Sunday, 30 June 2019

Lufthansa operates first European Airbus A321Neo service on Frankfurt-Dublin route

                                                 
Image courtesy of Lufthansa Media 
Dublin Airport became the first European airport to be served by Lufthansa new Airbus A321NEO today (Sunday 30th June) as D-AIEA MSN 8761 operated 'Lufthansa 5LC' from Frankfurt Main airport arriving 1721 local and departed as 'Lufthansa 981' at 1858 local. 

The aircraft was registered as D-AZAM with its first flight on 4th April and was delivered Hamburg Finkenwerder to Berlin Tegel on 4th May. The aircraft was deployed on the network operating exclusively on domestic routes from Berlin Tegel to Frankfurt Main and Hamburg and Frankfurt to Munich.

The aircraft is named after the German city of Aachen and is first of 40 A321Neo's ordered

The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G engines and is equipped with Sharklets leading to a significant fuel reduction of up to 20 per cent per seat kilometer.

This Airbus A321neo is  configured with 215 seats and unified in such a way that aircraft can be adapted quickly and easily when transferred between Lufthansa Group airlines (Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss International) enabled by standardization focused on the large, cost-intensive components such as cabin and galleys.

The aircraft is fitted new seats designed by Italian manufacturer Geven with each row of seats has its own USB ports with a special column has been inserted into the table to facilitate tablet holders.

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Finnair announces increased flight frequencies on Dublin-Helsinki route this winter

                                                 
Finnair Airbus A319 
Finnair is to increase the frequency of flights from Dublin to its growing Helsinki hub this winter to meet growing demand.

From 31 October the carrier will operate up to nine weekly services from Dublin with four extra services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the existing daily flights between Dublin and Helsinki  with connections to services across Asia and the Far East.

Commenting on the news Andrew Fish, Finnair General Manager UK, Ireland and Benelux, said “The UK and Ireland are key markets for Finnair so we know our customers will appreciate extra flights and more seats on services from Edinburgh and Dublin.

We are adding nearly 10 per cent more capacity to the Edinburgh route, which equates to 25 additional flights. Throughout the winter period, our Dublin customers can benefit from an extra 13 per cent – or 168 flights in total, adding 13,561 additional seats between Dublin and Helsinki".

Finnair continues to build out its market niche between Europe and China with the announcement the carrier is to operate to Beijing International Daxing Airport three times weekly from 3rd November with an Airbus A330 aircraft and recently expanded its code-share agreement with China Southern Airlines from Guangzhou on domestic flights.

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