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AviTrader Weekly News 2018-04-02

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ISSN 1718-7966 April 2, 2018/ VOL. 634 WEEKLY AVIATION HEADLINES Read by thousands of aviation professionals and technical decision-makers every week www.avitrader.com WORLD NEWS Laudamotion ties the knot with and Ryanair Rising from the ashes of collapsed of Air Berlin, Laudamotion and Ryanair announced a new aviation partnership where the Irish airline is initially taking a 24.9% stake in Laudamotion, which will increase to 75% subject to approval by the EU Competition Authority. The aim is to further develop and expand Austria’s Laudamotion GmbH, headquartered in Vienna. Niki Lauda will chair the newly created Laudamotion Board and be responsible in his new role for establishing Laudamotion as an Austrian low-fare airline for the scheduled and charter market. Budapest Airport welcomes first CS300 Budapest Airport has just welcomed the arrival of its first CS300 flight with its closely-held airline partner airBaltic. The Latvian flag carrier will use the next generation aircraft on its three times weekly service between Budapest and Riga – the 1,101-kilmoetre sector being the Hungarian gateway’s primary link to the Baltic States. airBaltic’s service has been a crucial connection for us, not only to Latvia but to further destinations within the region. Because of the introduction of the faster, environmentallyfriendlier and ultimately larger jet, even more travellers can make this enhanced journey,” states Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport. Delta and Korean partnership Delta Air Lines and Korean Air will launch a new joint venture partnership that will offer their passengers what they believe are world-class travel benefits across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific market. Qantas makes history With first direct flight to London Qantas’ first Perth to London flight took to the sky recently marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe – and the fastest way of traveling between the two continents. The history-making QF9, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, pushed back just before 7pm on a Saturday evening and landed in London at 5am on a Sunday. Operated by a Boeing 787-9, the flight reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of the most favourable winds on any given day without having to factor in a mid-point in the Middle East or Asia when choosing a flight path. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who was one of the passengers on the inaugural flight, described it as a major milestone for Australia as well as global aviation. “For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce “This is a truly historic flight that opens up a new era of travel. For the first time, Australia and Europe have a direct air link,” said Mr Joyce. “The original Kangaroo Route from Australia to London was named for The 787-9 is operated by four pilots across the 17-hour journey. Photo: Qantas the seven stops it made over four days back in 1947. Now we can do it in a single leap. “The response to the flight has been amazing, both for the attention it’s received since we announced it and the bookings we’ve seen coming in. It’s great for Australian tourism, for business travellers and for people visiting friends and family on both sides of the world.” Mr Joyce said a huge amount of work had gone into improving the experience for customers taking the 17-hour journey. “This is hands-down the most com- Continued on page 3

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