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Wednesday
Jun292011

US Airways and Aegean Airlines plan a codeshare agreement

US Airways and Aegean Airlines have announced they plan to codeshare on certain flights between the United States and Greece.  The proposed codeshare is focused on the American city of Philadelphia, where US Airways has a hub, and the Greek capital city of Athens, very near where Aegean Airways has its headquarters.  According to a recent press release from both airlines, US Airways travelers will be able to fly the seasonal route between Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL) and Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV) in Athens, and have access to much of the domestic network of Aegean Airlines.

US Airways travelers will also have the option to fly from Philadelphia to London's Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), Munich's Franz Josef Strauss Airport (IATA: MUC; ICAO: EDDM), or Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) on US Airways, then onward to Athens or Thessaloniki (IATA: SKG; ICAO: LGTS) on Aegean Airlines.

Aegean Airlines travelers will be able to fly the seasonal route to Philadelphia from Athens, and then have access to the entire American network of US Airways from Philadelphia.  (It was not indicated that US Airways' American network would be part of the codeshare.)

The proposed agreement is still subject to both United States Department of Transportation (DOT) approval, and approval by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, and Networks in the Hellenic Republic.  Both airlines are members of the Star Alliance.

original stories

US Airways and Aegean Airlines Announce New Codeshare (US Airways)

US Airways and Aegean Airlines Announce New Codeshare Agreement (Aegean Airlines)

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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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Saturday
Jun182011

Delta Air Lines codeshare with Air Nigeria update

The codeshare agreement recently negotiated by Delta Air Lines and Air Nigeria is being gradually rolled out over the next few weeks.  The codeshare will be one-way, and will be very limited in scope, extending to only two round-trip routes, both operated by Delta.  Earlier this week, one of those routes went into effect, according to press releases from both airlines.  That route is Delta's round trip between its hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL) in Atlanta and Murtala Muhammed International Airport (IATA: LOS; ICAO: DNMM) in Lagos, the largest Nigerian city.  On July 4 this year, Delta's round trip between Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (IATA: ABV; ICAO: DNAA) in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, will become part of the codeshare.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines were happy with the agreement.  Kinfe Kahssaye, CEO of Air Nigeria, praised the agreement as an important step toward positioning Nigeria as the primary African gateway between Africa and North America.  Delta's senior Vice President for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Perry Cantarutti, said that Africa is "an important part of Delta's international network strategy."  Delta is the only United States-based airline with two Nigerian destinations in its network.

Negotiations between venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the Nigerian government produced Virgin Nigeria Airways in 2004.  Virgin Nigeria Airways commenced operations in 2005, using the aforementioned Murtala Muhammed International Airport as its main hub.  In late 2009, Virgin Nigeria Airways rebranded itself as Nigerian Eagle Airlines.  Then in 2010, it rebranded itself again, as Air Nigeria, following acquisition by new owner Jimoh Ibrahim.

Delta Air Lines was founded as Huff Daland Dusters (a crop dusting company) in Louisiana in 1924.  It changed its name to Delta Air Service, and commenced operations as a passenger airline five years later.  Delta relocated its main offices to Atlanta, Georgia in 1941.  It completed a merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008.  Consolidation was accomplished in 2010.  It is the world's largest airline by fleet size, number of destinations, and passenger revenue.

original stories

Delta Starts Codeshare Flights with Air Nigeria (Delta Air Lines)

Delta Starts Codeshare Flights with Air Nigeria (Air Nigeria)

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Tuesday
May172011

British Airways and Unite come to an agreement

Britain's highest-profile airline and its most popular trade union reached an agreement last week.  Unite the Union, which represents British Airways' cabin crew employees in labor negotiations, lifted its threat of "industrial action" (specifically strike action), a move which last year cost British Airways upwards of 7 million GBP every day (8 million EUR; 11.4 million USD) in its own estimation, and twice that amount in the estimation of Unite.  British Airways cabin crew employees still must vote, either for or against the settlement.  But according to a press release put out by Unite last week, union leadership has officially recommended that the employees cast their votes in favor of agreement.

