Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger has a message for Boeing about its 737 Max

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the decorated commercial airline captain responsible for saving the lives of 155 people in a heroic 2009 landing on New York’s Hudson River, has a message for Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration: pilots need robust training before the 737 Max returns to the skies.

“Reading about it on an iPad isn't even close to sufficient,” Sullenberger testified during a congressional subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. He asserted that recertification should require simulator training, which subjects pilots to conditions that closely emulate those in flight.

“We should all want pilots to experience these challenging situations for the first time in a simulator and not in flight with passengers and crew on board,” Sullenberger said.

More time and costs before the Max can fly?

Exactly how much and what type of pilot training is needed before Boeing’s Max can be re-certified by the FAA and returned to service has been a topic of debate, as some aviation experts point to a lack of sufficient training concerning the Max systems as a central cause in the cascade of events that led to two fatal Max aircraft crashes within five months. Meanwhile, others claim more experienced pilots would have averted crisis. Simulator training, estimated to cost hundreds of dollars per hour, if required by the FAA, will add time and cost to the Max’s return to flight.

“We must face [the emergency] first-hand in a simulator before we experience it in flight,” Sullenberger told lawmakers.

As a result of the crashes, Boeing agreed to modify all Max planes in order to feed additional sensor data into a system designed for the aircraft called MCAS, or Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. The system, which automatically pushes the nose of the plane down to prevent engine stall, is known to have been activated in both the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes that killed all passengers and crew on board.

The importance of the ‘startle factor’

Throughout his testimony, Sullenberger emphasized the significance of pilot “startle factor” and chaotic cockpit situations that play into a pilot’s emergency response capabilities.

Asked by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) whether more experienced pilots would have been able to handle the MCAS-related emergencies, Sullenberger opined that it would have been unlikely they would have performed differently than the crews on the accident flights.

“I'm one of a relatively small group of people who have experienced such a crisis and lived to share what we learned about it. I can tell you firsthand that the startle factor is real. And it's huge. It absolutely interferes with one's ability to quickly analyze the crisis and take an active action,” Sullenberger said. “In both 737 max accidents, the failure of a single angle of attack sensor quickly caused multiple instrument indication anomalies, and sudden, loud, and in some cases, false warnings, creating major distractions masking the cause, and would have made it even harder to quickly analyze the situation and take effective, corrective action.”

Captain Dan Carey, Allied Pilots Association president and veteran commercial aircraft pilot, seconded Sullenberg’s position.

“This is a sudden, violent, and terrifying event,” Carey testified. “So airplanes pitching up and down rapidly and violently. There's bells, warnings, and clappers sounding. Communication is difficult.”

Carey blamed Boeing for prioritizing costs over safety.

“The Max was designed to provide the same aircraft feel as the 737. This was intended to minimize costs to Boeing's customers by allowing the Max to be certified as a 737-type aircraft. This led Boeing engineers to add the MCAS system,” he said. “Boeing failed to disclose the existence of the MCAS system to the pilot community around the world. The final fatal mistake was therefore the absence of a robust pilot training in the event of an MCAS failure.”

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has suggested a less aggressive approach than simulator training.

“We believe that the right answer right now is computer-based training,” Muilenberg told shareholders during Boeing’s annual meeting in April. “And then as part of the recurring training that pilots might do downstream, give them options for simulator training.”

Ultimately, the decision on requisite training rests with FAA regulators.

In response to whether Boeing’s position on flight training had changed since Muilenberg’s statement in April, a company spokesperson told Yahoo Finance, “Boeing continues to work with global regulators and our airline customers as they determine training requirements.”

Regarding the timeline for the Max to return to service, Boeing’s spokesperson said, “We have not given a timeline — safety is our priority and is the primary driver in the process. We have finalized the software update and the next step will be to finish certification work in the simulators ahead of the certification test flights, which will be scheduled with the FAA.”

(Alexis Keenan - Yahoo Finance News) 

IndiGo drops Pratt for CFM's jet engines in $20 billion order

India's biggest airline IndiGo said on Monday it had placed a $20 billion jet engine order from CFM International, a move that marks a shift away from Pratt & Whitney towards its French-American rival.

CFM, owned by General Electric and France's Safran, will provide the 1LEAP-1A engines to power 280 A320neo and A321neo jetliners already on order from Airbus by the Delhi-based budget carrier.

IndiGo has an order book of 430 Airbus planes of the A320neo family, of which the first 150 aircraft were to be powered by engines from United Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney.

Reuters reported earlier in June that IndiGo had chosen CFM over Pratt for what was one of the largest jet engine orders and that the deal would be for more than 600 engines, including spares.

Although the Pratt engines fitted on the A320neo aircraft are fuel-efficient there have consistently been issues with them since they entered into service in 2016, forcing IndiGo to ground its planes several times.

"The CFM LEAP engine will allow IndiGo to maintain its strong focus on lowering operating costs and delivering fuel efficiency with high standards of reliability," Riyaz Peermohamed, Chief Aircraft Acquisition and Financing Officer at IndiGo, said in the statement.

The delivery of the first LEAP-1A-powered A320neo is scheduled in 2020, IndiGo said in the statement, adding that the contract with CFM includes spare engines and an overhaul support agreement as well as a long-term service agreement.

CFM introduced its LEAP engines in India around 2016. It currently has 60 such engines operational in the country.

(Promit Mukherjee and Aditi Shah - Reuters)

Boeing lines up 787 Dreamliner deals at Paris Air Show

Korean Air Lines and a top aircraft leasing company signed tentative deals to acquire 35 Boeing 787 Dreamliner wide-body jets at the Paris Air Show.

Boeing said Tuesday that Korean Air signed a commitment to buy 10 787-10s and 10 787-9 model airplanes, worth $6.3 billion at current list prices. Korean Air will lease 10 more 787-10s from lessor Air Lease Corp, Boeing said in a news release.

