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Norwegian’s 2012 pre-tax profit expands to $112.4 million

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) reported a full-year pre-tax profit of 623 million Norwegian kroner ($112.4 million), an increase of 457 million Norwegian kroner ($82.5 million), compared with 2011. According to the carrier, “2012 was characterized by high traffic growth and international expansion with many new routes and the establishment of new bases.”

Sales for 2012 amounted to 12.9 billion Norwegian kroner, an increase of 22 percent. Norwegian flew 17.7 million passengers in 2012, an increase of 2 million (13 percent). The load factor for 2012 was 79 percent, the same as last year.

In 2012, Norwegian took delivery of 13 brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. This year, Norwegian will continue to phase in new aircraft – 14 Boeing 737-800s and 3 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. Norwegian is gradually phasing out its Boeing 737-300s and many of its special aircraft schemes. The pictured Boeing 737-3S3 LN-KKY (msn 29245) in the special ACTA livery at London (Gatwick) in 2011 went to Transaero Airlines as EI-ERP.

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Alaska Airlines picks the winner of the “Spirit of the Islands” Paint-the-Plane contest

Alaska 737-800 (13-Spirit of the Islands)(Alaska)(LR)

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has managed to “out Hawaiian” locally-based Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) with a beautifully designed aircraft paint scheme.

The Pacific Northwest-based airline announced that Aaron Nee, 16, of Honolulu is the winner of the “Spirit of the Islands” Paint-the-Plane contest. His artwork will adorn an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft honoring the unique culture of the Aloha State. As the grand prize winner, Nee will also receive a trip for four to any of the carrier’s destinations and a $5,000 scholarship.

The airline continued in its announcement:

Known for his artistic ability and interest in graphic design and athletics, Nee was informed by airline representatives that his design won the statewide contest during a surprise announcement today. The Kaiser High School junior is a nearly straight-A student and a decorated member of the school’s Air Force ROTC program.

Nee’s winning design displays a voyaging canoe depicting how Polynesians first arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, a bright yellow hibiscus (the state flower), the Hawaiian Island chain and the phrase “Spirit of the Islands.”

Nee said he plans to invest his $5,000 for college and will take his family to visit relatives in New York, where he hopes to see snow for the first time.

The judging panel, comprised of Hawaii artists, educators and other local community members, carefully scored and selected the three top designs from more than 2,700 submissions created by students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The contest was sponsored by Alaska Airlines, the Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

The public participated in an online vote of the three finalist designs. More than 7,000 votes were cast, with Nee’s submission receiving 4,013 votes. Izabela Hamilton, a 12th grader at Seabury Hall on the Island of Maui, placed second for her design featuring a male and female hula dancer against a backdrop of ocean waves and windswept mountain cliffs. Sophia Cleek, a sixth grader at Kapolei Middle School on the Island of Oahu, placed third for her design depicting a voyaging canoe sailing around the Islands. Hamilton and Cleek will each receive a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination and a $1,000 scholarship.

“We’re thrilled with Aaron’s beautiful design depicting some of the most iconic features of the Aloha State and look forward to sharing his plane across our route network,” said Mark Bocchi, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of sales and community marketing. “We were awestruck by the creativity of all the designs that were submitted. We applaud Izabela and Sophia for their stunning artwork as well as the 10 honorable mentions whose designs stood out as the best from their grade level.”

The honorable mention winners were also announced today and will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship each. Many of these designs featured the Islands’ natural beauty, ocean and wildlife, and popular local activities such as surfing and canoe paddling. Other designs boasted Hawaii’s unique geography and many designs depicted King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810.

“The ‘Spirit of the Islands’ contest has been a wonderful partnership with Alaska Airlines and has provided a fantastic opportunity for some of the best student artists in our public schools to showcase their talents,” said Kathryn Matayoshi, Hawaii State Department of Education superintendent. “Congratulations to Aaron and the other student winners who have made us all proud.”

The new logojet will join other specially-painted aircraft at the airline (see the slide show below).

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United Airlines to launch new service to Monterrey, Mexico and San Salvador, El Salvador tomorrow

United Airlines (Chicago) will begin daily nonstop service between its hub at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Monterrey, Mexico, on December 19, 2012. The same day, United will begin daily service between its Washington/Dulles International Airport hub and San Salvador International Airport in El Salvador.

Chicago O’Hare to Monterrey

Flight UA6276 will depart Chicago at 8:50 a.m., arriving in Monterrey at 12:20 p.m. The return flight, UA6277, will depart Monterrey at 12:55 p.m., arriving in Chicago at 4:25 p.m. (all times local).

The new Chicago-Monterrey United Express flight will operate using Canadair CRJ700 regional jet aircraft with 66 seats – six in first class, 28 in Economy Plus and 32 in economy.

United offers service to 28 Mexican destinations — more than any other airline from the U.S.  The airline also serves Monterrey seven times daily from its Houston hub. From Chicago, United offers nonstop daily service to Mexico City.

Washington, D.C. (Dulles) to San Salvador

Flight UA1660 will depart Washington at 8:59 a.m., arriving in San Salvador at 12:45 p.m. The return flight, UA1716, will depart San Salvador at 1:35 p.m., arriving in Washington at 6:54 p.m. (all times local).

The flight will operate with Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 154 seats – 16 in first class, 48 in Economy Plus and 90 in economy.

United also operates twice-daily flights to San Salvador from its Houston hub.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 737-824 N76528 (msn 31663) approaches the Los Angeles hub.

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United to offer nonstop service from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood starting on March 2

United Airlines (Chicago) has announced plans to launch nonstop service between its San Francisco hub and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, with once-weekly flights beginning on March 2, 2013, and daily service beginning April 9, 2013. The new flights will operate with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

“South Florida is the largest region in the country not currently served by United from San Francisco,” said Jim Ferea, United’s managing director of domestic planning. “We’re pleased to link these two areas that are important to both business and leisure travelers.”

The daily flights will depart from San Francisco at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Fort Lauderdale at 5:05 p.m. The return flights will depart Fort Lauderdale at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in San Francisco at 9:15 p.m.

Between March 2, 2013, and April 7, 2013, the airline will offer weekly Saturday-only flights on the route. The schedule varies slightly for the weekly service.

Since February 2011, United has added nonstop service between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Chicago-O’Hare, Denver and Washington-Dulles. The airline also offers nonstop flights between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and hubs in Cleveland, Houston and New York.

United will compete against JetBlue Airways and Virgin America on the route. United previously had a hub at Miami (the former Pan Am hub) and previously offered Miami-San Francisco service.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Boeing 737-824 N26210 (msn 28770) in the Star Alliance scheme arrives at the Washington (Dulles) hub.

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Air Canada and South African Airways sign a code share agreement

Air Canada (Montreal) and South African Airways (SAA) (Johannesburg) have announced today a code share agreement that will make it substantially easier for customers to travel between Canada and South Africa . Effective December 13, 2012 , customers connecting between the carriers in London or New York will be able to book a single itinerary and make seamless connections. In addition, as both airlines belong to the Star Alliance , customers can benefit from reciprocal frequent flier accumulation or redemption and lounge access for eligible customers.

SAA will code share on Air Canada-operated flights between London and Vancouver , London and Toronto , and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Toronto (including flights operated by Air Canada Express). Air Canada will in turn code share on SAA-operated services between London and Johannesburg , New York and Johannesburg , and Johannesburg and Cape Town .

With both airlines being members of Star Alliance , the world’s largest airline network, customers will continue to enjoy the benefit of earning and redeeming frequent flier miles through Aeroplan or the SAA Voyager program when flying on the code share services and throughout their respective global networks.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Boeing 767-333 ER C-FMWQ (msn 25584) of Air Canada arrives at Geneva.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. South African’s Boeing 737-85F ZS-SJM (msn 30476) arrives at the Johannesburg hub. SAA operates both the Airbus A319/A320 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft groups on domestic and regional routes.

Southwest to convert Wichita to a Southwest city on June 2

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) on June 2, 2013 will convert service at Wichita, Kansas from AirTran Airways to a Southwest city.  At Wichita’s Mid-Continent airport, WN will substitute three AirTran nonstop flights between Wichita and Atlanta with two Southwest nonstops between Wichita and both Dallas/Love and Chicago/Midway, and daily Southwest nonstop service between Wichita and Las Vegas.   This will give Southwest five daily departures, with direct and connecting service to another 70 Southwest cities across America.

Integration between Southwest and AirTran also continues in the Caribbean.  On the same day WN will convert existing AirTran nonstop service between Baltimore/Washington and San Juan, Puerto Rico to Southwest Airlines service, and will add a fourth daily roundtrip between San Juan and Orlando.  All of Southwest’s service to San Juan utilizes Boeing 737-800 aircraft complete with Boeing’s Sky Interior.

According to the airline, Southwest will also add two daily nonstop roundtrips between Houston/Hobby and New York’s LaGuardia Airport. WN will also add new nonstop service between Chicago/Midway and Tulsa.  Other nonstop markets that will seasonally return will be daily nonstops between Seattle/Tacoma and Atlanta, Nashville, Houston/Hobby, and Kansas City, between Austin and Portland OR, and between Las Vegas and Manchester.  Southwest will end nonstop service in five markets—Albuquerque-Tucson, Oakland-Reno, Little Rock-St. Louis, and between Birmingham and both Jacksonville and New Orleans.  In addition, WN will eliminate seasonal nonstops between Hartford and Ft. Myers, weekend-only nonstops in the Norfolk-Tampa and Providence-Ft. Myers markets, and will seasonally shift Southwest nonstop service between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and both Raleigh/Durham and Milwaukee to AirTran.  WN will also reduce frequency in 40 roundtrip markets and increase service in 49 others, winding up with an average of 3,382 departures each weekday—which represents an overall increase in roughly 18 midweek departures per day.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 737-8H4 N8317M (msn 36992) taxies past the camera at Seattle (Boeing Field).

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Alaska Airlines to offer Seattle/Tacoma-Salt Lake City service starting on April 4

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today announced new twice-daily service between Seattle/Tacoma and Salt Lake City. Year-round flights to the “Crossroads of the West” are scheduled to begin April 4, 2013.

Alaska will offer two daily nonstop flights with seamless connections to many destinations through Salt Lake City with partner Delta Air Lines.

Summary of new flights:
Start Date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
April 4 Seattle-Salt Lake City 7 a.m. 9:59 a.m. Daily
April 4 Salt Lake City-Seattle 11 a.m. 12:07 p.m. Daily
April 4 Seattle-Salt Lake City 1:10 p.m. 4:10 p.m. Daily
April 4 Salt Lake City-Seattle 5:10 p.m. 6:17 p.m. Daily
All times based on local time zones


Alaska Airlines’ new flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-890 N548AS (msn 30020) is pictured at Miami International Airport in the reverse Alaskaair.com livery, introduced in 2000 to promote its website.

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Norwegian to make London Gatwick and Alicante new operational bases

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) is upgrading its presence at both London (Gatwick) and Alicante to operational bases. The company issued this statement (translated from Norwegian):

In the spring of 2013 Norwegian establishes an additional European base, this time in London. The company will also establish a base in Alicante, Spain. From the base in London, Norwegian will offer a range of direct services to popular destinations around the Mediterranean and in the North. With the new base in England, the company will be well positioned to meet the competition from Asian and European airlines in the long distance market.

The new base is established at London Gatwick, where Norwegian is already a significant player. With more than 100 flights a week, is the company’s largest destination outside the Nordic region. Norwegian see a large passenger potential of several million travelers from London and surrounding areas. The base in Alicante will serve an important part of Norwegian’s Spanish production, similar to the already established bases in Malaga and Las Palmas.

The Company will place three Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the London base of the start-up phase, and then expand to four in the latter part of 2013. The first flights are planned for the summer 2013 program that starts at the beginning of april. Pilots and cabin crew recruited locally.

The background to the establishment is to position Norwegian facing future competition both on short-haul intra-European and long-haul market. Growth and volume necessary to be competitive in today’s international aviation industry. Growth must also be outside the region. While it is expected that the largest growth in traffic and tourist flows in the future come from Asia into Europe. Should we as a Scandinavian airlines remain competitive and at the same time take advantage of the huge traffic growth must now position itself in Europe and Asia, said Norwegian’s CEO Bjorn Kjos.

Norwegian currently has operational bases in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Spain. A new base for Norwegian long-distance companies are being established in Bangkok.

On the financial side, the company issued this statement:

Norwegian reported a profit before tax of close to NOK 900 million. This is the company’s best quarterly results ever and an improvement of 187 million compared to the same period last year. New aircraft have saved the company 28 million NOK in fuel costs compared to the same quarter last year. The savings company itself offset by an extra bill of NOK 25 million as a result of a shortage of air traffic controllers in Norwegian Avinor.

In the third quarter, flew Norwegian nearly 5.2 million passengers. That’s 580,000 more than last year and also a new record for the company. The quarter was also characterized by a high load factor of 82 percent. Any passengers flew on average longer which is reflected in passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 17 percent in the third quarter, seat capacity (ASK) increased by 20 percent.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 737-8JP LN-NOZ (msn 39420) arrives at London (Gatwick).

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Alaska Airlines starts nonstop San Diego-Orlando service

Alaska Airlines today (October 12) launched nonstop service between Orlando, Florida., and San Diego (San Diego-Orlando service started last night). The carrier will fly between the two cities five times a week.

Summary of new San Diego – Orlando flights
Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Oct. 11 San Diego-Orlando 10:35 p.m. 6:30 a.m. Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Oct. 12 Orlando-San Diego 8:05 a.m. 10:40 a.m. Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun
All times are based on local time zones

The flights will be operated on Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris. Boeing 737-890 N559AS (msn 35178) in the new Wild Alaska Seafood scheme arrives at the Seattle/Tacoma hub.

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Norwegian takes delivery of its 50th new Boeing 737-800, dedicates the aircraft to UNICEF

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) continues to phase in brand new aircraft. The airline has taken delivery of its 50th new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The aircraft is painted in the children’s rights organization UNICEF’s colors and logo to mark the Norwegian’s signature and UNICEF partnership.

Boeing 737-8JP LN-NGE (msn 39050) in the UNICEF livery and named “Commemorative Air”, was handed over yesterday (October 1) and landed at Gardermoen in Oslo today dedicated to UNICEF. Norwegian has been working with UNICEF since 2007. In connection with the Norwegian’s 10th anniversary on September 1, Norwegian gave  NOK 1 million to UNICEF.  The aircraft will fly throughout the Norwegian’s European route network.

Copyright Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle.

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