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QANTAS Airways’ “RetroRoo” arrives in Sydney

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) released this statement about its first retrojet “RetroRoo” arriving in Sydney:

The newest addition to the QANTAS Airways fleet has touched down on Australian soil, proudly carrying a retro livery and bearing the name of trailblazing former CEO James Strong.

The design is a flashback to the livery that adorned QANTAS Boeing 747s in the 1970s and is a flying tribute to mark seven decades of the Flying Kangaroo logo, which falls this month.

QANTAS Airways CEO Alan Joyce joined past and present staff and executives, Boeing executives and other guests to welcome the aircraft after it was given a water cannon salute from Air Services Australia.

The aircraft is named after former CEO James Strong. James was instrumental in the making of the modern QANTAS, including the merger with Australian Airlines.

James Strong was QANTAS CEO from 1993 to 2001 and later served on the QANTAS Board until his death in March 2013. His wife Jeanne-Claude and son Nicholas were at the hangar to christen the aircraft.

“QANTAS aircraft are traditionally named after Australian places, with the exception of our fleet of Airbus A380s, which are named for Australian aviation pioneers. We’re very proud to break with tradition to name this aircraft James Strong – another great leader of the Australian aviation industry.”

The new Boeing 737-800, the 75th of the aircraft type, will begin services across the QANTAS domestic network from next week. It is the 11th new Boeing aircraft that the QANTAS Group has taken delivery of this year.

The delivery of the “retrojet” coincides with the week of QANTAS’ 94th birthday, which was celebrated on Sunday November 16. The Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (QANTAS) was registered as a business on November 16, 1920.

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-838 VH-XZP (msn 44577) “James Strong” (now with a bowtie) sits proudly on the Sydney ramp.

QANAS aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

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QANTAS Airways and China Eastern Airlines announce a closer relationship

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) and China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) today (November 17) announced a new joint venture, marking the start of a deeper level of commercial cooperation on flights between Australia and China.

The airlines will now submit an application for authorization to Australian and Chinese regulators. Subject to regulatory approval, it is anticipated that the joint agreement will commence in mid-2015.

The five year agreement was signed today by QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce and China Eastern Chairman Liu Shaoyong at Parliament House, in a ceremony attended by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.

Under the agreement, the airlines will deliver substantial benefits for customers and support the growing trade, tourism and corporate travel links between Australia and China. It is designed to complement the QANTAS-Emirates partnership for Europe, Middle East and North Africa and the QANTAS-American Airlines partnership for the US.

Through the new partnership, the airlines hope to ultimately open up new routes between Australia and mainland China, such as between Brisbane and Perth to Shanghai.

A key benefit of the agreement will be the co-location of both carriers’ operations in Terminal 1 at Shanghai International Airport, which will cut transit times by about an hour, open up a better range of onward connections and provide more choice for customers.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Boeing 737-800 to wear the new 2014 China Eastern brand is this 737-89P registered as B-5689 (msn 41512) passing through Honolulu on delivery on November 7, 2014.

China Eastern Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

QANTAS Airways introduces its first retrojet

QANTAS 737-800 VH-XZP (71) + John Travolta (QANTAS)(LRW)

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has formally introduced its first retrojet in the form of its newly delivered Boeing 737-838 VH-XZP (msn 44577) painted in the retro 1971 ochre livery.

The company issued this statement and photo:

QANTAS has gone back to the future by unveiling its first ever “retro” inspired livery on one of its brand new Boeing 737 aircraft.

The eye catching design is a flying tribute to 70 years of the iconic flying kangaroo logo – a widely recognized symbol of home to millions of intrepid Australian travellers.

QANTAS Ambassador and self-confessed aviation enthusiast, John Travolta (above) was on hand to witness QANTAS and Boeing unveil the aircraft at a special hangar event in Seattle, which is timed to mark the 70th anniversary of the kangaroo logo.

QANTAS ambassador, John Travolta said the retro livery has brought back lots of memories for him.

“It’s great to see a piece of QANTAS history flying in the sky today,” said Mr Travolta.

“I have enjoyed many wonderful experiences with QANTAS over the years, from getting my 747 wings to having my own 707 painted in the original 1960s QANTAS livery. This is a great celebration of the brand’s heritage and incredible reputation over the years.

The signature element of the 1971-1984 livery design was the ochre band around the window line of the aircraft. Ochre reflected the colors of the outback where QANTAS was established in 1920.

The winged kangaroo logo is used on the tail and was adapted from the original 1947 version designed by Gert Sellheim.

In 1984 the flying kangaroo discarded its wings, evolving to its current slender and stylized form.

The 737 will operate across all QANTAS domestic routes from November 20, acting as a flying reminder of where QANTAS has come from, as well as showing new generations of young Australians some of the history behind Australia’s biggest airline.

The livery is also timed to mark the QANTAS’ 94th birthday, which also falls in November.

Happy Birthday QANTAS.

Photos: QANTAS Airways.

QANTAS Airways aircraft slide show:

Kangaroo Logo evolution:

QANTAS historic logos

QANTAS 737-800 WL VH-XZP (71)(Tail)(QANTAS)(LRW)

Ryanair announces a new base at Bratislava

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced it will open its first Slovakian base (overall the 71st base) at Bratislava in March 2015 with two based aircraft and 16 routes including a new route to Madrid.

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EVK (msn 40298) roars into the sky at the Dublin home base.

Ryanair aircraft slide show:

Ryanair logo-3

Destinations from Bratislava:

Ryanair Bratislava destinations

Jet Airways pilots clash in the cockpit, the Mumbai-Dubai flight is delayed by 1.5 hours

Jet Airways (Mumbai) had a Mumbai-Dubai flight delayed by one and a half hours after the flight crew got into a heated argument in the cockpit before departure. The first officer left his position in the cockpit alleging the captain “manhandled” him according to this report by Mid-Day. The flight was delayed as managers attempted to find a replacement first officer.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-85R VT-JBG (msn 35083) arrives in Singapore.

Jet Airways aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Can SpiceJet continue to grow despite the concerns of its auditors?

SpiceJet (Delhi) has reported losses in its last five quarters. According to this report by The Economic Times, the airline auditors “in their recent report have cast doubts over the ability of media baron Kalanithi Maran’s budget carrier to run it as a “going concern”. The auditors stated the airline’s total assets are now exceeded by its total liabilities. The airline is also losing pilots at an alarming rate.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8GJ WL VT-SGF (msn 36367) departs from Paine Field.

SpiceJet aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Video: Midair Holi dance by SpiceJet cabin crew:

 

Norwegian operates its first biofuel flight on November 11

Norwegian’s Captain Georg Myhre before take-off.

