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Iberia to cut wages further as the union talks fail, brings the new Airbus A330-300 to Miami

Iberia (Madrid) is facing more labor strife. According to this report by the Financial Times the company is planning deeper wage cuts after talks with the unions failed.

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In other news, Iberia introduced the new Airbus A330-300 on the Madrid-Miami route on April 15.

With a configuration of 36 seats in the Business cabin and 242 in the Economy class, the Business Plus section in the new A330s features wider seats that unfold into perfectly flat beds almost 80 inches long, housed in individual modules, each of them with direct access to the aisle. The design and positioning of the new seats ensure greater privacy and comfort to passengers. Lighting in the Business class cabin changes at the different phases of the flight and the seats offer more space for customers’ belongings.

Business Plus passengers can also enjoy new, intuitive entertainment options, using 15.5” screens similar to that of tablet computers, plus 4.2” touch screen remotes with virtual keyboard, with which passengers can make telephone calls, send text messages, and easily access entertainment options. Each month some 50 feature films will be available, plus 80 TV series, documentaries, some 200 musical options, and 3D games, among many other choices.
In the Economy cabin, seats are more ergonomic and wider (18.1”). They are equipped with the most advanced inflight entertainment system: individual 9” touch screens, a wide film and TV series offer, documentaries, as well as a children’s programme. Every seat has a connection port for Apple devices and a USB port, while universal power sockets are also available.
Iberia will soon be adding Wi-Fi Internet access and SMS capability for all its long-haul customers. The Airbus A330s is a twin-engine aircraft and is 15% more fuel efficient than the aircraft it replaces.
The A330 already operates to Boston and it will soon serve New York and Chicago. Flights to Los Angeles, the fifth Iberia destination in the U.S., will be operated by the Airbus A340 aircraft – Iberia will refit its 17 A340-600 aircraft with the new product from next month.
Iberia will be operating two daily flights from Miami to Madrid during the next six months, three more than a year ago. Iberia started flying from Madrid to Miami on August, 1972.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Airbus A330-302 EC-LUB (msn 1377) arrives at London (Heathrow).

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Delta to upgrade its 32 Airbus A330s

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is upgrading its Airbus A330 fleet – the final fleet type to receive the modification – to include full flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabin and new “slim line” seats, which offer more personal space throughout the Economy cabin. The first modified A330 operated its first flight yesterday from Atlanta to Detroit and will operate from Detroit to Amsterdam today. There are 32 A330s in the Delta fleet.

To date, more than 60 percent of Delta’s widebody international fleet has been upgraded with direct-aisle access full flat-bed seats. Already, Delta’s fleet of 16 Boeing 747-400 aircraft, 18 Boeing 777 aircraft and 21 Boeing 767-400ER have been retrofitted with full flat-bed seats. Thirty-five Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with new full flat-bed BusinessElite seats are currently flying, with the entire fleet of 58 aircraft scheduled for completion by the end of 2013. The full international widebody fleet of more than 140 aircraft will be complete by mid-2014.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A330-223 N858NW (msn 718) completes its final approach into Los Angeles International Airport.

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Fly Marianas will not fly

Fly Marianas (Guam) in late 2012 was the newly proposed charter airline division of Fly Micronesia. Fly Micronesia LLC used to do business as Fly Guam. However Fly Guam only operated from March 2011 until December 2011 with a Boeing 737-400 wet-leased from Sky King Airlines (Lakeland).

The first Airbus A320, the pictured former TACA A320-233 EI-TAB (msn 1624), was painted at Goodyear, Arizona (near Phoenix) for delivery to Guam.

The charter airline intended to operate from Guam to Japan and China as well as local island services. However this Airbus A320 was never delivered and the company has apparently ceased its efforts to launch as a new airline according to local reports.

The website URL is no longer active.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

Alitalia to resume Milan Malpensa-Miami service on October 27

Alitalia (2nd) (Compagnie Aerea Italiana) (Rome) will restore the Milan (Malpensa)-Miami route for the winter season on October 27 per Airline Route. The route will be operated three days per week with Airbus A330-200s.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Airbus A330-202 EI-EJG (msn 1123) approaches JFK International Airport in New York for landing.

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The new Germanwings is moving ahead for its relaunch on July 1

Germanwings (2nd) (Cologne) is quickly moving ahead with its new image and plans to take over many routes currently operated by its parent Lufthansa. The low-fare subsidiary issued this statement:

The Lufthansa subsidiary is also ahead of schedule with the re-equipping of its fleet: Already 21 of the aircraft in the Germanwings fleet have been painted in the new livery. The new and modern brand identity is also reflected in the newly styled cabin, which is setting new standards and not only in the low cost carrier segment with generous legroom of 32 inches (81.3 cm) in the front rows. All 36 aircraft in the fleet will be refurbished inside and out by the time the “new Germanwings” takes to the air on July 1.

In order to provide passengers with advance information and planning security for their air travel needs, all the dates for the takeover of Lufthansa routes by Germanwings have already been penned firmly into the timeplan. This will allow the timetable for the “new Germanwings” to be worked out earlier than was originally envisaged. Following last year’s transfer from Lufthansa to German­wings of connections out of Stuttgart, the first routes to and from Hamburg were handed over at the end of March. From the Hanseatic City, Germanwings is now serving the previous Lufthansa destinations of Vienna, Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart and Nuremberg. It will be taking over connections to Cologne on June 29, 2013 and all other Lufthansa destinations by the end of January 2014, except for flights to Lufthansa’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

The transfer to Germanwings of Lufthansa routes out of Berlin commences on October 27, 2013: By 30 March 2014, all destinations ex Berlin (apart from FRA and MUC) will be handed over to the Lufthansa subsidiary. Subsequently, from the end of March 2014 to year-end, the “new Germanwings” will be successively operating flights in the Dusseldorf timetable, except for those on long-haul routes which will still be flown by Lufthansa.

Moves to intensify cooperation between Germanwings and airlines in the Lufthansa Group are also in full swing. A codeshare accord was concluded with Austrian Airlines last year, another is to follow with Swiss International Air Lines. The four daily flights operated by Germanwings, with the Swiss LX code alongside the 4U flight number in future, will greatly improve the quality of flight connections from Cologne through Zurich for passengers of the Lufthansa Group.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Formerly painted in the special Baden-Wurttemberg color scheme, Airbus A319-112 D-AKNM (msn 1089) now displays the new look at Brussels.

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Korean Air finalizes its 44% investment in Czech Airlines

Czech Airlines-CSA (Prague) has a new savior. Announced last month, Korean Air (Seoul) finalized its 44 percent investment in the flag carrier yesterday (April 11). The Czech government has now been successful in finding a viable airline partner to help the struggling carrier survive the difficult current environment in Europe. Without a new partner, Czech Airlines would have been liquidated by the government.

However Korean Air has publicly stated it is not interested in managing the the Czech carrier. Korean Air is likely to use its new investment as a feeder airline for its Asian flights.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Pascal Simon. Airbus A319-112 OK-NEM (msn 3406) slips into Zurich after a short hop from Prague.

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Volaris celebrates the delivery of its first Airbus A320 with Sharklets with a special flight

Volaris A320-200 WL N519VL (06)(Tko)(Airbus)(LR)

Volaris (Mexico City) on April 10 celebrated the delivery of its first Sharklet-equipped Airbus A320 with a special flight from Mexico City to Cancun. Volaris is the first Mexico-based operator of the new fuel-saving wing tip devices.  This flight showcased the aircraft efficiency to official representatives from France, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom who were onboard and accompanied by Volaris and Airbus executives. The aircraft is powered by IAE engines.

The pictured Airbus A320-233 N519VL (msn 5510, ex D-AXAJ) was actually handed over to the carrier in March.

Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and allow Airbus’ airline customers to reduce fuel burn up to four percent over longer sectors and reduce approximately 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions per aircraft per year. Sharklets offer operators the flexibility of either adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

Volaris has been the first carrier in Mexico to order the A320neo, with a purchase agreement for 44 aircraft, including 30 A320neo and 14 A320ceo. The airline, which has an all-Airbus fleet, currently operates 43 A320 Family aircraft and has a backlog of 48.
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Vueling Airlines’ board accepts IAG latest raised bid, won’t be merged with Iberia

Vueling Airlines‘ (Barcelona) board of directors has approved the latest bid by the International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) after IAG raised its bid for the remaining shares by 32 percent to €9.25 a share.

IAG CEO Willie Walsh also stated Vueling Airlines will remain a separate carrier and will not be merged with the higher cost and troubled Iberia (Madrid).

Read the full report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A320-214 D-AXAS (msn 5533) with Sharklets at a snowy Hamburg (Finkenwerder) became EC-LVO when it was handed over on April 5.

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Virgin America wants to fly to Hawaii

Virgin America‘s (San Francisco) CEO David Cush has stated the carrier would like to add new routes to Hawaii starting in 2015 when it has a sufficient number of new Airbus A320s with Sharklets. This will be the first use of A320s to the islands although Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) will be using new Airbus A321s from Hawaii to the Mainland.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. The pictured Airbus A320-214 WL D-AXAL (N361VA) (msn 5515) is the first Virgin America A320 with Sharklets.

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Denver Post: Indigo Partners is interested in acquiring Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is currently a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis). Republic has been preparing to spin off and sell Frontier since 2011.

According to the Denver Post  and Dow Jones, Indigo Partners (Phoenix) and Anchorage Capital Group (New York) are now in discussions with Republic to possibly acquire Frontier.

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Read the WSJ report: CLICK HERE

According to CAPA, “Indigo Partners is a private equity firm established by Bill Franke in 2002 that pursues acquisitions and strategic investments in the air transportation and related industries. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, with an office in Singapore, Indigo Partners has shown a preference for investing in low-cost carriers around the world. Low-cost carriers in which Indigo Partners has made investments in include Wizz Air, Avianova, Tiger Airways, Spirit Airlines and Mandala Airlines.”

If Indigo is successful in acquiring Frontier a merger with Spirit Airlines is very likely.

Meanwhile Southwest Airlines is gaining market share at Denver as Frontier adds routes away from the DEN hub.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Are the colorful talking animal tails now an endangered species? Airbus A318-111 N803FR (msn 2017) approaches for landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Qatar Airways to have over 150 aircraft with OnAir connectivity

Qatar Airways’ (Doha) Airbus A350 and A380 fleets will offer both Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir. In total, over 150 Qatar Airways’ aircraft will have OnAir connectivity, including its new Boeing 777-300 ERs (see video below) and 787s.

According to the airline, Qatar Airways’ passengers have the choice of using either the GSM network or Wi-Fi. They can use their mobile phones and tablets for calls, texting, emailing, updating social media and surfing the Internet. It is very simple to use, with billing working in exactly the same way as international roaming. They can also access the Internet using any Wi-Fi enabled device.

Qatar Airways has 10 Airbus A380s on order and three options, with deliveries starting in January 2014. The airline also has orders for 43 Airbus A350-900s and 37 A350-1000s.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Qatar Airways has been operating OnAir’s GSM on its Airbus A320s for over three years. A320-232 A7-ADG (msn 2121) arrives on the short flight from Doha at Dubai International Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines to fly to China starting in April 2014, will drop Manila

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) today announced it plans to launch non-stop service between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, pending approvals by U.S. and Chinese regulatory agencies.

The new service is Hawaiian’s tenth new international destination since November 2010.

The Hawai’i Tourism Authority estimates the new service will generate $81 million in annual visitor expenditures and $8.47 million in tax revenue for Hawai’i.

The new service will be launched from Honolulu on April 16, 2014 and will operate three times each week using a 294-seat A330 aircraft. It will be the only non-stop service between Honolulu and Beijing, which has a population of more than 20 million.

Subject to government approvals, Hawaiian’s Flight HA 887 will depart Honolulu International Airport at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, cross the international dateline, and land at Beijing Capital International Airport at 7:30 p.m. the following day.

Hawaiian’s Flight HA 888 will depart Beijing at 9:30 p.m. every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, cross the international dateline, and arrive in Honolulu at 1:05 p.m. the same day.

Hawaiian Airlines also today announced it will discontinue its underperforming nonstop Manila service this summer.

Hawaiian Airlines flight HA 455 will make its final trip from Honolulu to Manila on July 31, and HA 456 will make its final return from Manila to Honolulu on August 1, 2013. The service, which operates four times per week, was inaugurated in April 2008.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A330-243 N381HA (msn 1114) completes its final approach into Los Angeles International Airport.

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Virgin America arrives in Newark, will name the first Airbus A320 with “Sharklets” as “Jersey Girl”

Virgin America (San Francisco) yesterday (April 9) celebrated the launch of its new service to Newark, New Jersey – the 20th destination in the carrier’s growing network.  The carrier is serving Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with three daily nonstop flights from both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Late last month, the airline named the 53rd member of its fleet in honor of the Garden State after inviting social audiences to show their “New Jersey” pride by submitting a name.  The winning name, “Jersey Girl,” will grace the nose of the first aircraft in Virgin America’s fleet to be outfitted with Airbus’s new “Sharklet” technology, which promises to be one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the nation once she takes to the skies later this month.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. The pictured Airbus A320-214 WL D-AXAL was handed over to the carrier as N361VA (msn 5515) on March 19 through a lease with AerCap. It is the first Virgin American A320 with Sharklets and will be named “Jersey Girl” in honor of the new service to Newark.

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Frontier Airlines is restoring airline service in Delaware on July 1

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is bringing airline service back to the state of Delaware. According to the Associated Press and the Washington Post, Frontier will start Airbus A320 service in Delaware on July 1, offering three flights a week to Chicago (Midway) and Houston from Wilmington (New Castle County Airport).

Service to Orlando and Denver commences on the following day with two flights a week to Orlando and four flights a week to Denver. Twice-weekly service to Tampa starts on July 4.

Wilmington is on the south side of Philadelphia while Frontier’s new service at Trenton, New Jersey is on the north side of Philadelphia. The airline is now bracketing the Philadelphia area and highlights the airline’s new strategy to serve underserved markets.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A320-214 N207FR (msn 4307) (Bison) arrives at Los Angeles.

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Spirit Airlines adds new service to Philadelphia

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has added Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to its route network offering daily nonstop ultra low fare service between PHL and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). In addition, daily nonstop service between Philadelphia and Las Vegas starts on April 25, 2013, and daily nonstop seasonal service between Philadelphia and Myrtle Beach starts on April 26, 2013.

 

Today Spirit offers nonstop service to 21 destinations from DFW, including Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, New York-LaGuardia, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Mesa, Portland (Oregon), San Diego, Tampa, Toluca/Mexico City. In addition, Spirit is adding nonstop service to the following cities bringing the total number of nonstop destinations from DFW to 26 by this summer:

  • Los Angeles – April 25, 2013
  • Oakland/San Francisco – April 25, 2013
  • Cancun, Mexico – April 25, 2013
  • Los Cabos, Mexico – June 13, 2013
  • Latrobe/Pittsburgh – June 14, 2013

Spirit currently offers daily nonstop service to Las Vegas from Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Oakland/San Francisco, San Diego, and Portland, Oregon.

Spirit currently offers year-round daily nonstop service to Myrtle Beach from Atlantic City, Boston, Fort Lauderdale and New York LaGuardia, as well as seasonal service to Chicago O’Hare, Detroit, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, the Niagara Falls, New York/Toronto area, and Charleston, West Virginia.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) prepares to touch down on runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Airbus breaks ground on Mobile, Alabama A320 assembly facility

Airbus MOB Groundbreaking

Airbus (Toulouse) on April 8 ceremonially broke ground at its new A320 Family assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. JetBlue Airways (New York) will become the first airline to take delivery of the first U.S.-built A320 in 2016.

Airbus issued this statement:

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new A320 Family final assembly line at Mobile, Alabama underscored how this new facility will further enhance Airbus’ presence within the key U.S. airline marketplace, while also broadening the company’s global footprint and providing additional flexibility to its worldwide industrial network.

At a capacity-crowd event attended by approximately 2,000 invitees, area residents and others, the final assembly line’s creation was hailed as a “game-changing” development in Airbus’ relationship with the United States – where it already is the largest export partner for the country’s aerospace industry, and has evolved as a major aircraft supplier to its customer airlines.

Outlining the new facility’s significance were guest speakers that ranged from the top executives of a major U.S. A320 airline operator and a key avionics supplier for Airbus to a young Mobile student who spoke about opportunities in her community that will be created with the final assembly line.

