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Delta completes the installation of full flat-bed seats for its entire international wide body fleet

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has completed the installation of full flat-bed seats with direct-aisle access in BusinessElite across its entire international widebody fleet, making it the only U.S. carrier to offer full flat-bed seats and the convenience of direct-aisle access on all overseas flights.

The completed interior fleet modifications include all Delta Airbus A330-200/300, Boeing 767-300ER/400ER, 747-400 and 777-200ER/LR aircraft, which represents Delta’s largest interior fleet modification investment in more than a decade. With these modifications complete, Delta also is the only U.S. domestic carrier to offer personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat on all long-haul international flights.

The fleet modifications are Delta’s latest investment in improving the customer experience. Since 2010, Delta also has:

Launched international Wi-Fi service and completed the installation of Wi-Fi on all domestic, two-class mainline and regional jets, offering more than 400,000 customers per day access to the Internet above 10,000 feet on more than 870 aircraft.

Transformed the sleep experience in the air by offering Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding for customers in the BusinessElite cabin.

Updated BusinessElite amenity kits with stylish cases from Tumi and skincare product brand Malin+Goetz.
Built a team of celebrity chefs and James Beard Award winners to offer customers great food and wine selections at 30,000 feet.

Introduced International Economy Sleep Kits and added new amenities for its Economy customers on transoceanic flights.

Beginning July 1, 2014, Delta also will operate three updated Boeing 757 aircraft with full flat-bed seats on the trans-continental route between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. These will be the first 757 aircraft in service to feature Delta’s previously announced upgrades including full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite on trans-con flights between New York-JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. All trans-con flights on these routes will feature full flat-bed seats by summer 2015.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Beginning July 1, 2014, Delta also will operate three updated Boeing 757 aircraft with full flat-bed seats on the trans-continental route between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. Boeing 757-232 N699DL (msn 29970) departs the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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US Airways trims the frequencies on some new Charlotte European routes

US Airways (Phoenix) is trimming back on four new European routes from the Charlotte hub according to the Charlotte Observer. The new routes from CLT to Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon and Manchester were announced in October as daily flights (CLICK HERE to read the original report). However due apparent weak demand, the new flights are now being trimmed back to only four days a week.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-2B7 N201UU (msn 27180) arrives back at the Charlotte hub yesterday (April 20).

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Aer Lingus launches its inaugural flight to Toronto and its first Boeing 757 from Dublin

Aer Lingus (Dublin) yesterday (April 14) recorded two firsts; the launch of its inaugural flight from Dublin to Toronto (Pearson) and the first operation from Dublin of the Boeing 757-200 aircraft recently added to its trans-Atlantic fleet.

The new service will operate year-round with a daily service between Dublin and Toronto during the summer season and up to four weekly services operating during the winter. This is the fourth trans-Atlantic route launch in recent months and forms part of Aer Lingus’ significant trans-Atlantic growth plan in 2014.

The 2014 growth plan includes;

· New routes from Dublin to Toronto and San Francisco
· The addition of three Boeing 757-200 aircraft to the long haul fleet
· Almost doubling of frequency on services from Shannon to Boston and New York
· The creation of more than 200 new jobs

Aer Lingus customers travelling from over twenty UK and European cities via Dublin to Toronto will also have the option to connect to eight key cities within Canada including Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.

To support the operation of the new routes from Dublin to Toronto and from Shannon to New York and Boston, Aer Lingus has wet leased three Boeing 757-200 aircraft from ASL Aviation Group. The aircraft are configured with an economy and business class cabin. Business travellers will continue to enjoy the same great level of service; with gourmet meals, sleeper seats and an extensive in-flight entertainment selection.

The ASL Aviation Group, based in Ireland, is a well-established global aviation group providing an unrivalled array of aviation services. The group of aviation companies includes Irish airline Air Contractors and French based airline Europe Airpost as well as two support service companies – ACLAS Global and Air Contractors Engineering; and various leasing entities. The Group’s operations are worldwide with the airlines operating a mixed fleet of wide body, short haul and turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft under their own brands and for a number of leading airlines. ASL Aviation Group has a staff of 1,200, a fleet of ±80 aircraft. ASL is a joint venture between CMB (51%) and 3P Air Freighters (49%).

