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Sun Country’s pilots picket at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport

Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) could be facing a strike by its pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The pilots of the airline yesterday (April 24) picketed for higher wages outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. ALPA states they are the lowest Boeing 737 scheduled airline pilots in the country. The pilots have authorized a strike if necessary.

The union issued this statement:

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Sun Country Airlines Pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association Int’l (ALPA), conducted informational picketing Friday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, saying the company’s current pay proposal would keep SCA pilot wages near the bottom of the industry for another five years.

Already the nation’s lowest-paid scheduled service airline pilots for their aircraft type, management’s recent proposal would provide only minimal increases. Sun Country pilots last received a pay rate increase in 2005.

“Our current pay is 30 percent below the midpoint for our peers. We’re seeking a contract that gradually gets us closer to the industry average. The company offer keeps us from realizing that goal throughout the life of a new contract,” said Capt. Brian Roseen, chairman of Sun Country’s ALPA Master Executive Council.

Virtually all of Sun Country’s 247 active ALPA pilots not flying or in training marched in shifts outside MSP’s Terminal 2, joined by supporters from United, Delta, FedEx Express, Compass, Endeavor Air, and other ALPA pilot groups.

ALPA and Sun Country have been in negotiations for five years, and in federal mediation since 2012. In February pilots voted 100 percent to authorize ALPA to declare a legal strike if later allowed to do so by the federal government. Before any strike could occur, the National Mediation Board would have to release the pilot group from mediation and the group would have to complete a 30-day cooling off period.

“Under our new ownership Sun Country has been profitable and more than doubled in size. It’s time for them to invest in people the same way they’ve invested in airplanes and facilities,” Roseen said. “We want to negotiate. We’re 100 percent ready to do everything the law allows to lift ourselves up from the bottom of the industry.”

Meanwhile the pilots of Southwest Airlines (Dallas) came to the aid of its fellow pilots at Sun Country. SWAPA issued this statement:

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As the pilots of Sun Country (SCA) picket on Friday outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) announces support of the SCA pilots’ efforts to obtain an improved contract. Sun Country Airlines pilots are the lowest-paid Part 121 B-737 pilots in the country and have been in contract negotiations for more than five years. In February, the SCA pilots voted nearly unanimously to authorize ALPA to call a legal strike if necessary, upon a release from mediation by the National Mediation Board and the expiration of a cooling-off period.

“Sun Country pilots have the lowest 737 pay rates for scheduled carriers and are about 30 percent below the industry average pay for this equipment,” said SWAPA President Capt. Paul Jackson. “Low fares do not have to equal low wages in our industry and we fully support our friends at Sun Country in seeking a fair agreement.”

Sun Country management has failed to offer industry-standard fair compensation to pilots despite doubling the number of aircraft and profitability in recent years under new ownership. The company’s most recent contract offer would still leave the SCA pilots at the bottom of 737 pilot pay rates for another five years. The SCA pilots’ union leadership is proposing gradual increases toward the industry average, with the goal of reaching middle ground by the end of the contract term.

Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 N804SY (msn 30689) prepares to touch down at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

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Allegiant Air launches Omaha – St. Petersburg/Clearwater flights

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) yesterday (March 5) launched its first flights out of Omaha with new, nonstop jet service to the Tampa Bay area via St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

The new service operates twice weekly between Eppley Airfield (OMA) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N420NV (msn 49424) approaches the runway at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

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Spirit Airlines announces three new routes from Los Angeles

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.

 

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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.

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Virgin America to start Dallas Love Field – Austin flights

Virgin America (San Francisco) has announced it is launching sales on new flights from Dallas Love Field (DAL) to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). The new flights take off on April 28, 2015, and flyers can select one of five daily nonstop flights from DAL to AUS, with convenient connecting service also available via DAL to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

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Above Photo: Virgin America. The airline’s high profile arrival in Dallas.

In the fall of 2014, Virgin America moved from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to DAL and launched new, nonstop daily flights from that airport to DCA, LGA, SFO and LAX.

With the addition of the new DAL-AUS flights, the airline will offer 19 daily departures from Love Field. Virgin America has served the Austin market since 2013, with nonstop flights from SFO. In 2014, the carrier also expanded its SFO-AUS schedule.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 N527VA (msn 3417) prepares to land in Las Vegas.

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The pilots of Allegiant Air authorize a strike

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) is facing a possible strike by its pilots. The Airline Professionals Association (APA) Teamsters Local 1224 issued this statement yesterday:

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Pilots at Allegiant Air, represented by the Airline Professionals Association (APA) Teamsters Local 1224, voted overwhelmingly, 465-8, on January 16 to authorize a strike against Allegiant Air. The 10-day voting period closed at 12:00 p.m. EST January 16, with 98 percent of voting Allegiant Air pilots voting “Yes” to authorize the union to call a strike if necessary.

“This does not mean that a strike is going to happen tomorrow or even next week,” said APA Teamsters Local 1224 President Daniel Wells. “It does, however, mean that the situation is fluid. If Allegiant continues to stonewall in negotiations and continues to disregard the federal court’s injunction ordering it to restore the pilots’ work rules, then a pilot strike at Allegiant Air will be very realistic.”

In early January, the union’s leadership decided to put a formal strike authorization vote out to the membership, based on a deadlock in negotiations and Allegiant Air’s continued failure to abide by a July 2014 federal court injunction directing Allegiant Air to restore the pilots’ work rule protections and benefits to previously negotiated levels.

“Virtually every pilot voted to authorize a strike,” Wells said. “That speaks volumes.”

With this kind of support, the union intends to move forward by seeking a proffer from the National Mediation Board (NMB) under the Railway Labor Act’s dispute provisions. Once this has been completed, or to the extent that Allegiant remains unwilling to restore the pilots’ work rule protections and benefits, the pilots would be free to conduct a legal strike in the near future.

The pilots have been in negotiations with Allegiant Air for two years with little to no progress. Their first negotiation session began in December of 2012 – with mediated negotiations beginning in April 2014 – and still the company cannot reach agreement with the union on even the most basic conditions in their negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

“No one wants to strike,” Wells said. “We would rather be able to make some real progress in direct negotiations. However, the pilots haven’t seen any real progress in over two years.”

In just two years, three employee groups, encompassing all of Allegiant Air’s operational personnel, have joined national labor unions, indicating that the issues at hand in this battle extend far beyond basic management-employee relations. In addition to basic compensation and work rules, the issues center on safety concerns and operational deficiencies that cannot be resolved without the company’s willingness to begin reinvesting directly into the company’s operation. The pilots contend that vital changes are needed for Allegiant’s long-term success, before it’s too late.

Teamster pilots with Allegiant Air conducted informational picketing on Tuesday at McCarran International Airport and Allegiant Air Corporate Headquarters in Las Vegas, as well as at St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Florida, to make the public aware of their fight for infrastructural investments into Allegiant Air’s operational systems, basic industry averages in salary and for other job protection measures that are standard in the airline industry.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air is one of the most profitable airlines in the world, reporting a profit for 47 consecutive quarters. Its executives are among the highest compensated in the industry, yet its pilots are among the lowest paid and are subject to substandard working conditions in comparison to the rest of the industry.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-204 N905NV (msn 27235) arrives back at the Las Vegas base from Honolulu.

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Alaska Horizon today starts Las Vegas-Mammoth Lakes flights

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) inaugurates new Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) seasonal service between Las Vegas and Mammoth Lakes, California, today (January 15). Mammoth Lakes is a popular ski destination and close to Yosemite National Park.

Alaska’s nonstop flight from Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes will operate on Mondays and Thursdays between January 15 and April 6, 2015.

Alaska Airlines also provides year-round flights to Mammoth Lakes from Los Angeles and winter seasonal flights from San Diego.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Horizon’s (Horizon Air) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N403QX (msn 4037) arrives in Las Vegas in the special college Montana State Bobcats color scheme.

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Allegiant Air’s pilots to conduct informational picketing today, announces Indianapolis-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood service

Allegiant Air‘s (Las Vegas) pilots will conduct informational picketing today (January 13) to bring “awareness to their efforts to secure a new contract.”

