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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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WestJet reports a record net profit of $317.2 million in 2014, up 18%

WestJet (Calgary) today announced its fourth quarter and year-end results for 2014, with record adjusted full-year net earnings1 of $317.2 million, or $2.46 per diluted share (all figures in Canadian dollars). This compares with the net earnings of $268.7 million, or $2.03 per diluted share reported in the full-year 2013, up 18 percent and 21 percent, respectively. For the fourth quarter, the airline reported record diluted earnings per share of $0.70, up 35 per cent from $0.52 reported last year. These fourth quarter 2014 results include pre-tax incentive payments of $9.8 million associated with WestJet’s new pilot agreement reached in December 2014 and a pre-tax non-cash loss of $2.5 million related to the previously disclosed sale of 10 of our oldest Boeing 737 aircraft.

This represents WestJet’s 39th consecutive quarter of profitability and based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 14.3 per cent, compared with the 13.8 per cent reported in the previous quarter, representing the 10th consecutive quarter in which WestJet exceeded its 12 per cent target.


(1) Full-year 2014 adjusted net earnings exclude an after-tax non-cash loss of $33.2 million recorded in the third quarter of 2014 associated with the previously disclosed sale of 10 of WestJet’s oldest Boeing 737 aircraft. Refer to reconciliations in the accompanying tables for further
information regarding calculations.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. WestJet is gradually removing its older Boeing 737-700s. Boeing 737-7CT C-FWSV (msn 32760) arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Southwest Airlines announces three new destinations from Dallas Love Field

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced it will add new destinations with more nonstop flights made possible by acquiring the rights to two additional Love Field gates.

Beginning in April, Southwest will offer daily nonstop flights to nine new cities from Dallas (Love Field), including Memphis, Milwaukee, and Seattle/Tacoma, and will increase the number of nonstop flights to recently introduced destinations added after the October 2014 expiration of the Wright Amendment restrictions on long-haul flying at Love Field.

Details on numbers of flights as well as the full list of the cities and fares will be announced soon. The new flights will be made possible through a long-term sub-lease agreement that will transfer usage of two gates in the newly rebuilt 20-gate facility from United Airlines to Southwest Airlines. Terms of the deal are confidential. The transaction was reviewed and cleared without conditions by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. The City of Dallas, the owner and operator of Love Field, also has approved the sublease.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-790 N560WN (msn 30542) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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