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Finnair and IAG to jointly operate an Airbus A300-600 freighter between London and Helsinki

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this statement:

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Finnair Cargo, a fully owned subsidiary of Finnair, has expanded its network after signing an innovative freighter sharing deal with IAG Cargo.

The route will be operated by an Airbus A300-600 cargo freighter, which will fly between London and Helsinki. London becomes Finnair’s third cargo hub in Europe in addition to Helsinki and Brussels.

The creation of the new cargo bridge, which will connect the two carrier’s networks, is an important strategic move for Finnair Cargo. It will enable the opening of tens of new destinations in North America in addition to its current routes.

The freighter, which has a 43 ton capacity, will fly twice a week and provides Finnair with the ability to easily route cargo through London.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com.

Finnair aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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FedEx Corporation reports net income of $616 million, up 23% from last year’s $500 million

FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) reported earnings of $2.14 per diluted share for its fiscal second quarter ended November 30, up 36% from last year’s $1.57 per share. The corporation reported net income of $616 million, up 23% from last year’s $500 million. However the corporation missed several analyst profit estimates despite declining fuel costs.

The company issued this statement:

“FedEx posted strong results and a higher operating margin in the second quarter, with continued growth in volumes and base yields in each of our transportation segments”

“FedEx posted strong results and a higher operating margin in the second quarter, with continued growth in volumes and base yields in each of our transportation segments,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corporation chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We are in the final stages of this year’s peak shipping season, and I’d like to thank the more than 300,000 dedicated team members around the world for once again delivering outstanding service to our customers during the holidays.”

Second Quarter Results

FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the second quarter:

• Revenue of $11.9 billion, up 5% from $11.4 billion the previous year

• Operating income of $1.01 billion, up 22% from $827 million last year

• Operating margin of 8.5%, up from 7.3% a year ago

• Net income of $616 million, up 23% from last year’s $500 million

Operating income and margin increased primarily due to higher volumes and base yields in all three transportation segments. Results in the second quarter also included benefits from the company’s profit improvement programs, lower pension expense and a slightly positive net impact from fuel. These benefits were partially offset by higher aircraft maintenance expense due to the timing of aircraft maintenance events.

Share repurchases benefited second quarter earnings by $0.16 per diluted share.

Outlook

The company reaffirms its fiscal 2015 earnings forecast of $8.50 to $9.00 per diluted share. The outlook assumes continued moderate economic growth and a modest net benefit from fuel. The capital spending forecast for fiscal 2015 remains $4.2 billion.

Fuel Surcharges

FedEx regularly reviews its fuel surcharge tables and will update certain tables at FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight effective February 2, 2015. Details on these changes will be available on fedex.com by December 23, 2014.

FedEx Express Segment

For the second quarter, the FedEx Express segment reported:

• Revenue of $7.02 billion, up 3% from last year’s $6.84 billion

• Operating income of $484 million, up 36% from $357 million a year ago

• Operating margin of 6.9%, up from 5.2% the previous year

Revenue increased due to higher U.S. domestic package volume and international export package base revenue, partially offset by lower fuel surcharges and exchange rates. U.S. domestic package volume grew by 7%, including a 10% increase in U.S. overnight box. U.S. domestic revenue per package declined 2% due to decreased fuel surcharges and lower weight.

FedEx International Economy® volume grew 5%, while FedEx International Priority® volume increased 1%. International export revenue per package was flat, as higher rates were offset by unfavorable currency exchange and lower fuel surcharges.

Operating results improved due primarily to U.S. domestic and international export package revenue growth, cost management related to profit improvement programs, lower pension expense and a slight net benefit from fuel. These improvements were partially offset by the timing of higher aircraft maintenance expense. The year over year increase in aircraft maintenance expense is expected to subside beginning in the fourth fiscal quarter.

