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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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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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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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Air Canada rouge starts Orlando service today

Air Canada rouge (Toronto-Pearson) today begins year round flying between Toronto (Pearson) and Orlando, Florida with three daily departures and two more starting on December 14. By March 1, 2014 the airline will fly six times daily to/from Orlando, more than any other Canadian carrier. Customers on this route now have the option of enhanced comfort with Premium rouge service in addition to rouge and rouge Plus service on Air Canada rouge’s Airbus A319 aircraft. Premium rouge service on the A319 aircraft will also be introduced on several Air Canada rouge destinations in the US, Caribbean and Mexico to be launched in the coming months.

Air Canada rouge will also assume the Montreal-Orlando route on February 15, 2014.

Toronto-Orlando schedule:

Toronto departures to Orlando:

  • 9:30 a.m. arrive Orlando 12:20 p.m.
  • 5:10 p.m. arrive Orlando 8:00 p.m.
  • 8:40 p.m. arrive Orlando 11:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 a.m. arrive Orlando 9:23 a.m. (Dec. 14- April 30/14)
  • 11:10 a.m. arrive Orlando 14:03 p.m. (Dec. 14- April 30/14)
  • 6:50 p.m. arrive Orlando 9:43 p.m. (March 1-28/14)

Orlando departures to Toronto:

  • 7:15 a.m. arrive Toronto 10.04 a.m.
  • 1:15 p.m. arrive Toronto 4:04 p.m.
  • 8:55 p.m. arrive Toronto 11:44 p.m.
  • 6:00 a.m. arrive Toronto 8:49 a.m. (March 1-28/14)
  • 10:15 a.m. arrive Toronto 1:04 p.m. (Dec. 14- April 30/14)
  • 2:55 p.m. arrive Toronto 5:44 p.m. (Dec. 14- April 30/14)

*actual flight times may vary slightly with seasonal changes.

Air Canada rouge introduces Airbus A319 Premium rouge service

Air Canada rouge is operating newly retrofitted A319 aircraft on select routes featuring 136 seats, including the introduction of 12 Premium rouge seats in the front 3 rows of the aircraft in a separate curtained cabin. Premium rouge features a 35″ pitch with a 5″ recline, blocked middle seats for more personal space, complimentary entertainment including both free content and iPads and a premium meal and beverage service. Premium rouge customers also enjoy complimentary Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority check in, security and boarding. Premium rouge service will be offered on the following routes:

  • Toronto-Orlando starting today, November 25
  • Toronto-Sarasota, Florida, launching November 30
  • Toronto-Kingston, Jamaica, launching Jan.6
  • Toronto-San Jose, Costa Rica, launching Jan. 6
  • Toronto-Cancun, Mexico, launching Jan. 6
  • Montreal-Las Vegas, USA, launching March 1

In addition to Premium rouge, the cabin also features 6 new slimline rouge Plus seats in a 3+3 configuration directly behind the Premium rouge cabin offering more legroom; and 118 new slimline rouge seats in a 3+3 configuration. A tasty selection of meals, drinks and snacks, as well as comfort items such as pillows, blankets and headphones are available to rouge and rouge Plus customers onboard through Air Canada rouge’s Buy On Board service.

Air Canada rouge crew offer the airline’s unique warm welcome onboard.  Trained in Orlando in Customer Service Excellence, they take every measure to ensure flights that are relaxed, enjoyable and are a memorable start and end to a Florida vacation. Air Canada rouge aircraft are all equipped with player, a next generation in-flight entertainment system that streams unlimited live entertainment — including movies, TV shows, kids programming, music and an About Us section — to customers’ personal electronic devices. Air Canada rouge is one of the first airlines in North America to offer streaming onboard content. player is offered at a nominal fee of $5 for rouge and rouge Plus customers for unlimited movie and TV show access; music and destination content are always complimentary. Customers are invited to  bring their own fully-charged laptop or iPad, iPod or iPhone, or they can rent an iPad on board for $10.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 C-GSJB (msn 1673) departs from Toronto (Pearson).

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The new Hunnu Air – Wings of Mongolia

Mongolian Airlines Group (Ulaanbatar) on April 18, 2013 changed its name to the pictured Hunnu Air – Wings of Mongolia to avoid any confusion with MIAT Mongolian Airlines. Besides operating Fokker 50 aircraft on domestic routes in Mongolia, the carrier operates two Airbus A319s on scheduled routes from Ulaanbaatar to Bankgok, Hong Kong and Shanghai (SHA).

The pictured Airbus A319-112 JU-8888 (msn 1750), named the “Great Mongol”, conducted a charter flight to Shizuoka/Mount Fuji, Japan on August 17, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. YU-8888 taxies to runway 12 at FSZ as flight MR 8136 bound for the Ulaanbaatar base.

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Air Canada extends the Montreal-San Francisco route to year-round service

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced that its current seasonal flights between Montreal (Trudeau) and San Francisco will be extended to year-round flights beginning in November 2013. All flights will be operated with Airbus A319 aircraft.

Montreal-San Francisco daily year-round schedule:

Flight Depart Arrival
AC 781 Montreal at 17:35 San Francisco at 21:00
AC 780 San Francisco at 08:10 Montreal at 16:29

Montreal-Trudeau Airport (YUL) is an important Air Canada hub serving more than 6.2 million of the airline’s customers in 2012. Air Canada, together with regional airlines operating under the Air Canada Express banner, operates more than 100,000 flights to/from YUL and 67 destinations: 21 destinations in Canada, 16 in the United States, 23 in the Caribbean and Mexico, and seven European gateways.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 C-GJWF (msn 1765) in the hybrid partial 2004 livery arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Virgin America reports its first-ever second quarter net profit of $8.8 million

Virgin America (San Francisco) today reports its financial results for the second quarter of 2013 with operating income of $27.9 million and net income of $8.8 million on total revenue of $376 million for the three months ending June 30.   The airline posted an 8.6 point improvement in operating margin for the second quarter, driven largely by a 7.8 percent growth in revenue per available seat mile (“RASM”) over the year-earlier period.

Second Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights

  • Virgin America reported $8.8 million in net income compared to a year-ago loss of $31.8 million, an improvement of more than $40 million.
  • The Company significantly outpaced all U.S. carriers with year-over-year RASM growth of 7.8 percent on flat capacity.   Virgin America has now led the industry in RASM growth in each of the past three quarters.
  • Load factor increased by four points and yield increased by one percent year-over-year.
  • Operating revenue was $376 million, an increase of 8 percent from the second quarter of 2012.
  • Cost per available seat mile (CASM) excluding fuel increased by just 1.8 percent year-over-year.
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and aircraft rentals (“EBITDAR”) increased 52 percent to $82.6 million from $54.4 million in the same period a year-ago.
  • Year-to-date, Virgin America has generated an operating income of $12.9 million, its first-ever cumulative operating profit for the first and second quarters, and an increase of $65.6 million from the first six months of 2012.
  • Unrestricted cash was $148.2 million as of June 30, 2013, an increase of $90 million since March 31, 2013.

“Our first ever second-quarter net profit and year-to-date operating income show that our company is now poised to produce meaningful profitability,” said David Cush, Virgin America’s President and CEO.  “As we have reduced our growth from the 30 percent-plus level of the past few years to a more sustainable rate, our network has begun to mature into a profitable one, and our markets continue to show industry-leading RASM growth.  We have always said that once people fly with us, they stick with us, and the second quarter is a testament to that and to the hard work of our team.”

Virgin America completed a major two-year growth phase during 2012, having taken delivery of 24 aircraft between the second quarter of 2010 and the second quarter of 2012, almost doubling the size of the fleet.  With this major growth phase largely behind the Company, Virgin America is now experiencing improved revenue and profitability performance across its network. Virgin America took delivery of one aircraft in the first quarter of 2013, increasing its total operating fleet to 53 aircraft.  The Company does not plan to increase its fleet size again until the second half of 2015, when aircraft on order from Airbus are scheduled for delivery.  The Company expects continued strong improvement in year-over-year financial performance through the remainder of 2013.

The Company completed a restructuring of the majority of its debt with investors during May 2013, eliminating more than $300 million of existing debt and accrued interest.  As a result of this restructuring, Virgin America expects its interest expense to substantially decline in the second half of 2013 and beyond, to approximately $10 million per quarter.  Had the May 2013 restructuring been completed prior to the beginning of the second quarter, Virgin America’s net income would have been approximately $18 million for the quarter.  Year-to-date, Virgin America’s net loss would have been approximately $8 million after taking into account the impact of the restructuring.  In addition, Virgin America completed a debt offering in May, raising $75 million.  Combined with $15 million of positive cash flow during the quarter, this increased the Company’s unrestricted cash by $90 million, to $148.2 million.

