Swoop announced today new service between Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) to its winter schedule, reaffirming Swoop’s commitment to bringing more ultra-low cost service from Winnipeg to domestic and transborder destinations. Seats from Winnipeg to Orlando Sanford are on sale now, with non-stop service set to begin in December.

Details of Swoop’s Winter Service between Winnipeg and Orlando Sanford

Route

Planned Start Date

Peak Weekly Frequency

Total one-way price (CAD)

Base Fare (CAD)

Taxes and fees (CAD)

Orlando Sanford – Winnipeg

December 9, 2021

2x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$101.02

$37.80

Winnipeg – Orlando Sanford

December 10, 2021

2x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$38.13

$100.87

†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by Sep 22, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) or while seats last, for travel between December 9, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Blackout dates between December 16, 2021 and January 6, 2022March 11, 2022 – April 4, 2022.


Avelo Airlines takes flight today to its second popular destination from
Sonoma County – Las Vegas.

The flight operates four days per week utilizing Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft. The inaugural nonstop flight from Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) to McCarran International Airport (LAS) will be the only nonstop scheduled service between the North Bay Area and the entertainment capital of the world. With the addition of LAS to its network, Avelo will now fly to two highly coveted destinations from STS: Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Avelo’s first flight departs STS today at 10:05 a.m., arriving LAS at 11:45 a.m. The returning flight will depart LAS today at 12:25 p.m., arriving STS at 2:05 p.m. Effective today, these flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Southwest Airlines today announced it has extended its bookable flight schedule through April 24, 2022.

The airline is expanding its network of service next year between key business and leisure destinations, bringing nearly two-dozen new flights to Austin, offering additional options for Hawaii travelers, and flying new point-to-point routes between the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Austin’s Hometown Carrier Expands

With the population of Texas’ capital city continuing to grow, Southwest® is investing more service than ever before in central Texas. Already the largest carrier serving Austin for at least three decades, Southwest plans to increase service on March 10, 2022 by more than 20 flights a day with nonstop service between Austin and nine new and returning destinations, as well as add additional frequencies on routes already served from the capital of Texas. In total, Southwest now will offer nonstop service between Austin and 46 destinations on up to 105 departures a day.

New Destinations
Beginning March 10, 2022, Southwest’s schedule includes daily nonstop service between:

Austin and Amarillo, Texas
Austin and Charleston, S.C.
Austin and Columbus, Ohio (will also operate during peak holiday travel periods in 2021)
Austin and Midland/Odessa, Texas (previously flown nonstop in 2009)
Austin and Ontario, Calif.

More Beaches, Please

On March 12, 2022, Southwest plans to start new international service between Austin and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, subject to requisite government approvals. The same day, seasonal weekly flights are scheduled to return on Saturdays between:

Austin and Panama City Beach, Fla.
Austin and Sarasota/Bradenton
Austin and Destin/Fort Walton Beach

This week also marks a major milestone for Southwest Airlines and the Austin community. The airline first began serving Austin on Sept. 15, 1977.

Winter and Spring Flights between the Mainland and Hawaii

Beginning Feb. 17, 2022, Southwest is prepared to give Customers across the country more options to reach Hawaii, with additional connections made possible by increased service on existing routes, such as:

Phoenix and Honolulu (two daily roundtrips*)
San Diego and Kona (one daily roundtrip)
Sacramento and Kona (one roundtrip on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays)
San Jose, Calf. and Lihue (one daily roundtrip)
San Diego and Maui (two daily roundtrips*)
Sacramento and Maui (daily service with an additional roundtrip on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays)
*initial eastbound service from Hawaii to both Phoenix and San Diego begins Feb. 18, 2022

New Domestic and International Routes

Building on its foundation as a point-to-point airline, starting Jan. 17, 2022, Southwest’s schedule now includes nonstop service between Albuquerque and Burbank, giving Customers traveling between New Mexico and the San Fernando Valley a quicker journey.

Southwest also is giving Customers new ways to get passport stamps with new and returning international routes. On February 17, 2022, Southwest plans to resume seasonal daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. On March 12, 2022, the airline plans to start seasonal nonstop service on Saturdays between Denver and Cozumel, Mexico, subject to requisite government approvals.

