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Hawaiian and Air China sign a codeshare agreement

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with Air China (Beijing), China’s exclusive national flag carrier, that leverages the reach of their respective hubs in Honolulu and Beijing to offer more options and a more streamlined experience for customers traveling to further destinations. The new partnership takes effect following Hawaiian’s launch of its three-times weekly nonstop service to Beijing on April 16.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A N591HA (msn 33423) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2033 (msn 38673) arrives at the Beijing hub.

 

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American Airlines and US Airways issue their fleet plans

American Airlines Group (American Airlines and US Airways) (Dallas/Fort Worth) has issued its new fleet update (see below) for 2014. Overall the fleet will grow by only three aircraft this year. The Group will take delivery of 83 new mainline aircraft during 2014, namely 10 Airbus A319s, 42 A321s, three A330-200s, 20 Boeing 737-800s, two 787-8s and six 777-300s (more Airbus aircraft than Boeing aircraft). The Group expects to retire during 2014 26 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82/83s (MD-80s), 14 Boeing 737-400s, 22 757-200s, 13 767-200s and five Airbus A320s.

The last eight Boeing 737-400s being operated by US Airways (top) are expected to be retired before the end of the third quarter (September 30).

On the regional side, the Group is significantly reducing its Embraer ERJ 140 fleet but it will also operate a large amount of inefficient 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s (138) and Embraer ERJ 145s (118).

Here is the full report:

American Fleet Update 4.2014 (AAG)

In addition, according to Airline Route, American Airlines and US Airways will begin assigning certain routes to either American or US Airways:

Effective June 1: American Airlines routes to be operated entirely by US Airways:

Charlotte – Chicago (O’Hare)
Charlotte – Miami
Los Angeles – Phoenix

Effective July 2, the following American routes will be operated by US Airways:

Miami – Detroit
Miami – New Orleans
Miami – Raleigh
Miami – Tampa

Effective July 2, the following US Airways routes will be operated by American:

Phoenix – Detroit
Phoenix – Newark
Phoenix – Orange County
Phoenix – Seattle

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. A significant milestone is approaching quickly. US Airways has had a long association with the Boeing 737 and the last 737-400 is expected to be retired before the end of September according to this fleet update. Boeing 737-4B7 N433US (msn 24555) taxies to the runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. American is quickly replacing the older Boeing 767-200 ERs currently being operated between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles with newer Airbus A321s. The last AA 767-200 is expected to be retired on May 7 according to ch-aviation although the type will continue with US Airways into 2015. American Airlines’ Boeing 767-223 ER N335AA (msn 22333) departs from Los Angeles bound for New York (JFK).

 

Mega Maldives Airlines to expand its fleet and destinations

MEGA Global Air Services (Maldives) Pvt. Ltd. (dba Mega Maldives Airlines) (Male) and it’s offshore partner, MG Holdings Limited, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BB Airways Pvt. Ltd. of Nepal, whereby the companies agreed to collaborate on developing flights and sharing of resources for cost effective operation of both airlines. The two airlines plan to develop operations both within the SAARC region and beyond.

The cooperation between BB Airways and Mega Maldives Airlines will help both parties expand and open new markets.

According to CAPA, Mega Maldives plans to add four additional Boeing 757-200s and one additional Boeing 767-300 and add its first routes to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The second phase of expansion will see the possible launch of services to Australia and Europe using a second type of widebody aircraft.

Mega Maldives currently operates regular flights throughout the year from Male to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. These operations include 6 to 18 round trips per month from these cities depending on the time of the year (see map below).

Mega Maldives also operates seasonal routes from Male to Gan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou and Seoul (Incheon). Due to the seasonality of demands on these routes, Mega Maldives does not normally operate flights to these destinations in mid-December to early January and between March and May.

According to the privately owned airline, “Mega Maldives Airlines is the privately owned international airline of the Maldives and serves the Chinese market with the greatest number of frequencies of any nonstop carrier. The airline operates Boeing 767 and 757 aircraft in a multi-class configuration. Mega, founded in 2010, carries up to 30% of the Chinese market to Maldives and up to 14% of all traffic to the Maldives. The airline plans to take delivery of several additional aircraft and expand to several new points over the coming year.”

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3P6 ER 8Q-MEG (msn 24496) of Mega Maldives Airlines prepares to depart from its Male base.

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AeroLap Paraguay Airlines paints its first Boeing 767-300, wants to fly to Madrid

AeroLap Paraguay Airlines 767-300 (14)(Nose)(AeroLap)(LR)

AeroLap Paraguay Airlines (Asuncion) has painted its first Boeing 767-300. The proposed airline, awaiting its AOC certification, is proposing scheduled flights from Asuncion to Madrid.

Copyright Photo: AeroLap Paraguay Airlines.

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Wall Street Journal takes a look at Delta Air Lines and their zeal to avoid cancellations

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) comes under the journalism microscope with an inside article published by the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ article takes a look at measures Delta takes to avoid cancellations.

Read the article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-332 ER N1609 (msn 30574) arrives back at the New York (JFK) hub.

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Air Canada rouge expands into western Canada

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced that its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge (Toronto-Pearson), is expanding to Western Canada to serve a number of predominantly leisure markets from Vancouver and Calgary to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Anchorage. Flights on these routes, currently operated by Air Canada, will be converted to Air Canada rouge service beginning this spring, as will flights to San Diego from Toronto.

In addition, the airline announced that it will introduce new seasonal nonstop service operated by Air Canada rouge between Vancouver and Phoenix beginning on December 17, 2014. Existing service from Calgary and Toronto to Phoenix will also be converted to Air Canada rouge.

Air Canada flights on the following routes will be converted to Air Canada rouge Airbus A319 service beginning this spring:

Vancouver to:

Las Vegas, NV, daily flights effective April 28.
Los Angeles, CA, four times daily effective May 1.
Anchorage, AK, daily effective May 16.
San Francisco, CA, four times daily effective July 1.
Phoenix, AZ, daily effective December 17.

Calgary to:

Las Vegas, NV, daily effective April 28.
Los Angeles, CA, twice daily effective May 1.
Phoenix, AZ, daily effective December 17.

Toronto to:

San Diego, CA daily effective March 29.
Phoenix, AZ, daily effective May 4; up to three times daily during the winter season.
With the addition of these routes, together with its previously announced summer 2014 schedule to Europe, the Caribbean and the United States, Air Canada rouge plans to operate a total of 54 routes, including new service this summer to Barcelona, Dublin, Lisbon, Manchester, Nice and Rome.

In other news, Air Canada has revised its introductory plans for the new Boeing 787. The airline has cancelled plans to operate the new type initially to London (Heathrow). The 787 will now operate from Toronto (Pearson) to Zurich from May 18 through June 29 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. 264-seat Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPN (msn 33424) arrives at Las Vegas.

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Hawaiian Airlines to reinstate nonstop San Jose-Honolulu service

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) today announced that it will reinstate its daily San Jose service beginning on May 16, 2014. In addition, the airline will also be up-gauging the aircraft on its Oakland route to the 294-seat Airbus A330-200, adding a total of 60 more seats each day, beginning June 18, 2014.

Hawaiian Airlines currently offers daily nonstop service between Oakland and both Honolulu and Kahului, Maui. The airline previously announced that new seasonal summer service between Oakland and both Lihu’e, Kaua’i and Kona, Hawai’i Island will commence this June, connecting all four main Hawaiian Islands to Northern California.

Daily San Jose-Honolulu Schedule

Daily nonstop service between San Jose and Honolulu will be operated on Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with the following schedule:

Flight Route Departs Arrives Aircraft Start Date
HA 44 HNL-SJC 2:20 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Boeing 767-300ER May 16, 2014
HA 43 SJC-HNL 10:10 a.m. 12:35 p.m. Boeing 767-300ER May 17, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing 767 aircraft seats 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in Business Class and 246 in the Main Cabin. Amenities include personal electronic tablets available for purchase.

Daily Oakland-Honolulu Schedule

Daily service between Oakland and Honolulu will continue with slightly adjusted times beginning June 18, 2014:

Flight Route Departs Arrives Aircraft Start Date
HA 48 HNL-OAK 2:10 p.m. 10:25 p.m. Airbus 330-200 June 18, 2014
HA 47 OAK-HNL 10:00 a.m. 12:20 p.m. Airbus 330-200 June 19, 2014

Travelers to and from Oakland will enjoy Hawaiian Airlines’ A330 amenities, highlighted by the personal on-demand entertainment system at each seat, increased legroom, and a roomy interior. With high-resolution LCD touch-screen monitors in each seatback, the A330′s state-of-the-art entertainment system lets customers choose from a wide range of movies, TV programs, music, and video games, while also offering a USB port for the use of their own personal media players.

Adding to the enjoyment of the travel experience on Hawaiian Airlines is the carrier’s signature onboard hospitality program, Mea Ho’okipa (translation: I am host). Travelers will enjoy island-style complimentary meals and made-in-Hawai’i snacks to go along with Hawaiian Airlines’ engaging presentation of the islands’ culture, people and Aloha Spirit throughout the flight.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3CB ER N592HA (msn 33468) prepares to touch in Las Vegas.

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Delta Air Lines’ volunteers to build 10 homes in Quezon City, Philippines

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Habitat for Humanity International will join forces March 7-16, to help build 10 Habitat homes in Quezon City, outside the capital of Manila, as part of Delta’s Force for Global Good program to effect positive local and global change. This year’s volunteers come from 16 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

While building the 10 new homes, Delta volunteers will work side by side with the families who will live in the new community — called Bistekville 4 — when it is completed. The structures will be built to resist earthquakes, hurricanes and floods and will be primarily made from concrete block, which will require minimal ongoing maintenance for the new owners.

For a second consecutive year, Delta volunteers will be joined by Dan DeRiemer of Roswell, Georgia, a DeltaSkyMiles Diamond Medallion member who bid a record 556,000 miles through Delta’s SkyMiles Online Auctionto win the opportunity to participate in the build with his wife, Laura.

Delta Habitat for Humanity voluteers (Delta)(LR)

Delta employees from around the globe use vacation time and pay a portion of their expenses to volunteer on the international builds and help those in need of simple, decent and affordable housing, while also taking the opportunity to learn more about the country and its culture. Delta has participated in similar projects in Chile,China, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Haiti, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Thailand.

Delta has supported Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade and strengthened the partnership in 2006 by becoming a national partner and unveiling the first 767-300 featuring a unique Habitat for Humanity livery and aDelta Force for Global Good decal. The special livery helps raise awareness of Habitat for Humanity’s global work and highlights the efforts of employee participation in Delta’s Force for Global Good.

Delta operates daily flights from Manila to Tokyo-Narita and Nagoya-Centrair, where customers can connect to daily flights to the U.S. More than 150 employees are based in the Philippines. Delta is committed to supportingthe Philippines community, a country that Delta has served for more than 60 years. During the past 10 years, Delta has sponsored a scholarship program at Concordia College Manila to support underprivileged students and recently partnered with Ayala Foundation, a Manila-based nonprofit organization, through the SkyWish charity program thus allowing customers to donate miles to support its efforts.

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.

Top Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta has been a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity and has painted this Boeing 767-332 ER (N171DZ, msn 29690) to express that support. N171DZ arrives at Los Angeles.

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Delta issues a redemption chart to better explain the changes to its SkyMiles program

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has released the 2015 SkyMiles U.S. Award redemption charts as part of its commitment to inform members of upcoming SkyMiles program improvements. Of the 44 Award level pricing changes, more than 95 percent of the changes reflect a decrease in the miles needed for Award Travel redemption by SkyMiles members.

The new SkyMiles U.S. Award chart: CLICK HERE

According to the airline, “With the release of the U.S. Award chart, members can learn even more about Delta’s 2015 SkyMiles program including how the new five-tier Award structure will be implemented. The lowest level for SkyMiles Saver Awards will remain at 25,000 miles plus taxes and fees for an Economy Class Award ticket for travel within the U.S. andCanada excluding Hawaii. The introduction of two additional redemption tiers will offer members more price points for Awards and is designed to complement new features such as new One-Way Award tickets which will start as low as 12,500 miles plus taxes and fees within the U.S. and Canada excluding Hawaii and the ability to redeem Miles + Cash Award options. In addition, members will experience significant improvements to award-redemption functionality at delta.com and Delta reservations in 2015.”

Delta is moving the emphasis of the mileage awards program to its premium flyers who pay more for their tickets.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-432 ER N841MH (msn 29714) with the special “100 Years – American Cancer Society – The Official Sponsor of Birthdays” logo and inscription arrives in Las Vegas.

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DHL transports two giant pandas from Chengdu to Brussels

DHL (UK) 767-300F G-DHLG (02-Pandastic Journey)(Nose) BRU (KCN)(LRW)

DHL today (February 23) sent off two giant pandas from Chengdu to Brussels, using a dedicated DHL Air (UK) (East Midlands) Boeing 767-300 freighter aircraft. Their departure marks the start of a 15-year cooperation of giant panda breeding research between China and Belgium. The female, Hao Hao, and the male, Xing Hui, both aged four, are expected to be delivered via DHL’s global transportation network to their new home at the Pairi Daiza animal sanctuary in Brugelette, Belgium on February 23.

“The Pandastic journey from China Conservation Research Center of the Giant Panda’s Dujiangyan panda base to Belgium’s Pairi Daiza will be a little over 8,000 kilometers. We are extremely proud to be entrusted with transporting China’s friendship messengers. The pandas, Hao Hao and Xing Hui, are without a doubt our VIPs — Very Important Pandas. A DHL team of specialists has worked with panda experts in China and Brussels to research and plan for their journey,” said Jerry Hsu, Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express Asia Pacific.

‘Hao Hao and Xing Hui’s Pandastic Journey’ started at the China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in Chengdu, China at 11:45 am on February 22, and will end with a delivery to a specially constructed Chinese Garden at Pairi Daiza, Belgium the following day. The two giant pandas were flown from China to Belgium on a dedicated DHL B767 freighter aircraft, accompanied by a team of two animal handlers, a veterinary physician and a plentiful supply of 100 kilograms of bamboo.

