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American Airlines enters into a Sale-Leaseback deal with AerCap to finance up to 35 Boeing 737-800s

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) announced today it has entered into a sale-leaseback arrangement with AerCap, a leading independent aircraft leasing company, to finance up to 35 Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft, including 29 firm deliveries, scheduled to be delivered to American. Of the 29 firm deliveries, 26 are previously ordered aircraft and three are newly ordered aircraft. The arrangement also covers six Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft subject to purchase rights that, if exercised by American, would be scheduled for delivery in 2013 – 2014.

AerCap will purchase the aircraft from American and immediately lease the aircraft back to American under a sale-leaseback financing arrangement.

Updating its previously announced fleet schedule, American has exercised an option to purchase three additional 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. As of July 1, 2011, American’s Boeing 737-800 delivery schedule was: 2011: 15, 2012: 28, 2013: 14.

American continues to negotiate with both Airbus and Boeing for a potential large narrow-body jet order of up to 250 aircraft.

American Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Finnair to operate a biofuel flight between Amsterdam and Helsinki

Finnair (Helsinki) aims to fly its first biofuel flight from Amsterdam and Helsinki next week. This will be the longest commercial biofuel flight flown anywhere in the world to date.

According to the airline, “Finnair will accept for permanent use only a biofuel alternative that is socially, ecologically and economically sustainable. For example, the cultivation of the biomass used in the production of biofuel must significantly reduce GHG emissions, must not compromise food production or lead to biodiversity degradation or deforestation.”

For its first biofuel flight, Finnair will use biofuel made from recycled vegetable oil (used cooking oil) supplied by SkyNRG in a mixture that is 50% biofuel and 50% ordinary aviation fuel. Finnair and SkyNRG have agreed to jointly work on a structural supply chain, as both parties firmly believe that the adoption of “green routes” by airlines will help accelerate the development of sustainable and affordable jet fuels, which have the potential to reduce aviation emissions by up to 80% in the long-term.

At this time, Finnair aims to fly at least three Amsterdam-Helsinki flights using a 50% biofuel blend in both engines. Refuelling is done at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Finnair Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Norwegian to lease a third Boeing 787 Dreamliner from ILFC

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) has announced it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) to lease one new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner long haul aircraft from ILFC. The aircraft is the third leased Dreamliner from ILFC, and the sixth Dreamliner on order for Norwegian.

Norwegian will take delivery of the aircraft in early 2014. The lease term is for 12 years.

So far this year, the company has received 12 new Boeing 737-800s. A further three will be delivered from Boeing later this year. At the same time, older Boeing 737-300s are being phased out. As of July 2011, Norwegian has 35 new Boeing 737-800 in its fleet.

On the financial side, Norwegian reported second quarter net profit of $9.6 million.

Norwegian Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Read the full report from Norwegian: CLICK HERE

 

Air Southwest (UK) to end all operations on September 30

Air Southwest (Plymouth) announced on July 14 it has taken the decision to cease all its Plymouth services from September 14, 2011. The Newquay flights were also reviewed at length, but the carrier decided the services were not viable on their own without the association with Plymouth. As a consequence, Newquay routes to Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey and Manchester will also end on the same date.

Newquay services to Aberdeen, Bristol, Cork, Dublin and Leeds/Bradford will end on September 30, which will be the last day of Air Southwest branded flights.

Copyright Photo: Pedro Pics. Please click on the photo for the history of the airline.

Officials still accessing the damage at Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport (DEN) and the affected airlines are still accessing the damage caused by a severe thunderstorm. According to Channel 7, a severe thunderstorm with large hail, lightning and torrential rain on Wednesday night (July 13) damaged dozens of cars and at least 40 airplanes, leaving more than 1,000 travelers stranded because of flight cancellations.

The storm produced 3/4-inch hail which fell for about 15 minutes.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Delta Boeing 767-300 wing tip collides with an Atlantic Southeast Airlines CRJ900 on the taxiway at Boston

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and its Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) (Delta Connection) (Atlanta) partner were involved in a ground collision on the taxiway (not the runway as some of the media reported) at Boston Logan International Airport last night (July 14). The wing of Delta’s Boeing 767-332 ER N185DN (msn 27961) collided with ASA’s Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N132EV (msn 15219) while taxiing out for departure. The horizontal stabilizer of the CRJ900 was bent downwards. Passengers were evacuated safely.

