Monthly Archives: April 2014

Frontier today begins nonstop service from Wilmington to Atlanta and Detroit

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) today begins nonstop service from Wilmington-New Castle Airport in Wilmington, Delaware (ILG) to both Atlanta (ATL) and Detroit (DTW).

With the addition of these two new cities, Frontier now serves seven cities nonstop from Wilmington: Atlanta; Chicago-Midway; Denver; Detroit; Fort Myers; Orlando; and Tampa.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N221FR (msn 3205) with Bugsy, the tree frog, on the tail, banks on its final approach into Washington (Reagan National).

Frontier Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Ryanair orders five additional Boeing 737-800s

Ryanair (Dublin) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) have finalized an order for five additional Next-Generation 737s, valued at $452 million at list prices. Today’s announcement brings the total number of unfilled Next-Generation 737 orders for the Ireland-based ultra-low-cost carrier to 180 airplanes.

The airline announced last year an order for 175 of the airplanes. Ryanair is the world’s largest 737-800 customer, with orders placed for 528 of the type to date.

Ryanair operates more than 1,600 flights daily from 68 bases connecting 186 destinations in 30 countries. Currently operating more than 300 737-800s, Ryanair took delivery of its first in 1999, and now operates the largest fleet of Boeing airplanes in Europe. With a team of more than 9,000 highly skilled professionals the airline is expected to fly more than 81.5 million passengers this year alone.

Today’s announcement brings the total number of 737s ordered to date to more than 11,000. Boeing currently has more than 3,700 unfilled orders for 737s.

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHK (msn 33820) lands at the Dublin home base.

Ryanair Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Air Serbia to fly to North America by the end of 2015

Air Serbia (Belgrade) is planning to launch long-haul routes to North America, including Chicago (O’Hare) and Toronto (Pearson) using Airbus A330s, starting in late 2015 according to EX-YU Aviation News quoting Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić at a press conference. The PM also expects Air Serbia will soon be operating in the black, unlike the losses piled up by the former Jat Airways. Jat Airways in the past operated McDonnell Douglas DC-10s to North America.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. This would be the first long-haul aircraft for the revamped airline joining its current fleet of Airbus A319s and A320s, a new type which was just added. Airbus A320-232 YU-APH (msn 2645) prepares to land in Zurich.

Air Serbia Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Philippines to retire the last Boeing 747 in May

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) (Manila) will retire 20 aging aircraft from its fleet this year including its last Boeing 747-400 later in the month of May. The 747s are being replaced by newer Boeing 777-300 ERs.

Read the full report from the Business Mirror: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-4F6 RP-C8168 (msn 27827) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

Philippines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bottom Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. PAL has been a long-time Boeing 747 operator. This historic photo shows Boeing 747-2F6B N741PR (msn 21832) with special Mabuhay! Chicago sub-titles at Zurich.

Azul and Ayrton Senna Institute team up to pay tribute to Ayrton Senna with a new logo jet

Azul ERJ 195 PR-AYU (14-Instituto Ayrton Senna)(Nose) Porto Alegre (GFB)(LRW)

Azul Brazilian Airlines (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) (Sao Paulo-Viracopas) in partnership with IAS (Instituto Ayrton Senna) pays his tribute to the 20 years of the immortal legacy of Ayrton Senna with a new logo jet.

Azul ERJ 195 PR-AYU (14-Instituto Ayrton Senna)(Grd) Porto Alegre (GFB)(LRW)

April 29 marked the launch event of the partnership between the Ayrton Senna Institute and Azul in Porto Alegre.

Ayrton Senna da Silva (1960 – 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championships according to Wikipedia. He was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. He was among the most dominant and successful Formula One drivers of the modern era and is considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport.

IAS – Ayrton Senna Institute is a non-profit organization set up in 1994 to promote and enhance education throughout Brazil. Every year, they change the lives of around 2 million poor, undereducated Brazilian children, by offering recurrent training by 75,000 professors all around the country.

