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Delta and AeroMexico file for antitrust immunity as the relationship expands

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Grupo Aeromexico (AeroMexico) (Mexico City) have filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation seeking antitrust immunity for a new joint venture on flights between the United States and Mexico.

The application marks a significant step in the creation of a $1.5 billion joint venture that will allow Delta and AeroMexico to compete more effectively on routes between the U.S. and Mexico. The joint venture will provide more options for travelers in both countries, while enabling joint investments by the two airlines, further improving the customer experience.

The request also will be submitted for approval to the Mexican antitrust authorities, the Comision Federal de Competencia Economica (Federal Economic Competition Commission). Upon receipt of the required governmental approvals, Delta and Aeromexico will seek to expand opportunities to co-locate and invest in airport facilities by improving gates, lounges and the overall connecting experience. Additionally the airlines will increase joint sales and marketing initiatives.

Through the proposed joint venture, the airlines will offer an expanded network within Mexico and connections to U.S. business centers in Los Angeles and New York. AeroMexico’s hubs – Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Hermosillo – will give Delta customers greater access to cities throughout Mexico. Delta will provide AeroMexico with a broad North American network via Delta’s key hubs, including Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle/Tacoma.

Delta and AeroMexico launched their first codeshare in 1994 and both became founding airlines of SkyTeam in 2000. In 2011, Delta entered into an enhanced commercial agreement with AeroMexico, and in 2012, Delta invested $65 million in shares of Grupo Aeromexico, the parent company of AeroMexico. Currently Delta and AeroMexico offer more than 4,000 weekly codeshare flights, representing more than 80 daily trans-border round-trip flights. A year ago, Delta and AeroMexico opened a joint MRO in Queretaro.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-932 ER N803DN (msn 31919) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Kharkiv Airlines suspends operations

Kharkiv Airlines (Kharkiv) has suspended operations according to ch-aviation. The airline, located in war-torn eastern Ukraine, was down to one aircraft, the pictured Boeing 737-8Q8 UR-CLS, which is now in maintenance. The airline hopes to resume operations this summer but this is unlikely as long as fighting continues in eastern Ukraine.

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Kharkiv Airlines in June 2013 received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

On June 6, 2013 Kharkiv Airlines made its first flight using a Boeing 737-800 from Kharkiv to Antalya (Turkey).

The company was operating charter flights to Antalya, Sharm-el-Sheikh and Hurghada from Kiev, Kharkiv and Lviv.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 UR-CLS (msn 32841) taxies at Antalya.

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Alaska Airlines to launch Mexican flights from Orange County in October

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma), further to our previous report, has announced new nonstop flights from Orange County, California, to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Pending approval from the Mexico Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), the airline will begin service in early October.

Los Cabos will commence on October 8 and Puerto Vallarta the following day.

The flights will be operated with Boeing 737s on the following schedule:

Alaska SNA-Mexico Schedule

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-790 N619AS (msn 30164) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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AeroMexico to fly to Ontario and Sacramento from Mexico City

AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced the beginning of its new service from Mexico City to the cities of Ontario and Sacramento, California, starting on April 5 and 6 of this year, respectively.

AeroMexico will operate four weekly flights to Ontario and three weekly flights to Sacramento, operated with Boeing 737 jet airliners with 124 passenger seats — 12 in Clase Premier, the AeroMexico Business Class Cabin:

These flights are in addition to the five weekly flights to Sacramento and four weekly flights to Ontario that AM currently offers from Guadalajara.

AeroMexico currently operates 10 different routes serving five destinations in California.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-752 N908AM (msn 30038) arrives in Las Vegas in the now old 1999 livery.

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Choice Aire to launch flights between Atlantic City, Nashville and Miami

Choice Aire (Miami) will debut its scheduled public charter service operated by Swift Air (2nd) (Phoenix) on May 21, 2015 serving new nonstop destinations Atlantic City International Airport (ACY), Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Miami International Airport (MIA).

According to the company, “Choice Aire will offer affordable, convenient, full-service first and economy class flights, with convenient connections from Miami to Cuba, Aruba and Curacao.”

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The five-times-weekly service will be operated by Swift Air, and will use Boeing 737-300 and 737-400 aircraft with 126 and 150 seats, including first class and economy service.

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Schedule:

Choice Aire 3.2015 Schedule

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Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Former US Airways Boeing 737-4B7 N447US (msn 24874), now with Swift Air (2nd) as N802TJ (msn 24874), taxies at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto without airline titles.

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Norwegian and easyJet adopt a “two-person” cockpit rule

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) and easyJet (UK) (London-Luton) have become early adopters of a new “two persons” cockpit rule in the wake of the devastating news of what caused Germanwings flight 4U 9525 to crash in the French Alps. The rule is already in place in the United States.

In addition, Deutsche Welle is reporting “Germany’s BDL aviation federation announced late Thursday that airlines such as Lufthansa and Airberlin intended to immediately enact the two-person rule in consultation with the Federal Office of Civil Aviation.”

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Above Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. In celebration of the new 26th base at Amsterdam, easyJet has introduced this new Amsterdam logo jet on Airbus A319-111 G-EZDN (msn 3608) painted at Southend. The new theme was rolled out of the paint shop on March 25.

In other news, overshadowed by the stunning Germanwings crash investigation announcements, easyJet yesterday (March 26) celebrated the opening of its new base at Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto. Three new UK routes from Manchester, Bristol and London Luton Airports to the new Porto base will be launched this summer.

Flights from Bristol to Porto will commence on April 19 and operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Porto is the 25th base of easyJet’s network and the airline will also inaugurate its 26th base in Amsterdam on March 31.

easyJet started its operations in Portugal in 1999 and flies now to 48 destinations in Europe being the third largest airline in the country with 12% market share and more than 4 million passengers carried in 2014. easyJet flies to Faro, Funchal, Porto and Lisbon and from 29 March a service will start connecting the capital with Ponta Delgada in Azores.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8JP WL LN-NIF (msn 39434) with Finnish writer and social activist Minna Canth on the tail arrives at Tenerife Sur.

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Boeing, Hainan Airlines, Sinopec celebrate China’s first commercial flight with sustainable aviation biofuel

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston), Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) and Sinopec today celebrated China’s first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China’s commercial aviation industry.

The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight – which carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a Next-Generation 737-800 – used biofuel made by Sinopec from waste cooking oil collected from restaurants in China. Both of the airplane’s CFM International CFM56-7B engines were powered by a fuel blend of approximately 50 percent aviation biofuel mixed with conventional petroleum jet fuel.

Sustainably produced biofuel, which reduces carbon emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to petroleum through its lifecycle, is expected to play a key role in supporting aviation’s growth while meeting environmental goals. The Boeing Current Market Outlook has forecast that China will require 6,020 new airplanes by 2033 to meet fast-growing passenger demand for domestic and international air travel.

In China, Boeing collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a new sustainable aviation biofuel industry. In 2011, Air China conducted China’s first aviation biofuel test flight in a Boeing 747-400 using China-grown, jatropha-based biofuel. Boeing also partners with the Commercial Aviation Corp. of China (COMAC) and several research institutions, including Chinese Academy of Science’s Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), on aviation biofuel development.

Boeing also works with airlines, research institutions, governments and other stakeholders to develop sustainable aviation biofuel in the United States, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Japan and the Middle East.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 737-84P WL N5515X (msn 39208) became B-1928 when it was handed over to Hainan Airlines on February 21, 2014.

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