Author Archives: Bruce Drum

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.

Air Cairo introduces a new livery

Air Cairo has introduced a new purple and orange livery and logo. The first aircraft to be painted is Airbus A320-214 SU-BTM (msn 4320).

All images by Air Cairo.

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Thomas Cook Airlines UK quietly retires its last two Boeing 767-300s

Type Retired: November 2, 2017

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) has quietly stopped operating its last two 326-seat Boeing 767-300s (G-DAJC and G-TCCB). Both aircraft have not operated since November 2, 2017 and are now parked at Manchester minus any titles.

The airline has not made any official announcement.

Sister airline Condor of Germany will continue to operate the type.

Copyright Photo: Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Thomas Cook.com) Boeing 767-31K ER WL G-DAJC (msn 27206) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 913330.

 

Montenegro Airlines to add two routes to Germany in 2018

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 1997

Montenengro Airlines (Tivat) is planning to add two twice-weekly Embraer 195 routes from Tivat to both Leipzig/Halle and Munich starting on May 3, 2018.

Montenegro Airlines operates scheduled flights to Zurich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Rome, Paris, Ljubljana, Vienna, Belgrade, Moscow, Lyon, Copenhagen, London and Saint Petersburg successfully establishing an air bridge between Montenegro and Europe.

In addition to scheduled flights, the company also operate charters to many destinations, including: Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Linz, Bratislava, Nantes, Bari, Naples and others.

The Montenegro Airlines fleet consists of three Embraer 195s and two Fokker 100s.

Top Copyright Photo: Montenegro Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) 4O-AOC (msn 19000358) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 905989.

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IndiGo takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600

IndiGo's first ATR 72-600, delivered on November 17, 2017

IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share, on November 17, 2017 took delivery of its first ATR 72-600. The airline and ATR announced earlier this year an agreement for the acquisition of 50 ATR 72-600s. This delivery represents a major step in the airline’s ambitious plan to further develop its fleet with the introduction of fuel-efficient and cost-effective ATR 72-600s, thus expanding its regional footprint and bringing air connectivity to smaller Indian airports and communities.

The introduction of the new ATR fleet goes in line with the Indian government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme, which aims to boost economic development, employment and tourism by connecting small and remote cities. Under this scheme 100 new airports are expected to be created in the next three years.

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IndiGo plans to put the new type into revenue service on December 21, 2017 on the following routes:

Our brand-new fleet of ATRs is flying to more of India. Bookings now open for the below sectors:-

Flight Number Origin Destination Departure Arrival Starts Starting Fare*
6E 7107 Bengaluru Tirupati 9:40 10:35 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7121 Bengaluru Rajahmundry 10:45 12:30 16-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7125 Chennai Rajahmundry 17:55 19:40 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7102 Chennai Mangalore 11:35 13:30 21-Dec-17 1499 Book Now
6E 7101 Hyderabad Mangalore 6:40 8:40 21-Dec-17 1999 Book Now
6E 7103 Hyderabad Nagpur 16:15 18:10 21-Dec-17 1999 Book Now
6E 7105 Hyderabad Tirupati 6:25 7:50 9-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7112 Hyderabad Tirupati 12:40 14:05 9-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7116 Hyderabad Tirupati 19:25 20:50 9-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7118 Hyderabad Rajahmundry 7:05 8:20 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7123 Hyderabad Rajahmundry 14:35 15:50 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7101 Mangalore Chennai 9:05 11:05 21-Dec-17 1499 Book Now
6E 7102 Mangalore Hyderabad 13:50 15:40 21-Dec-17 1499 Book Now
6E 7104 Nagpur Hyderabad 18:30 20:25 21-Dec-17 1999 Book Now
6E 7119 Rajahmundry Bengaluru 8:40 10:25 16-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7124 Rajahmundry Chennai 16:10 17:35 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7122 Rajahmundry Hyderabad 12:50 14:05 16-Jan-18 999 Book Now
6E 7126 Rajahmundry Hyderabad 20:10 21:25 16-Jan-18 999 Book Now
6E 7106 Tirupati Bengaluru 8:10 9:15 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7113 Tirupati Bengaluru 14:45 15:50 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7108 Tirupati Hyderabad 10:55 12:05 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7115 Tirupati Hyderabad 17:35 18:50 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7117 Tirupati Hyderabad 21:10 22:35 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now

 

Top Copyright Photo: IndiGo Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEF (VT-IYA) (msn 1457) TLS (EuroSpot). Image: 939920.

David Neeleman acquires a 32% share in Aigle Azur

Aigle Azur Transport Aeriens (2nd) Airbus A320-214 F-HBIB (msn 3289) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 924048.

David Neeleman, who has been involved in the founding of four airlines, Morris Air, WestJet, JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines, and a part owner of another airline, TAP Portugal, has acquired a 32% share of Aigle Azur from the Weaving Group.

The Weaving Group made this annopuncement (translated from French):

“The Weaving Group announced Thursday (November 16, 2017) that it has sold its minority stake of 32% in Aigle Azur, France’s second-largest airline, to David Gary Neeleman, a specialist in the sector.

Weaving (formerly GoFast) bought Aigle Azur in 2001 and decided to open its capital in 2010 to extend its model to the long-haul sector. In 2012, the Chinese group HNA entered the capital of the French company.

The Weaving Group is present in various sectors of activity such as transport and logistics (GoFast Freight Forwarding, GoFast Travel, Helifirst), communication (Dagobert) and investment (Weaving Invest).

Aigle Azur, created in 1946, employs some 1,200 employees. The airline serves Algeria, Portugal, Mali, Guinea, Lebanon, China and Senegal and carries around 2 million passengers a year.

The remaining 68% of the capital is held by Lu Azur (20%) and HNA Group (48%).”

Copyright Photo: Aigle Azur Transport Aeriens (2nd) Airbus A320-214 F-HBIB (msn 3289) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 924048.

Delta, Korean Air joint venture is approved by the U.S. DOT

Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 ER N862DA (msn 29734) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921468.

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air took a significant step in the creation of their trans-Pacific joint venture with approval of the joint venture by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The DOT approval reflects the consumer benefits that will be created by the new joint venture. The two carriers will deepen their relationship, offering customers in the U.S. and Asia an enhanced and expanded flight network as well as more compelling travel options. The airlines have also applied for approval for the joint venture from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The joint venture will create a combined network serving more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia, providing customers of both airlines with more travel choices than ever before. The joint venture will provide both airlines with the expanded scale and scope to offer new alternatives to customers. The two airlines will also expand codeshare flights on trans-Pacific routes.  Customers will benefit from enhanced frequent flyer benefits, providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn and redeem miles on Delta’s SkyMiles and Korean Air’s SKYPASS program.  In addition, co-location at key airports including Incheon Terminal 2 which will provide customers with a seamless connection and baggage transit experience. Under the agreement, the airlines will share costs and revenues on flights within the scope of the joint venture as they work to expand service options for travelers.

In anticipation of the joint venture, Delta launched new nonstop service between Atlanta and Seoul earlier this year. This flight complements Korean Air’s existing service and provides customers in the U.S. with greater access to destinations across Asia. Korean Air operates to 10 gateways in the U.S. while Delta has three gateways from Seoul along with nonstop service to six other gateways in Asia. The new joint venture provides U.S. travelers with more options when flying to Asia.

Delta has a 25-year track record of partnering closely with airlines around the globe, beginning with the first successful trans-Atlantic partnership, when Northwest and KLM launched their joint venture in 1993. Today, Delta has seven partnerships with leading carriers in the biggest aviation markets in the world that are either joint ventures, equity investments, or both – spanning Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. Through these deep relationships and immunized joint ventures, Delta has successfully achieved many of the benefits of cross-border cooperation for our customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 ER N862DA (msn 29734) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921468.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Korean Air Boeing 777-3B5 HL7534 (msn 27950) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 906591.

Korean Air Boeing 777-3B5 HL7534 (msn 27950) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 906591.

LOT Polish Airlines to return to Singapore

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LOT Polish Airlines has announced it is returning to Singapore ater 23 years. The carrier will restart the Warsaw – Singapore route on May 15, 2018 with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

The Star Alliance member previously served Singapore from 1988 to 1995 according to Airline Route.

Bottom Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 923866.

LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRC (msn 35940) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 923866.