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Finnair as OH-LBT, Boeing 757-2Q8 EI-LBT (msn 28170), operated by Aero Contractors for Aer Lingus, departs from Dublin on its inaugural flight to Toronto on April 14, 2014.

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Delta paints a Boeing 757 in the 1966 livery for its upcoming 85th Anniversary

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has just repainted its Boeing 757-232 registered N608DA (msn 22815) in Atlanta in the “Upright Widget” livery. This color scheme (above) was introduced in 1966 for the fleet and was the longest-running livery for the carrier until the “red dash” color scheme was introduced in 1997.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship Boeing 757-232 N619DL (msn 22909) taxies at Dallas/Fort Worth when it actually wore the 1966 color scheme (slightly altered in 1976). This is the first livery worn by Delta’s Boeing 757-200s.

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Delta’s Route Map in 1966 (it was barely an international airline):

Delta 1966 Route Map

Delta’s current fleet line-up and number of aircraft in service (Delta Air Lines):

Delta Fleet Part 1

Delta Fleet Part 2

Allegiant now offers “giant seats” on its Boeing 757s

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced the addition of several larger, more comfortable seats, known as “Giant Seats,” to each of its Boeing 757 aircraft. Giving Allegiant travelers a new option when customizing their vacation experience, the company will offer these Giant Seats on flights between Hawaii and several western U.S. cities.

Allegiant 757-200 Giant Seat (Allegiant)(LR)

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Passengers who purchase a Giant Seat when making their reservations will take advantage of a more spacious, wider seat, comfortable headrests and more leg room.

“By adding these new Giant Seats, Allegiant passengers will enjoy the feeling and comfort of a premium seat, while flying to their destination at an affordable cost,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company, Senior Vice President of Planning. “We think the Giant Seats will be a welcome option for travelers, especially on our long-haul flights to Hawaii.”

Located in the first row and the mid-cabin emergency exit row of the aircraft, each of the six Giant Seats will be made available for a seat assignment fee on all flights to and from Hawaii and select flights to Las Vegas.

Allegiant installed the first of these new seats as part of compliance with changes to FAA crew rest rules, which require minimum seat requirements for augmented crews resting in the passenger cabin. A pair of the new seats was installed to comply with these rules, but the company also saw an opportunity to offer these more comfortable seats to passengers in other parts of the cabin and on flights that do not require augmented crew rest.

The new Giant Seats are part of an overall reconfiguration of the Allegiant 757 cabins, which includes creating a new seating option called “Legroom +.” Increasing the amount of leg room by up to six inches, Legroom + seats provide passengers with up to 34 inches between seat rows.

The installation of the new Giant Seats has been completed on all six of the carrier’s 757 aircraft. The new seat configuration will decrease the total number of seats in Allegiant’s Boeing 757s from 223 to 215.

Top Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-204 N904NV (msn 26967) touches down in Las Vegas.

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National Airlines becomes a FAA-designated “Flag/Domestic Air Carrier”

National Airlines (5th) (formerly Murray Air) (Orlando) is celebrating the accomplishment of becoming the latest FAA designated Flag/Domestic Air Carrier. The airline issued this statement:

National Airlines is proud to announce that on February 28, 2014, the FAA approved National to become the United States’ newest Flag/Domestic air carrier.  National Airlines has a long history of supporting governments and militaries around the world — by, among other things, flying ad hoc cargo shipments in and out of crisis areas and also operating charter passenger operations for sports teams in the United States, visitors to/from Cuba, and contractors traveling between the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.  US Flag/Domestic authority will allow National Airlines to expand its services to include conducting scheduled passenger flights throughout the United States and across the globe.  It also provides an opportunity for National Airlines to continue its support of the US government travelers under the Fly America Act, whereby US government funded travelers fly on US Flag Carriers whenever available.

National Airlines maintains the highest standards of safety, security, and compliance.  “This is nowhere more important than in the Middle East, which has been a significant market for National Airlines,” said Glen Joerger, National Airlines’ President.  “This operating authority will further strengthen our position as an emerging passenger carrier of choice for discerning customers seeking US Flag service in the region,” he added. “This tremendous addition to National’s operating certificate reinforces our corporate commitment to serve every facet of transportation and logistics for our key clientele around the globe,” continued Joerger.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-28A N176CA (msn 24543) prepares to land at Dubai.

