Monthly Archives: October 2019

Swoop adds two new Mexican destinations to its Edmonton network

Swoop, today continues to expand its North American service with the introduction of two new routes from Edmonton International Airport (YEG); the first to Cancún International Airport (CUN) departing today, followed by the inaugural flight to Mazatlán International Airport (MZT) departing on November 2.

The new routes expand Swoop’s Edmonton to Mexico service, having launched a Puerto Vallarta (PVR) service earlier this month. With Swoop’s unbundled airfare, services and amenities allowing for a customized travel experience, more Canadians have the option to escape the snow this winter at an accessible price.

Swoop’s first direct flight to Cancún departed this morning at 7 a.m. MDT, starting a weekly service on Thursdays. Nonstop Edmonton to Mazatlán service starts November 2 at 7:30 a.m. MDT with a weekly service on Saturdays and adding a Tuesday service as of December 17.

Flights are now available for booking through to April 25, 2020.

Service Between Service Offered Weekly Frequency Total one-way price
from
Edmonton, AB to Cancún, MX Thursday, 1 x per week $178.00† CAD
Cancún, MX to Edmonton, AB Thursday 1 x per week $179.00† CAD
Edmonton, AB to Mazatlán, MX Tuesday,  Saturday 1x per week until
Dec. 17 2 x per week
until April 25
$178.00† CAD
Mazatlán, MX to Edmonton, AB Tuesday, Saturday 1x per week until
Dec. 17 2 x per week
until April 25
$179.00† CAD
†Every day low fares valid through November 2, 2019 for travel between January 7 – February 12, 2020.

Nordica stops flying its remaining routes from Tallinn

Nordica over the past weekend suspended flying scheduled passenger flights on the following routes from Tallinn:

Copenhagen

Kiev

Trondheim

Vienna

Vilnius

Previously in July LOT Polish Airlines took over service to Brussels, Stockholm and Warsaw.

Nordica aircraft photo gallery:

 

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia is rescued, becomes Sunclass Airlines

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia has been rescued. Petter Stordalen and private equity firms Altor and TDR Capital has agreed to buy the assets of the bankrupt carrier.

Read more from Reuters.

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia has made this announcement (translated):

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia has acquired a new owner.

The airline will change its name to SunClass Airlines.

It will take some time before the change is fully implemented, and you will therefore, for a time to come, find that both names (SunClass Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines) will be visible at the airports, on your ticket, on the boarding pass, etc.

 

Our logo with the heart is the same as before, so you can always look for the heart when searching for information. No new ticket will be sent and your current ticket will therefore remain valid. Flight numbers and flight times are unchanged.

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia aircraft photo gallery:

 

Air Italy’s first Milan- Malé service takes off

Air Italy has made this announcement:

Air Italy heralds start of Winter Season with new flights to the Maldives, Mombasa, Zanzibar and Tenerife all in same week.

Air Italy’s first nonstop flight to Malè, (IG995), was inaugurated on October 29, taking off from Milan Malpensa at 6.15 pm.

The Milan–Maldives route, together with the flights to Zanzibar and Mombasa, which commence service on November 1, 2019 are also joined this week by the inaugural flight to Tenerife, which was launched two days ago, completing the airline’s new winter season lineup.

As VIPs and dignitaries gathered to celebrate at the airline’s Milan Malpensa hub, there was a traditional cake and ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the departure of the A330 aircraft.

All international flights to and from Milan Malpensa, including the new service for the Maldives, benefit from connections with domestic flights served by Air Italy between Milan and central and southern Italy, namely Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme and Cagliari.

Air Italy’s long-haul network is operated by Airbus A330-200s with 24 seats in Business Class and 228 seats in Economy Class, operating from the Milan Malpensa hub where the airline operates all year round direct flights to New York (daily) and Miami (daily except Tuesday). Also from Malpensa, Air Italy offers direct flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto in the summer season, from March to October, while during from the winter season the company operate weekly flights to the Maldives, Zanzibar and Mombasa.

Air Italy aircraft photo gallery:

 

Iberia adds four China destinations thanks to agreement with Spring Airlines

Iberia has made this announcement:

  • Iberia customers can now reach Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian and Changchun, via Shanghai
  • These flights can be booked from 31 October for flights starting on 1 December

Iberia continues to expand in the Chinese market and customers can now book flights via Shanghai to Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, and Changchun, thanks to a new code sharing agreement signed with Spring Airlines.

Spring Airlines customers can now book flights from Shanghai to Madrid under the Chinese airline flight code on Iberia’s thrice-weekly services between both cities.

Under the code-share agreement, customers of the two airlines will enjoy all the benefits offered to connecting flight passengers: the entire journey on one ticket, a wider choice of flights, guarantees in the event of missed connections, among others.

After last week code-share agreement signed by Iberia with Hainan Airlines to the Chinese cities Haikou, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Xi’an, the Spanish airline’s customers can now flight easily to ten destinations in China.

Iberia aircraft photo gallery:

 

Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines sign wide-ranging partnership agreement

The two airlines issued this statement:

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  •  Revenue sharing on flights between Singapore and Malaysia, subject to regulatory approval
  •  Significant expansion of regional and long-haul codeshare routes

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have signed a wide-ranging commercial agreement that will significantly strengthen the long-standing partnership between the two airline groups. Subject to regulatory approvals from the relevant competition authorities, the national carriers propose to share revenue on flights between Singapore and Malaysia, expand codeshare routes, and participate in joint marketing activities to develop tourism.

The new agreement also includes SIA’s subsidiaries SilkAir and Scoot, as well as Firefly, the sister airline of MAB. It follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding in June 2019, which aimed to provide new customer benefits as well as new business opportunities.

Flights between Singapore and Malaysia will operate under a joint business arrangement. MAB and SIA intend to coordinate flight schedules to provide customers with more flight choices and frequencies for passenger convenience. As part of the agreement, the two airline groups also plan to offer joint fare products, align corporate programmes to enhance the value proposition to customers, and explore tie-ups between their frequent-flyer programmes.

The two airline groups will also expand their codeshare arrangements to include more destinations on each other’s networks. Today, the airlines codeshare on flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang.

With the expansion, SIA and SilkAir plan to codeshare on MAB’s domestic flights and as such serve a total of 16 destinations1 in Malaysia.

In turn, MAB will progressively codeshare on flights between Singapore and Malaysia, Europe, South Africa and other destinations once necessary approvals are granted. This will be implemented in phases. It represents a significant expansion of the existing codeshare agreement and will provide MAB with more opportunities to expand connectivity to and from Malaysia.

In addition, MAB and SIA have agreed to work on joint marketing activities to boost long-haul tourism to Malaysia and Singapore. Both airlines will also explore the potential development of airpasses, which will enable customers travelling to Malaysia through the Kuala Lumpur and Singapore hubs more choices to visit other parts of the country such as Kuantan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu on a single ticket. Travellers can expect a seamless experience of convenience and flexibility while enjoying multi-stop itineraries.

“We are very pleased to take our partnership with Malaysia Airlines to a new level. This will be a win-win for both our airline groups, and provide new benefits for our customers. In particular, the expanded scope of our partnership has the potential to provide a significant boost to the tourism industries in both Malaysia and Singapore, as well as the wider Southeast Asia region,” said SIA CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

MAB CEO, Captain Izham Ismail said, “We are honoured to collaborate alongside SIA in providing our customers a more competitive product between Malaysia and Singapore and the opportunity to travel to more global destinations. This is in line with Malaysia Airlines’ long-term business plan goal of engaging in deep partnerships to extend our reach and presence globally. This partnership is more than a conventional partnership and we believe in the mutual benefits for both airline groups and countries.”

Subject to regulatory approvals, the codeshare flights will be progressively made available for sale through the airlines’ respective booking channels in key markets around the world.

 

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1Alor Setar, Bintulu, Johor Bahru, Kota Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, Labuan, Langkawi, Miri, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu, Tawau

National cross-country team buys biofuel from SAS

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

The Swedish cross-country team has decided to invest in biofuel to reduce its climate affecting emissions. The team is buying biofuel from SAS at an amount equivalent to the fuel consumption of the skiers’ and trainers’ flights between Stockholm and Östersund in 2019.

Since last summer, anyone flying with SAS can opt to buy biofuel, which reduces climate-affecting carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80 percent.

“We are incredibly proud of the national cross-country team’s decision to buy biofuel. We are constantly developing more sustainable products and services, and one way of contributing to this is to offer the opportunity to buy biofuel. So it’s great that the Swedish skiers want to be part of the transition to a more sustainable way of traveling. Hopefully, more will be inspired to follow their example,” says Karl Sandlund EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, SAS.

SAS doesn’t make any profit on the fuel bought by customers like the Swedish cross-country team and it is added to the biofuel already bought by SAS.

“For the Swedish Ski Association, sustainability is a natural part of its activities. We aim to offer good sporting environments with a healthy financial situation and we want to use natural resources in a responsible and effective way so as not to put our climate and opportunities for future generations at risk. Together with our partners, we want to do our best to minimize our footprint and set an example in sustainable travel, which is why we’re delighted to be able to take steps together with SAS toward more sustainable travel,” says Ola Strömberg, Association Director and acting head of the cross-country team at the Swedish Ski Association.

The increased use of biofuel is a prerequisite for more sustainable flights and for SAS to be able to achieve its objective of cutting climate-affecting carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2030.

SAS works in various ways to promote the large-scale production of sustainable biofuel in Scandinavia.

SkyWest, Inc. announces third quarter 2019 profit

SkyWest, Inc. made this announcement:

Third Quarter Highlights:

  • $1.79 earnings per diluted share, up 14% from $1.57 in Q3 2018
  • Pre-tax income of $119 million, up from $110 million in Q3 2018; net income of $91 million, up from $83 million in Q3 2018
  • Five new E175 aircraft scheduled for delivery in Q4 2019 under a previously announced agreement

SkyWest, Inc. has reported financial and operating results for Q3 2019, including net income of $91 million, or $1.79 per diluted share, compared to net income of $83 million, or $1.57 per diluted share, for Q3 2018. Earnings per diluted share increased 14% in Q3 2019 from Q3 2018, primarily due to SkyWest’s ongoing fleet transition. SkyWest has added 13 new E175 aircraft and 11 new CRJ900 aircraft since Q3 2018 and reduced aircraft ownership costs through early lease buyouts on 52 aircraft executed in 2019.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, said, “We were pleased to deliver another solid quarter as we continue executing our fleet strategy and remain positioned for future opportunity based on strong demand for our product. I want to thank our SkyWest professionals for their excellent work during the quarter.”

Financial Highlights
Revenue was $760 million in Q3 2019, down from $829 million in Q3 2018 due to the sale of ExpressJet Airlines (“ExpressJet”) in January 2019. Excluding ExpressJet revenue in Q3 2018, Q3 2019 revenue increased $71 million, primarily from adding 24 new aircraft since Q3 2018.

Operating expenses were $614 million in Q3 2019, down from $691 million in Q3 2018, also due to the sale of ExpressJet. Excluding ExpressJet operating expenses in Q3 2018, Q3 2019 operating expenses increased $62 million, primarily from growth in operations as a result of additional aircraft placed into service since Q3 2018.

Operational Update
Aircraft deliveries under previously announced deals for Delta
New E175 aircraft to be financed and operated by SkyWest:

  • Five aircraft scheduled for delivery in Q4 2019
  • Six aircraft scheduled for delivery from early to mid-2020

New CRJ900 aircraft to be financed by Delta and operated by SkyWest:

  • One aircraft delivered in Q3 2019
  • One aircraft scheduled for delivery in mid-2020

Used E175 aircraft financed by Delta and operated by SkyWest:

  • Six aircraft scheduled for in-service dates from early to mid-2020

During Q3 2019, SkyWest acquired four CRJ900 aircraft under an early lease buyout. These four aircraft are scheduled to expire under SkyWest’s flying agreement with Delta in 2020.

SkyWest also anticipates removing eight CRJ700s from its flying agreement with Delta by the end of 2020. As previously announced, SkyWest has an agreement with Delta to replace these 12 used CRJ aircraft with 12 new aircraft. Following their agreement expirations, SkyWest anticipates utilizing these 12 used aircraft in various ways: placing them with other partners, using the airframe/engines as spare parts and/or leasing the airframes/engines to third parties.

Aircraft deliveries under previously announced deals for American
SkyWest is scheduled to place ten used CRJ700 aircraft with American throughout 2020 including seven used aircraft that SkyWest anticipates acquiring from a third party and three used aircraft that SkyWest expects to source through upcoming contract expirations with another SkyWest partner.

Lease agreement with a third party for 29 CRJ700 aircraft
SkyWest has placed four of 29 CRJ700 aircraft under a previously announced lease agreement with a third party for a ten-year term as of September 30, 2019. SkyWest anticipates the remaining aircraft will be placed under lease in increments through mid-2020.

Capital and Liquidity

SkyWest had $572 million in cash and marketable securities at September 30, 2019, up from $550 million at June 30, 2019. During the third quarter of 2019, SkyWest:

  • Used $25 million to repurchase stock under SkyWest’s $250 million share repurchase program
  • Used $30 million to acquire four CRJ900 aircraft under an early lease buyout
  • Used $39 million to acquire spare engines and $33 million for other spare aircraft parts and maintenance assets

Total debt at September 30, 2019 was $3.0 billion, down from $3.1 billion as of June 30, 2019.

Volaris begins operation of new route between Fresno, California and Guanajuato

Volaris announced a new direct route between Fresno and Guanajuato.

The new Fresno-Guanajuato route began operations on October 28, 2019. Those interested in using the Guanajuato-Fresno (BJX-FAT) route can do so on the following itinerary:

Fresno, California (FAT) – Guanajuato, Guanajuato (BJX) 

Friday, November 1, 2019

  • Leaving Guanajuato at 23:12 hrs., arriving in Fresno at 01:55 hrs.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

  • Leaving Fresno at 03:35 hrs., arriving in Guanajuato at 07:43 hrs.

Tuesday and Saturday starting November 05, 2019

  • Leaving Guanajuato at 00:12 hrs., arriving in Fresno at 01:55 hrs.
  • Leaving Fresno at 03:35 hrs., arriving in Guanajuato at 08:43 hrs. 

 

JAL announces international network expansion at Tokyo Narita in 2020

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced details of the decision to expand its international network from Tokyo-Narita International Airport in 2020. The carrier will introduce new routes to Vladivostok, Russia at the end of February and Bengaluru, India in March. In addition, JAL will offer double-daily service over the Pacific on their San Francisco route by adding a new nonstop to Narita, and will add a second flight to Guam for customers seeking to relax at the popular resort destination. Reservations and sales for these flights will start at 14:00 on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. (Japan Time)

Narita=Vladivostok Service Launch
Service to Vladivostok will begin on February 28, and through March 28, 2020, the route will operate three times a week. From March 29, the carrier will operate daily through summer schedule 2020. The charming city of Vladivostok is just a 2-hour flight from Narita airport and JAL`s flight schedule is designed to offer customers ample time for exploring the city even on the day of arrival.

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Narita=Bengaluru Service Launch
Service to Bengaluru will begin on March 29, 2020. The route to southern India, popularly known as “India’s Silicon Valley” will not only connect customers between Japan and India, but also provide convenient connections to/from North America via Narita.

Narita=San Francisco Service Launch
Double-daily service from Tokyo to San Francisco will begin on March 29, 2020. By setting a convenient new Narita schedule, the carrier aims to provide smooth connections for business and leisure customers seeking to travel throughout Asia. The service is in addition to the airline`s current Haneda=San Francisco daily flight to provide customers with more travel choices between Japan and North America.

Narita=Guam Additional Flight
As travel demand continues to remain strong to Guam, JAL will add a second daily flight from July 1, 2020. The route will feature the JAL SKY SUITE configured aircraft, which have been well received by customers and features the airline`s latest in-flight seats and amenities.

The JAL Group will continue to refine its route network and aims to become one of the most preferred and valued airlines in the world.

The following plans and schedules are based on the approvals from the relevant authorities.

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