Frontier Airlines takes delivery of its first A320neo

The first Airbus A320neo for Frontier Airlines is delivered

Frontier Airlines, headquarters in Denver, Colorado (U.S.), took delivery on October 19, 2016 of its first Airbus A320neo. Frontier is the first U.S. airline to receive an A320neo with CFM engines, and the aircraft is the first of 80 A320neo Family aircraft the low-cost carrier has ordered. All of Frontier’s A320neo Family aircraft will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines.

Each of the Frontier’s A320neo Family aircraft will feature lightweight composite Sharklets, 2.4-meter/94-inch tall wing-tip devices and new CFM’s LEAP-1A engines providing operators with double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – with a 15 percent reduction upon entry into service.

In addition to the A320neo delivered today, Frontier currently operates a fleet of 64 Airbus aircraft, including 30 A319s, 24 A320s and 10 A321s. Their current backlog of Airbus aircraft is comprised of 18 A319neo, 2 A320ceo, 61 A320neo and 6 A321ceo.

Frontier took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft in 2001 and has since transformed into an all-Airbus, all-A320 Family fleet, allowing the airline to optimize efficiency and economy by streamlining crew training and maintenance operations. The A320 Family also offers the most comfortable single-aisle cabin in the sky at a full seven inches wider than competing aircraft allowing for 18”-wide seats in comfort economy as standard.

Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWDA (N301FR) (msn 7141) (Wilbur, the Whitetail) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 933681.


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Copa Holdings launches low-cost Wingo in Colombia with 4 Boeing 737-700s


Copa Holdings, parent company of Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia, has officially launched Wingo in Colombia. Wingo, which will begin operations on December 1, 2016 brings a low-cost/low-price offering, with flexible amenities to the market in Colombia and the region.

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Designed for travelers who prefer a simple and no-frills travel option, Wingo is a strategic response to dynamic market opportunities and a reflection of Copa Holdings’ experience and strength. Wingo adds a unique business model to Copa Holdings, whose full-service airline Copa Airlines offer the best connectivity through the Hub of the Americas in Panama City.

Wingo will operate administratively and functionally under Copa Airlines Colombian unit, with completely autonomous structures for its commercialization, distribution systems and customer service.

The “point-to-point” business model, with a simple organizational structure and low operating costs, allows Wingo to offer low prices and convenient payment methods, as well as the option for travelers to personalize their travel experience with the amenities and services they value during their flight.

Catalina M Bretón, who has more than 12 years of experience in strategic planning, corporate and commercial management in the airline industry, will lead Wingo, with the goal of making it a successful and growing venture. Eduardo Lombana, current CEO of Copa Colombia, will oversee operations, administration and finance of both Copa Airlines Colombian unit and Wingo.

Wingo will begin operations initially with service to 16 cities in 10 countries, including direct flights from Bogota to Cancun, Havana, Aruba, Punta Cana, Mexico City, San Andres, Panama City, Quito and Cartagena, among others. Most of these flights were previously operated under the Copa Colombia business model. A fleet of four Boeing 737-700 aircraft, each with single class seating capacity for 142 passengers, will cover the route network.

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Jetairfly officially becomes TUI

TUI Airlines (Belgium) Boeing 737-86J WL OO-TUV (msn 36883) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 935153.

Jetairfly (Brussels) officially on October 19, 2016 adopted the TUI name and brand.

Above Copyright Photo: TUI Airlines (Belgium) Boeing 737-86J WL OO-TUV (msn 36883) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 935153.

Below Copyright Photo: Jetairfly (TUI Airlines Belgium) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner OO-JDL (msn 34425) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 921633.

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Vietnam Airlines to lease 12 Airbus A321neo airliners from ALC

Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321-231 VN-A605 (msn 5699) SIN (TMK Photography). Image: 925254.

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced the placement of twelve new Airbus A321neo aircraft on long term lease to Vietnam Airlines. Six of the aircraft will deliver in 2018 and six of the aircraft will deliver in 2019, all from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

Last year ALC announced long term lease contracts with Vietnam Airlines for eight new Boeing 787-10s, which are scheduled to begin delivering in 2019 and continue through 2021.

