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Japan Airlines and Korean Air to expand their codeshare agreement

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) and Korean Air (Seoul), both codeshare partners since 2004, have agreed to further expand their codeshare flights on all routes and flights operated by Korean Air between Japan and South Korea from April 22, 2014.

Flight Number

Route

Dep. Time (Local time)

Arr. Time (Local time)

Days of Operation

JL5253 / KE768

Aomori – Seoul (Incheon)

13:25

16:00

Wed. Fri. Sun.

JL5252 / KE767

Seoul (Incheon) – Aomori

10:10

12:30

Wed. Fri. Sun.

JL5255 / KE770

Akita – Seoul (Incheon)

13:50

16:20

Mon. Thu. Sat.

JL5254 / KE769

Seoul (Incheon)-Akita

10:30

12:45

Mon. Thu. Sat.

JL5257 / KE720

Haneda – Seoul (Incheon)

06:25

08:50

Daily

JL5256 / KE719

Seoul (Incheon) – Haneda

20:55

23:05

Daily

JAL-Korean Air codeshare route map

JL5259 / KE792

Oita – Seoul (Incheon)

15:45

17:20

Fri.

JL5259 / KE792

Oita – Seoul (Incheon)

18:55

20:30

Sun.

JL5258 / KE791

Seoul (Incheon) – Oita

13:10

14:45

Fri.

JL5258 / KE791

Seoul (Incheon) – Oita

16:20

17:55

Sun.

JL5261 / KE748

Okayama – Seoul (Incheon)

10:00

11:35

Daily

JL5260 / KE747

Seoul (Incheon) – Okayama

18:40

20:10

Daily

JL5265 / KE784

Fukuoka – Busan

11:05

12:00

Daily

JL5267 / KE798

Fukuoka – Busan

19:45

20:40

Daily

JL5264 / KE783

Busan – Fukuoka

09:15

10:05

Daily

JL5266 / KE797

Busan – Fukuoka

17:55

18:45

Daily

JL5263 / KE772 (*2)

Sapporo (Chitose) – Busan

12:35

15:15

Tue. Thu. Sat.

JL5262 / KE771 (*2)

Busan – Sapporo (Chitose)

09:15

11:35

Tue. Thu. Sat.

JL5269 / KE756

Nagoya – Jeju

11:55

13:50

Wed. Fri. Sun.

JL5268 / KE755

Jeju – Nagoya

15:00

16:45

Wed. Fri. Sun.

Note:
*1. All of the above flights are operated by KE.
*2. Sapporo = Busan route will start from April 26, 2014.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL’s Boeing 737-846 JA312J (msn 35341) in the old 2002 livery arrives at Tokyo (Narita).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-9B5 HL7706 (msn 29991) also arrives at Tokyo (Narita).

 

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Delta’s flight 1500 lands safely in Denver after a false bomb threat

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Delta Air Lines‘ (Atlanta) flight DL 1500 from Detroit to Denver landed safely last night (April 18) after a flight attendant found a note in the rear galley threatening a bomb was on board. The Boeing 737-832 (N3750D, msn 32375) with 151 passengers and four crew members landed safely. There was no bomb on board.

Read the full report from ABC 7: CLICK HERE

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American Airlines to bank its flights again at Miami International Airport

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is switching from a “rolling hub” to a more traditional “banking hub” at Miami International Airport (MIA) on August 19. With this change MIA will have 10 distinctive banks throughout the day. The change will help improve the revenue synergies for the company because it will allow for quicker and more competitive connections (each hub competes against other hubs for the quickest and easiest connections). The move will also increase the number of possible connections.

MIA has four runways so it can handle the inbound and outbound complexes.

Of course during afternoon thunderstorms in the summer months a banking hub will be more of a challenge as there is less room for any weather delays. If one complex is delayed on the ground by a thunderstorm, the following arriving complex will have to wait for that departing complex to depart.

 

American is doing the same thing at Chicago (O’Hare) (ORD) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) throughout 2015. American does not have any re-banking plans at Los Angeles (LAX) or New York (JFK) right now due “to a variety of factors including gate space and slot constraints.”

 

American explained this change to its employees:

American's MIA Hub (American)(LR)

American Banking Hub (American)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N816NN (msn 31081) arrives at Miami International Airport on a clear day.

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Pan American Airways to revive the Pan Am brand with Boeing 737-800s

Pan Am (4th) 737-800 WL (Pan Am)(LR)

Pan American Airways Global Holdings, Inc. (New York) is the parent holding company of six brands of the Pan American family.

The would-be paper airline wants to revive the Pan Am name and brand. If it does, it will be the fourth version using the venerable name.

On April 5 the company issued this statement:

Pan American Airways is pleased to announce that it has completed formal selection of aircraft for it’s planned launch early this summer to include the Boeing 737-800 models, with upgrades to the NexGen later as service needs develop.

In late March of 2014, Pan American entered into discussions with an undisclosed lessor that is well positioned to support Pan Am’s growth strategy within the southern tier markets, and have ratified formal agreements through an issued LOI early Friday, and will be supported with a signed Purchase Agreement once aircraft delivery is ready to proceed.

Senior executives close to these negotiations continue to monitor the formal delivery of these aircraft, as certain criterion need to be met in order to deliver the specified flying experience that the brand wishes to extend to its audience.

Pan American is committed to delivering a top flight level of service that was once enjoyed by many worldwide, and those expectations will be extended into the new 21st century business model, as we continue to proceed with our plans to launch early, to mid-summer of this year.

In other Pan American news, crew selections will begin early to mid-next week for both in-flight attendants, as well as needed Captains and First Officers, and will be formally addressed through the appropriate department heads from each section through upcoming published releases to be issued to the public. However, those that wish to apply formally online may do so by submitting their respective resume’s via our online source through hr@paaglobal.com.

According to the company, “Pan American strives to be the industry-leading provider of safe, clean, reliable and cost-efficient air service. Pan American Global aircraft will deploy under our network brands as well as our wholly owned subsidiaries of Blue Sky Airlines and P21 Air.”

Images: Pan American Airways.

Pan Am (4th) logo

Transavia France introduces seven new routes from Paris Orly as the fleet expands with Airbus A320s, introduces a new uniform

Transavia France (Transavia.com) (Paris-Orly) has introduced seven new routes per Anna Aero. Paris (Orly)-Tel Aviv was added on April 10 followed by new service to Athens, Faro, Istanbul and Malaga on April 12 along with Pisa and Prague on April 13.

The subsidiary of Air France-KLM now operates 12 Boeing 737-800s and will soon operate five Airbus A320s that are being transferred from Air France.

On April 1 Transavia unveiled its new cabin crew uniform. Previously Transavia issued this statement:

Transavia.com logo-1

Transavia.com is in the process of creating a new uniform for its cabin crew and sales & service staff. The design process is unique because the end product will be a result of co-creation. This means that the wearers themselves will contribute ideas for the design. Bas van Wayenburg, design consultant, will translate these ideas and suggestions into wearable uniform components. Through ‘crew sourcing’, the airline’s personnel in both the Netherlands and France will take a vote on the final design. By opting for this approach, transavia.com is not only demonstrating its commitment to its employees, but is also enhancing its visual appearance to its customers. The new uniform will be put into use in the summer of 2015.

“We are proud to be working together with our around 1,500 employees, the end users, on the creation of a new uniform in such a way. Our employees reflect our brand and are the customers’ first point contact. The uniform is an important element of our visual identity and must continue to be that. Therefore, after nearly 9 years, we are giving our uniform a facelift. It needs to be in keeping with the core values of our brand, including enthusiasm, commitment and sincerity, while at the same time expressing safety and responsibility,” explains Mattijs ten Brink, General Manager of transavia.com.

Incidentally, this is not the first time that transavia.com has involved end users in the development process of a product. Crowd sourcing was also applied for the Fanflight (2013) and Slogan (2011) campaigns.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86J WL F-GZHI (msn 36120) taxies past the camera at Antalya, Turkey.

Transavia (France): AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Transavia.

Transavia FA Uniform

Routes from the Paris (Orly) base:

Transavia France ORY 4.2014 Route Map

 

The new Eastern picks the Boeing 737-800 as its first aircraft type, will Spirit Airlines beat it to Miami?

Eastern (2nd) 737-800 WL (Eastern)(LR)

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. (Miami), better known as the proposed “new Eastern”, has apparently selected the Boeing 737-800 as its first aircraft type. The new version of Eastern had previously looked at the Airbus A319 and later the A320.

On their website, the group has added a rendering of a Boeing 737-800 with Winglets in Eastern colors (above) with this photo caption:

This is the current artists rendering of an Eastern Boeing 737-800 in the Eastern livery. This aircraft, the “Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker” is expected to be delivered to Eastern in late Summer 2014.

Eastern logo (large)

As previously reported, in January 2014, the new Eastern filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

When the first aircraft arrives, the new proposed airline will then go through the final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 121 certification process leading to an Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

The new airline has proposed using Miami as its new hub.

Spirit logo

 

Spirit Airlines is reportedly in negotiations to bring some of its ultra low-fare operations to Miami. Spirit Airlines has looked at Miami briefly in the past but decided to keep all of its South Florida operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Read the report from Brian Andrews of CBS Miami: CLICK HERE

Image: Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc.

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Ethiopian Airlines to fly to Kano, Nigeria starting on May 24

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced the commencement of four weekly flights to Kano, Nigeria, starting on May 24, 2014.

The flights to Kano will be Ethiopian fourth destination in Nigeria, in addition to Lagos, Abuja and Enugu.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-860 ET-APF (msn 40961) approaches the runway at Dubai.

Ethiopian Airlines: AG Slide Show

 

 

Spring Airlines Japan to launch operations on June 27

Spring Airlines Japan (Tokyo-Narita) has announced it will commence scheduled passenger operations on June 27. The new airline was established in October 2012. The airline is 33 percent owned by Spring Airlines, a Chinese low-cost carrier, with the remainder held by various Japanese investors.

The first routes will be to Hiroshima, Saga and Takamatsu with three Boeing 737-800s per ZipanguFlyer.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86N JA03GR (msn 41272) passed through Honolulu on delivery.

Spring Japan logo

 

Gol receives permission to operate flights from Campinas to Miami via Santo Domingo

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) has received authorization from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and other pertinent authorities to operate regular flights between Campinas (SP-Brazil) and Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont airport). Additionally, Gol announces it has received the approval to start flights from Campinas to Miami. The flight will have a connection in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where the passenger has also the option to fly to Orlando. Operations will begin on July 18, 2014.

Campinas (SP) – Rio de Janeiro, Santos Dumont Airport (RJ)

There will be 12 flights per day between Campinas (SP-Brazil) and Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont Airport).

Campinas (SP) – Miami

The new flights between Campinas (SP-Brazil) and Miami via Santo Domingo, with the option to fly also to Orlando, will take place, initially, three times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

In other news, Gol has announced that it has signed a contract to implement a codeshare and frequent flyer program agreement with TAP Portugal (Lisbon). The agreement will be submitted for the authorization of Portugal and Brazil’s governments, and is still pending the approval of Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and Antitrust Authority (CADE).

Initially, the agreement will allow TAP Portugal, with more than 74 weekly flights from Portugal to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Natal, Fortaleza and Recife, to include its codes on Gol’s flights, enabling connections to other Brazilian destinations.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GTE (msn 34278) climbs gracefully Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

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Southwest starts operating its first Boeing 737-800 with Split Scimitar Winglets

Southwest 737-800 SSWL N8624J (Winglets-1)(Southwest)(LR)

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) yesterday (April 9) operated its first revenue flight utilizing a Boeing 737-800 equipped with Aviation Partner’s Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets. The newly designed winglet differs than those currently installed on the carrier’s fleet of Boeing 737s, with aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake on the bottom of the blended winglet structure. By upgrading the 737-800s with Split Scimitar Winglets, annual fuel savings are estimated to increase from approximately 3.5 percent per aircraft from Blended Winglets to approximately 5 to 5.5 percent per aircraft annually. In addition, the new winglet will reduce emissions, supporting Southwest’s commitment to the environment.

Southwest Airlines takes delivery of its first 737-800 with Spli

The Split Scimitar Winglets will be installed on 33 new 737-800s once they are delivered to the airline this year. The airline also plans to retrofit 52 additional 737-800s currently in the fleet. The retrofits are expected to be completed by early 2015. All of the carrier’s Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s, as well as a majority of its 737-300s, are equipped with Blended Winglets saving the company roughly 55 million gallons of fuel annually. Blended Winglets were first installed on Southwest Airlines Boeing 737s in 2007.

Copyright Photos: Southwest Airlines. Brand new Boeing 737-8H4 N8624J (msn 37004) was delivered to the company on March 26, 2014.

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Alaska Airlines protects its most important Seattle/Tacoma markets with double miles

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is stepping up to protect its top markets from the Seattle/Tacoma hub with a double miles offer through 2014. The company just issued this statement:

Alaska Airlines is making it easier for travelers flying to and from Seattle/Tacoma to fly more with double frequent flier miles* on eight of its most popular routes to and from the Emerald City.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members who enroll in the program before their first qualifying flights will earn double miles on flights through December 31, 2014, between Seattle/Tacoma and the following cities:

Anchorage, Alaska
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Oakland, California
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose, California
Vancouver, British Columbia

The carrier will also offer double miles** from June 1 to Sept. 1, 2014, on flights between Seattle/Tacoma and Fairbanks, Alaska, and Seattle/Tacoma and Juneau, Alaska.

Alaska Airlines operates 279 peak-day departures nonstop to 73 destinations from Seattle. It also operates more daily flights (170 during peak season) to more destinations (28) within the state of Alaska and from Alaska to the Lower 48 states and Hawaii than any other major carrier.

* Double miles promotion terms: Registration is required prior to your first qualifying flight, and must be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2014. Double miles offer is valid only on qualifying paid nonstop flights between Seattle and Anchorage; Seattle and Los Angeles; Seattle and Oakland; Seattle and San Diego; Seattle and San Francisco; Seattle and San Jose; Seattle and Vancouver; and Seattle and Las Vegas from June 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014. Flights must be marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines. Flight miles must be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ account in order to earn double miles. All travel must be completed by Dec. 31, 2014. Not valid on free or award travel. Double miles do not count toward Mileage Plan elite status. Please allow four to six weeks for miles to be credited to your Mileage Plan account. All terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan program apply. Offer subject to change without notice.

** Double miles offer terms: Registration is required for non-Club 49 members prior to your first qualifying flight, and must be completed no later than Sept. 1, 2014. Club 49 members will automatically be registered for this promotion. Double miles offer is valid only on qualifying paid nonstop flights between Seattle and Fairbanks and between Seattle and Juneau from June 1, 2014, through Sept. 1, 2014. Flights must be marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines. Flight miles must be credited to your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account in order to earn double miles. All travel must be completed by Sept. 1, 2014. Not valid on free or award travel. Double miles do not count towards Mileage Plan Elite Status. Please allow four to six weeks for miles to be credited to your Mileage Plan account. All terms and conditions of the Mileage Plan program apply. Offer subject to change without notice.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N552AS (msn 34595) departs from Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

Alaska Airlines: AG Slide Show

Delta to operate seasonal New York JFK-Vancouver flights starting on May 22

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will begin seasonal daily nonstop flights from New York (JFK) to Vancouver on May 22. The route will operate with Boeing 737-800s until September 1 according to Airline Route. This route was also operated last summer.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 N375DA (msn 29623) completes its final approach into Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).

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Alaska Airlines files an application to fly from Seattle/Tacoma to Cancun

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has submitted its application today to begin seasonal nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Cancun, Mexico. Pending approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Mexico Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC), the airline plans to begin its daily service to Cancun on November 6.

Alaska Airlines introduced service to Mexico in 1988 and operates more nonstop flights between the West Coast and Mexico than any other carrier, flying an average of 1.5 million passengers a year. Alaska already serves six Mexico beach destinations — Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta — in addition to Guadalajara and Mexico City.

With the new flights, Alaska Airlines will now offer 279 peak-day departures nonstop to 79 destinations from Seattle, more than any other carrier.

Summary of new daily Seattle/Tacoma service:

Seattle/Tacoma – New Orleans: starting June 12
Seattle/Tacoma – Tampa: starting June 20
Seattle/Tacoma – Baltimore/Washington (BWI): starting September 2
Seattle/Tacoma – Detroit: starting September 4
Seattle/Tacoma – Albuquerque: starting September 18
Seattle/Tacoma – Cancun: starting November 6 pending governmental approval

When approved, the Seattle/Tacoma-Cancun route will be operated with Boeing 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N534AS (msn 35202) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

Alaska Airlines: AG Slide Show

Norwegian flies over 1.8 million passengers in March, an increase of 25 percent

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) is growing fast and its traffic is booming. The passenger volume grew by 25 percent alone in March. The company issued this statement (translated from Norwegian):

Norwegian flew over 1.8 million passengers in March 2014, an increase of 25 percent over the same month last year. Capacity growth was in the high 51 percent, in absolute terms the largest capacity growth that Norwegian has ever had in a month.

In March flew 1,805,551 passengers on Norwegian, an increase of 25 percent compared with the same month last year. The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 52 percent in March, while capacity growth (ASK) increased by 51 percent. This represents an increase of 1.2 billion seat kilometers, the largest capacity growth ever during a month. The passenger load factor was 77.8
percent in March, up 0.2 percentage points compared with the same month last year.

Despite the increased load factor, this year’s late Easter had a negative impact on the load factor in March.

We have a record capacity growth this month, something that depends on the establishment of new bases outside Scandinavia and the launch of several new routes and flights throughout its route network. Despite strong growth in capacity and this year’s late Easter filled planes slightly better than the same period last year. It shows that Norwegian holds the promise of good quality and low prices, said CEO Bjørn Kjos.

In March came two brand-new aircraft; a Boeing 737-800 and a 787 Dreamliner. In 2014, Boeing will deliver 14 Boeing 737-800s and four 787 Dreamliners. Norwegian’s fleet is among the most modern and environmentally friendly in Europe.

Norwegian completed 99.7 percent of scheduled flights in March, of which 87.1 percent departed at the scheduled timetable.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86N LN-NOJ (msn 37884) with Danish astronomer Tycho Brache on the tail lands at Tenerife Sur (South).

Norwegian: AG Slide Show

Routes from Oslo:

Norwegian 4.2014 OSL Route Map

 

AeroMexico expands Contigo service with two new routes to Chicago and San Francisco

AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced new “Contigo” service from Morelia, Mexico and also from Leon-Bajio to San Francisco as of April 7.  The airline will offer its “Contigo” service also from Morelia to Chicago (O’Hare) starting on June 7.

These flights are operated with Boeing 737s configured for the AeroMexico Contigo program, including the option to carry bulky luggage. These airplanes have 174 seats, 18 of which are in the AM Plus section where passengers can enjoy greater legroom.

Copyright Photo: Roy Lock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 N858AM (msn 30671) with “Contigo” markings departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

AeroMexico: AG Slide Show

Contigo Routes:

AEROMEXICO MAP

Ryanair opens new bases at Lisbon and Athens

Ryanair (Dublin) yesterday (April 1) opened its third Portuguese base at Lisbon (64th in total) with one based Boeing 737-800 and 7 new routes (11 in total) with 124 weekly flights.

The ultra low-fare airline also opened yesterday its third Greek base at Athens (65th in total) with two based Boeing 737-800s and 6 new routes with up to 150 weekly flights.

Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EBS (msn 35001) with “Comunitat Valenciana” sub-titles departs from Marrakesh.

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El Al launches UP on March 30, reports a full-year net profit for 2013

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) launched its UP division on March 30. 180,000 tickets were sold before the first flight departed. Up launched operations with low-fare service to five Destinations: Berlin, Budapest, Kiev, Prague and Larnaca.

Berlin: Up to 12 weekly flights
Prague: Up to 11 weekly flights
Kiev: Up to 11 weekly flights
Budapest: Up to 12 weekly flights
Larnaca: Up to 6 weekly flights
A total of up to 52 weekly flights to UP destinations

Copyright Photo: El Al/UP. The inaugural flight ceremony at the gate before boarding.

UP Inaugural (El Al)(LR)

The inaugural flight to Berlin was piloted by Captain Hovev Ben David, Manager of the 737 fleet, together with First Officer Izhar Katzir (below).

UP First Flight (El Al)(LR)

Copyright Photo: El Al/UP.

The business model combines a low base fare and passengers can add for additional services – such as seating, check-in at the airport, baggage and other services.

Economy Class passengers may order meals, for a fee, from an UP menu that will be offered to them during the flight.

The menu includes a selection of fresh products: sandwiches, salads, baked goods, muesli, as well as snacks, soft drinks, hot drinks and alcoholic beverages. The fresh food offered for sale, including sandwiches, are Mehadrin kosher with certification provided by the Chief Rabbinate under supervision of Rabbi Moshe Nachshoni. All ingredients have Badatz kashrut certification.

In other news, financially El Al reported a full-year net profit of $25.4 million for 2013, reversing the $18 million loss the airline posted ithe previous year.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86Q 4X-EKO (msn 30287) of UP departs from Zurich.

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UP: AG Slide Show

 

Air China to start Beijing-Vladivostok service on June 3

Air China (Beijing) plans to start Beijing – Vladivostok (Siberia, Russia) service on June 3, 2014.

The four-times weekly service CA 701/2 will be operated on Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday. The outbound flight departs at 06:25 Beijing time and arrives at 11:35 local time; the return flight departs at 12:35 local time and arrives at 12:00 Beijing time.

Vladivostok is also known in Chinese as Haishenwai. Located in the southern extremity of Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula in the east of the Eurasian continent, Vladivostok is close to Russia’s borders with China and North Korea. There’s a three-hour time difference between Vladivostok and Beijing. Vladivostok is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The Beijing – Vladivostok service is Air China’s third route to Russia after Beijing – Moscow and Beijing – Chita were introduced.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-89L B-5423 (msn 36742) arrives back at the Beijing (Capital) hub.

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Sunwing Airlines takes delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 direct from Boeing

Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 (737-81D C-GNCH, msn 39438) (above) with a new Sky Interior direct from Boeing. The airline issued this statement:

Sunwing logo-2

“Sunwing Airlines is pleased to announce it has taken delivery of its newest aircraft directly from the Boeing facility in Seattle. Earlier this month, Sunwing representatives travelled to the Seattle headquarters of Boeing to pick up their latest aircraft — the state-of-the-art 737-800 Boeing plane which is configured within Sunwing fleet specification to accommodate 189 passengers. Sunwing Captain, John Hudson and crew operated the brand new aircraft carrying the Sunwing representatives from Seattle to Toronto.

The Next-Generation aircraft contains most modern interior features such as an innovative cabin mood lighting system, pivoting overhead stowage bins that add to the openness of the cabin, as well as advanced-technology wing design that helps increase fuel capacity and efficiency. After leaving Boeing, the 737-800 series plane was retrofitted with the Split Scimitar Winglets technology prior to its integration into Sunwing Airlines flight operations. This technology improves performance of the aircraft and decreases fuel burn by approximately seven per cent over the same aircraft with no Winglets.”

Top Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-81D C-GNCH taxies at Boeing Field (King County) in Seattle on a clear day.

Sunwing Airlines: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Sunwing Airlines.

Sunwing 737-800 WL C-GNCH (Sky Interior cabin)(Sunwing)(LRW)

Alaska Airlines will start Seattle/Tacoma-Baltimore/Washington nonstop flights on September 2

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has announced new nonstop service today from its Seattle/Tacoma hub to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) starting on September 2.

This will be followed by Seattle/Tacoma-Albuquerque, New Mexico nonstop flights starting on September 18.

Alaska Airlines issued this statement and also deleted routes:

Alaska Airlines is growing its Seattle/Tacoma hub again with the addition of new daily nonstop service to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Baltimore. The cities are in addition to previously announced service to Detroit, New Orleans and Tampa, Florida, scheduled to begin this June and September.

With the new flights, Alaska Airlines will now offer 279 peak-day departures nonstop to 78 destinations from Seattle.

Summary of new daily service:

Seattle – New Orleans: starting June 12
Seattle – Tampa: starting June 20
Seattle – Baltimore: starting September 2
Seattle – Detroit: starting September 4
Seattle – Albuquerque: starting September 18

Other Schedule Changes

As part of its overall network strategy, Alaska Airlines is discontinuing service between four city pairs: Los Angeles and San Jose, California, on April 5; Portland, Oregon, and Long Beach, California, on August 23; Atlanta and Portland on September 1; and previously announced summer Anchorage-Denver flights.

