Category Archives: Vision Airlines

Vision Airlines to operate Cuban charters for ViajeHoy under the “Havana Air” name

ViajeHoy Charters logo

ViajeHoy Charters dba Havana Air (Miami) starting today (December 11) will start using the aircraft of Vision Airlines (Las Vegas). The aircraft will carry Havana Air titles. The tour operator has been using Swift Air’s (2nd) (Phoenix) Boeing 737-400s. The company operates charters from Miami to Havana (HAV) and Santa Clara (SNU) in Cuba.

Havana Air-Vision 737 (14)(Grd)(Havana Air)(LR)

Havana Air Company describes itself:

Havana Air logo

Havana Air staff has over 25 years experience in corporate travel and leisure travel planning. Our senior officers fully understand the needs and requirements of this sector of travel and have served some of the nation’s largest companies. With this expertise, we can assist those companies now seeking to participate in travel to Cuba under new OFAC General License guidelines. We have a great deal of experience in serving both the pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries and would be pleased to assist your company with facilitating travel to Cuba under the appropriate OFAC guidelines. We also encourage those in the field of journalism or government organizations to allow us to assist them as well, as our organization has over a dozen years of experience in serving the U.S. Government travel.

All images by Havana Air.

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PEOPLExpress will not be able to resume operations on October 16, wants to add an additional aircraft provider

PEOPLExpress (Vision) 737-400 (14)(Grd)(Peoplexpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress Airlines (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg) as previously reported, announced on September 26 it was temporarily suspending service and was planning to re-launch on or about October 16. The airline also announced it still intended to launch previously announced service to Orlando and Charleston, West Virginia starting on October 16. This has now changed.

Today the company announced this update:

PEOPLExpress today (October 9) is providing an update on our plans to resume operations as part of our commitment to share as much information as possible as we work to restore much-needed air service.

We currently have a tentative agreement with an additional aircraft provider, which will enable us to enhance our platform, including the addition of a third aircraft as a spare. This will alleviate the service issues we have experienced.

A number of steps need to be achieved before we can resume service, among them some regulatory approvals.

In order to ensure that we always have enough planes and crews, we are obtaining approval to operate as an Indirect Aircraft Carrier (known as Part 380). This will allow us to obtain planes from a number of providers if necessary for service stability. We met with the U.S. Department of Transportation this week and we are in the process of providing them with information they requested.

Since we cannot open reservations until we receive government approvals we therefore cannot commit to our previously announced date to resume service.

All customers holding existing reservations will be receiving full refunds. As before, we offer our heartfelt apologies for the inconvenience to our loyal customers. Once we have established a date to resume service, customers with travel dates beginning with the resumption date and beyond will be contacted to offer them the option to rebook their flights for the same dates of travel at the same fare, if they choose.

While our resumption is later than we had anticipated and hoped for, with this approach we will be able to restore a full schedule with exceptional operational integrity, supported by an adequate number of aircraft and crew members.

We remain focused on getting back into the air as soon as possible and building the reliable service that our customers have asked for and deserve, with an unwavering focus on safety.

Photo: PEOPLExpress. The two Boeing 737-400s operated by Vision Airlines for PEOPLExpress are now likely to be operated on other services by Vision.

PEOPLExpress suspends operations, plans to return around October 16

PEOPLExpress (2nd)(Vision) 737-400 N745VA (Grd)(PE)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress Airlines (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg) today (September 26) announced that it is temporarily suspending service effective immediately and plans to re-launch on or about October 16.

The airline stated; “Recent aircraft and crew availability and maintenance issues, including an aircraft recently damaged by a vendor’s truck, an engine change and a lack of a planned spare aircraft, have made it challenging to operate a full schedule, preventing us from delivering the passenger experience we are striving for.”

The airline is currently processing refunds for passengers for flights booked through October 15, which will take five to seven business days. For reservations beyond October 15, passengers will receive a notification by e-mail as soon as our service resumption plans are in place.

According to the airline, PEOPLExpress successfully served 55,000 passengers on 817 flights since launching service on June 30, demonstrating the need for additional nonstop air service to underserved markets as a result of airline industry consolidation.

PEOPLExpress still intends to launch previously announced service to Orlando and Charleston, West Virginia starting on October 16.

Meanwhile JetBlue Airways has offered to help any stranded passengers. For those PEOPLExpress customers previously scheduled to fly within existing JetBlue markets (Boston – New Orleans, Tampa or West Palm Beach; Newark – Tampa or West Palm Beach) between September 26 and October 5, call JetBlue at 1-800-JETBLUE to explore alternate travel options.

Copyright Photo: PEOPLExpress. The Boeing 737-400s are operated by Vision Airlines.

PEOPLExpress is coming to Orlando on October 16

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) 737-400 N745VA (14)(Apr)(Peoplexpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress Airlines (2nd) (Vision Airlines) (Newport News/Williamsburg) has announced new, nonstop service between Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and Orlando International Airport effective on October 16.

The popular Florida destination will be the eighth city served from its Newport News base and the first new city since PEOPLExpress announced its initial destinations in May.

PEOPLExpress launched service June 30 to Newark, New Jersey, Boston and Pittsburgh from Newport News and has since added West Palm Beach, Florida, and Atlanta. Service to New Orleans starts on August 28 with St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, on August 29 to complete its initial growth.

Since its inaugural flights, PEOPLExpress has carried nearly 40,000 customers on more than 450 flights.

