|16-May-16||Air India Express||Delhi||DEL||Abu Dhabi||AUH||B738|
|15-May-16||Air India Express||Delhi||DEL||Dubai||DXB||B738|
|13-May-16||Allegiant Air||Las Vegas, NV||LAS||Knoxville, TN||TYS||MD83|
|13-May-16||Delta Air Lines||Portland, OR||PDX||Anchorage, AK||ANC||B739|
|12-May-16||Delta Air Lines||Raleigh-Durham, NC||RDU||Paris CDG||CDG||B75W|
|15-May-16||Frontier Airlines||Austin-Bergstrom, TX||AUS||Philadelphia, PA||PHL||A319|
|13-May-16||Frontier Airlines||Cincinnati, OH||CVG||Philadelphia, PA||PHL||A319|
|15-May-16||Frontier Airlines||Salt Lake City, UT||SLC||Las Vegas, NV||LAS||A319|
|13-May-16||Frontier Airlines||San Antonio, TX||SAT||Atlanta, GA||ATL||A319|
|13-May-16||Frontier Airlines||San Antonio, TX||SAT||Denver, CO||DEN||A319|
|15-May-16||Frontier Airlines||San Antonio, TX||SAT||Las Vegas, NV||LAS||A319|
|13-May-16||Frontier Airlines||San Antonio, TX||SAT||Philadelphia, PA||PHL||A32S|
|12-May-16||JetBlue Airways||Boston, MA||BOS||Salt Lake City, UT||SLC||A320|
|16-May-16||Turkish Airlines||Istanbul Atatürk||IST||Atlanta, GA||ATL||B773|
|10-May-16||Turkish Airlines||Istanbul Atatürk||IST||Dubrovnik||DBV||A32S|
British Airways is launching the only direct flight between London and Santiago in Chile from January 3, 2017.
Santiago will become the airline’s lengthiest long-haul route, taking 14 hours 40 minutes, nearly an hour more than the current longest flight of 13 hours 50 minutes service to Buenos Aires.
The four-a-week flight will be served by the airline’s newest aircraft, the four-cabin Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First cabin.
Santiago will be the latest destination in Latin America to join British Airways’ route network. The airline recently launched new services to San Jose in Costa Rica and Lima in Peru. In addition, it also operates flight to Rio and Sao Paulo in Brazil and Buenos Aires in Argentina.
British Airways is taking delivery of 21 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, five of which arrived in 2015 and 11 of which will arrive this year. The final five will be delivered during 2018.
Turkish Airlines began service to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Monday by flying in the carrier’s signature Boeing 777-300ER featuring a special Batman v. Superman livery.
Announced on June 15th, 2015, Atlanta is the 9th city in the United Statesand the newest in North America after Miami, which received service last October.
Timing for the Atlanta flight is consistent with most Turkish flights to the United States, and are suitable for connecting to much of Europe and Asia through its Istanbul hub. The flight departs Istanbul at 14:05 and arrives in Atlanta at 19:05. Leaving Atlanta, the flight departs at 22:45 and arrives in Istanbul at 16:40.
The estimated flight time is between 11 and 12 hours each way. Turkish will fly the Boeing 777-300ER on the Istanbul – Atlanta route. The largest aircraft in its fleet, the 777-300ER seats 349 seats in a two-class configuration (49 in Business and 300 in Economy). Turkish currently has 29 777-300ER aircraft in their fleet. The airline has also the Atlanta route will decrease from daily to 5X weekly, starting October 30th, for the winter season at least.
From Hector Adler,
May 13, 2016
We would like to tell you about some fleet changes American has planned over the next several years. We are sharing this information now in order to keep you apprised well in advance of those things that may affect your decisions down the road. Now is the right time to make changes that will help keep our flying in line with demand and put the right plane on the right route. Over the next few years, American will be phasing out Embraer E190s and Airbus A330-300s, and accelerating retirements of Boeing B767s.
Here are the planned changes for each fleet type:
American plans to phase out our E190s by the end of 2019. Scott Kirby has said since the merger that eventually we would either need to increase this fleet or phase it out. The E190s have some expensive maintenance scheduled in the near future, so it makes sense to phase them out of the fleet in 2019.
Some key points on the E190:
• Today, these 20 aircraft primarily fly on the American Shuttle. The Shuttle isn’t going away. It’s a great product for our customers, and we want to keep their business.
• Because we are still several years away, we haven’t decided which aircraft will fly the Shuttle. But we will maintain the mix of mainline/regional Shuttle flying per the APA contract.
• The E190 is the only active fleet type in pay band Group I of the APA contract. After retiring our E190s, new hire pilots will train to fly Group II aircraft in the future.
This is an aircraft that has served US Airways well. But we only have nine of them and, again, smaller fleets can be pricey to maintain. Their Pratt & Whitney PW4168 engine is unique in our fleet, adding maintenance complexity and expense for such a small number of aircraft. With a seat count of 291, it’s duplicative of B777-200ERs, which are being retrofitted to 289 seats.
- A330-300 retirements begin in 2017 and will be done by the end of 2018.
- A330 pilots are qualified on both the -200 and -300.
- Flight attendants will be offered training in advance of the B777-200ER being introduced in designated markets.
No changes are planned for our 15 A330-200s.
As you know, we have been retiring B767s. Our first B767s were delivered in 1988 and at times, this type has been a challenge for our international reliability. We have 40 today. Our previous plan had been to draw down this fleet to 25 aircraft by the end of 2017. We will now retire an additional eight aircraft in 2018, leaving us with the 17 youngest aircraft in this fleet, which have all been retrofitted with fully lie-flat seats in Business Class.
Our fleet is experiencing transformational change. Fast. American is taking delivery of a new mainline aircraft every seven days and by 2017, the average age of our aircraft will be less than 10 years old. That’s the youngest of the U.S. network carriers (and some others, too). In fact, in 2015 we took delivery of more new planes than any airline in the world, and there are more on the way. We have an order book that includes new B737s, the B737 MAX, more A321s, A321neos and (on the widebody side) B787-8s and B787-9s arriving this year and A350s next year.
Pilots qualified on these aircraft will have plenty of time to go through necessary training and adjust to our new fleet lineup. Flight attendants are either cross-qualified or will be able to train on new aircraft in advance.
We’re making these changes at a great time for our airline and our fleet. Customer demand and profits are both strong, and with so many new planes on the way – both narrowbodies and widebodies – opportunities continue to be plentiful.
Please reach out to your Chief Pilot, Flight Service Manager, Base Manager or us with any questions.
LATAM Airlines took delivery of its first LATAM painted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on May 13th
The pictured CC-BGK landed in Santiago at 11:42 am on runway 17L.