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Blue Air to fly Liverpool-Bucharest

Blue Air (BlueAirWeb.com) (Bucharest) as of December 15, 2014, will operate a nonstop flight from Liverpool to Bucharest.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 YR-BAR (msn 25371) prepares to taxi at Brussels.

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Routes from Bucharest:

Blue Air Bucharest 7.2014 Route Map (LRW)

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Brussels Airlines to extend its network to Riga, Latvia

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) on October 26 will start flights between Brussels Airport and Riga. The capital of Latvia will be connected to the European capital with six flights per week to Riga International Airport, all in the afternoon.

The flights will be operated in collaboration with codeshare partner airBaltic.

The new route will be operated with Avro (BAe) RJ100 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. RJ100 OO-DWD (msn E3324) land at EuroAirport.

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Hainan Airlines to fly to Paris from Hangzhou and Xian

Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) will open a new route to Paris (CDG) from Hangzhou via Xian on September 3. The new route will be operated with Airbus A330-200s according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 B-6088 (msn 906) climbs away from the runway at Brussels.

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Ethiopian Airlines to bring the Boeing 787 to Paris and Brussels starting on June 1

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) starting on June 1 will introduce the Boeing 787 on the Addis Ababa-Paris (CDG)-Brussels route, replacing a Boeing 767-300 per Airline Route with six weekly flights.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 ET-AOS (msn 34747) taxies at Toronto (Pearson). ET-AOS is named “Lucy”.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopian 787 Tails (Ethiopian)(LRW)

Emirates is coming to Brussels on September 5

Emirates (Dubai) today announced that it will launch a new daily service to Brussels, Belgium, from September 5, 2014.

Brussels will be Emirates’ 147th destination, closely following the launch of Oslo, Norway on September 2. The nonstop service will be operated by a Boeing 777 in a three-class configuration. Emirates will be the first international airline to offer a First Class product from Brussels to the Middle East and Asia.

The UAE is home to over 30 Belgian companies and over 3,000 Belgian residents. Emirates currently has over 160 Belgian nationals working in various roles across the company.

Brussels will be the eighth new destination from Emirates this calendar year following the earlier launches of Kiev, Taipei and Boston as well as Abuja and Kano launching on August 1, Chicago launching on August 5 and Oslo launching on September 2, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-21H LR (Longer Range) A6-EWC (msn 35576) climbs away from the ground at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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US Airways trims the frequencies on some new Charlotte European routes

US Airways (Phoenix) is trimming back on four new European routes from the Charlotte hub according to the Charlotte Observer. The new routes from CLT to Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon and Manchester were announced in October as daily flights (CLICK HERE to read the original report). However due apparent weak demand, the new flights are now being trimmed back to only four days a week.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-2B7 N201UU (msn 27180) arrives back at the Charlotte hub yesterday (April 20).

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Air Lituanica to add seasonal service to Gothenburg and Malmo, Sweden

Air Lithuanica (Vilnius) will add seasonal twice-weekly flights to Gothenburg (Göteborg) starting on June 15. In addition, Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden, will be swerved twice-weekly from June 17.

The airline will also offer seasonal service to Billund, Denmark, three days a week, from June 16 through August 28.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com.

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Air Lituanica expands operations for the summer season

Air Lituanica (Vilnius) launched flights to Tallinn on March 12. The number of flights on the Prague route will be increased to 5 times a week, on business days. The flights to Munich will be increased to 4 flights per week; passengers will also have a chance to take a flight on Sundays. The number of flights to Berlin increases to 6 times per week; flights will be operated on a daily basis, excluding Saturdays.
On May 3 the carrier increased the number of flights to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to 5 times a week.

Air Lituanica also flies to Brussels on a daily basis, excluding Saturdays.

Air Lituanica on March 5 added additional flights to Berlin (Tegel) and Prague on March 15.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Operated by Estonian Air, Embraer ERJ 170-100LR ES-AEB (msn 17000106) has been replaced with an ERJ 175.

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Route Map:

Air Lituanica 3.2014 Route Map

Vueling to add five seasonal flights this summer

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) will add five seasonal new routes this summer, including twice-weekly Alicante-Santander (starting on June 20), twice-weekly Barcelona-Cluj (June 27), weekly Barcelona-Santa Cruz de la Palma (June 21), twice-weekly Barcelona-Tallinn (June 20) and Santiago de Compostela-Amsterdam (three flights per week) (June 21) per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 WL EC-LUO (msn 5530) with Sharklets approaches Brussels for landing.

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EuroLOT adds the Gdansk-Brussels route

EuroLOT (eurolot.com) (Warsaw) on March 4 started operations into Brussels from Gdansk, Poland.

Since February 28, EuroLOT passengers can also fly to Milan from Gdansk Airport with stopovers in Lublin. The connection will be operated twice a week – on Fridays and Sundays.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) SP-EQG (msn 4423) arrives at Brussels.

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Routes from Gdansk:

EuroLOT 3.2014 Gdansk Route Map

Ryanair opens its Brussels Zaventem base, adds more flights from London’s Stansted Airport

Ryanair (Dublin) on February 27 opened its second base in Belgium at Brussels (Zaventem) with four based Boeing 737-800s. The ultra low-fare airline will operate to 10 destinations (Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Lisbon, Malaga, Palma, Porto, Rome, Valencia and Venice) with 200 weekly flights.

In other news, the carrier on February 26 added extra flights on nine London Stansted routes to Bologna, Dublin, Lanzarote, Marrakech, Paphos, Riga, Salzburg, Santiago and Tours.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EVV (msn 40314) with special “Krakow and Malopolska” sub-titles departs from the lunar-like landscape of Tenerife (Sur) in the Canary Islands.

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DHL transports two giant pandas from Chengdu to Brussels

DHL (UK) 767-300F G-DHLG (02-Pandastic Journey)(Nose) BRU (KCN)(LRW)

DHL today (February 23) sent off two giant pandas from Chengdu to Brussels, using a dedicated DHL Air (UK) (East Midlands) Boeing 767-300 freighter aircraft. Their departure marks the start of a 15-year cooperation of giant panda breeding research between China and Belgium. The female, Hao Hao, and the male, Xing Hui, both aged four, are expected to be delivered via DHL’s global transportation network to their new home at the Pairi Daiza animal sanctuary in Brugelette, Belgium on February 23.

“The Pandastic journey from China Conservation Research Center of the Giant Panda’s Dujiangyan panda base to Belgium’s Pairi Daiza will be a little over 8,000 kilometers. We are extremely proud to be entrusted with transporting China’s friendship messengers. The pandas, Hao Hao and Xing Hui, are without a doubt our VIPs — Very Important Pandas. A DHL team of specialists has worked with panda experts in China and Brussels to research and plan for their journey,” said Jerry Hsu, Chief Executive Officer of DHL Express Asia Pacific.

‘Hao Hao and Xing Hui’s Pandastic Journey’ started at the China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in Chengdu, China at 11:45 am on February 22, and will end with a delivery to a specially constructed Chinese Garden at Pairi Daiza, Belgium the following day. The two giant pandas were flown from China to Belgium on a dedicated DHL B767 freighter aircraft, accompanied by a team of two animal handlers, a veterinary physician and a plentiful supply of 100 kilograms of bamboo.

DHL (DHL Air) 767-300F G-DHLG (02-Pandastic Journey)(Panda) BRU (KCN)(LRW)

The pandas are expected to spend 15 years at Pairi Daiza, a 55-acre garden that plays host to over 5 000 animals. With the support of the University of Ghent, a special breeding and research program has been designed, aimed at helping to avert the future extinction of this endangered species.

To ensure an easy and comfortable journey, DHL and China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda created bespoke travelling crates spacious enough for pandas to stay comfortable throughout the journey. The cages were also designed with a special roof in the style of ancient Chinese architecture.

“The panda is China’s national treasure, and also a messenger of friendship and peace,” said Wu Dongming, Managing Director of DHL-Sinotrans and Executive Vice President of DHL Express Asia-Pacific. “We are deeply honored for having been selected to transport Hao Hao and Xing Hui. With strong transportation expertise and capabilities, we believe DHL will carry out a Pandastic Journey with the utmost care and consideration.”

DHL has supported a number of conservation projects in recent years, including the return of nine silverback gorillas from the UK to the wild in Gabon, the delivery of two rare Sumatran tigers from the Australia and the US to ZSL London Zoo for a breeding program. Last year, DHL also provided expert logistics and both ground and air transportation to relocate several endangered Florida manatees.

Copyright Photos: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. The specially-marked Boeing 767-3JHF ER G-DHLG (msn 37807) of DHL Air (UK) arrives at Brussels with the two honored guests.

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Jet Airways to launch Mumbai-Paris flights on May 14

Jet Airways has announced new daily nonstop service from Mumbai to Paris (CDG) with effect from May 14, 2014. This new flight from India’s financial capital of Mumbai to Paris will be operated by wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft.

Jet Airways (Mumbai) flight 9W 124 will depart from Mumbai’s brand new Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, T2 at 1200 and arrive at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport at 1750. The return flight 9W 123 will depart Paris at 2110 (LT) and arrive Mumbai at 0945 the following day thus providing a seamless connection to the airline’s entire network within India. Moreover, the return Jet Airways flight from Paris to Mumbai will make it the only evening departure from continental Europe to Mumbai.

Paris will be the airline’s twenty first international destination, and will provide a key gateway point for travel to several destinations across Europe with Jet Airways’ code share and interline partners.

Jet Airways will deploy an Airbus A330-200 aircraft on this route, with 18 Premiere seats that open up as flatbeds and 236 ergonomic Economy seats.

In other news, the airline is expected to place an additional order for narrow body aircraft in the near future.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 VT-JWD (msn 751) climbs away from nearby Brussels.

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Bloomberg: United struggles with its computer system, canceling flights and stranding pilots

United Airlines (Chicago) is still struggling with merging the two companies and its computer system assigning flights with crews according to this report by Bloomberg. Almost 1,500 flights were cancelled since December 30, mostly due to severe weather. However some of the cancellations were due to a system which often crashed. The problems with crew scheduling started when the airline shifted its 10,200 pilots to the scheduling system used previously by Continental Airlines. Some of the information was apparently out of date, still showing retired or deceased pilots according to the report.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-424 ER N66056 (msn 29451) departs from Brussels.

