Airberlin’s second quarter and first half loss widens

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) has not stemmed its losses. The airline reported a second quarter net loss of €37.5 million ($41.8 million). This represents a 2Q widened net loss from €8.6 million ($9.5 million) reported in the same period a year ago.

The company’s first half net loss was also reported as €247.6 million ($276 million), widened from the €201.2 million net loss ($224.4 million) previously reported for the same period a year ago.

The airline issued this financial report:

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Revenue performance in the second quarter of 2015 was characterized by tactical capacity adjustments. At 1.07 billion euros in Q2 2015, revenue fell by 7.0 percent compared to the same period last year (Q2 2014 1.15 billion euros). Accordingly, Group revenue also declined by -2.3 percent (from 1.91 billion euros to 1.87 billion euros) in the first half of 2015. As a result of capacity consolidation, revenue decreased compared to last year, but capacity utilisation and revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) improved.

Stefan Pichler, CEO airberlin:

“Following a good first quarter, the second quarter was a transition quarter in line with the market trend, as expected and announced. We are optimistic about the outlook for the second half of the year. I am convinced that airberlin is well positioned, thanks to the efficiency improvement measures we have introduced. The noticeable 2.1 percent load factor improvement in July to 87.3 percent shows that we’re on the right track. In the fourth quarter, we will begin the consistent transformation of our business model.”

Operating earnings (EBIT) were -15.9 million euros in Q2 2015 (Q2 2014: -6.9 million euros). This year’s shift in the Easter holidays and last year’s Lufthansa strike affected earnings performance during Q2 2015. Benefits due to the low oil prices were offset by fuel hedging and the US dollar development. Over the half-year, however, airberlin improved its operating earnings (EBIT) by 7.3 percent compared to last year (HY 2014: -189.7 million euros, HY 2015: -175.8 million euros).

Net profit in the second quarter is -37.5 million euros (Q2 2014: 8.6 million euros). In the first half-year, net profit was -247.6 million euros (HY 2014: -201.2 million euros), which was primarily due to pronounced currency effects when evaluating derivates.

Positive RASK performance thanks to efficient capacity and revenue management

In a competitive market environment, Airberlin slightly increased revenue per available seat kilometer (RASK) in the second quarter, which coincided with the system-driven realignment of its revenue management. Total revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) was 7.20 eurocts (Q2 2014: 7.16 eurocts), which represents a 0.6 percent increase. In terms of half-year results, RASK also increased by 1.2 percent, from 6.90 eurocts to 6.99 eurocts. In terms of yield performance, the average yield fell by -1.6 percent, from 120.5 euros to 118.5 euros. Compared to the same half-year period last year, the yield improved by 0.7 percent, from 119.0 euros to 119.8 euros.

In the second quarter, Airberlin offered 15.0 billion available seat kilometers (ASK), which, in accordance with its capacity planning, represents a fall of 7.1 percent (Q2 2014: 16.0 billion). Cost per ASK (CASK) rose by 1.5 percent from 7.20 eurocts to 7.31 eurocts.

Realignment of business model

During the first phase of the realignment, the management structure and management processes of the Airberlin Group were more closely aligned to operational airline processes. In addition to the short-term capacity consolidation, the airberlin group continues to focus its efforts on the redesign of its revenue management and sales.

A fundamental review of the current network operated by Airberlin is nearing completion and is aimed at significantly improving both the starting position of the operating costs per ASK (CASK) and the revenue per available seat kilometre. Optimising internal business processes and increasing focus on core business will continue during the 2nd half of 2015.

Outlook

The second half of the current financial year will aim at implementing the optimisation measures initiated during the first half year. Considerable improvements in yield, capacity utilisation and RASK are expected.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin is phasing out its Boeing 737 fleet and is going to an all-Airbus fleet. The last 737 should be retired by the end of next year unless the carrier decides to cut additional loss-making routes. Boeing 737-86J D-ABME (msn 37766) painted in the Oneworld scheme taxies at Zurich.

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Emirates to launch the world’s longest air route

Emirates (Dubai) has announced plans to launch services to Panama City, beginning February 1, 2016.

The new service will be the longest nonstop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes in the westbound direction) and will be Emirates’ first gateway destination in Central America.

Service to Panama City, Panama’s capital and largest city by population, will commence with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft in a 3-class layout – 8 in First, 42 in Business, and 216 in Economy. The aircraft can carry up to 15 tons of cargo. Key imports to the country include pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron/steel rods, and electronics. Service to Panama City will operate through Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Later this year, Emirates will be adding four additional routes to its global network including Mashhad, Iran and Orlando in September; Bamako, Mali in October; and Bologna in November.
Service to Panama City to begin on February 1, 2016

Emirates flight EK251 will depart Dubai at 08:05 and arrive in Panama City at 16:40 daily. The return flight EK252 will leave Panama City at 22:10, arriving in Dubai at 22:55 the next day.

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Spirit Airlines announces Las Vegas – New Orleans flights

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced daily, nonstop service to and from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) and McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas.

This new daily service begins on November 13, 2015 and brings the total number of Spirit nonstop flights to six destinations from New Orleans including Chicago (O’Hare), Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Dallas/Fort Worth, and Detroit.

Spirit operates 28 daily departures to 19 destinations from Las Vegas.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. This new Airbus A321 is pictured in the new bright yellow 2014 livery. The airliner is seen on a test flight at Hamburg (Finkenwerder). Airbus A321-231 D-AYAH (msn 6736) will become N658NK on delivery.

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United Airlines boosts in-flight entertainment with more content on more aircraft

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced “complimentary personal device entertainment is now available on regional jet aircraft”. The in-flight entertainment offerings now includes expanded HBO content, Vevo videos and concerts. The company issued these further details:
United logo-1United Airlines is continuing the expansion of its “United Private Screening” in-flight entertainment with the launch of free personal device entertainment on two-cabin United Express regional jets; expanded HBO programming; and exclusively curated content from Vevo, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform.

United currently has one of the largest offerings of free streaming entertainment – already on more than 200 United aircraft – with scores of television shows and movies available for streaming directly to travelers’ laptop computers and iOS and Android mobile devices.

Customers on flights with personal device entertainment may enjoy popular films like “Birdman,” “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and the “Taken” trilogy, as well as kid-friendly favorites such as “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and “The LEGO Movie.” Hours of popular television shows are also available and may include HBO’s “Veep” and “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” as well as “Mad Men,” “Orange is the New Black” and other hit shows.

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Regional Jet Entertainment and Onboard Experience

United has begun rolling out personal device entertainment on its fleet of more than 120 Wi-Fi-equipped United Express Embraer E170, E175 (above) and Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets, with more than half of these aircraft now offering free streaming entertainment. The airline plans to offer the service on all Wi-Fi-equipped regional jets by the end of next week.

The launch of personal device entertainment on regional jets follows United’s introduction this year of an all-new premium-cabin experience on United Express, featuring freshly prepared meals served on chinaware on regional jet flights of at least 800 miles.

Expanded HBO Content

Additionally, the airline has expanded HBO content on aircraft that offer personal device entertainment as well as on those with seatback on-demand entertainment. Available HBO entertainment includes full seasons of popular television shows such as “Entourage,” “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective.”

Videos and Concert Entertainment from Vevo

United has also joined with Vevo to offer hundreds of music videos and concert performances for customers to view at no charge on United aircraft offering personal device entertainment. Vevo content is also available through seatback on-demand entertainment.

Tribeca Film Festival

Meanwhile, United is in its second year as the official airline of the Tribeca Film Festival. Flights with live television, seatback on-demand entertainment and personal device entertainment offer unique in-flight content curated by Tribeca, including independent feature narratives and documentaries as well as short films.

Tablet Rentals

This summer, United also launched a pilot program offering tablets for rent on Boeing 777 flights between the continental United States and Honolulu and between Honolulu and Guam. The 8.4-inch tablets contain stored entertainment, including television shows, movies and games.

In-flight Entertainment Availability

United aircraft offer several in-flight entertainment options, with Wi-Fi also available on 85 percent of mainline aircraft and regional jets receiving the technology. In addition:

  • United plans to install personal device entertainment on more than 650 mainline and regional aircraft, including its intercontinental fleet;
  • The airline operates more than 200 intercontinental and p.s. Premium Service aircraft with seatback on-demand entertainment; and
  • Another 227 mainline aircraft offer live television, more than any other airline in the world.
    Customers may learn before departure which entertainment option will be available by checking their flight status at united.com or via the United mobile app.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (E175) N86322 (msn 17000465) prepares to land at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

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OneJet to add Nashville to its growing network

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OneJet (Indianapolis) will add Nashville, Tennessee as a new destination city to its growing network. OneJet flights from Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and Nashville International Airport (BNA) will be available for purchase beginning August 13, 2015, for operation starting on September 8, 2015. Nashville joins a growing list of cities from Indianapolis offering OneJet service, including Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Memphis, all introduced earlier this year.

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OneJet flights will depart Indianapolis at 8:00am and arrive in Nashville at 8:15am. Flights from Nashville will depart at 4:15pm, arriving in Indianapolis at 6:40pm. All times local.

Flights operate from main commercial terminals and airports in markets served currently including Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Memphis, and Nashville providing weekday service on Hawker 400 light jet aircraft. All flights are operated by regionally based operating partners featuring ARG/US Platinum Safety-rated and TSA-certified operations.

Memphis was added on June 22. OneJet will announce a second focus city on or before September 15.

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Jetstar Airways has the first Bombardier Q300 for regional services in New Zealand painted

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Jetstar Airways (Melbourne) has issued this statement and photos:

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The first of five Jetstar Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft to be painted in Jetstar livery rolled out of the paint shop in Townsville this week in preparation for regional services in New Zealand later this year.

The aircraft were formerly used by QANTAS Link and will be the first turbo-props to fly under the Jetstar brand.

In addition to the new livery, the Q300s are being given an interior refresh to match the Jetstar onboard product.

Further details of the new services, including the four regional destinations they’ll be flying to in New Zealand, will be announced in a few weeks.

Regional New Zealand flights on the Q300s will be operated by Eastern Australia Airlines for Jetstar Airways.

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Copyright Photos: Jetstar Airways. Eastern Australia Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-315 (Q300) was rolled out of the paint shop at Townsville in the new look.

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