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Delta proposes Minneapolis-St. Paul – Shanghai route to begin in 2020

Delivered on April 13, 2018

Delta Air Lines plans to connect its Minneapolis-St. Paul hub and China for the first time in 2020, with a proposed route to Shanghai operated with its state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft, subject to government approvals from the United States and China.

The announcement follows recently announced new Delta service from MSP to Seoul-Incheon, which begins April 1, 2019, and complements existing Asia nonstop Delta service to Tokyo-Haneda International Airport from MSP.

Commercial airline service between the U.S. and China is governed by existing agreements that limit the ability of U.S. and Chinese carriers to establish new flying between the two countries. Currently, however, there is availability for additional U.S.-China service that is not being utilized.

In its proposal to the DOT, Delta outlines its ability to offer travelers access to more than 70 destinations in China beyond Shanghai in cooperation with partners China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines. In addition, Chinese customers would be able to connect to more than 100 U.S. destinations through a single, convenient connection at Delta’s MSP hub.

Delta’s flagship A350-900 aircraft has 306 total seats, including 32 award-winning Delta One suites, 48 seats in the Delta Premium Select cabin, and 226 main cabin seats. All seats offer personal inflight entertainment, power ports and ample overhead bin space. All cabins of service include complimentary meals, snacks and beverages.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Delta): Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-941 N509DN (msn 199) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943941.

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Hainan Airlines today puts the first Airbus A350-900 into service

First Airbus A350-900 for Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines flight HU7607 took off from Beijing and landed at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at 11:00 am on October 13 Beijing time, marking the successful completion of the maiden commercial revenue flight of the first Airbus A350 aircraft owned by Hainan Airlines Holding Co., Ltd.

The A350-900 provides passengers with a new standard of travel experience with its leading modern cabins. The business class comes equipped with the Staggered seat layout for enhancing passenger privacy and the classic Straight-Line design. In addition, the front section of economy class is equipped with 18″ wide seats that deliver up to 34-35″ in legroom, providing economy class passengers with priority seat selection of extra legroom. Every seat of the aircraft comes with the seat-back entertainment system. Passengers on selected aircraft are also served cappuccino or espresso brewed by a high-end fully-automatic Nespresso capsule coffee machine.

Hainan Airlines’ young luxury fleet now counts over 400 aircraft, mainly consisting of Boeing 737s, 787s and Airbus 330s.

In 2018, the airline will add four new A350-900 aircraft, which will serve Hainan Airlines’ international and domestic routes with the aim of providing passengers with a more convenient and comfortable travel experience.

Copyright Photo (all others by Hainan): Hainan Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZFG (msn 226) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 943405.

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Delta announces its third quarter profit

Delivered on March 6, 2018

Delta Air Lines today reported financial results for the September quarter:

2018. Highlights of those results, including both GAAP and adjusted metrics, are below and incorporated here.

Adjusted pre-tax income for the September quarter 2018 was $1.6 billion, and adjusted earnings per share were $1.80, at the high end of guidance. Adjusted earnings per share were up 16 percent compared to the prior year quarter, driven by revenue momentum, tax reform benefits and a four percent lower share count. Results reflect a $30 million negative impact from Hurricane Florence.

“Our solid eight percent revenue growth, combined with flat non-fuel unit cost performance, helped offset 85 percent of the $655 million fuel cost increase in the quarter. These achievements are a testament to the strength of the Delta business model and the hard work of the Delta people, and I am pleased to recognize their performance with an additional $395 million toward 2018 profit sharing,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive officer. “Our commercial momentum and improved cost trajectory give us confidence that we are on a path to deliver continued top-line growth and expand margins as we move into 2019.”

Revenue Environment

Delta’s adjusted operating revenue of $11.8 billion for the September quarter improved eight percent, or $912 million versus the prior year. This quarterly revenue result marks a record for the company, driven by improvements across Delta’s business, including a nearly 20 percent increase in premium product ticket revenues and double-digit percentage increases in cargo, loyalty and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul revenue.

