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The DOJ objects to handing over its merger analysis documents to American Airlines-US Airways

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) (Washington) has asked the special master handling discovery disputes to limit the number of documents it must turn over to American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix). The DOJ is suing both carriers to block their effort to merge. All parties are currently in the discovery phase. According to this report by Reuters, the DOJ objects to the airlines’ request to turn over all confidential internal documents relating to all previous airline merger requests in the past 10 years.

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Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/Airlinersgallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N804NN (msn 29567) lands at Washington’s Reagan National Airport, across the Potomac River from the contentious and gridlocked District of Columbia.

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Alitalia pleads for more capital

Alitalia’s (2nd) (Rome) first half loss increased to over $398 million. The struggling Italian carrier is proposing a capital infusion of $135 million according to this report by Reuters which would only delay the ultimate fate. The Air France-KLM Group which controls 25 percent of the shares, voted against the capital increase. AF-KL has also asked for additional information about AZ before investing any more money. AF-KL has their own financial challenges.

The capital infusion does not solve the underlying financial problems of high-cost Alitalia. As we asked before, is Alitalia headed towards another bankruptcy? This time, their previous savior, the Air France-KLM Group, given this vote, is less likely to help Italian flag carrier given their own financial condition.

Meanwhile there are reported interested parties in China and Russia that could be interested in Alitalia. This Italian opera is not over.

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Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-112 EI-IXG (msn 516) approaches the runway at London (Heathrow).

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Lufthansa’ CEO states it may consider a possible SAS purchase

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) may have a new owner. Lufthansa‘s (Frankfurt) CEO Christoph Franz stated yesterday that his Lufthansa Group “could consider” a bid for the ailing carrier.

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Lufthansa is also carefully evaluating its relationships with the very successful and aggressive Gulf carriers. So far, the Lufthansa Group has decided to serve those markets on its own but it will not rule out a possible future alliance with the Gulf carriers like Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

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Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. SAS is one of the limited number of Boeing 737-600 operators. Boeing 737-683 LN-RPS (msn 28298) departs from the runway at Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol.

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Fly Jamaica is coming to Toronto on October 8

Fly Jamaica Airways (Kingston) will launch a new route to Toronto (Pearson) on October 8.

The new airline commenced scheduled services on February 14, 2013 between Kingston, Jamaica and New York (JFK) with this former ATA Airlines Boeing 757-23N N524AT (msn 30233).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com.

Sunwing Airlines to operate weekly vacation flights for Kelowna, BC to Ixtapa, Mexico for this winter season

Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) is planning to launch a new route from Kelowna, British Columbia to Ixtapa, Mexico for the upcoming winter season. Flights from Kelowna to Ixtapa will start on Thursday, December 19, 2013 and operate weekly until March 27, 2014.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Sunwing expands its fleet during it busy winter season adding extra Boeing 737-800s from European carriers who experience slower demand during their winter seasons. This creates a variety of hybrid color schemes during the winter months. One example is this Boeing 737-8K5 C-FYUH (msn 34689) leased from TUIfly in their colors but with Sunwing markings.

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United Airlines and the IAM reach a tentative agreement on a new contract

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced that the company has reached tentative agreements on new joint collective bargaining agreements with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) for the fleet service, passenger service and storekeeper workgroups at its United, Continental, Continental Micronesia and MileagePlus subsidiaries. United and the IAM reached these agreements with the assistance of the National Mediation Board, and the agreements are subject to ratification by IAM members.

The agreements cover more than 28,000 United employees.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-824 N14228 (msn 28792) completes its final approach to the runway at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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JetBlue Airways is set to introduce a new tail fin design with the first Airbus A321

JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) is getting ready to take delivery of its first Airbus A321. Besides introducing a new upscale cabin for the competitive trans-con routes next year, JetBlue will also introduce a new tail fin design.

The airline has 40 copies on order with 11 aircraft featuring 16 seats in first class which will arrive in the first quarter of 2014.

The carrier will launch the new Airbus A321 on December 19. The first three A321 routes will be from New York (JFK) to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Barbados (Bridgetown) and San Juan.

As announced last month, JetBlue unveiled its new, fully customized lie-flat seat which will be available on the highly popular trans-continental routes next year.

New lie-flat seats are expected to debut in the market on new Airbus A321 aircraft beginning in the second quarter of 2014 on the two most popular nonstop routes in the United States – New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco. In addition, JetBlue will be the first and only airline in the market to offer customers the option of a completely separate single suite seat that includes a closable door for increased privacy.

The new lie-flat seat, created in a partnership with Northern Ireland-based Thompson Aero Seating, will be displayed in a unique 2-1 configuration. Rows 1, 3 and 5 will offer 2-by-2 seating, and rows 2 and 4 will offer private suites, with one seat on each side of the aisle.

The new seats also offer air cushions with adjustable firmness, a massage function, a 15-inch widescreen television featuring the most live entertainment in the skies, and a unique “wake-me-for-service” indicator if the customer chooses to sleep in, putting more control back into the customer’s hands. In addition, JetBlue will refresh the core JetBlue Experience in 2014 which will include a comfortable seat design with movable headrests, a new entertainment system with up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming on 10.1-inch wide screens, and 110-volt and USB power ports accessible to all customers. And of course, more legroom throughout coach than any other U.S. airline.

JetBlue’s wholly owned subsidiary LiveTV will begin installing Fly-Fi on JetBlue’s fleet by the end of the year, a new high-speed, satellite-based wi-fi product that will offer true broadband speeds and serve as the fastest internet access at altitude.  JetBlue expects to increase frequencies on JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO with new Airbus A321 aircraft next year to offer even more options, convenience and comfort for customers. There will be a dedicated sub-fleet of 11 aircraft initially used for the two core transcontinental routes. Additional markets are possible, based on customer response and demand for more service.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/Airlinersgallery.com. Appearing today taxiing around Finkenwerder Airport in Hamburg, Germany is JetBlue’s first Airbus A321. The pictured A321-231 D-AVZA (msn 5783) with a tail design that now includes green, will become N903JB on delivery.

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