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Southwest Airlines announces new spring routes

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) beginning on April 12, 2016, will begin offering new nonstop service between:

Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago (Midway)

Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C. and Atlanta

Flint, Michigan and Chicago (Midway)

Dayton, Ohio and Chicago (Midway)

St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa

St. Louis and Wichita, Kansas

St. Louis and Pittsburgh*

Wichita, Kansas and Phoenix

Newark and Orlando

Las Vegas and Newark

*Starts March 10, 2016

In addition to the new routes on April 12, 2016, Southwest will begin offering year-round nonstop service between St. Louis and Seattle/Tacoma, previously offered seasonally.

Southwest serves 96 destinations across the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

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450 Southwest Airlines flights impacted yesterday due to computer systems, may persist today

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) yesterday (October 11) experienced computer problems that delayed approximately 450 flights (out of 3,600 scheduled flights). The airline is warning the problems could persist today. The airline has issued this statement:

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We’re continuing to use back-up systems around the country to check-in Customers arriving at our airports without printed or mobile boarding passes. Intermittent performance issues continue impacting our in-airport Customer Service technology systems and across our online platforms (Southwest.com, Southwest Mobile App and site).

We have teams working around the country to support getting our Customers and their checked luggage to their destinations tonight; other groups are troubleshooting multiple applications to determine the cause of some technical challenges experienced Sunday which, as of 6:30pm CDT, have delayed approximately 450 flights (out of 3600 scheduled on Sunday); other groups are making operational decisions to minimize impacts for those who are checking in for travel tomorrow.

We urge Customers traveling Monday to visit Southwest.com to check-in and print boarding passes before coming to the airport. We also encourage Customers to arrive at least two hours prior to their scheduled departures to help minimize delays. Finally, if checking luggage, visit a self-service kiosk adjacent a ticket counter to print bag tags where applicable and present your luggage and identification to Southwest Employees.

We thank our Employees for their tireless efforts to take care of our Customers, and we appreciate our Customers’ patience as we work towards a solution.

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SAS is coming to Boston from Copenhagen with a PrivatAir Boeing 737-700

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) is launching yet another year round service between the US and Scandinavia. From March 29, 2016, SAS will operate daily nonstop flights between Copenhagen and Boston. As such, SAS will be the first carrier to fly directly to Boston from Scandinavia.

SAS is now launching a year round nonstop daily service from Copenhagen to Boston. In 2016, SAS will offer approx 500 flights between Boston and Copenhagen and 6,600 flights between Scandinavia and the US – a total of 1.6 million seats between USA and Scandinavia.

The route will be operated by an 86 seat Boeing 737-700 BBJ (Boeing Business Jet).

The route opens on March 29, 2016 and will be operated by PrivatAir with a Boeing 737 configured with 20 Business and 66 Go seats. Departure and arrival times are scheduled to connect with flights to and from Copenhagen to major airports in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

SAS currently offers long haul flights from Scandinavian to New York, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco and recently launched new direct routes to the US in 2016: From Stockholm to Los Angeles, from Oslo to Miami and from Copenhagen to Miami.

Timetables Copenhagen-Boston

From Copenhagen: SK927 will depart daily at 12:50 arriving in Boston at 15:20.
From Boston: SK928 will depart daily at 17:30 arriving at 07.00 the following day.

Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. SAS Boeing 737-76N WL SE-REZ (msn 32738) taxies to the gate at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Airberlin retires its last “own” Boeing 737-700, delivers it to Ruili Airlines

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Airberlin (Berlin) is marching towards an all-Airbus fleet in the near future. However TUIfly is likely to operate the Boeing 737 type for Airberlin until at least 2019.

The company retired their last “own” Boeing 737-700 (D-ABLD) with the delivery to Ruili Airlines (Kunming) this month as B-6110 via Azur Aviation as N317AB.

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The last AB revenue service for D-ABLD was from Milan (Linate) to Berlin (Tegel) on August 9, 2015 as flights BER 725C / AB 8739.

Delivery to Ruili Airlines via Azur Aviation was conducted on September 22-23 (Budapest – Almaty – Tianjin – Kunming).

