Monthly Archives: June 2018

Allegiant announces dispatchers fail to ratify tentative agreement with International Brotherhood Of Teamsters

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N337NV (msn 2170) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942450.

Allegiant Air has announced that its dispatchers represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) have failed to ratify a proposed collective bargaining agreement with the company.  The tentative agreement brought by IBT to its members was reached between the parties on May 22, 2018.

“Achieving a first contract with our team of dispatchers is an important step for the company,” said Maury Gallagher, Allegiant chairman and chief executive officer. “We stand ready to go back to the negotiating table, receive feedback on any outstanding issues, and look at our next steps together.”

“Our team of dispatchers is at the core of Allegiant’s operations – they keep our flights, crews and passengers moving safely and efficiently in real time,” said Michael Wuerger, Allegiant vice president, Operations Control Center. “We appreciate the dedication they bring to work each day and remain committed to supporting their efforts.”

The process of negotiating a first collective bargaining agreement for Allegiant dispatchers began in 2017. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was most recently certified as the group’s exclusive representative on October 26, 2016. Allegiant currently employs 34 flight dispatchers.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Allegiant Air): Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N337NV (msn 2170) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942450.

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Gol takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

Gol's first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

Gol Linhas Aéreas took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (PR-XMA) on June 27.

The aircraft ferried via Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Brazil on June 28-29.

Top Copyright Photo: Gol Transportes Aereos Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N6046P (PR-XMA) (msn 43986) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 942460.

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Singapore Airlines to offer new Chinese dining experience in Business Class

Singapore Airlines has made this announcement:

Business Class customers on selected Singapore Airlines flights between Singapore and Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong can look forward to a new in-flight Chinese dining concept, Shi Quan Wei Mei (食全味美).

Created by Zhu Jun1, a world-renowned chef on the Airline’s International Culinary Panel2, Shi Quan Wei Mei uses traditional cooking methods and fresh seasonal produce to present an authentic in-flight Chinese meal experience for Business Class customers. The new three-course menus are built upon the well-acclaimed Shi Quan Shi Mei (食全时美), Chinese fine dining on board, which was launched in 2015 to Suites and First Class customers on selected flights between Singapore and China.

To create an authentic Chinese dining experience, customers who select a Shi Quan Wei Mei menu can expect a side dish, such as Pumpkin with Scallion Oil, and Marinated Cucumber. For appetisers, customers can savour a selection of two Chinese-style cold dishes, such as Fried Marinated Seabass and Spicy Tofu Beef Salad. Main courses such as Pepper Braised Beef Brisket with Turnip and Carrot, and Braised Pork Belly in Pickle Sauce, will be served in separate serviceware from the rice and noodles. Customers can also look forward to Chinese desserts such as Chilled Orange Scented Malva Nut Soup and Chilled Double Boiled Papaya and Snow Fungus Soup to complete their meal.

“The introduction of Shi Quan Wei Mei underlines Singapore Airlines’ commitment to innovation and the constant enhancement of our in-flight products and services,” said Mr Yeoh Phee Teik, Singapore Airlines’ Acting Senior Vice President Customer Experience.

“Using locally sourced ingredients that are in season, we are pleased to offer our Business Class customers a truly authentic Chinese dining experience that will be both wholesome and flavourful.”

Added Chef Zhu Jun: “The design philosophy for the new Shi Quan Wei Mei is based on the innovative use of the freshest seasonal ingredients to showcase the essence of Chinese food culture. We hope that Singapore Airlines customers will enjoy the exquisite and delightful Chinese cuisine that we have created.”

1About Chef Zhu Jun

Shanghai-born Chef Zhu Jun is a one Michelin-star chef, and Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Jade Group of restaurants. Classically trained in French and Italian cooking, Chef Zhu uses his Western culinary experience on the re-interpretation of traditional Chinese cuisine.

Well known for his innovative approach to the creation and development of new dishes, outstanding culinary skills, and sophisticated management philosophy, Chef Zhu is widely recognised by the media and industry in China. He is frequently invited to share his experience and knowledge at hotels, restaurants and seminars, and has appeared on many television programmes in China.

Chef Zhu has been a member of Singapore Airlines’ International Culinary Panel since April 2009.

2About Singapore Airlines’ International Culinary Panel

Set up in 1998, the International Culinary Panel (ICP) comprises award-winning chefs from the culinary capitals of the world. For the past 20 years, the Panel has been working closely with the Airline’s own chefs, to specially create the unique selection that is available for customers in all classes on board. On average, the ICP chefs design about 50 new in-flight meals for Singapore Airlines annually.

The Panel includes: Sanjeev Kapoor of India, George Blanc of France, Matt Moran of Australia, Suzanne Goin of the United States, Alfred Portale of the United States, Zhu Jun of China, Carlo Cracco of Italy and Yoshihiro Murata of Japan.

Hawaiian Airlines to add daily Sacramento-Maui service

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A321-271N WL N202HA (msn 7917) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940199.

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will begin daily nonstop flights between Sacramento (SMF) and Kahului, Maui (OGG) next year, offering convenient, direct access to the Valley Isle on the airline’s new Airbus A321neo from California’s capital city.

Sacramento-Maui schedule:

FLIGHT

ROUTE

DEPARTS

ARRIVES

START DATE

HA59

SMF-OGG

8:30 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

April 2, 2019

HA60

OGG-SMF

12:45 p.m.

8:55 p.m.

April 1, 2019

Hawaiian, Hawai’i’s largest and longest-serving carrier, launched its SacramentoHonolulu service in June 2002. The carrier currently operates four Airbus A321neos on the following routes: Portland and Honolulu and Kahului, Maui; San Diego and Kahului, Maui; and Long Beach and Honolulu.

The highly efficient, mid-range A321neo aircraft complement Hawaiian’s fleet of wide-body aircraft currently used for service between Hawai’i and 12 U.S. gateway cities, along with 10 international destinations. Hawaiian’s 189-passenger A321neo includes 16 luxurious leather recliners in First Class, 44 Extra Comfort premium economy seats, and 129 Economy seats. In addition to Hawaiian’s warm hospitality, including complimentary meals, guests will enjoy wireless streaming in-flight entertainment, access to USB outlets, and additional overhead stowage space.

HNL Gate renumbering:

Copyright Photo (all others by Hawaiian): Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A321-271N WL N202HA (msn 7917) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940199.

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IAG launches a new Austrian subsidiary using the Level brand

International Airlines Group (IAG) is to launch a new low-cost Austrian subsidiary, branded as LEVEL, with flights from Vienna starting on July 17, 2018.

The new subsidiary will have an Austrian Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and will base four Airbus A321 aircraft in Vienna from where it will fly to 14 European destinations.

On July 17, flights to Palma, Majorca and London Gatwick will be launched. Over the subsequent four weeks, flights from Vienna will be launched to Barcelona, Malaga, Venice, Olbia, Ibiza, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Milan Malpensa, Dubrovnik, Larnaca, Alicante, Valencia and Bilbao.
Lead-in fares start at €24.99 and can be bought at flylevel.com

Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said: “We are launching this new shorthaul subsidiary to provide Austrian consumers with more flight choices across Europe. These flights will be branded as LEVEL to build upon the huge success of our new long haul low-cost operation.

We will serve the Austrian market with low-cost, reliable flights and will initially create around 200 new jobs at our Vienna base.

“Customers can check-in online or at the airport and take one hand baggage item onboard for free. They can choose to pay for additional items, such as checked luggage, from a menu of options designed to suit a variety of budgets and needs. There will also be a large selection of food and drink which can be purchased onboard”.

Each of the A321 aircraft will have 210 economy seats and flights will operate from Terminal 1 in Vienna airport.

Details of destinations, start dates and weekly frequencies from Vienna are below:

Destination Frequencies Start Date
Palma

7

17 July 2018

London Gatwick

14

17 July 2018

Barcelona

7

23 July 2018

Malaga

3

30 July 2018

Venice

7

31 July 2018

Olbia (Sardinia)

3

31 July 2018

Ibiza

3

7 Aug 2018

Paris Charles de Gaulle

13

11 Aug 2018

Milan Malpensa

13

11 Aug 2018

Dubrovnik

4

11 Aug 2018

Larnaca

3

11 Aug 2018

Alicante

2

11 Aug 2018

Valencia

2

12 Aug 2018

Bilbao

3

13 Aug 2018

Photo: Level.

