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Wizz Air is coming to Edinburgh, expands in Odessa

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LYQ (msn 6614) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937196.

Wizz Air has announced that it will begin operations at Edinburgh Airport, with the launch of four routes to popular European city break destinations.

From the beginning of November, Wizz Air will connect Scotland’s capital with the Polish cities of Warsaw and Gdansk, Budapest in Hungary, and Bucharest in Romania. Fares start from £16.99* and can be booked from today at wizzair.com.

Wizz Air now operates seven routes from Scotland to Eastern Europe’s most vibrant cities. This includes services between Aberdeen and Gdansk, and Glasgow to Budapest and Katowice, as well as the new Edinburgh routes. Today’s announcement means that Wizz Air now has 360 thousand seats on sale on its Scottish routes, representing 240% growth year on year.

Wizz Air’s low fare network now connects UK passengers on 102 routes in 27 countries across Europe and beyond. All routes are served by a young fleet of ultra-efficient Airbus A320, A321 and A321neo aircraft, meaning that Wizz Air emits the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger amongst its competitors.

 

Route Operating days Launch date Fares from
Edinburgh – Warsaw Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 1 November 2019 £16.99*
Edinburgh – Gdansk Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 2 November 2019 £16.99*
Edinburgh – Budapest Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 2 November 2019 £21.99*
Edinburgh – Bucharest Tuesday, Saturday 2 November 2019 £29.99*

In other news, Wizz Air has announced six new services from Odesa International Airport to Budapest in Hungary, Berlin Schoenefeld in Germany; Gdansk, Wroclaw and Katowice in Poland; and Bratislava in Slovakia, as well as a new route from Lviv to Larnaca in Cyprus. The operations of the new routes will start in November.

By adding Odesa to its fast-growing network, Wizz Air continues to invest and further diversify its network in Ukraine. With the new connections from Odesa to Budapest, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Katowice, Berlin and Bratislava, Wizz Air will provide passengers from Southern Ukraine a great opportunity for low-fare adventures in 4 different countries. Whether it’s a city break in beautiful Budapest on the Danube river with its famous thermal baths and vibrant nightlife or in the liveliest and trendiest capital of Germany Berlin, which boasts rich cultural life and heritage there are great offers for every taste. Meanwhile, Lviv passengers can prolong their summer by heading to sunny Larnaca to discover the Mediterranean city’s charm.

With these new services from Odesa and Lviv, Wizz Air now offers a total of 53 routes to 13 countries from Ukraine.


WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM UKRAINE

Route Operating Days Starts Fares From*
Odesa – Budapest Tuesday, Saturday 2 November 2019 EUR 14.99 / UAH 429
Odesa – Berlin Schönefeld Tuesday, Saturday 2 November 2019 EUR 14.99 / UAH 429
Odesa – Gdansk Tuesday, Saturday 2 November 2019 EUR 14.99 / UAH 429
Odesa – Wroclaw Monday, Friday 1 November 2019 EUR 14.99 / UAH 429
Odesa – Katowice Tuesday, Saturday 2 November 2019 EUR 14.99 / UAH 429
Odesa – Bratislava Wednesday, Sunday 3 November 2019 EUR 14.99 / UAH 429
Lviv – Larnaca Monday, Friday 28 October 2019 EUR 24.99 / UAH 719

 


WIZZ AIR’S RECENTLY COMMENCED ROUTE

Route Operating Days Starts Fares From*
Kharkiv – Krakow Monday, Friday 2 August 2019 EUR 14.99 / UAH 429

 

*One way including all taxes and non-optional charges

**ACI suggests creation of 750 on-site jobs for every million carried passengers

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LYQ (msn 6614) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937196.

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Spirit Airlines is coming to Nashville

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2018 (revised titles)

Spirit Airlines is coming to Nashville, Tennessee. Beginning October 10, 2019.

Spirit will begin nonstop daily service from Nashville International Airport (BNA) to Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Orlando.

The airline will also add nonstop service to Tampa on November 5. The six routes will operate year-round and create dozens of connections to some of Spirit’s most popular destinations, throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.

Nashville, TN (BNA) to/from:  Starts: Frequency:
Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC (BWI) October 10, 2019 Daily, year-round
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) October 10, 2019 Daily, year-round
New Orleans, LA (MSY) October 10, 2019 Daily, year-round
Las Vegas, NV (LAS) October 10, 2019 Daily, year-round
Orlando, FL (MCO) October 10, 2019 Daily, year-round
Tampa, FL (TPA) November 5, 2019 Daily, year-round

The announcement will add to Spirit’s growing network, as the carrier recently announced it would be launching service in Burbank, Sacramento, and Charlotte on June 20.

Top Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL N618NK (msn 5458) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945345.

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Thai Smile Airways to become a new Star Alliance Connecting Partner

Thai Smile Airbus A320-232 WL HS-TXU (msn 6795) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946619.

Star Alliance today announced the plans for Thai Smile Airways to become the next Connecting Partner in its global network.

The Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance, meeting on the sides of the 75th IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul,  approved the application of Thai Smile Airways to become a part the Alliance’s Connecting Partner model.

The Connecting Partner model was established by Star Alliance in June 2016 to complement its membership model.

In contrast to full membership in the Alliance, requiring building of commercial ties with all full members, the more regional Connecting Partner scope calls for commercial relationships with a minimum of three carriers only.

Customers travelling on an itinerary which includes a transfer between a Star Alliance member airline and a Connecting Partner will be offered standard Alliance benefits such as passenger and baggage through check-in. In addition, customers who have achieved Star Alliance Gold Status in their frequent flyer programme will enjoy premium customer benefits.

Once all entry requirements are fulfilled, which is expected by the end of the year, Thai Smile Airways will become the second Connecting Partner, joining Juneyao Airlines that entered in 2017.

Connecting Partners allow Star Alliance to close network gaps that may exist of a regional basis. Thai Smile Airways will add 11 new destinations to the Star Alliance network, which already comprises over 1,300 airports in 194 countries.

The Bangkok based airline has begun to implement the necessary technology and commercial links which will allow Thai Smile to begin serving Star Alliance connecting passengers in 2020. As of then, the airline will be offering the privileges to qualifying Star Alliance Gold Status passengers travelling on connecting itineraries, including Priority Check-in, Thai Smile Lounge Access, and Priority Baggage Delivery.

Thai Smile is a ‘light premium’ sub-brand of Thai Airways International. We offer ‘light premium’ product and service which include seat selection and check in counter service with no additional charge, on-board snacks and drinks, and baggage allowance of 20 kg. Passenger travel on Thai Smile will also enjoy the Royal Orchid Plus (ROP) mileage same as on Thai Airways International flights.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Thai Smile Airbus A320-232 WL HS-TXU (msn 6795) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946619.
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Etihad Airways to go double-daily from Abu Dhabi to Moscow Domodedovo

Etihad Airways Airbus A320-232 WL F-WWDC (A6-EJA) (msn 6527) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 946392.

Etihad Airways has announced a new second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, which will operate seasonally between October 27 and May 10, 2020.

The additional flight, operated by an Airbus A320, will provide more convenient travel options between the two capital cities as passengers can now choose between a daytime and evening departure from both Abu Dhabi and Moscow. Together with the existing service, operated by an Airbus A321, travellers will also benefit from improved connectivity through Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub to Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

Timetable: Abu Dhabi – Moscow (effective October 27, 2019 – May 10, 2020)

Flight

Origin

Dep

Des

Arrives

Freq

Aircraft

EY 65

Abu Dhabi

02:40

Moscow (DME)

07:20

Daily

Airbus A321

EY 68

Moscow (DME)

12:40

Abu Dhabi

19:05

Daily

Airbus A321

EY 63*

Abu Dhabi

14:00

Moscow (DME)

18:40

Daily

Airbus A320

EY 64*

Moscow (DME)

23:35

Abu Dhabi

5:55

Daily

Airbus A320

Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. *Denotes new flight

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Etihad Airways Airbus A320-232 WL F-WWDC (A6-EJA) (msn 6527) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 946392.

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Spirit Airlines expands in California and Las Vegas

Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL N626NK (msn 5999) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104929.

Spirit Airlines has announced it will soon serve its fifth destination in California, Sacramento.

Beginning June 20, 2019, Spirit Airlines will begin nonstop service from Sacramento International Airport (SMF) to McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas.  The three daily flights will not only offer convenient service to the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” but will also provide dozens of connections to other Spirit destinations, including Columbus, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Tampa, Baltimore/Washington, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.

The announcement comes just a day after Spirit announced it would begin serving Hollywood-Burbank Airport (BUR) on the same date, June 20.  The airline currently operates at three California airports, San Diego International Airport (SAN), Oakland International Airport (OAK), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The announcement will add to Spirit’s growing number of destinations from Las Vegas, a growth city and crew base for the airline.  Spirit now averages approximately 55 daily departures from Las Vegas offering nonstop flights to 28 cities.  As of July 2019, Spirit will have grown nearly 50 percent in Las Vegas compared to its capacity two years earlier and, in 2018, became the fastest growing carrier there.

Spirit also recently announced it would be launching service in Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, and Indianapolis, as well as expanding service in Jamaica, Denver and Puerto Rico.  The airline is focused on investing in the Guest experience and delivering the best value in the sky, including the addition of high-speed Wi-Fi to its entire fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL N626NK (msn 5999) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104929.

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Wizz Air announces two new routes from Kiev

Wizz's 2016 "Budapest - Canadidate City Olympic Games 2024" promotional livery

Wizz Air has announced two new routes from Kiev (Kyiv) to Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece. The low-fare connection Kyiv-Athens is commencing on May 21 with 2 weekly frequencies, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, while flights on a route Kyiv-Thessaloniki are commencing on May 20 and will be operated 2 times per week, on Mondays and Fridays.

With these two new routes connecting Ukraine with Greece, Wizz Air is now offering a total of 45 routes to 13 countries from 3 Ukrainian airports in 2019.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTE FROM KYIV

Destination Operating Days Starts Fares From*
Athens Tuesday, Saturday 21 May EUR 19.99 / UAH 609
Thessaloniki Monday, Friday 20 May EUR 19.99 / UAH 609

In other news, the airline will also start flying from Gdansk to Bodo from May with 2 weekly flights.

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LYG (msn 5539) (Budapest-Candidate City Olympic Games 2024) MST (Karl Cornil). Image: 945726.

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JetBlue announces fourth quarter 2018 results

jetBlue's 2018 "jetBlue for Good" logo jet

JetBlue Airways Corporation today reported its results for the fourth quarter 2018:

  • Reported diluted earnings per share of $0.55 in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $2.03 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.50 in the fourth quarter of 2018 versus $0.32 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Fourth quarter 2018 results benefited from solid non-fuel cost control and revenue performance through the quarter. Note A to this earnings release includes the GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation between reported and adjusted diluted earnings per share.
  • GAAP pre-tax income of $200 million. Excluding the one-time costs, adjusted pre-tax income of $204 million(1), an increase of 19.9% from the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Pre-tax margin of 10.2%, inclusive of the one-time costs. Adjusted pre-tax margin of 10.4%(1), a 0.7 point increase year over year.

Highlights from the Fourth Quarter 2018

  • Fourth quarter 2018 revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 2.4%, year over year, driven by strong close-in demand trends across the network. RASM for the quarter ended above the mid-point of our initial guidance range of 1.0% to 4.0% excluding a 0.3 point impact from strong completion factor during the quarter.
  • Operating expenses per available seat mile, excluding fuel (CASM ex-fuel) (1) declined 3.6%, below the low end of our initial guidance range of down (3.5%) to down (1.5%). This decline includes a small benefit of approximately 0.3 points from improved completion factor.

Images: JetBlue. Cabin and entertainment refresh.

Key Guidance for the First Quarter and Full Year 2019:

  • Capacity is expected to increase between 7.5% and 9.5% year over year in the first quarter 2019. For the full year 2019, JetBlue expects capacity to increase between 5.0% and 7.0%.
  • RASM growth is expected to range between down (2.0%) and plus 1.0% for the first quarter 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. Our guidance includes two points of negative impact related to the calendar placement shift of Easter and Passover between the first and second quarters of 2019. In addition our guidance includes a net 0.75 point headwind related to a more active winter that impacted trough weeks during the first quarter of 2018.
  • CASM ex-fuel is expected to increase between 1.5% and 3.5% for the first quarter of 2019, principally driven by engine maintenance timing and the year-over-year impact of the pilot contract effective on August 1st, 2018. For the full year 2019, JetBlue continues to expect year over year CASM ex-fuel to be between flat and 2.0%.

Executing our Plan to Reach our EPS Commitments

“I’d like to thank our 22,000 Crewmembers across our network for all their hard work throughout 2018. I’d also like to congratulate our Crewmembers for operating the airline at 100 percent completion from December 10 through January 11. This is an impressive achievement as we safely delivered our Customers to their destinations during one of the busiest times of the year,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer.

“During 2018 we continued to work on our plan to strengthen the foundation of JetBlue and position the company to thrive. In bringing this very busy year to a close, I could not be prouder of our accomplishments. 2018 was a year of significant fuel volatility, and our team has remained relentlessly focused on executing our plan laid out in Investor Day. We are pleased with the progress we’ve made to-date on our building blocks. We are mindful of the external environment, but remain focused on executing on the initiatives we control, which we believe will create value and drive returns for our Owners.”

“We expect 2019 will be a stepping stone year to deliver on our 2020 goals, and to further improvements beyond 2020. We expect to see margin expansion resulting from our network reallocation, ancillary revenue initiatives, improvements to our fleet and our progress in better controlling our costs. We remain confident in our ability to execute on our building blocks and achieve our $2.50 to $3.00 EPS target in 2020,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Revenue Performance and Outlook

Fourth quarter RASM increased 2.4%. Excluding the 0.3 point headwind from improved completion factor, RASM was above the mid-point of our original guidance range 1.0% to 4.0%. During the quarter we saw strong close-in demand across the network, with strong peaks and continued improvement in trough periods,” said Marty St. George, JetBlue’s EVP Commercial and Planning.

“We are broadly seeing fourth quarter demand trends carry into the first quarter. Our ‘clean’ RASM is expected to fall between 0.75 and 3.75 percent during the first quarter, which adds back the impact of the calendar shift and weather to our guidance.”

Cost Performance, Outlook and Balance Sheet

Fourth quarter CASM ex-fuel declined 3.6%, below the low end of the updated guidance of down (3.5%) to down (1.5%), driven by execution of our Structural Cost Program. “I am delighted to say we exceeded our plan, and reported underlying CASM ex-fuel growth below the mid-point of our full year guidance, despite the added pressure from lower capacity in three of four quarters,” said Steve Priest, JetBlue’s EVP Chief Financial Officer.

“Excluding the 2018 impact from our pilot deal of 1.3 points, we achieved a small decline in underlying CASM ex-fuel for the year. This is an important accomplishment in improving our cost control as we have now achieved $199 million dollars in 2020 run rate savings from our $250 to 300 million dollar Structural Cost Program, and we are on track to execute on our cost commitments through 2020.

Looking into the first quarter, similar to our progression in 2018, we expect the quarter over quarter variations during 2019 to also include scheduled engine maintenance events that may shift between quarters as we remain on a time and material basis for our Airbus engines. For 2019 we continue to expect our ex-fuel unit costs growth to range between 0 and 2 percent. We anticipate CASM ex-fuel growth to be higher in the first half of this year, largely as a result of the pilot contract effective on August 1 of 2018. In the second half of 2019 we expect to see further benefits from the ramp of the Structural Cost Program and the greater impact of our A320 fleet restyling efforts.”

Capital Allocation and Liquidity

JetBlue ended the quarter with approximately $887 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, and short term investments, or about 11.6% of trailing twelve month revenue. In addition, JetBlue maintains approximately $625 million in undrawn lines of credit.

JetBlue repaid $44 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations for the fourth quarter and $222 million for the full year 2018, and raised $147 million in net proceeds in secured aircraft debt for the fourth quarter. JetBlue anticipates maintaining a 30-40% adjusted debt to cap range and liquidity between 10% and 12%.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

The realized fuel price in the quarter was $2.24 per gallon, a 18.5% increase versus fourth quarter 2017 realized fuel price of $1.89.

JetBlue entered into forward fuel derivative contracts to hedge approximately 7% of its fuel consumption for the first half of 2019. Based on the fuel curve as of January 11th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel of $2.01 in the first quarter of 2019.

Notes

(1) Consolidated operating cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel and related taxes, and operating expenses related to other non-airline businesses (CASM Ex-Fuel) is a non-GAAP financial measure that we use to measure our core performance. Note A provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 WL N809JB (msn 5349) (jetBlue for Good) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 945291.

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