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Tuesday
Jun212011

American Airlines, Air Berlin expand already-existing codeshare

Air Berlin's recently-added non-stop flights between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) in Berlin, and Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York, are now part of the codeshare agreement in force between Air Berlin and American Airlines since late last year.  The arrangement allows American Airlines customers in the United States to access the Berlin-New York and Düsseldorf-New York non-stops operated year-round by Air Berlin, on the American Airlines website.  The Berlin-New York round trip operates four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  The Düsseldorf-New York round trip operates daily between late June and late October.  Both routes are flown with the Airbus A330-200.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines expressed enthusiasm for the newly expanded codeshare.  Air Berlin's Chief Financial Officer Ulf Hüttmeyer, identified the United States as a "growing market" for Air Berlin, and expressed eagerness to "[sign] more codeshares [with American Airlines] in the future."   According to American Airlines, global distribution systems "will display the [codeshare] flights...for travel starting this Friday, June 24."

American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Air Berlin is expected to join the alliance in 2012.  Its sponsoring member is British Airways.

Also, this coming Saturday, Air Berlin, along with Berlin Airports and Boeing, will host a ceremony for the German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Air Berlin boasts that it will be the first airline based in Germany to receive a shipment of the Boeing 787.  Air Berlin flies a fleet of 147 aircraft, comprised of 74 Airbus models, 63 Boeing models, and 10 Bombardier models.  It was founded in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA.  It relocated to Berlin in 1985.  Air Berlin operates a semi-low-cost business model.

related stories

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall (February 3, 2011)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

original stories

airberlin and American Airlines expand codeshare agreement (Air Berlin)

American Airlines and airberlin Expand Codeshare Agreement (American Airlines)

airberlin: German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Air Berlin)

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Wednesday
Jun082011

Continental starts LAX-Hilo tomorrow, SFO-Hilo this Saturday

Continental Airlines will fly a daily non-stop round trip between Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX) and Hilo International Airport (IATA: ITO: ICAO: PHTO) starting tomorrow.  It will also commence a weekly non-stop round trip between San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO) and Hilo starting this Saturday.  Executive vice president and chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings, Jim Compton, explained that these flights will be the only direct connections to the island of Hawaii from mainland North AmericaHawai'i Tourism Authority president and CEO Mike McCartney also praised the route, noting that millions of dollars of direct tourist spending and tax revenue will benefit Hawaii's largest island as a result of the new route.

The Continental press release from last December is generally accurate, as to scheduled flight takeoff and landing times.  But the weekly westbound flight from San Francisco to Hilo has been moved back ten minutes on both the departure and arrival times, from what appears on the chart.

Continental Airlines is headquartered in Houston, Texas.  It is in the process of merging with Chicago, Illinois-based United Airlines.  United CEO Jeff Smisek said today that the merger is moving according to schedule.  But the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents pilots of both airlines, recently said that the joint pilot contract was "nowhere near on schedule."

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Monday
May162011

US Airways starts Charlotte-Madrid and Charlotte-Dublin routes

Last week, US Airways launched two seasonal routes between its hub at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), and Europe.  Last Friday, it kicked off its once-daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in the Spanish capital city of Madrid.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-200ER.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 4:25 in the afternoon, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in the Spanish capital at 6:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Madrid at 9:30 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:55 in the afternoon, local time.

Last Saturday, US Airways launched its seasonal, daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW), in the Irish capital city.  This route will be flown with the Boeing 757-200.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 6:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in Dublin at 6:50 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Dublin at 9:15 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:40 in the afternoon, local time.  Both the Charlotte-Madrid route and the Charlotte-Dublin route are scheduled to operate through September 30.  US Airways will continue to serve both European cities via Philadelphia, after September 30.

US Airways' main international gateway is in Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL), but London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Rome are each accessible year-round via US Airways from Charlotte.

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Thursday
Jan062011

LAN starts Peru-Easter Island twice-weekly service

LAN, the national airline of Chile, started a twice-weekly non-stop round-trip route between the Peruvian capital Lima and the Chilean territory Easter Island yesterday.  The route will operate in each direction every Wednesday and Sunday.  It will be flown with the Boeing 767-300, according to a post to LAN's official website, made last July.  The route will fly from Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA: LIM; ICAO: SPIM) to Easter Island's Mataveri International Airport (IATA: IPC; ICAO: SCIP).  LAN is the only airline that flies through Mataveri International on a regular schedule.

LAN is in the process of consolidating with the Brazilian carrier TAM, under a single holding company called LATAM Airlines GroupThe consolidation is expected to be in effect around the middle of this year, according to a radio interview given by LAN Chief Operating Officer Ignacio Cueto last month.

Easter Island is the southeastern corner of a vast collection of Pacific islands known as the Polynesian Triangle.  (The other two corners are New Zealand and Hawaii.)  In European languages, the island is named after the day in 1722 when Dutch explorers made contact with it.  Its local name is Rapa Nui.  James Cook, on behalf of Great Britain, visited the island in 1774.  In 1888, Easter Island was annexed by its nearest neighbor on the mainland to the east, Chile.  In July 2010, a total solar eclipse was visible from the island, drawing thousands of visitors.  Easter Island is most famous for the hundreds of giant monolithic human figures of unknown origin, present there, and called moai.

related story

LAN says merger with TAM will occur in mid-2011 (December 26, 2010)

original story (LAN)

Saturday
Nov272010

Qantas CEO aboard first company A380 to fly since engine failure

Earlier today, Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce expressed confidence in the repairs made to his airline's fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, before boarding one in Sydney bound for Singapore.  This was the first A380 flight operated by Australia's national airline since its fleet of A380s was grounded on November 4, after an engine failure over the Indonesian island of Batam forced a Sydney-bound Qantas A380 to return to Singapore.  Joyce said Qantas is now "100 per cent comfortable with the operation of the [A380]," and that his airline is in talks with Rolls-Royce over compensation.  Joyce said the British aircraft engine maker was "apologetic" over the situation.

Yesterday, a Qantas-operated Boeing 747 was delayed just before takeoff from Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY) when an indicator light showed an engine fault.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is colloquially known as the "Flying Kangaroo."  Qantas operates 142 aircraft.  It flies to 18 domestic destinations, and also flies to four destinations in New Zealand, and one in the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia.  In addition, it flies to four destinations in North America, one in South America, one in Africa, two in Europe, and eight in Asia.  Qantas operates hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport, and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  Company stock is traded on the Sydney-based Australian Securities Exchange.

related stories

Qantas and Airbus point finger at Rolls-Royce for compensation (November 22, 2010)

Qantas adapts aircraft route assignments after A380 failure (November 16, 2010)

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

original stories

Alan Joyce on board as Qantas A380 returns to sky (The Australian)

First Qantas A380 back in operation (World News Australia)