Changes Fees Most Major Airlines Scrapped

Beginning September 1, 2020, a number of major airlines made announcements regarding change fees. The decided to eliminate the change fees in order to get people back to flying. Well one airline has been doing that for some time and for those who do not know the answer it is Southwest Airlines. If there are other’s we have not been notified but like to hear from you.  Southwest Airlines released this video late Friday September 11, 2020.

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Back in the mid 1990’s this editor of fire and aviation use to fly United Airlines a lot until a change had to be made. United Airlines had change fees of $150 and that was from Chicago instead of Indianapolis. Over the years some change fees were inevitable and sometime would scare other’s off. Today it come to a point where United Airlines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines say they eliminated change fees. Delta Airlines made a statement saying most of their flights. Hawaiian Airlines did something similar by saying their domestic flights only. Either way it is a step in the right direction yet a major revenue loss for airlines.

Source Fire and Aviation TV 09/14/20


Flying for the Future Campaign

We have entered a new phase which we encourage all airlines to do. Some of you have already begun yours where we will emulate as chosen. None of our decisions are political nor do we have favorites. With certain restrictions due to demographics and covid19 we will navigate as best as we can. Just remember always wear your face mask when flying.  

Our goal and mission is to keep this industry afloat and keep as many jobs / careers going strong. As editor of this article and of personal perspective having worked at an airport. During which it was the day of September 11, 2001 having just returned from New York September 10, 2001. Soon after I was one of those laid off. So, what I went through is not something I like to see others lose their jobs.

You talk about personal too with training and soon after the following year living my other dream and dedication to helping others that of firefighter.  A belief of helping others comes from within and if I could have served the military I would have. This world needs help in a big way and any part of being there for you all is that Fire and Aviation TV is returning and not going away we are here to help you.

The first video of our new campaign brought to you in part and courtesy of Frontier Airlines. This will be the first of many over a time to come and we encourage more of you to contact us and help us help you and this aviation industry a fighting chance,

Source Fire and Aviation TV 08/11/20


Airline Challenges

Worldwide airlines that remain in business are facing unprecedented times in the history of aviation. Challenges go way beyond “normal” times and even vision of an immediate solid future fades. More so US airlines are seeing a short-term decline since April this year during this pandemic

Billions of dollars are lost revenue with many major airlines announcing furloughs and layoffs come September this year. United Airlines stated recently it will be a much smaller airline than that before the outbreak of Covid19. JetBlue last week making the announcement along with American Airlines making the industry do a double take.

Aircraft being stored at record levels and some fifty years later since the first Boeing 747. The iconic queen of the skies retiring from just about most airlines of passenger capacity. Boeing 747 aircraft will be collecting dessert dust fading away those glorious days of old. Qantas recently flew its last iconic queen with a remarkable and unforgettable salute in Australian fashion. Flying a course in the shape of Qantas logo before heading to its final resting place true style and grace she said farewell.

Airline challenges are far beyond many peoples imaginations even the short-lived Airbus A380 with many heading for storage for a year or many more. Thus, leaving us with few flying the skies above us. These days we see far smaller version serving our airports like the A319. Many other smaller jets in airline fleets being maximized as some airlines with the fleet they have. A few airlines like Southwest and Delta blocking out the middle seat for social distancing until sometime in September. Others choose different routes of rules and booking. No matter what airline you fly make sure you wear your mask or find yourself grounded. More to come for now we say keep the social distancing and again you must bring your mask.

Source Fire and Aviation TV 07/22/20


Airlines Worldwide Affected by Covid19 Coronavirus

With so much since the beginning of 2020 worldwide explosion of the coronavirus has devasted people’s lives. Thousands upon thousands have lost their lives and we have heavy hearts to all friends and families affected. No matter what religion you believe in this weekend whether its Passover or just Easter weekend to many. Our thoughts and prayers to this world for a recovery and get better soon.  

Many industries including the airline industry that have affected some airlines to a point of no return. It is going to be a major change for millions along with the airlines themselves to basically start again. From listening to many, a few have said words that are deeply meaningful heartfelt caring words. Knowingly we all can set aside our differences we can come together as one. This industry has many great leaders both for us recently are Ed Bastian C.E.O. of Delta Airlines, and Ed Sims, President of WestJet Canada. There are many other great C.E.O. and presidents of airlines of recent these two stand out to us with compassion and great support.  We share the most recent statement from WestJets president Ed Simms a must view.

Courtesy WestJet President Ed Sims Via Youtube

Adhering to requests with our prior trips from New York to California. Covering from coast to coast we slowed down and then came to a stop end of February when airlines were being affected. The worlds history then speaks for itself with airlines included. At this time, we will be gearing up for major changes and develop a new business platform. We look forward to working with many airlines in the future in addition to covering the industry. So many aircraft grounded and even some airlines already departed the industry. In the mid to late part of April we will be making changes and assisting the industry with coverage and future business from May forward. Meanwhile please stay safe, stay strong.

Source Fire and Aviation TV 04/09/20


Frontier Airlines

From humble beginning Frontier Airlines began July 5, 1994. The founders of this airline being aviation professionals. Both Frederick Brown a former United Airlines pilot and his wife Jan Brown. Mrs. Brown was a flight attendant and in charge being the head of the union AFA for flight attendants. The story of how it all began is a funny yet simple one that began July 1994.

For years like many other companies there were ups and downs. From Bankruptcy Chapter 11 in May 2008 to acquisition by Republic Airways Holdings. Eventually in October 2009 during which time other competing airline and others tried to purchase the airline. Frontier Airlines came out stronger than before and has continued to prove they are here for a very long time.

Based in Denver like any airline they have had other types of challenges which makes any company stronger. From Management changes to winter weather can make anyone a tougher airline or company. December 2016 was a rough weather-wise disrupting flight operation with up to 70 percent one day in particular. Right as the peak of Christmas travel was in full swing delays and cancellations. No matter how bad it was there were some criticizing how scheduling department and the airline handled it, but you can’t predict mother nature. You can however manage the best was possible with a great team in operations.

Courtesy Frontier Airlines

Before we exit 2019 a major announcement of flight schedule and routes has been made. Including a new base in Orlando Florida creating new jobs. Strictly an airbus operator of different variants of the A319 320 and 321 they also have future orders of Airbus A321 Neo and XLR’s. December 19, 2019 announcement of a new Training facility and hanger adding 45 new jobs in Orlando with a new training base. Planned to open the new 35,000 square foot hanger and facilities will open in 2 years. In addition, it will be able to house the Airbus A321 with 2 dedicated outdoor parking areas for the Airbus A320. As 2020 begging the airline will add 18 nonstop flights to Guatemala, El Salvador and Caribbean airports. Frontier airlines will start a Miami based hub in 2020 with 8 more flights and crews based in Miami.

Source Fire and Aviation TV 12/20/19


Sun Country Airlines

We made our first introduction to Sun Country in Orlando in 1991. A beautiful Sun Country logo back in the day on a McDonnel Douglas DC-10. Never forget a beautiful plane and great logo. Since the years have passed, we always remembered the warmth that logo made us feel.

The year is ending, and another decade is coming to a close. Getting acquainted in 2019 with the airline Sun Country a true gem that still today provides a great airline. Recently a major contract and adding a new chapter entering the new year 2020 will bring jobs and more solidification that Sun Country Airlines is forever here to stay. There top five designations as it stands right now are:

Minneapolis St Paul

Las Vegas N.V.

Portland Oregon

Los Angeles C.A

Orlando Florida

Courtesy Sun Country Airlines

With this said many years working hard has paid off. Currently they have an order for ten Boeing 737-800BCF Cargo aircraft. Right now, in their normal flights for commercial schedule are 29 Boeing 737 800 aircraft and one 700 series for charter only. It our honor to know and show you a great airline that takes care of its passengers.

Source Fire and Aviation TV 12/19/19