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American Airlines and US Airways move one step closer to a merger with this announcement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will soon make a decision on whether it will proceed with the proposed merger with US Airways (Phoenix). The two airlines have issued this joint statement which brings a probable merger one step closer with a new agreement between its pilots:

American Airlines and US Airways, with participation of committee counsel for the Unsecured Creditors Committee, are pleased that they have completed discussions with the Allied Pilots Association and US Airline Pilots Association intended to develop a framework for the terms of employment for pilots, as well as a process for pilot integration, in the event of a merger between AA and US during restructuring.  This memorandum of understanding was approved by the Allied Pilots Association’s Board of Directors and by USAPA’s Board of Pilot Representatives.  This memorandum of understanding will assist all of the stakeholders, including the Boards of AMR and US Airways, in making an informed decision as to whether a merger should ultimately be pursued.  The MOU is one of several elements to be considered before a decision on a merger can be made.  Details regarding the MOU are still covered by the terms of a non-disclosure agreement so they cannot be further disclosed at this time. 

American Airlines’ board of directors meets next week to consider its course of action. Read the analysis by Reuters: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. The Boeing 767-200s of both airlines are likely to be retired fairly soon if a merger is accomplished. American’s Boeing 767-223 ER N324AA (msn 22325) is mainly assigned to the transcontinental routes and is pictured departing from Los Angeles International Airport.

American Airlines: AG Slide Show

US Airways: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. A decision will have to made about US Airways’ membership in the Star Alliance if a merger is pursued. Boeing 757-2B7 N935UW 9msn 27201) arrives at Las Vegas.

US Airways and South African Airways expand their codeshare agreement

US Airways (Phoenix) and fellow Star Alliance member South African Airways (Johannesburg) today announced a new bilateral codeshare agreement after receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Transport – South Africa. Flights are currently available for sale for travel beginning on December 19.

US Airways customers will gain access to destinations throughout South Africa with the new agreement and to Dakar, Senegal pending final government approval, along with the convenience of a single-ticket purchase. Conversely, customers traveling on South African Airways will also receive expanded access to and throughout the United States.  US Airways customers will continue to have the ability to earn and redeem Dividend Miles on these new codeshare flights. South African Airways customers will also continue to earn and redeem miles as a member of the Voyager Frequent Flyer program.

US Airways customers will have access to South African Airways’ hub in Johannesburg as well as convenient connections to Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth in South Africa.  Customers will also have access to Dakar, Senegal via South African Airways’ Washington-Dulles to Johannesburg.  South African Airways customers will have access to US Airways’ hub cities of Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix as well as various destinations within the United States. Specific connection information is below:

 

New Connections for US Airways Customers on South African Airways New Connections for South African Airways Customers on US Airways
 

To Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB) from:

  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • New York’s JFK International Airport (JFK)
  • Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
  • London’s Heathrow International Airport (LHR)
  • Munich, Germany (MUC)

 

To Dakar, Senegal (DKR)* from:

  • IAD

 

Continue from JNB to:

  • Cape Town, South Africa (CPT)
  • Durban, South Africa (DUR)
  • East London, South Africa (ELS)
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa (PLZ)
 

To Philadelphia (PHL) from:

  • LHR

 

To Charlotte, N.C. (CLT) from:

  • IAD
  • JFK
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • San Diego (SAN)

 

To Phoenix (PHX) from:

  • JFK
  • LAS
  • SAN
  • SFO

*Route is pending final government approval.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 767-2B7 ER N251AY (msn 24764) of US Airways lifts off from Heathrow Airport near London.

US Airways: AG Slide Show

South African Airways: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. South African Airways operates both Airbus and Boeing narrow-body airliners on domestic and regional routes. Airbus A319-131 ZS-SFJ (msn 2379) prepares to land at the Johannesburg hub.

Jet Asia Airways announces Phuket-Beijing service

Jet Asia Airways (Bangkok) has announced a new four-times-weekly scheduled service from Phuket International Airport to Beijing International Capital Airport. The Thai carrier’s scheduled service will commence in January 2013.

The full service, nonstop flight will be operated by with Boeing 767-200 ER aircraft with an all economy class configuration of 235 seats. JFx, Jet Asia’s iPad based in-flight entertainment will be offered onboard for a fee equivalent to $5 USD.

“We are proud to service Beijing with a direct flight to Phuket. The passenger traffic from China into Thailand has grown nearly 45% year on year for the past three years and we are excited to contribute to this growth,” said Captain John Ross, Jet Asia’s Vice President of Flight Operations.

Jet Asia is currently the only Thai carrier offering scheduled nonstop service between Phuket and Beijing.

Jet Asia commenced scheduled operations on September 17, 2011 between Bangkok (Don Muang) and Penang.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Formerly operated by United Airlines, Boeing 767-222 HS-JAB (msn 21868) prepares to land at Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi).

US Airways makes a formal merger proposal to American Airlines

US Airways (Phoenix) has presented a formal merger proposal to American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) according to a report by the Associated Press as reported by the Charlotte Observer. Under the proposal, US Airways’ CEO Doug Parker would head the new company which would retain the American name and the Dallas/Fort Worth headquarters.

Additionally American Airlines’ pilots have approved the new labor contract paving the way for AA to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and also a possible merger with US Airways. American’s CEO Tom Horton, who is likely to lose his job in any merger, has told his employees a decision on the merger proposal will be coming soon.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

In other news, US Airways will launch daily nonstop service to Sao Paulo, Brazil from its largest hub at Charlotte, North Carolina beginning on May 5, 2013.  The new route is US Airways’ second destination in South America and complements the airline’s existing nonstop service to Rio de Janeiro from Charlotte. US Airways will operate service to Brazil’s largest city on Boeing 767-200 ER aircraft with seating for 18 in Envoy, US Airways’ international business class, and 186 in the main cabin.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. US Airways’ Boeing 767-2B7 ER N256AY (msn 26847) departs from the Charlotte hub. The additional long-range routes are extending the career for the wide-body type with US Airways. A merger with AA would end the US Airways name and brand. However with Doug Parker in control of a new American Airlines there will also be a new long-overdue brand for AA for sure.

American Airlines: AG Slide Show

US Airways: AG Slide Show

EZjet Air Services suspends operations, strands passengers

EZjet Air Services (Georgetown, Guyana) has suspended operations. The charter company was operating flights from Georgetown to New York (JFK), Toronto (Pearson) and Port of Spain, Trinidad since December 2011. Lately a wet leased Boeing 767-238 ER N250MY (msn 23306) operated by Swift Air (USA) (Phoenix) has been flying for EZjet with titles. Swift Air specializes in operating charters, especially sports charters. Swift Air stopped flying for the Guyanese company due to the non payment of the lease charges and the U.S. Department of Transport (DOT) suspended the license for the company to operate in the United States. According to this report by the Stabroek News, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) cancelled the AOC of the company on Friday (November 9). EZjet claims it has not suspended operations but the website is now closed down and the airline issued the following statement:

“The story behind the suspension”

By now rumors are spreading all over the media and social networks about EZjet’s current state of operations. EZjet wishes to present the relevant facts. First and foremost, EZjet has NOT shut down. We were forced to cancel all flights because Swift Air – who owns and operates the aircraft – took off without any notification and left EZjet without a carrier. In response to instructions received from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), EZjet suspended its operations.

Several factors led to the suspension of services. On October 23, 2012 Swift delivered to EZjet a notice of cancellation. EZjet responded to Swift Air disputing the notice of cancellation. The notice of cancellation indicated that EZjet owed Swift Air money, when in fact Swift Air owed EZjet over US$630,000 in open invoices as well as another US$200,000 for amenities provided to passengers such as hotel, meals, and other charges relating to delays that were attributed to Swift Air. EZjet has consistently asked Swift Air to pay these invoices as the funds were needed to pay for EZjet’s continued operations. As of today Swift Air has not paid ANY of EZjet’s invoices nor has it received a response to the dispute relating to the notice of cancellation.

Swift Abandoned Passengers

On Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3, Swift Air abandoned EZjet’s passengers at the JFK airport and then in Georgetown to take another job of flying the Boston Celtics basketball team within the United States using EZjet’s fuel and airport services. No advance notification was provided to EZjet and we could do very little to avoid this action of Swift Air. Swift felt there was no need to inform EZjet and its passengers of its actions. They did not want the DOT to learn of this cancellation and now EZjet is paying the price for Swift Air’s action.

On Wednesday, November 7, Swift Air put out already onboard passengers at Port-of-Spain, and then stranded JKF-bound passengers in Georgetown, in order fly their empty aircraft to Buffalo, New York, again utilizing EZjet’s fuel and airport services to do so. After the aircraft took off, Swift Air contacted the US DOT and TICO (in Canada) and notified that they intend to stop flying. No advance notification was provided to EZjet.

On Thursday November 8, the DOT delivered to EZjet an email indicating that “EZJet Air has failed to act consistently with the requirements of 14 CFR Part 380. In the circumstances presented, we are requiring that EZJet Air Service Express must immediately cease advertising and operating flights filed under PC 12 119.” The DOT issued this after receiving false and misleading information from Swift Air. Swift lied to the DOT in order to protect themselves from the liability of having to return all U.S. passengers that they took to Guyana.

According to the DOT, in accordance with CFR 14 Part 380.12 and 34, they should have also been notified by both parties regarding this cancellation. Consequently, they were consulting with the US DOT General Counsel’s office as to whether this notice will be accepted after the fact.

EZjet has written to the DOT stating the facts and challenging Swift Air and is currently awaiting a reply.

Payment and Financial Differences

The media carried allegations of Swift Air, without any foundation or facts, that EZjet did not pay them. While Swift Air claims it has not been paid, EZjet believes Swift Air owes EZjet over US$800,000+ relating to various charges that remain unpaid. EZjet paid US$89,000 to Swift Air within the past week as the carrier requested, and EZjet offered to pay US$205,000 more to Swift Air on Wednesday of last week, providing only that Swift Air would state whether it planned to continue or stop flying. There was no answer. While Swift Air’s executives, on one hand, were advising EZjet about flying the next flights, on the other hand, Swift Air’s crew quietly deplaned and stranded EZjet’s passengers then flew their empty aircraft to the US on Wednesday. Their action was unknown to EZjet’s management.

Executives’ Bonus

In a similar situation to EZjet, on April 6, 2012, Saipan Air entered into an Aircraft ACMI Charter Agreement with Swift Air relating to the charter of two Boeing 757-200 aircraft and one Boeing 737-400 aircraft. The aircraft were to be delivered to Saipan Air on or before July 1, 2012, to transport tourists from China to various locations in Japan and China to and from the CNMI.

On June 24, 2012, Saipan Air received a letter from a Swift executive – the same who wrote EZjet’s termination letter – dated June 21, 2012, stating that “Swift hereby provides notice to Saipan Air that the agreement is hereby terminated and canceled without further notice or effect.” On June 27, 2012, Swift Air filed for bankruptcy petition. This is the same stunt Swift pulled on EZjet.

It needs to be known that four executives of Swift Air, the supposed partner of Saipan Air Inc., received large bonuses and other payments from Swift Air prior to the company’s filing of bankruptcy protection. Two of these executives were directly overseeing EZjet’s flights. The amended $50-million racketeering lawsuit still named the four executives as defendants along with 10 unnamed co-defendants for allegedly conspiring to obtain money and other property from Saipan Air Inc. The lawyer exposed the alleged large bonuses in the Saipan Air Inc.’s filing in federal court of its first amended complaint against the four executives.

