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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.

GLO Airlines suspends all operations

GLO Airlines (New Orleans) on July 15, 2017 suspended all operations.

GLO was founded by Louisiana native Trey Fayard and operations began in November 2015 using three SAAB 340Bs operated under contract by Corporate Flight Managment (CFM).

GLO and CFM are now involved in a dispute where the virtual airline has claimed CFM was “unable to properly staff flights” which often led to cancellations.

GLO is now looking at other operators to replace CFM and hopes to resume operations.

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Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Corporate Flight Management’s SAAB 340B N9CJ (msn 224) stops at Huntsville (HSV) in GLO’s 2015 livery.

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Air Transat to replace its Airbus A310s with 10 new Airbus A321neo LRs

Transat A.T. Inc. has announced its Air Transat business unit has signed an agreement with AerCap for the long-term (12-year) leasing of 10 Airbus A321neo long-range aircraft (above). The aircraft are to be delivered between spring 2019 and fall 2020, and will replace Transat’s Airbus A310s, which will be gradually retired from the fleet (below).

The A321neo LRs will be deployed on both Sun destinations and transatlantic routes. Combined with the Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s, they will serve Transat’s entire network in an efficient and cost-effective way. Air Transat’s A321neo LRs will be configured for 200 seats across both classes: Club and Economy. All seats will be equipped with individual touch screens offering an extensive choice of entertainment for all.

 

Air Transat will be among the first carriers to operate the new long-range (LR) variant of the Airbus A321neo (new engine option). The A321neo LR has the longest range of any single-aisle jetliner, capable of flying up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km). It is ideally suited for Transat’s combination of routes. Specifically, its size gives major flexibility in terms of flight commercialization and frequency while its fuel efficiency will keep cost per seat as low as possible, while reducing its carbon footprint.

Air Transat’s fleet currently consists of 31 permanent aircraft in a unique flexible-fleet model that allows it to deploy more wide-body aircraft in summer for the high transatlantic season, and narrow-body aircraft in winter for the high Sun destinations season.

Top Image: AerCap.

Copyright Photo Below: Air Transat Airbus A310-308 C-FDAT (msn 658) (Santa Hat) CDG (Pepscl). Image: 902807.

A310s to be replaced with 10 new Airbus A321neo LRs by 2020

Yangtze River Express becomes Suparna Airlines

Yangtze River Express Boeing 747-481 (BCF) B-2432 (msn 28283) ANC (Bailey). Image: 931316.

Yangtze River Express (Yangtze River Airlines) (Shanghai) on July 7, 2017 changed its name to Suparna Airlines.

The company issued this short statement:

From July 7, 2017, the name of “Yangtze River Airlines” is officially renamed as “Suparna Airlines”, the company’s full name has changed from “Yangtze River Airlines Company Limited” to “Suparna Airlines Company Limited”.

In the future, Suparna Airlines will conduct a comprehensive brand upgrade. With more advanced fleet, and more comprehensive services, we’ve always been committed to building cozier and more entertaining experience for our passengers.

Suparna is another name for Garuda, a large legendary bird, bird-like creature.

Copyright Photo: Yangtze River Express Boeing 747-481 (BCF) B-2432 (msn 28283) ANC (Bailey). Image: 931316.

Southwest Airlines and Discovery Channel team up for “Shark Week”

Southwest Airlines and the Discovery Channel are teaming up once again to bring television’s most anticipated summer event, Shark Week, to new heights. Southwest revealed a Shark Week- themed 737-700 aircraft, the pictured 737-7H4 N944WN (msn 36659), with an all new, larger-than-life underwater scene depicting five shark species along the fuselage. The plane will fly the skies as part of the Southwest fleet through August 31, 2017, as millions tune in to Discovery’s Shark Week airing July 23 through July 30, 2017.

Customers and Shark Week fans who spot the Shark Week plane throughout the summer are encouraged to take a photo and share it with @SouthwestAir and @SharkWeek, using the hashtag #SharksTakeFlight.

While Shark Week fans anxiously await the July 23 premiere of Shark Week, Southwest Customers are getting in on the jawsome action early. Continuing throughout the summer, Customers onboard WiFi-equipped aircraft can enjoy a pre-premiere episode of African Shark Safari through Southwest’s onboard entertainment portal via the Shark Week ondemand Channel. Customers flying during Shark Week can tune-in live via the entertainment portal live TV on Discovery Channel July 23 through July 30. Southwest and Discovery will also host a surprise takeover on a special flight to kick off Shark Week!

This exciting partnership with Discovery’s Shark Week is an opportunity to celebrate the carrier’s newest international destination, Grand Cayman, which Southwest serves with nonstop flights from Ft. Lauderdale. Want a bite of the nonstop action? Southwest and Discovery will send a winner and three guests on an adventure of a lifetime through the Dare to Dive Sweepstakes.  Customers and Shark Week fans can enter for a chance to win the Dare to Dive sweepstakes which includes roundtrip Southwest air travel for four (Government-imposed per passenger travel taxes of up to $150 per person are not included and are payable by each of winner and guest prior to travel), a $2,000 Ritz Carlton gift card, and a $1,000 Visa gift card for an aquatic adventure of the winner’s choosing.

Photos: Southwest Airlines/Stephen M. Keller.

Northern Air Cargo to become a new Boeing 767-300 freighter operator, adds its first Boeing 737-400

1st 737-400F, delivered June 13, 2017, new livery

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. stated its subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management, has reached agreement with Northern Aviation Services, Inc. for the lease of three Boeing 767-300 freighters to be operated by subsidiary Northern Air Cargo.  The aircraft will provide service to its cargo brands Aloha Air Cargo based in Hawaii, StratAir based in Florida, and Northern Air Cargo (NAC) based in Alaska.

Northern Aviation Services, Inc. operates Boeing 737 freighters and provides 767 freighter services under ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) agreements with ATSG’s airline subsidiaries.

Under the agreements, CAM will lease three 767-300 freighters to Northern Aviation Services, Inc. for seven-year terms, beginning with the first lease in October 2017. The agreements also provide for the potential lease of additional 767-300s from CAM in 2018.  These long-term lease placements will add to the already greater than 80 percent of CAM’s 767 fleet contracted under multi-year dry lease.

Some of the leased 767-300s will replace CAM-owned 767-200/300s currently operating on an ACMI basis under ATSG’s Wet-2-Dry program, which allows carriers to prove their business case for 767s under ACMI arrangements, then transition to long-term dry lease arrangements.

ATSG President and CEO Joe Hete said, “Our relationship with Northern Aviation Services and its affiliates began in 2015 and is expanding based on the solid relationship the companies have developed over that time. We are pleased that NAS has come to appreciate the advantages of our midsize Boeing 767s and the benefits they can provide to regional air cargo networks like the one that NAS is developing. We hope to provide more details about our continuing role as a provider of reliable midsize freighters to NAS in the coming months.”

NAS President and CEO David Karp said, “We’re pleased to be moving forward with our transition from wet leasing to dry leasing with CAM. Our experience over the past two years has given us the confidence to move ahead with this initiative. We look forward to continued mutually beneficial collaboration with ATSG, CAM, and their family of companies. We have already commenced hiring and training of pilots to accommodate this expansion and our operating companies are excited about providing expanded services to our valued customers.”

NAC just recently added its first Boeing 737-400 freighter and also has simplified its livery (above). N401YK arrived on June 13, 2017 and was entered into revenue service to Nome the following day from Anchorage.

Copyright Photo: NAC-Northern Air Cargo Boeing 737-436 (F) N401YK (msn 25860) ANC (Marco Finelli). Image: 938387.

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Azur Air Germany commences operations

New German charter airline commences operations

Azurair GmbH, trading as Azur Air Germany (Dusseldorf), is a new German charter airline. The airline is owned by tour operator Anex Tourism Group.
The new airline received its AOC on June 30, 2017.
Operations commenced on July 4, 2017 with a flight from the DUS base to Palma de Mallorca with the pictured Boeing 767-33A ER D-AZUB (msn 28043, ex VQ-BUP).
Copyright Photo: Azur Air (Germany) Boeing 767-33A D-AZUB (msn 28043) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 938494.