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For more airline news, data and analysis, please go to: http://www.airguideonline.com/professional.htm Jul 17, 2006

BMI

BMI has confirmed October 29, the start of the airline winter season, as commencement date for its daily service from Heathrow to Moscow. The operation will be run as a codeshare and in partnership with Russian Federation airline Transaero who will also offer a single flight. Previously Transareo flew from Gatwick. bmi will gain valuable connections with Transaero's large domestic operation and the Russian airline will benefit from both the bmi domestic network and its membership of Star Alliance. http://www.britishmidland.co.uk Jul 15, 2006

EasyJet

EasyJet announced the launch of a thrice-weekly London Luton-Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen service from Aug. 1, increasing to daily Sept. 4. It already serves the airport from Basel. Jul 10, 2006

EasyJet

EasyJet issued new full-year profit guidance Friday, forecasting that its pre-tax earnings will increase 40%-50% rather than the 10%-15% originally predicted. It reported a net profit of [pounds sterling]59 million ($108.3 million) for the year ended Sept. 30, 2005, based on International Financial Reporting Standards. The new guidance comes after unit revenue rose 17% in the third quarter. In June, passenger numbers climbed 15.6% over the year-ago month to 3 million and load factor increased 2 points to 87.6%. "We now expect passenger revenue per seat to be up 3%-4% for the full year and expect growth in ancillary revenue per seat to be around 30%," CEO Andy Harrison said. "To support our busy summer period and fulfill our schedule, we are subchartering a limited number of aircraft on a short-term basis. This will impact costs in the second half. We now expect unit costs excluding fuel to fall by approximately 3% for the full year compared with FY05." Jul 10, 2006

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways will launch a four-times-daily New York JFK-Columbus service on Oct. 3 and a daily Columbus-Boston flight on Oct. 18. Both routes will be operated with Embraer 190s. Jul 14, 2006

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue to start service from Columbus. JetBlue says it plans to start serving Columbus, Ohio, in October with direct flights to New York and Boston. Columbus is its first Midwestern market. The carrier, which has been focused on long-haul transcontinental flying, is looking to expand into underserved markets. Jul 14, 2006

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways yesterday launched four-times-daily New York JFK-Charlotte service aboard Embraer 190s. Last month, JetBlue opened seven new gates at JFK, increasing its total to 21. The gate area is an extension of Terminal 6. The airline now can operate 185 flights daily from the airport. Jul 13, 2006

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways will expand its Syracuse service with a daily flight to Orlando starting July 20 and a fourth daily flight to New York JFK beginning Nov. 1. Jul 10, 2006

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue flew 2 billion RPMs in June, an 11.4% increase over the year-ago month. Capacity rose 20.8% to 2.43 billion ASMs, dropping load factor 6.9 points to 82.1%. Jul 10, 2006

Norwegian

One-offs Hit Norwegian Air Profit. Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle posted disappointing second quarter profits and announced the opening of a new hub in Warsaw to boost the fast-growing carrier's revenues. One-off costs related to air traffic control, "irregularities" at Oslo Gardermoen and ground and engine mishaps took a chunk out of Norwegian's second-quarter profit, which came in at NOK17.8 million ($2.8 million) after taxes, a figure that represented a 20.3% improvement over earnings of NOK14.8 million in the year-ago period but was "below our expectations" for the current term. Jul 13, 2006

Ryanair

Ryanair said British Airways' BA Connect has removed seven routes from its winter timetable, "acknowledging they can't compete," according to Cawley. Ryanair reported that BA Connect will abandon service from London Gatwick to Seville and Nantes and from Manchester to Marrakech, Malaga, Malta, Las Palmas and Lanzarote. Ryanair serves those markets from Stansted and Liverpool respectively. Jul 12, 2006

Ryanair

Ryanair slashes Swedish service in response to new taxes. Ryanair will cut its services to and from Sweden by more than half following proposals by the Swedish government to introduce a SEK94 ($13.10) ticket tax on European flights and a SEK188 levy on long-haul flights beginning Aug. 1. Jul 12, 2006

Ryanair

Ryanair will cancel, in response to new taxes, its twice-daily Vasteras-London Luton service, reduce its Malmo-Sturup-London Stansted service from twice-daily to daily and reduce its Gothenburg City-Glasgow Prestwick service from five weekly flights to three from Oct. 28. Last year Ryanair carried more than 2.4 million passengers to and from Sweden. Jul 12, 2006

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines, easily the world's most successful budget airline, is having trouble with its new assignment experiment which started last week. Some passengers skilled in the scramble to get the exact seat that they normally flew in, nearly rebelled. "If I wanted an allocated seat, I would fly with someone else," said one disgruntled regular. There were complaints about getting the middle seat of three. However the majority of passengers were pleased with the new arrangement. It is the old story of not being able to please everyone. http://www.southwest.com Jul 15, 2006

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines unveiled details of its new Washington Dulles operation yesterday, having announced its intention three months ago to start service at the airport. It will occupy two gates on Concourse B, hire about 40 local employees and start flying Oct. 5 with services to Chicago Midway (seven-times-daily), Orlando International (twice-daily), Tampa (twice-daily) and Las Vegas (daily). "Dulles will be a fantastic complement to our Baltimore/Washington operation," CEO Gary Kelly said. Jul 14, 2006

Southwest Airlines

Southwest to launch flights from Dulles in October. Southwest Airlines on Thursday announced it will begin flying 12 daily nonstop flights to four cities from Washington Dulles International Airport starting Oct. 5. The carrier will fly to Chicago, Orlando, Tampa and Las Vegas. Jul 14, 2006

Southwest Airlines

Southwest changes as it turns 35; testing assigned seats. Southwest Airlines is embarking on some changes as it turns 35 this year, trying to balance growth with its folksy approach to air travel. The airline is looking into adding more traditional carrier features such as assigned seating, amenities, code sharing, fleet diversification and international travel. Some of these changes are getting mixed reviews from Southwest customers. Jul 11, 2006

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines will launch four-times-daily Baltimore/Washington International-Detroit Metro flights from Sept. 14. Jul 10, 2006

Southwest Airlines

Southwest flew 6.15 billion RPMs in June, a 13.2% rise over the year-ago month. Capacity climbed 7.3% to 7.65 billion ASMs and load factor increased 4.2 points to 80.4%. Jul 10, 2006

Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airlines

Discount airlines expand into legacy territory. Discount airlines are moving in on legacy carriers' traditional territory. Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airlines are expanding into markets where they will compete with bigger airlines. Air Transport Association Chief Economist John Heimlich says sometimes traditional carriers offer lower prices than discount airlines. "I think the lines have been blurred and there's no longer a very meaningful distinction between one type of carrier and another," Heimlich says. Jul 14, 2006
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