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  1. Would you know if the AC FA's get paid a per-diam for french or other languages they provide to passengers? I know AC and Jazz FA's are the only FA's in this country that need to speak French in order to work as a FA. I disagree with your statement were you say a Westjet FA or ground staff are more productive and friendlier. That is just what the perception is from the Westjet advertisements.
  2. Canada Sings: Lone Wolf vs. Air Canada This week's episode of Canada Sings proved once again that it's energy not technical perfection that brings home the $10,000 prize. Wednesday's competitors were Airborne 11, a group of Air Canada customer service representatives from Toronto, vs. Wolf Pack, the seven women who work in the Cambridge office of Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, which provides software to real estate companies. The stakes were particularly high this week. Wolf Pack was competing for Tumaini Children's Foundation in Tanzania, where team member Jerilyn Bouck's sister works with kids who've been orphaned by AIDS. Jerilyn was fiercely determined to win the money for those children. LoneWolf But Airborne 11's charity hit even closer to home. Team member Bill Kent and his daughter Britney spent three months at Toronto's Ronald McDonald House in 2004 after he donated a kidney to Britney. "The most important thing we've got in our life now is to win," said team captain Neil Parent. Both teams had ringers. For Wolf Pack, it was sisters Joanne and Chelsea Lahey, both of whom have sung onstage. Airborne had Neil, who sings with big band the Uptown Swing Band, and Emilio Fina, a tenor with the Kitchener-Waterloo Opera Company. So singing was the least of their worries. Dancing, on the other hand, proved a challenge for both teams. "These women found out that it's not so easy to learn choreography," said dance coach Christian Vincent on Day 2 of rehearsals as some of the women struggled to keep up. Samantha Wachtler ended up crying tears of frustration. Jerilyn was so exhausted from fitting rehearsals around her job and her two kids that she considered quitting. Kelly Dodge also ended up in tears after missing dance steps on Day 4. "Kelly cannot sing and kick, ball, change at the same time. What is going to happen?" fretted vocal coach Sharron Matthews. Airborne The guys were still having to count off their steps by Day 4 of their rehearsals. Emilio was being a bit of a diva seeing as pop music was so far outside his comfort zone. And the end notes of the mashup were sounding pretty terrible. All that being said, we've yet to see a team that couldn't pull it off by performance day and that was true here as well. The women were dressed in saloon girl costumes with red fans and did a mash-up of "Bad Romance" and "Seven Day Fool." There were a few things I noticed. The mash-up was more a case of the songs being sung one after another than a mash-up. The singing wasn't as strong on "Bad Romance." And the first part of the performance lacked energy. The dancing seemed lethargic. Luckily, the women gained energy by the time Chelsea nailed the verses on "Seven Day Fool.' You could see them loosening up and starting to have fun by the end of the song. Judge Vanilla Ice loved it and said it was "shaking and baking." Pierre Bouvier was disappointed the "star singers" weren't used more and Jann Arden said the transitions between songs could have been smoother. But she praised the look. "Wow, if a milkmaid and Beyonce had a love child, that's what they would dress like," she cracked. When it was the men's turn, they mashed up "My Girl" with "Just the Way You Are." On the down side, the lead solo at the beginning was a bit rough and the men's dance steps were simpler than the Wolf Pack's. But they had great harmonies, the routine was a true mash-up and the transitions were great. The guys went from cardigans and ties to pilots' uniforms and they were so into the performance that the energy was infectious. They even threw in some rapping and had team members spread out into the audience. That scored points with Pierre and Vanilla Ice, who said they "rocked the crowd." "I can see this on a cruise ship somewhere. I'd buy a ticket right now," Ice said. Jann called the performance moving, sincere and heartfelt. "You look so handsome in those outfits that I wish I was a piece of baggage lost and I wouldn't care if I ever found home again," she joked. And never mind the cruise ship: "Honest to God, I think Celine should be opening for you in Vegas." Anyway, the comments made it pretty clear who was getting the $10,000 for charity, the trophy and the bragging rights. It was Airborne 11. Disappointed Wolf Pack member shed tears backstage but will still get an unspecified amount of money for their charity. And that's it until next week's showdown. I'll be watching Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Global when the Hamilton Police take on Goodlife Fitness, and recapping it here. (The photos of Airborne 11 and Wolf Pack are courtesy of Global TV.)
  3. Boeing rolls out 787 Dreamliner after years of delay By Patrick Oppmann, CNN August 7, 2011 -- Updated 0755 GMT (1555 HKT) The Dreamliner, Boeing's next-generation passenger jet, is touted as a fuel-efficient aircraft made of composite materials. STORY HIGHLIGHTS It is three years overdue and billions of dollars over the budget Boeing will deliver the 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways next month in Tokyo It is the first commercial airliner made mostly of carbon composites or durable plastic Boeing, the manufacturer, says it has more than 800 orders for the Dreamliner RELATED TOPICS Boeing 787 Air Travel Everett, Washington (CNN) -- The Boeing 787 Dreamliner sparkled Saturday in a rare Pacific Northwest sunshine as the plane made its long-awaited debut. Three years overdue and billions of dollars over the budget, Boeing will finally deliver the 787 Dreamliner to Japan's All Nippon Airways next month in Tokyo. The plane is scheduled to be the first to carry commercial passengers in the 787 Dreamliner series, which has been plagued by delays but promises to revolutionize air travel. "We are rolling out the first delivery airplane, the first 787. That's an amazing thing for those who have worked on the program five, six, seven years, here at Boeing and our partners around the world," said Scott Fancher, Boeing's vice president and general manager of the 787 program. The plane is the first commercial airliner to be made mostly of carbon composites or super durable plastic. Those materials mean a lighter plane that Boeing says could use 20% less fuel than conventional airliners, making way for a more environmentally-friendly and cost effective aircraft option for airlines. So far, according to Boeing, the manufacturer has more than 800 orders for the 787 Dreamliner, which has a list price of about $200 million per plane. The interior of the plane also sports a variety of upgrades. Gone are traditional plane window shades. Instead, a button on the window allows passengers to gradually darken their surroundings. Boeing is developing two Dreamliners. The first version, the 787-8, holds 210 to 250 passengers on routes. A second version, the 787-9, holds 250 to 290 passengers and is designed for longer international routes. All Nippon Airways has ordered 55 Dreamliners and Mitsuo Morimoto, the airline's senior vice president, said the airline will develop new routes around the Dreamliner's capabilities. "We plan to use the 787 to expand our business, particularly our international routes. We plan to increase our revenue from international route significantly and the 787 will play an instrumental role in this," Morimoto said. The airline is considering a route from Japan to the U.S. or Europe that would employ the 787 Dreamliner, Morimoto said. Despite the 787 Dreamliner's revolutionary promise, Boeing has struggled to manufacture the plane. Boeing's outsourcing of much of the plane's construction to an army of contractors around the world led to delays and cost overruns. The future of a new assembly plant in South Carolina is also in doubt. Boeing's machinist union accuses the manufacturer of putting the plant there rather than in Washington state to take advantage of South Carolina's weaker labor laws. The National Labor Relations Board has threatened to shut down the plant. To meet demand for the new plane, Boeing said it will need to increase production of the plane from two 787 Dreamliners a month to 10 a month by the end of 2013. "It's an extraordinary challenge, no one has ever built a wide body aircraft at the rate of 10 per month before. So I think Boeing has its work cut out for it," said John Ostrower, a writer for Flight International Magazine. "I would say the biggest challenge is as they head into this ramp up is making sure 787 is as profitable for themselves as they hope it will be for their customers," Ostrower said. The airline will inaugurate the 787 Dreamliner on a special charter from Tokyo to Hong Kong this fall, the company said.
  4. Southwest profit trails estimates; growth plans cut (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N) posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, battered by soaring fuel costs, sending its shares down nearly 8 percent. The company said its fuel bill rose 64 percent from a year earlier, and it has trimmed its winter flying schedule and 2012 capacity plans. The airline still expects 2011 capacity to grow 4 percent to 5 percent. "Fuel, fuel, fuel," said Ray Neidl, senior aerospace sector analyst with Maxim Group. "That's why (Chief Executive Gary Kelly) is wisely cutting back on capacity growth plans." The airline industry has been battered this year by soaring fuel costs. While most major U.S. carriers posted profits for the second quarter, the fuel burden and concerns about travel demand in a weak economy have weighed. Southwest shares were down 75 cents $8.90 in morning trade on the New York Stock Exchange after falling as low as $8.85 earlier in the session, their lowest level since December 2009. "Given the pessimistic near-term outlook for fuel prices and the U.S. economy, we have reevaluated our capacity plans," Chief Executive Gary Kelly said in a statement. The airline still expects 2011 capacity to grow 4 percent to 5 percent. Despite the pressures, the airline industry has stabilized with help from capacity cuts and consolidation, including last year's merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines to form United Continental Holdings (UAL.N). Southwest completed its purchase of AirTran in May, positioning itself to challenge bigger rivals in major U.S. East Coast markets such as Atlanta, a city it did not previously serve and home of the world's busiest airport. Southwest said second-quarter earnings came to $161 million, or 21 cents a share, compared with $112 million, or 15 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, profit was 15 cents per share. On that basis, analysts had expected 20 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Quarterly revenue rose 31 percent to $4.1 billion. Southwest said it has incurred $75 million in costs related to the AirTran merger, including $58 million in the second quarter. It said it expects to receive final government approval to operate as a single carrier in the 2012 first quarter. Industry experts are on the look-out for signs that Southwest is preparing to replenish its fleet of narrow-body planes. Kelly on Thursday welcomed Boeing Co's (BA.N) recent decision to revamp the 737, which is the backbone of Southwest's fleet. "I applaud Boeing for that decision and we're waiting to hear from them exactly what that means for Southwest in the future, so I see that only as a good thing for us. We're the world leader in the 737, so obviously it's in our selfish interest to see that aircraft improve," he told CNBC. The carrier could also choose to order planes from Boeing rival Airbus EADS (EAD.PA). (Reporting by Kyle Peterson; editing by John Wallace) AEROSPACE & DEFENSE Related Quotes and News COMPANYPRICERELATED NEWS Southwest Airlines Co LUV.N $8.92 -0.73-7.56% Exclusive: Southwest overture stirs Airbus order hopes Southwest profit trails estimates; growth plans cut More LUV.N News » United Continental Holdings Inc UAL.N $17.89 -0.24-1.32% WRAPUP 2-Air Canada, WestJet upbeat despite costs, economy Exclusive: Southwest overture stirs Airbus order hopes More UAL.N News » Boeing Co BA.N $64.40 -2.94-4.37% Exclusive: Southwest overture stirs Airbus order hopes Southwest profit trails estimates; growth plans cut
