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flydubai launches flights to Pisa in Italy and resumes operations to Catania in Sicily

Delivered on December 12, 2018

flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced the start of flights to Pisa in Italy, becoming the first UAE carrier to operate this route from Dubai. The carrier will also resume its operations to Catania in Sicily growing its network in Italy to three points including Naples.

Flights to Pisa International Airport (PSA) and Catania International Airport (CTA) start on 24 June with a three-times weekly service. Emirates will codeshare on these routes and the flights will operate from Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB), offering travelers more seamless connections through Dubai’s international aviation hub.

Pisa is a city in Italy’s Tuscany region best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. The region in central Italy is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David” statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elba’s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and famous olive groves and vineyards.

Passengers traveling on a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft can enjoy more comfort and an enhanced travel experience. The new cabin offering features a flatbed in Business Class and, in addition to the extra space and privacy, passengers can sleep comfortably during their flight. Economy Class offers new RECARO seats, which are designed to optimise space and comfort so passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy their flight.

flydubai’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft also features exceptional inflight entertainment with a full HD, 11.6-inch screen, with a wide selection of movies, TV shows, music and games in English, Arabic and Russian. Passengers can enjoy complimentary seatback inflight entertainment in Business Class or purchase affordable inflight entertainment packages when traveling in Economy Class.

Flight details

Flights from Terminal 3, Dubai International (DXB) to Pisa International Airport (PSA) will operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Return Business Class fares from DXB to PSA start from AED 11,000 and Economy Class Lite fares start from AED 2,500. Return Business Class fares from PSA to DXB start from EUR 2,500 and Economy Class Lite fares start from EUR 530.

Flight Number Departure Airport Arrival Airport Departure Time Arrival Time Flight time
FZ  1295 DXB PSA 07:15 12:00 06:45
FZ  1296 PSA DXB 13:00 21:30 06:30

All Times Local

Top Copyright Photo: Flydubai Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 A6-FNC (msn 60983) BFI (Brian Worthington). Image: 957198.

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ALC leases nine Boeing 737 MAXs to AeroMexico

Air Lease Corporation announced long-term lease agreements for nine new Boeing 737 aircraft with Aeromexico.  Consisting of two new 737-8 MAX 8s and seven new 737-9 MAX 9s, the aircraft are scheduled to deliver between July 2022 and August 2023 from ALC’s order book with Boeing.

Airline liveries designed by Teague, how Alaska’s N932AK was developed

2021 special "Orca" livery

From Teague: How they developed the Orca design on N932AK for Alaska Airlines.

By Jim Farmer.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N932AK (msn 44089) (Orca) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 956311.
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Copa Holdings produces a fourth quarter and 2021 net profit

Delivered December 22, 2020, first foreign delivery since grounding

Copa Holdings, S.A. today announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2021 (4Q21) and full year 2021. The following financial information, unless otherwise indicated, is presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). See the accompanying reconciliation of non-IFRS financial information to IFRS financial information included in the financial tables section of this earnings release. Unless otherwise stated, all comparisons with prior periods refer to the fourth quarter of 2019 (4Q19) (which the Company believes are more relevant than year-over-year comparisons due to the significant impacts in 2020 of the COVID-19 pandemic).

OPERATING AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Copa Holdings reported a net profit of US$114.4 million for the quarter or US$2.69 per share. Excluding special items, the Company would have reported a net profit of US$84.1 million or US$1.98 per share.  Special items include an US$8.9 million unrealized mark-to-market loss related to the Company’s convertible notes and a reversal of US$39.2 million in the Company’s provision related to the return of leased aircraft.
  • Copa Holdings reported an operating profit of US$155.0 million for the quarter. Excluding the US$39.2 million reversal, the Company would have reported an operating profit of US$115.8 million and a 20.1% operating margin.
  • For full-year 2021, the Company reported a net profit of US$39.9 million or US$0.94 per share. Excluding special items, which included a reversal of US$39.2 million in the Company’s provision related to the return of leased aircraft, a US$22.8 million unrealized mark-to-market loss related to the Company’s convertible notes, and a passenger revenue adjustment of US$20.8 million corresponding to unredeemed coupons from 2019 and 2020 sales, Copa Holdings would have reported an adjusted net profit of US$2.7 million or US$0.06 per share.
  • For full-year 2021, the Company reported an operating profit of US$145.7 million. Excluding special items, the Company would have reported an operating profit of US$85.6 million and a 5.8% operating margin.
  • Capacity for 4Q21, measured in terms of available seat miles (ASMs), was 83.1% of the capacity flown in 4Q19.
  • Total revenues for 4Q21 came in at US$575.0 million, reaching 84.3% of 4Q19 revenues. Passenger revenues for 4Q21 reached 82.2% of 4Q19 levels, while 4Q21 cargo revenues were 61.2% higher than 4Q19. Passenger yield increased 1.0% to 12.7 cents and load factors decreased 1.8 percentage points to 83.5%, compared to 4Q19. Revenue per Available Seat Mile (RASM) came in at 11.3 cents, or 1.5% higher than 4Q19.
  • Operating cost per available seat mile (CASM) in 4Q21, excluding special items (adjusted CASM) decreased 3.8% vs. 4Q19 to 9.0 cents. While adjusted CASM, excluding fuel, decreased 7.5% to 6.1 cents.
  • Cash buildup, defined as cash proceeds minus disbursements, excluding extraordinary financing activities and asset sales but including capital expenditures and payment of financial obligations, was US$84 million for the quarter.
  • The Company ended the quarter with US$1.5 billion in available liquidity, consisting of approximately US$1.2 billion in cash, short-term and long-term investments, and US$295 million in committed and undrawn credit facilities.
  • The Company closed the quarter with total debt, including lease liabilities, of US$1.6 billion.
  • During the quarter, the Company took delivery of one Boeing 737 MAX 9, completed the conversion of one Boeing 737-800 into a freighter, and decided to retain three Boeing 737-700s previously classified as assets held for sale.
  • Including 3 Boeing 737-700 aircraft currently in temporary storage and one Boeing 737-800 freighter, Copa Holdings ended the year with a consolidated fleet of 91 aircraft – 68 Boeing 737-800s, 14 Boeing 737 MAX 9s, and 9 Boeing 737-700s, compared to a fleet of 102 aircraft prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Copa Airlines had an on-time performance for the quarter of 90.0% and a flight completion factor of 99.54%, once again positioning the airline among the best in the industry.

