AvNews June10 : Page 2
From Flight Control Quote Of The Month “ASUR is delighted to have BA flying to Cancun . It has been the result of a great deal of team work, in which ASM played a key role.” A recent story covered by both CBS 2 in New York and the Drudge Report got our attention because, as do many items like this, it evokes the response that it could never happen to me. It’s a story on food safety and the conclusion, at least in this reporting, is that airline food preparation oversight in some airline kitchens is lacking. A sampling of US Food and Drug Administration inspection reports found food preparation violations from employees not washing hands thoroughly, touching food services with bare hands and failure to clean and sanitize to protect food from contamination to insect and vermin infestations. This in no way suggests that airline food is less than wholesome but airline kitchens are all subject to pressures from high volume and tight schedules and both are recipes for trouble. It might be a good time to have an audit of your provider’s facility, to look at the inspection reports yourself and to remind them that your reputation is only as good as their commitment to high health standards. Arrow Cargo ceased operations As we go to press the closure of South Florida’s oldest and largest air freight companies became fact. Founded in 1950 Arrow operated more than 60 flights weekly to and from South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Arrow was the largest air freight airline based at Miami International Airport. The E-Fuel Manager It’s not often that our featured article shares the world stage with the most important news event of the year but Larry Weaver makes a very interesting point in his commentary on the problems with deep-water production. The BP’s, Chevron’s and Total’s of the world, independent non-government owned oil companies, are trying to find oil wherever they can, because their mission is to make a profit. On the other hand the mission of government owned or national oil companies is not primarily to make a profit but to fulfill government policy to provide petroleum for their domestic market. LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN June 2010 Volume 20 Number 6 2 DOT Docket Watch This month’s filings for new authority and notices of authority granted represent a good portion of the monthly activity before the DOT. They awarded 11 US-Brazil frequencies to American but denied Delta’s application for four US-Brazil frequencies on the basis that the available frequencies are not currently available for use in the Detroit-Sao Paulo market that Delta was to serve. Delta also applied for three US-Brazil frequencies to be used in offering additional services to Brasilia and Manaus. In other Mexico filings, Frontier received authority to operate service between Milwaukee and Cancun; Sun Country received authority to operate service between Lansing and Cancun; Pinnacle received authority to operate between Detroit and Monterrey. See you in July, Barry Hough E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The Yanks Are Coming D elta receives approval for Detroit hub and South America service First flights twice-weekly between Detroit and Sao Paulo will commence October 21. The flights will be operated with B767-300ER aircraft. The airline serves 138 destinations from its Detroit hub. It also operates more than 30 nonstop weekly flights between the US and Brazil. The yanks keep coming. Avianca to launch new service to San Salvador and plans for US service growth Fabio Villegas, CEO of the Colombian partner in the Synergy Group Joint Venture with TACA, has announced that the airline is launching new nonstop service between Bogota and El Salvador where it will feed the TACA hub with connecting flights to San Francisco, Houston and Orlando, as well as Toronto and Cancun.Way to go! JetBlue has launched its service to Punta Cana In May the US LCC launched its daily A320 nonstop service between New York’s JFK and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. It is also launching a weekly nonstop from Boston’s Logan Airport to Punta Cana. A second weekly Boston-Punta Cana service will be launched on July 7. This is the fourth destination for JetBlue in the Dominican Republic. The yanks keep coming, and coming. Delta planning to increase its flights to Mexico by 60% this summer The airline announced this week it is increasing frequencies between the US and Mexico by 60% this summer (June-August). The increase will include new frequencies between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City and Guadalajara, as well as an additional flight between Atlanta and Monterrey. The yanks keep coming. American Airlines is expanding its presence in Latin America Marta Pantin, director of corporate communications for American Airlines, announced that the airline is planning to expand its presence in Latin America as the world recession is over. She mentioned that Mexico is an important destination with 300 weekly flights serving 14 cities. She also mentioned that Miami, its major hub in the region, added a third daily flight between Miami and Lima with additional service from New York. The yanks keep coming. Stay tuned. Spirit to announce new service to Barranquilla While sources tell us the Ultra LCC will begin service between Fort Lauderdale and Barranquilla, Colombia on July 29, no official announcement has been made. Spirit already serves Bogota, Armenia, Medellin and Cartagena and has reported 320,000 passengers carried to Colombia since 2008. Stay tuned.