Gotham Air is launched in the New York area

Gotham Air Bell 407 Helicopter

Gotham Air (New York) is a new crowd sourced on-demand helicopter service for the New York area. The new service will be different than previous helicopter airlines of the past. Prospective passengers with use the Gotham Air app to find a flight and the company will match you with other passengers to fill the helicopter. Gotham Air is using Helicopter Flight Services to operate the helicopters. Gotham Air’s role is to find and combine the passengers to make the flights profitable. The service will operate from JFK International Airport, Newark International Airport and Manhattan. The new service today issued this statement:

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Time is money. Imagine if you could travel from Manhattan to JFK or Newark Liberty Airports in six minutes instead of two hours of stop and go traffic. Today marks the launch of Gotham Air, a premiere daily crowd sourced helicopter service that will revolutionize how you commute. To celebrate the launch, first time riders can book a $99 flat rate flight by simply selecting a departure from one of three Manhattan heliports.

Gotham Air features include:

Flights available seven days a week

First time users pay $99 to JFK or EWR; after the first ride, a one way fare is $199 – $219 dependent on departure time

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by world renowned Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery

Beverage services available for afternoon flights

Luxury helicopter interiors feature Hermes leather furnishings

VIP lounges and ground support concierge services

Inclement weather guarantee backed by Tesla; Gotham Air will pick up guests at their home or office in Manhattan and whisk them to the airport in a sleek Tesla S on rare occasions when the winds are too high or the cloud cover is too low

Gotham Air has formed an alliance with Helicopter Flight Services, one of the largest, most trusted names in luxury aviation for the past thirty years. Gotham Air’s digital service platform is integrated with Helicopter Flight Services’ fleet of state of the art helicopters including seven Bell 407s, one Sikorsky S76 C+ and one Bell 427.

Images: Gotham Air.

Gotham Air over Manhattan

United Airlines adds 55 flights on 8 routes for the Super Bowl

United Airlines (Chicago) added more flights for football fans on top of regularly scheduled service to Phoenix from its hubs in Chicago (O’Hare), Denver, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Los Angeles, Newark and San Francisco. The airline also added special new nonstop service, operating from January 29 to February 2, from Boston and Seattle/Tacoma to Phoenix for the Super Bowl. Several of the flights will be operated with Boeing 767 aircraft to accommodate the extra demand.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. United Airlines Boeing 767-322 ER N675UA (msn 29243) completes its final approach at Los Angeles International Airport.

United Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery only): AG Slide Show

Southwest Airlines is adding more flights to Phoenix for the Super Bowl

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is adding more nonstop flights and connections between Seattle/Tacoma and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Boston and Manchester and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for the Super Bowl. The additional flights will only be offered between January 29 and February 2 to handle the anticipated increase in travelers.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737-3H4 N654SW (msn 28399) taxies to the runway at San Francisco International Airport.

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Delta reports net income of $649 million for the 4Q, $2.8 billion for the full year

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter. Key points include:

Delta’s pre-tax income for the December 2014 quarter was $1.0 billion, excluding special items1, an increase of $474 million over the December 2013 quarter on a similar basis. Delta’s net income for the December 2014 quarter was $649 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, and its operating margin was 12.6 percent, excluding special items.

For the full year 2014, Delta’s pre-tax income, excluding special items, was $4.5 billion, a $1.9 billion increase over 2013. Delta’s net income for the year was $2.8 billion with an operating margin of 13.1 percent, excluding special items.

On a GAAP basis including special items, Delta’s December quarter pre-tax loss was $1.1 billion, operating margin was -8.6 percent and net loss was $712 million, or $0.86 per share. On a GAAP basis including special items, Delta’s 2014 pre-tax income was $1.1 billion, operating margin was 5.5 percent and net income was $659 million.

2014 results include $1.1 billion in profit sharing expense, including $262 million in the December quarter, recognizing Delta employees’ contributions toward meeting the company’s financial goals.
The company’s strong cash generation allowed it to accelerate its capital deployment plans by reducing its adjusted net debt2 to $7.3 billion, contributing an incremental $250 million above required funding to its defined benefit pension plans, and returning $1.35 billion to shareholders through a combination of $251 million of dividends and $1.1 billion of share repurchases in 2014.

“Our 2014 performance – an industry-leading operation, superior customer service, and a 70 percent increase in profits – shows that Delta is focused on delivering growing value for its employees, customers and investors,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. “As we begin 2015, we have a significant opportunity from lower fuel prices, which will drive more than $2 billion in fuel savings over 2014. Through our capacity discipline, pricing our product to demand, and the fuel savings, we expect to drive double-digit earnings growth, along with increased free cash flow and a higher return on invested capital in the upcoming year.”

Special Items

Delta recorded a $1.4 billion special items charge, net of taxes, in the December 2014 quarter, including:

a $1.2 billion charge for mark-to-market adjustments on fuel hedges settling in future periods;
a $75 million charge for mark-to-market adjustments on hedges owned by Virgin Atlantic;
a $74 million charge for fleet, facilities, and other items, associated with Delta’s domestic fleet restructuring initiative as well as the write-down of certain facilities in Concourse C of Detroit Airport; and
a $29 million gain related to an insurance settlement.
Delta recorded a net $7.9 billion special items gain in the December 2013 quarter, including:

an $8.0 billion non-cash gain associated with the reversal of Delta’s tax valuation allowance;
a $92 million mark-to-market gain on fuel hedges; and
a $160 million charge for facilities, fleet and other, including charges associated with Delta’s domestic fleet restructuring.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Financial comment from James Chen, Chief Technical Strategist at www.cityindex.com.sg

“Delta Airlines Inc. (DAL) announced fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday before the market open. The airline reported better-than-expected non-GAAP earnings of $0.78 per share, helped by falling fuel prices. This beat analysts’ consensus earnings estimate of $0.77.

Total operating revenue reached $9.65 billion, slightly topping the $9.58 consensus estimate.

DAL’s stock price rose well above $47.00 in pre-market trading after having closed on Friday at 45.84.

Overall, DAL continues to trade within a long-term bullish trend. 2014 was a dramatically bullish year for the stock, as price rose by 84% from its 2014 opening price of $27.26 up to the record high of $50.16 that was reached on the very last day of 2014. This was despite a major price correction that occurred throughout September and the first half of October.

The new year has thus far shown somewhat of a different picture. From the very beginning of 2015, DAL has declined consistently from its 2014 high in a substantial pullback move.

Prior to Tuesday’s earnings report, price action had been approaching key support around the $44.00 price level, slightly under the 50-day moving average. The positive earnings report, however, has prompted a significant rebound from that level, with a clear upside resistance target around the $50.00 resistance area once again. With a continued bullish bias, especially after Tuesday’s earnings beat, the uptrend for DAL should be poised to continue its march up towards its $55.00 price objective.”

Read more on James’ page at http://www.cityindex.com.sg/market-talk/analysts/james-chen/

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 N374DA (msn 29622) approaches the runway at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Slide Show

SAS Group slips back into the red for its fiscal year

SAS Group (Scandinavian Airlines-SAS) (Stockholm) at its annual meeting discussed its financial results for its fiscal year 2013-2014 and also issued its annual report. The group fell back into a net loss of 719 million SEK ($88.4 million) for the year.

The group is coming under continued pressure from lower cost carriers in its markets (especially from Norwegian Air Shuttle) and also from the major European carriers, such as British Airways-Iberia, Lufthansa and Air France-KLM, shifting its European operations to its lower cost subsidiaries such as Vueling Airlines, Germanwings, Transavia Airlines and Hop!

SAS Group’s share of the Scandinavian market:

SAS share of the Scandinavian market

The group summarized its fiscal year:

“The results for the 2013/2014 fiscal year reflect a year characterized by substantial overcapacity and pressure on yield and unit revenue, and in which market conditions stabilized slightly toward the end of the year.”

The group also issued this outlook for 2015:

“SAS is continuing the intensive efforts to strengthen competitiveness. The potential exists for SAS to post a positive EBT before tax and nonrecurring items in the 2014/2015 fiscal year. This is provided that the economy does not weaken, that the trend continues in terms of reduced capacity and lower jet fuel prices, is maintained, that exchange rates are not subject to further deterioration and that no unexpected events occur.”

Fleet streamling:

In the 2013/2014 fiscal year, SAS phased in one long-haul aircraft and five medium-haul aircraft with modern cabins, in parallel with phasing out the last two Boeing 737 Classics. SAS also returned 11 MD-80s and seven Boeing 737 Classics that were taken out of service in the 2013 calendar year. With the phasing out of the MD-80 fleet and Boeing 737 Classics, SAS achieved an in-service aircraft fleet comprising only Next Generation aircraft in 2013/2014. SAS now has only one type of medium-haul aircraft per base, which provides a more stable and more efficient operational and technical plat- form. In addition, SAS plans to further streamline regional aircraft operations by phasing out Boeing 717s in 2015. SAS intends to transfer the CRJ900s to Cimber.

In addition, SAS has placed orders for four Airbus A330Es and eight Airbus A350s with delivery from 2015 to 2021, as well as 30 Airbus A320neo with delivery from 2016 to 2019. The first long-haul aircraft are expected to be in-service in autumn 2015. The introduction of long and medium-haul aircraft means SAS will be able to offer fre- quent travelers a world-class customer experience in parallel with lowering fuel and maintenance costs.

SAS Fleet Plans 2015

SAS Group’s strategy:

SAS Group Strategy

Read the full yearly financial report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. The SAS Group still operates both the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 Next-Generation family of aircraft in a very mixed short haul fleet. With the new A320neo aircraft being added the Boeing 737 fleet will be gradually reduced. Airbus A320-232 OY-KAP (msn 3086) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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Silver Airways to add Panama City, Florida as its newest destination, will also add Charleston, SC

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) is continuing to expand its Florida flying by introducing service from its 12th Sunshine State airport: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City, Florida. On March 19, 2015, the airline is starting nonstop service from Panama City to both Orlando and Tampa. The two new routes are not currently being serviced from Panama City.

Starting March 19, 2015, Silver will operate two daily nonstop flights between Panama City and Orlando, as well as daily nonstop service between Panama City and Tampa.

Starting March 19, 2015, Silver Airways is also launching nonstop service between Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and Pensacola International Airport (PNS). The flights will operate on weekdays Monday through Friday with continuing service to/from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

In other news, Silver Airways is also extending its routes from Tampa and Orlando to Charleston, South Carolina starting on March 19.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Silver Airways SAAB 340B N418XJ (msn 418) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Alaska Airlines launches a special ‘Russell Wilson’s Fan Flight II’ to Phoenix Sweepstakes, adds extra flights for the Super Bowl

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has issued this statement:

Alaska Airlines is giving its Mileage Plan members a chance to fly from Seattle/Tacoma to Phoenix on a special charter to cheer on its Chief Football Officer, Russell Wilson, when his team plays in the big game on February 1. Alaska is launching “Russell Wilson’s Fan Flight II – For Strong Against Cancer,” a four-day sweepstakes on Alaska Airlines’ Facebook page.

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Above Photo: Alaska Airlines. Alaska has also changed the on-board mood lighting to the team colors.

Fifty-six prize winners will receive two roundtrip tickets for an ‘inflight tailgate party’ from Seattle to Phoenix on its “Go Russell 737-900ER” aircraft (above and below). Winners will also receive two nights of hotel accommodations, admission to an exclusive game day party and transportation to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and their hotel.

The sweepstakes is open to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members who are residents of Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Sweepstakes winners will be notified by phone and email beginning on Friday, January 23. To enter and review complete sweepstakes rules, visit www.facebook.com/AlaskaAirlines at 8 a.m. PT.

“We’re thrilled to have a second opportunity to fly Russell’s fans to the big game. We invite our loyal Mileage Plan members to join us in cheering on Russell and his team as they pursue their second championship win,” said Joe Sprague, senior vice president of communications and external relations for Alaska Airlines. “By entering this sweepstakes, Mileage Plan members are also helping to raise funds to help defeat childhood cancer, a cause that’s a priority for both Alaska and our Chief Football Officer.”

Alaska Russell Wilson

Above Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Russell Wilson’s Fan Flight for Strong Against Cancer

For every sweepstakes entry, Alaska Airlines will make a $1 donation to Strong Against Cancer, up to $50,000. Strong Against Cancer is a multi-year initiative dedicated to ending childhood cancer. Funds raised go directly to breakthrough pediatric cancer immunotherapy research underway at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. In just one of the Center’s clinical trials for patients who have relapsed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), this breakthrough treatment has had a stunning 85 percent success rate – 11 of 13 patients’ cancer went into remission. Alaska joined Wilson in supporting Strong Against Cancer initially pledging $100,000 and is donating an additional $3,000 for every touchdown scored by Wilson and his offense in the playoff games and the championship game.

Alaska Adds Extra Flights Between Seattle and Phoenix

To help football fans trying to attend the February 1 championship game, Alaska has added two roundtrip flights between Seattle/Tacoma and Phoenix.

Summary of extra flights:

Alaska SEA-PHX flights

Top Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines has embraced its relationship with the Seattle Seahawks quarterback with special appearances and this special logo jet. Boeing 737-990 ER N453AS (msn 36354) carries unique “Go Russell!” markings. The markings have now been modified (below). The wingtip also includes Russell’s jersey number. (Alaska Airlines):

Alaska 737-900ER WL N453AS (15-Go Russell! - Nonstop Dedication)(Titles)(Alaska)(LR)

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Alitalia to add Milan Linate-Copenhagen service

Alitalia (3rd) (Rome) will introduce the Milan (Linate) – Copenhagen route on March 30. The new route will initially operate three days a week with Airbus A320 aircraft according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 EI-IKU (msn 1217) climbs away from the runway at Barcelona.

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Airberlin continues to expand its focus on Italy and connecting with Alitalia

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) is continuing to optimize its route network with the expansion of its services to the important focus market of Italy at the beginning of the summer schedule. Starting March 29, 2015, Airberlin will operate a new daily service from Stuttgart to Rome as well as three flights a day from Stuttgart to Milan (Linate) starting in May 2015. In addition, starting in May Airberlin will expand its service on the Stuttgart to Venice route to include three new daily flights.

The number of flights from Dusseldorf to Rome is also being increased: starting March 29, Airberlin will offer six new flights from Monday to Friday as well as two flights on Sundays. Several improvements to the departure times of existing services complete the optimization of the flight program from Germany to Italy. With up to ten additional flights per week compared to last year, Airberlin will operate a total of 260 flights a week from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to Italy during summer 2015.

The new flights will be integrated in the codeshare agreement with Alitalia (3rd) (Rome) and will carry Alitalia flight numbers. All of Airberlin’s and Alitalia’s direct flights between Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland have been operated as codeshare flights since the start of the 2014/2015 winter schedule.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 D-ABFC (msn 4161) lands at EuroAirport serving the Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg area.

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JetBlue Airways flight 1295 aborts its takeoff at New York JFK to avoid a taxiing Caribbean Airlines flight 526

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JetBlue Airways (New York) flight 1295 from New York (JFK) to Austin, Texas with an Airbus A320 was ordered by FAA Air Traffic Control (ATC) to avoid its takeoff on runway 22 at JFK International Airport late Saturday night (January 17). The order was given to avoid a possible collision with a taxiing Caribbean Airlines flight 526 operated with a Boeing 737-800. According to this report, the Caribbean flight “taxied across” the JetBlue’s takeoff path. The two aircraft never came any closer than 2,800 feet. The JetBlue flight taxied back to the gate.

Read the full report from Newsday: CLICK HERE

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Air Moldova is coming to Vienna

Air Moldova (Chisinau) expands its route network by launching a new nonstop route from Chisinau to Vienna starting on April 10, 2015. The Chisinau-Vienna-Chisinau flight will be operated three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Embraer 190 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR ER-ECB (msn 19000325) prepares to taxi at Antalya.

Air Moldova aircraft slide show:

Route Map:

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JetBlue Airways adds an extra flight from Boston to Phoenix for the Super Bowl

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced it is kicking off extra flights between Boston and Phoenix for the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

JetBlue has added additional flights between Phoenix (PHX) and Boston (BOS), increasing capacity to its already sold out schedule. In addition to its normal schedule of daily BOS-PHX service, seats are now available on the below new flights:

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N652JB (msn 3029) in the Dots livery taxies at JFK International Airport.

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WestJet is coming to Houston and Gander, adds Encore routes from Halifax

WestJet (Calgary) today announced two new destinations – Houston, Texas and Gander, Newfoundland – as part of the 2015 summer schedule release. The airline adds a total of nine new routes and increased frequency on 15 established routes.

In addition to nonstop flights to Houston, growth in Western Canada includes new daily non-stop flights from Calgary to Yellowknife and Terrace, BC, launching May 3, 2015. WestJet Encore service between Edmonton and Kamloops, BC, announced early last year, is set to begin on February 15, 2015.

WestJet Summer 2015 New Routes

In addition, WestJet has announced the largest increase in service from Halifax Stanfield International Airport since the airline first arrived in February 2003. This announcement, part of the 2015 summer schedule release, makes it official – WestJet Encore is now serving Canadians coast to coast.

The airline continues to bolster its presence in the Atlantic Provinces where the majority of route and frequency increases announced today take place. New nonstop daily service from Halifax to Gander and Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Sydney, Nova Scotia begins July 15, 2015, along with increased frequency between Halifax and Ottawa, Toronto and St. John’s, Newfoundland. Cities currently served from Halifax include Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Ontario, and six U.S. and international destinations.

Haligonians will also help WestJet celebrate new service between their fair city and Glasgow, United Kingdom, beginning May 29, 2015. As the halfway point between Europe and the west coast of North America, Halifax is the perfect jumping-off point for a tour across the pond.

Details of new daily nonstop service between Halifax and Glasgow, United Kingdom:

WestJet Halifax 2015 New Summer Routes

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. With this announcement, WestJet Encore will now operate from coast to coast. On the other end, WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FHEN (msn 4441) lands at Vancouver International Airport.

WestJet aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

WestJet Encore aircraft slide show:

Video: Flying jump seat on a WestJet Boeing 737-800:

 

KLM to introduce the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on October 26

KLM 787-9

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) is planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi-Bahrain route on October 26 per Luchvaart News.

Air France-KLM Group has 25 787-9s on order.

Image: Boeing.

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QANTAS Airways introduces its upgraded international Airbus A330 cabin, also introduces the Orton amenity kit

QANTAS Airways’ (Sydney) first upgraded international Airbus A330 cabin was introduced on January 16 on the Melbourne-Singapore route.

Passengers on flight QF 35 from Melbourne to Singapore were the first QANTAS customers to fly on the reconfigured international aircraft (see video below). It follows the introduction of the first domestic Airbus A330 last month, now operating on east-west services and key domestic routes.

The new A330 experience offers lie-flat Business Suites, designed in collaboration with Marc Newson, with a unique feature that allows customers to recline in their seat from take-off through to landing. A next-generation model of the award-winning Recaro seat has been introduced in Economy, and customers in all cabins will enjoy the latest inflight entertainment technology.

More than half of QANTAS’ 28 A330 aircraft are expected to be refurbished by the end of December 2015, with the project to be completed by the end of 2016.

Customers in Economy will enjoy QANTAS’ new inflight dining experience, launched on Singapore flights earlier this week, offering more choice, larger meals and improved service.

