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About Bruce Drum

I have started the ultimate digital photo library of the fascinating world of airliners and airlines. The goal is to have the complete history of all airlines and the various aircraft operated. I have been photographing airplanes since 1965. Join us in this adventure.

Airlines are beginning to move their MAX aircraft into longer term storage

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8721J (msn 42548) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945963.

Southwest Airlines is one of several airlines worldwide moving their Boeing 737 MAX into storage. Southwest Airlines has moved at least 6 MAX 8 aircraft to the dry desert environment of Victorville, CA for storage according to Flightradar24:

Where are the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft? Flightradar24 has compiled a list based on the last movements of each aircraft: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8721J (msn 42548) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945963.

Southwest aircraft slide show:

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Is this a new livery for Eastern 3?

Eastern Airlines (3rd) (formerly Dynamic International Airways) has this image and logo on their website:

Is this a new livery and logo coming for the carrier? Currently the airline uses a basic Swift Air livery and blue/yellow logo (below).

The company completed a restructuring and name change in 2018.

In April 2018, Dynamic International Airways acquired the license to use the Eastern name from Swift Air.

Eastern Air Lines (2nd), the resurrection of the Eastern historic name and logo, was acquired by Swift Air in 2017. The last flight was conducted on September 14, 2017.

Eastern (3rd) aircraft slide show:

Below Copyright Photo: Eastern Airlines (3rd) Boeing 767-336 ER N703KW (msn 24343) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 941554.

Third version of Eastern, ex Dynamic International Airways

 

Air Malta returns to profitability after almost two decades

Malta - airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-214 9H-AEP (msn 3056) LHR (SPA). Image: 946045.

Air Malta returns to profitability after almost two decades:

  • Presents its Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for Year Ended March 2018
  • Registers an operating profit of €1.2 million compared to a loss of €10.8 million last year
  • Increased revenue by €5.3 million
  • Decreased operating costs by €6.7 million
  • 168,000 (+11%) more passengers
  • 77.6% (+2.8% improvement in) seat load factor

     

    Air Malta has today presented its Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for year ended March 2018 during which it reported an operatingprofit of €1.2 million (2017: Loss €10.8 million). When non-recurring items are taken into account (including the payment of the early retirement schemes and the gain on the disposal of landing rights), the airline registered a profit of €15.7million (2017: Loss €13.1 million).

    These results were announced today during Air Malta’s Annual General Meeting. During the meeting the airline gave an overview of its financial figures for the year ended in March 2018 and an outlook for the coming year.

    During the year under review Air Malta’s operating revenue increased by €5.3million to €197.5 million mainly driven by 11% more passengers
    (2018: 1.7 million passengers, 2017: 1.5 million passengers), 8.5% more flights (2018: 14,126, 2017: 13,024) and a 2.8% improvement in seat load factor (2018: 77.6%, 2017: 74.8%). Total operating costs decreased by €6.5 million mainly attributed to a decrease in fuel, aircraft leases and maintenance costs.

    During a press briefing announcing the results, Air Malta’s Chief Financial Officer, Omar Bonello attributed these positive performance to better aircraft utilisation, the implementation of a new sales strategy, the investments in IT technology, the signing of the all collective agreements aimed to give a strong base for increased productivity, flexibility and industrial peace stability, and thenegotiation of more favourable terms with the airline’s suppliers.

    Speaking at the briefing Minister for Tourism Konrad Mizzi noted the fact that the airline had registered a significant profit after 18 years demonstrating a story of perseverance, determination and commitment. He noted the positive achievements at Air Malta, such as the addition of 21 new routes, the increase in passenger numbers and revenue, and the increase in fleet. He congratulated all the team at Air Malta for their efforts whilst adding that this success is also attributed to all the employees working day to day at the airline.

Air Malta’s Chairman Dr Charles Mangion added that in spite of these positive results, Air Malta cannot rest on our laurels. “A lot more needs to be done toget the Company out of the woods and on firm sustainable ground. Our growth strategy is underway and is being executed in an extremely competitive environment and a continually changing aviation scenario. The main challenge remains for Air Malta is on how fast it can adapt successfully to change.”

Whilst addressing the conference CEO Capt. Clifford Chetcuti said, “We areseeing the results of the transition to a strategy of growth and credit must be given to all the efforts afforded by the whole team at Air Malta. Aviation is a highly competitive industry dictated by thin margins, high fixed costs and large capital investments. Despite all these business pressures, Air Malta has managed to face these challenges resulting in its being awarded the CAPA turnaround airline of the year in 2018.” The airline’s CEO added, “This is not thetime though to become complacent. Whilst there are challenges with fluctuating fuel prices and increased competitive pressures, we have shown that growthis still achievable.”

Paul Sies, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer added, “During this financialyear we increased capacity by 20%, achieving a growth of 11% more passengers. The new routes generated a +€12 million increase in revenue.”He said that during this financial year the airline implemented a new Revenue Management, new unbundled pricing with the launch of the Go Light, new sales strategies and developed and launched the new buy on board product. During the conference he announced that as from next month, Air Malta will be launching its new Business class service where passengers will be offered new gourmet menus presented in traditional Maltese ceramic crockery thatshowcase the islands’ heritage. During the conference Mr Sies announced thehighlights of the airline’s schedule for this summer which include increasedfrequencies to/from Paris Charles De Gaulle, Hamburg, Kiev, London Heathrow, Lyon, Munich and Tunis. He also announced that after an absenceof 12 years Air Malta is planning to resume flights to Egypt’s capital, Cairo andfor the first time the airline will also offer scheduled services to/from Warsaw.

