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Jet2 launches New York shopping charter flights

Jet2 (Jet2.com) (Leeds/Bradford) and Jet2holidays yesterday (December 1) celebrated the take off of the year’s first flight to New York from Leeds-Bradford International Airport and Newcastle Airport.

Customers checking in for the two special direct Christmas shopping flights to New York were treated to an American-style send off with the check in area decked out on an American theme. Staff dressed up as Uncle Sam, diner waitresses and the Statue of Liberty and treated customers the red carpet treatment with famous New York songs playing and New York snacks including muffins and brownies.

The second and final New York shopping trips will leave on Thursday December 8.

Copyright Photo: Jet2.

Jet2 Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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The European Union updates its list of banned airlines from EU airspace

The European Union (Brussels) through its European Commission has updated its list of banned airlines. These airlines are banned from EU airspace:

CLICK HERE to see the full list

JetBlue Airways completes the acquisition of LGA and DCA slots

JetBlue Airways (New York) has completed an agreement to purchase two bundles of eight slot pairs, one at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and the second at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), recently made available in an FAA auction. A slot pair provides authorization for one daily arriving flight and one daily departing flight and will allow JetBlue to double its presence at both airports in 2012.

JetBlue intends to announce destinations and schedules for its new service in the coming months.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

JetBlue Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Virgin Australia Airlines-Singapore Airlines alliance receives its final approval

Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) and Singapore Airlines (Singapore) have received approval their new alliance.

Virgin Australia issued the following statement today:

“Virgin Australia group of airlines today welcomed the ACCC’s final approval of its proposed alliance with Singapore Airlines.

The ACCC’s determination represents the final regulatory approval needed for Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines to proceed with their wide-ranging alliance.

The alliance will enable the two airlines to provide guests with an expanded network of destinations, seamless connections, a more convenient flight schedule and more opportunities to earn frequent flyer points and access lounges.

By the end of the year Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines will launch reciprocal frequent flyer benefits. Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Points and Status Credits on Singapore Airlines operated flights. The two airlines expect to launch reciprocal codeshare early next year.

Virgin Australia will now be able to offer global flight coverage through alliances with Etihad Airways, Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines and Singapore Airlines, increasing its international reach from around 60 destinations to over 400 destinations worldwide.”

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

Virgin Australia Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Scoot picks its first city: Sydney

Scoot (flyscoot.com) (subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) (Singapore) today announced its first destination from Singapore: Sydney starting in mid 2012. The new subsidiary touts itself as the “first true no-frills airline operating nonstop daily between Sydney and Asia”. According to the upstart, Scoot will “bring a whole new style of travel, even better airfares and our unique attitude – our Scootitude – to shake things up. Adhering to the low-frills model, Scoot will offer great value airfares and empower guests to customize their travel, to select only those elements they desire and not subsidize the choices of others.”

Scoot will provide medium and long haul no-frills flights from mid-2012. Tickets will go on sale in the first quarter of 2012. Operating an initial fleet of four Boeing 777-200 aircraft, Scoot will link Australia, Singapore and China, with others to be announced.

In May 2011, Singapore Airlines announced their intention to establish a no-frills, low-cost subsidiary airline for medium and long-haul routes.

In July 2011, Singapore Airlines announced Campbell Wilson as the founding CEO of the new airline.

On November 1, 2011, the new airline was unveiled and the name “Scoot” was announced.

The airline is expected to commence operations by April 2012 from Changi Airport’s Terminal 2.

The color scheme will be yellow and white.

VietJet Air to launch scheduled operations on December 25

VietJet Air (Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company) (VietJetAir.com) (Hanoi) will launch scheduled passenger operations on December 25 between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Previously the upstart signed a contract to lease three Airbus A320s from Alafco Aviation (Kuwait).

VietJet Air is the first private airline in Vietnam to be approved for operations. Using a low-cost model, the company was granted its initial approval to operate by the Vietnamese Minister of Finance in November 2007 but due to various logistical and legal complications, the airline could not begin operating flights until this month. AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur) announced in February 2010 that it planned to purchase a 30 percent share in the airline through a joint venture agreement, but withdrew its assistance in October 2011, citing the continued problems in the certification process.


Skymark Airlines to launch another “Narita Shuttle” route

Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) will start a new twice-daily “Narita Shuttle” route between Tokyo (Narita) and Fukuoka on February 1, 2012 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Skymark Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Asiana Airlines to fly to Da Nang, Vietnam

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) will launch the Seoul (Incheon)-Da Nang (Vietnam) route on December 14 according to Airline Route. The new route will be operated twice-weekly with Airbus A321s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Asiana Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Air China to resume the Shanghai-Paris route on March 10

Air China (Beijing) will resume the Shanghai-Paris (CDG) route on March 10, 2012. The route will now be operated five times a week.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Air China Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Tajik Air to open up a weekly route to Istanbul

Tajik Air (Dushanbe) is planning to launch a weekly route from Dushanbe to Istanbul with Boeing 737-500s.

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

Etihad Airways to add the Abu Dhabi-Tripoli route on January 17

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) will add a new route from its Abu Dhabi hub to Tripoli, Libya starting on January 17, 2012. The link will be operated three times a week with Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: OSDU.

Etihad Slide Show: CLICK HERE

MEA warns its pilots to go back to work

MEA-Middle East Airlines (Beirut) was impacted by a strike by its pilots since yesterday (November 30). The pilots had planned a two-day strike against the company. The pilots are protesting the dismissal of a cancer-stricken pilot but decided now to extend the strike after the airline deducted five days worth of pay according to this report by AFP. Now the airline is warning it will dismiss any pilots who fail to report for work.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Wingnut.


Air Uganda to launch Entebbe-Mombasa flights on December 11

Air Uganda (Kampala) will launch a new route connecting Entebbe International Airport (EBB) with Mombasa, Kenya starting on December 11. The route will be served three times a week with Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets.

EBB is located near the town of Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria, about 22 miles (35 km) from the capital, Kampala.

Air Uganda is 100 percent owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), which also has interests in the national airlines of Mali and Burkina Faso through its holding company Celestair.

Aegean Airlines loses $3.64 million in the first nine months

Aegean Airlines (Athens) posted a net loss of $3.64 million for the first nine months of 2011 despite an increase in revenue of 15 percent and total passengers rising by six percent.

Copyright Photo: Clement Alloing.

Aegean Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Boeing to keep the 737 MAX production in Renton, Washington

Boeing (Chicago) has announced that it intends to build the new 737 MAX in Renton, Washington, pending approval of an early contract extension with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the union representing hourly employees in Washington, Oregon and Kansas.

As part of an effort to improve their relationship, Boeing and the IAM have been discussing the potential for an early contract extension for several weeks. The current contract is set to expire in September 2012 .

Independent of that effort, Boeing has been conducting a review of potential sites for 737 MAX production since the company announced in August that it will build a new-engine variant of the market-leading 737.

Boeing has assessed the business case for locating production of the 737 MAX in Renton in light of the economics of a proposed new labor agreement, and the company is prepared to locate 737 MAX production in Renton provided the economics contained in that proposal are achieved.

To date, Boeing has received more than 700 commitments from our customers for the 737 MAX. The new airplane is expected to enter service in 2017.

Although not mentioned in the press release, the proposed deal probably includes the IAM dropping their objection to the second 787 production line in Charleston, SC.

Image: Boeing.

American wants to drop the leases on 24 MD-80s

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has petitioned the bankruptcy court to shed the leases on 24 McDonnell Douglas DC-82/83s, most of which are already in storage.

Read the full full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

American Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United Airlines is issued a single operating certificate, goodbye Continental Airlines

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) announced today (November 30) that it received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for a single operating certificate (SOC), marking another significant achievement in the integration of United Airlines (Chicago) and Continental Airlines (Houston).

This regulatory milestone, while significant from an operational policies and procedures perspective, does not change how customers interact with the airline. Customers of United and Continental will continue to shop for flights, obtain seat assignments and check flight status on each carrier’s respective website until the company migrates to a single passenger service system in the first quarter of 2012. At that point, from a customer’s perspective, the two carriers will function as one airline.

The Continental Airlines website is still being maintained although all flights are now operated as United Airlines.

The two carriers went through a rigorous 18-month process of aligning operating policies and procedures to obtain a single operating certificate from the FAA. A team of more than 500 employees from both carriers worked together to evaluate closely each pre-integration program, process and operating specification from both airlines to determine the best choice for the new United. The team streamlined more than 440 operational manuals, programs and procedures down to approximately 260 manuals for the new United – a process that involved roughly 2,000 changes.
Effective today, air traffic control communications will refer to all United and Continental flights as “United.” United and Continental announced their merger in May 2010 and closed the transaction on October 1, 2010.

From this point onwards, technically “Continental Airlines” is no longer an airline. Ironically, as mentioned previously, the Continental Part 121 Air Operating Certificate (AOC) is the surviving AOC for the new United Airlines. The old United AOC was officially retired today. The CO AOC will live on (as well as the 1991 color scheme) as the operating AOC of the new United Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for additional information on this special color scheme.

Continental Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Czech Airlines celebrates the jet era with this 1957 retrojet

Czech Airlines-CSA (Prague) has introduced this 1957 Soviet-era retrojet color scheme on this Boeing 737-500. In 1957 CSA introduced the Tupolev Tu-104A jetliner and was one of the first airlines in the world to operate a jet aircraft on scheduled airline service.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren. Please click on the photo for additional information.


Lufthansa to fly to Vnukovo Airport in Moscow

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will add new service to Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport. The twice-daily flights from Frankfurt will supplement the airline’s existing services to Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. The new route will be added on March 25, 2012 and will be operated with Airbus A320s.

In other news, Lufthansa is reportedly ending its Lufthansa Regional contract with Contact Air (Stuttgart) in October 2012. Contact Air currently operates six Fokker 100s for Lufthansa and a pair for Swiss International Air Lines.

Contact Air became the first partner airline in the Team Lufthansa regional group in April 1996. On October 16, 2003 Contact Air introduced the Lufthansa Regional brand and began operating as Lufthansa Regional in early 2004.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

Lufthansa Slide Show: CLICK HERE

British Airways to introduce the Boeing 777-300 ER on the Los Angeles route

British Airways (London) will introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the London (Heathrow)-Los Angeles route on March 25, 2012 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Wingnut.

British Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Vieques Air Link adds two additional Britten-Norman Islanders

Vieques Air Link-VAL (San Juan) has added two additional Britten-Norman Islanders (N907VL and N908VL) for its expanding network. The small airline from Vieques to Culebra, José Aponte de la Torre Airport (JAT) (the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Base), and San Juan (Isla Grande and Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport-SJU).

Vieques (Isla de Vieques) is an island–municipality of Puerto Rico in the northeastern Caribbean, part of an island group sometimes known as the Spanish Virgin Islands. Like the rest of Puerto Rico, a United States Commonwealth, Vieques retains strong influences from 400 years of Spanish ownership.

Vieques lies about 8 miles (13 km) east of the Puerto Rican mainland, and measures about 21 miles (34 km) long by 4 miles (6 km) wide. Its two main towns are Isabel Segunda (sometimes written “Isabel II”), the administrative center on the northern side of the island, and Esperanza on the southern side. At peak, the population of Vieques is around 10,000.

The island’s name is a Spanish spelling of a Native American word said to mean “small island”. It also has the nickname “Isla Nena”, usually translated from the Spanish as “Little Girl Island”, alluding to its perception as Puerto Rico’s little sister. During the colonial period, the British name was “Crab Island”.

Vieques is best known internationally as the site of a series of protests against the United States Navy’s use of the island as a bombing range and testing ground, which led to the Navy’s departure in 2003. Today the former Navy land is a national wildlife refuge, with numerous beaches that still retain the names given by the Navy, including Red Beach, Blue Beach, Green Beach and others. The beaches are commonly listed among the top beaches in the Caribbean for their azure-colored waters and white sands.

VAL started operations in 1965 when owner Osvaldo “Val” Gonzalez-Duriex piloted a flight with three passengers from Vieques to Humacao. Today it operates the Islander, Trislander and the Cessna Grand Caravan.

Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda. BN-2B-26 N908VL (msn 2187) is pictured at San Juan (SJU).


Interisland Airways of Hawaii files for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

Interisland Airways (Hawaii) (Honolulu) (Trans Executive Airlines of Hawaii, Inc. dba Transair dba) has filed with the Department of Transport (DOT) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in order to operate interstate air transportation in Hawaii. The carrier is currently a charter and sightseeing airline operating seven Shorts SD3-60s.

Photo: Interisland Airways.



In the wake of the AMR bankruptcy, Spirit announces four new routes from Dallas/Fort Worth

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) on the same day AMR Corporation, the parent of American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization, announced four new routes from AMR’s home airport of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Starting on February 9, 2012, Spirit will offer daily nonstop service from DFW to New York (LaGuardia) and Atlanta. Daily nonstop service from DFW to Orlando and Boston will begin on March 22, 2012.
Spirit is offering $11 introductory fares on a limited number of seats (just what a bankrupt carrier needs for competition!).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Spirit Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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The AMR bankruptcy clouds the potential American Boeing 737 orders

AMR Corporation’s (Dallas/Fort Worth) Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization filing yesterday is clouding American Airlines’ large aircraft orders with both Airbus and especially Boeing which is still not firm.

The bankruptcy court can approve or reject any contracts that involve spending AMR’s money during the up to 18-month Chapter 11 reorganization period.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

In other news, AMR and American Airlines announced today Judge Sean H. Lane of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York yesterday granted approval of a series of first day motions filed by the Company to help facilitate American’s and American Eagle’s continued normal business operations throughout the reorganization process.

The Company also reported that, as expected, American and American Eagle continued normal operations yesterday, with flights, reservations, baggage handling, customer service and other functions operating as usual.

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

American Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Norwegian to add the Copenhagen-Milan route

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) will add the Copenhagen-Milan (Malpensa) route on June 29, 2012 according to Airline Route. The new route will be operated twice a week with Boeing 737-800s.

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade.

Norwegian Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Avianca Brazil to expand its fleet to 26 aircraft, likely to add the 15 LAN A318s

Avianca Brazil (OceanAir Linhas Aereas dba) (Sao Paulo) is expanding its fleet to 26 aircraft from 17 by the end of this year according to this report by CAPA.

The fast-growing airline is also the likely buyer of the 15 former Airbus A318s being remarketed by Airbus. LAN Airlines (Santiago) is replacing its A318 fleet with larger A320s.

Avianca Brazil is phasing out its older Fokker 100s. The company also added its first Airbus A320 this month.

Avianca Brazil is the operating name of Oceanair Linhas Aéreas. Even though the legal name of the airline remains OceanAir, Avianca (Colombia) authorized OceanAir to use its name as a brand name. Avianca (Colombia) and Avianca (Brazil) remain separate legal entities although they are closely linked and belong to the same holding group.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi.

Avianca Brazil Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Mesa sells off the Mokulele Hawaiian operation

Mesa Air Group (Phoenix) has sold its Mokulele Flight Services, Inc. (Mokulele Airlines) (Honolulu) inter-island Hawaiian turboprop service operating four, nine seat, Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft to Transpac Aviation, Inc. (Scottsdale).

Mesa will continue to operate its jet inter-island service as go! Mokulele with Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. Under the terms of the sale Transpac Aviation, operating as Mokulele Flight Services, Inc, will also continue to offer feeder service under the go! Mokulele brand and serve it’s current routes as a code-share partner with Mesa.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura. Bombardier CRJ200 N77278 (msn 7278) of Mesa Airlines taxies at the Honolulu base under the go! Mokulele brand. Mesa operates the main routes in Hawaii while Mokulele Airlines operates the smaller feeder routes also under the go! Mokulele brand.

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AMR and American Airlines file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization

AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc. (Dallas/Fort Worth) and AMR Eagle Holding Corporation (American Eagle Airlines) (Dallas/Fort Worth) today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization.

The corporation issued the following statement:

“In order to achieve a cost and debt structure that is industry competitive and thereby assure its long-term viability and ability to continue delivering a world-class travel experience for its customers, the Company and certain of its U.S.-based subsidiaries (including American and American Eagle), today filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

AMR’s Board of Directors determined that a Chapter 11 reorganization is in the best interest of the Company and its stakeholders. Just as with the Company’s major airline competitors in recent years, the Chapter 11 process enables American Airlines and American Eagle to continue conducting normal business operations while they restructure their debt, costs and other obligations.

American Airlines and American Eagle are operating normal flight schedules today, and their reservations, customer service, AAdvantage® program, Admirals Clubs and all other operations are conducting business as usual. Likewise, throughout the Chapter 11 process, American and American Eagle expect to continue to:

1. Provide safe and reliable service;

2. Fly normal schedules;

3. Honor tickets and reservations, and make exchanges and refunds as usual;

4. Fully maintain AAdvantage frequent flyer and other customer service programs, and ensure all AAdvantage miles and elites status earned by members remain secure and intact;

5. Provide Admirals Club access and similar amenities to members and eligible customers;

6. Remain an integral member of the oneworld® alliance, of which American is a founding member, and continue its codeshare partnerships;

7. Provide employee wages, healthcare coverage, vacation, and other benefits, without interruption; and

8. Pay suppliers for goods and services received during the reorganization process.

The Company has approximately $4.1 billion in unrestricted cash and short-term investments. This cash, as well as cash generated from operations, is anticipated to be more than sufficient to assure that its vendors, suppliers and other business partners will be paid timely and in full for goods and services provided during the Chapter 11 process in accordance with customary terms. Because of the Company’s current cash position, the need for debtor-in-possession financing is neither considered necessary nor anticipated.”

In addition, the Board of Directors of AMR Corporation, the parent of American Airlines, Inc., has named Thomas W. Horton chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Company, succeeding Gerard Arpey , who yesterday informed the Board of his decision to retire. Horton will also succeed Arpey as chairman and chief executive officer of American. Horton will continue to serve as President of AMR and American.

The filing is not a surprise to many given the corporation’s continued losses. Most of AA’s competitors domestically have already gone through a Chapter 11 reorganization process and many will see this as a mechanism to lower AA’s high costs including its labor agreements.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Will the Oneworld Alliance be weakened with this filing?

American Slide Show: CLICK HERE

QANTAS shelves any plans for an Asian premium airline

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has shelved any plans for a new premium airline in Asia due to the current market conditions according to this article by Reuters.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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


UTair Aviation to launch a new route to Yerevan

UTair (Russia) (Khanty Mansiysk) will launch the Mineralyne Vody-Yerevan (Armenia) route on November 30 according to Airline Route. The new route will be operated three times a week with Boeing 737-500s.

Copyright Photo: OSDU.

UTair Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Lufthansa to launch two new routes from Dusseldorf on March 25

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will launch two new routes from Dusseldorf on March 25, 2012 according to Airline Route. A new Dusseldorf-Helsinki route will be operated with Boeing 737-500s and a Dusseldorf-Krakow route will be operated with CityLine Bombardier CRJ900s.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner.

Lufthansa Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Air France to implement a two-part recovery plan

Air France (Paris) is preparing to issue details in January or February 2012 concerning its recovery plan to return to profitability according to this report by Reuters. A second part will be issued in May or June 2012.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

Air France Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Thomas Cook fights to regain the confidence of UK passengers

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) is fighting to regain its package tour and charter market share after experiencing a 30 percent drop in bookings during the recent headlines concerning its financial problems and subsequent refinancing. Now that the carrier has lined up new financing it will have to win back the confidence of the UK market according to this report by Reuters.

Meanwhile rival TUI Travel in taking out advertisements in the UK pointing out the financial problems at Thomas Cook are not the same at its Thomson Airways subsidiary.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) Slide Show: CLICK HERE

TAM reports a weak third quarter, goes into the red

TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) reported a net loss of $380.2 million in the third quarter, down from a profit of $421.6 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.


The final days of Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines (Houston) will reach the end of a very colorful history since July 15, 1934 this week. On November 30, 2011 at 1200Z (GMT) (0600 CST) the Continental Airlines name will slip into aviation history. On this date, United Airlines and Continental will complete their merger when a single operating certificate (SOC) will become a reality. Ironically, due to operational reasons, the CO certificate (AOC) will survive operating as United Airlines. The United AOC is the certificate being retired. All flights will use the “United” call sign and UA/UAL codes after this date. The CO 1991 color scheme will also survive as the “new” livery of United Airlines.

The final COA flight to land is planned to be flight COA 86 Shanghai (Pudong) (PVG)-Newark (EWR) on November 30. A Tampa (TPA)-Newark (EWR) flight COA 1612 is due to depart at 0659 (EST) (1159Z) on November 30 and will be the final dispatched COA flight if not delayed.

CLICK HERE for the history of Continental Air Lines and Continental Airlines (company website)

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for information on the “Blue Skyway” retrojet.

Editorial Note: As a special salute to CO, we will be adding many new and historical photos this week to our growing AG library, specifically the CO Slide Show.

CLICK HERE for the Continental Slide Show (check back often this week).

Singapore Airlines Cargo adds Chongqing in China

Singapore Airlines Cargo (Singapore) added Chongqing in China on November 24 with twice-weekly cargo service.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

Singapore Airlines Cargo Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Jet Airways to bail out subsidiary Jetlite

Jet AIrways (Mumbai) intends to loan its Jetlite (Mumbai) subsidiary $9.6 million by the end of March 2012 to keep the loss-making airline flying according to this report by the WSJ.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Jetlite Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Airberlin introduces a special “Santa Claus Tour 2011″ livery on D-ABMC

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) took delivery of newly-built Boeing 737-86J registered D-ABMC (msn 37752) on November 14. The carrier has decorated the new airliner in this special “Flying home for Christmas” and “Santa Claus Tour 2011″ livery for the holidays.

Here is the flying schedule for D-ABMC: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf.

Airberlin Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Is Caribbean Airlines making money?

Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) is becoming a center point in a developing political storm in Trinidad and Tobago as to whether the expanded flag carrier is actually making a profit as declared.

According to this article by Stabroek News, the Ministry of Finance has requested Caribbean Airlines submit its latest financial statements following CAL chairman George Nicholas’ recent announcement that the airline made a TT$200 million profit.

Critics charge the statement does included losses due to fuel hedges which is included, would put the state airline into the red.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf.

Caribbean Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Airbus rolls out its new A320 Sharklets

Airbus (Toulouse) has rolled out at Toulouse this original Airbus A320-211 F-WWBA (msn 001) with this new Sharklets design. The manufacturer has also issued this new “Sharklets – hunting down fuel burn” livery complete with shark teeth at the nose!

Copyright Photo: Airbus.


Emirates to fly to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires

Emirates Airline (Dubai) continues to rapidly expand. The United Arab Emirates-based carrier will begin flying the Dubai-Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires route starting on January 3, 2012.

Flight EK 247 will leave Dubai daily at 0705 and arrive at Rio’s Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 1537. It will depart Rio at 1723, arriving at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) at 1930. From Buenos Aires, flight EK 248 departs at 2130, arriving in Rio at 0120 the next day. The aircraft will depart Rio at 0310, arriving in Dubai at 2253.

One of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, Emirates has a fleet of 162 aircraft and has become the world’s largest Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 operator.

With an order for 50 new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft placed at the Dubai Airshow earlier this month, Emirates now has 243 aircraft on order, worth over $84 billion at list prices.

Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires will be the airline’s 116th and 117th global destinations respectively. They will also become the second and third points to be added to Emirates’ South American network.

The new route will be served with Boeing 777-300 ERs.

In other news, Emirates added the Airbus A380 on the Munich route starting on November 25.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

Emirates Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Airberlin seeks out new partners in the Gulf and China

Airberlin (Berlin) is exploring possible partner and investor relationships with airlines from the Arabian Gulf region and China.

Airberlin’s new CEO Hartmut Mehdorn has already held talks with Etihad Airways and the HNA Group according to Sueddeutsche Zeitung and this report by AFP.

Airberlin’s founder Joachim Hunold had always opposed the option of seeking foreign investors but Mehdorn appears to be pursuing a different strategy.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck.

Airberlin Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas is born in Spain

Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas (Madrid) has been established in Spain by former Air Madrid (Madrid) director Julio Martinez. The new start-up is planning to launch long-range flights to Latin America (like Air Madrid) in 2012 with Airbus A340-300s.

Air France’ Airbus A340 flew with 30 screws missing after a China maintenance visit

Air France (Paris) grounded an Airbus A340 at Boston after 30 screws were found missing from a protective panel.

The A340 had previously undergone maintenance at Taeco-Taikoo Aircraft Engineering in Xiamen and departed on November 10 for Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris for three days. The missing parts were not discovered until it was ready to depart from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Read the full report from Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Pepscl.

Air France Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Thomas Cook Group secures $154 million in new financing

Thomas Cook Group (London) has secured another $154 million in financing from a group of European banks, allaying fears of a collapse of the travel group.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

BAA warns of 12-hour delays at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday

BAA Limited (London) is asking airlines serving London’s Heathrow Airport to cut back on the number of passengers for next Wednesday (November 30) due to a planned Public Sector strike which is expected to produce up to 12-hour delays at LHR.

BAA Ltd. is the Spanish-owned operator of six British airports (including Heathrow Airport) and Naples Airport in Italy, making the company one of the largest transport companies in the world. BAA stems from British Airports Authority and it is owned by a consortium led by Grupo Ferrovial, a Spanish firm specializing in infrastructure.

The main impact area will be in Immigration where the Immigration Services Union will be striking. Immigration staffing levels will be “at a maximum of 30-50%, and that most of those checking passports would have no experience and little training” according to this report by the BBC.

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

Wow Air to start operations from Iceland on June 1, 2012

Wow Air (Reykjavik) is a new airline in Iceland which is planning to operate Airbus A320s to European destinations. The planned destinations from Keflavik include Alicante, Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin (Brandenburg), Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Krakow, London (Stansted), Lyon, Paris (CDG), Stuttgart, Warsaw and Zurich.

The planned start-up date is June 1, 2012.

According to the website, “Majority holder of WOW air is the investment company Titan, owned by Skúli Mogensen. Other shareholders are Baldur Baldursson and Matthías Imsland. Baldur Baldursson is the company’s CEO.

Directors of the Board are Skúli Mogensen, Baldur Baldursson, David Másson Director and Partner Avion Capital Partners SA and Björn Ingi Knútsson former Airport Director of Keflavik Airport & Alternate representative for the Nordic Countries at ICAO in Montreal, Canada.

Skúli Mogensen is also Chairman of the Board of WOW air.”

Wow Air owners:

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Jetstar Asia starts nonstop Singapore-Beijing service

Jetstar Asia Airways (Singapore), the low-fare offshoot of Jetstar Airways, yesterday (November 24) challenged Singapore Airlines and Air China by launching daily low-fare nonstop service on the lucrative Singapore-Beijing route.

Jetstar will operate an Airbus A330 on its Singapore-Beijing service, configured for 303 passengers across business and economy classes. Jetstar will be the first low-cost carrier to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which will gradually replace its A330s from mid-2013.

Jetstar’s Singapore hub now connects to 27 destinations, including 14 in South East Asia, 10 in China and three in Australia.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Jetstar Asia’s aircraft also operate with just Jetstar.com titles like this Airbus A330-202 of Jetstar Airways of Australia.

BOC Aviation signs a contract for 15 Embraer 190s

BOC Aviation (formerly Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise-SALE) (Singapore) has signed a firm contract for 15 Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft (E190).  Deliveries are scheduled from the fourth quarter of 2012 through 2014 for the leasing company.

Singapore Airlines owns 35.5 percent of the shares.

Image: Embraer.

Boeing delivers Ethiopian Airlines’ first 737 with the new Boeing Sky Interior

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on November 22, 2011 accepted brand new Boeing 737-860 ET-APF (msn 40961). For the company, it is the first Boeing 737 with the new Boeing Sky Interior.

Copyright Photo: Boeing. An interior photo of ET-APF with the attractive new interior.


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