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United to drop four more routes from Cleveland

United Airlines (Chicago) continues to downsize its Cleveland station, creating new opportunities for other carriers. On March 5, 2015, the carrier will drop the route to Dallas/Fort Worth, followed by Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers and Tampa in Florida on April 7, 2015 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-824 N76505 (msn 32834) with Aviation partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

United Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery): AG Slide Show


Great Lakes Airlines to end service early at several cities

Great Lakes Airlines (Cheyenne) has announced it will end Essential Air Service (EAS) passenger service a month early at Great Bend, Kansas on April 1. The struggling regional carrier will also end passenger flights at Dickinson, North Dakota on March 26 after 21 years. Williston, North Dakota will be dropped on March 30. Great Lakes will also suspend operations at McCook, Nebraska on April 1. The airline is blaming a pilot shortage but critics state the company does pay enough to attract enough pilots.

SeaPort Airlines has bid on the routes with the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Great Lakes has received permission to operate some of their Beech 1900Ds with only 9 seats (please see the seating diagram below) rather than the normal 19 seats so the aircraft can be operated under Part 135 regulations. This allows the company to hire First Officers who have less the 1500 hours FAA requirement. The aircraft still have a captain with at least 1500 hours of experience with an ATP rating. Even with this measure, the airline was not able to stave off the termination of service to these affected cities.

Great Lakes Fleet Seat Plan

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N201GL (msn UE-201) with a promotional Pierre, South Dakota image on the tail arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Great Lakes: AG Slide Show

The shrinking Great Lakes Route Map (routes shown as of February 1):

Great Lakes 3.2014 Route Map

United Airlines banks 4Q net income of $298 million and $1.08 billion in 2013

United Airlines (Chicago) today reported full-year 2013 net income of $1.084 billion, an increase of 84 percent year-over-year, or $2.84 per diluted share, excluding $513 million of special charges. Including special charges, UAL reported full-year 2013 net income of $571 million, or $1.53 per diluted share. UAL reported fourth-quarter 2013 net income of $298 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, excluding $158 million of special charges. Including special charges, UAL reported fourth-quarter 2013 net income of $140 million, or$0.37 per diluted share.

  • UAL earned a 10.0 percent return on invested capital in 2013.
  • UAL generated $38.3 billion of revenue in 2013, an increase of 3.0 percent year-over-year.
  • United’s consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 3.1 percent in 2013 compared to 2012.
  • Full-year 2013 consolidated unit costs (CASM), holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant and excluding special charges and third-party business expense, increased 3.8 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity reduction of 1.4 percent. Full-year 2013 consolidated CASM increased 1.2 percent year-over-year.
  • UAL ended 2013 with $6.1 billion in unrestricted liquidity.
  • Employees earned $190 million in profit sharing for full-year 2013, which will be distributed on Feb. 14.
  • For the 10th consecutive year, readers of Global Traveler magazine voted United’s MileagePlus program the Best Frequent-Flyer program.

“We significantly improved our operations, customer service and financial results in 2013 thanks to the outstanding work of the United team,” said Jeff Smisek, UAL’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Our goals for 2014 are to provide even more reliable operations, great customer service and materially better financial performance.”

Fourth-Quarter Revenue and Capacity

For the fourth quarter of 2013, total revenue was $9.3 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent year-over-year. Fourth-quarter consolidated passenger revenue increased 5.9 percent to $8.0 billion, compared to the same period in 2012. Other revenue in the fourth quarter increased 22.2 percent year-over-year to $1.1 billion, in large part due to an agreement to sell jet fuel to a third party. Ancillary revenue per passenger in the fourth quarter increased 15 percent year-over-year to nearly $21 per passenger. Fourth-quarter cargo revenue decreased 9.5 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2012 to $220 million.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased 2.7 percent on a consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increase of 2.6 percent year-over-year for the fourth quarter, resulting in a fourth-quarter consolidated load factor of 82.4 percent.

Fourth-quarter 2013 consolidated PRASM increased 3.2 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Consolidated yield for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased 3.0 percent year-over-year.

“Our employees delivered improved operational performance in 2013, and our customer satisfaction scores increased throughout the year,” said Jim Compton, UAL’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “We are growing our revenue by building on the strengths of our leading route network and leveraging the investments we’ve made in our fleet, product and technology.”

Passenger revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 and period-to-period comparisons of related statistics for UAL’s mainline and regional operations are as follows:

4Q 2013 Pax 
Pax Revenue
4Q 2012
4Q 2012
Yield vs.
4Q 2012
4Q 2012
Domestic $3,160 7.0% 4.5% 3.8% 2.5%
Atlantic 1,299 7.0% 2.2% 2.0% 4.7%
Pacific 1,124 (2.8%) (5.0%) (1.6%) 2.4%
Latin America 622 5.4% 7.0% 5.7% (1.5%)
International 3,045 2.9% 0.2% 1.3% 2.6%
Mainline 6,205 4.9% 2.3% 2.5% 2.6%
Regional 1,772 9.4% 6.2% 3.8% 3.0%
Consolidated $7,977 5.9% 3.2% 3.0% 2.6%

Fourth-Quarter Costs

Total operating expenses decreased $73 million, or 0.8 percent, in the fourth quarter versus the same period in 2012. Excluding special charges, fourth-quarter total operating expenses increased $201 million, or 2.3 percent, year-over-year.

Fourth-quarter consolidated CASM decreased 3.3 percent year-over-year. Fourth-quarter consolidated CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expense, decreased 1.1 percent compared to fourth quarter 2012. Third-party business expense was $198 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

In the fourth quarter, consolidated CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expense and holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant, increased 0.1 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

“We closed out 2013 on a strong note with solid earnings improvement,” said John Rainey, UAL’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We are eager to build upon the groundwork laid last year by delivering even better financial results in 2014 and continuing to make significant improvements in our capital structure.”

