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Delta and WestJet agree to form a joint venture

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N3751B (msn 30491) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 402430.

Delta Air Lines and WestJet have agreed to deepen their existing partnership by entering into a comprehensive transborder joint venture that will increase travel choices between the U.S. and Canada.

The airlines have entered into a preliminary memorandum of understanding regarding their intention to deepen their existing partnership to form a commercial joint venture arrangement, which will offer customers access to an extensive transborder route network, world-class airline products, enhanced frequent flyer benefits, shared airport facilities and amenities, and a more seamless travel experience.

Highlights of the planned joint venture arrangement, subject to board approvals, execution of definitive agreements and applicable regulatory approvals, in the United States and Canada, include:

  • Coordinated flight schedules for new nonstop flights to new destinations, expanded codesharing, and seamless and convenient connections on the airlines’ extensive networks in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Enhanced frequent flyer benefits including reciprocal benefits for top-tier members of both airlines.

 

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Delta has a 25-year track record of partnering closely with airlines around the globe, beginning with the first successful trans-Atlantic partnership, when Northwest and KLM launched their joint venture in 1993. With this agreement, Delta will have eight partnerships with leading carriers in the world’s biggest aviation segments spanning Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Canada. Through deep relationships and immunized joint ventures, Delta has successfully achieved many benefits of cross-border cooperation for its customers.

WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline, currently has 45 airline partners providing access to more than 175 destinations in more than 20 countries. WestJet has also entered into a definitive purchase agreement for 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in January 2019. With one of the youngest fleets in the airline industry, WestJet continues its global growth while controlling operating costs and providing an award-winning guest experience.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N3751B (msn 30491) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 402430.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FBWI (msn 39090) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937235.

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FBWI (msn 39090) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937235.

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Level to launch four long-haul routes from Paris Orly, the OpenSkies brand to be retired

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International Airlines Group will launch flights to Montreal, Newark, Guadeloupe and Martinique from Paris Orly from July 2018 via Level its low cost longhaul airline brand.
Fares start from €99 one way.

  • Flights to Montreal start on July 2, 2018 and operate three times per week.
  • Flights to Guadeloupe start on July 3, 2018 and operate four times per week.
  • Flights to Martinique start on September 3, 2018 and operate three times per week.
  • Flights to Newark start on September 4, 2018 and operate four times per week.

Level will base two Airbus A330-200 aircraft at Orly, each with 293 economy and 21 premium economy seats.

Checked luggage (plus a free cabin bag), meals, seat selection and the latest movie releases will be complimentary for customers flying in premium economy. Those travelling in economy can chose what they want to buy based on a menu of choices. Next generation inflight technology will be available for all customers with a wide range of onboard entertainment options. There is also super-high speed internet connectivity with prices starting at €8.99.

Customers can also earn and redeem Avios, IAG airlines’ loyalty currency, giving them the opportunity to fly to 380 destinations across the Group’s network.

Level’s Paris flights will be operated by staff who currently work for IAG’s French airline OpenSkies which is based at the airport. The OpenSkies brand will cease to operate at the end of next summer and all its staff will operate Level flights.

OpenSkies (British Airways) Boeing 767-336 ER F-HILU (msn 24341) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937268.

Above Copyright Photo: OpenSkies (British Airways) Boeing 767-336 ER F-HILU (msn 24341) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937268.

Flights from Orly to New York will continue to operate under the OpenSkies brand until the end of summer 2018.

In Barcelona, Level will launch a new route to Boston on March 28, 2018. Flights will operate up to three times each week for the summer season. A third A330-200 aircraft will be added to the Barcelona fleet later in the summer providing the opportunity to expand its network further.

Level flies currently from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, San Francisco (Oakland) and Punta Cana with a summer service to Los Angeles.

Top Copyright Photo: Level (Iberia) Airbus A330-202 EC-MOU (msn 1777) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 938159.

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Boeing, Azerbaijan Airlines announce a deal for additional 787-8 Dreamliners, Freighters

Azerbaijan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VP-BBR (msn 37920) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 934847.

Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) have announced an order for five more 787-8 Dreamliners and a commitment to purchase two large freighters. The agreement, announced at the 2017 Dubai Air Show, is valued at about $1.9 billion at current list prices.

The freighter commitment will be finalized at a later time.

Azerbaijan Airlines also announced it will be the launch customer for the 787 Landing Gear Exchange Program whereby Boeing Global Services will provide the carrier with a lower-cost solution for overhauled and certified landing gears for its Dreamliner fleet, which now grows to seven airplanes.

Azerbaijan Airlines is a major air carrier and industry leader in the Central Asia region, serving 40 destinations in 25 countries. The airline currently flies two 787 airplanes as well as a fleet of Boeing 757 and 767s.

Boeing’s 787 Landing Gear Overhaul and Exchange Program provides a simple and economical solution for managing landing gear overhauls, while building on Boeing’s successful history of exchange programs. Through the offering, a carrier can exchange landing gears that need to be repaired or overhauled for another set of certified landing gear from a pool that Boeing maintains. This service eliminates the need for operators to contract, schedule and manage the overhaul process.

Boeing Global Services, headquartered in Texas, was formed by integrating the services capabilities of the government, space and commercial sectors into a single, customer-focused business. Operating as a third business unit of Boeing, Global Services provides agile, cost-competitive services to commercial and government customers worldwide.

Copyright Photo: Azerbaijan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VP-BBR (msn 37920) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 934847.

Alaska Air Group reports Third Quarter 2017 results

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Alaska Air Group, Inc., on October 25, 2017 reported third quarter 2017 GAAP net income of $266 million, or $2.14 per diluted share, compared to $256 million, or $2.07 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2016. Excluding the impact of merger-related costs and mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments, the company reported adjusted net income of $278 million, or $2.24 per diluted share, compared to $272 million, or $2.20 per diluted share, in 2016.

“Our people delivered very strong results again this quarter,” said CEO Brad Tilden. “At roughly the halfway point in our integration with Virgin America, and despite some unrelated challenges in our regional operation, our business is performing well, and we are very happy with the response we’ve seen in California and throughout the West to our expanding network, our focus on hospitality, and to our industry-leading mileage plan. I want to thank our talented people for their commitment and dedication.”

Copyright Photo: Virgin America aircraft will shortly be taking on the Alaska brand. Virgin America Airbus A320-214 WL N283VA (msn 6787) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 935544.

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JetBlue reports 3Q net income of $179 million

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JetBlue Airways Corporation on October 24, 2017 reported its results for the third quarter 2017:

  • Operating income of $310 million, a decrease of 12.4% from the third quarter of 2016.
  • Pre-tax income of $293 million, a decrease of 11.2% from the third quarter of 2016.
  • Third quarter net income of $179 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s third quarter 2016 net income of $199 million, or $0.58 per diluted share.

Financial Performance

JetBlue reported third quarter operating revenues of $1.8 billion. Revenue passenger miles for the third quarter increased 2.3% to 12.2 billion on a capacity increase of 3.7%, resulting in a third quarter load factor of 85.1%, a 1.2 point decrease year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the third quarter was 13.32 cents, up 1.0% compared to the third quarter of 2016. Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the third quarter of 2017 decreased 0.4% year over year to 11.34 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 0.9% year over year to 12.67 cents.

Compared with last year, operating expenses for the quarter increased 9.1%, or $125 million. Interest expense for the quarter declined 18.5%, or $5 million, as JetBlue continued to reduce its debt. JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the third quarter increased 5.2% year over year to 10.50 cents. Excluding fuel, third quarter CASM1 increased 2.7% to 8.07 cents.

“Our third quarter results were impacted by two hurricanes that reduced our EPS by approximately 6 cents. We are confident that the adjustments we are making to our network will limit any ongoing financial impact in 2018. Despite the short-term challenges, we remain focused on our long-term margin commitments to our shareholders. I’d like to thank our 21,000 Crewmembers in our operation and support centers, who successfully managed the unprecedented challenge of over 30 consecutive days of irregular operations,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President and CEO.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

In the third quarter of 2017 JetBlue had hedges in place for approximately 10% of its fuel consumption. The realized fuel price in the quarter was $1.69 per gallon, a 14.6% increase versus third quarter 2016 realized fuel price of $1.48.

