Air Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan) finally operated its first revenue flight on November 12 with a flight from Abidjan to Dakar according to Reuters. This new national carrier replaces defunct Air Ivoire. The launch was delayed from April 2012. The new airline will operate on regional flights before it launches services to Europe. The company is operating two former Air France Airbus A319s. Air Cote d’Ivoire is a partnership between Air France (Paris) and the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Air Côte d’Ivoire is owned by the government of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Air France and Aérienne de Participation-Côte d’Ivoire, an airline holding company of AKFED.
Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire. Airbus A319-115 (LR) F-GRXG (msn 2213) formerly operated “Dedicate” services for partner Air France. Pictured at Toulouse on June 1, 2012, the airliner was the first delivery for the new airline on October 6, 2012. The airliner is now operating as TU-TSA. The airframe is leased from Macquarie AirFinance.
Please click on photo for full view, information and other hot photos.
Please click on photo for full view, information and other historic photos.
Continental Airlines (Houston) in celebration of its 75th Anniversary is painting its new Boeing 737-924 ER N75436 (msn 33531) in a retro 1947 “Blue Skyway” livery. The new special color scheme adorned aircraft will fly to Houston on June 25 and will be unveiled to the employees at gate E5 at 3 p.m. (1500). The following day the airliner will fly to Newark for an anniversary celebration at 10 a.m. (1000) at gate 120. The 737 will then fly to Cleveland for another celebration at 1:30 p.m. on the same day at 1:30 p.m. (1330). The Douglas DC-3 and Convair 240-era “Blue Sky” 1947 livery was selected by the employees in a contest. Further information (registration?) and any photos are always welcome.