Alaska Airlines Raises Over $1 Billion of Financial Help In Crisis

Alaska Airlines | July 06, 2020

Alaska Airlines Raises Over $1 Billion of Financial Help In Crisis
Alaska Airlines has raised over $1.1 billion through the issuance of Equipment Notes secured by 61 aircraft. The airline will use the money for general corporate purposes to help it weather the current crisis. This comes as the airline charts a path forward to remain competitive and preserve liquidity.

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Many airlines around the world take delight in introducing unique color schemes on their aircraft. Some do it to mark historical anniversaries, others to promote special events, and others still offer up their airframes as flying billboards in search of incremental revenue. But Taiwan’s EVA Airways has gone one step further. Not only does it have five Airbus A330 twin-jets adorned in ‘Hello Kitty’ liveries, the airline has taken the theme–based on the Japanese bobtail cat cartoon character–and successfully incorporated it in the entire passenger experience. So much so that Hello Kitty services now cover seven destinations, comprising three in Japan (Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Tokyo), and Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Guam


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AIR TRANSPORT

Travelpro® Launches New Flight Crew Recognition Campaign to Reward the Heroes of the Sky This Holiday Season

Travelpro | December 28, 2021

There's no doubt about it, flight crews are the heroes of the sky. That's why Travelpro® – the luggage brand of choice for over 90 airlines globally announced its #SmilesInTheSky campaign, which aims to recognize and reward these unsung heroes this holiday season. As general negativity and even violence against flight crews and airline employees has increased, Travelpro® is looking to shift the sentiment and conversation to create a more respectful travel environment, and recognize crew for everything they do to get us safely to our destination. Starting today through January 14, 2022, Travelpro® is encouraging travelers to share the random acts of kindness they experience from flight crews and airline employees during their holiday travel with the brand on Instagram or Twitter – from the selfless to the heart-warming. In doing so, 50 of these flight crew and airline employees will be recognized with a new Travelpro® FlightCrew™ 5 suitcase for professional use and a $200 gift card to use for a night out with family, or just some much needed rest and relaxation. "Flight crews and airline employees have a difficult job right now and deserve a world of credit for all they do, especially as we head into the busy holiday season, As a brand with deep roots in the airline and larger travel industry, we know that travel wouldn't be the same without these dedicated crew members. It's essential that we recognize and reward them for going above and beyond on the job, all while navigating the challenging landscape that is post-pandemic air travel." -Ofelia Silva, Chief Growth Officer of Travelpro®. But the #SmilesInTheSky campaign doesn't end there. As an added layer, Travelpro® is encouraging travelers to sign its Change.org petition, which encourages everyone to be respectful of one another while traveling, from the moment of check in to the second their plane lands. To sign the petition, visit Travelpro®'s Change.org landing page. Travelpro® was founded nearly 35 years ago by Northwest Airlines Pilot Bob Plath who changed the luggage industry forever when he invented the first Rollaboard® suitcase. Since then, Travelpro® has worked tirelessly to create durable luggage that can withstand everything professional and leisure travelers need, and in doing so has become the luggage brand of choice for over 90 airlines globally. About Travelpro® For over 30 years, Travelpro® has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard® wheeled luggage, Travelpro® has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers. The company is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations.

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AIRPORT MANAGEMENT

Avelo Airlines Starts Nonstop Service Between the Palm Beaches and Southern Connecticut

Avelo Airlines | January 03, 2022

Avelo's exclusive direct service between Connecticut's most convenient airport – Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) - and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) will operate daily between December 16, 2021 and January 4, 2022. Flight 345 departs HVN at 7:00 a.m. arriving PBI at 10:10 a.m. Flight 346 departs PBI at 10:50 a.m. arriving HVN at 1:40 p.m. Beginning January 5, Avelo will operate the flight five days per week (Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). The flights will be operated by Boeing Next Generation 737-700 aircraft. "We are excited to begin service today between the Palm Beaches and Southern Connecticut, HVN is Connecticut's most convenient airport and the ultimate gateway between the remarkable cultural, dinning, entertainment and outdoor options both regions have to offer. We look forward to welcoming our new Customers from both popular and beautiful destinations." -Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. Explore the Palm Beaches The Palm Beaches is home to legendary beaches, shopping and entertainment. The area's iconic restaurants, glitzy nightlife and unapologetically luxurious resorts attract sunseekers from across the globe. Lined with stately palm trees, this South Florida paradise is a vacationer's nirvana. With miles of world-famous white sand beaches and turquoise water, there is a spot on this majestic Atlantic coastline for every mood and interest. "We are excited to welcome Avelo Airlines to PBI with nonstop service from New Haven, CT, Offering our passengers an easy, convenient, stress-free experience is our goal and this will only build on that reputation. The northeast is a very important market and additional nonstop service is key to its continued growth and popularity for our travelers." -Laura Beebe, director of airports for Palm Beach County. The New Way to Connecticut Best known as the home of Yale University, New Haven is the second largest city in Connecticut and is part of the New York metropolitan area. The coastal city has experienced—and continues to enjoy—a renaissance. Within an easy stroll from the New Haven Green are more than 100 distinctive restaurants, offering something for every palate, and the city abounds with theaters, museums, and shopping destinations to satisfy all interests and tastes. New Haven has a rich cultural heritage, from museums and theatres to music festivals and entertainment throughout the year, including the New Haven Jazz Festival, the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, and the Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival that regularly bring thousands of visitors to the city. Amidst the crowds, long lines, lengthy walks, and traffic congestion encountered at other airports frequented by travelers to and from the region, HVN offers a refreshingly smooth and simple alternative hometown airport experience. HVN's adjacency to multiple major highways and commuter railways make it Connecticut's most convenient and easily accessible airport. Avelo is the first airline to offer nonstop flights between HVN and Florida. Avelo's arrival to HVN also marks the largest expansion of service at HVN in more than 30 years. A Different, Better and More Affordable Travel Experience Avelo's everyday low fares have no change or cancellation fees. There is also no charge for Customers who choose to make reservations by phone. Additionally, Avelo offers several unbundled travel-enhancing options that give Customers the flexibility to pay for what they value, including priority boarding, checked bags, carry-on overhead bags, and for bringing a pet in the cabin. Avelo operates single-class, fuel-efficient 147-seat 737-700 Boeing jets between HVN and PBI, offering Customers a more spacious and comfortable experience than the regional aircraft historically serving HVN. Customers may choose from several seating options, including seats with extra leg room, as well as pre-reserved window and aisle seating. Avelo became America's first new scheduled airline in nearly 15 years when it initiated service on April 28, 2021, from its first base at Los Angeles' Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). The airline – which offers a convenient, affordable, and caring experience – currently serves 18 popular destinations across the U.S. Avelo initiated service from HVN to Florida on November 3. In addition to PBI, Avelo currently serves Fort Myers, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. Avelo will initiate service to Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla. in January. Avelo is distinguished by its Soul of Service culture. The culture is grounded in a "One Crew" mindset that promotes teamwork, understanding and kindness. By caring for one another and owning their commitments, Avelo Crewmembers provide a smooth, enjoyable, reliable, and caring experience for its Customers. About Avelo Airlines Avelo Airlines was founded with a simple purpose — to Inspire Travel. The airline offers Customers time and money-saving convenience, very low everyday fares, and a refreshingly smooth and caring experience through its Avelo Soul of Service culture. Operating a fleet of Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft, Avelo serves 18 popular destinations across the U.S., including its West Coast base at Los Angeles' Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and its East Coast base at Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN). For more information visit AveloAir.com. Avelo BROLL + Images here.

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COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Atlas Air Worldwide Purchases Four Boeing 777 Freighters

Boeing | January 07, 2022

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Atlas Air Worldwide today announced an order for four 777 Freighters. The order, placed in December, rounds out a record-setting 2021 for Boeing's freighter family including new-production and converted models. Boeing has forecast that the global freighter fleet will grow by 70% in the next 20 years, with freight carriers such as Atlas Air supporting a rapidly expanding global e-commerce business and evolving supply chains. "We are excited to expand our fleet and service offerings for our existing and prospective customers with these four new 777s. With the best team in the industry as well as our focus on innovation and prudent fleet management, Atlas is serving the evolving needs of the global supply chain and delivering value for our customers," - John W. Dietrich, Atlas Air Worldwide president and CEO. Boeing's market-leading 777 Freighter is the world's largest, longest-range and most capable twin-engine freighter, with the lowest trip cost and highest reliability of any large freighter. With a range of 4,970 nmi (9,200km), the 777 Freighter can carry a maximum revenue payload of 102 tonnes (224,900 lb), while reducing fuel use and CO2 emissions compared to prior airplanes. This capability and exceptional efficiency translate into significant savings for cargo operators, with fewer stops and associated landing fees. "We are honored that Atlas Air Worldwide, as a global leader in airfreight, has once again selected to grow with Boeing and our freighter family. These new 777 Freighters provide Atlas with more capacity, fuel efficiency and operational flexibility for its customers, As air cargo demand continues to grow, we're confident that the efficiency, capability and flexibility of our freighter family will meet customer needs now and in the future." -Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. Through November, Boeing had surpassed the previous freighter record including 80 orders for new production freighters and more than 80 orders for converted models. The company will announce full-year 2021 orders and deliveries on January 11. Atlas Air currently has 14 777s and is the world's largest operator of 747 Freighters, with 49 in its fleet. These two models, in particular, are designed to partner seamlessly, enabling operators to transfer tall and outsized cargo loads easily between the two on 3-meter (10-foot) tall pallets. The cargo and passenger carrier also operates a fleet of 767 and 737 airplanes. As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing's diverse team is committed to innovating for the future and living the company's core values of safety, quality and integrity.

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AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

Flight Safety Foundation Urges Collaboration on Safe Implementation of 5G

Flight Safety Foundation | December 23, 2021

Flight Safety Foundation strongly encourages the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to work together to develop a plan that enables the safe and efficient implementation of 5G mobile communications services in the C-Band. It is critical to fully understand and mitigate potential 5G signal interference with radio altimeters that are integral to aircraft safety systems. Activation of these services currently is scheduled for Jan. 5. The FAA's recent airworthiness directives (ADs) would restrict the use of approach and landing procedures during low visibility conditions. Other safety-critical features such as aircraft and obstacle collision avoidance systems also depend on reliable radio altimeter performance. The Foundation is concerned about the possible unintended consequences of not having full safety enhancement system capabilities available to pilots and about the considerable efforts to develop and communicate the mitigations to all segments of the aviation sector. These restrictions will adversely impact different aviation operations, including helicopter emergency medical services. "Restricting the use of safety-critical systems when in the vicinity of 5G interference, as outlined in recent FAA ADs, is not a viable long-term solution, We should always be working to improve the situational awareness of flight crews, not restricting it." -Capt. Conor Nolan, chairman of the Foundation's Board of Governors. The Foundation believes that 5G and aviation can safely co-exist, but it is going to take a collaborative approach on the part of FAA and FCC, and stakeholders in the aviation and telecommunications industries, to resolve outstanding issues. "We urge the formation of a government-industry expert panel to collaboratively develop viable and sustainable solutions for safe deployment before 5G activation, Working together, sharing and analyzing data, is going to result in the best outcome." -Dr. Hassan Shahidi, the Foundation's president and CEO. About Flight Safety Foundation Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, international organization engaged in research, education and communications to improve aviation safety. The Foundation's mission is to connect, influence and lead global aviation safety.

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Many airlines around the world take delight in introducing unique color schemes on their aircraft. Some do it to mark historical anniversaries, others to promote special events, and others still offer up their airframes as flying billboards in search of incremental revenue. But Taiwan’s EVA Airways has gone one step further. Not only does it have five Airbus A330 twin-jets adorned in ‘Hello Kitty’ liveries, the airline has taken the theme–based on the Japanese bobtail cat cartoon character–and successfully incorporated it in the entire passenger experience. So much so that Hello Kitty services now cover seven destinations, comprising three in Japan (Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Tokyo), and Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Guam

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