United Airlines (Chicago) is planning to eliminate five hub spoke routes in April and one in May according to a report by Airline Route.
From the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub, the route to Cedar Rapids will be nixed on April 8.
From the Los Angeles hub, the route to Tulsa will be eliminated on April 8.
From the Newark hub, the short-range feeder route to Philadelphia will be dropped on April 9.
From the Washington (Dulles) hub, both Manchester, NH and Pensacola will be axed also on April 8.
From the Chicago (O’Hare) hub, the long-range route to San Juan, PR will be abandoned on May 4.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A319-131 N839UA (msn 1507) climbs away from Los Angeles.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add new daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Nashville starting on April 8. The new route will be operated with Boeing 737-800s according to Airline Route. The company is also starting Raleigh/Durham-Tampa Bombardier CRJ200 Delta Connection flights also on April 8.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 737-832 N3733Z (msn 30539) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.
Dana Air (Ikeja) resumed scheduled passenger operations on Friday (January 4) between Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria. The carrier was forced to suspend all operations by the NCAA following the tragic crash of a former Alaska Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) (5N-RAM, msn 53019, ex N944AS) on June 3, 2012 while landing at Lagos killing all 153 passengers and crew members on board the flight.
The airline had its AOC restored by the Federal Government on September 5, 2012 after that the airline began a process of recertification by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Image: Dana Air. The airline is now showing images of Next-Generation Boeing 737s on their website implying the carrier may be planning newer aircraft to replace its McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83s (MD-83s).
LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw), because of its continued financial losses, is going to shrink in size according to this report by the Wall Street Journal. The carrier is phasing out its Boeing 737s and 767s. The Polish government, which controls 93 percent of the stock, issued $127 million in emergency loans to the struggling state carrier on December 21 to keep it out of bankruptcy. This loan, which may still be deemed illegal state aid by the European Commission, is keeping the airline aloft. The Polish government is restructuring the airline and only the most profitable routes will be kept. One half of the fleet is expected to be returned to the lessors according to the article.
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Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. LOT is proud to be the first operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Europe but will it be able to continue to operate the new type? The 787 is planned to be assigned to the carrier’s long-range routes if those routes can be maintained with the restructuring. The first 787-8, SP-LRA (msn 35938) prepares to touch down at London (Heathrow) on its first visit.
Iberia‘s (Madrid) pilots have agreed to resume talks with the company according to Reuters. However the pilot’s union wants to see a growth plan at the airline rather than farming out service. Iberia, which plans to cut about 4,500 jobs, has set January 31 as the deadline for the unions to agree to the reorganization plan. Can both parties agree on this new course?
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Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Iberia will be a smaller operator on European routes. Airbus A319-111 EC-HGT (msn 1247) prepares to land at Geneva.
California Pacific Airlines now hopes to launch operations at the end of March pending FAA certification
California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad) now hopes to launch scheduled passenger operations at the end of March pending FAA certification. The new airline plans to operate from Carlsbad (located between San Diego and the Los Angeles area) to Oakland, Sacramento, and San Jose, Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, and later to Cabo San Lucas in Baja, Mexico.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. California Pacific’s first 72-seat Embraer ERJ 170-100LR (N176EC, msn 17000006) was accepted on July 2, 2012. N176EC was previously operated by now defunct Cirrus Airlines as D-ALIA. The airliner has since been re-registered as N760CP, after the local telephone area code. N760CP is seen at the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California on the Pacific Ocean coast.
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Aero Air (Hillsboro, OR) has acquired the Butler Aircraft (Redmond, OR) air tanker operation, including its three aging Douglas DC-7s, located at the Madras Airport, according to the Madras Pioneer. The new air tanker operation is now known as Erickson Aero Tanker. Seven former SAS McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87s (MD-87s) are being acquired and at least four will be converted to air tankers. This is a new use for the versatile DC-9.
The new name comes from co-owner Jack Erickson, who was the founder and former owner of Erickson Air-Crane.
The new company has been awarded the next generation air tanker contract by the U.S. Forest Service according to the article.
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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Formerly operated by Iberia as EC-FFA and SAS as SE-DMN, this McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87) is getting a new life as an air tanker. The airframe as been re-registered as N293EA and adopted the air tanker fleet number of 103 as seen at Goodyear, AZ.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will soon make a decision on whether it will proceed with the proposed merger with US Airways (Phoenix). The two airlines have issued this joint statement which brings a probable merger one step closer with a new agreement between its pilots:
American Airlines and US Airways, with participation of committee counsel for the Unsecured Creditors Committee, are pleased that they have completed discussions with the Allied Pilots Association and US Airline Pilots Association intended to develop a framework for the terms of employment for pilots, as well as a process for pilot integration, in the event of a merger between AA and US during restructuring. This memorandum of understanding was approved by the Allied Pilots Association’s Board of Directors and by USAPA’s Board of Pilot Representatives. This memorandum of understanding will assist all of the stakeholders, including the Boards of AMR and US Airways, in making an informed decision as to whether a merger should ultimately be pursued. The MOU is one of several elements to be considered before a decision on a merger can be made. Details regarding the MOU are still covered by the terms of a non-disclosure agreement so they cannot be further disclosed at this time.
