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Frontier Airlines introduces “The Works”, a new fare bundle

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) today unveiled a new fare bundle called “The Works”:

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Frontier Airlines, the airline that recently introduced the widest economy seat in the U.S. airline industry, today unveiled THE WORKS sm. The new bundle, containing Frontier’s most popular options for one low price, saves customers 60 percent or more and assures the best value with several guarantees. Foremost is Frontier’s industry-leading guarantee that your carry-on will be accommodated in the cabin, a frustration of customers on many other airlines.

How THE WORKS sm works:

— Available at FlyFrontier.com at time of initial booking
— Prices range from $49 to $69 each-way, based on round-trip purchase
— You get:
o One carry-on bag
o One checked bag
o Best available seat* including Stretch and Exit Row options
o Full Refundability when canceled at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure
o No change fees
o Priority boarding **

With THE WORKS sm, the following is GUARANTEED:

— Your carry-on bag will be accommodated on board
— Best available seat on the flight*
— Zone 1 boarding
— Get your money back when canceled at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure
— Want to make a change? Flexibility
— Furry animal on your aircraft tail***

“Unbundling has lowered fares for millions of fliers, but some want it all for one low price, and THE WORKS sm gives them that choice,” said Frontier Airlines President Barry Biffle. “NO ONE ELSE offers this many features for such a low price, and our new carry-on guarantee ends bag separation anxiety.”

How much can customers save with THE WORKS sm? On nonstop flights, prices range from $49 to $69 each-way, based on round-trip purchase, with a savings up to $100 each way. For connecting flights, prices range from $57 to $83 each-way, based on round-trip purchase, with a savings up to $110 each way.

The savings are even more noticeable when comparing Frontier to the competition which charge up to a $200 change fee, in excess of $50 for priority boarding and up to $125 for additional legroom in coach.

***Furry animal guarantee excludes all non-furry animals on our planes. Fare differences may apply when changing your flight. All bags must conform to published dimension and weight requirements. THE WORKS sm price varies by route, is each-way and based on round-trip purchase by Aug. 31, 2015. If we fail to get your size-required carry-on bag in the cabin, we will refund you the current website carry-on charge. All change and refund requests must be made on-line at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure. *Purchase includes access to the best available seat at time of booking. **Priority boarding is only available if a carry-on bag is selected.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N228FR (msn 5526) with Orville, the red Cardinal, taxies to the runway at Las Vegas.

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South African Airways celebrates the inaugural flight from Washington Dulles to Accra, Ghana

South African A340-600 Accra inaugural at IAD (SAA)(LR)

South African Airways (SAA) (Johannesburg) continues to expand its West African network and celebrated its inaugural flight between Washington (Dulles) and Accra, Ghana, on August 3, 2015.

Flight SA 209 from Accra arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport at 6:05 AM and flight SA 210 departed at 5.40 pm under a ceremonial water cannon salute (above).

Both flights were operated with Airbus A340-600 aircraft, featuring 42 full-flat 180 degree beds in Premium Business Class and 275 seats in Economy Class.

Celebrations at Washington Dulles Airport included local Washington, D.C.-based Ghanaian drummers and dancers, who performed at the boarding gate for SAA’s first passengers departing to Accra and representatives from the Ghanaian Embassy, the South African Embassy, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Destination D.C.

With the introduction of this new flight, SAA is providing the only nonstop flight between Washington D.C. and Ghana, as well as the only Skytrax 4-Star rated airline service and world-class quality from North America to the entire West Africa region. South African Airways also offers convenient connections from over 50 markets in the U.S. and Canada through its airline partners United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Virgin America via Washington, D.C.-Dulles.

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South African Airways’ flights to Accra are available four days a week with continuing service to Johannesburg, South Africa, operating on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. SAA also provides nonstop service from Washington D.C.-Dulles to Dakar, Senegal and onwards to Johannesburg, three-times per week, operating on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

This new route is part of South African Airways’ continued expansion in North America, where the airline is the only carrier to offer daily nonstop service from New York -JFK International Airport to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Photo: South African Airways.

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Wizz Air posts a fiscal first quarter net profit of $36.1 million, up 12.5%

Wizz Air (Hungary) (Budapest) has reported a first quarter net profit of €32.9 million ($36.1 million), up 12.5% compared to €29.2 million ($32.0 million) in the same quarter a year ago.

Revenue was up 12.7% at €332.5 million ($365.0 million), compared to €295.2 million ($324.1 million) for the same quarter a year ago.

The airline also gave guidance on its full-year outlook:

With the continued expansion of our network, Wizz Air expects to grow capacity by around 17% in the 2016 financial year, spread evenly across the year. We continue to believe that there will be no earnings benefit from the decline in fuel prices over the last 12 months as the US dollar has strengthened against the euro over the same period and, as expected, lower fuel prices are feeding through to lower unit revenues. We expect the downward trend in unit revenues to continue for the foreseeable future.

Nonetheless, our forward bookings indicate robust demand for the peak summer period. Increased visibility over this important trading period means we now expect to deliver an improved outcome for the full year. Our current expectation is for Group post tax profit (excluding unusual and exceptional items) to be in the range of €175 million and €185 million. While we have limited visibility on the second half of the year, our current expectations for full year performance are summarized below:

For the second quarter (July to September 2015) of the 2016 financial year, we expect to grow capacity, in terms of ASKs, by around 16% and anticipate a modest rise in load factor compared to the same period in the prior year. Despite continued downward pressure on unit revenues, both operating margins and underlying net profit margins are expected be modestly ahead of the prior year.

József Váradi, Wizz Air Chief Executive said:

“The first quarter has been an exciting period for Wizz Air. We have continued to grow our network and increase our passenger numbers throughout the period while maintaining an industry leading, ultra-low cost base. Today we are pleased to announce a record set of results for the first quarter with a strong performance against all key operating and financial performance measures. We are particularly pleased to have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding relating to an order, subject to shareholder consent, for 110 Airbus A321 neo aircraft, worth in excess of $12.5 billion at current list prices. This order will provide us with aircraft to continue delivering strong growth for the next decade.

We continue to deliver against our ambition to make safe, reliable, affordable air travel available to everyone in Central and Eastern Europe. Our ultra-low cost model gives us a clear cost advantage versus most of our rivals, including many other low cost airlines, and as a result we are able to offer our passengers low fares and sustain a relatively high growth rate compared to other carriers. We have a strong balance sheet, proven management team, best-in-class fleet and leading market position in CEE. This winning formula leaves Wizz Air well placed to continue to deliver significant growth and returns for our shareholders”.

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The company also gave additional details on its latest planned order with Airbus:

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On June 18, 2015 the Company announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus S.A.S. to purchase 110 A321neo aircraft (below), with the first deliveries in 2019. The memorandum of understanding includes an option to purchase up to 90 A321neo additional aircraft and provides for the cancellation of 10 A320ceo due for delivery in 2018 under existing agreements. Wizz Air also has the right to substitute A320neo aircraft for A321neo aircraft depending on its needs. Completion of the order will be subject to the successful negotiation of a final purchase agreement and, thereafter, to Wizz Air shareholder approval.

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This order will enable Wizz Air to deliver its fleet expansion plan and replace over 50 aircraft scheduled to leave the fleet between 2019 and 2024. By the end of this period Wizz Air expects to have a fleet totalling 154 aircraft, with significant flexibility to adjust up or down subject to market conditions. Apart from providing the capacity necessary to serve the long term growth potential of the CEE market, the order will provide for significantly lower operating costs through cabin innovations, the latest engine technology and other efficiency improvements. As with the 230-seat A321ceo, the first of which will be delivered later this year, the 239-seat A321neo will be deployed primarily on higher volume routes.

In other news, Wizz Air has announced an upgrade to its first-to-board Priority Boarding service to include the option of bringing on board a small personal item. This continues Wizz Air’s tradition of adding services designed to enhance passenger convenience and satisfaction.

With the upgrade, passengers with Priority Boarding, purchased as a stand-alone option or as part of a Plus Fare or WIZZ Privilege Pass, will have the choice to bring a small personal item on board in addition to either a small or large cabin bag.

Priority Boarding, which allows passengers to board their flight ahead of general boarding, can be added to Basic Fares for just €3 per seat and flight if purchased online, €4 if purchased at the airport.

The Plus Fare, which includes Priority Boarding, was launched in May 2015 to address the needs of comfort conscious travellers and comprises the flight fare, seat selection including premium seats, airport check-in, WIZZ Flex for flexibility on flight changes, a large cabin bag, and one checked bag.

The WIZZ Privilege Pass was launched in January 2014 as a yearly membership program for frequent travellers. For an annual fee of €99, pass holders enjoy seat selection including premium seats and unlimited priority boarding and a large cabin bag on every flight.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com.  Airbus A320-232 WL F-WWDL (msn 6662) at Toulouse became HA-LYS on delivery. It is painted in the new 2015 livery.

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easyJet to add the London Gatwick – Friedrichshafen route

easyJet (UK) (London-Luton) on December 12 will start the twice-weekly London (Gatwick)  – Friedrichshafen route. This new service will be operated with Airbus A319s according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZDK (msn 3555) in the new 2015 livery arrives at EuroAirport.
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Azul to start the Sao Paulo Guarulhos – Orlando route

Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras (Campinas-Viracopos) is adding another route to Orlando. The carrier will launch a new daily route connecting Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) and Orlando starting on December 15.

This is in addition to the Belo Horizonte – Orlando route due to start on November 16.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 PR-AIW (msn 462) lands at Campinas-Viracopos (VCP).

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Frontier Airlines to introduce the Airbus A321 on November 1

Frontier (2nd) A321-200 N227FR (14)(Tko)(Airbus)(LRW)

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is planning to introduce the new Airbus A321-200 on November 1 on the Orlando – Philadelphia route with two daily roundtrips per Airline Route.

The Orlando – Cleveland route will be added on November 4.

Frontier has 19 A321s on order.

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Lufthansa to offer “restaurant service” in Business Class

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Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has issued this statement about its new “Restaurant Service”:

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From August onwards, passengers in the Lufthansa Business Class can look forward to a completely new service on board long-haul flights. The flight attendants will now adapt their service more strongly towards the rhythm of their passengers in order to individually respond to their guests’ needs and requests just like a top-class restaurant. After the flight attendants have welcomed ‘their’ guests on board in person and by name, they take their orders and set the table with ceramic crockery. Meals are then served directly from the galley. Trays and flight trolleys are replaced by service plates.

After the introductory flights in June and July on the Airbus A380 routes to New York (JFK) and Miami, the restaurant service will now be launched on the A380 services to Houston, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Miami, Delhi, New York (JFK), Beijing, San Francisco, Shanghai, Seoul and Singapore from 1st August onwards. The service will then be introduced on flights with the Boeing 747-400 and 747-8 from Frankfurt on October 1 and the Airbus A340 fleet from Frankfurt and Munich to Asia and the Middle East on October 25.

Special service training courses for around 4500 flight attendants have already been running since May this year. The around 130 flights on which the new concept has already been tested received an extremely positive response from Business Class guests. With its new restaurant service, Lufthansa is taking another important step towards becoming the first five-star airline in the Western hemisphere.

Photo: Lufthansa.

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