Subsequent Events

  • In January, Copa Airlines was recognized by Cirium – for the eighth consecutive year – as the most on-time airline in Latin America in 2021. Copa Airlines’ on-time performance of 91.1% for the year was the highest of any carrier in the Americas.
  • In January, the Company took delivery of one Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft, originally scheduled for December 2021.
  • Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Panama and Latin America, mainly driven by the Omicron variant, which impacted its crew availability, the Company canceled over 1,000 flights, reducing the 1Q22 published schedule by approximately 4%.

Top Copyright Photo: Copa Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 HP-9908CMP (msn 44168) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 952382.
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Alaska Airlines “West Coast Wonders” livery

2021 "West Coast Wonders (Orca)" special livery

Alaska Airlines has offered an explanation for the special “Orca” livery on N932AK. It is called a “West Coast Wonders” livery. Will there be more in this series?

From Alaska Airlines:

The West Coast Wonders aircraft is inspired by the beautiful places we fly to and encourages everyone to take action with us to protect our planet. The design for this Boeing 737-9 MAX honors the shores we call home and the natural life of the Pacific Ocean and West Coast waters. Alaska Airlines set environmental sustainability goals for 2025 and beyond “This indicates a link to an external site that may not meet accessibility guidelines.” to reduce our climate impact through carbon, waste, and water.

Did you know that orcas migrate each year between the Baja peninsula and Alaska? Many of our aircraft follow the same path!

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N932AK (msn 44089) (Orca) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 956598.

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Alaska Airlines is elusive on its new Orca special livery on N932AK

2021 special "Orca" livery

Alaska Airlines will soon take delivery of its new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N932AK (msn 44089) (above).

Joe G. Walker captured N932AK taxiing at soggy Boeing Field on December 17.

Above Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N932AK (msn 44089) (Orca) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 956179.

From NOAA:

About the Species

The killer whale, also known as orca, is the ocean’s top predator. It is the largest member of the Delphinidae family, or dolphins. Members of this family include all dolphin species, as well as other larger species, such as long-finned pilot whales and short-finned pilot whales, whose common names also contain “whale” instead of “dolphin.”

Found in every ocean in the world, they are the most widely distributed of all cetaceans (whales and dolphins). Scientific studies have revealed many different populations with several distinct ecotypes (or forms) of killer whales worldwide—some of which may be different species or subspecies. They are one of the most recognizable marine mammals, with their distinctive black and white bodies. Globally, killer whales occur in a wide range of habitats, in both open seas and coastal waters. Taken as a whole, the species has the most varied diet of all cetaceans, but different populations are usually specialized in their foraging behavior and diet. They often use a coordinated hunting strategy, working as a team like a pack of wolves.

Hunters and fishermen once targeted killer whales. As a result, historical threats to killer whales included commercial hunting and culling to protect fisheries from killer whales. In addition, although live capture of killer whales for aquarium display and marine parks no longer occurs in the United States, it continues to remain a threat globally. Today, some killer whale populations face many other threats, including food limitations, chemical contaminants, and disturbances from vessel traffic and sound. Efforts to establish critical habitat, set protective regulations, and restore prey stocks are essential to conservation, especially for the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population.

All killer whale populations are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Only two populations receive additional special protections under federal law:

  • Southern Resident Distinct Population Segment (DPS) (listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act
  • AT1 Transient stock (designated as depleted under the MMPA)

Southern Resident killer whales are the only endangered population of killer whales in the United States, ranging from central California to southeast Alaska. Long-term commitments across state and international borders are needed to stabilize the Southern Resident population and prevent their extinction. The Southern Resident killer whale is one of NOAA Fisheries’ Species in the Spotlight. This initiative includes animals considered most at risk for extinction and prioritizes recovery efforts.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to the conservation of killer whales and the protection and recovery of endangered populations. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study and protect them. We also work with our partners to develop regulations and management plans that protect killer whales and their food sources, decrease contaminants in oceans, reduce ocean noise, and raise awareness about the whales and the actions people can take to support their recovery.

Population Status

Several different populations and ecotypes of killer whales are found throughout the world. NOAA Fisheries estimates population size in our stock assessment reports. It is estimated that there are around 50,000 killer whales globally. Approximately 2,500 killer whales live in the eastern North Pacific Ocean—home to the most well-studied killer whale populations.

In recent decades, several populations of killer whales have declined and some have become endangered. The population of AT1 Transients, a stock of Transient killer whales in the eastern North Pacific, has been reduced from 22 to 7 whales since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. In 2004, NOAA Fisheries designated this stock as depleted under the MMPA based on the results of the status review (PDF, 25 pages).

Scientists estimate the minimum historical population size of Southern Residents in the eastern North Pacific was about 140 animals. Following live-capture in the 1960s for use in marine mammal parks, 71 animals remained in 1974. Although there was some growth in the population in the 1970s and 1980s, with a peak of 98 animals in 1995, the population experienced a decline of almost 20 percent in the late 1990s, leaving 80 whales in 2001. The 2020 population census counted only 72 whales, and three new calves have been born following the census bringing the total of this struggling population to 75. In 2003, NOAA Fisheries began a research and conservation program with congressional funding to address the dwindling population. Southern Residents were listed as Endangered in 2005 under the ESA and a recovery plan was completed in 2008.

Meanwhile Alaska Airlines is being coy about the reason for the new livery with a promise to share more information soon.

Alaska Airlines enhances its global reach with expanded British Airways codeshare

"Seattle Kraken" team livery, introduced October 11, 2021

Alaska Airlines announces today a further codeshare expansion with our long-time European partner British Airways, a fellow member of the oneworld alliance. This expansion includes 16 additional markets, connecting Alaska’s network beyond Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles to British Airways’ nonstop service from London Heathrow. Since joining oneworld earlier this year on March 31, Alaska has added 188 additional codeshare routes – an increase of 39%.

As a oneworld member, Alaska has implemented new partnerships with member airlines Qatar Airways and Iberia Airlines, and expanded cooperation with existing oneworld partners American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Finnair. These six oneworld airlines currently offer 16 daily international flights to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles – enabling seamless connectivity to Alaska’s comprehensive network up and down the West Coast.

With oneworld and our additional airline partners, Alaska guests can fly to as many as 1,000 destinations around the world. Flyers can also earn and redeem miles with our highly-acclaimed Mileage Plan program to fly on more than 20 oneworld and partner airlines worldwide.

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Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N915AK (msn 44080) (Seattle Kraken) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955695.

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Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N915AK (msn 44080) (Seattle Kraken) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955694.

"Seattle Kraken" team livery, introduced October 11, 2021

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N915AK (msn 44080) (Seattle Kraken) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955694.

Alaska Airlines introduces a Seattle Kraken logo jet on 737 MAX 9 N915AK

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement:

Hockey is back in Seattle, and Alaska Airlines is celebrating by welcoming a new Seattle Kraken theme plane into its fleet. The plane is just the beginning of a long-term major partnership between the hometown airline, the new hockey team, and new arena, which includes the naming of the Alaska Airlines Atrium at the Climate Pledge Arena and early boarding for Kraken fans wearing their jerseys for flights departing from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Paine Field (PAE).

Designed in collaboration between lead Kraken designers and our own creative team, the Boeing 737-9 MAX (N915AK) features a partial Kraken logo to lean into the mystery of the actual “Kraken” brand and mascot. The plane was unveiled this morning to fans and guests awaiting a flight to Las Vegas, where the team will play its first regular season away game. In addition to its inaugural flight to Las Vegas, the plane, tail number N915AK, will fly on routes to Kraken away games in cities Alaska serves.

Guests entering the main entrance on south side of the Climate Pledge Arena will enter through The Alaska Airlines Atrium. The 21,300 square-foot glass atrium features stories and images reflecting the Pacific Northwest region and travel opportunities within our region and around the globe that will be displayed on over 8,000 square feet of LED. The atrium aids the arena in reaching it’s net-zero carbon goals as it houses 475 solar panels that provide electricity to the building. Fans will also see Alaska branding on the ice and on several boards around the hockey rink during game.

Photos: Alaska Airlines.

ALC announces the delivery of first of 13 new Boeing 7379 MAX 9 aircraft to Alaska Airlines

Delivered on February 20, 2021

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) today announced the delivery of one new Boeing 737-9 aircraft on long-term lease to Alaska Airlines.

Featuring CFM International LEAP -1B engines, this is the first of 13 new 737-9 aircraft confirmed to deliver to the airline as announced in November 2020 from ALC’s order book with Boeing.

This new 737-9 from ALC joins six 737-9s currently flying in Alaska Airlines’ fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N918AK (msn 44081) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 953800.

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