New York (AirGuide - Airline News North America) Jun 16, 2013
Air Canada Air Canada reports increase in load factor for May. Air Canada reported its load factor rose to 81.8% for May, a 0.1% increase from the same month last year. "We continue to manage our capacity effectively and that our planes are flying fuller as customers keep choosing Air Canada," said Calin Rovinescu, CEO of Air Canada, in a statement. Jun 10, 2013
Air Tahiti Nui Air Tahiti Nui Flies Soccer Fans To Tahiti To Cheer On Team USA In September 2013. U.S. soccer fans can cheer on their team in paradise this September at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013. Team USA has advanced to the final rounds of the championship games being played in Tahiti on September 18-23, and Air Tahiti Nui is offering three travel packages to the matches to take fans there. Soccer fans who book one of three travel packages will enjoy round trip flights on Air Tahiti Nui, double room accommodations, daily breakfast, bus transfers to and from the airport, ferry transportation and daily category match 1 tickets (VIP seat options available). Accommodations are in two-to-five star hotels on the island of Tahiti, where the matches are held, or on the beautiful island of Moorea, a 30-minute ferry ride away. Air Tahiti Nui non-stop flights depart from Los Angeles daily. Group Match Watch the group matches and stay for seven days at the two-star Tiare hotel in Papeete. Rates start at $2,182. Knockout Phase Watch the knockout phase and stay for five days at the four-star Pearl Resort in Bora Bora. Rates start at $2,759. All Matches Watch all the matches and stay for seven days at the three-star Tahiti Nui and five days in Moorea at the three-star Pearl Resort. Rates start at $3,773. Air Tahiti Nui flies daily non-stop to Tahiti from Los Angeles in just eight hours, making it that much easier to be a part of the soccer action. Thanks to their recent codeshare agreement with American Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui offers expanded service to 17 major U.S. cities. Travelers can book by visiting: http://www.airtahitinui-usa.com/default.asp or by calling (877) 824-4846. Jun 14, 2013
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Introduces Student-Designed 'Spirit of the Islands' Aircraft. A specially painted Alaska Airlines jet adorned with a Honolulu high school student's winning design honoring the culture of the Aloha State touched down today in Honolulu before a crowd of students, educators and travelers. The unique paint theme, dubbed the "Spirit of the Islands," was created by 17-year-old Aaron Nee. Nee's design was selected from among more than 2,700 submissions by students across the Hawaiian Islands in a statewide "Paint-the-Plane" contest sponsored by Alaska Airlines, in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. A 10-member judging panel, comprised of Hawaii artists, educators and other local community members, carefully scored and selected the three top designs, which were then voted on by Hawaii residents in an online public vote. As the grand prize winner, Nee received a trip for four to any of the carrier's destinations and a $5,000 scholarship. "This has been an incredible opportunity to share Hawaii's beauty with people throughout the country," said Nee. "This contest helped me to sharpen my graphic design skills and demonstrated that with hard work, attention to detail and determination, great things are possible." Nee's winning design displays a voyaging canoe depicting the cultural diversity of the Islands, a bright yellow hibiscus (the state flower), the Hawaiian Island chain and the phrase "Spirit of the Islands." The soon-to-be Kaiser High School senior is a nearly straight-A student and a decorated member of the school's Air Force ROTC program. Known for his artistic ability and interest in graphic design and athletics, Nee said he plans to invest his $5,000 for college and take his family to visit relatives in New York, where he hopes to see snow for the first time. The "Spirit of the Islands" Boeing 737-800 was revealed to Nee at Honolulu International Airport, where he was joined by his parents, Robin and Mitch Connell, and father Aaron Garrett Nee, as well as Hawaii Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney, Kaiser High School Principal John Sosa and several of Nee's teachers. Also joining the welcoming ceremony were the 12 finalists and honorable mention winners, who received prizes and scholarships for their entries, as well. "What better way to celebrate the beautiful Hawaiian Islands than to promote its lush tropical landscape, cultural diversity and pristine waters on a flying mural that will tour most of our route network from Hawaii to San Diego, and to Boston and beyond," said Alaska Airlines President and CEO Brad Tilden. "On behalf of all of Alaska Airlines employees, I'd like to congratulate Aaron and the other 12 finalists and honorable mention winners whose stunning artwork stood out as the best among their peers." Izabela Hamilton, a 12th grader at Seabury Hall on the island of Maui, placed second for her design featuring a male and female hula dancer against a backdrop of ocean waves and windswept mountain cliffs. Sophia Cleek, a sixth grader at Kapolei Middle School on Oahu, placed third for her design depicting a voyaging canoe sailing around the Islands. Hamilton and Cleek will each receive a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination and a $1,000 scholarship. The 10 other honorable mention winners were awarded a $1,000 scholarship each. A dedicated website, www.alaskaair.com/hawaii, highlights the top 13 student designs submitted for the contest. "Congratulations to Aaron and the other students who are sharing the true spirit of the Islands through their designs," said Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, Hawaii State Department of Education. "We are grateful to Alaska Airlines for providing this opportunity for our students to shine." "Spirit of the Islands" trivia The 129-foot-long Boeing 737-800 has a wingspan of 117 feet and a cruising speed of 530 mph.
A crew of 18 worked around the clock for 24 days at Aviation Technical Services in Everett, Wash., to paint the plane, which required 26 colors and about 140 gallons of paint, including 20 gallons of primer. In addition, 28,800 yards of masking tape were used. The plane accommodates 157 passengers and six crew members. The aircraft will fly throughout most of Alaska Airlines' network, connecting destinations from Hawaii to San Diego and from Anchorage as far south as Mexico. The "Spirit of the Islands" contest is the third time Alaska Airlines has turned to the public to paint a plane. The Spirit of Alaska Statehood aircraft paint scheme was created by a 16-year-old Sitka student in a similar statewide contest celebrating Alaska's 50-year anniversary of statehood. In 2011, two soccer fans designed the MLS Portland "Timbers Jet" to celebrate the airline's jersey sponsorship of the Portland, Ore., soccer team. Note to news media: High resolution images of the "Spirit of the Islands" plane are available for download from the Alaska Airlines image gallery at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom. Jun 15, 2013
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines adds support for Passbook. Alaska Airlines has updated its mobile apps and mobile website to allow boarding passes to be saved to Passbook. "While weOve enabled electronic boarding passes for some time through our own native apps, support for Passbook will offer our customers additional mobile functionality guaranteed to make the travel experience even easier," said Curtis Kopf, VP of customer innovation at Alaska Airlines. Jun 14, 2013
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines could waive baggage fees for wine country. Alaska Airlines may waive its baggage fees for flights to wine country in Monterey County, Calif. The carrier is negotiating with the Monterey Regional Airport to allow up to 12 bottles of wine on board without charge. Jun 13, 2013
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines adds support for Passbook. Alaska Airlines has updated its mobile applications and mobile website to allow boarding passes to be saved to Passbook. "While we've enabled electronic boarding passes for some time through our own native apps, support for Passbook will offer our customers additional mobile functionality guaranteed to make the travel experience even easier," said Curtis Kopf, vice president of customer innovation at Alaska Airlines. Jun 13, 2013
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Begins Flights Between San Diego and Kauai. Alaska Airlines inaugurates nonstop service today between San Diego and Lihue, Kauai. The flight operates daily through Aug. 26, and then will operate four days a week. Alaska also flies nonstop from San Diego to Honolulu and Maui. "With the addition of San Diego-Kauai, Alaska Airlines now offers 171 flights a week from San Diego to a dozen cities stretching from Hawaii to Mexico to the East Coast," said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines' vice president of marketing. Summary of new service: Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency June 7 San Diego-Kauai 10 a.m. 1:10 p.m. Daily until Aug. 26, then Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat June 7 Kauai-San Diego 11:10 a.m. 7:30 p.m. Daily until Aug. 26, then Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun Times based on local time zones. Tickets are available for purchase today at www.alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 800-392-0228). During the past year, Alaska Airlines has begun flights from San Diego to Boston and Orlando, Fla., as well as to Fresno, Monterey and Santa Rosa, Calif. Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates North...