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Gol’s fourth quarter net profit slips to $29.9 million

Gol Transportes Aereos (Sao Paulo) reported a fourth quarter net profit of $29.9 million, a 59 percent decline in profits for the quarter.

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Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi.

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Boliviana de Aviacion wants to expand into Cuba and Venezuela

Boliviana de Aviacion-BoA (Cochabamba) wants to expand into Havana and Caracas reflecting its political position and allies according to a report by Prensa Latina. The flag carrier, which replaced LAB, would also like to ultimately add Panama City and the United States as it expands its fleet. BoA, besides operating domestic operations, currently flies to Buenos Aires and São Paulo

Boliviana de Aviación also plans to open new routes to Lima (Perú) and Santiago (Chile).

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf.

Frontier Airlines to increase the frequency on the Madison-Washington Reagan National to daily service on June 7

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will expand its existing service between Madison, Wisconsin (MSN) and Washington (Reagan National Airport) (DCA) from three times weekly to daily. In addition, the airline will improve the timing of the flight schedule on the route. The changes go into effect on June 7, 2012.

The flights will be operated by Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis) for Frontier using their Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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Delta Air Lines to drop service to Huntington, WV on June 1

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will drop all service to Huntington, West Virginia and the Detroit-Huntington route on June 1 per USA Today. The route is operated by Pinnacle Airlines (Memphis) and its 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. The route is underperforming.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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American Airlines to put its AA code on British Airways flights to India

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and British Airways (London) have received approval from the Indian government to place the AA* code on British Airways flights from London to the following Indian cities: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The new codeshare flights are scheduled to go on sale with the first travel date starting March 29. This new codeshare agreement provides American customers more convenient choices and greater connectivity when traveling to India.

The codeshare allows American to place its code on fellowoneworld® member and joint business partner, British Airways, flights through London Heathrow Airport. The placement of American’s code on British Airways flights will complement American’s existing service to India through partner airline Jet Airways via Brussels.

In other news, as planned, British replaced its Boeing 767-300 with the larger Boeing 747-400, offering four classes of service, on the London (Heathrow)-Moscow (Domodedovo) route on March 25.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

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XL Airways Germany is operating this Boeing 737-800 for Condor

XL Airways (Germany) (Frankfurt) is operating this Boeing 737-800 for rival Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt). The aircraft carries additional titles.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Please click on the photo for the full view and click again for additional information.

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easyJet opens its newest base at Southend Airport

easyJet (London-Luton), the UK’s largest airline, today (March 26) celebrate dthe launch of its new UK base at London Southend Airport – the first new airport in the south east for decades. Southend is the airline’s 23rd base in Europe and 11th in the UK, with a special inaugural flight taking off from the new airport to Barcelona.

Southend was once London’s third biggest as well as the home of Freddie Laker’s first airline venture. Southend will offer a fast and convenient new way to fly to and from London. The brand new terminal – which was recently officially opened by Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening MP – is located within a minute’s walk from the new train station with superb links into Stratford and central London.

Commercial flights commence on April 2 when there will be 70 easyJet flights per week, making it the ideal gateway for both business and leisure travel across Europe. On landing at Southend Airport passengers should be able to get from the plane to the train within 15 minutes.

easyJet has today announced a new route for the winter schedule from London Southend, the tenth route from the airport, to popular city and ski center, Geneva. easyJet will operate three services a week on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from mid-December.

From April 2 onwards easyJet flights will commence more than 70 flights a week to nine destinations across Europe from Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona Berlin, Faro, Ibiza, Jersey, Majorca and Malaga. Geneva will be added from winter 2012. Amsterdam is proving the most popular route to and from London Southend proving that for the Dutch “de enige manier is Essex” (The only way is Essex).

London Southend is easyJet’s eleventh UK base which will bring three new A319 aircraft and over 150 employees to the airport, with more than 800,000 passengers expected to fly in the airline’s first year of take off.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

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US Airways launches flights to 14 new destinations from Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport

US Airways (Phoenix) yesterday (March 25) began new service to 11 communities and improved service to three from Washington, D.C’s Reagan National Airport. The airline launched nonstop flights to Birmingham, Ala.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Islip, N.Y.; Little Rock, Ark.; Jacksonville, N.C.; Pensacola, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla. and Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. US Airways will be the sole carrier to provide service to customers in these communities to Washington’s downtown airport.

New service also began to Memphis, Tenn.; Omaha, Neb. and Ottawa, Ontario.  These communities are currently served by other carriers at Reagan National. In addition to the 11 new communities the airline did not previously serve, it has also added improved service on existing routes between Reagan National and Savannah, Ga.; Bangor, Maine and Hartford, Conn.

On March 21, the airline also announced that it would begin service to six additional communities from the District’s downtown airport. Once these flights commence in June and July, the airline will have a total of 22 new routes served from Reagan National. The new flights are a part of US Airways’ plan to focus on its core service areas of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C.

Beginning July 11, 99 percent of the airline’s available seat miles (ASMs) will operate to or from its core service areas and US Airways Shuttle that operates hourly between Washington, Boston and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Southern Air takes delivery of its latest Boeing 777 freighter, will operate N714SA for DHL

Southern Air (2nd) (Anchorage) leased this brand new Boeing 777-FZB freighter registered as N714SA (msn 37988) from Oak Hill Aviation Partners on March 23. The freighter ferried to Los Angeles on the same day to start operating for DHL.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. This spectacular shot shows the crew of N714SA doing a dramatic fly-by at Paine Field.

