Lufthansa resumes flights from Munich to Delhi

Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXK (msn 212) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 956549.

Lufthansa on January 18, 2022 resumed flights from its Munich hub to Delhi.

The route will operate three days a week with Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXK (msn 212) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 956549.

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Brussels Airlines plans for busy summer with 85 destinations

Brussels Airlines made this announcement:

This coming summer season, starting on March 27, 2022, Brussels Airlines will offer 85 destinations, with a focus on leisure.

Newcomers in the airline’s summer portfolio compared to last year are Arecife (Lanzarote), Chania (Crete), Hurghada (Egypt), Mytilene (Lesbos), Samos, Marrakesh ( Morocco), Rabat (Morocco) and Munich.

After a winter which was still heavily impacted by the global pandemic, Brussels Airlines predicts a very busy summer season.

“The booking figures clearly show a great willingness to travel. Compared to the summer of 2021, we also see that passengers start to book longer in advance again, especially for the school holiday periods. Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Greek Islands are expected to be the most popular destinations this summer season. That’s why we are happy to add the islands Lesbos and Samos in Greece to our network, but also Lanzarote and Crete will be an added value in our vacation portfolio.”

  • Jan Derycke, Head of Network and Planning Brussels Airlines66 Medium haul destinations with focus on leisure travel

With a broad range of popular holiday destinations, the Belgian company wants to provide its customers a positive outlook for the coming summer. On top of the year-round destinations like Alicante, Madrid, Lisbon, Milano, Rome and many more, the airline relaunches a series of summer holiday destinations:

In Greece, Athens and Greek islands Crete (Heraklion and Chania), Cos, Rhodes, Corfu, Zakynthos, Lesbos and Samos will again be connected to Brussels. In Italy the airline will land again in Bari, Catania, Florence, Napoli, Olbia and Palermo. Spanish leisure routes Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca will join the network while flights to the Canary islands Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote will be continued from the winter season. Brussels Airlines will also start flying to Croatian destinations Dubrovnik and Split again as well as to Russian destinations Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. The Egyptian destination Hurghada will be continued after winter and also Marrakesh in Morocco will join the summer schedule. During the peak season, Moroccan destinations Tangier, Rabat and Nador will be connected to Brussels too.

19 long haul destinations with the restart of Washington

On the intercontinental network, Brussels Airlines will reopen Conakry (Guinea) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in Africa and will resume flights to Washington D.C. during the summer season. In total, the Belgian airline offers 19 long haul destinations, including 17 in Sub Sahara Africa and 2 in the US (New York and Washington).

New route Brussels – Munich

For the first time, Brussels Airlines will operate flights between Brussels and Munich. The Belgian airline will operate two flights a day, while Lufthansa continues to operate 5 daily frequencies. The first Brussels Airlines flight to Munich will take off on March 27, 2022.

Northern Pacific Airways unveils its first Boeing 757-200 in its livery

Northern Pacific Airways at San Bernardino, CA on January 18, 2022 unveiled its first Boeing 757-200 (757-2B7 N627NP msn 27808, ex American N206UW).

The Northern Pacific Airways livery unveiling event took place on January 18, 2022, at San Bernardino International Airport, in the AeroPro Hangar, Bay 3.

Step-and Repeat Media Interviews took place initially from 5:00-6:00 PM with the Northern Pacific Airways Team:

–        Rob McKinney, CEO, Northern Pacific Airways

–        Erlendur Svavarsson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Loftleidir

–        Nicolas Finazzo, Chairman and CEO, AerSale, Inc.

–        Paul Oliver, Certified Aviation Services

–        Kathy Dunn, Vice President of Communications, Visit Anchorage

This was followed by a brief presentation of the sponsors:

–        AerSale:  aircraft leasing

–        Certified Aviation Services:  aircraft maintenance

–        Pepsico:  food/catering

–        Woodford Reserve:  cocktails

Finally, there was a short “fireside chat” with Northern Pacific Airways CEO Rob McKinney.  Mr. McKinney is currently the Chief Executive Officer of FLOAT Alaska LLC and its subsidiaries – Northern Pacific Airways and Ravn Alaska.  He is a Learjet captain and has over 30 years of airline experience piloting commercial aircraft and managing flight operations.  Previous airline experience includes time with Pacific Wings, Mokulele Airlines, and SeaPort Airlines.  In 2018 Mr. McKinney co-founded FLOAT (Fly Over All Traffic) Shuttle Inc., a commuter and corporate transportation service in southern California.  This group acquired Ravn Air Group in April 2020.

During the “fireside chat” Mr. McKinney stated that Northern Pacific Airways (NPA) would be using the Icelandair “model” for flight operations and route development.  Plans are to offer flights between cities in California, Nevada, New York, Florida, and Texas, with direct long-haul service to cities in Japan and Korea through Anchorage over the Northern route.  The initial aircraft selected for this service are 757-200.

At present NPA already has agreements in place for 9 aircraft and looks to have 12 aircraft before starting service later this year.  While the exact launch date has not been finalized, Mr. McKinney sees the current aviation climate as a golden opportunity for the airline.  If not for the current critical situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, gates and landing slots in many of the major airports in both the US and Asia would not be available.  The opportunity to clear US Customs and Immigration in Anchorage is also seen as an advantage.

The airline plans to offer fares 10-25% below the standard trans-Pacific fares.  There will be no ticket expiration dates, no change fees, and crypto currency will be utilized.  The aircraft will be configured in a 3-class configuration (business, economy-plus, and economy) and will have streaming services and the ability to order meals and snacks on-line.

Later aircraft considerations will include both the 737 MAX and Airbus 321LR NEO families.  Widebody aircraft will be considered later.  The eventual plan is an airline with a fleet of 50 planes within 5-7 years.

The ceremony concluded with a short video, and then the aircraft N627NP was towed into the hangar for viewing by the invited guests.

All photos by Michael B. Ing.

Michael B. Ing reporting from San Bernardino, CA.

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Frontier is invading Southwest strongholds, will add routes from Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby

Frontier Airlines  today announced 13 nonstop routes from two new airports: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston. The expansion in Chicago and Houston complements Frontier’s existing service in the two markets at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). To celebrate the new flights and market growth, the airline is offering fares as low as $29*.

 

New Routes from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW):

 

SERVICE TO:

 

SERVICE START:

 

SERVICE FREQUENCY:

 

INTRO FARE:

 

Atlanta (ATL)

 

April 28, 2022

 

Daily

 

$29*

 

Dallas (DFW)

 

April 28, 2022

 

Daily

 

$29*

 

Denver (DEN)

 

April 28, 2022

 

Daily

 

$39*

 

Las Vegas (LAS)

 

April 28, 2022

 

Daily

 

$39*

 

Ontario, Calif. (ONT)

 

April 28, 2022

 

Daily

 

$39*

 

Phoenix (PHX)

 

April 28, 2022

 

Daily

 

$59*

 

Tampa (TPA)

 

April 28, 2022

 

Daily

 

$29*

 

Trenton, N.J. (TTN)

 

April 29, 2022

 

4x Weekly

 

$39*

 

Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

 

Oct. 13, 2022

 

Daily

 

$49*

 

Orlando (MCO)

 

Oct. 13, 2022

 

Daily

 

$49*

 

New Routes from William P. Hobby Airport (HOU):

SERVICE TO:

 

SERVICE START:

 

SERVICE FREQUENCY:

 

INTRO FARE:

 

Cancun (CUN)**

 

May 26, 2022

 

3x Weekly

 

To CUN: $79*

 

Las Vegas (LAS)

 

May 27, 2022

 

4x Weekly

 

$59*

 

Orlando (MCO)

 

May 27, 2022

 

4x Weekly

 

$39*

 

**Subject to government approval.

Allegiant reports its fourth quarter will be its third consecutive quarter of profitability since the onset of the pandemic

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) today reported preliminary passenger traffic results for December 2021, fourth quarter 2021, and full year 2021.

“Fourth quarter scheduled capacity was up 14.5 percent as compared with 2019, in line with our initial expectations,” stated Drew Wells, senior vice president of revenue. “Despite a challenging operating environment during the Christmas holiday peak-period, we ended the quarter with a load factor of 78.8 percent, the highest since the onset of the pandemic. Although Omicron led to an uptick in customer cancellations, daily booking trends throughout the quarter consistently outperformed levels observed in 2019. This strength in bookings resulted in total operating revenue of roughly $496 million for the quarter, an increase of more than 7.5 percent when compared with 2019.”