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Icelandair has a better than expected year in 2013, reporting a pretax profit of $71 million

Icelandair Group (Icelandair) (Keflavik) reported its financial results for 2013 (all dollar figures in US dollars):

  • Profit before taxes amounted to $71.0 million, up by $13.6 million or 24% between years
  • Income rose between years by 13.8%
  • EBITDA in the fourth quarter amounted $6.8 million, up by $0.9 million between years
  • The equity ratio at year-end 2013 was 42%, as compared to 39% at year-end 2012
  • Net interest-bearing debts were reduced by $95.6 million over the year and were negative at year-end in the amount of $77.5 million
  • The Board of Directors has proposed a dividend payment of ISK 2,150 million to shareholders in 2014, which corresponds ISK 0.43 per share.

Björgólfur Jóhannsson, President and CEO

“The Company’s performance in 2013 is good and considerably better than our budget projected in the beginning of the year.  Profit before taxes amounted to $71.0 million, up by $13.6 million between years. Like recent years, last year was characterised by profitable organic growth, which is in line with our strategy. Capacity in our route network was increased by 16% from last year, and the number of passengers increased by 12%. The Company’s largest market in international flight services is the market between Europe and North-America, which has been the principal driving force of our growth in recent years. The tourist market to Iceland has also shown significant growth, and the demand for domestic tourist services has increased rapidly. Concurrently with this expansion, companies within Icelandair Group have found opportunities for profitable growth.

The rapid growth of recent years has tested the Company’s infrastructure, which is now stronger than ever before. The main reasons for the good performance of the year include favourable external conditions, increase in tourism in Iceland and last but not the least our strong team of employees which are a very important factor in what we have achieved. It is always satisfying when things are going well, but there is no room for complacency. There are various challenges ahead that we need to address.  The principal challenge is the increasing competition, and in addition our contracts with some of our classes of employees have expired, which creates some uncertainty. Nevertheless, the Company’s business model has proven sound, our finances are solid and our cash position is strong. Icelandair Group is therefore well positioned to take on the future. The Company’s budget for 2014 projects EBITDA at $145-150 million.”

Trip Report on Icelandair by the Sydney Morning Herald on a London-Halifax trip: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-208 TF-FIJ (msn 25085) lands in Stockholm (Arlanda).

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Delta adds even more feeder routes to Seattle/Tacoma

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add new service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including nonstop service to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and seasonal nonstop service to Palm Springs International Airport. Delta will also add new and expanded service from Seattle/Tacoma to seasonal destinations as it continues building its domestic network.

Delta’s new Seattle/Tacoma service beginning on December 20, 2014 includes:

  • Five daily flights to Phoenix
  • One daily seasonal flight to Palm Springs, California
  • Saturday seasonal service to Tucson, Arizona
  • Saturday seasonal service to Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • One additional nonstop flight to Honolulu for a total of two daily flights

Expanded seasonal service beginning in September includes:

  • One new daily nonstop flight to Anchorage, Alaska for a total of two daily flights in September and three daily flights during the summer

Delta’s new service to Phoenix, Palm Springs and Tucson will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) using two-class, 76-seat aircraft, while Jackson Hole service will be operated with two-class, 65-seat aircraft. The expanded Honolulu and Anchorage service will be operated by Delta using Boeing 757 (above) and Boeing 737 aircraft, respectively.

By this summer, Delta will offer more than 2,500 daily international seats as part of its 79 peak-day departures to 25 destinations.

In addition to the expanded service, Delta will also adjust current arrival and departure times in Seattle/Tacoma to offer easier connections for customers traveling through the hub.

Delta recently announced expanded Seattle/Tacoma service from Anchorage; Fairbanks, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; San Francisco; San Jose, California; and Vancouver to support its growing international gateway that currently operates nonstop flights to Amsterdam, Beijing, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Shanghai-Pudong and Tokyo. The airline will also begin operating new nonstop international service this year to London-Heathrow beginning in March as well as Hong Kong and Seoul in June, pending government approval.

Every long-haul international Delta flight from Seattle/Tacoma now features full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, Economy Comfort seating and entertainment on demand in every seat throughout the aircraft.