American Airlines’ board of directors meets next week to consider its course of action. Read the analysis by Reuters: CLICK HERE
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. The Boeing 767-200s of both airlines are likely to be retired fairly soon if a merger is accomplished. American’s Boeing 767-223 ER N324AA (msn 22325) is mainly assigned to the transcontinental routes and is pictured departing from Los Angeles International Airport.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. A decision will have to made about US Airways’ membership in the Star Alliance if a merger is pursued. Boeing 757-2B7 N935UW 9msn 27201) arrives at Las Vegas.
Fly Marianas (Guam) is the new charter airline division of Fly Micronesia. Fly Micronesia LLC used to do business as Fly Guam. However Fly Guam only operated from March 2011 until December 2011 with a Boeing 737-400 wet-leased from Sky King Airlines (Lakeland).
The first Airbus A320, the pictured former TACA A320-233 EI-TAB (msn 1624), is currently being prepared at Goodyear, Arizona (near Phoenix) for delivery to Guam.
The charter airline intends to operate from Guam to Japan and China as well as local island services.
Read more from the Saipan Tribune: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. EI-TAB is pictured at Goodyear.
Jet Airways introduces its first Airbus A330-300 on the Brussels route, starts Mangalore-Dubai service
Jet Airways (Mumbai) is expanding its Airbus fleet, which currently has 11 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with two newly-delivered Airbus A330-300s. The pictured A330-302 VT-JWS (msn 1361) was handed over from Airbus on December 14, 2012 followed by A330-302 VT-JWR (msn 1351) five days later. The new type was introduced on December 22, 2012 on flights 9W 228/227 on the Mumbai – Brussels – Mumbai sectors.
In other news, Jet Airways on January 3 commenced international flight operations from Mangalore with a Boeing 737-800 flight from Bajpe Airport to Dubai. The departure at the Mangalore International Terminal was marked by the lighting of a ceremonial lamp, in the presence of Honorable Members of Parliament from Mangalore and Udupi, Mr. Jayprakash Hedge. Also present at the occasion were senior management from Jet Airways, Mr. Gaurang Shetty – Senior VP (Commercial) and eminent dignitaries from the aviation and travel fraternity, Mr. Radhakrishna –Airport Director, Mangalore; Mr. Vasudeva Rao – Ex Airport Director, Mangalore and Coordinator, Karnataka NRI Forum and Mr. Abdulla Kunhi – Chairman Yenopaya Group. The first flight departed with a full complement of passengers.
The flight 9W 532, operated by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with economy seating for 170 passengers, departed from Mangalore at 20.00 hrs with a 22.30 hrs (Local Time) arrival into Dubai.
Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. The first Airbus A330-302 (VT-JWS, msn 1361) climbs gracefully away from Brussels.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) (Kiev) meanwhile is expanding in the wake of AeroSvit’s bankruptcy proceedings. The airline in May 2013 will launch new routes from Kiev to resort city of Sochi which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics, and Krasnodar in Russia. Kiev-Sochi will start on May 24 with three flights a week and Kiev-Krasnodar will commence on May 25 also with three flights a week.
In addition the carrier is taking over 21 routes from AeroSvit according to Airline Route.
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Copyright Photo: Richar Vandervord. UIA is likely to now add more Boeing aircraft for this expansion. Boeing 737-8HX UR-PSC (msn 29662) arrives at Long (Gatwick).
AeroSvit Airlines (AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines) (Kiev) today (January 4) issued the following statement:
On December 29, 2012, Kyiv Regional Commercial Court decreed to commence bankruptcy proceedings regarding Private Joint-Stock Company “AeroSvit Airlines”.
However, as of today the airline is not bankrupt, as AeroSvit Airlines does not stop its operations and will continue to fulfill its current commitments to its contractors.
The airline’s management remains unchanged and keeps functioning, with all procedures assuring normal operational activities, including flight safety assurance, being carried out in full extent.
Planned company’s reorganization forms part of the change program initiated by the airline in order to restore its operating efficiency and increase revenue inflows.
Copyright Photo: AeroSvit. The airline added its first two Embraer ERJ 190-100s (UR-DSA and UR-DSB) on June 15, 2012. It is unclear if this type will remain with the reorganized airline. Click on the slide show below for the other types operated.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add three daily flights between Los Angeles and Seattle/Tacoma, beginning April 8, 2013.
Delta is rapidly growing Seattle as an Asian gateway and recently received approval for new service to Shanghai for summer 2013. The airline currently offers international service to Beijing and Osaka, Japan. Delta also has an extensive codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines in Seattle, providing customers access to more than 50 domestic markets. From Los Angeles, customers can enjoy nonstop service to destinations including Sydney and Tokyo, as well as codeshare flights with Virgin Australia to Melbourne and Brisbane.
The new service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George) using 76-seat two-class Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets. In addition to a first class cabin, these aircraft are equipped with onboard WiFi and Delta’s snack, food for purchase and beverage offerings.
Delta currently operates the world’s largest WiFi-equipped fleet, and plans to introduce WiFi onboard international widebody aircraft in 2013.
By summer 2013, all trans-Pacific flights will feature Delta’s full flat-bed product in Business Elite. In addition, Delta is in the process of upgrading its facilities at both Los Angeles International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as part of its ongoing $3 billion investment to improve products, services and facilities.
Delta’s three nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Seattle are scheduled as follows:
Los Angeles to Seattle
|4523||8:15 a.m.||11:00 a.m.||April 8, 2013|
|4591||3:20 p.m.||6:05 p.m.||April 8, 2013|
|4564||9:30 p.m.||12:15 a.m.||April 8, 2013|
Seattle to Los Angeles
|4563||6:45 a.m.||9:25 a.m.||April 9, 2013|
|4523||11:50 a.m.||2:30 p.m.||April 8, 2013|
|4591||6:50 p.m.||9:30 p.m.||April 8, 2013|
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N823SK (msn 15205) prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.
Pinnacle Airlines Corporation prepares to exit Chapter 11 with new agreements, will phase out its 140 CRJ200s in the next 2-3 years
Pinnacle Airline Corporation (Pinnacle Airlines) (Memphis) today issued the following statement:
Pinnacle Airlines Corporation announced today that it and its wholly owned subsidiaries have entered into comprehensive agreements that, among other things, provide a path forward for the Company to emerge from bankruptcy with a competitive cost structure and a viable long-term business plan. Under Pinnacle’s new business plan, the Company will transition its fleet to operate a fleet of 81 fuel-efficient, two-class regional jets for Delta Air Lines Inc.
The comprehensive agreements among Pinnacle, Delta, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (Creditors’ Committee) in Pinnacle’s Chapter 11 cases include:
- An amendment to the Company’s existing debtor-in-possession credit facility, to provide Pinnacle with $30 million of additional liquidity to support its continued operation through emergence from Chapter 11 and an additional $22 million to fund certain required payments to Pinnacle’s pilots under a Bridge Agreement and related employer taxes. The amendment would also extend the maturity date for the credit facility from April 1 to May 15, 2013.
- Amendments to the existing operating agreements with Delta that form the basis of the new business plan. Pinnacle will receive Delta Connection’s next 40 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft awarded, setting Pinnacle’s long-term fleet plan at 81 CRJ900 aircraft. The 40 additional CRJ900 aircraft deliveries are planned to begin in the fall of 2013 and are expected to be completed by year-end 2014. Pinnacle’s 140 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft will be removed from operation over the next two to three years.
- A Bridge Agreement that provides transitional payments, furlough benefits and specified career opportunities at Delta to Pinnacle’s pilots in conjunction with the recently negotiated letter of agreement between Pinnacle and ALPA.
- A letter of agreement to amend Pinnacle’s collective bargaining agreement with the ALPA pilots. This letter of agreement and the Bridge Agreement are subject to ratification by the ALPA membership by Jan. 15, 2013.
- A restructuring support agreement among Pinnacle, Delta and the Creditors’ Committee setting forth certain principal terms for a plan of reorganization to emerge from Chapter 11. The reorganization plan will provide for Delta or an affiliate to acquire the equity in the reorganized Pinnacle Airlines Corp. after it emerges from bankruptcy. Pinnacle must file a plan of reorganization acceptable to Delta and the Creditors’ Committee by February 15, 2013.
Pinnacle filed motions with the Bankruptcy Court seeking approval of the various components of the comprehensive agreements. All of the components of the comprehensive agreements are interdependent and are subject, among other things, to Court approval.
Copyright Photo: Fernandez Imaging. With the CRJ200s being retired, Pinnacle Airlines will concentrate on the larger CRJ900 in the future with its Delta Connection contract. Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N176PQ (msn 15176) lands at Houston (Hobby).
CIT Group, Inc. today announced that CIT Aerospace (New York) has placed an order with Airbus for 10 A350 XWB aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2019.
This order adds to CIT’s total order book as of September 30, 2012 of 157 aircraft of which 88 were Airbus aircraft. Including this latest announcement, CIT has ordered a total of 253 Airbus aircraft comprising 187 A320 Family, 51 A330 Family and 15 A350 XWB Family.
China Airlines (Taipei) has repainted its Boeing 747-409 B-18210 (msn 33734) which was painted in the promotional Boeing 787 Dreamliner livery. China Airlines, which called the special aircraft “Dynamic Blue”, has repainted the aircraft in its regular colors.
Copyright Photos: Manuel Negrerie. B-18210 is pictured departing from the Taipei (Taoyuan) base before it was repainted.
United Airlines (Chicago) today (January 3) will introduce daily nonstop Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport. The service – previously operated with a Boeing 777 aircraft – is the first regularly-scheduled international route operated using United’s new 787 Dreamliner.
The flight, UA 32, will depart Los Angeles at 11:15 a.m. (1115), arriving in Tokyo Narita at 4:10 p.m. (1610) the next day. The return flight, UA 33, will depart Tokyo Narita daily at 5:55 p.m. (1755), arriving in Los Angeles at 10:35 a.m. (1035) the same day.
United’s 787 Dreamliner is configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy. The aircraft will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers on the flights will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.
Yesterday (January 2) LAN Airlines (Santiago) introduced the Boeing 787-8 on the Santiago-Los Angeles route.
Copyright Photo: United Airlines. The first, Boeing 787-8 N20904 (msn 34824) poses for publicity photos.
Spirit Airlines issues a statement for the ground collision with a parked US Airways Airbus A320 on December 31
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has conducted its own internal investigation and issued the following statement concerning the ground collision between a Spirit Airlines Airbus A320 and a parked US Airways Airbus A320 on December 31 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport:
Spirit Airlines said yesterday (January 2) that it has completed its preliminary internal investigation into the incident on the night of December 31, 2012 involving Spirit Airlines flight 403 traveling from Atlanta and landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Following landing, air traffic control instructed the pilot to taxi to the gate using taxiway T. While taxiing, the Spirit Airbus A320 made contact with a parked US Airways A320 aircraft. Spirit was not advised by air traffic control of the presence of the other aircraft. As part of Spirit’s investigation, Spirit has been informed by officials that the control tower had also not been advised that the other A320 was parked in such close proximity to an active taxiway.
In addition, Spirit Airlines has advised the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and they will not be investigating given the minor nature of the incident.
Customers deplaned at the gate as normal and there were no injuries. There were 167 customers on board. Spirit’s aircraft was returned to service within hours following minor repairs.
Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell. Airbus A320-232 N601NK (msn 4206) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Philippines (Philippines Airlines) (Manila) has announced it will add Toronto (Pearson) and the nonstop Manila-Toronto route on November 30. The return routing will stop at Vancouver.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-36N ER RP-C7777 (msn 37709) is pictured at the Everett (Paine Field) factory.
Bangkok Air (Bangkok Airways) (Bangkok) will resume nonstop service to the resort destination of Krabi, Thailand on March 31 when it restores nonstop Bangkok-Krabi flights according to Airline Route. The carrier dropped the route in June 2008 although service was maintained through Samui.
In other news, the airline welcomed its two latest Airbus A320s named “Maha Mongkol” and “Sawadee Umporn” at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in November and December, its 20th and 21st aircraft. The A320 is configured with 162 economy class seats and will be assigned to both domestic and international routes such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Yangon (Myanmar), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Mumbai (India), and Dhaka (Bangladesh).
Presently, Bangkok Air’s fleet consists of eight ATR 72s, five Airbus A320s and eight A319s.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Painted to promote the island destination of Krabi, the blue and green tropical special livery adorns the fuselage of Airbus A320-232 HS-PGV (msn 2310) pictured on final approach to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi).
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GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, announced it will lease five new Airbus A320 aircraft and two new A321 aircraft to Juneyao Airlines (Shanghai) to expand the airline’s fleet.
GECAS delivered the first two A320 aircraft in September and October. The remaining A320s are scheduled for delivery in 2013 and the two A321s are scheduled for delivery in 2014. All seven aircraft come from GECAS’ existing order book with Airbus.
Juneyao started operations in 2006 as one of China’s privateairlines. Today it operates a fleet of more than 30 aircraft to some 50 destinations in China, serving mainly business travelers between Shanghai and the manufacturing region of the Pearl River Delta.
Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Airbus A320-214 F-WWDN (msn 3605) became B-6396 on delivery.
MIAT Mongolian Airlines (Ulaan Baatar) is expanding its route map (see below) with a new twice-weekly route radiating from Ulaan Baatar to Shanghai (Pudong) starting on January 17 according to Airline Route.
This airline should not be confused with the newer Mongolian Airlines operating Airbus A319s on international routes.
