Monarch Airlines to add new flights to Rome and Venice

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) has announced a significant expansion into the Mediterranean for the summer of 2012, launching 14 new flights across Italy, Croatia and Greece.

The new routes have been introduced in support of Monarch’s plan to expand. The two-pronged strategy focuses on scheduled services and introducing new flights to leisure destinations across Europe.

Two additional Airbus A320 aircraft will be added to Monarch’s fleet in March 2012.

This is the start of the expansion plan that will see an increase from 30 to 40 aircraft with a view to offering more flights including flights to Rome and Venice.

Monarch Airlines’ new routes for Summer 2012 include:

— Manchester to Dubrovnik, Milan, Venice and Verona

— Birmingham to Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Milan, Rome and Venice

— London Gatwick to Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Milan and Venice

— London Luton to Rome

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Bmibaby to launch two new routes to Sicily and Menorca

Bmibaby ( (East Midlands) has announced it will offer new flights from East Midlands Airport to Catania, Sicily and from Belfast City Airport to Mahon, Menorca in the summer.

The new route from Belfast City Airport to Mahon in Menorca will commence on June 15, 2012 and will operate up twice a week on Mondays and Fridays until September 24, 2012. Flights to Catania in Sicily will operate once a week on Sundays from May 27 until September 30, 2012.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

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Volaris signs MOU for 44 Airbus A320s

Volaris ( (Toluca) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 44 Airbus A320 aircraft, comprising of 30 A320neo and 14 A320 Family aircraft. The order makes Volaris the first airline to order the A320neo in Mexico. Engine selection will be announced by the airline at a later date.

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Continental Airlines launches Houston-Lagos flights

Continental Airlines (Houston) yesterday (November 16), operating as United Airlines, inaugurated the first daily scheduled passenger service between Texas and Africa with new nonstop flights between Houston (Bush Intercontinental) and Lagos, Nigeria. The new service links the two energy capitals on a route which no other airline currently serves on a scheduled basis (Atlas Air is also operating a charter series of flights from Houston to Luanda).

Flight CO 142 departs Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport at 7:05 p.m. (1905) and arrives at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at 1:40 p.m. (1340) the following day. On the return, flight CO 143 departs Lagos at 11:05 p.m. (2305) and arrives in Houston at 5:25 a.m. (0525) the following day. Flying times are approximately 11 hours, 35 minutes eastbound and 13 hours, 20 minutes westbound.

The flights will operate using Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft with a total of 276 seats — 50 in BusinessFirst and 226 in Economy.

Continental and United are still two separate airlines pending a single operating certificate under the United brand.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The Continental name is disappearing from CO aircraft.

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Allegiant launches two new routes

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) yesterday (November 16) launched the Lexington-Las Vegas and Newport News-Sanford (near Orlando) routes.

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Hawaiian Airlines is coming to New York

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it is launching daily nonstop service between New York City ‘s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Honolulu starting on June 4, 2012.

Starting on June 5, 2012 , Hawaiian flight HA 51 will depart JFK daily at 10:00 a.m. (1000) and arrive at Honolulu International Airport at 3:00 p.m. (1500).

The new route will be inaugurated from Honolulu the day before on June 4, with the departure of Flight HA 50 (“Hawaiian 5-0″). Flight HA 50 will depart Honolulu daily at 3:05 p.m. (1505) and arrive in New York City (JFK) at 6:55 a.m. (0655) the following morning.

Hawaiian will operate its New York – Honolulu route using its growing fleet of new Airbus A330-200 aircraft that seat 294 passengers, with 18 seats in First Class and the remainder in Economy Class.

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S7 Airlines to add two new routes to Italy

S7 Airlines (Moscow) has announced new flights from Moscow to Turin and Bergamo in Italy.

The flights from Moscow (Domodedovo) to Turin will be operated during the New Year holidays from December 30, 2011 followed by the first flight to Bergamo on January 2, 2012. Beginning on January 7, 2012 the flights will be operated every week on Saturdays with 128-seat A319s.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

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Emirates adds Baghdad

Emirates Airline (Dubai) added Baghdad and the Dubai-Baghdad route on November 13.

