Albatros Airlines (Venezuela) (Maracay) is becoming a new Boeing operator. The Venezuelan carrier will soon take delivery of this former Ukraine International Boeing 737-5L9 registered currently as N102ES (msn 28995, ex UR-GBB). The airliner was painted at East Midlands and rolled out yesterday.
The airline currently operates two Cessna 208B Grand Caravans and three Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias.
According to the airline, Albatros Airlines was founded on December 27 2007, in order “to strengthen the growth of commercial air activity; meet the transportation needs that affect various regions of the country, and promote the development of tourism in Venezuela.”
The carrier’s Air Operator Certificate (AOC) was awarded by the National Institute of Civil Aviation on May 13, 2010 for the commercial air transport of passengers, cargo and mail. On May 20, 2010 the company made its first commercial flight to Porlamar and Porlamar Carúpano. The new airline quickly expanded with routes to Los Roques from Caracas (Maiquetia) and Maracay.
Copyright Photo: Ian Bowley/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Albatros Airlines). The first 737 also introduces this new livery for the airline. The airline encouraged design contributions from the public before the final design was selected.
airBaltic (airBaltic.com) (Riga) on October 30 launched a new route connecting Vilnius and Amsterdam. The new route will operate three days a week. Previously on October 28 the company started a new route connection between Tallinn and Paris (CDG). The Paris route will operate four days a week. Both routes are being operated with Boeing 737s.
Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by airBaltic). Ex-United Boeing 737-522 YL-BBM (msn 26680) arrives in Zurich.
Flyafrica.com (Harare) is a new airline in Zimbabwe. The new carrier has announced it will launch low-fare and pay-as-you-go operations on July 23 with Boeing 737-500 aircraft. The first route will be from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg with three weekly flights.
Ukraine International Airlines-UIA (Kiev) on June 3 launched nonstop scheduled flights connecting the capitals of the Ukraine and Iran – Kiev and Tehran. Flights connecting Kiev and Tehran will be operated three times a week: outbound – on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; inbound – on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
All flights will be operated on Boeing 737 aircraft in two-class cabin configuration – Business and Economy.
In other news, due to on-going turmoil in the Ukraine, especially in the eastern Russian-speaking areas, the flag carrier will cut its capacity and will reduce its fleet by 25 percent according to CAPA.
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. The older Boeing 737s including the pictured Boeing 737-5Y0 UR-GAK (msn 26075) at Zurich, are likely to be the first to be phased out by the downsizing GIA.
KaiserAir (Oakland) has added a second Boeing 737, this time former Aeroflot Nord/Nordavia Boeing 737-59D as N732KA (msn 25065, ex N565EL/VP-BKP). The VIP airliner joins the pictured Boeing 737-7BX N737KA (msn 30740).
The charter company describes itself:
Based in Oakland, California, KaiserAir has a long history as one of the pioneers in business aviation. For over 65 years we have flown with a perfect safety record and now we have earned a Part 121 Air Carrier certificate which enables us to fly large airplanes with more passengers. KaiserAir is a unique company and the only full-service aviation company in the San Francisco Bay Area. We currently operate two FBOs (in Oakland and Santa Rosa), offering part 145 Maintenance services, Part 135 Charter, aircraft management and airplane sales.
AirBaltic (stylized as airBaltic) (Riga) has also returned to the black. The Latvia carrier achieved a net profit of 1 million euro ($1.39 million) for the full year of 2013. AirBaltic has surpassed its original plans and has turned around the FY 2012 loss of EUR -27 million, converting it into a net profit of 1 million euro for 2013. AirBaltic has achieved profitability one year ahead of the initial schedule.
AirBaltic achieved 5% better yields and 1% of unit revenue improvements over the twelve months of 2013 (RASK – revenue per available seat kilometer), when compared to the same period a year ago, and generated stable revenues of EUR 325 million, despite capacity reductions.
AirBaltic serves sixty destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia.
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. The Boeing 737s will be phased out and replaced reportedly by 2017 by the new Bombardier CS300s assuming the latter can unravel its testing and production issues. Boeing 737-522 YL-BBN (msn 26683) in the special “Official Carrier of Latvia Team for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics” taxies at Zurich.