Pan Pacific Airlines to add its second route to South Korea

Pan Pacific Airlines (Manila) is a new airline based in the Philippines. The new airline commenced operations on April 27, 2017 between Kalibo, Philippines and Seoul (Incheon) with its only Airbus A320. Airbus A320-232 RP-C7932 (msn 1422) was delivered on April 18, 2017.

According to the carrier, the company was established in 1973 under the name of “Astro Air International” and was rebranded under the current name in 2016.

The CEO is Donald G. Dee.

The airline is planning to add its second route from Kalibo to Muan, South Korea starting on July 26, 2017 with twice-weekly service according to Airline Route.

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All images by Pan Pacific Airlines.

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Frontier Airlines announces a major expansion to 21 new cities

"Weston, the Woodpecker", delivered on April 11, 2017

Frontier Airlines has announced a significant network expansion adding 21 new cities which will increase the number of destinations served by the low-fare carrier by 30 percent and double the number of total routes. By next spring, Frontier will offer low fares to 90 percent of the U.S. population, which is expected to bring more than $1 billion dollars in savings to consumers through lower airfares. To celebrate the announcement, Frontier is offering limited time fares from $39.

Highlights of the announcement include the following:

  • Twenty-one new cities (eight on sale today), about a 30 percent increase in cities to 82 cities
  • Eighty-five new routes
  • Nonstop routes nearly double by Summer of 2018 to 314
  • Total routes (including connections) grow to well over 1000 by Summer 2018 (more than double the current number of total routes)
  • Expansion of winter service to warm weather destinations with significant growth in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Fort Myers, Fla., and Cancun, Mexico

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N309FR (msn 7555) (Weston, the Woodpecker) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 937846.

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Spanish newcomer Gowair takes delivery of its first aircraft

Gowair Vacation Airlines (Madrid) is a new Spanish airline. On July 13, 2017, the company took delivery of its first aircraft, ex Air China Airbus A320-214 EC-MQH (msn 1296, ex B-2210.

The new airline stated its philosophy:

“Our philosophy is very simple: while you are flying with us, we want you to feel that you are on vacation. This is GOWAIR, an airline that seeks to turn the flight into part of a more leisurely experience within the journey. We want to make your flight to any destination in the world, a unique experience.”

Images: Gowair.

JetBlue expands its Mint service map

JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N934JB (msn 6130) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926846.

JetBlue Airways (New York) on July 17, 2017 announced a series of expansion plans for the airline’s Mint premium experience, which will boost the number of Mint flights to more than 80 per day on up to 20 routes.

Starting in January 2018, JetBlue Mint® will land in new cities, launch new routes and expand on existing routes – introducing true premium travel to markets suffering from legacy options and offering all customers on the aircraft JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 core experience.

JetBlue announced it will offer Mint flights between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS), advancing JetBlue’s plan to expand its leadership position in Boston where it is already the largest airline. Service will begin January 4, 2018 and seats are on sale today. Last fall the airline announced plans to reach 200 daily flights at Logan, and this spring reached 150 daily flights with nonstop service to more than 60 destinations – more than any other airline in Boston.

The launch of Mint service between Boston and Las Vegas will follow the start of previously announced service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Las Vegas which begins in November.

JetBlue will be the only U.S. airline to operate regularly scheduled flights that feature fully lie-flat seating on domestic routes in Las Vegas.

Mint Schedule Between Boston (BOS) and Las Vegas (LAS)
Beginning January 4, 2018

BOS – LAS Flight #1077 LAS – BOS Flight #1078
7:10 a.m. – 10:22 a.m. 7:45 a.m. – 3:44 p.m.
BOS – LAS Flight #177 LAS – BOS Flight #178

8:50 p.m. – 11:52 p.m.

11:32 a.m. – 7:31 p.m.

Start Dates for Seattle/Tacoma

JetBlue also announced the start dates for two Mint routes at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Service between Boston and Seattle will begin February 15, 2018. When this route launches, JetBlue will serve seven destinations with Mint service in Boston.

Mint Schedule Between Boston (BOS) and Seattle/Tacoma (SEA)
Beginning February 15, 2018

BOS – SEA Flight #597 SEA – BOS Flight #598
8:56 a.m. – 12:18 p.m. 1:29 p.m. – 9:47 p.m.
BOS – SEA Flight #197 SEA – BOS Flight #498
7:22 p.m. – 10:46 p.m. 11:56 p.m. – 8:11 a.m. (+1)

In addition to Boston service, JetBlue will also launch Mint service between New York-JFK and Seattle/Tacoma on April 15, 2018. Mint will initially be offered on one daily roundtrip, with a second daily roundtrip added later in 2018. JetBlue, which is New York’s Hometown Airline®, will offer Mint on ten routes at JFK when Seattle service begins.

Mint Schedule Between New York (JFK) and Seattle (SEA)*
Beginning April 15, 2018

JFK – SEA Flight #263 SEA – JFK Flight #264
10:42 a.m. – 1:58 p.m. 3:08 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

*Second daily roundtrip start date and schedule to be announced later in 2017.

