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Air Canada and Cargojet sign a LOI to explore strategic opportunities

Air Canada (Montreal) and Cargojet Airways (Hamilton) today announced they have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to explore strategic opportunities in both cargo and airline operations within Canada and in international markets.

The carriers intend to pursue strategic opportunities and increase cooperation in various areas such as global sales and marketing, expanded interline opportunities and enhanced connectivity that would increase revenues and reduce operating costs. Both airlines would work towards providing optimized services to the shipping community on their respective networks.

“We are looking forward to working with Air Canada towards improving the depth and reach of both companies’ air cargo services, both domestically and internationally, among other strategic opportunities,” said Ajay K. Virmani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cargojet.

“We are very pleased to be in discussions with Cargojet to explore opportunities for revenue growth and synergies that will be mutually beneficial for both our companies and customers,” said Lise-Marie Turpin, Air Canada Cargo Vice President.  “Developing further our relationship with Cargojet is an exciting opportunity.”

The implementation of new strategic initiatives would be subject to Air Canada and Cargojet making any necessary filings, obtaining regulatory approvals and finalizing documentation.

Air Canada Cargo provides direct cargo service world wide offering the shipping community business solutions that meet their needs efficiently and cost effectively.  Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents.  Canada’s flag carrier is among the world’s 10 largest commercial airlines and in 2012 served close to 35 million passengers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in the United States and 67 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.

Cargojet is Canada’s leading provider of time sensitive overnight air cargo services that constitutes over 50 per cent of domestic overnight air cargo capacity. Cargojet operates its network across North America each business night, utilizing a fleet of thirteen all-cargo aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Cargojet is still an operator of the Boeing 727 but it has also added a Boeing 757-200 and two 767-200 freighters for its longer-range cargo routes. Former Eastern Airlines Boeing 727-225 C-GCJB (msn 21855) waits at Vancouver for the next assignment.

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FedEx accelerates the retirement of 86 aircraft, the last Boeing 727 to be retired on July 1

FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) announced today it had permanently retired or will accelerate the retirement of 86 aircraft and 308 related engines as it continues to modernize its aircraft fleet and improve the global network of FedEx Express.

The permanent retirement of aircraft and related engines announced today includes:

  • Two Airbus A310-200 aircraft and four related engines;
  • Three Airbus A310-300 aircraft and two related engines; and
  • Five McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10 aircraft and 15 related engines.

The impact of retiring these aircraft, engines and parts resulted in an impairment charge of $100 million recorded in May 2013.

In addition, FedEx will accelerate by several years the retirement of:

  • 47 McDonnell MD-10-10 aircraft and 172 related engines;
  • 13 McDonnell MD-10-30 aircraft and 55 related engines; and
  • 16 Airbus A310-200 aircraft and 60 related engines.

As of July 1, 2013, FedEx Express will complete the final retirement of the Boeing 727-200 fleet.

“We are modernizing our aircraft fleet by retiring older, less-efficient, and less-reliable aircraft and replacing them with modern aircraft to build a fleet with higher reliability and better cost efficiency,” said David J. Bronczek, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Express. “With the planned acquisition of new aircraft and projected slower economic growth than previously forecast, FedEx Express is lowering maintenance costs by aggressively parking and retiring aircraft.”

The impact of accelerating the retirement of aircraft will result in additional year-over-year depreciation expense of $74 million in FY14.

FedEx Express Aircraft Fleet Facts

  • As of February 28, 2013, FedEx Express’s fleet totaled 660 aircraft, including 368 jet aircraft.
  • During the four quarters ended on February 28, 2013, FedEx Express spent $3.8 billion on 1.2 billion gallons of jet fuel.
  • The Boeing 757-200 is significantly more fuel efficient per pound of payload and has 20% additional payload capacity than the Boeing 727 it replaces.
  • The Boeing 767 will provide similar capacity as the MD-10s, with improved reliability, an approximate 30% increase in fuel efficiency and a minimum of a 20% reduction in unit operating costs.
  • The Boeing 767 shares spare parts, tooling and flight simulators with the B757.

Dividend Declaration

The Board of Directors today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share on FedEx Corporation common stock, an increase of $0.01 per share over the previous dividend payment. The dividend is payable on July 1, 2013 to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 17, 2013. FedEx remains committed to paying higher dividends to shareowners in years to come.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 727-233 (F) N221FE (msn 20932) was originally delivered as a passenger aircraft to Air Canada as C-GAAA on September 25, 1974.

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Historic Photo of the Day – June 2, 2013

PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines) Boeing 727-214 N555PS (msn 21512) (Donald Duck – Happy 50th Birthday!) SJC (Thomas Livesey). Image: 100971.

Copyright Photo: Thomas Livesey/AirlinersGallery.com (please click on the photo for the full-size view).

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United Airlines unveils a new look in celebration of 25 years at Newark Terminal C

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United Airlines (Chicago) today will celebrate the 25thanniversary of the airline’s Terminal C hub facility at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Travelers arriving and departing at Newark Liberty today will join United employees in an anniversary celebrationbetween 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the upper level United Airlines ticket counter, where customers will have opportunities to earn prizes, travel discounts and bonus MileagePlus miles, and see the airline’s new uniforms for the first time. The airline is also setting up a temporary exhibit during the two-hour period demonstrating how air travel has evolved since 1988.

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Map of Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey).

“We are pleased to celebrate United’s long history at our Newark hub – a premier global gateway and a powerful economic engine,” said Jeff Smisek, United’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We continue to make investments in our terminal facilities, our services and our people to ensure United’s Terminal C remains a great place for our customers and co-workers.”

“Thanks to the Port Authority’s strong partnership with United, Newark Liberty has become not only a world-class airport but also an important driver of economic growth, jobs and development for the entire region,” said Port AuthorityChairman David Samson. “The continued investment in Newark Liberty’s facilities will ensure that the airport, and Terminal C specifically, remains a modern, premier gateway for travelers.”

As part of the event, Smisek will outline the airline’s plans for further investments at Terminal C, including:

  • a redesign of the airline’s check-in facilities
  • installation in gate areas of flight-information displays that offer customers more detailed information about their flights
  • construction of a widebody maintenance hangar that economic development officials anticipate will drive $52 million in economic activity in the region
  • a new checked-baggage screening system.

In addition: 

  • Nearly two dozen United pilots, flight attendants, customer service agents and ramp workers will participate in an in-terminal fashion show that will debut the new uniforms that United employees worldwide will wear beginning onJune 25. This is the first time that all employees at the new United will wear the same uniforms.
  • Buddy Valastro, co-owner of the Hoboken, N.J. bakery Carlo’s Bakery and star of the TLC program “Cake Boss,” will join the program to present a cake made specifically for the occasion.
  • At 1:15 p.m., the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly from any of the three New York-area airports since the aircraft re-entered service will depart for Houston.
  • This afternoon, United will send photos of iconic locations throughout Manhattan via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, meeting up with the company’s friends and followers in social media.

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United in New York/Newark: The Hub for Wall Street

With more than 13,000 local employees, United is the New York area’s largest airline, offering more flights and more seats from the region to more destinations around the world than any other airline in history.

Since the first flight from Terminal C – the 6:15 a.m. departure of Continental flight 839 to Denver from gate 72 on the morning of May 22, 1988 – flights to and from the facility have enabled investment and economic development for theNew York metropolitan area, including Newark. In 1988, Continental offered service to 57 airports from Newark Airport.United today offers more than 400 flights each day from Newark Liberty to more than 150 destinations in North andSouth America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, giving New York-area travelers more flights and more destinations via United and United Express than any other airline.

Newark Liberty’s location and rail links make it the most convenient hub airport for travelers originating in north and central New Jersey, parts of New York City including Wall Street, and southern New York State.

The airline also offers New York-area travelers more flat beds in premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy seats than any other airline. In addition, the airline boasts:

  • the most saver-style award seats for frequent flyers among the largest U.S. global carriers, according to the 4thannual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published this month by IdeaWorksCompany.
  • more aircraft offering satellite Wi-Fi and live television than any other U.S. airline.

Terminal C History

Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell/AirlinersGallery.com. The Boeing 737 and the pictured 727-200 were the mainstay aircraft in the PEOPLExpress fleet. Former Braniff Boeing 727-227 N553PE (msn 20774) poses for the camera at Chicago (O’Hare).

In 1985, People Express Airlines (PEOPLExpress) and the Port Authority agreed to remodel the existing Terminal C facility. After its 1987 mergers with Peoplexpress and New York Air (New York), which itself had a large Newark presence, Continental Airlines completed the terminal redevelopment project in conjunction with the Port Authority.

Copyright Photo: Fernandez Imaging/AirlinersGallery.com. The New York Air operation is pictured at nearby LaGuardia Airport.

In 2001, Continental Airlines (Houston) opened the Global Gateway, a $3.8 billion public-private partnership. The centerpiece of that project was the third concourse in Terminal C, “C-3,” designed to be bright and airy with gates constructed to enable international travelers to arrive at Terminal C – rather than solely at Terminal B – adding convenience and quicker connections.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Continental’s McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 N68046 (msn 47800) in the 1984 livery.

The Global Gateway also introduced the only rail station at a New York-area airport located in close proximity to the terminals, enabling Newark Liberty travelers direct AirTrain rail access to New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia.

Continental and the Port Authority also outfitted Terminal C with new roadways, parking garages, expanded electronic ticketing facilities, new terminal designs to facilitate more efficient security screening and an automated baggage handling system.

Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines. Crew members showcase the new uniforms.

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Historic Photo of the Day – May 14, 2013

Air Canada Boeing 727-233 C-GYNF (msn 22346) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 102830.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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The end of Capital Cargo International Airlines

Capital Cargo International Airlines (Orlando) is no more. The cargo airline was merged into ATI-Air Transport International (Little Rock) yesterday (March 11). Founded in 1995, Capital Cargo International Airlines (CCIA) was an FAA 121 Supplemental Air Carrier. The airline operated five Boeing 727-200 and three 757-200 freighters.

Parent Air Transport Services Group issued the following statement:

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. announced on March 11, 2013 the completion of the merger of two of its airline subsidiaries, Air Transport International, Inc. (ATI) and Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc. (CCIA).

The merger creates a single airline, ATI, with its headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, its operations center in Wilmington, Ohio, and its management team led by ATI President ATSG President and CEO Dennis Manibusan. ATI currently operates 13 aircraft, including seven Boeing 767 freighters (five 767-200s and two 767-300s), three Boeing 757 freighters, and three DC-8 combi (combination passenger and main-deck cargo) aircraft. The three DC-8 combis are to be replaced soon with four Boeing 757 combis.

The Air Carrier Certificate for CCIA has been surrendered to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and its aircraft leases and other assets transferred to ATI, following that agency’s review and approval of the technical aspects of ATI’s airline merger plan. Further, the economic authority for CCIA has been surrendered to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for cancellation.

ATSG President and CEO Joe Hete, President and CEO of ATSG, said completing the merger is an important milestone in an overall effort to make ATSG more profitable, and to better serve its customers.

“This merger is the most significant of a number of steps we are taking throughout ATSG to better fit our airline overhead and operating cost structures to the airline operations we have today, and expect to add in the future,” Hete said. “Dennis Manibusan and his teams in each company have worked hard to complete this process, and I applaud their efforts. The larger scale and strength of the new combined ATI they have created will be better prepared to support ATI’s customers, including DHL and the U.S. military, and attract new business in the months to come.”

Top Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell. Boeing 727-223 (F) N708AA (msn 22465) approaches runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The freighter is painted in the final 2011 livery.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Capital Cargo International Airlines. Boeing 757-222 (F) N531UA (msn 25042) was the only 757 to wear the new color scheme.

Capital Cargo 757-200F N531UA (11)(Grd)(Capital Cargo)(LR)

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Cargojet is profitable for the fourth quarter and 2012

Cargojet Inc. (Cargojet Airways) (Hamilton) announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and twelve-month period ended December 31, 2012 .

For the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2012:

  • Total Revenues were $46.4 million , an increase of $3.5 million or 8.2% versus the previous year.
  • Gross Margin was $8.8 million , an increase of $1.7 million or 23.9% versus the previous year
  • EBITDA was $5.4 million , an increase of $2.2 million or 68.8% versus the previous year

For the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2012:

  • Total Revenues were $168.8 million , an increase of $3.3 million or 2.0% versus the previous year.
  • Gross Margin was $28.3 million , a decrease of $1.5 million or 5.0% versus the previous year
  • EBITDA was $16.9 million , an increase of $1.7 million or 11.2% versus the previous year

“We are very pleased with our financial results, as we continue to operate in a challenging economic environment,” said Ajay Virmani, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Lower costs and greater efficiencies have combined with stronger core overnight and charter revenues, to provide for a strong finish to the year,” he added.  “We are encouraged by the volume growth in the last half of the year and will continue to focus on new revenue opportunities and continued prudent cost management as we move forward into 2013”.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Cargojet is one of the last cargo operators of the Boeing 727 freighter in North America. Ex-Eastern Boeing 727-225 (F) C-GCJB (msn 21855) taxies at the Hamilton hub.

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Iran Aseman Airlines keeps the Boeing 727 alive as a passenger airliner

Iran Aseman Airlines (Tehran) continues to operate the Boeing 727 as both a passenger aircraft and as a freighter, one of the last operators of the venerable trijet. The airline started operations in 1980. Iran is currently under international sanctions.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. The 175-seat Boeing 727-228 EP-ASB (msn 22082) operated a flight to Dubai today with passengers. The airframe was originally delivered new to Air France as F-GCDB on April 11, 1980 (almost 33 years ago)! The airliner has also flown with Air Charter and Euralair before Iran Aseman acquired the aircraft on October 7, 1994. In late 2012 the company repainted the aircraft adding a new blue tail with a new white tail logo. This 727 keeps on flying with passengers!

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The Timetable Chronicles: Ozark Air Lines (Part 2)

Guest Editor David Keller 

Guest Editor David Keller

The Timetable Chronicles: The World of Airline Timetable Collecting

Ozark Air Lines (Part 2)

The latter half of the 1960’s were eventful for the local airlines in general, and Ozark Airlines (St. Louis) was no exception.  Starting with Mohawk’s introduction of the BAC 1-11 in 1965, the local carriers began the process of adding pure-jets to their fleets.  Ozark went a step further, ordering DC-9’s and FH-227B’s to replace its entire fleet of F-27’s, Martin 404’s and the workhorse DC-3’s.  The July 15, 1966 timetable (below) is the first to show DC-9’s in service, with a single aircraft being put to work on a 14 flight schedule that served 7 stations, as indicated by the promotional ad in the timetable.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for the full view and details.

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The December 1, 1966 timetable (below) shows the addition of the Fairchild FH-227B to Ozark’s fleet.

Service was inaugurated to 11 destinations with this timetable, and 4 additional stations were added 2 weeks later.  The type would eventually number 21 aircraft, one of which was lost in a crash at St. Louis in 1973.  The final revenue service (which I was fortunately able to ride) came on October 25, 1980 as Flight 848 from St. Louis to Chicago with a stop at Peoria.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for the details and the full view.

Another big happening in the local airline world in the late 60’s was the growing shift towards cross-subsidies.  The government had been subsidizing the local carriers to serve points that were generally unprofitable, while profitable routes went to the trunk carriers.  Now that the local carriers were acquiring jets, they had a chance to be competitive against the trunk lines.  Cross-subsidies involved awarding some of those potentially profitable services to the locals, with the idea that those profits could reduce the amount of the subsidies paid for the other operations.  In some cases, authority was given to operate non-stop flights in major markets where stops had previously been required.  Such was the case when Ozark was awarded non-stop authority between St. Louis and Chicago as promoted on the timetable dated October 27, 1968 (below).  By November 15th, the carrier was offering 7 nonstops in each direction.

In other instances, “bypass” routes were awarded from some of the larger local stations to major cities outside of the carrier’s normal area of operation.  Ozark would receive authority to Denver, Dallas, New York and Washington from places like Sioux City, Peoria and Champaign/Urbana.  The route map from the timetable dated October 1, 1970 (below) shows the new services as well as the acquisition of Chicago – Des Moines nonstop authority.

A number of local service airlines tried operating smaller aircraft that were generally considered to be commuter types.  Ozark attempted such a “commuter” operation beginning on March 12, 1972 (below) with Twin Otter service between Springfield, IL and Meigs Field in Chicago.  Flights were operated every 90 minutes on weekdays only.  This became a competition with the much smaller Air Illinois which operated a very similar schedule of flights on the route.  After less than a year, Ozark would drop the service, and Air Illinois would continue to operate the route for a number of years, utilizing an HS 748 for much of that time.

In late 1973 the airline world suffered the shock created by the Arab Oil Embargo.  Fuel quotas were established, and the airlines had to learn how to get by with less.  The impact on the local carriers was not as drastic as the trunk carriers, which removed many of their new but fuel hungry 747’s from service, as well as entire fleets of non-fan Convair 880’s, 707/720’s and DC-8’s.  The local airlines had no widebodies or first-generation aircraft, so their fleets were relatively efficient.

October of 1978 ushered in the event that has done more to shape the airline industry than any other, the Airline Deregulation Act.  This piece of legislation removed many of the barriers faced by airlines applying for authority to serve new routes (which had often been a slow and arduous process), as well as for entities wanting to create new airlines.  The initial result was the award of unused route authority to other airlines willing to provide service.  Florida was a popular choice for new service, and Ozark quickly began service to 4 destinations with their December 15, 1978 timetable (below).

Please click on the map to expand.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. The last OZ color scheme, introduced in 1979.

A number of local carriers were looking at larger equipment to use on the new routes, and a several opted for 727’s (used -100 series aircraft or factory-new 200-series).  For its part, Ozark placed an order for 2 new 727-200’s slated for delivery in late 1979.  Unfortunately, the carrier suffered several work stoppages prior to the arrival of the new aircraft, and determined that they were no longer required given the resulting reductions in traffic.  Although at least one was painted in full Ozark colors, the type never entered service and both were sent off to Pan Am.

Copyright Photo: Robert Woodling – Bruce Drum Collection.

New services in the early days of Deregulation were frequently from stations other than the carrier’s main operations base, which was tied in to the new destinations by the continuation of the flight routings when practical.  As the ability to enter and leave routes was liberalized over the ensuing years, most of the services to new destinations realigned to provide non-stop flights from one of the airline’s chosen hubs, again leaving the outlying stations with only direct or connecting service.  The route map of the October 1, 1985 timetable (below) shows the almost-complete consolidation of routes through the airline’s hub in St. Louis.

This timetable also shows Ozark embracing the “express” concept of code-sharing with commuter airlines to provide service to smaller destinations (which had frequently been dropped by the larger carrier).  In Ozark’s case, a partnership was created with Air Midwest to form Ozark Midwest, which started with service from St. Louis to 15 destinations.

The other impact of Deregulation was the ensuing rash of airline mergers, which in some cases involved a trunk carrier buying up their principal competition.  Such was the case in 1986 when TWA purchased Ozark, ending a proud legacy spanning over 36 years.  The timetable dated August 25, 1986 was the final issue published prior to the merger.

The final “Ozark” timetables were actually issued by TWA following the merger.  At least 3 different Ozark timetables were printed, and I am told that it was due to TWA using the Ozark operating certificate for the DC-9’s until it could be transferred.  (TWA already had MD-80’s, so there was no problem with the larger type.)  Apparently, TWA felt that they needed an “Ozark” timetable if they were operating certain flights as such, and distributed a small number of copies to each station with instructions to hand them out only if asked.  (It makes no sense to me that a timetable was required to support an operating certificate, but that’s the story I was given!)

The April 5, 1987 timetable shows “Ozark” flights to Toledo, a station never actually served by the airline.  Eventually, the certificate was transferred, and Ozark Air Lines disappeared into TWA.

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