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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.

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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.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

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.

Hot New Photos Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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.

Read the full story from Balkans.com: CLICK HERE

Mat Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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.

Shenzhen Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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.

Monarch Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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).

JetBlue Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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.

American Eagle Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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.

Allegiant Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

AirAsia Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

 

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.

Etihad Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

Aer Lingus announces 10 new routes for Winter 2011/2012

Aer Lingus (Dublin) has announced 10 new routes as part of its winter schedule for 2011/2012 including an exciting route from Cork to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

The new service will operate once weekly, commencing on Sunday October 30, 2011. This route expands on the extensive choice already on offer to Aer Lingus customers travelling to the Canary Islands, with scheduled services also available from Ireland to Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura.

This winter, Aer Lingus will introduce three weekly flights from Cork to Barcelona and a twice weekly service from Cork to Rome.

The Aer Lingus network will be extended to include twice weekly services from Belfast to both Rome and Alicante.

The extensive route network from Dublin will now include four weekly flights to Milan Malpensa throughout the winter schedule – good news for ski and snowboarding enthusiasts seeking out the snow this winter.

The recently launched service to Stuttgart will also be extended this winter with four weekly flights from Dublin.

Aer Lingus Regional will continue to provide a wide range of services to the UK, with services from Dublin to Aberdeen and Bristol being extended into the winter months. Flights from Shannon to the increasingly popular city-break destination of Edinburgh will also be extended to operate throughout the winter.

Copyright Photo: Roy Lock.

Aer Lingus Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Yamal Airlines gets ready to add its first Airbus

Yamal Airlines (Salekhard) is getting ready to take delivery of its first Airbus A320 in a process to upgrade its fleet. The Boeing operator (737-300 and 737-400) is acquiring this former Lotus Air A320-214 SU-LBJ (msn 1054).

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason. Painted by Eirtech Aviation at Shannon, the airframe was rolled out today in the full 1999 Yamal livery with the temporary marks of N105SR.

LOT Polish Airlines introduces this new logojet to promote Poland as a destination

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) has introduced this special “Polska” (Poland) logojet on this new newly-acquired Embraer ERJ 195. The special “Move Your Imagination” design also promotes the Polish Tourist Organization.

LOT Polish Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: James Mepsted. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Germania celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a Boeing 737-300 “Signature Jet”

Germania (Berlin) has taken the opportunity to celebrate its 25th anniversary as Germania with this special “Signature Jet”. The employees have signed the tail fin of a Boeing 737-300. The first flight of the Signature Jet will be on Thursday (July 7) from Berlin (Tegel) to Antalya as flight ST 1194. The airliner will leave the Germania fleet at the end of July 2011 and the tail will be displayed in the Germania hangar. Germania added the first Boeing 737-300 in 1987 and currently operates five Boeing 737-300s. The German airline will become an all-Airbus A319 operator in 2013.

The airline was originally founded in April 1978 as Special Air Transport (SAT) in Cologne and started operations on September 5, 1978 with a Fokker F.27.

In the spring of 1986, the airline was re-organized and its name was changed to the current Germania on June 1, 1986.

Germania Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Germania via Arnd Wolf.

PAL Airlines performs an “air bridge” taking Copa America 2011 fans to San Juan, Argentina

PAL Airlines (Santiago) yesterday (July 4) performed an “air bridge” shuttle service to San Juan, Argentina for soccer fans attending Copa America 2011.

Boeing 737-2K9 CC-ACD (msn 23404) also now carries these special markings in support of the Chilean Football Team.

PAL Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Symphony Airways is another paper airline in search of capital

Symphony Airways (Indianapolis) is another new paper airline start-up looking for investors. The concept is the creation of CEO Ryan Cartrest. Here is what they have to say on their website:

“Symphony Airways is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, although there is no immediate plan to operate a hub at Indianapolis International Airport. Instead, we plan to provide friendly and affordable nonstop service between under-served markets across the United States and Europe. We hope to base many of our employee and customer service policies off of those of the much-loved, but now defunct, Independence Air. We are still in the process of organizing as a company.”

Paper airlines are always a long-shot and only a small percentage ever make it through the capitalization, AOC and launch phases. Stay tuned for any future news.

