Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) inaugurates new service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Baltimore today with Boeing 737 aircraft. The carrier is already serving the Seattle/Tacoma – Baltimore/Washington (BWI) market.
Summary of new service:
Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Sept 9 Los Angeles-Baltimore 10:10 p.m. 6:04 a.m. Daily
Sept 10 Baltimore-Los Angeles 7:25 a.m. 10:40 a.m. Daily
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N529AS (msn 35198) taxies at the SEA hub.
Flyvista (Tbilisi) is a new airline in the Republic of Georgia. The airline received its first aircraft, the pictured Boeing 737-33R registered as 4L-AJC (msn 28873), on July 10. It is being leased from GECAS.
The new airline is planning to launch operations in August.
The company describes its plans on its website:
Flyvista, the new Georgian low-cost carrier plans to launch operations in the coming months.
Utilizing a moderately sized fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft, the airline intends to offer affordable flights to neighboring countries from its base in the country’s capital, Tbilisi.
Definitive network plans haven’t been disclosed, but several destinations have been highlighted as likely, such as Almaty (Kazakhstan); Baku (Azerbaijan); Istanbul (Turkey); Kiev, (Ukraine); Minsk, (Belarus); Moscow, (Russia); Prague (Czech Republic) and Tehran, (Iran).
Flyvista is a partner of Aerovista, an aircraft leasing, charter and management solutions provider.
Ruili Airlines (Kunming, Yunnan) formally started passenger operations on May 18 between its Kunming (KMG) base in southern China and Mangshi (LUX).
As previously reported, Ruili Airlines is owned by the Yunnan Jingcheng Group. In August 2013 the new airline ordered 18 Boeing 737 aircraft. Three aircraft, two Boeing 737-700s and the pictured 737-800 were delivered in order to commence operations.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Airberlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABMX (msn 37786) became B-1960 when it was delivered to Ruili Airlines on April 16, 2014.
Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has ordered two additional 737-900 ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The agreement, worth $192 million at current list prices, coincides with the direct delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737 airplane (Boeing 737-990 ER N453AS, msn 36354) to Alaska Airlines.
The aircraft order and delivery of Alaska’s 100th Next-Generation 737 (N453AS) was marked by a special celebration and delivery flight attended by 50 frontline employees from the airline and 50 Boeing employees.
The largest and newest model in the Next-Generation 737 family, the 737-900 ER can carry up to 26 more passengers or fly about 500 nautical miles (926 km) farther than the 737-900. Alaska Airlines operates the 737-900 ER in a two-class configuration with 181 seats and features the Boeing Sky Interior.
The longer range of the 737-900 ER can connect distant city pairs across continents, such as Seattle/Tacoma andOrlando, Florida, in a generous two-class configuration. It has substantial economic advantages over competing models, including 6 percent lower operating costs per trip and 4 percent lower operating costs per seat mile.
The Boeing Sky Interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers that introduces new lighting and a curving architecture to create a distinctive entry way. Passengers enjoy a more open cabin feel and newly improved and expanded pivot bins. In addition, all of Alaska’s seats feature outlets providing dual 110-volt and USB power.
Alaska flies 131 Boeing 737 aircraft, including 14 737-900 ERs. The carrier has 68 firm orders for 737-900 ERs and 737 MAX aircraft to be delivered through 2022. Alaska took delivery of its first 737-900 ER in October 2012 and began adding Next-Generation 737s to their fleet in July 1999 with the first delivery of a 737-700.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 ER N408AS (msn 41732) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.