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easyJet to add five new routes from Vienna, expects to operate a full summer schedule

easyJet (UK) (London) is adding five new routes from Vienna this fall. The carrier is adding new routes from VIE to Amsterdam (December 17), Berlin (Schoenefeld) (October 29), Bristol (November 6), London (Luton) October 23) and Manchester (November 5).

In other news, easyJet has issued this statement about a possible strike from its cabin staff and its plans to operate a full schedule:

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easyJet can reassure its passengers that there is no industrial action currently planned by its UK cabin crew and that easyJet is confident it will operate its full summer flight schedule.

easyJet values the contribution our cabin crew make to the company. ‎easyJet’s cabin crew receive the highest pay in the UK airline industry with total annual package of £25,000 – which is in line with the average UK national wage for all workers. All crew share in easyJet’s success through an annual bonus and share awards. easyJet has now awarded its UK cabin crew increases of 4.1% for cabin crew and 5.1% for cabin managers over two years backdated to January 2015 on top of an already market leading set of pay and conditions in the UK.

Following months of discussions with UNITE, the UK cabin crew union, including talks facilitated by ACAS, and despite a series of pay offers easyjet was unable to reach an agreement with the union.

As a result the airline has awarded its cabin crew with the pay increase which was put forward during the pay discussion process.

We believe it is right to make the award now since cabin crew, the majority of which are not union members, have been waiting for a conclusion to the pay discussions for a number of months.

easyJet is disappointed that in a recent Unite pay ballot members voted to reject the offer however we note that the majority of easyJet’s cabin crew are not members of Unite and we estimate that only one in five of easyJet’s UK cabin crew voted against the offer.

The offer was well above inflation and above recent pay increases received by BA and Thomas Cook under agreements with UNITE.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 G-EZOL (msn 6572) in the new livery and the special “250th Airbus” markings.

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JetBlue operates its first Cuban charter flight from New York JFK to Havana

JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (July 3) operated its first weekly charter flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV). JetBlue becomes the first major U.S. carrier to fly the route since travel restrictions were eased earlier this year.

With the addition of the flights between New York and Havana, JetBlue now operates five weekly round trips to Cuba, including flights from Tampa (TPA) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) with various charter partners. As the largest U.S. airline to the Caribbean, Cuba will one day play an important role in JetBlue’s overall network in the region.

The New York-Havana charter service was announced in May shortly after a successful trade mission trip to Cuba with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Governor, joined by JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes and other New York business leaders, led a dialogue to connect Empire State businesses to new opportunities in Cuba.

Cuba Travel Services is offering the flight, operated by JetBlue, on Fridays from New York.

Cuba Travel Services Inc. arranges daily, nonstop public charter flights between the United States and Cuba and is licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as an authorized Carrier Service Provider specializing in travel to Cuba. They offer full service travel arrangements to individuals, groups, families, educators, students, professionals and organizations, under Specific or General Licenses issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N586JB (msn 2160) in the special “I Love New York” scheme taxies from the gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.

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JetBlue Airways ends the “first bag free” era for regular fares, explains its new fee structure

JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (June 30) implemented a new fare policy and also ended their “first checked bag free” era for regularly ticketed passengers leaving only Southwest Airlines (Dallas) among U.S. airlines that are not charging for the first checked bag. The goal for the airline is to increase revenue and to offer a varied level of service now embraced by most airlines.

The airline stated:

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“When you book a JetBlue flight, you’ll choose from several fare options — Blue, Blue Plus or Blue Flex — based on what’s most valuable to you, such as number of checked bags, bonus points earned and change/cancel fees. No matter which option you select, you’ll get the award-winning JetBlue experience you know and love — the most legroom in coach*, free snacks and soft drinks, free DIRECTV® and SiriusXM® Radio, fast Fly-Fi® and more! Plus, if you’re flying coast-to-coast, our refreshing take on a premium travel experience is ready to get you there in Mint condition.”

The following fares are applicable for reservations on JetBlue after June 30:

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The airline continued with their new rules:

TrueBlue Mosaic members. TrueBlue Mosaic members receive free first and second checked bags and any additional bags are $100 each. TrueBlue Mosaic members will not pay the applicable JetBlue change/cancellation fee, only any difference in fare when they change or cancel their JetBlue flight or JetBlue Getaways vacation reservation booked directly with JetBlue. The change/cancel fee will also be waived for any traveler on the same reservation as the Mosaic member; the change/cancel fee for any other traveler not on that same reservation will still apply. TrueBlue Mosaic members will earn an extra three (3) bonus points per dollar spent in addition to the TrueBlue points earned based on the Fare Option selected for flights and six (6) TrueBlue points per dollar spent on JetBlue Getaways. For a list of all of TrueBlue Mosaic benefits click here.

1. For Blue fares, the first checked bag fee is $20 when purchased during web check-in or at a kiosk, or $25 at the check-in counter and the second checked bag is $35. For Blue Plus fares, one checked bag is included and the second checked bag fee is $35. For Blue Flex fares, two checked bags are included. For Blue and Blue Plus fares for flights to or from Santo Domingo, Santiago, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Kingston, Cartagena, Medellín, Bogota, Lima and Mexico City: one checked bag is included and the second checked bag fee is $35. For Mint fares: two checked bags are included. For all fares, any additional bags are $100 each. All bags are subject to size/weight and other restrictions. Other fees apply for oversized or overweight baggage. See http://www.jetblue.com/travel/baggage/.

2. All Members will earn three (3) Points per dollar spent on any individual flight operated by JetBlue.

3. In addition to the base TrueBlue points earned per dollar, if those JetBlue operated flights are booked directly on http://www.jetblue.com, Members can earn bonus points depending on the fare option selected as follows: Members who have purchased a Blue fare can earn an extra three (3) bonus Points per dollar for a total of six (6) Points per dollar, Members who have purchased a Blue Plus fare can earn an extra four (4) bonus Points per dollar for a total of seven (7) Points per dollar and Members who have purchased a Blue Flex fare can earn an extra five (5) bonus Points per dollar for a total of eight (8) Points per dollar. Members who have purchased a Mint fare can earn an extra three (3) bonus Points per dollar, for a total of six (6) Points per dollar. No bonus Points are earned if JetBlue operated flights are booked by phone or otherwise.

4.All reservations made one week or more prior to a flight’s departure may be cancelled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. Changes and cancellations made 60 days or more prior to departure date: Blue : $70 per person fee plus difference in fare. Blue Plus: $60 per person fee plus difference in fare. Blue Flex: difference in fare only. Mint: $75 per person plus any difference in fare for changes for non-stop fares under $950 or connecting fares under $1,350. For all other Mint non-refundable fares, no fee only any difference in fare for changes.

Changes and cancellations made less than 60 days from departure date:

A) for Blue fares under $100, $70 per person plus difference in fare; for Blue fares between $100 and $149.99, $90 per person plus difference in fare; and for Blue fares of $150 or more, $135 per person plus difference in fare;

B) for Blue Plus fares under $100, $60 per person plus difference in fare; for Blue Plus fares between $100 and $149.99, $80 per person plus difference in fare; and for Blue Plus fares of $150 or more, $120 per person plus difference in fare; and

C) for Blue Flex fares, difference in fare only.

D) For Mint fares, for non-stop under $950 and for connecting fares under $1,350, the fee is $150 per person plus difference in fare; for all other Mint fares, difference in fare only.
Additional Change/Cancellation Terms (all fares): For changes, any applicable fare difference will be charged in addition to the change fee and are subject to availability. Cancellations are for a JetBlue flight credit only, valid for a JetBlue flight within 1 year from the date of cancellation. If you do not change/cancel before scheduled departure and you “no show” all money for reservation is forfeited.

5. Available at select airports only and Even More Speed price varies based on airport location.

6. Most legroom in coach based on average fleet-wide seat pitch of U.S. airlines.

7. Fly-Fi® is available on most flights, with more installations underway. Fly-Fi® is not available on flights operating outside of the continental U.S. For flights originating outside of the continental U.S., Fly-Fi® will be available once the aircraft returns to the coverage area.

8. DIRECTV® service is not available on flights outside the continental U.S.; however, where applicable, movies from JetBlue Features are offered complimentary on these routes.

9. Sirius XM Radio® service is not available on flights outside the continental U.S.; however, where applicable, movies from JetBlue Features are offered complimentary on these routes.

10. JetBlue Features premium entertainment on flights longer than two hours.

*Based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.

**EatUp® is available on flights longer than two hours. EatUp® Café is available only on flights between New York or Boston and Los Angeles, Long Beach or San Francisco. Available on flights scheduled to depart before 8:59 PM local time.

Top Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N565JB (msn 2031) in the Tartan tail design arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Financial Times: AirAsia CEO pledges to prove that airline critics are wrong

AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) CEO Tony Fernandes (below) is fighting a critical report by the independent research firm GMT. The report, according to this story by The Financial Times, states the airline is “teetering on default”.

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Above Photo: AirAsia. Time Magazine previously proclaimed CEO Tony Fernandes as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.

 

This interesting read also explains the intricate financing of the group and lays out in a graph how the group is owned and financed.

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Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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Photo Above: AirAsia. AirAsia in 2014 partnered with U.S. singer Taylor Swift and became the official airline for her Red Tour in Asia.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. In conjunction with the 2014 Red Tour, AirAsia decorated this Airbus A320-216 9M-AHM (msn 3536) with the image of Taylor Swift.

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Wizz Air to launch two new routes to Birmingham

Wizz Air (Hungary) (Budapest) will launch the two new routes to Birmingham (UK). The twice-weekly Warsaw – Birmingham route will be started on September 14 followed the next day by twice-weekly Budapest -Birmingham service according to Airline Route.

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Copyright Photo: Clement Alloing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 F-WWIA (msn 6614) (delivered as HA-LYQ) departs Toulouse wearing the new 2015 livery.

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Peach to launch Tokyo (Haneda) – Taipei (Taoyuan) service

Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) has announced it will launch a new route connecting Tokyo (Haneda) and Taipei (Taoyuan) starting on August 8.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 JA807P (msn 5440) arrives in Tokyo at Narita International Airport (NRT).

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Lufthansa reaches the 100th Airbus A320 Family aircraft milestone with its voluntary sound-reducing vortex generators

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has issued this statement about reaching the 100th aircraft in its noise reduction program:

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Experts from Lufthansa Technik will be equipping the 100th aircraft of the Lufthansa A320 fleet with sound-reducing vortex generators (below) in the next few weeks. The Lufthansa Group and German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) project is part of the research group “Quieter Transport” (“Leiser Verkehr”), has thus reached an important milestone. Since November 2014, Lufthansa has equipped its short and medium-haul aircraft of the types Airbus A319, A320 und A321 with the noise-reducing components on the underside of the wings.

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Photo Above: Lufthansa. The vortex generators being installed on the LH Airbus A320 Family fleet.

 

It is the first airline in the world to do so.

In total, 157 aircraft in the short and medium-haul fleet are being equipped with a vortex generator. Newly built Airbus aircraft have already been delivered to Lufthansa with the sound-reducing technology since the beginning of 2014. More than 200 Lufthansa jets will fly much more quietly in future.

Flyover measurements taken by Lufthansa in cooperation with the DLR show vortex generators remove annoying tones and significantly reduce the overall noise level of the aircraft when landing – by up to four decibels at distances of between ten and 17 kilometers away from the airport.

According to information from the manufacturer, this effect is even greater further away from the airport. These tones were previously created by airflows over circular pressure equalisation vents for the fuel tanks on the underside of the wings during flight. The new components generate an air vortex over the pressure equalisation vents for the fuel tanks that effectively prevent these tones from being created.
This measure is part of the Hessian “Noise Protection Alliance“, which was agreed by the state government of Hesse and the airline industry.

MD-11 measurement flights made by Lufthansa Cargo in Magdeburg-Cochstedt

Equipping or converting the A320 fleet is one of the most extensive voluntary measures for active sound reduction undertaken by Lufthansa to date.

A further possibility to significantly reduce aircraft noise will be intensively tested in the next few weeks in flyover measurements over several days at Magdeburg-Cochstedt airport with two MD-11 freight aircraft from Lufthansa Cargo. Modified sound suppression has been installed on the engine intakes of the General Electric CF6-80C2 engines. In the MODAL project, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, Lufthansa has already carried out investigations on a Lufthansa Technik engine test bench in Hamburg together with the DLR. This first step produced the main evidence that the so-called Hardwall Acoustic Panels in the engine intake have a noise-reducing effect. Now, in the second step, the effectiveness of the panels under real conditions is being investigated. In addition, Lufthansa expects findings to be made about reductions in landing gear noise achieved by covering the cavities in the aircraft landing gear.

During the flyover measurements at Magdeburg-Cochstedt, the aircraft approaches the airport several times, as if it were landing, and then overflies the airport several times in a certain configuration. Other constituents of the measurements programme are take-off flights with ground measurements at various engine revolution levels. Numerous microphones on the ground record the sound of the aircraft flying at different heights during every flyover. The measurement data will form the basis for possible approval of the modification for the existing Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 fleet.

The most important measure for reducing flight noise is continual investment in new aircraft. The Lufthansa Group will receive a total of 259 aircraft of the latest generation by 2025. Thus in future, 59 state-of-the-art aircraft – 34 Boeing 777-9Xs and 25 Airbus A350-900s – will supplement the long-haul fleet of the Lufthansa Group. The A350-900 will already be delivered from 2016. The noise emissions of the new models are considerably lower than those of today’s aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 D-AIZP (msn 5487) prepares to touch down in Zurich.

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