GoJet Airlines expands CRJ550 program with United Airlines, adds 20 more aircraft

GoJet Airlines today announced it is expanding its fleet of Bombardier CRJ550 aircraft with the addition of 20 new aircraft.  The announcement follows GoJet’s 10-year agreement to operate 54 CRJ550 aircraft for United Airlines and will bring GoJet’s total CRJ550 fleet count to 74 by 2021.

The CRJ550 is the world’s only two-cabin 50-seat regional aircraft designed for business and leisure travelers who want true-first-class seating, Wi-Fi, more leg room and enough space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board. Since entering service in October 2019, the CRJ-550 has revolutionized the regional flying experience with enhancements unavailable on other regional jets.

The CRJ550 is a first-of-its-kind jet boasting a wide variety of premium amenities, including 10 seats in United First, 20 seats in Economy Plus, and 20 Economy seats; space for every customer to bring a roller bag on board; a self-serve refreshment center for United First customers with a wide assortment of snacks and beverages; more overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by a U.S. airline, and the ability to stay connected while in flight with United Wi-Fi. All aircraft will be equipped with in-seat power throughout the cabin in the coming months.

GoJet and United Airlines launched the first CRJ550 service from United’s Chicago O’Hare hub in October 2019 and recently began operating CRJ550 service from its hub at New York/Newark. This summer, the airline will begin operating CRJ550 aircraft from its Washington Dulles hub.

GoJet expects to start taking deliveries of these additional aircraft in the summer of 2020.

United Airlines and Vistara launch a codeshare agreement

United Airlines and Vistara announced the start of a new codeshare agreement allowing United customers to book travel on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations throughout India for travel beginning February 28.

The codeshare builds on the agreement between the airlines in which MileagePlus and Vistara’s loyalty program members earn and redeem miles when flying on either of the airline’s route network.

The United and Vistara agreement offers customers a simplified experience when planning travel between dozens of destinations throughout India including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Goa, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, Varanasi and more.

As India’s highest-rated airline on Skytrax and TripAdvisor, winner of several ‘Best Airline’ awards, and the only 5-star rated airline in India (Apex 2020), Vistara has consistently raised the bar for operations and service delivery in the Indian aviation industry in a short span of five years. The airline is poised to grow its fleet by adding more than 50 narrow-body and wide-body aircraft, including Airbus A321neo and Boeing B787-9, in the next three years.

Every customer. Every flight. Every day.

United continues to strengthen its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers’ best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today’s announcement, United recently:

  • Announced that MileagePlus award miles will never expire
  • Committed $40 million toward a new investment initiative focused on accelerating the development of sustainable aviation fuels and other decarbonization technologies
  • Established Miles on a Mission, a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing platform which gives customers a simple way to donate miles to non-profit organizations and charities in need of air travel
  • Launched ConnectionSaver, a digital tool dedicated to improving the experience for customers with connecting flights
  • Instituted PlusPoints, new upgrade benefits for MileagePlus Premier members
  • Gave Economy customers a choice of complimentary snacks on domestic flights
  • Made DIRECTV free for every customer on more than 200 aircraft

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Hawaiian Airlines marks 16 consecutive years as most punctual U.S. airline

Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiʻi’s hometown carrier for more than 90 years, remained the nation’s most punctual carrier in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, marking the 16th straight year its guests have enjoyed the best on-time performance in the U.S. industry.

Hawaiian’s flights averaged an 87.7 percent on-time rate in 2019, exceeding the U.S. industry average by 6.1 percentage points.

Hawaiian has extended its on-time performance streak, which began in 2004, as it grew into a global airline that today offers a robust network of over 240 daily international, transpacific and neighbor island flights. The airline’s modern fleet of more than 60 jet aircraft provide nonstop service between Hawaiʻi and 13 gateway cities in North America – more than any other carrier – as well as an unparalleled flight schedule between the Hawaiian Islands. The airline also serves Australia (Sydney and Brisbane), American Samoa (Pago Pago), Japan (Haneda and Narita in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, and Fukuoka), New Zealand (Auckland), South Korea (Seoul), and Tahiti (Papeete).

Last year, Hawaiian launched five-times-weekly service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye (HNL) and Boston Logan (BOS) international airports. A fleet of fuel-efficient Airbus A321neo enabled Hawaiian to also start new nonstop flights between Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) and both Sacramento (SMF) and McCarran (LAS) international airports, as well as expanded service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and HNL.

Next month, the airline will introduce its third daily nonstop flight between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) and the Hawaiian Islands, several months ahead of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.

The U.S. DOT’s monthly Air Travel Consumer Report ranking the nation’s 16 largest air carriers is available online at www.dot.gov/individuals/air-consumer/air-travel-consumer-reports.

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American celebrates milestone of 700 daily departures at CLT Hub

American Airlines joined leaders from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), elected officials from the Charlotte region and other community leaders at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the carrier’s continuous growth in the region — the milestone of 700 daily scheduled departures from CLT.

The increased schedule was made possible after American leased four new gates at CLT’s Concourse A.

As one of the fastest growing airports in the country, CLT is American’s second largest hub. The carrier serves 149 destinations from CLT.

“With the addition of these new gates, we were able to add frequencies on popular routes and we now operate nearly 80 flights per day to Florida, 30 flights per day to the New York metro area and 25 flights per day to D.C. metro area,” said Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning. “We’ll continue to be the best airline with the most choice in Charlotte for both business and leisure customers.”

A larger network for customers

American provides access to a broad network through its Charlotte hub. The carrier attributes its success to CLT’s cost competitiveness and operational effectiveness, allowing for flights to distinct destinations.

The airline added ten new routes in 2019, including flights to Erie, Pennsylvania (ERI); Bangor, Maine (BGR); Ithaca, New York (ITH); New Haven, Connecticut (HVN); Champaign, Illinois (CMI); Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ); Traverse City, Michigan (TVC); Munich, Germany (MUC); Grenada (GND) and Georgetown, Bahamas (GGT).

With the addition of the four recently acquired gates, American now operates out of every concourse at CLT — utilizing 93 of the airport’s 114 gates.

The renovated concourse that houses American’s new gates offers expanded dining and retail options and waiting areas with power ports in every seat. The terminal also gives American team members refreshed break space and amenities.

American’s commitment to the Charlotte region

American’s success in Charlotte has stimulated the region’s economy. The carrier contributes $14 billion annually in economic output and employs more than 12,000 team members in Charlotte.

“American is excited about our growth in Charlotte,” said Dec Lee, Vice President of Charlotte Hub Operations. “With more than 12,000 CLT-based team members dedicated to running a safe and reliable operation — coupled with the support of customers, civic and community leaders — we will continue to deliver a world class product and experience.”

American collaborates with the Charlotte Business Regional Alliance and the Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority to advance the region’s economic development efforts, convention recruitment and local tourism promotion.

American is the fifth largest employer in Mecklenburg County and hired more than 450 team members in 2019 — including aircraft maintenance professionals, customer service agents, flight attendants and more.

American also by makes a difference throughout the Charlotte region, giving back to the community the airline serves. In 2019, more than 8,000 local team members volunteered their time to dozens of nonprofit organizations. The airline also made more than $300,000 worth of contributions to Charlotte-based nonprofits, such as Classroom Central, Veterans Bridge Home and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont.

American Airlines to offer preordered meals in premium cabins on more flights than any US airline

American Airlines will expand preordered meal service to premium cabins on American Eagle flights, adding another 300 daily flights where customers can order meals in advance, starting March 11. This brings the total number of daily flights eligible for preorder in premium cabins to nearly 1,900 — more than any other U.S. airline.

American is also the only U.S. carrier to offer preordered meal service in premium cabins on both mainline and regional flights, available on flights of 900 miles or more.

This March, customers in premium cabins on American Eagle flights can preorder menu items such as:

  • Charcuterie plate
  • Tex-Mex salad with adobo chicken
  • Mediterranean turkey club sandwich
  • Hot smoked salmon cold plate with seasoned potato salad
  • Curried chicken salad on croissant

Also beginning March 11, Flagship First and Flagship Business passengers can preorder a chicken cobb entrée salad on flights from the United States to Europe and South America, and a charcuterie plate on flights back to the United States.

American delivers a world-class culinary experience with James Beard Foundation

Last year, American began a partnership with the James Beard Foundation to provide unique and delicious food for customers. The James Beard Foundation’s award-winning chefs embody diversity, modernism and sustainable practices. Customers can preorder James Beard Foundation menu items created exclusively for select Flagship First and Flagship Business international and transcontinental flights.

New Zoës Kitchen food-for-sale menu items available for preorder in the main cabin

Earlier this month, American introduced new food-for-sale menu options in collaboration with Zoës Kitchen. Flight attendants played a critical role at a menu workshop, where they joined the food & beverage team to look at new menu options and provide perspective on what customers enjoy eating. Flight attendant feedback helped inspire new menu items such as the chicken lentil salad shaker jar, chickpea Waldorf salad wrap and hummus box and raspberry chipotle turkey sandwich — as well as new breakfast and snack items.

Preordering is simple

Customers can preorder menu items beginning 30 days before a flight and up to 24 hours before departure by visiting aa.com, clicking Your Trips/Check-in and entering their flight information. Eligible customers will also receive a reminder email 48 hours before departure with a link that will guide them through the preorder process. Menu items vary based on route and class of service.

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Aerolineas Argentinas operates the last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight

Aerolineas Argentinas has retired its last Airbus A340-300. Airbus A340-313 LV-FPU operated flight AR 1133 from Madrid on February 16, 2020, arriving at Buenos Aires (EZE) at 4:05 am on February 17, 2020. This is the last revenue flight for the type with the airline.

The airline introduced the long-range type in June 1999.

Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-312 LV-BMT (msn 048) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 101779.

Above Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-312 LV-BMT (msn 048) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 101779.

Type Retired: February 17, 2020 (flight AR 1133 Madrid - Buenos Aires with LV-FPU)

Above Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-313 LV-CSD (msn 123) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 402727.

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Qatar Airways increases its share of IAG

Qatar Airways following the failure of Air Italy, has increased its share of the IAG Group. The airline issued this short statement:

Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C. is pleased to announce that it has increased its shareholding in International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. (IAG) from 21.4 percent to 25.1 percent.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Mr. Akbar Al Baker stated, “Our investment to date has been highly successful and the announced increase in our shareholding is evidence of our continued support of IAG and its strategy.”

“Qatar Airways continues to consider opportunities to invest in airlines and support management teams that share our vision to enhance travel opportunities for airline passengers across the globe.”