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American expands Embraer 175 operations from Los Angeles

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is adding four additional Embraer ERJ 175 American Eagle routes from Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles – Austin will be started on May 7 along with Los Angeles – San Antonio. Additionally on June 4, the Los Angeles – Edmonton and Los Angeles – Vancouver routes will also be added per Airline Route.

In other news, American Airlines and US Airways hope to receive a single operating certificate (SOC) in early April from the FAA completing the merger process. US Airways meanwhile has started using the “American” call sign, retiring the former “Cactus” (America West) call sign. The end of US Airways is near.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Republic Airlines’ “Brickyard 4231” arrives from Jacksonville at Miami International Airport (MIA).

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American to add four new domestic destinations from the Miami hub on March 5, starts Cap-Haitien service today

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will launch new service between its Miami hub and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Kansas City International Airport (MCI), Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and San Antonio International Airport (SAT) on March 5, 2015.

With these new routes, American will serve more than 130 domestic and international destinations from its Miami hub, providing customers ideal connections to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

These new routes will be served with Boeing 737-800 aircraft and will operate on the following daily schedule (all times local):

MIA-AUS

Departs AUS at 6:10 a.m. CT
Arrives at MIA at 9:58 a.m. ET

Departs MIA at 7:50 p.m. ET
Arrives at AUS at 9:58 p.m. CT

MIA-MCI

Departs MCI at 6 a.m. CT
Arrives at MIA at 10:09 a.m. ET

Departs MIA at 7:55 p.m. ET
Arrives at MCI at 10:05 p.m. CT

MIA-SLC

Departs SLC at 12:59 a.m. MT
Arrives at MIA at 7:50 a.m. ET

Departs MIA at 7:55 p.m. ET
Arrives at SLC at 11:11 p.m. MT

MIA-SAT

Departs SAT at 6:10 a.m. CT
Arrives at MIA at 10:03 a.m. ET

Departs MIA at 7:50 p.m. ET
Arrives at SAT at 9:58 p.m. CT

American begins new daily service today (October 2) between Miami and Cap-Haitien, Haiti (CAP), adding a new international destination to the airline’s network. The new route supplements American’s long-standing service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N965AN (msn 29544) departs from the Miami hub.

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Delta to restore Los Angeles-Dallas/Fort Worth flights on November 3 via Compass Airlines

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has confirmed it will launch twice-daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to San Antonio, Texas, beginning on April 7, 2015 as previously reported. The San Antonio service complements Delta’s daily service from Los Angeles to Dallas/Fort Worth, which relaunches on November 3, and the addition of a third daily flight between Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, beginning on November 2. All flights are operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul).

With the addition of San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth service, Delta customers will have access to nine daily departures to three destinations between Los Angeles and Texas, including:

Four daily flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Three daily flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Two daily flights to San Antonio International Airport

In the last year, Delta has significantly expanded its network from LAX, adding service to Austin; Boise, Idaho; and San Salvador, El Salvador; increasing the number of flights from destinations it already serves; and expanding to year-round service in Boston. Delta will also launch service from LA to Monterrey, Mexico, in November. Last fall, Delta expanded its service from Los Angeles to San Francisco with the launch of its hourly, nonstop Delta Shuttle product. In October, Delta will launch international service from LAX to London-Heathrow as part of its joint venture partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways. Service to Austin, Boise, Monterrey and San Francisco is operated by Delta Connection carriers Compass Airlines and SkyWest Airlines.

Delta has also made significant enhancements to its Los Angeles service both on the ground and in the air in the past few years. Travelers through Los Angeles will enjoy the benefits of the $229 million expansion and enhancement of Terminal 5 at LAX. The current project will double the size of the ticketing lobby and screening checkpoints and open an exclusive Sky Priority lobby and checkpoint. It also will include renovations to the Delta Sky Club and new baggage carousels. The project is scheduled to take place in several phases, with the west lobby to be completed in November.

Delta currently operates 140 peak-day departures to 47 destinations from LAX, and every flight offers BusinessElite/First Class and Economy Comfort seating. Nearly every domestic flight features Wi-Fi service, and Delta now offers customers free entertainment from every seat out of LA through its new Delta Studio product.

Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. In this unusual view, Compass Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N620CZ (msn 17000214) taxies at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Southwest to drop three Caribbean routes from Atlanta

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) effective March 1, 2015 will drop two weekly international routes from Atlanta; Aruba and Montego Bay. The company will also drop the Atlanta-San Juan route on March 7, 2015 per Airline Route.

