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Caribbean Airlines’ Boeing 737-8BK 9Y-PBM overshoots the runway at Georgetown, Guyana

Caribbean Airlines’ (Port of Spain) flight BW 523 operated by the pictured Boeing 737-8BK 9Y-PBM (msn 29635), has overshot the runway on landing at Georgetown, Guyana this morning and broke into two sections according to reports by the Associated Press. There are reports of some minor injuries.

The company issued the following statement:

At 1.32am on Saturday 30 July, a Caribbean Airlines aircraft (Boeing 737-800), operating as flight # BW523, en route from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Georgetown, Guyana was involved in an incident upon landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana.

Caribbean Airlines immediately activated its emergency response programme and is in direct contact with the relevant authorities. The airline’s primary concern at this time is for those on board the aircraft and their families.

Emergency response teams at CJIA were activated at Airport and all passengers and crew have been evacuated. There were 157 passengers and six crew on-board. Up to press time, this is the update that we have:

·       There have been no fatalities.

·       Passengers are still receiving medical attention and we are working closely with the medical services in Guyana

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has closed the Cheddi Jagan Aerodrome until 10.00hrs while an investigation is being conducted. Perimeter around aircraft has been secured and is being guarded by the Guyana Defence Force and Police Officials.

The Emergency response committee at CJIA has approved the re-opening of the airport from 10.00hrs.

We would like to reiterate that Caribbean Airlines Teams have been positioned to deal with the affected passengers, and a management team including Head of Corporate Communications, Vice President Operations, Executive Manager Flight Operations/Chief Pilot, Vice president Maintenance & Engineering, Executive Manager Inflight Services and Executive Manager Quality, have departed for Guyana. Our Acting CEO in line with procedures is at our EMERGENCY COMMAND CENTRE co-coordinating operations and is in constant communications with the authorities in Guyana.

Customer enquiries may be directed to the following numbers:

US – 1 800 786 3891

CANADA – 1 800 380 6057

CARIBBEAN – 1 800 744 6453

The airline then issued a follow-up statement:

Caribbean Airlines BW523 en route from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Georgetown, Guyana was involved in an incident at the Cheddi Jaggan International Airport at approximately 1:32am today 30 July, 2011.

There were 157 passengers and 6 crew members on board, all of whom were accounted for.

A Caribbean Airlines team consisting of technical support staff and executives was dispatched immediately to the accident site to assist passengers, and to work with the local authorities in the emergency response and investigations. The Caribbean Airlines executive team and technical support staff are at the scene to offer full support to the injured in Georgetown. A relatives/customer assistance hotline has been established at our emergency centre in Piarco, and counselling is being provided to passengers and family members.

A press conference was held earlier today in Georgetown just after midday. In attendance were Chairman- George M. Nicholas III, Head Corporate Communications- Mrs. Laura Asbjornsen, Vice President Operations – Captain Thomas Lawrence and Vice President Maintenance and Engineering – Mr Colville Carrington. It was confirmed that the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority will be spearheading the investigation and will be assisted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the U.S. and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA).

The team ensured that its CARE policy for affected passengers and crew was deployed in Georgetown. The airline has engaged the services of a company from the United States, together with regional personnel to implement in accordance with this policy.

Caribbean Airlines understands the public’s desire to gain information related to this event and is fully committed to providing details. We are guided by both Guyanese and U.S. authorities which limits our availability to communicate details of the event unless they are confirmed by the relevant authorities. We ask for your understanding as the airline must take strict precautions to ensure all the facts are accurate before they are released.

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Tibet Airlines launches operations on July 26

Tibet Airlines (Lhasa) formally launched operations on July 26, 2011 with the assistance of Air China (Beijing). Air China has acquired a 31% share in the new airline.

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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Please click on the photo for the full story.

REDjet finally lands in Trinidad

REDjet (flyREDjet.com) (Bridgetown, Barbados) was finally able to launch its new route to Port-of-Spain, Trinidad yesterday (July 28). The new airline was delayed in starting this new route due to the delayed approval by the Trinidad officials. The privately-owned airline, incorporated in St. Lucia, operates two former American Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) aircraft. DC-9-82 8P-IGB (msn 49471) was acquired on December 9, 2010 and 8P-IGA (msn 49469) on February 3, 2011. Operations commenced on May 10, 2011.

Read the full story from Stabroek News: CLICK HERE

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The new airline is planning to add Kingston, Jamaica in October.

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Spirit Airlines produces a $16.9 million net profit in the second quarter

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) reported a net profit of $16.9 million in the second quarter.

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XL Airways Germany introduces this Schauinsland-Reisen logojet

XL Airways (Germany) (Frankfurt) has introduced this new logojet for tour operator Schauinsland-Reisen (Duisburg).

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

Skywest Airlines to operate 18 ATR 72-500s for Virgin Australia

Skywest Airlines (Perth) is getting ready to take delivery of its first ATR 72-500. Skywest has a total of 18 ATR 72-212As (ATR 72-500s) turboprops on order. The ATRs will be painted in the Virgin Australia livery and will be operated for Virgin Australia under a wet lease agreement on its regional routes. Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) is expanding its regional network in Australia.

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Copyright Photo: Gimbellet. The pictured ATR 72-212A with the test registration of F-WWEH (msn 955) at Toulouse on July 11, 2011 is the second ATR 72 for Skywest.

Alliance Airlines to expand its Adelaide maintenance base

Alliance Airlines (Brisbane) is planning to expand its Adelaide operations, expanding a second maintenance base according to this report by Flightcentric.

Adelaide is already being used by the airline for line maintenance and heavy maintenance for its Fokker 50s. Alliance will now broaden its activities at Adelaide to include major maintenance for Fokker 100s and the newly-acquired Fokker 70s.

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The one day strike at Garuda ends early

Garuda Indonesia Airways’ (Jakarta) pilots went on a one-day strike today. However the strike ended early with a few flight delays, after a meeting between the firm and union leaders was brokered by the government according to this report by Reuters.

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

Lufthansa firms up its order for 25 Airbus A320neo and five A321neo aircraft

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has placed a firm order for 25 Airbus A320 and five A321neo aircraft.

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JetBlue Airways to sell 11 future Embraer ERJ 190 delivery positions

JetBlue Airways (New York) has entered into a tentative deal to sell 11 future Embraer ERJ 190 delivery positions according to report by Aviation Week.

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Asiana Airlines’ Boeing 747-48EF HL7604 crashes today off of Jeju Island in South Korea, two crew missing

Asiana Airlines’ (Seoul) cargo flight OZ 991 bound for Shanghai has crashed into the sea off of Jeju Island in South Korea. The two crew members on board are missing.

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Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Joel Chusid’s Airline Corner (July 2011)

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Guest Editor Joel Chusid

Baby on Board – Not!

There has long been discussion on creating family sections on airliners to restrict the antics and noise of children to a single cabin or part thereof, leaving those adults traveling childless to enjoy the flight in peace. Well, Malaysian Airlines has skipped this step and gone directly to creating a baby-free zone in the first class compartments of its Boeing 747s. Passengers, who have paid dearly for a premium class ticket, will not be permitted to travel with infants in First Class. I suppose kids can still travel in business class and of course, economy. So peace and quiet will have a high price tag to and from Kuala Lumpur!

Pilferage In-Flight

Pilferage, of the rifling of people’s checked luggage and removing valuable items, is a problem for airlines as it’s usually difficult to determine where the theft took place. In the following case, it was obvious.  Brinks loaded three sacks containing over a million and a half dollars in currency on an Air Antilles ATR-42 turboprop plane from Guadeloupe to Saint Martin, a forty minute hop. A security guard seated in the cabin accompanied the shipment, which was in the aft cargo compartment.  After takeoff, a passenger went to the lavatory, claiming he felt ill. He spent most of the flight there where, so it was later learned, that he actually removed panels and accessed and cargo area and pocketed whatever cash he could within the time constraint. A fellow passenger, fearing for his health, summoned the flight attendant and the pilot called ahead to have an ambulance waiting. When the plane landed, the man felt miraculously better and walked off the plane and through the airport without being stopped. The sacks were $237,000 lighter, not bad for forty minutes’ work. An inside job?

Pilferage Post-Flight

Ah, but here’s a real inside job. There had been reports of pilferage from baggage on buses operating from the Girona (Spain) Airport to Barcelona. Laptops, GPS units and other valuables would mysteriously disappear. Police finally apprehended the culprits who used a rather ingenious method. One would buy a bus ticket from the airport and check a large and small bag on the bus which were placed in the lower baggage compartment. The other, a contortionist, would pack himself into the larger bag. Enroute, he would get out of the large bag, open and rifle through passenger luggage, stow the booty in the small bag, and then pack himself up again. Upon arrival, the partner in crime would retrieve the two bags and no one was the wiser. One day an alert bus driver noticed a passenger struggling with a heavy bag, which turned out to contain a large, nearly six-foot sweaty man, in possession of tools and the pair was caught red-handed.

Flamingo FOD

Airport workers know what FOD is, otherwise known as “foreign object debris” which means anything on a runway or taxiway that can damage an aircraft. In this case, FOD, although technically inanimate, refers to Ringo the Flamingo, who managed to shut down a runway at the Manchester, England Airport for some five hours, holding up flights. A variety of tactics were employed to shoo the bird away from the airport but were unsuccessful. No one knows where the bird came from as none had been reported missing, and pink flamingos are hardly native to central England.

Kite Alert

Of course, birds can damage airplanes in the air, but in this case it was a kite flying that caused a nuisance over the Taixian Airport in Liaoning Province, China and caused it to close for four hours, delaying ten flights. Why it took authorities four hours to find the person flying the kite was not stated.  While it didn’t cause any delays, other strange things can happen at airports. A main swimming naked in the waterway adjacent to the fuel farm at JFK International Airport on a hot July day was arrested for trespassing and sent for a psychiatric evaluation.

Unexpected Things on a Plane

Snakes, rats and all sort of other critters that find their way on a plane, seem to be creeping into the news of late. Speaking of creeping, imagine Jeff Ellis’s shock, when he awoke on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage to find something making its way up his arm. He assumed it was a spider, brushed it off, and then it started crawling up his elbow; suddenly he felt a sting. Ellis and his girlfriend managed to snag the writhing creature, and a flight attendant stuffed it into a plastic bag. While not usually fatal, like a bee sting, this can cause some people to go into anaphylactic shock, a serious condition. A doctor on board told him it was unlikely, but he had to wait thirty minutes to be sure. EMTs met the flight upon landing, but as scorpions are rare in Alaska, they had no experience with it and had to search for information online. Alaska Airlines believes the scorpion boarded in Austin, where the flight had originated, and they graciously compensated Mr. Ellis for his trouble.

Things on a Plane Down Under

But Australia is where problems with animals and airplanes clearly come together more often. A few months earlier, a 20-passenger Dornier commuter plane was grounded in Brisbane, Australia when it was discovered that green caterpillars had invaded a pressure-sensitive instrument area. In Sydney, ten minutes before boarding during a pre-flight safety inspection, rats were discovered in a medical kit on QANTAS Boeing 767. It’s a lot more complicated than just calling an exterminator, since the plane’s wiring had to be checked to ensure the animals hadn’t chewed any, so that plane didn’t go anywhere. In Melbourne, a few months earlier, problems with loading a cheetah on a flight to Adelaide caused a nearly one hour delay.

CQ Grounded

Starting an airline is not easy, especially nowadays. But authorities allege that Roger Sedlak’s fledgling airline, CQ Air, was never destined to fly, using a Harrisburg hub with plans to serve cities in Pennsylvania and the Northeast. Instead, they claim, that he posed as an executive of the airline to secure hotel rooms for staff and customers who were actually prostitutes and their patrons. “Sales” were done online, which is about the only similarity to airline marketing CQ Air had. There were no aircraft, pilots or any kind of operating authority. Federal authorities described the airline as “non-existent” and Sedlak was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Unintentional Gourmet Offering

Airlines often like to showcase their national cuisines aloft, as I know well from flying Chinese carriers where sea cucumber and duck tongues, lungs and webbed feet would not be considered unusual, but in fact gourmet fare. However, Saudi Arabian Airlines got into a rather awkward situation when they were exposed in local newspapers after failing to heed a government warning not to import meat from Tunisia.  Authorities had suspected that beef from Tunisian suppliers was being was actually horse and donkey meat. According to Saudi newspapers, this went on for several months. It’s not known if the equine fare was served to economy or premium class passengers, but at least it wasn’t pork which would have been worse.

Inflight Dress Code

We’ve come a long way from those days, even before my time, when ladies dressed up in hats and gloves and gentlemen wore ties on airplanes Mad Men style. (More on that in a minute!). Today businessmen routinely fly in shorts, flip flops and tees. Consider the case of University of New Mexico football player Deshon Marman who was removed from an Albuquerque-bound USAirways flight in San Francisco on June 15 because his pants were so baggy his boxer shorts and buttocks were in full view. Not only did he refuse to repeatedly comply with the crew member’s request to cover his exposed “body part”, but a policeman was injured in the resulting altercation so he was arrested. But “dress code enforcement”, as everyone knows, is inconsistent, even on the same airline. Just a few days earlier in Fort Lauderdale, a woman snapped a picture of a grey-haired passenger preparing to board a USAirways flight to Phoenix, dressed in skimpy women’s panties, a bra, mid-thigh stockings and high heels. The picture was sent to the San Francisco Chronicle, which published it on June 22. It’s widely visible online. USAirways later defended its decision since the panty-clad pax had his “private parts” covered, but the controversy has mushroomed. If you want to see how people used to dress to fly in the Mad Men era, check out ABC’s new TV show, Pan Am, slated to air starting on Sunday night, September 25.(Check local listings or see previews online: http://abc.go.com/shows/pan-am)

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Tiger Airways Australia hopes to resume operations on August 6

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) is planning to restore scheduled services on August 6. CASA is expected to restore the company’s AOC next Monday according to this report by the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Aerocardal to become a scheduled airline

Aerocardal (Santiago) will become a scheduled airline on August 1, 2011. Aerocardal will begin its first scheduled flights, linking Santiago and Vallenar, a mining-related city some 600 km north of Chile’s capital city. These regular flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays with the pictured Dornier 328-110 CC-ACG.

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Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

Arik Air has an aircraft grounded in Dakar

Arik Air (Arik Wings of Nigeria) (Lagos) is going through a tough financial period. According to this report by the Daily Independent, the Nigerian carrier has been unable to pay the Senegalese authority airport charges for an aircraft that has been grounded in Dakar since July 13. As a result, over passengers have been stranded.

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IAG firms up the order for eight Airbus A330-300s for Iberia

IAG (International Airline Group) has announced a firm order for eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft for Iberia following the preliminary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed earlier this year. The A330 will be Iberia’s only twin engine wide body aircraft.

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Delta Air Lines’ second quarter net profit drops to $198 million

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) reported net income for the second quarter of $198 million. The decline in profits was due to rising cost of fuel.

Delta is retiring 140 of Delta’s least efficient aircraft by the end of 2012, including the entire DC-9-51 fleet and SAAB 340B turbo-prop fleet, and 60 50-seat regional jets. Half of these aircraft will exit the fleet in 2011, which will contribute to the expected $250 million in maintenance savings for the second half of 2011 compared to the first half of the year.

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Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi.

Boeing produces a $900 million net profit in the second quarter

The Boeing Company (Chicago) reported second quarter net income of $0.9 billion, or $1.25 per share, on revenue of $16.5 billion. Operating margin of 9.3 percent reflects higher Commercial Airplanes volume and strong core performance across the company’s businesses, partially offset by higher pension expense. The company increased its 2011 earnings per share guidance to between $3.90 and $4.10 per share reflecting the strong core performance. Total company 2011 revenue and cash flow guidance is unchanged.

According to the company, Boeing’s quarterly operating cash flow was $1.6 billion, reflecting strong operating performance and continued investment in development programs.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for information on this new type.

LAN Airlines reports net income of $15.9 million for the second quarter

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) reported net income of $15.9 million (US) in second quarter 2011, a decrease of 73.7% compared to the $60.6 million reported in second quarter 2010. Results this quarter were significantly impacted by one- time non-operating effects, as well as operational impacts including higher fuel prices, the presence of volcanic ash on certain routes and the start-up of LAN’s operations in Colombia.

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Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Please click on the photo for background information on the company.

VivaAerobus is coming to Chicago Midway

VivaAerobus (viaaerobus.com) (Monterrey) has announced the launch of a new route to Chicago (Midway) from Monterrey starting on October 14.

Copyright Photo: Air 72. Please click on the photo for full information on this ultra low-cost airline.

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Hawaiian reports a second quarter net loss of $50 million due to the purchase of 15 717s

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Honolulu), the parent holding company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (Honolulu), reported a consolidated net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2011 of $50.0 million, or $0.99 per basic and diluted share, on total operating revenue of $395.0 million, including the impact of a non-recurring pre-tax lease termination expense of $70.0 million ($42.0 million after-tax) related to the purchase of 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft previously operated under lease agreements. Excluding the lease termination charge, the Company reported an adjusted net loss of $8.0 million or $0.16 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2011, compared to net income of $9.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, on total operating revenue of $315.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010.

During the second quarter of 2011, the Company also executed financing agreements for a portion of the purchase prices of the Airbus A330-200 aircraft delivered in April 2011 and the upcoming deliveries of three Airbus A330-200 aircraft currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011, and the first and second quarters of 2012.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for information on HA’s new Airbus A330-200s.

American Eagle announces nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles to Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado

American Eagle Airlines (2nd) (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced it will begin nonstop seasonal service between Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Aspen/Snowmass, CO, and both Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport beginning on December 15. Eagle will operate the daily trips with two-class Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft. The service will run from December 15 through April 2, 2012; then resume June 14 through August 20, 2012.

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JetBlue Airways reports a net profit of $25 million for the second quarter

JetBlue Airways (New York) reported net income for the second quarter was $25 million, or $0.08 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s second quarter 2010 net income of $31 million, or $0.10 per diluted share.

In other news, JetBlue, in partnership with the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board (NPIPB), announced plans to offer daily nonstop service to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) from Westchester County. The new service takes off on November 15, 2011, subject to government approval.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Southwest Airlines adds new routes

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) and AirTran Airways (Orlando) have announced the following new routes:

Effective January 7, 2012:

One new daily nonstop roundtrip between Nashville and Fort Myers.

One new daily nonstop roundtrip between Denver and Providence.

One new daily nonstop roundtrip between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Manchester.

One new daily nonstop roundtrip between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Milwaukee.

Effective February 12, 2012:

One new daily nonstop roundtrip between Long Island/Islip and Fort Myers.

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

Southern Air to operate for Saudi Arabian

Southern Air (2nd) (Anchorage) and Saudi Arabian Airlines have signed a definitive agreement under which Southern Air will operate this Boeing 747-200F freighter on behalf of Saudi Airlines Cargo Company Limited on an ACMI basis (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance). The aircraft will begin to be operated for Saudi Arabian starting this month.

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American Airlines to add flights at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will expand its presence at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood when it adds new service between FLL and Los Angeles (LAX) as well as increase its service to Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth. Daily departures from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood will increase by 30 percent to 17 flights next winter.

On November 17, American will add new nonstop service to Los Angeles as well as one additional flight to Chicago (O’Hare). On February 9, American will add another flight to Chicago as well as an additional nonstop to Dallas/Fort Worth. American will operate Boeing 737-800 aircraft on all of these routes.

The new Los Angeles nonstop complements the 10 new cities American added from its West Coast cornerstone last spring when the airline increased its departures from LAX by 28 percent.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

HNA Group of China to invest in ACT Airlines of Turkey

ACT Airlines (Istanbul) will soon have new investors as it plans to increase its freighter fleet. The HNA Group is planning to acquire a 49 percent share in the airline for $25 million and also add Boeing 747-400 and 767 freighters in Turkey. ACT Airlines will also change its name to MyCargo.

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Singapore Airlines selects the Boeing 777-200 as the aircraft of choice for its new low-fare, long-haul subsidiary

Singapore Airlines (Singapore) has selected the Boeing 777-200 as the aircraft of choice for its new low-fare, medium and long range unnamed subsidiary due to start operations next year.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on the photo for the full details.

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Shandong Airlines takes delivery of its new “Haiyang 2012″ logojet

Shandong Airlines (Jinan) yesterday accepted this brand new Boeing 737-800 in this special promotional color scheme.

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Air China takes delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER

Air China B-2085, originally uploaded by krislhull.

Air China (Beijing) on July 20 accepted its first Boeing 777-300 ER.

Copyright Photo: Kristopher Hull. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2085 (msn 38666) prepares to depart from Everett (Paine Field).

Frontier Airlines to return to a full schedule tomorrow

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced that it expects to return to normal operations, with a full flight schedule by Saturday, July 23.

Frontier saw 18 of its Airbus aircraft damaged last week when a hail storm hit Denver International Airport – the airline’s hometown airport. The damaged aircraft were removed from service for repair, leading to multiple flight cancellations in the days that followed.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

Kenya Airways signs a LOI with GECAS to lease two Boeing 777-300 ERs for 12 years

Kenya Airways (Nairobi) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with GECAS to lease two new Boeing 777-300 ERs for 12 years according to this report by the Airfinance Journal.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The company currently has four Boeing 777-200 ERs in service and has also ordered the 787 Dreamliner.

Sun Country Airlines is sold to the Davis family

Sun Country Airlines (MN Airlines, LLC dba) (Minneapolis/St. Paul) announced on July 20 that its parent has sold Sun Country Airlines to a private company owned by the Davis family of St. Peter, Minnesota, the owners of Cambria Holdings, LLC. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Delta and US Airways receive tentative DOT approval for their slot transfer agreement

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and US Airways (Phoenix) yetsterday issued the following statement:

“Delta Air Lines and US Airways welcome the decision by the Department of Transportation to tentatively approve the proposed slot transaction at New York-LaGuardia and Washington-Reagan National airports. Upon final approval we intend to move forward with the plan, as conditioned by the department, which will enhance competition and allow the airlines to improve service, consumer choice, modernize facilities and create jobs at both airports.”

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

AirAsia Japan is born

ANA Group (Tokyo) and AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) today (July 21) announced that they are teaming up to form AirAsia Japan, a new low-cost carrier.

AirAsia Japan will be the first low-cost carrier to be based at Narita International Airport. Operating under the AirAsia brand, the new low-fare airline will serve both domestic and international destinations when commencing operations in August 2012, subject to obtaining the relevant approvals.

According to the two airlines, the aviation market in Japan is undergoing rapid transformation with developments including the expansion of Open Skies agreements and increased domestic competition from road and rail-based travel. In addition, Narita airport, a major international hub serving Tokyo, is seeking to increase capacity with the introduction of a new terminal and is expected to attract many low-cost carriers and foreign airlines.

ANA has been seeking opportunities to launch a new low-cost business based at Narita and, after analysis, has concluded that partnering with an existing low-cost carrier is the most efficient and strategically advantageous option.

Having already established an unmatched network, especially within the ASEAN region, AirAsia has been seeking a business partner with strong Japanese market influence to further expand its scope, as well as contribute to strengthening bilateral ties between ASEAN and Japan.

The formation of AirAsia Japan leverages AirAsia’s successful business model and brings together the complementary strengths of the two companies, generating new demand with the aim of making affordable and quality travel available to all.

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US Airways reports a second quarter net profit

US Airways Group, Inc. (Phoenix) today reported its second quarter 2011 financial results. The Company reported a net profit excluding special items for the second quarter 2011 of $106 million, or $0.56 per diluted share. This compares to the second quarter 2010 net profit excluding special items of $265 million, or $1.34 per diluted share. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net profit for the second quarter 2011 of $92 million, or $0.49 per diluted share. This compares to the second quarter 2010 net profit of $279 million, or $1.41 per diluted share.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Deccan 360 is unable to restart operations

Deccan 360 (Deccan Cargo Express Logistics) (Bangalore) has been unable to restart cargo operations. The company created by Air Deccan’s Captain G. R. Gopinath suspended operations in May 2011.

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United Continental Holdings, Inc. announces a second quarter 2011 profit

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago) has announced second-quarter 2011 financial results. UAL results for the second quarter include the financial results of its two operating subsidiaries, United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Prior to the merger on Oct. 1, 2010, UAL results included only the financial results of United. Pro forma results that consolidate the financial results for Continental for the second-quarter 2010 and six months ended June 30, 2010, are included for meaningful year-over-year comparisons.

UAL reported a second-quarter 2011 net profit of $577 million or $1.49 per diluted share, excluding $39 million of net special items consisting primarily of integration-related costs and a one-time non-cash adjustment to revenue. On a GAAP basis, UAL reported a second-quarter 2011 net profit of $538 million or $1.39 per diluted share.

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Alaska Air Group reports a second quarter profit

Alaska Air Group, Inc. (Seattle/Tacoma) reported second quarter 2011 net income of $28.8 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared to net income of $58.6 million, or $1.60 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2010. Excluding mark-to-market fuel hedge losses of $70.9 million ($44.1 million after tax, or $1.21 per diluted share) and fleet transition costs of $26.8 million ($16.7 million after tax, or $0.45 per diluted share), the company reported record second quarter 2011 net income of $89.6 million, or $2.44 per diluted share, compared to net income of $84.0 million, or $2.29 per diluted share, excluding special items in the second quarter of 2010.

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Air Astana produces a pre-tax first half profit of $36.9 million

Air Astana (Almaty) posted a pre-tax profit of $36.9 million for the first half of 2011, an increase of 10.4% over 2010. Revenues rose by 18.7% to $346 million and passenger numbers increased by 16.4% according to the airline.

In other news, Air Astana in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the independence of Kazakhstan, is decorating 10 Boeing and Airbus aircraft with special commemorative insignia and slogans until the end of 2011. The purpose is to promote Kazakhstan’s national identity and to attract awareness of visitors to this important event in the life of the country.

The process of decorating the fleet will be completed in September 2011, with the 10 hour decorative task for each aircraft being undertaken at intervals between scheduled flights.

Aircraft bearing commemorative markings will operate flights to 23 domestic and 31 international destinations.

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airBaltic to retire its Fokker 50s this winter

airBaltic (airBaltic.com) (Riga) is planning to retire its Fokker F.27 Mk. 050s (Fokker 50s) this coming winter season.

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Frontier Airlines recovers from the July 13 hailstorm at Denver International Airport

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is recovering from the devastating hailstorm of July 13 at its Denver International Airport hub.

15 aircraft were damaged by hail and are being repaired. All but three have been returned to service.

Frontier estimates it lost $10 million in revenue due to the storm and the subsequent cancelled flights due to the damaged aircraft.

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AMR Corporation intends to spin-off American Eagle

AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., also announced today its intent to move forward with the divestiture of AMR Eagle Holding Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth). AMR currently expects the divestiture to take the form of a spin-off of Eagle stock to the shareholders of AMR.

As part of the process of preparing for a potential spin-off of Eagle, in August 2011 AMR Eagle Holding Corporation expects to file a Registration Statement on Form 10 with the Securities and Exchange Commission related to the intended divestiture. The Registration Statement on Form 10 will describe the divestiture and will contain important information about Eagle, including its historical consolidated financial statements.

A specific time frame for the divestiture has not been announced. The company currently envisions the divestiture as a spin-off, however, it remains open to other options, including a sale, as the transaction moves forward.

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AMR Corporation loses $286 million in the second quarter

AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), despite the large Airbus and Boeing order, continues to lose money.

AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., today reported a net loss of $286 million for the second quarter of 2011, or $0.85 per share, compared to a net loss of $11 million, or $0.03 per share, in the second quarter of 2010.

The Company’s second quarter performance was negatively impacted by fuel prices that increased 31 percent compared to the second quarter 2010. Including the impact of fuel hedging, AMR paid on average $3.12 per gallon for jet fuel in the second quarter of this year versus $2.37 per gallon in the second quarter 2010. As a result, the Company paid $524 million more for fuel in the second quarter 2011 than it would have paid at prevailing prices from the corresponding prior-year period.

American outlined several immediate actions the company is taking to be more competitive and efficient, including the following:

1. American has adjusted its network for the fall, with the cancellation of its San Francisco to Honolulu and Los Angeles to San Salvador flights, as well as a number of other adjustments to reduce costs and improve revenue performance.

2. In conjunction with American’s trans-Atlantic joint business partners, the company is evaluating its winter flying, and anticipates making seasonal route and day-of -week flying adjustments in early 2012 to improve its results.

3. American announced today it intends to discontinue operating its reservations office in Dublin, Ireland, to reduce its operating costs.

4. American also applied for a waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation to temporarily suspend service from New York’s JFK to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport through mid-2012. American plans to suspend its service to Haneda beginning in early September in an effort to help it offer service more in line with market demand, as Japan continues to recover from March’s earthquake and tsunami.

Can AMR turn it around financially with these limited measures, a large aircraft order and the sale of American Eagle?

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for the full details on the Boeing order.

AMR Corporation announces the largest aircraft order in history with Boeing and Airbus

AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle, today announced landmark agreements with both Airbus and Boeing that will allow it to replace and transform American’s narrowbody fleet over five years and solidify its fleet plan into the next decade. These new aircraft will allow American to reduce its operating and fuel costs and deliver state-of-the-art amenities to customers, while maximizing financial flexibility for the Company.

Under the new agreements, American plans to acquire 460 narrowbody, single-aisle aircraft from the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 families beginning in 2013 through 2022 – the largest aircraft order in aviation history. As part of these agreements, starting in 2017 American will become the first network U.S. airline to begin taking delivery of “next generation” narrowbody aircraft that will further accelerate fuel-efficiency gains.

American also will benefit from approximately $13 billion of committed financing provided by the manufacturers through lease transactions that will help maximize balance sheet flexibility and reduce risk. The financing fully covers the first 230 deliveries.

Under the agreement with Boeing, American plans to acquire a total of 200 additional aircraft from the 737 family, with options for another 100 737 family aircraft. American has the flexibility to convert the new deliveries into variants within the 737 family, including the 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900 ER.

As part of the Boeing agreement, American will take delivery of 100 aircraft from Boeing’s current 737NG family starting in 2013, including three 737-800 options that had been exercised as of July 1, 2011. American also intends to order 100 of Boeing’s expected new evolution of the 737NG, with a new engine that would offer even more significant fuel-efficiency gains over today’s models. American is pleased to be the first airline to commit to Boeing’s new 737 family offering, which is expected to provide a new level of economic efficiency and operational performance, pending final confirmation of the program by Boeing.  This airplane would be powered by CFM International’s LEAP-X engine.

American also will acquire a total of 260 Airbus aircraft from the A320 Family and will have 365 options and purchase rights for additional aircraft. American has the flexibility to convert its delivery positions into variants within the A320 Family, including the A319 and A321.

American will take delivery of 130 current-generation Airbus A320 Family aircraft beginning in 2013. Beginning in 2017 American will begin taking delivery of 130 aircraft from the A320neo (New Engine Option) Family featuring next-generation engine technology. The new aircraft are approximately 15 percent more fuel efficient than today’s models. American will be the first network airline in the U.S. to deploy this new-technology aircraft.

The 737 and A320 families offer significant cost reduction opportunities in replacing American’s older fleet. For example, Boeing and Airbus aircraft in the 737 and A320 families offer a 35 percent reduction in fuel cost per seat versus the MD-80 and a 12 percent and 15 percent fuel cost reduction per seat, respectively, versus the 757 and 767-200.

The agreements with Boeing and Airbus will continue American’s fleet simplification efforts, allowing American to transition four fleet types (MD-80, 737-800, 757 and 767-200) to two (the 737 and the A320 families, which offer significant commonality benefits within each family).

With a total of 465 options and purchase rights for additional aircraft from both manufacturers through 2025, these agreements give American the flexibility for replacement as well as growth opportunities under the right economic and financial conditions, with the ability to acquire up to 925 aircraft in total over 12 years.

Beyond today’s announcement, American continues to execute on other elements of a comprehensive fleet renewal plan that will deliver customer benefits in a range of aircraft types and sizes.

In 2009 and 2010, American took delivery of 76 737-800s. Separate from today’s announcement, American has taken or is scheduled to take delivery of a total of 54 737-800s from 2011 into 2013. American also has firm orders for eight Boeing 777-300ER widebody aircraft to be delivered in 2012-2013. American is the first U.S. airline to order the 777-300ER, which will offer many operational and customer benefits while serving as the flagship of American’s modernized fleet.

In addition, American has plans to acquire 42 state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners, to be delivered starting in late 2014, with options for 58 additional 787s. American also has firm orders for seven 777-200 widebody aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2013 through 2016.

Is having two narrow body fleets from two manufacturers a good idea?

American Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for the story of the A300s at American.

ANA introduces its new “ANA Peace Jet” and Triple Seven Pokemon 2011

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) yesterday placed this new “ANA Peace Jet” and “Pokemon 2011″ Boeing 777-300 logojet into revenue service.

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Delta achieves a key milestone in the $1.2 billion New York JFK construction project

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has reported it is on schedule with the $1.2 billion expansion of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York where the structural steel frame of the Concourse B extension is now visible.

