Frontier adds more flights at Madison, Wisconsin

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) which is downsizing at nearby Milwaukee, is adding flights at Madison (MSN), Wisconsin. The carrier is launching year-round nonstop service to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO) from Madison on June 3 and daily nonstop service to/from Washington, D.C. Reagan (DCA) on June 7. The Orlando service moves from seasonal to year-round and includes an aircraft upgrade from a 99-seat Embraer ERJ 190 operated by Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis) to a 138-seat Airbus A319 operated by Frontier. The D.C. service increases from three times weekly to daily with a significantly improved flight schedule.

The airline now offers three nonstop routes from Madison, as well as connections throughout the western United States via daily service to its Denver hub. Frontier provides the only nonstop service from Madison to both Orlando and Washington, D.C.

Following are schedules for the expanded Madison service:

Madison-Orlando (begins June 3, 2012)

Route Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
MCO-MSN 3:00 p.m. 4:59 p.m. Wed, Sun A319
MSN-MCO 5:40 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Wed, Sun A319

Madison-Washington, D.C. (begins June 7, 2012)

Route Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
DCA-MSN 1:00 p.m. 2:09 p.m. Daily E190
MSN-DCA 3:00 p.m. 5:52 p.m. Daily E190

Orlando service will operate on 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, while Washington, D.C. service will operate on 99-seat Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft.

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United is planning to cut 1,300 jobs at Houston Bush Intercontinental

United Airlines (Chicago), still upset at the decision by the City of Houston to permit international facilities at Hobby Airport for rival Southwest Airlines (Dallas), has announced plans to cut capacity at Bush Intercontinental Airport by 10 percent and eliminate 1,300 jobs according to this report by Reuters. In reality, the announced intention is probably designed to put pressure on Houston’s politicians by constituent employees fearful of any proposed job cuts.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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Piedmont Airlines and the CWA union reach a tentative agreement

Piedmont Airlines (2nd) (Salisbury), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways (Phoenix), has announced tit has reached a tentative agreement on a new, four and a half year collective bargaining agreement with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the representative of the airline’s more than 3,000 fleet and passenger service employees. Details of the agreement will be made available by the CWA.

The CWA will be presenting the details of the tentative agreement to its members for consideration with an endorsement for ratification, which is expected to take place in July. Once ratified, the new agreement will extend through January, 2017.

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JetBlue gets OK to build new international arrivals expansion at JFK’s Terminal 5

JetBlue Airways (New York) received approval from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners yesterday (May 31) to move forward with its expansion plans at JFK Terminal 5 where it intends to construct a new international arrivals facility dubbed T5i.

JetBlue is already the largest domestic airline at JFK and continues to increase its international presence, carrying more than 2 million travelers on international routes from the airport last year. Its many international destinations from JFK include Barbados, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten, and Turks and Caicos – all of which will soon enjoy the seamless experience of arriving into T5i.

With today’s Board approval, the airline will add an additional 145,000 square feet of space on three levels onto Terminal 5, which opened to widespread acclaim in 2008. T5i will include dedicated gates to accommodate JetBlue international arrivals and capable of handling wide-body aircraft operated by partner airlines. A new Federal Inspection Site to handle United States customs and immigration checks will be constructed, eliminating the need for JetBlue international arrivals to be processed at JFK Terminal 4. The airline intends to break ground on T5i as early as this summer and tentatively aims to complete construction in early 2015.

JetBlue’s home base of operations at Terminal 5 – the newest terminal at JFK – focuses on efficiency and customer comfort. The 635,000-square-foot terminal currently boasts 26 gates distributed throughout three concourses and includes a 55,000-square-foot central retail and concession Marketplace. T5 is currently equipped to accommodate up to 250 daily departures.

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American Eagle’s Embraer ERJ 145LR N657AE overruns the runway at Chicago O’Hare

American Eagle Airlines‘ (2nd) (Dallas/Fort Worth) flight MQ 4069 operated with Embraer ERJ 145LR N657AE (msn 145744) had just departed from Chicago (O’Hare) yesterday (May 31) bound for Tulsa with 28 passengers and three crew members on board. After climbing away the crew decided to return to ORD due to an unsafe landing gear indication light. The aircraft landed long and ran off into the runway safety area. There were no injuries or damage to the aircraft. The previous day an American Eagle aircraft at ORD had its stabilizer clipped by taxiing Boeing 747 cargo aircraft. Reportedly this aircraft was involved in a safety standby alert the previous day.

Read the full story from the Chicago Tribune: CLICK HERE

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Horizon Air introduces the SDSU Aztecs logoplane

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today (May 31) unveiled a specially painted Aztec plane with San Diego State University’s logo and hallmark scarlet and black colors before a crowd of cheering students, alumni, faculty and people traveling through San Diego International Airport. The unveiling of the Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N414QX (msn 4061) was timed to celebrate the start of Alaska Airlines’ new San Diego flights to Fresno, Monterey and Santa Rosa, California, which will begin on June 4 and 5.

Like other university-themed aircraft operated for Alaska Airlines by its sister carrier, Horizon Air, the Aztec aircraft was painted at no cost to San Diego State University.

Following the unveiling in Terminal 1, fans, students and 15 radio contest winners will depart on the Aztec plane’s inaugural flight along the Southern California coast, and over the Coachella Valley and Salton Sea.

Aztec plane trivia:

  • The Bombardier Q400 has a wing span of 93 feet, 3 inches, and measures 107 feet and 9 inches in length.
  • The plane accommodates 76 passengers and four crew members.
  • With a cruising speed of 414 mph, the plane can fly at a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet.
  • A crew of eight people worked around the clock for seven days at Associated Painters Inc., of Spokane, Wash., to paint the plane.
  • The painting required 32 gallons of white paint, 10 gallons of red paint and four gallons of black paint. In addition, about 2,000 sheets of sandpaper and 10,000 yards of masking tape were also used.
  • View a one-minute time-lapse video of the plane as it was painted at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffBDRW05lkQ.

The San Diego State University plane is the ninth university-themed aircraft flown by Horizon Air since 2008. Other paint themes include the universities of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, Boise State, Montana State, Oregon State and Washington State.

New San Diego – intra-California routes

In conjunction with the SDSU plane’s unveiling, Alaska Airlines is starting new nonstop daily service from San Diego to Fresno/Yosemite, Monterey and Santa Rosa/Sonoma County on June 4 and 5.

Summary of new service
San Diego-Fresno:
Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
June 4 San Diego-Fresno 9:15 a.m. 10:50 a.m. Daily
June 4 San Diego-Fresno 8:45 p.m. 10:20 p.m. Daily
June 4 Fresno-San Diego 7:15 a.m. 8:42 a.m. Daily
June 4 Fresno-San Diego 6:45 p.m. 8:12 p.m. Daily
San Diego-Monterey:
Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
June 4 San Diego-Monterey 6:55 p.m. 8:37 p.m. Daily
June 5 Monterey-San Diego 7:30 a.m. 9:12 a.m. Daily
San Diego-Santa Rosa:
Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
June 5 San Diego-Santa Rosa 9:45 a.m. 11:50 a.m. Daily
June 4 Santa Rosa-San Diego 4:25 p.m. 6:22 p.m. Daily
All times are based on local time zones

The three new routes will be served by Horizon Air’s twin-engine Bombardier Q400 turboprops.

Along with the new intra-California routes and Aztec plane unveiling, Alaska Airlines also announced today it will operate five flights a week between San Diego and Orlando, starting on October 11, 2012.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: James Helbock. N414QX arrives from Portland at San Diego today for the ceremony.

ALC leases 13 aircraft to Air China

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (Los Angeles) has announced it has entered into 12 year long term lease agreements with Air China (Beijing) for 13 new jet aircraft delivering in 2013 and 2014 which consist of nine new Boeing 737-800s and four new Airbus A321-200s.

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Canadian North and WestJet sign an interline agreement

Canadian North (Yellowknife) has announced an interline agreement with WestJet Airlines (Calgary), effective on May 24, 2012. This agreement allows for the convenience of booking travel with both airlines on one ticket, checking in for Canadian North and WestJet flights at the same time, as well as through-checking luggage all the way to the final destination.

Canadian North operates flights to and from Northwest Territories and Nunavut through their southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa, allowing for convenient connections across southern Canada with WestJet.

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Saudi Arabian Airlines changes its name back to Saudia, joins the SkyTeam alliance

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah) has reverted back to its old Saudia name as the airline joins the SkyTeam alliance.

Top Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Despite the “Joining in June 2012″ sub-titles on this newly-painted Boeing 777-268 ER HZ-AKA (msn 28344), the airline joined the alliance on May 29, 2012 as the 16th member and also the first in the Middle East.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Is there a new color scheme coming for the new (old) name?

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Boeing delivers the 20th 747-8 to Atlas Air in Panalpina colors

Boeing (Chicago) today (May 31) marked the 20th delivery of its new 747-8F freighter. The airplane, a 747-87UF freighter, registered as N850GT (msn 37570), was delivered to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Atlas Air (New York) will operate the freighter on behalf of Panalpina, the Swiss-based freight operator. This marks the first time in Panalpina’s history that an airplane has been painted in the company’s livery.

The 747-8 Freighter will immediately enter service when it departs Seattle for Hong Kong later today. The airplane, named the “Spirit of Panalpina”, will then fly from Hong Kong on to Luxembourg with cargo on board.

Atlas Air has ordered nine 747-8F freighters, two of which they will operate for Panalpina.

The 747-8 freighter offers 16 percent more capacity than the 747-400 Freighter. It is environmentally more progressive, with double digit improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions and a noise footprint reduction of 30 percent.

To date, Boeing has now delivered 20 747-8s including 16 747-8 Freighters, three 747-8 Intercontinentals to VIP customers and one 747-8 Intercontinental to Lufthansa.

The Panalpina Group is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions and operates a global network with some 500 branches in more than 80 countries. In a further 80 countries, it cooperates closely with partner companies. Panalpina employs approximately 15,500 people worldwide.

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Aegean Airlines’ first quarter net loss deepens due to the Greek economic crisis

Aegean Airlines (Athens) reported its first net loss widened to $30.9 million, up from a net loss of $20.2 million in the same period a year ago. The widening loss was blamed on the Greek financial crisis and higher fuel costs.

In other news, Aegean opened the Athens-Prague route on May 24. The new route will be operated three days a week.

Read the full financial report: CLICK HERE

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ALSA and Iberia team up for “Bus&Fly”

Spanish bus company ALSA and Iberia (Madrid) today are launching “Bus&Fly”, a service allowing travellers in several Spanish provinces to combine flights and coach travel to/from the airport on a single ticket.

