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Mclaren attends the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed with race-winning motorsport cars

This past week global auto players such as Automobili Pagani, Maserati and Aston Martin announced their participation at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now, homegrown automaker McLaren declares its attendance by bringing special race cars to Goodwood to celebrate its six decades of motorsport success. Headlining Mclaren’s presence will be a special Mclaren Senna in Senna Sempre livery, made by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) as a tribute to Mclaren’s arguably most successful F1 driver – Ayrton Senna. The Senna Sempre livery debuted at the Monaco Grand Prix earlier this year on the MCL39 F1 cars piloted by Mclaren drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piasrti, one of which will also be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside the Senna Sempre-finished Mclaren Senna. Ayrton’s nephew, former Formula 1 driver and McLaren Automotive brand ambassador, Bruno Senna, will be at the wheel of his uncle’s 1991 title-winning McLaren MP4/6 – the only title-winning Formula 1 car powered by a V12 engine in which Ayrton Senna racked up seven Grand Prix victories and his third and final F1 driver’s championship. The McLaren Solus GT will join the legendary MP4/6 at the Goodwood hillclimb event, driven by double McLaren Formula 1 world champion Mika Häkkinen. 2024 marks the 50th anniversary since the racing banner’s first Formula 1 World Championship victories, sealing both the World Driver’s and Constructor’s titles in 1974 with Emerson Fittipaldi and the McLaren M23. And to commemorate the same, the Brazilian world champion driver will return to the wheel of his Mclaren M23. The 1974 Indy 500-winning M16C/D that helped Mclaren complete the prestigious ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’ will also be on display. The all-new Artura Spider hybrid supercar will make its UK dynamic debut at the Hillclimb event, joined by the recently-launched Mclaren 750S, the new Mclaren GTS and a McLaren Senna and a McLaren P1 from Mclaren’s heritage collection. 

LOT Polish Airlines Confirms Revival Of The Warsaw-Lyon Route

To cater to the rise in demand for nonstop flights between Poland and Central and Eastern France, LOT Polish Airlines has announced the reintroduction of the Warsaw-Lyon route. The direct connection between the two cities will be re-established on September 30, 2024. Starting from that date, the flag carrier of Poland will operate six flights weekly between its primary hub and the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

The services will run on all days except Saturday. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, flight LO345 will depart Warsaw at 08:10, while the return leg – LO346 – will leave Lyon at 11:20. If those timings don’t work, perhaps travelling one of the remaining three days may fit better. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the LOT Polish Airlines flight LO347 leaves Warsaw at 16:00, whereas the return service – LO348 – departs from Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport at 19:10 (all times mentioned are local).

The flight time for each sector will be approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. The carrier will operate an Embraer 195 aircraft on this route.

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Maserati to attend 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed with special edition supercars

Maserati announces its attendance at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a supercar-heavy lineup comprising a couple of debuts, a blast from the past and a peak into the future. Making their debut will be celebratory models MC20 Icona and MC20 Leggenda – a 20 unit each Special Series edition built to commemorate the victorious MC12 and the two decades since the Trident’s return to competition in 2004. The MC20 Icona and MC20 Leggenda also feature special liveries inspired by the MC12 Stradale and MC12 GT1 Vitaphone respectively. Joining the MC20 Special Series edition supercars at the Festival of Speed’s Supercar Paddock will be the MC12 Versione Corse – a 2006-developed race car designed for exclusive non-competitive use with a 755hp V12 engine and limited to 12 customer units and a sole prototype unit in the world. An exclusive MC20 Cielo in exclusive Blu Victory paint shade developed by Maserati’s bespoke Fuoriserie division will also be joining the other Maserati specialities in the Supercar Paddock. Additionally, some of the Maserati supercars including the MC20 Icona, MC20 Leggenda and MC20 Cielo will take part in the Hillclimb event to showcase their power and appeal. Finally, Goodwood’s Electric Avenue will also have a Maserati in attendance – the GranCabrio Folgore, the first 100% electric convertible in the luxury segment and the fastest on the market.

Geely launches new Preface sedan at AED 87,400 in the UAE

Chinese carmaker Geely launches its all-new Preface sedan in the UAE with prices starting at AED 87,400. Geely has overhauled the new Preface sedan inside out with a new front fascia featuring a cascading waterfall-shaped grille and tinted rear tail light units with a sleeker profile and a more dynamic design. The new Geely Preface boasts the strongest power figures in its class with a 215hp 2.0-litre TD engine producing the highest torque in its class at 325 Nm while being mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox powertrain. This allows the new Geely Preface to run the 0-100kph sprint in 6.9secs whilst returning a mileage of 18.7km/l and possessing one of the largest cabin spaces in its segment. On the creature comfort front, the dashboard gets a best-in-class 13.2” HD infotainment screen with a headrest-integrated audio system from Infinity, a 10.2” LCD digital instrument cluster and a CN95 antiviral high-efficiency filter and air quality management system. The Preface also boasts Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for easier commuting with the passengers being cocooned within the cabin with the safety assurance of six airbags. Geely launched the new Preface in conjunction with AGMC, the official distributor of Geely vehicles in the UAE. The new Preface is now on sale at your nearest Geely AGMC showrooms within the UAE.

The new Audi Q2 gets launched at AED 139,900 in the UAE

Audi has announced the arrival of the Q2 compact SUV in the Middle East with prices starting from AED 139,900. The new Audi Q2 benefits from a new 8.8-inch MMI touchscreen infotainment system, Audi’s famed Virtual Cockpit and a host of personalisation options through various design and technology features. Customers can choose from various interior options such as decorative inlays and advanced driver assistance systems comprising rear park assist and lane departure warning assist. The new Q2 boasts LED headlights as standard with LED technology on the rear as well, featuring dynamic turn signals with a Matrix LED headlamp unit available as an optional extra. Customers wanting a sportier appeal can choose the optional S line exterior package that adds sporty accents across the vehicle. The new Audi Q2 gets a 35 TFSI powertrain option consisting of a 150hp four-cylinder engine with 250Nm torques. “We are unwavering in our commitment to providing the best for our customers in the UAE. The Q2, with its appeal to young, first-time drivers and young families, is the perfect entry point to the Audi brand. Combining style, advanced technology, and dynamic performance, the Q2 opens numerous opportunities for us as we continue to strive for excellence in technology, experience, and performance,” said Rene Koneberg, Managing Director of Audi Middle East. The new Audi Q2 will be available at Audi dealerships across the United Arab Emirates starting July 2024.

AerCap To Lease Ten New Narrowbody Jets To Turkish Airlines

Dublin-based aviation leasing company AerCap and Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines, have signed an aircraft leasing agreement. According to the paperwork, the former will lease ten new Airbus A321neo jets to the latter.

Turkish Airlines, one of the oldest in the world and with a fleet of over 450 aircraft (passenger and cargo), will strengthen its short—and medium-haul network with the ten single-aisle aircraft leased from AerCap. The bolstered fleet will also allow the carrier to add new destinations to its portfolio.

The details about delivery have not been shared yet. That said, the aircraft in question is among the most popular worldwide, providing operational efficiencies and cost reduction over the previous-gen jets.

Also Read: Turkish Airlines Orders 220 Airbus Planes

NOTE: The image has been taken from the official Airbus media centre website.

Pagani announces a six-hypercar lineup for the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the most renowned events dedicated to automobiles and motorsport returns for its 2024 edition between July 11th to July 14th. British carmaker Aston Martin recently confirmed its attendance with a dynamic lineup comprising the most exotic supercars including the debut of the track-focussed limited-edition Valiant sports car. And now, Italian hypercar maker Pagani follows suit by announcing its participation with as many as six hypercars, the most by the brand in the history of the event. On July 11th, Automobili Pagani will host the official unveiling of the special-edition Imola Roadster and the one-off Huayra Epitome with the Duke of Richmond in attendance. Both these hypercars stem out of Pagani’s Grandi Complicazioni division – the brand’s special department for ultra-limited series cars. While the former is an 850hp eight-unit-only road-legal open-top hypercar, the latter is a special one-off commission and the only Huayra model equipped with a seven-speed manual gearbox. The Festival of Speed also comprises a Hillclimb event, one of the most anticipated sessions from the festival, and Pagani’s entrants for the 2024 iteration comprise a Huayra R and a Pagani Utopia with a dedicated livery. The special livery has been devised by Horacio Pagani himself in collaboration with the Duke of Richmond to celebrate the motorsport gathering. To the top of Pagani’s line-up for Goodwood, a Huayra Roadster and a Zonda Roadster will be stationed within Crossroads Corner for views of the hill climb, exhibited at the Kinrara Enclosure.

Tata Celebrates 2 Million SUV Sales

Tata Motors has been in the SUV game since 1991. That’s when the Sierra compact SUV was launched in the Indian market. From that and through the Safari Stormes, the Indian auto giant has grown its passenger car business multifolds as it presently sells four SUVs powered by diesel, petrol and electric powertrains. The modern-day SUVs – Safari, Harrier, Nexon, Punch – have pushed the lifetime SUV sales for Tata Motors past 2 million (20 lakh).

To celebrate the occasion, the automaker has introduced a range of benefits for all its SUV offerings under the ‘King of SUVs’ festival. The starting prices of the Safari and Harrier models have been revised to INR 15.49 lakh and INR 14.99 lakh, respectively. That’s not all, as buyers can get benefits of up to INR 1.4 lakh on popular SUV variants. Those planning an EV from Tata Motors can get a Nexon.ev and Punch.ev with benefits worth up to INR 1.3 lakhs and INR 30,000, respectively. These offers will apply to bookings made on or before July 31, 2024. 

Vietnam Airlines Flaunts Its Newest Member

The flag carrier of Vietnam, Vietnam Airlines, has taken delivery of a brand-new Airbus A320Neo. Powered by engines that promise up to 16 per cent in fuel savings, 75 per cent less noise and 50 per cent lesser emissions compared to the previous-gen jets, it’s the first of three Airbus A320neos that the airline will receive before 2024 comes to a close.

The newly received aircraft features a two-class layout, with 8 seats in Business Class and 174 in Economy. Passengers will have the comfort of a 28-29-inch seat pitch, 5-inch recline and wireless IFE system. Vietnam Airlines is ecstatic to receive the new aircraft for what is going to be a busy summer season. The new narrowbody jets will serve routes such as Hanoi-Dalat, Hanoi-Phu Quoc, Ho Chi Minh City-Thanh Hoa, and Ho Chi Minh City-Chu Lai.

The three Airbus A320neos will provide approximately 40,000 seats during the summer peak for Vietnam Airlines. In the second half of the year, they’ll offer about 300,000 seats. The carrier is also expected to receive Boeing 787-10s soon. Once inducted, the largest member of the Dreamliner family will also take the same title in the airline’s fleet.

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Air India Welcomes New Narrowbody Jet With New Livery

What you see above is another new Air India aircraft sporting the brand’s latest livery. Landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, it’s an A320neo with registration code VT-RTN.

Besides flaunting the new livery, the single-aisle jet boasts a three-class interior layout. It comprises eight seats in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 132 in Economy—details about what the interior offers to passengers were released last month. The Premium Economy section in a narrowbody aircraft is a first for the carrier.

The new A320neo should enter service in August 2024, operating on short-haul domestic routes. Three A320neo jets with old Air India livery but with the new three-class configuration have already begun serving passengers on Air India’s domestic network.

The first new aircraft sporting Air India’s new livery and interior, an Airbus A350-900, entered service in January this year. The airline claims that starting early next year, it will begin offering a completely overhauled flying experience through its new, upgraded, refurbished aircraft on domestic and international routes.

Meridian to continue supplying audio systems in JLR’s next-gen electric cars

British automaker group JLR has decided to extend its long-term engineering collaboration with British audio innovator Meridian for the supply of the latter’s in-car audio systems within JLR’s next generation of electric vehicle architectures. The partnership between JLR and Meridian commenced in 2010 with both brands coming together to make audio systems for all brands within JLR’s House of Brands comprising Jaguar, Land Rover, Range Rover, Defender, and Discovery. Callum Hubbard, Technical Specialist – Vehicle Audio Technology at JLR, said: “The collaborative partnership between JLR and Meridian allows us to deliver fantastic sounding audio systems while being sympathetic to the design language of the vehicles. Together we will ensure the listening experience in our vehicles continues to be as engaging and enjoyable as possible.” All Range Rover models get equipped with the 1600W 35-speaker Meridian Signature Sound System which includes two 20W speakers in each of the four main headrests for an immersive sound experience. Meridian further offers the third-generation Active Noise Cancellation system that generates a canceling signal, played through the vehicle’s speakers, to cancel out the wheel vibrations, tire noise, and engine sounds transmitted into the cabin. 

easyJet To Start Year-Round London-Menorca Service

UK-based pocket-friendly airline easyJet has announced that starting this winter, it will operate year-round flights between London Gatwick and Menorca. The route, which is currently active for the summer, will become an all-year-round offering from November 6, 2024. The service will run twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets for the winter season on the route mentioned above are already available, with prices starting at GBP 38.99.

Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and part of Spain. easyJet first launched flight services to the Balearic Islands over a quarter of a century ago. Since then, the carrier has ferried approximately 45 million passengers. Over the years, the airline has grown connections from the islands to Europe and the UK to 64 routes. The carrier began operations in Menorca in 2005 with flights from London Gatwick. Over 3.6 million passengers have taken easyJet’s services between the two points to date.

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Beond Starts Service Between Milan And Malé

After launching services to Malé from Dubai, Zurich, Munich and Riyadh, Beond Airlines has announced the introduction of flights from Milan-Malpensa. The carrier, which currently operates a specially curated Airbus A319 with luxurious appointments and only lie-flat beds, will fly two weekly flights on the newly introduced route on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The airline has already taken delivery of its second aircraft, an Airbus A321. The twin-engined jet, typically configured to haul around 200 passengers, is undergoing refurbishment. Once ready, it will help the carrier boost its operations and add more destinations across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Europe.

Turkish Airlines Orders Four Boeing 777 Freighters

Turkish Airlines has ordered four Boeing 777 Freighters to boost its cargo capacity further. Once inducted, the airline will have 12 such aircraft in its fleet. Each Boeing 777 Freighter provides a range of up to 9,200 kilometres (4,970 nautical miles) and a payload capacity of 102 metric tons, nearly 112 tons. Simple math reveals that the Turkish carrier will have an additional cargo volume of 408 metric tons.

The 777 Freighter is Boeing’s best-selling aircraft of all time. In fact, the American aeroplane manufacturer provides over 90 per cent of the dedicated freighter capacity globally, covering new and converted jets.

Turkish Airlines operates various Boeing aircraft in addition to freighters. These include the 777-300ER, next-gen 737, 737 Max, and 787 Dreamliner.

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Air Canada And BOC Aviation Sign Agreement For Eight Jets

Canada’s flag carrier, Air Canada, has signed an agreement with BOC Aviation to lease eight new Boeing 737-8 jets. The single-aisle jets are scheduled for delivery before 2024 comes to a close. However, they will undergo modifications before entering service next year.

Air Canada confirms that the aircraft will initially have a single Economy class layout. Later, they will be revamped to feature a two-class cabin. All the new jets leased from BOC Aviation will be powered by CFM LEAP-1B engines.

Here’s what Michael Rousseau, President & CEO of Air Canada, said in an official release:

We look forward to these aircraft entering into service next year, upon the completion of some required modifications. These eight, brand-new, fuel- and cost-efficient 737-8s will provide more fleet flexibility and additional capacity while supporting one of our sustainability goals of mitigating emissions.

airBaltic Adds Three More Routes From Riga

After a busy summer, airBaltic seems to have planned an equally busier winter season. Earlier this year, it announced three new routes – Riga-Madeira, Vilnius-Oslo Torp and Tallinn- Kittilä. Now, the Latvian carrier has confirmed the addition of three more from its primary base in Riga.

From October 25, 2024, the airline will operate two weekly flights between Riga and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. One-way ticket prices start at EUR 145 for Economy and EUR 399 for Business. The following day, the airline will launch the Riga–Hurghada route, linking Latvia’s capital with another Egyptian destination. Two weekly services will run between the two cities. Ticket prices are the same for both categories, as mentioned above.

The third new route – Riga-Innsbruck (Austria) – will come into action on December 22, 2024. airBaltic will operate only one flight per week on this route, on Sundays. One-way fares start at EUR 69 for Economy and EUR 249 for Business. Once active, it will become the carrier’s third destination in Austria, after Vienna and Salzburg.

Lotus Delivers First Eletre SUV In The Middle East

British marque Lotus Cars has delivered the first Eletre SUV to its owner in the Middle East. The event occurred at Adamas Motors Group’s showroom in Dubai, where the customer took the keys to his prized possession from Karl Hamer, Chairman & CEO of Adamas Motors Group and Dan Balmer, President & CEO of Lotus Cars in the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

The specimen delivered was a Lotus Eletre S finished in Solar Yellow body colour, accompanied by gloss black wheels. Indoors, there are lashings of Nappa leather with steel blue accents. The variant sits in the middle of the product portfolio, packing a 603hp all-electric powertrain. That’s enough for a 0-100kmph sprint time of 4.5 seconds. The EV is efficient enough to deliver a maximum WLTP-certified range of 570km. The Lotus Eletre starts at AED 496,000 in the UAE.

