Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) tonight at midnight (February 1) became a part of oneworld® at midnight Kuala Lumpur time, adding one of Asia’s leading airlines to the global airline alliance that aims to be the first choice for frequent international travelers the world over.
The first flight in the new alliance is MH 386, which departed Kuala Lumpur at 1.40 am (0140) for Shanghai (Pudong). The national airline of Malaysia will be offering oneworld’s full range of services and benefits. Another key focus flight for the airline is the first departure by the first of its aircraft featuring the full oneworld livery – an Airbus A330-300 (see above) operating flight MH 129 to Melbourne from Kuala Lumpur at 10.15 am.
For Malaysia Airlines, joining oneworld completes the latest phase of its repositioning plan. Becoming part of the world’s premier global airline alliance will strengthen its competitiveness, enabling it to offer customers an unrivalled alliance global network served by partners including some of the best and biggest airlines in the world.
Malaysia Airlines, which serves more than 60 destinations in almost 30 countries, will substantially expand the alliance’s network in one of the world’s fastest growing economic powerhouses, South East Asia.
Its addition to oneworld makes Malaysia – which has one of the world’s 30 biggest national economies and with a population of almost 30 million – a home market for the alliance. Its capital Kuala Lumpur, the world’s 10thmost visited city by international visitors according to the latest annual Mastercard survey, is now a oneworld hub.
Malaysia Airlines connects new 16 destinations and one country – Brunei – to the oneworld map. More significantly, it will strengthen the alliance’s connectivity between many key business cities in Asia and other parts of the world.
Its addition expands oneworld’s global coverage to 842 destinations in 156 countries, served by some 9,000 departures a day operated by a combined fleet of some 2,500 aircraft, carrying nearly 340 million passengers a year, with annual revenues of US$ 110 billion. Add oneworld’s other members elect – Qatar Airways and Sri Lankan Airlines – and the alliance network will reach 860 destinations in 159 countries.
Currently three of oneworld’s active member airlines serve three points in Malaysia, with Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian flying to Kuala Lumpur, Cathay Pacific operating to Penang and its Dragonair regional affiliate to Kota Kinabalu.
Copyright Photo: T. K. Ali. It is a new dawn for Malaysia Airlines. The pictured Airbus A330-323X 9M-MTE (msn 1243) at Kuala Lumpur is the first aircraft in the company to wear the Oneworld livery.
QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has announced it will deploy wide-body Airbus A330s on all weekday Sydney-Perth and Melbourne-Perth services as it continues to meet demand for business and premium travel on the routes.
QANTAS has added a ninth A330 flying on the domestic network. Airbus A330-202 VH-EBV (msn 1365) was accepted on November 23.
The airline has 30 wide-body aircraft operating on domestic routes in Australia, made up of Airbus A330s and Boeing 767-300s.
The new QANTAS A330-202 is configured with 36 seats in Business and 268 seats in Economy. Airbus has installed the latest Panasonic on-demand in-flight entertainment and laptop power in every seat.
By March, QANTAS will have refurbished 16 Boeing 767-300 aircraft with new interiors and individual inflight entertainment streamed direct to iPads in every seat.
In the past 12 months QANTAS has resumed services from Sydney to the Gold Coast, built new lounges at Gold Coast, Gladstone, Mackay, Emerald, Davenport and Rockhampton airport, commenced services to a number of new regional and Fly-In-Fly-Out destinations and introduced a number of new initiatives to improve customer experiences including free Wi-Fi at airports and dedicated premium boarding.
Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire. Airbus A330-202 F-WWKN (msn 1365) in the Oneworld motif at Toulouse became VH-EBV on the handover.
AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth) (American Airlines) and the Allied Pilots Association (APA) (Dallas/Fort Worth) have agreed on a new contract, still subject to the approval of the members.
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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Members of the Oneworld alliance a sighing in relief with this agreement, if approved, it will allow AA to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. Boeing 767-323 ER N395AN (msn 29432) approaches the runway for landing at Miami.
American Airlines‘ (Dallas/Fort Worth) pilots, represented by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), have been meeting with the pilots of US Airways (Phoenix) and CEO Doug Parker about a transitional labor agreement and also about possible airline consolidation between the two carriers according to this article by the Tulsa World. The APA pilots are united in their opposition against American CEO Tom Horton. The pilots of American are the last labor group holding out against a new labor agreement and are threatening to strike if their current contract is voided by the bankruptcy court. The judge is due to rule on September 4.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-223 ER N791AN (msn 30254) of American Airlines in the Oneworld motif climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.
AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., today reported second quarter revenue of $6.5 billion, an increase of 5.5 percent year-over-year and the highest quarterly revenue in company history.
In the second quarter of 2012, the company reported a net profit of $95 million, excluding reorganization and special items – a $381 million improvement over the second quarter of 2011. AMR incurred a net loss of $241 million compared to a net loss of $286 million in the same period of 2011.
Consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (unit revenue) grew 9.1 percent compared to the second quarter of 2011, and mainline passenger unit revenue increased 8.7 percent.
- Consolidated passenger yield, representing average fares paid, increased 7.1 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2012, and mainline passenger yield increased 6.8 percent.
- Mainline capacity, or total available seat miles, in the second quarter of 2012 decreased 2.4 percent compared to the same period in 2011.
- American’s second quarter 2012 mainline load factor, or the percentage of total seats filled, was 85.1 percent – a record for any quarter.
The company’s revenue performance was driven by year-over-year yield improvement and a higher consolidated load factor of 84.5 percent – a record for any quarter as well. Domestic unit revenue improved 8.6 percent in the second quarter versus the same period last year and, for the second consecutive quarter, the company experienced unit revenue increases across all five of its hubs. These results were supported by strong corporate revenue growth.
International unit revenue increased 9.0 percent in the second quarter, driven by increased load factors across all entities, and strong yield performance. Premium cabin demand improved significantly in both the Atlantic and Pacific entities, generating unit revenue increases of 8.5 percent and 18.1 percent, respectively. American and its joint-business partners, British Airways and Iberia over the Atlantic, and Japan Airlines over the Pacific, have gained momentum in attracting high-value customers to the airlines’ enhanced networks. The Latin American entity posted a 6.7 percent unit revenue increase in the second quarter of 2012, including yield improvements in Mexico and Central and South America.
The second quarter 2012 results include $336 million in special charges and reorganization items.
- Of that amount, $106 million is related to a special charge, primarily associated with employee severance-related costs.
- The company recognized $230 million in reorganization items resulting from its and certain of its direct and indirect U.S. subsidiaries’ voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 on Nov. 29, 2011. These items are primarily from estimated claims associated with restructuring the financing arrangements for certain aircraft and rejecting certain special facility revenue bonds, as well as professional fees.
Taking into account the impact of fuel hedging, AMR paid approximately $3.24 per gallon for jet fuel in the second quarter of 2012 versus approximately $3.12 per gallon in the second quarter of 2011, a 3.8 percent increase. As a result, the company paid $81 million more for fuel in the second quarter of 2012 than it would have paid at prevailing prices from the prior-year period.
AMR ended the second quarter with approximately $5.8 billion in cash and short-term investments, including a restricted cash balance of $772 million, compared to a balance of approximately $5.6 billion in cash and short-term investments, including a restricted balance of approximately $457 million, at the end of the second quarter of 2011.
At November 30, 2011, the company had approximately $4.8 billion in cash and short-term investments, including a restricted cash balance of $693 million.
Later this year, the company will start placing into service the newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 777-300 ER, which will showcase a number of special features, including fully lie-flat First and Business Class seating, with direct aisle access from every seat; specially designed Main Cabin Extra seating with more legroom and comfort; international Wi-Fi and in-seat entertainment throughout all cabins.
In addition, the company recently unveiled plans for upgrading its international widebody fleet of Boeing 777-200 ERs and Boeing 767-300 ERs, which will also offer industry-leading interiors and amenities as well as fully lie-flat Business Class seats with aisle access for every seat.
Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. Boeing 767-323 ER N395AN dressed in the Oneworld motif prepares to touch down at Zurich. Meanwhile Willie Walsh, chief executive of the International Airlines Group (IAG), told a meeting of aviation industry representatives he supports any merger that will strengthen its oneworld alliance partner American Airlines according to this report by Reuters.
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Airberlin (Berlin) is coming to Chicago in 2013 to connect with its Oneworld partner American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth). Airberlin on March 23, 2013 will start operating direct flights from Berlin (Brandenburg) to Chicago (O’Hare). This is the first time a nonstop route has connected Berlin with Chicago.
Airberlin will start operations on the new route at the beginning of the Easter holidays at the end of March 2013. When the summer schedule starts in May 2013, Airberlin will increase the number of direct flights from three to five per week.
From May 1, 2013, an Airberlin Airbus A330-200 will make the nine-hour flight to the city on Lake Michigan on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Between March 23 and 30th April 30, 2013, Airberlin will operate the direct flight every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Takeoff from Berlin is at 10:00 and the flight lands at Chicago’s O‘Hare International Airport at 12:10. The return flight from Chicago leaves at 15:25 und arrives in the German capital at 07:00 on the following morning.
Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), through the AMR Corporation, is under continued pressure from the unsecured creditors and the unions to consider a merger option while in bankruptcy court reorganization. AMR has stated it will now “reach out” to five prospective merger partners, namely Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines (2nd), JetBlue Airways, US Airways and Virgin America according to this report by Reuters. Is the “reaching out” a genuine gesture or just a stall tactic?
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Meanwhile, the Allied Pilots Association, representing AA’s 10,000 pilots called the announcement “an important milestone”.
The union issued the following statement:
“The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 10,000 pilots of American Airlines, characterized a letter from AMR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton to all employees on potential industry consolidation involving American Airlines as “an important milestone.”
“Mr. Horton’s letter represents an important milestone by acknowledging what we have believed for some time—that consolidation involving American Airlines is essential for all of the airline’s stakeholders,” said APA President Captain Dave Bates. “It’s an affirmation that consolidation represents the most promising path for our airline’s future. The biggest remaining questions center on who manages the new entity and whether a merger occurs during AMR’s Chapter 11 restructuring or thereafter.”
In April, the APA leadership and US Airways management—along with the leaders of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants and Transport Workers Union—jointly announced their support for merging the two carriers. The unions also announced that they had negotiated conditional labor agreements with US Airways management.
Meanwhile, APA and AMR management have been engaged in negotiations throughout the restructuring process, with the APA board of directors voting to approve a tentative agreement with management on June 27. That tentative agreement is now subject to a ratification vote by the APA membership. The tentative agreement includes a 13.5 percent equity stake in the restructured airline.
“The 13.5 percent equity stake is intended to compensate APA as an unsecured creditor on behalf of the pilots we represent,” Captain Bates said. “If our members approve the tentative agreement, this equity stake would give APA significant influence over strategic decisions that will be made in the weeks and months to come concerning American Airlines, including the makeup of the new board of directors and management team.”
The results of the APA membership ratification vote will be announced on August 8.”
Is American now finally serious about a merger? In many ways, AMR still feels it is superior to any of these potential suitors. In some ways, AA management has still not gotten over the fact that they lead the company into bankruptcy. A merger will only work if AA approaches a potential marriage suitor as an equal partner. The “American” name is likely to survive, but like the recent Delta-Northwest and United-Continental mergers, the surviving name does not always equate to surviving management. In essence, current AA and AMR management could be fighting to keep their jobs.
Copyright Photo: Dave Glendinning. How much are the key Oneworld partners influencing AA management?
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth)’ unsecured creditors are giving AMR some space and time to work out their own reorganization plan. This time period will keep US Airways (Phoenix) away (for now) if the bankruptcy court grants this motion to AMR management.
The company has issued this short statement:
“AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, yesterday (June 29) announced that the Company and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (UCC) have agreed to jointly request that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York extend exclusivity for AMR to file its Plan of Reorganization to December 27, 2012.”
US Airways and the unions have not yet commented on this statement. Stay tuned.
Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero.
QANTAS Airways (Dallas/Fort Worth) will increase the frequency of its services between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to daily services from July 1, 2012.
The flag carrier began flying to DFW in May 2011. After launching the route with four flights per week, frequencies were increased to six per week in January – and will now move to daily, reflecting strong demand for the services.
The route is served by a three-class Boeing 747-400 ER aircraft. Outbound services from DFW operate via Brisbane while return services operate directly from Sydney.
DFW is home to QF’s oneworld partner American Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner.
SriLankan Airlines (Colombo) will join the Oneworld alliance.
Its election as a Oneworld member designate was announced as the Chief Executives of the alliance’s member airlines gathered for a meeting of the group’s Board at IATA’s 2012 World Air Transport Summit.
SriLankan is expected to be implemented into Oneworld late next year, flying alongside some of the biggest and best brands in the airline business. Cathay Pacific will serve as its sponsor in joining oneworld, supporting the airline through its alliance implementation program.
SriLankan already codeshares with oneworld member designate Malaysia Airlines – and today announced agreement in principle to codeshare also with oneworld partners Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines.
American Airlines Boeing 767-323 N395AN (msn 29432) (Oneworld) MIA (Brian McDonough), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and QANTAS Airways (Sydney), members of the oneworld® Alliance, announced the next phase of their deepening commercial relationship, expanding the number of routes on which the airlines will codeshare between major cities across North America and Australia.
QANTAS will codeshare on American Airlines flights to 28 new destinations from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), American’s largest hub. American Airlines will begin codesharing on QANTAS services between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth as well as domestic services from Brisbane to Adelaide, Canberra, Cairns, Melbourne and Perth.
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American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER N395AN (msn 29432) (Oneworld) MIA (Arnd Wolf), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Oneworld (Vancouver) is moving its headquarters to New York.
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S7 Airlines (Ob) joined the Oneworld Alliance on November 15.
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American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER N395AN (msn 29432) (Oneworld) MIA (Arnd Wolf), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines (Dallas/Worth) are cutting service to seven cities from the San Juan hub effective on April 6, 2011. The total number of flights will drop from 58 to 41 daily flights.
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 767-323 ER N395AN (msn 29432) approaches runway 9 at Miami for landing.
Finnair Airbus A340-313E OH-LQE (msn 938) (Oneworld) HEL (Ton Jochems), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Finnair (Helsinki) will lease two 270-seat Airbus A340-300 wide-bodied aircraft for four years from the leasing company ILFC. The aircraft will join the Finnair fleet in late 2010 and early 2011.
Finnair currently has 12 Airbus long-haul aircraft, which fly to nine
destinations in Asia as well as to New York in North America. At the end of this year, one further new Airbus A330 aircraft, ordered earlier, will join the fleet. With the coming additions, Finnair’s long-haul fleet will grow to a total 15 Airbus aircraft by the beginning of next year.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. A splendid view of Airbus A340-313E OH-LQE (msn 938) at the HEL hub in the Oneworld scheme.
Next May, Finnair will open a daily direct route to Singapore.
Air Berlin (stylized as airberlin) (airberlin.com) (Berlin-Tegel) is planning to join oneworld®, adding Europe’s fifth largest airline and Germany’s second biggest carrier to the airline alliance.
Air Berlin Group member Niki (Vienna) will become an affiliate member of the alliance.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Air Berlin and oneworld was completed in the airline’s Berlin home city last night (July 26), with a formal alliance membership agreement to be signed soon.
Air Berlin is expected to start flying as part of oneworld in early 2012 – just weeks before the opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, which is being built as a major new hub for Europe.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 737-86J D-ABKM (msn 33755) lands at Everett after a test flight.
American Airlines Boeing 767-323 ER N395AN (msn 29432) (Oneworld) MIA, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to fly nonstop from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) three times a week beginning on November 18, 2010.
American will fly the route using Boeing 767-300 aircraft configured with 28 Business Class and 191 Economy Class seats.
Here is the proposed schedule:
From DFW to GIG (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays)
Depart: 7:45 p.m.
Arrive: 10:25 a.m. (next day)
From GIG TO DFW (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays)
Depart: 11:15 p.m.
Arrive: 6:25 a.m. (next day)
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. American’s Boeing 767-323 ER N395AN (msn 29432) in the Oneworld Alliance motif arrives back at the MIA hub.
Mexicana Click (subsidiary of Mexicana) (Mexico City) has painted its ex-Midwest Airlines Boeing 717-2BL N928ME (msn 55194) in the 2009 Oneworld Alliance color scheme.
Mexicana (Mexico City) has introduced its first Airbus A320 Oneworld logojet. The airline use to have Star Alliance logojets when it was in that alliance.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has now introduced its first Boeing 757 in the colors of the Oneworld Alliance.
British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-CIVP (msn 28850) (Oneworld) LHR, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
British Airways (London) will axe another 1,200 positions after suffering a six-month loss of $485 million.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.
Cathay Pacific 777-367 ER B-KPL (msn 36161) (09-Oneworld) PAE, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston, SC) on October 17 delivered the new 777-367 ER B-KPL (msn 36161) to BOC Aviation for its customer Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong). The jetliner is painted in the Oneworld color scheme. B-KPL is the 12th 777-367 ER for Cathay Pacific.
Copyright Photo: Royal S. King.
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Mexicana (Mexico City) will join the Oneworld Alliance on November 10.
Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) will sell its HAECO stake to its largest shareholder, Swire Pacific, to raise cash. Cathay will also sell and lease-back six new Boeing 777-300 ERs on order to raise additional capital.
JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) is seeking around $550 million from Delta Air Lines for a minority share in the Japanese carrier according to published reports. SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines may also buy a share. JAL desperately needs a capital infusion. Since it is part of the Oneworld Alliance it may also approach American Airlines to counter bid the Delta offer.
JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) has introduced its fourth Oneworld Alliance logojet.
S7 Airlines (Moscow) is expected to become the 11th member of the Oneworld Alliance. The Russian carrier will soon start the integration process. Rival Aeroflot Russian Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has officially unveiled its first Oneworld Alliance logojet – confirming Boeing 777-223 ER N791AN (msn 30254) is the aircraft. By the end of the third quarter AA intends to have three other aircraft (one additional 777, one 767 and one 757) painted in the alliance motif. All 10 members are painting aircraft in the same livery which retains the airline’s tail markings. More than 40 aircraft will feature this design.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has painted its first oneworld logojet (believed to be Boeing 777-223 ER N791AN, msn 30254). Confirmation and photos are always welcome. AA is due to paint two 777s, one 767-300 and one 757-200 in the alliance scheme.