Effective on March 7, 2015 Southwest will add weekly San Antonio-New Orleans service.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7H4 N436WN (msn 32456) departs from New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

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American to open four new routes from Los Angeles

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will continue expanding its domestic and international service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), further strengthening one of its key hubs and providing more access for customers across its growing global network. New service between Los Angeles and the following markets will be available for booking beginning this Saturday, June 21.

Edmonton, Alberta operated daily, beginning October 2
San Antonio operated twice daily, beginning October 2
Tampa, Florida operated daily, beginning November 6
Vancouver, British Columbia operated twice daily, beginning October 2

Service between LAX and Edmonton, San Antonio and Vancouver will be operated as US Airways Express with a two-class Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The new route between LAX and Tampa will be operated by American Airlines with a two-class Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

With these new markets, American will serve 53 domestic and international destinations from its LAX hub. Customers have access to even more global destinations through partners British Airways, Iberia, Qantas, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and LAN, all of which offer convenient connections from Los Angeles.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N980AN (msn 33203) departs the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Prop It Up: Trans-Texas Airways Route Proving Run

Guest Editor Dave Nichols

Trans – Texas Airways Route Proving Run

By Dave Nichols

Trans-Texas Airways was one of the original Local Service Airlines, like Allegheny, Ozark, and Southern.  On October 10, 1947, TTA was the proud owner of five ex-American Airlines DC-3s, 16 pilots and some five stewards.  This was one day away from starting revenue passenger services and it dawned on the executives that they hadn’t done a proving run.  The airline had only two routes in the beginning.  The southern run was Houston-Hobby, Victoria, San Antonio ending at San Angelo.  The northern schedule went from Houston to Palestine, Dallas-Love, Fort Worth-Meachem, Brownwood and terminating in San Angelo.  All stops were in Texas.  So, Manager of Flight Operations, Hank Erdmann, rounded up all the pilots and a young woman from the executive office to act as a surrogate stewardess and they prepared to tackle the northern route for a day.  No federal inspectors were on board, which would prove to be fortuitous.

The captains and co-pilots had developed camaraderie of sorts but had little experience flying together as a crew.  No cockpit management system existed; they used the checklists together and the first officer tried to learn the captain’s ways of doing things.  The left seater did most of the flying.  The first crew selected to jump in the frying pan was Captain Bob Quin and co-pilot Bob Barrett.  The cockpit door was to remain open.  DC-3 N33654 (msn 4117) was selected.  She was a good airplane with the name La Gansa (The Goose) written on the nose.   N33654 departed from Hobby and headed north under Visual Flight Rules, 150 miles to Palestine.  The pilots had never been there and couldn’t even pronounce the name correctly:  “Pal-es-teen’.”  There were no nav aids near the airport.  Captain Quin came up on the town too high and too fast.  Unable to get in the groove, he called for gear and flaps up and made a go-around.  The catcalls and heckling began in earnest from the cabin, and it continued around the traffic pattern.

Once parked at the tiny wooden terminal, the pilots were changed out.  Bill Moore and Bob Saner took over for the 100-mile leg to Dallas.  They had not flown together before.  The flight was routine until touchdown at Love Field.  Captain Moore had his own technique of raising the flaps as soon as the main tires struck the concrete.  His call of “flaps up” startled the co-pilot, diverting Moore’s attention from the landing.  The DC-3 took a good bounce.  Co-pilot Bob then reacted to the command and raised the flaps, just as the airplane was at the apex of the bounce.  Up came the flaps and down came The Goose.  The flight ops chief roared:  “Enough of this crap, only Hassler and Richards (the #1 and #2 seniority captains) will fly the right seat to keep you idiot captains in check.”  This tactic would not be enough.

Bud Downes flew to Fort Worth.  He was the resident DC-3 wizard and everything went soothingly well.  It was to be the only perfect leg of the day.  Pappy Jensen commanded The Goose southwestward to Brownwood.  He had plenty of flying time – in C-46s.  Those airplanes weren’t content to stay in trim so Pappy had become accustomed to let the airplane wander a bit.  The Goose’s left wing would droop for a few minutes, then Pappy would respond and pick it back up.  After 30 minutes of this, crewmembers moaned from the cabin:  “For God’s sake, Pappy, raise the left wing!”  Then Jenson would jerk it level but the wing was predestined to slowly drop down again, unheeded.

After the central Texas stop at Brownwood, came the 80-mile hop to San Angelo, which was at the end of the TTA system.  Bobby Carle, who drew the honors, had only minimum time in a DC-3, being a B-24 pilot.  On landing, he was a tad hot over the fence and the aircraft floated teasingly above the runway.  Then the inevitable bounce, followed by Carle’s nudging of the throttles, which resulted in more bouncing.  This was repeated liberally.  The gallery sitting behind yelled in unison for him to pull the power off, put the yoke in his belly and let the darn thing die.  It was kismet that San Angelo had a long runway.

After a lunch break and a scolding from the boss for everyone to stop pestering the stewardess, T.K. Lee flew the group back to Brownwood.  Like several of his B-24 brethren, he found himself too high on the approach to runway 13, which was only 4,600 feet long.  Not wanting to endure the jeers that would surely come like darts, he elected to land.  He pushed the nose down until she trembled.  The landing was long.  When the mains were planted, T.K. mashed the brakes and put the yoke in his lap to keep the nose from going over the top.  Smoking brake pads wafted into the cabin.  With tires screeching and brakes squealing like hogs at feeding time, the sweet old Goose stopped right at the very end of the runway.  However, the tail was still in the air.  Suddenly, having reached zero inertia, the tail came plummeting down like a broken elevator cab.  There was a tremendous jolt.  All that was heard in the cabin were 18 people exhaling in unison.  A lone voice carried forward:  “I am surrounded by idiots.”

Bob Barrett summarized that day with this sage sentence: “The contrast between the brash young men who elbowed their way into the Goose that morning, grabbing at that poor little girl and hurling nasty remarks up to the cockpit, and the somber and humbled men who filed slowly off the DC-3 that evening back in Houston was amazing.”  Their thought process and maturity had taken a quantum leap.

They had an airline to start the next morning.

Addendum:  Of the 16 original Trans-Texas pilots, 12 made it a full career with TTA and later the renamed Texas International.  From DC-3s, Convair 240s and 600s, and the DC-9-10, these TTA “gray beards” retired off the DC-9-32.

Route Map of Trans-Texas Airways on November 1, 1949 (courtesy of Airline Timetable Images):

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Top Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship Douglas DC-3A N18121 (msn 1997) rests at San Antonio between flights.

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Dave always likes to hear from his readers. Write Dave Nichols at propitupblog@gmail.com

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Mexicana, Mexicana Click and Mexicana Link all shut down


Nuevo Grupo Aeronáutico, S.A. de C.V. (“Grupo Mexicana”) (Mexico City) announced that as a result of the group’s delicate financial situation when it changed owners a week ago, compounded by failure to reach agreements that would allow for the capitalization of its three airlines, Mexicana Airlines, Mexicana Click and Mexicana Link flights suspended all operations until further notice as of midday (12:00 p.m.) on Saturday, August 28, 2010.

Among the factors that have contributed to this announcement are:

1. Grupo Mexicana’s fragile financial situation, which has deteriorated further over the last four weeks due to the previous management’s decision to suspend ticket sales, forcing the company to continue operating in the interests of passengers without receiving any revenue.

2. No substantial agreements were reached to give companies in the Group long-term viability.

3. Lack of effectiveness in the insolvency (Concurso Mercantil) process intended to protect additional financial resources available to the company so it could to continue operating.

4. Given the uncertainty of the situation, certain suppliers have begun demanding advanced payment of services that are essential to the airlines’ operations.

Compañía Mexicana de Aviación, S.A. de C.V., commonly known as Mexicana, was the first airline ever established in Mexico.

The company was established on July 12, 1921, by American residents in Mexico, L.A. Winship and Harry J. Lawson when the Compañía Mexicana de Transportación Aérea, S.A. (literally: “Mexican Company of Air Transport”), (CMTA) was awarded the Mexico City to Tampico route by the Mexican government. The purpose was to transport wages to the oil fields near Tampico, on the Gulf of Mexico. Mexicana’s first aircraft type was the Lincoln Standard, a two-seat biplane, starting operations with two airplanes of the type.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Delgado. Historic Photo: De Havilland Comet 4C XA-NAS (msn 6425) taxies past the camera at San Antonio.