Total unit revenues excluding refinery sales (TRASM) increased 4.3 percent during the period driven by strong demand and improving yields. Foreign exchange benefit of approximately half a point was offset by the impact of Hurricane Florence.

“We generated record revenues in the September quarter on strong demand across the business and a favorable yield environment. In the December quarter we expect total unit revenue growth of three to five percent, driving full year revenue growth to eight percent, the high end of our guidance,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s president. “The benefits of our brand, industry-leading network, and relentless focus on the customer are driving revenue growth, improving margins and accelerating the pace of our recapture of higher fuel costs.”


Increase (Decrease)

3Q18 versus 3Q17

Change Unit
Revenue 3Q18 ($M) YoY Revenue Yield Capacity

Domestic $ 7,395 9.2% 3.3% 3.2% 5.6%

Atlantic 1,996 10.7% 7.8% 7.0% 2.7%

Pacific 730 3.0% 4.8% 6.3% (1.7)%

Latin America 675 (2.6)% (2.9)% (0.8)% 0.3%

Total Passenger $ 10,796 8.2% 4.2% 4.2% 3.9%

Cargo Revenue 226 18.5%

Other Revenue 931 4.4%

Total Revenue $ 11,953 8.1% 4.0%

Third Party Refinery Sales (108)

Total Revenue, adjusted $ 11,845 8.3% 4.3%

December Quarter 2018

Despite an expected 30 percent increase in fuel price, Delta expects pre-tax margins to stabilize in the December quarter driven by continued top-line growth and improving cost performance.

See Note A for information about reconciliation of projected non-GAAP financial measures

Cost Performance

Total adjusted operating expenses for the September quarter increased $1.0 billion versus the prior year quarter, with more than half of the increase driven by higher fuel prices.

CASM-Ex was flat for the September quarter 2018 compared to the prior year period, a three-point improvement from the June quarter. Efficiency gains successfully offset cost pressures from higher revenue-related costs and product and employee investments.

“The September quarter marked an important inflection point in changing our non-fuel cost trajectory, and we expect to deliver on our full-year target of one to two percent non-fuel unit cost growth,” said Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer. “Continued focus on cost control, along with incremental efficiency gains from refleeting and One Delta, give us confidence in our ability to keep our non-fuel unit cost growth below two percent next year.”

Adjusted fuel expense increased $655 million, or 35 percent, relative to September quarter 2017. Delta’s adjusted fuel price per gallon for the September quarter was $2.22, which includes $12 million of benefit from the refinery.

Adjusted non-operating expense improved by $30 million versus the prior year, driven primarily by pension expense favorability. The company expects 2018 full-year adjusted non-operating expense to be approximately $300 million, representing a $160 million improvement over prior year due to favorable interest and pension expenses, offsetting reduced partner earnings due to higher fuel.

Adjusted tax expense declined $221 million for the September quarter primarily due to the reduction in Delta’s book tax rate from 34 percent to 23 percent.


4Q18 Forecast

Earnings per share

$1.10 – $1.30

Pre-tax margin

9% – 11%

Fuel price, including taxes, settled hedges and refinery impact

$2.47 – 2.52

Total revenue growth (year-over-year)

Up ~8%

Total unit revenue excluding refinery sales (year-over-year)

Up 3% – 5%

CASM – Excluding fuel and profit sharing (year-over-year)

Flat – down 1%

System Capacity (year-over-year)

Up ~4%


Cash Flow and Shareholder Returns


Delta generated $1.5 billion of operating cash flow and $655 million of free cash flow during the quarter, after the investment of $865 million primarily for aircraft purchases and modifications.

For the September quarter, Delta returned $566 million to shareholders, comprised of $325 million of share repurchases and $241 million in dividends.

Strategic Highlights

In the September quarter, Delta achieved a number of milestones across its five key strategic pillars.

Culture and People

  • Received certification as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work for a third straight year, with 93 percent of employees proud to work for Delta, reiterating the importance of the Delta culture.
  • Earned a spot in the transportation section of the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the eighth consecutive year, as the first airline to offer carbon offsets to customers and the only airline to cap emissions at 2012 levels through purchase of carbon offsets.Operational Reliability
  • Delivered 97 days of zero system cancellations across the combined mainline and Delta Connection operations on a year-to-date basis, up 46 days from 2017 and exceeding the previous full-year record in the first nine months of the year.
  • Achieved industry-leading operational performance with mainline on-time performance (A0) of 71.5 percent year-to-date; and top baggage performance as measured in the latest Department of Transportation report.Network and Partnerships
  • Achieved major milestones in the Delta/Korean joint venture including the completion of pricing harmonization, co-location of teams in Seoul and Atlanta, and broad alignment of commercial strategy.
  • Signed a definitive agreement with WestJet that, after regulatory approval, will create a transborder joint venture serving more than 30 cities, which covers over 95 percent of U.S.-Canadian demand, providing enhanced offerings and more choice for customers.
  • Continued Delta’s global and domestic expansion with the announcement of plans to expand access to London-Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle from key hubs and gateways including Detroit, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, and Portland, Ore; new Boston to Lisbon service; new Tampa to Amsterdam service; additional frequency to Tel Aviv from New York-JFK; and, new Honolulu service from Detroit.Customer Experience and Loyalty
  • Installed seat-back entertainment on its 600th aircraft, more than any airline in the world, giving more customers than ever convenient access to free in-flight entertainment on Delta Studio.
  • Announced the launch of the first biometric terminal in the United States, transforming the customer journey with a seamless travel experience through the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal in Atlanta.
  • Launched personalized company sites to allow individual corporate travelers to stay up to date on benefits they receive through their company’s Corporate Sales Agreement with Delta.Investment Grade Balance Sheet

• Received reaffirmation of an investment-grade credit rating by S&P Ratings, showing the confidence of the market in the sustainability and durability of the company.



September Quarter Results

Special items for the quarter consist primarily of mark-to-market adjustments on refinery fuel hedges and unrealized gains/losses on investments.


GAAP Adjusted

($ in millions except per share and unit costs) 3Q18 3Q17 3Q18 3Q17

Pre-tax income 1,674 1,776 1,601 1,696

Net income 1,312 1,159 1,236 1,109

Diluted earnings per share 1.91 1.61 1.80 1.54

Operating revenue 11,953 11,061 11,845 10,933

Operating expense 10,311 9,238 10,220 9,184

Fuel expense 2,498 1,785 2,514 1,859

Average fuel price per gallon 2.21 1.61 2.22 1.68

Consolidated unit cost (CASM/CASM-Ex) 14.15 13.17 9.62 9.62

Non-operating income/(expense) 32 (47) (24) (53)

Total unit revenues (TRASM/TRASM, adjusted) 16.40 15.77 16.25 15.58

Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-941 N508DN (msn 190) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943863.

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Cathay Pacific boosts frequencies to Adelaide, Frankfurt, Madrid and Tokyo

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 F-WZGW (B-LRR) (msn 119) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938907.

Cathay Pacific Airways is adding more and more destinations to our already expansive global network*, we are also increasing the frequency of services on some of our most popular routes across three continents to give our passengers more choice and greater options.


Frankfurt goes 10 times weekly

Currently served daily from Hong Kong, we’re going to be adding an additional three weekly flights to the German commercial and cultural hub from 31 March 2019, departing Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flight CX283 leaves Hong Kong at 12:30, arriving into Frankfurt at 18:40. The late evening return departure of CX282, meanwhile, allows customers to maximise their time on their final day in Europe. These additional flights will be operated by our Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which feature Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins, Wi-Fi connectivity and our latest inflight entertainment system across all three classes.
Flight schedules between Hong Kong and Frankfurt from 31 March 2019 (all times local):

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX 289 HKG FRA 0035/0645 Daily
CX 288 FRA HKG 1345/0650+1 Daily
CX 283 HKG FRA 1230/1840 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
CX 282 FRA HKG 2040/1345+1 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday


Six of the best to Adelaide

The cosmopolitan South Australian capital is the gateway to the state’s flourishing wine region – and we’ll be raising a glass to the addition of a sixth weekly flight from Hong Kong starting 28 October 2018. As well as providing the extra service, which will be operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft, we will be introducing a new schedule to Adelaide, which sees three weekly flights departing Hong Kong overnight, and three in the morning hours. From Adelaide, return flights will move from an early morning departure to afternoons and late evenings. This split schedule gives customers greater choice and improved connectivity to and from European destinations via our Hong Kong hub.


Flight schedules between Hong Kong and Adelaide from 28 October 2018 (all times local):

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX 175 HKG ADL 0015/1140 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
CX 174 ADL HKG 1300/1920 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
CX 173 HKG ADL 0915/2035 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
CX 176 ADL HKG 2215/0505+1 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday


Madrid to be made daily

The elegant boulevards, world-class restaurants, historic museums and charming neighbourhoods of the Spanish capital are going to be more accessible than ever before next summer. Between June and October 2019, we’re going to be adding two weekly flights between Hong Kong and Madrid – on Mondays and Wednesdays; turning this five-times-weekly service into a daily operation. The new flights will be operated by our Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Flight schedules between Hong Kong and Madrid between 3 June and 23 October 2019 (all times local):

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX 315 HKG MAD 0050/0845 Monday, Wednesday
CX 320 MAD HKG 1230/0705+1 Monday, Wednesday
CX 315 HKG MAD 0050/0845 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
CX 320 MAD HKG 1230/0705+1 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday


Topping up Tokyo

We fly more to Japan from Hong Kong than any other airline, and for good reason: the Land of the Rising Sun has long been a firm favourite among our customers and its popularity as a holiday hotspot continues to grow from strength to strength. On the back of increasing customer demand, we will be introducing an additional daily non-stop flight to Tokyo (Narita) from 28 October 2018. Flight CX526 will depart Hong Kong at 0810, arriving into the Japanese capital at 1310. The return service, CX527, leaves at 1420, arriving into Hong Kong at 1845.

Cathay Pacific flies six times daily between Hong Kong and Tokyo (Narita). Details of the new service from 28 October are as follows:

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX 526 HKG NRT 0810/1310 Daily
CX 527 NRT HKG 1420/1845 Daily


*Expanding horizons

The Cathay Pacific Group is growing at an unprecedented rate, as we look to boost connectivity for our customers across the world. In 2018 alone, ten new destinations are linked with Hong Kong including Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Nanning, Jinan, Washington D.C., Cape Town, Davao City, Medan and Tokushima. Another new destination to look forward to is Seattle, which will join the network in March 2019. Watch this space for more destination announcements in the months ahead.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Cathay Pacific): Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 F-WZGW (B-LRR) (msn 119) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938907.

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Lufthansa to add new service to Austin and Bangkok in summer 2019

"Karlsruhe", delivered on June 21, 2018

Lufthansa is further expanding its route network to the USA.

From May 3, 2019, the airline will offer its first connections from Frankfurt to Austin. This is Lufthansa’s third destination in Texas alongside Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. Starting in summer 2019, an Airbus A330-300 will be in service five times a week on the route between Frankfurt and Austin.

Apart from Tuesday and Thursday, LH 468 will leave the Lufthansa hub in Frankfurt in the morning and reach Austin in the afternoon (local time) after a travel time of around ten hours. The return flight departs from Texas in the late afternoon and lands at Frankfurt Airport in the morning of the following day.

In addition to Austin, the company is further expanding the Munich hub with a new route to Bangkok. The first flight ever of LH792 will take place on June 1, 2019. A new Airbus A350-900 will be used, which will take off daily from Munich to Thailand in the afternoon.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Lufthansa): Lufthansa Airbus A350-941 D-AIXK (msn 212) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 942621.

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Philippines to bring the Airbus A350-900 to Los Angeles

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Airbus A350-941 F-WZNZ (RP-C3503) (msn 228) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942986.

Philippine Airlines will introduce the new Airbus A350-900 on the Manila – Los Angeles route on September 22, 2018. Initially the new service will be operated on two days.

Copyright Photo: Philippines (Philippine Airlines) Airbus A350-941 F-WZNZ (RP-C3503) (msn 228) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942986.

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Singapore Airlines to debut the new Airbus A350-900 on the Singapore-Adelaide route

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-941 9V-SMH (msn 068) SIN (Pascal Simon). Image: 943449.

Singapore Airlines has made this announcement:

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced Adelaide as the launch destination for its new Airbus A350-900 medium haul aircraft. Slated to commence daily operations on December 17, 2018, the new A350-900 will operate as SQ279 from Singapore to Adelaide, and return as SQ278, from Adelaide to Singapore, subject to regulatory approval.

The new A350-900 medium-haul aircraft will be fitted with 303 seats across two classes, with 40 seats in Business Class and 263 seats in Economy Class. Equipped with the Airline’s recently launched new regional Business Class and Economy Class cabin products, the Business Class cabin boasts a 1-2-1 seat arrangement, providing every customer with direct aisle access, while the Economy Class cabin will be arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.

The A350-900 will be fitted with the latest Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. Designed with a new user interface that offers a more intuitive user experience and navigation options, customers will be able to enjoy Singapore Airlines’ myKrisWorld personalised in-flight entertainment (IFE) now with even greater control.

Customers will receive content recommendations based on their preferences and viewing history, while KrisFlyer members can continue to bookmark and resume content, as well as customise and save preferences and playlists for their subsequent flights. KrisFlyer members and Business Class customers will also have access to additional in-flight entertainment content choices.

Complementing this experience, customers can select their choice of playlists from the SingaporeAir mobile app prior to the flight, and transfer these selections to myKrisWorld by pairing their personal electronic devices with the onboard system via Near-Field Communication (NFC).

Furthermore, customers will have access to high-speed in-flight WiFi service onboard the new A350-900. The aircraft will be equipped with Inmarsat GX Aviation’s broadband connectivity system, offered through SITAONAIR.

Following Adelaide, the A350-900 medium haul aircraft will also be deployed to Brisbane next year, subject to regulatory approval.

New Business Class

The new medium-haul Business Class seats have been manufactured by Stelia Aerospace and are arranged in a forward-facing 1-2-1 staggered configuration to provide every customer direct aisle access. With each seat able to recline directly into a 76” fully-flat bed, Business Class customers can rest in more comfort, even on the shortest flights. Each seat measures up to 26” in width with retractable armrests that can be raised and lowered.

Whether travelling alone or with a partner, adjustable dividers at the centre seats provide for a customised level of privacy to suit individual preferences.

Customers can also look forward to other features to enhance their travelling experience, such as ample stowage space for personal items, a business panel with in-seat power supply and USB ports, an integrated reading light unit with adjustable lighting intensity and a personal 17” full high-definition touchscreen monitor.

New Economy Class

The new Economy Class seat has been designed and built by RECARO and also offers customers an enhanced in-flight experience.

Arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration, each of the 263 Economy Class seats has an ergonomically-designed contour backrest that provides greater comfort, and a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings to provide more neck support.

Economy Class customers can also enjoy an enhanced entertainment experience on their personal 11.6” full high-definition touchscreen monitor, as they browse from the selection of more than 1,000 movies, TV shows, audio programmes and games on myKrisWorld.

Other features that Economy Class customers can look forward to include personal storage space for small personal items, a coat hook, USB port and in-seat power supply.

The A350-900 features higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body delivering more space and comfort as well as lighting designed to reduce jetlag.

Singapore Airlines ordered a total of 67 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, 21 of which are already in the fleet and have been fitted with Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class, long-haul cabin products.

In October this year Singapore Airlines will launch the world’s first A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR), re-starting nonstop flights between Singapore and Newark. The ULR aircraft will be fitted with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats.

Top Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-941 9V-SMH (msn 068) SIN (Pascal Simon). Image: 943449.

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