Category Archives: Aigle Azur

Aigle Azur to shut down all operations

Aigle Azur is being forced to cancel all flights effective September 7, 2019.

The airline has been under receivership since September 2, 2019.

The airline issued this statement (translated from French):

In connection with the French civil aviation authorities and the receivership procedures, Aigle Azur, in great economic difficulty, is unfortunately obliged to cancel all flights from Saturday, September 7.

In fact, the financial situation of the company and the resulting operational difficulties make it impossible to ensure flights beyond the evening of September 6, 2019.

As of September 7, 2019, regardless of the departure airport, Aigle Azur flights are canceled.

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Aigle Azur to reorganize and enters receivership

Aigle Azur (Paris-Orly) will enter receivership. A French court has appointed a temporary administrator.

HNA Group holds 49% of the stock along with David Neeleman with 32% of the stock.

Previously in 2017, the Weaving Group sold its 32% stake to David Neeleman (also involved in Azul Brazilian Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, and previously with JetBlue). Frantz Yvelin was named CEO of Aigle Azur.

Yvelin was able to fight off a coup attempt by minority shareholder Gerard Hua. David Neeleman has threatened a lawsuit.

Operations will continue. The company currently operates 300 regular flights per week departing from six French airports to around 25 destinations.

In other related news, Aigle Azur will suspend its long-range route between Paris (Orly) and Campinas (Viracopos), Brazil (the home of Azul), on September 27, 2019.

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Hainan Airlines and Aigle Azur start code-sharing flights

Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-6520 (msn 1168) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 943444.

Hainan Airlines has issued this statement:

Flight HU8267/ZI887 took off from Paris Orly Airport at 1:45 pmon September 5 Paris time, and touched down at Beijing Capital International Airport at 6:35 am on September 6 local time, marking the launch of the code-shared ParisBeijing service operated by Hainan Airlines and Aigle Azur.

The nonstop route will be serviced by an Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft six times a week (three times in each direction), including the Paris-Beijing flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and the BeijingParis flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The service is the second codeshare flight launched by Hainan Airlines and Aigle Azur following the roll-out of their shared Xi’an-Paris route.

In 2018, Hainan Airlines launched the Haikou-Sydney, Shenzhen-Brussels, Beijing-Tijuana-Mexico City, Changsha-London, Shenzhen-Madrid, Shenzhen-Tianjin-Vancouver, BeijingEdinburghDublinBeijing, BeijingDublinEdinburghBeijing, Guangzhou-Tel Aviv and Shenzhen-Zurich services, among other international offerings.

Currently, Hainan Airlines and its majority-owned subsidiaries have rolled out more than 1,700 domestic and international routes from and to nearly 220 cities across Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.

Paris-Beijing Flight Timetable (All times are local):

Flight No.

Aircraft

Schedule

Departure
City

Departure
Time

Arrival
Time

Arrival
City

HU8267

A330

Monday

Paris

1:45 pm

6:30 am +1

Beijing

HU8267

A330

Wednesday/Friday

Paris

1:45 pm

6:35 am +1

Beijing

HU8268

A330

Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday

Beijing

9:10 am

3:20 pm

Paris

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Hainan): Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-6520 (msn 1168) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 943444.

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Aigle Azur takes delivery of its first Airbus A330 in a new livery

Ex D-ALPG, delivered on April 21, 2018

Aigle Azur on April 21 took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200. The former A330-243 D-ALPG of Airberlin, is now F-HTAC with Aigle Azur.

The new type is seen arriving at the Paris (Orly) base.

F-HTAC also introduces this new livery for the airline.

The new airliner is named “Arezki I.”.

All photos by Aigle Azur.

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Aigle Azur is expanding with new routes

Aigle Azur Transport Aeriens (2nd) Airbus A320-214 F-HBIS (msn 3136) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 937595.

Aigle Azur is expanding. The airline will cross the continents and fly to Beijing starting on June 21 and to São Paulo commencing on July 5.

For the long-range routes Aigle Azur will be leasing two Airbus A330-200s. A new livery is expected for the new additions.

On September 14, the company will inaugurate a new route connecting Paris (Orly) to Milan (Malpensa) with Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: Aigle Azur Transport Aeriens (2nd) Airbus A320-214 F-HBIS (msn 3136) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 937595.

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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.