In a separate Boeing deal, Air Lease committed to acquire five 787-9 Dreamliners, worth $1.5 billion at list prices.

"Demand for reliable, versatile, and fuel-efficient airplanes is at an all-time high," Air Lease Executive Chairman Steven Udvar-Házy said.

Boeing said it will add the jets to its official order backlog once the airline and lessor pay deposits on the jets and finalize a contract.

Korean Air, the country's flagship airline which serves Seattle, is one of the largest transpacific carriers in Asia with 16 nonstop routes to North America.

"As we continue to innovate our product offering, the 787 Dreamliner family will become the backbone of our long-haul fleet for many years to come," Korean Air Chairman Walter Cho said.

The 787-10 Dreamliner boasts 25 percent improved fuel efficiency and has about 15 percent space for passengers and cargo than the 787-9s.

"The airline has been a pioneer in Asia's commercial aviation industry over the past five decades and Boeing is honored to play an important role in their continued success," Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister said.

Korean Air operates 96 Boeing passenger airplanes, including Next-Generation 737, 747, 777 and 787 jets. Its cargo fleet includes 747 and 777 freighters.

If finalized, the order will quadruple the airline's 787 fleet to 40 airplanes as it modernizes and strengthen its long-haul aircraft fleet. Korean will introduce the 787-10 to complement its existing long-haul fleet of 787-9s and 777s.

(Andrew McIntosh - Puget Sound Business Journal) 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

British Airways' parent company signals intent to buy 200 Boeing 737 Max

While hundreds of Boeing 737 Max jets languish on the ground, British Airways’ parent company has signed a letter of intent for 200 of the aircraft.

The planemaker’s latest short-haul jet has been grounded since March following two fatal crashes.

A total of 346 people died when Boeing 737 Max jets belonging to Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after take-off.

In both cases, an anti-stall system known as MCAS forced the nose of the aircraft downwards despite the pilots’ best efforts to fight it.

Boeing is working on software and training updates, but at present there is no certainty about when the plane may fly again.

At the Paris Air Show this week, British Airways’ parent company, IAG, said it wanted to buy 200 of the planes.

Subject to a commercial contract, the mix of 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 10 aircraft would be delivered between 2023 and 2027.

IAG said: “It is anticipated that the aircraft would be used by a number of the Group’s airlines including Vueling, Level plus British Airways at London Gatwick airport.”

At present BA flies no short-haul Boeing aircraft. The fleet at Gatwick and Heathrow is all Airbus A320 series.

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “We’re very pleased to sign this letter of intent with Boeing and are certain that these aircraft will be a great addition to IAG’s short-haul fleet.

“We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make a successful return to service in the coming months having received approval from the regulators.”

The biggest operators of the 737 Max in the UK are TUI Airways, Norwegian and Ryanair.

(Simon Calder - The Independent) 

Amazon to lease 15 more Boeing 737-800s through GECAS, to support one-day shipping

Amazon Inc. said Tuesday it will lease 15 737-800 cargo aircraft made by Boeing through a partnership with General Electric Co.'s GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

The 15 aircraft will be in addition to the five Boeing 737-800s already leased from GECAS, announced earlier this year. "These new aircraft create additional capacity for Amazon Air, building on the investment in our Prime Free One-Day program," said Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations at Amazon.

"By 2021, Amazon Air will have a portfolio of 70 aircraft flying in our dedicated air network." Amazon's stock rose 0.9% in pre-market trading, while Boeing shares climbed 1.3% and GE's stock tacked on 0.9%. The shares gains come as futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 144 points.

(Tomi Kilgore - MarketWatch)

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Elan Express Boeing 767-24Q(ER) (28270/629) N767CJ

Arrived from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) as "ELX1086" following a short 15 minute flight touching down at 17:48 PDT on Rwy 30 at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) this evening (June 5, 2019).

She is sporting a special Drake Air livery in support of Canadian musician Drake (Don't know if he was on board) who is using the aircraft as his VIP transport during his current tour.

Interestingly the aircraft did not park at the terminal nor an FBO but on taxiway Alpha by the location of the old Douglas commercial blast fence and where more recently the Virgin Orbit 747 had been parking.

This 767 is no stranger to Long Beach as she has been here numerous times over the years when operating with Mid East Jet her original owner as N767KS.

She made her first flight from Everett-Paine Field (PAE/KPAE) on September 20, 1996 and was delivered to the carrier on October 4, 1996.

On August 18, 2018 she was ferried from Erfurt (ERF/EDDE) to Hamilton John C. Munro International Airport (YHM/CYHM) on delivery to Elan Express as N767KS, later being re-registered to her current N767CJ registration on April 18, 2019.

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Coulson Flying Tankers brings Martin Mars to Long Beach

Back in June 1997, Coulson Flying Tankers brought Martin JRM-3 Mars (c/n 9267) C-FLYL "Hawaii" down to Long Beach and landed in the channel next to the Queen Mary.

At the time the company I believe was trying to win a fire fighting contract with either Los Angeles County or CAL Fire for the upcoming fire season and Long Beach Harbor was the best location for the aircraft to demonstrate her capabilities.

In the second photo, you can see Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (c/n CV-560) N322FA "Scarlet" in the distance behind the Martin Mars operated by Airborne Fire Attack who was also performing demonstration flights for both fire agencies. The company was local with the PBY being based at John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA/KSNA).

Sadly the aircraft was written-off a short time later on August 1, 1997 on San Vicente Reservoir in San Diego County. The crew was performing a water scoop and while doing so the nose gear doors opened causing the aircraft to flip. Both pilots were injured but survived the accident.

(Photos by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

(Kodachrome K64 Slides)

VASP MD-11 (48413/488) PP-SOW

Captured on short final to Rwy 24R at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on November 10, 1997.

Delivered to the carrier on Valentines Day February 14, 1992, she served with the carrier until finding her way to Varig as PP-VQL on May 12, 2000.

