In the first two months of 2013, Avianca and TACA recorded a 9.7% increase in passenger numbers compared to the same period of 2012.
During 2012, AviancaTaca Holding SA reported net income of COP $351,684 million ($192.1 million), up 73.9% from net income obtained in 2011.
In February 2013, attached to the Holding airlines transported nearly two million passengers.
In the first two months of the year, airlines mobilized attached to 3,982 .201 AviancaTaca Holding passengers, registering an increase of 9.7% from January to February 2012.
Only in the month of February, Avianca, TACA and its subsidiaries 1,866 .367 mobilized passengers, 6.8% above the passengers carried in February 2012. The capacity, measured in ASKs (available seats per kilometer flown) increased 1.6%, while passenger traffic measured in RPKs (paying passengers per kilometer flown) grew 5.5%. The load factor for the month reached 80.7%.
Domestic markets of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador
During January and February 2013, the number of passengers moved in markets within Colombia, Peru and Ecuador amounted to 2,278 .645, 11.4% more than in 2012. The capacity (ASKs) in these markets increased by 15.1%, while passenger traffic (RPKs) increased 14.1%. Consequently, the load factor stood at 79.5%.
In February, the carriers assigned to the Holding transported within these markets a total of 1,089 .289 travelers, up 7.9% from February 2012. The capacity (ASKs) in these markets increased 13.6%, while passenger traffic (RPKs) increased 11.1%. As a result, the load factor stood at 78.8%.
During January and February 2013, the number of passengers on international routes mobilized amounted to 1,703 .556, 7.4% higher than the figure recorded in the same period of 2012. The capacity (ASKs) rose 1.9% and passenger traffic (RPKs) increased by 6.7%. As a result, the load factor reached 82.9%.
In February, Avianca, TACA and its subsidiaries carried 777,078 passengers on international routes to an increase of 5.4% over the same period of 2012. Product of a reorganization of the operation, capacity (ASKs) decreased 1.2% while passenger traffic (RPKs) increased by 4.1%. The load factor stood at 81.2%.
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. The TACA fleet will start to be repainted in the Avianca brand in the second quarter. TACA’s Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N984TA (msn 19000273) arrives at Miami International Airport.
Air Canada (Montreal) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a commercial cooperation agreement that will enhance travel services between the United Arab Emirates and Canada.
While the two carriers currently have interline agreements in place for passenger and cargo services, Etihad Airways and Air Canada intend to offer customers through-checked bags, reciprocal codeshare services and frequent flyer benefits.
The MoU provides for reciprocal codeshare services to Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub and select points in North America served by Air Canada via its Toronto hub. The two parties have commenced discussions to finalize details with the objective of introducing codeshare services in the third quarter of 2013.
The agreement will also allow frequent flyer mileage accrual on codeshare flights by members of Etihad Guest and Aeroplan programs and reciprocal premium lounge access at Toronto and Abu Dhabi airports for eligible passengers of both airlines.
This announcement follows the recent decision by the Governments of the UAE and Canada to restore the previous visa regime which means Canadian nationals can once again obtain a free visa on arrival in the UAE.
The UAE is Canada’s largest merchandise export market in the Middle East region and more than 40,000 Canadians reside in the UAE. Furthermore approximately 150 Canadian companies are based in the UAE.
Subject to regulatory approval, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on Air Canada flights between Toronto and select North American points.
In return, Air Canada will place its AC code on Etihad Airways’ non-stop services between Toronto and Abu Dhabi, as well as Etihad Airways’ flights between London Heathrow and Abu Dhabi.
Etihad Airways and Air Canada will also work together to enhance cargo services into and out of Abu Dhabi and Toronto, and beyond on each other’s networks.
Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 nIGW C-FHJU (msn 19000044) arrives at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 777-3FX ER A6-ETK (msn 39686) takes off from London (Heathrow).
FlyNonstop (Kristiansand, Norway) this week received its first Embraer 190 at a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The aircraft, leased from a third party, will be used to launch nonstop routes between Kristiansand and key cities in Southern and Central Europe.
The E190 is configured with 100 Elite seats in single class configuration.
The airline will commence operations between Kristiansand on April 25 and major European cities, including Barcelona, Berlin, Dubrovnik, London City Airport, Nice, Palma de Mallorca and Parma.
Copyright Photo: Embraer. The pictured Embraer ERJ 190-100LR PT-TJU became PH-FNS (msn 19000616) on delivery and is named “Elias”. The airliner was leased starting on April 16.
Flybe (Exter) today made a major announcement for a two-year plan to return the airline to profitability. The reorganization may lead to a loss of 300 jobs. Here is the full announcement:
- As part of this announcement Flybe confirmed:
- Medium term operational profit targets for the Group.
