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El Al reports a record third quarter net profit

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 777-258 ER 4X-ECC (msn 30833) LHR (SPA). Image: 930028.

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) reported a record third quarter net profit of $936 million, up from a net profit of only $10.1 million in the same quarter a year ago. The change was a direct result of lower fuel costs.

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WestJet reports record 3Q net earnings of C$101.8 million

WestJet (Calgary) today announced its third quarter 2015 results, with record net earnings of $101.8 million (all amounts in Canadian dollars), or $0.82 per diluted share, as compared with the adjusted net earnings1 of $85.4 million, or $0.66 per diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2014, up 19.2 per cent and 24.2 per cent, respectively, notwithstanding the significant weakening of the Canadian dollar year over year and the softening of the Western Canadian economy as a result of the collapse in energy prices. WestJet achieved an on-time performance rate of 86.0 per cent in the third quarter, a year-over-year improvement of 4.1 percentage points, placing WestJet as the top performing North American airline for the second consecutive quarter. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a record return on invested capital of 16.1 per cent, compared with the 16.0 per cent reported in the previous quarter while our total assets surpassed $5 billion for the first time in WestJet’s history.

“We are very pleased with another quarter of record financial results, as we improved our return on invested capital and operating margin while leading North American airlines in on-time performance for a second straight quarter,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “We are very excited about the next chapter of WestJet’s evolution, as we recently began flying wide-body aircraft in scheduled revenue service for the first time and announced non-stop service to London Gatwick from six Canadian cities beginning in the spring of 2016. I want to thank our 11,000 WestJetters for their commitment to delivering our award-winning brand of friendly caring service, and I look forward to celebrating a record November profit share with them later this month.”

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. WestJet’s first Boeing 767-338 ER WL C-FOGJ (msn 25274) taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

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Air Canada to offer double-daily Vancouver-London Heathrow service next summer

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced it is boosting international flights at its Vancouver (YVR) hub next summer with double daily flights from YVR to London Heathrow. In addition, the airline’s new nonstop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane, Australia will now launch two weeks earlier on June 1, 2016 to meet demand.

AC will use Boeing 777-300 ERs and 787-9 Dreamliners on the YVR-LHR route.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FNOE (msn 35265) departs from Toronto (Pearson).

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Aeroflot outlines its winter schedule, will not fly to Kiev and Odessa due to the ban

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has outlined the changes with its new winter schedule:

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From October 25, 2015, Aeroflot will move to its winter flight schedule, which will be in place through March 26, 2016.

Flights to 51 countries are planned for winter 2015-2016. Aeroflot will fly from 119 points of origin, among these 43 in Russia and eight in the CIS. In light of Ukraine’s introduction of a ban on Aeroflot flights from October 25, there will be no more flights to Kiev and Odessa.

Aeroflot will fly to 68 destinations further afield, including 45 in Europe, 13 in Asia, five in America and five in the Middle East and Africa.

The winter timetable continues to place emphasis on growth of Aeroflot’s route network within Russia. The company is launching a new route between Moscow and Stavropol. It is also examining the possibility of introducing service to Saratov. Flights between Moscow and Voronezh, which began in June, will continue.

Aeroflot will fly to destinations across Russia that have strong passenger demand: Abakan, Adler/Sochi, Anapa, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Barnaul, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Magadan, Magnitogorsk, Mineralnye Vody, Murmansk, Nizhnekamsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Samara, St. Petersburg, Nizhnevartovsk, Novokuznetsk, Omsk, Orenburg, Perm, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Rostov-on-Don, Simferopol, Stavropol, Surgut, Tomsk, Tyumen, Ufa, Khabarovsk, Chelyabinsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Yakutsk.

The number of flights on high-demand routes will increase. Flight frequencies per week from Moscow to the following domestic destinations will increase: St. Petersburg (from 107 to 112), Nizhny Novgorod (from 35 to 42), Sochi/Adler (from 35 to 42), Rostov-on Don (from 21 to 42), Mineralnye Vody (from 21 to 35), Arkhangelsk (from 14 to 21), Murmansk (from 14 to 21) and Tomsk (from 7 to 14).

The weekly frequency of flights to Minsk has also increased significantly (from 28 to 35). Among European destination, flight frequencies to Berlin and Prague will increase, as will flights to Munich (from 21 to 28), Riga (from 21 to 28) and Warsaw (from 14 to 21).

The needs of tourists who prefer beach holidays have been taken into account. For Winter 2015/2016 there will be a greater number of flights to destinations in South East Asia and the Caribbean, including daily flights to Phuket, Havana and Hanoi. The number of daily flights to Cairo has doubled (from 2 to 4). At the same time, over the winter period flights to Heraklion and Split traditionally stop, consolidating their status as purely summer resorts.

Other Aeroflot Group airlines will carry passengers on an additional 70 routes. Including low-cost carrier Pobeda, Aeroflot Group unique routes will total 200.

An additional 125 unique routes will be offered to our customers via code sharing agreements with partner airlines. Code-sharing agreements expand Aeroflot’s reach to 17 additional countries: Albania, Algieria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Cambodia, Kenya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Morocco, Myanmar, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

In total, including through agreements with partner airlines, flights on 325 routes across 68 countries will be operated under Aeroflot’s “SU” code.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-211 VQ-BOI (msn 5059) departs from Heathrow Airport in London.

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British Airways is bringing the Airbus A380 to Miami

British Airways (London) will begin flying its new double decker Airbus A380 between Miami and London (Heathrow) this weekend. The inaugural flight, flight BA209, will touch down at Miami International Airport on Sunday, October 25 and will depart as the BA208 the same evening.

The BA A380 can accommodate up to 469 customers across four cabins, including 14 First suites, 97 Club World business class seats with full flatbeds, 55 spacious seats in the private World Traveller Plus (premium economy) cabin, and 303 in World Traveller (economy).

At launch, British Airways will offer twice-daily service; the first departure will continue on the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, while the second departure will now feature the Airbus A380.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-841 G-XLEE (msn 148) departs from London’s Heathrow Airport.

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SAS to launch eight new routes next summer

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) is planning to launch eight new routes next summer. The airline made this announcement:

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SAS continues to open new direct routes, providing nearly 600,000 more seats from Scandinavian airports in its 2016 summer timetable. More departures are also being added on a number of popular routes.

As the summer timetable gradually comes into effect from the end of March, SAS customers will be able to look forward to new direct year-round routes from Copenhagen to Reykjavik, Vienna, and Krakow, and from Stockholm to Gdansk. Krakow and Vienna are particularly popular holiday destinations, while Reykjavik and Gdansk both attract business and leisure travelers.

The new additions next summer also serve in-demand holiday routes during the peak season. During the summer, SAS will fly from Stockholm to the Greek island of Mykonos, from Copenhagen to Faro in Portugal, from Aarhus to Palma de Mallorca, and from Stavanger to Paris.

SAS is during the summer high season providing over 100,000 more seats to and from vacation destinations compared with last year.

More frequencies from Oslo

As well as the new routes, SAS is also enhancing its offering to and from Oslo with an additional daily departure on five key business routes. From April 2016, there will be flights to Aberdeen and Düsseldorf twice a day, to Brussels and Billund three times a day, and to Bodø eight times a day.

In addition to the new direct routes from Scandinavia to popular European destinations, SAS recently launched new direct year-round routes to the US in 2016: from Stockholm to Los Angeles, from Oslo to Miami, and from Copenhagen to Miami and Boston.

With the new routes to the US, SAS is opening a total of 12 new routes from Scandinavian airports in 2016. The new routes and additional departures mean that during the summer season SAS will be providing 579,000 extra seats compared with last year.

New routes

Departures from Copenhagen on SK695, on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. During the summer peak season, departures on Monday and Thursday. First departure: March 24, 2016.

Departures from Copenhagen on SK1735, on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. First departure: March 25, 2016.

Copenhagen-Reykjavik (Keflavik airport)
Daily departures from Copenhagen on SK595. First departure: March 27, 2016.

Departure from Copenhagen on SK2823 on Saturday. First departure: April 2, 2016.

Aarhus-Palma de Mallorca:
Departure from Aarhus on SK1513 on Monday. First departure: June 27, 2016.

Departures from Stockholm on SK2759 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. During the summer peak season, departures on Friday and Sunday. First departure: March 25, 2016.

Departure from Stockholm on SK2739 on Saturday. First departure: May 21, 2016.

Stavanger-Paris (CDG)
Departures from Stavanger on SK831 on Monday and Friday. During the summer peak season, departures on Monday and Friday. First departure: April 8, 2016.

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United to add summer seasonal fights from Newark and Washington Dulles to three international destinations

United Airlines (Chicago) is adding daily trans-Atlantic summer-season service next year between:

Newark and Athens, Greece, from May 25 through October 5, 2016
Washington/Dulles and Barcelona, Spain, from May 25 through September 6, 2016
Washington/Dulles and Lisbon, Portugal, May 25 through September 6, 2016

All services are subject to government approval.

Newark to Athens

United’s daily nonstop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Athens (ATH) will operate using Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

Flight times will be 9 hours 50 minutes eastbound and 11 hours westbound.

Washington/Dulles to Barcelona

The nonstop flights between Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Barcelona (BCN) will operate daily with Boeing 767-400 aircraft (above).

Flight times for the Barcelona service will be 8 hours 10 minutes eastbound and 9 hours 15 minutes westbound.

United has served Spain for more than 20 years, and this new service complements the airline’s existing year-round flights to both Barcelona and Madrid from Newark.

Washington/Dulles to Lisbon

The airline will use Boeing 757-200 aircraft for flights between Washington/Dulles and Lisbon (LIS).

Flight times will be 7 hours 25 minutes eastbound and 8 hours 20 minutes westbound.

These flights are in addition to United’s existing year-round service to Lisbon from Newark. In 2016, United will mark 19 years of Lisbon service.


United and United Express offer nearly 500 daily departures from the New York/Newark area to more than 150 destinations – the most in North America, the most across the Atlantic, the most across the Pacific and the most to and from Latin America.


United, together with United Express, operates nearly 225 flights daily from its Washington/Dulles hub to destinations throughout the United States and to Europe, Asia, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-424 ER N59053 (msn 29448) departs from London (Heathrow).

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