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JetBlue relocates in Houston with move to George Bush Intercontinental Airport and adds new route to Costa Rica

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N584JB (msn 2149) (Highrise) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946259.

JetBlue Airways today announced that the airline’s operations in Houston will relocate from William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) later this year.

The final day of flying at Hobby Airport will be on October 26, 2019 and the first day of flying at Bush Intercontinental will be on October 27, 2019. JetBlue plans to operate from Bush Intercontinental’s Terminal A.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Houston (IAH)
Beginning October 27, 2019

JFK – IAH Flight #1381

IAH – JFK Flight #1382

1:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

11:13 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Houston (IAH)
Beginning October 27, 2019

BOS – IAH Flight #1931

IAH – BOS Flight #1932

7:00 a.m. – 10:13 a.m.

4:55 p.m. – 9:32 p.m.

 

Connecting Costa Rica with New York-JFK

JetBlue today also announced it will introduce new nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and San José, Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) beginning November 1, 2019. Service will operate three times weekly on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays.

New York-JFK service in San José will complement JetBlue’s daily service between Costa Rica’s capital and the airlines’ focus cities in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando. Additionally, JetBlue also offers nonstop service, including seasonal Mint flights, to Liberia, Costa Rica from the airline’s home at New York-JFK. JetBlue first began serving Costa Rica with San José service more than a decade ago in March 2009.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and San José (SJO)
On Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays Beginning November 1, 2019

JFK – SJO Flight #1793

SJO – JFK Flight #1794

6:25 p.m. – 10:50 p.m.

11:59 p.m. – 6:09 a.m. (+1)

JetBlue will operate both Houston and San José flights using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N584JB (msn 2149) (Highrise) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946259.

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Business Insider: American Airlines CEO reveals why he engineered 2 of the biggest airline mergers in the last 20 years

From Business Insider:

American Airlines’ current CEO, Doug Parker, originally was the CEO of America West Airlines when he saw an opportunity to grow the company when he saw weakness in a struggling fellow carrier. He acquired and merged bankrupt US Airways with America West. The more appropriate US Airways name and brand was adopted.

Next, another opportunity came when American Airlines went into bankruptcy. Parker orchestrated a buyout and strategic merger of US Airways with American Airlines when it came out of bankruptcy. Once again the larger company’s name was adopted. As a result of the merger, the current day American Airlines is the largest airline in the world.

Peal the paint away of some AA Airbus A320s and you will find the America West roots.

This is really the story of how upstart America West Airlines (a new airline of the deregulation era) under CEO Doug Parker became the largest airline in the world through two acquisitions and two name adoptions.

Read the full story.

America West Airlines Airbus A320-232 N657AW (msn 1083) LAX (Bruce Drum). Image: 101107.

Above Copyright Photo: America West Airlines Airbus A320-232 N657AW (msn 1083) LAX (Bruce Drum). Image: 101107.

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JetBlue announces its first quarter 2019 results

"My Other Ride is A JetBlue E190"

JetBlue Airways Corporation today reported its results for the first quarter 2019:

  • Reported diluted earnings per share of $0.14 in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $0.28 in the first quarter of 2018. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.16 in the first quarter of 2019 versus $0.26 in the first quarter of 2018. 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 $58 million, a decline of 48.5% from $113 million in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding the one-time costs, adjusted pre-tax income of $70 million(1), a decline of 38.2% from the first quarter of 2018.
  • Pre-tax margin of 3.1%, inclusive of the one-time costs, a 3.3 point decline from the first quarter of 2018. Adjusted pre-tax margin of 3.7%(1), a 2.7 percentage point decline year over year.

 

Highlights from the First Quarter 2019

  • First quarter 2019 revenue per available seat mile (RASM) declined 3.1%, year over year, driven by holiday calendar placement, improved completion factor and certain areas of softness observed in the trough period. Excluding the 0.75 point impact from high completion factor, RASM declined 2.4% year over year, slightly better than the mid-point of our guidance range of down (3.5%) to down (1.5%).
  • Operating expenses per available seat mile, excluding fuel (CASM ex-fuel) (1) increased 0.9%, below the low end of our initial guidance range of 1.5% to 3.5%. This increase includes a benefit of approximately 0.75 points from improved completion factor.

Key Guidance for the Second Quarter and Full Year 2019:

  • Capacity is expected to increase between 4.5% and 6.5% year over year in the second quarter 2019. For the full year 2019, JetBlue expects capacity to increase between 4.5% and 6.5%.
  • RASM growth is expected to range between 1.0% and 4.0% for the second quarter 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. Our guidance includes a benefit of 2.25 points of impact related to the calendar placement shift of Easter and Passover between the first and second quarters of 2019.
  • CASM ex-fuel is expected to increase between 1.5% and 3.5% for the second 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

“We are very proud of our team and the work they do every day to deliver the JetBlue experience. This quarter our financial performance was mainly impacted by the calendar placement of Easter and Passover holidays and, as disclosed in March, a softer revenue environment than initially expected,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer.

“In recent years we have repeatedly demonstrated our ability to adapt to the changing environment around us to achieve our margin commitments – and 2019 is proving to be no different. We believe we will successfully execute our five ‘building blocks’ introduced at our 2018 Investor Day, and we remain committed to our goal of delivering earnings per share between $2.50 and $3 dollars by 2020. We also continue to expect margin expansion in 2019, and to further expand our margins in 2020.”

