Boeing delivers a record number of airliners in 2015

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) delivered 762 commercial airplanes in 2015, 39 more than the previous year and most ever for the company as it enters its centennial year.

In 2015, Boeing recorded 768 net orders, valued at $112.4 billion at current list prices. At year end, Boeing held 5,795 unfilled orders from customers worldwide.

In addition to the orders and deliveries, the company marked a number of other milestones in 2015:

  • Five customers received their first 787 Dreamliners, including Royal Air Maroc, Scoot, American Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Vietnam Airlines
  • The 747 team delivered the 100th 747-8, the 767 program received its largest single order ever from FedEx and the 777 program announced a 2 percent fuel improvement package
  • The newly expanded Seattle Delivery Center opened its doors to pave the way for increased 737 production
  • The first 737 MAX rolled out of the factory in December
  • The 787-10 team completed detailed design of the newest member of the 787 family, while the 777X reached firm configuration, allowing the team to begin detailed design of parts, assemblies and other systems for the airplane

Orders, deliveries and unfilled orders as of Dec. 31, 2015, by program were as follows:

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United Airlines updates the public on CEO Oscar Munoz’s medical condition

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United Airlines (Chicago) has announced that Oscar Munoz, the company’s president and CEO, underwent a heart transplant operation on January 6 and is in recovery. A transplant was considered the preferred treatment and was not the result of a setback in his recovery. The United team wishes Oscar well during his recovery, and expects him to return to United at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter.

The company later updated the CEO’s condition:

United Airlines announced that Oscar Munoz, the company’s president and CEO, is currently recovering well following the heart transplant he received on January 6, 2016. He is still expected to return from his previously announced medical leave at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter of 2016. Brett J. Hart will continue as the acting CEO until Munoz’s return.

In a letter to employees on November 5, 2015, Munoz stated that he expected to return full time in the first quarter of 2016. Since his heart attack on October 15, 2015, Munoz has been progressing well, with the assistance of an implanted medical device. A transplant was considered to be preferable to long-term reliance on the implanted device and was not the result of a setback in his recovery. Munoz had been cleared to return to work prior to the transplant. Since early December, Munoz had been gradually resuming company-related activities in collaboration with Hart, visiting with employees, and participating in meetings at the company’s headquarters.

Dr. Duc Pham, MD, Director of the Northwestern Medicine Heart Transplant Program, commented, “The surgical team was quite pleased with how the procedure went. The patient’s early course has been excellent, and the transplanted heart is functioning very well. We are very optimistic about his prospects for a complete recovery.”

“Given Mr. Munoz’s excellent physical condition and the rapid pace of his recovery prior to the transplant, we expect a quick recovery and a return to his duties as CEO,” said Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery for Northwestern Medicine.

“We wish Oscar well as he progresses on his road to recovery, and we look forward to his expected return,” said Henry L. Meyer III, non-executive chairman of the board of directors. “We take comfort in the prognosis for Oscar’s full recovery, based both on the report from his medical team and what we have learned about transplants from our own consulting cardiologist. We will, of course, be monitoring Oscar’s progress closely and both his and the board’s focus will be on the best interests of our shareholders. In the meantime, the board is working closely with Brett and the full executive team to continue delivering on our commitments to customers and employees.”

“I want to assure all of our customers, employees and partners that as Oscar completes his recovery, we remain focused on leading the company forward and implementing Oscar’s strategic vision,” said acting CEO, Hart.

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JetBlue arrives in Daytona Beach

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JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced the start of service to its newest destination with the launch of flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB). JetBlue now serves eight Florida destinations and offers more flights between the Empire State and the Sunshine State than any other airline with up to 83 daily nonstops.

Flights operate daily and provide the only nonstop service between Daytona Beach and New York City.

The new service to Daytona Beach will create a direct link between JetBlue’s main base of operations in New York and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. In 2007, JetBlue partnered with Embry-Riddle to launch the University Gateway Program, a unique opportunity that creates a path to a career with the airline for aspiring aviators.

JetBlue Schedule Between New York (JFK) and Daytona Beach (DAB)

JFK – DAB Flight #393 DAB – JFK Flight #500
10:29 a.m. – 1:13 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – 4:21 p.m.

Flights will operate daily on JetBlue’s spacious, award-winning, 150-seat A320 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N561JB (msn 1927) departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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NewLeaf to launch operations on February 12 using Flair Airlines

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NewLeaf Travel Company, Inc. (Winnipeg) has announced it will launch ultra low-fare scheduled airline operations (using Flair Airlines Boeing 737-400s) (Kelowna) on February 12 from Abbotsford, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Halifax. The company will serve smaller and secondary airports in Canada.

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NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. is a privately held Canadian company headquartered at the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Frontier Airlines to add 42 new routes

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Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will add new nonstop service in 42 markets throughout the United States. This new service begins in April.

Following is a list of the new markets:

Two new cities from Austin, Texas

Frontier will add nonstop service between Austin and Orlando, Fla. (June 15) and Philadelphia (May 15). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Orlando will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Charlotte, N.C.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Charlotte and Chicago O’Hare and Orlando (both starting on April 15). Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Cincinnati

Frontier will add nonstop service between Cincinnati and Houston – IAH (April 15), Los Angeles (April 15), Philadelphia (May 13) and San Francisco (April 14). Flights to San Francisco will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Cleveland

Frontier will add nonstop service between Cleveland and Los Angeles (April 14); Philadelphia (April 15); Portland, Ore. (April 14) and San Francisco (April 15). Flights to Los Angeles and Portland will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Houston – IAH

Frontier will add nonstop service between Houston and Atlanta (April 14) and Cincinnati (April 15). Flights to Atlanta will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Cincinnati will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Kansas City, Mo.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Kansas City and Atlanta (April 15), Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Philadelphia (June 2). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Milwaukee

Frontier will add nonstop service between Milwaukee and Atlanta (April 15), Dallas/Fort Worth (April 14) and Philadelphia (June 2). Flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Atlanta will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Nashville, Tenn.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Nashville and Chicago O’Hare (April 14), Orlando (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 15). Flights to Orlando will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from New Orleans

Frontier will add nonstop service between New Orleans and Orlando (April 15) and Philadelphia (April 14). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Orlando will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Phoenix

Frontier will add nonstop service between Phoenix and Atlanta (April 15), Detroit (April 15), Portland, Ore. (June 30) and Seattle/Tacoma (June 29). Flights to Portland will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Portland, Oregon

Frontier will add nonstop service between Portland and Chicago O’Hare (April 14), Cleveland (April 14) and Phoenix (June 29). Flights to Cleveland and Phoenix will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Chicago O’Hare will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Raleigh/Durham and Atlanta (April 15), Orlando (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 14). Flights to Orlando and Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Atlanta will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from St. Augustine, Florida

Frontier will add nonstop service between St. Augustine and Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 15). Flights to Chicago will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Philadelphia will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Seattle/Tacoma

Frontier will add nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Phoenix (June 29). Flights to Chicago will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Phoenix will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Other New Markets

Frontier will also add new nonstops in the following markets not previously mentioned: Atlanta – Memphis (April 14), Indianapolis – Philadelphia (April 14), Minneapolis/St. Paul – Chicago O’Hare (April 15), St. Louis – Atlanta (April 14), Dallas-Fort Worth – Orlando (April 16) and San Francisco – Atlanta (April 15).

Resumption of Seasonal Service

Service resumes in many markets including the following: Atlanta – Cincinnati, Cleveland – Phoenix, Cincinnati – Phoenix and Phoenix – Salt Lake City.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 N920FR (msn 1997), with Carl the Coyote on the tail, arrives in Washington (Dulles).

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WestJet announces year-round service to Europe

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WestJet (Calgary) today announced it is extending two of its new nonstop transatlantic services to London (Gatwick) from seasonal to year-round. Flights from Calgary and Toronto to London will now operate on a year-round basis, three times weekly and daily respectively through the winter, while service from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and St. John’s will operate seasonally as announced in September 2015.

Service dates for WestJet’s nonstop flights to London are:

  • Vancouver – seasonal May 6-October 21, 2016
  • Calgary – year-round from May 6, 2016
  • Edmonton – seasonal May 7-October 22, 2016
  • Winnipeg – seasonal May 7-October 1, 2016
  • Toronto – year-round from May 6, 2016
  • St. John’s – May 7-October 22, 2016

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-QANTAS Airways Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) is pictured at Toronto (Pearson).

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CEO Ben Baldanza departs from Spirit Airlines, replaced by ex-AirTran CEO Robert L. Fornaro

 

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Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced Robert L. Fornaro has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately succeeding Ben Baldanza.

According to the airline;

“Fornaro, a seasoned airline executive with more than 35 years of experience in a variety of senior leadership and advisory roles, succeeds Ben Baldanza, who joined Spirit in 2005 as Chief Operating Officer and served as President and CEO since 2006.”

Ben Baldanza was instrumental in transitioning Spirit into America’s first ultra low-cost carrier following the Ryanair model.

Robert Fornaro was appointed to the Spirit Airlines Board of Directors in May 2014. He previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of AirTran Holdings Inc. from November 2007 to May 2011, after which he served as a consultant to Southwest Airlines Co. and AirTran Airways Inc. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of AirTran Airways Inc. from March 2001 to November 2007 and as President and Chief Financial Officer from March 1999 to August 2000. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Planning for US Airways and as Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning at Northwest Airlines. He served as the Chairman of AirTran Airways Inc. from May 2008 to May 2011 and served on its board from 2001 to May 2011. He served as Chairman of the Board of AirTran Holdings Inc. from 2008 to May 2011.