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The end of the line for Executive Airlines and the American Eagle ATR 72

Executive Airlines (2nd) (San Juan) as a subsidiary of the bankrupt AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth) operates a dwindling fleet of ATR 72s in the American Eagle brand. Previously it was announced the ATRs would be pulled from the Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami hubs. Now the last bastion of ATR operations (started with the ATR 42) in San Juan appears to be endangered. The El Vocero newspaper has reported American Eagle will end operations, including the ATRs, at SJU in March 2013 citing a memo sent to the flight attendants. American Airlines and AMR have not confirmed the report.

Read the full report form the Washington Post: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Flybe starts operating for Brussels Airlines

Flybe (Exeter) today (March 25) started operating two Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s) (G-ECOH and G-ECOI) for Brussels Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil.

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QANTAS upgrades its fourth Boeing 747-400 to Airbus A380 standard

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) will introduce its fourth newly-fitted Boeing 747-400 to its international network later this month.

The Boeing 747-400 Reconfiguration Program includes the complete retrofit of the aircraft interior, including new seats and new cabin configurations. The newly-configured aircraft are fitted with 364 seats: 58 Business, 36 Premium Economy and 270 Economy. The seats in all three cabins have won awards for their design and comfort, including the 2009 Australian International Design Award for the Economy seat.

By the end of June 2012, QANTAS will have six newly-fitted 747-400 aircraft operating on long haul Pacific routes including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and Santiago.

For First customers traveling between the US and Australia, the A380 First suite will continue to be available on QF11 and QF12 (Los Angeles-Sydney) and QF93 and QF94 (Los Angeles-Melbourne).

The remaining three newly-fitted Boeing 747-400 aircrafts will be introduced across the long haul Pacific routes and Brisbane – Singapore by the end of October 2012.

QANTAS will have a fleet of 12 A380s and nine newly-fitted 747-400 aircraft by the end of this year.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for the full view and click again for information on the aircraft.

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Garuda Indonesia’s net profit rose 56% in 2011 to $87.8 million

Garuda Indonesia Airways’ (Jakarata) reported its net profit for 2011 rose by 56 percent to $87.8 million.

Read the full report from Garuda Indonesia: CLICK HERE

Read the analysis from the WSJ: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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Thai to drop the Bangkok-Los Angeles route on May 1, will park the A340-500s

Thai Airways International (Bangkok) due to the rising price of fuel is planning to discontinue the nonstop Bangkok-Los Angeles route on May 1. The four Airbus A340-500s assigned to the route are expected to be parked or sold this year.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen.

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The Le Caravelle Club Caravelle SE-DAI is repainted in Finnair colors as OH-LSB for a movie

Finnair’s (Helsinki) Caravelle days are being remembered in a movie currently being filmed in Stockholm. The movie centers around the hijacking of a Finnair Caravelle and is called “The Hijack That Went South“. Le Caravelle Club’s Sud Aviation SE.210 Caravelle III SE-DAI (msn 210) has been repainted in the 1966 livery of Finnair as “Super Caravelle” OH-LSB. This OH-LSB is also named “Tampere”. The shade of blue used in the repainting appears to be a lighter shade of blue than what was used in this era. The original OH-LSB (msn 182), also named “Tampere”, was actually a larger SE.210 Caravelle 10B3.

Top Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren. The new “OH-LSB” is parked close to taxiway W at Stockholm – Arlanda today. Filming is taking place this month in Stockholm. The Caravelle was repainted just a few days ago at Arlanda.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem. The historic photo of Douglas DC-9-15 OH-LSK is an actual aircraft painted in the 1966 livery which appears to be a darker shade of blue. The “F in the circle” logo by the nose was introduced in 1968.

Iberia Express launches low-fare operations today

Iberia Express (Madrid) despite protests and strikes by the Iberia pilots and cabin staff, as planned, launched low-fare domestic operations today (March 25) in Spain. With four older Airbus A320s, Iberia Express commenced operations from the Madrid hub to Alicante, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Seville.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Airbus A320-211 EC-FNR (msn 323) arrives at Palma on the first day of operations.

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British Airways’ Willie Walsh may make a bid for American Airlines

British Airways’ (London) CEO Willie Walsh, representing the International Airlines Group (IAG) and the Oneworld alliance, may make a bid to acquire a share of defunct American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) mainly to keep it out of the hands of US Airways (Phoenix) which is in the Star Alliance camp (or Delta and the SkyTeam) according to a report by Sunday Times.

Read the report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Wingnut.

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Air Seychelles announces a new two-year business plan, will lease two Airbus A330-200s

Air Seychelles (Mahe) has announced a new two-year business plan which details its new growing business relationship with Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). Air Seychelles will depend on Etihad Airways’ expertise and route structure to expand its business. Air Seychelles will also lease two Airbus A330-200s in order to launch a new route to Beijing, China in early 2013. With the Airbus A330s it will also expand its flights to the key destinations of Abu Dhabi, Mauritius and Johannesburg. The company recently ended long-haul service to Europe.

Read the full report from Emirates 24/7: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ronferley. Now a rare sight at the Mahe base. This Boeing 767-37D ER S7-AHM (msn 26328) in the 2011 livery is now gone as the company phases out the type. S7-AHM has gone to Miami for repainting and a new customer.

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Syphax Airlines takes delivery of two Airbus A319s

Syphax Airlines (Sfax) as we previously reported, is a new airline in Tunisia founded by businessman Mahmoud Frikha. The new carrier is based at Sfax–Thyna International Airport (IATA: SFA, ICAO: DTTX).

During World War II, the airport was known as Sfax Airfield and was used by the United States Army Air Force Ninth Air Force using B-25 Mitchell bombers during the North African Campaign.

Doric Asset Finance this month delivered two former Hamburg International Airbus A319-112s to the new Tunisian airline. A319-112 TS-IEF (msn 3853, ex D-AHIN) was handed over on March 14 and is named “Karama”. This was followed by A319-112 TS-IEG (msn 3872, ex D-AHIO) on the following day.