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Air Lituanica to start Paris CDG service on February 14, 2014, Estonian Air cancels the contract

Air Lituanica (Vilnius) is planning to launch a new route to Paris (CDG) starting on February 14, 2014. The new route will initially be an extension of the Prague route four days a week but the destination will become nonstop service after April 27.

Schedule:

Air Lituanica Vilnius-Paris Schedule

All Air Lituanica flights are currently being operated by Estonian Air‘s (Talinn) Embraer 170s but this relationship seems to be unravelling. Estonian Air has cancelled the contract with Air Lituanica and issued this statement:

As part of winding down flight operations in Lithuania connected to the termination of its contractual relationship with Vilnius-based Air Lituanica, Estonian Air has decided to service the Vilnius – Berlin route only through December 15, 2013 and Vilnius – Amsterdam through January 6, 2014.

“After Estonian Air was forced to terminate its contractual relationship with Air Lituanica due to repeated breaches by Air Lituanica, we have no intentions to serve these routes independently in long term. We are doing everything to fulfill our obligations to ticket holders and minimize any interruptions related to their travel plans,“ said Jan Palmér, the CEO of Estonian Air.

Only Estonian Air tickets (with number 960 – XXXXXXXXX) and partner airline tickets, such as KLM, Delta, Hahn Air, are be accepted on Estonian Air flights.

Estonian Air flight tickets on Vilnius-Berlin flights after December 15, 2013 and on Vilnius – Amsterdam flights after January 6, 2014 will be refunded.

Who will replace Estonian Air? Can Air Lituanica survive this cancellation?

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Operated by Estonian Air for Air Lituanica, Embraer ERJ 170-100LR ES-AEB (msn 17000106) arrives at Brussels.

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Jetairfly takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-8

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Jetairfly (TUI Airlines Belgium) (Brussels) and Boeing on December 3 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787-8 (OO-JDL, msn 34425) named “Diamond” (above). The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett on Tuesday on its delivery flight to Brussels.

The 787 is scheduled to begin flying short and medium haul Jetairfly routes in early December and long haul routes between Christmas and the New Year.

Jetairfly is part of the TUI Travel PLC, the largest tourism group in the world.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

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Ukraine International to start Bangkok service on December 7 and Stockholm service on June 1, 2014

Ukraine International Airlines-UIA (Kiev) will commence service between its Kiev hub and Stockholm (Arlanda) starting on June 1, 2014. The daily flight will be operated with new Embraer 190s.

Additionally, starting on December 7, 2013, UIA launches its first ever long-haul flights from Kiev to Bangkok. Nonstop scheduled flights will be operated three days a week on Boeing 767-300 aircraft in a three-class cabin layout: business, premium economy, and economy.

The airline continues to develop its “ski” destinations network by offering nonstop flights to Sofia (Bulgaria) and Salzburg (Austria), Erzurum (Turkey) and Grenoble (France), Kittila and Kajaani (Finland), as well as providing all passengers with an opportunity to carry one set of ski equipment free of charge.

UIA traditionally expands travel options` selection for the residents of the cities of Ukraine. In winter UIA nonstop flights will connect Donetsk, Odessa, and Kharkov with the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, Donetsk and Odessa with Sharm El Sheikh, as well as Lvov, Zaporozhia and Kharkov with Hurghada.

Moreover, UIA has a special offer for winter sports fans: in February 2014 the leading Ukrainian carrier will operate nonstop daily (February 6 and 24 double-daily) flights between the capital of Ukraine and the capital of the 2014 Winter Olympics – the city of Sochi.

UIA turns 21.

UIA turns 21

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR UR-EMA (msn 19000494) approaches Brussels for landing.

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Route Map:

Ukraine International 11.2013 Route Map

Brussels Airlines is struck today by a work stoppage by its pilots

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) was struck today (November 18) by its pilots. The company issued this statement and a list of cancelled flights:

Due to a wildcat strike action of a number of our pilots, we are forced to cancel some of our flights on Monday November 18. Our priority is to assist our passengers as much as possible. All customers affected by the strike action will be offered travel alternatives, depending on their travel needs.

Brussels Airlines 11.18.13 Cancelled Flights

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) climbs away from the runway at JFK International Airport in New York.

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Vueling to create a new base at Brussels with seven new routes

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com)  (Barcelona) will open a new base in Brussels in May 2014. The airline stated it would launch seven new routes from BRU to Ibiza, Lisbon, Oporto, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Venice bringing the Brussels total to 11 routes.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Vueling’s Airbus A320-214 EC-LVP (msn 5587) with Sharklets in the “Linking Europe” special scheme arrives at London Heathrow.

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LOT Polish Airlines will not seek any more public aid, will drop underperforming destinations during the winter season

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) will not apply in September to the Treasury for payment of the second tranche of public aid. According to the airline, this is possible thanks to the promising results of the Restructuring Plan consistently implemented in the Company. At the same time LOT is introducing the flight schedule for the winter season 2013/2014 to its reservation systems. A new network is in line with the Restructuring Plan submitted by the Ministry of the Treasury to the European Commission. It is also a result of necessary compensation required by the European Commission.

