Lufthansa today launches the Frankfurt-Tampa route

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) today (September 25) launched its new nonstop service to Florida’s west coast. Lufthansa issued this statement:

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Flight LH 482 left Frankfurt (FRA) at 11:00 local time, and is due to land at Tampa International Airport (TPA) later today at 15:50 local time. The corresponding eastbound flight LH 483 will depart from Tampa at 17:20 local time, and is scheduled to touch down in Frankfurt at 08:45 tomorrow (Saturday, September 26).

Lufthansa will be offering five weekly flights on its new Frankfurt-Tampa route until October 25 under the present summer schedules. This will change to four weekly services with the start of the 2015/16 winter schedules on October 26.

Tampa is the Lufthansa’s third Florida destination, joining Miami and Orlando. With the addition of its new service, Lufthansa now serves a total of 18 US destinations.

Airbus A340-300s which will be used on the new services are all equipped with FlyNet broadband internet facilities, and will be operated in a three-class configuration: an 18-seat Business Class, a 19-seat Premium Economy Class and a 261-seat Economy Class, giving a total capacity of 298 seats.

Average flying time on the 7,721 kilometers (4,169 nautical miles) route is 10 hours 50 minutes.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-311 D-AIGC (msn 027) in the Star Alliance livery departs from Toronto (Pearson).

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Trans States Airlines’ pilots approve a three-year contract extension

Trans States Airlines-TSA (St. Louis) has issued this statement:

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Trans States Airlines is pleased to announce that its pilot group has passed a Tentative Agreement on a three year contract extension. The Trans States Airlines pilots are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA). The Tentative Agreement, which was unanimously recommended by the ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC) for a rank and file vote, passed with 71% of voting pilots voting in favor of the contract extension. The new contract increases first year pay to $35.81 per flight hour, and includes increases in cost-of-living pay and the pilots’ per diem rate. It also increases the company’s 401(K) contributions and decreases pilots’ health insurance costs.

The new contract will go into effect on October 1, 2015.

Trans States Airlines operates a fleet of Embraer 145 aircraft on behalf of United Airlines (as United Express) and American Airlines (as American Eagle). Trans States is one of the fastest growing regional airlines in the country, with 52 additional Embraer 145 aircraft scheduled for delivery starting in 2015. Trans States expects to serve over 3.6 million passengers in 2015, with approximately 237 daily flights to over 70 cities in North America. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Trans States has crew domiciles in St. Louis (STL), Chicago (ORD), Washington D.C. (IAD) and Denver (DEN). Trans States will open a fifth crew domicile in Raleigh-Durham (RDU) in 2016.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operating as an AmericanConnection carrier, Trans States now operates some former Envoy Air Embraer ERJ 145s under the American Eagle brand. Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N835HK (msn 145670), originally with TSA, arrives in Raleigh-Durham (RDU).

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Air Lease Corporation to lease two Boeing 737-800s to Siam Air

Siam Air (Siam Air Transport) (Bangkok-Don Mueang Airport) is becoming a new Boeing 737-800 operator.

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Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (Los Angeles) announced lease agreements with Siam Air Transport (Thailand) for two used Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These aircraft will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Siam Air was founded in 2013 and commenced low-fare operations in October 2014.

Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. Siam Air currently operates two Boeing 737-300s to three destinations in Hong Kong and China. The 737-300s will now be replaced with the newer 737s. Boeing 737-3J6 HS-BRU (msn 25893) arrives in Hong Kong.

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Finnair extends the Miami route to the summer season, adds frequencies to Chicago for summer 2016

Finnair (Helsinki) has announced, starting in April 2016, it will extend its Miami service to be year-round, and will operate to Miami with three weekly frequencies in summer 2016.

“The Miami route has proven to be popular both for our Northern European customers as well as for Miami based customers, for whom we offer excellent connections to Scandinavia via Helsinki. The new schedule will also enable excellent connections from Miami to our Asian destinations. Our oneworld partner, American Airlines, has a large hub in Miami, which enables good connections further to the Caribbean, Central and South America.”