Liquidity, Cash Flow and Return on Invested Capital

UAL ended the year with $6.1 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $1 billion of undrawn commitments under a revolving credit facility. During the fourth quarter, the company had gross capital expenditures of $760 million. The company made debt and capital lease principal payments of $256 million in the fourth quarter and $2.3 billion for the full year. The company’s return on invested capital for 2013 was 10.0 percent.

2013 Accomplishments

Operations, Employees and Customer Service

  • For the fourth quarter, United recorded a mainline on-time arrival rate (domestic and international) of 80.6 percent. For the full year, United recorded a mainline on-time arrival rate of 79.3 percent. The on-time arrival rate is based on flights arriving within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time. United employees earned cash incentive payments for on-time performance totaling $54 million during 2013.
  • United’s nearly 28,000 fleet service, passenger service and storekeeper employees ratified joint collective bargaining agreements the company reached with the International Association of Machinists.
  • United completed the first phase of its new customer service training for all flight attendants, airport agents and reservation agents worldwide.
  • More than 64,000 United Airlines employees debuted newly designed uniforms.

Finance, Network and Fleet

  • The company outlined its long-term plans to reduce costs, increase revenue and enhance profitability while delivering competitive reliability and excellent customer service. United outlined a multi-year $2 billion annual cost-savings program and set a goal to grow its ancillary revenue at least $700 million annually by 2017.
  • United replaced its $1.2 billion term loan due 2014 with a new $900 million term loan due 2019, and reduced the principal balance by $300 million in the process. Simultaneously, United entered into a new $1.0 billionrevolving credit facility due 2018 that replaced the company’s $500 million undrawn revolving credit facility due 2015, bolstering the company’s unrestricted liquidity position.
  • United raised $929 million of debt financing through enhanced equipment trust certificates at an average interest rate of approximately 4.5 percent. The debt proceeds are being used to finance the acquisition of three new Boeing 787-8 and 18 new Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft.
  • United issued two tranches of unsecured debt in 2013: $300 million of senior unsecured notes due 2018 at an interest rate of 6.375 percent and $300 million of senior unsecured notes due 2020 at an interest rate of 6 percent.
  • The company expanded its industry-leading global route network, launching nonstop flights to numerous international destinations including Guatemala City; Nassau, Bahamas; Paris; San Jose, Costa Rica; Shannon, Ireland; St. Lucia; Tokyo; and Edmonton, Alberta, Fort McMurray, Alberta, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. United also announced new nonstop international flights beginning in 2014 to Chengdu, China; Edinburgh, Scotland; Madrid; Munich; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tokyo. The company started 19 new domestic routes in 2013, including the company’s first service to Dickinson, N.D.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Santa Fe, N.M. and Sun Valley, Idaho. United also announced 10 new domestic markets for 2014 including the company’s first service to Atlantic City, N.J.; Elmira, N.Y.; Pueblo, Colo.; and Topeka, Kan.
  • The company took delivery of two new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners in 2013, bringing its total Dreamliner fleet to eight aircraft. The company also took delivery of 24 new Boeing 737-900ERs in 2013. United exited from scheduled service 23 Boeing 757-200s and the last of its Boeing 737-500s and Boeing 767-200s.
  • The company increased its Dreamliner order to 65 aircraft with an order for the Boeing 787-10. The company also converted its existing order for 25 Airbus A350-900s into larger A350-1000s and added an additional 10 aircraft to the order, totaling 35 aircraft. These new aircraft will enable United to expand its network, further modernize its international widebody fleet by replacing older, less efficient aircraft to reduce fuel and operating costs, and enhance the customer experience.
  • United announced it will introduce 70 new 76-seat Embraer 175 aircraft into the United Express fleet beginning in 2014. These aircraft will enhance the customer experience, improve fuel efficiency and provide additional ancillary revenue opportunities.

Product, Loyalty Program and Facilities

  • United debuted its new brand campaign, featuring its iconic “Fly the Friendly Skies” tagline, reinterpreted for today’s travelers. The new campaign focuses on United’s commitment to being “user-friendly,” which means providing customers great service, easy-to-use technology and product enhancements.
  • The company continued outfitting aircraft with satellite Wi-Fi across its entire mainline fleet. The airline now offers Wi-Fi on nearly 170 aircraft and is outfitting one aircraft per day with satellite Wi-Fi.
  • United completed an extensive retrofit of 15 Boeing 757-200s that fly its p.s. (Premium Service) routes between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and both San Francisco and Los Angeles, making it the first and only airline to offer premium-cabin, flat-bed seats on every scheduled transcontinental flight.
  • United reached a milestone of offering flat-bed seats in its premium cabins on every scheduled long-haul international flight. The airline offers more flat-bed premium cabin seats and more extra-legroom, economy-class seating than any airline in North America.
  • The company launched an all-new United mobile app and began rolling out new, more intuitive kiosk technology at the airport, offering customers innovative new features and better functionality while also providing United more opportunity to sell its products effectively.
  • United launched subscription options that offer customers access to Economy Plus seating or pre-paid checked baggage charges for a year. The company relaunched the Premier Access program offering customers access to expedited check-in, security checkpoint lanes and priority boarding, as well as a new baggage delivery option.
  • In 2013, Business Traveler magazine awarded United Best Airline for North American Travel and for the 10th consecutive year, readers of Global Traveler magazine voted United’s MileagePlus program the Best Frequent-Flyer program. United also has the most saver-style award-seat availability among the largest U.S. global airlines according to the 2013 Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey.
  • United opened its new Terminal B south concourse, a 225,000-square-foot facility dedicated to United Express regional flights at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The airline signed a 20-year lease extension at Newark Liberty, committing to invest an additional $150 million in facility upgrades. United in 2013 launched a new in-line checked baggage inspection system in Terminal C at Newark Liberty that will double the system’s capacity while improving safety and reliability. The company also completed construction on a new widebody aircraft maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport, and neared completion of a widebody hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. United is steadily adding new Boeing 737-900 ERs. Boeing 737-924 ER N57439 (msn 33534) climbs gracefully at Los Angeles.

United Airlines (current): AG Slide Show

United Airlines (historic): AG Slide Show

Reuters: American Airlines and its pilots are close to a deal, subject to the final language, board review and membership approval

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) may yet have labor peace, critical for exiting Chapter 11. Reuters is reporting negotiators are working on the final language with its pilots, represented by the Allied Pilots Association. However there still some big “ifs”. The final language is subject to review by the Allied Pilots board and of course a majority membership approval.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. American is still an operator of the Boeing 767-200 model. 767-223 ER N320AA (msn 22321) “Flagship Independence” completes its final approach into Los Angeles International Airport.

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Japan Airlines to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 tomorrow

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25, 2012, and the aircraft will be flown from Everett to Tokyo (Narita) by JAL pilots on the following day.

JAL’s first commercial 787 flight will also be the first ever nonstop flight to connect Boston with Asia when JAL uses it to launch the new service between Tokyo (Narita) and Boston on April 22, 2012. JAL will later this year, also use this super-efficient aircraft to start yet another first nonstop service between a US city and Asia with the launch of direct flights between Tokyo (Narita) and San Diego. The 787 is scheduled to be deployed on routes between Tokyo and Beijing, Moscow, New Delhi and Singapore as soon as subsequent aircraft are delivered and all necessary preparations are completed.

The first JAL 787 will depart from PAE  at 1600 (4 pm) local time on March 26 and arrive at Tokyo (Narita) at 1830 (6:30 pm) on March 27.

JAL’s 787 Dreamliner is configured in two classes with 42 seats in business and 144 seats in economy. The airline will fit its newest Executive Class JAL SHELL FLAT NEO seats that are 5 cm (2 inches) wider (than the seats now fitted on JAL’s Boeing 777s), in a 2-2-2 configuration so that customers are either seated by the window or along the aisle. Lavatories in Executive Class also feature a special warm-water Toto Washlet*1 jointly developed by companies Toto, JAMCO and Boeing. The 144 Economy Class seats have 2 cm (0.8 inches) wider space than current seats and arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.

According to the airline, some of the highlights of the revolutionary aircraft are:

・30% larger windows than a Boeing 767 allow for more light into the cabin and a greater view of the outside even for passengers seated in the middle sections.

・Electronically dimmable windows allow customers to adjust the amount of light entering the cabin, and it replaces conventional shades that either completely shut out or let in external light.

・Taking advantage of the kaleidoscope of colors afforded by the new LED lights, JAL’s original onboard lighting design creates a soothing in-flight atmosphere that would evoke a sense of the four seasons in Japan, such as pink hues of cherry blossoms in spring. The lighting is also used to create a more conducive environment at the right timing for a sound slumber and a refreshed wakening, as well as to make in-flight meals more appetizing.

・Higher ceilings and lower cabin pressure are subtle enhancements that make a noticeable difference to customer comfort, especially on long-haul flights. The ceiling of the 787 Dreamliner is approximately 14 cm (5.5 inches) higher than a Boeing 767 aircraft (comparing the height of the economy class section) while the maximum cabin altitude is also lower at 1,800 meters which reduces passenger fatigue.

・A brand new type of in-flight entertainment will be introduced onboard JAL’s 787 Dreamliner, called SKY MANGA which reflects a distinctive part of the Japanese culture. There will be more than 30 titles of Japanese comics available in electronic versions on JAL’s in-flight entertainment system initially, with expansion to English versions planned for the near future.

For more information on JAL’s 787 Dreamliner, visit: http://www.jal.co.jp/en/787/.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Asiana Airlines posts a record profit in the third quarter

Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon) posted a record profit of $184 million in the third quarter. Read the full report from The Chosun Ilbo:


Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on photo for additional details.

TNT Airways to lease three Boeing 777F freighters

TNT Airways (Liege) will lease three new long-range Boeing 777F freighters from Guggenheim Aviation Partners. The new type is expected to enter service in July 2011.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. TNT Airways currently operates four Boeing 747-400F freighters.

Delta Air Lines to launch a new African route to Luanda

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add an eighth destination to its growing Africa route network on January 20, 2011 between the United States and Luanda, Angola. Flights will operate three times per week with 243-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft flying between Delta’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Luanda with an intermediate stop in Dakar, Senegal.

Delta also is working with TAAG Angolan Airlines for TAAG to codeshare on the flights at a future date.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A330-223 N851NW (msn 609) prepares to land at Tokyo (Narita).

Air France will add Lima and Orlando in June 2011

Air France (Paris) will add Lima and Orlando from Paris (CDG) starting in June 2011 with Boeing 777-300 ERs.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-328 ER F-GSQD (msn 32726) prepares to land at Singapore.

UPS introduces a new “Logistics” ad campaign

UPS-United Parcel Services (UPS Airlines) (Atlanta and Louisville) has dropped the “brown” ad theme and has launched a new “Logistics” ad campaign.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. UPS Airlines’ Boeing 747-45E (BCF) N578UP (msn 27154) climbs gracefully at Anchorage.

Watch the TV ad via YouTube:

Spirit Airlines loses $2.8 million in the first six months, will go public

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) will soon shed its “privately held” label as it will soon issue its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of stock according to this report by Reuters.

The company, which lost $2.8 million in the first six months of this year, is also terminating its consulting contract with U.S. investment company Indigo Partners.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) arrives at Las Vegas.

Asiana Airlines Cargo adds service to Atlanta on September 13

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) began cargo service to Atlanta on September 13 with Boeing 747-400F freighter aircraft. The new route will be operated four times a week.

Asiana Airlines is the 14th all-cargo airline to serve Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Singapore Airlines Cargo began scheduled service to Atlanta in September 2009.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 747-48EF HL7636 (msn 29170) climbs away from Anchorage.

Delta to revitalize its Boeing 747-400 fleet

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has unveiled plans for the complete revitalization of its fleet of Boeing 747-400 aircraft flying primarily from the Tokyo-Narita hub. Between summer 2011 and 2012, Delta will equip each of its 16 747-400s with new fully horizontal flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabin and new Economy class seats featuring personal, on-demand entertainment, increased personal space and added under-seat storage.

The 747 upgrades will bring substantial changes to both decks of the aircraft’s BusinessElite cabin. The new, custom-designed product will feature 48 horizontal flat-bed seats with direct aisle access at each seat. Window seats will face the window for improved privacy and center seats will be angled toward each other for the convenience of customers traveling together.

The new seat, manufactured by Weber Aircraft LLC, will be 81.7 inches in length and 20.5 inches wide, similar to the flat-bed product currently offered on Delta’s 777-200LR fleet. It also will feature a 120-volt universal power outlet, USB port, personal LED reading lamp and Panasonic’s 15.4 inch personal video monitors with instant access to 250 new and classic movies, premium programming from HBO and Showtime, video games and more than 4,000 digital music tracks.

Customers in Economy class on the 747-400 will benefit from the industry’s first seat designed collaboratively by a seat manufacturer and an in-flight entertainment company, Weber Aircraft and Panasonic Avionics Corporation, to fully incorporate seat and entertainment functionality into one product. Using a nine-inch screen, the new seat’s embedded touch-screen entertainment system will offer each customer access to 250 movie titles, hundreds of television shows, 4,000 digital music tracks, personalized music playlists, more than a dozen interactive games and a USB port to charge iPods and other personal electronic devices.

The new seats offer up to 1.5 inches more personal space and increased under-seat storage through a “slimline” design that more efficiently uses cabin space than the older, heavier seats they replace. The upgraded seats also feature adjustable headrests and deliver environmental benefits through the Panasonic Eco 9i Integrated Smart Monitors that use 30 percent less energy and are 60 percent lighter than entertainment systems installed on other Delta aircraft.

Delta’s 747s are dedicated largely to trans-Pacific and intra-Asia flights to and from the Tokyo-Narita hub, including routes connecting Tokyo to Detroit, Honolulu, Manila, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and Shanghai.

When reconfigured, the 747s will accommodate 386 customers with 48 BusinessElite seats and 338 Economy class seats.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Ex-Northwest Boeing 747-451 N675NW (msn 33001) now in Delta’s colors arrives at the Tokyo (Narita) hub.

American Airlines’ mechanics reject the latest offer

American Airlines’ (Dallas/Fort Worth) unionized mechanics, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), have voted against ratifying a new contract, potentially setting up a future strike if a new contract cannot be agreed upon.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-223 ER N756AM (msn 30264) climbs away from Los Angeles.

AirAsia’s 2Q profit rises 43% to $63 million, sells 500,000 tickets in 24 hours

AirAsia (AirAsia.com) (Malaysia) (Kuala Lumpur) reported its second quarter net profit rose 43 percent to $63 million.

Read the full report in the WSJ:


In other news, the airline is claiming to have set a world record for the most tickets sold in 24 hours – 500,000.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. A fine ramp study of Airbus A320-216 9M-AHE (msn 3327) at Denpasar.

Tiger Airways returns to the black in its fiscal 1Q

Tiger Airways (Singapore) reported a $1.4 million (US) profit in its fiscal first quarter.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A320-232 9V-TAE (msn 2724) prepares to land at Singapore.

ANA to retire the Boeing 747-400 from international service

ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) meanwhile will retire the Boeing 747-400 from international scheduled service at the end of this month. From September, the remaining three 747-400s will be used only for charter flights, especially to Canada. The international 747-400s will be retired by March 2011.

The 747-400 (D) (domestic) aircraft will remain in service for the
forseeable future.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 747-481 JA8098 (msn 25207) lines up to land at Tokyo (Narita).

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) is facing tough negotiations with three unions

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) (Manila) is facing difficult negotiations with three of its unions. Next week could be a difficult one for the flag carrier.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A330-301 RP-C3332 (msn 188) prepares to land at Singapore.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reports 2Q earnings of $32.7 million

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (New York-JFK) for the three months ended June 30, 2010, AAWW’s net income increased 188% to $32.7 million, or $1.25 per diluted share, on revenues of $356.2 million and pretax earnings of $61.7 million. Solid operating and financial results for the quarter compared with net income of $11.3 million, or $0.54 per share, on revenues of $240.0 million and pretax earnings of $17.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009.

Excluding one-time items, adjusted net income in the second quarter of 2010 increased 319% to $47.5 million, or $1.82 per share, compared with $11.3 million, or $0.54 per share, in the second quarter of 2009. Pretax earnings in the second quarter of 2010 included a net expense of $16.2 million for anticipated legal settlements, as well as a $2.2 million gain on disposal of aircraft assets. There were no one-time items in the second quarter of 2009.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Atlas Air’s Boeing 747-2D7B (SF) N522MC (msn 21783) climbs majestically at Anchorage.

Spirit Airlines starts to charge for overhead carry-on bags

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) on Sunday (August 1) started charging for overhead carry-on bags. Bags that fit under the seat are not charged.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Spirit’s Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) prepares to cross the runway at Las Vegas.

Northwest Airlines agrees to price fixing

Northwest Airlines-NWA (Minneapolis/St. Paul), now merged into Delta Air Lines (Atlanta), has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $38 million fine for conspiring to fix cargo prices according to this report by Reuters.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Now gone, NWA Cargo’s Boeing 747-251B (F) N632NW (msn 23112) climbs gracefully at Anchorage.

UPS’ 2Q earnings soar 71% on 13% revenue growth

UPS (United Parcel Service) (UPS Airlines) (Atlanta) reported second quarter net income of $845 million.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. A beautiful climb out at Anchorage of UPS Airlines’ Boeing 747-45E (BCF) N578UP (msn 27154).

Asiana Airlines Cargo to add Atlanta on September 13

Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon) will extend its cargo network to Atlanta, starting on September 13. The new route will be operated four times a week with Boeing 747-400F freighters.

On the financial side, the second quarter profit slipped to slightly over $12 million.

Read the full report in ATW:


Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Asiana Cargo’s Boeing 747-48EF HL7636 (msn 29170) climbs into the sky at Anchorage.

China Southern Airlines orders Blended Winglets for the next 55 Boeing 737NGs

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) has ordered Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets for its future Boeing Next Generation 737 deliveries. The order will provide for winglet installations on 55 aircraft delivering between 2011 and 2015. This is APB’s largest winglet order to-date in China.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. A nice departure view of China Southern’s Boeing 737-81B B-5113.

Alaska Airlines orders two Boeing 737-800s

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma)has exercised options for two additional Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s. The order was posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website in June and attributed to an unidentified customer.

Including today’s order, Alaska will take delivery of 13 Next-Generation 737s over the next several years. Alaska Airlines has 116 737s in its fleet, including 55 737-800s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Looking splendid in the 75th Anniversary scheme, Alaska’s Boeing 737-890 N569AS (msn 35184) climbs beautifully from Anchorage.

Alaska Airlines Group reports second quarter income of $58.6 million

Alaska Air Group (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) reported second quarter 2010 net income of $58.6 million, or $1.60 per diluted share, compared to net income of $29.1 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2009. Excluding mark-to-market fuel hedge losses of $37.6 million ($23.3 million after tax or $0.63 per diluted share) and CRJ700 transition charges of $3.4 million ($2.1 million after tax or $0.06 per diluted share), the company reported net income of $84.0 million, or $2.29 per diluted share, compared to net income of $26.5 million, or $0.72 per share, excluding special items in the second quarter of 2009.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. An outstanding picture of Alaska Airlines “We’re all pulling together” Boeing 737-490 N705AS (msn 29318) at Anchorage.

Delta to start Nagoya-Honolulu flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will begin new daily service between Nagoya, Japan, and Honolulu on December 22, subject to government approval. The flight will be operated with 216-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, with 35 BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy.

Delta currently operates flights from Nagoya (Centrair) to Detroit, Guam, Saipan and Manila.

The airline also has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting permission to start new nonstop service between its Tokyo (Narita) hub and the Pacific island of Palau. The proposed flights would operate four-times weekly beginning in December 2010 and would be the only scheduled nonstop service between Japan and Palau.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 767-332 ER N1609 (msn 30574) climbs away from Los Angeles.

Spirit Airlines’ pilots remain on strike, all flights cancelled through at least tomorrow

Spirit Airlines (For Lauderdale/Hollywood) has cancelled all flights through tomorrow, due to an on-going strike by its pilots.

The privately-held company issued this statement, trying to justify its bargaining position:

“As a result of its pilot union’s decision to strike, Spirit’s flights are cancelled for Saturday, June 12 through Tuesday, June 15, 2010.

Spirit is processing future flight credits for customers for the full amount of their unflown flight purchase, and is also giving them a $100 future flight credit. Customers who prefer a full refund may call 1 (800) 772-7117 for assistance. Customers who made their reservation prior to May 11, 2010 and purchased travel insurance can call Travel Guard at +1 (866) 877-3191 to discuss coverage questions and to start an insurance claim. Policyholders may have valuable coverage for Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption due to the pilots strike.

Following is further clarification to Spirit’s fair and equitable offer that was turned down by the union. ALPA turned down a compounded average 29 percent pay increase costing the company an additional $70 million over five years, net of productivity improvements agreed to by the pilots. This 29 percent pay increase when combined with annual step increases totals a 47 percent increase in annual compensation over five years, prior to any overtime pay, signing bonus and 401K matching contribution increases.”

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Spirit’s Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) taxies to the gate at Las Vegas.

Horizon Air wins a tentative agreement with its pilots

Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) jointly announced that, with the assistance of federal mediation, they have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract for the airline’s 686 pilots.

In the coming weeks, Horizon and the IBT will focus on finalizing the language for the agreed-upon items. The intent is to reach a tentative agreement that the IBT would present to Horizon pilots for ratification.

Horizon’s pilot contract became amendable in September 2006. After years of negotiations, in January 2010 both Horizon and the IBT requested federal mediation to work through the remaining open items.

Per federal law, airline contracts don’t expire. An existing contract remains in effect after the amendable date until a new contract is agreed to by the negotiating teams and ratified by represented members.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N601QX (msn 10009) prepares to land at Long Beach.

Delta to start Atlanta-Monrovia flights on September 4

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) announced new service between the Atlanta hub and Monrovia, Liberia.

The new service, which is scheduled to begin September 4, will connect Delta’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Roberts International Airport in Monrovia with a stop in Accra, Ghana. The flight will be operated on 215-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft, equipped with 34 BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy.

Delta has received approval from the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority, and preliminary approval from the U.S. government, to sell seats for the new flight for the planned launch in September. Final U.S. government approvals are expected before the flight begins.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 767-332 ER N1609 (msn 30574) climbs away from Los Angeles.

ExpressJet starts Branson AirExpress from Branson to six cities

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ExpressJet Airlines (Houston) yesterday (May 17) started its “airline within an airline” with new Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet service called Branson AirExpress. Branson AirExpress, a public charter service operated by ExpressJet Airlines, began service to six cities yesterday: Austin and Houston, TX; Des Moines, IA; Shreveport, LA, Nashville, TN, and Gulfport/Biloxi, MS.

A seventh destination – Terre Haute, IN – was originally slated but was cancelled due to low prebooking numbers.  All flights are operated by ExpressJet-branded aircraft.

Here is a link to the website:


ANA (All Nippon Airways) loses $235 million in its fiscal year

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has reported a net loss of $235 million for its fiscal ending on March 31.

Read the full report in the WSJ:


Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. ANA’s Boeing 777-381 ER JA781A (msn 27041) approaches the Narita hub near Tokyo.

Alaska Air Cargo (Alaska Airlines) delivers the first Copper River Salmon of the season to Seattle/Tacoma

Alaska Air Cargo (Alaska Airlines) (Seattle/Tacoma) yesterday (May 14) delivered the season’s first shipment of Copper River salmon to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The arrival of Copper River salmon marks the start of the summer salmon season and is anticipated by seafood lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Alaska Air Cargo’s fish-filled freighter arrived early this morning with Copper River king and sockeye salmon from three seafood processors: Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Copper River Seafoods. At least four more Alaska Airlines flights will transport salmon from Cordova, Alaska, to Seattle and Anchorage, Alaska, and across the United States.

Alaska Airlines plays a significant role in supporting the Alaska seafood industry, which is recognized worldwide for its sustainable fishing practices. Last year, the carrier flew more than 25 million pounds of fresh Alaska seafood to the Lower 48 states and beyond, including nearly 700,000 pounds of Copper River salmon.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Alaska Airlines’ dedicated freighter, Boeing 737-490 (F) N709AS (msn 28896) arrives at Anchorage with the unique titles.

Cebu Pacific Air orders seven more Airbus A320s

Cebu Pacific Air (Manila) placed a firm order with Airbus in April for seven more A320 aircraft. The latest contract increases the carrier’s A320 Family order backlog to 22 aircraft, scheduled for delivery between the last quarter of 2010 and 2014.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A320-214 RP-C3244 (msn 3272) of Cebu Pacific Air is pictured on approach at Singapore.

Air China swings to the black for 2009 with a $736 million net profit

Air China (Beijing) swung back into the black for 2009 with a $736 million net profit.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Air China’s Boeing 777-2J6 B-2066 (msn 29745) approaches Tokyo (Narita) for landing.

American Airlines delays the start of Chicago O’Hare-Beijing to May 4

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) was unable to launch its daily, nonstop service from Chicago (O’Hare) to Beijing yesterday (April 26) as planned and will delay the start-up tentatively until Tuesday, May 4 (Chicago-Beijing) and Wednesday, May 5 (Beijing-Chicago).

American did not receive the commercially-viable landing and take-off slots for Beijing Capital International Airport from the Chinese aviation authorities.

American stated “In line with established International Air Transport Association (IATA) and industry guidelines and procedures which give preferential treatment to new-entrant carriers to a market, American applied for commercially reasonable – and industry accepted – slots at Beijing in October 2009.”

In other news, American Airlines, American Eagle and their employees have continued their long-standing support of veterans and active military service members through a variety of special activities in recent weeks.

During the first quarter of 2010, American, American Eagle and employee volunteers supported a number of initiatives related to the military and veterans, including:

Medal of Honor charter flight: On March 25, National Medal of Honor Day, American Airlines flew 40 of the remaining 91 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from New York to Washington, D.C., aboard its special Flagship Liberty yellow-ribbon aircraft. The trip included a visit to the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony.

WASP event: March 6-8, American Airlines flew 382 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) and their family members from various points throughout the United States to Washington, D.C. President Obama presented the WASPs with the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The first women in U.S. history who were trained to fly military aircraft, the WASPs served heroically during World War II.

Gary Sinise concerts: Award-winning actor Gary Sinise (“Forrest Gump,” “Apollo 13,” “CSI: NY”) and his band, the Lt. Dan Band, partner with American Airlines to present concerts to benefit the troops, veterans and their families. On March 18, Sinise and his band gave a performance to welcome home more than 700 soldiers of Task Force Phoenix VII during a day-long celebration for the soldiers and their families at the home of the “Fighting 69th,” the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. Sinise’s tribute concert also benefited the SSG Chris Engledrum Foundation, established in memory of a member of the Fighting 69th who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2004.

Medal of Honor Portrait presentations: American Airlines assists artist Phil Taylor and the American Fallen Soldiers Project (AFSP) in his mission to deliver original hand-painted Medal of Honor Portraits of fallen heroes to their families. On March 17, American Airlines transported a portrait to New York City for presentation to the family of SFC Jared Monti of Raynham, Mass., who was killed in action on June 21, 2006, in Afghanistan.

Honor Flights: On March 10-11, American Airlines, along with HBO®, Marriott Hotels & Resorts and The Honor Flight Network, flew 250 World War II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., for the first time. These veterans were honored with send-off ceremonies as they embarked on “Honor Flights” at various airports across the country aboard American’s Flagship Liberty aircraft. The flights were held in conjunction with the premiere of The Pacific, HBO’s epic 10-part miniseries based on the true stories of World War II Marines who fought in the Pacific Theater.