The first tranche of aid for LOT was paid in December of last year. Disbursement of the second – in accordance with the Restructuring Plan submitted by the Ministry of the Treasury to the European Commission – was planned for August this year. Meanwhile, the Company has not applied for the second tranche in August and will not apply for it in September. An amount of the second tranche will be carefully assessed when the Company will apply to the Treasury for its payment. Perhaps this will happen only in October.

According to its underlying principles, the Company will achieve sustained profitability starting from 2015.

Consistently implemented restructuring measures include, among others, the network of destinations for the winter season. These changes are in line with the objectives of the Restructuring Plan submitted in June by the Ministry of Treasury to the European Commission. They are also a result of necessary compensation required by the European Commission. Within planned changes, destinations from Warsaw to Bydgoszcz, Rome and Stuttgart will be suspended from the beginning of the winter season 2013. In the coming months, passengers will also not find in the network flights to Beirut, Cairo and Nice, which are seasonal destinations. At the same time, like last winter, flights with the aircraft staying overnight from Warsaw to Stockholm will be suspended. This means two, not three flights a day to the Swedish capital.

The Polish carrier also decided to suspend flights from Warsaw to Zurich, Helsinki and Dusseldorf. These destinations did not generate enough transfer traffic for other LOT flights from Warsaw, especially the long haul which are key to the company’s long-term strategy.

Since, in accordance with assumptions, LOT focuses on expansion of its hub in Warsaw, there will be also less flights from Polish regional airports. In winter 2013, LOT aircrafts will not fly from Cracow to Frankfurt, from Poznan to Munich and from Katowice to Munich.

At the same time, flights from Warsaw to Yerevan, Athens and Belgrade will be unchanged in the coming winter season. Belgrade, one of the strongest destinations in the network of the Polish carrier, will continue to support the flow of transit passengers in their further travel to North America or other European ports. And Athens will remain in the flight schedule due to Greek Presidency of the European Union, which will begin on  January 1, 2014.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. LOT Polish has been gradually replacing its older Boeing 737 fleet with newer Embraer E-Jets. The remaining 737-400s are likely to be retired this winter with this schedule reduction. Boeing 737-45D SP-LLF (msn 28752) approaches Belgium for landing in the updated 2011 livery.

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Jetairfly is coming to Miami

Jetairfly (Jetairfly.com) (Ostend and Brussels) today announced the April 2014 launch of nonstop service between Miami International Airport and Brussels, Belgium, the capital of the European Union.  The new service will mark Jetairfly’s first U.S. route, Florida’s only nonstop connection to Brussels, and MIA’s 14th European destination.

With Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring Economy and Comfort service, Jetairfly will begin the new service on April 4, 2014 with flights on Mondays and Fridays.  Bookings are scheduled to be available at the end of October.

Additional new routes scheduled this year from Miami are: Oranjestad, Aruba by new carrier Aruba Airlines on September 15; Calgary by WestJet in October; and Milan, Italy and the Brazilian destinations of Curitiba and Porto Alegre by American Airlines in November.

Created in 2003, Jetairfly operates a network of 168 routes and connects 107 airports. It has a fleet of 22 modern aircraft and transported 2.8 million passengers in 2012.  Jetairfly is part of TUI Travel Belgium, the largest tourism group in Belgium, and of TUI Travel PLC, the largest Pan-European tourism group, operating a fleet of 141 aircraft and offering a wide range of other services.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-341 ER OO-TUC (msn 24844) prepares top taxi from the Brussels base.

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Air Lituanica starts its third route to Berlin

Air Lituanica (Vilnius) on August 5 started its the third route to Berlin (Tegel), following new service to Brussels and Amsterdam.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Operated by Estonian Air, Embraer ERJ 170-100LR ES-AEB (msn 17000106) approaches Brussels for landing on its flight from Vilnius.

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Austrian Airlines improves its profitability in the second quarter to $27.9 million

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) improved its turnaround by reporting an operating profit of $27.9 million in the second quarter. The company has issued this financial report:

Austrian Airlines, Austria‘s largest domestic airline, succeeded in significantly improving its earnings in the second quarter of the 2013 financial year to EUR 21 million ($27.9 million) (Q2 2012: EUR 12 million). This strong increase was primarily achieved by cost reduction measures. “The tough restructuring work in the past year is clearly reflected in the performance figures. We are making good progress, and maintain our goal to achieve a turnaround in 2013“, says Jaan Albrecht, Chief Executive Officer of Austrian Airlines.

In the previous year the transfer of flight operations to Tyrolean Airways had considerably increased earnings by EUR 82 million. The subsequent application of the new accounting standard IAS 19 increased these one-off effects by an additional EUR 136 million. For these reason, the operating result in the second quarter declined from the prior-year level of EUR 230 million to EUR 21 million in 2013. However, adjusting business results to take account of the one-off effects, the operating result actually rose by 80.1% or EUR 9 million.

However, the positive Q2 2013 results were not sufficient to generate an overall profit in the first half-year. Nevertheless, the accumulated loss of minus EUR 56 million in the winter quarter from January to March 2013 could be reduced to minus EUR 35 million. In the previous year, the half-year operating result amounted to EUR 163 million, or minus EUR 55 million when adjusting the results for the one-off effects.

