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United announces the last Boeing 747 revenue flight

United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N128UA (msn 30023) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 923735.

United Airlines made this announcement:

In celebration of United Airlines retiring the Boeing 747 from its fleet, United flight 747, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from San Francisco to Honolulu will be the airline’s farewell flight to the 747 fleet.

This journey will serve as the ultimate throwback for customers, employees and invited guests as it recreates the first 747 flight operated by United in 1970. From a 1970s-inspired menu to retro uniforms for flight attendants to inflight entertainment befitting of that first flight, passengers will help send the Queen of the Skies off in true style. The original United 747 aircraft that first made this journey from San Francisco to Honolulu was named the “Friend Ship,” the same name bestowed on this farewell flight.

Seats on this special, one-way trip, United flight 747, are available for purchase now at united.com or through the United app. The seats in the upper deck will not be sold, giving all guests the opportunity to spend time in this iconic space.

Customers seated in United Polaris first class and United Polaris business class will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the gate prior to boarding for an opportunity to occupy one of a select number of seats in the upper deck during the flight.

The journey will begin with a gate celebration at 9 a.m. local time at San Francisco International Airport, featuring a Boeing 747 gallery, remarks from United employees and executives, as well as refreshments. The flight will depart San Francisco International Airport at 11 a.m. local time, landing at Honolulu International Airport at 2:45 p.m. local time. Upon landing in Honolulu, local employees will welcome the aircraft with final festivities to close out the historic day. Customers and fans of the Queen of the Skies are encouraged to use the #UA747Farewell hashtag in social media posts.

United and the Boeing 747 through the Years

April 13, 1966: Boeing announces it will build a 490-passenger 747 transport. Construction is set to begin in June on a new plant in Everett, Washington.

January 3, 1967: The first production workers for the 747 program arrive in Everett. The 50,000 who would produce the world’s largest civilian airplane were known as The Incredibles, and they earned the label by bringing the Jumbo Jet dream to reality in only 16 months.

September 30, 1968: The first Boeing 747-100, City of Everett, is rolled out at their Washington plant, painted with the insignias of the 27 airlines that had already ordered the aircraft including United.

February 9, 1969: The Boeing 747-100 makes its first flight.

January 21, 1970: The Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American World Airways.

June 26, 1970: Continental Airlines becomes one of the first carriers to put the Boeing 747 into U.S. domestic service, flying from Chicago to Los Angeles and onward to Honolulu.

June 26, 1970: United Airlines receives its first Boeing 747-100 complete with a christening ceremony fit for a luxury liner.

July 23, 1970: United makes its first Boeing 747 commercial flight, with a trip from San Francisco to Honolulu.

United Airlines Boeing 747-122 N4710U (msn 19755) JFK (Bruce Drum). Image: 101357.

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-122 N4710U (msn 19755) JFK (Bruce Drum). Image: 101357.

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 1972 (4 Star Friendship)

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-122 N4728U (msn 19925) “747 Friend Ship” LAX (Bruce Drum). Image: 103100.

 

January 1977: A modified Boeing 747-100 is delivered to NASA to serve as a carrier vehicle for the Space Shuttle.

April 22, 1985: United announces its plan to acquire Pan Am’s Pacific routes, as well as 11 Boeing 747SP planes. The 747SPs feature a 48-foot-shorter body and fly higher, faster, and farther than standard 747 models.

United Airlines Boeing 747SP-21 N149UA (msn 21649) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 101362.

Above Copyright: United Airlines Boeing 747SP-21 N149UA (msn 21649) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 101362.

January 29-30, 1988: Friendship One, a Boeing 747SP owned by United Airlines, sets the around-the-world air speed record of 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. This special flight raises $500,000 for children’s charities through the Friendship Foundation. Tickets cost a minimum of $5,000, and special guest passengers included astronaut Neil Armstrong, famed test pilots Bob Hoover and Lieutenant General Laurence C. Craigie, and Moya Lear, the widow of Lear Jet founder Bill Lear.

June, 1989: United Airlines receives their first Boeing 747-400 which provides increased range.

United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N117UA (msn 28810) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 920997.

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N117UA (msn 28810) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 920997.

August 23, 1990: The first of two modified Boeing 747-200Bs is delivered to the Air Force for presidential transport. Better known as Air Force One, these planes still serve the president today, having replaced the Boeing 707-320Bs that had served as the presidential aircraft for almost 30 years.

September 1996: A 747SP previously flown by United is transformed into NASA’s SOFIA, or Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, which carries a 17-ton, 8-foot-wide infrared telescope mounted behind an enormous sliding door.

United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N179UA (msn 25158) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 901763.

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N179UA (msn 25158) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 901763.

June 28, 2014: Boeing delivers the 1,500th 747 to come off the production line. The 747 aircraft is the world’s first wide-body airplane in history to reach the 1,500 production units milestone.

January 11, 2017: United announces that it will retire the Boeing 747-400 fleet in the last quarter of 2017.

July 28, 2017: United schedules a special domestic flight from Chicago O’Hare to San Francisco to allow more people to say farewell to the Queen of the Skies.

October 29, 2017: United flies its last international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco.

November 7, 2017: United celebrates the retirement of the Boeing 747 with a fitting full-circle moment. A special retro event sees the aircraft flying from San Francisco to Honolulu—a nod to its first-ever flight back in 1970.

Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 747-422 N128UA (msn 30023) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 923735.

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JetBlue to double the number of flights to Atlanta

Named "Blue Ribbon"

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced the start date for service between Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and three more of the airline’s focus cities. Beginning March 8, 2018, JetBlue will double the number of daily flights in Georgia’s capital city when it adds roundtrip service between Atlanta and:

  • New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – twice daily
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) – twice daily
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO) – once daily

All Atlanta flights will be operated on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

JetBlue first announced its intent to serve these cities last year. The new flights will build on existing nonstop service to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), which launched in March 2017 and operates five times per day.

 

Schedule Between New York (JFK) and Atlanta (ATL)

Beginning March 8, 2018

JFK – ATL Flight #519 ATL – JFK Flight #520
8:09 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
JFK – ATL Flight #719 ATL – JFK Flight #720
2:59 p.m. – 5:39 p.m. 6:20 p.m. – 8:47 p.m.

Schedule Between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Atlanta (ATL)

Beginning March 8, 2018

FLL – ATL Flight #468 ATL – FLL Flight #467
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 8:57 a.m.
FLL – ATL Flight #568 ATL – FLL Flight #567
8:52 p.m. – 10:49 p.m. 2:45 p.m. – 4:47 p.m.

Schedule Between Orlando (MCO) and Atlanta (ATL)

Beginning March 8, 2018

MCO – ATL Flight #1150 ATL – MCO Flight #1153
10:15 a.m. – 11:56 a.m. 12:40 p.m. – 2:11 p.m.

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N779JB (msn 3811) (Mosaic) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 925677.

United announces new flights from Paine Field, Everett, WA

United Airlines Boeing 737-724 WL N14731 (msn 28799) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 908021.

United Airlines (Chicago) made this surprising announcement about new scheduled services from Paine Field in Everett, WA (north of Seattle):

Nearly 80 years after operating the first commercial flight from Paine Field, United Airlines (UAL) has announced it is returning to the airport and will offer customers six daily flights to its hubs in Denver and San Francisco beginning in the fall of 2018.

Originally constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1936 to create jobs and economic growth in the region, the Snohomish County Airport quickly grew and served as an alternate-day landing field and in 1939 United Airlines operated the first commercial flight from the airport. Paine Field has since become the center of Boeing’s production facilities producing many United aircraft including the 747, 767, 777, and the 787 airplanes and employing tens of thousands of employees.

Located just 23 miles north of Seattle, Paine Field is the newest option for the fast growing number of business and leisure travelers from the Northern Seattle, Snohomish and Northern King County areas.

United currently operates 36 flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and its U.S. hubs. North Seattle and Northwest Washington are among the fastest growing areas in the nation and Paine Field will provide an essential and convenient choice for air travel moving forward.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-724 WL N14731 (msn 28799) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 908021.

Southwest announces new international routes, defers its four remaining Boeing 737-800 options in 2018 and converts them to four Boeing 737 MAX 8 options

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 HL N654SW (msn 28399) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 925717.

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced it will begin international service for Indianapolis travelers with new weekly service to Cancun, Mexico as the carrier extends its schedule through April 6, 2018. The new flights between Cancun and Indianapolis will operate seasonally on Saturdays beginning March 10, 2018.

As part of today’s flight schedule extension, the carrier is also offering new international service beginning March 8, 2018 between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Aruba. Additionally, new nonstop service offered daily between Milwaukee and Houston (Hobby) will allow connections to destinations such as Belize, Cancun and Mexico City.

Beginning March 8, 2018, fly nonstop daily between:

Fort Lauderdale and Aruba

for as low as $69 one-way*

Milwaukee and Houston (Hobby)

for as low as $69 one-way*

*Purchase from July 27 through August 3, 2017, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city. Domestic and International travel is valid March 8 through April 6, 2018. Service begins March 8, 2018. Domestic travel is not valid on Fridays and Sundays. International travel is valid Monday through Thursday. 

Southwest begins seasonal weekly service on Saturdays between Detroit and Tampa as well as Omaha and Tampa.

On the financial side, Southwest reported its second quarter 2017 results:

  • Net income of $746 million, diluted earnings per share of $1.23, operating income of $1.25 billion, and operating margin1 of 21.8 percent
  • Excluding special items2, net income of $748 million, diluted earnings per share of $1.24, operating income of $1.21 billion, and operating margin3 of 21.1 percent
  • Second quarter operating cash flow of $746 million and second quarter free cash flow2 of $195 million
  • Returned $476 million to Shareholders through a combination of dividends and share repurchases
  • Return on invested capital (ROIC)2 for 12 months ended June 30, 2017, of 27.5 percent

Gary C. Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are very pleased to report another terrific quarter. As expected, we produced positive unit revenues compared with the strong year-ago performance. We had several notable achievements during second quarter, but the headline was the deployment of our new reservation system on May 9th. It was an historic milestone, the largest technology project in our history, and perhaps, one of the largest ever in the airline industry. The implementation was virtually flawless, although a new system is always challenging for the users. I want to thank all of our People who were involved in the development and deployment. It was superb. And, I want to thank all of our Frontline Employees for their hard work in learning and using their new system. The operations since May 9th have been superb, also. Once again, our Employees showcased their unmatched Hospitality and delivered a reliable product—a truly impressive achievement considering the record number of flights, Customers, and bags. Congratulations to our People and our Shareholders on a strong financial performance, which generated $202 million in profitsharing and $476 million in Shareholder returns.”

Fleet and Capacity

The Company ended second quarter 2017 with 735 aircraft in its fleet. This reflects the second quarter 2017 delivery of 13 new Boeing 737-800s and 5 pre-owned Boeing 737-700s, as well as the retirement of 10 Classic aircraft. During the second quarter, the Company also added three pre-owned 737-700 aircraft to its fleet order book to be delivered this year for 2018 service. Subsequent to June 30, 2017, the Company added one additional pre-owned 737-700 aircraft to its fleet order book to be delivered this year for 2018 service. With the addition of these four pre-owned 737-700 aircraft to its order book, the Company deferred its four remaining 737-800 options in 2018 and converted them to four Boeing 737 MAX 8 options, two in 2021 and two in 2022.

As of July 25, 2017, there were 67 Classic aircraft remaining in the Company’s fleet that it intends to retire by the end of third quarter 2017. Total aircraft, net of all Classic retirements, is expected to decline to 707 by year-end 2017 and grow to 750 aircraft by year-end 2018, as previously announced.

The Company currently expects its third quarter 2017 available seat miles (ASMs) to increase in the four to five percent range and its fourth quarter 2017 ASMs to increase in the one to two percent range, compared with the same year-ago periods. While the Company has not finalized its 2018 capacity plans, it currently estimates year-over-year ASM growth to be less than four percent in the first half of 2018, and its full year 2018 ASM growth to be less than its 2016 year-over-year ASM growth of 5.7 percent. Additional information regarding the Company’s aircraft delivery schedule is included in the accompanying tables.

The Company continues to fine tune its network and introduce new markets that not only strengthen its Customer brand appeal, but also support its revenue and profitability targets. In late April, the Company began international service daily between San Diego and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico. In June, the Company consolidated its Ohio operations and launched service to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The same day, the Company also launched service to Grand Cayman from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Additionally, the Company has announced plans to concentrate its service to Cuba in Havana and will cease operations at Varadero and Santa Clara in September. In November, the Company expects to begin international nonstop service weekly from both Nashville and St. Louis to Cancun (CUN), as well as daily service between Providenciales, Turks & Caicos and FLL beginning in the same month, all subject to requisite governmental approvals. And just this morning, the Company published a flight schedule extension through April 6, 2018, which includes new international service weekly between Indianapolis and CUN that is expected to begin in March 2018 and is also subject to governmental approvals.

Top Copyright Photo: Southwest intends to retire its last Boeing 737-300 by the end of the third quarter. By agreement, the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 will be introduced when the last 737-300 is retired.

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 HL N654SW (msn 28399) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 925717.

 

United Airlines increases service between San Francisco and 18 destinations

Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets

United Airlines (UAL), the leading carrier in the San Francisco Bay Area, has announced it is increasing the number of flights between SFO and eight destinations. Additionally, the airline announced it will convert select regional jet flights to larger mainline aircraft in ten markets. These schedule enhancements build on previously announced new service from SFO to seven U.S. cities beginning June 8.

Adding additional flights between SFO and 8 destinations

City Pair

Increasing
service to

Beginning

Aircraft type

SFO – Seattle (SEA)

10 flights daily

Aug. 1

A320

SFO – Albuquerque (ABQ)

2 flights daily

Aug. 15

EMB-175

SFO – Baltimore (BWI)

2 flights daily

Aug. 15

A319

SFO – Indianapolis (IND)

2 flights daily

Aug. 15

A319

SFO – Kansas City (MCI)

3 flights daily

Aug. 15

EMB-175

SFO – Nashville (BNA)

2 flights daily

Aug. 15

A319

SFO – Philadelphia (PHL)

3 flights daily

Aug. 15

A319

SFO – Portland (PDX)

9 flights daily

Aug. 15

A319

 

Larger aircraft on daily service between SFO and 10 cities

SFO to

Starts

Aircraft

Burbank (BUR)

June 8

B737

Calgary, AB (YYC)

June 8

A320

Dallas (DFW)

June 8

A320

Kansas City (MCI)

June 8

A320

Minneapolis (MSP)

June 8

A320

Palm Springs (PSP)

June 8

B737

Santa Barbara (SBA)

June 8

A319

Bozeman (BZN)

July 1

A320

Sacramento (SMF)

July 1

B737

Fresno (FAT)

Aug. 15

B737

Service to Bozeman, Montana; Kansas City, Missouri; and Calgary, Alberta, are seasonal mainline flights for the summer.

New and expanded service between SFO and 7 cities starting June 8

United previously announced service to new destinations starting June 8. The new routes bring nonstop service to more cities, giving customers more convenient travel options to some of the country’s largest cities and beyond.

SFO to

Starts

Schedule

Aircraft

Cincinnati (CVG)

June 8

Year-round, daily

A320

Detroit (DTW)

June 8

Year-round, daily

A320

Hartford (BDL)

June 8

Seasonal, daily
through Sept. 5

B737

New Orleans (MSY)

June 8

Adding summer
service and expanding
to year-round, daily

B737

Santa Rosa (STS)

June 8

Year-round, daily

CRJ

Spokane (GEG)

June 8

Year-round, daily

E175

Kalispell (FCA)

July 1

Seasonal, daily
through Sept. 5

CRJ

United has approximately 300 daily departures to nearly 100 destinations from San Francisco, more than any other carrier in the Bay Area.

New trans-Atlantic service

Earlier this year, United announced new service to 31 destinations across the U.S. and Europe, including new seasonal service between San Francisco and Germany. Starting May 24, for the first time ever, United will launch nonstop, seasonal service between San Francisco and Munich (MUC). The route will be operated with one of the most advanced passenger airplanes, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which delivers unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions.

From San Francisco, United offers year-round, nonstop trans-Atlantic service to destinations including, Frankfurt (FRA), London (LHR), Paris (CDG) and Tel Aviv (TLV).

There is no change to United’s full-year 2017 capacity guidance.

San Francisco International Airport, United’s gateway to the Asia Pacific

United flies nonstop to more destinations in Asia than any other U.S. carrier from San Francisco International Airport, United’s gateway to the Asia Pacific. The airline provides U.S. travelers with convenient access to some of the most dynamic cities throughout Asia and gives travelers access via San Francisco for onward convenient connections to destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-824 SSWL N73259 (msn 30803) (Split Scimitar Winglets) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 922829.

WestJet announces two new routes

WestJet announces two new routes

WestJet has announced new flights from Edmonton, AB, to Hamilton, ON, and Winnipeg, MB, to Kelowna, BC. Flights are available for sale as of Monday June 27, 2016 , with service commencing July 28, 2016.

WestJet also announced enhanced schedules between Vancouver and Winnipeg, and Edmonton and Vancouver. Starting July 28 through September 6, 2016, flights operating between Vancouver and Winnipeg will operate 24 times weekly. Flights between Edmonton and Vancouver will operate 54 times weekly. These new flights offer greater flexibility and more options during the peak summer travel period.

Flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT WL C-GJWS (msn 34152) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 903098.

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Fiji Airways arrives in San Francisco

Fiji Airways Inaugural Flight Lands at SFO (PRNewsFoto/Fiji Airways)

Fiji Airways Inaugural Flight Lands at SFO (PRNewsFoto/Fiji Airways)

Fiji Airways’ new Airbus A330-200 aircraft landed at San Francisco (SFO) on June 16 and took off for the first time that night, marking the start of the airline’s new seasonal nonstop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Fiji.

Fiji’s National Carrier will offer twice-weekly nonstop services from San Francisco to Nadi, Fiji until August 14th, 2016 and again during the holidays, in December 2016 and January 2017. The flights will operate from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Fiji (NAN) on Thursdays and Sundays.

Photo: Fiji Airways.

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