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Air Transat becomes even more “green”

Air Transat (Montreal) (website), world’s first certified green airline in 2011, has reached another milestone. The airline is the first in the world to have achieved the second level Minimization award in the Fly-360-Green Certification Program, a benchmark for high performing airlines / aircraft operators.

“We are especially proud to have obtained this certification because it recognizes the efforts that we have made to improve our environmental performance in every area of our airline through initiatives such as greenhouse gas reduction, energy and water conservation, recycling and social responsibility” said Jean-Francois Lemay , General Manager of Air Transat. “It was the hard work and dedication of our employees that enabled us to attain this high standard and we will continue to improve so that we maintain our role as an industry leader.”

Developed by the World Green Aviation Council (WorldGAC), Fly-360-Green is a point based performance rating system where points are earned for business attributes considered environmentally beneficial in 8 key areas: Engineering, Ground Operations, Flight Planning/Dispatch, Flight Operations, Greening on Board, Corporate Environmental Practices, Corporate Policies, Strategic Planning. Airlines and aircraft operators can qualify for one of the four certification levels: Participation, Minimization, Efficiency, and Neutrality.

Fly-360-Green differs from other rating systems in that it has quantified most of the “green credits”. This ensures airlines are environmentally compatible, retain high quality standards, and are financially sound. The World Green Aviation Council, apart from fostering the international standard for sustainable aviation by addressing aviation’s absolute emissions, is the third-party administrator of the Fly-360-Green certification program.

WorldGAC performs technical reviews and verification of Fly-360-Green registered projects to determine if they meet the standards set forth in the Fly-360-Green rating system. Dedicated technical experts ensure Fly-360-Green certification meets the highest levels of quality and integrity.

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Transat’s Airbus A330-342 C-GCTS (msn 177) taxies at Paris (CDG).

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Air Caraibes to lease three Airbus A350-900s from ILFC

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., announced today that it has reached an agreement with French Caribbean carrier Air Caraïbes Atlantique Airlines (Guadeloupe) to lease three new Airbus A350-900s. The aircraft have an anticipated delivery timeline between 2016 and 2018, and will be operated on the airline’s long-haul route network.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. The new aircraft is expected to replace the older Airbus A330s. Air Caraibes’ (2nd) Airbus A330-323X F-OONE (msn 965) departs from Zurich.


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Turkish Airlines is coming to Montreal

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) will begin operating out of Montréal-Trudeau Airport starting on June 3, 2014. A Star Alliance member, Turkey’s main carrier will offer three regular weekly flights to Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Turkish Airlines will use Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a capacity for 28 passengers in business class and 261 in economy.

In addition to serving 42 domestic destinations, Turkish Airlines flies to and from some 200 international destinations in more than 100 countries. Atatürk Airport is its chief connection hub with Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe (mainly the Balkans) and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Located 15 kilometers west of central Istanbul, the airport is experiencing astounding growth, having welcomed 45 million passengers in 2012, or 20% more than the previous year.

Because of its membership in Star Alliance, Turkish Airlines will benefit at Montréal-Trudeau from Air Canada’s network, as well as those of United Airlines and US Airways, for connections to other points in Canada and to the United States.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X TC-JNL (msn 1204) taxies at the Atatürk Airport hub near Istanbul.

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Etihad Airways and Jet Airways forge ahead with a new strategic partnership

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has added another partner airline as its airline empire grows. The fast-growing airline has entered into a new strategic partnership with Jet Airways (Mumbai) following the final approval for their alliance and 24 percent equity purchase. The airlines have issued this statement:

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates and Jet Airways have announced that both airlines closed the transaction for the subscription of a 24 percent equity stake by Etihad Airways in Jet Airways. All requisite Indian regulatory approvals had been obtained by November 12, 2013. Jet Airways has, on November 20, 2013, issued and allotted 27,263,372 equity shares of a face value of Rs. 10 each at a price of Rs. 754.7361607 per equity share on a preferential basis to Etihad Airways.

Consequent to the above allotment, the paid up share capital of Jet Airways stands increased to 11,35,97,383 equity shares of Rs. 10 each. Following this issue and allotment of the said equity shares on a preferential basis to Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways holds 24 percent of the post issue paid up share capital of Jet Airways (on a fully diluted basis). Additionally, Mr. James Hogan and Mr. James Rigney, being nominee Directors of Etihad Airways, have been appointed as additional directors on the board of directors of Jet Airways as from November 20, 2013.

Mr. Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways said: “The infusion of foreign direct investment in the aviation sector will result in economies of scale, grow traffic at our airports, and create job opportunities. I am confident that this investment will greatly benefit all our stakeholders whilst significantly benefitting our customers who will now have access to a more expanded global network.”

Mr. Goyal also stressed that together with Etihad Airways, Jet Airways would enhance connectivity for tourists, business travellers, Indian families and the wider travelling public.

Mr. James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways said: “India is one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world and a key part of the Etihad Airways growth strategy. Through this association, Etihad Airways and Jet Airways will both be strengthened, as will the economies of India and the UAE. By linking our two networks and adding new flights, new routes and more code-share options, travel to, from and within India will become much easier.”

Mr. Goyal and Mr. Hogan confirmed that the collaboration between the airlines would commence immediately with a view to delivering network and service benefits to customers as soon as possible. Specific details will be released progressively.”

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Jet Airways’ Airbus A330-302 VT-JWR (msn 1351) taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

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Brussels Airlines is struck today by a work stoppage by its pilots

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) was struck today (November 18) by its pilots. The company issued this statement and a list of cancelled flights:

Due to a wildcat strike action of a number of our pilots, we are forced to cancel some of our flights on Monday November 18. Our priority is to assist our passengers as much as possible. All customers affected by the strike action will be offered travel alternatives, depending on their travel needs.

Brussels Airlines 11.18.13 Cancelled Flights

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) climbs away from the runway at JFK International Airport in New York.

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Aer Lingus reports a third quarter operating profit of $126.8 million

Aer Lingus Group (Aer Lingus) (Dublin) for the third quarter reported an operating profit of €94.9 million ($126.8 million) which is 4.4% ahead of last year.

Read the full financial report: CLICK HERE 

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Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Aer Lingus’ Airbus A330-302X EI-ELA (msn 1106) lifts off the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Finnair to upgrade the Toronto route next summer

Finnair (Helsinki) will operate its seasonal service to Toronto (Pearson), with upgraded two-class Airbus A330 wide body aircraft. Schedules will be timed to match speedy connections throughout Finnair’s network, particularly in the Nordic-Baltic region, Eastern Europe and Russia. 

Toronto service will operate from June 1 to September 21, 2014, on Tuesdays, Friday and Sundays and will last approximately eight and a half hours. Flights depart Toronto (Pearson) at 2235 (1035 pm)  and arrive in Helsinki the next day at 1345 (1:45 pm) local time. Return flights depart Helsinki at 1700 (5 pm) and arrive in Toronto (Pearson) at 1845 (6:45 pm) local time.
The Airbus A330 aircraft,with 229 seats in Economy Class and 42 in Business Class, replace narrow body single-class Boeing 757-200s previously in use on the route. Currently four of Finnair’s eight A330s feature seats in Business Class that convert to fully-flat beds, with more scheduled for retrofit during 2014. All A330 aircraft feature a renewed, complimentary inflight entertainment experience in both cabin classes, including 72 movies and more than 150 television shows on demand.

The Toronto-Helsinki route will also be included in the joint business between Finnair and fellow oneworld partners American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia on traffic between the EU and North America, meaning that all four carriers will code share the route with identical fares and conditions on North America-EU itineraries. The joint business makes Toronto yet another gateway for seamless, cost-efficient one-stop trips between Helsinki and dozens of cities in Canada and the United States.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302X OH-LTS (msn 1078) arrives at the Helsinki (HEL) hub.Finnair: AG Slide Show

Delta to launch new service from Seattle/Tacoma to both Seoul and Hong Kong

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) announced today it will add new daily nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Seoul-Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport (both subject to government approval) beginning on June 2, 2014 and June 16, 2014, respectively.

Delta is able to offer new service to Seoul and Hong Kong due to strong support of from its local Seattle and Pacific Northwest customers as well as its strategic partnership with Alaska Airlines. The new service will complement existing service to Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. All five destinations are the leading commercial centers in the region, a benefit for corporate customers traveling between the U.S. and Asia.

With these additions, Delta will serve 17 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region primarily via its U.S. gateways of Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles, and via its hub in Narita. Since 2009, Delta’s Pacific capacity has increased over 20 percent, driven in large part by the development of Detroit and Seattle into core Asia gateways.

The Seoul flight will operate using a 210-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 35 full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 Economy class seats.

Hong Kong service will operate using a 234-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 34 full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort and 168 Economy class seats.

The Seattle-Tacoma area is one of Delta’s fastest-growing international gateways and last month the airline announced new nonstop service to London-Heathrow Airport beginning in March 2014. Since May, Delta service in Seattle/Tacoma has expanded from 33 peak-day departures to 13 destinations to its current schedule of 44 peak-day departures to 18 destinations, including six international markets. Delta has also invested $14 million in its facilities at Sea-Tac, including its recently completed lobby renovations, new Delta Sky Club, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations and expanded ticket counters.

Flight details for Seattle-Seoul service:

Flight Departs Arrives Service Begins
199 SEA at noon ICN at 3:30 p.m. (following day) June 2, 2014
198 ICN at 5:20 p.m. SEA at 12:05 p.m. (same day) June 3, 2014

Flight details for Seattle-Hong Kong service:

139 SEA at 1:30 p.m. HKG at 6:45 p.m. (following day) June 16, 2014
138 HKG at 10:00 a.m. SEA at 7:55 a.m. (same day) June 18, 2014

SEA-Asia Route Map: Delta’s growing Asian Route Map from SEA:

Delta 8:2013 SEA-Asia Routes

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Arriving at Sea-Tac from Tokyo (Narita) is this Airbus A330-323X N801NW (msn 524). Delta will use the smaller A330-200 version to HKG.

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Jet Airways reports a $59 million loss for its fiscal first quarter, Etihad Airways’ purchase of 24% of the shares approved

Jet Airways (Mumbai) reported a $59 million loss in its fiscal first quarter. This is the second quarterly loss for the carrier. Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has secured regulatory approval to a 24 percent share of the carrier for $379 million.

Etihad Airways is on a buying spree to acquire minority shares of smaller carriers to code-share with and also to increase traffic for both carriers.

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Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302 VTY-JWT (msn 1370) departs from Toronto (Pearson).

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US Airways stockholders approve the merger with American Airlines

US Airways Group, Inc. (Phoenix), the parent of US Airways (Phoenix), today announced that its shareholders approved the merger agreement with AMR Corporation (Dallas/Fort Worth), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc. (Dallas/Fort Worth).

The merger agreement was approved by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of US Airways stock, which represented over 99% of the votes cast by US Airways shareholders on the proposal. Of the 132,788,060 shares voted, 132,273,780 shares voted in favor of the proposal; 257,757 shares voted against; and 256,523 abstained. Shareholders also approved other proposals related to the merger.

Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways, and incoming CEO of the combined company, said, “We are pleased that our shareholders overwhelmingly supported our merger with American Airlines.  This approval is a major milestone on our path to completing the merger, and we continue to make excellent progress overall thanks to the focused efforts of the dedicated representatives from both companies. By bringing together two highly complementary networks and generating significant revenue synergies, the new American Airlines will deliver enhanced value for its shareholders.  I want to thank our shareholders, our customers and our more than 100,000 dedicated employees for their support throughout this process and look forward to moving forward as an even stronger airline.”

As previously announced, AMR and US Airways agreed to combine to create the new American Airlines, a premier global carrier.  Headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth, the new American Airlines will become a highly competitive alternative for consumers to other global carriers and is expected to offer more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries.  The combined airline will offer customers more choices and increased service across a larger worldwide network and through an enhanced oneworld® Alliance.  Together, American Airlines and US Airways are expected to operate a mainline fleet of almost 950 aircraft and employ more than 100,000 team members worldwide.

The merger is subject to regulatory approvals, other customary closing conditions and confirmation of AMR’s Plan of Reorganization by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  The companies continue to expect to complete the combination in the third quarter of 2013.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323X N275AY (msn 370) departs from London (Heathrow).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER N336AA (msn 25193) lands at Zurich.