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Volaris is coming to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood from Mexico City and Guadalajara

Volaris (Mexico City) has announced the launch of two new routes to connect Mexico City and Guadalajara with Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Mexico City flights will start operating on December 1 and Guadalajara flights on December 4. Mexico City flights will operate four days a week and Guadalajara flights two days a week. FLL is the second destination in Florida after Orlando. FLL will serve the Miami area (see map below).

The carrier is also adding the following routes this winter:

Morelia-Oakland (twice-weekly, effective November 3)

Guadalajara-Orlando (twice-weekly, effective November 17)

Guadalajara-Chicago (O’Hare) (twice-weekly, effective November 19)

Cancun-Las Vegas (twice-weekly, effective December 18)

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-133 XA-VOC (msn 2997) lands in Las Vegas.

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Updated Route Map for routes from Mexico City:

Volaris MEX 10.2014 Route Map

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Allegiant starts Cincinnati-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood flights

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) yesterday (October 9) started nonstop service between Cincinnati and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

The new flights will operate four times weekly from the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood begins the latest flight expansion by Allegiant at CVG announced in the summer. In November, Allegiant will begin nonstop flights to Mesa (near Phoenix), followed by Las Vegas in December, bringing the company’s total weekly flights to 20 before the end of the year.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N419NV (msn 53366) lands in Las Vegas.

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Virgin America announces two new seasonal routes to Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas

Virgin America (San Francisco) today announced two new seasonal routes – daily nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and four times weekly service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).

Additionally, the airline announced today that it will operate two extra roundtrip frequencies weekly between Las Vegas-New York (JFK) over winter and early spring to bring weekly frequencies on this popular route from the current seven to nine.

Schedule:

Virgin America’s 2014-2015 new seasonal services are as follows:

December 18, 2014 – April 28, 2015

JFK- FLL: depart 8:00am and arrive 11:05am daily.
FLL- JFK: depart 9:15am and arrive 11:55am daily.

January 8, 2015 – April 28, 2015

BOS-LAS: depart 10:30am and arrive 1:40pm on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
LAS-BOS: depart 2:50pm and arrive 10:40pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
LAS-BOS: depart at 3:35pm and arrive 11:25pm on Thursday.

January 5, 2015 – April 28, 2015*

JFK-LAS: depart at 11:35am and arrive 2:35pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
LAS-JFK: depart at 3:10pm and arrive at 11:00pm on Monday.
LAS-JFK: depart at 3:35pm and arrive at 11:25pm on Wednesday.

*In addition to existing daily roundtrip schedule on this route.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N844VA (msn 4851) climbs away from Washington (Reagan National).

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Spirit Airlines is coming to Cleveland starting on January 15

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced Cleveland will be the 57th city to join its expanding route network, with new service to eight cities. Service starts on January 15, 2015 to three cities, with three more starting February 5, 2015, and two more on April 16, 2015.

Here are the new routes from CLE (start date and number of days per week):

Orlando starts January 15, 2015 Daily
Tampa* January 15, 2015 Three Days a Week
Fort Myers* January 15, 2015 Four Days a Week
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood February 5, 2015 Daily
Dallas/Fort Worth February 5, 2015 Daily
Las Vegas February 5, 2015 Daily
Los Angeles April 16, 2015 Daily
Myrtle Beach** April 16, 2015 Daily

* Indicates winter seasonal service
** Indicates summer seasonal service

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N533NK (msn 3393) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in the now old 2007 livery.

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Expanding Route Map:

Spirit 9.2014 Route Map

TAME is coming to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood starting on October 17

TAME (Transportes Aereos Militares Ecuatorianos) (Linea Aerea del Ecuador) (Quito) which used to operate cargo flights to Miami in the past, is returning to South Florida. TAME will launch daily Quito-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood passenger flights with Airbus A319s/A320s starting on October 17 per Airline Route. The daily flight will arrive at FLL at 0730 and depart at 0900 (local times).

In other news, TAME is also shifting its route to New York (JFK) from Guayaquil-New York to Quito-New York on October 20 per Airline Route. Quito will now become the jumping off point to both South Florida and New York.

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 HC-CGT (msn 2659) arrives at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

Read the history of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport: CLICK HERE

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Frontier Airlines to expand in Cincinnati with five new destinations

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced it will expand its low fare service in the Cincinnati market to nine nonstop routes with the addition of five new destinations— Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Las Vegas, Nevada beginning on October 26 and Phoenix, Arizona and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida beginning on October 28.

Frontier Airlines will offer nine nonstop destinations from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Frontier also offers nonstop, low fare service to Cancun, Mexico; Denver, Colorado; Trenton, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C. Frontier began its unique brand of low-fare service from the Cincinnati market in May 2013.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 N949FR (msn 2857) with Emma, the Ermine, on the tail, touches down in Las Vegas.

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Azul to fly to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood starting on December 1 and Orlando on December 15

Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras (Campinas-Viracopos) has filed with the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) for its approval for flights to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and Orlando (MCO). If approved, FLL service will start on December 1 and MCO service on December 15 with its new Airbus A330-200s.

Schedule:

Azul FLL MCO 8.2014 Schedule

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 EI-FEL (msn 527) is pictured at Belo Horizonte (CNF).

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Spirit Airlines moves up the start dates of five new routes

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) will take delivery of some of its Airbus A320 “Fit Fleet (TM)” planes sooner than originally planned and has moved up the start date for daily flights in five routes.

The new Airbus A320 planes will arrive this fall and will be added to Spirit’s current fleet of 58 Airbus aircraft.

Here’s the summary of the changes:
Route New Start Date Original Start Date Frequency
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Atlanta – Chicago/O’Hare will now start October 24, 2014 instead of November 2, 2014 operates Daily
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Atlanta – Detroit October 24, 2014 November 2, 2014 Daily
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Chicago – New Orleans October 30, 2014 November 6, 2014 Daily
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Detroit – New Orleans October 30, 2014 November 6, 2014 Daily
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Boston – West Palm Beach* November 14, 2014 November 21, 2014 Daily
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* = seasonal service

In addition to these new routes, Spirit recently added/will add service
on the following new routes between August and December this year:
Route Service Start Date Frequency
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Ft. Lauderdale – New Orleans August 1, 2014 Daily
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Houston/Bush – New Orleans August 1, 2014 Daily
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Atlanta – Houston/Bush August 1, 2014 Daily
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Kansas City – Chicago/O’Hare August 7, 2014 Daily
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Kansas City – Dallas/Ft. Worth August 7, 2014 Daily
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Kansas City – Detroit August 7, 2014 Daily
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Kansas City – Las Vegas August 7, 2014 Daily
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Kansas City – Houston/Bush August 8, 2014 Daily
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Ft. Lauderdale – Houston/Bush September 3, 2014 Daily
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Houston/Bush – San Diego September 3, 2014 Daily
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Latrobe/Pittsburgh – Ft. Myers December 18, 2014 Tue/Thu/Sun
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Latrobe/Pittsburgh – Tampa December 19, 2014 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat
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Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N601NK (msn 4206) taxies to runway 09L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Southwest Airlines launches Mexican flights to Cancun and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) launched its initial service to Mexico with inaugural flights over the weekend.  The nonstop routes previously served by wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways now operate daily between Orange County/Santa Ana and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico, and between Cancun and both Atlanta and Baltimore/Washington.

Saturday-only service on Southwest between Milwaukee and Cancun begins August 16, 2014.

The Company plans to fully convert all international and domestic service currently flown by AirTran to Southwest by the end of this year. The carriers’ flights schedules are published through March 6, 2015, and are available for purchase at southwest.com.

AirTran Airways continues to operate daily service between Mexico City and Orange County/Santa Ana until the route converts to Southwest Airlines service on Nov. 2, 2014.

Southwest Airlines began international service on July 1 with flights to Oranjestad, Aruba; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Nassau, The Bahamas, in the Caribbean. International service from Denver begins Oct. 7. Additional international service from Chicago (Midway), Austin, and San Antonio begins Nov. 2, the same day Southwest Airlines begins serving Punta Cana, Dominican Republic*, and Mexico City.

*subject to Government approvals

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7H4 N228WN (msn 32496) departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Frontier Airlines announces 10 new routes

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) today announced it will expand its network with 10 new routes to warm and sunny destinations from Trenton, Washington, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta and Denver.

Following is the schedule for Frontier’s new nonstop service:

Denver-West Palm Beach (starts October 26) (4 days a week) A319

Washington (Dulles) – West Palm Beach (starts November 21) (4 days a week) A320

Washington (Dulles) – Cancun (starts November 22) (weekly) A320

St. Louis – Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood (starts January 8) (3 days a week) A319

St. Louis – Orlando (starts December 21) (3 days a week) A319

Milwaukee- Orlando (starts January 7) (3 days a week) A320

Milwaukee- Ft. Myers (starts January 8) (3 days a week) A320

Chicago (O’Hare) – Orlando (starts December 20) (daily) A320

Atlanta – Orlando (starts December 14) (5 days a week) A319

Trenton – West Palm Beach (starts November 21) (3 days a week) A319

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N208FR (msn 4562) with Charlie, the cougar, arrives at Washington (Reagan National).

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Updated Route Map:

Frontier (2nd) 8.2014 Route Map

 

Norwegian launches Boeing 787 flights from London Gatwick to Los Angeles, New York and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Norwegian Long Haul (Norwegian Air Shuttle) (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) this week has expanded its Boeing 787 operations, this time from London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW). On July 2 the fast-growing airline launched Gatwick-Los Angeles service. Yesterday (July 3) Norwegian started Gatwick-New York (JFK) flights and today it will commence Gatwick-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood service.

According to Norwegian,  “almost all of the 291 seats on Norwegian’s 787 Dreamliner are fully booked on the launch trips to Los Angeles, New York and Fort Lauderdale.”

The airline continued (translated from Norwegian), “The launch of long-haul routes from London Gatwick is an important part of Norwegian’s global growth strategy and in a few years, it is Spain’s turn. We are excited that Norwegian’s routes between London and the United States are now running. We think that everyone should be able to afford to fly, even between Europe and the USA. The trans-Atlantic market has for too long been dominated by a few large airlines with expensive tickets and limited flexibility”, says CEO Bjorn Kjos.

In 2013, Norwegian launched the only low cost long-haul routes between the United States and Scandinavia, and between Asia and Scandinavia.

This past year, according to Norwegian, 100,000 Americans have flown with Norwegian and 200 000 passengers have traveled from Europe to the United States with the company.

According to Norwegian, “Currently Norwegian employs 300 American cabin crew at the base in Fort Lauderdale and in New York and 200 at the base in Bangkok. Norwegian had over 6,000 applications for the 300 posts in the United States. 150 pilots fly its 787 Dreamliner and 40 more pilots will be employed, including the base in New York.

Norwegian currently has seven 787 Dreamliners in service. By 2018 the company will have a long-haul fleet of 17 Dreamliners.

Norwegian’s current long-haul Boeing 787 routes:

From New York (JFK): Stockholm (ARN), Oslo (OSL), Copenhagen (CPH), Bergen (BGO and London (LGW)

From Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL): Stockholm (ARN), Oslo (OSL), Copenhagen (CPH) and London (LGW)

From Los Angeles (LAX): Stockholm (ARN), Oslo (OSL), Copenhagen (CPH) and London (LGW)

From Oakland, CA (OAK): Stockholm (ARN) and Oslo (OSL)

From Orlando (MCO): Oslo (OSL)

From Bangkok (BKK): Oslo (OSL) to Stockholm (ARN)

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 EI-LNE (msn 34796) with Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen on the tail arrives in New York at JFK International Airport (JFK).

