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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.

Porter Airlines sets another new start-up date

Porter Airlines is resetting its tentative date for resuming flights to June 21.

“In recent weeks, there has been open discussion by government officials about easing travel restrictions based on expectations that vaccination programs will be well advanced in the U.S. and Canada by early summer,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.

“We recognize that short-term public health measures have been enhanced recently in certain jurisdictions. At the same time, we are looking ahead to summer and preparing for the possibility of some travel restrictions unwinding. We will begin the process of rebuilding our operations as soon as conditions allow based on government decisions.”

Porter previously set May 19, as its tentative restart date. Operations were temporarily suspended on March 21, 2020, due to COVID-19.

French domestic flights under 2:30 hours could be eliminated

The French National Assembly, the lower chamber of Parliament,  voted on April 10 to ban domestic flights in France under 2 and a half hours (2:30 hours).

The goal of the bill is to divert short-haul domestic air travel to more energy-efficient train service.

According to La Voix du Nord;

“The climate bill aims to eliminate links between Paris (Orly) and Nantes, Lyon or Bordeaux, but provides exceptions for connecting journeys. The Citizens’ Climate Convention had called for the elimination of domestic flights in case of alternatives of less than 4 hours by train, not 2:30.”

Can Malawi Airlines survive?

Malawian Airlines (Ethiopian Airlines) Boeing 737-860 WL ET-APL (msn 40965) JNB (Rob Finlayson). Image: 924383.

Malawi Airlines (formerly Malawian Airlines) (Lilongwe) is facing a cash crunch.

According to The Nation, the carrier is facing liquidation:

“The board of directors of the struggling Malawi Airlines Limited has recommended an “orderly winding up” of the company, saying the airline is technically insolvent.

The resolution to dissolve the company was duly passed on March 25, 2021 by the board in accordance with the memorandum or by-laws and articles of incorporation of the company.”

Unless the two owners inject more capital, the airline is likely to be shut down and liquidated.

Malawi Airlines Limited is the national flag carrier of Malawi. It is a registered partnership company with shareholding between Malawi Government (51%) and Ethiopian Airlines (49%). Malawi Airlines operates Boeing 737-700 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft leased from Ethiopian Airlines with direct flights to regional cities of Johannesburg, Lusaka, Harare and Dar es Salaam, besides domestic flights between Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Malawi Airlines was established in July 2013. It was first called Malawian Airlines until September, 2016 when the name changed to Malawi Airlines.

The airline started its operations on January 31, 2014 with domestic flights between Blantyre and Lilongwe. International flights were launched in February 2013 with the Harare route (February 3, 2014) and later Johannesburg route (February 17, 2014), and Dar es Salaam being added on February 18, 2014. On March 29, 2017 Malawi Airlines commenced flights to Nairobi in Kenya.

Top Copyright Photo: Malawian Airlines (Ethiopian Airlines) Boeing 737-860 WL ET-APL (msn 40965) JNB (Rob Finlayson). Image: 924383.

Breeze Airways is hiring and getting ready to announces its first routes and start-up date

Breeze Airways (Salt Lake City) is in the final stages of preparations before it announces its first routes and start-up date.

Breeze is expected to focus on the Southeast and Northeast United States initially with its first routes.

The new airline is now hiring flight crews and other key positions.

The company made this announcement:

Breeze Airways Logo

Breeze is readying for takeoff and we are in search of the best and the brightest to join our dynamic team of aviation and people enthusiasts. At Breeze, we want to empower and support our team members so they can, in turn, empower and support our guests every step of the journey. By joining Breeze, you are joining in our mission to be “The World’s Nicest Airline”.

Please visit our job board and apply to the position(s) you find interesting and that you meet the minimum qualifications. We will review your application and reach out for more information should your skills and experience make you an ideal candidate.

Current Job Openings

Accounting

Accounting Intern
Cottonwood Heights, Utah, United States
Payroll Administrator
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Engineering

Aircraft Records Specialist
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Avionics & Electrical Systems Engineer
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Finance

Director Financial Planning & Analysis
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Fleet and Treasury

Treasury Analyst
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Guest Services Administration

Inflight Line

Information Systems Development

eCommerce Product Manager
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Lead DevOps Engineer
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Senior Manager Product Management
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Software Engineer
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Software Test Engineer
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IOCC

Crew Scheduler
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Maintenance Operations Line

Aircraft Maintenance Technician
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Maintenance Planning

Maintenance Controller
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Materials Specialist
Main Maintenance Base

Quality

Maintenance Training Instructor
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Team Member Services

Team Services Specialist
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Emirates flight EK2021 carries only vaccinated crews and passengers

Emirates made this announcement:

Emirates’ one-of-a-kind flight EK2021 proudly made a journey across the different emirates on April 10, to celebrate the UAE’s remarkable progress in vaccinating its citizens and residents from COVID-19 through a national vaccination program that has administered close to 9 million vaccines doses to date.

The special flight, which carried fully vaccinated crew and passengers onboard, was unprecedented in the industry in scale. With close to 400 fully vaccinated customers onboard, the flight illustrates confidence and undiminished excitement for air travel.

EK2021 was also supported by fully vaccinated teams across the aviation ecosystem, from onboard crew to ground staff, demonstrating the readiness of the UAE’s aviation ecosystem to support the safe rebound of air travel.

In spite of the pandemic, the UAE has maintained its status as a leading global aviation hub and it will continue to grow its position as a hub for passengers and cargo traffic by investing in innovations and close collaborations with all stakeholders.


Onboard EK2021 was a group of senior officials from key aviation and health sector entities hosted by Emirates.

The UAE currently has one of the world’s highest rate of vaccinations for its citizens and residents at 90.22 doses per 100 people. The outstanding effort by the health authorities in the UAE has contributed to reaching the administration of close to 9 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

In parallel, the Emirates Group vaccination program rolled out to its UAE-based workforce less than three months ago, and since then has delivered COVID-19 shots to over 35,000 Emirates employees across its vaccination centers.


This flight was operated with Emirates’ newest Airbus A380 aircraft which featured the airline’s brand-new Premium Economy seats, and refreshed cabin interiors across every cabin class. First and Business Class customers were able to safely network and mingle in the iconic A380 Onboard Lounge. In addition, all customers enjoyed a full-course meal.

On the ground, passengers checked in using the latest biometric technologies for a seamless journey across multiple touch points. Biometric touch points were recently expanded to include over 18 check-in desks and 15 boarding gates at the airport. As a result, customers across all classes enjoyed seamless biometric entry to experience the First and Business Class lounge at DXB.


All EK2021 passengers were provided rapid COVID-19 PCR tests, facilitated by Pure Health. Pure Health, the largest integrated healthcare solutions provider in the UAE, has facilitated the administration of up to 4 million PCR tests at Dubai Airports to date. It has also played a vital role in providing COVID-19 testing support to the aviation industry at large, since the start of the pandemic.

After passengers checked in, they received the green ‘Choose to Vaccinate’ pin and took photos to mark the special event. All EK2021 customers who passed through immigration also received a bespoke ‘Choose to Vaccinate’ stamp on each boarding pass as an added keepsake.

As passengers disembarked, they were handed commemorative certificates for taking part in this initiative.


EK2021 was commanded by UAE National Captain Ahmed Al Obeidli, First Officer Ramon Wilde and flight deck crew were supported by Captain Ricky Garala. Earlier in the day, aviation entities across Dubai and the UAE were sending their messages of support on Twitter in advance of the special flight.

All proceeds for EK2021 have been donated to the Emirates Airline Foundation, the airline’s non-profit charity organization, which supports projects around the world aimed at improving the quality of life for disadvantaged children around the world.

easyJet launches new routes from Birmingham this summer to five European beach destinations

easyJet (UK) Airbus A321-251NX WL G-UZMD (msn 8421) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951131.

easyJet and easyJet holidays have announced the launch of new routes and holidays from Birmingham Airport for this summer.

Starting from June 29, 2021, flights and holidays will take off from Birmingham Airport to the popular beach destinations of Majorca, Málaga and Alicante in Spain, Faro in Portugal, and Corfu in Greece.   

Birmingham to Málaga flights will operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays from June 29 with fares available from £22.99*

Birmingham to Faro will operate three times per week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 29 with fares from £22.99*

Birmingham to Alicante will operate three times per week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 30 with fares from  £23.99*

Birmingham to Majorca will operate three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from July 3 with fares from £22.99*

Birmingham to Corfu will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from July 4 with fares  from £22.99*

 

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: 

“We are pleased to announce more connectivity to Birmingham today in flying to popular beach destinations and getting customers away on their much-needed summer holiday across Europe this year.

“We believe that a framework can be put in place for the safe reopening of travel and a strong summer, and we are currently focused on working with the UK Government Travel Task Force in the coming days and weeks. We are hopeful that progress will continue to be made with the vaccination programmes in Europe, with several countries in Europe having indicated they will be welcoming British tourists this summer. We remain of the view that international travel can restart and that, with the right framework in place, restrictions can be safely and progressively reduced and in some cases removed by mid-summer for key destinations. We’ve kept our fleet in a flight-ready mode so we are ready and able to ramp up our services quickly and increase our capacity where we see increased demand for the summer.”

easyJet now operates up to ten routes from Birmingham, offering services to a range of city and beach destinations across the UK and Europe.

