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Frontier Airlines announces 8 new routes, the new Airbus A321 to be introduced

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced eight new routes, mainly to and from Florida and also adding routes at the Denver hub.

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The eight new routes are:

Denver-Charlotte: Daily service starts March 17, 2016 with Airbus A319s

Denver-Philadelphia: Daily service starts March 16, 2016 with Airbus A320s

Orlando-Houston: Daily service starts December 19, 2015 with Airbus A321s (above)

Orlando-Kansas City: Daily service starts January 5, 2016 with Airbus A319s

Orlando-Milwaukee: Daily service starts January 5, 2016 with Airbus A319s

Fort Myers-Detroit (seasonal): Daily starts January 5, 2016 with Airbus A319s

Fort Myers-Indianapolis (seasonal): Daily service starts January 5, 2016 with Airbus A319s

Tampa-St. Louis (seasonal): Daily service starts December 19, 2015 with Airbus A320s

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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Frontier Airlines is getting ready to take delivery of its first Airbus A321. The pictured A321-211 D-AZAA (msn 6793) on a test flight at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) will become N701FR on delivery. The new type has an image of Otto, the Owl, on the tail.

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Transaero Airlines to introduce its first Airbus A321

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321. The company is planning to introduce the new type on routes from Moscow to Paris, Tel Aviv, Astana, Almaty and Novosibirsk.

On July 28, the company issued this statement:

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Transaero Airlines on July 28 received delivery of its first Airbus A321 as a result of a long-term leasing agreement between the airline and ICBC Leasing of China.

The delivery from Airbus’s Hamburg plant is part of Transaero’s fleet renewal program and business efficiency enhancement program. Under this program, Transaero’s fleet is being expanded with new fuel efficient aircraft with optimal passenger capacity for the current market conditions.

By the end of the year, Transaero plans to receive three more A321 aircraft.

The A321 is the first Airbus medium-range aircraft in the airline’s fleet. It is configured with two classes and can accommodate 184 passengers. The Business class cabin has eight highly comfortable seats with a seat pitch of 55 inches. The Economy class cabin has 176 ergonomic B/E Aerospace slimline seats. The seat pitch is 31 inches.

The aircraft is fitted with sharklets. Its passenger cabin is equipped with LED lighting. The seats are fitted with power and USB sockets.

The A321 was delivered in a new corporate identity, which the airline uses for all new aircraft joining its fleet.

Transaero will start operating its first A321s on the high-demand, medium-range routes, i.e. to Paris, Tel Aviv, Astana, Almaty and Novosibirsk.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Transaero Airlines’ first Airbus A321-211 registered as EI-VKO (msn 6678) taxies at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) before the handover.

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VietJetAir orders six more Airbus A321s

VietJetAir (VietJetAir.com) (Ho Chi Minh City) has placed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of six additional A321s. The order was signed today (June 17) at the Paris Air Show by VietJetAir President and CEO, Madam Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, and Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier.

VietJetAir took delivery of its first A321 in March of this year.

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VietJetAir first took to the skies at the end of 2011 and now operates a fleet of 25 A320 Family aircraft on a network covering Vietnam and a growing number of destinations across Asia. Following today’s announcement, the carrier has ordered a total of 69 aircraft from Airbus, including this order, and also holds purchase rights for another 30 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-211 D-AZAK (msn 5295) became VN-A651 when it was handed over on March 20, 2015.

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Airberlin Group’s first quarter net loss remains flat

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Airberlin Group (Airberlin and Niki) (Berlin) reported its first quarter net loss narrowly widened to €210.1 million ($237.6 million), up slightly from €209.8 million $237.2 million) in the same quarter a year ago. Stefan Pichler, CEO of Airberlin Group, stated “We are at the beginning of a long road to recovery.”

Here is the full report:

In the first quarter of 2015, EBIT rose to -159.9 million euros, or 23 million euros over the same quarter last year (Q1, 2014: -182.8 million euros). This demonstrates that despite a competitive market environment, the strategic and operational realignment at airberlin had already begun producing some positive effects on earnings at the start of the year.

