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    JetBlue and Lufthansa Begin Codeshare Operations

    NEW YORK /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU – News) and Lufthansa today kicked off codeshare operations linking their two networks via Boston and New York. At a ceremony at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport this afternoon, JetBlue CEO Dave Barger and Lufthansa German Airlines CEO Christoph Franz officially launched the new partnership as the airlines welcomed their first arriving customer from Europe.

    The new relationship between JetBlue — the leading airline at both JFK and Boston — and Lufthansa — Europe’s #1 airline — expands the reach of both carriers, giving customers more choice in travel and providing JetBlue customers with new access to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

    Worldwide connections to such popular destinations as Bangkok; Barcelona; Dubai; Johannesburg; Mumbai; Paris; Rome; and Tel Aviv are now available daily via Boston and New York/JFK, where customers transfer seamlessly between domestic JetBlue flights and transatlantic services operated by Lufthansa. JetBlue and Lufthansa intend to further expand their codeshare in 2010 by adding more JetBlue destinations to the agreement.

    “Today’s a great day for JetBlue customers as we begin to offer connections to an unbelievable array of worldwide destinations with Lufthansa,” said Dave Barger, JetBlue’s President and CEO. “Lufthansa’s partnership with JetBlue is a significant endorsement of our airline’s brand, our people, and our award-winning service.”

    Customers looking to purchase flights for JetBlue-Lufthansa codeshare flights may book online at www.jetblue.com, www.lufthansa.com, or through local and online travel agencies. Eligible U.S. destinations include Austin, Texas; Buffalo, N.Y.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Myers, Fla.; New Orleans; Pittsburgh; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Syracuse, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.

    Southwest Airlines Honors WWII Veterans

    Airline Sends 23 Veterans to WWII Memorial on Veteran’s Day

    DALLAS, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Today, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) saluted 23 World War II (WWII) Veterans with a patriotic sendoff to the nation’s capital from Los Angeles International Airport. As the official airline of the Honor Flight Network, Southwest Airlines supports flights all across the country during the year, which allows Veterans to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. At the event, Employees and Customers waved American flags while a Southwest Employee sang the National Anthem. As the Veterans boarded the flight, Customers cheered and saluted the men and women who gave so much to preserve our country’s freedoms. The Veterans will arrive in Washington, D.C., this afternoon and then visit the WWII Memorial.

    “Southwest Airlines is proud to support our men and women in uniform, and we give thanks every day for their sacrifices and the freedoms they have fought so hard to protect,” said Debra Benton, Southwest’s Director of Community Relations and Charitable Giving. “As the Official Airline of Honor Flight, providing flights to help Veterans of WWII is just one more way we show our gratitude to Veterans for their service, past and present.”

    Honor Flight serves the nation’s Veterans by taking them to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII Memorial, free of charge. Partnering with Southwest Airlines has allowed Honor Flight to accomplish its goals because of the airline’s multi-year commitment of complimentary tickets.

    Southwest Airlines has a long history of supporting the men and women who fight for the nation’s freedoms. The airline is proud to have more than 700 Employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves. Southwest Airlines was recently named one of G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2010. Southwest Airlines also was recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for its commitment and support of the airline’s National Guard and Reserve Employees. Based in Dallas, Southwest Airlines currently serves 68 cities in 35 states and currently operates more than 3,100 flights a day.

    SOURCE Southwest Airlines

    Boeing Delivers First 777 to Guggenheim for Lease to Korean Air


    Photo Provided Courtesy of Boeing

    SEATTLE, Nov. 9, 2009 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Guggenheim Aviation Partners recently celebrated the delivery of the leasing company’s first 777, a 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane that Guggenheim customer Korean Air will operate under lease.

    The 777-300ER is Guggenheim’s first leasing arrangement with Korean, as well as the first new Boeing passenger airplane delivery to Guggenheim. The delivery is the 25th 777 for Korean.

    Guggenheim is scheduled to take delivery of an additional five 777s.

    The 777-300ER is 19 percent lighter than its closest competitor, greatly reducing its fuel requirement. It produces 22 percent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat. The airplane can seat up to 365 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km). The 777 family is the world’s most successful twin-engine, twin-aisle airplane. Fifty-seven customers around the world have ordered more than 1,100 777s.

    Guggenheim Aviation Partners is a leading participant in commercial aircraft leasing with offices in Seattle, London and Singapore.

    Korean Air, a premier global airline, has its headquarters in Seoul.

    Southwest Airlines Launches Fare Sale

    Airline Reduces Fares for Winter Travel

    DALLAS, Nov 10, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — Southwest Airlines is offering even more ways to save on winter airfares! For Customers who missed the recent 72-hour sale, Southwest is offering fares starting as low as $59 one-way to select destinations. Fares must be purchased by Nov. 23, 2009. These fares require 14-day advance purchase for travel every day except Fridays and Sundays between Dec. 2, 2009, and Dec. 17, 2009, or between Jan. 5, 2010, and March 9, 2010.
     
    To get these special online-only fares. Just a few examples of the many low fares include (see Additional Fare Rules on www.southwest.com)

    —  $59 one-way between Phoenix and San Diego   
    —  $79 one-way between Pittsburgh and Raleigh-Durham   
    —  $89 one-way between Boston Area (Manchester, Boston Logan, or Providence) and Chicago Midway   
    —  $109 one-way between St. Louis and Birmingham

    For travelers with flexible schedules, Southwest’s Low Fare Calendar tool will show the lowest price available for each day using a monthly calendar view. Use the link: http://www.southwest.com/cgi-bin/lowFareFinderEntry to shop around for fare availability.

    SOURCE Southwest Airlines

    Embraer Participates in the 2009 Dubai Air Show

    Company will exhibit the Lineage 1000, the Legacy 600, and the Phenom 100 executive jets

    São José dos Campos, November 9, 2009 – Embraer will participate in the 2009 Dubai Air Show (www.DubaiAirShow.aero), November 15-19, at Dubai’s International Airport, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Company will promote its full line of commercial jets for the airline market, including the 37- to 50-seat ERJ 145 family and the EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets, with 70 to 122 seats. The ultra-large Lineage 1000 and the super midsize Legacy 600 executive jets will be showcased at the static display area, as well as the entry level Phenom 100, which will make its debut in the Middle East.

    Two press conferences will be held by Embraer during the event, both in Conference Room 4, on November 15. The first, dedicated to Embraer’s executive jets, will take place at 3:00 p.m., and the second, focused on the commercial aviation, will start at 4:00 p.m. Accredited members of the press are also welcome to visit the Company’s Chalet A6.

    Embraer is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, offering the traditional ERJ 145 family of regional jets, and the state-of-the-art EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets. They provide regional, network, and low-cost carriers with great flexibility, as well as low fuel burn, low emissions, and compelling economics, worldwide. Nearly 900 ERJ 145 family regional jets are in operation, worldwide, and over 600 E-Jets have been delivered, around 40 of
    which to customers in the Middle East.

    The newly-expanded portfolio of Embraer Executive Jets consists of the entry level Phenom 100, the light Phenom 300, the midlight Legacy 450, the midsize Legacy 500, the super midsize Legacy 600, the large Legacy 650, and the ultra-large Lineage 1000 aircraft. The Legacy 600 entered service in 2002, marking Embraer’s debut in the business jet market. Over 20 Legacy 600s are currently operating in the Middle East region. The Lineage 1000 is the largest executive jet produced by Embraer, the first of which was delivered, last May, to HE Aamer Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, of Abu Dhabi, UAE. These facts show the region’s importance to this sector. In October 2009, the new Legacy 650 was announced at the Annual Meeting and Convention of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Orlando, Florida, U.S. The Phenom 100 has over 50 jets in operation, and the Phenom 300 is on track to be certified by the end of 2009.

