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The Eastern name is back in Miami after nearly 24 years

Eastern 737-800 N276EA (14)(Grd) arrives in MIA (MDAD)(LR)

Eastern Air Lines‘ (2nd) (Miami) Boeing 737-8AL N276EA (msn 3507) minutes ago brought the Eastern name back to Miami International Airport after nearly 24 years. The original Eastern Airlines (1st) (Miami) ceased operations on January 18, 1991.

Top Photo: Miami International Airport. N276EA was greeted at MIA after its long delivery flight from Shannon via Portsmouth with the traditional water cannon welcome.

Eastern 737-800 WL N276EA (14) Spirit (MIA)(LR)

Above Photo: Miami International Airport. The “Spirit of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker” adorns the nose of N276EA. The World War I fighter ace and national hero also lead the original Eastern. He was nearly killed in the crash of Eastern flight 21 at Candler Field (now Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) on February 26, 1941.

Eastern CEO Ed Wegel + MIA Director Emilio T. Gonzalev (MDAD)(LR)

Above Photo: Miami International Airport. At the welcoming ceremonies MIA Director Emilio T. Gonzalez presents Eastern CEO Ed Wegel a vintage photo of the 36th Street Terminal at Miami International circa 1949.

More to come.

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The Eastern name to return to the skies of South Florida this afternoon

Eastern 737-800 N276EA (Eastern)(LRW)

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. (2nd) (Miami) today will bring back the Eastern name to the skies of South Florida. Boeing 737-8AL N276EA (msn 35070, ex 5Y-KYB) departed Shannon at 0026 UTC this morning bound for Portsmouth, New Hampshire (PSM). After clearing customs and immigration and refueling the 737 will continue to Miami International Airport (MIA). The aircraft will fly down the coast of South Florida to South Beach before turning to MIA where it is expected to arrive around 1500 (3 pm) to the traditional water cannon salute and official welcome. N276EA will be utilized for crew training and the FAA airline certification process. Once the Air Operators Certificate (AOC)  is obtained in 2015 the airline is expected to start operations as a charter airline.

Eastern N276EA Flight Track (FlightAware)

Above: The aircraft has now stopped at Portsmouth. Follow the progress of N276EA via FlightAware: CLICK HERE

The new Eastern describes its current status on its website:

In late 2011, a professional group of airline managers acquired the intellectual property of Eastern Air Lines to develop a new business and financing plan to re-launch the airline, and formed Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc.

The team put together a plan to re-launch Eastern to be based at Miami International Airport (“MIA”). It quickly established working relationships with strategic partners including the Miami Airport Authority, Amadeus and Boeing.

Eastern’s relationship with Amadeus dates back to Eastern’s reservation system, called System One. This system was eventually sold by Eastern and later became the core of the Amadeus system. Eastern also has a special and unique relationship with Boeing dating back to the 1930s– Eastern was the first to operate the Boeing 727 and the 757.

The team developed a multi-level business and financing plan that was successfully used to raise the capital required for Eastern to be certified under FAA Regulation Part 121. That work has commenced, led by one of the industry’s leading certification consultants, Locked On. Today, the new Eastern is working with various industry-leading aircraft leasing companies to assemble a fleet of 737–Next Generation aircraft, and has signed an initial order with Boeing for new 737-800 aircraft with deliveries commencing in April 2017.

In addition, Eastern has moved into its headquarters office space at Building 5A at MIA, which was the former Eastern Operations Center, a four story building at the corner of LeJeune and 36th Street, and which once housed all of Eastern’s system control and maintenance control centers, and other operating units.

Eastern has commenced its filings with the DOT and is currently preparing its formal submissions for the FAA. See News and Press Releases for updates.

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. has also formed several subsidiaries to assist in its growth in the years to come. These subsidiaries are “Eastern Shuttle” and “Eastern Express.” As well, Eastern has formed its new mileage and loyalty program, called “LatinOnePass,” also known as “LatinOne.”

Top Photo: Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. A rainbow glistens the first aircraft of the new Eastern at Shannon. The aircraft is now registered as N276EA and appropriately named the “Spirit of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker”.

Below Photo: Eastern Air Lines Group: The uniforms of the new Eastern:

Eastern (2nd) uniforms (LRW)

A look back: Eastern Airlines (1st) aircraft slide show:

American Airlines and Interjet announce a codeshare agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has signed a codeshare agreement with Interjet (Mexico City), adding new service to key destinations in Mexico.

The new codeshare arrangement with Interjet will give American Airlines customers seamless connecting service within Mexico. American will codeshare on Interjet flights from Mexico City to five key destinations – Huatulco, Villahermosa, Merida, Tuxtla Gutierrez, and Oaxaca. American and Interjet will submit an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation for regulatory approval of the proposed codeshare cooperation.

Over the past few years Interjet has grown substantially and operates more than 1,800 weekly flights to 38 cities throughout Mexico as well as destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

The new agreement allows AAdvantage® members to earn miles on codeshared flights operated by Interjet.

American has proudly served Mexico for more than 72 years and currently operates up to 115 daily flights to 20 destinations in the country from Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Now repainted, American’s Boeing 737-823 N825NN (msn 31087) arrives at Las Vegas.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Slide Show

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Interjet’s Airbus A320-214 XA-JAV (msn 5221) alos arrives in Las Vegas, a shared connection point.

Alaska Airlines flight attendants ratify the new five-year contract

Alaska Airlines‘ (Seattle/Tacoma) flight attendants have approved a new five-year contract. Included in the new contract are quality of life enhancements and pay increases that rank Alaska’s 3,400 flight attendants among the highest paid in the industry at every pay step.

Under the Railway Labor Act, which governs collective bargaining agreements in the airline industry, contracts do not expire, they only become amendable. The previous agreement became amendable on May 1, 2012 and the new contract will become amendable again on December 17, 2019.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-990 ER SSWL N459AS (msn 36352) arrives in Los Angeles with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Ryanair announces three new routes from Athens

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced three new routes from their Athens base, to Budapest, Bratislava and Santorini (Thira).

Reported by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Painted in the updated Boeing Dreamliner color scheme, Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCL (msn 33806) arrives at Charleroi near Brussels.

Ryanair aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

 

Canadian newcomer Jetlines selects Boeing for five Boeing 737 MAX 7s

Jetlines 737 MAX 7 (Flt)(Jetlines)(LRW)

Jetlines (Vancouver) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) today announced an order for five 737 MAX 7s as the new Canadian ultra-low cost carrier builds its future fleet. The order, valued at $438 million at current list prices, includes purchase rights for an additional 16 737 MAXs.

The new airline plans to tap into passenger demand by offering low cost airfares on routes that avoid direct competition with other airlines.

The 737 MAX 7 will be capable of flying more than 3,800 nautical miles, extending the range over today’s 737-700 by approximately 400 nautical miles (741km).

With this order, the 737 MAX has orders for 2,562 airplanes from 55 customers worldwide.

Image: Jetlines.

WestJet selects Global Eagle Entertainment for its inflight entertainment content

WestJet (Calgary) like other airlines, is overhauling its inflight entertainment system. The carrier has selected Global Eagle Entertainment to provide the inflight content. GEE issued this statement:

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., a worldwide leading provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, today announced that it has been selected by WestJet to manage its inflight content services.

