Monthly Archives: October 2014

Icelandair to resume operations at Orlando International Airport on September 4, 2015

Icelandair (Keflavik) will resume services to Orlando International Airport (MCO) starting on September 4, 2015. The airline is also adding an extra weekly flight to the sunny destination taking the service up to four times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The carrier is moving from Sanford back to MCO. The airline drops Orlando service during the summer months.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-256 TF-FIZ (msn 30052) arrives in Zurich.

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Air Armenia suspends operations until December 20

Air Armenia (Yerevan) has suspended all operations until at least December 20 as it reorganizes. The company started operations on March 18, 2003. The airline has issued this statement:

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On October 22 it has turned a year, as the airline “Air Armenia” has been implementing transportation of passengers. This is reported by the press service of the airline “Air Armenia”. The report, particularly, is transmitted as follows: “Over the past year airline “Air Armenia”, as the only Armenian air carrier, served passengers implementing flights to Russia and Europe.

The year for airline “Air Armenia”, as for the only Armenian air carrier, was full of both achievements and undesired, unexpected events. According to the extended information, during the summer there were taken some measures to obstruct the activity of the airline, aiming to discomfit the Armenian air carrier. This can create desirable conditions for foreign airlines to provide independent policy and monopoly control over the Armenian sky.

On September 11 of this year, through the media sources Russian air navigation stated that airline “Air Armenia” was going to be disabled to realize flights to Russian Federation since September 21. This announcement caused a great harm and a lot of trouble for the only Armenian air carrier.

The statement of Russian air navigation was also spread in Armenia by the Armenian media sources, which led to the fall of airline prestige, causing huge financial losses. The statement brought up a panic among the passengers, the creditors and the debetors. Many passengers began returning already purchased air tickets. A huge mass of the passengers refused being served by the Armenian air carrier. Ticket sales dropped by, more than, 60%. While all the lenders were demanding their money back, ignoring the previous agreement on the transfer schedule, the debetors refused to transfer the money got from the air ticket sales, bringing the possibility of ticket returns as an explanation. In this case they would have to return the money back to passengers.

The two airplanes (A320s), operated by airline “Air Armenia” are now in the Netherlands, getting some maintenance. Maintenance of the airplanes is a mandatory procedure that is implemented in the framework of the agreement with the company, giving these airplanes on credit.

In addition to the panic and uncertainty of the society, A320 owners demanded the planned maintenance of an airplane and a non-planned one of another airplane as well. They insisted on holding the maintaining process in the airport of theirs so as to be safe. Surprisingly, the airline “Air Armenia” managed to find the energy, strength and resources to organize some flights with just one airplane.

The disinformation, spread by 1in.am on October 22 also caused a lot of serious problems for airline “Air Armenia” causing even more losses. Air ticket sales in Armenia decreased by 80%. At the same time, many agents held the revenue in case of possible return of the money.

As a result, the profit dropped to a critical minimum, and the transportation of passengers was impossible. In this situation, the airline has decided to take some radical actions leading to financial reconstruction, flights graphic’s improving until December 20, making an emphasis on the flights being highly demanded.

At the current time, we plan to collect some financial sources to be able to get back the 2 A320 airplanes, so as to go live with all the flights according to the winter schedule, announced previously starting from December 20.

The only Armenian airline “Air Armenia” thanks all the loyal passengers and partners, bringing apologies for this unpleasant situation and the inconvenience.

Top Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Air Armenia). Airbus A320-214 EK32039 (msn 1439) approaches the runway at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow.

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Alitalia to add new flights to both Berlin and Dusseldorf on December 15 in association with partner Airberlin

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) on December 15 will inaugurate new daily service to Berlin and Dusseldorf from Rome (Fiumicino), Milan (Linate) and Venice.

New Alitalia flights to Berlin and Dusseldorf will operate daily during the winter season using Embraer 175 aircraft offering 2 classes of service: “Excellent”- Alitalia’s business class for international routes, and “Classic”, Alitalia’s economy class service.

New flights between Italy and Germany have strategic importance for Alitalia. With the introduction of the new flights to Berlin and Dusseldorf in 2015, Alitalia will offer approximately 370,000 more seats, an increase of 66% over 2014. Alitalia currently offers direct flights from Rome to Munich, and Rome and Milan Linate to Frankfurt.

Alitalia’s increase of seats offered to Germany during 2014 resulted in 60% more passengers carried over 2013.

The new flights will operate in codeshare with partner Airberlin (Berlin), Germany’s second largest airline.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) EI-RDB (msn 17000331) departs from Geneva.

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SriLankan Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-300

SriLankan Airlines (Colombo), the national carrier of Sri Lanka, yesterday (October 30) took delivery of its first (of six) Airbus A330-300 becoming a new operator for the type. The wide-body aircraft arrived at Colombo International Airport, having flown from Toulouse, France, and joins the airlines’ existing fleet of A320, A321, A330-200 and A340-300 aircraft. SriLankan will take delivery of a further five A330-300s.

