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Tigerair agrees to sell Tigerair Philippines to Cebu Pacific Air, both carriers agree to an alliance

Tigerair (formerly Tiger Airways) (Singapore) has issued this statement with Cebu Pacific Air (Manila):

Tigerair and Cebu Pacific Air, the largest budget carriers based in Singapore and the Philippines respectively, have announced plans to enter into a strategic alliance. Both parties will collaborate commercially and operationally on international and domestic air routes from the Philippines, thereby creating the biggest network of flights to the region.

The alliance will enable both parties to leverage their respective strengths and harness synergies to enhance their network coverage, flight frequencies and customer service, and jointly market their routes using interline arrangement.

Subject to regulatory approval, the interline partners will jointly operate common routes between Singapore and the Philippines. As part of the strategic alliance, Tigerair will divest its 40% stake in Tigerair Philippines to Cebu Pacific.

Group CEO of Tigerair Mr Koay Peng Yen said, “Tigerair and Cebu Pacific share a vision for both airlines to join forces and create the largest budget airline network between Asia and the Philippines. This partnership with Cebu Pacific is consistent with our asset-light strategy, and builds upon our other alliances. We also look forward to achieving greater cost savings from the coordinated operations while providing more travel options and greater convenience for our customers.”

President and CEO of Cebu Pacific Mr Lance Gokongwei said, “This strategic alliance will allow both Cebu Pacific and Tigerair to leverage our extensive networks spanning from North Asia, ASEAN, Australia, India, all the way to the Middle East. Our customers can expect an even wider range of travel options, and seamless travel connections while enjoying our trademark low fares.”

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Sporting the new titles and look, Tigerair’s Airbus A320-232 9V-TAS (msn 4493) arrives in Bangkok.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Cebu Pacific Air’s Airbus A320-214 RP-C3262 (msn 4537) also arrives in Bangkok.

Cebu Pacific is interested in buying Tigerair Philippines

Cebu Pacific Air (Cebu Air, Inc) (Manila) has started negotiations to possibly acquire rival Tigerair Philippines (formerly SEAIR) (Manila and Clark) according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. If the two parties can reach agreement, the acquisition would need to pass several regulatory hurdles including the Philippines CAB.

Tigerair Philippines was formed when Tigerair (Tiger Airways) of Singapore acquired 40 percent of SEAIR (formerly Asian Wings) and renamed the airline.

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Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Cebu Pacific Air’s (Cebu Pacific Air.com) Airbus A320-214 RP-C3273 (msn 5498) with Sharklets approaches Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) for landing.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Kok Chwee K.C. Sim/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 RP-C6319 (msn 5188) with “It’s more fun in the Philippines” lands in Singapore.

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The complete Tigerair Route Map including Tigerair Philippines:

Tigerair 1.2014 Route Map

Aegean Airlines signs a code-share agreement with Etihad Airways, will launch service to Abu Dhabi

Aegean Airlines (Athens) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) have signed a code-share agreement.

As a result, Aegean Airlines will commence four flights a week service between Athens and Abu Dhabi starting on March 30, 2014 and, subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on the new flight.  Aegean Airlines will operate its new Athens-Abu Dhabi service with a 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.

Beyond Athens, Etihad Airways will also place its flight code on Aegean-operated flights to 16 Greek destinations, and to a further 10 cities across Europe.

In other route news, Aegean will restore a route to Hamburg starting on May 27. The route will be operated three days a week.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Aegean Airlines’ Airbus A320-232 SX-DGD (msn 4065) with the promotional visitgreece.com sub-titles taxies past the camera at Nantes, France.

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JetBlue Airways starts new service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti

JetBlue Airways (New York) today launched three daily flights to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) will be served once daily from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and twice daily from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Port-au-Prince is JetBlue’s 82nd destination and its 24th destination internationally.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Port-au-Prince (PAP) effective December 5, 2013:

FLL to PAP: PAP to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
6:30 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. 9:25 a.m. – 11:34 a.m.
12:40 p.m. – 2:38 p.m. 3:34 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

JetBlue’s schedule between New York (JFK) and Port-au-Prince (PAP) effective December 5, 2013:

JFK to PAP: PAP to JFK:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
6:30 a.m. – 10:13 a.m. 11:10 a.m. – 3:07 p.m.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N828JB (msn 5723) with Sharklets lands at Las Vegas.

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Thai to totally spin off Thai Smile to an independent carrier

Thai Airways International (Bangkok) is now planning to totally spin off its Thai Smile (Bangkok) subsidiary into a totally independent carrier. Thai Smile will acquire its own AOC, code and will change its name to Thai Smile Airways Company according to Travel Daily News.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 HS-TXB (msn 5248) climbs away from the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport hub. The airline once its goes independent is likely to lose the Thai colors and tail in its livery.

