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Finnair and Airberlin to expand their codeshare relationship

Finnair (Helsinki) is expanding its codeshare cooperation in Europe with fellow oneworld alliance member Airberlin (Berlin).

Finnair’s AY designator will be added to selected services operated by Airberlin or its subsidiary Niki to Bucharest, Catania, Chania, Cologne, Larnaca, Malaga, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos and Stuttgart. Finnair passengers will be able to connect to these cities via Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or Zurich.

Most of the new codeshares supplement Finnair’s own nonstop services from Helsinki, allowing passengers more travel dates and a wider choice of schedules. The codeshares are planned to take effect from early May.

Finnair and Airberlin have been codesharing across Scandinavia and Central Europe since 2010.

Top Copyright Photo: Airbus A320-214 OH-LXC (msn 1544) of Finnair taxies at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Below Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin is gradually phasing out its Boeing 737s. Boeing 737-86J D-ABKQ (msn 37760) prepares to touch down in Tenerife Sur (TFS).

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Volaris to start Leon – Los Angeles flights

Volaris (Mexico City) will start a new route linking the city of Leon in Guanajuato with Los Angeles, California. With four flights a week, the new service is scheduled to initiate operations on June 8, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-233 N518VL (msn 5488) named “Raul” prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Spirit Airlines launches 10 new routes

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) yesterday (April 16) began nonstop service to 10 new destinations and increases service to 18 popular summer routes, including Cleveland, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago. This marks one of the biggest days in Spirit’s history.

New Routes:

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Resumed Routes:

Spirit Resumed Routes

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N502NK (msn 2433) approaches the runway at Las Vegas.

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Air Canada and the Teamsters reach agreement for a new U.S. employee contract

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced it has received confirmation from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) representing the airline’s U.S.-based workforce that a new collective agreement reached February 4, 2015 has been ratified. The new agreement is in effect until June 30, 2019.

The IBT represents approximately 650 Air Canada airport, cargo and call centre employees based in the United States.

This agreement with the IBT follows the conclusion in February 2015 of a new agreement with UNITE representing Air Canada’s U.K. employees until 2019, and the conclusion in October 2014 of a new agreement with ACPA representing Air Canada’s pilots on collective agreement terms for ten years.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-211 C-FDRP (msn 122) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Breaking news: Asiana Airlines flight OZ 162 veers off the runway at Hiroshima

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) flight OZ 162 made a hard landing and veered off the side of the runway tonight (April 14) while landing at Hiroshima, Japan on a flight from Seoul (Incheon). Reportedly 23 people received minor injuries according to CNN. The AIrbus A320-232 (HL7762, msn 3244) (above) was carrying 74 passengers and seven crew members.

According to The Guardian the A320 hit the localizer on the approach. The tail also hit the runway on landing.

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Read the full report by the International Business Times: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. HL7762 arrives at Beijing prior to this accident.

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Airline Quality Rating: Virgin America is the winner for the third year in a row

Virgin America (San Francisco) claimed the top spot for the third consecutive year, but overall U.S. airline performance slipped in 2014, according to the 25th annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR) released Monday. The AQR is a joint research project at Wichita State University (Wichita, Kansas) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona, campus.

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Overall, the airline industry collectively declined in the AQR’s four core elements of the study: on-time performance, involuntary denied boardings, mishandled baggage and customer complaints.

Co-researchers Dr. Dean Headley and Dr. Brent Bowen agree that the weaker overall performance shows that the recent round of mergers means airlines still have work to do to compete for customer loyalty.

Dr. Headley is the associate professor of marketing at the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University. Dr. Bowen is the dean of College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., campus.

An electronic version of the full report, with details on each airline, is available at http://airlinequalityrating.com.

Below is the 2014 numerical ranking of the nation’s leading 12 airlines, according to the AQR, with 2013 ranking in parentheses:

Virgin America (1)
Hawaiian (3)
Delta (4)
JetBlue (2)
Alaska (5)
Southwest (8) (includes AirTran)
American (9) (includes USAirways)
Frontier (11)
United (12) (includes Continental)
SkyWest (14)
ExpressJet (13)
Envoy/ American Eagle (15)

On-time performance – Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time performance (91.9 percent) for 2014, and Envoy/American Eagle had the worst (68.8 percent).

Denied boardings – Virgin America and Hawaiian are the industry leaders in avoiding denied boarding incidents with a rate of 0.09 and 0.12 per 10,000 passengers, respectively. ExpressJet and SkyWest had the highest involuntary denied boarding rate at 2.71 per 10,000 passengers for both airlines.

Baggage handling – Virgin America had the best baggage handling rate (0.95 mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers) and Envoy/American Eagle had the worst baggage handling rate (9.02 mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers).

Consumer complaints – Alaska had the lowest consumer complaint rate (0.42 per 100,000 passengers). Frontier had the highest consumer complaint rate (3.91 per 100,000 passengers).

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N835VA (msn 4448) of Virgin America taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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Frontier dedicates Orville, the Red Cardinal, to the State of Ohio

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver), as previously reported, has painted its second aircraft in the new livery. The pictured Airbus A320-214 N228FR (msn 5526), named Orville, the red Cardinal, is also dedicated to the Buckeye State of Ohio where it has been expanding at Cleveland and Cincinnati. N228FR is also dedicated to aviation explorer Orville Wright. The cardinal is also the state bird of Ohio. The airline has now issued this new Orville and Wilbur Wright video and photo.

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Above Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. N228FR arrives at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (click on the photo for the full size view).

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Photo Below: Frontier Airlines. The two actors portraying Orville (1871 – 1948) and Wilbur (1867 – 1912) Wright.

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Video: Frontier Airlines. We’d like to introduce the newest animal to our fleet, dedicated to the state of Ohio, Orville the Red Cardinal! Check out our video to meet Orville:

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