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Frontier in talks with buyers, may be sold soon

by Richa 10. September 2013 07:05

Frontier Airlines that has been serving the passengers across the United States may be sold very soon. The airline is holding talks with a Phoenix based private equity firm and the negotiations might turn fruitful in the near future. Apparently, the firm intends to turn the Denver based carrier into an ultra-low-fare airline and follow the business philosophies of rivals Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air.

Trenton Mercer and New Castle near Wilmington are two airports dedicatedly served by Frontier. The airline currently operates 35 outbound flights to ten cities per week from Trenton and has 14 flights departing for five cities every week from Wilmington.

Most of the airline’s flights are 90 to 95 percent occupied at the time of departure. Experts suggest that the airline has done a great job in past and hence any buyer would be keen on taking over and develop relationships with the two airports.

Republic Airways Holdings, which currently owns Frontier disclosed a few days ago that it had signed a nonbinding agreement with an unnamed buyer. The deal is under process and is expected to close towards the end of September 2013.

Indigo Partners L.L.C., a Phoenix based firms is suspected to be the potential buyer. This firm has keen interests in investing in low cost airlines around the world. It holds stakes in Spirit, Singapore based Tiger Airways and Hungary’s Wizz Air.

Frontier has been running business on an ideology much similar to that of Spirit and Allegiant. It uses a combination of smaller secondary airports that charge lesser landing fees but hold proximity to large metropolitan area and some major airports.

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British Airways launches Dreamliner service to Toronto

by Richa 9. September 2013 05:06

British Airways, the premier carrier of the United Kingdom launched the Boeing 787-8 on London Heathrow-Toronto Pearson route on Sep 1. The inaugural flight arrived in London at 14:55 hours and departed for Toronto the same evening at 19:20 hours.

The new service is set to offer passengers comfort and decreased jet-lag. The aircraft, which is fitted with mood lighting, quieter cabins, lower air pressure, and better air quality, will help the customers enjoy their long haul flight. The carrier also plans to launch another Dreamliner on London-New York route beginning this October.

This Dreamliner can accommodate 214 passengers in three segments. There are 35 seats for business class, 25 seats for premium economy, and 154 seats for economy class passengers. These cabins are made up of high quality materials, contain comfortable seats, and have additional space for the baggage. Passengers traveling on business class tickets will benefit from full-flat seats along with a snack bar that remains open through the journey.

This plane has large windows to offer the customers a better view of the outside. The flight contains Thales entertainment system that offers customers an option to choose from an assortment of movies, TV, music, and interactive games. Passengers can also use the in-seat chat system to communicate with fellow passengers seated elsewhere.

British Airways is taking the opportunity to add more Dreamliners to its fleet. It aims at including 24 more of these Boeing aircrafts in the next four years. It looks to refurbish these planes with smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies for the travelers to enjoy their journey in peace and ease.

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ANA to put Boeing four 747s to rest from March 29 2014

by Richa 5. September 2013 05:12

All Nippon Airways or the ANA said that it was time for four of its Boeing 747-400s to withdraw from service. The airline has fixed the retirement of its last 747 aircraft that will operate between Naha, Okinawa, and Tokyo on March 29, 2014.

At present, All Nippon Airways is using five of these planes on domestic routes. The airline included the first Boeing 747SR-81 on December 20, 1978. It added its first Boeing 747-281B on June 25, 1985. The airline said towering fuel prices has forced it to arrive at this decision. It however, plans to replace these jets with smaller but more cost-efficient alternatives.

Pikachu Jumbo, the 747 aircraft that is adorned with designs of Pikachu and other characters from the famous Pocket Monsters animation series commonly known, as Pokémon will also be amongst the four. This jet is set to retire in September. The news might disappoint and break the hearts of many children who have had the chance to board this colorful plane.

This jet made its first public appearance in1998. It has since operated on both domestic and international routes. The carrier also planned a farewell flight on Haneda-Sapporo route connecting Tokyo and Hokkaido. The airline made three round-trip flights each day until August 8, 2013. The airline maintained that a related plane called Pokémon Jet would continue to operate. This is a Boeing 777 aircraft. Another prominent airline in Japan has already retired all its Boeing 747s.

The airline operates from its headquarters in Shiodome area in Minato, Tokyo. It has flights to 49 destinations within Japan and 32 cities across the world.

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Allegiant ends Gary service leaves the city without any flights

by Richa 4. September 2013 06:50

Allegiant Air that has been offering affordable air travel to millions of passengers across the United States recently pulled out of Gary, Indiana. Since Gary did not prove to be a very profitable route for the airline, it decided to pull out. The withdrawal of this service leaves Gary International Airport without any airline service.

The budget carrier operated its last flight from Gary, Indiana to Sanford, Florida. The airport tried hard in the past to market itself as one of the top three airports of Chicago. The carrier’s first flight departed from this airport way back in February 2011. The MD-80 aircraft packed with happy customers touched down at the Sanford International Airport in Florida to a warm reception.

This time around, the situation was different. Though the flight was packed, the atmosphere was dull. The electrifying aura and the hustle bustle was missing. Everyone onboard knew that it was perhaps their last flight from the city. Unfortunately, for Gary, Allegiant became the sixth airline to cease operations since 1999.

The airport recently invested $166 million for runway expansion project. The twice-a-week flight from the low cost carrier was its only hope. Despite pumping money and efforts, Gary has failed to attract the attention of airlines to operate from its base. However, ultimately it is the customers who stand to lose from the withdrawal of airline services from the city.

While other cities are flourishing and thriving, Gary has been standing silently to witness the unpleasant turn of events. This news has not only disheartened the airport authorities but passengers as well. They will miss their chance to travel at cheap airfares on Allegiant Air from the city.

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Air Canada to launch daily service to Sydney

by Richa 3. September 2013 05:42

Air Canada said it would be launching daily, year-round service between Sydney, Nova Scotia and Toronto. The carrier plans to launch this service from December 18, 2012. It said the increase in passenger demand has prompted it to arrive at this decision.

The airline has been operating flights between Sydney and Cape Breton for the past 71 years. There are a number of business and leisure travelers frequenting the cities of Sydney and Toronto for work and holiday. Keeping the flow of traffic and demand on mind the airline decided to add this service. Passengers are definitely going to benefit from these daily operations.

However, the new service will be operated by Jazz Aviation under the brand of Air Canada Express. The airline will use the services of 50-seater CRJ 200 jets to fly on the route. This service is remarkable as it will be the only nonstop, year-round offering between Sydney, Nova Scotia and Toronto.

As per Air Canada, flights will depart Sydney at 05:55 and arrive in Toronto at 07:30 same day. The return flights will depart Toronto Pearson at 20:50 and arrive in Sydney at 00:10 next day.

On the other hand, there is good news for the airline travelers. The airline reported adjusted net income of $115 million for the second quarter of 2013 compared to the adjusted net loss of $7 million year-over-year period. The EBITDAR recorded was $385 million at an increase of $73 million. The carrier is doing a great job and it reflects from its financial performance. Passengers can be assured that their favorite carrier is indeed flying high!

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Jet 2 to launch flights to the US offers free ice cream

by Richa 2. September 2013 07:02

Jet2, the leisure airline of the United Kingdom is expanding its network to the United States. The low cost carrier operates flights from eight cities in the UK to fifty destinations in Europe. It is now set to widen its reach to North America by launching service to Boston, New York and Toronto.

The airline said it is keen on offering its customers affordable travel across the Atlantic in the United States and Canada. It expects to open the new routes beginning spring 2014. With the commencement of its service to these new destinations, passengers will get one more option to book cheap tickets between the two counties.

Tickets to these destinations are already up for grabs. These can be purchased for as low as $775* for round trip travel. The airline industry is highly volatile and unpredictable. There are many established airlines in the industry with loyal clientele, who help boost their business. As such, it becomes difficult for these new entrants to create a new market for themselves. Offering tickets at low fares or marketing themselves using creative and innovative techniques has become an important exercise to attract the potential customers.

The budget airline used one such unique trick to attract customers. To promote a new route to Gran Canaria, Jet2 hit the streets with the Gran Canaria Ice-Cream Van offering free ice creams and with a chance to win free tickets to the isle. The van has been touring Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, and Newcastle.

The airline also has plans to broaden its scope and in line with its policies wishes to explore the domain of charter flights. It aims to offer charter flights to a few destinations outside of the United Kingdom.

*These are round trip fares inclusive of government fees, taxes, and surcharges. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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