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Delta files to fly from Orlando to Sao Paulo, Brazil


Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has filed for regulatory approval to offer new nonstop flights between Orlando, Florida, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, beginning December 19, 2015. Delta expects to serve the two cities with four (4) weekly flights. The airline’s strategic alliance with Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (Sao Paulo) extends the reach of this service to 20 interior Brazil destinations and provides seamless connections at Guarulhos International Airport.

The proposed service would be operated using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft, with 35 seats in Delta One, 32 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 143 seats in the Main Cabin.

Delta’s proposed schedule between Orlando (MCO) and Sao Paulo (GRU) is as follows:

Delta MCO-GRU Schedule

Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-332 ER N180DN (msn 25985) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta to add another feeder route to Seattle/Tacoma


Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues to add feeder spoke routes to its growing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub. The carrier will start Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet service from SEA to the Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) serving the Pasco, Washington area. The new daily route will start on November 1 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines‘ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N617QX (msn 10130) taxies to the runway at the SeaTac hub.

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Delta to launch New York JFK – Halifax service


Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will launch twice-daily (except Saturdays) Delta Connection service on the New York (JFK) – Halifax, Nova Scotia route starting on September 1. The new route will be operated with Bombardier CRJ700s per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo below: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Comair Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N641CA (msn 10122), now operated by SkyWest Airlines, arrives in Las Vegas.

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American, Delta and United CEOs respond to Etihad Airways counter claims

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Yesterday (May 15) the CEOs of American Airlines (Doug Parker), Delta Air Lines (Richard Anderson) and United Airlines (Jeff Smisek) made a rare public appearance together at the National Press Club in Washington.



The conference was perfectly timed for all three CEOs to individually and collectively respond to the recent pushback claims by Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates on the on-going sparring match between the “Gulf Big Three” and the “U.S. Big Three” over who is receiving any government financial assistance and whether this creates an unfair competition for either side.

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Delta’s Richard Anderson denied a counter charge by the Gulf carriers that they receive any government subsidies. Both Doug Parker and Jeff Smisek agreed.

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The Gulf carriers claim they do not get government subsidies. The U.S. Big Three claim they have direct evidence of government subsidies. United’s Jeff Smisek said they can compete against foreign airlines, but not the rich governments of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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All three U.S. carriers rejected the claim by Etihad Airways that the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process is a government subsidy.

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Not every U.S. carrier is criticizing. For example, JetBlue Airways is staying out of the fray. It has codeshare and business agreements with the Gulf Big Three and actually feeds traffic to the Gulf carriers at their respective U.S. gateways. In other words, jetBlue has decided to join rather than fight with the Gulf Big Three. However JetBlue does not have any long-range aircraft and does not compete on the same worldwide routes as the Gulf Big Three.

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American Airlines is in a bit of a tight spot since it and Qatar Airways are members of the Oneworld alliance. Despite this business partnership, American is also critical of the alleged unfair competition from the Gulf carriers.

Read the full account of the press conference by David Koenig of the Associated Press in the Boston Globe: CLICK HERE

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker refutes the “baseless” claims of the “Big Three” US airlines (American, Delta and United)

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker speaks about Open Skies and the airlines expansion plans in the United States during a press conference in Washington DC (PRNewsFoto/Qatar Airways)

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker speaks about Open Skies and the airlines expansion plans in the United States during a press conference in Washington DC (PRNewsFoto/Qatar Airways)

Qatar Airways (Doha) issued this statement on its CEO Akbar Al Baker’s Washington press conference:

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is Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive for Qatar Airways, held a landmark press conference in Washington D.C. today, adding the airline’s voice to the ongoing US Open Skies debate. During his visit, Mr. Al Baker also met with government officials and prepared for upcoming US launches to Los Angeles, Boston, and Atlanta.

Mr. Al Baker refuted the “baseless” claims of the “Big Three” US airlines (American, Delta & United), calling them “a transparent attempt to block new competition and limit consumer choice.”

“US Open Skies Agreements are about offering choice – the ability to fly with the airline you prefer, to regions which are under-served by US carriers,” said Mr. Al Baker. “The Big Three want to restrict choice. World travelers would suffer if they succeed.”

Speaking from the Hay-Adams Hotel, Mr. Al Baker used the forum to clarify Qatar Airways’ position, debunk accusations of subsidy and demonstrate the broad public benefits of the existing Open Skies Agreements.

Mr. Al Baker also noted that Open Skies Agreements go well beyond the interests of the Big Three. He cited numerous American companies and groups, which support Open Skies Agreements, including US airports, travel and trade groups, consumer groups and other US airlines.

“Qatar Airways offers important services to the United States and many American interests recognise our value. We serve markets in the Gulf region and Indian subcontinent that US carriers do not serve,” Mr. Al Baker added.

Qatar Airways passengers support local economies in the US. In 2014 alone, the airline brought 248,000 visitors to the United States and made a significant contribution of $900 million to US economies and employment, all thanks to Open Skies. Qatar Airways currently operates over $19 billion worth of direct-purchase Boeing aircraft with future deliveries of another $50 billion to come.

Mr. Al Baker concluded, “The Big Three do not compete with us on a single nonstop route. The beneficial exchange of culture and commerce made possible by the US-Qatar Open Skies Agreement must not be blocked by the Big Three merely because we have chosen to serve markets that they have ignored.”


Republic Airways Holdings reports first quarter net income of $6.4 million

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Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Republic Airlines 2nd and Shuttle America) (Indianapolis) reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2015.

Republic’s pre-tax income for the first quarter of 2015 was $11.2 million, compared to $22.8 million for the prior year’s first quarter. Republic’s net income for the first quarter of 2015 was $6.4 million, or $0.13 per diluted share. The Company incurred approximately $8.0 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for charges related to fleet transition expenses and employee severance costs, which are included in other operating expense.

The first quarter of 2015 results also were negatively affected by a reduction in operational reliability. Republic’s operating performance, as measured in block hours, departures and available seat miles was approximately 4 percent lower than planned.

Since March 31, 2014, the Company added 23 E-Jet aircraft and removed 25 ERJ aircraft.

The Company took delivery of the final six E-Jet aircraft for its American Airlines E-Jet agreement, which now totals 47 aircraft. The Company expects to take delivery of 15 additional new E-Jet aircraft in the second half of 2015, which it will operate under its United E-Jet agreement. As of March 31, 2015, the Company operated 41 aircraft with 44-50 seats and 201 aircraft with 69-99 seats under its fixed-fee code-share and charter agreements.

During the first quarter of 2015, Delta Air Lines exercised its right to extend 24 aircraft under the Shuttle America ERJ code-share agreement from May 2016 to May 2021. The Company currently operates 41 aircraft under the agreement with Delta, of which 17 can be removed by Delta with 90 days prior written notice.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Shuttle America will continue to operate for Delta as a Delta Connection carrier until at least May 2021. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N213JQ (msn 17000265) completes its final approach to the runway at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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Combined Route Map:

Republic-Shuttle America 5.2015 Route Map

Delta to start Seattle/Tacoma – Orlando nonstop flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues to add more nonstop routes from its building Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) hub in competition with its codeshare partner Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma). Delta will commence nonstop SeaTac – Orlando Boeing 737-800 flights starting on December 19. Alaska already operates on the route.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-832 N372DA (msn 29620) arrives in Las Vegas.

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