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Allegiant announces a new base at Oakland

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced the establishment of a new base of operations at Oakland International Airport (OAK) as of April 26, 2012. The company will base two 166-seat McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82/83 (MD-80) aircraft at the airport and create jobs for approximately 60 people including: flight attendants, pilots, mechanics and airport service personnel. In conjunction with the base, Allegiant will begin new, nonstop air service to the Bay Area from seven markets:

Billings, Montana begins April 26
Bozeman, Montana begins April 27
Kalispell, Montana begins April 27
Idaho Falls, Idaho begins April 27
Medford, Oregon begins April 26
Missoula, Montana begins April 27
Redmond, Oregon begins April 26

The Oakland International Airport is Allegiant’s eighth base of operations. Allegiant currently provides service to three destinations from Oakland International Airport including, Bellingham, Washington, Eugene, Oregon and Mesa (near Phoenix), Arizona.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris.

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American Airlines to expand the Miami hub with a new route to Barcelona

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), a member of the oneworld® alliance and trans-Atlantic joint business partner with Iberia (Madrid) and British Airways (London), will expand its operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) with the launch of Miami – Barcelona (BCN) service on April 3, 2012. The flight will operate five times a week until June 14 when it will operate daily.

As part of a joint business reorganization of flights, Iberia will increase its Miami to Madrid service as it grows its presence at Madrid’s Barajas Airport (MAD). Effective March 25 Iberia will add a second MIA-MAD flight four times per week. American will continue to operate one daily MIA-MAD flight.

According to the airline, “American’s new route connects its Miami hub to Barcelona’s El Prat International Airport. Barcelona is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, as well as a city with a thriving business community. The new flight will complement American’s existing service from JFK in New York.”

Barcelona will be the 111th destination served by American and its regional carrier American Eagle from MIA. The flights will be operated with Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats including 30 Business Class seats and 195 seats in the Main Cabin. American’s Business Class is designed to give customers more comfort, flexibility and privacy. Fully-motorized lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration offer a personal inflight entertainment device with audio and video on demand, state-of-the-art cabin lighting and sleek, ergonomically-designed overhead bins, all enhancing the travel experience for the business customer.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf.

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United and Houston Airport System begin Redevelopment Project at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston Airport System, in partnership with United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago), yesterday broke ground on the first phase of a three-phase redevelopment project at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Phase one of the project, to be completed in 2013, will create a new Terminal B south concourse dedicated to regional jet operations.

The $160 million south concourse project will replace the existing south side flight stations with a new 225,000 square-foot facility to accommodate United’s regional aircraft. At nearly four times the size of the existing space, the new concourse will provide a better customer experience, as it will feature modern and expanded gate lounge areas, concessions and restroom facilities.

Travelers will access the new concourse from the terminal via a 95-foot-wide bridge with 13,000 square feet of food, beverage and retail concessions – a 500-percent increase in concession space over the current facility. The concourse will feature 28-foot-high floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering expansive tarmac views from spacious central passenger lounge areas with durable and modern interior finishes.

Plans for future phases of the $1 billion redevelopment project include redevelopment of the central Terminal B lobby and baggage claim areas, a new international-capable north concourse for mainline and regional jets, a new Terminal B Federal Inspections Services (FIS) facility and infrastructure improvements.
The entire three-phase redevelopment project is planned over the next seven to 10 years, based on demand.

The project’s design incorporates energy-efficient techniques using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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Air Arabia completes first in-house C Check on its Airbus A320

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (UAE) (Sharjah) has announced it has completed its first in-house C Check maintenance of its own Airbus A320.

The maintenance overhaul was performed at the airline’s new state-of-the-art hangar at Sharjah International Airport according to this article by UAE Interact.

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Copyright Photo: Paul Denton.

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Garuda Indonesia to reduce frequencies to Amsterdam

Garuda Indonesia Airways (Jakarta) is reducing the amount of weekly frequencies (from seven to four) on March 1 on the Amsterdam route due to decreased demand.

The company issued the following statement:

“Due to the downturn of the economic conditions in Europe which has not shown any improvement in this current time and has been affecting to the declining market (air transportation) both to and from Europe, as of March 1, 2012, Garuda Indonesia will reduce daily flights from Jakarta – Dubai – Amsterdam (Europe) from seven to four times a week. Garuda, then, fly every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from Jakarta, and every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Amsterdam. To serve the Jakarta – Dubai – Amsterdam route, Garuda Indonesia operates an A330-200 with a capacity of 222 seats, consisting of 36 in business class and 186 in economy class).

Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron.

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Czech Connect Airlines is declared insolvent, suspends operations

Czech Connect Airlines-CCA (formerly Central Charter Airlines) (Ostrava) has been declared insolvent (bankrupt) and the company has suspended all operations.