FedEx Ground Segment

For the second quarter, the FedEx Ground segment reported:

• Revenue of $3.06 billion, up 8% from last year’s $2.85 billion

• Operating income of $465 million, up 6% from $439 million a year ago

• Operating margin of 15.2%, down from 15.4% the previous year

FedEx Ground average daily volume grew 5% in the second quarter, driven by growth in both business-to-business and FedEx Home Delivery services. Revenue per package increased 3% due to rate increases and higher residential surcharges. FedEx SmartPost average daily volume decreased 4% due to the reduction in volume of a major customer. FedEx SmartPost revenue per package increased 7% due to rate increases and improved customer mix, partially offset by higher postage rates.

Operating income increased due to higher revenue per package and volume, partially offset by higher network expansion costs, as the company continues to heavily invest in the FedEx Ground and FedEx SmartPost businesses.

FedEx Freight Segment

For the second quarter, the FedEx Freight segment reported:

• Revenue of $1.59 billion, up 11% from last year’s $1.43 billion

• Operating income of $112 million, up 35% from $83 million a year ago

• Operating margin of 7.1%, up from 5.8% the previous year

Less-than-truckload (LTL) average daily shipments increased 8%, including a 10% increase in demand for Priority service. LTL revenue per shipment grew 3% due to higher weight per shipment, higher rates and increased fuel surcharges.

Operating results improved due to increased LTL revenue per shipment and higher average daily LTL shipments.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Monday, December 15, was the busiest day for FedEx in its history according to the company. Cutting through the early morning mist at Charlotte is Airbus A300B4-622R (F) N719FD (msn 388) bound for the Memphis cargo hub.

FedEx Express aircraft slide show:

 

Thai to retire the last Airbus A300 on July 31

Thai Airways International (Bangkok) is currently now planning to retire its last Airbus A300-600 on July 31, 2014 (moved up from October 25, 2014) per Airline Route. The airline is operating the type of flights from the Bangkok hub to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen and Phuket.

 

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A300B4-622R HS-TAZ (msn 787) arrives at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).

Thai: AG Slide Show

Monarch Airlines’ last Airbus A300 G-OJMR to be retired on April 13, 2014

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) has announced the retirement of its last Airbus A300 with a special “retirement flight”. The company issued this statement:

Monarch Airlines is pleased to announce details of the very last commercial flight service on its long serving Airbus A300B4-605R.  The type has been in service with the airline since 1990, and has carried more than 20 million holiday makers while in Monarch colors.

The final A300 airframe in the fleet, G-OJMR (msn 605), will be retiring on Sunday, April 13, 2014, having served the airline for 23 years after being delivered new 1991.  In a fitting end to this aircraft’s service, the final flight will be piloted by the Chief Pilot of Monarch Airlines, Martin Pound.  Martin has served Monarch for over 36 years and in 1991, was the pilot charged with flying the first A300 into service.

Monarch’s A300s are the final passenger-carrying examples in service with a European airline, and with its impending retirement from service, the passenger variant of Airbus’ first entry in to the commercial airliner market, will become a very rare sight in European skies. To celebrate the life of this workhorse of the airline industry, Monarch will be giving enthusiasts one last chance to book on the aircraft by opening up the last commercial flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Birmingham.

On Sunday April 13, 2014, this special Monarch flight ZB300 will depart Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal at 2.40 pm (1440), for a leisurely flight to Birmingham International Airport, arriving at 3.40 pm (1540).

The aircraft, in 347-seat configuration, will be sold to capacity, with seats bookable via the Monarch website, www.monarch.co.uk

Seats on the flight will be priced at £74 per person, inclusive of airport taxes and charges.

Customers can select a seat at the point of purchase, or afterwards if you choose, subject to availability.  Seating will be priced as follows ;

Window Seats: £25 per person

Aisle Seats in window row: £15 per person

Middle Seats in window row: £11 per person

Aisle Seats in middle row: £5 per person

Middle Seats in middle row: £1 per person

This flight will operate as a hand luggage only flight and normal hand luggage restrictions will apply.