The 767 was operating flight DL 266 from Boston to Amsterdam. The ASA CRJ900 was operating flight DL 4904 from Boston to Raleigh/Durham.

One passenger was complaining of neck injuries.

Read the full report from the New York Post: CLICK HERE

Furloughed United Airlines pilots are offered positions at Continental Airlines

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) has announced that it will offer approximately 100 to 200 positions to pilots currently on furlough from its United subsidiary to fly aircraft for its Continental subsidiary. The positions will meet the needs currently anticipated for the combined company’s operation in 2012.

United Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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American Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways expand codeshare agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and its oneworld® alliance partner, Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong), have expanded their codeshare relationship to include Cathay Pacific’s new daily service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport, as well as Cathay’s existing daily service between Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. The new Ho Chi Minh City codeshare gives American a stronger presence in Southeast Asia.

These flights will be available for travel starting on September 1. With the addition of the new flights, the codeshare agreement between American and Cathay Pacific includes 23 markets in North America and eight markets throughout Asia.

American and Cathay Pacific have been codesharing since 2003 on several trans-Pacific, as well as U.S. domestic and intra-Asia flights. Recently, Cathay Pacific expanded the agreement by adding its code on domestic services between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and 11 U.S. markets served by American or American Eagle. This expansion was made possible because of Cathay Pacific’s new service to Chicago, and the increased connectivity it offers to customers travelling between the networks of both carriers.

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Etihad Airways’ first half 2011 revenues soar 28% to $1.7 billion, hopes to be profitable in 2012

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) first half revenue soared by 28 percent to $1.7 billion. The carrier hopes to achieve its goal of achieving breakeven this year and profitability in 2012.

Etihad Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Israir takes delivery of its first ATR 72-500

Israir Airlines (Tel Aviv) has taken delivery of its first 72-seat ATR 72-500 in the form of ATR 72-212A 4X-ATH (msn 931). A second copy will follow at the end of this month. The ATR 72 will join three ATR 42-320s and two Airbus A320s.

The ATRs mainly operate on the Tel Aviv (Sde Dov-City Airport) and Eilat on the Red Sea.

Ukraine International Airlines joins up with S7 Airlines, will increase Moscow flights on July 20

Ukraine International Airlines (Kiev) and S7 Airlines (Sibir Airlines dba) have signed a partnership agreement. As a result, UIA will increase the number of daily services between Kiev and Moscow (Domodedovo) to three flights a day starting on July 20.

Ukraine International Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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TAROM loses $113 million in 2010

TAROM (Romanian Air Transport) (Bucharest) reported a net loss of near $113 million for 2010.

Meanwhile the Romanian government intends to sell its 20 percent share in the flag carrier.

Read the full report in The Diplomat Bucharest: CLICK HERE

TAROM Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Please click on the photo for the history of TAROM.

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FAA revokes the AOC of Bimini Island Air

Bimini Island Air (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) lost its Air Operating Certificate (AOC) on June 27 and is appealing the decision by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA issued the following statement:

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revoked the operating certificate of Bimini Island Air (BIA) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., an on-demand operator.  The FAA issued the emergency order of revocation on June 27 and it took effect immediately.

The FAA alleged BIA advertised and operated 15 scheduled flights between Fort Lauderdale and the Bahamas in March and April, 2011, using a 30-seat Saab 340-A twin-turboprop aircraft.  BIA is not authorized to use a 30-seat aircraft for scheduled flights.

The FAA also alleged BIA offered and advertised scheduled flights on the 30-seat plane, including the departure location and time and arrival location.  The FAA said BIA operated as a scheduled airline rather than as an on-demand service when it provided those flights.

Scheduled airlines are governed by rules different than those for charter operators or on-demand services.

Bimini Island Air petitioned for review of the emergency nature of the order of revocation, June 30, which also serves as an appeal of the merits of the order.  Both the petition and the appeal will be heard by the National Transportation Safety Board.  BIA surrendered its operating certificate to the FAA July 1.”

Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines to become SureJet

Atlantic Southeast Airlines (Atlanta), a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (St. George), yesterday (July 13) announced that “SureJet” will be its new company name upon completion of its merger with ExpressJet Airlines. The airline acquired ExpressJet in November 2010 and is in the process of merging the two companies and operations, with the intent of achieving a single operating certificate from the FAA by the end of 2011. The combined airline’s headquarters are in Atlanta.

While the combined airline will be known by an altogether new name, qualities from the current Atlantic Southeast and ExpressJet brands were used to create the combined airline’s new logo.

 

  • Icon
    A modified icon from the current Atlantic Southeast brand identity will be used in the SureJet logo.

    • Red is a color that denotes strength and boldness, characteristics that the people of our combined airline personify on a daily basis, and that the airline stands for as it works to become the world’s first super regional carrier.
    • The forward-moving box continues to represent our momentum and direction as a combined company.
    • The modified curved edge of the box reflects ExpressJet brand elements.
    • The modified grey bar continues to represent our business partners we rely on to be successful. The design also reflects ExpressJet brand elements.

 

 

  • Type Font
    • Similar to the ExpressJet logo font, the SureJet font has forward-moving momentum. It is bold, strong and confident to balance our icon and reflect these characteristics of the combined airline.

 

 

  • Tag Line: Partner. Ally. Friend.
    • The combined airline is focused on being a strong partner to mainline carriers, an ally passengers can rely on and a friend employees can trust.

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

QANTAS Airways is facing a possible strike by its long-haul pilots

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) is now facing possible industrial action (strike) next month by its long-haul pilots. The company issued the following statement:

“Qantas is disappointed that the pilots’ union is threatening to take industrial action which could cause disruptions to Australian travelers.

Qantas is prepared to negotiate sensible and reasonable increases in pay and conditions for our long-haul pilots however the current demands from the union are excessive and unsustainable.

The pilots’ union is demanding pay increases, free flights on top of already heavily discounted airfares and a requirement that pilots on all Qantas airlines, including Jetstar, are paid the same high rates as Qantas pilots.

Paying Qantas pilot rates to pilots for our low cost carrier Jetstar would drive up ticket prices, make Jetstar unprofitable and set precedents for other staff salaries.

We encourage the union to remain at the negotiating table.”

If this wasn’t enough for QF, according to the WSJ, two right-handed aircraft engineers (mechanics) will perform their dutues starting on Friday with only their left hands!

The company has described the industrial action as a stunt.

The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association with about 1,600 members, is concerned the company will move their jobs offshore to save costs.

Read the full story from the WSJ: CLICK HERE

QANTAS Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Despite the labor turmoil beseeching the airline, QF has introduced this special “Go Qantas Wallabies” logojet. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Velvet Sky Aviation is sold to Excalibur Aerospace

Velvet Sky Aviation (Johannesburg), which only commenced low-fare operations on March 22, 2011 in South Africa, has been sold Excalibur Aerospace. The new owners are pledging to expand the airline.

Full size image: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael Stappen. Please click on the photo for the full story.

EasyJet’s founder wants a stockholder vote on the new Airbus order

EasyJet’s (London-Luton) founder and still largest stockholder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, wants a stockholder vote over the airline’s plans to by new A320s from Airbus, according to this report by Reuters.

Haji-Ioannou is upset about the terms of the Airbus order and is calling for a shareholder vote of the deal.

Read the fully story: CLICK HERE

EasyJet Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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NOAR Linhas Aereas LET L-410 crashes in Brazil, 16 killed

NOAR Linhas Aereas (Caruaru) LET L-410 registered PR-NOA (msn 092719) operating flight NRA 4896 from Recife to Natal in Brazil with 14 passengers and two crew crashed shortly after takeoff today (July 13) and impacted into a field approximately one mile from the end of the runway at Recife. The airliner was completely destroyed by the impact and fire. All 16 people on board died.

Airliners.net Photo Link: CLICK HERE

Dynamic Airways to fly for Hoda Air Services in South Korea

Dynamic Aviation today announced it has signed a three-year agreement for its commercial jet charter services unit, Dynamic Airways (Winston-Salem), to provide flights for Korean tour operator Hoda Air Services (Seoul), a new subsidiary of SBH Corporation. This is the first customer Dynamic Airways will be supporting that is based in Asia.

Under the terms of the contract, Dynamic Airways will provide Hoda Air Services with a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 supported by a full crew for passenger flights between Guam and Seoul beginning later this summer. The Dynamic Airways team will operate four round-trip flights per week initially, with plans to increase frequency of flights later in the year.

The Dynamic Airways MD-88 will seat up to 155 passengers.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Please click on the photo for background information on Dynamic Airways.

Finnair to fly to Chongqing, China’s fastest growing city

Finnair (Helsinki) has announced a new route to Chongqing, China’s largest and fastest growing city from the Helsinki hub. The new route will be opened in May 2012, flying to Chongqing four times a week with Finnair’s Airbus A340 aircraft. Finnair is the first airline to open a direct service from Europe to Chongqing.

Chongqing, formerly transliterated as Chungking, is a major city in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities of the People’s Republic of China.

The municipality was only created on March 14, 1997, succeeding the sub-provincial city administration that was part of Sichuan Province. As of November 2010, the municipality had a population of 28,846,200 (almost 29 million).

Finnair Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross. Please click on the photo about the new brand.

Ryanair announces its 45th base: Manchester

Ryanair (Dublin) on July 12 announced it will open its 45th base at Manchester in October 2011 initially with two based aircraft and 17 routes, growing to four aircraft and 26 routes by summer 2012.

Ryanair Slide Show: CLICK HERE

 

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World Airways extends the contract for two MD-11Fs with Etihad Crystal Cargo

World Airways (Atlanta) has extended to December 2012 an agreement with Etihad Crystal Cargo to provide two MD-11 cargo aircraft operating on international freighter routes.

World Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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JetBlue to operate twice-daily Burbank-Long Beach flights to reduce “Carmageddon”

JetBlue Airways (New York) is planning to operate short-range, twice-daily service between Burbank and Long Beach in the Los Angeles metro area to help offset the affects of “Carmageddon” starting this weekend.

Starting this weekend, 10 miles of the 405 Freeway will be shut down for expansion, forcing the nearly 330,000 daily vehicles to find alternate routes, or just stay home.

The flights should be around 20 minutes, block to block.

The flights will be offered at $4 one-way.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Read about “Carmageddon” in car crazy Southern California in the Los Angeles Times: CLICK HERE

JetBlue Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom.

Hawaiian Airlines starts Honolulu-Osaka flights

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) began service yesterday (July 12) to a new destination in Asia with the inauguration of daily service between Honolulu and Osaka (Kansai), Japan. This is the third new Asian destination added in the last eight months.

Hawaiian introduced service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in November 2010 and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport in January 2011.

Hawaiian’s flight HA 449 will depart Honolulu International Airport daily at 2:20 p.m. (1420) and arrive at Kansai International Airport at 6:00 p.m. (1800) the next day. Return flight HA 450 will depart Osaka daily at 9:30 p.m. (2130) and arrive in Honolulu at 10:50 a.m. (1050) the same day. (Osaka is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)

Hawaiian will initially operate the Honolulu-Osaka flights with its 264-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, before introducing its new 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route.

Hawaiian Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Boeing and ANA complete 787 testing in Japan

Boeing (Chicago) and ANA (All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) completed the 787 service ready operational validation in Japan over the weekend. As part of the validation, ANA pilots, together with Boeing, flew the Dreamliner on routes from Seattle to Tokyo and Tokyo to four airports across Japan, including Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima. Maintenance and ground crews from ANA also gained experience with the airplane in the simulated operational environment.

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

Air Malta is facing a strike by its pilots

Air Malta (Malta) is facing a strike this weekend. Air Malta’s pilots, represented by ALPA, are protesting over the plans to dismiss as many as 57 pilots as part of the restructuring program. Air Malta has stated it will cut 511 workers.

ALPA has given notice of suspension of service to the Director of Employment and Industrial Relations. A strike by the pilots could begin on July 16, 2011.

Read the full story from the Times of Malta: CLICK HERE

Air Malta Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Lufthansa to become the first airline to operate regularly scheduled biofuel flights

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) on Friday (July 15) will become the first airline in the world to operate regularly scheduled biofuel mix flights on the Hamburg-Frankfurt route with Airbus A321s.

Read the full story from The Guardian: CLICK HERE

Lufthansa Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Air France opens up a new strategy to combat low-cost carriers

Air France (Paris) has worked out a deal with its pilots to open up new bases away from expensive Paris in order to help combat the inroads made by the low-fare airlines. The first new base will be Marseille and the first new route will be Marseille-Beirut starting on October 2, 2011. Other new destinations from MRS include Biarritz, Casablanca, Milan, Moscow and Prague. The Airbus A320 will be used on the new routes.

Read the full story from The Independent: CLICK HERE

Air France Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Swiss International Air Lines averts a possible strike with its pilots with a new deal

Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) has agreed to increase its pilots’ salary, including holidays, days off, pension contributions and salary, by 20-22 percent. This increase from the previously offered increase of 15 percent has apparently averted any threatened strike by its pilots.

Read the full story from swissinfo.ch: CLICK HERE

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Cimber Sterling to become part of the growing Igor Kolomoisky airline empire

Cimber Sterling (Copenhagen) has received a $32 million cash infusion and will become part of growing Igor Kolomoisky airline empire.

Cimber Sterling has now confirmed the deal into which was entered on a non-binding basis in June, which will give Ukrainian billionaire Igor Kolomoisky a stake of about 70 percent.

Cyprus-based Mansvell Enterprises, 75 percent-owned by Kolomoisky, recently acquired Swedish regional airlines Skyways (Stockholm) and City Airline (Gothenburg). It is the intention of Mansvell to eventually merge all of the Nordic airlines.

Read the full report by Reuters: CLICK HERE

Cimber Sterling issued the following statement:

“Cimber Sterling entered into a non-binding term sheet with Mansvell on June 16, 2011 with a view to finalizing an agreement for Mansvell’s subscription of shares in Cimber Sterling against a cash contribution, subject to certain terms and conditions being fulfilled.

The subscription agreement is a result of Cimber Sterling’s negotiations with Mansvell, which has taken place since June 16, 2011.

The completion of Mansvell’s subscription is subject to certain customary conditions being fulfilled or waived including: Approval by the general meeting of Cimber Sterling of the capital increase directed at Mansvell Approval of Mansvell as majority shareholder of Cimber Sterling by the Danish Transport Authority Merger control approval in relevant jurisdictions.

Subject to the terms and conditions being fulfilled or waived, Mansvell has irrevocably undertaken to subscribe for 110,500,000 new shares of a nominal value of DKK 1.00 each at a subscription price of DKK 1.50 by way of a cash contribution, which will result in gross proceeds to Cimber Sterling in the amount of approximately DKK 165m.

In a separate announcement Cimber Sterling will convene an extraordinary general meeting with a view to obtaining the shareholders’ approval of the capital increase. Dialogues with the relevant authorities have been initiated and it is the intention of Cimber Sterling and Mansvell that the required approvals will be obtained prior to the extraordinary general meeting.

Major shareholders of Cimber Sterling making up approximately 46% of the outstanding share capital have irrevocably undertaken to vote in favour of the directed share issue.

If the conditions of the subscription agreement are fulfilled or waived and the directed share issue is completed, Mansvell will become a new majority shareholder in Cimber Sterling with an ownership of approximately 70% which will trigger an obligation for Mansvell to make a mandatory takeover offer pursuant to applicable Danish law, unless Mansvell applies for and obtains a special dispensation from the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority. It is Mansvell’s intention to maintain the listing of Cimber Sterling on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen A/S and it is Mansvell’s wish that as many of Cimber Sterling’s existing shareholders as possible remain shareholders in the company going forward. Major shareholders representing 46% of the outstanding share capital have undertaken not to tender their respective shareholdings in a mandatory tender offer.

Mansvell recently acquired Swedish regional airlines Skyways, operating out of Stockholm, and City Airline, operating out of Gothenburg. Besides significantly strengthening the capital base of Cimber Sterling, it is the intention of Mansvell to create a leading Nordic regional airline utilizing the synergy effects with the existing Swedish operations and with the investment in Cimber Sterling, Mansvell will conclude a significant step towards this ambition.”

Mansvell also controls Aerosvit, Dniproavia and Donbassaero.

Cimber Sterling Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Frontier Airlines to add Denver-Rockford service

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) today announced plans to add nonstop service between its Denver (DEN) hub and Rockford, IL (RFD) (near Chicago) starting on December 15.

Denver-Rockford nonstop service will operate three days each week on 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. Frontier will be the only airline offering nonstop service on the new route.

Frontier Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney. Please click on the photo for aircraft information.

Virgin Atlantic Airways and its pilots avert a strike with a tentative deal

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) has avoided its first strike with its pilots by securing a tentative agreement with the pilots, subject to ratification by the members.

Read the full story from the WSJ: CLICK HERE

Virgin Atlantic Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nik French. Please click on the photo for the story of this new livery.

Will American Airlines go back to Airbus?

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is being wooed by both Airbus and Boeing for a large narrow-body order according to this report by Reuters and the WSJ. According to the report Airbus is offering American Airlines $6 billion in preferential financing. Airbus is offering American 130 of the current-generation Airbus A320s and 130 of the more fuel-efficient A320neo (New Engine Option).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo above for background information on AA’s previous experience with the Airbus A300.

Meanwhile Boeing is playing catch-up and offering AA a combination of 737-800s and 737-900 Extended Range aircraft. Boeing is also now racing to develop a strategy to compete against the A320neo.

American is losing money and the best money offer may win the large order.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

TOTAL Linhas Aereas paints this ATR 42 in the colors of JadLog

TOTAL Linhas Aereas (Belo Horizonte) has painted its ATR 42-500 freighter PR-TTH (msn 506) in the colors of JadLog (Jundiai).

TOTAL Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Please click on the photo for the full story of this company and aircraft.

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Loganair will acquire Suckling Airways (ScotAirways)

Loganair (Glasgow) announced yesterday (July 8) it will acquired Suckling Airways, doing business as (dba) ScotAirways.

Here is the statement by Loganair:

“Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, has announced that it is to acquire Suckling Airways, the Cambridge-based charter specialist.

Suckling is to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Loganair upon completion of the deal at the end of this month, and will continue to trade as a separate airline which holds its own licences and approvals. It operates a fleet of five Dornier 328-100 fast turboprop aircraft on ad-hoc and contract charter flights, servicing an extensive customer base which includes high profile sports teams, political parties, blue-chip corporate clients and other airlines. The aircraft seat 31 or 32 passengers and can fly throughout Europe.

Suckling is also one of a limited number of airlines able to offer ad-hoc charter services to and from specialist airports such as London City. The company has operating and engineering bases at Cambridge, Dundee and London City, employing a total of 60 staff. No job losses are anticipated, although the two organisations will immediately commence working together to identify synergies and cost savings through joint purchasing of items such as fuel, insurance and ground handling.”

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. Please click on the photo for the complete story of this airline.

Hewa Bora Airways’ Boeing 727-30 9Q-COP crashes in the Congo, 51 survived

Hewa Bora Airways’ (Kinshasa) lone Boeing 727-30 registered 9Q-COP (msn 18933) while operating flight EO 952 from Kinshana N’Djili to Kisangani (Democratic Republic of Congo), missed Kisangani’s runway while attempting to land in heavy rain, reduced visibility and thunderstorms at 1500 local time (14:00Z) on July 8. Reports that 127 people died in the crash but the airline disputes this number. Reportedly 51 people have been rescued.

Read the full report from the Guardian: CLICK HERE

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Gol announces VARIG will acquire Webjet

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A., the holding company of Gol Transportes Aereas and VARIG Linhas Aereas (2nd), initially informed its shareholders and the market in general that it was under discussions with Webjet Linhas Aéreas S.A.

Later the holding company announced the following:

“VRG Linhas Aereas S.A. (VARIG 2nd), its affiliated Company, executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the controlling shareholders of Webjet Linhas Aereas S.A., (“WebJet”), for the acquisition of 100% of WebJet’s capital stock by VRG;

The acquisition is subject to among other conditions, the conclusion of  technical and legal due diligence of WebJet’s activities and assets,  the negotiation and execution of definitive documents by the parties and the approval from the relevant government authorities;

The price to be paid for the referred acquisition shall be R$96,000,000.00 (ninety six million Reais), subject to certain adjustments prior to the closing date. WebJet’s enterprise value was appraised by the parties atR$310,700,000.00 (three hundred and ten million and seven hundred thousand Reais).”

Webjet Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Please click on the photo for full information on Webjet.

Webjet’s routes from Sao Paulo:

Tiger Airways to remain grounded until the end of July

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) remains grounded in Australia due to safety issues. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) intends to keep the airline grounded until the end of July while staff is retrained and safety concerns are addressed. Meanwhile Tiger Airways management remains committed to serving Australia and will strive to relaunch operations as soon as possible.

Read the full story from News.com.au: CLICK HERE

In addition, the same Australian pilot was involved in the two incidents that lead to the grounding of the airline.

Read the full story from the Herald Sun: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for background information on the airline.