Swift and EZjet show-down at Piarco

There was a show-down in Port-of-Spain on Wednesday November 7. Whist Swift was attempting to fly off with all their crew onboard, EZjet’s management advised the handling company at Piarco not to pushback the aircraft as Swift Air was escaping and leaving our passengers stranded. EZjet’s management gave order to block the aircraft from flying off and told Swift Air that they will not be pushed back until they fly all of our passengers back to Georgetown and complete other obligations to our passengers. Swift managed to utilized another service provider in Trinidad to push back the aircraft and flew off to the US, stealing fuel paid for by EZjet, stranding our passengers and jeopardizing all of our other flights. It was that day that EZjet learnt that Swift Air informed the DOT that that was their last flight. EZjet knew nothing of this. And the DOT took action against EZjet without as much affording us the courtesy to reply to Swift Air’s letters and actions.

Swift Air replaced Dynamic Airways after Dynamic suspended its operations owing EZjet over $1.5 million dollars which includes an $800,000 cash security deposit. EZjet is in the process of seeking legal action against Dynamic Airways for recovery of the sums owing.

The second reason that led us into this situation is poor collection of ticket sales. Currently, over US$2.5 million are held among several travel agencies. These monies were collected from passengers but not yet handed over to the airline. This put a financial strain on the airline that is requested to pre-pay for its flights and fuel.

We want to make it very clear to all of Guyana and our passengers in the US, Canada and Trinidad, that it was not EZjet but Swift Air that led us down this road.

To our passengers, EZjet cares deeply about all of you. We changed the entire landscape just to bring you the best prices and benefits which before you did not enjoy. We are the reason many people flew for the first time and why many of you can fly as many times as you want. We bore all the high prices without any financial assistance from anyone just to make flying affordable to everyone. We never meant for this to happen. We tried our best to avoid it. And we are hurt about the way the situation has turned out.

In order to better serve you and avoid the mistakes of the past, we need time to make changes internally. Regrettably, those changes cannot be made under these present circumstances. We need time to do this. For this reason, we have, most regrettably, suspended the operations. All passengers will be given full refund for the unused portions of their tickets. We know this is an undesirable outcome and we humbly apologise for it. We are asking the passengers to be patient with our staff and bear with us as we process the refunds. To get their refunds, passengers need to contact our Headoffice at 23 Brickdam, Georgetown or call us on 225-7597, 225-9791, 225-7585 or 225-7599 or email us at ezjetairlines@gmail.com

We will take time to regroup and come better. And by this we mean that plans are being explored to recommence operations soon. This is in light of the fact that carriers have already hiked up their airfare prices by some 30% to 50% since EZjet’s suspension. We value you our passengers. We thank you for your loyalty to us and for staying with us even in trying times over the year. Because we value you, we want to continue serving you. We are going to make those changes necessary to serve you better. We are going to come again.

Thank you for choosing EZjet as your preferred carrier. We will see you again and look forward to your continued support.

Read the full report from Stabroek News: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele. Former Maxjet Airways Boeing 767-238 ER N250MY departs from Georgetown, Guyana.

American’s pilots now stand alone, the flight attendants accept AA’s final contract offer

American Airlines‘ (Dallas/Fort Worth) pilots, represented by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), now stand alone in their current contract dispute with the AMR Corporation. American Airlines’ flight attendants have accepted the last and final contract offer, leaving only the pilots. According to this report by Reuters, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said in a statement that the vote was 59 to 52 percent in favor of the offer. AMR is seeking bankruptcy court approval to void the current contract with the pilots who overwhelmingly voted down the last offer.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 767-223 ER N327AA (msn 22327) departs from Los Angeles.

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American’s pilots union board rejects the final contract offer, will the court void the current contracts?

American Airlines‘ (Dallas/Fort Worth) pilots union, the Allied Pilots Association, has rejected the final contract offer from management by a 11 to 5 vote and sent the contract to the members. Barring a reversal by the pilots, the decision of a contract now rests with the bankruptcy court judge. Judge Sean Lane is expected to rule on management’s motion to void all labor contracts and impose tentative terms tomorrow (June 22) according to this report by Reuters.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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