The company issued the following statement:

“In accordance with the decision taken by the company’s Board of Directors, the request of starting the insolvency proceeding of the airline has been filed at Regional Court of Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Owners of the Czech Connect Airlines, j.s.c. together with management of the company are now doing their best to find ways to rescue the airline and to minimize impacts of the above mentioned steps to airline’s customers, employees as well as business partners.

Following above mentioned steps, airline has decided to interrupt its operation from January, 24, 2012 till the end of the current IATA season (March, 21, 2012). Possibilities of alternative solution of air transport shall be negotiated with travel agencies or directly with passengers.”

Copyright Photo: Czech Connect Airlines/planes.cz. CCA was operating one 148-seat Boeing 737-300 (OK-CCA) and one 156-seat 737-400 (OK-CCB).

Ryanair to return to Budapest

Ryanair (Dublin) is planning to return to Budapest (dropped in 2010) on March 12 according to the Budapest Business Journal. Ryanair will operate from Budapest to Birmingham, Bologna, Bristol, Dublin and London (Stansted).

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

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United to drop Denver-Miami after May 2

United Airlines (Chicago) will drop the Denver-Miami route after May 2.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck.

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Boeing delivers the first two Boeing 777-300 ERs to Saudi Arabian Airlines

Boeing (Chicago) on January 23 announced it has delivered the first two new Boeing 777-300 ERs (Extended Range) jetliners to Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah).

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional details.

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Hawaiian and JetBlue enter into a new partnership

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) and JetBlue Airways (New York) have announced a new partnership agreement.

Mark Dunkerley (right), president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, and Dave Barger (left), president and CEO of JetBlue, signed the agreement at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport amid a festive Hawaii-themed celebration of Hawaiian music, hula dancing, fresh flower lei and other special gifts from Hawaii for travelers transiting the terminal.

Effective this week, customers will be able to purchase single tickets combining travel on both Hawaiian and JetBlue, allowing for seamless travel between the carriers’ networks. Connections are available for immediate travel via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where Hawaiian offers multiple daily departures.
In the near future, Hawaiian intends to codeshare on JetBlue-operated flights, placing its HA code on JetBlue-operated flights.

The carriers plan to further expand their partnership on June 5, when Hawaiian launches the only nonstop service between New York City and Hawaii with its new wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft seating 294 customers.

Hawaiian’s daily flights from Honolulu will arrive and depart from JFK Terminal 5, becoming the first of JetBlue’s airline partners to locate at the carrier’s acclaimed home. At Terminal 5 – JFK Airport’s newest terminal – travelers can take in a host of shopping options and unique dining experiences, enjoy the convenience of gate-side food ordering and delivery, and surf the web with free terminal-wide Wi-Fi.
Hawaiian Flight 51 will depart JFK daily at 10:00 a.m. (1000) and arrive at Honolulu International Airport at 3:00 p.m. (1500). The return Flight 50 (“Hawaiian 5-0″) will depart Honolulu daily at 3:05 p.m. (1505) and arrive in New York at 6:55 a.m. (0655) the following morning.

The new flight’s mid-morning New York departure will allow travelers in markets served by JetBlue up and down the East Coast, such as Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, and Raleigh/Durham, to make a seamless connection to Honolulu or to make another easy connection on Hawaiian to Kauai, Maui, or Hawaii Island.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Ceremony Copyright Photos: PRNewsFoto/JetBlue Airways.

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Current Hawaiian Route Map: The New York (JFK) new service will bring HA to the U.S. East Coast. JetBlue Airways’ JFK hub will be a natural feed for HA’s new nonstop service helping to fill the seats.

Red Wings Airlines considers filling the void left in Dagestan

Red Wings Airlines (Moscow) is considering setting up a new base in Makhachkala, Dagestan with new service to Moscow and other destinations. The Dagestan region is now under served due to the recent demis of Dagestan Airlines (South East Airlines).

The Republic of Dagestan, also spelled Daghestan, is a federal republic of Russia, located in the North Caucasus region. Its capital and the largest city is Makhachkala, located at the center of Dagestan on the Caspian Sea.

Read the full story from the Republican Information Agency Dagestan: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on the photo for information on this carrier.

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Turkish Cargo launches a new route to Mitiga, Libya, will open talks to possibly acquire LOT Polish

Turkish Airlines Cargo (Istanbul) on January 8, 2012 launched scheduled freighter flights to Mitiga, Libya (near Tripoli). The twice-weekly flights will be operated with either A310-300 or A330-200 freighters.

In other news, Turkish Airlines will start talks to possibly acquire LOT Polish Airlines according to the Hurriyet newspaper which cited Turkish Airlines Chairman Hamdi Topcu.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner.

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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways announced new flights

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) and AirTran Airways (Orlando) released flight schedules for August 12, 2012, through September 28, 2012.

