Category Archives: Aigle Azur

Aigle Azur orders two Airbus A330-200s for its long-haul plans

Aigle Azur has announced it has ordered two Pratt & Whitney PW4000-powered Airbus A330-200s in a three-class layout for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.

The carrier is now planning to add new long-range destinations which were not designated.

Previously announced, David Neeleman acquired a 32% stake in the airline. Its other partners are the HNA Group and Lu Azur S.A.


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.

Aigle Azur to drop the Paris Orly-Moscow Vnukovo route

Aigle Azur (2nd) (Paris-Orly) is dropping the Paris (Orly)-Moscow (Vnukovo) route on October 26 per Airline Route. The route was an important connecting route with partner Transaero Airlines (Moscow) (see map below).

Since July 2012, Aigle Azur has been serving the Paris (Orly)-Moscow (Vnukovo) route in partnership with Transaero Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/ Airbus A320-214 F-HBIB (msn 3289) touches down at EuroAirport serving the Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg area.

Aigle Azur: AG Slide Show


Aigle Azur (2013) logo

Current Route Map:

Aigle Azue 10.2014 Route Map

Aigle Azur takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 with Sharklets, will retire its Airbus A321


Aigle Azur A320-200 WL F-HBIX (13)(Sharklets)(Aigle Azur)(LRW)

Aigle Azur Transport Aeriens (2nd) (Paris-Orly has taken delivery of a new Airbus A320 fitted with Sharklets.

The new A320 is configured with a two class layout with 36 seats in Business Class and 138 in the main cabin. The new aircraft replaces another A320 from the all-Airbus fleet of twelve aircraft – seven A320s, four A319s and one A321.

Airbus A320-214 F-HBIX (msn 6012) (above) was handed over on March 13 and arrived at Paris-Orly Sud base on the evening of March 13, 2014. The new airliner entered revenue service the following day from Paris (Orly) to Bamako. The aircraft is mainly being used for flights between Paris-Orly and Moscow and Paris-Orly and Bamako.

By adding this new Airbus to its fleet, Aigle Azur has now become the second French airline to operate this type of aircraft, which is the latest generation of the Airbus A320 family.


Aigle Azur is planning to operate its last scheduled Airbus A321 service with A321-211 F-HBAF (msn 1006) from Paris (Orly) to Algiers and return on April 3 according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photos: Aigle Azur.

Aigle Azur: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Pepscl/ The pictured A321-211 F-HBAB (msn 823) in the old 2001 colors was previously returned to GATX on September 30, 2013 and is now with Atlasjet as TC-ATZ.

Aigle Azur (2013) logo

Besides Moscow, Aigle Azur specializes in connecting Paris (Orly) with destinations in Portugal and Africa:

Aigle Azur 3.2014 Route Map

Aigle Azur to launch Paris Orly-Beijing flights on June 28, 2014

Aigle Azur (2013) logo

Aigle Azur (Paris-Orly) will launch a new long-range route from its Orly Airport home to Beijing, China starting on June 28, 2014. The new route will be operated three days a week with new Airbus A330-200s per Airline Route. The company has two on order.

Aigle Azur: AG Slide Show

Aigle Azur introduces a new livery

Aigle Azur A320-200 F-HBIO (13)(Grd)(Aigle Azur)(LR)

Aigle Azur Transport Aeriens (2nd) (Paris-Orly) has introduced a new color scheme and brand on its Airbus A320-214 F-HBIO (msn 3242).

Aigle Azur (2013) logo

Copyright Photos: Aigle Azur.

Aigle Azur: AG Slide Show

Aigle Azur A320-200 F-HBIO (13)(Grd-1)(Aigle Azur)(LR)

HNA Group purchases a 48% equity interest in Aigle Azur

HNA Group Company, Ltd. (Hainan Airlines) (Haikou and Beijing) has announced the completion of the acquisition of a 48% equity interest in Aigle Azur Transports Aeriens (Paris-Orly), becoming the second largest shareholder of Aigle Azur, after Go Fast Transport, and the first Chinese aviation enterprise to invest in a European airline.

Under the agreement, Aigle Azur will be governed by the Executive Committee composed of five representatives, two of which will be named by HNA Group. In addition, HNA Group also has the right to assign an executive member to be the vice president and appoint a Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

During the investment ceremony, Mr. Adam Tan, Board Director of HNA Group, said investing in Aigle Azur and cooperating with Go Fast, a large group with a focus on the major industries of logistics, aviation and tourism, is a milestone in HNA’s internationalization, demonstrating the success between Chinese and French companies.

After the discussion with major shareholders of Aigle Azur, according to HNA, two wide-body aircrafts have been decided to be introduced by Aigle Azur, while air routes from Paris to Beijing and other destinations will be opened. Aigle Azur will continue to expand routes from France to North and West Africa and other places throughout Africa, integrating resources by utilizing advantages of both parties and building a flight network connecting Asia, Europe and Africa.

Other than Aigle Azur, Africa World Airlines (AWA), which was co-invested by HNA and other shareholders in Ghana, and that made a successful maiden voyage on September 21st in Accra, is also committed to create an aviation hub in West Africa.

HNA Group has made internationalization the top priority of its development in recent years. Taking the aviation industry for example, the Group has invested in Turkey and Hong Kong with business covering passenger transport, cargo transport, maintenance and flight schools. Together with other efforts around the world, the investment in Aigle Azur and the establishment of AWA, as part of the international strategy of HNA Group, will surly enhance the Group’s competitiveness.

Founded in 2000, HNA Group offers services in air transportation, logistics, financial solutions, tourism, real estate, retailing, airport management and other sectors. By the end of 2011, HNA Group reached $46 billion of total assets and about $15.4 billion of total revenue. It provides about 120,000 job opportunities to society.

HNA Aviation, as a core industrial group of HNA, manages HNA’s subsidiaries in air transportation related businesses. Now, the company has a total asset of USD18.5 billion, over 270 aircraft and 500 flight routes to 130 cities.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth. Airbus A320-214 F-HBII (msn 3852) arrives at Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg (EuroAirport), an airport that serves three countries – Switzerland, France and Germany.

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