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Air Serbia applies for codeshare service to the U.S. via partner Airberlin

Air Serbia (Belgrade) hopes to serve the United States again. Formerly as Jat Airways, the company previously flew to the USA starting in 1970 with Boeing 707s. Later McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30s were deployed on those routes starting in 1978 (below).

Above Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. JAT-Yugoslav Airlines (later Jat Airways) McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 YU-AMA (msn 46981) approaches Zurich.

Now as Air Serbia, the airline has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to serve the U.S. via a codeshare agreement with partner Airberlin (Berlin) using Airbus A330s (above).

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If approved, the Air Serbia code would be shown on Airberlin flights to Chicago (O’Hare), Miami and New York (JFK) via Berlin (Tegel) and Dusseldorf according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin’s Airbus A330-223 D-ALPC (msn 444) approaches the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Allegiant announces further expansion in Memphis

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced further expansion in Memphis with the addition of twice weekly nonstop service to Austin, Texas and St. Petersburg/Clearwater beginning on October 1, 2015.

Allegiant began service to Memphis last May with flights to Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Las Vegas and Sanford (near Orlando).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N881GA (msn 49708) approaches the runway at Las Vegas.

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Allegiant announces four new routes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new nonstop jet service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from four cities across the nation beginning on October 2, 2015, including one city new to the Allegiant network.

New routes announced to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood include:

Portsmouth, New Hampshire – October 1, 2015
Akron-Canton, Ohio – October 2, 2015
Rochester, New York – October 9, 2015
Grand Rapids, Michigan – December 16, 2015 through April 2016

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 N872GA (msn 53295) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) painted in the old 2003 livery.

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EVA Air and UNI Air to operate its last McDonnell Douglas MD-90 flights in May

EVA Air (Taipei) and its subsidiary UNI Air (Taipei) are gradually retiring its McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 aircraft.

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According to Airline Route, EVA Air will operate its last MD-90 revenue flight on May 7 on the Kaohsiung – Macau route.

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Meanwhile UNI Air will operate the last MD-90 revenue flight on May 31 on the Taichung – Hangzhou and return route. All of this is subject to change.

Top Copyright Photo: Kok Chwee K.C. Sim/AirlinersGallery.com. EVA Air McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 B-17918 (msn 53571) arrives in Singapore.

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FedEx Corporation fourth quarter earnings miss Wall Street estimates

FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) today (June 17) reported reported a fiscal fourth quarter net profit of $753 million or $2.66 per share, unchanged from $753 million or $2.54 per share for the same quarter a year ago.

Analysts on Wall Street had expected the company to report quarterly adjusted earnings per share of $2.68 per share with revenue of $12.31 billion, according to consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters and CNBC.

Without adjustments, FedEx reported a loss of $3.16 per diluted share ($895 million) for the fourth quarter compared to a profit of $2.62 per diluted share a year ago, and earnings of $3.65 per diluted share for the full fiscal year, compared to $7.48 per diluted share last year.

For the year, the company reported a net profit of $1.05 billion, or $3.65 per share. Revenue was reported as $47.45 billion.

Here is the report by the company:

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FedEx Corporation reported adjusted earnings of $2.66 per diluted share for the fourth quarter ended May 31, compared to adjusted earnings of $2.54 per diluted share a year ago. For fiscal 2015, adjusted earnings were $8.95 per diluted share, compared to $7.05 per diluted share a year ago. Without adjustments, FedEx reported a loss of $3.16 per diluted share for the fourth quarter compared to a profit of $2.62 per diluted share a year ago, and earnings of $3.65 per diluted share for the full fiscal year, compared to $7.48 per diluted share last year.

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Quarterly consolidated earnings have been adjusted for previously announced changes in pension accounting ($4.88 per diluted share), aircraft impairments ($0.62 per diluted share), a legal reserve increase ($0.47 per diluted share) and changes in segment reporting (favorable $0.15 per diluted share).

“Fiscal 2015 was a transformative year for FedEx with outstanding financial results driving expanded long-term value for shareowners,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Significant acquisitions announced in the year promise to strengthen our portfolio of services and change what’s possible for customers. I am very proud of the FedEx team for its accomplishments and look forward to a successful fiscal 2016.”

Adjusted operating income improved 5% during the quarter, due to base yield growth in all three transportation segments, higher ground and U.S. domestic express volume, and benefits from profit improvement program initiatives. These improvements offset increased employee variable incentive compensation and unfavorable net impacts from fuel and weather.


For fiscal 2016, FedEx projects adjusted earnings to be $10.60 to $11.10 per diluted share before year-end mark-to-market pension accounting adjustments, driven by continued improvement in base pricing and benefits from our profit improvement program. The outlook assumes continued moderate economic growth and does not include any operating results or costs related to TNT Express.

Capital spending for fiscal 2016 is expected to be approximately $4.6 billion, which includes expansion of the FedEx Ground network and planned aircraft deliveries to support the FedEx Express fleet modernization program.

“Our operating performance significantly improved in fiscal 2015 as we focused on revenue quality and executed on our profit improvement program initiatives,” said Alan B. Graf, Jr., FedEx Corp. executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We expect strong earnings growth in fiscal 2016 as we continue to focus on improving performance and successfully executing our profit improvement initiatives.”

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During the fourth quarter, FedEx Express permanently retired 15 aircraft and 21 related engines, and adjusted the retirement schedule of an additional 23 aircraft and 57 engines. These actions resulted in $276 million of impairment and related charges, of which $246 million was noncash. These charges are excluded from this year’s adjusted operating income and margin.

