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Air Serbia reports its first net profit for 2014

Air Serbia (formerly Jat Airways) (Belgrade) is prospering under its new brand and growing relationship with partner Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). The flag carrier reported a 2014 net profit of €2.7 million ($3 million), a complete turnaround from its 2013 €73 million net loss.

The airline issued this statement:

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Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, reported a net profit of EUR 2.7 million for 2014. In its first full year of operation, the airline’s revenues rose by 87 per cent to EUR 262 million, marking the strongest results in the existence of the national carrier.

Audited by KPMG, these financial statements also reflect strong growth in passenger traffic and cargo volumes. A total of 2.3 million passengers travelled with the airline in 2014, 68 per cent more than in 2013.

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Air Serbia’s passenger carrying capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs), increased by 74 per cent to 3.3 billion by the end of 2014. Despite this increase the airline’s seat load factor rose by three percentage points from 64 per cent in 2013, the last year of operation as Jat Airways, to 67 per cent in 2014.

Air Serbia Cargo also performed significantly better in 2014, carrying 2,700 tonnes of freight, a 67 per cent increase on 2013. Cargo services continue to be a major area of growth for Air Serbia.

In a year of significant capacity increase, Air Serbia’s 2014 average on-time performance at its hub, Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla International Airport, was 78 per cent. This represents a four percentage point improvement over the performance of the former Jat Airways.

Dane Kondić, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia, said: “These results are a great achievement validating the effectiveness of our strategy. We are proud to have been able to deliver on our mandate which was to achieve strong growth, to become the region’s leading carrier and, most importantly, to do so as a commercially viable and profitable enterprise, while becoming a key driver of economic growth in Serbia. The profit we have delivered in 2014 is, above all, a great sign for the future, as it lays a solid foundation going forward and is proof positive, of what can be achieved when the right strategies and governance structures are put in place. We owe a debt of thanks to our two shareholders – the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Etihad Airways for their ongoing support. I would also like to thank our staff for their contribution and hard work, without which, none of this would have been possible.”

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “We are delighted with the progress Air Serbia has made in delivering on its performance objectives in the very competitive European market. Its continued success amidst these challenges will depend not only on continued investment in its workforce and in innovative products and services, but also on the ongoing and strict financial discipline and focus on cost which have marked its first year of operation.”

Since Air Serbia’s launch on October 26, 2013, the airline has undertaken a number of initiatives outlined in its turnaround plan to rebuild the national carrier and transform it into a profitable, stable, reliable and strong airline to serve Serbia and the broader Balkan region

The airline was rebranded and ten new generation Airbus aircraft were introduced, with eight A319 and two A320 added to the fleet. As a result, the average age of the jet fleet has decreased from 25 to 10 years, delivering greater reliability and significantly lowering the costs of operation.

During 2014, Air Serbia’s network of direct routes grew to 40 destinations in 30 countries, the last of which was the highly symbolic launch of flights to Zagreb in December, re-establishing a link between Zagreb and Belgrade, last flown 23 years ago. The airline also expanded to 35, the number of destinations served with codeshare partners – airberlin, Aeroflot, Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional and Tarom. Coupled with the introduction of a modern and reliable fleet, the network expansion strategy has been a key driver of the significant growth in passenger numbers and cargo volumes.

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Air Serbia also established a dedicated charter brand – Aviolet – which operates four rebranded and refurbished Boeing 737-300 aircraft. Aviolet operated over 520 return flights during the 2014 summer season and transported over 90,000 tourists to popular vacation destinations in Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Italy, among others.

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Air Serbia’s growth has created a significant number of new jobs for Serbian nationals. During 2014, the airline grew its workforce by more than 400 new professionals. The technical department of Air Serbia has employed 44 engineers and technicians to establish the line maintenance facility at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla International Airport. A number of new pilots were hired in the first half of 2014, including three of the airline’s first female pilots. The airline’s largest ever global drive for pilots was launched in September 2014, and resulted in the recruitment of over 40 new pilots by the end of the year. A nation-wide recruitment drive for cabin crew attracted nearly 1,700 candidates – the highest in the history of the airline, indicating that the national airline not only inspires confidence, but that it has become an employer of choice among young Serbian nationals.

Presently, over 1,900 employees work at Air Serbia, including its subsidiaries Air Serbia Catering and Air Serbia Ground Services.

Air Serbia launched a ground-breaking multi-channel advertising campaign in October, with the tag-line “Air Serbia. The New Wings of Europe”, to boost awareness of the airline and position Belgrade and Serbia as an attractive destination and a convenient European air transport hub. The success of the campaign was recognised by the Association of Advertising Professionals of Serbia (UEPS), receiving two golden awards.

The campaign has to date, received a record 800,000 YouTube views (below):

Top Copyright Photo: (all others by Air Serbia): SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 YU-APH (msn 2645) approaches the runway at London (Heathrow).

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Eurowings outlines its first intercontinental routes, will be operated SunExpress Germany

Lufthansa Group (Frankfurt) details the first long-range routes for the new Eurowings:

The new Eurowings will fly from October 25, 2015 on its new intercontinental flights  from Cologne/Bonn Airport. The first flights will take off to the Caribbean, Dubai and Thailand.
The new Eurowings is building on the successful Germanwings concept, which is positioned as an innovative quality low-cost airline and “low-cost” brand in Germany and Europe.

The new routes will include Dubai, the Thai cities of Bangkok and Phuket, as well as the Caribbean destinations of Varadero, Cuba and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The new Eurowings routes will be flown by Airbus A330-200s. From the coming winter season onwards, the fleet will initially consist of two aircraft and will be expanded to a total of seven Airbus A330s.

SunExpress Deutschland (SunExpress Germany), a joint venture of Lufthansa (Frankfurt) and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), will operate the long-haul route aircraft on behalf of the new Eurowings with its own cockpit and cabin personnel.

Vienna has now been chosen as the first location outside of Germany as a new Eurowings base.

Initially two Airbus A320s will be put into operation on European routes in the first step of the expansion.

The fares will correspond to Germanwings’ popular “fly à la carte” principle, which was successfully introduced in 2013. The fares BEST, SMART and BASIC, which have been extremely popular with passengers, will also be used by the new Eurowings. The fare classes include various levels of services and service packages.

The BEST fare is offered to the most demanding private customers who value comfort and exclusiveness. This offer includes comfortable seating in an extra-wide seat with lots of leg-room in the exclusive forward cabin area. The BEST fare also includes two free items of luggage each of up to 23 kg, à la carte menus on board, priority check-in, lounge access and the chance to collect miles (including HON Circle miles).

The cheaper SMART fare includes extra services such as one piece of luggage of up to 23 kg, two meals and soft drinks on board, as well as the chance to collect miles.

The BASIC fare offers a straightforward travel experience at a reasonable price, to which further services can be added on an individual basis.

On long-haul routes, the new Eurowings offers three attractive options. The exclusive BEST area comprises the first three seating rows and offers the latest ZIM seats. These seats correspond to the new Lufthansa premium economy class model, which offers seat pitch of 115 cm, has a backrest that can be adjusted by up to 20 cm, allows a 130° angle, and offers every guest their own armrest as well as comfortable leg and foot rests. Economy tickets can be booked with both SMART and BASIC fares. The “More Comfort” option, which can be booked as an add-on, offers seats with greater seat pitch along with a blanket and a pillow. State-of-the-art in-flight entertainment is offered on all intercontinental flights across all fares, which can be enjoyed both on screens in the backrest of the seat in front as well as on passengers’ own electronic devices such as notebook computers, tablets and smartphones. All long-haul aircrafts will also have Wi-Fi on board.

