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.
Thomas Cook Group (London) has unveiled its new “Sunny Heart” livery. Airbus A321-211 G-TCDC (msn 5872) was delivered to Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) on November 22 and will go into revenue service in mid December. the second of the 23 new Airbus A321 aircraft to be delivered to the Thomas Cook Group Airlines by 2016, previously announced in early 2013. This follows the first A321 delivered to sister airline Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) in May 2013.
Six aircraft will be deployed in the UK and will be in operation by the summer season of 2014.
The group explains the new look, a departure from its traditional blue and white colors:
“Our new ’Sunny Heart’ livery expresses the philosophy of our airline; our team putting their heart into every flight and making sure our customers’ holiday starts as soon as they board their flight to their holiday destination. The Sunny Heart is the perfect symbol for our passion to create memorable holidays for our guests.”
G-TCDC is also the first Airbus aircraft in the Thomas Cook Group to be fitted with wing-tip Sharklets which help the aircraft fly using less fuel, contributing – with the new fuselage shape – to an overall fuel efficiency of up to 6 per cent compared to the existing aircraft in the fleet.
Meanwhile Condor Flugdienst has already painted its first aircraft in the new brand, Boeing 757-330 D-ABOJ (above).
Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. Condor’s Boeing 757-330 D-ABOJ (msn 29010) sits at the Frankfurt base today between flights in the new look.
Video: Painting of the first A321 for Condor (in the old colors):
Video: Thomas Cook Airlines:
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.
Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) will move its Las Vegas operation today from Concourse D to Concourse A. This area was previously vacated by US Airways.
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Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Allegiant Air’s Boeing 757-204 N902NV (msn 26964) climbs over the Strip at Las Vegas.
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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.
Air Astana (Almaty) will start a weekly nonstop route linking the capital of Astana with London (Heathrow) starting on October 31. The new route will complement existing Almaty-London (Heathrow) flights and will be operated with Boeing 757-200s per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-2G5 P4-GAS (msn 28112) arrives at the resort destination of Antalya, Turkey.
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.
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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.
Air China Cargo (Beijing) intends to add four Boeing 757-200 freighters to its fleet. Precision Conversions has won the contract to convert the aircraft. Precision Conversions issued this statement:
Precision Conversions, LLC is very pleased to announce that the company has won a contract to provide Air China Cargo Company Ltd., a Joint Venture between Air China (Beijing) and Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong), a total of four (4) full 15-cargo position 757-200PCFs. The first aircraft was inducted for modification at the Taikoo Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (TAECO) maintenance facility in Xiamen on July 31. The second aircraft will commence modification in November. The remaining two aircraft are being placed in production slots for early 2014. All four aircraft will be used for express package transportation in China. Air China Cargo Company Ltd., is based in Beijing, China and operates to 36 cities in 27 countries.
To date, Precision Conversions has redelivered a total of thirty six (36) full 15 cargo position 757-200PCF freighters to customers operating in Europe, North and South America, India, Africa, and P.R. China. Precision also redelivered one (1) 757-200PCF Combi aircraft variant earlier this year.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Air China’s Boeing 757-2Y0 B-2826 (msn 26155), still carrying passengers, prepares to touch down at the Beijing (Capital) hub.
Cargojet Inc. (Cargojet Airways) (Hamilton) announced today financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013 (all dollar figures are stated in Canadian dollars) .
For the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2013:
- Total Revenues were $42.7 million , an increase of $2.2 million or 5.4% versus the previous year.
- Gross Margin was $6.3 million , a decrease of $0.9 million or 12.5% versus the previous year
- EBITDA was $4.2 million , a decrease of $0.3 million or 6.7% versus the previous year
For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2013:
- Total Revenues were $83.4 million , an increase of $2.8 million or 3.5% versus the previous year.
- Gross Margin was $11.2 million , a decrease of $1.6 million or 12.5% versus the previous year
- EBITDA was $6.9 million , an increase of $0.5 million or 7.8% versus the previous year
“Core overnight and charter revenues have shown some upward trends,” says Ajay K. Virmani, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The major challenge we continue to face is the pricing pressures from the marketplace and we will continue to ensure strict cost control and prudent financial management to ensure our margins stay on plan,” he concluded.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-236 (F) C-FKCJ (msn 24792) waits for its evening departure from Vancouver International Airport.
Icelandair Group (Icelandair) (Keflavik) reported its second quarter net profit increased 29 percent to $18.5 million, up from $14.3 million for the quarter a year ago.
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Icelandair Group Fleet Data:
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/Airlinersgallery.com. Boeing 757-208 TF-FIJ (msn 25085) approaches the runway at Toronto (Pearson) after its flight from the Keflavik hub (near Reykjavik).
WestJet (Calgary) has announced it has once again leased two Boeing 757-200 aircraft from Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) to deliver nonstop, daytime service between Calgary and Honolulu , Calgary and Maui, and between Edmonton and Maui.
Pending regulatory approval*, flights are scheduled to begin December 13, 2013 , and continue through April 26, 2014 . Details of WestJet’s seasonal non-stop service include:
|Between Calgary and Honolulu||Twice weekly|
|Between Calgary and Maui||Four times weekly|
|Between Edmonton and Maui||Three times weekly|
*Flights to be operated by Thomas Cook Airlines’ 757s, subject to Canadian Transportation Agency concurrence.
WestJet flight attendants on board the Boeing 757-200s will ensure the same great WestJet guest experience while Thomas Cook Airlines will provide the aircraft and pilots. The increase in capacity will ensure more Albertans can enjoy non-stop WestJet service to the Hawaiian Islands. WestJet is the only airline providing capacity for Thomas Cook’s tour operator arm in the Canadian market as part of a successful, Canada-wide partnership for the third year in a row.
Copyright Photo: Matt Dueck. North American Airlines (New York-JFK) started operating for WestJet Airlines (Calgary) on February 12, 2011 with its Boeing 757-28A N750NA (msn 26277). The larger aircraft operated with WestJet titles from Calgary and Edmonton to Hawaii. The lease was only for two months. This airframe was converted to a freighter as N971FD with FedEx Express. Since then Thomas Cook has operated their 757s for WestJet but still in the Thomas Cook livery.
Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new, twice-weekly nonstop jet service between Los Angeles and Honolulu beginning on October 30, 2013.
In March 2010, the company announced it signed a forward purchase agreement to acquire six Boeing 757-200 aircraft that enabled Allegiant to expand its leisure travel strategy into Hawaii with flights beginning in summer 2012.
Allegiant currently operates a fleet of 57 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-80 (MD-80) aircraft, six Boeing 757-200 aircraft, and one Airbus A319 aircraft. The Company has agreements to acquire eight additional Airbus A319 aircraft and nine Airbus A320 aircraft, which will be introduced throughout 2013 and the beginning of 2014.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-204 N906NV (msn 27236) lands at the Las Vegas home base.
US Airways (Phoenix) now offers customers the ability to skip the line at baggage claimwith Bags VIP delivery service; which delivers their bag to their home, hotel or office. The airline also offers customers the Track Your Bag tool on usairways.com. Track Your Bag allows travelers to follow their bags from check-in to landing from their smart phone, tablet or laptop.
Bags VIP Delivery Service
Customers can now opt to have their bags delivered directly to their home, hotel or business withBags VIP delivery. Travelers can schedule and pay for Bags VIP delivery up to one hour prior to their scheduled departure by visiting maketraveleasier.com/usairways. Once scheduled, customers need only to drop the bags off at the airport, pay any applicable baggage fees and they will be delivered within four to six hours of arrival. Bags VIP delivery service starts at $29.95 and is offered in all domestic locations the airline serves.
Track Your Bag
Any passenger connected to the Internet can now view real-time information on the bag’s status, including when the bag is checked in, on a plane, and off a plane, with US Airways’ Track Your Bag tool. Track Your Bag tool can easily be accessed at usairways.com/baggage; all that is needed is a last name and baggage tag number or confirmation code. Track Your Bag is also available free on Gogo® internet equipped flights.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-2G7 N909AW (msn 24522) prepares to land at Washington (Reagan National).
ATI-Air Transport International (Little Rock) has apparently decided to keep the Capital Cargo International Airlines (Orlando) 2011 livery alive. Like the United Airlines-Continental Airlines merger, the surviving airline has adopted the color scheme of the airline that was closed down. The airline has not yet announced this decision.
Capital Cargo was merged into ATI-Air Transport International on March 11, 2013. Founded in 1995, Capital Cargo International Airlines (CCIA) was a FAA 121 Supplemental Air Carrier. The airline operated five Boeing 727-200 and three 757-200 freighters.
In April 2013 the pictured Boeing 757-2G5 (F) converted freighter was rolled out of the paint shop at Wilmington, Ohio in the Capital Cargo brand but now with ATI-Air Transport International Airlines titles.
The ATI version now includes red and dark blue stripes below the window line (above). The Capital Cargo version had a single red stripe (below).
Top Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. This former National Airlines (5th) aircraft was previously operated as N151GX and never was operated on the Capital Cargo certificate. It was delivered to ATI on March 14, 2013.
Bottom Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Former United Airlines Boeing 757-222 (F) N531UA (msn 25042) was the only 757 to wear the new 2011 color scheme with Capital Cargo. Notice the differences with the cheatlines. N531UA is pictured operating to Memphis.
Gestair Cargo (Madrid) has rebranded back to its original name of Cygnus Air Corporacion.
The airline is currently owned by the Macholfam International (Grupo Gestair) (60%) and IMES (Grupo ACS) (40%) according to Wikipedia.
Top Copyright Photo: Ole Simon/AirlinersGallery.com. This Gestair Cargo color scheme and name was introduced in 2008.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Now ex-Iberia Boeing 757-236 EC-KLD (msn 24121), pictured at Nuremberg at night, is wearing the basic Gestair livery now with Cygnus Air Corporacion titles and the new (old) tail logo.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) today detailed a codeshare agreement across 108 routes* and connections to 66 destinations across North America and the U.K.
Today’s codeshare announcement coincides with Delta acquiring a 49 percent stake in Sir Richard Branson’s airline – marking the next step towards a full joint venture between the two carriers. Virgin Atlantic will place its code on 91 Delta routes, including both trans-Atlantic and domestic U.S. routes. Delta will place its code on 17 Virgin Atlantic routes, including the recently launched Little Red domestic U.K. services connecting London to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
The agreement includes the following customer benefits:
- Virgin Atlantic customers will now enjoy a vast network of connecting North American destinations while Delta customers will gain an additional six daily frequencies between London to New York
- SkyMiles and Flying Club loyalty programs that will offer up to 125% tier bonus miles* to frequent fliers on all Delta and Virgin Atlantic flights – not just those within the codeshare agreement
- Reciprocal Delta Sky Club and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse access at applicable airports for Upper Class and BusinessElite passengers and Flying Club Gold members and SkyMiles Platinum and Diamond members
- Priority check-in, boarding, baggage handling and additional baggage allowance on all Virgin Atlantic and Delta operated flights worldwide – not just those within the codeshare agreement – forVirgin Atlantic Upper Class and Flying Club Gold members as well as Delta BusinessElite and SkyMiles Gold, Platinum and Diamond members
The two airlines announced their intention to enter into a joint venture agreement in December 2012. Last week unconditional merger clearance was granted by the European Commission and theU.S Department of Justice closed their review of the transaction. As of today, Delta has successfully completed its acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic. The U.S Department of Transportation is currently reviewing the parties’ application for antitrust immunity relating to the proposed joint venture of the parties’ operations on nonstop routes between the US and the UK. This review is expected to be completed during third quarter of 2013, and the implementation of the Delta/Virgin Atlantic joint venture is anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2014. Once implemented, this will deliver further significant additional consumer benefits and vibrant competition to the trans-Atlantic market.
Customers will be able to reap the rewards of the reciprocal codesharing beginning July 3, 2013 when travel across the routes begin.
As part of a $3 billion investment in enhanced global products, services and airport facilities, all of Delta’s flights between the U.S. and London-Heathrow feature fully flat-bed seats offering direct aisle access in the BusinessElite cabin. These flights also offer Delta’s popular Economy Comfort seating in the forward section of the economy cabin. Economy Comfort offers four additional inches of legroom and 50 per cent more recline compared to standard economy seats. All cabins offer in-seat audio and video on demand with a broad range of in-flight entertainment options. Delta also will begin introducing in-flight WiFi service on international flights beginning in 2014.
Virgin Atlantic completed a £150m upgrade program, including a new Upper Class cabin across its Airbus A330 aircraft in 2012 – with features including the longest fully flat bed in the sky and a redesigned on board bar. Brand new Clubhouses opened at both JFK and Newark airports in the past year and have received awards for innovation and design. The airline launched its domestic service; Virgin Atlantic Little Red in March 2013 and is now flying 26 daily frequencies to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen from Heathrow. Virgin Atlantic achieved record levels of on time performance in 2012 and is the number one airline in punctuality performance at Heathrow on the majority of its routes and out-performing its key competitor in 11 out of 12 months.
*Canadian and Jamaican flights subject to foreign government approval.
Virgin Atlantic codeshare on Delta operated flights:
|to||JFK||New York, NY|
|JFK||New York||to||ATL||Atlanta, GA||MKE||Milwaukee, WI|
|AUS||Austin, TX||MSP||Minneapolis, MN|
|BNA||Nashville, TN||MSY||New Orleans, LA|
|BOS||Boston, MA||ORD||Chicago, IL|
|BUF||Buffalo, NY||ORF||Norfolk, VA|
|BWI||Baltimore, MD||PDX||Portland, OR|
|CHS||Charleston, SC||PHL||Philadelphia, PA|
|CLE||Cleveland, OH||PHX||Phoenix, AZ|
|CLT||Charlotte, NC||PIT||Pittsburgh, PA|
|CMH||Columbus, OH||RDU||Raleigh Durham|
|CVG||Cincinnati, OH||RIC||Richmond, VA|
|DCA||Washington, DC||ROC||Rochester, NY|
|DEN||Denver, CO||RSW||Fort Myers, FL|
|DFW||Dallas/Fort Worth||SAN||San Diego, CA|
|DTW||Detroit, MI||SAT||San Antonio, TX|
|FLL||Fort Lauderdale||SDF||Louisville, KY|
|IAD||Washington, DC||SEA||Seattle, WA|
|IND||Indianapolis, IN||SFO||San Francisco, CA|
Salt Lake City, UT
|LAS||Las Vegas, NV||STL||St Louis, MO|
|LAX||Los Angeles, CA||TPA||Tampa, FL|
|MBJ||Montego Bay||YQB||Quebec, Canada|
|MCI||Kansas City, MO||YUL||Montreal, Canada|
|MCO||Orlando, FL||YVR||Vancouver, Canada|
|MIA||Miami, FL||YYZ||Toronto, Canada|
|BOS||Boston||to||ATL||Atlanta, GA||MCO||Orlando, FL|
|CMH||Columbus, OH||MEM||Memphis, TN|
|CVG||Cincinnati, OH||MSP||Minneapolis, MN|
|DTW||Detroit, MI||ORF||Norfolk, VA|
|IND||Indianapolis, IN||RDU||Raleigh Durham, NC|
|LGA||La Guardia, NY||SLC||Salt Lake City, UT|
|LAX||Los Angeles||to||HNL||Honolulu, HI||PHX||Phoenix, AZ|
|KOA||Kona, HI||SAN||San Diego, CA|
|LAS||Las Vegas, NV||SEA||Seattle, WA|
|LIH||Lihue, HI||SFO||San Francisco, CA|
|OAK||Oakland, CA||SLC||Salt Lake City, UT|
|OGG||Kahului, HI||SMF||Sacramento, CA|
|SLC||Salt Lake City, UT|
|SFO||San Francisco||HNL||Honolulu, HI|
|SLC||Salt Lake City, UT|
Delta codeshare on Virgin Atlantic operated flights:
|JFK||New York, NY|
|LAX||Los Angeles, CA|
|SFO||San Francisco, CA|
|LGW||London Gatwick||to||LAS||Las Vegas, NV|
|LAS||Las Vegas, NV|
Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-TWA/American Airlines Boeing 757-2Q8 WL N713TW (msn 28173) departs from New York (JFK).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X G-VKSS (msn 1201) lands at Las Vegas.