Top Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A321-251NX WL G-UZMD (msn 8421) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951131.

easyJet aircraft slide show:

Neos opens the Milan Malpensa – Toronto cargo route, takes delivery of two MAX 8s

Neos started flying the Milan Malpensa – Toronto Pearson route on April 5, 2021. The cargo service is operated weekly and the Italian leisure airline has selected Swissport Canada as its handler in Toronto.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy

In other news, Neos took delivery of two Boeing 737-8 MAX 8s. It made this announcement on social media:

The new ones in the Neos family are two Boeing 737-8s, and we can’t wait to let you try them!

Baptized ′′ Marco Polo ′′ and ′′ Christopher Columbus ′′ we are eager to take you to discover the world as the fearless explorers whose name is.

Neos aircraft slide show:

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays suspends all flights through June 23

Jet2-Jet2.com Boeing 737-800 WL G-JZHS (msn 63149) (Friendly Low Fares) STN (Richard Vandervord). Image: 953240.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has further suspended its operations through at least June 23, 2021 following the release of the Global Travel Taskforce framework in the UK.

The company issued this statement:

Above Photo: Doors to manual, seat belts on and Amanda Holden is ready for takeoff on Heart Breakfast’s virtual plane!

Top Copyright Photo: Jet2-Jet2.com Boeing 737-800 WL G-JZHS (msn 63149) (Friendly Low Fares) STN (Richard Vandervord). Image: 953240.

Jet2.com aircraft slide show:

airBaltic to add new routes

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) YL-AAU (msn 55064) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 951386.

airBaltic is launching new routes and restoring services:

The airline has announced plans to three weekly flights between Tallinn and Munich starting on May 1.

The carrier will also launch twice-weekly service between Riga and Heraklion commencing on May 15.

Also from Riga, airBaltic will add weekly service to Santorini in Greece beginning on June 5.

Finally the carrier will add the Riga – Naples route on June 4 with two flights a week.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-AAU (msn 55064) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 951386.

airBaltic aircraft slide show:

 

 

Flyr to launch operations on June 30

Flyr (Oslo), the new Norwegian carrier, has announced it will launch scheduled passengers in Norway on June 30, 2021.

The first route will be between Oslo and Tromsø with Boeing 737-800s.

The new airline has issued an image of their livery (top).

The new airline issued this statement:

The airline Flyr will start selling airline tickets in late May and the company’s very first flight will go to Tromsø on June 30th. The start-up date is adapted to the government’s plan for reopening Norwegian society.

“A concrete plan for the reopening of Norway gives us in Flyr the predictability we need to be able to start ticket sales. In order not to get into a situation with significant changes in the route program and subsequent rebookings that will be unfortunate for customers, our start-up is adapted to the Government’s plan for the reopening of Norway. We experience that employees and partners are very eager to get started, and not least we experience great interest from people who want to go out and travel. We look forward to welcoming you on board for our first flight from Oslo to Tromsø and for future trips to other cities in Norway and well-known and beloved destinations in Europe”, says CEO Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid in Flyr.

Busy months ahead

Flyr will serve a number of Norwegian cities, as well as a selection of well-known and beloved destinations in Europe, including Malaga, Alicante and Nice. The company will expand the number of aircraft and destinations in line with demand, and in the long term the plan is a fleet of 28-30 aircraft.

Flyr’s first aircraft of the type Boeing 737-800 will be delivered in May, additional aircraft will arrive in June, and the fleet will be expanded through the autumn. At the same time, pilots and cabin crew are on their way in to spend time on training and service courses. The first courses are fully subscribed, and there is a great demand from skilled people with long aviation experience who want to work for Flyr. The company now has 45 employees with solid experience from Norwegian aviation and will have about 350 employees by the end of the year.

The new entity explains its strategy:

Flyr is created for travelers in Norway and built up with Norwegian jobs. Our mission is to create an airline that is more sustainable for the economy, society, and the environment. It should feel good to fly with Flyr.

Flyr is the Norwegian word for flying and it embodies us perfectly. It is simple, to the point, and challenges traditional conventions of air travel – which is exactly what we aim to do. We are starting a new airline in Norway from scratch and we get to think of all the ways we can make air travel easier, more environmentally friendly, and more enjoyable for our passengers.

The goal of Flyr is to deliver the simplest flight, in a more sustainable way. We will accomplish this by creating a purely digital product based on the needs of the passengers, and fly fewer, smarter flights to places and at times people need to travel. We build the company from the ground up, free from complex systems and cumbersome organizations, in order to run an efficient and customer-friendly aircraft operation.

Flyr was started by enthusiastic aviation industry experts with extensive experience in companies including SAS, Norwegian, Widerøe, and Braathens. Since the company was launched in the autumn of 2020, we have grown rapidly, and now have a team of 30, working full-time to get Flyr in the air.

We will fly between Norwegian cities and to popular destinations in Europe.