Southwest’s August and September schedules will offer 3,250 daily flights. AirTran’s schedules will offer more than 550 daily flights.

Starting with the Southwest side, WN is adding new nonstop service in nine roundtrip markets. WN will begin three weekday roundtrip flights between both Atlanta and Norfolk and between Atlanta and Louisville (note: these are not markets currently served by AirTran), as well as two weekday roundtrip flights between both St. Louis and New York (LaGuardia) and between St. Louis and San Antonio. With the additional flights, the daily departure count from St. Louis is up to 90. As WN continues the conversion of AirTran service and aircraft to the Southwest brand (after receiving a Single Operating Certificate), we’ll begin new nonstop SWA service that replaces existing service operated by AirTran between:

Atlanta-Seattle/Tacoma: one daily roundtrip
Denver-New York/LaGuardia: two daily roundtrips
Los Angeles-Milwaukee: two daily roundtrips
Milwaukee-New York/LaGuardia: two daily roundtrips (three additional remain on AirTran)
Milwaukee-Seattle/Tacoma: one daily roundtrip

Southwest will also add two more flights between Atlanta and Los Angeles, which will replace two AirTran flights. Milestones abound in this schedule, but one is particularly noteworthy: this marks the very first full city conversion, as Southwest will completely assimilate all AirTran service effective with this August 12 schedule.

Across the rest of the Southwest network, the total number of weekday departures declines from the summer high of 3,422 to 3,250, with a flat aircraft count. While WN increases frequency in seven roundtrip markets (in addition to the Atlanta-Los Angeles increase mentioned above), the airline will reduce nonstop service in 88 roundtrip markets from their summertime highs. WN will eliminate nonstop service in 11 roundtrip markets—some seasonal, some covered by existing AirTran service, and some that are simply no longer profitable in this high-cost environment. The nonstop markets being eliminated are:

Baltimore/Washington-Seattle/Tacoma (seasonal)
Ft. Lauderdale-Kansas City (seasonal)
Houston/Hobby-Seattle/Tacoma (seasonal)
Indianapolis-Orlando (service remains on AirTran)
Jacksonville-Tampa Bay
Milwaukee-Tampa Bay (seasonal—service remains on AirTran)
San Diego-St. Louis (seasonal)

AirTran’s new August/September 2012 Schedule contains a pretty complex set of changes as well. Just like in the Southwest schedule, AirTran’s new schedule reflects the seasonal softening of customer demand as well as the need to “free up” aircraft to go through the conversion (painting) process, so FL will decrease systemwide daily departures from 680 on a typical Friday to 568, a reduction of 112. In addition to the market eliminations announced Friday here as well as the AirTran-to-Southwest conversions listed above, WN/FL are adjusting frequencies upwards in seven markets and downwards in 25 others. Seasonal summer nonstop service in the following 11 markets will be cancelled, although connecting service will continue to be available on either AirTran or Southwest:

Baltimore/Washington-Ft. Myers
Baltimore/Washington-New Orleans
Baltimore/Washington-San Francisco
Columbus-Ft. Lauderdale
Flint-Tampa Bay
Ft. Lauderdale-Indianapolis
Grand Rapids-Orlando
Grand Rapids-Tampa Bay
Rochester-Tampa Bay

WN/FL are also eliminating the double-daily roundtrip nonstops between Akron/Canton and Milwaukee and replacing them with two daily Akron/Canton-Chicago-Midway nonstops.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Regional paints this former Alitalia Express ERJ 170 in its house colors

Formerly operated by Alitalia Express, this Embraer ERJ 170-100LR registered as EI-DFL (msn 17000036) was rolled out of the paint shop at Norwich on January 21, 2012 in the house colors of Regional Compagnie Aerienne Europeenne (Nantes). Regional normally operates its fleet of six Embraer ERJ 135s, 27 ERJ 145s, 10 ERJ 170s and 10 ERJ 190s in the colors of Air France.

On March 30, 2001 Flandre Air, Proteus Airlines, and Regional Airlines were merged to form the current day Regional.

Copyright Photo: Matt Varley.

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Cathay Pacific orders six Airbus A350-900s

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) has signed a contract for six new Airbus A350-900s. The company has 38 now on order. The new type will replace the older 11 Airbus A340-300s and 21 Boeing 747-400s.

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Lufthansa is in talks to sell bmibaby to Intro

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has opened talks with German turnaround specialist Intro Aviation GmbH according to this article by Bloomberg. Intro is taking a close look at the discount carrier to see if it can be turned around.

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

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Lufthansa to drop Calgary on February 4

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will drop Calgary on February 4 from the Frankfurt hub. The flag carrier was operating the route four days a week with Airbus A340-300s according to this article by The Gazelle. Air Canada will add capacity on the route.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Air Zimbabwe is now facing possible liquidation

Air Zimbabwe (Harare) is facing new difficulties every day. The last report had the flag carrier getting new aircraft. Now the latest report claims the carrier has been placed under judicial management (bankruptcy) by the High Court of Zimbabwe and could face liquidation if the court decides it is no longer a going concern.

According to the article by Bulawayo 24, Air Zimbabwe Holdings, Air Zimbabwe and the Master of the High Court were cited as first, second and third respondents respectively while National Airways Workers’ Union and Air Transport Union were the applicants for the court action. The airline has reportedly not paid full wages since January 2009.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. This Boeing 767-200 was impounded at London’s Gatwick Airport for unpaid bills. The government of Zimbabwe has to pay the unpaid bills in order for the aircraft to be released.

20 Airbus A380s to be visually inspected for wing cracks

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has ordered 20 older Airbus A380s to undergo visual inspections for cracks in their wings. This represents a third of the current operational fleet.

A few A380s, which have flown more than 1,800 flights, will need the visual inspections within four days according to this report by the BBC.

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Copyright Photo: David Apps.

Cirrus Airlines shuts down, the fleet is parked

Cirrus Airlines (Saarbrücken) closed its doors yesterday afternoon and parked its aircraft at its base.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Please click on photo for additional information.

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Jetstar Asia Airways to fly to Osaka from Manila

Jetstar Asia Airways (Singapore) will extend the Singapore-Manila route to Osaka (Kansai) starting on March 25. The new route will be operated four days a week with Airbus A320s according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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Ibex Airlines to add three new routes on July 1

Ibex Airlines (Tokyo and Sendai) will add the following three routes on July 1 per Airline Route: Fukuoka-Miyazaki, Fukuoka-Nagoya and Osaka (Itami)-Miyazaki.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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Jeju Air to launch two new routes from Incheon

HL7780 Boeing B737-85F Jeju Air, originally uploaded by propfreak.

Jeju Air (Jeju City, Jeju Island and Seoul-Incheon) will launch new daily service from Seoul (Incheon) to Nagoya, Japan on March 23 and also between Incheon and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam on April 1 per Airline Route. The two new routes will be operated with Boeing 737-800s.

Jeju Air was established in January 2005 and commenced operations on June 2, 2006. It is owned by the Aekyung Group (75%) and the Jeju Provincial Government (25%). On July 11, 2008, Jeju Air completed its first international flight from Jeju Island to Hiroshima, Japan.

Copyright Photo: Propfreak. Boeing 737-85F HL7780 (msn 28827) arrives back at the ICN hub.

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AirTran Airways to drop six destinations, 22 to convert to Southwest

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways (Orlando) have confirmed the intent to convert AirTran Airways operations at 22 domestic and international airports to Southwest operations over time.

The 22 AirTran airports that will continue to operate and will eventually join the Southwest route map include: Flint, Mich. (FNT); Rochester, N.Y. (ROC); Pensacola, Fla. (PNS); Charlotte, N.C. (CLT); Dayton, Ohio (DAY); Richmond, Va. (RIC); Key West, Fla. (EYW); Washington, D.C. (DCA); Memphis, Tenn. (MEM); Akron-Canton, Ohio (CAK); Wichita, Kan. (ICT); Des Moines, Iowa (DSM); Branson, Mo. (BKG); Portland, Maine (PWM); Grand Rapids, Mich. (GRR); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ); Cancun, Mexico (CUN); Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ); Aruba (AUA); San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU); Bermuda (BDA); and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS). AirTran service and Employees at these airports are planned to convert to Southwest gradually over the course of AirTran’s integration into Southwest. The airlines earlier announced that AirTran will begin serving Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) on May 24, 2012, and San Jose Cabo, Mexico (SJD) on June 3, 2012. Those destinations also will convert to Southwest over time. Of the 69 cities AirTran served when Southwest acquired it on May 2, 2011, 53 cities are planned to convert to full Southwest Airlines service.

Effective August 12, 2012, AirTran Airways will cease operations at the following airports: Allentown, Pa. (ABE); Lexington, Ky. (LEX); Harrisburg, Pa. (MDT); Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla. (SRQ); Huntsville, Ala. (HSV); and White Plains, N.Y. (HPN).

AirTran currently operates six daily nonstop flights at Sarasota/Bradenton with 16 Employees. Its Allentown (one daily nonstop flight), Lexington (two daily nonstop flights), Harrisburg (one daily nonstop flight), Huntsville (two daily nonstop flights), and White Plains (three daily nonstop flights) operations are all supported by AirTran’s contracted vendor partners.

AirTran Airways will continue to operate at Allentown, Lexington, Harrisburg, Sarasota, Huntsville, and White Plains through August 11, 2012. Ticketed passengers, passengers holding reservations, or passengers desiring to make reservations for flights to or from these airports, have no need to alter their travel plans prior to August 12, 2012.

Both Southwest’s and AirTran’s priority is to take excellent care of the dedicated Employees, partners, and Customers in these six locations. AirTran Employees at these locations have performed superbly and will have the opportunity to move elsewhere within AirTran, after operations cease on August 12, 2012.

As of August 12, 2012, Southwest will offer 41 flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), becoming the first jointly served airport to fully convert to Southwest Airlines service. AirTran currently serves the market with one daily flight from SEA to Milwaukee (MKE) and seasonal service to both Atlanta (ATL) and Baltimore/Washington (BWI). Southwest will maintain the MKE, ATL, and BWI routes with direct and connecting service. Southwest and AirTran will announce future jointly served airport conversions as those specific plans are lined up.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. There is no official word on whether the AirTran special liveries will survive the switchover to Southwest. Even though Southwest has their own special schemes, it is not likely they will continue the AirTran special liveries.

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Airbus delivers A320 MSN 5000 to MEA

Airbus (Toulouse) today (January 20) delivered the A320 with manufacturer serial number (MSN) 5000 to Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA). The aircraft was delivered from Airbus in Hamburg, Germany and is powered by International Aero Engines V2500 engines.

MSN 5000 completes the deliveries of MEA’s total order for seven A320s. It marks a significant milestone for Airbus and the A320 Family going into 2012, as production rises from 38 to 40 per month during the first quarter of the year, and orders for the new A320neo reaffirm Airbus’ single-aisle Family as the most modern, fuel efficient in their category. MEA operates one of the most modern fleets in the region with four A330-200s, six A321 and including MSN 5000, now seven A320 aircraft.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Airbus.

Wizz Air carries over 11 million passengers in 2011, up 15%

Wizz Air (Hungary) (Budapest) announced it carried over 11 million passengers in 2011, representing 15% growth year on year.

Average load factor reached over 84%, in line with previous years.

The airline opened three new operating bases in 2011: Belgrade in Serbia, Vilnius in Lithuania and Tirgu Mures in Romania.

Currently, Wizz Air operates from 15 bases and offers over 200 routes across Europe. The carrier employs 1,500 people in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Serbia, Lithuania and Switzerland.

In other news, the low-fare carrier launched the Budapest-Dortmund route on January 13.

Additionally the carrier, starting on April 25 2012, will add Stavanger (Norway) from Katowice. The new Katowice – Stavanger service will operate initially twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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Wizz Air routes from the Budapest base (click on the map to enlarge):

Aegean Airlines carries 6.5 million passengers in 2011

Aegean Airlines (Athens) despite the recent political violence in the country reported its 2011 international network passenger traffic exceeded domestic traffic for the first time in its history. More specifically, international network passengers rose by 15%, reaching 3.52 million out of total 6.5 million passengers carried in 2011.

According to the airline, “The main feature of 2011 performance was the significant increase in activity achieved not only out of Athens Airport – where Aegean traffic also rose despite the decline in total international arrivals in Athens – but mainly out of the country’s regional airports.”

Aegean operated a total of 102 international routes, flying out of six airports in Greece (Athens, Heraklion, Rhodes, Kos, Thessaloniki and Corfu). Markets like UK, Belgium, France, Israel and Russia registered particularly high growth rates according to the company.

As a result of the company’s strategic investment of operating direct international flights from/to regional airports, growth in international passengers reached 37% from/to Rhodes, 23% from/to Heraklion and 10% from/to Thessaloniki, reaching a total of 1.1 million international passengers.

Copyright Photo: Clement Alloing.

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PrivatAir orders five Bombardier CS100 jetliners

PrivatAir (Geneva) has placed a firm order for five Bombardier CS100 airliners and has taken options on an additional five CS100 aircraft.

Based on the list price for the CS100 aircraft, the firm order contract is valued at approximately $309 million US, and could increase to $636 million US if the five options are exercised.

PrivatAir was founded more than 30 years ago and operates a large fleet of commercial and business aircraft to provide private charter and private airline services. Its specialized services include exclusively business class flights on behalf of several major network airlines. As a superb example of the versatility of the world’s only all-new aircraft in its segment, the CSeries aircraft acquired by PrivatAir will be delivered in an all-business class configuration.

In other news, Gulf Air will drop the Bahrain-Geneva route (operated by PrivatAir) on March 1.

Image: Bombardier.

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Scandinavian Airlines to cut 300 administrative positions

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) has announced it will cut 300 administrative positions.

The company issued the following statement:

“SAS will reduce the administration by 300 full-time positions.

As part of the already planned cost reductions in the new strategic platform 4Excellence, SAS will reduce the number of full-time positions in the administration with 300.

One of the main targets in 4Excellence is a 3-5% unit cost reduction annually. That equals approximately 2 billion SEK for 2012. SAS maintains its forecast of a marginally positive financial result for 2011. However as previously announced the implementation of the initiatives in 4Excellence becomes even more crucial in 2012 due to increased economic uncertainty, increased pressure on yields in the airline industry and continued high fuel prices.

One example of cost reductions is the decision to reduce the administration by 300 full-time positions

“It is critical in order to strengthen our competitive position that we reach the targeted unit cost reduction of 3-5% annually. Part of this is to reduce the number of employees in the administration. Regretfully that will mean that good and loyal employees will be leaving SAS but I am convinced that these measures are necessary. With the loyalty and commitment that we have in SAS we will now concentrate our efforts to secure our long term competitiveness.” Says Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of SAS.”

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren.


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British Airways puts its first refurbished Boeing 777-200 into revenue service

British Airways (London) announced today it has placed its first retrofitted Boeing 777-200 with the latest seats and cabins into revenue service on a flight to Boston.

The aircraft was the first of 18 to be fitted with British Airways’ recently launched First cabin, new World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins and the airline’s latest Thales in-flight entertainment system.

The multi-million pound refurbishment gives the 18 Boeing 777-200s the same contemporary interiors as British Airways’ six brand new Boeing 777-300 ERs.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema.

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Hamburg Airways to station an Airbus A319 at Friedrichshafen for Thomas Cook

Hamburg Airways (Hamburg) will station an Airbus A319 at Friedrichshafen for a Thomas Cook charter program. The charter carrier will operate twelve weekly flights to Greece, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.

Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle.

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Air France to drop Cancun and Orlando

Air France (Paris) is planning to drop both Cancun (April 29) and Orlando (September 6).

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Coming to Bangkok, Singapore for third segment of Dream Tour

Boeing (Chicago) will begin the third segment of the 787 Dream Tour next month with two stops in Asia. The all-new Dreamliner will visit Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore.

The February schedule includes the following stops:

Feb. 9-11: Bangkok, Thailand to visit Thai Airways International.
Feb. 11-18: Singapore to visit Singapore Airlines and to be on display at the Singapore Airshow.

The Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, is outfitted with the 787’s special cabin features including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.

Dates and locations for additional tour stops will be announced approximately one month in advance. At the stops, local media will have the opportunity to participate in tours of the airplane and discussions with Boeing executives and pilots.

For updates on the 787 Dream Tour, including videos, photos and reports from the tour stops, visit http://www.newairplane.com/787/dreamtour.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are running a limited schedule at the SeaTac hub

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) and Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) are running a limited schedule at the Seattle/Tacoma (SeaTac) hub due to a winter storm. Freezing rain and snow continue to affect Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air operations, which forced the carriers to cancel 310 flights to and from Seattle by early evening last night, affecting 29,000 passengers. Only 15 of Alaska’s 114 daily flights and one Horizon flight had departed Seattle/Tacoma by that time as the region was hit by an extraordinary ice storm.

Weather reports forecasted freezing rain last night and rain today. If that holds true, the carriers expect to return to mostly normal operations today, however, the forecasts have been changing frequently.

In other news, Alaska Airlines and Emirates announced yesterday the launch of a new frequent flier partnership that will offer travelers the opportunity to accrue Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles when they fly to any of Emirates’ 118 destinations worldwide, including points across Africa, India and the Middle East.

Emirates Skywards members can also accrue miles across the Alaska Airlines network in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada and Mexico.

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Silk Way to operate its Ilyushin Il-76 freighters for the U.S. military

World Airways (Atlanta) and Silk Way Airlines (Baku) announced today they have completed a teaming agreement to provide outsized air freight service to the U.S. military. The agreement provides freight services beginning in January 2012 utilizing Silk Way’s Il-76 aircraft.

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AirAsia faces possible legal action in Australia, will launch a new logojet in Thailand

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) is facing possible legal action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for allegedly failing to disclose the full price of fares for flights from Australia to internation destinations according to this report by the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Copyright Photo: Laurent Errera. Thai AirAsia will soon take delivery of this new “World’s Best Low Cost Airline 2009 2010 2011″ logojet. The special Airbus A320-216 with the temporary marks of F-WWIZ will become HS-ABW (msn 4980) on delivery.

Flybe to start Waterford-Birmingham service

Flybe (Exter) will add the Waterford (Ireland)-Birmingham route on March 25 according to this report by Waterford Today.

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Airbus reports it has found more cracks in two A380 wings

Airbus (Toulouse) announced it has discovered more cracks in the wings of two A380 aircraft according to this report by Reuters.

This announcement comes two weeks after tiny cracks were first reported in the wings.

