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Pilots, represented by the Teamsters, and Republic Airways Holdings reach a tentative agreement

Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis) and the Teamsters Airline Division have announced they have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract. The more than 2,200 pilots of Republic are represented by Teamsters Local 357 in Plainfield, Indiana and fly for the Republic’s subsidiaries, namely Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines (2nd) and Shuttle America.

The tentative agreement includes increases in pay that will place Republic pilots at or near the top of its regional airline peers. It also includes improvements in work rules, quality of life enhancements and more flexibility in scheduling as well as a significant signing bonus if ratified.

Bryan Bedford, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Airways offered comment in a press release today.

“At a time when many of our competitors are moving in the opposite direction on pilot compensation, we are thrilled that Republic is able to significantly improve the wages and benefits of the more than 2,200 women and men who safely fly more than 1,300 daily scheduled flights for our major airline partners,” Bedford said.

“This TA reflects the dedication and hard work of the union and the company’s negotiating committees,” said Republic Airways Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Wayne Heller. “We thank the union representatives for their professionalism and commitment in reaching this agreement.”

The agreement will be presented to union members for review and a formal ratification vote, which is expected in March.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Shuttle America’s Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N202JQ (msn 17000240) operating as a Delta Connection carrier taxies at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

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Alitalia reaches its $412 million cash call goal, will keep flying

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) has reached its goal to obtain $412 million in a cash call from its close investors according to Reuters. This will allow the struggling carrier to keep flying during the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. The cash call is part of the Italian government’s plan to keep the flag carrier flying while it searches for a new partner to rescue the airline.

Read the full story from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) EI-RDC (msn 17000333) taxies at Zurich.

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Alitalia is thrown a lifeline, will continue to fly (for now)

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) received good news yesterday (October 11) when its board of directors (including Air France-KLM) approved a capital increase as part of the Italian government’s sponsored 500 million euro bailout plan according to this report by Reuters. However with the airline losing an estimated 10 million euros a day, this amount will be exhausted in the next two months. Clearly the airline needs another financial overhaul to reduce costs and increase revenue. The Italian government has also called for Alitalia to join an alliance.

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Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) EI-RDB (msn 17000331) climbs away beautifully from Geneva.

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Delta to expand Seattle/Tacoma operations with new flights to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) despite having a close relationship with Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma), will offer new daily nonstop service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Francisco International Airport as well as increased service from Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport, beginning next year. The new service is designed to provide customers access to the airline’s growing trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific network from its global gateway in Seattle/Tacoma.

Details of Delta’s new and expanded Seattle/Tacoma service include:

  • Six new daily nonstop flights from San Francisco beginning March 29, 2014, increasing to seven daily flights on June 5, 2014.
  • Two additional flights from Las Vegas for a total of three daily nonstop flights beginning Jan. 6, 2014, increasing to five daily nonstop flights on April 1, 2014.
  • Two additional flights from Los Angeles for a total of seven daily nonstop flights beginning June 5, 2014.

The Seattle area is one of Delta’s fastest-growing international gateways. The airline currently operates nonstop service to six international markets including Amsterdam, Beijing, Osaka, Paris, Shanghai-Pudong and Tokyo, and recently announced additional service in 2014 to London-Heathrow, Hong Kong and Seoul, pending government approval. The new and additional flights will allow for convenient connections to all of Seattle’s international Delta flights.

As of January 1, 2014, every international Delta flight from Seattle/Tacoma will feature full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, Economy Comfort seating and entertainment on demand in every seat throughout the aircraft.

Delta’s service from San Francisco and Los Angeles will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines (Delta Connection) using two-class Embraer ERJ 175s, with the exception of one daily mainline flight from Los Angeles. Additionally, Delta’s Las Vegas-Seattle/Tacoma service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines (Delta Connection) (St. George) using two-class Canadair CRJ700s and CRJ900s. Each aircraft is equipped with First Class and Economy Comfort seating as well as onboard Wi-Fi.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N613CZ (msn 17000203) prepares to land at Washington (Reagan National).

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Flybe attempts to turn around the company after losing $63.2 million in its fiscal year

Flybe (Exeter) is struggling to turn things around financially after reporting a loss of $63.2 million in the past fiscal year. The past year, according to the carrier, has been the most challenging year in its 10-year history. A new CEO, former easyJet executive Saad Hammad, is now closely looking at the company in great detail and bringing in new people to fill resignations.

According to its annual report, Flybe has removed 13 aircraft from the fleet and deferred another 16 aircraft. 75 percent of the fleet is now deployed on lower-risk contract flying, especially at Flybe Finland. The company is targeting a goal of over $77 million in long-term yearly cost reductions.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200STD (ERJ 175) G-FBJC (msn 17000328) taxies to the runway at Amsterdam.

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Current routes from Southampton:

Flybe SOU 8:2013 Route Map

Delta to launch its Los Angeles-San Francisco hourly shuttle on September 3

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has confirmed our previous report. Delta will begin hourly, nonstop Delta Shuttle service between Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports on September 3, 2013. The Delta Shuttle introduces 14 daily flights and a product tailored to business travelers while adding a California perspective to its popular New York-based shuttle.

Flights depart at the top of the hour beginning at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and will be operated by Delta Connection partner, Compass Airlines (Delta Connection) (Minneapolis/St. Paul) using Embraer ERJ 175 aircraft which accommodate 76 passengers in 12 First Class, 12 Economy Comfort and 52 Economy seats.

Customers flying the Delta Shuttle between Los Angeles and San Francisco will enjoy:

  • Check-in as close as 30 minutes prior to departure
  • Dedicated check-in counters exclusively for Shuttle customers
  • Gates located near security
  • Complimentary newspapers for all customers including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times and more
  • Assigned seating
  • Two classes of service with complimentary upgrades for SkyMiles Medallion members when available.
  • Complimentary onboard snacks provided by LYFE Kitchen, a California-based lifestyle food brand, offering great-tasting, good-for-you food
  • Complimentary beverages in-flight including Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. craft beer, Starbucks coffee and wine from Wente Vineyards in all classes of service
  • Cocktails available for purchase in Economy
  • Access to in-flight Wi-Fi on all Shuttle flights

Delta has partnered with the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports to invest $229 million to overhaul Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport. The construction project has already begun and will be complete in 2015. Highlights of the project include doubling the size of the ticketing lobby and federal security screening checkpoints; an exclusive Sky Priority experience with a separate lobby and checkpoint; a renovation of the Delta Sky Club; new baggage carousels; upgraded facilities to improve international baggage recheck; and new finishes providing a cleaner, brighter customer experience. All Delta and Delta Connection flights serving Los Angeles offer customers the option of First Class, Economy Comfort or Economy seating, along with in-flight Wi-Fi. Delta operates the largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet in the world, including all Delta Connection two-class regional jets.

In other news, Delta is also adding weekly Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ900 service from both Orlando and Raleigh/Durham to Nassau in the Bahamas beginning on December 21 per Airline Route. The carrier will also launch seasonal CRJ900 service between Fargo, North Dakota and the Atlanta hub also on December 21.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Compass Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N612CZ (msn 17000201) arrives at Washington’s Dulles International Airport.

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Republic Airways Holdings reaches a tentative agreement with its flight attendants

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Indianapolis) has announced that it has reached a tentative agreement (TA) on a new five-year contract with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 135 Flight Attendants. Local 135 represents over 2,000 Flight Attendants for Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines (2nd) and Shuttle America.

The proposed contract includes increases in pay, improvements in quality of life and more flexibility in scheduling. The TA still must be presented to union members for review and a ratification vote, which is expected to be held in July.

Top Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com (please click on the photo for the full size view). Shuttle America’s Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N204JQ (msn 17000243) operating as a Delta Connection carrier arrives at Washington (Reagan National).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Shuttle America’s Embraer ERJ 170-100SE N639RW (msn 17000057) prepares to land at Charlotte while operating for United Airlines as an United Express carrier.

Combined Route Map (please click on the map for the full-size view):

Republic Airways Holdings 7:2013 Route Map

Compass Airlines to operates an hourly Los Angeles-San Francisco shuttle for Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is planning to turn over the Los Angeles-San Francisco route to subsidiary Compass Airlines (Delta Connection) (Minneapolis/St. Paul). Starting on September 3, 2013, Compass will operate 14 hourly roundtrips with Embraer 175s per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N620CZ (msn 17000214) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Oman Air launches a new joint venture with DHL

Oman Air (Muscat), the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman has announced, effective on March 1, 2013, the successful launch of its new joint venture freighter operation partnership with DHL.

Oman Air Cargo has signed an exclusive Block Space Agreement with DHL for utilizing DHL’s capacity in both directions of its operation between Muscat (MCT) and Dubai (DXB).

Oman Air Cargo has been rapidly growing since its launch in 2009, making significant inroads into online and off-line markets. Further to the current partnership with DHL on the DXB-MCT-DXB route, Oman Air Cargo is looking at widebody capacity opportunities in partnership with other operators and airlines, connecting from airports in Muscat and Salalah, as part of its expansion program.

DHL will operate a Boeing 757-200 PCF on a weekly schedule into Muscat, a partnership between DHL and Oman Air Cargo.

The new service will operate every Friday, using DHL’s Boeing 757-200 PCF aircraft, with flights from Dubai to Muscat departing at 16.30 and arriving at 17.30, and flights from Muscat to Dubai departing at 18.30 and arriving at 19.30. Flight capacity stands at 25,000kgs/150m3.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Oman Air added four Embraer ERJ 175s for its regional passenger routes. Embraer ERJ 170-200STD (ERJ 175) A40-ED (msn 17000354) arrives at Dubai.

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Fuji Dream Airlines orders two more Embraer 175s

FDA-Fuji Dream Airlines (Makinohara, Shizuoka) of Japan, has signed a contract for two Embraer ERJ 175 jets, in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the airlines’ parent company, Suzuyo Corporation in Shimizu, Japan. The total value of the deal is $81.6 million, at list prices, which will be included in Embraer’s fourth quarter of 2012 backlog. Both aircraft will be configured in a single-class layout with 84 seats. This order brings the total number of aircraft in the airline’s all-E-Jet fleet to eight.

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These aircraft will be equipped with Autoland systems to perform CAT III approach and landing in limited visual conditions. This system assures on-time performance of aircraft and avoids diversions or delays due to weather. In line with FDA’s brand, each of these aircraft will be painted in a different color. The colors of the six E-Jets in the airline’s current fleet are red, light blue, green, orange, pink and purple (see below).

FDA-Fuji Dream Airlines Fleet (Embraer)(LRW)

Image: Embraer.

FDA is conducting an online contest to determine the color of its seventh Embraer E-Jet (see below – in Japanese):

FDA-Fuji Dream Airlines Contest

Created in 2007 as a low-cost operator, FDA initially ordered two E170 jets for its start-up operations from Shizuoka in July 2009. In that same year, FDA ordered another E175, and subsequently added one E170 and two E175 jets between 2010 and 2011, thereby tripling its initial fleet in less than 3 years of revenue service.

With aircraft based in Nagoya and Shizuoka, FDA links secondary cities in Japan where demand is growing. The six E-Jets in FDA’s current fleet covers a network of 10 stations spread across Japan such as Fukuoka, Niigata, Aomori and Sapporo. The airline has carried over 1.3 million passengers to date. It operates 40 daily flights and has been doing so with an outstanding schedule reliability of 99.5% on average for the last 12 months.

Top Copyright Photo: Nobuhiro Horimoto. FDA-Fuji Dream Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 170-200STD (ERJ 175) JA05FJ (msn 17000317) lands at Matsumoto.

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