At Routes Asia this week, Birmingham and Bucharest airports celebrated with a toast of Romanian Bran the soon-to-commence Blue Air service between the two cities, a route which will launch on 29 March. Pictured in Manila are: Denisa Fulger, Route Development Specialist, Bucharest Airport; Alexandra Nicolae, Deputy Head of Route Development, Bucharest Airport; William Pearson, Aviation Development Director, Birmingham Airport; Tom Screen, Head of Aviation Development, Birmingham Airport; and Razvan Boldor, Commercial Director, Bucharest Airport.
Shannon Airport’s status as a gateway to one of the world’s top equine breeding destinations has been endorsed with the arrival of the first batch of valuable equine cargo of 2016. Six thoroughbred mares were brought to a leading Irish stud in the south of the country, in what was also the first scheduled transportation of horses into Shannon with Turkish Airlines Cargo, which operates thrice-weekly cargo A330F services from Istanbul Atatürk to Shannon, then continuing to Chicago O’Hare, Atlanta and New York JFK, each on a weekly basis. MD of the International Aviation Services Centre, Shannon Group Strategy Director and friend of anna.aero, Patrick Edmond (on the right) said: “There is a huge tradition of breeding across this region, not least in counties like Limerick, Tipperary and Clare. Some of the finest studs in the world are here, and Shannon is the gateway to this area.” Edmond is accompanied at the launch by Adnan Cetinkaya from Turkish Airlines.
French regional airline TWIN JET launched its first domestic German route on 29 February, linking Nuremberg and Bremen with a nine times weekly service. “The airline saw the Bremen route as a “Blue Ocean Opportunity,” confides Christian Kaeser, Head of Aviation Marketing & Business Development at Nuremberg Airport. “There is relevant business demand [automotive and IT industry, tax advisor and lawyers] and no direct competition,” Kaeser adds. Celebrating with the cabin crew and the route launch cake were: Jürgen Kohstall, VP Marketing & Corporate Communications, Nuremberg Airport; Guillaume Collinot CEO TWIN JET; Olivier Besnard, CCO TWIN JET; and Jan Bruns CCO and Director Aviation & Operation, Nuremberg Airport.
The world’s longest non-stop route – for now. On 1 March, Emirates launched non-stop services between Dubai and Auckland – a massive 14,200-kilometre sector (according to Great Circle Mapper). To celebrate the milestone, the first service was operated with an A380, rather than the 777-200LR that will regularly fly the route. The airline also lined up four of the double-deckers on the Auckland apron to mark the event. MEB3 rival Qatar Airways is looking to usurp this record-breaking route with its own non-stop flights to Auckland – which would be 335 kilometres longer.
Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB, becoming the fifth operator of the all-new wide-body airliner. After an initial period flying on regional services to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, the aircraft will be deployed on long-haul flights from May, starting with Amsterdam and then Düsseldorf. The brand new aircraft was welcomed in Singapore with a fine fire truck water arch on 3 March.
Aeroflot has started its second daily direct flight between Moscow Sheremetyevo and Delhi effective 1 March. It will be operating its 158-seat, 737-800s on the route. On cake-cutting duties were: Jitendra Singh, Head Airline Marketing and Route Development, Delhi Airport; Kidisyuk Sergey, GM India, Nepal & Bangladesh, Aeroflot; and Anil Chaudhary, Delhi Station Manager, Aeroflot.
With a symbolic hammer stroke, Michael Eggenschwiler, Hamburg Airport CEO (in the left-hand digger), and Senator Frank Horch, Minister for Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation in the city-state of Hamburg (right-hand digger), broke the first piece of concrete on the main apron of the German airport on 4 March, signalling the start of the thorough renewal of the aircraft parking area. Between now and 2020, the airport will be investing around 120 million euros in the comprehensive refurbishment. The work will be conducted in ten staggered phases so as to keep the impact on flight operations to a minimum. The first construction phase encompasses around 59,000 square meters in the southern apron and terminal area and is expected to be completed in July 2016.