Following her conversion into a cargo aircraft in 2005, she went into service with Lufthansa Cargo as D-ALCO flying for the German carrier until being WFU on December 21, 2013.

Ferried to Tulsa International Airport (TUL/KTUL) on January 23, 2014 she sat in storage until sadly meeting her fate and being broken-up at Tulsa sometime in 2014 from what info I can gather.

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)

(Kodachrome K64 Slide)

Monday, May 20, 2019

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-5H4 (25318/2121) N519SW

Is captured sporting a special Christmas livery ***(Reindeer on aircraft nose and small Elf just behind forward door)*** in December 1991 at an unknown airport.

The aircraft was delivered new to the carrier on September 17, 1991. Following 21 years of service with Southwest Airlines she was retired on June 12, 2012 and has since presumably been broken-up.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tao Domestic Airlines (TDA) MD-81 (48071/1004) JA8469

Deploys the thrust reversers as it arrives at Osaka - Itami International (ITM / RJOO) on April 4, 1982.

(Photo by K. Murai / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Monday, May 13, 2019

Air China Airbus A350-941 (c/n 217) B-1083 ex F-WZNU

Air China Airbus A350-941 (c/n 217) B-1083 ex Airbus F-WZNU, sports the special livery "Beijing Expo 2019" at Frankfurt Rhein-Main International (FRA / EDDF) following her arrival on an unknown date.

(Photo by Udo Schaefer / Fujichrome Provia 100 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Emirates backs away from Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Emirates appears to have made good on speculation that it might scrap plans for an order for 40 787-10 Dreamliners from the Boeing Co.

According to the Emirates Group 2018-2019 annual report, the deal no longer appears among its fleet and future orders information as it did the previous year.

Bloomberg reported in February that Emirates was considering such a move in favor instead of potentially ordering more of Boeing's coming 777X.

The deal for the 787-10s, the largest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner family, was worth $15.1 billion at list prices when it was announced at the Dubai Airshow as an order commitment.

However, the order was never announced as having been finalized.

Had it come to fruition, the order would have meant new production work in Wichita, where Spirit AeroSystems Inc. builds the complete forward fuselage and other components of the 787 for Boeing.

Still on the books at both Emirates and Boeing, however, is the carrier’s order for 150 777X and its options for 50 more.

Spirit builds the forward fuselage structure and other components on that aircraft.

(Daniel McCoy - Wichita Business Journal)

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Aviaco McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 (47642/749) EC-CGP "Juan Sebastian Elcano"

Taxies at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (LPA/GCLP) on what appears to be a gorgeous day sometime in February 1988.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Avianca Columbia MD-83 (49947/1900) EI-CCE

Turns onto Rwy 12 at Miami International Airport (MIA/KMIA) as it readies to depart in April 1992.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Republic of Turkey Boeing 747-8ZV(BBJ) (42096/1468) TC-TRK

Captured at Hamburg (HAM/EDDH) prior to delivery.

(Photographer Unknown / Fujichrome Provia 100 Slide / Date Taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

TUI Airways Boeing 787-9 (62742/703) G-TUIM "Edie"

Delivered to the carrier on May 17, 2018 she performed her first flight (B1 Flight) on April 25, 2018 as N1005S from Everett-Paine Field (PAE/KPAE).

(Photographer Unknown / Fujichrome Provia 100 Slide / Location Unknown / Date Taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Friday, April 26, 2019

SAS cancels 673 flights as pilots go on strike

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) was forced to cancel 673 flights on April 26 as 1,409 SAS pilots went on strike after an agreement could not be reached on predictable working hours and market-based salaries. More than 72,000 passengers were affected.

According to SAS, 70% of domestic, European and long-haul flights were canceled.

SAS pilots were from four unions: the Danish Pilots Association, the Norwegian SAS Flyers Association, Scandinavian Norway Flygerforening and the Swedish Air Line Pilots Association. The group represents 95% of SAS pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Reuters reported that analysts at Sydbank expect the strike to cost SAS up to SEK80 million ($8.4 million) per day.

Flights operated by SAS Ireland and airlines that are SAS subcontractors, which make up approximately 30% of all departures, are not be affected by the strike.

The Star Alliance member said it wants to continue negotiations and reach an agreement to end the strike as soon as possible. Negotiations have been held in all three countries since March with the support of external mediators in the final stages.

SAS director of communications Karin Nyman said: “It is deeply regretful that the pilots’ strike will have a negative impact on our customers. SAS is prepared to continue to negotiate, but if the requirements [had been] met, they would have [had] very negative consequences for the company. Nonetheless, the pilot associations have chosen conflict.”

“The strike could have been avoided if SAS had shown willingness to meet us. Instead, we meet a SAS management who believes that their employees must accept deteriorated working conditions, unpredictable working hours and uncertainty for their own workplace,” head of the Norwegian SAS Flyers’ Association Christian Laulund said in a statement.

(Kurt Hofmann - ATWOnline News)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Skyservice USA McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 (46645/283) N571SC

Taxies towards a Rwy 24L departure at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) in November 1998.

(Photo by Michael Carter / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

Hawaiian Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 (46991/261) N35084

Rolls for takeoff on Rwy 27 at San Diego International Airport (SAN/KSAN) bound for Honolulu, Hawaii on December 21, 2001.

(Photo by Yoshihiro Kawada / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

MASKargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11CF (48631/579) N275WA

Rests in the sun under simply gorgeous South Florida November skies at Miami International Airport (MIA/KMIA) in November 1998.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Boeing takes on risk for excess 737 parts held at Spirit AeroSystems

A regulatory filing from Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita offers new details on how the risks and costs of its staggered 737 production plan with the Boeing Co. are being handled.

Boeing announced earlier this month that it would trim its production to 42 of the aircraft per month as it works to get its 737 MAX back in service following two deadly crashes of the jet in just over five months.

Spirit announced the same day that it had crafted a plan with Boeing to continue to build at the previous rate of 52 per month and store excess of the portions of the 737 it builds in inventory until Boeing was ready for delivery.

According to a notice filed Thursday by Spirit with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wichita-based manufacturer will still be paid for any of work held in inventory as any excess shipments that Boeing requests be held at Spirit’s facilities will still be considered as delivered to the company.

Under normal operations, the fuselages Spirit builds for the 737 are considered delivered once they are loaded on the rail cars at its facility for shipment to Boeing’s assembly line in Renton, Wash. The point of delivery is what triggers Boeing's payment to the Wichita supplier for that shipment.

The agreement also stipulates Boeing will be the company taking the risk — at least primarily — should anything happen to those excess fuselages or other components that Spirit builds.

“(The) title to and risk of any loss or damage to excess shipsets will be transferred to Boeing except to the extent loss or damage results from Spirit’s fault or negligence,” the filing states.

Spirit, meanwhile, will cover any incremental costs associated with holding the excess inventory.

The filing also states that the companies have agreed to certain advance payments for material purchases, all of which are repayable.

The agreement also give Boeing plenty of time to continue to sort out its issues with the 737 MAX, as it runs through May 1, 2020 — a duration that could potentially allow for future holds to excess inventory if there are complications in the planned ramp up of 737 production later this year.

The 737 MAX has been grounded since the middle of March and deliveries of the new variant to airline customers have been suspended.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said this week that the company is progressing on the software upgrades it believes will give regulators the confidence to approve returning the troubled jet to service.

Additionally, suppliers both in Wichita and Seattle have reportedly been told that Boeing’s production ramp-up plans call for the rate to rise to 47 per month in June, back to 52 in July and then to the previously planned record-rate of 57 per month in September.

A representative from Spirit declined to comment beyond the filing. A Boeing spokesperson had not responded directly to questions about the agreement prior to publication of this story.

Not all of the 737s being built are the new MAX variant, though the model was expected to account for around 90 percent of 737 deliveries this year.

In addition to the full fuselages, Spirit also builds portions of the wing, engine pylons and nacelles, and thrust reversers on the 737.

Spirit is Wichita’s largest employer with more than 14,500 local workers, a number it has rapidly grown over that past year in large part to help meet the demand for Boeing’s narrow-body jet.

Work on the 737 spills out into Wichita's large supplier base, making it the single most important aircraft program to the city’s commercial aerospace industry.

(Daniel McCoy - Wichita Business Journal)

Southwest CEO calls Delta 'squatters' at Dallas Love Field

Southwest Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Gary Kelly made his dislike for Delta Air Lines' presence at Dallas Love Field clear Thursday, comparing the Atlanta carrier to a squatter.

Southwest Airlines Co., Delta Air Lines and the City of Dallas have been wrangled in a lawsuit over Delta using Southwest gate space at Love Field for years. Southwest has been trying to get Delta off its gate, while Delta has refused to leave and instead requested eight additional flights out of Love Field.

"It’s like you having rented a house, and there’s a squatter in the house and you’ve got to get them out," Kelly told an audience at a North Dallas Chamber of Commerce event Thursday. "It’s really no more complicated than that."

This ordeal began years ago when Southwest reached a temporary agreement with Delta to fly five daily flights to Atlanta. But when the agreement ended, Delta didn't leave.

Southwest asked Dallas, which owns the airport, to get Delta off its gate. Fearing retaliation from whichever side ended up losing the disagreement, the city sued all parties involved and asked the court to decide what to do.

Nearly four years after the issue entered the courts, Delta is still flying its five daily flights out of the Southwest gate and said without court intervention, "Love Field will become Southwest Field."

"Only long term, meaningful competition provides the best options and fares for the citizens of Dallas," a Delta spokesperson said in response to Kelly's comments. "And to that end, we are pursuing our right to continue flying out of Love Field."

The lawsuit has taken several twists and turns since it started.

The court is mulling a proposal from the city that would force accommodation of Delta's requested eight additional flights on two Alaska Airlines, gates it says are being underutilized.

Unsurprisingly, Alaska isn't keen on the proposal. A few weeks after the city suggested the plan, Alaska announced a surprise expansion at Love Field that left no gate space available for Delta.

Southwest recently ramped up operations at Love Field and now flies 195 flights across its 18 gates. When Southwest announced the expansion, it said at the time it would add even more flights if not for the squabble with Delta.

"We are at capacity at Love Field," Kelly said Thursday. "We have 17 and a half gates that we're operating out of. It should be 18, if I didn't mention that earlier. It should be 18."

(Evan Hoopfer - Dallas Business Journal)

Valujet McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 (47378/508) N905VJ

Taxies at Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL/KATL) on a gorgeous day in Georgia.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide / Date taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Spanair McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (49661/1452) EC-EVY

Captured at rest at an unknown airport.

(Photographer Unknown / Kodachrome K64 Slide / Date Taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Viking Hellas McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (49631/1596) SX-SMS

Rests on the ramp at unknown airport.

(Photographer Unknown / Fujichrome Slide / Date Taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Friday, April 19, 2019

TranStar Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (49125/1074) N935MC

Resting in the desert sun at Tucson International Airport (TUS/KTUS) in January 1988.

(Photo by Bob Shane / Kodachrome K64 Slide)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Compass Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (49938/1785) VH-LNH

(Kodachrome K64 Slide / Photographer Unknown / Airport Unknown / Date Taken Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Volotea MD-95 (717-2BL) EI-EXJ ex Midwest Airlines N913ME

Captured at an unknown Airport in April 2016.

(Fujichrome Provia 100 Slide / Photographer Unknown)

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Friday, April 12, 2019

737 MAX crisis prompts Southwest pilots to question its all-Boeing fleet

In the wake of the two fatal 737 MAX crashes, the leadership of the Southwest Airlines pilots union raised a shocking question Friday in a note to its members: Whether Southwest, by far Boeing’s largest 737 customer, should remain an all-Boeing airline.

Southwest created the original low-cost carrier model for airlines, operating a uniform fleet of 737 jets and gaining economies that enabled it to challenge the big U.S. legacy airlines.

Buying from only one manufacturer has been a central tenet of Southwest’s business plan since founder Herb Kelleher bought his first 737s in 1971. Today, Southwest is the largest operator of 737s, with more than 730 in its fleet — including 34 MAXs currently stranded on the ground in Victorville, California.

That the pilot union of such a devoted and important customer is even raising the question of buying planes from another manufacturer is the latest disturbing development for Boeing from the MAX tragedies.

Whether it’s a serious proposal or just a reflection of anger at Boeing, designed to make the manufacturer take notice, it’s not a question anyone at Southwest could raise lightly.

If Southwest were to buy Airbus jets, shock waves would ripple from Dallas through Chicago to Seattle. It would not only hit Boeing’s business profoundly but would also have enormous cost implications for Southwest.

The airline declined Friday to comment on the pilot union memo, as did Boeing.

Jon Weaks, president of SWAPA, the Southwest Airlines pilots union, sent out the memo after a three-hour meeting with the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and some of his technical experts. The meeting, also attended by representatives from the other U.S. MAX operators, American and United, updated airline executives and pilots on the MAX crisis.

Among “numerous questions posed to SWAPA” following the crashes, Weaks wrote, his pilots as well as Wall Street analysts have discussed “the advantages and disadvantages of an airline having a single fleet and having aircraft from only one manufacturer.”

He also referred to Boeing’s size and enormous influence in the aerospace world “and the antitrust issues that accompany this long-overlooked issue.”

The letter reflected anger among pilots at the original design of the new flight control software on the MAX that has been implicated in causing both crashes and the lack of information about it before the first crash.

That software system — called Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS — was activated by a single faulty sensor and kicked in multiple times on both the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines flights. On each jet, it repeatedly swiveled the tail and so pushed the airplane’s nose relentlessly down.

Prior to the first crash in October, MCAS was never mentioned in Boeing’s pilot training and wasn’t in the MAX flight manuals. The pilots at Southwest and American were particularly vocal in criticizing Boeing for that omission.

“Boeing will, and should, continue to face scrutiny of the ill-designed MCAS and initial non-disclosure of the new flight control logic,” Weaks wrote Friday.

Dennis Tajer, an American Airlines captain and spokesman for that airline’s union, the Allied Pilots Association, who also attended the FAA briefing, said American’s pilots share Weaks’ anger at the way MCAS was implemented and not disclosed to pilots.

He said Boeing is now working on and testing changes to the software “because the original software was designed in a hideous manner.”

“MCAS was a monster,” said Tajer in a phone interview after the meeting.

Questioning Southwest’s exclusive Boeing fleet was the most surprising issue Weaks raised in his memo, but not the only controversial one.

He also said the FAA should review the way it delegates oversight.

“Congress will have to debate their 2004 decision where they granted the FAA authority to expand the role of aircraft manufacturers … delegating much of the FAA’s regulatory oversight to the companies it oversees,” Weaks wrote.

However, he conceded this may be impractical.

The process of FAA delegating oversight to Boeing “may be too ingrained to reverse and further complicated because of the FAA’s budget and lack of available and qualified personnel,” Weaks wrote.

As for the outcome of the three-hour FAA meeting, Weaks said Southwest is “standing by for further guidance from the FAA” as that agency’s Flight Safety Board continues to evaluate Boeing’s proposed software fix as well as its proposed training course to bring pilots up to speed on the changes.

American’s Tajer said the meeting was headed by Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell along with a team of technical experts. The airlines sent pilots and flight operations technical staff, “the folks in the foxhole,” he said.

The meeting covered the public information on both crashes, then a review of the original MCAS design and the planned update Boeing is currently testing. Finally, they reviewed the computer-based pilot training program Boeing is planning to bring pilots up to speed.

Tajer said the atmosphere was very open, with all questions welcomed. But he said no timeline was indicated for getting the MAX back in the air.

“This is about getting it right,” said Tajer. “If and when this airplane flies again, ultimately my passengers are going to look at me, eye to eye, and say ‘Captain, Are we good?’ I won’t sign the log book until I can say, ‘Yes, sir. Yes, ma’am. I’m on this airplane with you.'”

(Dominic Gates - Seattle Times)

Friday, April 5, 2019

LAX plans concourse 0 and terminal 9 expansions

Los Angeles International airport has plans for two long-dreamed terminal extensions east of the existing complex, adding sorely needed gates to the congested facility.

The proposed "concourse 0" and "terminal 9" would add 21 domestic and international gates east of terminals 1 and 8, respectively, under the conceptual plans in the LAX Airfield & Terminal Modernization initial study that is due out today. The projects would replace existing remote bus gates on the west side of the airfield.

The facilities would "upgrade passenger processing capabilities and enhance the customer experience" in time for the Summer Olympics that Los Angeles will host in 2028, a spokesman for LAX operator Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) says.

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LAX is the second busiest airport in the USA, seeing a 3.5% increase in passengers to 87.5 million in 2018, airport data shows. Only Atlanta, with 107.4 million passengers, was busier last year.

Passenger traffic continues to grow. LAX saw departing traveler numbers increase on average 6% annually from 2013 to 2018, as a result the operator has committed to $11.9 billion in upgrades through 2024. These include a new remote concourse, as well as a number of airline-led terminal upgrades.

“Modernization of airports is going on around the country, particularly in airports as important as LAX,” American chief executive Doug Parker said at the ground breaking of American's $1.6 billion upgrade to terminals 4 and 5 in October 2018. “We know the way to deliver the customer service we want to deliver in the future is to modernize the airport.”