SriLankan Airlines and Airbus embarked upon a long-term, strategic partnership in 1993 when the airline began operating the A320 and A340. It has since grown to be an all Airbus operator, and is now an award winning carrier, expanding and diversifying its wide range of products and services to drive the country’s ongoing boom in tourism and economic development.

The carrier will introduce the new type on November 9 on a one-time Colombo-London (Heathrow) roundtrip followed by the Colombo-Bangkok-Guangzhou route on November 11 and finally the Colombo and Tokyo (Narita) route on November 15. The airline will also use the new type to Beijing and Shanghai (Pudong).

Top Copyright Photo: Oliver Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343 F-WWYX (msn 1564) became 4R-ALL on the handover.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Airbus. The airline celebrates the signifiant milestone at the delivery ceremony.

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Monarch Airlines finalizes its deal with Boeing for 30 737 MAX 8s + 15 options

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Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) today finalized an order for 30 737 MAX 8s worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices. The order, originally announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July when Monarch selected Boeing as its preferred bidder for fleet replacement, includes options for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s and marks the beginning of the British carrier’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet.

The 737 MAX has accumulated 2,325 orders to date from 48 customers and is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history.

Headquartered at London Luton Airport, but also operating from five other U.K. bases – London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Leeds-Bradford – Monarch predominantly serves holiday destinations around the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands as well as European ski resorts. Founded in 1968, the British carrier will move to a cost effective and uniform fleet of 737 MAX 8s within the next decade.

As previously reported, on October 24, Monarch Airlines and other parts of Monarch Holdings Limited, the UK’s leading independent leisure travel group, completed a restructuring program and sale of 90 percent of the group to Greybull Capital LLP under which it secured £125 million of permanent capital and liquidity facilities.

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Air Canada’s pilots ratify the new contract

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced its pilots, represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association, have ratified a new 10-year contract. The company issued this statement:

Air Canada welcomes today’s confirmation by the Air Canada Pilots Association that its members have ratified a landmark agreement on collective agreement terms for ten years.

“This ten-year agreement with the Air Canada Pilots Association is a ground-breaking development which allows us to accelerate the implementation of our business strategy on a win-win basis with our pilots,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada. “The new agreement provides greater stability and long term cost certainty as well as a framework for a strong partnership with our pilots. It is also the most tangible indication of the shift in culture underway at Air Canada.

“With this agreement now in place, we can focus our efforts on long-term profitable growth at both Air Canada and Air Canada rouge for the benefit of our employees and all of Air Canada’s stakeholders. I thank the teams representing both ACPA and management for their insight, commitment and determination in reaching this agreement.”

The agreement is subject to certain openers and benchmarks over the 10 year period.

In addition to labor stability and long term cost certainty, the agreement also provides for increased flexibility with respect to regional airline capacity purchase agreements to help ensure cost competitiveness. In addition, it facilitates the evolution of Air Canada rouge TM into a stronger leisure carrier with improved fleet renewal flexibility and terms. As well, the agreement provides additional codeshare and joint venture flexibility and scope.

The agreement has been approved by the Air Canada Board of Directors.

The Air Canada Pilots Association membership comprises approximately 3,000 pilots.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada rouge is the winner with this new agreement. The leisure brand of Air Canada will continue to add aircraft and routes. Boeing 767-333 ER C-FMXC (msn 25588) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Pacific Coastal Airlines to start a new route connecting Victoria with Prince George

Pacific Coastal Airlines (Vancouver) has announced the addition of a new regularly scheduled nonstop service between Victoria and Prince George effective on Monday, January 12, 2015.

The new flight will operate once every day except Saturday. It is scheduled to depart Victoria International Airport (YYJ) at 5:00 P.M. (PST) (1700) arriving at Prince George Airport (YXS) at 6:40 P.M. (PST) (1840). The aircraft will depart Prince George at 7:05 P.M. (1905), arriving back in Victoria at 8:45 P.M. (2045).

Pacific Coastal Airlines has been providing regularly scheduled, charter, and cargo services in British Columbia for almost forty years. Started in Bella Coola by one-time truck logger Daryl Smith, it is now the sixth-largest airline operating at Vancouver (YVR) (based on outbound seats), and third-largest in takeoffs and landings. It is also a major supplier of charter services to fishing lodges and the resource sector.

Operating from its administrative center at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) South Terminal, Pacific Coastal employs more than three hundred people across fifteen bases in British Columbia.

Pacific Coastal Airlines’ seaplane base operates out of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and from there provides service to a large number destinations along the coast.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Beechcraft 1900C C-GPCY (msn UB-45) arrives at the Vancouver hub with a bald eagle on the tail. Pacific Coastal decorates its tails with scenes from British Columbia.

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Sunwing Airlines to operate weekly Calgary-Freeport flights from November 1

Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) will start weekly service from Calgary to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island on November 1, 2014. The flights will depart initially on Saturdays then switch to become a weekly service on Fridays from December 19, 2014.

