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CommutAir’s pilots ratify the new four-year contract

United Express-CommutAir Bombardier DHC-8-202 (Q200) N364PH (msn 524) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 909729.

CommutAir (United Express) (Burlington, VT) has confirmed that its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), ratified a new four year contract that the company called a “significant accomplishment in light of a very challenging employment environment”.

The new four year deal addresses key quality of life and pay issues as well as important productivity concerns as the Company implements significant growth plans with the addition of 40 Embraer ERJ 145 jet aircraft to its fleet pursuant to the recently announced five year flying contract with United Airlines.

In addition to the announced aircraft growth the Company has established a “Career Path Program” CPP with United Airlines where participating pilots are offered the option to transition from CommutAir to United after meeting various service, performance record and accumulated flight hour requirements.

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.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. CommutAir’s Bombardier DHC-8-202 (Q200) N364PH (msn 524) arrives at Baltimore/Washington.

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This won’t go over well in Seattle, Delta turns to rival Airbus for new widebody aircraft

Delta Air Lines (Seattle/Tacoma) as previously reported, is building up its new and growing Seattle/Tacoma hub, the home of Boeing. The build-up at SEA is at the apparent expense of its “partner” Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) which prides itself on being “all Boeing”. Delta believes the local Seattle market is much larger than one airline and continues its build-up.

According to the local newspaper, The Seattle Times, Delta is apparently now turning to Airbus for a new round of widebody aircraft over Seattle-favorite and the hometown manufacturer Boeing. According to the report, Delta has rejected Boeing’s offer of a mix of 777-300 ERs and 787-9 Dreamliners. Instead Delta will turn to rival Toulouse-based Airbus for a new order of 25 Airbus A350-900s and 25 A330-900neos. The prospective order has not yet been officially announced or confirmed by Airbus.

According to Delta, the earlier delivery slots offered by Airbus were critical in the decision. How will this play in the growing Seattle market where everyone knows someone who works for Boeing. Will this affect their booking decisions?

Delta has also delayed Northwest’s previous order for 18 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. Clearly Airbus is the winner for its widebody needs.

Delta, to their defense, is a large Boeing 737 and 777 customer and continues to take delivery of new 737s which helps the Seattle economy.

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As the competition heats up more in the “battle for Seattle”, will Alaska play up that it is very loyal to Boeing?

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The large Airbus fleet came mainly from the merger with Northwest Airlines along with a lot of its management who now manage the current Delta.  Former Northwest Airbus A330-323 N801NW (msn 524) taxies to the international gate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Delta Seattle's Global Airline SEA (BD)(LRW)

Delta orders 10 Airbus A330-300s and 30 A321s

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today announced plans to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017. The order, which comprises 10 international wide body A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrow body A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta’s prudent fleet renewal to enhance profitability while diligently managing capacity.

The 10 A330-300 aircraft will augment Delta’s existing fleet of 32 A330s. The first A330 delivery is scheduled for spring of 2015, with three additional airplanes scheduled for that year, four in 2016, and the final two in 2017.

Delta will be the first airline to operate the enhanced 242-metric ton A330-300, which offers additional payload capacity and range. Delta will use the aircraft’s versatility to optimize its Pacific and Atlantic networks.

These aircraft will be powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines. Delta currently operates similar GE CF6 engines on more than 60 widebody aircraft.

The A330 will feature 34 full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in BusinessElite, 32 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 227 Economy seats. The international aircraft will feature in-flight Wi-Fi and industry leading in-flight entertainment with a library of more than 1,000 on-demand options, as well as standard 110v power, modern interiors with LED lighting, and extra-capacity overhead bins.

The 30 A321s will expand Delta’s existing fleet of 126 A320-family domestic aircraft. Delta’s first three A321s are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, with 12 more due in that year. The remaining 15 jets are scheduled for 2017.

Delta’s A321 will be equipped with CFM56-5B engines produced by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Snecma of France. Delta operates more than 200 aircraft in its fleet today with CFM56 engines, including all Airbus narrowbody aircraft. The A321s will also feature wingtip sharklets, which will provide up to 4 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.

The Airbus A321 will have 20 First Class seats, 22 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 148 seats in the Economy cabin. Every A321 will feature in-flight Wi-Fi, industry leading in-flight entertainment with live satellite TV and on-demand options, and standard 110v power. The A321 will also offer Economy cabin seats that are among the widest in the industry.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323X N801NW (msn 524) taxies at Amsterdam.

Bottom Image: Airbus.

Delta A321-200 WL (07)(Flt-1)(Airbus)(LR)

Delta Air Lines: AG Slide Show

Delta to launch new service from Seattle/Tacoma to both Seoul and Hong Kong

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) announced today it will add new daily nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Seoul-Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport (both subject to government approval) beginning on June 2, 2014 and June 16, 2014, respectively.

Delta is able to offer new service to Seoul and Hong Kong due to strong support of from its local Seattle and Pacific Northwest customers as well as its strategic partnership with Alaska Airlines. The new service will complement existing service to Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. All five destinations are the leading commercial centers in the region, a benefit for corporate customers traveling between the U.S. and Asia.

With these additions, Delta will serve 17 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region primarily via its U.S. gateways of Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles, and via its hub in Narita. Since 2009, Delta’s Pacific capacity has increased over 20 percent, driven in large part by the development of Detroit and Seattle into core Asia gateways.

The Seoul flight will operate using a 210-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 35 full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy class seats.

Hong Kong service will operate using a 234-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 34 full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 168 Economy class seats.

The Seattle-Tacoma area is one of Delta’s fastest-growing international gateways and last month the airline announced new nonstop service to London-Heathrow Airport beginning in March 2014. Since May, Delta service in Seattle/Tacoma has expanded from 33 peak-day departures to 13 destinations to its current schedule of 44 peak-day departures to 18 destinations, including six international markets. Delta has also invested $14 million in its facilities at Sea-Tac, including its recently completed lobby renovations, new Delta Sky Club, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations and expanded ticket counters.

Flight details for Seattle-Seoul service:

Flight Departs Arrives Service Begins
199 SEA at noon ICN at 3:30 p.m. (following day) June 2, 2014
198 ICN at 5:20 p.m. SEA at 12:05 p.m. (same day) June 3, 2014

Flight details for Seattle-Hong Kong service:

139 SEA at 1:30 p.m. HKG at 6:45 p.m. (following day) June 16, 2014
138 HKG at 10:00 a.m. SEA at 7:55 a.m. (same day) June 18, 2014

SEA-Asia Route Map: Delta’s growing Asian Route Map from SEA:

Delta 8:2013 SEA-Asia Routes

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Arriving at Sea-Tac from Tokyo (Narita) is this Airbus A330-323X N801NW (msn 524). Delta will use the smaller A330-200 version to HKG.

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Delta wins tentative DOT approval for Seattle/Tacoma-Tokyo Haneda service

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has thanked the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for its preliminary approval of new service between Seattle/Tacoma and Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

Seattle is the largest West Coast city without nonstop service to Tokyo Haneda, which is the preferred Tokyo airport for many business travelers due to its proximity to the city’s central business district. The flight would complement Delta’s nonstop flight between Seattle/Tacoma and Tokyo (Narita), which will be expanded and upgraded next year to Boeing 747-400 service.

The Haneda flight adds to Delta’s growing Asian gateway in Seattle/Tacoma. In addition to Tokyo, Delta recently announced new service to Shanghai, and also operates flights to Beijing and Osaka, Japan.

The Haneda flight, which is scheduled to begin in March 2013, will operate using Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, Delta’s popular Economy Comfort seating and in-flight entertainment in every seat throughout the aircraft.

In addition to its Asian gateway, Delta operates nonstop service to Paris and Amsterdam from Seattle/Tacoma. By next summer the airline will operate more than 40 daily flights to 15 destinations worldwide from Seattle/Tacoma.

Delta’s international growth in Seattle/Tacoma is possible because of its partnership with Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma), which operates a domestic hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Customers of both carriers enjoy access to an expanded network under a major codesharing agreement, as well as reciprocal frequent flier benefits and airport lounge access. The new Tokyo-Haneda flight will benefit from easy connections to 55 U.S. cities on Delta and Alaska’s domestic networks.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A330-323X N801NW (msn 524) arrives at SeaTac from Tokyo (Narita).

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Delta Air Lines is now using Facebook to book seats

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) yesterday launched the industry’s first social media ‘Ticket Window’ enabling bookings directly from its Facebook page and other social media sites. The Delta Ticket Window, along with a newly designed home page at delta.com introduced earlier this week, offers the first visual cues of the airline’s planned transformation in customer-facing technology.

Delta’s Ticket Window allows any of Facebook’s 500 million users to complete a full travel booking using a dedicated “tab” at facebook.com/delta without navigating to delta.com. Delta plans to expand its Ticket Window to other sites, including online banner ads to allow full booking capabilities within the airline’s advertisements.

The redesign of Delta’s home page is the first step toward a larger redesign which will continue to improve the online experience on delta.com and its affiliated technology, including airport kiosks, to offer more functionality to customers. The immediate home page changes include easier access to flight booking, status updates, online check-in and SkyMiles account information.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Airbus A330-323X N801NW (msn 524) approaches Amsterdam for landing.