Monthly Archives: July 2013

Delta to fly to Aspen, Colorado this winter

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add new nonstop seasonal service to Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado with daily flights from Atlanta and Saturday-only flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul, effective on December 21, 2013.

The new service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier, SkyWest Airlines (Delta Connection) (St. George, Utah), using a two-class, 65-seat Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft, featuring nine First Class seats and eight Economy Comfort seats.

The schedule for Delta’s new nonstop service connecting Aspen to Atlanta and Minneapolis is as follows:


Service Frequency Departs Arrives Service Begins Service Ends
ASE-ATL Daily 12:45 p.m. 5:53 p.m. Dec. 21, 2013 March 30, 2014
ATL-ASE Daily 10:10 a.m. 11:59 a.m. Dec. 21, 2013 March 30, 2014


Service Frequency Departs Arrives Service Begins Service Ends
ASE-MSP Saturday only 2 p.m. 5:11 p.m. Dec. 21, 2013 March 29, 2014
MSP-ASE Saturday only 11:40 a.m. 1:13 p.m. Dec. 21, 2013 March 29, 2014

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N609SK (msn 10020) Climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

Delta Air Lines: AG Slide Show

Delta Connection-SkyWest Airlines: AG Slide Show

KLM Cityhopper to lease six additional Embraer 190s

KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam), KLM’s regional subsidiary, has concluded a lease agreement with BOC Aviation to add six Embraer 190s to its current fleet of 22 E-Jets. The additional ERJ 190s are part of KLM Cityhopper’s strategic plan to replace the oldest aircraft in its Fokker 70 fleet. The first of the six ERJ 190s is scheduled to be delivered during the second half of 2013.

Consistent with its current ERJ 190s, the new ERJ 190s will also be configured with 100 seats in a single-class layout. After delivery of the last aircraft from this new acquisition, KLM Cityhopper will have more ERJ 190s in its fleet than any other aircraft type. All of the ERJ 190s will be deployed across KLM’s European network from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/ Embraer ERJ 190-100LR PH-EZM (msn 19000338) taxies past the camera at Zurich.
KLM Cityhopper: AG Slide Show


Air Canada to fly to Vail, Colorado and seasonal Halifax-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood service

Air Canada (Montreal) today announced that it will launch weekly nonstop flights between Toronto (Pearson) and Vail, Colorado served by nearby Eagle County Regional Airport in time for the 2013-14 winter ski season. Air Canada will operate its new seasonal service to Vail on Saturdays beginning December 14, 2013 until April 5, 2014, with 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering a choice of Executive or Economy Class service, and featuring complimentary seat back entertainment throughout the aircraft. Air Canada’s flights to Vail from its main hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport are timed to offer customers easy flight connections throughout its extensive network in Eastern and Atlantic Canada including Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

Air Canada’s Toronto (Pearson)-Vail Schedule:

Flight # Depart
Vail, CO
Flight # Depart
Vail, CO
AC1051 09:50 11:45 AC1052 12:30 17:43

In other news, Air Canada has also announced it will launch weekly seasonal flights between Halifax and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida, beginning December 14, 2013 until the end of April, 2014. Air Canada will operate flights on Saturdays using 97-seat Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft.

Air Canada’s Halifax-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Schedule:

Flight # Depart
Fort Lauderdale
Flight # Depart
Fort Lauderdale
AC1216 08:15 11:00 AC1217 11:45 16:30

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/ Airbus A319-114 C-GBHY (msn 800) prepares to land at Las Vegas.

Air Canada: AG Slide Show

ANA orders three additional Boeing 777-300 ERs

ANA (All Nippon AIrways) (Tokyo) and Boeing have announced ANA has ordered three additional 777-300 ER (extended range) airplanes. The order, valued at approximately $945 million at current list prices, will increase the total number of 777s in ANA’s fleet to 57 airplanes once delivered.  ANA currently operates 26 Boeing 777-300s (see below).

In route news, ANA will increase the number of flights between Tokyo-Narita, and Yangon Airport in Myanmar, to seven flights per week, from three. As a result, there will be a daily service on this route from September 30, 2013. In addition, seat capacity for the route will be increased by replacing the Boeing 737-700 aircraft with the 767-300 ER aircraft.

ANA will also announce the name of a new Narita International Airport-based leisure carrier. The new subsidiary will replace the now failed joint venture with AirAsia, named AirAsia Japan. This unit will served leisure destinations such as Guam and Hawaii and will launch operations with two aircraft. The fleet will expand to five aircraft by March 2014 according to Reuters.

On the financial side, ANA Holdings reported a $57.3 million operating loss for the fiscal first quarter ending on June 30.

ANA Fleet 7:2013 (ANA)

In addition, the flag carrier announced its new in-flight services and the new “Inspiration of JAPAN” tagline and issued this statement:

From late August, 2013, ANA will begin flying aircraft adorned with the tagline ‘Inspiration of JAPAN’, ANA’s brand concept. Alongside of this tagline, ANA will enhance its in-flight services and introduce new services throughout this fiscal year, starting from September.Inspiration of Japan
‘Inspiration of JAPAN’, which is the products and services brand of ANA, will be re-stated as the company tagline and will be designed on all of ANA’s aircraft. This will represent many aspects of the Japanese culture and spirit, including skills in innovation and technology, Japanese courtesy and precision, and the spirit of customer service at the heart of ANA.
In addition to the tagline, national flag of Japan will also be designed at the front of the aircraft in order to emphasize our proud of Japanese heritage to global passengers.THE CONNOISSEURS
The first in-flight service enhancement to be launched in September will be THE CONNOISSEURS project. THE CONNOISSEURS is an in-flight meal team composed of 10 renowned chefs, 5 beverage specialists and 9 of ANA’s own catering chefs, among the most talented of any of the world’s airlines. The team will produce a range of meals and drinks for our international and domestic flights. See ‘Notes to Editors’ section for more information on the chefs and menu.

New First and Business Class Bedding and Amenities 
In First and Business classes on long haul flights, we will introduce new bedding using the latest Japanese innovative technologies. This is a joint development with Nishikawa Sangyo Co., Ltd., the leading bedding manufacturer in Japan.

ANA will also provide a new amenity kit service in Business Class that will surely make passengers relax and enjoy our flights. Passengers will receive a pouch filled with L’OCCITANE products, originating from Provence in southern France.

As the first airline in Japan, and one of the few global airlines being recognized as the highest 5-Star airline by SKYTRAX, ANA will continue to further enhance the services we offer to our customers.


 Tagline Design
New bedding for long-haul flights – Ultimate in cabin comfortANA presents a new selection of bedding, using the latest innovative technologies that are the pride of Nishikawa Sangyo Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese manufacturer of bedding products since its founding in 1566. Based on the theories of its Japan Research Laboratory of Sleep Science, we now offer items such as highly functional Nanofront® fibers from Teijin, and the finest organic materials from Tenerita. We hope you will enjoy your journey above the clouds.First Class
Quality of sleep is determined by multiple factors including posture, bedding texture, weight, heat retention, and breathability. Our ultra-light comforters are made from the highly functional Teijin fibers using the latest technologies from Nishikawa Sangyo. Moreover, its AiR® mattress features a unique structure that disperses body pressure, while its Angel Float® pillow offers a flexible fit even when lying face up or sideways.
Also enjoy our blankets made with the finest cashmere and Tenerita’s organic cotton that meets strict international standards, as well as the double-sided knitted loungewear with a truly soft texture.
Applicable flights: Routes departing from Japan bound for North America and Europe
Applicable class: First Class

The new bedding in First Class represents the best of Nishikawa Sangyo. Pillow, comforter, bed pad, and blanket by Tenerita.

Double-sided knitted loungewear can be taken home after your flight
Business Class
In Business Class, bed pads are Nishikawa Sangyo’s Air Cyclone® customized for the ANA BUSINESS STAGGERED seats. Turning over during sleep is easy due to the unique three-layer structure and moderate resistance. These bed pads also offer excellent breathability and comfort. And because the reverse side is skid resistant, they can also be used as seat cushions. The comforters are Bodyline Quilts that fit your body. We’ve also introduced structural pillows from Nishikawa Sangyo for a perfect fit from your neck to the back of your head.

Applicable flights: Routes departing from Japan bound for North America and Europe (except Honolulu)
*New bed pads will be introduced on flights equipped with ANA BUSINESS STAGGERED seats only.
Applicable class: Business Class
ANA will introduce a bed pad on Business Class for the first time.
Our new service will provide a more relaxing experience
[From left] pillow, comforter, bed pad.
In Business Class, ANA will also start offering an amenity kit containing amenities from L’OCCITANE, a brand focused on the lifestyle of Provence in southern France.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/ Boeing 777-381 ER JA733A (msn 32648) arrives at London (Heathrow).

ANA: AG Slide Show

PAL Airlines suspends scheduled operations in August, will operate charters only

PAL Airlines (Santiago) announced on July 29 that is suspending scheduled passenger operations during August. The carrier will continue as a charter-only company. The explanation given by the owners was that the current business plan did not allow them to develop the charter flights to the Chilean northern regions where mining personnel transportation needs are growing.
PAL currently operates 16 charter flights a week and they expect this number to rise up to 28 per week. The aim of the airline is also offer better options to Chilean tour operators for charters in the summer season of the Southern Hemisphere (flights to Brazil, Cuba and Mexico), and using the aircraft for freight, mainly performing seat container flights inside Chile.
PAL fleet is composed by two Boeing 737-300s and two Boeing 737-200s, plus two leased from Global Air of Mexico. A third 737-300 should join the fleet soon.
Thanks to Alvaro Romero of for this report.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ Boeing 737-3G7 CC-ADZ (msn 24634) in the special Copa America 2011-Chile Soccer Team livery exits the runway at the Santiago base.
PAL Airlines: AG Slide Show

WestJet reports a record net profit in the second quarter

WestJet (Calgary) announced its 33rd consecutive quarter of profitability, with record second quarter net earnings of $44.7 million (all figures in CA dollars) , or $0.34 per diluted share. This compares with the net earnings of $42.5 million , or $0.31 per diluted share reported in the second quarter of 2012. These results include $8.4 million of one-time pre-tax transition costs associated with WestJet’s business transformation initiative. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 14.4 per cent, up from the 14.3 per cent reported in the previous quarter.

