Tag Archives: 73786J

Aerolineas Argentinas finalizes its order for 20 Boeing 737-800s

Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) , the flag carrier of Argentina, and Boeing (Chicago) have completed an agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes.

At a signing ceremony in Buenos Aires, Dr. Mariano Recalde, president of Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral Lineas Aereas, and Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, formalized the agreement, which will help Aerolineas build on a fleet of 26 Next-Generation 737s currently operated by the Argentine carrier.

Gallard noted that the agreement extends a long legacy of partnership between Boeing and Aerolineas Argentinas. “Our partnership with Aerolineas extends back to the days of the Douglas DC-3”.

Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured former Airberlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABBA (msn 30570) became LV-CTC with Aerolineas Argentinas.

Aerolineas Argentinas: AG Slide Show

Airberlin and Jat Airways begin code sharing on August 1

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) and Jat Airways (Belgrade), the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, will offer their passengers selected flights under shared flight numbers, subject to government approvals. The codeshare agreement is valid for flights from August 1, 2013.

Under the agreement, Airberlin will offer the nonstop Jat Airways flights between Belgrade and Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart under an AB flight number, thereby expanding their route range in South East Europe.

In return, Jat Airways passengers will be able to connect from Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart to numerous Airberlin German domestic flights. From Airberlin’s hub in Berlin there will be further codeshare flights to prime destinations in Northern Europe to cities such as Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin’s Boeing 737-86J D-ABMC (msn 37752) in the Oneworld color scheme taxies to the gate at Palma de Mallorca.

Airberlin: AG Slide Show

Jat Airways: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Jat Airways’ Boeing 737-3H9 YU-AND (msn 23329) prepares to land at London (Heathrow).

Air Lease Corporation announces the placement of six new Boeing 737-800s with Aerolíneas Argentinas

Air Lease Corporation (Los Angeles) announced a lease agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) for six new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, each on lease for twelve years. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery between November 2014 and February 2016.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Boeing 737-86J LV-CTC (msn 30570) lands at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport in downtown Buenos Aires.

Aerolineas Argentinas: AG Slide Show

Blue Air cancels its order for five new Boeing 737s

Blue Air (Blue Air Transport Aerien) (Bucharest) has finally cancelled its 2008 order for two new Boeing 737-800s and three 737-900 ERs. The five aircraft were due for delivery in 2015 and 2016.

The order was cancelled after its investor Romstrade encountered financial problems according to this report by Bloomberg.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Blue Air use to operate the newer and larger Boeing 737-800 but downsized to only older Boeing 737-400s and 737-500s in order to reduce costs. Ex-Airberlin Boeing 737-86J D-ABBP (msn 29641) became YR-BID with Blue Air before it left the fleet.

Blue Air: AG Slide Show

Blue Air logo

Current routes from Bucharest:

Please click on the map for the full-size view.

Please click on the map for the full-size view.

Airberlin issues a statement concerning the new delayed opening of the new Berlin Bradenburg Airport (BER)

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) has issued the following statement concerning the new delay for the opening of the new Berlin airport:

“Airberlin is disappointed about the latest postponement of the opening date for the new airport Berlin-Brandenburg BER. This will have an adverse effect on all passengers and on airlines. Airberlin has already insisted many times on receiving a reliable opening date which can therefore be planned around. A renewed postponement means that the unsatisfactory situation for all passengers will continue.

Because of the latest postponement, Airberlin expects the airport company to do everything possible in Tegel to achieve an even better standard. Airberlin itself incurs considerable expense in passenger control for the rising numbers at the old airport and will continue to do everything to keep the effects on our passengers to a minimum. The additional service staff will also be available to Airberlin passengers in Tegel in the future, and ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible.

Airberlin continues to place great emphasis on BER. As the market leader in the German capital, airberlin intends to expand its position, grow continuously and further build up the hub with international long-haul flights.”

In other news, Airberlin has appointed a new CEO. As of January 7, 2013, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, 56, will take over the post of Chief Executive Officer of Air Berlin PLC from Hartmut Mehdorn, who has been in the position on a transitional basis since September 1, 2011. At the same time Prock-Schauer will become an Executive Director on the Board of Directors of Air Berlin PLC. Hartmut Mehdorn will remain a member of the Board.

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer. Boeing 737-86J D-ABMJ (msn 36872) was the 2012 “Flying home for Christmas” Santa Claus logojet. The airliner is pictured resting overnight at Nuremberg.

Hot New Photos: AG Hot New Photos

Airberlin: AG Slide Show

Airberlin to start Berlin-Warsaw service on March 23 as it expands to the east

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) will offer three flights a day on the Berlin – Warsaw route starting on March 23, 2013. The company will also expand to three flights a day on the Berlin – Krakow route also on the same day as the airline focuses on eastern Europe. Airberlin issued the following statement:

Airberlin is expanding its route network competencies in Poland and from March 23, 2013 will operate up to three flights a day from Berlin to Warsaw. The Polish capital is already the third destination in Poland for Germany‘s second largest airline. In addition Airberlin will increase the number of flights from Berlin to Krakow, also from March 23, 2013, thereby operating a total of up to 48 flights a week from Berlin to its European neighbor.

Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO Airberlin, said: “We have strategically revised our network for the summer of 2013. The adjustments and new introductions on the flight schedule are in line with our drive for increased efficiency. In the future we will concentrate even more on our core business areas, that is, our touristic flight programme and our scheduled services. The main priority here is to strengthen the visibility of the airline in strategic core markets such as Central and Eastern Europe.”

On the financial side, in the third quarter, Airberlin was able to increase its net income to EUR 66.6 million (2011: EUR 30.2 million), an increase of more than 120 percent over the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The operating result improved by 4.5 percent to EUR 101.2 million (EUR 96.8 million). Revenue increased by 1.4 percent over the previous year, to EUR 1,395.1 million (EUR 1,375.5 million), despite a targeted capacity reduction of 5.4 percent. Capacity utilization increased slightly by 0.4 percentage points to 84.54 percent (84.14 percent). Yield (revenue per passenger) improved by 3.1 percent to EUR 115.84 (EUR 112.39).  EBITDAR (Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and leasing expenses) increased by 3.8 percent to EUR 279.5 million (EUR 269.3 million). Total equity at the end of the quarter amounted to EUR 186.3 million, which corresponds to an equity ratio of eight percent.

Airberlin recorded a continuing reduction of direct operating costs – excluding fuel costs – as a result of the “Shape & Size” program, which yielded a contribution of EUR 70 million in the third quarter. Over this period, fuel costs increased by EUR 35 million.

For the fleet, AB will cut its operational fleet from 158 aircraft to 135 per ATW.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. The Boeing 737-800 fleet will continue to grow. Boeing 737-86J D-ABKT (msn 36881) arrives at Antalya, Turkey.

Airberlin: