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Alaska Airlines to expand its relationship with SkyWest Airlines with new Embraer 175s and three new cities

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) announced today it is expanding its partnership with SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) with the addition of three new destinations from Alaska’s Northwest hubs. Flying on new Embraer ERJ 175 jets (a new type in Alaska colors), Alaska will begin offering daily nonstop service starting on July 1, 2015 between Seattle/Tacoma and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Seattle/Tacoma and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Portland, Oregon and St. Louis.

The 76-seat E175 jet will feature 12 seats in first class and 64 in coach, and boasts cabin dimensions on par with a Boeing 737. Onboard amenities include Wi-Fi Internet access, streaming inflight entertainment and 110 volt power in every first class seat. Food and beverage will include hot meals and picnic packs for purchase, in addition to Northwest microbrews and wine.

SkyWest has purchased seven Embraer E175 aircraft to fly on behalf of Alaska under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA). The first three aircraft will arrive in the summer of 2015, and the remaining four will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016.

SkyWest operates for Alaska Airlines as Alaska SkyWest.

Alaska 11.2014 New Service

“The E175 is new for the Alaska brand and fills a specific need to serve ‘long, thin routes’ – destinations that are too distant for our regional aircraft, but currently don’t have enough customer demand to fill a mainline jet,” said Andrew Harrison, senior vice president of planning and revenue management for Alaska Airlines. “The smaller, but spacious, E175 jet will not only open up new cities, but provide feed traffic to our Northwest hubs, while giving customers a comfortable experience on these longer flights.”

Today, SkyWest flies 40 flights a day between 14 cities for Alaska Airlines and by August 2016, that will increase to 52 flights a day to 17 cities.

Alaska Airlines has been growing its Seattle/Tacoma hub, this year launching service to six new cities which include Albuquerque, Baltimore/Washington, Cancun, Detroit, New Orleans and Tampa. With the addition of these new SkyWest-operated flights, next summer Alaska will offer 298 peak-day departures to 81 destinations from Seattle/Tacoma – three times any other carrier. From Portland, starting in July Alaska Airlines will offer 125 peak-day departures to 44 destinations – more than any other carrier.

In related news, SkyWest confirmed its order for seven Embraer 175s with this announcement:

SkyWest, Inc. and Embraer have confirmed a firm order for seven E175 jets. The aircraft will be flown by SkyWest Airlines under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Alaska Airlines. The value of the firm order, which will be included in Embraer’s 2014 fourth-quarter backlog, is estimated at $301 million, based on 2014 list prices.

These aircraft are part of SkyWest’s previous order for 100 (40 firm and 60 reconfirmable), E175 current generation E-Jets – with an additional 100 options – placed in May 2013, taking the firm order number to a total of 47. The E175s for Alaska Airlines will be configured with 76 seats including 12 First Class seats. Deliveries are schedule to begin in the second semester of 2015.

SkyWest Airlines operates a fleet of approximately 15 E175 and 39 EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft. ExpressJet Airlines operates 226 aircraft of the ERJ 145 family and is the largest ERJ operator in the world.

In a separate deal with Embraer, announced in June of 2013, SkyWest became the launch customer of the E175-E2, ordering 100 aircraft with 100 additional options, for deliveries beginning in 2020.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines currently operates 10 Bombardier CRJ900s (CL-600-2C10s) including the pictured N223AG (msn 10010) arriving at Long Beach.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

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Boeing to bring 777X work home domestically to St. Louis, Missouri

Boeing 777X (Boeing)(LR)

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) has announced it will produce 777X parts at its site in St. Louis, Missouri, bringing back inside the company work that is currently performed at suppliers or performed overseas for the current 777 program.

The design for these parts will be done in St. Louis, Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA) and other Boeing sites.

The parts built by the St. Louis team will support 777X work at the composite wing center in Everett, Washington, home of the 777X program. The new composite wing center is currently under construction and will be more than 1 million square feet.

Earlier this year, Boeing selected its Everett, Washington site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program. In this wing center, Boeing will perform fabrication and assembly of the 777X’s composite wing. Additionally, Boeing will perform final assembly of the 777X in Everett.

To accommodate this production work, Boeing will expand its current St. Louis composites facility, which will begin producing parts for the 777X program in 2017.

The 777X builds on today’s passenger-preferred, market-leading 777 and offers more market coverage and revenue capability than the competition. First delivery is targeted for 2020.

Image: Boeing. The proposed 777X-9.

Frontier Airlines announces 10 new routes

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) today announced it will expand its network with 10 new routes to warm and sunny destinations from Trenton, Washington, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta and Denver.

