Bombardier delivers the first CS300 to airBaltic

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced the delivery of the first CS300 aircraft to launch operator Air Baltic Corporation AS (airBaltic), the flag carrier of Latvia. The CS300 is the larger variant of Bombardier’s all new C Series aircraft, which is designed to carry between 130 and 150 passengers. The handover to airBaltic comes just five months after the successful entry into service of the CS100 variant of the C Series.

 

The maiden commercial flight of airBaltic’s first 145-seat CS300 aircraft, which will take passengers from Riga to Amsterdam, is scheduled for December 14, 2016.

airBaltic is the launch operator for the CS300 aircraft, and has ordered 20 CS300 aircraft. The new type will replace the existing fleet of Boeing 737-300s and 737-500s.

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LaMia Avro RJ85 crashes in Colombia

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LaMia Airlines (Cochabamba, Bolivia) Avro RJ85 CP-2933 has crashed in Colombia:

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On November 28, 2016 an Avro RJ85 aircraft, operating as LaMia Airlines flight 2933 (LMI 2933), crashed while transporting a Brazilian football team Associação Chapecoense de Futebol from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, to José María Córdova International Airport in Medellín, Colombia.

The chartered RJ85 CP-2933 (msn E2348) carried 81 people, comprising 72 passengers—including the team (which was en route to play the 2016 Copa Sudamericana Finals against Colombian team Atlético Nacional) and 21 journalists; and a crew of 9.

Below Copyright Photo: Sister Ship: LAMIA BAe RJ85 P4-GIU (msn E2349) NWI (Ton Jochems). Image: 907171.

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TUI and Niki move one step closer to a joint venture based in Vienna

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TUI AG‘s Supervisory Board has given the green light on November 23, 2016 for further steps with the goal to create a new European airline joint venture with Etihad Aviation Group. TUI Group’s supervisory body approved the plan to contribute its German leisure airline subsidiary TUI fly GmbH (TUIfly-TUI Airlines Germany) to a joint venture with Etihad. Etihad is in negotiations with Airberlin to acquire its touristic operations primarily in Southern Europe and North Africa, and including Airberlin’s participation in Niki, with the objective to contribute it to the joint venture.

The new airline joint venture, headquartered in Vienna, is planned to serve a broad route network with its two airlines, TUI fly and Niki, a total fleet of around 60 aircraft and a seat capacity of 15 million seats per year, operating from key departure airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

TUI AG is to hold a stake of 24.8% in the joint venture, with Etihad holding 25% of the interests. The remaining 50.2% would be held by the existing private foundation Niki Privatstiftung.

The commitments made to the TUI fly employees remain in place and are currently being further negotiated and specified. This includes the commitments to the Hanover location.

The contractual negotiations between all involved stakeholders are expected to be finalized in the next few weeks. Details regarding the future joint venture will be jointly presented by Etihad and TUI after successful completion of the negotiations.

The planned joint venture is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust and aviation authorities.

In the summer of 2007, Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) and Hapagfly merged to form TUIfly. The airline is a wholly-owned enterprise of the TUI Group, the world’s leading tourism troup with headquarters in Hanover, Germany. TUIfly flies to the classic holiday regions all around the Mediterranean, the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, Madeira and Egypt for TUI and other tour operators. By the summer of 2014, TUIfly used 40 Boeing 737 aircraft to fly to these destinations. TUIfly headquarters are at the Hanover Airport.

Top Copyright Photo: TUI Airlines (Germany) Boeing 737-86J SSWL D-ABKI (msn 37748) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 933944.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Niki Luftfahrt (flyNiki.com) Airbus A320-214 OE-LEF (msn 4368) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 927323.

Niki Luftfahrt (flyNiki.com) Airbus A320-214 OE-LEF (msn 4368) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 927323.

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Loganair to end its Flybe relationship, will revert to its own brand in 2017

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Scotland’s Airline Loganair has announced that it will operate flights in its own right from  September 1, 2017.

After 24 years of operating under franchise agreements with other airlines, the Glasgow-based company will once again market its services and fly under its own name – introducing a new, definitively Scottish identity to the skies.

Loganair will provide over 1,000 flights each week across 46 routes, offering unrivalled connectivity for Scotland and with operations stretching as far afield as London, Norwich, Manchester, Dublin, and Bergen in Norway. It has almost 300 flights each week to and from Glasgow, and is the largest operator at key airports throughout the Highlands & Islands including Inverness, Sumburgh, Kirkwall and Stornoway.

The extensive Loganair network also includes the world-famous “times subject to tide” operations to the beach airport at Barra and the world’s shortest scheduled flight, linking the Orkney islands of Westray and Papa Westray with daily flights taking only two minutes.

Scotland’s Airline has operated its services under franchise agreements with British Airways, from 1993 to 2007, and lately with Flybe from 2007. The current franchise arrangement with Flybe will conclude on August 31, 2017, although the two parties are continuing to discuss potential opportunities to work together in future.

Loganair’s long-standing and successful codeshare arrangement with British Airways will also continue, enabling customers to make a single booking for a journey from points throughout the Highlands and Islands to London and onwards to British Airways’ worldwide network.

Employing over 600 people, Loganair operates a fleet of 28 aircraft and alongside its scheduled services, undertakes an extensive range of contract services for Royal Mail and oil and gas companies. These will also carry the resurgent Loganair – Scotland’s Airline identity. After a number of recent successful contract awards, the airline is actively pursuing its ambitions to widen both its contract and scheduled service operations in future.

The transition will take place on September 1, 2017. Loganair will establish its own reservations system by March 2017 for flights on and after that date via its website at http://www.loganair.co.uk and will continue to take bookings via key travel agents and partner airlines in future.

Image: Loganair. Loganair will also introduce a new livery with the change.

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Iberia prepares to retire the last Airbus A340-300

Type Retired: Last revenue flight was on November 14, 2016 (EC-GUP on flight IB 166 BOS-MAD). However is still available as a back-up aircraft

Iberia (Madrid), despite other reports elsewhere, still has one Airbus A340-300 (EC-GUP) remaining in its active fleet.

As of today, the pictured Airbus A340-313 EC-GUP (msn 217) is being kept by Iberia as a back up aircraft. The airliner may still see it assigned to a revenue flight even through December. Iberia received this week its ninth Airbus A330-200 (EC-MNK) which is the planned replacement aircraft for the last A340-300.

EC-GUP was last operated on November 14, 2016 but remains ready for service at any time.

Iberia introduced the Airbus A340-300 in 1996 when A340-313 EC-154 was delivered on February 29, 1996.

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Serene Air takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-800

First aircraft for the new airline, delivered on November 19, 2016

Serene Air (Islamabad) is a new airline in Pakistan. On November 19, 2016 the upstart took delivery of the pictured Boeing 737-86X AP-BNA (msn 61352) on November 19, 2016.

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The new carrier is planning to launch domestic flights in December 2016 with three Boeing 737-800s.

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TransAsia Airways suspends operations and will be liquidated

TransAsia Airways ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEC B-22821 (msn 1251) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 928568.

TransAsia Airways (Taipei) suspended operations on Tuesday November 22, 2016 amid reports of financial difficulties and an on-going investigation..

The company convened a special board meeting. As a result of the meeting, the company announced it would be liquidated in the wake of two deadly plane crashes, financial losses and an insider trading probe.

TransAsia’s business was dealt major blows by two fatal accidents on domestic flights in the past two years. A flight from Kaohisung crashed in Penghu on July 23, 2014, leaving 48 of the 58 people on board dead, and another flight heading to Kinmen crashed into a river minutes after taking off from Taipei Songshan Airport in February 2015, killing 43 of the 58 people on board.

Founded in 1951, the airline was Taiwan’s first private-owned domestic air carrier. It was taken over by the Goldsun Group in 1983 and was listed on Taiwan’s stock market on November 1, 2011.

TransAsia opened budget carrier subsidiary V Air in December 2014, but it struggled to stay afloat, and its operations came to an end on October 1, 2016 due to financial losses.

Copyright Photo: TransAsia Airways ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEC B-22821 (msn 1251) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 928568.

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