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Behind the scenes: Alaska Airlines’ flight attendant training

Bruce Drum:

From the Alaska Airlines blog – the training of Flight Attendants:

Originally posted on Alaska Airlines Blog:

It’s more than serving sodas and hot meals – when Alaska Airlines’ flight attendants take to the skies they are ready to fight fires, save lives and take on any obstacle. In fact, learning to serve customers in flight only accounts for a fraction of the six-week training every new Alaska flight attendant goes through.

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Hawaiian Airlines is the official airline of the Oakland Raiders for the 2015 season

Hawaiian A330-200 N375HA (01-Oakland Raiders)(Nose)(Hawaiian)(LRW)

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced the renewed partnership with the NFL Oakland Raiders. The airline has added the Raiders shield logo to an Airbus A330-200. The airline issued this statement:

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Hawaiian Airlines is proud to announce it will serve as the Official Airline of The Oakland Raiders for the 2015 National Football League (NFL) season. Hawai‘i’s largest and longest serving carrier has provided its signature ‘Mea Ho‘okipa’ (translation: I am host) in-flight hospitality and charter service for the team’s away games since 2000.

Starting with the Raiders’ September 3 preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Hawaiian’s designated Airbus A330 aircraft featuring the Raiders’ shield will carry players, coaches, trainers, as well as uniforms and equipment, to eight games, including: Seattle, Cleveland, Chicago, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Tennessee and Denver through December.

 

Hawaiian provides a dedicated catering coordinator to meet the team’s expectations and to handle special requests. Hearty, nutritious meals are provided along with sandwiches and an assortment of healthy snacks that include fresh fruit, protein bars and, at the Raiders’ request, products from Hawai‘i, such as Passion Orange Guava Juice and Hawaiian Iced Tea. For entertainment, Hawaiian offers a wide selection of movies, TV shows and music.

Hawaiian Airlines has served the Oakland market since 2008, and provides daily nonstop flights to both Honolulu and Kahului, Maui. During the peak summer months, travelers can fly nonstop to all four major Hawaiian islands, when the airline adds seasonal service from Oakland to Līhu’e, Kaua’i and Kona, Hawai’i Island, between May and September. Hawaiian also serves the Bay Area with nonstop flights between San Francisco and San Jose to Honolulu.

Photo: Hawaiian Airlines. Airbus A330-243 N375HA (msn 1606) was delivered on February 24, 2015 and is named “Humu”.

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Eastern Australia Airlines to start Jetstar services in New Zealand on December 1, routes announced

Jetstar Airways (Melbourne) has unveiled its new regional network in New Zealand, launching low fares on five routes between Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Auckland and Wellington.

Nelson-Auckland and Napier-Auckland flights will take off on December 1, in time for the busy tourism season in both popular holiday destinations.

New Plymouth-Auckland, Palmerston North-Auckland and Nelson-Wellington flights will follow early next year, with services scheduled to begin on February 1, 2016.

 

Jetstar first announced plans for a regional network in June and has been considering proposals from locations across the country for its initial expansion.

 

 

Jetstar’s regional network will add more than 670,000 new seats a year to the domestic market, a significant increase on the airline’s current domestic jet seat capacity of over 2.6 million seats annually.

First flights each day will take off from regional ports, with crew and aircraft positioned overnight in each of the new destinations. Recruiting has commenced for the 100 new jobs the regional expansion will create, with positions available for pilots, cabin crew, and ground crew.

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The Jetstar-branded regional services, which will be marketed and managed by Jetstar, will be operated by QantasLink. Under this arrangement, Qantas-owned Eastern Australia Airlines (Sydney), which has operated Bombardier Q300 aircraft in Australia for QantasLink for over 15 years, will manage the aircraft operations.

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Jetstar launched trans-Tasman flights in 2005 and established domestic operations in New Zealand in June 2009. The low cost carrier’s fleet of nine Airbus A320 aircraft operate up to up to 250 domestic and 100 international flights a week. Jetstar has over 400 team members in New Zealand.

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. Jetstar-branded, operated by Eastern Australia Airlines, Bombardier DHC-8-315 (Q300) VH-TQM (msn 604) at Brisbane was the first of five Q300s to be repainted.

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CanJet Airlines suspends operations

CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax) yesterday (September 1) announced it was suspending flight operations indefinitely as it was just too unprofitable to operate just one Boeing 737-800 for Air Transat (Montreal). This 737 will now join the AIr Transat fleet. There are no further flights scheduled at this time.

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The company will continue to lease out and maintain its remaining Boeing 737-800s. However  if it cannot find suitable leases for the aircraft going forward, they are likely to be returned to the owners.

This version of CanJet started operations on June 20, 2002.

Read the full report from the Toronto Star: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. One of the last aircraft being operated was the pictured Boeing 737-8AS WL C-FYQO (msn 29934) arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Greenland Express drops all plans to resume operations this year

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Greenland Express (Aalborg) last operated a passenger flight on September 18, 2014 with Fokker 100s leased from Denim Air. The company had been in negotiations with BH Air to operate an Airbus A320 this summer. As the season in Greenland now starts to close, the virtual airline has now issued this statement:

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Dear Greenland Express Air traveler

It is with the deepest regret we have to announce that all flights between Greenland and Denmark have been cancelled for the remainder of 2015. Unfortunately, this means that we are not able to provide the transport service, you have bought from us.

All paid amounts for bought tickets are refunded as soon as possible, and directly from the credit card companies or banks, which was originally used to process your payment.
Greenland Express Air is working to provide sustainable solutions to the challenges, which, at present, prevent us from executing our schedule this year. As soon as these challenges has been overcome, we shall provide a more detailed explanation to our customers.

Greenland Express Air deeply regret the inconvenience the cancellations causes our passengers.

Kind regards,

Greenland Express Air

Top Image: Greenland Express. The carrier had also been planning to operate domestic flights with 19-seat Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft.

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The new Malaysia Airlines is launched today

MAB is born (girl with paper plane)

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) (Kuala Lumpur) on August 28 received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) at Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport in Putrajaya.

The new AOC allows the new Malaysia Airlines to take flight on September 1, 2015. The old MAS is now dissolved.

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Above Photo: MAB. New CEO Christoph Mueller (former CEO of Aer Lingus) greets crew members of flight MH433, the first MAB flight to arrive at Kuala Lumpur this morning on September 1.

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) issued this short statement:

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Malaysia Airlines is pleased to inform that September 1, 2015 will mark the start of our new company Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), which replaces Malaysian Airline System Berhad. Rest assured that the change in company will not impact the day-to-day operations of MAB with no changes to our current flights, schedules, reservations, or operations.

We have been working hard to make the transition seamless and we proudly continue to serve and welcome you on-board. MAB continues to fly with the same focus on delivering exceptional customer service and will honour all current and future tickets and reservations. Our Enrich program remains in place with no changes to Miles and status. Similarly, there are no changes planned to MAB’s arrangements with its alliance partners, oneworld, or any of its business partners.

Safety continues to be our Number One priority.

Top Photo: MAB.

A new livery is expected to be unveiled soon for the new Malaysia Airlines.

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JetBlue Airways to start seasonal service to Palm Springs on January 14, 2016

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced it will begin seasonal nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Southern California this winter, subject to government approval. Palm Springs will be JetBlue’s ninth destination in the Golden State.

The new flights will operate five times per week, Thursday through Monday, between January 14, 2016 and May 1, 2016.

JetBlue will operate Airbus A320s on the route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N509JB (msn 1270) in the Tartan tail design lands at Long Beach, CA.

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