Iberia and Airberlin sign a new code-share agreement

Iberia (Madrid) and Airberlin (Berlin) have signed an agreement, effective today (July 8), for sharing flight codes. Iberia passengers now have easier access to much of airberlin’s domestic route network and to other European cites served by Germany’s second largest airline.
Iberia codes will go on Airberlin flights between Düsseldorf and Hamburg, as well as Stuttgart; between Berlin and Stuttgart, Gothenburg, Oslo, and Salzburg; between Munich and Hamburg and Hanover;  between Frankfurt and Hamburg; and between Barcelona and several German cities.
Meanwhile, Airberlin codes will be added to Iberia flights between Madrid and Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt, Geneva, and Zurich, giving Airberlin passengers more convenient access to these cities served by the Spanish airline.

Airbus keeps lead over Boeing with more deliveries and orders in first half 2011

Airbus (Toulouse) according to this article by Bloomberg handed over 258 jets to customers this year through June. That’s eight more than what was delivered in the first six months of 2010. Boeing (Chicago) said it delivered 222 aircraft, unchanged from the first six months of 2010.

Airbus said it secured 640 new orders in the first half after deducting 137 cancellations. Boeing’s net orders fell to 171, from 177 a year ago, after Etihad Airways, Air Pacific and Gulf Air canceled contracts for 20 787 Dreamliners.

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Etihad Airways introduces this Manchester City Football Club logojet

Etihad Airways (Abu Dahabi) today unveiled this new promotional logojet for the Manchester City Football Club.

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Copyright Photo: Nik French. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Kon Tiki Sky-Mat Airways suspends all operations

Mat Airways (2nd) (Skopje) operating for its owner Kon Tiki Travel as Kon Tiki Sky suspended all operations on June 20 and has not restarted according to this report.

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Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Shenzhen Airlines to join the Star Alliance

Shenzhen Airlines (Shenzhen) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to join the Star Alliance in 2012.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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Monarch Airlines adds its new titles on the first aircraft

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) has added these new web titles to its first aircraft.

Copyright Photo: James Mepsted. Airbus A321-231 G-OZBT (msn 3546) rotates at Luton with the new Monarch.co.uk titles and the new “Fly Your Way. Every Day” tagline.

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JetBlue to add a second destination in Costa Rica: Liberia

JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday announced plans to add four weekly nonstop flights between New York’s John F. KennedyInternational Airport (JFK) and Liberia, Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) effective on November 17, 2011, subject to government approval. Liberia, on the Pacific coast, will be JetBlue’s second destination in Costa Rica, in addition to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), which is served daily from Orlando International (MCO).

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Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda. Airbus A320-232 N510JB (msn 1280) passes through San Juan on June 30 with the new special “DIRECTV On Board” markings. JetBlue introduced this new logojet on June 30 to help celebrate its long-standing partnership with DirecTV.

American Eagle launches Chicago O’Hare-Wilmington, NC service

American Eagle Airlines (2nd) (Dallas/Fort Worth) has launched two daily round-trip flights between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Wilmington International Airport in North Carolina, operating the new service with 44-seat Embraer ERJ 140 jets.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for details about this unique logojet.

Allegiant receives FAA approval to operate the Boeing 757-200, will introduce the type on two routes from Las Vegas

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has received FAA approval to operate the Boeing 757-200. Allegiant will introduce the 757 on two routes from LAS (to McAllen, TX and and Rockford, IL). Eventually the type will be operated to Hawaii once ETOPS certification is obtained.

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Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Please click on the photo for the full details.

AirAsia may order another 100 Airbus A320neo aircraft

AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur) is striving to become one of the largest airlines in the world.

According to this report by Reuters, AirAsia is planning to order an extra 100 Airbus A320neo jets, potentially taking its record-breaking order to 300.

AirAsia announced an orderfor 200 A320neo aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for information on this special logojet.

Air China receives approval to set up Dalian Airlines in northeast China

Air China (Beijing) has received approval by the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) to set-up a new subsidiary in Dalian Province in northeast China. The new airline will be called Dalian Airlines (Dalian). Air China will hold 80 percent of Dalian Air, capitalised at $155 million according to this report by Reuters. A unit of the Dalian city government will hold the the remaining 20 percent.

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Etihad Airways to add Chengdu, China on December 15, its 69th destination

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) continues its expansion into China. The carrier will add Chengdu and the Abu Dhabi-Chengdu route on December 15. The new route will be operated four times a week with Airbus A330-200s.

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Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Please click on the photo for background information on the airline.

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