  5. SkyWest Airlines Announces Letter of Intent for Flying as US Airways Express 1 ST. GEORGE, Utah, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) and US Airways (NYSE: LCC) announced today that the two airlines have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 14 aircraft to operate as US Airways Express. The agreement, which is subject to approval by the respective Board of Directors for both SkyWest Airlines and US Airways, further diversifies the SkyWest Airlines flying portfolio and provides US Airways customers with SkyWest Airlines' quality and reliability. "We are pleased to add US Airways to SkyWest Airlines' strong partner portfolio," said Russell "Chip" Childs, SkyWest Airlines' President and COO. "SkyWest's people have done incredible work to provide a reliable, efficient product, and we look forward to offering that quality to US Airways customers." Once finalized, the three-year agreement provides flying as US Airways Express for 14 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet aircraft with options to up gauge to larger CRJ700 aircraft, replacing the CRJ200 and Dash8 Express service currently provided to US Airways in the Phoenix hub by Mesa Airlines. SkyWest Airlines service as US Airways Express is anticipated to begin early to mid-2012 and it is anticipated that the aircraft will be allocated from SkyWest's existing fleet. SkyWest will be compensated in similar fashion to its existing capacity purchase agreements with other major codeshare partners. Details of the agreement are being finalized and are subject to approval by both entities' Board of Directors. About US Airways US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,200 flights per day and serves more than 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,185 airports in 185 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. US Airways was the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report for 2010. For the sixth year in a row, the airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index, a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. US Airways also ranked #1 among its competing hub-and-spoke network carriers for 2010 performance as rated by the Wichita State University/Purdue University Airline Quality Rating (AQR). For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. About SkyWest Airlines SkyWest Airlines is the world's largest independently owned regional airline. With a fleet of more than 300 aircraft, SkyWest's more than 11,000 aviation professionals operate more than 1,800 flights each day to 162 destinations throughout North America. As a leading air service provider offering global access to millions of passengers each year, SkyWest partners with the world's largest network carriers, including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, AirTran Airways and Alaska Airlines. SkyWest is known for its industry-leading workforce, exceptional leadership team, and continued solid operational and economic performance. The airline's headquarters are in St. George, Utah. Learn more at www.skywest.com. SOURCE SkyWest Airlines
  6. Thoughts on American Airlines Big Aircraft Purchase (and livery update) Share Computer generated image of an American Airlines Boeing 737, 787 Dreamliner and 777. It is fun to see the 787 in metallic finish, but the composite body would not make that possible. Image via Boeing. I spent a nice chunk yesterday evening trying to get through all the recent information on American Airline’s record breaking order of aircraft. My first big question is why would an airline that lost $286million during 2nd quarter 2011, look to spend so much money on new aircraft? Airlines that lose money is not a new concept, but at a time when most airlines are raking in profits, American is still stuck in the red. The airline obviously needs to do something drastic and they are hoping that updating their fleet will achieve their goal. It seems like this is the correct direction, but there is much more than new planes needed to survive. In case you missed it, American Airlines announced the purchase of 460 new aircraft, which is the largest single order in history. This will include 260 Airbus and 200 Boeing aircraft. I assume that the folks at American have run the numbers and found that with the expected cost of fuel and maintenance of older aircraft, it makes more sense, long term, to operate newer aircraft. It is likely that American had a huge advantage working Boeing and Airbus against each other to achieve the best pricing and they have beat Delta Air Lines and United Airlines to the punch of updating their fleet. In fact, American expects to have the newest fleet of all major US carriers in just five years, which is an impressive feat knowing that their average age of aircraft today is about 15 years. According to Boeing’s press release, American was offered a 737 re-engine option that has not yet been approved by the board of directors. “In addition, American Airlines has committed to order a variant of the 737 featuring new more fuel-efficient engines, pending final airplane configuration and launch approval of the program by the Boeing board of directors.” If approved, American wouldn’t be the only one interested in a re-engined Boeing 737. Flight Global quoted, Bill Ayer, CEO of Alaska parent Alaska Air Group, during an earnings call yesterday as saying, “We are very much in favor of lower fuel burn, and if Boeing can do this sooner rather than later, that’s a good a thing.” Alaska Airlines operates a fleet of only Boeing 737s. Southwest Airlines is another all-Boeing airline based in the US and Brad Hawkins with corporate communications told AirlineReporter.com, “We, of course, have frequent dialogue with our partners, including Boeing, but we don’t disclose the details of those conversations unless we have an update to share.” I think it would be obvious that Southwest would like a plane with better efficiency to start replacing their large fleet of older 737-300s and 737-500s. Computer rendering of an Airbus A320 in American Airlines livery. Notice the flat gray paint. Image via Airbus. It seems the bottom line here is survival. American knows that gas isn’t going to get any cheaper and continuing to operate fuel inefficient aircraft is not going to be sustainable. However, survival is going to take more than just new aircraft. One of the first things I thought of with such a large order is, “livery change.” When I posted how I wasn’t a huge fan of the current American Airlines livery, I got a lot of backlash. It seems that either folks love the current livery or feel it is aged and time to go. If American is looking to modernize their fleet and move into the future, I think they need a livery to match. Yes, it is unique design, but it just looks aged. Then add the fact that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (which American has 42 on order) won’t work with American’s bare fuselage livery due to the composite material and you have a great opportunity to change livery. I think painting the aircraft with a metallic silver base paint with updated, swooping, red, white, and blue lines could look slick. Then add a single color AA Eagle to the tail and you have yourself one nice looking livery — with ties to the past. Going with a flat gray paint scheme was done with the Airbus A300 and it looks better than the patchy A300 with bare metal, but still not a modern looking scheme. When I asked American about the possibility of a new livery they stated that, “Those decisions have not been made yet. That said, we do have to determine how to paint the 787. Obviously, we have to determine and make that decision well before the actual delivery in 2014 since painting is part of the manufacturing process.” With the retro-fitting of new interiors, the addition of the Boeing Sky Interior on their new Boeing 737-800s and new aircraft on order, American Airlines appears to be making a genuine effort. They have also been working to improve their interaction with customers via Facebook and Twitter, which helps them connect with the younger (and more hip older) passengers. They still need to tackle their problems with having a lot of debt, not making a profit and labor cost disadvantage. After the order was announced, there has been a lot of criticism of American not buying all US built Boeing aircraft — accusing the airline of being un-American. That seems a bit mis-informed since we live in a global economy and trying to make the best deal to earn the most money possible sounds pretty darn American to me. United and Delta, who are the world’s two largest airlines, both operate both Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Not to mention that Air France (Airbus is headquartered in France) operates a fleet of over 80 Boeing (including cargo) airliners. Be sure to also read: * Jon Ostrower, on his blog Flight Blogger, posted an informative story on all the numbers relating to this deal and some are a bit surprising. * Brett Snyder, on CrankyFlier, takes a detailed look how these new aircraft will more than replace the aging MD-80, Boeing 757 and Boeing 767-200 in American’s fleet. He theorizes that American might be looking to replace some smaller aircraft currently flying with American Eagle with larger Airbus A319 and Boeing 737-700 planes.
  7. Hawaiian Holdings Reports 2011 Second Quarter Financial Results --Financial Highlights - Operating revenue increase of 25.0% to $395.0 million - Passenger revenue per available seat mile increase of 5.1% to 11.85 cents - Operating revenue per available seat mile increase of 3.1% to 13.23 cents HONOLULU, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. HA +1.56% ("Holdings" or the "Company"), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. ("Hawaiian"), today reported consolidated net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2011 of $50.0 million, or $0.99 per basic and diluted share, on total operating revenue of $395.0 million, including the impact of a non-recurring pre-tax lease termination expense of $70.0 million ($42.0 million after-tax) related to the purchase of 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft previously operated under lease agreements. Excluding the lease termination charge, the Company reported an adjusted net loss of $8.0 million or $0.16 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2011, compared to net income of $9.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, on total operating revenue of $315.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010. Reflecting economic fuel expense and excluding the impact of the lease termination costs, the Company reported an adjusted net income of $0.1 million, or $0.00 per basic and diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $11.0 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in the prior year period. Mark Dunkerley, the Company's president and chief executive officer, commented that "In the second quarter we shared the industry's frustration of seeing the benefits of strong demand undone by the high cost of fuel. The silver lining to these results is that demand of our US domestic services remains healthy and the recovery in bookings from Japan continues to impress having returned to pre-earthquake levels." "A couple of weeks ago we inaugurated daily service between Honolulu and Osaka, our third new international route in the past eight months. These new routes solidify our position as the leading business in Hawaii tourism. We are working to control costs to mitigate the impact of higher oil prices while seeking opportunities to raise revenues further as the second half unfolds," concluded Mr. Dunkerley. Second Quarter Financial Results The Company reported an operating loss of $70.2 million in the second quarter of 2011, compared with operating income of $24.0 million in the prior year period. Reflecting economic fuel expense and excluding non-recurring lease termination expense of $70.0 million related to the purchase of 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft previously operated under lease agreements, the Company reported adjusted net income of $0.1 million. A proforma net income (loss) and diluted net income (loss) per share reflecting economic fuel expense and the lease termination charges is included in Table 4. Second quarter 2011 operating revenue was $395.0 million, a 25.0% increase compared with the second quarter of 2010. Capacity for the quarter increased 21.1% year-over-year to 3.0 billion available seat miles (ASMs), resulting in operating revenue per ASM (RASM) of 13.23 cents, up 3.1% from the second quarter a year ago. Passenger yield (passenger revenue per revenue passenger mile) increased 7.2% to 14.12 cents resulting in an increase in passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) of 5.1% to 11.85 cents. Selected Statistical Data is included in Table 2. Second quarter operating expenses were $465.2 million, a 