The remaining six 737-700s (D-AGEC, D-AHXC, D-AHXE, D-AHXF, D-AHXG and D-AHXJ are leased from and operated by TUIfly.

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Copyright Photo: Günter Mayer. Boeing 737-76J D-ABLD (msn 36117) is pictured at night on the gate at Nuremberg on March 17, 2009.

Thank you to Günter Mayer reporting from Nuremberg, Germany.

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Southwest Airlines and its pilots reach a tentative agreement on a new contract

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced a new tentative agreement with the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA), the Union that represents the Company’s Pilots. SWAPA’s Board of Directors reviewed an Agreement in Principle that negotiators reached earlier this month and decided to conduct a ratification vote that could end more than three years of negotiations.

The Company said the agreement offers wage increases and work-rule changes that will benefit the pilot group and position Southwest to continue its expansion both domestically and internationally.

Union Leaders will communicate with Pilots over the next few weeks to share the details and terms of the agreement. The ratification vote will close November 4. If Pilots approve the deal, the contract will become amendable April 1, 2019.

Southwest employs more than 8,000 Pilots. They operate a growing fleet of 737s and fly roughly 3,600 flights a day to 95 destinations across the United States and six international destinations.

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SAS to go to double daily to the New York area from Copenhagen, will drop the Stavanger – Houston route

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) will use a PrivatAir (Geneva) Boeing 737-700 (HB-JJA) for an additional new flight to Newark from Copenhagen. As a consequence, the carrier is dropping the relatively-new Stavanger – Houston (Bush Intercontinental) route.

The carrier issued this statement:

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SAS is boosting its offer to Scandinavian frequent flyers with more than 60,000 seats between Copenhagen and the New York area in 2016. The additional evening departure will be operated by PrivatAir with a reconfigured Boeing 737-700 that has most recently flown the Stavanger-Houston route.

From the start of the SAS winter program in late October, SAS will fly twice daily to the New York area from Copenhagen to further reinforce its position as the number one Scandinavian carrier:

SAS is currently servicing Copenhagen-Newark with a daily midday departure. The new SAS flight will also depart daily – except Tuesdays – at 18.25 from Copenhagen and return from New ark at 22.55.

SAS will continue these double daily Newark flights next year and so offer more than 60,000 extra seats between the New York area and Copenhagen in 2016, which corresponds to approximately 25% increase.

Closure of oil route

As a consequence of reduced activity in the oil industry, SAS has experienced a severe decrease in demand and thus passenger loads on the Stavanger Houston route. Hence, SAS no longer has sound commercial grounds for continuing this niche route.

“The oil route came out of creative and constructive product development between SAS and our core clients in the oil industry. We have done all we can to make it viable, however, we have had to accept that the downturn in the industry unfortunately is also impacting us, hence our decision to switch the aircraft to Copenhagen-New York, where the market offers far more potential right now,” says Eivind Roald.

The last flight from Stavanger will depart on October 23 returning in Stavanger on October 24. SAS will do its utmost to make alternative arrangements for all customers who have flight bookings after these dates.

SAS will increase its capacity with approximately 20% from Stavanger to Copenhagen by switching aircraft type from Bombardier CRJ900 to Airbus A320 and A321 on several departures.

Product and timetable

The route is operated by PrivatAir on behalf of SAS with a Boeing 737 that up until the end of the year will be configured with Business seats only, 44 seats. The aircraft will then be reconfigured with 20 Business seats and 66 Go seats. The service will correspond to a full SAS inflight product to overseas destinations except with an iPad entertainment system.

Departures daily from Copenhagen (CPH) except Tuesdays at 18.25 arriving Newark (EWR) 21.35.

Departures daily from Newark (EWR) except Tuesdays at 22.55 arriving Copenhagen (CPH) 12.45 (next day).

Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. A SAS Boeing 737-783 taxies at London (Heathrow).

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WestJet today launches a new route to Houston

WestJet (Calgary) today launches new nonstop service between Calgary and Houston six times a week. The inaugural flight leaves Calgary International Airport at 10:25 a.m. MDT this morning.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-76N WL C-GLWS (msn 32581) taxies at the Calgary hub.

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