Among those fastjet staff celebrating the African LCC’s Route of the Week certificate awarded for its new service from Dar es Salaam to Nairobi were: Jimmy Kibati, GM East Africa; Lucy Mbogoro, PR and Marketing Executive; Rainy Mwinyimila, HR Manager; Evaline Ntenga, Finance Manager; Eugenie Dadet, Cabin Crew Manager; Dickson Kunambi, Head of Ground Operations; Martin Windisch, Chief Pilot; and Derrick Luembe, Operations Director.
Celebrating its recent win in anna.aero’s Route of the Week Award for the arrival of Beijing Capital Airlines’ inaugural flight from Hangzhou to Madrid were: Cecilio Sánchez, Economic-Administrative Division, Aena; Bruno Martín, Commercial Division, Aena; Diana Gracia, Cabinet and Communication Division, Aena; Noah Wang, responsible for Beijing Capital Airlines at Madrid Airport; Laura López, Operations Division, Aena; and Simón Ramos, Security Division, Aena. The twice-weekly A330-200-operated service started on 28 December.
On 13 January, Ryanair celebrated carrying its six millionth passenger from Budapest Airport since it commenced operations from the facility in 2007. The lucky passenger to receive the six millionth passenger title was Dora Szegedi, who was travelling on one of the carrier’s new services from its Hungarian base to Eilat in Israel. Commenting on the milestone, Ryanair’s Sales & Marketing Manager for Central and Eastern Europe, Olga Pawlonka said: “Ryanair is delighted to celebrate its six millionth customer at Budapest Airport. In the last nine years Ryanair has seen a huge demand for its routes at Budapest Airport as customers in Hungary snap up Ryanair’s lowest fares to 18 cities.” Celebrating the milestone at Budapest Airport are: Budapest Airport CEO, Jost Lammers; Pawlonka; Szegedi; and Ilan Mor, Ambassador of the State of Israel to Hungary.
2015 was a record year for Swedavia, with most of its airports setting new passenger handling records. A total of 37,574,829 people flew to or from one of the group’s ten airports, an increase of 5% compared to 2014. Most of the Swedavia Aviation team are pictured in Sky City at Stockholm Arlanda, including: Annika Osberg, Business Development Manager; Johan Backlund, Key Account & Development Manager; Mats Åström, Director Regional Partnerships; Elizabeth Axtelius, Director Aviation Business; Micke Bayart, Key Account Manager; Björn Ragnebrink, Manager Business Development Intercontinental Routes; Ylva Arvidsson, Director Key Accounts, Passenger and Cargo; Carl Andersson, Director Route Development; and Christina Bjernudd, Key Account Manager. Commenting on the achievement Axtelius said: “The increased demand for flights that we have seen over the past few years clearly shows the potential in the Swedish market and the increasing demand for additional intercontinental direct routes. We will work further to develop this to enhance Sweden’s competitiveness.”
On 9 January, Cairns Airport celebrated the arrival of Hong Kong Airlines’ new service from Hong Kong, with inbound flights operating via Gold Coast. The thrice-weekly route is operated by the airline’s A330-300s, with competition being provided by Cathay Pacific Airways which operates four weekly flights. The airport celebrated with a traditional cake cutting ceremony.
On 11 January, All Nippon Airways became the first 787 operator to have flown 100,000 revenue flights with the type. All Nippon Airways was the launch customer of the 787, and now the Star Alliance member has 44 of the type in its fleet with a mixture of 787-8s and -9s. The airline celebrated the achievement on its service to Seattle-Tacoma from Tokyo Narita. “The 787 Dreamliner has played an important role especially in forming the backbone of our international fleet,” said Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO, All Nippon Airways. “Reaching the 100,000th revenue flight with the 787 Dreamliner is a significant milestone for the airline. As the largest customer of the 787, we look forward to introducing the entire family of 787s (the carrier also has an order for the 787-10) into our fleet as we aim to celebrate another 100,000 flights and beyond.”
For EURO 2016, Flybe will operate two one-off day return flights for Welsh football fans wanting to see their team perform in the football competition later this year. On 11 June there will be a flight from Cardiff to Bordeaux to cover the match against Slovakia, while on 20 June there will be a flight from the Welsh capital to Toulouse where Wales will be taking on Russia in their last group game. Both routes will be flown by the airline’s 118-seat E195s.
Having a glass of the fizzy stuff to celebrate the launch of the world’s first LCC Alliance U-FLY are the group’s Board Chairman and Directors: Andrew Cowen, HK Express CEO; Cen Jian-jun, Urumqi Air President; Jimmy Ma, HK Express President; Ding Yung Zheng, Lucky Air President; and Zhu Tao, West Air President. All four founding members share the same parent organization – Hainan Airlines ‒ and will initially offer travelers access to 85 destinations and 168 city pairs in the Asia-Pacific region.