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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.

Air France to cut 6,560 jobs by the end of 2022

Air France made this announcement:

Air France and HOP! on July 3 presented the staff representatives with their strategic orientations and the prospects for adapting the workforce following the COVID-19 crisis which has hit the Group hard.

For three months, Air France’s activity and revenue fell by 95%, and at the height of the crisis, the airline was losing 15 million euros per day. Recovery looks set to be very slow due to the uncertainties regarding the health situation, the lifting of travel restrictions and changing commercial demand. In this way, even on the basis of ambitious recovery assumptions, Air France predicts that it will not see the same level of activity as in 2019 before 2024.

The support of the French State, in the form of guaranteed loans amounting to 7 billion euros, will enable the Group to withstand the crisis in the short term and is accompanied by strong commitments to ensure its sustainability. Air France must accelerate its transformation to regain its competitiveness and strengthen its leading position in terms of sustainable transition.

In the context of such a lasting decline in activity, the Air France Group must act with lucidity and responsibility. Its transformation is mainly based on changing its domestic business model, reorganizing its support functions and continuing to reduce its external and internal costs.

For Air France, predictions of staff requirements show a reduction of 6,560 jobs by the end of 2022 out of a current total of 41,000. The many natural departures expected over this period (more than 3,500) will make it possible to compensate more than half of these job reductions thanks to a favourable age pyramid.

 

For HOP! the resizing of activity and the restructuring of the company linked in particular to the simplification of the fleet will lead to a reduction of 1,020 jobs over the next three years out of the current 2,420. Taking into account the estimated number of natural departures, the overstaffing figure remains at around 820 at the end of 2022.

Air France and HOP! are working together with the unions to implement plans that give priority to voluntary departures, early retirement arrangements and professional and geographical mobility. Solidarity within the Air France Group will also be implemented with proposals for internal job offers to all employees whose position will no longer exist and who do not wish to be included in the departure plan.

Air France and HOP! will conduct these processes in a spirit of dialogue, and with responsibility and transparency around the challenges of rebuilding the Air France Group.

This reconstruction plan will be presented at the end of July, together with the plan for the Air France-KLM Group.

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Volotea opens a new base at Naples

Volotea opened its sixth Italian base on July 3, in Naples.

Following last October’s announcement, the company has now based two Airbus A319s at the Campanian airport. The move will enable the airline to consolidate its presence in time for the summer season by focusing mainly on domestic flights, with several routes to Greece also running. Before becoming a Volotea base, Naples was already the first airport in Italy, and second in the Volotea network, in volume of available seats. Passengers will be able to travel from Naples to 17 destinations – 9 in Italy and 8 abroad.

With the opening of the new Naples base, Volotea will consolidate its national services departing from the airport, offering passengers more frequent flights to Catania (11 flights per week), Genoa (5 flights per week), Turin (2 flights per week), Trieste (2 flights per week this summer and up to 6 in September), Verona (2 flights per week this summer and up to 6 in September) and Olbia (7 flights per week). For summer 2020, the network of domestic destinations passengers can fly to from Naples will also include Alghero (new for 2020, with 2 flights per week), Cagliari (6 flights per week) and Palermo (2 daily flights). Fans of Greek holidays will be able to travel from Naples to Mykonos (up to 5 flights per week), Santorini (4 flights per week), Heraklion, Zante and Skiathos (3 flights per week for the three destinations), Rodi (2 flights per week), Cephalonia and PrevezaLefkada (one flight per week).

The two Airbus A319 aircraft will be allocated to Naples.

Naples is the latest addition to the airline’s network of Italian bases, which already included Venice, Verona, Palermo, Genoa and Cagliari.

For 2020, Volotea is adding six aircraft Airbus 319s and 62 new routes to offer a line-up of 354 short-haul city-pairs among 96 medium and small-sized airports in 15 countries at very competitive prices.

Volotea operates its network with 39 aircraft, 25 Airbus A319s and 14 Boeing 717s, based in 16 European mid-sized capitals: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille, Athens, Cagliari, Lyon, Naples and Hamburg.

Volotea’s Hamburg base has been opened to operate Airbus’ shuttle service, recently awarded. Bases in Lyon and Naples are to be launched in 2020.

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Nolinor is launching a new division with a new brand

Nolinor Aviation put this teaser on social media for next week:

New week: Nolinor is launching a new division, new brand, with a new livery…

The photo is of newly acquired Boeing 737-400 C-GGWX (msn 24804) formerly painted in the Flair Airlines livery.

Previously the airline announced the addition of the Boeing 737-400 to the fleet but apparently the new type will not wear this livery.

In addition, Boeing 737-2R4C C-GNLW (msn 23130) now wears the livery of the Montreal Alouettes.

QANTAS to operate three Boeing 747 farewell flights this month

QANTAS Airways this month plans to operate 3 Boeing 747-400 “QF747” farewell flights.

The special flights are open for reservation and are scheduled to operate from Sydney on July 13, 2020, Brisbane on July 15, 2020 and Canberra on July 17, 2020 according to Airlineroute.

For the record, QANTAS operated the last regularly scheduled Boeing 747-400 revenue flight (QF28) on March 29, 2020 with VH-OEE between Santiago and Sydney.

The Boeing 747-400 fleet has been grounded due to COVID-19 and will be retired early with these special flights.

QANTAS introduced the Boeing 747 type in 1971.

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Wizz Air exntablisheds a new base in Tirana, Albania

Wizz Air established A new base in Tirana, Albania on July 1. The airline has already based the first aircraft Airbus A320 at Tirana International Airport. Along with the establishment of the new base and complementing the already operated ten routes, Wizz Air announced 15 new routes to eight countries from Tirana starting from July 2020, bringing the total to 25 destinations from Tirana International Airport. The two other aircraft are expected to arrive in two weeks’ time, the company announced.

The 3 Airbus A320 aircraft will support the operations of fifteen new routes to Beauvais (Paris), Charleroi (Brussels), Eindhoven, Mulhouse Euroairport, Karlsruhe/Baden-baden, Hamburg, Berlin Schönefeld, Frankfurt Hahn, Prague, Heraklion, Rhodes, Bari, Catania, Milan Malpensa and Torino, totalling in over 800 thousand seats on sale to 25 destinations from Tirana in 2020. Wizz Air’s growing Albanian network will support local tourism, bring more capital to the region as well as connect Tirana with new and exciting destinations.

The airline recently announced a range of enhanced hygiene measures, to ensure the health and safety of its customers and crew. As part of these new protocols, throughout the flight, both cabin crew and passengers are required to wear facemasks, with cabin crew also required to wear gloves.

Since the middle of March, after COVID-19, TIA traffic was strongly reduced. But currently the airport is serving from 12 to 16 flights per day, still under restrictions from the European Union related to the free movement.

In other news, Wizz Air has reopened its Skopje base, and it has restarted the routes from both Skopje and Ohrid airports on July 1. Passengers can book flights on a total of 34 routes to some of the most popular countries such as: Germany, Italy and Sweden.

Finally, the company is adding new routes Kyiv (Kiev) and Odesa (Odessa):

Ryanair and its Irish pilots agree on pay cuts to save Irish pilot jobs

Ryanair welcomed acceptance by 100% of its Irish Pilots of a 4-year agreement which includes a 20% pay reduction, restored over 4 years, along with productivity improvements on rosters, flexible working patterns and annual leave to minimize Irish Pilot job losses. This agreement gives Ryanair a framework to flex its operation during the COVID-19 crisis and a pathway to recovery when the business returns to normal in the years ahead.

Earlier this week BALPA and Ryanair UK pilots accepted a similar deal to save jobs also with 20% pay cuts and productivity improvements.

Ryanair has also signed agreements with the Fórsa union for our Irish based cabin crew and the UNITE union for our UK cabin crew on up to 10% pay reductions, fully restored over 4 years as well as productivity improvements to save jobs. These cabin crew agreements are currently out to ballot.

These agreements demonstrate that Ryanair Pilots wish to work with the airline during the Covid-19 crisis where Ryanair will carry 50% less traffic, at significantly lower fares for the foreseeable future.

 

Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said:

“We welcome this week’s results in both Ireland and the UK of acceptance of a 4-year agreement on 20% pay cuts and productivity improvements on rosters and flexible working patterns to save the maximum number of Irish and UK Pilot jobs. The strength of this acceptance demonstrates the commitment from our pilots in Ireland and the UK to work with Ryanair as we work our way through this crisis over the next number of years”.

Hi Air orders two additional ATR 72-500 aircraft

 

ATR has announced the sale two ATR 72-500 aircraft from its asset management portfolio to Hi Air.

With this purchase, the South Korean start-up, which began operations in December 2019 will increase its ATR fleet to four. The two additional aircraft will be delivered in August and October.

This summer, Hi Air will launch services on five domestic routes, including to the popular tourist destination of Jeju Island. ATR aircraft are proven route openers, having opened 164 routes globally in 2019.

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Ryanair June traffic falls 97% to 0.4 million guests, BALPA agrees to pay cuts to save pilot jobs

Ryanair Holdings plc released its June traffic statistics as follows:

   2019 2020  Growth
Ryanair Group  14.2m 0.4m -97%
Ryanair  13.6m 0.4m -97%
Lauda  0.6m 0.0m  -100%

                                                                                  

Rolling Annual 144.3m 107.2m    (95%) -27%

 

Ryanair operated just over 2,800 scheduled flights (79,600 budget) in June. Of these 95% of flights arrived on-time.

In other news, Ryanair welcomed BALPA’s acceptance for UK Pilots of a 4-year agreement, which includes a 20% pay reduction restored over 4 years, along with productivity improvements on rosters, flexible working patterns and annual leave to minimize UK Pilot job losses. This agreement gives Ryanair a framework to flex its operation during the Covid-19 crisis and a pathway to recovery when the business returns to normal in the years ahead.

Ryanair welcomes this week’s confirmation that the BALPA agreement was overwhelmingly accepted by 96% of Ryanair’s UK Pilots on a turnout of 90% which demonstrates that Ryanair Pilots are willing to work with the company during the Covid-19 crisis where Ryanair will carry 50% less traffic, at significantly lower fares for the foreseeable future.

Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said:

 “We welcome this week’s result that 96% of BALPA members have voted in favour of a 4-year agreement on 20% pay cuts and productivity improvements on rosters and flexible working patterns to save the maximum number of UK Pilot jobs.

 

The strength of this vote demonstrates the commitment from our pilots in the UK to work with Ryanair as we work our way through this crisis over the next number of years”.

PAL Airlines reaffirms commitment to Atlantic Canadian and Quebec markets

PAL Airlines is reaffirming the company’s commitment of continued service to destinations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.

“PAL Airlines knows firsthand the uncertainty COVID-19 has created in Canadian commercial aviation,” said Calvin Ash, President of PAL Airlines.  “Given recent events, we believe it is important to restate our commitment to serving our network in Atlantic Canada and Quebec and to assure our passengers that they can continue to book future travel with confidence in our airline.”

PAL Airlines maintains an extensive presence throughout Atlantic Canada and Quebec with scheduled passenger and cargo services to a variety of destinations primarily operating De Havilland Dash 8 series aircraft.

At this pivotal time for the aviation industry, PAL Airlines is proudly delivering essential air services throughout the region and responsibly increasing capacity to meet market demand.   The airline will continue to monitor events in the market and progressively enhance scheduled services to meet community requirements.

“Throughout our history, PAL Airlines’ strength has been our ability to offer a range of services that meet the diverse needs of our customers and businesses we serve,” said Jake Trainor, CEO of the PAL Group of Companies.  “By following those principles through COVID-19, we have been able to keep flying safely at a time when our communities have needed us most.”