Following is the schedule for Frontier’s new nonstop service:

Denver-West Palm Beach (starts October 26) (4 days a week) A319

Washington (Dulles) – West Palm Beach (starts November 21) (4 days a week) A320

Washington (Dulles) – Cancun (starts November 22) (weekly) A320

St. Louis – Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood (starts January 8) (3 days a week) A319

St. Louis – Orlando (starts December 21) (3 days a week) A319

Milwaukee- Orlando (starts January 7) (3 days a week) A320

Milwaukee- Ft. Myers (starts January 8) (3 days a week) A320

Chicago (O’Hare) – Orlando (starts December 20) (daily) A320

Atlanta – Orlando (starts December 14) (5 days a week) A319

Trenton – West Palm Beach (starts November 21) (3 days a week) A319

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N208FR (msn 4562) with Charlie, the cougar, arrives at Washington (Reagan National).

Frontier Airlines: AG Slide Show

Updated Route Map:

Frontier (2nd) 8.2014 Route Map


Frontier Airlines to introduce St. Louis-Fort Myers flights on October 3

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is planning to introduce a new route connecting St. Louis with Fort Myers, Florida starting on October 3, initially with two flights a week per Airline Route. This will be bumped up to three flights a week from November 17. The new route will be operated with Airbus A319s.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 N918FR (msn 1943) taxies at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with Jake, the whitetail deer, on the tail.

Frontier Airlines: AG Slide Show

United expands Embraer 175 operations

United Express ERJ 175s (United)(LRW)

United Airlines (Chicago) will add additional Embraer 175 flights from the San Francisco hub in the fall. In addition to the previously-reported routes, United will add United Express service from SFO with the new E175 flights to Boise (starting on September 30), Calgary (September 21), Dallas/Fort Worth (October 26), Kansas City (October 26), St. Louis (September 20) and Salt Lake City (October 26) per Airline Route.

The SFO flights are expected to be operated by SkyWest Airlines.

SkyWest Airlines operated its E175 inaugural flight, operating as United Express, from Chicago O’Hare to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 17. According to SkyWest, “the milestone represented a tremendous amount of preparation and hard work by many SkyWest employees during the last 15 months.”

Within the next two years, SkyWest will take delivery of 40 new E175s that will operate under an agreement with United Airlines.

According to the airline, “the E175 is the fifth aircraft type in SkyWest’s current fleet, and from full-sized cargo-bins to larger aisles and seats, it’s filled with enhanced features that will help ensure every passenger enjoys a comfortable, convenient flight.”

From Houston, E175 service on flights between the hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Atlanta and New Orleans begins on June 15, and between Houston and Austin starting on June 16. United also launched E175 service between Chicago O’Hare and Minneapolis/St. Paul on June 5; between Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta beginning on June 15; and between Chicago O’Hare and New York LaGuardia beginning on June 23.

United Express carrier Mesa Airlines will operate the flights between Houston and Atlanta, Austin and New Orleans. United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines will operate the flights between Chicago and Atlanta, New York LaGuardia and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines.



Frontier Airlines to expand operations at St. Louis with new routes to San Francisco, Trenton and Portland

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) today announced it will be expanding service from St. Louis with the addition of nonstop service to San Francisco, California (SFO) (three flights per week) and Trenton, New Jersey (TTN) (three flights per week) beginning on June 13, 2014, and Portland, Oregon (PDX) (three flights per week) beginning on June 15, 2014.

When service starts, Frontier Airlines will offer nonstop service from St. Louis to a total of 10 destinations. Through its partnership with Apple Vacations, Frontier offers service to Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Huatulco, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Domestically, nonstop service is available to Denver, Portland, San Francisco and Trenton. 

Additionally, besides the new St. Louis route, Frontier will expand its service at Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN), in Ewing, New Jersey, with the addition of nonstop service to Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE) and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (MSP) beginning on June 13, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N205FR (msn 4253) with “Ozzie” the orca whale, arrives in Los Angeles.

Frontier Airlines: AG Slide Show

The Timetable Chronicles: Ozark Air Lines (Part 1)

Today I again have the privilege to introduce a new Guest Editor to the World Airline News. My friend David Keller has joined the team joining Dave NicholsJoel Chusid and Jay Selman.

David’s columns will look at the colorful histories of the world airlines. Today, the first article features Ozark Air Lines, the historic airline that was based in “David’s backyard”. We will bring each airline “back to life again” with period photos, timetables, route maps and logos.

David grew up (and he has basically lived his entire life) in the shadow of Lambert/St. Louis International Airport.  David received his first airline timetable “by accident” almost 40 years ago.  David was calling the airlines to request photos, but Allegheny sent him a timetable instead.  David couldn’t get enough of it, and started calling every airline with a toll-free number to request timetables!

David now has a collection that numbers over 10,000 unique timetables, plus smaller collections of postcards, playing cards, ticket jackets and various other airline-related collectibles.

David also writes articles for the quarterly Captain’s Log publication of the World Airline Historical Society.

David is also the owner of Airlinetimetables.com, an unique on-line source for historic and current timetables.

Guest Editor David Keller

Guest Editor David Keller

The Timetable Chronicles: The World of Airline Timetable Collecting

Ozark Air Lines (Part 1)

At the conclusion of World War II, the U.S. government proceeded with a plan to create a second level of air carriers, which would generally become known as “feeder” or “local” service airlines.  This was designed primarily to further develop the air transportation system by bringing service to additional communities across the country.  Part of the equation for was government subsidies to promote this service, as most of these additional destinations could not be served profitably without such assistance.  One of those carriers was Ozark Airlines, which was the last local service carrier to gain a certificate in the years after the war.  (Several commuter airlines were elevated to local service status in the 1970’s.)

Ozark began life as an intrastate carrier in 1945, operating flights from a base in Springfield, Missouri to Kansas City, St. Louis, and several smaller stations.  The timetable dated September 15, 1945 (below) shows what appears to be a single aircraft operating 10 daily segments within Missouri.

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Ozark’s ultimate goal was to be awarded an operating certificate to provide local airline service to communities in the Midwest.  However, that award actually went to Parks Air Lines, which had been set up by Parks College in the eastern suburbs of St. Louis.  Parks issued several timetables during the summer of 1950, including an August 1, 1950 timetable (below).  This issue depicts the carrier’s DC-3 (dubbed “LocaLiners”) and a “Grain Belt Route” slogan.

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However, Parks Air Lines encountered difficulties getting service started, and to the best of my knowledge, never flew any revenue flights under the local carrier certificate.  The certificate and aircraft ended up with Ozark Air Lines, fulfilling the carrier’s desire to become a local service airline.  The timetable dated September 26, 1950 (below) shows Ozark’s initial service, and also reveals that much was held over from Parks; flight times, fares, phone numbers, even the typeface used was unchanged.

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Copyright Photo Above: Ton Jochems. A restoration of an Ozark Air Lines Douglas DC-3 keeps the Ozark memories alive today.

As with many of the local carriers, Ozark rapidly expanded as its certificate would allow.  By the mid-1950’s, Ozark was operating to 28 destinations in 8 midwestern states, as depicted on this January 2, 1955 timetable.

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By the mid- to late-1950’s, the local service airlines were contemplating larger equipment to supplement their DC-3 fleets.  Generally speaking, these airlines followed one (or more) of three paths to acquire larger aircraft; purchase new F-27’s from Fairchild, acquire Convair 240/340/440’s on the secondhand market, or similarly procure used Martin 202/404’s.  Ozark was something of an anomaly, in that the carrier actually exercised all three options.

Ozark’s first post-DC-3 type was the F-27, and the timetable dated January 4, 1960 (below) is the first to show the type in service.  (Internet sources put the first F-27 service as September 27, 1959, but the timetables for late October and December 1 both advertise the F-27 as “Coming Soon” and indicate that all flights were being operated by DC-3’s  Earlier issues did suggest a planned September start date for the F-27, but it appears that was postponed.)  This issue shows further expansion of the airline’s route network (particularly in Iowa) and jet-prop service to 11 destinations.

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Above Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection. Convair 240-4 N2400Z waits for its next assignment at St. Louis.

Used aircraft were less expensive than new F-27’s, so Ozark picked up a small number of used Convair 240’s.  Being older and slower than the F-27’s, the Convairs received little mention.  The timetable dated August 13, 1962 (below) is the first to show the 240 in service, operating between St. Louis and Chicago via intermediate stations in Illinois.

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A few short years later, an equipment swap with Mohawk Airlines saw the Convairs leave Ozark’s fleet, to be replaced by Martin 404’s.  This allowed Mohawk to operate a standardized Convair fleet, while Ozark gained by getting a larger number of Martins to expand operations.  The timetables indicate no “overlap” of the two types, with the Martins taking over the 200-series flights previously operated by the Convairs in the December 1, 1964 timetable (below).  This issue does promote new Martin 404 service between St. Louis and Milwaukee.

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To be continued in Part 2: The coming of the Douglas DC-9 jets and the Fairchild-Hiller FH-227B turboprops.

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STL begins to accept arriving flights

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (St. Louis) reopened for partial business last night (April 23) with nine arriving flights.

According to the airport, “Lambert expects its first departures following the tornado damage to begin on Sunday, April 24.”

Image: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Tornado strikes STL, airport closed indefinitely as damage is being accessed

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (IATA: STL, ICAO: KSTL, FAA LID: STL) (St. Louis) was struck by an apparent tornado last night with reports of some aircraft parked at the terminal being partially lifted up by the swirling winds. The terminal sustained major damage and teams are now accessing the damage before operations can be restored.

According to Reuters, winds at STL were over 100 mph/160 kph. Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge stated an American Airlines aircraft on the ground was damaged.

Read the full report from CNN including videos of the damage: CLICK HERE