First half-year 2013 performance indicators in detail:

Total operating revenues in the first half-year 2013 declined by 3.4 percent to EUR 1,043 million (H1 2012: EUR 1,080 million). The operating result for the first half of 2013 amounted to minus EUR 35 million (H1 2012: 163 million / H1 2012 adjusted: minus EUR 55 million). The main reason for the improved earnings is the success in limiting cost increases. Operating expenditures were reduced by five percent, from EUR 1,135 million to EUR 1,078 million. Capacity utilization of the aircraft also improved.

Fewer aircraft in use, better capacity utilization on board

In the first half of 2013, Austrian Airlines carried a total of 5.3 million passengers. This represents a slight decline of 3 percent from the prior-year level. The underlying reason is that Austria Airlines reduced the number of aircraft in use in its medium-haul fleet by four. In addition, up to two long-haul aircraft were taken out of service in the period January to June 2013, and equipped with the new long haul cabin. Capacity in available seat kilometers (ASK) was reduced by 7.4 percent. At the same time, Austrian Airlines succeeded in improving the passenger load factor to 75.7 percent (H1 2012: 74 percent). Capacity utilization on the new route to Chicago was already at a disproportionately high level in the second quarter of 2013. On balance, Austrian Airlines flew 66,325 flights in the first six months of 2013, or an average of 363 flights per day.

The number of people employed by the Austrian Airlines Group including its fully consolidated subsidiaries totaled 6,244 employees at the reporting date of June 30, 2013 (June 30, 2012: 6,686 employees).

Austrian Airlines continued to achieve a top performance with respect to reliability and punctuality, although the tough, long winter led to a slight deterioration. Its punctuality on departure was 86.6 percent, and punctuality on arrival was at a level of 84.8 percent. Accordingly, the punctuality of Austrian Airlines flights continued to surpass the European average. The regularity of flight operations amounted to 98.6 percent. According to ETB News, Austrian Airlines ranked sixth in the world among all airlines in June 2013 with respect to punctuality (Source: http://www.etravelblackboard.com/article/145383/the-most-punctual-airline-is).

Facts & figures for Q2 2013 at a glance 

 

 

Q2 2013

Q2 2012

Change

Total operating revenue

 € million

585

615

-5.0%

Operating expenditures

€ million

564

386

46.2%

Adjusted operating expenditures

€ million

564

604

-6.6%

Operating result*

€ million

21

230

.

Adjusted operating result

€ million

21

12

80.1%

Facts & figures for H1 2013 at a glance

 

 

HJ 2013

HJ 2012

Change

Revenue

€ million

977

1,029

-5.1%

Total operating revenue

€ million

1,043

1,080

-3.4%

Operating expenditures

€ million

1,078

917

17.6%

Adjusted operating expenditures

€ million

1,078

1,135

-5.0%

Operating result*

€ million

-35

163

.

Adjusted operating result

€ million

-35

-55

36.8%

 

 

   

 

 

 

 
Number of passengers carried

in thousands

5,280

5,444

-3.0%

Available seat kilometers (ASK)

in millions

10,680

11,532

-7.4%

Capacity utilization (passenger load factor)  

75.7%

74.0%

1.7 p

Number of flights

66,325

69,296

-4.3%

Fleet size (thereof 3 aircraft in wet lease)  

77

77

.

 

 

 

Regularity of flight operations

98.6%

99.3%

-0.7 p

Punctuality at departure

86.6%

90.4%

-3.8 p

Punctuality at arrival

84.8%

89.2%

-4.4 p

 

 

 

Number of employees at the reporting date

6,244

6,686

-6.6%

*There were two effects in 2012: a) One-off effects relating to the transfer of flight operations to Tyrolean Airways to the amount of EUR 82 million and b) retroactive adjustment of the prior-year figures to the new accounting standard IAS 19 (“Employee Benefits”) valid starting in the current reporting year totaling EUR 136 million.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 OE-LBP (msn 797) in the 1958 retrojet scheme arrives in Brussels.

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Brussels Airlines supports TomorrowLand music festival with an Airbus A319 logojet

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) is sponsoring the music event “Tomorrowland”.

According to Wikipedia, TomorrowLand is a massive electronic music festival. It is organized by ID&T, Entertainment and Media Enterprise.[TomorrowLand occurs in the town of Boom, close to Antwerp, in Belgium, and has been organized since 2005. It has since become one of the most notable global music festivals.

The first festival was held on August 14, 2005 and consisted of performers such as Push (M.I.K.E.), Armin Van Buuren, Cor Fijneman, Yves Deruyter, Technoboy and Coone.

TomorrowLand logo

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 OO-SSB (msn 2400) now carries a prominent TomorrowLand logo. In addition, Airbus A330-301 OO-SFN (msn 037) also carries even larger TomorrowLand logos.

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Thomas Cook Airlines introduces its “Air Flair” logojet

Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) (Brussels) loves logojets and the additional advertising revenue its brings in. Following on the new Ice-Watch logojet, the airline has also introduced this new “Air Flair” logojet on the pictured Airbus A320-214 OO-TCJ (msn 1787). The logojet promotes the local Belgian magazine Flair, which is read mainly by women.

