French Blue Airlines (Paris-Orly) announced on January 30, 2018 it was changing its name to French Bee to avoid any name conflict with JetBlue Airways.
French Bee has now announced it will now start the Paris (Orly) – San Francisco – Papeete (Tahiti) route on May 11, 2018 after receiving DOT approval. The new route will operate two days a week with Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
Copyright Photo: French blue (Air Caraïbes) Airbus A350-941 F-HREU (msn 005) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 939208.
LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) will operate the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the weekly Santiago-Easter Island-Papeete (Tahiti) route starting on September 21 per Airline Route.
On the financial side, LATAM Airlines Group reported operating income of $267 million for the fourth quarter 2014 and $513 million for 2014. Net income reached $98.3 million in fourth quarter 2014, compared to a net loss of $46.1 million in fourth quarter of 2013. LATAM reported a net loss of $109.8 million for full year 2014, compared to a net loss of $281.1 million in 2013. These results include foreign exchange losses of $130.2 million in 2014 and $482.2 million in 2013 mainly resulting from the devaluation of the Brazilian real. In addition, this result includes the recognition of a $112 million provision during the first quarter of 2014 related to estimated penalties for anticipated aircraft redeliveries as a result of our fleet restructuring process.