Introducing Albuquerque and Baltimore

The new routes will be flown with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska already serves the area through Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). BWI is the stronghold of rival Southwest Airlines. Boeing 737-890 N528AS (msn 35696) completes the river approach into DCA.

Alaska Airlines: AG Slide Show

 

JAL Express to be merged into Japan Airlines on October 1

JAL Group (Tokyo) has issued this short statement about merging subsidiary JAL Express (Tokyo-Haneda) into Japan Airlines:

Japan Airlines (JAL) and JAL Express (JEX), wholly owned by JAL, have reached an agreement to integrate as below with approval of the board of directors’ meeting.

1. Purpose of merger

JAL aims to stabilize the domestic business, through enhancing the mobility of making the best match between capacity and traffic, and improving inflight human service of domestic flights.

2. Effective date of merger

October 1, 2014

3. Form of merger

JAL, as surviving company, will merge with JEX and JEX will be dissolved.

This integration is simplified merger for JAL and short form merger for JEX. The consent of the general shareholders meeting of each participating company is not a requirement for reaching a merger agreement.

JAL Express commenced operations on September 30, 1998 as a no-frills unit of JAL for domestic operations.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-846 JA302J (msn 35331) with “Forward Together Japan” markings arrives at Tokyo (Haneda).

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Gol wants to fly from Campinas, Brazil to Miami via Santo Domingo, posts a loss in the 4Q and 2013

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) has submitted to the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) a formal request to operate regular flights between Campinas (the home of Azul Linhas Aereas) and Miami, with one stop service stopping in Santo Domingo. The request was made for operations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, using Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft. The airline would like to start this operation by the end of July, pending ANAC’s approval.

On the financial side, the airline announced its consolidated results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2013. The company reported a net loss in the fourth of $8.5 million and a full year net loss of $217 million for 2013. This was an improvement from the previous year but below expectations.

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Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GXB (msn 39615) with the promotional Gol + marking arrives at the Sao Paul (Guarulhos) hub.

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JTA orders 12 Boeing 737-800s to replace its older 737-400s

JTA-Japan Transocean Air  (Naha, Okinawa) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) announced the airline’s selection of 12 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The selection, valued at $1.1 billion at list prices, will mark the start of the airline’s fleet renewal program with the new airplanes scheduled to enter into service from 2016. As part of the agreement, JTA will have the flexibility to switch to the 737 MAX family of airplanes.

A member of the Japan Airlines Group, JTA is based in Naha, Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island chain. Currently, the airline operates a fleet of 737-400 airplanes on domestic routes linking Okinawa with major Japanese cities as well as other islands within Okinawa.

JTA’s new 737-800s will be powered by CFM56-7 engines manufactured by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and SNECMA. The airplanes will be fitted with Boeing’s latest Performance Improvement Package (PIP), delivering an additional two percent improvement in fuel efficiency for what is already the most fuel efficient single-aisle airplane. The airplanes will also feature the popular passenger-inspired Boeing Sky Interior, with modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q3 JA8940 (msn 29487) completes the final approach into Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport).

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Southwest announces seven new routes from Washington Reagan National Airport

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) today announced that it is more than doubling its flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) with seven new nonstop routes and additional connecting itineraries beginning this summer.

Beginning August 10, 2014, Southwest Airlines will add daily, nonstop flights between Washington National Airport and:

  • Chicago (Midway) with six roundtrips at introductory fares as low as $119 one-way
  • Nashville with three roundtrips at introductory fares as low as $129 one-way
  • New Orleans with two roundtrips at introductory fares as low as $129 one-way

Beginning September 30, 2014, Southwest will further add to its DCA service:

  • Tampa, with two roundtrips at introductory fares as low as $84 one-way
  • Three additional flights to Chicago (Midway) for a total of nine daily roundtrips. This expanded pattern of service to Midway will also enable Southwest to provide convenient one-stop and connecting flights throughout the day between DCA and more than 40 other cities across the United States.

Beginning November 2, 2014, Southwest Airlines will add additional daily nonstop service between Washington Reagan National Airport and:

  • Akron-Canton (new route)
  • Dallas (Love Field) (new route)
  • Houston (Hobby) (additional flights)
  • Indianapolis (new route)
  • St. Louis (additional flights)

Southwest Airlines also today announces new service between:

  • St. Louis and San Francisco, daily nonstop roundtrip begins September 30, 2014, at introductory fares as low as $119 one-way
  • Los Angeles and Omaha, daily nonstop roundtrip begins June 9, 2014, at introductory fares as low as $159 one-way
  • St. Louis and Los Angeles, third daily nonstop roundtrip begins June 8, 2014
  • Boise and Los Angeles, (Saturday only) nonstop roundtrip begins June 14, 2014

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H4 N8622A (msn 36919) arrives at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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Pegasus Airlines to introduce Istanbul-Hamburg service on July 1

Pegasus Airlines (flypgs.com) (Istanbul) will be introducing Istanbul (Sabiha Gokcen)-Hamburg service, four days a week on July 1 per Airline Route.

On the financial side, the Turkish issued this report:

Pegasus Airlines has disclosed its financial results for the year 2013. Continuing its double-digit growth in 2013, Pegasus increased sales revenue by 25 percent from the previous year to 2.4 billion Turkish Lira and its gross profit by 41 percent from the previous year to 450,515,424 Turkish Lira ($202 million).
In 2013 Pegasus launched 13 new destinations; and flew 16.8 million guests
Continuing its dynamic and prolific growth in 2013, Pegasus’ operating profit increased by 28 per cent to reach 258 million Turkish Lira. Having carried 16.8 million guests in 2013, Pegasus’ Operational EBITDAR reached 533.5 million Turkish Lira while its EBITDAR margin increased by 22.3 per cent.
Extending its flight network with 13 new destinations in 2013, Pegasus increased its domestic market share from 25.7 per cent to 26.9 per cent and its international market share from 8.1 percent to 9 percent. On domestic flights 27 out of every 100 passengers flew with Pegasus.
Pegasus’ blended load factor reached 80.2 per cent and average guest numbers per cycle reached 149.
Having launched 13 new destinations in 2013, comprising of 7 Turkish domestic and 6 international routes, Pegasus extended its flight network such that it reached 76 destinations in 30 countries by the end of 2013; translating to 23.3 per cent yearly growth in the number of guests travelling on its domestic Turkish routes and 24.8 per cent yearly growth in the number of international guests. By increasing the average number of its guests on a single flight to 149 in 2013; and by continuing to make effective and efficient use of its fleet, Pegasus has increased its average daily aircraft utilisation to 12.6 block hours
Load factors reached an average of 80.2 per cent in 2013 across all domestic Turkish and international flights. Between 2005 and 2013, Pegasus flew 42.3 million guests, translating to 72 per cent of its total guests, to their destinations for under 100 Turkish Lira and 15.1 million guests, that is, 26 per cent of its total guests, for under 50 Turkish Lira.  In 2013, an average of 90.24 per cent of Pegasus’ flights departed on-time, reflecting its uncompromising mission of providing punctual flights for its guests.
Sertaç Haybat, Pegasus Airlines General Manager, announced: “We have continued our sustained growth in 2013, reflecting our position not just as the fastest growing airline in Turkey in recent years, but also in Europe. From 2007 to 2013 Pegasus achieved an average annual growth rate of 27 per cent for domestic flights against a sector average of 16 per cent. In 2013, 27 people out of every 100 in Turkey travelled to their domestic destinations with Pegasus; and in total 16.8 million guests on domestic and international destinations were able to experience the next-generation in travel with us. By providing our guests with the opportunity to design their flights in accordance with their preferences we also provided them with the opportunity of enriching their travel experiences. Meanwhile, our ever-expanding flight network has presented our guests with new destinations to discover and so we have continued to offer them the opportunity to travel at affordable prices. We owe our low fares to our operational productivity and our young fleet. Pegasus is not only one of the most popular airlines in Turkey for its implementation of the low cost model; but also within Europe. Our website, flypgs.com, is now known as the address for affordable flights in both Europe and Turkey. In order to continue the growth we achieved in 2013 into 2014, we will continue to create new opportunities to ‘fly and go’ for our Pegasus guests with our new destinations and increasing flight frequencies.”

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-82R WL TC-CPJ (msn 40881) arrives at Amsterdam.