 

National West Airlines is a new paper airline hoping to find investors

National West Airlines is new paper airline upstart that wants to focus on serving the western United States with smaller aircraft. Here is their business plan as presented on their website:

“National West Airlines is a new regional airline in its formative stages. It is being organized to take advantage of a specific gap in the short haul domestic travel market within the western United States. This gap has been created by Southwest and Allegiant Airlines using only Boeing 737’s and MD-80 aircraft. They can not service the rural cities with these large aircraft. National West Airlines can fill this gap by offering air service in and out of these cities to a popular destination with smaller, more efficient aircraft. The consumer demands to fly nonstop and save hours of travel time and money on our selected routes. This indicates that our new airline could be expected to capture a significant portion of current and needed air travel business.

The National West Airlines plan has the potential for a more rapid start-up than any other due to the nature of the routes, the demand for travel currently in the targeted markets, and the lack of having to compete for gates and landing slots at a major airport. Investment capital is needed by private placement for the airline certification process with the F.A.A. and D.O.T. “Seed’’ capital will include the cost of moving intoNational West Airlines facilities, aircraft required for F.A.A. certification, all the employees and their training necessary prior to start-up. “Bridge” capital is needed to cover the first quarter of formative operations. This is due to the organizational and regulatory obligations of a new air carrier. Bridge capital will handle the expenses of this phase of the business and will meet the D.O.T. financial-fitness criteria.

National West Airlines has analyzed the mistakes of other airlines and has developed a superior plan. We will use the same model Southwest & Allegiant uses, but on a smaller scale with smaller aircraft. National West Airlines will not compete directly with those airlines and, in fact, will have little or no competition at all. Our business model will allow us to ride the ups and downs of the economy. We can do this by not being bound by any contractual agreements with a major airline and we have planned for the volatile cost of fuel.

National West Airlines will fly modern aircraft that have high dispatch reliability, are cost effective for the routes we fly, and will allow us to have access into hubs that will provide convenient connections to mainline carriers. To keep air fares attractive to our customer base, we will keep employee and management numbers low, and our business costs under control, along with seeking out other sources of income for the airline. These additional sources of revenue will come from hotel/casino partnerships, car rentals, on-board advertising, and on-demand cargo operations.

National West Airlines has listened to the cry for help from its market cities/airports and we have received the commitment from them for our future service. We will receive concessions from them in return for the needed air service. Our profit model will not be steered by EAS (Essential Air Service) government funding which has interrupted the viability of air service into so many communities.

We want you to be a part of our airline from the start, as it grows, expands, and becomes well-known for its excellent service and as one of the most efficient regional airlines flying today.”

 

Mandala Airlines hopes to be flying again before the end of the year

Mandala Airlines (Jakarta) was acquired by the Saratoga Group (51%) and Tiger Airways (Singapore) (33%) in May. The grounded airline hopes to be airborne again before the end of the year under the new ownership group. The new Mandala will operate under the Tiger business plan using Airbus A320s. It is unclear if the Mandala brand will be retained or whether Mandala will adopt the Tiger brand which is currently taking a beating in Australia market due to the grounding by CASA.

Read the full story for the Jakarta Post: CLICK HERE

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

Okay Airways takes delivery of two Xian MA60 turboprops

OKAir (Okay Airways) has taken delivery of its first two Xian MA60 turboprops according to a statement by the airline and the manufacturer.

The Xian MA60 (“Modern Ark 60″) is a turboprop-powered airliner made by China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation under the China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I). The MA60 is a stretched version of the Xian Y7-200A. The Xian Y7-200 was produced based on the An-24 to operate in rugged conditions with limited ground support and has short take-off and landing (STOL) capability.

The airplane received its type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in June 2000. The first aircraft was delivered to Sichuan Airlines in August 2000. The MA60 has not been type certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Copyright Photo: OKAir.

 

Finncomm Airlines to be acquired by Flybe-Finnair in a joint venture acquisition, will become Flybe Nordic

Finncomm Airlines (Finnish Commuter Airlines) (Helsinki) is being acquired by Flybe (Exeter) and Finnair (Helsinki) in a new joint venture acquisition. Finncomm will be rebranded as Flybe Nordic.

Finncomm Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre. Please click on the photo for the full details.

This ANA painted Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives in Japan to begin stimulated airline service

ANA (All Nippon AIrways) and Boeing today (July 4) began an important validation of their readiness for the 787 Dreamliner’s entry into service.

