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Allegiant announces 28 new routes and service from 3 new cities

Allegiant's 2015 "Visit Florida" postcards special livery

Allegiant Air has announced 28 new routes and service from three new U.S. cities: Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi; Norfolk, Virginia; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The airline continued;

New routes announced include:

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

  1. Gulfport, Mississippi – begins August 30, 2017 with fares as low as $29*
  2. Milwaukee – begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $35*
  3. Newburgh, New York – begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $59*
  4. Norfolk, Virginia – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $39*

Year-round nonstop service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) from:

  1. Louisville, Kentucky – begins October 4, 2017 with fares as low as $54*
  2. Kansas City, Missouri – begins October 4, 2017 with fares as low as $45*
  3. Boise, Idaho – begins October 6, 2017 with fares as low as $59*
  4. Milwaukee – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $59*
  5. St. Louis – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $54*

Seasonal nonstop service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) from:

  1. Omaha, Nebraska – begins October 4, 2017 with fares as low as $49*
  2. Tampa / St. Pete, Florida – begins November 15, 2017 with fares as low as $69*
  3. Indianapolis – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $49*

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

  1. Norfolk, Virginia – begins October 4, 2017 with fares as low as $39*
  2. Milwaukee – begins October 13, 2017 with fares as low as $49*
  3. Ogdensburg, New York – begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $59*

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

  1. Phoenix / Mesa – begins November 15, 2017 with fares as low as $69*

Year-round nonstop service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from:

  1. Ogden, Utah – begins October 5, 2017 with fares as low as $35*
  2. Cincinnati – begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $69*

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

  1. Flint, Michigan begins October 6, 2017 with fares as low as $49*
  2. Milwaukee begins October 13, 2017 with fares as low as $49*
  3. Rochester, New York begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $69*
  4. Newburgh, New York begins November 17 2017 with fares as low as $65*

Seasonal nonstop service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

  1. St. Cloud, Minnesota begins November 15, 2017 with fares as low as $69*

Year-round nonstop service to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) from:

  1. Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $39*
  2. Los Angeles – begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $69*

Year-round nonstop service to Las Vegas via McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

  1. Ogden, Utah begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $45*
  2. Omaha, Nebraska begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $49*

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

  1. Milwaukee – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $50*
  2. Norfolk, Virginia – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $39*

Seasonal nonstop service to San Juan, Puerto Rico via Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) from:

  1. Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina – begins December 15, 2017 with fares as low as $64*

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N228NV (msn 716) (Visit Florida) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 936495.

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Viva Air commits to 50 Airbus A320 Family aircraft

Named "Helena", delivered May 4, 2012

Viva Air, the Latin America low cost carrier group owned by Irelandia Aviation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 50 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 35 A320neo and 15 A320ceo. The agreement paves the way for the group’s airlines VivaColombia and Viva Air Peru to base its fleet renewal and network growth on the A320 Family.

 

Viva Air recently launched Viva Air Peru, the sister airline of VivaColombia. Medellin-based VivaColombia operates nine A320 aircraft and Lima-based Viva Air Peru currently operates two, all with a capacity of 180 seats.

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Viva Air is a Panamanian headquartered group created by Irelandia Aviation and led by Declan Ryan. Irelandia has successfully developed six low cost carriers around the world, namely Allegiant, Ryanair, Tigerair, VivaAerobus, VivaColombia and most recently Viva Air Peru. Combined, the airlines have a fleet of more than 420 aircraft and have carried over a billion passengers.

Copyright Photo: VivaColombia (VivaColombia.com) Airbus A320-214 HK-4817 (msn 1725) MIA (Tony Storck). Image: 930978.

 

Alaska to retire the Virgin America brand in 2019 but will adopt many brand elements

Virgin America Airbus A320-214 N844VA (msn 4851) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928791.

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America on March 22, 2017 shared their vision for the future of the combined carrier, as the company solidifies its status as the West Coast’s premier airline.

The group continued:

After careful consideration, the combined company will adopt Alaska’s name and logo, retiring the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019. However, the combined airline will adopt many of the brand elements that Virgin America enthusiasts love about their favorite airline, including enhanced in-flight entertainment, mood lighting, music and the relentless desire to make flying a different experience for guests. The goal is to create a warm and welcoming West Coast-inspired vibe.

Alaska has been actively growing the airlines’ newly combined networks since closing the merger in December. Earlier this month, the airline announced 21 new markets with 25 new daily departures out of San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Jose, California – marking the largest addition of routes in the company’s history.

Alaska Airlines' "More to Love" merger livery

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines (Alaska + Virgin America) Boeing 737-990 ER SSWL N493AS (msn 41727) (More to Love) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936924.

In addition to low fares, network growth and award-winning service, Alaska will spend the next few years making major enhancements to its already award-winning guest experience and incorporating favorite elements of the Virgin America experience.

Enhancements include:

  • Modern, warm and welcoming vibe – Guests will start to see some of the new Alaska brand personality come to life throughout 2017, to create a warm and welcoming West Coast vibe throughout the guest journey. Music from fresh new artists will be featured on planes, in airport lobbies and at gates. In 2018, Alaska will debut an entirely redesigned cabin with new seats and amenities, and has already started to retrofit select Boeing aircraft with expressive blue mood lighting. Modern, stylish uniforms by fashion designer Luly Yang will roll out in mid-2019 for flight attendants, customer service agents, pilots, mechanics and ground crew.
  • Satellite connectivity – Alaska’s entire fleet of Boeing 737 passenger aircraft will be equipped with high-speed satellite Wi-Fi beginning in fall 2018, with the remainder of the Airbus fleet to follow. Both fleets are expected to be fully satellite-equipped by the end of 2019.
  • More premium seats – Building on Alaska’s new First Class and Premium Class seating sections that debuted earlier this year, premium seating will be expanded across the Airbus fleet beginning in the fourth quarter of 2018. The number of First Class seats will increase by 50 percent (going from eight seats in the Airbus First Class cabin to 12) and are customized for enhanced comfort, featuring 41 inches of pitch, improved seatback storage pockets, cup holders, footrests and personal power outlets throughout the cabin. The redesigned Airbus cabins will also feature 18 new Premium Class seats with 35 inches of pitch and complimentary beer, wine and cocktails.
  • The country’s top-ranked frequent flier program – In 2018, Alaska Mileage Plan will become the sole loyalty program for both airlines, offering guests more rewards, an expansive global partner network and the only major airline loyalty program that still rewards a mile flown with a mile earned on Alaska and Virgin America flights. Members of Alaska Mileage Plan enjoy some of the most generous benefits in the industry including complimentary upgrades, award travel starting at 5,000 miles one-way (plus taxes and fees) and a faster path to elite status compared to other airlines. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, members can earn and redeem miles to more than 900 destinations worldwide.
  • Complimentary upgrades – With 50 percent more premium seats being introduced to the Airbus fleet, elite loyalty members will enjoy the most generous complimentary upgrades in the industry. Mileage Plan MVP Golds and above are upgraded to First Class or Premium Class 75 percent of the time (based on average historic system wide rates of upgrade) on Alaska Airlines flights. Complimentary upgrades on Airbus aircraft will debut for the first time ever in late 2018.
  • Free movies – In January, Alaska launched a temporary promotion offering its entire catalog of more than 200 movies and TV shows for free. Starting now, free entertainment on guests’ own devices will be a permanent feature on its Boeing fleet and the same free library of movies and TV shows will expand to Airbus aircraft via Red entertainment system in August 2017. Guests on Airbus aircraft will continue to enjoy access to early release movies for purchase.
  • Free Chat™ – In January 2017, Alaska became the first and only U.S. airline to offer Free Chat onboard and will expand Free Chat to Airbus-operated flights in August 2017. Guests can stay connected to friends and family on the ground via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and iMessage.
  • West Coast-inspired food and beverage – Alaska and Virgin America continue to enhance their fresh, healthy, West Coast-inspired onboard food and beverage menus. Guests of both airlines enjoy craft brews, premium wines and delicious food options. By June 2017, Alaska First Class passengers will be able to pre-select meals before they fly, and by early 2018, Alaska’s Main Cabin passengers will be able to pre-pay for their meals before they fly. Food pre-ordering will be extended to Airbus flights sometime in the future.
  • Lounge expansion – By early 2019, guests will be able to relax in refreshed and expanded airport lounges in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, as well as new lounges in San Francisco and at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The expansion plans will double the square footage of Alaska’s airport lounges. Members also currently enjoy access to more than 60 partner lounges throughout the United States and around the world.

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America along with their regional partners, fly 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba.

Top Copyright Photo: Virgin America Airbus A320-214 N844VA (msn 4851) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 928791 (all others by Alaska Airlines).

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Brussels Airlines introduces “Amare” to promote Tomorrowland

"Amare" - Brussels Airlines' 2017 Tomorrowland logo jet

Brussels Airlines made this announcement:

Amare, an ode to Tomorrowland, was welcomed on February 23, 2017 as the fourth Airbus A320 in our Belgian Icons series (following “Rackham”, “Magritte” and “Trident”).

Since 2012, Brussels Airlines and Tomorrowland have been bringing people together from around the world to Belgium. And that is exactly what Amare will continue to do. It is now on a mission to unite “the People of Tomorrow”, so as to gather fine memories and create lasting friendships.

We are one world. Like Tomorrowland, Amare means: Live Today. Love Tomorrow. Unite Forever.

“Amare” stands for unity, love and friendship.

The pictured OO-SNF will wear this special livery until 2022.

Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-SNF (msn 2810) (We fly you to the home of Tomorrowland) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 937091.

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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.

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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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