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Etihad Airways reportedly will raise its share in Airberlin to 49.9%, could it be merged with Alitalia?

Airberlin (ariberlin.com) (Berlin-Tegel) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), which currently controls  29.21 percent of the Airberlin stock, are reportedly in negotiations about Etihad Airways raising its stake to 49.9 percent according to Reuters, citing the Wirtschafts Woche magazine.

Wirtschafts Woche magazine is reporting a group of German shareholders, among them former and current Airberlin executives, will raise their share to more than 50 percent as required by German law.

The article also reports Airberlin would be delisted if the sale is completed.

This report, if correct, would explain why Airberlin delayed its annual meeting by one week citing an imminent announcement to be made about ownership.

Etihad Airways has been on a buying spree lately for airlines that need financial help. The fast growing Gulf carrier has been in negotiations with Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) about a possible buy-in. This has lead to speculation that Airberlin, Niki and Alitalia could be combined with a common Etihad ownership thread.

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Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin’s Boeing 737-86J D-ABML (msn 37773) prepares to land at Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

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Boeing rolls out the first Next-Generation 737 at the increased rate

The first Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) Next-Generation 737 to be built at the increased rate of 42 airplanes per month rolled out of the factory in Renton, Washington yesterday (march 19). The 737-800 will soon be delivered to Airberlin (Berlin-Tegel) and ultimately leased to Transavia France (Paris).

The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the next three weeks before being delivered.

Market demand remains strong for the Next-Generation 737, the world’s best-selling commercial jetliner. Since 2010, production has risen about 33 percent, from 31.5 to 42 airplanes a month. As previously announced, the production rate is scheduled to increase to 47 airplanes a month in 2017.

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Ryanair adds seven new routes from Dublin

Ryanair (Dublin) has released its Dublin winter 2014 schedule, with 7 new routes (59 in total) and increased flights on 21 existing routes (growing from 900 to over 1,000 weekly flights).  According to the airline,  “This growth is a direct result of the Government’s welcome decision to scrap the travel tax from April 1 and will deliver over 800,000 more passengers at Dublin Airport this year.”

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7 New Winter Routes      21 Routes With New Flights

Cologne   2 x daily London (LGW)   8 – 10 x daily
Lisbon   2 x daily Birmingham   6 – 8 x daily
Prague   2 x daily Brussels (CRL)   4 – 6 x daily
Bucharest

8 x p/week

Barcelona   2 – 4 x daily
Basel

6 x p/week

Madrid   2 – 4 x daily
Nice

6 x p/week

Milan (BGY)   2 – 4 x daily
Marrakesh

4 x p/week

  Paris   2 – 4 x daily
  Rome (CIA)   2 – 4 x daily
  Krakow  12 pw – 2 x daily
  Riga  12 pw – 2 x daily
Berlin  10 pw – 2 x daily
Bratislava  10 pw – 2 x daily
Budapest  10 pw – 2 x daily
Malaga  10 pw – 2 x daily
Warsaw  10 pw – 2 x daily
Lanzarote   8 pw – 2 x daily
Wroclaw   8 to 10 p/week
Faro   6 to 8 p/week
Fuerteventura   4 to 6 p/week
Malta   4 to 6 p/week
Rzeszow   4 to 6 p/week

 

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EBH (msn 37526) “City of Nykoping” prepares for its runway roll at Dublin.

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Flydubai to fly to Moscow, reports a $60.7 million net profit in 2013

Flydubai (Dubai) has announced the launch of daily flights to Moscow (the specific airport was not mentioned), to start in September 2014, during the Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT).

Flydubai was launched in 2009 and entered the Russian market in its second year of operation. The airline started direct flights to Dubai from Samara and Yekaterinburg in October 2010, followed by Kazan and Ufa in 2011. Last year, the airline doubled its network in the country with four new destinations: Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd.

Based in Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport, Flydubai flies to 66 destinations in 35 countries. Last year, Flydubai carried 6.82 million passengers. The airline has reported two consecutive years of profitability, which included a 47 per cent increase in profit in 2013 over the previous year. It currently operates a fleet of 36 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft and recently placed an $8.8 billion order for 86 new Boeing aircraft before having received delivery of all the aircraft from its order for 50 Boeing aircraft in 2008.

On the financial side, flydubai announced full-year 2013 net profit of AED 222.8 million ($60.7 million) an increase of 47 per cent compared to 2012.

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8KN A6-FDO (msn 40242) prepares to land at the Dubai base.

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Comair of South Africa orders eight Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Comair Limited (British Airways) (Johannesburg) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) today announced an order for eight 737 MAX 8s, valued at $830 million at list prices. It is the first 737 MAX order announcement for an African operator. The order was booked in December 2013 and was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.

Johannesburg-based Comair operates Africa’s first low cost carrier, kulula.com (Johannesburg), offering flights to South Africa’smajor cities. Comair is also the franchise partner of British Airways, operating its local and regional Southern African routes. The company currently flies an all-Boeing fleet of 25 Classic and Next-Generation 737s on its kulula.com and British Airways (operated by Comair) brands. The order for eight 737 MAX 8s will support future fleet renewal and expansion.

With today’s announcement Comair will have a total of 12 airplanes on order from Boeing, including the eight 737 MAX 8s and four Next-Generation 737-800s for delivery in 2015 and 2016. Since its announcement in 2011, the 737 MAX has amassed more than 1,800 orders worldwide.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Operating under the British Airways franchise agreement, Boeing 737-85R ZS-ZWI (msn 30403) arrives back at Comair’s Johannesburg base.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86N ZS-ZWP (msn 28612) in the humorous “flying 101″ special livery approaches the runway at Johannesburg.

QANTAS Airways responds to untrue claims against the carrier

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has issued this “Questions and Answers” statement concerning industry rumors about the carrier:

CLAIM: Qantas aircraft are less safe when serviced at overseas heavy maintenance facilities.

FACT: This is not true. The aviation industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world. All maintenance on Australian aircraft needs to be conducted at facilities approved by Australia’s aviation safety regulator, CASA.

The union’s claims are actually more than 10 years old. They have already been investigated by Qantas and CASA, and the facilities continue to be approved by CASA and used by the world’s leading airlines.

This particular union has repeatedly played the safety card against Qantas and was found in the Federal Court to be using safety claims to pursue industrial issues.

The majority of Qantas’ maintenance is done in Australia. Our A380s and B747s have their heavy maintenance conducted overseas at world-class heavy maintenance facilities. Regardless of geography, all our maintenance is done at facilities approved by CASA and to Qantas’ high standards.

As with all elements of aviation, there are multiple fail-safes to account for the very small amount of human error that may occur – so suggesting any mistake is a potential catastrophe is alarmist and disingenuous.

CLAIM: Qantas does not have oversight of the maintenance conducted at overseas facilities.

FACT: Qantas sends teams of employees from our Engineering division to oversee heavy maintenance conducted outside of Australia, including senior managers and support staff. The senior manager is often an experienced Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

All maintenance on Qantas aircraft that is conducted at overseas facilities is done to Qantas’ high standards and at facilities approved by CASA.

CLAIM: The safety of a Qantas Aircraft was jeopardised by maintenance conducted in Hong Kong in 2008 with engine the engine not bolted on correctly.

FACT: Qantas disputes the union’s interpretation of this incident and categorically rejects suggestions that the safety of the aircraft was at risk as a result of what was a minor maintenance issue.

Firstly the issues relate to washers – not bolts. One engine had three of the eight washers installed upside down. Two engines had one washer installed instead of two on the bolts. (Note – Boeing recommends only one washer to be used.)

While this was not in strictly keeping with Qantas maintenance manual, it had no bearing on the safety of the aircraft at all. This was looked at by CASA at the time and found no need to investigate further.

The claim that the engines could have fallen off the aircraft during the flight as a consequence is false and alarmist.

CLAIM: Qantas executives have enjoyed massive pay increases, taking executive packages to a ratio of 140:1 to Qantas worker’s wages.

FACT: Qantas executives have not had ‘massive pay increases’. In fact, executive pay has decreased since 2010. Alan Joyce will take home 36 per cent less this year compared to last year and there is currently a bonus and pay freeze in place for executives and all employees. The Qantas Board has also taken a reduction in fees.

Qantas is not aware how the union came up with the 140:1 ratio, however it is incorrect.

CLAIM: Half of Qantas workers earn less than $50,000 a year.