Legends of Aerospace Tour: American Airlines joined with Armed Forces Entertainment and the Morale Entertainment Foundation to transport a group of famed aviators and astronauts on a “Legends of Aerospace Tour” to visit U.S. troops stationed in Germany and Southwest Asia. On March 4, the group, including Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and Captain Jim Lovell, Commander of Apollo 13, traveled aboard a special yellow-ribbon aircraft from American’s hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Frankfurt, Germany, where the men continued their journey, meeting with more than 10,000 troops, giving motivational speeches and joining in panel discussions.

United States Honor Flag (USHF): American Airlines is a proud supporter of the United States Honor Flag, a non-profit organization dedicated to memorializing fallen heroes and to educating the public about the heroes of yesterday and today. The first Honor Flag was given to the USHF’s founder, Chris Heisler, by the Texas House of Representatives following Sept. 11. The flag had flown over Ground Zero, and the USHF was established to ensure that it continues to fly in support of America’s heroes.

Veteran/Military Employee Resource Group (VMERG): American’s VMERG, the first of its type in the U.S. airline industry, is composed of employee volunteers whose purpose is to promote the roles and contributions of veterans and active-duty military employees, and to serve as a liaison between American Airlines, American Eagle, and the veteran and military communities. Among its many activities, in March, members of the VMERG, along with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Air Transport Division Veterans Committee, visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to distribute donated items, such as toothbrushes and other common personal items, to the patients. With the help of the USO and the VMERG, the TWU Air Transport Division Veterans Committee donated more than $9,000 and dozens of needed items, helping more than 100 wounded warriors and their families.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-223 ER N756AM (msn 30264) climbs away from Los Angeles.

United to add flights at Chicago and Los Angeles

United Airlines (Chicago) announced today (April 20) new and additional service to and from the airline’s Chicago and Los Angeles hubs.

Beginning June 9, 2010, United will offer an additional daily roundtrip flight between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and New York LaGuardia, using a 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft. The additional eastbound flight will depart at 8:30 a.m. (0830) and arrive in New York at 11:42 a.m. (1142). The westbound flight will depart at 12:30 p.m. (1230) and arrive in Chicago at 2:04 p.m. (1404).

Beginning August 24, 2010, the three United Express flights operating between Chicago and New York LaGuardia will be replaced with United-operated service. With this change, United will operate as many as 18 flights a day between the two airports.

Also on August 24, 2010, United will begin new daily roundtrip service between Houston and Los Angeles. United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines will operate the service using 66-seat Bombardier CRJ700 Regional Jet aircraft. The eastbound flight will depart at 11:40 a.m. (1140) and arrive at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston at 4:53 p.m. (1653). The westbound flight will depart at 5:40 p.m. (174) and arrive in Los Angeles at 7:15 p.m. (1915).

On November 4, 2010, United will add daily roundtrip service to the existing weekend-only service between Chicago and Pensacola. United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines will operate the service using 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet aircraft. The eastbound flight will depart at 1:10 p.m. (1310) and arrive at Pensacola Regional Airport at 3:29 p.m. (1529). The westbound flight will depart at 4 p.m. (1600) and arrive in Chicago at 6:18 p.m. (1818). These new flights will complement existing twice-daily service between Pensacola and Washington Dulles.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N795SK (msn 10299) arrives at the Los Angeles hub.

JetBlue Airways to add Hartford/Springfield on November 17

JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) will add Hartford/Springfield on November 17 with nonstop service to both Orlando and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A320-232 N568JB (msn 2063) lines-up to land at Long Beach.

ANA to merge ANA and JP Express into Air Japan

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has announced, as a result of a board decision on April 2, 2010, that two of its consolidated subsidiaries, namely Air Japan Company, Ltd. (“AJX”) and ANA & JP Express Company, Ltd. (“AJV”) will be merged. ANA has announced a merger target date of July 1, 2010. Air Japan will be the surviving carrier, operating Boeing 767-300s.

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American, JetBlue announce slot swap, interline agreement

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. JetBlue's Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N258JB (msn 19000047) prepares to land at the Long Beach focus city. Due to this new arrangement, the ERJ 190s are expected to leave the West Coast and return to the East Coast in May 2010 and will be operated from DCA.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) announced an agreement for collaboration that will offer JetBlue customers connections to American’s international flights from New York’s John F.Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Boston’s Logan International Airport, where JetBlue is the largest domestic airline, and offer American’s customers convenient nonstop domestic flight options on JetBlue from those markets.

Under terms of the agreement, American intends to transfer eight slot pairs at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport and one slot pair at White Plains, NY to JetBlue, and JetBlue intends to transfer 12 slot pairs at New York’s John F.Kennedy International Airport to American.

The agreement will provide customers with interline service in non-overlapping markets, which will offer them more choices and convenient connections. The companies are also exploring other commercial cooperation.

On domestic routes where the carriers don’t currently compete, American customers can book convenient, nonstop JetBlue flights from JFK and Boston to 18 domestic markets, including Portland, ME; Nantucket; and Burlington, VT.

Starting in summer 2010, American and American Eagle will expand the routes and service they offer customers from New York. Including previously announced additions, by year end at LaGuardia and JFK combined, American and American Eagle will add 31 total flights to and from 13 additional routes, bringing total NYC departures to 216 and unique destinations to 63. The announcement includes seven new destinations served on 23 new roundtrip flights. When combined with new options for travel on JetBlue, American’s New York customers will have access to 81 unique destinations on 271 nonstop flights by the end of 2010. In addition, American serves four destinations with 18 daily departures out of Newark’s Liberty International Airport.


New American Eagle Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets, outfitted with First Class as well as new Coach Class seats, will fly new routes from LaGuardia to Minneapolis-St. Paul four times daily, to Atlanta seven times daily, and five times daily to Charlotte. The CRJ700s will also be used to fly existing routes from LaGuardia to Toronto and Raleigh-Durham, giving passengers in those markets access to First Class service.

American will also increase mainline daily flights to and from Miami and Chicago from LaGuardia.


As previously announced, American begins service in April and May to San Jose, Costa Rica; Madrid, and Manchester, England. Previously announced nonstop service to Austin will begin in July.

American also announced it will add twice-daily, nonstop service to and from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood in November and increase daily frequencies to Orlando, Las Vegas, and Miami effective in November.

American Eagle previously announced daily round-trip service on regional jets to and from Columbus, Ohio, and St. Louis. American Eagle today announced twice-daily service to and from both Indianapolis, and Cincinnati. In addition, American Eagle will begin one flight daily to and from Norfolk. Those new flights will use Embraer regional jets and are slated to begin by year end. They will be assigned times so that customers can make connections to American’s international flights. The airline will also assign the two-class CRJ700s to upgrade existing routes from JFK, offering First Class service to Washington (Reagan National), Boston, and Toronto starting in early 2011.


JetBlue Airways also announced plans to serve the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) beginning in November 2010. JetBlue intends to initially offer travelers at least eight daily departures from DCA to select East Coast destinations, complementing its existing service from Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

ANA to order five Boeing 777-200 ERs and five 767-300 ERs

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo-Haneda) is proceeding to order five new Boeing 777-200 ERs (for FY 2012 delivery) and five 767-300 ERs (for FY 2010 delivery).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Northwest Airlines retires the last Boeing 747-200F (updated)

Northwest Airlines-NWA (subsidiary of Delta Air Lines) (Minneapolis/St. Paul) operated the last of its Boeing 747-200 freighter flights on revenue flights on Saturday (December 19) as two of the giant aircraft touched down in Chicago and Los Angeles carrying full loads of cargo. Northwest flight NW 908 (with N632NW) departed Osaka and arrived in Chicago (ORD) with 73 tons of cargo, an 89 percent load factor (the last revenue flight). Northwest flight NW 906 (with N639US) departed Shanghai and arrived in Los Angeles (LAX) with 81 tons of cargo, a 99% load factor. Delta has parked its 10 wholly- owned Northwest 747-200 freighters, where they will remain in long-term storage. Two other 747s were returned recently to a leasing agent.

The pictured Boeing 747-251B N632NW (msn 23112) had the honor of operating the last revenue flight (flight NW 908).  Here is a disposition of each aircraft and the total hours:

N623US (21705) F9860-25NOV09 MSP-MZJ 103117HRS TOTAL TIME, 18171 CYCLES

N624US (21706) F9860-27NOV09 COS-MZJ 106418HRS TOTAL TIME, 19109 CYCLES

N631NW (23111) F9860-26DEC09 LAX-MZJ  92246HRS TOTAL TIME, 14118 CYCLES

N632NW (23112) F9861-28DEC09 ORD-MZJ  93928HRS TOTAL TIME, 14625 CYCLES

N639US (23887) F9862-26DEC09 LAX-VCV   80975HRS TOTAL TIME, 17442 CYCLES

N640US (23888) F9874-21NOV09 LAX-MZJ   80466HRS TOTAL TIME, 17267 CYCLES

N643NW (22245) F9860-29DEC09 ORD-ARG 97392HRS TOTAL TIME, 22176 CYCLES

N644NW (24177) F9861-26DEC09 ORD-MZJ  76406HRS TOTAL TIME, 14122 CYCLES




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Surinam Airways to retire Boeing 747-306 PZ-TCM on November 26

Surinam Airways (Paramaribo) will retire its only Boeing 747-300 on November 26. Ex-KLM 747-306 PZ-TCM (msn 23508) will not be replaced right away by new acquisition and ex-Air France Airbus A340-311 F-GLZG (msn 049). F-GLZG still needs approval for operations in Surinam.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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ANA to phase out Boeing 747-400s from international operations

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo-Haneda) will be phasing out the remaining three Boeing 747-400s (JA8098,JA8958,JA8962) in 2010. All three aircraft are deployed on charters, except for occasionally substituting for the Boeing 777s on the Tokyo (Narita)-Paris (CDG) route. 10 747-400Ds (without the winglets) will remain in service on trunk domestic routes, although they are likely to be phased out with delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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JAL’s overhaul to be run by state-backed group

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) will be reorganized by a Japanese government-backed turnaround group overseeing the process. In addition JAL now plans to cut around 13,000 jobs.

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SilkAir to take over Singapore-Penang route

SilkAir (Singapore) will take over the Singapore-Penang route from parent Singapore Airlines on December 1.

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Skywest Airlines to acquire another Fokker 100

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.  Skywest's Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) VH-FNJ (msn 11489) climbs beautifully at Denpasar in the 2003 colors..

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Skywest's Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) VH-FNJ (msn 11489) climbs beautifully at Denpasar in the 2003 colors..

Skywest Airlines (Australia) (Perth) is adding another Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) bringing the fleet to 16 aircraft (nine F100s and seven Fokker F.27 Mk. 050s). The company is also considering an order for four Airbus A320s.

Press release:


Government is ready to support JAL to survive

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) is coming under increased pressure to remain totally under Japanese ownership rather than having a foreign investor. The Japanese government is ready to support the ailing flag carrier and believes JAL can revive on its own.

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FedEx’s fiscal 1Q profit drops by 53 percent

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on photo for more photos.

FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) reported fiscal first quarter (ending on August 31) net earnings of $181 million, representing a drop of 53 percent.

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Cathay Pacific swings to a profit


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