Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 WL N570AS (msn 35185) SEA (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will inaugurate service between San Jose, CA and Guadalajara, Mexico, starting on December 15, 2010, and between Sacramento, CA, and Guadalajara, starting on December 16, 2010.
The new flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Is a sombrero coming for the Eskimo on the tail with the new focus on routes to Mexico? Boeing 737-890 N570AS (msn 35185) with the Lei around the Eskimo (used to promote the new routes to Hawaii) waits its turn for takeoff at the SeaTac hub.
AirTran Airways Boeing 737-76N WL N289AT (msn 32673) LAS (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
AirTran Airways (Orlando) announced plans to Puerto Rico with twice daily flights from Tampa, FL. JetBlue has announced it is expanding service on the same route.
The new flights will begin on April 5, 2011.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-76N N289AT (msn 32673) prepares to land at Las Vegas.
Blue Air (Bucharest) is downsizing and will returned its leased Boeing 737-800s according to this article in Anna Aero. Read the full article:
Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre. Boeing 737-86J YR-BID (msn 29641) prepares to touch down at Barcelona.
FedEx Express Boeing 777-FS2 N850FD (msn 37721) (FedEx Panda Express) IAD (Brian McDonough), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
FedEx Corporation (Memphis) reported earnings of $1.20 per diluted share for the first quarter ended August 31, up 107% from $0.58 per diluted share a year ago.
The corporation reported net income of $380 million, up 110% from $181 million a year ago.
Earnings increased as a result of strong FedEx International Priority® (IP) growth at FedEx Express, continued growth at FedEx Ground and a benefit from the net impact of higher fuel surcharges. The reinstatement of certain employee compensation programs, higher pension, medical and aircraft maintenance expenses, and an operating loss at FedEx Freight dampened the quarter’s solid results.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. The “FedEx Panda Express” in the form of Boeing 777-FS2 N850FD (msn 37721) transported the famous national pandas back to China.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) is planning to offer seats on its CST-100 space vehicle on low Earth orbit flights starting in 2015. Read the full story from Reuters:
Atlas Air Boeing 747-47UF N492MC (msn 29253) ANC (Tony Storck), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (New York) has confirmed an agreement to place a second Boeing 747-400 freighter with Panalpina Air and Ocean Ltd.
The multi-year agreement, under which Atlas Air (New York-JFK) will provide ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) services to freight forwarder Panalpina which was announced on the 20th anniversary of Panalpina’s “Dixie Jet” freighter service connecting Huntsville, AL, with Europe, which is also operated by a Boeing 747-400 Freighter leased from Atlas Air.
The second aircraft, to be based at Panalpina’s European hub in Luxembourg, will operate services from Asia and Africa to Europe; Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia; and from Asia to the United States. It is set to begin operating in early October.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. A beautiful portrait of Atlas Air’s Boeing 747-47UF N492MC (msn 29253) climbing majestically away from scenic Anchorage.
Allegiant Air McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N866GA (msn 49910) LAS (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new, nonstop jet service between Northwest Arkansas Airport (Fayetteville) and Mesa, AZ (near Phoenix) will begin on November 18.
The new flights will operate twice weekly between the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) with service on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will depart Northwest Arkansas at 8:25 p.m. (2025) arriving in Phoenix-Mesa at 10:05 p.m. (2205). Flights leaving Phoenix-Mesa will depart at 4:20 p.m. (1620) arriving in Northwest Arkansas at 7:45 p.m. (1945) (all flight times are local). The company offers nonstop service to three other destinations, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Sanford, FL (near Orlando).
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N866GA (msn 49910) is pictured on final approach at Las Vegas.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is carefully consulting with its union of whether to add the larger Boeing 737-800 to its fleet. The decision to bring the Boeing 737-800 into the fleet moved one step closer today as the Executive Board of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556, representing more than 9,700 Southwest Flight Attendants unanimously approved a tentative agreement reached with the Company. The tentative agreement will now be presented to members of TWU Local 556 for a ratification vote.
