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TUI AG to sell Corsair to Groupe Dubreuil, the owner of Air Caraibes

Corsair International (Paris-Orly), the French airline unit of TUI AG, will be sold to Groupe Dubreuil, the owner of Air Caraibes. Both carriers will be operated separately according to this report by Bloomberg.

According to Bloomberg, “Dubreuil, who sold French carrier Regional Airlines to Air France in 2000, said he plans to sign a lease deal for three A350s from an unspecified supplier, adding to six of the wide-body twinjets that are already due to arrive from 2016 through 2023 — three ordered outright for Air Caraibes and three to be leased from ILFC, now owned by AerCap Holdings NV.”

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Top Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. The three Corsair 747-400s are currently configured in a high-density two-class 533 seat layout and are too big for the current routes and will be retired in 2017. Boeing 747-422 F-GTUI (msn 26875) taxies at the Paris (Orly) base.

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Below Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Caraibes’ Airbus A330-223 F-OFDF (msn 253) holds short of the runway at London (Gatwick).

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Hainan Airlines adds more nonstop flights from Seattle/Tacoma to China

Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) is adding more flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to China. The fast growing carrier will add a new route from SEA to Shanghai on June 22. The new route will operate four days a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) with two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Flight 7956 will depart Seattle/Tacoma at 12 noon (1200) and arrive Shanghai Pudong Airport at 4:30 pm (1630) the following day. Flight 7955 will depart Shanghai Pudong at 1:15 pm (1315) and arrive Seattle/Tacoma at 9:35 am (0935) the same day. Flight time is 13 ½ hours westbound and 11 hours 20 minutes eastbound.

The new service compliments the existing service from SEA to Beijing, which will expand to daily service on June 15.

Hainan started serving SEA in June 2008.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-6088 (msn 906) is pictured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines again is the best on-time U.S. airline for 2014, Envoy Air is the worst

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu), helped by short flights in a good weather state, continues to record the best on-time performance for U.S. Airlines, as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Hawaiian led the list for the 11th year in a row. Here is the full list:

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Hawaiian issued this statement:

Continuing a remarkable streak of on-time consistency that began in 2004, Hawaiian Airlines led the nation’s carriers in punctuality for the 11th year in a row, as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Hawai’i’s largest and longest-serving airline averaged a 91.9 percent on-time performance rating for the full year 2014, earning the top ranking in 11 of the 12 months and exceeding the industry average for the year by 15.7 percentage points. For the month of December, Hawaiian Airlines ranked second, recording an 87.9 percent on-time performance rating.

Hawaiian Airlines also ranked second in fewest flights cancelled among all carriers for the month of December with 0.3 percent, representing 21 cancellations out of 6,426 flights.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, Hawaiian Airlines also ranked first nationally for having had the least number of passengers denied boarding, (also known as ‘being bumped’). During this period, not one of the airline’s almost 2.5 million passengers was involuntarily denied boarding.

Hawaiian Airlines provides daily nonstop service to Hawai’i from 11 gateway cities in North America – more cities than any other carrier – using Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 767-300 aircraft, making it the only carrier to offer wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft for all transpacific flights. Hawaiian Airlines also operates approximately 160 daily flights between the Hawaiian Islands using Boeing 717-200 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N370HA (msn 1511) departs from Los Angeles International Airport bound for Honolulu.

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Hawaiian reports GAAP 4Q net income of $11.1 million and $68.9 million net profit for 2014

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Honolulu), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (Honolulu), today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014.

GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of $11.1 million or $0.17 per diluted share. For the full year, GAAP net income of $68.9 million or $1.10 per diluted share.

Adjusted net income in the fourth quarter of $26.1 million or $0.40 per diluted share, an increase of $14.1 million or $0.18 cents per diluted share year-over-year. For the full year, adjusted net income grew to $97.1 million or $1.55 per diluted share compared to $46.6 million or $0.88 per diluted share in the prior year.

Operating revenue increased to $575 million for the fourth quarter and $2.3 billion for the full year. This resulted in an operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increase of 6.1%, year-over-year for the fourth quarter, and for the full year an increase of 5.6% year-over-year.

“2014 finished on a high note with the company posting much better results than a year ago,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer. “We served more customers than ever before, grew revenues, improved profitability and strengthened our balance sheet. I have our employees to thank for Hawaiian’s performance on the ground, in the air and in our financial statements. Their hard work helps overcome the advantage that our competitors generate through their massive size alone. 2015 will be another year of improvement as long as demand, fuel and industry capacity in our marketplaces remain as forecast.”

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2014 the Company had:

Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $524 million.

Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $1,050 million consisting of the following:
$714 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 11 Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

$137 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.

$102 million in capital lease obligations to finance the acquisition of an Airbus A330-200, two Boeing 717-200 aircraft and aircraft-related equipment.

$30 million outstanding under floating rate notes to finance the acquisition of two Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

$67 million of outstanding Convertible Senior Notes.

Fleet and financing

Retired $54 million of A330 bank debt.

Repurchased $15 million (principal amount) or 18% of convertible notes outstanding.

Executed a purchase agreement with Airbus for six A330-800neo aircraft with deliveries starting in 2019, replacing the previous order for six A350XWB-800 aircraft.

Entered into a new revolving credit facility that has availability of up to $175 million.

Added five new A330-200 aircraft and returned or retired two Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N382HA (msn 1171) prepare to depart from New York (JFK).

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QANTAS Airways introduces its upgraded international Airbus A330 cabin, also introduces the Orton amenity kit

QANTAS Airways’ (Sydney) first upgraded international Airbus A330 cabin was introduced on January 16 on the Melbourne-Singapore route.

Passengers on flight QF 35 from Melbourne to Singapore were the first QANTAS customers to fly on the reconfigured international aircraft (see video below). It follows the introduction of the first domestic Airbus A330 last month, now operating on east-west services and key domestic routes.

The new A330 experience offers lie-flat Business Suites, designed in collaboration with Marc Newson, with a unique feature that allows customers to recline in their seat from take-off through to landing. A next-generation model of the award-winning Recaro seat has been introduced in Economy, and customers in all cabins will enjoy the latest inflight entertainment technology.

More than half of QANTAS’ 28 A330 aircraft are expected to be refurbished by the end of December 2015, with the project to be completed by the end of 2016.

Customers in Economy will enjoy QANTAS’ new inflight dining experience, launched on Singapore flights earlier this week, offering more choice, larger meals and improved service.

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In other news, QANTAS has welcomed Oroton onboard as the latest designer brand to create the airline’s coveted Business amenity kit (above).

The limited edition Business Sleep Collection amenity kit features a signature Oroton styled bag paired with exclusive ASPAR products by Aurora Spa.

The unisex amenity kit has been designed to hold QANTAS’ signature Business pyjamas, eye mask, socks, toothbrush, toothpaste and earplugs comfortably inside.

QANTAS International Head of Customer Experience & Creative Development Kylie Morris said the limited edition Oroton amenity kit was timed to celebrate the inaugural flight of the upgraded international A330 from Singapore to Melbourne.

The QANTAS Business Sleep Collection will be offered to customers travelling in the Business cabin from today on select Qantas international flights from Asia operated by the refurbished A330 aircraft.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by QANTAS). Airbus A330-201 VH-EBA (msn 508) in the old CityFlyer markings arrives at the Sydney hub.

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Video: QANTAS. A sneak peek of QF’s domestic A330 aircraft which gets reconfigured with its lie-flat Business Suites, designed in collaboration with Marc Newson, and next generation model of the award-winning Recaro seat in Economy.

 

BH Air plans to fly to New York and Chicago starting in May

BH Air (Sofia) plans to start trans-Atlantic routes to both New York and Chicago from Sofia starting in May according to novinite.com quoting Sofia Airport CEO Hristo Shterionov. The airline intends to operate four flights a week.

On June 4, 2014 the company leased its first Airbus A330-200 (A330-223 LZ-AWA, msn 255) (above and below) from AerCap.

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Top Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-223 LZ-AWA (msn 255) arrives at Palma de Mallorca.

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Air China to start Chengdu – Colombo flights

Air China (Beijing) will commence nonstop service from Chengdu to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on February 10, 2015.

Air China will operate its Chengdu-Colombo service CA425/6 with Airbus A330 aircraft. The four flights a week will be offered on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The outbound flight departs from Chengdu at 18:30 Beijing time and arrives in Colombo at 21:50 local time. The inbound flight departs from Colombo at 23:10 local time and arrives in Chengdu at 06:40 of the second day. The new nonstop route will be Air China’s fourth one to Southeast Asia after the launch of the routes to Kathmandu, Mumbai and Bangalore by the carrier. It will spare passengers who travel between southwest China and Sri Lanka the trouble of having to make flight connections in cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore, thusly cutting the travel time from 10 hours to 5.5 hours.

China is Sri Lanka’s third largest trading partner, and more and more Chinese tourists visit Sri Lanka. Statistics of 2013 suggest that China has become the country’s largest source of tourists in East Asia.

Chengdu – Colombo route is the first of the kind linking the two cities and represents one of the important moves of Air China to make Chengdu its regional hub of operations. It will solidify the position of Chengdu as a center of traffic in South Asia, and is part of Air China’s endeavor to make Chengdu an international hub of commercial aviation.

Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-6073 (msn 780) departs from Madrid (Barajas).

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