The lease agreements for both Airbus A319s were signed in mid-January. Doric acted as a
remarketing agent for two German funds from the Hamburg-based investment house Woelbern Invest.
Both aircraft underwent maintenance checks and repainting in advance of the delivery as part of the
remarketing activities arranged by Doric.

Syphax Airlines is planning to launch its operations this month from Sfax Airport to destinations in France.

Copyright Photo: Doric Asset Finance.

US Airways carefully makes its case for an American merger, ranks the most profitable hubs

US Airways (Phoenix) is carefully making its case for an American-US Airways merger, claiming AA is very weak in the eastern United States where it is strong, especially in Washington, Philadelphia and Charlotte. In the article by The Street, US Airways president Scott Kirby also rates the most profitable hubs.

US Airways still has its own problems from the last merger between the old US Airways and America West.  It is virtually still two airlines – East and West as there are still two labor groups and two groups of aircraft that still cannot be mixed. US Airways does not have a good track record for managing a merger. This needs to be fixed before they can proceed to another merger.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Which name and brand would survive a possible merger? American is now a damaged brand (and also out of date) with the bankruptcy and its labor turmoil but it is certainly an iconic name. The US Airways’ brand has been refreshed recently, unlike AA, but also has its share of labor issues with the unresolved issues. At least if American is chosen for the name of a possible merger we will finally see a new look for American after 44 years. Please do not do the United-Continental thing by simply adding an American name to an US Airways livery and calling it new.

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Air France-KLM intends to acquire all of the shares of Alitalia in the first quarter of 2013

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) are planning to acquire the remaining shares of Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) in the first quarter of 2013 through a shares swap according to a report by The Tribune.

On January 13, 2009 the reorganized and refinanced version of Alitalia re-launched operations. Compagnia Aerea Italiana sold 25% of the company’s shares to Air France-KLM for €322 million. Air France-KLM also have an option, subject to certain conditions, to purchase the additional shares.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. The latest Embraer is painted in the SkyTeam alliance livery. Please click on the image for the full view and click again for further information.

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Japan Airlines to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 tomorrow

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25, 2012, and the aircraft will be flown from Everett to Tokyo (Narita) by JAL pilots on the following day.

JAL’s first commercial 787 flight will also be the first ever nonstop flight to connect Boston with Asia when JAL uses it to launch the new service between Tokyo (Narita) and Boston on April 22, 2012. JAL will later this year, also use this super-efficient aircraft to start yet another first nonstop service between a US city and Asia with the launch of direct flights between Tokyo (Narita) and San Diego. The 787 is scheduled to be deployed on routes between Tokyo and Beijing, Moscow, New Delhi and Singapore as soon as subsequent aircraft are delivered and all necessary preparations are completed.

The first JAL 787 will depart from PAE  at 1600 (4 pm) local time on March 26 and arrive at Tokyo (Narita) at 1830 (6:30 pm) on March 27.

JAL’s 787 Dreamliner is configured in two classes with 42 seats in business and 144 seats in economy. The airline will fit its newest Executive Class JAL SHELL FLAT NEO seats that are 5 cm (2 inches) wider (than the seats now fitted on JAL’s Boeing 777s), in a 2-2-2 configuration so that customers are either seated by the window or along the aisle. Lavatories in Executive Class also feature a special warm-water Toto Washlet*1 jointly developed by companies Toto, JAMCO and Boeing. The 144 Economy Class seats have 2 cm (0.8 inches) wider space than current seats and arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.

According to the airline, some of the highlights of the revolutionary aircraft are:

・30% larger windows than a Boeing 767 allow for more light into the cabin and a greater view of the outside even for passengers seated in the middle sections.

・Electronically dimmable windows allow customers to adjust the amount of light entering the cabin, and it replaces conventional shades that either completely shut out or let in external light.

・Taking advantage of the kaleidoscope of colors afforded by the new LED lights, JAL’s original onboard lighting design creates a soothing in-flight atmosphere that would evoke a sense of the four seasons in Japan, such as pink hues of cherry blossoms in spring. The lighting is also used to create a more conducive environment at the right timing for a sound slumber and a refreshed wakening, as well as to make in-flight meals more appetizing.

・Higher ceilings and lower cabin pressure are subtle enhancements that make a noticeable difference to customer comfort, especially on long-haul flights. The ceiling of the 787 Dreamliner is approximately 14 cm (5.5 inches) higher than a Boeing 767 aircraft (comparing the height of the economy class section) while the maximum cabin altitude is also lower at 1,800 meters which reduces passenger fatigue.

・A brand new type of in-flight entertainment will be introduced onboard JAL’s 787 Dreamliner, called SKY MANGA which reflects a distinctive part of the Japanese culture. There will be more than 30 titles of Japanese comics available in electronic versions on JAL’s in-flight entertainment system initially, with expansion to English versions planned for the near future.

For more information on JAL’s 787 Dreamliner, visit: http://www.jal.co.jp/en/787/.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.


Air Malta supports Valletta as the 2018 European Capital of Culture with a new logojet

Air Malta (Luqa) has introduced this new logojet to support Valletta as Malta’s candidate city for the 2018 European Capital of Culture.

Valletta is the capital of Malta, also known as Il-Belt (English: The City) in Maltese. It is located in the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta, and the historical city has a population of 6,966. The name “Valletta” is traditionally reserved for the historic walled citadel that serves as Malta’s principal administrative district.

The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organizes a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension.

Preparing a European Capital of Culture can be an opportunity for the city to generate considerable cultural, social and economic benefits and it can help foster urban regeneration, change the city’s image and raise its visibility and profile on an international scale.

The European Capital of Culture program was initially called the European City of Culture and was conceived in 1983 by Melina Mercouri, then the Greek Minister of Culture.

