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Hunnu Air is coming to Paris

Hunnu Air (Ulaanbaatar) has just announced it will operate twice-weekly summer seasonal flights to Paris (CDG) from June 9 to August 29. The company is planning to add an Airbus A330-200 for the route.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 JU-8888 (msn 1750) taxies at Shizuoka/Mount Fuji.

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American and US Airways start to align customer benefits, gates and counters

American Airlines Group Inc. (Dallas/Fort Worth) today will begin to align customer benefits, creating a more consistent experience for those traveling on flights operated by American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix). This is the first of many actions the airlines will take over the coming months as part of the integration process.

The benefits customers traveling on both airlines will begin to experience today include:

  • AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members can earn and redeem miles when traveling across either airline’s network. All travel on eligible tickets on both airlines will count toward qualification for elite status in the customer’s program of choice.
  • Elite members of each airline can enjoy select reciprocal benefits of both the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs, including First and Business Class check-in, priority security and priority boarding, complimentary access to Preferred Seats, priority baggage delivery, and checked bags at no charge, consistent with the current baggage policies for each carrier.
  • Members of the American Admirals Club or US Airways Club will have reciprocal club benefits, providing them access to the 35 Admirals Clubs and 19 US Airways Clubs. In addition, American AAdvantage Citi Executive cardholders will have access to US Airways Clubs.
  • Airport and Web check-in timeframes will be aligned for both US Airways and American.
  • Boarding announcements will align to accommodate elites of both carriers.
  • Airport ticket counters and gates at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport are now co-located.

Employees at American and US Airways have undergone joint training in preparation for changes effective today. As American Airlines Group Inc. works to fully integrate operations, employees of both airlines will be armed with the tools, information and resources needed to deliver a superior level of service to the combined carrier’s loyal flyers.

Additional customer benefits will roll out as both airlines continue to combine operations. While full alignment will take time, customers can expect the following benefits in the coming months:

  • A codeshare agreement to provide easy access to each airline’s global network. The first phase of the codeshare is expected to be available in the coming weeks.
  • US Airways’ exit from the Star Alliance on March 30, 2014 and entry into the oneworld® alliance onMarch 31, 2014.
  • Co-location of additional ticket counters and gates in key markets, including Miami and Phoenix, as well as other domestic and international stations is expected to completed by the end of the first quarter.
  • Alignment of select frequent flyer program policies, including upgrades.

As American and US Airways work through the integration process, the two airlines will continue to operate separately, with individual loyalty programs, reservations systems and websites. Customers should continue to check in for flights and conduct business with the airline operating their flight just as they did before the close of the merger.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-223 ER N774AN (msn 29581) approaches the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. The US Airways special schemes will remain, albeit soon with American Airlines titles. A319-132 N822AW (msn 1410) in the Nevada – Battle Born lands at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

Frontier starts weekly seasonal Denver-Montego Bay flights tomorrow

Frontier Airlines’ (2nd) (Denver) new nonstop seasonal service between its Denver, Colorado (DEN) hub and Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ), begins on Sunday, December 22, 2013. The new weekly flights are Denver’s only winter nonstop to the Caribbean.

With the new service, Jamaica is added to Frontier’s growing list of nonstop international destinations from Denver. Frontier also provides nonstop service from Denver to five destinations in Mexico, as well as both San Jose and Liberia, Costa Rica.

Following is the schedule for Frontier’s Montego Bay service:

Denver-Montego Bay (beginning December 22, 2013)

Route Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
DEN-MBJ 8:10 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Sun A319
MBJ-DEN 3:55 p.m. 7:35 p.m. Sun A319

This new service will operate on 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 N926FR (msn 2198) with a Fawn on the tail arrives in Los Angeles.

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Finnair and its pilots agree on a new collective labor agreement

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this statement:

The Association of Support Service Industries (PALTA) and the Finnish Air Line Pilots’ Association (SLL) have reached a new collective labor agreement for Finnair’s pilots. The new collective labor agreement comes into effect on February 1, 2014 and it is in line with the central Pact for Employment and Growth. The three-year contract includes a crisis clause similar to the ones in the collective labor agreements which were reached with other employee unions this fall. According to the crisis clause, in the coming months Finnair will negotiate with SLL on cost savings. If an agreement on the savings is reached by June 13, 2014, Finnair will offer pilots job security for two years.

“The collective agreement period with the pilots was coming to an end in January, and it was natural to agree to terms similar to those reached with other employee unions during the fall”, says Finnair’s Chief Operations Officer Ville Iho. “During previous negotiation rounds the pilots have shown understanding for Finnair’s situation and have been ready for solutions that increase cost effectiveness. Discussions about savings are never easy, but I’m confident that together we will find required savings.”

The savings negotiations will begin on January 9, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 OH-LVD (msn 1352) in the Oneworld scheme taxies at Zurich.

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Volaris is coming to Ontario, California

Volaris (Mexico City) has announced the launching of a new international route that will connect the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco with Ontario, California. Operations will begin on April 12, 2014. Ontario will become the 13th destine in the United States.

Ontario is also Volaris’ seventh destination in California, in addition to: Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, Fresno and Sacramento.
Schedules and frequencies:

Guadalajara, Jalisco – Ontario, California.
(Starting April 12th. Wednesday and Saturday)
Departing from Guadalajara at  22:40 hours., arriving to Ontario at 00:05 hours

(Starting April 13th. Thursday and Sunday)
Departing from Ontario at 01:20 hours., arriving to Guadalajara at 06:45 hours

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 XA-VOT (msn 3317) lands at Las Vegas.

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Czech Airlines to get another new airline partner: Travel Service Airlines

Czech Airlines-CSA (Prague) and partner Korean Air (Seoul) have announced Korean Air has exercised its option and brought in another equity partner. Travel Service Airlines (Prague) is acquiring a 34 percent share in Czech Airlines. Korean Air retains its 44 percent share.

The airlines issued this statement:

Czech Aeroholding has been informed by Korean Air about its requirement to use option to exercise its right to purchase further 34% of Czech Airline stock from Czech Aeroholding. This step is in accordance with the purchase contract on the sale of 44% of Czech Airline stock signed by Korean Air and Czech Aeroholding in April this year. Korean Air will subsequently sell 34% stake to Travel Service, an air carrier, which will thus become a co-shareholder of Czech Airlines thus joining Korean Air which holds 44% of shares, Czech Aeroholding with the final share of 19.74% and Ceska Pojistovna which will continue to hold its 2.26% share in Czech Airlines.

Korean Air explains the decision to exercise its option on further 34% of the Czech Airlines shares which is to be subsequently sold to Travel Service by its plan to reinforce its operations in Europe. Working together with Travel Service, the company wishes to make Vaclav Havel Airport Prague its European hub. The entry of Travel Service into Czech Airlines will provide Korean Air with connections to approximately 40 new destinations in Europe to which their passengers will be able to fly after their transfer at Vaclav Havel Airport Prague.

As early as in spring of this year, Korean Air purchased 44% of Czech Airlines shares from Czech Aeroholding which it will continue to hold. Now it wishes to use the Czech Airlines platform to collaborate with Travel Service. With regard to the fact that Travel Service, the new shareholder, is a Czech air carrier, Czech Airlines will not lose the status of the so called national carrier.

We regard the development of Vaclav Havel Airport Prague aiming to make it a Central-European hub as absolutely crucial. The fact that Korean Air is bringing another key partner into Czech Airlines represents a step toward fulfilling this aim. I am convinced this partnership will be advantageous particularly for passengers who, in future, will be able to choose from a more quality product – a wide network of destinations – provided by the three carriers,” said Miroslav Dvorak, chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Czech Aeroholding.

In spite of the fact that the contractual documentation might be signed as promptly as possible, it will surely include suspensory conditions. This is because the entire transaction is first subject to approval by the competent antitrust authorities, which may take several months before it can take effect.

In the context of changes of the Czech Airlines shareholder structure, Philippe Moreels, the current President and Chairman of the Board, announced its intention to resign from both positions. “I welcome the entry of Travel Service into Czech Airlines and also perceive it as the culmination of the company’s intensive four year restructuring period. In this new phase, Czech Airlines is going to need some new blood and a change in its management style. Therefore, it is logical that all the shareholders will agree on a new company president after the transaction has been completed. Until then, I will continue to be available and will be working on all the steps necessary allowing the transaction to bring a synergy effect to allthe partners as soon as possible,” said Philippe Moreels about his intention to resign from both his positions after the transaction has been approved by antitrust authorities.

After the transaction has been approved by antitrust authorities, the Czech Airlines statutory bodies will continue to consist of three members and their composition will reflect the new shareholder structure of the company.

Top Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 OK-NEM (msn 3406) of Czech Airlines arrives in Amsterdam with the special 90 Years (1923-2013) logo.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Travel Service Airlines’ (Czech Republic) Boeing 737-8CX OK-TVB (msn 32362) prepares to land in Nantes, France.

 

Rosaviatsia recommends Tatarstan Airlines be grounded

Tatarstan Airlines (Tatarstan Aircompany) (Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia) is still operating. However Rosaviatsia, the Russian federal air transportation agency that monitors airline safety activities, has recommended the airline be grounded due to alleged breaches in training and crew rest times according to The Moscow News. The Boeing 737-500 that crashed at Kazan on November 17 was attempting a go around when it crashed directly into ground killing all 50 passengers and crew members on board. The crew may have not been properly trained and apparently lost control of the aircraft.

The airline issued this statement (translated from Russian):

In response to an emerging wave of disinformation, Tatarstan Airlines officially informs everyone all flights are operating as normal.

The Federal Agency is only recommending the AOC be revoked. In the case of a formal decision to suspend the activities of the airline, all passengers will be notified in advance.

Meanwhile the airline’s board of directors fired the current CEO Aksan Giniyatullin due to the November 17 crash according to The Moscow Times.

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Tatarstan has been adding newer Airbus A319s. A319-112 VQ-BMM (msn 3171) is pictured at Palma de Mallorca.

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