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TRIP Linhas Aereas signs a contract for four ERJ 190s

TRIP Linhas Aereas (Sao Paulo-Campinas) has signed a contract with Embraer for four new ERJ 190 jets.

Copyright Photo: AirSpeed. Please click on the photo for further details.

TRIP Linhas Aereas Route Map (TRIP routes in blue):

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Sunwing Airlines to expand its European charter program this summer with Boeing 767s

Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto) has announced it is expanding its European charter program this coming summer with more cities. The airline will also operate Boeing 767 aircraft.

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

Mesa Air Group emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Mesa Air Group (Phoenix) as expected, yesterday (March 1) emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Mesa Air Group’s Plan of Reorganization became effective on March 1, allowing the company to emerge from its reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Mesa and its related subsidiaries entered bankruptcy protection on January 5, 2010 and Mesa’s exit from bankruptcy protection in 13 months places it among the fastest reorganizations in aviation history.

The Company’s restructuring accomplishments included:

  • Elimination of 100 excess aircraft and associated leases and debt which contributed to the deleveraging of Mesa’s balance sheet in the approximate amount of $700 million in capitalized leases and $50 million in debt;
  • Restructuring of aircraft leases and financings for Mesa’s remaining CRJ200 and DHC-8 fleets resulting in flexibility, no long term lease exposure and lower costs on the CRJ200 50-seat regional jet aircraft;
  • Emerging as a private company that will issue four new series of notes, shares of common stock, and/or warrants to purchase shares of its common stock to its creditors in exchange for their claims in the Chapter 11 proceedings;
  • Extending the term of the code-share agreement with US Airways through September 2015.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional information about the United Express-Mesa operation.

United Airlines (including Continental Airlines) North American Route Map (includes United Express routes): CLICK HERE

JetBlue Airways and South African Airways expand their interline partnership

JetBlue Airways (New York) and South African Airways (Johannesburg) have announced an expansion of their interline partnership, with South African Airways now offering code share services on JetBlue flights effective March 3rd. The code share service will be available with SAA flight numbers on JetBlue flights to 20 cities served by the airline in the U.S., connecting through either New York’s John F. Kennedy International (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (Dulles) airports and SAA’s Johannesburg hub, where passengers can access connections to more than 45 cities throughout South Africa and southern Africa.

South African Airways also announced recently that its return service from Johannesburg to New York JFK will now operate nonstop beginning on May 1.

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

JetBlue Route Map from New York (JFK):

Boeing completes the first flight for JAL’s new 787-846 JA822J

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) yesterday (March 1) completed the first flight for Boeing 787-846 JA822J (msn 34832) destined for Japan Airlines.

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

Blue Air adds this former Air One Boeing 737-400

 

Blue Air YR-BAK, originally uploaded by greenjetaviation.

Blue Air (Bucharest) has been adding older Classic Boeing 737s as it replaces the Boeing 737-800s formerly operated.

One of the aircraft recently added is this former Air One Boeing 737-430 now operating as YR-BAK (msn 27005, ex EI-COJ). The aircraft was acquired on December 22, 2010.

Copyright Photo: greenjetaviation.

Blue Air Interactive Route Map (place cursor over the city): CLICK HERE

Canadian North adds its first Boeing 737-300

 

Canadian North C-GCNW B733, originally uploaded by Matt Dueck.

Canadian North (Yellowknife) meanwhile recently added its first Boeing 737-300.

Copyright Photo: Matt Dueck. Previously operated by Frontier Airlines (2nd) as N307FL and Shandong Airlines as B-2878, the airframe is back in North America. 737-36Q C-GCNW (msn 28760) was acquired on November 22, 2010 and is pictured visiting snow-covered Calgary on February 1 as it arrives from Edmonton.

Canadian North Route Map:

Air North’s first Boeing 737-500 is now operating

 

Air North C-GANH B735, originally uploaded by Matt Dueck.

Air North (Whitehorse) added its first Boeing 737-500 on December 31, 2010 and it is now operating on regular flights. Formerly operated by Nordavia as VP-BOQ, the pictured 737-505 with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets is now operating as C-GANH (msn 27153).

Copyright Photo: Matt Dueck. This great shot showcases C-GANH departing from Calgary on February 21.

Air North Route Map:

AirTran Airways’ stockholders to vote on the Southwest merger proposal on March 23 in Orlando

AirTran Airways (Orlando) has called a special voting meeting of its stockholders for March 23 at 11:00 a.m. in Orlando. Stockholders are being asked to vote on the merger proposal by Southwest Airlines (Dallas). There are several lawsuits attempting to block the takeover. If approved by all parties it would be the end of AirTran.

Looking back: A special AirTran Slide Show of some of the aircraft operated over the years by AirTran: CLICK HERE

Historic Copyright Photo: Roy Lock. Click on the photo for information on the Airbus A320s operated for AirTran before the Boeing 737-700s arrived.

American Airlines to reduce capacity and reduce MD-80 flying

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will reduce capacity growth this year due to rising fuel costs according to this report by Reuters. The company will also reduced the amount of McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 and DC-9-83 flying.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

However AA did increase the number of new Boeing 777-300 ERs on order from two to three.

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

Qatar Airways to drop London Gatwick

Qatar Airways (Doha) will drop London (Gatwick). The last DOH-LGW flight will be operated on May 31.

Qatar Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati.

Aer Lingus soars to a $64 million profit in 2010

Aer Lingus (Dublin) produced a $64 million profit in 2010 but is warning higher fuel costs will affect results in 2011.

Read the full story in the Belfast Telegraph: CLICK HERE

Aer Lingus Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

Aer Lingus European Route Map from Dublin:

ABC orders a pilot TV show called “Pan Am”

Pan Am (1st) is coming back, at least to American television in a pilot show. According to this article in Variety, ABC has ordered a “pilot” show to test the market for this subject matter. The show will take place in the “Golden Era” of the airlines, circa 1960s when the jets were being introduced.

Read the full article in Variety: CLICK HERE

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

Southwest kicks off the 2011 Adopt-A-Pilot program

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) yesterday (February 28) announced the official takeoff of its award-winning, educational and mentoring program, Adopt-A-Pilot®. Each Spring, fifth-grade students in more than 1,400 classes across the country will “adopt” Southwest Airlines Pilots through a program that leads students through science, geography, math, writing, and other core subjects, all based in aviation-related activities. Students also will research careers, reinforce life values, and realize the importance of staying in school.

Nearly 850 Southwest Pilots are volunteering in this year’s Adopt-A-Pilot® program. During the four-week long curriculum, Pilots volunteer their time in participating classrooms and correspond from the “road” via e-mail and postcards. Classrooms chart their adopted Pilot’s course on an official United States route map and complete lessons related to the Pilot’s monthly flying schedule. To learn more about the program visit our blog, Nuts about Southwest at: http://alturl.com/4ctv2.

To access downloadable materials, including photos and a video, please visit: http://www.swamedia.com/releases/2011_adopt_a_pilot_program

Created in 1997, Adopt-A-Pilot® started as a community outreach program in just 50 classrooms in Southwest’s destination cities, and has grown to reach more than 1,400 classrooms in communities nationwide. To date, the program has been offered to more than 300,000 students nationwide.  Southwest Airlines developed the program in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and the Smithsonian Institution of National Air and Space Museum. National leaders such as Gen. Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton, and First Lady Laura Bush have recognized the excellence that the Adopt-A-Pilot program offers students.

Copyright Photo: Michael Carter.

Lion Wings Air converts 15 ATR 72-500 options to firm orders

Lion Wings Air (Jakarta) has converted 15 ATR 72-500 options to firm orders.

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

Bangladesh Airlines reverts back to Biman Bangladesh Airlines name and old livery

Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) has reverted back to its old Biman Bangladesh Airlines name and the old 1983 livery.

Biman was established on January 04, 1972 with a a gift of Douglas DC-3 aircraft from Bangladesh Air force.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. Please click on the photo for the full story.

TAM signs MOU for 22 A320neo and 10 A320 Family aircraft

TAM Linhas Aereas (Sao Paulo) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 22 A320neo and 10 A320 Family aircraft. When signed as a contract, the order will make TAM the launch customer for the A320neo in Latin America.

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

WestJet Airlines and American Airlines sign their new code share agreement

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) and American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) announced today they have entered into a comprehensive codeshare agreement, providing customers with more choices and greater connectivity when travelling between the United States and Canada.

The codeshare relationship, which is subject to regulatory approvals, will allow American to place its AA* code on WestJet flights, and WestJet to place its WS* code on flights of American Airlines and American Eagle.

The placement of AA* code on WestJet flights will provide American’s customers seamless connecting service to up to 20 Canadian cities not currently served by American or American Eagle. WestJet will initially place its WS* code on American or American Eagle flights from Canada to Chicago and Boston, with expanded service throughout American Airlines network expected in the near future. The codeshare agreement will make it easier and more convenient for customers to connect from WestJet to American’s global route network and from American to WestJet’s Canadian operations.

In other news, WestJet launched new nonstop seasonal service between St. John’s and Orlando.

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

Boeing celebrates two years of 777 freighter operations

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) is celebrating the second anniversary of the Boeing 777 freighter in service.

The growing fleet of 777 freighters has flown approximately 120,000 hours and boasts a daily utilization rate of 11.34 hours. Fleet schedule reliability is at 99.37 percent, which means the freighter has a near-perfect record of on-time takeoff and landings. Eighty-three have been ordered, and 39 freighters now are in service with nine airlines.

FedEx Express is the largest 777 freighter operator with a fleet of 11 currently in operation, and another airplane just delivered. An additional 13 777 freighters remain in Boeing’s backlog for FedEx.

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

American Eagle to launch DFW-Durango flights on June 9

American Eagle Airlines (2nd) (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced daily nonstop service between Durango La-Plata County Airport in Durango, CO, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, beginning on June 9. Eagle will fly one daily round trip with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Continental Airlines postpones the launch of the Newark-Cairo route

Continental Airlines (Houston) has postponed the launch of the Newark-Cairo route previously scheduled to start on May 18. Due to the political unrest in Egypt, demand for the route has decreased.

Please see the previous blog entry on this subject: CLICK HERE

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

Delta Air Lines becomes the official airline of the St. Louis Cardinals

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has become the official airline of the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

The St. Louis Cardinals are members of the Central Division in the National League of Major League Baseball. The Cardinals have won 10 World Series championships, tops in the National League and second in MLB only to the American League’s New York Yankees, who have 27.

The Cardinals were founded in the American Association in 1882 as the St. Louis Brown Stockings, taking the name from an earlier National League team. They joined the National League in 1892 and have been known as the Cardinals since 1900.

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

Malaysia Airlines posts a $77 million net profit in 2010

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) posted a $77 million net profit in 2010, down from 2009.

Read the full report from ATW: CLICK HERE

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

TAM Linhas Aereas orders two additional Boeing 777-300 ERs

TAM Linhas Aereas (Sao Paulo) has ordered two additional Boeing 777-300 ERs.

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

MEA to join the SkyTeam in 2012

Middle East Airlines – Air Liban (MEA) (Beirut), the flag carrier of Lebanon, today (February 28, 2011) signed an agreement to join SkyTeam in 2012.

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

A new leaner Mesa Air Group prepares to exit Chapter 11

Mesa Air Group (Phoenix) is expected to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week with US Airways as its major partner.

Read the full story from the Arizona Republic: CLICK HERE

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

Air New Zealand has a profitable fiscal first half

Air New Zealand (Auckland) reported before taxes profit of NZ$112 million for the six month period ending on December 31, 2010, including an $18 million gain on equity swaps relating to the investment in Virgin Blue Airlines.

On December 21, 2010, the New Zealand government approved an alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue, which allows both carriers to expand operations between Australia and New Zealand with codeshares for trans-Tasman and connecting domestic flights, reciprocal access to lounges and frequent flyer programs.

On January 20, 2011, Air New Zealand announced it would take a shareholding stake of between 10% and 14.99% in Virgin Blue.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Please click on the photo for information on the introduction of the new Boeing 777-300 ER.

Virgin Blue reports on its financial results for its fiscal first half

Virgin Blue Holdings Limited (Brisbane) reported an Underlying Net Profit Before Tax of A$72 million, in line with the guidance of $70-75 million announced to the market on January 25, 2011. The company reported a Net Profit After Tax of A$24 million.

In other news, the Virgin Blue Group of Airlines also announced it will build its first new wide-body hangar and associated infrastructure at Sydney Airport as part of a new engineering maintenance base to support its growing operations.

Finally in fleet news, Virgin Blue will introduce up to 18 ATR 72 turboprop aircraft as part of the recently announced strategic alliance with Sky West Airlines (Perth).

The first four of the 68-seat ATR 72 aircraft will be introduced in the middle of 2011, with a further four to arrive next year.

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

REX’s half-year profit drops to A$12.2 million

REX (Regional Express) (Wagga Wagga) has announced a half-year profit (ending on December 31) of A$12.2 million before tax.

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

Tiger Airways invests in SEAIR, SEAIR to launch Manila Clark-Hong Kong route

Tiger Airways (Singapore) has taken a 32.5 percent share of partner airline SEAIR (South East Asian Airlines) (Manila-Clark). The relationship will be expanded on March 14 when SEAIR adds the Clark-Hong Kong route using Tiger Airways’ Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for the full details of this growing relationship.

Tiger Airways route map:

AirAsia produces a record $349 million profit in 2010

AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur) continues to make money, despite a challenging environment. The airline group produced a record $349 million profit in 2010.

Read the full report from Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Interactive route map (routes from Kuala Lumpur): CLICK HERE

ANA files for anti-trust immunity to coordinate European routes and schedules with Lufthansa

ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) on February 23 filed an application with the Japanese Government for antitrust immunity to launch a joint venture with Lufthansa German Airlines (Frankfurt) on routes between Japan and Europe.

Subject to approval of the application by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, ANA and Lufthansa will be able to jointly manage their Japan-Europe operations in areas such as scheduling, pricing and sales.

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

Asiana Airlines produces a $211 million net profit in 2010

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) reported it produced a net profit of $211 million in 2010.

Read the full report from ATW: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross. Please click on photo for aircraft information.

Ryanair takes delivery of its 300th Boeing 737-800

Ryanair (Dublin) has accepted its 300th Boeing 737-800. The airline will take delivery of a total of 37 of these aircraft during 2011 and is the world’s largest operator of the 737-800. Ryanair took delivery of its first 737-800, which seats 189 passengers, from Boeing in 1999. The total value of the Ryanair fleet is now over $18 billion.

Ryanair operates more than 1,400 flights per day from 44 bases and 1,100+ routes across 27 countries, connecting 160 destinations.

In this video, see inside the Boeing factory in Renton, Wash., and hear more about how Boeing builds Ryanair’s 737-800: http://bit.ly/f49Zc0.

 

Copyright Photo: Irish251. Boeing 737-8AS EI-ENZ (msn 40308) was accepted on February 25 and is pictured arriving at the DUB base the following day from Boeing Field.

Air India retires the Indian Airlines brand and codes

Air India (Mumbai) at midnight tonight retired the brand and codes of subsidiary Indian Airlines (Mumbai). This ends the history of Indian.

Copyright Photo: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt. Please click on the photo for the full story and history.

Kuwait Airways adds “50 Years” stickers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kuwait

Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City) is adding special “50 years” stickers.

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

Jazeera Airways posts a $7.15 million net profit in the second half of 2010

Jazeera Airways (Kuwait City) reversed course and posted a $7.15 million net profit in the second half of 2010.

In 2009, the young airline was forced to terminate its new hub at Dubai. Jazeera changed its business plan by concentrating on its Kuwait City hub. In the first half of 2010, this new plan proved unprofitable as the Kuwait hub suffered from overcapacity. However the company has now been able to produce a profit with this plan.

Interactive route map (place cursor over a city): CLICK HERE

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

N106US is coming back to Charlotte

The Carolinas Aviation Museum, located at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, announced that it has acquired the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight US 1549 Airbus A320-214 N106US airframe from Chartis. The airframe will be brought to Charlotte (its original destination) for display at the museum.

Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell. Please click on the photo for the full story.

V Australia arrives in Abu Dhabi

V Australia (Sydney) is now flying to Abu Dhabi. V Australia becomes the first Australian carrier to operate to the Middle East in 20 years.

Arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 11.40pm GST on February 24, the Sydney – Abu Dhabi service included Virgin Blue Group CEO and Managing Director John Borghetti and Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan, along with the Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Doug Trappett, and Virgin Blue Group’s new ambassador and one of the world’s most successful swimmers, Ian Thorpe, who has come to Abu Dhabi to continue training for the 2012 Olympic trials.

The new V Australia Abu Dhabi service is a key part of the partnership between Virgin Blue Group of Airlines and Etihad Airways which will see the airlines offer a total of 27 weekly services between Abu Dhabi and Australia, including double-daily services between Abu Dhabi and Sydney, daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights and six frequencies per week between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane.

The V Australia Abu Dhabi service will operate three times per week from Sydney from February 2011 and three Brisbane – Abu Dhabi services per week by February 2012, using its new fleet of three-class economically and environmentally efficient Boeing 777-300 ERs. VA 29 will fly from Sydney to Abu Dhabi on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, departing at 4:05 p.m. (1605) and VA 30 will fly from Abu Dhabi to Sydney on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing at 10:45 a.m. (1045).

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on the photo for additional information about V Australia.

SkyWest Airlines to start flying for Alaska Airlines on May 14

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today (February 25) announced that SkyWest Airlines (St. George) will begin flying six West Coast routes currently operated by Horizon Air, starting on May 14. The Utah-based carrier will fly the routes using five 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets it is acquiring from Horizon.

Alaska’s partnership with SkyWest for CRJ700 flying enables Horizon to fly the Bombardier Q400 turboprop exclusively and retire its last CRJ700s.

Summary of new roundtrip SkyWest flights operated on behalf of Alaska beginning May 14, 2011:

Seattle to: Daily roundtrips
Fresno, Calif. 1*
Long Beach, Calif. 2/4**
Portland, Ore. 1***
Santa Barbara, Calif. 1
Portland to: Daily roundtrips
Burbank, Calif. 3
Ontario, Calif. 3
 

*SkyWest will operate one daily flight to rotate the regional jets through its maintenance base in Fresno. Horizon Air will continue to offer one daily flight in this market, as well as a daily flight between Portland and Fresno.

 

**SkyWest will operate two flights per day starting May 14, and increase service to four flights a day beginning June 16, 2011.

 

*** SkyWest will operate one daily flight to position aircraft for maintenance. Horizon will continue to operate the Seattle-Portland shuttle with 22 roundtrips a day.

A complete schedule of SkyWest operated flights is available atwww.alaskasworld.com/Newsroom/ASnews/ASstories/sw_sked_2-25-11.pdf.

Interactive Alaska Airlines route map: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: James Helbock. A CRJ200 in the house colors. Please click on the photo for full details.

