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FedEx and its pilots reach a tentative agreement

FedEx Express (Memphis) and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The tentative agreement is subject to a final ratification vote of its members. ALPA issued this statement:

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On Wednesday, August 19, FedEx pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), reached a tentative agreement (TA) with FedEx management on an amended collective bargaining agreement. The parties have been actively negotiating since 2011. Discussions started in 2011 under a special interim discussions agreement that had originally been made by both parties to assist in narrowing the field of open items in order to conclude formal bargaining in a timely manner. Formal bargaining began in January 2013 when Section 6 openers were exchanged with management. On October 31, 2014, FedEx management filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), and negotiations have been conducted under NMB guidance.

The new agreement is subject to review and finalization of contract language. Terms of the tentative agreement are not being released, as they first must be reviewed and approved by the FedEx ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC). If approved by the FedEx MEC leadership, the TA will be subject to a ratification vote of over 4,000 FedEx pilots. If ratified, the contract would become amendable in 2021.

Copyright Photo: Paul Ferry/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-236 (F) N915FD (msn 24120) departs from Luton Airport near London.

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Wizz Air to fly to Iceland from Poland

Wizz Air (Budapest) has announced further growth of its route network from Poland. From July 3, 2015 Wizz Air will start operating a new service from Gdansk to Keflavik (near Reykjavik) in Iceland, with two weekly flights.

Wizz Air now offers a total of 116 Polish routes to 22 countries from seven Polish airports.

In other news, Wizz Air has announced twice-weekly service from Budapest to Tenerife, starting on October 30 with departures on Mondays on Fridays.

Wizz Air now flies from Budapest Airport with 41 routes to 21 countries.

Finally, Wizz Air announced a new Debrecen route to Bergamo (near Milan) which will start operating with two weekly flights on October 25.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 HA-LYA (msn 6077) with Sharklets lands in London (Luton).

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La Compagnie today starts London – New York area flights

La Compagnie (Paris-CDG) today enters the very competitive London – New York area market. The French boutique upscale carrier commences Boeing 757-200 services today between Luton Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport with Boeing 757-256 F-HTAG (msn 29307).

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by La Compagnie). Former Thomson Airways Boeing 757-204 F-HCIE (msn 27208, ex G-BYAT) remains at Southend as it is prepared for service.

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Atlasjet Airlines fully rebrands as AtlasGlobal Airlines

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Atlasjet Airlines (Istanbul) has now fully changed its name to AtlasGlobal Airlines.

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Copyright Photo: James Mepsted. Although this new look was introduced in late 2014 on the pictured Airbus A321-131 TC-ETN (msn 614), the complete change has not taken place until now.

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VLM expands again with new routes, from Ireland to Italy

VLM Airlines (Antwerp) is expanding again. As previously reported, the carrier will start Rotterdam-Hamburg flights on April 13 and Antwerp-Hamburg service on April 20.

This will now be followed on April 27 with new routes from Birmingham and London (Luton) to Waterford, Ireland.

Starting on May 1 the newly revitalized airline will add four new routes from Liege, namely to Avignon, Bologna, Nice and Venice.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 (Fokker 50) OO-VLX (msn 20177) sits at Rotterdam between flights.

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La Compagnie to add a new route from London Luton to Newark

La Compagnie (Paris) has announced it will add the London (Luton) – Newark route on April 24. The new route will be operated four days a week with its 74-seat business class Boeing 757-200s.

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Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-256 F-HTAG (msn 29307) taxies at Paris (CDG>

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Blue Air establishes a new base at Larnaca in the wake of the Cyprus Airways demise

Blue Air (Bucharest) is opening a new operational base in Cyprus and will start operating daily flights Larnaca to Athens and thrice-weekly flights to Thessaloniki. Blue Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 YR-BAR (msn 25371) is pictured at Luton Airport near London.

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The new routes:

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Current routes from Bucharest:

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Arke to bring the Boeing 787 to Toronto next summer

Arke (formerly Arkefly) (Amsterdam) will introduce the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the Amsterdam – Toronto (Pearson) route starting on June 27, 2015. The new type will replace a Boeing 767-300 and will operate twice-weekly until September 2, 2015 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Arke’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner PH-TFK (msn 36427) lands at Luton Airport near London.

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EasyJet to expand its presence at its London’s Luton Airport home, unveils the new Tartan livery at Inverness

EasyJet (UK) (London-Luton) has agreed a new 10 year deal with London Luton Airport which could see the airline more than double its size at the airport from four to nine million passengers a year. The expansion would also see the creation of 2,500 new jobs at the airport – the UK’s sixth largest – and in the surrounding region.

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EasyJet has 15 aircraft based at London Luton, its second largest London base, and plans to grow its capacity by around 20% over the next year – adding new business and leisure routes and increasing frequencies on some of its existing 39 routes from London Luton.

EasyJet is the largest airline operating from London Luton with 1,600 staff employed locally and 39 destinations served.

EasyJet first launched flights from London Luton Airport with one aircraft in 1995 and the airport remains the home of the airline with its headquarters based there.

London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried 9.7 million passengers in 2013, departing to over 100 destinations. The Airport directly and indirectly employs over 600 and 8,000 staff respectively and is a key economic driver for the region.

Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by EasyJet). Airbus A319-111 G-EZBF (msn 2923) in the Tartan design prepares to depart from Gatwick Airport on the south side of London.

The airline issued this statement about G-EZBF:

EasyJet today (March 31) celebrated the launch of new early morning flights between Inverness and London Gatwick by unveiling a special edition tartan plane and EasyJet tartan kilts.

EasyJet (UK) A319-100 G-EZBF (14-Tartan)(Ceremony)(EasyJet)(LR)

EasyJet was joined by Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP and Highlands MP Danny Alexander as well as representatives from Visit Scotland, Scottish Council for Development and Industry and the Inverness Chamber of Commerce .

These services not only secure the long term future of air links between the Highlands and London following Flybe’s decision to exit the route but will also help to keep businesses in the Highlands connected to London.

EasyJet (UK) A319-100 G-EZBF (14-Tartan)(Ceremony-1)(EasyJet)(LR)

To mark the occasion easyJet created the ‘Highland aircraft’ tartan which is the first to be registered to an airline since records started in 2008 and one of the most prominent orange designs available. The easyJet tartan also features on a special edition Airbus A319 aircraft – named ‘Inverness’ – which will operate on easyJet routes across Europe to help promote the Highlands as a tourism destination.

The new Inverness to Gatwick flights will be followed by four new easyJet routes launching this spring – Herakilon and Bodrum from Edinburgh and Spilt and Kos from Glasgow. In total EasyJet expects to carry over 5.3 million passengers on Scottish flights this year ensuring it remains Scotland’s largest airline.

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Monarch Airlines to start London Luton-Antalya flights on March 30

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) will begin offering twice-weekly Airbus A321 service from London (Luton) to Antalya starting on March 30 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 G-ZBAE (msn 5606) with Sharklets arrives at Tenerife Sur.

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