59.4% increase compared with the second quarter of 2010. Operating expenses, excluding non-recurring lease termination costs, for the second quarter of 2011 increased 35.4% year-over-year to $395.2 million, resulting in an adjusted operating cost per available seat mile (CASM) of 13.24 cents, up 11.7% versus the same period a year ago. Excluding fuel and the lease termination charges, second quarter CASM increased to 8.70 cents, up 0.5% compared to the same period a year ago. A reconciliation of the GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures is included in Table 6. Aircraft fuel costs in the second quarter increased 72.3% year-over-year to $135.5 million and represented 29.1% of operating expenses (34.3% of operating expenses excluding lease termination expense). Hawaiian's average cost per gallon of jet fuel increased 45.9% year-over-year to $3.34 (including taxes and delivery). The financial impact of hedging activities is included in nonoperating income/expenses, and as such is not reflected in fuel expense. Nonoperating expense in the second quarter reflects $10.5 million in net losses from Hawaiian's fuel hedging activity. The Company believes that economic fuel expense is the best measure of the effect of fuel prices on its business as it most closely approximates the net cash outflow associated with the purchase of fuel for its operations in a period. The Company defines economic fuel expense as GAAP fuel expense plus (gains)/losses realized through actual cash (receipts)/payments received from or paid to hedge counterparties for fuel hedge derivative contracts settled during the period. For the three months ended June 30, 2011, economic fuel expense was $132.4 million ($3.26 per gallon), compared with $79.8 million ($2.33 per gallon) in the prior year period. An analysis of economic fuel expense for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 and pro-forma net income and diluted net income per share reflecting economic fuel expense is included in Tables 3 and 4. Second quarter 2011 nonoperating expense totaled $12.4 million, compared with nonoperating expense of $8.1 million in the second quarter of 2010. During the second quarter of 2011, the Company recognized a nonoperating loss totaling $10.5 million related to fuel hedging activities compared with a nonoperating loss of $4.8 million during the prior year period. During the second quarter of 2011, fuel hedging losses reflect $3.1 million of realized gains on derivative contracts settling in the quarter, the reversal of $5.5 million of previously recorded gains on these same contracts, and $8.0 million in unrealized losses related to fuel derivative contracts settling in future periods. Liquidity, Capital Resources and Fuel Hedging During the second quarter of 2011, the Company purchased its existing fleet of 15 previously leased Boeing 717-200 aircraft in a refinancing transaction that is expected to reduce its fleet costs over the long term. The Company incurred a $70.0 million non-recurring lease termination expense in the second quarter of 2011 as a result of this transaction. During the second quarter of 2011, the Company also executed financing agreements for a portion of the purchase prices of the Airbus A330-200 aircraft delivered in April 2011 and the upcoming deliveries of three Airbus A330-200 aircraft currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011, and the first and second quarters of 2012. As of June 30, 2011, the Company had: Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $303.5 million, and $5.2 million in restricted cash. Available borrowing capacity of $65.4 million under Hawaiian's Revolving Credit Facility. Outstanding long-term debt and capital lease obligations of $409.0 million consisting of the following: $67.6 million outstanding under the Convertible Senior Notes $83.2 million outstanding under floating rate notes issued in conjunction with the acquisition of three Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft in December 2006 $192.8 million secured loan agreements for a portion of the purchase price for the 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft previously leased in June 2011 $65.0 million secured loan agreement for a portion of the purchase price of the Airbus A330-200 aircraft delivered in April 2011 $0.4 million of capital lease obligations A summary of the Company's fuel derivatives contracts as of July 15, 2011 is included as Table 5. Hawaiian Airlines Recent Highlights Led the U.S. airline industry in March, April and May 2011, ranking #1 nationally for on-time performance and fewest cancellations, as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report. Launched daily nonstop service between Honolulu and Osaka, Japan to Kansai International Airport on July 12, 2011; its third new route to Asia in eight months. Purchased its existing fleet of 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft through a refinancing transaction. Announced expansion of Hawaiian's interisland service between Honolulu and Kahului, Lihue, Hilo and Kona during peak travel periods through the addition of 3 Boeing 717-200 aircraft to the fleet in September, October and November 2011 through lease agreements. Added a fourth Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the fleet in April 2011. Increased capacity on Hawaiian's daily non-stop route to Tokyo's Haneda Airport with the transition from its 264-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft to the 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft in July 2011. Appointed Tom Wessner as Vice President of Strategic Procurement and Andrew Watterson as Vice President of Planning and Revenue Management. Shannon Okinaka was promoted to Vice President - Controller. Investor Conference Call Hawaiian Holdings' quarterly earnings conference call is scheduled to begin today (Tuesday, July 26, 2011) at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (USA). The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Investors may listen to the live audio webcast on the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.HawaiianAirlines.com . For those who are not available for the live webcast, the call will be archived for 90 days on Hawaiian's investor website. About Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past seven years (2004-2010) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii. Hawaiian was also the nation's highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in the prestigious Airline Quality Rating (AQR) study for 2008 and 2009, as well as the highest-ranked carrier serving Hawaii and the #2 carrier overall in 2010. Now in its 82nd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state's primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. HA +1.56% . Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.
