US Airways‘ (Phoenix) flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants – CWA (AFA), ratified a new contract today that provides immediate pay increases and includes support for the merger of US Airways and American Airlines. The new contract opens four-party negotiations with American’s flight attendant union and airline representatives, an initial step in reaching a combined collective bargaining agreement. Eighty percent of flight attendants voting approved the agreement, which covers the airline’s 6,800 flight attendants who are based in US Airways’ four hub cities of Phoenix, Philadelphia, Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C.
Following ratification today, the new contract specifies negotiations to begin within thirty days between airline officials at US Airways and American Airlines, AFA and the union representing American Airlines flight attendants, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA). The talks would establish protocols for reaching a combined collective bargaining agreement once the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, announced on February 14, is closed. The merger is expected to close by the third quarter of this year following regulatory agency and bankruptcy court approvals.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Will the US Airways logojets survive the merger with American? Probably yes since US Airways’ CEO Doug Parker will be running the new American. Doug has always honored and celebrated the legacies of the previous airlines and wisely promoted local sports teams at his hubs. There may be more logojets coming at the new AA especially those celebrating the local AA hub cities and their sports teams. Airbus A319-112 N717UW (msn 1069) in the Carolina Panthers special sports livery taxies to the runway at the Charlotte hub.
FlyMe (Villa Air) (Maamigili and Mahe) has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 (8Q-VAS, msn 1069). GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, announced the delivery of a new ATR 72-600 aircraft leased to FlyMe, the Maldives carrier operated by Villa Air.
The aircraft comes from GECAS’ existing order book with ATR.
FlyMe currently operates two 50-passenger ATR 42-500s on routes within the Maldives.
Villa Air was incorporated in 1997 by the Chairman of Villa Group, Qasim Ibrahim, with a vision to develop an airport and an airline owned by Villa Group. Following the incorporation the company embarked on two major projects to simultaneously develop an airport in the island of Maamigili in South Ari Atoll – the biggest tourism precinct in the Maldives and establish an airline that will be operated from the airport as its main base.
FlyMe commenced service between Villa Airport Mamigili (VAM) and Ibrahim Nasir International Airport on October 1, 2011.
Copyright Photo: Eurospot. ATR 72-600 F-WWEF (msn 1069) completes a test flight at a cloudy Toulouse. The turboprop became 8Q-VAS on the hand over.
US Airways (Phoenix) reported a net profit for the second quarter 2010 of $279 million, or $1.41 per diluted share. This is the second highest quarterly profit since the merger of US Airways and America West in 2005.
Excluding special items, US Airways reported a net profit of $265 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, for the second quarter 2010.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Airbus A319-112 N717UW (msn 1069) dressed in the uniform of the NFL Carolina Panthers departs from the Charlotte hub.