Air Astana (Almaty) will start a weekly nonstop route linking the capital of Astana with London (Heathrow) starting on October 31. The new route will complement existing Almaty-London (Heathrow) flights and will be operated with Boeing 757-200s per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-2G5 P4-GAS (msn 28112) arrives at the resort destination of Antalya, Turkey.
ATI-Air Transport International (Little Rock) has apparently decided to keep the Capital Cargo International Airlines (Orlando) 2011 livery alive. Like the United Airlines-Continental Airlines merger, the surviving airline has adopted the color scheme of the airline that was closed down. The airline has not yet announced this decision.
Capital Cargo was merged into ATI-Air Transport International on March 11, 2013. Founded in 1995, Capital Cargo International Airlines (CCIA) was a FAA 121 Supplemental Air Carrier. The airline operated five Boeing 727-200 and three 757-200 freighters.
In April 2013 the pictured Boeing 757-2G5 (F) converted freighter was rolled out of the paint shop at Wilmington, Ohio in the Capital Cargo brand but now with ATI-Air Transport International Airlines titles.
The ATI version now includes red and dark blue stripes below the window line (above). The Capital Cargo version had a single red stripe (below).
Top Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. This former National Airlines (5th) aircraft was previously operated as N151GX and never was operated on the Capital Cargo certificate. It was delivered to ATI on March 14, 2013.
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Bottom Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Former United Airlines Boeing 757-222 (F) N531UA (msn 25042) was the only 757 to wear the new 2011 color scheme with Capital Cargo. Notice the differences with the cheatlines. N531UA is pictured operating to Memphis.
Ryan International Airlines (Rockford) yesterday (January 11) reversed its bankruptcy reorganization path from reorganization (Chapter 11) to liquidation (Chapter 7). The charter airline suddenly shut down and laid off all of its employees. The airline is still talking with prospective investors but it is a long shot for the airline to restart operations.
The airline went into Chapter 11 reorganization in March 2012. Previously the company was established by Ron Ryan in Wichita, KS and started operations on March 3, 1973 as Ryan Aviation. In 2005 the company was sold to the Rubloff Development Group which moved the company to Rockford (near Chicago) in 2006.
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Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 757-2G5 N929RD (msn 23929) at Miami displays the 2004 livery of the company.
Air Astana (Almaty) remains profitable for the first half of 2012, reporting a smaller net profit of $4.95 million.
The company issued the following report:
“Kazakhstan’s Air Astana saw its revenues grow by 13% to $394 million, matched by a similar increase in passenger numbers, although net profit declined to $4.95 million. Capacity grew by 11% with the addition of an additional Boeing 757-200 and three additional Embraer 190s. Its fleet size now stands at 26 after the retirement of three of its six Fokker 50s, with the remainder due for retirement by January 2013 to be replaced by two additional ERJ 190s.
New routes were launched from Astana to Omsk in Southeast Russia, from Astana to Tashkent and Baku, from Astana to Chymkent and Aktau in southern and western Kazakhstan, and from Almaty to Kazan in southern Russia. Planned new routes for the second half include Almaty to Hong Kong, Almaty to Ho Chi Minh City and Atyrau to Moscow. Flights from Astana to Beijing will be added to its existing Almaty to Beijing services. The airline will take delivery of 4 new Airbus A320s and 2 new A321s from November 2012 to May 2013, and recently placed an order for four new Boeing 767-300s and three Boeing 787-8s, to be delivered from November 2013 through 2017.”
Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis. The new Astana-Beijing route starting on August 25 will be operated with Boeing 757-200s. The pictured 757-2G5 P4-EAS (msn 29488) is seen arriving at London (Heathrow).