FedEx Corporation reports net income of $679 million in the fiscal 4Q and $1.98 billion for the year
FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) reported earnings of $2.13 per diluted share for the fourth quarter ended May 31. This excludes a $0.98 per diluted share business realignment program charge and a previously announced $0.20 per diluted share noncash aircraft impairment charge at FedEx Express. Including these charges, fourth quarter earnings were $0.95 per diluted share.
Last year’s fourth quarter earnings were $1.99 per diluted share, excluding a $0.26 per diluted share noncash aircraft impairment charge at FedEx Express. Including last year’s charge, earnings were $1.73 per diluted share.
“FedEx Ground posted another strong year and FedEx Freight margins continued to improve,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer. “These positive developments did not fully offset tepid economic growth and customer preference for less costly international shipping services. FedEx Express results improved in the fourth quarter, and while near-term challenges remain, we are confident we are positioning FedEx for profitable, long-term growth.”
Fourth Quarter Results
FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the fourth quarter:
|Fiscal 2013||Fiscal 2012|
As announced on June 3, during the quarter FedEx Express permanently retired 10 aircraft and related engines. As a consequence, a noncash impairment charge of $100 million ($63 million, net of tax, or $0.20 per diluted share) was recorded in the fourth quarter.
Excluding business realignment program costs and aircraft impairment charges from this year and aircraft impairment charges from last year, “adjusted” operating results improved due to continued strong FedEx Ground performance and better FedEx Express performance.
Full Year Results
FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the full year:
|Fiscal 2013||Fiscal 2012|
Capital spending for fiscal 2013 was $3.4 billion, down from $4.0 billion in fiscal 2012.
Business Realignment Program Update
In October, the company announced profit improvement programs, which include a voluntary employee separation program. The program was completed during the fourth quarter, and approximately 3,600 employees will be voluntarily leaving the company in phases to ensure a smooth transition. Approximately 40% of the employees vacated their positions on May 31, 2013 in the first phase. Approximately 25% of the employees will vacate their positions in the final phase at the end of fiscal 2014.
The company incurred costs of $496 million ($313 million, net of tax, or $0.98 per diluted share) during the fourth quarter and $560 million ($353 million, net of tax, or $1.11 per diluted share) during fiscal 2013, associated with the business realignment activities. The cost of the voluntary employee separation program is included in the “Business realignment, impairment and other charges” line of the company’s statements of income. Business realignment program costs at FedEx Services have been allocated to the operating segments through the “Intercompany charges” line of each segment’s statement of income.
FedEx is revising its earnings guidance practices to focus on full fiscal year projections with quarterly updates. For fiscal 2014, the company projects earnings per share growth of 7% to 13% from fiscal 2013 adjusted results. This assumes the current market outlook for fuel prices, U.S. GDP growth of 2.3% and world GDP growth of 2.7%. Capital spending for fiscal 2014 is expected to be approximately $4 billion.
“We remain focused on improving margins and returns in all of our businesses. The pace of that improvement is expected to be moderate in fiscal 2014 and then accelerate in fiscal 2015,” said Alan B. Graf, Jr., FedEx Corp. executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Our profit improvement program is progressing, but we continue to see the effects of customers selecting lower-rate international services. FedEx Express will further decrease capacity between Asia and the United States in July.”
FedEx Express Segment
For the fourth quarter, the FedEx Express segment reported:
- Revenue of $6.98 billion, up 3% from last year’s $6.80 billion
- Adjusted operating income of $460 million, up 11% from $415 million a year ago. Including charges, operating income of $0, down from $281 million last year.
- Adjusted operating margin of 6.6%, up from 6.1% the previous year. Including charges, operating margin of 0.0%, down from 4.1% last year.
Adjusted operating income and margin improved despite the demand shift toward lower yielding international services, as the net impact of the fuel surcharge timing lag, capacity reductions and other cost reduction activities benefited the quarter’s results. Direct and intercompany costs associated with the business realignment programs and the aircraft impairment charge impacted operating income and margin by $460 million and 6.6 percentage points, respectively. Last year’s results included a $134 million aircraft impairment charge.
Revenue increased due to this year’s business acquisitions and growth at FedEx Trade Networks. U.S. domestic average daily package volume increased 2% and U.S. domestic revenue per package increased 1%, as higher rate per pound and weight per package were offset by lower fuel surcharges. FedEx International Economy volume grew 11%, while FedEx International Priority volume decreased 2% during the quarter. International export revenue per package fell 2% due primarily to lower rates.
FedEx Express is pleased to have been selected as the sole awardee of the recent U.S. Postal Service air cargo solicitation, representing the majority of the USPS’s air line-haul traffic. This new seven year agreement, valued at approximately $10.5 billion, begins on October 1, 2013. The agreement provides reduced rates for the USPS versus the prior FedEx Express agreement and offers the opportunity for incremental revenue.
In other news, FedEx Corporation also announced that it has completed the first stage of a strategic acquisition by signing agreements to acquire the businesses operated by its current service provider Supaswift (Pty) Ltd. in five countries in Southern Africa, including South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia, and is also in discussions to acquire Supaswift’s businesses in Botswana and Namibia. These acquisitions will operate under the FedEx Express business unit and the transaction is subject to necessary regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
Once the acquisition is completed, FedEx Express will have direct access across the seven markets to 39 facilities and will welcome approximately 1,000 of Supaswift’s team members, who will join the ranks of more than 300,000 FedEx team members globally. FedEx Express will then offer a complete suite of FedEx branded export, import and domestic solutions, connecting Southern Africa to more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, enhancing customers’ business flexibility and speed to market.
Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. FedEx has been building up a large Boeing 757 fleet to replace its older Boeing 727s. Formerly operated by Britannia Airways/Thomsonfly/Thomson Airways as G-BYAS, 757-204 (F) N925FD (msn 27238) departs from the Memphis sorting hub.
United Airlines (Chicago) now features 180-degree flat-bed seats and personal on-demand entertainment in the premium cabins on all scheduled, long-haul international flights from the airline’s eight North American hubs and between Seattle/Tacoma and Tokyo (Narita).
United has outfitted 183 international long-haul aircraft with United Global First and United BusinessFirst cabins, and offers more than 7,000 total flat-bed seats fleet-wide, more than any other U.S. carrier. Customers in the premium cabins receive a higher level of privacy and comfort, a multi-course meal with complimentary wine options and more-personal attention.
United recently launched turn-down service for customers seated in United Global First, offering travelers an added touch of luxury and a better sleeping experience on long-haul flights.