  8. (Reuters) - Airbus parent EADS (EAD.PA) said on Tuesday a giant deal to sell 260 jets to American Airlines last week was profitable and denied what it described as rumors that it had slashed prices by up to 70 percent. Commercial Aviation Online reported that Airbus and Boeing had both offered aircraft to American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp (AMR.N), for around $30 million, which would cover either the re-engined A320neo aircraft or the rival Boeing 737-800. That would represent a discount of 67 percent for the A320neo or 55 percent for the current model of Boeing 737-800. "The deal is profitable and absolutely in line with EADS and Airbus business plans," an EADS spokesman said, adding he was responding to rumors of discounts of 70 percent. "The rumors are completely unfounded. The A320 deal is a perfectly normal market deal and the A320neo deal fully acknowledges the value this brings to the customer." Airbus agreed to sell 130 existing A320 aircraft which have a list price of $85 million and 130 A320neo, a planned upgrade of the A320 with new engines and a list price of $91.2 million. In what it described as the largest civil aviation deal, American also placed an order for 100 current Boeing 737s and 100 upgraded versions that Boeing plans to fit with new fuel-saving engines subject to the approval of its board. Wells Fargo Securities said in a note on Monday that its own analysis of AMR filings pointed to a purchase price of around $30 million for the A320neo or re-engined 737, adding this could even work out at $27 million in today's dollars. The brokerage said this compared with third-party appraisal values of $45 million for the existing model of Boeing 737-800. Aircraft manufacturers typically sell at discounts and prices are seen as especially keen when a new product is being launched. However, Wells Fargo said the prices which it had deduced from AMR securities filings would be "outstanding". Competition to win the American deal was seen as intense. Aircraft analyst Scott Hamilton of Leeham Co reported during negotiations that the planes could be valued at $30 million. (Editing by David Cowell) DEALS2011 Q2GLOBAL DEALS REVIEW - PARENT FOLDERINFLOWS OUTFLOWSAEROSPACE & DEFENSE Related Quotes and News COMPANYPRICERELATED NEWS European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS NV EAD.PA €24.48 -0.56-2.24% EADS says AMR deal profitable, denies 70 percent cut EADS says AMR deal profitable, denies 70 pct cut More EAD.PA News » AMR Corp AMR.N $4.25 +0.09+2.16% EADS says AMR deal profitable, denies 70 percent cut
  9. Yes I remember Canjet would deadhead in and out, also did the Yxu-MBJ and YXU-CUN on different days last year, but they have compressed it all into one day for this winter. It will be interesting to see how well the YXU-MBJ portion works for them this winter. Sunwing will also be doing Varadero again this winter.
  10. I would assume the only risk of not overnighting the aircraft in YXU for the scheduled YXU - YYC departure would be if they experience a delay in Vegas or Cancun due to MTCE or if Landing in YXU is below minimums, then it snowballs back in YXU for the 07:15 YYC departure because there is no aircraft.
  11. I was looking at the flight schedule for the Westjet flights added to YXU this winter and I would not book a vacation based on these flight times. Yxu to Las Vegas Departs at 18:45 which looks good but coming home is a red eye arriving at 05:00. Your check out time is most likely 11:00 am and your flight departs around 11:00pm. I absolutely hate being out of my hotel room and having to keep an eye on my bags and trying to kill 11 hrs is not relaxing. Yxu to Cancun Departs at 19:45, Sucks because you lose that day at the beach and coming home you arrive into YXU at 04:05 another red eye and your out of your room at 11:00 am losing another day at the beach unless you like to travel home with no room to shower in with sunscreen. Westjet leather seats will be very greasy LOL. Canjet will also be doing Cancun again this winter from YXU. They have the great slot times. Departs YXU at 08:05 am which gives you a good half day at the beach and you arrive back in YXU at 16:45 which means you wake up on departure day and have a walk on the beach and have breakfast and check out to the airport and your home for dinner. Would Westjet be using these times because of what is available for slot times in Vegas and Cancun?
  12. Just a joke dagger. LOL I wanted to draw more attention to the post. I wounder if this will piss off Air Canada because Jazz is providing air lift along with Westjet in which go's head on against Air Canada vacations?