Summary of consolidated earnings in the first quarter of 2015

Current performance reviews show airberlin’s average yield at 121.66 euros (Q1 2014: 116.72 euros). This represents a yield optimization of 4.2 percent as compared to the same quarter last year, and was achieved primarily through improvements in revenue management.

Revenue development showed an increase to 793.7 million euros, corresponding to a 4.2 percent growth in revenue over the same quarter last year (Q1 2014: 761.8 million euros). Due to an improved performance during the first three months, operating earnings (EBIT), at -159.9 million euros during the first quarter, also showed a 14 percent increase over the same quarter last year (Q1 2014: -182.8 million euros).

Allowing for current exceptional expenses from the ongoing restructuring program as well as non-recurring effects, adjusted EBIT was -151.4 million euros. Net profit in the first quarter of 2015 was -210.1 million euros (Q1 2014: -209.8 million euros). The Net profit decreased owing to higher interest expenditures and shifts in the market valuation of hedge instruments. 287.6 million euros in liquidity as of 31 March 2015 means Air Berlin PLC is in a stable financial position (Q1 2014: 273.0 million euros).

The current cost structure is marked by a slight rise in personnel and technical and maintenance expenses and increased airport charges. The personnel costs have risen by a direct employee takeover from NIKI, tariff developments and non-recurring expenses. Expenses incurred for technical and maintenance as well as airport charges will, however, be offset over the course of the year by systematic structural effects during the ongoing realignment.

Available seat kilometres (ASK) increased by 1.5 percent. Capacity utilization in the first quarter of 2015 stood at 83.2 percent, a modest increase over the same quarter last year`s rate of 81.8 percent. Total revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) was 6.71 eurocts (up 2.6 percent on Q1 2014: 6.54 eurocts).

Total costs per ASK (CASK) rose by 0.8 percent year-on-year, going from 8.14 eurocts to 8.20 eurocts.

Stefan Pichler, CEO of Air Berlin PLC, comments on the results of the first quarter as follows:

”We have an initial operational earnings impact from the reduction in capacity and a slightly improved yield management approach. At the same time, seasonal effects such as Easter have also positively influenced the result. Still, we are at the beginning of a long road to recovery.“

Partnerships further strengthened, restructuring measures prove effective

Stefan Pichler emphasizes the importance of airberlin’s strengthened partnerships, in particular with Etihad Airways: ”During the first three months of the year, passenger volume increased by another 18 percent year-on-year, accounting for over 174.400 guests. We intensified our collaboration with Etihad Airways by expanding codeshare connections, with new ones available from Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Nairobi.“

As well within oneworld® a 19 percent increase in the number of passengers was recorded in the first quarter of 2015. Route performance and effective capacity utilization by the airline partner Iberia contributed significantly to growth.

The restructuring program, initiated in 2014, has already been showing initial positive effects since the start of 2015. Initial positive effects on revenue have been produced by the network restructuring concluded in January, further improvements to the revenue management system as well as the establishment of a new fare concept, and should intensify in the coming months.

During the first quarter, the new “airberlin business benefits” brand was introduced, which combines and further expands airberlin’s many existing corporate benefits. At the beginning of May, airberlin launched its new fare concept for short and medium-haul flights. The tailored fares open up new customer groups for airberlin and offer a great deal of flexibility. Another focus is airberlin’s service offensive. This includes its newly introduced customer advisory boards. In June, airberlin will launch its 24/7 service offensive – from the middle of the year, every passenger will receive feedback on their enquiry within 24 hours, and all customer enquiries will be fully processed within seven working days.

Because of increased market pressures and special expenditures, current foreseeable business development in the second quarter has so far not fulfilled expectations. airberlin will be working systematically on realignment in the coming quarters in order to achieve positive revenue development with respect to revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) as well as steady improvement in average revenue (yield). Continued expansion of product offerings is also of strategic importance in this regard.

Stefan Pichler is convinced of realignment`s effectiveness: “The first quarter has turned out properly. We understand, however, that we need to continue the systematic re-engineering of our company in order to achieve the goals we have set and generate the necessary market momentum. I am convinced that we are on the right track. Our focus on an open and inclusive management culture will enable us to drive further operational improvements.“

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin’s Airbus A321-211 D-ALSB (msn 1994) lands at Tenerife Sur.

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Wow Air is welcomed at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

Wow Air (Keflavik) as planned, started its low-fare service from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) to Keflavik (KEF) (near Reykjavik) yesterday (May 8). Initially the new route will operate four days a week with the new Airbus A321s. On June 11 this will expand to five days a week. The carrier also started service to Boston on March 27.

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All Copyright Photos: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. The inaugural flight was assigned to “MOM”. Airbus A321-211 TF-MOM (msn 6210) was treated to the traditional water cannon salute on the inaugural flight arrival at BWI.

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UTair Russia cuts its fleet by 44 aircraft

UTair Aviation (Russia) (Moscow) is the third largest airline in Russia. On March 29, 2015 the carrier transitioned to its spring and summer flight schedule and also downsized its fleet. During this period, UTair plans to operate over 200 daily flights, connecting more than 70 cities in Russia and abroad.

However according to The Moscow Times, UTair is cutting its fleet by 40 percent (44 aircraft) from 115 aircraft to 71 aircraft.

The airline blamed the decline on the fall in air travel demand and the sharp increase in leasing rates due to the decline of the Russian ruble.

According to its website, the airline currently operates:

The airline currently operates:

Boeing 767-300 2
Boeing 767-200 3
Boeing 737-800 12
Boeing 737-400 6
Boeing 737-500 30
ATR 72-500 15
Bombardier CRJ200 1
Antonov An-2 6
Antonov An-74 – TK-100 5

+ helicopters

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On the schedules side, the airline stated it will operate nonstop flights to Anapa, Sochi and Krasnodar from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Tyumen, Surgut, Nizhnevartovsk, Noyabrsk and Syktyvkar.

UTair aircraft will also connect Gelendzhik with Moscow and Surgut; Sochi with Tambov and Kursk; Anapa with Khanty-Mansiysk and Kursk; Mineralnye Vody with Surgut, Tyumen and Samara and Krasnodar with Novy Urengoy.

Passengers living in other regions of Russia will be able to travel to Sochi, Krasnodar, Anapa, Gelendzhik and Mineralnye Vody via convenient connecting flights in Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow. Flight frequency on these routes will be increased to three or four flights daily. The airline will also increase the number of daily flights from Moscow to Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Makhachkala, Vladikavkaz, Belgorod and Kiev, providing passengers with even more convenient connection options.

UTair will continue performing flights from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, Noyabrsk, Khanty-Mansiysk and Vladikavkaz as well as add new destinations – Makhachkala, Grozny and Magas. From Surgut, UTair will continue flights to Belgorod, Makhachkala, Grozny, Rostov-on-Don and Samara.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Airbus A321 fleet appears to be the main victim of the downsizing. Airbus A321-211 VP-BPC (msn 5919) is pictured at Antalya in Turkey.

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Airbus celebrates the delivery of the 9,000th aircraft, the first A321 for VietJetAir

Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement and graph:

Airbus has celebrated the delivery of its 9000th aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on March 20, 2015. The aircraft is the first A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir (Ho Chi Minh City) and will join the carrier’s all-Airbus A320 Family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific network.

VietJetAir first took to the skies at the end of 2011 and now operates a fleet of 22 A320 Family aircraft on a network covering Vietnam and a growing number of destinations across Asia. The A321 delivered today is the first of seven ordered by the airline as part of a major aircraft acquisition plan for up to 100 A320 Family aircraft announced in early 2014.

The 9000th delivery comes less than two years after Airbus reached its last milestone of 8000 aircraft-delivered in August 2013. Over the last 10 years, Airbus has doubled its deliveries to reach over 600 aircraft a year today – a figure that is set to rise further as the demand grows.

Top Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. VietJetAir (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A321-211 D-AZAK (msn 5295) became VN-A651 on the handover.

Below Photo: Airbus. Airbus added special markings on the handover.

VietJetAir.com A321-200 WL VN-A651 (11-9000th Airbus Aircraft)(Nose)(Airbus)(LR)

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