Thursday, December 31, 2009
Atlanta Business Chronicle - by J. Scott Trubey Staff Writer
Another Legacy Carrier Bites the Dust
Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines are now officially one.
On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration approved a single operating certificate (SOC) for the merged Delta, the final regulatory hurdle, which in essence, makes it one airline.
The awarding of the SOC comes 14 months after government approval for Delta (NYSE: DAL) to acquire Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest and forge the world’s largest carrier.
But plenty of work remains before Delta has completely swallowed Northwest.
“While today’s change will go unnoticed by our customers, achieving the single operating certificate paves the way for the final stages of our integration throughout next year,” Delta Chief Operating Officer Steve Gorman said in a memo to employees.
In the first quarter of the New Year, Gorman said tickets and fares will be integrated in the Delta reservation system, eliminating any distinction between buying tickets and making “every flight a Delta flight.” Northwest's Web site, nwa.com, also will disappear.
“We accomplished the single operating certificate in record time and without negative impact to our daily operation,” Gorman wrote. “It is the people of Delta who continue to ensure our merger integration is thoroughly planned and well executed. Thanks for your dedicated focus and effort, and for continuing to provide excellent service to our customers.”
It has been an eventful 428 days for the airlines as they worked to integrate in the most challenging economic environment since World War II.
The combined Delta and Northwest has lost $2.6 billion (including special charges and goodwill) in the four quarters since the U.S. Department of Justice approved the merger Oct. 29, 2008. The carrier expects a $1.5 billion loss for full-year 2009.
But officials and analysts say the merger has made Delta among the strongest of U.S.-based airlines and positioned to gain more than $2 billion in annual cost savings. In 2009, the airline expects a $700 million cost benefit.
Since the carriers merged, Wall Street collapsed, setting off a global recession that gutted passenger demand among business travelers and consumers alike; the world was gripped by fears of the H1N1 flu pandemic, which further chilled demand; and just last week a Detroit-bound Northwest airliner was the subject of a foiled terrorist attack that could further shake a slowly recovering industry.
Delta has also announced a bold hub expansion into New York City, completed a groundbreaking transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and made a bid to lure struggling Japan Airlines Corp. into its SkyTeam alliance away from rival American Airlines’ partnership.
The SOC allows Delta and Northwest to combine code and operate as a single entity, and in most cases its employees can work together as one. The certificate is approval of the combined Delta’s safety protocols, training, maintenance procedures, manuals, computer systems and flight dispatching.
Integrating systems as vast as two major airlines is an enormous undertaking.
The combined airline has more than 70,000 employees (many from Delta that were non-union and nearly all from Northwest that were organized), 385 manuals and scores of computer software and hardware systems, including distinct reservations platforms and Web sites.
The airlines worked aggressively for months to merge as many components as possible without the SOC.
Its frequent flyer programs have merged and more than 16,000 pre-merger Northwest employees are also now wearing Delta uniforms.
About 200, or close to 80 percent, of pre-merger Northwest mainline jets now are painted in Delta livery. More than 240 former Northwest jets sport Delta interiors.
And all but one of its 247 airport stations worldwide have been rebranded Delta’s colors. The last, Philadelphia, is expected to convert in the first quarter of 2010 following a facility upgrade.
“It’s important to have a single brand represented to our customers and a tremendous accomplishment,” Delta CEO Richard Anderson said in a call to employees Dec. 24.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
By Kelly Yamanouchi
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, December 27, 2009
At the end of this month, Delta Air Lines expects to hit one of the most significant milestones in its merger with Northwest Airlines, more than a year after the deal closed.
The Atlanta airline expects to get a single operating certificate, which allows the two carriers not just to be a single airline on paper, but to operate as one.
The certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration clears the two operations to use a single carrier code and combine operations, culminating more than a year of paperwork and reviews. For passengers, it enables Delta to present itself and function fully as a single airline. Among employees, pilots from both airlines will be able to fly together and other workers can begin to join forces.
“It means there’s one airline instead of two,” said FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. “Everything’s merged from a safety standpoint.”
In order to accomplish that, an FAA team has reviewed Delta’s proposed combined operations, manuals and materials to ensure they meet safety standards.
The certificate means the FAA has decided the merged airline can safely operate under unified safety procedures, training, maintenance operations, flight dispatch systems, computer systems and manuals.
Delta has integrated about 385 manuals and completed more than 10,000 tasks. Teams at Delta “closely evaluated each Delta and Northwest program, process and operating specification to determine the best choice for the combined carrier,” said Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton.
The FAA accepted the airline’s plan toward getting the certificate in September 2008, then monitored it as work progressed.
“We’ve had a lot of great work done by our operational teams,” said Delta’s chief operating officer, Steve Gorman, in recent comments to financial analysts. On Jan. 1, the “invisible curtain between the two certificates” in flight control, aircraft routing and crew tracking will disappear, he said.
The combined pilot procedures will go into effect, and pilots will “open up that cellophane on Jan.1 with new manuals,” Gorman added.
Delta has taken steps that did not require FAA safety approvals, such as blending frequent flier programs, repainting most of Northwest’s planes, outfitting Northwest employees with Delta uniforms and allowing customers to book flights from either Web site.
The single operating certificate —- or SOC, as it is known —- will allow Delta to move this winter to a single airline code so that all Northwest tickets will become Delta tickets and all Northwest flights will become Delta flights.
Northwest’s Web site, nwa.com, will disappear. Delta and Northwest pilots will be trained on each other’s aircraft and will be able to share a single cockpit, and the airline will gain full flexibility to schedule planes and routes from the two carriers interchangeably.
“We need to get SOC before we can make that change,” Talton said. “We’re taking a careful, phased approach to integrating the airlines to make the process seamless for customers.”
She said customers should expect travel plans to continue with no changes.
Having two Web sites and two carriers more than a year after the merger is “complex to the traveler,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president of network planning and revenue management, at the investor day. “We have not been able to maximize the value proposition of the merger yet.”
The single code will eliminate any remaining confusion from having two different airline operations that have been essentially operating under a single Delta name at airports, on employee uniforms, at airports and on planes, Hauenstein said.
“That is almost behind us. By the end of the first quarter we will eliminate any customer confusion as far as dual sites” and dual paths, he said.
In the cockpit, the certificate will simplify communications with controllers. Northwest crews have continued to use the “Northwest” call sign and the “NWA” identifier in flight plans. An FAA notice directs pilots to use terminology such as “Detroit Ground, Northwest 222 with you, Delta colors.” The words “Delta colors” are also filed with flight plans to avoid confusion when planes are designated as Northwest aircraft but painted with Delta’s paint scheme.
The certificate will also mean the virtual disappearance of the company that was built over decades from its Minneapolis headquarters.
But even with the single operating certificate, Delta still won’t be done with its integration. As is often the case with airline mergers, labor issues linger.
Delta had hoped to resolve the biggest last summer through elections among flight attendants and certain ground workers to determine if they will be unionized or not. Northwest workers in those groups are unionized while Delta’s are not. But a federal labor board proposed a change in election rules that could make it much easier for airline workers to unionize, and two key unions withdrew their applications toward union elections at Delta pending the change.
The rule change, if finalized, is not likely to take effect until next year, pushing the elections into 2010 and dashing Delta’s hopes of resolving labor issues quickly.
Flight attendants and ground workers will still work under different rules and job terms until representation elections are complete.
Still, getting the approval by year’s end will mean Delta accomplished the milestone more quickly than the last two big airlines to merge, US Airways and America West. US Airways took two years to get a single operating certificate.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
By Roger Yu, USA TODAY
Denver, St. Louis, Nashville, Seattle and Baltimore/Washington are the big winners in Southwest Airlines' new plans to add more flights to its summer schedule next year.
The discount carrier says it's adding 65 round-trip flights and eliminating 24 — a net gain of 41 — for its schedule from May 9 through Aug. 13. Many additions are going to markets where it has been beefing up operations recently.
At Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall, where Southwest is the largest carrier, the number of daily flights will increase by 10, bringing its total daily departures to 181. Its new 2010 destinations from Baltimore include Los Angeles, Seattle-Tacoma and Panama City, Fla.'s, new airport, which will open in the spring.
Southwest will add nine more at Nashville, including new service to St. Louis, Seattle, Oakland and Panama City.
At Denver, Southwest has added nine more daily flights to its May schedule, including new Saturday-only non-stop service to New York LaGuardia. It has plans to add 15 more in August but won't release details until early next year.
St. Louis will get 10 added daily departures and eight new non-stop markets, including service to Los Angeles, San Diego, New Orleans, Nashville and Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
Seattle will get eight more flights.
Seattle's Sound Transit finished a 1.7-mile extension on Saturday of its light-rail line to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, allowing people to ride public transportation to the airport from various parts of the metropolitan area.
Seattle opened the Central Link line in July, which connected travelers from downtown Seattle to Tukwila, a suburb near the airport. The airport had been using free shuttle service from the Tukwila station to Sea-Tac until now.
The newly opened SeaTac/Airport Station is located outside a parking garage.
Several airports are offering free gift-wrapping service this week, as travelers are advised to leave gifts unwrapped before checking them or taking them through security checkpoints to avoid secondary screening.
Volunteers at Phoenix Sky Harbor will offer gift wrapping past security Monday through Thursday. The Container Store and Southwest Airlines (LUV) are teaming for free wrapping service at the following airports on Monday: Dallas Love Field (Gate 5); Phoenix (D Gates); Denver (Gate C41); St. Louis (Gates 14 and 16) and Baltimore/Washington (Gates B1, B2 and B3).
U.S. Airways (LCC) launched daily, non-stop service last week to Honolulu and Rio de Janeiro from Charlotte, its largest hub.
The carrier also began four-times-weekly non-stop service to Montego Bay, Jamaica, from its home airport, Phoenix, last week.
JetBlue (JBLU) is adding its fourth destination in the Dominican Republic. Its new service to Punta Cana, a popular beach resort area in the easternmost part of the island nation, is scheduled to begin at New York JFK on May 6 and Boston Logan two days later.
A year after suspending its Boston-San Jose route because of high fuel costs, JetBlue said last week it will resume daily, non-stop flights between the two technology-centric cities on May 13.
AirTran (AAI) will resume scheduled service between Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss., and its hub in Atlanta on Jan. 8, replacing its current charter service between the two cities.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
American Airlines (AMR) and Delta Airlines (DAL) are not waging war over Asia’s Japan Airlines to strengthen foreign relations, but to pad their own bottom lines. In the latest move, American said Wednesday it could again up the ante for JAL from its current bid of $1.1 billion.
The US airline, along with the OneWorld alliance, a contingent of 11 airlines, and the private equity firm TPG have tried to make the case that its proposal would be the best solution to JAL’s problems: Namely, $15 billion of debt, huge operating costs, tight competition, and its likely fourth annual loss.
"Conceivably there could be a bigger investment made by the Oneworld/TPG/American group depending on the circumstances that have to be worked out with the government and with JAL," said American Airlines Chief Executive Gerard Arpey in press conference Wednesday in Tokyo after a meeting with Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
American stipulates that its proposition would be the most worthwhile for JAL because it already has a partnership in place under the OneWorld alliance --of which they're both members -- and that JAL would gain another $100 million in revenues annually from the alliance on top of the $500 million it already garners from the pairing.
“American Airlines has a strong interest in seeing JAL succeed because JAL's success ultimately means success for American Airlines,” said Arpey. “In short, our interests are aligned.” Yet, American faces a tough argument from Delta Air Lines and its SkyTeam partners, an alliance of 12 carriers, which countered with a $1 billion offer for JAL in November.
Delta argues that its Asian presence (it gained a hub outside Tokyo through the Northwest merger) would help it more easily integrate with JAL. American contends this alliance would impede competition in the country, giving only two alliances access to the region. “Our direct investment offer is worth more than twice to JAL as any other proposal.
The difference is even greater when you consider the commercial implications of JAL exiting a superior global alliance with the strongest U.S. network for a less desirable global alliance and US network,” added Aprey at the press conference in Tokyo. “We estimate this would cost JAL hundreds of millions of dollars per year.” Yet, it isn’t just what American has to offer JAL, but what the Japanese airline can do for the legacy carrier. A recent “Open Skies” agreement between the US and Japan opened up the sky competition (previous arrangements favored certain carriers over others).
This would make an alliance between Delta and JAL immune to antitrust regulations. It also paves the way for American to enter the market. All of the US carriers, legacy and discount alike, have been hit hard by fuel expenses, a slowdown in travel, and technological failings. The best way for each of these airlines to regain footing is to find ways of expanding their international dealings, which can garner premium prices for longer flights. Japan is one of the most attractive and untapped areas of the world for the aviation sector.
All of the legacy carriers would benefit from JAL’s expansive domestic network. It offers the US airlines a built-in infrastructure, as well as a locally well-known brand name to attach themselves to -- accounting for the high value that each of the carriers is willing to bid. “AMR has the most to lose and Delta the most to gain if JAL defects from OneWorld to SkyTeam,” said JPMorgan analyst Jamie Baker in a recent note.
Monday, December 14, 2009
The high-paying business traveler is returning, but in smaller numbers
Dec. 9, 2009, 3:40 p.m. EST
By Christopher Hinton, MarketWatch
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Legacy carrier executives from Delta to US Airways said Wednesday they are seeing early signs that premium-paying business travelers are returning to the skies, but cautioned growth would be slow.
The airline executives had gathered in New York for an analyst conference to highlight trends in their business following a horrific two years of surging jet fuel prices and a sharp economic contraction that sent demand plunging.
"This environment hasn't been like anything we've seen before," said US Airways President Scott Kirby. "All of us have been scared, frankly."
But things are starting to turn around and are expected to get better next year with positive industry unit-revenue growth, albeit due to a nearly catastrophic 2009.
"We speak of bouncing back, but only because 2009 was so bad that just an anemic move will be significant," Kirby said.
Slammed the hardest was high-yielding premium travel, specifically business travel, as corporations tightened spending in the uncertain economy. Leisure travel remains fairly steady, though carriers had to rollback ticket prices to keep demand going.
Following significant declines in business revenue late last year and for the first part of this year, US Airways saw its first month of growth in November -- up 5% from a year ago, Kirby said.
"This is very indicative of demand recovery," he said.
That observation was echoed among other legacy executives, the heads of the last five old school network carriers that also manage a significantly large number of corporate accounts.
It's also evident among investors, who have bid up the airline sector benchmark to near two-year highs. Since the end of October, the NYSE Arca Airline Index has jumped about 30%.
For Delta Air Lines corporate ticket volumes plunged 35% over April and May this year, with corresponding revenue down about 50%, according to the Atlanta carrier's chief financial officer, Hank Halter.
Corporate revenue represents about 20% of Delta's overall passenger revenue.
Since then, the erosion in volume sales have been decelerating, and crossed into ticket growth in mid-November, though business revenue was still down some 10% from a year ago.
"But that said, you can see a steady progression," Halter said. "It's certainly not a hockey stick, but it certainly is improving and that steady pace continues."
Delta expects to see a return to passenger revenue growth within the first half of 2010, Halter added.
Carriers more sensitive to corporate travel felt the change earlier than other. Over at United parent UAL Corp. corporate and premium travel began returning as early as May.
"Our networks are more closely aligned with corporate and premium traffic than most of our peers," according to Chief Financial Officer Kathryn Mikells. "Domestically, we have fewer seats to fun destinations like Florida and more deployed in places like...New York to L.A., as an example."
Since May, UAL saw steady improvement in both corporate revenues and premium cabin bookings," Mikells said.
"While the numbers clearly are still not where we would desire them to be, it is a very encouraging trend line," she said.
American Airlines parent AMR Corp. said its advance bookings for February are flat versus a year ago with international demand offsetting a decline in domestic sales.
"I think we are seeing improvement in both leisure and premium traffic at this point," said Beverly Goulet, AMR's treasurer.
Christopher Hinton is a reporter for MarketWatch based in New York.
Friday, December 11, 2009, 10:48am CST
Wichita Business Journal - by Daniel McCoy
The Boeing Co. announced Thursday that its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner would make its first flight next week.
The first flight could happen as early as Tuesday, depending on weather conditions, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems Inc. makes the forward fuselage section and engine pylons for the Dreamliner.
The 787, Boeing’s next-generation commercial airplane, has been delayed more than two years. The most recent delay was in June following the discovery of a design problem where the wing meets the fuselage during testing.
Even following a successful first flight, the plane will continue to undergo testing for up to as much as a year. The company still expects deliveries to begin in the fourth quarter of 2010.
On Tuesday, Boeing received an order for 25 Dreamliners from United Airlines, which also ordered 25 Airbus A350s.
1 hr 17 mins ago
LONDON – British Airways cabin crews will strike over the busy Christmas period, throwing the plans of thousands of holiday makers into uncertainty.
The Unite union said Monday crew members plan to walk off the job on Dec. 22 and strike for 12 days.
The union says 92.5 percent of the workers who voted were in favor of the action.
BA staff members are unhappy about layoffs and changes in work practices that they argue have been illegally imposed by the airline.
BA has announced sweeping changes as part of its bid to cut costs after suffering big losses amid lower demand for travel during the global recession. It says plans to axe thousands of jobs, freeze pay for current staff and offer lower wages for new employees are necessary for its survival.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
When the Airbus A380 entered service with Singapore Airlines in October 2007, it ushered in a new era for the world's airlines of the ultra-large airliner.For Airbus it was crucial that when the revolutionary aircraft made the headlines during its debut - as it inevitably would - it was not for the wrong reasons. After the programme suffered lengthy production delays that resulted in the assembly process having to be reinvented, there were sceptics waiting to see if the double-decker would fall on its face when it began earning money.
HIGH LOAD FACTORS
All the operators echo Clark's view that the A380 has proved massively popular with passengers, evidenced by the fact that their fleets consistently fly at high load factors. But Clark points out that the downside of this is that "lose one, and you're in trouble".The operators put the A380's passenger appeal down to a combination of the quiet and spacious cabins, high standard of in-flight entertainment and the giant's comfortable ride. "She goes through turbulence like a huge Queen Mary 2 on the North Atlantic in January," says Clark.
While Emirates was not the first to receive the aircraft, it is the biggest customer, with an order for 58 Engine Alliance GP7200-powered aircraft. It received its first 489-seater in July 2008 - a date that like fellow customers was subject to a series of reschedulings that pushed back its first delivery by more than two years from the original plan agreed at the time of the order.
The carrier now has five A380s in service and 10 more (with capacity increased to 517 seats through the deletion of the maindeck crew rest compartment) are due to be delivered by the summer of next year. "After that we have dates that remain fluid," says Clark.
SIA IN THE VANGUARD
Nine months before the first Emirates delivery, it was SIA that led the way as launch operator, taking its first of 19 Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered A380s on 15 October 2007 and putting the 471-seater into service 10 days later between Singapore and Sydney.
"The first three months went almost flawlessly. We were breaking new ground everywhere. It was something everyone in SIA felt so proud of," says the airline's senior vice-president flight operations Capt Gerard Yeap.
He concedes that the 10 months between certification and first deliveries gave all stakeholders breathing space to get on top of all the major issues. "When the aircraft was delayed we took the opportunity to work with Airbus and the OEMs to see what we could fix before service entry.
Sirisena points out that with the A380 being a "showcase, there has always been a very strong support presence from Airbus, although it has been scaled back from the 'meet-and-greet' level when it first went into service".John Vincent, who was Qantas's acting executive manager engineering at the time of the interview, concurs on the airframer's contribution. "Airbus has provided, and continues to provide, a high level of support at all destination ports across our A380 network. Airbus specialists are on hand for all arrivals and departures and there is a substantial presence in Sydney, where the maintenance operation is based," he says.
"In conjunction with the various modification packages, Airbus and its suppliers continue to provide additional spare parts to facilitate parts update and upgrade. Technical data assistance has been of a high standard."Vincent gives as an example the help Airbus provided to Qantas with the commissioning of the electronic log book. "A specialist was located in Sydney for several months that had access to the design and support functions in Toulouse," he says.
As the A380 in-service fleet has expanded, problems have come to light. To address known problems, as well as the in-service issues, the fleets are undergoing major modification programmes at timed intervals.
The first notable issue that SIA faced occurred around three months in, just after the second aircraft arrived, when a fault surfaced with the alternate brake system in Sydney. However, Sirisena says that "compared with the early days of the A340-300 or 777, the problems have not been that significant".Clark says that the Emirates fleet is undergoing "a big mod programme that requires removing an aircraft from service". This should be completed on the five delivered aircraft by February.
Sirisena says: "What we are grappling with are algorithms for failure detection, which not only detects a failure but also acts upon it. Unfortunately this can lead to a perfectly healthy system being shut downor [a no-go fault warning] for a problem that was minor enough to have been deferred."Once we identify a problem and understand it, Airbus will quickly come up with a work-around. But it is not so straightforward to reprogram."
Clark says that the problem with the nuisance warnings has been their diverse nature, but "the common thread" is the software. He says Airbus executive vice-president programmes Tom Williams and his team "have sat in my office many times and said they can't identify trends, which is the worst possible thing".
Issues included a fuel tank indication system problem that affected two aircraft and a nose wheel steering issue on one, he says.
Airbus's Williams says that this latter problem was caused by water ingress into the rotary transducer on the gear leg that identifies its position. "The water was freezing on long flights, which was causing the sensor to give inaccurate positioning. There's been a design change and in the meantime an inspection procedure has been implemented."
Strambi says that the Qantas A380 fleet's dispatch reliability has been "good". A small number of technical issues had an impact on operations for a short period, but generally "we have been happy with the aircraft's reliability, considering this is the first 12 months of operating a brand-new fleet type".Clark says that while the Emirates fleet has also suffered some "hugely frustrating" failures of components, most are easily dealt with. However, one "pain" has been the repeated failure of the main gear steering system, which can force the aircraft to return to the stand as the steering is a minimum equipment list (MEL) item.
Sirisena explains that the problem has occurred due to "wear and tear issues that surfaced after flight-test" and that Airbus devised an interim "work-around" - to taxi straight for 50m (165ft) before making a turn.
A happier tale is the A380's performance, which has bettered expectations. "Meeting the performance guarantees doesn't come into it, she's ahead of her nominals," says Clark."The faster the A380 flies the less fuel it burns. Long-range cruise is Mach 0.85, if you fly at Mach 0.83 the fuel burn increases."Qantas's Strambi concurs: "The A380 has met or exceeded all the original performance, noise and fuel burn guarantees made by Airbus at the time the aircraft purchase decision was made."Clark says that because of the "favourable mach bias, there's quite a marked increase in terms in fuel reduction as you increase the cruise speed to Mach 0.85".
Emirates' GP7200s have also behaved well during their first year in service, showing what Clark believes is an unprecedented "zero degradation" in performance. The airline has had two precautionary in-flight shutdowns, but neither was caused by the machinery, says Clark. "They were indication issues."
SIA has suffered three in-flight shutdowns, one of which was caused by fuel starvation and one by a quality/installation problem that caused an oil line to crack. The third incident, which occurred in September, was a precautionary shutdown after the crew received a warning and is still under investigation.
Meanwhile, SIA's oldest A380 (MSN003/9V-SKA) underwent the first C check maintenance inspection in September, having accumulated more than 8,000h and 1,000 cycles. The inspection, which has a two-year interval, was undertaken at the airline's Changi base with a "small army of Airbus people in attendance - about 100 folks", says Williams."We did some deeper inspections than we'd normally do in a C check and discovered some small things for us to follow up, but there were no major issues," he adds.
"When you fly with a full passenger load there are different vibratory stresses than during flight-testing. Once an aircraft is in the air things flex, twist and turn, alignments are different and there are vibrations, stresses."
This phenomenon has already seen some "transitory vibrations" identified in the plumbing for the A380's 345bar (5,000lb/in2) hydraulic system, Sirisena says. "We've seen some strange movement in the plumbing."However, Williams says that Airbus "has not seen vibration as being an issue that has come up".
SIA's flight operations chief Capt Yeap says that SIA operates its A380s with ratio of around 10 to 11 flightcrews per aircraft. He says that pilots have "transitioned easily" to the aircraft's size as many were already familiar with 747-400. Transition time is about three months, the same for other types in the fleet, he adds."Crews are very happy after their first circuit. The A380 is a well-designed aeroplane, the flight-control laws are very advanced and it is responsive for its size and accurate to fly," Yeap says.
On the ground, the A380 manoeuvres like the 747 - "a gentle oversteer", he says. "The major difference is the inertia. The steering is fly-by-wire, so it is not an instinctive input like normal direct controls and takes a little bit of getting used to."Normal procedure is to use the taxi camera, "but with experience, any competent crew will be able to taxi without it", adds Yeap.The A380 has impressive performance once off the ground - "we can achieve optimum climbs with no problem" and it also slows down well, he adds.
All the airports that the type serves have been well prepared for the aircraft. "With air bridges to main and upper deck passenger enplaning and deplaning is poetry in motion," says Clark. Turnaround times range from 90-110min, depending on route and operator. For example, Emirates does 90min turns at London Heathrow between the inbound EK001 and outbound EK002, says Clark. And replenishing main and upper deck galleys using standard and special scissor-lift trucks has not been problematic. "We've never had to use the cart lifts," he adds.
Clark says that as its A380 fleet grows next year, new destinations for the type are likely to include Paris and Seoul and he wants to return to New York - where it inaugurated its A380 operations in 2008 - by June. Tokyo Narita is also a potential future destination.While there are planned dates for new A380 routes, Clark concedes that these are contingent on Airbus meeting the delivery schedule. "We still have some niggling delays from Toulouse - they're still not stable on the production side."
"We put 2.5t in the aircraft, but we're only using 60% - even with every first-class passenger taking a shower - so we've reduced the potable water we carry," Clark adds.Because of weight growth during development, initial production A380s are around 5-6t behind the target manufacturer's weight empty (MWE) says Clark.
He forecasts that A380s being delivered by 2012 will have MWEs "a minimum of 2t lighter" than today's aircraft, which, combined with reductions in the weight of the airline's operator items (a new generation of lighter seats, for example) means "you've got an aircraft that can fly 15h 45min and can do the West Coast".
Airbus acknowledges that it has "still got work to do" to get the A380's reliability to match the level of the passenger appeal it has delivered during its first two years in service."Keeping in mind the level of technology that we've brought to the aircraft, it's been encouraging to see the level of performance that we've got - but we can do better," says Airbus executive vice-president programmes, Tom Williams. "We've still got some work to do."When the A380 entered service two years ago with Singapore Airlines, Airbus laid on an extremely intense network of "enhanced support", positioning additional engineers, mechanics and personnel from Toulouse into Singapore and the first outstation, Sydney.
Williams concedes that Airbus was "disappointed" and surprised about problems that began to crop up after a strong first few months of operation, given the preparations it had made. "We used the extended time between certification and delivery to do a lot of extra flying work on maturity. But we still encountered things when we went into service that hadn't shown up before."Why? Because there are a different set of pressures during testing to what an airline experiences.
Williams shares Emirates Airline president Tim Clark's doubts about any early success in the fleet reaching the 98.5% TDR target. "I think we're closing on it pretty fast, but not by the end of this year. I'd be confident we'd be there by the middle of next year. We've still got a bit of work to do."The spurious error-message woes have been further heightened by issues with sensors in certain parts of the aircraft, such as the nose-gear and body-gear steering systems, and fuel quantity management system.
Engine makers' views
As lead engine supplier on the A380, Rolls-Royce's 70,000lb thrust (312kN) Trent 900 powered the aircraft on its maiden sortie on 27 April 2005 and the bulk of the test fleet during the flight trials and certification programme. The Trent has been selected for nine of the 16 customers so far and is used by two of the three airlines operating the type - Singapore Airlines and Qantas - which account for 14 of the 20 aircraft delivered.R-R's rival on the A380 - General Electric and Pratt & Whitney's Engine Alliance joint venture - could be described as a "one-trick pony" because the double-decker is the only application for its single product, the 70,000lb-thrust GP7200.
Emirates president Tim Clark says the engines powering his A380s have performed well and had no major issues.Engine Alliance president Jim Moravecek says that the GP7200's fuel burn came in 0.9% ahead of Airbus's specification, which gives it a 1% advantage over its rival.R-R's Keen disputes this claim, but the engine maker is working on a two-pronged development programme for the A380's Trent, the first of which, the 900EP, has been launched and is available from 2012.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
‘We want to be the No. 1 carrier in New York.’Its dual-hub strategy for JFK, LaGuardia consumes resources.
By Kelly Yamanouchi
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, November 29, 2009
In Atlanta, Delta Air Lines has grown comfortable in its decades-long marriage with the city. But in New York, Delta has become a perennial suitor, passionately trying to win over travelers from rivals like American, Continental and US Airways.
“Delta calls New York home,” reads one of the Atlanta-based airline’s latest New York advertisements. “We’re more than NY’s most global airline; we’re New Yorkers.”
This year, Delta has taken some of its biggest steps yet in New York —- including spending almost 90 percent of its advertising and media buying budget on the area, according to Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president-New York.
It has also announced an elaborate plan to establish what it calls a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport while keeping its international hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it has international flights to everywhere from Kiev to Kingston.
To build the LaGuardia operation, Delta struck a deal to trade some of its gates at Washington’s Reagan National Airport for some of US Airways’ gates at LaGuardia. That would enable Delta to double its number of nonstop destinations from LaGuardia, now at 32.
Delta’s merger with Northwest Airlines also significantly boosted its LaGuardia presence —- pushing it past American as the No. 1 carrier based on the combined passenger traffic for Delta and Northwest in the 12 months through September. Using those numbers, Delta now has a nearly 28 percent market share vs. 22 percent for American and about 19 percent for US Airways.
Delta also plans to spend $40 million on renovations at LaGuardia.
“If you’re going to be a world-class airline, as Delta wants to be, you have to have a big presence there. It’s just too big to ignore,” said airline consultant Darryl Jenkins. “For years that was a part of their network that was seriously lacking.”
Not for lack of trying. Delta’s efforts to build street cred in New York date to the 1991 acquisition of Pan Am’s European routes out of Kennedy and its East Coast Shuttle operation at LaGuardia. At the time, it had to battle a lingering perception that it was still a Sun Belt airline as it sought to establish itself as the premier carrier in the nation’s biggest city and financial capital.
That perception may be long gone, but gaining market share remains a tough challenge in a highly fragmented travel market.
One of Delta’s recent tactics is investing in more sports sponsorships in New York —- signing on as the official airline of both the Mets and the Yankees as well as Madison Square Garden, particularly in a high-end club area that will be part of a major renovation of the arena. All this, as Delta has relinquished its sponsorship of the Atlanta Falcons.
“We’re sponsoring all of the iconic things of New York,” said Grimmett, who moved to New York from Atlanta. She added, “I have never seen such fierce baseball fans.”
Robert Mann, an airline consultant who lives in Port Washington, N.Y., said such sponsorships come with a lot of media exposure.
“Any time you’re looking at a Rangers or an Islanders game on television, you’re seeing the Delta logo,” he said. And sports sponsorships may also come with access to games and suites. “You can entertain clients, SkyMiles customers, corporate accounts —- there are a lot of opportunities that are valuable and useful,” he said.
On Thursday, Delta was the official airline at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with a float themed “Winter Wonderland in Central Park.”
The sponsorships and advertising were needed, Grimmett said, “to catch up with everything else” the company has done there with new routes and upgraded aircraft interiors.
“We want to be the No. 1 carrier in New York,” Grimmett said. “Nobody owns the market.”
Mann said the marketing emphasis will also help Delta make the most of the Northwest merger.
“They’ve really taken on a higher profile here,” Mann said.
Still, comments from New York fliers reflect the challenge.
“I fly out of airports all over the New York area. I usually fly either Continental or American,” said Christy Desantis, who lives in Fairfield, Conn., and travels about once a month for her job in marketing. “I haven’t noticed a whole lot of [Delta’s] advertising.”
Shevonne Hernandez, who lives in Manhattan, said she has noticed Delta’s advertising, particularly at Madison Square Garden when she went to a couple of pre-season Knicks games. But she said that was offset by a bad experience with a Delta flight.
“I’ve noticed there’s a little more advertising” by Delta, said Michael Rudez, of Astoria N.Y. But Rudez said he’s long been a US Airways flier and doesn’t really consider other airlines.
Business travelers —- and contracts with their employers that make Delta the carrier of choice —- are the most important target for Delta in New York.
“Think of New York City and how big it is, and how much business goes on there —- how many people are flying to New York and how many people are flying from New York to other parts of the world,” Jenkins said. The city has “some of the wealthiest and longest-distance traveling fliers of anywhere in the world,” with some of the highest fares in the world in business class on international flights.
“So there’s a lot of revenue at stake. It’s a place that you want to build up,” Jenkins said. “You have so many large corporations’ headquarters there, and to get those large corporate contracts, you have to have a large presence in New York. It’s not about getting one or two travelers. It’s about getting all of the travelers from a large corporation. It’s a very big deal for them.”
But it’s not an easy city to grow in. Many more domestic fliers are starting or finishing flights there than connecting, which prevents any single airline from building the kind of hub operation that would dominate among local travelers. Mann said Delta’s LaGuardia operation will be closer to a “focus city” —- where an airline offers some connections but mostly serves travelers coming or going from that city —- than to a traditional connecting hub.
And at traditional hubs like Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, airlines can feed their international flights with passengers from any domestic flight. Delta’s international flights from New York operate at Kennedy, and connecting to LaGuardia is not easy.
But Delta is plowing ahead.
Delta’s 2009 strategy, summarized in a document called the “Flight Plan,” highlights only one city: New York. The goal: “Position Delta as the leading airline brand in New York City, complete our New York City strategy and reach a JFK facility solution.”
The company is still working on those issues, particularly the badly needed upgraded of the terminal at JFK. (ed. note...Delta's JFK terminal is the old Pan Am World Port, an outdated maze of confusing gates)
“We’re the largest carrier in JFK, unfortunately with a terminal that’s not very desirable,” Grimmett said. “We’re working with the Port Authority. I think we’ve got a good plan. They recognize the sense of urgency.”
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to increase usage of gates and is concerned about planning for the possibility that the terminal may return to their custody someday, according to Grimmett. Another festering issue is delays in the New York airspace due to the heavy flight traffic in the area and the Federal Aviation Administration’s outdated air traffic control infrastructure.
“We have to plan accordingly,” Grimmett said. But, “shrinking your way to congestion is not the right way for anybody.”
Delta in New York
Delta says it is New York City’s largest carrier, with more routes from New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airport combined than any other airline. But Continental, with plentiful international flights from its massive Newark hub, will remain the largest carrier in the New York area based on capacity measured in available seat miles.
Delta’s peak daily flights from:
Newark Liberty International Airport 32
Delta’s international destinations from New York City airports:
Europe/Middle East 21
Latin America/ Caribbean 14
Friday, November 20, 2009
What wine, champagne and port airlines offer
What wine, champagne and port are on airlines' wine lists for October through December.
•Coach, Domestic & International Flights 2008 Coastal Ridge Chardonnay; 2007 Coastal Ridge Merlot; 2008 Casa Mayor Chardonnay; 2008 Casa Mayor Merlot.
•Premium Class, Domestic & International Flights 2008 Coastal Ridge Chardonnay; 2007 Coastal Ridge Merlot; 2008 Casa Mayor Chardonnay; 2008 Casa Mayor Merlot.
•Coach, Domestic & International Flights Stone Cellars Chardonnay; Stone Cellars Cabernet; Sutter Home Chardonnay; Sutter Home Merlot.
•Premium Class, Domestic & International Flights 2007 Apex Chardonnay; 2007 Apex II Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Washington Hills Chardonnay; 2007 Washington Hills Merlot; 2007 Washington Hills Syrah Summit Reserve; 2007 Waterbrook Chardonnay; 2005 Pavin & Riley Cabernet Sauvignon; 2006 Bridgman Chardonnay.
•Coach, Domestic Flights 2007 Sutter Home Cabernet; 2007 Sutter Home Chardonnay; 2007 Sutter Home White Zinfandel.
•Coach, Domestic Flights Domaine Laurier Brut; 2007 Hayes Ranch Sauvignon Blanc; Tamas Estates Pinot Grigio; 2005 Bernal Estates Syrah; 2006 La Palma Cabernet Sauvignon; 2008 La Maridelle Merlot; 2007 Sutter Home Merlot; 2007 Sutter Home Chardonnay; Pacific Vista Pinot Grigio.
•Premium Class, Domestic Flights Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Carneros Brut; Domaine Ste. Michelle Washington Brut; 2007 Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay; 2007 Kiwi Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc; 2007 OneHope Zinfandel; 2007 OneHope Chardonnay; 2007 OneHope Sauvignon Blanc; 2003 Foris Merlot; 2008 Warburn Estate Gossips Chardonnay; 2004 Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; 2006 Buena Vista Carneros Pinot Noir;
2008 Cachuma California Shiraz; 2007 Lot 205 Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Lot 205 Zinfandel; 2004 Waca Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon; Scudo di Corte Prosecco I.G.T.; 2007 Montevina Chardonnay; 2008 Principato Pinot Grigio; 2008 Woodhaven Chardonnay; 2008 Pasqua Pinot Grigio; 2007 Gerard Bertrand Aigle Noir Pinot Noir;
2007 Helena Ranch Merlot; 2008 Arniston Bay Cabernet Merlot; 2006 Taja Monastrell; 2007 Stone Barn Merlot; 2006 Glass Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon; 2009 De Gras Sauvignon Blanc; 2007 Canyon Oaks Chardonnay; 2008 Canyon Road Chardonnay; 2007 Elsa Bianchi Torrontes; 2006 Mount Linden Chardonnay; Graham's Six Grapes Port.
•Coach, International Flights Bouvet Brut; 2008 Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon; 2005 Château La Marzenac Bordeaux; 2005 Hayes Ranch Syrah; 2007 Sol Casal Tempranillo; 2007 Domaine de Pellehaut Blanc, Gascogne; 2008 Château de Nivelle Bordeaux Blanc; 2007 Frederic Roger Vins Chardonnay.
•Premium Class, International Flights Champagne G.H. Martel & Co. Brut Prestige; Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut; Champagne Pommery Brut; 2007 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay; 2006 Wegeler Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Spätlese; 2003 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino; 2006 Joseph Drouhin Rully; 2008 Falanghina Feudi di San Gregorio; 2003 Domaine Duclaux Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2005 Château Batailley (Pauillac); 2006 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec; 2006 Andeluna "Winemakers' Selection" Cabernet Sauvignon;
2008 Aresti Estate Collection Carmenere; 2008 Aresti Estate Collection Chardonnay; 2003 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon; 2003 Arrowood Merlot; 2007 Castle Rock Central Coast Pinot Noir; 2003 Château Belgrave, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux; 2006 Château Du Seuil Graves Blanc; 2006 Château Grand Destieu St. Emilion Grand Cru; 2003 Château Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot; 2006 Château Teyssier St. Emilion Grand Cru; 2004 Château Villa Bel Air; 2006 Cloudline Oregon Pinot Noir;
2005 The Colonial Estate Explorateur Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa; 2007 Conde de Valdemar Blanco Fermentado Barrica; 2004 Cyan Prestigio; 2002 Domaine Vincent Sauvestre Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy; 2005 Domaine Vincent Sauvestre Pommard Clos de la Platiere; 2007 Fabre Montmayou Malbec Reserve; 2007 Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera; 2002 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Groom Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc; Heidsieck-Monopole Brut Champagne; 2006 Inniskillin Oak Aged Vidal Icewine; 2006 Kaiken Malbec; 2006 Riff Pinot Grigio; 2007 Montes Classic Series Chardonnay;
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Particuliere; 2007 One World Pinotage; 2006 Pascal Bouchard Chablis Vieilles Vignes Grande Reserve du Domaine; 2006 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc; 2006 Rusca Gavi di Gavi DOCG; 2005 Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Scarbolo Chardonnay, Fruili; 2008 Seven Sisters "Vivian" Sauvignon Blanc; 2005 Steel Creek Pinot Noir; 2008 Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay; 2006 Val Do Sosego Albarino, Rias Baixas; 2006 Warburn Premium Reserve Pinot Grigio;
2004 Wattle Creek Alexander Valley Shiraz; 2006 Wegeler Estate Riesling; 2007 Willm Pinot Blanc Reserve; 2007 Willm Riesling Reserve; 1999 Graham's Malvedos Vintage Port; Graham's 20 Years Old Tawny Port; Emilio Lustau Amontillado La Plaza Viejo Sherry.
•Coach, Domestic Flights 2006 Uma Chardonnay; St. Germain Blanc; St. Germain Rouge; 2008 Redtree Chardonnay; 2007 Nostalgia Merlot.
•Premium Class, Domestic Flights Charles de Fere Jean-Louis; Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top; J.P. Chenet Brut; 2007 Randall Moore Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Telteca Tacones Chardonnay; 2007 McManis Merlot; 2007 McManis Cabernet Sauvignon.
•Coach, International Flights 2006 Uma Chardonnay; 2005 Louis Montellier Chardonnay; St. Germain Blanc; St. Germain Rouge; 2008 Redtree Chardonnay; 2007 Nostalgia Merlot.
•Premium Class, International Flights Charles de Fere Jean Louis; Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top; J.P. Chenet Brut; 2007 A to Z Chardonnay; 2005 Laetitia Pinot Blanc; 2007 St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc; 2007 Domaine Laroche Chablis; 2005 Château Toumillon; 2007 Bouchard Pere et Fils St. Veran; 2007 Schloss Reinhartshausen Fountain Blue Riesling; 2006 Schloss Reinhartshausen Fountain Blue Riesling; 2007 Barberani Vallesanta; 2005 Moletto Pinot Grigio; Dow's Fine White Port; 2002 Quinta do Noval LBV Port;
2007 Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Zinfandel; 2005 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir; 2006 RockBare Shiraz; 2006 Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau Côtes du Rhône Village; 2007 Ogier Vacqueyras; 2004 Château Loudenne (Medoc); 2005 Château Bois Chantant St. Emilion Bordeaux; 2006 Château Lagrange Lussac; 2005 Château d'Argadens (Bordeaux Supérieur); 2005 Straccali Chianti; 2006 Dom Martinho; 2003 Ferreira Grand Red Douro; 2004 Telteca Anta Malbec; 2003 Miguel Torres Sangre de Toro.
•Coach, Domestic Flights Gato Cabernet; Gato Chardonnay.
•Premium Class, Domestic Flights 2006 Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Callaway Cellar Selection Chardonnay.
•Coach, International Flights Bandit Chardonnay; Bandit Merlot; La Champagne Chardonnay; La Champagne Merlot; Prospect Hill Chardonnay; Prospect Hill Shiraz.
•Premium Class, International Flights 2007 Santa Ana Reserve Torrontes; 2006 Anne Boecklin Pinot Blanc Reserve; 2006 Sebastiani Chardonnay; 2006 Occhio a Vento Vermentino; 2007 Brampton Sauvignon Blanc; 2007 Hermanos Lurton Rueda; 2005 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Domaine de la Griveliere Côtes du Rhône; 2005 Wente Southern Hills Cabernet; 2005 Belguardo Serrata Maremma; 2005 Gloria Ferrer Carneros Merlot; 2006 Mark West Pinot Noir; Scharffenberger Brut; 2003 Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port; Jurancon Prestige.
•Coach, Domestic Flights Kenwood Cuvée Brut; Woodbridge Merlot; Woodbridge Chardonnay; Hayes Ranch Chardonnay; Hayes Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon.
•Coach, International Flights Kenwood Cuvée Brut; Woodbridge Merlot; Woodbridge Chardonnay; Hayes Ranch Chardonnay; Hayes Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon.
•Coach, Domestic Flights 2007 Tamas Cabernet Sauvignon; 2008 Tamas Chardonnay; Korbel Brut.
•Premium Class, Domestic Flights 2007 McManis Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Bogle Chardonnay; Cristalino Brut.
•Coach, International Flights 2007 McManis Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Bogle Chardonnay.
•Premium Class, International Flights 2007 McManis Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare; 2008 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris; Cristalino Brut.
•Coach, Domestic & International Flights 2007 Washington Hills Chardonnay; 2007 Washington Hills Merlot; 2008 Randall Harris Sauvignon Blanc; 2007 Randall Harris Merlot; 2006 Apex Chardonnay; 2006 Apex Cabernet.
•Coach, Domestic Flights 2007 Hope Estate Verdelho; 2007 Hope Estate Shiraz.
•Coach, International Flights 2007 Hope Estate Verdelho; 2007 Hope Estate Shiraz.
•Coach, Domestic Flights Kenwood Cuvée Brut; Hayes Ranch Chardonnay; Hayes Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon.
•Coach, Domestic Flights 2007 Coastal Ridge Merlot; 2007 Coastal Ridge Chardonnay.
•Coach, Domestic Flights 2008 Sutter Home Cabernet; 2007 Sutter Home Cabernet; 2008 Sutter Home Chardonnay; 2007 Sutter Home Chardonnay.
•Coach, International Flights 2008 Sutter Home Cabernet; 2007 Sutter Home Cabernet; 2008 Sutter Home Chardonnay; 2007 Sutter Home Chardonnay.
•Coach, Domestic Flights 2007 Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Redwood Creek Chardonnay.
•Premium Class, Domestic Flights 2008 Bushman's Gully Shiraz; 2007 Canyon Road Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Canyon Road Chardonnay; 2008 De Bortoli Selection Shiraz; 2008 Trapiche Merlot; 2005 Montevina Zinfandel; 2006 Stone Barn Chardonnay; 2008 Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc; 2007 Yali Chardonnay.
•Coach, International Flights 2007 Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Redwood Creek Chardonnay.
•Premium Class, International Flights 1998 Heidsieck Monopole Cuvée Diamant; 2003 Louis Roederer Brut; 2002 Nicolas Feuillatte Brut; 2002 Pannier Brut; 2000 Philipponnat Brut; Iron Horse Brut; Mumm Napa Brut; 2007 Andean Malbec Reserve; 2005 Benziger Merlot; 2005 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon; 2005 Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage; 2006 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon; 2005 Artesa Meritage;
2006 Wakefield Shiraz; 2006 Bouchard Beaune Avaux; 2005 Bouchard Pommard; 2005 Capcanes Vall del Calas Merlot-Tempranillo; 2006 Champy Pinot Noir; 2006 Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc; 2008 Groom Sauvignon Blanc; 2006 Laetitia Chardonnay; 2007 Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc; 2005 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay; 2006 Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay; 2007 Te Hira Sauvignon Blanc; 2006 Bouchard Les Clous (Chardonnay); 2006 La Chablisienne La Singuliere (Chardonnay); 2007 Laboure-Roi Les Chevaliers (Chardonnay); 2007 Saget Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre;
2007 Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett; Etoile Brut; Gloria Ferrer Brut; 2007 Firestone Vineyard Select Chardonnay; 2007 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc; 2006 Hayman & Hill Reserve Chardonnay; 2008 iSong Sauvignon Blanc; 2007 Lockwood Chardonnay; 2006 Simi Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Stormhoek Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Trapiche Oak Cask Chardonnay; 2007 Andean Malbec; 2005 Firestone Vineyard Select Merlot; 2005 Jindalee Circle Cabernet Sauvignon; 2005 L de Lyeth Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Lucas & Lewellen Queen of Hearts Pinot Noir; 2007 Masterpeace Shiraz; 2007 Solterra Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Trapiche Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon; 2003 Graham's Late Bottle Vintage Port.
•Coach, Domestic Flights Turning Leaf Merlot; 2005 Beringer Stone Cellars Cabernet; 2006 Beringer Stone Cellars Chardonnay.
•Premium Class, Domestic Flights 2007 Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay; 2007 Montevina Chardonnay; 2007 Cachuma Cabernet; 2006 Cachuma Cabernet.
•Coach, International Flights Turning Leaf Merlot, 2005 Beringer Stone Cellars Cabernet; 2006 Beringer Stone Cellars Chardonnay.
•Premium Class, International Flights 2007 Callaway Cabernet Sauvignon; 2006 Matchbook Tempranillo; Wente Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Callia Alta Chardonnay Torrontes; Quinta do Noval Port; Charles de Fere Blanc de Blancs; Pol Clement Brut; Scharffenberger Brut.
•Coach, Domestic Flights 2006 Wente Chardonnay; 2005 Wente Chardonnay; 2006 Wente Cabernet Sauvignon.
•Premium Class, Domestic Flights 2006 St. Francis Sonoma County Chardonnay; 2004 St. Francis Sonoma County Syrah; 2007 Mirassou Pinot Noir; 2007 Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc; 2006 Château Julien Barrel-Aged Merlot; 2007 Château Julien Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay.
Foreign airlines' flights to/from the USA
•Coach Chanoine Brut Grande Réserve; Wente Chardonnay; 2008 La Vieille Ferme (Perrin & Fils), Côtes du Lubéron, Côtes du Ventoux.
•Premium Class 2003 Louis Roederer Brut Millésimé; Lanson Black Label Brut; 2003 Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh "Vendémiaire" Alain Brumont; 2006 M. Chapoutier, Condrieu Invitare; 2005 Antonin Rodet Mercurey 1er Cru en Sazenay; 2004 Saint-Emilion Château Canon; 2006 Champs Royaux Reliquat, Chablis, William Fèvre; 2005 Champs Royaux Reliquat, Chablis, William Fèvre; 2004 Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc; 2003 Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc; 2006 d'Antoine Ogier Crozes Hermitage "Les Allégories."
Air New Zealand
•Coach Montana Lindauer Brut; 2006 Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay; 2006 Spinyback Chardonnay; 2007 Five Flax Chardonnay; 2008 Lake Chalice Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Sugar Loaf wines; 2008 Devil's Staircase Pinot Noir; Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir; 2008 Russian Jack Pinot Noir; 2007 Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot; 2007 Southbank Estate Syrah; 2007 Mission Estate Merlot; 2008 Waimea Estate Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Bensen Block Sauvignon Blanc.
•Premium Class 2007 Sileni Syrah, Cellar Selection; 2007 Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Bay Block Merlot; 2007 Villa Maria Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Selection; 2007 Ata Rangi Celebre; 2007 Forrest Pinot Noir; 2007 Mondillo Pinot Noir; 2007 Saint Clair Pinot Noir, Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek; 2007 Montana Pinot Noir, Gabriel's Gully; 2007 Villa Maria Pinot Noir, Cellar Selection; 2008 Montana Sauvignon Blanc, Festival Block; 2008 Kahurangi Estate Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc; 2007 Coopers Creek Chardonnay, Swamp Reserve;
2007 Wither Hills Chardonnay; 2007 Alpha Domus Chardonnay, Barrique Fermented; 2007 Lawson's Dry Hills Chardonnay; 2008 Hunter's Gewurztraminer; 2007 Morton Estate Musetta Rose, White Label; 2008 West Brook Riesling; 2008 Wither Hills Pinot Gris; 2008 The Edge Viognier, Escarpment Vineyards; 2008 Forrest Noble Riesling; 2007 Konrad Sigrun Noble Two; 2007 Rose Tree Cottage Noble Riesling.
•Coach Chambler Vin Mousseux Brut; 2008 Gaston Cabernet Sauvignon; Vin de Pays d'Oc; 2008 La Baume Chardonnay.
•Premium Class 2006 Château Labouré Roi, Meursault 1er Cru Bouches Chères; 2007 Schug Chardonnay; 2007 Wegeler Riesling Spätlese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr; 2005 Château Bergat; 2004 Domaine des Perdrix, Nuits Saint Georges, 1er Cru, Aux Perdrix; 2005 Franciscan Oakville Estates Cabernet Sauvignon; 2006 Nagano Merlot; 2007 Château Julien Barrel Fermented Chardonnay; 2008 Babich Sauvignon Blanc; 2006 Lockwood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Domaine Ninot Erell Mercurey.
•Coach Kupferberg Gold; 2004 Prieur des Jacobins; Redwood Creek Cabernet Sauvignon; Redtree Chardonnay; 2008 Château Belair.
•Premium Class Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top; Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve; Ayala Brut Majeur; 2000 Bollinger Grande Annee; 2007 Terra do Gargalo Monterrei; 2006 Marmesa Vineyards Chardonnay; 2007 Château De Rully, Rully; 2009 Alexanderfontein Sauvignon Blanc; 2006 Montes Alpha Syrah; 2005 Château Bournac; 2007 La Haute Marone; Gigondas; 2006 Los Osos Merlot; 2006 Valdivieso Cabernet Franc; 2006 Brocard Chablis Grand Cru Valmur; 2007 Terrassen Grüner Veltliner, Kamptal; 2007 Hahn Pinot Gris; 2007 Artesa Chardonnay; 2002 Château Batailley (Pauillac); 2001 Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc; 2004 Grand Tinel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2006 Closerie de Vaudieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2006 Château Ste. Michelle Merlot, Indian Wells; 1998 Château Coutet, Barsac; 1992 Warre's Colheita Port.
•Coach 2007 Domaine La Combe; VDP de L'Herault Merlot; 2008 Madison Ridge Chardonnay; 2007 Cantine Due Palme Canonico IGT Negroamaro, Salento.
•Premium Class Champagne Amour de Deutz 99; Champagne Deutz Brut Classic; Champagne Krug; 2006 Mormoreto (Frescobaldi); 2006 Felipe Rutini Malbec Reserve; 2001 Château Lynch-Bages; 2005 Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault, Les Clous; 2005 Henri de Villamont Meursault; 2004 Cuvaison Estate Chardonnay; 2006 Wente Riva Ranch Reserve Chardonnay; 2005 Nipozzano (Frescobaldi) Riserva; 2005 Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon; 2006 Vieux Château Landon, Haut-Médoc; 2005 Vieux Château Landon, Haut-Médoc; 2008 Beringer Stone Cellars Chardonnay; 2008 P. Ferraud & Fils Vire Clesse; 2007 Delphine de Margon Chardonnay.
•Coach 2007 Binyamina Merlot
•Premium Class Brut Private Collection; 2006 Golan Basalt Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve; 2005 Golan Basalt Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve; 2008 Chardonnay Recanati; 2007 Chardonnay Recanati; 2007 Adamah Basalt Cabernet Sauvignon; 2006 Adamah Basalt Cabernet Sauvignon; 2005 Yarden Merlot; 2004 Yarden Merlot; 2007 Dalton Safsufa Cabernet Sauvignon; 2008 Tishbi Estate Sauvignon Blanc; 2007 Tishbi Estate Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 C Blanc du Castel Chardonnay; 2007 C Blanc du Castel Chardonnay; 2006 Dalton White Safsufa; 2007 Yarden HeightsWine; 2006 Yarden HeightsWine.
•Coach Bernard Massard Brut, Cuvée l'Ecusson; 2008 Tandarra Shiraz, Cuvée Prestige; 2008 Tandarra Chardonnay, Cuvée Prestige.
•Premium Class 2003 Joseph Perrier Brut, Cuvée Royale; 2003 Château Coufran, Cru Bourgeois Superieur; 2004 Pezzo Morgana, Salice Salentino; 2007 Regnard Chardonnay; 2007 Clos Henri Fusional; 2007 Opitz One; 1995 Niepoort Port.
•Coach 2008 Canforrales (red); 2008 Faustino VII (white)
•Premium Class Castillo Perelada, Brut Reserva; 2006 Inspiración Valdemar, Rioja; 2008 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas; 2008 Fontana Fontal, La Mancha; 2005 Marqués de Riscal Reserva, Rioja; 2005 Marco Real Crianza, Colección Privada; 2006 Condado de Haza Crianza, Ribera del Duero; 2008 Mara Martín Godello, Monterrei; 2008 Naia Verdejo, Rueda; 2005 Valtravieso Crianza, Ribera del Duero; 2006 Hécula Monastrell, Yecla; Tres Leones (Moscatel de Alejandría) Sweet, Málaga.
•Coach Piper-Heidsieck Brut; Japan Airlines Bergerac; Japan Airlines Fleur de Tarn.
•Premium Class 1997 Champagne Salon; 1996 Henriot Brut Millesime; 2000 Perrier-Jouét Brut, Cuvée Belle Epoque; Piper-Heidsieck Brut; 2007 Remoissenet Puligny Montrachet, 1er Cru, Les Garennes; 2007 Nicolas Potel Volnay, 1er Cru; 2006 Clos Du Bois Chardonnay; 2007 Duerkheimer Hochmess Riesling Spätlese Trocken; 2007 Grace Taru Koshu; 2006 Chateau Calon Segur (Saint-Estephe); 2004 Silkwood Syrah; 2003 Haras de Pirque "Albis" (Cabernet Sauvignon); 2005 Abbaye des Fontenay Macon Villages, Les Truites; 2007 Robert Pepi Sauvignon Blanc; 2005 Miguel Torres Nerola; 2006 Morro Bay Cabernet Sauvignon; 2004 Domaine Louis Max Mercurey, Vigne du Domaine; 2004 Château de By (Medoc).
•Coach 2008 Terra Andina Cabernet; 2008 Terra Andina Merlot; 2008 Terra Andina Chardonnay; 2008 Terra Andina Sauvignon Blanc.
•Premium Class Billecart-Salmon; 2006 Château Carignan; 2009 The Ned Sauvignon Blanc; 2005 Tempus Two; 2008 Cono Sur Chardonnay Reserve; 2009 Kleine Schorre; 2006 Pinehurst Pinotage; 2009 Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc; 2003 Taylor's LBV Port; Croft Pink Port.
•Coach 2007 Fairseat Cellars Shiraz; 2007 De Gras Cabernet Sauvignon; 2009 Moselland Riesling Nahe; 2008 Allendorf Festival Riesling.
•Premium Class D de Devaux Brut; Jacquart Brut Mosaique; 2004 Domini Veneti Amarone della Valpolicella Classico; 2008 Meersburger Jungfernstieg; 2006 Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay; 2007 Iphofer Kronsberg Silvaner; 2005 Veenwouden Merlot, Paarl; 2002 Château Belgrave; 2006 Château de la Peyrade Muscat de Frontignan, France; 2005 Artesa Carneros Chardonnay; 2007 Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Trocken; 2008 Sonnenwind Riesling Spätlese Trocken; 2008 Red Diamond Chardonnay;
2005 Château Barreyres, Cru Bourgeois, Bordeaux, Haut-Médoc; 2006 Quinta do Gradil (Dry); 2005 Kanonkop Pinotage, Stellenbosch; 2008 Semper Vivum Riesling Spätlese Trocken; 2007 Francis Coppola Director's Cut Chardonnay; 2009 Leyda Vineyard Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc; 2005 Quinta das Tecedeiras Douro Reserva; 2002 Château Belgrave Cru Classe; 2005 Tokaija Edes Late Harvest, Oremus, Ungarn.
Open Skies (British Airways)
•Premium Class Lanson Brut Black Label; Laurent Perrier Brut LP; 2004 Château L'Argilus du Roi (Saint-Estephe); 2007 Francois Lurton Malbec, Tierra de Luna, Alta Coleccion; 2005 Château Seguin, Pessac Leognan; 2007 Joseph Mellot Sancerre; 2007 Château Corton André Bourgogne Chardonnay; 2005 Château Le Bonnat Graves.
•Coach Jacob's Creek Brut Cuvée; 2009 Oakridge Over the Shoulder Chardonnay; 2008 MadFish Premium White; 2009 Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard-Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 St Hallett Poacher's Blend Semillon Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Viognier; 2008 St Hallett Gamekeepers Reserve Shiraz Grenache; 2008 Fox Creek Red Baron Shiraz; 2007 Barwang Cafe Series Cabernet Merlot; 2008 Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Cabernet Merlot Shiraz; 2008 Ferngrove Merlot; 2008 O'Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.
•Premium Class 1999 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne; Charles Heidsieck Brut; 2004 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon; 2009 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc; 2008 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc; 2004 De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon; 2008 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling; 2005 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay; 2003 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon; 2007 Paringa Estate Pinot Noir;
2005 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier; 2006 Frogmore Creek Pinot Noir; 2007 Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc; 2004 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz; 2004 Jacob's Creek St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon; 2005 Stonier Reserve Chardonnay; 2008 Rochford Pinot Gris; 2007 Coriole Vineyards Shiraz; 2007 Yalumba Eden Valley Chardonnay; 2006 Yalumba Barossa (Tempranillo-Grenache-Viognier); 2005 Barossa Peter Lehmann Eden Valley Riesling; 2005 St Hallett Shiraz, Barossa, Blackwell.
•Coach 2007 Paul Mas Cabernet de Cabernet; 2007 Paul Mas Chardonnay 2007; 2007 Mosel Riesling.
•Premium Class 2000 Dom Pérignon champagne; Krug Grand Cuvée; Charles Heidsieck; 2007 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc; Clos du Bois Calcaire; 2001 Château Poyferre Bordeaux; 2006 Château Patache D'Aux; 2005 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon; 2006 Rive Barbera D'Asti; Dow's 20-Year-Old Port; 2003 Graham's Port; 2006 Geyser Peak Chardonnay; 2006 Villa Franz Hattenheimer Riesling.
•Coach 2008 Marques de Caza Airen; 2008 Marques de Caza Tempranillo.
•Premium Class Champagne Pannier; Berrys' Extra Dry; Blanquette de Limoux; 2008 Doria Sauvignon Blanc VdP; 2008 Inspired Semillon/Chardonnay; 2008 Monte da Casta Ribatejo; 2007 Cocoa Hill Red; 2006 Le Petit Chapoton; 2004 Gran Marqués Reserva, Terra Alta; 2008 Marques de Caza Airen; 2008 Marques de Caza Tempranillo; 2008 Tres Olmos Verdejo; 2009 Du Toitskloof Chenin Blanc; 2009 Don Victor Chardonnay Reserva; 2007 Mountain View Merlot; 2008 Camparrón Selección, Toro; 2008 Michel Lynch Bordeaux.
•Coach 2007 Lindemans Bin 40 Merlot; 2007 Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay.
Note: Airlines may use "economy" or another word for coach class. Premium class represents business and/or first class.