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- It is reported that Norwegian Airlines has been eyeing up a Sukhoi Superjet order, which could be quite large. - A report suggested that Norwegian Airlines could receive 40 Sukhoi Superjet 100's to fly on their greatly pursued Trans-Siberian routes. Although no agreements have been made with Norwegian and Sukhoi, but have stated: "We can confirm that we have had meetings with Russian authorities and aircraft manufacturers Sukhoi, but we have not entered into any binding agreements.". - The Sukhoi Superjet 100 can carry 98 passengers, with a range of 1,645 nautical miles, with the extended range edition reaching 2,470 nautical miles. The largest operator of the jet is Russian flag carrier Aeroflot.
- KLM and Gulf Air have entered a codeshare agreement which will allow each airline to place their own codes on a number of each others flights. KLM will receive access to middle eastern locations such Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Sialkot, and Gulf Air will receive Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
- Air Serbia and Finnair have also entered a codeshare agreement.
Air Serbia's code will be added to Finnair flights from Helsinki to Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo, Riga, Tartu, Vilnius and Tallinn. They will also be added to multiple domestic routes within Finland. - In return, Finnair's code will be added to Air Serbia flights from Belgrade to Helsinki, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Tirana, Bucharest, Sofia, Skopje, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Tivat, Larnaca and Thessaloniki.
- American Airlines has announced their expansion to New Zealand, which will be launching in late 2020, with routes such as thrice-weekly service from Dallas to Auckland, which will soon be updated to a daily service in December 2020. Thrice-weekly service from Los Angeles to Christchurch.
- European Low Cost Carrier easyJet has announced that they have acquired 27 take off and landing slots which were previously operated by Thomas Cook. The slots which are at London Gatwick and Bristol were bought by easyJet for £36 million. The slots were under heavy bidding with British Airways for the London Gatwick slots especially. Jet2 has also acquired multiple slots from Thomas Cook at Manchester, London Stansted and Birmingham.
- Worldwide by easyJet is now available at Paris Orly Airport. Worldwide is a baggage handling service which will enable easier connections and transfers to other airlines at the Paris airport, such as La Compagnie or Corsair.
- Chicago O'Hare International Airport has started work on their brand new runway, which is estimated to cost over $300 million, and is expected to be completed in 2021. Chicago's Runway 9R/27L will be extended by 3,000ft in length, which will enable the airport to increase capacity at the airport, as well as preventing delays and improving the flight schedules in and out of Chicago.
Chicago airport was granted approval to work on a runway reconfiguration modernisation program, and there has been great improvement since 2008.
- Last week, the first International flight took off from Beijing's new Daxing Airport. The mega-airport had it's grand opening in September, but had made a milestone last week with the first international flight, operated by Air China, and the destination was Bangkok. China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines will make up most of Beijing Daxing Airport's capacity. - The airport will also be celebrating its first transcontinental flight, a British Airways service to London.
- Doha's old Airport will be brought out of retirement for the 2022 Football World Cup. The airport will be open for two months during the world cup to handle the additional passengers, which is estimated to be around 10 million passengers during the tournament.
- Istanbul's new airport has already received 40 million passengers in its first year of operations. The ultimate goal of 200 million passengers per year is still in the airports eyes, with most of the current flights operating out of the airport being international, and only 9 million of those 40 million passengers on domestic routes, there is a great amount of room to expand for the airport, and their target seems coming up very soon.
- Starlux has announced it's first three destinations. - The brand new Taiwanese airline has announced routes to Da Nang, Macau and Penang from Taipei. Their first aircraft is the Airbus A321neo, and operations will begin in January.
- ANA has revealed its plans for the C-3PO Boeing 777-200 and its scheduling.
From 1st December to 14th December, ANA will be offering passengers to fly on the Star Wars Themed Aircraft, which has been conducted in partnership with Disney on their release of "The Rise of Skywalker".
"ANA seeks to inspire joy in all of our passengers, and we believe the C-3PO ANA JET allows us to showcase our more playful side. It is our goal to make every trip with ANA a memorable experience, and this aircraft is sure to provide long-lasting memories for each passenger."
Well, I hope you guys found this edition interesting!
Apologies there isn't as much in this edition, and apologies there wasn't an edition last week. - All should be good, and we will be returning to normal operations from now.