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LAM to drop the twice-weekly Maputo-Lisbon route on November 23

LAM-Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (Maputo) has announced it will drop the twice-weekly Maputo-Lisbon route on November 23 as it seeks to operate its own aircraft on the route despite an European Commission ban on carriers from Mozambique. For now, LAM will code-share with TAP Portugal (Lisbon) on the route. The route was operated by euroAtlantic Airways for LAM under a wet lease agreement.


Air Moldova to operate an Embraer ERJ 190 for RAK Airways

Air Moldova (Chisinau) has painted this Embraer ERJ 190 in RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) colors and is planning to operate the airliner for the Gulf carrier. Previously Air Moldova has operated an Airbus A320 for RAK Airways. This is a new type for the carrier from the United Arab Emirates.

Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch. The pictured ERJ 190-100LR registered ER-ECB (msn 19000325) was rolled out of the paint shop at Birmingham on November 12 and is pictured before its departure.

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Norwegian opens a new base at Torp Airport

Norwegian Air Shuttle ( (Oslo) has announced it will open a new base at Sandefjord Airport, Torp, located south of Oslo in Norway. Three new domestic routes and five international routes will be developed from Torp.

Starting in late March 2012 Norwegian will base a Boeing 737-800 at Torp. Norwegian will begin flights to Antalya, Berlin, Bergen, Las Palmas, Palma de Mallorca, Nice and Trondheim from Torp.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

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Sky Work Airlines to add Lugano

Sky Work Airlines (Bern) will add Lugano in Switzerland and the Bern-Lugano route next summer. The new route will be served twice-daily during the week with Dornier 328-100s.

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EasyJet’s full-year profit jumps 61% to $248 million

EasyJet ( (UK) (London-Luton) reported its full-year profit before taxes increased 61 percent to $336 million. The company is also considering offering for a fee assigned seating.

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

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Petroleum Air Services orders its first Bombardier CRJ900

Petroleum Air Services (PAS) (Cairo) has signed a firm contract to acquire one Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jet. The transaction also includes an option for another CRJ900 NextGen airliner. PAS’s CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will be the first CRJ Series aircraft to operate in Egypt.

Established in 1982, PAS operates helicopter and fixed wing charter and air-taxi services primarily for the petroleum industry. Surplus hours are used by tour operators within Egypt and to international destinations within the region. Its current fleet includes four de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 aircraft and five Bombardier DHC-8-300 (Q300) turboprops.

Image: Bombardier.

Atlasjet signs LOI for 10 Bombardier CS300 jetliners

Atlasjet Airlines (Atlasjet Havacilik A.S.) (Istanbul) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 10 CS300 jetliners and take options on a further five CS300 aircraft.

Founded in 2001, Atlasjet operates 17 aircraft on domestic and international routes with scheduled and charter services. Atlasjet is operated and managed by Ersoy Turistik Servisleri (ETS), a conglomerate of travel companies with tourism offices across Turkey. Atlasjet operates domestic scheduled passenger services and regular charter flights to cities across Europe, Kazakhstan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Operating from its main base at Atatürk International Airport, Istanbul, the airline also has hubs at Adnan Menderes Airport, Izmir and Antalya Airport.

Image: Bombardier.

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Qatar Airways goes aircraft shopping in Dubai

Qatar Airways (Doha) has selected the Airbus A320neo as the new standard aircraft for expanding its short to medium haul fleet and has increased its order for the A380. The agreement signed at the 2011 Dubai Airshow, is a firm contract for 50 A320neo aircraft and five additional A380s.

The A320neo is an option for the A320 Family and incorporates new engines and large “Sharklet” wing tip devices, which together will deliver 15 percent in fuel savings, representing some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft per year.

Qatar Airways has ordered a total of 43 A320 Family aircraft directly from Airbus and, including leased aircraft has 38 in its fleet. The last four of the A320s on order will be provisioned for “Sharklets” following a recently signed agreement. Qatar Airways’ total A380 order increases to 10 aircraft following its initial order for two made in 2003, which was later raised to five in 2007. Qatar Airways’ current fleet also includes the region’s largest number of A330s (29).

