JetBlue to double the number of flights to Atlanta

Named "Blue Ribbon"

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced the start date for service between Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and three more of the airline’s focus cities. Beginning March 8, 2018, JetBlue will double the number of daily flights in Georgia’s capital city when it adds roundtrip service between Atlanta and:

  • New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – twice daily
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) – twice daily
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO) – once daily

All Atlanta flights will be operated on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

JetBlue first announced its intent to serve these cities last year. The new flights will build on existing nonstop service to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), which launched in March 2017 and operates five times per day.

 

Schedule Between New York (JFK) and Atlanta (ATL)

Beginning March 8, 2018

JFK – ATL Flight #519 ATL – JFK Flight #520
8:09 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
JFK – ATL Flight #719 ATL – JFK Flight #720
2:59 p.m. – 5:39 p.m. 6:20 p.m. – 8:47 p.m.

Schedule Between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Atlanta (ATL)

Beginning March 8, 2018

FLL – ATL Flight #468 ATL – FLL Flight #467
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 8:57 a.m.
FLL – ATL Flight #568 ATL – FLL Flight #567
8:52 p.m. – 10:49 p.m. 2:45 p.m. – 4:47 p.m.

Schedule Between Orlando (MCO) and Atlanta (ATL)

Beginning March 8, 2018

MCO – ATL Flight #1150 ATL – MCO Flight #1153
10:15 a.m. – 11:56 a.m. 12:40 p.m. – 2:11 p.m.

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N779JB (msn 3811) (Mosaic) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 925677.

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Saudia’s Flyadeal is getting ready to launch operations

New Saudia low-fare subsidiary

Saudia Airlines announced on April 17, 2016 the launching of its new low-cost airline subsidiary.

This announcement was made at a ceremony held under the patronage of H.E. Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and Chairman of Saudia Airlines’ Board of Directors, and in the presence of Saudi Airlines Director General along with a number of chief executives of the strategic units of Saudi Arabian Airlines Company, specialized experts and journalists.

Flyadeal is owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines Company and will be working independently from Saudia Airlines by having its own management and strategic plans.

Flyadeal will be a low-cost carrier that is committed to providing high-level services while maintaining the highest safety standards.

The Director General of Saudia highlighted that the trademark for the new company has been registered and its operating license is undergoing with GACA. He added that the airlines will be funded by Saudi Arabian Airlines Company and noted that the launching of the new airline comes after conducting deep studies, internally and externally with the help of consulting experts. He added that Flyadeal will simply travel options and provide high services at affordable prices. Moreover, he highlighted that Flyadeal will not replace Saudia Airlines and its hub will be located in Jeddah.

Flyadeal is expected to launch domestic operations on Saudi Arabia’s National Day (September 23, 2017).

Top Copyright Photo: Flyadeal (Saudia) Airbus A320-214 WL D-AXAC (HZ-FAA) (msn 7829) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 939003. The first Airbus A320 will be delivered as HZ-FAA.

Below Image: Flyadeal.

Loganair moves back closer to British Airways (again)

British Airways (London) has issued this statement:

British Airways has announced a new codeshare agreement with Scottish airline Loganair.

The new agreement, which comes into effect on September 1, 2017 when Loganair begins operating again as an independent airline, will enable customers from the Highlands and Islands to book directly onto services on British Airways’ global network at London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and City Airports, serving more than 200 destinations..

Loganair customers will be able to connect onto British Airways domestic services at Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, flying on a “through ticket”, with the facility to check in hold baggage at their departure airport straight through to their destination.

Loganair flights between the Highlands and Islands airports and Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness under the new codeshare agreement will be eligible under the Scottish Governments Air Discount Scheme.

The new Loganair services to and from Manchester will also be included in the codeshare parthership, enabling customers to take advantage of new connections from points including Glasgow, Inverness and Norwich onto the growing family of British Airways services at the north-west hub.

Under the new agreement, British Airways is operating a codeshare with Loganair for the first time as an independent airline, although the two companies have had a business relationship that has stretched over a quarter of a century.    The airlines operated as franchise partners between 1994 and 2008 and have operated a code share agreement under the Loganair/Flybe franchise.

Photo: Loganair.

 

 

Elite Airways to fly between Carlsbad, CA and Las Vegas as Cal Jet

Elite Airways is planning to operate scheduled passenger services with Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 regional Jets between its Carlsbad, CA base and Las Vegas as Cal Jet.

All Images: Cal Jet by Elite Airways.

 

Ross Perot’s Hillwood Airways receives its Part 121 AOC

Hillwood Airways, a Perot company, on July 24, 2017 announced that it has received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the nation’s newest Part 121 Supplemental Air Carrier, which authorizes the company to market and provide passenger and cargo charter air transportation services worldwide.

The airline certification is part of a strategic growth initiative by Hillwood to enhance the multi-modal global transportation capabilities of its 18,000-acre AllianceTexas Development in Fort Worth, Texas. In recognition of its total commitment to safety, Hillwood Airways became only the second airline to meet the FAA’s stringent Part 5 Safety Management Systems for Air Carriers rule during initial certification. Airlines of record prior to January 2015 have been given until March 2018 to comply with the new safety rule.

The new airline continued;

From its base at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Hillwood Airways offers a superior, luxury domestic and international travel option to high-end corporate clients, sports teams, governments, entertainment and other special interest groups using its uniquely capable Boeing airliner. The first aircraft to be operated by the airline, a Next-Generation Boeing 737-700C series airliner, exhibits advanced performance and operational efficiency while offering two distinct interior configurations: 36 all-leather VIP seats, including 8 convert-to-lay-down-beds; and a higher-density version utilizing up to 94 all-leather VIP seats.

The Hillwood Airways BBJ also has an all-cargo configuration available allowing for carriage of cargo weighing up to 30,000 pounds to be loaded through the aircraft’s 7-by-11 foot side cargo door, making it especially useful for clients needing to move critical, high-priority cargo. With the addition of six auxiliary fuel tanks, the Hillwood Airways BBJ can be flown up to 5,865 statute miles without refueling and remains one of only a limited number of such aircraft that can be operated at some of the World’s highest airports, such as La Paz, Bolivia and Quito, Ecuador.

Photo: Hillwood Airways.

Swiss retires the last Avro RJ100

Swiss retires the last Avro (BAe) RJ100

Swiss International Air Lines through Swiss Global Air Lines operated its last Avro (BAe) RJ100 revenue flight on August 15, 2017 with the pictured HB-IYZ on flight LX7545 between Geneva and Zurich.

Swiss issued this statement:

Swiss International Air Lines removed the final Avro RJ100 from flight operations on August 15, 2017 after over 15 years as part of its fleet. The last of a total of 21 aircraft took off from Geneva in the morning and made its last official landing at Zurich Airport.

Immediately after landing in Zurich, the aircraft registered HB-IYZ received the traditional water fountain salute by the airport fire brigade before being officially taken out of service to loud applause from a crowd of employees and aviation fans. This special flight, operated under flight number LX7545, carried a mix of media professionals, staff and other guests.

The Avro RJ100 and its smaller version, the Avro RJ85, formed the backbone of the Swiss European fleet since the company was founded in 2002. The Avro fleet has completed over 700,000 hours in the air. During that time Swiss made over half a million flights with this British Aerospace (BAe) aircraft. With their record for excellent maintenance quality, these former Swiss aircraft remain in high demand despite their age, and will go into service with other airlines.

Copyright Photo: Swiss Global Air Lines BAe RJ100 HB-IYZ (msn E3338) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 930696.

Endeavor Air to grow with 31 additional CRJs

Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N295PQ (msn 15295) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104551.

Ryan Gumm, President and CEO, Endeavor Air, announced an opportunity that grows the airline, strengthens its future, and signals another significant commitment from Delta Air Lines.

In a move that shifts 31 aircraft from another Delta Connection partner to Endeavor, the Minneapolis-based regional airline will expand its network and increase its fleet to 154 aircraft by July 2018.

The announcement outlines the addition of 28 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, increasing the world’s largest fleet of the 76-seat aircraft to 109; Endeavor will also acquire three Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft. The airline also plans to draw down its 50-seat CRJ200 fleet by 16 aircraft, to 42 CRJ200s, for a total net gain of 15 aircraft once all aircraft have been inducted at Endeavor.

The increase in aircraft also necessitates the need to open a CRJ900 crew base in Atlanta, scheduled for late October.

The shift away from 50-seat flying allows Endeavor to focus on its dual-class operation, while delivering a seamless customer service experience for customers connecting in some of Delta’s most heavily traversed hubs. As part of this announcement, Endeavor also said it plans to close its Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) CRJ200 crew base; the airline noted that it will continue to operate a robust CRJ900 base in MSP.

Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N295PQ (msn 15295) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104551.

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