daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Airports and Aviation

Airports and Aviation » Airports | Photos and Videos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old December 18th, 2010, 06:06 AM   #801
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Southwest official says $1.4 billion purchase of AirTran likely to close in second quarter
18 December 2010

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines Co. said Friday its proposed $1.4 billion purchase of AirTran Airways is likely to close in the second quarter.

The company had previously said the deal would close in the first half of 2011.

In a blog posted on the airline's website Friday, senior vice president Jeff Lamb said the company now has "a little clearer picture of the timeframe" for getting Justice Department approval for the deal, narrowing it down to the second quarter.

Last month, Southwest said federal antitrust regulators had requested more information about the deal.

By buying rival low-fare carrier AirTran, Southwest would expand to Atlanta and the Southeast, plus add AirTran's destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Dallas-based Southwest carries more U.S. passengers than any other airline.

Southwest shares rose 29 cents, or 2.3 percent, to close at $12.93.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old December 20th, 2010, 07:38 PM   #802
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

More union charges against Delta: Airline accused of influencing vote against representation
18 December 2010
The Atlanta Journal - Constitution

The Machinists union submitted a third filing of interference charges against Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, seeking a new representation election among Delta's passenger service agents after losing one earlier this month.

The filing to the National Mediation Board follows a similar appeal last week over prior elections involving Delta baggage handlers and stock clerks, which the union also lost.

Such charges are not unusual after large, contentious campaigns.

The union contends Delta coerced employees to vote from company-controlled computers and held meetings with employees "to convey anti-IAM information and misinform employees about voting," among other things. The Machinists seek a new election by either mail or by electronic means that don't include votes being cast on Delta computers or phones.

Delta will respond after reviewing the IAM's filling, said Gina Laughlin, a Delta spokeswoman. She said the union is "ignoring the will of the employees and delaying our employees' ability to benefit from one set of pay, benefits, work rules and seniority list."

The union elections were needed to settle representation issues stemming from mostly nonunion Delta's merger with Northwest, which was much more heavily unionized. Flight attendants also rejected representation, and the union involved in that vote also is seeking a new vote.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 20th, 2010, 07:39 PM   #803
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Delta Air Lines Seeks Pact With Air Nigeria
18 December 2010

Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) is seeking approval from regulators for an alliance with Air Nigeria, expanding its access to Africa's largest aviation market.

The U.S. carrier started transatlantic services to the continent in 2006 and will next month add its eighth destination, Luanda, the Angolan capital. It faces competition from United Airlines, who this week launched a service to Lagos, Nigeria from Washington D.C. and in June started flights to Accra, Ghana.

West Africa's burgeoning energy industry is an attractive target for airlines because of rising premium-class traffic. Continental, United's merger partner and part of United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL), plans to start a Houston-Lagos service next year.

The proposed pact would allow Delta, which started flying to Lagos in 2007, to put its code on Air Nigeria services and vice versa. The plan was revealed in a regulatory filing this week with the Department of Transportation.

Air Nigeria has a fleet of 10 aircraft and plans to boost this to 15 by mid-2011 and 30 by 2014, according to the company. It flies to six domestic cities from its Lagos base and nine international destinations in West Africa.

Air Nigeria changed its name from Virgin Nigeria Airways earlier this year after Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd, a founding shareholder, severed its franchise deal with the Nigerian carrier.

Nigeria and the U.S. have an open-skies aviation treaty dating from 2000, but alliances between airlines from the two countries were effectively barred by regulators on safety grounds. However, the Federal Aviation Administration in August granted Nigeria its top Category 1 safety status, allowing airlines from the country to fly to the U.S. and pursue alliances with American carriers.

The planned Delta-Air Nigeria deal would be among a handful of pacts between U.S. and African airlines. Kenya Airways (KAL.NR) is a member of the Delta-led SkyTeam alliance, but efforts to start transatlantic services from Nairobi have been stalled by regulatory problems.

Delta is also working on a code-share deal with TAAG Angolan Airlines.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 22nd, 2010, 05:02 PM   #804
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Delta to resume Aeromexico code-share

ATLANTA, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc said on Tuesday that it will reinstate the code-share arrangement under which it sells seats on Aeromexico planes onDec. 29.

