Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) declared its support for and participation in the Sky's the Limit campaign for more efficient air traffic routes in the UK, and called for similar momentum for airspace change throughout Europe. NATS, the UK air traffic control company, has plans for important airspace changes to update a system originally designed 50 years ago. But it needs a government policy framework to provide the necessary political support for change.
Estimates produced by SEO Economics for IATA suggest that the UK could gain £29 billion and 116,000 jobs annually from fully-optimized airspace by 2035. Moreover, every passenger will benefit from shorter travel times and more connections.
"Air routes in the UK are hampered by lack of political will to help NATS deliver change to ensure greater capacity, fewer delays, and reduced emissions and noise. The Sky's the Limit campaign is calling for the UK Government to set a policy for modernization and reform - an objective fully shared by the airline community," said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA's European Regional Vice President.
IATA urged similar action throughout Europe to address airspace inefficiencies that are costing passengers around 10 million minutes of delay every year. Lack of optimized routes results in excess fuel usage and emissions. The SEO Report suggests a fully modernized airspace would unlock €245 billion in annual economic benefits by 2035: the result of improved productivity, a million extra jobs, and lower costs.
"The benefits that the Sky's the Limit campaign envisages for the UK can be replicated across Europe, but modernized European airspace can only be achieved if airlines, ANSPs and Governments work together. If the UK get its approach right, it will be a leading example for other European states to follow. We need each country to develop a National Airspace Strategy, in full consultation with airlines, to maximize the potential of our airspace system. There should be no limits to creating the high-quality airspace network passengers deserve," said Schvartzman.
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0457h UTC Dec 03, 2016
São José dos Campos - Embraer reached another milestone today with its E-Jets program - the delivery of the 1,300th aircraft. The E-Jet, an E195, was handed over to China's Tianjin Airlines in a ceremony at the factory in São José dos Campos. This delivery brings the Tianjin Airlines E-Jet fleet to 45, the largest in Asia.
"We dedicate this milestone to all our customers who have embraced the E-Jets philosophy. Without each of them, we would never have achieved such success with the program," said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. "It's a great pleasure to share this exciting moment with Tianjin. We've been partners for many years and we look forward to many more decades, as the airline grows with the E2."
During Chinese President Xi Jinping's 2014 state visit to Brazil, Embraer and Tianjin Airlines signed an agreement for up to 20 E195s and 20 E190-E2s. The first E2 is scheduled to be delivered to Tianjin Airlines in 2018.
Tianjin Airlines is among Embraer's earliest customers in China. In 2008, it became the first airline to operate an E-Jet in the country. It is also the Embraer Authorized Service Center in the region.
Liu Lu, Executive Chairman and President of Tianjin Airlines, said this is another milestone for Tianjin Airlines. "Tianjin Airlines started as a regional carrier, and E-Jets have played a crucial role in our fleet optimization and route expansion. Tianjin Airlines is also the largest E-Jets operator in Asia with 62 aircraft, which redefined the operation model of regional aviation in China. We are proud to receive the 1,300th E-Jet of Embraer and we look forward to the new E-Jets E2 to bring us even more value."
Embraer has been leading the Chinese regional aviation industry with a market share around 80% of regional jet orders. To date, the company has logged orders for 190 commercial aircraft, 21 of which are pending government approval.
Embraer is the world's leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats. More than 100 customers around the world fly the ERJ and E- Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,700 orders and 1,300 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications.
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0425h UTC Dec 03, 2016
SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported November and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiary Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska), and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc. and third-party regional carriers, SkyWest Airlines and PenAir (Regional). Detailed information is provided below.
On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 7.0 percent increase in traffic on a 2.8 percent increase in capacity compared to November 2015. Load factor increased 3.4 points to 85.1 percent. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska, Horizon, and those under third-party capacity purchase agreements.
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Alaska reported a 6.3 percent increase in traffic on a 1.7 percent increase in capacity compared to November 2015. Load factor increased 3.7 points to 85.8 percent. Alaska also reported 88.0 percent of its flights arrived on-time in November, compared to 85.5 percent reported in November 2015.
Regional traffic increased 14.2 percent on a 12.6 percent increase in capacity compared to November 2015. Load factor increased 1.2 points to 79.3 percent. Regional also reported 87.6 percent of its flights arrived on-time in November, compared to 81.2 percent in November 2015.
Source: Alaska Air
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0415h UTC Dec 03, 2016
MALÉ - AirAsia has been named World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth year in a row at the 23rd World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final here today.
Asia's largest low-cost carrier beat contenders from five continents to secure the award, including Ryanair, easyJet, Jetstar Airways, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Norwegian, Kulula, Mango, fastjet, flydubai, Air Arabia, flynas and West Air.
AirAsia also won the World's Leading Inflight Service title for the first time ever, besting full-service carriers Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Qantas Airways, Lufthansa, American Airlines and Air Canada.
The win builds on AirAsia's success earlier this year when it secured Asia's Leading Inflight Service award from WTA for the first time.
The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, as chosen by thousands of travel professionals and high-end tourism consumers.
Airlines are judged on customer satisfaction and service quality, overall business performance, product innovation, staff relations and development, corporate social responsibility and contribution to local community, commitment to sustainable policies and fulfillment of long- term corporate vision.
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, "What a thrill to win World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth straight year. It's a great honour to round out what has been a great year for AirAsia, not just financially but in terms of recognition from the industry.
"I'm also super proud of our first World's Leading Inflight Service award. I've always said we have amazing crew and amazing inflight products, and we've proven it by beating not one, not two, not three, but eight full-service carriers for the prize.
"But there's more to come. We're always working on more innovations, and not just for inflight. Right now, we are exploring ways to make the airport experience better. One thing we're looking at is fast- tracking guests who share their travel profile with immigration authorities. We expect to trial this at selected airports in Asean in the not-too-distant future, so keep an eye out for it."
AirAsia Group Cabin Crew Head Suhaila Hassan said, "Cabin crew are the heart and soul of any airline, and I am overjoyed that our AirAsia Allstars are being honoured for their hard work in delivering the world's best inflight service. Some people still think budget means bad service but this award proves low-cost doesn't have to mean low quality."
AirAsia Group Inflight F&B Head Catherine Gohsaid, "We've worked hard this past year to understand what the market wants and provide truly delicious inflight meals. From our Santan menu, featuring dishes from across Asean, to our T&Co premium coffee, nothing has been spared to ensure our guests get only the best, and I'm glad our guests agree with us because tonight would not have been possible without their support."
roKKi CEO Lalitha Sivanaser said, "roKKi has expanded its coverage to more of the AirAsia fleet so guests can enjoy seamless connectivity on more aircraft. While inflight wifi is fast becoming standard on airlines, no other solution is as easy and affordable to use, or as cost effective to run as we are."
AirAsia is Asia's leading low-cost carrier, with an extensive network of more than 120 destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa. It is also the only airline to fly direct to all 10 Asean countries, including some 60 unique routes in the region.
AirAsia was also named World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the eighth year in a row at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards in July.
Source: Air Asia
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0350h UTC Dec 03, 2016