McCarran International Airport

5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time

Allegiant Air Corporate Headquarters

1201 N. Town Center Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89144

Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport

14700 Terminal Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33762

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

100 Terminal Dr.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

In other news, Allegiant announced the addition of low-cost, twice weekly nonstop jet service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood from Indianapolis beginning on April 8, 2015, continuing Allegiant’s rapid expansion in Indianapolis.

Allegiant’s launch of service from Indianapolis next month will be the largest in the company’s history, when it will inaugurate nonstop service to five destinations: Las Vegas, Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Punta Gorda and seasonal service to New Orleans. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood is the carrier’s fourth Florida destination announced from Indianapolis

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-204 N906NV (msn 27236) holds short of the runway at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).

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Hawaiian files to serve the Kona – Tokyo Haneda market

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin daily, nonstop service this summer between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda (HND) and Kona International Airport (KOA) on Hawai’i Island. The airline’s action was prompted by the U.S. DOT’s decision last month to review the public interest served by Delta Air Lines’ Seattle/Tacoma-Tokyo route after Delta reduced its frequency from daily to seasonal.

In its application, Hawai’i’s flagship carrier urged the U.S. DOT to reallocate Delta’s Haneda frequency based on market data, noting that Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu-Tokyo service has been “by far the most, if not only, successful route” of the four Haneda slot pairs granted to U.S. carriers in 2010.

The Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) estimates that the proposed daily service will generate 531,721 visitor days and $146 million in visitor expenditures. Hawaiian Airlines’ application calculates that service directly to Kona will attract 39,000 additional visitors and result in 1,151 new jobs and $65 million in new direct spending.
The application has the full support of Governor David Ige and Hawai’i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi.

If approved, this would be Hawaiian Airlines’ fifth Japan route and third daily nonstop flight between Japan and Hawai’i, joining daily service to Honolulu from Tokyo and Osaka and thrice-weekly service between Honolulu, Sendai and Sapporo. Hawaiian Airlines anticipates it will begin service on or about June 1, 2015, utilizing its fleet of 20 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The departure and arrival times will vary depending on time of year.

In other news, Hawaiian Airlines announced its system-wide traffic statistics for the full year, fourth quarter and the month of December 2014. The airline set a new annual record in its 85-year history with 10,195,145 passengers transported in 2014, 2.6 percent higher than the previous year.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 N381HA (msn 1114) approaches the runway at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

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American Airlines and Interjet announce a codeshare agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has signed a codeshare agreement with Interjet (Mexico City), adding new service to key destinations in Mexico.

The new codeshare arrangement with Interjet will give American Airlines customers seamless connecting service within Mexico. American will codeshare on Interjet flights from Mexico City to five key destinations – Huatulco, Villahermosa, Merida, Tuxtla Gutierrez, and Oaxaca. American and Interjet will submit an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation for regulatory approval of the proposed codeshare cooperation.

Over the past few years Interjet has grown substantially and operates more than 1,800 weekly flights to 38 cities throughout Mexico as well as destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

The new agreement allows AAdvantage® members to earn miles on codeshared flights operated by Interjet.

American has proudly served Mexico for more than 72 years and currently operates up to 115 daily flights to 20 destinations in the country from Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Now repainted, American’s Boeing 737-823 N825NN (msn 31087) arrives at Las Vegas.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Interjet’s Airbus A320-214 XA-JAV (msn 5221) alos arrives in Las Vegas, a shared connection point.

Allegiant Air is coming to New Orleans

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new nonstop service to New Orleans, the carrier’s newest destination. Seasonal service between New Orleans and Cincinnati, Columbus and Indianapolis, and year-round service between Sanford (near Orlando), will begin in early February.

New routes announced include:

Seasonal service to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) from:

1. Cincinnati, Ohio – begins February 4, 2015 through May 5, 2015

2. Columbus, Ohio – begins February 5, 2015 through April 8, 2015

3. Indianapolis – begins February 5, 2015 through May 5, 2015

4. Sanford, Florida – begins February 5, 2015 through August 17, 2015

The new flights will all operate twice weekly.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N874GA (msn 49643) arrives in Las Vegas.

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