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American Eagle launches jet services from DFW to six cities

American Eagle Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today (June 9) launched daily nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to six new destinations – including two new cities in Mexico.

American Eagle celebrated new nonstop service to Mazatlan International Airport in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, flying the route with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 jet aircraft. Eagle also begins daily nonstop service to Morelia International Airport in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, using 44-seat Embraer ERJ 140 jet aircraft.

Also starting today, American Eagle introduces new daily nonstop service to Durango, CO, and Grand Island, NE, operating both routes with 50-seat Embraer jets.

Daily flights to Durango will provide visitors from around the world with greater access to Southwest Colorado, for world-class skiing in the winter or exploring the magnificent San Juan Mountains in the summer.

Two daily nonstop flights to Grand Island’s Central Nebraska Regional Airport will offer customers in Hall County and the surrounding communities convenient connections in Dallas/Fort Worth to destinations throughout the American and oneworld global network.

Seasonal service also resumes from Dallas/Fort Worth to Asheville, NC, with one nonstop per day and from DFW to Montrose, CO, with two daily nonstops.

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

American Eagle Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Continental starts Los Angeles-Hilo service

Continental Airlines (United Airlines) (Houston) today (June 9) launches new daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hilo, Hawai’i (ITO). In addition, Continental will begin once-weekly nonstop service to Hilo from its San Francisco hub beginning June 11. The flights, operated by Continental Airlines, are the only nonstop service to Hilo from the U.S. mainland and complement Continental/United’s existing service to four other cities in Hawai’i: Honolulu, Kahului, Kona and Lihue.

Continental pilot and Boeing 737 flight instructor Lance Lau, a native of Hilo, will serve as captain on today’s flight, which departs Los Angeles at 5 p.m. (1700) and arrives in Hilo at 7:40 p.m. (1940). The return flight departs Hilo at 8:55 p.m. (2055) and arrives in Los Angeles at 5:15 a.m. (0515) the following day. At a gate event in Los Angeles, Hilo radio personality and well-known community figure DJ Gumby will broadcast live from the airport and hold a trivia contest with customers. Award-winning singer and songwriter Robert Cazimero – who has led a resurgence of Hawai’ian music, language, dance and culture since the 1970s – will perform a traditional Hawai’ian blessing known as a “pule” at the event before joining Captain Lau, DJ Gumby and other customers on the inaugural flight.

Despite the merger under one holding company, Continental and United are still separate airlines, adopting the new (old) United brand for all services.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for information on this special color scheme.

Lufthansa to introduce the Airbus A380 to Miami International Airport

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will have the honor of being the first airline to introduce the Airbus A380 to Miami International Airport. LH will introduce the A380 on the Frankfurt-Miami route on June 10.

To mark the milestone, MIA is honoring the past with the arrival of American Airlines-painted Douglas DC-3 and Eastern Air Lines-painted Douglas DC-7B with the arrival of the A380 at 1340 (1:40 PM) local time. The entire event will be webcast live by the airport.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on photo for information on the LH A380.

 

 

 

GoAir is negotiating to finalize an order for 50 Airbus A320s

GoAir (GoAir.in) (Mumbai) is in negotiations to finalize an order for 50 Airbus A320s according to this article by AFP.

In addition Jet Airways is planning to order 10 additional Airbus A330s. Both orders are likely to be announced at the Paris Air Show.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

GoAir Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

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Qatar Airways buys a 35% interest in Cargolux

Cargolux Airlines International (Luxembourg) has a new strategic, equity-owning, financially-secure partner. Qatar Airways (Doha) has acquired a 35% interest in the cargo carrier, replacing the government of Luxembourg in its temporary shareholder role.

Cargolux Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Cargolux is also the launch customer of the new Boeing 747-800F freighter. Please click on the photo for the full details of the aircraft and the transaction.

Delta Air Lines changes its baggage policies for the military

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has changed its baggage policies after receiving social media criticism over an incident in which U.S. soldiers returning home from Afghanistan were charged $200 each for extra bags on a connecting flight to Atlanta. The extra bags were their unarmed weapons and equipment.

Read the full story from AJC: CLICK HERE

Delta issued the following statement:

Delta Air Lines has increased its free checked baggage allotment for U.S. Military traveling on orders in Economy Class to four checked bags.

Delta’s revised baggage policy also allows U.S. military personnel traveling on orders in First and Business Class to check up to five bags at no charge. This change also adds dependents traveling with active military on orders. Each bag may weigh up to 70 lbs. (32 kg) and measure up to 80 linear inches (203 cm), which offers added flexibility over the standard 50 lbs. and 62 linear inches (157 cm) allotment. Because of weight, balance and space constraints, Delta Connection carriers accept up to four bags at no charge.

For personal travel, active military presenting military identification may now check up to two bags weighing 50 pounds (23 kg) or less and measuring 62 inches (158 linear cm) or less in combined length, width and height without charge.

Previously, Delta’s policy allotted three free checked bags in Economy Class and four in First and Business Class for military members traveling on orders.

Extra fees are becoming a very hated feature for most passengers but for the airlines its is a revenue source they need to offset the high cost of fuel. Some airlines, like Southwest Airlines, tout the difference in the policies.

Copyright Photo: Norbert G. Raith. Please click on the photo for the aircraft information.

First ANA crews complete Boeing 787 pilot training

Boeing (Chicago) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) have completed pilot training in Seattle, WA, for the first airline crews who will fly the 787 Dreamliner.

Ten ANA pilots concluded their training after each pilot performed flights in the pictured ZA001 – the first 787 flight test airplane – over Washington state. These initial crews to go through training are ANA’s senior training pilots and check airmen and will conduct both simulator and airplane line training for ANA in Japan. They will be the first pilots on 787 commercial flights for ANA.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for the full story.

World Airways to start flying for Finnair Cargo effective June 15

World Airways (Atlanta) will begin operating MD-11F all-cargo flights serving Helsinki, Shanghai and New York (JFK) beginning on June 15, 2011. The new service is to operate twice a week using World’s traffic rights.

World Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

United Airlines’ and Continental Airlines’ pilots challenge the statement the merger is on track

United Airlines’ (Chicago) and Continental Airlines’ unionized pilots are challenging CEO Jeff Smisek’s assessment that integrating the two companies into a single Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 121 air operating certificate (AOC) is on track for the end of the year according to this report by Reuters.

Pilots from both airlines are picketing the annual shareholders meeting, saying that contract talks are not moving ahead.

Smisek said “any deal must be affordable and fair”.

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) represents more than 12,000 pilots at the two airlines.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings to keep its headquarter in Purchase, NY

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, the parent of Atlas Air and majority shareholder of Polar Air, will keep its headquarters in Purchase, NY.

Atlas Air Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Omni Air International puts its first Boeing 777 into service

Omni Air International (Tulsa) announced on June 7 it had received U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) approval to provide Boeing 777-200 ER passenger airlift services for the DOD. Omni is the first U.S. registered non-scheduled airline to operate the Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft in passenger service. A second aircraft will be added to the company’s certificate in mid July, 2011.

Omni first received CARB approval to transport passengers in February 1999, and has since moved over 5 million military troops in support of scheduled, contingency, exercise, and R and R mission requirements.

The DOD’s Commercial Airlift Division (CAD) is mandated by public law and DOD directive to continuously monitor and oversee commercial air carriers that perform this business for the DOD.

According to the airline, “Omni is in its 19th year as a successful non-scheduled airline with global operating experience. Omni has operated to more than 75 countries, with 60,000 flights totaling more than 300,000 flight hours with a fleet of Boeing 767-300, Boeing 757-200 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 extended range aircraft.”

Omni Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Chris Goodwin. Formerly operated by United Airlines as N789UA, this 777-222 ER has become N918AX (msn 26935) and has also become the first Triple Seven on the Omni certificate.

National Airlines puts its first passenger Boeing 757 into revenue service

National Airlines (5th) has placed its first Boeing 757-200 passenger into charter service following FAA certification and DOT authority.

National Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways are the winners in the annual North American J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction survey

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) and JetBlue Airways (New York) came out as the top two winners in the annual J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction survey.

Alaska Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

JetBlue Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Please click on the individual photos for the full information.

Top Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom.

AMR moves one step closer to spinning off American Eagle

AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth) is moving closer to selling off its American Eagle Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) subsidiary according to this article by Bloomberg.

According to the report, negotiations continue over a potential air-services agreement between American Eagle and AMR. However ALP has expressed concerns that a new business plan may not be able to employ all of the current pilots.

Read the story: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for background information on American Eagle.

Aloha Air Cargo adds its first SAAB 340A freighter

Aloha Air Cargo (Honolulu) has added its first (of two) SAAB 340A freighter to supplement its three Boeing 737-200 freighters. The pictured SAAB 340A N843KH (msn 046) (in a blue version of the 2008 livery) arrived at Honolulu on June 5.

For more information, please read the HNL RareBirds blog: CLICK HERE

Compare with the green version for the Boeing 737-200s: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Please click on the photo for background information on this airline.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Aloha Air Cargo. On May 28, 2009 Aloha Air Cargo introduced this red and white gingham promotional “Love Jet” color scheme of Love’s Bakery on the right side of its Boeing 737-210C N834AL (msn 20917). Hawaii’s largest wholesale baker of freshly baked bread partnered with Aloha Air Cargo to launch “Hawaii’s Fresh Express.” N834AL was operated daily from Honolulu to Kauai, Maui and the Big Island to ensure regular delivery of freshly baked Love’s Bakery products. However N834AL has recently gone into storage.

Air France inaugurates daily A380 service on the Washington-Paris route

Air France (Paris) inaugurated daily Airbus A380 service on the Paris (CDG)-Washington (Dulles) route yesterday (June 6).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for the full details.

The “Miracle on the Hudson” Airbus A320 N106US is making its final return to Charlotte

The former US Airways “Miracle on the Hudson” Airbus A320-214 registered N106US (msn 1044) is en route via truck to the Carolinas Aviation Museum at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). N106US will become a display at the museum.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Gary Swanson. Traffic stops and everybody watches as N106US is trucked down the middle of Interstate Highway I-77 at Lake Norman in Davidson, NC, which is about 30 miles north of CLT.

Jazeera Airways joins IATA as the 238th member

Jazeera Airways (Kuwait City) has joined the International Airline Transport Association (IATA) as the 238th member.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Please click on the photo for the aircraft information.

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Emirates adds a special FCO sticker to its Airbus A380 A6-EDJ

Emirates Airline (Dubai) has added a special sticker to this Airbus A380 help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rome’s FCO airport.

Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (Italian: Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci di Fiumicino) (IATA: FCO, ICAO: LIRF), also known as Fiumicino Airport, is Italy’s largest airport with 36.3 million passengers served in 2010.

The airport was officially opened on January 15, 1961, with two runways, replacing the smaller Rome Ciampino Airport which remains in service for domestic and charter operations.

In other news, Emirates will launch daily flights to St Petersburg, Russia on November 1, which will become the most northerly point on the airline’s network.

Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli. Airbus A380-861 A6-EDJ (msn 009) arrived on June 6 in Rome to join celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport, while also marking 150 years of Italian unification.

It is the first time an A380 has landed in Rome. The one-off flight replaced the normal flights EK 97 and EK 98 – one of two daily services between Dubai and the Italian capital. The aircraft switch enabled passengers to book on the A380 all the way from Auckland to Rome, via the airline’s hub in Dubai.

Aer Lingus’ pilots call off their strike, the airline is running a full schedule

Aer Lingus (Dublin) today is running a full schedule.

The airline announced after an “extensive engagement” between the airline, the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association and Impact unions over the weekend, the immediate threat of industrial action has been removed according to this report by the Irish Times.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

Aer Lingus Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for additional aircraft information.

PAWA Dominicana introduces a new color scheme on its first DC-9-82

PAWA Dominicana (Pan Am World Airways Dominicana) (Santo Domingo) is getting ready to introduced a new fleet of McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82s (MD-82s). The first, this former American Airlines DC-9-82 N450AA (msn 49476), has been painted at Opa-locka (near Miami) in this new color scheme for the island carrier.

The airline was created as a subsidiary airline of the owners of the last Pan Am (4th).

Copyright Photo: Robert Collazo.

 

Delta starts daily nonstop flights between Austin and Kansas City

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) yesterday (June 6) started daily nonstop Delta Connection service between Austin and Kansas City. The new service is currently operated by 50-seat Chautauqua Airlines Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets.

Copyright Photo: Joe Fernandez/Air 72. The first flight received the traditional water salute at Austin.

AeroMexico Connect to fly from Chicago O’Hare to Monterrey and Leon/Guanajuato

AeroMexico (Connect) (Monterrey) will begin daily flight between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Leon/ Guanajuato via Monterrey.

The new route will operates with Embraer ERJ 190 equipment launching on July 4, 2011 flying northbound. The southbound portion will start the following day.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for background information.

AeroMexico Connect Slide Show: CLICK HERE

 

UPS builds up the Miami cargo hub with additional Boeing 767-300 freighters

UPS-United Parcel Service (UPS Airlines) increased its cargo capacity by more than 50 percent on19 weekly flights from the Miami cargo hub to Latin American destinations. The increase was accomplished with additional Boeing 767-300 freighters replacing smaller 757-200 freighters.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Boeing to have two 747-800s, one 787 and one 737-700 with the Sky Interior on display at the Paris Air Show

Boeing (Chicago) is planning to have two 747-800s, one 787 Dreamliner, one 737-700 with the Sky Interior and various military aircraft on display at the Paris Air Show later this month.

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

Malaysia Airlines to join the Oneworld Alliance in late 2012

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) has been invited and will join the Oneworld Alliance in late 2012.

The airline issued today the following statement:

“Malaysia Airlines is to join oneworld, adding one of aviation’s most frequent award winners to the world’s leading quality airline alliance.

Malaysia Airlines was unanimously elected a oneworld member designate by the Chief Executives of the alliance’s member airlines, at a meeting on the sidelines of IATA’s 2011 World Air Transport Summit, which opens in Singapore today.

A formal alliance membership agreement will be completed soon.

Malaysia Airlines is expected to start flying as part of oneworld late next year.

As it prepares for its alliance membership, Malaysia Airlines intends to develop bilateral links with a number of oneworld’s established partners, who include some of the biggest and best names in the airline industry. It already code-shares with oneworld partners Cathay Pacific and Royal Jordanian.

When it becomes part of oneworld, its customers will gain access to the alliance’s truly global network. It will expand oneworld’s global coverage to almost 950 destinations in 150 countries, served by a combined fleet of more than 2,600 aircraft operating some 10,000 flights a day and carrying 358 million passengers a year.

Three established oneworld member airlines currently serve Malaysia, with Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian flying to Kuala Lumpur, and Cathay Pacific also to Penang and, through its Dragonair affiliate, Kota Kinabalu. Opportunities for expanding the alliance’s coverage of the country will be explored as Malaysia Airlines prepares to join.”

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for additional information about this special logojet.

Thai Airways International to order 26 long-haul and 11 narrow-body aircraft

Thai Airways International (Bangkok) is on the verge of ordering 26 long-haul and 11 narrow-body aircraft according to this report by Market Watch.

This is in addition to the 12 Airbus A330s and six A380s on order.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Please click on the photo for information on this retrojet.

IATA to fight the EU’s proposed tax on carbon emissions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) (Montreal) is fighting the European Union’s (EU) plan to require all airlines flying to Europe to be included in an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from January 1, 2012.

Emissions trading is a market-based approach used to control pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of pollutants. It is a form of carbon pricing.

According to the theory, a central authority (usually a governmental body) sets a limit or cap on the amount of a pollutant that can be emitted. The limit or cap is allocated or sold to firms in the form of emissions permits which represent the right to emit or discharge a specific volume of the specified pollutant. Firms are required to hold a number of permits (or carbon credits) equivalent to their emissions. The total number of permits cannot exceed the cap, limiting total emissions to that level. Firms that need to increase their emission permits must buy permits from those who require fewer permits. The transfer of permits is referred to as a trade. In effect, the buyer is paying a charge for polluting, while the seller is being rewarded for having reduced emissions. Thus, in theory, those who can reduce emissions most cheaply will do so, achieving the pollution reduction at the lowest cost to society.

IATA is complaining that this proposed additional cost, coupled with high fuel costs and political unrest in the Arab world is all coming together at a time when some airlines will not be able to survive in 2012.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an international industry trade group of airlines headquartered in Montreal, Canada, where the International Civil Aviation Organization is also headquartered. The executive offices are at the Geneva Airport in Switzerland

IATA’s mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry. IATA represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic. The Director General and Chief Executive Officer is Giovanni Bisignani. Currently, IATA is present in over 150 countries covered through 101 offices around the globe.

U.S. airlines are challenging the move in EU courts.

Read the full story from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Japan Airlines says it will take “very long” to recover from the events of March 11

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has stated sales in Europe and the U.S. are lagging behind forecasts and would take a “very long” time to recover from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Read the full story from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Air Hong Kong places its first Boeing 747-400 into revenue service in the DHL colors

Air Hong Kong (Hong Kong) has placed this Boeing 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) into revenue service on the Hong Kong-Singapore route painted in DHL colors.

Copyright Photo: K. C. Sim. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Iberia plans to lease two Airbus A330-200s

Iberia (Madrid) is planning to lease two Airbus A330-200s for delivery after the peak summer season, probably in September.

The aircraft will be assigned to medium haul routes (to the Canary Islands, Tel Aviv, Lagos, Malabo and maybe Cairo).

IB has 16 new Airbus A330-300s on order.

Iberia Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Ceiba Intercontinental gets ready to take delivery of its first Boeing 777

Ceiba Intercontinental (Malabo) is getting ready to take delivery of its first Boeing 777.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for full details.

Hot New Photos Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Gol becomes the first airline in South America to offer the new Sky Interior

Gol Transportes Aereos (Sao Paulo) on May 27 took delivery of this new Boeing 737-8EH registered PR-GUG (msn 35872). PR-GUG is the first Boeing 737-800 in South America with the new Sky Interior.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. PR-GUG passes the camera at an overcast Seattle (Boeing Field).

 

 

Southwest would like AirTran to keep flying to Dallas/Fort Worth until November 21

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has stated it would like its newly-acquired AirTran Airways (Orlando) to keep flying to Dallas/Fort Worth until November 21. However this decision ultimately rests with DFW and other carriers. To stay at DFW, under the Wright Agreement, WN would have to give up an number of gates at DAL. WN is not likely to stay at DFW once the final merger of the two AOCs is accomplished.

Read the full story from USA Today: CLICK HERE

AirTran Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

Delta Air Lines to relaunch Atlanta-Shanghai nonstop flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) tomorrow (June 5) relaunches nonstop service between its Atlanta hub and Shanghai.

The flight will operate twice weekly on 269-seat Boeing 777 aircraft, featuring full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, as well as Delta’s new Economy Comfort class, which offers additional legroom and early boarding.

Delta first launched service between Atlanta and Shanghai in 2008, but later suspended the service amid the economic slowdown.

Delta has expanded significantly into China in recent years, and will operate 47 weekly flights out of China this summer. In addition to the new Atlanta service, Delta will begin nonstop flights between Detroit and Beijing on July 1. Delta also offers service from Beijing to Seattle and Tokyo-Narita; Shanghai to Detroit and Tokyo-Narita; and Hong Kong to Detroit and Tokyo-Narita.

On June 1, Delta announced a new codesharing agreement with China Eastern, one of China’s largest international airlines, which will allow U.S. customers to enjoy convenient connecting service in Shanghai to more than 20 cities throughout China.

Delta Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

QANTAS Airways to cut 350 cabin crew positions, asks for volunteers

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) is planning to cut 350 cabin crew (flight attendant) positions and is asking for volunteers to resign.

Read the full story for Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

JAL to launch Tokyo Narita-Boston 787 service on April 22

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) is planning to launch nonstop Boeing 787 service from Tokyo (Narita) to Boston on April 22, 2012 (correction, not ANA). Initially the new route will be operated four times a week, becoming a daily service on June 1, 2012.

Boston is the first destination named by JAL to utilize the Dreamliner.

Read the full story from Japan Today: CLICK HERE

Alice Springs, Australia to become the next airliner graveyard

Alice Springs (Australia) has been selected as the next desert aircraft graveyard.

Alice Springs Airport (IATA: ASP, ICAO: YBAS) is a small regional airport 14 kilometres south of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia.

The airport has two runways, the largest of which can accommodate a Boeing 747 or 777 landing (but not a fully laden takeoff due to high temperatures and the runway length). The only scheduled flights using the airport are domestic, although international charters do use the airport on occasions. The airport is not subject to a curfew and operates 24 hours a day.

Airside Information: CLICK HERE

Read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald: CLICK HERE

Kenya Airways posts a fiscal year net profit of $42 million

Kenya Airways (Nairobi) has posted a net profit of $42 million for its fiscal year ending on March 31.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

Kenya Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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American Airlines orders another Boeing 777-323 ER, now six on order

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has now ordered another new Boeing 777-323 ER (total now six).

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The -300 ERs will complete the existing fleet of 777-223s. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Delta starts a new codeshare agreement with China Eastern Airlines

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) effective June 1 started a new codesharing agreement.

Delta flight numbers have been added to 49 China Eastern-operated domestic flights in China, as well as nonstop trans-Pacific flights connecting Shanghai with Los Angeles and New York.  China Eastern flight numbers will be added on 38 Delta-operated U.S. domestic flights as well as trans-Pacific service connecting Detroit and Atlanta to Shanghai.

The codeshare alliance means Delta customers can conveniently book connecting service to 21 Chinese destinations served by China Eastern from its Shanghai hub, including Ghangzhou, Shenzhen and Nanjing. The Delta code also has been added to China Eastern-operated flights between Shanghai and New York andLos Angeles.

China Eastern customers will gain access to 21 North American cities on Delta’s domestic network, as well as Delta’s nonstop flights between Shanghai and Detroit and Atlanta.

Copyright Photo: Shigeyoshi Sakaki. Painted last year in this special green “Enshi” color scheme, China Eastern’s Boeing 737-89P B-5475 (msn 36765) taxies past the camera at Osaka (Kansai).

Chorus Aviation posts a $14.7 million first quarter net profit, Jazz takes delivery of the first Q400

Chorus Aviation Inc. (Halifax) today announced its first quarter 2011 earnings with a net income of C$14.7 million and net income per share of C$0.12.

In other news, Jazz Aviation LP (Halifax) on May 26 took delivery of this first of fifteen Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen aircraft. These new aircraft will be added to Jazz’s fleet over the coming months with the final airplane arriving in July 2012. Jazz also has options for an additional 15 aircraft.

Jazz’s Q400 NextGen aircraft accommodates 74 passengers in a single cabin configuration featuring all-leather seating. This turboprop airliner is the most recent development in the evolution of the original Q400 aircraft. The Q400 NextGen features an enhanced cabin environment with the introduction of LED lighting, new ceiling panels, dished window sidewalls and larger overhead luggage bins. These features, combined with the Active Noise and Vibration Suppression (ANVS) system, provide for an excellent cabin experience.

The first 15 Q400 NextGen turboprops will replace 15 50-seat regional jets. The first flight DHC-8-402 C-GGOY (msn 4365) is scheduled to operate as flight AC 8910 from Toronto to Quebec City, departing at 0700, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

Jazz Aviation officially started operating as Air Canada Express on June 1, 2011.

Dynamic Airways adds another McDonnell Douglas MD-88

Dynamic Airways (Winston-Salem) announced today it was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to add another McDonnell Douglas MD-88 to its Air Carrier Certificate on May 4. Dynamic Airways has expanded its fleet in response to the rapidly growing demand from international customers for long-term contracts in the leisure-travel market.

Dynamic Airways operates nonscheduled jet services for government and commercial customers around the world and is based at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, NC.

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

The truce ends – American Airlines versus Sabre

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and Sabre Holdings have ended their truce.

Sabre has issued the following statement:

“Continuing its efforts to protect the transparency of information regarding prices that airlines charge consumers for their flights and services, Sabre Holdings has filed an antitrust claim against American Airlines (AA).

Sabre’s antitrust claim asserts that AA is engaging in anticompetitive conduct to maintain its monopoly position over air transportation out of its hubs and between many U.S. and Caribbean cities, and to gain a monopoly position in air booking services for travel between those cities.

Sabre claims AA is unlawfully forcing travel agencies, travel management companies and corporations to take its Direct Connect product in order to access the airline’s full fare information, which constitutes illegal ‘tying.’

Additionally, Sabre asserts that AA is attempting to eliminate the GDSs. The airline is doing this by refusing to provide complete fare information to GDSs and by forcing travel agents to use AA’s Direct Connect product instead of GDSs. Through these actions AA is reducing competition for air services and air booking services, thereby maintaining and expanding its monopoly position.

Sabre’s claim seeks damages and an injunction preventing AA from continuing to force travel agents and other customers to take the airline’s Direct Connect product.”

In return, American issued the following statement:

“American Airlines has added Sabre Holdings Corp., (Sabre) to the federal antitrust lawsuit originally filed in April 2011 against Travelport, LLC. The amended lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, seeks to stop exclusionary, anti-consumer and anti-competitive business practices of the defendants and recover monetary damages that American has incurred as a result of these harmful actions.

Both the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Transportation have, in the past, recognized that GDSs exercise significant market power over airlines. In addition, American recently received a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) from the U.S. Department of Justice, which is investigating certain practices by global distribution systems (GDSs), such as Sabre and Travelport, and American intends to cooperate with that investigation.

American Airlines lawsuit claims that Sabre and Travelport, which combined control over 90 percent of bookings made by U.S. based travel agencies and dominate an essential link to travel agents and many consumers, continue to engage in anti-competitive conduct to protect their market position from new competition by alternative technologies that are both less expensive and more capable, including aggressively suppressing the ability of travel agents to seek alternative methods to book tickets directly with airlines using direct connections with airlines.

The illegal actions of Sabre and Travelport have harmed consumers and travel agents alike in a number of ways, including suppressing innovation that would enable travel agents to better serve their customers. The suit also alleges GDS actions have hurt airline passengers by forcing airlines to seek to charge higher fares to recoup the high, supracompetitive GDS fees. In addition to requesting injunctive relief from the defendants’ actions, American is seeking recovery of unspecified monetary damages.

American’s decision to include Sabre to the antitrust lawsuit comes after American attempted for several months to resolve disputes over distribution of the airline’s fares and schedules, as American sought commercially reasonable terms for distribution through the Sabre GDS, but Sabre has been unresponsive to those requests. American intends to honor its existing contractual obligations with Sabre, and separately with Travelport, throughout the proceedings of this action and expects it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.”

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

Alaska Airlines nears 92% mark for Internet service of its fleet

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) announced today that Gogo® Inflight Internet service is now available on nearly all aircraft in its fleet. With the installation of the service scheduled for completion later this month, Alaska’s fleet will be 92 percent Wi-Fi equipped, which includes its 737-800 and –900 aircraft flying predominantly longer routes. Only seven of the airline’s 117 Boeing 737s will not offer Wi-Fi, including its freighter and combi (part-passenger/part-freight) aircraft and three 737-400s.

Aircraft equipped with inflight Internet service have a Wi-Fi symbol located outside the aircraft’s boarding door and information in seatback pockets. Gogo is available above 10,000 feet, following an announcement approving the use of portable electronic devices.

Copyright Photo: Mike Durbin. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Alaska Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

ALC announces 20 more lease placements

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (Los Angeles) has announced that it has signed lease agreements for 20 additional aircraft.

ALC is leasing 10 new aircraft to Alitalia, consisting of five Embraer ERJ 175s and five Embraer ERJ 190LR’s under 12 year leases.

ALC and SriLankan Airlines have entered into lease agreements for three new A320-200s, one of which was delivered in May 2011 and the remaining two aircraft to be delivered in October and November 2011 on 12 year leases.

S7 Airlines is leasing three new A320-200s for eight years, delivering in January, February and May 2012.

ALC and Kenya Airways have entered into eight year lease agreements for three new Embraer ERJ 190AR’s scheduled for delivery in August and September 2011 and May 2012.

ALC has acquired one A320-200 (msn 1686), on lease to Spring Airlines.

Great Lakes Airlines honors Pierre, South Dakota

Great Lakes Airlines (Cheyenne) for years has been honoring its destinations by placing designs and logos on the tail surfaces of its Beech 1900D fleet to promote the destinations they serve under the Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidiary. The latest is to promote and honor Pierre, South Dakota.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N201GL (msn UE-201) stops at Chadron, NE with the special tail design.

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Malmo Aviation orders 5 Bombardier CS100s and 5 CS300s

Malmö Aviation (Stockholm-Bromma) via Braathens Leasing Limited, a member of Braathens Aviation of Sweden, has placed a firm order for five Bombardier CS100 and five CS300 jetliners. Braathens also took options on an additional 10 CSeries aircraft.

The CSeries aircraft will be operated by Malmö Aviation from its base at the Bromma-Stockholm City Airport in downtown Stockholm. Malmö Aviation currently operates 12 BAe (Avro) aircraft (one RJ70, two RJ85 and seven RJ100s).

Braathens of Norway acquired full control of Malmo Aviation in August 1998 and in early 1999 integrated Braathens Sweden (formerly Transwede) into Malmö Aviation. In December 2001 Malmo Aviation became an independent airline owned by Braganza AS/Bramora. This was the result of the Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) acquisition of Braathens in which Malmö Aviation, for legal reasons, was not included. It is now wholly owned by Braathens Aviation.

The Braathens/Malmo Aviation order brings the total to 100 firm orders for the 110-145-seater aircraft, which is set to enter the market in late-2013. This order also breaks a 16-month order lull.

Image: Bombardier.

The ANA-Lufthansa joint venture is approved

ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) and Lufthansa (Frankfurt) have announced they are launching a strategic joint venture (JV) with each other on Japan-Europe
routes after ANA received Anti-Trust Immunity (ATI) approval from the
Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport.

This latest agreement between the two Star Alliance members follows the launch of a
similar joint venture between ANA and United Airlines on trans-Pacific
routes in April.

The two carriers aim to introduce the new joint venture within the 2011 winter timetable.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for information on the retirement of the last ANA Boeing 747-400.

China Southern Airlines orders six additional Boeing 777F freighters

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) has ordered six additional Boeing 777F freighters.

Read the full story for The Gazette: CLICK HERE

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

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