Copyright Photo: OSDU. Boeing 737-8CX EI-CXV (msn 32364) arrives in Moscow (Sheremetyevo) painted in the striking 2011 livery. EI-CXV is named for Khubelai Khaan or Kublai Khan, the fifth Great Khan of the Mongol Empire from 1260 to 1294 and the founder of the Yuan Dynasty in China.
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MIAT Mongolian Airlines:
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Kingfisher Airlines‘ (Mumbai) Scheduled Operator’s Permit (SOP) is due to expire today (December 31) according to this report to The Economic Times. The carrier had proposed to restart scheduled operations with five Airbus aircraft and two ATRs but the Indian government was concerned about its financing and funding and asked for additional details. The airline suspended operations on October 4, 2012.
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Copyright Photo: Pepscl. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) F-WWEK (msn 750) became VT-KAI when it was handed over on June 27, 2007.
Qatar Airways (Doha) and Gulf Air (Abu Dhabi) have been selected to operate domestic flights in Saudi Arabia as well as international flights to and from this neighboring country. Both airlines will now have to complete the final process according to this report by Zawya.
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Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Qatar Airways’ Airbus A330-302 A7-AEJ (msn 826) climbs away from Geneva.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A320-214 A9C-AG (msn 4188) of Gulf Air completes its final approach into Dubai.
Austrian Airlines (Vienna) has outlined it restructuring plans which will be fully implemented in 2013 including moving all operational administration to Innsbruck under Tyrolean Airways which operating all Austrian aircraft (except one). 150 administrative jobs will also be eliminated. Struggling Austrian Airlines will not ask its parent Lufthansa for any additional money, after receiving $119 million to upgrade the fleet according to a report by Reuters. The company issued this statement:
Austrian Airlines Group has initiated a further step in the restructuring program announced in spring. This step will eliminate redundancies in its organization. These were identified through the conducting during the second half of 2012 of analyses of the operating procedures employed in the flight operations of Tyrolean Airways, in technical processes and in administrative departments. The result is potential savings somewhat greater than €10 million. 150 administrative positions out of the Group’s 6,320 employees will be cut.
Gaudenz Ambühl, managing director of Tyrolean Airways, states: “This is a highly painful move. However, it is one that our restructuring makes inevitable. This makes it possible for us to realize all of the savings in costs enabled by the operational transition. These measures have been widely expected. They will now eliminate the redundancies found in operations.”
The following measures were resolved upon:
- Flight control operations are currently managed from two centers. These operations will all be handled by the Vienna hub.
- The headquarters of all flight administration operations will be set up in Innsbruck. This essentially involves the establishment of a Shared Services Center in the city, to which nine departments will be assigned.
- The planning of personnel, resources and rotation will be concentrated in Innsbruck.
Redundant operations will also be eliminated at Austrian Airlines. The “Part M” responsibilities forming part of technical maintenance – with these including the engineering, the planning and the management – will be grouped in Tyrolean. Tyrolean is the holder of the official AOC (Air Operator Certificate). The technical maintenance of the fleets will continue to be undertaken at a variety of stations. Innsbruck will handle the maintenance of the Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft; Vienna, of the Fokker, Airbus, and Boeing airplanes, and Bratislava, the overhauling of the Fokker fleet.
Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Austrian Airlines says: “The difficult conditions prevailing on markets do not leave us any choice. We have to increase our organization’s efficiency and to eliminate redundancies in the entire Group. This especially applies to duplications in our organizations, of which we have been aware for a number of years.”
All measures will be implemented in 2013. The grouping of operations at a set of centers will result in a reduction of up to 150 jobs. These will be in Austrian Airlines’ administrative operations. The Austrian Airlines Group has resolved to set up a social plan for the employees affected. Details of it are still being worked out with the works council.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 737-8Z9 OE-LNS (msn 34262) departing London (Heathrow) now carries “Operated by Tyrolean” sub-titles.
Red Wings Airlines‘ (Moscow-Vnukovo) Tupolev Tu-204-100B RA-64047 (msn 1450743164047) crashed today (December 29) while landing at its home base of Vnukovo on a non-revenue flight. RA-64047 was being operated as ferry flight RWZ 9268. The jetliner ran off the end of the runway on landing, crashed into the side of the adjacent roadway (see video below), broke up and caught on fire killing at least four people of the eight on board according to this report by Global News.
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Copyright Photo: Eurospot. RA-64047 is pictured on final approach to Antalya prior to the tragic crash.
Video: The moment of impact along the airport road was captured on video:
XL Airways Germany (Frankfurt) after suspending operations for the winter season on December 14, filed for bankruptcy protection and reorganization in the local district court in Darmstadt, Germany on December 27.
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Wearing the special livery for tour operator ITS.
Air Seychelles (Mahe) will extend its network with a new route to Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi starting on March 24 following government approvals. The new route will be operated three days a week in each direction with the pictured new Airbus A330-200.
Copyright Photo: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt. The single Airbus A330-243 registered as A6-EYY (msn 751) makes a stop at Abu Dhabi preparing for its departure to the island destination of Mahe. The airliner is being wet leased from partner Etihad Airways.
FlyGeorgia (Tbilisi) will introduce twice-weekly Tbilisi – Dubai Airbus A319 service on January 3. The airline is also planning to serve Berlin, Dusseldorf and Kiev besides the current service to Amsterdam. The expanding airline took delivery of its second Airbus A319 (4L-FGB) on November 21.
The company announced in October it had signed agreements for the leasing of two Airbus A320s from leasing company AerCap .
The first aircraft, A320-214 4L-FGC (msn 1439, ex OK-GEA), is due to be delivered to Georgia by the end of 2012. The second Airbus A320 will start serving the passengers of FlyGeorgia from March 2013.
Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle. The first Airbus A319 is seen at Dublin before delivery to the company as 4L-FGA on June 29, 2012.
Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) (Las Vegas) today announced its proposed transaction to acquire ten Airbus A319 aircraft from Cebu Pacific Air has been terminated as a result of the parties’ failure to satisfy certain conditions to proceeding with the transaction. The potential transaction was made public on July 30, 2012 after the signing of the letter of intent.
“We are disappointed that we were not able to finalize this agreement on which we spent a substantial amount of time and effort,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant President. “Unfortunately we were unable to come to terms on some of the economic provisions of the transaction and as we have demonstrated in the past, we will not purchase aircraft just for the sake of growth. Our disciplined approach in asset purchases is a core competency that we will not compromise.”
“We continue to have fleet flexibility in 2013 even without the Cebu A319s. Seven of the nine A320 aircraft, which we announced the intention to acquire on December 19, 2012, are expected to be delivered in 2013 and we now plan to introduce these aircraft into service at a faster pace so as to offset the capacity that had been planned with the Cebu A319s,” concluded Levy.
Allegiant is now expecting 2013 total CAPEX to be between $170 and $180 million. The company has signed operating leases for nine A319 aircraft with GECAS and purchase agreements for nine A320 aircraft formerly operated by Iberia. Allegiant will remain active in the market for the purchase or lease of additional Airbus aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. The first Airbus A319 for Allegiant is seen at Southend before it was delivered.
EgyptAir (Cairo) is planning to start two new routes from Cairo in June 2013 per Airline Route. Cairo-Manchester will start on June 1 and will operate five days a week with Boeing 737-800s.
Service to Toronto will be via a code-share with Air Canada via London Heathrow (correcting our previous report).
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-36N ER SU-GDL (msn 38284) climbs away briskly from Tokyo (Narita).
Germania Fluggesellschaft (Berlin) is adding 10 new routes from Bremen as it expands operations for the coming summer season. The new routes will include Enfidha (starting on May 11), Fuerteventura (May 6), Ibiza (May 6), Irakleion (May 8), Las Palmas (May 5), Mahon (May 9), Moscow Domodedovo (May 7), Nice (May 2), Tenerife (South) (May 2) and Varna (March 31).
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Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 737-75B D-AGEQ (msn 28103) prepares to land at Munich.
British Airways (London) has announced it will be increasing its flights between Toronto (Pearson) and London (Heathrow) from March 31, 2013.
Additional flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays make the total frequency on the route at 17 roundtrips per week. The new frequencies will be served on Boeing 767-300 aircraft, offering Club World business class, World Traveller Plus premium economy and World Traveller, the airline’s economy class.
Flights departing from Toronto arrive at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
As previously reported, British Airways also announced a new route to Chengdu, China, just weeks after starting services to Seoul in South Korea. The thrice-weekly service will start on September 22, 2013. The route will be served by a four-cabin Boeing 777 with First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWV (msn 27140) climbs away from the runway at Heathrow Airport near London.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) had a minor incident yesterday (December 27) at Islip, Long Island that attracted some media interest. Boeing 737-7H4 N718SW (msn 27852) exited the taxiway at Islip while taxiing and the nose wheel got mired in the soft dirt. The airline issued the following statement:
This morning (December 27), flight WN 4695 leaving Islip for Tampa exited the taxiway during taxi from the gate. The aircraft had 129 customers on board, and there were no reported injuries. The customers deplaned the aircraft and were bussed back to the terminal where a replacement aircraft will take them to their original destination. Maintenance crews are working to move the aircraft and evaluate it for any damage.
Read the media coverage (with photos) from Channel 10 News: CLICK HERE
Cayman Airways (Grand Cayman) will resume nonstop, year-round flights from Grand Cayman to Dallas/Fort Worth starting on April 10, 2013. The route will operate two days a week.