Aor Flair logo

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. OO-TCJ prepares to land at the Brussels base.

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Thomas Cook Airlines introduces a Ice-Watch logojet

Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) (Brussels) introduced this special Airbus A320 logojet today (July 9) to help promote the Ice-Watch collection.

According to the manufacturer, the Belgian watchmaker burst onto the fashion scene in 2007. The colorful collection of hip designs is available in 110 countries and 12,000 outlets worldwide. The line of watches feature vibrant colors.

Ice Watch logo

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 OO-TCH (msn 1929) arrives back tonight at the Brussels base in the colorful new design. Last year this aircraft was decorated in a special 10 Years celebration color scheme.

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XL Airways France launches seasonal service to Miami

XL Airways France (Paris-CDG) on June 28 launched summer seasonal service to Miami, its fourth U.S. destination. The new route will operate three days a week until September with Airbus A330-200s.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 F-GRSQ (msn 501) arrives at Brussels.

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Routes to the Western Hemisphere:

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Air Lituanica launches scheduled passenger operations

Air Lituanica (Vilnius) as planned, commenced scheduled passenger operations with an Embraer 170 leased from Estonian Air. The new airline launched its first route on June 30 to Brussels. On July 8 the second route to Amsterdam will be started. The airline intends to expand later to Berlin, Prague, Munich, and Moscow.

Air Lituanica 7:2013 Route Map

Top Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com (all other images by Air Lituanica). Embraer ERJ 170-100LR ES-AEB (msn 17000106) arrives at Brussels on the inaugural flight.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Air Lituanica. The formal ribbon cutting ceremony at Vilnius for the first departure to Brussels.

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DHL Air takes Djala and family back to the wild

DHL Air (UK) (East Midlands) is the official air transport of the Aspinall Foundation’s “Back to the Wild” campaign to transport a western lowland gorilla family from the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to Africa. The cargo airline has decorated this Boeing 767-300 freighter with these special markings for the special transport.

The Foundation issued this statement:

The family is headed by Djala, a 30 year old silverback (below).

DHL Air (UK) Djala (gorilla)(LR)

As a baby Djala was rescued from Africa and flown to the safety of Port Lympne where he has become one of the largest silverbacks in captivity, weighing 200kgs and fathering a total of 15 offspring. 

The family’s journey is part of The Aspinall Foundation’s Back To The Wild Campaign in conjunction with Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, and has been made possible by generous gifts from supporters of the charity, our partner DHL and the Gabonese Government.

But we still need your help to continue sending animals like Djala and his family ‘Back To The Wild’.

For more information: CLICK HERE

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Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Air, issued this statement:

Last year we undertook a very special request to transport three critically endangered black rhino from The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to a protected reserve in Tanzania.  Not something we do normally but, hey, this is DHL. So we did it.

Very soon we’ll be providing another essential service to protect a threatened cohabitant of our planet: moving a family of critically endangered western lowland gorillas from The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to Africa as part of the ongoing and ambitious conservation initiative, created by The Aspinall Foundation – Back To The Wild.

This move is extra special as the “big daddy” was orphaned in Africa 30 years ago and is finally going home – with his family.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. DHL Air’s Boeing 767-3JHF ER G-DHLH (msn 37806) arrives at Brussels with the special “Djala’s Journey Home-Gorillas in Transit-Aspinall Foundation” markings. The aircraft arrived from Cincinnatti and departed for Lagos, Nigeria.

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Newsworthy Photo of the Day – May 26, 2013

Onurair Airbus A320-233 TC-OBG (msn 916) (21 Years) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 912268.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil.

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Blue Air’s new owners lay out their strategy

Blue Air (BlueAirweb.com) (Blue Air Transport Aerien S.A. dba) (Bucharest) was acquired by Airline Management Solutions. The new owners have laid our their strategy and issued this statement:

The new ownership of Blue Air has as objective to strengthen the position in the market. “The target for 2013 is keeping the turnover at the same level as in 2012 and preserving the number of passengers who benefit from our services”, said Gheorghe Răcaru, CEO of Blue Air, during a press conference on Sunday.

He added that for the period 2014-2015, the objective of the new shareholders is to increase the consolidated turnover by 3-5%. “We are considering a radical change in terms of services. From customer service, bookings and catering in the aircraft, you will see radical changes and updates, a first for the Romanian industry. In addition, we are interested in gradually increasing the fleet”, said Răcaru.

The CEO said that the shareholders intend to keep and specialize the current staff. In addition, Gheorghe Răcaru said that the flights will be operated according to the existing schedule, ensuring customers that Blue Air will remain their preferred airline: “We assure our customers that Blue Air will continue to be one of the top airlines in Romania and that all provided services will be at least at the same level of quality, reliability and professionalism as before”.

In turn, Arthur Flieger, lawyer and representative of Airline Management Solutions, the new majority shareholder of Blue Air, said that the transaction goes as planned, with no delays. “From our point of view, even if the process is extensive, all that remains to be done for the sale is just formalities. The actual transfer will be completed probably in two or three weeks”, he explained.

