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Vueling adds three ex-Level Europe Airbus A321s

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) Airbus A321-211 WL EC-NLV (msn 6454) (Level colors) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 954843.

Vueling Airlines is adding more aircraft.

Besides two Airbus A320s, Vueling has taken delivery of three A321s previously operated by IAG’s Austrian brand Anisec Lufthart (operated as Level Europe) which ceased operations in March 2020.

The airliner displays a hybrid scheme as seen on EC-NLV (formerly OE-LCN, msn 6454).

Photo and report by Javier Rodriguez from Spain.

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Air Transat to operate to nearly 50 destinations this winter, adds Miami and Fort Myers

Air Transat Airbus A321-211 WL C-FTXU (msn 6114) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 949238.

Air Transat has announced its winter 2021-22 flight program.

Starting November 1, the airline will offer flights to nearly 50 destinations throughout the CaribbeanMexico, Central and South Americathe United States and Europe.

This program also features two new destinations in Florida—Miami and Fort Myers, with direct flights from Montreal—in addition to flights already scheduled for Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

Starting in December 2021, Air Transat will fly to Miami four times a week, and to Fort Myers twice a week.

Flights to three continents this winter

To quench Canadians’ wanderlust, direct flights will be offered from eight Canadian cities: MontrealQuebec CityTorontoOttawaHamiltonLondonHalifax and Moncton.

From Montreal, Air Transat will operate direct flights to ColombiaCosta RicaCuba, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Martinique, Panama, Puerto RicoSt. MaartenEl Salvador and the United States.

Travelers from Toronto will be able to fly direct to ColombiaCosta RicaCuba, the Dominican RepublicHondurasJamaicaMexicoPanamaSt. Maarten and the United States.

From Quebec City, seven sunny destinations will be accessible by direct flight to Cubathe United StatesMexico and the Dominican Republic.

And lastly, to allow Canadians to travel across their country and to increase connecting opportunities to international destinations, Air Transat will also operate domestic flights between MontrealQuebec CityToronto and Vancouver.

As for Europe, Air Transat will gradually offer direct flights from Montreal to FrancePortugalSpain and Italy. There will also be direct flights from Toronto to the United KingdomPortugalthe NetherlandsIreland and Italy, and from Quebec City to France.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A321-211 WL C-FTXU (msn 6114) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 949238.

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Transat secures $700 million in funding from the Government of Canada

Air Transat Airbus A321-211 WL C-FTXU (msn 6114) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 949238.

Transat A.T. Inc. (the parent of Air Transat) announced today that it has reached an agreement with the Government of Canada to borrow up to $700 million in additional liquidity through the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF).

“The agreement reached with the Government of Canada provides us with an additional $700 million in liquidity, which is the amount we needed to move forward with confidence. Our strong balance sheet prior to the pandemic and the aggressive actions we have taken since have enabled us to weather this unprecedented crisis so far. With this support, we now look forward to resuming operations as soon as safe travel is possible and travel restrictions can be lifted. We will then be able to implement our plan to make Transat a solid and profitable company once again, one that will continue to symbolize leisure travel for its many customers in Quebec and elsewhere,” declared Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“The funds obtained will also enable us to reimburse our customers whose travel had to be cancelled due to the pandemic under conditions that are sustainable for the company, which we welcome.”

The new fully repayable credit facilities made available by the Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation under the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility, which Transat would use only on an as-needed basis, are as follows:

  • An amount of $390 million, representing the liquidity needed to support Transat until its business has recovered to a level where it can generate cash once again, broken down as follows:
    • An amount of $78 million in the form of a non-revolving and secured credit facility bearing interest at CDOR (Canadian Dollar Offered Rate) plus 4.5% and maturing in 2 years; the facility is secured by a first-ranking charge on the assets of Transat A.T. Inc.
    • A $312 million non-revolving and unsecured credit facility with a 5-year maturity, loaned at a rate of 5% in the first year, increasing to 8% in the second year, and by 2% per annum thereafter, with the possibility of capitalization of interest in the first two years.
    • In the context of the financing arrangement, Transat issued a total of 13,000,000 warrants for the purchase of an equivalent number of shares of Transat (subject to certain limitations described below), with customary adjustment provisions, at an exercise price of $4.50 per share (representing the volume-weighted average trading price for the five trading days preceding the issuance of the warrants) over a 10-year period, representing 18.75% of the total commitment available under the above non-revolving and unsecured credit facility. The warrants are to vest in proportion to the drawings that will be made, and 50% would be forfeited if the loan were to be repaid in full in the first year.
  • An amount of $310 million consisting of an unsecured credit facility to provide reimbursement to travelers who were scheduled to depart on or after February 1, 2020, for whom a travel credit was issued as a result of COVID–19. This amount is repayable over a 7-year term and is loaned at the current 7-year Canada Bond rate of 1.2%.

The number of shares issuable upon exercise of the warrants may not exceed 25% of the current number of issued and outstanding shares, nor may it result in the holder owning 20% or more of the outstanding shares upon exercise of the warrants. In the event of an exercise of warrants that surpasses these thresholds, the excess will be payable in cash on the basis of the difference between the market price of Transat’s shares and the exercise price. Finally, in the event that the credit facility is repaid in full by its maturity, Transat will have the right to redeem all of the warrants for a consideration equal to their fair market value. The warrants will not be transferable prior to the expiry of the period giving rise to the exercise of such redemption right. In addition, the holder of the warrants will benefit from registration rights to facilitate the sale of the underlying shares and the warrants themselves (once the transfer restriction has been lifted).

In connection with the establishment of these credit facilities, Transat has made certain commitments, including:

  • The reimbursement of travelers who were scheduled to depart on or after February 1, 2020, to whom a travel credit has been issued due to COVID-19. Refunds will begin immediately, with terms to be communicated separately. As per the agreement, to be eligible, customers will need to expressly indicate their desire for a refund;
  • Restrictions on dividends, stock repurchases and executive compensation;
  • Maintaining active employment at the level of April 28, 2021.

In addition to the new funding, the amounts already drawn on the existing facilities will remain in place and will be extended for a period of two years from the implementation of the new financing. The ratios applicable to the existing facilities will be suspended for a period of 18 months. The undrawn credit under the short-term subordinated facility will be cancelled.

In total, the available financing will therefore represent a maximum of $820 million. This includes the newly issued LEEFF funding, as well as existing funding of $120 million divided into $50 millionunder the secured revolving credit facility with National Bank of Canada and the Bank of Nova Scotia and $70 million under the subordinated credit facility with National Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.

If all of the available facilities were to be used, it would be at an average rate of approximately 6%, plus the warrants.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A321-211 WL C-FTXU (msn 6114) YVR (Rob Rindt). Image: 949238.

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Delta to equip 300 aircraft with high-speed (Ka-Band) satellite connectivity, powered by Viasat, by the end of 2021

Delta Air Lines Airbus A321-211 WL N333DX (msn 8026) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 105017.

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

  • High-speed connectivity coming soon to customers, with plans to equip nearly all domestic mainline fleet with enhanced connectivity by the end of 2022 
  • New Delta Portal Platform, coming this summer, lets customers connect, purchase, browse and stream at high-speed from their device of choice 

Whether at home, at work, or on the go, the ways we use our personal devices are rapidly evolving. The need for reliable and fast connectivity has never been more important, which is why Delta is outfitting nearly all of its domestic mainline fleet with best-in-class high-speed Wi-Fi by the end of 2022.

 

The airline will initially equip more than 300 aircraft with high-speed (Ka-Band) satellite connectivity, powered by Viasat, by the end of 2021 – setting in motion an aggressive installation timeline and scale to modernize the onboard experience.

The new Wi-Fi system delivers a reliable and streaming quality connection to everyone onboard – a critical capability for Delta’s vision for the future customer experience. Beginning in June, customers on Viasat-enabled aircraft will have access to enhanced connectivity for a simple and consistent $8 per flight per device no matter their destination. Simply join the DeltaWifi.com network on a laptop or mobile device and purchase Wi-Fi access using the new Delta Portal Platform – the front page to the onboard experience coming later this summer to Viasat-enabled aircraft.

With the Delta Portal Platform, customers will be able to connect, purchase, browse and stream from their device of choice. The Delta Portal Platform also gives customers access to free messaging available today and their favorite Delta.com services at no extra charge. And the platform is built to evolve as customer needs change, with new features planned for later this year.

As additional aircraft are outfitted with enhanced connectivity and the Delta Portal Platform, customers can expect a unified and consistent Delta-branded experience across all Viasat-enabled aircraft.

Delta’s first Viasat-enabled aircraft, a new Airbus A321ceo, will enter regular service on May 1. The company will test and closely monitor connectivity performance on this initial aircraft, with additional aircraft scheduled to enter service in June beginning with remaining new A321ceos, 737-900 and 757-200 aircraft – fleets that historically operate on routes with high customer volume. The airline plans to outfit these fleets with the new service by the end of 2021.

High-speed connectivity is just the start. Over the past few years, Delta has added seatback screens to almost all its mainline fleet* and brought even more industry-leading content onboard. The airline is continuously adding new hit movies and TV shows to Delta Studio, along with offering captivating podcasts, health and wellness content, live satellite TV access and carefully curated spotlight collections.

* Delta’s 717 fleet is not equipped with seatback in-flight entertainment.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A321-211 WL N333DX (msn 8026) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 105017.

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Delta expands its Airbus A321neo fleet

"Dedicated to the World's Best Employees & Customers"

Delta Air Lines and Airbus have agreed to add incremental aircraft to Delta’s order book of cutting-edge, safe, reliable and lower-emissions aircraft by converting purchase rights for 25 A321neo aircraft into firm orders, and replenishing Delta’s purchase rights. Delta and Airbus also have agreed to move up two existing A350-900 and one A330-900neo deliveries to occur in the second half of 2022.

  • Exercises 25 purchase rights into firm narrow body A321neo aircraft and adds 25 additional purchase rights to its order book
  • Accelerates delivery of two A350-900 and one A330-900neo wide body aircraft for second half of 2022
  • Fuel-efficient aircraft helps address Delta’s carbon footprint and elevates the customer experience as projected demand for travel grows in the years ahead

These moves reinforce Delta’s strategic fleet objectives to boost operational simplification, achieve economies of scale and drive productivity.

Delta expects to take delivery of its first A321neo in the first half of 2022. With these incremental aircraft, Delta’s total purchase commitment for the A321neo will now be 125 firm aircraft, with 100 purchase rights.

Delta’s A321neo will be powered by next-generation Pratt & Whitney PW1100G turbofan engines that bring 12 percent better fuel efficiency gains than A321 current engine (ceo) aircraft, in alignment with our sustainability goals and commitment to being a carbon neutral airline. The engines will be primarily maintained by Delta TechOps technicians at Delta’s advanced maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in Atlanta.

Delta’s A321neos will be equipped with total seating for 194 customers with 20 in First Class, 42 in Delta Comfort+ and 132 in the Main Cabin. The new aircraft will be deployed primarily across Delta’s extensive domestic network, complementing Delta’s Airbus A321ceo fleet of more than 100 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A321-211 WL N391DN (msn 9027) (Thank You) FLL (Andy Cripps). Image: 949110.

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Frontier announces 8 new or restored routes

"Courtney, the Cougar"

Frontier Airlines has announced its expansion of summer 2021 service with eight new nonstop routes in key markets, including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, plus the addition of Alaska to the airline’s network.

New Routes via Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW):

SERVICE TO/FROM

SERVICE START

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE

Ontario, Calif. (ONT)

June 11, 2021

4x Weekly

$39*

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Salt Lake City (SLC)

June 10, 2021

3x Weekly

$49*

Tuesday, Thursday

Photo: Mirko Scherrer.

New Routes via Denver International Airport (DEN):

SERVICE TO/FROM

SERVICE START

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE

Anchorage (ANC)

June 9, 2021

2x Weekly

$79*

To ANC: Wednesday / From ANC: Thursday

Durango (DRO)

June 4, 2021

4x Weekly

$19*

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Grand Junction (GJT)

June 8, 2021

3x Weekly

$19*

Tuesday, Thursday

Kalispell (FCA)

June 17, 2021

3x Weekly

$49*

Tuesday, Thursday

New Route via McCarran International Airport (LAS):

SERVICE TO/FROM

SERVICE START

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE

Durango, Colorado (DRO)

June 11, 2021

2x Weekly

$49*

Monday, Friday

New Routes via Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC):

SERVICE TO/FROM

SERVICE START

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE

Chicago (ORD)

June 10, 2021

3x Weekly

$49*

Tuesday, Thursday

Dallas (DFW)

June 10, 2021

3x Weekly

$49*

Tuesday, Thursday

Frontier requires all customers and crew members wear a face covering throughout their travel journey. Plus, anyone flying with Frontier must complete a health acknowledgement prior to flying confirming that:

  • Neither they nor anyone in their household has exhibited Covid-19 related symptoms in the last 14 days
  • They will wash their hands/sanitize before boarding the flight
  • They understand and acknowledge the airline’s face covering policy and pre-boarding temperature screening policies

Top Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A321-211 WL N702FR (msn 6825) (Courtney, the Cougar) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 952367.

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Sunclass Airlines resumes operations

Sunclass Airlines (Formerly Thomas Cook Scandinavia) on July 25 resumed operations after more than four months with its fleet completely grounded. It operated five flights from different Scandinavian cities to Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Sunclass Airlines Airbus A321-211 WL OY-TCD (msn 6314) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 950731.

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Air Canada introduces winter service from Quebec City to Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2013 (second)

Air Canada today announced two new winter services from Quebec City (YQB) to popular sun destinations Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Service to Cancun begins December 21, 2019 until April 11, 2020, while Punta Cana flights start December 22, 2019 until April 12, 2020.

 

The flights will be operated on a 200-seat all-economy Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC1776

Quebec City 08:00

Cancun 13:00

Saturday

AC1777

Cancun 14:00

Quebec City 18:30

Saturday

AC1772

Quebec City 08:20

Punta Cana 13:50

Sunday

AC1773

Punta Cana 14:50

Quebec City 18:30

Sunday

This announcement represents the first expansion of Air Canada’s leisure travel offerings since the announcement of its exclusive agreement to pursue a combination with Transat A.T. The transaction, if completed, is expected to facilitate continued growth and expansion in the highly competitive, global leisure travel segment.

Air Canada in Quebec City

Including these two new routes, Air Canada will offer close to 1.2 million seats in the Quebec City market in 2019. Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate approximately 275 flights per week between Quebec and Montreal, Sept-Iles, Gaspe, Toronto and Ottawa.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A321-211 WL C-FJOU (msn 6873) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 930981.

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Air Canada acquires Transat, Air Transat to be merged into Air Canada

Air Transat Airbus A321-211 WL C-GTXV (msn 6526) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946807.

Air Canada and Transat A.T. Inc. announced today that they have concluded a definitive Arrangement Agreement that provides for Air Canada’s acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of Transat and its combination with Air Canada. Under the terms of the binding agreement, unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Transat, Air Canada will acquire all outstanding shares of Transat for $13 per share. The value of the all-cash transaction is approximately $520 million.

Air Canada and Transat A.T. Inc. Conclude Definitive Arrangement Agreement for Combination of the Two Companies (CNW Group/Air Canada)

The transaction remains subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals and other closing conditions usual in this type of transaction. If such approvals are obtained and conditions are met, the transaction is expected to be completed in early 2020.

Unanimous approval of the Transat Board of Directors

Following an approach from Air Canada in the Fall of 2018, Transat and Air Canada commenced discussions in late 2018 to explore a possible combination. Transat formed a Special Committee of independent directors to evaluate the proposal with the assistance of financial and legal advisors, consider, and if deemed advisable, undertake a process for the formal review of strategic alternatives, consider any alternative proposal, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors in the best interests of the Corporation and all its stakeholders. The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Transat and its Board of Directors have since then met multiple times in connection with all expressions of interest received by Transat, including Air Canada’s proposal.

On April 30, 2019, the Corporation announced having received expressions of interest and being in preliminary discussions with more than one party concerning a potential transaction involving the acquisition of the Corporation.

On May 15, 2019, Air Canada and Transat entered into a Letter of Intent with an exclusivity period to complete due diligence and to finalize definitive documentation reflecting the agreed terms. After that date, other parties continued to express unsolicited, non-binding interest in Transat.

On June 26, 2019, after an extensive review, the Special Committee of Transat’s Board of Directors concluded unanimously that combining with Air Canada and entering into the Arrangement Agreement are in the best interests of Transat and its stakeholders, including its employees, clients, shareholders, partners and suppliers, and has provided its unanimous recommendation to the Transat Board of Directors to that effect.

On June 27, 2019, the Transat Board of Directors, having among other considerations, received and considered the recommendation of the Special Committee, unanimously determined that the transaction is in the best interests of Transat and its stakeholders, approved the Arrangement Agreement and recommended that Transat shareholders vote in favour of the transaction. In addition, each of the directors and executive officers of Transat has entered into a voting support agreement pursuant to which each of them has committed to vote in favour of the transaction.

Each of National Bank Financial and BMO Capital Markets has provided the Transat Board of Directors with an opinion to the effect that, as of the date thereof, the consideration to be received by holders of Transat shares with respect to the transaction was fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders, in each case subject to the respective limitations, qualifications, assumptions and other matters set forth in such opinions.

The terms of the Arrangement Agreement provide for a break fee of $15 million payable by Transat in case of termination of the agreement in certain circumstances, including upon acceptance of a Superior Proposal that is not matched by Air Canada. Under the Arrangement Agreement, a Superior Proposal is defined, in part, as an unsolicited bona fide written acquisition proposal, that is made at a firm price per share equal to or exceeding $14 in cash, that has fully committed financing from a financial institution or similar organization (or is made by a person with adequate cash on hand), and that the Board of Directors of Transat determines in its good faith judgment, after receiving legal and financial advice, would result in a transaction that would be in the best interests of Transat and its stakeholders and be more favourable, from a financial point of view, to Transat shareholders. The terms and conditions for the making of a Superior Proposal and its complete definition are contained in the Arrangement Agreement.

The Arrangement Agreement also provides for the payment by Air Canada of a reverse break fee of a maximum of $40 million in the event that the agreement is terminated because regulatory or governmental approvals are not obtained, subject to certain conditions.

Further details regarding the terms of the transaction are set out in the Arrangement Agreement. The acquisition will proceed by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement pursuant to the Canada Business Corporations Act. Additional information regarding the terms of the Arrangement Agreement and the background of the transaction will be provided in the information circular for the special meeting of Transat shareholders. Copies of both the Arrangement Agreement and the information circular will be made available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Air Canada has retained Morgan Stanley as its financial advisor and Stikeman Elliott LLP as its legal advisor. Transat has retained National Bank Financial as financial advisor and Fasken as legal advisor. BMO Capital Markets and Norton Rose Fulbright are acting respectively as financial and legal advisors to the Special Committee of Transat’s Board of Directors.

Air Canada Head Office in Montreal.

Headquartered in Montreal since 1949, Air Canada maintains one of the largest global head offices in Quebec and has been named one of Montreal’s top employers in each of the last six years. Air Canada employs 36,000 employees globally, with approximately 10,000 in the province of Quebec where it has created over 2,600 new jobs over the last five years. Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer and other Executive Committee members are all based at the Montreal Headquarters.

Air Canada serves 11 airports across Quebec. Montreal-Trudeau Airport is a strategic hub for Air Canada connecting its Quebec and Atlantic Canada domestic network, with its U.S. trans-border, Caribbean, European, North African, Asian and South American flights. To the U.S. alone, Air Canada connects Montreal-Trudeau to some 24 cities.

Since 2012, Air Canada has launched 35 new routes from Montreal-Trudeau to global markets including Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Lima, Sao Paulo, and Casablanca. This growth has allowed Montreal to rank amongst the top 50 most internationally connected cities in the world and to become one of the largest North American hubs.

Air Canada served more than 10 million passengers in Montreal in 2018.

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Delta to add Salt Lake City – Puerto Vallarta seasonal flights

Delta Air Lines Airbus A321-211 WL N318DX (msn 7441) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946479.

Delta Air Lines will add weekly Airbus A321 seasonal summer service between the Salt Lake City hub and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

According to Airline Route, the temporary route will operate on Saturdays from June 8 through August 10, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A321-211 WL N318DX (msn 7441) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946479.

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