In addition to offering customers more flat-bed seats on more aircraft than any other U.S. carrier, United currently provides extra-legroom Economy Plus seating on nearly 650 mainline aircraft and approximately 150 regional jets.
United is also revamping the transcontinental ”p.s.” Premium Service fleet of aircraft that fly between New York Kennedy and Los Angeles and San Francisco. Customers traveling on the revamped p.s. aircraft will experience an improved premium cabin with fully flat-bed seats, faster Wi-Fi Internet service, and personal on-demand entertainment at every seat. The fourth p.s. aircraft to be retrofitted enters service this month, and United anticipates completing the entire p.s. fleet by year-end.
United is also outfitting aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi, offering inflight connectivity on long-haul international flights. The airline expects to have more than 200 aircraft outfitted with satellite Wi-Fi before the end of the year.
United recently deployed the 200th aircraft with live television, giving United the world’s largest fleet of aircraft equipped with live television.
Copyright Photo: Michael Stappen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-224 WL N18119 (msn 27561) arrives at Amsterdam.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today relaunched daily nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Dublin Airport (DUB). The new flight is in addition to American’s existing nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Dublin and complements its 12 other daily nonstop flights from JFK to Europe. The route will be operated with a two-class Boeing 757-200 with 181 seats.
Copyright Photo: Dave Glendinning/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-223 WL N174AA (msn 31308) in the Oneworld scheme taxies at London (Heathrow).
Do you want to pay an annual subscription to check your bags? United Airlines is the first U.S. airline to offer this service
United is the only U.S. carrier to offer an annual subscription for its extra-legroom economy seating and checked baggage service charges. Terms and conditions apply to each of the offers, which can be found at www.united.com/subscriptions, and the subscriptions may be given as gifts.
Travelers may access Economy Plus for a year starting at $499, and customers can select the region and the number of travelers on their subscription.
Economy Plus seats offer customers additional legroom to stretch out and relax. United offers more extra-legroom economy seating than any other U.S. airline, with Economy Plus available on most of the airline’s nearly 700 mainline aircraft and nearly 180 United Express aircraft. Economy Plus seating, when available, remains complimentary for Premier-level MileagePlus members.
United’s checked baggage subscription enables customers to pre-pay standard checked baggage charges for one year, starting at $349. Customers may tailor their subscription by choosing up to two bags, the number of travelers and preferred geographic region.
Additionally, customers may now use MileagePlus miles to purchase an annual United Club membership, which currently offers access to the 49 United Club locations, as well as Copa Club locations and participating Star Alliance affiliated airport clubs worldwide.
One-year membership pricing starts at $500 or 65,000 miles for general MileagePlus members, with discounts for Premier members. An initiation fee of $50 or 7,000 miles applies for all new United Club memberships.
In other news, United Airlines today executed a definitive purchase agreement with AltAir Fuels for cost-competitive, sustainable, advanced biofuels at commercial scale, representing a historic milestone for aviation. With United’s strategic partnership, AltAir Fuels will retrofit part of an existing petroleum refinery to become a 30 million gallon, advanced biofuel refinery near Los Angeles, Calif. AltAir will produce low-carbon, renewable jet fuel and other renewable products. United has collaborated with AltAir Fuels since 2009 and has agreed to buy 15 million gallons of lower-carbon, renewable jet fuel over a three-year period, with the option to purchase more. The airline is purchasing the advanced biofuel at a price competitive with traditional, petroleum-based jet fuel, and AltAir expects to begin delivering five million gallons of renewable jet fuel per year to United starting in 2014. United will use the biofuel on flights operating out of its Los Angeles hub (LAX).
AltAir has partnered with an existing oil refiner for the operation of its first commercial facility and use of the refiner’s existing refinery near Los Angeles, Calif. This partnership is taking idled refining equipment and retooling it to increase the nation’s energy supply – positively impacting the southern California economy and providing the opportunity to sustainably power LAX flights.
Through process technology developed by Honeywell’s UOP, AltAir is retrofitting the existing refinery to produce renewable biofuel. AltAir has worked extensively with Honeywell’s UOP to demonstrate the commercial viability of the Honeywell Green Jet process. Utilizing this technology, licensed from UOP, the AltAir facility will be the first refinery internationally to be capable of in-line production of both renewable jet and diesel fuels. The facility will convert non-edible natural oils and agricultural wastes into approximately 30 million gallons of low-carbon, advanced biofuels and chemicals per year.
These advanced biofuels are drop-in replacements for petroleum-based fuel, requiring no modification to factory-standard engines or aircraft, with which they are fully compatible. This fuel provides the same performance as conventional, petroleum-based jet fuel. AltAir Fuels’ renewable jet fuel is expected to achieve at least a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis.
“This refinery is important for two timely and significant reasons,” said AltAir’s President and COO Bryan Sherbacow . “First, the industry is delivering on the promise of commercial production of advanced biofuels that move beyond additives, like ethanol and biodiesel, to drop-in, replacement low-carbon fuels. Second, this project demonstrates the practical efficiencies these fuels allow by fully integrating into an operating petroleum refinery.”
United will support AltAir Fuels’ efforts to incorporate internationally recognized sustainability standards, such as those being developed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). RSB is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments and inter-governmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biomass production and processing.
In 2009, United Airlines made history as the first North American carrier to perform a two-engine aircraft flight demonstration using sustainable biofuels derived from algae and jatropha. United also operated the first flight by a North American commercial airline using synthetic fuel made from natural gas in 2010.
In November 2011, United operated the first U.S. commercial flight powered by advanced biofuels. Flight 1403 departedHouston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, making United the first U.S. airline to fly passengers using a blend of sustainable, advanced biofuel and traditional petroleum-derived jet fuel.
In June 2012, United, along with the Boeing Company, Honeywell’s UOP, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy Trust, launched the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI). MASBI is an effort by more than 40 organizations across the aviation biofuels supply chain to accelerate the commercialization of advanced biofuels in the Midwest.
United Airlines is a signatory to the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, whose members represent approximately 32 percent of commercial aviation fuel demand. United signed a pledge to pursue the advancement of drop-in biofuels that achieve important sustainability criteria, work with leading organizations to achieve biofuel certification standards and take actions to enable commercial use of aviation biofuels.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-222 N538UA (msn 25222) prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.
Icelandair (Keflavik) on June 1 launched its twice-weekly new route from Keflavik (near Reykjavik) to Zurich. The airline started twice-weekly service to St. Petersburg, Russia also on June 1. Previously Icelandair started twice-weekly flights to Anchorage, Alaska on May 15.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-256 WL TF-FIU (msn 26243) arrives at Washington (Dulles).
US Airways (Phoenix) today begins daily, nonstop, summer service from its international gateway at Philadelphia following a four-year hiatus to Shannon, Ireland. The airline will operate flights to SNN on 176-seat dual-class Boeing 757-200 aircraft until September 6, 2013. The seasonal service complements US Airways’ existing flights to Dublin, which the airline serves year-round from Philadelphia and during the summer from its largest hub in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The flight schedule is as follows:
|Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) –||Shannon Airport (SNN) – Philadelphia|
|Shannon Airport (SNN)||International Airport (PHL)|
|776||9:05 p.m.||8:40 a.m.*||777||11:35 a.m.||2:05 p.m.|
*Flight arrives next day. First day of service from Shannon is May 23, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Ex-America West Boeing 757-2G7 N909AW (msn 24522) climbs away from Washington (Reagan National).
United Airlines (Chicago) has equipped its 200th aircraft with live television, 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 currently offers live television on most Boeing 737 aircraft and on many of its Boeing 757-300 aircraft. In addition to live news, sports and family entertainment, customers may enjoy up to eight newly released movies a month. The service is complimentary for customers in United First and available for purchase in United Economy starting at $5.99 and varying depending on the length of flight.
Live television-equipped aircraft also feature power outlets in United First and United Economy Plus, enabling customers to charge their cell phones, laptops, e-readers and other mobile devices.
The expansion of live television on United aircraft comes as the airline continues to invest in its onboard products.
United offers personal on-demand entertainment for premium-cabin and economy-cabin customers on the majority of its long-haul international aircraft, providing hundreds of hours of movies, television programs, music and games. Additionally, United is:
- Installing satellite Wi-Fi. The airline expects to have more than 200 aircraft equipped with the service by the end of 2013.
- Adding flat-bed seating on all of the airline’s long-haul international aircraft. United currently offers more flat-bed seating than any other U.S. carrier.
- Introducing flat-bed seats on its transcontinental ‘p.s.’ Premium Service, offering a revamped premium cabin, all-new interiors, personal on-demand entertainment, Wi-Fi connectivity, in-seat power and USB ports. The airline expects to complete the reconfiguration of p.s. aircraft by the end of the year.
- Adding extra-legroom Economy Plus seating. The airline currently offers Economy Plus seating on nearly 650 mainline aircraft and approximately 150 regional jets.
- Nearly doubling the overhead storage space on more than 150 Airbus aircraft, with more than half of those retrofits completed.
- Implementing streaming wireless video onboard its Boeing 747-400 aircraft beginning later this year.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 757-33N N57864 (msn 32588) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.
Icelandair Group (Icelandair) (Keflavik) reported a net loss of $18.3 million in the first quarter, an increase from a net loss of $13.2 million in the same quarter a year ago.
The airline issued this statement:
Icelandair Group organic growth continues
- Losses after taxes USD $18.3 million, as compared to USD $13.2 million in the preceding year
- Performance in the quarter exceeded management projections
- EBITDA negative by USD $8.3 million, as compared to negative USD $3.0 million last year
- Passenger revenues increased by 24% between years
- Total revenue increased by 10%
- Equity ratio was 32% at the end of March
- Net cash provided by operating activities USD 78.5 million, as compared to USD 86.1 million in the preceding year
Björgólfur Jóhannsson, President and CEO:
“Icelandair Group’s performance over the quarter was better than our budget projected and estimates of continued growth materialized. Capacity on international flights increased by just short of a quarter in the first three months of the year, and the increase in passenger numbers over the same period was 18%. The greatest increase was in the number of passengers on the North Atlantic market, about 40%. The number of passengers in the tourist market to Iceland also increased significantly from last year, with a positive impact for all tourist services in Iceland. The Group’s freight activities have shown a turnaround. Freight charter projects have been downsized systematically, and the focus has been shifted to scheduled air freight services, which has returned good results.
At the start of the year we issued an EBITDA forecast for 2013 in the range of USD 115-120 million. The performance in the first quarter was in excess of the forecast, and in addition operating prospects are generally positive. Based on adjusted assumptions, EBITDA for the year is now projected at USD 122-127 million.”
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 757-308 WL TF-FIX (msn 29434) departs from London (Heathrow).
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today reported financial results for the March 2013 quarter. Highlights from the quarter include:
- Delta’s net profit for the March 2013 quarter was $85 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, excluding special items1. This result is a $124 million improvement year-over-year.
- Including $78 million in special items, Delta’s GAAP net income was $7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share.
- Results include $20 million of profit sharing expense in recognition of Delta employees’ contributions to the company’s financial performance.
- Delta generated $1.1 billion of operating cash flow and $457 million of free cash flow in the March 2013 quarter, and ended the period with adjusted net debt of just under $11.0 billion.
“Our results represent Delta’s strongest March quarter financial and operational performance in over a decade and I want to thank Delta people worldwide for all the hard work that went into producing these results for our company. This performance is proof that we are on the right path to making Delta the airline of choice for our shareholders, employees, and customers,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. “With a solid financial foundation and building momentum from initiatives like our LaGuardia expansion, Virgin Atlantic investment and new Terminal 4 at New York-JFK, we are well positioned to generate significant improvements in Delta’s profitability going forward.”
Delta’s operating revenue grew $87 million, or 1.0 percent, in the March 2013 quarter compared to the March 2012 quarter. Load factor increased to 81.2 percent, with traffic down 0.6 percent on a 2.5 percent decrease in capacity.
- Passenger revenue increased 1.4 percent, or $107 million, compared to the prior year period. Passenger unit revenue (PRASM) increased 4.1 percent, driven by a 2.1 percent improvement in yield.
- Cargo revenue decreased 2.4 percent, or $6 million, on declining freight yields.
- Other revenue decreased 1.4 percent, or $14 million, as a result of lower third-party maintenance revenue.
Comparisons of revenue-related statistics are as follows:
|1Q13 versus 1Q12|
|Passenger Revenue||1Q13 ($M)||YOY||Revenue||Yield||Capacity|
|Domestic||3,402||6.1 %||4.9 %||4.5 %||1.2%|
|Atlantic||1,052||(3.4) %||8.1 %||3.9 %||(10.6) %|
|Pacific||871||3.1 %||3.7 %||(0.4) %||(0.6) %|
|Latin America||551||5.5 %||3.3 %||(2.5) %||2.1 %|
|Total mainline||5,876||3.8 %||5.5 %||3.0 %||(1.6) %|
|Regional||1,457||(6.8) %||1.8 %||3.5 %||(8.5) %|
|Consolidated||7,333||1.4 %||4.1 %||2.1 %||(2.5) %|
“Our March quarter unit revenues grew 4 percent, showing that the investments we have made in operations, products and service, combined with our capacity discipline, have built a solid revenue-producing foundation,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s president. “We are taking actions to mitigate the decline in close-in demand we saw in the last part of March, and we expect the impact of the sequester, combined with a softening of leisure demand, to result in a 2 – 3 percent decline in April’s unit revenues. However, a key benefit from a consolidated industry is that we now see a much stronger correlation between revenue and fuel; so while we are seeing some revenue softness, we are also benefitting from lower fuel costs, allowing us to continue our path of margin expansion even in a sluggish economic environment.”
Cash from operations during the March 2013 quarter was $1.1 billion, driven by the seasonal increase in advanced ticket sales and March quarter profitability. The company generated $457 million of free cash flow.
Capital expenditures during the March 2013 quarter were $650 million, including $500 million in fleet investments and $47 million for two sets of slots at London’s Heathrow airport. Capital expenditures included 21 aircraft purchased off lease as part of Delta’s debt reduction efforts. During the quarter, Delta’s debt maturities and capital leases were $382 million.
Delta ended the quarter with adjusted net debt of just under $11.0 billion and the company has now achieved a $6 billion net debt reduction since 2009. This debt reduction strategy produced a $50 million year-over-year reduction in interest expense in the March quarter. As of Mar. 31, 2013, Delta had $5.4 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $3.6 billion in cash and short-term investments and $1.8 billion in undrawn revolving credit facilities.
Fuel expense for the March quarter declined $78 million year-over-year, excluding mark to market adjustments, as a result of lower fuel prices and consumption. Delta’s average fuel price2 was $3.24 per gallon for the March quarter, which includes 6 cents per gallon in settled hedge gains. For the March quarter, operations at the Trainer refinery produced a $22 million loss, driven by supply disruptions related to Superstorm Sandy and a short-term outage in a gasoline production unit, which slowed production during the quarter.
Excluding fuel, total operating expense in the quarter increased year-over-year by $198 million as the impact of operational, service and employee investments was partially offset by savings from Delta’s structural cost initiatives.
