Southwest Airlines to go to 166 daily flights at Dallas Love Field with new services, announces new routes from Orange County

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced it added nonstop flight options between 10 cities and Dallas Love Field, linking a total of 43 destinations to Dallas beginning in April 2015.

Starting April 8, 2015, Southwest Airlines will offer nonstop service between Dallas Love Field and:

Charleston, South Carolina*
Columbus
Indianapolis
Memphis
Milwaukee
Panama City, Florida
Portland, Oregon
Sacramento
San Jose, California
Seattle/Tacoma

*Nonstop service between Dallas Love Field and Charleston, SC, begins on April 11, 2015 and operates only on Saturdays.

Beginning April 8, 2015, Southwest will begin offering daily flights between Dallas and Panama City on a seasonal basis, one month after launching the route with weekly flights on Saturdays. The same day, increased flights begin between Dallas and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area), and Santa Ana/Orange County.

This announcement brings Southwest’s service at Love Field to 166 daily flights.

More nonstop destinations are landing at Santa Ana/Orange County. The carrier has also announced new service between Santa Ana/Orange County and Seattle/Tacoma and between Santa Ana/Orange County and Chicago (Midway).

These new flights are in addition to previously announced service between Santa Ana/Orange County and Austin, all of which are effective June 28, 2015.

Southwest also will increase the number of daily, nonstop departures between Santa Ana/Orange County and Dallas Love Field and Santa Ana/Orange County and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico effective April 8 and plans to inaugurate daily service to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on June 7, from Santa Ana/Orange County, subject to governmental approvals.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Now repainted, Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 N640SW (msn 27713) prepares to land at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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Copa Holdings earnings dip for the fourth quarter and 2014 due to fuel hedges and the devaluation of Venezuelan Bolivar

Copa Holdings, S.A. (Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia) (Panama City) announced its financial results for the fourth quarter (4Q) of 2014 and the full year 2014.

Copa Holdings reported net income of $35.9 million for the fourth quarter or earnings per share (EPS) of $0.81, as compared to net income of $113.2 million or EPS of $2.55 in 4Q13. Excluding special items, which for 4Q14 includes a non-cash loss of $89.1 million associated with the mark-to-market of fuel hedge contracts, and a $0.4 million loss related to devaluation of the Venezuelan Bolivar, Copa Holdings would have reported adjusted net income of $125.3 million or adjusted EPS of $2.83, compared to adjusted net income of $141.8 million or adjusted EPS of $3.20 in 4Q13.

Net income for full year 2014 reached $371.4 million or EPS of $8.37, compared to $427.5 million or EPS of $9.62 for full year 2013. Excluding special items, which for 2014 includes a non-cash loss of $116.6 million associated with the mark-to-market of fuel hedge contracts, and a $6.6 million loss related to the devaluation of the Venezuelan Bolivar, Copa Holdings would have reported an adjusted net income of $494.6 million or EPS of $11.14, compared to adjusted net income of $467.4 or adjusted EPS of $10.52 for full year 2013.

During the fourth quarter, Copa Airlines took delivery of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft. As a result, Copa Holdings ended the year with a consolidated fleet of 98 aircraft.

For 2014, Copa Holdings reported consolidated on-time performance of 90.3% and a flight-completion factor of 99.8%, maintaining its position among the best in the industry.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8V3 HP-1714CMP (msn 40891) approaches the runway at Las Vegas.

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APEX Airlines takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600

Air Lease Corporation (Los Angeles) announced today the delivery of one new ATR 72-600 aircraft to APEX Airlines (Myanmar), a new customer for ALC. This aircraft is from ALC’s order book with ATR.

The new airline describes its activities:

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APEX Airlines is the brand name of the airline which was incorporated in November 27, 2012 – as APEX Airline Public Company Limited which is representing the Tanintharyi Division. The company will soon start operations.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. APEX Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWED (msn 1229) became XY-AJV on delivery.

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WestJet and Philippine Airlines to code share

WestJet (Calgary) has announced it has entered into a code-share agreement with Philippine Airlines (Philippines) (PAL) (Manila), allowing the carrier to begin marketing and selling WestJet-operated flights. The two carriers are building on an existing interline agreement that has been in place since May 2013.

Code-share designations will be available on select WestJet flights from Vancouver and Toronto, and all code-share sales are offered directly through Philippine Airlines or through their global distribution network.

This announcement marks 13 code-share agreements for WestJet. Since 2011, WestJet has initiated code-shares with American Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, QANTAS Airways and China Air. Additionally, WestJet has 27 interline relationships, further connecting passengers worldwide to WestJet’s network.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Westjet’s Boeing 737-8CT C-GAWS (msn 38880) with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets and special #100 Boeing 737 NG markings arrives in Los Angeles.

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Asiana signs LOI for 25 Airbus A321neo aircraft

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Asiana Airlines (Seoul) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of 25 180-seat A321neo single aisle aircraft as part of its ongoing fleet modernization program.

The A321neo will join an existing fleet of A320 Family aircraft operated by Asiana Airlines and its low cost subsidiary Air Busan, with the A321 set to become the primary single aisle type at both units.

Asiana Airlines currently operates 33 Airbus singe aisle aircraft, 15 widebody A330-300s and two double deck A380s. In addition to its newly announced commitment for the A321neo, the airline has outstanding orders for four more A380s and 30 all-new A350 XWBs for operation on its long haul network.

Meanwhile, Air Busan currently operates nine A320 Family aircraft on its domestic and regional services.

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Korean Air finalizes its order for five additional Boeing 777F freighters

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Korean Air (Seoul) have finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. Korean Air currently operates an all-Boeing freighter fleet of 26 airplanes that includes 17 747-400 Freighters, five 747-8 Freighters and four 777 Freighters.

Korea’s flag carrier currently operates 86 Boeing passenger airplanes and has unfilled orders for nearly 40 additional airplanes, including 12 777-300ERs, 10 747-8 Intercontinentals, 10 787-9 Dreamliners, two 747-8 Freighters and six 777 Freighters.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-FB5 HL8251 (msn 37639) is beautifully captured landing at Anchorage.

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Transavia orders 17 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Transavia Company (Transavia Airlines and Transavia France), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air France KLM Group, today announced an order for 17 Next-Generation 737-800s, including options for three additional airplanes. The order, valued at $1.6 billion at current list prices, was previously booked and attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.

The order will significantly support the growth of Transavia’s operations from France and the Netherlands. The airline currently has a combined all-Boeing fleet of 45 Next-Generation 737s.

Air France and KLM are now funneling more routes to its two main subsidiaries.

Transavia Company has six bases, with Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and Paris-Orly Airport as its main hubs, serving 110 destinations in Europe and North Africa. Passenger numbers reached 10 million in 2014.

Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8K2 PH-HSJ (msn 42150) taxies at the Amsterdam base in the now old 2005 livery.

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