Delta currently operates 34 peak-day departures to 15 destinations from Seattle/Tacoma, and every flight offers BusinessElite/First Class and Economy Comfort seating as well as domestic Wi-Fi service. The airline has also invested $14 million in its facilities at Sea-Tac, including its recently completed lobby renovations, new Delta Sky Club, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations and expanded ticket counters.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-232 N6716C (msn 30838) pictured at SeaTac is named for Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Dean of the Civil Rights Movement.

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UPS posts a net profit of $1.2 billion for 2013

UPS (United Parcel Service) (UPS Airlines) (Atlanta) posted net earnings of $1.2 billion for 2013. The company issued this full financial statement for the fourth quarter and 2013:

UPS released details regarding fourth quarter 2013 results. Diluted earnings per share totaled $1.25, a $0.07 decline from 2012 fourth quarter adjusted results. Average daily package volume increased 6.0%, as total deliveries in December surged 20%. Significantly higher than predicted volume and inclement weather contributed to excess operating costs in the U.S., negatively affecting results.

During the fourth quarter 2012, UPS reported a diluted earnings per share loss of $1.83, due to an after-tax, non-cash charge of $3.0 billion to account for a mark-to-market pension adjustment.

“As the retail market shifts to a direct-to-consumer model, more and more companies are leveraging UPS solutions,” said Scott Davis, UPS chairman and CEO. “As a result, we experienced an unprecedented increase in volume, exceeding even our most optimistic plans.

“The increased volume put a strain on our network, causing delays. In response, UPS deployed additional people and equipment, placing a greater emphasis on service than cost,” Davis explained. “UPS will make the necessary investments and operational improvements to ensure we meet the needs of the marketplace.”

The company expects full-year diluted earnings per share to be within a range of $5.05 to $5.30, an increase of 11%-to-16% over 2013 adjusted results.

UPS delivered 20 million packages per day during the fourth quarter. Total shipments in 2013 increased to 4.3 billion, a 3.9% improvement over 2012.

During the holiday period, global daily deliveries exceeded expectations by surpassing 29 million packages on five days, with peak volume exceeding 31 million on December 23. Also during this period, UPS experienced 10 days with delivery volume that exceeded the company’s previous high.

Cash Flow

For the year ended Dec. 31, UPS generated $5.3 billion in free cash flow, producing a net income-to-cash conversion ratio of more than 120%. The company paid dividends of $2.3 billion, an increase of nearly 9% per share over the prior year, and repurchased more than 43 million shares for approximately $3.8 billion.

U.S. Domestic Package

U.S. Domestic fourth quarter revenue improved 4.2% to $9.3 billion. Daily package volume increased 5.6% with Deferred and Ground leading the way, up 8.0% and 5.8% respectively.

Total revenue per package declined 1.3%, as lower fuel surcharges, changes in product and customer mix, as well as higher service refunds, contributed to the drop.  Shippers continue to utilize the UPS portfolio, choosing lower cost over faster delivery, as evidenced by more than 30% growth in UPS SurePost.

Operating profit totaled $1.2 billion as additional costs associated with a greater-than-expected surge in volume and weather led to a $178 million decline from the prior-year adjusted results. Increased compensation and benefit costs reflected the deployment of additional resources in an attempt to meet service commitments.  During the quarter, UPS exceeded seasonal hiring targets by more than 30,000, deploying a total of 85,000 temporary employees. In addition, the company experienced significantly higher purchased transportation expenses.

On a reported basis, the operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $1.8 billion as a result of the mark-to-market pension charge.

International Package

International revenue increased 5.3% to $3.4 billion on 8.8% growth in daily package volume. UPS Export products rose 9.5% per day, driven primarily by 13% growth in Europe and significant growth in the Asia-to-Europe trade lane. Non-U.S. domestic products were up 8.2% with strong growth in Poland, Italy, and Canada. During December, the segment achieved a peak volume day above four million pieces and exceeded last year’s high on 11 days.

Export yield declined 3.4% on a currency neutral basis, as a result of lower fuel surcharges and customer preference for non-premium products. Double-digit gains in Pan-European shipments also lowered revenue per piece.

Operating profit improved 7.6% to $537 million. Operating margin expanded 30 basis points to 15.9%, compared to last year’s adjusted results.

On a reported basis, the operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $442 million as a result of the mark-to-market pension charge.

Supply Chain & Freight

Revenue in the segment fell 5.8% to $2.3 billion, due to declines in the Freight Forwarding unit. Operating profit was flat compared to 2012 adjusted results, as improvements in Distribution offset declines in Forwarding and UPS Freight.

On a reported basis, the operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $541 million as a result of the mark-to-market pension charge.

The Forwarding unit experienced a revenue decline resulting from decreased tonnage and revenue per kilo, in International Air Freight. The Ocean Freight business reported growth in shipments and operating margin expansion.

Distribution revenue increased over the prior year period. The retail and healthcare sectors contributed to the improved results. Global footprint expanded during the year to 284 facilities, with more than 22 million square feet of space.

UPS Freight LTL revenue increased 2.3% over the prior year driven by LTL tonnage and pricing improvements.

Outlook

The company announced plans to repurchase $2.7 billion of UPS shares during 2014. Capital expenditures are anticipated to be approximately $2.5 billion. This includes accelerated deployments in operational technologies and over $500 million of increased investments in capacity expansion and hub modernization.

“While the year ended on a challenging note, we are confident in our ability to adapt and we expect much better results in 2014,” said Kurt Kuehn, UPS chief financial officer. “UPS expects balanced profitability growth across all segments in a slightly better economic environment, resulting in full-year guidance of diluted earnings per share of $5.05 to $5.30, an 11%-to-16% increase over our 2013 adjusted results.”

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-24A (PF) N416UP (msn 23903) prepares to arrive in Las Vegas.

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Bloomberg visits UPS’ sorting hub at UPS Worldport, Louisville, Kentucky:

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Allegiant Air’s pilots to meet with investors and analysts about safety concerns

Allegiant Air‘s (Las Vegas) pilots have issued this statement:

Allegiant Air’s pilots, represented by the Allegiant Air Pilots Executive Council, an employee group of Allegiant Travel Company (Las Vegas) and pilots represented by Teamsters Local Union 1224 in Wilmington, Ohio, announced plans to begin formal dialogues with Allegiant stakeholders and other influential voices in the financial community, including institutional shareholders, equity analysts, corporate lenders and insurers, in order to address operating and safety concerns that exist at the airline.

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“Allegiant management has turned a deaf ear to serious operational concerns raised by the pilots,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of Airline Division at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. “We believe Allegiant’s financial backers have a right to know what is going on and be given a chance to weigh in on vital changes needed for Allegiant’s long-term success before it’s too late.”

“Allegiant’s low-cost model works if it can actually support the growth of the business,” Bourne said, “However, management’s lack of operational know-how and flat-out resistance to put badly needed investments into infrastructure is taking a significant toll on flight operations, which could ultimately jeopardize flight safety. It’s obvious to us that the major service disruptions over the last several months, ranging from multiple fleet shutdowns, chronic staffing and equipment shortages, significant ramp-up in 3rd party contracting for scheduled flights and sub-servicing and the shutdown of the company’s training department, all flow from the short-sighted decisions being made at the top.”

“It is very unusual for a company’s training department to be shut down,” said Dan Wells, President of Teamsters Local 1224. “Allegiant has yet to even acknowledge the training shutdown, much less show its pilots a plan for corrective action or indicate if those changes will adequately satisfy Federal Aviation Administration concerns. Many Allegiant pilots have been delayed in training for months, which we believe is driving a major increase in outsourcing due to the shortage of company pilots to fly scheduled flights and re-route equipment back to hubs and maintenance centers.”

“Management has ignored repeated requests for clarity on the training program by both the union and Allegiant’s own pilots,” Bourne said. “We’ve filed a Freedom of Information Act submission with the FAA on the matter, but the agency’s only reply was that there is an ongoing investigation at the company. In the meantime, Allegiant pilots continue to bend over backwards to work with the company to address the very significant issues that are interfering with the ability of Allegiant flight crews to do their jobs properly and service customers effectively. We are hopeful that conversations with investors and other Allegiant stakeholders will lead to a breakthrough on some of the key obstacles affecting the future of the airline.”

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Allegiant Air’s Boeing 757-204 WL N904NV (msn 26967) arrives at the Las Vegas base.

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Finnair retires its last Boeing 757

Finnair (Helsinki) has retired its last Boeing 757. The pictured Boeing 757-2Q8 OH-LBT (msn 28170) (above) has found a new home with Air Contractors (Dublin) as EI-LBT according to Skyliner Aviation. OH-LBT made its final scheduled revenue flight from Fuerteventura to Helsinki on January 19, 2014 according to RVNspotting (see video below).

The first Finnair Boeing 757 aircraft, Boeing 757-2Q8 OH-LBO (msn 28172), was handed over to the company on October 7, 1997 and the second (OH-LBR) on October 16, 1997. The first leisure flight with the new aircraft took place on October 23, 1997 from Helsinki to La Palma and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-2Q8 OH-LBT (msn 28170) is parked at Toronto (Pearson) painted in the 2000 livery.

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Reuters: Ethiopian to order 10-20 narrow body jetliners

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is planning to place an order for 10 to 20 narrow body jetliners according to this report by Reuters. The African carrier is studying proposals from Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier. The company has traditionally ordered from Boeing.

The damaged 787 at Heathrow Airport returned to service in December.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Ethiopian is still operating older Boeing 757-200s on some routes. Part of the new order would replace these aircraft. Boeing 757-231 ET-ALZ (msn 30319) arrives at Dubai and was originally delivered to TWA on August 16, 199 as N720TW.

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Delta adds extra sections and charter flights for the 2014 Bowl Championship Series

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has added flights to support fans traveling to the Bowl Championship Series, including the National Championship Game in Pasadena, California as well as the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl.

A schedule of flights and cities are below:

National Championship, Pasadena, California – January 6, 2014:

Date

Departure Departure Time Arrival Arrival Time

Jan. 4

Tallahassee, Fla.

9:45 a.m. Los Angeles 11:40 a.m.

Jan. 4

Tampa, Fla. 10 a.m. Los Angeles 12:28 p.m.

Jan. 4

Birmingham, Ala. 9:45 a.m. Los Angeles 11:25 a.m.

Jan. 4

Birmingham, Ala. 10:45 a.m. Los Angeles 12:25 p.m.
Jan. 7 Los Angeles 10:05 a.m. Tallahassee, Fla. 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 7

Los Angeles 10:55 a.m. Tampa, Fla. 6:20 p.m.

Jan. 7

Los Angeles 12:55 a.m. Birmingham, Ala. 6:55 a.m.

Jan. 7

Los Angeles 09:05 a.m. Huntsville, Ala. 3:05 p.m.
Jan. 7 Los Angeles 10:30 a.m. Birmingham, Ala. 5:37 p.m.
Jan. 7 Los Angeles 11:30 a.m. Atlanta 6:44 p.m.
Jan. 7 Los Angeles 11:40 a.m. Birmingham, Ala. 5:38 p.m.
Jan. 7

Los Angeles

11 a.m. Atlanta 6:14 p.m.
Jan. 7

Burbank, Calif.

12:20 p.m. Atlanta 7:32 p.m.

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California – January 1, 2014:

Date

Departure

Departure Time Arrival Arrival Time
Dec. 31 Detroit 10 a.m. Los Angeles 12:11 p.m.
Jan. 2

Los Angeles

10 a.m. Detroit 5:28 p.m.
Jan. 2

Burbank, Calif.

12:25 p.m. Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 2

Los Angeles

12:30 p.m. Detroit 7:58 p.m.

Sugar Bowl, New Orleans – January 2, 2014:

Date Departure Departure Time Arrival Arrival Time
Jan. 1

Oklahoma City

10:30 a.m. New Orleans 12:10 p.m.
Jan. 3

New Orleans

9 a.m. Oklahoma City 10:50 a.m.

Orange Bowl, Miami, January 3, 2014:

Date Departure Departure Time Arrival Arrival Time
Jan. 2 Columbus, Ohio 9 a.m. Miami 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 5 Miami 9 a.m. Columbus, Ohio 11:45 a.m.

Delta traditionally adds capacity to support the strong demand for nonstop service associated with postseason sporting events.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-232 N6715C (msn 30486) with the special Grammy Awards logo lands in Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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US Airways will leave the Star Alliance on March 30 and join oneworld the following day

US Airways (Phoenix) will join oneworld® on March 31, 2014, following completion of its merger with alliance founding member American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth).  All its regional affiliates, operating under the US Airways Express brand, will also transition to oneworld at the same time.