The A320neo has over 95 percent airframe commonality making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload. The A320neo reduces fuel burn by 15%, which is equivalent to 1.4m litres of fuel – the consumption of 1000 mid size cars.  This saves 3600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year, the amount of CO2 absorbed by 240,000 mature trees. The A320neo aircraft also has a considerably smaller noise footprint. Sales of the neo have reached over 1,200 orders and commitments in under a year, making it the fastest selling aircraft ever.

Qatar Airways also announced an order for two Boeing 777F Freighters at the 2011 Dubai Air Show.

Qatar Airways currently operates 28 Boeing 777s of various types, including 16 777-300 ERs (extended range), three 777F Freighters and nine 777-200 LRs. It recently took delivery of its 100th airplane which was a Boeing 777-200 LR (longer range). By 2013, the airline plans to serve more than 120 destinations worldwide with a fleet of over 120 aircraft. The airline currently has a fleet of 100 aircraft flying to over 100 destinations.

Image: Airbus.

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VivaAerobus announces two new routes to Florida

VivaAerobus ( (Monterrey) is launching two new routes this month to both Miami and Orlando from Monterrey. The company now operates 17 Boeing 737-300s.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney.

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Spirit Airlines signs Memo of Understanding for 75 Airbus aircraft

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) and Airbus announced today that they have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 75 A320 family aircraft consisting of 30 of the existing aircraft model and 45 of the A320neo (new engine option) aircraft.

These aircraft are in addition to the 33 aircraft not yet delivered under Spirit’s existing order and would be scheduled for delivery from 2016 through 2021.
The airline has not yet announced its engine selection for the A320s or the A320neos.

Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell.

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JetBlue Airways expands the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-San Juan route

JetBlue Airways (New York) announces further expansion on the island with the addition of two more daily flights between San Juan and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. The new flights are scheduled to begin in May 2012.

With its expanded schedule, JetBlue will offer up to six daily nonstop flights between its South Florida focus city at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in the Puerto Rican capital.

JetBlue’s added Fort Lauderdale service is just one in a series of upcoming expansion waves planned for its operation in San Juan . This Thursday the airline will begin daily nonstop jet service to St. Maarten. Then on December 12 , JetBlue will add daily nonstop jet service to both St. Croix and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The growth will continue into the new year with nonstop service to Hartford/Springfield, beginning on January 5, 2012.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Frontier Airlines’ new nonstop Denver-Little Rock and Denver-Palm Springs service takes off on November 17

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will launch Denver (DEN)-Little Rock (LIT) and Denver-Palm Springs (PSP) service on Thursday, November 17. Little Rock service is year-round and Palm Springs service, which is seasonal, will run through May 14, 2012. The new service brings to 71 the number of destinations Frontier serves nonstop from Denver.

Service on the Denver-Little Rock route will be flown on 99-seat Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft operated by Republic Airlines (2nd). The Palm Springs route will operated with Airbus A319s.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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Delta Air Lines announces another expansion at New York

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has announced its latest expansion in New York City, with 12 new daily flights to 11 domestic and Caribbean destinations in spring and summer of 2012.

In March 2012, Delta will add new frequencies between New York-JFK and Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic ; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Delta also will launch new nonstop service between New York-LaGuardia and Nassau, Bahamas . The new and expanded Caribbean routes will serve significant local demand for flights to those markets.
In addition, Delta in June 2012 will add new routes and frequencies to seven U.S. cities from New York-JFK, including Austin, Texas ; Jacksonville, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; New Orleans; Milwaukee; San Francisco and Los Angeles.

With a new daily flight in each city, Delta will offer a total of eight peak-day flights to Los Angeles and six peak-day to San Francisco from New York-JFK.

