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Flyr to lease five Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft from ALC + 4 options

Flyr has made this announcement:

Flyr is taking a new and important step towards a more sustainable operation by phasing in the very latest aircraft technology with the lowest carbon footprint and fuel costs. On average, the Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 emits up to 14 percent less emissions than previous models.

The company has signed a letter of intent with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for six brand-new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft.

The aircraft will be delivered directly from the Boeing factory to Flyr during the first half of 2022. There is also an option in the agreement for four more aircraft with delivery in 2023.

Sustainability is an essential part of Flyr’s strategy. Always choosing the most climate-friendly solutions is crucial. So is the company’s approach to employees and unions.

As a newly established airline, Flyr is the only airline in Norway that pays for 100% of its emissions under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), in contrast to other domestic airlines that receive large exemptions in the form of free allocation of emission allowances.

Unions positive about new aircraft

Both Flyr Cabin Association and Flyr Pilot Association are positive about the company’s choice of new aircraft type.

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing and the leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) are pleased about Flyr’s decision to transition to the most environmentally friendly option.

The plan is that the first aircraft will arrive in early 2022 and arrive continuously towards the summer.

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Fiji Airways set to welcome visitors from the US from December 2, 2021

"Island of Kadavu", Fiji's first MAX 8

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s national airline, has announced that flights to the South Pacific paradise will officially resume for fully vaccinated international travelers from December 1, 2021, with the first commercial flight from the United States to Fiji since March 2020 scheduled to depart Los Angeles and San Francisco on November 30th, arriving in Fiji (Nadi) December 2.

From November 30, Fiji Airways will launch daily flights from Los Angeles to Fiji (Nadi) utilizing its brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft, five flights a week from San Francisco on its A330 aircraft, and two flights a week from Honolulu utilizing it Boeing 737 MAX (top).

The Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced the travel framework which would allow Fiji to reopen its borders to tourists from December 1 after more than 20 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All arriving travelers must be fully vaccinated, present evidence of a 72-hour negative RT-PCR test prior to boarding, and complete an additional rapid test at their pre-booked resort or hotel upon arrival before commencing their holiday quarantine free.

Fiji Airways will adjust its planned schedules accordingly if certain states or destinations remain closed for international travel on December 1, 2021.

Top Copyright Photo: Fiji Airways (2nd) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 DQ-FAB (msn 64307) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 944495.

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Icelandair finances its last three Boeing 737 MAX aircraft


Icelandair has entered into agreements with Aviation Capital Group (ACG) regarding the financing of three Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. This is a sale and leaseback of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and a finance lease of one Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.

The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in December 2021 and January 2022. As previously announced, Icelandair had backstop financing in place for these three aircraft which will not be exercised.

Following this transaction, Icelandair has completed financing of all the twelve 737 MAX aircraft that were originally ordered from Boeing in 2013.

Top Copyright Photo: Icelandair Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 TF-ICN (msn 44356) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 953388.

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AeroMéxico files its Plan of Reorganization

AeroMexico Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 XA-MAO (msn 43707) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 404116.

Grupo Aeroméxico, S.A.B. de C.V. informs that on October 1, 2021, it filed, together with its subsidiaries that are debtors in the Company’s Chapter 11 voluntary financial restructuring process, the Joint Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”), a disclosure statement related to the Plan (the “Disclosure Statement”) and a motion to approve solicitation procedures with respect to the Plan. The Company intends to file one or more supplements to the Plan on the schedule set forth in the Plan or as otherwise ordered by the Court. A hearing to approve the Disclosure Statement is expected to be held on or about October 21, 2021. Upon entry of an order approving the Disclosure Statement, the Company intends to begin the process to solicit votes on the Plan.

The filing of the Plan is a key milestone on the Company’s path to emergence from its Chapter 11 process, and the Company looks forward to continue to engage with its stakeholders to finalize the Plan on a consensual basis.

Aeroméxico will continue pursuing, in an orderly manner, its voluntary financial restructuring through Chapter 11, while continuing to operate and offer services to its customers and contracting from its suppliers the goods and services required for operations. The Company will continue to strengthen its financial position and liquidity, protect and preserve its operations and assets, and implement necessary adjustments to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

Top Copyright Photo: AeroMexico Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 XA-MAO (msn 43707) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 404116.

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LOT Polish Airlines now flies to Dubai, will return to Miami

LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SP-LVA (msn 64067) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943499.

LOT Polish Airlines on September 26 launched the Warsaw – Dubai route with SP-LVA, a new route for the company.

An inaugural ceremony was conducted along with special items to celebrate the launch.

The route will be operated three days a week – Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.

In other news, LOT Polish will return to Miami December 10, 2021 with three weekly Dreamliner flights.

Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SP-LVA (msn 64067) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943499.

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SpiceJet to resume Boeing 737 MAX operations on October 5

"White Pepper"

From the the Times of India:


Top Copyright Photo: SpiceJet Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 VT-MXM (msn 60225) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 948124.

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Southwest announces leadership changes, announces a fall sales campaign

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8809L (msn 65439) BUR (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955033.

Southwest Airlines made this leadership announcement:

Tom Nealon, 60, has decided to retire from his duties as President effective immediately, but will continue to serve the Company as a strategic advisor, focusing primarily on the airline’s environmental sustainability and carbon emissions reduction plan. Nealon has held numerous leadership positions during his tenure with the airline, including Executive Vice President Strategy & Innovation from 2016 to 2017, Director on the Southwest Board from 2010 to 2015, and in a consultant capacity as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer from 2002 to 2006.

“I’m honored to have served Southwest throughout the years in several different capacities, and especially to have been President of the best airline in the business,” Nealon said. “I look forward to continuing to serve and advise Southwest on strategic initiatives, and most importantly, on the airline’s long-term environmental sustainability plans.”

Gary Kelly, Southwest’s Chairman and CEO, announced on behalf of the Southwest Airlines Board of Directors that Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven, 59, has been named as the Company’s President, effective immediately. Van de Ven will take on the additional responsibilities of the Company’s Internal Audit, Business Continuity, Emergency Response, and Enterprise Risk Management functions.

“I want to thank Tom for his countless contributions to the cause that is Southwest Airlines over the years—they are many and immeasurable. I’m grateful Tom will continue serving as a strategic advisor. I’m thrilled for Mike as he assumes his new role as President, in addition to COO. Mike is as talented and dedicated a leader as one will find, and he has directly contributed to Southwest’s success during his 28 years serving the Company and our People.

“The transition efforts being led by Executive Vice President and incoming CEO Bob Jordan are going extremely well, and as that continues, we are taking steps to shift reporting roles in preparation for Bob to assume the CEO role on February 1, 2022,” said Kelly.

As the transition progresses, the Finance, Commercial, Legal & Regulatory, Operations, and Technology teams that were reporting to Kelly or Nealon will now report to Jordan, also effective immediately.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to thank Tom for his nearly five-year tenure as President and more than 15 years of service to our Southwest Airlines Employees, Customers, Shareholders, and the Communities we serve,” said Southwest Airlines Lead Director William Cunningham. “We are extremely proud to have such a talented and robust leadership bench at Southwest Airlines, and are delighted with the announcement of Mike Van de Ven as Tom’s successor.”

Southwest Airlines also announced additional Senior Leader promotions:

  • Laurie Barnett, from Managing Director Communications & Outreach, to Vice President of Communications & Outreach. Barnett is responsible for guiding the efforts of the airline’s Public Relations & Communications, Creative Studio, Digital & Social Business, and Community Outreach functions. She also helped create and provided Leadership support for the Company’s Emergency Response, Business Continuity and Enterprise Risk Management functions.
  • Ryan Martinez, from Managing Director Investor Relations, to Vice President of Investor Relations. Martinez has been instrumental in evolving Southwest’s IR strategies and communications along with the changing economic environment. Under his Leadership, Southwest is well-positioned to continue effectively communicating with investors while the Company manages through the pandemic.
  • Juan Suarez, from Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel in the Legal Department to Vice President Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Suarez serves as Southwest’s executive-level champion for organizational goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally and externally. Among other things, Suarez is responsible for creating and driving the development of diversity initiatives that align with our business objectives and advises on policies and practices involving diversity, equity, and inclusion. He will partner closely with peers throughout the Company on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts as it applies to, among other things, supplier diversity, diversity hiring and recruiting, and training.
  • Marilyn Post, from Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Vice President Legal and Corporate Secretary. Post heads the Legal Department’s Corporate & Transactions Team, which is responsible for assisting with the legal aspects of all of Southwest’s securities and transactional matters. She also serves as a senior advisor to the Company’s Board of Directors and Executive Team on corporate governance, executive compensation, and SEC matters.
  • Lauren Woods, from Managing Director Technology, to Vice President Technology-Technology Platforms. Woods and her Teams are responsible for delivering stable technology platforms and driving transformation efforts across Technology. Under her leadership, the Technology teams will continue to focus on building out new modern foundational platforms used and leveraged by development Teams to increase efficiency and speed to market.

“I am pleased with the Team’s flexibility and support as we continue the steady pace of our Leadership transition efforts,” Jordan said. “I am looking forward to working with Tom on our sustainability imperatives and collaborating with Mike as we set the agenda for the Company moving forward. I know Gary joins me in congratulating Lauren, Laurie, Marilyn, Juan, and Ryan on their well-deserved promotions; we are fortunate to have a deeply talented bench of Southwest Leaders.”

In other news, the company also launched its fall Wanna Get Away® campaign with fares as low as $59 one-way for a fall getaway. Customers can book today through Sept. 27, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time, pack their bags for a trip valid Oct. 4, 2021, through Dec. 15, 2021 (for continental U.S., continental U.S. to/from Hawaii, inter-island Hawaii, and international travel), and get ready for a fall-tastic getaway.

With the carrier’s low fares, Legendary Hospitality, and flexible policies (including no cancellation fees, no change fees, and bags fly free®)*, Southwest® is ready to take Customers on their next office or school getaway.

  • As low as $59 one-way nonstop between Houston (Hobby) and Corpus Christi,
  • As low as $59 one-way nonstop between Atlanta and Jackson, Miss.,
  • As low as $59 one-way nonstop between Oakland and Eugene, Ore.,
  • As low as $67 one-way nonstop between Nashville and Savannah/Hilton Head, and
  • As low as $99 one-way nonstop between Denver and Santa Barbara, Calif.

*At Southwest Airlines, there are no change fees (fare difference may apply), no cancellation fees (failure to cancel a reservation at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled departure may result in forfeited travel funds), and bags fly free (first and second checked bags, weight and size limits apply).

**Advanced purchase and blackout date requirements apply; seats, days, and markets are limited. 

Top Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8809L (msn 65439) BUR (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955033.

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Griffin Global Asset Management orders five Boeing 737-8 MAX 8s

Boeing and Griffin Global Asset Management have announced the aircraft lessor is expanding its commercial aircraft portfolio with five new 737-8 jets. The purchase is Griffin’s first direct order with Boeing as it sees strategic opportunities to place the airplanes during the market recovery.