TAP Portugal (Miami) from June 28 through September 22, 2015 will go to daily service on the Lisbon-Miami route. Ironically this is the summer rainy season for Miami, the off season for North American visitors. The route is operated with Airbus A330s and A340s.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330223 CS-TOH (msn 181) in the Star Alliance livery arrives at the Lisbon hub.
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SAS has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Cimber A/S.
Since 2004, SAS has had a wet lease agreement (aircraft and crew) with Cimber A/S (Cimber) that has a cost efficient production platform for regional jet operation. The acquisition provides SAS with an opportunity to transfer production with smaller aircraft to Cimber, consisting of 12 Bombardier CRJ900s with a base in Copenhagen. As a result, a more focused and flexible production can be achieved.
The acquisition of Cimber, will give SAS access to a specialist within regional flights with a very competitive production platform that complements SAS’ production of larger Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Due to expected synergies, the acquisition of Cimber can also provide opportunities for SAS to maintain and develop regional routes within the network for the benefit of SAS customers, says Rickard Gustafson, SAS President & CEO.
The acquisition, includes Cimber’s option to receive CO2emission rights for the years 2015-2020. The nominal value of these rights currently amount to approximately MDKK 35 subject to the EU Commission’s approval of the Danish allocation plan for European Aviation Allowances (EUAA) for 2015-2020.
The discontinuation of Cimber’s current fleet of Bombardier CRJ200s and ATR 72s will be implemented as already communicated and decided by Cimber.
The value of the transaction is MDKK 20 with final payment in April 2015. The transaction must be approved by relevant Competition Authorities, and is subject to other customary conditions.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/AirlinersGallery.com. As previously reported, Cimber is retiring its CRJ200s. CRJ200 (CL-200-2B19) OY-RJB (msn 7419) arrives in Lisbon with “Flying for Scandinavian Airlines” and SAS titles.
euroAtlantic Airways (Lisbon) is celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2013.
The airline was established as Air Zarco by Tomaz Metello and the largest Portuguese leisure corporation, Pestana Hotels and Resorts, on August 25, 1993. The charter airline adopted the name of Air Madeira in 1997 until May 17, 2000 when the current name of euroAtlantic Airways – Transportes Aéreos S.A. was adopted.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos. Former Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-212 ER CS-TFM (msn 28513) departs from the Lisbon base with a large 20 Years 1993-2013 emblem.
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TAAG Angola Airlines (TAAG Linhas Aereas) (Luanda) is supporting the upcoming “Angola 2013″ Roller Hockey World Cup event in Angola with a large “Angola 2013 – 41st Mundial e Hoquei Patins” message emblazoned across the fuselage of this Boeing 777-3M2 registered as D2-TEG (msn 40805).
The 2013 FIRS Men’s Roller Hockey World Cup will be the 41st edition of the FIRS Roller Hockey World Cup. It will be held in Luanda and Namibe Providence, Angola from September 20-28, 2013.
This will be the first Roller Hockey World Cup played in Africa.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Batista/Flyingphotos. D2-TEG departs from Lisbon bound for Luanda with the additional markings.
Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) has announced it will wet lease two Airbus A340-300s from Hifly (Lisbon) due to the delays in the delivery of its new Boeing 787-8s for the new New York and Bangkok routes.
The company issued the following statement (translated from Norwegian):
Norwegian has entered into an agreement to lease two long-range Airbus A340-300. The aircraft will be used on Norwegian routes to New York and Bangkok on the company’s Dreamliner aircraft will be delayed.
To ensure that Norwegian passengers can fly to and from New York and Bangkok on Dreamliner planes that are delayed, the Company has entered into an agreement to lease two Airbus A340-300 aircraft. The two aircraft Norwegian will use are the pending Dreamliner delivery. The agreement is called a MOU – Memorandum of Understanding – which is binding on both parties. Outsourcing is a so-called “wet lease” – leasing of aircraft and crew.
The two Airbus aircraft to Norwegian to lease owned by the Portuguese HiFly leasing company that took them over the winter 2012/2013. The aircraft were previously flown by Singapore Airlines and Emirates. Aircraft are subject to EU safety legislation and enforcement is carried out by European aviation authorities. HiFly is one of several European airlines which conduct leasing of aircraft to companies who need spare capacity. The company has had a number of major European airlines on its customer list.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos. Hifly’s Airbus A340-313X OY-KBM (msn 450) taxies into position at the Lisbon base.
TAAG Angola Airlines (TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola) (Luanda) currently operates three Boeing 777-200s and two 777-300 ERs. The company has three additional 777-300 ERs on order which will be delivered in May 2014, December 2015 and March 2016 according to this report by Macau Hub. The airline also holds options for three more.
Read the full report: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos. TAAG’s Boeing 777-3M2 ER D2-TEG (msn 40805) climbs away gracefully from Lisbon bound for Luanda.
Air Transat’s parent posts net income of $16.6 million in the 4Q, but a net loss of $16.7 million for the fiscal year
Transat A.T. Inc., the parent of Air Transat (Montreal), posted net income of $16.6 million in the fourth quarter, compared with a net loss of $7.3 million in 2011. For the fiscal year ending on October 31, the holding company reported a net loss of $16.7 million, compared with $14.7 million the previous year (all amounts in Canadian dollars). The company also stated:
Transat A.T. Inc. posted revenues of $763.4 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2012, compared with $805.9 million for the same period of 2011, a decrease of $42.5 million, or 5.3%. The Corporation recorded a margin of $52.9 million, compared with $23.5 million before restructuring charge in 2011, and net income after goodwill impairment of $16.6 million ($0.43 per share on a diluted basis), compared with a net loss of $7.3 million ($0.19 per share on a diluted basis) in 2011. Before non-operating items, Transat reported adjusted after-tax income of $28.7 million in 2012 ($0.75 per share on a diluted basis), compared with $7.3 million ($0.19 per share on a diluted basis) in 2011.
For the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012, Transat posted revenues of $3.7 billion, an increase of 1.6% versus 2011. The Corporation recorded a margin of $17.0 million, compared with $33.0 million before restructuring charge in 2011, and a net loss of $16.7 million ($0.44 per share on a diluted basis), compared with $14.7 million in 2011 ($0.39 per share on a diluted basis). The net loss posted in 2012 takes into account goodwill impairment of $15 million, attributable to the France operations. Before non-operating items, Transat reported an adjusted after-tax loss of $15.3 million in 2012 ($0.40 per share on a diluted basis), compared with $9.7 million ($0.26 per share on a diluted basis) in 2011.
The Corporation’s free cash totalled $171.2 million as at October 31, 2012, compared with $181.6 million as at October 31, 2011. The working capital ratio was 1.0, versus 0.97 a year earlier, and deposits from customers for future travel amounted to $382.8 million, compared with $348.0 million on the same date the prior year. Off-balance-sheet agreements stood at $557.1 million as at October 31, 2012, compared with $653.7 million as of October 31, 2011; the decrease stems from payments made during the fiscal year.
Air Transat will be facing new leisure competition from the newly-announced Air Canada rouge.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista. Airbus A310-304 C-GTSF (msn 472) taxies at Lisbon in the new 2011 brand.
TNT Express N.V. (Hoofddorp) has announced the conditional sale of 100% of the equity interest in its subsidiary TNT Airways SA (TAY) (Liege) and Pan Air Lineas Aereas SA (PNR) (Madrid) to ASL Aviation Group Limited (Dublin). The transfer is conditional on and will become effective immediately prior to completion of the proposed UPS-TNT Express merger.
This change of ownership and control will ensure service continuity of the TNT Express operations after the completion of the proposed merger, in compliance with EU airline ownership and control rules .
ASL Aviation Group is an established European group of aviation companies, which currently includes three airlines (including Air Contractors), two support services companies and various leasing entities. ASL Aviation Group holds a European air operator license and operates and owns a fleet of about 90 aircraft in use for freight and passenger services. ASL Aviation Group employs close to 1,200 personnel and generated revenues of around €410 million in 2011. ASL Aviation Group is owned by Compagnie Maritime Belge N.V. (51%) and 3P Air Freighters Ltd (49%).
ASL Aviation Group will take over all flights performed by TNT Express’ airlines. ASL Aviation Group has entered into a service contract that will maintain service continuity. ASL Aviation Group will become a key third-party provider of the combined UPS-TNT Express group and will be invited to bid for all of the combined group’s outsourced air business in Europe when this becomes open to tender. Alongside its commercial agreement with UPS-TNT Express, ASL Aviation Group expects to develop further its third-party airline and maintenance businesses.
Almost all employees of the airlines will stay with the airlines except for a small number of employees who will transfer to the TNT Express’ Liège hub due to the nature of their work. As part of the transaction, ASL Aviation Group has committed to comply with applicable laws and regulations to respect all individual employee rights, covenants and benefits as exist under current ownership.
TNT Express does not expect the airlines ownership transfer to impact activities at TNT Express’ hub in Liège for at least one year following completion of the proposed UPS-TNT Express merger. Further, ASL Aviation Group intends to maintain the TNT Airways headquarters in Liège. UPS recognizes the significant value of TNT Express’ operations, assets and people in Liège and will develop longer-term plans for the hub, with involvement of employees’ representatives, the Walloon Region and Liège Airport.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos. Boeing 737-45D OO-TNP (msn 27256) of TNT Airways completes its final approach into Lisbon.
Orbest Orizonia Airlines (formerly Iberworld Airlines) (Palma de Mallorca) and Iberia (Madrid) have signed a contract for the maintenance of Orbest’s Airbus A320s and A330s. Orbest is a unit of the Orizonia Holiday Group.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos. Still wearing the color scheme of Iberworld, Airbus A330-343X EC-JHP (msn 670) prepares to arrive at Lisbon.
Bmibaby (bmibaby.com) (East Midlands) is going out of business. The last flights will be operated on September 9. To avoid a drop off of passengers at the end, the carrier is advising its customers to fly out on the airline and has given them guidance on who to fly home after September 9.
Here is the full list of the last flights: CLICK HERE
“Tiny” will soon be enjoying retirement. For now he is encouraging customers to continue flying on the airline.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos. Boeing 737-36N G-TOYL (msn 28594) prepares to land at Lisbon.
AirEuropa (Palma de Mallorca and Madrid) will add the Madrid-Brussels route on December 3. The new route will be operated twice-daily with Embraer ERJ 195s according to Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) EC-KYP (msn 19000281) in the special Ushuaia Ibiza beach club motif visits Amsterdam.
EasyJet (UK) (easyJet.com) (London-Luton) is honoring the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) and Willy Brandt (1913-1992) with this special decal on its Airbus A319-111 G-EZEZ (msn 2360). The decals were added in April 2012 but the airport opening has been delayed until next year as reported.
According to Wikipedia, Willy Brandt leader of the German Social Democratic Party of Germany (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, or SPD) from 1964 to 1987, and chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1969 to 1974. Willy was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1971 for his efforts to achieve reconciliation between West Germany and the countries of the Soviet bloc.
As we have reported, the new Berlin Airport has been delayed in its opening. The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, formally known as Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt, is the new international airport for Berlin currently under construction 11 miles south of Berlin, near the current Schönefeld Airport in the former East Berlin. BER is now scheduled to open on March 17, 2013. When BER opens, Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) will close.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos. G-EZEZ departs from Lisbon with the new markings.
Aero VIP (Portugal) (Cascais) has successfully integrated the 7 Air Group, becoming part of one of the biggest aeronautical groups in Portugal. The charter airline is now operating under the 7 Air brand as pictured on this Dornier 228-202 CS-TGG (msn 8160) seen landing at Lisbon.
Copyright Photos: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos.
AirEuropa (Palma de Mallorca) is promoting the Ushuaia beach club on the east coast of Ibiza, Spain with this new logojet. Oddly the beach club is named after the southern most city in Argentina, usually a very cold location in the Patagonia.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista/Flyingphotos. Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) EC-KYP (msn 19000281) departs from Lisbon with the special markings.
TAAG-Angola Airlines Boeing 777-2M2 ER D2-TEF (msn 34567) LIS (Pedro Baptista), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola (Angola Airlines) (Luanda) has ordered two 777-300 ERs (Extended Range) in a deal that also includes purchase rights for two additional 777-300 ER jetliners.
TAAG, the flag carrier for Angola, will use the airplanes for route expansion to additional European destinations. TAAG currently flies Boeing 777-200 ERs (Extended Range) 10 times weekly from Luanda, Angola, to Lisbon, twice weekly to Beijing via Dubai and four times weekly to Rio de Janeiro.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista. Boeing 777-2M2 ER D2-TEF (msn 34567) departs Lisbon bound for Luanda.
Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) has introduced a new color scheme which eliminates the traditional Biman name. This Boeing 777-212 ER is the first Triple Seven for the company. A Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A310-300 has also been painted in the new livery.
SEAA-Servicios Executivos Aereos de Angola Embraer ERJ 145EP EI-DKH (msn 145155) LIS, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
SEAA-Servicios Executivos Aereos de Angola (Luanda) is getting ready to take delivery of its first Embraer ERJ 145.
Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista.
EuroAtlantic Airways (Lisbon) on October 15, 2009 added ex-STP Airways Boeing 767-3Y0 ER and re-registered the aircraft as CS-TFT (msn 26208, ex S9-DBY). The airliner was recently operated for Med-View Airline (Kano) for the 2009 Hajj pilgrimage season.
EuroAtlantic Airways (Lisbon) has upgraded the livery on its Lockheed L-1011-385-3 TriStar 500 CS-TEB (msn 1240) to the 2005 colors which features larger titles.
Med-View Airline (The Airline of Nigeria) (Kano) is leasing Boeing 757-2G5 CS-TFK (msn 23983) from euroAtlantic Airways for the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage. The speciality airline specializes in charter flights to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj. Med-View commenced operations on November 27, 2007.
Tor Air (Gothenburg) is now operating for Cimber Air and Viking Airlines. The new charter airline started operations in 2008.