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Nok Air takes delivery of its first direct-purchase Boeing 737-800

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Nok Air (Bangkok) have celebrated the airline’s first direct-purchased Next-Generation 737-800 (the pictured 737-88L HS-DBT, msn 61293). The delivery marks the first of seven Next-Generation 737-800s the airline has on order with Boeing.

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Nok Air will also introduce Boeing’s new 737 MAX 8 in the next couple of years.

Nok Air is a low-cost carrier that operates an all-Boeing fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s.

Above Photo: Boeing.

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Nok Air is celebrating its 11th anniversary.

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American Airlines announces Los Angeles – Havana charter flights

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and Cuba Travel Services plan to operate the first charter flights between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana later this year, providing travelers the only nonstop service connecting the West Coast to Cuba since travel restrictions were eased.

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American’s new charter service between Los Angeles and Havana will be sold by Cuba Travel Services and will operate on Saturdays beginning on nDecember 12 with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

In addition, American will operate a Saturday flight between Miami International Airport and Havana, also sold by Cuba Travel Services.

American has operated charter flights to Cuba since 1991. With these additions, American will offer 22 weekly flights from Miami, Tampa and Los Angeles to five destinations in the country: Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Havana, Holguin and Santa Clara. This year, American will operate approximately 1,200 charter flights to Cuba, more than any other airline. American also is the leading carrier to the Caribbean with up to 150 daily flights to more than 30 destinations.

With the addition of Havana, American will have launched nine international flights from its LAX hub this year. Additions include a second daily flight to London’s Heathrow Airport; Vancouver, Canada; Belize City, Belize; Guadalajara, Mexico City and Mazatlan, Mexico; Sydney (pending regulatory approvals) and Tokyo-Haneda (pending Japanese government approval).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N823NN (msn 29560) departs from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Lion Air takes delivery of its 150th Boeing Next-Generation 737

Boeing delivers Lion Air’s 150th 737

Boeing delivers Lion Air’s 150th 737

Lion Air (Jakarta) started passenger operations on June 30, 2000 with one Boeing 737-200. Today the fast-growing Indonesian carrier along with Boeing is celebrating the delivery of the 150th Next-Generation 737. Lion Air is now the largest privately-owned airline in Indonesia.

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Photos: Jim Anderson/Boeing via Randy’s Journal. The pictured Boeing 737-8GP PK-LPJ (msn 39869) wears a special logo to celebrate the milestone. PK-LPJ was handed over to the airline on August 14.

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Boeing delivers Lion Air’s 150th 737

Boeing delivers Lion Air’s 150th 737

 

 

Airberlin’s second quarter and first half loss widens

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) has not stemmed its losses. The airline reported a second quarter net loss of €37.5 million ($41.8 million). This represents a 2Q widened net loss from €8.6 million ($9.5 million) reported in the same period a year ago.

The company’s first half net loss was also reported as €247.6 million ($276 million), widened from the €201.2 million net loss ($224.4 million) previously reported for the same period a year ago.

The airline issued this financial report:

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Revenue performance in the second quarter of 2015 was characterized by tactical capacity adjustments. At 1.07 billion euros in Q2 2015, revenue fell by 7.0 percent compared to the same period last year (Q2 2014 1.15 billion euros). Accordingly, Group revenue also declined by -2.3 percent (from 1.91 billion euros to 1.87 billion euros) in the first half of 2015. As a result of capacity consolidation, revenue decreased compared to last year, but capacity utilisation and revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) improved.

Stefan Pichler, CEO airberlin:

“Following a good first quarter, the second quarter was a transition quarter in line with the market trend, as expected and announced. We are optimistic about the outlook for the second half of the year. I am convinced that airberlin is well positioned, thanks to the efficiency improvement measures we have introduced. The noticeable 2.1 percent load factor improvement in July to 87.3 percent shows that we’re on the right track. In the fourth quarter, we will begin the consistent transformation of our business model.”

Operating earnings (EBIT) were -15.9 million euros in Q2 2015 (Q2 2014: -6.9 million euros). This year’s shift in the Easter holidays and last year’s Lufthansa strike affected earnings performance during Q2 2015. Benefits due to the low oil prices were offset by fuel hedging and the US dollar development. Over the half-year, however, airberlin improved its operating earnings (EBIT) by 7.3 percent compared to last year (HY 2014: -189.7 million euros, HY 2015: -175.8 million euros).

Net profit in the second quarter is -37.5 million euros (Q2 2014: 8.6 million euros). In the first half-year, net profit was -247.6 million euros (HY 2014: -201.2 million euros), which was primarily due to pronounced currency effects when evaluating derivates.

Positive RASK performance thanks to efficient capacity and revenue management

In a competitive market environment, Airberlin slightly increased revenue per available seat kilometer (RASK) in the second quarter, which coincided with the system-driven realignment of its revenue management. Total revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) was 7.20 eurocts (Q2 2014: 7.16 eurocts), which represents a 0.6 percent increase. In terms of half-year results, RASK also increased by 1.2 percent, from 6.90 eurocts to 6.99 eurocts. In terms of yield performance, the average yield fell by -1.6 percent, from 120.5 euros to 118.5 euros. Compared to the same half-year period last year, the yield improved by 0.7 percent, from 119.0 euros to 119.8 euros.

In the second quarter, Airberlin offered 15.0 billion available seat kilometers (ASK), which, in accordance with its capacity planning, represents a fall of 7.1 percent (Q2 2014: 16.0 billion). Cost per ASK (CASK) rose by 1.5 percent from 7.20 eurocts to 7.31 eurocts.

Realignment of business model

During the first phase of the realignment, the management structure and management processes of the Airberlin Group were more closely aligned to operational airline processes. In addition to the short-term capacity consolidation, the airberlin group continues to focus its efforts on the redesign of its revenue management and sales.

A fundamental review of the current network operated by Airberlin is nearing completion and is aimed at significantly improving both the starting position of the operating costs per ASK (CASK) and the revenue per available seat kilometre. Optimising internal business processes and increasing focus on core business will continue during the 2nd half of 2015.

Outlook

The second half of the current financial year will aim at implementing the optimisation measures initiated during the first half year. Considerable improvements in yield, capacity utilisation and RASK are expected.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin is phasing out its Boeing 737 fleet and is going to an all-Airbus fleet. The last 737 should be retired by the end of next year unless the carrier decides to cut additional loss-making routes. Boeing 737-86J D-ABME (msn 37766) painted in the Oneworld scheme taxies at Zurich.

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Copa Holdings reports a larger second quarter net profit

Copa Holdings, S.A. (Copa Airlines) (Panama City) has its announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15).

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OPERATING AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Copa Holdings reported net income of $64.1 million (all amounts are in US dollars) for 2Q15, or diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.46. Excluding special items, Copa Holdings would have reported an adjusted net income of $41.0 million, or $0.93 per share, a 64.7% decrease over adjusted net income of $115.9 million and $2.61 per share for 2Q14.

Operating income for 2Q15 came in at $49.2 million, a 62.5% decrease over operating income of $131.2 million in 2Q14. Operating margin for the period came in at 9.1%, compared to 19.5% in 2Q14, as a result of lower unit revenues partially offset by lower unit costs.

Total revenues decreased 20.1% to $538.4 million. Yield per passenger mile decreased 20.4% to 13.2 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) decreased 24.4% to 10.0 cents.

For 2Q15, passenger traffic (RPMs) decreased 0.2% on a 5.8% capacity expansion. As a result, consolidated load factor came in at 72.9%, or 4.3 percentage points below 2Q14.

Operating cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 14.7%, from 10.7 cents in 2Q14 to 9.1 cents in 2Q15, mainly due to lower jet fuel costs. CASM excluding fuel decreased 6.3% to 6.2 cents mainly due to lower sales related expenses and lower overhead expenses.

Cash, short-term and long-term investments ended 2Q15 at $1.15 billion, representing 46% of the last twelve months’ revenues. Of this amount, 39%, or $452.2 million, is in Venezuela pending repatriation due to government currency controls.

During the second quarter, Copa Airlines took delivery of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and returned a leased Boeing 737-700.

Furthermore, the Company subleased one of its Boeing 737-700s to United Airlines. As a result, Copa Holdings ended the quarter with a consolidated fleet of 98 aircraft.

For 2Q15, Copa Holdings reported consolidated on-time performance of 90.4% and a flight-completion factor of 99.7%, maintaining its position among the best in the industry.

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

During July 2015, Copa Holdings subleased one more of its Boeing 737-700s to United Airlines.

Copa Holdings will pay its third quarter dividend of US$0.84 per share on September 15, 2015, on all outstanding Class A and Class B shares, to stockholders of record as of August 31, 2015.

Note:

(1) Breakeven Load Factor, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS for 2Q15, 2Q14, and 1Q15 exclude non-cash charges/gains associated with the mark-to-market of fuel hedges, and also exclude charges/gains related to the Venezuelan currency.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Copa Airlines Boeing 737-86N HP-1726CMP (msn 38024) departs from Los Angeles.

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United to add new routes from Chicago O’Hare this winter

United Airlines (Chicago) is adding three new routes this winter from its Chicago O’Hare hub. According to Airline Route, the carrier will add daily United Express service to Kalamazoo on December 9 and winter seasonal United Express service to Tucson on December 17 followed by weekend mainline Boeing 737 service to Vail/Eagle, Colorado (ski destination) on December 19.

In addition, United is adding weekly Boeing 737-800 (Saturday only) seasonal service to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts from its Newark hub on December 19.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. United Airlines’ Boeing 737-824 N78509 (msn 31638) with Split Scimitar Winglets arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Alaska Airlines expands its relationship with American Airlines

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is moving one step closer to American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth). Alaska is increasingly competing with Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) at its Seattle/Tacoma hub. Alaska issued this statement:

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Members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan now have access to book nearly 3,000 more daily flights on partner American Airlines following the most recent phase of the airline’s reservation system migration, which will bring all US Airways flights under the American code this fall. On October 17, Mileage Plan members will enjoy seamless access to the world’s largest airline and have even more options to earn and redeem miles for award travel.

Alaska Airlines also announced today an expanded lounge agreement with American Airlines, which gives Board Room members access to all 54 Admirals Club locations worldwide beginning August 15.

Elite members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan receive exclusive benefits on American’s expanded network, including expedited security, priority check-in and boarding, complimentary or discounted access to Main Cabin Extra seats, as well as baggage waivers.

“We are excited to deepen the strong relationship we already have with Alaska Airlines by providing customers more access to more destinations,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer. “Our relationship with Alaska goes back more than 15 years and we continue to look for ways to work together to enhance the benefits for our customers, whether through access to clubs or new opportunities to earn and redeem miles.”

Alaska Airlines existing relationship with American began in 1999 and has included codeshare and frequent flyer reciprocity, which expanded in 2011 to include reciprocal elite benefits on each airline. The two carriers are working to expand their codeshare agreement even further later this year.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N508AS (msn 35691) with APB Split Scimitar Winglets taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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