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In other news, QANTAS has welcomed Oroton onboard as the latest designer brand to create the airline’s coveted Business amenity kit (above).

The limited edition Business Sleep Collection amenity kit features a signature Oroton styled bag paired with exclusive ASPAR products by Aurora Spa.

The unisex amenity kit has been designed to hold QANTAS’ signature Business pyjamas, eye mask, socks, toothbrush, toothpaste and earplugs comfortably inside.

QANTAS International Head of Customer Experience & Creative Development Kylie Morris said the limited edition Oroton amenity kit was timed to celebrate the inaugural flight of the upgraded international A330 from Singapore to Melbourne.

The QANTAS Business Sleep Collection will be offered to customers travelling in the Business cabin from today on select Qantas international flights from Asia operated by the refurbished A330 aircraft.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by QANTAS). Airbus A330-201 VH-EBA (msn 508) in the old CityFlyer markings arrives at the Sydney hub.

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Video: QANTAS. A sneak peek of QF’s domestic A330 aircraft which gets reconfigured with its lie-flat Business Suites, designed in collaboration with Marc Newson, and next generation model of the award-winning Recaro seat in Economy.

 

Delta to bring the Boeing 717 to the West Coast, will resume Atlanta-Honolulu Boeing 747-400 flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is bringing its leased Boeing 717-200s to the U.S. West Coast on four routes. Los Angeles-Las Vegas, Los Angeles-Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake City-Kansas City and Salt Lake City-Las Vegas will be changed to Boeing 717-200 equipment starting on June 4 per Airline Route.

In other news, Delta is bringing back the Boeing 747-400 on the Atlanta-Honolulu route starting on May 1.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 717-231 N927AT (msn 55077) departs from Montreal (Trudeau).

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide (current livery): AG Slide Show

United Airlines to start Houston-Sao Paulo Boeing 787 service

United Airlines (Chicago) is planning to introduce the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) – Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) route in April. The 787 will operate daily on the route starting on April 7 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N20904 (msn 34824) departs the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Frontier Airlines to outsource 1,160 airport jobs at Denver International Airport, cuts back routes at Trenton

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver), under its new ownership group, is slashing 1,160 Denver jobs according to the Denver Post. The company informed its Denver employees yesterday it is outsourcing all ramp, baggage, gate and ticket counter positions at Denver International Airport according to the report. Contractor Swissport will take over the positions in March. Denver was the last Frontier station that serviced its flights with its own in-house employees.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

In other news, Frontier Airlines discontinued service from Trenton (Mercer County) to Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Cleveland on January 6 due to low demand.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N213FR (msn 4704) completes its final approach to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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The pilots of Allegiant Air authorize a strike

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) is facing a possible strike by its pilots. The Airline Professionals Association (APA) Teamsters Local 1224 issued this statement yesterday:

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Pilots at Allegiant Air, represented by the Airline Professionals Association (APA) Teamsters Local 1224, voted overwhelmingly, 465-8, on January 16 to authorize a strike against Allegiant Air. The 10-day voting period closed at 12:00 p.m. EST January 16, with 98 percent of voting Allegiant Air pilots voting “Yes” to authorize the union to call a strike if necessary.

“This does not mean that a strike is going to happen tomorrow or even next week,” said APA Teamsters Local 1224 President Daniel Wells. “It does, however, mean that the situation is fluid. If Allegiant continues to stonewall in negotiations and continues to disregard the federal court’s injunction ordering it to restore the pilots’ work rules, then a pilot strike at Allegiant Air will be very realistic.”

In early January, the union’s leadership decided to put a formal strike authorization vote out to the membership, based on a deadlock in negotiations and Allegiant Air’s continued failure to abide by a July 2014 federal court injunction directing Allegiant Air to restore the pilots’ work rule protections and benefits to previously negotiated levels.

“Virtually every pilot voted to authorize a strike,” Wells said. “That speaks volumes.”

With this kind of support, the union intends to move forward by seeking a proffer from the National Mediation Board (NMB) under the Railway Labor Act’s dispute provisions. Once this has been completed, or to the extent that Allegiant remains unwilling to restore the pilots’ work rule protections and benefits, the pilots would be free to conduct a legal strike in the near future.

The pilots have been in negotiations with Allegiant Air for two years with little to no progress. Their first negotiation session began in December of 2012 – with mediated negotiations beginning in April 2014 – and still the company cannot reach agreement with the union on even the most basic conditions in their negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

“No one wants to strike,” Wells said. “We would rather be able to make some real progress in direct negotiations. However, the pilots haven’t seen any real progress in over two years.”

In just two years, three employee groups, encompassing all of Allegiant Air’s operational personnel, have joined national labor unions, indicating that the issues at hand in this battle extend far beyond basic management-employee relations. In addition to basic compensation and work rules, the issues center on safety concerns and operational deficiencies that cannot be resolved without the company’s willingness to begin reinvesting directly into the company’s operation. The pilots contend that vital changes are needed for Allegiant’s long-term success, before it’s too late.

Teamster pilots with Allegiant Air conducted informational picketing on Tuesday at McCarran International Airport and Allegiant Air Corporate Headquarters in Las Vegas, as well as at St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Florida, to make the public aware of their fight for infrastructural investments into Allegiant Air’s operational systems, basic industry averages in salary and for other job protection measures that are standard in the airline industry.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air is one of the most profitable airlines in the world, reporting a profit for 47 consecutive quarters. Its executives are among the highest compensated in the industry, yet its pilots are among the lowest paid and are subject to substandard working conditions in comparison to the rest of the industry.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-204 N905NV (msn 27235) arrives back at the Las Vegas base from Honolulu.

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Ryanair vs Aer Lingus battle takes to Twitter: Is this the ultimate “airline photobomb”?

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The everlasting rivalry between Ireland’s two major carriers, Aer Lingus (Dublin) and Ryanair (Dublin), erupted into action again this week with the two airlines exchanging blows over Twitter. Well, we say “blows”, more like witty banter.

It all kicked off when flag carrier Aer Lingus pointed out that a photo of one of it’s own aircraft had been used in an advertisement of the low-cost carrier, Ryanair (above).

In response to this, a follower of the airline asked the question on everyone’s mind: do the two airlines actually hate each other?

Aer Lingus responded by tweeting “Just some healthy rivalry. Isn’t that right, ‪@Ryanair”

Ryanair Response on Twitter

However, Ryanair saw this as a challenge and swiftly responded (above) with a harsh uppercut to their rivals. Tweeting “We stopped being rivals in the 90s ‪@AerLingus. We’d have to treble our fares & lose 81m customers to be your rival ‪#EuropesNo1”

(Ouch!)

Aer Lingus ended the exchange with a simple “‪@Ryanair‪ Okay, nevermind. #PeaceOut”

The two airlines occasionally exchange banter over the social network but this is one fray that couldn’t go unnoticed.

What’s next in this epic battle? Facebook statuses? Or all out text war? Watch this space.

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo Below: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Now known by us as the “Aer Lingus-Ryanair “Photobomb” Airbus A320″, the real Aer Lingus A320-214 EI-DVM (msn 4634) in the 1963 retro jet scheme arrives at “Ryanair safe” Heathrow Airport.

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BH Air plans to fly to New York and Chicago starting in May

BH Air (Sofia) plans to start trans-Atlantic routes to both New York and Chicago from Sofia starting in May according to novinite.com quoting Sofia Airport CEO Hristo Shterionov. The airline intends to operate four flights a week.

On June 4, 2014 the company leased its first Airbus A330-200 (A330-223 LZ-AWA, msn 255) (above and below) from AerCap.

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Top Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 LZ-AWA (msn 255) arrives at Palma de Mallorca.

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Norwegian announces three new routes

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) has announced new weekly nonstop flights between Stockholm (Arlanda) and Bastia in Corsica starting on April 25. Additionally the airline will launch new twice-weekly nonstop flights between Madrid and Nice starting on March 29 as well as weekly flights between London (Gatwick) and Kefalonia in Greece on April 18.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 LN-NOD (msn 35280) with Sonja Henie on the tail approaches the runway at Gatwick Airport near London.

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Air France introduces its new La Première cabin

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Air France (Paris) on January 12 inaugurated its new La Première cabin (above) on board flight AF 254 to Singapore and Jakarta, on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

On this occasion, Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France declared: “With our new La Première suites, we intend to offer the best on the market and this is what we are highlighting today. By choosing to fly to South East Asia, we also intend to reaffirm just how important this part of the world is to us, especially to attract and retain our Premium customers”.

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According to the airline, “On board, La Première customers have been able to enjoy a genuine “designer” suite offering total privacy (above). Air France has dressed each suite with thick curtains, held back with leather tiebacks. A unique and daring concept, they enable the passenger to decide whether to be totally isolated or just partially.

Throughout the trip, each guest has a personal 24-inch (61cm) HD touch screen, one of the largest ever seen on board, offering a totally new intuitive navigation experience on an exclusive graphic interface, inspired by the iPad and available in twelve languages. Movies, games, music, TV series, etc. Close to 1,000 hours of programmes on demand will soon be available.

In an instant, the La Première seat turns into a fully-flat bed over two metres long. The armrests are fully retractable and offer a vast space 77 cm wide. When the passenger is ready to go to sleep, the crew members install a mattress on the seat, for impeccable comfort. They are then given a fluffy pillow and a Sofitel MyBed duvet. When the curtains are closed, the partition raised and the light subdued, the suite embraces the passenger, for total privacy.”

A region experiencing an economic boom, Air France-KLM intends to offer its best products and services to its customers in South East Asia. As from February 2015 and throughout the winter season, the new Air France cabins will be available on board all daily flights to Singapore and Jakarta, for optimal travel comfort. Since September 2014, customers have already been enjoying these exceptional new cabins on certain flights to these two cities.

In 2015, the new La Première suites will be available on flights to New York, Dubai, Libreville and Yaoundé. In addition to these “designer” suites, Air France customers can also enjoy the new Business cabin, a real cocoon in the sky. They also benefit from the new Premium Economy cabins, with 40% more space and Economy, offering optimal comfort for all.

On departure from the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs, Air France-KLM offers over 90 weekly flights to 8 destinations in South East Asia – Bangkok, Denpasar (Bali), Hô Chi Minh-City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Hanoi (on a code-share basis with Vietnam Airlines).

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InselAir inaugurates the Aruba-Manaus route, will start Miami-Havana flights

InselAir (Curacao) on January 14 inaugurated its new Aruba – Manaus route with an festive early gathering at Queen Beatrix International Airport during which Minister Oduber and InselAir Aruba CEO Frederick Nuboer addressed the audience and elaborated on this new route. After the official words and opening, the group proceeded to the gate and boarded for the three-hour inaugural flight to Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus. InselAir was officially and warmly welcomed in Manaus by the traditional water salute, official words and food and drinks before flight 8i696 departed Manaus again.

The flight was operated with a Fokker 70, with 80 seats, which was acquired by InselAir earlier this year to support its growth plans.

InselAir now has 19 aircraft, 600 employees, 22 destinations and expects to transport 1.4 million passengers in 2015.

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InselAir will also add Miami – Havana to its network this month with McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82/83 aircraft (MD-82/83) (above) and will then serve 22 destinations from its hubs on Aruba and Curacao. This year, InselAir expects to add more routes to its network which, amongst other routes, include Cali and Bucaramanga in Colombia, San Juan in Puerto Rico and Quito in Ecuador.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (marketed as the MD-83) PJ-MDG (msn 49935) in the updated 2011 livery arrives at Miami International Airport.

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United Airlines offers its premium international passengers new 2015 limited edition amenity kits, wants to fly to Cuba from Houston and Newark

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United Airlines (Chicago) is offering international premium-cabin customers a unique enhancement to their in-flight experience – specially designed amenity kits available through late spring.

Above Photo: United Airlines. 2015 destination (city) amenity kits.

Limited-edition commemorative tins are currently available and showcase United’s global route network, the most comprehensive of any U.S. carrier. In early spring, United will introduce amenity kits featuring a PGA TOUR theme.

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Above Photo: United Airlines. The 2015 Global First PGA amenity kit.

United Global First and United BusinessFirst customers on international flights departing the airline’s seven mainland U.S. hubs and Honolulu receive special-edition amenity tins, each showcasing the skyline of London, Frankfurt, Toyko, Beijing, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai or Honolulu.

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Above Photo: United Airlines. BusinessFirst 2015 amenity kit.

The commemorative tins, available through the end of March or while supplies last, contain Philosophy-brand skin-care products and other items traditionally found in United’s amenity kits, including comfortable socks, an eye mask, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissue and ear plugs.

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Above Photo: United Airlines. BusinessFirst 2015 amenity kit contents.

United previously offered limited-edition amenity tins in 2014, showcasing the carrier’s mainland U.S. hubs. The set of domestic-location tins proved so popular with customers that United is now introducing the new global-location set.

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Above Photo: United Airlines. The 2014 ORD BusinessFirst amenity kit.

Global First and BusinessFirst customers on international flights arriving in the United States continue to receive the airline’s traditional amenity kits.

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Beginning in April, on international flights departing and arriving in the United States, United will offer amenity kits with a PGA TOUR theme. United is the official airline of the PGA TOUR.

The kits, which come in the form of shoe bags, will include traditional amenity kit items plus tees, United-branded Bridgestone Golf balls and a promotional offer for a future Bridgestone Golf purchase.

The United-PGA TOUR amenity kits will be available through the end of June or while supplies last.

Additionally, United and the PGA TOUR offer MileagePlus members discounts on starting times and golf club rentals at properties within the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network – a collection of more than 30 world-class golf destinations primarily throughout North America – and discounts on the TOURAcademy.

In other related news, United stated yesterday it wants to operate regular flights to Cuba from both Newark and Houston (Bush Intercontinental), subject to government approvals according to Reuters. United has operated charters to Cuba from South Florida in the past. United also holds the old Pan Am route authority to Cuba but this would probably be replaced with a prospective new bilateral agreement if the embargo is eliminated by Congress.

Regular flights (which ended in 1959) are likely years away. In the meantime, Cuban charters continue from a limited number of U.S. cities.

United Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

 

Aeroflot orders 20 more Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) have signed an agreement for an additional 20 of the latest Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft.

The aircraft seat 87 passengers in a dual-class configuration (12 seats in business and 75 in economy) and with a flight range of 2,400 km.

The new aircraft will fly on short-haul domestic routes operated by Aeroflot Group subsidiaries.

The SSJ-100 received certification from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) in January 2011.

The new agreement is in addition to an existing contract for 30 SSJ-100s, and will bring Aeroflot Group’s fleet of SSJ-100s to a total of 50 aircraft by 2017.

Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B RA-89008 (msn 95016) prepares to land back at the Sheremetyevo Airport base in Moscow.

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Branson AirExpress to add two new routes

Branson AirExpress (Branson, Missouri) is adding two new routes. Branson-Denver (operated by Elite Airways Bombardier CRJ200s) will start on April 16 followed by Branson-Austin (operated by Buzz Airways) on May 8.

These two new routes will complement existing service to Chicago (Midway) and Houston (Hobby), both operated by Buzz Airways BAe Jetstream 41s.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Elite Airways Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N91EA (msn 7705) arrives at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Video: May 17 2010, was the first operating day of Branson Air Express, initially operated with ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets.

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Video: A Boeing 737 nose arrives in Wellington as Air New Zealand celebrates 75 years of flying

Video: Air New Zealand. The arrival of the Boeing 737 nose at Te Papa in Wellington for the Air New Zealand 75th Anniversary Exhibition ‘Air New Zealand 75 Years: Our nation. The world. Connected’

Video: Trans Northern Aviation Super DC-3 in Alaska

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Qatar Airways operates the first revenue flight of the new Airbus A350-900

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Qatar Airways (Doha) today (January 15), as planned, inaugurated and operated the first revenue flight of the new Airbus A350-900. Flight QR 067 departed from Doha’s new Hamad International Airport this morning at 0810 local time bound for Frankfurt. The flight arrived at FRA at 1206 CET local time.

More to come on the arrival in Frankfurt.

In other news, Qatar Airways has announced the launch of new direct flights from Doha to Sofia from March, a destination currently served by the airline via Bucharest.

Frequencies are also increasing from Doha to Ankara, which will be served by a six weekly flight connection instead of five from March 1, while capacity will increase to Zagreb with an additional direct flight per week, increasing the frequency from four to five direct flights weekly.

Photo: Qatar Airways. The inaugural pushback from Doha today.

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AirEuropa orders 14 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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AirEuropa (Palma de Mallorca and Madrid) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) today announced an order for 14 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $3.6 billion at list prices, the largest ever Boeing widebody order from a Spanish carrier. The order was booked in December 2014 and was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

AirEuropa now has a combined total of 22 787-8s and 787-9s on order as it continues its transition to an all-Boeing long-haul fleet.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 830 kilometers (450 nautical miles) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

Based at Palma de Mallorca Airport, with a key hub at Adolfo Suarez-Madrid Barajas airport, AirEuropa has grown to be one of the largest airlines in Spain serving more than 40 destinations across Europe and the Americas. Throughout its history, AirEuropa has operated 737s, 757s and 767s and currently has a combination of 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and 787 Dreamliners on order from Boeing.

In other news,  Boeing and Embraer yesterday opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in a collaborative effort to further establish the aviation biofuel industry in Brazil.

At the Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center in the São José dos Campos Technology Park, the companies will coordinate and co-fund research with Brazilian universities and other institutions. The research will focus on technologies that address gaps in creating a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil, such as feedstock production, techno-economic analysis, economic viability studies and processing technologies.

Image: Boeing.

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Alaska Horizon today starts Las Vegas-Mammoth Lakes flights

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) inaugurates new Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) seasonal service between Las Vegas and Mammoth Lakes, California, today (January 15). Mammoth Lakes is a popular ski destination and close to Yosemite National Park.

Alaska’s nonstop flight from Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes will operate on Mondays and Thursdays between January 15 and April 6, 2015.

Alaska Airlines also provides year-round flights to Mammoth Lakes from Los Angeles and winter seasonal flights from San Diego.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Horizon’s (Horizon Air) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N403QX (msn 4037) arrives in Las Vegas in the special college Montana State Bobcats color scheme.

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The new Eastern targets mid-March as launch date for charters pending FAA certification

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Eastern Air Lines Group) (Miami) is targeting mid-March as a possible start of charter operations pending its FAA part 121 certification process according to this article by the Miami Herald. Ultimately the new carrier will offer scheduled passenger operations with a focus on Latin America. Ironically the original Eastern sold its Latin American routes authorities to American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth). This sale led to the creation of American’s fortress Miami International Airport hub. The new Eastern will compete against American Airlines at MIA along with Spirit Airlines and JetBlue Airways from nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and other foreign carriers at both airports. In other words, it is already a crowded field.

In its favor, the Eastern name has an instant brand identification in the South Florida market although both carriers are separate airlines with distinct investors.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. The former Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8AL N276EA (msn 35070) arrived at Miami International Airport to a large welcoming celebration on December 19, 2014. It is currently being modified to meet FAA standards.

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Delta plans to start Los Angeles – Shanghai flights on July 9

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) plans to begin daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Shanghai-Pudong Airport on July 9, 2015, pending U.S. Department of Transportation and foreign government approval.

