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Air Senegal launches flights to New York JFK and Baltimore/Washington

Senegal (Air Senegal) Airbus A330-941 9H-SZN (msn 1910) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 954920.

Air Senegal on September 2, launched twice-weekly flights between Dakar’s Blaise Diagne International Airport and two US gateways: Baltimore-Washinto Thurgood Marshall (BWI) and New York (JFK).

Top Copyright Photo: Senegal (Air Senegal) Airbus A330-941 9H-SZN (msn 1910) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 954920.

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Corsair to serve Guadeloupe from Bordeaux

Corsair International Airbus A330-941 F-WWCG (F-HRNA) (msn 1986) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 953309.

Corsair International will open a new weekly route from Bordeaux to Guadeloupe starting on December 19, 2021.

The weekly service will operate until May 1, 2022.

Top Copyright Photo: Corsair International Airbus A330-941 F-WWCG (F-HRNA) (msn 1986) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 953309.

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Azul ends its codeshare agreement with LATAM, will pursue merger opportunities

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Azul issued this statement:

Azul, the largest airline in Brazil in terms of destinations and departures updates the market on its codeshare with LATAM and possible industry consolidation.

Azul believes that consolidation is an important part of the post-pandemic industry response and the Company is in a strong position to drive that consolidation.  The Company has hired advisors and is actively exploring industry consolidation opportunities in the region.

“The codeshare with LATAM was a unique solution in our pandemic response.  We also realized that industry consolidation would be important for the post-pandemic recovery and Azul would be a key part of any such activity.  At the end of the first quarter of 2021 we hired financial advisors and are actively exploring consolidation opportunities.  We believe the cancelation of the codeshare by LATAM is a reaction to that process,” says John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul.  “Azul is emerging from this crisis in a leadership position in terms of liquidity, network recovery and competitive advantages.  Our plans are unchanged and I am confident that we are in the best position to pursue strategic alternatives at this point in time,” says Rodgerson.

Azul will keep the market update of any developments.

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Top Copyright Photo: Azul Brasil (Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras) Airbus A330-941 F-WWYO (PR-ANV) (msn 1952) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 952080.

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Air Senegal to fly to New York and Washington

Senegal (Air Senegal) Airbus A330-941 6V-ANB (msn 1923) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 949207.

Air Senegal has made this announcement (translated):

Air Senegal will connect Washington via New York at a rate of two frequencies per week from September 2, 2021.

On this date, Air Senegal will be the only African airline to fly regular direct flights between the United States and Senegal.


The flights will be operated by Airbus A330neo aircraft, with a capacity of 290 passengers, including 32 seats in Business, 21 in Premium and 237 seats in Economy Class.

Top Copyright Photo: Senegal (Air Senegal) Airbus A330-941 6V-ANB (msn 1923) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 949207.

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Delta to resume service to Athens with daily flights from New York-JFK and Atlanta

Delivered on October 30, 2020

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

  • Delta will be the first airline to resume service to Athens after Greece opens with no quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers or those with a negative PCR test
  • Daily New York-JFK service returns May 28
  • New daily Atlanta service launches July 2

Delta Air Lines will be the first airline to resume service to Athens International Airport (ATH) from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) starting May 28.

Additionally, Delta will launch new daily nonstop service to ATH on July 2 from its global headquarters and biggest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Customers will have significant connection opportunities to ATL from 143 cities across the country. Delta last operated the route in 2011.

Couple drinking and enjoying the view of the Acropolis at sunset. Athens, Greece |

Delta’s service to Athens marks one of the first destinations in Europe that will reopen to travelers from the U.S., providing greater opportunity to more safely stimulate the local economy amid global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Delta will also resume and expand its flights to Reykjavík, Iceland for vaccinated travelers, with new service from Boston and returning service from JFK and Minneapolis/St. Paul starting next month.

Both ATL and JFK routes will operate on the 293-seat Airbus A330 equipped with Wi-Fi and featuring Delta One full-flat beds, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin service.

Flights will be operated in conjunction with partners Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.

This summer, Delta will operate approximately 4,000 daily flights to more than 200 domestic and more than 50 international destinations.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-941 N408DX (msn 1962) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 952646.

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Corsair takes delivery of its first Airbus A330neo

Corsair International has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900, on lease from Avolon, to join the French airline’s fleet.

By selecting a total of five A330neos, Corsair is executing its strategy to become an all-A330 operator.

The aircraft features 352 seats in a three-class layout, providing all the comfort and amenities of Airbus’ leading ‘Airspace’ cabin, including state-of-the-art passenger in-flight entertainment (IFE) and full WiFi connectivity throughout the cabin.