During the conference presentations were also given by Chief Information Officer, Alan Talbot, who spoke about the digital transformation at Air Malta, and Charlene Camilleri, who spoke about the Ancillary Revenue unit and how this unit is assisting the airline to increase revenue.

Top Copyright Photo: Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-214 9H-AEP (msn 3056) LHR (SPA). Image: 946045.

Air Malta aircraft slide show:

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Garuda Indonesia wants to cancel its remaining order for 49 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Garuda Indonesia's first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

Garuda Indonesia Airways has publicly stated it plans to cancel its remaining order of 49 Boeing 737 MAX 8s after losing confidence in the new type after two tragic crashes.

The airline ordered 50 of the new type in 2014. The flag carrier has already taken delivery of one (PK-GDA) but it is grounded.

Boeing is planning to visit the airline on March 28 to discuss the cancellation request.

Top Copyright Photo: Garuda Indonesia Airways Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N6046P (PK-GDA) (msn 62093) BFI (Brandon Farris). Image: 940065.

Garuda Indonesia aircraft slide show:

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AnadoluJet expands its international flight network to Erbil, Iraq

Named "Igdir"

AnadoluJet (Turkish Airlines) added a new international destination to its flight network with the addition of new flights to Erbil (Iraq).

AnadoluJet has started operating from Gaziantep and Diyarbakır to Erbil. The flights from both of these two cities started on March 21, 2019 (below).

Beginning on March 21, 2019, AnadoluJet’s Gaziantep – Erbil – Gaziantep and Diyarbakır – Erbil – Diyarbakır flights will be flown three days in a week.

AnadoluJet operates on 69 routes with 36 aircraft to 41 airports to meet the air transportation need of Anatolia more economically. AnadoluJet is a Turkish Airlines brand.

In other news, Turkish Airlines will end all scheduled flights at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on April 6, 2019 at 02:00 as it moves to the new Istanbul Airport.

Top Copyright Photo: AnadoluJet (Turkish Airlines) Boeing 737-8F2 WL TC-JFH (msn 29770) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 943697.

AnadoluJet aircraft slide show:

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ANA receives its first Airbus A380, will go into service on May 24

ANA's first Airbus A380 on first flight, in Lani livery, became JA381A

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, has received the first of its three Airbus A380 aircraft. ANA and Airbus held a ceremony in Toulouse, France on March 20, 2019 to mark the handover of the plane as well as acknowledge the importance of the airline’s relationship with Airbus. Media events are also scheduled to take place in Japan after the aircraft touches down at Narita airport.

ANA’s new Airbus A380 will enter service on May 24, 2019 traveling between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu, Hawaii. The airplane is designed to provide maximum comfort to up to 520 passengers on this popular route with its premium layout seating. The upper deck is home to eight First Class suites, 56 Business Class seats that convert to fully flat beds and 73 Premium Economy seats. The main deck will have 383 Economy Class seats, including 60 couch seats. This makes ANA the first in Japan to introduce a couch seat concept. Each couch is comprised of three or four seats and passengers are able to lie on the seats by folding up the leg rests. In addition to expanded passenger space, the aircraft offers heightened internet options as well as other advanced in-flight entertainment features.

“We will commit all three of our Airbus A380 to the Tokyo Honolulu route with the goal of introducing a new level of luxury service to our passengers flying ANA on the number one resort route for Japanese travelers,” said Shinya Katanozka, President and CEO of ANA HOLDINGS INC. “We believe the A380 will become a game changer for ANA and will enable us to increase our market share by doubling the number of seats connecting Honolulu and Tokyo by 2020. The FLYING HONU is designed to offer unprecedented comfort and convenience and a world of new possibilities to ANA passengers, something that would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Airbus and Rolls-Royce teams working closely with the dedicated professionals at ANA.”

ANA’s first Airbus A380 sports bold Hawaiian Sky Blue Flying Honu-inspired livery. The second A380 plane will boast Hawaiian Ocean Emerald Green livery and is expected to roll out of the paint shop on March 25, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: ANA (All Nippon Airways) Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (JA381A) (msn 262) (Lani) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 945707.

ANA aircraft slide show:

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Ethiopian Airlines refutes the baseless allegations written in the Washington Post

Ethiopian Airlines issued this statement:

Ethiopian Airlines strongly refutes all the baseless and factually incorrect allegations written in the Washington Post dated March 21, 2019.

All the allegations in the article are false defamations with out any evidence, collected from unknown and unreliable sources and meant to divert attention from the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX airplanes.

Ethiopian airlines operates with one of the highest global standards of quality and safety performances certified by all National, Regional and International regulators like the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the FAA, EASA, IOSA and ICAO and other National regulatory authorities. Ethiopian is one of the leading global airlines with modern fleet, high standards of infrastructure, highly automated with the latest ICT (information and communication technology) and one of the most modern operating systems.

The airline has seven full flight simulators (Q-400, B-737NG, B-737 MAX, B-767, B-787, B-777 and A350) to train its pilots and other airlines pilots. It has one of the largest and most modern Aviation Academy with training devices and technologies among the very few in the world. The Airline has invested more than half a billion dollars in infrastructure only in the last 5 years which is not common in a typical airline.

Although the cause of the accident is yet to be known by the international investigation in progress, the entire world knows all Boeing 737 MAX airplanes have been grounded since the tragic accident of ET 302/10 March. About 380 B-737 MAX airplanes are grounded all over the world including in the USA. All concerned regulators, safety oversight authorities and other law enforcement agencies are conducting serious investigation on the design and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX airplanes and we are waiting patiently for the result of these investigations.

This being the fact, the subject article is trying to divert the main focus of the world to unrelated and factually incorrect allegations.

We hereby demand the Washington Post to remove the article, apologize and correct the facts.