Revenue decreased 4% as lower fuel surcharges and unfavorable currency exchange rates more than offset base yield and volume growth. U.S. domestic package volume grew 2%, driven by a 3% increase in overnight box. U.S. domestic revenue per package declined 4%, with lower fuel surcharges offsetting improved base rates. International export volume was down 1%, as FedEx International Economy grew 3% while FedEx International Priority® declined 2%. International export revenue per package decreased 8%, as lower fuel surcharges and unfavorable currency exchange rates more than offset higher base rates.

Adjusted segment operating results improved due to higher base yield and U.S. domestic volume growth, the benefit from profit improvement program initiatives and lower international expenses due to currency exchange rates. These benefits were partially offset by an unfavorable net fuel impact, higher incentive compensation and a negative impact from weather.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. As previously reported, FedEx is permanently retiring early 15 aircraft, including three Airbus A300s, four Airbus A310-300s, one McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10 and seven McDonnell Douglas MD-11Fs. Updated McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F (DC-10-10F) N385FE (msn 46619) is pictured in action at JFK International Airport in New York.

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Part of Delta’s retired DC-9-51 N401EA lives on at the refurbished T5 at Los Angeles International Airport

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has decided to make of horizontal stabilizer of McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51 N401EA (msn 47682) “ship 9885” as part of the newly refurbished Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport.

The airline issued this statement and photos:


There’s plenty to see at Wednesday’s (June 10) unveiling of Delta’s $229 million refurbishment of Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport. But don’t miss the unusual reception desk Delta is using to honor its past by incorporating it into its state-of-the-art LAX expansion.

The three-year renovation of T5 features Delta’s first exclusive check-in area, officially named Delta ONE at LAX, and includes a dedicated curbside drop-off, a private check-in, expedited security and personalized customer services.

The T5 debut is creating excitement among media, customers and employees, including buzz about the reception desk sitting in Delta ONE. The desk is actually the top of the DC-9-51 Ship 9885 horizontal stabilizer – also referred to as the back T- tail.

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Photos above: Delta Air Lines.

Ship 9885 (above) had a long airline career and a Southern California history, befitting of its new home at LAX. Built in Long Beach by McDonnell Douglas in 1975, the DC-9 was the largest of the original DC-9 series. Delta was an original operator of the DC-9 starting in 1965.

While Delta’s Product Development and Brand Communications teams were brainstorming a concept for Delta ONE’s reception desk, the idea surfaced to fashion it out of material from a reclaimed aircraft.

The Delta team contacted MotoArt in El Segundo, Calif., just minutes away from LAX, which recycles vintage airplane parts into futuristic furniture, including beds, coffee tables, chairs and desks. MotoArt was hired to make the desk for Delta ONE.

A crew was dispatched to the Arizona desert, where the DC-9 had been resting since retirement in 2013, to dismantle the tail from the airplane and truck it directly to the studio.

“Kevin Cowart [Delta’s Manager of Asset and Project Management for Technical Operations] is in the group that manages our stored aircraft and also handles the recycling of permanently retired aircraft,” said Jeff Coons, Delta’s Manager of Customer Experience. “He was instrumental in helping us identify the airplane and ensure that the team at Marana Aerospace properly remove the tail and prepare it for transit to the MotoArt team.”

The tail was removed in March and the artistic folks at the studio did their thing.

“When I designed this piece, I wanted to truly keep the sensation of flight when you first saw it,” said Dave at MotoArt Studios. “The vertical and horizontal lines on the DC-9 wing stabilizer make it look as if it’s actually taking off. We couldn’t be happier with the final outcome.”

The reception desk sits at the entry to Delta ONE and will be used daily by the Elite Services team to assist customers who are eligible to use the check-in area.

“The design and customer experience for Delta ONE is unique and high touch – and includes several elements local to Southern California,” said Jeff. “Designing and implementing this desk is an excellent way for us to celebrate Delta’s history by using components from a retired Delta aircraft. It also brings a part of that airplane home. The DC-9 production line was just a few short miles from LAX at the Long Beach Airport and was repurposed by the craftsmen at a studio less than a mile from LAX. It’s the ultimate round-trip journey for Ship 9885.”

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured McDonnell DC-9-51 N401EA (msn 47682) came to Delta from the Northwest Airlines merger and is pictured in their colors. However the airframe was delivered new to Allegheny Airlines as N920VJ on October 10, 1975. The airliner was swapped to Eastern Airlines (1st) on November 16, 1978 and became N401EA. Both Northwest and Delta retained the Eastern registration. N401EA was retired by Delta and was flown to Marana, Arizona for storage and disposal on January 5, 2013.


Allegiant wins its injunction appeal against its pilots

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has issued this statement:

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Allegiant prevailed before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in its appeal of a lower court ruling which had prohibited the Company from changing the terms and conditions of employment for its pilots. The unanimous appellate court decision held that the lower court erred in finding that Allegiant had to maintain the “status quo” while it negotiates a contract with the pilots’ representative, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters), pursuant to the Railway Labor Act (RLA).

The Teamsters was elected to represent Allegiant’s pilots in August 2012. In late 2013, the Teamsters sued the Company, claiming the Company had violated the RLA’s “status quo” requirements by allegedly making changes to established pilot work rules during the parties’ negotiations. The appellate court concluded that Allegiant has no obligation to maintain the status quo under the RLA during its negotiations with the Teamsters. It vacated the injunction and remanded the case to “permit the Teamsters and Allegiant to continue negotiating a collective bargaining agreement in conformity with the RLA and under the [National Mediation] Board’s guidance.”

“We are pleased with the Court’s ruling and look forward to directing our time and energy to the negotiating table to continue working toward a contract that will be beneficial to both our pilots and the company,” said Steve Harfst, Allegiant’s chief operating officer.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N868GA (msn 49554) arrives back at the Las Vegas base.

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