On routes within Germany and on routes throughout Europe, the existing Eurowings fleet will gradually be replaced from the beginning of 2015 by aircraft in the new Eurowings livery (above). The 23 Bombardier CRJ900s operated until now will also be replaced by Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Airbus A320, the pictured A320-214 D-AIZQ (msn 5497) in new livery flew on February 1, 2015 from Hamburg to Prague.

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Jetstar Japan launches its first international route

Jetstar Japan (Tokyo-Narita) yesterday (February 28) launched its first international route linking Osaka (Kansai) and Hong Kong.

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Airbus to increase the production rate of the A320 Family

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Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement:

Airbus has decided to further increase the production rate for its A320 Family to 50 aircraft per month from Q1 2017, matching market demand. Additionally, Airbus is adjusting the A330 production rate to six a month from Q1 2016 as it transitions towards the A330neo.

With over 11,500 Airbus single aisle aircraft sold and more than 6,400 delivered to 317 operators, the A320 family which includes the A319, A320 and A321, is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle family.

JetBlue adds its first destination from Baltimore/Washington to Florida

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced its intent to expand at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, with twice daily service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The new non-stop route to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood will launch in November and seats will go out for sale with the upcoming November schedule release.

JetBlue also serves the Baltimore/Washington region with flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airports (IAD).

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N552JB (msn 1861) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Allegiant announces 22 new routes, will acquire two more Airbus A320s

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new, nonstop jet service on 22 routes, including a new destination in the Allegiant network — Savannah-Hilton Head, Georgia.

New routes announced include:

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) from:

1. Cincinnati, Ohio – begins June 4, 2015

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from:

1. Little Rock, Ark. – begins June 4, 2015

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Telluride, Colorado via Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) from:

1. Los Angeles, California – begins June 5, 2015

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) from:

1. Akron / Canton, Ohio – begins June 3, 2015

2. Clarksburg, West Virginia – begins June 5, 2015

3. Indianapolis, Indiana – begins June 4, 2015

4. Sanford (near Orlando, Florida) – begins June 4, 2015

5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – begins June 5, 2015

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Oakland International Airport (OAK) from:

1. Omaha, Nebraska – begins May 1, 2015

Seasonal Nonstop Service to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) from:

1. Akron / Canton, Ohio – begins May 21, 2015

2. Cincinnati, Ohio – begins May 8, 2015

3. Columbus, Ohio – begins June 4, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) from:

1. Concord, North Carolina – begins May 8, 2015

2. Memphis, Tennessee – begins May 22, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) from:

1. Brownsville, Texas – begins June 4, 2015

2. Memphis, Tennessee – begins May 22, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from:

1. Boise, Idaho – begins June 5, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) from:

1. Memphis, Tennessee – begins May 22, 2015

2. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina – begins May 7, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) from:

1. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina – begins May 7, 2015

Year-Round Nonstop Service to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from:

1. Akron / Canton, Ohio – begins May 21, 2015

2. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina – begins May 6, 2015

Over the years, Allegiant has carried over 43 million passengers, and the company continues to grow, offering more nonstop service in more communities. In 2014, Allegiant announced service in six new cities and added 25 new routes to its network, at a time when many airlines are consolidating and cutting service. The company recently announced its 48th consecutive quarter of profitable operation while keeping its average one-way fare under $100.

Allegiant Travel Company also announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase two additional A320 aircraft. The aircraft are currently being operated by Philippine Airlines (Philippines) and are scheduled to enter the Allegiant operating fleet toward the end of 2015.

Including the two A319s that deliver in 2015, which were announced on February 23, the company now expects 2015 CAPEX to be approximately $230 million.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N217NV (msn 1347) arrives at Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB).

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Frontier Airlines to add two more routes from Cincinnati

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced two additional routes from its expanding operations at Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). The carrier will add new routes to Atlanta and Fort Myers starting on April 30.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N219FR (msn 1860) with Jack, the Hare, on the tail, taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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