TUI Airlines Netherlands leases C-FDBD from Sunwing Airlines in a new “Sunny Cars” promotional livery

Leased from Sunwing on April 17, 2019 in "sunny cars" promotional livery

TUI Airlines (Netherlands) leased the pictured Boeing 737-800 C-FDBD from Sunwing Airlines on April 17, 2019 for the summer 2019 season.

The leased aircraft wears a new “Sunny Cars” promotional livery.

Copyright Photo: TUI Airlines (Netherlands) (Sunwing Airlines) Boeing 737-8Q8 SSWL C-FDBD (msn 30703) (Sunny Cars) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946244.

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New York Times: Claims of shoddy production draw scrutiny to a second Boeing Jet

More troubles for Boeing management.

From the New York Times: Workers at a 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina have complained of defective manufacturing, debris left on planes and pressure to not report violations.

Read the full report.

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Mesa Airlines is now operating two Bombardier CRJ900s in this generic in-house livery

Now in a generic in-house livery, ex American Eagle

Mesa Airlines is now operating at least two Bombardier CRJ900s in an all-white fuselage condition with its updated 2015 logo on the tail.

The CRJ900s are based at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and mainly operated for American Airlines.

The pictured N942LR was previously painted in the full American Eagle livery.

Mesa has partnered with the American Airlines brand since its first codeshare agreement with America West in 1992 and later with US Airways. Today, the Company operates 64 CRJ900 and 1 CRJ200 aircraft for American. Mesa operates two bases in DFW and Phoenix (PHX) for the AA contract.

However the lack of American Eagle markings allows Mesa to operate the aircraft on their own charters and as back-up aircraft for its customers.

Mesa operates for American Airlines and United Airlines.

Top Copyright Photo: Mesa Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N942LR (msn 15042) DFW (Brian Peters). Image: 946243.

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First Look: The first Airbus A350-900 for Air France

Airbus is preparing to deliver the first Airbus A350-900 to flag carrier Air France later this year.

The pictured Airbus A350-941 F-WZFN (msn 331) has left the final assembly pending the installation of the engines, final painting and the interior cabin.

F-WZFN will become F-HTYA on delivery.

Air France-KLM has 28 of the type on order. 21 will be allocated to Air France and seven for KLM.

Top Copyright Photo: Eurospot.

American, Delta and United pressure the White House against Qatar Airways and Air Italy

The CEOs of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have published an open letter to the White House concerning Qatar Airways and Air Italy:

President Donald J. Trump The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

Your administration was built on the enduring principle that the U.S. government will stand up for American workers against foreign governments that break their trade agreements with our country. The American people are grateful for that promise.

Today, America’s airline workers are counting on you to step up on their behalf.

In January 2018, your administration reached a historic agreement with Qatar over its Open Skies violations. While we hoped this agreement would hold Qatar accountable and force its heavily subsidized airline, Qatar Airways, to follow the rules and stop hurting American workers, that did not happen.

Today, Qatar Airways is ignoring the 2018 agreement that your administration signed by using massive government subsidies to launch new routes to the United States through its stake in Air Italy. Air Italy was a struggling regional carrier until Qatar Airways injected tens of millions of dollars into the company to circumvent the agreement and expand its U.S. presence. In the last few days, Qatar Airways has used its Italian proxy to launch routes to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and added flights to Miami – a further effort to undermine U.S. airlines. Simply put, Qatar Airways represents a grave threat to American jobs and the health of the airline industry.

No rule-abiding business can compete with a massively subsidized airline that ignores economic realities and can wipe away losses with one infusion of government cash after another.

We respectfully encourage your administration to hold Qatar accountable for violating
its agreement with the United States and affirm that we will not tolerate these continued infractions. We appreciate your resolute leadership in enforcing fair trade principles and ask that you continue to stand up for the more than 1.2 million U.S. workers whose jobs depend on a strong and vibrant passenger airline industry.

Sincerely,

Doug Parker, CEO, American Airlines

Edward Bastian, CEO Delta Air Lines

Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines

Air Italy responds to American, Delta and United accusations

Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GFX (msn 571) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 946242.

Air Italy has issued this statement following a previous statement by Qatar Airways:

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have waged a years’ long war against their competitors in the Middle East. With those disputes having been settled last year, the three carriers have since turned their attention to us, claiming that we, Air Italy, are somehow a threat to American jobs and the health of the US airline industry.

Let us introduce ourselves, and set the record straight.

Air Italy is an Italian-registered and Italy-based airline. We are 56 years old (we previously were known as Meridiana), and we have served the United States for many years. Our shareholders are Alisarda, which holds 51% of our shares, and Qatar Airways, with a 49% shareholding. Our ownership structure has been reviewed and approved by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, ENAC, and by the European Commission.

As of today we have a fleet of 13 aircraft, five of which are capable of operating long-haul service. While we pride ourselves on our flair and world-class service, we are puzzled (but slightly flattered) that the three very largest US carriers – which between themselves operate a fleet of more 2,500 aircraft – claim to be threatened by us.

We serve four points in the US from Milan – New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. We have served New York’s JFK International Airport for many years. And we have added an important new service option for Miami, which we serve five days per week.

We have also just launched and have been welcomed warmly in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where we offer the only nonstop service to Milan. We will serve these cities four days per week – providing an important link between the US and Italian high tech, fashion and entertainment capitals.

Qatar Airways, which announced its minority investment in US in 2016 and completed its investment in us in 2017, does not code-share on our US-Italy routes.

The largest US carriers (and their alliance partners) control about 90% of all transatlantic traffic. If any of these three US airlines genuinely believe that our tiny share of “their” market is a threat, or that we should not be permitted to be licensed as an Italian carrier and serve the US, then they should address their complaints to ENAC and to the European Commission. We are proud to be serving the US market under a new name and colors, offering consumers an affordable, fun and high-quality new travel alternative.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Italy (3rd) Airbus A330-202 EI-GFX (msn 571) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 946242.

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Southwest Airlines has no plans to alter its Boeing 737 MAX orders

Southwest Airlines has no plans to alter its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on order according to Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly in an interview by the Dallas Business Journal.

Kelly also no idea when the aircraft will fly again.