American to increase Embraer 175 operations from Los Angeles

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is assigning more routes to Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) from Los Angeles International Airport. Starting On September 9, Compass will operate its Embraer 175s on American Eagle flights from LAX to Fayetteville (Northwest Arkansas), Fresno, Oklahoma City and Reno.

This will be followed on November 5 with the Los Angeles – El Paso route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Operated by Compass Airlines, Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N202NN (msn 17000467) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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QANTAS Airways goes double daily to Tokyo, Japan

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) added a significant expansion of its presence in Japan with the launch of double daily services between Australia and Tokyo this weekend.

QANTAS flight QF25 departed from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on July 31, followed by the departure of QF61 from Brisbane to Narita Airport yesterday (August 1).

QANTAS’ Brisbane-Narita launch flights will be operated by the airline’s refurbished Airbus A330 aircraft, with lie-flat seats in Business, brand new Economy seats and new inflight entertainment.

The refit of these aircraft, which takes one month each, is being done at QANTAS’ heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane. These aircraft are being introduced progressively onto Asian routes.

To celebrate the launch of the new Japan services, customers onboard flights departing to Narita and Haneda and in Qantas International Lounges in Sydney and Brisbane will be treated to Japanese-inspired menus for the first week of August, including Tuna Tataki Nigiri in Business, and Green Tea flavoured Kit Kats in Premium Economy and Economy.

The launch of double daily QANTAS flights to Tokyo follows Jetstar’s introduction of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Melbourne-Narita route earlier this month, increasing the available seats between the two cities by 20 per cent over the next year. The upgrade from Airbus A330 aircraft to the higher capacity Boeing 787 will be complemented by an increase in flights from four to six per week December to March to meet growing demand for flights between Melbourne and Japan in the peak season.

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. QANTAS Airways Airbus A330-303 VH-QPA (msn 553) with a special “80 Years QANTAS International” emblem lands at Brisbane.

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Copa Airlines to add a new route to Belize City

Copa Airlines {Panama City} subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., and member of the Star Alliance global airline network, announced it will begin operating two weekly flights between Belize City and Panama City, Panama, starting on December 8, 2015. With the addition of Belize, Copa Airlines’ route network will total 75 cities in 31 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, including every Central American country.

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The twice-weekly Copa flight CM 281 will depart Belize City on Tuesdays and Fridays, at 2:17 p.m., arriving at the Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City at 5:34 p.m. Flight CM 280 will depart Panama Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:29 a.m., arriving in Belize at 12:52 p.m. All times are local; flight duration is approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes.

Copa Airlines will operate the nonstop flight to Belize using Embraer 190 aircraft, with seating for 94 passengers — 10 in business class and 84 in the main cabin.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW HP-1556CMP (msn 19000016) is pictured at San Salvador in El Salvador.

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Hong Kong Airlines to fly to Australia

Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong) will launch its first thrice-weekly service to Australia next year, commencing on January 8, 2016. The new service is a triangular service starting from Hong Kong to the Gold Coast, and then continuing to Cairns enroute back to Hong Kong.

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Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 292 seats including 32 business class seats will be deployed on the route, operating on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343 B-LNP (msn 1398) departs from the Hong Kong (HKG) hub.

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Delta set new records in July, upgrades its Airbus A319 and A320 fleets

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) issued this report on its busy summer season:

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July is the only month in which each day is a part of Delta’s busy summer schedule. So as July wraps up – and with 17 days remaining in the summer schedule – here are nine amazing facts to keep in mind the next time you see a Widget-branded aircraft soaring overhead.

Delta’s summer schedule begins in early June and runs through mid-August.

1. July 31 set an all-time single-day bookings record of more than 620,000 customers. That’s as if the entire population of Portland, Oregon, booked to fly Delta in one day.

2. Nearly 2,200 more flights are scheduled so far in summer 2015 than the same period in summer 2014, a 0.7 percent increase.

3. Reliability on Delta Connection – the airline’s group of regional carriers – is dramatically improving: there have been 1,400 fewer Delta Connection cancellations this summer compared to the same period last summer.

4. The Delta system’s “completion factor” – days without any canceled flights – is 99.02%, 0.44 percentage points better than the same period last summer. That’s an amazing 1,308 fewer cancels than in summer 2014. And it includes both mainline flights and Delta Connection.

5. In June, Delta went 139.2 consecutive hours without a mainline cancellation; the closest streak during a summer schedule was June 2014 – 80.3 consecutive hours

6. Twenty-one days of 100 percent mainline completion factor so far in summer 2015, compared with 12 during the same time period in 2014.

7. Delta’s mainline aircraft numbers nearly 800 for the summer operation, including 41 737-900 ERs and 71 Boeing 717-200s.

8. TechOps is moving maintenance performance to new heights:

Mainline maintenance “completion factor” of 99.97 percent.
Maintenance on-time departure performance of 96.70 percent, best-ever for a summer schedule.

9. Year-to-date, Delta mainline has transported more than 2.2 billion pounds of checked bags and 987 million pounds of cargo freight.

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In other news, Delta is revamping its Airbus A319 (above) and A320 fleets:

Delta will debut its latest single-aisle jet to receive a nose-to-tail interior modification this week—the first of 57 Airbus A319s to receive the state of the art upgrade.

The 132-seat aircraft is the latest in a series of upgrades coming to Delta’s domestic narrowbody fleet and follows just a few short months after Ship 3235 rejoined the flight line.

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Panasonic in-flight entertainment at every seat (above), large pivoting overhead bins capable of accommodating 60 percent more carry-on bags (below), new galleys and an innovative, pod-like overhead passenger service unit highlight just a few of the new amenities designed by Zodiac Aerospace that Delta customers will enjoy. The 9 inch high definition seat-back entertainment screens offer more content than any other domestic carrier. Each seat also as 110v and USB power to plug in electronics in flight.

Delta A320-200 revamped overhead storage (Delta)(LRW)

The airline is the first in the world to receive the interior modifications on both Airbus fleets.

All 126 A320 and A319 aircraft will be retrofitted with the new interior by summer 2017. The larger of the two jets, the A320, will also receive in-flight entertainment, though not initially, through 2018.

Many of Delta’s Boeing 757 jets are receiving interior enhancements as part of the airline’s more than $770 million investment in the domestic fleet to provide a more consistent customer experience.

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Photos: Delta Air Lines. All 126 of Delta’s Airbus A319 and A320s are undergoing interior upgrades.

Copyright Photo below: Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 N330NB (msn 1549) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Air Canada sets new records for daily passengers

Air Canada (Montreal) said it achieved a single-day record for passengers carried on July 30 and it  expected to surpass its record again yesterday as Canadians take to the skies for the August holiday long weekend. On July 30 Air Canada welcomed an estimated 141,000 customers on board its aircraft, and the July 31 forecasted bookings indicated that number was expected to grow to approximately 150,000.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada’s leisure unit, Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-333 ER C-FMWQ (msn 25584) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Alitalia threatens to shift its Rome Fiumicino hub elsewhere

Alitalia (3rd) (Rome) is upset about the airport’s continued focus of attracting low-cost operators at its Rome Fiumicino (FCO) hub and the current neglect for the infrastructure. The flag carrier is now threatening to move its hub elsewhere. The airline issued this statement about the current situation at FCO:

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The damage to Alitalia by the consequences of the fire which broke out on May 7 at Fiumicino Airport amounted to 80 million Euros to date.

The recent reopening of Terminal 3 has marked the end of the emergency phase but not the end of many problems and limitations that continue have heavy effects on airport operations. Alitalia will calculate the total amount of damages only when the airport will operate at pre-fire standards.

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Alitalia is the only airline to have its hub in Fiumicino. About 50% of the total number of flights in Fiumicino are Alitalia. Alitalia is by far the airline most affected from the consequences of the fire.

“We had a difficult period due to an event that affected us deeply. – declared Silvano Cassano, Chief Executive Officer of Alitalia -. In this period we have given up any controversy and we focused entirely on the service to customers, to reduce the inconvenience.”

Alitalia has completed an initial balance of the damages for the cancellation of thousands of flights and for a multitude of operational problems that have highlighted the fragility of the airport infrastructure as a whole. Alitalia will seek compensation for the damage it sustained, which so far totals 80 million euro.

“Our relaunch plan is complex, and in one of the most competitive sectors in Italy and in the world – continues Cassano – Fiumicino Airport in its current state is not an appropriate infrastructure to serve as the hub of an airline with our ambitions“.

“The problems of Fiumicino come from years and years of inadequate investment and planning and are now structural, we hope there will be less attention to finance and more attention to the market and to passengers needs”.

“If Fiumicino will continue to focus on low cost carriers and mediocre services, Alitalia will be forced to shift its growth elsewhere”.

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Top Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-243 ER EI-DBL (msn 32781) arrives at the FCO hub wears special “Franciacorta” markings as a salute to Alitalia’s Expo 2015 partner.

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