United Airlines announces $1 million grant in national capital region

United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N45905 (msn 34825) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 941916.

United Airlines announced today a $1 million grant to the Year Up National Capital Region to provide professional skills and transportation resources to the students in the program. The announcement represents United’s commitment to invest in and lift up the communities where many of its customers and employees live and work.

At its Washington Dulles hub, United shared that it will work with the nonprofit organization Year Up to help close the “Opportunity Divide,” specifically addressing the main barriers to the organization’s program participants in the capital region: transportation and examination fees. By providing needed stipends and shuttle transportation from Year Up locations to internships and training opportunities in the region that would be difficult to reach without a personal vehicle, this grant will enable Year Up to provide motivated and talented young adults with technical and professional skills training to achieve upward economic mobility and access to meaningful careers within one year.

“Lifting up communities to provide a better life for our fellow citizens and brighter future for all people is at the heart of what we do at United to give back, which is why this partnership is fitting,” said Sharon Grant, United Vice President of Community Affairs. “We are proud to provide the resources Year Up needs in securing a brighter future for youth in the National Capital Region.”

“More than 40 percent of our young adults face transportation challenges, and this grant will allow us to provide more transportation resources at all stages of the program, as well as deepen other student services support,” said Guylaine Saint Juste, Executive Director of Year Up National Capital Region. “The generous grant from United Airlines will be able provide our students with more resources and remove barriers to their success.”

Nearly 100 United Airlines employees based at Washington Dulles and Year Up students from around the region attended today’s $1 million event. Following the announcement, Year Up students paired up with United employees for one-on-one mentoring, career coaching and a tour of the airfield and a 767 aircraft.

“The United Dulles hub has a long history of helping the communities we serve. Today’s announcement underscores the importance of taking the lead to partner with local organizations like Year Up to make a meaningful impact in the region,” said Omar Idris, Managing Director, United’s Washington Dulles hub. “We hope that our efforts to immerse students into the airline industry will encourage and motivate them to dream big.”

Today’s event is the third in a series of announcements United is making in all of its domestic hub markets over the coming weeks. Each grant is part of a total of $8 million in grants to help address pressing issues identified by local leadership in each of its domestic hub market communities – Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Newark/New York. The announcement represents United’s commitment to invest in and lift up the communities where many of its customers and employees live and work.

Throughout these four-year grants, United will work hand-in-hand with local organizations and engage with city and community leadership to create profound, sustainable advancements. Future announcements will include grant recipients in New York/New Jersey; Denver; Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by United): United Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N45905 (msn 34825) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 941916.

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Air Canada Rouge celebrates its fifth birthday

Ex "Free Spirit" special livery

Air Canada Rouge is celebrating its birthday, marking five years of providing customers with memorable beginnings and endings to their holidays. From its first flight on Canada Day 2013, Air Canada’s leisure carrier has grown to more than 50 aircraft from four, expanded to over 100 routes on five continents from an initial 14 routes, flown more than 25 million customers, and directly created 2,000 high-quality jobs for Canadians.

“In five short years Air Canada Rouge has established itself as an integral part of our Air Canada family by delivering an excellent customer experience in key leisure markets and in helping achieve our strategic business objectives. It allows us to offer travellers a much greater variety of attractive destinations while enabling us to successfully compete in an evolving industry. In doing so, it has exceeded all our expectations,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Airlines and Chief Operating Officer, at Air Canada. “I commend our team at Air Canada Rouge for their devotion to making every flight memorable and I thank our customers for entrusting us with their holiday plans by choosing to fly with Air Canada Rouge.”

 

For summer 2018, Air Canada Rouge has added more exciting international and domestic routes, including: Toronto and Montreal to Bucharest; Toronto to Porto and Zagreb; Toronto to Nanaimo and Kamloops, B.C.; Montreal to Lisbon and Montreal to Victoria, B.C.

Launched on July 1, 2013, Air Canada Rouge has continually refined its services for customers, including upgrades to its streaming in-flight entertainment system, new onboard food options and enhancements to the Premium Rouge cabin. Air Canada Rouge has also begun offering high-speed, satellite internet aboard its aircraft, giving customers access to the fastest internet service on a Canadian airline.

