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Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N328NV (msn 2821) (Raiders – Raider Nation) LAS (Nick Dean). Image: 955768.

2021 "Raiders - Raider Nation" team livery

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N328NV (msn 2821) (Raiders – Raider Nation) LAS (Nick Dean). Image: 955768.

Volotea to launch a new route from Bordeaux to Lille

Volotea Airbus A319-111 EC-MUT (msn 2240) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 955475.

Volotea will launch a new route between Bordeaux and Lille that will connect these two cities twice a week in December and January and six times a week from April.

From December 17, 2021 Volotea will operate this new route from Bordeaux to Lille. The company will provide 53,000 seats a year between Bordeaux and Lille.

This new route will help Volotea to fulfill its strategic goals and reinforce its connections in France, adding to the existing 25 routes that depart from Bordeaux airport: four in France (Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari and Strasbourg), six in Italy (Cagliari, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa and Venice), seven in Spain (Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife), two in Croatia (Dubrovnik and Split), two in Greece (Corfu and Santorini), Malta, Faro (Portugal), Prague and Algiers. This new route complements the eight existing routes that depart from Lille airport to Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Perpignan and Toulouse.

Top Copyright Photo: Volotea Airbus A319-111 EC-MUT (msn 2240) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 955475.

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Vueling expands in a big way at Paris Orly

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) Airbus A319-111 EC-NGB (msn 2751) FLR (Marco Finelli). Image: 955352.

Vueling  Airlines has announced 28 routes from Paris Orly starting in early November. The new routes will start from November 2 thru November 5.

The airline will operate 52 routes from ORY this winter.

Vueling is taking advantage of slots given up by Air France at Orly Airport.

Routes that will be flown:

Top Copyright Photo: Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) Airbus A319-111 EC-NGB (msn 2751) FLR (Marco Finelli). Image: 955352.

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Allegiant introduces an Airbus A319 “Raider Nation” NFL logo jet

Allegiant Air made this announcement:

Executives from the Las Vegas Raiders and McCarran International Airport joined Allegiant Air today to introduce the airline’s Raiders livery aircraft – a one-of-a-kind sleek Silver and Black jet designed to capture the spirit and strength of Raider Nation.

Photo: Airbus A319-111 N328NV (msn 2821) (Allegiant Air/Las Vegas Raiders).

“As die-hard fans know, ‘The Autumn Wind is a Raider,'” said Scott DeAngelo, Allegiant’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “As football season rolls in this fall, we’re thrilled to have ‘The Autumn Wind’ bring this stunning aircraft to Las Vegas for all fans to enjoy. As Las Vegas’ hometown airline, we’re incredibly proud of our partnership with our hometown team. This distinctive jet brings together signature elements of both our brands, combining them to showcase our shared community pride.”

The one-of-a-kind livery was designed to have a strong, powerful presence in Allegiant’s fleet – as the Raiders do both on the field and in the Las Vegas community. The design incorporates Allegiant’s signature livery elements – flowing ribbon encircling the fuselage, prominent logo and sunburst tail – but washed in the Silver & Black recognized throughout the world as representing the Raiders. The silver metallic paint was carefully matched to the team’s distinctive helmets, and the engine cowlings call out Raider Nation, symbolizing the lift an incredible international fan base gives to this legendary franchise.

Allegiant is the Official Airline of the Las Vegas Raiders and the Naming Rights Partner for Allegiant Stadium.

The Raiders livery aircraft arrives just as football season gets underway and will undoubtedly carry fans as they travel to Las Vegas to attend games at Allegiant Stadium.

Unlike most other airlines, Allegiant operates an “out-and-back” network, with exclusively nonstop flights – meaning each day’s flying starts and ends at a base, rather than connecting traffic through busy hub airports. The Raiders-themed aircraft will be based in Las Vegas. It joins Allegiant’s all-Airbus fleet, carrying scheduled passengers to Southern Nevada and destinations across the airline’s network.

Allegiant’s July 2021 traffic exceeds July 2019 traffic by 6.4%

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N319NV (msn 2503) LAS (Gunter Mayer). Image: 954241.

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) today reported preliminary passenger traffic results for July 2021. Its traffic is now about 2019 results, before the pandemic impacted travel.

Scheduled Service – Year Over Two-Year Comparison

July 2021 July 2019 Change
Passengers 1,852,193 1,740,997 6.4%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 1,591,306 1,483,724 7.3%
Available seat miles (000) 1,957,736 1,682,024 16.4%
Load factor 81.3% 88.2% (6.9pts)
Departures 13,428 11,832 13.5%
Average stage length (miles) 834 834 0.0%

Total System* – Year Over Two-Year Comparison

July 2021 July 2019 Change
Passengers 1,857,678 1,750,065 6.1%
Available seat miles (000) 1,982,157 1,725,577 14.9%
Departures 13,634 12,165 12.1%
Average stage length (miles) 832 833 (0.1%)

Scheduled Service – Year Over Year Comparison

July 2021 July 2020 Change
Passengers 1,852,193 894,679 107.0%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 1,591,306 768,714 107.0%
Available seat miles (000) 1,957,736 1,516,821 29.1%
Load factor 81.3% 50.7% 30.6pts
Departures 13,428 10,370 29.5%
Average stage length (miles) 834 843 (1.1%)

Total System* – Year Over Year Comparison

July 2021 July 2020 Change
Passengers 1,857,678 896,478 107.2%
Available seat miles (000) 1,982,157 1,533,852 29.2%
Departures 13,634 10,559 29.1%
Average stage length (miles) 832 838 (0.7%)

*Total system includes scheduled service and fixed fee contract.  System revenue passenger miles and system load factor are not useful statistics as system available seat miles include both ASMs flown by fixed fee flying as well as non-revenue producing repositioning flights used for operational needs.  Fixed fee flying is better measured through dollar contribution versus operational statistics.

Preliminary Financial Results

$ per gallon
July 2021 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system $2.19

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N319NV (msn 2503) LAS (Gunter Mayer). Image: 954241.

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Air France to offer a new year-round service to Helsinki from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHS (msn 1444) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943717.

Air France made this announcement:

  • A new year-round route from Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Up to 1 daily flight by Airbus A319 in summer 2021

Air France is strengthening its presence in Northern Europe. From July 6, 2021, the airline will offer a new year-round service to Helsinki (Finland) from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Initially operated four times a week (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), it will become a daily service from July 19, 2021. Flights will be operated by Airbus A319 with 143 seats.

Flight schedules (in local time):
– Leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:00, arrives in Helsinki at 17:00
– Leaves Helsinki at 17:45, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 19:50

These flights will be in addition to those operated by Finnair on this route and operated by Air France on a codeshare basis.

This new route completes Air France’s offer in the Nordics, where the airline already serves Copenhagen and Billund in Denmark, Oslo and Bergen in Norway, as well as Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden.

This flight schedule is subject to change depending on travel restrictions. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Air France has been adjusting its offer in real time, taking into account the evolution of the health situation. Before traveling, Air France invites its customers to check the travel restrictions and the documents required on arrival at their destination.

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHS (msn 1444) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943717.

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Allegiant loses $57.9 million in the first quarter

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N319NV (msn 2503) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 948907.

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) today reported the following financial results for the first quarter 2021, as well as comparisons to the prior years:

Consolidated Three Months Ended March 31, Percent Change
(unaudited) (in millions, except per share amounts) 2021 2020 2019 YoY Yo2Y
Total operating revenue $ 279.1 $ 409.2 $ 451.6 (31.8) (38.2)
Total operating expense 254.5 527.0 360.5 (51.7) (29.4)
Operating income (loss) 24.6 (117.8) 91.1 120.9 (73.0)
Income (loss) before income taxes 8.7 (130.7) 73.9 106.6 (88.3)
Net income (loss) 6.9 (33.0) 57.1 120.8 (88.0)
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.42 $ (2.08) $ 3.52 120.2 (88.1)
Consolidated – adjusted Three Months Ended March 31, Percent Change
(unaudited) (in millions, except per share amounts) 2021 2020 2019 YoY Yo2Y
Adjusted operating income (loss) (1) (2) $ (59.0) $ 55.1 $ 91.1 (207.1) (164.8)
Adjusted operating expense (1) (2) 338.1 360.9 360.5 (6.3) (6.2)
Adjusted income (loss) before income taxes (1) (2) (74.9) 42.2 73.9 (277.5) (201.4)
Adjusted net income (loss) (1) (2) (57.9) 32.5 57.1 (278.2) (201.4)
Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share (1) (2) $ (3.58) $ 2.05 $ 3.52 (274.6) (201.7)
(1) Adjusted excludes COVID related special charges and the net benefit from the Payroll Support Program Extension Agreement (the “PSP2”)
(2) Denotes a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the Non-GAAP Presentation section within this document for further information

 

“The momentum reported last quarter picked up in earnest towards the back half of the first quarter with booking trends showing meaningful improvement,” stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. “We completed the quarter with earnings per share of $0.42 on year over two-year revenue declines of 38.2 percent, continuing the trend of sequential revenue improvement. We were the first domestic carrier to restore capacity to pre-pandemic levels, with first quarter scheduled capacity up 3.1 percent as compared to 2019. Booking trends have been particularly impressive with average daily bookings for the months of March and April exceeding the same time period in 2019. Furthermore, the booking curve appears to be normalizing and more closely resembling what we saw in 2019. April’s results came in as strong as March helped by a ten-point increase in load factor from 54 to 64 percent. We expect capacity in the coming months will be equal to or greater than our 2019 levels.

“During the past year, in the face of this terrible pandemic, we were focused on improving ourselves. I believe we have done that. We have improved our cost structure substantially. Our balance sheet is in excellent shape. As of March 31, our net debt has decreased. Our cash balances have increased, and by the end of the second quarter we expect to have total liquidity of $1 billion, or more than double our year-end 2019 balance. We were able to double our cash balances without an equity raise or substantial increases in debt. We benefited from the payroll support programs as well as federal income tax refunds of the substantial tax payments made in the past years. Our shareholders have seen their company’s balance sheet improve dramatically – perhaps more than any other company in this space – in spite of the setbacks and hardships imposed by this unprecedented event.

“I could not be more bullish on our outlook. Going forward our full-year, 2021 capacity should exceed 2019 capacity levels. We expect sequential scheduled service revenue improvement with revenue down just six to ten percent as compared with 2019 levels. This revenue growth should continue through the remainder of 2021. We continue to separate ourselves from the competition, operating more capacity and generating positive EBITDA and earnings. I believe now more than ever our low-cost, low-utilization model designed to provide affordable leisure travel is our competitive advantage, which will help drive us towards returning to our goal of $6 million in EBITDA per aircraft.

“We would not be in the favorable position we are today without the continued efforts of the 4,000 employees throughout our network. Their hard work has been integral to successfully navigating the most difficult year in the industry’s history. It is their efforts that have enabled us to effectively manage capacity while cutting costs from the business – both critical components to ensuring a sustained return to profitability.”

First Quarter 2021 Results

  • GAAP earnings per share of $0.42
    • Adjusted loss per share(1) (2) of $3.58, adjusted numbers exclude the impact from PSP2 and $1.7 million of COVID related special charges
  • Consolidated EBITDA(2) of $68.2 million yielding an EBITDA margin of 24.4 percent
    • Adjusted EBITDA(1) (2) of $(15.4) million
  • Restored capacity to pre-pandemic levels with scheduled service capacity up 3.1 percent versus first quarter of 2019
  • Total revenue for the quarter was $279.1 million, up 13.2 percent from the fourth quarter
    • Includes fixed fee revenue of $7.7 million, the strongest quarter since the onset of the pandemic
    • Total average fare was $116.35, down 8.9 percent as compared to 2019, with third party product average fare of $5.86, up 17.0 percent year over two-year
  • Adjusted operating expense(1) (2) of $338.1 million, down 6.3 percent from first quarter 2019 on total system capacity increase of 2.7 percent
    • Adjusted Operating CASM, excluding fuel(1)(2) of 6.36 cents, down 4.6 percent from first quarter of 2019
  • Announced the addition of a new base in Austin, Texas, beginning base operations in November 2021, which is expected to create 89 high-wage jobs and house three A320 aircraft
  • Expanded the network by adding 50 new routes, three new cities, and nine event-specific routes, bringing total routes served to 580 and 129 cities
  • Included on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity in 2021
  • Partnered with The Smith Center for the Performing Arts as a sponsor of the annual Heart of Education Awards honoring outstanding teachers in Southern Nevada by awarding travel vouchers to more than 700 teachers

(1) Adjusted excludes COVID related special charges and the net benefit from the Payroll Support Program Extension Agreement (the “PSP2”)
(2) Denotes a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the Non-GAAP Presentation section within this document for further information

Balance Sheet, Cash and Liquidity

  • Total cash and investments at March 31, 2021 were $728 million, up from $685 million at December 31, 2020
    • Cash from operations of $168 million including the benefit from the payroll support program
      • Adjusted cash from operations of $68.2 million, which excludes the $91.8 million benefit from the PSP2 as well as excludes $8 million related to restricted cash balances
    • Received $105 million in debt proceeds
      • Net proceeds received of $50.2 million due to refinance of three A320 aircraft
    • Debt principal payments of $152 million during the quarter
      • Includes repayment of existing debt on three aircraft as well as repayment of existing revolver as the facility matured during the first quarter
      • Entered into a new secured revolving credit facility with a $50 million commitment, which is currently undrawn
    • $69 million used for cash capital expenditures during the first quarter with $13 million related to 2020 accrued capital expenditures
  • First quarter interest expense of $16.8 million, down 7.5 percent from first quarter in the prior year
      • Increased full year interest expense guide driven primarily by A320 refinance arrangement and an increase in LIBOR
  • Second quarter sources of liquidity expected to be received are $260.9 million
    • $112.2 million from the U.S. Treasury of which $13.8 million is related to the PSP2 and $98.4 million is related to Payroll Support Program 3 Agreement (the “PSP3”)
      • Additional PSP2 funds triggered a $1.7 million loan and issuance of 924 warrants at a strike price of $179.23
    • $148.7 million in tax refunds related to net operating losses
  • Air traffic liability at March 31, 2021 was $403 million, compared to $308 million at December 31, 2020
    • Balance related to future scheduled flights is $224 million, up from $86 million on December 31, 2020
    • Balance related to travel vouchers issued for future use is $179 million, a 19 percent reduction from December 31, 2020

Capital Expenditures

  • First quarter capital expenditures related to aircraft, engines and induction costs were $56 million, which included $50 million for the acquisition of three aircraft and induction costs, and $6 million in other airline capital expenditures
  • First quarter capital expenditures related to deferred heavy maintenance were $8.5 million

 

Guidance, subject to revision Previous Current
Second Quarter 2021 guidance
System ASMs – year over two-year change(1) 2.0 to 6.0%
Scheduled Service  ASMs – year over two-year change(1) 2.0 to 6.0%
Scheduled service  revenue – year over two-year change, excluding fixed fee and other revenue(1) down 6 to 10%
Fuel cost per gallon $ 1.99
Full year 2021 guidance
CAPEX
Aircraft, engines and induction costs (millions) $115 to $125 $115 to $125
Capitalized Airbus deferred heavy maintenance (millions) $50 to $60 $50 to $60
Other capital expenditures (millions) $20 to $30 $40 to $50
Interest expense $50 to $55 $65 to $70
Recurring principal payments(2) $170 to $180 $170 to $180
(1) Year over two-year percentage changes compare 2021 to 2019
(2) Excludes $111 million of principal repayments related to the maturity of our revolving credit facility and the refinancing of three A320 aircraft during the first quarter 2021

Aircraft Fleet Plan by End of Period

Aircraft – (seats per AC)                                           1Q21 2Q21 3Q21 YE21
A319 (156 seats) 35 35 35 35
A320 (177 seats) 26 21 21 19
A320 (186 seats) 39 49 52 54
Total 100 105 108 108
The table above is provided based on the company’s current plans and may be subject to change

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A319-111 N319NV (msn 2503) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 948907.

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Air France to offer Paris Orly – Algiers service

Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHS (msn 1444) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943717.

Air France has made this announcement:

From January 2, 2020, Air France will operate four new frequencies to Algiers (Algeria) on departure from Paris-Orly.

The Paris-Orly – Algiers service will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays by Airbus A319 (143 seats).

Flight schedules from Paris-Orly (in local time):

Air France will operate flights to Algiers from Paris-Orly four times weekly by Airbus A319 with a capacity of 143 seats. This new offer is in addition to the 27 weekly flights operated out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, i.e., a total of over 30 flights between Paris and Algiers.

            Paris-Orly – Algiers

 Day

Flight number

Departure time

Arrival time

Tuesday

AF9454

9:40

11:50

Thursday

AF9454

8:40

10:50

Saturday

AF9454

13:50

16:00

Sunday

AF9454

10:00

12:10

 

Algiers – Paris-Orly

 Day

Flight number

Departure time

Arrival time

Tuesday

AF9455

13:10

15:30

Thursday

AF9455

12:10

14:30

Saturday

AF9455

17:20

19:40

Sunday

AF9455

13:40

16:00

 

This new route offered by Air France is in addition to those operated by Transavia –

  • 3 weekly flights from Nantes
  • 2 weekly flights from Lyon

8 new medium-haul routes

In total, Air France will offer 8 new routes in 2020:

  • From Paris-Orly: Algiers (Algeria) and Madrid (Spain);
  • From Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Krakow (Poland), Faro (Portugal), Alicante, Malaga, Sevilla and Valencia (Spain).

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHS (msn 1444) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943717.

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Iberia to launch a new route from Madrid to Cairo

Iberia Airbus A319-111 EC-JVE (msn 2843) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946929.

Iberia has made this announcement:

Pending approval by authorities, Iberia will launch a new route from Madrid to Cairo on March 2, 2020.

Photo: Iberia.

The Spanish carrier will operate four weekly flights with an A319 aircraft which can accommodate up to 141 customers, distributed in Business and Economy cabins. Iberia will be offering more than 1,100 seats each week in this route.

Flight Schedule

Best Flight Connections

The flight schedule will allow Iberia customers flying from Egypt to continue their trip via Madrid Airport to other 21 destinations in Spain such as Bilbao, Valencia, Seville, Malaga or Alicante, or Porto in Portugal. They will also be able to fly to 25 cities in the U.S. and Latin America.

Cairo will become Iberia’s seventh destination in the African continent, where it also serves Casablanca, Tangiers and Marrakech in Morocco; Algiers and Oran in Algeria, as well as Dakar in Senegal.

Top Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A319-111 EC-JVE (msn 2843) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 946929.

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Germania Flug of Switzerland becomes Chair Airlines

Germania Flug of Switzerland has announced it has become Chair Airlines (stylized as “chair”). The Germania brand has been tarnished since the demise of the original Germania of Germany.

The company describes its new brand:

Chair Airlines – Switzerland’s Freshest Airline

A company needs a strong foundation. A chair has stable legs‚ a load-bearing seat‚ and a strong backrest to support you – and as an airline‚ we offer you a place to sit back‚ dream‚ and fly away. With our roots in Switzerland and our feet firmly on the ground‚ we stay true to ourselves while still adapting to changes in market conditions. Our key characteristics are professionalism coupled with the freshness of a new airline: clear and simple‚ reliable and safe‚ dynamic and flexible‚ friendly and attentive‚ honest and approachable.

Fleet and Business Areas

Chair Airlines operates a fleet of three Airbus A319 aircraft with 150 economy class seats each at Zurich Airport. The average age of the aircraft is ten years.

As a charter airline‚ we offer our passengers flight connections for beach holidays in warm-water destinations and short city trips. We also build bridges‚ connecting passengers living in Switzerland with their homeland. Chair Airlines is a reliable partner for special flights and ad-hoc charter flights‚ for example for sports clubs‚ special events‚ and companies.

Trusting partnerships with tour operators and travel agencies form the basis of our business concept. Furthermore‚ our close collaboration with tourist information offices enables us to move with the times and recognize travelers’ needs.

On the Go Together

At Chair Airlines‚ people take center stage in everything we do – our passengers‚ our more than 150 employees‚ and our partners. Our experienced pilots and professional flight attendants on board and our highly qualified administration team on the ground ensure that our passengers can enjoy safe‚ smooth flights and make their flight experience as pleasant as possible. Chair Airlines stands for respect and fairness‚ and COOPERATION is a matter of huge importance to us.

All images by the airline.

Facts and Figures
Foundation June 2019
Board of Directors Shpend Ibrahimi (Chairman)‚ Urs A. Pelizzoni (Member)
Management Tobias Somandin (CEO)‚ Urs A. Pelizzoni (CCO)‚ Shpend Ibrahimi (CIO)‚ Anri Fontanive (CFO)
Fleet three 150-seater Airbus A319 aircraft
Number of employees
150

Chair Airlines is born on June 11, 2019

Above Copyright Photo: Chair Airlines Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 946682.