Operating highlights (stated in Canadian dollars)

Q2 2013 Q2 2012 Change Year-to-
date 2013
date 2012
Net earnings (millions) $44.7 $42.5 5.2% $135.8 $110.8 22.6%
Diluted earnings per share $0.34 $0.31 9.7% $1.02 $0.81 25.9%
Total revenues (millions) $843.7 $809.3 4.3% $1,810.9 $1,700.2 6.5%
Operating margin 7.9% 8.7% (0.8 pts) 11.0% 10.4% 0.6 pts
ASMs (available seat miles) (billions) 5.888 5.389 9.3% 11.920 11.079 7.6%
RPMs (revenue passenger miles) (billions) 4.675 4.395 6.4% 9.763 9.116 7.1%
Load factor 79.4% 81.6% (2.2 pts) 81.9% 82.3% (0.4 pts)
Segment guests 4,493,271 4,267,598 5.3% 8,986,595 8,498,013 5.7%
Yield (revenue per revenue passenger mile) (cents) 18.05 18.41 (2.0%) 18.55 18.65 (0.5%)
RASM (revenue per available seat mile) (cents) 14.33 15.02 (4.6%) 15.19 15.35 (1.0%)
CASM (cost per available seat mile) (cents) 13.20 13.71 (3.7%) 13.52 13.76 (1.7%)
CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share (cents)* 9.06 9.12 (0.7%) 9.00 9.03 (0.3%)

*Refer to reconciliations in the accompanying tables for further information regarding calculations.

In the second quarter, WestJet successfully launched WestJet Encore, Canada’s newest regional airline with its first two new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen aircraft. WestJet’s new regional airline will provide more Canadians with access to WestJet’s low fares and caring guest experience, while enhancing the airline’s value to the business market. “We are pleased with initial results in both the local market and the significant connecting traffic flows from the new regional service,” said Gregg Saretsky.

WestJet expects to continue its strong traffic and revenue growth in the third quarter of 2013. The airline anticipates its 2013 third quarter RASM, as compared to the same period in the prior year, to experience a similar level of year-over-year percentage decline as the second quarter of 2013, primarily as a result of increased capacity associated with higher utilization, the reconfiguration of WestJet’s Boeing 737-800 fleet, and the ramping up of WestJet Encore. June and July traffic experienced some booking weakness due to the impact of flooding in Calgary and the surrounding communities.

The airline expects jet fuel costs to range between 90 and 92 cents per litre for the third quarter of 2013, representing a flat to up two per cent year-over-year increase. In terms of CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share, WestJet expects it to be down 0.5 to down 1.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2013.

For the full year 2013, the airline now expects CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share, to be down 0.5 to down 1.0 per cent year-over-year primarily as a result of cost reductions achieved and anticipated through its previously announced company-wide business transformation initiative.

For the full-year 2014, the airline anticipates system-wide capacity growth between four and six per cent. “The flexibility we have built into our fleet plan through lease renewal options and our ability to deploy a mix of Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft allows us to tailor capacity and continue our profitable growth while aligning with market conditions,” noted Gregg Saretsky.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/ WestJet is reconfiguring its Boeing 737-800 fleet. Boeing 737-8CT C-GKWJ (msn 34151) taxies to the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

WestJet: AG Slide Show

Republic’s three flight attendants groups approve the new contract, may sell Frontier Airlines in the third quarter

Republic Airways Inc. (Republic Airways Holdings) (Indianapolis) has announced that flight attendants for its three regional carriers have approved a new five-year labor contract. The ratification vote concluded on July 29 with flight attendants from Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines (2nd) and Shuttle America voting in favor of the agreement.

The new contract includes increases in pay, improvements in quality of life and more flexibility in scheduling. The new agreement becomes amendable on July 29, 2018.

In other news, Republic has entered into a preliminary agreement with an undisclosed potential buyer of Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver). Should the deal be finalized, the sale could be closed in the third quarter according to CEO Bryan Bedford.

Read the full story from the Denver Post: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/ Set against the moon, Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N164HQ (msn 19000275) (Hummingbird) arrives at Toronto (Pearson). The 99-seat Republic ERJ 190s are expected to leave the Frontier contract in the third quarter of 2013.

Frontier Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd): AG Slide Show