With the introduction of the Calgary service, the airline will offer eight Canadian gateways into the island.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 C-GVVH (msn 36275) carries promotional markings for the Mexican resort destination of Los Cabos, Baja, which was recently damaged by Hurricane Odile. The airport was back in business 17 days after the storm passed. C-GVVH taxies at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

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Ethiopian Airlines to start a new route to Doha, Qatar on December 2

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced it will launch a new route from Addis Ababa to Doha, Qatar on December 2. The new route will operate three days a week with Boeing 737s.

This will bring the total number of international destinations across five continents to 84. The city will mark the 10th Ethiopian destination to the Middle East.

Convenient connections will be available to and from cities such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Kinshasa, Lagos, Accra, Dakar, Dar-es-Salaam and Entebbe.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-760 ET-ALM (msn 33765) taxies at Munich.

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SkyWay Enterprises Shorts SD3-60 N380MQ crashes into the Caribbean Sea near St. Maarten with two pilots on board

SkyWay Enterprises Inc. (Kissimmee, FL) Shorts SD3-60 N380MQ (msn SH3702) with two crew members was operating flight SKZ 7101 from St. Maarten to San Juan on October 29 on behalf of FedEx Express per Aviation Herald. The aircraft, while departing the airport, crashed into the Caribbean Sea approximately two nautical miles west of the airport. One body was recovered and the other is missing.

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Skyway Enterprises Inc. operates Shorts 330s, Shorts 360s and Learjets from as far west as Portland Oregon (PDX) to as far east San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in both scheduled and “On Demand” service. Skyway Enterprises Inc. has F.A.A. authority to operate throughout the United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Skyway Enterprises Inc. has an aircraft to suit your every need and desire for the rapid movement of your cargo.

The history of SkyWay Enterprises (from its website):

SkyWay Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1981 as a Cessna Aircraft dealer to support it’s FAA approved flight school. In December 1983, SkyWay became a certified FAA air carrier and purchased its first learjet. SkyWay then began providing on-demand charter service for the air transportation of freight.

By 1984, SkyWay added a second Learjet to meet the increasing demand for air transportation of freight and expanded its services to accommodate passengers. In 1985, as demand for SkyWay’s services continued to increase, SkyWay purchased two more Learjets bring the fleet to a total of four aircraft.

In 1987, as SkyWay continued to diversify, it entered into the Air Ambulance service and continued to increase its executive passenger and freight services. SkyWay was also awarded a contract by the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan for scheduled service from Michigan to Florida. During this time, two additional Turboprop aircraft where added bringing the fleet to six aircraft.

During 1989, while the automotive market was struggling, SkyWay looked for an area that was less prone to the cyclic changes of the Detroit area and relocated to Kissimmee Florida. This offered more independence and provided more business opportunities in the Southern U.S. and Caribbean.

Once in Florida, Kissimmee Aviation Services Inc. began as a sister company of SkyWay providing a Fixed Base Operation service to the Kissimmee Municipal Airport. Also at the time, charter services to the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands started increasing in demand.

In 1994, SkyWay started a more central satellite base in Louisville, KY (KJVY) providing supplemental service to UPS and other freight services such as Kitty Hawk AirCargo, Active Aero, Grand Aire and many others. SkyWay also added two Shorts 330s to it’s fleet allowing for the capacity of a DC-3 with the reliability of a Turboprop aircraft.

In February of 1998, SkyWay purchased two Shorts 360 aircraft formally operated by American Eagle. Two days after this purchase, the two Shorts 330s operated by SkyWay were destroyed by a tornado at the Miami International Airport. After this happened, SkyWay personnel began an intensive program to convert the newly purchased 360s from passenger to cargo configuration. With a concerted effort on everyone’s part, the FAA required STC was approved within 90days of purchase. SkyWay once again would rely on a Shorts to satisfy the needs of its customers in transferring heavy cargo by air. Later that year, SkyWay went on to purchase two additional Shorts 330’s replacing the two that where recently destroyed in Miami. SkyWay also won the purchase of a Military version of the Shorts 330, a C-23 Sherpa from the U.S. Airforce. What makes the C-23 unique is its capability to open in the rear and take “oversized” cargo loads.

With the rapid expansion of the company now moving forward, SkyWay was being awarded contract runs throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. These contracts allowed SkyWay to expand its fleet even further with a purchase of 11 more Shorts 360 aircraft from American Airlines. These aircraft, at the time, where stored in the desert and the project of resurrecting and safely transferring them to Florida was accomplished within 45 days.

SkyWay is constantly striving to provide continued reliable service to the air cargo industry and currently provides contracted services to such companies as: UPS, Airborne Express, DHL, Avon Cosmetics, FedEx and many other cargo forwarders. SkyWay continues to pursue new routes and new customers, exploring new avenues and striving to provide superior service to ensure growth within the air cargo industry.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship Shorts SD3-60 N385MQ (msn SH3707), formerly operated by Simmons Airlines (American Eagle) rests between flights at Miami International Airport.