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Spirit Airlines to add two routes this winter from Latrobe

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced it is starting new seasonal service between Arnold Palmer Regional Airport serving Latrobe (near Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania (LBE) and two additional Florida cities – Tampa (TPA) and Fort Myers (RSW) starting on December 18, 2014.

These nonstop seasonal flights are in addition to Spirit’s regular, year-round service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N618NK (msn 5458) taxies to runway 09L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Azul to fly to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando and New York JFK

Azul A330-200 (Azul)(LR)

Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras (Sao Paulo-Campinas) has announced the first three routes it will fly its new Airbus A330-200s to the United States.

Azul plans to start the Campinas (Viracopos) to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and also to Orlando (MCO) in December 2014 and a route to New York (JFK) in July of next year according to Panrotas.

Azul was founded by David Neeleman, who also founded JetBlue Airways. Today, with almost 18% of the domestic market share, Azul has established itself as the third largest airline in Brazil.  Together, Azul and TRIP have at their disposal 121 aircraft and operate over 840 daily flights to 100 destinations.

Images: As previously reported, Azul will operate at least one Airbus A330-200 in this special Brazilian flag design.

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Route Map:

Azul 6.2014 Route Map

 

JetBlue responds to Silver Airways, adds Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-Jacksonville flights

JetBlue Airways (New York) following on the heels of Silver Airways announcement of frequent Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-Jacksonville turboprop service, has also announced twice-daily nonstop jet service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Service will launch on October 29, 2014, along with previously announced new nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Cartagena, Colombia (CTG); Las Vegas, Nev. (LAS) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PIT).

JetBlue’s presence in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is growing rapidly. The airline has committed to expand this South Florida BlueCity to 100 daily departures by 2017. With the addition of Cartagena, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, and Pittsburgh, JetBlue will offer up to 80 daily departures and 33 nonstop destinations from South Florida.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Jacksonville (JAX):
FLL to JAX: JAX to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:00 a.m. – 8:14 a.m. 8:00 a.m. – 9:14 a.m.
6:55 p.m. – 8:09 p.m. 6:45 p.m. – 7:59 p.m.

JetBlue’s flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Jacksonville will be operated with its full-size 100-seat Embraer 190 jet aircraft.

Southwest Airlines is dropping the route on November 1 sparking these two announcements.

Can Silver Airways’ SAAB 340B turboprops compete against JetBlue Airways Embraer 190 jets? Someone will blink on this route as the daily traffic cannot support this large number of new seats.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N228JB (msn 19000030) in the Harlequin tail design prepares to touch down on runway 9L at First Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Silver Airways to start frequent service between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Jacksonville

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) has announced today it is adding multiple daily nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The new service starts on August 19, 2014, with up to three flights per day, and increases to up to six daily flights on November 2, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. SAAB 340B N412XJ (msn 412) taxies at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Route Map:

Silver Airways 5.2014 Route Map

 

JetBlue announces two more routes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced two new nonstop routes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Cartagena, Colombia (CTG) and Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS). Both flights will begin on October 29, 2014, the same day the airline will also launch its new nonstop service to Pittsburgh.

These three upcoming routes are in addition to the six international routes already launched within the last year from JetBlue’s South Florida focus city. New international destinations include San Jose, Costa Rica; Lima, Peru; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N510JB (msn 1280) approaches the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in the old Dots tail design and smaller aircraft titles.

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Frontier to expand operations at Cleveland Hopkins

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced it will expand its low fare service in the Cleveland market to 14 nonstop routes with the addition of two more destinations– Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) beginning on August 15 and Las Vegas (LAS) beginning on September 11.

With this announcement, Frontier Airlines will offer 14 nonstop destinations from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). Frontier currently offers nonstop domestic service to Atlanta, Denver, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, Trenton and international service to Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in partnership with Apple Vacations. Seasonal service to Phoenix returns on November 14 with two weekly flights.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 N912FR (msn 1803) with Trixie, the red fox, on the tail, taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Cleveland Routes:

Frontier CLE Banner

 

Delta to operate the Boeing 717 between New York (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will begin operating the Boeing 717 on the New York (JFK)-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood route starting on January 15, 2015  per Airline Route. This very competitive route used to be served with wide-body aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Former TWA/AirTran Airways Boeing 717-231 N933AT (msn 55071) arrives in Atlanta.

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JetBlue Airways launches four new routes today to the Caribbean

JetBlue Airways (New York) today launches four new nonstop routes to the Caribbean, expanding its ever growing network in the region.

JetBlue today begins nonstop service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI). JetBlue also serves Newark with flights to Boston, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), the airline today begins nonstop service to Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ); Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS); and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ). As of today, JetBlue serves 29 destinations from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, with upcoming nonstop flights to Pittsburgh (PIT) commencing October 29 and the airline also intends to launch a nonstop route to Albany, NY, next year.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N623JB (msn 2504) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Spirit Airlines’ adjusted first quarter net income increases 15.4% to $37.8 million

Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) today reported first quarter 2014 financial results.

Adjusted net income for the first quarter 2014 increased 15.4 percent to $37.8 million ($0.52 per diluted share) compared to $32.8 million ($0.45 per diluted share) for the first quarter 20131. GAAP net income for the first quarter 2014 was $37.7 million ($0.51 per diluted share) compared to $30.6 million ($0.42 per diluted share) in the first quarter 2013.

For the first quarter 2014, Spirit achieved an adjusted pre-tax margin of 13.7 percent compared to 14.4 percent over the same period in 20131. On a GAAP basis, pre-tax margin for the first quarter 2014 was 13.7 percent compared to 13.4 percent in the first quarter 2013.

Spirit ended the first quarter 2014 with $544.0 million in unrestricted cash.

Spirit’s return on invested capital (before taxes and excluding special items) for the twelve months ended March 31, 2014 was 31.2 percent. See “Calculation for Return on Invested Capital” table below for more details.

“During the first quarter, our team did a great job serving our customers while overcoming the challenges caused by numerous severe winter storms and managing to the new crew duty and rest rules. Our solid operational and financial performance in the first quarter is a great start to the year and provides a firm foundation as we grow our business and bring our low fares to more people in more places,” said Ben Baldanza, Spirit’s Chief Executive Officer.

Revenue Performance

For the first quarter 2014, Spirit’s total operating revenue was $438.0 million, an increase of 18.2 percent compared to the first quarter 2013. The increase was primarily driven by our growth in flight volume. In the first quarter 2014, Spirit had 256 weather-related flight cancellations compared to 59 in the first quarter 2013, which negatively impacted revenue for the quarter.

Total revenue per available seat mile (“RASM”) for the first quarter 2014 was 11.57 cents, a decrease of 2.4 percent compared to the first quarter 2013. Average stage length for the first quarter 2014 increased 6.3 percent year over year, contributing an estimated 3.0 percentage point decline in RASM. In the first quarter 2014, RASM was further impacted by an estimated 1.5 percentage points due to the calendar shift of Easter occurring in April this year compared to in March last year.

Passenger flight segment (“PFS”) volume for the first quarter 2014 grew 17.9 percent year over year, and the Company’s load factor for the first quarter 2014 increased 1.8 points year over year. Total revenue per PFS for the first quarter 2014 increased 0.3 percent year over year to $134.20.

Cost Performance

Total operating expenses for the first quarter 2014 increased 17.9 percent year over year to $378.0 million on a capacity increase of 21.0 percent.

Spirit reported first quarter 2014 cost per available seat mile excluding special items and fuel (“Adjusted CASM ex-fuel”) of 6.06 cents, an increase of 0.3 percent compared to the same period last year. An increased number of scheduled maintenance events resulted in higher depreciation and amortization expense and higher maintenance, material and repairs expense per ASM. These expenses were partially offset by improved operational reliability, resulting in lower passenger re-accommodation expense (recorded within Other operating expense) per ASM. The Company also benefited from lower aircraft rent per ASM.

Selected Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Items

As of March 31, 2014, Spirit had $544.0 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, no restricted cash, no debt on its balance sheet, and total shareholders’ equity of $809.4 million.