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Routes from Bangkok:

Thai Smile 12.2013 Route Map

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Aegean Airlines to launch Athens-Copenhagen flights on May 22, 2014

Aegean Airlines (Athens) will start a new route, three days a week, between Athens and Copenhagen starting on May 22, 2014. The new route will be operated with Airbus A32os. The Copenhagen route is part of an overall expansion plan in 2014 (see below).

Previously on October 31 Aegean outlined its future plans now that Olympic Air has been acquired:

Aegean Airlines presented the benefits, arising from the acquisition of Olympic Air, for the company, the passengers, the society and the Greek tourism, as well as its overall strategy, during a press conference held on October 31 in Athens.

In the immediate period of the next 6 to 14 months, following the acquisition of Olympic Air, the resulting synergies will lead to an enhanced fleet and an immediate expansion of the network, to the enhancement of the connectivity in Greece and abroad, as well as to cost savings from the consolidation of Administrative Services, with benefits saving up to €35 million annually.

Aegean’s objective and commitment is to pass these benefits to the passengers with more competitive rates, enhancement of privileges for loyal customers of both companies and network expansion.

In terms of benefits arising regarding the prices, Aegean has already announced the launch of two new categories of fares in economy class, the GoLight and Flex fares, with prices starting from €24 to Athens, which ensure money-saving and unlimited flexibility respectively. These new fares will be offered to Olympic Air’s passengers from February 2014.

Moreover, following a recent meeting with representatives of the Greek region, the company announced a package of initiatives to support the remote areas of Greece, by integrating the second lowest fare of €39 from/to remote areas in order to boost the demand, by introducing new charges for the connection between the remote islands and abroad with a significant reduction in travel cost up to €140, as well as by increasing capacity during July – September, at no additional cost to the state, where it is commercially and operationally feasible.

Aegean will make dynamic start in 2014 also in terms of its network, with a further expansion of international destinations and new routes.

Analytically, Aegean announced the addition of 15 new destinations from Athens in 2014, reaching to 47 overall international destinations from Athens. Specifically the new destinations include: Birmingham in England, Marseille and Nantes in France, Zurich in Switzerland, Hamburg, Hanover and Nuremberg in Germany, Copenhagen in Denmark, Catania in Italy, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Beirut in Lebanon and Paphos in Cyprus, as well as four additional cities including Stockholm, Sweden or Oslo in Norway, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Dubrovnik in Croatia.

Overall in 2014, 45 to 50 new routes will be added from the eight bases of the company in Athens and in the Greek region, including the new base in Chania.  As a result, Aegean and Olympic Air will jointly cover in 2014 a network of more than 250 routes, of which 205 or more are international routes and 47 to 50 domestic routes.

The progress so far and the development of Aegean is based on collaborative effort and support by six major business groups (Vassilakis, A & P Laskarides Constantakopoulos A., D. Ioannou, G. David, Piraeus Bank) and 52,000 shareholders who continue to support the company into its dynamic new course that appears after the acquisition of Olympic Air.

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 SX-DGB (msn 4165) taxies at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

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JetBlue now flies as far south as Lima, Peru (are Airbus A330s coming?)

JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) is stretching its route map further south in Latin America suggesting the rumored Airbus A330s could be ordered in the future. Yesterday the fast-growing company began daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Lima, Peru. The new route is part of the airline’s continuous expansion at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport, where JetBlue now offers nonstop flights to 25 destinations, three of which are in South America. Lima is JetBlue’s 81st destination.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and Lima, Peru (LIM), effective November 21, 2013:

FLL to LIM: LIM to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
5:40 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. 12:30 a.m. – 6:19 a.m.

Flights operate daily effective November 21, 2013 (southbound) and November 22, 2013 (northbound) –

All times local.

JetBlue’s flights between Fort Lauderdale and Lima, Peru, will be operated with its Airbus A320 fleet.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 WL N827JB (msn 5677) with Sharklets in the Blueberries tail design lands at Las Vegas.

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Wizz Air to open its 19th base in Craiova, Romania

Wizz Air (Budapest) has announced its 19th base to be opened in Craiova, Romania in July 2014 with one based aircraft. A new Airbus A320 aircraft will be delivered in Craiova on July 23, 2014.

The new aircraft will support operations of a total of six Craiova routes and increase seat capacity in the first 12 months of based operations to over 260,000 seats. The airline believes this will also stimulate the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors as consumers will have access to more low cost routes. Wizz Air announced more weekly flights on the existing services to Milan Bergamo and London Luton, and announced four new routes to Barcelona, Bologna, Dortmund and Rome Ciampino, that will start operating from July 23, 2014.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM CRAIOVA: 

To

Days

Starts

Fares from**

Bologna

Wed, Sun

23 July

RON 99

Rome Ciampino

Wed, Sun

23 July

RON 99

Dortmund

Tue, Thu, Sat

24 July

RON 129

Barcelona

Mon, Fri

25 July

RON 129

WIZZ AIR’S INCREASED FREQUENCIES FROM CRAIOVA:

 

To

Days per week

London Luton

from 2 to 4

Milan Bergamo

from 2 to 3

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LWV (msn 5660) with Sharklets lands at EuroAirport serving Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg.

Wizz Air: AG Slide Show

Routes from the new base:

Wizz Air 11.2013 Craiova Route Map

SAS and Apollo renew their relationship for 2014

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) and travel organization Apollo are expanding their relationship for the next summer season. SAS issued this statement:

SAS and Apollo continue their long working relationship, signing an agreement for the summer season once again. The agreement is for 2014 and involves SAS flying Apollo’s customers from 17 different locations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It is worth SEK 910 million.

It has been confirmed that SAS and Apollo will continue their partnership, which goes back many years. Apollo has chosen SAS as their main external airline partner, alongside their own airline company Novair. Important factors for Apollo during the procurement process included the fact that SAS provides a flexible fleet and has safe and reliable production with good punctuality.

This partnership allows Apollo to offer summer departures from 17 different locations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark to more than 20 destinations in the world. The cities where flights will depart from in Sweden are Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 OY-KAW (msn 2817) taxies at Palma de Mallorca.

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JetBlue endorses the DOJ settlement, adds two new destinations in the Caribbean

JetBlue Airways Corporation (JetBlue Airways) (New York) has released the following statement from CEO and President Dave Barger in regards to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) proposed settlement, that would permit American Airlines and US Airways to proceed with their merger plans:

“On behalf of the 15,000 crewmembers of JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline™, I applaud the Department of Justice’s pro-consumer proposed settlement and we look forward to participating in the divestiture process. JetBlue is eager to increase our low fare service in communities across the country and particularly at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.”

In other news, JetBlue has announced its expanded winter schedule in the Caribbean, featuring more flights than ever before. With the planned launch of service to two new island destinations, JetBlue will serve the Caribbean region this winter with an average of 200 daily flights.

In addition to its own network growth, JetBlue also announces the signing of two new interline agreements in the Caribbean, with LIAT and Seaborne Airlines, and a growth of its existing partnership with Cape Air. This expands the single-ticket options for JetBlue customers into a number of additional Caribbean destinations.

Two new cities and five new routes planned

JetBlue has announced five new Caribbean routes that will launch in the coming months, including service to two new destinations: Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (a). New routes include:

  • Chicago (ORD) – San Juan, Puerto Rico (starts Nov. 20)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood – Port-au-Prince, Haiti (starts Dec. 5) (a)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (starts May 1) (a)
  • New York (JFK) – Port-au-Prince, Haiti (starts Dec. 5) (a)
  • New York (JFK) – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (starts Feb. 24) (a)

Five destinations to see added capacity with larger aircraft

JetBlue plans to meet peak winter demand this winter by deploying its brand new Airbus A321 aircraft to a variety of Caribbean destinations. The A321 is outfitted with 190 seats, featuring the most legroom in coach (b), and boosting the number of seats per departure by 40 compared to JetBlue’s current 150-seat A320 aircraft. The following destinations will see select flights to/from New York (JFK) operated by the larger A321:

  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Additionally, JetBlue will offer even more frequencies between New York (JFK) and Barbados during peak holiday times, including President’s Day and Easter.

JetBlue’s A321s will be operating fresh from the factory and will not yet have in-flight television, radio or movies.

More destinations with new and expanded interline partnerships

JetBlue has added two new interline agreements, with LIAT and Seaborne Airlines, and expanded its existing partnership with Cape Air, bringing a number of new Caribbean destinations within reach for JetBlue customers.

LIAT now offers JetBlue customers connections to several new destinations including Antigua, Grenada, St. Kitts, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, when transferring at Barbados and St. Maarten. Founded in 1956, LIAT is one of the largest and most experienced carriers in the Caribbean region. Tickets are now available for sale through travel agencies.

Seaborne Airlines also opens up several new destinations for JetBlue customers, including St. Kitts, Dominica, and Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean, all via San Juan, as well as connections to La Romana, Dominican Republic on a daily basis. In addition, Seaborne will offer more flight options for customers connecting at San Juan to/from both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Seaborne’s regional network includes 11 destinations from San Juan and a total of 625 weekly departures. JetBlue-Seaborne itineraries are now available for sale through travel agencies.

JetBlue’s longstanding partnership with Cape Air also expands this winter, with new destinations available via San Juan: Culebra, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. With service to these two unspoiled island destinations, which is expected to kick off in early 2014, Cape Air will serve a total of nine destinations from San Juan including options like Anguilla and Nevis.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. The new JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N615JB (msn 2461) in the special FDNY – Fire Department New York taxies past the camera at the JFK hub.

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