Unite's General Secretary Len McCluskey characterized the agreement as one which "recognizes the rights and dignity of cabin crew, as well as the commercial requirements of the company."  McCluskey also cited the retention and restoration of certain travel bonuses and perks for cabin crew members, as a victory for Unite, and for the British Airways cabin crew employees it represents.

For its part, British Airways said in a press release last Thursday that it was "very pleased" at the resolution of the dispute, and at the indefinite shelving of any threatened industrial action.  The airline claimed "acknowledgement by [Unite] that the cost-saving structural changes we have made in cabin crew operations are permanent."

Following the announcement by the two sides, the Daily Telegraph held up the shareholders in the new International Consolidated Airlines Group, of which British Airways is a part along with Spain's Iberia, as the victors of these negotiations.  The Telegraph noted that the industrial action was only ever supported by 43 percent of British Airways' cabin crew employees, and that the travel perks for cabin crew members are actually conditional on "successful implementation over time of new procedures that govern the relationship between the union and the company."  Resolution, according to one writer at the Telegraph, "[ensures] that BA can be run as a business, and not a sinecure with wings." 

The New York-based Wall Street Journal however, speculated that neither party to these months-long negotiations can truly claim victory, "with [Unite] experiencing waning public support, while BA's brand has been tarnished."

British Airways was established in 1974 with the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  Unite the Union is a British and Irish trade union established in 2007, with the merger of Amicus the Union, and the Transport and General Workers' Union.

related stories

British Airways and cabin crew union adjourn without agreement (August 2, 2010)

Unite says it will strike through summer if demands not met (June 9, 2010)

Unite the Union begins strike series against British Airways (May 24, 2010)

The Unite strikes against British Airways are back on (May 21, 2010)

Unite is barred from going forward with BA strike action (May 18, 2010)

British Airways and cabin crew union are trying to avert strikes (May 12, 2010)

original stories

British Airways Statement on Agreement With Unite (British Airways)

Unite and British Airways reach agreement on cabin crew (Unite the Union)

IAG investors are the winners after BA's cabin crew dispute (Daily Telegraph)

British Airways, Unite Agree Deal; Strike Threat Lifted (Wall Street Journal)

Tuesday
Feb082011

Air New Zealand and Etihad Airways agree to codeshare

Air New Zealand and United Arab Emirates-based Eithad Airways announced today that their codeshare agreement will be in effect starting at the end of March.

Air New Zealand will place its codeshare symbol (NZ) on Etihad flights between the Etihad hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport (IATA: AUH; ICAO: OMAA) and the Australian cities of Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.  Air New Zealand will also place its codeshare symbol on all three daily flights operated in each direction by Etihad between Abu Dhabi International and Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) in London.

For its part, Etihad Airways will place its codeshare symbol (EY) on various domestic and trans-Tasman flights operated by Air New Zealand, and involving the New Zealand cities of Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown; and the Australian cities of Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.  According to the press release from Etihad, the EY symbol will even be placed on Air New Zealand's flights between Auckland and the Chinese capital city of Beijing.

The partnership also allows members of each airline's frequent flier program to earn and redeem points with the corresponding program of the other airline.  Both airlines' press releases clarify that Etihad Airways' EY symbol will only be placed on trans-Tasman services inbound to Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, Australia (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), from various New Zealand points of origin (Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch).  Air New Zealand flights outbound from Melbourne to those three destinations are not part of the codeshare.

Although the codeshare does not begin until the end of March, travelers with Air New Zealand and Etihad will be able to buy tickets in each other's networks (for travel at the end of March or later) toward the end of this month.  The codeshare is still subject to regulatory approval.

The United Arab Emirates is a sovereign federation of seven emirates on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, immediately to the east of the dominant occupant of that peninsula, Saudi Arabia.  It is a nation of contrasts, bordering Saudi Arabia along the extremely desolate Rub'al-Khali desert, but also boasting modern cities and surroundings that Westerners sometimes find surprisingly familiar.  Abu Dhabi is the capital and the most populous of the emirates.  Another emirate, Dubai, is dominated visually by the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Air New Zealand also announced that its newest Boeing 777-300ER would make a special visit tomorrow, to Wellington International Airport (IATA: WLG; ICAO: NZWN).  The capital city's largest airport has one bituminous surface 6,400 feet (1,951 meters) in length, which is insufficient length for the Boeing 777-300ER when the plane is filled to capacity with passengers, luggage, and fuel.  But with "only essential staff on board," the 777-300ER will be able to land and take off from Wellington International safely, according to Air New Zealand.

The 777-300ER will be assigned to Air New Zealand's Auckland-Los Angeles route, and its Los Angeles-London route.  Air New Zealand also flies non-stop between London and Hong Kong, and between Hong Kong and Auckland, making it the only airline to circumnavigate the globe.

Historically and politically often grouped with Australia, but geographically and geologically Polynesian, New Zealand is one of the southernmost inhabited places on the planet.  It was the native country of the late mountaineer Sir Edmund Hilary, and is also where the celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies was filmed, by New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson.

related stories

Air New Zealand increases its ownership share in Virgin Blue (January 21, 2010)

Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue partnership approved (December 16, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

original stories

Air New Zealand and Etihad Airways in codeshare agreement (Air New Zealand)

Etihad - Air New Zealand codeshare continue Australasia drive (Etihad Airways)

Air New Zealand's newest aircraft makes flying visit to Wellington (Air New Zealand)

Tuesday
Nov232010

AirTran pilots union reaches agreement with management

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents the pilots of AirTran Airways, ended "almost six years of negotiations" with company management late last week, when 87 percent of the airline's pilots voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement.  Most of the agreement between the Orlando, Florida-based low-fare carrier and the labor union representing its pilots takes effect on December 1, and it is expected to be valid for five years.  Linden Hillman, chairman of the AirTran Airways chapter of ALPA, expressed confidence that the new contract would continue to serve AirTran pilots well, even as their airline becomes part of the much larger low-fare competitor Southwest Airlines.

AirTran Airways is currently wholly owned by AirTran Holdings, Inc., a corporation whose stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and which is identified by the ticker symbol AAI.  The closing of the proposed Southwest-AirTran merger; and approval of it by the Department of Justice, the Department of Transportation, and the two airlines' respective shareholders, are both forthcoming.

original stories

AirTran Airways' Pilots Successfully Ratify Tentative Agreement (AirTran Airways)

AirTran Airways Pilots Reach New Contract With Management (www.earthtimes.org)

Monday
Nov082010

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect

Last Thursday, American Airlines (AA) announced via its website that it launched the codeshare partnership negotiated this past July, with the second-largest airline based in Germany, Air Berlin.  Only very few details were released by American Airlines about which flights operated by each of the carriers are part of this new codeshare.  But in the press release, American identified its three North American "cornerstone markets" as Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), Miami International Airport in Florida (IATA: MIA; ICAO: KMIA), and Los Angeles International Airport in California (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  And Air Berlin connects to each of those three American airports from its hub in Düsseldorf through its wholly-owned subsidiary LTU International.  (Air Berlin plans to fly a Berlin-New York non-stop route beginning next May.)  One therefore imagines that, at the least, the Air Berlin trans-Atlantic routes involving these three American cities, will be part of the codeshare.

Also according to the agreement, members of the American Airlines frequent flyer program traveling on flights operated by Air Berlin but booked under an American Airlines flight number, can put miles earned from the flights operated by Air Berlin toward American Airlines frequent flier rewards.  In anticipation of Air Berlin's expected admission to the Oneworld airline alliance in early 2012, the two airlines are working toward a more comprehensive, reciprocal arrangement allowing members of Air Berlin's frequent flier program similar privileges, when flying routes operated by American Airlines.

This codeshare also extends to Air Berlin's "strategic partner," the Austrian semi-low-fare carrier Niki.  Air Berlin's expected admission to the Oneworld airline alliance in early 2012 is also planned to coincide roughly with the grand opening of Berlin's brand new international airport.  The new facility is expected to entirely replace the already closed (in 2008) Tempelhof Airport south of central Berlin, and the currently operational Tegel Airport northwest of the city (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT), which is expected to close in 2012, and where Air Berlin holds a plurality of the passenger market share.  Another Berlin airport, Schönefeld southeast of the city (IATA: SXF; ICAO: EDDB) will be expanded and adapted to form part of the new facility, which itself will be named after former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, and will also be called Brandenburg International Airport.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 621 aircraft to 260 destinations, in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  It is the second-largest airline in the world by the former measure, and is the world’s third-largest airline by the latter measure.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  This relocation was criticized as a betrayal by then-New York mayor Ed Koch.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW), and its main offices are in Dallas.

Air Berlin is a German airline operating a semi-low-fare business model.  Air Berlin was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  It acquired LTU International in March 2007.  It operates 148 aircraft to 154 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Air Berlin relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

related story

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

original story (American Airlines)

Monday
Oct252010

United, Continental, and All Nippon get anti-trust immunity

Last Friday, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism approved anti-trust immunity for an alliance between United States-based United Continental Holdings (comprised of United Airlines and Continental Airlines), and Japan-based All Nippon Airways.  Final approval of the partnership by the United States Department of Transportation is forthcoming.  The partnership will seek to take advantage of a recently signed open skies agreement between the United States and Japan

United Airlines ultimately traces its origins to 1926, and to an air mail service founded by Walter Varney, and called Varney Air Lines.  Boeing Air Transport was founded a year later, by William Boeing.  In 1931, Varney and Boeing merged their companies to create United Airlines.  United flies a fleet of 360 aircraft to 73 domestic destinations and 41 international destinations.  United Airlines and and its subsidiaries together fly to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents, a distinction the airline only laid claim to earlier this year when it inaugurated its first ever service to the Ghanaian capital of Accra.  United Airlines' hubs are located in Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago, Illinois.  Its offices are located in Chicago.

The airline now called Continental Airlines was also founded by Walter Varney.  It commenced operations in 1934 as Varney Speed Lines.  It changed its name to Continental Airlines three years later.  Continental and its subsidiaries fly to 130 domestic destinations and 132 international destinations.  It and its subsidiaries also fly to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  Continental Airlines' hubs are in Houston, Texas; ClevelandNewark, New Jersey; and on the American-owned island of Guam.  Its offices are located in Houston.

A merger between United and Continental, under the holding company United Continental Holdings was approved by the United States Department of Justice this past August.  United Continental Holdings company stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

All Nippon Airways is the second-largest Japanese-based airline (behind Japan Airlines).  It was formed in 1952.  It operates hubs at Tokyo's two largest airports, Haneda (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT) and Narita (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA); and also at Osaka's two largest airports, Osaka International (IATA: ITM; ICAO: RJOO) and Kansai International (IATA: KIX; ICAO: RJBB).  It operates 168 passenger aircraft to 71 destinations on the continents of Asia, North America, and Europe.  It is based in the municipality of Minato in Tokyo.  Company stock is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

All airlines involved in this trans-Pacific partnership are members of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world.  United is a charter member, participating in the alliance's founding in 1997.  All Nippon joined in 1999, and Continental in 2009.

related stories

United and Continental shareholders vote on merger tomorrow (September 16, 2010)

Continental jobs will stay in Cleveland for five years (September 16, 2010)

Department of Justice approves United-Continental merger (August 27, 2010)

original stories

ANA Continental and United Secure Japanese Anti-Trust Immunity for Trans-Pacific (Air Transport News)

United Continental Holdings Applauds Signing of U.S.-Japan Open Skies Agreement (United Airlines)

United Continental Holdings Applauds Signing of U.S.-Japan Open Skies Agreement (Continental Airlines)

Friday
Oct152010

Jetstar and American agree to codeshare flights

The Australia-based Qantas Airways subsidiary Jetstar Airways, and United States-based American Airlines, have arranged a codeshare agreement.  American Airlines posted to their website yesterday morning that it plans to put its codeshare symbol (AA) on five routes operated by Jetstar entirely within New Zealand, Australia's neighbor across the Tasman Sea.  Three of those are the Jetstar routes between Jetstar's focus city of Auckland, and the cities of Christchurch, Queenstown, and Wellington, the national capital.  The other two are routes between Christchurch and Queenstown, and between Christchurch and Wellington.

