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A new Cyprus Airways receives its AOC

Cyprus Airways (2nd) (Larnaca) is a new version of the original flag carrier. The new Cyprus Airways has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC). The company made this short statement on March 14, 2017:

We are delighted to inform you that Cyprus Airways received the Air Operator Certificate! We are very excited to begin flying soon!

The new carrier acquired its first aircraft, the pictured Airbus A319-114 5B-DCW (msn 1129, ex S7 Airlines VP-BTO), in December 2016 and operated a proving flight on March 4, 2017.

The original Cyprus Airways ended all operations on January 9, 2015.

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Air Canada rouge to serve Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A319-114 C-GBIJ (msn 829) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 930272.

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced that its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge™, is expanding in Eastern Canada by operating twice daily seasonal nonstop service between Toronto and Charlottetown beginning May 2, 2016. The new route will be flown with Airbus A319 aircraft.

In the summer of 2016, Air Canada rouge and Air Canada Express will operate up to 69 scheduled nonstop flights each week from Charlottetown to four destinations across Canada:

  • Air Canada offers twice daily summer service to Toronto between May 2 and October 23, 2016 operated by Air Canada rouge with 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft featuring premium and economy cabins.
  • For winter 2016/17, service will return to three daily Air Canada Express flights with the 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jet aircraft operated by Air Georgian
  • Up to three daily nonstop Air Canada Express flights to Montreal with a mix of 74-seat Bombardier Q400 Next Generation aircraft offering all-leather seating and 50-seat Bombardier CRJ aircraft operated by Jazz Aviation LP
  • One daily nonstop flight to Ottawa with Air Canada Express 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jet aircraft operated by Jazz Aviation LP
  • Four daily flights to Halifax using Air Canada Express 18-seat Beech 1900D aircraft operated by Exploits Valley Air Services, Ltd. (EVAS)

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 C-GBIJ (msn 829) approaches the runway at Toronto (Pearson).

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Delta to restore the Salt Lake City – Toronto route

Delta Air Lines Airbus A319-114 N352NB (msn 1824) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921473.

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will resume the Salt Lake City – Toronto (Pearson) route on May 27, 2016. The dormant route with will be operated daily with Airbus A319s per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 N352NB (msn 1824) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Lufthansa to offer broadband Internet on board short and medium-haul flights from 2016

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has made this announcement:

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From early summer 2016, Lufthansa will be the first network airline in Europe to offer broadband on board its short and medium-haul flights. This will enable passengers on continental flights and flights within Germany to enjoy the full freedom to communicate and to use the Internet with a wide bandwidth above the clouds. The first aircraft will be fitted with the new technology in early summer 2016.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, comments: “Lufthansa has always been a pioneer of Internet services on board its aircraft. Having equipped all planes in the Lufthansa intercontinental fleet with our successful FlyNet® system, we are now continuing our success story by providing Internet on board our short and medium-haul flights. We are therefore the first airline in Europe able to offer its guests an Internet surfing experience boasting the same quality and speed as they are used to at home.”

The new service from Lufthansa and its technology partner Inmarsat is based on the most modern broadband satellite technology from Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network (Ka-band) and offers seamless, reliable coverage on short and medium-haul flights. Inmarsat recently successfully launched the third satellite in this global constellation and Lufthansa will be its first aviation customer. The service will enable passengers to make the most of broadband Internet access on their own mobile devices via a wireless network. They will not only be able to use simple e-mail services, but also superior applications and even streaming. On top of all this, passengers will also be able to use their mobile phones to send and receive text messages and for the transfer of data based on their own mobile phone contract. Telephone calls on board, however, will still not be allowed due to customer preference.

Lufthansa Technik will integrate all systems and components into the aircraft thanks to its many years of experience in the field of plane modification. This work will not only include installation activities, but also all tasks required in terms of aviation and licensing law.

Lufthansa Systems will provide the technical infrastructure needed to establish a well-functioning Internet connection on board. This work will include tasks such as setting up network operations in the aircraft, which is the main technical requirement for a wireless network on board and providing the software required for the operation of an Internet portal.

Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik are additionally planning a long-term global partnership in order to also be able to offer other airlines a modern on-board IT platform (BoardConnect) with broadband Internet access that can be used for a number of different purposes. Both the Lufthansa Group and future clients in the third-party market will benefit from the additional services and lower risks provided by this strong partnership.

With regard to the future, Lufthansa is also committing to a flight trial program for a new hybrid network being developed for Europe. The European Aviation Network combines an S-band satellite from Inmarsat with a complementary LTE ground network being provided by Deutsche Telekom. This promising and innovative technology offers potential in terms of costs and can be flexibly adapted to suit the broadband transmission demands of the future. From 2017 onwards, Lufthansa will commence a flight trial program of the new technology.

Lufthansa operated the world’s first scheduled flight with broadband Internet access on January 15, 2003. Although it was increasing in popularity among passengers, this technically reliable broadband Internet connection via a wireless network had to be suspended in 2006 because the necessary satellites were no longer in operation. Since December 2010, Lufthansa has again been the first airline to offer broadband Internet access on its intercontinental flights. FlyNet® has been available on all 106 long-haul aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet since the beginning of this year. Lufthansa therefore boasts the world’s largest long-haul fleet with broadband Internet access.

Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 D-AILU (msn 744) with the special “Lulu Stork” markings taxies at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Delta set new records in July, upgrades its Airbus A319 and A320 fleets

Delta upgraded A320 cabin (Delta)(LRW)

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) issued this report on its busy summer season:

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July is the only month in which each day is a part of Delta’s busy summer schedule. So as July wraps up – and with 17 days remaining in the summer schedule – here are nine amazing facts to keep in mind the next time you see a Widget-branded aircraft soaring overhead.

Delta’s summer schedule begins in early June and runs through mid-August.

1. July 31 set an all-time single-day bookings record of more than 620,000 customers. That’s as if the entire population of Portland, Oregon, booked to fly Delta in one day.

2. Nearly 2,200 more flights are scheduled so far in summer 2015 than the same period in summer 2014, a 0.7 percent increase.

3. Reliability on Delta Connection – the airline’s group of regional carriers – is dramatically improving: there have been 1,400 fewer Delta Connection cancellations this summer compared to the same period last summer.

4. The Delta system’s “completion factor” – days without any canceled flights – is 99.02%, 0.44 percentage points better than the same period last summer. That’s an amazing 1,308 fewer cancels than in summer 2014. And it includes both mainline flights and Delta Connection.

5. In June, Delta went 139.2 consecutive hours without a mainline cancellation; the closest streak during a summer schedule was June 2014 – 80.3 consecutive hours

6. Twenty-one days of 100 percent mainline completion factor so far in summer 2015, compared with 12 during the same time period in 2014.

7. Delta’s mainline aircraft numbers nearly 800 for the summer operation, including 41 737-900 ERs and 71 Boeing 717-200s.

8. TechOps is moving maintenance performance to new heights:

Mainline maintenance “completion factor” of 99.97 percent.
Maintenance on-time departure performance of 96.70 percent, best-ever for a summer schedule.

9. Year-to-date, Delta mainline has transported more than 2.2 billion pounds of checked bags and 987 million pounds of cargo freight.

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In other news, Delta is revamping its Airbus A319 (above) and A320 fleets:

Delta will debut its latest single-aisle jet to receive a nose-to-tail interior modification this week—the first of 57 Airbus A319s to receive the state of the art upgrade.

The 132-seat aircraft is the latest in a series of upgrades coming to Delta’s domestic narrowbody fleet and follows just a few short months after Ship 3235 rejoined the flight line.

Delta A319 Panasonic entertainment system (Delta)(LRW)

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Panasonic in-flight entertainment at every seat (above), large pivoting overhead bins capable of accommodating 60 percent more carry-on bags (below), new galleys and an innovative, pod-like overhead passenger service unit highlight just a few of the new amenities designed by Zodiac Aerospace that Delta customers will enjoy. The 9 inch high definition seat-back entertainment screens offer more content than any other domestic carrier. Each seat also as 110v and USB power to plug in electronics in flight.

Delta A320-200 revamped overhead storage (Delta)(LRW)

The airline is the first in the world to receive the interior modifications on both Airbus fleets.

All 126 A320 and A319 aircraft will be retrofitted with the new interior by summer 2017. The larger of the two jets, the A320, will also receive in-flight entertainment, though not initially, through 2018.

Many of Delta’s Boeing 757 jets are receiving interior enhancements as part of the airline’s more than $770 million investment in the domestic fleet to provide a more consistent customer experience.

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Photos: Delta Air Lines. All 126 of Delta’s Airbus A319 and A320s are undergoing interior upgrades.

Copyright Photo below: Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 N330NB (msn 1549) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Air Canada rouge launches Toronto – Abbotsford flights

Air Canada rouge (Toronto) flight AC1979 touched down at the Abbotsford International Airport yesterday morning (June 27), marking the start of new nonstop seasonal service from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Returning home as the captain for this inaugural flight was Captain James Jeffrey Martin , who grew up in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and completed his aviation education and training in Abbotsford . Celebrations were held at both airports and in the community to inaugurate the daily service.

 

Service between Toronto and Abbotsford will be operated daily by Air Canada rouge to October 12, 2015 with 136-seat Airbus A319 aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 C-FYIY (msn 634) arrives in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Lufthansa to drop three Russian destinations

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) according to TASS, will drop three Russian destinations from Frankfurt as the Russian routes have become unprofitable. Moscow (Vnukovo) will be dropped on August 31, Nizhny Novgorod on September 7 and Samara on September 6.

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Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 D-ALD (msn 623) taxies at London (Heathrow).

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Air Canada upgrades the premium cabin on the rouge Airbus A319s, opts out of the 2014 pension funding regulations

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Air Canada (Montreal) has announced a number of product upgrades to benefit customers on its leisure airline, Air Canada rouge (Toronto).

The premium cabin in Air Canada rouge’s fleet of 20 Airbus A319 aircraft will be converted by mid-June 2015 from its current 3×3 seating configuration with a blocked middle seat to two side-by-side Business Class seats in a 2×2 configuration. This new seating provides customers more personal space and generous legroom as well as full power charging capacity with a 110-volt power plug and a high-powered USB port at every seat. Additional customer convenience features include a centre console and pop-out cocktail tray between the two seats and a coat hook at every seat.

Air Canada rouge will also increase carry-on space throughout its Airbus A319 fleet by 30 per cent with the installation of new overhead bin doors – dubbed “pillow doors” because of their curved shape – which allow carry-on items to be stowed more efficiently. The installation takes place this summer.

In addition to the upgrades on its Airbus A319 aircraft, Air Canada rouge is also enhancing its in-flight entertainment system on all Airbus A319 and Boeing 767 aircraft. Air Canada rouge is one of the first airlines in North America to offer a streaming in-flight entertainment system. This system, called player, is available complimentary to customers that have downloaded the free app onto their own laptops or mobile Apple® and Android® devices. Air Canada rouge also provides an Apple iPad® rental program onboard that is now renting out lightweight iPad Air 2® tablets that have been upgraded to feature dozens of the latest Hollywood new releases and popular iPad games for one and two players. iPad rentals are complimentary in the Premium rouge cabin.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 190 destinations on five continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 Canadian cities, 52 destinations in the United States and 78 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,321 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2014 for the fifth consecutive year. For more information, please visit: http://www.aircanada.com follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

Air Canada rouge is Air Canada’s leisure airline. Together with Air Canada Vacations, Air Canada rouge offers competitively-priced travel to 50 exciting leisure destinations on 68 routes in Europe, Mexico, the U.S., the Caribbean, Asia, South America and Canada.

Air Canada rouge began operating July 1, 2013 with a start-up fleet of two Airbus 319 aircraft and two Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft. Air Canada rouge currently operates a total of 31 aircraft including 20 Airbus 319 and 11 Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

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In other news, Air Canada has announced that it has elected to opt out of the Air Canada Pension Plan Funding Regulations, 2014 (the “2014 Regulations”), effective immediately. The 2014 Regulations became effective on January 1, 2014 and under their terms, Air Canada was required to make solvency deficit payments of $200 million per year, on average, over a seven-year period. The agreement entered into in connection with these regulations contained several restrictions, including a prohibition on dividends and share repurchases; however it allowed Air Canada to opt out at any time.

Air Canada has elected to opt out of the 2014 Regulations as following a detailed risk assessment, it believes the funding risk associated with the solvency of its pension plans has largely been eliminated. The committed deficit funding contributions over the next six years of approximately $1.1 billion under the 2014 Regulations may be redeployed to further improve the competitive position of Air Canada and create substantial value for shareholders and employees.

The overall risk profile of the pension plans, given the successful execution of a new investment policy and risk mitigation strategy introduced in 2009, is significantly lower. This is the result of and reflected in the following:

75 per cent of Air Canada’s pension liabilities are now immunized with duration-matched fixed income products, significantly reducing the interest rate risk associated with all pension plans. Air Canada may continue to increase immunization levels, subject to favourable market conditions.

Air Canada utilizes an overall risk measurement called “surplus risk”, measuring the potential variability of the plan assets and liabilities over the period of one year. This surplus risk has been reduced by approximately 50 per cent since 2009, a reflection of a more conservative asset mix policy.

The aggregate solvency surplus as at May 20, 2015, based on management estimates, is $1.2 billion, 82 per cent above the $660 million surplus level at January 1, 2015, and 13.5 times greater than the $89 million surplus level as at January 1, 2014.

As part of its due diligence and risk mitigation strategy, Air Canada, with the assistance of its professional actuaries, simulated 1,000 different economic scenarios on the current plan asset mix to determine what combination of economic factors would have to occur to cause Air Canada to contribute an aggregate of more than $1.2 billion to its pension plans under normal funding rules, over the next six years. Air Canada also simulated the past three economic crises (the 2009 financial crisis, the 2001-2002 technology crises and the 1970 oil crisis) to assess the effect each would have on the pension plan assets. None of those three economic crises would result in payments exceeding an aggregate amount of $1.2 billion over the next six years. With respect to the 1,000 economic scenarios, less than 2 per cent would result in payments of over $1.2 billion; however, none of these scenarios has ever actually occurred.

Three years ago, Air Canada’s domestic registered pension plans had a significant pension solvency deficit of $4.2 billion. The $5.4 billion improvement in the pension solvency position to the May 20, 2015 estimated surplus of $1.2 billion is a reflection of top quartile investment returns given the new investment strategy introduced in 2009 which created over $3.5 billion in value, negotiated pension benefit amendments which reduced the deficit by approximately $1.0 billion, and past service cash contributions by Air Canada of approximately $900 million over the past six years, which when added to the $1.0 billion contributed in current service costs represents a total contribution by Air Canada of $1.9 billion since 2009 to its Canadian registered pension plans.

In addition, the pension share trust created in 2009 as part of an earlier pension arrangement, and held in trust for the benefit of the airline’s Canadian employees and retirees, is currently valued at approximately $220 million. The trust provides that proceeds of any sale of the trust shares will be retained and applied to reduce future deficits, if any should materialize.

Under normal funding rules, Air Canada will make pension solvency payments of approximately $90 million in 2015 versus the $200 million it would have had to contribute under the 2014 Regulations, saving $110 million. Based on the solvency surplus as at January 1, 2015 of $660 million, and assuming similar market conditions to the current environment and given its immunization strategy, Air Canada expects its pension solvency payments in 2016 to be zero, saving $200 million in that year alone.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 C-FYNS (msn 572) of Air Canada rouge arrives at Vancouver.

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Air Canada Jetz to fly for six NHL teams next season

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced a new six-year agreements with six of Canada’s professional teams for air transportation through Air Canada Jetz, its in-house, all-Premium Class charter service operated by mainline Air Canada pilots and flight attendants.

The six-year agreements begin at the start of the 2015-16 season and cover the Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets, the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks.

The service will be operated by Jetz, Air Canada’s in-house charter carrier, which uses Airbus A319 aircraft (above) outfitted with 58-Premium Class seats (below) to offer extra legroom and a private jet-like experience.

In addition to the six Canadian teams, Jetz also provides air transport services to the Colorado Avalanche.

Above Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 C-GAQZ (msn 740) sits at the Toronto base waiting for the next assignment.

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Air Canada rouge to operate two new domestic routes starting this summer

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced it will launch this summer, new, year-round Air Canada rouge services between Hamilton and Calgary and seasonal service between Toronto Pearson and Abbotsford.

The new daily nonstop services will begin operating on June 27, 2015. Air Canada rouge will operate both routes with Airbus A319 aircraft with 136 seats offering two comfort choices: 12 Premium rouge seats‎ in the front cabin with enhanced service and personal space; and 124 rouge seats in the second cabin.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-114 C-GBIM (msn 840) arrives in Las Vegas.

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