United Express service is coming to Atlantic City, New Jersey

United Airlines (Chicago) today announced the airline will inaugurate service at Atlantic City International Airport, offering customers daily nonstop flights to United’s hubs at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport beginning on April 1, 2014..

From Chicago, United’s flight to Atlantic City will depart at 8:10 a.m. (0810) daily, arriving at 11:17 a.m. (1117). The return flight will depart Atlantic City at 11:52 a.m. (1152) and arrive in Chicago at 1:10 p.m. (1310).

From Houston, United’s flight to Atlantic City will depart at 7 p.m. (1900) daily, arriving at 11:20 p.m. (2320). The return flight will depart Atlantic City at 6 a.m. (0600) and arrive in Houston at 8:49 a.m. (0849).

United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) will operate the Atlantic City flights with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. ExpressJet Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N12136 (msn 145719) arrives at the Chicago O’Hare hub.

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Delta wants to expand operations at Dallas’ Love Field

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) plans to add 18 daily nonstop flights to five destinations from Dallas Love Field in October 2014.

According to the airline, Delta’s planned expansion will enhance competition at the airport with new nonstop service to New York-LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Delta also will add two daily flights to its existing Atlanta service.

Delta will require access to gates at Love Field in order to operate its expanded schedule. Delta has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to allow it to bid on Love Field gates as part of the divestiture of airport assets under a proposed settlement agreement with American Airlines and US Airways.

Currently at Love Field, 16 of the 20 gates and more than 95 percent of available seats are controlled by one airline, Southwest Airlines, which transports more passengers in the U.S. than any other carrier. Love Field has one of the highest concentrations of operations controlled by a single airline among the nation’s large airports.

The expanded Love Field service builds on Delta’s recent growth at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where it currently operates 45 peak-day flights to eight destinations. Last year, Delta added new nonstop service between DFW and New York-LaGuardia. It also operates nonstop flights from DFW to Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Memphis and New York-JFK.

When the expansion is complete, Delta would operate a total of 68 daily flights in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, including flights at both DFW and Love Field.

Delta’s expansion will be implemented following changes to the Wright Amendment, which previously restricted Love Field service to Texas, adjacent states and Missouri, Alabama, Kansas and Mississippi. Those restrictions are scheduled to end in October 2014.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-732 N302DQ (msn 29648) prepares to land at Dulles International Airport near Washington.

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Vueling to create a new base at Brussels with seven new routes

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com)  (Barcelona) will open a new base in Brussels in May 2014. The airline stated it would launch seven new routes from BRU to Ibiza, Lisbon, Oporto, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Venice bringing the Brussels total to 11 routes.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Vueling’s Airbus A320-214 EC-LVP (msn 5587) with Sharklets in the “Linking Europe” special scheme arrives at London Heathrow.

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Alitalia’s board approves the new plan, Air France-KLM vote against it

Alitalia’s (2nd) (Rome) board of directors yesterday approved a revised business plan, promising “severe cost cuts” to make the Italian airline more profitable but did not include specifics according to this report by Reuters.

Air France-KLM Group, which owns 25 percent of the Italian carrier, voted against the plan but it did not address the long-term debt issue.

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s Boeing 777-243 ER EI-ISB (msn 32859) turns on the taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta expands service at Boston

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will increase service at Boston’s Logan International Airport with daily year-round and seasonal service to the following seven destinations, including three new markets.

  • New daily service to Jacksonville, Florida and Richmond, Virginia, operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air using 76-seat, two-class Bombardier CRJ900s, effective March 3, 2014 and March 6, 2014
  • New service to Las Vegas with three flights per week operating a Boeing 737-800, effective March 6, 2014
  • Expanding service to Los Angeles with one additional flight for a total of two daily operating a Boeing 737-800, effective April 7, 2014
  • New Saturday-only summer seasonal service to Nassau, Bahamas, operated by Delta Connection carrier Shuttle America using 76-seat, two-class Embraer ERJ 175s as well as the Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands using an Airbus A320, effective March 8, 2014
  • Extended service to Cancun, previously scheduled to end April 26, 2014, now ending Aug. 30, 2014

Delta and joint venture partner, Virgin Atlantic, recently announced they will coordinate schedules and retime their respective Boston to Heathrow flights to offer customers more convenient and flexible travel options.

Delta currently operates 70 peak-day departures from Logan International Airport to 16 nonstop destinations. Delta’s new Boston service offers customers the option of First Class, Economy Comfort or economy seating, along with in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 WL N3771K (msn 29632) is pictured in action at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Will the Boeing 777X be moved out of the Seattle area after the IAM members vote down a long-term contract extension?

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Boeing’s (Chicago) machinists rejected an eight-year labor contract extension yesterday that would have let Boeing build the company’s newest jetliner in Washington State. The IAM members voted down the extension by 67 percent. The extension would have secured an estimated 20 years of work building the proposed 777X. This vote may now permanently alter the relationship between Boeing and the Seattle area. The vote will now open a new opportunities for non-union areas like Charleston, South Carolina and other areas to build the new jetliner.

The driving issue for the union was the preservation of their pensions.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes quickly issued a statement from President and CEO Ray Conner after a long-term contract extension was voted down by the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751.

“We are very disappointed in the outcome of the union vote. Our goal was two-fold: to enable the 777X and its new composite wing to be produced in Puget Sound and to create a competitive structure to ensure that we continue market-leading pay, health care and retirement benefits while preserving jobs and our industrial base here in the region. But without the terms of this contract extension, we’re left with no choice but to open the process competitively and pursue all options for the 777X.

I’d like to thank Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington state legislature for all their efforts in this process. We had hoped for a different outcome.”

Read the analysis by Reuters: CLICK HERE

Xiamen Air takes delivery of its 100th Boeing jet

XIAMEN AIRLINES RIBBON CUTTING

Xiamen Air (Xiamen Airlines) (Xiamen) has reached a significant milestone. On November 12 in Seattle, Boeing delivered a brand new 737-800 airplane to Xiamen Airlines, a SkyTeam member. It is the 100th plane in the airline’s all-Boeing fleet. Boeing 737-85C B-5688 (msn 41792) was handed over at the special event (pictured).

Xiamen Airlines commenced service in 1985 with two Boeing 737-200s serving three cities. The carrier is now China’s sixth-largest, serving 218 domestic routes as well as 26 international and regional routes. With delivery of the Boeing 737-800, Xiamen Airlines’ fleet now consists of 100 aircraft. It is China’s only all-Boeing fleet and one of the world’s youngest, with an average age of 5.08 years.

Over the next two years, Xiamen Airlines plans to add 30 more Boeing 737-800s and six more Boeing 787s, expanding its fleet to 136 airplanes, and to expand globally by gradually forming a route network that radiates across the Asia Pacific region and connects with Europe and the U.S.

Xiamen Airlines’ expects to keep growing of its Boeing fleet beyond 2016. The carrier has just signed Letters of Request to buy 70 Boeing 737NGs and Boeing 737MAXs. By 2020, the fleet will grow to more than 200 airplanes.

Xiamen Airlines’ rapid growth is a testament to the tremendous growth of China’s airline business. In 1972, China established the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) as the only player in aviation, with only nine registered aircraft in the fleet. At the end of 2012, China had more than 40 airlines, with an industry-wide fleet exceeding 2,000 aircraft.

Boeing projects investments of nearly $800 billion in China for the purchase of 5,580 new commercial aircraft during the next 20 years. It would account for 16% of global demand, and reflects an average requirement of nearly 200 single-aisle and over 60 wide-body aircraft each year.

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Bottom Copyright Photos: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. B-5688 passes through Honolulu on the long delivery flight.

Second Photo: A close-up of the special markings.

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