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Frontier Airlines adds six new routes, becomes the largest carrier at Orlando

Pike, the Otter

Frontier Airlines has announced the addition of six new routes to its network. With flights to two new cities – Burlington, Vermont and Portsmouth, New Hampshire – Frontier now serves 103 cities and 44 states.

The carrier will add four new destinations at Orlando International Aiport – expanding its offering to 54 nonstop destinations, the most offered by any airline at MCO.

The full roster of routes is on sale now and includes:

  • Burlington, Vt. (BTV) – Orlando, Fla. (MCO) – starts February 9, 2019
  • Portsmouth, N.H. (PSM) – Orlando, Fla. (MCO) – starts December 6, 2018
  • Little Rock, Ark. (LIT) – Orlando, Fla. (MCO) – starts November 16, 2018
  • Louisville, Ky. (SDF) – Orlando, Fla. (MCO) – starts November 15, 2018
  • Atlanta, Ga. (ATL) – Sarasota, Fla. (SRQ) – starts December 10, 2018
  • Philadelphia, Penn. (PHL) – Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) – starts February 10, 2019

Summary of New Service:

ORLANDO (MCO) to/from BURLINGTON (BTV)

Depart MCO: 11:24 a.m. Arrive BTV: 2:35 p.m.

Depart BTV: 3:25 p.m. Arrive MCO: 7:09 p.m.

Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Feb. 9, 2019

Seasonal

ORLANDO (MCO) to/from LITTLE ROCK (LIT)

Depart MCO: 10:40 a.m. Arrive LIT: 11:59 a.m.

Depart LIT: 12:50 p.m. Arrive MCO: 4:08 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Friday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Nov.16

Seasonal

ORLANDO (MCO) to/from LOUISVILLE (SDF)

Depart MCO: 11:10 a.m. Arrive SDF: 1:15 p.m.

Depart SDF: 2:05 p.m. Arrive MCO: 4:10 p.m.

Frequency: Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Nov.15

Seasonal

ORLANDO (MCO) to/from PORTSMOUTH (PSM)

Depart MCO: 6:45 a.m. Arrive PSM: 9:39 a.m.

Depart PSM: 10:30 a.m. Arrive MCO: 1:44 p.m.

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Dec. 6

Seasonal

ATLANTA (ATL) to/from SARASOTA (SRQ)

Depart ATL: 8:09 a.m. Arrive SRQ: 9:39 a.m.

Depart SRQ: 10:30 a.m. Arrive ATL: 12:10 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Dec. 10

Seasonal

PHILADELPHIA (PHL) to/from MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA (MBJ)

Depart PHL: 6:00 a.m. Arrive MBJ: 9:56 p.m.

Depart MBJ: 10:56 a.m. Arrive: PHL: 2:40 p.m.

Frequency: Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Feb. 10

Seasonal

Frontier flies one of the youngest fleets in the industry, the Airbus A320 Family of nearly 80 jet aircraft. With nearly 200 new planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America. Frontier’s young fleet also ensures that the company will continue to keep fares low and that customers will enjoy a pleasant and reliable experience flying with the airline.

About introductory Fare Sale:

Fares must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Sep. 14, 2018 for nonstop travel. For Portsmouth, Little Rock and Louisville, as well as between Atlanta and Sarasota, travel is valid Nov. 27, 2018 through Feb. 13, 2019. Fares are valid as indicated below dependent on days of service. The following blackouts apply: Dec. 20, 2018 – Jan. 8, 2019, and Jan. 18 – 21, 2019. For Burlington, travel is valid on Wednesdays Feb. 13, 2019 through Apr. 17, 2019. The following blackouts apply: Feb. 27, 2019, Mar. 6, 2019 and Mar. 27, 2019. Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase.

Public Intro Fares:

ORIGIN

DESTINATION

ALL IN FARE

SERVICE START

APPLICABLE DAY OF WEEK

MCO

TO/FROM

PSM

59

6-DEC-18

TUESDAY

MCO

TO/FROM

LIT

39

16-NOV-18

MONDAY

MCO

TO/FROM

SDF

39

15-NOV-18

THURSDAY

MCO

TO/FROM

BTV

59

9-FEB-19

WEDNESDAY

ATL

TO/FROM

SRQ

39

10-DEC-18

WEDNESDAY

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Frontier): Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-214 WL N235FR (msn 7272) (Pike, the Otter) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943511.
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easyJet partners with Singapore Airlines to connect travellers between Europe and South East Asia with ‘Worldwide by easyJet’

easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZTT (msn 4219) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943445.

easyJet has made this announcement:

easyJet has announced that Singapore Airlines and its low cost subsidiary airline Scoot will join the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ global connections service, connecting easyJet customers with South East Asia with Singapore Airlines via Milan Malpensa airport and with Scoot through Berlin Tegel. The service is expected to be available within the coming months.

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ launched last year as the first ever low-fares carrier connection service and will now for the first time offer customers both a low-fares connection to Asia through Scoot, as well as the choice to connect with a full-service carrier through Singapore Airlines, named as the World’s Best Airline 2018. Singapore Airline group’s combined network connects over 135 destinations in more than 35 countries across five continents, with a combined fleet of over 180 aircraft.

Singapore Airlines and Scoot join other ‘Worldwide’ partner airlines Thomas Cook, Norwegian, WestJet, Loganair, La Compagnie, Corsair, Neos and Aurigny. 53 million easyJet customers a year will be able to book connecting flights with these airlines through the easyJet website to around 100 destinations across North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Indian Ocean and soon to South East Asia with Singapore Airlines and Scoot.

Tens of thousands of easyJet customers are using Worldwide to connect through easyJet’s biggest European airport hubs including Gatwick, Milan Malpensa, Berlin Tegel and Venice Marco Polo, with the service due to go live in the coming months at Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Amsterdam Schiphol, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Worldwide by easyJet

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline. Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures.  With ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ these will be replicated by self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub which will offer the same sort of connectivity but more simply and efficiently.

easyJet has leadership positions at more of Europe’s major airports and flies on more of Europe’s 100 largest routes than any other airline which makes it the most attractive European short haul airline partner. The introduction of this disruptive product opens up new 70m market segment for easyJet.

All of this connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop whose innovative platform allows easyJet customers to book connections and forward flights on easyJet.com.  Worldwide by easyJet will also allow easyJet passengers to connect with other easyJet flights through partner airports.

Worldwide by easyJet does not impact easyJet’s punctuality, its asset utilisation or operating model. The airline will not hold flights for connecting passengers. Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a 2 hour 30 minute ‘Minimum Connection Time’, which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals. Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by easyJet): easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZTT (msn 4219) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943445.

easyJet aircraft slide show:

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Hongtu Airlines rebrands as Air Travel

Formerly Hongtu Airlines

Hongtu Airlines (Kunming) commenced scheduled operations on May 21, 2016.

In 2017 Chinese travel agency Tongcheng acquired a controlling interest in the relatively new airline.

Now the airline is apparently set to rebrand itself as Air Travel. The new livery and identity has been revealed on the pending delivery of the pictured Airbus A320 (top).

The company has not yet formally announced the change.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Travel (China) Airbus A320-214 WL F-WWIH (B-303M) (msn 8448) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 943387.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Hongtu Airlines Airbus A321-211 F-WTDB (B-8318) (msn 6268) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 933073.

Hongtu Airlines commences operations on May 21, 2016

Frontier Airlines continues expansion, will add 9 new routes

"Buck, the Pronghorn"

Frontier Airlines has announced the introduction of the 99th city to its network and the addition of 9 new routes to its network that will begin service this Fall and Winter.

The airline will add new, low-fare service to/from Sarasota/Bradenton with low-fare, nonstop flights to Cleveland.

This winter, Frontier will be offering nonstop flights from West Palm Beach (PBI) to seven cities. The airline announced new service from PBI to Columbus, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.

The airline also announced service from Columbus, Cincinnati and St. Louis to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Beginning this winter, Frontier will offer service from Islip, N.Y. and Trenton, N.J. to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla. Additionally, the carrier will introduce new service between New York-LaGuardia and Orlando, Fla.

The new cities from Cleveland include the following destinations: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Sarasota, Fla. and West Palm Beach, Fla. Frontier will be the only airline offering non-stop service on all these routes. The carrier will operate these new routes with the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.

Summary of New Service:

CINCINNATI (CVG) to/from PUNTA CANA (PUJ)

Depart CVG: 11:37 a.m. Arrive PUJ: 4:39 p.m.

Depart PUJ: 4:08 p.m. Arrive CVG: 5:27 p.m.

Frequency: Friday

Service Start: Jan. 11

Seasonal

CLEVELAND (CLE) to/from PUNTA CANA (PUJ)

Depart CLE: 11:51 a.m. Arrive PUJ: 5 p.m.

Depart PUJ: 2:08 p.m. Arrive CLE: 5:41 p.m.

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Jan, 6

Seasonal

CLEVELAND (CLE) to/from SARASOTA (SRQ)

Depart CLE: 12:59 p.m. Arrive SRQ: 3:24 p.m.

Depart SRQ: 4:35 p.m. Arrive CLE: 7:06 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Friday

Aircraft: Airbus A321

Service Start: Dec. 10

Seasonal

CLEVELAND (CLE) to/from WEST PALM BEACH (PBI)

Depart CLE: 7:15 a.m. Arrive PBI: 9:52 a.m.

Depart PBI: 10:54 a.m. Arrive CLE: 1:34 p.m.

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A321

Service Start: Nov. 15

Seasonal

NEW YORK – LAGUARDIA (LGA) – ORLANDO (MCO)

Depart LGA: 9:29 a.m. Arrive MCO: 12:26 p.m.

Depart MCO: 2:28 p.m. Arrive LGA: 5:09 p.m.

Frequency: Daily

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Nov. 15

Seasonal

ST. LOUIS (STL) to/from PUNTA CANA (PUJ)

Depart STL: 10:27 p.m. Arrive PUJ: 4:39 p.m.

Depart PUJ: 2:08 p.m. Arrive STL: 4:31 p.m.

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A320

Service Start: Jan. 5

Seasonal

WEST PALM BEACH (PBI) to/from COLUMBUS (CMH)

Depart PBI: 3:02 p.m. Arrive CMH: 5:30 p.m.

Depart CMH: 11:48 a.m. Arrive PBI: 2:17 p.m.

Frequency: Monday, Friday

Aircraft: Airbus A319

Service Start: Nov. 16

Seasonal

WEST PALM BEACH (PBI) to/from PITTSBURGH (PIT)

Depart PBI: 3:25 p.m. Arrive PIT: 6 p.m.

Depart PIT: 12:10 p.m. Arrive PBI: 2:40 p.m.

Frequency: Wednesday, Saturday

Aircraft: Airbus A319

Service Start: Nov. 17

Seasonal

WEST PALM BEACH (PBI) to/from ST. LOUIS (STL)

Depart PBI: 2:40 p.m. Arrive STL: 4:35 p.m.

Depart STL: 10:20 a.m. Arrive PBI: 1:55 p.m.

Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Aircraft: Airbus A319

Service Start: Nov. 15

Seasonal

Frontier flies one of the youngest fleets in the industry, the Airbus A320 Family of nearly 80 jet aircraft. With nearly 200 new planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America. Frontier’s young fleet also ensures that the company will continue to keep fares low and that customers will enjoy a pleasant and reliable experience flying with the airline.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Frontier): Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-214 WL N233FR (msn 7095) (Buck, the Pronghorn) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943099.

Frontier aircraft slide show:

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Allegiant reports its second quarter results

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N248NV (msn 7781) BWI (Brian McDonough). Image: 941699.

Allegiant Travel Company has reported the following financial results for the second quarter 2018, as well as comparisons to the prior year:

Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
Unaudited 2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change
Total operating revenue (millions) $ 436.8 $ 401.8 8.7% $ 862.2 $ 781.9 10.3%
Operating income (millions) 74.2 85.8 (13.5) 154.2 159.5 (3.3)
Net income (millions) 50.0 49.0 2.0 105.2 91.4 15.1
Diluted earnings per share $ 3.10 $ 2.97 4.4 $ 6.52 $ 5.51 18.3

“We are proud to announce our 62nd consecutive profitable quarter,” stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. “This is the second consecutive quarter of EPS growth, despite seeing our fuel cost per gallon increase by over 39 percent in the second quarter. This is a wonderful testament to the hard work of our team members as we navigate another busy summer.

“We are continuing our transition to an all-Airbus fleet. We have done an excellent job year-to-date but this summer was the critical period in this transition, including the timely delivery and induction of fifteen Airbus aircraft, and retirement of six MD-80s.

Today we are on our schedule as planned, though some delayed deliveries in late May impacted our peak June period, in terms of top line and operations reliability.  Looking forward, we should complete our transition at the end of November as scheduled.

“Our CASM-ex fuel results came in nicely. Our improved operational results as well as efficiencies from the Airbus fleet are beginning to pay dividends, and we are pleased with where the cost trend line is headed. Additionally, fuel efficiency continues to improve with the transition, with 76 vs. 72 ASMs per gallon this year compared to the same period last year.

“The Sunseeker resort project continues to move ahead. We are closing in on a financing plan and hope to announce the specifics in the next 60 to 90 days. We continue to be impressed with the many synergies and business alignments between Sunseeker and our air service presence on the west coast of Florida. Our Punta Gordadestination – a 15 minute drive from our Sunseeker location, grew over 30 percent in capacity on a trailing twelve month basis. We are on a pace to carry over 1.5 million passengers in and out of Punta Gorda this year.”

Shareholder returns

  • 2018 shareholder returns – over $22 million in the first half of the year through dividends
    • Will pay dividends of $0.70 per share on August 31, 2018 to shareholders of record as of August 17, 2018
    • Current share repurchase authority of $100 million as of July 25, 2018

2018 outlook

  • Third quarter scheduled and system ASMs are expected to grow between thirteen and fifteen percent vs last year
  • 2018 full year ASM growth is expected to be between nine and eleven percent due to slower than expected aircraft deliveries
  • 2018 fuel cost is expected to be $2.35 per gallon using the forward curve as of July 24, 2018
  • 2018 EPS is expected to be between $9 and $10 per share due to the expected higher fuel cost
    • Fuel expense is expected to increase approximately $35 million from when guided in November 2017
Guidance, subject to revision
Full year 2018 guidance Previous* Current
Fuel cost per gallon $2.20 $2.35
Available seat miles (ASMs) / gallon 77.5 to 79.5 77.5 to 78.5
Interest expense (millions) $50 to $60 $50 to $60
Tax rate 21 to 22% 21 to 22%
Share count (millions) 15.9 15.9
Earnings per share $10 to $12 $9 to $10
System ASMs – year over year change 11 to 15% 9 to 11%
Scheduled service ASMs – year over year change 11 to 15% 9 to 11%
Depreciation expense / aircraft / month (thousands) $120 to $130 $115 to $120
Maintenance expense / aircraft / month (thousands) $95 to $105 $80 to $85
Full year 2018 CAPEX guidance
Capital expenditures (millions) ** $300 $300
Capitalized Airbus deferred heavy maintenance (millions) *** $45 $45
* – Previous guidance as of April 25, 2018
** – Excludes Sunseeker Resorts
*** – Not included in capital expenditure total
Aircraft fleet plan by end of period
Aircraft – (seats per AC) 1Q18 2Q18 3Q18 YE18
MD-80 (166 seats) 32 27 19
A319 (156 seats) 26 31 31 32
A320 (177/186 seats) 30 35 44 45
Total 88 93 94 77
Aircraft listed in table above include only in-service aircraft, planned retirements and future aircraft under contract (subject to change)

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N248NV (msn 7781) BWI (Brian McDonough). Image: 941699.

Allegiant Air aircraft slide show:

Allegiant and Minor League Baseball announce multiyear national partnership

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N248NV (msn 7781) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 941921.

Allegiant Air and Minor League Baseball™ announced a national partnership agreement designating Allegiant as the “Official Airline of Minor League Baseball.” With more than 115 current overlapping markets in the U.S., the hometown airline of cities across the country is now the official airline of America’s hometown baseball teams.

In addition to the designation as the “Official Airline of Minor League Baseball,” Allegiant will engage with fans through various touchpoints in the ballpark as they cheer on their favorite MiLB teams. At select games, fans can participate in Friday Fly Away giveaways for a chance to win nonstop flights to great destinations all across the U.S. Allegiant will also serve as the naming rights partner of a digital advertising network that spans multiple MiLB markets across the country.

Other aspects of the partnership consist of inclusion in the MiLB Charities CommUNITY initiative, an ongoing program to promote unity, understanding, acceptance and inclusion at MiLB ballparks, and serving as a Presenting Partner at the 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings, the largest gathering of baseball executives in the country, December 9–13, in Las Vegas.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Allegiant): Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N248NV (msn 7781) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 941921.

Allegiant aircraft slide show:

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.

Brussels Airlines aircraft slide show:

Eurowings aircraft slide show:

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.