Sean Broderick

Aviation Week


Flair Airlines executive chairman David Tait
Canadian ULCC Flair Airlines moves headquarters to Edmonton
Fast-growing Canadian ultra-LCC Flair Airlines, fresh off a doubling of its weekly frequencies, will move its headquarters to Edmonton.
WestJet ULCC Swoop makes inaugural flight, looks to expand quickly
WestJet ULCC subsidiary Swoop took to the skies June 20 with an early-morning inaugural flight from Hamilton to Abbotsford, marking the next major development in what is an expanding Canadian low-cost airline scene.
PSA Airlines operates the Bombardier CRJ900 for American Airlines
American regional PSA Airlines stabilizes computer systems
PSA Airlines, a wholly owned American Airlines subsidiary, has “stabilized” its computer systems and plans to steadily ramp up its schedule following nearly a week of disruptions that triggered cancellations throughout the regional carrier’s network, including its entire June 19 morning schedule, American said.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800
Alaska Airlines increases Hawaii service with Sacramento-Kona route 
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines—fortifying its US west coast-Hawaii presence and ramping up competition in Northern California—plans to launch nonstop service between Sacramento and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA) this December.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
American Airlines offers $45 million to settle fare-collusion case
American Airlines has offered to pay $45 million to end its role in a long-running class-action lawsuit against several carriers, making the move to avoid what it feared could be costly litigation, not in an admission of guilt.
Pier D Expansion rendering
Vancouver airport begins international terminal expansion
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has started the next phase of a multi-year capital improvement program that includes a much-needed expansion of its Pier D international terminal.
Canada ULCC Flair Airlines expands domestic network
Canadian ULCC Flair Airlines on June 15 launched flights from three new airports—Calgary International (YYC), Halifax Stanfield and Victoria International—stretching its all-domestic network from coast-to-coast, and setting up more direct competition with other carriers.
International premium traffic, fares steady in 1Q, IATA says
The share of traffic and revenue coming from international premium passengers held steady in the first quarter compared to year-ago figures despite apparent sluggishness in the key North Atlantic and Europe-Asia markets, IATA said.
Spirit Airlines A319
Spirit’s Orlando expansion includes 11 Latin American, Caribbean destinations
Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit Airlines plans to launch 14 new destinations out of its Orlando International Airport (MCO) focus city this fall, including 11 new markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, as the ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) continues its strategy to focus on core large-US and leisure markets.
New Canadian ULCC Jetlines firms A320 leases, eyes 2019 launch
Aspiring Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Jetlines has firmed up a deal to lease two 12-year-old Airbus A320s from Dublin-based AerCap and plans to use them to launch operations, likely in early 2019.
US air cargo pre-screening program now mandatory
The US Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) program became mandatory as scheduled June 12, requiring airlines flying to the US to provide advanced information of cargo shipments to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
IATA: Airlines taking more aircraft out of storage to meet demand 
Aircraft returning from storage in April reached a four-year high, IATA figures show, suggesting that operators are scrambling to support sustained demand for lift and perhaps offset the effects of delivery delays and in-service issues delays on several key aircraft programs.
WestJet LCC Swoop gains Transport Canada AOC
Transport Canada (TC) has granted the air operator’s certificate (AOC) for Calgary-based WestJet’s new ultra-LCC Swoop, clearing the way for inaugural flights June 20.
More US capacity cuts needed after Southwest cuts growth, analysts say
Recent news from Southwest Airlines that it is scaling back planned growth through year-end will help keep domestic capacity in check as costs rise, but similar moves will be needed by peers to cement what analysts believe is a necessary market correction.
Swoop Boeing 737-800
Arbitrator sets binding interim order to enable Swoop launch
An arbitrator’s binding interim order has paved the way for Calgary-based WestJet’s ultra-LCC Swoop to launch later this month with pilots recruited from outside the company, but the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) will become the pilots’ representative by September.
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