The Los Angeles market makes up 25 percent of all U.S.-Asia demand, and the start of Shanghai service marks Delta’s fourth daily nonstop flight to the Asia-Pacific region in addition to Tokyo-Narita, Tokyo-Haneda and Sydney.

The route will operate using a 291-seat Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft with 37 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 36 seats in Economy Comfort and 218 seats in Economy class.

Combined with its hubs in Detroit, Seattle/Tacoma and Tokyo-Narita, Delta will operate 42 weekly departures to China’s global financial center. Additionally, Delta offers daily service to China’s capital, Beijing, from both Seattle/Tacoma and Detroit.

Travelers passing through Los Angeles continue to enjoy the benefits of the $229 million expansion and enhancement of Terminal 5 at LAX. The current project will double the size of the ticketing lobby and screening checkpoints and open an exclusive Sky Priority lobby with dedicated access to screening checkpoints for Delta’s high-value customers. It also will include renovations to the Delta Sky Club and new baggage carousels. All renovations are expected to be complete prior to the start of Shanghai service in July.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta Air Lines’ Boeing 777-232 LR N702DN (msn 29741) named “The Spirit of Atlanta” arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Compass Airlines to operate Embraer 175s from Los Angeles for American Airlines

Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) as we previously reported is becoming an American Eagle operator starting on March 29. Per Airline Route, Compass will operate new Embraer ERJ 175s from Los Angeles International Airport for American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) initially to Denver and Houston (Bush Intercontinental) with daily service.

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. Republic Airlines also operates the Embraer 175 as an American Eagle carrier. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N422YX (msn 170000387) approaches the runway at the Miami International Airport hub.

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Aegean Airlines announces a major expansion in Cyprus

Aegean Airlines (Athens), in the wake of the demise of Cyprus Airways (Larnaca), has announced it is filling the void with a major Cyprus expansion. The airline issued this statement:

Aegean Airlines presented its plan for the dynamic growth of its presence in Cyprus and a more effective support of passengers’ needs.

After its 10 years operation in Cyprus and four years after creating its aircraft base in Larnaca, Aegean is taking a new step forward. As of March 30, 2015 – the beginning of the summer schedule – Aegean will base four Airbus A320 aircraft in Cyprus, while the number of destinations connected directly with Cyprus will increase to 14. The total yearly capacity will exceed 1.5 million seats. The company aims to support this venture with additional human resources from Cyprus at the earliest opportunity.

More specifically, with the company’s summer schedule as of April 2015, the connection between Greece and Cyprus is boosted with more frequent flights to Athens and Thessaloniki, and the introduction of a direct flight between Athens and Paphos. The new summer schedule also includes direct connections with Heraklion and Rhodes, while direct connections with Myconos and Santorini will be added in July and August. Eight to nine direct flights with destinations in Greece will depart daily.

The company’s planning focuses on the direct connection of Cyprus with Western Europe and therefore five important destinations are added: London – Heathrow, Paris, Munich, Rome and Milan.

Additionally, when the traffic rights procedures are completed, Aegean will offer flights to Israel, Kiev and Beirut.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 SX-DVL (msn 3423) approaches the runway at Stockholm (Arlanda).

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Chilejet awaits final approvals to start operations

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Chilejet S.A. (Chilejet.com) (Santiago) as we previously reported, is a new airline “established in Chile to serve specific niche markets in the air charter and scheduled markets.”

On December 4, 2014 Chilejet announced Santiago and Antofagasta airport stations have been approved by the Chilean Air Aviation Authority – DGAC, in order to start flight operations. The new airline plans to fly from Santiago (SCL) to Calama (CJC) and Antofagasta (ANF).

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. The company took delivery of its first aircraft, ex-America West/US Airways/PAL Airlines Boeing 737-3G7 CC-ADZ (msn 24634), in 2014. The airliner currently sits at Santiago awaiting approval to fly again.

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HolidayJet plans to start operations on March 26

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HolidayJet (Zurich) is the name of the new joint venture of Germania (Berlin) and tour operator Hotelplan. In August 2014 Germania established a Swiss affiliate airline based in Zurich. In September 2014, Germania and Hotelplan joined forces to start operations with two 150-seat Airbus A319s starting in March 2015. The new airline applied for its own Swiss Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in September 2014.

Operations are scheduled to start on March 26.

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According to the published schedules on their website, Germania will operate the Airbus A319s for HolidayJet from Zurich to Antalya (staring on March 26), Corfu (June 2), Crete (May 3), Dalaman (May 22), Djerba (March 30), Hurghada (March 26), Kos (May 9), Mykonos (May 22), Rhodes (May 3), Santorini (May 22), Sharm el-Sheikh (March 30), Zakinthos (June 2), Zypern (March 28).

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Images: HolidayJet. The image of the A319. At least one A319 will be painted in HolidayJet colors. Below: Flight attendants of Germania.

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Emirates celebrates 10 new Airbus A380 destinations in 2014 with a new video

Emirates (Dubai) marked a record launch of 10 new Airbus A380 routes in 2014 and has released a ‘mash-up’ video that shows the iconic aircraft landing in 10 destinations spanning the globe.

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Videos: Qatar Airways tomorrow introduces the new Airbus A350-900

Qatar Airways (Doha) will introduce the first Airbus A350-900 (A350 XWB) tomorrow (January 15) on the Doha – Frankfurt route. On March 1 the carrier will add a second daily A350 flight on the route.

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Let it fly – Virgin Atlantic’s new ad for 2015

Virgin Atlantic Airways’ (London) new “Let it fly” ad campaign for 2015.

Allegiant Air to start new service from Tulsa to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announce the expansion of nonstop jet service from Tulsa, Oklahoma with new routes to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Seasonal twice weekly service from Tulsa International Airport (TUL) to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) begins on May 7, 2015 and will operate through August 18, 2015.

Seasonal twice weekly service to Los Angeles via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) begins on June 5, 2015 and operates through August 18, 2015

Flights to Las Vegas via McCarran International Airport (LAS) begins on April 8, 2015.  The year-round flights to Las Vegas will operate three times weekly.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 N424NV (msn 49421) lands at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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AP: United Airlines could outsource up to 2,000 airport jobs

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United Airlines (Chicago) is considering “cutting up to 2,000 jobs at 28 airports around the country and hiring a contractor to do the work” according to the Associated Press.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

United Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

60% of Delta’s flight attendants demand a vote to decide whether to unionize

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has around 20,000 flight attendants. According to Reuters, “about 60 percent of Delta Air Lines flight attendants have demanded a vote on whether they should unionize, the first step toward an election supervised by a federal agency.”

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The IAM issued this statement:

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) delivered signed election request cards to the National Mediation Board (NMB) from nearly 12,000 Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants to formally request that the federal agency conduct a union representation election at the carrier.

An election victory for the more than 20,000 Flight Attendants at Delta would be the largest ever transportation sector organizing win and would cap off more than two years of grassroots efforts by Delta Flight Attendants to gain union representation.

The NMB is expected to order a representation election within four to six weeks of this filing. The 12,000 election request cards represent approximately 60 percent of all Delta Flight Attendants, well above the NMB’s minimum requirement of 50 percent to hold an election.

 

Delta Air Lines, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and JFK International Air Terminal unveil newest expansion at JFK’s Terminal 4

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and JFK International Air Terminal LLC (JFKIAT) have unveiled the next phase of a Terminal 4 expansion at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The $175 million project adds 11 gates and 75,000 square feet to Terminal 4’s Concourse B and continues Delta’s $1.2 billion investment to enhance and expand the terminal.

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Through this latest investment, Delta is significantly enhancing the customer experience at Terminal 4 and Terminal 2 by relocating a majority of its Delta Connection flights at JFK from Terminal 2 to the expanded Concourse B in Terminal 4. This will streamline travel for those with connecting flights at JFK and enhance access to amenities at both terminals.

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New York JFK Terminal 4 Map

The new gates at Terminal 4 will feature enclosed jet bridges and offer customers proximity to a flagship Sky Club and chef-driven restaurants. The expansion also facilitates intra-terminal connections with the addition of a new JFK Jitney bus stop at the end of Concourse B in Terminal 4 near the new gates. This will complement the existing stops located by gate B18 at the base of Concourse B in Terminal 4 and by gate C60 at Terminal 2.

As a result of the expansion at Terminal 4, Delta customers at Terminal 2 will also enjoy an improved experience, as all Delta flights that will continue to operate there will use climate-controlled jet bridges. Customers will also have access to a renovated Sky Club, convenient iPad stations and a chef-driven food and beverage program featuring seven food and beverage concepts, fresh markets, coffee shops and concierge services. In Q2 2015, the Terminal 2 bus stop will be refreshed, with escalators and elevators installed.

The expanded Terminal 4—which JFKIAT has successfully operated for more than a decade—improves the customer experience for the 12 million passengers Delta serves at JFK annually. It also builds on Delta’s $1.2 billion redevelopment of Terminal 4, which opened in May 2013. That expansion featured nine new and seven renovated international gates; improved and renovated check-in areas, including a dedicated Sky Priority check-in area; a centralized security checkpoint; new dining and retail offerings; a new 24,000 square-foot flagship Delta Sky Club with the first-ever Sky Deck outdoor terrace; dual taxiways for less congestion and shorter taxi times; and improved Customs and Border Protection and baggage claim facilities.

Over the last six years, Delta has invested nearly $2 billion in New York City’s airports, leading the way in improving the traveler experience by bringing state-of-the-art technology, award-winning chefs and exceptional customer service to New York passengers.

Images: Delta and JFKIAT.

Video: Delta opened 11 new gates in Concourse B of JFK’s Terminal 4.

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American Airlines’ pilots and flight attendants to receive membership in CBP’s Global Entry program

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), in close coordination with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has announced it is the first carrier to offer its nearly 40,000 pilots and flight attendants complimentary membership in CBP’s Global Entry program. Membership in Global Entry allows expedited CBP clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.

Started as a pilot program in 2008, Global Entry is now operational at 42 U.S. airports and 11 pre-clearance locations. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA PreCheck™ expedited screening program. As part of the process, all participants must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program and undergo a rigorous background check and interview before enrollment. Eligible American flight crew members may begin enrolling in the program this month.

Envoy Air Inc., an American Airlines Group wholly owned regional carrier, will also offer complimentary Global Entry membership to its more than 2,700 crew members.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N837NN (msn 30908) in the Oneworld scheme departs the runway at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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JetBlue Airways to connect Reno, Nevada with New York JFK

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced it will be the only airline to offer nonstop service between Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and the U.S. East Coast as it launches service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on May 28, 2015. Reno-Tahoe will be the airline’s 89th destination and is among a number of new JetBlue routes in the West.

JetBlue has continuously expanded its presence in the West, with new services recently launched between Salt Lake City (SLC) and Orlando, Florida (MCO) on November 12, 2014; San Francisco (SFO) to Las Vegas (LAS) on January 5, 2015; and the upcoming Portland, Oregon (PDX) to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) on June 18, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N640JB (msn 2832) taxies to the gate at San Francisco International Airport.

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Scoot will now introduce the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on February 1

Scoot (Singapore) is now planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-9 on February 1 to both Hong Kong and Perth from Singapore. The inaugural has been delayed twice due to delivery delays at Boeing.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. The first 787, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 9V-OJA (msn 37112), is pictured yesterday undergoing pre-delivery testing at Paine Field near Everett.

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China Eastern to introduce the Boeing 777-300 ER on the Toronto route on June 17

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) will now introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the Shanghai (Pudong) – Toronto (Pearson) route on June 17 (delayed from April 15) according to Airline Route. The new type will replace the Airbus A340-600 currently operating on the route. The route is operated on three days a week.

Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 777-39P ER B-2001 (msn 43269) in the new look was handed over to the carrier on September 23, 2014.

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Air China to start Chengdu – Colombo flights

Air China (Beijing) will commence nonstop service from Chengdu to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on February 10, 2015.

Air China will operate its Chengdu-Colombo service CA425/6 with Airbus A330 aircraft. The four flights a week will be offered on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The outbound flight departs from Chengdu at 18:30 Beijing time and arrives in Colombo at 21:50 local time. The inbound flight departs from Colombo at 23:10 local time and arrives in Chengdu at 06:40 of the second day. The new nonstop route will be Air China’s fourth one to Southeast Asia after the launch of the routes to Kathmandu, Mumbai and Bangalore by the carrier. It will spare passengers who travel between southwest China and Sri Lanka the trouble of having to make flight connections in cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore, thusly cutting the travel time from 10 hours to 5.5 hours.

China is Sri Lanka’s third largest trading partner, and more and more Chinese tourists visit Sri Lanka. Statistics of 2013 suggest that China has become the country’s largest source of tourists in East Asia.

Chengdu – Colombo route is the first of the kind linking the two cities and represents one of the important moves of Air China to make Chengdu its regional hub of operations. It will solidify the position of Chengdu as a center of traffic in South Asia, and is part of Air China’s endeavor to make Chengdu an international hub of commercial aviation.

Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-6073 (msn 780) departs from Madrid (Barajas).

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