Industry Update and Commentary 3Jul09
Alaska Airlines will begin four-times-weekly service between Oakland and Kahului, Hawaii, on the island of Maui, beginning Nov. 9, 2009, and thrice-weekly service between Oakland and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, starting Nov. 10, 2009. Earned discounts are valid for travel through March 1, 2010 (holiday blackout dates apply). In addition, Alaska is offering an introductory fare of $169 each way on the new flights for reservations made between July 1 and July 31, 2009.
We invite our Bay Area customers to sample our Hawaii service at prices that make paradise really affordable, said Steve Jarvis, Alaska Airlines vice president of marketing, sales and customer experience. Alaska is the only airline to offer nonstop service to Kona and Maui from Oakland. In addition, Alaska and Horizon serve the Bay Area with frequent, daily flights up and down the West Coast and an attractive frequent flier plan for earning miles to Hawaii, Mexico and other great resort destinations.
Source: Alaska Air
[Another missed opportunity for UAL. This is something WE should be doing! However, these are all 737s--which are not made for this type of route---which means chronic weight restrictions. ]Crews still continue to search for the "Black Box" from Air France flight 447.Yemenia suspends flights into Paris, following the recent crash. The airline did not give a reason. [Could it be "lack of equipment"? Yemenia is not exactly a large airline. But read on....] France had previously issued a warning(in 2007) to Yemenia about that particular A-310, since it had chronic mechanical problems. The EU is also considering a possible ban on Yemenia in EU airspace.Air service into the Comoros islands has been sub-standard, and Comoros residenents have complained. [Why is the Comoros government allowing unsafe aircraft into their islands? Don't you think they would have enough sense to inplement safety standards?] And in recent days, many expatriates from Comoros have formed blockades at the Yemenia ticket counters at both Paris and Marseille airports to protest.The number of bird strikes have been increasing at all New York airports, as of late.Airbus plans to approach Iraqi Airways, to order some planes. Currently, their fleet is all-Boeing, and they have some 787s on order, as well.Another Iraq aviation update........there has been some flow control problems at Baghdad airport. This is due to visibility problems, as a result of constant sandstorms as of late. Fortunately, there has been very little traffic lately, so not much affected. However, with IA planning to get back to their pre-1992 schedule within the next year or two, sandstorms may be more of a problem with station operations at SDA in the future.On 6/30, a JAL flight was cancelled betwen Narita and Honolulu. They were without a first officer, as he was detained by police, for urinating publicly in an airport parking lot.Aeroflot has spun off its cargo division as a separate company.Air Malta is increasing service to London/Gatwick from Malta.BA adding more service to Istanbul and Warsaw from London/Heathrow.Alaska is adding Bellingham-Las Vegas service. [Good flight for northern Washington, and also good for Canadians.]IATA has picked the Ethiopian Airlines flight training center in Addis Ababa, as an officially sanctioned pilot training facility.Highland Airways has celebrated its first anniversary. They fly from their base in Oban/Connell, Scotland(code OBN)to several small islands off the coast, using nine-seaters. [Oban is best known for its castles, as well as its famous whisky distillery.]