- A revised strategy to focus on two key sectors of the market – its UK scheduled services business, and the growing European contract flying market.
- Confirmation that there would be no change to its current route network, and that consumers will still enjoy the same choice of routes and airports.
- A cost reduction plan for its UK business and associated support activities which targets cost reductions both internally and externally.
- As part of the proposed cost reduction plan for the UK business, it is expected c300 roles will be made redundant.
- The total annualised benefit of the cost reduction plan will reach £35m.
- A review of the potential outsourcing of various support functions.
- The establishment of a new Flybe Outsourcing Solutions business bringing together its contract flying, maintenance and training divisions across Europe into one customer offering.
A summary of the announcement is provided at the end of this release.
Effect on UK employed Staff
As a result of the cost reduction plan announced today, Flybe UK has commenced the consultation process which may lead to circa 300 proposed redundancies. This would equate to approximately 10% of its current UK based employees.
It is expected that the majority of the proposed redundancies will, following consultation, come from Flybe’s Exeter HQ, Manchester and Newcastle.
Commenting on the plan, Flybe’s Chief Executive Jim French said: “Today’s restructuring plan for the airline has clear, two year profit targets which we believe are deliverable and realistic. A new, slimline business model for UK scheduled services underpins a turnaround which I expect will deliver a £3.00 per seat profit target in the medium term. Today’s announcement of a turnaround strategy for the UK business is a clear indication that Flybe has a plan not only to address the challenges we face, but also one to exploit the opportunities available, particularly in Europe.
“It is a matter of great regret that many valued and hard-working colleagues may leave the organisation and it was a decision I and the Board have not taken lightly ; it’s one we have tried to avoid and it is the first time in almost 30 years of business that we have had to take such action. However, faced with the brutal impact of a 160% rise in Air Passenger Duty (APD) over the past six years and the consequent 20% decline in domestic traffic over the same period, we have to recalibrate the business. There is no escape from the £68M per annum APD tax burden which Flybe has to pay as a result of increases successive governments have levied on the industry. Flybe now pays more than 18% of our ticket revenues to the government in APD, whilst other UK based carriers who operate a greater proportion of their business outside of the UK pay less than 6%.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) G-FBEL (msn 19000184) arrives at Geneva.
Route Map (routes from Southampton):
Air Canada (Montreal) is planning to eliminate the nonstop Vancouver-San Diego route on May 1 per Airline Route. The route is currently operated with Embraer 190 equipment.
Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW C-FGMF (msn 19000019) arrives back at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Air Canada. Air Canada Trivia: On January 14, 2006, a retired Boeing 737-200 took on a new life as an artificial reef when it was sunk 20 meters (60 feet) deep near Chemainus on Vancouver Island. The airframe was donated to the Artificial Reef Society of B.C. by Qwest Airparts Limited (Memphis) and documented for a Discovery Channel series titled Mega Builders. Over 1,000 volunteer hours went into the project, aimed at homing dozens of species of sea life and attracting diving enthusiasts. The 737-275 was originally delivered to Pacific Western Airlines as C-GBPW (msn 20958) on January 13, 1975 and was also occasionally leased to America West Airlines as N128AW. The airframe would migrate to Canadian Airlines and Air Canada with the mergers, retaining its C-GBPW registration.
Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is planning to eliminate the short Colorado Springs-Denver route on March 2 according to Airline Route. The feeder route is operated by Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 190-100s.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N176HQ (msn 19000461) with Scooter, the Mountain Goat, on the tail, arrives at Washington (Reagan National).
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Indianapolis) and Caesars Entertainment Corporation (Las Vegas) has signed a three-year contract under which Republic’s Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis) subsidiary will operate five Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft to provide more than 1,500 flights annually for Caesars’ customers throughout the United States.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N173HQ (msn 19000206) arrives at Los Angeles.
Embraer on October 10 reached a significant milestone, with the delivery of its 900th E-Jet, an ERJ 190-100 IGW to Kenya Airways (Nairobi) in a ceremony held at the company’s headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
Today, E-Jets are in service with more than 60 airlines from 40 countries with four different types of business models – mainline, low-cost carriers, regional application and most recently, with scheduled tour operator. The aircraft routinely fly long sectors over water and operate at some of the world’s most challenging airfields, like London City airport (LCY). The family also offers onboard entertainment systems, live satellite TV and radio, in seat power ports and Wi-Fi connectivity to the passengers.
Copyright Photo: Embraer.
Jetairfly (Jetairfly.com) (TUI Airlines Belgium) (subsidiary of TUI Travel PLC) (Brussels) will lease two Embraer ERJ 190 jets under an agreement with BOC Aviation (Singapore), an aircraft leasing company. The two ERJ 190s will be delivered in the first half of 2013.
