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ANA and partners select Peach as the name of its new LCC subsidiary

Peach Aviation Limited (formerly A&F Aviation) (Osaka-Kansai) is the name selected by ANA (All Nippon Airways) and its partners as the new name of its joint-venture low-fare airline subsidiary. The new airline will operate Airbus A320s and the first route is expected to be the Fukuoka-Sapporo route starting in March 2012.

The name Peach was selected because of the fruit’s Asian origin and because Peach invokes an image of “longevity, energy and happiness”. The A320s will be painted pink and fuchsia.

The join venture was formed in February 2011 by ANA and First Eastern Investment Group (FEIG) (Hong Kong) initially called A&F Aviation. Since then the Innovation Network Corporation (INCJ) of Japan joined the group in March 2011. ANA (33.4%), FEIG (33.3%) and INCJ (33.3% basically share ownership now almost equally.

Image: Peach Aviation.

Video (in Japanese):

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Iberia to start Madrid-Luanda twice-weekly service on September 30

Iberia (Madrid) will add Luanda and the Madrid-Luanda route on September 30. The new route will operate on Mondays and Fridays to the Angolan capital with A340-300 aircraft. Luanda will be the 12th Iberia destination in Africa and the second long-haul flight in the African continent.

Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell. Please click on the photo for the aircraft details.

Iberia Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Pinnacle hires former Frontier CEO Sean Menke

Pinnacle Airlines Corporation (Memphis) has named Sean E. Menke as its new President and CEO. Menke, a veteran airline executive and Managing Partner at Vista Strategic Group LLC in Denver, Colo., succeeds Philip H. Trenary. He is expected to begin his new duties on July 1, 2011. Menke will also become a member of the company’s board of directors.

According to the holding company, “Mr. Menke, 42, brings 20 years of airline management experience. He was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and President and CEO of Frontier Airlines, where he helped position Frontier as one of the lowest cost and most efficient airlines in North America.”

Prior to his senior posts at Republic and Frontier, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada; and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Frontier, where he was also Senior Vice President of Marketing and held Vice President positions in planning and revenue management. Additionally, he held management positions with United Airlines, Western Pacific Airlines and America West Airlines.

Pinnacle Airlines Corporation is a $1 billion airline holding company with 7,800 employees and is the parent company of Pinnacle Airlines, Inc.; Mesaba Aviation, Inc.; and Colgan Air, Inc. Flying as Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express, Pinnacle Airlines Corp. operating subsidiaries operate 202 regional jets and 88 turboprops on more than 1,650 daily flights to 196 cities and towns in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Belize.

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

Boeing and ANA to readiness test this Dreamliner in Japan starting on July 4

Boeing (Chicago) and ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) today (May 26) announced how the two companies will work together to help prove the 787 Dreamliner’s readiness to enter service on a commercial basis. Using the second flight test aircraft, known as the pictured ZA002, they will simulate in-service operations across several airports in Japan in a service ready operational validation. The validation is expected to take place the week of July 4. Anticipated city pairs include trips between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and airports in Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima.

This will be the 787’s maiden appearance in Japan. ANA is the launch customer for the aircraft and has 55 Dreamliners on order. The 787, which will be deployed across the ANA route network, is an integral part of ANA’s strategy to strengthen its position and support its growth and expansion plans.

ANA’s maintenance crews also will practice maintenance and servicing of the 787 during the validation. This will include typical ground servicing activities, fit checks of airplane jacks and maintenance hangar stands, towing and refueling the airplane, and other routine maintenance operations. Watch this video to see how Boeing and ANA are planning for the validation.

Similar service ready validations have been conducted with great success on previous Boeing programs, including the 777, 737NG and 757-300.

Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in the August to September timeframe.

Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi. Please click on the photo for background information.

AirAsia’s first quarter net profit declines 23% to $56 million

AirAsia Bhd’s (AirAsia Group) (Kuala Lumpur) net profit declined 23% to $56 million for the first quarter ending on March 31.

AirAsia’s Short-Haul Routes from Kuala Lumpur:

Read the full report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Thai Airways International to proceed with a full-service, short-haul carrier

Thai Airways International (Bangkok) is proceeding with plans for a new full-service, short-haul subsidiary. Thai’s board has approved the new venture. The new airline, provisionally known as Thai Wing, will initially use five leased Boeing 737s and two other aircraft in the first year and aims to have a fleet of 11 within three years aircraft according to this report by Reuters. The new operation is expected to replace Thai’s current 11 Boeing 737-400s. The new airline is expected to be launched in early 2012.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

In other news, Thai is leasing two Boeing 777-300s from Jet Airways.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for aircraft details.

Virgin America arrives at Chicago O’Hare today

Virgin America (San Francisco) today launches its low-fare, upscale service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), with daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The upstart flashy airline is using every high tech advantage it can find to promote its new level of service.

Today, Virgin America welcomes its dual inaugural flights with a red carpet welcome on the ORD tarmac followed by a party with a Virgin twist at the airline’s new L3 gate. Local officials and Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson will greet the airline’s first guests, including “Flight for Chicago” Facebook fans who scored the chance to “taste test” the new airline versus the competition with a free one-way flight on a legacy carrier and a return on Virgin America.

Virgin America’s new aircraft offer a host of innovative amenities, including custom-designed seating, mood-lit cabins, power outlets and the most advanced entertainment system in the skies. The Red™ entertainment platform offers each guest their own nine inch touch-screen TV with 30 on-demand films, live TV, Google Maps, videogames, seat-to-seat chat, music videos, a 3000 track MP3 catalog and an on-demand menu – so flyers can order a cocktail or meal from their seat any time during a flight.

Is Virgin America winning the marketing and level of service battle?

Virgin America Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Please click on the photo for additional aircraft details.

Virgin America’s First Class seat:

Virgin America SFO Route Map:

Korean Air takes delivery of its first Airbus A380

Korean Air (Seoul-Incheon) today (May 24) celebrated the delivery of its first A380 at a special ceremony at Airbus in Toulouse. The ceremony was attended by Korean Air Chairman Yang Ho Cho and hosted by Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders. EADS CEO Louis Gallois was also present at the event. Korean Air is the sixth airline to take delivery of the A380 and has ordered a total of 10 aircraft.

Korean Air will initially operate the A380 from its Seoul hub to selected destinations in Asia, followed by nonstop services to North America and Europe.

Korean Air will be the first Airbus A380 customer to dedicate the entire upper deck of the aircraft to Prestige (business) Class passengers with 94 lie-flat Prestige Class seats. It is also the first airline in the industry to have a “Duty Free Showcase” on the A380 aircraft. The unique feature will have a variety of duty-free products displayed with a dedicated cabin crew member on hand to assist and advise passengers with their shopping.

Korean Air will also become the first Asian carrier to operate the GP7200 engine.

The GP7200 engine is the leading engine for the Airbus A380 aircraft.  It has been selected to power 56% of all A380s on order with engine selections.  There are 20 GP7200-powered A380s in service and 104 more on order.

In addition to Korean Air, Emirates and Air France operate GP7200-powered A380 aircraft.  Etihad and Air Austral have also selected GP7200 engines for their A380 fleets.

According to the manufacturer, “the Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corporation. The GP7200 is the result of innovations to the combined technologies of its member companies’ most successful wide-body engines: the GE90 and the PW4000. The GP7200 utilizes the lessons learned from more than 35 million flight hours of successful operation with these legacy engines and incorporates new technology to produce the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380.  The GP7200 is certified at 76,500 pounds (340 kN) of thrust and has the capability to produce more than 81,500 pounds (363 kN). Its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.”

GP7200 Engine Program participants include SNECMA (France), Techspace Aero (Belgium) and MTU Aero Engines (Germany).

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

Korean Air commercial for the new Airbus A380:

Jazz paints two aircraft with Advanced PPG Aerospace “Green” System

Jazz Aviation LP (Halifax) has repainted two Bombardier DHC-8-102 aircraft with an advanced “green” coatings system by PPG Industries. According to the company, “this chromate-free PPG coatings system reduces environmental impact, lowers weight, and provides a smooth, glossy and highly durable finish”.

The two Jazz airplanes were repainted by Springer Aerospace, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, with DESOTHANE(R) HD/CA 9000 basecoat/clearcoat, DESOPRIME(TM) CF/CA 7502 epoxy primer and DESOGEL(TM) EAP-9 metal pretreatment, all from PPG.

Jazz is the first airline in Canada to specify the complete green PPG system.

The PPG coatings system consists of a heavily pigmented basecoat and a clear topcoat. Using DesothaneHD/CA 9000 basecoat/clearcoat can reduce painting cycle process time by up to one full day because the fast-drying basecoat provides color in one coat, as compared with two or three coats in a typical system.

Copyright Photo: Jazz Aviation/Business Wire. The pictured Bombardier DHC-8-102 C-GANF (msn 042) is one of five Jazz charter aircraft that will keep the Jazz brand alive as the rest of the Jazz fleet will be repainted for the Air Canada Regional operation.

The Jazz logo:

Shenzhen Airlines introduces its “Universiade 2011″ logojet

Shenzhen Airlines (Shenzhen) has taken delivery of this specially-painted Boeing 737-800 as a promotion for the upcoming Universiade 2011 games.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Cities served in China and Asia:

Hot New Photos Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Lufthansa to end the Lufthansa Italia brand on October 29, 2011

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has decided to end the Lufthansa Italia (Milan-Malpensa) operation and brand on October 29, 2011.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Lufthansa Italia Route Map:

Lufthansa Italia Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Ryanair’s fiscal year profit rises by 26% to $530 million but threatens to ground up to 80 aircraft this winter due to rising fuel costs

Ryanair (Dublin) reported 8% traffic growth and a 26% increase in net profits for its fiscal year ending on March 31, 2011. The company reported net profits of $530 million. However due to high fuel costs, the company stated it could ground upwards of 80 Boeing 737-800s (they currently operate 272 737-800s) this winter.

Read the full report from The Independent: CLICK HERE

Ryanair Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

Ryanair added eight new bases in its fiscal year – El Prat, Gran Canaria, Kaunas, Lanzarote, Malta, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia (total now 44 bases).

Routes from the London (Stansted) base:

Volcanic ash spreads east to cancel flights in Scotland

Icelandic Volcanic Ash is spreading east and several airlines have already started canceling flights that fly into Scottish airspace.

Current VAAC Forecast Map:

On the flip side, Ryanair said it strongly objected to the disruption of air service due to orders from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) that cancelled the airspace between Ireland and Scotland. Read the full story from The Independent: CLICK HERE

Read the full volcanic ash story from thejournal.ie: CLICK HERE

Air Canada’s pilots vote down the new proposed contract

Air Canada’s (Montreal) pilots, represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association, have voted down by a wide margin (67% voted “no”) a new tentative collective agreement with the company. The pilots were angry about the company’s plans to create a new leisure LCC and proposed changes to their pension plan. The pilots were so angry they fired the four union representatives who negotiated the deal. In short, the pilots want to go back to the negotiating table.

Read the full story from the Toronto Star: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Delta and US Airways announce a new agreement to transfer slots in New York and Washington

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and US Airways (Phoenix) today (May 23) announced a new agreement to transfer takeoff and landing rights at New York’s LaGuardia and Washington’s Reagan National airports. The agreement, filed today with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), revises a 2009 transaction agreed between Delta and US Airways and approved by the DOT, but under terms not acceptable to the carriers, and never completed. The new agreement enables Delta and US Airways to expand service and increase competition at two of the nation’s key cities, and provides the opportunity for additional access to LaGuardia and Reagan National for new entrants and airlines with a limited presence at the airports.

Under the agreement, Delta would acquire 132 slot pairs at LaGuardia from US Airways and US Airways would acquire from Delta 42 slot pairs at Reagan National and the rights to operate additional daily service to Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015, and Delta would pay US Airways $66.5 million in cash. In addition, the transaction could result in the divestiture of up to 16 slot pairs at LaGuardia and eight slot pairs at Reagan National to airlines with limited or no service at those airports. The completion of the transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including government and regulatory approvals. A slot pair is the authority to operate one takeoff and one landing.

Both carriers believe the competitive landscape in both cities has changed significantly since the transaction was first proposed in 2009. New entrants and smaller carriers, including AirTran Airways, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines, have gained considerable access to slots at both LaGuardia and Reagan National and expanded service at these and other airports in the New York and Washington regions. Also, mergers between United Airlines and Continental Airlines and Southwest and AirTran have dramatically sharpened competition on the East Coast generally and particularly in the New York and Washington regions. Nonetheless, to address concerns previously raised by the Department of Transportation, the agreement provides for the divestiture of up to 16 slot pairs at LaGuardia and eight at Reagan National if required by the regulatory authorities.

The two airlines will dismiss their appeal of the DOT’s order regarding the original 2009 transaction that is currently pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. Dismissing the appeal clears the way for DOT to consider the revised application.

Delta’s expanded operation at LaGuardia will allow more and improved connecting service in New York, and ensure economically viable service to small communities, while creating an expanded network that will be particularly valuable for New York business customers. The airline will approximately double the number of nonstop destinations it serves from LaGuardia, including top business destinations and many cities not currently served nonstop by Delta or US Airways.

Delta will replace turboprop aircraft currently operated by US Airways with larger jets, adding as many as 4 million additional roundtrip seats available at LaGuardia without increasing congestion.

As part of the agreement, Delta will take control of US Airways’ Terminal C to create an expanded main terminal for customers. Delta will operate a total of 18 gates in Terminal C, and add one additional gate at Delta’s Terminal D, for a total of 29 gates in the two terminals. A 600-foot connector will be built to connect the two terminals. Delta also will convert the existing US Airways lounge in Terminal C to a Sky Club, while continuing to operate its current Sky Club in Terminal D.

Delta will continue to operate its popular hourly Delta Shuttle from its six gates at the Marine Air Terminal. In addition, Delta will spend up to $117 million to expand, renovate and consolidate terminals C and D over the next two years. Overall, the transaction will directly and indirectly generate an estimated 6,000 new jobs in New York.

Since making a strategic decision to build New York into a hub earlier this decade, Delta has made major investments across the region, boosting its economic impact to more than $13 billion annually. The airline is currently constructing a $1.2 billion project that will enhance and expand Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, creating a state-of-the-art facility for New York’s fastest growing global airline.

US Airways’ popular hourly Shuttle service between LaGuardia, Reagan National and Boston that is operated on dual-class mainline jets will remain unchanged as a result of the transaction. Also, US Airways will continue to offer its customers high-frequency schedules from LaGuardia to its Charlotte, N.C. and Philadelphia hubs and Pittsburgh with more than 60 daily weekday flights. All US Airways flights from LaGuardia will continue to arrive and depart from nine gates and parking positions in Terminal C and US Airways will build a new, state-of-the-art 5,000-square foot US Airways Club.

At Reagan National, US Airways’ expanded operation will connect more small, medium and large communities with the nation’s capital and create additional flight options throughout the airline’s route network. US Airways expects to further increase its use of dual class mainline aircraft and soon to be dual class larger regional jets at Reagan National. The move will benefit customers by increasing the number of available seats between Washington and favorite destinations without increasing congestion.

US Airways plans to add at least 15 new destinations from Washington, to its network as a result of the transaction and competition will be further enhanced by US Airways adding service to popular destinations that are currently served by other carriers. As a result, business and leisure travelers as well as military and government employees will have more access to the nation’s capital and its downtown airport.

Following full implementation of the new schedule, US Airways will operate approximately 230 peak-day departures at Reagan National, a 20 percent increase over current service levels. The airline anticipates an increase of approximately 20 to 25 percent in passenger enplanements at Reagan National as a result of the new flights and schedule improvements. However, there will be no increase in congestion at the airport due to US Airways’ planned increase in scale and Delta’s reduction in slots.

The expansion is consistent with US Airways’ previously announced strategic plan to focus on growing its key, most profitable airports at its Washington focus city, its Phoenix, Philadelphia and Charlotte hubs and its US Airways Shuttle service. Once the transition is complete, more than 99 percent of US Airways capacity will be to or from its key airports.

Delta will continue to operate a robust schedule at Reagan National, with nonstop service between the airport and its seven domestic hubs and select cities. It also will continue to operate its Delta Shuttle between Reagan National and New York.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. New LGA operator for US Airways is Mesaba Airlines. Ironically the SAAB 340B aircraft involved with the new operation were previously operated for Delta Connection. If the new amended agreement is approved this Mesaba operation at LGA could be short-lived. Please click on the photo for the full details.

JAL produces a fiscal year operating profit but falls back into the red in April

Japan Airlines Corporation (Tokyo) reported a $2.3 billion operating profit in its fiscal year but fell back into the red in April due to the drop in tourism to Japan.

Read the full story from Japan Today: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa. Please click on the photo for information on this JAL subsidiary.

Air China resumes Beijing-Athens service

Air China (Beijing) has resumed twice-weekly Airbus A330 service on the Beijing-Athens route. The flag carrier previously operated the route in the 2007-2009 period.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Please click on the photo for aircraft details.

Emirates to back off (for now) on getting more frequencies to Canada

Emirates Airline (Dubai) has decided to back off for now on pressuring the Harper Administration on gaining more than three frequencies per week to Toronto (Pearson) in Canada. The Canadian government has refused to permit any more frequencies.

Read the full story from The National: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: David Apps.

Emirates’ destinations in the Americas:

JetBlue Airways adds Anchorage today from Long Beach

JetBlue Airways (New York) today (May 23) adds its 65th BlueCity: Anchorage, Alaska. The carrier is now offering seasonal daily nonstop service from Long Beach Airport to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), the northernmost city in JetBlue’s expanding route network.

Customers in Long Beach today will be met with several surprises, including the attendance of Miss Alaska, Anchorage mascot Seymour the Moose, and moose antlers for those joining JetBlue on the inaugural flight. Upon arrival in Anchorage, traditional sled dogs will pull the first luggage off the plane in a nod to the carrier’s first-bag free policy, and Mr. St. George will deplane donning a traditional Alaskan parka. Customers and guests alike will be greeted by Native Alaskan dancers and music, a podium composed of glacial ice, and light fare from local celebrity chef Al Levinson of Norton Sound.

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom. Please click on the photo for aircraft details.

Follow the ANC inaugural on Facebook: CLICK HERE

JetBlue’s routes from Long Beach (near Los Angeles):

JetBlue Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Dniproavia introduces a retrojet to help celebrate its 80th Anniversary

Dniproavia National Aircompany (Dnipropetrovsk) has introduced this “80 Years” retrojet to help celebrate its upcoming 80th Anniversary.

Copyright Photo: Niklas Ahman. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Dniproavia Slide Show: CLICK HERE

SNA to become Solaseed Air on July 1 with the arrival of the first Boeing 737-800

SNA (Skynet Asia Airways) (Miyazaki) has announced it will change its name to Solaseed Air on July 1.

The low-fare airline will change its name as it takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-800.

Read the full story from Tokyo Tomo: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Susumu Tokunaga. Please click on the photo for the full details of this airline.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The brand new Boeing 737-81D JA801X (msn 39415) is pictured outside of the Renton factory in the new brand.

Iceland Volcano – Part 2

Icelandair (Keflavik) Iceland Express (Keflavik) along with other airlines serving Iceland were disrupted today due to the latest volcano eruption on the island. This time the Grimsvotn volcano erupted closing Keflavik International Airport (KEF), which serves Reykjavik, the capital. KEF will be closed until at least some time tomorrow.

The volcano erupted yesterday at 1925 UTC. The eruption began a with 12 km/7.5 miles-high plumes accompanied by multiple earthquakes. The ash cloud from the eruption rose to 20km/12 miles, and is so far 10 times larger than the 2004 eruption, and the strongest in Grímsvötn for 100 years.

This eruption follows the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano last year which disrupted travel in Europe.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Air Transat drops the Star on the tail, introduces a new “Welcome” livery

Air Transat (Montreal-Trudeau) has introduced this new “Welcome” on Airbus A330-342 C-GKTS (msn 111).

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Please click on the photo for additional details.

The new livery is part of a new “Welcome” theme explaining the large size of this travel company. Watch the new video:

Hot New Photos Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Air Transat Slide Show: CLICK HERE

The Battle for New York: Is Delta winning the battle?

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is close to finalizing another slot swap attempt with US Airways. If approved, Delta could take over about half of the slots at New York’s LaGuardia Airport according to this article by Bloomberg in the San Francisco Chronicle. If successful, the swap would give Delta an advantage over American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and other U.S. carriers in the world’s busiest aviation market, especially for the high-yield markets.

Delta may double its daily LaGuardia departures under a proposed trade agreement giving DL most of the slots held by US Airways (Phoenix). A final agreement could come within weeks.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

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

The first Jazz Bombardier Q400 is painted

Jazz Air (Chorus Aviation) (Air Canada Express) (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) will soon take delivery of its first (of 15) new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400). C-GGOY (msn 4365) has now been painted in the new Air Canada Express brand.

Air Canada Jazz Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Jazz’s routes operated for Air Canada:

United Airlines launches Los Angeles-Shanghai service

United Airlines (Chicago) yesterday (May 20) launched daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Shanghai (Pudong) with Boeing 777-200 ERs.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for the complete details.

United-Continental-Continental Micronesia Asia Route Map:

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Embraer ERJ 190s will need more frequent inspections due to a structural flaw

The National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil-ANAC) (Brasilia) has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) that will affect the operators of the Embraer ERJ 190.

According to this report by Bloomberg, the ERJ 190 will need more frequent fuselage inspections after tests turned up cracks that may indicate a structural flaw, according to ANAC.

Cracks were found after metal-fatigue checks in unspecified “structural components” could compromise the airframes’ integrity. ANAC has set a 90-day period starting on June 16 for all operators to comply with the new procedures.

Read the full report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for aircraft details.

FAA is investigating a near miss of two United Express jets at O’Hare on Monday

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) is investigating a near miss involving ExpressJet Airlines and SkyWest Airlines regional jets operating as United Express carriers. The incident happened on Monday (May 16) involving a new controller at Chicago (O’Hare) after the arrival of Vice President Biden.

Read the full story from the Chicago Tribune: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Cimber Sterling seeks investors as losses mount

Cimber Sterling (Copenhagen) is expected to report a fiscal year loss (ending on April 30) in the range of $36-38 million. The company is seeking additional capitalization.

Cimber Air (Billund) on December 3, 2008 acquired some of the assets of defunct Sterling Airlines (Copenhagen) which had previously filed for bankruptcy protection on October 29, 2008. The new expanded airline was renamed Cimber Sterling on January 7, 2009.

Read the financial statement from the airline: CLICK HERE

Cimber Sterling Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael Stappen. Please click on the photo for aircraft details.

Cimber Sterling routes from the Copenhagen hub:

Air France-KLM posts a fiscal year net profit of $874 million

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) (Air France-KLM Group) managed to produce a fiscal year profit of $874 million due mainly to its cost-cutting efforts.

Read the full story from the Financial Times: CLICK HERE

KLM Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

bmibaby adds 7 new routes for the summer

bmibaby (bmibaby.com) (East Midlands) has announced seven new destinations as part of its summer 2012 flying schedule. bmibaby will offer new flights from East Midlands Airport (EMA) to Gibraltar, Corfu, Murcia and Naples, and from Birmingham Airport to Lisbon, Rome (Fiumicino) and Barcelona. In addition, bmibaby will launch year round flights to Cologne from East Midlands Airport and to Prague from Birmingham Airport.

bmibaby is the only low cost airline to operate flights from East Midlands Airport to Cologne, Gibraltar and Naples and from Birmingham Airport to Barcelona, Lisbon, Prague and Rome (Fiumicino).

The low cost airline will now operate 31 routes from East Midlands Airport and 14 routes from Birmingham Airport.

bmibaby Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis.

TAM exceeds expectations, posts first quarter profit of $78 million

TAM Linhas Aereas (Sao Paulo) returned to the black in the first quarter by posting a net profit of $78 million.

Read the full report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional aircraft information.

Sol Lineas Aereas SAAB 340A crashes in Argentina

Sol Líneas Aéreas (Rosario) flight 8R 5428 operating from Córdobato Comodoro Rivadavia to Mendoza and Neuquén crashed on May 18. The flight was operated with SAAB  340A with the registration of LV-CEJ (msn 025). The flight crashed in bad weather in a remote area in Prahuaniyeu, 16 miles southwest of the town of Los Menucos, Río Negro, Argentina. All 19 passengers and three crew members died in the crash.

The flight crew declared an emergency at 8:50 PM (GMT-3) local time. The turboprop crashed and burned in rough terrain.

The airline commenced domestic operations on August 15, 2006 with SAAB 340As.

Copyright Photo: AirSpeed. Sister-ship SAAB 340A LV-BEX (msn 014) arrives at Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport) on January 6, 2011.

Tiger Airways will help to revive Mandala Airlines

Tiger Airways (Singapore) will partner with investment firm Saratoga Capital to revive defunct and grounded Mandala Airlines.

Read the full story from the Jakarta Globe: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for additional background details.

SEAIR and Tiger Airways blocked on adding domestic routes in the Philippines

SEAIR-South East Asian Airlines (Manila) and Tigers Airways (Singapore) have received a setback from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) of the Philippines. The CAB has issued a cease and desist order stopping SEAIR and Tiger Airways from adding domestic Manila-Cebu and Manila-Davao flights due to start on May 27. The CAB claimed advertisements for the new flights used the Tiger Airways brand. The CAB has taken the position that domestic routes should be reserved for Philippine-owned carriers.

On December 16, 2010 SEAIR and Tiger Airways entered into an agreement. Under the agreement, Tiger Airways leased two Airbus A319s to SEAIR. SEAIR is operating the two aircraft from Clark in an all-white condition with SEAIR titles. The aircraft are flown by SEAIR’s crews. Seats on the flights are marketed by Tiger for SEAIR.

SEAIR started operating the Airbus A319s on the Clark-Singapore route on December 16, 2010 and is due to start Clark-Macau on May 27, 2011.

However other Philippine airlines including Air Philippines, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways have protested the arrangement.

Read the full story from ABS CBN: CLICK HERE

SEAIR’s domestic routes from Manila:

Starbow Airlines is born in Ghana

Starbow Airlines (Accra) is a new airline that is planning to operate two BAe 146-300s on domestic and regional routes in Ghana. The first aircraft has been painted at Southend.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Last operated by Eurowings as D-AEWM, this 146-300 has reverted to its original AirUK delivery registration of G-UKSC (msn E3125). Pictured at Southend after painting, the airliner will become 9G-SBA on delivery to the new carrier.

Zambezi Airlines stops flying for Air Zimbabwe

Zambezi Airlines (Lusaka) yesterday (May 18) stopped flying for Air Zimbabwe (Harare) leaving that airline grounded according to this article by the Defence Web.

Previously the government of Zimbabwe told the flag carrier to stop flying their older Boeing 737-200s. Air Zimbabwe hired Zambezi to fly the regional routes for Air Zimbabwe.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Lufthansa Cargo finalizes its order for 5 Boeing 777F freighters

Lufthansa Cargo (Frankfurt) has finalized an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters. The freighters will help Lufthansa Cargo in its initiative to modernize and expand its fleet. Lufthansa Cargo previously indicated its intention to order the freighters in March 2011.

AeroLogic, a joint venture of Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express, became the fourth carrier to operate the 777 Freighter in May 2009.

Including this order from Lufthansa Cargo, a total of 88 777 Freighters have been ordered, of which 39 have been delivered.

Lufthansa Cargo currently operates 18 McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighters.

In the 2010 financial year, the airline transported around 1.8 million tons of freight and mail and logged 8.9 billion revenue ton-kilometres. Lufthansa Cargo currently employs about 4,500 people, worldwide. Lufthansa Cargo focuses on the airport-to-airport business. The cargo carrier serves some 300 destinations in more than 100 countries in a dense network spanning the globe. Aside from operating its own freighter aircraft, it utilises the belly space on passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines as well as the capacities available in an extensive road feeder service network.

Lufthansa Cargo Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Omega Air’s Boeing 707-321B N707AR crashes on takeoff at Point Mugu

Omega Air (Omega Aerial Refueling Services-OARS) (Alexandria, VA) yesterday (May 18) lost its Boeing 707-321B tanker registered as N707AR (msn 20029) (correction – not N707MQ) in a fiery crash while attempting a takeoff at Point Mugu Naval Air Station. The three crew members on board were injured.

Read the full story for the Los Angeles Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Ex-Pan Am N707AR is pictured at Miami. Read about this unique commercial project by clicking on the photo.

United inadvertently revives the 9-11 flight numbers by mistake

United Airlines (Chicago) temporarily revived the flight numbers of two hijacked planes used in the September 11 attacks according to this report by Reuters.

United acknowledged the mistake and stated the mistake would be corrected.

Flight numbers 93 and 175 were incorrectly assigned to two flights operated by merger partner Continental Airlines.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

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

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Southwest intends to end the SkyWest contract with AirTran

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) intends to give SkyWest Airlines (St. George) that it expects to terminate the contract with AirTran Airways. SkyWest operates CRJ200s from the Milwaukee to six Midwest cities, namely Des Moines, Omaha, St. Louis; Akron-Canton, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. SkyWest does not operate in AirTran colors.

Read the full story from the San Francisco Chronicle: CLICK HERE

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

SkyWest Slide Show: CLICK HERE

SkyWest’s AirTran Route Map:

JetBlue announces its fifth Dominican destination: La Romana

JetBlue Airways (New York) announced plans to expand to its fifth destination in the Dominican Republic and its 67th BlueCity with the addition of La Romana, subject to receipt of government approval. Effective November 16, 2011, JetBlue will launch flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and La Romana International Airport (LRM), twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom. Please click on the photo for information on this logojet.

JetBlue Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Delta, Air France, KLM and Alitalia to reduce trans-Atlantic capacity

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) along with Air France (Paris), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) and Alitalia (Rome) announced a year-over-year 7 to 9 percent reduction in trans-Atlantic passenger capacity this fall between Europe and the United States and Canada, as the airlines respond to a significant increase in jet fuel prices and fluctuating seasonal demand.

The four member airlines will adjust their combined network and decrease capacity by reducing frequency on selected routes during the fall and winter seasons and right-sizing the joint venture fleet across the Atlantic while introducing seasonal flying to warm weather destinations.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for the aircraft details.

Atlas Air operates its first passenger military charter

Atlas Air (New York) on May 17 operated its first passenger charter for the Defense Department’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) with this leased Boeing 747-400.

Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Coming to ABC this fall – Pan Am (the TV show)

Pan Am Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Great Lakes Beech 1900 landing gear collapse at Denver

Great Lakes Airlines’ (Cheyenne) Beech 1900 landing gear collapsed yesterday (May 17) after landing while taxiing to the gate at Denver after operating flight 150 from Pueblo. There were nine passengers and two pilots on board.

Great Lakes Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Great Lakes Route Map (despite the name, the airline does not fly anywhere near the Great Lakes any more):

SkyWest starts operating for Alaska Airlines as Alaska SkyWest

SkyWest Airlines (St. George) in March 2011 entered into a capacity purchase agreement with Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) to operate five Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet aircraft as Alaska SkyWest. The term of the agreement is seven years and SkyWest Airlines is reimbursed under a methodology similar to its existing capacity purchase agreements with other major partners. SkyWest started operating for Alaska under this agreement on May 14, 2011. SkyWest Airlines has also entered into a sublease arrangement with Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) for the five CRJ700s. Horizon Air is phasing out the CRJ700.

SkyWest is operating the five 70-seat aircraft from Seattle/Tacoma and Portland, OR on West Coast routes to California. SkyWest will operate and maintain the aircraft. Alaska is responsible for scheduling, pricing and marketing of the flights.

Copyright Photo: F18E777. Formerly operated by Horizon as N601QX, this Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) is now registered as N215AG (msn 10009). N215AG is pictured at Portland on May 13.

EuroAtlantic repaints its Boeing 777 CS-TFM

EuroAtlantic Airways (Lisbon) has repainted its former Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-212 ER CS-TFM (msn 28513) into its house colors. The wide body jetliner was previously operated for Bangladesh Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle. CS-TFM is pictured arriving at Dublin Airport on May 17, 2011 with supporters for the UEFA Europa Cup Final (Soccer) being held in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on May 18. The aircraft was originally delivered to
Singapore Airlines in 1998 as 9V-SRA.

Alaska Airlines starts the summer salmon hauling season

Alaska Air Cargo (Seattle/Tacoma) today (May 17) delivered the season’s first shipment of Copper River salmon today to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The arrival of Copper River salmon marks the start of the summer salmon season.

The Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 arrived early this morning with Copper River king and sockeye salmon from three seafood processors: Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Copper River Seafoods. At least five more Alaska Airlines flights today will transport salmon from Cordova, Alaska, to Anchorage, Alaska, Seattle and across the United States.

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

QANTAS Airways arrives in Dallas/Fort Worth

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) yesterday added Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), the hub of its partner American Airlines, to its route map.

Hollywood superstar and airliner enthusiast John Travolta greeted passengers arriving on the first QF flight to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) from Sydney.

Mr. Travolta, Qantas’ Ambassador-at-Large and a passionate pilot, met passengers disembarking from the inaugural service before taking part in the formal welcome celebrations hosted by DFW International Network.

The QF Boeing 747-400 aircraft operating fight QF 7 touched down in DFW yesterday afternoon, receiving a traditional “shower of affection” from two airport fire trucks before reaching the terminal building. Mr. Travolta was joined by Wally R. Mariani AM, Qantas’ Vice President for the Americas; Jeffrey P. Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport; Dwaine Caraway, Mayor of Dallas; Mike Moncrief, Mayor of Fort Worth; Derek DeCross, Vice President of Sales with American Airlines; and Mabrie Jackson, President and CEO of the North Texas Commission, at the arrival event. The Honorable Kim Beazley AC, Australian Ambassador to the United States, also attended.

QANTAS’ Sydney-DFW services operate four times per week, with the DFW-Sydney return service stopping in Brisbane, giving Australians unprecedented access to the United States – and opening up Australia’s world-class tourism attractions to a new audience in the United States.

Through its codeshare partnership with American Airlines, QF will connect DFW to 54 destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico – including Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Washington, Toronto, Vancouver, Cancun and Mexico City.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for the full story of this special logojet.

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