Tag Archives: Ken Petersen

JAL sells its last 19 Boeing 747-400s to AerSale

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) has sold its last 19 Boeing 747-400s to AerSale (Coral Gables). JAL is planning to retire the type during 2011.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen.

Cathay Pacific Airways exercises its options for six more Boeing 777-300 ERs

Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong) yesterday (September 21, 2010) signed an agreement with the Boeing Company to exercise purchase rights for six more 777-300 ER (Extended Range) aircraft. The additional six aircraft will swell the airline’s total order for the aircraft type to 36. Eighteen are already in operation with another 12 scheduled for delivery from 2011 to early 2013. The additional six newly purchased 777-300 ERs will be delivered in 2013 and 2014.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. This nice portrait shows 777-367 ER B-KPJ (msn 36157) on final approach at New York (JFK).

JetBlue Airways to start San Juan-Tampa service

JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) announced its plans to expand its San Juan, Puerto Rico focus city and begin daily nonstop service to Tampa International Airport in May 2011 with a second flight beginning in June 2011. AirTran Airways announced it was starting the same route on the same day.

From Puerto Rico JetBlue currently offers service to destinations on the U.S. mainland including Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, New York, Tampa, plus intra-Caribbean service to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Airbus A320-232 N763JB (msn 3707) is pictured in action at the JFK base.

American to start Dallas/Fort Worth-Rio de Janeiro flights

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) announced it will begin three days a week service between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG) starting on December 16. The seasonal service will run through April 4, 2011, and then resume for the summer season between June 9, 2011, and August 22, 2011. The service will resume for the 2012 season on November 22, 2011. The flights will be flown using Boeing 767-300 aircraft that offer two-class service with 28 Business Class seats and 191 Economy Class seats.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Boeing 767-323 ER N389AA (msn 27449) is pictured in action at New York (JFK).

Caribbean Airlines asks its employees to design a new logo

Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) is currently integrating the assets of Air Jamaica (acquired on May 1, 2010). The flag carrier is now asking its employees to help design a new logo and tagline to replace the beautiful Hummingbird design which also implies a new livery. The airline intends to repaint the Air Jamaica fleet with this new design. We think this is a big mistake as the current motif is a very distinctive brand.

Read the full report from the Trinidad Express Newspapers:


Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Caribbean’s Boeing 737-8Q8 9Y-POS (msn 28230) prepares for its takeoff roll at New York (JFK).

Atlas Air starts DreamLifter operations for Boeing

Atlas Air (New York-JFK) has launched DreamLifter fleet service for Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) pursuant to a previously announced nine-year agreement that significantly expands Atlas Air’s outsourced CMI (crew, maintenance, and insurance) service offering. The service will provide key supply-chain support for the production of Boeing’s new commercial jetliner, the 787 Dreamliner.

Starting with its inaugural DreamLifter flight from Wichita, KS to Everett, WA on July 20, Atlas Air will commence operation of the remainder of Boeing’s DreamLifter fleet of four 747-400 aircraft during the balance of 2010. The Dreamlifter aircraft have been specially modified by Boeing to transport major assemblies for its 787 Dreamliner from suppliers around the world to Boeing production facilities in the United States.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Boeing 747-409LCF DreamLifter N780BA (msn 24130) stops at New York (JFK) is part of a fleet of four aircraft.

Arrow Cargo files for bankruptcy protection and will be liquidated

Arrow Cargo (3rd) (Miami) filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday (June 30) and its assets will be liquidated.

Read the Reuters report:


Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Ex-Eastern Airlines Boeing 757-225 (F) N688GX (msn 22688) taxies at New York (JFK) in better times.

World Airways expands its contract with ANA-Allied Air Cargo

World Airways (Atlanta) has expanded its cooperation with ANA-Allied Air Cargo to include a second MD-11F aircraft for service through December 2011 between Europe and various cities in Africa. World Airways, a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., began operating aircraft for ANA-Allied Air in October 2008.

Allied Air is a Nigerian all-cargo airline that operates four Boeing 727 freighters in addition to the two MD-11 freighters leased from World Airways. Allied works closely with its worldwide sales agent, ANA Aviation Services, to provide scheduled flights and ad hoc charter services. Allied Air carries more than 400 tons per week of fresh flowers and vegetables from both Kenya and Uganda to the major European markets in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. McDonnell Douglas MD-11F N279WA (msn 48756) prepares to depart from New York (JFK).

Delta expands international routes from Minneapolis/St. Paul

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is growing its international presence at its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub, with enhanced offerings to Latin America and Europe. The expansion includes:

New nonstop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Mexico City International Airport, subject to foreign government approval. The flight will mark the first nonstop service operated by any airline between the two cities.

The extension of Delta’s nonstop flight between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport from seasonal to year-round service.

The expansion of Delta’s nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and London-Heathrow from five days each week to daily service for winter 2010.

In addition to the new Mexico City service, Delta offers nonstop seasonal flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and six Mexican cities: Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa and Cozumel. Delta also provides nonstop seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to three Caribbean destinations: Grand Cayman; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The new daily flight to Mexico City, which begins Dec. 18, will be operated with 124-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, which are equipped with 16 First class and 108 Economy seats.

Delta’s service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Paris will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 ER, which offers 36 BusinessElite seats and 180 seats in Economy. Delta’s service to London-Heathrow will be operated with a Boeing 767-400 ER, which features 40 full flat BusinessElite seats and 205 seats in Economy.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Boeing 767-432 ER N844MH (msn 29717) taxies past the camera at New York (JFK) in the SkyTeam livery.

Emirates Airline orders 32 additional Airbus A380s, total now 90

Emirates Airline (Dubai) has ordered a further 32 A380s from Airbus, taking their total firm orders for the iconic flagship of the 21st century to 90 aircraft. The order has a list price of US$ 11.5 billion. The agreement was signed in a ceremony today at the Berlin Air Show witnessed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by Emirates Airline Group Chairman and CEO His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, and Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Airbus A380-861 A6-EDA (msn 011) taxies at New York (JFK) where it will return in October.