If Southwest pursues the -800, a joint committee would meet to work on the logistical details related to scheduling and bidding procedures that adding a fourth Flight Attendant will require. If approved by a majority vote of the Flight Attendants, their current contract also will be extended by one year, becoming amendable on May 31, 2013, and also include the potential for wage rate increases based on the Company’s financial performance.
The decision to add the -800 still isn’t final; Southwest is still in discussion with our Pilots Union, SWAPA, and are continuing to evaluate network and configuration options. As such, any details regarding firm orders with Boeing, timing, and quantity of deliveries are still to be determined.
AirTran Airways (Orlando) today announced several new flights to Ft. Myers. The airline also announced additional service to Las Vegas.
AirTran Airways will offer flights to Ft. Myers from Bloomington/Normal, IL (starting on March 9, 2011), Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY (starting on March 8, 2011), Moline/Quad Cities, IL (starting on March 8, 2011), and Rochester, NY 9starting on November 20, 2010).
In addition to the new Ft. Myers flights, AirTran Airways is also adding service from Indianapolis to Las Vegas, five times a week, starting on March 10, 2011.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boeing 717-231 N925AT (msn 55079) in the special “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” promotional scheme prepares to land at Baltimore/Washington.
Asiana Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-48EF HL7636 (msn 29170) ANC (Michael B. Ing), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Asiana Airlines (Seoul) began cargo service to Atlanta on September 13 with Boeing 747-400F freighter aircraft. The new route will be operated four times a week.
Asiana Airlines is the 14th all-cargo airline to serve Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Singapore Airlines Cargo began scheduled service to Atlanta in September 2009.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 747-48EF HL7636 (msn 29170) climbs away from Anchorage.
Victoria Falls Airways (Vicfalls Airways) (Harare), the new private airline in Zimbabwe, is planning to acquire ex-AeroSur Boeing 767-260 ER CP-2521 (msn 23107) according to this report in allAfrica.com.
Read the full report:
Mango Boeing 737-8BG WL ZS-SJL (msn 32356) JNB (Rainer Bexten), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Mango (subsidiary of South African Airways) (Johannesburg) reported a fiscal year profit of $2.6 million, its second profitable year in a row. The low-fare airline also reported a high 91 percent load factor.
Read the full report in Dispatchonline:
Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Mango is certainly a colorful airline. Boeing 737-8BG ZS-SJL (msn 32356) arrives back at the Johannesburg base.
South African Airways Airbus A340-313E ZS-SXA (msn 544) IAD (Brian McDonough), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
South African Airways (Johannesburg) reported its fiscal year profit rose 45 percent to $81.3 million according to this report by Bloomberg.
Read the full report:
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Airbus A340-313E ZS-SXA (msn 544) climbs away from Washington (Dulles).
Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767-2N0 ER Z-WPE (msn 24713) LGW (Antony J. Best), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Air Zimbabwe (Harare) has fired all of its striking pilots. The company is now leasing aircraft and crews from other airlines to operate some regional and international flights.
Read the full report from the Associated Press:
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 767-2N0 ER Z-WPE (msn 24713) waits its turn for takeoff from Gatwick Airport bound for Harare.
Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DEP (msn 2542) LHR (Antony J. Best), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Aer Lingus (Dublin) has dropped the unrealistic low-cost model used by its rival Ryanair (Dublin).
Read the full report from Reuters:
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Airbus A320-214 EI-DEP (msn 2542) arrives from Dublin at Heathrow Airport outside of London.
Sky Airline (Chile) Airbus A320-232 CC-ABV (msn 1400) SCL (Alvaro Romero) (new type), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Sky Airline (Chile) (Santaigo) has been delayed in starting its new route to Buenos Aires using its newly-acquired Airbus A320s. The company announced the first scheduled flight between Santiago de Chile (SCL) and Buenos Aires (EZE), originally scheduled for September 3, 2010, has been delayed. The airline has been informed by the Argentine aviation authorities that it has not yet received the necessary authorization to start scheduled operations. The airline had already sold tickets for the inaugural flights and had to rebook the passengers on LAN Airlines or Aerolíneas Argentinas flights.
