FlyGeorgia (Tbilisi) will introduce twice-weekly Tbilisi – Dubai Airbus A319 service on January 3. The airline is also planning to serve Berlin, Dusseldorf and Kiev besides the current service to Amsterdam. The expanding airline took delivery of its second Airbus A319 (4L-FGB) on November 21.
The company announced in October it had signed agreements for the leasing of two Airbus A320s from leasing company AerCap .
The first aircraft, A320-214 4L-FGC (msn 1439, ex OK-GEA), is due to be delivered to Georgia by the end of 2012. The second Airbus A320 will start serving the passengers of FlyGeorgia from March 2013.
Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle. The first Airbus A319 is seen at Dublin before delivery to the company as 4L-FGA on June 29, 2012.
Allegiant Travel Company(Allegiant Air) (Las Vegas) today announced its proposed transaction to acquire ten Airbus A319 aircraft from Cebu Pacific Air has been terminated as a result of the parties’ failure to satisfy certain conditions to proceeding with the transaction. The potential transaction was made public on July 30, 2012 after the signing of the letter of intent.
“We are disappointed that we were not able to finalize this agreement on which we spent a substantial amount of time and effort,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant President. “Unfortunately we were unable to come to terms on some of the economic provisions of the transaction and as we have demonstrated in the past, we will not purchase aircraft just for the sake of growth. Our disciplined approach in asset purchases is a core competency that we will not compromise.”
“We continue to have fleet flexibility in 2013 even without the Cebu A319s. Seven of the nine A320 aircraft, which we announced the intention to acquire on December 19, 2012, are expected to be delivered in 2013 and we now plan to introduce these aircraft into service at a faster pace so as to offset the capacity that had been planned with the Cebu A319s,” concluded Levy.
Allegiant is now expecting 2013 total CAPEX to be between $170 and $180 million. The company has signed operating leases for nine A319 aircraft with GECAS and purchase agreements for nine A320 aircraft formerly operated by Iberia. Allegiant will remain active in the market for the purchase or lease of additional Airbus aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. The first Airbus A319 for Allegiant is seen at Southend before it was delivered.
Germania Fluggesellschaft (Berlin) is adding 10 new routes from Bremen as it expands operations for the coming summer season. The new routes will include Enfidha (starting on May 11), Fuerteventura (May 6), Ibiza (May 6), Irakleion (May 8), Las Palmas (May 5), Mahon (May 9), Moscow Domodedovo (May 7), Nice (May 2), Tenerife (South) (May 2) and Varna (March 31).
Read the full details from Germania (in German): CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 737-75B D-AGEQ (msn 28103) prepares to land at Munich.
British Airways (London) has announced it will be increasing its flights between Toronto (Pearson) and London (Heathrow) from March 31, 2013.
Additional flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays make the total frequency on the route at 17 roundtrips per week. The new frequencies will be served on Boeing 767-300 aircraft, offering Club World business class, World Traveller Plus premium economy and World Traveller, the airline’s economy class.
Flights departing from Toronto arrive at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
As previously reported, British Airways also announced a new route to Chengdu, China, just weeks after starting services to Seoul in South Korea. The thrice-weekly service will start on September 22, 2013. The route will be served by a four-cabin Boeing 777 with First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWV (msn 27140) climbs away from the runway at Heathrow Airport near London.
Ryanair (Dublin) has announced it will open its first Greek base and the 55th base in total at Chania in April 2013 with one based aircraft. The ultra low-fare airline unveiled 11 new routes (26 in total), from Chania to Billund, Bremen, Bristol, Eindhoven, Katowice, Marseille, Memmingen, Thessaloniki, Venice, Vilnius and Warsaw. Ryanair is investing over $70 million at Chania.
Chania is the second largest city on the island of Crete and is also the capital of the Chania region. Chania is located the north coast of the island, about 90 miles west of Heraklion which gets most of the traffic to Crete.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCL (msn 33806) painted in the Dreamliner promotional colors arrives at the London (Stansted) hub.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) had a minor incident yesterday (December 27) at Islip, Long Island that attracted some media interest. Boeing 737-7H4 N718SW (msn 27852) exited the taxiway at Islip while taxiing and the nose wheel got mired in the soft dirt. The airline issued the following statement:
This morning (December 27), flight WN 4695 leaving Islip for Tampa exited the taxiway during taxi from the gate. The aircraft had 129 customers on board, and there were no reported injuries. The customers deplaned the aircraft and were bussed back to the terminal where a replacement aircraft will take them to their original destination. Maintenance crews are working to move the aircraft and evaluate it for any damage.
Read the media coverage (with photos) from Channel 10 News: CLICK HERE