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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:37 PM   #1021
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US Airways W11 International Operation Changes as of 25OCT11
As per 25OCT11 GDS timetable display, changes to US Airway’s Winter 2011/12 operation for International service as follows. Trans-Atlantic service effective date is from 30OCT11, while Caribbean peak season (comparison with W10) is effective Jan 2012.

Additional changes remain possible:

Charlotte – Mexico City Boeing 757 service Jan – Mar 2011 is replaced by Airbus A319/320 in Jan – Mar 2012
Charlotte – Punta Cana Increase from 9 weekly in W10 to 10 weekly in W11. Service further increases to 15 weekly from 16FEB12
Philadelphia – Bermuda 05JAN12 – 13FEB12 Reduces from Daily to 5 weekly
Philadelphia – Brussels
29NOV11 – 15DEC11 Reduce from 6 weekly to 5 weekly (5 weekly in W10 operated between Jan and Mar 2011)
eff 16DEC11 Boeing 767-200ER replaces 757-200. Service in mid-Dec 2010 to Mar 2011 was 757
03JAN12 – 28FEB12 Service maintained at 6 weekly (Same period in 2011 was 5 weekly)

Philadelphia – Grand Cayman eff 04JAN12 Increase from weekend-only to 4 weekly (Day x235). Service operates with Airbus A319/320 (Previously planned increase to 6 weekly with E190)

Philadelphia – Montego Bay eff 04JAN12 Increase from 8 weekly in W10 to 14 weekly in W11 (Previously planned 9 weekly)
Philadelphia – Providenciales eff 04JAN12 Increase from weekend-only to 4 weekly (Day x124; previously planned increase to Daily with E190). Service operates with A319/320
Philadelphia – St. Maarten eff 04JAN12 Increase from 2 to 5 weekly (Previously planned increase to Daily). Service operates with A319 and Boeing 757
Phoenix – Mazatlan
10JAN12 – 15FEB12 Service operates at reduced 9 weekly, A319 operating
eff 16FEB12 Service returns to 16 weekly with CRJ900 and A319 (Previously was 16 weekly from Jan – Mar with CRJ900/A319/A320)

Previously mentioned changes:
Charlotte – Cozumel Reduce from 3 weekly in W10 to 2 weekly in W11
Charlotte – Grand Cayman Increase from 9 weekly in W10 to 2 Daily in W11
Charlotte – Liberia Increase from 1 weekly in W10 (Day 6) to 2 weekly in W11 (Day 67)
Charlotte – Paris CDG Service operates 5 weekly (4 weekly in W10 operated between Jan and Mar 2011)
Charlotte – Puerto Vallarta Winter seasonal service CANCELLED
Charlotte – San Jose Costa Rica Jan – Mar 2012 operates with Boeing 757, replace A320 in Jan – Mar 2011
Charlotte – San Jose/Los Cabos Reduce from 4 weekly in W10 to 1 weekly in W11
Philadelphia – Amsterdam
29NOV11 – 15DEC11 Reduces from 6 weekly to 5 weekly (5 weekly in W10 operated between Jan and Mar 2011)
03JAN12 – 28FEB12 Service maintained at 6 weekly (Same period in 2011 was 5 weekly)

Philadelphia – Dublin eff 16DEC11 Boeing 767-200 replace 757-200 (767 in W10 operated until 04JAN11)
Philadelphia – Madrid Airbus A330-200 replace -300 for entire Winter season
Philadelphia – Munich Airbus A330-300 replace -200 in Winter season
Philadelphia – Santo Domingo Reduce from Daily in W10 to 1 weekly in W11 (2 weekly in Nov/Dec 2011)
Philadelphia – Zurich
29NOV11 – 15DEC11 Reduce from 6 weekly to 5 weekly (5 weekly in W10 operated between Jan and Mar 2011)
03JAN12 – 28FEB12 Service maintained at 6 weekly (Same period in 2011 was 4 weekly)

Phoenix – Acapulco Winter Seasonal Service Cancelled
Phoenix – Montego Bay Winter Seasonal Service Cancelled
Washington Reagan – Nassau Increase from 2-3 weekly in W10 to Daily in W11 (Embraer E175 operates Day x6, A319 on Day 6)
http://airlineroute.net/2011/10/25/us-w11-update3/
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Old November 5th, 2011, 12:23 AM   #1022
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United Continental Holdings Selects Panasonic to Install Wi-Fi

COMPANY DETAILS PLANS FOR SYSTEMWIDE WI-FI

CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) today announced that it has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide Wi-Fi connectivity on more than 300 United Airlines and Continental Airlines mainline aircraft beginning in mid-2012. Panasonic's Ku-band satellite technology offers faster speed than air-to-ground technology (ATG) and will provide connectivity on flights worldwide. The system will also enable wireless streaming of video content.

"Our customers tell us they value Wi-Fi," said Jim Compton, United's executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "As a global carrier, we selected satellite-based Ku-band technology to enable customers to stay connected on long-haul overseas flights, something no other U.S.-based international carrier currently offers."

Paul Margis, chief executive officer for Panasonic Avionics Corporation said, "Panasonic is honored that United Continental Holdings selected our Global Communications Suite for more than 300 aircraft in its domestic and international fleets. United Continental Holdings has an exciting vision about how to leverage Ku technology within its fleets, and we are thrilled to be working with them on a connectivity experience that sets a new standard in in-flight entertainment and communications."

United Continental Holdings expects to install the Panasonic system on Airbus 319 and 320 and Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. Customers will be able to use their wireless devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets onboard those aircraft to connect with internet service using the in-flight hotspot.

United Continental Holdings expects the entire mainline fleet will be equipped with Wi-Fi by 2015. Continental Airlines previously announced plans to install satellite-based Wi-Fi on more than 200 DIRECTV®-equipped aircraft beginning in 2012.

About United Continental Holdings, Inc.

United Continental Holdings, Inc. is the holding company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Together with United Express, Continental Express and Continental Connection, these airlines operate an average of 5,717 flights a day to 376 airports on six continents from their hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United and Continental are members of Star Alliance, which offers more than 21,200 daily flights to 1,185 airports in 185 countries. United and Continental's more than 80,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. For more information about United Continental Holdings, Inc., go to UnitedContinentalHoldings.com. For more information about the airlines, see united.com and continental.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 12:54 PM   #1023
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US govt greenlights Qantas & American Airlines joint venture



Qantas and American Airlines have received final approval from the US government for their joint business agreement on Pacific flights between Australia/New Zealand and the United States.

Travellers can look forward to better schedule coordination and extra codeshare flights within the United States as a result. That means that (among other things) Qantas Frequent Flyers will be able to earn more points and status credits while flying on American within the US.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's permission for the agreement mirrors an earlier joint venture between Virgin Australia and Delta on Pacific routes.

Of course, the difference is in focus. Both Virgin Australia's V Australia arm and Delta fly across the Pacific, while the closest that American Airlines gets to Australia is Honolulu in Hawaii.

Qantas, by contrast, has flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Los Angeles, Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth and back via Brisbane, and on the Sydney-Auckland-Los Angeles-New York route.
So the focus for Qantas passengers is unlikely to be more options across the Pacific, with statements from both Qantas and American Airlines that the US half of the partnership isn't planning to send its new planes to Australia since the airlines announced they were applying for the joint business agreement.

A better bet is on finding improved schedule coordination at the Los Angeles and Dallas ends for American's flights across the US, plus the extra codesharing on both airlines.
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Hawaiian Adds A330 to Increased Bay Area-Hawaii Service
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In response to strong consumer demand, Hawaiian Airlines is adding 107,000 new air seats annually from the Bay Area to Hawaii, with the upcoming transition to Airbus A330-200 service from San Francisco to Honolulu, and the launch of previously announced new flights to Maui from San José and Oakland.

Starting November 6, Hawaiian will upgrade its service between San Francisco and Honolulu with the introduction of the A330, its newest and largest aircraft, on its daily nonstop flights.

Demand for our service to Hawaii from the Bay Area is growing and we are responding with more capacity and more choices,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO. “In a two-month period, Hawaiian will significantly improve air service to Hawaii for Bay Area travelers, first with the transition to our new A330 aircraft for San Francisco flights in November, followed by the introduction of nonstop wide-body service to Maui from Oakland and San José in January.”

Hawaiian’s transition from its 264-seat, wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing B767-300 aircraft to the 294-seat, wide-body, twin-aisle A330 aircraft will add nearly 11,000 seats annually from San Francisco to Honolulu, while also offering customers new features and amenities to make travel more enjoyable.

Economy Class customers will enjoy the A330’s comfortable new interior, increased legroom, and state-of-the-art, on-demand entertainment system with high-resolution LCD touch-screen monitors in each seatback to select from a wide variety of movies and video programs, audio channels and video games. Each system also includes a USB port allowing connectivity for personal media players. First Class customers on Hawaiian’s A330s also enjoy larger in-seat LCD screens and iPOD compatibility.

Hawaiian’s Flight #11 departs San Francisco International Airport daily at 9:05 a.m. and arrives at Honolulu International Airport at 12:20 p.m. The return Flight #12 departs Honolulu daily at 2:05 p.m. and arrives in San Francisco at 9:10 p.m.


Hawaiian’s new flights to Maui from the Bay Area will add more than 96,000 seats annually with the January launch of nonstop service three days weekly from San José (January 10), and four days weekly from Oakland (January 11).

Hawaiian will operate the Maui flights using its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 aircraft seating up to 264 passengers and offering travelers of the routes unmatched comfort and spacious interiors.

Starting January 10, Hawaiian Flight #46 will depart Maui’s Kahului Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1:25 p.m. and arrive at Mineta San José International Airport at 8:25 p.m. The return Flight #45 will depart San José on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8:10 a.m. and arrive at Maui at 11:45 a.m.

Starting January 11, Hawaiian Flight #24 will depart Maui’s Kahului Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 1:25 p.m. and arrive at Oakland International Airport at 8:25 p.m. The return Flight #23 will depart Oakland on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8:10 a.m. and arrive at Maui at 11:40 a.m.

The new Bay Area-Maui flights are in addition to the daily nonstop wide-body flights that Hawaiian currently offers to Honolulu from both San José and Oakland.

Travelers on all of Hawaiian’s routes between the Bay Area and Hawaii enjoy the authenticity of its distinctive “Hawaii Flies With Us” inflight hospitality showcasing the people, culture and natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian is the only carrier serving Hawaii offering complimentary meals in Economy Class, and also the only carrier using wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft for all of its transpacific flights.
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Hawaiian Airlines will begin daily Sydney-Honolulu flights
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Hawaiian Airlines has entered into a codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia’s international airline, V Australia, and will increase the frequency of its Sydney-Honolulu service to daily departures.

The codeshare agreement with the Virgin Australia group of airlines will allow passengers to buy tickets to and from Hawaii through V International, including connecting Neighbor Island flights to Kahului, Maui; Lihue, Kauai; and Hilo and Kona on the Big Island.

Hawaiian, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings Inc currently flies from Sydney five times per week, but will increase to daily year-round departures starting Dec. 14.

The two airlines also are working on a reciprocal program expected to start next year that will allow HawaiianMiles members to earn miles on Virgin Australia.
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DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. and its AirTran subsidiary are adding new routes next year including additional foreign destinations.

The airline said Sunday that AirTran Airways will add nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will add routes to Mexico from both San Antonio, Texas, and Orange County, Calif.

Southwest still needs to get government approvals for the routes, so it can't sell tickets yet.

Dallas-based Southwest bought AirTran this year to give it an opening in Atlanta — the biggest U.S. city it didn't already serve — and add AirTran's international service. Southwest itself does not fly beyond U.S. borders.

The new AirTran flights to Mexico include San Antonio to Mexico City and Cancun beginning next May 2012, and Orange County, Calif., to Mexico City and Cabo San Lucas beginning in June. The company said it would announce prices once it gets regulatory approvals.

Southwest said it will add three new nonstop flights from Houston to Seattle, Kansas City and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and one between Chicago and Oklahoma City. The company said AirTran will add seven new routes, including Denver-New York, Baltimore-Los Angeles and Baltimore-San Francisco. It said it started selling those seats Sunday.
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Hawaiian Airlines to start a new direct flight between Honolulu and New York-JFK. The new direct flight is expected to be launched in June.

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Continental's first Economy Plus aircraft goes into service

Continental Airlines’ first aircraft configured with United Airlines’ Economy Plus seats in the economy cabin will enter service on November 19, 2011.

The product, to appear on a Boeing B767-400, will offer passengers an additional four inches of legroom and it will eventually be introduced to Continental's fleet of B777s, B757s and B737s used on domestic and international routes (see story here).

Installing the Economy Plus on Continental is part of a larger scheme to align service offerings and maintain brand consistency after the two carriers merged to form United Continental Holdings. Other steps that have been taken include revamping and integrating the two loyalty programmes to form MileagePlus from December 31 onwards (see story here), rolling out inflight wifi access across 200 aircraft (see story here) as well as rebranding and enhancing premium lounges as United Clubs.

For more information, visit www.continental.com or www.unitedcontinentalholdings.com
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United Continental expecting to receive FAA single operating certificate next week
Move would allow company to finally operate as a single airline more than a year after merger was approved

November 24, 2011|By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune reporter
Around the corporate offices of United Continental Holdings on Wacker Drive along the Chicago River, it's simply called the SOC. Currently, it's the most coveted piece of paper for the world's largest airline.

And it could come any day now.

SOC stands for single operating certificate, basically a blessing from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate as a single, merged airline. By not having the certificate, the combined company has been partially hamstrung in combining its operations, thus delaying the start to some of the $1 billion to $1.2 billion in projected annual merger benefits.

Though United and Continental airlines merged as corporations nearly 14 months ago — on Oct. 1, 2010 — they can't combine flight operations until the FAA says so. Currently, United flight crews fly separately from Continental crews, for example.

Since the merger was announced, more than 500 airline employees from every division in the company have been working toward getting the certificate.

"It's an important milestone," said United Continental spokeswoman Megan McCarthy. "It helps clear the path for United and Continental to finalize the integration of the two airlines."

The day-to-day running of an airline is largely about procedures, from the pilots in the cockpit landing a plane to mechanics under the wing de-icing it. When airlines combine, the FAA has to approve the new combined set of procedures, mostly about safety issues.

Final approval comes in the form of the single operating certificate, which, true to its name, is literally a single-page, signed paper certificate from the FAA that can be framed and hung on a wall like a corner-store liquor license.

Internally, airline officials were targeting Nov. 11 to get approval. But that date has come and gone. The FAA won't say when it will issue one, and United Continental will only repeat what it has said publicly before: It expects one by the end of the year.

However, sources say it is likely to come next week.

If it does, it would be a typical time frame for receiving a certificate, about 18 months after a merger is announced, said Robert Mann, president of R.W. Mann & Co., a New York-based aviation consulting firm. The United-Continental merger was announced in May 2010.

"It looks like United Continental is on that kind of a path," he said.

Fliers can be forgiven for thinking the airlines had merged operations. United Continental has repainted most planes (450 out of 710) with a new logo and announced a combined frequent-flier program that starts Jan. 1. In airports, the company has mostly combined gates and check-in facilities and rebranded lounges as United Club. Aboard planes, it has started reconfiguring cabins to add United's roomier, and more profitable, Economy Plus seating to the Continental fleet and has a single onboard menu and in-flight magazine. It even merged social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

"From a customer-facing perspective, this is pretty much a done deal," Mann said.

But behind the scenes, United and Continental have been operating very separately. Each airline's pilots were flying differently, and mechanics were maintaining planes differently. The company has worked to merge some 400 procedure manuals into 260, McCarthy said. After receiving the certificate, United Continental Holdings will operate just one airline, called United Airlines, instead of two.

An important behind-the-scenes issue that won't immediately be solved by receiving the operating certificate is merging the passenger reservation computer systems.

"It's a huge undertaking," Mann said. "It's the commercial heart and soul of the airline."

Today, United and Continental's booking systems don't talk to each other. So, fliers will temporarily continue to book either a United or a Continental flight. In the near term, "it won't really affect how passengers are interacting with the airline," McCarthy said. The company said it expects to combine that system during the first quarter of 2012. (Check-in systems seem to be combined now, but they're really not. The company has a computer patch on its check-in kiosks at airports that allows passengers to check in at either airline ticket counter.)

At least one group of employees thinks United Continental officials have been overly focused on getting the single operating certificate.

Management's pursuit of it has been a "maniacal focus," said Capt. Wendy Morse, chairwoman of the United Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association.

The United pilots union has been complaining that pilots are not receiving adequate training to use merged cockpit procedures, a necessary checklist item enroute to the FAA certificate. It has largely involved retraining United pilots to use Continental procedures. And some pilots have claimed they feel uncomfortable with the new procedures, having only about an hour's worth of computer-based training.

"There's no question that United Airlines' quest for a single operating certificate comes without safety as the overriding objective," Morse said.

Pilots pressed their complaints about training by filing a lawsuit, which was dismissed in September by a federal judge, and have taken their grievances to the media and Congress.

United officials vehemently dispute the notion that flight safety has been compromised, saying the training was approved by the FAA and that the real issue is unresolved and increasingly tense labor contact negotiations with pilots.

That friction with pilots points to another hurdle in truly merging operations: union negotiations. United Continental Chief Executive Jeff Smisek originally said he would like to have new joint contracts with all the company's unions by the end of the year. He has since said that won't happen.

Before United Continental can "cross-crew" and "cross-fleet" its flights to achieve efficiencies and savings, it needs joint union contracts for such workers as pilots, mechanics and flight attendants, and it needs to integrate seniority lists.

"Until that happens, you'll still have Continental crews flying Continental airplanes and United crews flying United airplanes," Mann said.
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Virgin America CEO David Cush doesn't want his airline to the biggest, just the most fun

