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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:05:00 +0000Spirit Airlines is coming to Kansas City
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced that Kansas City will be the 56th city added to its route network, offering daily nonstop ultra-low fare service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) beginning on August 7, 2014, and service to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) starting on August 8, 2014.
Spirit offers nonstop service to 19 destinations from Chicago-O’Hare, including Atlantic City, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City (starting August 7), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New York-LaGuardia, Oakland/San Francisco Bay, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), and Tampa.
Spirit offers nonstop service to 24 destinations from Dallas/Fort Worth, including Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Cancun, Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Kansas City (starting August 7), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, New York-LaGuardia, Oakland/San Francisco Bay, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), San Diego, and Tampa.
Spirit offers nonstop service to 15 destinations from Detroit, including Atlantic City, Cancun, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City (starting August 7), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Myrtle Beach, New York-LaGuardia, Orlando, and Tampa.
Spirit offers nonstop service to 8 destinations from Houston-Bush Intercontinental, including Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City (starting August 8), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Orlando.
Spirit offers nonstop service to 14 destinations from Las Vegas, including Baltimore/Washington, Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City (starting August 7), Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland/San Francisco Bay, Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), and San Diego.
Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N624NK (msn 5880) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
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Filed under: Spirit Airlines Tagged: 5880, A320, A320-200, A320-232, Airbus, Airbus A320, Airbus A320-200, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, FLL, fort lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, george bush intercontinental airport, Houston-Bush Intercontinental, Kansas City, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, N624NK, O'Hare International Airport, Spirit Airlines
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:13:26 +0000Jazeera Airways first quarter net profit surges to $7.46 million
Jazeera Airways Group (Kuwait City) saw its first quarter net profit surge by nearly 42 percent to 2.1 million Kuwaiti Dinar ($7.46 million).
Read the full report from Gulfnews.com: CLICK HERE
In other news, the airline will temporarily operate from the Al Martoum International Airport at the Dubai World Central (DWC) from May 1 while the runway work occurs at nearby Dubai International Airport (DXB).
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 9K-CAF (msn 3349) arrives at Dubai International Airport (DXB).
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Filed under: Jazeera Airways Tagged: 3349, 9K-CAF, A320, A320-200, A320-214, Airbus, Airbus A320, Airbus A320-200, Al Martoum International Airport, Dubai, dubai international airport, Dubai World Central, DXB, Jazeera Airways, Kuwaiti Dinar
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:43:16 +0000Gol to start nonstop Fortaleza-Buenos Aires flights on May 10
Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) in association with the Ceará state government, has announced the launch of nonstop flights between Pinto Martins Airport, in Fortaleza, and Ezeiza International Airport, in Buenos Aires, beginning on May 10. Gol has 77 flights per week between Argentina and Brazil, more than any other airline.
The connection was brought about by the Ceará State Tourism Department through the Draft Bill 155/2013 for the ICMS tax (state VAT) on jet fuel, after the approval by the state legislature. It reduced ICMS tax (state VAT) on jet fuel from 30% to 12%, applicable for all domestic flights for Companies that has also regular direct international flights departing from this airport. Thus, the state of Ceará stands out even more as a tourist destination for the region.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GGK (msn 35065) is pictured at the downtown Jorge Newbery Aeroparque Airport (AEP) in Buenos Aires.
Filed under: Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Gol Transportes Aereos Tagged: 35065, 737, 737-800, 737-8EH, AEP, Aeroparque, Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Boeing, Boeing 737, Boeing 737-800, Buenos Aires, Ceará State Tourism Department, Ezeiza International Airport, Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Gol Transportes Aereos, Pinto Martins Airport, PR-GGK
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:33:56 +0000Inmarsat to offer the airlines a free tracking service
Inmarsat (London), the satellite communications company and famous for putting together the pieces of where missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 may have gone in the southern Indian Ocean, is offering free tracking services to the airlines according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Read the article from the Wall Street Journal: CLICK HERE
Filed under: Inmarsat Tagged: Inmarsat
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:15:14 +0000Avianca Brazil to partner with Byogy Renewables to produce biofuel
Avianca (Brazil) (Oceanair Linhas Aereas dba) (Sao Paulo) is increasing its partnering efforts to produce aviation biofuels in Brazil in association with Byogy Renewables. The two companies issued this statement:
Continuing its commitment to deliver price competitive, 100% replacement biofuels, Byogy Renewables and airline partner Avianca Brasil have launched a significant initiative to support advanced testing to accelerate the Byogy ATJ ASTM approval.
Unlike the confusing term drop-in fuel, which is defined as the final mixture of hydrocarbon additive products with jet fuel produced from oil, Byogy’s proprietary ATJ process produces one of the world’s first full replacement fuel that does not require blending, and also demonstrates performance characteristics better than jet fuel produced from oil. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, a full replacement standalone fuel, and hence can be used at any blend ratio up to 100%.
“Our goal with our partner Avianca is to first, support the approval of the ATJ suite of process technologies in accordance with current regulations that limit blending to 50%, and then, after gaining appropriate experience testing data, work with the ASTM stakeholders to study the potential use of higher blend ratios that will in turn drive the highest level of carbon reduction possible of any renewable fuel,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Byogy.
The initiative will also study to validate the significant beneficial environmental impact achieved using Byogy’s ATJ to satisfy the proposed ICAO 2050 Neutral Carbon Growth mandate for the country of Brazil by leveraging the existing, and abundant sugar cane feedstock, as opposed to waiting for years before other agriculture feedstock industries are proven cost effective.
“Avianca is fully committed to supporting the Byogy ATJ fuel approval process and believes it is the best solution for Avianca to achieve carbon neutrality for its operations in Brazil,” said Captain Norberto Raniero, Vice President of Operations at Avianca.
“We believe that the increase in aviation demand will show that the only way to achieve the carbon reduction mandate, set out by the ICAO, is to use high blend ratios of renewable aviation fuel,” said Weiss. “This is probably the most significant initiative in the aviation industry as it demonstrates the evolution to a full replacement, high quality renewable aviation fuel.”
By leveraging the existing global feedstock of ethanol, Byogy is not limited to its own ability to produce alcohol and hence is not subject to the scale up risks associated with novel biological organisms. Instead, Byogy’s proven petrochemical process will capitalize on the global efforts that are currently driving the production cost of ethanol down. As Weiss states, “at some point, we will wake up from this ethanol hangover and realize that it is more important to use alcohols to produce full replacement renewable aviation fuels than it is to push higher blends of alcohols into infrastructure that cannot support it.”
Once approved by ASTM, it is anticipated that the Byogy ATJ bio-jet fuel will deliver to operators the multiple benefits including, lower fuel consumption, lower engine maintenance cost, and a significant beneficial environmental impact.
Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured new Airbus A318-121 PR-AVK (msn 3062) prepares to depart from the tropical destination of Salvador in northern Brazil.
Filed under: Avianca (Brazil) Tagged: 3062, A318, A318-100, A318-121, Airbus, Airbus A318, Airbus A318-100, Avianca, Avianca (Brazil), Avianca Brasil, Brazil, Byogy Renewables, PR-AVK, Salvador, SSA
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:41:23 +0000Boeing reports first quarter net income of $965 million
The Boeing Company (Chicago and Seattle) reported first quarter revenue increased 8 percent to $20.5 billion on higher commercial volume (Table 1). Core earnings per share (non-GAAP) increased 14 percent* to $1.76 when excluding a benefit of $0.19 per share for the 2012 research and development tax credit recorded in the first quarter of 2013. First quarter 2014 core operating earnings (non-GAAP) increased 12 percent to $2.1 billion and core operating margin (non-GAAP) increased to 10.2 percent reflecting continued strong operating performance. GAAP earnings from operations included previously announced non-cash charges totaling $334 million ($0.29 per share) for retirement plan changes.
Core earnings per share guidance for 2014 increased to between $7.15 and $7.35, from $7.00 to $7.20, to reflect the benefit of a tax settlement to be recognized in the second quarter of 2014. GAAP earnings per share guidance for 2014 is reaffirmed at between $6.10 to $6.30 as the tax settlement benefit was offset by the retirement plan charges. GAAP pension expense guidance for 2014 is now at approximately $3.2 billion, up from $3.1 billion, to reflect the retirement plan charges. The company reaffirmed its 2014 revenue, operating cash flow and deliveries guidance.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes first-quarter revenue increased to $12.7 billion on higher 787 and 737 deliveries. First-quarter operating margin improved to 11.8 percent reflecting the delivery volume and mix and lower period costs partially offset by higher R&D.
During the quarter, the 787 program reached a 10 per month production rate and completed preliminary design review on the 787-10. The company selected the Everett, Washington site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X. In April, the 737 program reached a production rate of 42 per month.
Commercial Airplanes booked 235 net orders during the quarter. Backlog remains strong with over 5,100 airplanes valued at $374 billion.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Filed under: Boeing Tagged: Boeing, boeing commercial airplanes, Core earnings per share, the Boeing Company
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:26:12 +0000BlueSky Airlines to wet lease two Bombardier Q400s from EuroLOT in order to start operations
BlueSky Airlines (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) is a new proposed airline. According to the Polish passer.com news site, the new airline will wet lease two Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s) from EuroLOT (eurolot.com) (Warsaw) starting in October in order to commence scheduled passenger operations.
Images: BlueSky Airlines.
Filed under: BlueSky Airlines, EuroLOT Tagged: BlueSky Airlines, Cayman Islands, EuroLOT, Grand Cayman
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:08:34 +0000Delta Air Lines reports a first quarter net profit of $281 million despite more than 17,000 cancelled flights
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today reported financial results for the first (March) quarter. Key points include:
Delta’s pre-tax income for the March 2014 quarter was $444 million, excluding special items1, an increase of $363 million over the March 2013 quarter on a similar basis.
Delta’s net income for the March 2014 quarter was $281 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, excluding special items1. This is $196 million higher year over year despite $163 million of non-cash tax expense now recognized after the reversal of the company’s valuation allowance.
On a GAAP basis including special items, Delta’s pre-tax income was $335 million and net income was $213 million, or $0.25 per diluted share.
Delta cancelled more than 17,000 flights due to severe weather in January and February, double the number of flights cancelled for weather in 2013. These cancellations resulted in $90 million of lost revenue and $55 million lower pre-tax income.
Results include $99 million in profit sharing expense in recognition of Delta employees’ contributions toward achieving the company’s financial goals.
Delta generated $951 million of operating cash flow and $390 million of free cash flow in the March 2014 quarter. This strong cash generation allowed the company to reduce its adjusted net debt to $9.1 billion, contribute more than $600 million of funding to its defined benefit pension plans, and return $176 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.
“The March quarter’s record results in the face of unprecedented weather show the strength and resilience of Delta. By delivering the industry’s best customer service, operational reliability and financial performance, Delta people continue to show that they are the very best in the business,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. “Our work is not finished, and there is great opportunity ahead as we expect the June quarter to produce 14% – 16% operating margins. We are transforming Delta into a high-quality S&P 500 company that consistently delivers strong earnings growth and shareholder returns.”
Delta’s operating revenue improved 5 percent, or $416 million, in the March 2014 quarter compared to the March 2013 quarter, despite $90 million of lost revenue due to weather-related cancellations. Traffic increased 3.5 percent on a 1.7 percent increase in capacity.
Passenger revenue increased 5 percent, or $357 million, compared to the prior year period. Passenger unit revenue (PRASM) increased 3.2 percent year over year with a 1.3 percent improvement in yield.
Cargo revenue decreased 9 percent, or $21 million, driven by lower freight volumes and lower yields.
Other revenue increased 8 percent, or $80 million, driven by higher joint venture and SkyMiles revenues.”March quarter’s top line growth of 5 percent shows the strength of Delta’s revenue momentum even through the revenue loss from weather and a shift of the Easter holiday traffic into April,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s president. “We see continued revenue strength as we move through the year from corporate revenue gains, the benefits of the Virgin Atlantic joint venture and improved ancillary revenues. These initiatives, coupled with a solid demand environment, should lead to unit revenue growth in the mid-single digits for the June quarter.”
Total operating expense in the quarter increased $18 million year-over-year driven by the impact of employee investments including $79 million higher profit sharing expense. These cost increases were almost fully offset by lower fuel expense, savings from Delta’s structural cost initiatives, and receipt of a $25 million insurance claim related to Superstorm Sandy.
Consolidated unit cost excluding fuel expense, profit sharing and special items (CASM-Ex2), was 0.3 percent higher in the March 2014 quarter on a year-over-year basis, driven by the impact of employee investments and 1 point of pressure from weather-related cancellations. GAAP consolidated CASM decreased 1.4 percent.
Fuel expense, excluding mark-to-market adjustments, declined $167 million as a result of lower market fuel prices and better settled hedge performance. Delta’s average fuel price3 was $3.03 per gallon for the March quarter, which includes $107 million in settled hedge gains. On a GAAP basis, consolidated fuel expense for the March quarter decreased $109 million year-over-year, driven by lower market fuel prices and mark-to-market adjustments on fuel hedges.
Operations at the Trainer refinery produced a $41 million loss for the March quarter as a result of the same lower market fuel prices that lowered Delta’s overall fuel spend. During the quarter, one of the major crude units at the refinery was taken offline for scheduled modifications which lowered throughput levels. These modifications will yield a higher level of jet and diesel distillates going forward and improve the profitability of Trainer. In addition, refinery profitability was negatively impacted by an increase in Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) expense.
Non-operating expense for the quarter increased by $66 million, driven by a $31 million seasonal loss associated with Delta’s 49% ownership stake in Virgin Atlantic, an $18 million loss on extinguishment of debt driven by Delta’s debt reduction initiatives, and $39 million higher foreign exchange impact, including a $23 million loss associated with the devaluation of the Venezuelan currency. These losses were offset by $34 million lower interest expense.
“The March quarter marks another quarter with non-fuel unit cost growth below 2 percent, and the growing momentum of our domestic refleeting and other cost initiatives provide the platform to maintain this performance,” said Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer. “We are addressing all parts of our cost base through executing our structural cost initiatives, lowering our fuel expense with the refinery and hedging, and reducing our interest burden with additional debt reduction.”
Cash from operations during the March 2014 quarter was $951 million, driven by the company’s March quarter profit and the normal seasonal increase in advance ticket sales. Cash from operations is net of $605 million of contributions made by Delta to its defined benefit pension plans during the quarter. The company generated $390 million of free cash flow.
Capital expenditures during the March 2014 quarter were $570 million, including $514 million in fleet investments. During the quarter, Delta’s net debt maturities and capital leases were $353 million.
In the March quarter, the company returned $176 million to shareholders. On March 14, the company paid $51 million to shareholders, which represents a $0.06 per share quarterly dividend. In addition, the company repurchased four million shares at an average price of $30.94 for a total of $125 million. The company has completed $375 million of the $500 million share repurchase plan authorized by Delta’s Board of Directors in May 2013.
Delta ended the quarter with $5.6 billion of unrestricted liquidity and adjusted net debt of $9.1 billion. The company has now achieved nearly $8 billion in net debt reduction since 2009.
June 2014 Quarter Guidance
Following are Delta’s projections for the second (June) 2014 quarter:
2Q 2014 Forecast
14% – 16%
Fuel price, including taxes, settled hedges and refinery impact
$2.97 – $3.02
2Q 2014 Forecast
(compared to 2Q 2013)
Consolidated unit costs – excluding fuel expense and profit sharing
Up 0% – 2%
Up 2% – 3%
Delta recorded a net $68 million special items charge in the March 2014 quarter, including:
a $31 million charge associated with Delta’s domestic fleet restructuring;
a $21 million mark-to-market adjustment on fuel hedges; and
a $16 million charge for debt extinguishment and other.
Delta recorded a net $78 million special items charge in the March 2013 quarter, including:
a $102 million charge for facilities, fleet and other, primarily associated with Delta’s domestic fleet restructuring; and
a $24 million mark-to-market adjustment on fuel hedges.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-232 ER N862DA (msn 29734) departs from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Filed under: Delta Air Lines Tagged: 29734, 777, 777-200, 777-232, Boeing, Boeing 777, Boeing 777-200, Delta Air Lines, LAX, Los Angeles, N862DA
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:00:11 +0000Regional 1 Airlines becomes R1 Airlines
Regional 1 Airlines (Regional 1 Airlines Limited) (Calgary), which merged with Air Georgian (Toronto) on November 15, 2013 creating a new parent company, Regional Express Aviation Limited (REAL), has changed its mission and operating name to R1 Airlines with the theme of “Boundless”.
The regional carrier quit the scheduled airline business on September 11, 2005 and since then has been focusing on worldwide charter work.
Here is how the redefined airline now describes its services:
Experience a new standard in charter aviation. R1 Airlines Ltd. provides a new level of service, capacity, and aviation expertise on a regional and international scale. Convenience and comfort. Customized schedules, in-flight services and cargo capacity tailored to your unique business or leisure charter needs with the world’s largest private fleet of Dash 8 and CRJ series aircraft at our disposal. Maintenance facilities in strategic centres around the globe. The ultimate in personal service. R1 introduces you to charter aviation services that are – quite simply – boundless.
Read the full article for Canadian Aviator: CLICK HERE
Filed under: R1 Airlines, Regional 1 Airlines Tagged: Air Georgian, R1, R1 Airlines, R1 Airlines Ltd., Regional 1 Airlines, Regional 1 Airlines Limited, Regional Express Aviation Limited
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:19:10 +0000Shandong Airlines plans to finalize an order for 50 Boeing 737 aircraft
Shandong Airlines (Jinan, Shandong Province, China) has announced its intention to order 50 Boeing 737 aircraft including 16 Next-Generation 737s and 34 737 MAXs for delivery between 2016 and 2020. The order has not yet been finalized.
Boeing issued this short statement:
Shandong Airlines’ commitment to order 50 Boeing 737s, including 16 Next-Generation 737s and 34 737 MAXs. The airline plans to expand its capacity to meet growing demand in China and Northeast Asia, one of the most dynamic markets for commercial airplanes.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker/AirlinersGallery.com. Shandong is already a large Boeing 737 operator with three Boeing 737-300s (which are being retired), three 737-700s and 58 of the pictured 737-800. Boeing 737-85N B-5785 (msn 39113) in the special DEEJ taxies at Seattle’s Boeing Field (BFI).
Filed under: Shandong Airlines Tagged: 39113, 737, 737-800, 737-85N, B-5785, BFI, Boeing, Boeing 737, Boeing 737-800, boeing 737s, Boieing Field, DEEJ, Seattle, Shandong Airlines, Shandong Province
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:26:02 +0000Hawaiian Holdings reduces its first quarter net loss to $5.1 million
Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Honolulu), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (Honolulu), today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2014.
Operating income grew to $10.0 million in the first quarter compared to an operating loss of $11.9 million in the prior year period.
GAAP net loss in the first quarter of $5.1 million or $(0.10) per diluted share compared to a loss of $17.1 million in the prior year period or $(0.33) per diluted share.
Adjusted net loss, reflecting economic fuel expense, in the first quarter of $0.9 million or $(0.02) per diluted share compared to $14.8 million in the prior year period or $(0.29) per diluted share.
Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $479 million compared to $438 million in the prior year period.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of March 31, 2014 the Company had:
Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $479 million.
Available borrowing capacity of $69.5 million under Hawaiian’s Revolving Credit Facility.
Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $940 million consisting of the following:
$570 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for nine Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
$150 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
$108 million in capital lease obligations to finance the acquisition of an Airbus A330-200, two Boeing 717-200 aircraft and aircraft-related equipment.
$34 million outstanding under floating rate notes for two Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft (above).
$78 million of outstanding Convertible Senior Notes.
Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com.
Filed under: Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian Holdings Tagged: 33422, 767, 767-300, 767-33A, Boeing, Boeing 767, Boeing 767-300, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian Holdings, Honolulu, Inc., N589HA
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:41:38 +0000JetBlue Airways’ pilots select ALPA to represent them
JetBlue Airways Corporation (New York) today issued the following statement from CEO Dave Barger responding to the unionization vote among JetBlue’s 2,529 pilots, in which a majority of JetBlue pilots who cast a vote elected ALPA as their representative.
The National Mediation Board will authorize ALPA as the representative body for JetBlue pilots, and then both JetBlue and ALPA will organize negotiating committees.
Read the analysis by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N318JB (msn 19000364) prepares to land at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).
Filed under: JetBlue Airways Tagged: 19000364, air line pilots association, ALPA, Charlotte, CLT, Embraer, Embraer 190, Embraer ERJ 190, Embraer ERJ 190-100, ERJ 190, ERJ 190-100, ERJ 190-100 IGW, JetBlue, JetBlue Airways, N318JB, national mediation board
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:14:18 +0000Delta completes the installation of full flat-bed seats for its entire international wide body fleet
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has completed the installation of full flat-bed seats with direct-aisle access in BusinessElite across its entire international widebody fleet, making it the only U.S. carrier to offer full flat-bed seats and the convenience of direct-aisle access on all overseas flights.
The completed interior fleet modifications include all Delta Airbus A330-200/300, Boeing 767-300ER/400ER, 747-400 and 777-200ER/LR aircraft, which represents Delta’s largest interior fleet modification investment in more than a decade. With these modifications complete, Delta also is the only U.S. domestic carrier to offer personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat on all long-haul international flights.
The fleet modifications are Delta’s latest investment in improving the customer experience. Since 2010, Delta also has:
Launched international Wi-Fi service and completed the installation of Wi-Fi on all domestic, two-class mainline and regional jets, offering more than 400,000 customers per day access to the Internet above 10,000 feet on more than 870 aircraft.
Transformed the sleep experience in the air by offering Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding for customers in the BusinessElite cabin.
Updated BusinessElite amenity kits with stylish cases from Tumi and skincare product brand Malin+Goetz.
Built a team of celebrity chefs and James Beard Award winners to offer customers great food and wine selections at 30,000 feet.
Introduced International Economy Sleep Kits and added new amenities for its Economy customers on transoceanic flights.
Beginning July 1, 2014, Delta also will operate three updated Boeing 757 aircraft with full flat-bed seats on the trans-continental route between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. These will be the first 757 aircraft in service to feature Delta’s previously announced upgrades including full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite on trans-con flights between New York-JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. All trans-con flights on these routes will feature full flat-bed seats by summer 2015.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Beginning July 1, 2014, Delta also will operate three updated Boeing 757 aircraft with full flat-bed seats on the trans-continental route between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. Boeing 757-232 N699DL (msn 29970) departs the runway at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Filed under: Delta Air Lines Tagged: 29970, 757, 757-200, 757-232, Boeing, Boeing 757, Boeing 757-200, Delta Air Lines, LAX, Los Angeles, N699DL
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:40:46 +0000Cuba Travel Services announces Miami-Holquin charter flights
Cuba Travel Services is now offering nonstop flights from Miami to Holguin, Cuba. Cuba Travel Services arranges flights operated by American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) to popular destinations including Havana, Cienfuegos, Camaguey, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.
Cuba Travel Services believes that expanding its network will provide its clients with a high quality of service at a more competitive price. The new flights to Holguin will utilize next generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which include both first and coach class configuration.
Cuba Travel Services Inc. arranges weekly, nonstop public charter flights between the United States and Cuba and is licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as an authorized Carrier Service Provider specializing in travel to Cuba. They offer full service travel arrangements to individuals, groups, families, educators, students, professionals and organizations, under Specific or General Licenses issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8BK WL N814SY (msn 30620) of Sun Country Airlines lands in Las Vegas.
Filed under: American Airlines, Cuba Travel Services, Sun Country Airlines Tagged: 30620, 737, 737-800, 737-8BK, American Airlines, Boeing, Boeing 737, Boeing 737-800, Cuba Travel Services, LAS, Las Vegas, N814SY, Sun Country Airlines
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:04:24 +0000American to add Airbus A319 service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Monterrey, Mexico on June 11
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will introduce the Airbus A319 to the Dallas/Fort Worth-Monterrey, Mexico route on June 11 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. A beautiful ground portrait of the new Airbus A319-115 N9010R (msn 5789) with Sharklets.
Filed under: American Airlines Tagged: 5789, A319, A319-100, A319-115, Airbus, Airbus A319, Airbus A319-100, American Airlines, Dallas/Fort Worth, Monterrey, monterrey mexico, N9010R, Pearson, Toronto, YYZ
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:37:34 +0000Lufthansa Group’s fuel consumption drops, transfers more Dusseldorf routes to Germanwings
Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa) (Frankfurt) has issued this statement concerning fuel consumption:
In 2013 the passenger airlines in the Lufthansa Group beat the four-liter mark for the first time, with an average consumption of just 3.91 liters of kerosene per passenger per 100 kilometers. This is an improvement of 3.8 per cent over 2012. In short, the aviation group achieved over twice the annual efficiency target increase of 1.5 per cent set for the airline industry.
The second piece of good news: Absolute fuel consumption of the Lufthansa Group fell for the second time in a row since 2012, by 1.3 percent year on year, despite a production increase of 2.3 percent. In absolute terms, the Group’s fuel use decreased 114,152 tons compared to 2012 and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell by more than 359,587 tons, a benefit for the environment. This is roughly equivalent to the CO2 volume emitted annually by oil-fired heating systems in about 50,000 homes.
The Lufthansa Group is working continuously and systematically to improve the environmental impact of its international services. A department set up in 2013 specifically to improve fuel efficiency is currently examining almost 1,000 individual steps for realising further potential savings. They include programs to achieve lasting weight reductions on board, testing and implementing new flight methods and developing intelligent software tools.
The most powerful lever for increasing efficiency is investing in technological progress, i.e. in the latest and most efficient aircraft. With its current fleet renewal program, the biggest in the history of the Lufthansa Group, the company is making good progress in this direction. As of December 31, 2013, the Group had a total of 261 aircraft on its order list for delivery by 2025 – this represents capital expenditure of EUR 32 billion at list prices. It will also make life much easier for those living near major air traffic hubs. For example, the 100 aircraft from the A320neo family ordered by the Lufthansa Group are fitted with highly efficient, quieter engines and reduce the noise footprint of take-off and landing by around 50 per cent.
In other news, the Lufthansa Group is transferring additional routes from Dusseldorf to Germanwings (2nd) (Cologne/Bonn) in the fall. Route transfers according to Airline Route from DUS:
Dusseldorf – Paris (CDG) (effective September 18)
Dusseldorf – Vienna (October 8)
Dusseldorf – London (Heathrow) (October 26)
Dusseldorf – Malaga (October 26)
Dusseldorf – Moscow (Vnukovo) (October 26)
Dusseldorf – Naples (October 26)
Dusseldorf – Nice (October 26)
Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Additional aircraft are being transferred to lower-cost Germanwings. Formerly operated by mainline Lufthansa, Germanwing’s Airbus A320-211 D-AIQK (msn 218) lands at Zurich.
Filed under: Germanwings (2nd), Lufthansa, Lufthansa Group Tagged: 218, A320, A320-200, A320-211, Airbus, Airbus A320, Airbus A320-200, D-AIQK, Dusseldorf, Germanwings, Germanwings (2nd), Lufthansa, Lufthansa Group, ZRH, Zurich
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:52:36 +0000Japan Airlines will launch JAL SKY NEXT on May 28 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka
Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) will launch its first JAL SKY NEXT service between Tokyo (Haneda) and Fukuoka on May 28, 2014. A total of 77 aircraft are scheduled to be revamped sequentially and will be progressively introduced on domestic routes.
JAL SKY NEXT will provide updated cabin interior with all-leather seats and LED lighting. Additionally, the in-flight internet service-JAL SKY Wi-Fi with new in-flight entertainment website will be introduced on domestic routes to deliver more comfortable travel experience and convenience to customers.
The first type with the new service standard will be the Boeing 777-200.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by JAL): Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-246 JA8984 (msn 27651) in the special “Sky Eco” livery departs from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
Filed under: JAL-Japan Airlines Tagged: 27651, 777, 777-200, 777-246, Akira Uekawa, Boeing, Boeing 777, Boeing 777-200, Haneda, HND, JA8984, jal, JAL Sky Next, JAL-Japan Airlines, japan airlines, Sky Eco, Tokyo
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:33:51 +0000WestJet’s CEO Gregg Saretsky reviews the financial performance in 2013
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:14:38 +0000SkyWest Airlines to operate United Express flights from the Denver hub to Hays, Kansas starting on August 1
SkyWest Airlines (United Express) (St. George, Utah) will start a new route for United Airlines. The first United Express flight, operated by SkyWest Airlines, from Hays, Kansas to Denver is scheduled to take off beginning on August 1, 2014.
The Hays flights will operate using 50-seat Bombardier-manufactured CRJ200 regional jet aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest’s Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N930SW (msn 7713) operating in United Express colors arrives in Los Angeles.
SkyWest Route Map:
Filed under: SkyWest Airlines, United Express Tagged: 7713, Bombardier, Bombardier CL-600-2B19, Bombardier CRJ200, CL-600-2B19, CRJ200, Denver, denver hub, Hays, Hays Kansas, Kansas, LAX, Los Angeles, N930SW, SkyWest, SkyWest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:49:56 +0000Global Air Jets starts weekly charter flights from West Palm Beach to Montego Bay, Jamaica
Global Air Jets (West Palm Beach) started weekly charter flights on Sundays from West Palm Beach to Montego Bay, Jamaica on April 20 using the AOC of Swift Air (2nd) (Phoenix). The public charter company is also planning charter flights to Kingston, Jamaica starting in June on Tuesdays.
Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4B7 N802TJ (msn 24874) of Swift Air is pictured on the ramp at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Filed under: Global Air Jets, Swift Air (USA) Tagged: 24874, 737, 737-400, 737-4B7, Boeing, Boeing 737, Boeing 737-400, Global Air Jets, Jamaica, Montego Bay, N802TJ, San Francisco, SFO, Swift Air, Swift Air 2nd, west palm beach
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:26:27 +0000Airberlin introduces its “Fan Force One” logo jet in association with Bitburger
Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) has introduced its new “Fan Force One” Airbus A320 logo jet in association with the Bitburger brewery to promote the upcoming World Cup.
German Bitburger brewery has started a promotional bottle cap collection campaign. Qualifying beer drinkers will be entered into a contest for 100 free tickets for you and a friend for the upcoming World Cup championship in Brazil with Airberlin being the advertising partner.
The beer maker issued this statement:
“Collect the Bitburger bottle caps with the national flags and win with a little luck
a place in the Fan Force One ® or another great football prizes.”
Bitburger TV commercial (in German):
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 D-ABFK (msn 4433) climbs away from Palma de Mallorca today in the new World Cup design.
Filed under: Airberlin Tagged: 4433, A320, A320-200, A320-214, Airberlin, airberlin.com, Airbus, Airbus A320, Airbus A320-200, Bitburger, D-ABFK, Fan Force One, Palma de Mallorca, PMI
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:07:22 +0000United releases schedules for four additional Embraer 175 routes
United Airlines (Chicago) has released additional new Embraer 175 United Express routes and schedules as reported by Airline Route. This is in addition to the other previously released E175 schedules.
From Chicago (O’Hare) hub to:
Austin, Texas (effective July 1)
From Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub to:
Toronto (Pearson) (July 15)
Calgary (August 19)
From the San Francisco hub to:
St. Louis (September 20)
eff 20SEP14 San Francisco – St. Louis
The new type will be introduced from the Chicago (O’Hare) hub to Washington (Reagan National) starting on May 17.
Filed under: United Airlines, United Express Tagged: E175, Embraer, Embraer 175, Embraer ERJ 175, ERJ 175, United Airlines, United Express
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:40:44 +0000Emirates to bring the Airbus A380 to Kuwait starting on July 16
Emirates (Dubai) will introduce a scheduled Airbus A380 service to Kuwait City starting on July 16, marking the airline’s 25th anniversary of flights to the country of Kuwait.
EK 857 and EK 858 will be upgraded to a double decker, bringing Emirates’ highly popular flagship aircraft to Kuwait International Airport.
It was July 16, 1989 when Emirates began flights between Dubai and Kuwait, and the airline now serves the route five times daily with a combination of Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
The Emirates A380 on the Kuwait route will offer 14 First Class Private Suites, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 399 seats in a quiet and spacious Economy Class.
Kuwait is only the second market in the Middle East to be served by the airline’s A380 aircraft after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Emirates currently operates its A380 to 28 of its 142 global destinations.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-EDC (msn 016) climbs away from the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR).
Filed under: Emirates Airline Tagged: 016, A380, A380-800, A380-861, A6-EDC, Airbus, Airbus A380, Airbus A380-800, Emirates, Emirates Airline, Heathrow, Kuwait, Kuwait City, Kuwait International Airport, LHR, London
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:22:29 +0000Japan Airlines and Korean Air to expand their codeshare agreement
Dep. Time (Local time)
Arr. Time (Local time)
Days of Operation
JL5253 / KE768
Aomori – Seoul (Incheon)
Wed. Fri. Sun.
JL5252 / KE767
Seoul (Incheon) – Aomori
Wed. Fri. Sun.
JL5255 / KE770
Akita – Seoul (Incheon)
Mon. Thu. Sat.
JL5254 / KE769
Mon. Thu. Sat.
JL5257 / KE720
Haneda – Seoul (Incheon)
JL5256 / KE719
Seoul (Incheon) – Haneda
JL5259 / KE792
Oita – Seoul (Incheon)
JL5259 / KE792
Oita – Seoul (Incheon)
JL5258 / KE791
Seoul (Incheon) – Oita
JL5258 / KE791
Seoul (Incheon) – Oita
JL5261 / KE748
Okayama – Seoul (Incheon)
JL5260 / KE747
Seoul (Incheon) – Okayama
JL5265 / KE784
Fukuoka – Busan
JL5267 / KE798
Fukuoka – Busan
JL5264 / KE783
Busan – Fukuoka
JL5266 / KE797
Busan – Fukuoka
JL5263 / KE772 (*2)
Sapporo (Chitose) – Busan
Tue. Thu. Sat.
JL5262 / KE771 (*2)
Busan – Sapporo (Chitose)
Tue. Thu. Sat.
JL5269 / KE756
Nagoya – Jeju
Wed. Fri. Sun.
JL5268 / KE755
Jeju – Nagoya
Wed. Fri. Sun.
*1. All of the above flights are operated by KE.
*2. Sapporo = Busan route will start from April 26, 2014.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL’s Boeing 737-846 JA312J (msn 35341) in the old 2002 livery arrives at Tokyo (Narita).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-9B5 HL7706 (msn 29991) also arrives at Tokyo (Narita).
Filed under: JAL-Japan Airlines, Korean Air Tagged: 29991, 35341, 737, 737-800, 737-846, 737-9B5, Boeing, Boeing 737, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737-900, HL7706, JA312J, JAL-Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Narita, NRT, Tokyo
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:18:09 +0000A 16-year boy survives a flight from San Jose to Honolulu in the wheel well!
A 16-year old boy somehow survived a 5 and a half hour flight from San Jose, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. The boy from Santa Clara, California hopped the fence at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) and climbed into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) Boeing 767-300 departing for Honolulu. Running away from home according to ABC News, the boy somehow survived the long flight and the color temperatures. The airliner was flying over the Pacific Ocean at 38,000 feet. On arrival at HNL, he jumped down and started walking around the tarmac!
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3CB ER N592HA (msn 33468) of Hawaiian Airlines taxies to the runway at Seattle/Tacoma.
Filed under: Hawaiian Airlines Tagged: 33468, 767, 767-300, 767-3CB, Boeing, Boeing 767, Boeing 767-300, California, Hawaiian Airlines, Honolulu, honolulu international airport, N592HA, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, San Jose, SEA, Seattle/Tacoma
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:54:26 +0000US Airways trims the frequencies on some new Charlotte European routes
US Airways (Phoenix) is trimming back on four new European routes from the Charlotte hub according to the Charlotte Observer. The new routes from CLT to Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon and Manchester were announced in October as daily flights (CLICK HERE to read the original report). However due apparent weak demand, the new flights are now being trimmed back to only four days a week.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-2B7 N201UU (msn 27180) arrives back at the Charlotte hub yesterday (April 20).
Filed under: US Airways Tagged: 27180, 757, 757-200, 757-2B7, Barcelona, Boeing, Boeing 757, Boeing 757-200, Brussels, Charlotte, charlotte douglas international airport, CLT, Lisbon, Manchester, N201UU, US Airways
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:09:13 +0000Germania has a different way of promoting newcomer Kassel Airport
Germania Fluggesellschaft (Berlin) is taking a different approach to advertising a new airport. The pictured Airbus A319-111 registered as D-AHIL (msn 3589) is promoting the Kassel Calden Airport
Kassel Airport is a small international airport served by Germania. According to Wikipedia, Kassel Calden Airport (German Flughafen Kassel-Calden) (IATA: KSF, ICAO: EDVK) serving the German city of Kassel in the state of Hesse. KSF is located 1.9 km (1.2 miles) west of Calden, 16.7 km (10.4 miles) northwest of Kassel and is mainly used for business and general aviation.
A completely new regional airport was built next to the old airport to accommodate scheduled carriers as well as the business and general aviation from the old airport. The new airport was officially opened on April 4, 2013 with the arrival of a Germania flight from Frankfurt.
Germania announced that flights to Palma de Mallorca will resume for the 2014 summer season.
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. No, the Airbus A319 does not have two left rear exit doors and it is not open in flight! The inscription by the fake open door says “See You in Kassel – Kassel Airport”.
Filed under: Germania Tagged: 3589, A319, A319-100, A319-111, Airbus, Airbus A319, Airbus A319-100, D-AHIL, German Flughafen Kassel-Calden, Germania, Germania Fluggesellschaft, Kassel, Kassel Airport, Kassel Calden Airport, Palma de Mallorca, PMI
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:22:15 +0000Cronus Airlines to add its first Boeing 737
Cronos Airlines (Malabo, Equatorial Guinea) plans to introduce later this month its first Boeing 737, operated by the Spanish ACMI specialist Calima de Aviación. Boeing 737-436 EC-LTC (msn 25439) is pictured departing from Palma de Mallorca with the new titles.
The airline, which started operations in 2010, currently operates two daily flights between Malabo and Bata in Equatorial Guinea, three weekly flights between Malabo and Douala and three weekly flights between Malabo and Cotonou as well as charter flights. It operates BAe 146s.
