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Hawaiian Airlines reaches tentative agreements with the IAM, will offer new service from Kaua’i next summer

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Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced two tentative agreements on five year contracts with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The agreements will increase compensation for more than 1,500 employees in District 141 employed in the Clerical, Office, Stores, Fleet and Passenger Services and more than 700 employees in District 142 who work as Aircraft Mechanics and Inspectors, Line Servicemen, Cleaners, and Contract Services personnel.

The agreements are subject to ratification by union members, who are expected to vote on the proposal in the coming weeks.

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In other news, Hawaiian Airlines will increase travel options between Kaua’i and California during the summer of 2016. Daily service between Lihu’e and Oakland and Los Angeles will take place during the peak travel months from mid-June through September.

Beginning May 27, 2016, the airline will offer three-times weekly service from Oakland to both Lihu’e and Kona, four-times weekly service from Los Angeles to Kona, and increase its regular nonstop service between Los Angeles and Lihu’e to four-times weekly. From mid-June through Sept. 5, service to Kaua’i from both Oakland and Los Angeles will be offered daily.

The seasonal Oakland and Los Angeles service to the islands of Kaua’i and Hawai’i will add nearly 74,000 air seats to these travel markets over 14 weeks of service. The flights to Kona will be operated by Hawaiian Airlines’ wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft, seating 294 passengers in a three-class cabin, with 18 in First Class, 40 in Extra Comfort and 236 in the Main Cabin. Flights to Lihu’e will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, seating 264 passengers in a two-class cabin, with 18 in First Class and 246 in the Main Cabin.

With the addition of both seasonal services, both Lihu’e Airport and Kona International Airport will have a Hawaiian Airlines wide-body aircraft arriving every day of the week next summer.

Copyright Photo: Andres Meneses/AirlinersGallery.com. Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N378HA (msn 1615) with the Oakland Raiders logo approaches the runway at Las Vegas.

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Frontier Airlines to drop the Cleveland-Chicago O’Hare route on January 3

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is dropping the Cleveland-Chicago (O’Hare) route on January 3, 2015 per Airline Route. The carrier currently operates four weekly flights. The route was part of Frontier’s build-up at CLE in the wake of United Airlines de-hubbing the airport.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by USA 3000 Airlines, Airbus A320-214 N261AV (msn 1615) with an Atlantic Puffin on the tail departs from Los Angeles International Airport. The jetliner is now registered as N218FR.

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Frontier uses a new strategy for services and fares

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is unbundling its services while maintaining the bundled option as it moves to a the Ultra Low Fare model. The goal is for the prospective customer to have a choice on services and hopefully the passenger will select the more expensive bundled “Classic Plus” fare which is being portrayed as a value fare rather than paying for individual unbundled add-ons. The airline is also giving advantages to those customers using the Frontier website. This strategy is a new version of the Ultra Low Cost Carrier model that has been developed by Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines in the United States which advertises low fares but passengers are faced with many add-ons. Spirit Airlines, for example, does not offer the bundled fare alternative like the new Frontier model.

Frontier issued this statement:

Frontier Airlines announces forthcoming changes to further reduce fares and to improve the travel experience for its most loyal customers, including those who book through FlyFrontier.com. Frontier will further differentiate its services by charging customers only for the services they use and make FlyFrontier.com the best place to book Frontier travel. Frontier guarantees that customers will get the best value at FlyFrontier.com with our Best Fare Guarantee.

Carry-On Baggage

Frontier’s most loyal customers have made it very clear that finding overhead bin space for carry-on bags has become unacceptably difficult. In response, Frontier will be introducing a charge for carry-on bags for customers buying Basic fares through third party sites. All tickets sold at FlyFrontier.com include a carry-on bag with the fare.

FlyFrontier.com will become the only channel through which customers will continue to enjoy free carry-on bags on all tickets. Frontier encourages customers to save time and money by booking their travel at FlyFrontier.com, where they will always be able to choose their seats, earn more miles, and enjoy more perks, now including a carry-on item in the overhead bin at no additional charge.

This change will increase overhead space for Frontier’s most loyal customers and speed the boarding process for all passengers. This change will take effect in summer 2013, with the start date to be announced later this spring.*

Frontier will continue to offer all customers to carry one free personal item, no more than 18” x 14” x 8”, on the aircraft, provided such item fits under the seat.

“With this change, we are ensuring that our most loyal customers – Ascent and Summit level members of EarlyReturns®, those who book Economy, Classic and Classic Plus tickets, including all customers who book through FlyFrontier.com, will have more space onboard the aircraft for their carry-on bags,” said David Siegel, Frontier’s chief executive officer. “As we unbundle our product further, we ensure those customers who want the absolute lowest fares can always find them at FlyFrontier.com.”

