October 2016 news: new routes, news and editorials (recap)

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With a little delay, we present the summary of October 2016. A very active month in aviation, both nationally and internationally.



The moon started with a long-awaited route by Moldovans, Banatians and Transylvanians. Blue Air inaugurated the route Iasi - Cluj - Timisoara. A dream come true.

Everything from the Blue Air also came with the news of a new base, which will open in Liverpool. Plus the announcement of flights from Liverpool to Milan, Rome, Alicante and Hamburg.

We remain at the national level and we announce that Wizz Air celebrated 10 years of flights to Targu Mures, plus the transport of over 2 million passengers. Two moments celebrated on 5 October 2016.

October came with good news for locals. Blue Air announced the opening of routes Oradea - Bucharest, Oradea - Turin and Oradea - Iași via Bucharest.

At the end of October, Blue Air inaugurated the base in Cluj, the 4 in Romania. Has assigned a Boeing 737-800 aircraft (189 seats).

And good news for the Prut brothers. Air Moldova will resume flights on the route Chisinau - Bucharest!

Also in October, great news comes from Wizz Air. From 30 June 2017, the route will be inaugurated Warsaw - Bucharest. A low-cost opportunity to the capital of Poland.

By opening new internal routes, Marius Gerber has shown that one can be made RO-AERO-TRIP one day. It operated flights on the route Iasi (IAS) - Timisoara (TSR) (technical stop) - Cluj Napoca (CLJ) - Bucharest (OTP) - Iasi (IAS).

We conclude the series of Romanian articles with sad news. TAROM also withdrew the latest Airbus A310 (YR-LCA) from the fleet. Goodbye, Alpha!

PHOTO: Oana Cucu

News and editorials

In the chapter "aircraft deliveries", October was pretty good. It was delivered the first Airbus A350 XWB China Airlines. It was delivered the first Airbus A320neo Spirit Airlines. It was delivered the first Airbus A320neo Frontier Airlines. It was delivered the first Airbus A320neo SAS.

One above the other, Airbus delivered the 10 000, an Airbus A350 XWB Singapore Airlines. Also in October, it was painted the first Airbus A350 XWB (D-AIXA) Lufthansa.

On the side of historical events, October brought a premiere for Lufthansa and Sofia International Airport. On 16 October 2016, a Airbus A380 landed in Sofia, for the first time in the history of this airport. To mark the moment, 3 MiG-29 BAF aircraft accompanied A380 Lufthansa aircraft.

PHOTO: Christ Kunchev

Also on 16 October 2016, Air India operated the longest commercial flight, which also entered the record book. AI173 Air India flight was operated on the Delhi-San Francisco route over the Pacific Ocean. The 15 140 miles traveled in 14 hours and 30 minutes.

On the editorial side, I wrote about parallel landing in San Francisco and about hand luggage (cabin luggage). We hope you like it!

On the personal side, in October we added 2 flights to the palmares. I flew with Ryanair on the route Bucharest - Berlin - Bucharest at fare 0.

For the most part, these were the most notable events of October 2016.

Clear sky!

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