NEW YORK (AP) -- Virgin America CEO David Cush believes flying doesn't have to be painful. He remembers when boarding a plane was exciting and wants to bring back that joy.
That is why every job applicant, including pilots, flight attendants and baggage handlers, takes a personality test. He wants employees who are hard-wired with positive outlooks on life.
Virgin America, which is partly owned by Richard Branson, the founder of the edgy British airline Virgin Atlantic, doesn't aim to be the biggest carrier. It only flies between big cities, such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston, serving about 5 million passengers annually — a tiny fraction of the size of major airlines like Delta and United.
But Cush wants Virgin America to be recognized for superior quality — and he appears to be succeeding. The airline, based near San Francisco, has routinely ranked at the top of customer surveys.
The past month has been a little rocky, though. Since the airline switched to a new reservation system on Oct. 28, customers have not been able to change or cancel flights online or select seats on Virgin America's website. Instead, they've had to call the airline or wait until they got to the airport. Cush emailed a letter to the 56,000 passengers affected apologizing for the problem and the airline says it hopes to have it fully resolved by the first week in December.
Virgin America's fleet is made up of brand-new Airbus A319s and A320s, fuel-efficient aircraft that seat 119 and 146. Each is equipped with TVs for every passenger, colorful mood lighting and Wi-Fi. Instead of flight attendants dictating meal times, passengers buy food when they want it by pressing a few buttons on their TV.
"If you talk to people about what is most frustrating about air travel, what comes out is the loss of control," Cush says. "We've been pushing to give people control again."
Virgin isn't the first U.S. airline to use TVs and friendly service to attract customers. Cush acknowledges some copying as he works to create the California version of New York-based JetBlue.
"JetBlue came around and had a different type of service. That opened my eyes," he says.
But his quest to create a fun airline has been stymied by more serious concerns like high fuel prices and a recession whose impact is still being felt.
Since it started flying in August 2007, Virgin America has lost $661.4 million. Cush expects to become profitable in 2012, a year later than originally planned.
The privately held company is owned by a New York hedge fund, Richard Branson's Virgin Group and private investors, including Donald J. Carty, the former head of American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp.
Cush, 51, spent most of his career at American and left to head up Virgin America just four months after the airline started flying.
The Shreveport, La.-native is a graduate of Southern Methodist University — yet a giant Louisiana State University football fan.
In his spare time, Cush likes to swim and fish. In college, he was a DJ, spinning Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd tunes.
Cush visited The Associated Press in New York. Below are excerpts, edited for clarity, of the interview where he spoke about the health of American, his favorite seat and why risk-taking is necessary to survive.
Q: How is Virgin America different?
A: The biggest difference is our in-flight entertainment system. It's a nine-inch screen — larger than JetBlue. We've got live TV, on-demand movies, about 3,000 MP3s. We have food and drink on-demand. We're the only airline in the world that has it. You order from the seatback, swipe your credit card. They see seat 12C wants a turkey sandwich and a Heineken and bring it to you on a tray. Carts aren't blocking the aisles.
Q: Who came up with that?
A: This was designed before my time but as I tell people, as time goes on and memories fade it will become my idea.
Q: How much more are people willing to pay for these services?
A: The model is getting them to pay the same amount with a much lower production cost.
Q: How can you attract business travelers when your miles can't be redeemed for Hawaii, Europe or other places you don't serve?
A: The mile problem will be solved early next year. We have basic agreements with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia that will be fully reciprocal. We also have agreements with Cathay Pacific, Singapore and Emirates that will develop into frequent flier relationships.
Q: In Dallas, you're telling fliers to "dump your older airline for a younger, hotter one." American responded by slashing fares to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Can you survive this fare war?
A: We'll survive. At current fares, it will not be a profitable route but it wouldn't be such a loss-making one where we would consider any type of reduction. You have to be in Dallas-Fort Worth if you're going to be a business airline.
Q: In one ad you refer to American as running a cattle car. If you feel that way, how could you have worked there for 22 years?
A: It wasn't always that way. The industry, out of survival, did a lot of things. One of the reasons I left was because I didn't think the industry had to operate that way.
Q: Why did you get into the business?
A: I don't think anyone knows why they get in unless they are a pilot or an aviation enthusiast. I wanted to live in Dallas. American was a big employer. Young, single, the ability to fly around anywhere you wanted to, it all sounded pretty good. Once you get in, you find it so intellectually demanding that you can't see yourself doing anything else.
Q: Do you think that American is on the right path?
A: It's hard to tell. There's a culture there that is perhaps a bit risk-averse. In the past, it was always an airline that was willing to accept risk. The industry's consolidated around it and all of a sudden American finds itself in third place. I don't know if they have the answer. I do know their top guys. They're smart, capable but at some point you need to stick your neck out a little bit if you're going to get out of a rut.
Q: Are you a risk-taker?
A: Absolutely. But I don't take unnecessary risk and I always have an exit strategy.
Q: Mile for mile, airplanes burn more fuel than cars, trucks or trains. Do you think this poses a problem for the industry?
A: If we don't find a way to clean up air travel, we'll become a pariah. We'll be what the coal companies used to be.
Q: You're in 14 markets. Where would you like to fly to next?
A: We've been trying to get into Newark, (N.J.) since the day we started. This is a huge policy issue — slots and gates are tied up by legacy carriers. The economics of keeping us out of Newark are huge for United so they'll fly unprofitable (regional jets) just to occupy slots. When we go into markets, fares drop by 30 or 40 percent.
Q: When you fly your own airline you always pick the second row of coach. Why?
A: I get to watch the interaction between our in-flight teammates and the customers in first. It's a nice seat, 4A.
Q: A window.
A: I'm a window guy. Our in-flight entertainment system has Google Maps. You zoom in when you see something on the ground you're interested in.
Q: How would you describe yourself as a boss?
A: I'm probably a tough guy to work for. I'm pretty demanding and part of the reason is the airline business is a demanding business. We have very little margin for error in building this into a successful company. We have 2,500 people that rely on us for a paycheck.
Q: Do you ever get overshadowed by Richard Branson?
A: All the time. People want to talk to him, they want to see him. When he's around, I'm just the hired help.
Q: How much patience do you have for unprofitable routes?
A: We stopped service to two different places. One because we needed the aircraft, that was Orange County, (Calif.). We didn't see that as a big strategic need. The other is Toronto. We misjudged the market.
Q: Did you fire the guy who pushed that route?
A: That was me, so no.
Q: In ten years, do you see Virgin America being a full-blown national airline?
A: That's not our goal. The biggest discipline we need to have is not outgrowing the model. That means maybe 100, 150 aircraft, probably no more. The goal would be to be consistently profitable, the highest quality airline where we can hopefully make a few hours of people's day a little bit nicer.
Q: Will you go public?
A: As much as it's nice being private — because you don't have to manage to the short term and there are a lot of burdensome regulations that come from being public — ultimately we need to (do an initial public offering.) It's a capital-intensive business. We need to tap public markets and our investors want to take some money off the table. It could be 2013 if the market is ready.
Q: How do you unwind after leaving the office?
A: I do a lot of yoga. It's a nice way to separate the mind from what you've gone through all day.
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American Airlines bankrupt! AMR and American Airlines File for Chapter 11 Reorganization to Achieve Industry Competitiveness

