Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has made a public offer to the shareholders of Austrian Airlines (Vienna) to acquire the shares of the airline via the OLH holding company. LH is offering EUR 4.49 for each share of Austrian stock. This bid price is based on the average price of the stock over the past six months. The offer expires on May 11, 2009. The goal is to bring Austrian into the Lufthansa Group (like Swiss).
The SAS Group (Stockholm) is planning to pump in $9.24 million for Estonian Air (Tallinn) to improve the liquidity of the flag carrier. This comes as SAS has previously stated it would like to divest its 49 percent share of the company.
Mesaba Airlines (NWA Airlink) (Minneapolis/St. Paul) will start Delta Connection operations from Delta’s Atlanta hub on March 2. The first two aircraft will fly to Hilton Head Island and the Tri Cities, TN.
N623VA rests overnight at the San Francisco base. Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.
Virgin America (San Francisco) leased its Airbus A320-214 N623VA (msn 2740) to TAM Brasil (TAM Linhas Aereas) on June 6, 2007. The leased aircraft returned to Virgin America on December 18, 2008 and is being operated still in TAM’s old 1999 colors with small “Operated by Virgin America” stickers.
GoJet Airlines (United Express) (St. Louis) has finally been confirmed as the “undisclosed customer” that placed an order for six more Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) regional jets. The order was placed on March 20, 2008 and has not identified until now.
Bmi (British Midland Airways) (East Midlands and London Heathrow) will drop two London Heathrow UK domestic routes due to escalating costs which has made operating the routes unprofitable. The airline blames BAA’s “inflation-busting increases” in airport charges. The LHR-Durham Tees Valley, which has been operated for 40 years, will be eliminated on March 28. In addition the LHR-Leeds/Bradford route will also be dropped on the same day after 30 years of service.