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Cathay Pacific to launch nonstop Hong Kong – Washington Dulles flights

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRD (msn 038) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 935957.

Cathay Pacific Airways is expected next week to announce a new nonstop Airbus A350-900 route linking its Hong Kong base and Washington (Dulles) according to the South China Morning  Post. The new route is expected to take under 17 hours.

Copyright Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-941 B-LRD (msn 038) HKG (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 935957.

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Emirates to bring the Airbus A380 to Washington Dulles, will go double daily to Los Angeles

Side view of "United for Wildlife"

Emirates (Dubai) is planning to introduce the Airbus A380 on the daily Dubai – Washington (Dulles) route starting on March 27, replacing the current Boeing 777-300 ER per Airline Route.

In other news, Emirates also announced that it plans to launch a second daily service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday July 1, 2016.

The second Los Angeles flight will be operated with an Emirates’ Airbus A380-800 aircraft in a 3-class configuration with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business class and 401 seats in Economy class.

The new service, flight EK217, will depart Dubai at 3:00 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m.

The return flight, EK218, will depart Los Angeles at 10:30pm. and arrive in Dubai approximately 16 hours later at 1:30 a.m. The new service will supplement the current EK215 Airbus A380-800 flight departing Dubai at 8:55 a.m. and landing in Los Angeles at 1:55 p.m. The existing return flight, EK 216, departs LAX 4:45 p.m. and arrives in Dubai 7:35 p.m. the following day.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-EEI (msn 123) in the “United for Wildlife” special scheme visited Munich.

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Frontier Airlines to add 42 new routes

"Carl the Coyote"

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will add new nonstop service in 42 markets throughout the United States. This new service begins in April.

Following is a list of the new markets:

Two new cities from Austin, Texas

Frontier will add nonstop service between Austin and Orlando, Fla. (June 15) and Philadelphia (May 15). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Orlando will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Charlotte, N.C.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Charlotte and Chicago O’Hare and Orlando (both starting on April 15). Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Cincinnati

Frontier will add nonstop service between Cincinnati and Houston – IAH (April 15), Los Angeles (April 15), Philadelphia (May 13) and San Francisco (April 14). Flights to San Francisco will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Cleveland

Frontier will add nonstop service between Cleveland and Los Angeles (April 14); Philadelphia (April 15); Portland, Ore. (April 14) and San Francisco (April 15). Flights to Los Angeles and Portland will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Houston – IAH

Frontier will add nonstop service between Houston and Atlanta (April 14) and Cincinnati (April 15). Flights to Atlanta will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Cincinnati will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Kansas City, Mo.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Kansas City and Atlanta (April 15), Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Philadelphia (June 2). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Milwaukee

Frontier will add nonstop service between Milwaukee and Atlanta (April 15), Dallas/Fort Worth (April 14) and Philadelphia (June 2). Flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Atlanta will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Nashville, Tenn.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Nashville and Chicago O’Hare (April 14), Orlando (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 15). Flights to Orlando will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from New Orleans

Frontier will add nonstop service between New Orleans and Orlando (April 15) and Philadelphia (April 14). Flights to Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Orlando will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Four new cities from Phoenix

Frontier will add nonstop service between Phoenix and Atlanta (April 15), Detroit (April 15), Portland, Ore. (June 30) and Seattle/Tacoma (June 29). Flights to Portland will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to the other cities will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Portland, Oregon

Frontier will add nonstop service between Portland and Chicago O’Hare (April 14), Cleveland (April 14) and Phoenix (June 29). Flights to Cleveland and Phoenix will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Chicago O’Hare will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Three new cities from Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

Frontier will add nonstop service between Raleigh/Durham and Atlanta (April 15), Orlando (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 14). Flights to Orlando and Philadelphia will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Atlanta will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from St. Augustine, Florida

Frontier will add nonstop service between St. Augustine and Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Philadelphia (April 15). Flights to Chicago will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Philadelphia will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Two new cities from Seattle/Tacoma

Frontier will add nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago O’Hare (April 14) and Phoenix (June 29). Flights to Chicago will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while flights to Phoenix will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Other New Markets

Frontier will also add new nonstops in the following markets not previously mentioned: Atlanta – Memphis (April 14), Indianapolis – Philadelphia (April 14), Minneapolis/St. Paul – Chicago O’Hare (April 15), St. Louis – Atlanta (April 14), Dallas-Fort Worth – Orlando (April 16) and San Francisco – Atlanta (April 15).

Resumption of Seasonal Service

Service resumes in many markets including the following: Atlanta – Cincinnati, Cleveland – Phoenix, Cincinnati – Phoenix and Phoenix – Salt Lake City.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 N920FR (msn 1997), with Carl the Coyote on the tail, arrives in Washington (Dulles).