“We are pleased to report that the fourth quarter will be our third consecutive quarter of profitability since the onset of the pandemic,” stated Gregory Anderson, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Despite operational challenges around holiday peak travel, we expect an adjusted1 EBITDA margin for the fourth quarter of roughly 19 percent. This margin includes nearly $23 million of irregular operations costs incurred during the quarter, the majority of which were incurred in December. Operational challenges were predominantly a result of crew shortages related to Omicron. Although these challenges continued into early January, we are beginning to see relief and expect significant improvement in the operation as the Omicron variant begins to dissipate.”

Scheduled Service – Year Over Two-Year Comparison
December 2021 December 2019 Change
Passengers 1,320,403 1,308,341 0.9%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 1,226,131 1,165,902 5.2%
Available seat miles (000) 1,556,101 1,411,107 10.3%
Load factor 78.8% 82.6% (3.8 pts)
Departures 9,801 9,423 4.0%
Average stage length (miles) 902 871 3.6%
4th Quarter 2021 4th Quarter 2019 Change
Passengers 3,671,032 3,516,263 4.4%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 3,306,563 3,073,055 7.6%
Available seat miles (000) 4,288,133 3,745,031 14.5%
Load factor 77.1% 82.1% (5.0pts)
Departures 27,818 25,541 8.9%
Average stage length (miles) 876 856 2.3%
YTD 2021 YTD 2019 Change
Passengers 13,509,544 14,823,267 (8.9%)
Revenue passenger miles (000) 11,963,715 13,038,003 (8.2%)
Available seat miles (000) 17,027,902 15,545,818 9.5%
Load factor 70.3% 83.9% (13.6pts)
Departures 113,121 105,690 7.0%
Average stage length (miles) 862 859 0.3%

Total System* – Year Over Two-Year Comparison
December 2021 December 2019 Change
Passengers 1,327,884 1,318,872 0.7%
Available seat miles (000) 1,586,060 1,453,592 9.1%
Departures 10,065 9,742 3.3%
Average stage length (miles) 896 868 3.2%
4th Quarter 2021 4th Quarter 2019 Change
Passengers 3,731,034 3,585,966 4.0%
Available seat miles (000) 4,440,839 3,928,536 13.0%
Departures 29,193 27,088 7.8%
Average stage length (miles) 865 846 2.2%
YTD 2021 YTD 2019 Change
Passengers 13,637,405 15,012,149 (9.2%)
Available seat miles (000) 17,490,571 16,174,240 8.1%
Departures 117,047 110,542 5.9%
Average stage length (miles) 856 855 0.1%

 

Scheduled Service – Year Over Year Comparison
December 2021 December 2020 Change
Passengers 1,320,403 673,041 96.2%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 1,226,131 611,429 100.5%
Available seat miles (000) 1,556,101 1,128,200 37.9%
Load factor 78.8% 54.2% 24.6pts
Departures 9,801 7,281 34.6%
Average stage length (miles) 902 891 1.2%
4th Quarter 2021 4th Quarter 2020 Change
Passengers 3,671,032 2,129,292 72.4%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 3,306,563 1,878,831 76.0%
Available seat miles (000) 4,288,133 3,226,050 32.9%
Load factor 77.1% 58.2% 18.9pts
Departures 27,818 21,399 30.0%
Average stage length (miles) 876 868 0.9%
YTD 2021 YTD 2020 Change
Passengers 13,509,544 8,553,623 57.9%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 11,963,715 7,626,470 56.9%
Available seat miles (000) 17,027,902 12,814,080 32.9%
Load factor 70.3% 59.5% 10.8pts
Departures 113,121 85,276 32.7%
Average stage length (miles) 862 867 (0.6%)

 

Total System* – Year Over Year Comparison
December 2021 December 2020 Change
Passengers 1,327,884 679,424 95.4%
Available seat miles (000) 1,586,060 1,147,534 38.2%
Departures 10,065 7,471 34.7%
Average stage length (miles) 896 883 1.5%
4th Quarter 2021 4th Quarter 2020 Change
Passengers 3,731,034 2,159,035 72.8%
Available seat miles (000) 4,440,839 3,315,599 33.9%
Departures 29,193 22,189 31.6%
Average stage length (miles) 865 860 0.6%
YTD 2021 YTD 2020 Change
Passengers 13,637,405 8,623,984 58.1%
Available seat miles (000) 17,490,571 13,125,533 33.3%
Departures 117,047 87,955 33.1%
Average stage length (miles) 856 862 (0.7%)

 

*Total system includes scheduled service and fixed fee contract.  System revenue passenger miles and system load factor are not useful statistics as system available seat miles include both ASMs flown by fixed fee flying as well as non-revenue producing repositioning flights used for operational needs.  Fixed fee flying is better measured through dollar contribution versus operational statistics.

 

Preliminary Financial Results
$ per gallon
December 2021 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system $2.37
$ per gallon
4th quarter 2021 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system $2.48
$ per gallon
Full year 2021 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system $2.15

Historic Photo: United Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-8-51 N8009U (msn 45286) PDX (Ted J. Gibson – Bruce Drum Collection). Image: 956534.

"Captain George Douglass"

Copyright Photo: United Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-8-51 N8009U (msn 45286) PDX (Ted J. Gibson – Bruce Drum Collection). Image: 956534.

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Caribbean Airlines places its new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 into service

Delivered as 9Y-CAL on November 17, 2021, in service on January 15, 2022 POS - KIN

Caribbean Airlines put its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 into service on January 15, 2022.

The inaugural flight was operated between Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Kingston, Jamaica.

The aircraft, 9Y-CAL, was delivered on November 17, 2021.

Caribbean Airlines’ CEO, Garvin Medera, said this on the special flight:

“The introduction of this new aircraft into service, represents Caribbean Airlines’ initiative to ‘REset Expectations’ for 2022. The 737-8 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world and it brings a range of benefits for Caribbean Airlines, our customers, and the environment. Fuel and maintenance costs are lower, each plane has 10 more seats than its predecessor with a total of 160 seats and the aircraft offers state-of-the-art technology and an upgraded level of comfort in both the business class and economy cabin, including in seat power for mobile devices, a new sky interior, sleek modern seats and much more.”

“We’re really excited about the plans and improvements for the coming year, all done with you in mind. Be sure to stay informed via our social media channels and follow us on #REcalibrate as we REset Expectations in 2022.”

Top Copyright Photo: Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N60668 (9Y-CAL) (msn 43385) BFI (Nick Dean). Image: 954501.

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Fly Arna unveils its livery

Fly Arna is Armenia’s national airline and a joint venture company between the Armenian National Interests Fund (ANIF) and Air Arabia Group.

Based in Zvartnots International Airport (EVN) in Yerevan, Fly Arna follows the successful low-cost business model operated by Air Arabia that focuses on offering comfort, reliability, and value-for-money air travel.

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Empire Holdings acquires FedEx Feeder West Air

Empire Holdings, Inc., parent company of Empire Airlines, has purchased West Air, Inc., a FedEx Feeder airline headquartered in Fresno, California.

Founded in 1978 and based in Fresno, California, West Air operates Cessna Caravans for FedEx servicing parts of California, Nevada, and Utah. The company has served as a FedEx Feeder operator since 1987.

The acquisition expands the footprint of Empire Holdings, Inc., which is based in Hayden, Idaho, and owns Empire Airlines, Empire Aerospace and Empire Unmanned. Empire Airlines, founded in 1977, operates for FedEx out of 16 bases in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska, California, Oklahoma, South Dakota, New Mexico, and Kansas. Empire Airlines has been a FedEx Feeder airline since 1988.

West Air will continue to operate as a standalone company with existing management in place. Komberec will become the new Chief Executive Officer. The terms of the sale are not being disclosed.

West Air was founded in Chico, California, in the 1940s as a Fixed Base Operator, pumping fuel, renting aircraft, performing aircraft maintenance and avionics and providing charter flights and flight instruction. In the late 1970s, the company provided San Francisco-based commuter airline services as West Air Airlines.

West Air began operations for FedEx in 1987 and the company quickly transitioned to an all Cessna 208 fleet, with 33 new aircraft added to the operation.

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