The Concourse B extension will include one of the largest Sky Clubs in the Delta system, as well as nine new international gates, for a total of 16 the airline will occupy. The project will improve passenger flow by adding more capacity at check-in areas and security checkpoints. The state-of-the-art facilities also will feature a new automated baggage handling system and larger shopping and dining areas post-security. The project expands baggage claim and Customs and Border Protection areas to speed fliers through the airport. Delta jets will see faster taxi times with the addition of dual taxiways, improving on-time performance.

Delta is the largest airline in the state of New York serving 11 communities with 439 daily departures. The carrier employs more than 7,000 people in the State of New York.

Today, Delta’s domestic flights use Terminal 2 while international flights use Terminal 3. The expansion of Terminal 4 will replace the more than 50-year-old Terminal 3, improving the customer experience for 11 million passengers Delta carries to and from JFK annually.

The 1.5-million-square-foot Terminal 4 covers 165 acres, making it one of North America’s largest air terminals. Delta, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Terminal 4 operator JFKIAT LLC are working together to increase the terminal’s size by 491,000 square feet, or nearly one third.

Delta has added more than 30 international routes from JFK since 2006, and the expanded terminal will allow for future growth. Today, Delta’s JFK hub has more than 192 peak-day departures from 43 gates to 94 destinations, including 47 international cities. Delta also is the only airline to serve five continents nonstop from New York (North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa).

Delta already has invested more than $70 million in its JFK hub over the last few years.

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Alaska Airlines announces daily San Diego-Honolulu flights

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) announced today it is expanding its service between San Diego and Hawaii with a daily nonstop flight to Honolulu. The service begins on November 17, 2011, and complements the airline’s existing daily nonstop flight between San Diego and Kahului, Maui, which started in October 2010.

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Air Pacific reorganizes its fleet, announces new flights

Air Pacific (2nd) (Fiji) (Nadi) has announced a fleet modification and also new schedules for 2012. The company has been undergoing a reorganization since new CEO Dave Pflieger joined the team.

Air Pacific is adding another new Boeing 737-800 to its fleet, allowing it to retire this Boeing 767-300 ER. The company will also add more flights to Australia and more seats to Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Fiji’s international airline will be returning this leased Boeing 767-300 ER in mid January 2012 and replacing it with an additional Boeing 737-800 that is due to arrive in November 2011.

The additional 737-800 will significantly improve flight schedules to the Australian market and it will also allow the company to put the Boeing 747- 400 back into the Hong Kong market.

Air Pacific is moving from 7 to 13 weekly flights (10 weekly Boeing 737 flights and 3 weekly Boeing 747-400 flights) to Sydney. This will improve same day connections from Nadi International Airport to Fiji’s outer island resorts and hotels.

In addition, starting in January 2012, the Hong Kong route will be flown with Boeing 747-400s allowing Air Pacific to add an additional 165 seats (22%) per week of capacity into this market.

For Nadi-Auckland, the 2012 flight schedule will remain unchanged, but Air Pacific will increase seat capacity on this route by increasing Boeing 747-400 service from one to three flights per week.

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Virgin Australia partners to develop unique Australian eucalypt tree biofuel

Virgin Australia (formerly Virgin Blue Airlines) (Brisbane) has announced that it has partnered with Renewable Oil Corporation (ROC), Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation (DYMTF) and Future Farm Industries Co-operative Research Centre (FFI CRC) to develop a sustainable aviation biofuel that also has benefits for the Australian farming community and the environment.

In a world first, the consortium plans to use innovative fast pyrolysis technology developed by Dynamotive to process mallees, a eucalypt tree that can be grown sustainably in many parts of Australia.

The partnership brings together companies with special expertise in growing, harvesting and processing feedstock into aviation fuel to support the development of a full scale commercial plant in Western Australia.

Dynamotive has invested in excess of A$100 million and more than 10 years of work in developing its fast pyrolysis technology from bench-scale through to commercial-scale plants in Canada. The plants are equipped to make pyrolysis oil for fuels and also produce biochar, for soil improvement and carbon sequestration.

Leading the commercialisation of mallees is the Future Farm Industries Co-operative Research Centre (FFI CRC), a national R&D joint venture with experts in breeding, growing and harvesting these trees.

Already more than 1,000 farmers have planted mallees in belts on their farms, mainly in Western Australia. Later this year the FFI CRC partnership will bring the prototype, world’s first hardwood biomass harvester to Western Australia for wide-scale demonstrations.

Renewable Oil Corporation (ROC), which identified the mallee tree as a promising biofuel feedstock, is Dynamotive’s Australian partner and develops biofuel projects in Australia.

The consortium is currently finalizing plans for a demonstration unit that will make bio-fuels for testing, certification and public trials. The demonstration unit is intended to be operational in 2012, followed by the construction of a commercial-scale plant, which could be operational as early as 2014.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for information about the new Virgin Australia product.

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