United Airlines (Chicago) today announced it is the first and only airline to offer premium-cabin, flat-bed seats on every scheduled trans-continental flight between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and San Francisco and between New York JFK and Los Angeles.
The revamped p.s. aircraft offer 28 180-degree flat-bed United BusinessFirst seats, offering up to 6’4″ of sleeping space and more room for storage; 42 extra-legroom United Economy Plusseats; and 72 United Economy seats.
Designed to give customers an experience comparable to long-haul, international flights, United’s refurbished p.s. aircraft also offer:
- Inflight Wi-Fi
- Personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat - with 15.4″ monitors in United BusinessFirst and 9″ monitors in United Economy - offering hundreds of movies and television shows, plus other entertainment options
- Power outlets and USB ports at every seat
- Two additional inches of legroom in United Economy Plus compared to Economy Plus legroom on pre-renovation p.s. service
- Multi-course meals in United BusinessFirst on most flights
- Wine selections recommended by Doug Frost, United’s Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, including half bottles of premium wines for purchase in United Economy
“Our investment in these aircraft and in the p.s. service will add greatly to our flyer-friendly customer experience on these coast-to-coast flights,” said Jeff Foland, United’s executive vice president of marketing, technology and strategy. “This is just one more example of the many things we are doing to provide greater onboard comfort and convenience on every United flight.”
Customer Service Investments
United’s renovated p.s. aircraft are among the many investments the airline is making to enhance its customers’ experience in the air and on the ground. United also offers:
- Premium-cabin, flat-bed seats on every scheduled long-haul international flight from the continental United States
- Satellite-fed Wi-Fi on more than 130 aircraft so far, with nearly all of United’s mainline fleet outfitted with Wi-Fi by the end of 2014
- An all-new mobile application for the iOS 7 platform, offering customers innovative new features, better functionality and an improved touch-friendly design
- Live television on more than 200 aircraft, the world’s largest fleet of aircraft with live television
- Significantly upgraded United Club lounges in Chicago O’Hare Terminal 2, Seattle and San Diego, with improved amenities, modern interiors, more power outlets and complimentary snacks and Wi-Fi
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by United). Boeing 757-224 WL N19141 (msn 30354) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.
US Airways (Phoenix) will offer new nonstop daily service from the airline’s international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh. For the first time, the airline will operate flights to and from Edinburgh Airport (EDI) on 176-seat dual-class Boeing 757-200 aircraft between May 23, 2014 and October 1, 2014.
The flight schedule is as follows:
|Flight #||Origin||Destination||Dep. Time||
|Start Date||End Date|
|May 23, 2014||Sept. 30, 2014|
|May 24, 2014||Oct. 1, 2014|
*Flight arrives the following day.
With the new service, US Airways will operate 472 weekday departures and serve 118 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean from Philadelphia International Airport.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-2B7 N200UU (msn 27809) taxies to the runway at the Charlotte hub.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) issued the following statement in response to the settlement of litigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice challenging the merger of American Airlines and US Airways.
“Delta welcomes the settlement agreement and looks forward to the opportunity to acquire slots that will be divested under the agreement, particularly at Washington-Reagan National Airport. Delta is the airline best positioned to continue competitive nonstop flights from Reagan National to small- and mid-sized cities that could otherwise see service reduced or eliminated, which should be a strong consideration in the divestiture.”
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta’s Boeing 757-232 N6713Y (msn 30777) is pictured in action at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
United Airlines (Chicago) reported third-quarter 2013 net income of $590 million, an increase of 13.5 percent year-over-year, or $1.51 per diluted share, excluding $211 million of special charges. Including special charges, UAL reported third-quarter 2013 net income of $379 million, or $0.98 per diluted share.
- UAL generated $10.2 billion of revenue in the third quarter of 2013.
- United’s consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 2.7 percent in the third quarter compared to the third quarter of 2012.
- Third-quarter consolidated unit costs (CASM), holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant and excluding special charges and third-party business expense, increased 3.6 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity (available seat miles) reduction of 1.1 percent. Third-quarter consolidated CASM increased 1.2 percent year-over-year.
- United’s third-quarter consolidated fuel efficiency (gallons per available seat mile) improved 1.1 percent year-over-year, due primarily to replacing older aircraft with highly efficient new Boeing 737-900ERs and Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
- UAL ended the third quarter with $6.7 billion in unrestricted liquidity.
“We have significantly improved our operations, customer service and product, and are now competitive on all those dimensions. I want to thank my co-workers as we work together to deliver on our promise of making United flyer friendly,” said Jeff Smisek, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “However, we are not satisfied with our financial performance, and are taking prompt actions to increase our revenue and operate more efficiently across the company.”
Third-Quarter Revenue and Capacity
For the third quarter, total revenue was $10.2 billion, an increase of 3.2 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Third-quarter consolidated passenger revenue increased 1.6 percent year-over-year to $8.9 billion, on a consolidated capacity decrease of 1.1 percent year-over-year. Other revenue in the third quarter increased 25.0 percent year-over-year to $1.1 billion and third-quarter cargo revenue decreased 19.1 percent versus the third quarter of 2012 to $199 million.
Consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased 0.3 percent on a consolidated capacity decrease of 1.1 percent year-over-year, resulting in a consolidated load factor of 85.9 percent in the third quarter.
Third-quarter consolidated PRASM increased 2.7 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Consolidated yield for the third quarter increased 1.9 percent year-over-year.
“This quarter my co-workers consistently delivered solid operational performance, and our customer satisfaction scores continue to rise,” said Jim Compton, UAL’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. ”We are, however, disappointed by the pace of our revenue improvements, and we are taking numerous actions to improve our performance to more swiftly realize our full revenue potential.”
Third-quarter passenger revenue and period-to-period comparisons of related statistics for UAL’s mainline and regional operations are as follows:
|3Q 2013 Passenger
Total operating expenses increased $11 million, or 0.1 percent, in the third quarter versus the same period in 2012. Excluding special charges, third-quarter total operating expenses increased $314 million, or 3.4 percent, year-over-year.
Third-quarter consolidated CASM increased 1.2 percent year-over-year. Third-quarter consolidated CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expense, increased 2.9 percent compared to third-quarter 2012. Third-party business expense was $205 million in the third quarter of 2013.
In the third quarter, consolidated CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expense and holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant, increased 3.6 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012.
“We are committed to operating more efficiently across all aspects of our business,” said John Rainey, UAL’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We continue to improve our balance sheet and to make return-driven investments in our business, both of which are critical to creating long-term economic value for our stakeholders.”
Liquidity and Cash Flow
UAL ended the third quarter with $6.7 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $1.0 billion of undrawn commitments under its revolving credit facility. During the third quarter, UAL generated $237 million of operating cash flow. The company’s gross capital expenditures and purchase deposits for the quarter were $598 million, and the company made debt and capital lease principal payments of $253 million in the third quarter.
Third-Quarter 2013 Accomplishments
Operations, Co-workers and Customer Service
- United Airlines reported a third-quarter mainline on-time arrival rate (domestic and international) of 78.9 percent. The on-time arrival rate is based on flights arriving within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time. United co-workers earned cash-incentive payments of $9 million for on-time performance during the third quarter.
- The company reached tentative agreements on new joint collective bargaining agreements with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) for the more than 28,000 fleet service, passenger service and storekeeper employees.
- United’s pilots established an integrated seniority list, and United announced it offered recall to nearly 600 pilots currently on furlough to address the airline’s future staffing needs.
- United neared completion of its comprehensive customer service training program for all customer-facing co-workers worldwide with more than 90 percent of mainline and United Express flight attendants, airport agents and reservation agents trained through the third quarter.
Network, Fleet and Sustainability
- In the third quarter, the company announced it is expanding its leading worldwide route network and will launch future nonstop service from San Francisco to Chengdu, China, the fourth-largest Chinese city, and from Chicago to Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning in June 2014. This quarter, United launched new nonstop service to St. Lucia, as well as additional nonstop service to Anchorage, Alaska; Austin, Texas; Traverse City, Mich.; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The company also announced it is adding three other cities to its network: Elmira, N.Y., Topeka, Kan.; and Sun Valley, Idaho, as well as additional service to Fort Myers, Fla.; Hayden, Colo.; Indianapolis; and State College, Pa.
- The company took delivery of seven new highly efficient aircraft, including six Boeing 737-900 ERs and one Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and removed from service seven Boeing 757-200s.
- A United Boeing 737-800 aircraft retrofitted with the new Split Scimitar Winglet began test flights. United is the North American launch customer for the Next-Generation 737 advanced winglet that improves the efficiency of the company’s 737 fleet by approximately 2 percent while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions, and the company will begin installing the new winglets across its 737 fleet by year end.
- United was named the Eco-Aviation “Airline of the Year” Gold Winner by Air Transport World (ATW) magazine.
Product, Loyalty Program and Facilities
- United debuted its new brand campaign, featuring its iconic “Fly the Friendly Skies” tagline, reinterpreted for today’s travelers. The new campaign explains United’s commitment to being “user-friendly,” which to customers today means the combination of service, technology and product enhancements.
- The company continued outfitting aircraft with global satellite Wi-Fi across its entire mainline fleet, offering inflight connectivity on long-haul international flights. The airline now has more than 115 Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft and is outfitting about one aircraft per day with global satellite Wi-Fi.
- The airline expanded its offering of live television to more than 200 aircraft, offering customers more than 100 channels of live programming while in-flight. United operates more live television-equipped aircraft than any other airline in the world.
- United released refreshed applications for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry 10 that include streamlined user interfaces along with a new feature that enables customers to manage their travel in real time if a flight delay or cancellation should occur.
- United continued retrofitting its p.s. (Premium Service) transcontinental aircraft that fly from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The airline already has retrofitted 12 of its 15 p.s. aircraft with the latest cabin interiors, premium-cabin flat-bed seats, and personal on-demand entertainment and Wi-Fi throughout the aircraft.
