News Listings for Legend Airlines

  • JetBlue to purchase IFE provider

    News | 16 Sep 2002 23:00

    <p>US low fares carrier JetBlue Airways has secured enough capital to avoid a secondary share offering and acquire in-flight television service provider LiveTV. </p> <p>The New York-based A320 operator posted a monthly load factor of 90.5% for August, becoming what is believed to be the first US carrier to surpass the 90% mark. With almost $300 million cash, JetBlue says it will not hold a secondary offering. It raised $158.4 million in its initial offering. </p> <p>LiveTV, a joint venture between Thales Avionics In-Flight Systems and Harris, was formed in 1999 to provide airline passengers in the USA with in-flight live broadcast television services. The service failed to take off, however, with airlines losing interest in live television and favouring e-mail/internet products instead. JetBlue is LiveTV's only customer. Alaska Airlines had expressed interest in offering the services, but failed to introduce them; Legend Airlines offered the service briefly before it collapsed; and F
  • Airbus boss spells out American challenges

    News | 20 Aug 2001 23:00

    <p>Allan McArtor, new chairman of Airbus' North American arm, says the European manufacturer faces two major near-term challenges in the USA: to increase local sales of its widebody aircraft, which have lagged behind the success of the A320; and to sell the company to an increasingly wary political establishment in Washington DC. </p> <p>The former Legend Airlines chief executive joins Airbus at a critical time of growing market presence in the USA. Deliveries to North American customers are averaging two aircraft a week compared with six years ago when local sales were at 10 a year. </p> <p>"Airbus has done a remarkable job at selling aircraft and now it must do as good a job at selling the company to different audiences including the travelling public, customer airlines, suppliers, Wall Street analysts and, maybe even more importantly, our Congress and administration," says McArtor. </p> <p>Increasing Airbus sales to mainstream US carriers have come largely at the expense of Boein
  • JetBlue adds more LiveTV

    News | 16 Jul 2001 23:00

    <p>JetBlue Airways has extended its LiveTV commitment to the additional 30 Airbus A320s it ordered at last month's Paris air show. </p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=5839' /></p> <p>The New York-based airline, the launch customer for Thales Avionics In-Flight Systems and Harris joint venture LiveTV, already operates 14 A320s offering the in-flight satellite-delivered television services to passengers at every seat. JetBlue's commitment to LiveTV totals 71 A320s with options for 60 more aircraft, with around 10 due for delivery each year through to 2007. The A320s feature 24-channel satellite television, offered free of charge, at each of the 162 seats. JetBlue is currently LiveTV's only operational customer following the closure of its second operator, Legend Airlines. </p> <p>In October JetBlue is due to introduce LiveTV's Wireless Data Link to provide high-speed, bi-directional data communication, connecting the aircraft to an airport base control centre. The system
  • Legend leader

    News | 04 Jun 2001 23:00

    <p>Allan McArtor has been named as the head of Airbus' North American operation, replacing Jack Schofield who resigned in March. McArtor co-founded Dallas-based Legend Airlines, which went bankrupt earlier this year.</p>
  • Still delivering

    News | 31 Mar 2001 23:00

    <p>Carole Shifrin TOULOUSE</p> <p>While other start-ups falter, JetBlue Airways is going strong. Having taken delivery of its eleventh A320, it is poised to continue growing </p> <p>JetBlue Airways has set records from the outset. When it launched at the start of last year it did so as the best-financed new entrant since US airline deregulation. It was also granted a record 75 peak-time slots to phase in at New York's JFK and has begun to utilise them with a fleet of brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft, rather than the usual Boeing 737 workhorse. As the carrier hosted a visit to Toulouse in February to take delivery of its eleventh A320, it soon became clear that JetBlue plans to continue the record-setting and innovation that has so far characterised its launch. </p> <p>JetBlue says it went into profit in August last year, after only six months of operation, and turned in a first profitable quarter for the last three months of the year. That is all the more impressive in light of the ex
  • Legend gives up fight as AccessAir fails

    News | 06 Mar 2001 00:00

    <p>Business sector specialist Legend Airlines and low-fare AccessAir have ceased flying after struggling to resume scheduled service in the face of tough competition and high fuel costs. </p> <p>The US Department of Transportation has withdrawn Legend's economic fitness certificate, while its remaining McDonnell Douglas DC-9s were repossessed by lessors after a $20 million cash injection from an investor group failed to materialise. The Dallas Love Field-based carrier is at odds with the US Federal Aviation Administration over whether it can sell its operating certificate when it liquidates its assets. Legend ceased flying in December, having once operated seven 56-seat DC-9-30s. </p> <p>Des Moines, Iowa-based AccessAir, which resumed flying last November after a bankruptcy filing, has halted service after failing to win significant market share on its route to Chicago Midway in competition with United Airlines. The carrier had accused its rivals of predatory behaviour.</p>