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

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

The airline stated:

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

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

JetBlue fee structure after 6.30.15

The airline continued with their new rules:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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

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

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Wizz Air to launch two new routes to Birmingham

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

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

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

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

Read the full report from our partner ZipanguFlyer: CLICK HERE

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

Peach route map:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Star Alliance votes for Avianca Brazil to join the alliance on July 22

The Star Alliance has issued this statement from Warsaw, Poland touting the accomplishments of the alliance. In the report, Avianca Brazil (OceanAir Linhas Aereas dba) (Sao Paulo) has been granted membership and will join the group on July 22:

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Star Alliance member carrier LOT Polish Airlines hosted the mid-year Chief Executive Board (CEB) Meeting during which the member carrier CEOs endorsed enhancements to further improve the network travel experience offered to customers and gave the go-ahead for the inclusion of a new member in Brazil.


As hosting carrier, LOT outlined its new strategy – a new LOT in a new Europe – under which it plans to double in size over the next five years. In addition to three new connections to Asia – Tokyo, Seoul and Bangkok – it plans more than a dozen new European routes. Announcing the most dynamic growth in the company’s history, LOT said it was competing for leadership in the region and aimed to become the largest network carrier in New Europe.

In their joint discussions, the CEOs reaffirmed the objectives set out by the Alliance’s founding fathers more than 18 years ago, agreeing to continue to build on its key strengths – a global network, a high standard of customer service and making use of modern technology to drive business strategies.

Star Alliance’s aim at launch in May 1997 was to become the leading global airline alliance for the high value international traveller and contribute to the long-term profitability of its member airlines beyond their individual capabilities.

“As a mature Alliance with a comprehensive network and good, close relationships between our member airlines we are excellently placed to offer continuous enhancements in various ways that together improve the Alliance travel experience,” said Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab.

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Avianca in Brazil will be added to the network as of July 22nd this year, allowing Star Alliance once again to offer its customers domestic flights in Latin America’s largest and most important market.

“We are delighted that we can include Avianca in Brazil as of next month, which, together with various new hub-to-hub services announced by individual members, signifies that we will boost network connectivity this year,” Schwab added.

The alliance continued in their meeting notes:

2015 has already seen a steady stream of route additions and more new routes will be introduced by the end of the year. These include for example further increasing choice at the Alliance’s Houston hub, with new long-haul flights by Air New Zealand, ANA and EVA Air from Auckland, Tokyo and Taipei. Air China has launched a new flight between Beijing and Montreal while Air Canada will start flying from Toronto to Delhi in December. A new Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Panama will establish an important link between a major hub in Europa and Latin America from late November.

Complementing the network expansions, member carriers are deepening their bilateral cooperation by signing code-share agreements. Recent examples include Air India and Air New Zealand, Air India and Avianca, Copa and TAP and EVA Air and Turkish Airlines.

In parallel to this organic network growth, the Alliance continues to monitor market developments and will seize opportunities for membership expansion if and when they arise.
With customer service improvement at the very heart of its activities, the member airlines are continuously looking for joint initiatives that will deliver a better experience – in many cases by introducing new behind the scenes technology to improve transactions between the carriers.
The most recent example of how such background changes can bring visible change for customers is demonstrated by Star Alliance’s award- winning home in London Heathrow Terminal 2, now one year old. The Queen’s Terminal, formally opened on June 23rd, 2014 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, uses new technology and processes that allow airlines to work together in its check-in hall, providing a highly automated and efficient service. Customer feedback on the new terminal has been extremely positive.

Dialogue with airports is essential in realising ground service improvements. “We would ask airports around the world to engage with us at a very early stage, as they redevelop terminals or build completely new infrastructures. As the experience at Heathrow shows, this can bring advantages for all,” Schwab said.

Projects are already under way at Sao Paulo – Guarulhos Airport as well as at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. In both cases the check-in halls face space constraints which cannot be resolved by expanding the current infrastructure.

Another service which is currently being rolled out across the network is Gold Track Security – a dedicated security lane for First and Business Class passengers as well as Star Alliance Gold Card holders. This Alliance product is currently available at over 25 major airports and will progressively expanded to the majority of Star Alliance hubs during the course of the year.
The CEOs also reviewed the successful implementation of several new IT systems. These use latest technologies to provide a more reliable and faster service, with better reporting systems in place to diagnose any errors and allow them to be quickly fixed.

An IT hub infrastructure forms the backbone for the majority of the systems required to deliver the Alliance customer promise. This has gradually being extended to handle different forms of business logic and further similar projects will follow. Examples to date include through check-in: which allows passengers to receive their boarding passes for their entire trip from the first point of check-in. Last year saw the introduction of two systems in the field of loyalty programmes.

The one allows faster and better exchange of the frequent flyer data, with the aim of all but eliminating the need to manually claim miles after a flight. The other system ensures the faster communication of status changes across all airlines in the Alliance, allowing customers to make use of their Gold benefits even before a new card is issued.

Schwab said: “Connecting the data networks is just as important as offering ideal flight options as part of our Airline’s schedule. Having our IT Hub infrastructure in place puts us into a unique position to provide the necessary IT technological support required for speedy implementations of new Star Alliance customer benefits.”

In closing, the CEOs reiterated that while adding new members to the Alliance no longer is of the same importance as some years ago, the Alliance business model continues to offer many opportunities for creating additional value for their individual companies. As a consequence, Alliance membership remains an important and integral part of individual member’s business plans, with each airline being able to decide how much value they wish to extract from their Alliance membership.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A320-214 WL PR-ONZ (msn 6110) with Sharklets arrives ath the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) base.

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Synergy Aerospace Corporation signs MOU for 62 Airbus A320neo aircraft

Synergy Aerospace Corporation, Avianca’s largest shareholder and owner of Avianca Brasil (Sao Paulo), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 62 A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement paves the way for Avianca Brasil to base its fleet renewal and network growth strategy on the A320neo Family.

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“These 62 A320neo aircraft will make it possible for Avianca Brasil (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) to take an important leap toward growing and modernizing its fleet, while improving passenger experience,” said German Efromovich, Chairman of Synergy.

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Synergy has ordered 10 A350 XWBs, six A330-200 passenger, one A330-200 Freighter and 20 A320 Family aircraft. Avianca Brasil currently operates 38 A320 Family aircraft and one A330 Freighter aircraft.

Once the order is firm, Airbus will have sold 407 A320neo aircraft to seven customers in Latin America — Avianca, Azul, Interjet, LATAM, Synergy, VivaAerobus and Volaris. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of almost 500, nearly 600 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region. In May, Airbus celebrated its 500th aircraft delivery in Latin America.

Top Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Avianca in Brazil operates the current version of the Airbus A319 and A320. Avianca (Brazil) (OceanAir Linhas Aereas) Airbus A320-214 WL PR-OCD (msn 6173) with Sharklets arrives at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) in the new 2013 Avianca delivery.

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