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Transaero Airlines to launch three new routes including Prague

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) has announced it will start the Moscow (Vnukovo) – Prague route. On March 29, 2015 Transaero will launch, for the first time in its history, scheduled services on the Moscow-Prague route.

The daily flights UN 359/360 will be operated from Moscow Vnukovo airport, Terminal A, according to the following schedule (local time):

Departure from Moscow at 12.00, arriving in Prague at 14.00.
Departure from Prague at 15.00, arriving in Moscow at 18.50.

This route will be operated with Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

The company also announced it will launch new flights to India on February 5 with twice-weekly Moscow (Vnukovo) – Delhi service. This new route will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

Finally, on March 30, 2015, Transaero Airlines will launch for the first time in its history scheduled flights on the Moscow – Komsomolsk-on-Amur route.

The flights UN 2349/2350 will be operated from Moscow Domodedovo airport twice weekly. Transaero will increase the flight frequency on this route up to four times per week starting on May 23, 2015. Transaero will use on this route Tu-214 aircraft, configured with business and economy class cabins.

Transaero launched its flights to Khabarovsk Krai in July 2007. The airline has carried nearly 1.5 million passenger on the Moscow-Khabarovsk route since the launch of the service.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7Q8 EI-EUW (msn 29360) approaches the runway at London (Heathrow).

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Europe Airpost to operate from Dublin to Halifax, Nova Scotia this summer

Europe Airpost (Paris-CDG) is joining the list of airlines operating Boeing 737 aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. According to Dublin Airport, Europe Airpost will operate a new nonstop scheduled summer service between Dublin and Halifax, Novia Scotia this summer. The new route will operate from the beginning of July until mid September.

Europe Airpost, which is the French subsidiary of Dublin-based ASL Aviation Group, has an existing charter operation at Dublin Airport, but the new weekly Halifax service will be its first scheduled service from Dublin. The company has been operating at Dublin Airport since 2010 and is the only charter airline that has an aircraft based year-round in Ireland. Europe Airpost’s new route will operate weekly from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Dublin and then continue to Halifax, Novia Scotia with a Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

The new service will operate weekly from July 9 until September 11 with flights departing Dublin on Thursdays and from Halifax on Fridays. The schedule for the new routes is as follows: Dublin/Halifax Thursday: Departs from Dublin 2:25 p.m. – Arrives in Halifax 4:45 p.m. Friday: Departs from Halifax 10:15 a.m. – Arrives in Dublin 8:05 p.m. All times specified are local and subject to government approval. The flights will be operated by a Boeing 737-700, configured in a two-class lay-out, with a capacity of 130 seats: 16 in Premium class and 114 in Economy class.

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-73V F-GZTC (msn 32414) departs from Dublin.

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Alaska Air Group to reward its employees with a 9%+ bonus

Alaska Air Group (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) had a good financial year in 2014. The group is now rewarding its employees and has issued this statement:

Employees at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are receiving annual bonuses today of more than 9 percent of their annual pay, or more than five weeks’ pay for most workers. The bonus is in addition to the approximately $1,000 in 2014 monthly bonuses that most employees earned for achieving on-time and customer satisfaction goals.

The combined monthly and annual bonuses amounted to nearly $116 million, the highest in Alaska’s history, and are part of the company’s incentive-based pay program.

“We’re really excited to reward our employees for all the great work they’ve done this year,” said Tammy Young, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of human resources. “This is the sixth year in a row Alaska and Horizon employees have exceeded their payout targets for performance-based pay.”

Nearly $51 million in annual bonuses — 55 percent of the total — is being paid to nearly 6,000 Alaska and Horizon employees in the Puget Sound area. Another $12 million is being paid to 2,122 employees in the Portland, Oregon, area, while $9 million is going to workers throughout the state of Alaska.

Bonuses in Alaska Air Group’s Performance Based Pay Plan are determined by meeting specific company-wide goals for safety, customer satisfaction, cost control and profit that are approved annually by the board of directors. Since the inception of the program in 2003, Alaska has paid employees $624 million in combined incentive-based pay and monthly bonuses.

As part of its philosophy to provide employees with rewarding careers and good retirement benefits, Alaska Air Group has contributed $620 million over the past 6 years to its defined benefit pension plans, which were fully funded in 2013.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 ER N469AS (msn 41702) prepares to land in Anchorage.

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TUIfly to introduce a new Haribo logojet, named “Haribo Tropifrutti”

TUIfly 737-800 WL (15-Haribo Tropifrutti)(TUIfly)(LRW)

TUIfly (TUIfly.com) (Hannover) is planning to introduce a new Haribo logojet.

According to the Haribo website, there will be a new logojet named “Haribo Tropifrutti”. You can also win a free trip to New York via Newark Airport on this airplane together with Thomas Gottschalk (the most popular showmaster in Germany and currently the “face” of Haribo commercials), starting on April 25 which is also the first flight of this new logojet. The routing will be Cologne/Bonn – Keflavik – Newark.

Haribo (Bonn) is a German candy company, founded in 1920 by Johannes (“Hans”) Riegel, Sr.

The Haribo name is formed from Hans Riegel, Bonn.

This will be the third TUIfly Haribo logojet.

Above Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The original Haribo design was introduced in 2008 on the pictured Boeing 737-8K5 D-AHFM (msn 27986) at Antalya.

Above Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. The second Haribo logojet, the pictured Haribo Goldbaren, was introduced in 2010 on the pictured Boeing 737-8K5 D-ATUD (msn 34585) landing at EuroAirport.

Top Image: Haribo.

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Virgin Australia to close out the Virgin Blue era

Virgin Australia Airlines (formerly Virgin Blue Airlines) (Brisbane) is getting ready to close out the Virgin Blue brand. The last aircraft to be repainted, the pictured Boeing 737-8FE VH-VUL (msn 36603), will enter the paint shop shortly to be repainted. Virgin Blue became the current Virgin Australia on May 3, 2011.

Why did Virgin Blue Airlines painted their aircraft mainly red? The Virgin Blue name was selected as a result of a naming contest. The selected name was an unique and clever play on the predominantly red livery and the Australian slang expression of calling a red-headed male “Blue” or “Bluey”. Today Virgin Australia continues to use the red color.

Top Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. VH-VUL departs from the Brisbane base.

Bottom Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. VH-VUL once wore the promotional Avatar livery.

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Delta to start seasonal service between Los Angeles and Managua

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will begin Saturday seasonal service between Los Angeles and Managua on June 5, 2015. The additional service will complement the current daily nonstop service from the Nicaraguan capital city to Atlanta, and will operate using a 160-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

With flights to 13 cities including San José, Costa Rica; Liberia, Costa Rica; San Salvador; Guatemala City; Belize City; Cancún; Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo; Manzanillo; Guadalajara; Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Monterrey; and now Managua, Delta serves more destinations in Latin America from Los Angeles than any carrier.

From Los Angeles, Delta currently operates 154 peak-day departures to 48 destinations and has continued expanding both international and domestic service over the past few months, including London-Heathrow in October; Dallas* and Austin, Texas* in November; and Vancouver, Canada* in December.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 N377DA (msn 29625) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Hermes Aviation (FlyHermes.com) stops flying, strands passengers

Hermes Aviation (FlyHermes.com) (Luqa, Malta) suddenly cancelled its flights on January 6 according to the Malta Independent. The sole aircraft (above) has been on the ground at Turin, Italy since January 12. According to the report, the airline is under investigation by the Italian civil aviation authority – ENAC (L’Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile). The airline had been offering flights from Malta to Comiso and Palermo in Sicily and Turin in northern Italy.

The airline does not mention the stoppage on its website and has not issued any statement.

Read the report from the Times of Malta: CLICK HERE

Read the report by the Malta Independent: CLICK HERE

The airline started operations on June 6, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. FlyHermes.com (Hermes Aviation) Boeing 737-4K5 9H-HER (msn 24901) taxies at Palma de Mallorca.

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Southwest Airlines reports a record 4Q net profit of $190 million and $1.1 billion for 2014, its 42nd consecutive year of profitability

Southwest Airlines Company (Dallas) today reported its fourth quarter and annual 2014 results:

Record fourth quarter net income, excluding special items1, of $404 million, or $.59 per diluted share, compared with fourth quarter 2013 net income, excluding special items, of $236 million, or $.33 per diluted share. This exceeded the First Call consensus estimate of $.55 per diluted share.

Fourth quarter net income of $190 million, or $.28 per diluted share, which included $214 million (net) of unfavorable special items, compared with net income of $212 million, or $.30 per diluted share, in fourth quarter 2013, which included $24 million (net) of unfavorable special items.

Record annual net income, excluding special items, of $1.4 billion, or $2.01 per diluted share, compared with 2013 net income, excluding special items, of $805 million, or $1.12 per diluted share.

Record annual net income of $1.1 billion, or $1.64 per diluted share, which included $261 million (net) of unfavorable special items, compared with net income of $754 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, in 2013, which included $51 million (net) of unfavorable special items.

Return on invested capital, before taxes and excluding special items (ROIC)1, of 21.2 percent for 2014, as compared with 13.1 percent for 2013.

Gary C. Kelly, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are extremely proud to report record annual 2014 net income, excluding special items, of $1.4 billion, or $2.01 per diluted share. Our 2014 total operating revenues were strong, increasing 5.1 percent to a record $18.6 billion. Our 2014 operating cost performance was also solid, with costs declining, year-over-year. Our ROIC for 2014 was 21.2 percent. This remarkable achievement would not have been possible without the hard work, perseverance, and determination of our Southwest People, and I commend them for these exceptional results, which earned them a record $355 million in profitsharing for 2014, up 56 percent from the previous record in 2013. Our strategic plan has come together successfully, and we have realized significant contributions from the AirTran integration, fleet modernization efforts, and the continued growth of our Rapid Rewards program.

“Our balance sheet and liquidity remain strong, with cash and short-term investments of $3.0 billion at the end of 2014. We generated strong free cash flow1 of $1.1 billion in 2014, allowing us to repurchase $955 million of Southwest common stock, pay $139 million to Shareholders in dividends, and reduce debt and capital lease obligations by $261 million, net, during the year.

“We concluded 2014 with record fourth quarter profits, excluding special items, of $404 million, or $.59 per diluted share. Total operating revenues were a fourth quarter record $4.6 billion. On a year-over-year basis, our fourth quarter 2014 revenue per available seat mile increased 2.0 percent, which is outstanding considering the 2.4 percent increase in available seat miles (ASMs); the 2.6 percent increase in stage length; the 2.4 percent increase in seats per trip2 (gauge); and the large percentage of our capacity under development. Customer demand remained strong, resulting in a record fourth quarter 2014 load factor of 82.0 percent, up 1.6 points from fourth quarter 2013. We are pleased with our passenger unit revenue and booking trends thus far in January, considering the continuing impact of increasing ASMs, stage length, and gauge, and the large percentage of our capacity under development. Based on these trends, we currently expect our first quarter 2015 passenger revenues to grow in line with the expected six percent increase in first quarter 2015 ASMs, both on a year-over-year basis.

“Our fourth quarter 2014 unit costs, excluding special items, were down 3.8 percent year-over-year, primarily as a result of significantly lower fuel prices. Our first quarter 2015 cost outlook is also favorable. With the collapse in fuel prices since September 2014, fuel prices have declined nearly 50 percent. Based on our existing fuel derivative contracts and market prices as of January 16, 2015, we estimate our first quarter 2015 economic fuel costs to be approximately $1.90 per gallon, which would result in approximately half a billion dollars in year-over-year fuel cost savings for first quarter alone. Excluding fuel and oil expense, special items, and profitsharing, we currently expect first quarter and full year 2015’s unit costs to decline in the one to two percent range, compared with the same year-ago periods, driven largely by our capacity growth and ongoing fleet modernization initiatives.

“December 28, 2014, marked the sunset of the AirTran brand. Overall, the AirTran acquisition resulted in net pre-tax synergies (excluding acquisition and integration expenses) of approximately $500 million in 2014, exceeding our $400 million target.

“We launched international service on Southwest Airlines to seven destinations in five countries in 2014, which will grow to seven countries with our plans to begin service to San Jose, Costa Rica; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Belize City, Belize, in 2015, pending government approvals. We have been very pleased with the overall performance of our markets under development, most notably Dallas Love Field, New York LaGuardia, and Reagan National.

“Without question, 2014 was a monumental year for Southwest Airlines with many notable achievements. My gratitude goes out to our outstanding Employees for their tremendous efforts and the successful execution of our strategic initiatives, which allowed us to achieve our financial goals and expand our service internationally. As we enter 2015, we are well positioned financially and excited about our growth opportunities ahead. We remain steadfast in our unwavering commitment to preserve our financial strength, provide job security for our Employees, protect our low fare brand, and deliver adequate returns to our Shareholders. We live up to that commitment by offering friendly, reliable, and low cost air travel, and by expanding our network in a sensible manner.”

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Listen to the conference call at 12:30 EST today to discuss the results: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Raul Sepulveda/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7H4 N909WN (msn 32458) taxies at San Juan in the new Beats Music – Don’t miss a beat special livery.

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Alaska Air Group reports 4Q GAAP net income of $148 million and $605 million for 2014, its best quarter/year ever

Alaska Air Group, Inc. (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) today reported fourth quarter 2014 GAAP net income of $148 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $78 million, or $0.56 per diluted share in 2013. Excluding mark-to-market fuel hedge gains of $6 million ($4 million after tax, or $0.03 per diluted share), a benefit related to the curtailment of certain postretirement benefit plans and a one-time gain associated with the settlement of a legal matter for $30 million in aggregate ($19 million after tax, or $0.14 per diluted share), the company reported record fourth quarter 2014 net income of $125 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, compared to net income, excluding mark-to-market fuel hedge gains, of $77 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in 2013.

The company reported full-year 2014 GAAP net income of $605 million, compared to $508 million in the prior year. Excluding the impact of the items noted in the table below, the company reported record net income of $571 million, or $4.18 per diluted share for 2014, compared to net income of $383 million, or $2.70 per diluted share in 2013.

This is a company record for earnings for the fourth quarter and any year.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 N525AS (msn 35692) with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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United Airlines has a break-out year, reports net income of $1.97 billion for 2014

United Airlines (Chicago) today reported full-year 2014 net income of $1.97 billion, an increase of 89 percent year-over-year, or $5.06 per diluted share, excluding $834 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported full-year net income of $1.13 billion, or $2.93 per diluted share. UAL reported fourth-quarter 2014 net income of $461 million, an increase of 86 percent year-over-year, or $1.20 per diluted share, excluding $433 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported fourth-quarter 2014 net income of $28 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.

UAL earned a 12.9 percent return on invested capital in 2014.

United’s consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 1.6 percent for full-year 2014 compared to full-year 2013.

Full-year 2014 consolidated unit costs (CASM), excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 1.3 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity increase of 0.3 percent. Full-year 2014 CASM, including those items, decreased 1.6 percent year-over-year.

In 2014, United returned approximately $320 million to shareholders as part of its previously announced $1 billion share buyback program. In addition, throughout the year, United spent $310 million to retire convertible debt that was convertible into approximately 5.8 million shares of UAL common stock.

Employees earned $235 million in profit sharing for full-year 2014, which will be distributed on Feb. 13.

UAL ended the year with $5.7 billion in unrestricted liquidity.

Fourth-Quarter Revenue and Capacity

For the fourth quarter of 2014, total revenue was $9.3 billion, a decrease of 0.2 percent year-over-year. Fourth-quarter consolidated passenger revenue increased 1.3 percent to $8.1 billion, compared to the same period in 2013. Ancillary revenue per passenger in the fourth quarter increased 9.7 percent year-over-year to more than $22 per passenger. Fourth-quarter cargo revenue grew 18.2 percent to $260 million driven by higher volumes year-over-year, as cargo traffic recovered from the prior year’s lower bookings. Other revenue in the fourth quarter decreased 14.3 percent year-over-year to $970 million mostly due to the company choosing to discontinue an agreement to sell fuel to a third party. The corresponding expense decline appears in third-party business expense.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles increased 0.1 percent and consolidated available seat miles increased 0.9 percent year-over-year for the fourth quarter, resulting in a fourth-quarter consolidated load factor of 81.7 percent.

Fourth-quarter 2014 consolidated PRASM increased 0.4 percent and consolidated yield increased 1.3 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

Fourth-Quarter Costs

Fourth-quarter consolidated CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expense, fuel and profit sharing, increased 1.2 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Fourth-quarter consolidated CASM including those items decreased 5.3 percent.

Fourth-quarter total operating expenses, excluding special charges, decreased $420 million, or 4.7 percent, year-over-year. Including special charges, total operating expenses decreased $406 million, or 4.5 percent, in the fourth quarter versus the same period in 2013.

Fourth-Quarter Liquidity and Cash Flow

UAL ended the fourth quarter with $5.7 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $1.35 billion of undrawn commitments under its revolving credit facility. During the fourth quarter, the company had gross capital expenditures of $1 billion, excluding fully reimbursable projects. The company made debt and capital lease principal payments of $534 million in the fourth quarter, including prepayment of $248 million of convertible debt that was convertible into approximately 4.3 million shares of United common stock.

As part of United’s $1 billion share buyback program, the company spent approximately $100 million in share repurchases in the fourth quarter. For the year, United returned a total of approximately $320 million to shareholders through share repurchases and open market transactions. In addition, for the year the company spent $310 million to retire convertible debt that was convertible into approximately 5.8 million shares.

For the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2014, the company’s return on invested capital was 12.9 percent.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-924 ER N68836 (msn 60088) with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta adds extra flights from Phoenix on February 2 for the Super Bowl

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has added nonstop service from Phoenix to Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle/Tacoma and has put larger aircraft on select flights from Seattle/Tacoma to Phoenix to accommodate customers traveling to and from the pro football championship game (Super Bowl).

The temporary service will operate as follows:

Delta 2.2.15 PHX extra flights

Flights 8789 to Los Angeles and 8799 to Seattle/Tacoma will operate using specially configured aircraft with all first or business class seats. Along with the added service, Delta has increased the size of the aircraft on one regularly scheduled flight from Phoenix to Seattle/Tacoma on February 2 from a regional jet to a 160-seat Boeing 737-800.

Delta regularly operates five peak-day flights to Phoenix from its Seattle/Tacoma hub, and two of those flights will be operated using larger aircraft to accommodate more fans traveling to the game on Friday, January 30. Delta also operates five peak-day flights from Los Angeles to Phoenix. Some service may be operated by Delta Connection carriers SkyWest Airlines and Compass Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 N399DA (msn 30379) approaches the runway at Las Vegas.

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Southwest Airlines is adding more flights to Phoenix for the Super Bowl

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is adding more nonstop flights and connections between Seattle/Tacoma and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Boston and Manchester and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for the Super Bowl. The additional flights will only be offered between January 29 and February 2 to handle the anticipated increase in travelers.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737-3H4 N654SW (msn 28399) taxies to the runway at San Francisco International Airport.

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Delta reports net income of $649 million for the 4Q, $2.8 billion for the full year

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter. Key points include:

Delta’s pre-tax income for the December 2014 quarter was $1.0 billion, excluding special items1, an increase of $474 million over the December 2013 quarter on a similar basis. Delta’s net income for the December 2014 quarter was $649 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, and its operating margin was 12.6 percent, excluding special items.

For the full year 2014, Delta’s pre-tax income, excluding special items, was $4.5 billion, a $1.9 billion increase over 2013. Delta’s net income for the year was $2.8 billion with an operating margin of 13.1 percent, excluding special items.

On a GAAP basis including special items, Delta’s December quarter pre-tax loss was $1.1 billion, operating margin was -8.6 percent and net loss was $712 million, or $0.86 per share. On a GAAP basis including special items, Delta’s 2014 pre-tax income was $1.1 billion, operating margin was 5.5 percent and net income was $659 million.

2014 results include $1.1 billion in profit sharing expense, including $262 million in the December quarter, recognizing Delta employees’ contributions toward meeting the company’s financial goals.
The company’s strong cash generation allowed it to accelerate its capital deployment plans by reducing its adjusted net debt2 to $7.3 billion, contributing an incremental $250 million above required funding to its defined benefit pension plans, and returning $1.35 billion to shareholders through a combination of $251 million of dividends and $1.1 billion of share repurchases in 2014.

“Our 2014 performance – an industry-leading operation, superior customer service, and a 70 percent increase in profits – shows that Delta is focused on delivering growing value for its employees, customers and investors,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. “As we begin 2015, we have a significant opportunity from lower fuel prices, which will drive more than $2 billion in fuel savings over 2014. Through our capacity discipline, pricing our product to demand, and the fuel savings, we expect to drive double-digit earnings growth, along with increased free cash flow and a higher return on invested capital in the upcoming year.”

Special Items

Delta recorded a $1.4 billion special items charge, net of taxes, in the December 2014 quarter, including:

a $1.2 billion charge for mark-to-market adjustments on fuel hedges settling in future periods;
a $75 million charge for mark-to-market adjustments on hedges owned by Virgin Atlantic;
a $74 million charge for fleet, facilities, and other items, associated with Delta’s domestic fleet restructuring initiative as well as the write-down of certain facilities in Concourse C of Detroit Airport; and
a $29 million gain related to an insurance settlement.
Delta recorded a net $7.9 billion special items gain in the December 2013 quarter, including:

an $8.0 billion non-cash gain associated with the reversal of Delta’s tax valuation allowance;
a $92 million mark-to-market gain on fuel hedges; and
a $160 million charge for facilities, fleet and other, including charges associated with Delta’s domestic fleet restructuring.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Financial comment from James Chen, Chief Technical Strategist at www.cityindex.com.sg

“Delta Airlines Inc. (DAL) announced fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday before the market open. The airline reported better-than-expected non-GAAP earnings of $0.78 per share, helped by falling fuel prices. This beat analysts’ consensus earnings estimate of $0.77.

Total operating revenue reached $9.65 billion, slightly topping the $9.58 consensus estimate.

DAL’s stock price rose well above $47.00 in pre-market trading after having closed on Friday at 45.84.

Overall, DAL continues to trade within a long-term bullish trend. 2014 was a dramatically bullish year for the stock, as price rose by 84% from its 2014 opening price of $27.26 up to the record high of $50.16 that was reached on the very last day of 2014. This was despite a major price correction that occurred throughout September and the first half of October.

The new year has thus far shown somewhat of a different picture. From the very beginning of 2015, DAL has declined consistently from its 2014 high in a substantial pullback move.

Prior to Tuesday’s earnings report, price action had been approaching key support around the $44.00 price level, slightly under the 50-day moving average. The positive earnings report, however, has prompted a significant rebound from that level, with a clear upside resistance target around the $50.00 resistance area once again. With a continued bullish bias, especially after Tuesday’s earnings beat, the uptrend for DAL should be poised to continue its march up towards its $55.00 price objective.”

Read more on James’ page at http://www.cityindex.com.sg/market-talk/analysts/james-chen/

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 N374DA (msn 29622) approaches the runway at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

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Alaska Airlines launches a special ‘Russell Wilson’s Fan Flight II’ to Phoenix Sweepstakes, adds extra flights for the Super Bowl

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

Alaska Airlines is giving its Mileage Plan members a chance to fly from Seattle/Tacoma to Phoenix on a special charter to cheer on its Chief Football Officer, Russell Wilson, when his team plays in the big game on February 1. Alaska is launching “Russell Wilson’s Fan Flight II – For Strong Against Cancer,” a four-day sweepstakes on Alaska Airlines’ Facebook page.

Alaska 737 Seahawk colors

Above Photo: Alaska Airlines. Alaska has also changed the on-board mood lighting to the team colors.

Fifty-six prize winners will receive two roundtrip tickets for an ‘inflight tailgate party’ from Seattle to Phoenix on its “Go Russell 737-900ER” aircraft (above and below). Winners will also receive two nights of hotel accommodations, admission to an exclusive game day party and transportation to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and their hotel.

The sweepstakes is open to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members who are residents of Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Sweepstakes winners will be notified by phone and email beginning on Friday, January 23. To enter and review complete sweepstakes rules, visit www.facebook.com/AlaskaAirlines at 8 a.m. PT.

“We’re thrilled to have a second opportunity to fly Russell’s fans to the big game. We invite our loyal Mileage Plan members to join us in cheering on Russell and his team as they pursue their second championship win,” said Joe Sprague, senior vice president of communications and external relations for Alaska Airlines. “By entering this sweepstakes, Mileage Plan members are also helping to raise funds to help defeat childhood cancer, a cause that’s a priority for both Alaska and our Chief Football Officer.”

Alaska Russell Wilson

Above Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Russell Wilson’s Fan Flight for Strong Against Cancer

For every sweepstakes entry, Alaska Airlines will make a $1 donation to Strong Against Cancer, up to $50,000. Strong Against Cancer is a multi-year initiative dedicated to ending childhood cancer. Funds raised go directly to breakthrough pediatric cancer immunotherapy research underway at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. In just one of the Center’s clinical trials for patients who have relapsed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), this breakthrough treatment has had a stunning 85 percent success rate – 11 of 13 patients’ cancer went into remission. Alaska joined Wilson in supporting Strong Against Cancer initially pledging $100,000 and is donating an additional $3,000 for every touchdown scored by Wilson and his offense in the playoff games and the championship game.

Alaska Adds Extra Flights Between Seattle and Phoenix

To help football fans trying to attend the February 1 championship game, Alaska has added two roundtrip flights between Seattle/Tacoma and Phoenix.

Summary of extra flights:

Alaska SEA-PHX flights

Top Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines has embraced its relationship with the Seattle Seahawks quarterback with special appearances and this special logo jet. Boeing 737-990 ER N453AS (msn 36354) carries unique “Go Russell!” markings. The markings have now been modified (below). The wingtip also includes Russell’s jersey number. (Alaska Airlines):

Alaska 737-900ER WL N453AS (15-Go Russell! - Nonstop Dedication)(Titles)(Alaska)(LR)

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Norwegian announces three new routes

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) has announced new weekly nonstop flights between Stockholm (Arlanda) and Bastia in Corsica starting on April 25. Additionally the airline will launch new twice-weekly nonstop flights between Madrid and Nice starting on March 29 as well as weekly flights between London (Gatwick) and Kefalonia in Greece on April 18.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 LN-NOD (msn 35280) with Sonja Henie on the tail approaches the runway at Gatwick Airport near London.

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The new Eastern targets mid-March as launch date for charters pending FAA certification

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) (Eastern Air Lines Group) (Miami) is targeting mid-March as a possible start of charter operations pending its FAA part 121 certification process according to this article by the Miami Herald. Ultimately the new carrier will offer scheduled passenger operations with a focus on Latin America. Ironically the original Eastern sold its Latin American routes authorities to American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth). This sale led to the creation of American’s fortress Miami International Airport hub. The new Eastern will compete against American Airlines at MIA along with Spirit Airlines and JetBlue Airways from nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and other foreign carriers at both airports. In other words, it is already a crowded field.

In its favor, the Eastern name has an instant brand identification in the South Florida market although both carriers are separate airlines with distinct investors.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. The former Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8AL N276EA (msn 35070) arrived at Miami International Airport to a large welcoming celebration on December 19, 2014. It is currently being modified to meet FAA standards.

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Chilejet awaits final approvals to start operations

Chilejet.com 737-300 CC-ADZ (14)(Grd) SCL (AR)(LRW)

Chilejet S.A. (Chilejet.com) (Santiago) as we previously reported, is a new airline “established in Chile to serve specific niche markets in the air charter and scheduled markets.”

On December 4, 2014 Chilejet announced Santiago and Antofagasta airport stations have been approved by the Chilean Air Aviation Authority – DGAC, in order to start flight operations. The new airline plans to fly from Santiago (SCL) to Calama (CJC) and Antofagasta (ANF).

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. The company took delivery of its first aircraft, ex-America West/US Airways/PAL Airlines Boeing 737-3G7 CC-ADZ (msn 24634), in 2014. The airliner currently sits at Santiago awaiting approval to fly again.

Chilejet.com logo

 

American Airlines’ pilots and flight attendants to receive membership in CBP’s Global Entry program

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), in close coordination with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has announced it is the first carrier to offer its nearly 40,000 pilots and flight attendants complimentary membership in CBP’s Global Entry program. Membership in Global Entry allows expedited CBP clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.

Started as a pilot program in 2008, Global Entry is now operational at 42 U.S. airports and 11 pre-clearance locations. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in the TSA PreCheck™ expedited screening program. As part of the process, all participants must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program and undergo a rigorous background check and interview before enrollment. Eligible American flight crew members may begin enrolling in the program this month.

Envoy Air Inc., an American Airlines Group wholly owned regional carrier, will also offer complimentary Global Entry membership to its more than 2,700 crew members.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N837NN (msn 30908) in the Oneworld scheme departs the runway at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery):

Blue Air establishes a new base at Larnaca in the wake of the Cyprus Airways demise

Blue Air (Bucharest) is opening a new operational base in Cyprus and will start operating daily flights Larnaca to Athens and thrice-weekly flights to Thessaloniki. Blue Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 YR-BAR (msn 25371) is pictured at Luton Airport near London.

Blue Air 10 years logo

The new routes:

Blue Air Larnaca new routes

Current routes from Bucharest:

Blue Air 1.2015 Route Map

Blue Air aircraft slide show:

Video: Boeing 737-800 takeoff from St. Maarten

Video: The latest video from the 737 Channel.

SmartWings to add three new routes from Bratislava in June, will also start Prague-London Gatwick flights

SmartWings (brand of Travel Service Airlines) (Prague) is adding three new holiday routes from Bratislava starting in June: Olbia (June 14), Palma de Mallorca (June 13) and Rhodes (June 9) per Airline Route.

Routes from Bratislava:

Smartwings 1.2015 Bratislava Route Map

Smartwings logo-1

In addition, the carrier will also start seasonal service to London (Gatwick) from Prague from April 2. The route will be operated four days a week with Boeing 737-800s.

Routes from Prague:

Smartwings PRG 1.2015 Route Map

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8S3 OK-TSA (msn 29250) taxies at Zurich.

Smartwings aircraft slide show:

 

 

Luxair reaches a tentative collective labor agreement with its staff and unions

Luxair (Luxembourg) has reached a new tentative collective labor agreement with its staff and the unions. The agreement is subject to final ratification vote. This follows union protests in October. The airline is expected to save up to 8 million euros ($9.4 million) annually according to the Luxembourg Wort.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8C9 LX-LGU (msn 41047) in the special Disney Planes scheme departs from Palma de Mallorca.

Luxair aircraft slide show:

Luxair logo

Current Luxair route map:

Luxair 1.2015 Route Map

WestJet denies flight 254 from Vancouver to Puerto Vallarta was hijacked

WestJet (Calgary) has issued this statement:

WestJet can confirm that a rumor that WestJet flight 2154 from Vancouver to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, was hijacked on January 10 is completely false.

The rumor stemmed from a tweet by a flight-tracking website that the aircraft operating the flight was transmitting a hijack code via its transponders. However, at this point in time, WestJet has no evidence that such a code was ever transmitted. Both the flight crew and local air traffic control confirm that no such code was ever sent or received, and testing on the aircraft’s transponder shows it is (and was) functionally normally. WestJet cannot speak to rumour, speculation or comments that suggest otherwise.

The aircraft arrived in Puerto Vallarta as scheduled and is now operating its scheduled flight back to Canada. WestJet would like to thank everyone for their concern for our guests and crew during this incident.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8CT C-GKWJ (msn 34151) with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets arrives back at the Calgary home.

WestJet aircraft slide show:

Ethiopian Cargo Boeing 737-400F today crash lands at Accra while operating for ASky Airlines

Etiopian Cargo 737-400F ET-AOV crash Accra (Heni Mebay)(LR)

Ethiopian Airlines Cargo (Addis Ababa) Boeing 737-43Q (F) freighter, registered as ET-AQV (msn 28493, ex N493AC/OO-VES), operating for ASky Airlines, today (January 10) skidded off the runway at Accra on landing. The gear collapsed and the right engine was sheared off. The freighter was operating flight KP 4016 from Lomé to Accra. According to the airline, the aircraft blew its tires on landing. The three crew members safely exited the aircraft. The aircraft is an insurance write off (WO).

Twitter photos by Heni Mebay.

Caribbean Airlines to end Georgetown-Toronto service

Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) is dropping the Georgetown – Toronto (Pearson) route on February 25 per Airline Route. The route is currently operated two days a week with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

In other news, the company will also add Boeing 767-300 service on the Port of Spain – New York (JFK) route from January 15 through March 27, supplementing existing twice-daily Boeing 737-800 service.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 WL 9Y-BGI (msn 28232) arrives in New York (JFK).

Caribbean Airlines aircraft slide show:

Norwegian carries a record number of passengers in 2014

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) set a new passenger  record in 2014 with nearly 24 million passengers. The carrier transported three million more passengers in 2014 than the previous year. Since its inception in 2002, 130 million passengers have traveled with Norwegian.

According to the airline, “2014 was characterized by high capacity growth but also a high load factor. The load factor in 2014 was 81 percent against 78 percent in 2013. In 2014, the airline renewed the fleet considerably, launched many new routes – both intercontinental and in Europe and established new bases in the United States and Spain.”

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8JP LN-DYG (msn 39165) with Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind, arrives in London at Gatwick Airport.

Norwegian aircraft slide show:

Albatros Airlines of Venezuela to add its first Boeing 737

Albatros Airlines (Venezuela) (Maracay) is becoming a new Boeing operator. The Venezuelan carrier will soon take delivery of this former Ukraine International Boeing 737-5L9 registered currently as N102ES (msn 28995, ex UR-GBB). The airliner was painted at East Midlands and rolled out yesterday.

The airline currently operates two Cessna 208B Grand Caravans and three Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias.

According to the airline, Albatros Airlines was founded on December 27 2007, in order “to strengthen the growth of commercial air activity; meet the transportation needs that affect various regions of the country, and promote the development of tourism in Venezuela.”

The carrier’s Air Operator Certificate (AOC) was awarded by the National Institute of Civil Aviation on May 13, 2010 for the commercial air transport of passengers, cargo and mail. On May 20, 2010 the company made its first commercial flight to Porlamar and Porlamar Carúpano. The new airline quickly expanded with routes to Los Roques from Caracas (Maiquetia) and Maracay.

Copyright Photo: Ian Bowley/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Albatros Airlines). The first 737 also introduces this new livery for the airline. The airline encouraged design contributions from the public before the final design was selected.

Albatros (Venezuela) logo

Albatros crew

Allied Pilots Association union agrees to put the latest AAG contract offer to a ratification vote

Allied Pilots Association-APA (Dallas/Fort Worth), representing the 10,000 pilots of American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and 5,000 pilots US Airways (Phoenix), agreed late Saturday (January 3) to put the latest offer from the American Airlines Group (Dallas/Fort Worth) to a ratification vote. The AAG was threatening to pull the offer. The AAG is not offering a profit sharing program unlike the pilots at Delta.

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), “the company is offering the pilots a more than 18% pay increase retroactive to December 2, 2014 plus a 4% boost that it announced late last month for most nonunion employees and any unions that reach joint postmerger contracts. Moreover, the pilots are in line to receive an additional 3% raise retroactive to the start of 2015, the first of four annual pay increases.”

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. American Airlines Boeing 737-823 N831NN (msn 33211) taxies at the O’Hare International Airport hub in Chicago.

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

SpiceJet reduces its schedule as it recapitalizes, strikes out at sensationalist media reports

SpiceJet (Delhi) has been battling media reports about cancelled flights as it reduces its schedule and its fleet. The airline is recapitalizing with new investors and will operate over 7,000 flights in January. With the planned new capital it plans to add back aircraft to its fleet.

Flights cancelled by SpiceJet: CLICK HERE

The airline issued this statement on December 31:

There have been some media reports with sensational but misleading headlines like “Spice cancels 3,450 flights in January”. SpiceJet clarifies that these are not new or incremental cancellations, these are for the most part the flights that were already removed from the schedule in November and December as an outcome of our fleet reduction, which resulted in our daily flights reducing from 345 flights a day in the summer to 230 flights a day.

The schedule will remain at the reduced level until the recapitalization of the airline is completed and aircraft added back to its fleet. Even with the reduced schedule, SpiceJet is scheduled to operate over 7,000 flights in the month of January.

SpiceJet once again appeals to the media to avoid sensationalist reporting as it does a disservice not just to the airline, but to passengers, the general public, the aviation industry, and the nation at large.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. SpiceJet’s Boeing 737-8GJ WL VT-SGG (msn 36368) departs from Paine Field.

SpiceJet aircraft slide show:

Boeing delivers four Boeing 737-800s to Dragon Aviation Leasing

Dragon Aviation Leasing logo

Dragon Aviation Leasing (Beijing) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) celebrated the deliveries of four Next-Generation 737-800s in December. These deliveries represent the first four of 10 additional Next-Generation 737-800s Dragon Aviation Leasing currently has on order. The order, which is valued at $933 million at current list prices, was previously posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website as an unidentified customer.

With these deliveries Dragon Aviation Leasing’s fleet of 737-800s is now at 11, with six additional 737s to be delivered in order to meet increasing demand for fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes in the marketplace.

Dragon Aviation Leasing was established in 2006 and is a joint venture between China Aviation Supplies Holding Company AerCap, CACIB AirFinance and East Epoch Limited.

Transaero Airlines gets a government credit guarantee, freezes fares

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) denied media reports before Christmas that it might have been forced to suspend operations due to the decline in the Russian ruble. Instead the second largest Russian carrier asked the government and state banks for financial help. The airline will now receive a 9 billion ruble ($164 million) credit guarantee according to Travel Weekly. The airline, as part of the deal, promised to freeze ticket prices and will increase operations.

The airline issued this statement:

Transaero Airlines expresses its utmost gratitude to the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Transport Ministry of the Russian Federation, the Federal Air Transport Agency and State Corporation “Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)” for the provided support.

Transaero Airlines expresses its special gratitude to JSC VTB Bank.

The Government has made a decision to support the backbone company providing transport services in the dramatically changing macroeconomic conditions, while the Bank assigns the necessary credit funds.

Transaero, for its part, entirely supports the price freeze principle, and it will not increase airfares on its domestic services in 2015. In addition to this, it will reduce airfares by 5-7% on the domestic routes, which are exclusively served by Transaero Airlines.

In November 2014, taking into consideration the recommendations developed for the airline by the multinational management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, Transaero started to implement a comprehensive set of measures aimed at enhancing its operational efficiency in the changing business environment. It is expected that the key measures will be implemented within three-six months.

In 2015, Transaero Airlines will continue to focus on enhancing the reliability and accessibility of air transport for the Russian residents. The particular attention will be given to the flights to the Southern resorts of the Russian Federation (Transaero will increase its passenger capacity on those routes), as well as to air services to the Russia’s Far East from Moscow and St Petersburg. The airline will continue to strengthen its cooperation with its long-term partners – the largest Russian travel operators, first of all, on the tourism programmes to the destinations in the South of Russia.

Transaero Airlines expresses its sincere gratitude to all its passengers, as well as partners, banks, leasing companies, airports, fuel companies and suppliers.

Transaero Airlines has been developing, operating and, inter alia, overcoming the challenging times along with its country for 23 years. This term provides the grounds to be certain that Transaero will successfully overcome the difficulties of this stage caused by external factors.

Copyright Photo: Boeing 737-7Q8 EI-ETX (msn 29359) taxies to the runway at London (Heathrow).

Transaero aircraft slide show:

Ryanair to add the Manchester – Stuttgart route

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced a further extension to its Manchester summer 2015 schedule with a new route to Stuttgart in Germany, which will operate six times weekly from April 2. This is in addition to two new summer 2015 routes to Eindhoven and Shannon (38 routes in total) and extra flights to/from Alicante, Lisbon and Madrid.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCJ (msn 33564) approaches the runway at London (Gatwick).

Ryanair aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

 

Germania announces details for its three new routes to Iran

Germania Fluggesellschaft (Berlin) will start the twice-weekly Dusseldorf – Tehran route on February 20, 2015. In addition, the carrier will launch the twice-weekly Berlin (Schoenefeld) – Tehran route on February 22, 2015. Finally the German airline will commence the weekly Hamburg – Mashad route on February 25, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-75B D-AGEN (msn 28100) taxies at Palma de Mallorca.

Germania aircraft slide show:

 

American Airlines employees to get a four percent wage increase in January

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) employees will get a four percent raise in January according to the Dallas Morning News.

Read the full report from The Dallas Morning News: CLICK HERE

Read the analysis by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N822NN (msn 31085) arrives in New York (JFK).

American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery):

American Airlines and El Al expand their codeshare relationship

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is expanding its codeshare relationship with El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv). According to Airline Route, American on December 18 added its AA code on the following El Al European routes:

Tel Aviv – Amsterdam
Tel Aviv – Barcelona
Tel Aviv – Frankfurt
Tel Aviv – London (Heathrow)
Tel Aviv – Milan (Malpensa)
Tel Aviv – Munich
Tel Aviv – Paris (CDG)
Tel Aviv – Rome (Fiumicino)

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-958 ER WL 4X-EHA (msn 41552) of El Al taxies at Amsterdam.

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

El Al aircraft slide show:

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines expand their code-share relationship

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) and American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) are expanding their code share agreement on 16 additional routes

According to Airline Route, from December 25, 2014, Alaska will place its AS code on the following American routes:

Los Angeles – Fayetteville
Los Angeles – San Antonio
Los Angeles – Tampa
Los Angeles – Toronto
Los Angeles – Vancouver
Los Angeles – West Palm Beach

In return, American will place its AA code on the following Alaska and Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air)routes:

Salt Lake City – Las Vegas
Salt Lake City – San Diego
Salt Lake City – San Francisco
Salt Lake City – San Jose

Seattle/Tacoma – Kalispell
Seattle/Tacoma – Kelowna
Seattle/Tacoma – Lewiston
Seattle/Tacoma – Pullman
Seattle/Tacoma – Walla Walla
Seattle/Tacoma – Wenatchee

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-490 N795AS (msn 28890) arrives in Anchorage.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

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

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 N126AN (msn 6313) arrives in Las Vegas.

SAS Group to phase out the remaining five Blue1 Boeing 717s in 2015, reports a full-year net loss of $92.4 million

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) issued its year-end financial report for the period ending on October 30, 2014. The company continues to reduce its losses. The Group report a SEK (Swedish Krona) 719 million ($92.4 million) full-year net loss.

The comments by the CEO:

“SAS has delivered the promised efficiency measures, with declining unit costs as a consequence. In parallel, passenger growth was strong and the load factor posted a year-on-year improvement for the eighth successive month. However, earnings were impacted by intense com- petition and strong price pressure. This trend is expected to continue. External production models, proprietary low cost carriers and the use of staffing agencies are increasingly becoming the established indus- try norm and are changing competitive conditions for European avia- tion from the ground up.

To meet these challenges and strengthen competitiveness, we are implementing additional long-term cost-saving measures that spans the entire business and together generates an earnings impact of SEK 2.1 billion with full effect in 2017. Measures include our continued opti- mization of production and streamlining the aircraft fleet. On December 8, 2014, the Danish airline Cimber was acquired as part of this strategy and SAS intends to transfer regional CRJ900 production to Cimber in 2015. We are also enhancing our offering to our frequent travelers. For example, in 2015, the first of the new Airbus A330 Enhanced long-haul aircraft will be delivered to SAS and, in Septem- ber, a new direct route from Stockholm to Asia will be opened.”

Rickard Gustafson, SAS President and CEO.

As part of its cost reduction plan, SAS stated the following in its financial report about Blue1 (Helsinki):

“During the year, SAS has reduced capacity at Blue1 by about 40% as a result of the decision to divest four Boeing 717s. The five remaining Boeing 717s will be phased out in 2015. As a consequence, the SAS aircraft fleet will only comprise four aircraft types compared with nine types in 2012. SAS has also transformed Blue1 into a competitive production company and future production is currently being evaluated.”

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. SAS’ Boeing 737-7BX SE-RER (msn 30736) arrives in London (Heathrow).

SAS aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 717-2K9 OH-BLO (msn 55056) taxies from the gate at Amsterdam.

Blue1 aircraft slide show:

XTRA Airways rebrands as XTRAirways

AerSale 737 Charter Jet

XTRA Airways (formerly Casino Express Airlines) (Boise) has rebranded as XTRAirways and unveiled this new livery on this former Sky King Boeing 737-484 registered as N741AS (msn 25417).

XTRAirways logo (2014)

Photo: XTRAirways.

XTRA Airways aircraft slide show:

Casino Express aircraft slide show:

Air China to finalize an order for 60 Boeing 737s including 737 MAX aircraft

Air China (Beijing) is planning to finalize an order for a combination of 60 Boeing Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAX aircraft. Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing is pleased that Air China has committed to purchase 60 737s, including Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX airplanes. The commitment when finalized will be valued at more than $6 billion at current list prices.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Air China already operates a large Boeing 737 NG fleet including the 737-800. Boeing 737-89L B-5447 (msn 40015) arrives at Beijing hub.

Air China aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

WestJet’s pilots approve the new four-year contract

WestJet (Calgary) announced today (December 21) its pilots have voted in favor of a new agreement. Included in the new contract are enhancements to pay and scheduling that, according to the company, “place WestJet’s 1,250 pilots among the highest paid in the Canadian industry while preserving industry-leading productivity.”

The previous agreement expired on April 30, 2013, and the new agreement will expire on April 30, 2019.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8CT C-GZWS (msn 32770) is pictured in action at the Calgary home base.

WestJet aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

WestJet’s Christmas video. This classic award-winning video from last year has already been seen by 37.4 million people:

Malaysia Airlines takes delivery of its 100th Boeing 737

Malaysia Airlines 100th 737 Delivery Ribbon Cutting

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) celebrated the carrier’s 100th 737 direct delivery yesterday (December 19) (above) with a special handover ceremony. The airplane, Boeing 737-8H6 9M-MXY (msn 40162), is scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday.

Malaysia took delivery of its first 737, a 737-200, in 1972 and has operated the 737-200, 737-300, 737-400, 737-500 and 737-800 as well as 747-400s and 777-200 ERs (Extended Range).

Malaysia Airlines’ new 737-800 features the Boeing Sky Interior, with larger pivoting overhead stowage bins, larger window reveals and LED lighting to enhance the sense of spaciousness. Malaysia was the Asia launch customer for the Boeing Sky Interior. The airline has an additional 10 737-800s on order.

Top Photo: Boeing. 9M-MXY wears a Malaysia 100th Boeing 737 special logo.

Malaysia Airlines aircraft slide show:

Southwest Airlines to operate its largest schedule ever next summer, up to 3,800 flights a day

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has extended its flight schedule for travel through August 7, 2015, adding new, nonstop service in cities across the United States:

Southwest 12.20.14 graph 1

Southwest Airlines also began selling seats on daily service between Orange County/Santa Ana and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and seasonal, Saturday-only service between Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico, beginning June 7, 2015 through August 7, 2015. Both routes subject to government approval.

The June and July schedule is the biggest in the history of Southwest Airlines with as many as 3,800 flights a day.

The flight schedule extension for early Summer 2015 also brings additional seasonal flights effective June 7, 2015 (unless otherwise noted), including nonstop service between:

Southwest 12.20.14 Graph 2

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Now repainted, Boeing 737-3H4 N654SW (msn 28399) arrives at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

Southwest Airlines aircraft slide show (new livery only):

The Eastern name is back in Miami after nearly 24 years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Before landing, the flight crew in coordination with the Miami ATCT performed a low-altitude fly-by of runway 08L-26R at Miami International Airport. MIA lost two hub airlines in 1991, the first Eastern in January and Pan Am in December. Both names live on in South Florida with the many former employees living in Florida. There is no name recognition problem for the new Eastern in South Florida.

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

Eastern 737-800 N276EA (Eastern)(LRW)

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

Eastern N276EA Flight Track (FlightAware)

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

The new Eastern describes its current status on its website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eastern (2nd) uniforms (LRW)

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

American Airlines and Interjet announce a codeshare agreement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interjet aircraft slide show:

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

Alaska Airlines flight attendants ratify the new five-year contract

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

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

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

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Ryanair announces three new routes from Athens

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

Reported by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

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

Ryanair aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Jetlines.

WestJet selects Global Eagle Entertainment for its inflight entertainment content

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

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

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

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

WestJet aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

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

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

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

Alaska Beyond logo

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

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

Alaska Beyond and iPad (Alaska)(LRW)

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

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

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

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

Launching Beyond Entertainment

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

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

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

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Video:

 

http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7399551-alaska-airlines-debuts-alaska-beyond-with-the-launch-of-new-inflight-entertainment/embed_videos.html?video=77085b12-de76-4731-b1e2-577f841fd324&embed=true

 

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