Ascent and Summit level members of Frontier’s EarlyReturns® program will continue to receive access to the overhead bins without additional charge. With some of the lowest elite qualification rates in the U.S. airline industry, it pays to be a loyal flier with Frontier.

Once this change has been implemented, Frontier bag fees will be priced as follows:

Fare Type Checked Carry-on
Summit & Ascent $0 $0
Classic Plus $0 $0
Classic $0 $0
Economy: lowest fares
at FlyFrontier.com
First bag: $20 (when
checking in at
FlyFrontier.com) or $25
at the airport;
Second bag: $20 
$0
Basic: lowest fares
through outside booking
channels
First bag: $20 (when
checking in at
FlyFrontier.com) or $25
at the airport;Second bag: $20
$25-100 (customers
enjoy the lowest price
by checking in at
FlyFrontier.com)

First Bag Fee

The fee to check a first bag will remain $20 when purchased during on-line check-in at FlyFrontier.com but will increase to $25 when purchased at airport check-in for all Economy and Basic tickets booked on or after June 1, 2013 for travel on or after July 11, 2013.

Second bag fees for Economy and Basic bags remain unchanged at $20. Classic and Classic Plus tickets continue to receive two free checked bags.

Onboard Beverages

As part of the transformation into an Ultra Low Cost Carrier, Frontier will begin charging for onboard beverages this summer. Effective July 1, 2013, customers who purchase Economy or Basic fares will be charged $1.99 for coffee, tea, soda and juice. All on-board purchases continue to require a credit or debit card.

Beverages will continue to be free for Ascent and Summit level EarlyReturns® members, as well as for all customers who purchase Classic and Classic Plus fares, when they show their boarding pass orEarlyReturns® membership card.

All customers will now receive a full can of soda or juice and customers choosing coffee will be offered free refills. In addition, Frontier will be making improvements to its beverage selection, including introducing a premium tea brand and Boyer’s Premium 100% Arabica coffee, a Colorado brand.

“Frontier continues to make it easier for customers flying with Frontier to pay only for the services they use, which allows us to continue lowering fares,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president, commercial.

Frontier is proud to have an extensive onboard catering selection that includes a variety of buy on board food options, alcoholic beverages, and premium beverages. As Colorado’s hometown airline, Frontier features Colorado brands in its onboard menu, including Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory fudge, Izze sparkling beverages, and several Colorado-brewed beers.

EarlyReturns Frequent Flyer Mileage Earn Changes

FlyFrontier.com customers always earn a minimum of 100% of frequent flyer miles flown. Economy, Classic and Classic Plus ticket-holders will continue to receive 100%, 125% and 150% of miles flown, respectively, regardless of where booked. However, beginning July 1, 2013, Frontier will be changing its EarlyReturns® mileage accrual rate on Basic fares from 50% to 25% of miles flown.

Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc.

*Frontier will charge a fee for carry-on luggage (larger than a personal item) for those who book Basic tickets after the announced date. Basic tickets are Frontier’s lowest fare sold for travel through outside booking channels, including other travel websites. Basic fares are not sold through FlyFrontier.com, where Frontier sells its lowest fares as Economy tickets that include a carry-on bag, an advanced seat assignment, lower change fees, and more EarlyReturns® miles than Basic fares. Classic tickets include additional amenities including two free bags and no change fees prior to the day of travel. Classic Plus fares offer our maximum flexibility, including being fully refundable.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Formerly operated by USA 3000 Airlines, Airbus A320-214 N218FR (msn 1615, ex N261AV) (Atlantic Puffin) arrives at Washington (Reagan National).

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Frontier Airlines announces summer seasonal service for 2013

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will be resuming seasonal service from its Denver hub to:

  • Anchorage, AK (ANC) – daily service
  • Bellingham / Vancouver area, WA (BLI) – four flights weekly
  • Fairbanks, AK (FAI) – four flights weekly
  • Great Falls, MT (GTF) – four flights weekly
  • Jackson Hole, WY (JAC) – daily service with a second flight on Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Knoxville, TN (TYS) – three flights weekly

All seasonal service begins in April or May and runs until the fall.

Additionally, for the peak summer travel season, Frontier is adding frequency in popular leisure and business travel markets from Denver, including:

  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (DFW) – additional roundtrip for up to five daily flights
  • Orange County/Santa Ana, CA (SNA) – additional roundtrip for up to four daily flights
  • Portland, OR (SNA) – additional roundtrip for up to five daily flights
  • San Francisco, CA (SFO) – additional roundtrip for up to five daily flights
  • Seattle/Tacoma, WA (SEA) – additional roundtrip for up to five daily flights

All seasonal service and increased frequencies will operate on 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft or 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Formerly operated by USA 3000 Airlines, Airbus A320-214 N261AV (msn 1615) completes its final approach into Los Angeles International Airport.

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