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Photo: Tiketatour.com (Avion Express Lithuania) Airbus A319-112 LY-TKT (msn 1102) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 954995.

2021 "Tiketa Tour" promotional livery, ex Brussels Airlines

Copyright Photo: Tiketatour.com (Avion Express Lithuania) Airbus A319-112 LY-TKT (msn 1102) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 954995.

Allegiant Air reports a softening in demand for August

"Official Domestic Airline of the Vegas Golden Knights"

Allegiant Travel Company today reported preliminary passenger traffic results for August 2021. 

“As we have transitioned from our peak summer flying season into the off-peak fall season we have seen a softening in demand,” stated Drew Wells, senior vice president, revenue. “Consistent with industry trends, the increase in COVID-19 cases coupled with return to school and work for many has contributed to an increase in cancellations and a deceleration of demand. The off-peak periods continue to underperform, while peak periods remain strong, a trend that has persisted throughout the pandemic. By way of example, Labor Day weekend performed well with load factors of roughly 80 percent on peak days, consistent with levels observed in 2019.”

“We expect third quarter capacity to be up roughly 13.5 percent as compared with 2019, a 4.5 percentage point reduction from initial expectations,” stated Gregory Anderson, executive vice president, chief financial officer. “Although we did observe demand weakness, these reductions were driven primarily by operational challenges observed throughout the quarter. Given these capacity reductions, we have updated our guidance, which is included in the table below. We expect an increase in total operating revenue from 2019 of between 3.0 and 5.0 percent, which should yield an adjusted1 EBITDA margin between 16 and 18 percent for the third quarter. We will continue to monitor trends and tweak fourth quarter capacity accordingly but given peak-period performance, we remain encouraged about the upcoming holiday travel season.”

Previous Current
System ASMs – year over two-year change2 Up 16.0 to 20.0% Up 13.0 to 14.0%
Total operating revenue – year over two-year change Up 3.5 to 7.5% Up 3.0 to 5.0%
Adjusted¹ EBITDA margin N/A 16.0 to 18.0%
Fuel cost per gallon $2.11 $2.19
Weighted average share count for the third quarter 17.1 million 17.8 million

Scheduled Service – Year Over Two-Year Comparison

August 2021 August 2019 Change
Passengers 1,179,414 1,241,846 (5.0%)
Revenue passenger miles (000) 1,021,613 1,047,568 (2.5%)
Available seat miles (000) 1,377,398 1,229,543 12.0%
Load factor 74.2% 85.2% (11.0 pts)
Departures 9,451 8,768 7.8%
Average stage length (miles) 835 822 1.6%

Total System* – Year Over Two-Year Comparison

August 2021 August 2019 Change
Passengers 1,185,944 1,256,712 (5.6%)
Available seat miles (000) 1,408,554 1,306,860 7.8%
Departures 9,725 9,294 4.6%
Average stage length (miles) 830 824 0.7%

Scheduled Service – Year Over Year Comparison

August 2021 August 2020 Change
Passengers 1,179,414 633,155 86.3%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 1,021,613 540,317 89.1%
Available seat miles (000) 1,377,398 1,226,370 12.3%
Load factor 74.2% 44.1% 30.1pts
Departures 9,451 8,455 11.8%
Average stage length (miles) 835 835 (0.0%)

Total System* – Year Over Year Comparison

August 2021 August 2020 Change
Passengers 1,185,944 636,485 86.3%
Available seat miles (000) 1,408,554 1,252,758 12.4%
Departures 9,725 8,669 12.2%
Average stage length (miles) 830 833 (0.4%)

*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
August 2021 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system $2.18

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A319-112 N302NV (msn 2387) (Vegas Golden Knights) TUS (Fernandez Imaging). Image: 954949.

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Frontier Airlines retires the last Airbus A319

Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A319-112 N949FR (msn 2857) (Ermine) LAS (Ton Jochems). Image: 921280.

Frontier Airlines on September 8, 2021 marked a significant fleet milestone with the retirement of its last Airbus A319 aircraft – tail N949FR – delivered to the company in 2006.

The type had been grounded in March 2020 but it was returned to service when traffic picked up again. It is now being retired for the last time by the carrier.

Frontier passengers, crew and executives commemorated the occasion during flight 391 from Nashville (BNA) to Denver (DEN). The phase-out of the A319 is part of a fleet modernization plan by America’s Greenest Airline, that includes a strong focus on operating newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft.

