Aeroflot will not proceed with the acquisition of Transaero, will end operations on December 15

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) will not proceed with its acquisition of 75 percent of the stock of rival and struggling Transaero Airlines (Moscow) according to Reuters. Transaero’s shareholders failed to meet the deadline for an acquisition plan.

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Meanwhile the Russian government has given its approval for Transaero to file for bankruptcy according to

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The airline has acknowledged on social media that it is “rehabilitating its activities” and would have more details later today.

According to Bloomberg the airline’s creditors have not yet agreed on a restructuring plan. The government has banned the airline from selling any further tickets due to its large debt.

Aeroflot will reportedly stopped buying fuel for Transaero aircraft which affectively grounds the airline.

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Update: On October 2, 2015 Transaero Airlines issued this statement:

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Upon the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation on external management and sanation of Transaero Airlines, the carrier interacts with the partners to ensure the carriage of the passengers holding the tickets of the airline.

The airline has suspended ticket sales.

The transportation of passengers-holders of the airline’s tickets on domestic and international routes will be provided until December 15, 2015.

Passengers-holders of tickets for flights after 00.00 of December 15, 2015, will be able to get refund of the full ticket price.

In summary, Transaero Airlines will cease operations at midnight on December 15, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/ Antalya, Turkey is a favorite destination for the carrier and its uses Boeing 747-400s to bring large loads of Russian tourists to the popular beach resort. Flights are now being delayed from leaving Antalya (AYT). Boeing 747-446 EI-XLG (msn 30111) taxies at AYT.

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JetBlue launches flights to Mexico City

JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (October 1) launched two new routes with daily service to its newest destination, Mexico City International Airport (MEX) from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). As Mexico’s capital and one of the largest markets in the Americas, Mexico City marks JetBlue’s 91st destination in its global network and 35th destination in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

JetBlue continues to grow its footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline now offers up to 142 daily flights from the U.S. to Latin America and the Caribbean, of which up to 49 daily flights are nonstop from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Orlando International Airport. On November 7, JetBlue will launch service to Antigua and in February 2016, the airline will launch services between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Quito.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/ JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N775JB (msn 3800) in the special “JetBlue Honors Our Veterans – Vets in Blue” livery arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Routes from Orlando:

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Routes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood:

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Alaska Airlines adds another spoke route from the SEA hub to Raleigh/Durham

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) continues to expand its Seattle/Tacoma hub with the start of new service from the Emerald City to Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina starting yesterday (October 1). Raleigh/Durham is the sixth new destination the carrier has added this year, following last month’s start of service from Seattle/Tacoma to Nashville and New York City’s JFK International Airport.

Flights will be operated by fuel-efficient Next Generation Boeing 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/ Boeing 737-890 WL N570AS (msn 35185) in the special “Follow us to Disneyland Resort – Disney Cars” livery arrives in Las Vegas.

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JetBlue to fly to Quito, Ecuador starting on February 25, 2016

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced that it will begin service on its recently announced Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Quito, Ecuador’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) route on February 25, 2016.

JetBlue will serve the route with its 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/ Airbus A320-232 N663JB (msn 3287) arrives in Long Beach.

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British Airways takes delivery of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

British Airways (London) has welcomed the arrival of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

According to British Airways, “The Boeing 787-9 – the latest addition to the fleet – features an evolution of our First cabin, with just 8 seats compared to the usual 14, increased range and is 20 feet longer and four inches taller than the 787-8.”

The new type will be flying to Abu Dhabi, Austin, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat and San Jose, CA.

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Copyright Photo: David Apps/ The first British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the pictured G-ZBKA (msn 38616), is pictured arriving at the London Heathrow base for the first time on September 30, 2015 after being handed over to the carrier on the day before.

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Video: The time-lapse video below takes you behind the scenes at Boeing’s factory where the aircraft was expertly built.

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YTO Airlines to acquire Boeing-converted 737-800 freighters

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YTO AIrlines (YTO Express) (Hangzhou) is a new Chinese airline proposing to add Boeing-converted 737-800 freighters. The new airline is planning to finalize an order for 15 Boeing 737-800BCFs.

The new airline commenced cargo operations on September 26, 2015 from Hangzhou to Chengdu with a Boeing 737-300F freighter (737-36Q (SF) B-2505, msn 28657) leased from Donghai Airlines.

Boeing has issued this statement:

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Boeing is extremely pleased to enter into an agreement with YTO Airlines to provide the airline with 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs) pending a planned program launch.

“We are honored that YTO Airlines has chosen to partner with Boeing as it expands its operations and freighter fleet,” said Rick Anderson, vice president of sales, Commercial Aviation Services. “We are confident the 737-800BCF—with its more advanced avionics, better fuel efficiency and lower operating costs—will provide the airline with a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

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The 737-800 will be the first Next-Generation 737 that Boeing offers for conversion. Through its 737 freighter conversion program, Boeing will support customers in the narrow-body freighter market, a segment of the freighter market growing quickly around the world.

YTO Airlines is a Hangzhou-based Chinese express cargo carrier backed by Shanghai YTO Express Investment (Group) Co., Ltd. The carrier currently operates a fleet of Boeing 737-300F airplanes, providing domestic and international air cargo services.

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