IAG posts its first financial results

International Airlines Group (IAG) (British Airways and Iberia) has posted its first financial results as a new airline group, producing a profit for 2010.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

IAG Profile:

“International Airlines Group is one of the world’s largest airline groups with 408 aircraft flying to 200 destinations and carrying more than 55 million passengers each year.

Formed in January 2011, IAG is the holding company of British Airways and Iberia. It is a Spanish registered company with shares traded on the London Stock Exchange and Spanish Stock Exchanges. The corporate head office for IAG is in London, UK.

IAG combines the two leading airlines in the UK and Spain, enabling them to enhance their presence in the aviation market while retaining their individual brands and current operations. The airlines’ customers benefit from a larger combined network for both passengers and cargo and a greater ability to invest in new products and services through improved financial robustness.

The airline industry is moving gradually towards consolidation though some regulatory restrictions still prevail. IAG’s mission is to play its full role in future industry consolidation both on a regional and global scale.

British Airways and Iberia are members of the oneworld alliance.”

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

Fly Guam takes delivery of its first aircraft, ready to start operations on March 2 to Hong Kong

Fly Guam (Guam) is a new airline based at Guam’s Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport. The airline is now planning to launch operations on March 2 with this colorful Boeing 737-400.

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

The Boeing 767 will live on as the KC-46A tanker

The Boeing Company (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will replace 179 of the service’s 400 KC-135 tankers.

The contract calls for Boeing to design, develop, manufacture and deliver 18 initial combat-ready tankers by 2017.

Based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane, the KC-46A Tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft updated with the latest and most advanced technology and capable of meeting or exceeding the Air Force’s needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers and patients. It includes state-of-the-art systems to meet the demanding mission requirements of the future, including a digital flight deck featuring Boeing 787 Dreamliner electronic displays and a flight control design philosophy that places aircrews in command rather than allowing computer software to limit combat maneuverability. The NewGen Tanker also features an advanced KC-10 boom with an expanded refueling envelope, increased fuel offload rate and fly-by-wire control system.

To learn more about the KC-46A Tanker, visit www.UnitedStatesTanker.com.

 

 

The FAA approves Southwest’s acquisition plan of AirTran Airways

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) has accepted Southwest’s transition plan to combine the operations of Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways, following the financial close of its transaction to acquire AirTran. The acquisition is targeted for the second quarter of 2011.

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

Boeing 787-881 N7874 (ZA004) completes the 1,000th 787 program test flight

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) announced today that the pictured 787-881 N7874 (msn 40693) Dreamliner, designated as ZA004, made the 1,000th 787 flight the previous day, marking another milestone in the flight test program. There are seven airplanes participating in flight testing. The landing of 787 flight test airplane ZA004 (above), just after 1 p.m. MST (1300) at Yuma International Airport, counted as the official 1,000th flight.

Copyright Photo: Rick Schlamp. Please click on the photo for further information on the test program.

Lufthansa considers an order for 30 Airbus A320neos

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) is considering an order for 30 new Airbus A320neos according to Bloomberg.

Read the full story from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for background information on the new type.

Vueling Airlines records a net profit of $62 million in 2010

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) recorded a net profit of $62 million in 2010.

Read the full report from ATW: CLICK HERE

Interactive route map (put cursor over city): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on photo for additional information.

Iberia to launch the Madrid-Los Angeles route on March 28

Iberia (Madrid) will launch the Madrid-Los Angeles route on March 28. Initially the new route will be operated four trips a week.

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

Air France to be the first Airbus A380 operator at Washington Dulles

Air France (Paris) will introduce the Airbus A380 on the Paris (CDG)-Washington (Dulles) route on June 6.

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

Gol’s profit drops in the fourth quarter and 2010

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (parent company of Gol Transportes Aereos and VARIG Linhas Areas 2nd) (Sao Paulo) reported a net profit of $129 million in the fourth quarter and $128.3 million for 2010.

Read the full report from Gol: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: AirSpeed. Please click on the photo for this special color scheme.

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