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Delta reports slightly lower numbers in February

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today reported financial and operating performance for February 2015.

Consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) for the month of February decreased 1.5 percent year over year, driven by 1.5 points of continuing foreign exchange pressure on international results and 0.5 point from the impact of lapping prior year’s winter storms. Continuing strength in the domestic entity and corporate revenue gains offset a portion of this month’s international PRASM pressure. System capacity increased 6% for the month which includes 2 points of capacity growth from prior year’s winter storms.

The company’s financial and operating performance is detailed below.

Preliminary Financial and Operating Results

February consolidated PRASM change year over year
(1.5)%
February mainline completion factor
97.5%
February on-time performance (preliminary DOT A14)
78.0%

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

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

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

Schedule:

Delta JFK-Italy 2015 Schedule

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

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Delta to upgrade its in-flight Wi-Fi service and expand coverage

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will upgrade the in-flight Wi-Fi service its customers experience with broadband speeds and expanded coverage. The upgrades will extend Wi-Fi access beyond the shores of the North America for customers traveling between the U. S. and Latin America or the Caribbean. Gogo will begin updating Delta’s long-haul domestic aircraft currently using air-to-ground technology with satellite-based technology starting in 2016.

In addition, Delta will support Gogo’s efforts to develop the industry’s newest technology with Gogo’s next generation air-to-ground service for its short-haul aircraft, which will feature faster connection at broadband speeds. Today’s announcement is the latest step Delta is taking to improve the travel experience and continue leading the industry with innovative technology solutions for its customers.

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Satellite-based 2Ku upgrades

More than 250 of Delta’s aircraft on long-haul domestic, Latin American and Caribbean routes will have access to Wi-Fi when they fly over water or outside existing air-to-ground service areas with the upgrades to 2Ku. The satellite-based system will be installed on:

Boeing 757-300 aircraft
Boeing 757-200 aircraft (above)
Boeing 737-900ER aircraft
Boeing 737-800 aircraft
Airbus A319 aircraft

2Ku service will also be offered on Delta’s Airbus A321 aircraft when they enter the Delta’s fleet beginning in 2016.

Air-to-ground technology improvements

Short-haul domestic aircraft in Delta’s fleet with air-to-ground systems will be upgraded with Gogo’s next generation air-to-ground technology as it becomes available. Delta’s Boeing 717-200, MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft are slated to get the system and will also offer significantly upgraded speeds.

International Wi-Fi

Delta has completed installation of Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi on more than one-third of its international fleet and will be 85 percent complete by the end of 2015. In mid-2016, its entire international fleet, including all of its Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus A330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 aircraft operating on long-haul routes will offer Wi-Fi. The addition of in-flight Internet on nearly 150 aircraft will expand the number of Delta’s aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi to approximately 1,000 to offer customers the most global Wi-Fi access of any carrier. 2Ku service will be offered on Airbus A330-900neo and A350-900 aircraft when they enter the Delta fleet.

Delta Studio

Customers can access free and paid streaming entertainment options through Delta Studio on any of Delta’s Wi-Fi-equipped domestic flights using their own portable electronic devices. With expanded connectivity options, Delta Studio will be available on Caribbean and Latin American routes operated by domestic aircraft. Delta Studio was introduced in 2014 and features a new customer portal with improved navigation for accessing entertainment options. Customers in First Class and Economy Comfort receive complimentary access to premium content while customers in the Economy have access to a wide selection of complimentary entertainment.

Delta already operates the world’s largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet, with more than 3,500 Internet connected flights daily, including its entire fleet of 620 domestic mainline aircraft. More than 940 Delta aircraft, including all Delta Connection two-class regional jets and more than 35 percent of its international fleet are equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi service offering more than 370,000 customers per day access while in the air.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-232 N695DL (msn 29727) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Is IAG’s seduction of Aer Lingus working?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more from The Guardian: CLICK HERE

Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock reporting from Manchester.

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

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

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

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

On February 23 Delta issued this statement:

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

The new and increased Seattle service will operate as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additionally, Delta will introduce Boeing 717 aircraft on some existing routes between Seattle/Tacoma and Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix starting on September 1.

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

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

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

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

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

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today issued this statement:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Björgólfur Jóhannsson, President and CEO commented:

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

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

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

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

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

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