Consolidated unit cost excluding fuel expense, profit sharing and special items (CASM-Ex3), was 5.0 percent higher in the March 2013 quarter on a year-over-year basis, driven by the impact of capacity reductions, wage increases, and operational and service investments. GAAP consolidated CASM increased 5.8 percent.
“Our March quarter non-fuel unit cost growth was lower than expected, as the benefits of our structural cost initiatives limited the cost growth associated with investments in our people, operations, and service,” said Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer. “We should see our cost pressures lessen significantly in the second half of the year, as the benefits of our structural cost initiatives accelerate and we lap the impact of prior year investments.”
Delta has a strong commitment to its employees, customers and the communities it serves. Key accomplishments in the March 2013 quarter include:
- Receiving recognition from leading organizations and publications, including being named FORTUNE’s Most Admired Airline, receiving Aviation Week’s Laureate Award for Innovation, and receiving the International Service Excellence Award for reservation sales;
- Recognizing the achievements of Delta employees toward meeting the company’s financial and operational goals with $43 million of incentives so far this year, including $20 million in employee profit sharing and $23 million in Shared Rewards;
- Significantly improving its operational performance, resulting in an on-time arrival rate of 86.2 percent and 12 percent fewer customer complaints compared to 2012;
- Continuing the company’s ongoing investment in high-quality facilities through the renovation of LaGuardia Terminals C and D with the addition of a connecting bridge and improvements to the Delta Sky Clubs, seating areas and food options, and the development of the Sky Deck, new outdoor seating areas at Delta Sky Clubs in Atlanta and New York-JFK, designed in conjunction with Architectural Digest;
- Enhancing the SkyMiles Medallion program by introducing Crossover Rewards, the industry-leading joint loyalty partnership with Starwood. The partnership allows members to share program benefits and earn more miles and Starpoints when traveling with either company;
- Releasing a new Fly Delta app for iPad and iPhone as part of a broader rollout of a significantly improved online and digital customer experience. The new Fly Delta app has added functionality and includes the unique “Glass Bottomed Jet” feature; and
- Extending Delta’s involvement in the community, as more than 50 Delta employees partnered with SkyMiles Medallion members and Aeromexico employees to build six homes in Puebla, Mexico. This effort was Delta’s ninth international build with Habitat for Humanity.
Delta recorded special items totaling a $78 million charge in the March 2013 quarter, including:
- $24 million in mark-to-market gains for fuel hedges settling in future periods; and
- a $102 million charge for facilities, fleet and other items.
Delta recorded special items totaling a $163 million gain in the March 2012 quarter, including:
- $151 million in mark-to-market gains for fuel hedges settling in future periods;
- a $39 million gain associated with the exchange of slots at New York-LaGuardia and Washington-Reagan National; and
- a $27 million charge for facilities, fleet and other items.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boeing 757-232 WL N694DL (msn 29726) “The Spirit of Freedom” prepares to land at Washington (Reagan National).
WestJet (Calgary) and Icelandair (Keflavik) have launched a new interline agreement opening up the skies for passengers connecting between the Americas and more than 20 Icelandair destinations throughout Europe .
Passengers can now book a single combined e-ticket for WestJet and Icelandair flights which includes the conveniences of single check-in for all flights and baggage sent through to the final destination.
Earlier this year Icelandair expanded its seasonal service from Toronto to a year-round operation with plans to increase capacity next summer. Icelandair will also resume seasonal service from Halifax with two flights a week starting June 1, 2013.
Icelandair, the national carrier of Iceland since 1937, offers service to Iceland from Boston , New York-JFK, Seattle , Denver and Toronto with seasonal service from Newark , Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford , Halifax , and Anchorage (starting May 15 , 2013).
Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-7CT WL C-FWAF (msn 32747) arrives at Las Vegas.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 757-208 WL TF-FIP (msn 30423) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).
Icelandair (Keflavik) has announce it will begin scheduled service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on October 28, 2013 to Keflavik (near Reykjavik).
Icelandair has served the New York City market for over 60 years with flights to and from John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and will continue to do so. The Newark flights will supplement the JFK service and will operate four times per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Newark will be the 11th Icelandair gateway in North America and the 36th destination within the Icelandair global route network.
The 2013 timetable is the largest in Icelandair’s 76 year history and is 15% larger than last year. Newark is the fourth destination that has been introduced this year joining Anchorage, Alaska, St. Petersburg, Russia and Zurich, Switzerland.
In addition to Newark, Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle, Denver and Toronto with seasonal service from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Halifax, and Anchorage (starting May 15, 2013). Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 757-208 WL TF-FIN (msn 28989) departs from London (Heathrow).
Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) plans to temporarily suspend service to Hawaii from seven of the nine mainland cities after the summer season.
Allegiant will suspend flights beginning on August 14 from Boise, Idaho; Eugene, Oregon; Phoenix; Spokane, Washington; and Fresno, Stockton and Santa Maria, all in California according to this report by the Star Advertiser.
The company has recently been struggling with some well-publicized Hawaii cancellations due to mechanical issues affecting its Boeing 757-200 fleet.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 757-204 N901NV (msn 26963) touches down at the Las Vegas base after arriving from Hawaii.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) on April 1 launched daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Lima, Peru.
In addition, American also serves Lima from its hub in Miami.
Daily DFW-LIM Service Schedule
- Departs DFW at 5:25 p.m.
- Arrives at LIM at 12:20 a.m. the following day
- Departs LIM at 1:40 a.m.
- Arrives at DFW at 8:55 a.m.
American Airlines will operate Boeing 757-200 aircraft on this new route.
Beginning April 11, American will add new service between Chicago O’Hare and Dusseldorf, Germany, and will also add service to Europe between New York – JFK and Dublin, Ireland, beginning June 12. From its largest hub in Dallas/Fort Worth, American will also launch its first-ever service to Seoul, South Korea, on May 9.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 757-223 WL N664AA (msn 25298) in the special Susan G. Komen livery arrives at the Miami International Airport hub.
Thomas Cook Group (London) has announced it has agreed to sell Thomas Cook Canada Inc. and Thomas Cook USA Holdings Inc. to Red Label Vacations Inc. The group issued this statement:
Thomas Cook Group plc announces it has agreed to sell Thomas Cook Canada Inc. and Thomas Cook USA Holdings, Inc., together known as Thomas Cook North America (“TCNA”), to Red Label Vacations Inc. (which trades as Redtag.ca “Red Tag”). The transaction is for cash consideration of $5.3 million Canadian dollars (£3.4 million at current exchange rates).
TCNA operates a tour operator and distribution network in Canada. TCNA also owns ABC Corporate Services Inc. and D-FW Travel Arrangements Inc. in the United States.
Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including clearance by the Competition Bureau of Canada, the release of guarantees provided by Thomas Cook Group plc to third parties on behalf of TCNA and the release of guarantees provided by TCNA in support of the Group’s financing arrangements. The transaction is expected to complete by May 31, 2013. Proceeds will be used to reduce the borrowings of the Thomas Cook Group.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 757-28A C-GJZB (msn 28203) operated by Jazz Aviation taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) base.
Editor’s “To The Point” Observation”: At the height of Thomas Cook Canada, Jazz Aviation was operating a fleet of six leased Boeing 757-200s under the Thomas Cook Airlines (Canada) brand. On April 13, 2012 Thomas Cook announced it was ending the five-year contract with Jazz and all services ended on April 30, 2012. Since then Thomas Cook has been using other airlines as needed.
