Monthly Archives: June 2016

NewLeaf Travel is back with more destinations, will start on July 25 using Flair Air

NewLeaf Travel is back with more destinations, will start on July 25 using Flair Air

NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. on June 23, 2016 announced it will resume sales with ultra low fares and an expanded route map. Customers will be able to book flights on the NewLeaf Travel Company website ( to/from an expanded list of 12 Canadian cities: Halifax, Moncton, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Fort St. John, Abbotsford and Victoria. The first flights will take off July 25, 2016.

NewLeaf 2016 logo (LRW)

In March 2016, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) completed its review of licensing regulations and determined that, as a reseller of air services, NewLeaf Travel Company is not required to hold an airline license. Flights booked through NewLeaf will be operated by Flair Airlines, a licensed Canadian airline with an experienced crew and pilots flying Boeing 737‐400 passenger jets.

As an ultra‐low cost travel company, NewLeaf will work with Flair Airlines (above) to offer base fares that are significantly less than other Canadian carriers. It will achieve this through cost‐saving measures such as operating out of airports with lower landing fees; flying a simple point‐to‐point network with minimal time between flights; and offering customers à la carte purchase of options such as carry-on and checked baggage, priority boarding, and call centre assistance for a fee.

NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. is a privately-held Canadian company headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photo: Flair Air Boeing 737-4B6 C-FLER (msn 24573) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 911648.

NewLeaf route map:

NewLeaf 6.16 Route Map

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VLM Airlines declares bankruptcy and shuts down

VLM Airlines declares bankruptcy and shuts down

On June 22, 2016 VLM Airlines declared it was filing for bankruptcy and ceased all operations. The closure came after the People’s Viennaline announced it was canceling its ACMI contract with VLM due to its non-performance.

The carrier originally commenced operations in May 1993 as the “Wings of Flanders”.

Copyright Photo: VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLQ (msn 20159) LCY (SPA). Image: 927865.

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Alaska Airlines to fly between Portland, Oregon and Orlando

Alaska Airlines to fly between Portland, Oregon and Orlando

Alaska Airlines on June 22 announced new, daily nonstop flights between Portland, Oregon, and Orlando, Florida, to begin in March 2017.

The new flight will be the first and only nonstop flight between Portland and Orlando. With the new flying, Alaska will offer 21 weekly nonstop flights from Seattle, Portland and San Diego.

Flights will be operated with fuel-efficient Boeing 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-990 ER SSWL N494AS (msn 41729) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 933379.

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Allegiant and its pilots reach a tentative agreement

Allegiant and its pilots reach a tentative agreement

Allegiant and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), representing Allegiant Air pilots, have worked together to reach a tentative contract agreement. The tentative agreement must be voted on and ratified by Allegiant Air pilots. Ratification results are expected in late July.


Allegiant Air pilots elected the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) to represent them in August 2012. This will be the first contract agreement between the pilots and the Company since electing union representation. Allegiant and IBT have been negotiating in mediated sessions with the National Mediation Board since February 2014.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402706.

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Southwest introduces its employee-designed uniforms and branded interiors

Southwest announces new Employee-designed uniforms

Southwest announces new Employee-designed uniforms

Southwest Airlines is bringing the Heart of their Employees front and center with the announcement of the carrier’s first-ever Employee-designed uniforms and Boeing 737-800 aircraft Heart interior featuring the new Heart galley and seat.

The airline continued:

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“Introducing our new uniform designs and fully branded 737-800 Heart interiors into the fleet is an accomplishment directly resulting from our hardworking Employee design teams,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Southwest Airlines. “Southwest continues to enhance our unique brand that brings reliable comfort and outstanding Hospitality to 98 destinations in eight countries.”

Southwest first introduced the bold new look of its iconic brand in September 2014, unveiling a new logo, airport experience, and aircraft livery, Heart. Since then, the carrier continued this momentum with the roll out of the Heart brand, largely due to the hard work of Employee design teams and departments from across the Company.

New uniforms Designed by Employees for Employees

With the last complete redesign in 1996, Southwest has selected a new uniform designed by our very own Employees along with our partners at Cintas.

Southwest’s nearly 40,000 frontline Employees are anything but uniform, so it only made sense that a group of 43 vibrant individuals from Ground Ops, Inflight, Provisioning, Technical Operations, and Cargo departments discussed, debated, and designed with Fellow Employees in mind. Once the design was complete, more than 120 Employees across 37 cities tested pieces for fit and comfort, performance and functionality, durability, aesthetics, style, and ease of care.

“Our energetic Employees are the Heart of our airline, and they were the perfect choice to design and develop our new look,” said Sonya Lacore, Vice President Cabin Services and Executive Sponsor of the uniform redesign project. “Our brand, our planes, and our People are bold and modern, and the new uniform represents who our Employees are—spirited, professional, unique, and approachable.”

The new uniform collection embraces the brand colors with splashes of Bold Blue and pops of Signature Red. The final selections will now move into manufacturing, and all Employees will begin wearing the new uniform in mid-June 2017.

Southwest unveils 737-800 Heart interior (example of exit row seating)

Southwest unveils 737-800 Heart interior (example of exit row seating)

New Seats Join the Fleet

The new seat brings Customers additional space and comfort with more leg room. As the widest economy 737 seat, the bold blue seat features an adjustable headreast, enhanced back and bottom comfort, and more room to hold personal belongings.

The seats are upholstered in Southwest’s Bold Blue eLeather, a composition leather made of natural leather fibers. eLeather, which made its debut on Southwest aircraft in 2012, is manufactured using eco-friendly technology including state-of-the-art techniques which recycles 95 percent of the processed water and converts its own waste streams into energy, feeding back into the process.

Serving up Southwest Hospitality

A group of frontline Southwest Employees worked together to create a cutting-edge galley design, which will allow Flight Attendants to serve Customers even more efficiently than before. Unique in the airline industry, the transverse (aft) galley on our new 737-800 aircraft does not have carts (resulting in lighter weight), which means Flight Attendants can quickly prepare and serve Customers via trays—and our Customers can move about the cabin with ease once the seatbelt sign is off.

With the addition of the new G7 galley (located just past the forward-entry door), Flight Attendants will be able to more quickly accommodate Customers in the forward part of our new 737-800 aircraft. Additionally, new space in the forward galley area for required emergency equipment means more overhead bin space for Customers.

Currently, Southwest has three 737-800 aircraft with full Heart interiors flying in the system. The carrier plans to have 28 by year’s end. Stay tuned for more tales from the runway, as Southwest Employees are certain to steal the show!

Photos: Southwest Airlines.

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Kiwi Regional Airlines calls it quits after less than a year of operations

Kiwi Regional 340 ZK-KRA (15)(Flt)(KRA)(LR)

Kiwi Regional Airlines (Waikato) has issued this statement:

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One of New Zealand’s most established airlines has announced that it has purchased Kiwi Regional Airlines’ SAAB 340A (ZK-KRA) aircraft (below) and will absorb the aircraft and offer employment to the majority of Kiwi Regional Airlines full time staff and absorb them into its operations from the start of August 2016.

Air Chathams has been in existence for over 30 years, and runs a 5-aircraft operation with scheduled services between the Chathams Islands and Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as well as a regular scheduled service between Whakatane and Auckland.

It has previously announced it would fill the gap left by Air New Zealand’s withdrawal of services between Whanganui and Auckland, starting on August 1, 2016. It had planned to use an 18-seat Metroliner, but will now use Kiwi Regional’s 34-seat SAAB 340A on this route.

Kiwi Regional 340 ZK-KRA (15)(Grd)(KRA)(LRW)

Kiwi Regional Airlines will continue to run its scheduled services until July 30, 2016, and will then run the Whanganui to Auckland service for Air Chathams using Kiwi Regional’s Air Operating Certificate until Air Chathams can move the aircraft onto its own AOC.

Kiwi Regional Airlines passengers booked on flights after midday on July 30 will receive full refunds, or be offered alternative travel on flights before that date. All of Kiwi Regional Airlines’ charters flights with school groups in August and September will still operate.


Kiwi Regional Airlines CEO Ewan Wilson said Kiwi had “a choice to either expand by adding a second aircraft to our own fleet, guaranteeing reliability of service, and splitting the very high compliance costs; or be absorbed into a larger player.”

Kiwi Regional commenced operations in New Zealand on October 27, 2015.

Route Map:

Kiwi Regional 6.16 Route Map

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Fiji Airways arrives in San Francisco

Fiji Airways Inaugural Flight Lands at SFO (PRNewsFoto/Fiji Airways)

Fiji Airways Inaugural Flight Lands at SFO (PRNewsFoto/Fiji Airways)

Fiji Airways’ new Airbus A330-200 aircraft landed at San Francisco (SFO) on June 16 and took off for the first time that night, marking the start of the airline’s new seasonal nonstop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Fiji.

Fiji’s National Carrier will offer twice-weekly nonstop services from San Francisco to Nadi, Fiji until August 14th, 2016 and again during the holidays, in December 2016 and January 2017. The flights will operate from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Fiji (NAN) on Thursdays and Sundays.

Photo: Fiji Airways.

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