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Sunwing Airlines to serve Samana, Dominican Republic

Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson0 has announced the addition of a new nonstop flights this January from Toronto (Pearson) to Samana, Dominican Republic.

According to the airline, “Samana is known as the top whale watching destination, travellers flock to Samana between January and March every year to seek out a once in a lifetime experience — to see the almighty humpback whales. These majestic creatures travel from the North Atlantic to Samana to mate and give birth, a truly spectacular site. Guests can also discover the breathtaking El Salto del Limón waterfall, one of the highest in the Caribbean. When venturing to this 131 foot tall waterfall, thrill seekers begin first by horseback at the edges of the Limon River, passing by various waterfalls and tropical rainforest then reaching El Limon where participants have a chance to take a refreshing dip in the waterfall and cool off.”

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Sunwing is partnering and promoting the Palace Resorts. Boeing 737-8Q8 WL C-GTVG (man 30719) wears a special “Palace Resorts – US $1500 Receive Resort Credit” promotional scheme.

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Route Map: Sunwing from Toronto serves the top winter destinations in Florida, Mexico, Central America, the Bahamas and the Caribbean:

Sunwing YYZ 12.2013 Route Map

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Southwest Airlines announces new routes

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced its schedule through June 2014.  In the wake of the recent slot reallocation concerning New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Southwest is increasing service between LaGuardia and Nashville, Houston Hobby, Chicago Midway and Akron-Canton, Ohio. The new service begins on May 11, 2014.

Southwest Airlines also announced new nonstop service between San Diego and Orlando; New Orleans; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle/Tacoma. The new flights come as Southwest gets ready to celebrate its 32nd anniversary of serving San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.

The airline also is making waves in Portland, Oregon, by offering new nonstop destinations to Customers in the northwest. That includes the two daily nonstop flights to San Diego, as well as daily service to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway, and Houston Hobby.

As Southwest moves toward its final phase of integrating AirTran Airways, new nonstop service at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport includes service to Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H4 WL N8319F (msn 36994) lands at Las Vegas.

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Southwest completes the installation of Water Vapor Sensing Systems on 87 Boeing 737 aircraft, will fly international routes next year

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has completed the installation of Water Vapor Sensing Systems (WVSS-II) on 87 Boeing 737 aircraft. The water vapor initiative, a result of a partnership between Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and SpectraSensors, has the potential to improve weather forecasting by providing real-time and frequent humidity data when aircraft takeoff and land at airports around the country.

“Southwest’s meteorology team has always worked closely with ARINC and NOAA, and the WVSS-II project is symbolic of our strong reliance on each other. We are proud to be the only passenger airline currently participating in the project and look forward to the many ways WVSS-II will impact and improve both weather forecasting and the impact on airline operations,” said Rick Curtis, Chief Meteorologist, Southwest Airlines.

National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters routinely use WVSS-II observations in their day-to-day operations. Monitoring the distribution of moisture in the atmosphere and how the moisture levels change with time play an integral role in forecast preparation. Aviation forecasters rely on WVSS-II data to help determine location and timing of fog, cloud formation, and dissipation, and altitudes of cloud ceilings, all critical to determining safe conditions for aircraft travel.

“Water vapor is the most rapid-changing and under-sampled element in the atmosphere,” said Carl Weiss, an aviation meteorologist for NOAA.  “On the heels of a tumultuous weather year, WVSS-II is part of a larger initiative contributing to Weather Ready Nation, our initiative focused on building community resilience in the face of extreme weather events. WVSS-II data upon takeoffs and landings allow forecasters to monitor and stay on top of how moisture is changing in the atmosphere, specifically in severe weather situations when preparedness is especially important.”

WVSS-II, manufactured by SpectraSensors, Inc., measures water vapor in the atmosphere hundreds of times during an aircraft’s flight. These measurements are automatically transmitted to ARINC’s headquarters in Annapolis, MD, via the ARINC GLOBALink/VHFTM data link service. The moisture data along with other aircraft weather data are then forwarded in near real-time to the U.S. National Weather Service, which uses them to improve the accuracy of its computer-generated weather forecasts and severe weather warnings.

“The WVSS-II observations add a critical new piece of weather data to the forecasting puzzle,” says Jeannine Hendricks, ARINC’s Manager for the WVSS program. “For the first time in aircraft operations, we are collecting water vapor data that measures the humidity in the air. This has the potential to revolutionize weather forecasting—especially when predicting thunderstorms—a significant weather occurrence for aviation.”

While weather balloons, previously the only method for capturing weather data, measure wind, temperature, and humidity data just twice per day at certain locations, the water vapor sensors gather humidity data throughout the day at multiple points across the nation. The improved water vapor data will have a direct benefit in the accuracy of forecasts of precipitation and clouds, which will benefit the aviation community, its customers, and the general public.

Southwest Airlines plans to continue working with ARINC and NOAA in conjunction with the National Weather Service to expand WVSS-II installations on its aircraft fleet.

In other news, Southwest will announce a schedule for international service next year according to CEO Gary Kelly and Reuters. This will be the first international routes for the carrier. Subsidiary AirTran Airways currently flies to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H4 WL N8310C (msn 38807) arrives in Las Vegas.

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The new American Airlines faces many challenges in the coming months

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) new incoming CEO, Doug Parker of US Airways (Phoenix), is facing his biggest professional challenges of his airline career as the merger of American Airlines and US Airways moves to the final stages. For Doug, he is actually returning to AA. Doug was at the old American Airlines from 1986 to 1991 where he served under former CEO Robert Crandall.

This article by the Star-Telegram outlines the challenges Doug is now facing at the new AA as he prepares to take the leadership role in the day-to-day operations. The new world’s largest airline is facing many challenges as it integrates again two airlines. Critics will argue that Doug has failed to fully integrate America West Airlines (Phoenix) with the old US Airways (Washington). Today the current US Airways still operates as two airlines with East and West divisions with separate contracts, crews and aircraft. Now Doug will have to integrate three airlines into one.

The good news is Parker has already negotiated conditional labor agreements with AA’s three largest unions.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Doug is probably going to have to accept the new American look due to the already large number of repainted AA aircraft and the on-going “new look” advertising campaign. This effort by the current AA management has probably already settled the decision on what AA will look like going forward even though this livery is not Doug’s design. It will always be known as out-going CEO Tom Horton’s livery. American’s Boeing 737-823 WL N973AN (msn 29548) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport in the new look.

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QANTAS Group issues a loss warning, asks the government for an even playing field

The QANTAS Group (QANTAS Airways) (Sydney) has announced a market update, accelerated cost reductions and a capital expenditure and structural review, in response to fundamentally changed market conditions. 

Market update

The Group expects to report an underlying loss before tax in the range of $250 million to $300 million for the six months ending December 31, 2013.  Trading conditions saw a marked deterioration in November in particular, with both passenger loads and yields below the already negative trends for the year to date.

The Group can also provide the following guidance for the first half of FY14:

    • Group capacity is expected to increase by 1.1 per cent in 1H FY14 compared to 1H FY13. Group Domestic capacity (comprising QANTAS Domestic, QANTAS Link and Jetstar Domestic) is expected to increase by 1.9 per cent in 1H FY14 compared to 1H FY13;
    • Total domestic market capacity is expected to increase by approximately 2.7 per cent, driven by estimated competitor capacity growth of 3.9 per cent;
    • Group yield (excluding the impact of foreign exchange movements) is expected to be approximately 3.5 per cent lower in 1H FY14 compared to 1H FY13, largely due to increased capacity in the domestic and international markets;
    • Group loads are expected to be 1.6 percentage points lower in 1H FY14 compared to 1H FY13; and
    • Underlying fuel costs (excluding the impact of the carbon tax) for 1H FY14 are expected to be approximately $2.27 billion, an increase of $88 million from 1H FY13.

The outlook for the second half of FY14 remains volatile and, given the uncertainty in global economic conditions, fuel prices and foreign exchange rates, it is not possible to provide further guidance at this time.

QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce said the circumstances demanded urgent action.

“We will do whatever we need to do to secure the QANTAS Group’s future,” Mr Joyce said.

“The challenges we now face are immense – but we will overcome them and we will continue to build a stronger and better QANTAS for Australia.

“Since the Global Financial Crisis, QANTAS has confronted a fiercely difficult operating environment – including the strong Australian dollar and record jet fuel costs, which have exacerbated QANTAS’ high cost base.

“The Australian international market is the toughest anywhere in the world.

“Our competitors in the international market, almost all owned or generously supported by their governments, have increased capacity to pursue Australian dollar profits, changing the shape of the market permanently.

“Since early 2012, there has also been an unprecedented distortion of the Australian domestic market, with Virgin Australia’s strategy to seek majority ownership and massive financial backing from foreign government-owned airlines (see Appendix 1).

“This foreign government capital has been used to finance dramatic increases in domestic capacity, with profound implications for the future of Australia’s aviation industry.  In November, Virgin Australia signaled its intention to continue its strategy, which is designed to weaken QANTAS in the domestic market, with a $300 million-plus injection from its foreign owners.

“The uneven playing field in Australian aviation is being tilted further.”

“We cannot and we will not stand still in these extraordinary circumstances.”

“As we take these urgent actions, we will continue to take the fight to the competition and strengthen our leading position in the domestic market, and we will continue the turnaround of Qantas International.”

Accelerated cost reduction program

The Group will make accelerated cost reductions across all areas of the business, to achieve total cost savings of $2 billion over three years.

The existing QANTAS Transformation program will be accelerated, with an expanded mandate to achieve these targets, including the following steps:

    • Head count reduction of at least 1,000 positions within 12 months, with an ongoing review
    • CEO and Board pay cut
    • Pay freeze and no FY14 bonus for executives
    • Review of spending with top 100 suppliers
    • Network optimisation and improved fleet utilization
    • Further overhead reductions

Mr Joyce said the Group had already made significant progress in becoming leaner and more efficient.

“We have reduced the Group’s unit costs, excluding fuel, by a total of 19 per cent since FY09, including by 5 per cent in FY13 (see Appendix 2).

“But these actions are not enough to deal with the current situation.”

Capital expenditure and structural review

Given the deterioration in earnings, the Group no longer expects to generate positive net free cash flow in the current financial year.

The Group will conduct a review of all planned capital expenditure to achieve further substantial reductions to ensure that the business generates positive net free cash flow from FY15.

This continues the deep cuts to capital expenditure already achieved since 2011.

The Group will also launch an immediate review to identify structural changes that could potentially unlock sources of capital and value for shareholders.  No options will be excluded from the review.

Mr Joyce said the Group would take all steps necessary to respond to the toughest market conditions it had ever faced.

“We will focus relentlessly on cutting costs and improving productivity, while maintaining our competitive advantages as a business,” Mr Joyce said.

Australia’s best airline for customers

Mr Joyce said customers would remain at the heart of the Group’s strategy, with a continued focus on service in all areas.

“We have Australia’s best airline and loyalty program, with nearly 10 million loyal frequent flyers,” Mr Joyce said.  “Over the past two years, we have developed a global network based on strategic alliances, including the ground-breaking Emirates partnership and expanding relationships in Asia.

“The QANTAS customer experience is the best it has ever been.  After an intensive fleet renewal program, our average passenger aircraft age is now below eight years, the youngest in two decades, and we have revitalised service with a focus on training and new technology.  Customer satisfaction is soaring, with record scores in both the international and domestic markets.”

Discussions with the Australian Government

“As we work through our cost reductions, capital expediture and structural review, no options will be off the table,” Mr Joyce said.

“Political leaders recognize QANTAS’ strategic importance, its critical role in providing essential air services, and the benefits to Australia of a strong and viable national carrier.

“None of the measures being discussed with the government would alleviate the need for us to take the comprehensive actions we have announced today.  Government action will, however, be key in enabling us to keep competing effectively on a level playing field.”

Read the analysis by Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. QANTAS Airways’ Boeing 737-838 VH-VXA (msn 29551) with special “Official Airline of Cricket Australia – Now It’s On Our Turf” color scheme in support of Cricket Australia.

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SunExpress to expand operations at Izmir, Turkey

SunExpress Airlines (Antalya) will add new flights from its Izmir hub to Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lyon, Nantes and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) in April 2014. SunExpress will fly 200 flights a week from Izmir International Airport to 26 destinations in Europe, mainly in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (see map below).

SunExpress 11.2013 Destinations

The airline is also expanding operations next summer at Gazipasa Airport (GZP) in the Antalya Province of Turkey according to Haber Alanya. The Turkish carrier will offer flights to Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart through its German subsidiary.

SunExpress is a joint venture between Turkish Airlines (50 percent) and Lufthansa (50 percent).

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8HC TC-SNU (msn 40756) taxies at the Antalya base.

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AeroMexico to add two new routes to Chicago from Morelia and Puerto Vallarta

AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced its new seasonal flights from Morelia and Puerto Vallarta to Chicago (O’Hare), as of December 12 and 21, respectively.

The schedules for these new flights are listed as follows:

Morelia – Chicago * Puerto Vallarta – Chicago *
AM

618

10:32 pm

2:24 am FR, SA AM 1773 12:44 pm 4:44 pm WE
Chicago – Morelia * Chicago – Puerto Vallarta *
AM

619

3:39 am 8:04 am SA, SU AM 1774 7:00 am 11:45 am WE

* Times published are local to each country and are subject to changes without notice.

AeroMexico will serve the Morelia – Chicago flight with its Boeing 737-800 airplane with the AeroMexico Contigo program, a product the airline recently launched that offers customers in the migrant market personalized attention and the option to transport bulky luggage. This aircraft is especially configured for 174 passengers, with 18 seats in AM Plus that increase legroom to its passengers.

As of January 29, 2014, AM will add a weekly Saturday flight with the same schedule from Puerto Vallarta to Chicago and back.

AeroMexico now offers three daily flights from Chicago O’Hare to Mexico City and one daily frequency to Guadalajara, which represents nearly 1,000 daily seats between these destinations.

In other news, AM also announced the beginning of its new seasonal service between Fresno and Morelia and Sacramento and Bajio/Leon in central Mexico as of December 17, 2013.

The schedules for these new flights are listed as follows:

Morelia – Fresno * Bajio – Sacramento *
AM 730

9:57 p.m.

00:11 a.m. TU AM 630 10:30 p.m. 00:35 a.m. TU
Fresno – Morelia * Sacramento – Bajio*
AM 731 01:26 a.m. 07:04 a.m. WE AM 631 01:35 a.m. 07:15 a.m. WE

* Times published are local to each country and are subject to changes without notice.

These new routes will be served with Boeing 737-800 aircraft especially configured with AeroMexico Contigo program, a product the airline recently launched that offers customers in the migrant market personalized attention and the option to transport bulky luggage.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-81Q N520AM (msn 29052) with the additional Contigo markings taxies at Los Angeles.

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