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Southwest reports a fourth quarter net profit of $152 million and a full year net profit of $178 million

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Southwest Airlines Company (Dallas) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2011 results. Fourth quarter 2011 net income was $152 million, or $.20 per diluted share, which included $86 million (net) of favorable special items.This compared to net income of $131 million, or $.18 per diluted share, for fourth quarter 2010, which included favorable special items totaling $16 million (net). Excluding special items, fourth quarter 2011 net income was $66 million, or $.09 per diluted share, compared to net income of $115 million, or $.15 per diluted share, in fourth quarter 2010. This exceeded Thomson’s First Call mean estimate of $.08 per diluted share for fourth quarter 2011.

For the full year 2011, net income was $178 million, or $.23 per diluted share, which included $152 million (net) of unfavorable special items. This compared to $459 million, or $.61 per diluted share, for full year 2010, which included $91 million (net) of unfavorable special items. Excluding special items, full year 2011 net income was $330 million, or $.43 per diluted share, compared to net income of $550 million, or $.74 per diluted share, for full year 2010.

On May 2, 2011 Southwest acquired AirTran Airways, increasing the combined fleet by 140 aircraft.

The Company incurred $134 million in expenses (before taxes) associated with the acquisition and integration of AirTran during 2011, including $37 million in fourth quarter 2011. The Company expects total acquisition and integration expenses will be approximately $500 million.

In December, Southwest unveiled its fleet modernization plans, including the launch of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft beginning in 2017, representing the fourth time as Boeing’s launch customer. The agreements with Boeing permits significant flexibility to replace the older, less efficient aircraft with new Boeing 737-700/800 aircraft and the B737-MAX aircraft. During 2012, WN will take delivery of 33 Boeing 737-800s, with the first delivery of the 737-800 model to Southwest is scheduled for March 2012. Earlier this week, WN announced the final prong of its fleet modernization plans. Leveraging the new Boeing Sky Interior from the 737-800 model, WN decided to retrofit its 737-700 fleet with an updated cabin interior. Evolve: The New Southwest Experience is a 737-700 cabin refresh intended to enhance customer comfort, personal space, and the overall travel experience. It allows for the added benefit of six additional seats, along with more climate-friendly and cost-effective materials.

Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines. CEO Gary Kelly holds up a model of the new Boeing 737 MAX.

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Alaska Airlines increases summer flying from Portland, Oregon, Including flights to Santa Barbara and Bozeman

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) announced today it will increase flying this summer from Portland, Oregon, to Santa Barbara, California, Bellingham, Washington, and several cities in Montana.

The carrier will begin flying between Portland and Bozeman, Montana, and is resuming seasonal service from Portland International Airport to Missoula and Billings, Montana.

Alaska is also launching new seasonal service from Portland to Santa Barbara and will resume its summer flights to Bellingham. All service will begin on June 4 or June 5 and will operate through August 25, 2012.

Alaska’s sister carrier, Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma), will operate the Portland flights to Bellingham, Bozeman, Billings and Missoula with 76-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops. SkyWest Airlines (St. George) will operate the Portland-Santa Barbara flights for Alaska Airlines using 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets.

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Aer Arann paints its first ATR 42 in the Aer Lingus Regional colors

Aer Arann (Dublin) has painted its first ATR 42 in the colors of Aer Lingus Regional. On January 18, 2012 this Aer Arann (Dublin) ATR 42-300 registered as EI-CBK (msn 199) was rolled out at Shannon in full Aer Lingus Regional colors after repainting by Eirtech Aviation. Named “St. Fintain”, EI-CBK is the first Aer Arann ATR 42 to be painted in Aer Lingus Regional colors.

In February 2010 Aer Lingus announced it was entering into a joint venture with Aer Arann to establish Aer Lingus Regional, which would be operated by Aer Arann with a portion of the profits going to Aer Lingus. Aer Lingus took no equity stake in Aer Arann but the deal involved Aer Lingus bulk-buying seats on Aer Arann services. The move allowed Aer Lingus to expand its operations without the need for additional aircraft plus serve airports that cannot handle the Aer Lingus fleet. The agreement covers all former Aer Arann flights from Cork as well as new and existing Aer Lingus flights from Dublin including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Doncaster.

Aer Lingus Regional commenced scheduled operations on March 28, 2010.

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason.

Alaska Airlines to add new routes from San Diego

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) announced today it is adding daily nonstop service from San Diego to Monterey and Santa Rosa and twice daily service to Fresno, California The new flights to Monterey and Fresno will begin on June 4, 2012, while service from San Diego to Santa Rosa starts on June 5. Alaska Airlines will also commence twice-daily service between Reno, Nevada, and San Jose, California.

The new routes will be operated for Alaska by Horizon Air using 76-seat Bombardier Q400s.