DHL (DHL Air) 767-300F G-DHLG (02-Pandastic Journey)(Panda) BRU (KCN)(LRW)

The pandas are expected to spend 15 years at Pairi Daiza, a 55-acre garden that plays host to over 5 000 animals. With the support of the University of Ghent, a special breeding and research program has been designed, aimed at helping to avert the future extinction of this endangered species.

To ensure an easy and comfortable journey, DHL and China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda created bespoke travelling crates spacious enough for pandas to stay comfortable throughout the journey. The cages were also designed with a special roof in the style of ancient Chinese architecture.

“The panda is China’s national treasure, and also a messenger of friendship and peace,” said Wu Dongming, Managing Director of DHL-Sinotrans and Executive Vice President of DHL Express Asia-Pacific. “We are deeply honored for having been selected to transport Hao Hao and Xing Hui. With strong transportation expertise and capabilities, we believe DHL will carry out a Pandastic Journey with the utmost care and consideration.”

DHL has supported a number of conservation projects in recent years, including the return of nine silverback gorillas from the UK to the wild in Gabon, the delivery of two rare Sumatran tigers from the Australia and the US to ZSL London Zoo for a breeding program. Last year, DHL also provided expert logistics and both ground and air transportation to relocate several endangered Florida manatees.

Copyright Photos: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. The specially-marked Boeing 767-3JHF ER G-DHLG (msn 37807) of DHL Air (UK) arrives at Brussels with the two honored guests.

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Ethiopian Airlines first officer hijacks his Boeing 767-300 to Geneva

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) flight ET 702 was hijacked today (February 17). The Addis Ababa to Rome flight with 202 passengers and crew members was apparently hijacked by the first officer seeking asylum in Switzerland.

Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit.

The pictured Boeing 767-3BG ER ET-AMF (man 30563) has safely landed in Geneva at 0600 (6 am) local time.

The hijacker was taken into custody.

The company issued this “diversion” statement:

Ethiopian Airlines flight 702, on scheduled service departing from Addis Ababa on February 17, 2014 at 00:30 (local time) and scheduled to arrive in Rome at 04:40 (local time), was forced to proceed to Geneva Airport. Accordingly, the flight has landed safely at Geneva Airport and all passengers and crew are safe at Geneva Airport.

The cause of the diversion of the flight is under investigation. Ethiopian Airlines has made all the necessary arrangements to ensure that its esteemed passengers are being properly handled while in Geneva and can proceed to their intended destinations, to Rome and Milan, at the earliest.

Ethiopian Airlines wishes to apologize to its esteemed customers for the inconvenience caused by this diversion.

Read the full report from CNN: CLICK HERE

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AeroMexico is coming to Rio de Janeiro

AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced new service between Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro with four nonstop flights per week starting on June 29.

Rio de Janeiro thus becomes the second destination AeroMexico serves in Brazil and its 13th destination in Latin America.

The AeroMexico flight schedules to this Brazilian city are:

Mexico City – Rio de Janeiro*

Flight number Departure Arrival Frequency
AM 024 6:40 p.m. 06:20 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Rio de Janeiro – Mexico City*

Flight number Departure Arrival Frequency
AM 025 7:55 a.m. 5:05 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  and Saturday

* Times published are local to each country and are subject to changes without notice.

Flights between the two cities will be operated with Boeing 767 airplanes configured with 171 seats, 30 in the front Clase Premier cabin.

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-25D ER XA-EAP (msn 24734) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).

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Ukraine International to launch service to New York (JFK) on April 25

Ukraine International Airlines (Kiev) despite the current political turmoil in the Ukraine, will launch its first ever nonstop service from Kiev (Boryspil International airport) to New York (John Kennedy International Airport) on April 25, 2014. Starting June 23, 2014, Kiev – New York nonstop scheduled flights will be operated daily.

Flight schedule :

Flight

Destination

Days

Departure *

Arrival*

PS231

Kiev – New York

1234567

11:00

14:20

PS232

New York – Kiev

1234567

00:30

17:20

*Local time

The new route will be operated with Boeing 767-300 aircraft in a three-class cabin layout – Business, Premium Economy, and Economy.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. UIA’s ex-United Boeing 767-322 ER UR-GEA (msn 25280) arrives in Bangkok.

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Hawaiian Holdings reports 4Q GAAP net income of $17 million, $52 million for 2013

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Honolulu), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (Honolulu), reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.

  • Operating income grew to $34 million in the fourth quarter compared to $12 million in the prior year period.  For the full year, operating income grew to $134 million compared to $129 million in the prior year period.
  • Pre-tax income of $28 million in the fourth quarter compared to a loss of $6 million in the prior year period.  For the full year, pre-tax income of $86 million was flat compared to the prior year period.
  • GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of $17 million or $0.31 per diluted share compared to a loss of $3 million in the prior year period or $(0.07) per diluted share. For the full year, GAAP net income of $52 million or $0.98 per diluted share compared to $53 million or $1.01 per diluted share in the prior year period.
  • Adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense, in the fourth quarter of $12 million or $0.22 per diluted share compared to $0.1 million in the prior year period or $0.00 per diluted share. For the full year, adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense, of $47 million or $0.88 per diluted share compared to $56 million or $1.06 per diluted share in the prior year period.
  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $423 million compared to $406 million in the prior year period.

Mark Dunkerley, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented that “the fourth quarter’s results continued the trend in improving financial performance after a difficult start to the year. Demand remains strong in our markets and we have strategies to mitigate cost pressures. We are looking forward to the year ahead confident in the great job done by our employees taking care of our customers on the ground and in the air. They remain the core asset of our business and the source of great pride among us all.”

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2013 the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $423 million.
  • Available borrowing capacity of $67 million under Hawaiian’s Revolving Credit Facility.
  • Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $806 million consisting of the following:
  • $430 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for seven Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
  • $154 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
  • $111 million in capital lease obligations to finance the acquisition of an Airbus A330-200, two Boeing 717-200 aircraft and aircraft-related equipment.
  • $35 million outstanding under secured floating rate notes for two Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
  • $76 million of outstanding Convertible Senior Notes.

2013 Highlights

Operational

  • Ranked #1 nationally for on-time performance for all reported months in 2013 except for January by the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report.
  • Ranked the #1 domestic carrier for travel to Hawai’i by Travel + Leisure.
  • Successfully implemented multiple upgrades to our Revenue Management and Inventory Systems.

Fleet and financing

  • Added five new A330-200 aircraft and returned / retired four Boeing 767-300.
  • Took delivery of one ATR 42-500 twin-turboprop aircraft to inaugurate new service to Moloka’i and Lana’i in 2014.
  • Executed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 16 new A321neo aircraft for delivery between 2017 and 2020, with purchase rights for an additional nine aircraft.  The long-range, single-aisle aircraft will complement Hawaiian’s existing fleet of twin-aisle aircraft used for long-haul flying between Hawai’i and the U.S. West Coast.
  • Financed six Airbus A330-200 aircraft deliveries (one delivery in 2013 and five 2014 deliveries) with Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates (EETC) at a blended rate of 4.13%.

Product and loyalty

  • Enhanced inflight experience on Boeing 767-300 aircraft by becoming the only U.S. carrier to offer the Apple iPad mini as a replacement for the prior portable entertainment system.
  • Entered into a new credit card agreement with Barclays Card for a new co-branded credit card effective January 1, 2014.
  • Announced the introduction of new Extra Comfort economy seating on all A330-200 aircraft beginning in the third quarter 2014.
  • Expanded our frequent flyer partnership with American Airlines.
  • Entered into new frequent flyer and code-share agreements with China Airlines.

New routes and increased frequencies

  • Honolulu to Auckland, New Zealand three-times-weekly service launched in March.
  • Honolulu to Sendai, Japan three-times-weekly service launched in June.
  • Honolulu to Taipei, Taiwan three-times-weekly service launched in July.
  • Announced Honolulu to Beijing, China three-times-weekly service beginning in April 2014, pending government approval.
  • Announced the reintroduction of daily non-stop service from Honolulu to Oakland beginning in January 2014, an increase from four-times-weekly.  Also, announced seasonal service, during the summer of 2014, between Oakland and Kona, three-times-weekly and between Oakland and Lihu’e, four-times-weekly.
  • Announced seasonal service, during the summer of 2014 between Los Angeles and Kona, three-times-weekly and between Los Angeles and Lihu’e, four-times-weekly.
  • Announced daily non-stop service from Maui to Los Angeles, beginning in July 2014.
  • Announced additional service from Honolulu to Brisbane from three-times-weekly to four-times-weekly, beginning in March 2014.

First Quarter and Full Year 2014 Outlook

The table below summarizes the Company’s expectations for the first quarter ending March 31, 2014 and the full year ending December 31, 2014, expressed as an expected percentage change compared to the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 or the year ended December 31, 2013, as applicable (the results for which are presented for reference).

First
Quarter
Item 2013 Guidance
Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel (cents) 8.28 Up 5% to up 8%
Passenger Revenue Per ASM (cents) 11.11 Up 4% to up 7%
Operating Revenue Per ASM (cents) 12.37 Up 4.5% to up 7.5%
ASMs (millions) 3,965.8 Up 1% to up 3%
Gallons of jet fuel consumed (millions) 53.9 Up 0.5% to up 2.5%
Full Year
Item 2013 Guidance
Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel (cents) 7.88 Up in the low single digits
ASMs (millions) 16,785.8 Up 4% to up 7%

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER N587HA (msn 33421) taxies at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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American Airlines Group reports its combined fourth quarter and full year financial results

American Airlines Group Inc. (American Airlines and US Airways) (Dallas/Fort Worth) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2013 results.

  • As the result of the merger which closed on Dec. 9, 2013, US Airways Group became a subsidiary of AMR Corporation which changed its name to American Airlines Group Inc. (AAG)
  • Fourth quarter 2013 combined net profit was $436 million on a non-GAAP basis excluding net special charges. This represents a $478 million improvement versus the company’s combined fourth quarter 2012 non-GAAP net loss of $42 million excluding net special credits
  • 2013 combined net profit was $1.9 billion on a non-GAAP basis excluding net special charges, a $1.5 billion improvement versus the company’s combined 2012 non-GAAP net profit of $407 million excluding net special charges
  • The company ended the year with $10.3 billion in total cash and investments. Since the merger, the company has used more than $300 million of cash to reduce its diluted shares outstanding by approximately 14 million

For the fourth quarter 2013, AAG reported a GAAP net loss of $2.0 billion, which includes $2.4 billion of net special charges. This compares to a net profit of $262 million, which includes $350 million of net special credits in the fourth quarter 2012. AAG’s GAAP financial results include the results for US Airways only for the period from the completion of the merger on Dec. 9, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013.

For full year 2013, GAAP net loss was $1.8 billion, which includes $3.1 billion of net special charges. This compares to a full year 2012 net loss of $1.9 billion, which includes $1.7 billion of net special charges.

The company believes it is more meaningful to compare year-over-year results for American Airlines and US Airways on a combined basis, which is a non-GAAP formulation that combines the results for AMR Corporation and US Airways Group. Therefore, it includes the results of US Airways Group for the full period (not just the period since the merger closed). See the accompanying notes in the Financial Tables section of this press release for further explanation of this presentation, including a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial information.

Fourth quarter 2013 combined net profit was $436 million on a non-GAAP basis excluding net special charges. This compares to a combined non-GAAP net loss of $42 million excluding net special credits for the same period in 2012. Based on a diluted share count of 742 million, fourth quarter 2013 diluted earnings per share was $0.59 on a non-GAAP basis.

For 2013, the company’s combined net profit was $1.9 billion on a non-GAAP basis excluding net special charges. This represents a $1.5 billion improvement over the company’s combined 2012 non-GAAP net profit of $407 million excluding net special charges.

“The early returns on our merger are very positive,” said Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines Group Inc. “Our teams are working well together and our customers are already beginning to see the benefits of our combined network. We have much work ahead, but believe we are on our way to restoring American as the greatest airline in the world. These financial results are evidence of the strong foundation we have in place and we anticipate improving upon these results as we further integrate our operations in 2014.”

Merger Integration 

Since closing the merger on December 9, 2013, the company has made significant progress in integrating American Airlines and US Airways. Key accomplishments include:

  • Launched the first phase of codesharing which offers customers improved access to the company’s global network by allowing them to book select flights on both airlines’ networks
  • Provided reciprocal benefits for Club members and Elite members, including priority check-in, waiver of fees for checked bags, complimentary access to preferred seats, priority security, early boarding and priority baggage delivery
  • Allowed AAdvantage® and Dividend Miles members to earn and redeem miles when traveling across either airline’s network
  • Trained more than 85,000 customer-facing employees

Revenue and Cost Comparisons

On a combined basis, total revenues in the fourth quarter were $10.0 billion, up 8.7 percent versus the fourth quarter 2012 on a 3.4 percent increase in total available seat miles (ASMs). Fourth quarter combined consolidated passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) was 13.64 cents, up 5.0 percent versus the fourth quarter 2012, driven by a 5.3 percent increase in yield.

Strong demand and high load factors led to 2013 total combined revenues of $40.4 billion, which were up 4.7 percent versus 2012. Full year combined consolidated PRASM was 13.67 cents, up 2.6 percent versus 2012.

Total combined operating expenses in the fourth quarter were $9.7 billion, up 7.0 percent over fourth quarter 2012. Combined fourth quarter mainline cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 14.17 cents, up 4.2 percent on a 3.6 percent increase in mainline ASMs versus fourth quarter 2012. Excluding special charges, fuel and profit sharing, mainline CASM was flat compared to the fourth quarter 2012, at8.49 cents. Regional CASM excluding special charges and fuel was 15.73 cents, up 1.8 percent on a 1.6 percent increase in regional ASMs versus fourth quarter 2012.

For the full year 2013, total combined operating expenses were $37.8 billion, up 0.6 percent versus 2012. Excluding special charges, fuel and profit sharing, combined mainline CASM decreased 3.1 percent to 8.37 cents versus 2012. Regional CASM excluding special credits and fuel increased 1.1 percent to 15.38 cents versus 2012.

Liquidity and Financing Transactions

As of December 31, 2013, American had $10.3 billion in total cash and investments, of which $1.0 billion was restricted. The company also has an undrawn revolving credit facility of $1.0 billion. Approximately $710 million of this unrestricted cash balance was held as Venezuelan bolivars, valued at the weighted average applicable exchange rate of 6.04 bolivars to the dollar. The period of time to exchange those funds into dollars and repatriate them has been increasing and is presently more than a year. On January 24, 2014, the Venezuelan government announced that a newly-implemented system will determine the exchange rate (currently 11.36 to the dollar) for repatriation of income from future ticket sales, and introduced new procedures for approval of repatriation of local currency. American is working with Venezuelan authorities regarding the timing and exchange rate applicable to the repatriation of funds held in local currency.

During the fourth quarter, the company elected to pay approximately $300 million in tax withholdings for employees under the Plan of Reorganization in lieu of issuing shares of common stock, thereby reducing the number of shares issued under the Plan by approximately 13 million. On January 9, 2014, the first distribution date, the company paid approximately $23 million in additional employee tax withholdings in lieu of issuing approximately 1 million shares of common stock. The company may make a similar election on future distribution dates as both a service to our team members and an indication of our confidence in the value of our common stock.

Additional balance sheet and liquidity detail will be included in the company’s Form 10-K to be filed in February.

During the fourth quarter, the company engaged in these additional financing transactions:

  • Completed the American Airlines offering of the Series 2013-2B EETC in aggregate face amount of $512 million and the Series 2013-2C EETC in aggregate face amount of $256 million
  • Amended the American Airlines term loan facility and the revolving credit facility to lower the applicable LIBOR margins to 3.0% for both offerings. As part of this amendment, the LIBOR floor with respect to the term loan facility was reduced from 1.0% to 0.75%
  • Utilized the floating rate debt market to refinance eight US Airways aircraft (six A321s and two A320s) at significantly reduced rates
  • Financed two US Airways spare engine deliveries with a floating rate debt facility originated in 2012 while negotiating an interest rate reduction for the entire facility
  • On Jan. 16, 2014 the company also amended the US Airways term loan facility, to lower the applicable LIBOR margin from 3.0% to 2.75% for Tranche B1. In addition, the LIBOR floor was reduced from 1.0% to 0.75% on both the Tranche B1 and Tranche B2 loans

Special Charges

In the fourth quarter, the company recognized a combined total of $2.4 billion in net special charges, including:

  • $2.2 billion in net reorganization charges consisting primarily of a deemed claim to employees, professional fees and estimated allowed claim amounts
  • $497 million in operating expense net special charges primarily related to the pilot memorandum of understanding that became effective upon merger close, merger related costs and professional fees and a charge related to the pilot long-term disability obligation
  • $324 million in non-cash income tax benefits primarily related to gains recorded in Other Comprehensive Income, offset in part by a charge related to deferred tax liabilities on indefinite lived assets
  • $31 million in operating revenue net special credits related to a change in accounting method resulting from the modification of the company’s AAdvantage® miles agreement with Citibank
  • $21 million in non-operating net special charges primarily related to interest charges to recognize post-petition interest expense on unsecured obligations

Notable Accomplishments

Additional Integration Related

  • On December 9, 2013, US Airways Group became a subsidiary of AMR Corporation which changed its name to American Airlines Group Inc. The company’s common stock began trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker “AAL”. Union presidents and more than 1,000 of the company’s employees joined American’s senior management team for the televised NASDAQ opening bell ceremony
  • Announced the new leadership team through the Managing Director level
  • Co-located our revenue management team to ensure the company is executing pricing and revenue management strategies as one organization
  • Took the unprecedented step of asking team members to vote to select the aircraft livery of the merged carrier. More than 60,000 team members participated

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  • Continued to modernize its fleet with new, fuel-efficient aircraft. The company inducted thirteen Airbus A320 family aircraft, two A330-200 aircraft, five Boeing 737-800 and one Boeing 777-300 aircraft into its fleet
  • Signed agreements with Bombardier Inc. and Embraer S.A. to purchase 90 new 76-seat regional jets that will replace smaller, less efficient 50-seat regional aircraft scheduled for retirement
  • Began nonstop service between its largest hub at Dallas/Fort Worth and Bogota, Colombia and Roatan, Honduras and announced proposed new service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • Began nonstop service between its Miami hub and Curitiba and Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Expanded the company’s international reach from its hub at Charlotte, North Carolina with the announcement of new, seasonal summer service to Barcelona, Spain; Brussels, Belgium; Lisbon, Portugal and Manchester, England
  • Announced the company will begin service to Edinburgh, Scotland from its Philadelphia hub this summer
  • Held the grand opening of an expanded Terminal F in PHL, the exclusive home of US Airways Express. The airport project which was managed by the company, quadrupled the facilities central area to 37,000 square feet and added 20 new food, beverage and retail outlets for our customers

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. American’s Boeing 767-323 ER N388AA (msn 27448) arrives at the Miami hub.

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Aeroflot Group to take control of Rossiya Airlines on March 30

Aeroflot Group (Aeroflot Russian Airlines) (Moscow) will assume full commercial control of Rossiya Airlines (St. Petersburg) on March 30, 2014. According to the group, this step “continues the process of the successful integration of the subsidiaries that Aeroflot acquired from State Corporation Rostec in 2011.”

From March 30, 2014 all flights operated by Rossiya Airlines will be designated by Aeroflot’s IATA code (SU), and the code of Rossiya Airlines (FV) will cease to be used.

The assumption of commercial control marks a key step toward the full integration of Rossiya into Aeroflot Group, and is expected to generate additional revenues through the sale of flights operated by Aeroflot subsidiaries through the Group’s more than 200 interline e-ticket agreements, further strengthening Aeroflot’s financial position.

Rossiya was established in 1992 and was previously owned by the Russian government as a state airline. It is unclear at this time if Rossiya will remain a separate airline under the Aeroflot Group or it will be integrated at some point into Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Rossiya’s Boeing 767-3Q8 EI-DZH (msn 29390) arrives at the popular resort of Antalya, Turkey.

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American Airlines and US Airways are set to start the first phase of their codeshare agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) (American Airlines Group) today are now offering customers improved access to the combined company’s global network through the first phase of a codeshare. Beginning today, customers can book flights on both airlines’ networks through the codeshare for travel starting on January 23.

Through the codeshare, each airline will sell tickets operated by the other carrier using its own code and flight number, and customers will be able to easily combine select flights operated by each airline on a single itinerary when booking travel on aa.com, usairways.com, or through other travel distribution channels. In addition, customers connecting on codeshare flights can seamlessly transfer bags when traveling on an itinerary that includes flights operated by both carriers. Launched in a phased approach, the codeshare seeks to provide a smooth travel experience while American and US Airways continue to operate as separate airlines during the merger integration.

The first phase of the codeshare will cover only select American and US Airways flights and includes placing:

  • The US Airways code on most American-operated flights between American’s hubs in Chicago,Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK), and US Airways hubs in Charlotte,Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. (DCA).
  • The American code on most US Airways-operated flights between US Airways’ hubs in Charlotte,Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. (DCA), and American’s hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK).
  • The American code on US Airways’ East Coast Shuttle service, which includes flights betweenBoston, New York (LGA) and Washington, D.C. (DCA).
  • The US Airways code on select American domestic flights from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth, providing US Airways customers immediate access to small- and medium-size destinations currently served by American but not US Airways.
  • The American and US Airways code on select international flights operated by the other carrier.

The two airlines are expected to extend the codeshare to include all flights within the combined network in the coming weeks. Customers should continue to check in for flights and conduct business with the airline operating their flight just as they did before the launch of this codeshare.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER WL N378AN (msn 25447) with Blended Winglets approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. The “new American” will operate a mixed long-range fleet of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft. US Airways’ Airbus A330-323X N274AY (msn 342) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).

Bloomberg: United struggles with its computer system, canceling flights and stranding pilots

United Airlines (Chicago) is still struggling with merging the two companies and its computer system assigning flights with crews according to this report by Bloomberg. Almost 1,500 flights were cancelled since December 30, mostly due to severe weather. However some of the cancellations were due to a system which often crashed. The problems with crew scheduling started when the airline shifted its 10,200 pilots to the scheduling system used previously by Continental Airlines. Some of the information was apparently out of date, still showing retired or deceased pilots according to the report.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-424 ER N66056 (msn 29451) departs from Brussels.

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American Airlines’ San Francisco-New York flight diverts to Kansas City because of a “suspicious” device

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) flight from San Francisco to New York (JFK) yesterday (January 5) diverted to Kansas City after a “suspicious device” was discovered in one of the lavatories. The Boeing 767-300 with 215 passengers and nine crew members diverted to Kansas City for a precautionary emergency landing. The object turned out to be an unattended flash drive taped to the wall of the lavatory.

Read the full report from Channel 7 News (Denver): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER N369AA (msn 25196)  taxies at Los Angeles.

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Saudi leased Boeing 767-300 crash lands in Medina, Saudi Arabia

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Saudia (formerly Saudi Arabian Airlines) (Jeddah) leased Boeing 767-300 was damaged in a landing accident at Medina (Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport) today (January 5). The number two engine of Boeing 767-3W0 ER HS-BKE (msn 28264) leased from Orient Thai Airlines contacted the runway on landing after the right main gear failed to deploy. 29 people were injured according the the BBC. 11 were taken to local hospitals and 18 had minor injuries. This was the third attempt to land and the captain declared an emergency. The right wing, engine and landing gear of the aircraft were apparently severely damaged and the aircraft is probably an insurance write off.

According to reports, the Hajj charter flight was carrying 299 passengers and 16 crew members. During the Hajj annual pilgrimage, Saudia leases in additional aircraft.

This aircraft was formerly operated by MIAT Mongolian Airlines as JU-1012.

Read the full report from Al Arabiya News (with photo): CLICK HERE

Video of the landing in the dark:

Condor is coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul next summer

Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) has announced it will be flying from Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP). Flights will depart on Mondays and Thursdays with Boeing 767-300 aircraft from June 26 until September 11, 2014.

Besides MSP, Condor flies to Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS), Seattle/Tacoma (SEA), Anchorage (ANC), Calgary (YYC), Fairbanks (FAI), Halifax (YHZ), Toronto (Pearson) (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR) and Whitehorse (YXY) in North America.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-330 D-ABUB (msn 26987) decorated with the extra Janosch markings featuring Kastenfrosch and Tigerente, arrives in Munich. D-ABUB also carries the new Thomas Cook “Sunny Heart” tail logo.

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Newcomer SkyGreece Airlines proposes to fly to North America next summer from Athens

SkyGreece 767-300 SX-BPN (13)(Grd)(SkyGreece)(LRW)

SkyGreece Airlines (Athens) is a new Greek airline with its first Boeing 767-300. Boeing 767-31A ER SX-BPN (msn 26470) (above) was delivered to the new airline on December 14. The newcomer is planning to launch trans-Atlantic flights to New York, Montreal (Trudeau) and Toronto (Pearson). The airline was founded in October 2012 by Greek and Canadian aviation professionals.

SkyGreece Crew and Flag (SkyGreece)(LRW)

Copyright Photos and Images: SkyGreece Airlines.

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ANA to fly to Vancouver from Haneda Airport starting on March 30

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has announced its schedule plans for the summer season of 2014. The airline will add new service to Vancouver and Hanoi starting on March 30, 2014. Here are the full details:

ANA is announcing a new international flight schedule for summer 2014, introducing services to Vancouver (Canada) and Hanoi (Vietnam) for the first time. Additional services will be introduced at that time, with further route and schedule details to be announced.This expansion, effective from March 30, 2014, will make ANA the biggest airline carrier at Haneda, offering the most international flights to and from this airport. Haneda Airport is easily accessible from Tokyo and the new flight schedule, combined with ANA’s existing domestic network, will make it easier and more convenient for passengers to connect within Japan and to travel to overseas destinations. While new destinations such as Vancouver and Hanoi will be serviced from Haneda airport, flights toLondon, Paris, Jakarta and Manila will also start flying from Haneda airport in addition to existing services from Narita airport.ANA is also increasing the number of North American destinations it services from Asian cities via Narita, to improve convenience for transit passengers.

ANA operates a dual-airport strategy in the Tokyo area, capitalizing on the respective strengths of Haneda and Narita Airport. Routes and schedules for destinations served from both airports are carefully planned to complement one another, offering passengers the greatest choice and convenience, and to meet the growing demand for international travel.

Full details of the new flights, routes and aircraft are as shown below: *1

*1 Flight schedules are dependent on approval by the relevant authorities. Please be reminded that these are only scheduled plans and are subject to change.

*2 Some flight numbers are subject to change due to the reorganization of international services. Please check ANA SKY WEB for more details.

(1)New Services

*1 Schedule for NH857 is 10 minutes earlier than shown during March 30-Apr 30. Boeing 787-8 will be introduced from June.
*2 Boeing 787-8 will be introduced from May.
(2)Added flights

*1 Boeing 787-8 will be introduced from July.
(3)Changes in flight schedules

*1 Due to changes in operating schedules, flights originating in Jakarta will be suspended on March 30.
*2 Flight schedule for NH1163 and NH1164 will be changed and operated as NH1167 and NH1160. Due to changes in schedules, NH1160 on March 30 will be suspended.

(4)Suspended and reduced flights

ANA will offer alternative flights to passengers who have made reservations on flights that will be suspended after March 30.

*1 ANA will suspend flights between Narita and London but code-sharing flights with Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd will remain.
*2 Flights NH111 and NH902 will be suspended.
*3 Flights NH953 and NH916 will be suspended.

(5)Service resumed

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Vancouver route from Tokyo (Haneda) will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ERs. Boeing 767-381 ER JA611A (msn 32980) with “Forward together as one Japan” special markings arrives at Tokyo (Narita).

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Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-332 N182DN returns to Madrid with a missing wing panel, runs off the side of the runway

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) flight DL 415 departed Madrid (Barajas) bound for New York (JFK) yesterday (December 4) with the pictured Boeing 767-332 ER N182DN (msn 25987). The flight was involved in an incident. According to Aviation Safety Network, the crew elected to return to MAD after reporting it blew a tire on takeoff. Pictures taken from the plane show a missing wing panel on the top of the right wing.

On landing the aircraft veered to the left and ended up off the side of runway 18R-36L in the grass.

Read the full report with photos from Foroaviones.com: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-332 ER N182DN (msn 25987) taxies at Milan (Malpensa).

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Alitalia refuses to work with Ryanair

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) has flatly turned away Ryanair’s (Dublin) (please see the previous post) offer to feed Alitalia’s long range flights at its Rome Fiumicino hub. Ryanair has announced it will move many of its flights to its new Fiumicino base.

Alitalia issued this terse and short statement:

“Alitalia has its own strategy, an industrial plan, a fleet and its own crews that allow it to have the necessary passenger traffic to feed its international and intercontinental connections leaving from the hub at Fiumicino airport”.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s Boeing 767-343 ER EI-CRM (msn 30009) arrives from Rome (Fiumicino) at New York (JFK).

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United opens a new wide body maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport

United Airlines (Chicago) officially opened its new wide body aircraft maintenance hangar yesterday at Washington Dulles International Airport, a major United hub and the airline’s principal gateway to the Middle East.

United invested nearly $45 million to construct the facility, which will enable the airline to perform maintenance on two wide body or several narrow body aircraft simultaneously. United employs approximately 300 technical operations employees at Dulles, and has nearly 6,000 employees throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

“The close relationship between Dulles and United goes back decades, and this facility represents yet another important investment in this key market,” said Greg Hart, United’s senior vice president for technical operations. “Our new maintenance hangar, coupled with additional improvements in our terminals, gate areas, lounges and employee facilities, will deliver greater reliability for our customers and enhance their overall travel experience.”

More than 600 area construction workers helped build the 125,000-square-foot hangar, which includes 85,000 square feet of enclosed aircraft space.

United has maintenance hangars at its hubs in Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is nearing completion on another wide body hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-322 ER N664UA (msn 29236) now with Blended Winglets completes its final approach into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Washington Dulles International Airport Hub Fact Sheet:

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American and US Airways settle with the Department of Justice giving up 52 DCA slot pairs and 17 LGA slot pairs, paving the way towards a merger

AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways) (Phoenix) today announced that the airlines have settled the litigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the States of Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Tennessee, the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and the District of Columbia challenging the merger of AMR and US Airways. The companies also announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) related to small community service from Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA).

Tom Horton, chairman, president and CEO of AMR, and incoming chairman of the board of the combined company, said, “This is an important day for our customers, our people and our financial stakeholders. This agreement allows us to take the final steps in creating the new American Airlines. With a renewed spirit, we are about to create the world’s leading airline that will offer, along with our oneworld® partners, a comprehensive global network and service by the best people in the business. There is much more work ahead of us but we’re energized by the challenge and look forward to competing vigorously in the ever-changing global marketplace.”

Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways, and incoming CEO of the combined airline, said, “This is very good news and we are grateful to all who have made it happen. In particular, we are thankful to our employees, who throughout this process continued to believe in a better future as one airline and who voiced their support passionately and consistently. We also want to thank the elected officials in the states and communities we serve, the business leaders in our hub cities, and the thousands of customers who endorsed and supported this effort. Thank you as well to the U.S. Department of Justice, the state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Transportation. We are pleased to have this lawsuit behind us and look forward to building the new American Airlines together.”

Under the terms of the settlement, the airlines will divest 52 slot pairs at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and 17 slot pairs at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as well as certain gates and related facilities to support service at those airports. The airlines also will divest two gates and related support facilities at each of Boston Logan International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas Love Field, Los Angeles International Airport, and Miami International Airport. The divestitures will occur through a DOJ approved process following the completion of the merger. Despite the divestitures, the new American is still expected to generate more than $1 billion in annual net synergies beginning in 2015, as was estimated when the merger was announced in February.

After completion of the required divestitures, the combined company expects to operate 44 fewer daily departures at DCA and 12 fewer daily departures at LGA than the approximately 290 daily DCA departures and 175 daily LGA departures that American and US Airways operate today. The divestitures required by the settlement are not expected to impact total employment at the new American.

To ensure much of the service currently operated by the carriers to small- and medium-sized markets from DCA is maintained, the new American has agreed with the DOT to use all of its DCA commuter slot pairs for service to these communities. The new American intends to announce the service changes that will result from the divestitures in advance of the sale of the DCA and LGA slots, so that the airlines acquiring those slots have the opportunity to maintain service to those impacted communities.

In the settlement agreement with the state Attorneys General, the new American has agreed to maintain its hubs in Charlotte, New York (Kennedy), Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago (O’Hare), Philadelphia, and Phoenix consistent with historical operations for a period of three years.  In addition, with limited exceptions, for a period of five years, the new American will continue to provide daily scheduled service from one or more of its hubs to each plaintiff state airport that has scheduled daily service from either American or US Airways. A previous settlement agreement with the state of Texas will be amended to make it consistent with today’s settlement.

Completion of the merger remains subject to the approval of the settlements by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and certain other conditions. The companies now expect to complete the merger in December 2013.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. American Airlines’ Boeing 767-323 ER N376AN (msn 25445) touches down in Zurich.

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Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reports 3Q net income of $28.6 million

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo) (New York-JFK) announced adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders of $28.6 million, or $1.13 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2013, compared with $33.4 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2012.

On a reported basis, third-quarter 2013 net income attributable to common stockholders totaled $23.7 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, compared with $33.9 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012. Free cash flow of $73.8 million in the third quarter of 2013 compared with $98.9 million in the third quarter of 2012.

“Earnings in the third quarter of 2013 were below our expectations, reflecting market factors,” said William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Demand in the commercial airfreight peak season through September was less than we anticipated. Airfreight yields remained under pressure, impacting our Commercial Charter segment. In addition, a decline in military charter demand led to a reduction in AMC volumes and fewer favorable one-way AMC missions.

“Results during the quarter were supported by strength in our core ACMI operations and growth in our Dry Leasing business. Led by our new 747-8 freighters in ACMI, we saw increasing contributions during the quarter from investments to diversify our business mix, including the addition of 777 freighters with predictable, long-term revenue and earnings streams in Dry Leasing; our expanding 767 service; growing CMI operations within ACMI; and ongoing continuous improvement initiatives.

“Reflecting our commitment to enhance stockholder value, we acquired a further 3.1% of our outstanding common stock through our share repurchase program from May through August. Combined with the shares that we bought through the end of April, we have repurchased approximately 6.5% of our shares for $72 million this year. In addition, our board of directors has increased our existing authority to repurchase shares from $9 million to $60 million.”

Third-Quarter Results

Revenue, volume and profitability growth in our core ACMI business during the third quarter were driven by our new 747-8Fs, with an average of 3.3 additional -8F aircraft in service compared with the third quarter of 2012, and the continued ramp up and expansion of CMI service.

Improved ACMI segment earnings during the period benefited from higher rates per block hour and lower maintenance expense for our 747-8Fs, partially offset by the redeployment of 747-400 aircraft to other business segments.

In Dry Leasing, revenue and profitability grew following the acquisition of one 777-200 LRF aircraft in March 2013 and two 777-200 LRF aircraft in July 2013. Each aircraft was acquired with a long-term customer lease already in effect.

In AMC Charter, a reduction in cargo and passenger block hours, as well as a reduced number of one-way AMC missions and a change in the proportion of those missions from outbound U.S. to inbound U.S., led to a significant decline in segment contribution. Higher average cargo and passenger revenue per block hour during the period stemmed from an increase in the average pegged fuel price set by the U.S. military.

Segment results in Commercial Charter primarily related to a reduction in yields driven by soft third-quarter global charter-market conditions. Results also reflected a reduction in return legs due to the change in the number and direction of one-way AMC missions.

Results in the third quarter were also affected by a reduction in capitalized interest on 747-8F aircraft that entered service.

Income Taxes

Reported earnings for the third quarter of 2013 included an effective income tax rate of 31.3%, reflecting both the ongoing beneficial impact of lower taxes for certain foreign subsidiaries in our Dry Leasing business and the net impact of the resolution of certain income tax liabilities.

Nine-Month Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders totaled $54.9 million, or $2.13 per diluted share, compared with $78.3 million, or $2.95 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

On a reported basis, nine-month 2013 net income attributable to common stockholders totaled $63.9 million, or $2.48 per diluted share, compared with $77.5 million, or $2.92 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2012.

Free cash flow in the first nine months of 2013 increased to $180.8 million from $154.1 million in the first nine months of 2012.

Cash and Short-Term Investments

At September 30, 2013, our cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash totaled $298.4 million, compared with $419.9 million at December 31, 2012.

The change in position at September 30 reflected cash provided by operating and financing activities offset by cash used for investing activities.

Net cash used for investing activities in the first nine months of 2013 primarily related to the purchase of two 747-8F aircraft as well as three 777-200 LRF aircraft for our Dry Leasing business.

Net cash provided by financing activities primarily reflected proceeds from the issuance of debt in connection with the acquisitions of these aircraft. Those proceeds were partially offset by payments on debt obligations and debt issuance costs.

Share Repurchases

Between mid-May and mid-August, we repurchased 820,276 shares of our common stock for $35.6 million. The shares were acquired pursuant to an accelerated share repurchase program with a financial institution that settled in August.

Through the nine months ended September 30, 2013, we repurchased a total of 1,723,577 shares, or 6.5%, of our outstanding common stock at December 31, 2012.

Future repurchases under our new $60 million authority may be made at our discretion, and the actual timing, form and amount will depend on company and market conditions.

Outlook

Looking to full-year 2013, we expect fully diluted earnings per share to total between $3.40 and $3.80 on an adjusted basis and $3.75 and $4.15 on a reported basis.

Our current outlook reflects a much less robust commercial airfreight peak season than previously anticipated. While commercial airfreight volumes are strengthening, airfreight yields remain volatile. In addition, military cargo volumes have declined at a more rapid rate. Together, these factors affected our third-quarter results and have reduced anticipated profitability for the fourth quarter.

Partially offsetting these challenges are increasing contributions from investments to diversify the company’s business mix, led by new 747-8 freighters in the company’s core ACMI business; the addition of 777 freighters with predictable, long-term revenue and earnings streams in Dry Leasing; an expanding 767 service platform; entry into military and commercial charter passenger operations; and continuing growth in the company’s non-asset-intensive CMI operations. Also contributing are ongoing continuous improvement productivity and efficiency initiatives.

Mr. Flynn added: “Airfreight remains a long-term growth industry despite current market challenges. We are focused on the long-term growth of our business, and we are well-positioned to capitalize on market improvements. Our business model is solid and is complemented by substantial operating leverage, strong customer relationships and a superior fleet. We continue to strengthen our competitive position and generate substantial free cash flow, which will enhance stockholder value.”

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. Atlas Air’s Boeing 767-38E ER N641GT (msn 25132) is pictured in action at Frankfurt.

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IAM members ratify new contracts with United Airlines

United Airlines‘ (Chicago) fleet service, passenger service and stockroom employees, represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), have ratified a new contract with the company.

The IAM issued this statement:

After more than four years of negotiations, a merger of three airlines and numerous representation elections, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced members at United Airlines ratified agreements covering approximately 30,000 fleet service, passenger service and stockroom employees.

“I thank all IAM members for their patience and solidarity through this entire process,” said IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney. “These contracts provide IAM members at United Airlines the best overall terms in the airline industry. It’s now time to move on, unify as one and make our union stronger.”

With over 65 percent participation, each contract was approved by more than 70 percent of voting members.

The agreements run through 2016 and provide immediate wage increases ranging from 7-29 percent, and from 19-56 percent over the term of the agreements. The accords also preserve and improve both defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, provide 96 percent of the workforce protection from outsourcing, maintain affordable health insurance options and increases vacation time, among other enhancements.

“IAM members demonstrated perseverance and patience during these difficult negotiations,” said Airline Coordinator Ira Levy. “There haven’t been negotiations in recent memory as complex as these, and our negotiators should be proud of what they accomplished.”

Approximately 1,500 IAM fleet technical instructors, maintenance instructors and food service and security officers remain in negotiations.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-424 ER N69059 (man 29454) climbs away from the Washington Dulles hub.

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Air Canada rouge to start Toronto-Las Vegas flights on October 27

Air Canada rouge (Toronto-Pearson) on October 27 launches service between Toronto (Pearson) and Las Vegas and will launch service between Montreal and Las Vegas on March 13, 2014.

Starting this Sunday, Air Canada rouge will offer ten flights a week from Toronto to Las Vegas for the winter 2013-2014 season featuring 264-seat wide-body Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, representing a capacity increase of 13% on the route over last winter when it was operated by Air Canada. Air Canada rouge will assume the Montreal-Las Vegas route from Air Canada effective March 13, 2014 with ten flights a week. Air Canada will continue to operate service between Vancouver and Calgary to/from Las Vegas for the winter season.

Toronto-Las Vegas winter flight schedule (effective October 27, 2013):

Air Canada rouge’s service between Toronto and Las Vegas features convenient flight times that maximize travellers’ time in Las Vegas. The daily flight departs Toronto at 9:05 a.m., arriving in Las Vegas at 10:59 a.m. and departs Las Vegas at 12:15 p.m. arriving in Toronto at 7:22 p.m. The second flight, which operates on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays departs Toronto at 8:45 p.m., arriving in Las Vegas at 10:39 p.m. and departs Las Vegas at 11:55 p.m., arriving the next day in Toronto at 7:00 a.m.

Montreal Las Vegas winter flight schedule (effective March 13, 2014):

Air Canada rouge’s winter service between Montreal and Las Vegas also features convenient, customer-friendly flight times. The daily flight will depart Montreal at 7:40 a.m. arriving in Las Vegas at 10:28 a.m. and will depart Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m. arriving in Montreal at 7:08 p.m. The second flight, which will operate on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays departs Montreal at 7:50 p.m., arriving Las Vegas at 10:38 p.m. and departs Las Vegas at 10:20 p.m., arriving the next day in Montreal at 7:13 a.m.

Air Canada rouge will operate the Toronto-Las Vegas route with a 264-seat wide-body Boeing 767 aircraft featuring three classes of seating: Premium rouge, rouge Plus and rouge. Premium rouge has 18 seats in a 2 + 2 + 2 configuration with a 41- 42″ pitch, a 7″ inch recline. rouge Plus has 4 rows in a 2 + 3 + 2 configuration behind Premium rouge, with a 35″ pitch, up to 5″, and rouge seating has 246 seats in a 2 + 3 + 2 configuration with a 30-32″ pitch and a 6″ recline. Premium rouge customers on Air Canada rouge North American flights now earn enhanced Aeroplan Miles, have access to priority security lines and complimentary Maple Leaf Lounge access.

Air Canada rouge crew offer the airline’s unique warm welcome onboard. Trained in customer service excellence, the rouge crew take every measure to ensure that flights are relaxed, enjoyable and are part of a memorable start and end to a Las Vegas vacation.

A tasty selection of meals, drinks and snacks, as well as comfort items such as pillows, blankets and headphones, are available onboard through Air Canada rouge’s Buy On Board service.

Air Canada rouge aircraft are all equipped with player, a next generation in-flight entertainment system that streams unlimited live entertainment — including movies, TV shows, kids programming, music and an About Us section — to customers’ personal electronic devices. Air Canada rouge is one of the first airlines in North America to offer streaming onboard content. player is offered at a nominal fee of $5 for rouge and rouge Plus customers for unlimited movie and TV show access; music and destination content are always complimentary. Customers simply need to bring their own fully-charged laptop or iPad, iPod or iPhone, or they can rent an iPad on board for $10.

Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-33A ER C-GHPE (msn 33423) lands at Dublin.

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Hawaiian Airlines to seek Tokyo Haneda-Kona authority, reports a 3Q net profit of $36.8 million

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced it will file an application to provide nonstop service between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and Kona International Airport on Hawai’i Island, utilizing operating slots at the Haneda airport being returned by American Airlines later this year.

Hawai’i’s flagship carrier will file its application with the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday, proposing daily service using its 294-seat A330 aircraft. Hawaiian Airlines’ 2012 application for non-stop Haneda-Kona service included 175 letters of support from members of the Kona community.

Hawaiian Airlines has been connecting Hawai’i and Japan since November 2010, when it launched daily service between Haneda and Honolulu. The airline quickly followed with service between Honolulu and Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Sendai, and now provides 6,700 seats per week between Japan and the Hawaiian Islands.

Kona has been without a non-stop flight from Japan since October 29, 2010, when Japan Airlines discontinued direct service to West Hawai’i from Narita International Airport.

On the financial side, the company reported a third quarter net profit of $36.8 million. Hawaiian Holdings issued this statement:

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2013.

Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

  • Adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense, of $36.8 million or $0.69 per diluted share.
  • GAAP net income of $40.6 million or $0.76 cents per diluted share.
  • Available seat miles (ASMs) increase of 9.0% year-over-year.
  • Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increase of 0.2% and operating revenue per available seat per mile (RASM) increase of 0.1%.
  • Cost per available seat mile (CASM), excluding fuel, increase of 2.1% year-over-year.
  • CASM increase of 1.5% year-over-year.

Mark Dunkerley, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented that “our third quarter results are a good step towards improving financial performance.  The tide of industry capacity between the US West Coast and Hawai’i is beginning to recede and our new international routes are maturing, both of which are helpful developments.  The strengthening of the US dollar against our major foreign currencies is pushing the other way.  Indeed, were it not for foreign exchange effects, our third quarter results would have been the best in the company’s history.”

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2013 the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $441 million.
  • Available borrowing capacity of $70 million under Hawaiian’s Revolving Credit Facility.
  • Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $763 million consisting of the following:
    • $361 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for six Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
    • $159 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
    • $112 million in capital lease obligations to finance the acquisition of an Airbus A330-200, two Boeing 717-200 aircraft and aircraft-related equipment.
    • $55 million of outstanding floating rate notes issued in conjunction with the acquisition of three Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
    • $76 million of outstanding Convertible Senior Notes.

Business Highlights

Operational

  • Ranked #1 nationally for on-time performance for the months of June and July 2013 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report.
  • Exceeded our internal on-time performance goals for the third quarter.

Fleet and financing

  • Returned one Boeing 767-300 aircraft at the end of its lease term.
  • Took delivery of one ATR 42-500 twin-turboprop aircraft to inaugurate new service to Moloka’i and Lana’i.

Product

  • Enhanced our inflight experience on our Boeing 767-300 aircraft by becoming the only U.S. carrier to offer the Apple iPad mini as a replacement for the prior portable entertainment system.

New routes and increased frequencies

  • Honolulu to Taipei, Taiwan three-times-weekly service launched July 9, 2013.
  • Announced the reintroduction of daily non-stop service from Honolulu to Oakland beginning in January 2014, an increase from four times weekly.  Also, announced seasonal service, during the summer of 2014, between Oakland and Kona, three times weekly and Oakland and Lihu’e, four times weekly.
  • Announced seasonal service, during the summer of 2014 between Los Angeles and Kona, three times weekly and Los Angeles and Lihu’e, four times weekly.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER WL N581HA (msn 28141) touches down at Las Vegas.

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Arkefly shortens its name to just Arke

Arkefly (named after the largest Dutch tour operator, Arke) (Amsterdam) was reborn on April 21, 2005 after Dutch TUI took over the assets of bankrupt HollandExel (formerly Air Holland) and renamed it Arkefly. The first aircraft was painted in the TUI color scheme on May 31, 2005 at Maastricht.

Arkefly has now shortened its name to just Arke after its owner. As part of this rebranding, the fleet is also getting this new red, white and blue TUI color scheme. All of the aircraft will have this new look by the end of 2014.

Arke now flies to 65 destinations worldwide. You can book a flight to the Caribbean, the United States, Dubai and other destinations around the Mediterranean. Arke flies the Boeing 737-800 and the Boeing 767-300 (above). From July 2014, Arke will fly the Boeing 787 to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-304 ER PH-OYI (msn 29138) prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta posts a higher 3Q net profit of $1.2 billion

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today reported financial results for the 2013 third quarter.  Highlights from the quarter include:

  • Delta’s net profit for the September 2013 quarter was $1.2 billion, or $1.41 per diluted share, excluding special items1.  This result is a $444 million improvement year-over-year.
  • Including $157 million in special items, Delta’s GAAP net income was $1.4 billion, or $1.59 per diluted share.
  • The company began returning capital to shareholders, with $100 million in share repurchases and $51 million in dividend payments.
  • September quarter results include $249 million of profit sharing expense in recognition of Delta employees’ contributions to the company’s financial performance.
  • Delta generated $1.2 billion of operating cash flow and $627 million of free cash flow in the September 2013 quarter, and ended the period with adjusted net debt of $9.9 billion.

Revenue Environment

Delta’s operating revenue improved $567 million in the September 2013 quarter compared to the September 2012 quarter.  Traffic increased 2.1 percent on a 2.6 percent increase in capacity.

  • Passenger revenue increased 6.7 percent, or $581 million, compared to the prior year period.  Passenger unit revenue (PRASM) increased 4.0 percent year over year with a 4.5 percent improvement in yield.
  • Cargo revenue decreased 6.1 percent, or $15 million, on declining freight yields.
  • Other revenue was flat year over year as growth in Delta’s third-party staffing business revenues offset a decline in third-party maintenance revenues.

Comparisons of revenue-related statistics are as follows:

Increase (Decrease)3Q13 versus 3Q12
Passenger Revenue 3Q13 ($M) ChangeYOY UnitRevenue Yield Capacity
Domestic $ 4,121 10.7 7.7% 8.9% 2.7%
Atlantic 1,853 9.0% 5.6% 4.3% 3.2%
Pacific 1,044 (5.0)% (4.2)% (3.9)% (0.8)%
Latin America 548 16.0% 1.6% 2.1% 14.1%
Total Mainline 7,566 8.2% 4.9% 5.2% 3.2%
Regional carriers 1,688 0.5% 2.2% 4.9% (1.6)%
Consolidated $ 9,254 6.7% 4.0% 4.5% 2.6%

“The momentum we have built by running an outstanding operation and investing in our product and people enabled a 7 percent revenue growth, with particularly strong performance in Atlanta, New York and London,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s president.  “The revenue environment appears solid through the end of the year, including strong holiday bookings, and we expect to continue to build on the revenue premium we deliver versus the industry.”

Cost Performance

Total operating expense in the quarter increased $312 million year-over-year driven by higher volume- and revenue-related expenses; the impact of operational, service and employee investments; and $75 million higher profit sharing expense.  These cost increases were partially offset by the savings from Delta’s structural cost initiatives.  Non-operating expense declined as a result of lower interest expense and a $40 million benefit for the portion of Virgin Atlantic’s September quarter profit attributable to Delta’s ownership stake.

Consolidated unit cost excluding fuel expense, profit sharing and special items (CASM-Ex2), was 1.1 percent higher in the September 2013 quarter on a year-over-year basis, driven by the impact of wage increases and operational and service investments.  GAAP consolidated CASM increased 1.0 percent.

Fuel expense, excluding mark-to-market adjustments, declined $81 million as a result of lower market fuel prices and better settled hedge performance. Delta’s average fuel price3 was $2.97 per gallon for the September quarter, which includes $0.06 in hedge gains.  On a GAAP-basis, fuel expense for the September quarter increased $74 million year-over-year, driven by lower mark-to-market gains on hedges.

For the September quarter, operations at the Trainer refinery produced a $3 million profit.  While lower crack spreads pressured results at the refinery, they also reduced market jet fuel prices and helped lower Delta’s overall fuel expense.

Cash Flow

Cash from operations during the September 2013 quarter was $1.2 billion, driven by the company’s September quarter profit.  The company generated $627 million of free cash flow.

Capital expenditures during the September 2013 quarter were $635 million, including $450 million in fleet investments and $61 million for the purchase of 12 aircraft off lease. During the quarter, Delta’s debt maturities and capital leases were $430 million.

In the September quarter, the company began returning capital to shareholders.  On Sept. 10, the company paid $51 million to shareholders, which represents the $0.06 per share quarterly dividend declared earlier in the year.  In addition, the company repurchased 4.8 million shares at an average price of $20.82 for a total of $100 million.  The company has $400 million remaining of the $500 million share repurchase plan authorized by Delta’s Board of Directors in May.

Delta ended the quarter with adjusted net debt of $9.9 billion and the company has now achieved over $7 billion in net debt reduction since 2009.  This debt reduction strategy produced a $33 million year-over-year reduction in interest expense in the September quarter.  As of September 30, 2013, Delta had $5.8 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $4 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, and $1.8 billion in undrawn revolving credit facilities.

“The $1.8 billion in free cash flow we have generated so far this year has allowed us to achieve our initial $10 billion debt target and start down the path toward our new $7 billion target,” said Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer.  “With consistently solid cash generation, we are moving forward with our plan to return capital to shareholders while continuing to invest in the company and strengthen our balance sheet.”

Company Highlights

Delta has a strong commitment to its employees, customers and the communities it serves.  Recent Delta highlights include:

  • Recognizing the achievements of Delta employees toward meeting the company’s financial and operational goals with $456 million of incentives so far this year, including $387 million in profit sharing expense and $69 million in Shared Rewards payments;
  • Significantly improving its operational performance, resulting in an on-time arrival rate of 83 percent and a 99.8 percent completion factor so far this year.  This completion factor performance includes 40 days of 100 percent mainline completion factor;
  • Receiving final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation for Delta’s joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways with a grant of anti-trust immunity.  The joint venture will allow the airlines to deepen their cooperation, offering more flight choice for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic and improving the travel options for business customers in the New York to London market;
  • Equipping Delta’s crews with enhanced technology by providing all flight attendants new Windows Phone 8 handheld devices that will streamline on-board purchasing and improve the customer experience and also announcing plans to provide Delta’s 11,000 pilots with the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, allowing pilots more efficient access to real-time flight information; and
  • Continuing to support the communities we serve through Delta’s Force for Global Good, including raising nearly $7 million since 2005 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and furthering the foundation’s goal of breast cancer awareness with Delta’s Pink Plane, a 767-400 (above) dedicated to Evelyn Lauder and featuring BCRF’s trademarked pink ribbon logo on the tail of the aircraft.

Special Items

Delta recorded special items totaling a $157 million gain in the September 2013 quarter, including:

  • a $285 million gain for mark-to-market adjustments for fuel hedges settling in future periods; and
  • a $128 million charge for facilities, fleet and other items, primarily associated with Delta’s domestic fleet restructuring.

Delta recorded special items totaling a $279 million gain in the September 2012 quarter, including:

  • a $440 million gain for mark-to-market adjustments for fuel hedges settling in future periods;
  • a $39 million gain associated with the exchange of slots at New York-LaGuardia and Washington-Reagan National;
  • a $12 million loss on extinguishment of debt;
  • a $66 million charge for severance and related costs; and
  • a $122 million charge for facilities, fleet and other, including charges resulting from the closure of Comair.

End Notes

(1)   Note A to the attached Consolidated Statements of Operations provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

(2)   CASM – Ex: In addition to fuel expense, profit sharing and special items, Delta believes excluding ancillary business costs is helpful to investors because ancillary business costs are not related to the generation of a seat mile. These businesses include aircraft maintenance and staffing services Delta provides to third parties and Delta’s vacation wholesale operations. The amounts excluded were $224 million and $214 million for the September 2013 and 2012 quarters, respectively. Management believes this methodology provides a more consistent and comparable reflection of Delta’s airline operations.

(3)   Average fuel price per gallon: Delta’s September 2013 quarter average fuel price of $2.97 per gallon reflects the consolidated cost per gallon for mainline and regional operations, including contract carrier operations, and includes the impact of fuel hedge contracts with original maturity dates in the September 2013 quarter. On a GAAP basis, fuel price includes $285 million in fuel hedge mark-to-market adjustments recorded in periods other than the settlement period. The net refinery profit for the quarter was $3 million. See Note A for a reconciliation of average fuel price per gallon to the comparable GAAP metric.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta’s special “Force for Global Good” Boeing 767-432 ER N845MH (msn 29719) “Pink Plane” taxies at London (Heathrow).

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FedEx gets ready to put its first Boeing 767-300 freighter into revenue service

FedEx Express (Memphis), an operating company of FedEx Corporation (Memphis), yesterday introduced its new Boeing 767-300 cargo jet scheduled to begin service this fall. The aircraft is the first of several new 767-300 freighters being added to the FedEx fleet, and represents a major step in the company’s strategically important aircraft fleet modernization program. The 767-300 joins 777s and 757s in the company’s growing fleet of more efficient, lower-emission freighters.

The aircraft was center stage at an event attended by FedEx team members and special guests at the company’s World Hub in Memphis.

The initial 767 was delivered to FedEx from Boeing last month and is undergoing the certification process required to begin service. It is among 50 767s FedEx has ordered, which are scheduled to be delivered through the end of the company’s fiscal year 2019.

With a maximum gross payload capacity of 127,100 pounds, the medium wide-body 767 Freighter has a flight range of 2,922 nautical miles (3,362 statute miles).

The 767 brings FedEx an array of double-digit efficiencies. The freighter is approximately 30 percent more fuel efficient and has unit operating costs that are more than 20 percent lower than the MD10 aircraft it will replace. The ability to share parts, tooling and flight simulators with FedEx 757 freighters is another efficiency of the 767.

Across its aircraft fleet, FedEx projects a 30 percent reduction in its unit carbon emissions by the year 2020. In addition, the company has reaffirmed its commitment to sourcing at least 30 percent of its jet fuel from alternative fuels by the year 2030.

With the 767 freighter, FedEx is also introducing a new “efficient container” or Unit Load Device used to hold individual packages on the aircraft. The FedEx Efficient Container is lighter and its construction includes more recycled materials.

Under its aircraft fleet modernization program, FedEx began upgrading its fleet in 2007 with the addition of 757 freighters to replace 727s. The final 727 in the FedEx fleet was retired in June.

In 2009, the company introduced the 777, the world’s largest twin-engine cargo freighter with a non-stop flight range of 5,800 nautical miles (6,675 statute miles) and a cargo capacity of 178,000 pounds in typical FedEx service.

Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3S2F ER N101FE (msn 42706) taxies at Paine Field near Everett. N101FE was delivered to FedEx on September 4, 2013.

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Hawaiian to offer nonstop service from Los Angeles to both Lihue and Kona next summer

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) will offer first-ever nonstop service between Los Angeles and the islands of Kaua’i and Hawai’i, in response to growing demand during next summer’s peak travel period.

New annual summer service will commence between Los Angeles and Lihu’e, Kaua’i four times a week, and Los Angeles and Kona, Hawai’i Island three times a week starting in 2014 from June 26 to September 19. The new service will add more than 22,000 seats to both island travel markets over 12 weeks of service, and complements the new Oakland service that will also start next summer with direct flights to Lihu’e and Kona for 10 weeks.

The new Los Angeles service will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft. With the addition of the service, both Lihu’e Airport and Kona International Airport will have a Hawaiian Airlines wide-body aircraft arriving every day of the week next summer.

Flight Route Departs Arrives Frequency Start Date
HA 62 KOA-LAX 12:40 p.m. 9:05 p.m. Tues, Thurs, Sun June 26, 2014
HA 61 LAX-KOA 8:00 a.m. 10:55 a.m. Tues, Thurs, Sun June 29, 2014
HA 64 LIH-LAX 12:40 p.m. 9:15 p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat June 27, 2014
HA 63 LAX-LIH 8:00 a.m. 11:10 a.m. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat June 27, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines is the only carrier serving Hawai’i to offer complimentary meals in Economy Class. In addition, travelers flying between Los Angeles and Kaua’i and Hawai’i, the Big Island can relax and enjoy the comfort and roominess of Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 aircraft, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in First Class and 246 in the Main Cabin. Adding to the enjoyment of the travel experience on Hawaiian Airlines is the carrier’s signature onboard hospitality program, Mea Ho’okipa (translation: I am host). Travelers will enjoy island-style complimentary meals and made-in-Hawai’i snacks to go along with Hawaiian Airlines’ engaging presentation of the islands’ culture, people and Aloha Spirit throughout the flight.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3CB ER N588HA (msn 33466) touches down at Las Vegas.

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Alitalia needs more money to keep flying this weekend

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) continues to bleed money. According to this report by Reuters, the flag carrier needs almost $680 million to avoid bankruptcy again. Its main fuel supplier has threatened to stop making fuel deliveries this weekend.

The Italian government, which considers the failing airline a “strategic asset”, has now structured a deal where state owned Poste Italiane through Mistral Air (Rome) would provide a partial capital float in the form of a capital increase to keep the passenger airline flying.

Alitalia continues to lose money and has not been profitable since 2002. The causes of continued losses has not been fully addressed due to political meddling.

The government now wants “radical change” at the airline and wants the current stockholders to share in the capital increase.

Stockholders Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam), which control 25 percent of the shares, has mainly been mum of the recent government calls for action and has continued to ask for more financial information.

The Italian government would like Air France-KLM to raise their stakes in Alitalia but this is unlikely to happen since Air France is restructuring itself.

Can Alitalia survive? Will any of the Gulf carriers (Etihad Airways?) come to the rescue? Will any of the other SkyTeam partners help? Stay tuned.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Up-close runway action of Alitalia’s Boeing 767-35H ER EI-DBP (msn 26389) in the SkyTeam colors at New York (JFK).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Mistral Air’s Boeing 737-348 EI-BUE (msn 23810) prepares to land at Zurich.

 

Delta to equip its 11,000 pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablets

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is equipping its 11,000 pilots with the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, which will be used initially as an electronic flight bag to replace heavy paper-based flight kits containing navigational charts and aircraft operating and reference manuals. Device rollout to pilots flying the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 fleets will start later this year and all Delta cockpits are projected to be paperless by the end of 2014.

The Surface 2 will run on the Windows RT 8.1 platform and provide flight crews easy access to essential tools and the most up-to-date flight-related resources, including navigational charts, reference documents and checklists while saving the airline $13 million per year in fuel and associated costs.

Electronic flight bag to support real-time access to resources

Delta’s electronic flight bag will leverage Jeppesen’s industry-leading FliteDeck Pro application built specifically for the Windows platform. The interactive software gives flight crews quicker and more efficient access to key, real-time information and resources such as dynamic charts and navigation utilities that help them better manage the safe operation of their aircraft.

With the Windows RT 8.1 operating system, pilots will be able to open two applications side-by-side, offering, for example, the opportunity to assess weather information alongside proposed flight paths. The Live Tile user interface in Windows 8.1 can feed up-to-the-minute information to crew members while the Surface 2′s true high-resolution 1080p touchscreen display adds detail to maps and other resources.

Delta expects to receive approval from the FAA to use the tablets during all phases of flight next year, a process that follows an extensive period of testing on board Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft. Approvals for all subsequent fleet types are expected by the end of 2014. The Surface tablets fully integrate handheld technology in the flight deck, streamlining organization of necessary materials and ensuring continuity of information accessed by pilots while giving them the latest tools to drive operational and cost improvements. The reduction of paper in the cockpit also reduces clutter and allows pilots to spend more time focusing on flying the aircraft as they will benefit from an intuitive user interface that features functions to find information faster, without having to hunt for appropriate manuals in flight bags or page through paper documents.

“The integration of the electronic flight bag is part of Delta’s broader move to upgrade flight deck equipment, deploy technology enhancements and take advantage of airspace modernization efforts,” said Dickson. “With these improvements, we’re able to reduce the airline’s environmental impact while providing a great deal of flexibility to continue to add mobile technology solutions into our flying operations.”

Maximizing efficiencies for environmental benefit

Rolling out the Surface 2 tablets across the entire fleet and eliminating paper in the cockpit means the carrier will remove traditional 38-pound pilot flight bags maintained on board aircraft for each pilot. That critical weight reduction is expected to reduce fuel usage by an estimated 1.2 million gallons per year which translates to a 26-million-pound reduction in carbon emissions — the equivalent of taking more than 2,300 passenger cars off the road. Additionally, the tablet will cut the airline’s paper usage by 7.5 million sheets annually and save an estimated 900 trees each year.

In the coming years, Delta plans to expand the functionality of the EFB equipment and increase the efficiency of the operation by providing pilots with electronic dispatch and flight release information, access to real-time weather forecasts, up-to-the-minute operational information and dynamic communication with aircraft technicians on the ground.

The move to a paperless cockpit follows Delta’s industry-leading launch of handheld devices for its 19,000 flight attendants that runs on Windows Phone-based software. Delta flight attendants began using the Nokia Lumia 820 in August and are able to access customer and flight information while using Dynamics for Retail technology for easy onboard customer purchases.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The rollout will start with pilots flying the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft. Boeing 767-332 ER N1603 (msn 29695) taxies to the active runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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American Airlines is planning to operate the last Boeing 767-200 service on May 7, 2014

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is planning (subject to change) to operate the last Boeing 767-200 revenue flight on May 7, 2014 between Los Angeles and New York (JFK) according to Airline Route.

The 767-200 is mainly being used on the trans-con routes and will be replaced with new Airbus A321-200s.

American introduced the 767-200 in November 1982 and has been gradually phasing out the venerable type.

In other news, American Airlines and Qatar Airways (Doha) today announce an expansion of their relationship to include a reciprocal frequent flyer program agreement, providing customers more opportunities to earn and redeem miles when traveling across each airline’s global network.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. The Boeing 767-200s are not being repainted in the new livery because of the imminent retirement. Boeing 767-223 ER N320AA (msn 22321) “Flagship Independence” climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Jetairfly is coming to Miami

Jetairfly (Jetairfly.com) (Ostend and Brussels) today announced the April 2014 launch of nonstop service between Miami International Airport and Brussels, Belgium, the capital of the European Union.  The new service will mark Jetairfly’s first U.S. route, Florida’s only nonstop connection to Brussels, and MIA’s 14th European destination.

With Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring Economy and Comfort service, Jetairfly will begin the new service on April 4, 2014 with flights on Mondays and Fridays.  Bookings are scheduled to be available at the end of October.

Additional new routes scheduled this year from Miami are: Oranjestad, Aruba by new carrier Aruba Airlines on September 15; Calgary by WestJet in October; and Milan, Italy and the Brazilian destinations of Curitiba and Porto Alegre by American Airlines in November.

Created in 2003, Jetairfly operates a network of 168 routes and connects 107 airports. It has a fleet of 22 modern aircraft and transported 2.8 million passengers in 2012.  Jetairfly is part of TUI Travel Belgium, the largest tourism group in Belgium, and of TUI Travel PLC, the largest Pan-European tourism group, operating a fleet of 141 aircraft and offering a wide range of other services.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-341 ER OO-TUC (msn 24844) prepares top taxi from the Brussels base.

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FedEx Express takes delivery of its first Boeing 767-300F freighter

Boeing (Chicago) and FedEx Express (Memphis), an operating company of FedEx Corp. (Memphis), yesterday (September 4) celebrated the delivery of the company’s first 767-300 freighter. The delivery supports the FedEx strategy to modernize its fleet with more efficient freighters.

The 767 Freighter is an ideal upgrade for the fleet serving the FedEx Express domestic network, providing improved fuel, maintenance and cost savings over the MD-10 freighters it will replace.  FedEx Express gains additional efficiency through the ability to share parts, tooling and flight simulators between the 767 and the more than 70 757 freighters already in its fleet.

The 767 freighter is based on the popular 767-300 ER (extended range) passenger airplane. Able to carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tons) of revenue cargo with intercontinental range, the 767 Freighter is ideal for developing new long-haul, regional or feeder markets.

The airplane joins other Boeing freighters in the FedEx fleet such as the MD-10, MD-11, 757 and the 777.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3S2F N101FE (msn 42706) is pictured at Paine Field near Everett, WA on a test flight prior to the official hand over.

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Transaero Airlines to add new routes to Dubai and Havana, announces a new interline agreement with Virgin America

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) will add new service from Moscow (Vnukovo) to Dubai (six days per week) starting on September 20 per Airline Route.

Additionally the Russian carrier will launch a new weekly route Moscow (Domodedovo) to Havana for the winter season starting on December 28 through March 29, 2014.

Transaero has also announced the launch of its Interline Agreement and Special Pro-Rate Agreement (SPA) with Virgin America (San Francisco):

The interline agreement will provide opportunities for Transaero’s passengers to acquire e-tickets for travel between Moscow and the extensive route network of Virgin America in the United States via the connecting cities of Los Angeles and New York. And, vice versa, US travellers can now start their journey with Virgin America’s flight to Los Angeles or New York and continue their journey to Moscow on board of Transaero’s flights.

The Special Pro-rate Agreement signed between the Russian and US carrier allows passengers to buy tickets for the flights of these two airlines on certain routes at special competitive prices. Special fares are available on the routes between Moscow with a connection in Los Angeles to such US cities as Washington, Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle/Tacoma, Portland (Oregon), San Jose, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Moreover, the through fares also offered on routes between Moscow and San Francisco or Las Vegas via New York.