The new schedule also facilitates immediate connections to Cayman Brac from Grand Cayman.
Cayman Airways operates four Boeing 737-300s and two de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft.
Bi-weekly flights will be scheduled Wednesdays and Saturdays for the following times:
|KX 320||Grand Cayman||8:30 am||Dallas-Fort Worth||12:30 pm|
|1:50 pm||Grand Cayman||5:50 pm|
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-36E VP-CKW (msn 26322) arrives at Miami dressed in the 2007 livery based on coat of arms for the British Overseas Territory.
Boeing (Chicago) and AeroMexico (Mexico City) today announced AM has finalized an order for six 787-9 Dreamliners, with reconfirmation rights for four additional Dreamliners. The order by Mexico’s largest airline, which was first announced as a commitment in July, is valued at more than $1.46 billion at published list prices.
The acquisition of these Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, is part of the 100 aircraft announced earlier this year.
Grupo Aeromexico will have a total of 19 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in its fleet, whose first delivery is expected to be in the summer of 2013.
Made primarily from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow Aeromexico to replace older aircraft on its European, Asian and South American routes. As a result of innovative technologies, the airplane offers unparalleled operating economics, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. More than 800 787s are on order by 58 customers, a testament to the airplane’s unique capabilities.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) and its wholly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, have announced new international flights between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) in Baja California, Mexico.
AirTran’s daily service on the new route begins on March 10, 2013.
AirTran Airways also currently serves SJD Los Cabos International Airport with daily service to/from Orange County (increasing to twice-daily as of June 2, 2013) and has flights between other destinations in the US and both Cancun and Mexico City.
Southwest Airlines began service to Denver on January 3, 2006, with 13 daily departures to three destinations. The airline currently operates 163 daily flights to 54 destinations from Denver. Southwest recently demonstrated its LUV for the state of Colorado by dedicating Colorado One, a specialty aircraft painted with the colors of the Colorado state flag (see below).
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 737-7BD N290AT (msn 33925) of AirTran Airways completes its final approach into Los Angeles.
Bottom Copyright Photo (click on the photos for the larger view): Mark Durbin. Colorado One in the form of Boeing 737-7H4 N230WN (msn 34592), taxies at San Francisco.
Empire Airlines (Idaho) (3rd) (Coeur d’Alene) will operate the newly-acquired ATR 42-500s for Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) according to this report by HNL Rarebirds. Hawaiian has signed a three-year MOU for Empire to operate and maintain the new type. Both N801HC and N804HC are currently at Empire’s base awaiting delivery to the islands.
Empire currently operates the type for FedEx Express as a FedEx Feeder. The company started operations in May 1977 as Clearwater Flying Service before changing to the current name in January 1983.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Empire Airlines current route map:
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will commence New York (JFK)-Houston (Bush Intercontinental) service and restart Raleigh/Durham-Los Angeles flights on April 2 per Airline Route. Additionally the company will start weekly service from the Miami hub to both Fort-de-France (Martinique) and Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe) on April 6.
All new routes will be served with Boeing 737-800 equipment.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 737-823 N809NN (msn 33519) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.
Petra Airlines (Amman) is planning to convert from a charter airline to a low-fare scheduled airline in 2013. The airline has issued and updated this statement:
Petra Airlines of Jordan has obtained its AOC from Jordan CAA to operate as a schedule operator with an aim to be the first Low-Cost Carrier in Jordan. The company operated the last two years a charter flights and has fulfilled all the technical and economic requirements to be a schedule operator.
Mr. Riad Khashman (CEO) has announced Petra Airlines has completed the first phase of operation successfully and hope to expand for the next phase as the first LCC in Jordan. We have gained experience and positioned our brand in the regional market while gaining the consumers and Stakeholders confidence. The company currently owns and operates two Airbus A320s. The third A320 will join the fleet in early 2013 and the first Schedule flight will launch in March 2013. We have plans to operate five A320s by 2014 and have a schedule flight to most of the major Cities in the MENA and GCC Region using Queen Ali Int’l Airport- Amman as a hub.
Petra Airlines also announced a plan to increase its register Capital to reach $70 million. Also in talks to contract one of the Int’l Aviation consultants to develop a comprehensive business plan and ultimately attracting a potential strategic partner in the LCC sphere, Mainly European low-Cost Carriers, to benefit from having a platform in the region. This would allow Petra Airlines to provide services to Europe, MENA and GCC under Jordan open sky policy.
The Jordanian Civil Aviation Authority approved its application to switch its activities from the charter to scheduled market. Petra Airlines was founded in 2005 as a division of the Rum Group, but did not launch operations until October 2010 when it took delivery of its first aircraft (the first charter flight was operated on December 1, 2010). Over the subsequent two years it has operated two Airbus A320s on charter work – ad hoc flying, ACMIs and tour operator packages – across a network that has included destinations in Armenia, Egypt, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. Airbus A320-212 (msn 537) arrives at the vacation destination of Antalya.
