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Silver Airways to fly between Key West and Orlando starting on June 12

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced it is further expanding its extensive Florida network with new daily nonstop flights between Key West International Airport
(EYW) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) on June 12, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. SAAB 340B N341AG (msn 437) approaches the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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JetBlue to launch Pittsburgh-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood service on October 29

JetBlue Airways (New York) will launch a new route to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) on October 29, 2014 from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. The service will complement JetBlue’s existing route from Pittsburgh to Boston Logan International Airport, and is one of five upcoming routes announced for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood in 2014/15.

JetBlue currently operates 26 nonstop routes out of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, with five more new routes already announced to begin in 2014/15. On May 1, JetBlue will add three new nonstop routes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood to Montego Bay (Jamaica), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic). Next year, the airline also intends to launch a nonstop route to Albany, NY.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N521JB (msn 1452) in the “Stripes” tail design taxies to runway 09L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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JetBlue to start Airbus A321 “Mint” service from New York (JFK) to San Francisco on October 26

JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) will launch nonstop two-class Airbus A321 “Mint” service between the New York (JFK) hub and San Francisco on October 26 according to Airline Route.

According to the airline, “Mint will offer an unparalleled in-flight experience: the longest lie-flat beds in domestic business class (a) and four private suites among the 16 Mint seats.

Mint will feature a pre-departure drink, followed by a cocktail and amuse-bouche once airborne. JetBlue, New York’s Hometown Airline™, has partnered with the popular New York City-based restaurant Saxon + Parole to curate the onboard menu. Mint travelers will customize their meal by choosing among five “comfort food with a twist” offerings, served tapas-style, followed by dessert. Fresh cappuccino and espresso made from the first purposely built cappuccino machine for a U.S. airline will be available throughout the flight.

JetBlue will also be the only U.S. airline to offer customized men’s and women’s amenity kits from partner Birchbox, a global discovery retail company that offers consumers a personalized way to discover, learn about and purchase the best beauty and grooming products from prestigious brands. With an amenity kit designed specifically for JetBlue, loyal customers will receive new favorite products often as these unique kits will be changed several times throughout the year.

JETBLUE AIRWAYS MINT FRONT ROW

The Mint seat:

JetBlue chose to fully customize the Mint seat, featuring:

Fully lie-flat beds up to 6′ 8″ (203cm), averaging the longest in the U.S. domestic business class market (a)
The only private suites with closing doors in the American market, four on each flight
Seats up to 22.3″ wide, making them the widest seats on average in the U.S. domestic market (a)
Air cushions with adjustable firmness
Massage function
15-inch flat screen with up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio
Shoe storage
Dual 110 volt power outlets with two USB ports
“Wake me for service” indicator, allowing customers to customize their service needs
A refreshed core experience

JetBlue’s brand new Airbus A321 aircraft will also feature an enhanced core product, including a new world-class seat designed to maximize comfort, larger 10.1″ personal screens offering up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio (d), in-seat power outlets accessible to all customers and a drink holder. As a result of the new next-generation slimmer seat design, customers will enjoy even more living space and the most legroom in coach (e), as well as more comfort.

To add even more to the core experience on New York-Los Angeles/San Francisco flights, JetBlue created the marketplace for all new Airbus A321s, a self-serve station full of snacks, sodas and water for customers to enjoy at their convenience throughout the flight.

The airline’s A321 fleet will also offer free (f) superfast Fly-Fi for all customers, JetBlue’s revolutionary in-air Wi-Fi.

Top Copyright Photo:  Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by JetBlue). Airbus A321-321 N907JB (msn 5865) arrives on runway 09L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

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CanJet to launch its own tour operation next winter

CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax) will develop and launch its own in-house travel tour operation for the next winter season. The company is diversifying after Air Transat (Montreal) decided to use its own Boeing 737-800s to conduct its holiday package flights rather than using the Boeing 737-800s of CanJet. The company will use either the CanJet vacations or CanJet Holidays name for the new division.

Read the full report from the Financial Post: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS C-FTCX (msn 29921) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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American Airlines ends McDonnell Douglas DC-9-80 (MD-80) service at LaGuardia Airport

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today (March 5) is ending scheduled McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82/83 (MD-82/83) “Super 80″ service at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) according to Airline Route. The aging type was being deployed on the Chicago (O’Hare)-LGA route.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The older AA aircraft are now being repainted in the new livery as they will be replaced. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) N3507A (msn 49801) departs from runway 27R at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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United Airlines to add new seasonal Caribbean routes

United Airlines (Chicago) is adding new summer seasonal flights to the Caribbean. The carrier will start weekly Houston (Bush Intercontinental)-Aruba (Boeing 737) and twice-weekly Washington (Dulles)-Nassau (CRJ700) flights from June 5 through August 18 per Airline Route. In addition, Newark-Santiago (Dominican Republic) (Boeing 737) route will be resumed for the same period as a daily service.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-924 ER N34455 (msn 41743) departs from runway 27R at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Silver Airways to drop the Cleveland hub, will retire the Beech 1900Ds

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has made the important decision to drop the Cleveland hub following United Airlines’ (Chicago) decision to phase down and de-hub Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The regional carrier has also made the decision to phase out and retire the remaining Beech 1900Ds and concentrate its fleet around the SAAB 340B.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Beech 1900D N47542 (msn UE-198) in United Express colors taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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The company issued this statement:

As part of its plan to strengthen operations, simplify its fleet, increase revenue, reduce costs, and better position the airline for future growth and new markets, Silver Airways has announced plans to exit operations in its Cleveland network and retrain or redeploy its pilots, mechanics, and airport team members to operate its core SAAB 340B Plus fleet to its key markets.
Silver provided the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) with the required 90-day notice of its intent to discontinue scheduled service between Cleveland and five communities no later than May 15, 2014, including Jamestown, New York (JHW); Bradford, Pennsylvania (BFD); DuBois, Pennsylvania (DUJ); Franklin, Pennsylvania (FKL); and Parkersburg, West Virginia (PKB).
 

Spirit Airlines announces new seasonal summer routes

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced several new routes starting just in time for the peak summer travel season. Joining the list is new nonstop seasonal service between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). This new service will consist of one daily seasonal nonstop flight operating between May 22, 2014 and November 1, 2014.

Spirit recently announced seasonal service operating May 22, 2014 through November 1, 2014 from Chicago/O’Hare (ORD) to Baltimore/Washington, DC (BWI) and Portland, OR (PDX); operating May 1, 2014 through November 1, 2014 from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Baltimore/Washington, DC (BWI) and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH); and daily year-round nonstop service between Chicago/O’Hare and Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area beginning May 1, 2014. 

Schedules:

Spirit’s Chicago/O’Hare (ORD) – Baltimore/Washington (BWI) service May 22, 2014 – November 1, 2014:
 
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Chicago/O’Hare – Baltimore/Washington 8:00 AM 10:50 AM 368 0 Daily
Baltimore – Chicago/O’Hare 8:55 PM 9:56 PM 369 0 Daily
Spirit’s Chicago/O’Hare (ORD) – Portland, OR (PDX) service May 22, 2014 – November 1, 2014:
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Chicago/O’Hare – Portland 8:45 PM 11:25 PM 655 0 Daily
Portland – Chicago/O’Hare 12:10 AM 6:00 AM 654* 0 Daily
* = Effective May 23, 2014
Spirit’s Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) – Houston (IAH) service May 1, 2014 – November 1, 2014:
 
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Minneapolis-St. Paul - Houston 6:56 PM 9:49 PM 281** 0 Daily
Minneapolis-St. Paul - Houston 8:16 PM 11:08 PM 281*** 0 Daily
Houston – Minneapolis-St. Paul 6:00 AM 8:44 AM 346** 0 Daily
Houston – Minneapolis-St. Paul 7:00 AM 9:44 AM 346*** 0 Daily
Spirit’s Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) – Baltimore/Washington (BWI) service May 1, 2014 – November 1, 2014:
 
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Minneapolis-St. Paul - Baltimore/Washington 9:27 AM 12:57 PM 106** 0 Daily
Minneapolis-St. Paul - Baltimore/Washington 4:45 PM 8:15 PM 106*** 0 Daily
Baltimore – Minneapolis-St. Paul 12:05 PM 1:47 PM 105*** 0 Daily
Baltimore – Minneapolis-St. Paul 1:36 PM 3:19 PM 105** 0 Daily
** = Effective May 1, 2014 – May 21, 2014 only
*** = Effective May 22, 2014
Spirit’s Oakland (OAK) – Chicago/O’Hare (ORD) service beginning May 1, 2014:
 
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Oakland – Chicago/O’Hare 9:10 AM 3:18 PM 872 0 Daily
Chicago/O’Hare – Oakland 3:20 PM 5:55 PM 209 0 Daily

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N618NK (msn 5458) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The new logo jet is part of Spirit’s new advertising program to enhance revenues. N618NK is a partnership ad that promotes Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The pictured left side has “Greetings from Dallas” showing scenes from Dallas. The other side has “Greetings from Fort Worth”.

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JetBlue to operate the new Airbus A321 to Nassau and San Diego in the fall

JetBlue Airways (New York) is planning to introduce the new Airbus A321 from New York (JFK) to both Nassau and San Diego (two new A321 routes) starting on September 3 per Airline Route. It will also continue to operate A321 flights from JFK to both Barbados and Las Vegas as well as Mint service to Los Angeles.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 N903JB (msn 5783) departs the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Copa Airlines is coming to Fort Lauderdale, Georgetown and Montreal

Copa Airlines (Panama City) has announced growth plans for the first half of 2014, which include the launch of new nonstop flights from Panama to Montreal (Trudeau); Canada, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida, and Georgetown, Guyana.  In addition, Copa will add aircraft to its fleet, for a 10 percent growth in capacity.

The airline will add eight new Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft in 2014, bringing its total fleet to 98 state-of-the-art aircraft, and increasing capacity by 10 percent.

New Destinations:

  • Montreal, Canada: As part of its effort to increase its route network in the northern part of the continent, Copa will offer four-times-weekly flights to the city of Montreal, a major world cultural center and a well-known tourism destination. The new flight, which will begin June 3 of this year, is Copa’s second Canadian destination.
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida: Copa will offer flights four times a week between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the Hub of the Americas, beginning July 11, 2014.  The coastal region, with its booming tourism industry and growing Latin American population, will be Copa’s fourth destination in the state of Florida and its 10th in the United States.
  • Georgetown, Guyana: Beginning July 11, 2014, Copa will offer twice-weekly flights to Georgetown, the capital and principal city of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. The new route, Copa Airlines’ first to this South American country, connects the area with Panama and the region.

The new cities served will bring Copa Airlines’ total number of destinations to 69 in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean served from its Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama – the hub with the most destinations and international flights on the continent.

Copa Airlines major accomplishments for 2013 include:

  • Transported 11,316,678 million passengers
  • Increased capacity by 14 percent
  • Received Skytrax awards for “Best Airline and “Best Cabin and Airport Crew” in Central Americaand the Caribbean
  • Added two destinations to its route network: Boston, Massachusetts, and Tampa, Florida.
  • Added 13 flight frequencies to key destinations already served.
  • Achieved an on-time performance of nearly 90 percent, on par with the best airlines in the world
  • Received seven new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraftending 2013 with a fleet of 90 aircraft
  • Ended the year with 8,644 employees throughout the Americas, of which 5,783 are in Panama.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8V3 HP-1825CMP (msn 40780) in the colorful “Biomuseo” livery climbs briskly from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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JetBlue adds more international flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

JetBlue Airways (New York) continues to grow at its South Florida focus destination of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood with two new nonstop routes. Beginning on May 1, 2014, JetBlue will fly once a day to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (a). The two new routes are in addition to the already announced nonstop once-a-day flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, also starting May 1, 2014 (a).

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Punta Cana (PUJ) effective May 1, 2014 (a):

FLL to PUJ: PUJ to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
11:20 a.m. – 1:44 p.m. 2:40 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Montego Bay (MBJ) effective May 1, 2014 (a):

FLL to MBJ: MBJ to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
12:47 p.m. – 1:29 p.m. 2:25 p.m. – 5:04 p.m.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Port of Spain (POS) effective May 1, 2014 (a):

FLL to POS: POS to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. – 3:54 p.m.

(a) Flights subject to receipt of government approvals.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N645JB (msn 2900) in the special “Jetting to T5″ markings departs from runway 27R at FLL.

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US Airways Group reports a 3Q GAAP net profit of $216 million

US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways) (Phoenix) today reported its third quarter 2013 financial results. For the third quarter 2013, pretax profit excluding net special items was a record $367 million, a $174 million, or 90%, year-over-year improvement.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a third quarter pretax profit of $336 million, up from $246 million in 2012. The GAAP net profit for the third quarter 2013 was $216 million, or $1.04 per diluted share versus a GAAP net profit of $245 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, for the same period in 2012. The Company’s 2013 third quarter results include a provision for income tax of $120 million, comprised principally of non-cash federal income tax expense, while the 2012 provision for income tax was only $1 million.

US Airways’ Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said, “We are extremely pleased to report a record pretax profit in the third quarter. These tremendous results are a testament to our 32,000 team members and their dedication to our millions of customers.

Revenue and Cost Comparisons

Total revenues in the third quarter were a record $3.9 billion, up 9.1 percent versus the third quarter 2012 on a 4.1 percent increase in total available seat miles (ASMs). Total revenue per ASM was a record 15.97 cents, up 4.9 percent versus the same period last year driven by a 4.4 percent increase in passenger yield and a record load factor of 85.5 percent.

Total operating expenses in the third quarter were $3.4 billion, up 5.0 percent over the same period last year on a 4.1 percent increase in ASMs. Mainline cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 12.94 cents, up 1.9 percent. Excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing, mainline CASM was 8.08 cents, up 1.7 percent versus the same period last year. Express CASM excluding special items and fuel was 14.36 cents, up 2.8 percent on a 0.4 percent decrease in ASMs.

Liquidity

During the third quarter, the Company repaid in full the prepaid miles loan issued in connection with its Barclays affinity credit card program at its face amount of $200 million. As of September 30, 2013, the Company had $3.9 billion in total cash and investments, of which $350 million was restricted. This is up $1.1 billion from the Company’s third quarter 2012 total cash and investments balance of $2.8 billion, of which $347 million was restricted.

Special Items

The Company recognized approximately $31 million of net special items before taxes in the third quarter. Mainline operating special items totaled $40 million and consisted primarily of merger related costs. Express operating special items consisted of a $14 million credit resulting from a favorable arbitration ruling related to a vendor contract. The Company also recognized approximately $5 million in nonoperating special items primarily related to non-cash write offs of debt discount associated with conversions of our 7.25% convertible senior notes. The net tax effect of these special items was approximately $6 million.

Notable Accomplishments

  • As part of the Company’s fleet renewal program, the Company took delivery of five new A321 aircraft and one new A330-200 aircraft. These aircraft replaced 737-400 aircraft.
  • Standard & Poor’s (S&P) raised the Company’s credit rating by one notch from “B-” to “B.” S&P cited the Company’s improved financial results and strong cash position as part of its upgrade.
  • As part of the Company’s operational incentive program, employees have earned approximately $10 million in year-to-date operational incentive payouts.
  • Pilots at PSA Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), ratified a Letter of Agreement that amends their existing collective bargaining agreement originally reached with the airline on March 27, 2013.
  • Introduced US Airways’ Track Your Bag, a free service allowing customers with a smartphone, tablet or laptop connected to the internet access to real-time information on the status of their checked luggage. Customers can check when their luggage is loaded and offloaded on their flight.
  • Announced agreement with Bags VIP delivery service that allows customers to schedule luggage delivery directly to their home, hotel or business. Travelers can schedule and pay for Bags VIP delivery up to one hour prior to their scheduled departure by visiting maketraveleasier.com/usairways.
  • US Airways’ Education Foundation awarded $270,000 in educational grants to 21 nonprofit organizations in the airline’s hub cities of Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. as part of its 2013 Community Education Grant Program.
  • In partnership with the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC), the Company has launched its second annual “BE PINK” campaign. As part of the campaign, thousands of employees have purchased and are wearing pink uniform items in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds from the sale of uniform items are donated to the American Cancer Society. In addition, employees will show their support of breast cancer programs through the sponsorship of MSABC walks in the airline’s hub cities of Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
  • As part of the Company’s “Hope Takes Flight” campaign, which benefits United Way, US Airways’ employees raised more than $1.4 million. Money raised will go to support the communities in which US Airways’ employees live and work.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Airbus A321s are gradually replacing the older Boeing 737-400s which should be gone by the end of 2014. This phase out will end the company’s long relationship with the Boeing 737. Boeing 737-4B7 N434US (msn 24556) climbs away from runway 27R at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Silver Airways and United Airlines renew their code-share agreement

Silver Airways (United Express) (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville, FL) and United Airlines (Chicago) have announced that they have reached agreement reaffirming the code-share relationship between the two carriers on service throughout Florida and the Bahamas. In addition, Silver Airways will continue to operate as an United Express carrier in their shared Mid-Atlantic hubs in Cleveland and Washington, DC (Dulles).

News of the renewed relationship follows a June 2013 release from Silver Airways announcing that it had successfully migrated to a new, stand alone reservations system and website powered by Sabre.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com.

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Sunwing to fly nonstop Winnipeg-Freeport flights this winter

Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto-Pearson) will increase its flying schedule from Winnipeg by adding nonstop flights to Freeport, Grand Bahama this winter and further expanding its operation from the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport by opening a seasonal base. The opening of this base will result in recruitment of over 60 crew members from within the local community.

Sunwing has been operating from Winnipeg since 2006 when it introduced nonstop flights to Cancun, Mexico. Today, the airline takes Winnipeg travelers to several popular vacation hotspots in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and now Grand Bahama starting this winter.

