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JetBlue Airways and Silver Airways announce a code-share partnership, FLL-BWI to start November 12

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) have announced a codeshare partnership that gives customers of both airlines access to new destinations, when connecting on a JetBlue flight. The majority of transfer opportunities will be in JetBlue’s focus cities Orlando (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL). Later this year, the partnership will expand to include 13 Silver Airways routes from Florida to The Bahamas, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals.

Under the agreement, customers will enjoy booking a single ticket and seamless baggage transfers when flying on a JetBlue codeshare flight operated by Silver Airways, and members of JetBlue’s frequent flyer program, TrueBlue, will earn points on all codeshare flights. Flights are now available for purchase on JetBlue.com in select markets.

The JetBlue ‘B6′ designator code will initially be placed on 14 Silver Airways routes, helping JetBlue customers get to destinations across Florida on one itinerary including:

Gainesville (GNV) – Orlando
Key West (EYW) – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
Key West – Orlando
Key West – Fort Myers (RSW)
Key West – Tampa (TPA)
Orlando – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
Orlando – Fort Myers
Pensacola (PNS) – Orlando
Pensacola – Tampa
Tallahassee (TLH) – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
Tallahassee – Orlando
Tallahassee – Tampa
Tampa – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
Tampa – Jacksonville (JAX)

The agreement gives customers the opportunity to connect from seven airports across Florida to JetBlue’s continuously growing network in both Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Orlando, reaching final destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

JetBlue is the largest airline from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, with more than 70 daily flights to 36 cities in 10 countries, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico and Peru.

The two airlines have successfully cooperated on an interline basis since 2013. This marks JetBlue’s thirteenth announced codeshare agreement.

In other news, JetBlue Airways has announced its new twice-daily service to Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) will launch November 12. This will be JetBlue’s second destination from Baltimore/Washington, having launched its nonstop service to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in 2009.

Baltimore/Washington is one of several new destinations JetBlue will launch from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood this year. On April 30, the airline will launch nonstop routes to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). With these additional routes, JetBlue will serve 36 cities across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America on a nonstop basis from its South Florida focus city.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N766JB (msn 3724) in the Tartan tail scheme arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Spirit Airlines plans to hire 1,500 new workers this year

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood), as we have been reporting, is growing fast and adding new routes. As a result, the airline intends to hire 1,500 new employees this year according to this article by the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

Read the interview with Paul Berry, Spirit’s new director of corporate communications: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N534NK (msn 3395) prepares to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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JetBlue adds its first destination from Baltimore/Washington to Florida

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced its intent to expand at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, with twice daily service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The new non-stop route to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood will launch in November and seats will go out for sale with the upcoming November schedule release.

JetBlue also serves the Baltimore/Washington region with flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airports (IAD).

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N552JB (msn 1861) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Spirit Airlines to add nine new cities from Atlanta

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is building up again its presence at Atlanta with nine new routes. The ultra low-fare airline just issued this statement:

Spirit Airlines continues its dramatic growth in 2015. Today the carrier known for its crazy low fares will add additional service to and from nine new cities from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Spirit is thrilled to announce the following new daily, nonstop routes from Atlanta:

Atlanta to Cleveland, Las Vegas, and Orlando beginning May 7, 2015

Atlanta to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Tampa beginning June 18, 2015

Atlanta to Los Angeles beginning August 20, 2015

Atlanta to Boston and Fort Myers beginning September 10, 2015

With these additional routes, Spirit Airlines will operate nonstop flights from Atlanta to 15 cities. Current routes from Atlanta include: Atlantic City, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Houston.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) arrives in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

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Spirit Airlines is profitable for the 8th year in a row, profits increased 33% to $236.7 million

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) continues to make money under its ultra low-fare strategy. For the fourth quarter (up 43%) and the full year (up 33%), profits soar. The airline issued this statement:

Spirit Airlines, Inc.reported fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results.

Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter 2014 increased 43.2 percent to $58.7 million ($0.80 per diluted share) compared to the fourth quarter 20131. GAAP net income for the fourth quarter 2014 increased 29.4 percent year over year to $55.9 million ($0.76 per diluted share).

Adjusted net income for the full year 2014 increased 33.3 percent year over year to $236.7 million ($3.23 per diluted share). GAAP net income for the full year 2014 increased 27.4 percent year over year to $225.5 million ($3.08 per diluted share).

Adjusted pre-tax margin for the fourth quarter 2014 was 19.7 percent, up 4.3 percentage points year over year. For the full year 2014, adjusted pre-tax margin was 19.2 percent, up 2.1 percentage points compared to 20131. On a GAAP basis, pre-tax margin for the fourth quarter 2014 was 18.8 percent and for the full year 2014 was 18.3 percent.

Spirit ended 2014 with an unrestricted cash and cash equivalents balance of $632.8 million.
Spirit’s return on invested capital (before taxes and excluding special items) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 was 30.1 percent.

Revenue Performance

For the fourth quarter 2014, Spirit’s total operating revenue was $474.5 million, an increase of 13.0 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2013, driven by an increase in flight volume.

Total revenue per available seat mile (“RASM”) for the fourth quarter 2014 decreased 5.1 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2013 on a capacity increase of 18.9 percent. The decrease was driven by a mix of lower passenger yields and a 1.4 point decline in load factor.

Total revenue per passenger flight segment (“PFS”) for the fourth quarter 2014 decreased 3.7 percent year over year to $127.91, driven by a 6.1 percent decrease in ticket revenue per PFS and a 0.3 percent decrease in non-ticket revenue per PFS. During the fourth quarter, the Company transitioned its onboard catering to a third-party provider under a revenue share agreement. As a result of this change, in the fourth quarter 2014, the Company recorded lower non-ticket revenue and correspondingly lower costs than it would have otherwise.

Cost Performance

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter 2014, excluding $4.5 million of special items3, increased 6.9 percent to $380.0 million. Including special items, total operating expenses increased 9.3 percent year over year to $384.5 million.

Spirit reported fourth quarter 2014 cost per available seat mile (ASM) excluding special items and fuel (“Adjusted CASM ex-fuel”)3 of 5.61 cents, a decrease of 2.9 percent compared to the same period last year driven in part by lower distribution expense, maintenance expense, and aircraft rent per ASM. Distribution expense per ASM in the fourth quarter 2014 was lower compared to the same period last year primarily due to a one-time litigation settlement gain of approximately $2.9 million and a larger percentage of tickets being booked directly through spirit.com, the Company’s lowest cost distribution channel. The decrease in maintenance expense per ASM year over year was driven by an expense reversal in the fourth quarter 2014 associated with an insurance claim, along with a one-time $750,000 insurance deductible expense in the fourth quarter 2013. The decrease in aircraft rent per ASM was driven by a change in the mix of leased (rent recorded under aircraft rent) and purchased (amortization recorded under depreciation and amortization) aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. In the fourth quarter 2014, Spirit took delivery of seven new Airbus A320 aircraft, ending the year with 65 aircraft in its fleet. In addition, during 2014, the low fare carrier went to this highly visible “Home of the Bare Fare’ canary yellow color scheme. Airbus A319-132 N502NK (msn 2433) lands at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport base which now enjoys two parallel jet runways.

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Spirit Airlines to add the Chicago O’Hare-Atlantic City route

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) will add the Chicago (O’Hare)-Atlantic City daily route on April 16 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N534NK (msn 3395) prepares to depart from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Frontier Airlines adds three routes from Atlanta

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is expanding operations at Atlanta while it downsizes its Denver hub. On March 6 the ultra low fare airline will add new routes to Austin, Indianapolis and Miami.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N219FR (msn 1860) with Jack, the hare, taxies to runway 10L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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