Delta to continue to fly to Dallas Love Field (for now)

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will continue operating five daily flights between Dallas Love Field and Atlanta.

U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade ruled Friday (January 8) the Atlanta-based airline can continue to serve customers at the Dallas airport while gate allocations it is seeking are decided in lower courts.

Delta responded with this comment:

“Delta is pleased that the Court has confirmed our right to serve Love Field,” the airline said Friday. “We look forward to bringing the people of Dallas the benefit of Delta’s industry leading product and global network at Love Field.”

Delta has fought a lengthy legal battle to continue operating at Dallas Love Field so customers have more choice at an airport where Southwest Airlines operates 18 of 20 available gates. Love Field is smaller than Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport but more convenient to downtown.

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WestJet today starts Boeing 767-300 scheduled service to Hawaii

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WestJet (Calgary) today celebrates the airline’s first flight from Alberta to Hawaii on its own Boeing 767-300 extended-range aircraft. To this point, flights to the Hawaiian Islands had been taking place on leased aircraft.

WestJet took delivery of its first Boeing 767-300 on August 27, 2015 and has been flying the aircraft between Calgary and Toronto in order to obtain Extended-range Twin-engine Operation (ETOPS) certification. This certification allows the aircraft to be operated for extended distances over water and is required for WestJet’s service to Hawaii and to London Gatwick, which commences service in May 2016.

WestJet’s Boeing 767-300 service to Hawaii departs Edmonton on January 10 at 8:15 a.m. and arrives in Maui at 12:37 p.m.

The airline will operate two 767-300 aircraft from Calgary and Edmonton to Honolulu and Maui. Each aircraft seats 262 guests. The aircraft include a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in a two-by-two configuration, hot meals and all of the other amenities associated with Plus. The main cabin has 238 seats, with two seats on either side of the aircraft and three in the middle. One of the 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline’s new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system while the other will include tablets loaded with movies and popular televisions shows. By spring, both aircraft will be equipped with WestJet Connect.

WestJet’s seasonal service between Alberta and Hawaii began December 11, 2015, using two leased 767 aircraft from Omni Air International pending receipt of federal government certification for extended operation of WestJet’s 767s, which was received on December 30, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) lands at the Calgary base.

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West Atlantic’s CRJ200 SE-DUX crashes in the border region of Sweden and Norway, 2 crew members dead

West Air Europe Cargo (West Atlantic Group) Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) SE-DUX (msn 7010) OSL (Gunter Mayer). Image: 930938.

West Atlantic Cargo Airlines (West Air Europe-Sweden) (West Atlantic Group) (Gothenburg, Sweden) Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) with the registration of SE-DUX (msn 7010) late on January 8 with two pilots was operating flight SWN 294 between Oslo and Tromso, Norway, crashed in the mountainous border region of Norway and Sweden. The crew members declared an emergency and disappeared from radar. The jetliner impacted a mountain northwest of Lake Akkajaure in Lapplandsfjällen near the Norwegian border. There were no survivors.

West Atlantic was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Operations are performed all over Europe.

The company issued this statement:

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The aircraft departed Oslo on route to Tromsö and declared mayday at 23:31 (January 8) whereby the Swedish and Norwegian search and rescue teams were notified. The crash site was located at 03:10 (January 9) near the Norwegian border by the Lake Akkajaure in the Swedish Lapplandsfjällen by air rescue services with support from Hovedredningssentralen in Norway.

The search has been taken over by the Swedish police which are on their way to the accident site. The internal process is coordinated by the Company’s Emergency Response Team.

Route
Flight no: SWN 294
Route: Oslo – Tromsö
Crew members on board: 2
Type of freight: General freight / Post

Aircraft
Registration: SE-DUX
Aircraft Type: Bombardier CRJ200 PF
Year of manufacture: 1993
Manufacturer’s serial number: 7010
Hours flown since manufactured: 38 601:49
Total flight cycles since manufactured: 31 036

West Atlantic Sweden AB has operated the aircraft since 2007 and flown approximately 10,000 hours.

Crew
Age: Captain 42, First Officer 34
Employed with the company: 2011 and 2008
Flight hours: Captain 2 050 hours on type, total hours 3 173
First officer: 900 hours on type, total hours 3 050

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer/AirlinersGallery.com. SE-DUX arrives at Oslo before the tragic accident.

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SriLankan Airlines bids farewell to its last Airbus A340 after 21 years

4R-ADF operated the last A340 flight on January 7, 2016

SriLankan Airlines (Colombo) yesterday (January 7) operated its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight from Chennai to Colombo with the pictured A340-313 4R-ADF (msn 374). The airline issued this statement and photos of the historic event:

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SriLankan Airlines, the first Asian airline to operate the four-engine Airbus A340 aircraft, bid goodbye to the last of its A340s after more than two decades in service, with a final commercial flight on January 7, 2016.

SriLankan introduced the A340 on September 1, 1994, at the time when it was the most sophisticated aircraft manufactured by Airbus Industrie. Over this 21-year period, a total of seven A340s have served the airline, and were for many years the mainstay of its long haul fleet.