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) on November 11 operated its first biofuel flight. The airline issued this statement (translated from Norwegian):

Norwegian for the first time operated a flight with biofuel on November 11, 2015. Norwegian’s flight DY 631 between Bergen and Oslo had nearly 50 percent biofuel in the tank. This corresponds to 40 percent less emissions than an average flight with ordinary fuel.

Norwegian’s CEO Bjorn Kjos brought Norway’s Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft aboard this rare but very important flight between Bergen and Oslo. The new Norwegian Boeing 737-8JP  with the registration of LN-NIF (msn 39434) was filled with sustainable fuel and let out a total of 3178 kg or 40 grams per passenger kilometer. Older aircraft with normal jet fuel emits 5786 kilograms or 74 grams per passenger kilometer on the same route.

At Norwegian, we are very keen to do all we can to make flying more environmentally friendly. Norwegian has a clear goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 30 percent per passenger during the period 2008 to 2015. The most important environmental measure is to have the new aircraft, and Norwegian’s fleet is among the newest and most environmentally friendly in Europe. But the new aircraft is not enough. Sustainable biofuels is also important. This flight with biofuel from Bergen to Oslo is an important milestone in the industry’s joint efforts to make sustainable biofuels available to airlines, said Norwegian’s CEO Bjorn Kjos.

With the development of new technologies and the conditions that give the airlines a good incentive to invest in environmentally friendly options, like Norwegian help make aviation carbon neutral before in 2050.

Photo: Norwegian. Norwegian’s Captain Georg Myhre before take-off of the historic flight.

Norwegian aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Alaska Airlines is coming to Washington’s Dulles International Airport

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) on March 11, 2015 will begin daily nonstop service to Dulles International Airport from its SeaTac hub.

With the launch of Alaska’s Dulles flight next spring, Alaska customers will have nonstop access to all three D.C.-area airports from Seattle/Tacoma, including Reagan National Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport – more flights than any other carrier.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N592AS (msn 35190) with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets arrives in Anchorage.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

American Airlines management and Allied Pilots Association search for agreement on a new contract

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has offered its pilots, represented by the Allied Pilots Association, a reported “industry leading contract” according to Terry Maxon of the Dallas News. The two negotiation groups are facing a deadline of Saturday to resolve their outstanding issues with a new tentative agreement. The two parties started talking on July 8. The new contract would not impact the pilots of American Eagle-branded operations.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

However despite this optimism, the union’s president issued this statement:

Since I forwarded management’s initial joint collective bargaining agreement economic proposals to you yesterday, the feedback we have received on the proposals has been overwhelmingly negative. No disagreement here. Management’s initial proposals are seriously lacking on various fronts.

After reading the letter from American Airlines President Scott Kirby yesterday morning addressed to the APA board of directors, your APA leadership expected something a lot different from what we received. Mr. Kirby noted that issues regarding Scope bring with them “a lot of history and skepticism,” and he’s right. The contrast between Mr. Kirby’s letter and the proposals that followed will only add to that baggage. While there was no call for an increase from 76 seats to 81 seats on commuter aircraft, management instead simply shifted their aim with a Scope proposal to add five seats to the medium-sized (up to 70 seats) regional jets. Moving this limitation would be well outside the industry standard. When compared to the industry standard, what management has proposed would dramatically increase the number of 70-seat commuter aircraft and related capacity flown by regional affiliates.

In addition, management does not appear to be interested in providing our pilots with a compensation package comparable to industry leader Delta Air Lines. While initially proposed pay rates are fractionally higher than Delta’s current pilot pay rates, there’s little adjustment for the absence of profit-sharing, which this year will equal 15 percent of annual earnings for Delta pilots. This means that American Airlines pilots’ compensation would continue to trail industry leader Delta by a significant margin. Meanwhile, our airline is producing its best-ever financial results, with forecasts of industry-leading profits and margins going forward. What’s wrong with this picture?

Delta’s CEO recently addressed the importance of a “positive employee culture” and “rewarding employees with pay for performance through profit sharing,” adding that it “drives revenue growth and better financial returns.” American Airlines management evidently believes otherwise. With the exception of Spirit Airlines, American Airlines is the only other airline that does not provide profit-sharing to its pilots.

Management’s initial proposals would have American Airlines pilots remaining under bankruptcy-era work rules and likewise do not address length-of-service credit and numerous other important quality-of-life issues that we have raised in bargaining. Additionally, their initial proposals fail to recognize that Delta pilots are on the cusp of negotiating a new contract that will likely lead to pay rate increases that will surpass management’s proposed pay rates in quick fashion.

During a recent conference, Mr. Kirby stated that better labor relations “lead to better financial results and better customer service.” Management’s initial proposals are inconsistent with that virtuous cycle and with the positive employee culture that has made this merger so successful thus far.

Where do we go from here? The APA board of directors convened at 1 p.m. today (November 12) to discuss management’s proposals and determine our next steps. The APA Negotiating Committee, Scope Committee, Industry Analysis Committee and director of economic and financial analysis addressed the board this afternoon.

Our goal remains a negotiated agreement reached at the bargaining table. Management’s latest proposals have made attaining our goal more challenging.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N964AN (msn 30093) completes its final approach to the runway at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA).

American Airlines (current livery) aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

 

Pobeda is granted an AOC, will start operations on December 1 to six cities

Pobeda 737-400 (14)(Flt)(Aeroflot)(LR)

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has announced Russia’s Federal Aviation Agency has granted Pobeda, the low-cost carrier subsidiary of Aeroflot Group, an operator’s certificate and air transportation licence.

According to the carrier, “under Russian legislation the award of this documentation means that Pobeda is able to launch ticket sales from today, November 11.”

The carrier will fly daily flight from Moscow to Volgograd, Samara, Ekaterinburg, Perm, Tyumen and Belgorod. Pobeda will make its maiden flight on 1 December 1 from terminal A of Vnukovo international airport in Moscow.

The new airline’s fleet will comprise new narrow-body Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which can carry up to 189 passengers. As new aircraft join the fleet, flight frequency will increase and Pobeda will launch connections to new destinations.

Image: Aeroflot.

Aeroflot aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Southwest Airlines files to serve the Orange County-Puerto Vallarta route

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has filed its application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide daily, nonstop service between John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA) and Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, beginning June 7, 2015, subject to approvals from relevant governmental agencies.

In addition, Kelly announced the Company’s plans to add Saturday service between Baltimore/Washington International Airport and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico, beginning on June 13, 2015, subject to approvals from relevant governmental agencies.

Additionally the airline will start daily Kansas City-New York (LaGuardia) flights on April 8, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H4 N8645A (msn 36907) with the Split Scimitar Winglets arrives in Los Angeles.