The move follows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's recent decision to restore Mexico's aviation safety rating to Category 1. Earlier this year, Delta had pulled its DL code from Aeromexico bookings after the FAA downgraded that rating to Category 2, which typically means that aviation authorities have fallen short on technical expertise, personnel or inspection procedures.

The FAA downgrade temporarily prohibited U.S. airlines from selling seats on flights of airlines overseen by Mexican authorities, Delta said. In code-sharing agreements, an airline sells seats on another carrier's flights as if they were its own.

On Dec. 1, the FAA said Mexico's civil aviation authority had regained compliance with international safety standards.

Aeromexico is a member of the SkyTeam marketing alliance led by Delta.

Shares of Delta were up 1.4 percent at $12.70 in afternoon trading as most other U.S. airlines gained. The Arca Airline index <.XAL> was up nearly 1 percent.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 22nd, 2010, 05:04 PM   #805
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Delta takes tickets off some travel agency sites
Airline says it wants to drive more purchases through Delta.com.

22 December 2010
The Atlanta Journal - Constitution

Delta Air Lines is pulling flights from several small online travel agency sites, as it tries to increase bookings coming directly through delta.com.

Delta said its customers are no longer able to buy Delta flights through CheapOAir.com, OneTravel.com and BookIt.com effective Dec. 17. Delta tickets booked on those sites through Dec. 17 will be honored. Representatives for the websites could not be reached Tuesday.

Travelers will still be able to book on the largest travel Web sites including Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia and Priceline, according to Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter.

Glen Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president of network planning, revenue management and marketing, discussed online travel agencies at the company's investor day last week, saying some distribution channels have "enormous value," while others "are of less value."

He said Delta's preference is to have a channel to its best customers that is as direct as possible, and the airline would like to grow the percentage of business coming directly through Delta.com for certain travel segments. Selling more tickets directly through Delta's website can decreases fees the airline pays and thus reduce the cost of distribution.

For customers buying Delta tickets, "The most robust experience you should have in that transaction should theoretically be our Web site," Hauenstein said.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 22nd, 2010, 05:08 PM   #806
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Dumping Baggage Should Help Boost Delta's Stock Price
21 December 2010
The Wall Street Journal

When it comes to baggage handling, Delta Air Lines could learn a thing or two from Ford Motor.

At its investor day recently, Delta laid out plans to deal with the baggage that grounds most U.S. airline stocks: debt. Delta expects to end the year with net debt of $15 billion, equivalent to 3.6 times Morgan Stanley's estimate of 2010 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and aircraft rents, or Ebitdar. That is high for a notoriously cyclical business and above the sector median of 2.9 times.

High debt incurs costs that divert cash flow from dividends and reinvestment. Net interest charges of $1.2 billion will eat up a quarter of Delta's Ebitdar this year. High leverage also weighs on stock prices by making the business riskier. Delta declared bankruptcy just five years ago.

Delta says its plan to cut net debt to $10.2 billion by the end of 2012 should save $400 million a year. That is worth about 33 cents of earnings a share, equivalent to 15% of this year's consensus estimate.

If Delta hits its 2012 target, net debt divided by Ebitdar could drop to 1.9 times. Lower leverage should prompt a re-rating of Delta's stock. Besides lower balance-sheet risk, progress on this front would reassure shareholders that management is sticking to this month's message of discipline on costs and investment.

How big is the potential gain? Ray Neidl, senior aerospace specialist at Maxim Group, reckons stocks of the large network carriers like Delta have struggled historically to get above six or seven times projected earnings. Delta's is now 5.6 times.

Deleveraged, Mr. Neidl reckons, the multiple could rise to 12 times, more like Southwest Airlines or the regional carriers. These competitors have long boasted faster growth, so lower leverage isn't the only thing keeping their multiples aloft.

Still, say progress on deleveraging pushes Delta's forward price-to-earnings multiple up to just eight times. On 2011 consensus earnings, that implies a stock price of almost $18, or 42% above today's level.

If the re-rating takes hold, Delta should consider mimicking Ford's strategy.

