Monthly Archives: April 2010

Republic Airlines paints its first Embraer ERJ 190 for Frontier, honors Wisconsin

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines.

Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis) has painted its first Embraer ERJ 190 for sister airline Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver). Previously Republic operated 12 Embraer ERJ 170s in Frontier Airlines colors. Ex-US Airways Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N174HQ (msn 19000211) was unveiled in a special ceremony yesterday (April 29) in Milwaukee and honors the State of Wisconsin (the former home of Midwest Airlines) with an image of an unnamed Wisconsin Badger on the tail.

During the unveiling, Frontier Airlines announced it is inviting residents of the Badger State to help the airline to name the badger.

According to the airline, “The choice of the badger to adorn the tail of our newest Embraer ERJ 190 honors the Wisconsin roots of Midwest Airlines,” said Jim Reichart, vice president of sales, distribution and loyalty programs. “We hope the residents of Wisconsin will submit their most memorable and creative monikers for their newest badger.”

Frontier has created an online form, at, so Wisconsin residents can submit the name they would like for their state animal and our most recent recruit into the Frontier animal family. Entries will be accepted through May 24, after which the names will be pared down to three finalists. Wisconsin residents will then be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite from May 28 through July 4. The badger’s name will be announced July 5.

The 99-seat ERJ 190, which features a two-by-two, all-leather seating configuration, will go into service tomorrow (May 1).

Evergreen International has a tentative agreement with its flight crews

Evergreen International Airlines (Marana) crewmembers, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) reached a tentative agreement that will result in a new contract if ratified by the crewmembers. Mediated contract talks ended on April 16 when the pilots’ negotiating committee achieved the tentative agreement with their management.

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Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Boeing 747-230F N490EV (msn 24138) prepares to land at New York (JFK).

Continental Airlines and United Airlines are expected to announce a merger on Monday

Continental Airlines (Houston) and United Airlines (UAL Corporation) (Chicago) are expected to announce that they are merging to form the world’s largest airline on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources via this report in Reuters.

Continental’s board is expected to meet today and Sunday, and United’s board would also meet today, the newspaper said on its website.

United declined to comment and Continental did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, a source close to the situation told Reuters that concern over the share-price ratio to be used in a potential stock swap was “no longer an issue” and added that an announcement of the deal would likely be made early next week.

If announced and approved, the Continental Airlines brand would be retired. The new merged airline would be known as United Airlines.

What will American Airlines now do? US Airways are you now talking to AA?

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. The Continental “golden globe” color scheme, introduced in 1991, has always been one of the more popular airline brands. Continental has also been rated high by passengers compared to most U.S. airlines. However its days may be numbered. Boeing 757-224 N17122 (msn 27564) gracefully takes to the skies at Gatwick Airport near London. Both companies operate the Boeing 757.

Iceland to close two airports tomorrow due to the ash

Iceland will close two airports on Friday for the first time, a week after ash from an Icelandic volcano forced the shutdown of airspace over much of Europe and stranded thousands of passengers around the world, the Icelandic aviation authority announced Thursday according to this CNN report.

The Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavík International Airport will be closed beginning early Friday morning, the aviation authority said, according to a statement on the Keflavik airport’s website.

Though the ash cloud originated in Iceland, the country’s airports have been spared from closure until now. Strong northwest winds had been blowing ash from the volcano, in the south of Iceland, out to sea and over Europe.

Two other Icelandic international airports, in Akureyri and Egilsstadir, will stay open to all air traffic, the aviation authority said. The ash cloud is not expected to reach those cities, which are in the north and east of the island nation.

Icelandair announced Thursday that trans-Atlantic passengers from the U.S. and Europe who would have stopped in Keflavik will be rerouted Friday via Glasgow, Scotland.

Icelandair said that passengers traveling to and from Iceland will have the option of being re-routed through the Akureyri airport, a four-hour drive from Reykjavík. The airline is arranging bus travel between Akureyri airport and the Reykjavík Bus Terminal.

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Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren. The ash is now also disrupting domestic air travel in Iceland. Flugfelag Islands’ (Air Iceland) Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 TF-JMM (msn 20214) prepares to land at Stockholm (Arlanda).

LAN Airlines posts a first quarter net profit of $88.3 million

LAN Airlines (Santiago) reported net income of $88.3 million (US) for the first quarter 2010, an increase of 35.8% compared to the first quarter 2009, reflecting a strong recovery in both the cargo and passenger businesses.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Boeing 767-316 ER CC-CXK of LAN Airlines (Chile) arrives at New York (JFK).

Port Authority: LaGuardia should be torn down and rebuilt!

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, one of the nation’s busiest with about 26 million passengers a year, is so outdated that it should be completely demolished and rebuilt, a Port Authority official said on Wednesday according to this Reuters report.

The airport, located in the borough of Queens, is managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, but its current capital plan only has enough money for modest upgrades which fall short of the full modernization that is needed, according to Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward.

The airport offers passengers a “chaotic” experience, he said, partly because the security required in a post-Sept. 11, 2001, world has had to be added to buildings that were erected over several decades. One such building, the landmarked Marine Air Terminal, was used for international travel by seaplanes in the 1940s.

Should LGA be rebuilt?

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Hawaiian Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A330

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) yesterday (April 28) began its long-range fleet renewal and expansion program by taking delivery of the first of up to 27 new, wide-body Airbus aircraft that will be integrated into its fleet over the next decade.

Hawaiian took possession of the 294-seat Airbus A330-243 registered N380HA (msn 1104) in a formal acceptance ceremony at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.

In keeping with Hawaiian Airlines’ heritage, today’s ceremony showcased Hawaii’s culture and traditions, with the performing of Hawaiian music and hula, the presentation of a special Hawaiian ‘oli (chant) written for the occasion, and a traditional Hawaiian blessing.

Attendees included a group of more than 200 Hawaiian Airlines employees and their guests who made the trip of 7,760 miles from Honolulu to Toulouse to witness this momentous event for the company.

The new A330 is scheduled to arrive at Honolulu International Airport on the morning of May 3, after which the aircraft and its flight crews will undergo the preparations needed to start service on the Honolulu-Los Angeles route in early June.

Hawaiian plans to have up to 27 new Airbus aircraft as part of its fleet by the end of this decade. Hawaiian is leasing three A330s that are joining the fleet this year, and has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire seven A330s starting in 2011 and six A350-800 XWB (Extra Wide-Body) aircraft starting in 2017, as well as purchase rights for an additional five A330s and six A350s.

Copyright Photo: Airbus A330-243 F-WWYX (msn 1104) arrives back at Toulouse after a test flight. The airframe became N380HA on delivery.

WestJet states no agreement has been reached with Delta

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) clarified comments made by Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) in Delta’s first quarter conference call that an alliance agreement between Delta and WestJet had been reached. WestJet has not signed an alliance agreement with Delta, but a commercial relationship could occur in the future. The only recently signed agreement between Delta Air Lines and WestJet provided WestJet with the option to acquire slots at LaGuardia Airport in New York City; this agreement is still subject to U.S. regulatory approval.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. WestJet’s Boeing 737-76N C-GRWS (msn 32881) climbs away from runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

US Airways Group reports a first quarter net loss of $45 million

US Airways Group, Inc. (Phoenix) reported its first quarter net loss of $89 million, or ($0.55) per share, which excludes special items totaling a net credit of $44 million. Net loss excluding special items for the first quarter 2009 was $260 million, or ($2.28) per share. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net loss of $45 million for its first quarter 2010, or ($0.28) per share, compared to a net loss of $103 million, or ($0.90) per share, for the same period in 2009.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Airbus A319-112 N753US (msn 1326) of US Airways climbs away from the runway at Charlotte.

UPS’ 1Q Earnings Jump 37% on Revenue Increase of 7%

UPS (Atlanta and Louisville) posted adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.71 for the first quarter of 2010, a 37% gain over the adjusted $0.52 for the prior-year period. Revenue increased 7% to $11.7 billion. Growth in the international package and supply chain businesses, yield improvement and increased operating leverage resulted in margin expansion in all business segments. The corporation posted a $1 billion operating profit in the first quarter.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. UPS’ Boeing 757-24A (PF) N407UP (msn 23729) is pictured at scenic Everett.