Monthly Archives: May 2012

JetBlue to start Washington Reagan National-San Juan flights on August 23, moves closer to Hawaiian Airlines

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced its new nonstop “capital-to-capital” service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico will begin on August 23, 2012.

Last week JetBlue was granted a beyond-perimeter slot exemption from the United States Department of Transportation to launch this new long-distance flight. JetBlue’s new flights will be the only nonstop service between Washington D.C.’s downtown airport and the capital of Puerto Rico. This route will be JetBlue’s 14th destination from San Juan and will operate from JetBlue’s exclusive new “home” in Terminal A at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.

JetBlue’s proposed schedule between Washington D.C. and San Juan:

Washington D.C. to San Juan: San Juan to Washington D.C.:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
8:50 a.m. – 12:34 p.m. 5:55 p.m. – 9:44 p.m.
– Flights operate daily effective August 23, 2012-
– All times local –

JetBlue’s flights to and from San Juan will be operated with Airbus A320s.

In other news, JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) today announced a deepening of their partnership with the signing of new agreements to offer new benefits and convenience to the customers of both airlines.

Members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs can soon earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline. Travellers can also find convenient connections between points throughout the East Coast and points throughout Hawaii with the signing of a new codeshare agreement. Both agreements will be in effect on June 5, when Hawaiian launches the only nonstop service between New York City and Hawaii with daily widebody flights between JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City and Honolulu International Airport (HNL).

Effective June 5, JetBlue’s TrueBlue members can accrue one point for every two miles flown on eligible Hawaiian-operated flights, while HawaiianMiles members will be able to earn miles on eligible JetBlue-operated flights on a mile-for-mile basis.

Effective May 30, Hawaiian has placed its HA code on a host of connecting JetBlue flights, making it easy to find the most convenient connections between points throughout the East Coast and points throughout Hawaii in worldwide reservations systems.  Codesharing provides one-stop check-in, seamless flight connections and boarding passes all the way through from origin to destination.

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American Airlines will resume flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on June 1

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will resume its flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Haneda Airport (HND) in Tokyo, beginning on June 1. Haneda is the closest airport to the central commercial area of Tokyo.

American and Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo), its Pacific joint business partner within the oneworld® alliance, will now offer customers the choice of two daily flights between JFK and Tokyo – one JAL flight to and from Tokyo’s Narita Airport, and the resumed American Airlines flight to and from Haneda. Japan Airlines will codeshare with American on the New York-Haneda flight.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Here is American’s schedule between New York JFK and Haneda. All times shown are local. Boeing 777-200 ERs are assigned to the route.

From New York JFK to Tokyo Haneda
Flight Departs Arrives Days Begins
135 6:55 p.m. 10:15 p.m. (next day) Daily June 1
From Tokyo Haneda to New York JFK
Flight Departs Arrives Days Begins
134 6:50 a.m. 6:40 a.m. (same day) Daily June 3

Alaska Airlines announces daily service between Seattle/Tacoma and San Antonio

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will launch service between its Seattle/Tacoma hub and San Antonio, Texas, starting on September 17. The dominant carrier along the West Coast, Alaska Airlines now serves 16 destinations east of the Rocky Mountains.

Alaska Airlines started service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 2005 and to Austin and Houston in 2009.

Summary of new flights:

Start Date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Sept. 17 Seattle-San Antonio 12:30 p.m. 6:35 p.m. Daily
Sept. 17 San Antonio-Seattle 7:25 p.m. 9:55 p.m. Daily

All times based on local time zones.

The flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin.

In other news, Alaska Airlines announced today that it will start service between Portland, Oregon, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., on August 28, following government approval of the schedule.

Proposed Schedule:

Summary of new Portland, Oregon-Reagan National flights:

Start Date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Aug. 28 Portland-Reagan National 9:30 a.m. 5:40 p.m. Daily
Aug. 28 Reagan National-Portland 5:10 p.m. 7:55 p.m. Daily

Times based on local time zones. Service by Boeing 737-800.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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Turkish Airlines cancels over 100 flights due to a workers strike

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) was forced to cancel over 100 flights yesterday (May 29) after workers in Turkey walked off the job in protest over a planned government law than would forbid future strikes by aviation workers.

Read the full story from The Daily Star: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton.

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SkyWest to sell its 26% share in TRIP Linhas Aereas for $42 million for a profit

SkyWest, Inc. (St. George) announced today that it entered into an agreement on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, to sell its 26% ownership (20% common and 6%  preferred)  in the Brazilian airline TRIP Linhas Aereas S.A. (Sao Paulo) for a price of $42 million.  SkyWest has agreed to sell its TRIP shares to Trip Investimentos Ltda., a Brazilian limited liability company affiliated with TRIP. The purchase price is scheduled to be paid in three installments over a two-year period and may be accelerated based on certain conditions under the purchase agreement.