The Netherlands and Malta have the privilege of designating a city in 2018.

In other news, Air Malta is getting ready to introduce a new brand. Melinda Kecskes, formerly of Wizz Air, was appointed the General Manager Marketing and Brand at Air Malta on October 31, 2011.

Commenting on the appointment, Philip Saunders, Chief Commercial Officer at Air Malta said, “Melinda brings with her a wealth of knowledge. She has a broad understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved in successfully developing new airline brands. Her experiences in both the airline industry and the advertising business made her the ideal candidate for this position. I believe she will be a key asset in the rebranding of Air Malta, which will bring about change in our customer’s journey from the reservation process to ground procedures, cabin standards and aircraft configuration.”

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Airbus A320-214 9H-AEO (msn 2768) arrives at London (Gatwick) on March 24 in the new look.

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Volotea takes delivery of its second Boeing 717 in a different livery, ready for launch on April 5

Volotea (Venice) on March 21 took delivery of its second Boeing 717, the pictured 717-2BL registered as EC-LQI (msn 55167, ex N408BC). The airliner arrived at Palma de Mallorca two days later where it is pictured today. The former Midwest Airlines airframe  was painted at Cecil Field in Jacksonville with a different tail design.

Volotea bills itself as “the airline for Europe’s small and mid-sized cities”. The new airline will start operating from Venice Marco Polo Airport on April 5. Volotea will initially serve five domestic destinations (Brindisi, Cagliari, Olbia, Palermo, and Reggio Calabria) and nine international destinations (Alicante, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Budapest, Krakow, Malaga, Porto, Thessaloniki, and Santiago de Compostela).

During the summertime the number of routes will grow to 24, and Volotea will thus become Marco Polo’s largest carrier in terms of destinations served. Operationally, weekly flights will grow from 90 a week in April (arrivals + departures) to 160 in August, while the amount of seats on offer will increase from 11.250 to 20.000 over the same period.

Volotea focuses on point-to-point services between Europe’s small and mid-sized cities which are either subject to high fares or do not have direct flights between them. New routes will start at €19 each way, all included.

In addition to the founders and top managers, the new airline boasts three private equity funds (two of them from Europe and the third one from the United States). The equity funds have committed substantial and adequate funding for the launch of Volotea:

CCMP Capital Advisors, A leading private equity firm specializing in upper-middle market buyouts and growth equity investments in the U.S. and Europe, with offices in New York, London and Houston, CCMP Capital was formed in 2006 by the former buyout and growth equity investment professionals of J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC (a private equity division of JPMorgan Chase & Co). The founders of CCMP Capital have invested over $13bn since 1984.

FESpyme, Fondo de Capital Riesgo, managed by Axis Participaciones Empresariales, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spain’s Instituto de Crédito Oficial. Having invested €250m in over 130 operations since 1986, Madrid-based Axis is the oldest venture capital operator in Spain.

Sinaer Inversiones, an aviation-investment vehicle partly owned by Corpfin Capital, an independent private equity firm which focuses on Spanish growth companies. Madrid-based Corpfin was founded in 1990 and currently manages assets worth €400m.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez.

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WestJet “turns the knife” on Air Canada

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) seizing the moment while Air Canada (Montreal) was dealing with its labor turmoil, suddenly issued this press release:

“WestJet announced today (March 23) it is Canada’s preferred airline, according to research performed by TNS Canada on behalf of the airline.

Conducted in each of the last two quarters of 2011, the results showed that 44 per cent of Canadians said they prefer WestJet overall, as compared to 39 per cent for Air Canada. Participants were also asked to rate airlines in the categories of “genuinely cares”, best customer service, lowest prices and best value. In all categories, WestJet’s scores were approximately double that of Air Canada’s.

“I am extremely pleased with these results,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. “WestJet has built its brand on the pillars that Canadians trust us, they like to fly with us and they feel we offer great value. We are now at the point where our schedule, our WestJet Rewards program, our appeal to business travellers and our award-winning guest experience have made us Canada’s preferred airline.”

The TNS Canada research is an ongoing online survey among Canadians who have taken a flight within the past 12 months. Approximately 2,700 surveys are completed each quarter in a nationally representative sample of Canadian flyers across the 10 provinces.

In light of current labour unrest at Air Canada, WestJet would also like Canadians to know that it is able to help travellers whose plans may be affected, particularly in Toronto and Montreal where most of the service disruptions have been reported.

From now until April 1, WestJet has approximately 26,000 seats available on flights leaving from Toronto and about 7,600 seats on flights leaving from Montreal. There are more than 143,000 seats available across WestJet’s 76-city national and international network over the next week or so.

“We want Canadians to know they can book a WestJet flight with confidence,” said Bob Cummings. “If travellers are worried that labour unrest at Air Canada will jeopardize their spring break vacation, their flight to visit family and friends, or their business trip, we want them to know that we will do our best to get them where they want to go.”

Flight arrangements can be made on westjet.com, through the WestJet Sales Super Centre at 1-888-WESTJET (1-888-937-8538) or by contacting your travel agent.”

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck.

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Air Canada is hit by an impromptu strike due to employee comments

Air Canada (Montreal) is dealing with a fragile labor peace today after an impromptu “wildcat” strike Thursday night and Friday that affected operations. According to thestar.com, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt was heckled by three Air Canada employees Thursday night as she walked through Toronto Pearson International Airport. The employees were unhappy about losing the right to strike. The employees were suspended which led to the wildcat strikes by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) in Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City according to the report.

Air Canada issued the following update:

“Although Air Canada ground handling employees at Toronto and Montreal international airports have returned to work following an illegal work stoppage this morning, delays and cancellations of Air Canada-operated flights primarily to Canadian and U.S. destinations are expected for the remainder of the day.

