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New setup for Eurowings Group; Eurowings and Brussels Airlines to have new roles

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-343 OO-SFX (msn 1085) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 933802.

Eurowings Group issued this statement:

  • Brussels Airlines set to become long-haul competence center of Eurowings Group
  • Eurowings airline will be responsible for the short-haul business of the Eurowings Group
  • Eurowings Group CEO Thorsten Dirks: “New strategic setup puts us at the helm of European airline consolidation”

After first successes of joint projects, Eurowings and Brussels Airlines will take the next decisive steps in the integration process, defining each other’s roles within the Eurowings Group.

Taking the expertise and strengths of both entities into consideration, Brussels Airlines will become the long-haul competence center of the Eurowings Group, steering all long-haul activities of the entire group out of Brussels. Next to that, the airline will actively participate in the Eurowings Group pan-European growth strategy by becoming the operator for the expansion to other airport bases in the French- and Dutch-speaking part of Europe.

“The successful launch of Eurowings long-haul flights operated by Brussels Airlines out of Düsseldorf to New York, Fort Myers and Miami last April, reconfirms the long-haul expertise of the Brussels based airline,” said Eurowings Group CEO Thorsten Dirks. “In only five months Eurowings and Brussels Airlines have managed to set up a long-haul base at Düsseldorf, strengthening the group in one of its key German airports,” he added.

In parallel, Eurowings – focusing on European point-to-point traffic – will steer the entire short-haul portfolio of the Eurowings Group from Cologne.

Dirks: “Joining forces with Brussels Airlines will not only strengthen our position as the #3 low-cost carrier in Europe but also spur further Eurowings Group growth in the future”, specifies Thorsten Dirks.

Both airlines will continue to operate long-haul and short-haul flights out of their respective bases Brussels, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Vienna.

This also means that even though two competence centers are being created at Brussels and Cologne, there will remain functions for both long-haul and short-haul operations at both locations. Implementation of the new setup is planned for 2019. Eurowings Group already operates from more than 20 European bases today.

“Brussels Airlines is recognized for its expertise and for the value it adds to the Eurowings Group. We will continue building on our assets to become an even more important player within the group, while remaining Belgium’s strong home carrier and continuing to focus on our guests,” adds Christina Foerster, CEO of Brussels Airlines.

Eurowings Group CEO Thorsten Dirks is confident that this new teamwork structure under the umbrella of Eurowings Group is the right strategic step to meet future challenges. “The scattered European aviation landscape is beginning to consolidate – the new structure of Eurowings Group will make it possible for us to be at the helm of this development.”

Top Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-343 OO-SFX (msn 1085) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 933802.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AEWF (msn 7087) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 942712.

Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AEWF (msn 7087) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 942712.

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Teamsters: Pilots vote to authorize strike at Allegiant Air

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 941920.

The International Brotherhood Of Teamsters issued this statement:

Pilots at Allegiant Air—one of the country’s most profitable airlines—voted with 93.5 percent support to authorize a strike should it become necessary.

The vote comes in response to Allegiant’s years-long refusal to live up to its commitments and fix a sham scheduling system that has negatively impacted the lives of many pilots and their families.

Voting took place over a one-week period from June 29 to July 6 and was conducted online via a third-party election management provider.

A strike could result in cancellations out of major hubs including Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale and impact thousands of passengers.

An airline that has made headlines for its bare minimum approach to business, Allegiant made the unilateral decision to force its pilots to use a homemade scheduling system that goes against industry standards and disregards pilots’ seniority and preferences—often upending pilots’ planned time away with their families. A growing number of Allegiant pilots have been leaving the company for other airlines that respect the basic needs and interests of pilots.

“We are people with spouses and children, not cells on a spreadsheet that Allegiant executives can move around with no rhyme or reason,” said Captain Andrew Robles, an Allegiant Air pilot and Executive Council Chairman at the pilots’ union, the Airline Pilots Association, Teamsters Local 1224. “Striking is a last resort, but we’ll do whatever it takes to hold Allegiant to its promises and to make our airline the best it can be for our pilots, our families and our passengers.”

Allegiant pilots have been raising concerns about the scheduling system for years. In 2016, the pilots and Allegiant reached an agreement requiring that they negotiate and implement a new system within 180 days. Allegiant has again stonewalled that negotiation process and recently backed out of its prior agreements with the pilots over terms for the new scheduling system.

Allegiant customers have felt the effects of the company’s bare minimum approach to business. In June, Allegiant canceled dozens of flights in and out of major airports across the country after Allegiant failed to deliver Airbus planes on time, affecting thousands of passengers’ travel plans.