As part of the agreement, SkyWest also received an option to acquire 15.38% of the ownership in Trip Investimentos Ltda., the purchaser of the shares, which SkyWest may exercise at its discretion.  The call option has an initial set price per share, escalates annually at a specified rate and can be exercised up to between four to six years following receipt by SkyWest of the required installment payments from Trip Investimentos Ltda.,  under the agreement.  SkyWest’s sale of the TRIP shares, as well as the other transactions governed by the purchase agreement, are contingent on TRIP’s receipt of Brazilian regulatory approvals.

SkyWest acquired its initial interest in TRIP in August 2008 and has invested a total of $30 million for its 26% interest. Due to SkyWest’s treatment of its TRIP ownership position under the equity method of accounting, it has decreased its investment in TRIP to a current carrying amount of $23.2 million as of March 31, 2012. SkyWest anticipates recording a net gain on the investment upon closing, however the amount will be contingent on SkyWest recording its share of TRIP’s income or loss up until the closing date of the transaction,  which is yet to be determined and is subject to TRIP’s receipt of regulatory approvals.

TRIP is merging with Azul Linhas Aereas forming a new holding company called Azul Trip.

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WestJet flies its one millionth flight of its Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) yesterday (May 29) operated its one millionth flight of its Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. The milestone flight is WS 612 from Calgary to Toronto (Pearson), departing Calgary International Airport at 12:10 p.m. MDT and arriving at Toronto Pearson at 5:52 p.m. EDT.

WestJet launched in 1996 with a fleet of three Boeing 737-200s (see below), serving five destinations in Western Canada. It began replacing those aircraft with the more fuel-efficient Boeing Next-Generation 737-600, -700 and -800 series aircraft in May 2001, becoming a completely Next-Generation fleet in January 2006.

Since 2001, WestJet has flown approximately 110 million guests on one million flights with its Boeing Next-Generation aircraft, travelling a total distance of 2.4 billion kilometers or the equivalent distance of 15 trips to Mars and back.

Launched with just 220 WestJetters in 1996, the airline now employs more than 8,600 people in 32 cities across Canada. Inducted into Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame, WestJet consistently ranks as one of the country’s top employers and is proud to be Canada’s preferred airline.

WestJet has recorded 28 consecutive quarters of profitability and is currently one of the most profitable airlines in North America. Thanks to the efforts of WestJetters, the airline has made a profit in all but two quarters over its 16-year history, sharing more than $220 million in profits among its employees in that time.

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United to add Shreveport and Grand Forks service from Denver, Anchorage flights to go to year-round

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced plans to launch daily nonstop service linking its Denver hub with two new markets: Shreveport, Louisiana, and Grand Forks, North Dakota. In addition, United will expand existing summer-season flights between Denver and Anchorage to year-round service.

This new announcement comes one week after United announced daily, nonstop service between Denver and its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport, starting in the spring of 2013.

Shreveport: Once-daily, nonstop service between Denver and Shreveport starts on August 28.  United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) will operate the flight with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets (above).  Shreveport Regional Airport serves north Louisiana, east Texas and southwest Arkansas.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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Grand Forks: Twice-daily, nonstop service between Denver and Grand Forks International Airport begins on October 3.  United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines (St. George) will operate the flights with 50-seat Canadair CRJ200 regional jets.

Middle Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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Anchorage: United’s seasonal service between Denver and Anchorage, launched on May 1 with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, will operate year-round.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck.

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Allegiant announces new Hawaiian service to Honolulu from Monterey, California

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced the company will begin new, nonstop air service from Monterey, California to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) beginning on November 16.

The new flights will operate once weekly between Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and will be flown with Boeing 757-200s.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney.

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British Airways introduces another “Dove” 2012 Olympics logojet

British Airways (London) had this former BMI Airbus A319-131 registered as G-DBCB (msn 2188) repainted at Shannon in May 2012 in another “The Dove” special color scheme for the 2012 London Olympics. G-DBCB was pressed into revenue service on May 28.

Copyright Photo: Dave Glendinning.

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QANTAS pulls its four directors from the Air Pacific board

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has pulled its four directors from Air Pacific‘s (Nadi, Fiji) board of directors because it believes the Fijian government wants to control the airline.

Read the full report from 7 News: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: John Adlard. “Wunala Dreaming” is now history as QANTAS has repainted its Boeing 747-438 ER VH-OEJ (msn 32914) into the standard colors.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: John Adlard.