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The National Airlines name re-enters the Miami market

National Airlines (5th) (Orlando) is a familiar airline name in South Florida. Three previous airlines with that name have operated at Miami International Airport (MIA). The current National Airlines, now based in Florida, is now operating Cuban passenger charter flights for the various Cuban charter companies at MIA.

Travel to Cuba is booming. According to this report by Brandenton.com, 394 charter flights departed MIA for Cuba during December 2013. Charter flights to Cuba are also permitted from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Tampa. National has joined a group of airlines that operate these special flights.

Before the Castro regime took over Cuba in 1959, Havana was Miami’s largest international destination.

The Bradenton.com explains the Cuban Charter business: CLICK HERE

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In other news, National Airlines on February 1 will offer daily public charter service from Dubai International Airport to forward operating bases in Bagram, with service to Kandahar and Bastion in Afghanistan coming soon.

Check the schedule below for current flight options:

Origin Destination Schedule * Flight # Days Effective
Dubai, UAE
(DXB)
Bagram, AF (OAI) 06:25 – 09:40 NCR998 Tu 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
Bagram, AF (OAI) 06:45 – 10:00 NCR998 M, W, Th, F, Sa 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
Bagram, AF (OAI) 06:50 – 10:05 NCR998 Su 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
Bagram, AF
(OAI)
Dubai, UAE (DXB) 11:30 – 14:10 NCR999 Tu 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
Dubai, UAE (DXB) 11:50 – 14:30 NCR999 M, W, Th, F, Sa 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
Dubai, UAE (DXB) 11:55 – 14:35 NCR999 Su 01Feb14 to 30Jun14
* Schedule is in local time at airport of departure/arrival.

Top Copyright Photo: Ole Simon/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-236 N169CA (msn 25592) arrives at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: L. Apso. National Airlines is now basing Boeing 757-28A N176CA (msn 24543) in Miami and it is seen on the former National Airlines (later Pan Am) Concourse F at Miami International Airport.

National (5th) 757-200 N176CA (10)(Grd) MIA (LC)(LRW) 1.2.14

WestJet to again lease two Boeing 757-200s from Thomas Cook Airlines

WestJet (Calgary) has announced it has once again leased two Boeing 757-200 aircraft from Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) to deliver nonstop, daytime service between Calgary and Honolulu , Calgary and Maui, and between Edmonton and Maui.

Pending regulatory approval*, flights are scheduled to begin December 13, 2013 , and continue through April 26, 2014 . Details of WestJet’s seasonal non-stop service include:

Route Weekly frequency
Between Calgary and Honolulu Twice weekly
Between Calgary and Maui Four times weekly
Between Edmonton and Maui Three times weekly

*Flights to be operated by Thomas Cook Airlines’ 757s, subject to Canadian Transportation Agency concurrence.

WestJet flight attendants on board the Boeing 757-200s will ensure the same great WestJet guest experience while Thomas Cook Airlines will provide the aircraft and pilots. The increase in capacity will ensure more Albertans can enjoy non-stop WestJet service to the Hawaiian Islands.  WestJet is the only airline providing capacity for Thomas Cook’s tour operator arm in the Canadian market as part of a successful, Canada-wide partnership for the third year in a row.

Copyright Photo: Matt Dueck. North American Airlines (New York-JFK) started operating for WestJet Airlines (Calgary) on February 12, 2011 with its Boeing 757-28A N750NA (msn 26277). The larger aircraft operated with WestJet titles from Calgary and Edmonton to Hawaii. The lease was only for two months. This airframe was converted to a freighter as N971FD with FedEx Express. Since then Thomas Cook has operated their 757s for WestJet but still in the Thomas Cook livery.

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Thomas Cook Group sells its North American companies

Thomas Cook Group (London) has announced it has agreed to sell Thomas Cook Canada Inc. and Thomas Cook USA Holdings Inc. to Red Label Vacations Inc. The group issued this statement:

Thomas Cook Group plc announces it has agreed to sell Thomas Cook Canada Inc. and Thomas Cook USA Holdings, Inc., together known as Thomas Cook North America (“TCNA”), to Red Label Vacations Inc. (which trades as Redtag.ca “Red Tag”). The transaction is for cash consideration of $5.3 million Canadian dollars (£3.4 million at current exchange rates).

