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Spirit Airlines adds Columbus, Ohio to its growing network

Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 925661.

Spirit Airlines will arrive at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) on February 15, 2018 with new nonstop service to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Las Vegas, Tampa and Fort Myers. New seasonal service to New Orleans and Myrtle Beach will start on March 22, 2018, providing Columbus with a total of seven new routes to the country’s best vacation hotspots. The new service includes:

Columbus (CMH) to/from Start Date Frequency
Orlando (MCO) February 15, 2018 Daily, year-round
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) February 15, 2018 Daily, year-round
Las Vegas (LAS) February 15, 2018 Daily, year-round
Tampa (TPA) February 15, 2018 Daily, seasonal (ends 4/11/18, resumes 11/8/18
Fort Myers (RSW) February 15, 2018 Daily, seasonal (ends 4/11/18, resumes 11/8/18
New Orleans (MSY) March 22, 2018 3x weekly, seasonal (3/22/18 to 11/7/18)
Myrtle Beach (MYR) March 22, 2018 4x weekly, seasonal (3/23/18 to 11/7/18)

Copyright Photo: Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 925661.

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Southwest Airlines launches service to Turks and Caicos Islands

Southwest Airlines  Boeing 737-8H4 SSWL N8684F (msn 36653) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104504.

Southwest Airlines on November 5, 2017 began operating new international service daily from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the carrier’s 11th country served.

In addition, Southwest® initiated new service between its South Florida gateway at FLL and both San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ), giving Customers nonstop access from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to 10 destinations in Latin Americaand the Caribbean.

 

Southwest recently extended its bookable flight schedule through early August 2018 bringing new, international service on Saturdays next summer between Houston and Grand Cayman. In addition, service between Cancun and both Pittsburgh and Raleigh-Durham will operate nonstop on Saturdays beginning June 9, 2018, subject to governmental approvals. The summer 2018 flight schedule is Southwest’s largest-ever for Cancun with nonstop service from 16 gateway airports in the U.S. peaking at 27 departures to Cancun on Saturdays.

Southwest also increased summer season 2018 service to Puerto Rico with daily flights between San Juan and Chicago Midway, which had operated only on weekends in Summer 2017, and augmented daily seasonal service between San Juan and Houston Hobby, with a second flight on Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 9, 2018.

Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8H4 SSWL N8684F (msn 36653) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104504.

JetBlue to serve Minneapolis/St. Paul from Boston

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N605JB (msn 2368) (Mosaic) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 100791.

JetBlue Airways on October 17, 2017 announced it is bringing its award-winning service and low fares to Minneapolis/St. Paul, which will become the airline’s 65th nonstop destination from Boston Logan International Airport. The addition further strengthens JetBlue as the leading airline in Boston, serving as Logan’s largest carrier in both number of flights and customers. The airline will operate three daily roundtrip flights between Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) and Boston Logan starting May 3, 2018. Minneapolis is the largest domestic market not served by JetBlue and seats are on sale today starting at $89 one way (a).

Flight Schedule Between Boston (BOS) and Minneapolis (MSP)
Beginning May 3, 2018
BOS – MSP Flight #835 MSP – BOS Flight #2236
6:30 a.m. – 8:48 a.m. 6:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
BOS – MSP Flight #1735 MSP – BOS Flight #836
1:02 p.m. – 3:21 p.m. 9:30 a.m. – 1:21 p.m.
BOS – MSP Flight #2235 MSP – BOS Flight #1736
7:29 p.m. – 9:50 p.m. 4:01 p.m. – 7:58 p.m.

Flights between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Boston will be operated on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N605JB (msn 2368) (Mosaic) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 100791.

Transat A.T. Inc. continues its fleet reconfiguration, signing an agreement with Thomas Cook

Air Transat and ALPA reach a tentative agreement on a new contract

Transat A.T. Inc. has announced the signing of a seven-year agreement with Thomas Cook Group Airlines for the exchange of aircraft on a seasonal basis. Under the terms of the agreement, Thomas Cook will make available every winter to Air Transat a number of narrow body Airbus A321s and will receive at least one wide-body Airbus A330-200 in return. This will enable both companies to manage and utilize their fleet more efficiently.

The agreement takes advantage of the different seasonality of the two companies: Air Transat uses a greater number of smaller aircraft in winter to serve its destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida, and larger aircraft in summer to serve the transatlantic market. In contrast, Thomas Cook uses smaller aircraft in summertime to fly to destinations around the Mediterranean Sea and larger wide-body aircraft in the winter to fly to the long-haul destinations like Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

In the past few years, Air Transat has implemented a flexible-fleet model, through agreements with various carriers, enabling it each winter to increase the number of narrow-body aircraft it operates and to reduce the number of wide-body aircraft. For example, in the winter 2016–2017, the Company operated 20 narrow-body aircraft (Boeing 737) and 12 wide-body aircraft (Airbus A310 and A330), while in the summer 2017, it used 7 narrow-body aircraft and 25 wide-body aircraft.

“This agreement marks a new step in the reconfiguration of our fleet,” says Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat. “It allows us to improve our flexible-fleet model, making it even more efficient. Our fleet will eventually consist solely of Airbus A330 and aircraft from the A320 family, such as  the A321, which will mean a more harmonized travel experience for our customers as well as lower operating costs,”.

Optimization of the Air Transat flexible fleet began with the recent announcement that its A310s would be replaced, beginning in early 2019, by A321neo LR aircraft, which have a range well-suited for operations in both of the carrier’s markets. This agreement is the second step in that optimization, and will see Air Transat’s seasonal Boeing 737s replaced by A321s. The third step will be the replacement of the Boeing 737s in its core fleet, which today number 7, also by A321s. At the same time, Air Transat has endeavoured to extend the leases on a large number of its A330 aircraft, thus taking advantage of lower leasing costs and ensuring stability for the years to come.

All Boeing 737s to be replaced with Airbus A321s

Above Copyright Photo: All Air Transat Boeing 737s will be replaced with Airbus A321s. Air Transat (Transavia France) Boeing 737-8GJ WL F-GZHA (msn 34901) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 925674.

All of the A321s from the Thomas Cook fleet will be recent aircraft, and will have the same cabin configuration as Air Transat’s coming fleet of A321neo LRs: 199 seats, 12 of which will be Club Class. This means Transat customers will enjoy a more comparable in-flight experience regardless of destination.

In addition, once the optimization is complete, Air Transat will operate only two types of aircraft, and reap the benefits of the Airbus shared-cockpit philosophy and so-called mixed-fleet flying (i.e., pilots can be rated to fly more than one type of aircraft). This will enable the company to reduce costs (for example in maintenance and training) and considerably simplify its operations.

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Top Copyright Photo: All of the Airbus A310s will be replaced with newer A321neo LRs by 2020. Air Transat Airbus A310-304 C-GTSW (msn 483) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 928787.

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Southwest says farewell to the Boeing 737-300

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 N632SW (msn 27707) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 101996.

Southwest Airlines made this short statement on social media:

Tonight (September 29, 2017), we sent our last The Boeing Company 737-300 aircraft out in style. Flight WN68 flew from HOU-DAL in its farewell appearance in our fleet. We say thank you for 32 years and good night to the Boeing 737-300.

The last 737-300 revenue flight was operated with the pictured Boeing 737-3H4 N632SW (msn 27707).

As a result of the 737-300, today, October 1, 2017, Southwest also introduces the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on revenue flights.

Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 N632SW (msn 27707) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 101996.

Endeavor Air to grow with 31 additional CRJs

Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N295PQ (msn 15295) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104551.

Ryan Gumm, President and CEO, Endeavor Air, announced an opportunity that grows the airline, strengthens its future, and signals another significant commitment from Delta Air Lines.

In a move that shifts 31 aircraft from another Delta Connection partner to Endeavor, the Minneapolis-based regional airline will expand its network and increase its fleet to 154 aircraft by July 2018.

The announcement outlines the addition of 28 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, increasing the world’s largest fleet of the 76-seat aircraft to 109; Endeavor will also acquire three Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft. The airline also plans to draw down its 50-seat CRJ200 fleet by 16 aircraft, to 42 CRJ200s, for a total net gain of 15 aircraft once all aircraft have been inducted at Endeavor.

The increase in aircraft also necessitates the need to open a CRJ900 crew base in Atlanta, scheduled for late October.

The shift away from 50-seat flying allows Endeavor to focus on its dual-class operation, while delivering a seamless customer service experience for customers connecting in some of Delta’s most heavily traversed hubs. As part of this announcement, Endeavor also said it plans to close its Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) CRJ200 crew base; the airline noted that it will continue to operate a robust CRJ900 base in MSP.

Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N295PQ (msn 15295) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104551.

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Allegiant announces 28 new routes and service from 3 new cities

Allegiant's 2015 "Visit Florida" postcards special livery

Allegiant Air has announced 28 new routes and service from three new U.S. cities: Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi; Norfolk, Virginia; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The airline continued;

New routes announced include:

Year-round nonstop service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

  1. Gulfport, Mississippi – begins August 30, 2017 with fares as low as $29*
  2. Milwaukee – begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $35*
  3. Newburgh, New York – begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $59*
  4. Norfolk, Virginia – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $39*

Year-round nonstop service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) from:

  1. Louisville, Kentucky – begins October 4, 2017 with fares as low as $54*
  2. Kansas City, Missouri – begins October 4, 2017 with fares as low as $45*
  3. Boise, Idaho – begins October 6, 2017 with fares as low as $59*
  4. Milwaukee – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $59*
  5. St. Louis – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $54*

Seasonal nonstop service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) from:

  1. Omaha, Nebraska – begins October 4, 2017 with fares as low as $49*
  2. Tampa / St. Pete, Florida – begins November 15, 2017 with fares as low as $69*
  3. Indianapolis – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $49*

Year-round nonstop service to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

  1. Norfolk, Virginia – begins October 4, 2017 with fares as low as $39*
  2. Milwaukee – begins October 13, 2017 with fares as low as $49*
  3. Ogdensburg, New York – begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $59*

Seasonal nonstop service to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

  1. Phoenix / Mesa – begins November 15, 2017 with fares as low as $69*

Year-round nonstop service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from:

  1. Ogden, Utah – begins October 5, 2017 with fares as low as $35*
  2. Cincinnati – begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $69*

Year-round nonstop service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

  1. Flint, Michigan begins October 6, 2017 with fares as low as $49*
  2. Milwaukee begins October 13, 2017 with fares as low as $49*
  3. Rochester, New York begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $69*
  4. Newburgh, New York begins November 17 2017 with fares as low as $65*

Seasonal nonstop service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

  1. St. Cloud, Minnesota begins November 15, 2017 with fares as low as $69*

Year-round nonstop service to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) from:

  1. Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $39*
  2. Los Angeles – begins November 16, 2017 with fares as low as $69*

Year-round nonstop service to Las Vegas via McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

  1. Ogden, Utah begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $45*
  2. Omaha, Nebraska begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $49*

Year-round nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from:

  1. Milwaukee – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $50*
  2. Norfolk, Virginia – begins November 17, 2017 with fares as low as $39*

Seasonal nonstop service to San Juan, Puerto Rico via Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) from:

  1. Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina – begins December 15, 2017 with fares as low as $64*

Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-214 N228NV (msn 716) (Visit Florida) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 936495.