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Malaysia Airlines to rebrand with a possible name change

Malaysia Airlines (Malaysia Airlines Berhad-MAB) (Kuala Lumpur) will undergo a rebrand process, including a possible name change, in the first quarter of 2016 according to a report by stuff.co.nz. A rebranding strategy will be announced in December.

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YTO Airlines to acquire Boeing-converted 737-800 freighters

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YTO AIrlines (YTO Express) (Hangzhou) is a new Chinese airline proposing to add Boeing-converted 737-800 freighters. The new airline is planning to finalize an order for 15 Boeing 737-800BCFs.

The new airline commenced cargo operations on September 26, 2015 from Hangzhou to Chengdu with a Boeing 737-300F freighter (737-36Q (SF) B-2505, msn 28657) leased from Donghai Airlines.

Boeing has issued this statement:

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Boeing is extremely pleased to enter into an agreement with YTO Airlines to provide the airline with 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs) pending a planned program launch.

“We are honored that YTO Airlines has chosen to partner with Boeing as it expands its operations and freighter fleet,” said Rick Anderson, vice president of sales, Commercial Aviation Services. “We are confident the 737-800BCF—with its more advanced avionics, better fuel efficiency and lower operating costs—will provide the airline with a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

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The 737-800 will be the first Next-Generation 737 that Boeing offers for conversion. Through its 737 freighter conversion program, Boeing will support customers in the narrow-body freighter market, a segment of the freighter market growing quickly around the world.

YTO Airlines is a Hangzhou-based Chinese express cargo carrier backed by Shanghai YTO Express Investment (Group) Co., Ltd. The carrier currently operates a fleet of Boeing 737-300F airplanes, providing domestic and international air cargo services.

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Airberlin retires its last “own” Boeing 737-700, delivers it to Ruili Airlines

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Airberlin (Berlin) is marching towards an all-Airbus fleet in the near future. However TUIfly is likely to operate the Boeing 737 type for Airberlin until at least 2019.

The company retired their last “own” Boeing 737-700 (D-ABLD) with the delivery to Ruili Airlines (Kunming) this month as B-6110 via Azur Aviation as N317AB.

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The last AB revenue service for D-ABLD was from Milan (Linate) to Berlin (Tegel) on August 9, 2015 as flights BER 725C / AB 8739.

Delivery to Ruili Airlines via Azur Aviation was conducted on September 22-23 (Budapest – Almaty – Tianjin – Kunming).

The remaining six 737-700s (D-AGEC, D-AHXC, D-AHXE, D-AHXF, D-AHXG and D-AHXJ are leased from and operated by TUIfly.

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Copyright Photo: Günter Mayer. Boeing 737-76J D-ABLD (msn 36117) is pictured at night on the gate at Nuremberg on March 17, 2009.

Thank you to Günter Mayer reporting from Nuremberg, Germany.

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EasySky expands with Boeing 737 charter flights to Havana, Cuba, the original “Volunteer Pacemaker” is going strong after 36 years

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EasySky (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) earlier this year expanded its scope to Cuba. The regional airline has been operating weekly Boeing 737 charter flights from La Ceiba and Roatan to Havana, Cuba using 737s sourced from Global Air of Mexico.

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The airline also operates internationally to Cancun, Mexico and Quito, Ecuador.

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Top Photo: EasySky. 36 years of service and still going strong. Boeing 737-201 XA-UHZ (msn 21816) is leased from Global Air. The 737 was originally delivered to Piedmont Airlines as N769N “Volunteer Pacemaker” on August 7, 1979.

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Air Lease Corporation to lease two Boeing 737-800s to Siam Air

Siam Air (Siam Air Transport) (Bangkok-Don Mueang Airport) is becoming a new Boeing 737-800 operator.

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Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (Los Angeles) announced lease agreements with Siam Air Transport (Thailand) for two used Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These aircraft will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Siam Air was founded in 2013 and commenced low-fare operations in October 2014.

Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. Siam Air currently operates two Boeing 737-300s to three destinations in Hong Kong and China. The 737-300s will now be replaced with the newer 737s. Boeing 737-3J6 HS-BRU (msn 25893) arrives in Hong Kong.

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Alaska Airlines launches the Seattle/Tacoma – Nashville route

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) announced today it begins nonstop service between Nashville and Seattle/Tacoma, increasing the number of nonstop destinations from its Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) hub to 84 destinations – twice as many as Alaska’s nearest competitor.

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Summary of new service:

Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency

Sept. 23 Seattle-Nashville 9:30 a.m. 4:05 p.m. Daily
Sept. 23 Nashville-Seattle 5:05 p.m. 8:20 p.m. Daily

Alaska is operating the new flights with fuel-efficient, next generation Boeing 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 WL N570AS (msn 35185) in the special “Follow us to Disneyland Resort – Disney Cars” livery now with APB Split Scimitar Winglets arrives in Los Angeles.

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Comair to retire its last Boeing 737-300 by December

Comair Limited (British Airways franchise) (Johannesburg) has issued this update on its financial situation and fleet plans. The company has added additional Boeing 737-400s and last month it added the first first of four new Boeing 737-800s. This will allow Comair to phase out the last Boeing 737-300 by December 2015.

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In the absence of revenue growth in the domestic passenger market and despite a challenging financial year, JSE-listed Comair Limited has announced continued profitability for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2015. Revenue remained consistent at R5.89 billion (2014: R5.90 billion), with a 1% saving in operating costs. Profit for the year amounted to R219 million (a net reduction of 17%, mainly as a result of two non-cash flow items). Cash from operations remained healthy at R646 million.

Comair reported a very strong profit in the first half of the financial year, supported by an unprecedented collapse in the oil price. The second half saw two new competitors enter the market with very aggressive, but more than likely unsustainable pricing. As a result, any savings achieved on the price of fuel were returned to customers by way of significantly reduced ticket prices, which led to a reversal of the revenue growth experienced in the first six months.

Comair CEO Erik Venter said despite the new capacity in the market, Comair maintained its passenger volumes, largely due to the strength of the kulula and British Airways brands and the company’s ongoing attention to service. “We continued to focus on our customers through the application of service metrics, feedback surveys, customer journey mapping, and extensive investment in training programmes for front-line staff. Operating performance therefore remained good, with on-time performance exceeding our threshold target of 85% across both the British Airways and kulula.com brands.”

The two non-cash flow items which resulted in decreased profits were the additional depreciation of R79 million provided on the retiring Boeing 737-300 fleet, and the year-end revaluation of R51 million to the dollar-based funding applicable to one Boeing 737-800.

Cash of R147 million was invested in three previously leased Boeing 737-400 aircraft and two pre-owned Boeing 737-400s, all for operation in the British Airways fleet. These aircraft have replaced the 737-300 fleet which will be fully retired by December. The newer aircraft afford improved fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance demands, while at the same time improving passenger comfort. Cash on hand at year-end was R849 million, much in line with the prior year balance of R868 million.

Venter said the black economic empowerment transaction concluded by Comair and the Thelo Consortium in 2007 matured in September 2014, and created realised value of R152 million for the participants. The “A” shares arising from the transaction were converted to ordinary shares, and the weighted effect of the additional shares amounted to a reduction in the 2015 earnings per share of 3 cents. Comair continued to invest in transformation initiatives, and thereby maintained its level 4 B-BBEE score.

Commenting on the year ahead, Venter said Comair remained concerned about weak economic growth and the consequent impact of overcapacity in the domestic aviation market. “Fundamentals dictate that a correction in market capacity is very likely. The new visa regulations applicable to South Africans traveling with children, as well as to foreign tourists, have impacted negatively on our cross-border tourist destinations, and we are actively participating in achieving a more favourable dispensation in this regard.”

“We are nevertheless confident that there is scope for further growth in our profits. Comair is focused on implementing technology solutions to enhance customer satisfaction, operating performance and drive revenue generating opportunities. We are also developing new applications to enhance both the ground and air experience that will facilitate more efficient operating procedures. Furthermore, the ongoing upgrades to the fleet will continue to improve efficiency while at the same time-enhancing the revenue potential per flight.”

In August 2015 we took delivery of the first of the next four new 737-800’s from Boeing, the remaining three of which will be delivered in late 2015 and 2016. The delivery of the eight Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft remains scheduled for 2019 to 2021.

Top Copyright Photo: Felix Gottwald/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-33A ZS-OAI (msn 24030) departs from the Johannesburg hub.

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Airline Aircraft Type “Endangered Species List” (airline aircraft types to be retired in the near future)

Click on the mosaic photo below for the full list, individual photos and the expected retirement target dates – the list will be constantly updated. All additional information or corrections are always welcome.

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