Germanwings’ Lubitz informed the Pilot School that he had a “previous episode of severe depression”, Lufthansa cancels its 60th Anniversary celebrations

Andreas Lubitz

Germanwings’ (2nd) (Cologne/Bonn) First Officer Andreas Lubitz “informed the Flight Training Pilot School in 2009, in the medical documents he submitted in connection with resuming his flight training, about a “previous episode of severe depression” according to a Lufthansa statement after an internal review. Despite this, Lubitz was deemed fit to fly after receiving his medical certificate.

Lufthansa has issued this full statement:

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The co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 interrupted his pilot training at the Flight Training Pilot School for several months. Thereafter the co-pilot received the medical certificate confirming his fitness to fly.

To ensure a swift and seamless clarification, Lufthansa – after further internal investigations – has submitted additional documents to the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor, particularly training and medical documents. These also include the email correspondence of the copilot with the Flight Training Pilot School. In this correspondence he informed the Flight Training Pilot School in 2009, in the medical documents he submitted in connection with resuming his flight training, about a “previous episode of severe depression”.

Lufthansa will continue to provide the investigating authorities with its full and unlimited support. We therefore ask for your understanding that we cannot provide any further statements at this time, because we do not wish to anticipate the ongoing investigation by the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor.

As already confirmed last Thursday to the public the co-pilot held a fully valid class 1 medical certificate during flight duty on March 24, 2015.

In other news, Lufthansa is canceling its 60th Anniversary celebrations. The company issued this statement:

Out of respect for the crash victims of flight 4U 9525 Lufthansa is canceling the originally planned festivities for the 60th anniversary of the company, which was planned for April 15, 2015.

Instead of the originally planned anniversary event, Lufthansa will provide a live broadcast for its employees, of the official state ceremony in the Cologne Cathedral on the 17th of April 2015, where the bereaved families and friends will gather to remember the victims.

Photo: FO Andreas Lubitz from his Facebook page.

Wizz Air Ukraine to be shut down, operations in the Ukraine are restructured

Wizz Air (Hungary) (Budapest) has announced it will close its Wizz Air (Ukraine) (Kiev-Zhulyany) subsidiary and replace it with a new Wizz Air (Hungary) Kiev base. The last Wizz Air (Ukraine) flights will be operated on April 19.

The airline issued this statement of the restructuring of operations in the Ukraine:

Wizz Air Holdings Plc announced that it will be further restructuring the Group’s operations in Ukraine. From April 20, 2015, Wizz Air Hungary will operate 8 routes into and out of Ukraine, to be followed by opening a Kiev base with one Airbus A320 aircraft on June 4, 2015.

Also from April 20, 2015, Wizz Air Ukraine – currently flying two aircraft on 16 Ukrainian routes – will cease operations. The second Airbus A320 aircraft currently based in Kiev will be redeployed to Wizz Air’s new operating base in Kosice, Slovakia, which will start operating new routes from Kosice to Milan Bergamo and Sheffield-Doncaster in early June 2015.

Following the removal of two aircraft from Ukraine last year, further capacity refinement and restructuring of Wizz Air’s operations in Ukraine were needed due to the ongoing instability in Eastern Ukraine, the devaluation and volatility of the local currency and the impact of foreign exchange controls. Wizz Air Hungary’s operation will significantly mitigate these impacts and enable Wizz Air to remain one of the major airlines in the Ukrainian market and stand ready for expansion once market circumstances improve.

CONTINUED UKRAINE ROUTES

Kiev – Budapest

Unaffected – Bookings Unaffected

Kiev – London Luton

Unaffected – Bookings Unaffected

Kiev – Cologne

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Kiev – Dortmund

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Kiev – Hamburg-Lübeck

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Kiev – Katowice

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Kiev – Larnaca

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Kiev – Munich Memmingen

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Customers holding tickets from April 20, 2015 on the routes noted above will need to re-book their flights with Wizz Air Hungary, who will be operating these routes from April 20, 2015.

These customers will be contacted for a full refund and will be able to purchase replacement tickets on Wizz Air Hungary at the same price as the original ticket (“Wizz Air Fare Guarantee”).

DISCONTINUED UKRAINE ROUTES

Kiev – Barcelona Girona

Kiev – Valencia

Kiev – Kutaisi

Kiev – Moscow

Kiev – Milan Bergamo

Kiev – Naples

Kiev – Venice Treviso

Lviv – Milan Bergamo

Lviv – Naples

Lviv – Venice Treviso

Customers on these services will be contacted for a full refund.

The restructuring of the Group’s Ukrainian operations and the closure of Wizz Air Ukraine will not have a material effect on the Group’s trading in the current year and subsequent financial years.

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Kharkiv Airlines suspends operations

Kharkiv Airlines (Kharkiv) has suspended operations according to ch-aviation. The airline, located in war-torn eastern Ukraine, was down to one aircraft, the pictured Boeing 737-8Q8 UR-CLS, which is now in maintenance. The airline hopes to resume operations this summer but this is unlikely as long as fighting continues in eastern Ukraine.

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Kharkiv Airlines in June 2013 received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

On June 6, 2013 Kharkiv Airlines made its first flight using a Boeing 737-800 from Kharkiv to Antalya (Turkey).

The company was operating charter flights to Antalya, Sharm-el-Sheikh and Hurghada from Kiev, Kharkiv and Lviv.

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Alaska Airlines to launch Mexican flights from Orange County in October

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma), further to our previous report, has announced new nonstop flights from Orange County, California, to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Pending approval from the Mexico Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), the airline will begin service in early October.

Los Cabos will commence on October 8 and Puerto Vallarta the following day.

The flights will be operated with Boeing 737s on the following schedule:

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Yemenia suspends all operations until further notice

Yemenia-Yemen Airways (Sana’a) has suspended all operations until further notice due to the “current crisis and for safety reasons”.

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Fighting is on-going in the country and was recently expanded with a 10-nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the Royal Saudi Air Force with airstrikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels near Sana’a International Airport.

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Arik Air places its first Bombardier CRJ1000 into revenue service

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Arik Air (Lagos, Nigeria) has placed the first dual-class Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft configured with three-abreast business-class seating into revenue service in West Africa.

Arik Air (www.arikair.com) is Nigeria’s and West Africa’s largest airline and operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Arik Air also operates four Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft and four Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.

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Jambojet becomes a new Bombardier Q400 operator

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Jambojet (Jambojet.com) (Nairobi) has launched flights to three new destinations in the country’s coastal region, namely Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda. The first flights on the new routes took off from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 28.

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Jambojet launched the new service with a Bombardier Q400 turboprop chartered from DAC Aviation.

Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways (Nairobi), has joined more than 50 owners and operators of Q400 aircraft worldwide. The airline is the second new operator to have adopted the Q400 aircraft in Africa in 2015, and has become the 19th member of the family on the continent.

The new airline will commemorate its first year of operations on April 1. Jambojet also operates three Boeing 737-300s.

Photo: Kenya Airport Authority.