TCNA operates a tour operator and distribution network in Canada. TCNA also owns ABC Corporate Services Inc. and D-FW Travel Arrangements Inc. in the United States.

Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including clearance by the Competition Bureau of Canada, the release of guarantees provided by Thomas Cook Group plc to third parties on behalf of TCNA and the release of guarantees provided by TCNA in support of the Group’s financing arrangements. The transaction is expected to complete by May 31, 2013. Proceeds will be used to reduce the borrowings of the Thomas Cook Group.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.  Boeing 757-28A C-GJZB (msn 28203) operated by Jazz Aviation taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) base.

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World Airline News block logoEditor’s “To The Point” Observation”: At the height of Thomas Cook Canada, Jazz Aviation was operating a fleet of six leased Boeing 757-200s under the Thomas Cook Airlines (Canada) brand. On April 13, 2012 Thomas Cook announced it was ending the five-year contract with Jazz and all services ended on April 30, 2012. Since then Thomas Cook has been using other airlines as needed.

Thomas Cook to merge Condor, Thomas Cook Belgium and Thomas Cook UK into one airline on March 1

Thomas Cook Group (London) has announced it will merge Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt), Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) and Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) (Brussels) into one airline  within the group on March 1.

The merger is part of Thomas Cook’s turnaround plan. It is unclear if the historic Condor name will be retired.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Condor already wear sthe Thomas Cook brand but still clings to its historic Condor name. Boeing 767-330 ER D-ABUH (msn 26986) taxies to the runway at Munich with the additional Peanuts characters.

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Middle Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Thomas Cook Airlines’ (Belgium) Airbus A320-232 OO-TCN (msn 425) with the image of Kim Clijsters arrives at the Belgium base.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 757-28A G-FCLH (msn 26274) of Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) completes its final approach into London (Gatwick).

UTair Aviation selects Row 44 for inflight connectivity

UTair Aviation (Khanty-Mansiysk) has signed a contract with Row 44 for its inflight connectivity. Row 44 issued the following statement:

Row 44, the leading provider of inflight WiFi and device-based entertainment for airlines around the world, is pleased to announce that UTair Aviation, one of the leading airlines in Russia, has selected Row 44 to provide inflight connectivity services.

With the Row 44 platform, UTair will provide its passengers with the ability to enjoy high-speed, reliable Internet access, as well as premium entertainment content, including a selection of live TV channels, delivered directly to their WiFi-enabled devices.

Installations are expected to begin on UTair’s aircraft in the 3rd quarter of 2013.

UTair is the second airline in Russia to choose Row 44, and to take advantage of the company’s growing global satellite network.  As of first quarter 2013, Row 44 will operate services across North America, the Atlantic Ocean, Continental Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, South Africa and Russia.  Row 44 has also expanded its corporate and network operations to Moscow to support business growth in the Russia and CIS region.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 757-28A VP-BAS (msn 28161) is pictured at Antalya, Turkey.

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WestJet to lease two Boeing 757-200s from Thomas Cook Airlines

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) announced today it will lease two Boeing 757-200 aircraft from Thomas Cook Airlines (Manchester) to deliver more nonstop, daytime service between Calgary and Honolulu and Maui, and between Edmonton and Maui.

Pending regulatory approval, flights are scheduled to begin on December 13, 2012, and continue through April 21, 2013. Details of WestJet’s seasonal nonstop service include:

Route Weekly frequency
Between Calgary and Honolulu Twice weekly
Between Calgary and Maui Four times weekly
Between Edmonton and Maui Three times weekly

Just as in the previous year, WestJet flight attendants will be on board the Boeing 757-200s. Thomas Cook Airlines will provide the aircraft and pilots. The agreement complements the announcement in April that WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft will provide more seat capacity for Thomas Cook in the 2012-2013 winter season. As an expansion to its successful, two-year, Canada-wide, partnership, WestJet is the only airline providing capacity for Thomas Cook’s tour operator arm in the Canadian market.

Copyright Photo: Matt Dueck. In the past, North American Airlines operated its pictured Boeing 757-28A N750NA for WestJet. N750NA climbs away from Calgary.

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