News for The Americas

Deloitte joins Alaska Airlines' corporate SAF programme

12 August, 2022

Alaska Airlines announced (11-Aug-2022) Deloitte joined its corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme. Deloitte is expected to reduce the CO2 emissions of its business travel with Alaska by approximately 1050 tonnes. Alaska Airlines and Deloitte will also collaborate on the purchase of SAF certificates, which provide an accounting framework to expand the commercialisation of SAF and capture emissions reduction value for corporate purchasers. [more - original PR]

United Airlines to launch new business travel platform in late 2022

12 August, 2022

United Airlines announced (11-Aug-2022) plans to launch United for Business Blueprint, a new platform allowing corporate customers to design travel programmes to include valued offerings such as United Corporate Preferred status and discounts on leisure travel for employees. Customers will be able to collaborate with a United sales representative to customise a programme for their business travel needs. The carrier plans to launch the new platform in late 2022. [more - original PR]

Avianca and Viva submit integration request to Colombia Aerocivil

9 August, 2022

Avianca submitted (08-Aug-2022) a request to Colombia Aerocivil to integrate Viva into the Abra Group. The carriers stated the integration request is due to Viva's "complex financial situation that requires immediate intervention". Avianca CEO Adrian Neuhauser said: "The integration request with Viva seeks to fight for its survival in the market, as well as to maintain the competitiveness it has built during 10 years of operation... Avianca has a solid financial position... which would allow it to achieve synergies and take advantage of economies of scale with Viva, provide financial support and participate in its management". As previously reported by CAPA, Avianca and GOL created the Abra Group holding company in May-2022, with the organisation initially proposing a non-controlling 100% economic interest in Viva's operations in Colombia and Peru. [more - original PR]

JetBlue Airways launches daily Boston-London Gatwick service

8 August, 2022

JetBlue Airways launched (04-Aug-2022) daily Boston Logan-London Gatwick service, operated using A321neo equipment. JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes stated: "Our London service from New York has been an incredible success and we are thrilled to finally bring this highly anticipated service to our Boston customers, a route that has long suffered from high fares by legacy carriers. As Boston's largest carrier, adding this nonstop service to Gatwick will only make us more relevant in our New England focus city and introduce JetBlue to a largely unserved market". According to OAG, the carrier is the sole scheduled operator on the route. [more - original PR]

LATAM Airlines Chile resumes Santiago-Easter Island service

5 August, 2022

LATAM Airlines Chile resumed (05-Aug-2022) twice weekly Santiago-Easter Island passenger service on 04-Aug-2022, following a temporary suspension since early 2020. The airline operates the service with Boeing 787-9 equipment. [more - original PR - Spanish]

Iberia and Viva Aerobus sign codeshare agreement

5 August, 2022

Iberia and Viva Aerobus signed (04-Aug-2022) a codeshare agreement enabling Iberia to connect to 19 Viva Aerobus destinations in Mexico, via Mexico City. Viva Aerobus' connections in Mexico will include Guadalajara, Cancun, Monterrey, Veracruz, Mérida, Tampico, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Tijuana, Hermosillo, Oaxaca, Huatulco, Torreón, Puerto Escondido, Ciudad Juárez, La Paz, Chetumal and Mazatlán. Accordingly, Viva Aerobus passengers will be able to connect to Spain through Iberia's 19 weekly frequencies on the Madrid-Mexico City route, operated with A350-900 aircraft. Tickets are available effective immediately, for frequencies operated from 30-Aug-2022. [more - original PR - Spanish]

Air Premia confirms plans to commence services to Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles in Sep/Oct-2022

5 August, 2022

Air Premia confirmed (04-Aug-2022) plans to commence services to Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles in Sep/Oct-2022. The airline also confirmed plans to commence service to Germany in 2023. [more - original PR - Korean]

Air Canada corporate travel revenue at 60% of pre-pandemic levels in Jun-2022: CCO

4 August, 2022

Air Canada EVP and CCO Lucie Guillemette, via the carrier's 2Q2022 earnings call, reported (02-Aug-2022) the carrier's corporate travel revenue recovered to over 60% of pre-pandemic levels at the end of Jun-2022. Ms Guillemette added Air Canada expects corporate traffic to continue its rebound in Sep-2022, building on Jun-2022 performance. Ms Guillemette stated the carrier is "confident" corporate travels will return by 2023/early 2024.

US DoT proposes strengthened consumer protections for airline ticket refunds

4 August, 2022

US Department of Transportation (DoT) announced (03-Aug-2022) a proposal to strengthen consumer protections regarding airline ticket refunds when a flight is significantly changed or cancelled. The proposal would define the term 'significant change' to include the following circumstances:

  • Changes that affect the departure and/or arrival times by three hours or more for a domestic flight or six hours or more for an international flight;
  • Changes to the departure or arrival airport;
  • Changes that increase the number of connections in the itinerary;
  • Changes to the type of aircraft flown if it causes a significant downgrade in the air travel experience or amenities available onboard the flight.

The proposal would also define a cancelled flight as a flight that was published in a carrier's computer reservation system at the time of ticket sale but was not operated by the carrier. Under the regulation, airlines and ticket agents would be required to provide passengers flight credits or vouchers valid indefinitely when passengers are unable to fly due to COVID-19 related reasons. Airlines and ticket agents that receive significant pandemic government assistance would also be required to issue refunds in lieu of credits/vouchers. [more - original PR]

Iberia to continue Madrid-Dallas service during winter 2022/2023

1 August, 2022

Iberia announced (31-Jul-2022) plans to extend Madrid-Dallas service, after assessing that the route "contributed to generating traffic enough to maintain" it throughout the winter 2022/2023 schedule. The carrier was initially scheduled to operate it until 29-Oct-2022, but now plans to operate the route three times weekly until Feb-2023, and four times weekly in Mar-2023. As previously reported by CAPA, the carrier launched four times weekly Madrid-Dallas service on 01-Jun-2022, using A330 equipment. [more - original PR - Spanish]

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