The route is not likely to start now until December 2010.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Airbus A320-232 CC-ABV (msn 1400) smartly approaches SCL for landing.
ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145XR N11194 (msn 14500940) ONT (Michael B. Ing) (to be merged into Atlantic Southeast), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
SkyWest, Inc. (St. George) announced they have been notified by the Federal Trade Commission that it granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act with respect to SkyWest’s proposed acquisition of ExpressJet announced on August 4, 2010. The airlines’ Hart-Scott-Rodino Act filings were submitted on August 30, 2010.
ExpressJet and SkyWest announced a definitive merger agreement on August 4, 2010 whereby SkyWest proposes to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of ExpressJet for $6.75 per share in cash. Following the merger, SkyWest intends to merge ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. (Houston) with Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., (Atlanta) a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest, upon the receipt of all required regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other closing conditions. ExpressJet and SkyWest continue to expect the transaction to close during fourth quarter 2010, subject to ExpressJet stockholder approval and customary closing conditions.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Under this scenario the ExpressJet in-house brand will disappear soon. Embraer ERJ 145XR N11194 (msn 14500940) taxies to the gate at Ontario, CA.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) is set to tear down the historic Plant 2 in Seattle.
Read the full report in the NPR:
Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new, nonstop jet service between Savannah/Hilton Head Island and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood will begin on November 18.
The new flights will operate twice weekly between Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), with service Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Savannah/Hilton Head at 11:05 a.m. (1105) arriving in Fort Lauderdale at 12:30 p.m. (1230). Flights leaving Fort Lauderdale will depart at 9 a.m. (0900) arriving in Savannah/Hilton Head at 10:25 a.m. (1025) (all flight times are local). The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat DC-9-80 (MD-80) jet aircraft on the route.
In addition, the company also announced new, nonstop jet service between Moline/Quad Cities, IL, and Mesa, AZ (near Phoenix) will begin also on November 18.
The new flights will operate twice weekly between the Quad City International Airport (MLI) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) with service on Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Moline/Quad Cities at 1:25 p.m. (1325) arriving in Phoenix-Mesa at 3:40 p.m. (1540). Flights leaving Mesa will depart at 8:50 a.m. (0850) arriving in Moline/Quad Cities at 12:45 p.m. (1245) (all flight times are local). The company will begin nonstop service to Las Vegas on October 14.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N405NV (msn 49623) dressed in the promotional markings of the Blue Man Group arrives at the Las Vegas base.
Caribair (Dominican Republic) SAAB 340A HI-866 (msn 138) CUN (Rurik Enriquez), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Caribair (Dominican Republic) (Santo Domingo) had four aircraft seized by the Plus International Bank of Florida in August.
Read the full story from Dominincan Today:
Copyright Photo: Rurik Enriquez. SAAB 340A HI-866 (msn 138) makes a visit to Cancun.
China Airlines Airbus A340-313X B-18801 (msn 402) FRA (Gunter Mayer), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
China Airlines (Taipei) is planning to join the SkyTeam alliance.
The airline issued the following statement:
“China Airlines, the flag carrier of Taiwan, today (September 14) formally announced the start of its joining process leading to full entry into the SkyTeam airline alliance. The process is expected to be completed by mid-2011. The announcement comes just a few months after China Eastern signed an agreement to join SkyTeam.”
Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Airbus A340-313X B-18801 (msn 402) climbs away from Frankfurt.
Africa West Airlines (Lome) has added its first McDonnell DC-9 freighter. DC-9-34CF 5Y-BXM (msn 47706) was acquired last month.
Jade Cargo International Boeing 747-4EV ERF B-2422 (msn 35173) NUE (Gunter Mayer), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
World Airways (Atlanta) has signed a one-year agreement with Jade Cargo International (Shenzhen) to operate one Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft on a full-time basis for air cargo service beginning in October 2010. Subject to final government approvals, the aircraft will connect Shanghai and Yantai with Chicago (O’Hare). The three weekly flights will then continue to Amsterdam and return to Shanghai on a “round-the-world” flight pattern.