WestJet is currently overhauling its existing inflight entertainment (IFE) system and replacing it with a wireless IFE solution. Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) will provide a broad array of content that can be accessed by passengers using their personal electronic devices or tablets rented from the airline. Through this long-term agreement, GEE will provide a selection of current movies and television, including a wide catalog of engaging and entertaining programs, beginning in the first quarter of 2015.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7CT C-FWCC (msn 32752) prepares to touch down in Las Vegas.

WestJet aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Alaska Airlines launches its new “Alaska Beyond” inflight entertainment service

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today issued this statement:

Starting today, Alaska Airlines customers can enjoy free* entertainment directly on their personal electronic devices. The new entertainment service, available today on 50 of Alaska’s 737 planes, will be available at no extra charge through January 31, 2015. Alaska will equip nearly all of its all-Boeing fleet by April 2015.

Alaska Beyond logo

Above logo: Did you notice the subtle change in the Alaska titles? The jagged lines have now been smoothed out a bit and the “k” no longer intrudes on the “a”. No, the Eskimo is not going away but the aircraft titles are now likely to change to this updated and cleaner look.

Alaska’s inflight entertainment launch marks the debut of Alaska BeyondTM, a new flight experience that highlights what sets Seattle’s hometown airline apart from other carriers. In addition to entertainment, Alaska Beyond is further defined by its artisan food and beverage program, and its in-cabin comforts including Recaro seats with personal power at every seat.

Alaska Beyond and iPad (Alaska)(LRW)

Alaska Beyond Entertainment lets customers catch up on their favorite television shows and watch recently released movies using their own Wi-Fi-enabled tablet, smartphone or laptop. *All content, including premium movies and TV shows, will be complimentary through Jan. 31, 2015. Starting February 1, customers can still enjoy access to a wide selection of complimentary custom curated content and purchase premium movies and TV shows starting at $1.99.

Alaska Beyond Rush [Lauren]12-14-14[431]-xtraTM

With Alaska Beyond Comfort, Alaska customers power-up with standard and USB personal power outlets at every seat. The custom-designed leather seats, made by Recaro, feature 6-way adjustable headrests, enhanced personal space and three inches of recline. Access to power outlets is conveniently located in the seatback in front of each passenger. Today, more than 95 percent of Alaska’s fleet of Boeing 737-800s, -900s, and -900ERs have power outlets at every seat. Many of Alaska’s aircraft also feature the Boeing Sky Interior which creates a lighter and more spacious cabin. Later next year, Alaska will be the launch customer of Boeing’s innovative Space Bins , which provide 48 percent more overhead bin storage.

Alaska Beyond Delicious offers travelers locally-sourced, artisan food and beverage from iconic Northwest brands, including signature entrees designed by award-winning chef Tom Douglas. The popular Signature Fruit & Cheese Platter features Beecher’s Flagship and Tillamook cheeses are available on all flights, as well as hand-poured Canoe Ridge wines, Sun Liquor hand-crafted liquors, Alaskan Amber and other local micro-brews, and in First Class, Chateau Ste. Michelle wines.

Launching Beyond Entertainment

Customers will know entertainment is available on their device by reviewing the Flight Amenities seatback card located at each seat on equipped aircraft. Programing available through Alaska’s inflight entertainment is powered by Gogo Vision, a service that wirelessly streams content from a server onboard the aircraft to customer tablets and smart phones.

Customers can begin viewing content after the aircraft reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet. To connect, customers go to the Gogo Inflight network, launch their browser and click on “Entertainment.” Further instructions and a list of supported devices is available at http://www.gogoair.com . Customers traveling without a device can rent a video player with pre-loaded content on many longer flights. Prices vary depending on the length of the flight and start at $8.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Alaska Airlines). Boeing 737-890 N560AS (msn 35179) “Spirit of the Islands” now has Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

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9 air starts operations in China

9 air (9air.com) (Jiu Yuan Airlines) (Guangzhou-Baiyun) commenced operations on December 2. The first route connected Guangzhou with Zhanjiang. The new airline is a subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8GP B-1715 (msn 39819) passes through Honolulu on delivery. B-1715 is one of three 737-800s leased from Transportation Partners (Lion Air).

 

Flydubai to add three new routes in 2015

Flydubai (Dubai) has announced the addition of three new routes to its growing network. Flights to Hargeisa (Somaliland), Chennai (India), and Nejran (Saudi Arabia) will commence in the first quarter of 2015, further expanding the carrier’s footprint to 89 destinations in 46 countries.

From March 5, 2015, Flydubai will become the first carrier to operate to Hargeisa, Somaliland from Dubai with four weekly flights. Flydubai has expanded its network in Africa in 2014 to 13 points served by 60 weekly flights.

Nejran will be added on January 10, 2015 with four weekly flights followed by Chennai on March 31, 2015 with three flights a week.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8KN A6-FDE (msn 40235) departs from Paine Field.

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Belavia Belarusian Airlines to introduce the Boeing 737-800 on the Minsk-Barcelona route

737-800 Belavia Artwork

Belavia Belarusian Airlines (Minsk) is getting ready to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 (737-8K5 EW-437PA, msn 27988, ex D-AHFP) leased from AerCap.

Previously on June 26, 2014 Belavia announced it had reached an agreement with Boeing on an order for three 189-seat Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes.

Belavia currently operates six Boeing 737-500s and seven 737-300s.

Belavia is planning to initially operate the new type on the Minsk-Barcelona route starting on May 16, 2015 per Airline Route.

Image: Boeing.

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Ryanair to add Deauville, France on April 3, 2015

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced that it is extending it’s summer 2015 schedule from London Stansted Airport, with a new route to Deauville, France. This is in addition to the previously announced four new summer 2015 routes to Ponta Delgada (Azores), Cologne, Glasgow and Edinburgh and increased flights on 24 existing routes to and from London (Stansted).

The new route to Deauville will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays from April 3, 2015.

Reported by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Up close and person. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EVK (msn 40298) launches into the sky at the Dublin base.

Ryanair aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

United to drop four more routes from Cleveland

United Airlines (Chicago) continues to downsize its Cleveland station, creating new opportunities for other carriers. On March 5, 2015, the carrier will drop the route to Dallas/Fort Worth, followed by Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers and Tampa in Florida on April 7, 2015 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-824 N76505 (msn 32834) with Aviation partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

United Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Slide Show

 

Randy Tinseth of Boeing counters Airbus’ claim the A321neo is a Boeing 757 replacement

3D imagery, 737 MAX, MAX, 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX8, 737 MAX 9

Randy Tinseth, the vice president of marketing for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle responded to claims airline customers are still waiting for a true Boeing 757 replacement. Randy also countered Airbus’ claims the proposed A321neo is a 757 replacement.

Randy wrote the following on his Randy’s Journal:

There’s been a lot of talk lately about a replacement for the 757. The fact is, today’s 737 and other airplanes its size already fly 90 percent of flights that used to be operated with a 757. And in the future, that number will jump to 95 percent thanks to airplanes like the 737 MAX.

For example, take Norwegian. They recently announced plans to use the 737 MAX 8 on transatlantic routes beginning in 2017. Other large 757 operators have publicly noted their continued discussions with Boeing around airplanes for trans-Atlantic missions.

Meanwhile, Airbus claims its proposed long ranger version of the A321neo is a true 757 replacement. In reality, it falls short in two big ways. It can’t match the 757’s range, and it can’t carry as many passengers.

The 737 MAX 9 and the A321neoLR are both capable of North Atlantic range by adding auxiliary tanks, with the 737 MAX 9 flying the mission more efficiently. The A321neoLR needs three auxiliary tanks and increased takeoff weight— while the 737 MAX 9 could do the mission with just one auxiliary tank, allowing for more cargo space.

The 737 MAX is a great airplane that’s sized right for the heart of the single-aisle market— along with the right range capabilities. It’s a key part of our overall product development strategy, that along with the 777X and 787-10, is set for the next decade.

As for that space in between the upper end of the 737 and the 787-8, we continue to talk with our customers to better understand their needs in the future.

Image: Boeing. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9.

WestJet and Delta announce a frequent flyer agreement

WestJet (Calgary) has announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement with Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) , a code-share partner with WestJet since 2012.

The agreement allows WestJet Rewards members to earn WestJet dollars on flights marketed and operated by Delta Air Lines, with access to Delta’s extensive global network of more than 300 destinations on six continents.

In addition to the new accrual agreement, WestJet now also offers WestJet Rewards members the ability to use WestJet dollars on all code-share flights marketed by WestJet and operated by Delta. The two airlines will continue to work together to expand their relationship even further, including the introduction of full reciprocal redemption in the coming year that will allow members to redeem for destinations beyond WestJet’s current network.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8CT C-GWBU (msn 39075) of Westjet with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets arrives in Las Vegas.

WestJet aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

 

Southwest files to serve six international destinations from Houston Hobby Airport

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) filed applications today (December 11) with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting approval to serve six destinations in Latin America with new, daily, nonstop service from William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. After receiving U.S. government approval of the new service, Southwest will begin selling these flights at Southwest.com, offering Customers nonstop options between Houston (Hobby) and four destinations in Mexico—Cancun, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos—as well as flights to San Jose, Costa Rica, and Belize City, Belize. Service to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City, Belize, adds a second destination in Central America, a seventh country, and the 96th city on the Southwest route map.

HOU logo

The new Houston flights will be made possible by the completion of an estimated $156 million five-gate international concourse now under construction at Hobby. The completed project will increase capacity for all airport functions and add a Federal Inspections Services (FIS) facility to streamline U.S. Customs and Border Protection screening and baggage processing for arriving international passengers.

HOU International Terminal Concept (HOU)(LR)

Image: Houston Hobby Airport. A concept drawing of the new international concourse.

The Houston Hobby International Terminal Project will add five new gates, enabling scheduled international service from Hobby. Southwest is working in conjunction with the City of Houston, which is preparing for the new facility with surrounding infrastructure improvements including a new parking facility, central utility plant and roadway improvements throughout the Houston Hobby Airport district. A study conducted by Houston Airport System estimates the Houston Hobby International Terminal Project would add 10,000 jobs to the region and provide a $1.6 billion impact annually to the local economy. The study also expects the expanded facility to bring an additional 1.6 million air travelers each year.

Southwest is currently selling nonstop service on Saturdays between Houston (Hobby) and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba beginning on March 7, 2015. The Aruba flights are made possible by U.S. CBP Pre-clearance procedures, which provide U.S. border inspection in certain foreign countries including Aruba. This will allow Southwest Customers arriving at Hobby Airport from Aruba to deplane without further CBP inspections into the domestic terminal, quickly claim baggage and depart the airport, or make seamless connections to many of the more than 40 domestic destinations Southwest currently serves nonstop from Houston (Hobby).

One of Southwest Airlines’ original cities, Houston supports the fifth busiest operation in the carrier’s network of more than 90 airports across six countries, with approximately 150 departures a day from Houston (Hobby). More than 3,200 Southwest Employees are Houston-based and foster community and business partnerships across greater Houston that, in 2013 alone, bolstered nearly 170 nonprofit organizations with more than $900,000 in local charitable donations.

Top Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 737-8H4 WL N8654B (msn 37045) lands at Boeing Field in Seattle. Delivery is imminent.

Southwest aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Vision Airlines to operate Cuban charters for ViajeHoy under the “Havana Air” name

ViajeHoy Charters logo

ViajeHoy Charters dba Havana Air (Miami) starting today (December 11) will start using the aircraft of Vision Airlines (Las Vegas). The aircraft will carry Havana Air titles. The tour operator has been using Swift Air’s (2nd) (Phoenix) Boeing 737-400s. The company operates charters from Miami to Havana (HAV) and Santa Clara (SNU) in Cuba.

Havana Air-Vision 737 (14)(Grd)(Havana Air)(LR)

Havana Air Company describes itself:

Havana Air logo

Havana Air staff has over 25 years experience in corporate travel and leisure travel planning. Our senior officers fully understand the needs and requirements of this sector of travel and have served some of the nation’s largest companies. With this expertise, we can assist those companies now seeking to participate in travel to Cuba under new OFAC General License guidelines. We have a great deal of experience in serving both the pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries and would be pleased to assist your company with facilitating travel to Cuba under the appropriate OFAC guidelines. We also encourage those in the field of journalism or government organizations to allow us to assist them as well, as our organization has over a dozen years of experience in serving the U.S. Government travel.

All images by Havana Air.

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AeroMexico to launch Mexico City-Toronto flights

AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced that it will offer a new daily flight between Toronto (Pearson) and Mexico City as of May 4, 2015, becoming the second destination it serves in Canada.

The new route will be operated with Boeing 737-700 aircraft configured with 124 passenger seats, including 12 seats in Clase Premier —the Aeromexico Business Class cabin.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-752 XA-GMV (msn 35118) promoting Los Cabos as a destination, arrives in Los Angeles.

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Boeing and South African Airways to use tobacco plants for biofuel

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and South African Airways (SAA) (Johannesburg) has announced that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich tobacco plants, an important step towards using the plants to make sustainable aviation biofuel.

Boeing and SAA, along with partners SkyNRG and Sunchem SA, also officially launched Project Solaris, their collaborative effort to develop an aviation biofuel supply chain with a nicotine-free tobacco plant called Solaris. In Limpopo province, company representatives and industry stakeholders visited commercial and community farms where 123 acres (50 hectares) of Solaris have been planted.

Oil from the plant’s seeds may be converted into bio-jet fuel as early as next year, with a test flight by SAA as soon as practicable.

“SAA continues to work towards becoming the most environmentally sustainable airline in the world and is committed to a better way of conducting business,” said Ian Cruickshank, Environmental Affairs Specialist, SAA Group. “The impact that the biofuel program will have on South Africans is astounding: thousands of jobs mostly in rural areas, new skills and technology, energy security and stability and macro-economic benefits to South Africa, and of course, a massive reduction in the amount of CO2 that is emitted into our atmosphere.”

“It is very exciting to see early progress in South Africa towards developing sustainable aviation biofuel from energy-producing tobacco plants,” said J. Miguel Santos, managing director for Africa, Boeing International. “Boeing strongly believes that our aviation biofuel collaboration with South African Airways will benefit the environment and public health while providing new economic opportunities for South Africa’s small farmers. This project also positions our valued airline customer to gain a long-term, viable domestic fuel supply and improve South Africa’s national balance of payments.”

The farm visits followed the announcement in August that Boeing, SAA and SkyNRG were collaborating to make aviation biofuel from the Solaris plant, which was developed and patented by Sunchem Holding. If the test farming in Limpopo is successful, the project will be expanded in South Africa and potentially to other countries. In coming years, emerging technologies are expected to increase aviation biofuel production from the plant’s leaves and stems.

Sustainable aviation biofuel made from Solaris plants can reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by 50 to 75 percent, ensuring it meets the sustainability threshold set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). Airlines have conducted more than 1,600 passenger flights using aviation biofuel since the fuel was approved for commercial use in 2011.

Boeing is the industry leader in global efforts to develop and commercialize sustainable aviation biofuel. In addition to its collaboration in Southern Africa, Boeing has active biofuel development projects in the United States, Middle East, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Brazil and Australia.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. South African is a large Boeing 737 operator and the test is likely to be performed on a Boeing 737-800. Boeing 737-844 ZS-SJS (msn 32632) arrives back at the Johannesburg hub.

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Ethiopian Airlines launches a new route to Doha, Qatar

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on December 2 launched a new route to Doha, Qatar. The new route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 737 aircraft. This new addition brings the total number of international destinations to 84 and the 10th Ethiopian destination in the Middle East/Gulf region.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-860 ET-APK (msn 40964) arrives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Ukraine International to start new routes to Riga and Minsk

Ukraine International Airlines-UIA (Kiev) has announced it will connect Kiev with Riga and Minsk with Boeing 737 aircraft starting on March 30, 2015.

The Kiev – Riga – Kiev routing (PS 185/186) will be operated five times per week on weekdays.

Starting on April 20 and through October 25, 2015, the Kiev – Minsk – Kiev flights (PS 891/892) will be operated seven times per week.

Moreover, in summer 2015 UIA plans to launch nonstop scheduled flights from Kiev to Amman, Jordan.

Ukraine International Airlines in the summer 2015 season is also introducing Kiev – Beijing service, on board Boeing 767 aircraft. Service begins  on April 29, 2015 with two weekly flights, while the third weekly flight will be added on May 10, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. UIA’s Boeing 737-94X ER UR-PSK (msn 36086) in the Sky Airlines colors pushes back at Antalya.

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airBaltic to launch two new routes to Dubrovnik and Rhodes next summer

airBaltic (Riga) will launch a new weekly route between Riga and Dubrovnik, Croatia, on May 26, 2015.

In addition, the Latvian airline will also launch a new weekly route between Riga and the Greek island of Rhodes next summer, starting on June 12, 2015.

Both routes will be operated with Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

Previously the carrier announced it will start a new route connecting Riga and Aalborg, Denmark, starting on April 18, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-33A YL-BBI (msn 27454) arrives in Munich.

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Delta redefines its cabins, upgrades the Premium Economy options

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today announced it is also redefining its travel products with this announcement:

Delta Air Lines is redefining the products it offers customers to further distinguish the choices available to them. Delta will offer best-in-class options for each of its customer segments with innovative multi-cabin experiences. Customers will have five products to choose from, including Delta One, First Class and Delta Comfort+ which offer premium amenities. Main Cabin and Basic Economy service will offer value options with Delta’s high standards of service.

Delta 727 First Class (LRW)

Photo: Delta Air Lines. The new Boeing 737 First Class.

“We’re providing Delta customers with a thoughtful, well-defined spectrum of options as they make decisions about travel,” said Glen Hauenstein, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. “Whether a customer prioritizes the perks of Delta One or the value of Basic Economy, every seat comes with impeccable service and unmatched reliability.”

Providing an easy-to-recognize range of products and a high level of service is the latest step in Delta’s strategy to offer differentiated experiences to customers seeking to tailor travel to their specific needs.

Delta 737 Comfort Plus (LRW)

Photo: Delta Air Lines. The Delta Comfort Plus cabin.

Starting March 1, 2015, Delta customers can choose between:

Delta One, formerly BusinessElite, is offered on long-haul international routes; also between New York-JFK and Los Angeles or San Francisco*
First Class is offered on short-haul international and domestic routes**
Delta Comfort+ offers an upgraded experience on all two cabin aircraft around the world
Main Cabin experience is provided everywhere Delta flies offering a high standard of customer service
Basic Economy offers Main Cabin service with fewer flexibility options available in select markets.

*Delta One full flat-bed and Delta Comfort+ seat upgrades between New York and San Francisco are projected to be complete in the spring of 2015. **Select international flights may offer Business Class service in lieu of First Class. Amenities in the Business cabin may vary by flight and aircraft.

Chart of services by class:

Delta Air Lines Branded Products Chart

Read the analysis by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The “Spirit of Seattle” arrives in Los Angeles. Boeing 737-932 ER N809DN (msn 31915) has been decorating with the special markings.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Slide Show

Video: Delta Air Lines is introducing branded products to further distinguish the variety of choices to improve the travel experience. Each of the five distinct products – Delta One, First Class, Delta Comfort+, Main Cabin and Basic Economy – will be available starting March 1, 2015.

Primera Air continues to expand from Scandinavia and Iceland

Primera Air (Scandinavia) (Copenhagen) is opening up new routes for the current winter season. On October 26, the company launched weekly service from Gothenburg and Malmo to Dubai (Al Maktoum), Helsinki to Fuerteventura and Las Palmas and from Malmo to Tenerife Sur.

Furthermore, late this month, the airline will start four new weekly routes; Aalborg-Las Palmas (December 19), Copenhagen-Billund-Lanzarote (December 19), Aarhus-Tenerife Sur (December 20) and Aalborg-Fuerteventura (December 22) per Airline Route.

In other related news, Primera Air (Iceland) (Keflavik) launched a new route to New York (JFK) on November 16 after acquiring rights to serve the United States.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86N OY-PSD (msn 28618) taxies at Palma de Mallorca.

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Transavia France to introduce six new routes next summer season, Air France’s pilots approve the expansion of Transavia France

Transavia France (Paris-Orly) is introducing six new routes for the summer season of 2015. Five new routes will be from Orly Airport to Dublin (effective June 1, daily), Munich (effective September 4, daily) Thessaloniki (effective May 9, three flights a week), Tirana (effective July 2, three weekly flights) and Valencia (effective June 1, six weekly flights) per Airline Route.

The French airline will also operate a Nantes-Madrid route effective on April 12, 2015 on three days a week.

In other news, 53 percent of Air France’s pilots approved the draft agreement to allow Transavia France to expand operations from Paris Orly. Air France issued this statement on December 3:

Air France welcomes the positive outcome of the consultation with all its pilots on the draft development agreement for Transavia France.

With a very high participation rate, 53% of Air France pilots approved the agreement, reaching 60% for members of the majority union SNPL.

This result will be approved by the Union Council of the SNPL (National Union of Airline Pilots), which will meet tomorrow Thursday, December 4.

To date, more than 200 Air France pilots have volunteered to fill the 72 positions available at Transavia France.

“We welcome the positive outcome of this consultation which puts an end to a period of uncertainty. The majority of pilots have chosen to accompany us in our growth strategy on the low-cost market with Transavia” declared Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France.

Thanks to this agreement, Transavia’s rapid development plan in France will continue:

• Strong growth in summer 2015: 21 aircraft operated compared with 16 in summer 2014, making Transavia the leading low-cost airline at Paris-Orly from summer 2015.

• A target of 37 Boeing 737 by 2019.

Integrated career management for pilots at Air France and Transavia will be introduced, including a joint seniority list.

This development meets the pilots’ high expectations and enables overstaffing at Air France to be more easily managed by organizing secondments to Transavia France.

to Dublin (effective June 1, daily), Munich (effective September 4, daily) Thessaloniki (effective May 9, three flights a week), Tirana (effective July 2, three weekly flights) and Valencia (effective June 1, six weekly flights).

The French airline will also operate a Nantes-Madrid route effective on April 12, 2015 on three days a week.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-8K2 F-GZHM (msn 37792) was delivered new on May 13, 2014. The Transavia France Boeing 737 fleet will expand to 37 aircraft by 2019.

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Ryanair announces its 72nd base in the Azores

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced a new base at Ponta Delgada Airport in the Azores. The Azores will be the Irish budget carrier’s 72nd base, and fourth in Portugal. Ryanair released the following statement:

“Ryanair, Europe’s favorite low fares airline, today announced it will open its fourth Portuguese base in the Azores from April 2015 with one based Boeing 737-800 and three new routes to London Stansted, Lisbon and Porto.”

The ultra low-cost carrier is also in discussions with the government of the Azores about possible services to Terceira and additional international flights to the islands.

In other news, ch-aviation is reporting Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has revealed that the carrier is planning to lease seven aircraft to cover next year’s summer high season.

The airline currently operates 302 Boeing 737-800s on flights covering 180 destinations scattered throughout Europe and North Africa.

This year, the carrier wet leased four Boeing 737-400s, split between AirExplore (Bratislava) and Air Contractors (Dublin), three Boeing 737-800s from flydubai (Dubai), and a maiden Airbus A320-200 from defunct Italian carrier Livingston Compania Aerea (2nd) (Milan), for the duration of the summer

Reported by Oliver Wilcock, Assistant Editor, from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EXE (msn 40321) gracefully climbs away from Tenerife Sur.

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Pobeda commences operations on the Moscow-Volgograd route

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Pobeda (Moscow-Vnukovo), the low-cost carrier of Aeroflot, operated its first revenue flight on December 1 on the Moscow (Vnukovo)-Volgograd route with Boeing 737-800s.

Pobeda will provide daily flights on the route from Vnukovo Airport, Terminal A in accordance with the following schedule:

DP 181 leaves Moscow at 10:50 and arrives in Volgograd at 12:40;

DP 182 leaves Volgograd at 13:20 and arrives in Moscow at 15:05.

Pobeda means “Victory” in the Russian language. The new airline replaces the grounded Dobrolet (2nd).

Images: Aeroflot.

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AeroMexico is coming to Boston

AeroMexico (Mexico City) will add the Mexico City-Boston route on June 1, 2015. The new route will be operated six days a week with Boeing 737-700 aircraft per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-752 XA-GOL (msn 35785) with the special Fight Against Breast Cancer markings arrives in Miami.

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KLM paints its first two Boeing 737-800s in the revised livery

KLM 737-800 PH-BXW and PH-BXZ (14)(Nose)(KLM)(LRW)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) issued this short statement and top photo:

In the wake of our Embraer 190s (below) and Fokker 70s, KLM will shortly welcome the first two Boeing 737s featuring the new KLM livery.

The repainting of the Boeing 737-8K2 PH-BXW and PH-BXZ (above) will be completed this week. The new livery will subsequently also be phased in for the rest of the KLM fleet.

From 2015, all new aircraft joining the fleet, such as the 777-300 and 787-9, will be painted in the new livery.

Top Photo: KLM.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. KLM Cityhopper‘s Embraer ER 190-100LR PH-EXD (msn 19000661) shows off the revised look.

TUI Travel’s full-year pretax profit soars to $567 million

TUI Travel (London), the parent of Thomson Airways (London-Luton and Manchester), reported its financial results for its fiscal year ending on September 30, 2014. The pretax profit for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2014 was £362 million ($567 million) compared to £169 million ($264.7 million) for the previous year. Please see the financial analysis below by www.finspreads.com.

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Comments by Peter Long, CEO of TUI Travel:

“We have delivered another year of out-performance against our growth roadmap achieving an underlying operating profit growth of 11% at constant currency rates2. This demonstrates the strength and resilience of our business model in what has been a competitive trading environment for many tour operators and airlines. The combination of our market leadership position, scale, focus on unique holidays distributed increasingly online and our relationship with the customer throughout their whole holiday experience continues to provide a strong basis for sustainable, profitable growth.

“The merger with TUI AG will strengthen and future-proof our combined Group. It will also enhance the certainty of long-term unique holiday growth and reinforce our clear competitive advantage through further control over the end-to-end customer experience. This will mark the start of an exciting new phase of growth, delivering significant opportunities and value to customers, employees and shareholders.”

A financial analyst comment from Fiona, a senior market analyst at www.finspreads.com

UK package holiday company TUI Travel reported a notable 11% rise in underlying profit, above its recently raised guidance of 9%. Pretax profit to the year ending September 30, 2014 was £362 million compared to £169 million for the previous year, achieved on slightly lower revenues of £14.62 billion due to adverse currency translation impacts.. The travel company which is currently merging with German parent company TUI AG, intends to declare a second interim dividend of 20.5p per share once the merger is complete, taking the total annual dividend to 24.5p up from 13.5p last year.

These are really promising results for a company which has previously suffered heavily from reduced consumer spending and changing tastes. However the travel firm seems to have found a winning formula with over 63% of its winter programme 2014/15 already sold with mainstream bookings and bookings for summer 2015 up over 9% on an average price increase of 2%. The market was clearly impressed by the results and projected outlook for the firm and TUI Travel is currently trading up over 3.8% at 445p, adding to the phenomenal growth that they have experienced since May 2012 when TUI Travel´s share price was only 165p.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8K5 G-TAWG (msn 37266) holds short of the runway at Palma de Mallorca.

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Southwest Airlines and the International Association of Machinists reach agreement

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) issued the following announcement:

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) announced on December 3 that its Customer Service Agents (CSAs) and Customer Representatives (CRs), represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), have voted in favor of a new four-year contract. The agreement includes pay increases, as well as bonus opportunities that are tied to Company and Employee performance.

Southwest Airlines is approximately 83 percent unionized and actively engaged in negotiations with six out of its 12 unions. The airline is known for its friendly Customer Service and currently serves as the largest domestic carrier in terms of passengers boarded.

Copyright Photo: Jeffrey S. DeVore/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest Airlines has started repainting the Boeing 737-300 fleet. Boeing 737-3H4 N640SW (msn 27713) is the first.

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Sunwing Airlines to lease four Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from ALC

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Air Lease Corporation (Los Angeles) has issued this statement:

Air Lease Corporation has announced long term lease agreements with Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) covering two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft and four new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. These aircraft, all from ALC’s order book, are scheduled to deliver over a four year period commencing in 2016.

President of Sunwing Airlines, Mark Williams, commented, “The acquisition of our new Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft is an integral part of our overall expansion plan across an increasing number of both Canadian and U.S. gateways. This year we will be operating flights out of 45 Canadian and U.S. local airports to over 40 different destinations across North and South America, and the Caribbean. As we continue to grow, having aircraft that will enable us to offer a reliable, cost-effective and environmentally-conscious service is paramount. So we are delighted to be able to include the new 737 MAX 8 in our fleet for the first time.”

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AeroMexico to add a new route to Panama City on May 14, 2015

AeroMexico (Mexico) on May 14, 2015 will add a new route between Mexico City and Panama City, making Panama City its 16th destination in Latin America.

This new route will be serviced by Boeing 737-700 aircraft with seating capacity for 124 passengers -12 in Clase Premier (Aeromexico’s First Class).

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-752 XA-MAH (msn 35122) with the special “Disney Planes” logo arrives in Los Angeles.

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Ryanair finalizes an order for 100 200-seat Boeing 737 MAX 200s

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Ryanair (Dublin) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have issued this statement:

Boeing and Ryanair have finalized an order for 100 737 MAX 200s, valued at $11 billion at current list prices. The order, originally announced as a commitment in September, includes options for 100 additional 737 MAX 200 airplanes, and makes the Irish low-cost carrier the launch customer for the newest member of the 737 MAX family of airplanes.

“Ryanair is proud and honored to become the lead operator of Boeing’s ‘gamechanger’ 737 MAX 200 aircraft, which will expand our fleet to approximately 520 aircraft by 2024 and create another 10,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers in Europe, while allowing us to grow traffic from 82 million passengers last year to over 150 million by 2024,” said Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary.

“These new ‘gamechanger’ aircraft will allow Ryanair to lower our costs and airfares, while improving our customer experience with more leg room and the Boeing Sky Interior, as we roll out new offers, particularly for our Business Plus and Family Extra customers. As many of Europe’s flag carriers cut capacity on short haul routes, Ryanair looks forward to using these new 737 MAX 200 aircraft to grow at many more of Europe’s primary airports,” said O’Leary.

The 737 MAX 200, a variant based on the successful 737 MAX 8, can accommodate up to 200 seats, increasing revenue potential and providing customers up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency per seat than today’s most efficient single-aisle airplanes.

“The 737 MAX 200 will be a excellent addition to Ryanair’s all-Boeing fleet, providing the additional capacity, improved economics and high-levels of reliability that are required for its continued expansion,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our long-term partnership with Ryanair is a source of immense pride within Boeing and we are delighted to have the airline as the launch customer for the 737 MAX 200.”

Boeing developed the 737 MAX 200 in response to the needs of the fast growing low-cost sector, which is forecasted to account for 35 percent of single-aisle airline capacity by 2033. While the heart of the single-aisle market will remain at 160 seats, the 737 MAX 200 will provide carriers like Ryanair with up to 11 more seats of potential revenue and up to 5 percent lower operating costs than the 737 MAX 8, driving economic growth and increasing access to air travel.

Standard across the 737 MAX family, Ryanair’s 737 MAX 200s will be configured with the passenger inspired Boeing Sky Interior, featuring modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. With this order, more than 50 customers have ordered more than 2,550 737 MAXs.

Headquartered in Ireland’s capital city, Ryanair operates more than 1,600 flights daily from 71 bases, connecting 183 destinations in 30 countries. Currently operating 300 Next-Generation 737-800s, Ryanair took delivery of its first 737 in 1994, and now operates the largest fleet of Boeing airplanes in Europe. With a team of more than 9,700 highly skilled professionals, the airline is expected to fly more than 89 million passengers this year.

Image: Boeing.

Ryanair aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

SAS and Etihad Airways announce a codeshare agreement

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) has announce a new codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). Etihad Airways is building an alliance of carriers.

Here is the official announcement:

SAS and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, are set to begin codeshare operations and provide customers with enhanced travel options between Scandinavia and the UAE.

The agreement, which is subject to regulatory approval, will strengthen both carriers by enabling them to offer greater connectivity to and from a number of key European cities. SAS is Etihad Airways’ 47th airline partnership globally and its 22nd in Europe. For SAS, Etihad is the 23rd codeshare partner and the third with strong presence in the Middle East.

Both airlines will also develop and sign a Frequent Flyer agreement, which will benefit the members of Etihad Airways’ Etihad Guest and SAS’ EuroBonus loyalty programs.

The deal will see SAS place its SK code on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, Zurich, Geneva and London Heathrow.

In turn, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on SAS-operated flights from these European destinations, excluding Brussels, onto SAS’ hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm.

The EY code will also be placed on flights beyond Copenhagen to Billund and Ålesund; beyond Oslo to Ålesund, Kristiansand, Trondheim, and Stavanger; and beyond Stockholm to Umeå, Sundsvall, and Östersund.

Top Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. SAS’ Boeing 737-705 LN-TUF (msn 28222) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Another view of Etihad Airways’ first Airbus A380 at Hamburg (Finkenwerder). The pictured A380-861 F-WWSS (msn 166) will become A6-APA on delivery.

Sun Country to fly twice-weekly Fort Myers-San Juan flights next summer

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) will operate twice-weekly flights between Fort Myers, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico from May 3 through August 23, 2015. The seasonal non-hub route will be operated with Boeing 737-700 aircraft per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-73V N711SY (msn 30245) completes the final approach to the runway at Las Vegas.

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Alaska Airlines teams up with chef Tom Douglas for new food entries for long-haul flights from SeaTac

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is teaming up with local Seattle chef Tom Douglas for new food entries for its long-haul flights:

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Travelers on Alaska Airlines are invited to lift their palates this winter, as Alaska and Tom Douglas (below) announce a new partnership to take airplane food to new heights. Beginning December 1, travelers on all Seattle/Tacoma-departing flights 2.5 hours or longer will be able to purchase a savory winter entree, developed specially by Douglas for Alaska’s customers.

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The partnership begins with Tom Douglas’s Cascade Brisket Chili (below), elevating a savory winter favorite with tender, smoky chunks of brisket in a mildly spicy ancho chile tomato sauce. It’s topped with melted cheese and a charred pepper, and served over a baked Yukon gold potato. A rotating menu of signature Tom Douglas entrees will begin flying in early 2015.

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Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Alaska Airlines). Now with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets, Boeing 737-990 ER N433AS (msn 41704) arrives in Los Angeles.

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The new Eastern and Surinam Airways announce a strategic partnership, the first Boeing 737-800 is due to be introduced in Miami on December 19

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Miami) and Surinam Airways (Paramaribo) have announced a strategic partnership including operational support, maintenance and training according to this joint statement:

Surinam Airways and Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. announced on November 13 a strategic partnership between the two airlines, encompassing cooperation in the areas of operational support, maintenance, and training.

The partnership will eventually include mutual support in sales and marketing.

“We are very pleased and honored to partner with Surinam Airways, and to support each other as we grow our airlines. Surinam Airways is an excellent operator with a breadth of experience and we expect to share best practices and find common areas of cost reduction and operational support.” said Ed Wegel, President and CEO of Eastern Air Lines.

“Surinam Airways is delighted to be in a partnership with the new Eastern Air Lines. We believe this is an effective way for our airline to extend its reach by cooperating with Eastern at its Miami base of operations. We look forward to our teams working together to find operational synergies between our two airlines.” Said Ewald Henshuijs, CEO of Surinam Airways.

On the weekend of November 22 the new airline held a recruiting session for new flight attendants.

Eastern Air Lines plans to begin operating Boeing 737-800 aircraft from its Miami base in early 2015. The new Eastern will initially operate as a charter airline and is currently going through its AOC certification process. The next proving phase will start on the arrival of the first Boeing 737-800 in Miami.

According to the Miami Herald, the majority stockholder in the company is Vincent Viola who is also the co-owner of the Florida Panthers. The team is likely to become one of the early charter customers.

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Former Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8AL 5Y-KYB (msn 35070), currently at Shannon, Ireland, will become N276EA “Spirit of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker” on delivery. N276EA is due to be formally introduced on December 19 at a ceremony at Miami International Airport.

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Boeing delivers the first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) on Saturday (November 22) handed over the first direct purchase 737-700 to Ruili Airlines (Kunming), the pictured 737-7ME B-5829 (msn 60460). The new airliner departed Boeing Field in Seattle on the same day for its long journey to Kunming, China. Today, Boeing issued this announcement on the arrival in Kunming:

Boeing and Ruili Airlines today (November 25) celebrated the arrival of the airline’s first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China’s Yunnan province.

The new airplane is the first of 14 737 orders and commitments from Ruili Airlines, including eight 737-700s and six 737 MAXs. The carrier currently operates two 737-700s and one 737-800 serving seven domestic routes in China.

Ruili Airlines obtained its public air transport enterprise business license from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in February 2014, marking the formal establishment of the carrier. The start-up airline is the first private carrier approved by CAAC after the regulator relaxed restrictions on new carriers in 2013. According to its development plan, Ruili Airlines plans to increase its fleet to 30 Boeing airplanes by 2020, with around 120 daily flights on 60 to 70 routes.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/www.vrefphotos.com/AirlinersGallery.com. A beautiful capture of the new B-5829 at Boeing Field in Seattle.

WestJet’s flight attendants reject the tentative agreement

WestJet (Calgary) has just issued this statement:

WestJet announced today that the tentative agreement with its flight attendants was not ratified. Turnout for the vote was very strong; of the 90 per cent voter turnout, 57 per cent voted against the tentative agreement.

“We are obviously disappointed with the results of the vote,” said Tyson Matheson, WestJet Vice-President, Inflight. “We believe we brought forward an agreement that balanced the needs of our flights attendants with those of the business. I have no doubt that we will come together to resolve the issues that led to these results. I thank our flight attendants for their voice in this process and for the work they do every day, providing our guests with a great experience.”

WestJet’s leadership team and FAAB (the Flight Attendant Association Board) will regroup in the coming weeks, focusing on understanding their specific concerns and following the steps outlined in the dispute resolution process.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8CT C-FKRF (msn 60123) with the new Split Scimitar Winglets arrives in Los Angeles.

WestJet aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Southwest Airlines’ pilots file for mediation with the NMB

Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association-SWAPA (Dallas), representing the pilots of Southwest Airlines (Dallas), filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB). The union issued this statement:

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In order to facilitate movement in contract negotiations, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) today officially filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees contract negotiations in the airline industry. After two-plus years of negotiations both sides are currently too far apart to realistically expect an agreement outside of a mediated process.

“This is certainly not a step either side wants to take during negotiations, and certainly not a typical step in the pilot and management relationship at Southwest Airlines,” said Mark Richardson, SWAPA President. “But times have certainly changed.”

SWAPA has focused their negotiations on improvements in areas that address the airline’s flat fleet growth, stagnant career advancement, and compensation. Over the past four years the pilots have sacrificed when asked by the Company. This facilitated Southwest reaching their financial goals, including a stated goal of 15 percent ROIC. Those goals have been accomplished, and furthered, with an announced ROIC total of 19 percent for the trailing 12 months, and a Wall Street expected 21 percent ROIC for fiscal year 2014. Southwest Airlines is on pace to enjoy almost $2.5 billion in operating profit for 2014.

“Our asks continue to be reasonable so that our highly productive pilots can enjoy marginal improvements in their schedule, pay, and especially retirement – an area where Southwest pilots lag significantly compared to our peers at other airlines,” continued Richardson. “Filing for mediation is the next step in the process toward a new contract. We are trying to avoid the destructive and combative relationships that have plagued our industry.”

SWAPA becomes the third Southwest Airlines labor group to request national mediation in order to finalize a new contract in this current round of negotiations.

Located in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 7,500 pilots of Southwest Airlines and 500 pilots of AirTran Airways. SWAPA works to provide a secure and rewarding career for Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating contracts, defending contractual rights and actively promoting professionalism and safety. For more information on the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, visit http://www.swapa.org.

Copyright Photo: Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-76N N7705A (msn 32744) arrives in Los Angeles.

Southwest Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

QANTAS Airways’ “RetroRoo” arrives in Sydney

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) released this statement about its first retrojet “RetroRoo” arriving in Sydney:

The newest addition to the QANTAS Airways fleet has touched down on Australian soil, proudly carrying a retro livery and bearing the name of trailblazing former CEO James Strong.

The design is a flashback to the livery that adorned QANTAS Boeing 747s in the 1970s and is a flying tribute to mark seven decades of the Flying Kangaroo logo, which falls this month.

QANTAS Airways CEO Alan Joyce joined past and present staff and executives, Boeing executives and other guests to welcome the aircraft after it was given a water cannon salute from Air Services Australia.

The aircraft is named after former CEO James Strong. James was instrumental in the making of the modern QANTAS, including the merger with Australian Airlines.

James Strong was QANTAS CEO from 1993 to 2001 and later served on the QANTAS Board until his death in March 2013. His wife Jeanne-Claude and son Nicholas were at the hangar to christen the aircraft.

“QANTAS aircraft are traditionally named after Australian places, with the exception of our fleet of Airbus A380s, which are named for Australian aviation pioneers. We’re very proud to break with tradition to name this aircraft James Strong – another great leader of the Australian aviation industry.”

The new Boeing 737-800, the 75th of the aircraft type, will begin services across the QANTAS domestic network from next week. It is the 11th new Boeing aircraft that the QANTAS Group has taken delivery of this year.

The delivery of the “retrojet” coincides with the week of QANTAS’ 94th birthday, which was celebrated on Sunday November 16. The Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (QANTAS) was registered as a business on November 16, 1920.

Update: VH-XZP entered revenue service on November 22, operating flight QF 611 from Brisbane to Melbourne according to Australian Aviation.

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-838 VH-XZP (msn 44577) “James Strong” (now with a bowtie) sits proudly on the Sydney ramp.

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Canadian North unveils a Canadian Football League logojet for the Grey Cup

Canadian North 737-300 C-GCNO (14-CFL)(Grd) YEG (Sam Hawkins)(LR)

Canadian North (Calgary and Yellowknife) today (November 18) unveiled this new Canadian Football League (CFL) logojet at its Edmonton hangar for the upcoming Grey Cup Championship Game. The right side of Boeing 737-36N C-GCNO (msn 28596) carries the team logos of the Eastern teams and left side the western teams.

The airline issued this statement on November 18:

On November 18, at an exciting “reveal” ceremony, the CFL and Canadian North jointly unveiled a custom-painted Boeing 737-300 aircraft, emblazoned with the CFL logo and the logos of all nine CFL franchise teams. This eye-catching plane will be used to fly the 102nd Grey Cup Champions home from Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday, December 1 and will serve as a highly visible billboard for the CFL and its teams wherever it lands.

Canadian North is the premier charter provider for Canada’s resource sector, top sport franchises and air-inclusive vacationers. The CFL and Canadian North announced a three-year partnership earlier this year that made Canadian North the official airline of the CFL.

Photos Below: Canadian North. Both sides are displayed at the unveiling event:

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Canadian North 737-300 C-GCNO (14-CFL-right)(Grd) YEG (Canadian North)(LRW)

Video: The painting of the aircraft:

Canadian North is the official airline of the CFL.

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On July 9, 2014 the airline announced it had become the official airline of the CFL:

Canadian North is proud to become the official airline of the Canadian Football League. This new three-year partnership will include flying the East and West Division Champions to the 102nd Grey Cup game in Vancouver this November.

“There is nothing more Canadian than the CFL and we are excited to be partnering with both the league and the Grey Cup,” said Steve Hankirk, President of Canadian North. “We’re thrilled to broaden our relationship with the CFL and believe this creates opportunities for more teams to charter with Canadian North.”

Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League, said: “Canadian North prides itself in contributing to the communities it serves, and that makes the airline a great fit for our league, which has a long history of doing the same.”

In other news, the company is planning to expand with more charters to warmer climates in early 2015.

Top Copyright Photo: Sam Hawkins/Canadian North.

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WestJet reaches a tentative agreement with the WestJet Pilot Association

WestJet (Calgary) has announced it has reached a tentative agreement with its more than 1,200 pilots, represented by the WestJet Pilot Association (WJPA). The agreement’s highlights will be available in early December and voting will begin later in the month.

The WJPA and WestJet leadership teams began negotiations in September 2014 to develop a tentative agreement to replace the previous agreement, which has been in place since May 2009.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7CT C-GWBN (msn 34155) arrives in Los Angeles.

WestJet aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Oman Air takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-900 ER

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Oman Air (Muscat) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-900 ER.  The pictured Boeing 737-91M ER A40-BI (msn 40069) was handed over on November 12.

The remaining four aircraft are due to be delivered by November 2015.

Oman Air and Boeing (Chicago) on June 19, 2013 announced an order for five Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 ER airplanes at the 2013 Paris Air Show.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 737-91M A40-BI exits the runway after a test flight at a very dark and rainy Boeing Field in Seattle.

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Blue Air to add the Bucharest-Milan Linate route

Blue Air (Blue Air Transport Aerian S.A.) (Bucharest) will add the Bucharest-Milan (Linate) route on December 18.

According to the airline, the flights will be operated six times a week, until the end of the 2014-2015 winter season.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Blue Air’s Boeing 737-42C YR-BAO (msn 24813) taxies at Brussels.

Blue Air aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

 

QANTAS Airways and China Eastern Airlines announce a closer relationship

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) and China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) today (November 17) announced a new joint venture, marking the start of a deeper level of commercial cooperation on flights between Australia and China.

The airlines will now submit an application for authorization to Australian and Chinese regulators. Subject to regulatory approval, it is anticipated that the joint agreement will commence in mid-2015.

The five year agreement was signed today by QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce and China Eastern Chairman Liu Shaoyong at Parliament House, in a ceremony attended by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.

Under the agreement, the airlines will deliver substantial benefits for customers and support the growing trade, tourism and corporate travel links between Australia and China. It is designed to complement the QANTAS-Emirates partnership for Europe, Middle East and North Africa and the QANTAS-American Airlines partnership for the US.

Through the new partnership, the airlines hope to ultimately open up new routes between Australia and mainland China, such as between Brisbane and Perth to Shanghai.

A key benefit of the agreement will be the co-location of both carriers’ operations in Terminal 1 at Shanghai International Airport, which will cut transit times by about an hour, open up a better range of onward connections and provide more choice for customers.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Boeing 737-800 to wear the new 2014 China Eastern brand is this 737-89P registered as B-5689 (msn 41512) passing through Honolulu on delivery on November 7, 2014.

China Eastern Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

QANTAS Airways introduces its first retrojet

QANTAS 737-800 VH-XZP (71) + John Travolta (QANTAS)(LRW)

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has formally introduced its first retrojet in the form of its newly delivered Boeing 737-838 VH-XZP (msn 44577) painted in the retro 1971 ochre livery.

The company issued this statement and photo:

QANTAS has gone back to the future by unveiling its first ever “retro” inspired livery on one of its brand new Boeing 737 aircraft.

The eye catching design is a flying tribute to 70 years of the iconic flying kangaroo logo – a widely recognized symbol of home to millions of intrepid Australian travellers.

QANTAS Ambassador and self-confessed aviation enthusiast, John Travolta (above) was on hand to witness QANTAS and Boeing unveil the aircraft at a special hangar event in Seattle, which is timed to mark the 70th anniversary of the kangaroo logo.

QANTAS ambassador, John Travolta said the retro livery has brought back lots of memories for him.

“It’s great to see a piece of QANTAS history flying in the sky today,” said Mr Travolta.

“I have enjoyed many wonderful experiences with QANTAS over the years, from getting my 747 wings to having my own 707 painted in the original 1960s QANTAS livery. This is a great celebration of the brand’s heritage and incredible reputation over the years.

The signature element of the 1971-1984 livery design was the ochre band around the window line of the aircraft. Ochre reflected the colors of the outback where QANTAS was established in 1920.

The winged kangaroo logo is used on the tail and was adapted from the original 1947 version designed by Gert Sellheim.

In 1984 the flying kangaroo discarded its wings, evolving to its current slender and stylized form.

The 737 will operate across all QANTAS domestic routes from November 20, acting as a flying reminder of where QANTAS has come from, as well as showing new generations of young Australians some of the history behind Australia’s biggest airline.

The livery is also timed to mark the QANTAS’ 94th birthday, which also falls in November.

Happy Birthday QANTAS.

Photos: QANTAS Airways.

QANTAS Airways aircraft slide show:

Kangaroo Logo evolution:

QANTAS historic logos

QANTAS 737-800 WL VH-XZP (71)(Tail)(QANTAS)(LRW)

Ryanair announces a new base at Bratislava

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced it will open its first Slovakian base (overall the 71st base) at Bratislava in March 2015 with two based aircraft and 16 routes including a new route to Madrid.

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EVK (msn 40298) roars into the sky at the Dublin home base.

Ryanair aircraft slide show:

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Destinations from Bratislava:

Ryanair Bratislava destinations

Jet Airways pilots clash in the cockpit, the Mumbai-Dubai flight is delayed by 1.5 hours

Jet Airways (Mumbai) had a Mumbai-Dubai flight delayed by one and a half hours after the flight crew got into a heated argument in the cockpit before departure. The first officer left his position in the cockpit alleging the captain “manhandled” him according to this report by Mid-Day. The flight was delayed as managers attempted to find a replacement first officer.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-85R VT-JBG (msn 35083) arrives in Singapore.

Jet Airways aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

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