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.

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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.

Read the press release:

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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.