Airbus Delivers First A321neo to Virgin America
Virgin America took delivery of the first Airbus A321neo a CFM Leap-1A-powered variant on Thursday 20 April at an handover ceremony in Hamburg. Airbus announced joint FAA-EASA certification of the Leap-powered A321neo on 1 March, two-and-a-half months after the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered version gained its approval. The airline agreed to lease 10 A321neos from GECAS. Alaska Air Group subsidiary Virgin America currently operates a fleet of 63 Airbus A320 family aircraft consisting of A319s and A320s powered by CFM56-5B turbofans.
American Airlines is dropping most of its NFL team charter flights
American Airlines is dropping six of its NFL team charter flights, but it will continue to provide charters for the Carolina Panthers. In a memo to employees first reported by Forbes, the airline said it will end its agreements to fly the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers, in a move designed to increase aircraft capacity for existing scheduled operations.
BTS: US airline load factor down to 83.3 percent
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines’ systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service load factor – a measure of the use of airline capacity – fell to 83.3 percent in January, seasonally adjusted, falling for the second consecutive month.
Emirates Cuts U.S. Service Amid Drop in Traffic
Emirates Airline plans to cut services to five of its 12 U.S. destinations from Dubai in reaction to declines in traffic since the attempts by U.S. President Donald Trump to ban citizens from several Muslim-majority nations from entering the country. A more recent ban on large electronic devices in the cabins of airplanes flying into the U.S. from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries has accelerated the declines.
Hawaiian posts $37 million 1Q net profit; A321neos to come in October
Hawaiian Holdings, parent of Hawaiian Airlines, reported a $36.9 million net profit for 2017Q1 down 28.3% from a $51.5 million in prior year quarter. Hawaiian CEO Mark Dunkerley also announced that deliveries of 16 Airbus A321neos, originally scheduled for early 2017 but delayed by several months commencing in October.
PEMCO Pens MRO Contract With U.S. Airline
Florida-based maintenance and engineering company PEMCO World Air Services has signed a three-year agreement with U.S.-based low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines covering its fleet of more than 60 Airbus A320-family aircraft.
US regional Republic poised to emerge from Chapter 11
A US federal bankruptcy judge in New York has approved the reorganization plan of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings, paving the way for Republic to exit Chapter 11 protection. Republic Airways said it expects to emerge from Chapter 11 by the end of April, the carrier operates a fleet of 170 Embraer E170/175 aircraft.
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