FACT: The claim that half of Qantas employees earn less than $50,000 a year is completely false. Less than 10 per cent of Qantas employees earn less than $50,000 and this includes both full time and part time employees. The majority of part time workers also earn more than $50,000 a year.

CLAIM: Hangar 245 in Sydney was vacated in 2006 and has been empty ever since.

FACT: This is not true. We have invested millions of dollars upgrading the hangar and it is currently being used by our line maintenance engineers.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-838 VH-XZJ (msn 39365) in the Mendoowoorrji special livery taxies at the Sydney hub.

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SpiceJet orders 42 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

SpiceJet (Delhi) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) have announced at the India Aviation 2014 show an order for 42 737 MAX 8s. The order, previously listed as unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $4.4 billion at list prices.

Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with firm configuration of the airplane achieved in July 2013. First flight is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,800 orders to date and will have 8 percent lower per-seat operating costs than the future competition.

With this announcement, SpiceJet has ordered 90 airplanes directly from Boeing, which includes the 737-800, 737-900 ER and now the 737 MAX. To date, SpiceJet has taken delivery of 31 of the airplanes.

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8GJ VT-SZD (msn 39430) departs from Shannon.

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CanJet to launch its own tour operation next winter

CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax) will develop and launch its own in-house travel tour operation for the next winter season. The company is diversifying after Air Transat (Montreal) decided to use its own Boeing 737-800s to conduct its holiday package flights rather than using the Boeing 737-800s of CanJet. The company will use either the CanJet vacations or CanJet Holidays name for the new division.

Read the full report from the Financial Post: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS C-FTCX (msn 29921) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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American Airlines and JetBlue Airways end their interline agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and JetBlue Airways (New York) plan to terminate their interline traffic agreement and reciprocal frequent flyer program accrual agreement, which includes select routes from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and New York’s John F. KennedyInternational Airport (JFK).

Each airline will no longer accept new interline sales for travel on the other carrier. Effective April 1, customers will no longer earn miles or points when traveling on eligible routes operated by the other airline. All American AAdvantage miles or JetBlue TrueBlue points already accrued through this partnership will be credited to customers’ accounts and are not affected. The two airlines are working together to ensure these changes have little impact to customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N922NN (msn 29523) approaches the runway at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N599JB (msn 2336) in the Barcode tail design taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

 

 

Jet Airways starts Hyderabad-Abu Dhabi service on March 1

Jet Airways  (Mumbai) launched a new daily nonstop service from Hyderabad to Abu Dhabi staring on March 1, 2014.

Jet Airways flight 9W 550 departed Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 2025 and arrived in Abu Dhabi International Airport at 2310 (LT). On the return leg, the flight 9W 549 will depart Abu Dhabi at 1045 (LT) and arrive in Hyderabad at 1610.

Jet Airways currently operates a daily flight each from Delhi, Kochi and Chennai and 11 flights a week from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi.

The airline will deploy Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the new route.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-85R VT-JBF (msn 35082) arrives in Bangkok.

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El Al selects ViaSat’s Exede for inflight Internet service

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) has agreed to be the launch customer in Europe for Exede® In The Air in-flight Internet service from ViaSat Inc. To begin, ViaSat plans to deliver the service to El Al Boeing 737s flying routes from Tel Aviv into several European cities. The two companies plan to immediately begin working toward certification and installation of the Exede terminals on EL AL aircraft with a target date to launch service within one year.

For El Al, ViaSat is responsible for providing and managing a complete in-flight Internet service to the aircraft, including airborne terminals, antennas, radomes, and air time from the Eutelsat KA-SAT high-capacity Ka-band satellite. Additional details of what services will be offered to EL AL passengers will be announced closer to the launch of service.

Exede in-flight Internet service is designed to eclipse the service quality and speeds of other in-cabin airline broadband services. The major differentiator is an innovative, high-capacity Ka-band satellite system developed by ViaSat. The more favorable economics of the ViaSat system enable airlines to provide a consistent, high-speed service level to each passenger, rather than simply an aggregate amount of bandwidth to the plane that leaves passengers competing for service. The system is capable of delivering 12 Mbps or more to each connected passenger.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86Q 4X-EKO (msn 30287) climbs away from Geneva.

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Nordwind to acquire four new Boeing 737-800s

Nordwind 737-800 WL VP-BDY (08)(Grd)(Nordwind)(LR)

Nordwind Airlines (Moscow) has announced a long term lease agreement for four new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2015.

Nordwind’s fleet is 51 aircraft today, including Boeing 777-200 ERs, 767-300 ERs, 757-200s, 737-800s and Airbus A321s.

Nordwind Fleet (in-flight)(Nordwind)(LR)

 

Nordwind says it has been able to successfully operate a mixed fleet of aircraft despite difficulties because of its keen understanding of the environment it operates in. The airline has been able to maintain profitability with modern aircraft and technology.

According to the airline, “the company is focusing on running the airline efficiently, reducing inefficient flying and implementing strong capacity discipline by “matching” the right size aircraft with each market, while improving customer satisfaction.”

Further from the company, “According to 2013 statistics, Nordwind transported 3.7 million passengers (up 69% from 2012). Among the top-ten Russian airlines, Nordwind is the fastest growing, having a 4.8 times higher rate than the industry average. In 2014 the company plans to scale new heights – begin scheduled flights and expand its fleet even more to reach 6 million passengers”.

“With this brand new aircraft commitments, Nordwind will continue to gradually grow and modernize its operating fleet with more frequencies and destinations for the convenience of our passengers. It provides best-in-class efficiency, economics, reliability and passenger comfort that Nordwind needs for its fleet renewal initiative.” said Oguz Senol Yuce, a Member of Board of Directors. He added  ”Nordwind expects to finalize more brand new 737-800s for 2015.”

Passenger traffic carried by Nordwind grew 38.7% in January 2014 compared with January 2013 with a 93.8% load factor. This is the highest load factor in the country.

Copyright Photos: Nordwind Airlines.

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Ryanair opens its Brussels Zaventem base, adds more flights from London’s Stansted Airport

Ryanair (Dublin) on February 27 opened its second base in Belgium at Brussels (Zaventem) with four based Boeing 737-800s. The ultra low-fare airline will operate to 10 destinations (Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Lisbon, Malaga, Palma, Porto, Rome, Valencia and Venice) with 200 weekly flights.

In other news, the carrier on February 26 added extra flights on nine London Stansted routes to Bologna, Dublin, Lanzarote, Marrakech, Paphos, Riga, Salzburg, Santiago and Tours.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EVV (msn 40314) with special “Krakow and Malopolska” sub-titles departs from the lunar-like landscape of Tenerife (Sur) in the Canary Islands.

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Scandinavian Airlines improves its inflight food service with two new levels

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) is improving its inflight food service and has issued this translated statement today:

As a part of the continuous development of SAS’ service concept, SAS has developed the onboard food and beverage offering to improve the customer experience. The adjustments follow a broad customer survey and are introduced from beginning of March.

In June 2013, SAS launched the new service concept called “SAS Go & Plus” which has been overall well-received by SAS customers. A customer survey, with more than 4500 respondents, shows that the customers appreciate SAS Go & Plus for its
simplicity and 85% of the customers are positive or neutral to the concept.

There are three main initiatives in the development of SAS Go & Plus:

1. Improvements of the food and beverage offering; adjustments of onboard concept and clarification of the difference between SAS Go & SAS Plus.

2. We introduced SAS Go & Plus to make travel easier for our customers. By clarifying and improving our on board offering we want to ensure a pleasant and joyful overall experience for customers when they choose SAS says Snorre Andresen, Vice President Product Management and Development at SAS.

The first changes to the onboard concept come into effect on March 1 and again on March 20. The improvements of meals are ongoing.

Facts about improvements and adjustments:

SAS improves food experience on board

SAS customers appreciate proper meals on longer flights, and snacks and beverages on shorter flights.

SAS reduces the number of menu variants and introduces a clearer concept for flights within Europe: one for the Nordic region and one for flights to Europe.

SAS Plus includes a new evening meal and drinks served in classic Orreforsglass

Warm bread with the meal.

The cafe offers a selection of fresh food, such as sandwiches salads and hot wraps.

The cafe menu is continually updated with seasonal additions.

The dining experience will be enhanced on intercontinental flights for SAS Go & Plus and Business.

All meals will be renewed or enhanced and the food presentation improved with new design and packaging.

Along with other treats, pre-departure champagne will be re-introduced in Business. SAS Go includes pre-departure water and one non-alcoholic drink together with meals. Alcoholic beverages are included in SAS Business and Plus, and are for sale in SAS Go.

SAS clarifies the difference between SAS Go and Plus:

SAS Plus includes everything, also food and drinks onboard, and with SAS Go food and drinks are for purchase.

Breakfast included in SAS Plus and available for purchase in SAS Go. It is possible to buy breakfast with EuroBonus points.

Coffee, tea and newspaper are as always included for all SAS passengers.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-883 LN-RCY (msn 28324) in the special “Disney Planes” motif taxies at Munich, Germany.

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American Airlines ends its bereavement fares for family members

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has ended its policy of extending special fares to family members who must buy a ticket a last-minute flight because of a relative’s death according to the Associated Press.

The change at American now mirrors the policy at merger partner US Airways, which does not offer bereavement fares. US Airways management is now running the “new American”.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N815NN (msn 33208) completes its final approach from the south into Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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Is the Air Jamaica brand facing the final extinction?

Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain), as we first reported in July of 2012, was modifying its aircraft that were painted in the Air Jamaica (Kingston) brand. The Trinidad and Tobago Civil Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) in 2012 mandated Caribbean Airlines must drop the Air Jamaica brand because of the conditions of their Air Operators Certificate (AOC) that it operate under one name. The first casualty was the pictured Boeing 737-8Q8 9Y-JMA (msn 30645) “Spirit of Kingston” which was sporting Caribbean Airlines titles on the Air Jamaica 2011 livery in 2012. The airliner previously had full Air Jamaica titles and color scheme.

This thorny issue, one of national pride in Jamaica, has moved slowly since the issue first emerged in 2012. Now Caribbean Airlines has repainted 9Y-JMA (above) with full Caribbean Airlines titles (minus the tail logo) eliminating the Air Jamaica colors. The aircraft re-entered revenue service on the February 23, 2014. This new change may be a new signal that Caribbean has decided to move ahead with the mandated one brand ruling eliminating the iconic Air Jamaica brand and name.

Caribbean Airlines had previously adopted a “two brands, one airline” marketing strategy to mainly keep alive the Air Jamaica brand, especially for the Jamaican market. Because the aircraft were intermingled between markets, this often led to a diverse identity in the two main markets.

A report by The Gleaner of June 19, 2013 reported the government of Jamaica (which retains a 16 percent share) was concerned about the reduction of flights by Caribbean Airlines to the island nation. Caribbean Airlines reduced the number of flights to Jamaica on April 16, 2013. The new CAL board was given a month to come back with a new development plan for Air Jamaica. Previously the Jamaican government has threatened to withdraw the Air Jamaica brand from the combined airline per Caribbean 360.

Read the full report The Gleamer: CLICK HERE

Read the full report from Caribbean 360: CLICK HERE

Finally, if this drama was not enough, Trinidad and Tobago Newsday reported Caribbean Airlines and Bahamasair (Nassau) in January 2014 were holding discussions on possible closer ties. Will this lead to a three-brand airline? Not likely.

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In addition, Americans were warned not to fly Caribbean Airlines to and from Guyana because of possible threats against the carrier.

In conclusion, Caribbean Airlines needs to make a final decision of this difficult national pride issue and move ahead towards profitability once again.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 9Y-JMA (msn 30645) arrives back at the Port of Spain base with the new (almost full) identity.

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Air Transat to operate Montreal-Las Vegas Boeing 737-800 flights

Air Transat (Montreal) will introduce seasonal twice-weekly flights from Montreal (Trudeau) to Las Vegas with its newly-acquired Boeing 737-800s starting on August 31 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Leased from Transavia France, Boeing 737-8K2 F-GZHD (msn 29650) in full colors arrives back at the Montreal (Trudeau) home.

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Ryanair to add more routes and flights from Dublin

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced extra flights on four Dublin routes to Barcelona, Faro, Nice and Beauvais (near Paris), offering passengers even greater choice this summer at Dublin Airport. These increases are in addition to Ryanair’s 9 new Dublin routes to Almeria, Bari, Basel, Bucharest, Chania, Comiso, Lisbon, Marrakesh and Prague, which will start in April, and extra flights on its Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London Stansted, Madrid and Manchester routes. This growth is in direct response to the Government’s decision to scrap the travel tax from April this year and will result in over 700,000 extra passengers at Dublin Airport this year>
Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EBB (msn 37519) departs from Marrakech.
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SilkAir introduces a new brand campaign with its first Boeing 737-800

SilkAir (Singapore) introduced its first Boeing 737-800 into revenue service yesterday (February 20) with the 737-8SA 9V-MGA (man 44217). The carrier is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The subsidiary of Singapore Airlines has also rolled out a new brand campaign emphasizing its full-service amenities. The carrier issued this statement:

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, has launched a new brand campaign that looks to rekindle the joy of flying. Moving away from the idea of travel as being purely transactional, the campaign focuses on how Asia’s most awarded regional carrier creates journeys worth taking by offering customers a seamless and enjoyable travel experience at all times.

From check-in to touch down, the full-service carrier caters to the needs of the well-travelled global customer, providing comfort and convenience to those looking to explore Asia’s newest frontiers. Titled ‘A Joy to Fly’, the campaign redefines true value for the discerning traveller, emphasising and bringing to life the many benefits that SilkAir offers through a set of distinctive icons that feature across all the ads.

Having established its personable and warm in-flight service in its previous campaign ‘Feel at Home in the Air’, SilkAir aims to further differentiate itself and cement its positioning as a full-service carrier. The new regional campaign presents a visual display of a range of these benefits, including 30kg and 40kg baggage allowance for Economy and Business class respectively, inflight meals, reliable flight schedule, the KrisFlyer frequent flyer programme and through check-in service. Additionally, a wireless inflight entertainment system that is currently on trial will progressively be rolled out from Q2 2014. This new system will allow for free wireless streaming of blockbuster hits, short features as well as chart-topping music to customers’ laptops and personal handheld devices, keeping them entertained throughout the flight.

“SilkAir has always endeavoured to deliver a flying experience that is enjoyable and assuring, by placing our customers’ needs at the forefront of our product offerings. With the aim of celebrating the joy of flying, our new campaign is a reflection of the commitment and effort that goes into ensuring that every single detail – from the check-in process to entertainment and meals on-board – makes it a joy for customers to fly with SilkAir,” said SilkAir’s Vice President, Commercial, Mr. Ryan Pua.

Beyond functional benefits, the campaign also illustrates the joy of flying by highlighting SilkAir’s extensive network of 47 exotic destinations around the region, as well as the seamless connectivity between Singapore Airlines and SilkAir that customers can enjoy.

Created in conjunction with SilkAir’s 25th anniversary and the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 737-800, the campaign is set to run on print, out-of-home and digital platforms. The advertisements are currently on display at City Hall MRT station platforms.

To mark the launch of the campaign, SilkAir will also hold an online contest where fans can either visit silkair.com/ajoytofly or scan the QR code located below each aircraft window on the City Hall MRT platform to stand a chance to fly to their dream destination on SilkAir’s new Boeing planes by voting for their top 3 dream destinations. The contest closes on March 13, 2014, with 12 Economy Class return tickets up for grabs.

On top of dressing the airline’s first Boeing 737-800 in a specially designed livery to commemorate its silver anniversary, SilkAir will also be rewarding its customers with special promotional deals later this month, with 250,000 tickets made available at special rates for customers in Singapore and across the region.

The number of destinations includes two new destinations, Kalibo and Mandalay, which will be launched on May 27, 2014 and June 10, 2014 respectively.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Brand new Boeing 737-8SA 9V-MGA passes through Honolulu on its delivery routing on February 10, 2014.

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AeroMexico orders APB Split Scimitar Winglets for its Boeing 737-800s

AVIATION PARTNERS BOEING

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) (Seattle) announced today that AeroMexico (Aerovias de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.) (Mexico City) has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft.  APB’s newest program is the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature of the Split Scimitar Winglet is that it uses the existing Blended Winglet structure, but adds new strengthened spars, aerodynamic scimitar tips, and a large ventral strake.  APB received FAA certification for the Split Scimitar Winglets on February 6, 2014.

