Dynamic International Airways (2nd) (Greensboro) will begin operating its new daily service between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Caracas Simon Bolivar International Airport (CCS) on July 17, marking the airline’s first daily service to Venezuela from FLL and the only nonstop flight connecting Fort Lauderdale and Caracas.
Daily FLL-CCS Service Schedule (all times local):
Departs FLL at 12:30 p.m.
Arrives at CCS at 3:15 p.m. same day
Departs CCS at 6:20 p.m.
Arrives at FLL at 10:01 p.m.
The new flight from FLL will be the first of three planned routes to Venezuela. Announcements of Dynamic’s planned service from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Caracas (CCS) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Maracaibo La Chinita International Airport (MAR) will follow in coming weeks.
Dynamic will operate its service between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Caracas with a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft. The airline is retrofitting its aircraft interior to enhance the premium experience on international flights.
Dynamic also operates on the New York (JFK) – Georgetown route.
Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Dynamic Airways (2nd) Boeing 767-336 ER N254MY (msn 25443) with Paraguay Airlines tail markings sits at New York’s JFK International Airport.
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood), as we have been reporting, is growing fast and adding new routes. As a result, the airline intends to hire 1,500 new employees this year according to this article by the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.
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Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N534NK (msn 3395) prepares to land at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) continues its dramatic growth in 2015. The airline, in addition to new routes from Atlanta, has also announced daily nonstop service to three new cities from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Spirit has announce the following new daily, nonstop routes from Los Angeles:
● Los Angeles to Baltimore and Kansas City starting July 9, 2015
● Los Angeles to Atlanta starting August 20, 2015
With these additional routes, Spirit will operate flights to a total of 12 cities nonstop from LAX (see the map below). Current routes from Los Angeles include: Chicago, Cleveland (starting April 16, 2015), Denver (starting April 16, 2015), Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
To date, Spirit has announced 26 new nonstop routes starting in 2015, and jumps to 37 with this announcement.
Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N502NK (msn 2433) lands in Las Vegas.
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) continues to make money under its ultra low-fare strategy. For the fourth quarter (up 43%) and the full year (up 33%), profits soar. The airline issued this statement:
Spirit Airlines, Inc.reported fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results.
Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter 2014 increased 43.2 percent to $58.7 million ($0.80 per diluted share) compared to the fourth quarter 20131. GAAP net income for the fourth quarter 2014 increased 29.4 percent year over year to $55.9 million ($0.76 per diluted share).
Adjusted net income for the full year 2014 increased 33.3 percent year over year to $236.7 million ($3.23 per diluted share). GAAP net income for the full year 2014 increased 27.4 percent year over year to $225.5 million ($3.08 per diluted share).
Adjusted pre-tax margin for the fourth quarter 2014 was 19.7 percent, up 4.3 percentage points year over year. For the full year 2014, adjusted pre-tax margin was 19.2 percent, up 2.1 percentage points compared to 20131. On a GAAP basis, pre-tax margin for the fourth quarter 2014 was 18.8 percent and for the full year 2014 was 18.3 percent.
Spirit ended 2014 with an unrestricted cash and cash equivalents balance of $632.8 million.
Spirit’s return on invested capital (before taxes and excluding special items) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 was 30.1 percent.
For the fourth quarter 2014, Spirit’s total operating revenue was $474.5 million, an increase of 13.0 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2013, driven by an increase in flight volume.
Total revenue per available seat mile (“RASM”) for the fourth quarter 2014 decreased 5.1 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2013 on a capacity increase of 18.9 percent. The decrease was driven by a mix of lower passenger yields and a 1.4 point decline in load factor.
Total revenue per passenger flight segment (“PFS”) for the fourth quarter 2014 decreased 3.7 percent year over year to $127.91, driven by a 6.1 percent decrease in ticket revenue per PFS and a 0.3 percent decrease in non-ticket revenue per PFS. During the fourth quarter, the Company transitioned its onboard catering to a third-party provider under a revenue share agreement. As a result of this change, in the fourth quarter 2014, the Company recorded lower non-ticket revenue and correspondingly lower costs than it would have otherwise.
Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter 2014, excluding $4.5 million of special items3, increased 6.9 percent to $380.0 million. Including special items, total operating expenses increased 9.3 percent year over year to $384.5 million.
Spirit reported fourth quarter 2014 cost per available seat mile (ASM) excluding special items and fuel (“Adjusted CASM ex-fuel”)3 of 5.61 cents, a decrease of 2.9 percent compared to the same period last year driven in part by lower distribution expense, maintenance expense, and aircraft rent per ASM. Distribution expense per ASM in the fourth quarter 2014 was lower compared to the same period last year primarily due to a one-time litigation settlement gain of approximately $2.9 million and a larger percentage of tickets being booked directly through spirit.com, the Company’s lowest cost distribution channel. The decrease in maintenance expense per ASM year over year was driven by an expense reversal in the fourth quarter 2014 associated with an insurance claim, along with a one-time $750,000 insurance deductible expense in the fourth quarter 2013. The decrease in aircraft rent per ASM was driven by a change in the mix of leased (rent recorded under aircraft rent) and purchased (amortization recorded under depreciation and amortization) aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. In the fourth quarter 2014, Spirit took delivery of seven new Airbus A320 aircraft, ending the year with 65 aircraft in its fleet. In addition, during 2014, the low fare carrier went to this highly visible “Home of the Bare Fare’ canary yellow color scheme. Airbus A319-132 N502NK (msn 2433) lands at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport base which now enjoys two parallel jet runways.
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced that Kansas City will be the 56th city added to its route network, offering daily nonstop ultra-low fare service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) beginning on August 7, 2014, and service to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) starting on August 8, 2014.
Spirit offers nonstop service to 19 destinations from Chicago-O’Hare, including Atlantic City, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City (starting August 7), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New York-LaGuardia, Oakland/San Francisco Bay, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), and Tampa.
Spirit offers nonstop service to 24 destinations from Dallas/Fort Worth, including Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Cancun, Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Kansas City (starting August 7), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, New York-LaGuardia, Oakland/San Francisco Bay, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), San Diego, and Tampa.
Spirit offers nonstop service to 15 destinations from Detroit, including Atlantic City, Cancun, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City (starting August 7), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New York-LaGuardia, Orlando, and Tampa.
Spirit offers nonstop service to 8 destinations from Houston-Bush Intercontinental, including Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City (starting August 8), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Orlando.
Spirit offers nonstop service to 14 destinations from Las Vegas, including Baltimore/Washington, Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City (starting August 7), Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland/San Francisco Bay, Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), and San Diego.
Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N624NK (msn 5880) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) is stretching its route map further south in Latin America suggesting the rumored Airbus A330s could be ordered in the future. Yesterday the fast-growing company began daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Lima, Peru. The new route is part of the airline’s continuous expansion at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport, where JetBlue now offers nonstop flights to 25 destinations, three of which are in South America. Lima is JetBlue’s 81st destination.
JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and Lima, Peru (LIM), effective November 21, 2013:
FLL to LIM:
LIM to FLL:
Depart – Arrive
Depart – Arrive
5:40 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
12:30 a.m. – 6:19 a.m.
Flights operate daily effective November 21, 2013 (southbound) and November 22, 2013 (northbound) –
All times local.
JetBlue’s flights between Fort Lauderdale and Lima, Peru, will be operated with its Airbus A320 fleet.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 WL N827JB (msn 5677) with Sharklets in the Blueberries tail design lands at Las Vegas.
JetBlue Airways (New York) continues to grow at its South Florida focus destination of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood with two new nonstop routes. Beginning on May 1, 2014, JetBlue will fly once a day to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (a). The two new routes are in addition to the already announced nonstop once-a-day flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, also starting May 1, 2014 (a).
JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Punta Cana (PUJ) effective May 1, 2014 (a):
FLL to PUJ:
PUJ to FLL:
Depart – Arrive
Depart – Arrive
11:20 a.m. – 1:44 p.m.