FedEx Express (Memphis) has agreed to acquire 15 Boeing 757-200s from United Airlines (Chicago) and convert the passenger aircraft to freighters according to this report by Bloomberg. FedEx also secured options for another 16 757-200s. Deliveries will be 2013 through 2015.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Former USAir/US Airways Boeing 757-2B7 (F) N901FD (msn 27122, ex N610AU) now with FedEx as a freighter, completes its final approach into Washington (Dulles).
Editor’s “To The Point” Observation: FedEx currently operates 67 Boeing 757-200 converted freighters. The first (the pictured N901FD) was added to the cargo fleet on May 9, 2008. The newer 757s have been replacing the older Boeing 727s. FedEx has 30 727-200Fs still in service so it is likely it will take the full option.
United Airlines (Chicago) today introduced its first aircraft equipped with flat-bed seats in a revamped premium cabin, all-new interiors, personal on-demand entertainment, Wi-Fi connectivity, in-seat power and USB ports on its transcontinental “p.s.” Premium Service. United flight 651, the first flight with the completely new cabin experience, departed Los Angeles International Airport this morning to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
United offers its p.s. service on all nonstop flights between New York Kennedy and both Los Angeles, with 40 flights each way per week, and San Francisco, with 46 flights each way per week.
The fully refreshed interior offers 28 flat-bed premium-cabin seats, replacing the 12 angled lie-flat and 26 reclining seats in the premium cabins on the traditional p.s. fleet. The new configuration also features 48 extra-legroom Economy Plus seats and 66 seats in United Economy.
United’s customers traveling on p.s. flights will experience a higher level of service in the air and on the ground, including amenities usually reserved for long-haul international flights according to the airline.
The reconfigured p.s. aircraft will offer travelers:
- New Seats: Customers in the premium cabin enjoy 180-degree flat-bed seats, which offer up to 6’4″ of sleeping space and more storage.
- Inflight Entertainment: Customers throughout the aircraft have access to personal on-demand entertainment featuring a newly designed interactive touchscreen and more than 150 hours of programming. Individual monitors are 15.4″ in the premium cabin and 9″ in United Economy.
- Inflight Dining: United gives premium-cabin customers several dining options and wine selections recommended by Doug Frost, United’s Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.
- Inflight Connectivity: Customers throughout the aircraft can opt to stay connected with Gogo® inflight Internet service. The aircraft also features power outlets and USB ports in every seat.
- On the Ground Perks: Customers in the premium cabin and premier-level MileagePlus members have access to United Premier Access check-in and priority boarding lanes. Premium-cabin customers also have access to United Club locations at New York Kennedy, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Copyright Photo Below: United Airlines.
United launched p.s. service in 2004, becoming the first airline to offer premium international-style service on transcontinental flights, including lie-flat seats and personal entertainment devices for United First customers, and reclining seats in United Business. In 2009, United began offering Gogo® inflight Internet service to customers on p.s. flights.
In October 2012, United became the first airline to offer regularly scheduled service with 180-degree flat beds in premium cabins on these routes. These aircraft also feature extra-legroom Economy Plus seating and personal on-demand entertainment throughout the aircraft.
The newly configured p.s. aircraft that United is introducing today offer a similar but expanded premium cabin, an upgraded inflight entertainment system and Gogo® inflight Internet service.
United anticipates launching more reconfigured aircraft into service in June. Until then, most flights on these routes will offer the traditional p.s. service. United expects to reconfigure the entire p.s. fleet by the end of the year. Until the project is complete, the airline will operate these flights with a mix of aircraft.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 757-224 N14102 (msn 27292) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will now launch daily Boeing 757-200 service early on the new Los Angeles-San Jose, Costa Rica route on July 1 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 757-212 N750AT (msn 23126) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport. The airframe was originally delivered to Singapore Airlines as 9V-SGL on November 26, 1984. Delta acquired the aircraft from ATA Airlines as N750AT on September 19, 1996.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will increase service at Los Angeles International Airport with daily year-round and seasonal service to 14 destinations, including eight new markets. The additional service adds 12 percent more daily seats in the market.
The new and expanded Los Angeles service between the following cities (start dates) includes:
- New daily service to Nashville and three daily flights to Seattle/Tacoma (April 8)
- New intra-West service to two markets: San Jose, California with four daily flights (July 1) and Spokane, Washington with one daily flight (June 10)
- New summer seasonal service to three markets: Boston will operate daily (June 10), Anchorage, Alaska will operate three times weekly Friday-Sunday (June 21) and Bozeman, Montana will operate Saturday only service (June 22)
- New Central America service to San Jose, Costa Rica (July 1)
- Expanding current intra-West service with one additional flight to Oakland, California, Phoenix and Sacramento, California for a total of five (June 10)
- Service to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will increase frequency from Saturday only to daily (July 1) and one additional Saturday flight will be added to Guadalajara, Mexico (July 6)
- Expanding service to New Orleans with one additional flight for a total of three daily (September 4)
- Full flat-bed seating in BusinessElite on four of the seven flights to New York-JFK this summer
- Upgrading Las Vegas aircraft to six daily mainline flights in June
By summer, Delta will operate 118 peak-day departures to 40 nonstop destinations, including Sydney and Tokyo, from Los Angeles. All Los Angeles service offers customers the option of first class, Economy Comfort or economy seating, along with in-flight Wi-Fi.
Customers flying from Los Angeles also benefit from Delta’s agreements with domestic partner Alaska Airlines and key international carriers, including WestJet and Virgin Australia, as well as Sky Team partners Air France/KLM, Alitalia, Korean Air, AeroMexico, China Airlines China Eastern, China Southern and Aeroflot.
In 2012, Alaska Airlines relocated to Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 6 as part of a Delta co-location strategic partnership. Customers of both airlines benefit from shorter connecting times between Delta’s operation at Terminal 5 and 6 while creating more international, transcontinental and West Coast travel options.
Additionally, Delta expects to begin codesharing on flights between Los Angeles and London-Heathrow airport with partner Virgin Atlantic Airways later this year.
Los Angeles is currently one of several Delta facilities undergoing significant renovations to check-in and arrival areas as well as jet bridges to improve the airline’s operational performance and overall customer experience.
Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Boeing 757-232 WL N694DL (msn 29726) “The Spirit of Freedom” completes its final approach at Los Angeles.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will offer new and expanded summer service from Montana to Atlanta and Los Angeles, effective on June 22, 2013.
The new service changes include:
- Atlanta to Bozeman expanded from twice per week to three weekly
- Atlanta to Kalispell expanded from once per week to twice weekly
- New Saturday service from Atlanta to Missoula
- New Saturday service from Los Angeles to Bozeman
Delta’s new service between Atlanta and Bozeman, Kalispell and Missoula, will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The fourth flight, between Bozeman and Los Angeles, will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George) using a 76-seat two-class Bombardier CRJ900.
Returning summer seasonal service between Atlanta and Bozeman will operate Wednesdays and Saturdays on a Boeing 757-200, while Atlanta-Kalispell service will operate Saturdays on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Delta has served Montana since 1927 and offers more flights statewide than any other airline. During the peak summer travel season, Delta serves eight Montana communities with more than 1,300 monthly departures and offers 54 percent more seats than its largest competitor. In 2012, the airline carried 1.3 million passengers to and from Montana.
Montana markets Delta provides service include: Butte, Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula and West Yellowstone.
Delta’s new and returning summer seasonal flights in Montana are scheduled as follows:
Bozeman/Atlanta Operated on a Boeing 737-800
|Atlanta – 2:55 p.m.||5:05 p.m.||June 22-Aug. 24||Saturday Only|
|Bozeman – 8:15 a.m.||2:00 p.m.||June 23-Aug. 25||Sunday Only|
Bozeman/Atlanta Operated on a Boeing 757-200
|Atlanta – 11:00 a.m.||1:10 p.m.||June 22-Aug. 31||Wednesday/Saturday|
|Bozeman – 2:00 p.m.||7:47 p.m.||June 22-Aug. 31||Wednesday/Saturday|
Bozeman/Los Angeles Operated by Delta Connection carrier Skywest on a CRJ900
|Los Angeles – 9:00 a.m.||12:15 p.m.||June 22-Aug. 24||Saturday Only|
|Bozeman – 12:50 p.m.||2:05 p.m.||June 22-Aug. 24||Saturday Only|
Kalispell/Atlanta Operated on a Boeing 737-800
|Atlanta – 3:00 p.m.||5:38 p.m.||June 22-Aug. 24||Saturday Only|
|Kalispell – 8:00 a.m.||2:07 p.m.||June 23-Aug. 25||Sunday Only|
Kalispell/Atlanta Operated on a Boeing 737-800
|Atlanta – 9:50 a.m.||12:28 p.m.||June 22-Aug. 31||Saturday Only|
|Kalispell – 1:10 p.m.||7:17 p.m.||June 22-Aug. 31||Saturday Only|
Missoula/Atlanta Operated on a Boeing 737-800
|Atlanta – 10:25 a.m.||1:03 p.m.||June 22-Aug. 31||Saturday Only|
|Missoula – 1:45 p.m.||7:51 p.m.||June 22-Aug. 31||Saturday Only|
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 757-232 N610FL (msn 22817), formerly the pink Breast Cancer Awareness 757 aircraft, climbs away from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).
United Airlines (Chicago) will launch summer-season service from its Newark Liberty International Airport hub to Anchorage, Alaska, and Traverse City, Michigan. The new flights will offer the only nonstop service between the New York area and Anchorage, and the only nonstop service between Newark Liberty and Traverse City.
United will operate the Anchorage service on Saturdays from July 6, 2013 through August 31, 2013, using Boeing 757 aircraft. United Express service to Traverse City will operate on weekends from July 5, 2013 through Aug. 25, 2013, with 50-seat regional jet aircraft flown by ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta).
Copyright Photo: Boeing 757-224 N14120 (msn 27562) in the Star Alliance motif taxies to the gate at Los Angeles.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will reintroduce three routes for the summer season from Los Angeles in June per Airline Route. Anchorage will be served twice-weekly with Boeing 757-200s effective June 21. Boston will be flown daily also with 757-200s starting on June 10. Finally Spokane service will be added with daily service starting on June 10 and will be served by Bombardier CRJ900s operated by SkyWest Airlines (St. George).
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Ex-TWA/American Boeing 757-231 N722TW (msn 29385) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport dressed in the special SkyTeam livery.
Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced year-round service from Canada with the return of flights from Toronto (Pearson) this spring.
Icelandair will resume operations from Pearson International Airport on March 8, 2013 with four flights per week to Keflavik (near Reykjavik).
Toronto will become Icelandair’s fifth year-round North American gateway. The Toronto flights are part of a 2013 route expansion that will be the largest in Icelandair’s 76-year history. The ambitious growth plan includes a new North American gateway, Anchorage and the addition of two new European destinations, St. Petersburg, Russia and Zurich.
Icelandair operates year-round service to Iceland and more than 20 European destinations from Boston, Denver, New York (JFK), Seattle/Tacoma and now Toronto (Pearson). In addition, Icelandair offers seasonal service from Halifax, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Sanford (near Orlando) and Washington (Dulles). Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 757-308 TF-FIX (msn 29434) approaches Toronto (Pearson) for landing. Icelandair is replacing its aging Boeing 757 fleet with 12 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 aircraft with purchase rights for additional 12 aircraft. The first delivery to Icelandair is scheduled for the first half of 2018.
Thomas Cook Group (London) has announced it will merge Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt), Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) and Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) (Brussels) into one airline within the group on March 1.
The merger is part of Thomas Cook’s turnaround plan. It is unclear if the historic Condor name will be retired.
Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE
Top Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Condor already wear sthe Thomas Cook brand but still clings to its historic Condor name. Boeing 767-330 ER D-ABUH (msn 26986) taxies to the runway at Munich with the additional Peanuts characters.
Middle Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Thomas Cook Airlines’ (Belgium) Airbus A320-232 OO-TCN (msn 425) with the image of Kim Clijsters arrives at the Belgium base.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 757-28A G-FCLH (msn 26274) of Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) completes its final approach into London (Gatwick).
Air China (Beijing) has announced it will add Geneva starting on May 7, 2013. The flag carrier will offer nonstop four-times weekly Beijing – Geneva service using the Airbus A330-200. That will make Air China the only carrier offering nonstop rotations between Beijing and Geneva. The Beijing – Geneva route will become East Asia’s first direct route to Geneva, offering an additional flight option to travelers to and from Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Manila.
The flight numbers of the Beijing – Geneva service will be CA 861/862. The four-times weekly flight leaves Beijing at 13:30 and arrives at 18:25 in Geneva on the same day. The return flight is expected to take off from Geneva at 20:25 and arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport at 12:55 the next day.
The Chinese carrier is also retiring the Boeing 757-200 from international service on March 31, 2013 on the Chengdu-Karachi route per Airline Route.
Top Copyright Photo: Dave Glendinning. Airbus A330-243 B-6076 (msn 797) in the special Zichen Hao livery taxies to the gate at London (Heathrow).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Air China’s Boeing 757-2Z0 B-2820 (msn 25885) arrives back at the Beijing hub.
Ryan International Airlines (Rockford) yesterday (January 11) reversed its bankruptcy reorganization path from reorganization (Chapter 11) to liquidation (Chapter 7). The charter airline suddenly shut down and laid off all of its employees. The airline is still talking with prospective investors but it is a long shot for the airline to restart operations.
The airline went into Chapter 11 reorganization in March 2012. Previously the company was established by Ron Ryan in Wichita, KS and started operations on March 3, 1973 as Ryan Aviation. In 2005 the company was sold to the Rubloff Development Group which moved the company to Rockford (near Chicago) in 2006.
Read the full report from Channel 13 in Rockford: CLICK HERE
Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 757-2G5 N929RD (msn 23929) at Miami displays the 2004 livery of the company.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will soon make a decision on whether it will proceed with the proposed merger with US Airways (Phoenix). The two airlines have issued this joint statement which brings a probable merger one step closer with a new agreement between its pilots:
American Airlines and US Airways, with participation of committee counsel for the Unsecured Creditors Committee, are pleased that they have completed discussions with the Allied Pilots Association and US Airline Pilots Association intended to develop a framework for the terms of employment for pilots, as well as a process for pilot integration, in the event of a merger between AA and US during restructuring. This memorandum of understanding was approved by the Allied Pilots Association’s Board of Directors and by USAPA’s Board of Pilot Representatives. This memorandum of understanding will assist all of the stakeholders, including the Boards of AMR and US Airways, in making an informed decision as to whether a merger should ultimately be pursued. The MOU is one of several elements to be considered before a decision on a merger can be made. Details regarding the MOU are still covered by the terms of a non-disclosure agreement so they cannot be further disclosed at this time.
American Airlines’ board of directors meets next week to consider its course of action. Read the analysis by Reuters: CLICK HERE
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. The Boeing 767-200s of both airlines are likely to be retired fairly soon if a merger is accomplished. American’s Boeing 767-223 ER N324AA (msn 22325) is mainly assigned to the transcontinental routes and is pictured departing from Los Angeles International Airport.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. A decision will have to made about US Airways’ membership in the Star Alliance if a merger is pursued. Boeing 757-2B7 N935UW 9msn 27201) arrives at Las Vegas.