2005 the airline has been flying daily between the two capitals.
On 1 April, Cork Airport announced details of its S14 schedule. A total of two million seats are available this summer to over 50 destinations across the UK and Europe with Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional, Ryanair and Ireland’s leading tour operators.
On 1 April, a Yorkshire cheesemonger revealed a fantastic cheese sculpture of a Jet2.com aircraft at Leeds Bradford Airport, following a trip to France for a “Grand Fromage Depart” adventure.