Concourse 0 would be built on what is an existing parking lot east of terminal 1. The roughly 69,213m2 (745,000ft2) facility would include 11 new gates, resulting in a net increase of nine gates after a reconfiguration of the terminal.

“The renderings bring a tangible visualization of the promise of more access at LAX for Southwest and our customers," says a spokesman for Southwest Airlines, which is the main tenant in terminal 1, citing the current terminal 1.5 project. "[We] now look for new ways to thoughtfully and responsibly add service to answer demand.”

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Conceptual rendering of concourse 0

The 12-gate Terminal 9 would rise east of Sepulveda Boulevard on land occupied by hangars and a regional concourse used by American. The 109,440m2 terminal would be connected by a bridge over the road to terminal 8, and include a new station on the airport's under construction automated people mover system.

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Conceptual rendering of terminal 9

An American spokesman says the airline is working with LAWA on plans to relocate its regional facility that would be demolished to make room for terminal 9.

The report does not mention possible tenants for either facility. However, Southwest is a likely tenant for the concourse due to their location in terminal 1, and United Airlines executives have previously expressed interest in making terminal 9 a Star Alliance facility.

"We're going to wind up getting T9," United president Scott Kirby told LAX-based employees in September 2017.

United was immediately available for comment.

(Edward Russell - FlightGlobal News)

Is there another grounding on the way for Boeing?

Is there another problem on the horizon for Boeing?

Singapore Airlines has been forced to ground two of its ultra-modern Boeing 787-10 aircraft because of issues with the engines the carrier has confirmed.

The airline says that “premature blade deterioration was found on some engines” of the latest additions to its fleet, the Boeing 787-10. This unexpectedly early deterioration was found at recent routine maintenance inspections according to the airline, who instantly took the decision to ground the aircraft and wait for engine replacements.

Singapore Airlines said it was consulting with the makers of the engines, Rolls-Royce regarding the issues found as well as talking with the relevant aviation authorities on the next steps and any future precautionary measures needed. The aircraft are fitted with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines, which are the next generation of the Trent 1000 engines which have had premature blade cracking issues, the latest issues are of a similar nature.

The airline became the first carrier in the world to operate the Boeing 787-10 aircraft just over a year ago. This new issue with the engine parts is particularly worrying as SIA has ordered 49 of the type. "It is an honour for us to be the world’s first airline to take delivery of this amazing aircraft. The 787-10 is indeed a magnificent piece of engineering and truly a work of art." said SIA CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong at the delivery event on March 26th, 2018. So far SIA has been the largest customer for the 787-10.

The 787-10s feature SIA’s new regional cabin products, configured with 337 seats in two classes, featuring 36 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats. The aircraft are usually scheduled to operate services to Bali. Bangkok, Delhi, Fukuoka, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Nagoya, Narita-Tokyo, Osaka, Perth and Taipei, Taiwan.

The airline said that it would operate replacement aircraft on the affected routes, however, some aircraft would be smaller and have less capacity which may mean some passengers have their travel plans altered. "We regret the inconvenience caused and sincerely apologize to customers whose travel plans are affected, and seek their understanding." an airline spokesperson said.

Rolls-Royce has issued a statement that stated it had "been sampling a small population of the Trent 1000 TEN fleet that have experienced a higher frequency of flights at the upper end of their operating range. This work has shown that a small number of these engines need to have their blades replaced earlier than scheduled."

"In anticipation of limited turbine blade life, our engineers have already developed and are testing an enhanced version of this blade. We will now work closely with any impacted customers to deliver an accelerated program to implement the enhanced blade and to ensure that we can deliver on our Trent 1000 TEN future commitments." The engine-maker says it regrets any disruption caused to airline operations but is it enough? Could these early cracking blades pose a potential danger, particularly to those airlines operating long-distance flights on the 787-10?

(Jason Shaw - AeroTime News)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

USAir McDonnell Douglas MD-81 (48036/963) N802US

Originally delivered to Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) as N926PS on March 9, 1981 the aircraft is seen at San Diego International - Lindbergh Field (SAN/KSAN) on November 6, 1988. Sadly the aircraft has since been broken-up.

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

United Airlines Boeing 727-222(ADV) (21917/1616) N7463U

Delivered factory fresh to United Airlines on May 12, 1980, this lovely aircraft is captured on short final to Rwy 27 at San Diego International - Lindbergh Field (SAN/KSAN) in August 1998.

(Michael Carter Slide Collection)

Boeing wins $4B contract to build 78 new Super Hornets

The Boeing Co. has been awarded a $4 billion modification contract by the Department of Defense to produce 78 F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets for the U.S. Navy.

The contract stipulates the production and delivery of 78 F/A-18 aircraft, specifically 61 F/A-18E and 17 F/A-18F aircraft for fiscal years 2018 through 2021, according to the Department of Defense.

Boeing's Hazelwood plant will get 9 percent of the contract work. The company's El Segundo, California, plant will get 61 percent of the work with a variety of other operations filling out the rest.

(Vince Brennan - St. Louis Business Journal)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Korean Air unveils 50th anniversary livery

(Korean Air)

Korean Air 50 anniversary special aircraft livery

Korean Air will be operating ten aircraft with special liveries to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

The aircraft will display a special emblem saying “50 years” with a plane flying over it (see photo). The number “0” is designed in a taegeuk style, resembling the iconic red and white circle of the South Korean flag.

The aircraft to display the livery will be two Airbus A380-800s, two A220-300s, two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, two 777-300ERs and two 737-8 Maxs.

A 777-300ER flying the airline’s Seoul Incheon to San Francisco route was the first plane with the special livery to take off, on 14 February. The other aircraft with this special livery will join both the domestic and international routes of Korean Air from 1 March. The emblem and slogan, designed and selected by the employees of the carrier, will remain on the side of the ten aircraft until the end of 2019.