The carrier will soon open new regional routes to Port Harcourt and Abidjan.
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com.
Current Route Map:
Filed under: Cronus Airlines (Equatorial Guinea) Tagged: 25439, 737, 737-400, 737-436, Boeing, Boeing 737, Boeing 737-400, Calima de Aviacion, Cronus Airlines, Cronus Airlines (Equatorial Guinea), EC-LTC, Palma de Mallorca, PMI
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:49:20 +0000Hainan Airlines retires its last Airbus A340-600
Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) on April 15 retired its last Airbus A340-600 from revenue service. The type was introduced in 2008 on its long haul services.
Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-642 B-6508 (msn 436) is pictured previously departing from Toronto (Pearson).
Filed under: Hainan Airlines Tagged: 436, A340, A340-600, A340-642, Airbus, Airbus A340, Airbus A340-600, B-6508, Hainan Airlines, Pearson, Toronto, YYZ
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:04:42 +0000Missing Malaysia Airlines remains the biggest aviation mystery of our time, Bluefin-21 fails to find anything so far
Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) missing flight MH 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 with Boeing 777-2H6 ER 9M-MRO (msn 28420) remains missing with all of its 239 passengers and crew members. It remains the biggest aviation mystery of our age. The underwater drone called “Bluefin-21″ has failed to find any remains of the presumed to have crashed airliner.
Here is an update on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 from CNN:
“The underwater drone scanning for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 finished its seventh mission Sunday (April 20), having covered about half its intended territory without finding any sign of the missing plane.
The Bluefin-21 drone started its eighth mission soon after the previous one ended Sunday morning, surveying the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean for traces of the Boeing 777.”
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Yesterday Hishammuddin Hussein, Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport issued this briefing:
I would like to begin this with a message.
On behalf of the Malaysian Government and specifically the MH370 SAR team, we would like to extend deepest sympathies and condolences to those on board the tragic incident involving the South Korea ferry that departed from Incheon planned for Jeju. We empathies and can imagine how difficult it can be for the families and the SAR team coping with the situation. All our thoughts and prayers are with them.
I will now continue with MH370.
We have now entered day 43 of the search operation for the MH370. It has been six weeks since we started the operation in which we have continuously refined the search area in the quest to locate the missing aircraft. We have pursued every possible lead presented to us at this stage and with every passing day, the search has become more difficult.
On Thursday, I spoke with Angus Houston and he has briefed me on the images captured from the Bluefin – 21 AUV. I can confirm that the Bluefin – 21 has captured clear and sharp images of the seabed while its search mission in the underwater search area. However, from all 6 missions conducted, no contacts of interest have been found to date. Bluefin – 21 AUV’s seventh missing has been commenced this morning.
From the images, Angus has also confirmed me that the terrain of the seabed is undulating and the Bluefin – 21 is focusing on the immediate search area based on the pings that have been detected. Some media reports have stated that it would take Bluefin -21 anywhere from six weeks to two months to scan the entire underwater search area. This is incorrect. The immediate search area that the Bluefin – 21 is now scouring should be completed within the next week.
As Prime Minister Abbott stated earlier this week, and I quote –
“We will regroup and reconsider the SAR operations, if there are no new updates in the given time” – end quote.
I have to stress that this is not ti stip operations but to also consider other approaches which may include widening the scope of the search and utilizing other assets that could be relevant in the search operation.
The search will always continue. It is just a matter of approach. All efforts will intensified for the next few days with regards to the underwater search.
I would also like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Malaysian government, to again thank Australia on narrowing the search area and doing all they can in the search for MH370.
Updates on Ministerial Committees
As I announced a few weeks ago, three ministerial committees have been established. They have been working tirelessly and I will now update you on their progress.
The next of kin committee, led by Hamzah Zainuddin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, is working closely with various Governments especially the countries whose nationals were on board MH370. From the meetings with the representative embassies and high commissions, various issues that needed urgent attention were addressed.
Hamzah has also discussed with his counterparts in Beijing and both sides have exchanged views and discussed ways and means to deal with the situation with regards to the families of those on board.
The technical committee, led by Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Minister of Transport, has developed and drafted the proposed structure and Terms of Reference of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Team For MH370 in accordance with the Malaysian Civil Aviation Regulations 1996 (MCAR 1996) and Annex 13 – Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, Chicago Convention.
The structure was developed after consulting the experts from the Air Accidents Investigation Brach, United Kingdom (AAIB), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), United States, Australia Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) and Air Accident Investigation Department, China. The proposed team would comprise of local and international experts.
We have also spoken with the ASEAN secretariat on the possibility of appointing some of our counterparts to come on board. This is in accordance with the ASEAN Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation Relating to Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation that was signed in 2008.
The Asset Deployment committee has identified private companies that have the capabilities for deep water salvage and recovery work, and other national assets that can be deployed to support this operation. Local companies such as DEFTECH and Boustead have been tasked to discuss with their international collaborative partners such as SAAB, DCNS (Direction des Constructions Navales) and other to identify the relevant assets and instruments required for the search operation.
I have also been in consultations with Jean Paul Troadec given his experience in handling Air France 447 in deploying private commercial assets to assist in their search operations.
As we move on to the next phase of the search, I am humbled that more friends from other nations have been expressed their willingness to assist and support our efforts to locate MH370.
Filed under: Malaysia Airlines Tagged: 28420, 777, 777-200, 777-2H6, 9M-MRO, Bluefin, Boeing, Boeing 777, Boeing 777-200, latest news on MH 370, Malaysia Airlines, MH 370, MH370, Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370