JetBlue has hedged approximately 10% of its fourth quarter of 2017 fuel consumption using jet fuel swaps. Based on the fuel curve as of October 13th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of hedges and fuel taxes, of $1.83 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Liquidity and Cash Flow

JetBlue ended the quarter with approximately $814 million in unrestricted cash and short term investments, or about 12% of trailing twelve month revenue. In addition, JetBlue maintains approximately $625 million in undrawn lines of credit.

During the third quarter, JetBlue repaid $53 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations. JetBlue anticipates paying approximately $57 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations in the fourth quarter 2017 and approximately $194 million for the full year 2017. In the third quarter, JetBlue completed a $130 million accelerated share repurchase program and has completed $380 million in share repurchases to date in 2017.

“Despite unprecedented ATC challenges, repeated hurricane events, and a competitive industry pricing environment, we’ve been able to sustain solid margins, make progress towards our long-term margin commitments and return capital to our shareholders,” said Steve Priest, JetBlue’s EVP Chief Financial Officer.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Outlook

Capacity is expected to increase between 4.5% and 5.5% year over year in the fourth quarter 2017. For the full year 2017, JetBlue expects capacity to increase between 4.0% and 5.0%.

RASM growth is expected to range between (3.0%) and 0.0% for the fourth quarter 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

CASM excluding fuel is expected to grow between 5.0% and 7.0% for the fourth quarter of 2017. For the full year 2017, JetBlue expects year over year CASM excluding fuel to grow between 4.0% and 5.0%.

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N942JB (msn 6279) (Prism – Our 200th Aircraft) JFK (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 925119.

United announces the last Boeing 747 revenue flight

United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N128UA (msn 30023) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 923735.

United Airlines made this announcement:

In celebration of United Airlines retiring the Boeing 747 from its fleet, United flight 747, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from San Francisco to Honolulu will be the airline’s farewell flight to the 747 fleet.

This journey will serve as the ultimate throwback for customers, employees and invited guests as it recreates the first 747 flight operated by United in 1970. From a 1970s-inspired menu to retro uniforms for flight attendants to inflight entertainment befitting of that first flight, passengers will help send the Queen of the Skies off in true style. The original United 747 aircraft that first made this journey from San Francisco to Honolulu was named the “Friend Ship,” the same name bestowed on this farewell flight.

Seats on this special, one-way trip, United flight 747, are available for purchase now at united.com or through the United app. The seats in the upper deck will not be sold, giving all guests the opportunity to spend time in this iconic space.

Customers seated in United Polaris first class and United Polaris business class will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the gate prior to boarding for an opportunity to occupy one of a select number of seats in the upper deck during the flight.

The journey will begin with a gate celebration at 9 a.m. local time at San Francisco International Airport, featuring a Boeing 747 gallery, remarks from United employees and executives, as well as refreshments. The flight will depart San Francisco International Airport at 11 a.m. local time, landing at Honolulu International Airport at 2:45 p.m. local time. Upon landing in Honolulu, local employees will welcome the aircraft with final festivities to close out the historic day. Customers and fans of the Queen of the Skies are encouraged to use the #UA747Farewell hashtag in social media posts.

United and the Boeing 747 through the Years

April 13, 1966: Boeing announces it will build a 490-passenger 747 transport. Construction is set to begin in June on a new plant in Everett, Washington.

January 3, 1967: The first production workers for the 747 program arrive in Everett. The 50,000 who would produce the world’s largest civilian airplane were known as The Incredibles, and they earned the label by bringing the Jumbo Jet dream to reality in only 16 months.

September 30, 1968: The first Boeing 747-100, City of Everett, is rolled out at their Washington plant, painted with the insignias of the 27 airlines that had already ordered the aircraft including United.

February 9, 1969: The Boeing 747-100 makes its first flight.

January 21, 1970: The Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American World Airways.

June 26, 1970: Continental Airlines becomes one of the first carriers to put the Boeing 747 into U.S. domestic service, flying from Chicago to Los Angeles and onward to Honolulu.

June 26, 1970: United Airlines receives its first Boeing 747-100 complete with a christening ceremony fit for a luxury liner.

July 23, 1970: United makes its first Boeing 747 commercial flight, with a trip from San Francisco to Honolulu.

United Airlines Boeing 747-122 N4710U (msn 19755) JFK (Bruce Drum). Image: 101357.

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-122 N4710U (msn 19755) JFK (Bruce Drum). Image: 101357.

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Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-122 N4728U (msn 19925) “747 Friend Ship” LAX (Bruce Drum). Image: 103100.

 

January 1977: A modified Boeing 747-100 is delivered to NASA to serve as a carrier vehicle for the Space Shuttle.

April 22, 1985: United announces its plan to acquire Pan Am’s Pacific routes, as well as 11 Boeing 747SP planes. The 747SPs feature a 48-foot-shorter body and fly higher, faster, and farther than standard 747 models.

United Airlines Boeing 747SP-21 N149UA (msn 21649) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 101362.

Above Copyright: United Airlines Boeing 747SP-21 N149UA (msn 21649) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 101362.

January 29-30, 1988: Friendship One, a Boeing 747SP owned by United Airlines, sets the around-the-world air speed record of 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. This special flight raises $500,000 for children’s charities through the Friendship Foundation. Tickets cost a minimum of $5,000, and special guest passengers included astronaut Neil Armstrong, famed test pilots Bob Hoover and Lieutenant General Laurence C. Craigie, and Moya Lear, the widow of Lear Jet founder Bill Lear.

June, 1989: United Airlines receives their first Boeing 747-400 which provides increased range.

United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N117UA (msn 28810) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 920997.

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N117UA (msn 28810) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 920997.

August 23, 1990: The first of two modified Boeing 747-200Bs is delivered to the Air Force for presidential transport. Better known as Air Force One, these planes still serve the president today, having replaced the Boeing 707-320Bs that had served as the presidential aircraft for almost 30 years.

September 1996: A 747SP previously flown by United is transformed into NASA’s SOFIA, or Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, which carries a 17-ton, 8-foot-wide infrared telescope mounted behind an enormous sliding door.

United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N179UA (msn 25158) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 901763.

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N179UA (msn 25158) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 901763.

June 28, 2014: Boeing delivers the 1,500th 747 to come off the production line. The 747 aircraft is the world’s first wide-body airplane in history to reach the 1,500 production units milestone.

January 11, 2017: United announces that it will retire the Boeing 747-400 fleet in the last quarter of 2017.

July 28, 2017: United schedules a special domestic flight from Chicago O’Hare to San Francisco to allow more people to say farewell to the Queen of the Skies.

October 29, 2017: United flies its last international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco.

November 7, 2017: United celebrates the retirement of the Boeing 747 with a fitting full-circle moment. A special retro event sees the aircraft flying from San Francisco to Honolulu—a nod to its first-ever flight back in 1970.

Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N128UA (msn 30023) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 923735.

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Iberia prepares to retire the last Airbus A340-300

Type Retired: Last revenue flight was on November 14, 2016 (EC-GUP on flight IB 166 BOS-MAD). However is still available as a back-up aircraft

Iberia (Madrid), despite other reports elsewhere, still has one Airbus A340-300 (EC-GUP) remaining in its active fleet.

As of today, the pictured Airbus A340-313 EC-GUP (msn 217) is being kept by Iberia as a back up aircraft. The airliner may still see it assigned to a revenue flight even through December. Iberia received this week its ninth Airbus A330-200 (EC-MNK) which is the planned replacement aircraft for the last A340-300.

EC-GUP was last operated on November 14, 2016 but remains ready for service at any time.

Iberia introduced the Airbus A340-300 in 1996 when A340-313 EC-154 was delivered on February 29, 1996.

Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A340-313 EC-GUP (msn 217) JFK (Jay Selman). Image: 403133.

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