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The entry into oneworld on March 31, 2014 will follow immediately upon their exit from the Star Alliance with the final flights on March 30, 2014.  

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. The Boeing 757-200s and Airbus A319s currently in the Star Alliance color scheme are expected to receive the oneworld version shortly. Boeing 757-2B7 N936UW (msn 27244) arrives at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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The trans-con premium battle heats up, United upgrades 15 Boeing 757-200s with flat-bed seats

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 airline has completed an extensive redesign of 15 Boeing 757-200s that fly these p.s. “Premium Service” routes.

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.

United 757-200 ps cabin (United)(LRW)

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.

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US Airways to operate seasonal Philadelphia-Edinburgh flights

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

Arrival Time

Start Date End Date
784 PHL EDI 8:50 p.m.

8:40 a.m.*

May 23, 2014 Sept. 30, 2014
785 EDI PHL 10:50.a.m.

1:35 p.m.

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.

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Delta welcomes the settlement agreement between the DOJ and AMR-US Airways Group

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.

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United posts a 3Q net profit of $590 million

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
Revenue
(millions)
Passenger
Revenue vs.
3Q 2012
PRASM vs.
3Q 2012
Yield vs.
3Q 2012
Available Seat
Miles vs.
3Q 2012
Domestic $3,339 0.4% 2.9% 2.3% (2.4%)
Atlantic 1,765 11.0% 9.0% 5.6% 1.9%
Pacific 1,289 (11.0%) (9.4%) (8.4%) (1.7%)
Latin America 632 0.6% 0.5% 1.2% 0.2%
International 3,686 0.5% 0.2% (0.7%) 0.3%
Mainline 7,025 0.5% 1.6% 0.8% (1.1%)
Regional 1,893 6.3% 7.1% 6.1% (0.8%)
Consolidated $8,918 1.6% 2.7% 1.9% (1.1%)

Third-Quarter Costs

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.

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Fly Jamaica is coming to Toronto on October 8

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 introduces the “Smart Travel Pack” for an extra $199

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.

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United to start summer seasonal flights from Chicago O’Hare to Edinburgh, Scotland

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.

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Icelandair is coming to Edmonton, Vancouver and Geneva in 2014

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).

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Delta and Virgin Atlantic receive tentative DOT antitrust immunity for trans-Atlantic alliance

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.

 

FAA to issue a Boeing 757 crack inspection on January 10

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.

Read the full story:

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional aircraft details.

DHL Aero Expreso is replacing its 727-200 fleet with 757-200 freighters

Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda.

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 plans its last day of Boeing 757 operations

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 reports a $240 million third quarter profit

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 announces $929 million profit excluding special items

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 to operate five Boeing 757-200 combi aircraft

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.

 

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United Airlines starts to move into a new Chicago area headquarters

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 to fly to Washington Dulles

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 rolls out its 1973 retrojet


Copyright Photo: David Apps.

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 is planning to introduce a new livery

Air Finland is planning to introduce a new livery and brand.

Read the full report (with a drawing) in Finnish:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 757-2F2 OH-AFI (msn 26330) climbs beautifully at scenic Salzburg in the current 2003 color scheme.

British Airways to retire the last Boeing 757 (G-CPET) on October 30

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’s stockholders approve the merger of United and Continental

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 is now promoting the new VW Amarok Caddy car

Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch. EC-HDS visited Birmingham on September 12 with the new titles.

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 offers a money-back guarantee

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 to start DFW-Barbados flights

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 to add Boston and Chicago in 2011

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 to fly to Iceland

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 is coming to Orlando

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 reports a $467 million quarterly profit

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’ crewmembers ratify the new contract

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 adds new titles to its Boeing 757-256 EC-ISY

Copyright Photo: Pepscl. EC-ISY visited Paris (Orly) on July 2 while operating a flight for Royal Air Maroc.

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 files for bankruptcy protection and will be liquidated

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 to resume operations before the end of the year

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.

Iceland Express wet leases its first Boeing 757

Copyright Photo: Andrew Yarwood. Boeing 757-258 G-STRZ (msn 27622) now in a basic condition with Iceland Express titles, prepares for its lease at Manchester.

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 operates its Boeing 757-28A OH-AFJ in full easyJet colors

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.

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