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Allegiant Air to expand at Destin/Fort Walton Beach

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104577.

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced it will convert its Destin/Fort Walton Beach destination into a year-round base with two new based aircraft. Destin/Fort Walton Beach in the Florida Panhandle will become the airline’s 14th year-round base.

The carrier is starting five new seasonal, twice-weekly routes from the new base in June to:

Bentonville, AR (Northwest Arkansas) (June 6)

Concord, NC (June 7)

Evansville, IN (June 8)

Lexington, KY (June 7)

Raleigh/Durham, NC (June 8)

Total service from Destin/Fort Walton Beach:

Allegiant made this announcement:

Allegiant announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). As part of Allegiant’s growth in Florida, the company anticipates adding more than 65 new, high-wage jobs during 2018. Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport will become the airline’s 14th year-round aircraft base.

The Las Vegas-based company is investing more than $49 million to establish a year-round base of operations, which will house two Airbus aircraft. Allegiant set the stage for this expansion by utilizing Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport as a seasonal base during the summer of 2017. Today Allegiant also announced new service to five cities – routes made possible only by establishing the Destin base.

Allegiant’s service in Destin-Fort Walton Beach began with six routes in 2016, and expanded to 16 cities in 2017. With a unique focus on leisure travelers, Allegiant flies all nonstop service built around an “out-and-back” model whereby aircraft and crews return to base after a day of flying.

As part of today’s celebration, Allegiant announced new, seasonal service to five cities, bring the total number of cities with service to the Emerald Coast to 21.

New seasonal service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) includes:

  1. Bentonville, Arkansas via Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) – begins June 6, 2018 with fares as low as $68.*  
  2. Concord, North Carolina via Concord Regional Airport (USA) – begins June 7, 2018 with fares as low as $46.*  
  3. Lexington, Kentucky via Blue Grass Airport (LEX) – begins June 7, 2018 with fares as low as $62.*
  4. Evansville, Indiana via Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) – begins June 8, 2018 with fares as low as $61.*
  5. Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina via Raleigh-Durham International Airport(RDU)  begins June 8, 2018 with fares as low as $46.* 

“We are thrilled! Allegiant’s model fits like a glove at VPS and a year-round base will bring monumental widespread economic impacts to our region. We look forward to Allegiant’s continued success at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport,” said Tracy Stage, Okaloosa Countyairports director.

The new routes will operate twice weekly and expand on the service Allegiant currently operates to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS), bringing the total number of Allegiant routes to VPS to 21.

*About the introductory one-way fares:

Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Flights between EVV and VPS must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2018 for travel by Aug. 27, 2018. Flights between LEX and VPS must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2018 for travel by Aug. 19, 2018. Flights between RDU and VPS must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2018 for travel by Aug. 27, 2018. Flights between USA and VPS must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2018 for travel by Aug. 26, 2018. Flights between XNA and VPS must be purchased by Feb. 13, 2018 for travel by Aug. 11, 2018. Additional restrictions may apply

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N247NV (msn 7704) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104577.

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Frontier grows in Raleigh-Durham – now flying to 15 destinations

Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-214 WL N233FR (msn 7095) (Buck, the Pronghorn) LAS (Jay Selman). Image: 937542.

Frontier Airlines is continuing its commitment to make flying from Raleigh-Durham International Airport more affordable by adding six new routes. In April the low-cost carrier will begin service to Buffalo, N.Y.; Houston; Milwaukee, Wis.; New Orleans; San Antonio, Tex. and San Juan, P.R. With this announcement Frontier will now serve 15 destinations from Raleigh-Durham, making it the second largest carrier at the airport in terms of destinations served.

 

Summary of New Service:

Departure Return Day of Week Service Start Airbus Seasonal
0745 RDUBUF 0910 1000 BUFRDU 1139 Wednesday Saturday 4/11/2018 320 Y
1405 RDUIAH 1619 1709 IAHRDU 2052 Tuesday Thursday Sunday 4/8/2018 320 Y
0820 RDUMKE 0930 1020 MKERDU 1315 Tuesday Thursday Sunday 4/8/2018 320 Y
0745 RDUMSY 0905 0955 MSYRDU 1255 Monday Friday 4/9/2018 320 Y
1345 RDUSAT 1609 1659 SATRDU 2052 Monday Friday 4/9/2018 320 Y
1229 RDUSJU 1602 1657 SJURDU 2048 Wednesday Saturday 4/11/2018 320 Y

Frontier flies one the youngest fleets in the industry consisting of Airbus A320 Family jet aircraft. With nearly 200 more new aircraft on order, Frontier will continue to grow and modernize its fleet to deliver on the mission to provide affordable travel across America. By 2026, the company will be in a position to deliver Low Fares Done Right to more than 50 million passengers a year.

Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-214 WL N233FR (msn 7095) (Buck, the Pronghorn) LAS (Jay Selman). Image: 937542.

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easyJet sees fourfold increase in interest for pilot careers through its career website

easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZOT (msn 6680) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 938756.

easyJet (UK) has made this announcement:

Following the airing of the two part ITV documentary, easyJet: Inside the Cockpit, easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has seen a significant increase in interest from budding pilots to its careers website.

Visits to its careers page at easyJet.com increased to over 28,500 across both episodes during the two hours in which they were broadcast compared to typical user figures of 7000 visits for a similar two hour period. The number of woman registering interest in its Amy Johnson initiative has also risen substantially. The last episode of the series was broadcast last night on ITV 1.

easyJet’s Amy Johnson Flying Initiative aims to tackle an industry wide stereotype – by 2020, 20% of its entrant cadets will be female having already doubled it over the last two years.

easyJet currently employs over 3000 pilots and earlier this year, in its largest pilot recruitment drive, easyJet opened a campaign called “For the love of Flying” to attract up to 450 new pilots.

easyJet’s Amy Johnson initiative

Only 3% of commercial airline pilots worldwide are female and only 450 of them have achieved the rank of captain* – which means every female captain could fit onto an A380 aircraft.  In the year ending September 2015, women made up 6% of easyJet’s new pilot intake and 5% of its total pilot community.

In October 2015 easyJet launched its Amy Johnson Flying Initiative with the aim of doubling the number of female new entrant pilots to 12% over two years.  The initiative was really successful with over 600 applicants and so easyJet was able to achieve the 12% target in year one – recruiting 33 female new entrant pilots.  These women have either started to fly with easyJet or are assigned to courses due to start in the coming weeks.

Encouraged by this success, easyJet has now set itself a more stretching target of ensuring that 20% of new entrant cadet pilots recruited by easyJet in 2020 are female.  Based on current recruitment plans this would mean that easyJet would be recruiting around 50 female pilots a year which will really start to change the face of the industry. This is a long term strategy, which is hoped will eventually lead to easyJet recruiting, retaining and developing many more female pilots.

Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZOT (msn 6680) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 938756.

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Lufthansa streamlines domestic departures at Munich with “racetracks”

Lufthansa Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZQ (msn 5497) FRA (Tony Storck). Image: 913168.

Lufthansa issued this statement:

Lufthansa will be offering a special long-term service on flights from Munich to Düsseldorf, Berlin/Tegel, Frankfurt and Hamburg, which will make long waits before take-off a thing of the past. On weekdays between 6 and 8:30 a.m. and between 4 and 6:30 p.m., there will be a dedicated access to security checks, with departure gates nearby and shorter boarding times on so-called “racetracks”. The key requirement is that passengers only have one item of hand luggage. “After a successful trial period, the results are clear: the time savings were very noticeable for our passengers. In a survey, the majority of passengers state that the start of their journey was much more comfortable and that they are spending less time waiting at the airport,” says Wilken Bormann, CEO Hub Munich.

The service at a glance

Fast lane thanks to a dedicated access to security checks
For all departures to Düsseldorf, Berlin/Tegel, Frankfurt and Hamburg, passengers at Terminal 2 have access to a dedicated security checkpoint. It is in operation on weekdays during the peak times between 6 and 8:30 a.m. and 4 and 6:30 p.m. and is open to Lufthansa passengers travelling with only one item of hand luggage. The signs pointing to the security checkpoint read “Smart Depart Fast Lane”.

Special departure gates
Get to the plane quickly after the security check: The location of the departure gates has also been optimized. They are at the center of Terminal 2 and are a short walk from the security checkpoint. The arrival gates at the destination airports are also close to the exits.

Shorter boarding times
Passengers travelling to the previously mentioned locations can arrive at the gate later: flights to the specified destinations have shorter boarding times. The times that are stated on the boarding pass apply.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A320-214 WL D-AIZQ (msn 5497) FRA (Tony Storck). Image: 913168.

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easyJet forecasts a series of technological milestones in 2018

easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZOT (msn 6680) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 930892.

easyJet (UK) has forecast reaching a number of key milestones in technological initiatives over the next 12 months.

Half of easyJet’s fleet is now Airbus A320 aircraft (above) following a program of up-gauging from 150-seat A319s to the larger aircraft, which have up to 186 seats, as well as a number of aircraft acquired which were previously operated by Air Berlin. By spring, the airline’s entire fleet will surpass 300 aircraft.

The airline will take delivery of its first A321neo in July, which will contribute towards easyJet’s initiative to decarbonise and quieten aviation. Further deliveries in 2018 will bring the number of neo aircraft in the fleet to 28 by the end of the year which provide 15% savings in CO2 emissions and a 50% reduction in noise compared to the aircraft they replace.

easyJet will continue to showcase the neo aircraft and its innovative environmental and cost efficient features at roadshows at the airline’s bases around the UK and Europe. Having already exhibited the aircraft in Amsterdam, the airline will also visit London Gatwick, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester and Liverpool; Barcelona, Geneva, Milan Malpensa and Paris Orly.

easyJet will also continue to work alongside US-based start-up and electric aircraft pioneer Wright Electric on their development of an all-electric commercial aircraft and expects to launch the first flight of a hybrid nine seat aircraft within the next 12 months.

A new video produced by Wright Electric shows the progress of this pioneering project, demonstrating contra-rotating propeller technology which is one of the innovations driving Wright Electric’s development of electric aviation. This concept was invented over a century ago and is a more efficient means of propulsion. Electric motors will be able to deliver this more easily than jet engines and it will be a crucial element of Wright Electric’s all-electric passenger aircraft.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s Chief Executive Officer commented:

“Our aim is for easyJet to go from strength to strength in 2018. I’m incredibly pleased that the hard work and energy of our people will enable easyJet to achieve a number of technological and environmental milestones in 2018.

“Our newest Airbus neo aircraft will continue to reduce our carbon and noise footprints, which have already been reduced by 38% and 50% respectively since 2000, compared to current aircraft.

“Our partnership with Wright Electric will reach a number of milestones in the development of an all-electric commercial passenger aircraft and towards a future which isn’t wholly reliant on jet fuel.”

Jeffrey Engler, CEO of Wright Electric commented:

“Working with easyJet to develop the next generation of air travel is a powerful validation of our technology approach. We’re incredibly excited to be reaching the first significant milestone in this pioneering project towards developing and commercialising our electric aircraft for the large and growing short-haul flight markets.

“easyJet’s impressive team continues to provide valuable insights to our engineers about the critical aspects required to run a successful airline, from maintenance to revenue management, and we look forward to reaching further milestones in the years ahead.”

Top Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZOT (msn 6680) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 930892.

Air Arabia adds Sheremetyevo Airport to Moscow network, boosts Russia flights to double-daily

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (UAE) Airbus A320-214 WL A6-ANZ (msn 6166) ALA (Rob Finlayson). Image: 934120.

Air Arabia (UAE) (Sharjah) has announced that it will begin flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport from February 1, 2018, the second airport Air Arabia serves in Moscow, boosting the flight to daily to serve Russian capital city with a double daily frequency.

The flight to Sheremetyevo International Airport complements the airline’s existing daily services to Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport.

The flight will operate four times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 09:10 hours, and arriving at Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) at 13:35 hours local time. The return flight will depart Sheremetyevo at 14:35 hours, landing in Sharjah at 20:45 hours local time.

Air Arabia will upgrade to a daily Sheremetyevo flight from March 1, 2018, which will join the current daily flight to Domodedovo to serve the city of Moscow with a double daily frequency.

In other news, the carrier will also launch a new seasonal route to Bodrum in Turkey, commencing on June 13, 2018.

The flight will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 21:45 hours, and arriving the next day at Bodrum’s Milas Mugla International Airport (BJV) at 01:30 hours local time. The return flight will depart Bodrum at 02:10 hours, landing in Sharjah at 07:35 hours local time.

Copyright Photo: Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (UAE) Airbus A320-214 WL A6-ANZ (msn 6166) ALA (Rob Finlayson). Image: 934120.

Vietjet launches and celebrates three new routes between Vietnam and Thailand

Vietjet held several jubilant inaugural ceremonies to celebrate the debuts of the airline’s three new routes connecting Vietnam and Thailand, including the Da Lat – Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City – Phuket and Ho Chi Minh City – Chiang Mai routes. Held in airports in Vietnam, passengers on the inaugural flights were treated to entertainment programs and presented with lovely gifts from Vietjet. The three new routes serve the transportation and travel demands of the local people and tourists while contributing to the promotion of trading and integration in the region.

The inaugural ceremony of the Da Lat – Bangkok route, with a hot flower bikini dance, was held at Lien Khuong International Airport in Da Lat on December 18, 2017. The event was warmly received by the public, leaders of Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ministry of Transport, Aviation Administration and related departments of Vietnam and Thailand.

The inaugural ceremony of the Ho Chi Minh City – Phuket route was held at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on December 15, 2017. It was witnessed by Mr. Manopchai Vongphakdi – Thailand Ambassador to Vietnam, leader of the Aviation Administration of Vietnam, Culture, Sport and Tourism Department of Ho Chi Minh City and leaders of travel industries of Vietnam and Thailand. Earlier, Vietjet also welcomed the first flight of the Ho Chi Minh City – Chiang Mai route, which arrived to the great excitement of both passengers and the public on December 12, 2017.

The Da Lat – Bangkok route operates a return flight every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with a flight time of approximately one hour and 45 minutes per leg. Flights depart from Dalat at 12:55 and land in Bangkok at 14:40 (local time). Return flights take off from Bangkok at 10:30 and arrive in Dalat at 12:15 (local time).

The Ho Chi Minh City – Phuket route opearates a return flight every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday at around two hours per leg. Flights depart at Ho Chi Minh City at 10:15 in the morning and arrive in Phuket at 12:10 (local time). Return flights take off at 13:05 in Phuket and lands in Ho Chi Minh City at 15:10 (local time).

The Ho Chi Minh City – Chiang Mai route operates a return flight every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday with a flight time of just under two hours per leg. Flights depart at Ho Chi Minh City at 11:35 in the morning and arrive in Chiang Mai at 13:30 (local time). Return flights take off at 14:20 in Chiang Mai and land in Ho Chi Minh City at 16:25 (local time).

With the opening of these new routes, Vietjet now operates six flights to “the Land of Smiles – Thailand” from Vietnam. Aiming to become a leading consumer airline, Vietjet has continually opened new routes while adding brand-new aircraft to its fleet, investing in modern technology and offering more added-on services and products to serve all customer’s demands. Since its establishment just a few years ago, Vietjet has continuously contributed to the community and created flying opportunities for tens of millions of domestic and international passengers.

Bottom Copyright Photo (all others by Vietjet): Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 WL VN-A695 (msn 3646) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939266.

Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 WL VN-A695 (msn 3646) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939266.