In the second quarter of 2013, the airline brought a small number of strategically important new markets online by reallocating capacity from existing markets.  In early April, the carrier inaugurated new nonstop service from both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), an important destination for business travelers.  Also in April, the airline inaugurated new nonstop service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (the carrier already served Las Vegas from both San Francisco and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport).  In May, the airline launched Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to LAX service, expanding its Northern California footprint beyond its San Francisco home base.  Later in May the airline inaugurated daily flights from San Francisco to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  In June, the carrier launched new summer seasonal service between San Francisco and Alaska’s Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

The addition of three daily roundtrip flights between Newark and both San Francisco and Los Angeles significantly expanded Virgin America’s presence in the New York and New Jersey area. The airline had already built a following of bi-coastal flyers with its popular nonstop flights from both LAX and SFO to JFK. In three months of operations, the Newark flights are performing ahead of the Company’s forecasts, and Virgin America is achieving a revenue share in excess of its share of capacity in both markets.  With the addition of Newark, Virgin America now serves nine of the top 10 business markets from SFO and eight of the top 10 business markets from LAX. Virgin America is the only airline serving the Newark-West Coast routes to offer WiFi, power outlets and live satellite TV at every seat on every flight.

Prior to Virgin America’s entry, the San Francisco-Newark route was a monopoly route and the Los Angeles-Newark route was not served by any low-fare carriers.  As a result, flights between Newark and San Francisco had some of the highest average fares of any domestic US route. After Virgin America announced plans to enter the Newark market in late 2012, fares for flights between Newark and California’s two largest airports dropped by as much as one-third and the market size has grown by 75 percent in EWR-SFO and doubled in EWR-LAX.

Operational Highlights

Key milestones achieved in the second quarter of 2013 include:

  • In its first year of eligibility, Virgin America in April topped the Airline Quality Rating, an annual study of airline industry performance conducted by Wichita State University and Purdue University.
  • Virgin America brought its Sharklet-equipped “Jersey Girl,” its 53rd Airbus A320-family aircraft, into service.
  • In April, Virgin America inaugurated service between Newark , N.J. and Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • In April, the carrier also expanded service to Las Vegas with three daily flights to Los Angeles.
  • In May, Virgin America was voted “Best Airline” in a survey by Consumer Reports.
  • Virgin America began service between Los Angeles and San Jose, California on May 1.
  • Also in May, the carrier launched new flights from San Francisco to Austin, Texas.
  • Virgin America began seasonal service between San Francisco and Anchorage, Alaska in June.
  • In the second quarter, the carrier added three new interline partners: China Eastern Airlines, Etihad Airways and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). By the end of the second quarter 2013, Virgin America had 26 interline partners, up from eight in the same in period in 2012.
  • The airline’s baggage handling rate was 0.89 mishandled baggage reports per 1,000 guests in April and 1.15 mishandled baggage reports per 1,000 guests in May, placing it first among all U.S. carriers reporting to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for baggage reliability.
  • In June, the carrier began releasing monthly operating results, consistent with the practice of publicly traded airlines.

Since its launch in 2007, Virgin America has created 2,600 new jobs and now flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonal), Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose, Austin and Anchorage (seasonal).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com.  Virgin America’s Airbus A319-112 N524VA completes its final bank on its River Approach into Washington’s Reagan National Airport. Technically the “Washington DC (Va) 19-1 River Approach (visual) is conducted when weather is 3500′ and 3 miles or better. Radar vectors are provided for the final approach course. When cleared for a River Approach, aircraft may visually follow the river to the airport or may proceed via the DCA R-328 (148 degree inbound) or via the LDA Runway 18 approach to abeam Georgetown Reservior or the DAC 4 DME fix, then visually follow the river to the airport. A light on Memorial Bridge is installed to assist pilots in staying over the Potomac River during approaches from the northwest” according to a guide published by Boeing.

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US Airways reports a record Second Quarter net profit

US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways) (Phoenix) today reported its second quarter 2013 financial results. For the second quarter 2013, pretax profit excluding net special items was $409 million, the highest in Company history. Net profit excluding net special items was a record $324 million, or $1.58 per diluted share. Net profit excluding net special items for the second quarter 2012 was $321 million, or $1.61 per diluted share. The Company’s 2013 second quarter net profit excluding net special items was negatively impacted by a non-cash provision for income tax of $85 million. There was no provision for income tax recorded in 2012.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net profit of $287 million for its second quarter 2013, or $1.40 per diluted share. This compares to a net profit of $306 million, or $1.54 per diluted share, for the same period in 2012. The Company’s 2013 second quarter net profit was negatively impacted by a non-cash provision for income tax of $67 million.

See the accompanying notes in the Financial Tables section of this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP financial information to non-GAAP financial information.

