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Delta reports on its holiday performance, winter storm to impact operations

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-932 ER SSWL N839DN (msn 31950) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 930156.

Delta Air Lines operated more than 55,000 flights carrying nearly 6 million customers during the peak travel period from December 21, 2017, to January 1, 2018, without a mainline flight cancellation while setting a company record with a 99.85 percent combined Delta and Delta Connection completion factor, the measure of flight schedule to flights flown. The airline also started the year on a strong footing with no cancellations on New Year’s Day.1

“Through the hard work and relentless dedication of our employees, Delta endeavors to be the world’s most reliable airline—getting our customers where they want to go safely and with minimal disruption, even during some of the busiest times of the year,” said Gil West, Chief Operating Officer. “Ending yet another year with record-setting performance is a testament to the hard work of all 80,000 Delta employees, who continue to demonstrate what sets Delta apart.”

The strong holiday performance builds on Delta’s record-setting 2017, as the airline flew 90 days without a cancellation across the combined mainline and Delta Connection operation, an increase from 81 days in 2016. Similarly, Delta flew 242 days in 2017 without a mainline cancellation, eclipsing its 2016 record by a day, despite a year of severe weather including a record number of hurricanes that closed airports throughout the Caribbean and Florida for several days, as well as an airport-wide power outage at the airline’s busiest hub in Atlanta.2

Delta flew more than 192 million customers in 2017, a record for the airline, on more than 1.8 million mainline Delta and Delta Connection flights around the world.

[1] Based on Delta’s internal statistical reporting of all Delta and Delta Connection flights scheduled between Dec. 21, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2018.

[2] Based on Delta’s internal statistical reporting of all Delta and Delta Connection flights scheduled between Jan. 1, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2018.

In other news, on the weather front, Delta meteorologists and leaders in the airline’s Operations and Customer Center arefollowing a low pressure system off the southeast coast of the U.S. The storm is bringing frozen and mixed precipitation to airports in northern Florida, southern Georgia and the Carolinas on Wednesday.

The same storm will continue north, potentially affecting airports and possibly disrupting flight schedules along the eastern seaboard. The storm is not forecast to hit the Atlanta hub, Delta’s busiest.

NOAA Weather Map:

Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-932 ER SSWL N839DN (msn 31950) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 930156.

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United is adding new service to ski destinations and Hawaii

United Airlines Boeing 757-222 N540UA (msn 25252) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 910769.

United Airlines hass issued this statement:

United is increasing service to popular ski destinations across the United States. The airline has added three new routes this winter – ChicagoReno, Nevada; ChicagoSun Valley, Idaho; and San FranciscoVail, Colorado – and is flying more flights on existing markets between its hubs and popular ski cities, including Aspen, Colorado; Vail, Colorado; Crested Butte, Colorado; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Sun Valley, Idaho; Bozeman, Montana; Glacier National Park, Montana; and Reno, Nevada.

In addition to winter fun, United offers more ways to get to the Hawaiian Islands than any other airline from the mainland and is strengthening its gateways to Hawaii from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

From Chicago, United offers the only nonstop service to Hawaii and is now increasing its service to Maui to five times weekly while continuing daily, year-round nonstop service to Honolulu.

Denver has become one of United’s Hawaiian gateway cities and is now connecting more than 90 mainland cities to Honolulu, Kona, Lihue and Maui. In addition to offering customers more opportunities to connect, United is increasing from seasonal to daily, nonstop service to Kona, Lihue and Maui and continues to operate year-round daily service to Honolulu.

From Los Angeles, United offers nonstop service to more Hawaiian Island destinations than any other airline. This year, United is increasing service between Los Angeles and all United Hawaii destinations – Hilo, Honolulu, Kona, Maui and Lihue. United is the only U.S. airline with nonstop service from Los Angeles to Hilo, on the Island of Hawaii.

In addition to its five-times-daily service between San Francisco and Honolulu in February, United is increasing service to Kona, Lihue and Maui. From San Francisco, United offers more nonstop service to more Hawaiian destinations than any other airline.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 757-222 N540UA (msn 25252) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 910769.

Omni Air International flight attendants ratify their first contract

Omni Air International-OAI Boeing 777-222 ER N927AX (msn 26943) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 907788.

Flight Attendants at charter airline Omni Air International, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have voted by 78 percent to ratify a first contract. The agreement provides immediate pay raises, defined schedule and work rules as well as job security with due process.

Omni Air International, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, operates international and domestic passenger charters. In addition, Omni Air also provides cargo and troop airlift for the U.S. military. The contract was reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board.

Copyright Photo: Omni Air International-OAI Boeing 777-222 ER N927AX (msn 26943) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 907788.

American Airlines strengthens service to Canada in 2018

American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N830NN (msn 31091) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 927377.

American Airlines is strengthening its ties to Canada. Starting next summer, American is adding service from its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Daily service to Vancouver begins May 4, 2018, and seasonal service to Calgary begins June 7, 2018. The airline will also increase frequencies from the U.S. East Coast to Eastern Canada and extend seasonal service to popular Canadian destinations.

Canada fact sheet

New routes to Western Canada in 2018:

New service dates

ORD–YVR: May 4, 2018
ORD–YYC: June 7, 2018–Sept. 4, 2018

Schedule

ORD–YVR
Departs ORD at 8:35 p.m.
Arrives YVR at 11:14 p.m
YVR–ORD
Departs YVR at 11 p.m.
Arrives ORD at 5:14 a.m. (next day)
ORD–YYC
Departs ORD at 9:55 a.m.
Arrives YYC at 12:35 p.m.
YYC–ORD
Departs YYC at 1:20 p.m.
Arrives ORD at 5:40 p.m.

 

 

Aircraft

ORD–YVR: Boeing 737-800
ORD–YYC: Embraer E175, Operated by Envoy

 

Increased service to Western Canada in 2018:

  • Edmonton: American has added an additional winter trip between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and Edmonton International Airport (YEG), increasing to two daily flights between Dec. 15, 2017 and April 2, 2018.

Increased service to Eastern Canada in 2018:

  • Toronto: Beginning Feb. 15, 2018, American is adding an additional trip between New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and starting May 4, 2018, American is adding an additional trip from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to YYZ. LGA to YYZ is increasing from four to five trips (year-round) and upgauging two frequencies to a dual-cabin Embraer E175. DCA to YYZ is increasing from two to three trips (year-round).
    • Customers flying from YYZ will have access to a new, contemporary premium experience in Terminal 3 with the recently re-opened and redesigned 2,500-square-foot Admirals Club® lounge.
  • Ottawa: On May 4, 2018, American is adding an additional frequency between Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Ottawa International Airport (YOW). This route will now be operated three times daily, year-round.
  • Quebec City: Service between PHL and Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) has been extended through Nov. 3, 2018.

With the addition of this new service, American will offer up to 69 daily flights from seven Canadian cities to U.S. hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N830NN (msn 31091) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 927377.

Allegiant announces a tentative Flight Attendant contract agreement with the TWU

Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N250NV (msn 7743) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 939055.

Allegiant Air has announced that the company and the Transport Workers Union (TWU), representing Allegiant flight attendants, have reached a tentative agreement on the first collective bargaining agreement between the parties. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by the Allegiant flight attendants, and results of the vote are expected before the end of December. Allegiant currently employs 1,150 flight attendants.

The process of negotiating a first collective bargaining agreement for Allegiant flight attendants began in 2011. The Transport Workers Union was most recently certified as the group’s exclusive representative on February 26, 2016. An initial tentative agreement reached between the parties failed to ratify in September 2016, and negotiations continued under the supervision of the National Mediation Board to reach the current tentative agreement.

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 WL N250NV (msn 7743) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 939055.

Spirit Airlines is coming to Richmond

Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL N646NK (msn 7062) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 933496.

Spirit Airlines has announced it is coming to Richmon, Virginia. Beginning March 15, 2018, Spirit will begin daily, nonstop service from the Richmond International Airport (RIC) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Richmond will become the 62nd destination to join Spirit’s growing network, connecting the Old Dominion to the Sunshine State just in time for spring

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Alaska Airlines to fly the only nonstop flight from Seattle/Tacoma to Pittsburgh

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-990 ER WL N265AK (msn 62682) (Honoring Those Who Serve) BWI (Brian McDonough). Image: 937282.

Alaska Airlines on November 15, 2017 announced it will add nonstop, daily service between Seattle/Tacoma and Pittsburgh next fall. This new service is currently the only nonstop flight offered from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Pittsburgh International Airport. The new route provides a link from the West Coast to the thriving business community in Pittsburgh, which is continuing to grow as more technology companies look to establish a presence in the city.

Alaska Airlines to fly nonstop to Pittsburgh from Seattle

 

Summary of new service:
Start Date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
Sept. 6 Seattle-Pittsburgh 8:25 a.m. 4:10 p.m. Daily B737
Sept. 6 Pittsburgh-Seattle 5:20 p.m. 7:50 p.m. Daily B737
Flight times based on local time zones.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-990 ER WL N265AK (msn 62682) (Honoring Those Who Serve) BWI (Brian McDonough). Image: 937282.