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Alaska Air Group reports 3Q GAAP net income of $274 million

Alaska Air Group, Inc., (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) today reported third quarter 2015 GAAP net income of $274 million, or $2.14 per diluted share, compared to $198 million, or $1.45 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014. Excluding the impact of mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments of $5 million ($3 million after tax, or $0.02 per diluted share), the company reported record adjusted net income of $277 million, or $2.16 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $200 million, or $1.47 per diluted share in 2014.

“This was the busiest summer in our 83 year history and represents our highest quarterly profit ever,” said CEO Brad Tilden. “I want to thank our employees who are building a fundamentally strong business and our customers for their incredible loyalty and support.”

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines is gradually phasing out its aging Boeing 737-400s. The type is expected to be gone by the end of 2017. Boeing 737-4Q8 N755AS (msn 25096) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Alaska Airlines to continue to offer its new premium inflight entertainment free for two more months

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today announced it will continue to offer free premium inflight entertainment directly to customers’ personal electronic devices for two more months, in addition to the more than 100 titles of free content that are available all the time, to all passengers, as part of the new Alaska Beyond™ experience.

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All content, including premium movies and TV shows, will be complimentary through March 31, 2015. Starting April 1, customers can still enjoy free access to a wide selection of complimentary custom curated content and purchase premium movies and TV shows starting at $1.99.

The new entertainment service is available today on more than half of Alaska’s mainline aircraft and will be equipped on nearly all of Alaska’s all-Boeing fleet by April 2015.

Additionally, beginning February 1, Alaska will also introduce new Inflight Entertainment tablets powered by Microsoft. The tablets will be available to rent on long-haul flights for $8-10 and will feature movies, TV, XBOX games, music, digital magazines, and easy Internet access on WiFi-equipped flights. The rentable tablets will continue to be offered at no charge to First Class customers and MVP Gold75Ks.

Last month, Alaska debuted its new flight experience, ‘Alaska Beyond.’ In addition to the new, free inflight entertainment offerings, Alaska Beyond features delicious, locally sourced food and beverages, comfortable Recaro leather seats and personal power at every seat.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines continues to replace its older Boeing 737-400s which are still due to be retired by the end of 2017.

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Blue Air establishes a new base at Larnaca in the wake of the Cyprus Airways demise

Blue Air (Bucharest) is opening a new operational base in Cyprus and will start operating daily flights Larnaca to Athens and thrice-weekly flights to Thessaloniki. Blue Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 YR-BAR (msn 25371) is pictured at Luton Airport near London.

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The new routes:

Blue Air Larnaca new routes

Current routes from Bucharest:

Blue Air 1.2015 Route Map

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Swiftair orders four Boeing 737-400 freighter conversions from Aeronautical Engineers

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has announce that Swiftair S.A. (Madrid) has selected AEI to provide eight (8) Boeing 37-400SF passenger to freighter conversions. The contract calls for four firm orders plus an additional four options. The first aircraft, built in 1991 (msn 24438) (ex Samair) is a high gross weight Boeing 737-400 and is currently being modified at Commercial Jet Inc. in Miami, Florida, which is an authorized AEI Conversion Center. The second aircraft (msn 24445) is on location in Miami and will commence modification in mid-September. All eight aircraft will be modified at Commercial Jet Inc. in Miami, Florida.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Swiftair is a current Boeing 737-400 operator. 737-4Q8 (F) N156GA (msn 26298) arrives at Palma de Mallorca before it became EC-MCI.

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Blue Air to fly Liverpool-Bucharest

Blue Air (BlueAirWeb.com) (Bucharest) as of December 15, 2014, will operate a nonstop flight from Liverpool to Bucharest.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 YR-BAR (msn 25371) prepares to taxi at Brussels.

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Routes from Bucharest:

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Alaska Airlines is pledging a $1.5 million grant to support job training at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is pledging a $1.5 million grant to support job training at its hometown Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This local investment will be made over the next four years in collaboration with the Port of Seattle with an initial contribution to Port Jobs, a nonprofit committed to preparing workers for the Port of Seattle economy.

