WestJet (Calgary) today (June 24) launches new nonstop, twice-weekly service between Las Vegas and Fort McMurray, Alberta. Today’s inaugural flight represents even more service to Fort McMurray as part of a major expansion of flights into the oil sands region.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-76N C-GWSE (msn 33379) prepares to touch down in Las Vegas.
Southwest Airlines (LUV) has announced the flight attendants from AirTran Airways (Dallas), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Company, have reached a tentative agreement on the collective bargaining agreement that became amendable in May 2013. AirTran flight attendants are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA). This tentative agreement still requires membership ratification.
The parties have been in discussions since February 2013 on an agreement that would serve as a bridge for the AirTran flight attendants until they ultimately transition to Southwest Airlines. To date, more than 400 flight attendants have made the transition, while approximately 1,700 flight attendants remain in the AirTran partition. Southwest Airlines finalized the closing of the acquisition of AirTran Holdings, Inc., on May 2, 2011.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The AirTran Boeing 737-700 fleet is also gradually transitioning to Southwest. The pictured 737-76N N279AT (msn 32666) is now N7719A with Southwest.
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (Sao Paulo) will begin flying to Saint Maarten (Netherlands Antilles) in the Caribbean as of June 12. These flights, initially under the charter system, will take place on Saturdays under the VARIG brand, although the company has already applied for authorization from the authorities to operate regular flights.
The flights will leave Sao Paulo International Airport/Guarulhos at 2:48 p.m. (1448) on Saturdays, with a stopover in Manaus, from where they will depart for Saint Maarten at 6:10 p.m. (1810), arriving at 9:30 p.m. (2130). The return flight will depart from Saint Maarten at 11:30 p.m. (2330), arriving in Manaus at 2:50 a.m. (0250) and in Guarulhos at 8:35 a.m. (0835) on Sundays.
Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. VARIG’s Boeing 737-76N PR-VBU (msn 29905) arrives back at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE:GOL – News), the parent of both Gol Transportes Aereos and VARIG (2nd) (VRG Linhas Aereas), has received approval to start regular flights between Brazil and Barbados, in the Caribbean. Flights will begin on June 26 and will take place once a week, on Saturdays, under the VARIG brand.
The new flight will leave Sao Paulo International Airport/Guarulhos at 4:35 p.m. (local time) (1635) on Saturdays, arriving in Bridgetown, Barbados, at 9:15 p.m. (local time) (2115). The return flight will leave Bridgetown at 10:00 p.m. (local time) (2200), arriving in Brazil at 4:35 a.m. (local time) (0435) on Sundays.
Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. VARIG’s (2nd) Boeing 737-76N PR-VBU (msn 29905) arrives back at Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).
AirTran Airways (Orlando) yesterday (May 27) added new nonstop service from San Antonio International Airport, to Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport and Orlando International Airport.
AirTran Airways began service to San Antonio on June 11, 2008. In addition to these new destinations, the airline also offers direct flights to its hub in Atlanta.
In addition, the company yesterday also launched daily nonstop service between Huntsville International Airport and both Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Orlando International Airport.
To celebrate the inaugural flight, Cadillac Williams, Alabama native and running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, helped the airline donate tickets to the American Red Cross North Alabama / Tennessee Valley Region.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-76N N289AT (msn 32673) prepares to land at Las Vegas.
WestJet Airlines (Calgary) clarified comments made by Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) in Delta’s first quarter conference call that an alliance agreement between Delta and WestJet had been reached. WestJet has not signed an alliance agreement with Delta, but a commercial relationship could occur in the future. The only recently signed agreement between Delta Air Lines and WestJet provided WestJet with the option to acquire slots at LaGuardia Airport in New York City; this agreement is still subject to U.S. regulatory approval.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. WestJet’s Boeing 737-76N C-GRWS (msn 32881) climbs away from runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.