Monthly Archives: April 2011

Allegiant Travel Company 1Q net profit slips to $17.2 million

Allegiant Travel Company (Las Vegas), the parent of Allegiant Air, reported a first quarter net profit of $17.2 million, down 24.1% from $22.6 million in the same period a year ago.

Allegiant is operating 51 DC-9-82/83/87 aircraft. Its two Boeing 757-200s have been leased out.

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom. Please click on the photo for additional information.

ANA posts a fiscal year profit of $282 million

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) managed to produced a fiscal year net profit of $282 million (ending on March 31) despite a $174 million fourth quarter loss.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

China Eastern puts this new Airbus A330 logojet into service

China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) has introduced this promotional logojet for the International Horticultural Expo 2011 (in Xi’an) on its Airbus A330-343X registered B-6129 (msn 791).

Copyright Photo: *Da ~ vE*

Boeing puts a second 747-8 Intercontinental into flight testing

Boeing (Chicago) on April 26 put a second Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, designed by Boeing as RC021. Destined to Lufthansa as D-ABYE (msn 37826), N6067U successfully made its first flight on April 26. The airplane completes the two-airplane test fleet for the 747-8 Intercontinental.

N6067U was piloted by Captains Keith Otsuka and Ron Johnston, with Ralph Chaffin serving as system operator and Greg Lichneckert as flight analyst, RC021 took off at 9:26 a.m. Pacific time from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The airplane completed a three-hour, twenty-minute flight landing at 12:46 p.m. at Paine Field. During the flight, the airplane reached an altitude of 28,000 feet (8534 m) and airspeed of 275 knots, or about 316 miles (509 km) per hour.

RC021 will be used primarily for testing the various interior systems that will be on the Intercontinental, such as heating, venting and air conditioning, smoke detection and galleys. In addition, Boeing will conduct fuel consumption and function and reliability tests on the airplane. The 747-8 Intercontinental flight-test program will perform approximately 600 hours of flight testing.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N6067U arrives back at PAE after completing the historic first flight.

British Airways doubles capacity on Its London City-Palma route

British Airways (London) has increased capacity on its London City-Palma de Mallorca service by 50 per cent to meet the demand for seats this summer.

With additional frequency and larger aircraft the airline will be providing over 25,000 seats to the Spanish holiday island direct from the Docklands.

Due to the high early season demand, the three-times-a-week flights will increase to six-days-a-week, excluding Saturdays, in July and August. The Friday and Sunday flights to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza, on new BA CityFlyer Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft, will continue until October 31.

British Airways through BA CityFlyer now operates 39 leisure flights from London City Airport. The airline has also added more frequency to popular destinations of Nice and Ibiza.

British Airways will also launch new routes to Faro and Malaga in June, all from London City. The four times-a-week flights to Faro start on June 7 and the three times-a-week flights to Malaga start on June 8. Both routes will operate year round.

British Airways flies to 12 destinations from London City airport including Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Faro, Barcelona, Nice, Madrid and Malaga.

Flights are operated by wholly owned British Airways’ subsidiary BA CityFlyer.

Copyright Photo: Nik French. Please click on the photo for additional information.

BA CityFlyer Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Pluna Lineas Aereas orders three additional Bombardier CRJ900s

Pluna Lineas Uruguayas (Montevideo) has ordered three additional Bombardier CRJ900 jetliners.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Pluna Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Pluna Route Map (including those in association with Iberia):

Air Canada to retire the Air Canada Jazz brand, all will become Air Canada Express

Air Canada (Montreal) announced today (April 27) it has decided to gradually retire the Air Canada Jazz brand. All regional carriers will begin operating under the Air Canada Express brand. Aircraft will be repainted during normal repainting cycles. Jazz Air will continue to use the Jazz name and livery for their independent (non-Air Canada) operations.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Air Canada Jazz Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Air Canada Jazz routes operated by Jazz: