Greenland Express drops all plans to resume operations this year

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Greenland Express (Aalborg) last operated a passenger flight on September 18, 2014 with Fokker 100s leased from Denim Air. The company had been in negotiations with BH Air to operate an Airbus A320 this summer. As the season in Greenland now starts to close, the virtual airline has now issued this statement:

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Dear Greenland Express Air traveler

It is with the deepest regret we have to announce that all flights between Greenland and Denmark have been cancelled for the remainder of 2015. Unfortunately, this means that we are not able to provide the transport service, you have bought from us.

All paid amounts for bought tickets are refunded as soon as possible, and directly from the credit card companies or banks, which was originally used to process your payment.
Greenland Express Air is working to provide sustainable solutions to the challenges, which, at present, prevent us from executing our schedule this year. As soon as these challenges has been overcome, we shall provide a more detailed explanation to our customers.

Greenland Express Air deeply regret the inconvenience the cancellations causes our passengers.

Kind regards,

Greenland Express Air

Top Image: Greenland Express. The carrier had also been planning to operate domestic flights with 19-seat Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft.

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The new Malaysia Airlines is launched today

MAB is born (girl with paper plane)

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) (Kuala Lumpur) on August 28 received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) at Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport in Putrajaya.

The new AOC allows the new Malaysia Airlines to take flight on September 1, 2015. The old MAS is now dissolved.

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Above Photo: MAB. New CEO Christoph Mueller (former CEO of Aer Lingus) greets crew members of flight MH433, the first MAB flight to arrive at Kuala Lumpur this morning on September 1.

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) issued this short statement:

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Malaysia Airlines is pleased to inform that September 1, 2015 will mark the start of our new company Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), which replaces Malaysian Airline System Berhad. Rest assured that the change in company will not impact the day-to-day operations of MAB with no changes to our current flights, schedules, reservations, or operations.

We have been working hard to make the transition seamless and we proudly continue to serve and welcome you on-board. MAB continues to fly with the same focus on delivering exceptional customer service and will honour all current and future tickets and reservations. Our Enrich program remains in place with no changes to Miles and status. Similarly, there are no changes planned to MAB’s arrangements with its alliance partners, oneworld, or any of its business partners.

Safety continues to be our Number One priority.

Top Photo: MAB.

A new livery is expected to be unveiled soon for the new Malaysia Airlines.

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JetBlue Airways to start seasonal service to Palm Springs on January 14, 2016

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced it will begin seasonal nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Southern California this winter, subject to government approval. Palm Springs will be JetBlue’s ninth destination in the Golden State.

The new flights will operate five times per week, Thursday through Monday, between January 14, 2016 and May 1, 2016.

JetBlue will operate Airbus A320s on the route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N509JB (msn 1270) in the Tartan tail design lands at Long Beach, CA.

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Aeroflot Group reports a net loss for the first half

Aeroflot Group (Aeroflot Russian Airlines) (Moscow) today (August 31) published its consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2015, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards:

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First Half (1H) 2015 Operating and Financial Highlights for Aeroflot Group:

  • Group passenger traffic increased by 14.0% year-on-year, with 33.4% year-on-year growth in the domestic segment;
  • Aeroflot Group increased its market share [1] by 5.8 percentage points (p.p.) year-on-year to 37.0%;
  • Revenue reached RUB 176,467 million, up 25.8% year-on-year;
  • EBITDAR [2] nearly doubled year-on-year to RUB 33,252 million;
  • EBITDA [2] increased by more than two-fold year-on-year to RUB 13,311 million;
  • Operating profit amounted to RUB 5,866 million as compared to an operating loss of RUB 1,384 million in 1H 2014;
  • Net loss amounted to RUB 3,541 million ($52,699.99)

Shamil Kurmashov, PJSC Aeroflot Deputy CEO for Finance and Network and Revenue Management, commented:

“In the first half of 2015, Aeroflot Group strengthened its position as the leader in the Russian air transportation market with 14.0% year-on-year growth in passenger traffic and a 5.8 percentage point increase in market share. This was driven by strong operational performance at Aeroflot airline and the successful roll-out of Russia’s first low-cost carrier, Pobeda, which has quickly become one the top airlines in the country. The Group also benefited from changes in the competitive landscape, taking market share from foreign carriers that decreased frequencies on a number of routes as well as less efficient Russian peers.

“Our focus on the high-growth domestic market paid off with strong increases in Group traffic, which drove revenue up 25.8% year-on-year to RUB 176.5 billion, while strict cost control reined in growth of operational expenses despite exchange rate volatility. As a result, in the first half of 2015 Aeroflot Group posted an operating profit of RUB 5.9 billion; EBITDA and EBITDAR also rose, and the EBITDA and EBITDAR margins increased 3.9 and 6.9 percentage points to 7.5% and 18.8%, respectively.

“The Group focused on fleet optimization, cost-cutting, boosting efficiency of business processes and financial management, and maintaining a robust financial position. We are confident our policy of expanding our presence on the growing Russian market, maintaining customer loyalty and increasing business efficiency will enable continued growth in the Group’s profitability as the Russian economy recovers.”

In 1H 2015, Aeroflot Group’s revenue increased by 25.8% year-on-year to RUB 176,467 million, primarily as a result of an increase in revenue from Scheduled passenger flights and Other revenues.

Revenue from scheduled passenger flights in 1H 2015 increased by 30.0% year-on-year to RUB 144,087 million, boosted by 14.0% growth in passenger traffic year-on-year. Revenue from charter flights decreased by 71.0% to RUB 2,075 million, due to the Group’s strategy to decrease its presence in this market segment, as well as overall market dynamics in tourism traffic.

Despite a 1.0% decrease in the volume of cargo and mail carried in 1H 2015, cargo revenue increased 16.3% year-on-year on the back of stronger yields.

Other revenues increased by 39.9% year-on-year to 25,863 million, mainly driven by an increase in FX-denominated revenues from airline agreements following changes in the exchange rate.

Notes:

1. Including foreign carriers traffic.

2. EBITDAR = EBITDA before operating lease expenses. EBITDA = operating income + depreciation & amortization + customs duties.

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JAL is coming back to Dallas/Fort Worth

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) will restore the Tokyo (Narita) – Dallas/Fort Worth route on November 30. The restored route will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners four days a week.

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American Airlines issued this statement welcoming back JAL to DFW:

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American Airlines is pleased to welcome fellow oneworld alliance member and Pacific Joint Business partner Japan Airlines (JAL) to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with its return to service between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and DFW starting November 30, 2015. American will add its code to the route.

American currently operates twice-daily service from DFW to NRT with Boeing 777-200 aircraft. JAL will offer customers service four days per week with Boeing 787-8 aircraft fitted with the airline’s latest cabin interiors and seats in a three-class configuration and is considering scheduling daily service for spring 2016.

“On behalf of American’s 100,000 employees, we welcome our joint business partner, Japan Airlines, to our great hub in Dallas/Fort Worth,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer. “American is making great strides to expand our presence in Asia, and this partnership represents a key component of that effort. This new service complements American’s existing service and brings more choice for our customers traveling between Asia and the U.S., providing more opportunities to connect Asia to South America. Japan Airlines is an honorable partner and a great friend to American.”

“We are pleased to announce the return of Dallas/Fort Worth to our international network, which becomes our eighth gateway in North America and our fourth U.S. service launch in just over three years,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. “By making full use of the efficiencies of the Dreamliner as well as capitalizing on our even stronger relationship with American Airlines, we are confident this resumed service will provide even more valuable links for commercial and cultural exchanges for our customers in both regions and beyond.”

“We are honored to welcome back Japan Airlines to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and are excited about the outstanding connectivity and customer service they will provide to passengers flying to Japan and throughout Asia,” said Sean Donohue, chief executive officer of DFW Airport. “With the addition of this new flight to Tokyo, coupled with partner American Airlines’ two daily flights, DFW Airport will further support our mission to connect the world to Dallas Fort Worth.”

 

American and JAL commenced their Pacific Joint Business partnership in April 2011, and have since greatly expanded customer benefits including better flight schedules, expanded codesharing, more coordinated services and greater access to a wider variety of fares.

JAL will offer a special bonus mile campaign for JAL Mileage Bank loyalty program members. For details, refer to the JAL website.

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Delta to add Seattle/Tacoma – Edmonton service

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues to build up its Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) hub. The carrier will add daily Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700 jet service from SEA to Edmonton, Alberta per Airline Route.

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XL Airways France to operate to Los Angeles

XL Airways France (Paris-CDG) will operate summer seasonal flights from Paris (CDG) to Los Angeles next summer starting on June 1, 2016. Three weekly flights will be operated with Airbus A330-200s according to Airline Route.

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