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Historic Photo of the Day – May 16, 2013

Compañía Mexicana de Aviación (Mexicana) Airbus A320-231 N405MX (msn 405) LAX (Roy Lock). Image: 912127.

Copyright Photo: Roy Lock.

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Myanmar Airways International to start daily service between Mandalay and Bangkok on March 31

MAI-Myanmar Airways International (Yangon) will start a new route between Mandalay and Bangkok starting on March 31. The new daily service will be operated with Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Airbus A320-231 XY-AGM (msn 295) prepares to land at Bangkok from Yangon.

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Virgin Australia wins clearance to acquire Skywest Airlines

Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) has received government clearance to continue its stock acquisition of regional carrier Skywest Airlines (Perth).

The airline issued the following statement:

Virgin Australia Holdings Limited welcomed the ACCC’s clearance of the proposed acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital in Skywest Airlines Ltd (Perth) pursuant to a scheme of arrangement which is subject to the laws of Singapore.

Under the agreement, Skywest would become part of the Virgin Australia brand but would continue to operate under its current Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) with its own management team, based in Western Australia. This would enable Virgin Australia to fast-track its growth in regional Australia and develop a more integrated network, service and frequent flyer program for the benefit of its customers.

Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti said: “The ACCC’s clearance represents an important step for Virgin Australia in completing the proposed acquisition of Skywest.

“This acquisition will enable us to accelerate our expansion in the high growth fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) and regional markets, increasing competition in these important segments and bringing new benefits to customers.

“It will also be very positive for business and tourism, particularly in Western Australia and regional Australia, as we will invest to support the growth of Skywest”, Mr Borghetti said.

The proposed transaction still remains subject to certain conditions and regulatory approvals, including Foreign Investment Review Board approval, Skywest shareholder approval and the approval of the Singapore High Court.

Top Copyright Photo: Peter Gates. Skywest Airlines currently operates 10 ATR 72-212As (ATR 72-500s) on feeder routes for Virgin Australia Airlines in their colors. VH-FVH (msn 954) prepares for the next flight at Brisbane.

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Skywest’s routes in western Australia:

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Micheil Keegan. The in-house livery of Skywest Airlines and the Airbus A320 is now likely to be retired. Airbus A320-231 VH-FNP (msn 429) arrives back at the Perth, Western Australia base painted in the 2003 livery.

US Airways announces daily, year-round Philadelphia-Salt Lake City service

US Airways (Phoenix) announced today that it will begin nonstop, daily year-round service from its international gateway in Philadelphia to Salt Lake City, Utah on June 8.

Service to Salt Lake City will be operated on dual-class, 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.  The flight schedule for new Salt Lake City service is as follows:

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
– Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Flight Departure Arrival
306 8:25 a.m. 2:44 p.m.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) –
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
Flight Departure Arrival
305 6:10 p.m. 9:04 p.m.

With the new service, US Airways will operate 462 weekday departures to 111 destinations from Philadelphia International Airport to destinations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean from Philadelphia.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Airbus A320-231 N644AW (msn 317) arrives at Washington (Reagan National).

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Wow Air acquires rival Iceland Express

Wow Air (stylized as WOW air) (Keflavik) yesterday (October 24) took control of all Iceland Express (Keflavik) flight operations and schedules. No disruption is expected for passengers booked on Iceland Express flights and Wow Air will ensure that all obligations to them are fulfilled.

The move is not a merger, it is a takeover, with Wow Air acquiring the Iceland Express route network, branding and customer base; as well as gaining access to all knowledge and expertise acquired by the company in its years of operation. The united company will fly under the “WOW air” brand, which will continue to emphasise entertaining service, extra legroom, and always providing the lowest available prices to and from Iceland. This acquisition creates a very powerful Icelandic low-fares airline with new destinations and greater frequency.

Wow Air will immediately begin offering more flights to Iceland from London and Copenhagen, as well as flights this winter from Berlin. Routes will also operate between Iceland and Salzburg over the skiing season and Warsaw and Kaunas over Christmas.

From next spring Wow Air will operate four Airbus A320s and will offer up to 400,000 tickets to and from Iceland. The company”s summer timetable will include 15 European destinations: London, Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Milan, Zurich, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Lyon, Alicante, Frankfurt, Vilnius and Warsaw. In addition to the higher number of destinations, the frequency of flights to many of them will also increase significantly.

Wow Air was established in November 2011 by Icelandic serial entrepreneur Skuli Mogensen. Skuli has had a successful career building companies primarily in the telecom and technology sector in Iceland, Europe and North America. He was voted businessman of the year 2011 in Iceland.

Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Avion Express is operating two Airbus A320s for Wow Air in their colors. A320-231 LY-COS (msn 415) “WOW Force Two” taxies at Zurich.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli. Holidays/Czech Airlines is the latest and final operator for Iceland Express. Holidays’ Airbus A320-214 OK-LEE (msn 2719) taxies at Bologna in Holidays colors with Iceland Express titles. Previously Astraeus Airlines and Hello operated aircraft for Iceland Express. Neither Icelandic “airlines” had an AOC.

US Airways Group reports a third quarter net profit of $192 million, excluding special items

US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways) (Phoenix) today reported its third quarter 2012 financial results. For the third quarter 2012, the Company reported a net profit excluding special items of $192 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, the second highest third quarter profit excluding special items in Company history. This compares to $95 million, or $0.51 per diluted share in the Company’s third quarter 2011. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a record net profit of $245 million for its third quarter 2012, or $1.24 per diluted share, compared to a net profit of $76 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011.

Revenue and Cost Comparisons

Strong passenger demand and record consolidated third quarter yields led to improved revenue performance. Total revenues in the third quarter were a record $3.5 billion, up 2.8 percent versus the third quarter 2011 on a 2.7 percent increase in total available seat miles (ASMs). Total revenue per ASM was a record 15.22 cents, up 0.1 percent versus the same period last year, driven by a 0.6 percent increase in passenger yields.

Total operating expenses in the third quarter were $3.3 billion, up 0.3 percent over the same period last year. Mainline cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 12.70 cents, down 1.8 percent on a 2.8 percent increase in mainline ASMs. Total average fuel price per gallon fell 2.4 percent versus last year to $3.07 per gallon. Excluding special charges, fuel, and profit sharing mainline CASM was 7.95 cents, down 1.4 percent versus the same period last year. Express CASM excluding special charges and fuel was 13.97 cents, down 4.5 percent on a 2.4 percent increase in Express ASMs.


As of September 30, 2012, the Company had $2.8 billion in total cash and investments, of which $347 million was restricted. That is up from $2.4 billion, of which $384 million was restricted, on September 30, 2011.

Special Items

The Company recognized $14 million of net operating special charges in the third quarter of 2012, primarily consisting of charges related to corporate transaction and auction rate securities arbitration costs. In addition, the Company recorded $67 million of net nonoperating special credits which included a $69 million gain related to the slot transaction with Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Former America West Airlines’ Airbus A320-231 N631AW (msn 077) is now operating as US Airways taxies to the gate at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport. US Airways is still two airlines – East and West, with separate aircraft and crews for both divisions.

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Wow Air announces its plans for this winter

Wow Air (Keflavik) according to the new airline, “has announced increased competition in the marketplace, one of the main goals is to make flights to and from Iceland cheaper than ever.”

The airline flew to 13 destinations in Europe this summer; Copenhagen, London, Paris, Lyon, Alicante, Zurich, Basel, Stuttgart, Cologne, Berlin, Kaunas, Warsaw and Krakow.

This winter Wow Air will fly to Iceland from Berlin, London, and Alicante. Around Christmas the airline will offer flights to Copenhagen, Warsaw and Kaunas and over the ski season from December until March Wow Air offer ski flights to Salzburg.

Wow Air fleet consists of two Airbus A320s named WOW Force One and WOW Force Two. The aircraft are comfortably set up with 30-32 inch leg space and are wet leased from Avion Express.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Airbus A320-231 LY-COS (msn 415) taxies at Zurich.

LAN acquires TAM, becomes the LATAM Airlines Group

LAN Airlines S.A. (Santiago) (which has been renamed LATAM Airlines Group S.A.) and TAM S.A. (Sao Paulo) on June 22 completed their exchange offer. The acquisition has created the LATAM Airlines Group S.A. LATAM Airlines Group S.A. will offer passengers more flights to more destinations than any other affiliated group of airlines in South America, initially reaching about 150 destinations in 22 countries and transporting cargo to 169 destinations in 27 countries.

As previously announced, the transaction was carried out through an exchange offer in which TAM’s shareholders could elect to exchange their TAM shares for LAN shares at a ratio of 0.9 LAN shares for each TAM share. The offered LAN shares will be delivered in the form of BDRs (Brazilian Depositary Receipts) in Brazil and ADRs (American Depositary Receipts) in the United States. The exchange offer, which was materialized with the auction on June 22, 2012, was subject to the condition that more than 2/3 of the TAM shares that participate in the offer agree with the deregistration of TAM as a public company in Brazil. This delisting condition was satisfied when 99.9% of the participant shares agreed with TAM’s deregistration. The tendered shares together with the TAM shares committed by the TAM Controlling Shareholders represented 95.9% of the total outstanding shares of TAM.

According to this report by Reuters, LATAM Airlines will decide within the next six months which airline alliance it will stay with. Currently LAN is a member of the OneWorld alliance, while TAM belongs to Star Alliance.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi.