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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.

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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

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

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.

777 Partners announces the re-launch of World Airways

World Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 N138WA (msn 47845) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 904552.

777 Partners, a US based investment firm, announced on November 8, 2017 that it has acquired the intellectual property of World Airways, Inc., the iconic US airline known for its worldwide operational capabilities,  and is planning to re-launch World Airways as a low cost, long haul airline flying state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Initial funding for certification and aircraft acquisitions is being provided by 777 Partners. Discussions are underway with Boeing for an initial order for up to ten (10) 787-aircraft.

Ed Wegel, founding CEO of World (formerly of Eastern Air Lines 2nd) commented, “World has a rich and storied history dating back to 1947. It was once the world’s largest independent charter airline, and served the US military and other clients with great distinction for many years.

“Today, we are proud to begin preparations to launch scheduled operations from the US to Asiaand Latin America. We will be partnering with low cost, short haul carriers in the US and in the regions we serve to provide connecting traffic to and from our initial planned gateways. We plan to announce our new brand look and feel within the next few weeks, under the direction of our Founding CMO, Freddie Laker.”

Managing Partner of 777 Partners, Josh Wander, said, “777 Partners is humbled by the opportunity to participate in the relaunch of World, a seminal brand in the history of US commercial aviation. We are determined to pay proper homage to World’s rich heritage by delivering a transformative flying experience rooted in safety, technology and service to the large segment of the traveling public historically priced out of international travel.”

About World Airways

World Airways will be the first long haul wide body low cost carrier based in the US. It will operate the Boeing 787 on routes from the US  to Asia and Latin America, and plans to be based at Miami International Airport with planned initial operating hubs at MIA and LAX.

About 777 Partners

777 Partners is a Miami based investment firm focused on a broad spectrum of specialty finance businesses, asset originators and financial technology and services providers. Our overarching thesis is to incubate new ventures and to make control investments in businesses with scalable profiles and ambitious management teams operating in attractive markets. 777’s senior management team is composed of industry veterans with backgrounds in private equity, venture capital, investment banking, financial technology, insurance, actuarial science, asset management, structured-credit, ABS, risk, analytics, complex commercial litigation and computer science.

Copyright Photo: The original World Airways ended operations on March 26, 2014. World Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 N138WA (msn 47845) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 904552.

Wow Air to launch low-fare flights from New York JFK

First A321neo, delivered on June 21, 2017

Wow Air will begin service to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) this spring, with the inaugural flight from the United States’ busiest international airport scheduled for April 26, 2018.

Additionally, the airline is extending service out of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with 13 flights per week starting May 2018.

$99 one-way tickets from JFK will go on sale for passengers looking to travel to
Paris,Amsterdam, London Stansted, Frankfurt, Dublin, Copenhagen and Berlin.

 

To celebrate the new route, special prices will also be available out of the following US cities to select locations:

  • From Newark (EWR), Cleveland (CLE) and Cincinnati (CVG) to Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), London (STN), Frankfurt (FRA), Dublin (DUB), Copenhagen (CPH) and Berlin (SXF) via Iceland.
  • Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), Dublin (DUB) and Copenhagen (CPH) via Iceland.
  • Boston (BOS) and Pittsburgh (PIT) to Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), London (STN), Brussels(BRU), Dublin (DUB), Copenhagen (CPH) and Edinburgh (EDI) and Stockholm (ARN) via Iceland.

Launched in November 2011, Wow Air now connects 38 destinations across North America, Europe and the Middle East with Iceland. In 2016, Wow Air flew with 1,668,773 passengers in total, which is an increase of 130% from 2015.

Copyright Photo: Wow Air Airbus A321-253N WL TF-SKY (msn 7694) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 939133.