Last Chance To Own A New Dodge Challenger R/T In The UAE

Remember the ‘Last Call’ edition of the Challenger that Dodge introduced in the UAE last year? That and a similar Charger were designed to celebrate the soon-to-retire HEMI V8. Al-Futtaim Trading Enterprises, the official distributor of Dodge vehicles in the UAE, has announced that only 10 units of the Challenger R/T, powered by the 5.7-litre HEMI V8, remain to be purchased. In short, it’s the last call for the ‘Last Call’ edition of one of the most celebrated muscle cars ever.

The 5.7-litre V8 outputs 375hp/536Nm, which goes to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Indoors, the occupants can make themselves comfortable with various features such as a Harman Kardon sound system, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated and ventilated seats, an air filtration system and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Next year, the Dodge Challenger will enter an all-new, all-electric world. Like the Charger EV we saw earlier this year, the Challenger is also destined to join the same bandwagon.

Mythology Inspired Range Rover Sport SV Celestial Collection Unveiled

The Range Rover Sport SV Celestial Collection offers a unique opportunity for car enthusiasts to own a piece of automotive artistry infused with celestial mythology. With five distinct curations, each meticulously crafted with bespoke finishes and storytelling elements, there’s a Range Rover Sport SV in the Celestial Collection to resonate with every taste and desire.

The Defender Octa Is Heading To Goodwood

You probably know by now that on July 3, 2024, the Defender Octa will shed its camo. While that’s something to look forward to, especially for fans of the breed, JLR has announced that the new top-tier model will also be present at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs between July 11 and July 14, 2024. In short, that’s where the Defender Octa will make its dynamic world premiere.

The Defender section will offer visitors the opportunity to experience the all-terrain capability of the 4×4 over a purpose-built obstacle course. That’s not all. Younger attendees aged between four and ten can also be part of the action in mini-Defenders.

The Range Rover section will display at least five vehicles – Range Rover SV Burford Edition, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Evoque and a specimen of the original Range Rover from 1970. A modern-day Range Rover SV will also put on a show climbing the hill.

The Discovery area will showcase variants of the Discovery and Discovery Sport, along with an example of the original Discovery from 1989. One of 14 meticulously restored and uprated examples by Jaguar Classic will be displayed in the Jaguar section. It will be a racing-inspired E-Type ZP Edition, while a 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours winner – the Jaguar XJR-9 LM – from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust will be driven up the hill. Another Jaguar that will attempt the hillclimb on July 12 and 13, 2024, will be a Jaguar TCS Racing Formula E racecar.

Etihad Starts Nonstop Flight To Bali

After commencing direct flights to Jaipur and revealing its 20th-anniversary livery on a brand-new Airbus A321neo earlier this month, Etihad Airways has added yet another destination to its growing network with the launch of direct flights to Bali. On June 25, 2024, the inaugural flight was celebrated at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed International Airport before take-off. Upon arrival in Denpasar, the aircraft was welcomed by a water cannon salute.

The new service between Abu Dhabi and Bali, Indonesia, will operate four times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. A Boeing 787-9 will serve passengers on this route. The twin-engined long-haulier features a two-class cabin configuration with 28 Business Studios and 262 seats in the Economy section. In addition to in-flight entertainment, passengers can use Wi-Fi aboard the aircraft.

The outbound flight – EY 476 – departs from Abu Dhabi at 22:25 and arrives in Bali at 11:35 the next day. The return leg – EY 477 – leaves Denpasar and lands in the UAE’s capital at 18:45 and 23:45, respectively. All times mentioned are local.

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Volvo EX30 EV Gets Two Prestigious Awards

Since Volvo introduced the EX30, its smallest all-electric SUV to date, last year, the EV has garnered a lot of attention for good reasons. And when you put all those good reasons together, the outcome becomes inevitable. What outcome? The EX30, which has already won nearly 20 awards worldwide, has bagged two more – one each at the World Car Awards and Red Dot.

At the New York International Auto Show, the Volvo EX30 was crowned the 2024 World Urban Car during the World Car Awards ceremony. The EV was also named among ‘the top three cars in the world’ out of 38 nominees.

A few days later, the Volvo EX30 swung into action to bag a Red Dot accolade. Which one? The ‘Best of the Best Product Design 2024’ award. The jury, which consists of 39 experts from around the world, gave the EX30 a total of 93 points out of a possible 100. Every car in the category is judged on four parameters – the quality of function, the quality of seduction, the quality of use, and the quality of responsibility.

The Volvo EX30 is now available in the UAE via Al-Futtaim Trading Enterprises, Volvo Cars’ authorised dealer in the country. The EV starts at AED 149,900.

Etihad Engages Celebration Mode With New Livery

UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Airways, completes 20 years of service this year. And to mark the occasion, it has adorned a brand-new Airbus A321neo with a busy and sophisticated livery. Per the airline, the 20th-anniversary livery design depicts its history and how the carrier has developed to become one of Abu Dhabi’s significant home-grown brands over the last 20 years. The decal wraps are on both sides of the aircraft’s fuselage in both Arabic and English.

The aircraft showcased here is one of the six new A321neos that Airbus recently delivered to Etihad. The single-aisle jets’ propulsion comes from CFM LEAP 1A engines, which offer up to 20 per cent more efficiency than the competition. Etihad expects to receive over 20 new aircraft in 2025.

Etihad’s newly liveried jet will serve multiple routes, including flights to India and the Middle East. The airline recently commenced services to Jaipur, India.

SalamAir To Start Flights To Chennai

SalamAir, with its base in Muscat, Oman, has announced a new route to India. Starting July 11, 2024, the low-cost carrier will begin operating two weekly flights on Thursdays and Saturdays to Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, India.

SalamAir aims to have robust connectivity in the subcontinent region. Besides the newly announced route, the airline recently added Delhi and Cairo to its growing network of destinations. Earlier this month, it confirmed services to two new points in Pakistan – Islamabad and Lahore.

Etihad Now Flying To Jaipur

Back in March 2024, Etihad confirmed that it would add two new routes to its summer schedule. One of them was between Abu Dhabi and Jaipur. As promised, that sector went live on June 16, 2024. On this route, UAE’s national carrier will operate four weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. An Airbus A320 family aircraft featuring a two-class configuration – Business and Economy – will serve passengers on this route.

The outbound flight – EY 0366 – departs from UAE’s capital at 03:05 and arrives in Jaipur at 08:05. The return flight – EY 0367 – leaves the capital of Rajasthan at 11:00 and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 13:00. All times mentioned are local. Those catching connecting flights to the USA can also use the US Customs and Border Protection facility at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed International Airport.

Jaipur becomes Etihad’s 11th destination in India. Over the past 12 months, the airline has increased its capacity to the Indian market by one-third.

Also Read: Etihad And EgyptAir To Expand Codeshare Partnership

Vietnam Airlines Launches Direct Flights To Manila

Vietnam’s national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, has launched direct flights to Manila from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh to become the first Vietnamese carrier to offer nonstop service to the capital of the Philippines. The inaugural flight – VN648 – left Ho Chi Minh City at 00:50 on June 17, 2024, and landed in Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) at 04:20 the same day.

The carrier will operate seven weekly nonstop flights between Vietnam and the Philippines. These comprise four weekly services on the Ho Chi Minh – Manila route on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and three weekly flights on the Hanoi – Manila route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

On the newly introduced routes, Vietnam Airlines aims to serve passengers and help strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. Besides ferrying tourists and business travellers, the new flights will help approximately 30,000 Vietnamese people residing in the Philippines and nearly 7,000 Filipinos living in Vietnam.

Daily Akasa Air Flight To Riyadh Launched

Indian low-cost airline Akasa Air has added a new international destination to its ever-expanding network. From June 15, 2024, the carrier launched a daily flight linking Mumbai with Riyadh. The outbound flight – QP 0567 – departs Mumbai at 20:05 and lands in Riyadh at 21:55. After an hour’s wait, the return service – QP 0568 – leaves the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at 22:55 and arrives in India’s financial capital at 05:35 the next day. All times mentioned are local.

Riyadh has become the third international destination for Akasa Air. The airline’s first overseas destination was Doha, Qatar, where it commenced flight operations in March of this year. The carrier is also accepting bookings for Jeddah, KSA. In the coming months, Akasa Air will add more international locations to its route map. It has already garnered traffic rights to Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Medina.

Akasa Air operates an all-Boeing 737 fleet. It has 24 aircraft in its fleet and another 202 on order. Of those, 150 were ordered in January 2024.

Air India Connects Vijayawada With Mumbai Directly

Under new ownership, Air India has been busy going from strength to strength. The latest development that furthers the cause comes from Vijayawada, the second-largest city in Andhra Pradesh. From there, Air India has launched direct daily flights to Mumbai. Besides strengthening the links between the cities, the nonstop service will provide passengers with more options to reach Maharashtra’s capital, a significant connecting point for several international carriers offering flights to the North Americas, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

An aircraft from the Airbus A320 family will depart Mumbai at 15:55, carrying flight number AI598, and land in Vijayawada at 17:45. The return service—AI599—will leave Vijayawada at 19:10 and arrive in Mumbai at 21:00.

Also Read: Air India To Start Bengaluru-London Gatwick Service

SalamAir Confirms Two New Flights To Pakistan

Muscat-headquartered low-cost airline SalamAir has announced the addition of two new destinations in Pakistan. Starting July 8, 2024, the carrier will operate five weekly flights to Islamabad. Then, beginning the following day, three weekly services to Lahore will further strengthen the airline’s reach in the subcontinent region. Besides these two cities, SalamAir operates weekly services to four other destinations in Pakistan.

The airline recently introduced services to Cairo and Delhi. It also bolstered its seasonal calendar with flights to Tirana, Baku, and Almaty. During the Khareef season, SalamAir links Salalah with Bahrain, Fujairah, and Sohar.

Kleindienst Group to build floating residences and a Giga-yacht in Ras Al Khaimah

Global construction conglomerate Kleindienst Group has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RAK Ports to establish a maritime facility comprising floating residences and GCC’s first in-house built Giga-yacht in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. This mega shipyard will be divided into four sections with the first one christened as the ‘Viking’ section. It will comprise the design and construction of a 144-meter giga-yacht, the first ever of its kind to be built outside of Europe. With this feat, Ras Al Khaimah will become the fourth region after the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy, to be capable of building a giga-yacht. The second section, also known as the “Coral Garden”, focuses on a first-of-its-kind underwater living experience in the form of the Floating Seahorse Villas, the Floating Venice resort, the Floating Lido hotel, floating solar systems. The “Tug” section would be dedicated to handle the construction of barges, supply, and transportation vessels and “Ferry” for passenger transportation, fishing boats, as well as sailing and diving boats. Josef Kleindienst, Founder and Chairman of Kleindienst Group, stated, “We are extremely grateful to the UAE Rulers, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; as well as, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, who have created a business-friendly ecosystem for the enhancement of extremely innovative maritime, tourism, and hospitality projects.”

Arajet Inducts Tenth Boeing 737 MAX

Dominican Republic’s ultra-low-cost carrier, Arajet, has taken delivery of its tenth Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The 737-8 single-aisle jet joins the airline’s fleet through a lessor. Per Boeing, the 737-8 can fly up to 3,500 nautical miles nonstop.

Here’s what Victor Pacheco Méndez, CEO and founder of Arajet, said in an official statement:

This tenth aircraft is unique, not only because it has a special Dominican ribbon painted on the fuselage but because it will increase the number of connections we make with the continent. We are reaffirming our commitment to democratize the skies and be able to connect all our countries with the lowest possible prices.

Arajet began operations in 2022. It has an all Boeing 737 MAX fleet that serves 23 destinations across 16 countries, including Mexico, Canada and Argentina. The carrier also bagged the Startup Airline of the Year recognition at the World Aviation Summit last year.

LOT Polish Airlines Announces Flights To Innsbruck

Poland’s flag carrier, LOT Polish Airlines, has added a new route for the upcoming winter season. Starting November 29, 2024, the airline will operate a once-a-week (Friday) service between Warsaw and Innsbruck – the capital of Tyrol and among the largest cities in Austria. The town, located between 820 and 3,210 metres above sea level, is renowned for its winter sports activities, including 350km of skiing routes. Innsbruck has also hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice.

LOT Polish Airlines will run flights between Warsaw and Innsbruck until March 28, 2025. Passengers will travel on a Boeing 737 single-aisle aircraft, departing the Polish capital at 10:25 (local). The return flight from the Austrian town takes off at 13:35 (local). The flying time between the two destinations is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Etihad And EgyptAir To Expand Codeshare Partnership

UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, and Egypt’s flag carrier, EgyptAir, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide their customers with extended travel choices, better value and enhanced services. The paperwork states that the duo will expand codeshares and extend travellers with frequent flyer cooperation.

The existing codeshare between Etihad and EgyptAir offers customers of both carriers the connectivity network of both airlines between Egypt and the UAE and beyond Cairo into Africa and Abu Dhabi into Asia. Thanks to the agreement, the passengers can travel on a single ticket with their baggage checked through to their final destinations.

The MoU signed will give passengers the flexibility of one-stop access to an expanded network of EgyptAir and Etihad. The latter will open doors to more destinations besides those in Asia and Australia that already exist. Similarly, Etihad customers can travel to more locations on EgyptAir’s network. 

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Emirates To Launch Flights To Madagascar

From September 3, 2024, Emirates will launch flights to the world’s fourth-largest island country – Madagascar. The service between Dubai and Antananarivo, with a scheduled stopover in Mahe, Seychelles, will operate four times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The outbound flight – EK707 – will depart Dubai and land in Mahe at 08:55 and 13:35, respectively. After a short halt, the flight will continue to arrive in Antananarivo at 16:50. The return leg – EK708 – will leave Antananarivo at 18:35 and arrive in Mahe at 22:20. Post a stopover of 1 hour and 30 minutes, the flight will depart Mahe and land in Dubai at 23:50 and 04:20 the next day, respectively. All times mentioned are local.

On the newly announced route, passengers will be served by a Boeing 777-300ER. The widebody aircraft will have a three-class configuration – 8 suites in First Class, 42 suites in Business Class and 310 Economy seats. Tickets are already available via the airline’s official website and travel agents.

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Air India To Start Bengaluru-London Gatwick Service

Presently, Air India operates flights to London Gatwick from four Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa and Kochi. Come August 18, 2024, Bengaluru will bump that count to five. The carrier will operate five weekly flights between the capital of Karnataka and London Gatwick on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Flight AI177 will depart Bengaluru at 13:05 and land at London Gatwick Airport at 19:05. The return service—AI178—will leave London Gatwick at 20:35 and arrive in Bengaluru at 10:50 the next day. On the newly announced route, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, comprising 18 flat beds in Business Class and 238 Economy seats, will serve passengers.

Once the Bengaluru-London Gatwick service goes live, Air India will have 17 weekly flights to and from London’s second-largest airport. In addition, the airline operates 31 weekly flights to London Heathrow and six weekly services to and from Birmingham.

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British Airways Confirms New Route To Finland

From December 3, 2024, until February 14, 2025, British Airways’ (BA) subsidiary BA Euroflyer will operate two weekly flights between London Gatwick and Ivalo, home to Finland’s northernmost airport. Located deep within the Arctic Circle, Ivalo attracts visitors worldwide during the winter season. The small town is also the gateway to Saariselkä, a resort village with several winter activities, including snowmobile safaris, skiing, snowshoeing and toboggan rides.

The outbound flight – BA2860 – will depart from London Gatwick at 08:35 and land at Ivalo at 14:30. The return leg – BA2861 – will leave from Ivalo and land at London Gatwick at 15:30 and 17:30, respectively. All times mentioned are local. Both to and fro flights will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays. Fares for return flights start at GBP 345, and an Airbus A320 will serve the route.

Besides Ivalo, BA Euroflyer will also operate a daily service to Larnaca, Cyprus, during the winter season from November 4, 2024. That means BA will offer flights to Larnaca from London Heathrow and London Gatwick over the winter.

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Cathey Pacific Announces Direct Flights To Riyadh

Hong Kong-based airline Cathey Pacific has confirmed that from October 28, 2024, it will begin operating three direct weekly flights between its primary hub, Hong Kong, and the capital of Saudi Arabia – Riyadh.

An Airbus A350-900 will serve passengers and cargo on the newly announced route. The aircraft will have a three-class configuration, comprising Business, Premium Economy and Economy sections.

The outbound flight – CX647 – will depart Hong Kong at 15:05 and land in Riyadh at 20:15. The return flight – CX648 – will leave Riyadh at 22:15 and arrive in Hong Kong at 11:10 the next day. Both services between the two cities will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 

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Emirates Starts Flights To Bogotá

The Dubai-based airline announced earlier this year it will begin flights to the Colombian capital, Bogotá, in the summer. Well, the link has been established. It’ll be a daily service with a stopover in Miami, Florida. A three-class Boeing 777-300ER will serve the newly activated route between Dubai and Bogotá. The aircraft will boast eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 304 in Economy Class. Besides ferrying passengers, each Emirates flight will also offer up to 20 tonnes of additional cargo capacity.

Flight EK213 departs Dubai at 02:15 and lands in Miami at 10:05. After a two-hour stopover, the flight leaves Miami at 12:05 and reaches Bogotá at 14:55. The return flight—EK214—departs from Bogotá at 17:19 and arrives in Miami at 22:15. At 00:45 the next day, the flight leaves Miami and lands in Dubai at 23:00. All times mentioned are local.

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LOT Polish Airlines Starts Service To Riyadh

Hot on the heels of its Warsaw-Oradea service, LOT Polish Airlines has added another new destination to its expanding network. The Polish carrier has started flights between Warsaw and Riyadh. The capital of Saudi Arabia becomes the fourth new destination that the airline has added in 2024, after Tashkent, Athens and Oradea.

The newly introduced route will be served by a Boeing 737 Max 8. The outbound flight, which will operate thrice a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, will depart Warsaw Chopin Airport at 15:20 and take 5 hours and 45 minutes to reach its destination. The return leg will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, leaving Riyadh at 01:25 (both times mentioned are local). The flight time will be 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Mexicana Orders 20 Embraer E2 Jets

Mexico’s state-owned carrier, Mexicana de Aviación, has placed a firm order for 20 single-aisle jets with Embraer. The order comprises an equal split between the 190-E2 and 195-E2 aircraft. While the former type will have a 108-seat layout, the latter will boast 132 seats. Both jets will have a single-class configuration. As far as deliveries are concerned, they will start in the second quarter of 2025.

Besides strengthening and modernising the fleet, the airline’s goal with this order is to boost efficiency and sustainability quotients. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer claims the E2-type of jets will help reduce operational costs. In fact, Mexicana de Aviación will become the first carrier in Mexico to operate an Embraer E2 jet.

Here’s What International Air India Passengers Can Now Do

For many years, domestic Air India passengers flying out of Delhi could check in and drop their baggage at two Delhi Metro stations – New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium. This service has now been extended to international Air India passengers. The idea is simple – helping the passengers explore the city luggage-free.

The check-in and baggage drop service will be available at both the metro stations mentioned above between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Check-in can be done between 12 and 2 hours before the departure time for domestic flights and between 4 and 2 hours for international flights.

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Ineos Introduces Arcane Works For Special Projects

London-based Ineos Automotive, part of the Ineos Group, has introduced a service called Arcane Works. It will create limited edition versions of the Grenadier station wagon. Furthermore, Arcane Works will enable customers to delve deeper into the details and customise their Grenadier with bespoke touches. In short, Arcane Works is like those divisions within a car company that offers customisations and personalisation services.

Ineos says each limited edition will boast unique features, new technologies and a different name. They will either have a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine or a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel, both turbocharged and sourced from BMW.

Besides creating unique versions of the Grenadier, Arcane Works will conduct tests for new technologies and systems, such as uprated engine modifications and new chassis systems, among others. The first limited edition Grenadier will break cover in July 2024 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

LOT Polish Airlines Connects Warsaw With Oradea

The flag carrier of Poland, LOT Polish Airlines, has added another Romanian destination to its network. It is between the Polish capital, Warsaw, and Oradea. The airline will fly on the newly introduced route four times weekly: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, the outbound flight – LO655 – will depart from Warsaw at 11:25. The return service – LO656 – will leave Oradea at 14:35. On Mondays and Saturdays, however, the flight (LO657) from Warsaw will leave at 14:30, whereas the one (LO658) from Ordea will depart at 17:40. Two Embraer aircraft types – 170 and 175 – will serve this route and will take about 1.5 hours to fly between destinations.

The Warsaw-Oradea route means LOT Polish Airlines now serves three Romanian destinations. The other two are Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca. Ticket prices for a return trip between Warsaw and Oradea start at PLN 469 (Polish zloty).

oneworld Names 15th Full Member Airline

One of the world’s leading airline alliances, oneworld, has welcomed its 15th full member airline – Fiji Airways. For the past five years, the flag carrier of Fiji has been a oneworld ‘connect’ partner. The airline developed cooperative links with all other oneworld member airlines to be eligible for the upgrade. The alliance confirms that Fiji Airways’ transition to a full membership starts immediately and will see completion within a year.

Fiji Airways currently has a fleet of 21 aircraft, including Airbus A350s, A330s, and Boeing 737s. From its hub at Nadi International Airport, it serves 26 destinations across 15 countries and territories globally, including oneworld hubs in Sydney, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.

Fiji Link, a subsidiary of Fiji Airways, will become an affiliate airline of oneworld. It will further strengthen the alliance’s network by roping domestic services to Suva, Nadi, Labasa, Taveuni and Kadavu. The airline’s other regional flights to the Pacific Island nations of Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Tonga will also benefit oneworld members.

As a full member, Fiji Airways will provide oneworld Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby customers with a full range of benefits, including earning and redeeming miles, netting status points, priority check-in and boarding and lounge access. On the other hand, Fiji Airways’ top-tier customers will benefit from oneworld priority goodies, including access to nearly 700 business and First class lounges worldwide.

Asics Launches ‘Gel-Kayano 31’ Running Shoes

Japanese sportswear brand Asics has introduced the Gel-Kayano 31 running shoes, the successor to the Gel-Kayano 30. The latest version of the brand’s most popular stability running shoe series promises heightened comfort while providing adaptive stability.

Delving deeper into the design reveals a refurbished mesh upper that offers enhanced ventilation. This will help maintain a cooler temperature inside the shoe over long distances. At the same time, there’s more flexibility that adds to the overall comfort. On the outside, the Hybrid Asicsgrip rubber material on the Gel-Kayano 31 shoe offers better traction on the move, aiding stability. And yes, the Asics 4D Guidance System has been carried over from its predecessor.

The Asics Gel-Kayano 31 shoe is available for men and women from the brand’s retail, online stores and other authorised outlets for AED 795.

easyJet To Strengthen Presence In Malta

UK’s pocket-friendly carrier, easyJet, has made two Malta-linked announcements. The first is the confirmation of a new route between Malta and Liverpool, which will go live on December 10, 2024. easyJet will operate two weekly flights on the Liverpool-Malta route, on Tuesdays and Sundays all year round.

Once live, it’ll be the fourth service in 12 months for easyJet from Liverpool. The carrier has already introduced flights to Enfida in Tunisia, Hurghada in Egypt and Corfu, a Greek island. Presently, the airline has a seven-aircraft base at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. That helps the carrier offer up to 340 weekly flights to 27 destinations.

The Liverpool-Malta route will also become the fifth new service for easyJet from Malta in the last 12 months. Previously, it had introduced flights from Malta to Bristol, Amsterdam, Basel and Nice. From Malta, the carrier will now operate 10 services across Europe.

The second development that helps strengthen easyJet’s presence in Malta is the acquisition of the SR Technics maintenance facility. The transaction will allow the airline to undertake heavy maintenance on its growing fleet, which is north of 340. The facility features a six-bay aircraft maintenance area that has served the easyJet fleet for several years.

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Kia India Sold 19,500 Cars Last Month

In May 2023, Kia India sold 18,766 cars. That figure jumped to 19,500 in May 2024, equating to a 3.9 per cent year-on-year growth. The Sonet facelift, introduced in the market in January 2024, was the brand’s bestseller with 7,433 units. The Seltos came in second with 6,736 units, followed by the Carens with 5,316 units.

In addition, Kia India exported 2,304 units during the same month, bumping the monthly production count to 21,804. To date, the carmaker’s Indian arm has exported over 2.5 lakh cars to more than 100 countries worldwide. The Seltos accounts for almost 60 per cent of the figure, with Sonet and Carens at 34 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.

Lamborghinis Take Center Stage at the 2024 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

 The Lamborghinis at Villa d’Este weren’t just there to look pretty. The Countach LP 400 won the “il Canto del Motore” award for having the most captivating V12 sound (imagine the engine purring like a lion!). The Diablo GT, on the other hand, was a hit with the younger crowd (under 16!) and bagged the “BMW Group Ragazzi” trophy during the public open day.

airBaltic Launches Flight Between Palanga And Amsterdam

In April this year, Latvia’s national carrier, airBaltic, celebrated 15 consecutive years of service in Palanga, Lithuania. Now, the airline has expanded its operations further by introducing a direct flight between the Lithuanian seaside destination mentioned above and Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

Passengers will get the option to choose between two weekly airBaltic flights on the newly introduced route. The flight duration between the two points is about 2 hours and 10 minutes. Overall, airBaltic is connecting Lithuania to 19 destinations in 2024. The carrier continues to base two aircraft in Vilnius. On all flights, passengers can choose between Business and Economy class seats. Those planning to fly further can benefit from the airline’s 20+ codeshare partners.

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airBaltic Jets To Boast Recaro R2 Seats

Latvian airline airBaltic has chosen Recaro Aircraft Seating to equip its fleet of Airbus A220-300s with economy class seats, specifically the R2 derivative. The seats will boast the carrier’s light grey and leather covers. They will feature a 30-inch seat pitch, an integrated headrest, comfier cushioning and a USB-C port for charging mobile devices.

The Recaro R2 will also help the airline save on operational costs. The lightweight construction helps reduce the overall weight of the aircraft, which will have a 148-seat layout. As a result, the fuel consumption will decrease.

The first airBaltic jet equipped with Recaro R2 seats is expected to enter service in 2026. Once active, the Riga-headquartered airline will become the first in Europe and second in the world to feature Recaro seats on an Airbus A220-300.

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Audi partners with Dubai Opera to host Hauser’s debut live performance

May 16th and 17th of 2024 saw Audi, Al Nabooda Automobiles partner with Dubai Opera to host the live debut performance of renowned Croatian cellist, Hauser. The former member of the acclaimed duo 2Cellos mesmerised Dubai with his unique blend of classical and contemporary music on the cello. Guests of this sold-out Dubai opera weekend event strolled down the red carpet entrance with the flagship A8 L sedan on outdoor display. Further inside the entrance, Audi set up a curated backdrop showcasing the car model for visitors to capture picture moments with the luxury sedan. Audi’s commitment to enriching the UAE’s arts and culture scene is exemplified through its collaboration with Dubai Opera. More exceptional shows are yet to be announced for the new season in September 2024.

Eurowings Confirms More Routes For Winter 2024/25

It seems the German low-cost carrier, Eurowings, is gearing up for a busy winter 2024/25. After announcing two new routes earlier this month, the airline is back with another similar development.

From October 27, 2024, the pocket-friendly carrier will fly twice weekly from Hamburg to Thessaloniki, Greece. Another route that goes live on November 4 and will operate six times a week is between Hamburg and Nuremberg. Eurowings has also confirmed that from December 22, 2024, it will operate two weekly flights from the Hanseatic city to Rovaniemi, Finland. Another Finnish destination – Kittila – will be added to the network from January 12, 2025, with twice-weekly service.

And lastly, Eurowings will expand operations from Stuttgart as well. It will fly two weekly flights to Tromsø, Norway, from January 25, 2025. Located deep inside the Arctic Circle, the town is among the top destinations for seeing aurora borealis.

Leonardo Signs Deal With PHI Group For Up To 12 Helicopters

Louisiana-based PHI Group and Rome-based Leonardo have signed a framework agreement for 12 AW189 helicopters. The deal comprises firm orders, purchase options, and an extensive support partnership, including a service centre agreement, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) contract and training solutions for the AW139 and AW189 choppers.

PHI Group has been supporting the energy industry for 75 years. The newly ordered AW189s, which will comply with the IOGP (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers) Report 690 guidelines, will start joining its fleet next year. Presently, the firm operates over 200 helicopters worldwide, serving various markets such as energy and air medical. Of the overall fleet, more than 20 helicopters, including AW139s and AW109s, are from Leonardo.

The Leonardo AW189 belongs to the super-medium class of helicopters. It’s in its DNA to serve various kinds of missions, such as energy industry support, search and rescue, passenger transport, firefighting and law enforcement. The AW189 has been cleverly designed to tackle challenging situations. For instance, its main transmission can run without oil for 50 minutes. The chopper also has a built-in auxiliary powerplant.

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