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Airberlin to introduce a “Fan Force One” World Cup Airbus A320 logo jet in association with Bitburger

Fan Force One logo

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) on Saturday (April 19) in association with German beer brewery Bitburger will introduce its Airbus A320-214 registered as D-ABFK (msn 4433) in a special “Fan Force One” color scheme for the FIFA World Cup. The aircraft will be painted and unveiled at Munich.

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JetBlue to launch Pittsburgh-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood service on October 29

JetBlue Airways (New York) will launch a new route to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) on October 29, 2014 from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. The service will complement JetBlue’s existing route from Pittsburgh to Boston Logan International Airport, and is one of five upcoming routes announced for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood in 2014/15.

JetBlue currently operates 26 nonstop routes out of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, with five more new routes already announced to begin in 2014/15. On May 1, JetBlue will add three new nonstop routes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood to Montego Bay (Jamaica), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic). Next year, the airline also intends to launch a nonstop route to Albany, NY.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N521JB (msn 1452) in the “Stripes” tail design taxies to runway 09L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Gulf Air to return to Athens on June 16

Gulf Air (Bahrain) has announced that it will be resuming its flights to Athens, with four weekly flights to Athens International Airport starting on June 16.

Gulf Air’s four weekly flights will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration, featuring 14 Falcon Gold Class seats and 96 Economy Class seats.

Gulf Air took the difficult decision to suspend services to Athens in March 2012 for commercial reasons following a prolonged period of challenging operating conditions.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 A9C-AF (msn 4158) arrives in Doha.

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Newcomer Qingdao Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A320

Qingdao Airlines (Qingdao, Shandong Province), a Chinese start-up airline, has taken delivery of the company’s first ever aircraft, an Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklets, on lease from Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC). The airline will become a new operator and make its first commercial flight from its home base of Qingdao in Eastern China to Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province in Southwestern China, later in April.

The A320, powered by CFM56 engines, features a comfort two-class cabin with eight business and 144 economy class seats.

Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and standard on all members of the new A320neo family. They offer operators up to four per cent fuel burn reduction on longer range sectors and provide the flexibility of either adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

Qingdao Airlines placed an order for 23 A320 Family aircraft in 2013 (see photo below).

Qingdao-Airbus Signing Ceremony (Airbus)(LR)

Top Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured A320-214 D-AXAJ at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) became B-9955 (msn 6061) on the hand over yesterday (April 10).

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Iberia Group is adding new destinations

Iberia Group (Iberia and Iberia Express) (Madrid) has announced new routes from its Madrid hub.

Iberia Express has already added a new route to Stockholm (Arlanda) with two weekly flights. It will also add a new route to Amsterdam with twice-daily service starting on July 1.

Iberia Express is also increasing the number of flights to Berlin, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt.

Iberia will add daily service to Istanbul starting on June 20. Santo Domingo will be added on September 1 with five weekly nonstop flights. Athens, which has been a summer route, will become a new year-round route.

Iberia is adding three weekly frequencies to Chicago (O’Hare) for the summer, two more to Panama City starting in July and additional frequencies to Brussels, Geneva, Munich, Rome, Tel Aviv, Venice and Zurich. Iberia has also resumed nonstop flights to Boston and Los Angeles and will also operate summer routes to Dubrovnik, St. Petersburg (Russia) and Zagreb.

Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron/AirlinersGallery.com. Iberia Express’ Airbus A320-216 EC-LVQ (msn 5590) climbs away from the Madrid hub.

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JetBlue Airways announces its “One Thing That’s Green” campaign (besides the Jets logo jet)

JetBlue Airways (New York) today (April 7) announced its seventh annual “One Thing That’s Green” (OTTG) campaign.

The airline issued this statement:

This year’s initiative will bring a little greenery to the scenery of several BlueCities. Customers and crewmembers throughout JetBlue’s network are encouraged to vote to spruce up their local communities with green spaces. JetBlue is continuing its long-standing partnership with New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the MillionTreesNYC initiative for a tree-planting event in New York. The airline will also align with Charles River Watershed Association, Seventh Generation and Bobble to clean up Boston’s Charles River.

Throughout the month of April, customers and community members can visit Facebook.com/JetBlue to vote for JetBlue’s next green space. Customers can vote by selecting their favorite BlueCity from the route map on the One Thing That’s Green Facebook tab. Customers will be able to vote multiple times for the BlueCity they hope will receive the next green space after liking JetBlue’s Facebook page. JetBlue will announce the community it has selected on May 1 and the green space builds will take place in the fall.

JetBlue Community Volunteers (JetBlue)(LR)

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways.

“Our annual One Thing That’s Green campaign literally breathes new life into local communities. This year we are asking our customers where they would like to see more greenery and vibrant green spaces in their local neighborhoods,” said Icema Gibbs, JetBlue’s director corporate social responsibility. “Over the past seven years, we’ve played a small part in creating a healthier planet by planting more than 3,000 trees and cleaning 35,000 tons of trash in New York City. Our goal is to improve air quality and enhance the local communities where we live and serve. This year, we will add Boston to our efforts and provide a day of fun and festivities as our crewmembers and neighbors help clean the beloved Charles River.”

To celebrate Earth Day, the airline will plant trees and participate in community clean-ups in New York and Boston. On April 19, crewmembers and customers will work together to plant trees right in JetBlue’s backyard in Queens, New York. More than 250 volunteers will work side-by-side to plant 100 trees, clean up public spaces and beautify a garden in New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Woodside Houses in Woodside, Queens. This tree-planting event is an important step in the continued rebuilding of New York City’s tree canopy.

“Over the years, our annual plantings with JetBlue gave root to more than 3,500 trees throughout the city, and brought over 3,000 New Yorkers together for a great, common cause,” said Deborah Marton, NYRP’s executive director. “We’re looking forward to continuing this wonderful tradition and demonstrating how great partnerships can make our city stronger, healthier, and more beautiful.”

On April 26, 1,200 crewmembers, customers and community members will also volunteer to help clean up the Charles River in Boston. JetBlue will also host a celebration festival at the Hatch Shell on the River and will raffle tickets to attendees. Community members can register at http://www.charlesriver.org to participate from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Charles River Watershed Association was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles River. Initiatives over the last four decades have dramatically improved the quality of water in the watershed.

“We are thrilled the 15thAnnual Earth Day Charles River is part of JetBlue’s One Thing That’s Green campaign this year. This collective effort further exemplifies how citizens and businesses can come together and make a positive impact in our communities through environmental stewardship,” said Charles River Watershed Association Executive Director, Robert Zimmerman, Jr.

This year’s One Thing That’s Green campaign solidifies JetBlue’s rooted in humanity environmental responsibility stance. Environmental responsibility and its connection to sustainability are key pillars of JetBlue’s corporate responsibility platform. Since 2008, more than 3,000 JetBlue crewmembers and customers have planted more than 3,500 trees and cleaned nearly three tons of trash in areas including in East Harlem, Manhattan; Forest Hills, Queens; Jamaica, Queens; Highland Park, Brooklyn/Queens and Long Island City, Queens in an effort to rebuilding New York and its communities.

Created by JetBlue to encourage healthier communities through a healthy planet, the One Thing That’s Green annual campaign highlights the airline’s commitment to environmentalism and giving back in the communities it serves. The day-long tree planting events in New York and Boston will take place rain or shine and will include giveaways, complimentary breakfast and lunch, and family-fun activities.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The New York Jets-adorned Airbus A320-232 N746JB (msn 3622) arrives in Los Angeles.

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Israir Airlines to introduce four new routes

Israir Airlines (Tel Aviv) will commenced weekly Airbus A320 service to Stuttgart, Germany starting on June 4 according to Airline Route.

The company is also introducing three new routes this summer to Memmingen (May 30), Tbilisi (April 2) and Verona (April 3).

Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 4X-ABF (msn 4354) prepares to land in Moscow (Domodedovo).

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Air Canada is folding Air Canada Jetz, will fly seasonal Ottawa-Fort Lauderdale flights

Air Canada (Montreal) is giving up on its charter division called Air Canada Jetz.

Air Canada Jetz logo

According to the Ottawa Citizen, Air Canada has made a “business decision to exit this segment of the market,” which it has been operating since 2001. The division will shut down this year when the current contracts expire.

The division’s main customers are sports teams, entertainment bands and political parties.

Air Canada lists past and current customers:

Rogers Communications
Phil Collins
Bruce Springsteen
U2
Rolling Stones
Spice Girls
United Jewish Association
CIBC
Honda
Toyota
American Express
Novapharm
Berlex
Comcast
CTV
Lombard
And many more…
Professional sports teams:

Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Raptors
Edmonton Oilers
Calgary Flames
Vancouver Canucks
And more…

In other news, Air Canada has announced it will operate seasonal nonstop flights every Monday and Saturday from July 5 to September 1, 2014, between Ottawa and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida.

Copyright Photo: Eddie/Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com (all other images by Air Canada). Airbus A320-211 C-FPWD (msn 231) touches down in Las Vegas.

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Wizz Air Ukraine evolves and moves its assets to Kiev and western Ukraine

Wizz Air Ukraine (Kiev) has announced a new route that will connect the Ukrainian capital of Kiev with Naples in Italy. The route will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft starting on June 14 2014.

Wizz Air (Ukraine) Kiev 3.2014 Route Map

Wizz Air Ukraine’s route network from Kiev will now consist of a total of 14 routes to six different countries.

Wizz Air (Ukraine) Donetsk 3.2014 Route Map

Meanwhile the company is suspending flights from the eastern Russian-speaking city of Donetsk (above map) in the Ukraine to Budapest, Rome (Fiumicino), Bergamo (Orio al Serio, near Milan), Larnaca and Dortmund.

Wizz Air Ukraine Lviv 3.2014 Route Map

The low-fare carrier is moving based aircraft from Donetsk to the ethnic Ukrainian city of Lvov in western Ukraine (above map) given the tension in the Ukraine between the eastern and western portions of the Ukraine.

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A32-232 UR-WUA (msn 3531) approaches the runway at Antalya.

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Aigle Azur takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 with Sharklets, will retire its Airbus A321

 

Aigle Azur A320-200 WL F-HBIX (13)(Sharklets)(Aigle Azur)(LRW)

Aigle Azur Transport Aeriens (2nd) (Paris-Orly has taken delivery of a new Airbus A320 fitted with Sharklets.

The new A320 is configured with a two class layout with 36 seats in Business Class and 138 in the main cabin. The new aircraft replaces another A320 from the all-Airbus fleet of twelve aircraft – seven A320s, four A319s and one A321.

Airbus A320-214 F-HBIX (msn 6012) (above) was handed over on March 13 and arrived at Paris-Orly Sud base on the evening of March 13, 2014. The new airliner entered revenue service the following day from Paris (Orly) to Bamako. The aircraft is mainly being used for flights between Paris-Orly and Moscow and Paris-Orly and Bamako.

By adding this new Airbus to its fleet, Aigle Azur has now become the second French airline to operate this type of aircraft, which is the latest generation of the Airbus A320 family.

 

Aigle Azur is planning to operate its last scheduled Airbus A321 service with A321-211 F-HBAF (msn 1006) from Paris (Orly) to Algiers and return on April 3 according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photos: Aigle Azur.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Pepscl/Airlinersgallery.com. The pictured A321-211 F-HBAB (msn 823) in the old 2001 colors was previously returned to GATX on September 30, 2013 and is now with Atlasjet as TC-ATZ.

Aigle Azur (2013) logo

Besides Moscow, Aigle Azur specializes in connecting Paris (Orly) with destinations in Portugal and Africa:

Aigle Azur 3.2014 Route Map

Vueling to add five seasonal flights this summer

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) will add five seasonal new routes this summer, including twice-weekly Alicante-Santander (starting on June 20), twice-weekly Barcelona-Cluj (June 27), weekly Barcelona-Santa Cruz de la Palma (June 21), twice-weekly Barcelona-Tallinn (June 20) and Santiago de Compostela-Amsterdam (three flights per week) (June 21) per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 WL EC-LUO (msn 5530) with Sharklets approaches Brussels for landing.

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ANA will order 70 Airbus and Boeing aircraft including the new 777-9X

ANA Holdings (ANA-All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) plans to place an order for 20 new Boeing 777-9X aircraft (below) as well as 14 additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The Japanese carrier also ordered six additional Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft (above). ANA also ordered 30 additional Airbus A320 (below bottom) and A321neo aircraft.

ANA 777X (82)(Flt)(ANA)(LR)

This order restores the momentum for the new Boeing 777X project as Japan Airlines had previously defected from Boeing to Airbus with an order for 31 Airbus A50s.

ANA Holdings issued this statement:

ANA Holdings is to place firm orders for 70 new aircraft worth ¥1700 billion at list prices with Boeing and Airbus. The order, approved at a meeting today (March 27) of the Board of Directors of ANA HD, is the biggest in the airline’s history and will support ANA’s drive to become one of the world’s leading airline groups.

The aircraft will be delivered during period of FY 2016-2027 and will increase the size of the ANA fleet to 250 aircraft.

ANA HD has decided to purchase twenty Boing 777-9X, a large twin-aisle aircraft with 15% larger seating capacity, as a successor to its existing fleet of Boeing 777-300 ERs. In addition, ANA HD will purchase six further Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft to support the expansion of its international services until delivery of Boeing 777-9X.

ANA HD will also place fourteen additional orders for the medium-sized Boeing 787-9 aircraft. This will take its total fleet of Dreamliners to 80, confirming ANA as the world’s biggest operator of this fuel-efficient airliner.

The order with Airbus consists of 30 smaller single-aisle jets from the A320 family – seven A320neo aircraft and twenty-three A321neo aircraft, which will replace ANA’s existing Boeing 737-500 and Airbus A320ceo aircraft.

The new Boeing aircraft will be used predominantly on international routes while the new Airbus aircraft will be introduced both on domestic routes and international routes.

ANA Group’s introduction of these new aircraft will help it respond to the needs of the increasing number of passengers expected to arrive in Japan in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and will support the Japanese government’s plans to boost the annual total of foreign visitors to Japan to 20 million.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-381 ER JA783A (msn 27940) approaches the runway at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus did not win a new Japanese customer for the new A350 but got a consolation order for more Airbus A320s which will become the predominate domestic aircraft for the ANA Group (over the Boeing 737NG). Airbus A320-211 JA8946 (msn 669) with additional “Inspiration of Japan” markings also arrives at Narita International Airport.

 

Hong Kong Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong) took delivery on March 24 of a new Airbus A320 that is the first Airbus aircraft to feature Sharklets. The airline’s sixth A320 (A320-214 B-LPL, msn 6003) arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport base at 10 am today (March 26) and will commence service by tomorrow (March 27).

The new all-economy class A320 is configured with 174 seats and will enhance the Airlines’ overall capacity by lifting the fleet size to 23 aircraft. It is also the Airlines’ first 320 aircraft with sharklet wingtip device, which is designed by the manufacturer to enhance fuel saving and improve flight performance.

Hong Kong Airlines, as previously reported, just launched service to Ho Chi Minh City and boosted flight frequency on the Hangzhou and Okinawa routes to three and two flights a day respectively. Two new routes, to Kagoshima and Tianjin, will be inaugurated by the end of March.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 D-AUBU (msn 6003) became B-LPL on the hand over.

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Current Route Map:

Hong Kong 3.2014 Route Map

Virgin America produces its first full-year profit of $10.1 million for 2013

Virgin America (San Francisco) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2013:

Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights:

Net Income: $14.2 million in net income, compared to a year ago quarterly loss of $25.0 million, an improvement of $39.1 million.
Operating Revenue: Total operating revenue of $359.9 million, an increase of 2.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012.
Revenue per Available Seat Mile (RASM): RASM increased 4.1 percent, to 11.79 cents. Both increased load factor (up 1.6 points to 78.5 percent) and yield (up 2.4 percent) contributed to the RASM improvement.
Cost per Available Seat Mile (CASM): CASM excluding fuel costs remained the same year-over-year. Total CASM decreased 1.3 percent to 11.02 cents.
Operating Income: $24 million in operating income, increased by $18.4 million year-over-year. Operating margin was 6.6 percent, an increase of 5.1 points from the fourth quarter of 2012.
Capacity: Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 1.3 percent during the fourth quarter. Stage length decreased 8.1 percent, to 1,426 miles.

Full Year 2013 Financial Highlights:

Net Income: 2013 net income of $10.1 million increased $155.5 million, from a loss of $145.4 million in 2012. 2013 was Virgin America’s first full year of profitability.
Operating Revenue: Total operating revenue for 2013 was $1.425 billion, a $92 million increase and 6.9 percent improvement over 2012.
RASM: Total RASM increased 9.3 percent over 2012, to 11.64 cents. Virgin America achieved the highest year-over-year percentage increase in RASM of all major U.S. airlines in 2013.
CASM: Excluding fuel costs, CASM increased 3.3 percent, to 6.83 cents. This modest increase was largely driven by network changes that reduced aircraft utilization by 6.7 percent. Total CASM increased by 0.5 percent to 10.96 cents.
Operating Income: $80.9 million, an increase of $112.6 million from 2012′s operating loss of $31.7 million. 2013 operating margin was 5.7 percent, an increase of 8.1 points over 2012.
Capacity: Network changes led to a 2.2 percent decrease in ASMs for the full year. The average length of a flight (stage length) decreased by 5.9 percent, to 1,474 miles.
2013 Restructuring: The Company completed a debt restructuring in May 2013, eliminating more than $300 million of debt and accrued interest and reducing interest rates on a majority of the remaining debt.
Liquidity: Year-end unrestricted cash balance was $155.7 million. Virgin America generated strong operating cash flow in 2013 of $51 million.

Fleet Plan:

2013 Additions: The airline took delivery of one additional A320 aircraft in the first quarter of 2013, increasing the total operating fleet to 53 Airbus A320-Family aircraft.

Future Deliveries: The airline’s total order with Airbus remains at 40 A320-Family aircraft, with five scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2015, five in the first half of 2016, and 30 scheduled for delivery starting in 2020.

Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. Taken from a different perspective at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Airbus A320-214 N854VA (msn 5058) taxies to the terminal.

Virgin America:

LATAM Airlines Group’s 2013 operating profit increases by 605% to $643.9 million

LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines) (Santiago) reported operating income of $234.9 million (US) for fourth quarter 2013, a 166% increase compared to the $88.3 million (US) operating income in fourth quarter 2012. Operating margin reached 6.9%, an increase of 4.4 points compared to 2.5% in 2012. This strong expansion in margins was driven by significant improvement in the financial results of the domestic Brazil operations and the rationalization of international passenger operations, as well as the continued progress of the integration process, synergy and efficiency initiatives.
During the fourth quarter of the year, and in line with the capacity cuts we had anticipated, we strongly decreased our total capacity as measured in ASKs by 4.5% as compared to the same period in 2012. This capacity rationalization was mainly a result of a strong decrease in capacity in our international network, which decreased by 6.5% as compared to the same period in 2012; and the continued rationalization of our domestic Brazil operations.
For full year 2013, LATAM reported operating income of $643.9 million (US), a 605% increase compared to the $91.4 million (US) in full year 2012 (pro forma). Operating margin reached 4.9% an increase of 4.2 points compared to 0.7% in 2012, in line with the guidance provided by the Company.

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Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-233 CC-CQN (msn 3319) of Lan Airlines (Chile) arrives at Aeroparque (Jorge Newbery) (AEP) in downtown Buenos Aires.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 PR-MBH (msn 2904) taxies at Buenos Aires downtown airport, Aeroparque (Jorge Newbery).

 

 

Qatar Airways to add Djibouti on July 27

Qatar Airways (Doha) has announced a further expansion of its route network in Africa with Djibouti joining its ever-growing list of destinations served direct from the airline’s Doha hub.

Thrice-weekly nonstop flights will operate from Doha to Djibouti beginning on July 27, 2014.

The fast-growing airline will launch scheduled flights to Philadelphia and Larnaca in April; Edinburgh and Istanbul (Sabiha) in May; Miami and Tokyo (Haneda) in June and Dallas/Fort Worth in July.

Bordered by Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, Djibouti has an economy that is largely concentrated in the service sector and the country has limited international air services – a void Qatar Airways is set to fill with its huge international network of routes via its Doha hub.

The Doha – Djibouti route will be served with an Airbus A320 featuring up to 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 seats in Economy. 

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 A7-AHG (msn 4615) taxies at Geneva.

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Tigerair signs MOU for 37 Airbus A320neo aircraft + 13 options

Tigerair A320neo WL (13)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Tigerair (Singapore) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of up to 50 A320neo aircraft for future fleet renewal and growth. The deal covers 37 firm orders plus 13 options. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100 engines and will be operated by the airline across its Asia-Pacific route network.

Tigerair, established in 2004 as Tiger Airways, comprises three airlines – Tigerair Singapore, Tigerair Mandala (Indonesia) and Tigerair Australia. Collectively, the Group’s network extends to over 50 destinations across 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The Group currently operates an all-Airbus fleet of 48 A320-family aircraft, averaging less than three years of age.
Image: Airbus.
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Wizz Air to open a new base at Riga, Latvia

Wizz Air (Budapest) has announced that it will open a new Riga base with one new Airbus A320 on 19 June 2014. Coinciding with the delivery of the aircraft the airline will start operating 4 new routes from Riga to Barcelona, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Beauvais (near Paris) and increase frequencies on the services to London (Luton) and Torp (near Oslo).

With the new destinations Wizz Air is now offering 25 weekly flights on 8 routes from Latvia’s capital, representing 85% capacity growth year on year (July 2014). The airline believes its expansion in Riga will also stimulate the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors as consumers will have access to more low cost services. Seats on the new Riga routes are already on sale from just EUR 19.99** and can be booked on wizzair.com.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM RIGA:

To Days Starts Fares from**
Barcelona Wed, Sun 22 June 39.99 EUR
Doncaster Sheffield Mon, Fri 20 June 29.99 EUR
Dortmund Wed, Sun 22 June 19.99 EUR
Paris Beauvais Tue, Thu, Sat 19 June 29.99 EUR

WIZZ AIR’S INCREASED FREQUENCIES FROM RIGA:

To Flights per week
Oslo Torp from 2 to 3
London Luton from 7 to 8

Wizz Air started operations in Riga 4 years ago and already carried 200,000 passengers in 2013.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 HA-LWV (msn 5660) with Sharklets lands at EuroAirport serving the Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg area.

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Routes from Riga:

Wizz 3.2014 Riga Route Map

AirAsia India takes delivery of its first Airbus A320

AirAsia (India) A320-200 WL VT-ATF (03)(Grd) TLS (Airbus)(LR)

AirAsia India (Chennai) has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320 (A320-216 VT-ATF, man 6015) equipped with Sharklets, becoming the newest operator of the type. VT-ATF was handed over yesterday (March 21). AirAsia India will take delivery of an additional nine aircraft for its initial fleet of 10 A320s, to serve India’s rapidly growing domestic air traffic. Powered by CFM engines, the aircraft is configured in an all economy layout with 180 seats.

The new airline is a joint venture between AirAsia Group, Tata Sons and Telstra Tradeplace.

AirAsia India’s fleet will be drawn from the 475 A320 Family aircraft ordered by the AirAsia Group. To date, almost a third of the aircraft on order have already been delivered and are flying  on AirAsia Group’s operations out of Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila and now Chennai. The AirAsia Group has also ordered 51 A330s and 10 A350 XWBs for its long haul affiliate AirAsia X.

Copyright Photo: Airbus.

JetBlue Airways to drop five routes in order to redeploy aircraft on new routes to Washington’s Reagan National Airport

JetBlue Airways (New York) as we previously reported, was awarded a package of 12 more slot pairs at the slot-controlled Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

As a result, JetBlue is forced to move aircraft from underperforming routes to these new DCA routes. This will be accomplished by ending service in the following markets:

West Palm Beach – San Juan: last flight both directions is June 16

San Francisco – Austin: last flight is June 15, Austin – San Francisco: last flight is June 16

Oakland – Washington (Dulles): last flight is June 15, Washington (Dulles) – Oakland: last flight is June 16

Long Beach – Washington (Dulles): last flight is September 1, Washington (Dulles) – Long Beach: last flight is Sept. 2

Buffalo – Fort Myers: this seasonal market will not resume in November

Customers with reservations for these affected flights after the last operating date will be contacted with the option to be reaccommodated on other JetBlue flights or to cancel their reservation and receive a full refund.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N537JT (msn 1785) lands at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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Snowbird Airlines is a new airline in Finland, prepares to launch flights this summer

Snowbird A320-200 (14)(Flt)(Snowbird)(LRW)

Snowbird Airlines Ltd (Helsinki) is a new Finnish charter airline. The company will focus on serving the needs of tour operators and travel agencies and intends to operate flights to Egypt, Turkey, Greece and the other parts of the Mediterranean from Finland.

However the new airline is taking a new approach. The company wants to display Finnish products and invites Finnish businesses and designers to showcase their products.

The attractive logo was designed by Sami Wirkkala and will have a Finnish sister brand of “lumilintu” (Snowbird in Finnish).

Snowbird logo

The new airline plans to launch operations this summer with a single Airbus A320.

Read the full story from lye outset: CLICK HERE

 

All images by Snowbird Airlines.

 

Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways move slowly towards a merger

Libyan Airlines (Tripoli) issued this statement in their website:

Although Libyan Airlines flights to UK remain suspended until further notice, sister company, Afriqiyah Airways (Tripoli) has resumed services between Tripoli and London-Gatwick. Flights presently operate three times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

However the Libya Herald reported on March 3 Libyan Airlines was going to restart its European flights operated by Nouvelair.

Read the latest report: CLICK HERE

Both airlines are owned by the Libyan African Aviation Holding Company (LAAHC).

According to Libya Herald, Libyan Airlines flights (operated by Nouvelair) were suspended to Europe by the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority (LYCAA) in late February after a flight lost ATC communications in French airspace.

Both Libyan carriers must use wet-leased aircraft in European Union airspace.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Both companies are moving slowly ahead in their merger process and hope to complete the process by the end of this year. Meanwhile Libyan will concentrate on routes to Africa and is exploring new routes to Asia according to ATW.

Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-212 TS-INN (msn 793) operated by Nouvelair lands in Manchester.

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Hong Kong Airlines lands in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Hong Kong Airlines‘ (Hong Kong) reported its Ho Chi Minh City inaugural flight touched down in the Vietnamese city at 13:55 (1:55 pm) local time today (March 17). The passengers and flight crew received a warm welcome from the Airlines’ representatives upon their arrival.

Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong – Ho Chi Minh route is operated by Airbus A320 aircraft configured with all-economy class. The flight operates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The new flight service to Ho Chi Minh City is complimented by Hong Kong Airlines’ daily flight to Hanoi, bringing it to a total of 10 weekly flights between Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 D-AUBU (msn 6003) with Sharklets at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) will become B-LPL on delivery.

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Delta Air Lines reduces its code-share agreement with Alaska Airlines at Seattle/Tacoma

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is reducing its code-share agreement with Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport per Airline Route. The move is not a surprise as Delta has been adding its own feeder flights at SEA to support its long-range routes.

Effective June 5, 2014 Delta will remove its DL code on Alaska Airlines flights from Seattle/Tacoma to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.

This will be followed on July 1 when Delta removes its DL code on Alaska flights to Anchorage and Houston (Bush Intercontinental).

Finally the Seattle/Tacoma-Phoenix route will be dropped on December 20, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-211 N333NW (msn 329) of Delta Air Lines taxies at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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Airbus starts the final assembly of the first A320neo in Toulouse

Airbus first A320neo 6101 (Airbus)(LR)

Airbus has started final assembly of the first A320neo (msn 6101) at its Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse (France), with the join-up of the forward and aft fuselage sections which recently arrived from St. Nazaire in France and Hamburg in Germany respectively.

Once this phase is completed, the next stage is the wing to fuselage join-up. Overall it takes about one month to complete the final assembly of an A320 Family aircraft. On average, every seven hours an A320 Family aircraft leaves one of the three A320 Family FAL’s in Toulouse, Hamburg, or Tianjin.

According to Airbus, “The A320neo first flight will take place in the fourth quarter of 2014 and first delivery in the fourth quarter of 2015. The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings and a reduction of 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. With a total of more than 2,600 orders received from 50 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent of the market, clearly demonstrating its leadership.”

Copyright Photo: Airbus.

Newcomer SaudiGulf Airlines orders four Airbus A320s to supplement the delayed Bombardier CS300s

Map of Dammam, Saudi Arabia

SaudiGulf Airlines, a new Saudi Arabian airline wholly owned by Abdul Hadi Al Qahtani Group of Companies has signed a firm contract with Airbus for four A320ceo, to be delivered in early 2015. The aircraft is equipped with Airbus “Sharklet” fuel saving wing tip devices.

As one of the two airlines to obtain carrier licenses to operate domestic and international flights from Saudi airports, the airline will contribute to increase the Kingdom’s air transport links with the region and the rest of the world. SaudiGulf plans to launch its operations out of Dammam (see map above), in the first quarter of 2015 followed by Riyadh and Jeddah.

Previously Bombardier Aerospace had announced the Dammam-based Al Qahtani Aviation Company has signed a firm purchase agreement for 16 CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 10 CS300 jetliners. The aircraft will be operated by SaudiGulf Airlines, a newly launched national carrier from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al Qahtani Aviation Company and SaudiGulf Airlines are both owned by Saudi Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani & Sons Group of Companies (Tariq Al-Qahtani & Bros.).

However the CS300 has been delayed.

Map Image: Abdul Hadi Al Qahtani Group of Companies.

Vanilla Air introduces its new “LOHACO Jet”

Vanilla Air A320-200 JA8391 (13-LOHACO)(Grd-1)(Vanilla Air)(LR)

Vanilla Air (Tokyo-Narita) today (March 14) introduced its first new “LOHACO Jet” special scheme on its Airbus A320-211 JA8391 (msn 300). The aircraft will go into service tomorrow. The airline issued this short statement (translated from Japanese) with photos:

To commemorate the surprise giveaway event tomorrow (March 15) the new LOHACO jet will be flown on flight  JW 903 departing from Sapporo.

According to ZipanguFlyer, JA8391 will promote the new association with “LOHACO, an e-commerce website jointly operated by major online office appliance seller ASKUL and Yahoo! Japan.”

Read the full story from ZiapanguFlyer: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photos: Vanilla Air.

Vanilla Air A320-200 JA8391 (13-LOHACO)(Tail)(Vanilla Air)(LR)

US Airways flight 1702 with Airbus A320 N113UW blows a tire on takeoff at Philadelphia, nose gear collapses

US Airways (Phoenix) flight US 1702 was departing the Philadelphia hub last night (March 13) headed towards Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood at 6:25 pm (1825) local time. The flight with 149 passengers and five crew members was being flown on the pictured Airbus A320-214 N113UW (msn 1141). On the takeoff roll the A320 blew a tire and the takeoff was aborted. Eyewitnesses reported the bounced at least twice. The nose wheel gear collapsed as the airliner came to a halt at the edge of the pavement. The passengers and crew members safely exited the airliner via emergency exits and chutes. The incident closed the main runway for a period of time.

Read the full report from CNN: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Seman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N113UW (msn 1141) taxies at the Charlotte hub prior to incident at Philadelphia.

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Frontier to add six new destinations from Cleveland

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced it will add six new nonstop destinations from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) with the addition of nonstop service to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL), Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida (FLL), Fort Myers, Florida (RSW), Phoenix, Arizona (PHX), Raleigh-Durham, North Caroline (RDU) and Tampa, Florida (TPA) beginning on June 13, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Newly-delivered Airbus A320-214 N221FR (msn 3205) displays “Bugsy”, the tree frog, on the tail as it completes its river approach into Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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Jetstar Airways to launch Melbourne-Ayers Rock flights on June 29

Jetstar Airways (Melbourne) has announced it will commence a four times weekly return service between Melbourne and Ayers Rock Airport (Uluru) from June 29, 2014. Jetstar’s existing Sydney-Uluru route will increase to daily service from June 28, 2014.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 VH-VQP (msn 2573) arrives in Sydney.

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Spirit Airlines to reward its customers who spend the least!

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is taking a different approach than Delta Air Lines and other U.S. airlines for its reward program. The ultra low-fare airline issued this statement:

Spirit Airlines will be offering up to 1,000 bonus miles to all FREE SPIRIT® members who book flights for less than $100 each way*. The tiered bonus structure is designed to award the most miles to customers who book the lowest possible fares, and will be available for any flight purchased today through April 15, 2014 (see chart below).

“We see an increasing trend in other airlines switching to an elitist frequent flier reward system that essentially favors customers who have deeper wallets and can spend more money on their flights,” explains Bobby Schroeter, Vice President of Consumer Marketing. “Our FREE SPIRIT® program rewards customers based on their loyalty and we firmly believe that the more money we save our customers, the more loyal they will be.”

One-way Flight Price* Bonus Miles
less than $36 1000
$36 – $65 500
$66 – $99 250

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N605NK (msn 4548) lands in Las Vegas.

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The 6,000th Airbus A320 Family aircraft is delivered

Airbus (Toulouse) has delivered the 6,000 A320 Family aircraft. Airbus has issued this statement:

This handover involved a Sharklet-equipped A320 received by Air Arabia (Sharjah) during a ceremony at Airbus’ Hamburg, Germany facilities – home to one of three A320 Family final assembly sites worldwide. The jetliner is the 37th A320 Family aircraft received by Air Arabia, a leading low cost-carrier in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Since the A320’s service entry in 1988, ongoing improvements to the A320 Family developed by Airbus – including engine enhancements, aerodynamic refinements such as the incorporation of Sharklets, and upgrades to its widest-in-class passenger cabin – have resulted in the world’s best-selling and most modern single-aisle product line, with more than 10,200 aircraft ordered to date.

In addition, the company is continuing to apply innovations to the A320 Family with the A320neo (new engine option) – which has captured some 60 per cent market share ahead of its 2015 service entry. These jetliners share 95 per cent commonality with current engine option (CEO) aircraft, while incorporating two new powerplant choices – CFM International’s LEAP-1A and the PurePower PW1100G-JM from Pratt & Whitney – along with Sharklets wingtip devices as standard equipment.

Top Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 A6-ANW (msn 6000) was handed over to Air Arabia (United Arab Emirates) (Sharjah) on March 6 and wears a special emblem.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Airbus.

Airarabia.com A320-200 WL A6-ANW (04)(Grd) XFW (Airbus)(LRW)

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways end their interline agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and JetBlue Airways (New York) plan to terminate their interline traffic agreement and reciprocal frequent flyer program accrual agreement, which includes select routes from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and New York’s John F. KennedyInternational Airport (JFK).

Each airline will no longer accept new interline sales for travel on the other carrier. Effective April 1, customers will no longer earn miles or points when traveling on eligible routes operated by the other airline. All American AAdvantage miles or JetBlue TrueBlue points already accrued through this partnership will be credited to customers’ accounts and are not affected. The two airlines are working together to ensure these changes have little impact to customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N922NN (msn 29523) approaches the runway at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N599JB (msn 2336) in the Barcode tail design taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

 

 

Wheel of IndiGo Airbus A320 catches on fire on landing at Kathmandu, Nepal

IndiGo Airlines (Delhi) flight 6E 031 from Delhi to Kathmandu with 175 passengers, one infant and six crew members was evacuated on landing today (March 8) at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Smoke and fire was detected in the undercarriage of the Airbus A320 (the pictured VT-IEU) according to The Times of India. There were no injuries in the evacuation.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 VT-IEU (msn 5092) prepares to land in Dubai.

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How long will Tigerair continue to invest in Mandala Airlines?

Mandala Airlines (Tiger Airways Indonesia) (Jakarta) continues to lose money. As we previously reported, the airline was resurrected on April 5, 2012 as a joint venture between Tigerair (Singapore) (49%) and Saratoga Capital (51%) under the Tigerair brand. According to this report by Jakarta Post, Saratoga will continue to support the Indonesian carrier. There are unconfirmed reports that Tigerair will leave the joint venture.

Mandala suspended nine routes last month as it tries to cut its losses. The airline blamed high fuel costs.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 PK-RMQ (msn 5335) approaches the runway at Bangkok. Under the joint venture, Mandala removed its very colorful Mandala logo on the tail and instead adopted Tiger stripes on the tail. It is still operating under the Mandala name but under the Tigerair low-fare business plan.

Mandala Airlines: AG Slide Show

Current Tigerair routes:

Tigerair 3.2014 Route Map

Air Armenia is coming to Paris and Athens

Air Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia) on April 30 will launch twice-weekly Airbus A320 service to Paris (CDG). The Armenian carrier will also start twice-weekly flights to Athens on the same day per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 EK32039 (msn 1439) approaches the runway at Moscow (Vnukovo).

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Air Armenia logo

International Airlines Group returns to profitability for 2013

International Airlines Group (IAG) (British Airways, Iberia and Vueling Airlines) (London and Madrid) today (February 28, 2014) presented Group consolidated results for the year to December 31, 2013.

IAG Airlines logos

IAG period highlights on results:

  • Fourth quarter operating profit €113 million (2012: operating loss of €40 million) before exceptional items
  • At constant currency and excluding Vueling and one-offs, fourth quarter passenger unit revenue up 2.7 per cent, and non-fuel unit

    costs down 2.7 per cent

  • Operating profit for the year to December 31, 2013 of €770 million (2012: operating loss of €23 million) before exceptional items
  • Revenue for the year up 3.1 per cent to €18,675 million and passenger unit revenue for the year up 0.6 per cent (3.7 per cent at constant currency)
  • Fuel costs for the year down 2.5 per cent to €5,951 million (2012: €6,101 million). Fuel unit costs down 5.0 per cent at constant currency
  • Non-fuel costs before exceptional items for year down 0.7 per cent at €11,954 million. Non-fuel unit costs down 5.6 per cent, down 2.7 per cent at constant currency
  • Cash of €3,633 million at December 31, 2013 was up €724 million on 2012 year end (December 2012: €2,909 million).
  • Adjusted gearing down 1 point to 50 per cent

Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said:

“In 2013, we strengthened the Group by acquiring Vueling, embarking on Iberia’s transformation and enhancing British Airways’ revenue performance. This has led to a strong financial recovery and return to profitability with a turnaround of nearly €800 million. Our operating profit was €770 million before exceptional items, with passenger revenue up 5.8 per cent and non-fuel costs down 0.7 per cent.

“British Airways continued its solid revenue performance this year and we’re seeing cost improvements, resulting in an operating profit of €762 million. This is the first full year that it’s benefited from the additional Heathrow slots and greater network flexibility created by bmi’s integration. Both the A380 and Boeing 787 were introduced into the airline’s fleet successfully. The new aircrafts’ economic and environmental performance has been excellent and customers love them.

“Iberia has made huge progress on cost control as its restructuring takes shape and great credit should be given to all those involved. It has reduced its losses in the year, reporting an operating loss of €166 million. The recent pay and productivity agreements between Iberia and its pilot and cabin crew unions are key to reducing the airline’s costs further and providing the foundation for profitable growth.

“Vueling is a great asset and provides a new cultural dimension to IAG. The airline reported an operating profit of €168 million from April 2013, when we acquired it, and expanded its network across continental Europe. To increase capacity while improving profit margins is a tremendous achievement and underlines Vueling’s value to the Group.

“We have shown strong financial management this year. Despite buying Vueling and increasing our capital expenditure, cash was up €724 million versus last year and adjusted gearing was down 1 point to 50 per cent.

“Quarter 4 saw an improved financial performance from all our airlines and we are reporting an operating profit of €113 million before exceptional items. Passenger revenue was up 4.0 per cent and non-fuel costs were down 4.1 per cent”.

Trading outlook:

In 2014 we expect to make steady progress towards our 2015 Group operating profit target of €1.8 billion, with relatively flat unit revenue growth, and margin expansion driven by falling unit costs.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Vueling has been a good buy for IAG. Formerly operated by Belle Air Europe, Airbus A320-214 EI-LIS (msn 3492) has been repainted at Southend.

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China Eastern Airlines orders 70 Airbus A320neo aircraft, will trade-in its seven A300-600s

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) has ordered 70 Airbus A320neo aircraft according to Reuters. The new aircraft will be delivered from 2018 through 2020.

China Eastern operates both the Airbus A320 Family and Boeing 737 Family aircraft.

China Eastern will also trade-in its seven remaining Airbus A300-600s.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 B-9950 (msn 5668) with Sharklets arrives in Beijing.

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AirAsia to unveil a Taylor Swift logo jet in June, net profit for 2013 falls, AirAsia India moves ahead

AirAsia (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) according to Reuters, saw its fourth-quarter profit drop by 19 percent on higher expenses for fuel and aircraft maintenance.

Net profit for the three months ending on December 31, 2013 fell to 245.4 million ringgit ($75.05 million), while net profit for the full year of 2013 was 364.1 million ringgit ($111.4 million) compared to 789.6 million ringgit ($241.5 million) in 2012 due to the prior year’s gain from the disposal of its shares in Thai AirAsia joint venture.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Meanwhile, AirAsia India (Madras-Chennai) (above), the new joint venture with the Tata Group moves ahead. The DGCA has rejected the objections of other Indian airlines that new joint venture would disrupt Indian airline industry “equilibrium” according to The Economic Times.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

 

In other news, AirAsia announced that it will be the official airline for seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift’s The Red Tour presented by Cornetto, which will be coming to southeast Asia this year. Taylor Swift will be bringing her tour to Southeast Asia in June 2014, with shows in Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

As the official airline for Taylor Swift’s The Red Tour presented by Cornetto, AirAsia will unveil an exclusive Airbus A320 aircraft livery featuring international superstar Taylor Swift.

 

Siegtraund Teh, Group Chief Commercial Officer for AirAsia said, “We are very proud to be the official airline for Taylor Swift’s tour in Southeast Asia, which is aptly named The Red Tour, synonymous with AirAsia’s corporate colors. With AirAsia’s strong route network in Asia, especially in Asean, we are definitely the best people to connect Taylor and her crew to all of her tour destinations. Taylor Swift fans can look forward to spotting the special Taylor Swift branded Airbus A320 painting the skies of Asean Red this coming June.”

“We’ve always taken branding to a different level at AirAsia and this opportunity to work with Taylor and her team marks yet another milestone for us as we continue to build the AirAsia brand globally.  We will be running contests across our network, which will surely be a treat to all of her fans.” Siegtraund Teh added.

Taylor’s The Red Tour performance features two stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, and changing sets. Taylor moves around the venue, giving every audience member a great seat. Taylor plays electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar and changes costumes multiple times over the course of the evening. Her set features several songs from her record-breaking RED album, as well as new takes on other fan favorites.

Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a seven-time Grammy winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. She is the #1 digital music artist of all time, the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure, and is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most Influential people in the world, and she is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year. Taylor, who is signed to Big Machine Records, has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts around the globe.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Airbus A320 for AirAsia India is now painted at Toulouse. Wearing a test registration of F-WWBV (msn 6015), the pictured A320-216 with Sharklets will become VT-AIF on delivery.

AirAsia (Malaysia): AG Slide Show

Iberia Maintenance to maintain the aircraft of newcomer Evelop Airlines

Iberia Maintenance (Barcelona) will maintain the two aircraft (Airbus A320 and A330) of newcomer Spanish charter airline Evelop Airlines (Palma de Mallorca). The renewable three-year contract covers “C” checks and maintenance of airframes, parts and the CFM56-5B4/3 engines at Iberia’s Maintenance facility at Barcelona (above).

Evelop Airlines was founded in 2013 and is owned by Barceló Viajes. Barceló Group acquired the assets of Orbest Airlines in 2013 following the collapse of Orizonia Corporation. Envelop operates for tour operators and specializes in long-range routes from Madrid to Caribbean destinations such as Punta Cana, Havana and Cancun.

Top Copyright Photo: Iberia.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A320-214 EC-LZD (msn 5642) was leased by Evelop from GECAS on November 23, 2013. The airliner still wears the basic livery of Orbest.

Envelop logo

Current Routes:

Envelop 2.2014 Route Map

Virgin America outbids for the last eight slots at Washington Reagan National Airport

Virgin America (San Francisco) has secured the last eight landing and takeoff slots at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). Virgin America outbid Spirit Airlines and others for the last slots according to Reuters. This last allotment comes after last month’s award of 54 slots to Southwest Airlines and 40 to JetBlue Airways (including 16 it had been leasing). The slot sales were demanded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) a precondition for the American Airlines-US Airways merger.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N839VA (msn 4610) completes its final approach from the south into Washington Reagan National Airport.

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Current Route Map: There will now be more Virgin America routes and flights radiating from DCA probably starting with LAX and more flights to SFO. Here are the current routes from Los Angeles (LAX):

Virgin America logo

Virgin America 2.2014 LAX Route Map

 

 

Kuwait Airways firms up its order for 10 Airbus A350-900s and 15 A320neo aircraft

Kuwait A350-900 (93)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City), the National airline of Kuwait, has ordered 25 aircraft including ten A350-900 and 15 A320neo Family aircraft as part of the airlines’ fleet renewal strategy. Kuwait Airways already operates three A320s, three A310s, five A300s and four A340 Family aircraft.

Image: Airbus.

Kuwait Airways logo (large)

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Frontier Airlines to expand operations at St. Louis with new routes to San Francisco, Trenton and Portland

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) today announced it will be expanding service from St. Louis with the addition of nonstop service to San Francisco, California (SFO) (three flights per week) and Trenton, New Jersey (TTN) (three flights per week) beginning on June 13, 2014, and Portland, Oregon (PDX) (three flights per week) beginning on June 15, 2014.

When service starts, Frontier Airlines will offer nonstop service from St. Louis to a total of 10 destinations. Through its partnership with Apple Vacations, Frontier offers service to Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Huatulco, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Domestically, nonstop service is available to Denver, Portland, San Francisco and Trenton. 

Additionally, besides the new St. Louis route, Frontier will expand its service at Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN), in Ewing, New Jersey, with the addition of nonstop service to Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE) and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (MSP) beginning on June 13, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N205FR (msn 4253) with “Ozzie” the orca whale, arrives in Los Angeles.

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Tony Fernandes to restart AirAsia Japan with new Japanese partners

AirAsia’s (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) CEO Tony Fernandes is taking another crack at the Japanese LCC market with the return of AirAsia Japan according to Bloomberg. Tony Fernandes was recently in Japan and stated he was lining up new Japanese partners.

Yoshinori Odagiri, the former CEO of AirAsia Japan will also lead the new carrier with Osamu Hata, previously a chief financial officer at Japan’s Dell unit according to Bloomberg.

The previous AirAsia Japan (Tokyo-Narita) was a low-fare joint venture with ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) that operated from August 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013. The old AirAsia Japan was the fifth subsidiary/joint venture of AirAsia.

ANA turn its portion of the joint venture of AirAsia Japan into Vanilla Air. Vanilla Air’s fleet will grow to six Airbus A320s by next month, eight by March 2015, and 10 by March 2016 according to ZipanguFlyer.

Read the full report on the second coming of AirAsia Japan from ZipanguFlyer: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-216 JA03AJ (msn 5325) of the first version AirAsia Japan taxies at the Tokyo (Narita) base.

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Hong Kong Airlines to launch service to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on March 17

Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong) has announced it will launch a three-time weekly service between Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam.

From March 17, Hong Kong Airlines will deploy an all-economy class Airbus A320 aircraft on the route, which will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The new service to Ho Chi Minh City is complimented by the airlines’ daily flight to Hanoi, bringing it to a total of 10 weekly flights between Hong Kong and Vietnam.

The flight schedule for Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) is as follows:

Flight no. Route Departure/Arrival time* Frequency

HX 534 Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City 12:20/13:55 Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

HX 535 Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong 15:00/18:30 Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 B-LPB (msn 4970) lands at Tokyo (Narita).

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*All local time

Frontier Airlines to partially fill the void at Cleveland

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced it will be expanding its ultra-low fare service at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) with the addition of year-round nonstop service to Orlando, Florida (MCO) and seasonal nonstop service to Seattle/Tacoma, Washington (SEA), beginning on June 13, 2014.

Frontier Airlines just launched a new service to Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing, New Jersey on February 13. Frontier also provides nonstop service to its main hub in Denver, Colorado as well as nonstop service to both Cancun and Punta Cana in partnership with Apple Vacations. In June, frequency of service from Cleveland to Denver will increase from five flights per week to 12 flights per week.

Following is the schedule for Frontier’s new Cleveland – Orlando service**: 

Route

Effective

Frequency

Aircraft

Orlando

June 13, 2014

Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat

A320

Following is the schedule for Frontier’s new Cleveland – Seattle service**: 

Route

Effective

Frequency

Aircraft

Seattle

June 15, 2014

Tues/Thurs/Sun

A320

This new service from Cleveland will operate on 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.

*All transportation fees and taxes included.

In other news, Frontier Airlines has received approval for gate-to-gate personal electronic device use from the Federal Aviation Administration. Passengers flying with Frontier can now use personal electronic devices in “airplane mode” during all phases of flight.

Prior to the new policy, customers were required to turn off and stow all electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, landing and when the aircraft was below 10,000 feet. With the new policy, passengers flying with Frontier Airlines may utilize smart phones, tablets and other small electronic devices in airplane mode at any time during taxi, takeoff and during flight, unless otherwise instructed by a crew member. Laptops must continue to be stowed during taxi, takeoff and landing.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N220FR (msn 5661) with Sharklets approaches the runway at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS).

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Spirit Airlines announces new seasonal summer routes

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced several new routes starting just in time for the peak summer travel season. Joining the list is new nonstop seasonal service between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). This new service will consist of one daily seasonal nonstop flight operating between May 22, 2014 and November 1, 2014.

Spirit recently announced seasonal service operating May 22, 2014 through November 1, 2014 from Chicago/O’Hare (ORD) to Baltimore/Washington, DC (BWI) and Portland, OR (PDX); operating May 1, 2014 through November 1, 2014 from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Baltimore/Washington, DC (BWI) and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH); and daily year-round nonstop service between Chicago/O’Hare and Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area beginning May 1, 2014. 

Schedules:

Spirit’s Chicago/O’Hare (ORD) – Baltimore/Washington (BWI) service May 22, 2014 – November 1, 2014:
 
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Chicago/O’Hare – Baltimore/Washington 8:00 AM 10:50 AM 368 0 Daily
Baltimore – Chicago/O’Hare 8:55 PM 9:56 PM 369 0 Daily
Spirit’s Chicago/O’Hare (ORD) – Portland, OR (PDX) service May 22, 2014 – November 1, 2014:
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Chicago/O’Hare – Portland 8:45 PM 11:25 PM 655 0 Daily
Portland – Chicago/O’Hare 12:10 AM 6:00 AM 654* 0 Daily
* = Effective May 23, 2014
Spirit’s Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) – Houston (IAH) service May 1, 2014 – November 1, 2014:
 
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Minneapolis-St. Paul - Houston 6:56 PM 9:49 PM 281** 0 Daily
Minneapolis-St. Paul - Houston 8:16 PM 11:08 PM 281*** 0 Daily
Houston – Minneapolis-St. Paul 6:00 AM 8:44 AM 346** 0 Daily
Houston – Minneapolis-St. Paul 7:00 AM 9:44 AM 346*** 0 Daily
Spirit’s Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) – Baltimore/Washington (BWI) service May 1, 2014 – November 1, 2014:
 
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Minneapolis-St. Paul - Baltimore/Washington 9:27 AM 12:57 PM 106** 0 Daily
Minneapolis-St. Paul - Baltimore/Washington 4:45 PM 8:15 PM 106*** 0 Daily
Baltimore – Minneapolis-St. Paul 12:05 PM 1:47 PM 105*** 0 Daily
Baltimore – Minneapolis-St. Paul 1:36 PM 3:19 PM 105** 0 Daily
** = Effective May 1, 2014 – May 21, 2014 only
*** = Effective May 22, 2014
Spirit’s Oakland (OAK) – Chicago/O’Hare (ORD) service beginning May 1, 2014:
 
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Oakland – Chicago/O’Hare 9:10 AM 3:18 PM 872 0 Daily
Chicago/O’Hare – Oakland 3:20 PM 5:55 PM 209 0 Daily

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N618NK (msn 5458) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The new logo jet is part of Spirit’s new advertising program to enhance revenues. N618NK is a partnership ad that promotes Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The pictured left side has “Greetings from Dallas” showing scenes from Dallas. The other side has “Greetings from Fort Worth”.

Spirit Airlines: AG Slide Show

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VietJetAir signs purchase agreement for 42 Airbus A320neo, 14 A320ceo and seven A321ceo aircraft

VietJetAir.com A320s and A321 Formation (Airbus)(LRW)

VietJetAir (VietJetAir.com) (Ho Chi Minh City) today signed a purchase agreement for 42 Airbus A320neo, 14 A320ceo and seven A321ceo jetliners, plus 30 additional purchase rights.  Eight more A320 Family aircraft will be leased from third-party lessors.

Dr. Dinh Viet Phuong, the airline’s Vice President – Business Development, explained that VietJetAir had captured a 26.2 percent domestic market share by the end of 2013, and became profitable in its second year of operation – serving 16 domestic routes and four international destinations with load factors of over 90 percent.

Image: Airbus.

VietJetAir: AG Slide Show

 

Virgin America teams up with Here On Biz to connect business passengers

Virgin America (San Francisco) has issued this statement about teaming up with Here On Biz:

Virgin America and Here On Biz, the app that ensures entrepreneurs never miss an opportunity to connect, have teamed up to launch the first in-flight social network – rolling out on all domestic Virgin America flights by the end of February.  With a growing following of always-connected, tech-forward business travelers, Virgin America will offer guests on flights nationwide the opportunity to “network on the fly” at 35,000 feet.  Travelers can download the free Here On Biz app from the Apple App store before their flight and use it in the air to locate LinkedIn connections on their Virgin America flight, at the airport or en route to a conference.  Relying on the airline’s fleetwide Gogo In-Flight WiFi network and purpose-built APIs that identify an aircraft’s location in the air, Here On Biz’s geo-location technology offers travelers the chance to connect via the app with guests on their specific flight, guests on other Virgin America flights in the air, or fellow travelers at their destination.  This month through July 2014, guests on all domestic Virgin America flights can access the Here On Biz app for free through the Gogo network.  App users can manage their privacy settings, so that travelers can shut off or limit their visible connections to others onboard.

In 2013, Virgin America surveyed a portion of its top Elevate frequent flyers in its New York, San Francisco and Dallas markets.  The ability to network in-flight with other Virgin America flyers was a suggestion that came out of these focus group sessions.  The Here On Biz app allows users to see business professionals nearby who are interesting and allows users to chat with those they are connected to.  The app provides the real time location of a user’s contacts through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and those in the user’s address book who use the app.  In a unique partnership with Gogo and Virgin America, the app is now taking networking to 35,000 feet.

How the Virgin America-Here on Biz In-Flight network works:

  1. Download the new Here On Biz iOS app from the mobile app store before your flight.
  2. Register a new account using your LinkedIn profile.
  3. Rolling out to all domestic flights by the end of February, guests can start connecting when they log in at a gate or onboard at 35,000 feet via Gogo on Virgin America. App users will be able to connect with other Virgin America guests traveling on their particular flight, other travelers on any Virgin America aircraft currently airborne, or fellow Virgin America guests at their destination.

In May 2009, Virgin America became the first airline to offer fleetwide WiFi and today remains the only U.S airline to offer WiFi on every flight.  In 2011, the airline became the first carrier to launch Gogo’s improved ATG-4 WiFi service on select flights.  The ATG4 technology increases WiFi capacity by approximately four times the current performance through the addition of directional antenna, dual-modem and EV-DO Rev. B technologies.  The airline intends to complete its fleetwide installation of ATG-4 in 2014.  Virgin America is further investing in the connectivity of its fleet as the launch partner for Gogo’s next generation Ground to Orbit satellite WiFi technology. With power outlets at every seat, Virgin America regularly sees more than one-third of guests logging on to in-flight WiFi on its more popular long-haul flights.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N361VA (msn 5515) with Sharklets prepares to start its takeoff roll at Los Angeles International Airport.

Virgin America: AG Slide Show

Current Routes from San Francisco:

Virgin America 2.2014 SFO Route Map

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