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Hawaiian and Air China sign a codeshare agreement

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with Air China (Beijing), China’s exclusive national flag carrier, that leverages the reach of their respective hubs in Honolulu and Beijing to offer more options and a more streamlined experience for customers traveling to further destinations. The new partnership takes effect following Hawaiian’s launch of its three-times weekly nonstop service to Beijing on April 16.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A N591HA (msn 33423) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2033 (msn 38673) arrives at the Beijing hub.

 

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Mega Maldives Airlines to expand its fleet and destinations

MEGA Global Air Services (Maldives) Pvt. Ltd. (dba Mega Maldives Airlines) (Male) and it’s offshore partner, MG Holdings Limited, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BB Airways Pvt. Ltd. of Nepal, whereby the companies agreed to collaborate on developing flights and sharing of resources for cost effective operation of both airlines. The two airlines plan to develop operations both within the SAARC region and beyond.

The cooperation between BB Airways and Mega Maldives Airlines will help both parties expand and open new markets.

According to CAPA, Mega Maldives plans to add four additional Boeing 757-200s and one additional Boeing 767-300 and add its first routes to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The second phase of expansion will see the possible launch of services to Australia and Europe using a second type of widebody aircraft.

Mega Maldives currently operates regular flights throughout the year from Male to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. These operations include 6 to 18 round trips per month from these cities depending on the time of the year (see map below).

Mega Maldives also operates seasonal routes from Male to Gan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou and Seoul (Incheon). Due to the seasonality of demands on these routes, Mega Maldives does not normally operate flights to these destinations in mid-December to early January and between March and May.

According to the privately owned airline, “Mega Maldives Airlines is the privately owned international airline of the Maldives and serves the Chinese market with the greatest number of frequencies of any nonstop carrier. The airline operates Boeing 767 and 757 aircraft in a multi-class configuration. Mega, founded in 2010, carries up to 30% of the Chinese market to Maldives and up to 14% of all traffic to the Maldives. The airline plans to take delivery of several additional aircraft and expand to several new points over the coming year.”

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3P6 ER 8Q-MEG (msn 24496) of Mega Maldives Airlines prepares to depart from its Male base.

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AeroLap Paraguay Airlines paints its first Boeing 767-300, wants to fly to Madrid

AeroLap Paraguay Airlines 767-300 (14)(Nose)(AeroLap)(LR)

AeroLap Paraguay Airlines (Asuncion) has painted its first Boeing 767-300. The proposed airline, awaiting its AOC certification, is proposing scheduled flights from Asuncion to Madrid.

Copyright Photo: AeroLap Paraguay Airlines.

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Wall Street Journal takes a look at Delta Air Lines and their zeal to avoid cancellations

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) comes under the journalism microscope with an inside article published by the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ article takes a look at measures Delta takes to avoid cancellations.

Read the article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-332 ER N1609 (msn 30574) arrives back at the New York (JFK) hub.

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Air Canada rouge expands into western Canada

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced that its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge (Toronto-Pearson), is expanding to Western Canada to serve a number of predominantly leisure markets from Vancouver and Calgary to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Anchorage. Flights on these routes, currently operated by Air Canada, will be converted to Air Canada rouge service beginning this spring, as will flights to San Diego from Toronto.

In addition, the airline announced that it will introduce new seasonal nonstop service operated by Air Canada rouge between Vancouver and Phoenix beginning on December 17, 2014. Existing service from Calgary and Toronto to Phoenix will also be converted to Air Canada rouge.

Air Canada flights on the following routes will be converted to Air Canada rouge Airbus A319 service beginning this spring:

Vancouver to:

Las Vegas, NV, daily flights effective April 28.
Los Angeles, CA, four times daily effective May 1.
Anchorage, AK, daily effective May 16.
San Francisco, CA, four times daily effective July 1.
Phoenix, AZ, daily effective December 17.

Calgary to:

Las Vegas, NV, daily effective April 28.
Los Angeles, CA, twice daily effective May 1.
Phoenix, AZ, daily effective December 17.

Toronto to:

San Diego, CA daily effective March 29.
Phoenix, AZ, daily effective May 4; up to three times daily during the winter season.
With the addition of these routes, together with its previously announced summer 2014 schedule to Europe, the Caribbean and the United States, Air Canada rouge plans to operate a total of 54 routes, including new service this summer to Barcelona, Dublin, Lisbon, Manchester, Nice and Rome.

In other news, Air Canada has revised its introductory plans for the new Boeing 787. The airline has cancelled plans to operate the new type initially to London (Heathrow). The 787 will now operate from Toronto (Pearson) to Zurich from May 18 through June 29 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. 264-seat Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPN (msn 33424) arrives at Las Vegas.

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Hawaiian Airlines to reinstate nonstop San Jose-Honolulu service

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) today announced that it will reinstate its daily San Jose service beginning on May 16, 2014. In addition, the airline will also be up-gauging the aircraft on its Oakland route to the 294-seat Airbus A330-200, adding a total of 60 more seats each day, beginning June 18, 2014.

Hawaiian Airlines currently offers daily nonstop service between Oakland and both Honolulu and Kahului, Maui. The airline previously announced that new seasonal summer service between Oakland and both Lihu’e, Kaua’i and Kona, Hawai’i Island will commence this June, connecting all four main Hawaiian Islands to Northern California.

Daily San Jose-Honolulu Schedule

Daily nonstop service between San Jose and Honolulu will be operated on Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with the following schedule:

Flight Route Departs Arrives Aircraft Start Date
HA 44 HNL-SJC 2:20 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Boeing 767-300ER May 16, 2014
HA 43 SJC-HNL 10:10 a.m. 12:35 p.m. Boeing 767-300ER May 17, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing 767 aircraft seats 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in the Main Cabin. Amenities include personal electronic tablets available for purchase.

Daily Oakland-Honolulu Schedule

Daily service between Oakland and Honolulu will continue with slightly adjusted times beginning June 18, 2014:

Flight Route Departs Arrives Aircraft Start Date
HA 48 HNL-OAK 2:10 p.m. 10:25 p.m. Airbus 330-200 June 18, 2014
HA 47 OAK-HNL 10:00 a.m. 12:20 p.m. Airbus 330-200 June 19, 2014

Travelers to and from Oakland will enjoy Hawaiian Airlines’ A330 amenities, highlighted by the personal on-demand entertainment system at each seat, increased legroom, and a roomy interior. With high-resolution LCD touch-screen monitors in each seatback, the A330′s state-of-the-art entertainment system lets customers choose from a wide range of movies, TV programs, music, and video games, while also offering a USB port for the use of their own personal media players.

Adding to the enjoyment of the travel experience on Hawaiian Airlines is the carrier’s signature onboard hospitality program, Mea Ho’okipa (translation: I am host). Travelers will enjoy island-style complimentary meals and made-in-Hawai’i snacks to go along with Hawaiian Airlines’ engaging presentation of the islands’ culture, people and Aloha Spirit throughout the flight.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3CB ER N592HA (msn 33468) prepares to touch in Las Vegas.

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Delta Air Lines’ volunteers to build 10 homes in Quezon City, Philippines

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Habitat for Humanity International will join forces March 7-16, to help build 10 Habitat homes in Quezon City, outside the capital of Manila, as part of Delta’s Force for Global Good program to effect positive local and global change. This year’s volunteers come from 16 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

While building the 10 new homes, Delta volunteers will work side by side with the families who will live in the new community — called Bistekville 4 — when it is completed. The structures will be built to resist earthquakes, hurricanes and floods and will be primarily made from concrete block, which will require minimal ongoing maintenance for the new owners.

For a second consecutive year, Delta volunteers will be joined by Dan DeRiemer of Roswell, Georgia, a DeltaSkyMiles Diamond Medallion member who bid a record 556,000 miles through Delta’s SkyMiles Online Auctionto win the opportunity to participate in the build with his wife, Laura.

Delta Habitat for Humanity voluteers (Delta)(LR)

Delta employees from around the globe use vacation time and pay a portion of their expenses to volunteer on the international builds and help those in need of simple, decent and affordable housing, while also taking the opportunity to learn more about the country and its culture. Delta has participated in similar projects in Chile,China, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Haiti, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Thailand.

Delta has supported Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade and strengthened the partnership in 2006 by becoming a national partner and unveiling the first 767-300 featuring a unique Habitat for Humanity livery and aDelta Force for Global Good decal. The special livery helps raise awareness of Habitat for Humanity’s global work and highlights the efforts of employee participation in Delta’s Force for Global Good.

Delta operates daily flights from Manila to Tokyo-Narita and Nagoya-Centrair, where customers can connect to daily flights to the U.S. More than 150 employees are based in the Philippines. Delta is committed to supportingthe Philippines community, a country that Delta has served for more than 60 years. During the past 10 years, Delta has sponsored a scholarship program at Concordia College Manila to support underprivileged students and recently partnered with Ayala Foundation, a Manila-based nonprofit organization, through the SkyWish charity program thus allowing customers to donate miles to support its efforts.

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.

Top Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta has been a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity and has painted this Boeing 767-332 ER (N171DZ, msn 29690) to express that support. N171DZ arrives at Los Angeles.

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DHL transports two giant pandas from Chengdu to Brussels

DHL (UK) 767-300F G-DHLG (02-Pandastic Journey)(Nose) BRU (KCN)(LRW)

DHL today (February 23) sent off two giant pandas from Chengdu to Brussels, using a dedicated DHL Air (UK) (East Midlands) Boeing 767-300 freighter aircraft. Their departure marks the start of a 15-year cooperation of giant panda breeding research between China and Belgium. The female, Hao Hao, and the male, Xing Hui, both aged four, are expected to be delivered via DHL’s global transportation network to their new home at the Pairi Daiza animal sanctuary in Brugelette, Belgium on February 23.

“The Pandastic journey from China Conservation Research Center of the Giant Panda’s Dujiangyan panda base to Belgium’s Pairi Daiza will be a little over 8,000 kilometers. We are extremely proud to be entrusted with transporting China’s friendship messengers. The pandas, Hao Hao and Xing Hui, are without a doubt our VIPs — Very Important Pandas. A DHL team of specialists has worked with panda experts in China and Brussels to research and plan for their journey,” said Jerry Hsu, Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express Asia Pacific.

‘Hao Hao and Xing Hui’s Pandastic Journey’ started at the China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in Chengdu, China at 11:45 am on February 22, and will end with a delivery to a specially constructed Chinese Garden at Pairi Daiza, Belgium the following day. The two giant pandas were flown from China to Belgium on a dedicated DHL B767 freighter aircraft, accompanied by a team of two animal handlers, a veterinary physician and a plentiful supply of 100 kilograms of bamboo.

DHL (DHL Air) 767-300F G-DHLG (02-Pandastic Journey)(Panda) BRU (KCN)(LRW)

The pandas are expected to spend 15 years at Pairi Daiza, a 55-acre garden that plays host to over 5 000 animals. With the support of the University of Ghent, a special breeding and research program has been designed, aimed at helping to avert the future extinction of this endangered species.

To ensure an easy and comfortable journey, DHL and China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda created bespoke travelling crates spacious enough for pandas to stay comfortable throughout the journey. The cages were also designed with a special roof in the style of ancient Chinese architecture.

“The panda is China’s national treasure, and also a messenger of friendship and peace,” said Wu Dongming, Managing Director of DHL-Sinotrans and Executive Vice President of DHL Express Asia-Pacific. “We are deeply honored for having been selected to transport Hao Hao and Xing Hui. With strong transportation expertise and capabilities, we believe DHL will carry out a Pandastic Journey with the utmost care and consideration.”

DHL has supported a number of conservation projects in recent years, including the return of nine silverback gorillas from the UK to the wild in Gabon, the delivery of two rare Sumatran tigers from the Australia and the US to ZSL London Zoo for a breeding program. Last year, DHL also provided expert logistics and both ground and air transportation to relocate several endangered Florida manatees.

Copyright Photos: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. The specially-marked Boeing 767-3JHF ER G-DHLG (msn 37807) of DHL Air (UK) arrives at Brussels with the two honored guests.

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Ethiopian Airlines first officer hijacks his Boeing 767-300 to Geneva

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) flight ET 702 was hijacked today (February 17). The Addis Ababa to Rome flight with 202 passengers and crew members was apparently hijacked by the first officer seeking asylum in Switzerland.

Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit.

The pictured Boeing 767-3BG ER ET-AMF (man 30563) has safely landed in Geneva at 0600 (6 am) local time.

The hijacker was taken into custody.

The company issued this “diversion” statement:

Ethiopian Airlines flight 702, on scheduled service departing from Addis Ababa on February 17, 2014 at 00:30 (local time) and scheduled to arrive in Rome at 04:40 (local time), was forced to proceed to Geneva Airport. Accordingly, the flight has landed safely at Geneva Airport and all passengers and crew are safe at Geneva Airport.

The cause of the diversion of the flight is under investigation. Ethiopian Airlines has made all the necessary arrangements to ensure that its esteemed passengers are being properly handled while in Geneva and can proceed to their intended destinations, to Rome and Milan, at the earliest.

Ethiopian Airlines wishes to apologize to its esteemed customers for the inconvenience caused by this diversion.

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Ukraine International to launch service to New York (JFK) on April 25

Ukraine International Airlines (Kiev) despite the current political turmoil in the Ukraine, will launch its first ever nonstop service from Kiev (Boryspil International airport) to New York (John Kennedy International Airport) on April 25, 2014. Starting June 23, 2014, Kiev – New York nonstop scheduled flights will be operated daily.

Flight schedule :

Flight

Destination

Days

Departure *

Arrival*

PS231

Kiev – New York

1234567

11:00

14:20

PS232

New York – Kiev

1234567

00:30

17:20

*Local time

The new route will be operated with Boeing 767-300 aircraft in a three-class cabin layout – Business, Premium Economy, and Economy.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. UIA’s ex-United Boeing 767-322 ER UR-GEA (msn 25280) arrives in Bangkok.

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Hawaiian Holdings reports 4Q GAAP net income of $17 million, $52 million for 2013

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Honolulu), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (Honolulu), reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.

  • Operating income grew to $34 million in the fourth quarter compared to $12 million in the prior year period.  For the full year, operating income grew to $134 million compared to $129 million in the prior year period.
  • Pre-tax income of $28 million in the fourth quarter compared to a loss of $6 million in the prior year period.  For the full year, pre-tax income of $86 million was flat compared to the prior year period.
  • GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of $17 million or $0.31 per diluted share compared to a loss of $3 million in the prior year period or $(0.07) per diluted share. For the full year, GAAP net income of $52 million or $0.98 per diluted share compared to $53 million or $1.01 per diluted share in the prior year period.
  • Adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense, in the fourth quarter of $12 million or $0.22 per diluted share compared to $0.1 million in the prior year period or $0.00 per diluted share. For the full year, adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense, of $47 million or $0.88 per diluted share compared to $56 million or $1.06 per diluted share in the prior year period.
  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $423 million compared to $406 million in the prior year period.

Mark Dunkerley, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented that “the fourth quarter’s results continued the trend in improving financial performance after a difficult start to the year. Demand remains strong in our markets and we have strategies to mitigate cost pressures. We are looking forward to the year ahead confident in the great job done by our employees taking care of our customers on the ground and in the air. They remain the core asset of our business and the source of great pride among us all.”

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2013 the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $423 million.
  • Available borrowing capacity of $67 million under Hawaiian’s Revolving Credit Facility.
  • Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $806 million consisting of the following:
  • $430 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for seven Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
  • $154 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
  • $111 million in capital lease obligations to finance the acquisition of an Airbus A330-200, two Boeing 717-200 aircraft and aircraft-related equipment.
  • $35 million outstanding under secured floating rate notes for two Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
  • $76 million of outstanding Convertible Senior Notes.

2013 Highlights

Operational

  • Ranked #1 nationally for on-time performance for all reported months in 2013 except for January by the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report.
  • Ranked the #1 domestic carrier for travel to Hawai’i by Travel + Leisure.
  • Successfully implemented multiple upgrades to our Revenue Management and Inventory Systems.

Fleet and financing

  • Added five new A330-200 aircraft and returned / retired four Boeing 767-300.
  • Took delivery of one ATR 42-500 twin-turboprop aircraft to inaugurate new service to Moloka’i and Lana’i in 2014.
  • Executed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 16 new A321neo aircraft for delivery between 2017 and 2020, with purchase rights for an additional nine aircraft.  The long-range, single-aisle aircraft will complement Hawaiian’s existing fleet of twin-aisle aircraft used for long-haul flying between Hawai’i and the U.S. West Coast.
  • Financed six Airbus A330-200 aircraft deliveries (one delivery in 2013 and five 2014 deliveries) with Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates (EETC) at a blended rate of 4.13%.

Product and loyalty

  • Enhanced inflight experience on Boeing 767-300 aircraft by becoming the only U.S. carrier to offer the Apple iPad mini as a replacement for the prior portable entertainment system.
  • Entered into a new credit card agreement with Barclays Card for a new co-branded credit card effective January 1, 2014.
  • Announced the introduction of new Extra Comfort economy seating on all A330-200 aircraft beginning in the third quarter 2014.
  • Expanded our frequent flyer partnership with American Airlines.
  • Entered into new frequent flyer and code-share agreements with China Airlines.

New routes and increased frequencies

  • Honolulu to Auckland, New Zealand three-times-weekly service launched in March.
  • Honolulu to Sendai, Japan three-times-weekly service launched in June.
  • Honolulu to Taipei, Taiwan three-times-weekly service launched in July.
  • Announced Honolulu to Beijing, China three-times-weekly service beginning in April 2014, pending government approval.
  • Announced the reintroduction of daily non-stop service from Honolulu to Oakland beginning in January 2014, an increase from four-times-weekly.  Also, announced seasonal service, during the summer of 2014, between Oakland and Kona, three-times-weekly and between Oakland and Lihu’e, four-times-weekly.
  • Announced seasonal service, during the summer of 2014 between Los Angeles and Kona, three-times-weekly and between Los Angeles and Lihu’e, four-times-weekly.
  • Announced daily non-stop service from Maui to Los Angeles, beginning in July 2014.
  • Announced additional service from Honolulu to Brisbane from three-times-weekly to four-times-weekly, beginning in March 2014.

First Quarter and Full Year 2014 Outlook

The table below summarizes the Company’s expectations for the first quarter ending March 31, 2014 and the full year ending December 31, 2014, expressed as an expected percentage change compared to the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 or the year ended December 31, 2013, as applicable (the results for which are presented for reference).

First
Quarter
Item 2013 Guidance
Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel (cents) 8.28 Up 5% to up 8%
Passenger Revenue Per ASM (cents) 11.11 Up 4% to up 7%
Operating Revenue Per ASM (cents) 12.37 Up 4.5% to up 7.5%
ASMs (millions) 3,965.8 Up 1% to up 3%
Gallons of jet fuel consumed (millions) 53.9 Up 0.5% to up 2.5%
Full Year
Item 2013 Guidance
Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel (cents) 7.88 Up in the low single digits
ASMs (millions) 16,785.8 Up 4% to up 7%

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER N587HA (msn 33421) taxies at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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American Airlines Group reports its combined fourth quarter and full year financial results

American Airlines Group Inc. (American Airlines and US Airways) (Dallas/Fort Worth) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2013 results.

  • As the result of the merger which closed on Dec. 9, 2013, US Airways Group became a subsidiary of AMR Corporation which changed its name to American Airlines Group Inc. (AAG)
  • Fourth quarter 2013 combined net profit was $436 million on a non-GAAP basis excluding net special charges. This represents a $478 million improvement versus the company’s combined fourth quarter 2012 non-GAAP net loss of $42 million excluding net special credits
  • 2013 combined net profit was $1.9 billion on a non-GAAP basis excluding net special charges, a $1.5 billion improvement versus the company’s combined 2012 non-GAAP net profit of $407 million excluding net special charges
  • The company ended the year with $10.3 billion in total cash and investments. Since the merger, the company has used more than $300 million of cash to reduce its diluted shares outstanding by approximately 14 million

For the fourth quarter 2013, AAG reported a GAAP net loss of $2.0 billion, which includes $2.4 billion of net special charges. This compares to a net profit of $262 million, which includes $350 million of net special credits in the fourth quarter 2012. AAG’s GAAP financial results include the results for US Airways only for the period from the completion of the merger on Dec. 9, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013.

For full year 2013, GAAP net loss was $1.8 billion, which includes $3.1 billion of net special charges. This compares to a full year 2012 net loss of $1.9 billion, which includes $1.7 billion of net special charges.

The company believes it is more meaningful to compare year-over-year results for American Airlines and US Airways on a combined basis, which is a non-GAAP formulation that combines the results for AMR Corporation and US Airways Group. Therefore, it includes the results of US Airways Group for the full period (not just the period since the merger closed). See the accompanying notes in the Financial Tables section of this press release for further explanation of this presentation, including a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial information.

Fourth quarter 2013 combined net profit was $436 million on a non-GAAP basis excluding net special charges. This compares to a combined non-GAAP net loss of $42 million excluding net special credits for the same period in 2012. Based on a diluted share count of 742 million, fourth quarter 2013 diluted earnings per share was $0.59 on a non-GAAP basis.

For 2013, the company’s combined net profit was $1.9 billion on a non-GAAP basis excluding net special charges. This represents a $1.5 billion improvement over the company’s combined 2012 non-GAAP net profit of $407 million excluding net special charges.

“The early returns on our merger are very positive,” said Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines Group Inc. “Our teams are working well together and our customers are already beginning to see the benefits of our combined network. We have much work ahead, but believe we are on our way to restoring American as the greatest airline in the world. These financial results are evidence of the strong foundation we have in place and we anticipate improving upon these results as we further integrate our operations in 2014.”

Merger Integration 

Since closing the merger on December 9, 2013, the company has made significant progress in integrating American Airlines and US Airways. Key accomplishments include:

  • Launched the first phase of codesharing which offers customers improved access to the company’s global network by allowing them to book select flights on both airlines’ networks
  • Provided reciprocal benefits for Club members and Elite members, including priority check-in, waiver of fees for checked bags, complimentary access to preferred seats, priority security, early boarding and priority baggage delivery
  • Allowed AAdvantage® and Dividend Miles members to earn and redeem miles when traveling across either airline’s network
  • Trained more than 85,000 customer-facing employees

Revenue and Cost Comparisons

On a combined basis, total revenues in the fourth quarter were $10.0 billion, up 8.7 percent versus the fourth quarter 2012 on a 3.4 percent increase in total available seat miles (ASMs). Fourth quarter combined consolidated passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) was 13.64 cents, up 5.0 percent versus the fourth quarter 2012, driven by a 5.3 percent increase in yield.

Strong demand and high load factors led to 2013 total combined revenues of $40.4 billion, which were up 4.7 percent versus 2012. Full year combined consolidated PRASM was 13.67 cents, up 2.6 percent versus 2012.

Total combined operating expenses in the fourth quarter were $9.7 billion, up 7.0 percent over fourth quarter 2012. Combined fourth quarter mainline cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 14.17 cents, up 4.2 percent on a 3.6 percent increase in mainline ASMs versus fourth quarter 2012. Excluding special charges, fuel and profit sharing, mainline CASM was flat compared to the fourth quarter 2012, at8.49 cents. Regional CASM excluding special charges and fuel was 15.73 cents, up 1.8 percent on a 1.6 percent increase in regional ASMs versus fourth quarter 2012.

For the full year 2013, total combined operating expenses were $37.8 billion, up 0.6 percent versus 2012. Excluding special charges, fuel and profit sharing, combined mainline CASM decreased 3.1 percent to 8.37 cents versus 2012. Regional CASM excluding special credits and fuel increased 1.1 percent to 15.38 cents versus 2012.

Liquidity and Financing Transactions

As of December 31, 2013, American had $10.3 billion in total cash and investments, of which $1.0 billion was restricted. The company also has an undrawn revolving credit facility of $1.0 billion. Approximately $710 million of this unrestricted cash balance was held as Venezuelan bolivars, valued at the weighted average applicable exchange rate of 6.04 bolivars to the dollar. The period of time to exchange those funds into dollars and repatriate them has been increasing and is presently more than a year. On January 24, 2014, the Venezuelan government announced that a newly-implemented system will determine the exchange rate (currently 11.36 to the dollar) for repatriation of income from future ticket sales, and introduced new procedures for approval of repatriation of local currency. American is working with Venezuelan authorities regarding the timing and exchange rate applicable to the repatriation of funds held in local currency.

During the fourth quarter, the company elected to pay approximately $300 million in tax withholdings for employees under the Plan of Reorganization in lieu of issuing shares of common stock, thereby reducing the number of shares issued under the Plan by approximately 13 million. On January 9, 2014, the first distribution date, the company paid approximately $23 million in additional employee tax withholdings in lieu of issuing approximately 1 million shares of common stock. The company may make a similar election on future distribution dates as both a service to our team members and an indication of our confidence in the value of our common stock.

Additional balance sheet and liquidity detail will be included in the company’s Form 10-K to be filed in February.

During the fourth quarter, the company engaged in these additional financing transactions:

  • Completed the American Airlines offering of the Series 2013-2B EETC in aggregate face amount of $512 million and the Series 2013-2C EETC in aggregate face amount of $256 million
  • Amended the American Airlines term loan facility and the revolving credit facility to lower the applicable LIBOR margins to 3.0% for both offerings. As part of this amendment, the LIBOR floor with respect to the term loan facility was reduced from 1.0% to 0.75%
  • Utilized the floating rate debt market to refinance eight US Airways aircraft (six A321s and two A320s) at significantly reduced rates
  • Financed two US Airways spare engine deliveries with a floating rate debt facility originated in 2012 while negotiating an interest rate reduction for the entire facility
  • On Jan. 16, 2014 the company also amended the US Airways term loan facility, to lower the applicable LIBOR margin from 3.0% to 2.75% for Tranche B1. In addition, the LIBOR floor was reduced from 1.0% to 0.75% on both the Tranche B1 and Tranche B2 loans

Special Charges

In the fourth quarter, the company recognized a combined total of $2.4 billion in net special charges, including:

  • $2.2 billion in net reorganization charges consisting primarily of a deemed claim to employees, professional fees and estimated allowed claim amounts
  • $497 million in operating expense net special charges primarily related to the pilot memorandum of understanding that became effective upon merger close, merger related costs and professional fees and a charge related to the pilot long-term disability obligation
  • $324 million in non-cash income tax benefits primarily related to gains recorded in Other Comprehensive Income, offset in part by a charge related to deferred tax liabilities on indefinite lived assets
  • $31 million in operating revenue net special credits related to a change in accounting method resulting from the modification of the company’s AAdvantage® miles agreement with Citibank
  • $21 million in non-operating net special charges primarily related to interest charges to recognize post-petition interest expense on unsecured obligations

Notable Accomplishments

Additional Integration Related

  • On December 9, 2013, US Airways Group became a subsidiary of AMR Corporation which changed its name to American Airlines Group Inc. The company’s common stock began trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker “AAL”. Union presidents and more than 1,000 of the company’s employees joined American’s senior management team for the televised NASDAQ opening bell ceremony
  • Announced the new leadership team through the Managing Director level
  • Co-located our revenue management team to ensure the company is executing pricing and revenue management strategies as one organization
  • Took the unprecedented step of asking team members to vote to select the aircraft livery of the merged carrier. More than 60,000 team members participated

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  • Continued to modernize its fleet with new, fuel-efficient aircraft. The company inducted thirteen Airbus A320 family aircraft, two A330-200 aircraft, five Boeing 737-800 and one Boeing 777-300 aircraft into its fleet
  • Signed agreements with Bombardier Inc. and Embraer S.A. to purchase 90 new 76-seat regional jets that will replace smaller, less efficient 50-seat regional aircraft scheduled for retirement
  • Began nonstop service between its largest hub at Dallas/Fort Worth and Bogota, Colombia and Roatan, Honduras and announced proposed new service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • Began nonstop service between its Miami hub and Curitiba and Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Expanded the company’s international reach from its hub at Charlotte, North Carolina with the announcement of new, seasonal summer service to Barcelona, Spain; Brussels, Belgium; Lisbon, Portugal and Manchester, England
  • Announced the company will begin service to Edinburgh, Scotland from its Philadelphia hub this summer
  • Held the grand opening of an expanded Terminal F in PHL, the exclusive home of US Airways Express. The airport project which was managed by the company, quadrupled the facilities central area to 37,000 square feet and added 20 new food, beverage and retail outlets for our customers

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. American’s Boeing 767-323 ER N388AA (msn 27448) arrives at the Miami hub.

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Aeroflot Group to take control of Rossiya Airlines on March 30

Aeroflot Group (Aeroflot Russian Airlines) (Moscow) will assume full commercial control of Rossiya Airlines (St. Petersburg) on March 30, 2014. According to the group, this step “continues the process of the successful integration of the subsidiaries that Aeroflot acquired from State Corporation Rostec in 2011.”

From March 30, 2014 all flights operated by Rossiya Airlines will be designated by Aeroflot’s IATA code (SU), and the code of Rossiya Airlines (FV) will cease to be used.

The assumption of commercial control marks a key step toward the full integration of Rossiya into Aeroflot Group, and is expected to generate additional revenues through the sale of flights operated by Aeroflot subsidiaries through the Group’s more than 200 interline e-ticket agreements, further strengthening Aeroflot’s financial position.

Rossiya was established in 1992 and was previously owned by the Russian government as a state airline. It is unclear at this time if Rossiya will remain a separate airline under the Aeroflot Group or it will be integrated at some point into Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Rossiya’s Boeing 767-3Q8 EI-DZH (msn 29390) arrives at the popular resort of Antalya, Turkey.

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American Airlines and US Airways are set to start the first phase of their codeshare agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) (American Airlines Group) today are now offering customers improved access to the combined company’s global network through the first phase of a codeshare. Beginning today, customers can book flights on both airlines’ networks through the codeshare for travel starting on January 23.

Through the codeshare, each airline will sell tickets operated by the other carrier using its own code and flight number, and customers will be able to easily combine select flights operated by each airline on a single itinerary when booking travel on aa.com, usairways.com, or through other travel distribution channels. In addition, customers connecting on codeshare flights can seamlessly transfer bags when traveling on an itinerary that includes flights operated by both carriers. Launched in a phased approach, the codeshare seeks to provide a smooth travel experience while American and US Airways continue to operate as separate airlines during the merger integration.

The first phase of the codeshare will cover only select American and US Airways flights and includes placing:

  • The US Airways code on most American-operated flights between American’s hubs in Chicago,Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK), and US Airways hubs in Charlotte,Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. (DCA).
  • The American code on most US Airways-operated flights between US Airways’ hubs in Charlotte,Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. (DCA), and American’s hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK).
  • The American code on US Airways’ East Coast Shuttle service, which includes flights betweenBoston, New York (LGA) and Washington, D.C. (DCA).
  • The US Airways code on select American domestic flights from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth, providing US Airways customers immediate access to small- and medium-size destinations currently served by American but not US Airways.
  • The American and US Airways code on select international flights operated by the other carrier.

The two airlines are expected to extend the codeshare to include all flights within the combined network in the coming weeks. Customers should continue to check in for flights and conduct business with the airline operating their flight just as they did before the launch of this codeshare.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER WL N378AN (msn 25447) with Blended Winglets approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. The “new American” will operate a mixed long-range fleet of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft. US Airways’ Airbus A330-323X N274AY (msn 342) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).

Saudi leased Boeing 767-300 crash lands in Medina, Saudi Arabia

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Saudia (formerly Saudi Arabian Airlines) (Jeddah) leased Boeing 767-300 was damaged in a landing accident at Medina (Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport) today (January 5). The number two engine of Boeing 767-3W0 ER HS-BKE (msn 28264) leased from Orient Thai Airlines contacted the runway on landing after the right main gear failed to deploy. 29 people were injured according the the BBC. 11 were taken to local hospitals and 18 had minor injuries. This was the third attempt to land and the captain declared an emergency. The right wing, engine and landing gear of the aircraft were apparently severely damaged and the aircraft is probably an insurance write off.

According to reports, the Hajj charter flight was carrying 299 passengers and 16 crew members. During the Hajj annual pilgrimage, Saudia leases in additional aircraft.

This aircraft was formerly operated by MIAT Mongolian Airlines as JU-1012.

Read the full report from Al Arabiya News (with photo): CLICK HERE

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Condor is coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul next summer

Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) has announced it will be flying from Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP). Flights will depart on Mondays and Thursdays with Boeing 767-300 aircraft from June 26 until September 11, 2014.

Besides MSP, Condor flies to Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS), Seattle/Tacoma (SEA), Anchorage (ANC), Calgary (YYC), Fairbanks (FAI), Halifax (YHZ), Toronto (Pearson) (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR) and Whitehorse (YXY) in North America.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-330 D-ABUB (msn 26987) decorated with the extra Janosch markings featuring Kastenfrosch and Tigerente, arrives in Munich. D-ABUB also carries the new Thomas Cook “Sunny Heart” tail logo.

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Newcomer SkyGreece Airlines proposes to fly to North America next summer from Athens

SkyGreece 767-300 SX-BPN (13)(Grd)(SkyGreece)(LRW)

SkyGreece Airlines (Athens) is a new Greek airline with its first Boeing 767-300. Boeing 767-31A ER SX-BPN (msn 26470) (above) was delivered to the new airline on December 14. The newcomer is planning to launch trans-Atlantic flights to New York, Montreal (Trudeau) and Toronto (Pearson). The airline was founded in October 2012 by Greek and Canadian aviation professionals.

SkyGreece Crew and Flag (SkyGreece)(LRW)

Copyright Photos and Images: SkyGreece Airlines.

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ANA to fly to Vancouver from Haneda Airport starting on March 30

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has announced its schedule plans for the summer season of 2014. The airline will add new service to Vancouver and Hanoi starting on March 30, 2014. Here are the full details:

ANA is announcing a new international flight schedule for summer 2014, introducing services to Vancouver (Canada) and Hanoi (Vietnam) for the first time. Additional services will be introduced at that time, with further route and schedule details to be announced.This expansion, effective from March 30, 2014, will make ANA the biggest airline carrier at Haneda, offering the most international flights to and from this airport. Haneda Airport is easily accessible from Tokyo and the new flight schedule, combined with ANA’s existing domestic network, will make it easier and more convenient for passengers to connect within Japan and to travel to overseas destinations. While new destinations such as Vancouver and Hanoi will be serviced from Haneda airport, flights toLondon, Paris, Jakarta and Manila will also start flying from Haneda airport in addition to existing services from Narita airport.ANA is also increasing the number of North American destinations it services from Asian cities via Narita, to improve convenience for transit passengers.

ANA operates a dual-airport strategy in the Tokyo area, capitalizing on the respective strengths of Haneda and Narita Airport. Routes and schedules for destinations served from both airports are carefully planned to complement one another, offering passengers the greatest choice and convenience, and to meet the growing demand for international travel.

Full details of the new flights, routes and aircraft are as shown below: *1

*1 Flight schedules are dependent on approval by the relevant authorities. Please be reminded that these are only scheduled plans and are subject to change.

*2 Some flight numbers are subject to change due to the reorganization of international services. Please check ANA SKY WEB for more details.

(1)New Services

*1 Schedule for NH857 is 10 minutes earlier than shown during March 30-Apr 30. Boeing 787-8 will be introduced from June.
*2 Boeing 787-8 will be introduced from May.
(2)Added flights

*1 Boeing 787-8 will be introduced from July.
(3)Changes in flight schedules

*1 Due to changes in operating schedules, flights originating in Jakarta will be suspended on March 30.
*2 Flight schedule for NH1163 and NH1164 will be changed and operated as NH1167 and NH1160. Due to changes in schedules, NH1160 on March 30 will be suspended.

(4)Suspended and reduced flights

ANA will offer alternative flights to passengers who have made reservations on flights that will be suspended after March 30.

*1 ANA will suspend flights between Narita and London but code-sharing flights with Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd will remain.
*2 Flights NH111 and NH902 will be suspended.
*3 Flights NH953 and NH916 will be suspended.

(5)Service resumed

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Vancouver route from Tokyo (Haneda) will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ERs. Boeing 767-381 ER JA611A (msn 32980) with “Forward together as one Japan” special markings arrives at Tokyo (Narita).

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United opens a new wide body maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport

United Airlines (Chicago) officially opened its new wide body aircraft maintenance hangar yesterday at Washington Dulles International Airport, a major United hub and the airline’s principal gateway to the Middle East.

United invested nearly $45 million to construct the facility, which will enable the airline to perform maintenance on two wide body or several narrow body aircraft simultaneously. United employs approximately 300 technical operations employees at Dulles, and has nearly 6,000 employees throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

“The close relationship between Dulles and United goes back decades, and this facility represents yet another important investment in this key market,” said Greg Hart, United’s senior vice president for technical operations. “Our new maintenance hangar, coupled with additional improvements in our terminals, gate areas, lounges and employee facilities, will deliver greater reliability for our customers and enhance their overall travel experience.”

More than 600 area construction workers helped build the 125,000-square-foot hangar, which includes 85,000 square feet of enclosed aircraft space.

United has maintenance hangars at its hubs in Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is nearing completion on another wide body hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-322 ER N664UA (msn 29236) now with Blended Winglets completes its final approach into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Japan Airlines to install Internet services and upgraded cabins on select domestic routes

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will further expand its JAL NEW SKY PROJECT and install in-flight Internet service on select Japan domestic flights. The airline issued this statement:

JAL NEW SKY PROJECT was initially launched by the airline in January 2013 with the introduction of the JAL SKY SUITE 777 on international routes. The revamped aircraft boasts increased comfort and functionality in all classes based on the theme Designed to evoke a one-class higher feel. Leading the redesign are the airlines new fully-flat seats in JAL Business Class.  Furthermore, the new JAL SKY SUITE 767 will be introduced onto select international flights starting in December 2013.

As part of this latest Project, JAL will revamp cabin interiors on aircraft operating on select domestic routes, which will include the installation of leather seating and LED lighting throughout the cabin based on the theme Superior Cabin. Another highlight of the new Economy class seat is a slim-style seatback design resulting in approximately 5cm (max.) more legroom than the present seat pitch, providing customers with a more comfortable travel experience.

Additionally, in-flight Internet service, currently available on select JAL international flights from July 2012, will be first installed onto select Japan-domestic flights.

New seats

The new leather seating in J-class and Economy class will be made from the same high-quality genuine leather used for seats installed in luxury vehicles. The airlines plan is to revamp all the cabin seats in both classes on select domestic routes. In addition, carpet installed throughout the cabin will also be replaced to match the redesigned interiors

Economy class

A slim-style seatback design results in approximately 5cm (max.) more legroom than the present seat pitch.

The all-leather seats are molded to better fit the natural contour of the passengers back and overall body, providing significantly more comfort.

The light-weight material helps to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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Class J

Seating in JAL’s popular Class J will offer slightly wider space for passengers to enjoy their time in-flight, and the new genuine leather covered seats will evoke a feeling of luxury.

 

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LED lighting in cabin

Based on the concept “air-like lighting”, the cabin atmosphere can be easily changed according to the flight hours, the season, and the natural rhythm of time to create a relaxing ambience and a feeling of Japan.

Lighting based on the time of day:

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First class service to be installed on some Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft:

The popular First class service on present domestic flights will be expanded to domestic Boeing 767s.

Top Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-346 ER JA658J (msn 40370) approaches the runway at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. All other photos by Japan Airlines.

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Alitalia needs more money to keep flying this weekend

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) continues to bleed money. According to this report by Reuters, the flag carrier needs almost $680 million to avoid bankruptcy again. Its main fuel supplier has threatened to stop making fuel deliveries this weekend.

The Italian government, which considers the failing airline a “strategic asset”, has now structured a deal where state owned Poste Italiane through Mistral Air (Rome) would provide a partial capital float in the form of a capital increase to keep the passenger airline flying.

Alitalia continues to lose money and has not been profitable since 2002. The causes of continued losses has not been fully addressed due to political meddling.

The government now wants “radical change” at the airline and wants the current stockholders to share in the capital increase.

Stockholders Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam), which control 25 percent of the shares, has mainly been mum of the recent government calls for action and has continued to ask for more financial information.

The Italian government would like Air France-KLM to raise their stakes in Alitalia but this is unlikely to happen since Air France is restructuring itself.

Can Alitalia survive? Will any of the Gulf carriers (Etihad Airways?) come to the rescue? Will any of the other SkyTeam partners help? Stay tuned.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Up-close runway action of Alitalia’s Boeing 767-35H ER EI-DBP (msn 26389) in the SkyTeam colors at New York (JFK).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Mistral Air’s Boeing 737-348 EI-BUE (msn 23810) prepares to land at Zurich.

 

Delta to equip its 11,000 pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablets

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is equipping its 11,000 pilots with the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, which will be used initially as an electronic flight bag to replace heavy paper-based flight kits containing navigational charts and aircraft operating and reference manuals. Device rollout to pilots flying the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 fleets will start later this year and all Delta cockpits are projected to be paperless by the end of 2014.

The Surface 2 will run on the Windows RT 8.1 platform and provide flight crews easy access to essential tools and the most up-to-date flight-related resources, including navigational charts, reference documents and checklists while saving the airline $13 million per year in fuel and associated costs.

Electronic flight bag to support real-time access to resources

Delta’s electronic flight bag will leverage Jeppesen’s industry-leading FliteDeck Pro application built specifically for the Windows platform. The interactive software gives flight crews quicker and more efficient access to key, real-time information and resources such as dynamic charts and navigation utilities that help them better manage the safe operation of their aircraft.

With the Windows RT 8.1 operating system, pilots will be able to open two applications side-by-side, offering, for example, the opportunity to assess weather information alongside proposed flight paths. The Live Tile user interface in Windows 8.1 can feed up-to-the-minute information to crew members while the Surface 2′s true high-resolution 1080p touchscreen display adds detail to maps and other resources.

Delta expects to receive approval from the FAA to use the tablets during all phases of flight next year, a process that follows an extensive period of testing on board Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft. Approvals for all subsequent fleet types are expected by the end of 2014. The Surface tablets fully integrate handheld technology in the flight deck, streamlining organization of necessary materials and ensuring continuity of information accessed by pilots while giving them the latest tools to drive operational and cost improvements. The reduction of paper in the cockpit also reduces clutter and allows pilots to spend more time focusing on flying the aircraft as they will benefit from an intuitive user interface that features functions to find information faster, without having to hunt for appropriate manuals in flight bags or page through paper documents.

“The integration of the electronic flight bag is part of Delta’s broader move to upgrade flight deck equipment, deploy technology enhancements and take advantage of airspace modernization efforts,” said Dickson. “With these improvements, we’re able to reduce the airline’s environmental impact while providing a great deal of flexibility to continue to add mobile technology solutions into our flying operations.”

Maximizing efficiencies for environmental benefit

Rolling out the Surface 2 tablets across the entire fleet and eliminating paper in the cockpit means the carrier will remove traditional 38-pound pilot flight bags maintained on board aircraft for each pilot. That critical weight reduction is expected to reduce fuel usage by an estimated 1.2 million gallons per year which translates to a 26-million-pound reduction in carbon emissions — the equivalent of taking more than 2,300 passenger cars off the road. Additionally, the tablet will cut the airline’s paper usage by 7.5 million sheets annually and save an estimated 900 trees each year.

In the coming years, Delta plans to expand the functionality of the EFB equipment and increase the efficiency of the operation by providing pilots with electronic dispatch and flight release information, access to real-time weather forecasts, up-to-the-minute operational information and dynamic communication with aircraft technicians on the ground.

The move to a paperless cockpit follows Delta’s industry-leading launch of handheld devices for its 19,000 flight attendants that runs on Windows Phone-based software. Delta flight attendants began using the Nokia Lumia 820 in August and are able to access customer and flight information while using Dynamics for Retail technology for easy onboard customer purchases.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The rollout will start with pilots flying the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft. Boeing 767-332 ER N1603 (msn 29695) taxies to the active runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Jetairfly is coming to Miami

Jetairfly (Jetairfly.com) (Ostend and Brussels) today announced the April 2014 launch of nonstop service between Miami International Airport and Brussels, Belgium, the capital of the European Union.  The new service will mark Jetairfly’s first U.S. route, Florida’s only nonstop connection to Brussels, and MIA’s 14th European destination.

With Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring Economy and Comfort service, Jetairfly will begin the new service on April 4, 2014 with flights on Mondays and Fridays.  Bookings are scheduled to be available at the end of October.

Additional new routes scheduled this year from Miami are: Oranjestad, Aruba by new carrier Aruba Airlines on September 15; Calgary by WestJet in October; and Milan, Italy and the Brazilian destinations of Curitiba and Porto Alegre by American Airlines in November.

Created in 2003, Jetairfly operates a network of 168 routes and connects 107 airports. It has a fleet of 22 modern aircraft and transported 2.8 million passengers in 2012.  Jetairfly is part of TUI Travel Belgium, the largest tourism group in Belgium, and of TUI Travel PLC, the largest Pan-European tourism group, operating a fleet of 141 aircraft and offering a wide range of other services.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-341 ER OO-TUC (msn 24844) prepares top taxi from the Brussels base.

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FedEx Express takes delivery of its first Boeing 767-300F freighter

Boeing (Chicago) and FedEx Express (Memphis), an operating company of FedEx Corp. (Memphis), yesterday (September 4) celebrated the delivery of the company’s first 767-300 freighter. The delivery supports the FedEx strategy to modernize its fleet with more efficient freighters.

The 767 Freighter is an ideal upgrade for the fleet serving the FedEx Express domestic network, providing improved fuel, maintenance and cost savings over the MD-10 freighters it will replace.  FedEx Express gains additional efficiency through the ability to share parts, tooling and flight simulators between the 767 and the more than 70 757 freighters already in its fleet.

The 767 freighter is based on the popular 767-300 ER (extended range) passenger airplane. Able to carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tons) of revenue cargo with intercontinental range, the 767 Freighter is ideal for developing new long-haul, regional or feeder markets.

The airplane joins other Boeing freighters in the FedEx fleet such as the MD-10, MD-11, 757 and the 777.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3S2F N101FE (msn 42706) is pictured at Paine Field near Everett, WA on a test flight prior to the official hand over.

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Air Canada rouge’s first newly painted Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft arrives at Mirabel airport

AIR CANADA ROUGE - Air Canada rouge's first newly painted Boeing

Air Canada rouge’s (Air Canada) first newly painted Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft touched down on Saturday morning (June 1) at Mirabel airport from Tel Aviv where it underwent an exterior transformation during a scheduled maintenance check. The plane was flown from Tel Aviv by Air Canada pilots Captain David Lywood, First Officer Kurtis Paproski and Captain John Liska (above).

After being stripped to its aluminum base, painters applied primer, two coats of white and finally used massive stencils to spray on the airline’s distinct red and burgundy branding — about 70 gallons of paint were used over nearly eight days to complete the painting. In order to maximize fuel efficiency by adding minimal weight, the least amount of paint possible is applied while achieving optimal coverage. Following a short period flying Toronto-Dublin for Air Canada in June, starting July 1 the Boeing 767-300 ER plane will fly Air Canada rouge’s three European routes between Toronto (Pearson) and Venice/Athens/Edinburgh and Montreal (Trudeau)/Athens.

The aircraft will now undergo minor interior modifications; Air Canada rouge’s aircraft will be among the first in North America equipped to offer streaming inflight entertainment to customers’ own devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc).

It joins two Air Canada rouge Airbus A319 aircraft already at Mirabel airport, which will initially fly Caribbean routes and are also undergoing interior modifications to reflect the airline’s relaxed, stylish approach to leisure travel. With this delivery Air Canada rouge now has 3 of its 4 startup aircraft, with the last painted Boeing 767-300 ER arriving at Mirabel airport early next week. Air Canada rouge introduced its new inflight crew look earlier this week and also announced that its flight crews would be taking customer service excellence training at the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada. The crew of the ferry flight pose in front of Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPE (msn 33423) at Montreal (Mirabel). C-GHPE is the first AC 767 to wear the rouge colors.

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Hawaiian Airlines arrives in Brisbane with a special salute to the Southern Cross

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) yesterday (November 27) continued its expansion into new international markets, with the launch of nonstop service to Brisbane, Australia, capital city of the State of Queensland.

Passengers on the inaugural flight departing Honolulu enjoyed a festive island-style send-off, featuring live Hawaiian music and hula, a traditional Hawaiian blessing by Kahu Richard Kamanu of Kaumakapili Church, and fresh flower lei upon boarding.

Brisbane is the second gateway city in Australia for the carrier. Hawaiian also offers nonstop daily flights between Sydney and Honolulu using its 294-seat, wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Hawaiian is the only U.S. carrier serving Brisbane, giving travelers in Hawai’i and throughout North America a convenient new travel alternative for experiencing the scenic beauty of Queensland – Australia’s “Sunshine State.”

Centrally located on Australia’s east coast, Brisbane is the gateway to a host of appealing sites and attractions for visitors to enjoy, including the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, world heritage listed rainforests, the iconic Outback territory, and the renowned leisure destinations of Australia’s Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Hawaiian’s Flight HA 443 will depart Honolulu at 10:20 a.m. (1020) every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, cross the international dateline, and arrive in Brisbane at 4:00 p.m. (1600) the following day.

Starting November 28, the return flight HA 444 will depart Brisbane at 6:35 p.m. (1835) every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, cross the international dateline, and arrive in Honolulu at 8:05 a.m. (0805) the same day.

Hawaiian will operate its Honolulu-Brisbane service offering the comfort and roominess of its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in the Main Cabin.

The inaugural flight from Honolulu to Brisbane is also honoring the famed transpacific flight of the Southern Cross, which in June 1928 – the year before Hawaiian was founded – became the first aircraft to fly from Hawai’i to Brisbane.

Originating from Oakland, California, the Southern Cross captured international headlines with its successful completion of the world’s longest journey by air at the time.

Flown by Australian aviation pioneers Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm, the tri-engine Fokker monoplane took approximately 83 hours to fly from Kaua’i to Brisbane’s Eagle Farm airfield, stopping en route in Fiji for the pilots to take a one-day rest break.

In honor of Kingsford Smith and Ulm’s pioneering flight, Hawaiian has placed a commemorative image of the Southern Cross near the cockpit window of the Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft operating the inaugural flight.

Brisbane is the seventh of eight new destinations that Hawaiian has introduced or announced new service to since November 2010, following Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and New York City. Hawaiian will launch service to Auckland, New Zealand, on March 13, 2013.

Hawaiian’s continuing growth into new markets and expansion of existing operations in North America has been fueled by its long-haul fleet renewal and expansion program that began in June 2010. Since then, the company has welcomed nine new Airbus A330-200 aircraft to its fleet, and is scheduled to introduce 13 more A330s into service between 2013 and 2015.

Copyright Photo: PRNewsFoto/Hawaiian Airlines. Capt. Todd Mihara flashes a “shaka” sign, signaling ‘all clear’ from the cockpit of Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Brisbane, Australia moments before departure from Honolulu on November 27. Below the cockpit window of Boeing 767-3CB ER N588HA (msn 33466) is a commemorative image of the Southern Cross in tribute to the pioneering flight between Hawaii and Brisbane in 1928, piloted by Australian aviators Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm. Sister ship N589HA also wears the special logo.

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Condor Flugdienst introduces a 1963 “Yellow Tail” Retrojet

Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) today (July 30) rolled out at the Manchester paint shop this former Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) Boeing 767-31B ER registered as EI-CRF (msn 25170). The second company retrojet displays the famous “yellow tail” livery introduced on the Vickers Viscounts in 1963.

Top Copyright Photos: Nik French (above) and Keith Wignall (below).

Bottom Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. The first Condor Flugdiest retrojet is this Airbus A320-212 D-AICA (msn 774) introduced at Berlin on December 5, 2011. The airliner displays the original 1961 color scheme and is named “Hans”.

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ABSA Cargo is now operating as TAM Cargo

ABSA Cargo Airline (Sao Paulo) is now operating this new Boeing 767-316F ER as TAM Cargo (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo). PR-ADY (msn 32573) is pictured arriving at Rio de Janeiro (Galeao) today (July 15) on a ferry flight after receiving this new livery at Mexico City.

Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade.

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FedEx Express plans to acquire 19 additional Boeing 767-300F freighters and convert four 777 freighters

FedEx Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of FedEx Corporation (Memphis), today (June 29) agreed to purchase 19 additional Boeing 767-300F freighters from The Boeing Company to continue to improve the efficiency and technology of the FedEx air fleet.

As part of the agreement, Boeing has agreed to convert four Boeing 777 freighters — two in fiscal 2016 and two in fiscal 2017 — to 767 equivalent purchase value. FedEx Express currently operates 19 long-range 777 freighters and now is committed to purchase an additional 24 777s.

The 19 767s will be delivered from fiscal 2015 to 2019 and replace current McDonnell Douglas MD-10Fs and A310-200 freighters. The impact to capital spending in fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014 is immaterial, and estimated fiscal 2013 capital spending remains at $3.9 billion. The 767s are substantially more fuel efficient and reliable than the aircraft they will replace.

The 767s will provide similar capacity as the MD-10s, with an approximate 30 percent increase in fuel efficiency and a reduction in unit operating costs of more than 20 percent. They also increase efficiency by sharing spare parts, tooling and flight simulators with the Boeing 757-200s which are part of the FedEx air fleet.

Today’s action is in addition to a FedEx Express agreement with Boeing announced in December 2011 to purchase 27 new 767s for delivery between fiscal 2014 and 2018 and delay delivery of a number of 777s.

In June, FedEx announced the permanent retirement from service of 18 Airbus A310 aircraft and 26 related engines, as well as six McDonnell Douglas MD-10 aircraft and 17 related engines, bringing the total to 50 aircraft to be retired by the end of fiscal 2013.

Image: Boeing.

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Boeing celebrates the rollout of the 1,000th 767

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) yesterday (February 2) marked a proud moment in the company’s history at a ceremonial rollout of the 1,000th 767 airplane. Hundreds of current employees, joined by Boeing retirees who worked on the first 767, gathered to celebrate the occasion at the Everett, WA factory.

The 1,000th airplane is 767-381 ER (extended range) registered JA622A (msn 40567), a passenger model for ANA (All Nippon Airways) and was the final 767 to complete assembly on the current production line. Final production work already is underway on the 1,001 unit in a new, smaller bay that repositions the production line toward a leaner, more efficient operation.

Boeing video: http://bit.ly/eMZIVv.

 

ANA to take delivery of 1,000th built Boeing 767

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) in February 2011 will take delivery of the 1,000th built Boeing 767. The start of final assembly was celebrated yesterday at Boeing.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Delta Air Lines launches Detroit-Sao Paulo flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) yesterday (October 21) connected its Detroit hub and South America for the first time, with new nonstop service to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The inaugural flight departed from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport at 7:30 p.m., arriving in Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport at 8 a.m. today.

Service will operate twice weekly through December 15, when it will increase to five days each week to coincide with the start of the Brazilian tourist season.

In recent months Delta has added new service from Detroit to Seoul-Incheon and Hong Kong and expanded flights to Shanghai. Next year, Delta will begin nonstop service between Detroit and Haneda Airport in Tokyo, which will open for trans-Pacific flights for the first time in three decades.

On a year-round basis, Delta offers Detroit customers service to 158 nonstop destinations, including 28 international destinations and five in Asia.

The Sao Paulo flights will be operated with 216-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, with 35 BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy Class.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Arkefly to fly to Sanford near Orlando

ArkeFly (Amsterdam) has announced scheduled service beginning on June 24, 2011 from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) to Sanford International Airport near Orlando. This is the first ever nonstop scheduled service between Amsterdam and Orlando Sanford. ArkeFly is part of the World of TUI whose brand Thomson Airways currently operates year-round between various points in the United Kingdom and Orlando Sanford.

This new year-round service will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays using 283-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft configured with 31 Premium Comfort seats, 154 Comfort Class seats and 98 Economy Class seats.

Nonstop service on Mondays is scheduled to leave Amsterdam at 8:30 AM (0830) and arrive at Orlando Sanford at 12:45 PM (1245); flights will depart Orlando Sanford at 2:30 PM (1430) and arrive in Amsterdam at 7:15 AM (0715) (on Tuesdays) via Miami. On Fridays the nonstop service is scheduled to leave Amsterdam at 2:30 PM (1430) and arrive at Orlando Sanford at 7:45 PM (1945); flights will depart Orlando Sanford at 9:30 PM (2130) and arrive in Amsterdam at 1:15 PM (1315)(on Saturdays) via a stop in Miami. All flight times are local.

Copyright Photo: James Mellon. Arkefly has leased this Boeing 767-304 ER PH-OYI (msn 291238) from sister airline Thomson Airways. It was delivered yesterday from Luton Airport.

LAN Airlines suspends operations in Ecuador due to political violence

LAN Airlines (Ecuador) (Quito) has suspended operations in Ecuador due to the current political violence.

Read the full report from Reuters:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 767-316 ER HC-CHA (msn 27613) is pictured on final approach at Miami.

American Airlines and American Eagle to cut flights at San Juan

American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines (Dallas/Worth) are cutting service to seven cities from the San Juan hub effective on April 6, 2011. The total number of flights will drop from 58 to 41 daily flights.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 767-323 ER N395AN (msn 29432) approaches runway 9 at Miami for landing.

American to start Dallas/Fort Worth-Rio de Janeiro flights

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) announced it will begin three days a week service between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG) starting on December 16. The seasonal service will run through April 4, 2011, and then resume for the summer season between June 9, 2011, and August 22, 2011. The service will resume for the 2012 season on November 22, 2011. The flights will be flown using Boeing 767-300 aircraft that offer two-class service with 28 Business Class seats and 191 Economy Class seats.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Boeing 767-323 ER N389AA (msn 27449) is pictured in action at New York (JFK).

Delta wants to add two non-hub routes from London Heathrow

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has filed applications with the European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting permission to operate twice-daily year-round service between London’s Heathrow Airport and Boston, and daily year-round service between Heathrow and Miami.

The slots for the new service are available following the U.S. and E.U. governments’ approval of an immunized trans-Atlantic alliance between American Airlines and British Airways. The government required the airlines to divest some Heathrow slots in order to enhance competition in the most tightly restricted markets.

If approved, Delta’s Heathrow service from Boston and Miami would begin March 27, 2011, and would be offered in cooperation with its trans-Atlantic joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia.

If approved, Delta would operate Boeing 767-300 ERs on both routes.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Boeing 767-332 ER N1605 (msn 30198) prepares to land at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

Air Canada to add Vancouver-Tokyo Haneda service

Air Canada (Montreal) announced it is boosting service to Tokyo by adding a new daily, nonstop flight between Vancouver and Haneda Airport, conveniently located near the Japanese capital. The new route begins on January 29, 2011 and will complement existing daily flights to Narita International airport, meaning Air Canada is doubling daily service between Vancouver and Tokyo as part of its international expansion strategy.

The airline’s new flights to Haneda will be operated onboard 211-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 767-38E ER C-GBZR “Free Spirit” (msn 25404) is tugged from the gate at Toronto (Pearson).

Air Astana records a first half pre-tax profit of $33.5 million

Air Astana (Almaty) recorded a first half pre-tax profit of $33.5 million.

Read the full report:

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Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Ex-KLM Boeing 767-306 ER P4-KCA (msn 27612) approaches Brussels for landing.

Mexicana: “financial and labor situation is no longer sustainable” (files for protection)

Compania Mexicana de Aviacion (CMA/Mexicana Airlines) (Mexico City, a subsidiary of Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico (NGA), informed the media and general public that the company’s financial and labor situation is no longer sustainable. Here is the full statement:

NGA’s CEO Manuel Borja called a press conference and gave several interviews informing the public of the situation CMA is facing and reassured passengers that it has not and will in no way affect the operations, flights or itineraries of MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink. Although they are also subsidiaries of NGA, these airlines operate under completely different business models; CMA is focused on the international market, while MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink cover the domestic market, said Borja.

The situation has forced CMA to make some minor adjustments to its international flight schedules.

Despite of investments of over US$300 million in credit lines and resources put up by NGA and its subsidiaries, MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink, CMA explained that its current financial situation is no longer tenable. Concerted efforts have been made over the last four and a half years to restructure costs, efforts that have translated into savings of some US$800 million as a direct result of investment in IT systems, new routes and more efficient aircraft, but have not been sufficient to offset its crew costs.

Although the airline’s operating costs excluding crew labor costs are 30% lower than the average of legacy airlines in the United States, these non competitive labor costs are the main reason why the company has continued to suffer losses, to the extent that it is now financially non-viable. According to company sources, CMA’s pilots earn 49% more than the average wage paid by legacy airlines in the United States and 185% more than the average pilots flying Airbus A320s for other Mexican low cost airlines like Volaris or Interjet. Likewise, Mexicana Airlines flight attendants earn 32% more than the U.S. average and 165% more than their Mexican counterparts employed by the same airlines.

Numbers confirm, that if the CMA’s collective contracts had been more competitive, instead of registering losses of US$350 million from 2007 to date, the company would have posted profits of US$350 million, illustrating that CMA does indeed have the potential to be a profitable, financially viable carrier.

However, in light of the current situation, CMA has presented its pilots’ and flight attendants’ unions with two alternatives.

The first is the option to enter into a new collective contract to secure the CMA’s long-term financial viability. This would imply accepting cuts of 41% and 39% in wages and fringe benefits for pilots and flight attendants, respectively. This alternative also calls for additional cost-cutting measures, including downsizing 40% of the airline’s pilots and flight attendants. On the upside, it incorporates a profit-sharing plan whereby the unions would get a percentage of any operating profits that exceed 5% of the company’s total revenues.

As a second alternative, stockholders have offered to sell CMA to its unions for the token sum of $1 peso, proving them convinced of the vital role these labor organizations will play in the future of the company. As the only entities capable of turning the situation around, CMA’s management have stated that it would be willing to transfer control of the airline to its unions. The transaction would require further and more detailed negotiations with the unions, but in broad terms would require NGA to assume liabilities of US$120 million in bank credit lines, while the unions would have the option of retaining a BANCOMEXT loan for US$80 million or transferring this credit line and its respective sureties to NGA. The unions would also be given a six-month permit for the use of the Mexicana Airlines brand name, among other measures designed to allow for a smooth transition.

In response to statements by representatives of the pilots union (ASPA) to the effect that both proposals outlined by CMA would be rejected, the company said that it is time to acknowledge reality, that the paradigm of commercial aviation has changed worldwide and that only airlines that operate at competitive costs can hope to survive and continue flying. CMA will continue to negotiate with its unions.

As a result, Mexicana filed for creditor protection on August 2 in both Mexico (Concurso Mercantil) and the USA (Chapter 15) after the company and the unions failed to agree on wage and staff cuts to keep the debt-ridden airline flying.

Copyright Photo: AirSpeed. Boeing 767-3P6 XA-MXE (msn 23764) of Mexicana arrives at the MEX base.

Delta Air Lines requests to expand service to Brazil

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) yesterday (July 23) submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to expand its service between the United States and Brazil, which would allow increased flights between its Detroit hub and Sao Paulo.

Delta has received approval to begin twice-weekly service between Detroit and Sao Paulo on October 21. If approved, the new flights will allow that service to be operated five days per week.

The flights will be operated with 216-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, with 35 BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy Class.

Copyright Photo: Norbert G. Raith. Boeing 767-332 ER N171DZ (msn 29690) dressed in the special Habitat for Humanity livery arrives at the ATL hub.

Azerbaijan Airlines changes its order for one Boeing 767-300 and two 767-300Fs

Azerbaijan Airlines (Baku) has signed an agreement with Boeing to substitute two Next-Generation 737 airplanes for one 767-300 ER (Extended Range) and two 767-300F Freighters, a new model type for the airline.

With this change, Azerbaijan now has a total of eight Boeing airplanes on order: two 767-300 ERs, two 767-300F Freighters, two Next-Generation 737s and two 787-8s.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 767-32L ER 4K-BAKU-1 (msn 40342) climbs away from Paine Field in Everett.

euroAtlantic Airways adds new titles to its Boeing 767-375 CS-TLZ, add Miami

Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero.

EuroAtlantic Airways (Lisbon) has added “euroAtlantiCARGO” titles to its Boeing 767-375 (F) ER freighter registered CS-TLZ (msn 24086).

EuroAtlantic added Miami on June 15.

Copyright Photo: Wade DeNero. CS-TLZ arrives at Miami with the new titles.

American Airlines applies for DFW-Rio de Janeiro authority

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to fly nonstop from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) three times a week beginning on November 18, 2010.

American will fly the route using Boeing 767-300 aircraft configured with 28 Business Class and 191 Economy Class seats.

Here is the proposed schedule:

From DFW to GIG (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays)
Depart: 7:45 p.m.
Arrive: 10:25 a.m. (next day)

From GIG TO DFW (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays)
Depart: 11:15 p.m.
Arrive: 6:25 a.m. (next day)

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. American’s Boeing 767-323 ER N395AN (msn 29432) in the Oneworld Alliance motif arrives back at the MIA hub.

Hawaiian Airlines to start Honolulu-Tokyo (Haneda) on October 31

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has been awarded the HNL-HND route and will commence the new route on October 31, initially with Boeing 767-300 ERs.

Read the full press release:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 767-33A ER N591HA (msn 33423) holds short of the runway at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, bound for HNL.

Delta to start Nagoya-Honolulu flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will begin new daily service between Nagoya, Japan, and Honolulu on December 22, subject to government approval. The flight will be operated with 216-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, with 35 BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy.

Delta currently operates flights from Nagoya (Centrair) to Detroit, Guam, Saipan and Manila.

The airline also has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting permission to start new nonstop service between its Tokyo (Narita) hub and the Pacific island of Palau. The proposed flights would operate four-times weekly beginning in December 2010 and would be the only scheduled nonstop service between Japan and Palau.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 767-332 ER N1609 (msn 30574) climbs away from Los Angeles.

Oxygene Afrique to serve Africa from Paris

Copyright Photo: Robert Collazo.

Oxygene Afrique (Oxygene Airways) (Paris) is a new French airline planning to serve Africa. The start-up carrier has applied to the DGCA for authority to operate passenger flights to the continent.

The new company initially would fly to Bamako and Dakar with two Boeing 767-300s. Cotonou (Benin), Luanda (Angola) and Brazzaville (Congo) are also targeted in the second phase of expansion, if approved.

Copyright Photo: Robert Collazo. The first aircraft has already been painted at Miami. Ex-Flyglobespan Boeing 767-319 ER N381LF (msn 29388) will be leased from ILFC.

United Airlines will launch its inaugural flight to Africa

United Airlines (Chicago) will launch its first-ever service to the continent of Africa on Sunday, June 20, with the 10:10 p.m. (2210) departure of United flight UA 990 between Washington (Dulles) and Accra, the capital of Ghana.

United UA 990 will operated with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft and will arrive at Kotoka International Airport in Accra the next day at 12:40 p.m. (1240). U.S.-bound service from Accra begins June 21 with the departure of United flight UA 991 at 11 p.m. (2300), arriving in Washington Dulles the next day at 6:25 a.m. (0625).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 767-322 ER N652UA (msn 25390) arrives at the Dulles hub.

Delta Air Lines to hire 300 pilots

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) plans to hire 300 pilots according to this Reuters report.

Read the full report:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 767-332 N138DL (msn 25409) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

Delta to start Atlanta-Monrovia flights on September 4

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) announced new service between the Atlanta hub and Monrovia, Liberia.

The new service, which is scheduled to begin September 4, will connect Delta’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Roberts International Airport in Monrovia with a stop in Accra, Ghana. The flight will be operated on 215-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, equipped with 34 BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy.

Delta has received approval from the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority, and preliminary approval from the U.S. government, to sell seats for the new flight for the planned launch in September. Final U.S. government approvals are expected before the flight begins.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 767-332 ER N1609 (msn 30574) climbs away from Los Angeles.

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