“The retirement of Frontier’s last Airbus A319 aircraft is a proud and symbolic moment for our team as we look ahead towards a greener future,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial, Frontier Airlines. “Our ultra-modern fleet is already the most fuel-efficient in the U.S. skies and, as we continue the transition to A320neo (New Engine Option) and A321neo aircraft, our fuel savings and operational efficiencies continue to evolve.”

The final A319 tail featuring Erma the Ermine flew with Frontier for more than 15 years. The A319 model aircraft, which the company first began flying in 2001, played a vital role in Frontier’s success for more than 20 years, providing efficient, safe and reliable service, including during the airline’s transition to an ultra-low-cost carrier.

The aircraft’s final flight was marked with a special onboard announcement and giveaway items for customers, including a framable certificate commemorating the occasion. Denver-based crew were invited to greet the aircraft on its final arrival during a gate celebration, as well.

Frontier operates the youngest and most fuel-efficient U.S. fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft with an average age of only 4.1 years, including the largest A320neo fleet in North America. Moreover, with approximately 140 aircraft currently on order, Frontier’s modern fleet will continue to grow in the coming years, a testament to the company’s overall commitment to more sustainable, reliable and affordable flying.

Top Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A319-112 N949FR (msn 2857) (Ermine) LAS (Ton Jochems). Image: 921280.

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MyWings starts using a Trade Air Airbus A319

"Mother Teresa", operated by Trade Air

MyWings is a new airline based in Pristina, Kosovo.

The pictured Airbus A319 is operated by Trade Air. Flights are operated by Trade Air under the Trade Air C3 code.

The A319 was welcomed at Pristina (Prishtina) on July 22 (above).

Operations began on July 23 with 9A-BTJ.

Trade Air made this announcement:

 

Here is our new member of the Trade Air fleet, A319, registration 9A-BTJ, that we immediately engaged to fly to PRN from where it will operate under colors of MyWings for the rest of the summer. It’s proudly carrying the name “Nana Teresa” (“Mother Teresa”).

Previously the virtual airline used Air Mediterranean to operate its flights which began on June 28, 2020.

Top Copyright Photo: MyWings – Trade Air Airbus A319-112 9A-BTJ (msn 1808) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 954513.

Austrian Airlines welcomes initiatives to restore travel normality

"Moscow"

Austrian Airlines issued this statement:

• Soon end of mandatory quarantine is cornerstone for freedom of travel
• AUA summer flight schedule focuses on European holiday destinations
• CCO Trestl: “Rapid introduction of the Green Passport as a prerequisite for summer travel”

As State Secretary Magnus Brunner also emphasized in his press conference, corona-related entry restrictions are still slowing down air travel in Europe and worldwide. Austrian Airlines therefore welcomes the federal government’s initiatives to make summer travel more normal. “The rapid introduction of the Green Passport is a prerequisite for a return to more freedom of travel in the summer and will send a clear signal in this direction,” said CCO Michael Trestl. “Above all, the associated elimination of mandatory quarantine upon re-entry is essential to make summer travel easier for passengers.”

Since the Green Passport will initially be limited to the EU level in the sense of a uniform travel certificate, Austrian Airlines is increasingly focusing on Mediterranean destinations, especially in Greece and Spain, with its 2021 summer flight schedule. “By the beginning of summer at the latest, passengers should be able to travel flexibly and quarantine-free to the beach and back. As soon as there is a corresponding solution for international travel, we expect growth and catch-up effects there as well,” says Trestl.

Austrian Airlines is currently also offering more flexibility for passengers with its fee-free rebooking service. If a booking is made and a ticket issued by 31 May, the rebooking fee is waived, regardless of the fare booked. Even after the end of May, another fee-free rebooking is still possible.

On the Austrian Airlines website, passengers can find information on the topics of traveling in times of Corona, the obligation to wear a mask, country-specific travel regulations or flexible rebooking arrangements. The information is supplemented on an ongoing basis.
In other news, from October 24, 2021, Austrian Airlines will be taking off twice a week for Cancun in sunny Mexico. The last flight to this vacation destination was in 2006.
Top Copyright Photo: Austrian Airlines Airbus A319-112 OE-LDD (msn 2416) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 953411.
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Allegiant is encouraged by an uptick in demand in March, traffic is down by 26.2% from 2019

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-112 N302NV (msn 2387)  (Vegas Golden Knights) LAS (Gunter Mayer). Image: 953312.

Allegiant Travel Company reported its preliminary passenger traffic results for March 2021 as well as first quarter 2021.

“We are encouraged by the meaningful improvement in customer demand throughout the month of March,” stated Gregory Anderson, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Average daily bookings for the month exceeded average daily bookings during the same time period in 2019. The significant improvement in March demand coupled with our industry-leading cost structure enabled us to generate positive EPS and EBITDA for the month of March, excluding the benefit from the payroll support grant. For the March quarter, we expect adjusted1 CASM, excluding fuel, to be down 3 to 4 percent, year over two-year.”

Capacity was up roughly three percent, when compared to 2019, with March capacity up 14 percent,” stated Drew Wells, senior vice president, revenue. “Although this caused some load pressure, our focus remains on generating positive cash flows and optimizing profits. We continue to expect first quarter total revenue to fall in the middle of our previous guide of down 35 to 40 percent, when compared with 2019. We remain optimistic about peak summer travel. With national vaccination rates steadily increasing and average daily bookings trending in the right direction, we expect sequential revenue improvements into the second quarter.”

1 Adjusted to exclude the impact of the payroll support grant.

Scheduled Service – Year Over Two-Year Comparison
March 2021 March 2019 Change
Passengers 1,095,572 1,484,326 (26.2%)
Revenue passenger miles (000) 1,022,480 1,386,501 (26.3%)
Available seat miles (000) 1,832,250 1,610,575 13.8%
Load factor 55.8% 86.1% (30.3 pts)
Departures 11,710 10,297 13.7%
Average stage length (miles) 899 914 (1.6%)
1st Quarter 2021 1st Quarter 2019 Change
Passengers 2,323,302 3,421,538 (32.1%)
Revenue passenger miles (000) 2,166,417 3,191,045 (32.1%)
Available seat miles (000) 3,921,090 3,802,132 3.1%
Load factor 55.3% 83.9% (28.6pts)
Departures 24,947 24,344 2.5%
Average stage length (miles) 902 908 (0.7%)

 

Total System* – Year Over Two-Year Comparison
March 2021 March 2019 Change
Passengers 1,102,869 1,499,688 (26.5%)
Available seat miles (000) 1,884,130 1,655,330 13.8%
Departures 12,144 10,660 13.9%
Average stage length (miles) 892 908 (1.8%)

 

1st Quarter 2021 1st Quarter 2019 Change
Passengers 2,334,503 3,450,278 (32.3%)
Available seat miles (000) 4,013,989 3,910,239 2.7%
Departures 25,684 25,200 1.9%
Average stage length (miles) 898 904 (0.7%)

 

Scheduled Service – Year Over Year Comparison
March 2021 March 2020 Change
Passengers 1,095,572 892,966 22.7%
Revenue passenger miles (000) 1,022,480 839,766 21.8%
Available seat miles (000) 1,832,250 1,413,348 29.6%
Load factor 55.8% 59.4% (3.6 pts)
Departures 11,710 8,926 31.2%
Average stage length (miles) 899 914 (1.6%)
1st Quarter 2021 1st Quarter 2020 Change
Passengers 2,323,302 3,154,606 (26.4%)
Revenue passenger miles (000) 2,166,417 2,925,482 (25.9%)
Available seat miles (000) 3,921,090 3,964,009 (1.1%)
Load factor 55.3% 73.8% (18.5pts)
Departures 24,947 25,484 (2.1%)
Average stage length (miles) 902 900 0.2%

 

Total System* – Year Over Year Comparison
March 2021 March 2020 Change
Passengers 1,102,869 898,986 22.7%
Available seat miles (000) 1,884,130 1,441,144 30.7%
Departures 12,144 9,172 32.4%
Average stage length (miles) 892 908

 

(1.8%)

 

 

1st Quarter 2021 1st Quarter 2020 Change
Passengers 2,334,503 3,175,450 (26.5%)
Available seat miles (000) 4,013,989 4,067,671 (1.3%)
Departures 25,684 26,312 (2.4%)
Average stage length (miles) 898 895 0.3%

 

*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
March 2021 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system $1.99
$ per gallon
1st quarter 2021 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system $1.86

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A319-112 N302NV (msn 2387) (Vegas Golden Knights) LAS (Gunter Mayer). Image: 953312.

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Volotea to establish a new Lyon base with 10 new routes

Volotea Airbus A319-112 EC-NBD (msn 1901) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 948412.

Volotea continues its development in Lyon Airport, its new base, and launches 10 new routes: Athens, Bilbao, Bari, Caen, Corfu, Faro, Heraklion, Malaga, Santorini and Venice. The airline offers more than 300,000 seats for 18 destinations.

Since Volotea started its operations in Lyon in April 2018, has carried 152,600 passengers. Volotea will open its sixth base in France during spring of 2020. To support the operations, an Airbus A319 will be based at the airport, so the airline will create 25 local jobs for the operations.

This new base will allow Volotea to continue its growth in Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport. Volotea offers more than 300,000 seats in 2020, up 142% year-on-year.

In 2020, Volotea will offer 18 destinations, 10 out of which are new and 6 are exclusive:

– Venice, from October 14, 2019, with 4 flights per week and 26,600 seats.

– Bilbao, from April 6, 2020 – exclusive route – Mondays and Fridays, with 16,200 seats.

– Malaga, from April 13, 2020, Mondays and Fridays, with 17,300 seats.

– Bari, from April 13, 2020, – exclusive route – Mondays and Thursdays, and 17,600 seats.

– Athens, from April 13, 2020, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with 17,600 seats.

– Faro, from April 13, 2020, Mondays and Thursdays, with 18,000 seats.

– Caen, from April 6, 2020, Mondays and Fridays, with 18,000 seats.

– Corfu, from April 13, 2020, Sundays (from April to June) and Tuesdays and Sundays (from July to August), with 11,400 seats.

– Heraklion, from April 13, 2020, Saturdays, with 9,000 seats.

– Santorini, from April 20, 2020 – exclusive route- Wednesdays with 8,600 seats.

In 2020, Volotea will offer from Lyon a total of 18 destinations: Caen, Alicante, Athens, Bari, Bilbao, Cagliari, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Faro, Heraklion, Malaga, Majorca, Palermo, Prague, Santorini, Split, Valencia and Venice.

Top Copyright Photo: Volotea Airbus A319-112 EC-NBD (msn 1901) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 948412.

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Eurowings opens new base in Pristina

Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A319-112 D-ABGJ (msn 3415) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 937931.

Eurowings has made this announcement:

Eurowings is further expanding its European network: With the opening of a new base in Pristina, the airline is expanding its services in Eastern Europe and will be stationing an Airbus A319 in the capital of Kosovo from June 19, 2019. Thus, Pristina will become the thirteenth Eurowings location.

For the first time, Eurowings will offer direct connections from Pristina to Switzerland. At the same time, the existing connections to the cities of Düsseldorf, Munich and Stuttgart will be significantly increased. In total, the airline offers over 60 weekly frequencies to and from Pristina.

All flights including the new routes can be booked in the coming days – for example on the Internet at eurowings.com or via the Eurowings App.

Photo: Eurowings. Gjeravia, the highest mountain of Kosovo.

The metropolis Pristina

Pristina, with almost 150,000 inhabitants, is the capital and largest metropolis in Kosovo. It lies in the historical landscape of the Kosovo field and offers numerous historical buildings. Pristina is the economic, cultural and media center of the country. The city has one of the youngest populations in Europe and is characterized by above-average economic growth in recent years.

Top Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A319-112 D-ABGJ (msn 3415) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 937931.

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Croatia Airlines updates and simplifies its livery

Croatia's updated (and simplified) 2019 livery

Croatia Airlines has updated and also simplified its livery to an almost all “eurowhite” livery.

The blue underside has been removed to reduce painting costs as seen on Airbus A319s 9A-CTL (top) and 9A-CTG (below).

9A-CTG was the first to be “repainted”.

Above Photo: Croatia Airlines.

Croatia Airlines is also celebrating 30 years of flying.

Top Copyright Photo: Croatia Airlines Airbus A319-112 9A-CTL (msn 1252) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 946239.

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Allegiant announces 19 new routes

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-112 N332NV (msn 2638) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945205.

Allegiant Air announced 19 new twice-weekly seasonal routes for the summer season. Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Nashville received the greatest number of new routes:

Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Des Moines, Iowa: Two weekly flights starting May 16

Huntington, West Virginia: Two weekly flights starting June 6

Little Rock, Arkansas: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Rockford, Illinois: Two weekly flights starting June 5

Shreveport, Louisiana: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Toledo, Ohio: Two weekly flights starting June 7

Wichita, Kansas: Two weekly flights starting June 5

Nashville, Tennessee

Allentown/Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Bentonville/Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport: Two weekly flights starting June 6

Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Cleveland: Two weekly flights starting May 16

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Two weekly flights starting June 6

Orlando/Sanford, Florida: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Los Angeles

Bozeman, Montana: Two weekly flights starting June 5

Las Vegas: Two weekly flights starting  June 5

Savannah, Georgia

Albany, New York; Two weekly flights starting June 6

Providence, Rhode Island: Two weekly flights starting June 6

Knoxville, Tennessee

Pittsburgh: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Charleston, South Carolina

Columbus/Rickenbacker, Ohio: Two weekly flights starting June 6

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Allegiant Air Airbus A319-112 N332NV (msn 2638) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945205.

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