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China Southern Airlines and Virgin America to expand their codeshare agreement

China Southern Airlines Boeing 777-31B ER B-2029 (msn 43224) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930493.

Virgin America (San Francisco) and China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) have announced a codeshare agreement to offer seamless booking and travel between China, Southeast Asia and multiple Virgin America destinations across the United States.

Under the new agreement, China Southern will place its two-digit airline code (CZ) and flight numbers on a range of Virgin America routes operating from Los Angeles and San Francisco – including West Coast flights to and from Boston, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, New York (JFK), Seattle, San Diego and Washington DC.

This partnership will bring expanded choice and convenience for travelers flying between China Southern’s numerous Chinese and Southeast Asia destinations and the United States. This agreement is unique in that China Southern is the only airline offering non-stop service between Guangzhou and Wuhan and the United States.

China Southern offers daily flights from Guangzhou to San Francisco (three flights per week with one stop in Wuhan), ten flights per week from Guangzhou to Los Angeles, and daily flights from Guangzhou to New York.

This new agreement builds and expands on China Southern’s existing interline arrangement with Virgin America. China Southern is Virgin America’s sixth codeshare agreement and joins the airline’s growing partner portfolio.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. China Southern’s Boeing 777-31B ER B-2029 (msn 43224) departs from Los Angeles.

Below Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Virgin America’s Airbus A320-214 N855VA (msn 5179) prepares to land at Washington (Reagan National).

Virgin America Airbus A320-214 N855VA (msn 5179) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 930492.

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Mesa Airlines expands its E175 agreement with United Airlines

United Express-Mesa Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N84307 (msn 17000419) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 929957.

Mesa Airlines, Inc. (Phoenix) has announced the expansion of its agreement with United Airlines (Chicago) to operate three additional Embraer 175 aircraft, bringing the total number of United Express aircraft operated by Mesa to 68. In October, the Company announced an agreement for the addition of 15 new aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2016, which has now increased to 18. Mesa currently operates 30 Embraer E175 aircraft and 20 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft under the United Express brand.

 

The E175’s 76-seat dual-class configuration features 12 First-Class, 16 Premium Economy and 48 Coach seats. The aircraft has Inflight Wi-Fi connectivity, leather seating and electric outlets in First Class.

Mesa Airlines currently operates as American Eagle from hubs in Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth and as United Express from Washington Dulles and Houston. Founded on a mesa in New Mexico in 1982 by Larry and Janie Risley, Mesa currently operates 115 aircraft, with more than 530 daily system departures to 103 cities, 38 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N84307 (msn 17000419) departs from United’s Washington Dulles International Airport hub.

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Royal Air Maroc is coming to Washington

Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CN-RGC (msn 43818) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 927406.

Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca) will launch the Casablanca – Washington (Dulles) route starting on September 8, 2016. The new route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CN-RGC (msn 43818) approaches the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.

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Southwest Airlines reports a record third quarter net profit

Southwest Airlines Company (Dallas) today reported its third quarter 2015 results:

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Record third quarter net income, excluding special items, of $623 million, or $.94 per diluted share. This represented a $241 million increase from third quarter 2014 and exceeded the Thomson Reuters First Call mean estimate of $.92 per diluted share.

Record third quarter GAAP net income of $584 million, or $.88 per diluted share, compared with third quarter 2014 GAAP net income of $329 million.

Gary C. Kelly, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are very pleased to report outstanding third quarter 2015 results marked by a 63.1 percent year-over-year increase in net income, excluding special items. Our record third quarter operating income, excluding special items, of $1.0 billion produced a strong 20.3 percent operating margin, which is a 680 basis point improvement from the year-ago period. The significant margin expansion was driven largely by lower fuel prices. Our results also benefited from a continued focus on cost control and solid overall revenue performance, including a significant contribution from our Rapid Rewards program. Customer demand for our low fares was evident with an all-time quarterly record load factor of 85.4 percent for third quarter 2015. That’s what low fares without ‘gotcha’s’, which we call TransfarencySM, will do for you. My thanks to our superb Employees for producing our tenth consecutive quarter of record profits and my congratulations to them on their record $484 million profitsharing accrual, thus far this year.

Fleet and Capacity

During third quarter 2015, the Company received three pre-owned Boeing 737-700s to end the quarter with 692 aircraft. The Company continues to manage to approximately 700 aircraft at year-end 2015 and continues to expect to grow its fleet approximately two percent, year-over-year, in 2016. Additional information regarding the Company’s aircraft delivery schedule is included in the accompanying tables. The Company’s capacity plans remain unchanged with expected available seat mile growth of approximately seven percent this year, and an estimated five to six percent in 2016, both year-over-year.

Southwest 737 Delivery Schedule 10.2015

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-3H4 HL N644SW (msn 28329) approaches the runway at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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