To support the new Santa Rosa-San Diego route, Alaska Airlines will discontinue service between Santa Rosa and Las Vegas on June 3, 2012. However, the airline is adding a third flight between Santa Rosa and Los Angeles, which will operate four days a week through August 25, 2012.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for information on this special aircraft.

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British Airways to unveil “The Dove” 2012 London Olympics logojets in April

British Airways (London) will introduce new logojets (Airbus A319s and Boeing 747-400s) in April to help celebrate the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The theme of the special color scheme is called “The Dove” and was designed by Pascal Anson.

Here is the announcement by the airline:

“The design of the British Airways aircraft to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be “The Dove” by up and coming British designer Pascal Anson. His artwork beat hundreds of entries in the BA Great Britons Programme, and was chosen by a judging panel including Turner-prize nominated artist and Royal Academician Tracey Emin, the Royal Academy of Arts and the airline.

As BA Great Britons mentor, Tracey Emin has advised Pascal during the project, and said: “It would have been easy to put a motif or a pattern on the side of an aircraft – but Pascal’s design takes it to another level. He uses the entire livery of the aircraft to redefine the way you look at it. The dove is a stunning piece of work and will bring real excitement to anyone who flies on one of the repainted planes.

The 38 year-old designer and artist from Brighton, also a Design Tutor at Kingston University, has spent the past few months honing his design with Emin. It will be emblazoned across a number of British Airways aircraft and seen by a global audience of millions.

BA Great Britons winner Pascal Anson, said: “On my journeys from Brighton to London, I’ve often looked up at aircraft landing at Gatwick and wondered if it’s a ‘bird or a plane’, and the idea developed from there. When I started researching birds further I realised it had to be a dove. Not only are they a symbol of peace and social unity, but they were also used in previous Olympic Games ceremonies, including the last London Games in 1948.”

To create an illusion of a dove, Pascal spent hours in a cote observing the birds. He incorporates their intricate detail on the livery, which will use a new color of paint produced by the British Airways engineering team and its suppliers.

Frank van der Post, British Airways managing director, brands and customer experience, said: “When we invited up and coming British artists to submit a design to celebrate the London 2012 Games, we didn’t expect a concept that would change the way we look at the aircraft – yet Pascal’s work has achieved this and we’re very proud to be sharing it with the world on our giant flying canvas!”

The BA Great Britons Program was launched to discover the best of British talent in Art, as well as Food and Film and offer British talent a platform in the run up to the London 2012 Games. Pascal’s aircraft launch will coincide with the unveiling of a London 2012 inspired menu, created by Simon Hulstone with support from Michelin-star restaurant owner and chef Heston Blumenthal, and short film written by Prasanna Puwanarajah with mentoring from scriptwriter and director Richard E Grant. All three projects will be unveiled to the public in April.”

Copyright Photo: British Airways. Pascal Anson release a dove, the inspiration for this new logojet.

AirAsia X is coming to Sydney

AirAsia X (AirAsia.com) (Kuala Lumpur) will add Sydney and the Kuala Lumpur route on April 1 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Christian Laugier.

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SpiceJet to start Delhi-Surat-Mumbai-Bangalore service

SpiceJet (Mumbai) will start a new regional service on February 1 on a Delhi-Surat-Mumbai-Bangalore routing per Airline Route. The new route will we operated with Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s).

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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SriLankan Airlines to drop long-haul routes from Male

SriLankan Airlines (Colombo) on March 25 will drop its long-haul flights from Male (Maldives) to London (Heathrow), Tokyo (Narita) and Zurich per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

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Air Zimbabwe to be revived with an Airbus A320 and two A340s

Air Zimbabwe (Harare) has reportedly taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 to help revive its local and regional services. In addition, the flag carrier is planning to acquire two Airbus A340s for its long-range routes according to this article by NewsDay.

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SCAT to add its first Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet

SCAT Air Company (Shymkent, Kazakhstan) is getting ready to take delivery of its first Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet.

Copyright Photo: Nik French. Formerly operated by Eurowings as D-ACRL, the pictured CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) now registered as LY-AYK (msn 7902) was painted by Air Livery and rolled out this morning at Manchester in SCAT’s colors.


Meridiana fly to operate Rome-Yerevan flights

Meridiana fly (Olbia) will start nonstop twice-weekly Rome-Yerevan service with Airbus A320s starting on March 27 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli.

airAlps is declared insolvent, the fleet is grounded at Innsbruck

airAlps (Innsbruck) did not have a good Friday, the 13th. The airline was declared insolvent and its fleet of three Dornier 328-100s were taken out of service and stored at the Innsbruck base on January 13. The company was operating to Milan, Parma, Rome and Salerno in association with Alitalia.

The airline commenced operations in 1998.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth. Dornier 328-110 OE-LKE (msn 3063) arrives at Zurich painted in the Sud Tirol special color scheme.


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