Sunwing Airlines will offer weekly flights to Grand Bahama starting January 18, 2014 until the end of March.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8K5 WL C-GDBX (msn 33699) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Frontier further expands operations at Trenton with new routes to Charlotte and Cincinnati

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced it will expand its low-fare service at Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN), in Ewing, New Jersey, with the addition of nonstop service to Cincinnati, Ohio and Charlotte, N.C., both beginning on February 12, 2014.

Frontier is the only airline providing scheduled service out of Trenton-Mercer Airport, the gateway to New Jersey’s state capital, all of central New Jersey, and Southeast Pennsylvania, including metro Philadelphia.

The addition of these two cities brings Frontier’s total nonstop destinations served from Trenton-Mercer Airport to 11: Atlanta; Charlotte; Chicago-Midway; Cincinnati; Columbus; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale; Fort Myers; Orlando; Raleigh-Durham; and Tampa.

Following is the schedule for Frontier’s Charlotte service:

Trenton/Princeton- Charlotte (beginning Feb. 12, 2014)

Route Departs Arrives Days  
TTN-CLT 5:35 pm 7:10 pm Mo/We/

Th/Su

CLT-TTN 7:50 pm 9:30 pm Mo/We/

Th/Su

Following is the schedule for Frontier’s Cincinnati service:

Trenton/Princeton- Cincinnati (beginning Feb. 12, 2014)

Route Departs Arrives Days  
TTN-CVG 2:10 pm 4:05 pm Mo/We/

Fr

CVG-TTN 4:45 pm 6:25 pm Mo/We/

Fr

All Frontier flights from Trenton/Princeton will operate on 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

In other news, Frontier also announced new nonstop service between its Denver, Colorado (DEN), hub and Memphis, Tennessee (MEM) with four weekly nonstop flights beginning on March 7, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 N907FR (msn 1743) with Mel, the Mule Deer on the tail, to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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JetBlue announces its 50th destination from Boston: Savannah, Georgia

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announces that Savannah, Georgia will be the 50th nonstop destination for customers in Boston. JetBlue, the largest airline in Boston with up to 121 daily flights, will begin daily nonstop service on Flight 50 between Savannah/Hilton Head and Boston on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

JetBlue’s schedule, operated by 100-seat Embraer 190 aircraft:

Flight 49
Boston (BOS) to Savannah (SAV):
Flight 50
SAV to BOS:
     Departs 11:10 a.m.      Departs 2:25 p.m.
     Arrives 1:46 p.m.      Arrives 4:43 p.m.
All times are local.  Service begins Feb. 13, 2014

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N304JB (msn 19000257) in the Windowpane tail design taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Fly Jamaica is coming to Toronto on October 8

Fly Jamaica Airways (Kingston) will launch a new route to Toronto (Pearson) on October 8.

The new airline commenced scheduled services on February 14, 2013 between Kingston, Jamaica and New York (JFK) with this former ATA Airlines Boeing 757-23N N524AT (msn 30233).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com.

JetBlue Airways to fly from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Port of Spain, Trinidad

JetBlue Airways (New YorK) today announced the intent to begin service to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS) with once daily nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Service is set to begin on May 1, 2014. The airline will also begin once-daily nonstop service to POS from New York’s JFK International Airport starting on February 24, 2014. These flights are subject to receipt of government operating authority.

Destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean now make up almost one-third of JetBlue’s route network. In the Caribbean, JetBlue is the largest carrier in terms of capacity in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, offering more flights than any other carrier. JetBlue serves 27 Latin American and Caribbean destinations, including: Aruba; The Bahamas (Nassau); Barbados; Bermuda; Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman); Colombia (Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena); Costa Rica (Liberia and San Jose); Dominican Republic (La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samana, Santiago and Santo Domingo); Jamaica (Kingston and Montego Bay); Mexico (Cancun); Puerto Rico (Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan); St. Croix; Saint Lucia; St. Maarten; St. Thomas; and, Turks and Caicos (Providenciales). The airline will also begin service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti this winter, subject to receipt of government approval.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale and Port of Spain:

FLL to POS: POS to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. – 3:54 p.m.
- First flight operates daily beginning May 1 , 2014 (a) — All times local -

JetBlue’s flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and JFK to Port of Spain will be operated with its Airbus A320 fleet with seating for 150.

In addition, JetBlue will also launch twice-daily nonstop service between Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), convenient to both Georgia and South Carolina, and New York (JFK) on February 13, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N585JB (msn 2159) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Sunwing Airlines to fly Halifax-St. Petersburg, Florida flights this winter

Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) will operate weekly nonstop flights this coming winter season from Halifax, Nova Scotia to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida. The flights will depart on Wednesdays from February 5, 2014 until April 30, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8K5 C-FRZG (msn 35139) in the special Oasis livery taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Silver Airways adds new service from Orlando, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) is adding new international destinations and enhanced domestic air travel options beginning on November 21, 2013. The carrier will launch new nonstop service from West Palm Beach to North Eleuthera and Freeport in The Bahamas, two nonstop flights each weekday between Orlando and Tallahassee, and two nonstop flights each weekday between West Palm Beach and Orlando that will give business and leisure travelers the only nonstop service between West Palm Beach and Orlando.

Silver Airways will deploy SAAB 340B aircraft on its new routes. Silver operates the largest fleet of 34-seat SAAB 340B aircraft in North America.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. SAAB 340B N418XJ (msn 418) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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JetBlue Airways announces “Bags VIP”, a new bag concierge service

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced Bags VIP, a new concierge service option, provided in partnership with Bags, Inc. This service provides hand-delivery of a customer’s checked luggage from the arrival airport to any doorstep at their destination for a minimal fee. The option is available seven days a week, including holidays.

Starting today, customers can place an order online for the Bags VIP service up to one hour prior to departure from all JetBlue domestic airports, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and select pre-cleared international airports arriving into Boston, Orlando and New York’s JFK airport.

For a limited time, pricing starts at $25 for the delivery of one bag, $35 for two and $40 for up to ten bags to a hotel, business, residential address or anywhere the customer chooses within a 40-mile radius of the airport.

Customers will receive an email with a confirmation number once the order has been finalized. Next, the customer checks their baggage upon arrival at the airport. A JetBlue crew member will apply a Bags VIP tag to identify the luggage. At the final destination, the customer can bypass baggage claim and go about their business. Their bags will be retrieved directly from baggage claim by a Bags VIP representative using the applied tag and customer provided information. Delivery will take place within four hours of flight arrival to locations within 40 miles of the airport and within six hours to locations 41-100 miles from the airport. Residential delivery times can also be scheduled in advance to accommodate the customer’s need.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N510JB (msn 1280) in the Dots design departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Spirit Airlines is coming to Phoenix, will drop Mesa

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) today announced that it is starting service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) to three cities:

  • Daily nonstop service between Phoenix (PHX) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) starts October 24, 2013.
  • Daily nonstop seasonal service between Phoenix (PHX) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) starts November 7, 2013.
  • Daily nonstop seasonal service between Phoenix (PHX) and Denver (DEN) starts November 7, 2013.

Spirit is relocating its operations from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa (AZA) to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Spirit is reaching out to customers currently holding reservations for flights to and from Gateway Airport. Spirit will discontinue its operations at AZA on October 23, 2013.

Spirit’s Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) — Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) schedule effective October 24, 2013:
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Phoenix Sky Harbor — Dallas/Fort Worth 1:00 AM 5:10 AM 772* 0 Daily
Dallas/Fort Worth — Phoenix Sky Harbor 11:15 PM 11:35 PM 771 0 Daily
*Departure and arrival times in Phoenix will be one hour later effective November 3, 2013.
Spirit’s Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) — Chicago (ORD) seasonal schedule effective November 7, 2013 — April 30, 2014:
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Phoenix Sky Harbor — Chicago O’Hare 1:50 AM 6:00 AM 168 0 Daily
Chicago O’Hare — Phoenix Sky Harbor 8:50 PM 11:45 PM 167 0 Daily
Spirit’s Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) — Denver (DEN) seasonal schedule effective November 7, 2013 — April 30, 2014:
Depart Arrive Flight # Stops Frequency
Phoenix Sky Harbor — Denver 1:15 PM 3:03 PM 816 0 Daily
Denver — Phoenix Sky Harbor 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 815 0 Daily

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N605NK (msn 4548) climbs away from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Republic Airways Holdings’ second quarter net income increases 23% to $24.6 million, Frontier Airlines reports pre-tax 2Q income of $13.7 million

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Republic Airlines 2nd) (Indianapolis) reported diluted earnings per share of $0.46, which is a 15.0% increase from the $0.40 per diluted share result in the second quarter of 2012. Net income increased 23.0% to $24.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to net income of $20.0 million for the same period last year. Operating revenues totaled $664.4 million, a decrease of 8.7%, compared to $728.1 million for the second quarter of 2012.

“We are pleased to report improved financial results for the second quarter, driven primarily by the year over year improvement in our small regional jet operations at Chautauqua,” said Republic Chairman, President and CEO Bryan Bedford. “Our process to sell Frontier continues and I am very pleased that we were able to reach tentative labor agreements with both our Flight Dispatchers and Flight Attendants, which remain subject to membership ratification. I am thankful for the continued professionalism and dedication of my 10,000 co-workers on behalf of our passengers.”

Republic Segment Summary

Republic’s pre-tax income improved 45.8% to $27.7 million from $19.0 million in the prior year’s second quarter, due mainly to the redeployment of idled 50-seat aircraft and the successful completion of our Chautauqua restructuring efforts in late 2012.

Total Republic revenues decreased $20.6 million, or 5.8%, from the second quarter of 2012 to $336.8 million in the second quarter of 2013. Fixed-fee service revenue increased $34.9 million, or 12.4%, to $316.9 million, despite the removal of fuel expense and related reimbursement on our United E170 fixed-fee agreement, which accounted for $25.1 million of revenues in the prior year’s second quarter. The majority of the increase in fixed-fee revenues relates to Republic’s Q400 agreement with United that began in the second half of 2012 and Republic’s E190 charter agreement, which began in January 2013. Republic passenger service revenue decreased $56.1 million due to a reduction of pro-rate operations with Frontier, as aircraft previously operating in pro-rate service were either transitioned to other fixed-fee agreements or sold.

Fuel costs for Republic decreased $42.3 million to $12.1 million for the quarter, due mainly to the removal of fuel expense on our United agreement as noted above. The fuel cost per gallon, including into-plane taxes and fees, increased to $3.34 per gallon in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $3.26 per gallon in the prior year’s second quarter. The fuel cost per gallon related to our fixed-fee charter agreement is generally higher than our pro-rate operations with Frontier and is treated as a pass through cost under the agreement.

As of June 30, 2013, Republic operated a fleet of 232 aircraft. Within our fixed-fee commercial and charter agreements, Republic operated 70 aircraft with 44-50 seats and 157 aircraft with 69-99 seats. In addition, Republic operated five 99-seat aircraft under the pro-rate agreement with Frontier, down from seventeen, 99-seat aircraft operated in pro-rate service during the second quarter of 2012.

The Company expects to take delivery of 18 Embraer ERJ 175 aircraft to operate under its American capacity purchase agreement by the end of 2013. Additionally, the Company expects to place into service the final six Q400 aircraft under its United capacity purchase agreement over the next two quarters.

Frontier Segment Summary

For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) posted pre-tax income of $13.7 million, which is down slightly from $14.1 million of pre-tax income for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Frontier’s capacity, as measured by available seat miles (ASMs), was down 10.1% from the prior year’s second quarter, as a result of operating fewer Airbus aircraft. Frontier’s total revenues decreased 11.6% to $327.6 million for the quarter, compared to $370.7 million for the same period in 2012. Total revenue per ASM (TRASM) decreased 1.6% to 11.98 cents in the second quarter of 2013 from 12.18 cents in the second quarter of 2012.

Fuel costs decreased from the prior year’s second quarter by $22.6 million to $114.2 million for the quarter. The fuel cost per gallon, including into-plane taxes and fees, decreased to $3.14 per gallon in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $3.35 per gallon in the prior year’s second quarter. The second quarter of 2013 results included a loss on fuel hedges of $1.7 million, or $0.05 per gallon.

The operating unit cost for Frontier, excluding fuel, was 7.27 cents per ASM for the second quarter of 2013, a 1.3% increase compared to 7.18 cents per ASM for the same quarter of 2012.

As of June 30, 2013, Frontier operated 52 Airbus aircraft, compared to 58 Airbus aircraft as of June 30, 2012. All six aircraft removed were returned to lessors.

Recent Business Developments

On June 17, 2013, the Company announced it had reached a tentative agreement (TA) on a new five-year contract with the Transportation Workers Union (TWU) Local 540 Dispatchers. This TA is currently being voted on by union membership and we expect the voting results on August 1, 2013.

On June 24, 2013, the Company announced it had reached a TA on a new five-year contract with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 135 Flight Attendants. This TA is currently being voted on by union membership and we expect the voting results on July 29, 2013.

On July 15, 2013, the Company announced that it had entered into an agreement with an affiliate of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) for the financing of 47 Embraer E175 aircraft. These aircraft will provide service under the terms of the capacity purchase agreement with American Airlines announced in January. The first aircraft was delivered on July 15, 2013, and is scheduled to go into service with American on August 1, 2013.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

The Company’s total cash balance increased $44.8 million to $439.1 million as of June 30, 2013, compared to December 31, 2012. Restricted cash increased $53.2 million, to $200.3 million, from December 31, 2012. The Company’s unrestricted cash balance decreased $8.4 million, to $238.8 million, from December 31, 2012. A condensed consolidated balance sheet and cash flow statement have been included in the tables section of this release.

The Company’s debt decreased to $1.98 billion as of June 30, 2013, compared to $2.12 billion at December 31, 2012. As of June 30, 2013, approximately 90% of the debt is at a fixed interest rate. The Company has significant long-term lease obligations for aircraft that are classified as operating leases and are not reflected as liabilities on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet. At a 6% discount factor, the present value of these lease obligations was approximately $0.9 billion and $1.0 billion as of June 30, 2013, and December 31, 2012, respectively.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Republic Airways (Republic Airlines 2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-100SU N821MD (msn 17000042) departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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FAA is investigating a near miss between a Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 and a sky diving aircraft over Detroit

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) Airbus A319 operating a flight from Detroit (Metropolitan) to Dallas/Fort Worth on Sunday (June 30) was forced to take evasive action after takeoff when it came close to a sky diving aircraft over Detroit. According to reports, the aircraft came within 1.6 miles horizontally and 400 feet vertically.

Read the full report from ABC Channel 7: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) approaches Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood for landing.

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JetBlue today launches nonstop Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-San Jose, Costa Rica flights

JetBlue Airways (New York) today launched daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO).

Destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean now make up almost one-third of JetBlue’s route network. In addition to the new Fort Lauderdale to San Jose route, JetBlue started service between Orlando and San Jose in 2009, and also offers nonstop service to Liberia from New York’s JFK Airport.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and San Jose, Costa Rica:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Jose (SJO):

San Jose (SJO) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL):
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
9:45 a.m. – 10:38 a.m. 1:20 p.m. – 6:24 p.m.
                                                               – All times local –

JetBlue serves 27 Latin American and Caribbean destinations, including: Aruba; The Bahamas (Nassau); Barbados; Bermuda; Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman); Colombia (Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena); Costa Rica (Liberia and San Jose); Dominican Republic (La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samana, Santiago and Santo Domingo); Jamaica (Kingston and Montego Bay); Mexico (Cancun); Puerto Rico (Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan); St. Croix; Saint Lucia; St. Maarten; St. Thomas; and, Turks and Caicos (Providenciales).

JetBlue’s flights to San Jose will be operated with its 150-seat Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N534JB (msn 1705) in the Blueberries tail design departs from FLL.

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JetBlue’s pilots to use Electronic Flight Bags (iPads) in the cockpit

JetBlue Airways (New York) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to give all pilots custom-equipped iPads that will add more real-time capabilities in the cockpit and save fuel by eliminating the heavy paper manuals that all pilots carry.

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Following a successful trial phase with approximately 60 pilots over several months, JetBlue already has begun giving all 2,500 pilots a fourth-generation 16 GB Wi-Fi capable Apple iPad. While JetBlue has been approved for a decade to use a PC-based laptop in the cockpit – called an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) – the iPads will offer new capabilities and conveniences, especially as JetBlue implements Ka-Band satellite Wi-Fi.

“We are one step closer to a paperless cockpit,” said Jeff Martin, senior vice president of operations for JetBlue. “The iPads will have real-time weather capability and the ability to update safety and flight documents securely,” Martin said. “We expect to add digital chart capability, once it is approved.”  With JetBlue’s coming Ka-band satellite capability enabled by LiveTV, pilots will be able to download weather imagery in seconds, while the same download might take several minutes with other systems.

“Our pilots will have the fastest real-time images in the air,” Martin said. JetBlue’s pilots will use WSI Optima application for weather briefings, the Comply365 app for digital documents and the AeroData DFP app for aircraft performance and weight and balance calculations. The Comply365 solution will be used throughout JetBlue. JetBlue is currently evaluating digital charting providers for implementation at a later date.

“Pilots will be able to make decisions to help improve the customer experience, such as having a more robust weather briefing that can be used to update customers during the flight about what to expect en route,” Martin said. JetBlue will implement iPad use during the next three months to ensure a safe transition.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N598JB (msn 2314) with the Plaid tailfin departs runway 27R at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Spirit Airlines orders 20 Airbus A321s

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has placed a firm order for 20 Airbus A321 aircraft and additionally has opted to convert 10 of its existing A320 orders to the larger A321. All of these aircraft are current engine option (ceo) models. Spirit’s A321ceos will accommodate increasing passenger numbers in the airline’s network in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. All of the A321ceo aircraft will be fitted with fuel-saving Sharklets and will seat 219 passengers in a single-class layout.