Refunds will not be offered to passengers booking window seats if the weather is inclement, or if visibility is poor.

If passengers choose not to reserve a specific seat, one will be allocated free of charge at check-in on the day of the flight.

Booking fees will apply to bookings made with a credit card.

Note to all airlines: As Delta Air Lines discovered last night with the retirement of the last Douglas DC-9, there is a sizable market of eager and enthusiast customers wanting to ride on the last revenue flight of a retiring aircraft type. Many airlines are now discovering this new revenue source.

Update: Monarch confirmed flight ZB 300 from London Gatwick to Birmingham was the last official ZB Airbus A300 flight on April 13.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A300B4-605R G-OJMR (msn 605) taxies past the camera at Palma de Mallorca on a holiday flight.

Monarch Airlines: AG Slide Show

UPS’ Airbus A300F4-622R N155UP crashes on approach to Birmingham, Alabama

UPS Airlines’ (UPS-United Parcel Service) (Atlanta and Louisville) Airbus A300F4-622R N155UP (msn 841) crashed this morning while on approach from the north to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Birmingham, Alabama. The crew was operating cargo flight 5X 1354 from the Louisville hub to Birmingham. There were some showers in the area at the time of the accident. The two crew members were tragically killed in the crash.

The crash scene at Birmingham (NTSB):

UPS A300-600F N155UP Crash Birmingham (NTSB)

NTSB Final Briefing:

Bottom Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. N155UP is pictured on the cargo ramp at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport before the tragic accident.

UPS Airlines: AG Slide Show

IranAir Airbus A300B4-605R EP-IBB runs off the runway at Stockholm

IranAir’s (Tehran) Airbus A300B4-605R EP-IBB (msn 727) ran off runway 19R at Stockholm (Arlanda) yesterday (January 16) at low speed on its takeoff roll. The airliner was operating flight IR 762 to Tehran. A private video showed an engine surge causing the aircraft to veer left, exiting into the snow and grass. There were no injuries or damage.

News link:

avherald.com/h?article=425dd65e&opt=0

Uzbekistan Airways is now operating this Airbus A300 freighter

Uzbekistan Airways (Tashkent) is now operating this Airbus A300B4-622R on cargo flights. UK-31005 (msn 722) approaches Frankfurt for landing on November 27, 2009 and only displays a tail logo.

Copyright Photo: Axel J.

American retires the Airbus A300 after 21 years

 

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Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) officially retired its last Airbus A300-600 from scheduled service in the early morning hours of August 25 at New York (JFK). However the A300 came to the rescue and operated a charter flight to JFK on August 26. The last AA A300 flight to depart from Miami was flight AA 869 to San Juan on August 24. The first A300B4-605R (N91050, msn 423) was delivered on April 21, 1988 and entered revenue service on May 10, 1988. At the end the A300 operated mainly from the Miami, New York (JFK) and San Juan hubs.

 

News link:

nycaviation.com/2009/08/23/last-day-of-american-a300-service-august-24/

Maximus Air Cargo is operating for Etihad Airways

 

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Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Maximus Air Cargo (Abu Dhabi) started operating two Airbus A300-600 freighters for Etihad Airways on July 1. The aircraft operate to Bangalore, Chennai, COlombo and Nairobi. The contract is expected to grow to include flights to China, Italy and Libya.

Lufthansa retires its last Airbus A300

 

Sister ship A300B4-605R D-AIAZ (msn 701) is pictured at Nuremberg before it was retired.  Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer.

Sister ship A300B4-605R D-AIAZ (msn 701) is pictured at Nuremberg before it was retired. Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer.

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) on July 1 operated its last Airbus A300 flight. A300B4-603 D-AIAM (msn 408) had the honor of operating the last revenue flight (LH 3853) from Rome (FCO) to Frankfurt.

 

YouTube video of the historic flight back at FRA:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRuC0g7stv4