Korean Air was established in 1969 and has flights to 124 destinations in 44 countries. The airline has a total fleet of 174 aircraft and carried 26 million passengers in 2017.
(Korean Air)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

British Airways to Expand Fleet with New Boeing 777X Aircraft

International Airlines Group (IAG) has placed an order for brand new Boeing 777X aircraft, to be more precise, for 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft, plus 24 options, for British Airways.

According to the statement, new aircraft will replace 14 Boeing 747-400 and four Boeing 777-200 planes in a period of 2022-2025.

“The new B777-9 is the world’s most fuel efficient longhaul aircraft and will bring many benefits to British Airways’ fleet. It’s the ideal replacement for the Boeing 747 and its size and range will be an excellent fit for the airline’s existing network”, said Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive.

British Airways has 135 wide-bodied longhaul aircraft in its fleet (12 A380s, 30 B787s, 12 B777-300ERs, 46 B777-200s and 35 B747s) with 12 more B787s, four B777-300ERs and 18 A350s on order.

(Karolina Prokopovič - Aviation Voice)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

jetBlue Airbus A320-323(WL) (c/n 5349) N809JB

Arrives at Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) sporting the special "jetBlue For Good" livery this afternoon with extreme dark & threatening skies in the distance.
(Photos by Michael Carter)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

US legislators introduce bill to mandate secondary cockpit barriers

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require all commercial aircraft operating in the US be retrofitted with secondary cockpit barriers to prevent terrorist attacks similar to 9/11.

If it becomes law, the Saracini Enhanced Aviation Safety Act would mandate the installation of lightweight wire-mesh gates between the passenger cabin and cockpit door, which would block access to the flight deck whenever the cockpit door is opened during flight.

The bill was named in honor of Capt. Victor Saracini, who was killed when the plane he was flying—a United Airlines Boeing 767—was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center on 9/11. His widow has since become a national advocate for aviation safety.

“It is unacceptable that, more than 17 years after terrorists breached the cockpit of my husband’s airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, our skies are still susceptible to repeat this act of terrorism,” Ellen Saracini said “It is my mission to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the flight deck aboard our nation’s airliners because, without secondary barriers, we are just as vulnerable today as we were on that fateful day.”

Since 2001, FAA has issued a series of rules to protect flight decks from intrusion and small arms fire, resulting in the installation of reinforced flight deck doors on all commercial carriers operating flying to and from the US. While these doors provide protection when they are closed and locked, the FAA has long recognized that the flight deck is vulnerable when the crew members open the door to access lavatories, transfer meals or switch positions for crew rest purposes.

Last year, Congress attached an amendment onto the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 that required all new manufactured aircraft to install a secondary barrier protecting the cockpit. The Saracini Aviation Safety Act would extend that rule to all existing aircraft, ensuring current fleets are held to the same standards as newly manufactured planes.

“I was proud to cosponsor bipartisan legislation last Congress requiring secondary barriers on new commercial aircraft to help stop terrorists on airplanes,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey) said. “Now that it’s law, we need to go a step further to protect our country by requiring all commercial aircraft to have secondary cockpit barriers. We must do everything we can to prevent all terror attacks on our country, and that includes in our skies.”

(Ben Goldstein - ATWOnline News)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747-47UF (32838/1307) N416MC

Originally delivered to Atlas Air on July 16, 2002, this lovely aircraft is now operated by Polar Air Cargo and is captured on short final to Rwy 25L at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on December 15, 2018.

(Photos by Michael Carter)

Air China Cargo Boeing 777-FFT (44678/1158) B-2095 / Delivered 12/17/2013

Arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on December 29, 2018.

(Photo by Michael Carter)

American Airlines Boeing 737-8Max (44446/6652) N308RD / Delivered 12/22/2017

Departs from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on a simply gorgeous SoCal morning, February 8, 2019.

(Photo by Michael Carter)

Air Canada Boeing 737-8Max (61222/6940) C-FSNQ / Delivered 6/8/2018

Climbs from Rwy 25R at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on February 8, 2019.

(Photo by Michael Carter)

United Airlines Boeing 737-9Max (43437/7173) N37507 / Delivered 9/30/2018

Captured on short final to Rwy 25L at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on February 8, 2019.

(Photo by Michael Carter)

Friday, February 8, 2019

Lufthansa Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11F (48782/626) D-ALCB

Captured on short final to Rwy 25L at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) sporting the carriers new livery on a gorgeous SoCal afternoon.

(Photos by Michael Carter)

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Boeing Cracks $100 Billion in Sales for the First Time in Its 102-Year History

Boeing surged after reporting a record cash gush for 2018 and cracking the $100 billion sales barrier for the first time in its 102-year history—and the U.S. planemaker says the best is yet to come.

Sales, earnings and cash are all poised to rise this year, building on fourth-quarter earnings that beat estimates, the company said in a statement Wednesday. The lone blemish: Free cash flow of $2.45 billion in the last three months of 2018 missed the $2.52 billion average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

The upbeat forecast shows that Boeing still sees room for improvement as it works to overcome factory stumbles in its jetliner business and speed output of its cash-cow 737 planes. Boeing and Airbus, its European rival, are riding high on a historic sales boom rooted in low interest rates and a growing middle class, particularly in Asia.

“There’s a very strong guide and no hint that there’s anything that could derail this,” said Ken Herbert, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity.

The shares jumped 6.2% to $387.40 ahead of regular trading in New York. Through Tuesday’s close, Boeing had risen 13% this year, the third-best performance on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Exceeding Estimates

Revenue will climb to a range of $109.5 billion to $111.5 billion this year, up from $101.1 billion in 2018, the company predicted. Operating cash flow will be as much as $17.5 billion, about $2 billion more than last year.

Adjusted earnings will be $19.90 to $20.10 a share, Boeing said. That compared with the $18.44 average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

All of Boeing’s main businesses posted double-digit sales increases in the fourth quarter, and the company expects the momentum to continue into 2019 as it emphasizes cross-selling initiatives. While the shares have gyrated in response to trade tensions between the U.S. and China, Boeing is still seen as a safe haven for its $490 billion backlog of unfilled orders.

The Chicago-based manufacturer sold more commercial jets than it made in 2018, tallying 893 orders with a value of $143.7 billion. Repeating that performance this year will be tougher as the company targets delivering a record 895 to 905 commercial aircraft while navigating a global economy fraught with geopolitical risk.

Downturn ‘Risk’

Still, some analysts are monitoring a recent spate of airline bankruptcies and sputtering economic growth in China for inklings of the next slump.

“The big risk is that we go into a downturn,” George Ferguson, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence, said in an interview prior to the earnings release.

Boeing has also been contending with parts shortages and costly out-of-sequence work in its jetliner factories. The company delivered 806 aircraft last year, falling shy of its target for 810 to 815, despite working deep into the year-end holidays to overcome engines and other shortages.

This year, Boeing is looking to increase output of its 737 jetliners by almost 10% while boosting production of the 787 Dreamliner. Deferred production costs for the Dreamliner program fell $584 million to $23 billion in the fourth quarter, reflecting improved per-plane profit as Boeing improved efficiency with which its carbon-fiber jets are built.

Max Production

Bringing suppliers along for the ride to stepped-up production will be challenging, particularly as engine makers cope with parts shortages of their own. But there were signs of progress in the late push to get back on schedule. Boeing delivered 51 of its upgraded 737 Max jetliners in December and 111 of the jets in the fourth quarter.

That’s crucial to “shore up confidence that the Max production system is making progress” ahead of 2019, when the redesigned aircraft family will account for nearly all of the 737 models that the planemaker builds, said Seth Seifman, an analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase.


Boeing ramps up its sales efforts behind the new 777X jet

After winning 51 orders for older 777 wide body jets in 2018, Boeing sales teams are now focused on persuading more airlines to buy the new 777X passenger airplane in 2019.

"We do see a high wave of replacement demand (for worn, older 777s) early in the next decade, but that means those sales campaigns are underway now," Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Wednesday.

Muilenburg revealed the sales shift — planned and part of 777X program — during a call with analysts after Boeing released record fourth-quarter and full 2018 financial results.

Boeing so far has 326 orders for the 777X, which is so big it will have folding wingtips. Its last order came in June 2017.

Muilenberg said Boeing's two-pronged sales efforts to win 777X orders comes as the company also attempts to secure more orders for the classic 777 model, a strategy aimed at "building a bridge" between the old and new manufacturing programs.

The 51 777 classic orders Boeing won in 2018 strengthened the bridge between older and new models, he said. Both jets are made at Boeing Everett.

"We still have have some work to do to fill out that bridge," Muilenberg said. "Our confidence continues to grow in our ability to do that."

Boeing CFO Greg Smith also shared an update about the 777X program, which remains in the development and testing stage.

The company is building 777X test aircraft, including one for a first flight this year. The jets must pass all tests before U.S. aviation safety regulators certify the airplane as safe for passengers. Airlines are scheduled to get the new jet starting in 2020.

"Things are going well out there (Everett) today," Smith said from his office at Boeing's Chicago headquarters. "We've got very good early signs that the aircraft is moving into the production system smoothly and any challenges we have, we're working through and we know what they are. But so far so good."

Boeing will build five 777s a month in 2020, a combination of 777Xs and 777 classics. It builds 3.5 a month now.

(Andrew McIntosh - Puget Sound Business Journal) 

Southwest Airlines extends schedule, adds new seasonal routes

Southwest Airlines announced the addition of two weekend-only seasonal routes to its schedule. It also confirmed the return of seven seasonal routes that will resume in August.

The new nonstop options will connect the Texas airports of Dallas Love Field and Corpus Christi as well as Richmond, Virginia, and Tampa, Florida.

The new services were announced Thursday as Southwest extended its booking schedule through Oct. 1.

The low-cost carrier frequently reveals new or dropped routes during its regular schedule updates. But the update revealed Thursday was uncharacteristically quiet. No routes were discontinued, though some seasonal routes are ending and are expected to resume next year.

As for the additions, none featured daily or year-round schedules.

The Dallas-Corpus Christi route will begin Aug. 10. Southwest will offer one daily round-trip flight between the cities each Saturday. Southwest last flew the route nonstop in 1986, according to spokesman Dan Landson. The Tampa-Richmond flights will start the same date and will operate on both Saturdays and Sundays. Both routes will be seasonal, continuing into Southwest’s winter schedule.

Southwest also confirmed the return of seven seasonal, Saturday-only routes. All of the routes included in Thursday's announcement will continue into either the fall or winter schedules, depending on the route.

The full schedule details are below:

Dallas Love-Corpus Christi, Texas

Begins Aug. 10. One daily round-trip flight each Saturday. Seasonal.

Richmond, Virginia-Tampa, Florida

Begins Aug. 10. One daily round-trip flight each Saturday and Sunday. Seasonal.

Hartford, Connecticut-Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Returns Aug. 10. One daily round-trip flight each Saturday. Seasonal.

Buffalo, New York-Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Returns Aug. 10. One daily round-trip flight each Saturday. Seasonal.

Boise, Idaho- Chicago Midway

Returns Aug. 10. One daily round-trip flight each Saturday. Seasonal.

Newark, New Jersey-Orlando, Florida

Returns Aug. 10. One daily round-trip flight each Saturday. Seasonal.

Richmond, Virginia-Orlando, Florida

Returns Aug. 10. One daily round-trip flight each Saturday. Seasonal.


Returns Aug. 10. One daily round-trip flight each Saturday. Seasonal.

Des Moines, Iowa-Phoenix

Returns Aug. 10. One daily round-trip flight each Saturday and Sunday. Seasonal.

(Ben Mutzabaugh - USA TODAY)