Monthly Archives: May 2014

Icelandair is coming to Birmingham, England on February 5

Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced scheduled flights to Birmingham, England beginning on February 5, 2015. Birmingham is Icelandair’s fifth destination in Great Britain, and the 25th in Europe.

Flights to Birmingham Airport (BHX) will depart on Mondays and Thursdays from Keflavik International Airport (KEF) at 7:50 am (0750), with arrival in Birmingham at 10:25 am (1025). Return service departs Birmingham at 12:25 pm (1225), with an arrival at Keflavik at 3:10 pm (1510).

Icelandair currently offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York (JFK), Washington (Dulles), Seattle/Tacoma, Denver and Toronto (Pearson), with seasonal service from Newark, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Sanford (near Orlando), Edmonton, Vancouver, Halifax and Anchorage. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland for up to seven days at no additional airfare.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-256 TF-FIZ (msn 30052) arrives in Stockholm (Arlanda).

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TAM Airlines doubles the number of overnight flights from New York to Sao Paulo

TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo), part of LATAM Airlines Group, has just introduced seven weekly night frequencies between New York and São Paulo (Guarulhos). The new flight will double TAM’s overnight flights to Sao Paulo in August and replace the existing daytime flights JJ 8082 and JJ 8083.

The new flight JJ 8103 (New York – São Paulo/Guarulhos) will depart New York (JFK) at 10:00 p.m. (2200) and land in São Paulo at 8:50 a.m. (0850) with the return flight JJ 8102 departing São Paulo (Guarulhos) daily at 9:50 p.m.(2150) and arriving in New York (JFK) at 6:55 a.m. (0655).

The increase in these night services reflects customers’ preference for traveling overnight and arriving at their destinations in the early hours of the following day, either to participate in business meetings or to visit the city’s tourist attractions.

The new service will be operated by Boeing 767-300 aircraft (from LAN Airlines), whose interiors have been completely refurbished providing full-flat seats that recline 180o, as well as increased leg room in Business Class. Passengers in Business and Economy will also have access to individual on-board entertainment services in both cabins, with around 100 movies from diverse genres and TV series, and can listen to music and browse the duty free product catalog. Children can enjoy the exclusive entertainment package that consists of cartoons, movies and games.

The other seven night frequencies offered by TAM are currently operated by Boeing 777-300 aircraft under flight numbers JJ 8080 and JJ 8081. In line with the company’s objective of continuously improving its products, the Boeing 777-300 fleet will be refurbished starting in September (TAM is removing the first class section from the 777-300) and will be back in operation in March 2015 . During this period, the flights will be operated by TAM’s Airbus A330 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-33A ER PT-MSU (msn 27376) completes its final approach back to the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) base.

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Gol to enter the Sao Paulo (Viracopos) – Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont) market

Gol Transportes Aereos (Sao Paulo) is entering the competitive Sao Paulo (Viracopos) (Viracopos is the home of Azul) – Rio de Janeiro (Santo Dumont) market on July 18 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GGB (msn 35064) prepares to takeoff from the downtown Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro.

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United wants to fly the Guam-Shanghai route

United Airlines (Chicago) has filed to operate nonstop Guam-Shanghai (Pudong). According to Airline Route, the new route will be operated two days a week with Boeing 737-700s.

In addition, United is dropping the Los Angeles-Kelowna, British Columbia route on September 2 (switched to the San Francisco hub) as well as the Los Angeles-Bakersfield route on August 19. The company is also ending the Newark-Moncton route on September 18.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-724 N16709 (msn 28779) taxies at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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The Teamsters target the pilots of Florida West for unionization

The Teamsters Airline Division has announced the start of a new initiative to organize the pilots at Florida West International Airways (2nd) (Miami). The pilots fly routes throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

According to the union, “Teamsters Local Union 1224, an airline-specific chapter based in Wilmington, Ohio, will provide organizers and personnel with knowledge of the international air cargo industry to assist Local Union 769 in Miami, Florida with the campaign.”

If unionized, the FWIA pilots will be represented by Teamsters Local Union 769 in Miami.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-346F N422LA (msn 35818) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Allegiant Air today launches three seasonal routes to Myrtle Beach

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) today (May 29) began new nonstop, seasonal jet service between Lexington, Kentucky and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The new flights operate twice weekly beginning today through August 10, 2014, flying nonstop from Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport (LEX) to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) and becoming the only nonstop service from Lexington to any destination in South Carolina.

Allegiant first began service at Blue Grass Airport in November 2008 with nonstop service to Sanford and today serves five vacation destinations from the airport including Sanford, Punta Gorda, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Myrtle Beach. Lexington becomes one of eight Allegiant cities with nonstop service to Myrtle Beach, including four new cities in 2014.

In addition, Allegiant today also began new nonstop, seasonal jet service from Columbus, Ohio to Myrtle Beach. The new flights will operate three times a week until September 7, 2014, flying nonstop from Rickenbacker Charter Terminal (LCK) to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR). Myrtle Beach becomes the fourth destination available to Allegiant travelers flying out of Rickenbacker.

Allegiant first began service at Rickenbacker Charter Terminal in October 2012 with nonstop service to Sanford. In the last year and a half, Allegiant has added nonstop service to both St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Punta Gorda and has carried more than 15,000 passengers between Columbus and the company’s sunny destinations. Columbus becomes one of eight Allegiant cities with nonstop service to Myrtle Beach this summer.

Finally, the company operated its first nonstop flight between Syracuse and Myrtle Beach. The new nonstop flights will operate twice weekly between Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) and Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR). Myrtle Beach becomes the second destination offered to local Allegiant travelers after less than a year in the Syracuse market.

Allegiant first began service at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in November 2013 with nonstop service to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N874GA (msn 49643) approaches the runway at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).

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PAL Airlines of Chile suspends operations

PAL Airlines (Santiago) on May 27 saw its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) suspended because the local DGAC (Chile’s Civil Aviation Directorate) detected the airline did not accomplish technical requirements that may risk the operational safety of the airline if these issues are not corrected. The DGAC decided to stop all PAL Airlines operations until these issues are corrected. According to DGAC, PAL Airlines is working to recover its AOC in the coming days.

Here is the statement by the AGAC (translated from Spanish):

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) reports that according to the audits that are usually performed, the audits revealed that Principal Chile SA Airlines (PAL) has failed to comply with the technical requirements for its Air Operators Certification (AOC). Therefore its operation could jeopardize security if detected problems are not solved.

Therefore, citizens of Chile are informed that if these problems are not resolved, all air operations of this company will be suspended until the company hows its ability to comply with the technical requirements of aviation regulations .

The company is committed to provide a solution, as soon as possible, to the problems identified so as to continue to operate with the utmost safety .

The DGAC regrets the inconvenience this may cause, but the obligation of the Aeronautics Division is to ensure aviation safety.

Meanwhile PAL Airlines has stated it is working hard to relocate its maintenance facilities to another area of Santiago Airport (the original facilities were already demolished).

PAL is working hard to recover its AOC and expects to obtain it again in the next 4-5 days.

PAL Airlines has issued this statement about its efforts to restore its AOC (in Spanish): CLICK HERE

Special thanks to Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Ex-United Boeing 737-322 CC-ACE (msn 24669) completes its final approach back to the Santiago hub.

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