Monthly Archives: December 2011

WestJet’s CEO Gregg Saretsky is considering smaller jets

WestJet Airlines’ (Calgary) Chief Executive Officer Gregg Saretsky believes it has already achieved its goals for sufficiently serving its medium size Boeing 737 markets in Canada. In order for the company to grow it needs to acquire smaller jets to serve smaller markets. The smaller aircraft will feed the main routes and eventually the airline will add long-range routes with larger aircraft according to this interview with Saretsky in the Globe and Mail.

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Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.

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Sunwing Airlines introduces a new logojet to promote Oasis Hotels and Resorts

Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) has introduced this new Boeing 737-800 to promote the Oasis Hotels and Resorts.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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Iberia cancels 118 flights, pilots call for two more days of strikes to protest Iberia Express

Iberia’s (Madrid) pilots impacted the company yesterday with its second day of strikes this month. As a result 118 flights were cancelled, but all passengers eventually reached their destinations by rerouting or rescheduling.

Iberia Pilots, under the SEPLA union, have called for two more days of strikes next month, on January 9 and 11, demanding that the airline ceases its plans for creating a new “Low Salary, not Low Cost airline”, called Iberia Express.

Last week, Iberia advertised for A320 type rated pilots, ICAO Level 4 language proficiency and recent flight time, but no other requirements where specified. The company claims that it has received more than 1500 applications.

Two Vueling Airlines Airbus A320s have entered the Iberia hangars in order to be repainted onto the Iberia Express livery. Tthe company may start looking for Vueling pilots to fly the new IB Express routes.

British Airways pilots, represented by the BALPA union, visited Madrid on Wednesday to show their support to their IAG colleagues and to inform the striking IB pilots about the way BA pilots will help, as they see this IB Express company as a threat to their contracts, by outsourcing their European flights to this new company, or to newly-acquired BMI. Finally, reportedly the BA pilots told the IB pilots, that Willy Walsh had stated that he can resist all of the strikes by the IB pilots, thanks to the Spanish legislation, which mandates minimum services to be provided by the airlines.

According to the unions, BALPA will soon be joining SEPLA in its efforts against the outsourcing of the IAGs jobs and routes.

Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron.

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United Airlines’ mechanics ratify the new contract

United Airlines (Chicago), now the largest airline in the world, announced its mechanics, represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) ratified a new labor agreement with the company.

The new agreement covers approximately 5,500 United mechanics. The company and the IBT will soon commence negotiations for a joint collective bargaining agreement for mechanics at both the United and Continental subsidiaries. Continental mechanics represented by the IBT ratified their collective bargaining agreement in November of 2010.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck.

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Piedmont Airlines to cut 299 positions at LaGuardia

Piedmont Airlines (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Salisbury) is playing to eliminate 299 positions at New York (LaGuardia) to the recently approved slot swap with Delta Air Lines. Delta is building up a new hub at LGA while US is downsizing at LGA and concentrating on Washington (Reagan National).

299 customer service agents and fleet service workers will lose their jobs in two stages: on March 25 and on July 11, 2012 according to this report by The Street.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional details.

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Delta to end Washington Reagan National-Jackson, MS service

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is ending Washington (Reagan National)-Jackson, Mississippi service on March 2, 2012. The move is part of its swap deal with US Airways and DL is reducing its presence at DCA and building up at LGA. The route was operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines (soon ExpressJet Airlines) as a Delta Connection flight.

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

Air China adjusts its Paris schedule

Air China (Beijing) on March 10, 2012 will resume nonstop Shanghai-Paris (CDG) service (flights CA 833/834). The existing Shanghai-Beijing-Paris (CDG) route will revert to just Beijing-Paris (CDG) nonstop service. Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft will now be used on both routes to replace the original Airbus A340-300s on the route.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord.