Orlando International Airport (MCO) to close at 10:30 am, Wednesday for Hurricane Ian

Orlando is following Tampa in closing. Orlando International Airport has made this announcement:

Commercial operations at MCO will cease at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 09/28/22. Entry to all parking facilities will be closed at that same period. Please contact your airline for flight updates.

Air Canada Introduces CHOOOSE as new carbon offset partner

Air Canada today introduced CHOOOSE, a global climate technology company as the airline’s new carbon offset program provider. The option to purchase verified carbon offsets is now seamlessly integrated into the airline’s Canadian and US booking websites. Customers who are interested in learning more about CO2 emissions and compensating the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their flights can now do so directly when booking through aircanada.com.

Air Canada Introduces CHOOOSE as New Carbon Offset Partner. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Boeing delivers the 100th 737-800 BCF to AerCap for Gol Linhas Aereas

Boeing has made this announcement:

Boeing has announced the milestone delivery of the 100th contracted 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to the world’s largest lessor, AerCap. The 100th 737-800BCF was converted at Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co. Ltd., (BSAS), home to the first 737-800BCF conversion line.

AerCap Cargo has leased the aircraft to GOL Linhas Aéreas, as part of the growth strategy and logistics solution of GOLLOG, GOL´s logistics business unit. GOL will operate the freighter for a Latin American e-commerce company.

100th 737-800 BCF

In 2016, AerCap Cargo was the launch customer for Boeing’s 737-800BCF program. Today, AerCap Cargo has the largest fleet of 737-800BCFs with 65 firm orders and nine options.

BGS Converted Freighter Infographic

Since program launch, BSAS has added a second conversion line for the 737-800BCF. It is now one of five global sites in three countries with 737-800BCF conversion capacity.

With up to 20% lower fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne, 737-800BCF operators are carrying more payload with less fuel. The in-service 737-800BCF fleet has already logged more than 70,000 flights, with average utilization of 7 hours per day, more than double the typical utilization of older generation freighters in the same size category.

The 737-800BCF is the market leader with more than 250 orders and commitments from over 20 customers.

Virgin Atlantic to join the SkyTeam Alliance

Virgin Atlantic Airways has made this announcement:

  • The airline will join the alliance early 2023, enhancing SkyTeam’s offering at both London Heathrow and Manchester Airport
  • Customers will benefit from more opportunities to earn and redeem miles, with access to an extensive global route network
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Silver and Gold members will receive a raft of Elite and Elite Plus member benefits delivered under the SkyPriority brand
  • Virgin Atlantic is already a founding partner of a Joint Venture partnership with SkyTeam members Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, and Virgin Atlantic have today announced that the UK airline will join as SkyTeam’s newest member in early 2023. Virgin Atlantic will become SkyTeam’s first and only UK member airline, enhancing the alliance’s transatlantic network and services to and from Heathrow and Manchester Airport.

Virgin Atlantic customers will benefit from a consistent, seamless customer experience, across 1,000+ global destinations. They’ll also have more opportunities to earn and redeem points across member airlines and access to a network of 750+ airport lounges, spanning six continents.

The airline’s Flying Club members will enjoy significant benefits from the day of joining, with a global expansion of its loyalty offering. Virgin Atlantic Silver Card holders will be recognized as SkyTeam Elite Members, whilst the airline’s Gold Card members will become Elite Plus.  This recognition provides a raft of benefits, including priority check in, baggage handling and boarding. Flying Club members will be able to take advantage of the benefits as soon as Virgin Atlantic officially enrolls in SkyTeam, which is expected in early 2023.

Virgin Atlantic’s entry into the alliance builds upon the success of its transatlantic joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM, each already long established SkyTeam members. The four partners are co-located at London Heathrow’s Terminal Three, alongside existing SkyTeam members Aeromexico and China Eastern, providing customers with smooth airside transits and the most convenient connection times possible.

Codeshare agreements are already in place with Aeromexico and Middle East Airlines with options for more codeshares to follow.  Interline agreements with all SkyTeam members are already in place, providing one touch point for all customers, creating a seamless journey on one ticket.

Virgin Atlantic flies to 12 destinations throughout the USA in partnership with Delta and Air France-KLM including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco.  In May the airline launched a brand-new service to Austin, Texas and will start daily flights to Tampa, Florida from November. Virgin Atlantic also operates an extensive Caribbean portfolio including Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, and The Bahamas.  Virgin Atlantic also operates services to Greater China, India, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, and South Africa.

SkyTeam members, Delta, Air France and KLM are already collocated at Virgin Atlantic’s home base at London Heathrow Terminal 3. Virgin Atlantic operates long-haul services from UK regional airports including Edinburgh and Manchester. The airline offers a comprehensive network to North America and the Caribbean in partnership with Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM, and also operates services to Greater China, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.

Announcements from Allegiant Air for Hurriance Ian

Allegiant Air has made this announcement:

Based on forecasted weather conditions, there is a possibility our scheduled service may be disrupted (flights may be delayed, diverted, and/or cancelled) to and from the following cities on the dates indicated below.

Monday, September 26, 2022 – Friday, September 30, 2022

  • PIE  St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport 
  • SRQ  Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
  • PGD  Punta Gorda Airport
  • FLL    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  • SFB   Sanford International Airport
  • VPS   Destin-Fort Walton Airport
  • EYW  Key West International Airport
  • JAX   Jacksonville International Airport

If you would like to CHANGE your flight for a later date, we MUST make that change for you to avoid any additional costs by calling Allegiant Customer Care at 702-505-8888 at any time 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Please note we are experiencing a very high volume of calls and appreciate your patience.

If your flight is CANCELLED, you will not have to take any action. Allegiant will automatically refund your flight back to the original form of payment within 72 hours of your flight cancellation notice.

For the most up to date information on your flight please visit Flight Status | Allegiant Air.

We’re currently experiencing unusually long hold times, so if you’re unable to manage your travel online or need additional support, you can live chat with an agent.

Announcements from Frontier Airlines on Hurricane Ian

Frontier Airlines has made this announcement:

With the expected impact to travel conditions from Hurricane Ian moving through the southeastern United States for Florida, Frontier has enacted the following guidelines aimed at assisting customers scheduled to travel between Tuesday, September 27, 2022 and Friday, September 30, 2022 to/from/through the following cities:

  • Orlando, FL (MCO)
  • Tampa, FL (TPA)
  • Fort Myers, FL (RSW)
  • Miami, FL (MIA)
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
  • West Palm Beach, FL (PBI)
  • Pensacola, FL (PNS)
  • Jacksonville, FL (JAX)

Customers who are ticketed to travel between Tuesday, September 27, 2022  and Friday, September 30, 2022 who purchased tickets on or before Monday, September 26, 2022, may make one itinerary change – rules/restrictions regarding standard change fees, advance purchase, day or time applications, blackouts, and minimum or maximum stay requirements will be waived.  Travel must be completed no later than Monday, October 10, 2022.  Origin and destination cities may be changed.  Customers whose flights are cancelled may request a refund.

Hurricane Ian is now Category 3, winds 120 MPH, targeting the Sarasota/Bradenton – Venice area, airports closing

Hurricane Ian is now a Category 3 Hurricane. It is currently centered north of the western tip of Cuba. It will slowly grow stronger and head towards Florida and later Georgia.

The forecast track has shifted a bit more to the east.

Airports on the west coast of Florida will be closing as high winds and heavy rains approach the area. Separately we are keeping track of the status of all major commercial airports in Florida.

1100 (11 am) update: The forecast track has shifted a bit to the east and south. The new most-likely landfall area is around Venice, FL (south of Sarasota).

1400 (2 pm) September 27, 2022 update:

Hurricane Ian continues to build in size and wind speeds. Top winds are now 120 MPH around the eyewall. The storm continues to head NNE with a prospective landfall around Venice, FL (between SRQ and PGD).

1700 (5 pm) September 27, 2022 update:

Florida Weather Radar:

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/florida/weather-radar

St. Petersburg/Clearwater International (PIE) has already announced it will close at 1300 (1 pm) today.

Tampa International Airport (TPA) will suspend operations today at 1700 (5 pm).

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is expected to close later today.

The airport issued this statement:

The airport will close prior to and during the storm event, based on the last carrier flight out of SRQ. We will provide an update when the airport terminal plans to close and reopen.

Punta Gorda (PGD) is seeing their last departures midday today. The airport made this announcement:

Punta Gorda Airport and its runways will remain open as long as conditions are safe.  However, if winds are sustained at ~45 MPH, aircraft operations and tower operations will cease, and we continue to follow recommendations from Charlotte County Emergency Management.

PASSENGERS 

  • PGD is not responsible for notifying passengers of Allegiant’s flight changes.
  • If you have an upcoming flight, check your email for updates from Allegiant.
  • Visit Allegiant Travel Alerts page or email hurricane.help@allegiantair.com.
  • Allegiant has cancelled the inbound flight for Tuesday, 9/27/22, and cancelled all flights for both Wednesday, 9/28/22, and Thursday, 9/29/22.
  • All Allegiant aircraft will be repositioned out of PGD by no later than 2 p.m. Tuesday, 9/27/22.

Fort Myers International Airport (RSW) is currently open and monitoring the storm.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is currently open and will close at 10:30 am Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

The airport issued these statements:

All flights to Key West have been cancelled for today.

Miami International Airport (MIA) remains open although encountering heavy rain. Cancellations are left to the airlines.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) remains open and continues to monitor the storm.

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) remains open and is monitoring the storm.

0500 (5 am) September 27 forecast map.

All updates to follow.

Major Florida Airports Status Board – Open or Closed?

Status of major airports in Florida. Will be updated for the next week.

Daytona Beach – OPEN

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – OPEN

Fort Myers – OPEN – Airlines cancelling most flights this evening (September 27). All flights cancelled for September 28.

Jacksonville – OPEN

Key West – OPEN – However all flights have been cancelled for September 27.

Melbourne – OPEN

Miami – OPEN

Orlando – OPEN – Will close at 10:30 am on Wedsnesday, September 28, 2022.

Panama City – OPEN

Pensacola – OPEN

Punta Gorda – CLOSED – Allegiant Air has cancelled inbound flights for today as well as all flights for September 28 and 29, 2022.

St. Petersburg/Clearwater – CLOSED – Closed at 1300 (1 pm) on September 27.

Sanford – OPEN – Will close at 1700 (5 pm) on September 27. All flights scheduled for September 28 and 29 are cancelled.

Sarasota/Bradenton – OPEN – Planning to close later today

Tallahassee – OPEN

Tampa – OPEN – Will close at 1700 (5 pm) on September 27

West Palm Beach – OPEN

Aer Lingus takes delivery of its first new generation Airbus A320neo aircraft

Pictured are Aer Lingus First Officer Conor Murray, cabin crew members Oisín Leong and Kellie Woods, and Director of Fleet Lander Dominguez Ruiz, as Aer Lingus took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft (registration EI-NSA, named Saint Thomas), which will go into service on Wednesday, September 28 and operate Aer Lingus flight EI152 from Dublin to London Heathrow. 

To mark the Airbus A320neo’s first flight Aer Lingus will offset the carbon emissions from the flight of all customers travelling on board.

The Airbus A320neo delivers up to 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions and close to 50% reduction in noise footprint when compared to previous generation aircraft, A320ceo. There is a greater density of seats (186) on the A320neo aircraft resulting lower fuel emissions per seat/passenger on board.

This is the first of two new Airbus A320neo aircraft that Aer Lingus has leased from CDB Aviation, with the second aircraft also joining the fleet this week.

The aircraft will be part of Aer Lingus’ short haul fleet, predominantly operating London Heathrow routes. They replace two previous generation aircraft, Airbus A320ceo, which will be retired from the fleet.

The new generation aircraft will support the airline’s sustainability programme where Aer Lingus, as part of IAG, has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and has committed to powering 10% of its flights using sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.

MSC-Mediterranean Shipping Company SA to develop MSC Air Cargo with the help of Atlas Air

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA, a global leader in transportation and logistics, has started developing a new MSC Air Cargo solution in response to customer demand and as a complementary service to its container shipping solutions.

MSC Air Cargo has been under development for several months and the new solution will be available from early 2023, following the delivery of the first of four MSC-branded Boeing 777-200F aircraft that will be operated by Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

MSC has appointed Jannie Davel, formerly of Delta Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and DHL to develop its air cargo business and to build the team that will implement it.

Commenting on the new initiative, MSC Chief Executive Officer Soren Toft said:

“We are delighted to announce the development of MSC Air Cargo and to welcome Jannie Davel to spearhead this exciting new offering for MSC clients. This is our first step into this market and we plan to continue exploring various avenues to develop air cargo in a way that complements our core business of container shipping.”

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is a global leader in transportation and logistics, privately owned and founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte. As one of the world’s leading container shipping lines, MSC has 675 offices across 155 countries worldwide with the MSC Group employing over 150,000 people. With access to an integrated network of road, rail and sea transport resources which stretches across the globe, the company prides itself on delivering global service with local knowledge. MSC’s shipping line sails on more than 260 trade routes, calling at 520 ports.

Atlas Air also made this announcement:

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. today announced that its Atlas Air, Inc. subsidiary and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA have entered into an agreement that enables MSC to expand its reach and capacity for its customers.

Under the terms of the long-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) agreement, Atlas Air will operate all four of its new and incoming Boeing 777-200 freighters on a global basis for MSC, with the first delivery being taken in Q4 2022. Atlas’ order of these four aircraft was announced in January 2022.

The 777-200Fs will provide dedicated airfreight capacity to meet customer demand and will serve as a complementary service to MSC’s container shipping solutions.  The 777-200F supports environmental stewardship with a twin-engine design that delivers excellent fuel efficiency and noise reduction.