Alaska Airlines Suspends Partnership with Russian Airlines, Frontier to Open Base in Phoenix – SGF News

March 1, 2022

Alaska Airlines Suspending Partnership with Russian Airlines S7 and Aeroflot (Statement)

We are deeply concerned by the humanitarian crisis taking place in Ukraine. As a result, we are temporarily suspending our partnership with the Russian airline S7, a fellow oneworld member.

Starting today, March 1, our guests will not be able to earn miles on S7. Our ongoing work to enable redemptions on S7 will also stop.

Alaska Airlines has also suspended its limited interline relationships with S7 and Aeroflot, the largest carrier in Russia. Interlining allows passengers on one airline to be ticketed on a competing airline for various issues, such as bad weather.

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Wizz Air Suspends Flights To Russia

After Russia invaded Ukraine, many carriers in the EU and the wider world suspended flights to Russia and Ukraine. One of the latest carriers to suspend such flights is Budapest-based Wizz Air. On Sunday, the ultra-low-cost carrier said that it would suspend all flights to Russia "until further notice."

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Frontier Airlines to Open New Crew Base at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Frontier Airlines has announced plans to open a new crew base at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in November 2022. Up to 180 pilots and 275 flight attendants are expected to be based at PHX within the first year with additional growth anticipated in the future.

“We are currently the third largest airline at PHX based on number of destinations served and we anticipate continued growth as our fleet and route network further expand,” said Barry Biffle, president and CEO, Frontier Airlines.

“Phoenix is a highly desirable place to live and our crew have been asking for a base at PHX for some time. Whenever we add a new crew base to our network, it creates more flexibility for our team members and greater opportunities for career growth,” Biffle added. The crew base at PHX will be the airline’s eighth pilot base within the U.S. and its ninth flight attendant base.

“Frontier Airlines’ investment in Phoenix will lift the $12.3 billion in economic activity and increase the 57,432 jobs supported by Sky Harbor International Airport,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “We look forward to welcoming the new crew base members and sharing the vibrant quality of life these new residents will enjoy in this community. This is a great advancement in Frontier’s continued growth and success in Phoenix.”

Frontier currently operates 14 nonstop routes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with a variety of additional flight connection opportunities available within the company’s domestic and international network. Frontier is America’s Greenest Airline and operates a fleet of more than 110 highly efficient Airbus A320 family aircraft. The airline has 230 new Airbus planes on order between now and 2029, which will triple the size of its fleet.

“With our ultra-low fare business model that caters to leisure travelers, Phoenix is well poised to benefit from our continued growth at PHX as well as the economic gain derived from additional jobs and residents contributing to the local economy,” said Biffle. “We are extremely pleased to become an even stronger part of the greater Phoenix community and we thank our partners at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for their continued support and collaboration, which has made today’s announcement possible.”

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Aircraft Leasing Companies are Trying to Figure Out How to Get Their Planes Back from Russia

Aircraft-leasing companies are working out how to recall billions of dollars of planes from Russian airlines as new European Union sanctions kick in, according to the Financial Times.

The development comes on the back of the EU banning "any plane owned, chartered or otherwise controlled by a Russian legal or natural person," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement on Sunday.

"They won't be able to land in, take off or overfly the territory of the EU," von der Leyen wrote in a tweet.

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Teen who tracked Elon Musk's plane launches Russian Oligarch Jets account

Jack Sweeney, the teenager who made headlines tracking Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s private plane, has launched another Twitter account that tracks planes of Russian oligarchs amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Bloomberg News reported on Monday.

Sweeney told Bloomberg he created Russian Oligarch Jets — @RUOligarchJets — after receiving requests as the U.S. and its allies unveiled sweeping sanctions on Moscow and its elite.

Russian Oligarch Jets has tracked the helicopters, private jets and commercial-sized airplanes of prominent Russians, including Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, the nation's wealthiest person, according to Bloomberg.

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Delta's Latest SkyMiles Sale Has Flights to Australia For as Low as 86,000 Miles

Delta Air Lines loyalists hoping to cash in on some of their miles for a spring or summer getaway are in luck—the airline just announced a weekend SkyMiles sale to destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

And in celebration of the reopening of The Land Down Under, the airline is also dropping some sweet savings on trips from the U.S. to Australia.

Those looking for a bit of fun in the sun in the next few weeks can snap up spring flights to several destinations in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, and more. Main Cabin round trip fares to Guatemala City, San Salvador, or Santo Domingo can be redeemed for just 18,000 SkyMiles. Travelers can nab the same fares to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, or San Juan for anywhere between 22,000 and 28,000 SkyMiles.

Hurry—these Caribbean and Latin American fares only last until Monday. There are no blackout dates, and the deal is valid for trips taken between April 25 and June 30.

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