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Spirit Airlines to start two new routes from Philadelphia

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930207.

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) starting on April 29, 2016, will begin new nonstop service from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

This announcement follows Spirit’s recent announcement of nonstop service between PHL and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), also starting in April 2016. With these additions, Spirit will operate nonstop service from Philadelphia to 8 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit (starting 4/29/2016), Fort Lauderdale (starting 4/29/2016), Las Vegas, Los Angeles (starting 4/14/2016), and Myrtle Beach.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N505NK (msn 2485) departs from LAX.

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Delta to add two new European routes from Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will launch the summer seasonal Detroit – Munich route on May 26 with Boeing 767-400 ER aircraft according to a company press release.

In addition, the airline will also add the seasonal daily Minneapolis/St. Paul – Rome (Fiumicino) also on May 26 with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

In all, Delta will offer five new routes across the Atlantic beginning next summer: Detroit to Munich; Minneapolis-St. Paul to Rome; New York-JFK to Edinburgh, Scotland; Salt Lake City to London-Heathrow; and Raleigh-Durham to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta Air Lines’ Boeing 767-432 ER N845MH (msn 29719) in the 2015 The Breast Cancer Research Foundation livery departs from London (Heathrow).

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Frontier Airlines to start Detroit – Orlando service

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will start daily Detroit-Orlando flights starting on November 18.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N229FR (msn 5581) with Peachy, the Fox, on the tail arrives at Dulles International Airport (IAD) near Washington.

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Caesars enters into long-term agreements with Sun Country Airlines and ViaAir

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) and Via Airlines (ViaAir) (Orlando) will see an increased amount of flying for Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s Total Rewards Air.

Caesars issued this statement:

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Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s Total Rewards Air, the gaming industry’s largest domestic charter service, is enhancing its commercial operation by entering into long-term agreements with Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) and Via Airlines (ViaAir) (Orlando).

In addition, new technology by Total Rewards Air will allow for ease of booking flight and hotel packages beyond its traditional passenger base of Total Rewards members. The scheduled charter flights to Atlantic City, Laughlin, Nevada, Tunica and Biloxi, Mississippi, will include both invited members of the company’s award-winning loyalty program as well as retail guests seeking an escape to the leisure destinations.

The expanded service will include more than 1,800 flights annually to the Total Rewards Air primary destination hubs of Atlantic City, Laughlin, Nevada, Tunica and Biloxi, Mississippi. Total Rewards Air flies more than 100,000 passengers per year. Sun Country Airlines and Via Airlines will serve as the main operating partners for Total Rewards Air and will service more than 100 origin cities across the United States including major North American markets such as Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver, Edmonton and Toronto, as well as smaller regional markets such as Monterrey, California, Bismarck, North Dakota, Midland, Texas and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Starting this summer, Sun Country Airlines will operate one Boeing 737-700 while Via Airlines will operate five Embraer 145 regional jets on behalf of Total Rewards Air. Via’s regional jets will operate from private aviation terminals (Fixed Based Operators) affording guests the opportunity to experience a true, VIP private jet experience eliminating the long lines and early check-in associated with commercial airline terminals.

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“Sun Country is honored to be partnered with an iconic organization like Caesars Entertainment,” said Eric Curry, Sun Country Vice President of Sales and Customer Experience. “We are looking forward to providing Caesars’ guests with the high standard of service that is the hallmark of both of our companies.”

“Via Airlines has been operating flights for Caesars since 1997 and we are honored to continue and expand our relationship with Caesars and Total Rewards Air,” said Mitch Pizik, Via Airlines Executive Vice President of Marketing. “Through our fleet of owned and leased Embraer jets we look forward to expanding our relationship with one of the most recognizable brands in the world that is synonymous with quality and customer service.”

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ViaAir LLC is an indirect Air Carrier operating under DOT Regulation 14 CFR 380 together with its subsidiary, Charter Air Transport d.b.a. Via Airlines (Via Airlines), as the Direct Air Carrier on 30 Pax Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Sun Country Airlines will dedicate one Boeing 737-700 for the Caesars contract. Boeing 737-73V N710SY (msn 30241) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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Compass Airlines to close its Detroit crew base

Compass Airlines (Delta Connection) (Minneapolis/St. Paul) is closing its Detroit pilot and flight attendant crew base on June 1 according to the Detroit News.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Compass Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N622CZ (msn 17000219) taxies at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) hub.

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Southwest Airlines increases the number of nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field to 50

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) today published 16 additional flights, including service to eight new nonstop cities, from Dallas Love Field. The new routes will begin on August 9, 2015. With this latest service enhancement, Southwest will offer a total of 180 weekday departures to 50 nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field.

Beginning August 9, 2015, the carrier will start once-daily, nonstop service between Dallas (Love Field) and:

Boston (Logan)

Charlotte

Detroit

Omaha

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Raleigh/Durham

Salt Lake City

Also on August 9, Southwest will offer additional nonstop service between Dallas (Love Field) and Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Houston (Hobby), Little Rock, Chicago (Midway), and Seattle/Tacoma. Finally, Southwest will upgrade the Saturday-only nonstop service between Dallas and Charleston, South Carolina, that is scheduled to begin on April 11, 2015, to daily service on August 9.

Southwest is able to expand at DAL due to the end of the Wright Amendment and the sublease of two additional Love Field gates from United Airlines in the newly rebuilt 20-gate facility, which is a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas and Southwest Airlines.

Airfield construction continues with additional taxiway capacity scheduled to open in mid-March and mid-July and additional ramp space scheduled to open in late August and in November of this year.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest continues its fleet modernization efforts to replace its Boeing 737-300 and 737-500 Classic aircraft with more fuel-efficient and longer-range aircraft with winglets. Boeing 737-8H4 N8653A (msn 37037) with the Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Wings arrives at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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JetBlue Airways announces new routes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Cleveland, Detroit and Portland, OR

JetBlue Airways (New York) announced additional service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), where it is the largest airline. Nonstop flights to both Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) will begin on April 30, 2015. The announcement comes on top of the seven nonstop routes launched by JetBlue from its South Florida focus city last year. JetBlue currently offers up to 74 daily flights to 33 destinations from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and its plan is to grow to 100 daily flights by 2017 to meet the increasing customer demand in South Florida for JetBlue’s high-quality experience.

The airline added Detroit to its route map in March 2014, with nonstop service from its Boston focus city, and Cleveland will become JetBlue’s 88th destination on April 30, also with flights from Boston.

In other news, JetBlue Airways also announced additional service at Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon, with new nonstop service to Anchorage, Alaska’s Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) for the upcoming summer season.

The new route will operate daily between June 18 and September 8, 2015, and will be JetBlue’s fourth nonstop destination from Portland, where the airline offers flights to Boston, New York/JFK and Long Beach, Calif. in the Los Angeles area. From Anchorage, JetBlue offers nonstop summer seasonal service to Long Beach and Seattle/Tacoma.

The new routes will be operated by a 150-seat Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N565JB (msn 2031) in the new Tartan tail design prepares to depart from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Delta to expand its customer Porsche service at LaGuardia, SeaTac and Detroit

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will expand its customer Porsche service to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Airport this month. Through its pioneering partnership between a U.S. airline and automotive manufacturer, Delta and Porsche have transferred more than 35,000 high-value customers in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York-JFK in the last year.

The program began as a trial at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in 2011 and expanded to Los Angeles, New York-JFK and Minneapolis-St. Paul in 2013. During a typical day more than 100 high-value customers are transferred from gate-to-gate at Delta’s largest hub in Atlanta. Transferring select SkyMiles Diamond Medallion customers with Porsche vehicles is just another way that Delta delivers exceptional customer service for its most valuable flyers while providing a unique travel experience.

There are 19 Porsche vehicles used across the Delta system to whisk customers quickly between connecting gates. Follow a behind-the-scenes video experience with 19 year Delta employee, Dawn, as she transfers three of Delta’s customers at its Minneapolis-St. Paul hub:

The service cannot be requested or reserved but is provided to Diamond Medallion customers based on a number of factors including the day’s flight operations, connections times between flights for customers and a member’s status. Once customers are added to the priority list for the service by Delta’s Elite Services team, they are greeted at the aircraft boarding door and escorted with their baggage to an awaiting vehicle and on to their connecting gate.

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Alaska Airlines starts Seattle/Tacoma-Detroit service

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) yesterday (September 4) launched nonstop service from its Seattle/Tacoma hub to Detroit. Detroit becomes Alaska Airlines’ 77th nonstop destination out of Seattle/Tacoma.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska is proud to be all Boeing, a close partnership for the crosstown companies. Boeing 737-890 N512AS (msn 39043) in the special Boeing Dreamliner scheme arrives in Los Angeles.

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Spirit Airlines to add two new routes from Chicago and Detroit to New Orleans

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is adding nonstop service to New Orleans from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and Detroit on November 6.

This is in addition to Spirit’s new nonstop service to New Orleans from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport that will begin on August 1, 2014. With the addition of these new routes, Spirit will operate flights nonstop from five cities to New Orleans.

Additionally Spirit is also adding new service from Chicago (O’Hare) to Atlanta that will begin on November 2, 2014. Additionally, Spirit’s expanded service to operate year-round from Chicago (O’Hare) to Baltimore/Washington will also begin on November 6, 2014. With the addition of these new routes, Spirit operates flights nonstop from Chicago to 21 cities.

Read the analysis on Spirit’s growth spurt by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N527NK (msn 2978) departs from Las Vegas painted in the old black and silver version of the 2004 livery.

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