At present, Transaero operates scheduled nonstop flights to three US cities: New York (JFK), Miami and Los Angeles. In addition to this, Transaero’s passengers can take advantage of the airline’s current partnership agreements with the leading airlines to get to a number of destinations in North America. Under the code-share agreement with Singapore Airlines Transaero offers direct flight from Moscow to Houston. In accordance with the code-share agreement with Virgin Atlantic passengers can travel between Moscow and San Francisco, Boston and Orlando with a connection in London. The Interline agreement with United Airlines allows passengers to get to nearly all destination points of this airline in the US.

Copyright Photo: Dave Glendinning/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3P6 ER EI-UNA (msn 26233) taxies at London (Heathrow).

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El Al reports a net profit of $3.7 million in the second quarter

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) reported a net profit of $3.7 million in the second quarter. This is a reversal from a loss of $6.1 million in the same quarter a year ago.

The company issued this financial statement:

Profits for this quarter totaled about $3.7 million, compared to a loss of $6.1 million in the second quarter of 2012

Company revenues for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $529.7 million, compared to $516.8 million in the second quarter last year

The ratio of gross profits to turnover increased from 15.1% to 15.5% and totaled $82.0 million compared to $78.1 million in the parallel quarter of last year

Elyezer Shkedy, El Al’s President & CEO:

“The Company continues to match its activities to the realities of the market place and thus continues to become more efficient. During the second quarter of 2013 the Company increased the number of available seats for sale by 7% compared to the parallel quarter of last year, while maintaining a similar level of expenditure and a reduced number of employees. Efficient use and operation of the Company’s aircraft brought about passenger load factors of about 82.4%.

The Company reports a profit as well as positive cash flows, while it continues with its investment plans, including payments for purchases of new Boeing 737-900 aircraft as part of a business transaction for the purchase of six aircraft with options for two more.

The first 737-900 of this contract will enter in service with El Al in October 2013.

As part of the Company’s overall business and operational assessment, El Al continues to reduce the number of aircraft types in operation. During the coming months we plan to remove the fleet of 767-200s, bringing the number of aircraft types we operate to four only (reduced from seven, that included our 747-200s, the 757s and the 767-200s).

During the second quarter, El Al continued to develop its strategic plans in response to world market trend in international civil aviation (including the open-skies policies). The Company is presently crystallizing new plans for short-haul flights using five 737-800s on routes still to be decided by the Company’s Management. The aim is to integrate the new plans and schedules no later than the summer of 2014.

Further to the agreement that was achieved with the Government and the Ministry of Finance when the open skies policy into effect, the Government’s portion for security expenditures for Israeli airlines was increased to 85%, starting 1.5.2013. The balance of the agreement will be implemented during 2013 and in early 2014, if the appropriate terms and conditions of the agreement are met.

The FIMI Investment Company announced that they are giving the Company an extension of 45 days to finalize the conditions for the agreement. This period ends on August 29, 2013. They noted that the negotiations on a new comprehensive labor agreement are advancing slowly.

I do hope that the Company employees grasp the importance of reaching a new agreement. I expect the members of the workers’ committee to act responsibly and to take immediate action to formulate a new collective labor agreement, which, amongst other things, will enable FIMI to become an active investor in El Al; will allow the Company to advance and grow; and will enable the Company to face the open skies policies and the ever-increasing competition successfully.

I’d like to thank the entire El Al family – on the ground, in the air, in Israel and abroad – who work so determinedly and devotedly to overcome the difficult challenges facing us. We are committed to providing our customers with the very finest services and products through our ongoing efforts to surmount and meet the challenging market conditions.”

El Al Israel Airlines published its financial reports summarizing the first half of 2013, as well as for the second quarter of the year. The main points follow:

Financial results for the second quarter 2013:

  • Revenues for the present quarter totaled $529.7 million, compared to $516.8 million in the parallel quarter of last year, an increase of about 2.5%. Revenues from passengers increased by about 4%, the result of the increased number of passengers carried, after offsetting the drop in revenue per passenger-kilometer. Revenues from charter services dropped by about 12.9% as a result of reduced activity of our Sun D’Or charter subsidiary. Cargo revenues dropped by about 6.4% as a result of the reduction ton-kilometer revenues and the general reduction in cargo activities.
  • Operating expenses in the second quarter under review increased by about 2% to about $447.8 million, compared to $438.7 million in the parallel quarter of last year, largely as a result of increased volume of activities, the ratio of which on turnover during the second quarter of 2013 dropped from about 84.9% to about 84.5% during this quarter. In addition to an increase in cost of salaries as explained further on, and changes in currency exchange rates, after offsetting the reduction in fuel expenses – as explained further on. During the 2nd quarter of 2013 the number of permanent and temporary employees in the Company was on average 5,906, compared to 5,938 in the parallel quarter of last year.
  • Aviation fuel costs during this quarter dropped by about $7.5 million compared to in the parallel quarter of last year, a reduction of about 4.0%. Market prices of aviation fuel during the quarter dropped by about 6.9% on average, compared to in the parallel quarter of last year. During the reported quarter the Company recorded costs of $3.9 million as a result of a decrease in fair value of hedging transactions that are not recognized for accounting purposes, compared to costs of about $6.5 million for similar hedging costs in the parallel quarter of last year. On the other hand the increased activities increased fuel costs during the quarter by about $5.8 million, while aviation-fuel hedging expenses grew by about $2.0 million during this quarter, compared to in the parallel quarter of last year ($3.8 million compared to $1.8 million). Fuel costs during the reported quarter totaled about 40.0% of our total operating expenditures, compared to 42.5% in the parallel quarter of last year.
    Cost of salaries during the 2nd quarter of 2013 rose in comparison with the parallel quarter last year. Most of the increase is the result of the strengthening of the shekel exchange rate vis-à-vis the dollar, compared to in the parallel quarter of last year, plus the creeping increase in salaries.
  • Gross profits for the quarter totaled about $82.0 million (a ratio of about 15.5% on turnover), compared to $78.1 million in the parallel quarter last year (a ratio of 15.1% on turnover).
  • The operating profits were about $7.0 million compared to an operating profit of $2.4 million in the parallel quarter of last year.
  • Financing. In this quarter the Company had net financing costs (after offsetting financing revenues) about $2.1 million, compared to net financing costs of $10.4 million in the parallel quarter of last year. The change is largely the result of the benefits of receipts from foreign currency hedging but that was set off by the increases caused by changes in exchange rates.
  • Net profits for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $3.7 million, compared to a loss of about $6.1 million in the parallel quarter of last year.
  • Cash flow from regular activities during the 2nd quarter 2013 totaled about $47.8 million, compared to $14.1 million in the parallel quarter of last year. Cash flow for the first 6 months of the year totaled about $128.3 million.
  • The EBITDA for El Al for the second quarter of 2013 totaled about $31.9 million. Compared to $29.7 million in the parallel quarter of last year.

Results for the first half of 2013:

  • Revenues for the first half of this year totaled about $960.7 million, compared to $945.9 million in the parallel quarter of last year, an increase of about 1.6%.
  • Operating expenditure for the first half of 2013 totaled about $840.9 million, compared to $827.3 million in the parallel quarter of last year, an increase of about 1.6%. The change is largely the result of increased costs of salaries as explained below, while the ratio on turnover remains almost unchanged – about 87.5% in the reported half-year.
  • Gross profits for the six months totaled about 12.5%, reaching about $119.8 million, compared to $118.6 million in the parallel quarter of last year.
  • Operating losses for the first half of 2013 totaled about $29.3 million, compared to an operating loss of about $21.4 million in the parallel quarter of last year.
  • Financing. In the first half of 2013 the Company reported net financing costs (after offsetting financing revenues) of about $9.1 million. This compares to net financing costs of about $18.5 million in the parallel quarter of last year. The change is largely the result of the benefits of receipts from foreign currency hedging but that was set-off by the increases caused by changes in exchange rates.
  • Net losses for the first half of 2013 totaled about $28.8 million, compared to a net loss of about $29.4 million in the parallel quarter of last year.
  • El Al’s EBITDA for the first half year totaled about $20.7 million, compared to EBITDA of $33.1 million in the parallel quarter of last year.

Additional data:

  • As of June 30, 2013 the Company’s cash on hand, cash equivalencies and short-term deposits totaled $121.9 million. It should be noted that during the first half of 2013 the Company invested around $75 million in fixed assets, in accordance with the Company’s multi-annual investment program, in addition to prior financing of the new 737-900s. The Company also repaid current loans totaling $42.1 million and obtained loans of $45.6 million, mainly for the purchase of fixed assets.
  • Company equity, as at  June 30, 2013 totaled $107 million.

 

As reported above, El Al will soon retire its last Boeing 767-200, bringing down the number of aircraft types to four. The carrier had previously retired the last Boeing 757-200 last year.

When the 767-200s joined the El Al fleet, it was the first plane that allowed a direct, nonstop route to Chicago (O’Hare) and Hong Kong. Later on, two 767-200s were used for opening the nonstop route to Miami.

As part of the renewal process, El Al is adding new Boeing 737-900 ER planes.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-27E ER 4X-EAE (msn 24832) taxies at Miami.

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Jet Asia Airways expands scheduled services into China

Jet Asia Airways (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi) has commenced three times weekly scheduled service from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Tianjin’s Bihnai International Airport and also to Nanjing’s Lukou International Airport.

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In the past year, Jet Asia Airways has operated more than 200 charter flights to both cities combined. Tianjin and Nanjing are two of the fastest growing secondary cities in China.

“The charter flights now turned scheduled have proven to be popular with the Chinese travelers who wish to avoid stopping over in a primary city and prefer to fly directly to Bangkok. Jet Asia will continue to aggressively exercise ‘first mover advantage’ to capitalize on untapped markets between China and Thailand,” said Mr. Chairat Sangchan, Jet Asia’s Managing Director.

Chinese arrivals into Thailand reached 2.78 million passengers in 2012 and is expected to grow to more than 3.5 million in 2013.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Former United Airlines Boeing 767-222 HS-JAB (msn 21868) arrives back at the Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) base.

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Air Niugini launches a new route to Bali, upgrades its cabins

Air Niugini (Port Moresby) added a new weekly route to from Port Moresby to Bali, Indonesia on August 5.

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The company is also upgrading its cabin and issued this statement:

It is with great pride that we introduce the first of our retro-fitted aircraft, Boeing 767 P2-PXW.

P2-PXW was away for about 2 and a half months being retro-fitted and now boasts a configuration of 28 Business Class and 160 Economy Class seats.  Customers can expect an enhanced, sleek new look cabin interior and the most exciting feature will be state-of-the-art inflight entertainment experience. In brief this is what customers will enjoy on P2-PXW;

•    An upgraded and new colour scheme mixing grey & red for the seats
•    A completely new seat in Business and Economy Class
•    28 Business Class seats – Cocoon style seats with lie-flat seats
•    160 Economy Class seats – In-seat videos
•    New Inflight entertainment offering in both classes – Movies on demand

Basically customers enjoy extra comfort whilst enjoying the wide range of Inflight Entertainment – TV Shows, Movies, Audio recordings and even games all from  their individual in-seat screen.

We have a few preliminary pictures to share for your reference:

Economy Class

  

Front view Back view

 

Business Class

  

Front view Back view

 

Additional information to note:

•    The 2nd Boeing 767, P2-PXV will be leaving for the upgrade of seats and IFE. The configuration will be the same as P2-PXW.
•    Both Boeing 737 aircraft will also be retrofitted with the new seats and the IFE. They depart later in the year.

Top Copyright Photo: Peter Gates/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Air Niugini). Boeing 767-341 ER P2-PXV (msn 30341) will be the second Boeing 767 to receive the new interior. The company also has a Boeing 787-8 on order for delivery next year.

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Hawaiian to operate two routes from Oakland to Hawaii next summer

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) is planning to operate two new long-range routes to Hawaii from Oakland next summer. According to Airline Route, the company will operate the Oakland-Kona (Hawaii) route four days a week from June 13 through August 15, 2014 and the Oakland-Lihue (Kauai) route three days a week from June 15 through August 15, 2014. Both routes will be flown with Boeing 767-300 ERs.

Copyright Photo: Clement Alloing. Boeing 767-3CB N588HA (msn 33466) is pictured at Toulouse, France.

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FedEx Pilots’ Union: Report on UPS Boeing 747 crash highlights the need for new regulations on the carriage of Lithium Batteries

The FedEx Express Pilots Union (FedEx Express) (Memphis) has issued this statement reference the release of the Accident Report on the UPS Airlines (Atlanta and Louisville) Boeing 747-400F freighter crash at Dubai (please see our previous report). At the heart of the issue, are lithium batteries safe on any airplane?:

On September 3, 2010, our industry lost two fellow aviators when UPS Flight 6 crashed near Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) released its final report concerning the investigation into this fatal crash. The GCAA, while not pinpointing the origin of the fateful blaze, determined that the ensuing fire was promulgated by lithium batteries and found that smoke-detection equipment took too long to alert the crew.

The report provides recommendations specific to air cargo fire safety. The FedEx Master Executive Council (MEC) joins Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Int’l in praising the GCAA for its thorough report. The report makes unmistakably clear the dangers of carrying large quantities of lithium batteries. “As cargo pilots, we are fully aware of the potential dangers associated with the carriage of lithium batteries,” said MEC chairman Captain Scott Stratton. “These pilots’ lives were tragically cut short as they valiantly tried to bring their crippled aircraft back to the ground. Through their actions, they were able to prevent a much larger disaster from occurring. We owe it to them as well as to all of those who fly this nation’s commerce every day, to ensure that regulatory directives are harmonized across the globe and robust enough to preclude future events such as this.”

The GCAA recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its European counterpart develop better firefighting standards and equipment for cargo planes, with visual warnings about where a fire is located. The FedEx MEC strongly believes that the United States must take a leadership role in protecting aircraft against the possibility of catastrophic fires caused by lithium batteries. The improvement in regulations covering the transportation of large quantities of lithium batteries must proceed immediately in order to begin to eliminate this deadly hazard. “Now is the time for the U.S. government to act to ensure the safety of our skies,” said FedEx Legislative Affairs chairman Captain Fred Eissler. “We will continue to work with our government leaders, dangerous goods regulatory authorities, and our fellow airline pilots to address the safety issues and concerns found in the GCAA report.”

“The FedEx pilots are committed to working with industry and government leaders to minimize the risks associated with the carriage of dangerous goods,” continued Captain Stratton. “The GCAA’s report adds to the building body of evidence that clearly shows much more effort is needed to facilitate negating the risks associated with the carriage of lithium batteries.”

Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Boeing 767-300F for FedEx Express is being prepared for its first flight at Paine Field near Everett, WA. 767-3S2F N101FE (msn 42706) taxied to the runway yesterday afternoon.

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United Airlines posts a second quarter net profit of $469 million

United Airlines (Chicago) today reported second-quarter 2013 net income of $521 million, or $1.35 per diluted share, excluding $52 million of special charges. Including special charges, UAL reported second-quarter 2013 net income of $469 million, an increase of 38 percent year-over-year, or $1.21 per diluted share.

  • UAL generated $10 billion of revenue in the second quarter of 2013, its highest ever second-quarter revenue result.
  • Leading the U.S. airline industry in year-over-year passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) growth for the second consecutive quarter, United’s PRASM increased 1.0 percent in the second quarter compared to the second quarter of 2012.
  • Second-quarter consolidated unit costs (CASM), holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant and excluding special charges and third-party business expense, increased 4.5 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity (available seat miles) reduction of 2.1 percent. Second-quarter consolidated CASM increased 0.7 percent year-over-year.
  • UAL ended the second quarter with $7.0 billion in unrestricted liquidity.

Second-Quarter Revenue and Capacity

For the second quarter, total revenue was $10.0 billion, an increase of 0.6 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Second-quarter consolidated passenger revenue decreased 1.1 percent year-over-year to $8.7 billion, on a consolidated capacity decrease of 2.1 percent year-over-year. Cargo and other revenue in the second quarter increased 13.8 percent versus the second quarter of 2012, or $162 million, to $1.3 billion.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased 1.7 percent on a consolidated capacity decrease of 2.1 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, resulting in a consolidated load factor of 84.7 percent, the highest second-quarter consolidated load factor in United’s history.

Second-quarter consolidated PRASM increased 1.0 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Consolidated yield for the second quarter increased 0.6 percent year-over-year.

Mainline RPMs in the second quarter decreased 2.1 percent on a mainline capacity decrease of 2.4 percent year-over-year, resulting in a mainline load factor of 84.9 percent. Second-quarter mainline yield increased 0.5 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Second-quarter mainline PRASM increased 0.7 percent year-over-year.

Second-Quarter Costs

Total operating expenses decreased $133 million, or 1.4 percent, in the second quarter versus the same period in 2012. Excluding special charges, second-quarter total operating expenses increased $21 million, or 0.2 percent, year-over-year.

Second-quarter consolidated and mainline CASM increased 0.7 and 1.3 percent year-over-year, respectively. Second-quarter consolidated and mainline CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expense, increased 1.1 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively, compared to second-quarter 2012. Third-party business expense was $170 million in the second quarter of 2013.

In the second quarter, consolidated and mainline CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expense and holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant, increased 4.5 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively, compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Liquidity and Cash Flow

UAL ended the second quarter with $7.0 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $1.0 billion of undrawn commitments under its revolving credit facility. During the second quarter, UAL generated $1.1 billion of operating cash flow. The company’s gross capital expenditures and purchase deposits for the quarter were $549 million. The company made debt and capital lease principal payments of $540 million in the second quarter, including $144 million of pre-payments.

Finance, Network and Fleet

  • United issued $300 million of senior unsecured notes due 2018 at an interest rate of 6.375 percent.
  • During the quarter, the company expanded its industry-leading global route network, launching new nonstop service between Paris and San Francisco; between Tokyo and Denver and between Shannon, Ireland, and Chicago. The company also launched new nonstop service to Austin, Texas; Charleston, S.C.; Fairbanks, Alaska; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Mobile, Ala.; Portland, Ore.; Saint George, Utah; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; Traverse City, Mich.; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Wichita, Kan. United also added three new cities to its network: Dickinson, N.D.; Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada and Santa Fe, N.M. The company announced future new nonstop markets, including the company’s first nonstop service to St. Lucia, as well as additional service to Austin, Texas, and Gunnison, Colo.
  • United welcomed back the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with commercial service between Houston and its other domestic hubs. The airline launched the highly anticipated Denver to Tokyo-Narita service in June, marking a successful return of the Dreamliner to United’s international skies. United also launched temporary 787 service from Houston to London in June, and in August the company will start additional 787 international service from Houston to Lagos, Nigeria, and from Los Angeles to Tokyo and Shanghai.
  • The company increased its Dreamliner order to 65. United will be the North American launch customer for the Boeing 787-10. The company also converted its existing order for 25 A350-900s into A350-1000s and added an additional 10 aircraft to the order, totaling 35 aircraft. United expects delivery for both the 787-10 and A350-1000 beginning in 2018, enabling the airline to further modernize its international widebody fleet by replacing older, less efficient aircraft to reduce fuel and operating costs, enhance the customer experience and maximize network opportunities.
  • United will introduce 70 Embraer 175 aircraft into the United Express fleet beginning in 2014. These aircraft – with 76 seats, a larger first-class cabin and larger overhead bins – will be operated by SkyWest Airlines, Inc. and another United Express carrier, with deliveries expected in 2014 and 2015.
  • The company took delivery of six Boeing 737-900 ERs and removed from service two Boeing 757-200s and the last five Boeing 737-500s and the last five Boeing 767-200s from its fleet.
  • The company executed a definitive purchase agreement with AltAir Fuels for 15 million gallons of cost-competitive, commercial-scale, sustainable aviation biofuel to be used on flights departing LAX in 2014. AltAir Fuels’ renewable jet fuel is expected to achieve at least a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis.

Product, Loyalty Program and Facilities

  • United reached a milestone of being the only U.S. carrier offering 180-degree flat-bed seats and personal on-demand entertainment in premium cabins on all scheduled, long-haul international flights from the continental U.S.
  • The company continued outfitting aircraft with global satellite Wi-Fi, offering inflight connectivity on long-haul international flights. The airline now has 57 aircraft complete and is installing satellite Wi-Fi at a rate of over 25 aircraft per month for the remainder of 2013.
  • The airline introduced its 200th aircraft with live television, offering customers more than 100 channels of live programming while in-flight. United operates more live television-equipped aircraft than any other airline in the world.
  • United launched subscription options that offer customers access to Economy Plus seating or pre-paid checked baggage charges for a year, providing new choices for customers to tailor their travel experiences.
  • United introduced a revenue component to its MileagePlus premier status qualification requirements for the 2015 program year.
  • United debuted the MileagePlus Small Business Network, a first-of-its-kind loyalty program that enables businesses to earn and redeem miles by purchasing goods and services from the program’s vendor partners, including leading providers of printing, shipping, credit card payment processing, office supplies and computing services.
  • United opened its new Terminal B south concourse at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The $97 million south concourse is a new 225,000-square-foot facility dedicated to United Express regional flights.
  • United signed a 20-year lease extension at Newark Liberty International Airport and committed to invest an additional $150 million in the region’s largest hub to ensure the airport remains one of the country’s premier global gateways. The facility upgrades include a redesign of the airline’s check-in facilities, a new catering facility and an advanced checked baggage screening system.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. During the second quarter United Airlines again retired the last five Boeing 737-500s and the last five Boeing 767-200s from its fleet. Boeing 737-524 N16642 (msn 28903) climbs away from the runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-224 ER N69154 (msn 30433) rests between flights at Los Angeles International Airport.

Hawaiian Holdings reports 2Q net income of $11.3 million

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Honolulu), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (Honolulu), reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2013.

Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

  • Adjusted net income, reflecting economic fuel expense, of $12.6 million or $0.24 per diluted share.
  • GAAP net income of $11.3 million or $0.21 cents per diluted share.
  • Available seat miles (ASMs) increase of 20.9% year-over-year.
  • Cost per available seat mile (CASM), excluding fuel, decrease of 11.2% year-over-year.
  • CASM decrease of 9.7% year-over-year.

Mark Dunkerley, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented that “Our results for the quarter were better than expected thanks chiefly to some good cost control. Demand across all of our geographies remains strong, even overseas where the dollar has strengthened against foreign currencies.  In North America, our business is coming back as the rate of industry capacity growth moderated in the quarter while our Neighbor Island business is now performing well.  On our international routes we are seeing the strengthening of the dollar undermine some of the excellent results we have had in the last couple of years but this portion of our business remains the core focus of our expansion plans.

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2013 the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $478 million.
  • Available borrowing capacity of $70 million under Hawaiian’s Revolving Credit Facility.
  • Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $767 million consisting of the following:
    • $369 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for six Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
    • $163 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
    • $103 million in capital lease obligations to finance an Airbus A330-200 and two Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
    • $58 million outstanding under floating rate notes issued in conjunction with the acquisition of three Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
    • $74 million outstanding of Convertible Senior Notes.

Business Highlights

Operational

  • Ranked #1 nationally for on-time performance for the months of March, April and May 2013 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report.
  • Ranked the #1 domestic carrier for travel to Hawai’i by Travel + Leisure.
  • Expanded our frequent flyer partnership with American Airlines.
  • Announced codeshare and interline agreements with China Airlines for connecting travel through Taipei, Taiwan.

Fleet and Financing

  • Financed our next six Airbus A330-200 aircraft deliveries through 2014 with Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates (EETC).
  • Added three new Airbus A330-200 aircraft for North America and International service.

New routes and increased frequencies

  • Honolulu to Sendai, Japan three-times-weekly service launched June 25, 2013.
  • Honolulu to Taipei, Taiwan three-times-weekly service launched July 9, 2013.

Third Quarter and Full Year 2013 Outlook

The table below summarizes the Company’s expectations for the quarter ending September 30, 2013 and the full year ending December 31, 2013, expressed as an expected change compared to the results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 or the year ended December 31, 2012, as applicable (the results for which are presented for reference).

Third
Quarter
Item 2012 Guidance
Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel (cents) 7.62  Up 2.5% to up 5.5%
Passenger Revenue Per ASM (cents) 12.30  Down 0.5% to up 2.5%
Operating Revenue Per ASM (cents) 13.56  Down 0.5% to up 2.5%
Passenger Revenue Per RPM (cents) 14.77  Down 2.5% to up 0.5%
Passenger Load Factor 83.3%  Up 1 pts to Up 3 pts
ASMs (millions) 4,052.2  Up 7.5% to up 10.5%
Gallons of jet fuel consumed (millions) 54.5  Up 7% to up 10%
Full Year
Item 2012 Guidance
Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel (cents) 8.18 Down in the low single digits
ASMs (millions) 14,687.5 Up 12.5% to up 15.5%

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A N580HA (msn 28140) lines up to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta to launch flights between Seattle/Tacoma and London Heathrow on March 29, 2014

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is planning to launch nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and London (Heathrow) in anticipation of receiving antitrust immunity for its new joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways (London). The company issued this statement:

In anticipation of receiving antitrust immunity later this year for its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways, Delta Air Lines will offer new daily nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to London Heathrow Airport beginning March 29, 2014.

New service from Seattle/Tacoma to London Heathrow gives Delta’s customers nonstop access to one of the world’s top business markets and is an important enhancement to Delta’s growing trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific network from Seattle/Tacoma. As of January 1, 2014, every international Delta flight from Seattle/Tacoma, including the new London service, will feature full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, Economy Comfort seating and in-flight entertainment in every seat throughout the aircraft.

The Seattle/Tacoma market is one of Delta’s fastest-growing international gateways. In June, Delta added service to Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda, complementing long-established service to Tokyo-Narita. Delta also has served Beijing and Osaka, Japan from Seattle/Tacoma since 2010.

Through its trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia, Delta also offers Seattle/Tacoma area travelers nonstop service to Paris and Amsterdam while also providing connecting service to more than 150 additional destinations beyond those European hubs. With new service to London-Heathrow, Delta will operate flights to eight nonstop international destinations from Seattle.

In December 2012, Delta and Virgin Atlantic announced Delta’s plans to acquire 49 percent of Virgin Atlantic. The carriers intend to form a trans-Atlantic joint venture to optimize schedules and services between the North America and the U.K. Delta last month obtained unconditional clearance from the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice to proceed with the investment transaction. Now both carriers are awaiting U.S. Department of Transportation approval of antitrust immunity to implement their joint venture.

On July 3, Delta and Virgin Atlantic launched reciprocal codesharing across 108 routes to 66 destinations throughout North America and the U.K. With the new Seattle service, Delta will operate 10 daily nonstop flights to London Heathrow from six destinations including Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Boston and Atlanta.

Delta will operate Seattle-London Heathrow service using a 210-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring 35 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy class seats.

Flight details for Seattle-London Heathrow Service:

Flight Departs Arrives Service Begins
37 SEA at 6:40 p.m. LHR at 12:05 p.m. (following day) March 29, 2014
36 LHR at 12:20 p.m. SEA at 2:40 p.m. (same day) March 30, 2014

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-332 ER WL N193DN (msn 28450) lands at Baltimore/Washington.

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TUIfly to add long-haul Caribbean routes from Hamburg

TUIfly (TUIfly.com) (Hannover) will launch new long-haul leisure routes from Hamburg in November to the Caribbean. According to Airline Route, twice-weekly flights will be started to Barbados on November 22, Cancun on November 2, La Romana on November 29 and Punta Cana on November 1. The four new routes will be flown by TUI partner airline Arkefly (Amsterdam) Boeing 767-300s.

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