The Airline Management Solutions company has Romanian capital and purchased Blue Air through a transaction worth about 30 million euro, including the assumption of liabilities in the amount of 28 million euro.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-430 YR-BAK (msn 27005) climbs away from Brussels.

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Blue Air is for sale

Blue Air (Blue Air Transport Aerian S.A. dba) (Bucharest) is for sale. The low-fare airline is currently owned by Nelu Iordache, who is currently facing charges for embezzling funds according to the Budapest Business Journal.

In January Blue Air Transport Aerian S.A. announced it had has reached an agreement with The Boeing Company to terminate the order placed in 2008 for five Boeing 737NG aircraft. It also stated “Based on the current troubled financial situation at Romstrade SRL, the major shareholder of Blue Air, SC Blue Air Transport Aerian S.A. is not in a position to continue the commitment.”

Six potential investors have expressed interest according to the airline managers.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

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The new Germanwings is moving ahead for its relaunch on July 1

Germanwings (2nd) (Cologne) is quickly moving ahead with its new image and plans to take over many routes currently operated by its parent Lufthansa. The low-fare subsidiary issued this statement:

The Lufthansa subsidiary is also ahead of schedule with the re-equipping of its fleet: Already 21 of the aircraft in the Germanwings fleet have been painted in the new livery. The new and modern brand identity is also reflected in the newly styled cabin, which is setting new standards and not only in the low cost carrier segment with generous legroom of 32 inches (81.3 cm) in the front rows. All 36 aircraft in the fleet will be refurbished inside and out by the time the “new Germanwings” takes to the air on July 1.

In order to provide passengers with advance information and planning security for their air travel needs, all the dates for the takeover of Lufthansa routes by Germanwings have already been penned firmly into the timeplan. This will allow the timetable for the “new Germanwings” to be worked out earlier than was originally envisaged. Following last year’s transfer from Lufthansa to German­wings of connections out of Stuttgart, the first routes to and from Hamburg were handed over at the end of March. From the Hanseatic City, Germanwings is now serving the previous Lufthansa destinations of Vienna, Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart and Nuremberg. It will be taking over connections to Cologne on June 29, 2013 and all other Lufthansa destinations by the end of January 2014, except for flights to Lufthansa’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

The transfer to Germanwings of Lufthansa routes out of Berlin commences on October 27, 2013: By 30 March 2014, all destinations ex Berlin (apart from FRA and MUC) will be handed over to the Lufthansa subsidiary. Subsequently, from the end of March 2014 to year-end, the “new Germanwings” will be successively operating flights in the Dusseldorf timetable, except for those on long-haul routes which will still be flown by Lufthansa.

Moves to intensify cooperation between Germanwings and airlines in the Lufthansa Group are also in full swing. A codeshare accord was concluded with Austrian Airlines last year, another is to follow with Swiss International Air Lines. The four daily flights operated by Germanwings, with the Swiss LX code alongside the 4U flight number in future, will greatly improve the quality of flight connections from Cologne through Zurich for passengers of the Lufthansa Group.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Formerly painted in the special Baden-Wurttemberg color scheme, Airbus A319-112 D-AKNM (msn 1089) now displays the new look at Brussels.

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Thomas Cook to merge Condor, Thomas Cook Belgium and Thomas Cook UK into one airline on March 1

Thomas Cook Group (London) has announced it will merge Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt), Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) and Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) (Brussels) into one airline  within the group on March 1.

The merger is part of Thomas Cook’s turnaround plan. It is unclear if the historic Condor name will be retired.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Condor already wear sthe Thomas Cook brand but still clings to its historic Condor name. Boeing 767-330 ER D-ABUH (msn 26986) taxies to the runway at Munich with the additional Peanuts characters.

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Middle Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Thomas Cook Airlines’ (Belgium) Airbus A320-232 OO-TCN (msn 425) with the image of Kim Clijsters arrives at the Belgium base.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 757-28A G-FCLH (msn 26274) of Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) completes its final approach into London (Gatwick).

Brussels Airlines is coming to Washington Dulles on June 18

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) on June 18 will open a new route from its Brussels hub to Washington (Dulles). The new route will operate five days a week with Airbus A330 aircraft. The route will connect with Star Alliance partner United Airlines (Chicago).

Flight schedule (in local times):

Flight Number Route Departure Arrival Days of week
SN515 Brussels – Washington DC 17h30 20h15 2/4/5/6/7
SN516 Washington DC – Brussels 22h35 12h10 2/4/5/6/7

(flight time: 8 hours and 45 minutes)

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Airbus A330-223 OO-SFZ (msn 249) climbs away from the Brussels hub.

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Monarch introduces a new “Let’s Make Flying Fun Again” ad campaign

Monarch Airlines (Monarch.co.uk) (London-Luton) has launched its third television advertisement.

The new advertisement (see below), which will be the first to use the airline”s redesigned branding, was created by Iris Worldwide and will run for three weeks on ITV in the Central, Yorkshire, Granada and London TV regions during popular programs such as ”Dancing On Ice” ”Coronation Street” and ”The Chase”. As part of the multi-channel campaign it will also be shown on other channels including Sky One, Sky Living and E4.