Copyright Photo: The newer A321neo aircraft are expected to replace the older A321s. Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321-231 VN-A605 (msn 5699) SIN (TMK Photography). Image: 925254.



Alaska Airlines unveils its new “Honoring Those Who Serve” veterans logo jet

Alaska Airlines unveils its new "Honoring Those Who Serve" veterans logo jet

Alaska Airlines has introduced a new logo jet honoring the country’s veterans. The airline also made this announcement:

Alaska Airlines is flying 23 military veterans and their guardians from the state of Alaska to Washington, D.C., to view their war memorials. Veterans on today’s Honor Flight fought in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Veterans from Anchorage, Ketchikan and Fort Yukon will be treated to a four-night, five-day trip, courtesy of Alaska Airlines and the Last Frontier Honor Flight. From Anchorage, the group will connect in Portland, Oregon, before continuing on to Washington Reagan National Airport.

This is the second Honor Flight departing the state of Alaska this year. Since 2012, Alaska Airlines has donated over $250,000 in free air travel and discounted companion travel to the Last Frontier Honor Flight program. Alaska Airlines is the only airline to operate Honor Flights for veterans in the state of Alaska and also operates Honor Flights for veterans in Washington and Oregon.

Veterans will return to a hero’s welcome on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. A public reception is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Alaska time at the airport near TSA before security.

Honor Flight Network is a national organization working to transport America’s veterans to visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-990 ER WL N265AK (msn 62682) (Honoring Those Who Serve) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 935223.



Binter Canarias to establish Binter CV in the Cape Verde Islands

Binter Canarias ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-LFA (msn 902) LPA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 927665.

Binter Canarias has announced it will establish a new subsidiary in the Cape Verde Islands with the name of Binter CV.

The new subsidiary will initially operate with two ATR 72-500s that the company is phasing out for newer ATR 72-600s.

The fleet is expected to grow to four or five aircraft.

According to Binter, “It is expected that in the coming weeks Binter CV will obtain from the Cape Verdean authorities an operator’s certificate in order to begin offering inter-island flights in the African archipelago, where it plans to replicate the existing system of air transport in the Canary Islands, in order to contribute to its development bringing the experience of more than 27 years of connecting islands. It is anticipated that its workforce will made up of more than 80 people, mostly professionals in Cape Verde, many of whom have already passed through the Canary Islands Binter facilities for training.”

Binter’s relationship with Cape Verde began in 2012, when it started operating direct flights between the two archipelagos.

Copyright Photo: Binter Canarias ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-LFA (msn 902) LPA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 927665.



The new Eastern’s founder departs the company

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) Boeing 737-8CX WL N277EA (msn 32359) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 402999.

Eastern Air Lines Group (2nd) issued this statement about the departure of its CEO and founder Ed Wegel:

Eastern Air Lines Group Inc. announced on October 17, 2016 that, effective immediately, James Tolzien has been appointed the company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. The move also marks the departure of former CEO Mr. Edward Wegel. Mr. Tolzien will continue to lead Eastern’s growth while the Board of Directors conducts a global search for a permanent CEO. The search will be led by General (Ret.) Ray Odierno, Chairman of the Board of Eastern Air Lines and assisted by the global executive search firm Korn Ferry.

Mr. Tolzien has been Chief Financial Officer of Eastern Air Lines Group since its inception in 2011. Mr. Tolzien has over 40 years of executive experience across the travel industry. He has served as both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for several major corporations, including Alamo Rent A Car, Budget Car Rental, and the corporate travel management company TravelLeaders.

“We remain committed to our business plan of providing world class charter air service with our fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft,” said General Odierno. “Our Board is unconditionally committed to supporting Eastern’s continued growth. We have complete confidence in Jim’s leadership and we are certain we will attract a world class industry veteran to take Eastern to the next level.”

Copyright Photo: Eastern Air Lines (2nd) Boeing 737-8CX WL N277EA (msn 32359) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 402999.