Delta also recently received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation for a slot transaction with US Airways which will allow it to approximately double the number of nonstop destinations it serves from LaGuardia, adding as many as 4 million additional roundtrip seats available at LaGuardia without increasing congestion. Delta will invest $100 million creating an expanded main terminal at LaGuardia, with a new 600-foot connector bridge between terminals D and C.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck.

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Aviation Capital Group signs firm order for 30 A320neo aircraft

Aviation Capital Group (ACG), the United States based global aircraft leasing company, signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 30 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft at the 2011 Dubai Airshow.

This latest order from ACG for 30 A320neo’s brings the lessor’s total A320 Family order book to 98 aircraft. Engine selection on ACG’s A320neo fleet will be made at a later date.

American Airlines increases the number of flights to Venezuela

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) announced it is expanding its Venezuela service by increasing the number of weekly flights between New York and Caracas .
Beginning on November 18 , American will add three flights per week between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and Simon Bolivar International Airport (CCS) in Caracas , offering flights on the route five days per week, up from two days per week. American flies the route with a Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 188 seats.

American first began service to Venezuela , its first destination in South and Central America , on August 1, 1987 , with flights between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Caracas . The airline currently has 48 weekly flights into and out of Venezuela , with flights to Caracas from Miami , San Juan , Dallas/Fort Worth and New York /JFK, and to Maracaibo from Miami.

In other news, American announced it and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) have reached a tentative agreement in principle for the Dispatcher workgroup.

Details about the tentative agreement will be shared with the TWU-represented Dispatchers and Operational Coordinators in the coming days.

American has been in negotiations with the TWU Dispatch group since May 2006 . Both parties worked collaboratively to reach a tentative agreement that addresses the interests of our TWU-represented Dispatchers and the company.
American Airlines has more than 50,000 employees represented by unions, including approximately 180 under this tentative agreement.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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LAN Airlines supports the Teleton 2011 campaign in Chile with special stickers

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) is supporting the upcoming Teleton 2011 telethon in Chile on December 2-3 with special stickers on its domestic fleet.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Please click on the photo for the full story.


Oman Air to operate the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner

Oman Air (Muscat) and Boeing (Chicago) today announced an order for six Boeing 787-8s at the Dubai Airshow.

Oman Air has completed an arrangement with Boeing and leasing company ALAFCO (Kuwait City) to transfer existing orders for the six Dreamliners from ALAFCO to Oman Air.

Oman Air currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to 41 destinations across the Gulf, the Levant, Europe, East Africa and Asia . Oman Air’s commitment to quality, comfort and a seamless passenger experience has resulted in international acclaim, including major regional and international awards and an Official 4 Star Airline (Skytrax 2011) rating.

Image: Boeing.

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Southwest to add international flights through AirTran

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) and its wholly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways (Orlando) have announced new destinations and nonstop routes as they extend their flight schedules for reservations from June 3, 2012 , through Auust. 10, 2012 (some flights begin as early as May 24, 2012 ). Southwest announced new Houston nonstop service and AirTran will add nonstop service between Ft. Lauderdale/ Hollywood and San Juan, Puerto Rico , as well as new Denver nonstop routes.

In addition, AirTran announced plans to expand its international presence with four new nonstop routes to Mexico : San Antonio to Cancun and Mexico City beginning on May 2012 , and Orange County, California to Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City beginning in June 2012 . This service is subject to government approval and is not yet for sale. Specific frequencies and fares for these international routes will be announced once the appropriate approvals are received. AirTran does not currently serve Orange County , so the future introduction of AirTran service to these markets is a direct benefit of Southwest’s acquisition of AirTran.

A quick view of the new service is listed below.

AirTran new service beginning May 24, 2012:

  • Two daily roundtrip flights between Ft. Lauderdale/ Hollywood and San Juan

AirTran new service beginning June 3, 2012:

  • One daily roundtrip flight between Denver and Akron – Canton
  • One daily roundtrip flight between Denver and Dayton
  • Two daily roundtrip flights between Denver and New York LaGuardia
  • Two daily roundtrip flights between Baltimore/Washington and Los Angeles
  • One daily roundtrip flight between Baltimore/Washington and New Orleans
  • Two daily roundtrip flights between Baltimore/Washington and Seattle
  • One daily roundtrip flight between Baltimore/Washington and San Francisco

Southwest new service beginning June 3, 2012:

  • One daily roundtrip flight between Houston Hobby and Raleigh-Durham
  • One daily roundtrip flight between Houston Hobby and Kansas City
  • One daily roundtrip flight between Houston Hobby and Seattle
  • One daily roundtrip flight between Chicago Midway and Oklahoma City

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.

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Emirates orders 50 Boeing 777-300 ERs, the single largest airplane order in Boeing history

Emirates Airline (Dubai) and Boeing (Chicago) today announced an order for 50 Boeing 777-300 ERs (Extended Range) plus options for an additional 20 of the popular twin-aisle commercial jetliner.
The order, with a value of $18 billion , makes this the single largest commercial airplane order in Boeing’s history by dollar value. It also makes 2011 the best-selling year for the 777 program, surpassing the previous record of 154 orders set in 2005. With the Emirates order, the 2011 net order book for the 777 currently stands at 182. The options for 20 additional airplanes is valued at $8 billion.

Emirates is the world’s largest 777 operator with a fleet of 94 777s through direct purchase and lease, plus additional unfilled orders on backlog for 41 777-300 ERs previously on order. It is also the only airline in the world to operate every model in the Boeing 777 family, including the 777 Freighter.

Emirates took delivery of its first Boeing 777 – a 777-200 in 1996, and since then, the airline has deployed the 777 on short, medium and long-haul routes.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

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British Airways to add the London Heathrow-Bologna route

British Airways (London) is planning to add the London (Heathrow)-Bologna on April 29, 2012 according to Airline Route. The new route will be operated with Airbus A319s.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl.


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Caribbean Airlines takes delivery of the first ATR 72-600

Caribbean Airlines (Port-of-Spain) on November 9 took delivery in Toulouse of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft. The carrier becomes one of the first operators of the new ATR 72-600 series. Caribbean has ordered nine copies. The aircraft are configured with 68 seats and equipped with the new ATR -600s standards of comfort, including In-Flight Entertainment.

With this new ATR 72-600 deliverey, Caribbean Airlines will start replacing its fleet of five 50-seat Bombardier DHC-8-300s. Caribbean Airlines will also operate some of its new ATR 72-600s in the domestic route network of Air Jamaica, which was recently acquired by the Trinidad and Tobago’s flag carrier.

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United Airlines and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters reach a tentative agreement

United Airlines (Chicago) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) announced that they reached a tentative agreement on a labor contract for mechanics at United.

The agreement covers approximately 5,500 United mechanics and related employees located throughout the United States . Continental mechanics represented by the IBT ratified their collective bargaining agreement in November of 2010.

Copyright Photo: Marcus Jellyman.


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AirTran Airways to drop five airports on June 2

AirTran Airways (Orlando) announced to its employees it will cease operations at the following airports: Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), Miami International (MIA), Central Illinois Regional Airport/Bloomington/Normal, Illinois (BMI), Charleston’s Yeager Airport in West Virginia (CRW), and Dulles International (IAD). The Southwest Airlines operations at IAD will continue unaffected. The last day of operations at these airport will be on June 2, 2012.

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Kingfisher Airlines cuts flights as it attempts to restructure

Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore and Mumbai) is in financial difficulty. The airline, which has lost over $935 million in the past three years, is cutting flights (167 flights cut since November 8) and seeking government assistance in reorganizing according to this article by Bloomberg Businessweek. However the airline faces some of its aircraft being seized for non-payment of leases.

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VIM Airlines to restore the Moscow-Basel/Mulhouse route but ban changes its plans

VIM Airlines (VIM Avia) (Moscow) is planning to restore the Moscow (Domodedovo)-Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg route on December 28.

However the Federal Russian Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) has restricted European flights operated by six Russian carriers including VIM.

Besides VIM, the ban also applies to ATU (Aviastar-TU), Dagestan Airlines, Tatarstan Airlines, UTair Cargo and Yakutia Airlines.

However the VIM Airlines European flights will now be operated by its subsidiary, Bashkortostan Airlines, according to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia and this article by RT.

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Finnair seeks an Asian partner, eyes additional Nordic acquisitions

Fiinair (Helsinki) is seeking a partner in Asia to boost traffic at its growing HEL hub according to this article by Bloomberg Businessweek. Finnair is also evaluating further acquisitions in the Baltic area to boost the Nordic feed into the HEL hub.

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SAS sells 13 MD-80 aircraft to Allegiant Air

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) announced today it has has entered into a sales agreement with Sunrise Asset Management, LLC, to sell 13 DC-9-82/-83/-87 aircraft and an additional 12 spare engines.

Sunrise Asset Management is an affiliate of Allegiant Air (Las Vegas).

According to SAS, “the order value is slightly above $20 million (140 MSEK) which will have no effect on the result. Delivery of the aircraft and engines will commence immediately and is scheduled to be completed in February 2013.
This transaction is a further step in SAS’ phase-out program for the MD-80 series aircraft which are being replaced by Boeing 737NGs and Airbus A320s prior to the commencement of the A320neo aircraft ordered earlier this year. SAS has earlier sold aircraft to Allegiant and once the deliveries to Allegiant Air are completed, SAS will have sold 45 MD-80 series aircraft.”

According to Allegiant, “these purchases will primarily be used to replace engines that will be coming due for major overhauls over the next two years, thus helping the airline to optimize its engine-related maintenance expense. The agreement also allows Allegiant the flexibility to use several of the aircraft for additional MD-80 fleet growth in the future, should it decide to do so.”

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Gol has a rare quarterly loss for the third quarter

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Sao Paulo), the parent of Gol Transportes Aereos and VARIG (2nd) (VRG Linhas Aereas), reported a rare quarterly loss. For the third quarter, the company posted a net loss of R$516.5mm ($293 million) with a negative net margin of 28.0%, versus net income of R$110.0mm in 3Q10 (with a margin of 6.1%) and a net loss of R$358.7mm in 2Q11 (with a negative net margin of 22.9%). The loss was mainly due to the appreciation of the Dollar, which increased from R$1.56 at the end of 2Q11 to R$1.85 at the end of 3Q11 (an 18.8% upturn). The depreciation of the Brazilian currency generated a net expense from the foreign exchange variation of approximately R$476.4mm, as most of the Company‟s financial liabilities are represented in Dollars (72.4% in 3Q11).

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WestJet has a profitable third quarter

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) announced third quarter results for 2011. The airline reported net earnings of C$39.3 million ($38.8 million US), or 28 cents per share; compared to third quarter 2010 net earnings of $43.8 million or 30 cents per share.

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DirectAir starts Lakeland-Plattsburgh flights

DirectAir (Myrtle Beach) yesterday (November 10) launched Lakeland (near Orlando)-Plattsburgh, NY flights. The flights are operated by Sky King Airlines (Lakeland) which replaced Dynamic Airways. Previously DirectAir dropped the Lakeland-Myrtle Beach-Hagerstown route due to low loads. From LAL, DirectAir also flies to Niagara Falls, NY and Springfield, IL and will launch a Lakeland-San Juan route next spring.

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American Airlines and QANTAS receive final approval to launch Joint Business Agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and QANTAS Airways (Sydney) yesterday (November 10) welcomed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) final approval of the airlines’ trans-Pacific joint business agreement (JBA), which will allow the carriers to coordinate services between the United States , Australia and New Zealand.

With all relevant regulatory approvals, both airlines can now begin working together on the following:

  • Joint strategic planning and management of trans-Pacific services and ‘behind and beyond’ services within Australia / New Zealand and North America
  • Improvement of flight schedules, frequencies and connection times to benefit Qantas and American customers
  • Joint pricing initiatives resulting in more competitive fares and new fare products, as well as joint marketing of services
  • Increased opportunities for customers of each airline to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles/points on services operated by the other
  • A streamlined offering for corporate customers and for travel agents
  • The ability to coordinate pricing for the sale of Australia and New Zealand package destinations by AA Vacations, American’s outlet for discount vacation packages

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Allegiant launches Appleton-Mesa flights

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) yesterday (November 10) inaugurated nonstop flights between Appleton, Wisconsin and Mesa, Arizona (near Phoenix).

The new flights will operate twice weekly between the Outagamie County Regional Airport (ATW) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) with service on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will depart Appleton at 7:35 p.m. (1935) arriving in Phoenix-Mesa at 10:30 p.m. (2230). Flights leaving Phoenix-Mesa will depart at 2:35 p.m. (1435) arriving in Appleton at 6:50 p.m. (1850) (all flight times are local). The carrier will utilize a full-size, jet aircraft on the route. Allegiant began serving the Outagamie County Regional Airport in August of 2008 with flights to Las Vegas.

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Lufthansa announces a major expansion in Berlin

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has announced a major expansion for Berlin as the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Willy Brandt) is set to open on June 3, 2012.

Lufthansa is planning to add 30 new destinations from Berlin in the summer of 2012.

Lufthansa’s Berlin fleet is set to grow from the current nine aircraft to 15 aircraft.

According to the airline, “currently the Lufthansa Group and its partner airlines account for a quarter of the 21 million passengers in Berlin. To increase this share substantially, the Group will deploy a total of 35 aircraft on routes to and from Berlin from the summer of 2012.”

Lufthansa will assign 15 A320 family aircraft at the new BER Airport. Altogether, 23 Airbus aircraft (A321, A320, A319) will fly from Berlin under the Lufthansa brand. The LH flights will be supplemented by flights operated by other members of the Lufthansa Group – Germanwings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and bmi – bringing the total number of Lufthansa Group aircraft on routes to and from Berlin to 35.

LH will add 28 new European destinations and two new Middle Eastern destinations from BER. The new schedule will commence on June 3, 2012 and includes a total of 38 nonstop Lufthansa flights.

New LH nonstop destinations include Valencia, Bologna and Birmingham.

As a sign of its commitment to Berlin, Lufthansa will name its next A380 after the German capital. The aircraft with the registration of D-AIMI is expected to be delivered to Lufthansa in April 2012 and is due to carry the name of Berlin out into the world as soon as the airport is inaugurated. The A380 is planned to take off on the first scheduled Lufthansa flight as part of the official opening ceremony on June 3, 2012.

Lufthansa Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael Stappen.

Boeing begins work on 1,000th 777

Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (November 9) workers began assembling the 1,000th 777. The airplane is a Boeing 777-300 ER (extended range) model. It will be delivered to Emirates Airline (Dubai) in March 2012. Emirates is the largest 777 customer with 95 777s currently in its fleet; the 1,000th 777 will be its 102nd.Production began with loading of the 97-foot (29.5 meter) wing spar – the main support structure for the wing – into a giant tool that automatically drills, measures and installs more than 5,000 fasteners into the spar. The spar components are built in Auburn, Washington, by Boeing Fabrication employees.

Photo: Boeing.

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American Airlines enters into sale-leaseback arrangement with ILFC to finance 15 Boeing 737-800s

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced it has entered into a sale-leaseback arrangement with International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a leading international leasing organization and wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, to finance 15 previously-ordered Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft, two of which have been delivered and the remainder of which are scheduled to be delivered to American in 2012. ILFC will purchase the aircraft from American and immediately lease the aircraft back to American under a sale-leaseback financing arrangement.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air operate their first biofuel flights

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) yesterday afternoon (November 9) inaugurated biofuel-powered passenger service with two flights from Seattle/Tacoma to Washington (Reagan National) and Portland, Oregon Alaska and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, are operating 75 select flights between Seattle/Tacoma and the two cities over the next few weeks using a 20 percent blend of sustainable biofuel made from used cooking oil.

Alaska Air Group estimates the 20 percent certified biofuel blend it is using for the 75 flights will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 10 percent—the equivalent of taking 26 cars off the road for a year. If the company powered all of its flights with a 20 percent biofuel blend for one year, the annual emissions savings would represent the equivalent of taking nearly 64,000 cars off the road or providing electricity to 28,000 homes.

There currently is no supply of aviation biofuels in the Pacific Northwest, although potential sources were identified during a regional assessment by the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest group earlier this year ( Alaska Air Group purchased the fuel through SkyNRG, an aviation biofuels broker. The biofuel was made by Dynamic Fuels at its facility in Geismar, Louisiana.

Photo: PR Newswire/Alaska Airlines. N531AS is displaying this special emblem on the engines.

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Air Canada’s push for a new low-fare subsidiary is stalled by the unions

Air Canada’s (Montreal) move for a new low-fare subsidiary to compete in the leisure markets has apparently hit an impasse although the airline is not giving up. The unions are opposed to the concept according to this article by Reuters.

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Air Macau is restructured with a new investment by the Macau SAR government

Air Macau’s (Macau, China) shareholders on November 4, 2011 approved a new capital restructuring proposal, with a multi-million dollar injection from the Macau SAR government.

With the capital injection, the Macau SAR government becomes Air Macau’s second major shareholder after Air China (80.86%). New shares are being issued.

Air Macau issued the following statement: CLICK HERE

Air Macau Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for the full story of this airline.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Niki Lauda sells his remaining shares to Airberlin, will join the Airberlin board

Niki’s (Vienna) founder and majority shareholder announced on November 8, 2011 he was selling all his remaining shares to Airberlin.

Lauda previously owned 50.1 percent of his second airline.

The Niki name will remain and Niki Lauda will join the Airberlin board of directors.

Airberlin issued the following statement:

“The founder of Austrian airline Niki Luftfahrt GmbH, Andreas Nikolaus (Niki) Lauda, has been appointed to the Board of Air Berlin PLC as Non-Executive Director.

Since July 2010 Air Berlin PLC has held a 49.9 stake in Niki Luftfahrt GmbH. Airberlin, the Lauda Private Trust and Niki Lauda have agreed that the Lauda Private Trust will be withdrawing from Niki Luftfahrt GmbH. The withdrawal of the Lauda Private Trust will be taking place shortly in the course of restructuring measures in accordance with company law. As a result the Lauda Private Trust will be repaying the loan it had received from Airberlin by transferring its 50.1 percent stake in Niki Luftfahrt GmbH. Austrian control and majority ownership of Niki Luftfahrt GmbH will in future be ensured by a new private trust that is exclusively Austrian and that will hold a majority stake in Niki Luftfahrt GmbH. The transfer of the 50.1 percent stake will not involve any cash payments.”

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Niki Slide Show: CLICK HERE

EasyJet is coming to Iceland

EasyJet (UK) (London-Luton) will launch the London (Luton)-Keflavik (near Reykjavik) route on March 27, 2012. The new route to Iceland will be operated three times a week.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton.

EasyJet Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copa Holdings reports net income of $70.3 million for the third quarter

Copa Holdings, S.A. (Panama City) announced its financial results for the third quarter.

Copa Holdings reported net income of $70.3 million for 3Q11, or diluted earnings per share (EPS) of US$1.59. Excluding special items, Copa Holdings would have reported an adjusted net income of $90.1 million, or $2.03 per share, a 44.3% increase over adjusted net income of $62.5 million and US$1.42 per share for 3Q10.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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European Air Transport Leipzig takes delivery of its first Airbus A300B4-622R freighter

European Air Transport Leipzig (Leipzig/Halle) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A300B4-622R freighter. The pictured D-AEAO (msn 711) was painted by Eirtech and was rolled out of the paint shop at Shannon on November 4, 2011. It previously served with JAL as JA8565. 12 additional copies will be coming.

European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH is a cargo airline based at Leipzig/Halle Airport in Schkeuditz, Germany. The airline is wholly owned by Deutsche Post and operates the DHL-branded parcel and express services in Europe.

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason.


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