Monthly Archives: June 2011

KLM becomes the first airline to operate a revenue biofuel passenger flight

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) yesterday (June 29) became the first airline in the world to operate a commercial flight on “biokerosene”, which included renewable jet fuel supplied by Dynamic Fuels LLC.

KLM used a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel and renewable jet fuel in both engines of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that carried 171 passengers from Amsterdam to Paris (CDG). The flight was a preview of more than 200 commercial flights between Amsterdam and Paris KLM plans to make in September using the same fuel.


Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on this photo for information about this special retrojet.

United Airlines-Continental Airlines’ flight attendants pick the AFA

United Airlines-Continental Airlines’ (Chicago) flight attendants have selected the Association of Flight Attendants to bargain for their labor contracts.

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on the photo for aircraft information.

Republic Airways Holdings’ pilots to be represented by the Teamsters

Republic Airways Holdings’ (Indianapolis) pilots will be represented by the Teamsters. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters won the representation election yesterday for all pilots employed by Republic Airways Holdings, receiving 68 percent of the total vote.

After certification by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will become the representative of the pilots of Chautauqua Airlines, Frontier Airlines (2nd), Lynx Aviation, Republic Airlines (2nd) and Shuttle America.

Previously, Frontier pilots were represented by the Frontier Airlines Pilot Association (FAPA). Midwest pilots were represented by the Air Line Pilot Association (ALPA) and Lynx was represented by the United Transportation Union (UTU).

In 2009, Republic Airways placed the winning bid in an auction to acquire the then-bankrupt Frontier Airlines.

In October 2010, Teamsters Local 357 filed with the NMB for single carrier status to integrate all RAH-owned airlines into one representative body. On April 8, 2011, the National Mediation Board ruled that all airlines own by RAH are operating as a single transportation system. The NMB announced in early May that an election was required to determine the representation for the new, combined pilot group. IBT received the majority of the votes in the election.

The pilots of Chautauqua, Republic and Shuttle America are working under a 2003 contract and wages. The contract has been amendable since 2007. The pilots staged an informational picket in Indianapolis in June. Contract negotiations are currently in federal mediation with the NMB.

The newly combined pilot group will come under one contract following contract amalgamation negotiations which will be initiated by Teamsters at the appropriate time and after consultation and joint planning among the pilots of all RAH subsidiaries.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Please click on the photo for additional information.

JetBlue Airways to add Hartford-San Juan flights in January

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced plans to add a nonstop daily flight between Hartford’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) and San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU), effective in January 2012. San Juan will be JetBlue’s third nonstop destination offered from Bradley International Airport (BDL), New England’s second-largest airport, in addition to its twice daily service to both Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando.

In other news, JetBlue Airways and and Qatar Airways, today announced the signing of a new interline agreement to connect travellers seamlessly between the two carriers’ networks via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

American Airlines is in discussions with both Airbus and Boeing for 250 aircraft

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is in discussions with both Airbus and Boeing for a possible order of 250 aircraft according to this report by Reuters. The discussions also include a possible order for A320neo aircraft as previously reported.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for additional information.

United Airways may be forced to change its name

United Airways (Bangladesh) may be forced to change its name after a court in the United Kingdom agreed with a complaint by United Airlines (Chicago) that United Airways had “illegally violated” its trademark according to this article by Flightglobal.

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Copyright Photo: Jerrold Wu.

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Vision Airlines shifts its focus to Freeport for the winter, adding new routes

Vision Airlines (Atlanta) is adding new routes to and from Freeport starting in November from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Louisville, Richmond, Raleigh/Durham and Baltimore/Washington.

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

Gol Transportes Aereos introduces this special “GOL 10 ANOS” logojet to help celebrate 10 years of flying

Gol Transportes Aereos (Sao Paulo) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. The high-flying airline in Brazil has introduced this dazzling orange logojet to help celebrate the occasion.

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Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Please click on the photo for the full story and details of this airline.

Boeing opens new 787 Vertical Fin Assembly Line in Salt Lake City

Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (June 28) commemorated the opening of a new 787 vertical fin assembly line at its production facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. Operated by Boeing Fabrication, the site will build the vertical fin assemblies for 787 Dreamliners built at Boeing South Carolina. Production on the new assembly line is slated to begin in July.

The new assembly line was designed and built using Lean Manufacturing techniques. These techniques reduced required floor space and increased production capacity without adding new brick and mortar facilities. The 35,000 square feet (3251.6 square meters) state-of-the-art composite assembly line will help improve the efficiency of the final assembly and delivery process at Boeing’s 787 facility in South Carolina.

The Boeing Salt Lake City facility currently supports fabrication activities across all Boeing Commercial Airplane models. It is scheduled to deliver its first vertical fin to Boeing South Carolina during the fourth quarter 2011.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Please click on the photo for additional information on the 787.

Mega Global Air intends to operate to Beijing and Shanghai

Mega Global Air (Mega Maldives Airlines) (Male) is planning to operate from Male and Gan Island to both Beijing and Shanghai starting in July with this former Bellview Airlines Boeing 767-300.

Top Copyright Photo: Rodolfo Garcia. Please click on this photo for the full story of this new airline.

Bottom Copyright Photo: 8QBlog. The aircraft has now morphed into a partial Trip Advisor promotional livery with the Mega logo on the tail. 8Q-MEG is pictured on the ramp at Gan International Airport.