In the first quarter 2014, Spirit incurred capital expenditures of $4.1 million, paid $73.2 million in pre-delivery deposits for future deliveries of aircraft, net of refunds, and recorded an increase of $14.7 million in maintenance deposits, net of reimbursements.

Fleet

In the first quarter 2014, Spirit took delivery of two new A320 aircraft, ending the quarter with 56 aircraft in its fleet. During the quarter, the Company signed an amendment to its aircraft purchase agreement with Airbus; changes include the conversion of five (5) A320 ceo aircraft to A321 ceo aircraft, the conversion of five (5) A320 neo aircraft to A321 neo aircraft, the acceleration of one (1) A321 ceo aircraft from 2016 to 2015, and the deferral of two (2) A320 ceo aircraft from 2017 to 2018.

First Quarter 2014 and Other Current Highlights

• Added/announced new service between (service start date):

- Minneapolis-St. Paul and Houston (5/1/14)2
– Minneapolis-St. Paul and Baltimore/Washington (5/1/14)2
– Chicago O’Hare and Oakland/San Francisco (5/1/14)
– Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit (5/22/14)2
– Chicago O’Hare and Baltimore/Washington (5/22/14)2
– Chicago O’Hare and Portland, OR (5/22/14)2
– Fort Lauderdale and New Orleans (8/1/14)
– Houston and New Orleans (8/1/14)
– Houston and Atlanta (8/1/14)
– Kansas City and Chicago (8/7/14)
– Kansas City and Dallas/Fort Worth (8/7/14)
– Kansas City and Detroit (8/7/14)
– Kansas City and Las Vegas (8/7/14)
– Kansas City and Houston (8/8/14)
– Fort Lauderdale and Houston (9/3/14)
– Houston and San Diego (9/3/14)

• Maintained its commitment to offer low fares to its valued customers; average ticket revenue per passenger flight segment for the first quarter 2014 was $77.79 with total revenue per passenger flight segment of $134.20.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N506NK (msn 2490) departs the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Spirit Airlines announces new routes from Houston and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) continues to quickly grow its network. It is the growth airline in the United States. The ultra low-fare airline has announced that it is starting new service between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and two new cities – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) starting on August 1, 2014.

Schedules:

Spirit MSY Service 8.1.14

Additionally Spirit announced that it is starting new service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and three other new cities, including Atlanta (ATL) starting on August 1, 2014, and to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and San Diego (SAN) starting on September 3, 2014. These new routes join new service from Houston to Kansas City (MCI) that begins on August 7, 2014.

Schedules:

Spirit IAH 8.1.14 New Schedules

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N618NK (msn 5458) in the special “Greetings from Fort Worth” DFW Airport promotional livery lands on runway 09L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Spirit Airlines is coming to Kansas City

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced that Kansas City will be the 56th city added to its route network, offering daily nonstop ultra-low fare service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) beginning on August 7, 2014, and service to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) starting on August 8, 2014.

Spirit offers nonstop service to 19 destinations from Chicago-O’Hare, including Atlantic City, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City (starting August 7), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New York-LaGuardia, Oakland/San Francisco Bay, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), and Tampa.

Spirit offers nonstop service to 24 destinations from Dallas/Fort Worth, including Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Cancun, Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Kansas City (starting August 7), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, New York-LaGuardia, Oakland/San Francisco Bay, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), San Diego, and Tampa.

Spirit offers nonstop service to 15 destinations from Detroit, including Atlantic City, Cancun, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City (starting August 7), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New York-LaGuardia, Orlando, and Tampa.

Spirit offers nonstop service to 8 destinations from Houston-Bush Intercontinental, including Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City (starting August 8), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Orlando.

Spirit offers nonstop service to 14 destinations from Las Vegas, including Baltimore/Washington, Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City (starting August 7), Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland/San Francisco Bay, Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), and San Diego.

Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N624NK (msn 5880) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Current Route Map:

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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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Video: Humanity in customer service and the new Airbus A321 Mint Service:

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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