Monthly Archives: March 2017

2017 Election Notice

Election Notice Transport Workers Union Local 540 Elections will take place in May 2017. Nominations are now being accepted for the following offices: • TWU Local 540 President • TWU Local 540 Vice President • TWU Local 540 Recording Secretary/Financial Secretary-Treasurer • TWU Local 540 Executive Board Member at Large • Your Airline’s Section Chairperson Nominations must be made in writing using the nomination form. The nomination form must be mailed to: TWU Local 540 18331 Pines Blvd. Suite 229 Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 Candidates must accept nomination in writing to be included on the ballot. Nomination and acceptance forms should be postmarked by April 12, 2017. The Election will be conducted and certified by an independent Election Services provider. Voting will take place in May. Results of the Election will be posted on the TWU 540 website. Election instructions will be sent in a future mailing. Please be sure that your Section Chairman has your Current Address and contact info. The term for each office is three years beginning June 1, 2017. Duties, responsibilities and requirements for each office are outlined in the TWU International Constitution and TWU Local 540 By-Laws. All candidates must be a TWU Local 540 Member in continuous good standing for the twelve months ending March 15, 2017.

JetBlue going to Europe? Airline hints at adding long-range routes

By Cynthia Drescher  Published March 23, 2017

Portland. Providence. Paris. One of these three is not like the other, and yet it might be if popular low-cost airline JetBlue pushes ahead with apparent plans to purchase planes capable of flying over the Atlantic Ocean.

The airline consistently ranks high in our Readers' Choice Awards among the best airlines in the U.S. and, with such rave reviews, it's no wonder that rumors pop up of the airline potentially adding Europe to its route map.

Last July, JetBlue strongly hinted that it had been shopping for aircraft capable of flying further than its current fleet of Airbus and Embraer planes.

At the time, JetBlue spokesperson Doug McGraw addressed Europe directly in a comment to Condé Nast Traveler, saying: "Europe suffers from the same lack of competition and high fares as (transcontinental) routes have. We have not committed to the LR (long-range aircraft), or to adding Europe to our network, but that is certainly an environment that JetBlue competes well in."

According to Brian Sumers at Skift, JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes recently confirmed some rumors, as the airline is sizing up the Airbus A321LR, a version of the current favorite Airbus A321, but with the added ability to efficiently fly longer routes.

The question, for Hayes, is: "Will flying that airplane to … Europe drive a higher rate of return than flying it elsewhere in our network?”

With ultra-low-cost airlines like Wow Air and Norwegian already selling seats from as little as $69 each way between the U.S. and Europe, and deals from the major airlines frequently dropping as low as $400 roundtrip (even over holidays), there's little doubt that JetBlue has sleepless nights and numbers to crunch ahead of any decision.

The funny thing is JetBlue already serves Europe … kind of. Airline partnerships are confusing, and JetBlue has a long list of them that allow travelers to book flights to Europe on JetBlue's website.

For example, its agreement with TAP Portugal makes it possible to book and pay once for flights from, say, Savannah to Lisbon, with JetBlue flying you from Savannah to New York, and TAP taking over for the long-haul to Portugal. If JetBlue begins their own service to Europe, travelers from the U.S. would be able to fly the one airline the whole way, enjoying the airline's signature service (unlimited snacks!) the entire way.

How many free bags of Terra Blue potato chips does it take to cross the ocean?

Frontier comes in second to last for ranking of best and worst airlines

Airline says its working to improve various services

By DANIKA WORTHINGTON | dworthington@denverpost.com | The Denver Post

PUBLISHED: March 2, 2017 at 5:01 pm | UPDATED: March 3, 2017 at 12:38 am

Denver-based Frontier Airlines came in second to last in a ranking of 10 largest domestic carriers, leaving ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit on the bottom rung.

Travel-advice site The Points Guy ranked airlines in four broad categories: price, convenience, headaches and extras.

Releasing their results this week, Alaska Airlines stood atop the group, only faltering in the size of its route network. But study authors say its future looks bright in that regard, given the U.S. Department of Justice approval of its merger with Virgin America.

But for now, Virgin America will have to settle with third place as United Airlines came between the bedfellows for the No.2 slot.

Spirit limped across the finish line last, finishing at the bottom for on-time arrivals, customer satisfaction, cabin comfort and frequent flyer programs.

Although Frontier was ranked above Spirit, the Denver-based ultra-low-airline came in last for lost baggage, and for fees for baggage and itinerary changes.

Frontier spokesman Jim Faulkner said the airline has been taking steps to improve various services, including technical issues and automation in the bag room, how it responds to bad weather events and how it monitors plane taxiing and gate waits so the airline can react more quickly.

The airline has also added two new services — the Works and the Perks — that allow flyers to bundle costs, such as seat selection, carry-on bags and checked bags.

“Internally, we’ve actually seen complaints come down in the month of February,” Faulkner said, “which is good news.”

Unsurprisingly, the two ultra-low-cost carriers finished ahead of the pack on airfare, Spirit being the cheapest followed by Frontier.