Monthly Archives: October 2022

TransNusa, the new low-cost carrier in Indonesia

TransNusa Air Services (Kupang) suspended operations in September 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel.

Since then, carrier has reinvented itself as a new low-cost carrier in Indonesia as TransNusa Airlines. The company has added three Airbus A320s and introduced a new livery and logo to celebrate the relaunch.

Operations were relaunched on October 6, 2022. The first route was between Jakarta (CGK) and Yogyakarta (YIA).

Top Copyright Photo: TransNusa Airbus A320-251N WL PK-TLA (msn 9440) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 959258.

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Ryanair launches its biggest ever schedule to Israel

Ryanair has launched its biggest ever schedule to Israel, operating 200 flights a week, to 25 destinations across 13 countries. Ryanair’s Winter schedule will deliver 1 new Winter route to Tel Aviv and over 190 weekly flights, as well as 4 new routes to Eilat, the latest addition to Ryanair’s growing network of over 225 airports.


In other news, Ryanair has also announced its biggest ever Winter schedule from Scotland, operating 68 routes (4 new) to exciting destinations such as Grenoble, London, Santiago, and Verona.

Ryanair’s largest Winter schedule in Scotland yet will connect Scotland with over 20 different countries across Europe, bolstering inbound tourism, local jobs and the local economy. These new connections will allow visitors from the likes of Spain, Poland and Germany the opportunity to experience the charm and beauty of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen whilst giving Scots the chance to explore other vibrant European cities and Winter sun destinations.

Top Copyright Photo: Ryanair Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (200) EI-HEV (msn 62307) RHO (Andi Hiltl). Image: 956256.

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airBaltic adds Marrakesh, Morocco for the winter

airBaltic launched its first direct flight from Riga to Marrakesh in Morocco.

airBaltic now connects the Baltic States with the world’s second-largest continent – Africa. Marrakesh is a great gateway to the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, and offers plenty of places of interest.

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Flights between Riga and Marrakesh in Morocco are scheduled to take 5 hours and 30 minutes, and will be operated by the Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSD (msn 55006) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946102.

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Lufthansa Technik presents the Hydrogen Aviation Lab with a new livery on this ex-Lufthansa A320

A decommissioned ex-Lufthansa Airbus A320 is being given a new lease of life in the service of science. The Hydrogen Aviation Lab, Hamburg’s new field laboratory for testing maintenance and ground processes for future hydrogen-powered aircraft, was unveiled. Hamburg’s Senator for Economic Affairs Michael Westhagemann – whose ministry funded the joint project between Lufthansa Technik, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research and Hamburg Airport – inspected the repurposed Airbus A320. The presentation of the Hydrogen Aviation Lab also marks the start of the installation of the hydrogen components in the coming months.

The aviation industry is striving to become climate-neutral, with hydrogen widely expected to play a role as a future energy carrier. This requires not only new aircraft but also new infrastructure on the ground. Hamburg is forging a path towards such a hydrogen infrastructure: Lufthansa Technik, DLR, ZAL and Hamburg Airport have joined forces to design and test maintenance and ground-based processes for hydrogen technology. The project is funded by Hamburg’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Innovation as well as the city’s investment and development bank (IFB Hamburg).

Today, the project has reached a new milestone. Lufthansa Technik has prepared the aircraft – which flew for Lufthansa Group for 30 years as “Halle an der Saale” – for its crucial next stage. Over the next few months, the Hydrogen Aviation Lab will be fitted with a full suite of test systems as well as an internal tank for liquid hydrogen and an onboard fuel cell, paired with supporting ground-based hydrogen infrastructure.

With the Hydrogen Aviation Lab, the project partners want to prepare for handling and maintenance of hydrogen-powered aircraft, whose entry into service is forecast for the middle of the next decade. Yet the laboratory will also spur on developers of future hydrogen-powered aircraft generations by helping optimise the procedures and safety levels during maintenance work or ground-handling.

A particularly striking example is refuelling with liquid hydrogen (Liquid H2, or LH2 for short). Using current technology, the refuelling for a long-haul flight could possibly take several hours. Given the pressure on aircraft turnaround times in the airline industry, this would be clearly impracticable. The Hydrogen Aviation Lab is designed to address this and many other areas of research (see examples below).

Main research topics and central questions in the Hydrogen Aviation Lab

Refuelling with liquid hydrogen:

  • How can hydrogen be optimally integrated into existing airport infrastructure?
  • How do we ensure competitive refuelling times and processes?
  • How do we avoid overfilling and wasting hydrogen?

Cooling, insulation and occupational safety:

  • How do we prevent ice build-up on components and surfaces?
  • What additional protection requirements might arise in the work area
  • (e.g. No Step / No Grab, personal protective equipment)?

Leakage of hydrogen gas, so-called „Boil-Off”:

  • How do we prevent uncontrolled escape of LH2 when it becomes gaseous (GH2)?
  • What safety protocols are needed for handling hydrogen, e.g. during refuelling and storage?
  • How can we recover escaped GH2 and make it usable again?

Making stored hydrogen inert:

  • What protective measures need to be taken to mitigate hydrogen fire hazards?
  • What could suitable safety protocols look like?
  • What training needs to be developed for ground or maintenance personnel?

Parallel to research carried out using the physical hardware of the Hydrogen Aviation Lab, the project also involves the creation of a so-called digital twin of the Airbus A320. Therein, simulations will enable researchers to develop and test predictive maintenance methods for the systems and components of future aircraft generations. Using targeted data analyses, failures of hydrogen components and systems could thus be predicted ahead of their failure in the physical system, allowing timely replacements before component failures affect aircraft operation.

Lufthansa Group generates operating profit of 1.1 billion euros in the third quarter – Demand for air travel remains strong

Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said:

“The Lufthansa Group achieved a very strong result in the third quarter with an operating profit of over one billion euros, thus demonstrating its regained profitability. All business segments, passenger airlines as well as logistics and MRO, contributed to this success. This once again underlines the strength of our portfolio. The Lufthansa Group has economically left the pandemic behind and is looking optimistically into the future. After all, the desire to travel and thus the demand for air travel continues unabated. Now we are focusing on the future and launching the biggest product renewal in our history. We are investing in 200 new aircraft and offering perspectives for our employees around the world. It remains our ambition to further strengthen our position among the top 5 airline groups in the world.”


Group revenue almost doubled compared to last year (+93 percent), reaching 10.1 billion euros in the third quarter (previous year: 5.2 billion euros).

The company generated an Adjusted EBIT of 1.1 billion euros in the third quarter of 2022, including an impact from strikes of around 70 million euros. In the same period last year, operating profit was 251 million euros. The operating margin amounted to 11.2 percent (prior year: 4.8 percent). Net income increased significantly in the third quarter to 809 million euros (previous year: -72 million euros).

Load factor at Lufthansa Group Airlines at 2019 level

The number of passengers travelling on board of the passenger airlines increased significantly in the third quarter compared with the previous year. Between July and September, more than 33 million passengers flew with the airlines of the Lufthansa Group (previous year: 20 million).

The development of yields was particularly positive. In the third quarter, yields were on average 23 percent higher than in 2019 and thus reached a new record level. At just over 86 percent, the average seat load factor was back at the level of the record years before the Coronavirus pandemic. Load factors in Business and First Class were even higher than in 2019. Especially remarkable was the continued high premium demand from leisure travelers. Bookings among business travelers also continued to recover. Revenues in this segment are now back at around 70 percent of the pre-crisis level.

Due to the high demand and strong average yields, the Passenger Airlines segment returned to profitability with a positive Adjusted EBIT of 709 million euros (previous year: -193 million euros). All airlines in the segment generated an operating profit individually as well.

In the third quarter, the airlines’ result was burdened by costs for irregularities in air traffic amounting to 239 million euros.

Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Technik on course for new record year, Catering on course for recovery

Lufthansa Cargo again achieved a record result. Although airfreight capacities on passenger aircraft are increasing again due to the continuation of air traffic recovery especially on the North Atlantic, average yields remain well above pre-crisis levels, especially on routes to Asia. Adjusted EBIT in the third quarter rose to 331 million euros (previous year: 302 million euros), an increase of 10 percent compared to last year’s already very strong performance. In the first nine months of the year, Lufthansa Cargo has thus already achieved an operating profit of 1.3 billion euros (previous year: 943 million euros) and is on course for a full-year result even above last year’s record 1.5 billion euros.

In the third quarter, Lufthansa Technik benefited from the high demand for air travel and the associated demand from airlines worldwide for maintenance and repair services. The volume of business was already back at around 90 percent of the pre-crisis level. Lufthansa Technik generated an Adjusted EBIT of 177 million euros in the third quarter (previous year: 149 million euros), the best quarter ever for the company. The forecast for the annual result was raised again. Lufthansa Technik is thus also heading for a new record for the full year.

The recovery also continued in the Catering segment. Demand picked up in North America in particular. However, due to the non-recurrence of government subsidies in 2021, earnings were down on the previous year at 6 million euros (previous year: 35 million euros).

Adjusted free cash flow again positive

The Lufthansa Group generated an Adjusted free cash flow of 410 million euros in the third quarter of 2022 (prior year: 43 million euros). The strong operating result and the effects of structural improvements in working capital management offset the outflows due to the seasonal reduction in bookings in the third quarter.

Net debt decreased further between July and September to 6.2 billion euros (31 December 2021: 9 billion euros).

Due to the further increase in the discount rate, the Lufthansa Group’s net pension obligation has fallen by almost 70 percent since the end of the previous year and now stands at around 2.1 billion euros (31 December 2021: 6.5 billion euros). This had a positive effect on shareholders’ equity, which doubled to 9.2 billion euros as of September 30 (31 December 2021: 4.5 billion euros). Available liquidity at the end of the quarter was 11.8 billion euros (31 December 2021: 9.4 billion euros).

Remco Steenbergen, Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG:

“A healthy balance sheet is the basis for profitable growth, especially in economically challenging times. We have already made very good progress in reducing our debt. Thanks to our strong cash flows, our refinancing needs will remain low in the coming quarters. With disciplined capacity management, our yield focus and strict control of spending, we are confident that we will continue to be able to compensate well for inflation-related cost increases.”

Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines repay government stabilization measures early

Due to the strong increase in demand, a good liquidity development and the financial support of the Lufthansa Group, both Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines will repay the remaining government stabilization measures early by the end of the year. In Austria, Austrian Airlines will repay the remaining 210 million euros of the total loan, and in Belgium, Brussels Airlines will repay 290 million euros. This means that all stabilization measures will end prematurely at the end of 2022.


The Lufthansa Group expects demand for air travel to remain strong in the coming months, with average yields remaining high. Passenger Airlines plan to offer around 80 percent of 2019 capacity in the fourth quarter. The Group expects to achieve an operating profit in the fourth quarter despite the usual seasonal slowdown in business.

In the fiscal year 2022, the result in the Logistics segment is expected to exceed the record level of the previous year, Lufthansa Technik will generate a higher profit than in 2021 and is expected to achieve a record result. The Passenger Airlines segment will also significantly improve its result compared with the previous year.

Based on these positive developments, Lufthansa Group is raising its earnings forecast for the Group as a whole. The Group now expects an Adjusted EBIT of over 1 billion euros in 2022. In addition, Lufthansa Group expects to generate an Adjusted free cash flow of over 2 billion euros in 2022. Net capital expenditure is expected to amount to circa 2.5 billion euros, in line with previous planning. The company is thus on track towards its medium-term targets for 2024 – an Adjusted EBIT margin of at least 8 percent and a return on capital employed (Adj. ROCE excl. cash) of at least 10 percent.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner D-ABPD (msn 62729) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 959161.

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Loganair bolsters Orkney schedule welcoming first ever London service

Loganair has announced expansion plans from its Orkney base as part of its summer 2023 schedule, with a new route to London among updates to links from the island.

The airline’s summer schedule will also see Edinburgh schedules restored to pre-pandemic levels, while its service to one of the UK’s smallest airports – Fair Isle, run by the National Trust for Scotland – will be re-established for the first time since March 2019, and a new same-flight service will see an international connection with Bergen.

Commencing on April 4, 2023, the new service to London City will operate twice weekly on a Tuesday and Friday, providing customers in Orkney with easy access to short breaks or longer stays in the bustling city of London for the first time ever.

The new same-flight service stops over in Dundee en route, however passengers are not required to leave the plane, before landing in London City Airport. Just six miles from central London and three miles from Canary Wharf, London City Airport is thought to be the easiest and most accessible way to travel to London. The three-and-a-half-hour service also provides enhanced connectivity encouraging tourists to visit Orkney.

Additionally, as part of the airline’s summer 2023 plans, Orkney will see its service to Edinburgh restored to pre-pandemic levels with three flights per day including an early morning service departing from Kirkwall Airport at 07:30. The service, which lands in Edinburgh at 08:40, brings enhanced international connecting opportunities from Edinburgh Airport. Meanwhile customers travelling for business or leisure will be able to spend the day in the Scottish capital before travelling home on the evening service, departing from Edinburgh at 18:15. The airline has also announced that its larger 48 seat ATR 42 aircraft will now service the route, increasing capacity from 34 seats on the previous Saab 340. Fares start at £55 one way with ADS discount and are inclusive of 15kg luggage.

The airline will also reconnect Orkney with the Fair Isle with a twice weekly service. The island’s only tourist accommodation, Fair Isle Bird Observatory which faced a devastating fire in March 2019, is set to reopen to welcome tourists from next year and as such, Loganair has reinstated its service. Operating on a Monday and Friday, the route also provides same-day connections from Edinburgh and Aberdeen from May 2023.

Orkney’s international weekly service to Bergen will also recommence as part of summer 2023 plans, with a new same-flight service to Norway’s capital. Commencing from 13 May until 26 August, the Saturday service will stop in Sumburgh en route to Bergen, however passengers are not required to leave the plane.

Top Copyright Photo: Loganair ATR 42-500 G-LMRA (msn 490) LCY (Richard Vandervord). Image: 952530.

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BOC Aviation completes the delivery of six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to Norse Atlantic Airways

BOC Aviation Limited has announced that it has completed the delivery of six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to Norwegian carrier Norse Atlantic Airways.

All six aircraft are powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines.

Previously Norse ATlantic announced on September 27, 2022 that it has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and Operating Licence (OL) allowing the company to begin direct flights from the UK.

Norse Atlantic is based in Oslo, Norway.

Top Copyright Photo: Norse Atlantic Airways (Air Europa) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner EC-NVX (LN-LNO) (msn 38779) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 958106.

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Icelandair extends the season for both Rome and Nice next year

Icelandair has announced it will extend the season for both Rome and Nice for the 2023 summer season due to a good response in 2022.

Rome service will be operated from March 24 through October 31, 2023.

Nice service will be operated from June 8 through September 4, 2023.

Top Copyright Photo Photo: Icelandair Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 TF-ICO (msn 44358) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 959249.

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IndiGo flight 6E2131 aborts its takeoff at Delhi due to an engine fire

IndiGo Airlines flight 6E2131 on October 28, 2022 from Delhi to Bangalore with Airbus A320-200 VT-IFM rejected its takeoff roll at Delh due to a right engine fire.

The 177 passengers and seven crew members were able to safely evacuate the aircraft.


American to make the Miami – Tel Aviv route daily

American Airlines has announced it will upgrade the existing Miami – Tel Aviv route to daily service due to strong demand.

The route is served by the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

El Al Israel Airlines also competes on the route.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N801AC (msn 40619) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 959255.

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