Monthly Archives: January 2020

Finnair cancels all flights to mainland China

Finnair has made this announcement:

The health and wellbeing of customers and personnel is a top priority for Finnair. Following a thorough analysis of all currently available information on the coronavirus and its impacts on air travel to and from China, Finnair has decided to:

• cancel all its flights to mainland China between February 6 and February 29, 2020.

• cancel its flights to Guangzhou between February 5 and March 29.

• stop accepting bookings for its mainland China flights between January 31 and February 29.

Finnair has earlier communicated the cancellation of its Beijing Daxing and Nanjing flights between February 5 and March 29 and between February 8 and March 29 respectively, and this is still valid. Finnair continues normal operations to Hong Kong.

In order to allow Finnair customers who are currently traveling to return home to Europe and China, Finnair will operate flights between its Helsinki hub and its mainland China destinations until February 6. Finnair strives to offer customers, who have bookings on the cancelled flights a rebooking on one of the remaining flights.

Normally, Finnair has 35 weekly return flights from Helsinki to Greater China (Hong Kong, Beijing Capital Airport, Beijing Daxing Airport, Shanghai, Nanjing and Guangzhou) during the 2020 winter season.

Finnair is continuously analyzing the situation and its impact on air travel, conducting a close dialogue with responsible authorities. Decisions concerning flights after February 29 will be made in due course.

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American Airlines suspends all flights to China

American Airlines made this announcement:

Based on the U.S. Department of State’s recent increase of the China Travel Advisory to a Level 4 (Do Not Travel), American is suspending its operations to and from the Chinese mainland beginning today through March 27. Our teams are contacting affected customers directly to accommodate their needs. We will continue to evaluate the schedule for March 28 and beyond and make any adjustments as necessary.

State Department issues the highest advisory: ‘Do not travel to China’ due to coronavirus outbreak

The U.S. Department of State issued this statement concerning China:

Do not travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, the World Health Organization has determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China.

Those currently in China should consider departing using commercial means. The Department of State has requested that all non-essential U.S. government personnel defer travel to China in light of the novel coronavirus.

In an effort to contain the novel coronavirus, the Chinese authorities have suspended air, road, and rail travel in the area around Wuhan and placed restrictions on travel and other activities throughout the country. On January 23, 2020, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members from Wuhan. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Hubei province.

The CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China due to outbreak of respiratory illness caused by novel coronavirus.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued this statement:

Novel Coronavirus in China

Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel
Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions
Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

Key Points

  • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.
  • There is an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that can be spread from person to person.
    • Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province, including buses, subways, trains, and the international airport. Other locations may be affected.
    • Older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.
    • The situation is evolving. This notice will be updated as more information becomes available.

    What is the current situation?

    • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. In response to anoutbreak of respiratory illness, Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province, including buses, subways, trains, and the international airport.  Additional restrictions and cancellations of events may occur.
    • There is limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas. 
    • A novel (new) coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness that began in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to grow. Initially, some patients were linked to the Wuhan South China Seafood City (also called the South China Seafood Wholesale Market and the Hua Nan Seafood Market).

      Chinese health officials have reported thousands of cases in China and severe illness has been reported, including deaths. Cases have also been identified in travelers to other countries, including the United States. Person-to-person spread is occurring in China. The extent of person-to-person spread outside of China is unclear at this time.

      Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. There are several known coronaviruses that infect people and usually only cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold. However, at least two previously identified coronaviruses have caused severe disease — severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.

      Signs and symptoms of this illness include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. This novel coronavirus has the potential to cause severe disease and death. Available information suggests that older adults and people with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems may be at increased risk of severe disease.

      In response to this outbreak, Chinese officials are screening travelers leaving some cities in China. Several countries and territories throughout the world are reported to have implemented health screening of travelers arriving from China.

      On arrival to the United States, travelers from China may be asked questions to determine if they need to undergo health screening. Travelers with signs and symptoms of illness (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) will have an additional health assessment.

      What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?

      CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel to China. If you must travel:

      • Avoid contact with sick people.
      • Discuss travel to China with your healthcare provider. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.
      • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
      • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

      If you were in China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

      • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
      • Avoid contact with others.
      • Not travel while sick.
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
      • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

      Clinician Information

      Healthcare providers should obtain a detailed travel history for patients with fever and respiratory symptoms. For patients with these symptoms who were in China on or after December 1, 2019, and had onset of illness within 2 weeks of leaving, consider the novel coronavirus and notify infection control personnel and your local health department immediately.

      Although routes of transmission have yet to be definitively determined, CDC recommends a cautious approach to interacting with patients under investigation. Ask such patients to wear a surgical mask as soon as they are identified. Conduct their evaluation in a private room with the door closed, ideally an airborne infection isolation room, if available. Personnel entering the room should use standard precautions, contact precautions, and airborne precautions, and use eye protection (goggles or a face shield). For additional infection control guidance, visit CDC’s Infection Control webpage.

     

Situation in U.S.

Imported cases of 2019-nCoV infection in people have been detected in the U.S. While person-to-person spread among close contacts has been detected with this virus, at this time this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.

2019-nCoV in the U.S.

Delta reduces the number of flights to China

Delta Air Lines has announced it will reduce the number of weekly flights from the United States to China from 42 to 21 weekly flights starting on February 6, 2020.

The suspended flights will last until at least April 30, 2020.

Delta Air Lines aircraft photo gallery:

United to suspend most of its Chinese flights on February 9

United Airlines announced it is suspending most of its flights to China due to the expanding coronavirus.

All Chinese flights from Chicago (O’Hare) and Washington (Dulles) will be suspended on February 9, 2020.

The airline stated this reduction of service — beginning February 9 and running through March 28 — includes 332 additional roundtrip cancellations, reducing our 12 daily departures from the United States to mainland China and Hong Kong to four daily departures. There are no planned travel reductions to Chengdu (CTU) at this time.

United Airlines aircraft photo gallery:

 

Frontier expands at Philadelphia, will return to Wilmington, DE

Frontier Airlines has announced the expansion of service at Philadelphia International Airport with three new nonstop routes to Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.

With the addition of these new routes, Frontier will offer 24 nonstop options from PHL and serve 13 of the 15 largest domestic markets from Philadelphia, including the only nonstop, ultra-low-cost flights to Boston and Chicago.

In other news, Frontier will restore seasonal service to Wilmington, Delaware on May 14, 2020 with service to Orlando three days a week.

Frontier Airlines aircraft photo gallery:

 

Embraer and SkyWest, Inc. sign contract for 20 E175 jets

Embraer and SkyWest, Inc. signed a firm order for 20 E175 jets in a 76-seat configuration. The order has a value of USD $972 million, based on 2019 list prices, and is already included in Embraer’s 2019 fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of 2020.

Embraer’s relationship with SkyWest dates back to 1986, when SkyWest began operating the EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop.

With this additional order for the E175, SkyWest has purchased more than 180 aircraft of this model since 2013 alone.

 

Erickson announces the S-64F+ Air Crane® helicopter

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, has announced at Heli Expo, a new production line of the legacy Air Crane® helicopter introducing the S-64F+ to the market.

Erickson’s recent aircraft orders and deliveries have signaled a demand for the S-64 as a firefighting platform of the future. We will transition to new production aircraft with the future introduction of the S-64F+.

The future S-64F+ will include the following innovations and enhancements:

  • Incorporation of a modern engine, enhancing range and fuel efficiency
  • New Composite Main Rotor Blades
  • Enhanced cockpit and flight control system
  • Improved water cannon to provide best in class performance

Erickson has identified the investment in product, plant, and equipment (PP&E) required to support our customers and these initiatives. Erickson is scheduling meetings with prospective buyers for the S-64F+ with our aviation sales experts.

Hawaiian Holdings reports 2019 fourth quarter and full year financial results

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2019.

Fourth Quarter 2019 – Key Financial Metrics

GAAP

YoY Change

Adjusted

YoY Change

Net Income

$49.7M

+$18.1M

$45.9M

$(3.3)M

Diluted EPS

$1.07

+$0.43

$0.99

$(0.01)

Pre-tax Margin

9.6%

+3.6 pts.

8.9%

(0.4) pts.

Full Year 2019 – Key Financial Metrics

GAAP

YoY Change

Adjusted

YoY Change

Net Income

$224.0M

$(9.2)M

$218.9M

$(55.9)M

Diluted EPS

$4.71

+$0.09

$4.60

$(0.84)

Pre-tax Margin

10.8%

+0.2 pts.

10.5%

(2.1) pts.

“Hawaiian delivered another year of strong financial results in 2019, despite the heightened competitive capacity environment we faced throughout the year,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO.  “These results are a testament to the competitive advantages we have built and give me great confidence in our ability to continue to execute well in the years ahead.  My thanks, as always, go out to the 7,400 outstanding professionals both in the day-to-day operation and in the back office, for keeping us competition-fit, running the best operation in the business, and delivering aloha to our guests day-in and day-out.”

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Company returned $91.6 million to shareholders in 2019 through $68.8 million in share repurchases and $22.8 million in dividends.

On January 24, 2020 the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12 cents per share to be paid on February 28, 2020 to all shareholders of record as of February 14, 2020.

As of December 31, 2019 the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $619 million.
  • Outstanding debt and finance lease obligations of $764 million.

2019 Highlights

Operational

  • Carried 11.8 million passengers in 2019.
  • Ranked #1 nationally for on-time performance year-to-date through November 2019, as reported in the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report, adding to its record of 15 consecutive years as the most punctual airline.
  • Opened a new 15,000 square-foot Information Technology Center in Tempe, Arizona.
  • Announced the expansion of its in-house pilot training capabilities with its planned purchase of a Boeing 787-9 flight simulator.

Customer Experience

  • Debuted newly designed lobbies at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Kahului Airport (OGG), Kona International Airport (KOA), Hilo International Airport (ITO), and Lihue Airport (LIH), as part of its ongoing initiative to improve the day-of travel experience for its guests.

New routes and increased frequencies

  • North America
    • Began service on its second East Coast route with new five-times-weekly non-stop flights between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Honolulu (HNL).
    • Expanded its routes to Northern California with the launch of new daily non-stop flights between Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and Maui (OGG) and expanded service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Honolulu(HNL).
    • Expanded its routes to Las Vegas with the launch of new four-times-weekly non-stop flights between McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Maui (OGG).
    • Announced expanded service to the Pacific Northwest with additional thrice-weekly non-stop flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Honolulu(HNL) beginning January 2020.
  • International
    • Began service on its sixth Japan route with new four-times-weekly non-stop flights between Fukuoka Airport (FUK) and Honolulu (HNL).
    • Received final U.S. Department of Transportation approval to operate one additional daily non-stop flight between Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) and Honolulu (HNL) beginning March 2020.

Product and loyalty

  • Launched sales of Main Cabin Basic fares in all North American markets, enhancing Hawaiian’s product portfolio with a fare option that appeals to the most price-conscious travelers.
  • Launched a new Hawaiian Airlines mobile app with features designed to improve guests’ day-of-travel experience.

Partnerships

  • Expanded its codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia that offers travelers in more than a dozen Australian and New Zealand cities a broader and more convenient network of flights to Hawai’i.

Fleet and financing

  • Took delivery of six Airbus A321neo aircraft, increasing the size of its Airbus A321neo fleet to seventeen aircraft.
  • Retired the last of its Boeing 767 aircraft.
  • Completed two Japanese Yen-denominated debt financings, collateralized by four Airbus A330 aircraft and two Airbus A321neo aircraft.
  • Extended the leases on three Airbus A330 and five Boeing 717 aircraft, enabling cost savings while maintaining fleet flexibility for future growth.

People

  • Celebrated its 90th year of service in the Hawaiian Islands with festivities in the air and on the ground to thank the customers and local communities who supported its evolution from pioneer interisland carrier to global airline.

Hawaiian Airlines aircraft photo gallery:

American Airlines and TWU-IAM Association reach tentative agreements for joint collective bargaining agreements

American Airlines and the TWU-IAM Association reached tentative agreements this week for new joint collective bargaining agreements that cover more than 31,000 team members.

The tentative agreements are subject to ratification by Maintenance & Related and Fleet Service team members represented by the Association. The association will communicate details of the agreements to its members in the coming weeks.

“Our Maintenance & Related and Fleet Service team members are the very best in the business and work incredibly hard to care for our customers,” American Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said. “They deserve contracts that include meaningful improvements in pay, quality of life and job protections. The tentative agreements deliver on all of these — and more. We appreciate the Association and company negotiators who worked so hard to get us to this day, as well as the National Mediation Board for their guidance.”

American Airlines aircraft photo gallery (Airbus):