American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) have filed a motion in court requesting all analyses, studies, forecasts and all other documents relating to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) approval of the four previous mergers completed over the past decade (Delta-Northwest, United-Continental, Southwest-AirTran and US Airways-America West).
The DOJ is opposing the American-US Airways merger but approved these four mergers in the past.
The DOJ stated it would reply formally to the motion next week according to this report by Reuters.
US Airways (Phoenix) and Avianca (Colombia) (Bogota) have announced a new bilateral codeshare agreement after receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The airline also announced an expansion of its codeshare with TACA. US Airways customers will enjoy new access to destinations throughout Colombia with Avianca and expanded access in Central and South America with TACA, along with the convenience of a single-ticket purchase for a seamless travel experience and the ability to redeem status Dividend Miles for travel. Customers traveling on Avianca and TACA will also receive expanded access to the United States. Both Avianca and TACA are subsidiaries of AviancaTaca Holdings.
US Airways customers will be able to connect to the Colombian cities of Bogota, Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena and Medellin on Avianca. Conversely, Avianca customers in these cities will have access to US Airways’ hub cities of Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and the airline’s focus city at Washington’s Reagan National Airport. All fights are available for sale starting December 21 for travel beginning on January 7, 2013. Specific connection information is as follows:
New Connections for US Airways Customers on Avianca
New Connections for Avianca Customers on US Airways
To Bogota, Colombia (BOG) from:
To Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National (DCA) from:
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (FLL)
New York’s JFK International Airport (JFK)
Orlando, Fla. (MCO)
To Medellin, Colombia (MDE) from:
To Philadelphia (PHL) from:
To Barranquilla, Colombia (BAQ) from:
To Charlotte, N.C. (CLT) from:
To Cali, Colombia (CLO) from:
To Phoenix (PHX) from:
To Cartagena, Colombia (CTG) from:
US Airways will also be expanding its codeshare with TACA (San Salvador). With the expansion US Airways customers will now able to reach San Salvador, El Salvador and Guatemala City, Guatemala. TACA customers will have access to the US Airways’ hub cities. Specific codeshare information is as follows:
New Connections for US Airways Customers on TACA
New Connections for TACA Customers on US Airways
To Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA) and San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) from:
To Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix from:
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A320-214 N109UW (msn 1065) departs the runway at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Airbus A319-115 N647AV (msn 3647) arrives at Washington (Dulles).
Air Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan) finally operated its first revenue flight on November 12 with a flight from Abidjan to Dakar according to Reuters. This new national carrier replaces defunct Air Ivoire. The launch was delayed from April 2012. The new airline will operate on regional flights before it launches services to Europe. The company is operating two former Air France Airbus A319s. Air Cote d’Ivoire is a partnership between Air France (Paris) and the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Air Côte d’Ivoire is owned by the government of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Air France and Aérienne de Participation-Côte d’Ivoire, an airline holding company of AKFED.
Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire. Airbus A319-115 (LR) F-GRXG (msn 2213) formerly operated “Dedicate” services for partner Air France. Pictured at Toulouse on June 1, 2012, the airliner was the first delivery for the new airline on October 6, 2012. The airliner is now operating as TU-TSA. The airframe is leased from Macquarie AirFinance.
Drukair-Royal Bhutan Airlines (Paro) has signed a firm order for an Airbus A319 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices to complement its existing fleet of two A319s. The order announced at the UK’s Farnborough International Airshow, follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in February.
Landlocked and surrounded by a wall of the world’s tallest mountains, Bhutan is one of the world’s most pristine locations and one of the world’s most challenging destinations for air services. At over 7,000 feet above sea level, Drukair’s base at Paro airport is only possible using Visual Flight Rules (VFR) for approach. This means the crew can only fly by vision, which requires a high performance and responsive aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Drukair currently operates two Airbus A319s.