Revenue and Cost Comparisons

Total revenues in the second quarter were a record $3.9 billion, up 2.9 percent versus the second quarter 2012 on a 3.4 percent increase in total available seat miles (ASMs). Total revenue per ASM was 16.22 cents, down 0.5 percent versus the same period last year driven by a 2.8 percent decrease in passenger yield, offset by a record quarterly load factor of 85.1 percent.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter were $3.4 billion, up 1.0 percent over the same period last year. Mainline cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 12.88 cents, down 2.0 percent on a 4.2 percent increase in mainline ASMs. Excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing, mainline CASM was 8.21 cents, down 0.4 percent versus the same period last year. Express CASM excluding special items and fuel was 14.34 cents, up 1.1 percent on a 0.3 percent decrease in ASMs.

Liquidity

As of June 30, 2013, the Company had a record $4.0 billion in total cash and investments, of which $350 million was restricted. This is up approximately $1.1 billion from the Company’s first quarter 2013 total cash and investments balance of $2.9 billion, of which $352 million was restricted.

During the second quarter, the Company raised approximately $870 million in net incremental cash through a series of financing transactions. These transactions included the refinancing of the Company’s term loan (resulting in approximately $270 million in incremental cash); the issuance of high yield bonds in an aggregate principal amount of $500 million; and a $100 million C-tranche to its 2012-2 EETC.

Special Items

The Company recognized approximately $55 million of net special items before taxes in the second quarter. Operating special items totaled $24 million and were primarily related to merger costs. The Company also recognized approximately $31 million in nonoperating special items primarily related to debt extinguishment charges due to non-cash write offs of debt discount and debt issuance costs in connection with conversions of the Company’s 7.25% convertible senior notes and repayment of the Citicorp North America term loan. The net tax effect of these special items was approximately $18 million.

Merger Update

The Company and its representatives continue to work closely with their counterparts at American in merger integration planning. The Company continues to expect the transaction to close in the third quarter. Recent accomplishments include:

  • June 10: US Airways and American announced the new Board of Directors and the senior leadership team for the new American Airlines Group Inc.
  • June 10: The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) Form S-4 Registration Statement was declared effective by the SEC.
  • June 19: US Airways’ Chairman and CEO Doug Parker and American Airlines’ Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer Gary Kennedy, jointly testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation, Operations, Safety and Security about the benefits of the new American Airlines to customers, employees, financial stakeholders and communities.
  • July 12: US Airways’ shareholders approved the proposed merger with 99.8 percent in favor and 0.2 percent against.
  • To date, leadership teams have been announced for operations, finance, revenue management, marketing, human resources, corporate communications, and legal and labor relations.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 N733UW (msn 1205) in the Pittsburgh Steelers motif taxies to the active runway at the Charlotte hub.

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American Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A319 in Hamburg

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today (July 23) welcomed its first Airbus A319 aircraft, the first of 260 planned Airbus narrow body deliveries. American and Airbus celebrated this important milestone with a special delivery ceremony at the Airbus manufacturing facility in Hamburg (Finkenwerder), Germany.

According to American, “The Airbus A319 will offer customers modern technology and increased comfort onboard, including leather seats, Wi-Fi and in-seat entertainment throughout the aircraft. In addition, customers will be able to stay connected throughout their travels with individual universal power outlets and USB jacks at every seat.”

The Airbus A319 will offer a wide selection of inflight entertainment options for customers throughout the aircraft. First Class customers will enjoy a complimentary selection of up to 200 movies, up to 180 TV programs, more than 350 audio selections and up to 15 games, on a 12.1-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitor at each seat. Each seat throughout the Main Cabin will offer 8.9-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitors with an assortment of entertainment options, including movies, TV programs, games and audio selections.

In addition to increased technology offerings, the new Airbus aircraft pave the way for American to have a more fuel-efficient fleet, incorporating the latest in aerodynamic improvements. The A319s have Sharklets on the wings and other modifications to reduce fuel burn and keep American on the path toward being a more environmentally friendly airline.

American’s A319s will begin service in September from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to select cities, followed by additional routes throughout the end of the year. Initial routes planned for the A319 include service between DFW and Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Memphis, Tennessee; and Wichita, Kansas.

As previously announced, American plans to take delivery of 260 Airbus aircraft from the A320 family, including 130 current-generation aircraft from the A321 and A319 variants through 2017, and 130 A320neo aircraft with next-generation engine technology beginning in 2017. American will configure some of the current-generation A321s for use on trans-Continental flights, designating these aircraft as A321Ts. The A321T is scheduled to begin service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and JFK and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in early 2014.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 WL D-AVYQ became N8001N (msn 5678) on the hand over. N8001N is also the first AA Airbus aircraft with Sharklets.

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