American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) new incoming CEO, Doug Parker of US Airways (Phoenix), is facing his biggest professional challenges of his airline career as the merger of American Airlines and US Airways moves to the final stages. For Doug, he is actually returning to AA. Doug was at the old American Airlines from 1986 to 1991 where he served under former CEO Robert Crandall.
This article by the Star-Telegram outlines the challenges Doug is now facing at the new AA as he prepares to take the leadership role in the day-to-day operations. The new world’s largest airline is facing many challenges as it integrates again two airlines. Critics will argue that Doug has failed to fully integrate America West Airlines (Phoenix) with the old US Airways (Washington). Today the current US Airways still operates as two airlines with East and West divisions with separate contracts, crews and aircraft. Now Doug will have to integrate three airlines into one.
The good news is Parker has already negotiated conditional labor agreements with AA’s three largest unions.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Doug is probably going to have to accept the new American look due to the already large number of repainted AA aircraft and the on-going “new look” advertising campaign. This effort by the current AA management has probably already settled the decision on what AA will look like going forward even though this livery is not Doug’s design. It will always be known as out-going CEO Tom Horton’s livery. American’s Boeing 737-823 WL N973AN (msn 29548) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport in the new look.
Mascots and school colors from two of Alaska’s most beloved and heated collegiate rivals, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will soon be featured on two of Alaska Airlines’ Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop aircraft. The colorful paint themes will be unveiled tonight (December 6) to a crowd of fans at the Sullivan Arena where the Alaska Nanooks and UAA Seawolf hockey teams will battle in the first of a four-game series to claim the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup.
“We’re thrilled to show Alaska Airlines’ strong support of education while growing our fleet of university paint themes with our first two schools in Alaska,” said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines’ regional vice president – Alaska. “The UAA and UAF school colors will proudly fly between our two largest cities and from Anchorage to Kodiak.”
Like other university-themed aircraft operated for Alaska Airlines by its sister carrier, Horizon Air, the Nanook and Seawolf planes will be painted at no cost to the university and will fly primarily between Anchorage and Fairbanks and Anchorage and Kodiak when the carrier introduces the 76-seat DHC-8-402 (Q400) to the state of Alaska on March 3, 2014. The UAF and UAA planes will be painted and unveiled in February next year.
The UAF and UAA planes will be the 10th and 11th university-themed aircraft flown by Horizon Air since 2008. Other paint themes represent the universities of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, as well as Boise State, Montana State, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State. Alaska Airlines recently unveiled the “Spirit of Education” (see below). The specially-themed Boeing 737-900 ER was dedicated to the students and staff of Raisbeck Aviation High School located in Tukwila, Washington.
Above Images: The University of Alaska Anchorage (top-green tail) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (second from top-blue tail) colors will be featured on two university-themed Q400 aircraft. (PRNewsFoto/Alaska Airlines)
Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 ER N403AS (msn 41730) with the special “Supporting Education Helping Dreams Soar” markings for the Raisbeck Aviation High School departs from Los Angeles International Airport.
Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is what could be considered a strategic response move, will begin daily nonstop service between Salt Lake City and Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose, California, starting on June 9, and will add a third nonstop flight to its existing service between Salt Lake City and Seattle/Tacoma.
Salt Lake City is the home of a large hub of partner Delta Air Lines (Atlanta). Delta Air Lines has recently been adding new routes at Alaska’s Seattle/Tacoma hub.
Alaska Airlines first began service between Seattle/Tacoma and Salt Lake City on April 4, 2013.
Summary of new service:
Los Angeles-Salt Lake City
|Los Angeles-Salt Lake City||5:35 p.m.||8:20 p.m.||Daily||737|
Salt Lake City-Los Angeles
|7:00 a.m.||7:55 a.m.||Daily||737|
Portland-Salt Lake City
|June 9||Portland-Salt Lake City||3:10 p.m.||6:00 p.m.||Daily||737|
|June 10||Portland-Salt Lake City||9:50 a.m.||12:45 p.m.||Daily||CR7|
|June 9||Salt Lake City-Portland||6:50 p.m.||7:45 p.m.||Daily||737|
|June 10||Salt Lake City-Portland||8:05 a.m.||9:05 a.m.||Daily||CR7|
San Diego-Salt Lake City
San Diego-Salt Lake City
|7:00 a.m.||9:55 a.m.||Daily||CR7|
|June 10||San Diego Salt Lake City||7:55 p.m.||10:45 p.m.||Daily||737|
|June 10||Salt Lake City-San Diego||1:20 p.m.||2:20 p.m.||Daily||CR7|
|June 11||Salt Lake City-San Diego||8:30 a.m.||9:25 a.m.||Daily||737|
San Jose-Salt Lake City
|San Jose-Salt Lake City||8:55 p.m.||11:40 p.m.||Daily||737|
|Salt Lake City-San Jose||7:00 a.m.||8:00 a.m.||Daily||737|
|Seattle-Salt Lake City|
|Start date||City pair||Departs||Arrives||Frequency||Aircraft|
|Existing flight||Seattle-Salt Lake City||7:00 a.m.||9:59 a.m.||Daily||737|
|Existing flight||Seattle-Salt Lake City||1:10 p.m.||4:10 p.m.||Daily||737|
|June 9||Seattle-Salt Lake City||8:30 p.m.||11:30 p.m.||Daily||CR7|
|June 10||Salt Lake City-Seattle||10:30 a.m.||11:40 a.m.||Daily||CR7|
|Existing flight||Salt Lake City-Seattle||11:00 a.m.||12:07 p.m.||Daily||737|
|Existing flight||Salt Lake City–Seattle||5:10 p.m.||6:17 p.m.||Daily||737|
All times based on local time zones.
The routes will be operated with Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft and SkyWest Airlines (Alaska SkyWest) (St. George, Utah) 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-990 WL N318AS (msn 30018) in the Spirit of Disneyland II special scheme taxies at the SeaTac hub.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has acquired 12 takeoff and landing slots (for six roundtrip flights) at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) being divested by American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) as part of its merger with US Airways (Phoenix). In addition, Southwest gained permanent control of 10 takeoff and landing slots (for five roundtrip flights) that it currently operates under a lease from American. Details of the transactions are confidential. Southwest plans to begin its new service at LGA in May 2014. Details of the new service will be available later this month.
Southwest and its subsidiary AirTran Airways currently operate 27 daily roundtrip flights to and from LGA to eight nonstop destinations. The acquired slots will allow the airlines to add six daily roundtrips.
Southwest currently serves Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia Airport, and Long Island MacArthur Airport. These six additional roundtrips at LGA will strengthen Southwest’s service to and from the New York City area.
In other news, Southwest Airlines announced its decision to close three cities in the airline’s network. On June 7, 2014, Southwest will cease operations at Branson Airport (BKG), Key West International Airport (EYW), and Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN). Southwest began service to Jackson-Evers International in 1997. The airline added Branson Airport and Key West International Airport to its route map in 2012 as part of its integration with AirTran, a wholly-owned subsidiary.
“Unfortunately, the level of local demand no longer allows Southwest to profitably serve these markets,” said Bob Jordan, Southwest’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “Southwest takes pride in becoming not only a great choice for air travel in the cities we serve, but we also become a member of the community. These decisions are never easy.”
Over the next six months, Southwest will operate its full schedule at each of these cities, and there will be no disruption to reservations for travel through June 6, 2014.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest Airlines retains one Boeing 737-700 in a gold “Southwest Classic” version of the original 1971 color scheme. Boeing 737-7H4 N714CB (msn 27848) taxies at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) in another move to underscore its growing presence at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and in celebration of its 80th anniversary of service and growing presence in the Seattle/Tacoma area, unveiled at Boeing Field a new Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft (737-932 ER N809DN, msn 31915) as the ‘Spirit of Seattle,’ dedicated to the city of Seattle and the airline’s customers, employees and partners in the region.
The dedication took place in a ceremony at Boeing Field, the same location that Delta began service in Seattle on December 3, 1933, through Northwest Airways, which eventually became Northwest Airlines. The inaugural flight was flown from Spokane to Seattle and back to Spokane on a Waco JTO biplane carrying no passengers. Initial passenger service was a Tacoma-Seattle-Wenatchee-Spokane route using 7-passenger, 120-mph Hamilton H47 Metalplanes.
Today, Delta operates 35 peak-day departures to 15 destinations from its growing gateway in Seattle, including non-stop international service to Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo-Narita, Tokyo-Haneda, Shanghai and Beijing. Additional international service is planned in 2014 to London-Heathrow as well as Hong Kong and Seoul, pending government approval. Delta will also expand Seattle service to Anchorage, Alaska; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; San Diego; and San Francisco and also recently announced new service to Fairbanks, Alaska, and Vancouver, Canada, beginning in the summer of 2014.
More than 100 Delta Chairman’s Club honorees attended the dedication event along with local employees and corporate and community partners. The honorees are accompanying the aircraft on its delivery flight from Seattle to Atlanta prior to entering service later this month. Chairman’s Club is Delta’s highest honor in employee recognition, and honorees embody Delta’s values through their distinguished contributions and exceptional service to customers and the communities Delta serves.
The ‘Spirit of Seattle’ is the ninth of 100 new 737-900 ERs that will be delivered to Delta between 2013 and 2018 as it retires older mainline jets and upgrades its fleet. The 737-900 ER will be deployed on several routes to and from Seattle/Tacoma, among others, and has a range of 3,200 nautical miles, giving it the ability to operate any domestic route in Delta’s extensive network.
Delta will take delivery of three additional 737-900 ERs this year for a total of 12 aircraft in 2013, 19 aircraft per year in 2014 through 2017, and 12 aircraft in 2018. The 180-seat aircraft will replace older, less efficient aircraft on a capacity-neutral basis while providing customers with an industry-leading on-board experience.
As Delta’s first aircraft to feature Boeing’s new “Sky Interior,” the 737-900 ER offers the airline’s customers expanded carry-on baggage space, a roomier, more airy cabin and an LED lighting system that provides different color schemes, such as a soft blue sky and a relaxing pallet of sunset colors.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship Boeing 737-932 ER N805DN (msn 31913), the fifth, was delivered on November 1, 2013.
The QANTAS Group (QANTAS Airways) (Sydney) has announced a market update, accelerated cost reductions and a capital expenditure and structural review, in response to fundamentally changed market conditions.
The Group expects to report an underlying loss before tax in the range of $250 million to $300 million for the six months ending December 31, 2013. Trading conditions saw a marked deterioration in November in particular, with both passenger loads and yields below the already negative trends for the year to date.
The Group can also provide the following guidance for the first half of FY14:
- Group capacity is expected to increase by 1.1 per cent in 1H FY14 compared to 1H FY13. Group Domestic capacity (comprising QANTAS Domestic, QANTAS Link and Jetstar Domestic) is expected to increase by 1.9 per cent in 1H FY14 compared to 1H FY13;
- Total domestic market capacity is expected to increase by approximately 2.7 per cent, driven by estimated competitor capacity growth of 3.9 per cent;
- Group yield (excluding the impact of foreign exchange movements) is expected to be approximately 3.5 per cent lower in 1H FY14 compared to 1H FY13, largely due to increased capacity in the domestic and international markets;
- Group loads are expected to be 1.6 percentage points lower in 1H FY14 compared to 1H FY13; and
- Underlying fuel costs (excluding the impact of the carbon tax) for 1H FY14 are expected to be approximately $2.27 billion, an increase of $88 million from 1H FY13.
The outlook for the second half of FY14 remains volatile and, given the uncertainty in global economic conditions, fuel prices and foreign exchange rates, it is not possible to provide further guidance at this time.
QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce said the circumstances demanded urgent action.
“We will do whatever we need to do to secure the QANTAS Group’s future,” Mr Joyce said.
“The challenges we now face are immense – but we will overcome them and we will continue to build a stronger and better QANTAS for Australia.
“Since the Global Financial Crisis, QANTAS has confronted a fiercely difficult operating environment – including the strong Australian dollar and record jet fuel costs, which have exacerbated QANTAS’ high cost base.
“The Australian international market is the toughest anywhere in the world.
“Our competitors in the international market, almost all owned or generously supported by their governments, have increased capacity to pursue Australian dollar profits, changing the shape of the market permanently.
“Since early 2012, there has also been an unprecedented distortion of the Australian domestic market, with Virgin Australia’s strategy to seek majority ownership and massive financial backing from foreign government-owned airlines (see Appendix 1).
“This foreign government capital has been used to finance dramatic increases in domestic capacity, with profound implications for the future of Australia’s aviation industry. In November, Virgin Australia signaled its intention to continue its strategy, which is designed to weaken QANTAS in the domestic market, with a $300 million-plus injection from its foreign owners.
“The uneven playing field in Australian aviation is being tilted further.”
“We cannot and we will not stand still in these extraordinary circumstances.”
“As we take these urgent actions, we will continue to take the fight to the competition and strengthen our leading position in the domestic market, and we will continue the turnaround of Qantas International.”
Accelerated cost reduction program
The Group will make accelerated cost reductions across all areas of the business, to achieve total cost savings of $2 billion over three years.
The existing QANTAS Transformation program will be accelerated, with an expanded mandate to achieve these targets, including the following steps:
- Head count reduction of at least 1,000 positions within 12 months, with an ongoing review
- CEO and Board pay cut
- Pay freeze and no FY14 bonus for executives
- Review of spending with top 100 suppliers
- Network optimisation and improved fleet utilization
- Further overhead reductions
Mr Joyce said the Group had already made significant progress in becoming leaner and more efficient.
“We have reduced the Group’s unit costs, excluding fuel, by a total of 19 per cent since FY09, including by 5 per cent in FY13 (see Appendix 2).
“But these actions are not enough to deal with the current situation.”
Capital expenditure and structural review
Given the deterioration in earnings, the Group no longer expects to generate positive net free cash flow in the current financial year.
The Group will conduct a review of all planned capital expenditure to achieve further substantial reductions to ensure that the business generates positive net free cash flow from FY15.
This continues the deep cuts to capital expenditure already achieved since 2011.
The Group will also launch an immediate review to identify structural changes that could potentially unlock sources of capital and value for shareholders. No options will be excluded from the review.
Mr Joyce said the Group would take all steps necessary to respond to the toughest market conditions it had ever faced.
“We will focus relentlessly on cutting costs and improving productivity, while maintaining our competitive advantages as a business,” Mr Joyce said.
Australia’s best airline for customers
Mr Joyce said customers would remain at the heart of the Group’s strategy, with a continued focus on service in all areas.
“We have Australia’s best airline and loyalty program, with nearly 10 million loyal frequent flyers,” Mr Joyce said. “Over the past two years, we have developed a global network based on strategic alliances, including the ground-breaking Emirates partnership and expanding relationships in Asia.
“The QANTAS customer experience is the best it has ever been. After an intensive fleet renewal program, our average passenger aircraft age is now below eight years, the youngest in two decades, and we have revitalised service with a focus on training and new technology. Customer satisfaction is soaring, with record scores in both the international and domestic markets.”
Discussions with the Australian Government
“As we work through our cost reductions, capital expediture and structural review, no options will be off the table,” Mr Joyce said.
“Political leaders recognize QANTAS’ strategic importance, its critical role in providing essential air services, and the benefits to Australia of a strong and viable national carrier.
“None of the measures being discussed with the government would alleviate the need for us to take the comprehensive actions we have announced today. Government action will, however, be key in enabling us to keep competing effectively on a level playing field.”
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Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. QANTAS Airways’ Boeing 737-838 VH-VXA (msn 29551) with special “Official Airline of Cricket Australia – Now It’s On Our Turf” color scheme in support of Cricket Australia.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) and Virgin America (San Francisco) are interested in buying the slots at New York (LaGuardia) that American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) have agreed to give up with the DOJ for the merger approval according to Reuters.
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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737-7H4 WL N216WR (msn 32488) with “Free Bags Fly Here” extra markings departs from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add new daily nonstop service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from Fairbanks International Airport and Vancouver International Airport, beginning May 29, 2014 and June 5, 2014, respectively. We previously reported the new Seattle-Vancouver route.
Delta will offer customers five daily flights between Vancouver and Seattle, operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) using 76-seat, two-class Bombardier CRJ900s. Additionally, the airline will begin one daily summer seasonal flight between Fairbanks, Alaska and Seattle/Tacoma using a Boeing 737-800. Each aircraft is equipped with First Class and Economy Comfort seating as well as onboard Wi-Fi.
Delta recently announced expanded Seattle/Tacoma service to Anchorage, Alaska, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon,, San Diego and San Francisco to support its increasing international network which currently operates nonstop flights to Amsterdam, Beijing, Paris, Shanghai-Pudong and Tokyo. The airline will also operate new nonstop international service in 2014 to London-Heathrow in March, as well as Hong Kong and Seoul in June, pending government approval.
Every long-haul international Delta flight from Seattle/Tacoma now features full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, Economy Comfort seating and entertainment on demand in every seat throughout the aircraft.
Delta currently operates 35 peak-day departures to 15 destinations from Seattle/Tacoma, and every flight offers BusinessElite/First Class and Economy Comfort seating as well as domestic Wi-Fi service. The airline has also invested $14 million in its facilities at Sea-Tac, including its recently completed lobby renovations, new Delta Sky Club, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations and expanded ticket counters.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 N387DA (msn 30374) climbs away from the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
Holidays Video by Delta:
WestJet (Calgary), WestJet Vacations and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (Canada) today pulled back the curtain on their most exciting adventure yet — a custom-painted Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 series aircraft featuring Mickey Mouse in his most famous role, Sorcerer Mickey.
WestJet, WestJet Vacations and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (Canada) first forged a relationship in 2004 based on a shared vision of creating memorable experiences for their guests. Known in the social media world as the #MagicPlane, the aircraft will perform its inaugural flight on December 3, 2013, from Calgary to Orlando, Florida, home of Walt Disney World Resort. Following the flight, the Magic Plane will fly throughout WestJet’s domestic, trans-border and international network.
“We are very proud of our work with Disney and everything we’ve done together over the years to enrich the lives of our guests,” said Gregg Saretsky , WestJet President and CEO. “With the Magic Plane, we are soaring to new heights, offering guests of all ages the chance to share the skies with one of the world’s most beloved and iconic figures. We also look forward to having fun with our guests on the ground as they see the Magic Plane flying over their communities and at airports across our expanding network.”
“Bringing this vision to life has been a true collaboration between our companies and it’s so exciting to see the final result — the aircraft is absolutely beautiful,” said Marlie Morrison , Managing Director, Marketing & Sales, The Walt Disney Company (Canada) Ltd. “WestJetters are the first point of contact for many of our Walt Disney World guests embarking on their memorable family vacation. We have a great appreciation for WestJet, which shares a similar culture in bringing guests an exceptional experience from beginning to end.”
Fun facts about the Magic Plane:
- The two sides of the aircraft are mirror images of each other in all aspects but one. We’ll leave it to our guests to decide what that is!
- There are a total of 36 different paint colours on the aircraft.
- It took a team of 26 people 24 days working around the clock to paint the Magic Plane.
- The painting crew consumed more than 150 doughnuts over the 24 days.
- The painting crew consisted of people from four countries, five states, two provinces and 12 cities.
- The cookies that will be served on board are a special treat in the shape of Disney characters.
- Over the next five years, the Magic Plane will fly more than 400,000 guests a total of nearly eight million kilometres.
On board the Magic Plane’s inaugural flight on December 3 will be 16 members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada from various cities across the country. Along with club chaperones and WestJet volunteers, the group will travel to Orlando for three days of fun at Walt Disney World Resort, “pay-it-forward” charity activities, teambuilding and leadership training.
WestJet serves Orlando, home of Walt Disney World Resort, with a total of 39 flights per week during peak winter months from Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, London, Toronto Pearson, Ottawa, Montreal Trudeau, Halifax, Moncton and St. John’s , Newfoundland.
WestJet Vacations offers a variety of vacation packages to the Walt Disney World Resort. Play, stay, dine and save when you book a five- to 15-night vacation package at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels that includes Magic Your Way tickets and a Disney dining plan. Offer is valid for bookings made by February 22, 2014 , for travel between January 5 and April 12, 2014 .
Copyright Photos: WestJet. The pictured Boeing 737-8CT C-GWSZ (msn 37092) “Magic Plane” was formerly painted in the special “Care-antee” color scheme.
Aerovias DAP (Las Aerolineas de la Patagonia) (Punta Arenas, Chile) has become a new Boeing 737 operator. Former SKY Airline (Santiago) Boeing 737-2Q3 CC-ABD (msn 22736) is the first Boeing 737-200 to be operated by Aerovías DAP. CC-ABD is being operated on behalf of the mining industry as DAP Mineral Airways. Aerovias DAP is expected to add two additional Boeing 737-200s from SKY Airline. This leaves the Aerovias DAP BAe 146s/Avro RJs to operate mainly in southern Chile (Patagonia) and Antarctica.
Video: BAe 146 landing on King George Island in Antarctica:
Thai Lion Air (Bangkok-Don Mueang) has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and is planning to launch scheduled low-fare passenger operations on December 4 with two new 215-seat Boeing 737-900 ERs. The first routes will be from Don Mueang to Chiang Mai, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur according to the Bangkok Post. The low-cost carrier will add Singapore, Guangzhou, Hong, Shenzhen, Delhi and Mumbai next year.
Thai Lion Air is part of the Lion Air Group.
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Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-9GP ER N5515R (msn 38738) became HS-LTI when it was handed over on October 18, 2013 in Seattle.
WestJet (Calgary) has announced that its pilots have voted against a tentative agreement by a margin of 58.7 percent. Turnout was very strong, with 96 per cent of pilots voting.
The current agreement remains in effect until a new agreement is reached. Pilots at WestJet are represented by the WestJet Pilots Association (WJPA), a non-union employee association.
“We are disappointed with the results of the vote,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. “Our leadership team and the WJPA will regroup in the coming weeks, focusing on understanding the specific concerns of the pilot group and, just as we’ve always done, work collaboratively to bring forward a new agreement.”
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7CT C-FWAQ (msn 32748) touches down in Las Vegas.
SunExpress Airlines (Antalya) will add new flights from its Izmir hub to Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lyon, Nantes and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) in April 2014. SunExpress will fly 200 flights a week from Izmir International Airport to 26 destinations in Europe, mainly in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (see map below).
The airline is also expanding operations next summer at Gazipasa Airport (GZP) in the Antalya Province of Turkey according to Haber Alanya. The Turkish carrier will offer flights to Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart through its German subsidiary.
SunExpress is a joint venture between Turkish Airlines (50 percent) and Lufthansa (50 percent).
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8HC TC-SNU (msn 40756) taxies at the Antalya base.
AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced its new seasonal flights from Morelia and Puerto Vallarta to Chicago (O’Hare), as of December 12 and 21, respectively.
The schedules for these new flights are listed as follows:
|Morelia – Chicago *||Puerto Vallarta – Chicago *|
|2:24 am||FR, SA||AM 1773||12:44 pm||4:44 pm||WE|
|Chicago – Morelia *||Chicago – Puerto Vallarta *|
|3:39 am||8:04 am||SA, SU||AM 1774||7:00 am||11:45 am||WE|
* Times published are local to each country and are subject to changes without notice.
AeroMexico will serve the Morelia – Chicago flight with its Boeing 737-800 airplane with the AeroMexico Contigo program, a product the airline recently launched that offers customers in the migrant market personalized attention and the option to transport bulky luggage. This aircraft is especially configured for 174 passengers, with 18 seats in AM Plus that increase legroom to its passengers.
As of January 29, 2014, AM will add a weekly Saturday flight with the same schedule from Puerto Vallarta to Chicago and back.
AeroMexico now offers three daily flights from Chicago O’Hare to Mexico City and one daily frequency to Guadalajara, which represents nearly 1,000 daily seats between these destinations.
In other news, AM also announced the beginning of its new seasonal service between Fresno and Morelia and Sacramento and Bajio/Leon in central Mexico as of December 17, 2013.
The schedules for these new flights are listed as follows:
|Morelia – Fresno *||Bajio – Sacramento *|
|00:11 a.m.||TU||AM 630||10:30 p.m.||00:35 a.m.||TU|
|Fresno – Morelia *||Sacramento – Bajio*|
|AM 731||01:26 a.m.||07:04 a.m.||WE||AM 631||01:35 a.m.||07:15 a.m.||WE|
* Times published are local to each country and are subject to changes without notice.
These new routes will be served with Boeing 737-800 aircraft especially configured with AeroMexico Contigo program, a product the airline recently launched that offers customers in the migrant market personalized attention and the option to transport bulky luggage.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-81Q N520AM (msn 29052) with the additional Contigo markings taxies at Los Angeles.
Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) continues to expand in Europe and will open a new base in Barcelona in the spring of 2014. The fast-growing company is launching four new routes from Barcelona to Berlin, Hamburg, Warsaw and Sandefjord Torp.
Barcelona is Norwegian’s sixth Spanish base along with Madrid, Alicante, Malaga, Las Palmas and Tenerife.
Norwegian will base three new Boeing 737-800 aircraft in Barcelona, recruiting 100 employees locally and launches four new routes from April 2014:
Barcelona – Hamburg: Four times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting
April 3, 2014
Barcelona – Berlin: Three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting April 2, 2014
Barcelona – Warsaw: Three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting April 3, 2014
Barcelona – Sandefjord Torp: Twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays starting on April 3, 2014
Norwegian will also expand the following existing routes from Barcelona:
Stockholm – Barcelona: 13 flights a week
Helsinki – Barcelona: Daily
Barcelona – London: Daily from March 31, 2014
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8JP WL LN-DYV (msn 39009) (Elsa Beskow) arrives at Munich.
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AMR Corporation (American Airlines) (Dallas/Fort Worth) today issued this statement:
Today, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved the settlement of the lawsuit reached with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and certain states relating to the merger of AMR Corporation and US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways). The court also ruled that the merger may be consummated despite the pendency of a private antitrust lawsuit. As a result of the Court’s rulings, AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., today filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York a notice that the proposed effective date of the Plan of Reorganization will be December 9, 2013.
Consummation of AMR’s Plan of Reorganization and the merger of US Airways Group, Inc. with and into a subsidiary of AMR Corporation is planned to be completed prior to the securities markets opening on December 9, 2013. Assuming this expected schedule, the last day of trading of all outstanding securities of AMR, including the common stock trading under the symbol “AAMRQ,” and the common stock of US Airways Group, Inc. (Phoenix) will be December 6, 2013.
Upon the anticipated closing of the merger on December 9, 2013, AMR Corporation will be renamed American Airlines Group Inc., with its common stock to be listed and traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “AAL” and its preferred stock to be listed and traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “AALCP.”
At the time the Plan of Reorganization becomes effective and the merger closes, each outstanding share of US Airways Group, Inc. common stock will be converted into one share of American Airlines Group Inc. common stock and substantially all pre-Chapter 11 unsecured claims against and outstanding equity securities of AMR Corporation will be satisfied by American Airlines Group Inc. common stock or preferred stock in accordance with the Plan of Reorganization.
This merger will create the world’s largest airline. It will be the end of US Airways as a stand alone company (operating initially under the American Airlines Group until the merger is finally implemented). The top management of US Airways will essentially take over the new American Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. American’s Boeing 737-823 N922NN (msn 29523) soars away from Los Angeles International Airport.
Ryanair to open its second Belgian base at Brussels and a new base at Rome Fiumicino, offers to feed Alitalia’s long-range flights
El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) has announced it will start a new low-fare subsidiary to compete against the low fare airlines like Ryanair and easyJet that are now flying to Israel. The new subsidiary will be called Up and will be assigned five Boeing 737-800s. Operations are due to be launched on March 30, 2014 from Tel Aviv to Berlin, Budapest, Kiev, Larnaca and Prague according to the Jerusalem Post.
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Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by El Al). El Al’s Boeing 737-85P 4X-EKH (msn 35485) taxies at Zurich.
Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) today announced 34 new peak summer routes for the summer 2014 timetable.
In 2013, SAS launched more than 50 new domestic and European routes, as well as the popular Copenhagen-San Francisco route. With the announcement today, adding more than 40 new routes for 2014, SAS has then launched nearly 100 routes in the past two years.
New routes from Sweden:
Stockholm to: Pisa (21 Jun-9 Aug), Olbia (21 Jun-9 Aug), Napoli (21 Jun-9 Aug),
Chania (24 Jun-14 Aug), Bristol (30 Jun-15 Aug), Sarajevo (21 Jun-30 Aug),
Bastia (26 Jun-7 Aug), Biarritz 24 Jun-8 Aug), Bodö (29 Jun-17 Aug)
Gothenburg to: Palma de Mallorca (2 Jul-13 Aug), Athens (1 Jul-5 Aug), Alicante
(30 Jun-1 Nov), Pula 1 Jul – 5 Aug), Berlin (30 Jun-15 Aug)
New routes from Norway:
Oslo to: Olbia (4 Jul-8 Aug), Venice (2 Jul-6 Aug), Pisa (28 Jun-9 Aug), Larnaca
(1 Jul-12 Aug), Biarritz (1 Jul-12 Aug)
Kristiansand to: Split (3 Jul-7 Aug)
Stavanger to: Alanya (2 Jul-6 Aug)
Bergen to: Alanya (2 Jul-6 Aug), Billund (28 Jun-16 Aug)
New routes from Denmark:
Copenhagen to: Pisa (28 Jun-9 Aug), Napoli (1 Jul-7 Aug), Faro (2 Jul-6 Aug),
Chania (30 Jun-11 Aug), Bastia (2 Jul-6 Aug), Montpellier (28 Jun-9 Aug)
Billund to: Alanya (3 Jul-7 Aug), Split (2 Jul-6 Aug), Nice (2 Jul-6 Aug)
Aalborg to: Split (1 Jul-5 Aug), Nice (1 Jul-5 Aug)
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86N LN-RGF (msn 38038) taxies at the Med destination of Palma de Mallorca.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) on March 2, 2014 will launch a new nonstop route from Orlando to Las Vegas with Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The route will be operated three days a week per Airline Route.
Delta is also starting Raleigh/Durham-Las Vegas service on March 2, 2014. Both are traditional Southwest Airlines routes.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 N393DA (msn 30377) prepares to land at Baltimore/Washington.
- 12 new routes to Basel, Bordeaux, Brive, Bucharest, Comiso, Dortmund, Lisbon, Osijek,Podgorica, Prague, Rabat and Skelleftea
- 126 Stansted routes in total
- More flights and improved schedules on 17 existing routes (from 430 to 600 weekly flights)
- Over 1,300,000 new Ryanair passengers per year at Stansted (14.5 million in total)
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DLC (msn 33586) climbs away from the runway Perpignan, France.
Video: London’s Stansted Airport from a B-17 and P-51 World War II USAAF base to Ryanair’s largest hub airport.
Current Ryanair routes from London Stansted:
Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) today announced the first seven new routes for the 2014 timetable. From the end of March 2014, SAS will be opening Stockholm (Arlanda)-Visby, Stavanger-Edinburgh, Oslo-Edinburgh, Oslo-Aalborg, Oslo-Aberdeen and Oslo-Chania, as well as Copenhagen-Leeds/Bradford. These launches reflect increased customer demand for new nonstop services.
Earlier this fall, SAS opened two new year-round routes, Copenhagen-Bremen and Copenhagen-Humberside, and announced two routes for the winter season 2013: Oslo-Sochi and Copenhagen-Salzburg. In 2013, SAS launched more than 50 new domestic and European routes, as well as the popular Copenhagen-San Francisco route.
The new routes will go on sale gradually from November 21, 2013. SAS will launch the peak summer timetable on Monday, November 25.
New routes from Sweden
Stockholm to: Visby (starts March 30)
New routes from Norway
Oslo to: Edinburgh (April 10-October 11), Aalborg (starts March 30), Aberdeen (starts March 31), Chania (April 12-October 11)
Stavanger to: Edinburgh (April 10-October 11)
New routes from Denmark
Copenhagen to: Leeds/Bradford (starts March 31)
Aalborg to: Oslo (starts March 30)
Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7BX SE-RES (msn 30737) lands at the Stockholm (Arlanda) hub.
AeroMexico (Mexico City) announced new seasonal services from New York (JFK) to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos as of January 16 and January 18, 2014 respectfully.
These new flights will have the following schedules:
|New York – Los Cabos*||
New York – Puerto Vallarta*
|12:10 hrs.||Sat||AM1902||07:30 hrs.||
|Thu and Sun|
Los Cabos – New York*
Puerto Vallarta – New York*
|AM1905||14:55 hrs.||22:00 hrs.||Sat||AM1903||16:10 hrs.||22:00 hrs.||Thu and Sun|
* Schedules are published in local time and subject to changes without notice.
Also, AeroMexico will add three weekly flights to the daily service it currently offers between New York (JFK) and Cancun as of December 20. The schedules on this route will be as follows:
|New York – Cancun*|
|AM0417||07:10 hrs.||10:25 hrs.||Daily|
|AM0425||10:00 hrs.||13:43 hrs.||Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays**|
|Cancun – New York*|
|AM0416||17:42 hrs.||22:37 hrs.||Daily|
|22:00 hrs.||Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays**|
*Schedules are published in local time and subject to changes without notice.
These new routes and frequencies will be served with 160-seat Boeing 737-800s, to develop a new and strong link between leading Mexican tourist destinations and the United States.
AeroMexico will offer 42 weekly flights from New York, strengthening its extensive global network and increase its seat offerings to provide additional connectivity options and expand tourist travel to Mexico.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Z9 WL N342AM (msn 34262) lands in Las Vegas.
Airberlin explains how it determines the registration marks of its aircraft, unveils its 2013 “Flying home for Christmas” logo jet
Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) in an online article on their website, explains the art of aircraft registrations:
Dr. Justin Gordon Abdy spends the time waiting. Standing at the window façade where the gate is located, he allows his gaze to wander across the airport’s airfield. Dawn is breaking. In his head, he runs through his documents one more time in preparation for the talk he has scheduled for today. Out of the corner of his eye, he notices a red and white aircraft behind the glass panel. It taxies slowly to the runway. D-ABDY – five letters on the tail of the aircraft suddenly grab his attention. Abdy is his surname! It can be traced back to the English knights and barons of the 17th and 18th centuries. He wonders how the name ended up on the tail of the aircraft and takes out his smartphone. He does some investigation into the matter.
The aircraft with this registration code is an Airberlin Airbus A320. Every aircraft in the world is uniquely designated so that it can be precisely identified wherever it is. In Germany, the aircraft registration code is assigned via the higher federal authority for civil aviation, the LBA (German Federal Aviation Office) in Braunschweig. An international classification system is used for determining the registration code. The first letter represents the country of the operator – in this case “D” for “Deutschland” (Germany). The hyphen is followed by a letter that designates the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of the aircraft. All those with the letter “A” after the country designation have a weight of over 20 tons. This Airbus is even authorised for a MTOW of 77 tons.
Later, Dr Abdy sends a snapshot of the A320 to Airberlin. Germany’s second largest airline tells him more about the aircraft registration code. The sequence of the other letters in the registration code is determined by the airline operating the aircraft itself. It then needs to be approved with official authorizations in accordance with specific regulations. Moreover, the letter combinations selected by the airline must not be present on any other aircraft anywhere in the world.
At Airberlin, everything regarding aircraft registration is handled by the CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization) team, where Nicole Pietsch and her colleagues are based. This team is dedicated to maintaining the airworthiness of the Airberlin fleet and, among other things, deals with the complex authorizations required for the aircraft at the LBA. The process as a whole begins long before the aircraft is allowed to taxi for the first time on the airport apron. The Airberlin aircraft have an average age of just five years. The authorization process starts approximately half a year before an aircraft joins the Airberlin fleet. When this happens, Nicole first of all, files an application for the reservation of a registration code, which is used by the office responsible for handling the matter to open a file for this aircraft.
For the registration code, Nicole determines the letters towards the end in accordance with a scheme. Because Airberlin is also otherwise abbreviated as “AB” on flight tickets, the third letter is often “B”. The other letters are then chosen to enable the Airberlin technicians to recognise the equipment of an aircraft, or its type, immediately from the combination of letters. For instance, all Airbus A320 aircraft which have the same equipment have “D”, “F” or “N” as the fourth letter. If it were a case of proceeding in a purely chronological and alphabetical order, the letter “E” would also be used, but this letter is already occupied by aircraft of other airlines. The last letter then follows in accordance with the order of the alphabet again. Since Nicole has been following this procedure for a while now, the classification system continues to be used for all newly authorised airberlin aircraft.
In order to register an aircraft, however, yet more steps have to be taken – simply establishing a registration code is not enough. The initial application to the LBA is followed by many more at specific points in time – for initial registration, prior to delivery, following the technical checks and after certain approvals and inspections have taken place. Everything is put down in writing. For instance, even with four to six weeks to go before delivery takes place, the airberlin legal team makes an application for the purpose of registering the aircraft. When all the necessary steps have been taken, Nicole personally brings the documents to Braunschweig. The day on which the aircraft is to be authorised is an exciting one. Carrying a vast number of original documents under her arm, she goes to the LBA and only leaves the office once she has the newly issued authorisation documents such as the certificate of airworthiness, the registration certificate and the noise certificate. Then, at the end of the day, she also receives the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) via fax, which permits the aircraft to be flown as part of the airberlin fleet.
Though he has learned that the Airbus is not directly named after his surname but simply happens to share the same sequence of letters, Dr Abdy is still delighted that an aircraft bears his surname.
Copyright Photo: Airberlin. Boeing 737-86J D-ABMS (msn 37782) was unveiled yesterday in Dusseldorf. The airline issued this statement:
Airberlin is once again operating its aircraft decorated in Christmas livery under the motto “Flying home for Christmas”. The Boeing 737-800 will continue to be out and about on the airline’s European route network right into January. Anyone who flies home for the holiday season with Airberlin on a regular basis has a good chance of travelling in the festively-decorated aircraft. The inaugural flight for Airberlin’s Christmas aircraft will go from Dusseldorf to Copenhagen. “I am delighted to have the opportunity of operating the first flight this year in Airberlin’s Christmas colors. It’s always a special occasion, bringing flight guests home to their families and friends in airberlin’s Christmas aircraft,” First Officer Andreas Graute explained.
This year the design of the Christmas plane resembles a string of fairy lights. There is a candle-like light for each day of Advent. “The windows of the aircraft constitute the flames of the candles. For the first time we have a Christmas design that achieves a completely different effect at night to that created during the daytime. The aircraft has an especially atmospheric ambience on evening flights,” said André Rahn, Senior Vice President Marketing. The design was created by RAPP Germany. The interior of the plane is also decorated in festive mood with specially-designed headrest covers.
The Boeing with the registration D-ABMS, which is affectionately known as “Merry Santa”, arrived at Hangar 7 at Dusseldorf Airport on November 13. First of all, the fuselage of the aircraft was thoroughly cleaned. On November 14 the seven-man Airberlin technik team started work. The first step was to once again clean all the surfaces to be decorated with special detergent. Next the sheeting, which is certified for aviation and specially UV-resistant, was mounted on the fuselage of the aircraft. Finally, an edge sealer was applied to the leading edges in order to prevent the sheeting from peeling away and to guarantee optimal airflow. The sheeting with the fairy light design is just 80 micrometres thick, measures 15.32 m in length and is 1.87 m high.
In 2010, the Airberlin Christmas aircraft appeared for the first time in digital form on airberlin.com. In response to requests from numerous guests, the first actual airberlin aircraft in Christmas livery took to the skies in November 2011. airberlin is the first German airline to have a Christmas aircraft.
Video: 30 Years of flying from the Air Berlin USA days:
Tatarstan Aircompany (Tatarstan Airlines) (Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia) flight U9 363 with Boeing 737-53A VQ-BBN (msn 24785) crashed on landing at Kazan today (November 17) in Russia. The aircraft with 44 passengers and six crew members burst into flames, tragically killing all on board. The flight had arrived on a flight from Moscow (Domodedovo). The crash occurred on landing at 19:25 ( GMT).
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Update: A dramatic new security camera video shows the Boeing 737-500 diving straight into the ground which would explain the lack of survivors in this “landing” accident.
Watch the new video:
Follow-up article from Reuters: The pilot pushed the steering column into a nose dive, crash investigators reported, citing flight data analysis. The Interstate Aviation Committee offered no explanation why the pilot, at an altitude of 2,100 feet, after aborting his first attempt to land, would make this extreme maneuver. Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-53A VQ-BBN arrives at Dublin before the tragic crash.
Flydubai (Dubai) and Boeing (Chicago) today announced a commitment for up to 100 737 MAX 8 airplanes and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow.
The commitment from the airline of the emirate of Dubai, valued at $11.4 billion at list prices (including orders and purchase rights), is the largest ever Boeing single-aisle airplane purchase in the Middle East. The investment continues Flydubai’s legacy operating an all-Boeing 737 fleet.
The 737 MAX will build on the Next-Generation 737′s popularity and reliability while delivering customers unsurpassed fuel efficiency in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX 8 is expected to be 8 percent per-seat more fuel efficient than the future competition.
Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with firm configuration of the airplane achieved in July 2013. First flight is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated more than 1,600 orders to date.
Flydubai placed its first order for 50 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2008. The airline took delivery of its first airplane in 2009 and was the first airline in the world to debut the Boeing Sky Interior, an enhanced onboard experience. To date, flydubai has taken delivery of 33 Next-Generation 737-800s.
In the past two years, Flydubai has more than doubled the number of destinations it flies to and has around 1,200 weekly flights. flydubai carried 5.1 million passengers in 2012 and has become the second largest carrier, by passenger numbers, operating out of Dubai International.
In only four and a half years flydubai has, in this short time, built up a network of more than 65 destinations, served by a fleet of 33 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The remaining aircraft from its 2008 order will be fulfilled by 2015. It achieved profitability in its third year of operation. It continues to focus on the needs of its passengers most recently launching Business Class services. It made this service available, for the first time, on several of the 46 previously underserved destinations it flies to.
The first aircraft, Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s from this order, will be delivered between 2016 and 2017. Deliveries of the first Boeing 737 MAX will commence in the second half of 2017 and continue until the end of 2023. As one of the most reliable and efficient single-aisle aircraft models of its type currently available today it will support Flydubai’s continued growth.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8KN WL A6-FDP (msn 40243) arrives at the Dubai hub.
WestJet (Calgary) starting on June 15, 2014* will be offering its first trans-Atlantic service from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Dublin, Ireland, with connecting service from several other Canadian destinations.
St. John’s is actually closer to Dublin than Calgary.
|St. John’s – Dublin||Daily||June 15, 2014 to
October 5, 2014
|Toronto (direct same plane) – Dublin**||Daily||June 15, 2014 to
October 5, 2014
|Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, Montreal, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg – Dublin**||Daily||June 15, 2014 to
October 5, 2014
*Subject to government approval.
^Schedule is subject to change without notice.
**Available daily through connections. Guests flying from Toronto will stop in St. John’s but will have the same plane to Dublin.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8CT WL C-GKWA (msn 39089) arrives in Las Vegas.
Air North (Whitehorse) today announced the addition of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Ottawa, Ontario.
The Yukon and NWT capitals haven’t been connected in over three years, and never before by scheduled Boeing 737 jet service.
The expansion adds Ottawa and Yellowknife to the list of Air North’s gateway cities to the Yukon, which also includes Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, and Edmonton (see map below).
Air North’s growth is particularly pleasing to the Vuntut Gwitchin Limited Partnership, which invested in the airline more than 12 years ago. “Our original investment has grown in strength and reach, along with our people,” said Pauline Frost, President of the Vuntut Gwitchin Limited Partnership. “We are all very pleased that Yukon’s airline has grown from a small local carrier to one that serves our nation’s capital, providing northerners with an important connection to Yellowknife and Ottawa.”
Service to both cities will begin during the first quarter of 2014, with the schedule and introductory fares to be announced once a number of regulatory and logistical hurdles have been overcome.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Air North’s Boeing 737-48E C-FANB (msn 25764) arrives at the traditional southern terminus of Vancouver.
Current Route Map: The expansion eastward to Yellowknife and Ottawa will bring new traffic to the Yukon.
Boeing (Chicago) and Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) will work together to speed the research, development and approval of new sources of sustainable aviation biofuel in Brazil. Their collaboration will support Gol’s plans to use this lower-carbon jet fuel on more flights during upcoming major sporting events and also will benefit long-term development of a new sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil.
Paulo Sergio Kakinoff, chief executive officer of Gol, and Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, signed a memorandum of understanding for biofuel collaboration at the Latin America and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) Airline Leaders Forum 2013.
Gol plans to use sustainable biojetfuel on 200 flights during the major sporting event in Brazil in 2014 and to incorporate biofuel into 20 percent of its flights during the major sporting event taking place in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Boeing will work with Gol to identify and select the most promising feedstocks and refining technologies and then will play a leading role in the approval process for new fuel pathways to ensure the fuel meets safety and performance standards.
The agreement between Boeing and Gol is a significant new step in efforts to advance an aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. On October 23, Brazil’s Aviator’s Day, Gol conducted Brazil’s first commercial biofuel flight in a Boeing 737-800 powered in part by sustainable aviation biofuel made from waste cooking oil and blended by Petrobras, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Following the flight, aviation industry stakeholders including Gol and Boeing, as well as Brazilian officials and research institutions, announced a national effort called the Brazilian Biojetfuel Platform to establish a sustainable biojetfuel industry with research and development in several regions of the country. If the Platform is successful, Brazil, which has already established a biofuel industry could be the first nation to establish a sustainable aviation biofuel industry from biomass production to flight.
Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Gol’s Boeing 737-809 PR-GIT (msn 28403) in the striking Smiles special livery departs from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) plans to add 18 daily nonstop flights to five destinations from Dallas Love Field in October 2014.
According to the airline, Delta’s planned expansion will enhance competition at the airport with new nonstop service to New York-LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Delta also will add two daily flights to its existing Atlanta service.
Delta will require access to gates at Love Field in order to operate its expanded schedule. Delta has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to allow it to bid on Love Field gates as part of the divestiture of airport assets under a proposed settlement agreement with American Airlines and US Airways.
Currently at Love Field, 16 of the 20 gates and more than 95 percent of available seats are controlled by one airline, Southwest Airlines, which transports more passengers in the U.S. than any other carrier. Love Field has one of the highest concentrations of operations controlled by a single airline among the nation’s large airports.
The expanded Love Field service builds on Delta’s recent growth at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where it currently operates 45 peak-day flights to eight destinations. Last year, Delta added new nonstop service between DFW and New York-LaGuardia. It also operates nonstop flights from DFW to Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Memphis and New York-JFK.
When the expansion is complete, Delta would operate a total of 68 daily flights in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, including flights at both DFW and Love Field.
Delta’s expansion will be implemented following changes to the Wright Amendment, which previously restricted Love Field service to Texas, adjacent states and Missouri, Alabama, Kansas and Mississippi. Those restrictions are scheduled to end in October 2014.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-732 N302DQ (msn 29648) prepares to land at Dulles International Airport near Washington.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will increase service at Boston’s Logan International Airport with daily year-round and seasonal service to the following seven destinations, including three new markets.
- New daily service to Jacksonville, Florida and Richmond, Virginia, operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air using 76-seat, two-class Bombardier CRJ900s, effective March 3, 2014 and March 6, 2014
- New service to Las Vegas with three flights per week operating a Boeing 737-800, effective March 6, 2014
- Expanding service to Los Angeles with one additional flight for a total of two daily operating a Boeing 737-800, effective April 7, 2014
- New Saturday-only summer seasonal service to Nassau, Bahamas, operated by Delta Connection carrier Shuttle America using 76-seat, two-class Embraer ERJ 175s as well as the Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands using an Airbus A320, effective March 8, 2014
- Extended service to Cancun, previously scheduled to end April 26, 2014, now ending Aug. 30, 2014
Delta and joint venture partner, Virgin Atlantic, recently announced they will coordinate schedules and retime their respective Boston to Heathrow flights to offer customers more convenient and flexible travel options.
Delta currently operates 70 peak-day departures from Logan International Airport to 16 nonstop destinations. Delta’s new Boston service offers customers the option of First Class, Economy Comfort or economy seating, along with in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 WL N3771K (msn 29632) is pictured in action at Los Angeles International Airport.
Xiamen Air (Xiamen Airlines) (Xiamen) has reached a significant milestone. On November 12 in Seattle, Boeing delivered a brand new 737-800 airplane to Xiamen Airlines, a SkyTeam member. It is the 100th plane in the airline’s all-Boeing fleet. Boeing 737-85C B-5688 (msn 41792) was handed over at the special event (pictured).
Xiamen Airlines commenced service in 1985 with two Boeing 737-200s serving three cities. The carrier is now China’s sixth-largest, serving 218 domestic routes as well as 26 international and regional routes. With delivery of the Boeing 737-800, Xiamen Airlines’ fleet now consists of 100 aircraft. It is China’s only all-Boeing fleet and one of the world’s youngest, with an average age of 5.08 years.
Over the next two years, Xiamen Airlines plans to add 30 more Boeing 737-800s and six more Boeing 787s, expanding its fleet to 136 airplanes, and to expand globally by gradually forming a route network that radiates across the Asia Pacific region and connects with Europe and the U.S.
Xiamen Airlines’ expects to keep growing of its Boeing fleet beyond 2016. The carrier has just signed Letters of Request to buy 70 Boeing 737NGs and Boeing 737MAXs. By 2020, the fleet will grow to more than 200 airplanes.
Xiamen Airlines’ rapid growth is a testament to the tremendous growth of China’s airline business. In 1972, China established the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) as the only player in aviation, with only nine registered aircraft in the fleet. At the end of 2012, China had more than 40 airlines, with an industry-wide fleet exceeding 2,000 aircraft.
Boeing projects investments of nearly $800 billion in China for the purchase of 5,580 new commercial aircraft during the next 20 years. It would account for 16% of global demand, and reflects an average requirement of nearly 200 single-aisle and over 60 wide-body aircraft each year.
Top Copyright Photo: Boeing.
Bottom Copyright Photos: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. B-5688 passes through Honolulu on the long delivery flight.
Second Photo: A close-up of the special markings.
Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) continues its expansion in Europe and opens new base in Madrid for the summer of 2014. Norwegian will open six new routes from Madrid to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Hamburg, Warsaw and London.
The base in Madrid is Norwegian’s fifth Spanish base along with Alicante, Malaga, Las Palmas and Tenerife.
Six new routes from Madrid from June 2014:
Norwegian will have two Boeing 737-800 aircraft at the base in Madrid. In addition, 100 employees will be recruited locally and six new routes launched.
Madrid – Stockholm
Four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, starting June 4, 2014
Madrid – Oslo
Three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting June 3, 2014
Madrid – Helsinki
Three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting on June 4, 2014
Madrid – Hamburg
Four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, starting June 4, 2014
Madrid – Warsaw
Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, starting June 3, 2014
Madrid – London
Daily from June 2, 2014
Madrid – Copenhagen
Increases from three to four times a week between April and June 2014. As of July 2014 there are flights daily between Madrid and Copenhagen.
Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86N LN-NOQ (msn 32658) departs the runway at London (Gatwick).
Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today introduced its fifth Disney logojet in rainy Seattle. Boeing 737-890 N570AS (msn 35185) has been painted in this special “Follow us to Disneyland Resort” color scheme. Oddly instead of promoting the recent “Disney Planes” movie the characters are from “Disney Cars”.
Alaska Airlines later in the day issued this statement:
The newest themed airplane in Alaska Airlines’ fleet flew into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport today (November 7), featuring one of America’s most beloved and rusty tow trucks.
Adorned with the familiar images of Disney-Pixar’s animated Cars characters Mater, Lightning McQueen, Guido and Luigi, the colorful Boeing 737-800 named “Adventure of Disneyland Resort” celebrates Alaska’s partnership with Walt Disney’s original theme park.
It is the fifth Disney-themed airplane born out of the successful partnership between Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Disneyland Resort.
“Our Disney planes generate a lot of excitement among our passengers young and old wherever they fly,” said Jeff Butler, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of customer service-airports and cargo, and board member of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our strong partnership than to launch this flying invitation to visit Disneyland Resort’s newest attraction and Mater’s home in Cars Land.”
At a special airport event, Mater himself made a satellite appearance from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, providing travelers with updates on the arrival of the plane as it neared Seattle. After the ceremony, the aircraft officially joined the Alaska fleet on a flight to Orange County, Calif., and will then fly throughout the carrier’s 65-city network.
“Adventure of Disneyland Resort is a great example of taking beloved, iconic Disney-Pixar characters and bringing them to life in new and unexpected ways,” said Sharon Siskie, Disney Destinations’ vice president of travel industry sales. “It’s been our great privilege to be part of this collaborative effort with Alaska Airlines, and we’re delighted that today’s inaugural flight will create some very powerful memories for special guests from Make-A-Wish.”
Joining passengers flying on Flight 500 were four Make-A-Wish children from Washington and Alaska, ages 3 to 7, and their families, who will spend the next several days at the Disneyland Resort. During their visit, they will be treated to special activities and enjoy overnight accommodations at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Resort.
“Since our inception, we’ve granted life-affirming wishes to more than 5,300 children in Alaska and Washington and it’s only because of the partnerships that we have with companies like Alaska Airlines and Disney,” said Barry McConnell, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.
Since granting its first wish in 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted 2,257 Disney wishes and sent 1,051 children and their families on wish trips via Alaska Airlines. Disney helps Make-A-Wish America® grant more than 5,000 wishes annually, making a trip to a Disney Park the most frequent wish requested by Make-A-Wish children.
Alaska Airlines has supported Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington since 1986 and provides air transportation for about 225 Wish kids and their families to travel each year. Alaska invites members of its Mileage Plan to donate frequent-flier miles to Make-A-Wish through the Charity Miles program.
The Adventure of Disneyland Resort aircraft received its new livery at Aviation Technical Services in Everett, Washington. A team of specialists from Associated Painters Inc. accomplished the complicated painting process, including a sponge-type application to re-create Mater’s rust-colored finish.
Adventure of Disneyland Resort trivia:
- A 34-member crew worked around the clock for 29 days at Associated Painters Inc. to paint the plane.
- Painters painstakingly airbrushed the aircraft with 70 unique colors and applied more than 10,000 square feet of vinyl graphics to create the lifelike characters, including the headlights, tire rims and eyes.
- More than 72,000 linear feet of masking tape was used during the painting of the Adventure of Disneyland Resort.
- Mater’s rustic-looking muffler, which is located on the tail of the jet, will naturally change color over time due to the plane’s normal exhaust stains.
- The 129-foot-long Boeing 737-800 has a wingspan of 117 feet and a cruising speed of 530 mph.
- The plane accommodates 157 passengers and six crew members.
Top Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/AirlinersGallery.com. The weather did not cooperate at SEA today for the unveiling as a storm system moved through the area. Cockpit Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines.
Video of the painting Process:
United Airlines (Chicago) has joined JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines in now offering electronics-friendly cabins. The airline issued this statement:
United Airlines is now offering its customers electronics-friendly cabins on all domestic mainline flights. The airline received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin allowing passengers use of their portable electronic devices during all phases of flight. United will immediately implement the benefit for its customers.
With this change, United customers can safely use their lightweight, hand-held electronic devices – such as tablets, e-readers, games and smartphones – in non-transmitting mode from gate-to-gate, unless instructed otherwise by a crew member. Larger electronic devices, like laptops, must still be stored securely in an overhead bin or another approved stowage area during takeoff and landing.
Currently, only United customers traveling on mainline flights arriving or departing within the 50 United States may operate portable electronic devices below 10,000 feet. However, the airline is working with its regional partners to extend the benefit, and expects to allow customers gate-to-gate use of their electronic devices across all United Express flights operating within the 50 United States by the end of the year as well.
Passengers may still be asked to turn off their electronic devices in certain situations, such as low-visibility operations, and are reminded to carefully follow crew member instructions at all times. Voice calls from cell phones or VoIP-enabled devices are also still prohibited during taxiing, takeoffs, landings and while the aircraft is in flight.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. United Airlines’ Boeing 737-824 WL N73276 (msn 31594) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
WestJet (Calgary) today announced its third quarter 2013 results, with net earnings of $65.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted share. This compares with the net earnings of $70.6 million, or $0.52 per diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2012. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 13.8 per cent, compared with the 14.4 per cent reported in the previous quarter, and one of the best third quarters in WestJet history.
“We had a strong third quarter in which we flew a record number of guests, exceeded our 12 per cent ROIC target for the fifth consecutive quarter, and reached our initial business transformation initiative milestone one year early by implementing and identifying various opportunities which we believe will result in approximately $100 million in future cost savings in 2014,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “With the market launch of our Plus product in August, we are now providing our business and leisure guests with even more flexibility, comfort and convenience, and my thanks go to WestJetters for their ongoing efforts to take care of our guests.”
|Q3 13||Q3 12||Change||YTD 2013||YTD 2012||Change|
|Net earnings (millions)||$65.1||$70.6||(7.8%)||$200.9||$181.4||10.7%|
|Diluted earnings per share||$0.50||$0.52||(3.8%)||$1.51||$1.33||13.5%|
|Total revenues (millions)||$924.8||$866.5||6.7%||$2,735.8||$2,566.8||6.6%|
|Operating margin||10.7%||12.5%||(1.8 pts)||10.9%||11.1%||(0.2 pts)|
|Load factor||82.8%||84.6%||(1.8 pts)||82.2%||83.1%||(0.9 pts)|
During the third quarter, WestJet continued the roll-out of WestJet Encore, beginning service to Brandon, Manitoba on September 3 and announcing Terrace, B.C. as a new community that will welcome its first Encore flight on November 25, 2013. WestJet Encore also added new non-stop routes joining the dots in WestJet’s network, including flights between Winnipeg and Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Regina and between Vancouver and Kamloops, B.C. “We are very pleased with the overwhelming community support WestJet Encore has received, as we give even more Canadians access to lower fares, stimulate demand in smaller communities, and repeat WestJet’s success in the regional space,” said Gregg Saretsky.
In the third quarter, WestJet entered into a definitive purchase agreement for 65 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with deliveries scheduled from 2017 through 2027. This order will enable the airline to enhance its inflight guest experience, support its low-cost business model, and contribute to its profitable growth by utilizing a lower operating cost aircraft that is expected to reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 13 per cent, as compared with the most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft currently available.
With the impact on demand caused by the summer flooding in Calgary, Alberta and the surrounding communities behind the airline, WestJet expects continued strong traffic and revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2013. The airline anticipates its 2013 fourth quarter RASM to be roughly flat as compared to the same period in the prior year.
The airline expects jet fuel costs to range between 90 and 92 cents per liter for the fourth quarter of 2013, representing a down 1.0 to up 1.0 per cent year-over-year change. For the full year 2013, the airline now expects CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share, to be down approximately 0.5 per cent year-over-year.
Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8CT WL C-GKWJ (msn 34151) lands in Las Vegas.
Xtra Airways (Boise, Idaho) is now operating two of its Boeing 737-400s (N279AD and N42XA) for newcomer One Airlines of Chile.
One Airlines (Santiago) began charter operations on October 25 linking Santiago with Concepción in southern Chile and also to cities like Antofagasta and Calama in the northern part of the country, where the main mining investments are located.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 N279AD (msn 26279) rests between assignments at Santiago. The airliner is fully painted in the colors of the new charter airline. N279AD was formerly operated for DirectAir.
Boeing (Chicago) and the Lion Group (Lion Air) (Jakarta), Indonesia’s largest airline group, yesterday (November 4) commemorated the delivery of the carrier’s 100th Next-Generation 737 at a special event.
The Lion Group’s 100th airplane, the pictured Lion Air 737-9GP ER (Extended Range) PK-LOF (msn 38741) features a special “100th Boeing Next-Generation 737 – Thank You Indonesia” livery commemorating the delivery.
Lion Air, which was established in 1999, was also the launch customer for the 737-900 ER. Lion Air mainline currently operates 67 737-900 ERs and 19 737-800s. The group’s other Next-Generation 737s are allocated to its full-service carrier in Indonesia, Batik Air, and to its overseas affiliates: Malindo Air in Malaysia and Thai Lion Air, a new carrier based in Bangkok.
All of the Lion Group’s new 737 deliveries feature the Boeing Sky Interior, the 787 Dreamliner inspired cabin.
Lion mainline and subsidiary Wings Air serve 76 destinations in Indonesia, giving the group the largest domestic network in Indonesia. Lion Air mainline has 580 flights a day and Wings Air has 180 flights per day.
Top Copyright Photo: The Boeing Company. Bottom Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com.
United Airlines (Chicago) tomorrow (November 5) will begin daily nonstop flights from its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Luis Munoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Flight UA 1688 will depart Chicago O’Hare at 8:27 a.m. (0827) daily, arriving in San Juan at 3:05 p.m. (1505). The return flight, UA 1718, will depart San Juan at 3:55 p.m. (1555) and arrive in Chicago at 7:19 p.m. (1919). The service will be operated with Boeing 737-900 aircraft, with seating for 20 in United First, 51 in Economy Plus and 96 in Economy.
United will begin additional seasonal nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare and San Juan on December 4, 2013. Flight UA 1448 will depart Chicago O’Hare at 4:10 p.m. (1610) daily, arriving in San Juan at 10:48 p.m. (2248). The return flight, UA 1405, will depart San Juan at 7:05 a.m. (0705), arriving in Chicago at 10:29 a.m. (1029). The seasonal service will operate until January 6, 2014.
With the addition of the Chicago flights, United will offer nonstop service between Puerto Rico and five of its hubs. The airline already serves Puerto Rico nonstop from Cleveland, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Newark and Washington, D.C./Dulles.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-924 WL N32404 (msn 30121) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
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Southwest Airlines (Dallas) launched new flights this weekend in three cities that join the carrier’s network through previously established service by wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways (Dallas). The new routes complete a plan to bring Southwest Airlines service to all domestic cities in the Company’s network by year’s end, as the integration of Southwest and AirTran approaches its final phases.
As of November 3, 2013, Southwest Airlines offers new nonstop service between:
Pensacola and Nashville and Houston (Hobby)
Richmond and Orlando
Memphis and Baltimore/Washington, Houston (Hobby), Orlando, Chicago (Midway), and Tampa.
AirTran will continue service between Atlanta and Richmond International Airport, with four daily nonstop departures. Southwest Airlines anticipates a full conversion in Richmond in the second half of 2014.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737-3H4 WL N352SW (msn 24888) in the Lone Star One motif lands in Las Vegas.
Reuters: DOJ asking American and US Airways to give up some DCA slots and routes for a merger agreement
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) reportedly are considering a pre-trial offer by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to give up slots at Ronald Reagan National Airport (the combined airline would control 69 percent of the DCA slots) in Washington and some other routes around the country according to this report by Reuters citing sources and the Wall Street Journal. The DOJ is focusing on over 1,000 city pairings where the combined airline would dominate. However in a deregulated marketplace where any U.S. airline can enter a market, how would the “new American” if approved, be prevented from reentering a market again in the future? DCA is slot controlled but most of the airports on the DOJ list are “free entry” airports.
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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. American’s Boeing 737-823 N968AN (msn 30095) completes its approach from the south into Washington’s slot-controlled Reagan National Airport.
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Norwegian Air Shuttle’s (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) 600 pilots called off their strike today after four days of government-sponsored mediation.
The airline issued this short statement (translated from Norwegian):
Norwegian’s management and Norwegian Pilot Union (NPU) have agreed on a new contract for the pilots. This means the normal operation in the future.
Both parties are very pleased that we have reached an agreement and we can now look forward and build a strong, competitive Norwegian. The most important thing for us is that our passengers can feel safe with our flight goes as usual, said CEO Bjørn Kjos.
Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Norwegian Air Shuttle’s (Norwegian.com) Boeing 737-8JP WL LN-DYU (msn 39008) with Jorn Utzon on the tail and also painted in the special “Wireless Internet on Board” scheme passes through Dublin.
Boeing (Chicago) has announced the production on the 737 program will increase to 47 airplanes per month in 2017, the highest rate ever for the best-selling airliner in history. Once implemented, the 737 program will build more than 560 airplanes per year, and will have increased output by nearly 50 percent since 2010.
Boeing currently produces 38 airplanes per month from its Renton, Wash., factory and will increase the rate to 42 per month in the first half of 2014. First delivery of the 737 MAX is on track for third quarter of 2017.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) are now considering a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) according to this report by Reuters. The reported deal would involve giving up an unspecified number of Washington Reagan National Airport slots. The trial to block the proposed merger is due to start on November 25.
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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. The battle and approval of the merger has always been about the “fortress” number of Reagan National slots. American’s Boeing 737-823 N924NN (man 33486) banks on the river approach into Washington’s downtown Reagan National Airport.
WestJet (Calgary) yesterday (October 28) launched new nonstop seasonal service between Calgary and Miami, Florida, home to the largest cruise ship port in the world. The first flight leaves Calgary International Airport at 1:30 p.m. MDT and arrives at Miami International Airport at 8:45 p.m. EDT .
Details of WestJet’s new non-stop seasonal service between Calgary and Miami are:
|1500||Calgary at 1:30 p.m.||Miami at 8:43 p.m.||October 28, 2013|
|1501||Miami at 9:35 a.m.||Calgary at 1:45 p.m.||October 29, 2013|
The launch marks the start of service four times weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until December 14, 2013 . Effective December 16, 2013 , the service increases to six times weekly (Monday through Saturday).
Miami International Airport is a major hub of American Airlines, one of WestJet’s airline partners. From Miami , WestJet guests have the opportunity to connect to many different AA destinations throughout the United States , Central and South America. WestJet guests may also access Miami via American Airlines codeshare flights from Toronto and Montreal.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7CT WL C-FEWJ (msn 32769) taxies to the gate at Miami International Airport.
Jat Airways (Belgrade) is no more. The national carrier of Serbia was succeeded by replacement carrier Air Serbia (Belgrade) yesterday (October 26). Air Serbia is the result of a new strategic partnership between the Government of Serbia and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). The majority 51 percent of the shares of new Air Serbia are now owned by the Serbian Government and the remaining 49 percent by Etihad Airways which has been on a spending spree to to partially acquire and transform underperforming national carriers to feed its own operations.
Jat Airways is now defunct.
Air Serbia’s inaugural flight departed Belgrade yesterday for Abu Dhabi.
Here is the history of troubled Jat Airways (from their website):
Jat Airways’s predecessor, the Society for Air Transport AEROPUT, was founded on June 17, 1927. This date marks the beginning of civil aviation in our country. The first aircraft to fly under the company name Yugoslav Airlines took off 20 years later, on April 1, 1947.
In mid-January 1947, the civil aviation traffic administration became part of the Transport Ministry, thereby confirming its civilian status. On March 17, 1947, pilots, navigators, radio operators and flight mechanics were transferred from the Transport Regiment to the newly formed company. In the meantime, the company acquired modified aircraft and the first flying season was launched on April 1, 1947.
After weathering the winds of war, AEROPUT pilots and mechanics joined Yugoslav Airlines crews in JAT’s earliest days.
Yugoslav Airlines kicked off with two Douglas C-47 aircraft modified into a DC-3 and two JU-52 Junkers. In the course of the year, the fleet grew by another JU-52, four DC-3s and one unmodified C-47 intended for cargo transport. These aircraft maintained regular traffic on domestic lines: Belgrade-Zagreb-Ljubljana and Zagreb-Sarajevo, and on international lines: Belgrade-Prague-Warsaw.
The first three Sud Aviation Caravelle airplanes joined the JAT fleet in 1963, and the fleet continued to grow six years later with the addition of the first Douglas DC-9, and seven years later with the first Boeing 707. At the same time, the last of the piston-engine veterans – the DC-3 and Convair – were withdrawn from the fleet. The introduction of jet engine aircraft enabled more comfortable and affordable flights – far exceeding the characteristics of piston engine aircraft. With increased capacity and range, these planes served as a basis for expanding the flight network, enabling the company to appear in third markets and make a bid for genuine air traffic growth. This was the main course of Yugoslav Airlines development through the early 1970s, a period tentatively termed by the company as “the beginning of jet aviation”.
Just as the beginning of the 1960s was decisive due to the introduction of the first jet-engine aircraft, so were the 1970s with the introduction of the “big Boeing” – the Boeing 707, after which the first charter lines were established to North America with regular traffic. In addition to the introduction of the Douglas DC-10-30, the first wide-body aircraft, in 1978, this period represented the beginning of one of the most important stages in JAT’s evolution.
Persistent investment in modernization and the acquisition of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 guided Yugoslav Airlines to yet another phase of development, the so-called wide-body stage, which was followed several years later by the purchase of a medium-range aircraft – the Boeing 737. This acquisition, among the first in Europe, established a basic pre-condition for further expansion of traffic in nearly all directions. Also, existing lines in Europe, the Middle East and Africa were significantly extended, followed by network expansion to the US, Canada and Australia.
During those “golden years”, as some JAT chroniclers have dubbed the period, Yugoslav Airlines opened many offices abroad, carried five million passengers annually, continued to develop and modernize its technical operations parallel to developing service activities such as general aviation, hotel commerce, operating its own training centre and investing in infrastructure. JAT also constructed a large hangar to accommodate wide-body aircraft and a jet-engine test stand, which enabled the company to master the technique of examining engines and other components for modern fleets. Furthermore, the company proved excellent in business skills, successfully negotiating contracts with several third world companies.
Meanwhile, JAT developed its information system and introduced automatic ticket sales. In short, the company made a bid to meet its competition by responding to the growing demands and expectations of its passengers while continuing to satisfy regular passengers by living up to the famous company slogan – JAT is MORE THAN FLYING.
Yugoslav Aerotransport changed its name to Jat Airways on August 8, 2003.
Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. A fine taxiway study of Jat Airways’ Boeing 737-3Q4 YU-AON (msn 24208) in the last color scheme at Zurich. The Jat Airways Boeing 737-300s are being replaced with newer Air Serbia Airbus A319s, another narrow body customer loss for Boeing.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Former TACA AIrbus A319-132 N473TA (msn 1140) has become A6-SAA on lease from Etihad Airways to Air Serbia.
El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) and Boeing (Chicago) have finalized an order for two additional Next-Generation 737-900 ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order comes just two weeks after the Israeli flag-carrier took delivery of its first 737-900 ER. This order brings the total number of 737-900 ERs ordered by El Al to eight.
The order was finalized at a special event hosted by El Al at the carrier’s base at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport to celebrate the recent arrival of El Al’s first 737-900 ER. The Boeing 737-900 ER has the highest capacity and lowest seat-mile cost of Boeing’s single-aisle family and will perfectly complement EL AL’s existing fleet of Next-Generation 737-700s and 737-800s.
El Al’s 737-900 ERs will also feature the innovative Boeing Sky Interior, enabling the airline to differentiate itself from its competitors by offering passengers a more comfortable travel experience. The 737 Boeing Sky Interior features modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting to enhance the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Brand new Boeing 737-958 ER 4X-EHA (msn 41552) was delivered to El Al on October 9, 2013.
Boeing (Chicago) according to this report by Reuters, has secured around 200 737 MAX orders from China from various carriers.
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Azman Air (Azman Air Services Limited) (Kano) is yet another new airline in Nigeria which is planning to launch scheduled passenger flights with two Boeing 737-300s. The company was founded in 2010 by Abdul Manafi Yunusa. Azman Air is a wholly owned Nigerian airline.
The pictured former Bmibaby Boeing 737-36N G-TOYF (msn 28557) is now painted and is the second 737. This aircraft will become 5N-YSM on delivery. The first aircraft (G-TOYH, msn 28570) is still at Norwich awaiting delivery.
This aircraft is named “Athaji Yunusa Sarina”.
Azman intends to fly mainly from Kano, Abuja and Lagos. Here is a list of domestic routes being advertised on their website:
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-36N G-TOYF (5N-YSM) (msn 28557) departs from Southend on a test flight after repainting.
Southwest Airlines Company (Dallas) reported its third quarter 2013 results:
- Record third quarter net income, excluding special items*, of $241 million, or $.34 per diluted share, compared to third quarter 2012 net income, excluding special items, of $97 million, or $.13 per diluted share. This was in line with the First Call consensus estimate of $.34 per diluted share.
- Record third quarter net income of $259 million, or $.37 per diluted share, which included $18 million (net) of favorable special items, compared to net income of $16 million, or $.02 per diluted share, in third quarter 2012, which included $81 million (net) of unfavorable special items.
- Return on invested capital* (before taxes and excluding special items) for the 12 months ended September 30, 2013, of 11 percent, as compared to 7 percent for the 12 months ended September 30, 2012.
- Cash and short-term investments at September 30, 2013, of $3.3 billion.
- Cash flow from operations of $428 million, and capital expenditures of $268 million, resulting in $160 million in free cash flow* in third quarter 2013.
- The Company returned approximately $178 million to Shareholders during third quarter 2013 through the payment of $28 million in dividends and the repurchase of approximately $150 million in common stock under an accelerated share repurchase program executed in September 2013. Since August 2011, the Company has repurchased approximately $1.1 billion, or approximately 111 million shares, under its $1.5 billion share repurchase authorization.
Gary C. Kelly, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are very pleased to report a record third quarter earnings performance. Our People delivered very strong year-over-year earnings growth as we continued to transform our Company for the future. Our continued focus on strategic initiatives is paying off, and I am very proud of our outstanding Employees for a very solid third quarter financial performance.
“Third quarter revenues were also a third quarter record, with total operating revenues per available seat mile (unit revenues) increasing 4.5 percent year-over-year. Especially considering our increase in stage length and seat density, this is a very strong performance. Further, we continue to have a high number of markets under development as we convert AirTran routes into Southwest routes and optimize our combined networks. Finally, about 15 percent of our system is still operating under the AirTran brand. As the network stabilizes in the future, AirTran becomes fully converted, and fewer schedule changes are made, this should provide a further boost to unit revenues. While unit revenue trends were impacted by the recent government shutdown, current bookings for the combined November/December holiday period are strong.
“We are on track with our plan to fully integrate AirTran into Southwest Airlines by the end of next year, and we expect to achieve approximately $400 million in annual net pre-tax synergies in 2013. Our efforts to optimize our connected networks continued during third quarter, with the conversion of AirTran’s service at Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Southwest. Southwest’s entrance to western Michigan doubled the service previously offered by AirTran, with a total of six daily nonstop departures to Baltimore/Washington, Orlando, St. Louis, and Denver. We will take another significant step towards full integration with our November 2013 schedule, as we reschedule AirTran’s Atlanta flights into a point-to-point operation.
“Our plan to add international capabilities for Southwest in 2014 is on track. We reached an exciting milestone last month with the ground breaking on Southwest’s first international terminal in our 43-year history. The five-gate facility at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport, planned to open in 2015, will accommodate Southwest service to potential destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.
“Our fleet modernization efforts are continuing as planned. During third quarter 2013, we placed one new Boeing 737-800 and two previously owned Boeing 737-700s into active service, and retired four Boeing 737-500 aircraft. In addition, we transitioned the first of AirTran’s 88 Boeing 717-200s out of the fleet, and removed 11 more from active service in preparation for transition. At the end of the third quarter, all Southwest Boeing 737-700s, 78 Boeing 737-300s, and 14 AirTran Boeing 737-700s converted to the Southwest livery had been retrofitted with the Evolve interior. Following a two percent year-over-year increase expected this year, our available seat miles are not expected to increase year-over-year in 2014. As we continue to execute our strategic initiatives, our priorities remain: optimize the network; run an excellent airline operation; provide outstanding and friendly Customer Service; and achieve and sustain our targeted financial returns.
“Our third quarter economic fuel costs declined 5.7 percent year-over-year driven by lower prices per gallon and less fuel consumed per available seat mile. We currently expect another significant year-over-year decrease in our fourth quarter 2013 economic fuel costs. Based on relatively stable current market prices and our existing fuel derivative contracts, as of October 21st, we expect our fourth quarter economic fuel price per gallon to be comparable to our third quarter 2013 economic fuel price per gallon.
“Excluding fuel, special items, and profitsharing, our unit costs increased slightly compared to third quarter last year, as expected. Based on current trends and ongoing benefits anticipated from our fleet modernization efforts, we expect our fourth quarter 2013 unit costs, excluding fuel, special items, and profitsharing, to be roughly flat versus a year ago.
“It is imperative that we preserve our financial health and return value to our stakeholders. Our balance sheet, liquidity, and cash flows are strong, and we are aggressively managing our debt and total invested capital. Our People are exceptional and they are working exceptionally hard. I am proud of them and these strong third quarter results.”
Awards and Recognitions
- Ranked first Value Airline Brand of the Year in the 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend Rankings
- Named one of the Best Economy Class Flight Experience in 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY
- Ranked fifth on the International Council on Clean Transportation list of the most fuel efficient domestic passenger airlines
The Company’s third quarter 2013 total operating revenues increased 5.5 percent to $4.5 billion, while operating unit revenues increased 4.5 percent, on a 1.0 percent increase in available seat miles and an approximately 4.0 percent increase in average seats per trip, all as compared to third quarter 2012. Total operating expenses in third quarter 2013 decreased 2.4 percent to $4.2 billion, as compared to third quarter 2012. The Company incurred costs (before taxes) associated with the acquisition and integration of AirTran, which are special items, of $28 million during third quarter 2013, compared to $145 million in third quarter 2012. Cumulative costs associated with the acquisition and integration of AirTran, as of September 30, 2013, totaled $391 million (before profitsharing and taxes). The Company expects total acquisition and integration costs to be no more than $550 million (before profitsharing and taxes). Excluding special items in both periods, total operating expenses of $4.1 billion in third quarter 2013 were comparable to third quarter 2012.
Third quarter 2013 economic fuel costs were $3.06 per gallon, including $.01 per gallon in favorable cash settlements from fuel derivative contracts, compared to $3.16 per gallon in third quarter 2012, including $.03 per gallon in unfavorable cash settlements from fuel derivative contracts. Based on the Company’s fuel derivative contracts and market prices as of October 21st, fourth quarter 2013 economic fuel costs are expected to be in the $3.05 to $3.10 per gallon range, which is significantly below fourth quarter 2012′s economic fuel costs of $3.32 per gallon. As of October 21st, the fair market value of the Company’s hedge portfolio through 2017 was a net asset of approximately $135 million. Additional information regarding the Company’s fuel derivative contracts is included in the accompanying tables.
Excluding economic fuel expense, special items, and profitsharing in both periods, third quarter 2013 operating costs increased 2.0 percent from third quarter 2012, and increased 1.0 percent on a unit basis.
Operating income for third quarter 2013 was $390 million, compared to $51 million in third quarter 2012. Excluding special items, operating income was $439 million in third quarter 2013, compared to $208 million in the same period last year.
Other income in third quarter 2013 was $29 million, compared to other expenses of $18 million in third quarter 2012. This $47 million swing primarily resulted from $59 million in other gains recognized in third quarter 2013, compared to other gains of $10 million recognized in third quarter 2012. In both periods, these gains primarily resulted from unrealized mark-to-market gains/losses associated with a portion of the Company’s fuel hedging portfolio, which are special items. Excluding these special items, third quarter 2013 had $19 million in other expense, compared to $18 million in third quarter 2012, primarily attributable to the premium costs associated with the Company’s fuel derivative contracts. Fourth quarter 2013 premium costs related to fuel derivative contracts are currently estimated to be approximately $22 million, compared to $3 million in fourth quarter 2012. Net interest expense in third quarter 2013 of $30 million was comparable to third quarter 2012.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, total operating revenues increased 2.8 percent to $13.3 billion, while total operating expenses of $12.4 billion were comparable to the same period last year. Operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, was $893 million, compared to $532 million for the same period last year. Excluding special items in both periods, operating income was $1.0 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to $702 million for the same period last year.
Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, was $542 million, or $.75 per diluted share, compared to $343 million, or $.45 per diluted share, for the same period last year. Excluding special items, net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, was $569 million, or $.79 per diluted share, compared to $352 million, or $.46 per diluted share, for the same period last year.
As of October 23rd, the Company had approximately $3.6 billion in cash and short-term investments, and a fully available unsecured revolving credit line of $1 billion. Net cash provided by operations during third quarter 2013 was $428 million, and capital expenditures were $268 million. During third quarter 2013, the Company returned approximately $178 million to its Shareholders through the payment of $28 million in dividends and the repurchase of approximately $150 million in common stock under an accelerated share repurchase program with a third party financial institution. On September 6, 2013, pursuant to the accelerated share repurchase program, the Company advanced the $150 million to the financial institution and received approximately 11.5 million shares of the Company’s common stock. The specific number of shares that the Company ultimately will repurchase under the accelerated share repurchase program will be determined based generally on a discount to the volume-weighted average price per share of the Company’s common stock during a calculation period to be completed in fourth quarter 2013. At settlement, under certain circumstances, the third party financial institution may be required to deliver additional shares of common stock to the Company, or under certain circumstances, the Company may be required to deliver shares of its common stock or may elect to make a cash payment to the third party financial institution.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, net cash provided by operations was $2.2 billion, and capital expenditures were $995 million, resulting in free cash flow of approximately $1.2 billion. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company repurchased approximately $501 million in common stock, or approximately 38 million shares. Since August 2011, the Company has repurchased approximately $1.1 billion, or approximately 111 million shares, of common stock under its $1.5 billion share repurchase authorization. The Company repaid $267 million in debt and capital lease obligations during the nine months ended September 30, 2013, and intends to repay approximately $46 million more in debt and capital lease obligations during fourth quarter 2013.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737-7H4 WL N781WN (msn 30601) “New Mexico One” arrives in Washington (Reagan National).