Southwest Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

QANTAS Airways will retire its last Boeing 767 on December 27, awaits the delivery of its new 1970 Boeing 737-800 retro jet

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) is awaiting delivery of its new Boeing 737-838 VH-XZP (msn 44577) which has been painted in a retro livery. The 1970 retro livery will be formally unveiled on November 16. VH-XZP is the company’s 75th Boeing 737-800. The 737 is scheduled to depart from the Seattle area on November 17 on delivery and will arrive on November 19 in Australia.

In other news, QANTAS has unveiled a new brand advertising campaign, based on a concept of what the national carrier has been doing for almost 100 years – bringing people home.

QANTAS celebrates its 94th year of operation this month. In the same month, QANTAS will also celebrate the 70th year of the QANTAS kangaroo logo.

The ‘Feels Like Home’ series tells the real stories of five QANTAS passengers and their journey home to Australia being welcomed at the airport by loved ones.

Filmed in London, Santiago, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, the Pilbara and Sydney, the series features QANTAS employees as well as customers and rolled out from Sunday November 9.

QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce said the campaign was designed to celebrate the unique place Qantas has in the lives of many Australians.

Finally, QANTAS Airways will operate its last Boeing 767-300 flight on December 27, 2014 from Melbourne as flight QF 452 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-338 ER VH-OGQ (msn 28154) climbs away from the Sydney hub.

QANTAS Aircraft Slide Show: AG Slide Show

Video: As mentioned above, QANTAS is phasing out its aging Boeing 767-300s. Follow one 767 to Victorville, California for storage and final disposition:

SpiceJet’s flight to Delhi hits a buffalo on takeoff at Surat, crew aborts the Boeing 737-800 takeoff

SpiceJet 737-800 Engine Damage

SpiceJet‘s (Delhi) flight SG 622 carrying 146 passengers and crew members from Surat to Delhi was forced to abort its its takeoff last night (November 6) after the Boeing 737-800 hit a stray buffalo on the runway. There were not injuries but the aircraft’s engine (above) sustained some damage. The airline has suspended operations at Surat International Airport in rural India “indefinitely”. The aircraft was grounded and an alternate aircraft flew the passengers to Delhi as intended.

The airline stated everyone on board was safe on its Twitter page but stated “stray animals (are) a growing menace in some airports”.

DGCA has ordered an investigation.

Read the full story from the BBC: CLICK HERE

Twitter photo by Adnan Ashraf.

SpiceJet aircraft slide show:

Current route map for routes from Delhi:

SpiceJet 11.2014 Route Map

News report video:

Jet Airways adds new frequencies to Doha, Colombo and Bangkok

Jet Airways (Mumbai) meanwhile is adding additional frequencies from Mumbai to Far East and the gulf region. These additional frequencies are being introduced from Mumbai to Doha, to Colombo and to Bangkok.

The company is adding a second frequency from Mumbai to Doha. Jet Airways flight 9W 560 will depart Mumbai at 0120 and arrive Doha at 0245 (local time). The return flight 9W 559 will depart Doha at 0345 (LT) and arrive into Mumbai at 0930, providing connectivity to key domestic destinations. The introduction of this flight complements the flight from Mumbai to Doha. This flight provides enhanced connectivity from Mumbai to Doha and beyond to destinations in Gulf with direct and codeshare flights.

Doha is currently linked with one flight each from Mumbai, Delhi and Kochi. The new flight on this high demand route will not only cater to the growing Indian expatriates but also boost tourism and trade between the two cities and will help in bringing in traffic to and from the Middle East.

With these new enhanced flights, Jet Airways will achieve the landmark milestone of becoming India’s first private airline to operate over 40 daily flights to multiple destinations in the Gulf. This includes daily departures to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait, Sharjah, Muscat, Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh, thus, making the airline the largest operator between India and the Gulf.

Due to popular demand, Jet Airways has added a second direct flight from Mumbai to Colombo. Jet Airways flight 9W 252 will depart Mumbai at 1805 and arrive into Colombo at 2035 (local time). The return flight 9W 251 will depart Colombo at 2135 (LT) and arrive Mumbai at 0015, providing onward connections to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the Gulf, Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong in the Far East and to North America via Brussels and London Heathrow with direct and codeshare flights.

In addition, Jet Airways has introduced a third daily nonstop service from its international gateway in Mumbai to Bangkok. The new afternoon service will provide seamless connectivity to guests from the airlines domestic network. This would make Jet Airways’ the only Indian carrier to operate three flights a day from Mumbai to Bangkok’s International Suvarnabhumi Airport as well as providing on ward connections to Ho Chi Minh from Bangkok.

This new flight from Mumbai to Bangkok, offers a convenient afternoon service, flight 9W 060 which will depart Mumbai at 1255 (LT) and arrive at Bangkok at 1835 (LT). On return, flight 9W 061 which departs Bangkok at 0855 (LT) and arrives into Mumbai at 1155 (LT) daily. Jet Airways guests from Mumbai will now have the option of connecting to Ho Chi Minh city and to several destinations of their choice in ASEAN Region while they transit over Bangkok. This new flight is conveniently timed to connect guests travelling from Jet Airways domestic network to Bangkok and beyond to ASEAN points.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-8AL VT-JFT (msn 39066) was delivered on June 4, 2014 and passed through Toronto (Pearson) on its delivery routing.

Jet Airways: AG Slide Show

The first new Eastern Boeing 737-800 is rolled out of the paint shop at Shannon

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Miami) this week will take delivery of its first Boeing 737-800. Today (November 4) the former Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8AL 5Y-KYB (msn 35070) was rolled out of the Eirtech hangar at Shannon in full Eastern livery. The 737 is named the “Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker” and will become N276EA on delivery. N276EA is due to arrive in Miami later this week.

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason/AirlinersGallery.com.

The original Eastern aircraft slide show:

Video: TV commercials from the original Eastern Airlines:

WestJet reports record third quarter net earnings of C$85.4 million

WestJet (Calgary) has announced its third quarter 2014 results, with record adjusted net earnings of $85.4 million (all amounts in Canadian dollars), or $0.66 per diluted share. This compares with the net earnings of $65.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2013, up 31.2 per cent and 32.0 per cent, respectively. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 13.8 per cent, compared with the 13.7 per cent reported in the previous quarter. These adjusted results exclude a pre-tax non-cash loss of $45.5 million associated with the previously disclosed sale of 10 of our oldest Boeing 737 aircraft.

In September, WestJet announced the launch of its new WestJet Rewards tiers program, which will make frequent guests eligible for higher WestJet dollar earn rates on WestJet flights, additional companion flights, and new easy-to-use flight benefits. Here is a video of “Profit Share” from two years ago:

Video Above: Twice per year, in November and May, WestJet shares a portion of its profits with its employees. According to the airline, “We make a fun video to play at our profit share party and this is just one of a long list of videos we’ve made over the past few years. Enjoy!”

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8CT C-GWSZ (msn 37092) in the special “Magic Plane” color scheme promoting Walt Disney World arrives in Los Angeles.

WestJet: AG Slide Show

Alaska Airlines expands its seasonal route network from the Pacific Northwest to Mexico

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) this week will begin service from the Pacific Northwest to Mexico, just in time for winter. The airline kicks off its new nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Cancun on November 6. Flights will operate daily through April 27, 2015. The airline also is offering new nonstop flights from Portland, Oregon, to Puerto Vallarta starting November 4 through April 26, 2015 and to Los Cabos starting Nov. 20 through April 27, 2015.

Alaska 11.2014 Mesxico Expansion Graph

All times are based on local time zones.

Alaska Airlines began flying to Mexico a quarter century ago and now operates 240 flights a week during the winter between the West Coast and Mexico—more than any other carrier. Alaska flies an average of 1.5 million passengers a year to seven Mexico beach destinations—Cancun, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta—in addition to Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N590AS (msn 35887) with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets departs from Anchorage bound for Seattle/Tacoma.

Alaska Airlines Aircraft Slide Show: AG Slide Show

SmartWings is adding four new routes from Warsaw, Poland

SmartWings (smartwing.com) (Prague) is adding more routes and flights from Warsaw, Poland. Warsaw-Lanzarote was added yesterday (November 1) following by the Warsaw-Fuerteventura route tomorrow (November 3). Warsaw-Las Palmas will be added on November 4 and  Warsaw-Tenerife Sur (South) on November 6 per Airline Route.

SmartWings is a brand name of  Travel Service, a.s. (Travel Service Airlines) with regular flights from its base at Prague Airport.

During the year, SmartWings offers flights to more than forty popular destinations and resorts throughout and outside Europe with departures from Prague, Brno and Ostrava. Every summer season SmartWings brings flights to new destinations as well an increase of frequencies to the current ones.

Travel Service, a.s., the largest airline in the Czech Republic, has been operating in the market for 15 years. Travel Service, a.s. is the leader of the charter market in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and it has a noticeable share in Poland. Apart from charter flights, Travel Service has also been conducting regular lines under the brand SmartWings since 2004 and since 2007 with private charter flights.

SmartWings operates Airbus A320s, Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-82R OK-TSG (msn 30666) taxies at Antalya, Turkey.

SmartWings Aircraft Slide Show: AG Slide Show

 

Sunwing Airlines to operate weekly Calgary-Freeport flights from November 1

Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) will start weekly service from Calgary to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island on November 1, 2014. The flights will depart initially on Saturdays then switch to become a weekly service on Fridays from December 19, 2014.

With the introduction of the Calgary service, the airline will offer eight Canadian gateways into the island.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 C-GVVH (msn 36275) carries promotional markings for the Mexican resort destination of Los Cabos, Baja, which was recently damaged by Hurricane Odile. The airport was back in business 17 days after the storm passed. C-GVVH taxies at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

Sunwing Airlines Aircraft Slide Show: AG Slide Show

Ryanair selects Copenhagen as its new Danish base

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced it will open its second Danish base (70 in total) at Copenhagen in March 2015 with up to four based Boeing 737-800 aircraft and starting with three new routes to London, Milan and Warsaw, with an additional 10 more new routes to be announced in the New Year. Ryanair will base its first Boeing 737-800 in Copenhagen from March and 3 more units later in 2015.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DAD (msn 33544) lands at the EuroAirport.

Ryanair: AG Slide Show

 

Fuzhou Airlines commences operations today

 

Fuzhou 737-800 WL B-5503 (14)(Tko)(Fuzhou)(LR)

Fuzhou Airlines (Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China) today (October 30) launched scheduled passenger operations between Fuzhou and Beijing with Boeing 737-84P B-5503 (msn 36782) leased from Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing). The new airline is a joint venture between Hainan Airlines and Golden Resources Investment Group which is a state-owned asset investment company.

The airline received its AOC on October 17.

Photo: Fuzhou Airlines.

WestJet and its flight attendants reach a tentative agreement

WestJet (Calgary) has announced it has reached a tentative agreement with WestJet’s Flight Attendant Association Board (FAAB). The proposed agreement is available to WestJet flight attendants for review beginning on October 31, 2014, and voting begins on November 10, 2014, at 9 a.m. MST.

The WestJet Inflight leadership team and FAAB began negotiations in May 2014, to develop a tentative agreement to replace the flight attendants’ memorandum of agreement.

WestJet and FAAB have committed, in writing, to honor all facets of the tentative agreement, which covers a five-year term, and changes may only be made through negotiations with flight attendants. There is also a clear and enforceable dispute resolution process in place.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8CT C-GWSA (msn 34153) arrives at Las Vegas.

WestJet: AG Slide Show

Aerolineas Argentinas is coming to Punta Cana

Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) will add Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on January 3, 2015 via Caracas per Airline Route. The new route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 737-800s.

The airline will also serve Havana via Caracas starting on January 5, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8BK N5573P (msn 41561) departs from Boeing Field in Seattle on a test flight. The new aircraft was delivered as LV-FRQ on April 10, 2014.

Aerolineas Argentinas: AG Slide Show

WestJet today launches Toronto-Phoenix flights

WestJet (Calgary) today (October 26) will launch new daily nonstop services between Toronto (Toronto) and Phoenix, Arizona

Details of WestJet’s new daily Phoenix service are as follows:

Flight WS 1198 will depart Toronto at 10 a.m. (1000) and arrive in Phoenix at 11:51 a.m. (1151).
Flight WS 1199 will depart Phoenix at 12:40 p.m. (1240) and arrive in Toronto at 7:41 p.m. (1941).

In other news, WestJet Encore will launch new daily nonstop service between Calgary and Penticton, British Columbia, today, October 26, 2014.

Details of WestJet’s new daily Penticton service are as follows:

Flight WS 3281 departs Calgary at 2:10 p.m. (1410) and arrives in Penticton at 2:26 p.m. (1426).
Flight WS 3280 departs Penticton at 3 p.m. (1500) and arrives in Calgary at 5:05 p.m. (1705).

Penticton is WestJet’s 41st nonstop destination from Calgary International Airport. The airline’s average of 97 daily departures makes YYC its busiest Canadian airport.

Launched in June 2013, WestJet Encore now services 24 cities in seven provinces with 114 daily departures. In 2015, the regional airline will launch service to Quebec City, Quebec, and Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8CT C-GAWS (msn 38880) arrives in Las Vegas with new Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets.

WestJet: AG Slide Show

Virgin Australia to fly between Darwin and Alice Springs

Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) has announced that it will introduce nonstop services between Darwin and Alice Springs from the end of March 2015, to coincide with the opening of the new Virgin Australia Lounge in Darwin.

The airline will introduce this new weekly schedule of services using its Boeing 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8FE ZK-PBA (msn 33796) arrives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Virgin Australia: AG Slide Show

Alaska Air Group reports a third quarter GAAP net profit of $198 million

Alaska Air Group, Inc., (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) today reported third quarter 2014 GAAP net income of $198 million, or $1.45 per diluted share, compared to $289 million, or $2.04 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013. Excluding the impact of mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments and a one-time special revenue item in the prior year, the company reported record adjusted net income of $200 million, or $1.47 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $157 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, in 2013.

“This was our best quarterly result ever” said CEO Brad Tilden. “I want to thank our 13,000 employees who are keeping a focus on playing our game, and working hard every day to run a great operation, keep fares low, and deliver award winning service to our customers. All of us at Alaska would like to thank our customers for their continued loyalty.”

Financial Highlights:

Reported record third quarter net income, excluding special items, of $200 million – a 27% increase over the third quarter of 2013.
Reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.47 per diluted share, a 32% increase over the third quarter of 2013 and ahead of First Call analyst consensus estimate of $1.42 per share.
Earned net income for the third quarter under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of $198 million or $1.45 per diluted share, compared to net income of $289 million, or $2.04 per diluted share in 2013.
Recorded $84 million of incentive pay through the first nine months of 2014. This includes each Air Group employee earning at least $800 by meeting or exceeding monthly customer satisfaction and operational performance goals and tracking to earn above-target payouts for full-year goals.
Increased fuel efficiency (as measured by seat-miles per gallon) by 2.8% as part of our effort to be the airline leader in environmental stewardship.
Grew passenger revenues by 7%, compared to the third quarter of 2013.
Generated record adjusted pretax margin in the third quarter of 21.8% compared to 18.4% in 2013.
Generated 15.9% pretax margin for the trailing 12-month period ended Sept. 30, 2014, compared to 11.7% for the same period in the prior year.
Achieved trailing 12-month after-tax return on invested capital of 17.2% compared to 13.0% in the 12-month period ended Sept. 30, 2013.
Repurchased 3.4 million shares of common stock for $159 million in the third quarter of 2014, and 5.3 million shares for $242 million in the first nine months of 2014, representing 3.8% of the total shares outstanding at the beginning of the year.
Paid a $0.125 per-share quarterly cash dividend on September 4, bringing total dividend payments so far this year to $51 million.
Generated $1 billion in operating cash flows for the 12-months ended Sept. 30, 2014, generating $321 million of free cash flows.
Lowered adjusted debt-to-total-capitalization ratio to 31%.
Held $1.3 billion in unrestricted cash and marketable securities as of Sept. 30, 2014.
Became one of only two U.S. airlines with investment grade credit ratings.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N579AS (msn 35187) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Alaska Airlines to launch San Diego-Kona flights on March 5, 2015

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is bringing more Hawaii to its customers in San Diego with new nonstop flights between San Diego and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Starting March 5, 2015, the new flights will operate three times weekly.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N593AS (msn 35107) completes the river approach into Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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AirEuropa to launch Madrid-Tel Aviv flights

AirEuropa (Palma de Mallorca and Madrid) on March 30, 2015 will add the Madrid-Tel Aviv route with Boeing 737-800s. The new route will be operated three days a week per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-85P EC-LVR (msn 36593) taxies to the gate at Palma de Mallorca.

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Aerolineas Argentinas is coming to Havana, Cuba

Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) is coming to Havana, Cuba. The airline will operate twice-weekly Boeing 737-800 services on the Buenos Aires-Caracas-Havana extended route starting on January 4, 2015 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86J LV-FQC (msn 37744) is pictured at downtown Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires.

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Air France reaches a tentative agreement with the pilot’s union concerning the expansion of Transavia France

Air France (Paris-CDG) has reached a tentative agreement with its pilot’s union concerning the growth of lower-cost Transavia France (Paris-Orly). The airline issued this statement:

Air France and the representative pilot unions have just reached a draft agreement concerning the development of Transavia France.

This text will be presented on Friday, October 17 at the Special Board Meeting of SNPL Air France ALPA. Then it will be submitted to a referendum of its members for a signature in mid-November. The SNPL Transavia has also taken part in the talks.

The terms are as follows:

The development of Transavia France beyond 14 Boeing 737s will be assured as from summer 2015 in order to accelerate the Group’s development on the rapidly-expanding leisure market;

Pilots flying for Transavia France will be employed under Transavia France operating and remuneration conditions to ensure the company’s competitiveness and its development as a complement to the Air France network. Moreover, two co-existing contracts (Transavia France and Air France) will be implemented for Air France pilots flying for Transavia France;

These terms will provide pilots with dynamic and integrated career development, including a single seniority list, in response to high expectations on the part of pilots.

Any future changes in working conditions and remuneration at Transavia France will seek the agreement of the SNPL Air France ALPA and SNPL Transavia, again in response to clear demands expressed by pilots.

Air France considers that this balanced solution, the result of a responsible and peaceful social dialogue, will lead to the rapid development of Transavia France and an increased value added for the benefit of its customers and staff.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Transavia France’s Boeing 737-8K2 F-GZHD (msn 29650) taxies at the leisure destination of Palma de Mallorca.

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Aeroflot announces its winter schedule changes, will increase frequencies to 21 destinations

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has announced its schedule changes for its winter schedule valid until March 28, 2015:

During winter season 2014/2015 Aeroflot plans to fly to 52 countries including 8 CIS countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Ukraine).

Aeroflot will operate its own flights to 121 destinations — 69 of which are abroad — including 46 destinations in Europe, 13 in Asia, 5 in the USA, 5 in the Middle East and Africa. The winter CIS network covers 11 destinations: Baku, Bishkek, Yerevan, Minsk, Tashkent, Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Odessa, Karaganda, Chisinau.

Starting from February 1, 2015 Aeroflot will add two new destinations, twice daily to the Russian cities of Arkhangelsk and Murmansk.

During the winter season Aeroflot will fly daily to Tbilisi and Chisinau.

Aeroflot will continue operating on the routes which were opened last summer season: Moscow — Karaganda, Moscow — Rostov-on-Don, Moscow — Novy Urengoy.

Aeroflot domestic network includes 41 destinations: Abakan, Anapa, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Barnaul, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Magnitogorsk, Murmansk, Mineralnye Vody, Nizhnevartovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhnekamsk, Novokuznetsk, Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Orenburg, Omsk, Perm, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Simferopol, Sochi, Surgut, Tomsk, Tyumen, Ufa, Khabarovsk, Chelyabinsk, Chita, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Yakutsk.

Aeroflot will also introduce additional frequencies on already existing routes from Moscow to the following destinations (flights per week): Saint Petersburg (from 98 to 108), Krasnodar (from 39 to 48), Mineralnye Vody (from 7 to 21), Orenburg (from 7 to 14), Simferopol (from 14 to 35), Ekaterinburg (from 35 to 42), Volgograd (from 21 to 28), Irkutsk (from 10 to 21), Novosibirsk (from 21 to 28), Tyumen (from 14 to 21), Rostov-on-Don (from 7 to 21), Yakutsk (from 5 to 6), Minsk (from 21 to 28), Vilnius (from 7 to 14), Dusseldorf (from 21 to 28), Bucharest (from 4 to 7), Amsterdam (from 14 to 21), Helsinki (from 7 to 14), Bangkok (from 10 to 14), Los-Angeles (from 6 to 7), Miami (from 3 to 4).

Instead of the flights to Gelendzik, Heraklion, Dubrovnik and Split operated only during the summer season, Aeroflot will fly to Phuket. Two traditional summer destinations — Thessaloniki and Tivat — will become year-round for the first time.

In total Aeroflot Group and its code sharing partners will fly to 333 unique destinations in 68 countries including Russia.

In other news, Aeroflot is transferring the assets of grounded Dobrolet (2nd) (Moscow) to its new subsidiary called Byudzhetny Perevozchik, (translated as Budgetary Carrier).

The new subsidiary will operate low fare Boeing 737-800 flights from Moscow (Sheremetyevo) to Belgorod, Kazan, Surgut, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Samara, Volgograd and Tyumen according to Russian News.

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Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-9LJ VP-BZA (msn 41198) of Aeroflot arrives at the Moscow (Sheremetyevo) hub.

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

Aviation Partners Boeing Luxair 737-800

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) (Seattle) has announced Luxair-Luxembourg Airlines (Luxembourg) 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 aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake.

Split Scimitar Winglets can now be installed on all Boeing 737-800 and 737-900ER aircraft. All remaining commercial and private variants of the 737 Next-Generation aircraft are scheduled to be certified by May of 2015.

Luxair’s three 737-800′s will be fitted with the Scimitar Winglets upgrade by March 2015.

Since launching the Split Scimitar Winglet program early last year, APB has taken orders and options for 1,657 systems. Over the last 10 years, APB has sold nearly 8,000 Blended Winglet Systems. More than 5,300 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 4.5 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date thus eliminating over 47 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

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

Image: APB.

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Garuda Indonesia orders 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) announced an order for 50 737 MAX 8s, valued at $4.9 billion at current list prices. The flag carrier of Indonesia will purchase 46 737 MAX 8s and will convert existing orders for four Next-Generation 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s. The order was previously accounted for on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries Web site, attributed to an unidentified customer.

Garuda Indonesia currently operates 77 Boeing 737s. The new order gives the airline the flexibility to grow and to update its fleet as the market demands.

According to Boeing, “The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX will be 14 percent more fuel-efficient than today’s most efficient Next-Generation 737s – and 20 percent better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service. The 737 MAX 8 will have an 8 percent per seat operating cost advantage over the A320neo.”

The total number of 737 MAX orders to date is 2,295 airplanes from 47 customers worldwide.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Garuda Indonesia has been a long time Boeing 737 operator. Garuda Indonesia’s Boeing 737-8U3 WL PK-GMA (msn 30151) prepares to taxi from the gate at Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

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Aviation Partners Boeing receives additional FAA Supplemental Type Certificates for the Split Scimitar Winglets

Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced today that it has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) covering the installation of Split Scimitar Winglets for three additional configurations of the Boeing 737NG.

Split Scimitar Winglets can now be installed on all Boeing 737-800 and 737-900 ER aircraft. All remaining commercial and private variants of the 737 Next-Generation aircraft are scheduled to be certified by May of 2015.

According to the company, “APB’s Split Scimitar Winglet program is its latest fuel efficiency success and 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, but adds new aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake. Split Scimitar Winglets can save up to 60,000 gallons of fuel per aircraft per year.”

Since launching the Split Scimitar Winglet program early last year, APB has taken orders and options for 1,657 systems. Over the last 10 years, APB has sold nearly 8,000 Blended Winglet Systems. More than 5,300 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 4.5 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date thus eliminating over 47 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

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

Copyright Photo: APB. Kulula of South Africa is the latest operator of the SSWs. Boeing 737-8LD ZS-ZWB (msn 40852) climbs away with the new winglets.

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American to introduce Los Angeles-Atlanta flights on March 5, 2015

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is adding a long-time traditional route of Delta Air Lines (Atlanta). American Airlines is launching nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on March 5, 2015.

The new flights will be served with Boeing 737-800 aircraft. AA will offer three roundtrips each day.

With this new Atlanta service, American will serve 55 domestic and international destinations from its LAX hub. The new route complements American’s new domestic and international service at LAX , which includes flights to Sao Paulo (GRU), Edmonton, Alberta (YEG), Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR), San Antonio (SAT) and Tampa (TPA) service that will begin next month, as well as American’s existing Asia service out of LAX to Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Shanghai (PVG). With the new Los Angeles service, Atlanta customers will have direct access to eight of American’s hubs – Charlotte, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N826NN (msn 31089) completes its final approach to Los Angeles International Airport.

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Flydubai is coming to Bratislava, Prague and Sofia

Flydubai (Dubai) is expanding with new routes to eastern Europe. The fast-growing carrier will start three new routes from Dubai to Bratislava (twice-weekly starting on December 6), Prague (four weekly flights starting on December 5) and Sofia (twice-weekly starting on December 14) per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8KN A6-FED (msn 40257) arrives at the Dubai hub.

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AeroMexico to add more flights to both Miami and Orlando

AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced its second daily flight to Orlando and its fourth daily service to Miami from its main hub at the Mexico City International Airport.

Starting on November 3, the airline will add one more daily flight between Mexico City and Orlando, which primary benefit will be seen in the connectivity offered from the nation’s capital to Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Villahermosa in Mexico, and to Lima, Santiago, and Sao Paulo, among other destinations in Latin America.

The aircraft to be used for these flights are Boeing 737 with 124 seats, 12 in Clase Premier, Aeromexico’s business class cabin.

AeroMexico will also add its fourth daily flight to the Mexico City – Miami route as of November 13, served with Boeing 737 airplanes. This new service will allow U.S.-origin passengers to connect to destinations such as Acapulco, Aguascalientes, and Oaxaca in Mexico, and Bogota, Guatemala, and San Jose, south of the border, among others.

AeroMexico will now offer a total of 48 weekly flights from the Mexican capital city to the State of Florida in the United States, with close to 6,000 seats per week between those destinations.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-852 XA-AMC (msn 36704) arrives in New York (JFK).

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American to add four new domestic destinations from the Miami hub on March 5, starts Cap-Haitien service today

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will launch new service between its Miami hub and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Kansas City International Airport (MCI), Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and San Antonio International Airport (SAT) on March 5, 2015.

With these new routes, American will serve more than 130 domestic and international destinations from its Miami hub, providing customers ideal connections to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

These new routes will be served with Boeing 737-800 aircraft and will operate on the following daily schedule (all times local):

MIA-AUS

Departs AUS at 6:10 a.m. CT
Arrives at MIA at 9:58 a.m. ET

Departs MIA at 7:50 p.m. ET
Arrives at AUS at 9:58 p.m. CT

MIA-MCI

Departs MCI at 6 a.m. CT
Arrives at MIA at 10:09 a.m. ET

Departs MIA at 7:55 p.m. ET
Arrives at MCI at 10:05 p.m. CT

MIA-SLC

Departs SLC at 12:59 a.m. MT
Arrives at MIA at 7:50 a.m. ET

Departs MIA at 7:55 p.m. ET
Arrives at SLC at 11:11 p.m. MT

MIA-SAT

Departs SAT at 6:10 a.m. CT
Arrives at MIA at 10:03 a.m. ET

Departs MIA at 7:50 p.m. ET
Arrives at SAT at 9:58 p.m. CT

American begins new daily service today (October 2) between Miami and Cap-Haitien, Haiti (CAP), adding a new international destination to the airline’s network. The new route supplements American’s long-standing service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N965AN (msn 29544) departs from the Miami hub.

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Despite increased competition from Delta, Alaska Airlines’ traffic and passenger numbers increase but the load factor drops

Alaska Air Group Inc. (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) despite increased competition, especially from Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) at its Seattle/Tacoma hub, has managed to increase its traffic and passenger numbers for the first nine months of 2014, mostly through its vigorous expansion. However the number of passengers has not kept up with the expansion and this has lead to a lower load factor.

The Group reported September and year-to-date operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below.

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Air Group:

On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 9.0 percent increase in traffic on a 9.9 percent increase in capacity compared to September 2013. This resulted in a 0.7 point decrease in load factor to 81.9 percent. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska and those under capacity purchase agreements, including Horizon, SkyWest and PenAir.

The following table shows the operational results for September and year-to-date 2014, compared to the prior-year periods:

The Group and Alaska Airlines:

Alaska 9 mo traffic 9.2014

Alaska Horizon – Horizon Air:

Alaska Horizon 9 mo traffic 9.2014

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-890 N569AS (msn 35184) in the 75th Anniversary retrojet scheme arrives in Las Vegas.

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JAL Express is merged into Japan Airlines

JAL Express (Tokyo-Haneda) today (October 1) was merged into its parent JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) as planned. JAL Express operated its last flight yesterday. The JAL Express titles are being removed from the aircraft.

JAL Express started operations on July 1, 1998 as a low-cost subsidiary.

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Copyright Photo:Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL Express’ Boeing 737-846 WL JA337J (msn 40352) with “Forward Together Japan” inscription arrives at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

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The first Boeing 737-800 for the new Eastern will arrive in early December as N276EA

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

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Miami) has announced they are planning to take delivery of the first Boeing 737-800 during the first week of December 2014. The first aircraft will be registered as N276EA (msn 35070, ex Kenya Airways 5Y-KYB) which has been reserved by Eastern Air Lines with the FAA. N276EA will be named the “Spirit of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker” according to the new airline. The new Eastern is going through the FAA certification process.

Image: Eastern Air Lines (2nd).

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Video: By George Mihal. Eastern aircraft at Charlotte (old terminal) circa 1956 including a Lockheed Constellation.

 

Kharkiv Airlines adds two new routes to Istanbul

Kharkiv Airlines (Kharkiv, Ukraine) on September 16 added two new routes Istanbul (Sabiha Gokcen) from both Odessa and Kharkiv. Kharkiv is in disputed eastern portion of the Ukraine.

Kharkiv Airlines, a charter airline until now, becomes a scheduled carrier with these two routes.

Copyright Photo: Karl Corni/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 UR-CLS (msn 32841) arrives in Antalya.

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SunExpress to start five new routes from Antalya for next summer

SunExpress Airlines (Antalya) will start five new routes from Antalya for the summer season of 2015. The new routes include Amsterdam (three days a week effective April 27, 2015), Geneva (weekly, March 28), Klagenfurt (weekly, May 13), Luxembourg (weekly, April 3) and Strasberg (weekly, April 24) per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. SunExpress Airlines’ Boeing 737-86Q WL TC-SUU (msn 30274) lands at Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg.

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Southwest Airlines to launch its first international route from Houston Hobby to Aruba on March 7, 2015

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) will launch its first international route from Houston’s Hobby Airport (HOU) on March 7, 2015 with a weekly flight to Aruba per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H4 N8306H (msn 36983) departs from Raleigh-Durham.

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Southwest Airlines to purchase 3 million biofuel gallons yearly from Red Rocks Biofuels

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has signed an agreement with Red Rocks Biofuels LLC (RRB) to purchase low carbon renewable jet fuel, made using forest residues that will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western United States. The airline’s agreement with RRB covers the purchase of approximately three million gallons per year. The blended product will be used at Southwest’s Bay Area operations with first delivery expected in 2016.

RRB’s first plant will convert approximately 140,000 dry tons of woody biomass feedstock into at least 12 million gallons per year of renewable jet, diesel, and naphtha fuels.

Southwest is a long-time member of Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) which is a government and industry coalition for the development and deployment of alternative jet fuel for commercial aviation. As a member of CAAFI, the airline has followed the progress of alternative fuel technologies. Red Rock Biofuels is the first viable opportunity the airline has found to meet its financial and sustainability objectives.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. A nice ramp portrait of Boeing 737-8H4 N8306H (msn 36983) with the Split Scimitar Winglets painted in the now old 2001 “Canyon Blue” livery.

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Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines resumes flights to its neighboring countries after taking Ebola virus precautions

Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines (Malabo, Equatorial Guinea) despite concerns about the spreading Ebola virus, has resumed regional flights to Abidjan, Accra, Cotonou, Dakar and Lomé. The flights were suspended in August due to fears the virus would spread further. A press release was issued by the government:

Equatorial Guinea has resumed regional flights to neighboring African countries by its national air carrier, Ceiba Intercontinental, after taking control measures to safeguard public health.

The temporary suspension of the Ceiba Intercontinental flights was a precautionary measure adopted by the government, but it resumed the flights after it obtained equipment to detect and confront a possible Ebola outbreak. The flights were resumed in order to break the isolation of the affected neighboring countries, which need commercial air service in order to receive supplies and maintain commercial ties with the rest of the continent.

The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has invested more than 1 million Euros in the acquisition of healthcare materials, including ambulatory hospitals, ambulances, thermographic cameras for the airports of Malabo and Bata, protection suits, disinfection material, waterproof boots, protection glasses and laser thermometers, among other articles, aimed at confronting a possible Ebola outbreak in the country. Two quarantine areas and specially equipped isolation chambers have also been prepared in the cities of Malabo and Bata.

After verifying the size of the current Ebola outbreak, which has already caused the deaths of some 2,400 persons, the Government of Equatorial Guinea created a special committee for the control and prevention of this disease, and has organized awareness tours on Ebola throughout the entire national territory.

Equatorial Guinea also made a gesture of solidarity to its neighbors earlier this month, when President Obiang announced the donation of 2 million U.S. dollars to the WHO as a grant for the programs to combat Ebola. He made the announcement during the ceremony to present the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinean Prize for Research in Life Sciences.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8FB 3C-LLY (msn 41157) arrives at Paine Field on a test flight before its delivery.

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Ceiba’s new logo: Ceiba Intercontinental logo

 

Flydubai to add two more routes to Africa

Flydubai (Dubai) has announced the launch of flights to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Flights to the East African country will commence in October, expanding the airline’s network in Africa to 12 destinations.

In other news, Flydubai’s inaugural flight to Moscow landed today (September 23) at Vnukovo International Airport.

Previously Flydubai’s inaugural flight to Almaty landed at Almaty International Airport on September 16 and was met too by a traditional water cannon salute. This marked the start of the airline’s operations to Kazakhstan.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8KN A6-FDZ (msn 40253) arrives back at the Dubai hub.

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Air France’s pilots: the strike will continue, Air France: we will speed up the development of Transavia France

Air France (Paris) is still reeling from a week-long strike by its pilots. The flag carrier has only been able to fly a small portion of its flights due to the on-going strike. Today (September 22) the pilot’s union rejected the latest offer by management to end the strike.

Air France announced today it expects to operate 42 percent of its flights tomorrow (September 23) as the strike continue.

Today Air France also announced it will speed up the development of the lower-cost Transavia France (Paris) with this announcement:

The pilots’ strike has been disrupting flight operations for seven days now, with catastrophic consequences for the Company’s customers, staff and financial situation. Alexandre de Juniac and Frédéric Gagey wish once again to thank all staff who have rallied round in France and around the world to support and assist customers in this unprecedented situation. The Company wishes once again to present its sincere apologies to its customers.

This strike generates an operating loss of up to 20 million euros per day, plus customer compensations and the impact of the gradual recovery in traffic in the days following the return to normal operations. Once the dispute is over, the Group will update its EBITDA target for the 2014 financial year.

Negotiations with the pilot unions, notably the SNPL, have taken place daily. Since the beginning of the strike action, Alexandre de Juniac and Frédéric Gagey have spent over 40 hours in meetings with pilot representatives. Every day, they have been submitting new constructive proposals to resolve this conflict. On their part, the pilot unions have not put forward any proposal demonstrating their willingness to find a solution.

Management can only note that talks have reached a deadlock situation.

Management also wishes to reassert that Air France-KLM’s development on the low-cost market in Europe is both strategic and urgent for the Group’s future, given that this market is fast-expanding and our competitors have adopted particularly offensive strategies on the French market.

The ambition set out in the Perform 2020 growth and competitiveness plan remains intact. The pilot unions have stigmatized the Transavia project by fuelling unfounded fears of “delocalization” and “social dumping”, which have never been at stake. Management regrets these mistaken interpretations, but has taken note of the concerns expressed.

Alexandre de Juniac, Frédéric Gagey and the managerial teams have since taken the following measures:

Postponing the plan to create Transavia subsidiaries in Europe (outside France and the Netherlands), while entering into extended talks about the project and building together the necessary guarantees by the end of the year.

A comprehensive negotiation and explanatory process with Air France and KLM unions will be set up. As for Air France, this process will begin as soon as the next Central Works Council meeting takes place, scheduled for September 25, 2014.
FASTER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TRANSAVIA PROJECT IN FRANCE

The expansion of Transavia in France is vital for Air France, notably in order to defend the Group’s position at Orly Airport, as highlighted by the experts’ report published in July 2014 and supported by the SNPL. It is now urgent to implement this plan.

The project was presented to the unions of each staff category over a year ago, but was not finalized within the framework of the talks underway. The pilot unions’ demand to use, on the Transavia network, Air France pilots employed under Air France conditions and to replace the existing 44 Boeing 737s by Airbus A320s, would inevitably lead Transavia France to failure. The compromise solutions proposed by management have all been rejected.

In these conditions, if the pilot organizations do not agree to the economic and social terms and conditions of the project put forward, Management will be forced to begin the formal procedure for denouncing the agreement to create Transavia France (signed in 2007). This agreement currently restricts the development of Transavia France; its withdrawal will make it possible to implement the project more quickly.

The aim is to rapidly equip Transavia in France with additional aircraft beyond the 14 currently in the fleet. It should be remembered that this project included the creation of a thousand jobs over the next 5 years, including 250 jobs for French pilots. It will now be possible to hire staff faster. The project will, as expected, be primarily open to Air France pilots on a voluntary basis.

Moreover, Management confirms that the development of Transavia in France is not intended to impact Point to Point activity on the French domestic network. Transavia will not feed the Air France hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

“To remain in the race in Europe, we have no alternative than to rapidly expand Transavia. We are now taking every measure to explain and accelerate its growth out of France. The Air France-KLM Group is reaffirming its aim of reaching a fleet of more than 100 Transavia aircraft by 2017,” said Alexandre de Juniac. Frédéric Gagey continued: “These decisions must enable us to restore calm within the company and end the strike that has lasted too long for Air France, its customers and its staff.”

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Operations at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) will remain under the Air France brand but flights to Orly Airport will increasing be under the Transavia brand. With the expedited expansion of Transavia France the subsidiary is likely to get a new look. Airbus A319-111 F-GRHV (msn 1505) taxies at Nantes.

Air France: AG Slide Show

Transavia France: AG Slide Show

Current routes from Paris (Orly) by Transavia France:

Transavia France 9.2014 Route Map

Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8K2 F-GZHC (msn 29651) wears the 2005 livery of the Dutch version of the original Transavia Airlines.

 

EgyptAir to end Manchester service on October 25

EgyptAir (Cairo) will end Cairo-Manchester service on October 25 per Airline Route. The route is operated five days a week.

The route, served by Boeing 737-800s, started on June 1, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-866 SU-GDD (msn 35566) prepares to touch down in Brussels.

EgyptAir: AG Slide Show

Alaska Airlines today starts nonstop Seattle/Tacoma-Albuquerque flights

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today (September 18) started daily nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Albuquerque, the multi-cultural metropolis of New Mexico.

Upcoming, the carrier will start nonstop Seattle/Tacoma-Cancun flights on November 6.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N583AS (msn 35681) with the new Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets departs from Washington’ Reagan National Airport (DCA).

Alaska Airlines: AG Slide Show

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