Air Canada launches Vancouver – Bangkok flights

Air Canada made this announcement:

A celebration was held at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) yesterday to mark Air Canada’s inaugural flight AC65, which departed last night from YVR.

(CNW Group/Air Canada)

The flight is now enroute to Thailand and scheduled to arrive in Bangkok Saturday morning.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FVND (msn 38361) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 959533.

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Frontier drops service to Burlington, VT

Frontier Airlines has quietly dropped all service to Burlington, VT.

Top Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N389FR (msn 10743) (Rocky, the Sawwhet Owl) LAS (Jay Selman). Image: 404219.

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United to open two new crew bases

United Airlines will open a new crew base in Las Vegas with 204 pilots and in Orlando with 300 pilots in May 2023.

Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-724 SSWL N14731 (msn 28799) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 959532.

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Star Trek comes to London Heathrow Terminal 5

British Airways brought the magic of Hollywood to Heathrow with a very special Star Trek takeover at the airline’s Terminal 5 home to celebrate the launch of Paramount+ on board the airline’s international flights.

Unsuspecting customers and colleagues were taken by surprise as the Starfleet cadre made its way through the airport to board U.S.S. Enterprise flight 1701 to Starbase 1. Stunned customers about to board flights were seen taking photos and assisting lieutenants seeking directions to their boarding gate.

The unusual scenes at the airport were to celebrate the launch of a dedicated Paramount+ channel on the Highlife entertainment platform, which will allow British Airways’ customers to watch popular series from the comfort of their seat when travelling on any long-haul flight in every cabin.

The authentic Starfleet costumes from Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds were carefully flown in direct from set, with the lucky costume wearers made up of the airline’s Star Trek-loving colleagues. The Star Trek franchise’s costume designer, Bernadette Greaney, styled five colleagues in unique lieutenant uniforms from Command, Operations and Sciences, with two transformed into Vulcans by Star Trek’s prosthetics team and dressed in the state-of-the-art Vulcan robes.

Bringing characters together from different universes, nearly a thousand years apart, was a first for the Star Trek franchise, with genuine props, including Tribbles, Federation passports and an original Tricorder.

Watch the Starfleet voyage from London Heathrow’s Starbase below:

Allegiant announces partnership with Dreamworks Animation and a new Puss in Boots: The Last Wish logo jet

Allegiant Travel Company hasannounced it is teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to celebrate the release of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, opening in theaters Dec. 21.

Throughout the holiday season, fans from around the country will be eligible to win prizes and enjoy special Puss in Boots-themed experiences including the chance to enter a vacation sweepstakes, fly aboard a special themed aircraft (N262NV), enjoy Puss in Boots-themed onboard snacks and more.

Hailing from the beloved Shrek universe, DreamWorks Animation presents a new adventure in which the charismatic, daring outlaw Puss in Boots realizes his passion for peril has taken its toll. Puss has burned through eight of his nine lives, and getting those lives back will take Puss and his friends on his grandest quest yet.

One grand prize winner can witness Puss in Boots embark on this journey to restore his lost lives by entering to win Allegiant’s Epic Adventure Sweepstakes through Dec. 22, 2022. The lucky winner will receive roundtrip airfare for four people to any Allegiant destination, along with a private screening of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish in the winner’s home city.

Fans can also keep an eye out for an Allegiant aircraft sporting a Puss in Boots livery featuring a colorful depiction of the movie’s title character alongside his former partner and nemesis Kitty Softpaws, and the lovable mutt Perrito. The aircraft can be spotted across Allegiant’s network. Passengers on select flights will also get to experience the characters likenesses on special napkins, cups, snack packs and merchandise giveaways.

About Allegiant’s Epic Adventure Sweepstakes

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Purchase or payment does not improve your chance of winning. Allegiant’s Epic Adventure Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the U.S. States and the District of Columbia, excluding NY, age 21 and older at the time of entry. Void elsewhere and where prohibited. Promotion ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on December 22, 2022. Other restrictions may apply. See official sweepstakes rules for details: http://www.allegiantair.com/pibofficialrules

About DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish 

This holiday season, everyone’s favorite leche-loving, swashbuckling, fear-defying feline returns.

For the first time in more than a decade, DreamWorks Animation presents a new adventure in the Shrek universe as daring outlaw Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for peril and disregard for safety have taken their toll. Puss has burned through eight of his nine lives, though he lost count along the way. Getting those lives back will send Puss in Boots on his grandest quest yet.

Academy Award® nominee Antonio Banderas returns as the voice of the notorious PiB as he embarks on an epic journey into the Black Forest to find the mythical Wishing Star and restore his lost lives. But with only one life left, Puss will have to humble himself and ask for help from his former partner and nemesis: the captivating Kitty Softpaws (Oscar® nominee Salma Hayek Pinault).

In their quest, Puss and Kitty will be aided—against their better judgment—by a ratty, chatty, relentlessly cheerful mutt, Perrito (Harvey Guillén, What We Do in the Shadows). Together, our trio of heroes will have to stay one step ahead of Goldi (Oscar® nominee Florence Pugh, Black Widow) and the Three Bears Crime Family, Jack Horner (Emmy winner John Mulaney, Big Mouth) and terrifying bounty hunter, the big, bad Wolf (Wagner Moura, Narcos).

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish features an all-star comedic cast that includes Oscar® winner Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone (Black Widow), Samson Kayo (Sliced), Emmy nominee Anthony Mendez (Jane the Virgin) and Tony nominee Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Trolls World Tour).

The long-awaited follow-up to the 2011 Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster, The Last Wish is directed by Joel Crawford and produced by Mark Swift, the creative team behind DreamWorks Animation’s smash, The Croods: A New Age. The film’s executive producer is Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri.

The character of Puss in Boots first appeared in 2004’s Oscar®-nominated Shrek 2 and instantly became a global, scene-stealing sensation. Puss then co-starred in two other Shrek sequels and his solo film, as well as in multiple DreamWorks Animation videos and TV seriesThe Shrek and Puss in Boots films have collectively earned more than $3.5 billionworldwide.

About DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation (DWA), a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, is a global family entertainment company with feature film and television brands. The company’s deep portfolio of intellectual property is supported by a robust, worldwide consumer products practice, which includes licensing, and location-based entertainment venues around the world. DWA’s feature film heritage includes many of the world’s most beloved characters and franchises, including Shrek and Puss in BootsMadagascarKung Fu PandaHow to Train Your DragonSpiritTrollsThe Boss Baby and 2022’s The Bad Guys have amassed more than $15 billion in global box office receipts. DreamWorks Animation’s television studio is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries with a diverse array of award-winning original content through streaming and linear broadcasters.

About Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Note: N262NV is currently based in Las Vegas.

airBaltic receives its 37th and 38th Airbus A220-300

On December 2, 2022, the Latvian national airline airBaltic welcomed its 37th and 38th Airbus A220-300 jets, registered as YL-ABK and YL-ABL, in Riga.These are the fifth and the sixth of eight planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2022. They are a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds 30 options and purchase rights for the same aircraft type.

Thus far, airBaltic has carried nearly 10 170 000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 117 000 flights and flown over 256 000 block hours.

Since May 2020, airBaltic operates all its flights with a single aircraft type – Airbus A220-300, thus minimizing the complexity and benefiting from the additional efficiency provided by the aircraft.

 The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and the staff. This aircraft offers an excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and much more.

The Airbus A220-300 has a high-quality air filtering system equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) type filter that provides the best level of filtration currently available for recirculated cabin air from the very beginning of boarding, during entire flight and until all passengers have left the aircraft. The quality of cabin air is carefully controlled and is recirculated with ventilation rates that provide a total change of air 20-30 times per hour.

In addition, the aircraft is also considerably quieter – with a four times smaller noise footprint. Moreover, at the moment it is the greenest commercial aircraft in the world, as it is the first aircraft to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO2 and NOXemissions by 20% and 50% respectively.

Air Astra commences operations in Bangladesh

Air Astra (Astra Airways Limited) (Dhaka) commenced scheduled passenger operations in Bangladesh on November 24, 2022.

The airline is flying to both Cox’s Bazaar and Chittagong from Dhaka initially with two ATR 72-600s.

Astra Airways Limited (dba Air Astra) was incorporated in Bangladesh under the Registrar of Joint-Stock Companies on July 2021.

Formed to operate as a scheduled airline for passenger and cargo, Air Astra envisages to become a significant contributor to enhancing the people’s connectivity – within Bangladesh and to the world.

In 2022 the airline’s fleet will have four ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Through 2023 the ATR 72-600 fleet is planned to become 10-aircraft strong and from 2024 the airline will expand into international operations to markets with most potential yield and demand.

Sun Country announces 15 routes from MSP for next summer

Sun Country Airlines has announced 15 new nonstop routes from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) beginning in summer 2023.

Sun Country’s summer schedule will connect travelers to Colorado Springs’ mountains, the Jersey Shore, Kansas City barbecue, the Black Hills and Louisville’s bourbon country, among other destinations. Sun Country will also resume service from MSP to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) for customers who want additional options to visit New York City, in addition to flying to Newark. Sun Country last flew to JFK in 2019.

Sun Country will add new, nonstop service from MSP to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Wilmington International Airport in N.C. (ILM), John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio (CMH), Kansas City International Airport (MCI), Richmond International Airport in Va. (RIC), Louisville International Airport (SDF), Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), Colorado Springs Airport (COS), Atlantic City International Airport (ACY), Omaha Eppley Airfield (OMA), Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich. (TVC).

The airline will also resume nonstop service from MSP to Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) and St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). Sun Country last flew to MKE in January 2022 and to STL in October 2021.

With this expansion, Sun Country Airlines will operate 120 routes serving more than 90 airports across the United States, Mexico, Central America, Canada and the Caribbean.

From Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport-NY (JFK)
    • Service resumes April 13, 2023
    • Operates four times weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport-NC (CLT)
    • Service begins April 13, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays
  • Atlantic City International Airport-NJ (ACY)
    • Service begins May 1, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays
  • Louisville International Airport-KY (SDF)
    • Service begins May 4, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays
  • John Glenn Columbus International Airport-OH (CMH)
    • Service begins May 4, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays through May 28, 2023
    • Transitions to twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays starting June 2, 2023
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport-MI (DTW)
    • Service begins May 5, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays through May 26, 2023
    • Expands to four times weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays starting May 29, 2023
  • Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport-WI (MKE)
    • Service resumes May 5, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Fridays and Sundays
  • Richmond International Airport-VA (RIC)
    • Service begins May 19, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays
  • St. Louis Lambert International Airport-MO (STL)
    • Service resumes May 22, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Fridays and Sundays
  • Omaha Eppley Airfield-NE (OMA)
    • Service begins May 26, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays
  • Kansas City International Airport-MO (MCI)
    • Service begins May 29, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays
  • Wilmington International Airport-NC (ILM)
    • Service begins June 1, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays
  • Colorado Springs Airport-CO (COS)
    • Service begins June 8, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays
  • Cherry Capital Airport-Traverse City, MI (TVC)
    • Service begins June 16, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays
  • Rapid City Regional Airport-SD (RAP)
    • Service begins June 19, 2023
    • Operates twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays

*Sun Country’s interline partners include EVA Air, China Airlines, Condor Airlines, Emirates, Icelandair and Hawaiian Airlines.

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Top Copyright Photo: Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-8JP WL N848SY (msn 41128) (40 Years of Flight) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 959387.

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Capital A (AirAsia) to consolidate its aviation businesses under AirAsia X

Capital A (AirAsia Group) has announced it is consolidating its aviation businesses as it reports a third quarter loss.

Capital A, controlled by Tony Fewrnandes and Kamarudin Meranun, is now planning to consoildate its aviation businesses under the long-haul AirAsia X operation.

Under the plan, detailed below, AirAsia and the AirAsia Aviation Group will be merged into AirAsia X to shore up the financially-suffering long-haul subsidiary.

AirAsia X in October was declared a financially destressed company under Bursa Malaysia’s Practice Note 17 (PN17) after its auditor Ernst & Young expressed deep concerns on AirAsia X’s financial ability to continue as a going concern.

This move will shore-up the AirAsia X operation.

The airline group issued this statement:

Capital A Berhad (formerly known as AirAsia Group Berhad) (Capital A or the Group) reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.

The Consolidated Group posted 3Q2022 revenue of RM1,961 million, up 563% year-on-year (“YoY”) and 34% higher quarter-on-quarter (“QoQ”). The Group recorded a positive EBITDA of RM72 million, its second consecutive quarterly EBITDA profitability since the pandemic and a marked turnaround from an EBITDA loss of RM276 million a year prior. The result is underpinned by EBITDA profitability from each of the Group’s four biggest business segments by revenue, namely the airlines businesses under AirAsia Aviation Group (AAAGL); maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business Asia Digital Engineering (ADE); logistics arm Teleport; and airasia Super App.

In 3Q2022, the Group reported net loss of RM1.1 billion primarily due to one-off items and unrealised foreign exchange losses. These include non-operating aircraft depreciation and interest expenses of RM239 million, foreign exchange losses of RM364 million (of which RM349 million was unrealised), 76% of share of losses from associates of RM227 million which is attributed to forex losses and one-off maintenance expenses of RM62 million. Excluding these one-off items, the net operating loss amounted to RM322 million.

The airline group stated its merger plan:

The plan envisaged will entail the disposal of Capital A’s aviation businesses, namely AirAsia Berhad and AirAsia Aviation Group Limited, to AirAsia X Berhad (AAX). The shares consideration, received in exchange for the disposal, will then be distributed to Capital A shareholders, so that they will retain direct interest in the aviation businesses via AAX, following the restructuring. In essence, via this scheme, Capital A’s shareholders’ value will be preserved. Capital A will be rebranded as an aviation services and digital group, post the disposal and distribution exercises. We envision a separate spin-off listing in the future for the aviation services businesses of Capital A once the PN17 status is resolved.

Despite the tightening global economy, all our core businesses are gaining traction and growing market share in their respective industries. As we finalise the proposed PN17 regularisation plan, we are confident that the Group will continue to deliver profitability and strengthen our cash flow post-regularisation.

Top Copyright Photo: AirAsia-AirAsia.com (Malaysia) Airbus A320-251N WL 9M-AGW (msn 8039) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 959499.

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Winter weather impacts Alaska Airlines’ hub in Seattle-Tacoma

Alaska Airlines made this announcement on November 30:

Additional snow hit the Seattle area on Wednesday afternoon/night. While Tuesday was challenging for many guests, who experienced long taxi times and deicing delays, our strategy of proactively thinning our flight schedule worked to mitigate the worst impacts from the storm. We’re implementing a similar strategy for this next snowfall.

Guests whose flights are pre-canceled will be contacted and reaccommodated on another flight. A flexible travel policy remains in place for guests to be able to adjust their flights themselves. Please use the Alaska Airlines app or visit alaskaair.com for more information.

We’re also enacting travel restrictions on flights to and from Seattle. Restrictions are now in place for animals in the cargo hold (AVIH) and unaccompanied minors (UMs) to protect the safety of everyone. Employees across our system are working hard to care for each and every guest and get you where you need to go. Guests traveling through Seattle should expect delays and extended taxi times. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these conditions together.