Kingfisher Airlines (Mumbai) has failed to provide a clear funding plan to Indian regulators. The grounded airline is attempting to resume operations according to this report by Reuters.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Guillaume Besnard. Airbus A319-131 VT-KFI (msn 2634) lines up to land at Bangkok.
Air Bagan‘s (Yangon) flight W9 011 from Mandalay to Heho, Myanmar (formerly Burma) was being operated yesterday (December 25) with the pictured Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) XY-AGC (msn 11420). The jetliner was operating with 65 passengers and six crew members. According to local reports, the flight was on approach to Heho in fog, when the Fokker 100 made an emergency landing on a road near the airport and came to a stop in a rice field in pieces and caught on fire.
One passenger and one motorcyclist was killed in the accident and eight were injured.
The airline issued the following statement:
Read the full account from The Independent: CLICK HERE
According to the airline, “Heho is the gateway to beautiful Inle Lake with its unique lifestyle, and the ancient pagoda complexes of Kekku, Indain and Taungto. There is also the Shwe Umin Cave Pagoda of Pindaya, a lovely little town with a lake in its centre ad a flourishing craft industry of hand made paper and paper umbrellas
Gateway to the Inle Lake which is known as the Venice of the East, picturesque Inle Lake is definitely one of the magical sights in South East Asia. The lake is not only a beautiful sight to enjoy, but also the practical home of the native Intha (sons of the lake), who live on the lake in stilt houses with neatly cultivated floating farms and nurseries. The presence of many ethnic groups in the area, still wearing their national dress, especially on market day makes it a captivating place of much cultural interest.”
Copyright Photo: K.C. Sim. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) XY-AGC (msn 11327) is pictured departing from Singapore before the accident.
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Air Dolomiti (Verona and Munich) intends to phase out its 10 remaining ATR 72-500s by November 2013 per Le Journal de l’Aviation. The carrier will be adding more Embraer ERJ 195s to replace the turboprops. Parent Lufthansa wants to phase out the use of turboprops.
Read the full report (in French): CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) I-ADCC (msn 662) taxies at Zurich.
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Pullmantur and its airline division, Pullmantur Air (Madrid), has introduced a new corporate brand although (so far) no aircraft have been repainted.
According to the group (translated from Spanish) the company is described as:
Pullmantur is a leading tourism group in Europe and Latin America, with a track record of over 40 years, which includes the following lines of business: cruises, tour operation, terrestrial circuits and city tours, MICE, scheduled and charter aircraft, and a network retail travel agencies.
Pullmantur Cruises of Spain, navigating with a modern fleet of five vessels with capacity for more than 12,000 daily passengers. In the tour-operating area, the company offers vacation packages to the Caribbean and terrestrial circuits in Europe and Africa. The group operates Pullmantur Air with its four Boeing 747-400s which operates scheduled and charter flights to the Caribbean, carrying half a million passengers a year.
In its retail division, Nautalia Travel integrates with more than 200 outlets in Spain.
The group, based in Madrid, employs more than 7,000 professionals, and has sales offices in Brazil and France, where it operates through the brand Croisières de France - and sales offices in Mexico and Portugal. Currently generates more than 65% of its business in international markets and is the choice resort for more than 1 million customers per year worldwide.
Since 2006, the group is part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Miami).
Images: Pullmantur Air.
XL Airways Germany (Frankfurt) suspended all operations for the winter season on December 14. The company came to the conclusion there was not enough work to keep the company flying during the slow winter season.
CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax) has leased three of the five Boeing 737-800s for the winter season until May 2013. Hamburg Airways has taken over the remaining winter contracts of XL Airways Germany.
Two Boeing 737-800s have been put into storage at the Cologne/Bonn Airport.
XL Airways Germany was acquired last year by X-Air Aviation, the same U.S. and Swiss holding company that also recently took control of XL Airways France.
Here is the announcement by the company (in German): CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 737-8Q8 D-AXLE (msn 30724) across the ramp at Palma de Mallorca.
Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) is estimating it will lose around $976 million in 2012, its largest deficit recorded in the last 21 years. On average, the airline has lost close to $2.7 million per day. since July 2008, according to this report by Noticias.
Read the full report (in Spanish): CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Carl Cornil. Boeing 737-7Q8 LV-CYJ (msn 30647) arrives at Barcelona.
Virgin America (San Francisco) as planned, launched new weekly nonstop service between Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Virgin America first launched seasonal flight service into the Palm Springs market in December 2011 with a daily nonstop flight from SFO and a daily “same plane” through flight from JFK to PSP.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A319-112 N522VA (msn 2811) prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.
Routes from San Francisco: