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Tatarstan Airlines shuts down today

Tatarstan Airlines (Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia) today (December 31) is shutting down and will cease all operations. All passengers on the Kazan-Baku route will be transported by Ak Bars Aero (Bugulma, Russia) in the future.

The shut down was due largely to the terrible “dive into the ground” crash of Tatarstan Airlines flight 363 on November 17, 2013 which killed all 44 passengers and six crew members on board. Russia’s air transport regulator Rosaviatsiya recommended the airline’s AOC be revoked after it discovered inadequate training and overworked crews. The revocation was affective today. 

Other noteworthy airline departures in 2013:

Air Cargo Germany (April 18)

Air France by Airlinair (March 31) (all three became Hop!)

Air France by Brit Air

Air France by Regional

Air Italy (2nd) (merged into Meridiana in April 2013)

Air Pacific (2nd) (June 27) became Fiji Airways again.

AirAsia (Japan) (August 31) (relaunched as Vanilla Air)

Airberlin Turkey

American Eagle Airlines-Executive Airlines (2nd) (March 31)

Arkefly (now operating as Arke)

Armavia (March 29)

Augsburg Airways (October 26)

Aurela Aircompany (February 18)

Avient Aviation (April 5)

Bahrain Air (February 12)

Batavia Air (January 31)

Belle Air (Albania) (November 25)

Belle Air Europe (Italy) (November 26)

Brindabella Airlines (December 14)

Brit Air (March 31)

Capital Cargo International Airlines (March 11)

Condor Berlin (April 30)

DAE (Dutch Antilles Express) (August 24)

Danube Wings (November 20)

Delta Connection-Pinnacle Airlines (July 31)

Dniproavia (January 8)

Donbassaero Airlines (January 14)

Evergreen International Airlines (December 31)

Flybe-Suckling Airways (April)

FlyNonstop (October 29)

Georgia Skies (Pacific Wings Airlines) (March 31)

Gestair Cargo (Une) (became Cygnus Air again)

Jat Airways (October 26) (reformed as Air Serbia)

Lufthansa Regional-Augsburg Airways (October 26)

Meridiana fly (became Meridiana)

Mongolian Airlines Group (April 18) (became Hannu Air)

Nasair (November 13) (became Flynas)

OLT Express (Germany) (January 27)

Orbest Orizonia Airlines (Spain) (February 20)

Regional (Compagnie Aerienne Europeenne) (March 31)

Ryan International Airlines (January 11)

SAT Airlines (merged in October with Vladivostok Air to form Aurora Airlines)

SEAIR-South East Asian Airlines (June 7) (became Tigerair Philippines)

Sky Airlines (Turkey) (June 4)

Skywest Airlines (Australia) (May 5) (became Virgin Australia Regional Airlines)

TACA (El Salvador) (May 28) (now operating under the Avianca brand)

Tampa Cargo (June) (became Avianca Cargo)

Tiger Airways (Australia) and Tiger Airways (Singapore) (July) (now operating as Tigerair)

Vladivostok Air (October) (merged with SAT Airlines to form Aurora Airlines)

Zest Air (Zest Airways) (August 16)

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly with United Airlines, Boeing 737-322 VQ-BAP (msn 24665) taxies past the camera at Antalya.

Tatarstan: AG Slide Show

Donghai Airlines to add three Boeing 737-800s, will start passenger flights

Donghai Airlines (Shenzhen) currently operates seven Boeing 737-300 freighters. The airline has been approved by the CAAC to start flying regularly scheduled passenger routes and has ordered three Boeing 737-800s according to Travel Daily Asia.

Donghai Airlines was established in November 2002. The airline was approved by the Ministry of Commerce, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), as the first private foreign joint venture cargo airline in China.

Operations commenced on September 19, 2006.

Shenzhen Donghai Airlines shareholders are : Shenzhen Donggang Trading Company (representing 51 % of the shares), the United East, Hong Kong (Holdings) Limited (25% of the shares) and Hong Kong Wing Enterprises Ltd. (24% of the shares).

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-3W0 B-2517 (msn 23396) arrives in Beijing.

Donghai Airlines: AG Slide Show

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Current cargo route map:

Donghai 12.2013 Route Map

Southwest launches new service from Memphis, Pensacola and Richmond

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) launched new flights this weekend in three cities that join the carrier’s network through previously established service by wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways (Dallas).  The new routes complete a plan to bring Southwest Airlines service to all domestic cities in the Company’s network by year’s end, as the integration of Southwest and AirTran approaches its final phases.

As of November 3, 2013, Southwest Airlines offers new nonstop service between:

Pensacola and Nashville and Houston (Hobby)

Richmond and Orlando

Memphis and Baltimore/Washington, Houston (Hobby), Orlando, Chicago (Midway), and Tampa.

AirTran will continue service between Atlanta and Richmond International Airport, with four daily nonstop departures.  Southwest Airlines anticipates a full conversion in Richmond in the second half of 2014.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737-3H4 WL N352SW (msn 24888) in the Lone Star One motif lands in Las Vegas.

Southwest Airlines: AG Slide Show

AirTran Airways: AG Slide Show

Jat Airways is replaced by Air Serbia

Jat Airways (Belgrade) is no more. The national carrier of Serbia was succeeded by replacement carrier Air Serbia (Belgrade) yesterday (October 26). Air Serbia is the result of a new strategic partnership between the Government of Serbia and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). The majority 51 percent of the shares of new Air Serbia are now owned by the Serbian Government and the remaining 49 percent by Etihad Airways which has been on a spending spree to to partially acquire and transform underperforming national carriers to feed its own operations.

Jat Airways is now defunct.

Jat Airways logo

Air Serbia’s inaugural flight departed Belgrade yesterday for Abu Dhabi.

Air Serbia logo

Here is the history of troubled Jat Airways (from their website):

Jat Airways’s predecessor, the Society for Air Transport AEROPUT, was founded on June 17, 1927. This date marks the beginning of civil aviation in our country. The first aircraft to fly under the company name Yugoslav Airlines took off 20 years later, on April 1, 1947.

In mid-January 1947, the civil aviation traffic administration became part of the Transport Ministry, thereby confirming its civilian status. On March 17, 1947, pilots, navigators, radio operators and flight mechanics were transferred from the Transport Regiment to the newly formed company. In the meantime, the company acquired modified aircraft and the first flying season was launched on April 1, 1947.

After weathering the winds of war, AEROPUT pilots and mechanics joined Yugoslav Airlines crews in JAT’s earliest days.

Yugoslav Airlines kicked off with two Douglas C-47 aircraft modified into a DC-3 and two JU-52 Junkers. In the course of the year, the fleet grew by another JU-52, four DC-3s and one unmodified C-47 intended for cargo transport. These aircraft maintained regular traffic on domestic lines: Belgrade-Zagreb-Ljubljana and Zagreb-Sarajevo, and on international lines: Belgrade-Prague-Warsaw.

The first three Sud Aviation Caravelle airplanes joined the JAT fleet in 1963, and the fleet continued to grow six years later with the addition of the first Douglas DC-9, and seven years later with the first Boeing 707. At the same time, the last of the piston-engine veterans – the DC-3 and Convair – were withdrawn from the fleet. The introduction of jet engine aircraft enabled more comfortable and affordable flights – far exceeding the characteristics of piston engine aircraft. With increased capacity and range, these planes served as a basis for expanding the flight network, enabling the company to appear in third markets and make a bid for genuine air traffic growth. This was the main course of Yugoslav Airlines development through the early 1970s, a period tentatively termed by the company as “the beginning of jet aviation”.

Just as the beginning of the 1960s was decisive due to the introduction of the first jet-engine aircraft, so were the 1970s with the introduction of the “big Boeing” – the Boeing 707, after which the first charter lines were established to North America with regular traffic. In addition to the introduction of the Douglas DC-10-30, the first wide-body aircraft, in 1978, this period represented the beginning of one of the most important stages in JAT’s evolution.

Persistent investment in modernization and the acquisition of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 guided Yugoslav Airlines to yet another phase of development, the so-called wide-body stage, which was followed several years later by the purchase of a medium-range aircraft – the Boeing 737. This acquisition, among the first in Europe, established a basic pre-condition for further expansion of traffic in nearly all directions. Also, existing lines in Europe, the Middle East and Africa were significantly extended, followed by network expansion to the US, Canada and Australia.

During those “golden years”, as some JAT chroniclers have dubbed the period, Yugoslav Airlines opened many offices abroad, carried five million passengers annually, continued to develop and modernize its technical operations parallel to developing service activities such as general aviation, hotel commerce, operating its own training centre and investing in infrastructure. JAT also constructed a large hangar to accommodate wide-body aircraft and a jet-engine test stand, which enabled the company to master the technique of examining engines and other components for modern fleets. Furthermore, the company proved excellent in business skills, successfully negotiating contracts with several third world companies.

Meanwhile, JAT developed its information system and introduced automatic ticket sales. In short, the company made a bid to meet its competition by responding to the growing demands and expectations of its passengers while continuing to satisfy regular passengers by living up to the famous company slogan – JAT is MORE THAN FLYING.

Yugoslav Aerotransport changed its name to Jat Airways on August 8, 2003.

Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. A fine taxiway study of Jat Airways’ Boeing 737-3Q4 YU-AON (msn 24208) in the last color scheme at Zurich. The Jat Airways Boeing 737-300s are being replaced with newer Air Serbia Airbus A319s, another narrow body customer loss for Boeing.

Jat Airways: AG Slide Show

Air Serbia: AG Slide Show

Video:

Bottom Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Former TACA AIrbus A319-132 N473TA (msn 1140) has become A6-SAA on lease from Etihad Airways to Air Serbia.

Azman Air is a new airline in Nigeria

Azman Air (Azman Air Services Limited) (Kano) is yet another new airline in Nigeria which is planning to launch scheduled passenger flights with two Boeing 737-300s. The company was founded in 2010 by Abdul Manafi Yunusa. Azman Air is a wholly owned Nigerian airline.

Azman Air title

The pictured former Bmibaby Boeing 737-36N G-TOYF (msn 28557) is now painted and is the second 737. This aircraft will become 5N-YSM on delivery. The first aircraft (G-TOYH, msn 28570) is still at Norwich awaiting delivery.

This aircraft is named “Athaji Yunusa Sarina”.

Azman intends to fly mainly from Kano, Abuja and Lagos. Here is a list of domestic routes being advertised on their website:

Azman Air Routes

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-36N G-TOYF (5N-YSM) (msn 28557) departs from Southend on a test flight after repainting.

Azman Air: AG Slide Show

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Boeing to lose another customer next week: VivaAerobus

VivaAerobus (vivaaerobus.com) (Monterrey) will reportedly jump off the Boeing ship next week and order up to 40 Airbus A320 family aircraft according to this report by Reuters. The new aircraft will replace the aging Boeing 737-300 fleet. This will be the latest defection to Airbus from Boeing in the latest hard fought battle.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-33A XA-VIM (msn 25032) lands at Las Vegas.

VivaAerobus: AG Slide Show

Alitalia needs more money to keep flying this weekend

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) continues to bleed money. According to this report by Reuters, the flag carrier needs almost $680 million to avoid bankruptcy again. Its main fuel supplier has threatened to stop making fuel deliveries this weekend.

The Italian government, which considers the failing airline a “strategic asset”, has now structured a deal where state owned Poste Italiane through Mistral Air (Rome) would provide a partial capital float in the form of a capital increase to keep the passenger airline flying.

Alitalia continues to lose money and has not been profitable since 2002. The causes of continued losses has not been fully addressed due to political meddling.

The government now wants “radical change” at the airline and wants the current stockholders to share in the capital increase.

Stockholders Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam), which control 25 percent of the shares, has mainly been mum of the recent government calls for action and has continued to ask for more financial information.

The Italian government would like Air France-KLM to raise their stakes in Alitalia but this is unlikely to happen since Air France is restructuring itself.

Can Alitalia survive? Will any of the Gulf carriers (Etihad Airways?) come to the rescue? Will any of the other SkyTeam partners help? Stay tuned.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Up-close runway action of Alitalia’s Boeing 767-35H ER EI-DBP (msn 26389) in the SkyTeam colors at New York (JFK).

Alitalia (2nd): AG Slide Show

Mistral Air: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Mistral Air’s Boeing 737-348 EI-BUE (msn 23810) prepares to land at Zurich.