Fast Facts about Air Canada Rouge

  • Over 25 million customers carried since launch
  • Service to more than 70 destinations on five continents
  • Over 2,000 high-quality incremental jobs created, including almost 600 pilots and over 1400 Rouge Crew
  • Fleet of 53 aircraft (22 Airbus A319s, 6 Airbus A321s and 25 Boeing 767s).
  • High-speed satellite internet being implemented across entire fleet

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Canada rouge): Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Boeing 767-38E ER C-GBZR (msn 25404) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104622.

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Airbus’ newest widebody, the A330neo, arrives in Mauritius for the first time

Airbus will fly its brand new A330neo to Mauritius for the first time, as part of the final phase of test flights leading to the Type Certification of its latest mid-size widebody airliner.  The aircraft, an A330-900 painted in the livery of launch operator TAP Air Portugal, will arrive at 12:50 am on 30th June at Sir-Seewoosagur-Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) after a flight from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). This stopover is part of the ”route proving” campaign taking place around the world designed to demonstrate to aviation authorities its compatibility with airports and readiness for airline operations. This trip marks the A330neo’s first time in Africa.

The A330neo is the latest version of the best-selling twin aisle A330 Family and is available in two versions, with the A330-800 seating around 250 passengers in three classes and up to 400 in an all Economy layout, and the larger A330-900 offering accommodation for around 300 in three classes, or up to 440 in a high density single class configuration.

Air Mauritius has already ordered two A330-900 on lease from ALC, and later this year, Air Mauritius will be the world’s first airline to operate both the A330neo and the A350 XWB, the Airbus leading widebody family. Air Mauritius currently operates a fleet of 12 Airbus aircraft of which two A350s, six A340s, two A330s for long haul operations and two A319s for regional services.

Launched in July 2014, the A330neo family is the new generation A330. It builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330 family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation. The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new A350 XWB inspired Sharklets.

Passengers can expect the highest levels of comfort when flying on the A330neo, with the aircraft featuring the award-winning Airbus Airspace cabin. The Airspace cabin has newly designed sidewalls and fixtures, larger overheard storage, advanced cabin mood lighting and the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

The A330 is the most popular widebody aircraft ever, having won over 1,700 orders from 119 customers worldwide. Today, over 1,370 A330s are in service with 125 airlines, flying on everything from high density domestic and regional operations to long range intercontinental routes. Type Certification for the A330neo is scheduled for Q3 2018, followed by entry-into-commercial service with TAP Air Portugal.

Photo: Airbus.

The Airbus BelugaXL is rolled out of paint shop

The first BelugaXL has rolled out of the paintshop unveiling a special livery making it look like a Beluga Whale. The livery was one of six choices submitted to Airbus employees through a poll where 20,000 people participated. With 40% votes in favour, the smiley livery won.

The BelugaXL will now undertake gound tests before first flight planned in summer 2018.

The decision to build the BelugaXL was taken in November 2014 to address the transport and ramp-up capacity requirements for Airbus beyond 2019. The new oversize air transporters are based on the A330-200 Freighter, with a large re-use of existing components and equipments. The first of five BelugaXLs will fly in summer 2018 and enter into service in 2019.

Photo: Airbus.

Southwest Airlines announces its new schedule through March 2019

"Louisiana One"

Southwest Airlines today published its bookable flight schedule through March 6, 2019, bringing additional options for Customers traveling nonstop between North Texas and a half-dozen cities, as well as additional service on popular routes currently served from Dallas Love Field. The publication of the larger January/February flight schedule also brings back wintertime seasonal service from coast to coast…and to the Caribbean!

Beginning January 7, 2019, Southwest® will add nonstop service daily between Dallas (Love Field) and newly available or previously offered cities of Charleston, Ft. Myers/Naples, Jacksonville, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis/St. Paul, and seasonal service on Sundays to/from Tucson.

Elsewhere, Southwest brings back twice daily service (only once on Saturdays) between New York/Newark and Nashville as well as additional seasonal flying for sun seekers headed to Florida from the Heartland, Great Lakes, and New England, and returning seasonal flights for snow lovers headed for the Mountain West from the Midwest.

Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 WL N946WN (msn 36918) (Louisiana One) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 941356.

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