There will be two versions, one of 10 seconds and one of 30 seconds. The shorter advertisement will demonstrate the airline”s price offering, while the longer version will position the brand. Both will reflect the airline”s aim ”to be the customer”s choice for outstanding service” and the aspiration to put the fun back into flying. These ideals will run through other marketing projects, as the rebranding is embedded in other airline activity this year.

The advert will be further supported by national and regional press, social media, radio, email, digital and outdoor advertising in the new theme.

Kevin George, Managing Director of Monarch Airlines, commented, “We are building on the success of our previous television campaign with this latest production, which evokes happy memories, prompting our teams and our passengers to put the fun back into flying.” He continues: “With Monarch now clearly established as a scheduled airline it is important that we showcase the products on offer across our extensive network of European and Mediterranean routes.”

Monarch Airlines operates scheduled services from Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports.

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Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Airbus A320-212 G-OZBB (msn 389) prepares to land at Brussels painted in the updated 2011 livery.

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Hainan Airlines is coming to Chicago O’Hare

Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) has announced it plans to begin nonstop service from Chicago (O’Hare) to Beijing on September 3, 2013. Hainan is Mainland China’s only certified Skytrax® five-star airline. Service will be operated with two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft four times a week, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with departure and arrival times that allow for convenient connections from points throughout the United States. The new flight will complement the carrier’s existing North American service to Beijing from Toronto (Pearson) and Seattle/Tacoma.

Flight 498 will depart Chicago (O’Hare) at 3:30 pm (1530) and arrive in Beijing at 6:40 pm (1840) the following day. Flight 497 will depart Beijing at 1:20 pm (1320) and arrives Chicago at 1:30 pm (1330) the same day due to the International Date Line. Connections to and from points throughout China are also possible. Cargo service will be offered.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Airbus A330-243 B-6116 (msn 875) climbs away from Brussels.

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Jet Airways introduces its first Airbus A330-300 on the Brussels route, starts Mangalore-Dubai service

Jet Airways (Mumbai) is expanding its Airbus fleet, which currently has 11 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with two newly-delivered Airbus A330-300s. The pictured A330-302 VT-JWS (msn 1361) was handed over from Airbus on December 14, 2012 followed by A330-302 VT-JWR (msn 1351) five days later. The new type was introduced on December 22, 2012 on flights 9W 228/227 on the Mumbai – Brussels – Mumbai sectors.

In other news, Jet Airways on January 3 commenced international flight operations from Mangalore with a Boeing 737-800 flight from Bajpe Airport to Dubai. The departure at the Mangalore International Terminal was marked by the lighting of a ceremonial lamp, in the presence of Honorable Members of Parliament from Mangalore and Udupi, Mr. Jayprakash Hedge. Also present at the occasion were senior management from Jet Airways, Mr. Gaurang Shetty – Senior VP (Commercial) and eminent dignitaries from the aviation and travel fraternity, Mr. Radhakrishna –Airport Director, Mangalore; Mr. Vasudeva Rao – Ex Airport Director, Mangalore and Coordinator, Karnataka NRI Forum and Mr. Abdulla Kunhi – Chairman Yenopaya Group. The first flight departed with a full complement of passengers.

The flight 9W 532, operated by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with economy seating for 170 passengers, departed from Mangalore at 20.00 hrs with a 22.30 hrs (Local Time) arrival into Dubai.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. The first Airbus A330-302 (VT-JWS, msn 1361) climbs gracefully away from Brussels.

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S7 Airlines to operate seasonal Moscow-Verona flights

S7 Airlines (Siberia Airlines) (Novosibirsk) will operate seasonal flights from Moscow (Domodedovo) to Verona (Italy).

The flights will start on December 26, 2012 and operate three times a week – on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. Departures from Moscow at 10:55, arrival in Verona at 11:35 local time. The return flight will take off at 12:25 and arrive at 18:55.

The flights will be flown on 160-seat Boeing 737-800s with economy and business class cabins.

The Verona airport is the most popular destination for travelling to popular ski resorts of the Dolomites.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Boeing 737-83N VP-BND (msn 28245) completes its final approach into Brussels.

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Air Astana records a first half pre-tax profit of $33.5 million

Air Astana (Almaty) recorded a first half pre-tax profit of $33.5 million.

Read the full report:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Ex-KLM Boeing 767-306 ER P4-KCA (msn 27612) approaches Brussels for landing.

RAK Airways to resume operations before the end of the year

RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) is planning to restart scheduled operations before the end of the year with new Boeing 737-800s.

Read the full report:

CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. RAK Airways previously operated Boeing 757-200s. 757-256 A6-RKA (msn 29311) prepares to land at Brussels.

RAK Airways is not closing

 

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Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) was rumored to be going out of business after Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al-Qasimi said the new flag carrier “was no longer in service”. RAK Airways, which commenced scheduled services on November 29, 2007 with leased Boeing 757-200s, had recently ended scheduled services in late 2008. Today the company continues as a charter airline operating sub-service flights for Hewa Bora Airways. However the new CEO (Kristian Kirchheiner) who joined the team on May 18, is “exploring all opportunities”.

 

From Arabian Business:

www.arabianbusiness.com/557255-rak-airways-in-no-way-closing—new-ceo 

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