Throughout the coming days, ANA pilots, together with Boeing, will fly a 787 on actual airline routes in Japan using airline dispatch and flight rules. ANA’s mechanics and ground crews also will gain experience with the airplane in a simulated operational environment.

The 787 debuted in Asia yesterday (July 3) with a landing at Haneda Airport in Tokyo at 6:21 a.m. (0621) (local time). More than a thousand media, ANA employees and aviation enthusiasts gathered to witness the 787’s arrival and welcome ANA pilots Captains Masayuki Ishii and Masami Tsukamoto and Boeing pilots Captains Mike Carriker, Heather Ross and Ted Grady.

Sporting ANA’s livery, this 787 flight test airplane designated ZA002 flew nonstop to Tokyo from Seattle.

Throughout the week-long validation, the 787 will experience simulated day-to-day airline operations. maintenance, servicing and flight crew operations will be conducted at five airports in Tokyo, Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima.

ANA’s first scheduled service with the 787 will be either the Haneda-Okayama or Haneda-Hiroshima route when deliveries begin later this year.

ANA has 55 Dreamliners on order. ANA will deploy the 787 across its route network as an integral part of its strategy to strengthen its position and support its growth and expansion plans.

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

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

Air Malta will need to drastically cut its operations and jobs in order to survive

Air Malta (Malta) is facing some difficult decisions. A draft restructuring plan by its consultant Ernst and Young details drastic cuts in aircraft, routes and personnel in order to survive. Exact details of the final report sent to the European Commission have not yet been release but it is certain that Air Malta will not be able to remain the same.

Read the article from the Times of Malta: CLICK HERE

On June 24, 2011 the company issued the following statement:

“Air Malta Chairman Louis Farrugia and Chief Executive Peter Davies this evening addressed the airline’s employees during an activity held exclusively for them at the Dolmen Hotel in Qawra. The event, organised specifically to address the concerns of the employees at such a delicate time for the airline, focused on the current situation, the need for change and move forward. This was the employees’ first direct opportunity to learn about the direction that the board of directors, the new CEO and the management are taking to save the majority of jobs at Air Malta.

In a meeting attended by hundreds of employees, Mr Farrugia said that Air Malta had no option but to carry out a significant restructuring to save the airline and hundreds of jobs: “We’re doing all that is possible to carry out this very difficult but mission critical task. Every stakeholder needs to embrace change in order to survive and rebuild the future.” He was confident that, “By working together we will make it.”

Mr Farrugia also announced that the airline has already started implementing the restructuring plan that has been presented to the European Commission, with a key milestone being the reducing costs by €30 million per annum, at the same time also increasing revenue by €30 million annually.

Following the Chairman’s address to the employees, CEO Peter Davies gave a detailed presentation of where the airline is today and highlighted the salient critical areas that needed significant change. Mr Davies presented the roadmap with milestones to be achieved that will secure the successful turnaround of the airline.

During his presentation Mr Davies revealed that in the last financial year ending March 2011 unaudited accounts indicated that Air Malta made a loss of 36 million Euros.

Mr Davies also announced a Voluntary Redundancy Scheme for the airline’s employees and said that formal talks with the unions will start as early as next week. He added that the turnaround is both essential and time critical. The end of summer, he said has been set as the target by which time the key changes will have been implemented.

Mr Davies announced the appointment of Philip Saunders, as Chief Commercial Officer of Air Malta. Mr Saunders, who has worked for Mr Davies before on other restructuring projects, is joining Air Malta to lead the Commercial Division. The CEO also announced that a Maltese Chief Financial Officer will be appointed to the airline on 1st September. The Chief Executive added that the airline needs senior experienced personnel – locals as well as foreigners – to spearhead the restructuring process.

Mr Davies reported that five more professionals, specialised in project management and airline restructuring are joining Air Malta and taking on the responsibility for Information Technology, Revenue Management, Finance, Engineering and Cargo Sections. This team is appointed on a temporary basis, specifically focused on accelerating the pace of change during these six months.

He concluded by stating that the task of restructuring Air Malta is challenging indeed and appealed to all stakeholders to understand that unnecessary speculation will harm the change processes. Meetings such as today’s meeting, he added are intended to communicate directly with employees to rebuild trust amongst the key stakeholders.

The meeting was chaired by Industrial Law specialist Dr Andrew Borg Cardona. Employees present for the meeting had the opportunity to ask many questions to the CEO. After the meeting the Chairman and the Chief Executive joined the employees for light refreshments in an informal get together.”

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. Please click on the photo for the history of the airline.

Czech Airlines to add the Prague-Abu Dhabi route

Czech Airlines-CSA (Prague) will add the Prague-Abu Dhabi route starting on September 21. The new route will be operated four times a week with Airbus A319 equipment according to this article by Al Bawaba.

The company is also dropping the Prague-Tel Aviv route. This route will now be flown by Travel Service Airlines.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Czech Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon. Please click on the photo for the aircraft information.

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Ryanair carries more international passengers than any other airline in 2010

Ryanair (Dublin) is celebrating the fact, confirmed now by IATA, that it flew more international passengers (71.2 million) in 2010 than any other airline.

Ryanair Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Please click on the photo for the full details.

US Airways and Aegean Airlines announce a new codeshare agreement

US Airways (Phoenix) and Aegean Airlines (Athens) have announced a new code share agreement. Customers of both airlines will soon have additional options for travel between Greece and the U.S. The agreement is subject to both U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Greek government approval.

US Airways customers will have access to Athens, the political and cultural capital of Greece, as well as Thessolaniki, Greece, via Aegean Airlines service from London Heathrow, Munich, Germany and Rome. Customers will also have the chance to visit the Greek Islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, Kos, and Rhodes as well as Larnaca, Cyprus, through Aegean Airlines’ hub in Athens.

Aegean Airlines customers will be able to fly nonstop to Philadelphia via US Airways’ seasonal service to Athens. They can also take advantage of numerous connecting opportunities to the airline’s international gateway of Philadelphia and Charlotte, NC, from Paris Charles De Gaulle, Madrid, Spain, Frankfurt, Germany, Rome, London Heathrow, Munich, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium.

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

Singapore Airlines adds the Airbus A380 on the Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles route

Singapore Airlines (Singapore) yesterday inaugurated the Airbus A380 on the Singapore-Tokyo (Narita)-Los Angeles route. The A380 will be operated on the route for the summer season until October 29.

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

CASA grounds Tiger Airways Australia for a week

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has been grounded for a week due to safety concerns by the CASA.

Read the full story from The Sydney Morning Herald: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

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Aer Lingus takes delivery of its first Airbus A319

Aer Lingus (Dublin) today (July 1) accepted its first Airbus A319. Formerly operated by Iberia, A319-111 EI-EPR (msn 3169) arrived at the DUB base.

Aer Lingus Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Garuda Indonesia signs firm order for four Airbus A330-300s

Garuda Indonesia Airways (Jakarta) today (July 1) has signed a new firm order for four A330-300s (correction, not Malaysia Airlines). The airline has chosen the latest 235 ton maximum take-off weight variant for long-haul services to all destinations to the Middle East, Asia and Pacific from its hubs in Jakarta and Denpasar. The airline will furthermore convert three previously ordered A330-200s into -300 versions.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Singapore Airlines finalizes an order for 15 additional Airbus A330-300s

Singapore Airlines (Singapore) has finalized an order for 15 additional Airbus A330-300s.

Airbus Aircraft Photos Blog: CLICK HERE

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Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines to operate under the same “BW” code

Air Jamaica (Kingston) and Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) are moving one step closer under their “one airline, two brands” strategy.

Effective July 1, 2011, all Air Jamaica flights will operate under the same “BW” airline code as Caribbean Airlines (the old BWIA code). This means that customers should expect to see Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines flights advertised with the BW code followed by respective flight number across all media advertising, airport and booking/ticketing information. For example, Air Jamaica flight JM 79 which operates from Toronto to Kingston will now be displayed as BW 79.

Operating under one “BW” code means that as “One airline, two brands” Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica will be able to realize the cost synergies that were anticipated from the onset. In addition to operating under the same flight code, the airlines are moving towards one fleet type for both Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica and customers will also notice that front line staff for both carriers will be custom uniformed to represent both brands.

Caribbean Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero. Please click on the photo for the full story.

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UPS to retrofit air fleet with full facemasks for pilots

UPS Airlines (Atlanta and Louisville) announced it would retrofit the cockpits of its air fleet with quick-donning, full-face oxygen masks with integrated smoke goggles. Installation of the enhanced pilot safety equipment comes at the recommendation of the Joint UPS-Independent Pilots Association (IPA) Safety Task Force.

UPS Slide Show: CLICK HERE

 

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

Hawaiian Airlines to add three additional Boeing 717s

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) is leasing three additional Boeing 717-200s for delivery in the September through November 2011 period. In addition the carrier is acquiring its 15 current 717s from the leaseholders to reduce costs for its inter-island fleet.

Hawaiian Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Delta to decide on a new plane order by late November

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will decide on a new plane order by late November according to this report by late November. The carrier has requested proposals from the manufacturers for up to 200 “mid-body” replacements.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

In other news, Delta Air Lines today (July 1) begins nonstop service between Detroit and Beijing, expanding its Asian gateway in Detroit with flights to a third city in China.

The flight will operate five days each week on 269-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft featuring full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, as well as Delta’s new Economy Comfort class, which offers additional legroom and early boarding.

This summer, Delta will operate 44 weekly flights between Detroit and six Asian cities. Delta now serves three Chinese cities nonstop from Detroit – Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The airline also offers nonstop service from Detroit to Seoul, South Korea; as well as Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan.

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KLM becomes the first airline to operate a revenue biofuel passenger flight

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) yesterday (June 29) became the first airline in the world to operate a commercial flight on “biokerosene”, which included renewable jet fuel supplied by Dynamic Fuels LLC.

KLM used a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel and renewable jet fuel in both engines of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that carried 171 passengers from Amsterdam to Paris (CDG). The flight was a preview of more than 200 commercial flights between Amsterdam and Paris KLM plans to make in September using the same fuel.

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United Airlines-Continental Airlines’ flight attendants pick the AFA

United Airlines-Continental Airlines’ (Chicago) flight attendants have selected the Association of Flight Attendants to bargain for their labor contracts.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

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Republic Airways Holdings’ pilots to be represented by the Teamsters

Republic Airways Holdings’ (Indianapolis) pilots will be represented by the Teamsters. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters won the representation election yesterday for all pilots employed by Republic Airways Holdings, receiving 68 percent of the total vote.

After certification by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will become the representative of the pilots of Chautauqua Airlines, Frontier Airlines (2nd), Lynx Aviation, Republic Airlines (2nd) and Shuttle America.

Previously, Frontier pilots were represented by the Frontier Airlines Pilot Association (FAPA). Midwest pilots were represented by the Air Line Pilot Association (ALPA) and Lynx was represented by the United Transportation Union (UTU).

In 2009, Republic Airways placed the winning bid in an auction to acquire the then-bankrupt Frontier Airlines.

In October 2010, Teamsters Local 357 filed with the NMB for single carrier status to integrate all RAH-owned airlines into one representative body. On April 8, 2011, the National Mediation Board ruled that all airlines own by RAH are operating as a single transportation system. The NMB announced in early May that an election was required to determine the representation for the new, combined pilot group. IBT received the majority of the votes in the election.

The pilots of Chautauqua, Republic and Shuttle America are working under a 2003 contract and wages. The contract has been amendable since 2007. The pilots staged an informational picket in Indianapolis in June. Contract negotiations are currently in federal mediation with the NMB.

The newly combined pilot group will come under one contract following contract amalgamation negotiations which will be initiated by Teamsters at the appropriate time and after consultation and joint planning among the pilots of all RAH subsidiaries.

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JetBlue Airways to add Hartford-San Juan flights in January

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced plans to add a nonstop daily flight between Hartford’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) and San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU), effective in January 2012. San Juan will be JetBlue’s third nonstop destination offered from Bradley International Airport (BDL), New England’s second-largest airport, in addition to its twice daily service to both Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando.

In other news, JetBlue Airways and and Qatar Airways, today announced the signing of a new interline agreement to connect travellers seamlessly between the two carriers’ networks via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

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American Airlines is in discussions with both Airbus and Boeing for 250 aircraft

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is in discussions with both Airbus and Boeing for a possible order of 250 aircraft according to this report by Reuters. The discussions also include a possible order for A320neo aircraft as previously reported.

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United Airways may be forced to change its name

United Airways (Bangladesh) may be forced to change its name after a court in the United Kingdom agreed with a complaint by United Airlines (Chicago) that United Airways had “illegally violated” its trademark according to this article by Flightglobal.

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