Customers are requested to check the status of their flight at aircanada.com before leaving for the airport.

“We recognize that many customers are being inconvenienced and our focus right now is on getting them to their destination safely, and as quickly as we can,” said Duncan Dee, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.   “We thank our customers for their patience and loyalty as we work doubly hard to restore their confidence in Air Canada.  We would also like to thank those employees who worked tirelessly throughout the night to minimize impact on our customers.”

In order to facilitate changes to travel plans, Air Canada has revised its ticketing policy for customers booked on flights until Sunday March 25, 2012. Those customers wishing to rebook until April 30, 2012, may do so free of charge, by using Air Canada’s self service rebooking tool at aircanada.com, on their mobile device, or by contacting Air Canada Reservations toll free in Canada and the U.S. at 888-247-2262; TTY: 1-800-361-8071 or Air Canada Reservations worldwide.

To avoid lengthy call centre wait times due to increased call volume, Air Canada urges customers to consult aircanada.com for the latest flight information and to use the airline’s online rebooking and check-in tools.”

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Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

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Iberia announces the first Iberia Express routes

Iberia Express (Madrid) will commence operations on March 25 with four Airbus A320s from its parent. The initial routes will be between Madrid and Palma de Majorca, Alicante, Malaga, and Seville.

A total of 17 destinations will be served during the summer season, including Vigo, Santiago de Compostela, Granada, Minorca, Ibiza, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and La Palma in Spain, and also Dublin, Naples, Mikonos, Riga and Amsterdam. The new airline, wholly-owned by Iberia, made its debut in Madrid today at a press conference hosted by the Iberia CEO Rafael Sánchez-Lozano and Iberia Express CEO Luis Gallego. According to Iberia, “the new Iberia unit is designed to restore profitability to short- and medium-haul routes, operating initially with four A320s on domestic and European routes. By the end of the year the company is expected to have fourteen A320s and a staff of some 500 people. The new company will strengthen the Iberia group’s Madrid-Barajas hub and contribute to the growth of its long-haul business.” The various Iberia unions have opposed the launch of Iberia Express.

Air France and the unions agree on the framework to negotiate cuts, new flights from its growing regional hubs

Air France (Paris) and its major unions have agreed on the framework to negotiate personnel costs reductions. The French is attempt to cut costs in order to stabilize its debt.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

In other news, Air France is adding 18 new services from its Nice and Toulouse bases as it builds on its new regional strategy.

In Nice, starting on April 3, Air France will inaugurate four new routes to Athens, Naples, Tel Aviv and Venice. This summer, Air France will be offering 400 weekly flights to 24 destinations from Nice.

In Toulouse, starting on April 1, Air France will launch 14 new routes to Athens, Berlin, Casablanca, Hamburg, Istanbul, Malaga, Malta, Marrakech, Naples, Prague, Seville, Tunis, Venice and Vienna. This summer, Air France will be offering 432 weekly flights to 28 destinations from Toulouse.

This summer, Air France will be offering 487 weekly flights to 34 destinations including five new routes (Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Venice and Marrakech) from Marseille.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton.

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Air Canada provides update on Aveos contingency plans; RFP process for new maintenance, repair and overhaul services to favor Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto

Air Canada (Montreal) has provided the following update concerning its plans following the closure by Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. of its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in Canada this week.

“The closure of Aveos’s facilities will not have an impact on Air Canada’s day-to-day aircraft maintenance and repair activities or on its scheduled operation. This day-to-day maintenance work is performed directly by Air Canada at its own facilities across Canada – including Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto – by Air Canada’s 2,300 maintenance employees.

On a transitional basis, the airline has identified qualified and government-approved maintenance facilities in Canada and the U.S. to undertake work that was scheduled to be performed by Aveos consistent with the high standards of Air Canada’s maintenance programs. The transition to new service providers is already underway and will have no impact on customers. For example, three aircraft scheduled for maintenance this week will go to a Quebec-based maintenance provider currently used by other Canadian and international airlines. In addition, arrangements are being made to complete the maintenance of the three aircraft remaining at Aveos facilities. The airline will continue to source new transitional providers through industry-standard RFP processes.

Air Canada and Aveos are two separate entities. Air Canada sold its technical services division in 2004.  This company was then sold to a consortium of private investors in 2007 and subsequently changed its name to Aveos in 2008.

The Aveos workforce is independent from Air Canada and is covered by a separate collective agreement.”

Copyright Photo: Reinhard Zinabold.

Air Canada Slide Show: CLICK HERE

US Airways is briefing some unsecured American Airlines creditors on its merger plan

US Airways (Phoenix) according to this report by Bloomberg Businessweek is briefing some of the unsecured American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) creditors about its merger plan.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

US Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Spirit Airlines starts Dallas/Fort Worth-Boston and Dallas/Fort Worth-Mesa service

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) yesterday (march 22) started daily nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and daily nonstop service between Mesa (Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with continuing service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen.

Spirit Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Boeing announces fifth segment of the 787 Dream Tour

Boeing (Chicago) this month will begin the fifth segment of the 787 Dream Tour, a worldwide tour featuring the Dreamliner. This leg of the tour will include five cities across South America, Central Asia, Russia and Europe.

The March and April schedule includes the following stops:

  • March 26-31: Santiago, Chile to visit LAN Airlines and be on display at the FIDAE Air Show.
  • April 1-2: Shannon, Ireland for a scheduled day of maintenance activities.
  • April 2-3: Baku, Azerbaijan to visit Azerbaijan Airlines.
  • April 3-6: Moscow, Russia to visit airline customers, suppliers and employees from the Boeing Design Center.
  • April 6-11: Istanbul, Turkey to visit customers and suppliers.
  • April 11-13: Madrid, Spain to visit Air Europa, suppliers and Boeing employees.

The Dream Tour airplane 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 many of 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 www.newairplane.com/787/dreamtour.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris.

American Airlines and Hainan Airlines begin their code-share relationship

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and Hainan Airlines (Beijing and Haikou) have implemented their new codeshare agreement, providing significant growth opportunities for American in China and for Hainan in the United States. Customers can now book these new codeshare flights for travel beginning March 25.

The new codeshare relationship complements American’s existing service to China. Currently, American operates nonstop service in three U.S.-China markets: Chicago O’Hare-Beijing, Chicago O’Hare-Shanghai and Los Angeles-Shanghai.

The codeshare agreement includes:

  • Display of AA’s flight numbers (AA*) on Hainan flights between Seattle and Beijing as well as on Hainan flights beyond Beijing to Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming and Urumqi.
  • Display of Hainan’s flight numbers (HU*) on American flights between Chicago and Beijing and Shanghai, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as on American flights to and from 12 other cities in the U.S.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl.

Hainan Slide Show: CLICK HERE

American Airlines to seek bankruptcy court approval to reject union contracts

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is planning to seek bankruptcy court approval to reject all union contracts next week according to his report by Bloomberg. The airline is taking this major step because it has been unable to obtain union approvals for new (lower pay and benefits) contracts. Parent AMR is seeking $1.25 billion in annual employee savings.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen.

American Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Allegiant to start Hagerstown-Sanford flights starting on May 25

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) continues to build up its Sanford, FL focus city, near Orlando. The company has announced new nonstop jet service between Hagerstown, Maryland, and Orlando, Florida, via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), starting on May 25, 2012.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) and Sanford International Airport (SFB).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Allegiant Slide Show: CLICK HERE

United Airlines puts this Boeing 747-400 into charter service

United Airlines (Chicago) has put this Boeing 747-422 registered as N194UA into revenue charter service

United leased the Jumbo as a passenger aircraft to Atlas Air on April 6, 2011. Atlas Air painted the aircraft in their full colors. N194UA returned to United on December 31, 2011. Following a C-check in Beijing, N194UA ferried back to the San Francisco maintenance base. The Jumbo is now being used for charter flights by United and carries these unique “United Charter” titles while still retaining the basic 2000 Atlas Air livery.

N194UA operated its first military charter on March 21, 2012 between McChord Air Force Base and Hahn, Germany.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

RAK Airways leases this Boeing 757-200 from Jet2

RAK Airways (Ras al-Khaimah) has leased in this Boeing 757-200 from Jet2 (Leeds/Bradford).

Copyright Photo: Matt Varley. 757-23N G-LSAK (msn 27973) prepares to depart from Norwich on delivery.

Hot New Photos Slide Show: CLICK HERE

El Al loses $49.4 million in 2011

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) reported a net loss for 2011 of $49.4 million, compared to a profit of about $57 million in 2010. For the fourth quarter, El Al reported a net loss of $7.8 million, compared to a profit of $16.3 in the same quarter last year. The cash balance available to the Company at the end of 2011 totaled $85.4 million.

El Al implemented a number of steps to reduce its expenses, including optimizing its aircraft fleet and re-examining its route structure and destinations. One of the results was the airline stop flying to Sao Paulo, Odessa and Dnepropetrovsk. The flag carrier is also reducing the number of aircraft types in its fleet and is removing older aircraft from service. A cargo Boeing 747-200 went out of service this past summer; two passenger 767-200s stopped flying at the end of 2011, and two leased 757s were returned to their owners. As a result, this reduce the number of aircraft types operated from six to four.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

El Al Slide Show: CLICK HERE

 

Lufthansa is denied deploying the Airbus A380 to Shanghai

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has reportedly been denied in using its Airbus A380 to fly the Frankfurt-Shanghai route due to a growing dispute between China and the European Union due to the EU’s ETS emissions trading. China is holding up several Airbus orders due to the new tax and has told its airlines not to pay the fee.

The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) also known as the European Union Emissions Trading System, was the first large emissions trading scheme in the world. It was launched in 2005 to combat climate change and is a major pillar of EU climate policy. The EU ETS currently covers more than 10,000 installations with a net heat excess of 20 MW in the energy and industrial sectors which are collectively responsible for close to half of the EU’s emissions of CO2 and 40% of its total greenhouse gas emissions.

Aviation emissions are now included since 2012.

Read the full story in Aero.de (in German): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

Lufthansa Slide Show: CLICK HERE

US Airways to add six new routes from Washington Reagan National in June

US Airways (Washington) has announced it will launch daily, nonstop service to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport when then airline launches new flights in June and July. Business, government and leisure travelers in San Diego, Augusta, Georgia, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario will receive new access to DCA. New service to San Diego will begin on June 8, while service to all other communities will begin on July 11. Currently, no carrier at Reagan National offers nonstop service to San Diego, Augusta or Fayetteville. US Airways will fill the void with nonstop access from these communities to Reagan National Airport.

US Airways will have a total of 22 new routes from Washington D.C.’s Reagan National beginning this spring and summer as a result of slot swap with Delta Air Lines.

The new flights are the final phase in US Airways’ plan to focus on its core service areas of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C. In January, US Airways announced expanded service from Washington, D.C. to 14 destinations from Reagan National Airport.  These flights will begin on March 25. The airline also announced nonstop flights between Reagan National and Cincinnati and Des Moines, Iowa that will start on May 2. Once the new flights begin, 99 percent of the airline’s available seat miles (ASMs) will operate to or from its core service areas and US Airways Shuttle that operates hourly between Washington, Boston and New York’s LaGuardia Airport. This represents a 16 percentage point change from 2006, when, following the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines, only 83 percent of the airline’s ASMs touched its core focus areas and US Airways Shuttle.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

US Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

US Airways Express-Republic Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

 

Southwest introduces “Warrior One” to the employees

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) officially introduced its first Boeing 737-8H4 (N8301J, msn 36980) to its Dallas Love-based employees yesterday (March 21). The company officially accepted the new type on March 8, 2012. N8301J will enter revenue service on April 11 between Chicago (Midway) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. N8301J has been named “Warrior One”.

The airline commented:

“Southwest Airlines yesterday hosted a celebration for the arrival of the carrier’s very first Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a media and Employee event at its Maintenance Hangar in Dallas.  Employees, media, and invited guests had their first opportunity to see the new aircraft up close and personal, as Southwest Executives hosted a walk-through and tour of the airline’s newest addition to the fleet and brand new aircraft type.  The airline took delivery of the new aircraft on March 8, 2012, and the plane will undergo several regulatory and conformity procedures before it is entered into regularly scheduled service on April 11, 2012.

Southwest’s Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven greeted thousands of cheering Employees, media, and invited guests who gathered to catch their first glimpse of the new aircraft.

“Not only is this is a beautiful aircraft, and one our Customers are sure to love, but it will also play an important strategic role in our future.  The -800 aircraft carries 175 passengers, close to a 30 percent increase over our current fleet configuration, which will improve our unit costs per flight,” said Van de Ven.  “Additionally, it complements our existing fleet with opportunities for longer-haul flying and schedule flexibility by allowing additional capacity in high-demand, slot-controlled, or gate-restricted airports.”

The -800 aircraft will feature Southwest’s new Evolve Interior and Boeing’s Sky Interior.  Evolveoffers a sleek cabin experience that enhances Customer comfort, improves fleet efficiency, and gives back to the environment.  The Boeing Sky Interior offers a quieter, more comfortable environment for Customers with taller ceilings and more overhead bin space, improved operational security features, and ambient LED reading and ceiling lighting, which are more effective as well as energy efficient and adaptable to the mood onboard the aircraft.  The aircraft also will be equipped with the airline’s satellite-based internet connectivity as Southwest continues to roll out WiFi across its fleet.

Southwest is planning to take delivery of 33 737-800 aircraft in 2012, which will come equipped with full Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) configuration.  ETOPS allows twin-engine aircraft to fly long distance routes and in the long-term, will provide the opportunity for adding new destinations to the airline’s robust route map.

“I would like to thank our hard-working Employees for their Herculean efforts to introduce a brand new aircraft type into our fleet,” Van de Ven said.  “This is a proud day for me, for the People of Southwest Airlines, and for the future of our Company.”

Southwest Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Silver Airways expands Montana route network with new service to Helena

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) is spreading its wings in Montana with the addition of new weekday service to Helena from Billings. This expansion brings Silver Airways Montana service to nine cities and marks the carrier’s first route in Montana to operate outside of its Essential Air Service (EAS) contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The new flights will operate twice daily, Monday-Friday, between Billings and Helena beginning on May 1, 2012.

Silver Airways operates regularly scheduled passenger service to nine destinations throughout Montana – Billings, Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Helena, Lewistown, Miles City, Sidney and Wolf Point. All destinations, with the exception of Helena, are served under Silver Airways’ EAS contract with the DOT, which began May 2011.

Silver Airways is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a new, state-of-the-art 61,000 square-foot maintenance facility based at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). The airline operates under a principal code share and alliance agreement with United Airlines and Copa Airlines. The Silver Airways fleet is comprised of 21 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft (maximum seating capacity: 19 passengers), each powered by reliable, fuel-efficient jet-turbine engines. Twelve additional Saab 340B plus aircraft, with seating for 34, will be added to the Silver Airways fleet by September 2012.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck.

Gulfstream Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Current Montana EAS Route Map:

FedEx Corporation reports net income of $521 million in the fiscal third quarter

FedEx Corporation (Memphis) reported earnings of $1.65 per diluted share for the third quarter ended February 29, which includes a $0.10 per share reversal of a reserve associated with a legal matter at FedEx Express. Last year’s third quarter earnings were $0.73 per diluted share, which included $0.08 per diluted share in costs related to the combination of the company’s FedEx Freight and FedEx National LTL operations. Excluding these one-time items, earnings were $1.55 per diluted share in the third quarter, compared to $0.81 per diluted share a year ago.

FedEx Corporation reported the following consolidated results for the third quarter:

• Revenue of $10.56 billion, up 9% from $9.66 billion the previous year

• Operating income of $813 million, up 107% from $393 million last year

• Operating margin of 7.7%, up from 4.1% the previous year

• Net income of $521 million, up 126% from $231 million a year ago

Operating income improved due to the continued strong performance of FedEx Ground driven by higher yields and volumes, as well as significantly improved results at FedEx Freight. Operating income also reflects the positive year-over-year impact, predominately at FedEx Express, of a benefit from the timing lag that exists between when fuel prices change and when indexed fuel surcharges automatically adjust. The company also benefitted from a lower tax rate and mild winter weather.

FedEx projects earnings to be $1.75 to $2.00 per diluted share in the fourth quarter and an adjusted $6.35 to $6.60 per diluted share for fiscal 2012. This guidance assumes the current market outlook for fuel prices and moderate growth in the global economy. Including the FedEx Express legal reserve reversal, earnings are expected to be $6.43 to $6.68 per diluted share for fiscal 2012. The company reported earnings of $1.75 per diluted share in last year’s fourth quarter. The capital spending forecast for fiscal 2012 remains $4.2 billion.

For the third quarter, the FedEx Express segment reported:

• Revenue of $6.54 billion, up 8% from last year’s $6.05 billion

• Operating income of $349 million, up 96% from $178 million a year ago

• Operating margin of 5.3%, up from 2.9% the previous year

U.S. domestic revenue per package grew 9% due to higher rate per pound and fuel surcharges, while average daily package volume decreased 4%. International priority (IP) revenue per package grew 5% due to higher fuel surcharges and package weights, while average daily package volume decreased 1%. IP freight average daily pounds increased 4% with revenue per pound up 2% due to higher fuel surcharges. In total, IP average daily package and freight pounds increased 2% and revenue increased 6% year-over-year.

Operating income and margin improved in the quarter, reflecting the year-over-year benefit of the fuel surcharge timing lag and the reversal of a $66 million reserve associated with a legal matter. One additional operating day benefitted this year’s results, while prior year results were negatively impacted by severe winter weather.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

FedEx Slide Show: CLICK HERE

American Eagle’s ALPA head responds to reorganization proposals

American Eagle Airlines (2nd) has started briefing its unions on the steps it wants to take to reorganize under Chapter 11. The American Eagle ALPA chairman has officially responded to the first round of negotiations:

Capt. Tony Gutierrez, chairman of the American Eagle arm of the Air Line Pilots Association, International, released the following statement:

“Today (March 21), in a meeting with the various American Eagle labor group leaders, American Eagle management presented their view of what it will take to restructure our airline. Individual meetings with each labor group followed this larger gathering where management delivered their terms sheet proposal. This proposal represents what Eagle management claims is necessary from the pilot group in order to reach its goals and exit bankruptcy as a successful, competitive, and thriving company.

“During the next few weeks, ALPA’s economic and financial experts, bankruptcy counsel, and negotiators will analyze the proposal, management’s overall restructuring objectives, and its financial justifications. This analysis will consist of cost comparisons and validation, as well as alternative cost savings.

“Following this analysis, ALPA will begin negotiations with the intent to negotiate a consensual deal with management that is workable from both sides of the table that provides management with justifiable cost savings while protecting the quality of life for all Eagle Pilots and its ability to recruit new pilots.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

American Eagle Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Boeing, Airbus and Embraer to collaborate on aviation biofuel commercialization

Boeing, Airbus and Embraer have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels. The three leading airframe manufacturers agreed to seek collaborative opportunities to speak in unity to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders to support, promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable new jet fuel sources.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh, Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders, and Embraer Commercial Aviation President Paulo Cesar Silva, signed the agreement at the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Aviation and Environment Summit in Geneva.

The collaboration agreement supports the industry’s multi-pronged approach to continuously reduce the industry’s carbon emissions. Continuous innovation, spurred by competitive market dynamics that push each manufacturer to continuously improve product performance, and air traffic modernization, are other critical elements to achieving carbon-neutral growth beyond 2020 and halving industry emissions by 2050 based on 2005 levels.

All three companies are affiliate members of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (www.safug.org), which includes 23 leading airlines responsible for approximately 25 percent of annual aviation fuel use. Boeing and Embraer are already collaborating on how to establish a sustainable aviation biofuels industry in Brazil and exploring new technology pathways to broaden biofuel sourcing and availability. Boeing and Airbus are also active around the globe in helping to establish regional supply chains, while the three manufacturers have all supported numerous biofuel flights since global fuel standards bodies granted their approval for commercial use in 2011.

Kingfisher Airlines to drop all international routes by this weekend

Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore and Mumbai) is dropping all international by this Sunday (March 25) as the airline consolidates to an all-domestic carrier. The beleaguered carrier is also facing the possibility it could have its AOC revoked due to its financial situation.

Read the full report from Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Kingfisher Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Kuwait Airways resumes operations

Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City) resumed operations last night after the striking workers returned to work. The unions stated they made their point according to this report by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.

Kuwait Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bahrain Air launches a new route to Trivandrum in southern India

Bahrain Air (Bahrain) on March 15 launched four flights a week to Trivandrum, with plans to increase the new route to daily service by the summer.

The new flights to Trivandrum in the State of Kerala in southern India constitute 80% of Bahrain Air’s Indian capacity, with 17 flights a week to Cochin, Calicut and now Trivandrum. Flights will depart from Bahrain at 9.25 p.m. (2125) and arrive early morning in Trivandrum International airport at 4.15 a.m. (0415). The return flight will depart Trivandrum at 5.00 a.m. (0500) and arrive at Bahrain International Airport at 7.30 a.m. (0730).

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon.

Bahrain Air Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Route Map:

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Royal Jordanian to continue flying to Munich

Royal Jordanian Airlines (Amman) has reversed its course concerning dropping Munich on April 19. The airline is now stating it will continue serving MUC.

On February 7, 2012, RJ announced its decision to stop operating to five of its destinations; Al Ain, Brussels and Munich as well as two other destinations in the Gulf not yet announced.

This decision was part of the airline’s intensive actions to reduce the operating costs raised by soaring fuel prices and to offset the decline in tourism as a result of the political situation in the region

Hussein Dabbas, the RJ president, said that the decision to keep Munich on the route network is due to restudying the pattern of RJ’s operation to Frankfurt and Munich as well as the assistance provided by Munich Airport.

Mr. Dabbas added that the operation would consist of two Munich frequencies. The service includes running one weekly direct flight from Amman to Munich on Saturdays and another combined with the service from Amman to Frankfurt on Wednesdays. RJ operates another five weekly direct flights to Frankfurt.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner.

Royal Jordanian Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Lufthansa may shut down BMI if approvals are not speedy

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has reportedly threaten to shut down loss-making BMI (East Midlands) if the approval to sell the unit to the IAG is held up by European Union anti-trust authorities according to the Sunday Times.

Read the full report by Market Watch: CLICK HERE

BMI Slide Show: CLICK HERE

In other news, according to a report by ATW, Lufthansa is unlikely to purchase the remaining 55 percent of Brussels Airlines (Brussels).

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton.

Brussels Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bottom Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron.

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