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SKY Airline to become a low-cost airline in Chile

SKY Airline‘s (Chile) (Santiago) CEO Holger Paulmann, announced a big change in the company’s management, as it is in the process of becoming a low-cost airline.

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Starting today (September 4), only beverages are included in the ticket price. Those wanting to eat something on board the aircraft will have the option to buy the on-board service. According to the carrier, this is aimed at reducing costs, and allowing the passenger to decide which services he or she will require, such as paying for first rows or the emergency row seats, and checked baggage.

According to the company, they expect to charge a 20-30% discount on tickets, as well as offering one way tickets cheaper than buying them for the round trip.

According to Paulmann “100% of our flights last less of 4 hours, 80% of our passengers are not willing to pay for meals. 30% do not need to carry luggage, why do we have to invest and ask our passengers to pay for services they will not use? We believe the clients have to pay for those services they appreciate more, giving them flexibility for choosing and a service made to order.”

This announcement follows the announced future elimination of the Chile-Bolivia route by November 2, 2015 because of the low load factors (usually the aircraft carried less than 50% of its capacity), and the increase to two daily flights to Arica in northern Chile from October 5. The process must be finished by July 2016.

Thanks to Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-easyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZEP became CC-AFZ (msn 2251) with SKY Airline.

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easyJet increases its profit forecast

Fiona Cincotta, a senior market analyst at www.finspreads.com commented on the updated profit forecast of easyJet (London-Luton):

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easyJet impressed the market by increasing its profit forecast from a range of £620 million to £660 million to £675 million to £700 million on the back of a very strong summer and continued weakness in oil prices.

In August they carried 7.1 million passengers, a monthly record, whilst the proportion of occupied seats on each flight also reached an all time high of 94.4%.

This is great news for easyJet, who have staged an impressive recovery since earlier in the summer. Back in May easyJet issued a profit warning after air traffic control strikes in France led to a series of cancelations, which combined with the impact of two fires at Rome´s Fiumicino airport, resulted in the company wiping £25 million off its full year guidance.

Its definitely been a turbulent year for the budget airline and this has been reflected in the share price which slumped 17% following the profit warning in May. However, today’s news has seen the share price jump over 6% as investors become more confident in the future of easyJet.

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Hawaiian Airlines is the official airline of the Oakland Raiders for the 2015 season

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Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has announced the renewed partnership with the NFL Oakland Raiders. The airline has added the Raiders shield logo to an Airbus A330-200. The airline issued this statement:

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Hawaiian Airlines is proud to announce it will serve as the Official Airline of The Oakland Raiders for the 2015 National Football League (NFL) season. Hawai‘i’s largest and longest serving carrier has provided its signature ‘Mea Ho‘okipa’ (translation: I am host) in-flight hospitality and charter service for the team’s away games since 2000.

Starting with the Raiders’ September 3 preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Hawaiian’s designated Airbus A330 aircraft featuring the Raiders’ shield will carry players, coaches, trainers, as well as uniforms and equipment, to eight games, including: Seattle, Cleveland, Chicago, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Tennessee and Denver through December.

 

Hawaiian provides a dedicated catering coordinator to meet the team’s expectations and to handle special requests. Hearty, nutritious meals are provided along with sandwiches and an assortment of healthy snacks that include fresh fruit, protein bars and, at the Raiders’ request, products from Hawai‘i, such as Passion Orange Guava Juice and Hawaiian Iced Tea. For entertainment, Hawaiian offers a wide selection of movies, TV shows and music.

Hawaiian Airlines has served the Oakland market since 2008, and provides daily nonstop flights to both Honolulu and Kahului, Maui. During the peak summer months, travelers can fly nonstop to all four major Hawaiian islands, when the airline adds seasonal service from Oakland to Līhu’e, Kaua’i and Kona, Hawai’i Island, between May and September. Hawaiian also serves the Bay Area with nonstop flights between San Francisco and San Jose to Honolulu.

Photo: Hawaiian Airlines. Airbus A330-243 N375HA (msn 1606) was delivered on February 24, 2015 and is named “Humu”.

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JetBlue Airways to start seasonal service to Palm Springs on January 14, 2016

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced it will begin seasonal nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Southern California this winter, subject to government approval. Palm Springs will be JetBlue’s ninth destination in the Golden State.

The new flights will operate five times per week, Thursday through Monday, between January 14, 2016 and May 1, 2016.

JetBlue will operate Airbus A320s on the route.

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XL Airways France to operate to Los Angeles

XL Airways France (Paris-CDG) will operate summer seasonal flights from Paris (CDG) to Los Angeles next summer starting on June 1, 2016. Three weekly flights will be operated with Airbus A330-200s according to Airline Route.

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FedEx pilots’ union leadership approves the the tentative agreement

The FedEx Master Executive Council (MEC), the governing body of the FedEx Express (Memphis) unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), voted to approve the tentative contract agreement reached on August 19 with FedEx management.

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The agreement now goes before more than 4,000 FedEx pilots eligible to vote in balloting that is scheduled to begin September 28, 2015, and close on October 20, 2015.

The new agreement provides across-the-board increases to hourly pay rates and new-hire compensation, a significant signing bonus that addresses the time elapsed since the agreement was amendable, retirement plan enhancements, and work-rule improvements. If ratified, the contract will go into effect November 2015 and would become amendable in 2021.

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Airbus: Fleets in Russia and the CIS to more than double by 2034

Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this forecast for Russia and the CIS:

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According to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), the Russia & CIS air passenger market will more than double in the next 20 years, with over 2,000 aircraft needed by 2034, compared to the 922 in operation today to meet the countries’ growing demand for air travel. Airbus’ forecast shows that over 1,280 of these aircraft will be new deliveries, valued at US$150 billion, comprising 1,100 single-aisles, 160 twin-aisles and 24 very large aircraft. These additional aircraft will satisfy both fleet replacement needs and future growth for the intra-regional CIS and international market.

Airbus’ GMF foresees that in the next 20 years airlines in the Russia & CIS region will continue to renew their fleets by introducing more new fuel-efficient models, while gradually phasing out older and second hand aircraft. The region’s economy will gain positive momentum and grow yearly at 2.4% in the coming 20 years, with some countries, such as Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, demonstrating a higher annual growth of around four to five per cent.

“The Russia & CIS market has always been of key strategic importance to Airbus, and we believe it will continue to grow, even with the recent challenges in the region, as air traffic has proven to be resilient to crisis around the globe. We look forward to seeing Airbus deliveries increasing in Russia & CIS to achieve a 50% market share,” said Christopher Buckley, Airbus Executive Vice President Sales. “We forecast traffic growth in terms of Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) to, from and within the Russia & CIS region to increase at 4.8 per cent per year on average over the next 20 years, which is above the world average of 4.6 per cent. The region’s highest traffic growth is expected to be on international destinations to the Middle East (+6.6%), followed by traffic to Asia-Pacific (+5.9%) and Latin America (+5.3%).”

Since Airbus delivered its first aircraft to Aeroflot in 1992, 28 airlines in the Russia & CIS region now operate over 340 Airbus models, including both its popular single-aisle and wide-body families. Over the last five years, Airbus’ fleet in Russia has doubled and the number of operators is constantly expanding.

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