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SkyWest ends its relationship with AirTran

SkyWest Airlines (St. George) as planned, yesterday (September 6) stop flying for AirTran Airways from the Milwaukee station. AirTran and parent Southwest Airlines have taken over some of the regional routes but many are unprofitable for larger aircraft. Southwest does not have a pilot scope clause for the company to contract with other carriers to operate feeder flights.

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

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Fly Guam continues its expansion in the Pacific

Fly Guam (Fly Micronesia dba) (Guam) added Palau on August 4 and Taipei on August 20. The company is planning to add Yap and Manila (Clark).

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Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Sky King Airlines operates this Boeing 737-400 for Fly Guam. Please click on the photo for the full retails.

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Air Nigeria to add Freetown and Kinshasa

Air Nigeria (Lagos) is planning to add new regional routes to Freetown and Kinshasa starting in early November according to this article by the Nigerian Bulletin.

Air Nigeria currently operates eight Boeing 737-300s and two new Embraer ERJ 190s.

Read the article: CLICK HERE

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

Air France-KLM to deepen its capacity cuts

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) are considering deeper capacity cuts along with possible hiring freeze according to this article by Bloomberg.

The group lost $205 million in the last quarter ending on June 30.

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

Spirit continues to add Las Vegas flights, adds San Diego-LAS on September 7

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is partially backfilling the void left by the de-hubbing of Las Vegas of US Airways. Spirit will add the San Diego-Las Vegas route on September 7. Previously the company add the Oakland-Las Vegas route on August 18.

Spirit Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

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Allegiant commits to six Boeing 757-200s, will launch Hawaii service in the second half of 2012

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has made its presentation to the SEC. The company has contractual commitments for six Boeing 757-200s. The airline currently is undergoing certification for ETOP operations and now expects to launch low-fare flights to Hawaii starting in the second half of 2012.

Read the full SEC report: CLICK HERE

Allegiant Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Three 757s are currently leased to European operators including Air Finland. The three are expected to return to Allegiant in the third quarter of 2012. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Southwest to add Las Vegas and Phoenix from Atlanta

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) announced today that the carrier is expanding its service plan for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport next year with two additional nonstop destinations, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The carrier will add daily, roundtrip flights between Atlanta and Las Vegas and Atlanta and Phoenix for travel beginning on March 10, 2012.

On August 22, 2011, Southwest announced it would begin service to the Atlanta market on February 12, 2012, with 15 daily nonstop flights to five destinations: Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway, Denver, Houston Hobby, and Austin, Texas.

Southwest Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

QANTAS Airways’ engineers walk off the job, at least 15 flights delayed

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) today is again suffering through another strike by its engineers (mechanics). At least 15 flights have been delayed by the labor action at Brisbane.

Read the full report from news.com.au: CLICK HERE

QANTAS Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

Emirates adds a Rugby World Cup 2011 logo to Airbus A380 A6-EDN

Emirates Airline (Dubai) has added a large “Rugby World Cup 2011″ logo and small titles to its Airbus A380-861 A6-EDN (msn 056).

The 2011 Rugby World Cup will be the seventh Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union competition inaugurated in 1987. The International Rugby Board (IRB) selected New Zealand as the host country over Japan and South Africa at a meeting in Dublin on November 17, 2005.

The schedule of games runs over seven weeks starting on September 9, 2011. The final match will be played on Sunday October 23, 2011.

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Copyright Photo: Andrew Yarwood. A6-EDN arrives at an overcast Manchester with the large promotional sticker.

Air Astana and Kazakhstan celebrate 20 years of independence

Air Astana (Almaty) and Kazakhstan are celebrating the 20th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union with this special Airbus A320 logojet.

Air Astana Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

Trans States’ ERJ 145 N840HK runs off the runway at Ottawa

ERJ145.N840HK, originally uploaded by Airliners.

Trans States Airlines’ (TSA) (St. Louis) while operating United Express flight UA 3363 from Chicago (O’Hare) to Ottawa yesterday (September 4), skidded off the end of the runway on landing at Ottawa. All 44 passengers and the three crew members on board were unhurt in the incident.

The aircraft involved was an Embraer ERJ 145LR registered N840HK (msn 145341) which received some minor damage. This aircraft was originally ordered by and delivered to Crossair (now Swiss) as HB-JAH. Crossair elected not to order the trust reverser option for its ERJ 145 aircraft.

The ERJ 140LR is a Long Range version with increased fuel capacity (5187 kg) and upgraded engines.

Trans States issued the following statement:

“Trans States Airlines confirms that United Express Flight 3363 en route from Chicago to Ottawa, Canada, has exited the runway in an incident at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The incident occurred at approximately 3:29 pm local time (on September 4).

The flight was operated using a 50-seat Embraer 145. The passenger list indicates that 44 passengers and a crew of three were aboard the aircraft. Preliminary reports indicate that there were no injuries.

The airline is currently focusing its resources on assisting the passengers who were on board the aircraft.

Trans States Airlines cannot speculate as to the cause of the incident. The carrier will be actively involved in the investigation, which is lead by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Trans States Airlines will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Read the news report by Reuters: CLICK HERE

United Express-Trans States Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

Eritrean Airlines introduces a new color scheme

Eritrean Airlines (Asmara) has introduced this colorful new livery. Boeing 767-238 ER E3-AAQ (msn 23309) was rolled out at Shannon with the new look. E3-AAQ is being brought back to flying status after being stored.

Under new Pakistani management, Eritrean resumed operations on July 16, 2011 with an Airbus A320 which introduced this new livery. The first A320 (operated by Nouvelair) operated the newly inaugurated service from Asmara to Lahore, Dubai, Cairo, Rome, Jeddah, and Khartoum. A second A320 will be added in October 2011. The company also plans to restore domestic services in Eritrea once the currently stored Dornier fleet is made airworthy again. It is unclear how this restored Boeing 767 will be operated. Will services to Frankfurt be restored?

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason.

Ethiopian Airlines to acquire four Boeing 777F freighters

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is reportedly in the final stages of ordering four new Boeing 777F freighters according to this article by NewsDire.

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Portuguese prime minister urges Lufthansa to consider buying TAP Portugal

TAP Portugal (Lisbon) is facing an uncertain future. British Airways and IAG are considering adding TAP Portugal to their group. Now the Portuguese prime minister is urging profitable Lufthansa to take a close look at the flag carrier.

Read the full story from Breaking Travel News: CLICK HERE

TAP Portugal Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner.

Missinippi Airways is again able to fly

Missinippi Airways of northern Manitoba is again able to transport passenger. The remote airline’s AOC has been restored following a crash in July.

On July 4, 2011, this Missinippi Airways Cessna 208B Grand Caravan registered C-FMCB (msn 1114) crashed when its pilot attempted to abort its takeoff from Pukatawagan Airport. The aircraft overran the runway and crashed into a ravine where it caught fire and was destroyed. One passenger was killed, the pilot and seven other passengers were injured and transported to hospital.

Read the full story from CBC News: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: CambridgeBayWeather. C-FMCB is pictured at Cambridge Bay prior to the tragic accident.

 

Delta’s first Boeing 747 lives on at the Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark

Delta Air Lines’ (Atlanta) first Boeing 747 is now a permanent part of the Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark in McMinnville, Oregon.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Please click on the photo for the full story of this new attraction.

Grant Aviation Cessna 208B Grand Caravan collides with a Ryan Air Cessna 207 in western Alaska, one killed

Grant Aviation (Emmonak) Cessna 208 Grand Caravan suffered a midair collision with a Ryan Air Cessna 207 on September 1 near the Alaskan village of Nightmute. The Cessna 207 with a single pilot was able to make a safe landing. However the Grant Aviation Caravan crashed and the lone pilot was sadly killed.

Read the full story from Anchorage Daily News: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Please click on the photo for additional details on the airline.

GoJet Airlines to operate 12 Bombardier CRJ700s in 2012 for Delta

GoJet Airlines (St. Louis) is planning to become a Delta Connection carrier in 2012. The company is planning to operate 12 Bombardier CRJ700s for DL starting in the first quarter.

Delta ends SAAB 340B service at Tupelo, MS

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) ended SAAB 340B Delta Connection service (operated by Mesaba Airlines) at Tupelo, MS on September 1. The turboprop service was replaced with CRJ200s. Delta serves Tupelo with service to the Memphis hub. However DL intends to drop all service to Tupelo in July 2012.

Read the full article from Channel 5: CLICK HERE

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Delta is phasing out the Mesaba SAAB 340Bs as it attempts to convert to an all-jet operation. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Atlantic Southeast’s flight DL 5058 makes a left main gear-up landing at Baton Rouge

Atlantic Southeast Airlines’ (ASA) (Delta Connection) (Atlanta) flight DL 5058 operating from Atlanta to Baton Rouge with Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N875AS (msn 7599) on September 1 made an emergency landing at Baton Rouge. The crew was unable to lower the left main gear. The passengers and crew members were able to safely exit the aircraft.

Read the full story (with a video) from Channel 9 in Baton Rouge: CLICK HERE

Three passengers and a pilot safely evacuated an Air Sunshine Cessna 402

Air Sunshine’s (2nd) (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and San Juan) Cessna 402C made a successful nose-wheel-up landing at San Juan on August 29. This dramatic photo shows the three passengers and the pilot successfully exiting the aircraft moments after the emergency landing at SJU.

Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda.

Lufthansa Cargo celebrates 100 years of air cargo

Lufthansa Cargo (Frankfurt) is celebrating 100 years of air cargo with this special logojet.

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

Strategic Airlines unveils its new Air Australia livery

Strategic Airlines (Brisbane) on October 30 will be rebranded as Air Australia as we previously reported. The company has now introduced a new livery concept for Air Australia. According to this article by Travel Today, the new design was created by Sean Cummins who designed the original Virgin Blue livery. According to the designer, the Air Australia motif is based on a “stylized boomerang” while the subtle silver grey colors represents “gum trees, koalas and grey kangeroos” according to this article. The new design also incorporates a rising sun.

Read the full article with an image of the new livery: CLICK HERE

Strategic Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Cargolux to take delivery of the first Boeing 747-800F Freighter on September 19

Boeing (Chicago) will deliver the first 747-800F Freighter to launch customer Cargolux Airlines International (Luxembourg) on September 19, 2011 at Paine Field in Everett. Cargolux will fly the airplane away that morning and put the airplane into revenue service. Boeing will celebrate the first delivery with Cargolux, employees and other stakeholders the following day at the Everett factory. Cargolux will take delivery of the second 747-8 Freighter on September 21. The carrier has a total of 13 of the airplanes on order.

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

US Airways to de-hub Las Vegas

US Airways (Phoenix) is continuing downsize its presence at Las Vegas (McCarran). The former America West hub will be reduced by a further 40% going from 35 daily flights to only 21 later this year and in early 2012. The routes being dropped include Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fresno. The routes remaining will only be to its remaining hubs.

Read the full story from Vegas Inc.: CLICK HERE

US Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Please click on the photo for additional details on this special logojet.

Turkish Airbus A340 gets stuck in the dirt, closes Mumbai’s main runway

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) flight from Istanbul to Mumbai arrived this morning and got mired in the mud as it taxied to the terminal. The Airbus A340 blocked Mumbai’s main runway for most of the day, causing delays.

Read the full story from NDTV: CLICK HERE

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Cathay Pacific Airways arrives in Chicago O’Hare

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) as planned, added the Hong Kong-Chicago O’Hare route on September 1.

Cathay Pacific Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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

Romania agrees to sell a 20% share in TAROM

TAROM-Romanian Air Transport (Bucharest) is facing a future with new owners. The government of Romania has agreed to sell a 20 percent share in the flag carrier. The initial public offering (IPO) has been delayed pending the right market conditions.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

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

Lufthansa to start Munich-Mexico City flights

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will add the Munich-Mexico City route on March 26, 2012. The new route from the MUC hub will be operated with Airbus A340-600s five times a week.

Lufthansa Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.

bmi loses $91 million in the first half, searches for an identity

bmi (British Midland International) (East Midlands) reported an operating loss of $91 million in the first half. Owner Lufthansa is helping the struggling carrier to redefine its business plan as the company has been hurt by the Arab Spring. Is it a low-fare airline or a full-service carrier? Will LH put up with the continued losses or sell off its UK subsidiary?

Read the full report from ATW: CLICK HERE

bmi Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis.

Aer Lingus posts a first half net loss of $19 million

Aer Lingus (Dublin) posted a net loss of $19 million. However the company remains optimistic about the second half due to increased bookings.

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Aer Lingus Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle. Please click on the photo for information about this logojet.

Air New Zealand’s fiscal year profit slips to $68 million

Air New Zealand (Auckland) reported a lower fiscal year profit of $68 million after reporting a loss in the second half.

The company was impacted by the Christchurch earthquake and rising fuel costs.

Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter. Please click on the photo for information about this special logojet.

Virgin Australia reports a yearly loss, introduces a new frequent flyer program

Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) reported a full fiscal year loss of A$67.8 million as the company struggled against rising fuel costs and natural disasters in its main Australian market.

The company also launched the first stage of its new Velocity frequent flyer program. According to the airline, the new program is now “offering Australians global coverage, exciting new partners and Australia’s best flight rewards and benefits.”

Using months of research and feedback from frequent flyers, Virgin Australia has re-built Velocity from the ground up to create a program that now offers:

1. Global flight coverage with over 600 services1 around the world.

2. Enhanced flight rewards, with more options to redeem Points for seats
Improved Points earn rates and status earning methods.

3. Transformed status privileges and unique benefits for travellers and their families.

4. A new Platinum level of membership with exclusive benefits.

5. Over 380 program partners including credit cards and retail partners.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

Malaysia Airlines’ reports another quarterly loss

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) reported its second quarterly loss in a row. For the fiscal third quarter ending on June 30, the company reported a net loss of $178 million.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group.

China Southern Airlines’ first half profit jumps 33% to $532 million

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) also saw their first half net profit rise by almost 33 percent to $532 million.

The company has also added weekly service to Hamburg.

Copyright Photo: Nobuhiro Horimoto. Please click on the photo for additional details on this new logojet.

China Eastern Airlines’ first half net profit rises by 26% to $384 million

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) reported its first half net profit rose by 26 percent to $384 million.

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

Iberia to fly to Luanda, Angola

Iberia (Madrid) is launching a new route to Africa – Madrid-Luanda – for a total of twelve cites, including with Algiers, Oran, Cairo, Malabo, Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier, Rabat, Lagos, Dakar, Johannesburg, and now Luanda.

The Madrid-Luanda service will begin on October 28 will offer the first nonstop flights between Spain and the former Portuguese colony of Angola.

Airbus A340-300s will be used for the Luanda flight.

Rabat was previously added on July 1.

Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell.

Turkish Airlines’ slips to a second quarter loss of $126 million

Turkish Airlines (Turk Hava Yollari) (Istanbul) slipped into the red when it reported a second quarter net loss of $126 million.

Read the full report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: James Helbock. THY is getting ready to accept its first Boeing 737-900 ER. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Finncomm Airlines is acquired by Flybe and Finnair

Finncomm Airlines (Finnish Commuter Airlines) (Helsinki) was acquired by Flybe (Exter) and Finnair (Helsinki) on August 18. The new entity will be rebranded as Flybe Nordic (flybe.fi) on October 30, 2011.

Flybe now holds a 60 percent majority stake in Flybe Nordic, holding a 60 percent stake, with Finnair holding the remaining 40 percent. Flybe will have three seats on the new airline’s board of directors with Finnair having the other two.

The new owners have announced Flybe Nordics’s expanded route network. The expansion features a total of 24 regional routes offering a choice of up to 416 flights a week. This includes all existing routes previously operated by Finncomm together with the addition of nine brand new routes.

This extended program features four new routes from Helsinki, four from key regional cities in Finland and one between Sweden’s Stockholm Bromma airport and Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn. Four of the new routes offer multiple daily frequencies each with a choice of up to three flights a day.

The nine new routes are as follows:

Helsinki — Mariehamn, Aland (twice daily)
Helsinki – Tartu, Estonia (6 times per week)
Helsinki – Trondheim, Norway (4 per week)
Helsinki – Umea, Sweden (4 per week)
Tampere – Tallinn, Estonia (three times daily)
Turku – Tallinn* (twice daily)
Vaasa – Tallinn* (6 per week)
Oulu – Tallinn* (6 per week)
Tallinn – Stockholm Bromma, Sweden (three flights daily)

*Flights start November 14, 2011.

Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre.

Finncomm Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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World Airways to operate a Boeing 747-400F freighter for Asiana Airlines

World Airways (Atlanta), a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings Inc., has reached an agreement with Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon) to operate one Boeing 747-400F freighter on a full-time basis beginning in September 2011. World will provide additional capacity for Asiana’s cargo network, connecting its hub at Incheon International Airport near Seoul, South Korea, with West Coast markets in the United States.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer.

Virgin America to add Puerto Vallarta, its third destination in Mexico

Virgin America (San Francisco) has announced a new destination in Mexico effective on December 2, 2011. Virgin America will add new nonstop flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR).

To mark its expansion to its third Mexican destination and to celebrate Puerto Vallarta’s roots as an animal sanctuary, the carrier has launched a “No Chihuahua Left Behind” fare sale in support of its ongoing Chihuahua rescue and airlift efforts.

Virgin America Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

Boeing introduces the 737 MAX with the launch of a new aircraft family

Boeing (Chicago) has unveiled the 737 MAX, the name of the new engine variant of the market-leading 737 launched yesterday (August 30).

The new family of aircraft – 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 – builds on the strengths of the Next-Generation 737 according to the manufacturer.

The Boeing Company’s board of directors approved the launch of the new engine variant of the market-leading 737, based on order commitments for 496 airplanes from five airlines and a strong business case.

The new 737 family will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines optimized for the 737. It will have the lowest operating costs in the single-aisle segment with a 7 percent advantage over the competition. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017.

When compared to a fleet of 100 of today’s most fuel-efficient airplanes, this new model will emit 277,000 fewer tons of CO2 and save nearly 175 million pounds of fuel per year, which translates into $85 million in cost savings. The airplane’s fuel burn is expected to be 16 percent lower than our competitor’s current offering and 4 percent lower than their future offering.

Boeing has named Bob Feldmann vice president and general manager of the new engine 737 family. With 35 years of aerospace experience, Feldmann most recently led the Surveillance and Engagement division within Boeing Military Aircraft, a unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security that includes several commercial derivative programs based on the 737 platform. He has been instrumental in leading the successful development of complex programs such as the EA-18G Growler and the P-8A Poseidon.

According to Boeing, “the Boeing Sky Interior will continue to offer maximum passenger comfort. Boeing will call the new option the 737 MAX because it optimizes everything we and our customers have learned about designing, building, maintaining and operating the world’s best single-aisle airplane.”

More information about 737 MAX is available at www.newairplane.com and in this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_kKD6g53AA

Alaska Airlines to begin daily service from the Bay Area to Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has announced that it would expand its schedule starting daily, nonstop service from Oakland and San Jose, California, to Lihue, on the island of Kauai, and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii starting on March 12, 2012.

The airline has previously served the markets with three flights a week between San Jose and Lihue and between Oakland and Kona and four flights a week from San Jose to Kona and Oakland to Lihue.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Czech Airlines to drop Belgrade, Tel Aviv, Venice and Zurich

Czech Airlines-CSA (Prague) has announced it will end all service to Belgrade (served since 1946), Tel Aviv, Venice and Zurich. The airline is reorganizing and is cutting underperforming routes.

Read the full story from Balkans.com: CLICK HERE

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

Turmoil at easyJet as it considers a dividend payout

easyJet (London-Luton) according to this report by the Liverpool Daily Post, is considering its first stock dividend payout to appease majority stakeholder and founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

Stelios and his family own 38 percent of the stock and has been critical of the management.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

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

Southwest’s CEO Gary Kelly does not see an advantage of keeping AirTran’s 88 Boeing 717s

Southwest Airlines’ (Dallas) CEO Gary Kelly, according to this article by Flightglobal, told the attendees at the International Aviation Forecast Summit (hosted by the Boyd Group) that the Boeing 717 does not “bring any unique benefit that Southwest cannot get with the 737″.

Kelly stated to the audience, “the 717 is roughly the same size and offers close to same economics as the 737-500s the carrier operates”.