- United debuted its Choice Menu “Bistro on Board” featuring new fresh food menu options available for sale to Economy customers on flights longer than three-and-a-half hours within North America and to and from Central America. United is providing customers innovative selections made with high-quality ingredients that will change seasonally.
- United MileagePlus and Marriott Rewards® joined forces to provide their most loyal members with unprecedented travel benefits. Through the RewardsPlus program, United customers who are Premier Gold MileagePlus members or above can enjoy Marriott Gold Elite status and benefits. The program also offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members MileagePlus Premier Silver status.
- The company teamed up with Mercedes-Benz USA to provide innovative new benefits exclusively to United’s most frequent flyers seeking a luxury driving experience. MileagePlus Premier members receive incentives and 25,000 bonus miles when purchasing or leasing certain new Mercedes-Benz vehicles. In addition, United and Mercedes partnered to offer United’s Global Services customers tarmac transfer service at the airline’s Chicago and Houston hubs.
- The company opened its new United Club lounge in Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport, the third club to feature the airline’s new design concept.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. United is gradually phasing out its older Boeing 757-200s with seven retired in this quarter alone. Ex-Continental Boeing 757-224 WL N17122 (msn 27564) departs from Los Angeles.
Fly Jamaica Airways (Kingston) will launch a new route to Toronto (Pearson) on October 8.
The new airline commenced scheduled services on February 14, 2013 between Kingston, Jamaica and New York (JFK) with this former ATA Airlines Boeing 757-23N N524AT (msn 30233).
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is one of the U.S. airlines leading the stampede to find new revenue sources to “enhance the travel experience”.
According to the airline, Delta will begin offering a new travel option for SkyMiles customers which provides access to some of the airline’s most popular enhanced travel extras such as checked bags, priority boarding and seat selection for $199. The new package, called Smart Travel Pack, introduces a practical and affordable way for customers to add a suite of extra services and additional comfort for their upcoming business or personal travel.
An eligible SkyMiles member who purchases the Smart Travel Pack will receive:
- Free first checked bag for each passenger traveling in the same reservation
- Priority Boarding to give the entire party more time to get onboard and get settled in their seats with carry-on baggage stowed
- Access to Preferred Seats to allow selection of bulkhead or exit row seats or access aisle or window seat toward the front of the plane at no additional charge
- Discounted Economy Comfort which gives customers the option to upgrade to Economy Comfort for 50 percent less on domestic flights and 25 percent less on international flights
- 20 percent more bonus miles for the SkyMiles member who purchases the Smart Travel Pack to get them to their next Award Ticket faster
Package features are valid for the SkyMiles member who purchases the Smart Travel Pack during the promotion period and up to eight friends or family members traveling with them with the exception of bonus miles which are only awarded to the primary purchaser’s SkyMiles account.
Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Former TWA/American Airlines Boeing 757-231 N709TW (msn 28479) in the SkyTeam alliance color scheme, taxies at Shannon.
United Airlines (Chicago) has announced will launch nonstop summer seasonal service between its Chicago hub at O’Hare International Airport and Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning on May 22, 2014, subject to government approval. This will be the first scheduled nonstop service between the two cities.
The flights will operate five times weekly from May 22 to June 11, daily between June 12 and September 1 and four times weekly between Sept. 2 and Oct. 5, 2014.
The flights will depart Chicago O’Hare at 6 p.m. (1800), arriving in Edinburgh at 7:45 a.m. (0745) the following day. The return flights will depart Edinburgh at 10:25 a.m. (1025), arriving in Chicago at 1 p.m. (1300) the same day (all times local). Flight times are seven hours, 45 minutes eastbound and eight hours, 35 minutes westbound.
The flights will operate using Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.
United offers more nonstop service to more destinations from its Chicago O’Hare hub than any other carrier and has added 11 new routes from Chicago since the beginning of 2013.
United currently operates year-round nonstop service from its Newark Liberty International Airport hub to both Edinburgh and Glasgow, having started service to Scotland in 1998.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-222 N521UA (msn 24891) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.
Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced a major expansion for 2014 and is adding three new destinations, namely Edmonton and Vancouver in Canada and Geneva in Switzerland. The airline is also adding three additional Boeing 757s. The flag carrier issued this statement:
The Icelandair schedule for 2014 is the biggest in the company‘s history, increasing by 18% from this year. Three new destinations will be added and frequency increased to several cities in North-America and Europe. Number of passengers is estimated at over 2.6 million in 2014, compared to just under 2.3 million this year. In 2014, three Boeing 757 aircraft will be added to the fleet, enlarging it from 18 to 21 aircraft.
Icelandair has seen strong organic growth in the past few years and the 2014 schedule is double in size compared to the one in 2009. Departures from Iceland have grown from 4.500 in 2009 up to 9000 next year, and passenger numbers in 2009 were 1.3 million or half of next year’s estimate.
Besides opening up routes to Edmonton, Vancouver and Geneva, Icelandair will add frequency to most of its current destinations. 21 weekly flights will be added on European routes and 14 weekly flights to North America or 35 flights in total, from 220 weekly departures from Iceland this year to 254 departures next summer.
Flights to Edmonton, capital of Alberta, will start on March 26, 2014 and continue until January 2015, four times a week. The Edmonton economy is strong with the 1.2 million inhabitants.
The Vancouver twice-weekly flights start on May 13, 2014 and continue until October 12, 2014. Vancouver, western Canada‘s largest city with a population of 2.3 million.
The Geneva service starts on May 24, 2014 and continues twice-weekly until September 23, 2014. Geneva is an historic city and center for many international organizations with a multinational population of 1,1 million situated close to the French border.
Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by American Airlines as N637AM, Boeing 757-223 TF-ISF (msn 24595) joined the Icelandair fleet on January 9, 2013. TF-ISF is seen departing from Zurich today (September 3).
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) have received tentative U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) (Washington) antitrust immunity for its proposed trans-Atlantic alliance. As part of the deal, Delta is acquiring a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic for $360 million from Singapore Airlines (Singapore).
All other parties will have 14 days to comment on the DOT decision, otherwise it will become final.
Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE
Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta’s Boeing 757-232 N650DL (msn 24390) banks on the final turn on the River Approach into Washington (Reagan National).
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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 G-VAIR (msn 164) climbs away from Tokyo (Narita) painted in the updated 2010 livery which also includes airline titles on the fuselage underside.
United Airlines Boeing 757-222 N525UA (msn 24978) MIA (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) is expected to issue a directive to U.S. airlines operating the Boeing 757 workhorse to inspect for cracks following two recent incidents according to this Bloomberg article.
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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional aircraft details.
DHL Aero Expreso (Panama City) is replacing its older Boeing 727-200 freighter fleet with recently-converted Boeing 757-200 freighters.
The first to be delivered was 757-27A HP-1810DAE (msn 29611) on August 4, 2010.
The second, ex-FAT 757-27A HP-1910DAE (msn 29607) arrived on September 22, 2010. The conversion work was performed for Precision Conversions, LLC. This second 15 pallet Boeing 757-200PCF freighter was delivered to Aerolease Aviation, LLC. The Pratt & Whitney powered 757 represents the second of three 757-200PCFs to be converted for Aerolease under a multi-aircraft deal announced in April 2010. The freighter includes a weight upgrade option that can bring the total payload up to 80,000 pounds. HP-1910DAE was leased by Aerolease to DHL Aero Expreso.
The conversion was completed at Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville, Florida. Precision Conversions has re-delivered a total of 26, full fifteen pallet position 757-200PCF conversions to operators in Europe, North and South America, Africa, China, and India.
Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda. DHL Aero Expreso’s Boeing 757-27A HP-1910DAE (msn 29607) is pictured in operation at Miami.
British Airways Boeing 757-236 G-CPET (msn 29115) LHR (Terry Wade), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
British Airways (London) is planning its last day of Boeing 757 revenue operations on October 30 with Boeing 757-236 G-CPET (msn 29115) painted in the 1973 delivery livery. The Ian Allan charter flight for November 6 has been cancelled. Here is the tentative schedule for October 30:
BA1384 LHR-MAN 0745 – 0840
BA1389 MAN-LHR 1000 – 1105
BA1482 LHR-GLA 1215 – 1340
BA1487 GLA-LHR 1425 – 1545
BA1454 LHR-EDI 1725 – 1850
BA1463 EDI-LHR 1935 – 2100
Therefore the planned last flight will be flight BA 1463 from Edinburgh to London Heathrow, arriving at 9 p.m. (2100).
Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. Please click on the photo for additional details.
US Airways Boeing 757-2B7 WL N936UW (msn 27244) (Star Alliance) SEA (Nick Dean), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
US Airways Group, Inc. (Phoenix) today reported its third quarter financial results. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net profit of $240 million for its third quarter 2010, or $1.22 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of ($80) million, or ($0.60) per share, for the same period in 2009. The $240 million net profit is the highest third quarter net profit in the Company’s history.
Excluding special items of $3 million, net profit for the third quarter 2010 was $243 million, or $1.23 per diluted share. Net loss excluding special items for the third quarter 2009 was ($110) million, or ($0.83) per share.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on photo for additional details.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today reported financial results for the September 2010 quarter. Key points include:
Delta’s net income for the September 2010 quarter was $929 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, excluding special items. This is an $878 million improvement year over year.
Delta’s GAAP net income was $363 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the September 2010 quarter.
Results include $185 million in profit sharing expense, in recognition of Delta employees’ achievements toward meeting the company’s financial targets, bringing total profit sharing expense for the year to date to $275 million.
Delta executed $750 million in debt reduction and delevering initiatives during the quarter and ended the September 2010 quarter with $5.5 billion in unrestricted liquidity.
Delta recorded special items totaling a $566 million charge in the September 2010 quarter, including:
$360 million in primarily non-cash loss on extinguishment of debt;
$153 million in costs related to the Comair fleet reduction; and
$53 million in merger-related expenses.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Please click on the photo for additional details.
National Airlines (5th) (National Air Cargo) (Ypsilanti) is planning to operate a total of five converted Boeing 757-200 combi aircraft. The first four are in the conversion process. The first aircraft is ex-AeroGal Boeing 757-236 HC-CHC (msn 25592) now registered as N169CA.
Pemco World Air Services has disclosed details of a project to convert four 757-200 passenger aircraft to Combi configuration. The base modification combines Pemco’s 757 freighter conversion with the successful 737-400 Combi modification which Pemco designed, built and certified in 2006 for Alaska Airlines.
The 757C launch project will involve a total of five National Airlines airplanes and includes installation of a large cargo door and freight handling system, provisions for Class C cargo compartment with automatic fire detection and suppression, installation of an in-flight entertainment system in the passenger compartment, modification of the flight deck to state of the art glass instrumentation, and a full heavy maintenance visit including paint.
Pemco inducted the first of the Combi units in June of this year, and says that the conversion work has gone more quickly than anticipated. Pemco expects to begin ground and flight testing by year end, and to achieve FAA certification of the 757 Combi in the first quarter 2011. NAC’s second 757-200 was inducted into conversion in August, the third followed in mid-September and the fourth in October. The first four aircraft are Rolls-powered and 180 minutes ETOPS capable.
The initial Combi configuration developed for National Airlines has 10 pallet positions in a Class C cargo compartment, a well-appointed passenger compartment, two full galleys, and accommodations for multiple supernumerary personnel. Pemco says the payload will be about 36 tons and the range will be comparable to passenger aircraft.
Pemco purchased the Alcoa-SIE 14.5-pallet 757-200 passenger-to- full freighter conversion program last year. Pemco has since leveraged its own successful 737-400 Combi program, and together with SIE, developed the 757 Combi conversion program.
Copyright Photo and Image (above and below): Pemco/Business Wire.
United Airlines (Chicago) is moving into headquarters. The first 280 United Airlines employees are moving into new offices as the company begins relocating its operations center in Elk Grove Village to its new location in Willis Tower. This is the first phase of the move of more than 2,500 people who currently work at the company’s Elk Grove facility.
United currently plans to occupy 12 floors at Willis Tower, three more floors than the company originally announced in August of 2009.
United has been Chicago’s “hometown airline” for more than 80 years and after the move to Willis Tower is complete, United expects to employ more than 13,000 people in the city.
United anticipates moving more than 1,000 employees into Willis Tower by year end, and expects that the remaining moves will occur over the next 18 months.
Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore. The first Boeing 757 in the new (old) colors is this 757-224 N29124 (msn 27565) pictured at the Houston hub.
Icelandair Boeing 757-208 WL TF-FIN (msn 28989) LHR (Keith Burton), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Icelandair (Keflavik) will begin seasonal service from Washington Dulles International Airport with four flights a week starting on May 17, 2011 through September 13, 2011.
In addition to Washington, D.C. Icelandair, offers non-stop service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle/Tacoma, and seasonal service from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando (Sanford), Halifax and Toronto (Pearson).
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 757-208 TF-FIN (msn 28989) climbs away from Heathrow Airport.
British Airways (London) as we reported earlier rolled out on schedule at London Heathrow its Boeing 757-236 G-CPET (msn 29115) in the 1973 color scheme to celebrate the retirement of the type on October 30 after over 27 years of faithful service.
Copyright Photo: David Apps.
Air Finland Boeing 757-2F2 WL OH-AFI (msn 26330) SZG (Arnd Wolf), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Air Finland is planning to introduce a new livery and brand.
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Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 757-2F2 OH-AFI (msn 26330) climbs beautifully at scenic Salzburg in the current 2003 color scheme.
British Airways (London) is planning to retire its last Boeing 757-200 from revenue service on October 30, visiting Shuttle cities on the last day. An Ian Allan special enthusiast charter flight from London to Manchester is also being planned for November 6. BA will paint the last 757 in this delivery livery to celebrate over 17 years of faithful service. The last three 757s currently in service are G-CPER, G-CPES and G-CPET (besides those operated by OpenSkies).
Update: Boeing 757-236 G-CPET (msn 29115) entered the paint shop on September 26 and is expected to be rolled out at London (Heathrow) on October 3 in the retrojet color scheme.
Copyright Photo: Vernon Murphy. The first Boeing 757 on the first day of revenue service at Glasgow. The pictured 757-236 G-BIKB (msn 22173) was the first to arrive on January 15, 1983 and entered revenue service on February 8, 1983. G-BIKB also displays the original 1973 livery.
UAL Corporation, the parent company whose primary subsidiary is United Airlines (Chicago), announced yesterday (September 17) that its stockholders approved the merger of a wholly owned subsidiary of UAL with and into Continental Airlines (Houston), clearing the way for the merger to close by an expected date of October 1. More than 98 percent of the votes cast and 84 percent of the shares outstanding were voted by UAL stockholders in favor of the transaction. More than 98 percent of the votes cast and 75 percent of the shares outstanding were voted by Continental stockholders in favor of the transaction.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Although the United name will survive, many observers are lamenting the loss of this sharp-looking scheme for United Airlines which was introduced in 2004 and will now be retired. This merger will also end the long reign of the “U” logo which was first introduced in 1974 in another form.
Privilege Style Lineas Aereas (Madrid) is now using its Boeing 757-256 EC-HDS (msn 26252) to help promote the launch of VW’s Amarok Caddy in Austria.
OpenSkies (British Airways) Boeing 757-236 WL G-BPEK (msn 25808) IAD (Brian McDonough), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
OpenSkies (British Airways) (Paris-Orly), the all business-class airline operating transatlantic flights, today launched its “OpenSkies Satisfaction Guarantee” program offering customers the opportunity to fly the airline and receive reimbursement if not satisfied with the experience – an unprecedented offer in the airline sector.
According to the airline, the launch of this unique program, in effect today, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 through November 30, 2010, follows a survey conducted by OpenSkies in June 2010, which reveals that of the 4,250 people polled, 96.85 percent of passengers would recommend OpenSkies.
OpenSkies currently flies from Newark and Washington (Dulles) to Paris (Orly).
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. OpenSkies’ Boeing 757-236 G-BPEK (msn 25808) gracefully climbs away from Dulles International Airport near Washington.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is planning to add nonstop flights to Barbados from its Dallas- Fort Worth (DFW) hub three times per week service beginning on December 16. Currently the airline provides daily nonstop service from New York-JFK and Miami International Airport.
The flight will be operated with Boeing 757 aircraft with 22 seats in Business Class and 166 in the Coach cabin.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boeing 757-223 N690AA (msn 25696), “Flagship Freedom”, prepares to land at Washington (Dulles).
Iceland Express (Astraeus) Boeing 757-2Q8 G-STRX (msn 25621) SEN (Keith Burton), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Iceland Express (Keflavik) is planning to add Boston and Chicago (O’Hare) for the summer season 2011.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Astraeus’ Boeing 757-2Q8 G-STRX (msn 25621) departs Southend after maintenance.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) announced new nonstop service between New York (JFK) and Reykjavik (Keflavik), Iceland, beginning on June 1, 2011. When service begins, Delta will be the only U.S. carrier to serve Iceland nonstop from the United States.
The flight, between John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik, will be operated with a 170-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 15 seats in BusinessElite and 155 seats in Economy.
The flight will also operate direct from Delta’s hub in Minneapolis-St. Paul under the same flight number, with a stop at New York-JFK.
Copyright Photo: Norbert G. Raith. Boeing 757-232 N6715C (msn 30486) with the special Grammy Awards logo arrives at the ATL hub.
Iceland Express (Astraeus) Boeing 757-2Q8 G-STRX (msn 25621) SEN (Keith Burton), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Iceland Express (Keflavik) starts weekly flying to Florida from Reykjavík (Keflavik) starting on October 2 when it adds Orlando. However the seasonal run will only last for the month with the last scheduled flight due to be on October 23. The flights will be operated by Astraeus Airlines.
The Newark flights have been extended by an extra two months, until the end of October.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Astraeus’ Boeing 757-2Q8 G-STRX (msn 25621) departs from Southend after some maintenance work.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today reported financial results for the June 2010 quarter. Key points include:
Delta’s net income for the June 2010 quarter was $549 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, excluding special items. This is a $748 million improvement year over year.
Delta’s net income was $467 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for the June 2010 quarter.
Results include $90 million in profit sharing expense, in recognition of Delta employees’ achievements toward meeting the company’s financial targets.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Delta’s Boeing 757-232 N610DL (msn 22817) arrives at Baltimore/Washington in the Pink Breast Cancer Awareness special color scheme.
Capital Cargo International Airlines (Orlando) flight crewmembers, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), ratified a new tentative contract agreement. Of the 95 percent of CCIA crewmembers who voted, 71 percent voted in favor of the agreement.
The contract becomes effective on August 1, 2010. The company has crew bases in Cincinnati, Toledo, and Miami.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 757-232 (SF) N620DL (msn 22910) prepares to taxi at the MIA base.
Privilege Style Lineas Aereas (Madrid) has added new “Banesto Espirito Ganador/Turismo Aragon” titles to its Boeing 757-256 EC-ISY (msn 26241).
Arrow Cargo (3rd) (Miami) filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday (June 30) and its assets will be liquidated.
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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Ex-Eastern Airlines Boeing 757-225 (F) N688GX (msn 22688) taxies at New York (JFK) in better times.
RAK Airways Boeing 757-256 A6-RKA (msn 29311) BRU (Karl Cornil) (to resume operations), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) is planning to restart scheduled operations before the end of the year with new Boeing 737-800s.
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Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. RAK Airways previously operated Boeing 757-200s. 757-256 A6-RKA (msn 29311) prepares to land at Brussels.
Southwest Sportjets is operating its Boeing 757-236 N757SS (msn 22176) in full colors of the MLB baseball team Texas Rangers.
Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero. N757SS stops at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.
Iceland Express (Keflavik) has wet leased Boeing 757-258 G-STRZ (msn 27622) from Astraeus Airlines. The airliner was formerly operated for Ghana International Airlines.
Air Finland’s (Helsinki) Boeing 757-28A OH-AFJ (msn 26269) was rolled out today (June 11) in full easyJet (UK) colors at Manchester for a wet lease to the British carrier.
Copyright Photo: Keith Wignall. OH-AFJ taxies to the runway at Manchester bound for Liverpool. This is the first Boeing 757 to wear the distinctive orange and white livery.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-2Q8 WL N710TW (msn 28169) LAS (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) announced a major enhancement of its domestic schedule, with plans to make First Class service available on all domestic flights longer than 750 miles, or about two and one-half hours of flight time, beginning this fall.
When the upgrade is complete, 50 routes that currently feature Delta Connection flights with only one class of service will be upgraded to two-cabin aircraft with First and Economy Class service. Some of the routes scheduled for enhanced service include flights between Atlanta and Albany, NY; Boston and Memphis, TN; Detroit and San Antonio; and Cincinnati and Dallas/Fort Worth. Service may be operated by Delta Connection carriers such as Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines, Comair, Compass Airlines, Freedom Airlines, Mesaba Airlines, Pinnacle Airlines, Shuttle America and SkyWest Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 757-2Q8 N710TW (msn 28169) arrives at Las Vegas.
Capital Cargo International Airlines’ (Orlando) pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), will vote on a tentative agreement that, if ratified by members, will result in a new contract. The proposed 36-month agreement would include pay increases, a new contract bonus, as well as improved work rules and quality of life enhancements for cockpit crewmembers.
Negotiators for the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), which represents CCIA crewmembers, and Capital Cargo International Airlines met during the week of May 10 under the supervision of the National Mediation Board (NMB). The crewmembers and management worked out the deal during the late hours of May 15, after intense bargaining that extended over the weekend. Final language was completed this week.
In June, the pilot leaders and negotiating committee team will begin a series of road shows, in Cincinnati, Toledo and Miami—the crew hubs—to provide details of the agreement to the membership. After the education campaign is completed, Capital Cargo’s 122 cockpit crewmembers will have the opportunity to vote on whether to ratify the agreement.
Capital Cargo crewmembers merged their independent union with ALPA in 2007. At that time, they began negotiating as an ALPA pilot group after voting down two tentative contract agreements achieved by their independent union.
Copyright Photo: Ex-Delta Boeing 757-232 (SF) N620DL (msn 22910) , now with Capital Cargo International Airlines, taxies away from the cargo spot at Miami.
Aladia Airlines (Monterrey) is hoping to restart operations with two ex-Maxjet Airways Boeing 767-200s. The reorganized company intends to operate charter flights and ACMI operations. Aladia previously ceased all operations on October 21, 2008.
Continental Airlines (Houston) and United Airlines (UAL Corporation) (Chicago) are expected to announce that they are merging to form the world’s largest airline on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources via this report in Reuters.
Continental’s board is expected to meet today and Sunday, and United’s board would also meet today, the newspaper said on its website.
United declined to comment and Continental did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, a source close to the situation told Reuters that concern over the share-price ratio to be used in a potential stock swap was “no longer an issue” and added that an announcement of the deal would likely be made early next week.
If announced and approved, the Continental Airlines brand would be retired. The new merged airline would be known as United Airlines.
What will American Airlines now do? US Airways are you now talking to AA?
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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The Continental “golden globe” color scheme, introduced in 1991, has always been one of the more popular airline brands. Continental has also been rated high by passengers compared to most U.S. airlines. However its days may be numbered. Boeing 757-224 N17122 (msn 27564) gracefully takes to the skies at Gatwick Airport near London. Both companies operate the Boeing 757.
UPS-United Parcel Service Boeing 757-24A (PF) N407UP (msn 23729) PAE (Nick Dean), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
UPS (Atlanta and Louisville) posted adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.71 for the first quarter of 2010, a 37% gain over the adjusted $0.52 for the prior-year period. Revenue increased 7% to $11.7 billion. Growth in the international package and supply chain businesses, yield improvement and increased operating leverage resulted in margin expansion in all business segments. The corporation posted a $1 billion operating profit in the first quarter.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. UPS’ Boeing 757-24A (PF) N407UP (msn 23729) is pictured at scenic Everett.
AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines, reported a net loss of $505 million for the first quarter of 2010, or $1.52 per share. The results include the impact of a $53 million, or $.16 per share, special item related to the devaluation of the Venezuelan currency in January. Excluding that special item, AMR lost $452 million, or $1.36 per share, in the first quarter.
This compares to a net loss of $375 million, or $1.35 per share, in the first quarter of 2009. The first quarter 2009 results included a $13 million charge, or $0.05 per share, related to A300 aircraft retirements during that quarter. Excluding that special item, AMR lost $362 million, or $1.30 per share, in the first quarter of 2009.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. American’s Boeing 757-223 N690AA (msn 25696) is pictured on final approach at Washington (Dulles). It displays the special “Flagship Freedom” scheme.
SF Airlines (Shenzhen) has acquired its second Boeing 757-200. Ex-Air China 757-2Z0 B-2832 (msn 25887) will be converted to a freighter by Precision Conversions. SF Airlines acquired its first Boeing 757-200 in October 2009. Further details about this airline are welcome.
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Continental Airlines (Houston) has restarted merger talks with United Airlines (Chicago), two years after walking away from almost sealing a deal, a source briefed (probably from United) on the matter said yesterday according to this Reuters report.
Reuters reports the talks are in very early stages, though much of the groundwork was laid in 2008, the source said. United and Continental came very close to merging at the time, but the talks fell apart as Continental chose to pursue an alliance instead. Both Continental and United are in the Star Alliance.
The talks come as United is in similar discussions with US Airways (Phoenix), but those talks are much farther along, the source said. US Airways and United are in talks that could create the second-largest U.S. carrier. Those discussions, aimed at cutting costs and competing with the now combined Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Northwest Airlines, have been going on for months, the sources said.
How much of these media “leaks” are being stirred up by United which has been itching for a merger for a long time?
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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Continental’s first aircraft to wear the Star Alliance livery is this Boeing 757-224 registered N14120 (msn 27562) pictured at Amsterdam.
United Airlines (Chicago) last night had an incident at its Denver (DEN) hub. A Qatari diplomat on a United flight from Washington (Dulles) to Denver caused a security alert after he was apparently caught smoking in the rest room and made a remark that was perceived as a threat.
Qatar’s ambassador to Washington called Wednesday’s incident a “mistake” said the man was a diplomat traveling on official business. U.S. officials said the man was in custody and the incident did not appear to be serious according to this Reuters report.
Coming just months after the failed “underwear” bomb attempt on Christmas Day, the scare prompted security officials to scramble two Air Force F-16 fighter jets to intercept the Boeing 757-200 aircraft and escort it to Denver International Airport where it landed at about 9 p.m. EDT (2100).
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Thomas Cook Canada Inc. and Jazz Air (Halifax), have signed a flight services agreement for Jazz Air to operate flights to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America on behalf of Thomas Cook’s tour operator Sunquest Vacations. The agreement is conditional on Jazz obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals.
The agreement is effective November 1, 2010, to serve the winter vacation season of 2010/2011 and may extend for up to five years. Jazz will operate a fleet of up to 11 Boeing 757-200s from gateways across Canada and will be branded as Thomas Cook Airlines from January 2011.
Jazz Air is a major Canadian airline, currently flying to more than 80 destinations in North America, more than any other carrier in Canada as Air Canada Jazz or separately as Jazz Air as a charter airline. It has a commercial agreement to operate flights on behalf of Air Canada across Canada and into the United States. Jazz has more than 4,900 employees serving more than 8.8 million passengers, and had revenues of $1.4 billion in 2009.
Air Slovakia (Bratislava) ceased all operations on March 2 after its AOC was suspended. This represents the third recent airline failure in Slovakia.
Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly. Boeing 757-27B OM-SNA (msn 24135) is pictured at Dublin before the collapse.
Allegiant Travel Company (Las Vegas) announced it has signed a forward purchase agreement to acquire six Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The introduction of the 757 aircraft will enable Allegiant to expand its leisure travel strategy into Hawaii with flights to be operated by Allegiant Air (Las Vegas), its airline subsidiary.
Allegiant plans to take delivery of these aircraft and place them in service with Allegiant Air on the following schedule:
- Two aircraft delivered within the next two months to be placed into service in the fourth quarter of 2010
- One aircraft delivered in November 2010 and another in January 2011 to be placed into service in the first half of 2011
- Two aircraft delivered in the fourth quarter of 2011 with planned in-service dates in the first half of 2012
The six 757 aircraft are sister-ships and have been in service with a single European operator (Thomson Airways?) since original delivery from Boeing. The aircraft come equipped for extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS), as required for long overwater flights.
Allegiant expects to spend between $75 to 90 million through 2012 acquiring and preparing this fleet for service. While Allegiant is able to acquire and prepare the aircraft for cash, it believes it will finance some portion of the purchase.
Allegiant is acquiring this fleet with the express purpose of serving Hawaii, a major leisure destination that it cannot serve with its existing DC-9-80 (MD-80) fleet. Allegiant Air expects to launch service to Hawaii once appropriate regulatory requirements have been met.
Allegiant Air currently operates 46 DC-9-82/83/87 and MD-88 aircraft and the 757 program will not affect its MD-80 growth plans. Allegiant expects to have 54 aircraft in service by the end of 2010 – 52 MD-80 aircraft and two 757 aircraft.
Astraeus Airlines (London-Gatwick) is going to operate its Boeing 757-2Q8 G-STRX (msn 25621) (previously operated for bmi) for AeroSur (Bolivia) (Santa Cruz).
OpenSkies (British Airways) (Paris-Orly) will launch Paris (Orly)-Washington (Dulles) scheduled service starting on May 3.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. OpenSkies’ Boeing 757-230 F-HAVN (msn 25140) visited Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) on August 8, 2009 when it arrived from Toronto (Pearson) with the Real Madrid football team who played DC United on August 9, 2009.