Monthly Archives: February 2011

Lion Wings Air converts 15 ATR 72-500 options to firm orders

Lion Wings Air (Jakarta) has converted 15 ATR 72-500 options to firm orders.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for further information.

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Bangladesh Airlines reverts back to Biman Bangladesh Airlines name and old livery

Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) has reverted back to its old Biman Bangladesh Airlines name and the old 1983 livery.

Biman was established on January 04, 1972 with a a gift of Douglas DC-3 aircraft from Bangladesh Air force.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. Please click on the photo for the full story.

TAM signs MOU for 22 A320neo and 10 A320 Family aircraft

TAM Linhas Aereas (Sao Paulo) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 22 A320neo and 10 A320 Family aircraft. When signed as a contract, the order will make TAM the launch customer for the A320neo in Latin America.

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WestJet Airlines and American Airlines sign their new code share agreement

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) and American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) announced today they have entered into a comprehensive codeshare agreement, providing customers with more choices and greater connectivity when travelling between the United States and Canada.

The codeshare relationship, which is subject to regulatory approvals, will allow American to place its AA* code on WestJet flights, and WestJet to place its WS* code on flights of American Airlines and American Eagle.

The placement of AA* code on WestJet flights will provide American’s customers seamless connecting service to up to 20 Canadian cities not currently served by American or American Eagle. WestJet will initially place its WS* code on American or American Eagle flights from Canada to Chicago and Boston, with expanded service throughout American Airlines network expected in the near future. The codeshare agreement will make it easier and more convenient for customers to connect from WestJet to American’s global route network and from American to WestJet’s Canadian operations.

In other news, WestJet launched new nonstop seasonal service between St. John’s and Orlando.

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Boeing celebrates two years of 777 freighter operations

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) is celebrating the second anniversary of the Boeing 777 freighter in service.

The growing fleet of 777 freighters has flown approximately 120,000 hours and boasts a daily utilization rate of 11.34 hours. Fleet schedule reliability is at 99.37 percent, which means the freighter has a near-perfect record of on-time takeoff and landings. Eighty-three have been ordered, and 39 freighters now are in service with nine airlines.

FedEx Express is the largest 777 freighter operator with a fleet of 11 currently in operation, and another airplane just delivered. An additional 13 777 freighters remain in Boeing’s backlog for FedEx.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional information.

American Eagle to launch DFW-Durango flights on June 9

American Eagle Airlines (2nd) (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced daily nonstop service between Durango La-Plata County Airport in Durango, CO, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, beginning on June 9. Eagle will fly one daily round trip with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Continental Airlines postpones the launch of the Newark-Cairo route

Continental Airlines (Houston) has postponed the launch of the Newark-Cairo route previously scheduled to start on May 18. Due to the political unrest in Egypt, demand for the route has decreased.

Please see the previous blog entry on this subject: CLICK HERE

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