Service to Orlando begins on October 16 with flights on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Introductory fares start at $89 each way. Reservations are now open for the new route.

Copyright Photo: PEOPLExpress. Operated by Vision Airlines, Boeing 737-405 N745VA (msn 24271) is now being operated in PEOPLExpress (2nd) colors.

Expanded Route Map:

PEOPLExpress (2nd) 8.2014 Route Map

 

The PEOPLExpress name returns to the skies

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) 737-400 N745VA (14)(Apr)(Peoplexpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines, dba PEOPLExpress) (Newport News/Williamsburg) yesterday (June 30) returned to the skies with low-fare service from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport to three cities: Boston, Newark, and Pittsburgh.

The new name will expand to other destinations including West Palm Beach (July 15), Atlanta (August 1), and St. Petersburg/Clearwater and New Orleans (August 28).

Vision Airlines will fly Boeing 737-400 aircraft bearing the logo of the popular 1980s carrier of the same name but with a fresh, green livery.

Copyright Photos: PEOPLExpress.

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) 737-400 Cabin (Peoplexpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) Banner

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) Ticket Counter and Staff (LRW)

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) Cake (LRW)

Current Route Map:

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) 6.2014 Route Map

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The new PEOPLExpress picks a low-fare, a la carte service model

PEOPLExpress (Vision Airlines) 737-400 N745VA (14)(Grd) PHF (PEOPLExpress)(LRW)

PEOPLExpress (2nd) (Vision Airlines dba) (Newport News/Williamsburg) has selected the low fare, a la carte service model that has become popular with U.S. carriers such as Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Air and the newly-reorganized Frontier Airlines. The new airline issued this pricing announcement as it starts its ticket sales:

PEOPLExpress, the iconic brand that made air travel affordable and accessible, has announced the start of ticket sales for low-fare service from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) to seven destinations.

“After months of preparation, we are excited to start selling tickets to create a fun, creative and innovative approach to air travel and dispel the myth that low air fares have to mean low service or an impersonal experience,” said Jeff Erickson of PEOPLExpress. “We are encouraged by the very positive reception we’ve received about our new service. It’s time to Fly Smart.™”

PEOPLExpress takes off June 30 with two daily round-trip flights between Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF) and Newark, and one daily round-trip flight to both Boston and Pittsburgh.

On July 15, West Palm Beach is added with one daily round-trip.

On August 1, PEOPLExpress will add one daily roundtrip to Atlanta (except Tuesdays), followed on August 28 by three weekly roundtrips to St. Petersburg/Clearwater and three weekly flights to New Orleans. PEOPLExpress will operate from two gates on Concourse A at Newport News.

Vision Airlines, dba PEOPLExpress, will fly Boeing 737-400 aircraft operated by Vision Airlines bearing the logo of the popular 1980s carrier of the same name but with a fresh, green livery. Each aircraft has 150 seats – 138 with coach seating and 12 Living Large™ seats featuring more personal space for a fee. Both seating options will feature the same level of in-flight service.

Introductory fares start as low as $76 each way.

PEOPLExpress has developed a low-cost, a la carte service model that enables customers to create a customized travel product reflecting their individual wishes and budgets. Customers can choose to fly at an super-low price with friendly and attentive service but minimal frills or they can opt to purchase extras they want to make their trip more enjoyable, such as priority boarding, pre-assigned seating or an upgrade to a Living Large seat.

Fees for checked bags are lower than that of major carriers, at $20 for the first bag and $25 for the second. Living Large seats are available at $59 per flight segment, exit row seats are $25 each way, advance seat assignments are $15 each way while carry-on bags in overhead bins are $25 for each bag per segment. Beverages are available for purchase to accompany complimentary snacks.

All fares are per customer and include the base fare plus any applicable government-imposed taxes and fees. Some fees may be per segment while others may apply to connecting flights. Fares are subject to change until the flight has been purchased.

Complete schedules, times, fares and fees are available at any time at http://www.flypex.com or by calling toll-free (844) 435-9739 (or 844-4FLYPEX), from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, Eastern time.

Bloomberg Businessweek takes a look at the new PE: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ted Kitchens. Photos taken at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The first Vision Airlines Boeing 737-400 to be repainted is the pictured 737-405 N745VA (msn 24271).

Vision Airlines: AG Slide Show

PEOPLExpress (1st): AG Slide Show

Vision Airlines paints its first Boeing 737-400 for the latest PEOPLExpress

PEOPLExpress (Vision) 737-400 (14)(Grd)(Peoplexpress)(LRW)

Vision Airlines (Las Vegas) has painted its first Boeing 737-400 for the new PEOPLExpress (2nd) (Newport News/Williamsburg). Boeing 737-405 N745VA (msn 24271) is pictured after receiving its new look. Under the agreement just announced, Vision will operate four 737-400s under the reincarnated PEOPLExpress brand from the Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) (see below). The agreement comes at a good time. Vision has been experimenting with a lot of scheduled routes over the past few years as we detailed in previous reports. Currently the scheduled route map for Vision has shrunk to these two routes to Biloxi/Gulfport in Mississippi:

Vision 5.2014 Route Map (LRW)

Top Copyright Photo: PEOPLExpress (2nd)/Vision Airlines.

Vision Airlines: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: PEOPLExpress (2nd). An aerial view of the terminal at the new base for PEOPLExpress (2nd), Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport.

Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport (PHF)(LRW)