Monthly Archives: June 2010

RAK Airways to resume operations before the end of the year

RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) is planning to restart scheduled operations before the end of the year with new Boeing 737-800s.

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Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. RAK Airways previously operated Boeing 757-200s. 757-256 A6-RKA (msn 29311) prepares to land at Brussels.

Lufthansa accepts arbitration settlement with its pilots

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has elected to accept the arbitration settlement resolved with its pilots.

Press release:

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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. The first Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (msn 038) at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) for Lufthansa became D-AIMA on delivery.

Ryanair to cut UK winter operations by 16%

Ryanair (Dublin) plans to cut United Kingdon winter capacity because of the British government’s departure tax and high airport charges, resulting in a loss of 200 Ryanair jobs at Stansted airport according to this report in the WSJ.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHJ (msn 33819) prepares to land at Bournemouth.

Sun Country Airlines to begin Lansing service

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) announced today (June 30) plans for new nonstop domestic and international service from Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport. Beginning December 22, 2010, the company will inaugurate domestic service to Las Vegas, Ft. Myers and Orlando as well as international service to Cancun, Mexico and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Ex-easyJet Boeing 737-73V G-EZJJ (msn 30245) became N711SY on delivery.

Arrow Cargo ceases all operations

Arrow Cargo (3rd) (Miami) operated its last cargo flight last night. There are no flights scheduled for today and the fleet is sitting at Miami. This version of Arrow commenced operations on May 9, 2002.

The company issued the following press release:

Arrow Air Holdings Corp. (“Arrow”) today (June 30) announced the company will cease scheduled service operations, effective immediately. Arrow issued the following
statement:

“Like many companies in our industry, Arrow Air has experienced significant operating losses as a result of increasing operating costs and declining revenues. The decision to wind down the company’s schedule service operations was a difficult one. This decision
was not made lightly, and was a last resort after the company exhaustively searched for other options including financing or a sale of the business. Arrow is now focused on helping to smooth the transition for the company’s hard working, dedicated employees
as well as its customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.”

Arrow Air Holdings Corporation, operating under the trade name of Arrow Cargo, is a U.S. certificated all cargo air carrier operating out of Miami International Airport.

Read the full media report from the South Florida Business Journal:

http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2010/06/28/daily30.html

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Arrow Cargo operated a mixed fleet of McDonnell Douglas DC-10s and new Boeing 757-200 freighters. DC-10-30F N526MD (msn 46998) taxies at the MIA base.

Virgin America launches its first international route to Toronto

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

Virgin America (San Francisco) yesterday (June 29) marked the launch of its first international city by launching its new Toronto service with a celebrated flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) through San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson onboard the LAX to SFO leg, and via WiFi at 35,000 feet over the California coast, they announced the airline’s intention to serve a new destination: Mexico. The SFO to YYZ flight was hosted by Drake, the Toronto native and Grammy nominated recording artist, hosting a mile high party en route.

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Copyright Photos: Mark Durbin. Airbus A320-214 N631VA (msn 3135), pictured at the SFO base, carried special “Air-Time with Drake” and “Thank Drake Me Later” stickers for the inaugural flight.

American Airlines to upgrade existing Boeing 737-800 fleet

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) yesterday (June 29) announced that the second of its original 76 Boeing 737-800s – which are being updated to match the customer benefits and amenities featured on its newly-delivered 737-800 aircraft – begins flying with a range of new features to improve the travel experience. Once the updates are completed, American’s initial fleet of 76 737-800s will match the 84 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft that American began receiving in March 2009 and will continue to receive through 2011.

The new 737-800s are being delivered to American with several enhancements, all of which will be added to the initial 76 737-800 fleet. These include new, more comfortable and spacious First and Economy Class seats, bigger overhead storage bins, updated inflight entertainment systems, and AC power ports. In addition, the new configuration of the 737-800s allows for 12 additional Economy Class seats, for a total of 160 seats.

A prototype of the updated aircraft has been in service since February. American will continue to upgrade the remaining 74 aircraft in its original fleet by installing new seats, new cabin interiors, enhanced inflight entertainment systems, and more storage throughout the aircraft. By accelerating its 737-800 fleet renewal plan last year, American took a significant step in its efforts to invest in products and services that benefit customers, while enhancing its competitive position with new aircraft that are 35 percent more fuel efficient on a seat mile basis than the DC-9-82/83 airplanes they will replace. American took delivery of 31 new 737-800s in 2009 and will take delivery of 45 this year and 8 in 2011.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boeing 737-823 N951AA (msn 29538) painted in the 1962 Astrojet retrojet color scheme arrives at the Miami hub.

Corsairfly starts its new route to Miami

Photo: Miami Dade Aviation Department. The arrival met the customer water cannon salute.

Corsairfly (Corsairfly.com) (Paris-Orly) on June 18 started its new nonstop service to Miami from Paris (Orly). The new route will be operated twice-weekly with Airbus A330-200 aircraft until July 2 when it will transition to Boeing 747-400 equipment configured for 582 seats.


American Eagle to operate Miami-Gainesville flights

American Eagle Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) announced nonstop service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) in Gainesville, FL, beginning on October 1. Executive Airlines will operate the new service with its 64-seat ATR 72-200 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. ATR 72-212 N270AT (msn 270) taxies carefully on the Eagle ramp at the MIA hub.