Finnair also adds frequencies to its Chicago service, increasing the weekly flights from three in summer 2015 to five in summer 2016. This will further improve connectivity beyond Chicago to American Airlines’ extensive network in the Americas. This five-weekly service connects well also to Finnair’s Asian network beyond Helsinki.

Both destinations are served with Finnair Airbus A330 aircraft. The flights to Miami International Airport are operated on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, and the flights to Chicago O’Hare are operated from Helsinki on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Finnair’s Chicago and Miami services are included in the joint business on transatlantic traffic with fellow oneworld alliance partners British Airways, Iberia, American Airlines and American’s merger partner US Airways. Miami and Chicago are hubs for American, which allows Finnair’s customers quick codeshare connections to destinations throughout the United States, including San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Miami and Chicago timetables connect well with passengers transferring to and from Finnair destinations in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the Baltics, including Stockholm, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, St Petersburg, Moscow and Warsaw as well as with Finnair’s Asian destinations, including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Chongqing, Xi’an, Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi and Bangkok.

In addition to Miami and Chicago, Finnair operates daily to New York JFK and, together with its joint business partners, offers over 120 daily departures over the Atlantic.

Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302 OH-LTO (msn 1013) in the special Unikko (poppy) color scheme departs from the Helsinki (HEL) hub.

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Delta announces the new Raleigh-Durham to Paris CDG route, increases New York JFK – Tel Aviv flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has announced it will connect the Research Triangle to Europe with nonstop service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport beginning on May 12, 2016.

The flight will operate on the following schedule in conjunction with the airline’s joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia using 164-seat, Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

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DL230 Raleigh-Durham at 6:13 p.m. Paris (CDG) at 8:35 a.m. (next day)
DL231 Paris (CDG) at 10:45 a.m. Raleigh-Durham 1:57 p.m.

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In other news, Delta will add four weekly year-round flights between its New York-JFK hub and Tel Aviv beginning on May 26, 2016.

The additional flights will complement Delta’s existing daily service to Tel Aviv for a total of 11 weekly flights between the two cities and the third largest trans-Atlantic market. Delta will operate the added flights with a 291-seat, Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-26D N900PC (msn 28446) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Compass Airlines and ATP Flight School finalize an agreement to pay up to $11,000 in training costs for graduates in return for flying for the airline

Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) has finalized an agreement with ATP Flight School that paves the way for its participation in ATP’s Tuition Reimbursement Program. This program allows ATP graduate flight instructors to have up to $11,000 of their ATP training costs paid for by Compass, in exchange for agreeing to fly for Compass after earning the requisite number of hours.

“We recognize that the path to becoming a commercial airline pilot can be expensive,” said Jacob Rosholt, Chief Operating Officer at Compass Airlines. “The ATP Tuition Reimbursement program is a terrific opportunity to ease the financial burden faced by aspiring pilots, while simultaneously giving Compass immediate access to some of the nation’s top aviation talent.”

“Tuition reimbursement helps address the long-term need to attract new pilots into the airline career. Compass is helping innovate a real, sustainable solution to the pilot shortage by participating in this program,” said Justin Dennis, Vice President at ATP.

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Compass is now hiring 40 pilots per month, and currently offers an upgrade time in less than one year, provided Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) and General Operations Manual (GOM) requirements are met.

Compass Airlines serves over 4 million passengers annually, averaging over 180 daily departures to destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Compass operates a fleet of Embraer 170/175 aircraft on behalf of American Airlines (as American Eagle) and Delta Air Lines (as Delta Connection), and is in the midst of major growth, adding 20 Embraer 175 aircraft to its fleet in 2015. Compass has crew bases in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles and Seattle/Tacoma.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N624CZ (msn 17000222) operating as a Delta Connection carrier departs from Los Angeles.

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Boeing and China finalize agreements for 300 China orders and commitments, Boeing and COMAC to partner on 737 completion and delivery center in China

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) yesterday (September 23) welcomed China President Xi Jinping to its widebody commercial airplane factory and announced several significant agreements that will broaden and deepen cooperation between Boeing and China.

The company issued this statement:

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The agreements include orders and commitments for 300 Boeing narrowbody and widebody aircraft and expanded collaboration between Boeing and China’s commercial aviation industry.

Together, Boeing and China committed to further advance development of China’s commercial aviation industry and meet strategic business objectives for Boeing in the world’s largest airplane market going forward.

President Xi, accompanied by Boeing executives, viewed final assembly lines for the 787 Dreamliner, 777 and 747-8, as well as aircraft components made by Chinese aviation suppliers. The president also spoke with Boeing employees and the 787 chief pilot about their work on airplanes built for Chinese carriers.

 

Agreements announced include:

Boeing and National Development Reform Commission (NDRC)

Boeing and NDRC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will advance their long-term strategic cooperation through several “Pillars of Partnership.” These pillars include:

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  • Continued development of a world-class aviation transportation system through deliveries to China of Boeing airplanes and services
  • Development of technologies to reduce aviation’s environmental impact and enhance sustainability
  • Leadership development and training for the next generation of leaders in China’s aviation industry
  • Continued cooperation to support the safety, efficiency and capacity of China’s air transport system
  • Orders and Commitments for Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Boeing and China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CASC) have signed a General Terms Agreement related to the purchase of 300 airplanes. The package has a value of approximately $38 billion at list prices.

Aircraft orders and commitments include:

  • (240) airplanes for Chinese airlines, including (190) 737s and 50 widebody aircraft
  • (60) 737s for leasing companies ICBC and CDB Leasing

 

Orders are posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website after all contingencies are cleared.

737 Completion and Delivery Center in China

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Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd., (COMAC) will partner to open a facility in China for the interiors completion, paint and delivery of Boeing 737 aircraft to Chinese customers. The joint venture facility will significantly expand Boeing’s collaboration with China’s aviation industry while also enabling future production rate increases at Boeing’s 737 final assembly factory in Renton, Wash. This China-based facility will not reduce 737 Program employment in Washington State.

 

Boeing, COMAC and Chinese government officials are working toward a final business agreement and will announce the facility’s location and timing of first deliveries at a later date.

Boeing, now building a record 42 737s per month, will increase production to 47 airplanes per month in 2017 and 52 airplanes per month in 2018 to meet strong demand for the 737, the world’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplane.

Boeing and Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC)

Boeing and Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) will broaden their long-term collaboration to support Boeing’s commercial airplane programs. In a framework agreement, the companies said they intend to further advance AVIC’s manufacturing capabilities by adding major component and assembly work packages; strengthening leadership; and developing AVIC’s broad aviation infrastructure and business practices, including supply chain management.

Further development of sustainable aviation biofuel

Under the framework of the MOU between Boeing and NDRC, Boeing and NDRC announced a new initiative to turn agricultural waste in China into sustainable aviation biofuel. Boeing will partner with NDRC to turn items from farms, such as corn cobs and wheat stalks, into sustainable jet fuel as a way to reduce aviation’s carbon emissions.

When produced sustainably, aviation biofuel reduces carbon emissions by 50 to 80 percent on a lifecycle basis compared to conventional petroleum jet fuel, according to studies by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Boeing has partnered with Chinese stakeholders to support development of China’s air transport system since President Richard Nixon arrived in Beijing on Air Force One, a Boeing 707, in 1972. Today, more than 50 percent of commercial jetliners operating in China are Boeing airplanes. Over the next 20 years, China will be Boeing’s largest commercial airplane market with a projected need for 6,330 new airplanes, worth an estimated $950 billion.

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