Southwest to serve four destinations in Hawaii

Southwest Airlines on April 26 announced its intention to serve Honolulu, HI (Oahu); Kahului, HI (Maui); Kona, HI (Island of Hawaii); Lihue, HI (Kauai).

Additional details will be coming soon, so continue to check back for announcements on mainland gateways, future schedules, and more! Mahalo!

 

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Uzbekistan Airways orders another Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner UK78701 (msn 38363) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940632.

Uzbekistan Airways and the Boeing Company have signed an agreement for the delivery of another Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The airline will have six in service by 2020.

The third Dreamliner, which is expected to be delivered in the middle of May, 2018. It differs from the previous two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The number of seats is increased – the total number of seats will be 270 (business class 24, economy class 246).

Uzbekistan Airways became the first customer of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Central Asia.

On July 27, 2017 the 787 performed the first nonstop flight from Tashkent to New York.

Top Copyright Photo (all other by the airline): Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner UK78701 (msn 38363) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940632.

Uzbekistan Airways aircraft slide show:

Frontier pilots say negotiations are at an impasse, ask NMB to impose deadline on talks

ALPA has issued this statement:

The union representing Frontier Airlines pilots has petitioned the federal government to release them from mediation, which could start the clock for a potential pilot strike 30 days later.

In a letter submitted to the National Mediation Board (NMB), the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) said it believes further mediation would be futile and requested that the NMB make a proffer of arbitration. If the NMB does so and either the union or the company declines arbitration, the two sides would enter a 30-day cooling-off period, after which time the parties would be free to engage in self-help—such as a strike by the pilots or a lockout by the company.

Frontier’s 1,200 pilots are the lowest-paid narrowbody pilots in the United States, with captain pay rates falling 40 percent below the industry average. They are the last pilots in the United States flying under a contract negotiated while their airline was in bankruptcy. Since the last contract was ratified in 2007, the Denver-based carrier has become one of the nation’s most profitable airlines.

ALPA’s letter to the NMB explains that management has engaged in bad-faith bargaining, continues to seek bankruptcy-like concessions, has offered below-average industry pay, and can be expected to continue to resist concluding an agreement without decisive action by the Board.

“Despite its industry-leading financial performance, Frontier Airlines has insisted upon a substantially discounted pilot contract,” said ALPA’s president, Capt. Tim Canoll. “The company has made it plain that it is unwilling to pay market rates, make industry-standard retirement contributions, or enter into job-security provisions that other companies accept and negotiate routinely. ALPA believes this dispute will only be resolved by proffering arbitration.”

In a strike-authorization vote taken last August, 100 percent of participating Frontier pilots gave their leadership the go-ahead to declare a legal strike at the conclusion of the cooling-off period if the NMB releases ALPA to self-help. The two sides have been in negotiations for more than two years and in federal mediation since November 2016. The two sides’ last mediation session concluded on April 20 with no further sessions scheduled.

“Frontier pilots have been working under the same contract for more than 10 years while our peers at other airlines have negotiated big increases with their companies,” said Capt. Tracy Smith, chairman of ALPA’s Frontier Airlines group. “We are absolutely unwilling to work at a discount when our airline pays market rates for fuel, aircraft, gates, and everything else. We demand a market-rate agreement and we are 100 percent ready to strike if that’s what it takes to get one.”

Photo: ALPA.

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Jazeera Airways to launch three weekly flights to Tbilisi

Jazeera Airways has announced the launch of its three weekly flights to Tbilisi, capital and largest city in Georgia from June 13, 2018.

Additionally, Jazeera Airways will be adding the fourth destination in India after Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kochi recently, Jazeera Airways will now fly to Mumbai starting May 9.

All photos by Jazeera Airways.

CommutAir and Ohio University offer students First Officer pathway program

CommutAir, a United Express® carrier, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology to offer Ohio University’sstudent pilots a direct path to a CommutAir First Officer position.

As part of the arrangement, CommutAir will provide select Ohio University student pilots up to $22,100 in tuition reimbursement towards obtaining a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating and building the necessary aeronautical experience required to fly for United’s fastest-growing regional airline.

CommutAir will offer student pilots hands-on experience by providing access to flight training resources, pilot mentors, and routine sessions with CommutAir pilots and executives. The program will serve as a preferred gateway for CFIs wanting to fly for CommutAir and eventually United Airlines via CommutAir’s United Career Path Program (CPP).

“We are pleased to partner with Ohio University’s acclaimed aviation program to offer its students a direct path to a CommutAir flight deck,” said Laura Prince, Managing Director of Human Resources. “We hope to emulate the best cadet programs and offer student pilots continuous, affordable, and real-world flight training.”

Ohio University Aviation is very pleased to enter into this agreement with CommutAir as it will be highly beneficial to our students and the program overall,” said Steve Owens, Aviation Business Administrator at Ohio University.

Students actively enrolled at Ohio University’s flight school are eligible to apply for the program, via the OU aviation program office, after completing a minimum of four semesters. Upon successful completion of the program, students are guaranteed a First Officer training class date with CommutAir.

Careers

Through 2019, CommutAir will triple in size to an all-jet fleet of 61 aircraft and actively hire in all areas. CommutAir’s industry-leading pilot benefits include:

  • Fastest United Career Path Program (CPP) graduate: 2 Years 10 Days
  • Captain Pay for First Officer program
  • Retention Bonuses for Captains
  • Rapid upgrades
  • Top-Tier pay and benefits – including the industry’s first and best Commuter policy

For details of this agreement and career, opportunity details go to http://www.flycommutair.com/careers/pilots

Images: CommutAir.

Wizz Air builds up operations in London Luton and Vienna

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXH (msn 7217) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941506.

Wizz Air on Sunday, April 29, 2018 allocated a fifth Airbus aircraft to its London Luton fleet and launched two new routes to Athens and Keflavik.

The newly allocated Airbus A320 is the fifth of eight aircraft to be deployed at Wizz Air’s London Luton base by June 2018. This rapid expansion of Wizz Air’s operations brings a 23% growth year on year with more than 7.4 million seats on sale in 2018 for 47 routes available from London Luton.

Flights to Keflavik in Iceland, gateway to the Northern Lights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Flights to the Greek capital, Athens will operate daily.

In 2018 Wizz had already launched four new routes from London Luton to Bari (Southern Italy), Larnaca (Cyprus), Tirana (Albania) and Bratislava (Slovakia). In the autumn WIZZ will begin flights to Lviv (Ukraine) and Tallinn (Estonia).

This expansion at London Luton is part of the biggest operational ramp-up in Wizz Air’s history, which will see the delivery of 21 Airbus aircraft across its network in just 17 weeks. Only seven weeks in, Wizz Air has launched 30 new low-fare routes and deployed eight ultra-efficient Airbus aircraft across 11 of its bases. Three new destinations have been inaugurated in Wizz’s ever-expanding network; Athens in Greece, Kharkiv in Ukraine and the Austrian capital Vienna.

WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST ROUTES FROM LONDON LUTON

Route Days Fares from*
Athens, Greece Daily £45.99
Keflavik, Iceland Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays £26.99

 

*One way including all taxes, non-optional charges and cabin bag

In other news, Wizz Air on April 27 celebrated the start of operations from Vienna, the newest destination in its network, along with the first flights on three new routes to Katowice in Poland, Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Varna in Bulgaria.

In addition, the airline has announced another new route from Vienna to Kyiv, Ukraine starting in October 2018 and now connects Vienna with a total of 30 destinations in 22 countries.

Finally, Wizz Air also announced on April 27 three new services from Kyiv to Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna. The new low fare routes will be operated daily.

Wizz started operations from Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport in 2008 and after 10 years of successful operations, as part of its great expansion across Europe, the airline introduces three new routes Germany and Austria. Further diversifying its low fare network from Kyiv, WIZZ offers now 23 routes to 11 countries, including the services to Tallinn and Lisbon that will commence in June. The airline continues to invest in its local base, by allocating the third modern Airbus A320 this summer, a total investment of more than $ 300 million**, and employing more than 100 local crew.

Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXH (msn 7217) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941506.

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Air Senegal acquires its AOC, will launch in May

The new Air Senegal (Senegal) has been awarded its Air Operators Certificate (AOC). The AOC was awarded today, April 30, 2018.

The new airline is planning to launch scheduled passenger flights in May from Dakar with two ATR 72-600 turboprops.

The first route will be Dakar-Ziguinchor starting on May 14, 2018.

The new flag carrier is also planning to add two leased Airbus A319s in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Photos: Air Senegal.