Blue Air to launch seven new routes from Brno –Tuřany Airport

Blue Air's 2017 "Liverpool Cool City Warm Welcome" logo jet

Blue Air is planning to commence five new routes from Brno in late March, 2018. Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic.

The five new destinations from Brno are Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Brussels and Lviv.

In the summer of 2018, Blue Air will add service to Split and Dubrovnik from Brno.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Blue Air): Blue Air Boeing 737-8K5 WL YR-BMH (msn 27980) BGY (Liverpool) (Marco Finelli). Image: 937502.

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South African to rationalize their domestic route network, Mango to grow larger

Mango (South African Airways) Boeing 737-8BG WL ZS-SJK (msn 32355) JNB (TMK Photography). Image: 913072.

South African Airways Group airlines, South African Airways (SAA) and Mango, its low-cost subsidiary, announced plans to rationalize their route network for improved efficiencies and optimal aircraft utilisation through a revised airline brand schedule. This will see additional Mango operated flights for the domestic market.

The rationalization program follows an earlier announcement in September, where the airline announced network changes as part of the progressive implementation of its turnaround plan. These initiatives form part of the Five-year turnaround plan to return the business to commercial sustainability in the shortest time possible.

Both SAA and Mango currently offer 200 return flights per week between Johannesburg and Durban and 278 return flights per week between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Photos above: SAA. The Mango cabin.

To enhance efficiencies and to provide more diverse offering to customers, whilst responding to demand, the two airline brands will ensure seamless implementation of the revised schedule with effect from January 15, 2018. Once fully implemented Mango will operate 132 return flights on the Johannesburg – Durban route and 116 return flights on the Johannesburg – Cape Town route per week. SAA will operate 68 return flights between Johannesburg and Durban, and 162 return flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The SAA group will continue to offer customers the option to travel on the product of their choice, making it much more convenient for them to choose their preferred service and schedule.

The changes will be reflected in all the SAA and Mango distribution systems with effect from 12 December 2017.

Mango flights will operate on Boeing 737-800s and SAA will discontinue operating Airbus A340-600s on the Johannesburg – Cape Town route.

South African Airways Airbus A340-642 ZS-SNF (msn 547) JNB (Paul Denton). Image: 923668.

Above Copyright Photo: South African Airways Airbus A340-642 ZS-SNF (msn 547) JNB (Paul Denton). Image: 923668.

Members of Voyager, SAA’s frequent flyer programme, will continue to earn Miles on Mango operated flights if booked on the SAA code and will continue to enjoy the SAA baggage allowance, lounge access and a seamless transfer on to the regional and international network services of SAA. Voyager members can also spend their Miles on Mango operated flights, by utilising Miles or a combination of Miles and a range of payment options.

Top Copyright Photo: Mango (South African Airways) Boeing 737-8BG WL ZS-SJK (msn 32355) JNB (TMK Photography). Image: 913072.

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Philippines takes delivery of its 9th and 10th Boeing 777-300ER

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER RP-C7782 (msn 61735) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940282.

Boeing and leasing company Avation PLC celebrated the delivery of Avation’s first Boeing airplane, a 777-300ER (Extended Range), that will be leased and operated by Philippine Airlines.

This airplane is the 10th 777-300ER (RP-C7782) (top) for Philippines’ national carrier.

 

Philippine Airlines took delivery of its ninth 777-300ER (RP-C7781) (below) earlier in the week and will use the new airplanes primarily on routes from Manila to North America. The carrier will fly the 777-300ER directly from Everett, Washington to Vancouver, British Columbia where the airplanes will enter revenue service to Manila.

The 777 is the world’s most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane. The 777-300ER is equipped with the world’s most powerful GE90-115B commercial jet engine, and can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration with a maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).

Top Copyright Photo: Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER RP-C7782 (msn 61735) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940282.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER RP-C7781 (msn 61733) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940203.

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER RP-C7781 (msn 61733) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940203.

Widerøe announces five new international routes

Widerøe continues to expand their international and Norwegian domestic services. In June and August 2018 five new international services will be started; between Bergen and Munich, Hamburg, Billund, Gothenburg – and between Kristiansand and London (Stansted).

At the same time there will be an increase in the number of domestic departures from Kjevik. In total, Widerøe increase their passenger capacity by 180,000 seats from Bergen and Kristiansand, to Germany, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom and Trondheim.
The company in April will be adding its new 114-seat, eco-friendly jet aircraft take off from Bergen to Tromsø and Bodø. These super-modern E190-E2 aircraft (above) will also be put into operation on the new international services to Hamburg and Munich, which start up on August 13, 2018 and  August 14, 2018, states Stein Nilsen,CEO of Widerøe.
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On June 25, 2018 the service between Bergen and Billund will start up, and in the late summer a further four services will be opened up to/from destinations in Europe.
Here are the new Widerøe services from Bergen:
Bergen-Billund: Monday, Wednesday, Friday-departure 10.45, return 12.30 (first departure on June 25).
Bergen-Munich: Monday, Wednesday, Friday-departure 17.50, return 21.10 (first departure on August 13).
Bergen-Hamburg: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday-departure 19.40, return 21.55 (first departure on August 14)
Bergen-Gothenburg: Thursday, Sunday-departure 10.45, return 12.20 (first departure August 16)

Wideroe (Widerøe's Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-103 LN-WIA (msn 359) TRD (Ton Jochems). Image: 912543.

Above Copyright Photo: Wideroe (Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-103 LN-WIA (msn 359) TRD (Ton Jochems). Image: 912543.
New services from Kristiansand to London and Trondheim:
From August 13, 2018 Widerøe will fly the new route Kristiansand-London (Stansted) on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Departure time will be 17:30, with return 20:00.
There will be a new morning departure to Trondheim on weekdays at 06.30, with return 08.20. There are also new services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with departure 10.50 and return 15.30. The current afternoon departure on weekdays will continue on every day with departure 17.25 and return 19.35. The first, new morning departure starts on June 25, 2018, and from August 13, 2018 the whole of the new flight program from Kjevik will be operational.
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Neos takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Neos' first Boeing 787-9, introduces a new livery, delivered on December 12, 2017

Neos on December 12, 2017 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Named “Spirit of Italy”, the pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EI-NEO (msn 38785), arrived at the Milan (Malpensa) base the following day in the the new corporate livery. The aircraft performed a low fly-by before landing (below).

EI-NEO is leased from AerCap and is the first of three to be delivered with the second due in June, 2018 and the third in October 2018. The new Dreamliners will replace the older Boeing 767-300 ERs.

The airline is planning to operate the new type to Cancun, Freeport, La Romana, Male, Mombasa, Nossy-Be and Zanzibar.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Neos/Michela Celi): Neos Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EI-NEO (msn 38785) PAE (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940147.

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Lufthansa welcomes the result of the Vereinigung Cockpit ballot

Named "Brussel"

Lufthansa issued this statement on December 15, 2017:

Deutsche Lufthansa AG welcomes the approval of about 80 percent of the members of the German Airline Pilots Union “Vereinigung Cockpit” (VC) with regard to the signed collective labor agreements. Thus, long-term stable labor relations could be reached. Among others, the parties have agreed on a framework collective agreement and a new remuneration agreement as well as agreements on pension and transitional payments lasting until June 2022. The new contracts will result in a structural overall cost saving of 15 percent of staff costs in the cockpit – before wage increases to be paid in the future. The deadline for the vote had expired at 12pm today.

At the same time, Lufthansa and Vereinigung Cockpit agreed on in the package to operate a minimum of 325 aircraft with pilots from Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings by the end of 2022. This will create far-reaching future and career prospects for the pilots. Moreover, junior pilots will be employed from the afore-mentioned airlines with immediate effect and should number more than 500 in 2018.

“For Lufthansa, it’s very important that we are working together with cockpit staff to shape the future of Lufthansa,” says Dr. Bettina Volkens, Chief Officer Corporate Human Resources and Legal Affairs. “We firmly believe that the collective bargaining agreements are a good compromise offering attractive elements for our employees and savings for the company,” Volkens stated.

The pension scheme will be changed from a system of defined benefits to a system of defined contributions, as already agreed with ground and cabin staff. As a result, pension liabilities will be reduced by a high three-digit million euro amount, while EBIT 2017 will improve by a significant three-digit million euro amount.

Pilots at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings will receive staggered pay increases totaling to 10.3 per cent and a one-off payment of up to 1.8 monthly salaries for the period of May 2012 until June 2022.

The entry-level and potential final compensations for future employees will continue to be based on today’s current levels. More moderate increases will, however, reduce costs. The remuneration structures of current employees remain unchanged. Additionally, further measures have been agreed on in order to increase productivity.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 D-AIMJ (msn 073) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403135.

Delta’s 11th Annual Investor Day in Atlanta showcases business momentum

Delta Air Lines released this statement:

“It’s nice to host you in what I consider to be our living room. We’re doing this presentation under the wing of the Spirit of Delta.”

 

That’s how CEO Ed Bastian welcomed more than 100 investors and Wall Street analysts to Delta’s 11Misspelled Wordth annual Investor Day, which was hosted at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta. It was the first time in recent years that the event, which typically is in New York, was held in Atlanta.Bastian set forth many of Delta’s key financial, operational and customer experience achievements during the year, noting that Delta people who drive these results are setting Delta up for its climb forward in 2018.

 

He also strongly emphasized Delta’s plan to curb unit cost growth in 2018 excluding profit sharing to between 0 and 2 percent in 2018 through a variety of productivity and efficiency initiatives.

Bastian also mentioned Delta’s order of A321neos, saying, “We think it’s the best Misspelled Wordnarrowbody aircraft product in the sky, not only for our customers, but for our people to work with.”

Before fielding questions from analysts and investors, Ed rounded out his comments describing how Delta has five strategic advantages that differentiate it from competitors, updated December quarter guidance and debuted guidance for 2018 earnings-per-share growth.

 

Other speakers included Joanne Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, who emphasized to the group that hiring the right people and reinforcing a strong brand as an employer will be key to keeping Delta’s strong culture going forward. She also mentioned that Delta’s Rules of the Road is a strong expression of values that guides the entire enterprise.”Rules of the Road is probably the best business book you’ll read,” she said.

Chief Marketing Officer Tim Misspelled WordMapes discussed how Delta listens to customers and how growing loyalty to Delta’s brand creates a durable revenue stream. “We listen with a bias toward action,” he said. “We listen with a bias toward doing something more because we genuinely are concerned with your experience and getting you to where you need to go with a great experience.”

President Glen Hauenstein outlined Delta’s revenue momentum, which is the best in years, and why the airline expects to generate positive PRASM in every quarter next year. That growth will be driven by Delta’s network, revenue premium and its increasing globalization, with new and expanded joint ventures and investments expected to yield hundreds of millions of dollars in financial benefits.

Chief Operating Officer Gil West said, “We truly have a culture of continuous improvement. This is something difficult to replicate – you not only need to have the hard skills to do it, but there has to be the people, the culture has to be receptive to continuous improvement. The organization really excels at that and people bring it to life.”

 

Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer, discussed initiatives to reduce non-fuel costs through efficiency improvements and fleet transformation. Fuel prices are expected to remain “relatively stable” next year, he said.”We have to find ways and innovate to find ways to address costs in ways we haven’t done before,” he said.

Bastian closed out the event with a $25,000 donation presentation to the Atlanta chapter of Marine Toys for Tots. The donation was provided on behalf of attendees and was given in their name.

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