APB will develop and certify the Split Scimitar Winglet System for several variants of the Boeing Next-Generation 737 series of aircraft including the structurally provisioned and non-provisioned 737-700, 737-800, Boeing Business Jets, the structurally provisioned 737-900 and the 737-900 ER.

APB expects Scimitar Winglet Systems installed on a 737-800 to save AeroMexico more than 55,000 gallons of jet fuel per aircraft per year resulting in a corresponding reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of 530 tons per aircraft per year. Additionally, AeroMexico can realize incremental payload on several of its long haul 737-800 operations such as Mexico City to Lima, Peru and Caracas, Venezuela.

APB’s Split Scimitar Winglet program is the most successful product launch in its history.  Since launching the program early last year, APB has now taken orders and options for 1,461 Split Scimitar Winglet systems. Over the last 10 years, APB has sold more than 7,000 Blended Winglet Systems.  Over 5,100 Blended Winglet Systems are now in service with over 200 airlines in more than 100 countries. APB estimates that Blended Winglets have saved airlines worldwide over 4 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date.

Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.

Image: PRNewsFoto/Aviation Partners Boeing. A computer rendering of an AeroMexico Boeing 737-800 with Split Scimitar Winglets.

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United Airlines is the first to operate a revenue flight with the new Split Scimitar Winglets

United 737-800 SWL N37277 (CO 91)(Grd)(United)(LR)

United Airlines (Chicago) yesterday operated a Boeing 737-800 aircraft freshly retrofitted with new Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets. The pictured Boeing 737-824 N37277 (man 31595) took to the skies yesterday (February 18), marking the first commercial flight worldwide to operate with the advanced winglet technology. United flight 1273 on Tuesday, February 18 took off from the airline’s Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub and flew to Los Angeles. The airline installed the innovative winglets on the Boeing 737-800 after the FAA approved the technology made by Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) earlier this month.

This new winglet design demonstrates significant aircraft drag reduction over the basic Blended Winglet configuration United uses on its current fleet. Using a newly patented design, the program retrofits United’s Boeing Next Generation 737 Blended Winglets by replacing the aluminum winglet tip cap with a new aerodynamically shaped “Scimitar”™ winglet tip cap and by adding a new Scimitar-tipped ventral strake. The new design will reduce fuel consumption by up to 2 percent per aircraft.

Last year, United served as the launch customer for the Split Scimitar winglet when it made a firm commitment with APB to retrofit its 737-800 and 737-900 ER aircraft.

United currently has more than 350 aircraft fitted with advanced blended winglet technology. Once the Split Scimitar Winglets installation is complete, the combined winglet technology on United’s 737, 757 and 767 fleet is expected to save the airline more than 65 million gallons of fuel a year, equivalent to more than 645,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and$200 million per year in jet fuel costs. The savings from the Split Scimitar Winglets will contribute to United’s overall fuel-savings initiative to reduce its fuel costs by $1 billion by 2017.

Copyright Photos: United Airlines. United technicians at Orlando International Airport install the new Split Scimitar Winglet on a Boeing 737-800 on February 16, 2014. United is the first airline in the world to operate commercial service with the innovative winglet technology.

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United 737-800 SWL (Up-Close)(United)(HR)

AeroMexico reports a 71.8% increase in operating profit for 2013

Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. (AeroMexico) (Mexico City), the largest global airline in Mexico, announced its unaudited results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.

FOURTH QUARTER 2013 RESULTS

  • The Group reported a 71.8% increase in operating profit, year-on-year, for a total of MXP $634 million. Aeromexico achieved an operating margin of 5.9%; 2.2 percentage points greater than the same period last year.
  • Fourth quarter adjusted EBITDAR reached MXP $2.1 billion; a 26.4% increase compared to the prior year. The adjusted EBITDAR margin increased 2.8 percentage points to 19.6%.
  • Net income in the fourth quarter reached MXP $385 million. Aeromexico reported a MXP $601 million in net benefit in the fourth quarter 2012 due to the sale of a 20 percent stake in PLM, the subsidiary which manages the Group’s loyalty program. Eliminating this effect, fourth quarter of 2012 net income was MXP $10 million.
  • Grupo Aeromexico’s fourth quarter 2013 revenues reached MXP $10.7 billion; an 8.7% year-on-year increase.
  • The cost per available seat kilometers (CASK) excluding fuel decreased 5% year-over-year in the fourth quarter, representing the fourth consecutive quarter with a year-on-year decrease in CASK excluding fuel.
  • The Company added four new aircraft to its fleet: two Boeing 787-8, one Boeing 767 and one Embraer 190, while three Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft were retired. Grupo Aeromexico’s operating fleet therefore consisted of 117 aircraft as at December 31, 2013.
  • The Group’s On-Time Departure Performance for 2013 reached 87.7%; a 7.7 percentage point improvement compared to 2012.

Andres Conesa, Grupo Aeromexico’s CEO, commented: “2013 was known for its challenging economic environment, but we nevertheless succeeded in achieving very strong results during the fourth quarter. On the operational front, we again improved profitability for the fourth consecutive quarter by reducing the cost per ASK (CASK) to be increasingly competitive.”

To access the full text of this earnings release, please visit our Investor Relations website at: http://www.aeromexico.com/investors

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-81Q WL N520AM (msn 29052) operating in the Contigo program arrives in Las Vegas.

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SunExpress finalizes an order for 15 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 25 737-800s

SunExpress Airlines (Antalya) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) have finalized an order for 15 737 MAX 8s and 25 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The order, valued at more than $3.8 billion at list prices, also includes options for 10 additional 737 MAX 8s.

The order is the largest in the Turkish carrier’s near 25 year history, and brings the total number of orders to date for the 737 MAX to nearly 1,800.

“Twenty-four years ago we started to fly tourists to Turkey with brand-new 737-300s and ten years later the company began to operate the Next-Generation 737-800s. Next year at the age of 25, SunExpress will start the process of renewing its entire fleet and in the future add the latest achievement of Boeing, the 737 MAX,” said Paul Schwaiger, managing director of SunExpress. “We value our long and successful relationship with Boeing and we are grateful for the company’s endless support over so many years.”

The 737 MAX builds on the success of the Next-Generation 737 – retaining efficiency, economics, reliability and passenger appeal that make this family of airplanes the market leader. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines with aerodynamic improvements such as new Advanced Technology winglets to deliver a 14 percent fuel-efficiency improvement over today’s most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes. At longer ranges, the improvement will be even greater, perfectly complementing SunExpress’ future growth.

“With our order of up to 50 new 737 aircraft – including the ten options – we have realized an important milestone for the future of SunExpress,” said Haci Say, deputy managing director of SunExpress. “Our company has always been a vital part of the travel trade betweenTurkey and the source markets of Turkish tourism. With this enormous investment SunExpress underlines its strong position among Europe’s leading holiday airlines. We are happy to grow even stronger with the help of new Boeing aircraft which perfectly suit our business model.”

Based on the Turkish Rivera, SunExpress was founded in October 1989 as a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. Today, SunExpress carries more than seven million passengers per year and is one of the leading airlines in terms of passenger numbers between Germany and Turkey. The carrier operates an all-Boeing fleet of more than 60 Next-Generation 737-700s and 737-800s and serves more than 90 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8FH TC-SNH (msn 30826) is pictured taxiing at Zurich.

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Ryanair to fly to Russia starting on April 1

Ryanair (Dublin) will launch its first route to Russia starting on April 1. The Dublin-St. Petersburg (Pulkovo) will be operated three days a week per ShanghaiDaily.com. The ultra fare airline had planned to launched flights to both St. Petersburg and Moscow in March but it is being delayed to April 1.

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly/AirlinersGallery.com. Ryanair’s Boeing 737-8AS EI-EBN (msn 35003) taxies at the Dublin home and base.

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Nok Air commits for eight Boeing 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s

Nok Airlines Public Company Limited (Nok Air) (Bangkok) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) have announced from the Singapore Airshow a commitment to order eight Next-Generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s. The commitment, valued at $1.45 billion at list prices, will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX.

Boeing will work with the Bangkok-based airline to finalize the details of the agreement, at which time the order will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. While Nok Air currently operates a fleet of 14 Next-Generation 737s, this will mark the airline’s first direct order with Boeing.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-83N HS-DBH (msn 32614) departs from Bangkok (Don Mueang) base.

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