2:40 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Montego Bay (MBJ) effective May 1, 2014 (a):
FLL to MBJ:
MBJ to FLL:
Depart – Arrive
Depart – Arrive
12:47 p.m. – 1:29 p.m.
2:25 p.m. – 5:04 p.m.
JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Port of Spain (POS) effective May 1, 2014 (a):
FLL to POS:
POS to FLL:
Depart – Arrive
Depart – Arrive
7:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m. – 3:54 p.m.
(a) Flights subject to receipt of government approvals.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N645JB (msn 2900) in the special “Jetting to T5” markings departs from runway 27R at FLL.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is planning to operate weekly Raleigh/Durham-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood flights this winter starting on December 21 per Airline Route. The route will be flown by Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700s. The operator is not specified (probably ExpressJet Airlines).
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N603SK (msn 10248) arrives at Los Angeles.
JetBlue Airways (New York) has opened reservations for the launch of new Airbus A321 service starting on December 19. The first three A321 routes will be from New York (JFK) to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Barbados (Bridgetown) and San Juan per Airline Route.
The airline issued this statement today:
JetBlue Airways today unveiled its new, fully customized lie-flat seat which will be available on highly popular transcontinental routes next year. Just as JetBlue reinvented coach service, the airline is committed to reinventing the transcontinental experience by adding service, comfort and amenities at an affordable price that is expected to stimulate market demand.
New lie-flat seats are expected to debut in the market on new Airbus A321 aircraft beginning in the second quarter of 2014 on the two most popular nonstop routes in the United States – New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco. In addition, JetBlue will be the first and only airline in the market to offer customers the option of a completely separate single suite seat that includes a closable door for increased privacy.
The new lie-flat seat, created in a partnership with Northern Ireland-based Thompson Aero Seating, will be displayed in a unique 2-1 configuration. Rows 1, 3 and 5 will offer 2-by-2 seating, and rows 2 and 4 will offer private suites, with one seat on each side of the aisle.
The new seats also offer air cushions with adjustable firmness, a massage function, a 15-inch widescreen television featuring the most live entertainment in the skies, and a unique “wake-me-for-service” indicator if the customer chooses to sleep in, putting more control back into the customer’s hands. In addition, JetBlue will refresh the core JetBlue Experience in 2014 which will include a comfortable seat design with movable headrests, a new entertainment system with up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming on 10.1-inch wide screens, and 110-volt and USB power ports accessible to all customers. And of course, more legroom throughout coach than any other U.S. airline.
JetBlue’s wholly owned subsidiary LiveTV will begin installing Fly-Fi on JetBlue’s fleet by the end of the year, a new high-speed, satellite-based wi-fi product that will offer true broadband speeds and serve as the fastest internet access at altitude. “We believe Fly-Fi will be a competitive advantage in the market for JetBlue,” Mr. Barger said. “This is not the slow Wi-Fi you get on other airlines today. This will be connectivity at speeds you’ve come to expect on the ground.”
JetBlue expects to increase frequencies on JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO with new Airbus A321 aircraft next year to offer even more options, convenience and comfort for customers. There will be a dedicated sub-fleet of 11 aircraft initially used for the two core transcontinental routes. Additional markets are possible, based on customer response and demand for more service.
“We expect to invigorate the market with our competitive price,” Mr. Barger said. “Building on our original strategy of serving the under-served with a unique product and service-focused culture, we believe this new product will be very popular with current coast-to-coast customers, and may motivate new customers to choose JetBlue.” On an industry-wide basis, revenue from the New York JFK-Los Angeles and JFK-San Francisco markets is more than 50% higher than any other route in the United States, as airlines have dedicated more premium seats and charged much higher fares on these routes on a per-mile basis. There are more than 6,000 passengers each day on the two routes combined, independent Diio data show.
JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 aircraft begin arriving later this year and will have two configurations. The first four aircraft deliveries will offer the core JetBlue Experience throughout the cabin with capacity for 190 customers. In 2014 additional A321s will be delivered from the Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany, with 16 lie-flat seats, four of which are the private suites, and 143 core JetBlue Experience seats.