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JetBlue CEO Barger to Retire

JetBlue CEO Barger to Retire

JetBlue Airways said that its CEO, Dave Barger, will retire in February and that Robin Hayes, the airline’s president, will succeed him.
Mr. Barger will continue on the company’s board of directors until February 2015 and Mr. Hayes will join the board at that time.
The incoming CEO is a former British Airways executive who became JetBlue’s president in 2013, with responsibility for the airline’s operations and commercial activities.  He previously served …

WestJet to Drop Free Baggage Allowance for Economy Fare Passengers

WestJet to Drop Free Baggage Allowance for Economy Fare Passengers

Canadian carrier WestJet announced that it will eliminate free baggage allowance for certain passengers on flights on or after October 29.  At that date, the airline will begin charging economy fare passengers traveling within Canada or between Canada and the United States a $25 fee for the first checked bag.  Those traveling to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe may continue to check one piece of luggage at no …

Lufthansa’s Eurowings to Take Delivery of 10 Airbus A320ceos

Lufthansa’s Eurowings to Take Delivery of 10 Airbus A320ceos

Lufthansa Group announced that it ordered ten Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft for Eurowings, a regional carrier and subsidiary.
The aircraft will be delivered to Eurowings between 2016 and 2017, and are expected to replace Bombardier CRJ900s currently in the airline’s fleet.
Airbus has approximately 11,000 orders for the A320 family to date, and has delivered over 6,200 of the aircraft.  The planes are single-aisle, and have 18”-wide seats in economy …

Alaska Airlines Links Seattle with Albuquerque

Alaska Airlines Links Seattle with Albuquerque

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of new daily, non-stop service between Seattle and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The service operates using a Boeing 737-800.
Flights from Seattle depart at 10:55 a.m. and arrive in Albuquerque at 2:50 p.m.  From Albuquerque, flights depart at 3:45 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 5:45 p.m.
Alaska’s is using 737s outfitted with 16 seats in first class and 147 seats in economy class for the new route.  …

Swiss to Replace Current A320 Fleet with A320neos

Swiss to Replace Current A320 Fleet with A320neos

Swiss International Air Lines announced an order for 15 Airbus A320neo aircraft.  The A320neo (“neo” stands for “new engine option”) is a family of aircraft currently under development by Airbus and will replace the A320ceo, a retronym for the current engine option model.  Swiss also has options for another 10 of the aircraft to be confirmed at a later date.
Swiss said in a statement that it plans to eventually replace …

Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

Qatar Airways announced that it took delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Wednesday.  The carrier currently has nine more superjumbos on order.
Qatar plans to put the plane into service on its route between Doha’s Hamad International Airport and London Heathrow, followed by its Doha-Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport route.
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine plane that had its first flight in 2005 and entered commercial service in …

United to Add 50 Embraer 175 Planes to United Express Fleet

United to Add 50 Embraer 175 Planes to United Express Fleet

United Airlines will add 50 Embraer 175 aircraft to its United Express regional jet fleet.  The planes are being purchased by Republic Airways Holdings and operated by a Republic subsidiary on behalf of United.
The deal required United to amend its agreement with its regional partner Shuttle America, a Republic subsidiary.  Republic will sub-lease 24 Bombardier Q400 turboprops to British low-cost carrier Flybe, which is in the midst of a transformation …