Horizon Air to operate nonstop Seattle/Tacoma – Helena flights

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) on August 23 is introducing Alaska Horizon (operated by subsidiary Horizon Air) Bombardier Q400 nonstop service from Seattle/Tacoma hub to Helena, Montana. The new route will operate on a daily basis according to Airline Route.

The airline currently serves Helena via a stop in Great Falls.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Horizon’s (Horizon Air) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N443QX (msn 4353) in the special UAA Seawolves – University of Alaska Anchorage college livery taxies to the runway at the Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) International Airport (SEA) hub.

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ADA – Aerodesierto Airlines commences operations in northern Chile with a Boeing 737-200

ADA – Aerodesierto Airlines (Aerodesierto S.A.) (Calama, Antofagasta) on April 27 began operations from its home base in Calama, an important mining city of northern Chile. The new airline began linking the cities of La Serena and Santiago de Chile (SCL). The company currently operates with just one Boeing 737-200 (the pictured Boeing 737-2Q3 CC-CVI, msn 22367) which is wholly owned by the company.

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There are plans to add a second Boeing 737-200 (probably CC-ACD).

The company is also considering linking Jujuy and Salta in Argentina with the Chilean northern cities.

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Currently, the pictured CC-CVI performs flight DTO 702 from SCL to SCSE and El Loa, Calama (SCCF). The return flight to Santiago is flight DTO 703 which is operated six times per week.

Report and photos by Assistant Editor Alvaro Romero from Santiago.

Copyright Photos: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-LAN Airlines Boeing 737-2Q3 CC-CVI is pictured preparing for departure at the La Florida Airfield in La Serena City (LSC/SCSE), both on the ramp (above) and departing runway 30 (below) headed towards Calama.

Thomas Cook Airlines inaugurates new USA services

Thomas Cook (UK) A330 arrives at MIA (MDAD)(LR)

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) has begun its newest services to North America from its base at Manchester. With twice-weekly flights to Miami began on May 3 and thrice weekly New York JFK services beginning on May 5 respectively. The services are being flown by the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A330-200s, with the inaugural flight to Miami being served by the first aircraft to be fully painted in the airline’s new 2013 “Sunny Heart” livery. Thomas Cook also began seasonal services between Glasgow (International) and Las Vegas on May 4.

Thomas Cook stated on their Facebook page on the day of the first Miami flight:

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“Welcome to Miami! Our first flight touched down in the ‘magic city’. Have fun everyone, we are not jealous… Much!!”

The first Miami flight was treated with the signature water canon salute (above).

Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock reporting from Manchester.

Photo Above: Thomas Cook Airlines.

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American Airlines to add streaming video service to an additional 200+ aircraft

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today made this announcement about expanding its streaming video service:

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American Airlines is putting entertainment options in the hands of more customers by launching its streaming video service on more than 200 additional aircraft in its domestic mainline fleet.

American has already equipped more than 500 aircraft with seat-back video and streaming with its American Spotlight entertainment service. In May, American will add streaming to its fleet of Airbus A319s, A320s and A321s, with plans for some international widebody aircraft, further expanding customers’ access to inflight entertainment options in all cabins.

To celebrate the hundreds of hours of entertainment available on American Spotlight, American is inviting customers to enjoy select movies free of charge through the streaming service. Through June 30, customers can view any of the following six movies.

Big Hero 6
Captain America
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into The Woods

In addition, American always offers free, exclusive programming from NBC Universal through streaming, seat-back and overhead entertainment.

The programming is stored on aircraft hardware, ensuring that customers receive high quality streaming; it is offered in addition to air-to-ground Wi-Fi service already offered on all mainline narrow body aircraft.

First-time streaming viewers simply open their browser, look for the Entertainment option and accept Gogo’s invitation to install the Gogo Video Player plug-in, which can be downloaded quickly even during a flight.

They can then start the viewing process by browsing the free and paid content – approximately 200 movies and 200 TV shows.

American already offers complimentary entertainment on all international flights in all cabins and has announced plans for more international Wi-Fi and onboard power ports as part of its $2 billion investment in the customer experience. These investments include more fully lie-flat seats; upgraded aircraft interior, and an improved airport experience with faster, more reliable kiosks and refreshed gate and ticketing areas. This is all in addition to American’s historic fleet renewal, during which it expects to take delivery of 75 new mainline aircraft in 2015.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 N120EE (msn 6227) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Volaris to fly to Puerto Rico

Volaris (Mexico City), as part of their active expansion, has announced the introduction of new international service from Cancun, Quintana Roo to the city of San Juan in Puerto Rico, effective July 2 operating with two flights per week.

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Volaris continues to strengthen its positioning as the Mexican airline with the most extensive route network throughout Mexico and the US, totaling 139 routes to 60 destinations – 22 international and 38 domestic. Since its inauguration, Volaris has transported nearly 50 million passengers, 7 million of which have been for international travel.

Cancun, Quintana Roo – San Juan, Puerto Rico
(Effective July 2. Thursdays and Sundays)

Departing Cancun, Quintana Roo at 11:30, arriving San Juan, Puerto Rico at 15:50.
Departing San Juan, Puerto Rico at 17:20, arriving Cancun, Quintana Roo at 19:40.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-233 N512VL (msn 5308) named “Judith” arrives at Las Vegas.

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Avianca firms up its order for 100 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement:

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Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announcement in February, Avianca (Bogota) has signed a purchase agreement for 100 A320neo Family aircraft, the largest single order ever made in Latin America’s aviation history. The agreement, which includes A319neo, A320neo and A321neo aircraft (below), will allow Avianca to maintain one of the youngest fleets in the region as the airline aims to replace airplanes currently operating from their Bogota, Lima and San Salvador hubs.

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Image Above: Airbus.

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Established in Colombia in 1919, Avianca was the first airline in the Americas, and is the second oldest airline in the world. The Airbus-Avianca partnership was taken to a new level in 1998 when TACA (now part of Avianca), LAN, and TAM placed a joint order for 90 single-aisle aircraft. This was the largest joint contract ever signed in Latin American commercial aviation history. To date, the Avianca airline group has ordered nearly 300 aircraft including 276 A320 Family (among them, 133 A320neo Family) and 15 A330 Family.

To date, the A320neo program has 345 firm orders from six customers in Latin America — Avianca, Azul, Interjet, LATAM Airlines Group, VivaAerobus and Volaris. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 500, more than 550 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In the last 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Avianca will remain an Airbus A320 Family operator. Current generation Airbus A320-214 N724AV (msn 6153) climbs away from Miami International Airport (MIA).

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JetBlue Airways to fly New York – Havana charter flights

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced it will operate weekly New York (JFK) – Havana, Cuba charter flights for tour organizer Cuba Travel Services starting on July 3. JetBlue also operates to Cuba from both Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Tampa. The airline issued this full statement:

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined with JetBlue Airways, and its charter partner, Cuba Travel Services, yesterday (May 5) to announce a new flight from New York to Havana, Cuba. The milestone makes JetBlue the first major carrier to announce a new flight to Cuba from New York since travel restrictions were recently eased.

The expanded charter service comes on the heels of Governor Cuomo’s trade mission to Cuba, where the Governor, joined by JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes and other New York business leaders, led a dialogue to connect New York businesses to new opportunities in Cuba.

Cuba Travel Services is offering the flight, operated by JetBlue, on Fridays from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV) beginning July 3, 2015. Travelers should make arrangements directly with Cuba Travel Services.

Cuba Travel Services, a leading authorized carrier service provider, believes expanding its flight network will provide licensed travelers more travel options for a lower cost. The additional service offers customers additional options to travel to Cuba from New York without connection delays or extra domestic travel expenses to connect in Florida.

The New York metropolitan area has the second largest Cuban-American population in the United States after Florida.

JetBlue serves all charter flights to Cuba on its 150-seat Airbus A320.

With the addition to the New York-Havana flight, JetBlue will operate five weekly round trips to Cuba, including flights from Tampa (TPA) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) with various charter partners. Cuba will one day play an important role in JetBlue’s overall Caribbean network, a region where JetBlue is the largest airline. The airline began flying to Cuba for charter companies in 2011.

Schedule between New York and Havana on Fridays as of July 3, 2015:

JFK – HAV HAV – JFK 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

About Cuba Travel Services

Cuba Travel Services Inc. arranges daily, nonstop public charter flights between the United States and Cuba and is licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as an authorized Carrier Service Provider specializing in travel to Cuba. They offer full service travel arrangements to individuals, groups, families, educators, students, professionals and organizations, under Specific or General Licenses issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N624JB (msn 2520) touches down at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York last winter.

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