Azul has started a partnership with IAS after donating to the institute 1 million points on the Azul FFP – Tudo Azul mileage program.

Therefore, travelling all around Brazil (Azul currently serves over 100 domestic destinations) will become a reality to IAS and its business partners.

The painting of the pictured Embraer 195, registration PR-AYU (msn 19000434) coincides with the 20-year anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s tragic death in Italy. His legacy lives on with partnerships like this.

Copyright Photos: Gianfranco Beting/Azul.

Azul Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Azul ERJ 195 PR-AYU (14-Instituto Ayrton Senna)(Grd + Crew) Porto Alegre (GFB)(LRW)

The first Airbus A320neo moves ahead in the final assembly process

Airbus A320neo (6101)(Airbus)(LR)

Final assembly of the first Airbus A320neo is advancing rapidly in Toulouse, France, putting this “new engine option” jetliner program on track for its maiden flight later this year, to be followed by the initial customer delivery in 2015.

The number one Airbus A320neo began its final assembly process last month – starting with the join-up of its forward and aft fuselage sections, which were produced at Airbus’ St. Nazaire site in France and Hamburg, Germany facility respectively, then delivered to Toulouse.

This was followed by the mating of major aircraft structures produced at Airbus sites across Europe, including the wings (Broughton, UK); vertical tailplane (Stade, Germany); horizontal tailplane (Getafe, Spain); engine pylons (St. Eloi, France); and outer and inner flaps (Bremen, Germany). During recent activity, the main flight-test instrumentation equipment also was installed.

In parallel, the first A320neo jetliner’s PW1100G-JM engines are being prepared at Pratt & Whitney’s manufacturing facilities in the U.S., and will be delivered to Airbus in the coming months.

The A320neo incorporates many innovations, including latest-generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices – which together deliver 15 per cent in fuel savings and a reduction of 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. With a total of more than 2,600 orders received from 50 customers since its 2010 launch, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 per cent of the market.

Copyright Photo: Airbus. F-WNEO (msn 6101) is designated as an A320-271N (neo).

Copa Airlines starts to add Split Scimitar Winglets to its Boeing 737-800 fleet

Copa Airlines 737-800 SSWL (Copa)(LR)

Copa Airlines (Panama City), as part of its 2014 Strategic Plan, started a program to install the innovative “Split Scimitar” Winglets, beginning in April. These winglets reduce aerodynamic drag, allowing greater fuel efficiency during flight. As a result, they will help Copa Airlines reduce its carbon footprint.

With this investment, Copa Airlines is reaffirming its commitment to equip its aircraft with state-of-the-art technology that will enable it to lessen the impact of aerodynamic drag, optimizing and increasing the efficiency of its flights.

The new “Split Scimitar” winglets, as their name suggests, have the same shape as the ancient sabre known as a “scimitar.” This modern “curved fin” shape is different than the shape of the winglets currently on all of Copa’s aircraft, and it has aerodynamic surfaces that are situated on the end of the airplane’s wings.

Copa Airlines expects that this optimization of its aircraft will result in an additional 1.70% reduction in fuel use, thus helping reduce its carbon footprint.

The Airline’s Vice President of Technical Operations also indicated that in 2014, the “Split Scimitar” winglets will be installed on 18 Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation airplanes, and by 2018, it is estimated that approximately 55 aircraft will be equipped with this new technology.

Copyright Photo: Copa Airlines.

Copa Airlines: AG Slide Show

Icelandair increases Washington Dulles to year-round service

Icelandair (Keflavik) due to increased demand, will move from seasonal to year-round service from Washington Dulles International Airport to Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport.

Additional flights will begin in January 2015 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, providing the Mid-Atlantic region year-round, nonstop access to Iceland for the first time since 2006.

With this announcement of their seventh year-round gateway, Icelandair now offers service from 13 North American cities, making their 2015 route network the largest in its history.

Icelandair provides service to Iceland from Boston, New York (JFK and Newark), Seattle/Tacoma, Denver, Washington, D.C., Toronto (Pearson) and Edmonton, with seasonal service from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Sanford (near Orlando), Anchorage, Halifax, and Vancouver. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-208 TF-FIJ (msn 25085) prepares to land at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Icelandair: AG Slide Show

Route Map:

Icelandair 4.2014 Route Map

SriLankan Airlines joins oneworld tonight

SriLankan Airlines (Colombo) will become part of oneworld ® alliance from midnight tonight, offering the full range of services and benefits of theworld’s fastest growing and highest rated global airline alliance.

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SriLankan becomes the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to join any of the global airline alliances – and completes oneworld’s biggest expansion program since the alliance was launched 15 years ago.

SriLankan logo

 

These landmarks are being celebrated today at a ceremony attended by the key ministers from Sri Lanka’s government at South Asia’s newest international airport, Hambantota’s Mattala Rajapaksa International, serving Sri Lanka’s South and East Coasts and the Hambantota seaport.

From midnight, the flag carrier of Sri Lanka will be flying alongside some of the world’s leading carriers:

 Asia-Pacific’s Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Australia’s QANTAS Airways.
 From Europe, Airberlin, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia and Russia’s S7 Airlines.
 In the Middle East, Qatar Airways – the only one of the Big Three Gulf carriers to be part of any alliance – and Royal Jordanian.
 In North America, American Airlines and its US Airways merger partner.
 In South America LAN Airlines and its partner in LATAM Airlines Group, TAM Airlines.

SriLankan’s first flight as part of oneworld will be flight UL 318 departing from Colombo to the Kuala Lumpur hub of oneworld partner Malaysia Airlines at 7.45 am (0745) tomorrow (May 1).

The airline’s addition to oneworld will bring two new destinations on to the alliance network – Hambantota itself plus India’s Tiruchirapalli – along with its Colombo base as a new oneworld hub. With an extensive schedule serving southern India and as the leading international airline serving the Maldives, SriLankan also significantly strengthens oneworld’s presence throughout South Asia, one of the world’s fastest growing regions for air travel demand.

With SriLankan, oneworld:

 Serves almost 1,000 airports in 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
 Carries more than 500 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of some 3,300 aircraft.
 Generates $140 billion (US) annual revenues.
 Offers more than 600 airport lounges, including many frequently rated as the world’s best.

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Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by SriLankan). Airbus A340-311 4R-ADC (msn 034) climbs away majestically from London’s Heathrow Airport bout for Colombo.

SriLankan Airlines: AG Slide Show

 

AeroMexico reduces its first quarter net loss to $6.8 million

AeroMexico (Mexico City) issued the following financial statement for the first quarter:

 

Grupo Aeromexico S.A.B de C.V. (AeroMexico) reported its unaudited consolidated results for the first quarter 2014:

  •   Grupo Aeromexico reported total revenues of $9.777 billion pesos; a 6.6% year-on-year increase.
  •   The cost of available seat kilometers (CASK) excluding fuel decreased 3.6% year-on-year in the first quarter 2014, representing the fifth consecutive quarter with a year-on-year decrease in this indicator.
  •   First quarter 2014 EBITDAR reached $1.393 billion pesos, with a 14.2% margin. Operating income was $31 million pesos.
  •   Grupo Aeromexico reported a net loss of $90 million pesos ($6.8 million) in the first quarter 2014, which compares favorably to the net loss of $122 million pesos ($9.3 million) reported in the first quarter of 2013.
  •   Grupo Aeromexico retired two Boeing 737-700 from its fleet, both under a pure lease agreement. Grupo Aeromexico’s operating fleet therefore consisted of 115 aircraft as of March 31, 2014.
  •   First quarter load factor reached 79.3%; a 5.8 percentage point increase compared to the first quarter of 2013.

 

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-752 XA-MAH (msn 35122) with the special “Club Premier Credit Card” advertising markings prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

AeroMexico: AG Slide Show