Growth in the Golden State

JetBlue will also expand Mint in two key California markets. At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) the airline is adding an additional daily Mint flight to New York, which will boost JetBlue’s service on the route to up to eleven daily flights – more than ever before. JetBlue recently relocated to LAX Terminal 5 which brought a vastly upgraded customer travel experience for JetBlue travelers. The addition of Mint has helped JetBlue grow its brand in Los Angeles, with the airline’s overall number of daily flights at LAX doubling since 2014.

At San Francisco International Airport (SFO) JetBlue is adding an additional daily Mint flight to Boston, which will boost JetBlue’s service on the route to up to five daily flights. The added Mint flight frequency will allow for a new afternoon departure from either Boston or San Francisco, offering travelers in both cities even more options to meet their schedules.

Covering the Caribbean

In the Caribbean, where JetBlue is a top carrier, the airline is adding second Saturday seasonal roundtrip Mint flights between:

  • New York-JFK and St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM)
    • Beginning January 13, 2018
  • Boston and Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA)
    • Beginning February 17, 2018
  • Boston and St. Maarten
    • Beginning February 17, 2018

Additionally, Mint service between both New York and Boston to Aruba will operate daily the week of the President’s Day holiday (February 15 – 26). All seasonal Mint routes in the Caribbean operates through April 2018.

JetBlue’s Airbus A321 With Mint Offers Every Customer A Better Flight

All customers will benefit from JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 with Mint aircraft, which features the airline’s new core experience for customers seated throughout the entire aircraft.

Features of the A321 core interior include 10-inch television screens offering free entertainment, comfortable seats with the most legroom in coach (a) and power outlets accessible to all customers. JetBlue’s popular marketplace, a self-serve station full of free snacks, sodas and water for customers to enjoy at their convenience, is also available throughout the flight. And all A321 aircraft offer JetBlue’s free Fly-Fi high-speed broadband Internet service when flying over the contiguous U.S. (b), access to JetBlue’s Hub content on personal devices and first-run Hollywood movies.

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Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N934JB (msn 6130) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 926846.

GLO Airlines suspends all operations

GLO Airlines (New Orleans) on July 15, 2017 suspended all operations.

GLO was founded by Louisiana native Trey Fayard and operations began in November 2015 using three SAAB 340Bs operated under contract by Corporate Flight Managment (CFM).

GLO and CFM are now involved in a dispute where the virtual airline has claimed CFM was “unable to properly staff flights” which often led to cancellations.

GLO is now looking at other operators to replace CFM and hopes to resume operations.

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Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Corporate Flight Management’s SAAB 340B N9CJ (msn 224) stops at Huntsville (HSV) in GLO’s 2015 livery.

Air Transat to replace its Airbus A310s with 10 new Airbus A321neo LRs

Transat A.T. Inc. has announced its Air Transat business unit has signed an agreement with AerCap for the long-term (12-year) leasing of 10 Airbus A321neo long-range aircraft (above). The aircraft are to be delivered between spring 2019 and fall 2020, and will replace Transat’s Airbus A310s, which will be gradually retired from the fleet (below).

The A321neo LRs will be deployed on both Sun destinations and transatlantic routes. Combined with the Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s, they will serve Transat’s entire network in an efficient and cost-effective way. Air Transat’s A321neo LRs will be configured for 200 seats across both classes: Club and Economy. All seats will be equipped with individual touch screens offering an extensive choice of entertainment for all.

 

Air Transat will be among the first carriers to operate the new long-range (LR) variant of the Airbus A321neo (new engine option). The A321neo LR has the longest range of any single-aisle jetliner, capable of flying up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km). It is ideally suited for Transat’s combination of routes. Specifically, its size gives major flexibility in terms of flight commercialization and frequency while its fuel efficiency will keep cost per seat as low as possible, while reducing its carbon footprint.

Air Transat’s fleet currently consists of 31 permanent aircraft in a unique flexible-fleet model that allows it to deploy more wide-body aircraft in summer for the high transatlantic season, and narrow-body aircraft in winter for the high Sun destinations season.

Top Image: AerCap.

Copyright Photo Below: Air Transat Airbus A310-308 C-FDAT (msn 658) (Santa Hat) CDG (Pepscl). Image: 902807.

A310s to be replaced with 10 new Airbus A321neo LRs by 2020

Yangtze River Express becomes Suparna Airlines

Yangtze River Express Boeing 747-481 (BCF) B-2432 (msn 28283) ANC (Bailey). Image: 931316.

Yangtze River Express (Yangtze River Airlines) (Shanghai) on July 7, 2017 changed its name to Suparna Airlines.

The company issued this short statement:

From July 7, 2017, the name of “Yangtze River Airlines” is officially renamed as “Suparna Airlines”, the company’s full name has changed from “Yangtze River Airlines Company Limited” to “Suparna Airlines Company Limited”.

In the future, Suparna Airlines will conduct a comprehensive brand upgrade. With more advanced fleet, and more comprehensive services, we’ve always been committed to building cozier and more entertaining experience for our passengers.

Suparna is another name for Garuda, a large legendary bird, bird-like creature.

Copyright Photo: Yangtze River Express Boeing 747-481 (BCF) B-2432 (msn 28283) ANC (Bailey). Image: 931316.