Bus&Fly is Europe’s most advanced intermodal service of its kind, since it can be booked through the global reservations systems used by travel agencies around the world.

The first cities to be served by Bus&Fly are Albacete, Burgos, Lorca, Soria and Valladolid, from which some 66,000 passengers each year use Madrid airport for international flights. As of today the bus terminals on all five cites will have IATA codes, allowing travel agencies around the world to issue the new intermodal tickets, and giving greater international visibility and access to global markets to the cities themselves.

Each day ALSA will offer more than 40 coaches to/from the five cities and Iberia’s Terminal 4 hub in Madrid, where they can reach nearly 100 international Iberia destinations in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Iberia and Alsa have devised timetables to ensure relaxed connections, with ample time for passengers to check their luggage, complete security control procedures and board their flights. To streamline the process further, passengers may obtain their boarding cards on line fromwww.iberia.com and their luggage tags from airport check-in kiosks, and then drop their luggage at Iberia’s express counters number 810 and 811.

The launch of Bus&Fly is a new step contributing to intermodality –the use of different means of transport– at Madrid-Barajas airport, which translates into the more efficient use of the airport and of other passenger transport infra- structures, as well as easier access to the airport from the provinces.

About one-third of all passengers who use the airport are making connections to/from other Spanish cities and other cities elsewhere in Europe. Bus&Fly will strengthen the T4 as a hub for Iberia flights and passengers. There are plans to extend Bus&Fly service to other cities in Spain and in other countries in which both Iberia and Alsa operate.

ALSA is a part of the UK’s National Express group since 2005, is Spain’s leading long-distance coach line operator. The parent group supplies coach and rail travel to passengers in the UK, the US, Canada, Spain, and Morocco. In Spain it is the sole road transportation company to cover the entire county with scheduled coach services.  It also operates regional, commuter, and municipal bus services. It has a fleet of 2,459 vehicles and staff of 6,870 people. In 2011 it posted sales of 635.4 million euros, and carried 224.1 million passengers.

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British Airways unveils its Boeing “Jumbo Jubilee” logo

British Airways (London) has unveiled a “Jumbo Jubilee” logo on a Boeing 747-400. The company issued the following statement:

“One of British Airways’ fleet of 747s is now featuring a very special emblem to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  The celebratory aircraft will be flying its message of congratulations around the world.

Designed by 11-year-old Blue Peter winner, Katherine Dewar from Chester, the official logo has been emblazoned on the side of the British Airways aircraft alongside the words, “Congratulations, Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee”.

Katherine Dewar said:  “Since winning the competition, its been like a dream come true to see my design in so many different places around the UK but I never expected to see it on a huge jumbo plane!

“I love going on holiday to Florida and hope the next time I do I’ll be lucky enough to fly on this plane so I can look out the window at my design!”

British Airways’ Captain Mark Mannering – Smith said: “As the national flag carrier I can’t think of anything more fitting than British Airways carrying a message of congratulations to Her Majesty around the world.”

Customers travelling on flights arriving into London over the Jubilee weekend (June 2-5) will hear British Airways captains making congratulatory announcements to mark the occasion.

In British Airways’ Heathrow lounges, customers will be offered a regal afternoon tea, including a selection of traditional British sandwiches, sweet treats and a special Jubilee blend of tea from Twinings.

Premium customers in the Business and Concorde lounges will be invited to raise a glass to toast Her Majesty with a champagne cocktail, ‘ Pimms Royale’, or the award-winning English sparkling wine, Balfour Brut.

For those looking for some pre-flight pampering, there’s also a selection of Jubilee treatments at the Terminal 5 Elemis Spa exclusively for British Airways’ First, Club World and Gold Executive Club members.  These customers will be able to choose from four ‘Royal Therapies’ and massage treatments, including Royal Rose facials, hand treatments and musclease foot and body workouts.”

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US Airways and TPG are talking about a possible bid for American Airlines

US Airways (Phoenix) and private equity firm TPG Capital (Fort Worth) are talking about a possible joint bid to acquire American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) according to this report by Reuters. A joint bid would give the bid more credibility with the creditors and the bankruptcy court.

TPG Capital, founded by Jim Coulter and David Bonderman, brought Continental Airlines (Houston) out of bankruptcy and turned the company into a money maker.

Read the full story from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Background information on TPG from Wikipedia: CLICK HERE

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Virgin America to add San Francisco-Washington Reagan National service on August 14

Virgin America (San Francisco) will add Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) with a daily nonstop roundtrip flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) starting on August 14, 2012.

The airline’s new flight will depart San Francisco daily at 8:00 am PT (0800) and arrive at DCA at 4:05 pm ET (1605). The westbound flight will depart DCA daily at 5:00pm ET (1700) and arrive in San Francisco at 7:40 pm PT (1940). The new DCA service will complement Virgin America’s existing service between SFO and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – the airline currently has four daily nonstop flights between SFO and IAD.

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JetBlue to start Washington Reagan National-San Juan flights on August 23, moves closer to Hawaiian Airlines

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced its new nonstop “capital-to-capital” service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico will begin on August 23, 2012.

Last week JetBlue was granted a beyond-perimeter slot exemption from the United States Department of Transportation to launch this new long-distance flight. JetBlue’s new flights will be the only nonstop service between Washington D.C.’s downtown airport and the capital of Puerto Rico. This route will be JetBlue’s 14th destination from San Juan and will operate from JetBlue’s exclusive new “home” in Terminal A at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.

JetBlue’s proposed schedule between Washington D.C. and San Juan:

Washington D.C. to San Juan: San Juan to Washington D.C.:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
8:50 a.m. – 12:34 p.m. 5:55 p.m. – 9:44 p.m.
- Flights operate daily effective August 23, 2012-
– All times local -

JetBlue’s flights to and from San Juan will be operated with Airbus A320s.

In other news, JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) today announced a deepening of their partnership with the signing of new agreements to offer new benefits and convenience to the customers of both airlines.

Members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs can soon earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline. Travellers can also find convenient connections between points throughout the East Coast and points throughout Hawaii with the signing of a new codeshare agreement. Both agreements will be in effect on June 5, when Hawaiian launches the only nonstop service between New York City and Hawaii with daily widebody flights between JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City and Honolulu International Airport (HNL).

Effective June 5, JetBlue’s TrueBlue members can accrue one point for every two miles flown on eligible Hawaiian-operated flights, while HawaiianMiles members will be able to earn miles on eligible JetBlue-operated flights on a mile-for-mile basis.

Effective May 30, Hawaiian has placed its HA code on a host of connecting JetBlue flights, making it easy to find the most convenient connections between points throughout the East Coast and points throughout Hawaii in worldwide reservations systems.  Codesharing provides one-stop check-in, seamless flight connections and boarding passes all the way through from origin to destination.

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American Airlines will resume flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on June 1

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will resume its flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Haneda Airport (HND) in Tokyo, beginning on June 1. Haneda is the closest airport to the central commercial area of Tokyo.

American and Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo), its Pacific joint business partner within the oneworld® alliance, will now offer customers the choice of two daily flights between JFK and Tokyo – one JAL flight to and from Tokyo’s Narita Airport, and the resumed American Airlines flight to and from Haneda. Japan Airlines will codeshare with American on the New York-Haneda flight.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Here is American’s schedule between New York JFK and Haneda. All times shown are local. Boeing 777-200 ERs are assigned to the route.

From New York JFK to Tokyo Haneda
Flight Departs Arrives Days Begins
135 6:55 p.m. 10:15 p.m. (next day) Daily June 1
From Tokyo Haneda to New York JFK
Flight Departs Arrives Days Begins
134 6:50 a.m. 6:40 a.m. (same day) Daily June 3

Alaska Airlines announces daily service between Seattle/Tacoma and San Antonio

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will launch service between its Seattle/Tacoma hub and San Antonio, Texas, starting on September 17. The dominant carrier along the West Coast, Alaska Airlines now serves 16 destinations east of the Rocky Mountains.

Alaska Airlines started service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 2005 and to Austin and Houston in 2009.

Summary of new flights:

Start Date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Sept. 17 Seattle-San Antonio 12:30 p.m. 6:35 p.m. Daily
Sept. 17 San Antonio-Seattle 7:25 p.m. 9:55 p.m. Daily

All times based on local time zones.

The flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin.

In other news, Alaska Airlines announced today that it will start service between Portland, Oregon, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., on August 28, following government approval of the schedule.

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Summary of new Portland, Oregon-Reagan National flights:

Start Date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Aug. 28 Portland-Reagan National 9:30 a.m. 5:40 p.m. Daily
Aug. 28 Reagan National-Portland 5:10 p.m. 7:55 p.m. Daily

Times based on local time zones. Service by Boeing 737-800.

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Turkish Airlines cancels over 100 flights due to a workers strike

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) was forced to cancel over 100 flights yesterday (May 29) after workers in Turkey walked off the job in protest over a planned government law than would forbid future strikes by aviation workers.

Read the full story from The Daily Star: CLICK HERE

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SkyWest to sell its 26% share in TRIP Linhas Aereas for $42 million for a profit

SkyWest, Inc. (St. George) announced today that it entered into an agreement on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, to sell its 26% ownership (20% common and 6%  preferred)  in the Brazilian airline TRIP Linhas Aereas S.A. (Sao Paulo) for a price of $42 million.  SkyWest has agreed to sell its TRIP shares to Trip Investimentos Ltda., a Brazilian limited liability company affiliated with TRIP. The purchase price is scheduled to be paid in three installments over a two-year period and may be accelerated based on certain conditions under the purchase agreement.

As part of the agreement, SkyWest also received an option to acquire 15.38% of the ownership in Trip Investimentos Ltda., the purchaser of the shares, which SkyWest may exercise at its discretion.  The call option has an initial set price per share, escalates annually at a specified rate and can be exercised up to between four to six years following receipt by SkyWest of the required installment payments from Trip Investimentos Ltda.,  under the agreement.  SkyWest’s sale of the TRIP shares, as well as the other transactions governed by the purchase agreement, are contingent on TRIP’s receipt of Brazilian regulatory approvals.

SkyWest acquired its initial interest in TRIP in August 2008 and has invested a total of $30 million for its 26% interest. Due to SkyWest’s treatment of its TRIP ownership position under the equity method of accounting, it has decreased its investment in TRIP to a current carrying amount of $23.2 million as of March 31, 2012. SkyWest anticipates recording a net gain on the investment upon closing, however the amount will be contingent on SkyWest recording its share of TRIP’s income or loss up until the closing date of the transaction,  which is yet to be determined and is subject to TRIP’s receipt of regulatory approvals.

TRIP is merging with Azul Linhas Aereas forming a new holding company called Azul Trip.

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WestJet flies its one millionth flight of its Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) yesterday (May 29) operated its one millionth flight of its Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. The milestone flight is WS 612 from Calgary to Toronto (Pearson), departing Calgary International Airport at 12:10 p.m. MDT and arriving at Toronto Pearson at 5:52 p.m. EDT.

WestJet launched in 1996 with a fleet of three Boeing 737-200s (see below), serving five destinations in Western Canada. It began replacing those aircraft with the more fuel-efficient Boeing Next-Generation 737-600, -700 and -800 series aircraft in May 2001, becoming a completely Next-Generation fleet in January 2006.

Since 2001, WestJet has flown approximately 110 million guests on one million flights with its Boeing Next-Generation aircraft, travelling a total distance of 2.4 billion kilometers or the equivalent distance of 15 trips to Mars and back.

Launched with just 220 WestJetters in 1996, the airline now employs more than 8,600 people in 32 cities across Canada. Inducted into Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame, WestJet consistently ranks as one of the country’s top employers and is proud to be Canada’s preferred airline.

WestJet has recorded 28 consecutive quarters of profitability and is currently one of the most profitable airlines in North America. Thanks to the efforts of WestJetters, the airline has made a profit in all but two quarters over its 16-year history, sharing more than $220 million in profits among its employees in that time.

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United to add Shreveport and Grand Forks service from Denver, Anchorage flights to go to year-round

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced plans to launch daily nonstop service linking its Denver hub with two new markets: Shreveport, Louisiana, and Grand Forks, North Dakota. In addition, United will expand existing summer-season flights between Denver and Anchorage to year-round service.

This new announcement comes one week after United announced daily, nonstop service between Denver and its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport, starting in the spring of 2013.

Shreveport: Once-daily, nonstop service between Denver and Shreveport starts on August 28.  United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) will operate the flight with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets (above).  Shreveport Regional Airport serves north Louisiana, east Texas and southwest Arkansas.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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Grand Forks: Twice-daily, nonstop service between Denver and Grand Forks International Airport begins on October 3.  United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George) will operate the flights with 50-seat Canadair CRJ200 regional jets.

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Anchorage: United’s seasonal service between Denver and Anchorage, launched on May 1 with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, will operate year-round.

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Allegiant announces new Hawaiian service to Honolulu from Monterey, California

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced the company will begin new, nonstop air service from Monterey, California to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) beginning on November 16.

The new flights will operate once weekly between Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and will be flown with Boeing 757-200s.

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British Airways introduces another “Dove” 2012 Olympics logojet

British Airways (London) had this former BMI Airbus A319-131 registered as G-DBCB (msn 2188) repainted at Shannon in May 2012 in another “The Dove” special color scheme for the 2012 London Olympics. G-DBCB was pressed into revenue service on May 28.

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QANTAS pulls its four directors from the Air Pacific board

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has pulled its four directors from Air Pacific‘s (Nadi, Fiji) board of directors because it believes the Fijian government wants to control the airline.

Read the full report from 7 News: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: John Adlard. “Wunala Dreaming” is now history as QANTAS has repainted its Boeing 747-438 ER VH-OEJ (msn 32914) into the standard colors.

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Air India won’t take delivery of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner until the airline and the manufacturer can agree on delay compensations

Air India‘s (Mumbai) board of directors, backed by the Indian government, is refusing to take delivery of the first Boeing 787 until the two parties can agree on the compensation package due to the delivery delays according to the Deccan Herald. Air India and Boeing are reportedly far apart in the negotiations.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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Azul and TRIP to merge under one holding company

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (Sao Paulo-Campinas) and TRIP Linhas Aéreas (Sao Paulo-Campinas) announced yesterday (May 28) they are planning to marge and will create a new holding company called Azul Trip S.A. The two airlines will operate separately under the new holding company until regulatory approvals are obtained. At the time of the approvals, the holding company will consider consolidating the two brands but in reality the TRIP brand is now short-term. This announcement outflanks TAM Linhas Aéreas (Sao Paulo) which had an on-going relationship with TRIP as a feeder. David Neeleman, the founder of Azul (and also jetBlue Airways), called the acquisition the equivalent of four years of natural growth.

Azul stockholders will receive two thirds of the Azul Trip S.A. stock and the TRIP stockholders will receive the remaining one third.

Read the full report from Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi.

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Engine debris drops to the ground near Toronto Pearson, Air Canada Boeing 777 makes an emergency landing

Air Canada‘s (Montreal) flight AC 001 from Toronto (Pearson) (YYZ) to Tokyo (Narita) (NRT) yesterday (May 28) afternoon was forced to return to YYZ after an engine failure on takeoff. At least four vehicles were hit by small pieces of engine debris from the Boeing 777.

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California Pacific makes progress, hopes to have its first Embraer 170 in the next 60 days

 

California Pacific Airlines (CP Air) (Carlsbad), the latest airline start-up, is making progress according to their team. According to an airline representative, CP Air has been adding maintenance staff for the anticipated arrival of its first Embraer ERJ 170 in the next 60 days. On the regulatory front, the new paper airline continues to work with the FAA to refine its operations manuals and training programs which will lead to a Part 121 AOA.

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QANTAS to spilt its company into domestic and international operations

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has announced it will split up its international and domestic operations into two separate businesses in July 2012 according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The logic behind the move is to insure each division can operate efficiently and profitably. The company is committed to turning its international operations which is losing money.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

In other news, QANTAS Airways and subsidiary Jetstar Airways (Melbourne) will increase capacity on the east coast routes by up to 25,800 seats per week during 2012/13.

QANTAS will add:

– 11 return services per week between Sydney and Melbourne from July 9, 2012
– 11 return services per week between Sydney and Brisbane from August 23, 2012

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– 21 return services per week between Sydney and Melbourne from August 16, 2012
– Seven return services per week between Sydney and Adelaide from November 15, 2012
– Seven return services per week between Sydney and Ballina-Byron from April 18, 2013
– Seven return services per week between Sydney and the Gold Coast from April 18, 2013
– Three return services per week between Adelaide and the Gold Coast from April 18, 2013
– Four return services per week between Newcastle and the Gold Coast from April 18, 2013

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Lion Air to launch full-service Batik Air with 10 Boeing 737-800s in March 2013

Lion Air (Jakarta) has announced it will launch a new full-service subsidiary named Batik Air in March 2013. The new subsidiary will compete against rival Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) and operate on international routes to Asia and Australia. The fleet will be 10 Boeing 737-800s according to the Jakarta Post.

According to Wikipedia, the name of the new airline is derived from the local name of a dyed-pattern cloth especially the  Javanese traditional batik, especially from regions around Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Batik has notable meanings rooted to the Javanese idea of the universe. Traditional colors include indigo, dark brown, and white (likely the colors of the new airline), which represent the three major Hindu Gods (Brahmā, Visnu, and Śiva).

Read the full report from the Jakarta Post: CLICK HERE

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Malaysia Airlines narrows its first quarter net loss to $54.3 million, is set for the delivery of the first Airbus A380

Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia Airlines Group) (Kuala Lumpur) reported it narrowed its first quarter net loss to $54.3 million.

The flag carrier also restated it would not restart jet operations at its Firefly subsidiary.

The company issued this statement:

“Malaysia Airlines Group registered a loss after tax of RM171 million for the first quarter ended 31 March 2012, a significant 29% reduction from the RM242 million loss for the same period last year despite higher jet fuel price averaging $135 per barrel during the quarter compared to $120 per barrel in the previous year.

Total revenue of the Group stood at RM3.11 billion while overall operating expenditure was RM3.42 billion, thus leading Malaysia Airlines to register an operating loss of RM307 million for the first three months of 2012, 10% lower year-on-year.

According to Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, “We were able to achieve a lower net loss for the first three months of 2012 compared to the previous year because we made some tough decisions per our Business Plan. We cut unprofitable routes especially in long haul where yields were low. This helped us to immediately improve our Revenue per Available Seat Kilometre (‘RASK’) performance year-on-year. On the cost side, we lowered our fuel bill with improved consumption as a result of newer fuel-efficient aircraft.”

Ahmad Jauhari added, “Improved cost management was also seen for non-fuel variable costs, although we are currently unable to address our fixed costs. We are optimistic this situation will change in the not too distant future. From these Q1 results, we feel confident of continuing improvements in performance, given that the initiatives from our Business Plan are bearing fruit.”

For the airline, passenger yield increased 12% while RASK increased by 8%. Passenger capacity decreased 8% due to network rationalization that included 12 route cuts during the period. The Group’s aggressive focus to consolidate its network has begun to show promising results.

Cargo saw a 15% decrease in operating revenue for the quarter to RM431.2 million compared to last year due to proactive capacity management. Capacity decreased 19%, with yield increasing by 6%.

Group operating expenses for this quarter was RM3.42 billion, 3.1% lower than the same quarter last year. Fuel remained the largest component at 38%, equivalent to RM1.31 billion, which was an increase of RM142 million in spend on jet fuel alone. Aided by the network rationalization and improved fuel consumption from more efficient aircraft, the Group was still able to record a significant achievement with a lower total expenditure despite the rise in fuel price.

Staff cost increased 7% to RM591 million for the quarter ended 31 March 2012 due to salary increments and upward adjustments to the salary structure as a result of one Collective Agreement signed with a union.

Ahmad Jauhari expressed his gratitude to the staff, “I am pleased that the Management and employees are committed to the success of the Business Plan. This is evidenced by improved the On-Time Performance (OTP) which averaged 91.26% for the quarter ended 31 March 2012, representing a high 9.36% improvement on the 81.9% average for the same quarter last year.”

“We are also on track to win back more customers with a major re-fleeting exercise. This year, 23 new aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art passenger amenities will join our fleet. This is led by our flagship A380 aircraft which is on schedule to enter into service on 1 July 2012. Supported by intensified sales and marketing, we are confident of improving our customer base to boost yield and load factors”, said Ahmad Jauhari.

The airline is also moving quickly to increase productivity and efficiency. This includes increasing utilization of its fleet through greater frequency to most popular regional destinations and a faster aircraft turnaround times at airports. This will be a foundation for Malaysia Airlines to implement a continuous improvement philosophy across all of operating areas to become a world class airline, and achieve the airline’s vision of being the preferred premium carrier.

Ahmad Jauhari also took the opportunity to thank the Board members for their support of the tough decisions taken to implement the Business Plan. “I thank the Board of Directors for their support of Management’s implementation of the Business Plan. Their support was imperative to our ability to get to this stage of the Plan towards getting our Company back to profitability. Our appreciation also goes to former Directors, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun, for their invaluable support and guidance during their tenure on our Board.”

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Malaysia Airlines will become the next Airbus A380 operator, introducing the new type on July 1 in this revised livery.

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Scoot is ready to launch operations on June 4

Scoot (subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) (Singapore), Singapore’s newest airline, is taking off ahead of schedule with its inaugural flight to Sydney set for June 4, followed by the Gold Coast a week later on June 12.

Top Copyright Photo: Scoot. Formerly operated by Singapore Airlines as 9V-SQA, Boeing 777212 ER 9V-OTA (msn 28507) is first of four Triple Sevens.

Middle Copyright Photo: K.C. Sim. Formerly operated by Singapore Airlines as 9V-SQC, Boeing 777-212 ER 9V-OTC (msn 28509) is now dressed in Scoot’s eye-catching yellow and white scheme. 9V-OTC was dispatched on its maiden test flight on May 28, 2012. The one-hour test flight was stretched into a four-hour sortie instead around the city state of Singapore. 9V-OTC is pictured returning home to the SIN base.

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Grandstar Cargo shuts down and will be liquidated

Grandstar Cargo International Airlines (Tianjin) has suspended operations and will be liquidated. Sinotrans has reported the board of Grandstar Cargo International Airlines has approved plans to liquidate after continued losses according to the WSJ. Grandstar Cargo was jointly owned by a unit of Sinotrans and Korean Air. Grandstar Cargo commenced cargo operations on June 27, 2008.

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Etihad Airways operates a demonstration RNP-AR flight at Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) on May 24 performed a demonstration flight operating full RNP-AR procedures. The Airbus A330-200 has become the first aircraft in the region to perform the environment friendly RNP-AR (Required Navigation Performance – Authorization Required) approach to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The demonstration flight, which arrived from Bahrain, marks the beginning of full RNP-AR implementation within Abu Dhabi’s airspace.

This high precision navigation technology, designed by Airbus’ Performance Based Navigation (PBN) subsidiary, Quovadis, utilizes continuous descent operations and shorter trajectories that in turn shorten the approach paths to the runway thereby reducing noise, flight times and minimising fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

This will reduce the fuel consumption between 100 and 200 kg per approach resulting in a reduction of CO2 emissions by at least 20,000 tonnes per year.

Along with Etihad Airways and Quovadis, other partners in this project include the Abu Dhabi Airport Company (ADAC), UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and ADAC’s Air Traffic Controllers.

Following the success of this demonstration flight, the procedures will be published this summer and flown on a daily basis pending approval from the UAE regulatory authority.

Other airlines will also be able to fly these procedures, provided they have received the proper operational approval from their authorities.

Less than a year ago, Quovadis was contracted by Etihad Airways and ADAC to develop RNP-AR procedures for both Abu Dhabi International and Al Bateen Airports. Today the Abu Dhabi International Airport approaches have been approved and the Al Bateen Executive Airport procedures will be submitted to the authorities before the year’s end.

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UTair opens new routes between Moscow and Nyagan and Beloyarskiy, will lease 8 Boeing 767-200 ERs

UTair Aviation (Russia) (Khanty-Mansiyak) on May 23 launched the first of two new routes between Moscow and the cities of Nyagan and Beloyarskiy in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug.

Flights between Moscow and Nyagan started on May 23 and will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. Departures from Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow will be at 1040 and departures from Nyagan Airport are scheduled for 1620, all times local.

A weekly flight between Moscow and Beloyarskiy is set to start on June 1 and will be performed on Saturdays with Yak-42 aircraft. Departures from Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow will be at 1030 and departures from Beloyarskiy Airport are scheduled for 1705, all times local.

In other news, UTair and Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Company, Limited have signed an agreement to support and maintain UTair’s new fleet of eight Boeing 767-200 ER aircraft. The new type will be introduced in July.

Copyright Photo: UTair. UTair’s operation at Moscow (Vnukovo) (below).

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Carpatair introduces its first Boeing 737

Carpatair (Timisoara) on May 23 introduced its first Boeing 737. The pictured Boeing 737-31S is now registered as YR-ADB (msn 29058) and was formerly operated by CCA – Czech Central Airlines as OK-CCA.

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Silver Airways to add a Washington Dulles base

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) continues its expansion by adding new Essential Air Service (EAS) routes. According to Travel Daily News, the company will start a new base at Washington (Dulles) and serve four communities in West Virginia – Beckley (BKW), Clarksburg (CKB), Lewisburg (LWB) and Morgantown (MGW) and two in Pennsylvania – Altoona (AOO) and Johnstown (JST). The new IAD operation will start this summer and is in addition to the original Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood base, Billings, Cleveland and the recently announced Atlanta base.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

In April 2012 Silver Airways took delivery of its fourth SAAB 340B. The carrier, which received United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to operate the SAAB 340B aircraft type in March 2012, has secured agreements with SAAB Aircraft Leasing to purchase a total of 12 of the advanced turboprops. Silver Airways expects to integrate all 12 of its 34-seat SAAB 340B aircraft into its fleet by September 2012.

Named Lady Victory, the fourth SAAB 340B recognizes Victory Park Capital, the Chicago-based investment firm that now owns Silver Airways.

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Japan Airlines puts its 2012 Olympic Team logojet into revenue service

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) yesterday (May 26) introduced this 2012 Olympic Team (Hooray! For Japan!) logojet in the form of Boeing 777-246 JA772J (msn 27657) which was formerly painted in the ARASHI Beautiful World 2011 special color scheme. The Olympic Team aircraft features the image of Kōhei Uchimura,  a two-time Olympic silver-winning gymnast.

Copyright Photo: Shige Sakaki. JA772J is pictured going into revenue service at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

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Saudi Arabian Airlines introduces its first Boeing 777 SkyTeam logojet

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah) today (May 27) put into service its first Boeing 777 SkyTeam logojet from Amsterdam. The carrier will join the alliance in June.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 777-268 ER HZ-AKA (msn 28344) taxies at AMS today after being repainted. The jetliner also carries Saudia titles.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

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Yakutia Airlines is coming to Anchorage

Yakutia Airlines (Yakutsk) is planning to launch a weekly flight linking Anchorage with Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. The summer route will start on July 12 and will be operated with Boeing 737-700 aircraft according to this report by Examiner.com.

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RAK Airways to introduce “RAK Premiere” for its premium passengers in June

RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) will introduce its new “RAK Premier” service in the first week of June. The new high end service is geared to meet the needs of its premium passengers.

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Qatar Airways adds two new routes to Iraq

Qatar Airways (Doha) on May 24 added Erbil in the Kurdish section of northern Iraq. The Doha-Erbil route is operated four days a week with Airbus A320s. In addition, the company will also add Baghdad and the Doha-Baghdad route on June 7. This route will also be operated four days a week with A320s.

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Etihad Airways wet leases a Boeing 777-300 ER from Virgin Australia for the Kuala Lumpur route

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) is wet leasing a Boeing 777-300 ER from Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) for the Abu Dhabi-Kuala Lumpur route.

The company issued the following statement:

“Etihad Airways has leased a Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER for use on its route between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur. The once a week wet lease service again reflects the importance of the relationship between the two carriers. Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia forged a ten-year strategic partnership 21 months ago.

The aircraft is configured with 33 flat bed seats in Business class and 328 seats in Economy class.  The return flights will be operated as normal using Etihad Airways’ existing daily EY411 and EY418 flight codes, respectively. Flight time is seven hours and 20 minutes. Etihad Airways flies daily from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur using a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.”

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Edelweiss Air starts a new route from Zurich to Tampa

Edelweiss Air (Zurich) on May 25 started a new route from its Zurich home to Tampa, Florida. TPA was looking for new international services and this route is the first bit of success for the new campaign under a new airport director.

Read the full report from TBO.com: CLICK HERE

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Southwest agrees to spend $100 million for international flights from Houston Hobby over the objections of United Airlines

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has agreed to spend approximately $100 million for upgrades and improvements to Houston’s Hobby Airport on the south side in order to launch and receive international flights. The agreement with the city was over the objections of United Airlines (Chicago) which operates a large international hub at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental on the north side.

Read the full story from news-journal.com: CLICK HERE

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Air Canada is negotiating with Air India to dry lease five Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft

Air Canada (Montreal) is reportedly in negotiations with cash-strapped Air India (Mumbai) to dry lease five Boeing 777-200 LR (Long Range) aircraft (see above). The aircraft are being offered on an 8-10 year leases.

Read the full report from The Economic Times: CLICK HERE

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Delta Air Lines drops Busan, the second largest city in South Korea

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) yesterday (May 26) operated the last flight to and from Busan, the second largest city in South Korea. The city was served via Tokyo. The carrier still serves the country via Seoul (Incheon) with connecting service through the Tokyo (Narita) hub.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

El Al introduces Economy Class Plus service on its Boeing 747-400s

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) has introduced Economy Class Plus, located at the front of the Economy Cabin. The new service offers a “new flying experience” featuring improved seating with extra legroom (36” instead of 32”), a 33% increase in seat-back recline, designated check-in counters and pampering extras on board.

During the first stages, El Al will offer this new service on its Boeing 747-400 aircraft, mainly serving the New York, London and Paris routes.

The new service Class will be at the front of the Economy Class cabin, and will offer 34 – 40 seats on each aircraft, depending on the aircraft type.

The new service Class will go on sale today, May 23, 2012, priced at $80 one way for European flights, and $150 one way on long-haul flights.

Top Platinum, Platinum and Gold members of EL AL’s Matmid Frequent Flyer Club, as well as customers purchasing upgradable tickets (according to class regulations), will be eligible for these special seats when reserving, at no extra cost.  Furthermore, a companion traveler of Top Platinum members will also be eligible, at no extra cost.

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Flybe Nordic to fly 12 Embraer 190s for Finnair

Flybe (Exter) has announced that Flybe Nordic (Helsinki), formerly Finncomm Airlines, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Finnair (Helsinki) to operate 12 Embraer ERJ 190-100LRs for Finnair under a contract flying arrangement. Under the terms of the MOU, the long term ERJ 190 contract will commence on October 28, 2012. Finnair will transfer the aircraft to Flybe Nordic. The aircraft will fly for Finnair on a number of European short haul routes, taking advantage of Flybe Nordic’s competitive cost base.

With this agreement the number of aircraft flown by Flybe Nordic will reach 28, double the number flown when the business commenced operations in August 2011, of which 20 will be flying under contract for Finnair.

Flybe Nordic has been flying eight aircraft on a contract basis for Finnair since August 2011.

Finn Comm Airlines adopted the Flybe brand on October 30, 2011.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. It is unclear if the 12 E190s will retain the Finnair brand or adopt the Flybe brand.

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