Monthly Archives: May 2010

Air Algerie introduces its “Viva L’Algerie” logojet for the World Cup

Copyright Photo: Pepscl. Airbus A330-202 7T-VJW (msn 647) came to Paris (Orly) today (May 31) in this new special color scheme.

Air Algerie (Algiers) has introduced this new “Viva L’Algerie” logojet in preparation for the World Cup in South Africa.

EasyJet plans to sue over the closed airspace

EasyJet ( (UK) (London-Luton) plans a class action lawsuit for compensation for the closed airspace imposed by Europe’s air safety authorities following a volcanic eruption in April according to this report in Reuters.

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Airbus A319-111 G-EZBG (msn 2946) approaches London (Stansted) for landing.

AeroMexico to add the Mexico City-Bogota route on July 5

AeroMexico (Mexico City) will add the Mexico City-Bogota route on July 5.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 737-752 XA-AGM (msn 35786) taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

Will the Concorde fly again?

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth. The ill-fated Air France Concorde 101 F-BTSC (msn 203) is pictured on final approach at Basel/Mulhouse on May 27, 1990. Sadly it would crash at Paris (CDG) on July 25, 2007.

The British “Save Concorde Group”, SCG, and the French “Olympus 593” are joining forces in an effort to possibly fly the Concorde again.

The Concorde was retired by both Air France and British Airways seven years ago, but it is hoped the jet could return to flight for air shows.

The group will test the engines at a stored museum Concorde near Paris to determine what will be need to restore the aircraft to flying condition.

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British Airways’ cabin crews begin the second five-day strike

British Airways (London) and its cabin crew members (flight attendants), represented by the Unite union, were unable to reach any accord. As a result the union has begun another five-day strike against the company.

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AirTran Airways starts Wichita-Orlando nonstop flights

AirTran Airways (Orlando) yesterday (May 29) began new nonstop service between Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, KS, and Orlando International Airport. The airline will offer a Saturday nonstop flight between the two cities.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 717-2BD N892AT (msn 55044) prepares for takeoff at Miami.

Frontier narrows the Badger airplane to three names

N174HQ at GRR, originally uploaded by PhotoLab507.

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) announced the finalists for the names of the badger gracing the tail of its newest 99-seat Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft operated by Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis). Thousands of Wisconsin residents offered up their favorite names for Frontier’s newest animal and Frontier narrowed the list to Bella, Buddy and Cookie.

The names and an online ballot will be posted on Wisconsin residents can also vote at the Frontier Airlines Landing at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. Entries must be received by July 4, 2010. The winning name will be announced on July 5.

Copyright Photo: PhotoLab507. Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N174HQ (msn 19000211) stopped at Grand Rapids (GRR) on May 15.

South African orders five more Airbus A320s

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South African Airways (Johannesburg) has ordered five additional Airbus A320 aircraft, increasing an earlier commitment for the type from 15 to 20.  The aircraft, to be delivered from 2013, will be powered by IAE engines.

South African Airways already operates a fleet of 11 A319s, six A340-200s, six A340-300s and nine A340-600s.

Aegean Airlines swings to a $31.4 million first quarter loss

Aegean Airlines (Athens) reported a net loss of $31.4 million in the first quarter.

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Copyright Photo: Pedro Pics. Aegean’s Airbus A320-232 SX-DVI (msn 3074) visits Stansted Airport near London.