World recently announced the addition of two Boeing 747-400 freighters, which will bring World’s 747-400 fleet to four aircraft, in addition to nine McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighters.
Jade Cargo International Company Ltd. was founded in October 2004 as a joint venture between Shenzhen Airlines (51%), Lufthansa Cargo AG (25%) and the German development finance institute DEG-Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (24%). Jade started flight operations on August 5, 2006 and operates six Boeing 747-400s.
Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Jade Cargo’s Boeing 747-4EV ERF B-2422 (msn 35173) stops at Nuremberg.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) has begun fatigue testing on the structural airframe of the 787 Dreamliner at the Everett (Paine Field), WA, site. Fatigue testing involves placing the 787 test airframe into a test rig that simulates multiple lifecycles to test how the airplane responds over time.
While the structural test program already has validated the strength of the airframe, fatigue testing looks at long-term, continued use. This is the natural progression of testing on a new airplane and part of the process to achieve U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification.
Strategic Airlines (France) Airbus A320-211 F-GSTS (msn 420) CDG (Christian Volpati) (to be closed down on September 15), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Strategic Airlines (France) (Paris) is being grounded on Wednesday (September 15) by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which is not renewing its AOC according to this report below by the French newspaper TourHebdo. The airline received its AOC on August 13, 2009. The charter airline was operating two older Airbus A320s (F-GSTR, msn 436 and F-GSTS, msn 420).
The company has had some well-publicized delays and cancellations lately.
Strategic Airlines is a subsidiary of Strategic Airlines (Australia) (Brisbane) which will continue to operate.
Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Airbus A320-211 F-GSTS (msn 420) is pictured at Paris (CDG).
Here is the full report from TourHebdo (in French):
“Publié le 13/09/2010 13:00:00 |
Les deux Airbus A 320 de Strategic Airlines devraient rester au sol à compter de mercredi, le certificat de transporteur aérien venant à échéance à cette date. La Direction générale de l’aviation civile ne souhaite pas le renouveler, la compagnie ne répondant pas aux normes demandées.
La direction de Strategic Airlines, que nous avons contactée, reconnaît que des réponses documentaires lui ont été demandées par l’aviation civile mais jure que la sécurité des vols est assurée. Les vols prévus ces prochaines semaines – 200 heures par avion et par mois – pourraient impacter les programmes des voyagistes qui ont affrétés cette compagnie.
Le double incident de Lyon le 11 juillet dernier du vol STZ 621 de la compagnie Strategic Airlines à destination de Tenerife – et surtout sa manière de le gérer – a certainement été le déclencheur de ce non renouvellement du certificat de transporteur aérien. Affrété par Fram, le vol n’avait pu partir le samedi matin à la suite d’un problème de circuit hydraulique. Le dimanche matin, c’est une fissure détectée sur le pare-brise et nécessitant son remplacement qui a de nouveau retardé le départ de l’avion. Les deux A 320 de la compagnie sont parmi les premiers construits et avaient volé autrefois aux couleurs d’Air Inter.
Strategic Airlines, filiale d’une start-up australienne qui a remporté les contrats de transport du personnel de l’armée australienne lors de ses opérations extérieures (Moyen-Orient, Afghanistan), a obtenu son autorisation de vol le 13 août 2009. Elle voulait s’attaquer tant au réseau moyen-courrier que long-courrier, avec un Airbus A 330 annoncé pour cet hiver.”
Privilege Style Lineas Aereas (Madrid) is now using its Boeing 757-256 EC-HDS (msn 26252) to help promote the launch of VW’s Amarok Caddy in Austria.
conViasa ATR 42-300 YV1010 (msn 371) CCS (Aviamil) (crashed September 13, 2010), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
ConViasa (Caracas) flight V0 2351 operated by ATR 42-300 YV1010 (msn 371) with 47 crew and passengers on aboard, crashed today (September 13) shortly after take-off from Cuidad Guayana, Venezuela while operating a domestic scheduled passenger flight to Porlamar, Margarita Island. The aircraft reportedly crashed into a steel factory with at least 13 people killed. YV1010 was delivered on September 5, 2006 and was destroyed.
Copyright Photo: Aviamil.
Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) on September 13, 2010 announced it is beginning a project to add 16 seats to its fleet of 150-seat DC-9-82/83 (MD-82/83) aircraft, bringing the total number of seats to 166 on each of these aircraft. The company currently operates 48 such aircraft and owns nine additional DC-9-80 (MD-80) aircraft, which it plans to introduce into service in 2011 and 2012. Allegiant also operates three 130-seat DC-9-87 (MD-87) aircraft which will not be re-configured.
Allegiant Air is also planning to add the Boeing 757-200 to its fleet for its new proposed Hawaii service.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. The pictured ex-FlyNordic DC-9-82 N406NV (msn 49900, ex SE-RFC) was acquired on February 12, 2009 and arrives at Baltimore/Washington on a charter flight.
Virgin Blue Airlines Group (Virgin Blue Airlines, Pacific Blue Airlines and V Australia) (Brisbane) and Air New Zealand (Auckland) had their proposed trans-Tasman alliance initially denied by Australia’s antitrust regulator. The regulator was concerned this alliance would reduce competition.
Both carriers can appeal the decision and provide more information before September 24 when a final decision will be made by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
In other news, Virgin Blue is planning to introduce a new brand.
Read Richard Branson’s comments concerning these recent decisions in the Herald Sun:
Air China (Beijing) has ordered four Boeing 777-300 ERs for deliveries in 2013 and 2014.
Boeing confirmed the order on September 27.
World Atlantic Airlines (Miami) on September 10 started its FAA proving flights, hopefully leading to its AOC and Part 121 certification. The new charter airline plans to operate for federal agencies.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. The first aircraft for the new company is this ex-Alaska Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N802WA (msn 53052).
Virgin America Airbus A319-112 N528VA (msn 3445) SEA (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Virgin America (San Francisco) reported a $430,000 operating loss, an improvement of 92 percent over the second quarter of 2009. Adjusting for the non-cash unrealized losses on its fuel derivatives, Virgin America would have generated a $10 million operating profit for the quarter – an improvement of $23 million versus similarly adjusted operating results for the second quarter of 2009.
The airline reported record-setting performance for the quarter with revenues of $184 million – a 36 percent jump in revenue versus the second quarter of 2009. Unit revenue (RASM) increased by 23 percent year-over-year. As the airline continued to expand significantly, it broke even on an operating basis for the quarter – an improvement of 92 percent year-over-year. Yield per passenger mile in the second quarter was 11 cents, up 28 percent compared to the second quarter of 2009. Adjusting for the non-cash unrealized losses on its fuel derivatives, the airline would have reported operating income of $10 million and a 5.6 percent operating margin for the quarter. Virgin America continued to hedge in order to help manage fuel price volatility. The airline has hedged 85 percent of its second half of 2010 projected fuel requirements at an average crude oil call strike price of $82 per barrel.
Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Seattle/Tacoma, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Toronto (Pearson), Orlando (starting October 6, 2010), Dallas/Fort Worth (starting December 2010), Los Cabos (starting December 16, 2010) and Cancun (starting January 19, 2011).
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A319-112 N528VA (msn 3445) taxies to the active runway at Seattle/Tacoma, headed for SFO.
Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-7Q8 N712SY (msn 28219) SEA (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) yesterday (September 10) announced the confirmation of its plan of reorganization which allows the company to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The plan was confirmed by Judge Robert J. Kressel during a court hearing on September 10 in Minneapolis and was overwhelmingly approved by the creditors eligible to vote. The plan provides for cash payments to certain creditors, as well as a distribution of equity in the reorganized company to other creditors.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Ex-Gol Boeing 737-7Q8 N712ST (msn 28219) taxies to the active runway at Seattle/Tacoma.
Island Air (Hawaii) (Honolulu) on Thursday (September 9) celebrated its 30th anniversary with special events in Honolulu. A orchid lei was given to each passenger departing from Honolulu and were also given a special music CD single recorded by Island Air employees.
Read the full story from HNL RareBirds:
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. The Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400) proved to be too large for the Hawaiian market. DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GAFM (msn 4017) became N814WP with the carrier during its short career.
