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Hawaiian launches its new route to Beijing today

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) reached a new milestone today as it launched three-times weekly nonstop service to Beijing, the latest addition to its expanded international network and first mainland China destination.

Hawaiian Airlines launched inaugural service between Honolulu and Beijing, the airlines first destination in mainland China.

The departure of Flight HA 897 was preceded by festivities at the boarding gate at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) that included Hawaiian music and hula, a Chinese cultural fan dance performance by Phoenix Dance Chamber (below), a traditional Hawaiian blessing and presentation of lei to more than 200 passengers boarding the inaugural flight.

Hawaiian Airlines Service Launch

Remarks were given by Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer; Mike McCartney, Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) president and chief executive officer; and Vice-Consul General Lixin Bian and Assistant Consul General Shousheng Zhao, both of the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles.

Hawaiian Airlines’ new nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing will add nearly 50,000 seats to both travel markets. According to HTA, the state’s official tourism agency, Hawai’i welcomed more than 132,000 visitors from China in 2013, and projects an increase of 37 percent in 2014. In addition, the China market is the highest spending visitor market with an average of $397 per person per day spending.

Starting today, Hawaiian Airlines operates three flights a week between Honolulu and Beijing using a 294-seat A330-200 aircraft. Flight HA 897 departs HNL at 12:01 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, crosses the international dateline, and lands at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) at 5:55 a.m. the following day.

Return flight HA 898 departs Beijing at 1:05 a.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, crosses the international dateline, and arrives in Honolulu at 4:40 p.m. the previous day (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).

As a full-service leisure carrier, Hawaiian Airlines provides all of its passengers between Beijing and Hawai’i with complimentary meals, drinks and blankets, as well as selected in-seat video entertainment on its A330 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Hawaiian Airlines). This dramatic image shows Hawaiian’s Airbus A330-243 N384HA (msn 1259) lifting off the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Fiji Airways and Etihad Airways move closer with an interline agreement

Fiji Airways (2nd) (Nadi) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), the national airlines of Fiji and the United Arab Emirates, respectively, announced a new and far reaching interline agreement between the two carriers.

This agreement will allow reciprocal sales from and to 12 cities in Europe, 17 cities in the Middle East, five cities in Africa, five cities in North America, 29 cities in Asia and three cities in Australia to and from Fiji. The agreement is effective immediately and is the starting point of further negotiations between the two airlines.

Etihad Airways joins Fiji Airways’ list of codeshare or interline partners, which includes American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, QANTAS Airways and Air New Zealand.

On the financial side, Air Pacific Group reported an operating profit before income tax of $14.2 million for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013, compared to an operating profit before income tax of $22.4 million for the preceding twelve month period ended March 31, 2013.

On a net basis, the Group reported an after tax profit of $14.5 million for the nine months period compared to $17.8 million from the preceding 12-month period. The nine months performance was driven by an increase in passenger numbers by 2.5 % with an additional revenue of 1.0%, hence a slight yield decrease of -1.5 % due to the relentless competitive environment, especially from/to the U.S. and Australia.

All amounts are in Fijian dollars.

Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJT (msn 1394) of Fiji Airways arrives in Auckland.

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Jetstar Airways announces new Brisbane-Honolulu flights starting on December 15

Jetstar Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has announced new nonstop service between Brisbane and Honolulu starting on December 15, 2014.

The route will be operated by Airbus A330 aircraft up to three times a week during the peak season with two weekly services in the off peak.

The new Honolulu route will be the second wide body service from Brisbane following the start of nonstop services to Bali later this month to be operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Flights will depart from Brisbane on Tuesdays and Fridays with services operating from Honolulu on Mondays and Thursdays.

The third service for peak season will operate on a Sunday. The route will eventually be operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as Jetstar continues to take delivery of more aircraft.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 VH-EBA (msn 508) taxies at Sydney.

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Oman Air posts a loss of nearly $295 million for 2013

Oman Air (Muscat) reported a financial loss of nearly $295 million for 2013. This loss deepened from the previous year.

Oman Air reported strong increases in revenues and passenger numbers, supported by growth in seat capacity, cargo operations and the number of passengers carried in 2013. Oman Air blamed the loss on its investment in new aircraft.

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Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 A40-DF (msn 1120) of Oman Air lands in Zurich.

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US Airways joins the trans-Atlantic joint venture

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), British Airways (London), Iberia (Madrid) and Finnair (Helsinki) today (April 3) celebrate a key milestone as US Airways (Phoenix) joins the airlines’ trans-Atlantic joint venture. As part of the joint business, established by American, British Airways and Iberia in October 2010, the airlines can cooperate commercially on trans-Atlantic flights. The joint venture also includes a revenue sharing agreement in which member airlines have permission to coordinate schedules and pricing on North Atlantic routes. These benefits provide customers traveling between North America and Europe increased choices and access to a more comprehensive network.

US Airways brings 28 trans-Atlantic routes to the joint business including nonstop service from the United States to 18 European destinations including Munich, Athens and Amsterdam. Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C., will become oneworld’s largest East Coast gateways to Europe providing customers access to more than 100 destinations throughout North America with one-stop connections from these two airports. With combined operations, the joint business will serve 29 destinations in North America and 25 destinations in Europe, operating nearly 100 routes between the two regions.

US Airways also plans to implement extensive codeshare agreements with the other carriers in the coming weeks, providing easy access to the joint business’ combined global network.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N283AY (msn 1076) rotates at the Charlotte hub.

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Aer Lingus launches its new route to San Francisco

Aer Lingus (Dublin) yesterday (April 2) launched its inaugural flight to San Francisco. The flight, flight EI 147, was assigned to an Airbus A330-200 (EI-DUO) named St. Columba,

Aer Lingus will operate five flights per week from Dublin to San Francisco as part of its significant trans-Atlantic growth plan in 2014.

The 2014 growth plan includes:

· New routes from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto (Pearson)
· Almost doubling of frequency on services from Shannon to Boston and New York (JFK)
· The addition of three Boeing 757 aircraft to the long haul fleet

Top Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 EI-DUO (msn 841) taxies at Shannon.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. EI-DUO arrives at SFO on the inaugural flight.

Aer Lingus A330-200 EI-DUO (96)(Nose) SFO (MDB)(LRW)

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TAP Portugal to open a new route to Bogota and Panama City in July, will add two ATR 42-600s

TAP Portugal (Lisbon) will be flying to Bogotá and Panama City four times a week starting in July. The new will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with flights departing from Lisbon at 12 noon (1200) and arriving in Bogotá at 3:55 pm (1555). The flight then leaves for Panamá at 4:55 pm (1655), arriving there at 6:25 pm (1825). The return flight departs for Lisbon at 7:40 pm (1940), where it arrives at 11:00 am (1100) the following day (all local times).

The new route will operate with Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a seating capacity of 268.

TAP Portugal starting on July 1 will introduce new ATR 42-600 aircraft, replacing Beechcraft 1900Ds. TAP is also adding new service to Oviedo. The airline issued this statement:

TAP has announced the eleventh new route it will launch in 2014. The new route will connect Lisbon and Oviedo from July 1.

The launch of the Oviedo service has been made possible because of an important change to the fleet operated by PGA — Portugália Airlines (Lisbon), with the replacement of two 19-seater Beechcraft 1900D aircraft with two 46-seat ATR 42-600s, which also have a longer range.

Oviedo will become the eighth Spanish city with direct TAP flights, joining Madrid and Barcelona (which have direct flights from Lisbon, Porto and Funchal), Seville, La Coruña, Bilbao, Malaga and Valencia.
In 2013, TAP carried 944,000 passengers between Portugal and Spain, a 6% increase from 2012.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 CS-TOF (msn 308) of TAP Portugal arrives at Miami International Airport.

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QANTAS Airways has its best on-time monthly report in more than 10 years

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has had the best monthly result for on-time flight arrivals and departures for any major airline in more than a decade. The February report from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics showed the flag carrier had a record 92.5 percent in on-time departures and 91.7 percent in on-time arrivals. Punctuality records were broken in both Perth and Darwin, while Brisbane, Adelaide and Townsville recorded their best results in seven years. Record punctuality was also made on return flights to Perth from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
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QANTAS’ reputation as the most punctual and reliable major domestic airline was cemented in 2013 when the airline lead the competition in 12 out of 12 months of the year in both arrivals and departures. It was the first time QANTAS, or any other airline, had been able to lead by that margin. 2013 also marked the fifth year in a row QANTAS has recorded the best results. QANTAS Domestic had less than one per cent of their flights cancelled for the month of February.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-203 VH-EBG (msn 887) taxies at Los Angeles.
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Air China to start a new route from Shanghai to Munich on June 6

Air China (Beijing) will inaugurate Shanghai-Munich nonstop service on June 6, 2014, bringing the number of the European cities it serves from Shanghai up to 4, with the other three cities being Frankfurt, Milan and Paris. Currently, Air China operates from Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu to Europe and is the largest operator of China-European routes.

The four-times weekly service CA 827/8 will be operated on Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Sunday. The outbound flight departs from Shanghai at 01:00 Beijing time and arrives in Munich at 07:10. The return flight departs from Munich at 12:35 local time and arrives in Shanghai at 05:45 Beijing time the following day. Like on other routes to Shanghai, A330-200, a widebody type, is used on the new route. Its Business Class is outfitted with full-flat seats and all classes of services offer personal entertainment system and power outlet, guaranteeing a truly pleasant and easy journey.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-6071 (msn 756) arrives at the Beijing hub.

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Syphax Airlines to start Montreal service on April 25

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Syphax Airlines (Sfax, Tunisia) will launch weekly Airbus A330-200 service between Tunis and Montreal (Trudeau) on April 25. It will be the first long-haul route for the young carrier.

Copyright Photo: Syphax Airlines. Airbus A330-243 TS-IRA (msn 345, ex F-WJKG) was acquired on June 20, 2013.

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Hawaiian moves up the start date for year-round Los Angeles-Kahului flights to May 2

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it has accelerated the start date for its new daily year-round service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) by one month, from June 1 to May 2, 2014. In addition, the airline will also add a second daily flight for eight weeks this summer, doubling up on flights from June 30 to September 8, 2014 and adding more than 32,700 seats in both travel markets.

Hawaiian Airlines previously announced that new nonstop summer service between Los Angeles and both Lihu’e, Kaua’i and Kona, Hawai’i Island will commence this June, connecting all four main Hawaiian Islands to Southern California.

With the new start date for the year-round service and the addition of the second daily flight this summer, a total of more than 175,000 seats will be added to both Los Angeles and Maui’s travel markets this year. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines’ Maui hub, which was established in 2012, offers an alternative connecting point for travel to other islands with its expanded neighbor island flight schedule.

The new daily service will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which seats 294 passengers with 18 in First Class and 276 in the Main Cabin. Hawaiian Airlines’ A330 amenities include personal on-demand entertainment system for each seat, increased legroom, and roomy interior.

Flight Route Departure Arrival Aircraft New Start Date
HA 34 OGG-LAX 3:40 p.m. 11:55 p.m. Airbus 330-200 May 2, 2014
HA 33 LAX-OGG 11:15 a.m. 1:40 p.m. Airbus 330-200 May 3, 2014

The second daily flight this summer will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ 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. Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing 767 amenities include personal electronic tablets available for purchase, along with increased legroom and roomy interior.

Flight Route Departure Arrival Aircraft Start Date End Date
HA 56 OGG-LAX 9:40 p.m. 5:55 a.m. Boeing 767-300 June 30, 2014 September 7, 2014
HA 55 LAX-OGG 1:30 p.m. 4:05 p.m. Boeing 767-300 July 1, 2014 September 8, 2014

Adding to the enjoyment of the Maui 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: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N384HA (msn 1259) prepares to land in Los Angeles.

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Hawaiian Airlines to suspend flights to Taipei in April, will start service to Beijing

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced plans to suspend its thrice-weekly service to Taipei, Taiwan in April and reassign that route’s 294-seat Airbus 330-200 aircraft to its nonstop service to Seoul, South Korea, which will operate five times per week.

Up-gauging to the newer A330-200 aircraft will provide South Korean passengers with enhanced amenities including in-seat in-flight entertainment throughout the aircraft and the airline’s new Extra Comfort preferred seating product. The new aircraft will be available on all flights to Incheon International Airport from April 23, 2014.

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Hawaiian Airlines flight HA 807 will operate its final flight from Honolulu to Taipei on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Return Flight HA808 will operate for the final time on Monday, April 7, 2014 from Taipei to Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines’ reservations department will be contacting passengers booked to fly after that date to accommodate them on other airlines.

Also in April, Hawaiian Airlines will launch thrice-weekly service to Beijing, China, subject to government approval, its 10th international gateway launched since November 2010. The airline has also scheduled new nonstop summer service from Los Angeles and Oakland, California to Kona, Hawai‘i Island and Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Airbus A330-243 N382HA (msn 1171) climbs away from the Honolulu hub.

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TAM Airlines to start Fortaleza-Miami flights on May 31

TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (Sao Paulo) will introduce Fortaleza-Miami weekly flights with Airbus A330 aircraft starting on May 31 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 PT-MVO (msn 949) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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Hawaiian to drop the Fukuoka, Japan route

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it will suspend its daily service to Fukuoka this summer.  Hawaiian Airlines flight HA 453 will make its final trip from Honolulu to Fukuoka on June 29, 2014, and HA 454 will make its final return from Fukuoka to Honolulu on June 30, 2014.

Passengers with reservations to fly after June 30 will be re-accommodated. The airline’s reservations department will be contacting affected passengers in the next several weeks. The airline will continue to accept reservations for travel between Honolulu and Fukuoka prior to June 30, 2014.

The Fukuoka daily service was launched on April 16, 2012.  Hawaiian Airlines also provides daily service to Tokyo and Osaka, and thrice-weekly service to Sendai and Sapporo.

Fukuoka was the third destination in Japan, following Tokyo (November 2010) and Osaka (July 2011).

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N382HA (msn 1171) taxies at Los Angeles.

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South African to switch to the newer Airbus A330-200s on the London Heathrow route, switches to Virgin Australia

South African Airways (Johannesburg) starting on March 28, will be operating a newer aircraft, the Airbus A330-200 on scheduled flights between London Heathrow and Johannesburg.

The newer aircraft replaces the current A340-600 used on the route and will operate on flight SA 235, the first of SAA’s two daily departures at 1900 and selected SA 237 flights, which departs at 2100.

In other news, South African has announced that it has accepted QANTAS Airways’ (Sydney) decision to conclude their long standing code share agreement effective May 31, 2014.

SAA has been flying to Sydney for more than 27 years before the code share with QANTAS was put in place in October 2000 following the strategic decision for SAA to stop operating between Johannesburg and Sydney with its own aircraft and to begin code sharing with QANTAS.

As a result, South African has announced a new code share agreement with Virgin Australia Brisbane).

SAA flies daily between Johannesburg and Perth and this new partnership offers SAA customers expanded access across Australia to domestic destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide. The new code share is now available for travel starting on February 11.

Virgin Australia has been an interline partner of SAA since July 2010 where the two airlines had a commercial agreement to handle those customers travelling on both airlines. SAA is now expanding this relationship into a code share agreement.

The flag carrier is celebrating its 80th anniversary this month. South African Airways dates back to February 1, 1934, when the South African government took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways. The airline was renamed South African Airways (SAA), and fell under the control of the South African Railways and Harbour administration.

On November 1, 1934, SAA introduced the Junkers Ju 52/3m, the first multi-engine aircraft, which was used on domestic flights. During the 1930s, the airline steadily acquired more planes, including the first 10-seater Junkers Ju 86s, Douglas DC-3s, Lockheed 749A Constellations, Lockheed Lodestars, Douglas DC-7Bs, Vickers Viscounts and the Boeing 707.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 ZS-SXX (msn 1223) approaches the runway at the O.R. Tambo International Airport base near Johannesburg.

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Aeroflot passenger is fined over $19,500 for drunken fight on an airplane

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has issued this statement concerning a drunken passenger which caused the flight to make an unscheduled landing in Novosibirsk:

On February 18, 2014 Gagarin District Court ruled in favor of Aeroflot in its suit against Andrei Krivoruchko, the passenger whose actions on board led to an emergency landing. The defendant will have to pay 704,199.70 rubles (over $19,500) in total, including compensation for the losses borne by Aeroflot.

The incident happened on April 22, 2013 during an SU 206 flight from Moscow to Shanghai. As stated by the court, intoxicated Mr Krivoruchko behaved inappropriately and expressed an obvious disrespect for other passengers and the crew. He also threatened them with violence, physically resisted the crew members and did not comply with a written warning of the aircraft commander to stop violating the rules of onboard behavior.

As a result, the captain was forced to opt for an emergency landing at Novosibirsk airport. The unruly passenger was handed over to local authorities. Aeroflot filed a lawsuit on this issue in October 2013 and won the case.

However satisfactory for Aeroflot this adjudication is, it still cannot be considered too stringent by the standards of many other countries in Europe, Asia and America, where airborne drunken brawls are criminalized and a refusal to obey calls to order, acts of violence or attacks on members of the crew are punished with imprisonment from a few months up to 20 years. In some cases, jail term can be given even for smoking on board.

Since the beginning of 2013, Aeroflot sees a positive trend of hardening position of the Russian courts against airborne rowdies, including the area of financial responsibility for detrimental actions against the airline and other passengers. Nevertheless, the need of even more drastic measures against disruptive passengers is evident. Aeroflot stands firm on this issue and confirms its resolution not to leave violating the rules of onboard behavior without serious consequences.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 VQ-BBE (msn 1014) prepares to land in Los Angeles.

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Aerolineas Argentinas orders four Airbus A330-200s

Aerolíneas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) has signed a purchase agreement for four Airbus A330-200s to renew and consolidate their widebody fleet. Aerolíneas Argentinas will announce the engine selection at a later date.

Argentina’s flagship carrier will deploy the new A330 aircraft for medium and long haul routes from their Buenos Aires hub to destinations throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States. The airline currently operates eight Airbus A340-300s (above), four A340-200s and four A330-200s.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Airbus A330-200s will help replace the older aging Airbus A340-200s and A340-300s. A340-313X LV-CSF (man 128) lands on runway 27 at Miami International Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines is the most prompt U.S. airline for 10 years in a row

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) continued its on-time performance streak in 2013, leading all U.S. carriers in punctuality for the 10th consecutive year as reported today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Hawai’i’s largest and longest-serving airline averaged a 93.3 percent on-time performance ranking for the full year 2013, earning the top ranking in 11 of the 12 months and exceeding the industry average for the year by 15 percentage points. For the month of December, Hawaiian Airlines recorded a 92.4 percent on-time performance to lead the industry.

In December, Hawaiian Airlines also ranked #1 for fewest cancellations, with 11 out of 6,032 total flights — or 0.2 percent.

Hawaiian Airlines provides daily nonstop service to Hawai’i from 11 gateway cities in North America – more cities than any other carrier – using Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 767-300 aircraft, making it the only carrier to offer wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft for all transpacific flights. The airline is also the leading provider of air service between the islands of Hawai’i.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N393HA (msn 1422) departs from Las Vegas.

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Jet Airways posts a third quarter net loss of $43 million

Jet Airways Group (Jet Airways) (Mumbai) has reported a net loss of $43 million in the third quarter. The group issued this financial statement:

Jet Group reports lower Loss before Tax of INR 2,839 Million for Q3 FY14 as against INR 9,984 Million in Q2 FY 14

Highlights for quarter ended December 31, 2013 vs. December 31, 2012 (Jet Group)

Operational

  • 4% growth in number of passengers.
  • 5% growth in Available Seat Kilometers.
  • 4% growth in number of departures.

Financial

  • 6% increase in operating revenue, Q3 FY14 operating revenues are INR 49,901 Mio vs. Q3 FY13 was INR 47,223 Mio.
  • 1% increase in passenger yields to Rs. 8,056 from Rs. 7,974

Domestic Yields have improved by 20% in Q3 vs the previous quarter whereas Market Share continues to remain strong at 24.6%.

International Operations achieved 81.6% seat load factor vs 78.0% in the same quarter last year.

However, Rupee depreciation, high fuel prices and increase in airport charges continued to impact costs in the current quarter.

Instances of aircraft on ground impacted the quarter by INR 1,057 million. During the quarter 2 A330’s were sold and the balance access capacity is expected to be sold/leased out in coming quarter.

Fuel rates increased by approximately 10.6% vs the same quarter last year.

Etihad invested 2,057 crores in November 2013 for a 24% stake in Jet Airways.

Competition Commission of India has approved an investment of 50.1% stake in Jets customer loyalty program on February 5.

Mr. Ravishankar Gopalakrishnan, Chief Financial Officer, Jet Airways (I) Ltd said,

“Jet Airways reports a reduced loss of INR 2,839 Million in Q3 owing to improved passenger yields and sustained market share.

Post the equity infusion by Etihad, Jet reduces its debt from INR 124,947 Million as of September’13 to INR 108,952 Million in December’13. This will help lower Jet’s interest costs going forward.”

Outlook

Network expansion plans for additional fights to Gulf and Europe.

Q4 is expected to be muted on account of both yields and seat factors.

Rupee depreciation versus dollar continues to be a cause of concern.

High cost debt will be replaced with cheaper debt resulting in reduced Interest costs.

The surplus aircraft in the system will be either leased out or sold in coming quarter.

Focus on various avenues of ancillary revenues should help to boost revenues in the quarters to come.

Synergies in terms of network and costs will start to impact numbers positively in the next few quarters.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Jet Airways is reducing its Airbus A330 fleet. Airbus A330-243 VT-JWE (msn 807) taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

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Avianca to resume Bogota-London flights, grounds its Fokker 50s

Avianca (Colombia) (Bogota) has announced it will resume regular service between Bogota and London (Heathrow) in July. Airbus A330s (above) are expected to be operated on the restored route.

In other news, the company has also announced its has temporarily grounded its remaining Fokker 50s. The company issued this statement:

“In line with the fleet renovation and modernization plan, Avianca S.A. is in the process of renewing its regional fleet by replacing the Fokker 50s with ATR 72-600 aircraft. The company currently operates a combined turbo prop fleet, consisting of four F okker 50s and four brand new ATR 72s.

In spite of the high technical standards and strict preventive maintenance processes, the company has in place, on January 28, a malfunction on one of the engines of a Fokker 50 operating on the Cali-Tumaco route before take-off. After performing all the proper inspections and going through all the safety procedures, Avianca S.A. has taken the preventive decision to temporarily ground its Fokker 50 fleet.

This preemptive security measure will allow Avianca S.A. and the engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney to establish the causes of the event, and implement the necessary corrective measures that will guaranty the aircraft ́s operational reliability.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N948AC (msn 948) rotates off the runway at Miami International Airport (MIA).

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Virgin Australia celebrates 10 years of international flying, announces new codeshares

Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) today celebrated 10 years of international flights, announcing eight new international codeshare services.

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The airline’s first international flight, DJ 007 departed from Christchurch, New Zealand at 11 am on January 29, 2004 for Brisbane, Australia.

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Copyright Photo: Virgin Australia. The cockpit crew of the original flight DJ 007.

Since then, the airline has grown from offering one international destination to offering over 400 destinations worldwide. Virgin Australia operates to 16 destinations internationally and through its strategic alliance partners, offers 386 codeshare and interline destinations across the world.

The eight new international codeshare services include Seattle/Tacoma and Boston with Delta Air Lines, Zurich, Minsk, Medina and Rome with Etihad Airways and Athens and Brunei with Singapore Airlines.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Virgin Australia). Airbus A330-243 VH-XFB (msn 372) departs the runway at Sydney.

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Jet Airways to launch Mumbai-Paris flights on May 14

Jet Airways has announced new daily nonstop service from Mumbai to Paris (CDG) with effect from May 14, 2014. This new flight from India’s financial capital of Mumbai to Paris will be operated by wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft.

Jet Airways (Mumbai) flight 9W 124 will depart from Mumbai’s brand new Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, T2 at 1200 and arrive at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport at 1750. The return flight 9W 123 will depart Paris at 2110 (LT) and arrive Mumbai at 0945 the following day thus providing a seamless connection to the airline’s entire network within India. Moreover, the return Jet Airways flight from Paris to Mumbai will make it the only evening departure from continental Europe to Mumbai.

Paris will be the airline’s twenty first international destination, and will provide a key gateway point for travel to several destinations across Europe with Jet Airways’ code share and interline partners.

Jet Airways will deploy an Airbus A330-200 aircraft on this route, with 18 Premiere seats that open up as flatbeds and 236 ergonomic Economy seats.

In other news, the airline is expected to place an additional order for narrow body aircraft in the near future.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 VT-JWD (msn 751) climbs away from nearby Brussels.

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Air China arrives in Hawaii

Air China (Beijing) yesterday (January 20) celebrated the start of its Beijing - Hawaii service with a ceremony held at T3 of Beijing Capital International Airport. In attendance were the invitees from U.S. Embassy in China, Beijing Capital International Airport Customs, Beijing General Station of Entry-Exit Frontier Inspection, Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau and Beijing Capital International Airport Co. Ltd. as well as Air China’s executives. At the ceremony, dancers from Hawaii treated the audience to the distinctive Hula dance, which is a showcase of Hawaii’sindigenous culture, and presented garlands to the invited guests on stage, giving the occasion a rich tropical feel.

The new service, CA 837/8, is the first nonstop air link between Beijing and Hawaii. It’s operated three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday with wide body Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 1330 Beijing time and arrives in Honolulu at 1630 local time. The return flight takes off from Honolulu at 2200 local time and arrives in Beijing at 0520 Beijing time on the next day.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-6070 (msn 750) arrives back to the Beijing hub and base.

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Fiji Airways announces its Five Year Master Plan

Fiji Airways (2nd) (Nadi, Fiji) has announced details from its five-year strategic plan approved by the airline’s board in mid-December 2013.

Developed through input from customers, employers, and stakeholders, the plan includes three focus areas: (1) growing the number of aircrafts and available seats, (2) increasing operating profits and passenger numbers, and (3) expanding the airline’s route network through key airline partnerships.

(1) The airline will increase its fleet size by 25% with new Airbus A330-200, Boeing 737-800s and ATR 72-600s aircraft. The additional aircraft will support plans to increase the number of available seats and passengers across all markets by 35% and 39%, respectively.

(2) The airline will activate an aggressive financial performance strategy to increase operating profits above $100m (FJD), a goal calculated using current fuel prices and exchange rates.

Stefan Pichler, Fiji Airways’ Managing Director and CEO, states “Our aim is to be a world-class airline matched by an ambitious but solid financial plan that expands on current successes and takes our airline to a new level.”

In addition to increasing financial stability, building and maintaining a strong and loyal workforce also remain imperative. “We plan to increase total staff numbers by 28.5%. Part of our vision for 2017 is to be the Fijians’ employer of choice,” says Pichler.

(3) In terms of network expansion, Fiji Airways will focus on the deliberate selection of new routes and airline partnerships through detailed scheduling studies and interlining and code-sharing opportunities. Recent amendments resulting from the plan include new direct Sydney-Suva and Apia-Suva services and changes to some Auckland-Nadi departure times.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJT (msn 1394) prepares to touch down in Los Angeles.

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ANA and Garuda Indonesia move closer with a new partnership, both airlines will launch a Tokyo Haneda-Jakarta route

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) and Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) have announced a comprehensive partnership under which the two airlines will code share on flights between the two countries and will allow passengers to be able to collect and redeem miles on Frequent Flyer Program of both airlines.

From March 30, 2014, ANA will operate new route between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Jakarta Airport, followed by Garuda Indonesia opening the same route from the first quarter of 2014. These new flights will increase the number of weekly flights operated by the two carriers between Japan and Indonesia to 53 – comprising 14 ANA flights and 39 Garuda Indonesia flights. Both airlines will be providing improved and expanded customer service concurrent with this agreement and network expansion.

ANA and Garuda will allocate code share flight numbers to flights between Japan and Indonesia operated by each airline.
Passengers on ANA flights arriving in Jakarta will be able to travel on to maximum of 10 Indonesian routes such as Jogjakarta or Denpasar on code share flights operated by Garuda Indonesia while passengers on Garuda Indonesia flights arriving at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Kansai International Airport will be able to travel on to maximum of 11 Japanese routes such as Chitose or Nagoya using code share flights operated by ANA.

The two airlines will also start discussions on a partnership between their respective mileage programs. The details of joint mileage program, including the start date, will be announced separately on both companies’ websites when decided.

Top Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. ANA’s Boeing 777-281 JA702A (msn 27033) arrives in Fukuoka.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 PK-GPM (msn 1214) of Garuda Indonesia approaches Amsterdam for landing.

Sichuan Airlines now links western China with Sydney, Australia

Sichuan Airlines (Chengdu) on December 20 launched a new service from Chengdu and Chongqing to Sydney.

Sichuan Airlines will operate twice weekly flights from Chengdu-Chongqing to Sydney on its Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Sydney Airport now has 94 weekly flights from nine carriers to greater China, with five carriers offering 46 services to mainland Chinese cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-5907 (msn 462) lands in Beijing.

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Etihad Airways is coming to Dallas/Fort Worth and Perth

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) will add a new long-range route to Dallas/Fort Worth on December 3, 2014 becoming the fifth destination in the United States. Etihad has a code-share agreement with American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth). The new route will operate three days a week with three-cabin ultra-long range Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft (Etihad is acquiring five 777-200 LRs from Air India). The aircraft will be configured to carry 237 guests, with 8 Diamond First Class suites, 40 Pearl Business Class flatbed seats, and 189 Coral Economy Class seats.

Flight EY 161 will depart every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from Abu Dhabi at 9.45 am (0945) and arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth at 4.30 pm (1630) the same day. The return flight, EY 160, will depart Dallas/Fort Worth at 6.45 pm (1845) on the same day and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 7.50 pm (1950) the following day.

DFW joins the other US cities of Chicago (O’Hare), New York (JFK), Washington (Dulles) and Los Angeles (to launch on June 1, 2014).

Etihad is also launching its fourth route to Australia on July 15, 2014 with daily flights to Perth, Western Australia. The new route will operate with Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 262 seats – 22 seats in Pearl Business Class and 240 in Coral Economy Class.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 A6-EYN (msn 832) prepares to land in Johannesburg.

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US Airways to launch four new international routes from Charlotte in the spring

US Airways (Phoenix) will launch new nonstop service between its largest hub at Charlotte, North Carolina and Barcelona, Spain; Brussels, Belgium; Lisbon, Portugal and Manchester, England this spring.  The four flights from Charlotte supplement the airline’s current service to these destinations from its international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport. Service to Barcelona, Lisbon and Manchester will begin on May 22, 2014.  Service to Brussels will launch on June 5, 2014. The new flights bring the number of international destinations US Airways serves from Charlotte to 38 – ten cities in Europe and 28 in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean.  US Airways now serves 145 airports in 28 countries from Charlotte.

The flight schedules are as follows:

From Charlotte (CLT) to: Departure Arrival Aircraft Type First Day of Service Last day of service
Barcelona (BCN) 6:35 p.m. 9:10 a.m. Airbus A330-200 with Envoy Suite May 22, 2014 Oct. 24, 2014
Lisbon (LIS) 8:25 p.m. 9:20 a.m. Boeing 757 May 22, 2014 Sept. 28, 2014
Manchester(MAN) 8:35 p.m. 9:30 a.m. Boeing 757 May 22, 2014 Sept. 28, 2014
Brussels (BRU) 4:30 p.m. 7:00 a.m. Boeing 767 June 5, 2014 Sept. 1, 2014
To Charlotte(CLT) from: Departure Arrival Aircraft Type First Day of Service Last day of service
Barcelona (BCN) 2:30 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Airbus A330-200 with Envoy Suite May 23, 2014 Oct. 25, 2014
Lisbon (LIS) 11:20 a.m. 3:15 p.m. Boeing 757 May 23, 2014 Sept. 29, 2014
Manchester (MAN) 2:25 p.m. 6:20 p.m. Boeing 757 May 23, 2014 Sept. 29, 2014
Brussels (BRU) 10:15 a.m. 1:45 p.m. Boeing 767 June 6, 2014 Sept. 2, 2014

Customers traveling between Charlotte and Barcelona in Envoy, US Airways international business class, will experience the Envoy Suite, which is featured on all of the airline’s Airbus A330 aircraft. The Envoy Suite features an adjustable seat that reclines into a fully flat bed, personal in-flight entertainment and a standard 110-volt universal power outlet so customers can work, play or relax.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N279AY (msn 1011) climbs away from the runway at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) hub.

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Air Namibia takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-200

Air Namibia A330-200 V5-ANO (99)(Grd) TLS (Airbus)(LRW)

Air Namibia (Windhoek), the national airline of the Republic of Namibia, took delivery of its first A330-200 from Airbus at a ceremony in Toulouse, France on September 26. The aircraft is the first of two A330s being leased by Air Namibia from US lessor Intrepid. The airline’s A330 features a two-class cabin layout seating 244 passengers which comprises 30 business class seats and 214 economy class seats.

Air Namibia started commercial services with its first Airbus aircraft in 2006 with an A340-300. The airline currently operates four A319s on regional routes, as well as two A340-300s on its flagship service from Windhoek to Frankfurt.
Copyright Photo: Airbus/P. Masclet. The pictured A330-243 V5-ANO (msn 1451) was handed over to the national carrier on September 26.
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Arik Air adds its first Airbus A330-200

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Arik Air (Arik Wings of Nigeria) (Lagos) has expanded its international fleet with the acquisition of a new A330-200 twin-engine aircraft. The new aircraft will fly its long-haul routes, which includes London Heathrow, New York John F Kennedy and Johannesburg Oliver Tambo Airports.

The introduction of the Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the Arik Air fleet, is the first of its kind to be added to the airline, and will increase the current fleet to 24 aircraft, with a further 24 aircraft on order.

Arik Air is West and Central Africa’s largest airline, and operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. The airline operates a fleet of regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft including two Airbus A340-500 making the airline the first operator of this particular type of wide-bodied aircraft in Africa. The airline currently serves 20 destinations in Nigeria and flies to 11 international destinations including London Heathrow (UK) and New York JFK (USA). The airline operates a combined number of over 120 daily flights from its hubs, and has been Africa’s fastest growing airline for the last two years.

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Video: Former Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A330-223 EI-EWH (msn 891, ex VT-VJL) roars into the sky from Dublin. The wide body airliner became 5N-JIC named “Joseph of the Holy Family” when it was delivered on July 9, 2013.

Los Angeles International Airport welcomes Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways (2nd) A330-200 DQ-FJT (13)(Grd) LAX (Pete Morejon)(LRW)

Los Angeles International Airport has welcomed the first arrival of a Fiji Airways (2nd) (Nidi, Fiji) branded Airbus A330-200. Previously the airport was served with Air Pacific Boeing 747-400s.

The airport issued this statement:

To honor its cultural heritage, Fiji Airways has announced a new refreshed brand at a celebratory launch event at Los Angeles International Airport. American travelers will now see direct flights from Los Angeles to Fiji almost double by the end of the year, and they will travel in new, state-of-the-art A330s.

The event retired its “Air Pacific” brand to align more closely with what makes Fiji unique, its people. With increased frequency of flights and new aircrafts, it will be even easier for Americans to get to the 333 islands of Fiji, home to happiness and rich culture.

The airline has retired its previously known classes Pacific Voyager (economy) and Tabua Class (business) and will introduce the Fiji Airways’ Economy and Fiji Airways’ Business Class as part of its enhanced on-board offering.

On board, Fiji Airways has introduced new (A330) and refreshed (B737) interiors. Revitalized service, including new meal options, new crockery and linens, have been introduced to offer an improved long-haul dining experience.

Additional Enhanced Features Include:

  • Business class guests will enjoy optimized comfort in seats that provide eight degree in-flight sleep bed and 76 inches of bed length at 60 inches of pitch, along with Panasonic’s 15.4-inch LCD displays, a handset that includes a credit card reader and keyboard, as well as noise cancelling audio jack and a USB interface.
  • A new fine dining experience and a new wine cellar with world-class wine options will be available to business class guests. Special Fiji Airways designed amenity kits for overnight flights and noise cancelling IFE headsets are part of the full suite of on-board products.
  • State-of-the-art in-flight entertainment systems, in-seat power, mood lighting and the introduction of sleeper and breakfast service—Yadra Vinaka, which means “Good Morning” in the Fijian language—complete the new Fiji Airways experience.
  • On the new A330s the Fiji Airways Kids Club offers complimentary entertainment for children with movies, games and e-books.

Copyright Photo: Pete Morejon. Newly-delivered Airbus A330-243 DQ-FJT (msn 1394) had the honor of operating the first flight to LAX. It is pictured parked at LAX waiting for the departure back to Fiji.

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Air Transat’s parent reports a first quarter net loss of C$15.1 million, down from C$29.5 million

Air Transat‘s (Montreal) parent posted a first quarter net loss of C$15.1 million, down from C$29.5 million in the same quarter a year ago. The group issued the following statement:

Transat A.T. Inc. posted revenues of $805.7 million for the quarter ended January 31, 2013, compared with $829.3 million in 2012, a decrease of $23.6 million, or 2.8%. The Corporation recorded an operating loss before amortization and depreciation1 of $21.0 million, compared with $31.8 million in 2012 and a net loss of $15.1 million ($0.39 per share on a diluted basis), compared with $29.5 million ($0.77 per share on a diluted basis) in 2012. Before non-operating items, Transat reported an adjusted after-tax loss3 of $21.6 million in 2013 ($0.56 per share on a diluted basis), compared with $29.9 million ($0.79 per share on a diluted basis) in 2012.

“Changes brought to our organization over the last 18 months, as well as our decision to slightly reduced capacity, have contributed to the improvement of our results,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat.

First Quarter Highlights

The Corporation posted revenues of $805.7 million, compared with $829.3 million in 2012, and an operating loss before amortization and depreciation1 of $21.0 million, compared with $31.8 million in 2012. The decrease in revenues is mainly attributable to the Corporation’s decision to reduce capacity on its markets (Sun, transatlantic and France), hence a 12.6% reduction in the number of travellers. On all markets, selling prices were higher than in 2012.

Revenues of North American business units, which are generated by sales in Canada and abroad, decreased by $10.1 million (1.4%) compared with the same period in 2012. For the quarter, the capacity on sun destinations was down 12% compared with 2012. Capacity on the transatlantic market was down 18%. North American business units recorded an operating loss before amortization and depreciation of $8.3 million, compared with $19.1 million in 2012. The improvement in margin is mainly attributable to higher selling prices during the quarter.

Revenues of European business units, which are generated by sales made in Europe and in Canada, decreased by $13.5 million (10.5%) over 2012, mainly due to a decision to reduce capacity. European operations generated an operating loss before amortization and depreciation of $12.7 million, similar to the previous year.

Financial Situation

As at January 31, 2013, compared to the same date in 2012, cash stood at $247.9 million, compared with $214.0 million; working capital ratio was 1.0 compared with 0.99 and deposits from customers for future travel were $592.0 million compared with $598.4 million. Off-balance-sheet agreements stood at $531.6 million as at January 31, 2013, the decrease since January 31, 2012 being due to payments made during the 12-month period.

Outlook for the second quarter

The Canadian sun destinations market accounts for a very significant portion of Transat’s business in the winter. For that market, Transat’s capacity in the second quarter is approximately 10% inferior than last year, load factors are inferior, selling prices are higher.

On the transatlantic market, on which it is low-season, capacity is 18% inferior to the previous year, load factors are similar and selling prices are higher.

In France, where it is also low-season, medium-haul bookings are similar to last year, and long-haul bookings are 7% inferior (based on the Corporation’s decision to reduce capacity). Selling prices are slightly higher on both market segments.

To the extent the aforementioned trends hold, Transat expects better results than last year for its second quarter.

On the transatlantic market, for the summer, Transat’s capacity is down by 11% compared with 2012. Load factors are similar and selling prices are higher. In France, compared with last year at the same date, bookings are slightly lower and selling prices are similar.

Notes:

The following are non-IFRS financial measures used by management as indicators to evaluate ongoing and recurring operational performance.

(1) MARGIN (OPERATING LOSS) BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION: Gross margin (operating loss) before depreciation and amortization expense.
(2) ADJUSTED INCOME (LOSS): Income (loss) before income taxes, impact of fuel hedge accounting, ABCP revaluation, and restructuring charges (or gains).
(3) ADJUSTED AFTER-TAX INCOME (LOSS): Net income (loss) attributable to shareholders before impact of fuel hedge accounting, ABCP revaluation and restructuring charges (or gains), net of related taxes.
(4) NET CASH: Cash and cash equivalents not held in trust or otherwise reserved, less balance sheet debt.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Airbus A330-243 C-GTSJ (msn 795) climbs away from the Montreal (Trudeau) base.

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Air Seychelles to fly to Hong Kong starting on March 24

Airt Seychelles A330-200 A6-EYY (11)(Grd) AUH (KVW)(LRW)

Air Seychelles (Mahe) will extend its network with a new route to Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi starting on March 24 following government approvals. The new route will be operated three days a week in each direction with the pictured new Airbus A330-200.

Copyright Photo: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt. The single Airbus A330-243 registered as A6-EYY (msn 751) makes a stop at Abu Dhabi preparing for its departure to the island destination of Mahe. The airliner is being wet leased from partner Etihad Airways.

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Iraqi Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-200

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Iraqi Airways (Baghdad), the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its first A330-200 becoming a new operator for the type. This will be the first Airbus widebody aircraft to be operated by Iraqi Airways. The carrier already operates two A321 aircraft. A330-202 YI-AQY (msn 1339) was formally handed over on November 30. This aircraft was originally destined for AirAsia X. The airline has been in desperate need of modern aircraft.

Accommodating a two-class configuration of 24 business and 264 economy seats, the aircraft is  powered by GE CF6-80 engines and will be deployed on European routes including Germany, Austria and the UK.

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Air Pacific introduces the new Fiji Airways brand for the upcoming Airbus A330-200s

Air Pacific (Nadi, Fiji) introduced its Fiji Airways livery today. The airline stated:

Air Pacific, Fiji’s national airline, hosted a world premiere event in Suva to introduce the new livery and features of its brand-new Airbus A330s scheduled to take to the skies in 2013.

The new fleet represents many firsts for the airline. The aircraft are the first brand-new, wide-bodied aircraft the company has ever purchased. The state-of-the-art Airbus A330s are the first flown with the first-ever highly fuel-efficient, low-CO2 emission Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines. And flying under a new name and with a new brandmark, the new A330s represent the first aircraft designed exclusively for Fiji and Fiji’s national airline.

“Air Pacific is on a transformational journey to become a best-in-class airline, and we are pleased to have best-in-class partners—Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Singapore Airlines, Panasonic and Zodiac Aerospace/Weber—to join us. We have made significant progress with our turnaround plan during the last 30 months, and have taken great strides to ensure everyone who steps aboard Fiji Airways in 2013 will be able to start their holiday when they step aboard. Service and comfort are top priorities, and these state-of-the-art aircraft promise the best of both worlds,” stated Mr. Pflieger.

The island nation’s new aircraft are equipped with cloud-comfortable economy and business class seats designed by Zodiac Aerospace/Weber. Each seat will have 110v in-seat power for a full range of electronic devices, including laptops, games, iPhones and iPads. In addition, the new aircraft will be equipped with one of the most advanced in-flight entertainment systems flying today, designed and installed by Panasonic.

“We knew the exterior design needed to be just as distinctive, unique, and true to Fiji. Our mission was to create a proud symbol that would stand out at some of the world’s busiest international airports, a symbol that would allow us to become the very best ‘Flying Ambassador’ that Fiji could ever have,” said the airline’s CEO.

On the aircrafts’ exterior, three Masi symbols will represent ‘Fiji Airways’. The distinctive Teteva motif, designed by renowned Fijian Masi artist Makereta Matemosi, is at the heart of the new brandmark revealed last month. Featured prominently at the center of the airline’s new brandmark and on the tail of the new aircraft, it represents the friendliness of Fijians’ and their deep caring nature. The Rova symbol, on the aircraft engine, symbolises the warm greeting Fijians extend to visitors, while the Makare symbol, which appears in the prominent position and scale on the front and underside of the plane, communicates the new ‘Fiji Airways’ name by evoking the allure of clear water flowing on a white sandy beach.

The unveiling of ‘Fiji Airways’ new livery and plane interiors is the latest milestone in a series of initiatives that are part of Air Pacific’s revitalisation and modernisation. The final phase of this process will begin in early 2013 when the airline welcomes the first of the three brand-new A330s and returns to its 1951 name of ‘Fiji Airways.’ The second A330 is scheduled to arrive in May 2013 and the third in November 2013.

The full re-branding for the airline is due to be complete by the end of 2013, by which time the new ‘Fiji Airways’ brand will roll out across the international marketplace, ticket offices, check-in counters, airport lounge facilities, uniforms and the airline’s official website.

The airline’s World Premier event in Suva, Fiji, was dedicated to raising funds for Fiji’s neediest children and children from flood-stricken families. “Because we are a part of Fiji’s national community, we wanted to give back to Fiji’s local community,” said Mr. Pflieger. “Wings of Hope, our airline’s charity, is committed to supporting Fiji’s most precious resource – its children.”

The airline donated two round-trip business class tickets on the first A330 inaugural flight – or a flight of the winner’s choice – in a raffle and pledged to match its donations dollar-for-dollar. The proceeds will benefit the FRIEND (Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development), which is based in Lautoka, through the Wings of Hope. The airline earlier this year donated FJ$100,000 to FRIEND. Wings of Hope has in the past also contributed to Nadi Hospital to assist school-children whose families were affected by March floods, Treasure Home (home for orphaned children) and various school projects.

We are pleased to unveil the design of our new Airbus 330-200 fleet taking to the skies in 2013. They are the first planes designed for Fiji’s international airline. They are the first wide bodied aircraft we have ever purchased, state of the art and highly fuel efficient with low carbon Rolls Royce engines. Our main cabin with in-seat power and video on demand featuring Panasonic’s cutting edge technology, in an environment that reflects the natural tones of Fiji. Relax in our business class seats designed for your comfort, where you will experience our exceptional Fiji Airways service. We look forward to proudly welcoming the world back on board as Fiji Airways and together we will soar to new horizons.

Image: Air Pacific. Air Pacific’s new Fiji Airways’ Airbus A330s will be “Flying Ambassadors” for Fiji in 2013.

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Arik Air gets ready to take delivery of its first Airbus A330 for airline service

Arik Air (Arik Wings of Nigeria) (Lagos) is set to take delivery of its first Airbus A330-200 to be operated on its international route network.

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason. Formerly operated by Kingfisher Airlines as VT-VJL, Airbus A330-223 EI-EWH (msn 891) is seen departing from Dublin after repainting. Leased from Pembroke, the wide body airliner will become 5N-JIC on delivery. The aircraft is named “Joseph of the Holy Family”.

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Corsair International introduces its new color scheme on this Airbus A330

Corsair International (formerly Corsairfly) (Paris-Orly) as planned, has introduced its new color scheme on this Airbus A330-200.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Airbus A330-243 F-HBIL (msn 320) completes its final approach into Montreal (Trudeau) in the new livery.

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Air Seychelles receives its first Airbus A330-200

Air Seychelles (Mahe) on July 5 took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200, leased from its new strategic partner Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). Another A330-200 is due by the end of the year. The airliner is named “Aldabra” after the world’s second largest coral atoll. Aldabra is located in the Aldabra Group of islands in the Indian Ocean which is part of the Seychelles Islands. Aldabra is uninhabited and isolated and has distinctive fauna including the Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Aldabra is designated a World Heritage Site.

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Route Map. Air Seychelles is now feeding all of its European traffic through Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways.

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Hawaiian produces a 3Q net profit of $30.5 million

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Honolulu) , the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (Honolulu), reported consolidated net income for the three months ended September 30, 2010 of $30.5 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, on total operating revenue of $352.0 million. This result compares with net income of $30.7 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, on total operating revenue of $305.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009. Adjusted net income reflecting economic fuel expense of $28.5 million or $0.55 per share compares to $34.7 million or $0.66 per share in the prior year period. The Company’s results for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 reflect the benefit of certain discrete items that reduced the Company’s effective taxes in the period by $5.7 million. Including both the tax item and the release of accrued interest associated with it, net income in the period benefited by $7.1 million or $0.14 per share.

Copyright Photo: The first Airbus A330-243 F-WWYX (msn 1104) became N380HA on delivery on April 28, 2010.

Hong Kong Airlines finalizes its order for 10 additional Airbus A330-200s

Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong) has finalized a contract with Airbus for the firm order of 10 additonal A330-200 long range aircraft and converted an existing order for 15 A330s to the A350 XWBs. Both agreements were previously announced as an initial MOU during the Farnborough Air Show in July 2010.

Deliveries of the newly ordered A330-200s will begin in 2012, while the carrier’s first A350 XWB will arrive in 2018.

Copyright Photo: Pepscl. Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong) acquired its first Airbus A330-200 (B-LND) on June 4, 2010. The pictured A330-223 F-WJKJ (msn 1031) at Paris (Orly) became B-LNC was it was accepted on June 21, 2010.

Air Transat’s pilots ratify the new contract

Air Transat (Montreal) has announced that its 320 pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have ratified an agreement-in-principle reached on September 3 on the renewal of their labor contract. The new 48-month collective agreement will expire on May 1, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Colin Keogh. Air Transat has repainted its Airbus A330-243 C-GGTS (msn 250) for an upcoming lease to Garuda Indonesia Airways. The airliner is pictured at Dublin on an Air Transat flight prior to the start of the lease.

Delta Air Lines to launch a new African route to Luanda

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add an eighth destination to its growing Africa route network on January 20, 2011 between the United States and Luanda, Angola. Flights will operate three times per week with 243-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft flying between Delta’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Luanda with an intermediate stop in Dakar, Senegal.

Delta also is working with TAAG Angolan Airlines for TAAG to codeshare on the flights at a future date.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A330-223 N851NW (msn 609) prepares to land at Tokyo (Narita).

Air Transat to lease two additional Airbus A330-200s

Air Transat (Montreal) has signed an agreement with CIT Aerospace for the long-term leasing of two Airbus A330 wide-body jets.

Air Transat’s fleet currently includes 13 Airbus A310s, which will be gradually withdrawn from service, and Airbus A330s. Five of the latter are currently in use, three more will be in operation by the end of this year and an additional three in 2011, including the two A330-200s announced here, bringing the total of A330s to eleven at the end of 2011.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A330-243 C-GPTS (msn 480) is pictured on final approach for runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood in the previous 1998 livery.

Air Transat’s pilots call for a strike if negotiations fail

Air Transat’s (Montreal) pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have voted for a strike if a collective agreement is not reached with their management. In a recent strike ballot issued by the union leadership to the pilot group, an overwhelming 97 percent of pilots voted in favor of a lawful strike, should it become necessary to conclude a fair collective agreement with Air Transat management. The pilots have been in negotiations since January of this year.

On June 25, Canada’s Minister of Labour, Lisa Raitt, appointed Ms. Maureen Flynn to serve as conciliation commissioner. The conciliation time line establishes a series of hard deadlines for negotiators, including a 60-day conciliation period that will expire on September 10, 2010, unless the parties agree to extend the process. Under the Canada Labour Code, both the strike authorization vote and written notification to the company are required steps before any withdrawal of services can begin. At the end of conciliation, a mandatory 21-day waiting period will go into effect, which concludes at midnight on October 1, at which time Air Transat pilots will be in a legal position to strike.

After more than six months of bargaining, substantial issues remain open, particularly in the areas of job outsourcing, pilot fatigue mitigation, and compensation.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A330-243 C-GITS (msn 271) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

US Airways wins DOT approval for Charlotte-Sao Paulo

US Airways (Phoenix) has gained approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to lease a slot from United Airlines in order to start the proposed Charlotte-Sao Paulo route. However the Brazilians have yet to give approval for the new route.

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Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Airbus A330-243 N281AY (msn 1041) lifts off from the CLT hub.

TAM ‘s stockholders to inject another $81 million

TAM Linhas Aereas’ (Sao Paulo) stockholders will inject another $81 million in equity into the company through the issuance of new stock according to this report by Reuters.

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Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Recently-delivered Airbus A330-223 PT-MVT (msn 1118) climbs from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

Garuda Indonesia orders six more Airbus A330-200s

Garuda Indonesia Airways (Jakarta) has placed a firm order with Airbus for six long range A330-200 aircraft. Scheduled for delivery from the fourth quarter of 2012, the newly ordered aircraft will join a fleet of four recently delivered leased A330-200s and six owned A330-300s already in service at the airline.

Copyright Photo: Airbus A330-243 F-WWKQ (msn 1052) at Toulouse became PK-GPI on delivery.

Is Mexicana headed towards a bankruptcy filing?

Mexicana (Mexico City) according to this Reuters report could be considering a legal filing to restructure its debts.

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Copyright Photo: Rurik Enriquez. This beautiful picture shows Airbus A330-243 XA-MXP (msn 966) arriving at Cancun.

Hong Kong Airlines signs MOU for 15 A350s and 10 A330-200s

Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus to acquire 15 A350 XWBs and 10 additional A330-200s. Under the terms of the agreement, the airline is converting 15 existing A330 orders to A350 XWBs and placing an additional order for 10 A330-200s. The MOU was signed at the Farnborough International Air Show.

Deliveries of the additional A330-200s will begin in 2012, with the first A350 XWB arriving in 2018.

Copyright Photo: Pepscl. Airbus A330-223 F-WJKJ (msn 1031) is pictured being prepared for operations at Paris (Orly).

Etihad Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-200F freighter at Farnborough

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) as the launch customer for the new A330-200F freighter, took ceremonial delivery of Airbus A330-243F A6-DCA (msn 1032) at the Farnborough International Air Show. The new aircraft will enter service with Etihad’s cargo business, Etihad Crystal Cargo in September of this year.

The aircraft will be on display throughout the air show, after which it will undertake final pre-delivery preparations by the manufacturer in Toulouse.

Copyright Photo: Wearing the test registration of F-WWKG, the aircraft completes a test flight at Toulouse.

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