Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced it has placed an order for one additional 777-200 LR (Longer Range) Worldliner, adding to the airline’s fleet of five 777-200 LRs. The order is valued at approximately $276 million at list price.
Ethiopian Airlines was the first African airline to operate the 777-200 LR, the first to order the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with an order for 10 and the first to order the 777 Freighter. Ethiopian Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737, 757, 767 and 777 airplanes in passenger service and a 757, MD-11 and 747 in cargo operations.
Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Boeing 777-260 LR ET-ANO (msn 40771) named “The Rift Valley” arrives from Addis Ababa at Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
United Airlines (Chicago) today announced plans to launch year-round and seasonal service on several new international and domestic routes, including:
- New daily trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic flights from San Francisco, United’s largest Pacific gateway;
- New flights from Chicago to points in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean;
- New “Capital to Capital” service between Washington and San Salvador; and
- Additional flights from Denver and Los Angeles.
United and its regional partners will operate these new routes with a mix of mainline and regional aircraft.
The newly announced and previously launched services are consistent with United’s previously announced 2012 capacity guidance.
United will begin daily year-round service between its hub at San Francisco International Airport and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei on April 9, 2013, subject to government approval. The flights will operate using Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft with 269 seats – eight in United Global First, 40 in United BusinessFirst, 104 in United Economy Plus, and 117 in United Economy.
The new San Francisco-Taipei flights will be available for booking once United receives government approval.
The airline will also begin daily year-round service between San Francisco and Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris on April 11, 2013, subject to government approval. The Paris flights will operate with Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 214 seats – 30 in BusinessFirst, 49 in Economy Plus and 135 in economy.
The new Paris and Taipei services will augment United’s ongoing investment in air service at San Francisco International Airport. This year, the airline will operate more than 300 flights daily from San Francisco, more than any other airline and more than 8 percent more departures from San Francisco compared to 2011. United offers nonstop service to more than 60 airports across the United States, including those in top business travel markets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, and to nearly 20 international destinations, including markets in Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America
Daily service between United’s hub at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Monterrey, Mexico will begin on December 19, 2012, subject to government approval. The United Express flights will operate using Canadair CRJ700 regional jet aircraft with 66 seats – six in first class, 28 in Economy Plus and 32 in economy.
The new Chicago-Monterrey flights will be available for booking once United receives government approval.
United will also offer daily United Express service between Chicago O’Hare and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, using Canadair CRJ200 regional jets with 50 economy seats. The Thunder Bay flights will begin on February 14, 2013.
Weekly, peak-season service between Chicago and Nassau, Bahamas will begin on February 9, 2013, subject to government approval. The flights will operate on Saturdays through July 27, 2013, using Canadair CRJ700 regional jet aircraft.
United Express service between the Chicago hub and Jackson, Mississippi will begin on November 4, 2012. The flights will operate using Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets with 50 economy seats.
In addition, the airline will begin service between Chicago and Anchorage for the winter peak-travel period of December 19, 2012 to January 2, 2013. The flights will operate using Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 154 seats – 16 in first class, 48 in Economy Plus and 90 in economy. This service is in addition to United’s summer-season flights between Chicago and Anchorage.
United offers nearly 600 nonstop flights each day from Chicago to more than 150 destinations worldwide – dozens more flight and destination options than any other airline.
The airline will also add new domestic and international routes from other domestic hubs:
- Denver – Three-times-daily service between Denver International Airport and Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston, North Dakota, will begin on November 4, 2012. The United Express service will operate with Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet aircraft.
- Los Angeles – United Express service between Los Angeles International Airport and Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, will begin on December 19, 2012, using Canadair CRJ700 regional jet aircraft.
- Washington/Dulles – United will add daily service between Washington/Dulles International Airport and San Salvador International Airport in El Salvador, beginning December 19, 2012, subject to government approval. The flights will operate with Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 154 seats – 16 in first class, 48 in Economy Plus and 90 in economy.
In the past 18 months, United has added new routes from its U.S. hubs to international destinations such as Guadalajara, Mexico; Montreal, Canada; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Shanghai, China, and Stuttgart, Germany, along with new intra-Asia routes between the Tokyo hub and Hong Kong and between the Guam hub and Okinawa, Japan.
In addition, the airline recently launched new service between Houston and Lagos, Nigeria; between Newark and Buenos Aires and Istanbul; between Washington/Dulles and Manchester, U.K. and Dublin, Ireland; and announced new service between Denver and Tokyo.
United also added a number of new domestic routes by using a mix of mainline and regional aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced Los Angeles – London Heathrow as the next route to feature its new Boeing 777-300 ER.
American’s 777-300 ERs will be configured as three-class aircraft and will include fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats with direct aisle access, Main Cabin Extra, inflight entertainment at every seat, and Wi-Fi capability to keep customers connected while traveling internationally. American previously announced that customers traveling between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Sao Paulo (GRU) will be the first to experience the newest addition to American’s fleet in December 2012. In February 2013 the aircraft will fly to London Heathrow from both Dallas/Fort Worth and New York JFK.
Below is the schedule for the new 777-300ER LAX-LHR routes that will appear in global distribution systems this week.
|Los Angeles (LAX) – London Heathrow (LHR)||AA136/AA137||Daily||June 1, 2013|
The three-class cabin configuration in the new 777-300 ERs will provide American with more customer and cargo capacity than any other aircraft in its fleet today. American will be the first airline to use a dramatic archway and ceiling treatment on the 777-300 ER to create a feeling of spaciousness, and customers will be welcomed into the aircraft by unique mood lighting. A walk-up bar in the premium cabin stocked with snacks and refreshments will be a first for any U.S. airline and adds another unique element of luxury to the 777-300 ER. Entertainment options include up to 120 movies, more than 150 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections that will be offered throughout the aircraft. Every seat will feature individual 110-volt AC power outlets and USB jacks for charging personal electronic devices.
American is the first U.S. airline to order and take delivery of the Boeing 777-300 ER. American anticipates taking delivery of 10 Boeing 777-300 ERs beginning in December 2012. The 777-300 ERs will complement American’s fleet by offering additional network flexibility in the future, as well as providing increased efficiency due to better seat mile economics and performance characteristics.
The question still remains, will AA introduce a long-overdue brand refresh with the first stretched Triple Seven?
Copyright Photo: American Airlines.
Austrian Airlines moves all aircraft (except one) to Tyrolean Airways, Austrian Arrows name being retired
Austrian Airlines (Vienna) as of midnight July 1, 2012 moved all flight operations to lower-cost subsidiary Tyrolean Airways (Innsbruck), including all of the long-range flights. One former Lauda Air Boeing 777-2Z9 (OE-LPB) was kept on the Austrian certificate to maintain its official “airline” status.
The company issued this statement:
“As of July 1, 2012, there will be joint flight operations under the unified Austrian brand name.
The objective: achieving competitive framework conditions enabling profitable operations
All of the flight operations of the Austrian Airlines Group, which has a fleet of some 80 aircraft, are now bundled at its 100% subsidiary Tyrolean Airways. As of July 1, 2012 Tyrolean is also operating the long-distance fleet.
For customers, the so-called “operational transition” will not result in any essential changes. The “Austrian” brand will remain on all aircraft. The flight numbers will also bear the “OS” airline code, as was the case in the past. However, travel agencies and tickets will provide notification on the identity of the operator of the aircraft undertaking all medium and long-distance flights based on the supplementary annotations “VO” or “operated by Tyrolean”. The supplementary brand “arrows” found on Tyrolean Airway aircraft will successively be removed by the end of 2012.
What has happened in detail:
• Aircraft fleet: 22 airplanes of the A320 family, 7 Boeing 737s, 6 Boeing 767s and 3 Boeing 777s changed their operators within the Austrian Airlines Group on midnight of July 1, 2012. One Boeing 777, OE-LPB, will stay with Austrian Airlines. This is due to international traffic laws. The outplacement of the fleet of the seven Boeing 737 medium-range airplanes still on hand and the “in-placement” of the seven Airbus A320s forms part of the harmonization of the fleet of medium-range aircraft which is being continued.
• Organization: The organization of the entire flight operations is to be bundled in Tyrolean Airways. Austrian Airlines retains such key responsibilities as station management, the technical department, sales in Austria and abroad, as well as such management departments as network planning, personnel, finances and marketing. There will be no changes in ownership. “Tyrolean Airways Tiroler Luftfahrt GmbH” remains a 100% subsidiary of Austrian Airlines AG.
• Austrian Airlines retains its operation authorization, and remains the user of traffic rights. The flights will be performed under the OS flight numbers. However, they will be “operated by Tyrolean”. Austrian Airlines serves some 50 countries from Vienna. No further permits or licenses need to be secured in a large number of countries. This is due to the fact, amongst other reasons, because prevailing legal regulations, especially in the European Union, generally permit this. For countries outside Europe, the requisite approvals have been secured.
• Personnel: some 460 pilots and 1,500 flight attendants are changing their employer within the Group. They will be transferred from Austrian Airlines to Tyrolean Airways. 110 pilots and 214 flight attendants have, in the final analysis, left the company. As a whole, Austrian has 900 pilots and 2,000 flight attendants, including the Tyrolean employees. The employees will not experience any changes in working environments and remuneration. Tyrolean currently has a work force of about 1,500 employees, which will increase to 3,500 employees as a consequence of the operational transition. The Austrian Airlines Group employs approximately 6,700 people.
• Flight plan: to compensate for the departure of the pilots, a series of temporary measures were implemented for the summer flight plan:
• Retraining: The removal of 4 Boeing 737 airplanes from the fleet leaves 31 Boeing 737 pilots available. They have already been trained to fly Airbus A320 airplanes. The cessation of part-time work at Tyrolean has freed 36 Tyrolean co-pilots for other duties. These pilots, who were trained to fly Fokkers, have already been retrained to handle Airbus aircraft.
• Leasing of airplanes: Austrian Airlines will temporarily lease five airplanes from Lufthansa, Augsburg Airways, Contact Air und Welcome Air (wet leases). Lufthansa will provide a 139-seat Boeing 737-300 to fly the OS routes between Vienna and Düsseldorf and between Vienna and Rome in July and August. Lufthansa will assume responsibility for Vienna-Dubai-Vienna in July by flying a 241-seat Airbus 340-300. In a further move, the Salzburg-Frankfurt route, which has been served by Austrian acting under a commission from Lufthansa, will be operated by Lufthansa itself using a Boeing 737-300 for the first two weeks in July. Contact Air will fly a Fokker 100 seating 100 passengers to two of the four daily OS routes between Vienna-Zurich-Vienna and Vienna-Varna-Vienna. This aircraft would have originally been flown as a “wet lease” under a commission of Austrian’s associate SWISS. Augsburg Airways, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, will temporarily assume responsibility for one of the four flights serving the route between Vienna-Munich-Vienna and for two of the total of three flights on the Vienna-Stockholm-Vienna route during the period July 15 – August 31. 2012. Welcome Air will use a further a 31-seat Dornier 328 to carry out flights between Vienna and Klagenfurt, Salzburg and Prague, in addition to the existing four of the five flights between Linz und Vienna. Passengers will receive Austrian’s on-board services. Austrian will make use of the longer on-ground times by having Austrian Technik conduct maintenance work.
• Freelancers: Some of those pilots that have made use of the privileged termination of employment will be provided with work on a temporary and case-by-case basis.
The reorganization is based on the operational transition is a key component of the EUR 220 million restructuring program presented in January 2012. The objective of the program is the modernization of the structures of Austrian Airlines, so as to bring and sustainably keep Austria’s largest domestic airline in the profit zone.”
Bottom line: Austrian Airlines (under orders from parent Lufthansa) needed to reduce its cost structure and this dramatic move will probably accomplish this goal.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Sister-ship Boeing 777-2Z9 ER OE-LPC (msn 29313) is now being operated for Austrian Airlines by Tyrolean Airways.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Boeing 777-2Z9 OE-LPB (msn 28699) when it was with Lauda Air.
FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of TATEX, a leading French business-to-business express transportation company. This transaction represents the latest step in the company’s strategy to sustainably grow in Europe.
The addition of the TATEX business to the FedEx network will deliver an excellent extension to the service portfolio of both companies and will provide customers with more comprehensive international and domestic service options. The acquisition will give FedEx access to a nationwide domestic ground network which carries 19 million shipments and produces approximately EUR 150 million in revenues annually. In return, TATEX customers will gain direct access to the global FedEx network.
FedEx has been steadily broadening its European network and today’s announcement follows the recent acquisition of Opek, a Polish courier company with 1,200 employees and a network of 44 stations. In fiscal year 2012, FedEx opened 38 new stations across Europe, launched five Boeing 757-200 freighter flights on intra-European routes, and another Boeing 777F freighter (pictured) for long-haul routes—bringing the total number of Boeing 777Fs operating FedEx routes in and out of Europe to four.
FedEx entered the French market in 1985. Since then the company has been continuously expanding its range of international shipping services in the market and today employs over 3,000 team members in the country. In 2009, the company expanded its EMEA hub at Paris’ Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, making it the biggest FedEx Express hub outside the U.S.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The pictured brand new Boeing 777-FS2 N864FD (msn 37735) at Everett (Payne Field) joined the FedEx fleet on May 15, 2012.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth)’ unsecured creditors are giving AMR some space and time to work out their own reorganization plan. This time period will keep US Airways (Phoenix) away (for now) if the bankruptcy court grants this motion to AMR management.
The company has issued this short statement:
“AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, yesterday (June 29) announced that the Company and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (UCC) have agreed to jointly request that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York extend exclusivity for AMR to file its Plan of Reorganization to December 27, 2012.”
US Airways and the unions have not yet commented on this statement. Stay tuned.
Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will begin offering in-flight Internet service on its long-haul international fleet of more than 150 aircraft, which includes Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus A330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 aircraft in early 2013.
The expanded Wi-Fi service will use satellites to provide coverage internationally and will complement the existing air-to-ground service already provided by Gogo for aircraft flying within the domestic U.S.
Delta already operates the world’s largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet of aircraft with more than 3,000 flights daily, including its entire fleet of 550 domestic mainline aircraft. More than 800 Delta aircraft, including all Delta Connection two-class regional jets, are equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi service offering more than 400,000 customers per day access above 10,000 feet.
The international service will use high-bandwidth Ku-band capacity satellites to provide global coverage. When complete in 2015, Delta will operate approximately 1,000 Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft in its worldwide fleet.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.
Transaero Airlines (Moscow) today (June 27) launched nonstop Moscow (Vnukovo)-Rome (Fiumicino) service with Boeing 777-200s.
Initially Transaero’s flights UN 399/400 between Moscow and Rome will be operated five times a week (except Mondays and Tuesdays) under the following schedule.
Departures from Moscow at 9:15 am (0915), arrivals in Rome at 10:50 am (1050). Departures from Rome at 11:40 am (1140), arrivals in Moscow at 5:10 pm (1710). All times local.
From September 24, 2012, the service will be offered daily.
Eventually Boeing 737 aircraft with two-class configuration including Business and Economy classes of services will be operated on the Moscow – Rome route.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.
Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) will add Houston (Bush Intercontinental) and the Istanbul-Houston route starting on April 1, 2013. The new route will be operated four days a week with Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.
Air Canada (Montreal) stated yesterday (June 17) that it along with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have received the decision of the arbitrator, Mr. Michel Picher, in the final offer selection arbitration conducted in accordance with the process legislated by the federal government in the Protecting Air Service Act.
The arbitrator’s selection of Air Canada’s final offer concludes a new collective agreement with the IAMAW following negotiations and mediated talks that took place over a period of 14 months. The five-year collective agreement is in effect until March 31, 2016.
The new collective agreement maintains the current defined benefit pension plan for current employees, introduces a new IAM multi-employer pension plan for new employees hired after today’s date, contributes to the reduction of the pension deficit and, as required by the legislation, establishes a protocol for the sustainability of the pension plan taking into account any short term funding pressures on the company.
The airline will not have further comment as details of the new collective agreement are being communicated to its employees.
The IAMAW represents 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents employed by Air Canada.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Now only a memory.
Kenya Airways (Nairobi) is immediately dropping all services to Muscat (Oman) and Rome.
The carrier is increasing flights to London (Heathrow), going from daily service to 10 flights a week in July with 322-seat Boeing 777-200 ERs. Paris (CDG) will also increase to six weekly flights during the July-August peak period.
Kenya Airways is also planning to add Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Eldoret (Kenya), Abuja (Nigeria) and Beirut between July and October.
On the financial side, the flag carrier reported a 53 percent decline in its fiscal year net profit to $19.5 million for the year ending on March 31, 2012.
Read the full report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE
Air France calls on its unions to overhaul its European network, takes delivery of its 60th 777 passenger aircraft
Air France (Paris) today called on its unions to help it overhaul its loss-making short-haul European network. The survival of its short and medium haul routes depends on “drastic” cuts (20 percent) that the company has developed at its regional bases according to this report by Reuters.
Air France has also stated it will develop and expand the lower-cost Transavia Airlines (Amsterdam).
Air France is facing stiff competition in Europe by easyJet (UK) (London-Luton) and Ryanair (Dublin) which have lower labor costs.
Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE
In other news, on April 3 AF celebrated the delivery of its 60th Boeing 777 passenger jetliner. 777-328 ER F-GZNL (msn 40063) arrived in Paris on April 4.
Air France’s newest 777-300 ER seats 468 passengers in a three-class configuration. The brand-new cabin includes 14 business class lie-flat seat beds measuring over 78.74 inches (2 m) in length, plus an in-seat entertainment system with 15-inch (38 cm) wide screens in 16:9 format. It also features 32 “Alize” new premium economy fixed-shell seats offering 40 percent additional space compared with seats in economy class.
Air France, a member of Sky Team, will operate this 777-300 ER between Paris and the French Overseas Departments in the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean regions, including Fort de France, Pointe a Pitre and St-Denis de la Reunion.
By summer 2012, Air France will operate a total of 62 777 passenger jetliners and two 777 Freighters.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.
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Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (November 9) workers began assembling the 1,000th 777. The airplane is a Boeing 777-300 ER (extended range) model. It will be delivered to Emirates Airline (Dubai) in March 2012. Emirates is the largest 777 customer with 95 777s currently in its fleet; the 1,000th 777 will be its 102nd.Production began with loading of the 97-foot (29.5 meter) wing spar – the main support structure for the wing – into a giant tool that automatically drills, measures and installs more than 5,000 fasteners into the spar. The spar components are built in Auburn, Washington, by Boeing Fabrication employees.
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FedEx Express Boeing 777-FS2 N884FD (msn 37137) PAE (Nick Dean), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago) has again gone back to a 777 production rate of seven aircraft per month at the Everett plant.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional information.
FedEx Express Boeing 777-FS2 N884FD (msn 37137) PAE (Nick Dean) (new delivery), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) is celebrating the second anniversary of the Boeing 777 freighter in service.
The growing fleet of 777 freighters has flown approximately 120,000 hours and boasts a daily utilization rate of 11.34 hours. Fleet schedule reliability is at 99.37 percent, which means the freighter has a near-perfect record of on-time takeoff and landings. Eighty-three have been ordered, and 39 freighters now are in service with nine airlines.
FedEx Express is the largest 777 freighter operator with a fleet of 11 currently in operation, and another airplane just delivered. An additional 13 777 freighters remain in Boeing’s backlog for FedEx.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional information.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-3F2 ER TC-JJI (msn 40709) PAE (Nick Dean) (latest delivery), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) announced today it is increasing the production rate again for the Triple Seven. The increase will to go to 8.3 airframes per month by the first quarter of 2013.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional information.
Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing 777-212 ER V8-BLC (msn 28524) LHR (Antony J. Best), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan) will add the Melbourne, Australia route on March 29, 2010. The new route will be operated with Boeing 777-200s.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.
TNT Airways (Liege) will lease three new long-range Boeing 777F freighters from Guggenheim Aviation Partners. The new type is expected to enter service in July 2011.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. TNT Airways currently operates four Boeing 747-400F freighters.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-3F2 ER TC-JJE (msn 40707) PAE (Nick Dean) (new livery), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER direct from Boeing.
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.
United Airlines Boeing 777-222 ER N787UA (msn 26939) SEA (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
United Airlines (United Continental Holdings, Inc.) (Chicago) has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to begin daily nonstop service between the airline’s Los Angeles hub and Shanghai, starting on May 20, 2011. In addition, Continental Airlines applied for authority to place its CO code on the United-operated flights between the two cities.
The proposed flights from Los Angeles will depart at 1:33 p.m. (1333) and arrive at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 5:55 p.m. (1755) the next day. Service from Shanghai, beginning on May 21, 2011, will depart at 7:50 p.m. (1950) and arrive in Los Angeles at 4:47 p.m. (1647) the same day.
United intends to operate the service with three-cabin Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft, which offer customers service in United First ®, United Business ® and United Economy ®.
United currently serves Shanghai daily from Chicago (O’Hare) and San Francisco. Continental serves Shanghai daily from Newark.
Additionally, United Airlines is boosting service into Mexico City from its hubs in Chicago (O’Hare), Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco. United will launch a second daily flight from Los Angeles to Mexico City beginning on October 15, and a third daily beginning pn January 4, 2011. From Chicago, United’s current Saturday-only service to Mexico City will become twice-daily beginning November 4. From San Francisco, daily service to Mexico City becomes twice-daily on November 4. From Denver, United will offer once-daily service to Mexico City between December 16 and January 3, 2011. All flights will be operated with Airbus A319 and Airbus A320 aircraft.
From Washington Dulles, United currently offers daily service to Mexico City.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 777-222 ER N787UA (msn 26939) arrives from Tokyo (Narita) at Seattle/Tacoma.
American Airlines Boeing 777-223 N785AN (msn 30005) MIA (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has received U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approval to fly between Los Angeles and Shanghai, China.
The company issued the following statement:
“We are very pleased that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted us the authority and frequencies needed to begin new service between Los Angeles and Shanghai, the largest market for travel between the United States and China that is not presently served by a U.S. airline. These new flights will enrich American’s customer service offering to China and will expand American’s schedule at Los Angeles International Airport, one of its five cornerstone cities.
“We thank DOT officials for their expedited review of our request and we look forward to launching these new daily flights on April 5 using 247-seat Boeing 777 aircraft, which feature 16 First Class, 37 Business Class and 194 Economy Class seats.
“This has been a terrific week for the employees, customers, and shareholders of American Airlines. We have launched our new joint business with our immunized trans-Atlantic and oneworld partners, British Airways and Iberia. We have announced new service from New York Kennedy to Budapest, as well as a second Barcelona flight, plus new service from Chicago O’Hare to Helsinki and a second flight between Miami and Madrid. In addition, DOT has tentatively granted trans-Pacific antitrust immunity for American and its oneworld partner Japan Airlines.”
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 777-223 ER N785AN (msn 30005) taxies to the runway at Miami.
American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N794AN (msn 30256) LHR (Antony J. Best), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking authority to launch nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, beginning on April 5, 2011.
If successful, American will operate the daily nonstop service using 247-seat Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft, which feature 16 First Class, 37 Business Class and 194 Economy class seats.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 777-223 ER N794AN (msn 30256) climbs gracefully from Heathrow Airport near London.
United Continental Holdings, Inc. (Chicago), formerly UAL Corporation, announced today (October 1) that a wholly owned subsidiary has merged with Continental Airlines, Inc., and that Continental Airlines and United Air Lines, Inc. are now wholly owned subsidiaries of United Continental Holdings, Inc., creating a world-class global airline. Today, the common stock of United Continental Holdings, Inc. begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UAL.
United Continental Holdings, Inc. also announced the members of its board of directors, effective Oct. 1, 2010. The 16-member board includes six independent directors from each of United and Continental, Glenn Tilton, who will serve as non-executive chairman of the board, and Jeff Smisek, who will serve as president and chief executive officer. The independent directors are Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, Carolyn Corvi, W. James Farrell, Jane C. Garvey, Walter Isaacson, Henry L. Meyer III, Oscar Munoz, James J. O’Connor, Laurence E. Simmons, David J. Vitale, John H. Walker and Charles A. Yamarone. Additionally, the board has two union directors: Stephen R. Canale and Captain Wendy J. Morse.
With approximately $9 billion in unrestricted cash at closing, United expects the merger will deliver $1.0 billion to $1.2 billion in net annual synergies by 2013, including between $800 million and $900 million of incremental annual revenue, from expanded customer options resulting from the greater scope and scale of the network, fleet optimization and expanded service enabled by the broader network of the combined carrier. On a pro-forma basis, the combined company would have annual revenues of $31.4 billion, based on results for the 12 months ending June 30, 2010.
Continental and United, operating under United Continental Holdings, Inc., will immediately begin the work to fully integrate the two companies. In the near term, customers can expect to interact with each carrier as they always have. Customers flying on Continental will continue to check in at continental.com, or at Continental kiosks and ticket counters, and to be assisted by Continental employees, and customers flying on United will continue to check in at united.com or at United kiosks or ticket counters, and to be assisted by United employees. Customers will continue to earn and redeem frequent-flier miles through the respective loyalty programs of Continental and United until those programs are combined. The company expects that travelers will begin to see a more unified product in the spring of 2011, as the carriers integrate key customer service and marketing activities to deliver a more seamless product.
The new company’s corporate and operational headquarters will be in Chicago, with a significant presence in Houston, the company’s largest hub. As a result of the merger, Continental shareholders will receive 1.05 shares of United Continental Holdings, Inc. common stock for each share of Continental common stock previously held. UAL Corporation shareholders will now own approximately 55% of the equity of the holding company and former Continental shareholders will now own approximately 45%, including in-the-money convertible securities on an as-converted basis.
On its last day (September 30), Continental reached a tentative agreement with its Flight Attendants. The company announced yesterday it has reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) representing Continental flight attendants. The IAM is expected to hold a ratification vote in the coming weeks.
The agreement covers approximately 9,300 Continental flight attendants located throughout the United States.
FedEx Express Boeing 777-FS2 N851FD (msn 37722) PAE (Nick Dean), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
FedEx Express (Memphis) has ordered two more Boeing 777F freighters.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Departing in the early morning misty light at Everett (Paine Field) is new Boeing 777-FS2 N851FD (msn 37722).
PIA’s (Pakistan International Airlines) (Karachi) flight PK 782 with 273 passengers and crew on board operating from Toronto (Pearson) to Karachi diverted this morning to Stockholm (Arlanda) after a tip was received stating one of the passengers on board had a bomb. Boeing 777-240 LR AP-BGY (msn 33781) landed safely and so far no bomb has been discovered. One person is being held for questioning.
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Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. AP-BGY prepares to land at JFK International Airport in New York.
Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPJ (msn 36157) JFK (Ken Petersen), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) yesterday (September 21, 2010) signed an agreement with the Boeing Company to exercise purchase rights for six more 777-300 ER (Extended Range) aircraft. The additional six aircraft will swell the airline’s total order for the aircraft type to 36. Eighteen are already in operation with another 12 scheduled for delivery from 2011 to early 2013. The additional six newly purchased 777-300 ERs will be delivered in 2013 and 2014.
Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. This nice portrait shows 777-367 ER B-KPJ (msn 36157) on final approach at New York (JFK).
Air France Boeing 777-328 ER F-GSQD (msn 32726) SIN (Michael B. Ing), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Air France (Paris) will add Lima and Orlando from Paris (CDG) starting in June 2011 with Boeing 777-300 ERs.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-328 ER F-GSQD (msn 32726) prepares to land at Singapore.
British Airways Boeing 777-236 ER G-YMMI (msn 30310) YUL (Gilbert Hechema), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
British Airways (London) will launch nonstop London (Heathrow)-Tokyo (Haneda) service on February 19, 2011. The new route will be operated five times a week and will be flown with Boeing 777-200 ERs.
Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Boeing 777-236 ER G-YMMI (msn 30310) is pictured on final approach at Montreal (Trudeau).
Air China (Beijing) has ordered four Boeing 777-300 ERs for deliveries in 2013 and 2014.
Boeing confirmed the order on September 27.
V Australia Airlines Boeing 777-3ZG ER VH-VOZ (msn 35302) SYD (John Adlard), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Virgin Blue Holdings (Virgin Blue Airlines and V Australia) (Brisbane) has swung to the black again, reporting a fiscal year net profit of $18.8 million for the year ending on June 30.
Copyright Photo: John Adlard. V Australia’s sleek Boeing 777-3ZG ER VH-VOZ (msn 35302) arrives back at the Sydney base.
Philippines (Philippine Airlines) (Manila) fiscal first quarter (ending on June 30) net profit dipped to $31.6 million.
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. The first Boeing 777-36N ER RP-C7777 (msn 37709) climbs away from Everett (Paine Field).
American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N756AM (msn 30264) LAX (Michael B. Ing), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
American Airlines’ (Dallas/Fort Worth) unionized mechanics, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), have voted against ratifying a new contract, potentially setting up a future strike if a new contract cannot be agreed upon.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-223 ER N756AM (msn 30264) climbs away from Los Angeles.
China Southern Airlines Cargo Boeing 777-F1B B-2072 (msn 37310) PAE (Nick Dean), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) reported a first half profit of $30.5 million.
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-F1B B-2072 (msn 37310) climbs away from Everett (Paine Field).
Air Canada Boeing 777-333 ER C-FIVS (msn 35784) (Vancouver 2010) LHR (Antony J. Best), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Air Canada (Montreal) reported operating income of $75 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared to an operating loss of $113 million in the second quarter of 2009, an improvement of $188 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and aircraft rent (EBITDAR) of $333 million increased $198 million from the second quarter of 2009 (an increase of 147 per cent). These results were in line with the preliminary range of operating income of $60 million to $80 million, and EBITDAR of $320 million to $340 million, announced in Air Canada’s news release dated July 20, 2010.
Air Canada estimates that disruptions to its transatlantic flying schedule following the closure of European airspace in mid-April due to volcanic ash had a negative impact of approximately $20 million on its operating income in the second quarter.
Air Canada reported a net loss of C$203 million in the second quarter of 2010 which included a charge of C$54 million in interest expense relating to its secured term credit facility, and foreign exchange losses of C$156 million. This compared to net income of $155 million in the second quarter of 2009 which included gains on foreign exchange of C$355 million.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Now gone, Boeing 777-333 ER C-FIVS (msn 35784) arrives at London (Heathrow) in the Vancouver 2010 motif.
Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) is heading for a record year according to this Reuters report.
Cathay Pacific plans to order up to 30 Airbus A350-900s and it intends to exercise purchase rights to buy another six Boeing 777-300 ERs.
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Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 777-367 ER B-KPF (msn 36832) painted in the special Hong Kong livery visits Toronto (Pearson).
LAN Airlines Cargo (Chile) Boeing 777-F6N N772LA (msn 37708) AMS (Ton Jochems), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) reported net income of $60.6 million (US) for the second quarter compared to $4.2 million in the same period in 2009.
As previously reported, In July 2010, LAN signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purchase of 50 Airbus A320 family aircraft to be delivered between 2012 and 2016. The new aircraft will operate regional and domestic flights within Latin America.
LAN also signed an agreement in July with Boeing to adjust the delivery of 2 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft to 2012. This modification to LAN’s fleet plan will allow the company to receive a total of 5 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft in 2012. This is in addition to the anticipated delivery of 10 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner already announced in March 2010. As a result, LAN will be the first airline in the western hemisphere to take delivery of this new and modern aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. This beautiful composure showcases LAN Cargo’s Boeing 777-F6N N772LA (msn 37708) taxiing at Amsterdam.
JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 777-346 ER JA731J (msn 32431) (Sky Eco) LHR (Wingnut), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) has asked its pilots to take a 30 percent reduction in pay according to a report by Nikkei.
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Copyright Photo: Wingnut. Boeing 777-346 ER JA731J (msn 32431) in the Sky Eco motif visits London (Heathrow).
Air Austral Boeing 777-2Q8 ER F-OMAY (msn 29402) SYD (John Adlard), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Air Austral (Reunion) has announced an order for two Boeing 777-200 LR (Longer Range) Worldliners. The two airplanes were previously listed on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website as unidentified.
The 777-200LR is the only wide-body airplane that can fly nonstop from Reunion Island to Paris with a full payload from the short runway on the island of Mayotte. The carrier currently operates 777-200 ERs (Extended Range) on the route.
Air Austral has a current Boeing fleet of two 777-300 ERs, three 777-200 ERs and two 737s. In addition, Air Austral will receive two new 737-800s at the end of 2010, a third leased 777-300 ER early next year as well as these two new 777-200 LR in mid-2011 and 2012.
Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Boeing 777-2Q8 ER F-OMAY (msn 29402) at Sydney showcases the updated 2009 look.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-35R ER TC-JJA (msn 35160) JFK (Jay Selman), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) will launch nonstop service from Istanbul to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) four times a week beginning on March 3, 2011. The new route will be flown by Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Ex-Jet Airways Boeing 777-35R TC-JJA (msn 35160) approaches New York (JFK) after arriving from IST.
Qatar Airways Boeing 777-2DZ LR A7-BBC (msn 36015) IAD (Brian McDonough), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Qatar Airways (Doha) announced an order for two additional Boeing 777-200 LR (Longer Range) airliners. This order was previously accounted for on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website attributed to an unidentified customer.
Qatar Airways already operates six 777-200 LRs, 11 777-300 ERs and two 777F Freighters. Including today’s order, Qatar Airways has 10 777s in unfilled orders.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. This beautiful banking shot shows 777-2DZ LR A7-BBC (msn 36015) on its final approach at Washington (Dulles) after arriving nonstop from Doha.
United Airlines Boeing 777-222 N776UA (msn 26937) IAD (Brian McDonough), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
UAL Corporation (United Airlines) (Chiacgo) reported its first quarterly profit since 2007 with a second quarter net profit of $430 million, or $1.95 per diluted share, excluding non-cash, net mark-to-market hedge gains and certain accounting charges as outlined in note 4 of the attached statement of consolidated operations, an improvement of $751 million from second quarter 2009. The company reported a GAAP net profit of $273 million, or $1.29 per diluted share.
This profit beats Wall Street’s expectations.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. United’s Boeing 777-222 N776UA (msn 26937) climbs away from the Washington (Dulles) hub.
Emirates Airline Boeing 777-36N ER A6-ECO (msn 37706) YYZ (TMK Photography), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Emirates Airlines (Dubai) today officially announced an order for 30 additional Boeing 777-300 ERs (Extended Range) at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show. Eighteen of these were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 777-36N ER A6-ECO (msn 37706) is pictured at Toronto (Pearson).
Emirates Airline (Dubai) is expected to announce an order (via Boeing) for 20 additional Boeing 777s at the Farnborough Air Show according to this Reuters report.
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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-31H ER N5017V (msn 38984) departs from Everett (Paine Field) before it became A6-EGA.
Continental Airlines’ (Houston) 25th aircraft with new flat-bed BusinessFirst seats and additional upgraded amenities took to the skies this week.
The carrier’s flat-bed seats made their operational debut in November 2009 and are being installed on aircraft used on long-haul international routes. Currently the seats are being installed on Continental’s Boeing 777 and 757-200 fleets, with 11 777s and 14 757-200s completed. In addition, Continental will take delivery of two new Boeing 777 aircraft outfitted with the flat-bed seats by the end of July. The seats will also be installed on many of Continental’s Boeing 767-400 aircraft starting in 2011 and on the Boeing 787 fleet as the new aircraft are delivered to the company.
The BusinessFirst flat-bed seat reclines 180 degrees and provides 6 feet 6 inches of sleeping space in the fully extended position on the Boeing 777 (6 feet 4 inches on the Boeing 757-200). It is one of the widest business-class seats in the air, measuring up to 27 inches (25 inches on the 757-200). Laptop power, headset and USB plugs are conveniently tucked above the customer’s shoulder. iPod connectivity allows each customer to view their personal videos and enjoy their music while their iPod is charging. The new seats feature 15.4-inch video monitors for customers to enjoy on-demand movies, music and games.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. One of the two new Boeing 777-224 ERs is N77022 (msn 39777). This spectacular picture shows N77022 making a planned missed approach at Everett (Paine Field) on July 14. Both of the two new Triple Sevens will be in the Star Alliance color scheme.
The Federal Aviation (FAA) (Washington has ordered U.S. airlines to inspect or replace cockpit windows on more than 1,200 Boeing 757s, 767s and 777s to prevent possible cracking or fire due to loose wires in an electrical deicing system.
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British Airways (London) today (July 9) took delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-336 ER G-STBA (msn 40542) arrives back at Everett after a test flight.
American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N794AN (msn 30256) LHR (Antony J. Best), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will start the New York (JFK)-Tokyo (Haneda) route on January 20, 2011 with 247-seat Boeing 777-200 ERs.
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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 777-223 ER N794AN (msn 30256) climbs majestically at London (Heathrow).
Continental Airlines (Houston) today (July 6) announced plans to launch nonstop flights between the Newark Liberty hub and Cairo, Egypt, beginning on May 18, 2011, subject to government approval.
Cairo, the largest city in Africa and the Middle East, will be the 72nd international destination that Continental serves from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and the 30th city in Continental’s trans-Atlantic route network.
Continental will operate the approximately 5,600-mile flight with a Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft, seating 50 customers in BusinessFirst with flat-bed seats and 226 customers in economy class. Flying time eastbound will be approximately 10 hours, 25 minutes, and westbound will be approximately 12 hours, 10 minutes.
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Gone but not forgotten, Continental’s Boeing 777-224 ER N77014 (msn 29862) dressed in the Peter Max special NYC 2000 livery arrives at Frankfurt.
Transaero Airlines Boeing 777-222 EI-UNZ (msn 26925) DXB (Konstantin von Wedelstaedt), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Transaero Airlines (Moscow) is leasing a used Boeing 777-200 from ALAFCO for 96 months.
Copyright Photo: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt. Ex-United Boeing 777-222 EI-UNZ (msn 26925) arrives at Dubai.
Alitalia (Compagnie Aerea Italiana) (2nd) (Rome) today (July 5) joined the Air France-KLM Group (Paris and Amsterdam) and Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) as a member of the trans-Atlantic joint venture. Launched in April 2009, the multi-party agreement created a single, coordinated network for customers flying across the Atlantic, allowing the member airlines to share revenues and costs on their trans-Atlantic routes.
Through the four-way joint venture, passengers have convenient access to the world’s largest trans-Atlantic network, which offers almost 250 flights and approximately 55,000 seats each day, now including 20 daily trans-Atlantic flights to 5 U.S. destinations from Rome and Milan Malpensa airports. With Alitalia’s addition, the joint venture represents approximately 26 percent of total trans-Atlantic capacity, with annual revenues estimated at more than $10 billion USD.
Rome joins Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK and Paris-CDG as the core hubs of the joint venture, with additional trans-Atlantic service from Cincinnati, Milan Malpensa, Memphis and Salt Lake City. Wherever traffic rights permit, the airlines offer customers codeshare service between the United States and the European Union, and in many cases beyond, creating one network for seamless airline-to-airline connections between points in North America and the European Union.
The joint venture’s geographic scope includes all flights between North America and Europe, between Amsterdam and India and between North America and Tahiti.
Governance of the joint venture will be equally shared between Alitalia, the Air France-KLM Group and Delta. Alitalia representatives will immediately join the joint venture’s 11 working groups responsible for implementing and managing the agreement in the areas of network, revenue management, sales, product, frequent flyer, advertising/brand, cargo, operations, information technology, communications and finance. Alitalia also will be included in all joint venture initiatives, including joint sales contracts, which launched in January 2009.
Alitalia’s addition to the joint venture is effective April 1, 2010 as part of a long-term agreement effective until at least March 31, 2022.
Copyright Photo: Giorgio Ciarini. Boeing 777-243 ER I-DISU (msn 32858) climbs away from Milan (Malpensa).