Above Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by SriLankan).

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Below Photo: 4R-ADF and the crew received the traditional water cannon salute on its return to Colombo.

SriLankan A340-300 4R-ALF arrives at Colombo on last flight (SriLankan)(LR)

Below Photo: Final handshake recived from SriLankan’s CEO – Suren Ratwatte to Capt. Nanda Nadarajah (former Chief Pilot A340).

SriLankan A340-300 4R-ALF captain on last flight (SriLankan)(LR)

Below Photo: The crew of the last revenue flight:

SriLankan A340-300 4R-ALF crew on last flight (SriLankan)(LR)

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Air China finalizes its order for six additional Boeing 777-300 ERs

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Air China (Beijing) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) has announced an order for six additional 777-300 ER (Extended Range) jetliners. The order is valued at more than $2 billion at current list prices and bolsters Air China’s long-haul widebody fleet as it looks to expand its international network.

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China’s flag carrier continues to modernize its long-haul fleet to replace aging aircraft and plans to expand its growing network internationally. Air China currently operates a fleet 174 Boeing airplanes, including nearly all current Boeing production models, including the Next-Generation 737, 747-8 Intercontinental as well as 777-300 ERs.

With this new order, Air China will increase its unfilled airplane orders with Boeing to 90 units, which include orders for new 787-9 Dreamliners.

Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2047 (msn 60374) in the special 50th Anniversary of China-France diplomatic relations livery approaches the runway at London (Heathrow).

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Boeing delivers a record number of airliners in 2015

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) delivered 762 commercial airplanes in 2015, 39 more than the previous year and most ever for the company as it enters its centennial year.

In 2015, Boeing recorded 768 net orders, valued at $112.4 billion at current list prices. At year end, Boeing held 5,795 unfilled orders from customers worldwide.

In addition to the orders and deliveries, the company marked a number of other milestones in 2015:

  • Five customers received their first 787 Dreamliners, including Royal Air Maroc, Scoot, American Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Vietnam Airlines
  • The 747 team delivered the 100th 747-8, the 767 program received its largest single order ever from FedEx and the 777 program announced a 2 percent fuel improvement package
  • The newly expanded Seattle Delivery Center opened its doors to pave the way for increased 737 production
  • The first 737 MAX rolled out of the factory in December
  • The 787-10 team completed detailed design of the newest member of the 787 family, while the 777X reached firm configuration, allowing the team to begin detailed design of parts, assemblies and other systems for the airplane

Orders, deliveries and unfilled orders as of Dec. 31, 2015, by program were as follows:

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United Airlines updates the public on CEO Oscar Munoz’s medical condition

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United Airlines (Chicago) has announced that Oscar Munoz, the company’s president and CEO, underwent a heart transplant operation on January 6 and is in recovery. A transplant was considered the preferred treatment and was not the result of a setback in his recovery. The United team wishes Oscar well during his recovery, and expects him to return to United at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter.

The company later updated the CEO’s condition:

United Airlines announced that Oscar Munoz, the company’s president and CEO, is currently recovering well following the heart transplant he received on January 6, 2016. He is still expected to return from his previously announced medical leave at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter of 2016. Brett J. Hart will continue as the acting CEO until Munoz’s return.

In a letter to employees on November 5, 2015, Munoz stated that he expected to return full time in the first quarter of 2016. Since his heart attack on October 15, 2015, Munoz has been progressing well, with the assistance of an implanted medical device. A transplant was considered to be preferable to long-term reliance on the implanted device and was not the result of a setback in his recovery. Munoz had been cleared to return to work prior to the transplant. Since early December, Munoz had been gradually resuming company-related activities in collaboration with Hart, visiting with employees, and participating in meetings at the company’s headquarters.

Dr. Duc Pham, MD, Director of the Northwestern Medicine Heart Transplant Program, commented, “The surgical team was quite pleased with how the procedure went. The patient’s early course has been excellent, and the transplanted heart is functioning very well. We are very optimistic about his prospects for a complete recovery.”

“Given Mr. Munoz’s excellent physical condition and the rapid pace of his recovery prior to the transplant, we expect a quick recovery and a return to his duties as CEO,” said Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery for Northwestern Medicine.

“We wish Oscar well as he progresses on his road to recovery, and we look forward to his expected return,” said Henry L. Meyer III, non-executive chairman of the board of directors. “We take comfort in the prognosis for Oscar’s full recovery, based both on the report from his medical team and what we have learned about transplants from our own consulting cardiologist. We will, of course, be monitoring Oscar’s progress closely and both his and the board’s focus will be on the best interests of our shareholders. In the meantime, the board is working closely with Brett and the full executive team to continue delivering on our commitments to customers and employees.”

“I want to assure all of our customers, employees and partners that as Oscar completes his recovery, we remain focused on leading the company forward and implementing Oscar’s strategic vision,” said acting CEO, Hart.

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