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Colorful Guizhou Airlines orders seven Embraer 190s

Colorful Guizhou ERJ 190-100 (15)(Flt)(Embraer)(LRW)

Embraer S.A. announced today at the 51st International Paris Air Show that it has concluded an agreement for 17 E190s with Colorful Guizhou Airlines, the first locally-owned airline in China’s Guizhou Province. The contract is for seven firm orders, which will be included in Embraer’s 2015 second-quarter backlog, and ten options and has an estimated value of USD 834 million at current list price if all options are exercised. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2015.

Colorful Guizhou Airlines is Embraer’s fifth E-Jet customer in China and the first in the southwest of the country.

Colorful Guizhou Airlines plans to inaugurate service this year. Established by the Guizhou Industrial Investment (Group) Co., LTD, it will target operating to cities in Guizhou and neighboring provinces. Its entrance marks the end of the absence of a locally-owned airline in Guizhou and the start of improvements to regional aviation in western China.

About Colorful Guizhou Airlines

With 1 billion RMB in registered capital, Colorful Guizhou Airlines is the first locally-owned airline in Guizhou Province. It is positioned as a “combination of regional airline and low cost trunk carrier” providing its customers with safe, punctual, comfortable and convenient air service. Its formation will help to promote local tourism and related industries, and further accelerate the development of the local economy.

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Air Canada establishes three financial targets for 2015, will replace 20 Embraer 190s

Air Canada (Montreal) issued this statement:

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As part of a comprehensive strategic plan update to the investment community, Air Canada will establish three new financial targets at its 2015 Investor Day to be held today in Toronto from 09:00 to 12:00 EST.

Building on the success of its business plan, from 2015 until 2018, Air Canada is targeting an annual EBITDAR(1) margin (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and impairment, and aircraft rent, as a percentage of operating revenue) of 15 to 18 percent and a year-over-year return on invested capital (ROIC) (1) of 13 to 16 percent during that period and, by 2018, a leverage ratio(1) of 2.2 (measured by adjusted net debt over normalized EBITDAR).

“We have continued to make significant progress in the execution of our business plan since we first provided the investment community with our financial targets in June 2013,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada. The implementation of our fleet initiatives, capital programs, liquidity targets and debt levels remain on target and we’re delivering on a permanently lower cost structure while profitably growing our business, especially our international routes.

“With our growth, we have successfully expanded margins, increased adjusted net income and improved our return on invested capital, thereby creating substantial value for shareholders. We’ve strengthened our balance sheet, reduced the cost of debt and most significantly achieved all of our objectives in restructuring our pension plans. Now that our pension plans are healthy and in a surplus position, by opting out of the special Air Canada 2014 pension regulations, we expect to free up approximately $1.1 billion in previously allocated deficit funding contributions over the next six years which may now be redeployed to further improve our competitive position and create incremental value.

“In 2013, we set out to achieve some very specific targets relating to our costs per available seat mile (CASM) and ROIC, amongst others. Building on our successful execution against these targets, we are raising the bar with more ambitious objectives and are confident that our new financial targets will be attained. We will continue our singular focus on the four priorities that have brought us this far – namely, reducing costs and enhancing revenues, profitably growing by leveraging our international network and partnerships, engaging our customers and culture change. Our new targets are significantly higher than those we set out in 2013 and reflect our confidence that we are pursuing the right strategic plan to deliver sustained profitability and value for our shareholders over the long term and that we are executing on it successfully,” said Mr. Rovinescu.

At its June 2013 Investor Day, Air Canada had projected that a number of key initiatives, including the roll-out of Air Canada rouge® and the introduction of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, taken together, would drive an estimated 15 percent reduction in CASM by 2018 when compared to 2012.

Since its June 2013 Investor Day, the airline added and announced a number of new cost reduction initiatives, including:

the reconfiguration of Boeing 777 aircraft;

the replacement of 20 Embraer 190 aircraft with five larger Airbus narrow-body and five Boeing 767 aircraft;

an amended and extended capacity purchase agreement with Jazz;

the introduction of an additional two high-density Boeing 777 aircraft; and

the selection of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (below) to replace the Airbus narrow-body aircraft in its fleet.

 

Air Canada 737-8 and 737-9 MAX

Air Canada 737-8 and 737-9 MAX

Air Canada is on track to exceed the 2013 Investor Day Targets and, taking the added initiatives into account, now estimates that it should realize CASM savings (excluding the impact of foreign exchange and fuel prices) of 21 percent by the end of 2018 when compared to 2012.

In addition, at the end of the first quarter of 2015, unrestricted liquidity was at $3.123 billion (compared to a minimum target of $1.7 billion), ROIC was at 15.2 percent (compared to a target of 10-13 percent) and the airline’s leverage ratio, as measured by adjusted net debt over normalized EBITDAR, was at 2.6 (compared to a target ceiling of 3.5).

The outlook provided in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, are based on a number of assumptions and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Please see section below entitled “Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information”.

Attendance at Air Canada’s 2015 Investor Day is by invitation only. A live, listen-only audio webcast of the event along with accompanying presentation slides will be available through a link on Air Canada’s website at http://www.aircanada.com (Investors section).

Major Assumptions

Assumptions were made by Air Canada in preparing and making forward-looking statements. As part of its assumptions, during the 2015 to 2018 period, Air Canada assumes annual Canadian GDP growth of 2.0 to 2.4 percent, annual Canadian Consumer Price Index (CPI) growth of 2.1 percent, and an average annual wage rate increase of 2.0 percent. Air Canada also assumes that the Canadian dollar will trade, on average, at C$1.22 to C$1.23 per U.S. dollar and that the price of jet fuel will average 70 cents to 81.5 cents, as set out in the table below for each year during the 2015 to 2018 period.

Top Copyright photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. 20 Embraer 190 aircraft will replaced according to the plan. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW C-FMZW (msn 19000124) taxies away from the gate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Finnair is facing a possible strike next week (now withdrawn)

Finnair (Helsinki) is facing a possible strike by the Finnish Aviation Union for next week that will possibly affect Finnair and other airlines operating to Finland. The airline has issued this statement:

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The Finnish Aviation Union has issued a strike warning for May 19-20, 2015, and the possible strike would impact also Finnair and its subcontractors. The strike is in connection to a dispute related to a collective labor agreement applied to a Finnish ground handling company. Finnair is not a party to the dispute in any way. The strike would also impact other airlines operating to and from Finland.

Even though the dispute is not related to Finnair, the strike would, if implemented, have significant impacts on Finnair flights, as it would bring Finnair’s baggage and ground handling services to a complete halt for several hours during peak travel hours on May 19-20. The strike would thus disrupt the travel plans of thousands of Finnair customers. Finnair has already offered customers the possibility to change their travel dates to avoid traveling on the possible strike days.

If the strike threat is not withdrawn, Finnair is forced to cancel many of its flights on May 19-20, to avoid a situation where thousands of customers would be stranded at Helsinki Airport when their connecting flights cannot be operated. Some cancellations will also have to be made on May 18 and May 21.

First cancellations will be made for certain flights for Monday, May 18, and Finnair will inform customers of these cancellations on Sunday, May 17.

Update May 16: From Finnair:

Finnish Aviation Union has withdrawn the threat of a support strike, which would have had significant impacts on Finnair and its subcontractors among others, and the parties to the dispute have reached an agreement.

Copyright Photo below: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKI (msn 19000117) taxies to the gate at the Helsinki hub.

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JetBlue and Amazon team up to offer Amazon Prime customers access to inflight movies

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Amazon (Seattle) today issued this joint statement:

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Amazan and JetBlue announced that they will bring unlimited, on-demand entertainment to airline travel later this year through JetBlue’s free high-speed Fly-Fi broadband internet, the industry’s fastest complimentary inflight Internet service, to create an unmatched entertainment experience in the sky.

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The collaboration will enable Fly-Fi for Amazon Prime members to instantly access tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including exclusive Amazon Original Series such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and Bosch, at no additional cost to their membership. In addition, all JetBlue customers will be able to rent or purchase hundreds of thousands of titles in the Amazon Instant Video store, including new release movies and day-after TV programming, over the free broadband internet.

Fly-Fi uses satellite technology to give customers Internet speeds that feel like what they have at home or work. Amazon and JetBlue worked together to ensure that the inflight entertainment system met the premium experience expected by customers when streaming movies and TV episodes from Amazon. Access to Amazon’s entertainment library will be built into the JetBlue Fly-Fi Hub, giving customers instant access to watch titles from Amazon on their laptops, Fire devices, iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets—no pre-flight download needed. JetBlue’s free Fly-Fi broadband Internet will be available on all JetBlue’s Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft this year, and on JetBlue’s Embraer E190 aircraft in 2016.

“Just like at home, customers will be able to access movies and TV shows from Amazon from 35,000 feet in the sky over our super fast and free Fly-Fi,” said Jamie Perry, Vice President, Brand and Product Development, JetBlue. “Amazon’s customer focus aligns perfectly with the experience we have created for our customers, including the best inflight entertainment, free unlimited snacks and beverages, lots of personal space with the most legroom in coach and wide, comfortable seating. By teaming up with a category-leader like Amazon, we created a unique model where we can offer complimentary broadband Internet access.”

Prime members will be able to instantly stream binge-worthy Amazon Original Series, including the Golden-Globe award-winning series Transparent, the hour-long police drama Bosch, and the Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola comedy, Mozart in the Jungle, in addition to original kids series such as the Emmy and Annie award winning series, Tumble Leaf and the Emmy nominated live-action series, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. They can also enjoy top network series available on Prime Instant Video such as The Americans, Downton Abbey, Justified, The Good Wife, Grimm, Mr. Selfridge Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, Suits, Veronica Mars and Vikings.

On top of unlimited instant access to movies and TV episodes, Amazon Prime members will be able to access and listen to more than one million songs available on Prime Music. All JetBlue customers will be able to purchase and download songs from the Amazon Music store, eBooks from the Kindle store, and apps and games from the Amazon Appstore and earn TrueBlue points when they shop specific categories on Amazon over the free Fly-Fi broadband internet while inflight or through JetBlue promotions.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N258JB (msn 19000047) in the Tartan scheme turns on its final river approach to Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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Air Moldova to relaunch Chisinau – Madrid flights

Air Moldova (Chisinau) expands its route network by relaunching the new nonstop flights on the  Chisinau-Madrid-Chisinau route, starting on April 9, 2015.

The restored route will be operated once per week, on Thursdays, by Embraer-190 aircraft according to the following schedule:

Departure from Chisinau – 19:40 (local time)
Arrival to Madrid – 22:45 (local time)
Departure from Madrid – 00:40 (local time)
Arrival to Chisinau – 05:20 (local time)

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Finnair to open up routes to Umeå, Luleå, Norrköping and Visby in Sweden

Finnair (Helsinki) opens new routes to Sweden, and will fly daily to Luleå and Umeå on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia during the summer season 2015 connecting these growing centers to Finnair’s wide network of destinations in Asia, Europe and North America with daily frequencies.

Located by the Baltic Sea, Umeå is the largest city in northern Sweden, with a growing population and vibrant cultural life. Also by the Baltic Sea, Luleå is one of Sweden’s northernmost cities, with a long history in steel manufacturing and technical know-how.

Finnair is also taking over routes previously marketed by Flybe Finland from Helsinki to Visby on Gotland Island and to Norrköping in central Sweden.

Visby is known for its well-preserved medieval city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its beautiful scenery and historical attractions make it an ideal summer holiday destination. Norrköping is a lively city in central Sweden, and the host of Sweden’s largest music festival. Finnair flies to Norrköping daily, and to Visby three times per week during the summer season.

Finnair also operates several daily frequencies to Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKK (msn 19000127) approaches the runway at Zurich.

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JetBlue Airways to fly to Nantucket from Washington, D.C.

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced it will launch new seasonal Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Nantucket, Massachusetts (ACK) service this summer. The new nonstop route will be launched on June 19, 2015, and will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 6, 2015. Additional flights will be added for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Nantucket marks the 12th nonstop destination from Reagan National, where JetBlue has steadily increased its presence since it started serving the close-in Washington airport in 2010.

Flights will be operated on JetBlue’s 100-seat Embraer E190. It is the largest aircraft to serve Nantucket Memorial Airport.

JetBlue operates 30 daily flights at Reagan National Airport, making it the airline’s sixth largest city. JetBlue also serves the National Capital Region with flights from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N353JB (msn 19000576) completes the final river approach into Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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