Archive | June, 2013


Norwegian bets on low-cost, long-haul with 787

Norwegian took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8, registration EI-LNA, today – a day after celebrating the deal with International Lease Finance (ILFC) and Boeing executives in Seattle. Flightglobal Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of the Oslo-based carrier, says that he anticipates success on its new long-haul routes to Bangkok and New York as a result […]

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PICTURE: American’s new little bird

American Airlines first Airbus A319 has rolled out of the factory in Hamburg, as it preps to enter service at the carrier in September. American Airlines How many A319s the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier will ultimately take out of the 130 A319 and A321s that it has on order is still unclear. International Aero Engines […]

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How will United use its 787-10s?

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, United Airlines has options with its Boeing 787 orders. The Chicago-based carrier’s latest order for 20 roughly 320-seat -10 variants only reconfirms this fact. The aircraft are slated to replace “older, less efficient aircraft”, according to a release, but – considering that their deliveries are five […]

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Delta’s Memphis in maps

Delta Air Lines will cut 12 destinations and about 30 flights from Memphis International this September, as it de-hubs the former Northwest Airlines stronghold. Gone are flights to Baton Rouge, Fayetteville/Northwest Arkansas, Fort Lauderdale, Jackson, Knoxville, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Phoenix, St. Louis, Shreveport and Tulsa by 3 September. Remaining are 27 cities and […]

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More sharklets debut at JFK

This entry was written by Flightglobal reporter Jon Hemmerdinger, who we hope to have posting regularly to the Airline Business Blog in short order. New York planespotters take note: more shark fins may cut the skies above John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport this summer. JetBlue Airways announced in an 8 June blog post that it […]

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LCC interactive 13

How are network carriers facing up to the LCC threat

Are network carriers faring any better this time round in their attempts to restructure their operations to counter the budget sector threat on short-haul traffic? As part of this year’s Airline Business interactive low-cost carrier special, published in association with CFM International, we chart the distinctly mixed track record of network airlines’ own attempts to launch budget operations and look at the different approach across the regions.

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United and Houston, one year later

United Airlines is making good on its threat to cut capacity at Houston Intercontinental, one of its largest hubs, finds a new Flightglobal Pro analysis. Capacity is down 11.4% this month compared to June 2012, Flightglobal/Innovata data shows. The Chicago-based carrier says that capacity is down 6% based on its internal data. The cuts come […]

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United says goodbye to the 737-500 (and the 767-200ER)

United Airlines retired its last Boeing 737-500 on 30 May, with a final flight from Cleveland to Houston Intercontinental. United Airlines The aircraft operated United 1705, which landed at Intercontinental at 19:44 local time, according to FlightAware. It was the Chicago-based mainline carrier’s last 737 classic. The 737-500 (N62631) was delivered to Continental Airlines in […]

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What’s trending in airline IT?

Two weeks from now the glitterati of the airline technology world will congregate in the countryside outside Brussels for the industry’s IT event of the year, the SITA Air Transport IT Summit.The assembly takes place on 18-20 June, and one of its regular highlights is the revealing of the top line results of the Airline […]

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PICTURE: Alaska’s colourful Hawaii

This entry was written by Flightglobal reporter Jon Hemmerdinger, who we hope to have posting regularly to the Airline Business Blog in short order. Alaska Airlines is showing off its dedication to Hawaii – literally.  The Seattle-based carrier unveiled a Boeing 737-800 painted in its new “Spirit of the Islands” livery in Honolulu on 3 June, […]

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