AirTran currently operates 88 Boeing 717-200s and was acquired by Southwest.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. These special color schemes are likely to be one of the first casualties if the 717 fleet is downsized and later phased out. Click on the photo for additional information.

Frontier Airlines to fly for Apple Vacations

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced that it has reached a multi-year agreement to provide Apple Vacations charter flights from the United States to international destinations.

The first year of the agreement calls for Frontier to provide charter flights from cities in the Midwest and Northeast to five Mexican, Central American and Caribbean destinations. Apple Vacations destinations served by the Frontier charters will include Cancun, Mexico (CUN); Huatulco, Mexico (HUX); Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR); Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ); and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ).

Frontier will use Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft for the charters – which will begin on December 15 of this year. At peak this winter, Frontier will have nine aircraft servicing the business on weekends and up to five aircraft during the week.

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

American upgrades its First Class service, will charge for window and aisle seats

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is introducing a new suite of premium class amenities. The product additions are designed with the customer’s comfort and convenience in mind and will roll out on select international flights in First and Business Class cabins beginning September 1.

According to the airline, “beginning September 1, customers traveling onboard American’s flights between the U.S. and London Heathrow (LHR) will be among the first to enjoy the new offerings. First Class customers traveling onboard Boeing 777s between the U.S. and Heathrow will receive a quilted bed topper custom-designed to fit American’s popular Flagship Suite, pajamas and slippers as part of the airline’s new turndown service. A lightweight day blanket, new premium duvet and pillow, and an amenity kit featuring a bag with an authentic Eames Office® design pattern and containing Dermalogica® skincare products and other travel necessities complete the new suite of amenities.”

Also beginning September 1, customers traveling in American’s Business Class cabin onboard flights between the U.S. and LHR operated by Boeing 777s, 767-300s and international 757s can enjoy a new premium duvet and pillow, slippers, and amenity kit.

Beginning October 1, the full suite of products, including the turndown service, will roll out in American’s First Class cabins onboard all international flights served by Boeing 777s.

Also on October 1, American’s Business Class cabins onboard all international flights operated by Boeing 777s and 767-300s, in addition to select flights to and from Europe operated by Boeing 757s, will begin offering the new premium duvet and pillow, slippers, and amenity kit.

In addition to rolling out this array of amenities and investing in its fleet, American is taking steps to outfit its aircraft with a cutting – edge inflight entertainment experience. Earlier this month, American became the first North American airline to launch Entertainment on Demand, an inflight streaming video product, onboard its fleet of 767-200s. Beginning later this year the airline will replace its personal entertainment devices (PEDs) with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices in First and Business Class cabins on select 767-300, 767-200 and 757 flights.

American Airlines has also expanded and renamed its Express Seats offering, now called Preferred Seats. The expanded seat choice is now available to all American Airlines customers 24 hours prior to departure through all of American’s direct booking channels including AA.com, AA.com Mobile, self-service check-in machines, American’s phone reservations, and via travel agencies with a direct connect link to American’s fares and schedules.

Preferred Seats provide customers the option to select and reserve more desirable seats, with prices beginning at $4 per segment and varying based on length of flight and time of day.

Preferred Seats are now complimentary for Elite and full-fare customers and their companion traveler(s) on the same reservation, including:

AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, Platinum®, and Gold® members;
Full-fare customers, AAirPass and oneworld® elite customers.

Elite and full-fare customers will also continue to have exclusive access to certain more desirable seats, including toward the front of the plane, available 331 days in advance. These seats are now called Preferred Plus Seats.

Preferred Seats are also complimentary for active duty military personnel and their family members traveling on the same reservation.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for additional information on the 777.

EgyptAir resumes operations to Baghdad after 21 years

EgyptAir (Cairo) has resumed operations to Iraq after 21 years. The first flight resumed service to Baghdad on August 27 (four times a week). The company will also serve Irbil three times a week.

Read the full report from the Washington Post: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: David Apps.

Peruvian Airlines hopes to resume operations after being grounded

Peruvian Airlines (Lima) was grounded on August 18 by the Peruvian government for alleged safety violations.

The company hopes to resumed operations.

Read the full report from the Washington Post: CLICK HERE

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

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