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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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DFW formally welcomes VivaAerobus

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VivaAerobus (vivaaerobus.com) (Monterrey) on March 28 launched service from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport to Monterrey and Guadalajara. The airline was formally welcomed yesterday (April 16) to DFW with a water cannon salute known as the Airport’s “shower of affection.” VivaAerobus launched service with three weekly flights to Monterrey and Guadalajara, using Airbus A320 aircraft that seat 180 passengers and Boeing 737-300 aircraft that seat 148 passengers.

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VivaAerobus currently serves 21 destinations in Mexico with hubs in Monterrey and Cancun. The airline flies to three U.S. destinations in addition to DFW Airport. Vivaaerobus started operations from its base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in 2006. The carrier is jointly owned by IAMSA, the largest bus operator in Mexico, and the founders of Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost air carrier.

Top Photo: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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United Airlines introduces a purple “March of Dimes” Boeing 737-900 ER

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United Airlines (Chicago) today (April 16) welcomed a new Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft to its fleet, and while it is not the first of the next generation Boeing planes the company will take delivery of this year, it is the first to feature a vibrant purple fuselage. The pictured commemorative Boeing 737-924 ER N66848 (msn 42188) is specially painted to honor United’s ten years of supporting the March of Dimes and their mission to provide families across the country with care and valuable information on pregnancy and having healthy babies.

Flight UA 2051 departed Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport this morning bound for Chicago O’Hare, filled with customers and United partners who supported the March of Dimes through United’s fundraising efforts. Each guest was personally welcomed aboard the special flight by 2015 March of Dimes National Ambassador Family, long-time United employee Elise Jackson, her son Elijah and husband Todd. United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and the 2015 March for Babies National Chairman John Rainey also personally thanked guests for their meaningful contributions.

N66848 was handed over to the airline on March 30 and also features Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets.

The airline continued:

Over the past nine years, United employees have contributed more than $5.5 million to the March of Dimes and have walked more than 36,000 miles in March for Babies events nationwide. Last year alone, United and its employees raised more than $700,000 for March of Dimes research, education and services. This year, United has committed to raise $1.2 million for the organization, with about half of that from employee efforts. And thanks to the generosity of the passengers on this flight, United has raised $780,000 for the March of Dimes with today’s delivery.

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Southwest Airlines unveils “Missouri One”

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Hangar) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) yesterday (April 15) unveiled a new special color scheme on the pictured Boeing 737-7H4 N280WN (msn 32533). N280WN used to be “Penguin One” for Sea World. The new logo jet is dedicated to the state of Missouri and is named “Missouri One”.

The airline issued this statement:

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Southwest Airlines on April 15 celebrated more than 30 years of service in the state of Missouri with the unveiling of the Airline’s newest specialty aircraft, named Missouri One—a Boeing 737-700.

Southwest and state and local government leaders revealed the aircraft in Kansas City, where Southwest first began its Missouri service in 1982. The aircraft, emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of the Missouri state flag, was unveiled at a ceremony this morning at the Kansas City location of Aviation Technical Services, with whom Southwest has partnered for more than 35 years. Southwest Employees, community members, and executives were on hand, including Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly.

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Nose) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

“Kansas City and St. Louis have been vital cities in our network for more than 30 years,” Kelly said to an enthusiastic crowd at the unveiling. “I couldn’t think of a better way to ‘show’ our love to our Employees, Customers, and friends in the great state of Missouri than by dedicating this high-flying salute to them!”

Further demonstrating Southwest’s dedication to both the Kansas City and St. Louis communities, Southwest donated $5,000 each to Science City at Union Station and the St. Louis Science Center. The funds will help support Science City’s Summer Camp, which sparks interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) for children ages 6-12 through interactive, challenging, and fun activities, and contribute toward scholarships for the St. Louis Science Center’s Flight Academy Camp.

“We’ve always valued the enduring partnership between the state of Missouri and Southwest Airlines,” said Governor Jay Nixon. “As a tribute to 30 years of quality service by Southwest and Missouri’s proud aerospace legacy, this magnificent plane will showcase the Show-Me State’s aerospace strength around the world.”

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Engine) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

Kansas City band Lost Wax performed as attendees enjoyed local coffee from The Roasterie Coffee Company, and cheered as Kelly, Governor Nixon, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James closed the event by christening the aircraft amid fanfare. The plane then proceeded to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for additional festivities, featuring Mayor Francis Slay.

All photos by Southwest Airlines.

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CanJet Airlines to lay off 115 pilots and flight attendants

CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax) will lay off 47 pilots and 68 permanent and seasonal flight attendants because the airline is dropping its unprofitable seasonal flights to Europe. According to this report by Halifax Herald, the airline is considering a low-cost schedule service alternative. This is the second setback for the struggling carrier after Air Transat (Montreal) announced previously it was acquiring its own Boeing 737s after CanJet had been operating for Air Transat. As a response, CanJet formed CanJet Vacations (Toronto).

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Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS C-FTCZ (msn 29923) departs from Montreal (Trudeau).

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Southwest Airlines applies for Denver-Puerto Vallarta rights

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide daily, nonstop service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, beginning in November 2015, subject to approvals from relevant governmental agencies.

Southwest will initiate service to Puerto Vallarta, the carrier’s fourth destination in Mexico, on June 7, 2015, with a daily flight both to and from John Wayne Airport Orange County (SNA).

Southwest Airlines began service to Denver on Janury 3, 2006, with 13 daily nonstop departures to three destinations. Southwest now carries more local Customers than any other airline in Denver and operates 185 flights a day to 58 destinations nonstop from Denver, including international service to San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos and Cancun, Mexico.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H4 N8644C (msn 35973) with Split Scimitar Winglets prepares to touch down at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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Southwest Airlines selects B/E Aerospace for its new seats

Southwest Airlines’ new aircraft seat

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has selected the customer seats for its future Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX aircraft deliveries. The carrier, in partnership with Boeing, will be the first to roll out the new seats, beginning mid-2016, on new deliveries of its Boeing 737-800. B/E Aerospace, who designed and engineered the seats, unveiled the new product today at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany.

The airline continued:

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In 2011, Southwest Airlines announced it would be the launch customer of Boeing’s new 737 MAX aircraft with the first delivery expected in 2017.

“The new aircraft seats are the widest economy seats available in the single-aisle 737 market, and offer a unique design that gives our Customers what they asked for: more space,” said Bob Jordan, Southwest’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “Serving as the launch customer for this seat is just one of several upcoming milestones related to our bold, new look launched in September of last year, and is specifically aimed at enhancing our Customer Experience.”

The newly-designed seats, which will be seen on new 737-800s beginning mid-2016 join other significant brand milestones, including cabin interior updates on Southwest’s 737-700s which will begin later this year, and continued 737-800 deliveries in the new Heart livery. The industry-leading seats are wider than current seats, and include an adjustable headrest and increased legroom, as well as more personal stowage, while decreasing the overall weight of the product.

Southwest Airlines’ next-generation aircraft seat

“The new, lighter seat allows us to continue to improve our fuel efficiency,” said Mike Van de Ven, Southwest’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “This seat selection is just one more reason we are enthusiastic about our fleet modernization plans.”

The Company’s ongoing fleet modernization effort also includes the transition of AirTran’s Boeing 717-200 aircraft out of the fleet, the replacement of Boeing Classic aircraft with Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and the projected launch of the 737 MAX aircraft in 2017.

Boeing 737 MAX 8

Image Above: Southwest Airlines. The new Boeing MAX 8.

When it enters service, the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft—a brand new aircraft—will offer improved fuel efficiency, along with significantly reduced emission levels, and will provide the lowest operating costs among single-aisle aircraft. The seats are the first element of the 737 MAX aircraft interior to be released by Boeing and Southwest to the public. The Southwest seat color—a variant of Southwest’s Bold Blue—has been chosen, and the seats will be upholstered with eLeather, a composition leather made of natural leather fibers. eLeather, which made its debut on Southwest aircraft in 2012, is manufactured using eco-friendly technology including state-of-the-art techniques which closed-loop recycles 95 percent of the processed water, and converts its own waste streams into energy feeding back into the process.

All images by Southwest Airlines.

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