Monthly Archives: September 2023

JetBlue files complaint in US against Schiphol flight curbs

JetBlue Airways has filed a complaint against the Netherlands and the European Union with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) concerning traffic cuts at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in order to reduce airport noise.

The airline is arguing that these cuts make it difficult for new entrants to enter the Dutch market.

JetBlue recently entered the AMS market.

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Cathay Group orders 32 A320neo Family aircraft

Cathay Group has announced the purchase of an additional 32 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft as it continues to invest in expanding and modernising its fleet. The agreement doubles the Cathay Group’s total orders for the A320neo Family to 64, of which 13 have already been delivered.

The 32 additional aircraft will comprise both the A321neo and A320neo which will join the fleets of Cathay Pacific and HK Express.They will principally serve destinations in the Chinese Mainland and elsewhere in Asia.

The WestJet Group provides update on Sunwing Airlines integration, Swoop to be gone by October 28, 2023

The WestJet Group today shared its targeted timeline for the integration of Sunwing Airlines into WestJet Airlines to complete the airline’s strategy to move all 737s into the same AOC (air operator certificate).

Planning and integration activities are well underway, with the goal of completing integration efforts by October 2024.

“As we execute upon our network strategy to serve the Canadian leisure market from coast-to-coast, we look forward to consolidating Sunwing Airline’s 737 aircraft, with that of WestJet’s, enhancing our ability to meet the diverse travel and product needs of all Canadians,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, Chief Executive Officer, the WestJet Group. “Integration work will prioritize a seamless transition for Sunwing’s customers and employees as we work together to bring enhanced sun and leisure offerings to communities across the country and ensure jobs for those transferring to WestJet from Sunwing Airlines.”

As the proceeding integration of Swoop will be fully completed by October 28, 2023, the WestJet Group will integrate Sunwing Airlines with the same commitment to delivering a reliable guest and employee experience. The planned activity has no impact on Sunwing Vacations Group and its associated vacations brands.

With safety, people and guests at the forefront, the complex nature of the integration, as well as the involvement of multiple valued stakeholders, including Transport Canada, Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) and labour partners, the targeted completion of integration will remain flexible, as necessary while the airline works productively with these groups on timelines and details.  

Top Copyright Photo: First 737NG in the new livery. WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-GWJO (msn 33969) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 961614.

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Portugal puts its national airline TAP up for sale

Portugal hopes to sell at least 51% of the shares of TAP Portugal.

IAG, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa have all expressed interest in the flag carrier with links to the growing South American market.

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SAS to retire the last Boeing 737 on November 19, 2023

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS is planning to operate the last Boeing 737 flight on November 19, 2023 from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Oslo with Boeing 737-783 LN-RRB (msn 32276) named “Dag Viking” (above).

SAS made this announcement:

It’s time for our last Boeing 737 flight

“To move from the old to the new is the only tradition worth keeping”. These words, written by founder Wallenberg, are as valid today as they were back in 1946 when SAS was founded.

The Boeing 737 has served us well, but it’s time to say goodbye to this iconic aircraft, to make way for the next generation, more efficient aircraft, which we have been phasing in for the last few years.

On November 19, 2023, Dag Viking will complete the final commercial Boeing 737 flight for SAS. It happens under the flight number SK737, on a memorable trip from Stockholm to its home base in Oslo.

If you want to be a part of its last journey, make sure to reserve your seat today. You can book your ticket on our website and in the app.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Boeing 737-783 WL LN-RRB (msn 32276) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 952158.

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United Airlines announces the launch of the United Military Pilot Program

United Airlines has announced the launch of the United Military Pilot Program, an industry-leading program giving full-time, active-duty U.S. military pilots access to conditional job offers as a First Officer with the airline. The program is unique in that it provides a secure landing place for program participants while they complete their service to the nation and work toward meeting all United hiring requirements.  

Under the terms of the new program, successful candidates must first take part in an interview and then complete all required flight training and certification prior to joining the airline. An important element of United’s program is that candidates don’t need to hold an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) at the time of application. Instead, they can obtain their ATP before joining United – providing flexibility for service members, including starting at United when the time is right for them and their families.

United 737 Captain and LAX Assistant Chief Pilot, Kenneth “KP” Kirkpatrick, served more than 12 years on active duty in the U.S Air Force. KP joined United a decade ago as a First Officer. Today, he leads from the flight deck while still serving our nation as a Lt. Colonel and Commander of the 729 Airlift Squadron in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Interested active-duty military pilots can learn more about the United Military Pilot Program and apply for the program hereCurrent or former military pilots who already meet United’s mainline hiring requirements and are less than six months from availability, or already available, or are flying in the reserve component are encouraged to apply as a First Officer today.  

Currently, United has over 16,000 pilots, including over 3,000 who have served or currently serve in the United StatesArmed Forces. United employs nearly 7,700 military veterans and 1,500 actively serving personnel across various departments and functions, including many serving in leadership and executive positions.  

“As a former military pilot, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to transition to a civilian commercial pilot, but through this new program we’re providing the necessary tools, resources, and support system to ensure a direct path to the United flight deck,” said United Captain Michael Bonner, Managing Director of Aviate and Pilot Strategy and a former U.S. Air Force and Navy pilot. “Whether you are an active-duty pilot or approaching retirement, I encourage you to join the largest widebody fleet in the U.S.”  

Other defined paths to the United flight deck

On top of the United Military Pilot Program, there are multiple paths to becoming a pilot at United depending on flight experience:   

  • First Officer HiringThis path is for experienced pilots who meet mainline hiring requirements, who are ready to fly for United now and do not need an alternate path or program.
  • United Aviate program: United’s pilot career development program designed for pilots with their Private Pilot Certificate (PPL) who are either learning to fly or are building experience with an Aviate-participating universityflight schoolPart 135 operator or United Express carrier. 
  • United Aviate Academy: United’s wholly-owned flight school in Goodyear, Arizona for aspiring aviators who want to learn to fly with little to no flight experience – with the goal of at least half of the students being women or people of color.

Unprecedented Growth  

As part of the carrier’s ambitious United Next plan, last December, United ordered more widebody aircraft than any U.S. carrier in commercial aviation history: 100 Boeing 787 Dreamliners with options to purchase 100 more. Combined with already announced orders, the airline expects to take delivery of about 700 new aircraft by 2032.  

With this historic purchase comes unprecedented growth, including adding 50,000 new team members by 2026. Hiring well-qualified and talented pilots is a priority at United. Over the last 24 months, United has hired over 4,000 new pilots and expects to hire over 10,000 pilots this decade.  

Jalan Kalrock Consortium takes control of Jet Airways, will relaunch soon

Jalan Kalrock Consortium (JKC), the new proposed promoters of Jet Airways, have completed an additional infusion of 100 crores INR, reaffirming its unwavering commitment to a successful resurgence of Jet Airways. With this infusion, JKC has now fulfilled its total financial commitment of IN 350 crore equity as per the court-approved resolution plan, and all commitments by JKC now stand fulfilled to take control of the iconic airline.

The consortium’s strategy to revive the airline remains unaltered. The new promoters are determined to re-establish the operations of the airline up and running in 2024. Further announcements regarding the launch date of Jet Airways will now be made in the coming weeks.