Finnair and Jetstar Asia launch a new codeshare agreement via Singapore

Finnair's first A350 visits London Heathrow

Finnair (Helsinki) and Jetstar Asia (Singapore) launch a codeshare cooperation today that will provide Finnair customers with a wider choice of destinations and departure times across Asia and Australia.

From December 15, 2015, Finnair customers will be able to travel on codeshare services operated by Jetstar Asia to and from its Singapore hub.

Finnair customers will benefit from the convenience of the single ticket itinerary that includes Finnair’s baggage allowance. The passengers will also enjoy a seamless transfer at Singapore Changi Airport, with baggage being through-checked and onward boarding passes being received at the initial departure point.

Finnair’s code will be added to Jetstar Asia’s flights between Singapore as well as Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Phuket in Thailand and Perth and Darwin in Australia.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/ Finnair’s first Airbus A350-941, registered as OH-LWA (msn 018), departs from London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Air China is coming to Cuba

Air China Boeing 777-39L ER B-2086 (msn 38667) LHR (SPA). Image: 930235.

Air China (Beijing) will start Beijing – Montreal – Havana service on December 27, 2015 , a southward extension to Havana of the carrier’s Beijing – Montreal service already started on September 29. With the extension, passengers make a short stopover in Montreal and then continue their journey to the “Jewel of the Caribbean ” for its romantic Latin American charms.

The new service will bring the number of destinations in the Americas that Air China serves up to 10, including New York (JFK, Newark ), Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Vancouver, Montreal (Trudeau), Honolulu, Sao Paulo and Havana.

The flights CA879/CA880 Beijing – Montreal are operated three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 14:00 and arrives in Montreal at 13:40 and Havana at 20:15. The return flight departs from Havana at 09:00, arrives in Montreal at 12:30 and in Beijing at 17:30 the following day. The flights are to be operated with Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.

Copyright Photo: SPA/ Boeing 777-39L ER B-2086 (msn 38667) lands at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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JetBlue adds more Cuban charters from New York

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 WL N834JB (msn 5782) (Blueberries) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 930228.

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Cuba Travel Services (CTS) today announced the start of their second weekly roundtrip charter flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana. The added flights will operate on Tuesdays and become JetBlue’s sixth weekly roundtrip charter route between the U.S. and Cuba. In July, JetBlue became the first major airline to fly to Cuba from New York when it launched weekly flights on Fridays.

Since government restrictions were eased earlier this year, JetBlue has doubled its number of charter flights to Cuba and has positioned itself as a leading airline to the island nation with its award-winning service. Once scheduled service is allowed, Cuba will play an important role in JetBlue’s growing network in Latin America and the Caribbean.

JetBlue first began operating charters to Cuba in 2011 and now flies to Havana and Santa Clara from New York (JFK), Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Tampa. All flights are operated on 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft with JetBlue crew members.

In other news, JetBlue also announced that it has joined the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which includes more than 154 companies from across the American economy demonstrating an ongoing commitment to climate action and voicing support for a strong outcome to the Conference of Parties 21 (COP21) Paris climate negotiations.

Finally, JetBlue is considering a new approach to its pilot training program. Read the full story from the WSJ: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/ Airbus A320-232 WL N834JB (msn 5782) prepares to depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Compass Airlines amends its CBA for First Officer first-year pilot pay

Delta Connection-Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N638CZ (msn 17000259) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930227.

Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) (American Eagle and Delta Connection) has issued this statement about increasing the First Officer first-year pay in order to attract new pilots:
Compass logo-1Compass Airlines is pleased to announce that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for its pilot group has been amended to increase first year, First Officer pay to $35.81 per flight hour. An additional highlight of the amended CBA is the provision of four paid hotel stays per month for commuting pilots. The amendment also gives Compass the flexibility to quickly raise first year pay in response to market conditions. The agreement was reached as part of a voluntary mediated settlement of a number of outstanding issues between Compass Airlines and its pilot group, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).


The amendments to the contract are effective immediately.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N638CZ (msn 17000259) departs from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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CommutAir takes delivery of its first jetliner

CommutAir (United Express) (Burlington, VT) issued this statement and photo concerning the delivery of its first (of 40) Embraer ERJ 145:

CommutAir’s first jet aircraft arrived at its Albany maintenance base earlier this week. It will be used for FAA certification and training before being placed into service early next year.

The first aircraft is one of 40 ERJ145 aircraft that CommutAir will operate under a previously announced operating contract with United Airlines. The contract also introduced a Career Path Program (CPP) for CommutAir pilots.


CommutAir, operating as United Express, is the d/b/a of Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s. Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.

Photo: PRNewsPhoto/CommutAir.

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Finnair to sell its facilities at Helsinki Airport to Finavia

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this statement:

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Finnair’s strategic objective is to double its Asian traffic by 2020 from the level of 2010. To enable its growth, Finnair has ordered 19 new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, which also increase Finnair’s cargo capacity considerably. With a view to the growth of its cargo traffic, Finnair is constructing a new state-of-the-art cargo terminal to be completed in 2017. At the same time, Finavia, the airport operator, has launched development and expansion of the passenger terminal at Helsinki Airport to cater for the needs of increasing traffic.

As part of the development of the infrastructure of Helsinki Airport, Finnair has sold certain facilities at the Helsinki Airport area to Finavia. The transactions comprise Finnair’s present cargo terminal to be decommissioned in 2017 and an office building currently owned jointly by Finnair and Finavia. In addition, the termination of a land lease agreement for one aircraft hangar has brought earlier in order to enable Finavia’s investments to expand the Helsinki Airport terminal.

To replace the hangar, Finnair has purchased another hangar from Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company. The transactions will enable the development of Helsinki Airport in accordance with Finavia’s and Finnair’s growth plans. Their combined non-recurring positive impact on Finnair’s operating profit in 2015 is approximately 15 million euro.

Finnair’s cargo operations will continue in the sold terminal until they are relocated to the new terminal in 2017. The surrendered aircraft hangar will be demolished to enable expansion of the passenger terminal at Helsinki Airport, and Finnair will move its operations to the hanger purchased from Elo. Finnair and Finavia’s subsidiary LAK have concluded a long-term rental agreement for the facilities used by Finnair in the sold office building.

American Airlines passenger service employees approve a new five-year contract

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) issued this statement:
American Airlines 2013 logoThe Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (CWA-IBT), representing the 14,500 U.S.-based passenger service employees at American Airlines, announced today that their members approved a new five-year contract, including immediate and significant pay raises.

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