The announcement was made today during the Paris Air Show.

The new Spirit A321s will also be the first North America-based aircraft to feature the Space-Flex cabin option. This rear lavatory and galley combination optimizes use of the available space at the very back of the aircraft. The configuration also allows for the first lavatory in the single-aisle market to be accessible to people with reduced mobility.

With this order announced today, Spirit’s firm orders total: 7 A319s, 98 A320s (including 45 A320 new engine option aircraft) and 30 A321s. The airline currently operates a fleet of some 50 A320 Family aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Surprisingly Spirit Airlines has been reducing its Airbus A321 fleet. Now the expanded A321 fleet will be painted in the new colors. A321-231 N587NK (msn 2476) climbs away from the FLL base painted in the old 2004 black and silver livery.

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Fly Jamaica Airways is cleared to serve New York and Toronto from Georgetown, Guyana

Fly Jamaica Airways (Kingston) has been cleared by the Guyana government to operate scheduled passenger service from Georgetown, Guyana to both New York (JFK) and Toronto (Pearson). The airline is looking for a second Boeing 757-200 to operate the new routes. There is a long list of carriers that have tried to make the Georgetown-New York route viable.

The new airline commenced scheduled services on February 14, 2013 between Kingston, Jamaica and New York (JFK) with this former ATA Airlines Boeing 757-23N N524AT (msn 30233).

Read the full story from the Jamaica Observer: CLICK HERE

Here is how the airline describes its self on its website:

Fly Jamaica Airways began with a dream to create a truly regional airline, using local talent and with an emphasis on providing a truly local experience to its customers. An full-service, local airline that would bring the Diaspora, and the world, home to the Caribbean.

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Fly Jamaica Airways is a partnership between Chief Executive Officer and Guyanese-born Captain Paul Ronald Reece, and Jamaican shareholders, including Chief Operating Officer, Captain Lloyd Tai and Manager of In-Flight Services, Christine Steele.

The Company was incorporated in Kingston, Jamaica on September 7, 2011 and started with a Boeing 757 aircraft. We faced a rigorous start-up process, including meeting national and international requirements. Through the stewardship of our experienced management and dedication of our amazing employees, we proved to aviation regulators that we have what it takes to be a world-class airline.

On August 24, 2012, Fly Jamaica Airways conducted its demonstration flight from Kingston, Jamaica to Georgetown, Guyana, as part of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority’s (JCAA) approval process.  On August 31, 2012 the JCAA issued our Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

Fly Jamaica Airways has also satisfied rigorous requirements for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Transportation and Security Administration (TSA), in order to operate as a commercial US-registered carrier.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. N524AT rests at Fort lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport before going into revenue service. All other photos by Fly Jamaica.

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JetBlue to serve Port-au-Prince, Haiti

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced its intent to serve Port-au-Prince, Haiti with daily nonstop service from both New York City and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood. From Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) in the Haitian capital, JetBlue plans to offer one daily nonstop flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and twice daily flights to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), subject to receipt of government operating authority. Port-au-Prince will be JetBlue’s 82nd BlueCity with service to begin on December 5, 2013.

Destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean now make up almost one-third of JetBlue’s route network. In the Caribbean, JetBlue is the largest carrier in terms of capacity in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, offering more flights than any other carrier. JetBlue flies to more than ten countries, including Aruba. Barbados, and the Bahamas. This June, the airline is set to begin nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Medellin, Colombia, and in November to Lima, Peru, subject to receipt of government operating authority.

JetBlue’s flights from New York to Port-au-Prince will be operated with its comfortable Airbus A320 fleet with seating for 150, while flights from Fort Lauderdale will be operated on its spacious 100-seat Embraer 190 fleet.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N206JB (msn 19000025) arrives at runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Routes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood:

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JetBlue Airways plans to double its operations at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood in the next five years

JetBlue Airways (New York) plans to grow its operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to 100 daily departures over the next five years, making it the third busiest focus city for the airline. The carrier grew over 11 percent at FLL last year. Most of the expansion at FLL will be to foreign destinations according to this interview with CEO Dave Barger in the Sun-Sentinel.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N329JB (msn 19000433) in the Barcode tail design taxies to runway 9L on the north side of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The south parellel runway is being extended for expansion.

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Spirit Airlines reports a 1Q net profit of $32.8 million

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) issued the following financial report:

Spirit Airlines, Inc. reported first quarter 2013 financial results.

  • Adjusted net income for the first quarter 2013 was $32.8 million, or $0.45 per diluted share1. GAAP net income was $30.6 million, or $0.42 per diluted share.
  • For the first quarter 2013, Spirit achieved an operating margin, excluding special items, of 14.4 percent1. Operating margin on a GAAP basis was 13.4 percent for the first quarter 2013.
  • Spirit ended the first quarter 2013 with $483.5 million in unrestricted cash.
  • Spirit grew total available seat miles (“ASMs”) 20.8 percent as compared to the first quarter 2012.
  • Spirit’s return on invested capital (before taxes and excluding special items) for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2013 was 28.0 percent. See “Calculation for Return on Invested Capital” table below for more details.

Revenue Performance

For the first quarter 2013, Spirit’s total operating revenue was $370.4 million, an increase of 22.9 percent, compared to first quarter 2012.

Total revenue per available seat mile (“RASM”) for the first quarter 2013 was 11.85 cents, an increase of 1.7 percent compared to the first quarter 2012 driven by strength in operating yields. The calendar shift of Easter occurring in March this year compared to April in 2012 contributed to the strong first quarter 2013 results.

Passenger flight segment (“PFS”) volume grew 17.8 percent year-over-year in the first quarter 2013. Average non-ticket revenue per PFS for the first quarter 2013 increased 5.9 percent year-over-year to $54.75 and average ticket revenue per PFS for the quarter increased 3.2 percent year-over-year to $79.09. The growth in non-ticket revenue per PFS during the first quarter 2013 was primarily driven by the introduction of advance purchase restrictions on bags as well as other various changes in our pricing structure for optional services.

Cost Performance

Total operating expenses in the first quarter 2013 increased 21.4 percent year-over-year to $320.8 million on a capacity increase of 20.8 percent.

Cost per available seat mile excluding special items and fuel (“Adjusted CASM ex-fuel”) for the first quarter 2013 was 6.04 cents, up 0.8 percent year-over-year. The increase in Adjusted CASM ex-fuel was primarily driven by depreciation and amortization expense related to amortization of heavy maintenance events. Due to an increased number of severe winter storms during the quarter, the Company experienced a higher number of weather-related flight cancellations compared to the same period last year. The CASM pressure associated with the resulting decrease in ASMs as well as other weather-related expenses such as higher deicing expense, also contributed to the increase in Adjusted CASM ex-fuel. The impact of these items was partially offset by efficiency benefits resulting in lower labor expense per ASM, lower distribution expense per ASM, and an increase in average stage length.

Selected Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Items

As of March 31, 2013, Spirit had $483.5 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, no restricted cash, no debt on its balance sheet, and total shareholders’ equity of $614.8 million.

During the first quarter 2013, Spirit incurred capital expenditures of $10.6 million, which includes the purchase of a spare engine that was financed under a sale leaseback transaction after it was delivered. The Company paid $15.1 million in pre-delivery deposits (“PDPs”) for future deliveries of aircraft, and paid $6.8 million in maintenance reserves, net of reimbursements.

Fleet

In the first quarter 2013, Spirit took delivery of two used A319 aircraft and two new A320 aircraft, ending the quarter with 49 aircraft in its fleet.  Spirit’s March A320 aircraft delivery was the carrier’s first aircraft to be delivered with sharklets. The Company has five additional new A320 aircraft with sharklets scheduled for delivery in 2013.

The carrier is expanding quickly. On April 25 started service on nine new nonstop routes and also resumed summer seasonal service on a variety of our customers’ favorite routes.

Nine New Spirit Airlines Nonstop Routes Starting April 25, 2013:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Oakland/San Francisco (OAK)
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Myrtle Beach (MYR)
  • Baltimore/Washington (BWI) – Myrtle Beach (MYR)
  • Baltimore/Washington (BWI) – Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Houston (IAH) – Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Denver (DEN) – Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)

In addition, Spirit resumes the following summer seasonal routes:

  • Atlantic City (ACY) – Detroit (DTW)
  • Atlantic City (ACY) – Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  • Atlantic City (ACY) – Atlanta (ATL)
  • Atlantic City (ACY) – Boston (BOS)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Myrtle Beach (MYR)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Portland, Oregon (PDX)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Boston (BOS)
  • Boston (BOS) – Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  • Detroit (DTW) – Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Orlando (MCO) – San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Kingston, Jamaica (KIN) – starts May 9, 2013

The following new nonstop routes start in June:

  • Houston (IAH) – Denver (DEN) – starts June 13
  • Houston (IAH) – Detroit (DTW) – starts June 13
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD) – starts June 13
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Latrobe/Pittsburgh (LBE) – starts June 14

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A319-132 N506NK (msn 2490) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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JetBlue to add new seasonal service from Hartford/Springfield to Fort Myers and Tampa

JetBlue Airways (New York) announced today plans to add daily nonstop service to two new Floridian destinations from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut (BDL): Winter seasonal service to Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers (RSW) service; and year-round service to Tampa International Airport (TPA), effective Thursday, October 24, 2013.

JetBlue’s schedule between Hartford/Springfield and Fort Myers:

Hartford (BDL) to Fort Myers (RSW): Fort Myers (RSW) to Hartford (BDL):
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
11:40 a.m. – 3 p.m. 3:45 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.
- Flights operate daily effective October 24, 2013 for winter seasonal service — All times local -

-  Schedules for October 24-26 vary from the stated times -

JetBlue’s schedule between Hartford/Springfield and Tampa:

Hartford (BDL) to Tampa (TPA): Tampa (TPA) to Hartford (BDL):
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
9:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. 12:25 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
- Flights operate daily effective October 24, 2013 -
- All times local –  Schedules for Oct 24-26 vary slightly from the stated times -

JetBlue’s flights between Hartford/Springfield and Fort Myers as well as Tampa will be operated with its comfortable Airbus A320 fleet.

Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero. Airbus A320-232 N510JB (msn 1280) (DIRECTV On Board) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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JetBlue Airways Corporation 1Q net income slips to $14 million due to Hurricane Sandy, will add Lima Peru

JetBlue Airways Corporation (JetBlue Airways) (New York) today reported its results for the first quarter 2013:

  • Operating income for the quarter was $59 million, resulting in a 4.5% operating margin, compared to operating income of $89 million and a 7.4% operating margin in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Pre-tax income of $23 million in the first quarter.  This compares to pre-tax income of $49 million in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Net income for the first quarter was $14 million, or $0.05 per diluted share.  This compares to JetBlue’s first quarter 2012 net income of $30 million, or $0.09 per diluted share.

“Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated crewmembers, we reported our twelfth consecutive quarter of profitability,” said Dave Barger, JetBlue’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “First quarter results were solid but below those of a year ago, primarily due to Hurricane Sandy-related demand weakness in the Northeast during the peak Presidents’ Day travel period and higher than expected maintenance costs during the quarter.  While the first quarter was challenging, we remain focused on achieving sustainable, profitable growth and are optimistic about the rest of the year.”

Operational Performance

JetBlue reported record first quarter operating revenues of $1.3 billion despite the lingering impact of Hurricane Sandy, which reduced revenue during the Presidents’ Day travel period by an estimated $25 million.  Revenue passenger miles for the first quarter increased 7.6% to 8.51 billion on a capacity increase of 6.3%, resulting in a first quarter load factor of 83.9%, an increase of 1.0 point year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the first quarter was 13.95 cents, up 0.7% compared to the first quarter of 2012.  Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the first quarter 2013 increased 1.8% year over year to 11.70 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 1.5% year over year to 12.81 cents.

“Successful execution of our network plan, particularly in Boston, and our continued focus on high-margin products and services contributed to the solid revenue results we announced today,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Operating expenses for the quarter increased 11.3%, or $126 million, over the prior year period.  JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the first quarter increased 4.6% year over year to 12.23 cents.  Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM increased 6.6% to 7.62 cents, driven in part by approximately $20 million of higher than expected maintenance expense related to JetBlue’s EMBRAER 190 aircraft.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

JetBlue continued to hedge fuel to manage price volatility.  During the first quarter JetBlue hedged approximately 8% of its fuel consumption and managed approximately 10% of its fuel consumption using fixed forward price agreements (FFPs), resulting in a realized fuel price of $3.29 per gallon, a 1.3% increase over first quarter 2012 realized fuel price of $3.25.

JetBlue has managed approximately 37% of its second quarter projected fuel requirements using a combination of FFPs, collars, swaps and call options.  Based on the fuel curve as of April 19th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of hedges, FFPs and fuel taxes, of $3.03 in the second quarter.

Balance Sheet Update

JetBlue ended the first quarter with approximately $849 million in unrestricted cash and short term investments.  In addition, JetBlue maintains a $200 million line of credit with Morgan Stanley.

JetBlue announced today that it has obtained a new revolving credit facility for up to $350 million. “We continue to enhance and optimize our liquidity position through our growing unencumbered asset base and credit facilities, which we believe will be accretive to return on invested capital,” said Mark Powers, JetBlue’s Chief Financial Officer.

Second Quarter and Full Year Outlook

For the second quarter of 2013, CASM is expected to be between negative 1.5% and positive 0.5% compared to the year-ago period.  Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in the second quarter is expected to increase between 3.0% and 5.0% year over year.  JetBlue expects nearly three quarters of this year over year increase to be driven by maintenance expense.

CASM for the full year is expected to increase between 1.5% and 3.5% over full year 2012.  Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in 2013 is expected to increase between 2.0% and 4.0% year over year.

Capacity is expected to increase between 6.5% and 8.5% in the second quarter and to increase between 6.0% and 8.0% for the full year.

In other news, Jetblue announced Lima will become the 81st Blue City beginning on November 21. The capital of Peru will become the fourth destination in South America with one daily flight from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, subject to government approval.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N569JB (msn 2075) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in special 10th Anniversary livery.

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JetBlue Airways launches New York JFK-Albuquerque service as it suffers ATC delays at JFK of up to 90 minutes yesterday

JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (April 22) launched New York’s only nonstop service to the city of Albuquerque on a day that saw horrendous delays due to FAA ATC controller furloughs.

Albuquerque is JetBlue’s first destination in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, and is the 77th destination served in the airline’s growing route network.

JetBlue’s schedule between New York and Albuquerque:

JFK to ABQ: ABQ to JFK:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
8:25 p.m. – 11:04 p.m. 11:55 p.m. – 5:57 a.m.
- Daily flights operate year round beginning Monday, April 22, 2013 –

JetBlue’s flights from Albuquerque will be operated with its 150-seat Airbus A320 fleet.

Meanwhile the New York airports were hit the hardest by the FAA ATC controller furloughs with delays upwards of 90 minutes yesterday. More delays are expected today.

Read the full report in the USA Today: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boston Strong. JetBlue Airways has been a strong supporter of the Boston Red Sox and the city of Boston as it recovers from the tragic Boston Marathon bombings and massive lock-down of the city. Airbus A320-232 N605JB (msn 2368) in the Boston Red Sox livery arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Norwegian to fly nonstop Oslo-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood flights

Norwegian.com 787-8 (02)(Nose) PAE (Norwegian)(LR)

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) is set to launch a new route linking its Oslo (Gardermoen) home and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on November 30 with Boeing 787-8s. This will become the third long-distance route after New York (JFK) and Bangkok from Oslo.

Norwegian will fly twice weekly between Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Departure from OSL will be at 1510 (3:10 pm), arriving at FLL at 1930 (7:30 pm) local time.

Departure from FLL will be on Mondays and Fridays at 2130 (9:30 pm), arriving at OSL at 1235 (12:35 pm) the next day.

Copyright Photos: Norwegian. The first Boeing 787-8 is being prepared at Paine Field at Everett and will be named for Sonja Henie.

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Norwegian.com 787-8 (02-Sonja Henie)(Tail) PAE (Norwegian)(LR)

Spirit Airlines adds new service to Philadelphia

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has added Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to its route network offering daily nonstop ultra low fare service between PHL and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). In addition, daily nonstop service between Philadelphia and Las Vegas starts on April 25, 2013, and daily nonstop seasonal service between Philadelphia and Myrtle Beach starts on April 26, 2013.

 

Today Spirit offers nonstop service to 21 destinations from DFW, including Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, New York-LaGuardia, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Mesa, Portland (Oregon), San Diego, Tampa, Toluca/Mexico City. In addition, Spirit is adding nonstop service to the following cities bringing the total number of nonstop destinations from DFW to 26 by this summer:

  • Los Angeles – April 25, 2013
  • Oakland/San Francisco – April 25, 2013
  • Cancun, Mexico – April 25, 2013
  • Los Cabos, Mexico – June 13, 2013
  • Latrobe/Pittsburgh – June 14, 2013

Spirit currently offers daily nonstop service to Las Vegas from Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Oakland/San Francisco, San Diego, and Portland, Oregon.

Spirit currently offers year-round daily nonstop service to Myrtle Beach from Atlantic City, Boston, Fort Lauderdale and New York LaGuardia, as well as seasonal service to Chicago O’Hare, Detroit, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, the Niagara Falls, New York/Toronto area, and Charleston, West Virginia.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) prepares to touch down on runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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CanJet Airlines considers long-range scheduled operations

CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax), a division of IMP Group Limited, is a full-service charter airline. The airline is now considering scheduled operations again.

According to this report by The Province, the charter airline’s first priority is formalize a new long-range flying contract with Air Transat (Montreal). Failing that, the airline is considering operating scheduled flights between Canada and the European Union, Antigua and Barbuda, Costa Rica and Barbados.

CanJet currently operates its Boeing 737-800s mainly for Air Transat (Montreal). Now Air Transat, as we previously reported, is considering operating their own Boeing 737s.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Boeing 737-81Q WL C-FXGG (msn 29051) climbs away from the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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JetBlue announces new Boston-Houston Hobby flights

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced it will be adding two daily flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport starting July 25, 2013.

JetBlue’s schedule between Boston and Houston:

Boston (BOS) to Houston (HOU): Houston (HOU) to Boston (BOS):
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:00 a.m. – 9:57 a.m. 10:35 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
1:40 p.m. – 4:39 p.m. 5:20 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Flights operate daily effective July 25, 2013 -

- All times local –

HOU becomes 49th destination from Logan and Houston Hobby becomes Logan’s 74th nonstop domestic destination.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A320-232 N563JB (msn 2006) in the Blueberries tail design climbs away from runway 27R at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Allegiant to add Greensboro-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood flights

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new nonstop jet service between Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) beginning on June 6, 2013.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N876GA (msn 53469) arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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The end of Capital Cargo International Airlines

Capital Cargo International Airlines (Orlando) is no more. The cargo airline was merged into ATI-Air Transport International (Little Rock) yesterday (March 11). Founded in 1995, Capital Cargo International Airlines (CCIA) was an FAA 121 Supplemental Air Carrier. The airline operated five Boeing 727-200 and three 757-200 freighters.

Parent Air Transport Services Group issued the following statement:

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. announced on March 11, 2013 the completion of the merger of two of its airline subsidiaries, Air Transport International, Inc. (ATI) and Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc. (CCIA).

The merger creates a single airline, ATI, with its headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, its operations center in Wilmington, Ohio, and its management team led by ATI President ATSG President and CEO Dennis Manibusan. ATI currently operates 13 aircraft, including seven Boeing 767 freighters (five 767-200s and two 767-300s), three Boeing 757 freighters, and three DC-8 combi (combination passenger and main-deck cargo) aircraft. The three DC-8 combis are to be replaced soon with four Boeing 757 combis.

The Air Carrier Certificate for CCIA has been surrendered to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and its aircraft leases and other assets transferred to ATI, following that agency’s review and approval of the technical aspects of ATI’s airline merger plan. Further, the economic authority for CCIA has been surrendered to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for cancellation.

ATSG President and CEO Joe Hete, President and CEO of ATSG, said completing the merger is an important milestone in an overall effort to make ATSG more profitable, and to better serve its customers.

“This merger is the most significant of a number of steps we are taking throughout ATSG to better fit our airline overhead and operating cost structures to the airline operations we have today, and expect to add in the future,” Hete said. “Dennis Manibusan and his teams in each company have worked hard to complete this process, and I applaud their efforts. The larger scale and strength of the new combined ATI they have created will be better prepared to support ATI’s customers, including DHL and the U.S. military, and attract new business in the months to come.”

Top Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell. Boeing 727-223 (F) N708AA (msn 22465) approaches runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The freighter is painted in the final 2011 livery.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Capital Cargo International Airlines. Boeing 757-222 (F) N531UA (msn 25042) was the only 757 to wear the new color scheme.

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WestJet and Air France expand their relationship

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) and Air France (Paris) today announced they have entered into a code-share agreement enabling Air France to offer its customers 10 new Canadian destinations operated by WestJet.

The “AF” code is now on select WestJet flights connecting from Toronto to Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saint-John’s, Moncton and Halifax. Winnipeg and Calgary flights also bear the French carrier’s code for both Toronto and Montreal connections to Air France’s direct flights to Paris.

This is the ninth code-share agreement for WestJet which, additionally, has twenty-one interline relationships.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-76N WL C-GWSH (msn 29886) climbs away from runway 27R at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A320-211 F-GHQK (msn 236) taxies to the runway at Geneva.

Southwest Airlines to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico (replacing AirTran)

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways announced an extension of flight schedules for travel through November 1, 2013. In extending both carriers’ bookable inventory, Southwest introduces four new nonstop routes, including the first Southwest service from Des Moines to the West through Las Vegas, and the return of seasonal service in three markets. The carrier also announced new Southwest Airlines service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and San Juan, a conversion from AirTran service in the market, beginning on September 29, 2013.  Southwest Airlines begins its initial service in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 14 with nonstop service between both Tampa Bay and Orlando.  AirTran introduces additional seasonal flying to and from Florida.

Southwest’s new markets:

  • Two daily nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and San Juan
  • One daily nonstop flight between Nashville and Pittsburgh
  • One daily nonstop flight between Atlanta and San Diego
  • One daily nonstop flight between Des Moines and Las Vegas
  • One daily nonstop flight between Jacksonville and Chicago

Southwest’s returning seasonal markets:

  • One daily nonstop flight between Indianapolis and Orlando
  • One daily nonstop flight between Jacksonville and Las Vegas
  • One daily nonstop flight between Orlando and Minneapolis-Saint Paul

AirTran’s new markets:

  • Seasonal service between Orlando and Houston (Hobby)
  • Seasonal service between Orlando and New Orleans
  • Seasonal service between Fort Myers and Columbus
  • Seasonal service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Pittsburgh

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 WL N944WN (msn 36659) with extra “Free Bags Fly Free” markings arrives on runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. The special AirTran schemes are not expected to survive the integration into Southwest. The pictured Boeing 737-7BD WL N354AT (msn 36725) in the special Georgia Aquarium  “Dolphin 1″ scheme is due to become N7724A with Southwest.

JetBlue and Aer Lingus expand their code share relationship

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Aer Lingus (Dublin) have announced a codeshare agreement that expands upon the partnership that has linked the two carriers’ networks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport since 2008.

Flights operated by JetBlue and featuring the Aer Lingus “EI” flight number will soon be available for sale on the Aer Lingus website, travel agents and online travel agencies, connecting the Irish carrier’s transatlantic flights with 29 JetBlue destinations in North America including Baltimore/Washington, Buffalo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse, Tampa, and West Palm Beach, subject to receipt of government approval.

Through the JetBlue-Aer Lingus partnership, customers can enjoy the convenience of booking a single ticket that includes flights operated by both carriers, with benefits including one-stop check-in and baggage transfer to dozens of destinations throughout the United States.

The start of the new codeshare arrangement coincides with the move of Aer Lingus’ New York flight operations from Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport into JetBlue’s acclaimed Terminal 5. Aer Lingus customers connecting to one of JetBlue’s many destinations across the U.S. will benefit from same terminal connections, one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in for travel on both airlines, from the U.S. to Europe.

With the move to Terminal 5, scheduled for April 3, 2013, the minimum connection time from European arrivals to US departures will be reduced to just about 60 minutes. Customers travelling to Ireland will enjoy connections as fast as 40 minutes.

Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell. Airbus A320-232 N569JB (msn 2075) in the 10th Anniversary scheme taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

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Spirit Airlines reports 4th consecutive profitable year and record full-year 2012 net income

Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood)  reported fourth quarter 2012 and full year 2012 financial results.

  • Net income for the fourth quarter 2012 was $19.5 million, or $0.27 per diluted share. Results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012 include an estimated $25 million negative revenue impact ($24 million pre-tax income, $15 million after tax) from Hurricane Sandy.
  • Adjusted CASM ex-fuel for the fourth quarter 2012 decreased 2.5 percent year-over-year. See “Reconciliation of Adjusted CASM ex-fuel to CASM” table below for more details.
  • Net income, excluding special items, for the full year 2012 was a record $103.8 million, or $1.43 per diluted share1. GAAP net income for the full year 2012 was a record $108.5 million, or $1.49 per diluted share.
  • For the fourth quarter 2012, Spirit achieved an operating margin, excluding special items, of 9.7 percent (15.8 percent adjusted for Hurricane Sandy)1. For the full year 2012, Spirit’s operating margin, excluding special items, was 12.6 percent (14.2 percent adjusted for Hurricane Sandy). Operating margin on a GAAP basis was 9.7 percent and 13.2 percent for the fourth quarter and full year 2012, respectively.
  • Spirit ended 2012 with $416.8 million in unrestricted cash.
  • Spirit’s return on invested capital (before taxes and excluding special items) was 26.5 percent (28.8 percent adjusted for Hurricane Sandy) for the year ended December 31, 2012. See “Calculation for Return on Invested Capital” table below for more details.

“2012 was a very exciting year for Spirit. We successfully grew our business, delivered strong financial results and remained committed to our low-cost, low-fare strategy. This low-cost, low-fare strategy helped us to achieve among the highest margins in the industry,” said Ben Baldanza, Spirit’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I want to thank and congratulate our team members that contributed to our success.”

Revenue Performance

For the fourth quarter 2012, Spirit’s total operating revenue was $328.3 million, an increase of 19.8 percent, compared to fourth quarter 2011.

Total revenue per available seat mile (“RASM”) for the fourth quarter 2012 was 11.10 cents, a decrease of 6.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2011 due to the negative revenue impact from Hurricane Sandy and a 5.3 percent increase in average stage length.

Passenger flight segment (“PFS”) volume grew 22.0 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter 2012 with average non-ticket revenue per PFS for the fourth quarter 2012 increasing 9.4 percent year-over-year to $52.73 and average ticket revenue per PFS for the quarter decreasing 8.6 percent year-over-year to $71.30. The growth in non-ticket revenue per PFS was primarily driven by a passenger usage fee increase implemented late in the fourth quarter of 2011.

For the full year 2012, total operating revenue increased 23.1 percent to $1.3 billion compared to the same period last year on a 21.3 percent increase in available seat miles.

Cost Performance

Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter 2012 were $296.3 million, an increase of 25.6 percent compared to the same period in 2011. The increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by fuel and other expenses associated with additional available seat miles (“capacity”) which grew by 28.3 percent year-over-year.

Cost per available seat mile excluding special items and fuel (“Adjusted CASM ex-fuel”) for the fourth quarter 2012 decreased 2.5 percent year-over-year to 5.93 cents. Primary drivers of the decrease included lower labor expense per ASM year-over-year due to lower unit overhead costs, lower distribution expense per ASM as a result of a decrease in credit card fees, and an increase in average stage length. These benefits were partially offset by start-up costs related to Spirit’s seat maintenance program of $1.4 million during the fourth quarter 2012, bringing the total start-up costs related to this program to $6.8 million, and higher depreciation and amortization expense related to amortization of heavy maintenance events.

Total operating expense for the full year 2012 was $1.1 billion, up 23.5 percent as compared to the full year 2011, largely driven by fuel and other expenses associated with capacity increasing by 21.3 percent year-over-year.

Selected Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Items

As of December 31, 2012, Spirit had $416.8 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, no restricted cash, no debt on its balance sheet, and total shareholders’ equity of $582.5 million.

During the fourth quarter 2012, Spirit incurred capital expenditures of $2.1 million, paid $5.8 million in pre-delivery deposits (“PDPs”) for future deliveries of aircraft, net of reimbursements, and paid $2.1 million in maintenance reserves, net of reimbursements.

Fleet

Spirit ended 2012 with 45 aircraft in its fleet. The Company has nine aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2013, including seven new Airbus A320 aircraft and two used A319s.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Spirit Airlines is expected to retire its last two Airbus A321s (N587NK and N588NK) in 2017. Both are not expected to be repainted in the new colors. A321-231 N587NK (msn 2476) climbs away from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood hub.

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Spirit Airlines starts Detroit-Denver and Houston-Orlando flights

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) started new nonstop service between Detroit and Denver on February 14. The initial service is operating daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and increases to daily service starting on March 1, 2013.

Spirit currently offers daily nonstop service from Denver to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Phoenix/Mesa (seasonal), as well as a variety of connections throughout the Americas.

Spirit currently offers nonstop daily service from Detroit to Cancun, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, New York LaGuardia, Orlando and Tampa, as well as convenient connections throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.

In addition, Spirit Airlines also started daily nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Orlando International Airport on February 14.

The flight will also operate as new one-stop continuation service via Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) as DFW-Houston-Orlando and Orlando-Houston-DFW, complementing Spirit’s existing non-stop service between DFW and Orlando.

Spirit introduced its ultra low fare service to Houstonians in September with twice daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth, and started daily nonstop service from Houston to both Chicago O’Hare and Las Vegas in October. Spirit offers connections from Houston to 12 destinations throughout the Americas, including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Oakland/San Francisco, Phoenix/Mesa, Portland (Oregon), Tampa, and Toluca/Mexico City.

Spirit offers Orlando customers nonstop service to Atlantic City, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, and now Houston.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A319-132 N504NK (msn 2473) climbs away from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

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Grand Rapids to join the Southwest Airlines network on August 11

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) announced today that Grand Rapids, Michigan is the next AirTran Airways (Dallas) city to be converted to Southwest service.  Those flights from Grand Rapids to Baltimore/Washington, Denver, Orlando, and Saint Louis will begin on August 11, 2013.  AirTran service in Grand Rapids will end the previous day, August 10, 2013.

From Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), fly Southwest Airlines Nonstop to:

  • (BWI) Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • (DEN) Denver International Airport
  • (MCO) Orlando International Airport
  • (STL) Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Additionally, AirTran expands operations in Memphis with new nonstop flights between Memphis and Chicago (Midway), Baltimore/Washington, and Orlando, beginning on August 11, 2013.  In Memphis, AirTran currently offers five daily nonstop flights to Atlanta.

Southwest also will begin nonstop service between Flint, Michigan and Las Vegas starting on August 11, 2013. Bishop International Airport (FNT) in Flint is currently served by AirTran Airways and will convert to Southwest Airlines service on April 14, 2013. Inaugural service from Flint will also include nonstop service to Baltimore/Washington, Orlando, and Tampa Bay.

Top Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney. Boeing 737-3H4 N609SW (msn 27929) in the California One motif lands at Las Vegas.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Southwest Airlines is also phasing out the AirTran Airways’ Boeing 717 fleet. The 717s will gradually migrate to Delta Air Lines. Boeing 717-2BD N946AT (msn 55009) painted in the special livery of the world champion Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL) climbs away from the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Sunwing Airlines to operate Edmonton-Cancun weekly flights

Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto-Pearson) has announced the addition of winter flights from Edmonton to Cancun, Mexico. The new flights will depart on Tuesdays, commencing on February 12, 2013 until April 9, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boeing 737-8K5 C-FRZG (msn 35139) was leased for the winter season from Thomson Airways on December 3, 2012 and still retains the new fuselage colors of Thomson creating this unique hybrid livery.

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Spirit Airlines announces new seasonal service to Myrtle Beach from Baltimore/Washington and Philadelphia

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced that starting April 25, 2013, it is adding daily nonstop seasonal service from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR).

Spirit currently offers year-round daily nonstop service to Myrtle Beach from Atlantic City, Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and New York LaGuardia, and also recently announced it has moved up the start dates for its 2013 seasonal service to/from Myrtle Beach – and just in time for the Valentine’s and President’s Day Weekend – including:

  • Daily nonstop service between Myrtle Beach and Chicago O’Hare starting February 14, 2013.
  • Daily nonstop service between Myrtle Beach and Detroit starting February 14, 2013.
  • Three weekly nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach and the Latrobe/Pittsburgh area starting February 14, 2013, with service increasing to daily on April 25, 2013.
  • Two weekly nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach and the Niagara Falls, New York/Toronto area starting February 15, 2013, with service increasing to four weekly flights on April 25, 2013.
  • Two weekly nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, West Virginia starting March 2, 2013.

In addition, effective April 25, 2013, Spirit resumes seasonal service to/from Myrtle Beach and the Plattsburgh, New York/Montreal Area and Dallas/Fort Worth, both with three flights per week.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Silver Airways’ CEO Darrell Richardson to retire after leading the company through its growth period

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Silver Airways Corporation (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) announced that CEO Darrell Richardson (below) plans to retire from the company, capping a long and distinguished career in aviation. Mr. Richardson informed the Board of Directors of his decision and has received its full support. Silver’s board of directors is actively conducting a search for a new CEO; Mr. Richardson will remain in a consulting capacity until a transition is finalized. Richardson has also accepted an offer to join the Company’s board of directors.

Silver CEO Darrell Richardson (Silver)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Silver Airways.

Matthew Ray, Chairman of the Board for Silver Airways, commented on Richardson’s retirement, saying: “Darrell has played an integral role in building Silver Airways and we have realized many accomplishments under his leadership. His dedication and contributions, both strategically and operationally, have positioned us for continued future success. We now have a strong operating platform and bright future ahead. We could not be more thankful for Darrell’s leadership.”

The former CEO of Air Turks & Caicos and Pace Airlines, Mr. Richardson’s career in aviation spans more than 40 years and includes posts with such notable former and current carriers as Continental, Air Florida and Mesaba Airlines, where he served as Chief Operating Officer from 1995 to 2000. He started his career with Piedmont Airlines in 1968 after earning a BSEE degree from the Cook Institute of Technology. Mr. Richardson also holds an MBA in International Business and Finance from the University of Miami.

Silver Airways has grown tremendously during Mr. Richardson’s tenure. The far-flung carrier’s (see route maps below) fleet has grown to 13 Raytheon (Beechcraft) 1900Ds and 17 SAAB 340Bs (25 by the end on March). The feeder airline has taken on abandoned routes and cities that many major carriers no longer wanted to operate to and from.

Copyright Photo below: Brian McDonough. The SAAB 340B, discarded by many others, is becoming the backbone of the Silver Airways fleet. Former Mesaba Airlines SAAB 340B N402XJ (msn 402) taxies to runway 9L at Fort lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Route Maps (Silver Airways) operates in five distinct regions across the United States, ranging from one of the coldest to one of the warmest:

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