Budapest Airport’s new route march continues with Marseille

Securing its first new route of the year, Budapest Airport has confirmed the addition of Ryanair’s twice-weekly service to Marseille in W18/19. The launch of a connection to the Hungarian gateway’s seventh French airport further establishes the Irish ultra-low-cost carrier’s (ULCC) development at Budapest, as the link becomes the airline’s 34th destination to be offered from the airport.

Seeing an attractive gap in the market, Ryanair faces no direct competition on the airport pair and joins Budapest’s existing connections to Bordeaux, Nice, Lyon and Paris. With the addition of the ULCC’s link to France’s second largest city, the airport will offer close to 40 weekly flights, over 6,500 weekly seats, to the Western European country in W18/19.

“Not only is this our first route announcement of the year, but our new link to Marseille is also Ryanair’s – Europe’s largest airline – first new route statement of 2018 as well,” states Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport. “A top priority for us is to be able to offer our passengers an ever expanding selection of great places to visit. To announce our seventh brand new destination for 2018 already is just the beginning of us ensuring we continue to deliver a combination of attractive routes and good services,” adds Jandu.

Offering more than 2.3 million seats last year from the capital city airport, Ryanair recorded a 23% growth at Budapest in 2017, the addition of its new flights in W18/19 securing the ULCC’s place as the airport’s second largest carrier.

 

 




AIR EUROPA ajoute Sao Paulo à son réseau des destinations en Dreamliner !

Dès le 25 Mars prochain, AIR EUROPA, division aérienne du groupe Globalia, opérera un vol quotidien vers Sao Paulo en Boeing 787-800.

Le Dreamliner est un avion particulièrement conçu pour le long-courrier, offrant un confort maximum dans une atmosphère exceptionnelle et feutrée, tout en réduisant de 40 minutes le temps de vol sur cette ligne.

En incorporant Sao Paulo parmi les destinations desservies en Dreamliner, AIR EUROPA renforce encore sa présence au Brésil où la compagnie privée espagnole opère aussi vers Salvador de Bahia et, depuis décembre dernier, vers Recife.

Sao Paulo s’ajoute ainsi à Miami, Bogota, Saint-Domingue,  Buenos Aires, La Havane, Lima et Tel Aviv, toutes des destinations qu’AIR EUROPA opère avec ses Boeing 787-800, un type d’avion qui a transporté l’année dernière plus d’un million de passagers pour la compagnie espagnole.

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Air Europa propose de très bonnes connexions au départ de Bruxelles, Amsterdam, Frankfort et Paris à des tarifs très concurrentiels en classe économique et en classe business. Spécialiste des vols intérieurs espagnols et des vols intercontinentaux vers l’Amérique latine, Air Europa est également membre de Skyteam. Les passagers peuvent ainsi bénéficier des avantages du programme de fidélisation SUMA d’Air Europa.




Iberia presents its Most Advanced Aircraft in the Market, New Destinations, and Growth of 8% in 2018

  • The long-haul Airbus A350s Iberia will receive in June consume some 30% less fuel.
  • Hi-speed Wi-Fi, an improved in-flight entertainment system, higher ceilings, more space for hand luggage, and an advanced air circulation system are some of the improvements passengers will notice.
  • Business Class touch screens are larger, seats are wider, and there is additional space for storing personal items.
  • For its short- and medium-haul fleet, Iberia will receive new Airbus A320neo’s, equipped with quieter engines and consuming 15% lower fuel.
  • This year Iberia will launch is non-stop flights from Madrid to San Francisco and to Managua, while Iberia Express is adding Mikonos and Palermo to its newtwork.
  • Once again, Iberia and Iberia Express were the world’s most punctual carriers in their categories in 2017.

Iberia presented its new developments for this year at the annual FITUR travel trade fair in Madrid, including its first Airbus A350/900, the most modern commercial airliner in the market today, which will join the fleet in June

Iberia will become the first airline to fly this improved version of the A350/900, featuring enhanced aerodynamics and structure and reinforced landing gear.

Iberia’s new Airbus A350/900s also incorporate the latest cockpit technology, integrating all systems with the operating infrastructure, and more advanced transfer of information from the aircraft.

They are powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB-84 engines, which allow higher speeds and fuel consumption some 30% lower than the A340-600

More Comfort

Passengers will also notice that the A350/900 is the world’s quietest aircraft, with panoramic windows, wider aisles, and higher ceilings for a greater sense of spaciousness. The new air intake and circulation system ensures a level of humidity of up to 16%.

The new aircraft also features high-speed Wi-Fi, and more sensitive HD touch display screens for easier use of the in-flight entertainment system.

The Airbus A350/900’s Business Class seats are wider: 58 cm instead of 52.5cm, and display screens are 18”. Footrests are also wider. with side protectors, and there is more space for storing belongings.

 The first Iberia’s long-haul flight operated by its new A350-900 will be New York in August 2018.

A320neo –Quieter and More Efficient

For its short- and medium-haul network, Iberia will be taking delivery this year of its first two Airbus A320neo planes, whose new engines make them quieter and 15% more fuel-efficient than the previous generation of Airbus A320s. More slender seat backs add an inch to passenger space.

In 2018, to San Francisco and Managua

The new year will also see Iberia launch non-stop flights from Madrid to San Francisco and to Managua.

San Francisco fights will be seasonal, starting on 25 April and ending on 28 September, with departures on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Flights toManagua will operate on the same week days, and will begin on 1 October.

beria also expects to see substantial growth in traffic on several of its long-haul routes –to Japan, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Puerto Rico, and Brazil– as well as shorter routes –France, Italy, Portugal, etc.– for which it is adding 8% to overall seat supply over the 2017 total. Meanwhile, the low-cost carrier Iberia Express is launching new services to Mikonos and Palermo.

Iberia and Iberia Express were world’s most punctual carriers in their respective categories in 2017, according to FlightStats, an achievement that reflects the commitment of all employees to outshine all other airlines with their dedication and efficiency.

About Iberia: Iberia is the leading carrier on routes between Europe and Latin  America and it flies to 130 destinations in 48 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Together with its subsidiary Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates about 600 flights each day with a fleet of some 135 aircraft. It offers easy and convenient connections at its hub in T4 in Madrid-Barajas airport.Iberia was the world’s most punctual airline in 2016 and 2017, according to Flightstats. The airline has recently been awarded the 4th star of Skytrax. The airline is a member of the oneworld alliance that operates more than 14,000 daily flights to some 1,000 destinations in more than 150 countries. For more information, please visithttp://grupo.iberia.es




Bal du Rat Mort – Grease

YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANTThe 120th edition of Bal du Rat Mort features the theme ‘Grease, an Evening of 50s & 60s Fun’. Jump into your Cadillac and come party on Saturday 3 March at the country’s most spectacular themed ball! Have a ball with the right outfit!

Gentlemen, dig out your sparkly suits or be a rebel in a leather jacket and a shiny pompadour. Sideburns are a plus. Make sure to remember to bring a comb to put your hairstyle back in order after all the wild dancing. Ladies, the war has been over for a while now, so show off your curves! Colourful dresses with high heels, a tight top and bright red lipstick. Put an Alice band in your hair or some nice big curls. Would you like a little help? Both men and women are welcome at the Beauty Boudoir for a themed hairstyle and make-up. Moreover, it’s completely free of charge. Or… let yourselves be inspired by Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe, two style icons from the fifties!Dare to twist, jive, swing or Boogie Woogie with the best Rock ‘n Roll dance music, provided by living jukebox DJ Chris Barrow. Enjoy live acts and shows all night, a photo booth, a costume competition and a real American Diner for delicious hamburgers and milkshakes!Immerse yourselves in days gone by and reserve your tickets now for the Bal du Rat Mort!

ALL DATES

Saturday, 3 March, 2018 – 20:00

LOCATION

Kursaal Oostende

Kursaal-Westhelling 12

Oostende 8400

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Vier carnaval in Oostende

Tijdens het weekend van 2, 3 en 4 maart kan iedereen meevieren tijdens Carnaval in Oostende!

VRIJDAG 2 MAART
Naar jaarlijkse traditie is er vrijdagavond om 19.00 uur de aanstelling van de Prins en Prinses Carnaval in het Stadhuis. Daarna volgt om 20.00 uur een authentieke cimateirestoet met lampionnen richting Groentemarkt. Daar zal Tjannie Carbon verbrand worden. Nadien kan er rond 22.00 uur gefeest worden in de carnavalstent op de Groentemarkt.

ZATERDAG 3 MAART
Zaterdag is de dag van het Kindercarnaval met een kinderstoet, de verbranding van mini-Tjannie Carbon en een mini-kloeffeworp, georganiseerd samen met de Orde van de Kloeffe. De centrale locatie is de Groentemarkt. In het Kursaal Oostende kan je je vanaf 20.00 uur tijdens Bal Rat Mort helemaal onderdompelen in Grease-sfeer.

ZONDAG 4 MAART

De Grote Carnavalstoet trekt op zondag vanaf 15.00 uur door de stad en eindigt op het Wapenplein, waar iedereen verzamelt voor de Kloeffeworp. Aansluitend wordt het slot van het Carnavalweekend ingezet in de carnavalstent op de Groentemarkt met verschillende optredens.

 

 




Les vols de Wizz Air sont dorénavant également payables avec Bancontact

Wizz Air, la plus grande compagnie aérienne low-cost d’Europe centrale et de l’est, annonce que les passagers, disposant d’une carte Bancontact et souhaitant réserver un vol via le site Internet de WIZZ, auront la possibilité de payer leur ticket ainsi que les services connexes par ce moyen de paiement en ligne.

« En Belgique Bancontact est le moyen de paiement électronique le plus en vogue. Il permet aux consommateurs d’effectuer le paiement de leurs achats en ligne d’une façon rapide et sûre dans l’environnement Internet habituel de leur propre banque », dit Harry Drok, Chef de l’E-Commerce de Wizz Air. « La mise en œuvre du Bancontact comme méthode de paiement répond à la question fréquemment posée par nos clients, résidant ou travaillant en Belgique. Bancontact est automatiquement offert comme méthode de paiement à tout passager payant en euros, ayant choisi le néerlandais ou le français comme langue préférée ou ayant une adresse en Belgique. »

Depuis 1989 Bancontact, assurant les transactions financières aisées, est le leader du marché belge pour les paiements électroniques. Le client sait effectuer avec le code pin de sa carte Bancontact des paiements en magasins, stations-service et boutiques en ligne. Il est également possible d’effectuer un paiement mobile avec Bancontact ou de retirer de l’argent d’un distributeur automatique.

WIZZ offre actuellement des vols vers 9 destinations depuis Brussels South Charleroi Airport, à savoir : Bucarest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Ljubljana, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Timisoara et Varsovie.

 

A PROPOS DE WIZZ AIR
Wizz Air, la plus grande compagnie aérienne à bas prix d’Europe centrale et orientale, offre plus que 550 routes depuis 28 bases aériennes. Elle relie 145 destinations dans 44 pays. La flotte compte 88 Airbus du type A320 et A321. Wizz Air embauche plus de 3500 professionnels offrant un service supérieur. En 2017, Wizz Air a transporté 28,2 millions de passagers.

Wizz Air est une société cotée à la Bourse de Londres sous le symbole WIZZ et fait partie des index FTSE 250 et FTSE All-Share. Wizz Air a remporté avec succès le IATA’s (International Air Transport Association) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), un standard international en matière de sécurité aérienne. Wizz Air a été nommée «European airline of 2017» par Aviation 100, une publication phare qui récompense chaque année les meilleurs acteurs de l’industrie aéronautique.

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airBaltic to Recruit Over 100 Pilots in 2018

Riga. The Latvian airline airBaltic in February will host an airBaltic “Pilot Open Days” initiative in several cities, including Vilnius, Helsinki, Amsterdam and Stockholm. The initiative targets different types of pilots willing to become part of airBaltic flight crew. The airline is planning to recruit more than 100 pilots in 2018.