“Allegiant has a long track record of breaking its commitments to its pilots and we’ve had enough. Allegiant executives are acting in complete and utter bad faith in failing to negotiate a fair, industry-standard scheduling system,” Captain Robles said.

Photo: Allegiant Air.

Allegiant Air is one of the most profitable commercial airlines in the U.S. with 60 consecutive profitable quarters. Its executives are among the highest compensated in the industry, with the company CEO – and largest shareholder – taking home tens of millions in shareholder returns in recent years. The company enjoyed a $74 million windfall as a result of the recent tax bill.

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 941920.

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easyJet reports its financial results for six months ending on March 31, 2018

easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZON (msn 6605) LGW (SPA). Image: 941881.

easyJet plc issued this report:

Strong first half performance

  • The strength of easyJet’s network and customer proposition helped to deliver strong performance in the first six months of the financial year. This was supported by:
    • A positive trading environment and higher load factors across easyJet routes
    • Capacity reductions by other airlines in easyJet markets
    • The partial movement of Easter into the first half from the second half in 2017
  • Passenger numbers for the six months to 31 March 2018 increased by 3.0 million to 36.8 million, including 0.7 million from easyJet’s new Berlin Tegel operations launched in January
  • Capacity increased by 7.8% as easyJet grew its existing network by 4.6% and added an additional 1.2 million seats at Tegel. Load factor grew by 0.9 percentage points to 91.1% (91.9% excluding Tegel)
  • Total revenue increased by 19.5% to £2,183 million (H1 2017: £1,827 million). Total revenue per seat increased by 10.9% to £54.10 (H1 2017: £48.80), with an increase of 8.3% at constant currency(1). Ex-Tegel flying revenue per seat increased by 12% to £54.64 and by 9.5% at constant currency, at the upper end of previous guidance
  • easyJet’s business model and strategy are underpinned by sector leading balance sheet strength, with a net cash position at 31 March 2018 of £665m (31 March 2017: £353m)
  • Headline cost per seat excluding fuel increased by 2.2% to £43.11 (H1 2017: £42.18), and increased by 1.6% at constant currency (1.3% excluding Tegel), due to increased loads, inflationary costs and the impact of severe weather, offset by £66 million of cost savings
  • Headline profit before tax excluding Tegel was £8 million, a £220 million improvement on H1 2017 (H1 2017 loss £212m). Total headline loss before tax was £18 million, an improvement of £194 million. Total loss before tax of £68 million for the six months ended 31 March 2018 (H1 2017 loss £236m) principally reflecting non-headline costs associated with the one-off integration of Tegel operations and the sale and leaseback of ten A319 aircraft

Investing in the future

  • Following an update of its strategy, easyJet plans to invest in enhancing its propositions in holidays, business passengers, customer loyalty and data. This leverages easyJet’s existing strong business model, network, brand, cost base and data leadership
  • This, combined with easyJet’s rigorous approach to underlying cost control and plans to address increasing disruption cost, is expected to drive significant profit per seat improvement
  • As a result of its disciplined capital allocation and focus on maximising shareholder returns easyJet is also targeting to deliver increasing return on capital employed with a close focus on cash

Outlook

  • easyJet continues to implement its strategy of profitable growth to secure leading positions at primary airports and drive returns over the long term
  • Forward bookings are ahead of last year: at 80% for the third quarter and 57% for the second half
  • easyJet’s ex-Tegel capacity growth in the second half is forecast at circa 5% and revenue per seat at constant currency growth in the second half is expected to be slightly positive, reflecting more disciplined market capacity growth offsetting the negative impact of the partial movement of Easter into the first half
  • Full year headline cost per seat excluding fuel at constant currency (assuming normal levels of disruption in H2) is expected to increase by c.2%. This includes the impact of severe disruption incurred in the first half and expected employee incentive payments due to our strong profit and operational improvement
  • At Tegel we now expect to deliver a combined headline and non-headline impact that is within the £160 million previously guided. Headline loss before tax is expected to increase to between £75 million and £95 million, due to a higher fuel price, additional regulated security and noise tax charges and lower gauge wet lease aircraft than planned, as well as the potential risk of lower revenue from our finalised schedule. One-off non-headline costs are now expected to be significantly better than previously guided at around £60 million due primarily to savings in aircraft lease costs and better execution of crew and fleet transition
  • easyJet currently expects headline profit before tax for the financial year to 30 September 2018, including the impact of the Headline loss from Tegel, to be in the range of £530 million to £580 million
  • Capital expenditure for the financial year to 30 September 2018, including the investment in Tegel, is expected to remain in line with previous guidance at £1.2bn

Top Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZON (msn 6605) LGW (SPA). Image: 941881.

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Lufthansa Group presents new seats for its Airbus A320 Family aircraft

  • Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines introduce standarized seats for the first time across airlines
  • Innovative slim backrest and full foam seat cushions ensure a comfortable travel experience 
  • Italian manufacturer Geven to supply seats for all Airbus A320 Family aircraft to be delivered starting in 2019

Lufthansa version:

With the start of the planned Airbus A320 Family aircraft deliveries starting in 2019, Lufthansa Group customers will be offered new seats on short- and medium-haul routes.

The new, ergonomic pressure distribution and fully-structured seat upholstery will allow customers to have an ever more comfortable feeling on board. The newly, innovated literature pocket has been horizontally designed, leaving a slimmer backrest, which allows guests to enjoy more personal freedom. In addition, travel becomes more comfortable not only during the flight, but also while the aircraft is taxiing, during take-off and landing: Previously, guests were seated at a 12 degree inclination during the three phases mentioned above, whereas now they will be able to rest comfortably with their backrest at 20 degrees during the whole flight. Business Class guests can also set the backrest to 26 degrees during cruising altitude. Paul Estoppey, Head of Product Cabin Lufthansa Group Hub Airlines says: “A lot of customer feedback went into designing the seat and we are pleased to have already received a lot of positive feedback on the implemented features over the course of the project.”

Swiss version:

For the first time, the network airlines Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines are jointly introducing standardized seats for a harmonised, comfortable travel experience.  In addition to the advantages for customers, the focus of development was also aimed at reducing weight and maintenance costs.  After several preliminary talks, customer tests and quality audits, the Italian manufacturer Geven clearly won the contract for the production of the seats.

Austrian version:

“Geven has an excellent reputation in the industry, which we can fully confirm,” Estoppey emphasizes. “The cooperation has been excellent from day one and we, as the Lufthansa Group, have always benefited from Geven’s great expertise and creative support for the further development of the seat.”

Lufthansa Group Airlines standardize A320 fleet

The Airbus A320 of the Lufthansa Group is to be configured and standardized moving forward in such a way that aircraft can be converted with little effort within a short time should the aircraft be transferred between the airlines of the Lufthansa Group. This will enable the Lufthansa Group to react more quickly and flexibly to current developments and easily and efficiently move around aircraft and capacity across the airlines and hubs of the Group. Costs for conversion and downtime can also be significantly reduced. In addition, the standardization will result in further synergies in the procurement of aircraft and components. The airline brands are protected by a different brand image.

Lufthansa Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZY (msn 5769) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941880.

Above Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZY (msn 5769) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941880.

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Lufthansa Group airlines welcomed around 12.2 million passengers on board in April 2018

Lufthansa's first 747-400 in the new revised  livery - "optimised blue"

In April 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 12.2 million passengers. This shows an increase of 9.1% compared to the previous year’s month, although last year’s German Easter holidays fell in April. The available seat kilometers were up 7.4% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by six percent. The seat load factor decreased by 1.1 percentage points compared to April 2017 to 81.2%. In the first four months of 2018, the Group continues to record levels of capacity, capacity utilization and passenger numbers.

The currency-adjusted sales environment developed positively in April compared to the previous year.

Cargo capacity increased 6.9% year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 3.4% in revenue tonne-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing 2.3 percentage points in the month to 67.2%.

Above Copyright Photo: Lufthansa tweets the shade of blue for the new livery. Lufthansa Boeing 747-430 D-ABVM (msn 29101) DUB (Greenwing). Image: 941854.

Network Airlines
The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss and Austrian Airlines carried 8.9 million passengers in April, 6.1% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 5.4% in April. The sales volume was up 3.8% over the same period, decreasing seat load factor by 1.2 percentage points to 81.2%.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported 5.9 million passengers in April, a 4.7% increase compared to the same month last year. A 3.8% increase in seat kilometers in April corresponds to a 1.7% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 80.7%, therefore 1.7 percentage points below the prior-year’s level.

Germanwings' 2016 "Borussia Dortmund Mannschaftsairbus" (Team Airbus) logo jet

Above Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZR (msn 5525) (BVB 09 – Mannschaftsairbus) LHR (SPA). Image: 941520.

Eurowings Group
The Eurowings Group with the airlines Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines carried around 3.3 million passengers in April. Among this total, three million passengers were on short-haul flights and 250,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 18.3% in comparison to the previous year. April capacity was 17.9% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 17.0%, resulting in a decreased seat load factor by 0.7 percentage points of 81.2%.

On short-haul services the Airlines raised capacity 20.9% and increased sales volume by 20.3%, resulting in a 0.4 percentage points decrease in seat load factor of 80.3%, compared to April 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased by 0.9 percentage points to 83.2% during the same period, following a 12.0% increase in capacity and a 10.8% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.

Frontier adds two new cities and announces six routes

"Betty, the Bluebird"

Frontier Airlines has announced service on six new routes, including two new cities.

Frontier announced it will bring its unique brand of low fares done right to Santa Barbara and Sacramento, California.

In July, the carrier will continue its rapid growth in Raleigh-Durham with new flights to Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul as well as continuing expansion in Austin with new flights to Salt Lake City.

Summary of New Service

AUSTIN (AUS) to/from SALT LAKE CITY (SLC)

F9 1257 Depart AUS: 2:43 p.m. Arrive SLC: 4:36 p.m.

F9 1587 Depart SLC: 5:26 p.m. Arrive AUS: 9:16 p.m.

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday*

*Frequency effective 8/12: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Service Start July, 7

DENVER (DEN) to/from SACRAMENTO (SMF)

F9 629 Depart DEN: 4:50 p.m. Arrive SMF: 6:25 p.m.

F9 629 Deptart SMF: 7:25 p.m. Arrive DEN: 10:45 p.m.

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Service Start: Aug, 1

F9 630 Depart DEN: 5:03 p.m. Arrive SMF: 6:38 p.m.

F9 630 Depart SMF: 7:38 p.m. Arrive DEN: 10:58 p.m.

Aircraft: Airbus A321

Frequency: Friday

Service Start: Aug. 3

DENVER (DEN) to/from SANTA BARBARA (SBA)

F9 569 Depart DEN: 4:55 p.m. Arrive SBA: 6:33 p.m.

F9 570 Depart SBA: 7:24 p.m. Arrive DEN: 10:54 p.m.

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Service Start: Aug. 21

Seasonal

LAS VEGAS (LAS) to/from SACRAMENTO (SMF)

F9 745 Depart LAS: 4:32 p.m. Arrive SMF: 6:03 p.m.

F9 748 Depart SMF: 6:53 p.m. Arrive LAS: 8:16 p.m.

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Service Start: Aug. 12

RALEIGH – DURHAM (RDU) to/from DETROIT (DTW)

F9 623 Depart RDU: 6:00 a.m. Arrive DTW: 7:50 a.m.

F9 890 Depart DTW: 9:34 p.m. Arrive RDU: 11:17 p.m.

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Service Start: July, 8

Seasonal

RALEIGH – DURHAM (RDU) to/from MINNEAPOLIS – ST. PAUL (MSP)

F9 623 Depart RDU: 6:00 a.m. Arrive MSP: 7:52 p.m.

F9 462 Depart MSP: 6:46 p.m. Arrive: RDU 10:20 p.m.

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Service Start: July, 9

Seasonal

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-214 WL N230FR (msn 6773) (Betty, the Bluebird) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941691.

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Vietjet further expands with new routes to Taiwan and South Korea

Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 WL D-AXAA (VN-A678) (msn 6025) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 922328.

Vietjet continues its Asian expansion program with the launch of two new international routes: Hanoi – Taichung (Taiwan) and Danang – Daegu (South Korea).

The Hanoi – Taichung route will be operated with 5 return flights per week on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 22, 2018 with around two and a half hours flight time per leg. The flight departs from Hanoi at 13:00 and arrive in Taichung at 16:30 (local time). The return flight takes off at 17:30 (local time) in Taichung and lands in Hanoi at 19:20.

The Danang – Daegu route will be operated on a daily basis from July 19, 2018 with around four and a quarter hour flight time per leg. The flight will depart from Danang at 00:15 and arrive in Daegu at 06:30 (local time). The return flight will take off at Daegu at 07:30 (local time) and lands in Danang at 10:00every day.

With 6 routes serving Taiwan including HCMC – Taipei; Hanoi – Taipei; HCMC – Kaohsiung; Hanoi – Kaohsiung; HCMC – Tainan; HCMC – Taichung, Vietjet is the airline flying the most Taiwanese destinations from Vietnam.

Daegu is the fourth largest city of South Korea, after Seoul, Busan and Incheon.

 

Copyright Photo: Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 WL D-AXAA (VN-A678) (msn 6025) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 922328.

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