JetBlue’s 605 Wears Red Sox Colors: First to Sport Major League Baseball Uniform

JetBlue, official airline sponsor of the Boston Red Sox, unveils an Airbus A320 with Boston Red Sox livery

Boston’s largest carrier and Red Sox Official Airline sponsor JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today unveiled a custom, Red Sox themed paint scheme on its Airbus A320 at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The newly branded aircraft, the first plane to officially tote a Major League Baseball uniform, was revealed by JetBlue’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Strategy Marty St. George, BostonMayor Thomas M. Menino, and Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino, together with Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy, Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine, team mascot Wally the Green Monster, and hundreds of JetBlue crewmembers.

“The start of baseball season is an exciting time for everyone in the City of Boston, and I am happy to see Boston’s largest air carrier joining in as we wish the Red Sox good luck this year,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

“We are thrilled that JetBlue has honored our team with this specially painted Red Sox aircraft,” said Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy. “The tribute has added meaning for us this year as we prepare for Spring Training in our new ballpark, JetBlue Park, and as we celebrate Fenway Park’s centennial. JetBlue has been a great supporter of our team and brand, and we look forward to continuing to build on our partnership in the coming years, both in Boston and Fort Myers at our new Spring Training home.”

“There is a lot of excitement around the Red Sox camp as they prepare for what will surely be another great year in baseball. As the largest carrier in Boston, we’re grateful to be a part of the electric energy to have their colors soaring the skies and runways of Boston’s Logan,” said JetBlue’s senior vice-president of marketing and commercial strategy, Marty St. George. “We’re proud of our partnership extension agreement signed last year, and have a lot of very exciting things coming up like JetBlue Park in Fort Myers opening later this month. More than a partnership, this is quickly becoming a great friendship that we trust will last for many years to come and bring much joy to Boston fans and our customers in the New England region.”

The special Airbus A320 traded its signature blue branding for a gray paint scheme inspired by the classic Red Sox road uniforms complete with blue wing tips and a gray tail featuring the team’s iconic dangling red socks. The aircraft also includes a banner commemorating Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary alongside the JetBlue and Red Sox logos.

Cebu Pacific to become new A330 operator

Airline to use aircraft for new long-haul flights

Cebu Pacific (CEB), the largest low cost carrier from the Philippines, is set to become a new A330 operator, following an announcement that it has selected the aircraft for new long haul services. The carrier plans to acquire up to eight leased aircraft for the new operation, which will begin in the third quarter of 2013.

The long range capability of the A330 will enable CEB to offer direct services from Manila to markets in Australia, the Middle East, and parts of Europe, as well as to the US. The airline will configure the aircraft in single class layout seating just over 400 passengers.

“The A330-300 will give us the lowest cost per seat, allowing us to drive long-haul fares 35% lower than those currently offered by other airlines, and as much as 80% lower when CEB offers promo fares. This aircraft type is very well suited to the kind of network we want to build and the routes we want to launch,” said Lance Gokongwei, CEB President and CEO. “As CEB develops long-haul routes and opens new destinations for a Philippine flag carrier, we will be creating an important enabler for increased trade, tourism and foreign investment.”

CEB is a major customer for the A320 Family, having ordered over 70 aircraft from Airbus. It currently operates 10 A319s and 19 A320s on its existing domestic and regional network, with another 23 A320s and 30 A321neo aircraft on order for future delivery.

Air Namibia expands fleet with order for two A319sAirbus A19

Airbus eco-efficient aircraft to replace 737-500s

Air Namibia, the Windhoek based national airline of the Republic of Namibia, has ordered two new Airbus A319 aircraft.  Seating 112 passengers in a two class layout, the aircraft will bring new levels of comfort to regional routes from Windhoek to other major African cities.

Air Namibia already operates two leased A319s on regional routes, and two A340-300 aircraft on its international route between Windhoek to Frankfurt, Germany.   Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crew and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.

“Our in-service experience with Airbus aircraft has confirmed that the A319 is the ideal aircraft for Air Namibia’s regional routes,” said Theo M. Namases, Acting CEO of Air Namibia.  “The efficiency of our new aircraft, together with their commonality with our existing fleet will provide a strong basis for our continued growth and contribution to the Namibian tourist industry.”

“We are delighted to welcome Air Namibia as a new customer for the A320 family,” said John Leahy Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “Air Namibia’s decision to invest in new A319s is a great endorsement for the efficiency of the aircraft and Airbus’ family concept.”

The A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Each aircraft features fly by wire controls and all share a unique cockpit and operational commonality across the range. More than 8,300 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and almost 5000 delivered to more than 340 customers and operators worldwide reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft.

WestJetters vote 91 per cent in favour of regional airline

Airline moves to aircraft selection as next step

WestJet today announced its employees have voted overwhelmingly – 91 per cent – in favour of the launch of a regional airline as a wholly owned subsidiary of WestJet.

“The opportunity presented to WestJetters has been very well received and I thank them for their input and consideration in this important matter,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. “Clearly, WestJetters have recognized and embraced that the service we have provided for 16 years is in demand in even more communities across Canada. Bringing WestJet to these communities will benefit Canadians while providing increased shareholder value. We now look forward to planning the launch of this new airline as early as 2013.”

“There are not many organizations that would put such a strategic decision in front of the employees for their input and approval,” commented Antonio Faiola, WestJet Flight Attendant, Board Member and Chair of PACT, WestJet’s employee association. “I am proud to work for a company that puts such tremendous importance on culture and the relationship with WestJetters.”

With approval from the Board of Directors to proceed with implementation of a low-cost regional airline, WestJet will move to the next stage of planning by sending requests for proposals to two aircraft manufacturers: Bombardier for the Q400 NextGen and ATR for the ATR 72-600.

Source Westjet

AviancaTaca firms up order for 51 eco-efficient A320 aircraft

Purchase agreement is biggest for a single customer in Latin America history

AviancaTaca firms up order for 51 eco-efficient A320 aircraft. The purchase agreement is biggest for a single customer in Latin America history to date.AviancaTaca, which includes subsidiary AeroGal of Ecuador, has signed a purchase agreement for 33 eco-efficient A320neo and 18 A320 Family aircraft. The order, which is the largest from a single airline in the region in terms of number of aircraft, follows a MOU signed during the Le Bourget Air Show in Paris in June 2011.

The new aircraft will support AviancaTaca’s expansion into new markets in Latin America, while keeping the airline’s fleet among the youngest in the region.

“With this order AviancaTaca and our subsidiaries will continue the modernization process that includes fleet renewal as its primary focus,” said Fabio Villegas, President of AviacaTaca. “Our goal is to offer travelers the most comfortable and efficient aircraft in the market, and we are proud that the A320neo aircraft is recognized for its eco-efficiency and cutting-edge technology,”

“At Airbus, we are very proud of our contribution to the success story of AviancaTaca,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “Thanks to its unbeatable operating costs and the comfort it offers to passengers, the A320 Family has become the first choice for single-aisle aircraft among the most important operators worldwide.”

AviancaTaca has placed firm orders for 190 Airbus aircraft (including the latest 51) and has currently in service 88 A320 Family aircraft and eight A330. AviancaTaca operates the entire A320 Family, A318, A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.

Over 8,300 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and some 5,000 delivered to more than340 customers and operators worldwide reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft Family. The A320neo has over 95 percent airframe commonality making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload at a given range.

The A320neo is a new engine option for the A320 Family entering into service from 2015 and incorporates latest generation engines and large “Sharklet” wing tip devices, which together will deliver 15 percent in fuel savings. The reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel – the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. The A320neo NOx emissions are 50% below CAEP/6, and this aircraft also has a considerably smaller noise footprint.

To date, Airbus has sold 666 aircraft in Latin America and has a backlog of 351. The number of Airbus aircraft in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean reaches 435 units. In the last 10 years, Airbus tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region.

Source: Airbus