Gulfstream wins an EAS contract to serve four Continental Connection destinations from the Cleveland hub
Gulfstream International Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) a new two year contract as the Essential Air Service (EAS) provider for the communities of Bradford, PA; DuBois, PA; Franklin/Oil City, PA and Jamestown, NY. Gulfstream operates flights from all four cities to the Continental Airlines hub in Cleveland, OH.
These flights will continue to be operated under Gulfstream’s Continental Connection affiliation with Continental Airlines. Under this arrangement, Gulfstream coordinates pricing and schedules with Continental Airlines.
Gulfstream currently operates 23 aircraft with over 150 daily system departures throughout Florida, the Bahamas and now with service at Cleveland, OH. Gulfstream operates as Continental Connection, under contractual agreement with Continental Airlines. Additionally, Gulfstream has codeshare relationships with United Airlines and Copa Airlines of Panama.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Gulfstream’s Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N81538 (msn UE-199) dressed in Continental’s colors prepares to land at Miami.
Dynamic Aviation (Bridgewater Airpark, VA) has established Dynamic Airways as a new charter airline. The new airline is planning to start FAA proving flights as it prepares to obtain its AOC.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. The first aircraft is this ex-Midwest Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 now registered as N880DA (msn 49760, ex N701ME). The airliner is pictured at Charlotte.
Continental Airlines (Houston) has announced that it has reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) representing Continental aircraft maintenance technicians and related employees. The IBT is expected to hold a ratification vote in the coming weeks.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has started its new code-sharing program with Gol Transportes Aereos (Sao Paulo).
Read the full press release:
Remembering the crews, passengers and victims of September 11, 2001. An attack on aviation is an attack on us all.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.
Blue Air (Bucharest) is operating it Boeing 737-8AS YR-BIB (msn 29926) for Travel Service Airlines (Prgue), creating this interesting hybrid livery.
Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. YR-BIB prepares to depart from Madrid.
Finnair (Helsinki) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Finncomm Oy to buy 20% of Finncomm Airlines (Finnish Commuter Airlines Oy) (FCA) (Helsinki) and all of the stock of the companies that own Finncomm’s 12 ATR aircraft.
Finnair and Finncomm Airlines have also entered into a new commercial agreement for further cooperation on the winter schedule.
According to the Finnair press release, under the new code-share agreement with Finnair, Finncomm will fly the Turku, Tampere and Tallinn flights (as it has to date) and will also fly as a new service the Jyväskylä route, six times per day. Also on the Joensuu, Kuopio and Vaasa routes, Finncomm will fly some of the code-share flights. In addition, cooperation will cover the Norrköping route.
Finncomm Airlines’ route network also includes Kokkola, Kemi, Seinäjoki, Savonlinna and Varkaus.
The new commercial agreement replaces the previously announced agreement between Finnair and the airline Flybe on the arrangement of feeder traffic. Nevertheless, negotiations on cooperation with Flybe in other traffic will
At the same time, Finnair and Finncomm have signed a preliminary agreement on ownership arrangements through which Finncomm’s current ownership structure will change. Finnair’s objective is to acquire a minority shareholding in the Finncomm Group. A strengthening of the ownership structure through new investors will also be pursued.
Copyright Photo: It will be interesting to see if Finncomm will lose its individual brand and adopt the colors of Finnair. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) F-WWEB (msn 741) arrives back at Toulouse after a test flight in the 2003 livery. It became OH-ATE on delivery.
Sideral Air Cargo is a new cargo airline in Brazil. On August 31 the new company took delivery of its first freighter. Boeing 737-3S3 (SF) PR-SDL (msn 24060, ex N312AW) was converted by AEI-Aeronautical Engineers. Further details are welcome.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) announced that its wholly owned private jet subsidiary, Delta Air Elite, will now operate under the new brand of Delta Private Jets. Delta is the only U.S.-based carrier with commercial and private jet service.
The company operates a diverse fleet of Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft jets.
Hansung Airlines (Cheongju) suspended all operations on October 18, 2008. The company has reorganized and is planning to resume low fare operations this month under a new name. The carrier will operate Boeing 737-800s under the brand name of T’way Air (stilized as t’way). The ATR 72s have been retired.
Here is the new redesigned website (in Korean):
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo-Haneda) and First Eastern Investment Group have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to establish the first Japanese low cost airline. The new airline will operate both international and domestic short-haul routes out of Osaka (Kansai International Airport). The new airline will operate independently from ANA.
The new company will be established in the second half of 2010 with Japanese investors holding a 66.7% stake of which ANA will hold a 39% stake and First Eastern will hold the remaining 33.3% stake, the maximum foreign ownership currently allowed for an airline in Japan. The new company’s air transport operations are expected to commence in the second half of 2011.
The choice of Kansai is an interesting choice since the relatively new airport is considered a high cost airport.
Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (Mirny) lost its Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684 (msn 90A-851) in Siberia on September 7. The airliner while operating flight 6R 514 from Polyarny to Moscow (Domodedovo) with 72 passengers and nine crew members suffered a complete in-flight electrical failure. An emergency landing was made at the closed Izhma Airport. The aircraft overran the overgrown runway on landing and was substantially damaged. All 81 people on board survived the crash landing. The aircraft is a write off since it will not be able to be recovered.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. RA-85684 is pictured at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport just three days prior to the accident.
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Eurocypria Airlines’ (Larnaca) days are probably numbered. The Cyprus government is moving ahead with plans to merge its state-controlled Cyprus Airways (Larnaca) with state-owned charter airline Eurocypria. Both airlines have been losing money. A a new chairman is expected to be announced within the next few days. Cyprus has an Airbus fleet and Eurocypria has a Boeing fleet. The Eurocypria brand is likely to disappear.
Eurocypria was established on March 25, 1992 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Cyprus Airways as the first Cyprus-based charter airline. Operations began on June 6, 1992 with two new Airbus A320s. Since then the airline has added Boeing 737-800s.
Read the full report from the Financial Mirror:
Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Eurocypria’s Boeing 737-8BK 5B-DBZ (msn 33030) visits Nuremberg. The company specializes in having a different colored-tail for each aircraft.
Copa Airlines Boeing 737-7V3 WL HP-1377CMP (msn 30462) MIA (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Copa Airlines (Panama City) announced new service direct from Panama City to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten (St. Martin), beginning on December 18, 2010.
The new flight will depart Panama City (PTY) on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 12:22 p.m. (1222), arriving in St. Maarten (SXM) at 4:17 p.m. (1617). The return flight will depart on the same days at 5:30 p.m. (1730), arriving in Panama City at 7:44 p.m. (1944).
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-7V3 HP-1377CMP (msn 30462) taxies to the South Terminal at Miami International Airport.
OpenSkies (British Airways) Boeing 757-236 WL G-BPEK (msn 25808) IAD (Brian McDonough), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
OpenSkies (British Airways) (Paris-Orly), the all business-class airline operating transatlantic flights, today launched its “OpenSkies Satisfaction Guarantee” program offering customers the opportunity to fly the airline and receive reimbursement if not satisfied with the experience – an unprecedented offer in the airline sector.
According to the airline, the launch of this unique program, in effect today, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 through November 30, 2010, follows a survey conducted by OpenSkies in June 2010, which reveals that of the 4,250 people polled, 96.85 percent of passengers would recommend OpenSkies.
OpenSkies currently flies from Newark and Washington (Dulles) to Paris (Orly).
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. OpenSkies’ Boeing 757-236 G-BPEK (msn 25808) gracefully climbs away from Dulles International Airport near Washington.
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DCL (msn 33806) (Dreamliner colors) BLQ (Lucio Alfieri), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Ryanair (Dublin) which pulled out of negotiations with Boeing for 200 aircraft, is back in the news with its CEO (Michael O’Leary) saying the company may be in the market this time for up to 300 aircraft (assuming the price is right).
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Copyright Photo: Lucio Alfieri. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCL (msn 33806) visits Bologna in the Boeing colors.