In the first year, Alaska’s grant will help Port Jobs expand access to college courses through Airport University, effectively doubling the number of courses, college credits and students. The grant will also enable Port Jobs to add more advanced courses than currently offered.

Alaska Airlines has been involved with Port Jobs since its inception in 1993, with several key executives serving on its board of directors.

The Port of Seattle supports more than 200,000 jobs and generates $6.8 billion in payroll. Alaska Airlines employs more than 7,000 workers at the company and partner vendors in the Seattle area—more than any other air carrier. Over the duration of the jobs training grant, Alaska expects to fill 2,000 family-wage jobs in the Seattle market, and will work closely with the Port of Seattle and Port Jobs to prioritize hiring graduates of the program.

Port Jobs has served more than 78,400 community residents and helped more than 12,300 people find jobs since its creation in 1993. It is funded by the Port of Seattle, city of Seattle, King County, the state of Washington, United Ways of King and Snohomish counties, and many local and national foundations.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 N771AS (msn 25104) taxies at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) hub.

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Air Ghana starts cargo operations for DHL on May 1

DHL (Air Ghana) 737-400F 9G-AGL (Grd)(Air Ghana)(LR)

Air Ghana (Accra) commenced cargo operations on May 1 for DHL after securing its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) in April. The cargo airline started operations with a single Boeing 737-400 freighter (above) leased from Swiftair (Madrid) on the Abidjan-Accra-Lagos route. Boeing 737-4Q8 9G-AGL (msn 25163) is fully painted in DHL’s colors.

The new airline issued this statement:

Air Ghana has taken delivery of a Boeing 737-400F aircraft with the registration of 9G-AGL. This first aircraft (total 5 aircraft over the next 3 years) is in DHL livery and will be exclusively dedicated to DHL scheduled services in West Africa. The first flight on May 1, 2014, operated an ABJ-ACC-LOS-ACC-ABJ rotation. Air Ghana now has an AOC issued by Ghana Civil Aviation making Air Ghana a fully operational cargo airline.

This new development represents a very important part and a major step forward in making Accra the number one hub in West Africa. The aircraft will be used to provide a feeder service to West, Central and Southern African countries and once fully operational will significantly increase cargo throughput at Kotoka International Airport. A fully operational integrated feeder service, a strong interline GSSA network, together with a new state of art handling facilities at GACC Ltd.

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Alaska Airlines’ IAM employees ratify a new 5-year contract

Alaska Airlines‘ (Seattle/Tacoma) 2,500 clerical, office and passenger service employees, who are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), have ratified a new five-year contract. The contract was approved by 62 percent of those who voted.

The contract includes pay raises and job security provisions, among other improvements.

The previous three-year contract became amendable on January 1, 2014 and a tentative agreement was reached on February 3, 2014. Contracts in the airline industry do not expire. Once they become amendable, the current contract remains in effect until a new agreement is ratified.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 N754AS (msn 25095) arrives at Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

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Sky King ceases all operations

Sky King‘s (Lakeland) remaining employees were notified on January 26, 2014 that Sky King, Inc. was ceasing operations. On January 6, 2014, President Frank Visconti was replaced by Dr. Daniel Carson, formerly of Vision Airlines. According to this article by AviationPros.com, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Director Gene Conrad confirmed the charter airline has suspended operations at LAL.

Sky King in late 2013 returned most of its fleet as it lost some business including many of its charters flights to Cuba.

The company never really recovered after Direct Air went out of business on March 13, 2012 causing Sky King to filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on March 16, 2012. It filed again on August 31, 2012.

The company originally commenced operations in July 1990, based in Sacramento, California. Its first customer, the NBA Sacramento Kings, was the reason for its name which was also the name of an old TV show.

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Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero/AirlinersGallery.com. Most of the aircraft did not have titles. Boeing 737-4Q8 N916SK (msn 24706) wore C&T Charters titles, one its Cuban charters clients.

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Solitaire Air takes delivery of its first aircraft

Solitaire Air (Amman) is a new airline that has taken delivery of its first aircraft.

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