Jetairfly’s ERJ 190s will be configured with 112 slim line seats in a single-class layout. The E-Jets will allow the airline to provide capacity more economically on lower-demand routes that are currently served by larger narrow-body equipment. The ERJ 190s are also intended to be deployed in winter markets where seasonal demand is better satisfied with 100-seat aircraft.
Jetairfly.com is a brand name of N.V. Jetair. Jetair is the Belgian branch of TUI Travel.
AviancaTaca Holding (Avianca Colombia and Taca Airlines) (Bogota) reported second quarter 2012 operating revenue of $1.0 billion, a 12.9% increase compared to the same period in 2011. This result is mainly due to a 12.9% increase in pax revenue fueled by an 11.6% increase in passenger traffic compared to the second quarter in 2011.
Capacity, measured in ASK (Available Seats per Kilometer), increased 9.6% in the second quarter of 2012 as a result of the ongoing growth and consolidation strategy of the 4 hubs (Bogota, Lima, San Salvador and San Jose, Costa Rica). During the second quarter the Company opened 5 new routes and added 19 flights to existing routes.
Load factor for the second quarter of 2012 remained unchanged at 77.7% compared to the same period last year.
Operating income in the second quarter of 2012 increased to $22.5 million, boosting operating income for the semester 19.3% compared to the year-earlier period to $70.7 million.
Net profit in the second quarter of 2012 increased 334.3% versus the same period in 2011 to $4.9 million, increasing net profit for the quarter to $40.1 million.
On June 21, 2012, Avianca and Taca Airlines officially joined the Star Alliance.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N936TA (msn 19000215) lands at Miami.
Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) today announced new nonstop service between its Denver, Colorado (DEN), hub and Minot, North Dakota (MOT), with four weekly nonstop flights beginning on November 5, 2012.
Following is the schedule for Frontier’s Minot service:
Denver-MOT (beginning Nov. 5, 2012)
|DEN-MOT||11:25 a.m.||2:05 p.m.||Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun||E190|
|MOT-DEN||2:35 p.m.||3:35 p.m.||Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun||E190|
This new service will operate on 99-seat Embraer ER 190 aircraft operated by Republic Airlines (2nd).
In other news, the airline announced its new nonstop service between Fargo, North Dakota (FAR) and Denver, Colorado (DEN) will be starting service a week earlier than originally announced last week. Nonstop service between Denver and Fargo with three weekly nonstop flights will now begin on November 9, 2012.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N161HL (msn 19000154) with Clover, the Fawn, arrives at Washington (Reagan National).
Alitalia (2nd) is planning to resume Rome (Fiumicino)-Zurich service on October 29 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Lucio Alfieri. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR EI-RNB prepares to taxi from the gate at Bologna.
Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will drop Wichita and the Wichita-Denver route on November 15 due to underperforming results. The route is operated by Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis).
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Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N163HQ (msn 19000255) with a Red Fox image on the tail arrives at Washington (Reagan National).
Avianca (Colombia) (Bogota) and TACA Airlines (San Salvador) yesterday (June 21) announced their official entry into the Star Alliance. The airline network is the world´s largest in terms of daily flights, route network, service excellence and number of airline members.
After two years of work in the approval process and with the adoption of the highest standards of operation and service, Avianca and TACA Airlines now offer passengers the opportunity to access this global network, which brings together 28 internationally renowned airlines. It operates more than 4,200 latest generation aircraft, servicing 21,500 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.
Star Alliance, with 15 years of experience (since 1997) is recognized as the first truly global airline alliance. Consistent with its goal of offering customers worldwide the largest number of destinations and a great travel experience, it now offers exclusive services and assistance to frequent flyers in 990 airport lounges on all five continents. It has the support of nearly half a million employees in America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
The Alliance transports an average of 650 million passengers per year and has sales revenues of USD 160bn.
The combined Star Alliance network will provide Avianca and TACA Airlines an opportunity to strengthen their presence in Latin America and the Caribbean in general. Passengers of the global network can quickly and seamlessly fly to over 50 destinations in the region through Avianca and TACA Airlines Hubs in Bogota (Colombia), San Salvador (El Salvador), Lima (Peru) and San Jose (Costa Rica).
Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.
US Airways Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N966UW (msn 19000206) CLT (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
The National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil-ANAC) (Brasilia) has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) that will affect the operators of the Embraer ERJ 190.
According to this report by Bloomberg, the ERJ 190 will need more frequent fuselage inspections after tests turned up cracks that may indicate a structural flaw, according to ANAC.
Cracks were found after metal-fatigue checks in unspecified “structural components” could compromise the airframes’ integrity. ANAC has set a 90-day period starting on June 16 for all operators to comply with the new procedures.
Read the full report from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for aircraft details.
Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) announced new seasonal nonstop service between Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, Fla., the airline’s 15th nonstop destination from Kansas City.
Frontier will offer a once-weekly roundtrip flight beginning on December 18, 2010, and will increase service to two weekly roundtrip flights in February.
Republic Airlines (2nd) will operate a 99-seat Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft on this new route for Frontier.
Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N174HQ (msn 19000211) approaches Long Beach for landing.
Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis) announced today it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Embraer to acquire 24 new Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft with the option to convert any of the aircraft in the order to the larger Embraer 195 model. The LOI is subject to final documentation, including final commercial terms.
Under the agreement, deliveries would begin in mid 2011, with the first six aircraft arriving by the end of the year. The aircraft would be configured in a single-class arrangement and include stretch seating, a key on-board amenity offered in Republic’s branded operation. The Embraer 190 would offer 99 seats, while the E195 would be configured with 116 if Republic chose to convert any of the orders.
ALC (Air Lease Corporation) (Los Angeles), a newly formed aircraft leasing company led by Steven Udvar-Hazy, signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 15 Embraer ERJ 190 jets at the Farnborough International Air Show. Five of the 15 orders are re-confirmable, and the deal also includes five options, representing a potential sale of 20 aircraft.
TRIP Linhas Aereas Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) PP-PJD (msn 17000017) SDU (AirSpeed), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
TRIP Linhas Aéreas (Sao Paulo-Viracopos) announced the closing of a contract for the acquisition of two 106-seat Embraer ERJ 190 jets at the 47th Farnborough International Air Show for delivery in the second quarter of 2011.
TRIP currently operates six 86-seat Embraer ERJ 175 jets.
Copyright Photo: AirSpeed. One of the current TRIP Linhas Aereas Embraer ERJ 170-200LRs (ERJ 175) is this PP-PJD (msn 17000017) preparing for takeoff at Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont).
Flybe (Flybe.com) (Exeter) is the first airline from the United Kingdom to be able to fly in the new ash cloud standards approved by the CAA.
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Copyright Photo: Flybe’s Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) G-FBEB (msn 19000057) taxies at a snow-covered Salzburg.
Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) yesterday (May 14) launched new nonstop service between the carrier’s Denver hub and Fairbanks (FAI); Grand Rapids (GRR) and Long Beach (LGB). The carrier also launched new nonstop service between its Milwaukee hub and Seattle/Tacoma (SEA). The service is part of a 17-market expansion taking place this spring and summer, making Frontier the fastest-growing major carrier in the United States. Services will be operated by Frontier’s Airbus A318s and A319s and Republic Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 190s.
In the coming weeks, Frontier Airlines will launch service between Denver and both New Orleans and Santa Barbara, Calif. The carrier will also launch service from Kansas City, Mo. to New Orleans.
Copyright Photo: Republic Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N162HL (msn 19000231), dressed in Midwest’s retiring livery, arrives at Los Angeles while operating a Frontier flight.
JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) will add Sarasota/Bradenton (its 37th destination) and the Boston-Sarasota/Bradenton route on November 18.
The addition of SRQ is part of a major expansion for the company at BOS this summer.
Key summer schedule highlights for BOS:
* Two additional daily flights to Chicago/O’Hare (for a total of three)
* Two additional daily flights to Charlotte (for a total of four)
* Two additional daily flights to Raleigh/Durham (for a total of three)
* One additional daily flight to Fort Lauderdale (for a total of four)
* One additional daily flight to Pittsburgh (for a total of three)
* One additional daily flight to San Diego (for a total of two)
* One additional daily flight to Washington/Dulles (for a total of seven)
* One new daily flight to San Jose, California (for a total of one)
* Four additional weekly flights to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (for a total of one daily)
* Three additional weekly flights to Aruba (for a total for four)
* Two additional weekly flights to Cancun, Mexico (for a total of three)
* Two new weekly flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (for a total of two)
* One additional weekly flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico (for a total of 11)
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N193JB (msn 19000017) climbs away from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.
Midwest Airlines (Milwaukee) today (February 25) announced the launch of nonstop service between Kansas City and both Columbus, OH and New Orleans.
Nonstop service to Columbus begins on May 3, 2010. New nonstops to New Orleans begins on May 20.
The branded service to Columbus will be provided by 99-seat Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft and service to New Orleans will be provided by 76-seat Embraer ERJ 170 aircraft both operated by Republic Airlines (2nd). Midwest Airlines is no longer an airline, only a brand.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N162HL (msn 19000231) arrives at Seattle/Tacoma in Midwest Airlines colors while operating a Frontier Airlines (2nd) flight!