    Embraer is Certified by EASA For Part 147 Maintenance Training

    KLM Cityhopper, from The Netherlands, is the Company’s first customer

    São José dos Campos, November 9, 2009 – Embraer has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as a Part 147 Maintenance Training Organization (MTO). The approval covers the four E-Jets of the EMBRAER 170/190 family – EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190, and EMBRAER 195, seating 70 to 122 passengers. The first customer to be trained by Embraer, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ regional subsidiary KLM Cityhopper, from The Netherlands, began the program last month.

    “As an EASA Part 147 Maintenance Training Organization, we are able to bring added value to our customers, in terms of experience and know-how regarding the aircraft we designed from the very beginning,” said Simon Newitt, Embraer Director, Customer Training. “We are delighted that KLM is our first E-Jets customer to receive this approved training.”

    Type training courses for the E-Jets are available at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, and can also be administered at customers’ locations, worldwide. The KLM Cityhopper training program is being held at the airline’s headquarters at Schiphol International Airport (AMS), in Amsterdam, and will be concluded in about a month.

    “The opportunity to be trained directly by Embraer will enhance the learning experience. We will greatly benefit from the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) depth of knowledge and understanding of the aircraft, its operation, and maintenance, brought to the classroom by the instructors,” said René Kalmann, Technical Services & Fleet Development Director of KLM Cityhopper.
    “Furthermore, the convenience of having the courses at our own facilities cuts costs and brings flexibility to the program, which can be tailored to better attend our needs.”

    Turkish Airlines signs firm order for three more A330-300s and MoU for two A330F

    Photo Provided Courtesy of Airbus

    Vote of confidence for the most cost-effective aircraft in its class, the A330-300

    Turkish Airlines has signed a contract for the purchase of three additional Airbus A330-300 aircraft, bringing the total number of A330-300s ordered by the company to ten. The carrier will operate the aircraft in a two-class configuration and with a capacity of 319 seats on its high capacity medium haul network. The aircraft, due for delivery from September 2010, will be powered by Rolls-Royce engines. With the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, Turkish Airlines also plans to acquire two Freighter versions of the A330-200, the A330-200F, in order to prepare future expansion and renew its current fleet composed of four A310s.

    “Turkish Airlines stays in the course of growing by providing the best service for its passengers and customers while optimising operating costs. By choosing the A330s Family aircraft that offer best-in-class comfort for passengers and extended cargo capacity for customers we are aiming to ensure the success of our business model,” said Dr Candan Karlitekin, Chairman of Turkish Airlines.
     
    “The unbeatable economic efficiency of the A330 Family and its superior operational performance will be strategic assets for Turkish Airlines. We are proud to be a partner of one of the fastest growing European airlines, Turkish Airlines, as they expand into new markets,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

    Turkish Airlines has operated Airbus aircraft since 1985, and currently has a fleet of 67 Airbus aircraft, including four A310s, 47 A320 family aircraft, seven A330s and nine A340s.

    The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used wide-body aircraft in service today. Airbus has won more than 1,000 orders for the aircraft and more than 600 A330s are in operation worldwide with more than 80 customers and operators. The combined fleet has achieved almost 14 million flight hours and serves around 300 destinations worldwide.

    With a greater payload than initially anticipated, the A330-200F offers two operational configurations depending on the planned mission. The aircraft can carry more than 64 metric tonnes over 4,000 nautical miles / 7,400km, or more than 69 metric tonnes up to 3,200 nautical miles / 5,930km – non-stop. These range and payload capabilities will enable operators to grow their business by opening up or extending cargo routes they currently operate. Thanks to an optimized fuselage cross-section, it has the interior flexibility to carry a wide variety of pallet and container sizes for maximum interlining capability, offering 30 per cent more volume than any freighter in its class. Total orders for the aircraft stand at 67 from nine customers.

