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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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Wizz Air continues to expand in Skopje, Macedonia

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LYR (msn 6631) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 945266.

Wizz Air has announced today the allocation of its fifth Airbus A320 aircraft to its Skopje base in July 2019, as well as the start of eight long awaited new services from Skopje to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Bremen, Larnaca and Turku and from Ohrid to Malmö, Milan Malpensa, Munich Memmingen and Dortmund.

The fleet expansion will also enable to increase the number of weekly flights on Wizz Air’s existing routes from Skopje to Gothenburg, Hamburg, Cologne, Malta and Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg.

Wizz Air started operations from Skopje International Airport in 2011, growing its fleet to four aircraft over 8 years.In June 2018, two of the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft have been upgraded to two Airbus A321.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM MACEDONIA

New routes Frequency Start date Fares from*
Ohrid – Malmö Monday, Friday (until 13 September)

Wednesday, Sunday (from 18 September)

18 March 2019 MKD 1,169 / EUR 19.99
Skopje – Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Tuesday, Saturday (until 29 June)

Wednesday, Sunday (from 3 July)

19 March 2019 MKD 1,169 / EUR 19.99
Ohrid – Milan Malpensa Tuesday, Saturday (until 30 March)

Monday, Friday (from 1 April)

19 March 2019 MKD 1,169 / EUR 19.99
Skopje – Bremen Wednesday, Sunday 20 March 2019 MKD 1,169 / EUR 19.99
Ohrid – Memmingen Monday, Friday 1 July 2019 MKD 1,169 / EUR 19.99
Ohrid – Dortmund Tuesday, Saturday 2 July 2019 MKD 1,169 / EUR 19.99
Skopje – Larnaca Wednesday, Sunday 3 July 2019 MKD 1,169 / EUR 19.99
Skopje – Turku Wednesday, Sunday 3 July 2019 MKD 1,169 / EUR 19.99

WIZZ AIR’S FREQUENCY INCREASES ON SKOPJE ROUTES

Destination Weekly Flights From Month
Gothenburg Landvetter 4x→5 July 2019
Hamburg 2x→3 July 2019
Cologne 3x→4 July 2019
Malta 2x→3 July 2019
Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg 7x→10 July 2019

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LYR (msn 6631) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 945266.

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JetBlue Airways arrives in Bozeman, Montana

"You Had Me at Blue"

JetBlue Airways on December 13 announced the start of new service in Bozeman, Montana, with the arrival of the airline’s inaugural flight landing on schedule just before 2:30 p.m. local time (below).

Above Photo:. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

Roundtrip flights between Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays on a summer and winter seasonal schedule.

Bozeman is JetBlue’s first destination in Montana.

JetBlue will operate new Bozeman flights using its Airbus A320 aircraft. The first flight was operated with the pictured N805JB.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 WL N805JB (msn 5148) (Barcode) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931273.

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Spirit Airlines is coming to Jacksonville

Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL N653NK (msn 8012) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943095.

Spirit Airlines beginning on December 20, 2018 will begin nonstop daily service from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).

 

Jacksonville will mark Spirit’s 69th destination in its growing network, and joins Spirit’s other Florida stations of Orlando, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers, Tampa and West Palm Beach.

Jacksonville (JAX) to/from Starts: Frequency:
Chicago – O’Hare (ORD) December 20, 2018 Daily
Detroit (DTW) December 20, 2018 Daily

This latest service expansion comes just months after Spirit announced it was launching nearly a dozen new routes from Orlando, Florida to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Spirit): Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL N653NK (msn 8012) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943095.

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