Republic Airways November traffic shows 52% growth

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. reported for November 2005 434 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs), a 52.1% increase over the same month last year, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased to 632.5 million, a 52.2% increase. Load factor was 68.5% versus 68.6% in November 2004. A total of 778,845 passengers were carried during the month, a 19.0% increase over the same month last year.

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WestJet converts options and rights for seven Boeing 737s to firm orders

WestJet received Board approval to purchase four additional Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft by converting purchase options with Boeing into a firm delivery. The 737 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2007. WestJet will also exercise purchase rights for additional three 737 Next-Generation aircraft in 2008.

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CIT announces purchase of ten new Boeing 737s

CIT Group Inc. will purchase ten new Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Delta Air Lines upon the delivery of the aircraft by Boeing to Delta. The total dollar value of the aircraft is approximately US $600 million, based on current list prices. The ten aircraft are currently part of Delta’s existing order backlog with Boeing. Nine of the aircraft will be delivered in 2007 and one in 2008. The sale of the aircraft was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court presiding over Delta’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

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Philippine Airlines ordered additional A320s as part of fleet modernisation

Philippine Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for nine A320s and taken options on a further five aircraft, as part of its long term fleet modernisation programme. In addition, the airline will be leasing two new A320s and two new A319s from GE Capital Aviation Services. Deliveries of the new fleet of A320 Family aircraft will commence during the second half of 2006 and run through until 2012.

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Westjet's traffic climbs by 29%

WestJet’s November 2005 revenue passenger miles climed by 29.3% to 604.2 million, up from 467.2 million in November 2004. Year to date, RPMs increased 28.1% to 7,220.6 million from 5,636.3 million in the same period in 2004. Available seat miles (ASMs) grew 5.2% to 840.3 million in November 2005, up from 798.7 million in November 2004. Year to date, ASMs have increased 20.1% to 9,730.8 million, up from 8,105.3 million in the same 11-month period in 2004. WestJet’s load factor for November 2005 was 71.9%, a 13.4% increase over the 58.5% reported in November 2004. During the first 11 months Read more

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United reports highest-ever November load factor

United Airlines reported its preliminary traffic results for November 2005. The company reported its highest-ever November passenger load factor of 79.9 percent. Total scheduled revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased in November by 1.9 percent on a capacity decrease of 2.9 percent in scheduled available seat miles (ASMs) compared to the same period in 2004.

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Sukhoi wins launch customer for 20 firm RRJ95 and 20 options

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company announced a launch customer order for 20 firm RRJ95 and 20 options in basic configuration from Concord Aviation, a leasing company based in Dubai. The complete transaction is valued at approximately 1 bln USD at list prices. Deliveries will start in 2009 and extend through 2013. The aircraft will be powered by SaM146 engines, provided by PowerJet (a Snecma

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United Airlines uses Preston's TAAM to analyze system-wide operations

Preston Aviation Solutions Pty Ltd, a Boeing subsidiary, has been commissioned by United Airlines to conduct a system-wide computer simulation study of its operations. The objective of the simulation project is to assess the impact of various proposed schedule changes by United Airlines. Preston will use its industry-leading Total Airspace and Airport Modeler (TAAM) simulation tool to accurately model current flight operations for United Airlines, followed by the simulation of alternative “what-if” scenarios associated with a number of perceived or proposed changes in airline schedules.

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