Pauls Calitis, Senior Vice President Flight Operations of airBaltic: “An excellent team is essential to our successful operation and airBaltic’s growth over the past years has confirmed that. Our route map is expanding, the fleet is growing and more passengers travel with us. Such development requires our team to be highly motivated. And naturally, due to the production increase, airBaltic will recruit more pilots this year. Working at airBaltic has many advantages for all positions, but considering our growth and the changing pilot industry, we are now further improving our pilot remuneration system.”

During the “Pilot Open Days” events, all interested individuals will have a chance to learn more about airBaltic’s flight crew vacancies and to receive more information about airBaltic. During the event, the participants will have opportunity to ask questions directly to airBaltic chief pilots and receive all the necessary information on how to join the dynamic and motivated team of the world’s most punctual airline airBaltic.

airBaltic is organizing “Pilot Open Days” in specific cities due to the strong community of pilots. airBaltic has a multicultural team with over 50 pilots from Lithuania, more than 26 pilots from Netherlands and over 14 from Sweden.

  • On February 1, 2018 the first “Pilot Open Days” events will be held in Vilnius at 10:00 and at 15:00 in “AirInn Vilnius Hotel”.

  • On February 6, 2018 airBaltic team will travel to Stockholm and the events will take place at 10:00 and at 15:00 in “Radisson Blu Skycity Hotel”.

  • On February 8, 2018 the “Pilot Open Days” events will be held in Helsinki in “Cumulus Resort Airport Congress Center” at 10:00 and at 15:00.

  • On February 13, 2018 the final event will take place in Amsterdam in “Hotel NH Amsterdam Schiphol Airport” at 11:00.

The project does not require candidates to fill out an application form before the visit, but simply to take their CV, personal identification document, and arrive for the event. For more information about work at airBaltic, candidates can visit airline’s recruitment website: http://recruite.airbaltic.com/

In December 2017, airBaltic also started the application process for candidates to the airline’s newly established Pilot Academy at airBalticTraining. Persons selected will be the first class of students of the professional airline pilot training programme and will become airBaltic pilots upon completion of the programme in about two years from now.

airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

airBaltic in brief:

airBaltic (AIR BALTIC CORPORATION) is the world’s most punctual airlines connecting the Baltic region with 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 80.05% of the stock, while Lars Thuesen holds around 20% through his fully-owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The airBaltic fleet consists of 30 aircraft – 7 Bombardier CS300, 11 Boeing 737 and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic has received numerous international awards for excellence, innovative services, and achievements in reshaping its business. In 2012, airBaltic was ranked by Airlinetrends among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovations. airBaltic achieved the best on-time performance globally for three years running in 2014, 2015 and 2017.




Ksiaz Castle, the Pearl of Lower Silesia

Ksiaz Castle, also called the Pearl of Lower Silesia is one of the greatest visitor attractions in the region. Erected in the 13th century, Ksiaz castle was home to many noble families such as the mighty House of Hochberg. Between 1509 and 1941, the Hochberg’s expanded the castle and significantly contributed to its splendor. During the World War II the castle was taken over by the occupying German forces. Under their reign numerous historic chambers were destroyed. The Nazis created a system of tunnels underneath the castle, which the function still remains a mystery. Recently the Ksiaz castle made news as a rumor of a lost Nazi gold train was believed to be buried in the vicinity of the castle.

After systematic looting committed by the German occupiers and later by the Red Army, in 1952 the renovation work was undertaken to restore the Ksiaz Castle to its previous grandeur.

Today, visitors can admire the majesty of numerous chambers, terraces and surrounding gardens. The underground tunnel is also available to the public. Those visitors wishing to spend a night, Ksiaz Hotel is conveniently located nearby the castle.

 

Helpful links:

Ksiaz Castle: http://www.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl/en/turystyka

Ksiaz Hotel: http://www.ksiaz.walbrzych.pl/en/turystyka/hotel