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SAS to open new routes to Los Angeles and Miami

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) is expanding and opening three new nonstop routes to USA in 2016. The new routes being launched are Los Angeles from Stockholm (Arlanda), Miami from Oslo and Miami from Copenhagen.

SAS is also increasing the number of departures from Stockholm (Arlanda) to New York (JFK) and Chicago (O’Hare) and between Copenhagen and Shanghai.

That means that SAS will now offer over 330,000 additional seats on its intercontinental routes in 2016.

The first flight to Los Angeles will depart on March 14, 2016 and SAS will have daily departures from Stockholm to Los Angeles throughout the summer season and five-six departures a week in the winter season.

The first flights to Miami are expected to depart in the fall of 2016 and the Miami route will have a daily departure from Scandinavia.

Timetable Stockholm Arlanda – Los Angeles

Daily departures from Arlanda (SK933) at 09.50 arriving in Los Angeles 12.15.
Daily departures from Los Angeles (SK934) at 14.15 arriving at Arlanda 10.00.

Timetable Copenhagen – Miami

Departures Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Copenhagen (SK953) 09.30 arriving in Miami 13.50.

Departures Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Miami (SK954) 15.50 arriving in Copenhagen 07.10.

Timetable Oslo – Miami

Departures Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Oslo(SK955) 09.35 arriving in Miami 13.50.
Departures Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Miami (SK956) 15.50 arriving in Oslo 07.05.

Stockholm – Hong Kong, September 2015

 

In addition to the new routes, SAS is increasing the frequency of its long haul routes starting with the winter program. SAS will then offer daily flights on the following routes:

Copenhagen – Shanghai (two additional departures each week)
Stockholm – Chicago (one additional departure each week)
Stockholm – New York (one additional departure each week)
Oslo – New York (one additional departure each week)
Copenhagen – San Francisco (one additional departure each week)

These new long haul routes and additional departures mean SAS will now offer its customers over 330,000 more seats on its intercontinental routes in 2016. SAS currently offers long haul flights from Scandinavia to New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.

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Finnair to open 12 new routes for the summer of 2016 including Svalbard

Finnair (Helsinki) has announced its expansion for next summer:

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Finnair is opening four new routes to Edinburgh, Billund, Pula and Svalbard for summer 2016.

Finnair will start flying to Edinburgh from April 18 to October 27, 2016.

Flights to Billund in Jutland, Denmark, will become a year round destination from April 4, 2016.

Finnair will continue to increase its Croatia service with two weekly flights between Helsinki and Pula, from June 20 to August 12, 2016.

Finnair will be the first airline to offer scheduled international services to Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. From June 1 to August 27, 2016 there will be three weekly flights from Helsinki to the northernmost airport in the world. Svalbard – located between Norway and the North Pole, is a land of untouched arctic wilderness.

In summer 2016, new scheduled flights will replace previously chartered flights to the Greek islands of Zakynthos, Skiathos, Santorini, Mytilene and Preveza. The same will apply to Rimini and Verona in Italy and to Varna in Bulgaria.

Finnair will also increase the number of flights to the popular summer destinations of Malta, Tel Aviv in Israel and to Biarritz and Nice in France. Malta was a new destination this summer and there has been a high demand from Finland and Asia, so an extra weekly flight will be added for summer 2016.

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Bangkok Air raises the security level at Bangkok, second quarter profit rises over 131%

Bangkok Airways (Bangkok Air) (Bangkok) has issued this statement following a terrorist bombing on Monday (August 17) at the Erawan shrine in Bangkok. 21 people died in the bomb blast. According to the Bangkok Post, 23 nations have now issued travel warnings for travel to Thailand. Here is the statement by the airline:

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Bangkok Airways PCL has increased its security measures to ensure passengers’ highest safety.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways PCL commented,

“on behalf of everyone at Bangkok Airways, we would like to express our deepest condolences to those who have been affected by this unfortunate event.”

“However, we are monitoring the situation closely and have been cooperating with the Airport Authority of Thailand (AOT) to raise security measures at Suvarnabhumi Airport, all destination airports and at the airline’s own airports (Samui, Sukhothai and Trat) to a higher level to ensure the safety of its passengers and its staffs.”

“Bangkok Airways is in normal operations”, added Mr. Puttipong.

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In other news, the company issued it operating results for the second quarter:

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited announced its operating results for the second quarter of 2015 which has amounted to a net profit of 102.2 million baht ($2.8 million); up by 131.8 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways PCL commented that, “In the second quarter, total revenue of the company was 5,563.4 million baht, increased by 12.9 percent from the same period in the previous year. Net profit was reported at the amount of 102.2 million baht, mainly based on higher average fare and higher number of passengers. Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) ascended by 4.3 percent; our load factor was at 59.9 percent for this quarter. For the first six-month period, the company received total revenue of 12,297.3 million baht in which net profit was reported at 1,188.9 million baht.”

Mr. Puttipong continues, “The number of passengers of Bangkok Airways increased by 5.6 percent for the second quarter of 2015 in which our main market, Asia, particularly East Asia, has the highest growth. Despite the slow growth of Europeans traveling to Thailand, excluding the Russian, the company was able to maintain the sale growth from this market comparing to last year. The top 3 countries that the number of passenger has still been growing are Germany, United Kingdom and France.”

“In addition to that, Bangkok Airways has increased flight frequencies on Samui-Singapore route to 10 flights per week, and Samui-Kuala Lumpur route to 11 flights per week starting from 29 March 2015.

The additional frequencies adhere with our business strategy are to establish Samui airport as our second hub, followed by Suvarnnabhumi airport and to expand our route network in order to serve our codeshare partners from Australia and Southwest Pacific. During the second quarter, the company has entered into a codeshare agreement with Jet Airways which added our frequencies on Bangkok-Mumbai route from 1 flight to 3 flights per day. This certainly has provided more choices to the passengers as well as to increase the efficiency of our routes.” Mr. Puttipong added.

Recently, BA stocks has been added to numerous indexes which are MSCI Global Small Cap Indexes (effective since 29 May 2015.), FTSE SET Mid Cap index (effective since 22 June 2015), SET50 and SET100 indexes for the second half of 2015 (1 July – 31 December.) This helps make BA more known amongst investors around the world.

Currently, Bangkok Airways has a total of 29 aircrafts; 10 of turbo-prop ATR72-500/600s, 19 of Airbus A319s/A320s. The company will take delivery of another 2 to 3 aircrafts by the end of 2015 to serve high travel demands in the up-coming high season.

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IndiGo firms up its order for 250 Airbus A320neo aircraft – Airbus’ largest order by number

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Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement about IndiGo (Delhi) by firming up its large Airbus A320neo Family order:

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India’s largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo celebrated their 9th birthday by firming up their last year’s commitment and ordering 250 A320neo Family aircraft. This historical aircraft purchase agreement was signed on the 69th Independence Day of India on the 15th of August, 2015.

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IndiGo placed an order in 2005 for 100 A320s which have all now been delivered. In 2011 IndiGo became the first Indian operator to commit to the A320neo bringing their total to 280 Airbus aircraft. With today’s announcement, IndiGo has ordered 530 A320 Family aircraft with Airbus.

The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020. This is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year.

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Virgin Australia launches its new Airbus A330 Business Class suites

Virgin Australia A330 Business Class suite 1 (VA)(LR)

Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) today (August 17) launched its new Airbus A330 Business Class suites (above), according to the airline, “setting a new standard in domestic business class around the world.”

Virgin Australia continued:

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Virgin Australia’s new wide-body Business Class experience, ‘The Business’, will be available on its entire Airbus A330 fleet at the end of October.

Virgin Australia A330 Business Class suite 2 (VA)(LR)

Key features include:

  • The world’s longest and widest fully lie-flat bed in domestic business class (above);
  • Reverse herringbone cabin layout, maximising privacy and enabling 100 per cent direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 configuration;
  • The latest in in-flight comfort, with ample space to multi-task, customised triple-layer seat cushion supported by a hammock sub-frame and a turndown service with memory foam mattress toppers and high-grade cotton pillows and doonas;
  • High Definition 16″ touch screens featuring the Virgin Australia Entertainment seatback system with an enhanced graphical user interface;
  • Individualized, award-winning service from dedicated Virgin Australia cabin crew;
  • A restaurant-style, hand-delivered fine dining experience enabling guests to dine when they want, with new Luke Mangan-designed menus and premium Australian wines; and
  • A world-first collaboration with Nespresso which aims to deliver the finest coffee in the sky.
    Virgin Australia Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti said: “Today, Virgin Australia has once again changed the game in domestic business class travel.

 

“Later this year, Virgin Australia will change the game again with the launch of its new long-haul Business Class on our Boeing 777 flights to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi.

Virgin Australia A330 Business Class suite 5 (VA)(LR)

The new 1-2-1 seating configuration will ensure every guest has 100 per cent direct aisle access and ample privacy to work, rest and unwind. A new turndown service with memory foam mattress topper, large pillows and a doona has been designed to ensure guests arrive at their destination feeling refreshed and recharged. For guests travelling in pairs, the centre suites include a sliding privacy screen that can be opened or closed.

Virgin Australia A330 Business Class suite 3 (VA)(LR)

In addition to the physical transformation, an enhanced restaurant-style meal service (above) with new Luke Mangan menus has been designed, enabling guests to dine whenever they choose. For guests wishing to maximise the time to work and rest while on board, a new ‘Express Dining’ option is available.

The suites, originally inspired by the interiors of some of the world’s most premium automotive designs, were customised in conjunction with renowned design agency, Tangerine London, Virgin Australia Creative Director Hans Hulsbosch, of leading brand agency Hulsbosch, and manufactured by B/E Aerospace.

Virgin Australia A330 Business Class suite 4 (VA)(LR)

New long-haul Business Class suites, a redesigned Business Class bar and a new Premium Economy cabin will be progressively introduced on the airline’s Boeing 777 fleet of aircraft, which will commence reconfiguration in November and fly to Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles.

NEW AIRBUS A330 BUSINESS CLASS FEATURES

  • Individual suites in a 1-2-1 seat configuration which convert into the longest and widest domestic fully lie-flat bed (Length: 80” Width: 28”)
  • Reverse herringbone cabin layout, maximising privacy and enabling 100% direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 configuration;
  • Retractable privacy screen dividing centre seats.
  • Simply tailored, hopsack seat upholstery with leather head and arm rests and customised triple-layer seat cushion supported by a hammock sub-frame.
  • Unique tablet holder specifically designed for Virgin Australia as well as dedicated side console that expands your workspace with high power USB and universal power socket.
  • Three types of adjustable lighting including reading light, soft ambient lamp and brighter overhead light.
  • High Definition 16″ touch screens with an enhanced graphical user interface for the Virgin Australia Entertainment seatback system and 400 hours of entertainment.
  • Enhanced restaurant-style, hand-delivered fine dining service enabling guests to dine when they want with new Luke Mangan-designed menus, new table linen and Virgin Australia’s iconic Opera House salt and pepper shakers
  • Turndown service by Cabin Crew with memory foam mattress toppers and high-grade cotton pillows and doonas, day blanket and pillow for daytime services.
  • Amenity kit featuring REN cosmetics.

All Photos: Virgin Australia. “Introducing the world’s longest and widest fully lie-flat bed in domestic business class. Today the first of our A330 aircraft with our new business class suites takes to the air. The new look features the world’s longest and widest fully lie-flat bed in domestic business class, restaurant style dining designed by Luke Mangan, and a world-first collaboration with Nespresso to deliver the finest coffee in the sky.”

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Finnair narrows its second quarter loss, hopes to break even or better for the year

Finnair (Helsinki) reported a second quarter net loss of €6 million, down from a larger 2Q net loss of €23.9 million in the same period a year ago.

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CEO Pekka Vauramo commented on the results:

Our passenger traffic revenue from tickets and ancillary services saw strong growth in the second quarter of 2015, and we achieved a new record in June by carrying more than 37,500 passengers in one day. At the same time, ancillary sales grew by one third from the previous year. Our customers have heartily welcomed the Chicago route as well as our new seasonal summer routes, with demand exceeding our expectations. Furthermore, business travel has picked up noticeably.

Profitability improved significantly, although the operational result still showed a loss of 12.9 million euros. The result improvement is attributed to revenue growth in our core business operations, the progress of cost reduction measures and the decline in fuel prices, which is reflected in our costs gradually due to our hedging policy. The appreciation of the dollar diluted the benefit from fallen jet fuel price and significantly increased our other dollar-denominated costs, but at the same time, the appreciation of our income currencies boosted our revenues particularly in Asia. In addition, our positive performance was supported by the result improvement at Aurinkomatkat Suntours.

While we cannot be satisfied with our loss-making result, our financial position and liquidity are very strong. Our long-haul fleet renewal, which will start this autumn, will significantly improve the cost-competitiveness and customer experience of our long-haul traffic. At the same time, we will continue to focus on increasing our revenue through, for example, ancillary services and product improvements in intercontinental traffic.

We are moving in the right direction and our strategy, which was updated in the spring, is clear. Our goal is profitable growth, which we will be better equipped to achieve once the Airbus A350 aircraft start joining our fleet later this year. They will enable the gradual growth of capacity and substantially reduce our fuel costs on long-haul flights. In addition, we have begun to recruit cabin crew with a view to future growth. Our whole team is enthusiastically preparing for Finnair’s next phase.

Here are the details:

Finnair Plc. Interim report August 14, 2015:

April-June 2015

  • Revenue on a par with second quarter of 2014, at 561.0 million euros (565.7).
  • Operational result improved to -12.9 million euros (-19.6).
  • Operational EBITDAR was 37.4 million euros (35.5).
  • Net cash flow from operating activities stood at 88.4 million euros (69.2), and cash flow from investments totalled -53.7 million euros (-92.3).
  • Unit cost at constant currency excluding fuel (CASK excl. fuel) increased by 0.7% year-on-year.
  • Unit revenue at constant currency (RASK) decreased by 1.9% year-on-year.
  • Earnings per share amounted to -0.06 cents (-0.20).

January-June 2015

  • Revenue on a par with first half of 2014, at 1,101.4 million euros (1,109.0).
  • Operational result improved to -41.3 million euros (-53.9).
  • Operational EBITDAR was 56.6 million euros (53.0).
  • Net cash flow from operating activities stood at 101.4 million euros (48.7), and cash flow from investments totalled 89.2 million euros (141.4).
  • Unit cost at constant currency excluding fuel (CASK excl. fuel) increased by 0.9% year-on-year.
  • Unit revenue at constant currency (RASK) decreased by 1.2% year-on-year.
  • Earnings per share amounted to -0.16 cents (-0.44).
  • Finnair updates its guidance and estimates that, in 2015, its operational result is around break-even or slightly positive.

Outlook

Outlook published on May 7, 2015

The demand outlook for passenger and cargo traffic in Finnair’s main markets still involves uncertainty. Finnair estimates that, in 2015, its capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres will grow by approximately 3 per cent and that its revenue will remain at the 2014 level. Finnair further estimates, as a change to its previous guidance, and when calculated with the same accounting principles as earlier, that its unit costs excluding fuel will increase from the 2014 level due to the structural changes in the company’s business and the strong appreciation of the US dollar. By applying the changed calculation method, that neutralises the effect of these changes as defined in notes 16 and 18 to the interim financial statements, Finnair estimates that its 2015 unit costs excluding fuel at constant currency will decrease from the 2014 level.

The lower price of jet fuel and the full impact from the completed savings program are supporting the financial performance of Finnair 2015.

According to its disclosure policy, Finnair will issue guidance on the expected development of its operational result in connection with the January–June interim report. As a separate guidance Finnair estimates that, when calculated using the exchange rates effective at the end of the review period, the non-recurring items associated with the long haul fleet renewal in 2015 will have a substantial positive impact on Finnair’s operating result due to the strengthened US dollar. Finnair has previously estimated that the long haul fleet renewal would not have a significant effect on its operating result in 2014 and 2015. The non-recurring items related to the long haul fleet renewal react substantially to changes in the euro-dollar exchange rate.

Outlook on August 14, 2015

Finnair estimates that, in 2015, its operational result is around break-even or slightly positive.

Finnair reiterates its previous estimate that its capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometers will grow by approximately 3 per cent and that its revenue will remain approximately at the 2014 level. As a change to its previous estimate, the company now estimates that its 2015 unit costs excluding fuel at constant currency will remain at the 2014 level.

Finnair also reiterates as a separate guidance that, when calculated using the exchange rates effective at the end of the review period, the non-recurring items associated with the long haul fleet renewal in 2015 will have a substantial positive impact on Finnair’s operating result due to the strengthened US dollar.

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Spirit Airlines announces Las Vegas – New Orleans flights

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced daily, nonstop service to and from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) and McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas.

This new daily service begins on November 13, 2015 and brings the total number of Spirit nonstop flights to six destinations from New Orleans including Chicago (O’Hare), Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Houston (Bush Intercontinental), Dallas/Fort Worth, and Detroit.

Spirit operates 28 daily departures to 19 destinations from Las Vegas.

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