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But not for real "real bankrupt". It's Chapter 11, not the Chapter 7
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Hawaiian Airlines is changing its service between Seoul and Honolulu next year to better target the demand from South Korean honeymooners.

Hawaiian will depart the South Korean capital on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, arriving in Honolulu the same day, starting Jan. 5.

The airline made the change so that newlywed couples could depart Seoul on either day of the weekend. Currently, Hawaiian’s only weekend flight from Seoul is on Sunday.

The return flights will depart Honolulu on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Hawaiian, which began flying to Seoul in January 2011, currently flies its 264-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on the route. It plans to replace that with its newer 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft in the future, the airline said.
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Hawaiian Airlines said on Tuesday that its November traffic rose more than 19 percent after adding flights to Asia.

The company said it flew 855.2 million revenue passenger miles, or one passenger flown one mile, during November. It reported flying 718 million revenue passenger miles a year ago.

Capacity was up 20 percent to 1.01 billion available seat miles, from 844 million a year ago.

Because capacity rose a little faster than traffic, its planes weren't quite as full. Occupancy fell 0.8 percentage points for a load factor of 84.4 percent.

Hawaiian began flying to Japan in November 2010 and has been adding more flights since then.
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Hawaiian Airlines to start a new direct flight between Honolulu and New York-JFK. The new direct flight is expected to be launched in June.

Hawaiian to Fly to the Big Apple
how many hours of flight?
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There are veneer reports that AA is in trouble because it’s not the #1 airline in size anymore. If size alone is the metric for survival, one may wish to contact a brontosaurus for details.
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how many hours of flight?
From New York-JFK to Honolulu the flight is expected to approximately take around five hours. From Honolulu to New York-JFK the flight is expected to take around fifteen hours.

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On June 4, the inaugural Flight 50 — playing off the television show "Hawaii Five-0" — will depart Honolulu at 3:05 p.m. and arrive in New York City at 6:55 a.m. the following morning. On June 5, Flight 51 will depart Kennedy airport at 10 a.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 3 p.m.
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