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Delta to restart flights from New York JFK to Rome and Venice

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will restart flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport next month to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino and Venice’s Marco Polo airports.

The nonstop flight from Rome to New York-JFK, complementing the airline’s existing service to Atlanta, will re-start on March 1 (the New York JFK – Rome FCO portion restarts on February 28). Delta will resume its seasonal nonstop flight between Venice and New York-JFK, effective March 29. Both flights are operated in conjunction with joint venture partner, Alitalia.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-TWA/American Boeing 757-231 N705TW (msn 28479) in the SkyTeam livery departs from Los Angeles.

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Is IAG’s seduction of Aer Lingus working?

International Airlines Group’s (IAG) (British Airways, Iberia and Vueling Airlines) (London) continued seduction of Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus (Dublin) seems to be finally working, as the airline is revealing the positives of a takeover by the owner of British and Spanish flag carriers British Airways (London-Heathrow) and Iberia (Madrid).

In a statement to The Guardian, Christoph Mueller, the clover-tailed carrier’s outgoing CEO says that Ireland’s entire economy will benefit if the International Airlines Group takes over Aer Lingus.

Mueller, who steps down as CEO of the airline this week, said IAG’s £1.02 billion (€1.4 billion) ($1.57 billion) offer to buy Aer Lingus would be the biggest single foreign investment in the Republic since the financial crash.

He continued that there was “a great deal of excitement” that Aer Lingus would be able to create jobs on a much larger scale if IAG took charge of the former state-run airline.

Mueller also stressed that talks between IAG and the Aer Lingus trade unions had been “very constructive”.

Aer Lingus announced on Tuesday that its profits had risen by almost 18% to €72 million ($81.6 million) from the previous year. Total revenue was up by 9.2%. For the first time in the airline’s history the number of passengers has exceeded 11 million.

On the hike in profits and the IAG take-over proposal, Mueller added: We profitably expanded our long-haul network utilizing our cost advantage and favorable geographic position and helped establish Dublin as the 7th largest European hub for transatlantic connections.

“Our short-haul business continued to demonstrate its resilience despite a highly competitive market. Commercial initiatives, in addition to cost control, led to the highest operating profit since the financial crisis and 17.8% above last year.”

Read more from The Guardian: CLICK HERE

Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock reporting from Manchester.

Update: The Irish government late on February 24 stated it cannot accept the current offer from IAG for Aer Lingus. The government according to the BBC has raised concerns and wants more information before selling its share. Red the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. A takeover by IAG would lead to an updated fleet. Aircraft like this wet leased Air Contractors Boeing 757-2Q8 EI-LBR (msn 28167) would be phased out.

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Delta to add new Hawaii service from both Seattle/Tacoma and Portland, will introduce the 717 to SEA

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) next winter is adding two additional seasonal routes from the Pacific Northwest to Hawaii. According to Airline Route, the carrier will add daily Boeing 757 service from Seattle/Tacoma to Kona (Hawaii) and Portland-Honolulu flights starting December 19, 2015.

On February 23 Delta issued this statement:

Delta Air Lines is adding service from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Kona International Airport and will increase service from select seasonal markets beginning as soon as summer 2015.

The new and increased Seattle service will operate as follows:

One daily flight to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii beginning December 19, 2015

One additional daily flight to Palm Springs, California, for a total of two daily seasonal flights beginning December 19, 2015

One daily seasonal flight to Tucson, Arizona, which was previously Saturday service, beginning December 19, 2015

Extension of seasonal service to daily year-round service to Fairbanks and Juneau, Alaska, beginning May 15, 2015

Expanded seasonal service to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, beginning October 3, 2015

Service to Kona will be operated with Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Fairbanks, Juneau and Puerto Vallarta will use Boeing 737-800 aircraft, while Los Cabos will use Airbus A319 aircraft. Palm Springs and Tucson service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using two-class, 65-seat Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft.

Additionally, Delta will introduce Boeing 717 aircraft on some existing routes between Seattle/Tacoma and Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

As Seattle’s global airline, Delta offers customers access to a worldwide network of destinations throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. with 85 peak-day departures to 31 destinations from Seattle. By summer, the airline will operate 126 flights to 35 destinations from its West Coast hub.

Delta will serve Seattle’s top 15 destinations in the Western U.S. when recently announced service to Boise, Idaho; Denver; and Sacramento, Calif., launches this spring. Ketchikan and Sitka, Alaska, service will also launch in May, completing the top five destinations in Alaska.

During the summer, Delta offers 10 long-haul international flights from Seattle/Tacoma, providing as much long-haul international service from Seattle/Tacoma as all other airlines combined. This includes the top five destinations in Asia and three of the top four destinations in Europe. Delta is the only carrier to offer nonstop service from Seattle/Tacoma to Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Northwest Boeing 757-251 N549US (msn 26496) completes its final approach into Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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Delta to reward its employees with $1.1 billion in profit sharing

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today issued this statement:

Delta Air Lines employees today will receive profit sharing as part of the company’s $1.1 billion total payout for 2014 – the largest payment in the company’s history – in recognition for their industry-leading performance.

Total individual payouts will equal more than 16 percent of employees’ eligible 2014 earnings, which equates to an average of nearly two months’ salary. In October 2014, Delta paid a 5 percent advance on profit sharing to employees.

The 2014 payout is a record for the airline industry, and among the highest for any U.S. corporation.

In addition to profit sharing, Delta’s Shared Rewards program pays out monthly bonuses for meeting corporate operational goals throughout the year.

In 2014, Delta employees earned more than $84 million in Shared Rewards as the company achieved history-making operational and financial results. Delta has paid out $2.9 billion to employees in profit sharing and Shared Rewards during the past five years.

Delta employees will be honored for their record-breaking performance today at events held across its global network.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Northwest Airlines Boeing 757-251 N547US (msn 26494) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Icelandair Group’s 2014 net profit increases 18% to $66.5 million

Icelandair Group (Icelandair, Air Iceland and Loftleidir) (Reykjavik) reported a 2014 net profit of $66.5 million, up 18% from the previous year. The airline issued this statement:

Björgólfur Jóhannsson, President and CEO commented:

“The Group’s performance in 2014 exceeded management projections from the beginning of the year, with EBITDA at the upper limits of the Company’s most recent earnings estimate. Net profit amounted to $66.5 million, up by 18% from last year. EBITDA amounted to $154.3 million, up by 7% between years. Results for the fourth quarter were in line with the earnings estimate published at the end of last October. The strong performance was the result of a number of interacting positive factors, including falling fuel prices, increased demand in the North Atlantic market – which was met by increased supply – and good results from charter operations. The depreciation of the euro against the US dollar had a negative impact on the Group’s operations, and in addition the maintenance cost of cargo aircraft was significantly higher than anticipated.

As of 2010 Icelandair Group’s operations have shown growing momentum. Income has grown by $395 million, amounting to $1.1 billion in 2014. In recent years we have continued to close the ranks of our staff and secured a steady growth of our infrastructure in preparation for the future. Prudence is and will continue to be the key to long-term profitable growth for the Company. A strong equity position and underlying cash flow will underpin our ability to undertake profitable investments to improve our competitiveness for the long term. We have a clear future vision and an outstanding staff, to whom I attribute first and foremost the good results we achieved last year.

We are assuming continued profitable organic growth in Icelandair Group’s operations in 2015. The Group’s international flight schedule will be 14% larger than in 2014, and a significant development in the Company’s hotel operations in Central Reykjavik is foreseeable. On the whole, prospects in the Icelandic tourist industry are positive, and we also believe that the outlook for cargo and charter operations in 2015 is encouraging.

The EBITDA forecast for 2015 has been raised in comparison with 2014, with EBITDA now projected in the range of $160-165 million. The fall in fuel prices is the single cost item most responsible for the rise in EBITDA. It should be noted, however, that external factors, like fluctuations in fuel price and on FX markets along with the outcome of collective-bargaining agreements in the labour market can affect the Company’s performance significantly.”

Read the full report presentation: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. This summer Icelandair will operate 24 Boeing 757 aircraft, one aircraft more than was previously announced. Boeing 757-208 TF-FIN (msn 28989) climbs away from London (Heathrow) bound for Keflavik near Reykjavik.

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American Airlines’ traffic declines in January, revises its guidance for the first quarter

American Airlines Group (American Airlines and US Airways) (Dallas/Fort Worth) today reported its January 2015 traffic results.

American Airlines Group’s total revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 16.8 billion, down 2.8 percent versus January 2014. Total capacity was 21.5 billion available seat miles (ASMs), down 0.2 percent versus January 2014. Total passenger load factor was 78.2 percent for the month of January, down 2.1 percentage points versus January 2014.

Based on one month of actual data and two months of forecast, the Company continues to expect its first quarter 2015 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) to be down approximately two percent to four percent. Due to the recent rise in fuel prices, the Company is currently forecasting its first quarter fuel price to be approximately 10 cents higher than its previous guidance. The Company’s current estimate for first quarter fuel price is $1.81 to $1.86 per gallon versus its previous estimate of $1.71 to $1.76 per gallon. As a result, the Company now expects its first quarter pretax margin excluding special items to be approximately 12 percent to 14 percent versus its previous guidance of 13 percent to 15 percent.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. US Airways continues to repaint its fleet in the 2013 American Airlines livery as it moves toward a single operating Part 121 certificate. US Airways’ Boeing 757-23N N205UW (msn 30887) taxies at Amsterdam.

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Icelandair video: The making of Hekla Aurora Boeing 757-200 logo jet

Icelandair (Keflavik) has now officially launched its special Northern Lights color scheme on the pictured Boeing 757-256 TF-FIU (msn 26243). The airline has produced this video which explains how the special livery was put together. The airliner was actually painted two months ago as we previously reported.

Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. TF-FIU departs from London (Heathrow).

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Video: Want to know how Hekla Aurora was made? Check out this video from Icelandair and see the new northern lights plane features in-cabin Aurora Borealis mood lighting!

Icelandair continues:

“Watch a team of amazing artists paint an entire Icelandair plane into the beautiful northern lights. A world first, bringing the northern lights to an airport near you. This livery is a part of our #MyStopover campaign. You can take an Icelandair Stopover in Iceland for up to 7 nights at no additional airfare on your way between Europe and North America. ”

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