Also operating in an ultracompetitive, debt-laden industry, Ford has charted a skillful, self-reinforcing strategy to delever. Far from putting off investors because of dilution, Ford's episodic stock issuance to pay down debt over the past two years has been met with enthusiasm as its risk profile has improved. Since March 2009, Ford's average share count has risen 45%, but its share price has soared more than ninefold.

If Delta can demonstrate a similar focus on cutting debt, its stock could break through the clouds in 2011.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 22nd, 2010, 05:09 PM   #807
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Delta regional jet develops trouble in 1 engine, lands safely in Syracuse, NY
21 December 2010

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A Delta Air Lines Inc. jet with 52 people aboard has made a safe landing in Syracuse after experiencing problems with one of its two engines.

A city aviation spokeswoman, Christina Reale, said a low oil pressure gauge lit up when the Detroit-to-Syracuse flight was about five miles from its destination.

The pilot shut down the engine and declared an emergency landing. The regional jet, a Bombardier CRJ-200, landed without incident shortly after noon Monday at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 23rd, 2010, 06:37 PM   #808
GTR66
GTR66
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 1,274
Likes (Received): 312

Delta Expands Pacific Service with Two New Routes from Japan
Delta Air Lines today expanded its Asia-Pacific network with the addition of new nonstop flights between Japan and two popular vacation destinations – Honolulu and the Pacific island of Palau.
The new service to Palau brings to 17 the number of Asia-Pacific destinations offered by Delta. The Nagoya-Honolulu route establishes a new competitive option for customers traveling between the two cities.

"Delta has been a leader in providing service from Japan to attractive beach resort destinations including Guam, Saipan and Hawaii for many years," said Jeff Bernier, managing director -- Pacific Sales and Affairs. "Our new service to Palau and expanded service to Honolulu underscore our commitment to providing more travel options to customers in Japan."

Tokyo—Palau

Delta's new service between its Tokyo-Narita hub and Palau operates four times weekly and is the only service connecting the two airports.

Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean that lies 500 miles east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles south of Tokyo, is a popular scuba diving destination. In addition to divers, the island has been attracting tourists interested in its well-preserved natural environment. Nearly 30,000 Japanese tourists visit Palau each year.

The Palau flights, which are operated with 182-seat Boeing 757 aircraft featuring 20 BusinessElite seats and 162 seats in Economy, are scheduled as follows:

607
Narita at 3:50 p.m.
Palau at 9:10 p.m.
Dec. 22, 2010
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

608
Palau at 4:05 a.m.
Narita at 9:15 a.m.
Dec. 23, 2010
Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

Effective April 1, 2011, Delta will adjust its flight schedules to improve connections for U.S. customers flying to Palau. The flight will have a revised departure time of 6:30 p.m. to enable connections from all of Delta's U.S. gateways via Tokyo. The re-timed flight will arrive into Palau at 11:45 p.m.

Nagoya—Honolulu

New nonstop service between Nagoya and Honolulu expands Delta's reach from Nagoya where it now offers more service than any U.S. airline, with nonstop flights to six cities – Detroit, Guam, Honolulu, Manila, Saipan and Tokyo-Narita.

The new flights also improve options for customers traveling nonstop between Nagoya and Honolulu by adding a second competitor on the route.

"Delta's new service provides more travel opportunities to our customers in the Chubu region," Bernier said. "Delta continues to be committed to the Chubu market, and we will continue to work with Nagoya - Centrair International Airport, local government, businesses and industry partners to offer a broader portfolio to better meet the needs of the local market."

The Nagoya-Honolulu service operates with 216-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring 35

BusinessElite seats and 181 seats in Economy. Flights are scheduled as follows:

612
Nagoya at 7:50 p.m.
Honolulu at 8:05 a.m.
Dec. 22, 2010
Daily

611
Honolulu at 10:40 a.m.
Nagoya at 4:20 p.m. (next day)
Dec. 22, 2010
Daily

The new flights are part of Delta's ongoing expansion in Asia where it recently has seen revenue growth of more than 50 percent. In addition to added service to Honolulu and Palau, Delta plans to add new routes to Guangzhou and Tokyo-Haneda in 2011, and expand service to Beijing, Manila and Shanghai.

Delta now serves 17 cities across the Asia-Pacific region – Tokyo-Narita, Nagoya, Osaka, Pusan, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Palau, Guam, Saipan, Sydney and Tahiti*. During the last three years, Delta has achieved a more than five-fold increase in Asia-Pacific markets through its acquisition of Northwest as well as organic growth.
GTR66 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 25th, 2010, 02:08 AM   #809
GTR66
GTR66
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 1,274
Likes (Received): 312

Southwest says AirTran deal likely to close in 2Q

Southwest Airlines Co. said Friday its proposed $1.4 billion purchase of AirTran Airways is likely to close in the second quarter.

The company had previously said the deal would close in the first half of 2011.

In a blog posted on the airline's website Friday, senior vice president Jeff Lamb said the company now has "a little clearer picture of the timeframe" for getting Justice Department approval for the deal, narrowing it down to the second quarter.

Last month, Southwest said federal antitrust regulators had requested more information about the deal.

By buying rival low-fare carrier AirTran, Southwest would expand to Atlanta and the Southeast, plus add AirTran's destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Dallas-based Southwest carries more U.S. passengers than any other airline.

Just want to wish my readers a happy holidays and safe travels by any means of transportation. Thank you for reading.

Last edited by GTR66; December 25th, 2010 at 02:09 AM. Reason: mistake
GTR66 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 26th, 2010, 05:57 AM   #810
micrip
Registered User
 
micrip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 3,911
Likes (Received): 1069

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTR66 View Post
Southwest Will Add Bigger Planes to Fleet

Southwest has confirmed that it will add Boeing's 737-800 aircraft to its fleet, after months of speculation and union votes. Southwest flies an all-737 fleet, but the -800 version is significantly larger than the versions currently in use, with up to 175 seats instead of 137.

The airline confirmed the move after its pilots union voted to approve a contract modification that would cover the larger planes. Southwest's flight attendants already voted their approval. The new planes will require a fourth flight attendant, compared to three on the airline's current aircraft.

Southwest said it will take its first delivery of the new planes in the first quarter of 2012. It will switch its orders for -700s models in 2012 to -800s.

Now the question becomes: Where will the new planes fly? Hawaii, for starters, is a likely choice. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly tipped his hand in October, when he said the larger planes make Hawaii a realistic option. But it's not necessarily because the planes fly farther. The Dallas Morning News' Terry Maxon writes, "Southwest can profitably fly to more distant markets like Hawaii and far points of the Caribbean that wouldn't be feasible on aircraft with fewer seats."

Readers, where do you think Southwest should fly with its new planes?
They should put them on the BWI-DEN-BWI route. I've flown this both ways 3 times, and there hasn't been a single empty seat on any of these flights.
__________________
Baltimore...Propensity for Density
micrip no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 31st, 2010, 04:11 AM   #811
GTR66
GTR66
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 1,274
Likes (Received): 312

I guess someone took out their anger out on some one. Please dont act like a but hole to someone when you are having a bad travel day.

Teen Punched for Not Turning Off iPhone During Flight Landing
[IMG]http://southwest coming in[/IMG
]An elderly man was arrested last night for punching a teenager in the arm during a Southwest Airlines flight.
Why so grumpy? Apparently, the boy wouldn't shut off his iPhone as the plane was landing.
During a flight from Las Vegas, Nevada to Boise, Idaho, Russell Earl Miller, 68, apparently lost his temper when a 15-year-old passenger ignored intercom requests to shut off electronic devices as the plane prepared to land. Witnesses told police that Miller punched the unaccompanied young passenger in the arm.
Miller was arrested upon landing and charged with one count of misdemeanor battery.
Lieutenant Kent Kipple of the Boise police told KBOI 2News that Miller punched the boy so hard it left a mark on the teen's arm.
"That gave us probable cause to believe the reports from the other passengers," Lipple said.
A Southwest spokeswoman declined to comment on the incident, but said the airline requires all phones and electronics to be turned off during takeoff and landing.
GTR66 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 31st, 2010, 04:15 AM   #812
GTR66
GTR66
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 1,274
Likes (Received): 312

Well this not a big of a shocker any more. But what a year for Southwest airlines.

No. 2 on our top 10 airline stories of 2010: Southwest, AirTran propose a low-fare merger
Its own growth stalled, Southwest Airlines sidled up to AirTran Holdings last spring and whispered sweet things in its ear.

The eventual result was the Sept. 27 announcement that Southwest would be buying its low-fare competitor as soon as the U.S. Department of Justice and AirTran shareholders give their blessing.

If and when completed, the combination will give Southwest more than three dozen additional markets. Among those prizes are a good foothold at Atlanta Hartsfield, the world's busiest airport, and a handful of international destinations.

The AirTran acquisition will also give Southwest another airplane type, the Boeing 717 - the last new aircraft from McDonnell Douglas as it was merging with Boeing in the 1990s.

Any deviation from the Boeing 737 type seems unthinkable to longtime Southwest purists, but Southwest executives are chirping happily about its impending arrival.

Southwest is similarly enthusiastic about getting larger, 175-seat version of the Boeing 737-800 that Southwest decided to buy in December. The first copies are to arrive in March 2012.

For the immediate future, Southwest officially plans to retire as many airplanes as it acquires from Boeing. But expect that to change after AirTran comes aboard and Southwest begins assessing its impact. We're a growth airline, chairman and CEO Gary Kelly keeps telling Wall Street, and we want to start growing again.

One could argue that the Southwest-AirTran deal is the biggest story, particularly for North Texas. But it's a story more for 2011 and 2012 than for 2010.
GTR66 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 31st, 2010, 12:57 PM   #813
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Phoenix-bound Delta flight makes emergency landing in Colorado after engine trouble
31 December 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Delta flight en route from Detroit to Phoenix has made an emergency landing in Colorado Springs after having trouble with one of its engines.

Flight 1921 landed Thursday morning at the Colorado Springs Airport.

The airport says the plane's 224 passengers and seven crew members were evacuated on the emergency slides as a precaution because the Boeing 757 had hot brakes following the landing.

The airport says two passengers suffered minor injuries during the evacuation and were taken to the hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration says a fire was also reported in the plane's main landing gear.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black says the airline can't confirm reports of a fire until the plane is examined. He says another plane will take the passengers to Phoenix later Thursday.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2011, 04:18 AM   #814
GTR66
GTR66
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 1,274
Likes (Received): 312

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! everyone!

What a year Southwest Airlines will have. We will soon say good bye to Air Tran airlines, and hello international destinations and new domestic destinations (aka-ATL), airports we cant get into (but soon we will come),and the Boeing 717 airplanes. What a year we will have and that is not including all the other good news Southwest should annunce (if they ever announce anything) and the crazy people or weather that will probbly cause havic for the airlines. Dont forget the new South Carolina destinations soon starting soon.

But other wise, happy travels and HAPPY NEW YEAR'S again.
GTR66 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 3rd, 2011, 04:17 AM   #815
GTR66
GTR66
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 1,274
Likes (Received): 312


Link to this page: http://www.aviation-designs.net/?id=13649
Here is what the Air Tran airways Boeing 717s will look like in the current Southwest airlines logo paint job.
GTR66 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 3rd, 2011, 08:27 AM   #816
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Cities try to hold on to Delta
Airline's switch to bigger jets makes some routes less profitable

2 January 2011
The Atlanta Journal - Constitution

Although Delta Air Lines is a fixture in Atlanta, that's not so for some other cities. Several in the Southeast are losing Delta flights, and they're lobbying the carrier to keep them.

Delta announced this fall that it is pulling out of Lynchburg, Va., as well as Florence and Hilton Head, S.C. The airline is discontinuing its routes to all those cities from Atlanta, with Hilton Head's service already ended Nov. 1 and Florence and Lynchburg flights ending Monday. Delta also continues to shrink its operations in Cincinnati, where it once had a major hub.

A big reason for the cuts: Delta's phase-out of certain aircraft, including smaller regional jets. Delta has been shifting away from 50-seat RJs in favor of versions with as many as 70 or 76 seats, which are more fuel-efficient.

As a result, flights to some smaller cities make less economic sense.

"Given that we have a limited fleet, we have to make these hard decisions sometimes," Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter said.

Cincinnati, a major base of operations for Delta subsidiary Comair, has seen its number of Delta flights drop from about 600 daily in 2005 to fewer than 200 this year. Comair will have its fleet of nearly 100 planes cut by half from 2010 to 2012.

In Lynchburg, Florence and Hilton Head, Delta's departure leaves them with only one airline serving their airport: US Airways.

Lynchburg elected officials want Delta to rethink its move, putting that request in the form of a city council resolution in November.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., wrote to Delta Chief Executive Richard Anderson and called the Lynchburg flights "critical connection for airline passengers in Central Virginia."

"The loss of Delta's service will have a negative effect on the Lynchburg region's vitality and its ability to retain and attract businesses," Goodlatte wrote.

In Florence, Historic Florence Foundation board member Victor Nance Webster has led a campaign to gather signatures for a petition to keep Delta in the city. The online petition gathered about 125 supporters as of early December, which Webster touted as a positive for the "small regional city in a mainly rural community," where "not everybody in this area actually goes and utilizes the Internet so much."

Webster said the news of Delta's pending withdrawal is bad timing for Florence because the airport has just broken ground on a new concourse.

"We've tried to be as resilient as possible and try to get them to change their minds," Webster said. He added that "nothing that we've done has been antagonistic at all to Delta. I've been trying to convince Delta that our community supports them staying in Florence. People love traveling from Florence to Atlanta and then wherever their destination is."

Especially perplexing to some in those cities is that the flights often were full. Even that doesn't guarantee an airline will maintain service, however.

Although big airlines have improved their finances in the last year or so, on some routes they can't get customers on board unless average fares are too low to cover operating costs.

As Delta cuts its fleet by about 90 planes this year and shifts away from smaller regional aircraft, "they've got to perform triage to the places they fly, because they just don't have as many airplanes," said aviation consultant Mike Boyd, who is working with Lynchburg to make an argument to Delta for continued service.

"The reality is there are more 50-seat jets in the fleet than there are markets they can make money with," he said. "As fuel prices go up, that happens."

Boyd said his firm's forecasts show that 700 50-seat regional jets will be parked between now and 2015.

But for Lynchburg, "you can never trust an airline when they say no," Boyd said. "They may be back again, so we want to stay friends."

While Delta is aware of the community campaigns, Banstetter said that "what determines the future in any market is how successful it is, whether people take advantage of it and fly Delta."

In South Carolina, Delta noted it will continue to fly to Savannah, which is within driving distance of Hilton Head Island. Meanwhile, Hilton Head is working on lengthening its runway after Delta cited that as a factor in its pullout.

"With tourism rebounding, we are cautiously optimistic that Delta will be returning to our market," said Charlie Clark, spokeswoman at the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. "Travelers want options, now more than ever."
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 5th, 2011, 04:52 PM   #817
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

By Eddie_Wong from a Hong Kong discussion forum :

__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 6th, 2011, 10:28 AM   #818
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Delta, bankrupt Mesa Air settle claims

NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc has agreed to waive most of its claims against Mesa Air Group Inc to resolve litigation with the regional carrier, which is reorganizing in bankruptcy court.

In a Tuesday court filing, Mesa said Delta will retain about $7.3 million of general unsecured claims and waive other claims. The waiver includes claims that Delta said it had prior to Mesa's Chapter 11 filing one year ago, the filing said.

Delta had filed claims for at least $67.8 million against Mesa and its Freedom Airlines unit.

The disputes stemmed in part from Delta's 2008 effort to end Freedom's status as a Delta Connection carrier, because of Freedom's failure to complete enough flights.

"Delta has resolved all claims with Mesa and is pleased these disputes have come to a close," Kristin Baur, a spokeswoman for Delta, said in an email.

A federal court in Atlanta, where Delta is based, ruled last May that Delta had a right to terminate the connection agreement, and awarded it $2.94 million. Mesa did not appeal. [ID:nN24254786]

The proposed settlement requires approval by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn, who oversees Mesa's restructuring in Manhattan.