Top Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7BD WL N7713A (msn 33919) BUR (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955029.

Southwest Airlines aircraft slide show:

Air Malta has announced its intention to resume flights between the Islands and London Gatwick, Madrid and Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport for Summer 2022.

London Gatwick Airport will be served with a daily service whilst Madrid and Moscow will be served three times per week and twice a week respectively.

These new services will start from March 27, 2022 and are part of a total of over 250 flights per week to 20 destinations which also includes 15 services per week to London Heathrow that Air Malta will operate to in summer 2022.

The airline will continue code-share agreements with Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Swiss International Air Lines and Turkish Airlines that will enhance its network capabilities.

Top Copyright Photo: Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NED (msn 10106) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 953562.

Air Malta aircraft slide show:

British Airways on September 15 flew its first ever passenger flight powered directly by sustainable aviation fuel.

British Airways made this announcement:

  • British Airways teamed up with NATS, Heathrow, Glasgow Airport, Airbus and bp to demonstrate how the industry is moving towards a Perfect Flight
  • Carbon neutral flight from London to Glasgow replicated a journey made 11 years ago, to show how new technology and more efficient operations are helping aviation decarbonise
  • Airline’s new sustainability liveried Airbus A320neo, powered directly by bp sustainable aviation fuel, operated the flight, with remaining emissions offset
  • The Perfect Flight combines innovations including continuous climb and descent, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and electric ground operations vehicles
  • British Airways has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through a series of short, medium and long-term initiatives
  • The 2021 demonstrator flight reduced CO2 emissions by 62% compared to the original Perfect Flight more than a decade ago

The British Airways BA1476 from London Heathrow to Glasgow Airport became the airline’s first ever passenger flight to be powered directly by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), with the remaining emissions produced by the flight offset. The airline teamed up with Heathrow, air traffic service provider NATS, fuel giant bp, Glasgow Airport and Airbus to operate the short carbon neutral flight, which departed Heathrow at 10.36 on Tuesday 14 September 2021 and arrived in Glasgow at 11.28 local time.

The short journey on the airline’s new special liveried sustainability aircraft painted in partnership with Airbus replicated a flight British Airways operated to Edinburgh in 2010. At the time, neither offsetting nor sustainable aviation fuel were available to reduce the flight’s impact on the environment, and the journey was operated on an older aircraft carrying fewer passengers.

The aim of this week’s flight was to show how far the aviation industry has progressed in its efforts to decarbonize over the last decade.

The flight was operated by an Airbus A320neo, the quietest and most fuel-efficient short-haul aircraft currently in British Airways’ fleet. Thanks to advances in engines, aerodynamics, cabin and flight operations, A320neos burn 20% less fuel, which means 20% less CO2, and are 50% quieter compared to its predecessor which operated the flight in 2010.

Since then, British Airways has made changes including installing newer, lighter seats on the new aircraft, lighter catering trollies and has replaced heavy flight manuals and inflight magazines with digital downloads, all helping to reduce the weight of the aircraft, contributing to lower fuel use and lower emissions.

The flight was directly powered by sustainable aviation fuel, provided by bp, blended at 35% with traditional jet fuel in accordance with technical aviation specifications.*

The aircraft was pushed back using one of the airline’s electric Mototok vehicles, powered by Heathrow’s supply of 100% renewable electricity. Just one of the aircraft’s engines was used to taxi to the runway, almost halving the power used to start its journey.

Air traffic controllers at NATS directed the aircraft on its continuous climb from Heathrow and descent into Glasgow, avoiding any leveling off, which causes an increase in fuel burn. The most direct routing was provided by NATS as well as the most optimal flight level and the aircraft was able to land without airborne holding; techniques that successfully saved fuel and reduced emissions.

Climb speeds were programmed in advance and aircraft computer systems worked out the optimum altitude and used accurate weight and wind data to ensure the most efficient journey possible.

On landing, the second engine was switched off to halve the power used and carbon emitted as it taxiied to stand.

This year’s flight achieved a 62% CO2 emissions reduction compared with the flight in 2010 – 34% from more efficient aircraft and operations, 28% from the use of sustainable aviation fuel with the remaining 38% offset using high quality, verified carbon offsets.

British Airways’ Chairman and CEO Sean Doyle described the flight as a glimpse of the future:

“This flight offered a practical demonstration of the progress we’re making in our carbon reduction journey. By working together with our industry partners we’ve delivered a 62% improvement in emissions reductions compared to a decade ago. This marks real progress in our efforts to decarbonize and shows our determination to continue innovating, working with Governments and industry and accelerating the adoption of new low carbon solutions to get us closer still to the Perfect Flight of the future.

“With BA Better World, we’re making progress on our journey to a sustainable future and have adopted a range of short, medium and long-term initiatives to get us to net zero emissions. Together, we can build a future for aviation that delivers the wonders of air travel while reducing the impact on the environment.”

NATS CEO, Martin Rolfe, said:

“Live demonstrations like this show just what is possible and are an important step on the aviation industry’s path to net zero by 2050. We can learn a lot from flights like these, as they help us understand how to redesign the airspace over the UK and play our part in making flying sustainable for the future.”

Airbus’ Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications, Julie Kitcher, said:

“The A320neo is a great example of how far our industry has come.  It meets all the ICAO environmental standards thanks to advances in engines, aerodynamics, cabin and flight operations. The A320neo burns 20% less fuel, which means less C02, compared to its predecessor and is 50% quieter.

“Together with our industry partners, we want to bring the first zero emission commercial aircraft to the market by 2035. Perfect Flight is a clear example of how together we can achieve impressive results.”

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye said:

“The Perfect Flight shows that the solutions to deliver net zero flight exist, we just need to scale them up. The faster we scale up supply and use of sustainable aviation fuels, the faster we can decarbonize aviation and protect the benefits of flying in a world without carbon. What is needed urgently is for Government to introduce policies to increase the supply of SAF and to provide the right price incentives for airlines to use it.”

Martin Thomsen, SVP aviation, bp, said:

“We are honored to join forces with British Airways on this important initiative. At bp we are focusing on working with hard-to-abate sectors, such as aviation, as part of our ambition to be net zero by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get there too. By working collaboratively with industries, we can help to accelerate decarbonization and we believe SAF will be one of the key solutions to fulfil this for the aviation sector.”

Derek Provan, Chief Executive of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Glasgow Airport, said:

“This flight demonstrates the progress the industry has made during the last decade and how we can work collectively to decarbonize aviation. As one of the UK’s largest airport groups, we are committed to achieving net zero by mid 2030s. This involves decarbonizing our own infrastructure, including the roll out of fixed electrical ground power (FEGP), which is powered using 100% renewable energy sources.”

British Airways is on course to achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050 through a series of short, medium and long-term initiatives. These include investment in new aircraft, the development of sustainable aviation fuel and hydrogen-powered aircraft and the investigation of carbon capture technology.

Last week, the airline launched its new BA Better World sustainability program, marking a further commitment to put sustainability at the heart of its business, from reducing emissions and waste and positively contributing to the communities it serves, to creating a great place for people to work in order to build a resilient, responsible business. The airline also announced a collaboration with bp last week to source sustainable aviation fuel in respect of all flights between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh during the UK COP26 conference.

British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group recently committed to operating 10% of its flights using SAF by 2030.

The Maryland Board of Public Works today approved two contracts for the construction and operation of a major Southwest Airlines maintenance facility at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). The Board, chaired today by Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, approved a $44.6 million construction contract to develop the site and lease agreement for Southwest Airlines to build and operate the maintenance facility.

“This is a particularly exciting project and long-term partnership that will benefit the State of Maryland for years to come,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “This would be another key maintenance facility for Southwest Airlines, and enhances an established long term and strategic relationship. Our administration continues to support BWI as a major transportation hub, as well as a catalyst for tourism, trade, and economic development.”

The 27-acre site will include a hangar to accommodate up to three Boeing 737 aircrafts and an apron space to accommodate up to eight Southwest Airlines jets, along with associated office and workshop space. The maintenance facility cost is estimated around $135 million, which includes an investment of approximately $90 million from the airline.

“Southwest Airlines began serving BWI Marshall Airport 28 years ago, and we are honored to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the airport, and to Maryland, by progressing with plans to build a first-class maintenance hangar to support our Employees and Customers,” said Landon Nitschke, Southwest’s Senior Vice President of Technical Operations. “We appreciate the State of Maryland for the continued support of Southwest’s growth, investment, and presence at BWI Marshall Airport. We look forward to marking this next milestone in Southwest’s continued service to the region.”

“This action today underscores the longstanding, successful partnership between Southwest Airlines and the State of Maryland,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater. “As our economy and our transportation networks continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic, this is a project that will benefit the airport and the airline while supporting jobs.”

The new maintenance facility will be the first in the Northeastern United States for Southwest Airlines. Southwest Airlines currently serves about 70 percent of passenger traffic at BWI. According to the airline, there are more than 4,000 Southwest employees at BWI, including technical and maintenance personnel.

“We thank the Board of Public Works for supporting this major addition,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director for BWI Marshall Airport. “For more than 25 years, Southwest Airlines has served our market with excellent customer service and efficient flights to many domestic and international destinations. We look forward to this next chapter of the airline’s history at BWI Marshall Airport.”

BWI has seen a strong rebound in passenger traffic as the state continues its recovery from the pandemic. While still below 2019 figures, the airport’s departing passenger traffic in August was up 120% from the same period in August 2020. About 95% of airport food and retail concessions are now open at BWI.

Southwest Airlines is joining other airlines by offering incentives to vaccinated employees.

The airline’s incentives include 16 hours of extra pay to vaccinated employees who show proof of vaccinations and it will pay for 13 trip segments for pilots and flight attendants.

The airline will also terminate COVID-19 pay protections for staff after November 15 if they are unvaccinated.

Air New Zealand and aircraft manufacturer Airbus have today announced a joint initiative to research how hydrogen-powered aircraft could assist the airline with reaching its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

In a first for the Asia-Pacific region, the two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on a joint research project to better understand the opportunities and challenges of flying zero-emission hydrogen aircraft in New Zealand.

Under the MoU, Air New Zealand will analyze the impact hydrogen aircraft may have on its network, operations and infrastructure, while Airbus will provide hydrogen aircraft performance requirements and ground operations characteristics to support Air New Zealand to develop its decarbonization roadmap.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran says the MoU is an exciting step towards understanding how hydrogen-powered aircraft could become a reality in New Zealand.

“This agreement brings us a step closer to our net zero emissions by 2050 commitment, and to realizing our aspiration to put low carbon solutions in place for our shorter domestic and regional flights in the next decade. New Zealand has a unique opportunity to be a world leader in the adoption of zero emissions aircraft, given the country’s commitment to renewable energy which can be used to generate green hydrogen and our highly connected regional air network.

“At this stage, both hydrogen and battery electric aircraft are still on the table as potential options for our shorter domestic flights, along with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for long haul operations. This research will help to inform future decision making as we work to decarbonize the airline.”

Air New Zealand Chief Operational Integrity and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan says the MoU is an opportunity for the airline to be part of the design and definition of how a hydrogen-powered aircraft might fit into its own operations.

“We’ll be working closely with Airbus to understand opportunities and challenges, including achievable flying range and what ground infrastructure or logistics changes may be required to implement this technology in New Zealand.”

Airbus Asia-Pacific President Anand Stanley says the company chose to work with Air New Zealand because of its commitment to sustainability, reputation for technical excellence and alignment with the manufacturer’s own decarbonization goals.

“This agreement with Air New Zealand will provide us with important insights about how we could put a zero-emission aircraft into service. The joint study will enable us to gain invaluable feedback on what airlines will expect and their preferences in terms of configuration and performance.

Airbus is currently looking at three concepts for hydrogen-powered aircraft, including a turboprop, turbofan and blended wing option.