  13. Press Release For Immediate Release July 15, 2011 SUNQUEST EXPANDS WINTER 11/12 FLYING PROGRAM Featuring Thomas Cook Canada flights out of Western Canada, Strong partnership with WestJet TORONTO – When Sunquest’s Winter 2011-2012 program commences, it will bring with it an expanded flying schedule that includes the introduction of Thomas Cook Canada flights out of Calgary and Vancouver. This addition, which according to Steve Butchart, Vice President of Sunquest, represents a “significant increase in capacity” for Sunquest out of the West, will provide customers in these gateways with regular, direct long-haul flying on Thomas Cook Canada aircraft to Jamaica and Punta Cana. “We’ve been looking for an opportunity to put more flying out of the West and particularly to both reintroduce flights to the Dominican Republic and increase capacity to Jamaica. This new flying program allows us to do just that.” The program acts as a complement to the WestJet flying that is also in place for the 2011-2012 season. “As we continue to build upon our great relationship with WestJet, the introduction of these flights provides an ideal balance between the long-haul flying available on a Thomas Cook Canada 757 and the strong product offering that is provided to our customers when they fly with WestJet,” continued Butchart. “Overall we believe this combination enables us to offer an incredibly comprehensive program from the West and we are delighted to be able to now offer this enhanced service to our customers in Calgary and Vancouver.” Along with continuing to provide Sunquest with capacity out of Western gateways, Winter 2011-2012 will also see a deeper alliance with WestJet for the Montreal and Ottawa programs. Thomas Cook Canada will operate the flying out of Toronto. “By the end of our first season working together with Jazz to operate our Thomas Cook Canada aircraft, we saw our overall satisfaction scores increase by 10 points year-overyear,” said Butchart. “As we head into the second season of this partnership, we look forward to further developing and strengthening these ties, and providing our customers with vacation experiences that are best-in-class.” With the addition of these flights out of Calgary and Vancouver, Sunquest customers in those cities will be able to take advantage of the new Ruby Service offering, with those in Vancouver also being able to enjoy access to the Plaza Premium Lounge. The Winter 2011-2012 program will kick off in November and will run through April 2012. Full schedules are now available. For more information, visit www.sunquest.ca
  14. I was just wondering if this is used in a new hire training class or a recurrent training ? I think it is a very funny video.
  15. Was this made for motivation due to flight crews getting fed up with this and wanting a break on a station turn?
  16. Would be interesting because the Jazz agents are also from the CAW local 2002.
  17. The taxi line should not lead you into the mud.
  18. Who are you? Mr spell check for the board.
  19. AMR Flies Through Turbulence To $7.18 May. 2 2011 - 11:16 am | 2,597 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments posted by TREFIS TEAM Image by boeingdreamscape via Flickr American Airlines is one the largest passenger airline in the world by available seat mile and is the principal subsidiary of the AMR Corp. American provides service to approximately 160 destinations throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. AMR Eagle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMR, owns two regional airlines which do business as American Eagle. American also contracts with an independently owned regional airline, which does business as AmericanConnection. American competes with Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Continental, and U.S. Airways. Our price estimate is $7.18, which is around 22% ahead of the market price. Launch of Coverage on American Airlines ; $7.20 Price Estimate We’ve broken down our analysis of American Airlines into four main business segments: 1. American Airlines U.S. 2. American Airlines International 3. Cargo and Other Businesses 4. Regional Affiliates Airline Industry Commercial aviation helps generate more than $730 billion in economic activity and supports almost 11 million U.S. jobs. As the U.S. and world economies continue recovering from the recent economic downturn, the aviation sector will make a strong contribution in revitalizing the job market. The U.S. airlines industry suffered a major setback in 2008 due to the recession that reduced both business and leisure air travel. Since then, the U.S. economy has slowly recovered leading to an increase in demand for air travel in 2010 and consequently higher average fares. Traffic demand is highly correlated with economic growth and consumer spending accounts for nearly 70% of economic activity in the U.S. Based on expectations for the an economic recovery in the coming years, we believe this will lead to strong demand for airline travel. Declining U.S. Market Share American Airlines over the year has lost U.S. market share to low-cost airlines such as Southwest Airlines and JetBlue, and we expect this to decline further in the near future. American’s U.S. Market Share has decreased from 15.3% in 2008 to 13.9% in 2010. Southwest Airlines pioneered the low-cost model which enabled it to offer fares that were significantly lower than those charged by traditional network airlines such as Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airways, and United Continental. Passenger yield (Passenger Revenue per Revenue Passenger Mile) for American has decreased slightly in recent years due to competition from low-cost airlines and poor domestic economic conditions. American Airlines and other traditional network airlines rely upon the hub-and-spoke system, which concentrates most of an airline’s operations at a limited number of central hubs and serves most other destinations in the system by providing one stop or connecting through a hub. Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airlines and other low cost airlines use a point-to-point system, which allows for more direct flights. American has also felt competitive pressures as most of its competitors like Delta, United, US Airways and several similar carriers have reorganized under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code in recent years and emerged a stronger competitors as companies have renegotiated labor, supply and financing contracts that have brought operating costs down. This could further weigh on American’s U.S. Market share in the coming years. International Capacity Falls From Japan Earthquake Tokyo is one of the major international hubs for American Airlines. It is a very lucrative route and gateway for travel to Asia. The earthquake that struck Japan in March 2011, and its repercussions related to problems at several nuclear power plants have greatly impacted airline travel. American’s Asia-Pacific capacity levels, which have been continually growing on a year-on-year basis over the past few years, will reverse in the short-term. This in turn will reduce American’s international market share as there are some carriers that have no or minimal exposure to Japan. American has announced plans to suspend two of it six daily services to Japan due to slump in traffic. The suspended services include JFK-Tokyo Haneda and Dallas-Tokyo Narita service. Despite our concerns on near-term international travel and for U.S. market share, we still believe that the recovery in the airline business provides plenty of value for American as suggested by our $7.18 price estimate. See our full analysis for American Airlines.
  20. Southwest buys AirTran, grows even bigger (AP) – 30 minutes ago DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines is looking more and more like the big airlines it loves to needle. The once-quirky upstart flies to the big, busy airports it used to shun. It lets travelers cut in front of the boarding line — for a fee. Its overhauled frequent-flier program is more complicated, like others in the industry. Now comes Southwest's boldest move, its $1 billion purchase of AirTran Airways, completed Monday. All these changes are designed to help Southwest compete better for high-fare business travelers. By acquiring AirTran, Southwest increases passenger traffic by 25 percent. It gains AirTran's hub in Atlanta, a business-travel center that had been missing from Southwest's route map. It gains a toehold at Washington's Reagan National and adds gates at New York's LaGuardia, two airports favored by business travelers over nearby Southwest locations. It will rival Delta and the combined United and Continental as the biggest airline by passenger-carrying capacity within the U.S., according to aviation data firm OAG. It already flies more than 100 million domestic passengers per year, the most of any airline, but most of them are vacationers who pay lower fares than corporate travelers. The new frequent-flier program was designed expressly to reward customers for buying more-expensive tickets, something business travelers do when they make last-minute travel plans. It sent the message that Southwest wants business travelers, even at the expense of angering longtime leisure customers. The average fare on Southwest has risen about 12 percent a year recently, but the airline would like to push that even higher. Southwest is no longer the undisputed king of cheap flights. A new breed of ultra-low fare airlines have sprung up. Some mid-price competitors, such as JetBlue and Virgin America, have more amenities. Fare watchers say that, at times, United, Delta, American or US Airways offer lower fares on some routes. Nor is Southwest the lowest-cost operator anymore. Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Air — and AirTran — have lower costs per mile, partly because they pay employees less, but also because Southwest's maintenance costs have risen as its fleet has aged. The big network airlines such as United and Delta have spent the past decade cutting labor and other costs and boosting efficiency. CEO Gary Kelly insists that Southwest is "still a low-cost airline and the low-fare leader." But Ray Neidl, an analyst with Maxim Group, said there isn't much of a cost difference with other airlines anymore. Southwest, Neidl says, "has grown up. They are becoming more of your classic airline, though they don't want to admit it." But he acknowledges that consumers still associate Southwest with low fares. Southwest remains the most powerful price-setter in the industry, capable of forcing others to roll back fare increases on coach tickets. And it retains vestiges of its maverick past. The airline doesn't charge for the first two checked bags or for changing a reservation. It doesn't assign seats or have first-class cabins or airport lounges. Still, Southwest is able to make a profit even when others are losing money because it keeps boosting revenue. Thanks to a 12 percent surge in traffic — far better than at other big airlines — and higher average fares, Southwest' first-quarter revenue climbed 18 percent, compared with 11 percent at United Continental and 13 percent at Delta. Southwest earned $5 million while its four biggest rivals lost a combined $1 billion in the quarter. The gap between revenue and costs is wider at Southwest than at low-cost rivals including Spirit and Allegiant, even with their lower wages. Southwest also tops JetBlue and AirTran in the revenue-versus-cost measure, according to a recent study by management-consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Southwest grew rapidly in the 1980s and '90s by adding new cities, mostly secondary airports that were less crowded, letting Southwest turn its planes around after just a few minutes at the gate. But business travelers prefer close-in airports. In New York, they would rather fly out of LaGuardia than Islip, Long Island. Washington Reagan is more convenient to them than Baltimore-Washington International. So Southwest decided to go where the business fliers were — New York, Boston, San Francisco, Denver and Philadelphia. The airline has paid the price — its on-time performance has slipped, but that seems to be a sacrifice Kelly is willing to make. Buying AirTran allows Southwest to fill the last gaping hole in its route map: Atlanta. There, AirTran has a profitable hub despite competing with Delta. Bob Jordan, the Southwest executive who will run AirTran, thinks Atlanta can become Southwest's biggest base within a few years, surpassing Las Vegas and Chicago. Southwest also gains a foothold at Washington's Reagan National and picks up AirTran's gates at LaGuardia. AirTran could run as a separate airline into 2013. Southwest will eventually drop AirTran's bag fees and first-class seats. AirTran CEO Robert Fornaro says that's the right thing to do. "Southwest's brand is bigger; it's better known. They've got a product that works." Antitrust regulators saw no reason to block the AirTran deal. Some consumer advocates say it's not likely to send prices higher. "As long as you have a strong Southwest and smaller independent airlines like JetBlue and Alaska, I don't see any monopolistic pricing in the domestic market," said Ed Perkins, an author of travel books and former travel editor for Consumer Reports. The average trip on Southwest is shorter than on many other airlines, so it competes against the cost of driving as well. For the last week in May, Southwest recently had fares as low as $49 each way from Dallas to Houston. With gas at $4 a gallon, a traveler making the same trip in a car that gets 20 mpg would spend $48 on fuel. Southwest also gets AirTran's routes to the Caribbean and Mexico. Southwest only recently began selling travel to Mexico on planes operated by a partner, Mexico's Volaris. Darryl Jenkins, an aviation consultant, says buying AirTran gives Southwest enough growth opportunities to last five or 10 years. By that time, he says, the domestic leader might be ready to consider flights to Europe and other international destinations. That would make it — again — even more like the big, legacy airlines. Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
  21. It's been a long time since I posted a photo. Thanks for helping me out. Check out my first post. I added a new photo.
  22. I can't get the url to work from airliners?
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