Mesa filed for bankruptcy protection on Jan. 5, 2010, hoping to use the restructuring process to reduce its fleet and make it easier to settle with Delta.

The Phoenix-based carrier has also provided regional service for US Airways Group Inc.

A hearing to confirm Mesa's Chapter 11 reorganization plan is set for Jan. 14, and a hearing on the Delta settlement is set for Jan. 26, court records show.

Mesa shares were down a fraction of a cent at 1.4 cents in afternoon trading on the Pink Sheets. Delta shares were up 4.3 percent at $13.07 on the New York Stock Exchange.

The case is In re: Mesa Air Group Inc et al, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, No. 10-10018.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 11th, 2011, 03:01 PM   #819
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Delta backs Saudi Arabian Airlines' bid to join SkyTeam alliance of global airlines
11 January 2011

ATLANTA (AP) - Delta Air Lines Inc. said Monday it supports Saudi Arabian Airlines' bid to join the SkyTeam alliance of global carriers.

The Saudi airline hopes to join SkyTeam -- one of three major airline alliances -- in 2012.

Delta said Saudi Arabian's hub in Riyadh and network would give Delta customers access to more destinations across the Middle East. Delta customers could connect to Saudi Arabian flights at hubs including John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

SkyTeam also includes Air France-KLM and Alitalia. It expects to add China Airlines and several other carriers by 2012.
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 13th, 2011, 07:33 PM   #820
hkskyline
Hong Kong
 
hkskyline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 86,944
Likes (Received): 18209

Flight overbooked? Delta to ask fliers to bid on compensation
By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

Delta Air Lines may ask you what it's worth to you to give up your seat the next time you're booked on an oversold flight.

That's according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where reporter Kelly Yamanouchi reports Delta "has turned the voluntary bumping system into an auction that starts online with travelers' bids, a move some industry observers say may be a first among major carriers."

That's right -- Delta is now taking bids from passengers on flights that might be oversold.

The Journal-Constitution's Yamanouchi writes:

If a flight is overbooked, travelers checking in at an airport kiosk or online see a screen asking them if they'd like to submit a bid for the value of a travel voucher they would take to be bumped. Customers enter a dollar amount. Delta makes clear that it accepts lower bids first.

Delta began using the system at its check-in kiosks in Atlanta in November and gave it a broader online debut in December, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Previously, like most other carriers, Delta typically would solicit volunteers on overbooked flights, looking for customers willing give up their seats in exchange for vouchers or cash in a set amount -- say $200. If not enough takers were found, Delta would likely up its offer to $300, for example, to find more volunteers.

Now Delta is turning the tables on fliers with the bidding process, likely hoping that a competitive set-up among fliers will help drive down the amount of compensation it pays out on oversold flights.

"I think it's a great system," Charlie Leocha, director of the Consumer Travel Alliance, says to the Journal-Constitution. "It's a pecking order created by consumers. The only negative would be when the consumers allow the pecking order to be built on ignorance and they don't understand what their rights are."

Delta spokesman Anthony Black also points out a possible customer-service upside. By allowing would-be volunteers to submit their names via the bidding process, the airline hopes that will free up time for gate agents since they won't have to seek out volunteers. That, Black tells Yamanouchi, will hopefully allow them more time to focus both on gate responsibilities -- or to work on additional compensation, such as hotel vouchers, if needed.

However, one thing will not change. If not enough volunteers are found -- even with the bidding process -- Delta will still be obligated under federal law to compensate involuntarily bumped passengers at amounts as high as $400 or $800, depending on the length of time until the next flight.

Posted Jan 13 2011 11:55AM
__________________
Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Click Here for the Hong Kong Galleries

World Photo Gallery - | St. Petersburg, Russia | Pyongyang | Tokyo | Istanbul | Dubai | Shanghai | Mumbai | Bangkok | Sydney

New York, London, Prague, Iceland, Rocky Mountains, Angkor Wat, Sri Lanka, Poland, Myanmar, and much more!
hkskyline no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
airline, airlines, north american airlines, oneworld, skyteam, star alliance, travel, united states, us airlines

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 02:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium