Monthly Archives: February 2015

KLM to take delivery of the first Boeing 777-300 ER in the revised livery and new cabin configurations

KLM 777-300 PH-BVN (14)(Grd)(KLM)(LRW)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has issued this statement and photos:

The aircraft – bearing registration PH-BVN – will be the ninth Boeing 777-300 ER to join the KLM fleet, alongside 15 Boeing 777-200 ERs. The new Boeing will be the first 777-300 ER to be delivered featuring the new Economy and World Business class configuration and the new livery. The PH-BVO will follow at the end of April, also boasting the new configuration and livery.

KLM 777-300 PH-BVN (14)(Nose)(KLM)(LRW)

Above Photos: KLM. Close-up photos of Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVN (msn 44549) in the 2014 livery in the Boeing paint shop. The Triple Seven completed its first flight in bare metal on February 12.

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Bottom Image: The first KLM 787-9 Dreamliner is expected to arrive in October 2015.

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Delta to restart flights from New York JFK to Rome and Venice

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will restart flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport next month to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino and Venice’s Marco Polo airports.

The nonstop flight from Rome to New York-JFK, complementing the airline’s existing service to Atlanta, will re-start on March 1 (the New York JFK – Rome FCO portion restarts on February 28). Delta will resume its seasonal nonstop flight between Venice and New York-JFK, effective March 29. Both flights are operated in conjunction with joint venture partner, Alitalia.

Schedule:

Delta JFK-Italy 2015 Schedule

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-TWA/American Boeing 757-231 N705TW (msn 28479) in the SkyTeam livery departs from Los Angeles.

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WSJ: United warns pilots after cockpit errors

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The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on February 25 published an article that detailed a “dramatic safety warning to pilots following serious incidents caused by errors in the cockpit”.

The company bulletin was issued on January 9 did not provide specifics according to the WSJ report.

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JetBlue adds its first destination from Baltimore/Washington to Florida

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced its intent to expand at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, with twice daily service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The new non-stop route to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood will launch in November and seats will go out for sale with the upcoming November schedule release.

JetBlue also serves the Baltimore/Washington region with flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airports (IAD).

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N552JB (msn 1861) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Southwest Airlines increases the number of nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field to 50

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) today published 16 additional flights, including service to eight new nonstop cities, from Dallas Love Field. The new routes will begin on August 9, 2015. With this latest service enhancement, Southwest will offer a total of 180 weekday departures to 50 nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field.

Beginning August 9, 2015, the carrier will start once-daily, nonstop service between Dallas (Love Field) and:

Boston (Logan)

Charlotte

Detroit

Omaha

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Raleigh/Durham

Salt Lake City

Also on August 9, Southwest will offer additional nonstop service between Dallas (Love Field) and Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Houston (Hobby), Little Rock, Chicago (Midway), and Seattle/Tacoma. Finally, Southwest will upgrade the Saturday-only nonstop service between Dallas and Charleston, South Carolina, that is scheduled to begin on April 11, 2015, to daily service on August 9.

Southwest is able to expand at DAL due to the end of the Wright Amendment and the sublease of two additional Love Field gates from United Airlines in the newly rebuilt 20-gate facility, which is a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas and Southwest Airlines.

Airfield construction continues with additional taxiway capacity scheduled to open in mid-March and mid-July and additional ramp space scheduled to open in late August and in November of this year.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest continues its fleet modernization efforts to replace its Boeing 737-300 and 737-500 Classic aircraft with more fuel-efficient and longer-range aircraft with winglets. Boeing 737-8H4 N8653A (msn 37037) with the Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Wings arrives at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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Holiday Jet takes delivery of its first aircraft

Holiday Jet-Germania A319-100 D-AHIL (HB-JOH) (15)(Grd) ZRH (Mark Van Wissen)(LRW)

Holiday Jet (Zurich) yesterday (February 25) took delivery of its first aircraft. The pictured 150-seat Airbus A319-111 D-AHIL (msn 3589) arrived at the Zurich base and will become HB-JOH. The aircraft will be operated by Germania.

The airline is planning to operate its first charter flight, from Zurich to Antalya and Hurghada, starting on March 26. Flights to Zypern will start on March 28 and operations to Djerba and Sharm el-Sheikh will commence on March 30 followed by Crete  and Rhodes on May 3. Santorini will come on board on May 22. Finally Korfu, Mykonos, Kos and Zakynthos will be added on June 2.

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As previously reported,  the airline is a new joint venture of Germania (Berlin) and tour operator Hotelplan. In August 2014 Germania established a Swiss affiliate airline based in Zurich. In September 2014, Germania and Hotelplan joined forces to start operations with two 150-seat Airbus A319s starting in March 2015. The new airline applied for its own Swiss Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in September 2014.

Copyright Photo: Mark Van Wissen.

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Kuwait Airways is coming back to Munich after 17 years

Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City) is returning to Munich. According to Airline Route, the airline will restore the Kuwait City – Munich route (three flights a week) starting again on July 16.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-300s will be operated on the restored route. Airbus A340-313 9K-ANA (msn 089) approaches the runway at London (Heathrow).

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Iraqi Airways is coming to Manchester

Iraqi Airways (Baghdad) announced on February 20 that it will begin services to Manchester, UK beginning on March 15, 2015.

The twice-weekly service, flown by one of the carrier’s Boeing 737-800s, will include the first flight being between Manchester and Erbil on Wednesdays at 22:00 and the second flight being between Manchester and Sulaymaniyah on Sundays, also departing at 22:00.

Erbil is the largest city and capital of the semi-autonoumous Kurdistan region of Iraq. Erbil is located 55 miles east of Mosul.

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 737-8Z YI-ASR (msn 40080) was just handed over to the carrier on February 20.

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EasyJet adds routes from London Gatwick and Stansted, presents its “Vision for European Aviation”

EasyJet UK) (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) has announced two new routes from its London Gatwick and Stansted bases for the summer of 2015.

A new twice-weekly route between Stansted and Monastir, Tunisia will begin on June 2 on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The new twice-weekly routes from London Gatwick are to Preveza, Greece, beginning on May 17, and Pula, Croatia, beginning on June 23.

Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK director, told Telegraph Travel that the increased connections were because “Greece in particular continues to prove a popular destination” and that easyJet is to be the only airline offering direct scheduled flights from the UK to Preveza, a relatively unvisited area of northwestern Greece.

In other news, easyJet on February 26 launched its Vision for European Aviation calling on the EU, Governments and regulators to improve competitiveness in European aviation.

The airline continued;

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The European Commission is currently working on a new Aviation Package and easyJet believes that this is the time to address some long-standing issues such as the reform of airport charges and Single European Skies.

Passengers have hugely benefited from the liberalisation of the airline sector which led to increased competition. Airlines have reduced their fares by 1-2% per year on average over the last 20 years but these reductions have not been mirrored across other aviation sectors in Europe such as airports and air space management. ‎

There is no effective control of charges and services at many monopoly airports across Europe, with consumers paying more than they should. For those specific airports, easyJet believe that tougher regulation and a revised Airport Charges Directive is needed.‎

New research by Frontier Economics published today shows that tougher regulation of charges at 15 of Europe’s largest monopoly airports would save passengers €1.48 billion, increasing total one-way passenger trips by 12.2 million, which in turn would increase consumer and tourism spending, and boost trade. In total, the overall impact of better airports regulation would be an increase of GDP in the EEA area of €37bn (+0.23%) or around 470,000 jobs.

Just four key changes would provide these benefits:

• the move from dual till to single till regulation – when all revenues, both aeronautical and commercial, are taken into account when setting charges
• the reduction of airports’ return on capital by just 0.5%
• an increase in airports’ operating efficiency by 10% – reflecting the higher efficiency gains made by airlines, and
• the removal of the subsidy of transfer passengers – the charges for whom are often half that of origin and destination passengers.

easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall outlined easyJet’s views in meetings with new European Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc, a range of MEPs with an interest in transport and in a speech to the European Aviation Club.

In the speech Carolyn McCall called on Europe to put passengers at the heart of decision making;

“The EU plays a crucial role in supporting European aviation and easyJet is a shining example of that – without the liberalisation of European skies we would not exist in our current form.‎

“Europe is currently debating which policy framework to put in place, at a national and EU level, to promote the competitiveness of EU aviation.

“In order to get the best outcome for consumers, we believe that this framework should be based on fair competition, freedom of choice, and with passengers at the heart of policy making. We are calling on EU policy makers to revise the Airport Charges Directive and to rethink how we deliver Single European Skies.

“If we just tackled these two issues, they would improve the efficiency of our industry, drive down fares for consumers and create billions of Euros of GDP, equivalent to hundreds of thousands of jobs.”‎

EasyJet’s Vision for Europe‎

EasyJet’s Vision for Europe outlines the passenger journey, from booking, to the airport, to in-flight and arrival which explains at each step of the way our views on the right policy framework that can make travel easier and more affordable for all of our passengers. In addition to airport charges the document highlights four other key issues which if properly addressed would bring benefits to airlines and their passengers.

Single European Sky

EasyJet proposes a rethink based on three principles:

1) A pragmatic approach to address the deep rooted underlying concerns of key stakeholders. For example, there will be no compulsory redundancies amongst air traffic controllers. Airspace sovereignty is guaranteed and Member States can ensure they have control over their airspace
2) Governance is shared, so airspace users have an equal seat at the table.
3) SES should be on an opt-in basis, but with EU funding only available for those who opt in‎.

Social dimension‎

At easyJet we aim to be a good corporate citizen and to operate a model of responsible profitability – that means that we employ people on local contracts and in line with local conditions and legislation, according to where they are based. We also work with trade unions right across Europe.

The current framework enables easyJet to do the right thing but this should be enforced equally and fairly across countries.

Ground handling services

There is not enough competition on ground handling services which means passengers still pay too much and do not receive the right level of service.

Slot trading

It is critical that airlines are allowed to trade slots to ensure they are used as efficiently as possible.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZDK (msn 3555) arrives in Hamburg dressed in the “new look” 2015 livery.

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Aer Lingus swings to the red for 2014

Aer Lingus (Dublin), adding to our previous story, reported a net loss of €95.8 million ($107.8 million) for 2014, reversing the €34.1 million ($38.3 million) net profit for 2013.

Christoph Mueller Aer Lingus’ CEO commented: “The year 2014 proved the strength of our “value carrier” business model across both our short and long haul businesses. We profitably expanded our long haul network utilizing our cost advantage and favorable geographic position and helped establish Dublin as the 7th largest European hub for trans-Atlantic connections. Our short haul business continued to demonstrate its resilience despite a highly competitive market. Commercial initiatives, in addition to cost control, led to the highest operating profit since the financial crisis and 17.8% above last year.

The focus on our business is unabated and in the coming months we will invest in our customer proposition and distribution model in addition to reducing costs. Now that the complex IASS pension funding issues have been addressed, we are re-launching our CORE program, starting with the introduction of a new voluntary severance scheme at the beginning of this year.

I am delighted to hand the reins to Stephen Kavanagh at the end of this week. I know that the entire Aer Lingus team has a lot of work planned for 2015 and I am confident that they will drive further improvements in profitability, customer satisfaction and employee engagement.”

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. (IAG” offer update:

1. Board willing to recommend the financial terms of IAG’s offer to shareholders

2. Compelling strategic rationale and significant benefits for Aer Lingus, its current and future employees, its customers and for Ireland. The combination would:

A. Enhance Ireland’s position as a natural hub for Europe on the North Atlantic; Accelerate Aer Lingus’ transatlantic, long haul growth plans;

B. Grow employment;

C. Enhance short haul growth;

D. Strengthen Ireland’s connectivity; and Provide access to a global cargo network

3. Aer Lingus has confirmed IAG’s intentions to preserve Aer Lingus as a separate operating business within the group with its own brand, management, head office and operations

Colm Barrington, Aer Lingus Chairman, said: “Our performance in 2014 was strong, with significant growth in long haul and resilient short haul operations. To enhance these excellent results and to accelerate Aer Lingus’ growth, it is the Board’s strong belief that the company should now take the opportunity to combine with IAG. In this combination Aer Lingus will operate as a separate business while gaining access to IAG’s extensive network and benefiting from its scale. These significantly positive benefits will de-risk Aer Lingus’ future, strengthen its operations and enhance the future success of the company .”

The Irish government as we previously report, still has reservations about the sale of the flag carrier to IAG and has requested additional clarification.

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Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 EI-EPT (msn 3054) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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