The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines. The Corsair aircraft will also be the first A330neo to feature an increased maximum take-off weight of 251 tons. This capability will allow the airline to fly long-haul destinations up to 13,400 km (7,200nm) or benefit from ten tons more payload on board.

The A330neo is a new-generation aircraft and successor to the hugely popular A330ceo widebody family. As well as the new engine option, the aircraft benefits from a host of innovations, including aerodynamic improvements and new wings and winglets that together contribute to 25% fuel-burn and CO2 reductions.

Corsair International Airbus A330-941 F-WWCG (F-HRNA) (msn 1986) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 953309.

Copyright Photo: Corsair International Airbus A330-941 F-WWCG (F-HRNA) (msn 1986) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 953309.


Air Senegal is coming to Geneva

First Airbus A330neo for Air Senegal

Air Senegal has announced the opening of new Dakar-Geneva-Dakar flights from June 18, 2020.

The Dakar-Geneva-Dakar flight will be operated three times a week (Monday, Thursday, Saturday) with two class service that can accommodate 16 passengers in business class with quality beds (full flat bed) and 149 passengers in economy class.

The plane will leave from Dakar at 00:50 GMT and will arrive in Geneva at 08:25 (Geneva time). It will leave at 09:55 (Geneva time) to arrive in Dakar at 13:50 GMT.

Top Copyright Photo: Senegal (Air Senegal) Airbus A330-941 F-WWCM (9H-SZN) (msn 1910) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 945725.

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Delta Air Lines announces fourth quarter and full year 2019 profit

Delivered on August 28, 2019

  • Full year 2019 pre-tax income of $6.2 billion and earnings per diluted share of $7.30, a nearly 30% increase over prior year
  • Record $1.6 billion profit sharing for Delta’s 90,000 employees
  • Full year 2019 operating cash flow of $8.4 billion and $4.2 billion in free cash flow

Delta Air Lines today reported financial results for the December quarter and full year 2019 and provided its outlook for the March quarter 2020.

  December Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adjusted earnings per share of $1.70, a 31% increase year over year; above guidance of $1.20 to $1.50 on stronger revenue, lower fuel and a nine-cent net gain related to the unwinding of the GOL relationship
  • Total revenue grew to $11.4 billion, up 7% over prior year when prior year period is adjusted for sale of DAL Global Services (DGS)
  • Total unit revenue (TRASM), adjusted, increased 2.4%, exceeding expectations on strong holiday travel demand
  • Non-fuel operating expense on a unit basis (CASM-Ex) up 4.4% compared to the prior year period, in line with the company’s expectations of 4% to 5%

Full Year Financial Highlights

  • Adjusted earnings per share of $7.31, a 30% increase year over year
  • Total revenue increased to a record $47 billion, up 7.5% when prior year period is adjusted for third-party refinery sales and the sale of DGS
  • Total expense increased 3.9% with CASM-Ex up 2%, in line with the company’s guidance and long-term cost targets
  • Delta’s 90,000 employees will share a record $1.6 billion profit sharing payout on Feb. 14
  • Generated $8.4 billion of operating cash flow and $4.2 billion of free cash flow
  • Returned $3 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases

“2019 was a truly outstanding year on all fronts – the best in Delta’s history operationally, financially and for our customers.  Our people, and their commitment to bringing best-in-class travel experiences to our 200 million customers, are the foundation for our success.  I’m pleased to recognize their outstanding performance with a record $1.6 billion in profit sharing for 2019,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive officer. “As we enter 2020, demand for travel is healthy and our brand preference is growing, positioning Delta to deliver another year of strong results, including earnings per share of $6.75 to $7.75.”

Revenue Environment

For the full year, operating revenue grew to nearly $47 billion, up 7.5% when prior year period is adjusted for third-party refinery sales and the sale of DGS. Premium product ticket revenue increased 9% along with strong double-digit percentage increases from loyalty and third-party maintenance revenue.

Delta’s operating revenue of $11.4 billion for the December quarter improved 7.2% or $768 million over the prior year (adjusted for the sale of DGS). This was driven by a 9% increase in premium product ticket revenue, an 18% increase in loyalty revenue and a 31% increase in third-party maintenance revenue, which was partially offset by 13% lower cargo revenue.

December quarter passenger revenue by geographic region:

  • Domestic revenue grew 7.7% in the quarter on 1.6% higher passenger unit revenue (PRASM) and 6% higher capacity.  Domestic premium product revenue grew 11% and corporate revenue grew 6%, driven by strength in business and leisure demand through the holiday period. Revenue and margin improved in all domestic hubs with revenue up 10% in coastal hubs and 6% in core hubs.
  • Atlantic revenue grew 0.8% in the quarter on 2.4% higher capacity and a 1.6% decline in PRASM, driven almost entirely by foreign exchange rates.
  • Latin revenue grew 6.7% on a 6.3% increase in unit revenue and 0.4% higher capacity.  This revenue improvement was driven by continued double-digit unit revenue growth in Brazil and Mexico.
  • Pacific revenue was down 0.5% versus prior year on a 4.4% decline in unit revenue primarily due to continued softness in China.  This was a 3.2 point improvement versus the September quarter on improved trends in Japan and strong Delta Premium Select performance.

“Our industry-leading operational performance and the unmatched service our people provide are the reasons why more customers than ever are choosing to fly Delta. Investments in reliability, product and service, airports and technology are reshaping customer perception and driving record satisfaction scores and increasing brand preference.” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s president. “We delivered $47 billion in revenue in 2019, a more than $3 billion increase when adjusted over prior year, while sustaining a revenue premium to the industry of more than 110%. Demand trends remain healthy and we expect momentum to continue in 2020, with revenue growth of 5% to 7% in the March quarter.”

Cost Performance

For 2019, total expense increased 3.9%, driven by higher revenue- and capacity-related expenses, profit sharing, and pension expense, which were partially offset by $501 million lower fuel cost.  CASM-Ex for 2019 increased 2% versus prior year, reflecting Delta’s continued investment in our people, product and services.

Total expense for the December quarter increased 6.9% versus the prior year on higher revenue- and capacity-related expenses and profit sharing, which were partially offset by $315 million lower fuel cost.  CASM-Ex was up 4.4% for the December quarter compared to the prior year driven by investment in our people, product and services, and a mark-up of benefit-related balance sheet obligations.

Fuel expense decreased 14% relative to December quarter 2018.  Delta’s fuel price for the December quarter was $2.01 per gallon, including a $24 million benefit from the refinery.

Non-operating expense for the quarter was $256 million higher versus the prior year, driven primarily by pension expense and lower mark-to-market adjustments on investments, including our investment in GOL, which was sold during the December quarter 2019.

“Non-fuel unit costs for 2019 increased 2% versus prior year, in line with our long-term cost target and reflecting Delta’s continued investment in our people, product and services,” said Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer.  “These investments supporting our long-term growth will continue into 2020, and we expect our non-fuel unit costs will increase 2% to 3% for the March quarter and full year.”

Cash Flow and Shareholder Returns

For the full year, Delta generated $8.4 billion of operating cash flow and $4.2 billion of free cash flow.  Full year cash flow is net of $1 billion of voluntary pension contributions, including $500 million made in the December quarter.

The company invested $4.5 billion into the business in 2019 including $954 million in the December quarter.  This supported the delivery of 88 new aircraft during the year.  The company’s ongoing fleet transformation is driving higher customer satisfaction, premium seat growth and improved fuel efficiency.

For the December quarter, Delta generated $969 million of operating cash flow and $141 million of free cash flow.  Delta returned $484 million to shareholders, comprised of $225 million of share repurchases and $259 million in dividends during the quarter.  For the full year, Delta returned $3 billion to shareholders, including $2 billion of share repurchases and $980 million in dividends.

“Strong cash generation continues to set Delta apart and enables consistent reinvestment in the business while maintaining cash returns to owners at 70% of free cash flow,” added Jacobson. “We expect to generate free cash flow of $4 billion again this year, putting us on track to deliver a three-year cumulative free cash flow of over $10 billion by the end of 2020.”

Strategic Highlights

In 2019, Delta achieved a number of milestones across its five key strategic pillars.

Culture and People

  • Delta people earned $1.6 billion in profit sharing and $87 million in Shared Rewards, recognizing the outstanding performance of Delta’s 90,000 employees through 2019.
  • Contributed over $60 million and 800,000 volunteer hours in 2019 as part of Delta’s commitment to the communities we serve.  Introduced The Great Delta Give-Back, reinforcing commitment to the communities Delta serves around the world by providing employees an annual paid day of service.

Operational Reliability

  • Delivered 281 days of zero mainline cancellations and 165 days of zero system cancellations through 2019, an improvement of 12% and 15%, respectively, versus 2018.
  • Reached record completion factor in 2019 on a system and mainline basis, with mainline completion factor of 99.83%.
  • Carried an all-time record 204 million customers in 2019, 6% more than prior year with a record load factor of 86.3%.
  • Achieved 2% fuel efficiency improvement through fleet renewal and other initiatives.  Delta also entered into an agreement with Gevo for 10 million gallons annually of sustainable aviation fuel.

Network and Partnerships

  • Strengthened global partnerships in all international entities with: the announcement of a strategic alliance with LATAM Airlines Group including completion of a tender offer to acquire a 20% equity stake; the equity investment in Hanjin-KAL the largest shareholder of Korean Air; approval by the U.S. DOT for anti-trust immunity for the expanded joint venture between Delta, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.
  • Announced a combination between Delta Private Jets and Wheels Up, a private aviation company, to create one of the world’s largest owned and managed fleets of private aircraft, with over 190 aircraft and 8,000 customers in the combined company.
  • Extended Delta’s global reach with new service between Amsterdam-Tampa, Boston-Edinburgh, Boston-Lisbon, Minneapolis-Mexico City, Minneapolis-Seoul, New York JFK-Bogota, New York JFK-Mumbai and Seattle-Osaka.

Customer Experience and Loyalty

  • Announced an 11-year contract renewal between Delta and American Express with contribution increasing from $4.1 billion in 2019 to nearly $7 billion by 2023, including a complete relaunch where cardholders will enjoy more ways to earn miles.
  • Added a record number of new SkyMiles Members in one year with the number of new Members increasing at more than triple the rate of just three years ago and added record 1.1 million new Delta American Express cardholders, marking the third consecutive year of more than one million new cardholders.
  • Debuted an industry-leading international Main Cabin experience designed by flight attendants to elevate and differentiate the customer experience on Delta featuring thoughtful touches like welcome cocktails, hot towel service, bistro-style dining and more.
  • Took delivery of 88 new aircraft including the A220-100 and A330-900neo, with in-flight entertainment, spacious overhead bins and memory foam cushions throughout the aircraft for additional comfort.
  • Released the updated FlyDelta app, providing automatic international check-in, integrated security wait times and the ability to pre-select meals in Delta One and domestic First Class.
  • Awarded the No.1 airline in Business Travel News Airline Survey for a record ninth consecutive year, sweeping all 11 categories.

Investment Grade Balance Sheet

  • Reported a 1.7x adjusted debt to EBITDAR ratio, toward the lower end of our long-term leverage ratio target of 1.5x to 2.5x adjusted debt to EBITDAR, which is expected to allow Delta to maintain investment grade ratings through a business cycle.
  • Completed a $1.5 billion unsecured debt offering through a mix of five- and 10-year notes at a blended rate of 3.24%, the lowest unsecured rates achieved by Delta for these lengths of maturity in its history.  The proceeds from this offering were used to fund the acquisition of the 20% equity stake in LATAM Airlines Group.

December Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results

 Adjusted results primarily exclude the impact of mark-to-market (“MTM”) adjustments.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-941 N403DX (msn 1931) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 948780.

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AirAsia X takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-900

First Airbus A330neo for Thai AirAsia X

AirAsia has taken delivery of its first A330neo aircraft, to be operated by its long-haul affiliate AirAsia X Thailand. The aircraft was delivered via lessor Avolon and is the first of two A330neos set to join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year.

Photo: Airbus.

With its enhanced economics, the A330neo will bring a step-change in fuel efficiency for AirAsia’s long-haul operations. The new-generation A330neo will be based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand, supporting the airline’s growth and network expansion plans to key markets such as Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Photo: Airbus.

The AirAsia X Thailand A330-900 features 377 seats in a two-class configuration, comprising 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 economy class seats.

AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X currently operates 36 A330-300 aircraft and is the largest customer for the A330neo with 66 on firm order.

Top Copyright Photo: AirAsia – AirAsia X (AirAsia.com) (Thai AirAsia X) Airbus A330-941 F-WWYG (HS-XJA) (msn 1901) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 946285.

Aircalin takes delivery of its first of two Airbus A330neo aircraft

First flight of Aircalin's first Airbus A330neo

Aircalin has taken delivery of its first of two Airbus A330-900 at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France, with the second aircraft joining the fleet later in 2019, replacing its existing two A330s. Aircalin is also a customer for the A320neo and will replace its existing two A320s to become an operator of two A330-900s and two A320neos.

Aircalin’s A330neos are configured in a comfortable three-class layout with 291 seats or 25 more seats than its existing smaller A330-200s. These include 26 business, 244 economy and for the first time, premium economy with 21 seats.

The A330neos will boost capacity and nonstop connectivity between the French Pacific Island territory and markets in Japan, Australia and the Pacific Islands nations, cutting fuel burn by 25% per seat (compared with previous generation competitors) and providing passengers with the latest standards in cabin comfort. These routes provide essential links to tourism as well as business traffic, which are essential to the New Caledonia economy.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Airbus): Aircalin Airbus A330-941 F-WWCM (F-ONEO) (msn 1937) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 947001.

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