JetBlue Airways CEO and President David Barger gave his perspective on how Airbus’ $600 million investment in the new Alabama industrial site is viewed by its U.S. customers: “It demonstrates the level of Airbus’ commitment of being close to its important American operator base for A320 aircraft.”  He also announced that JetBlue will receive the very first A320 from the Mobile final assembly line – which is targeted for delivery in 2016.

Another speaker was Clay Jones, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at U.S. avionics manufacturer Rockwell Collins, who described Airbus’ creation of the A320 facility in Alabama as a true industrial milestone for the U.S. aerospace sector.  “Although this is a very special day for the people of Mobile, it is also a very special day for Rockwell Collins and all of the companies that support Airbus, because I believe it marks a transformation of Airbus as a valued trans-Atlantic customer into a closer industry partner,” he said.

Victoria Corob, a student at Clark-Shaw Magnet School in Mobile, spoke about the aspirations that many young people in the U.S Gulf Coast region may be able to realize as the result of Airbus’ new A320 facility.  “Airbus’ growth here means that, if I keep working hard, I can achieve my dreams and might even be able to look forward to a future with an exciting and rewarding aerospace career…right here in Alabama,” she said.

The participants at t ceremony all agreed on the impressive size and scope of Airbus’ A320 Family final assembly line installation at Brookley Aeroplex, which located five miles from downtown Mobile.  The facility will incorporate 53 acres (215,000 square meters) of buildings, aprons and roadways in a 116 acre site – with Airbus also holding option for future potential expansion on an adjacent 116-acre plot of land.

Mobile will join the three existing Airbus final assembly facilities that currently build A320 Family aircraft: its original location at Toulouse, France, which was supplemented by a site in Hamburg, Germany; and subsequently followed by the latest at Tianjin, China.

The benefits of Airbus’ strategy to be in close proximity with customers at key locations worldwide is illustrated by its experience in China, where the company’s presence – including the A320 final assembly operations at Tianjin that started in 2008 – has been accompanied by a more than doubling of its share in the fast-growing Chinese air transport market.

All four A320 Family final assembly lines will be kept busy for years, as Airbus has sold more than 9,400 of these single-aisle jetliners to date – with a current backlog of nearly 3,900 remaining to be delivered.   The new Alabama facility will be able to build the A319, A320 and A321 – beginning with their ceo (current engine option) versions, then transitioning to the neo (new engine option) variants when these even more fuel-efficient aircraft enter production.

Currently, more than 800 A320 Family aircraft are operating in U.S. airline fleets, with 19 customers based in the country.  During the next 20 years, the U.S. market will have an estimated sales potential for some 4,600 airliners in the category covered by Airbus’ A320 Family – making it the world’s largest such market.

The new Mobile final assembly line not only provides a strategically-located industrial facility in North America and a new aviation center of excellence for the U.S. Gulf Coast region, it also will generate increased work throughout the Airbus production and its worldwide supply chain.

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Frontier Airlines expands its operations at Trenton today

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) today launches nonstop service from Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing, New Jersey, to Atlanta, Chicago-Midway, Columbus, Detroit, and Raleigh/Durham, bringing the total destinations to 10. Frontier is the only airline providing scheduled service out of Trenton-Mercer Airport, the gateway to New Jersey’s state capital, all of central New Jersey, and southeast Pennsylvania, including metro Philadelphia.

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Following is the schedule for Frontier’s new Trenton service.

Trenton-Atlanta (effective April 8, 2013)
Route Frequency Aircraft
TTN-ATL Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat A319
ATL-TTN Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat A319
Trenton-Chicago-Midway (effective April 8, 2013)
Route Frequency Aircraft
TTN-MDW Mon-Fri, Sun A319
MDW-TTN Mon-Fri, Sun A319
Trenton-Columbus (effective April 8, 2013)
Route Frequency Aircraft
TTN-CMH Mon/Thurs/Sun A319
CMH-TTN Mon/Thurs/Sun A319
Trenton-Detroit (effective April 9, 2013)
Route Frequency Aircraft
TTN-DTW Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sun A319
DTW-TTN Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sun A319
Trenton-Raleigh-Durham (effective April 8, 2013)
Route Frequency Aircraft
TTN-RDU Mon-Fri, Sun A319
RDU-TTN Mon-Fri, Sun A319

The new schedule also includes a one-stop flight from Princeton/Trenton to Denver operating six days per week via Chicago.

All service from Princeton/Trenton operates on 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A319-111 N905FR (msn 1583) with Sherman, the Sea Lion, completes its final approach into Los Angeles International Airport.

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A behind the scenes view of Finnair’s growing Helsinki hub

Finnair‘s (Helsinki) growing hub at Helsinki (HEL) is expanding due to an ever-growing number of international connecting passengers as the airline adds more routes to Asia. The airport is located in an ideal geographical location for these connecting flights. The Finnair Blog (and video) takes us behind the scenes at HEL. HEL is a pretty nice place to connect according to Finnair.

Finnair HEL Hub

The airline is adding Tel Aviv and Hanoi in June.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Airbus A330-302X OH-LTM (msn 994) exits the runway and taxies to the gate at the HEL hub.

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SAS launches Copenhagen-San Francisco service, drops Bangkok

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) today (April 8) begins flying six times a week from Copenhagen to San Francisco. SAS
already flies to New York, Chicago and Washington. This is the first service to the U.S. West Coast by SAS.

The route will be operated using an Airbus 340-300.

SAS is forecasting around 125,000 passengers per year on the route. Of these, 55% will come from the Nordic countries and 10% from the rest of Europe. The remaining 35% will come from the USA.

Meanwhile SAS is ending service to Bangkok, a route it has served since 1949. This was an important route for SAS. It helped to create Thai Airways in 1960.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A340-313X OY-KBC (msn 467) climbs away from Tokyo (Narita).

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The first Airbus A380 for British Airways is rolled out of the paint shop

British Airways A380-800 F-WWSK (G-XLEA)(97-Union flag)(Grd) XFW (Airbus)(LR)

British Airways‘ (London) first A380 has been rolled out of the paint shop facility at Hamburg (Finkenwerder), following the application of its full livery. Its livery includes some 10,000 individual dots on the tailfin to produce the effect of the Union flag.

Copyright Photos: Airbus. The pictured A380-841 F-WWSK (msn 095) will become G-XLEA on delivery.

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Mandala Airlines to acquire 18 additional Airbus A320s

Mandala Airlines (Tiger Airways Indonesia) (Jakarta) intends to acquire 18 additional Airbus A320s by 2014 according to its major stockholder and Today.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A320-232 PK-RMP (msn 5073) arrives at Bangkok.

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Ailing Cyprus Airways is in talks with Chinese investors

Cyprus Airways (Larnaca) is struggling to survive in a harsh environment. The flag carrier announced yesterday it is in discussions with the Beijing Yi Xiang Da Investment Company Limited according to this report by the Cyprus Mail. No agreement has been reached on a possible investment. The airline has been kept alive by previous loans of the Cypriot government which has come under the scrutiny of the European Commission.

Cyprus has also been the center of a banking crisis with citizens waiting in line to withdraw their limited funds.

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Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Airbus A319-132 5B-DBO (msn 1729) prepares to land at Munich.

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Air Transat to again operate Boeing 737s, wide-body fleet to be reduced

Air Transat (Montreal) has made the following announcement through its parent Transat A.T. Inc.:

Transat A.T. Inc. will add Boeing 737 narrow-body jets to Air Transat’s fleet, which currently comprises Airbus A310 and A330 wide-body aircraft, beginning in 2014. In so doing, the company will internalize its medium-haul operations outbound from Canada to sun destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Florida, for which it has relied on a third-party partner since 2003.

Some of the new aircraft will be permanently attached to the fleet. In winter, when demand on sun destination routes is higher, additional aircraft will be introduced on a seasonal basis. Eventually, Air Transat plans to operate five narrow-body aircraft permanently and six seasonal aircraft in winter.

Air Transat’s wide-body fleet, which operates on the trans-Atlantic market on an annual basis, will continue to serve certain sun destinations as well. In the years to come, the number of wide-body aircraft will be reduced and third-party carriers could be used in high season. In the same spirit, Air Transat should maintain its business relationship with its current partner, CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax), beyond April 30, 2014 for certain flights. This strategy aims to ensure a so-called “accordion” fleet that meets the needs of the tourism market.

In preparation for the introduction of narrow-body aircraft to its fleet, Air Transat recently reached agreements with its employees that will enable a reduction in operating costs. Internalization of medium-haul operations, including the impact of the said agreements, should generate savings of some $8 million in 2013, $15 million in 2014 and $30 million per year in 2015 and beyond. In addition to the positive impact on operating costs, the grouping of operations under the same roof will pave the way for increased standardization of services to travellers and customer experience.

“A return to profitability remains our primary goal, and operating costs, particularly air costs, are an essential factor in profitability for any tour operator,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat. He added: “Internalizing medium-haul operations has several advantages, including increased control over our aviation operations, the implementation of a more competitive cost structure and having Air Transat cabin crews on all of our flights.”

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Air Transat previously leased in two Boeing 737-46Ms (C-GBIW and C-GBIX) from Virgin Express for the winter seasons of 1997-1998, 1998-1999 and 1999-2000. The long-haul Airbus A330 fleet could be adjusted to meet the new requirements. The older Airbus A310 fleet is likely to be reduced. Airbus A330-343X C-GTSD (msn 407) taxies at the Montreal (Trudeau) base.

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Frontier Airlines to end Denver-Grand Rapids flights on September 8

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is planning to end nonstop daily Denver-Grand Rapids flights after the coming summer on September 8, 2013 per Airline Route. The route is currently operated year-round with Airbus A319s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A319-111 N942FR (msn 2497) with Stan, the Ram, on the tail completes its final approach into Los Angeles International Airport.

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Air Pacific puts its first Airbus A330 into revenue service today

Air Pacific (2nd) (Fiji) (Nadi) today (April 2) introduced its first Airbus A330 into revenue service under the Fiji Airways brand. The pictured A330-243 F-WWKD (msn 1394) now registered as DQ-FJT, operated flight 411 from Nadi to Auckland, New Zealand. The airline will officially change its name in June.

Air Pacific issued this statement:

Air Pacific (soon to be Fiji Airways in June) operated an inaugural (pre-Fiji Airways) “sneak peek” commercial flight with its first new Airbus A330-220 and new branding to Auckland this morning (Tuesday April 2), reflecting the commitment of Fiji’s national carrier to one of its most important markets–New Zealand.

As Fiji’s flying ambassador, Air Pacific flies tens of thousands of Kiwi holiday-makers and locally based Fijian nationals to the friendly Fiji islands every year.

“New Zealand is an essential part of our global network, and we are excited to be replacing our venerable B747s with new state-of-the art A330 aircraft that come equipped with the latest in passenger comfort and in-flight entertainment features,” said Dave Pflieger, Air Pacific’s Managing Director and CEO.

“With a history spanning more than 60 years, in June, Air Pacific will be returning to its 1951 roots with new ‘Fiji Airways’ branding as well as new service, new product, and new crew uniforms that are authentic, distinctive and true to our friendly Fijian culture and heritage,” he said.

The airline is offering New Zealanders an early preview of just the plane at this point, since the remainder of the new branding and new service model will not be rolled out until June 2013.

The first aircraft, which has been designed exclusively for Fiji’s national carrier, is named after one of Fiji’s 333 beautiful islands, the Island of Taveuni, also known as ‘The Garden Island’ – a nod to the airline’s heritage.

“Our new planes and stunning new branding is already a great source of pride among the Fijian community, in Fiji and here in Auckland.

“Air Pacific punches well above its weight for a relatively small airline. It is one of only seven airlines to operate multiple international routes from New Zealand, and is the only airline that offers a daily business class service from New Zealand to Fiji and on to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.”

“We already pride ourselves on our ability to deliver award-winning world-class service to our guests from New Zealand, Australia, the U.S. and beyond, and we think we will have a truly winning combination when we combine our superb people with fantastic new wide-body aircraft–the first wide-body planes our airline has ever purchased.

As the only airline to offer a truly Fijian experience as soon as guests step on board, we believe our new aircraft will allow everyone to relax and start their vacation before they step foot in beautiful Fiji itself” added Pflieger.

As a full service airline that provides clients with complimentary beverages, snack meal, onboard entertainment and one piece of checked in luggage of up to 23kgs, Air Pacific’s exceptional service is also evident in their daily Business Class product when guests fly from New Zealand to Fiji.

Fiji Airways will be operating daily connections from across 17 domestic New Zealand cities to feed into international flights for Auckland to Nadi. Further, a total of 13 flights a week from New Zealand to Fiji will take place in 2013 (including CHC-NAN, AKL-SUV & AKL-NAN).

Copyright Photo: Eurospot.

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IAG-British Airways are in discussions with Airbus on a possible A350-1000 order

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IAG (London) and British Airways (London) are in discussions with Airbus about a possible order for A350-1000s according to the Wall Street Journal and Reuters. If ordered, this would be a blow to Boeing and their projected 777X design.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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Aegean Airways reduces its loss for 2012 to $13.4 million

Aegean Airlines (Athens) reduced its annual net loss for 2012 down to $13.4 million, down from a $34.8 million net loss in 2011.

The airline issued this financial statement:

Aegean reports 2012 revenue of €653.4m, 2% lower compared to 2011. Νet result after tax improved to a loss of €10.5 million compared to a loss of €27.2 million in 2011.

Passengers carried totaled 6.1 million compared to 6.5 million in 2011, with load factor improving from 69% to 74%. The number of passengers carried on domestic routes declined significantly by 12% with average fare falling by more than 10%, declining for the fourth consecutive year. International traffic reached 3.5m passengers with traffic from/to Athens declining by 6% whilst from/to other regional airports increased by 10%.

Despite weak local demand, the company managed to improve its operating result reporting marginally positive EBITDA of €2.9 million, given improved performance in international routes with incoming leisure focus, cost management efforts and also more stable conditions in the country during the second half of the year.

The Company’s cash position stood at €149 million at the end of December 2012.

Mr. Dimitris Gerogiannis, Managing Director, commented:

“Our efforts on improving our efficiency and cost structure are ongoing within an environment of declining domestic demand. In 2012 after a difficult start due to lack of visibility about the course of our country in 1H12, we have managed to limit our losses and defend our revenue relative to 2011. The gradual recovery of incoming leisure traffic as of July, as well as our cost management efforts have contributed to the improvement of our results. We need the economies of scale from the acquisition of Olympic Air, which we can only yield post the pending approval from the European Commission, in order to achieve profitable growth. Our best European regional airline award strengthens our efforts and resolve. We continue to invest in strengthening Greek tourism and increasing our international activity by utilizing the capacity which by necessity is released domestically due to declining demand.”

 

Aegean Airlines 2012 results

 

In € 000 2011 2012 %
Revenue 668.218 653.388 -2%
EBITDAR* 61.779 73.394 19%
EBITDA (17.688) 2.944  
Profit / (Loss) before tax (31.153) (12.618) -59%
Profit / (Loss) after tax (27.176) (10.496) -61%

*EBITDAR: Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation & amortization and lease costs

Passengers (million) 2011 2012 %
Domestic 2,96 2,60 -12%
International from/to Athens 2,2 2,1 -6%
International from/to rest of country 1,3 1,4 +10%
International 3,5 3,5 0%
Total 6,5 6,1 -6%
Load Factor (RPK/ASK) 68,9% 74,3% 5,4pp

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon. Airbus A321-232 SX-DVP (msn 3527) taxies at Paris (CDG).

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Hermes Airlines’ Airbus A321 SX-BHS runs off the runway at Lyon, France

Hermes Airlines (subsidiary of Air Mediterranee) (Athens) Airbus A321-111 SX-BHS (msn 642) while operate flight ML 7817 from Agadir, Morocco to Lyon, France with 174 passengers and seven crew members, overran runway 36R on landing late on March 29 at Lyon according to Le Figaro. The aircraft overran the end of the runway by about 900 feet and got stuck in a muddy field. Operations at the airport return to normal the following morning.

Read the full report (in French): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nik French. Operating in Air Mediterranee colors, Hermes Airlines’ Airbus A321-111 SX-BHS (msn 642) is pictured on final approach at Manchester prior to the incident.

Aeroflot to combine Vladivostok Air and SAT Airlines under a new company called Far Eastern Airline (DVA)

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has transferred its controlling 52.156 percent of the shares of Vladivostok Air (Vladivostok Avia) (Vladivostok) (a member of the Aeroflot Group of companies) to SAT Airlines (Sakhalin Airlines) (Sakhalin) (a 100 percent subsidiary of Aeroflot). This move was made following the decision of Aeroflot’s Board of Directors concerning the creation of Far Eastern Airline (DVA) within the Aeroflot Group.

According to Aeroflot, “the new member in Aeroflot Group of companies will satisfy the growing demand for regional flights offering the highest service standards in one of the most impressively developing regions of the country — Russia’s Far East.”

Aeroflot continues, “the creation of Far Eastern Airline (DVA) will contribute significantly to the social-economic development of this vast region with a powerful economic potential and will let Aeroflot Group become one of the leading air carriers in Asia-Pacific.

The establishment of Far Eastern Airline (DVA) is one of the key elements of Aeroflot Group strategy aimed at the creation of a large aviation holding which will successfully compete with the leaders of the global civil aviation.”

Vladivostok Air is the largest air carrier in Russia’s Far East, carrying about 1,100,000 passengers annually on its own fleet of planes. The airline flies to 24 domestic and 13 international destinations.

Vladivostok Air FAs

Copyright Photo: Vladivostok Air. V/A’s flight attendants.

Aeroflot recently celebrated its 90th anniversary of its creation as a state airline. Aeroflot is one of the world’s oldest airlines, founded on March 17, 1923 as Dobrolet. Operations commenced on July 15, 1923 from Moscow to Nizhniy Novgorod. The company adopted its current name Aeroflot on March 25, 1932.

Read the full report from Pravda: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. Vladivostok Air’ Airbus A330-301 VQ-BEU (msn 055) arrives at Antalya.

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SAT Airlines Route Map:

SAT Airlines 3:2013 Route Map

Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. SAT Airlines’ (Sakhalin Airlines) Boeing 737-232 RA-73005 (msn 23100) completes its final approach at Beijing.

Armavia suspends operations, will file for bankruptcy

Armavia Air Company (Yerevan, Armenia) suspended all operations yesterday (March 29) and plans to filed for bankruptcy on Monday (April 1) according to local reports. The company was previously planning to operate through tomorrow but this has changed. No flights are operating today.

At the end, the flag carrier was operating one Airbus A320, three Boeing 737-500s and three Bombardier CRJ200s. One Airbus A319 was operated for the government of Armenia.

Armavia Air company LLC was established in December 12, 1996 and had been struggling financially.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A319-111 D-AVYM (msn 3834) became EK32007 on delivery. However this airframe has since gone on to FlyGeorgia as 4L-FGA.

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US Airways launches Charlotte-London Heathrow service today

US Airways (Phoenix) today (March 30) will begin daily, nonstop service between its largest hub in Charlotte, North Carolina and London’s preferred business airport, Heathrow. The daily flight will supplement the airline’s existing daily service between its international gateway in Philadelphia and Heathrow, and replaces its current service between Charlotte and London’s Gatwick airport, which ended yesterday.

US Airways will operate the service between Charlotte and London Heathrow with Airbus A330 aircraft that features Envoy, the airline’s international business class. Customers traveling in Envoy will experience the remarkably comfortable and private Envoy Suite equipped with an adjustable seat that reclines into a fully flat bed. The Envoy Suite also features personal in-flight entertainment and a 110-volt universal power outlet.

The flight schedule is as follows:

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) – London Heathrow Airport (LHR) London Heathrow Airport (LHR) – Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
Flight Departure Arrival Flight Departure Arrival
730* 7:05 p.m. 8:05 a.m. 731** 10:05 a.m. 2:10 p.m.
 

* Flight arrives next day.

** First day of Charlotte-bound flight is March 31, 2013.

The flight will originate in Miami offering customers in South Florida convenient one-stop service to London via the airline’s Charlotte hub.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A330-323X N275AY (msn 370) arrives at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport hub.

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Virgin Atlantic prepares to launch “Little Red” on Sunday

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) is preparing to launch its new UK feeder service called “Little Red” on Sunday, March 31. The first route will be London (Heathrow)-Manchester. London (Heathrow)-Edinburgh will follow on April 5 and finally London (Heathrow)-Aberdeen will be launched on April 9. The new service will be operated with four Aer Lingus A320s now being painted in the Virgin Atlantic brand.

Virgin Atlantic Careers website: http://careersuk.virgin-atlantic.com/

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason. Aer Lingus’ A320-214 EI-DEO (msn 2486) “Queen of the Cobbles” poses for the camera at Shannon on March 28 after the repainting was finished.

Virgin Atlantic Little Red logo

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Delta to transport nine Major League Baseball teams for the 2013 season

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) begins the 2013 baseball season enjoying relationships with nearly half of the league’s 30 teams.

Delta serves as the official airline of the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals and is a proud partner of the San Diego Padres. Delta also operates team charters for the Braves, Reds, Twins, Yankees, Mets, Pirates, Padres and Cardinals as well as the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays.

Delta has been partnering with Major League Baseball teams for more than 40 years, beginning with its longstanding partnership with the Atlanta Braves.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Delta has had a long history of flying sports charters. The division was expanded with the Northwest merger and has dedicated aircraft. Other aircraft are taken out of normal rotation when needed especially for major events and games. Airbus A319-114 N330NB (msn 1549) stops at Charlotte while on a sports charter.

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JetBlue announces new Boston-Houston Hobby flights

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced it will be adding two daily flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport starting July 25, 2013.

JetBlue’s schedule between Boston and Houston:

Boston (BOS) to Houston (HOU): Houston (HOU) to Boston (BOS):
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:00 a.m. – 9:57 a.m. 10:35 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
1:40 p.m. – 4:39 p.m. 5:20 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Flights operate daily effective July 25, 2013 -

- All times local –

HOU becomes 49th destination from Logan and Houston Hobby becomes Logan’s 74th nonstop domestic destination.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A320-232 N563JB (msn 2006) in the Blueberries tail design climbs away from runway 27R at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Airberlin Group takes delivery of the first Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Niki A320-200 WL OE-LER (Airberlin 08)(Grd) XFW (Airberlin)(LR)

Airberlin Group (Berlin) on March 26 took delivery of its first Airbus A320 with the new Sharklets wing tip device. The pictured A320-214 OE-LER (msn 5522) will be operated by Niki (Vienna).

The group issued this statement:

OE-LER, welcome to our fleet! The Airberlin Group became one of the first airlines in the world to receive its very first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel-saving Sharklets at the Airbus factory in Hamburg on March 26, 2013. The development sees the company further strengthen its position as Europe’s most eco-efficient network carrier.

The aircraft with the Airbus manufacturer’s serial number msn 5522 will fly under the registration OE-LER for the airline Niki, which belongs to the Airberlin Group. Following test flights and extensive technical checks, the transfer of title of the aircraft to the Airberlin Group took place on March 25 before the March 26 ferry flight from Hamburg to Vienna, the home of Niki.

Commenting on the delivery, Ulf Hüttmeyer, Chief Financial Officer airberlin, said: “The new Airbus is the first of a total of 14 Airbus A320/A321 aircraft with the fuel-saving wingtips to be delivered to the Airberlin Group. The Sharklets represent an important aspect of our ‘Eco-Efficient Flying’ program and will contribute towards making the Airberlin and Niki fleet even more efficient and environmentally compatible in future. The delivery of the first Airbus with Sharklets to Niki is part of a sales and lease back transaction between our company and the Chinese leasing company ICBC Financial Leasing with which we have already been working together successfully and reliably for several years in the area of aircraft financing.”

As part of the sales and lease back cooperation arrangement with ICBC Financial Leasing, the Airberlin Group is to add another Airbus A320 with Sharklets to its fleet in June of this year.

The two-and-a-half meter large upward wingtip extensions reduce air vortices at the wings and hence the lift-induced drag. The eye-catching Sharklets developed by Airbus thereby significantly improve the wing aerodynamics and are capable of saving around 1,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions with fuel savings of up to 3.5% per aircraft each year. This represents 55 flights from Berlin to Palma de Mallorca per aircraft every year. Sharklets work according to a functional principle by which the improved lift effect also enables the Airbus equipped with Sharklets to ascend more quickly. This in turn reduces noise on the ground.

Copyright Photo: Airberlin.

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EasyJet to hire 200 pilots for 2014

EasyJet (UK) (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) has announced today it will start this week in its search to fill 200 new, additional pilot positions in 2014. For successful applicants the new roles will provide the first step towards a long term career with EasyJet and will also enable the airline to continue its profitable expansion which recently included launching new routes to Russia and Norway.

EasyJet expects to fill the new positions from several sources including – pilots starting their career, pilots currently flying for the military who wish to join the civilian aviation sector and those who currently fly for other airlines who wish to build a career at EasyJet.

The new positions will be offered across all 11 of EasyJet’s UK bases – Gatwick, Southend, Luton, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Belfast – and across easyJet’s European network of bases.

Those interested can apply through careers.easyJet.com and if successful will start flying with EasyJet from summer 2014.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A320-214 G-EZTT (msn 4219) taxies at Geneva.

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Air China expands on the Beijing-Vancouver route

Air China (Beijing) has announced that starting on May 17, it will extend its Beijing-Vancouver schedule by adding another flight CA997/8, which will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays with Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The new addition will bring Air China’s number of weekly Beijing-Vancouver flights to 11.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A330-243 B-6075 (msn 785) in the special Zijin Hao – Forbidden Pavilion Liner scheme arrives back at the Beijing base.

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Hawaiian signs a contract for 16 new Airbus A321neo aircraft

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES AIRBUS A321NEO

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu), having reached key labor agreements with its pilot and flight attendant unions on the introduction of new aircraft, today announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire 16 new A321neo aircraft between 2017 and 2020, with rights to purchase an additional nine aircraft.

The transaction, which finalizes the Memorandum of Understanding announced in January, is the latest step in Hawaiian’s phased fleet plan designed to supplement its current wide-body fleet of 26 aircraft, expand its long-range fleet, and enable it to open new domestic and international nonstop services to Hawaii. The long-range, single-aisle A321neo will complement Hawaiian’s existing fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft used for long-haul flying between Hawai’i and the U.S. West Coast.

Terms of the purchase agreements were not disclosed.  The order has a combined list-price value of approximately $2.8 billion if all purchase rights are exercised.

Hawaiian’s A321neo aircraft will seat approximately 190 passengers in a two-class configuration (First and Coach) and have an operating range of 3,650 nautical miles.  Hawaiian’s A321s will offer the more comfortable seat widths found in its twin-aisle A330s.

The A321 fleet expansion is expected to generate roughly 1,000 additional jobs at Hawaiian.

Hawaiian currently operates a fleet of 44 aircraft, comprised of 26 wide-body, long-haul aircraft (294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft and 264-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft), and 18 narrow-body 123-seat Boeing 717-200 aircraft for Neighbor Island flights.

Hawaiian’s existing aircraft orders include an additional 12 new A330s between 2013 and 2015, and six next-generation, longer-range A350XWB-800 aircraft starting in 2017. The existing fleet of 16 Boeing 767s will phase out over the next 10 years.

Image: Airbus.

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EasyJet to fly to Norway

EasyJet (UK) (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) has announced the launch of its first ever services from London Gatwick to Bergen – also known as the “Gateway to the Fjords” in Norway. The new route will commence on May 20, 2013.

Norway will be the 33rd country easyJet flies to with the airline expecting to carry more than 100,000 passengers between Norway and the UK annually.

easyJet’s timetable of flights between London Gatwick and Bergen is as follows:

From London Gatwick

Departure Time Arrive Bergen
Mon-Fri 14:10 17:05
Sat 07:50 10:45
Sun 14:55 17:50

From Bergen

Departure Time Arrive Gatwick
Mon-Fri 17:35 18:35
Sat 11:15 12:15
Sun 18:20 19:20

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A319-111 G-EJAR (msn 2412) in the Supporting UNICEF special livery taxies to the runway at Geneva.

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Vueling Airlines accepts its first Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices, becoming the first Spanish carrier to do so. Including this delivery, Vueling’s in-service fleet rises to 61 A320 Family aircraft

Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors. Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the NEO Family. They offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot. The pictured A320-232 F-WWGD (msn 5530) became EC-LUO on delivery.

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Swiss takes delivery of its first first Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) on March 20 received from Airbus its first new A320 with Sharklets. Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four percent on longer sectors.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. Airbus A320-214 HB-JLT (msn 5518) is pictured in action at the Zurich hub today.

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Lufthansa cancels almost 700 flights today due to an employee strike

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) today has cancelled nearly 40 percent of its flights due to a strike by its employees on the eve of wage discussions according to Reuters. According to this report, the union Verdi is demanding a 5.2 percent pay increase for the 33,000 cabin crew and ground staff at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Systems, LSG Sky Chefs and the ground crews. the union also wants a commitment by Lufthansa to safeguard all current jobs.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Meanwhile Lufthansa issued this statement:

Due to a warning strike at German airports this morning it is expected that some flight operationsto and from Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne will be affected throughout the afternoon and evening of 21 March 2013.

Lufthansa regrets any inconvenience to Lufthansa passengers caused by the strike measures and will do its utmost to minimise impacts on passengers. Passenger support and service has paramount priority.

All Lufthansa passengers are urged to check the status of their flight before beginning their journey at My bookings.

If your flight is operating, please plan for some extra time when travelling to the airport, as you may experience longer waiting times in the terminals.

Check currently cancelled flights under

Cancelled flights

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are kindly asked to check on

Online Check-in

if they have already been checked in on an alternative flight. If this is the case, the boarding pass for the new flight can instantly be created online.

Affected passengers please check the status of their booking prior to departure at

My bookings

You might find an alternate flight and can check-in for it here.

Up-to-date information on your Lufthansa flights is available under

Flight status

If your flight to/from Germany has been cancelled:

Affected passengers can refund or rebook their flights free of charge. If your flight has been cancelled and you cannot use the self-service options above, passengers in Germany can contact our Service Center toll-free on 0800-850-60-70* or via one of our local phone numbers.

*toll-free from German landlines

Passengers travelling within Germany whose flights have been cancelled due to the weather may alternatively travel by train with Deutsche Bahn.

To do this, please exchange your etix for a travel voucher under My Bookings or at a Lufthansa check in machine. When exchanging the voucher online you can either print the travel voucher or send it per E-mail/SMS to your mobile phone.

If you do not have the time to exchange your ticket online or at the machine, we recommend you purchase a regular train ticket. In this case we kindly ask for your understanding that you will then be refunded the unused portion of your ticket. As the reason for cancellation was force majeure we are unable to provide any compensation beyond the value of the unused ticket. Please contact your ticket issuing office after your travel for a refund of your unused ticket.

You can receive current travel information under Deutsche Bahn or on your mobile phone via m.bahn.de.

Your baggage could not be forwarded on the alternative flight/train.

In order to deliver your baggage please fill in our Lufthansa Baggage form or please contact the Lufthansa baggage tracing counter as soon as you arrive at your destination. For status updates on your missing baggage please go to Lufthansa baggage tracing online. Check here for further information on baggage liability.

Free of charge rebooking due to strike

Passengers holding a Lufthansa/SWISS, Austrian Airlines or Brussels Airlines ticket for flights from/to or via a German airport on 21 March 2013 can rebook free of charge online under My Bookings.

The following conditions apply:

- the ticket needs to have been issued on/before 20 March 2013
- the new travel date needs to be before/on 30 June 2013
- rebooking within the original fare: Exept for Lufthansa Group operated flights a rebooking can be in the next higher booking class
- departure/arrival city as well as class of travel remain unchanged
- all further original ticket conditions apply without changes

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A340-642X D-AIHX (msn 981) climbs gracefully away from Tokyo (Narita).

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Interjet launches twice-weekly Monterrey-Las Vegas service

Interjet (Mexico City) on March 14 launched new twice-weekly service from Monterrey, Mexico to Las Vegas. This new route follows the Monterrey-San Antonio route which was added previously on November 15, 2012.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Airbus A320-214 XA-JAV (msn 5221) approaches Miami International Airport for landing.

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Routes from Monterrey:

Interjet MRY 3:2013 Route Map

JetBlue to offer premium seating on trans-continental flights next year

JetBlue Airways (New York) plans to offer premium seats on some trans-continental flights next year in an attempt to capture more  business passengers and remain competitive with other carriers already offering premium services according to the Huffington Post.

Read the full report from the Huffington Post: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Airbus A320-232 N584JB (msn 2149) in the Barcode tail fin design prepares to start its run down the runway at JFK International Airport in New York.

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Airberlin returns to profitability with a net profit of $8.8 million in 2012

 

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) is enjoying a financial turnaround. The company recorded a record net profit of $8.8 million in 2012. The company issued this statement:
  • Net result of EUR 6.8 million, 33.3 million guests
  • Group revenue of EUR 4.31 billion, capacity utilization and yield increased
  • Strategic partnership with Etihad Airways provides joint revenue of EUR 100 million, new code share routes expected to provide further growth
  • First “Turbine” measures started – EUR 400 million until the end of 2014
  • 180 positions already cut between January and the end of March 2013
  • As of summer 2013, the Berlin and Dusseldorf hubs will be strengthened with increased flight frequencies and new destinations
  • Revenue growth with fewer routes and increased frequencies: routes will be reduced from 523 in summer 2012 to 438 in summer 2013.
  • Fleet reduction by twelve aircraft to 143 aircraft by the end of 2013
  • The goal for 2013 is operational profitability, break-even at the EBIT level

Over the first months of the year, airberlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, implemented numerous measures of the “Turbine” turnaround program. At today’s press conference on the 2012 results, airberlin’s CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer stated: “With Turbine, we are setting up airberlin in line with the market. We are becoming leaner, faster and are, at the same time, continuously improving our service and flight offers. In the first months of 2013, we have initiated a number of measures. It goes without saying that such programs have a start-up phase and start-up costs. We will reach ‘cruising altitude’ by the end of 2014.”

This two-year program will enable Germany’s second-largest airline to further expand its presence in core markets and to make structural changes aimed at making the company sustainably fit for the future. For that purpose, airberlin will further promote its integrated business model through which the company caters to tourist travelers and business clients. Up to the end of 2014, the Turbine program includes initiatives of approximately EUR 400 million, so as to achieve a sustainably competitive profit situation.

Turbine program with multiple measures started

The turnaround program comprises in particular the areas network and fleet, sales & distribution, products and services as well as operations. The first Turbine measures have already been implemented in this year’s summer flight schedule. The optimized offer strengthens airberlin’s presence in Europe and further expands the long-haul connections to North America. airberlin is carrying out the network optimization by using the principle of increasing frequencies on economically profitable routes. The target is a robust network that is less susceptible to seasonal fluctuations and provides for more productive aircraft and personnel. As a result the airline is strengthening its long-haul hubs Berlin and Dusseldorf with additional long-haul frequencies and improved flight connections. These will increase in Berlin from ca. 7,600 to ca. 11,000, and in Dusseldorf from ca. 3,000 to ca. 4,050. At both airports, the number of weekly flight frequencies will grow by a total of 61 additional connections as compared to the previous year. At the same time airberlin has reduced economically unprofitable routes, with the number of routes decreasing from 523 to 438 on an annual comparison. With the optimized flight schedule, the fleet will be reduced from 155 aircraft at the end of 2012, to 143 aircraft at the end of 2013.

Network and station optimization will result in increased crew productivity. In the future, comprehensive aircraft maintenance (Base Maintenance) will only be carried out in Munich.

In connection with the restructuring cost reductions in personnel are necessary. Between January and the end of March 2013, 180 jobs will have been eliminated.

Airberlin is expanding its service in line with passenger requirements. From mid-year onwards, a modular catering concept will be introduced on the short and medium-haul flights. This will provide passengers with services commensurate with the duration of the flight. An example is the new Business Class seats introduced on long-haul flights.

Net profit for 2012

Airberlin concluded the 2012 business year with a return to profitability. The operating profit before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 70.2 million was a significant improvement over the previous year results. The company’s net income of EUR 6.8 million marks a return to profitability and follows a loss of reported EUR 271.8 (restated: -420.4 million) in the 2011 business year.

In the past year, Airberlin increased its group revenue to EUR 4.31 billion (2011: EUR 4.23 billion). While the number of passengers decreased by 5.5 per cent to 33.3 million (previous year: 35.3 million), capacity utilisation increased by 1.6 percentage points to 79.80 per cent (previous year: 78.21 per cent). This was achieved by a further fleet reduction of 15 aircraft to 155 aircraft and improvements of the flight schedule. Yield (revenue per passenger) improved by 7.7 percent to EUR 120.05 (previous year: EUR 111.43).

The spin-off of the frequent-flyer program “topbonus”, the implementation of the efficiency program “Shape & Size” and the increasing synergy effects resulting from the strategic partnership with Etihad Airways have contributed to the positive development of the operating result. In this context, Shape & Size has contributed EUR 250 million.

“The profit of the past financial year and the successful placement of the convertible bond enabled us to further stabilize the financial basis of the company. The favorable conditions, the swift placement and over-subscription of the bond demonstrate the market’s confidence in our company,” stated airberlin’s Chief Financial Officer, Ulf Hüttmeyer. The goal for 2013 is a break-even at the EBIT level and therefore operational profitability.

The strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, which started at the beginning of 2012, has already shown positive effects within less than 12 months. By the end of 2012, codeshare routes enabled the two airlines to generate together a revenue increase of EUR 100 million. airberlin and Etihad Airways have already concluded almost 100 agreements with companies and sales partners and through synergies have further increased revenue and reduced operating costs. By further expanding codeshare routes with other Etihad Airways partners, airberlin will be able in the future to offer more destinations and increase revenue generated by codesharing. Furthermore, the strategic partnership is increasingly reducing costs for both airlines. For example, in the areas of procurement, maintenance, training and product harmonization, the two airlines are increasingly making use of their synergy potentials and expect these to reach their full potential in the coming years.

Global network established

Wolfgang Prock-Schauer assesses the advantages of the strategic partnership with Etihad Airways: “Our cooperation with Etihad Airways exceeds all our expectations.” This cooperation enabled Airberlin to set up a global route network in the course of the past year. Within one year, Etihad Airways and Airberlin have increased the number of codeshare routes to 90 connections and are flying to a combined 239 destinations in 77 countries. In 2012 alone, more than 320,000 passengers used the common flight network.

Airberlin’s membership in the global airline alliance, oneworld®, which started in March 2012, is also positive. The number of passengers traveling on these codeshare routes increased to 310,000 passengers.

Airberlin CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer added: “Our optimized route network together with the global network of our partners will enable us to be sustainably successful in the future. For that purpose, we need a functional hub in Berlin and the new airport BER that adheres to the operating times as foreseen in the official planning.”

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. The Niki name is being kept alive at the Austrian subsidiary of Airberlin while assuming the brand colors of the parent. Niki-The Spirit of Niki (flyniki.com) Airbus A320-214 OE-LEX (msn 2867) arrives at Zurich.

 

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Iberia puts its first Airbus A330-300 on trans-Atlantic service to Boston

Iberia (Madrid) on March 17 introduced its new Airbus A330-300 on its first trans-Atlantic route from Madrid to Boston. It is unclear if the type will be operated to Miami as planned.

AESA, the Spanish Aeronautical Safety Agency, granted Iberia ETOPS-90 minutes authority. Iberia hasn’t flown ETOPS flights since it retired its two Boeing 767-300s (EC-GTI and EC-GSU).

ETOPS stands for “Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards”. Under ETOPS-90 the aircraft must follow a route that will allow it to reach a diversion airport within 90 minutes if one engine fails.

Copyright Photo: Wingnut. Airbus A330-302 EC-LUB (msn 1377) taxies at London (Heathrow).

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FedEx Corporation reports third quarter operating income of $589 million, down 28% from $813 million last year

FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) today reported earnings of $1.23 per diluted share for the third quarter ended February 28, excluding business realignment costs totaling $47 million primarily related to the company’s voluntary buyout program for eligible U.S. officers and managing directors. Including this year’s realignment costs, third quarter earnings were $1.13 per diluted share.

Last year’s third quarter earnings were $1.55 per diluted share, excluding a $0.10 per share reversal of a reserve associated with a legal matter at FedEx Express. Including last year’s reserve reversal, earnings were $1.65 per diluted share.

“The third quarter was very challenging due to continued weakness in international air freight markets, pressure on yields due to industry overcapacity and customers selecting less expensive and slower-transit services,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer. “In response, beginning April 1, FedEx Express will decrease capacity to and from Asia and will aggressively manage traffic flows to place low yielding traffic in lower-cost networks. We are currently assessing how these actions may allow FedEx Express to retire more of its older, less-efficient aircraft. We remain focused on our strategic cost reduction programs, which are ramping up and on track.”

Third Quarter Results

FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the third quarter:

• Revenue of $11.0 billion, up 4% from $10.6 billion the previous year

• Operating income of $589 million, down 28% from $813 million last year

• Operating margin of 5.4%, down from 7.7% the previous year

• Net income of $361 million, down 31% from $521 million a year ago

As discussed above, the quarter’s results reflect the decline in profitability at FedEx Express due to the accelerating demand shift toward lower-yielding international services and lower international export yields. The quarter’s results were also negatively impacted by the business realignment costs noted earlier and by fewer operating days in each transportation segment.

Outlook

FedEx projects earnings to be an adjusted $1.90 to $2.10 per diluted share in the fourth quarter and an adjusted $6.00 to $6.20 per diluted share for fiscal 2013 before charges related to the company’s business realignment. Costs of the benefits provided under the voluntary buyout program will be recognized in the period that eligible employees accept their offers, predominantly in the fourth fiscal quarter. Including the third quarter costs, the company now expects the fiscal 2013 pretax cost of the voluntary buyout program to range from approximately $450 million to $550 million in cash expenditures, or $0.89 to $1.09 per diluted share, with some additional costs expected in fiscal 2014. Actual costs will depend on employee acceptance rates. Including the business realignment costs, earnings are expected to be $0.94 to $1.34 per diluted share in the fourth quarter and $4.91 to $5.31 per diluted share for fiscal 2013. This guidance assumes the current market outlook for fuel prices. The capital spending forecast for fiscal 2013 is now $3.6 billion, compared to $3.9 billion in the company’s previous forecast.

In last year’s fourth quarter, the company reported earnings of $1.99 per diluted share, excluding a $0.26 per diluted share non-cash aircraft impairment charge at FedEx Express. Including this charge, earnings were $1.73 per diluted share.

“Our lower-than-expected results for the quarter and reduced full-year earnings outlook were driven by third quarter international revenues declining approximately $100 million versus our guidance primarily due to accelerating customer preference for lower-yielding international services, lower rate per pound and weight per shipment,” said Alan B. Graf Jr., FedEx Corp. executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We expect these international revenue trends to continue. We have other actions under way beyond those already included in our profit improvement program. Some of these additional actions may involve temporarily or permanently grounding aircraft, which could result in asset impairment or other charges in future periods.”

“In early February, a number of officers and managing directors, primarily at FedEx Services and FedEx Express, accepted voluntary buyouts, and on February 15, thousands more team members were notified of their eligibility for the buyout program. This program is one of the first steps in a process that will help FedEx Express achieve necessary cost structure reductions and improved efficiency. In addition to continued profit improvements in the base businesses at FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight, our profit improvement programs are targeting annual profitability improvement at FedEx Express of $1.6 billion by the end of fiscal 2016, from the fiscal year 2013 base business. Collectively, these initiatives are expected to increase margins, improve cash flows and increase our competitiveness,” said Graf.

Stock Repurchase Program Authorization Increase

The FedEx Corp. board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 10 million shares of FedEx Corp. common stock. These shares augment the remaining 188 thousand shares authorized for purchase under existing share repurchase programs. It is expected that the additional share authorization will primarily be utilized to offset equity compensation dilution over the next several years. Purchases may be made in the open market and in negotiated or block transactions. FedEx had 317 million shares outstanding as of February 28, 2013.

FedEx Express Segment

For the third quarter, the FedEx Express segment reported:

• Revenue of $6.70 billion, up 2% from last year’s $6.54 billion

• Operating income of $118 million, down 66% from $349 million a year ago

• Operating margin of 1.8%, down from 5.3% the previous year

Revenue increased due to this year’s business acquisitions and growth at FedEx Trade Networks, while core express revenue was constrained by continued demand shift toward lower-yielding international services. U.S. domestic revenue per package grew 1% as higher rate per pound and weight per package were offset by lower fuel surcharges, while average daily package volume increased 1%. Higher growth in international deferred services continued, with FedEx International Economy® volume growing 12%, while FedEx International Priority® volume increased 2% during the quarter. International export revenue per package fell 3% due to the demand shift to lower-yielding international services, lower rates and lower fuel surcharges.

Operating income and margin were significantly lower due to the demand shift to lower-yielding international services, the prior year reversal of a $66 million reserve associated with a legal matter, the negative impact of one fewer operating day, higher pension cost and increased depreciation expense. Costs associated with the business realignment program also negatively impacted operating results by $34 million.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Airbus A300F4-605R N689FE (msn 875) lands at Baltimore/Washington.

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American Airlines selects Airbus’ Runway Overrun Prevention System for its new A320 family fleet

American A319neo (68)(Flt)(Airbus)(LR)

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has decided to equip all of its new A320 Family fleet with Airbus’ innovative Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) technology. This onboard cockpit technology, which Airbus has pioneered independently over several years, increases pilots’ situational awareness during landing, reduces exposure to runway excursion risk, and if necessary, provides active protection.

ROPS was first approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the A380 in October 2009 and to date is currently in service or ordered on around 70 percent of the A380 fleet. ROPS is part of the A350 XWB’s basic configuration and is also being applied on the other Airbus types being produced today, starting with the A320 Family, with certification on this type expected later this year.

“We are proud to be the first airline to equip our entire A320 family aircraft with this state-of-the-art technology,” said Capt. John Hale, Vice President – Flight for American Airlines. “Our pilots appreciate the operational benefits that this industry-approved cockpit technology will bring to their daily work.”

“ROPS is the result of years of continuing research by Airbus,” said Yannick Malinge, Airbus’ Senior Vice President and Chief Product Safety Officer. “Its selection by American Airlines for its A320 Family fleet underscores the value and significant contribution that ROPS brings to aviation safety. Airbus is proud to be on the leading edge of this technology for our industry – where safety is the universal priority.”

Runway excursion – meaning either an aircraft veering off the side of the runway, or overrunning at the very end – has become the primary cause of civil airliner hull losses in recent years, particularly as other formerly prevalent categories of aircraft accidents have now largely been eliminated. Furthermore, various industry bodies including the EASA, NTSB, Eurocontrol and FAA recognize this and are fully behind the introduction of effective measures by commercial aviation stakeholders to not only mitigate, but eliminate the risk of runway excursions.

In line with this, Airbus is working to make ROPS commercially available to other aircraft manufacturers’ aircraft. The system could be coupled with the mandatory Terrain Avoidance Warning System already fitted on Airbus aircraft and will utilize an enhanced and specifically developed version of its worldwide runway database.

The Airbus-patented ROPS computes minimum realistic inflight landing and ground stopping distances while comparing them to available landing distances in real time. The analyses take into account factors such as runway topography, runway condition, aircraft weight and configuration, wind, and temperature. The resulting outcome produces audio callouts and alerts for pilots, making ROPS an awareness tool to assist the crew in the go-around decision making process and the timely application of ground stopping means.

To regularly enhance the A320 Family’s capabilities and performance, Airbus invests approximately 300 million euros annually in keeping the aircraft highly competitive and efficient. More than 9,400 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and around 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide – reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft Family.

Images: Airbus. Of course the new A319s and A321s will not appear in this old 1968 livery.

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American A321neo (68)(Flt)(Airbus)(LR)

Wizz Air Ukraine takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Wizz Air Ukraine (Wizz Air Ukraine Airlines) (Kiev) has taken delivery of an Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices, becoming the first Ukrainian carrier to do so. Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors.

Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the NEO Family. They offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

Wizz Air Ukraine is the only low-fare, low-cost airline serving the Ukrainian market and will operate a fleet of 4 Airbus A320 aircraft from 5 airports in Ukraine to 19 destinations in 10 countries by summer 2013.

Top Copyright Photo: Eurospot. The pictured Airbus A320-232 with Sharklets with the temporary test marks of F-WWDS  was handed over to the carrier as UR-WUC (msn 5539) on March 15.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Airbus. Another view of F-WWDS (UR-WUC).

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Routes from Kiev:

Wizz Air Kiev 3:2013 Route Map

Wizz-wizzair.com (Ukraine) A320-200 F-WWDS (UR-WUC)(04)(Tko) TLS (Airbus)(LR)

SriLankan Airlines opens a second international airport in Sri Lanka

SriLankan Airlines (Colombo) and the president of Sri Lanka opened the country’s second international airport yesterday (March 18) on the island’s southeast coast.

Air Arabia (Sharjah) became the first foreign airline to operate scheduled services to and from Mattala Rajapakse International Airport, approximately 168 miles south of the capital of Colombo according to this report by Hindustan Times.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Airbus A340-311 4R-ADC (msn 034) climbs away from London (Heathrow).

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