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Allegiant announces 17 new routes, a new base and a new destination

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N221NV (msn 1288) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 403422.

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced it is starting 17 new routes with a new base of operations and service from a new U.S. city: Louisville, Kentucky.

The company announced its largest expansion into a Florida destination with a new base in Destin/Fort Walton Beach in the Panhandle.

New routes announced include:

Seasonal nonstop service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) from:

Kansas City, Missouri — begins May 3, 2017
Austin, Texas — begins May 4, 2017
Cleveland — begins May 12, 2017
Peoria, Illinois — begins May 24, 2017
Louisville, Kentucky — begins May 24, 2017
Columbus, Ohio — begins May 25, 2017
Springfield, Missouri — begins May 25, 2017
Indianapolis — begins May 26, 2017
Washington, D.C. / Baltimore — begins May 31, 2017
Pittsburgh — begins May 31, 2017
New York City / Newark, New Jersey — begins June 2, 2017

Seasonal nonstop service to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) from:

Louisville, Kentucky — begins May 26, 2017

Year-round nonstop service to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) from:

Indianapolis — begins May 19, 2017

Year-round nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from:

Louisville, Kentucky — begins May 19, 2017

Year-round nonstop service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

Louisville, Kentucky — begins May 25, 2017

Year-round nonstop service to Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

Louisville, Kentucky — begins May 24, 201

Year-round nonstop service to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

Louisville, Kentucky — begins May 24, 2017

All routes will operate twice weekly.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N221NV (msn 1288) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 403422.

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Lufthansa to take over 100% of Brussels Airlines, will be joining the Eurowings Group

Brussels Airlines 2013 "Belgian Red Devils" special livery

Lufthansa has issued this statement:

  • Deutsche Lufthansa AG takes over 100 percent of SN Airholding
  • Brussels Airlines to be fully integrated into the Lufthansa Group as of 2018 and joining the Eurowings Group
  • Attractive home markets Belgium and Brussels and well-established Africa network will further strengthen the Lufthansa and Eurowings Group market position
  • Advantageous cost-structure allowing Brussels Airlines to successfully compete with the tough low-cost competition in the Belgian market

After Lufthansa and the shareholders of SN Airholding had agreed on the terms of the complete takeover, Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Executive Board on December 14, 2016 decided to exercise the call option for the outstanding 55 percent of the shares. The call option comes into effect by December 31, 2016. The closing of the transaction will happen by the beginning of January 2017.

The price mechanism for the take-over of the remaining 55 percent of the shares had already been part of the agreement for the call option in 2008. The price for the acquisition of the remaining 55 percent of the shares is 2.6 million euros, which will be paid to a consortium of 30 shareholders.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG: “Following the acquisition of the 45 per cent share of SN Airholding eight years ago, we now want to take a next step in our already very solid and successful cooperation. As a longstanding shareholder and partner of Brussels Airlines, we are already closely linked to each other. Accordingly, we value Belgium and especially Brussels as highly attractive markets that perfectly complement our offer in the heart of Europe. In addition, Brussels Airlines has a competitive cost structure already and brings a well-established long-haul network, especially to and from Africa, to the Lufthansa Group portfolio. We also very much appreciate the high qualification, motivation and performance of the 3,500 Brussels Airlines employees.”

After the acquisition, Brussels Airlines will continue to operate its 23 long-haul destinations as well as 79 destinations within Europe under the umbrella of the Eurowings Group.

The brand ‘Brussels Airlines’ will be complemented by the claim “Member of the Eurowings Group”. The common goal of Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines is to further strengthen the market position in the Belgian Airline market.

The current fleet harmonization towards an Airbus A320 family fleet for the European network will be continued. With its fleet of 42 short- and medium-haul aircraft and nine A330 long-haul aircraft, Brussels Airlines has significantly increased the number of its passengers. From 2013 to 2015 only, this number has increased by 30 per cent to a total of 7.5 million passengers. In the medium term, investments are planned to further improve the fleet-efficiency and increase the capacity on the short- and long-haul network.

In the past three years, Brussels Airlines has reduced its non-fuel unit costs by almost ten per cent and established sustainably efficient structures. For the financial year 2015, the leading Belgian airline generated an operating profit of 43.4 million euros. With the full integration of Brussels Airlines, synergies are to generate up to a mid-double digit million euro contribution per year. In the short-term, integration costs may burden earnings at first.

In the future, Brussels Airlines will assume an important role in the further development of the Eurowings Group into a pan-European platform. In order to personally accompany the integration process, Carsten Spohr will join the Brussels Airlines Board as Co-Chairman, next to Viscount Etienne Davignon. Unchanged, three further Belgian members will belong to the Board. The Brussels Airlines Management Board remains unchanged under the leadership of CEO Bernard Gustin. In addition an Advisory Council will be established and will support the integration process.

Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-SNC (msn 1797) (Belgian Red Devils) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 934664.

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TUI and Niki move one step closer to a joint venture based in Vienna

TUI Airlines (Germany) Boeing 737-86J SSWL D-ABKI (msn 37748) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 933944.

TUI AG‘s Supervisory Board has given the green light on November 23, 2016 for further steps with the goal to create a new European airline joint venture with Etihad Aviation Group. TUI Group’s supervisory body approved the plan to contribute its German leisure airline subsidiary TUI fly GmbH (TUIfly-TUI Airlines Germany) to a joint venture with Etihad. Etihad is in negotiations with Airberlin to acquire its touristic operations primarily in Southern Europe and North Africa, and including Airberlin’s participation in Niki, with the objective to contribute it to the joint venture.

The new airline joint venture, headquartered in Vienna, is planned to serve a broad route network with its two airlines, TUI fly and Niki, a total fleet of around 60 aircraft and a seat capacity of 15 million seats per year, operating from key departure airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

TUI AG is to hold a stake of 24.8% in the joint venture, with Etihad holding 25% of the interests. The remaining 50.2% would be held by the existing private foundation Niki Privatstiftung.

The commitments made to the TUI fly employees remain in place and are currently being further negotiated and specified. This includes the commitments to the Hanover location.

The contractual negotiations between all involved stakeholders are expected to be finalized in the next few weeks. Details regarding the future joint venture will be jointly presented by Etihad and TUI after successful completion of the negotiations.

The planned joint venture is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust and aviation authorities.

In the summer of 2007, Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) and Hapagfly merged to form TUIfly. The airline is a wholly-owned enterprise of the TUI Group, the world’s leading tourism troup with headquarters in Hanover, Germany. TUIfly flies to the classic holiday regions all around the Mediterranean, the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, Madeira and Egypt for TUI and other tour operators. By the summer of 2014, TUIfly used 40 Boeing 737 aircraft to fly to these destinations. TUIfly headquarters are at the Hanover Airport.

Top Copyright Photo: TUI Airlines (Germany) Boeing 737-86J SSWL D-ABKI (msn 37748) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 933944.

TUI:

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Niki:

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Niki Luftfahrt (flyNiki.com) Airbus A320-214 OE-LEF (msn 4368) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 927323.

Niki Luftfahrt (flyNiki.com) Airbus A320-214 OE-LEF (msn 4368) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 927323.

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Airberlin’s 2016 salute to the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek

Airberlin's 2016 salute to the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek

Airberlin and German TV channel ,TELE 5, are ushering in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the “Star Trek” TV and movie series with a special logojet.

TELE 5 holds the exclusive free-to-air TV broadcast rights for the original Star Trek series in Germany.

Copyright Photo: Airberlin (airberlin.com) Airbus A320-214 D-ABFG (msn 4291) (Star Trek – Tele 5) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 934827.

 

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Allegiant announces 12 new routes including Newark and Denver

Allegiant announces 12 new routes including Newark and Denver

Allegiant Air has announced 12 new routes and three new cities, namely Newark, Ogdensburg, NY and Denver.

Nonstop service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from:

Cincinnati – begins Nov. 16, 2016

Savannah, Georgia – begins Nov. 16, 2016

Asheville, North Carolina – begins Nov. 17, 2016

Knoxville, Tennessee – begins Nov. 17, 2016

Nonstop service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

Ogdensburg, New York – begins Oct. 5, 2016

Nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from:

Ogdensburg, New York – begins Oct. 6, 2016

Nonstop service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

Concord, North Carolina – begins Oct. 5, 2016

Nonstop service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from:

Albuquerque, New Mexico – begins Oct. 6, 2016

Nonstop service to Oakland International Airport (OAK) from:

El Paso, Texas – begins Oct. 6, 2016

Nonstop service to San Diego International Airport (SAN) from:

Provo, Utah – begins Sept. 28, 2016

Nonstop service to McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

Destin, Florida – begins Oct. 7, 2016

Nonstop seasonal service to Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) from:

Denver – begins Dec. 14, 2016

Allegiant is also increasing its seasonal service on three existing routes. Missoula International Airport (MSO) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been operating as a seasonal route and will now operate twice weekly as a year-round route. Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) and MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV) to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) both began service as seasonal summer routes, but will now lengthen their seasonality to operate through the beginning of January, 2017.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N222NV (msn 1530) FLL (Brian McDonough). Image: 931963.

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Allegiant and its pilots reach a tentative agreement

Allegiant and its pilots reach a tentative agreement

Allegiant and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), representing Allegiant Air pilots, have worked together to reach a tentative contract agreement. The tentative agreement must be voted on and ratified by Allegiant Air pilots. Ratification results are expected in late July.

 

Allegiant Air pilots elected the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) to represent them in August 2012. This will be the first contract agreement between the pilots and the Company since electing union representation. Allegiant and IBT have been negotiating in mediated sessions with the National Mediation Board since February 2014.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N218NV (msn 1229) (Make-A-Wish) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402706.

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