    Panthers Get Wings: JetBlue Signs on as Official and Exclusive Airline Partner of the Florida Hockey Team and a Pillar Partner of the BankAtlantic Center


    –To celebrate, JetBlue offers 18 percent off flights to/from all 18 nonstop cities from Fort Lauderdale booked today at www.jetblue.com/bac for travel Dec. 2 to Dec. 16, 2009 (a)

    —- Top 40 rock band, Cobra Starship, will give a free concert at the BankAtlantic Center today at 12:30 p.m.

    –FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov 06, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), the airline that gives customers more than the other guys, today proudly announced a partnership with Sunrise Sports & Entertainment to become the Official and Exclusive Airline Partner of the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers and a Pillar Partner of the BankAtlantic Center, its first-ever venue sponsorship. The alliance kicks off today with a free concert at 12:30 p.m. by top 40 rock band Cobra Starship, hosted by the airline and Y100 Miami at the BankAtlantic Center.

    JetBlue, in celebration of this partnership and commemorating the Nov. 17th launch of its 18th destination from Fort Lauderdale — San Francisco, California – is also offering an 18 percent off sale for bookings made today at www.jetblue.com/bac for travel between Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, 2009 to/from any of the airline’s 18 nonstop cities (a).

    This sale is the first of many exciting promotions the airline will launch to continue to bring more to the travelers South Florida. In addition to JetBlue’s award-winning customer service, customers also enjoy a first checked bag free, complimentary snacks and drinks, more legroom than any other carrier in coach (b), more free live entertainment on personal seatback TVs.

    Marty St. George, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Strategy for JetBlue Airways, was joined today at the BankAtlantic Center by Sunrise Sports & Entertainment President & COO Michael Yormark and Panthers’ Head Coach Pete DeBoer to announce this alliance, together with hundreds of JetBlue crewmembers, customers and fans.

    “Fort Lauderdale is one of JetBlue’s strongest cities and growing, so it makes perfect sense to pair up with one of the fastest growing franchises in South Florida,” said Marty St. George. “We can now offer Panthers fans flights to all 18 nonstop destinations available; now they can follow their team on the road and never miss a game, or just visit friends and family throughout our robust network, while enjoying the award-winning JetBlue Experience.”

    “We are both thrilled and honored to be able to partner with a respected, distinguished and natural business partner like JetBlue,” Yormark said. “Over time, we have learned that our two companies share many of the same principles, such as innovative marketing, out of the box thinking, aggressive goals and objectives, and incomparable customer service.”

    JetBlue’s sponsorship includes joint marketing promotions and advertising through 2011: JetBlue will be a Pillar Partner of the BankAtlantic Center, Official and Exclusive Airline of the Florida Panthers, Official and Exclusive Airline of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment (SEE) and will have exclusive rights in the airline category to name, trademarks, uniform, logo in marketing, media, and promotional initiative.

    Featured elements include JetBlue Runways and the JetBlue Tarmac: entitlement of main outdoor plaza and walkways; inner bowl, lobby and outer marquee signage; and a JetBlue Hispanic Concert Series. Also, a signature icon which will surely become a Florida landmark: a life-sized tailfin of one of our aircraft sporting the newest addition to the JetBlue livery, Blueberries. Other elements include social media and interactive fan engagement activities, special JetBlue fares to away games, TrueBlue nights at the BankAtlantic Center, and much more. JetBlue has also committed to supporting the Florida Panthers Foundation and associated programs throughout the South Florida area, as part of this partnership

    JetBlue Airways has enjoyed a long-term and successful relationship with South Florida: its first flight arrived to Fort Lauderdale in February of 2000 and now more than 850 crewmembers make part of the JetBlue South Florida family, who are proud and committed to its extensive network there. The airline offers service to 18 nonstop destinations from its focus city at Fort Lauderdale, including direct service to Cancun, Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Customers can also connect to Bermuda and more than 15 continental U.S. destinations from Fort Lauderdale through JetBlue’s two other focus cities at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport.

    Customers enjoy JetBlue’s award-winning customer service and in-flight experience, including all-leather seats with personal seatback TVs and Lots of Legroom. When jetting between destinations in the continental U.S., customers are treated to 36 channels of free live, DIRECTV(R) programming, including FOX, CBS and NBC as well as ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN News, ESPN U and Setanta Sports. A selection of JetBlue Features movies is also available for a small charge. Customers can surf more than 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio(R).

    About Sunrise Sports & Entertainment
     
    Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. Home to more than 200 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center was a finalist for Arena of the Year in annual awards given by trade publication Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of Sawgrass Live presented by BankAtlantic.

    New A330-200 Freighter takes to the skies

    A330-200F: Allowing freight operators to adapt to evolving markets
     
    The new dedicated Freighter variant of the successful A330 Family took to the skies today during a four hour maiden flight over Toulouse. This milestone marks the start of a 180 hour flight-test and certification campaign, and paves the way for first delivery of the type to launch operator, Etihad Crystal Cargo, in the summer of 2010.
     
    The new A330-200F will offer freight customers greater range and a higher maximum payload with much lower unit costs compared with its closest competitor. The aircraft has already gained 67 firm orders with nine customers. In addition to these orders, the aircraft has been selected by a tenth customer – Turkish Airlines – following the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for two A330-200Fs. Furthermore, there are other ongoing campaigns in progress where airlines are showing serious interest in the aircraft.

    Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John Leahy said: “The efficient A330-200F is very well adapted to today’s market dynamics of rising fuel prices and increased pressure on yields.” He adds: “The A330-200F is the right aircraft at the right time. We are at the eve of a market recovery, and now is the time for airlines to prepare for future freight growth.”

    Airbus sees the need for over 3,400 freighters in the next 20 years to cater for a 5.2% average annual growth rate. In turn, this will require around 1,600 mid-sized freighters, of which the A330-200F will play an important role.

    With a greater payload than initially anticipated, the A330-200F offers two operational configurations depending on the planned mission. The aircraft can carry more than 64 metric tonnes over 4,000 nautical miles / 7,400km, or more than 69 metric tonnes up to 3,200 nautical miles / 5,930km – non-stop. These range and payload capabilities will enable operators to grow their business by opening up or extending cargo routes they currently operate. Thanks to an optimized fuselage cross-section, it has the interior flexibility to carry a wide variety of pallet and container sizes for maximum interlining capability, offering 30 per cent more volume than any freighter in its class.

    Compared with the highly successful passenger A330-200, this new purpose-designed Freighter version has an increased maximum-zero-fuel weight (MZFW) of eight tonnes to allow for high-density cargo configuration transportation of 10lb/ft3. In addition, the aircraft features a reinforced fuselage plus new strengthened floor with a specially designed floor-grid for higher running loads.

    The A330-200F is based on the proven, highly successful and technologically-advanced A330 platform, for which Airbus has received over 1,000 orders, and to date around 625 aircraft are in operational service.

    Embraer Phenom 100 Jet on Asia-Pacific Flying Demo Tour

    Company will begin to showcase the entry level executive aircraft in India

    São José dos Campos, November 4, 2009 –

    Embraer will begin a flying demo tour of the entry level Phenom 100 executive jet in the Asia-Pacific region. The first stop is India, where the jet will visit seven cities in November: Delhi, Indore, Mumbai, Bangalore, Madurai, Chennai, and Hyderabad. After India, the Phenom 100 will be exhibited in Singapore and Australia.

    “Embraer is proud to showcase its successful entry level Phenom 100 in the Asia-Pacific region,” said José Eduardo Costas, Embraer Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Asia Pacific – Executive Jets. “In less than one year of operations, our Phenom 100 executive jet has shown itself to be a comfortable, reliable and versatile platform, and it is constantly being improved. I am sure that our customers in the region are benefiting from the jet’s characteristics and its growing support network.”

    The Phenom 100 deliveries began in December 2008. On September 30, 2009, the jet had logged more than 3,000 flight hours, with a total of 45 aircraft delivered, worldwide. Embraer has several important Phenom family customers in India. Among them are Aviators India Pvt. Ltd., the first client in the region, with two Phenom 100 jets; and Invision Projects Pvt. Ltd., which holds the largest order for Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets in India, at 20. To support the operations of the growing number of Phenom and Legacy 600 customers in the country, Embraer recently appointed Indamer Company Pvt. Ltd. as an authorized service center.

    Despite the aircraft’s high acceptance, Embraer continues working to improve the Phenom 100, in light of the challenges of a dynamic business jet market. Throughout 2009, Embraer has developed enhancements to increase passenger comfort and satisfaction. New and stylish seats were designed, offering ergonomically improved cushions and greater aisle width, due to retractable armrests.

    Embraer Has a New Communications Manager For Asia Pacific

    Based in Singapore, Shorbani Roy is responsible for media relations in the region

    São José dos Campos, November 4, 2009 – Embraer has named Shorbani Roy as Corporate Communications Manager for Asia Pacific, reporting directly to Alex Glock, Embraer Asia Pacific (EAP) Managing Director. A seasoned communications professional, Shorbani is responsible for Embraer’s corporate communications matters and leads the Company’s media relations activities
    in the region. Prior to joining Embraer, Shorbani was with the Grayling international public relations consultancy, where she oversaw communications programs for aviation, logistics, and lifestyle clients. Shorbani can be reached by e-mail at shorbani.roy@sin.embraer.com, and by telephone at (65) 9794-2401 or (65) 6305-9955.

    Embraer has a strong 30-year presence in Asia Pacific, commemorated in 2008. The first aircraft delivery in the region took place in 1978, to Talair, of Papua New Guinea. Since then, the number of operators has grown significantly, and now includes Air North, Skippers Aviation, Network Aviation, Regional Pacific Airlines, Aerolink, and Virgin Blue, from Australia; Air Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands; as well as Southwest Air, Air South, and King Island Airlines. Among other operators of Embraer aircraft in Asia Pacific are Indonesia’s Premiair, Taiwan’s Mandarin Airlines, India’s Paramount Airways, Japan’s JAL and Fuji Dream Airlines, and the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Thai Army. Embraer’s regional office in Singapore was established in 2001. The Company offers worldclass
    training for its E-Jets operators at the Embraer training center in the Changi district, where it has a complete Level D flight simulator. Embraer also provides full parts support throughout the region out of the Singapore office.

    First flight of the A330-200F freighter

    Photo Provided Courtesy of Airbus

    Toulouse, France

    The A330-200F’s first flight is planned for 5 November (weather permitting) from Airbus’ Toulouse, France headquarters. This maiden takeoff will mark a key milestone for the cargo version of Airbus’ popular A330 jetliner, which is the first new mid-sized freighter to be launched in 40 years. Photos, video and articles from the event will be posted after the first flight.

    Air New Zealand orders Airbus A320s to replace Boeing 737-300s

    Photo Provided Courtesy of Airbus

    Following an intensive and robust evaluation process, Air New Zealand has ordered 14 Airbus A320 aircraft to replace its existing domestic fleet of 15 Boeing 737-300s. The aircraft will be powered by IAE engines.

    The A320, which is larger than the aircraft type it will replace, will enable Air New Zealand to increase capacity on routes that are starting to face capacity constraints at some airports during peak times. Air New Zealand has also placed purchase options for a further 11 A320 aircraft, including the possibility of selecting the larger A321.
     
    “Our 12 Airbus A320s already deployed on short haul international routes are performing well, and moving to one single-aisle aircraft type for both domestic and short haul international routes will immediately deliver added efficiencies in maintenance, crew training, and overall fleet simplification,” said Bruce Parton, Air New Zealand General Manager Short Haul Airline.

    The A320 has the widest fuselage of any single-aisle aircraft and is a significant factor in added passenger comfort. A new cabin design offers a significant increase in overhead stowage, dramatic ambience lighting options and noticeable noise reduction.

    Enhanced aerodynamics, engine enhancements and improved navigation technology such as “continuous descent approach” keep the A320 the most eco-efficient aircraft in its class.
     
    “Air New Zealand will reap the benefits of selecting a common family of aircraft across their domestic and short haul single-aisle fleet. The A320 prevailed in the stiffest of competitions to show once again, that it is the single aircraft of choice bar none. We are delighted to build on our already close relationship with Air New Zealand with this announcement,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

    Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association Ratifies Tentative Agreement With the Airline

    DALLAS, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Southwest Airlines is pleased to announce that its Pilots represented by the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA), voted to ratify the tentative, five-year contract both parties reached last month. The new contract is active through Aug. 31, 2011. The current Southwest Pilot contract became amendable on Aug. 31, 2006. SWAPA and Southwest Airlines began contract negotiations in September 2006.

    “I applaud the negotiation teams and the members of SWAPA for voting for this new agreement,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO. “It goes without saying that this new contract was negotiated in good faith during a consistently challenging economic period for the airline industry. Our Pilots are the hardest working and most productive in the business and deserve a contract that reflects this, yet is still in keeping with the current uncertain economic outlook.”

    This new contract rewards SWAPA membership for the Company’s past two years of profitability, while making a critical move to tie the next two years’ compensation to the Company’s financial performance. SWAPA is made up of more than 5,900 Pilots.

    After 38 years of service, Southwest Airlines, the nation’s leading low-fare carrier, continues to stand above other airlines–offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. At Southwest Airlines, bags fly free. Customers can check their first two bags at no extra charge (size and weight limits apply). Southwest offers Customers a comfortable traveling experience with all premium leather seats and plenty of legroom. Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), the nation’s largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 68 cities in 35 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,100 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees systemwide.

    SOURCE Southwest Airlines

    Touchdown in Milwaukee! Southwest Airlines Adds 35th State, 68th City, and Brings Legendary Customer Service to Wisconsin Travelers

    Carrier Launches Service From Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport with 12 Daily Flights to Six Nonstop Destinations

    DALLAS, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — It’s On, Wisconsin! Southwest Airlines officially kicked off the carrier’s service from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport at a news conference this morning, capping-off a weekend of events that underscore Southwest’s longterm investment in Southeast Wisconsin.

    “We want our relationship with Milwaukee to be about more than just our nonstop flights, low fares, and Customer Service–although those are important,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest’s Chairman, President, and CEO. “Southwest Airlines is truly here as a member of this community and our weekend involvement with the Ronald McDonald House and our fabulous tailgate are just the beginning.”

    Kelly joined officials from Milwaukee County in kicking a ceremonial football filled with confetti to cap-off Southwest’s Touchdown in Milwaukee celebrations which featured a free tailgate watching party for a thousand Green Bay Packers fans on Sunday

    “Southwest is now a community partner in so many ways,” said Scott Walker, Milwaukee County Executive. “Above all, these new flights and new markets clearly help fuel the economic engine of this entire region, Mitchell Airport.”

    “This added service will build on Mitchell’s reputation as one of the most competitive airports in the United States,” said Lee Holloway, Milwaukee County Board Chairman. “We look forward to working with Southwest Airlines in the coming years to help them grow their service even more.”
     
    “I thank Airport Director Barry Bateman and the entire airport staff for bringing Southwest here to Milwaukee County,” said Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr., Milwaukee County Board Transportation, Public Works, and Transit Committee Chairman. “This truly is a win-win for both business and leisure travelers. With this low-fare service to six cities, I am sure even more people from the entire region and beyond will choose Milwaukee for their travel needs.”

    As part of the airline’s inaugural festivities, local Employees celebrated Halloween with the families of critically ill and injured children at the Ronald McDonald House of Southeast Wisconsin. Employees painted pumpkins, decorated cookies, and provided trick or treat bags to the families.

    Southwest Airlines new service from Milwaukee features 12 daily flights to six nonstop destinations (Baltimore/Washington, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay) with additional and connecting service to 54 cities.

    SOURCE Southwest Airlines