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Allegiant Air Is Not Concerned About Breeze Airways

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Highly-anticipated startup Breeze Airways has revealed few details about its anticipated operations. However, when it finally launches operations, Allegiant Air’s executives are not concerned about the added competition from the carrier. Instead, the airline is focused on its expansion plans and emboldened by a strong balance sheet.

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Allegiant is not concerned about the impending entry of Breeze Airways in the marketplace. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Allegiant Air is not worried about the competition

On Allegiant’s first-quarter earnings call, CEO Maurice Gallagher was asked about the growth of low-cost competition in the US. In his comments, he specifically spoke about Breeze Airways:

“While we’re certainly going to pay attention to people, that’s not [the] first thing we look at this point in time. With the Breeze side of the house, they have an ambitious growth schedule, but with their airplane size and some things, I’m not terribly concerned about flying against a 110-seat airplane, which they’ll start with. The A220 is a good airplane, but they claim to be interested in longer-haul thinner markets. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.”

John Redmon, President of Allegiant, followed up with his own thoughts on branding:

“I think when you look at it, we’ve never been afraid of competition. But, financially, where we stood some time ago versus where we stand now, Maury stated in his comments, we all kind of alluded to it, but we’ve never been stronger with a stronger balance sheet in history of the company, frankly. So we’re well-positioned to take on anyone. When you look at the start-ups, they – literally – don’t have a brand. No one knows that brand in the marketplace. So, they’re coming in as a brand that no one’s ever heard of, and as Maury points out, maybe with a plane type that’s not as cost effective as ours in some cases. So, I think we’re very comfortable with where we stand, going forward.”

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Allegiant Air is planning another capacity increase this summer, which is when Breeze is targeting a launch. Photo: Getty Images

Breeze Airways versus Allegiant

Breeze Airways is the brainchild of David Neeleman, who is best known for setting up JetBlue. The airline plans to fly point-to-point using Embraer E190/E195s to start and then move toward the Airbus A220-300.

Breeze is looking at a plethora of routes and markets. It wants to focus on point-to-point, low-cost travel between secondary cities. Allegiant also flies a similar model, with a focus on connecting leisure passengers. As an ultra-low-cost carrier, Allegiant has focused on offering a no-frills product and selling ancillaries to its customers.

Breeze Airways has yet to detail its full model and slate of offerings. While it wants to be low-cost, that model comes in many different varieties.

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Many of Breeze Airways’ planned summer routes have no nonstop competition. Photo: Breeze Airways

Allegiant and Breeze likely will not compete too much. According to Mr. Neeleman, 80% of Breeze’s routes will have no competition this summer. Of course, those routes have yet to be revealed, and plenty of airlines have made new route announcements since his statement.

Allegiant is focused on its low-frequency, low-utilization model that has helped it be successful. It sees plans to grow and is stepping on the gas in 2021 as most of the larger airlines in the US focus on repairing their balance sheets, rebuilding their schedules, and reactivating their aircraft.

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Allegiant’s smallest aircraft is the Airbus A319, which seats 156 passengers. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

The interesting play in the market

Mr. Gallagher’s airline is in a great place and has big plans moving forward. For him, the more interesting play is the big three US airlines, as he stated:

“I think the really interesting play is how do the Big Three react […] they’ve got a ton of debt. Their cost structure is twice what any of ours are. I just don’t know how those guys kind of come down the hill – not to say they won’t – but long term.”

He went even further, stating:

“I think you’re going to see the ULCC side able to really gain a lot of market share, potentially, over the next couple years. And that’s what we are so bullish on because we can really stand alone in what we do and how we’ve done it.”

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Allegiant Air is is expecting a fantastic 2021 and is planning more growth with used aircraft acquisitions. Photo: Getty Images

The big three in the US refer to American, Delta, and United. The three major network airlines have all taken on new debt since the crisis started to shore up liquidity, and they have a lot of work to do.

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Allegiant does not traditionally compete heavily with these three airlines. However, as all airlines are mainly oriented toward capturing leisure travelers, there is more and more overlap between the airlines. Allegiant has so far held its own, and it believes it can hold its own moving forward.

Whether it be Breeze Airways or the big three US airlines, Allegiant Air is ready to face the competition, and it believes it will win.

What do you make of Allegiant’s view toward Breeze Airways and the big three US airlines? Do you think Breeze Airways is a threat to Allegiant? Let us know in the comments!

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/allegiant-breeze-not-concerned/

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The Story Of Delta’s Short-Lived Boeing 747-400 Operations

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After operating from Seoul to Detroit, Delta retired the last of its B747-400s from scheduled revenue service on December 19th, 2017. Despite the 744 being used between 2009 and 2017, you might be surprised to learn that Delta Connection’s Dornier 328JETs had more flights in one year than the 744 did in total. We take a look at Delta’s B747-400s.

Tokyo Narita, where this was taken, was Delta’s #1 airport for the 744. Photo: Masakatsu Ukon via Wikimedia.

Boeing 747-400 N666US had the honor of operating Delta’s final scheduled service by the type. The aircraft was the ninth-oldest of all B747-400s, ch-aviation.com shows, and it first flew on July 31st, 1989.

It was delivered to Northwest on August 18th, 1989, and it remained in service with the carrier until it and Delta combined. According to Boeing, N666US flew 115,105 hours in its lifetime and had 13,894 cycles (take-offs/landings).

Delta’s last scheduled 744 flight was operated by N666US. Like with Northwest, Asia was all-important for the four-engine aircraft. Photo: Aero Icarus via Wikimedia.

The 744 operated between 2009 and 2017

Delta operated 16 B747-400s in all, obviously all inherited from Northwest. Delta obtained large numbers of aircraft from the merger, notably A330-200s/300s and DC-9-30s/40s/50s, but it was the 744 that was the most iconic.

From April 2009, six months after the merger was approved, the 744 began to be operated by Northwest for Delta. There were two routes that year: from Atlanta to Honolulu (then the USA’s third-longest domestic service) and Atlanta to Tokyo Narita. In 2021, Atlanta to Tokyo (now Haneda) is operated by the A350-900, such is the global move towards lighter, smaller twins with lower fuel consumption and maintenance.

Delta retired three aircraft in September 2014, making the real start of the end. Source of data: Cirium.

Fewer Delta flights than the Dornier 328JET

Between 2009 and 2017, Delta had about 67,000 flights by the 744, including non-stops and one-stops. To put that into context, in the last year that Delta Connection used the extremely rare 328JET (2004), that regional type had more flights than the 744 if all years are combined. Of course, it’s a very different story if seats or available seat miles are considered.

The peak year for 744 use came in 2013, Cirium data shows, with over 11,300 flights and 4.3 million seats. That year, the type was used on 18 non-stop routes, including one-offs like Detroit-Los Angeles and Atlanta-Seattle. And now, in 2021, Delta has the USA’s largest number of domestic widebody services.

Between 2009 and 2017, Delta’s 744s had 6% of the carrier’s widebody flights. Photo: Getty Images

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Almost all about Asia

In all, Delta’s 744s operated some 40 non-stop routes, including a number of one-offs and those with a small series of services. Only 14 routes were served with 2,000+ flights, as illustrated in the following map, with Tokyo Narita featuring eight times.

Indeed, Honolulu to Narita was Delta’s most-served 747-400 route, followed by Narita-Manila and Narita-Detroit. The type was all about Asia – at it was with Northwest. Because of Delta’s mini-hub at Narita, the airport was by far the number-one to see the 744.

To make the map easier to view only non-stop routes with 2,000+ flights are shown. Image: GCMap.

Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, and Paris

New York JFK to Tel Aviv was the fifth-thickest route served by the 744. Delta launched the route in 2008 with the B767-300ER, before it was joined the following year by the B777-200ER and -200LR. The 744 took over between 2010 until 2014. The 777 returned, which was later replaced by the A330-300. In June 2021, JFK-Tel Aviv is operated by the A330-900.

Delta’s 747-400s did visit the European mainland, just not for long or to a large degree. The SkyTeam hubs of Amsterdam and Paris CDG were both served. The year 2015 had the most flights, with Detroit-CDG operating, along with Amsterdam from Atlanta and Detroit and one-offs from Minneapolis and Seattle.

Did you fly Delta’s 744s? If so, where did you go and what did you think? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/delta-747-operations/

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Cathay Pacific Set For Single Pilot Airbus A350 Flights By 2025

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Cathay Pacific is set to roll out single pilot Airbus A350 flights starting from 2025. The new project would allow flights to be operated by one pilot for much of its duration, reducing the number of crew needed for long-haul flights. If testing and certification steps go smoothly, the function could roll out by 2025. However, there are some significant hurdles first.

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The project would slash crew costs significantly, a huge benefit for Cathay Pacific after the pandemic. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Drawing closer

According to Reuters, Cathay Pacific has begun working with Airbus to develop long-haul flight operations with only a single pilot for much of the pilot. This reduced crew project is known as Project Connect and will first apply to the Airbus A350 starting from 2025.

Under Project Connect, the A350 will only require one pilot in the cockpit during its high-altitude cruise. This would slash the number of pilots needed for long-haul flights from three or four to just two, with alternating rest periods. If successful, the project would mean a huge saving for airlines in terms of crewing costs.

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As Cathay Pacific’s long-haul business continues to struggle, it is looking to make long-term cost cuts. Photo: Airbus

While Cathay has confirmed its role in the project, it has made it clear that there is no confirmation of its rollout in the future and safety remains the top priority. In a statement, the airline said,

“While we are engaging with Airbus in the development of the concept of reduced crew operations, we have not committed in any way to being the launch customer…The appropriateness and effectiveness of any such rollout as well as [the] overall cost-benefit analysis [will] ultimately depend on how the pandemic plays out.”

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Roadblocks

Challenging the notion of two crew in the cockpit will not be easy for passengers, safety regulators, and existing pilots. Indeed, the project is fraught will uncertainty and safety questions, any of which could derail it. However, Airbus and participating airlines are pressing on with the changes needed to make this a reality.

Regulators have chimed in on the potential requirements for a single pilot A350 system. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has said that any such project will need real-time monitoring of the sole pilot’s vitals and alertness. If there is an emergency or incapacitated pilot, the other pilot should be able to arrive in minutes.

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The system will need to meet a high bar for safety to meet regulator scrutiny. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Pilot unions have not taken well to the idea. In addition to the mass layoffs that such a program will bring, many have pointed out safety issues too. In light of the two 737 MAX crashes in 2019, cost-cutting and increased automation have both come under the spotlight for their impact on safety.

Any certification will need the approval of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as well, another high bar. However, Airbus is confident that its new flight warning features like emergency descent (which can quickly reduce altitude with no pilot input) can overcome the regulator’s doubts and fears. For now, keep an eye out for the ongoing development of this project and if more airlines sign up.

What do you think about single pilot A350 operations? Is it the future of flying or a dangerous cost-cutting mission? Let us know in the comments!

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Cathay Pacific Set For Single Pilot Airbus A350 Flights By 2025

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Cathay Pacific is set to roll out single pilot Airbus A350 flights starting from 2025. The new project would allow flights to be operated by one pilot for much of its duration, reducing the number of crew needed for long-haul flights. If testing and certification steps go smoothly, the function could roll out by 2025. However, there are some significant hurdles first.

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The project would slash crew costs significantly, a huge benefit for Cathay Pacific after the pandemic. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Drawing closer

According to Reuters, Cathay Pacific has begun working with Airbus to develop long-haul flight operations with only a single pilot for much of the pilot. This reduced crew project is known as Project Connect and will first apply to the Airbus A350 starting from 2025.

Under Project Connect, the A350 will only require one pilot in the cockpit during its high-altitude cruise. This would slash the number of pilots needed for long-haul flights from three or four to just two, with alternating rest periods. If successful, the project would mean a huge saving for airlines in terms of crewing costs.

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As Cathay Pacific’s long-haul business continues to struggle, it is looking to make long-term cost cuts. Photo: Airbus

While Cathay has confirmed its role in the project, it has made it clear that there is no confirmation of its rollout in the future and safety remains the top priority. In a statement, the airline said,

“While we are engaging with Airbus in the development of the concept of reduced crew operations, we have not committed in any way to being the launch customer…The appropriateness and effectiveness of any such rollout as well as [the] overall cost-benefit analysis [will] ultimately depend on how the pandemic plays out.”

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Roadblocks

Challenging the notion of two crew in the cockpit will not be easy for passengers, safety regulators, and existing pilots. Indeed, the project is fraught will uncertainty and safety questions, any of which could derail it. However, Airbus and participating airlines are pressing on with the changes needed to make this a reality.

Regulators have chimed in on the potential requirements for a single pilot A350 system. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has said that any such project will need real-time monitoring of the sole pilot’s vitals and alertness. If there is an emergency or incapacitated pilot, the other pilot should be able to arrive in minutes.

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The system will need to meet a high bar for safety to meet regulator scrutiny. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Pilot unions have not taken well to the idea. In addition to the mass layoffs that such a program will bring, many have pointed out safety issues too. In light of the two 737 MAX crashes in 2019, cost-cutting and increased automation have both come under the spotlight for their impact on safety.

Any certification will need the approval of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as well, another high bar. However, Airbus is confident that its new flight warning features like emergency descent (which can quickly reduce altitude with no pilot input) can overcome the regulator’s doubts and fears. For now, keep an eye out for the ongoing development of this project and if more airlines sign up.

What do you think about single pilot A350 operations? Is it the future of flying or a dangerous cost-cutting mission? Let us know in the comments!

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Source: https://simpleflying.com/cathay-pacific-single-pilot-a350-flights/

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Japan Expects To Develop Supersonic Planes By 2030

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced today that, together with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Subaru, they plan to develop supersonic planes by 2030. Forming what it calls the Japan Supersonic Research Council, they plan to build supersonic airliners to cut down the amount of time needed for international travel.

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JAXA has been working on fuel efficiency and reducing noise. Photo: JAXA

It takes more than 12 hours to fly from Japan to Europe or the east coast of the United States. The Tokyo-headquartered space agency believes it can cut that time in half by using supersonic aircraft. While everyone knows that supersonic travel is a big time-saver, there are still technical, economic, and environmental issues to be overcome before it will be a reality.

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JAXA is developing new technology

JAXA says that it has been busy developing technology to reduce air resistance and improve fuel efficiency to make supersonic planes economically viable. JAXA also says that it is researching lowering the sonic boom that occurs during supersonic flights.

In 2005 JAXA conducted a flight experiment in Australia that involved an experimental aircraft called “NEXST-1.” JAXA says that during the test flight, they demonstrated how the body shape of a supersonic aircraft could improve fuel efficiency. JAXA claims that its experimental aircraft reduced air resistance by 13% compared to the Anglo-French-built Concorde.

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JAXA says it will reduce sonic boom noise by half. Photo: Strak Jegan via Wikimedia

Regarding the sonic boom shock waves that supersonic planes make, JAXA says it has developed technology that can reduce the noise by half. The Japanese agency said it had proved this in 2015 during a flight experiment conducted in Sweden. JAXA says it accomplished this by redesigning the airframe of the plane.

What is a sonic boom?

Like nearby thunder or a large explosion, a sonic boom is a shock wave created when an object passes through the air faster than the speed of sound. The speed at which an aircraft produces a sonic boom varies by altitude. The speed of sound is faster at lower altitudes where the air is warmer and slower in thinner cold air found higher in the atmosphere.

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Concorde was too noisy and expensive to fly. Photo: Getty Images

When you hear a sonic boom created by a plane, it is in the form of two shock waves. One is created when the front of the aircraft passes through Mach 1, and the second is when the aircraft tail passes through Mach 1, and the air pressure returns to normal.

United has placed an order with Boom

JAXA says the plane it is designing will carry between 36 and 50 passengers and have a cruising speed of Mack 1.6 and travel more than 3,500 nautical miles. Looking at trends in supersonic passenger travel, Denver-based Boom Technology is working on a 65 to 88 seat plane called “Overture.” that is expected to cruise at Mach 1.7.

United Airlines is so excited by the project they have already placed orders for 15 aircraft and a provisional option for another 35.

What do you think about the JAXA supersonic plane, and do you think it can be successfully? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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