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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomed the arrival of Xiamen Airlines inaugural service to Europe, and the carrier’s first long-haul service. anna.aero’s Assistant Editor Jonathan Ford was specially invited by the Dutch mega hub to attend this historic launch. See what it’s like to race a 787 from the end of the Polderbaan to the gate in what can only be described as a cannonball.
It was always going to be on the cards. With 10 European LCCs already serving Israel from 32 different airports from across the continent, it was only a matter of time before Ryanair entered the fray. But where and when will Europe’s biggest airline fly to in this new country market for the Irish behemoth? anna.aero gives you the inside track again.
anna.aero’s Business Development Associate, Vlad Cristescu, was specially invited by Constanta Airport to attend Wizz Air’s first flight from London Luton on 12 June. Highlights of the celebrations included the traditional water arch salute and a cake cutting ceremony in the VIP Centre by airport, local tourism authority and ministry of transport officials.
The latest victim of a dynamic and unstable airline industry is Air Lituanica, which has ceased operations on 22 May. The first beneficiary of the airline’s demise is airBaltic, which has taken over four of Air Lituanica’s 10 ex-routes. anna.aero evaluates Air Lituanica’s network before it shut down operations.
Icelandair makes Portland in Oregon its 10th US destination, and 14th in North America. anna.aero was there for the inaugural flight in both directions. See what a water arch salute looks like from inside a 757!
Wizz Air announced Lublin Airport in eastern Poland as its next base starting in September. A total of six routes will then be served. We reveal which other carriers have served the airport since it opened in December 2012.
Once in a lifetime opportunities don’t happen that often – only once in a lifetime. So when anna.aero’s Editor Marc Watkins was inspired by some Saturday night TV channel hopping to fly into Barra on the Scottish Outer Hebrides – courtesy of Flybe and Loganair – he leapt at the chance. Check out his trip report here.
Ryanair transatlantic U-turn: anna.aero examines the “what if scenario” revealing where it may have flown
Airline executives pretty much everywhere are breathing easier after Ryanair denied the accuracy of last week’s reports that it would start transatlantic services in 2020. However, the apparently mistaken announcement and the clear retraction, appropriately sandwiched around St Patrick’s Day, intrigued anna.aero’s data elves who took a look at the “what if scenario” and identified the 10 European and six US airports that would have most likely benefitted.
Ryanair to serve Castellón Airport from Bristol and Stansted in S15; 24 Spanish airports now on network
This September, Ryanair will commence operations from the SNC-Lavalin-managed Castellón Airport, nestled on the Costa del Azahar between Valencia and Reus airports. We take a look at the ULCC’s operations to Spain and nearby competing airports.
Following the launch of Zimbabwe flyafrica.com in July 2014 and Namibia flyafrica.com in February 2015, the flyafrica.com airline group has expanded rapidly, offering services to a total of six airports in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. anna.aero evaluates the group’s network for this March.
Ryanair makes Berlin base 73 and adds 16 routes for W15/16; going head-to-head with easyJet on over half of all new routes
Ryanair’s new base in Berlin is a clear indication that the carrier is now going after easyJet. We reveal which routes Ryanair has failed to make work from Berlin in the past, as well as which easyJet routes it will be competing head-on with.
Eurowings set to take on NIKI at Vienna; anna.aero predicts focus on Spanish routes for two based A320s
Eurowings is set to become a pan-European low cost carrier with the announcement that Vienna in Austria will become its first non-German base later this year. We speculate on which routes the two A320s may be placed.