United Airlines this week celebrated being awarded the anna.aero Route of the Week title, given to the Star Alliance member in recognition of its new link between Houston Intercontinental and Sydney, a route that breaks Qantas’ monopoly of linking Texas with Australia. Proudly presenting the award are some of the team members who helped build and schedule United’s new link Down Under, including: Ari Hakkarainen, Senior Analyst, Pacific Network; Adam Kuebler, Senior Manager, Pacific Network Planning; Matt Stevens, MD International Network Planning; Patrick Quayle, VP of International Network; Ted Novkov, Director International Scheduling; and Colin Whatley, Principal Pacific Network. United operates a daily service between Houston and Sydney, with it also linking San Francisco and Los Angeles to Australia’s largest airport.
Zurich Airport presented its latest marketing achievement this week, being handed the coveted Cake of the Week title, given for the Disney-inspired bake it produced for Edelweiss Air’s new route to Orlando. Showing off the airport’s latest award are Bettina Giger, Manager Marketing Services, Aviation Marketing, and Rolf Hancock, Manager Airline Affairs. Edelweiss Air will operate a weekly (Tuesdays) year-round rotation to Orlando using its A330-300s.
flydubai commenced 737 MAX 8 operations to Moscow Sheremetyevo on 29 January, with the Russian airport becoming the first in the nation to see a regular 737 MAX 8 service. In light of the new venture, Sheremetyevo held a welcoming ceremony to greet the first landing, with a cake also being made. Posing with the baked beauty are: Maxim Nilov, Regional Marketing Director, METRCA Region, Commercial Airplanes, Boeing; Alexander Katorgin, Area Manager Russia, flydubai; and Alexander Nikonov, Head of Foreign Airlines Division, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. Jeyhun Efendi, SVP Commercial at flydubai, said of the service: “We started flights to Russia in 2010 and it remains an important market for us. Our passengers travelling from Sheremetyevo are among the first on the flydubai network to discover all the features of our new 737 MAX 8 and we are happy to share flydubai’s new travel experience.” Having only launched daily flights from Dubai to Sheremetyevo in November, this news shows the strength that the new service is having already.
A cake was made for the announcement of services between Newcastle and Adelaide airports last week, with the Australian regional carrier FlyPelican planning a three times weekly (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays) service between the two airports. The route will be flown using Fokker 70s or 100s, which will be operated by Alliance Airlines. The city pair will begin on 26 March, with the connection currently not flown by another airline. Seen celebrating the news of the route are: Scott Snodgrass, Aviation Analyst, Adelaide Airport; Allan Woo, Airlines & Partnerships Manager, Newcastle Airport; Jonathan Cheong, Head of Aviation Business Development, Adelaide Airport; and Martin Hawley, Director of FlyPelican.
bmi regional launched flights between Bristol and Gothenburg on 22 January, with the new connection being celebrated at the Swedish end of the route this week. Among the festivities was a cake and a ribbon cutting ceremony, with the proceedings being carried out by: Andreas Zetterberg, Sales Manager Sweden, bmi regional; Fabrice Binet, Director of Business Development, bmi regional; Charlotte Ljunggren, Director, Gothenburg Airport; and Katja Sihlbom, Business Development Manager, Swedavia. This is the UK airline’s second route to Gothenburg after Birmingham.
Between the 29 January and 2 February, London Luton Airport displayed an exhibition at the Palace of Westminster to celebrate its 80th anniversary. The event was kicked off with a reception at the House of Commons which was attended by a number of ministers and Members of Parliament. Among those to visit were: Gavin Shuker MP, Labour, Luton South; Clive Condie, Chairman, London Luton Airport; Nick Barton, CEO, London Luton Airport; Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport; Baroness Sugg, Aviation Minister; and Steve Double MP, Transport Select Committee. “I’m incredibly proud to represent Luton Airport as part of my constituency. I hope MPs from all sides of the House will visit the exhibition this week and learn about the airport’s rich history and bright future. I have already joined the airport in lobbying the Department for Transport for the introduction of an express-style rail service and I invite others to do the same to ensure Luton Airport can reach its full potential,” commented Shuker. To meet increased demand, the airport is currently undergoing a £150 million transformation to increase its annual capacity to 18 million passengers by 2020, and upgrade facilities. Last year the airport handled 15.8 million passengers, up 8.6% when compared to 2016.