Monthly Archives: April 2012

Philippines plans to order at least 100 new aircraft after San Miguel Corporation becomes an investor

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) (Manila) according to this report by Bloomberg, plans to order at least 100 new aircraft while doing more business with Boeing, resuming flights to Europe and increase its routes and destinations in the United States. The flag carrier is expanding after it sold a share in the airline to the San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

According to Bloomberg, Lucio Tan and SMC “will provide $1 billion to help fund the fleet plan, Ramon Ang, president of the airline and of San Miguel, said in an interview in Manila. San Miguel will inject $750 million in PAL and affiliate Air Philippines Corporation, including a $500 million stake purchase, while billionaire Lucio Tan will deliver the rest”.

PAL is looking at adding New York, Chicago and Florida.

Some of the new aircraft will go to Air Philippines.

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Copyright Photo: Micheil Keegan.

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Flybe redefines its product and brand

Flybe (Exeter) has announced a significant brand and product repositioning under the tagline “Making Flying Better” to help differentiate itself from the negative perceptions of low-fare travel.

According to the airline, “Making flying better” philosophy has three key objectives:

  • Increasing our flight frequency and connections to offer greater choice and flexibility.
  • Transparency pricing and booking processes to make it easier for our customers to understand.
  • To reduce the hassle of air travel through UK airports.

Flybe continues in their announcement, “a number of recent initiatives by Flybe that are very much part of the ‘Making flying better’ concept, are already proving a success with passengers, particularly the arrival of the new Embraer 175 jet aircraft that are now flying across the network; and the launch of Flybe’s innovative Manchester hub that offers extra regional connections for the UK traveller.

At the heart of “Making flying better” is a fair, open and transparent approach to sales and service policies. Included amongst many of the new product initiatives to be rolled out during 2012 are the following that have been introduced:

  • No charges for customers paying by debit card
  • Credit card customers being charged on a per booking basis regardless of the number of passengers in the booking
  • Creation of three new ticket types:
    • 1.  Essentials: this is Flybe’s lowest fare ticket that has no debit card charges, 10kg hand baggage allowance and seat selection at check in.
    • 2New Economy: A brand new ticket which, in addition to the free use of cards and 10kg hand bag allowance, also includes – in one upfront inclusive price – a free standard sized hold bag, free advance seat selection at the time of booking, a changeable ticket (which may incur a fare upgrade) plus a free SMS text message detailing the booking information. Prices for this ticket start at under £50.
    • 3Plus: Flybe has retained its top end product with a ticket that includes all the flexibility and comfort a short haul business traveller needs, including Executive Lounge access, a 40kg hold bag allowance and complimentary food and drink on board.
  • The airline has also launched a new website and new-look advertising creative, including a soon-to-be aired series of TV commercials all featuring Flybe’s own pilots and cabin crew.

Hot on the heels of this initial launch will see Flybe offering its customers smart phone enabled platforms and Apps that will allow booking and check in for travellers on the move.

The airline then plans for a Flybe first with summer trials of inflight TV programming and entertainment available free of charge for its passengers through onboard wi-fi. Additional product and service enhancements are due to follow throughout the year.”

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

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Allegiant to end Owensboro-Las Vegas service on August 13

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) will end Owensboro, KY-Las Vegas service on August 13 due to poor demand according to the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. The airline will continue to serve the Owensboro market with flights to Sanford, FL.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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DAE to add Miami and the Curacao-Miami daily route on May 11

DAE-Dutch Antilles Express (Curacao) will add Miami on May 11. The Caribbean airline will add daily nonstop service between Curacao and Miami with this McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N120MN (msn 53120) operated by Falcon Air Express which also makes its return to MIA.

Copyright Photo: Cary Liao – AeroPX. N120MN completes the famous Maho Beach approach into Princess Juliana International Airport – St. Maarten International Airport (SXM).

TUIfly helps to celebrate 100 years of the “Baren Marke” milk with this new logojet

TUIfly (TUIfly.com) (Hannover) introduced this month this special logojet to help celebrate 100 years (1912-2012) of “Baren Marke” (Bear Brand) of milk products in Germany. The bear became the symbol of the brand due to its Canton of Bern (Switzerland) roots developed by hotelier Cesar Ritz. “Baren Marke” is one of most well known product brands in Germany.

Top Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. The eye-catching special color scheme with the famous “Baren Marke” logo, adorns the fuselage of Boeing 737-8K5 D-AHFR (msn 30593) which visited Munich today.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. A close-up of the logo.

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LOT Polish Airlines prepares for Euro 2012 games with a new logojet

LOT Polish Airlines (Polskie Linie Lotnicze) (Warsaw) is promoting the upcoming Euro 2012 games with its first “Welcome to Poland 2012” football logojet. According to the airline, ten LOT Polish Airlines aircraft are set to receive this special decorations in celebration of the fast-approaching European Football Championship, to be held this year in Poland and the Ukraine. The initiative, conceived by LOT, will see the addition of this unique football logo on the rear fuselage and wingtips of the aircraft. Designed in-house at LOT, the logo also echoes the style and color scheme of the company’s new livery, which were launched at the beginning of April 2012.

The pictured Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) SP-LIA (msn 17000125) received its decal and took off for Odessa on April 21, 2012 with this new soccer design. The other nine airliners are scheduled to receive their additional graphics by the end of May 2012, in order to be ready to fly primarily between Polish and Ukrainian destinations from the beginning of June. In total, eight Embraer ERJ 175s and two Embraer ERJ 195s will carry the special logo.

The aircraft with the special motif will also carry “Welcome to Poland 2012” sub-titles on both sides of the fuselage.

The aircraft will fly the logo promoting the Euro 2012 Championship until the end of July 2012 at the very least according to LOT.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. SP-LIA visited Munich today (April 28).

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Virgin Australia refreshes the cabin of the Boeing 777-300 ER fleet, the first Triple Seven is repainted

Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) has revealed a new design and interior refresh of the Boeing 777-300 ER fleet.

According to the airline, “the Boeing 777 re-design will bring a fresh and contemporary new look to the fleet, consistent with that across the Virgin Australia domestic network.”

The 777 cabin interior will undergo a complete re-design of seat fabrics, carpets and curtain dividers. Seats across Business, Premium Economy and Economy have been updated for even more comfort with extra padding, new fabrics and headrests throughout the aircraft.

Led by Virgin Australia’s Creative Director, Hans Hulsbosch, the new designs are inspired by the ceiling and flooring “leaf” designs in the Virgin Australia lounges, and have been created exclusively for the 777 fleet. The design and color palette creates a strong brand connection across the Virgin Australia journey.

The new features include:

  • Newly designed custom fabric covers for Business, Premium Economy and Economy Seats
  • Fabrics manufactured by world renowned fabric manufacturers Rohi, in Munich, Germany.
  • All seat covers feature enhanced cushioning for extra comfort
  • Newly designed curtain dividers
  • New carpet throughout cabin

The first Boeing 777-300 with the cabin redesign entered revenue service on April 12, with the remainder of the fleet rolling out with the refresh throughout the rest of the year.

In other news, the airline revealed a series of major enhancements to its facilities at Sydney Airport’s Domestic terminal (T2) and Melbourne Airports’ Domestic Terminal 3.

The enhancements at Sydney Airport include a new state-of-the-art lounge and a significant upgrade to its dedicated pier within the terminal. The new architecturally designed lounge will stretch over two levels, doubling the existing size of the Sydney lounge and providing sweeping views of Botany Bay and beyond. Virgin Australia’s Pier A at Terminal 2 will be refurbished internally and expanded to accommodate larger aircraft.

The enhancements at Sydney and Melbourne domestic airports are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Copyright Photo: Micheil Keegan. The first repainted ex-V Australia Boeing 777-3ZG ER (VH-VPH) departs from Sydney today (April 28) bound for Abu Dhabi.

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West Atlantic (West Air Sweden) receives its Chilean AOC to operate this CRJ200 freighter for Rio Baker

Rio Baker Cargo Airlines (Antofagasta) is the cargo division of Rio Baker. Rio Baker is an FBO and air taxi company based at Cerro Moreno Airport in Antofagasta. Until the arrival of this CRJ200 freighter, Rio Baker only had a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain and a Lance as a fleet.

Rio Baker is wet leasing Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200LR (PF) (CL-600-2B19) freighter SE-RIF (msn 7142) from West Atlantic (Gothenburg).

The CRJ200 will be used to support the aviation needs of the mining companies of northern Chile.

West Atlantic (West Air Sweden) received its Chilean AOC (Air Operator Certificate) on April 5, 2012. The local DGAC (General Directorate for Civil Aviation) issued this AOC to allow West Atlantic to operate SE-RIF in Chile for Rio Baker. SE-RIF’s operational base will be Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport where its pictured landing.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

Air Canada and IAMAW to return to the negotiating table

Air Canada (Montreal) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have agreed to re-commence negotiations.

The parties have agreed to a 10-day negotiation period to begin following the appointment of an arbitrator by the Minister of Labour in accordance with the provisions of the Protecting Air Service Act. Air Canada and the IAMAW will ask that the arbitrator facilitate the negotiations process pursuant to section 31 of the Act that allows for negotiations to take place.

The IAMAW represents 8,600 mechanics, baggage handlers and cargo agents employed by Air Canada, and its collective agreement expired on March 31, 2011.

Air Canada and the IAMAW will have no further comments during the course of these negotiations.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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