“We believe our work will position us for success into the next decade. Next year we anticipate the first delivery of our margin-accretive A220s, a game-changing aircraft to further help us reduce our unit costs, improve our margins and increase our EPS. We are thrilled that we recently converted 13 A321s in our order book to A321 LRs, and we expect to begin our European service by adding London from Boston and New York starting in 2021,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Revenue Performance and Outlook

First quarter RASM declined 3.1% year over year. Excluding the 0.75 point headwind from improved completion factor, RASM was slightly better than the mid-point of our guidance range of down (3.5%) to down (1.5%). “Our RASM was negatively impacted by three drivers: this year’s holiday calendar placement, improved completion factor, and certain areas of softness we observed in the trough period,” said Marty St. George, JetBlue’s EVP Commercial and Planning.

“Looking into the second quarter, we expect RASM growth between 1.0% and 4.0% year over year. Our guidance includes an anticipated 2.25 point positive impact of Easter/Passover holiday placement shift into April. March RASM showed clear signs of a weaker trough, which extended into the first half of April. The April peak, however, is showing the strength we had expected, and very early look at May and June points to sequential RASM acceleration.”

Cost Performance, Outlook and Balance Sheet

“Our first quarter CASM ex-fuel represents a unit cost increase below the mid-point of our guidance range. For the second quarter, we expect CASM ex-fuel growth to range between 1.5% and 3.5%. As a reminder, both our first quarter and second quarter guidance include an approximately three-point impact from our pilot contract signed last August,” said Steve Priest, JetBlue’s EVP Chief Financial Officer.

“We could not be prouder of the hard work across JetBlue to deliver on our commitments to hit our goals. We are encouraged by the CASM ex-fuel progress we made in the first quarter, and the progression we anticipate for the rest of the year. In the first half we will continue to digest our first pilot contract, and despite our capacity reduction from early March, our guidance range remains between 0 and 2 percent.”

Capital Allocation and Liquidity

JetBlue ended the quarter with approximately $876 million in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents, and short term investments, or about 11.3% of trailing twelve month revenue. In addition, at the end of the quarter, JetBlue maintained approximately $625 million in undrawn lines of credit. JetBlue repaid $133 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations for the first quarter.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

The realized fuel price in the quarter was $2.05 per gallon, a 2.0% decline versus first quarter 2018 realized fuel price of $2.09.

JetBlue entered into forward fuel derivative contracts to hedge approximately 7% of its fuel consumption for the second quarter of 2019. Based on the fuel curve as of April 12th, JetBlue expects an average all-in price per gallon of fuel of $2.21 in the second quarter of 2019.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N793JB (msn 4647) (Highrise) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946262.

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Laudamotion introduces new crew uniforms, will go by Lauda

Delivered on February 8, 2019

Laudamotion has introduced new uniforms for its crew members. As its new livery reflects, the carrier will officially shorten its name to Lauda.

The carrier is also expanding, especially between Germany and Palma de Mallorca in coordination with Ryanair.

Top Copyright Photo: Lauda – laudamotion.com Airbus A320-232 OE-IHL (msn 3105) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 945746.

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JetBlue starts Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Guayaquil, Ecuador service

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N623JB (msn 2504) (jetBlue Vacations) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104920.

JetBlue Airways today announced the start of new service in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with the first flight arriving in the South American city just before 11 p.m. local time last night and the first northbound leg of the route arriving in South Florida just after 5 a.m. today.

New service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) operates daily and brings JetBlue to a sixth destination in South America.

New service between Fort Lauderdale and Guayaquil will be operated on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N623JB (msn 2504) (jetBlue Vacations) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104920.

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Wizz Air expands in Kutaisi, Georgia with six new routes

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 HA-LWB (msn 4246) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 945385.

Wizz Air has announced the allocation of a third Airbus A320 aircraft to its Kutaisi base as well as the start of six long awaited new services from Kutaisi, Georgia to Eindhoven, Bari, Copenhagen, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Tallinn and Charleroi. 

Wizz started operations from Kutaisi International Airport in 2012 and after 7 years of successful operations, and only 8 month after allocating its second aircraft to the Kutaisi base, the airline announced further great expansion at its Georgian base by allocating a third Airbus A320 aircraft in August 2019.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM KUTAISI

New routes Frequency Start date Fares from*
Eindhoven Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 1 August 2019 GEL 56.99 / EUR 19.99
Bari Thursday, Sunday 1 August 2019 GEL 56.99 / EUR 19.99
Copenhagen Monday, Friday 2 August 2019 GEL 56.99 / EUR 19.99
Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Monday, Friday 2 August 2019 GEL 56.99 / EUR 19.99
Tallinn Wednesday, Sunday 4 August 2019 GEL 56.99 / EUR 19.99
Brussels – Charleroi Wednesday, Sunday 4 August 2019 GEL 56.99 / EUR 19.99

* One way including all taxes and non-optional charges

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 HA-LWB (msn 4246) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 945385.

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Air Serbia to launch nine new routes

Celebrating 90 years of flying

Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, will commence nonstop year-round flights to seven new destinations – Kiev, Madrid, Barcelona, Rijeka, Krasnodar, Helsinki and Cairo as well as two seasonal flights to Nice and Zadar starting in June 2019.

In addition to the new destinations, Air Serbia will add more depth to its network with additional frequencies on Air Serbia’s busiest existing routes, including Zurich, Paris and Dubrovnik.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Air Serbia Airbus A320-232 YU-APH (msn 2645) (90 Years) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945402.

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