In addition, an interline agreement between the two carriers will enable American Airlines customers to access the regional network of Jetstar.  Jetstar’s CEO Bruce Buchanan said the codeshare relationship will enable customers to book flights on all three airlines, “as part of a single booking.”  In addition, Jetstar flights marketed with the Qantas codeshare symbol (QF) will be eligible for American Airlines frequent flier program reward points.

Qantas and American are both charter members of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Qantas is affectionately nicknamed “The Flying Kangaroo.”

Qantas was founded in 1920 in the Australian town of Winton, Queensland, as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  Its official name is now Qantas Airways Limited, and it no longer uses its original full name for any official purpose.  It uses Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY), and Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), as its hubs, and is based in the Botany Bay neighborhood of Sydney.

Jetstar was founded by Qantas in 2003 as a low-fare subsidiary, operating within Australia.  It is wholly-owned by Qantas, and has since branched out beyond Australia.  It flies 52 aircraft to 30 destinations in the countries of Australia and New Zealand, on the continent of Asia, and including the American state of Hawaii.  Its largest hub is Tullamarine Airport, and its main offices are in Melbourne.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 621 aircraft to 260 destinations, in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  It is the second-largest airline in the world by the former measure, and is the world’s third-largest airline by the latter measure.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  This relocation was criticized as a betrayal by then-New York mayor Ed Koch.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW), and its main offices are in Dallas.

related stories

Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific expand codeshare (September 17, 2010)

Delta and Hawaiian agree to codeshare flights (September 11, 2010)

Finnair will buy 20 percent of Finnish Commuter Airlines (September 9, 2010)

Aegean and Continental agree to codeshare flights (August 26, 2010)

Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1 (August 12, 2010)

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

original stories

American Airlines and Jetstar Announce Codeshare and Interline Agreements (American Airlines)

American Airlines, Jetstar to code share (Sydney Morning Herald)

American Air deal for Jetstar (New Zealand Herald)

Friday
Sep172010

Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific expand codeshare

A Hong Kong-focused codeshare expansion is in the works between Japan Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, according to a press release posted to the website of parent company Japan Airlines Group today.  Japan Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (JL) on the new Cathay Pacific route between Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG; ICAO: VHHH) and Haneda International Airport in Tokyo (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT) scheduled to start on October 31.  Moreover, certain flights operated by both airlines between Hong Kong International and Tokyo's Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA); and by Cathay Pacific between Hong Kong International and New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, Japan (IATA: CTS; ICAO: RJCC) will be part of the codeshare.

This agreement is an expansion of a currently existing codeshare in which Japan Airlines places its codeshare symbol on a number of Cathay Pacific flights connecting Hong Kong with Osaka and two small Japanese cities.  The Japan Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Masaru Onishi and Cathay Pacific's CEO Tony Tyler both expressed confidence in the future success of the codeshare expansion.  Both airlines are members of the Oneworld airline alliance.  The codeshare expansion is scheduled to begin on October 31, and is still "subject to government approval."

Japan Airlines was formed in 1951, and is the flag carrier of Japan.  Japan Airlines has hubs at both major airports in the Tokyo area, business-oriented Haneda International near the city center, and suburban Narita International.  Its corporate headquarters is in the Shinagawa area of Tokyo.

Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier of Hong Kong, and was founded in 1946 by American and Australian former Air Force pilots.  Its largest hub is at Hong Kong International, and its main offices are in a building at the airport called Cathay Pacific City.

original story (Japan Airlines)

Thursday
Sep162010

Continental jobs will stay in Cleveland for five years

United Airlines has agreed to refrain from phasing out jobs at the Continental Airlines hub of Cleveland, Ohio, for five years following an agreement made with officials in the state, including state Attorney General Richard Cordray.  In connection with the merger of Continental into United, Ohio had been pursuing an anti-trust case against United, which the state has agreed to drop in exchange.  "Continental employs more than 2,000 workers" at Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland (IATA: CLE; ICAO: KCLE).

Violations of the agreement between United Airlines and Ohio are enforceable in federal court in that state, according to Cordray.  According to the agreement, violations of it by United could cost the airline as much as $20 million.

United Airlines ultimately traces its origins to 1926, and to an air mail service founded by Walter Varney, and called Varney Air Lines.  Boeing Air Transport was founded a year later, by William Boeing.  In 1931, Varney and Boeing merged their companies to create United Airlines.  United flies a fleet of 360 aircraft to 73 domestic destinations and 41 international destinations.  United Airlines and and its subsidiaries together fly to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents, a distinction the airline only laid claim to earlier this year when it inaugurated its first ever service to the Ghanaian capital of Accra.  United Airlines' hubs are located in Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago, Illinois.  Its offices are located in Chicago.

The airline now called Continental Airlines was also founded by Walter Varney.  It commenced operations in 1934 as Varney Speed Lines.  It changed its name to Continental Airlines three years later.  Continental and its subsidiaries fly to 130 domestic destinations and 132 international destinations.  It and its subsidiaries also fly to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  Continental Airlines' hubs are in Houston, Texas; ClevelandNewark, New Jersey; and on the American-owned island of Guam.  Its offices are located in Houston.

related stories

Department of Justice approves United-Continental merger (August 27, 2010)

Congressional hearings held on United-Continental merger (June 17, 2010)

original stories

Merged United Air to keep Ohio jobs for 5 years (Reuters)

Cleveland: Hopkins Airport to remain Continental hub at least five years (WKYC Cleveland-Akron)

Continental And United Provide Commitment to Cleveland (Continental Airlines)

Continental and United Provide Commitment to Cleveland (United Airlines)

Saturday
Sep112010

Delta and Hawaiian agree to codeshare flights

Starting next Wednesday, September 15, Delta Air Lines customers will be able to connect seamlessly to the inter-island network of Hawaiian Airlines.  This agreement expands upon a previous agreement which allows customers of each of the two airlines to redeem frequent flier miles with the other airline.  Flights which are part of the codeshare agreement will be available for purchase through Delta's website "and other ticketing channels" starting September 12.  Delta's managing director for alliances seemed particularly pleased with the upcoming alliance, according to a press release posted to the websites of both airlines.

The airline that became Delta Air Lines began flying passengers in 1929.  Delta relocated to Atlanta in 1941, and operates its largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL).  It became the world’s largest airline by passengers carried when its merger with Northwest Airlines was completed earlier this year.  Hawaiian Airlines was founded in 1929 as Inter-island Airways.  The airline changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines in 1941.  Its main offices are in Honolulu, the Hawaiian state capital.  Its largest hub is at Honolulu International Airport (IATA: HNL; ICAO: PHNL).

related stories

Aegean and Continental agree to codeshare flights (August 26, 2010)

Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1 (August 12, 2010)

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

original stories

Delta, Hawaiian Airlines sign codeshare agreement (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Hawaiian, Delta Sign Codeshare Agreement (Delta Air Lines)

Hawaiian, Delta Sign Codeshare Agreement - Delta customers gain seamless connections with Hawaiian Islands for the first time (Hawaiian Airlines)

Thursday
Sep092010

Finnair will buy 20 percent of Finnish Commuter Airlines

Finnair, the national airline of Finland, has announced plans to buy a 20 percent share of an associated regional airline called Finnish Commuter Airlines (often called "Finncomm").  It will also buy all the stock in the company that owns the 14 aircraft operated by Finnish Commuter Airlines.  The deal will be finalized later this year.  Through Finnish Commuter Airlines, customers of Finnair have access to a number of smaller nearby European cities, including Stuttgart, Germany since August 18.

Moreover, Finnair and Finncomm have reached a codeshare agreement on how to handle short-range flights this coming winter.  Finncomm will fly a number of domestic routes, and also fly between Helsinki and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.  According to Finnair's press release, this agreement superscedes the one previously made with the British low-cost, short-range carrier FlyBe Limited.

Finnair was founded in 1923, and operates 66 aircraft to 66 destinations in Europe, Asia, and North America as of the time of this post.  Its main offices are located in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and its largest hub is at Vantaa Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) in Helsinki.

Finnish Commuter Airlines was founded in 1993, and operates 14 aircraft to 20 destinations, all of which are in Europe.  Its offices are located in Ilmajoki, in the province of Western Finland.  Its largest hub is at Seinajoki Airport (IATA: SJY; ICAO: EFSI), in Ilmajoki.

original stories

Finnair to Buy 20% Stake In Finnish Commuter Airlines (Wall Street Journal)

Finnair and Finncomm Airlines continue their cooperation (Finnair)

Thursday
Aug262010

Aegean and Continental agree to codeshare flights

Starting this week, Aegean Airlines and Continental Airlines will each place their codeshare symbol on a limited number of each other's flights.  According to the codeshare agreement, United States-based Continental Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (CO) on routes flown by Aegean Airlines between Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV), and six destinations within Greece.  Those six domestic destinations are Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, and Chania.

Also according to the codeshare agreement, Aegean Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (A3) on routes flown by Continental Airlines between Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR) and Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (often called "Athens International Airport").  "Pending government approval," Aegean Airlines will also place its codeshare symbol on routes flown by Continental between Liberty International and Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris, and also between Liberty International and Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) in Rome.

Both airlines are members of the Star Alliance.

Aegean Airlines was formed in 1987 as Aegean Aviation.  It was renamed Aegean Airlines when it began regularly scheduled passenger services in 1999.  Aegean flies a fleet of 28 aircraft to 44 destinations on the continents of Europe, Africa, and Asia.  It operates a hub at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens.  It operates secondary hubs at Heraklion International Airport (IATA: HER; ICAO: LGIR) on Crete, and Thessaloniki International Airport (IATA: SKG; ICAO: LGTS).  Its main offices are located in a suburb of Athens called Kifissia.

Continental Airlines was founded in 1931 in El Paso, Texas, as Varney Speed Lines.  It began flying passengers three years later.  Continental flies to destinations on five of the six permanently inhabited continents.  The airline plans to commence service to Africa next spring when it will add the Egyptian capital Cairo, and the Nigerian capital Lagos, to its network.  It operates hubs in Houston, Texas; Newark, New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; and on the American-owned Pacific island of Guam.  Continental has agreed to merge with Chicago, Illinois-based United Airlines, to create what would become the world's largest airline in "revenue passenger miles."

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Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1 (August 12, 2010)

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

original stories

Aegean Airlines and Continental Airlines to start codeshare flights (Aegean Airlines)

Aegean Airlines and Continental Airlines to start codeshare flights (Continental Airlines)

Saturday
Aug072010

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare

Starting Monday, the Belgian air carrier Brussels Airlines will commence a codeshare agreement with the American-based carrier Continental Airlines.  According to the codeshare agreement, Continental Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (CO) on routes flown by Brussels Airlines between Brussels and nine other destinations in Europe; and also on routes flown by Brussels Airlines between the Belgian capital and twelve destinations in Africa.

Meanwhile, according to the codeshare agreement, Brussels Airlines will for its part, place its codeshare symbol (SN) on Continental's daily flights (one in each direction) between the Belgian capital and Continental's hub in the New York metropolitan area, Liberty International Airport near Newark, New Jersey (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR).  Brussels Airlines will also place its codeshare symbol on flights operated by Continental between Liberty International and five domestic destinations.  Those five are, alphabetically, Cleveland, Ohio (a Continental hub); Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Houston, Texas (location of the carrier's headquarters); and Orlando, Florida.

Brussels Airlines was formed in 2006 and commenced operations the following year.  The highest-profile airline based in Germany, Lufthansa, owns a 45 percent share in Brussels Airlines.  The airline is headquartered in the Belgian town of Diegem, in Flemish Brabant, a province in the center of the country which completely surrounds the capital city.  The airline's largest hub is at National Airport in Brussels (IATA: BRU; ICAO: EBBR).

The company that eventually became Continental Airlines was founded in 1931 in El Paso, Texas.  It commenced operations three years later.  It is a publicly owned airline whose stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  Earlier this year, Continental Airlines signed an agreement to merge with the Chicago, Illinois-based carrier United Airlines.

related stories

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (Continental Airlines)

Thursday
Jul292010

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American

In anticipation of joining the Oneworld airline alliance in 2012, the German carrier Air Berlin has signed codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair.  Information posted to Air Berlin’s website on Tuesday explains that these arrangements will give Air Berlin’s customers convenient access to many destinations in Asia, and also to many destinations in North America.

The President and the CEO of American Airlines and Air Berlin respectively, Tom Horton and Joachim Hunold respectively, told the press they were “pleased” and “very pleased,” respectively, at the agreement.  The President of Finnair, Mika Vehviläinen meanwhile, was “delighted” at the intent of Air Berlin to join the Oneworld airline alliance, and noted that customers of Air Berlin, through partnership with Finnair, would gain "first class access to destinations in Asia."  British Airways will act as the alliance sponsor for Air Berlin.

Indeed, geographically, Air Berlin now stands to gain indirect access to a number of new destinations on both sides of its base.  As of this post, it directly operates flights to only seven North American destinations non-stop, year-round.  And it directly operates flights to only seven Asian destinations, non-stop, year-round, only two of which are located in the eastern part of Asia.  The new partnership significantly increases the number of flights available to customers of Air Berlin.

Finnair was founded in 1923.  Its main offices are in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and its largest hub is Vantaa Airport in Helsinki (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK).  Finnair flies non-stop to ten Asian cities.  Eight of those are in the eastern part of Asia.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).

Air Berlin is a German airline operating a semi-low-cost business model.  It is the second-largest German-based airline behind Lufthansa.  Air Berlin was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  The airline relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

related stories

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original stories

Air Berlin concludes codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair after joining oneworld (Air Berlin)

Air Berlin to join oneworld alliance (British Airways)

Tuesday
Jul202010

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan

Starting today, air travelers flying with either American Airlines or JetBlue Airways, on an itinerary involving one or both of Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) or Logan International Airport in Boston (IATA: BOS; ICAO: KBOS) will benefit from “more convenient connections and travel options” to and from those two airports, within the domestic and international networks of those two airlines.  The relationship resulting from this interline agreement will be limited to those routes unique to one or the other of the two airlines.  This will cause no route overlap whatsoever, according to a post made to the website of American Airlines yesterday.  Also, starting later this year, members of each airline’s frequent flyer program will be able to earn points with the other airline’s frequent flyer program when flying certain routes.  The routes for which frequent flyer points on the two airlines will be interchangeable, are listed in the press release on the American Airlines website.

On November 1 this year, the two airlines are scheduled to trade timeslots, in a transaction involving three airports, Kennedy International, Logan International, and Westchester County Airport in mainland New York State.

American Airlines was founded in New York in 1930, when dozens of smaller airlines merged to form American Airways.  It relocated its headquarters to Dallas, Texas in 1979, where the airline’s main offices remain today.  American’s largest hub is at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).

JetBlue is a low-cost airline which was founded in New York in 1998.  Its offices are located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, in the City of New York.  Its main hub is Kennedy International.  JetBlue is unusual among American-based carriers in that it is a non-union airline.

related stories

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (American Airlines)