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Afriqiyah Airways rebrands, retiring the 9.9.99 tail logo

Afriqiyah Airways (Tripoli) rebranded the company in October with this new aircraft livery and logo (see above). With the new political situation in Libya, a new livery was inevitable. The new “three slash” tail logo replaces the previous 9.9.99 tail logo. According to the airline, the three medium blue marks represent the neck markings of the Turtle Dove, a migratory bird of North Africa.

Afriqiyah 2013 logo

State-owned Afriqiyah Airways was reportedly being considered for a planned merger with rival Libyan Airlines (Tripoli).

Since the end of civil war, the company has been rebuilding under the new State of Libya. The traditional Tripoli-Paris (CDG) route was restored on October 31 with leased aircraft. The restored route is currently being operated three days a week.

The old “9.9.99” tail motif previously celebrated the establishment of of the African Union on September 9, 1999 in Sirte which Libya supported under Gaddafi. The name “Afriqiyah” is Arabic for African. The old logo was associated with deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured newly-built Airbus A330-202 F-WWYK will become 5A-ONP (msn 1472) on delivery.

Poll: Do you like the new Afriqiyah Airways livery?

Afriqiyah Airways (compare the liveries): AG Slide Show

Air Algérie signs MOU for three additional Airbus A330-200s

Air Algérie (Algiers) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for three A330-200 passenger aircraft as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans. This order has been placed at Dubai Airshow 2013.

The new aircraft will be deployed on medium and long haul routes from the Air Algérie hub in Algeria. Air Algérie has already ordered a total of five Airbus A330-200s, which have all been delivered to date.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Algerie’s Airbus A330-202 7T-VJX (msn 650) arrives in Montreal (Trudeau).

Air Algerie: AG Slide Show

Aer Lingus’ loss expands in the first half of 2013

Aer Lingus (Dublin) record a first half 2013 pre-tax loss of $21.7 million, an increase of  272.7 percent from the smaller loss in the first half of 2012. However the flag carrier was able to record a pre-tax profit of $38.6 million in the second quarter but it was not enough to offset the larger loss in the first quarter.

The airline put a positive spin of the second quarter:

Christoph Mueller, Aer Lingus’ CEO, commented:

“Aer Lingus is pleased to report an excellent business performance for the first half of 2013. All key revenue metrics have trended positively with passenger numbers up 1.3%, load factor up 2.0 points and growth in fare revenue per seat across short and long haul.

Our Q2 2013 revenue performance was particularly strong. We expanded long haul capacity by 16.3% in the quarter and successfully sold the additional seats, achieving a load factor of almost 95% in June. Short haul continues to trade positively. However, the weakness in UK routes identified in our Q1 results has continued in Q2. The first half of our financial year is seasonally loss making and we are reporting an operating loss (before exceptional items) which is €12.0 million higher than the prior year. This performance reflects the impact of a number of one-off factors including the start up of our contract flying operations and planned changes to our long haul fleet.

We continue to focus on our cost base and are conscious that certain planned cost saving initiatives have not had effect as quickly as we had initially hoped. However, the voluntary severance program we outlined at Q1 seeking a headcount reduction of 100 has been oversubscribed with expressions of interest. We expect the benefits of this programme will start to take effect towards the end of the current year with full year effect in 2014.

Bookings for the remainder of the year at 30 June 2013 were ahead of prior year with Q3 long haul looking particularly positive. However, this booking profile has somewhat eroded over July due to the good weather. Nonetheless, we maintain our guidance that 2013 operating profit, before net exceptional items, will be broadly in line with 2012.”

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Read the analysis from the Irish Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 EI-DUO (msn 841) taxies at the the Dublin hub.

Aer Lingus: AG Slide Show

Libyan Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-200

Libyan Airlines (Tripoli), the national carrier of Libya, has taken delivery of its first A330-200 becoming a new operator for the type. The carrier already operates seven Airbus A320 aircraft, with three A330-200 and four A350-800 aircraft on order.

Accommodating a two-class configuration of 24 business and 235 economy seats, the aircraft is  powered by GE CF6-80 engines and will be deployed in the Middle East, around Dubai and Jeddah, as well as on Asian and European trunk routes.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-202 F-WWCK (msn 1412) became 5A-LAR on delivery.

Libyan Airlines: AG Slide Show

Alitalia to resume Milan Malpensa-Miami service on October 27

Alitalia (2nd) (Compagnie Aerea Italiana) (Rome) will restore the Milan (Malpensa)-Miami route for the winter season on October 27 per Airline Route. The route will be operated three days per week with Airbus A330-200s.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Airbus A330-202 EI-EJG (msn 1123) approaches JFK International Airport in New York for landing.

Alitalia: AG Slide Show

A new crisis at Alitalia as its loss for 2012 widens to almost $364 million and its new CEO departs

Alitalia (2nd) (Compagnie Aerea Italiana) (Rome) is again in financial turmoil. The flag carrier reported its loss for 2012 grew to $363.8 million from $89.6 million in 2011.

In addition, its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andrea Ragnetti resigned after only one year on the job.

Read the full financial report from Alitalia: CLICK HERE

Read the analysis from Bloomberg: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Airbus A330-202 EI-EJP (msn 1354) lands at Miami.

Alitalia (2nd): AG Slide Show

Aer Lingus Group announces its preliminary financial results for 2012

Aer Lingus Group plc (Aer Lingus) (Dublin) has announced its unaudited preliminary results for the full year ending on December 31, 2012. The company reported:

  • Operating profit, before exceptional items, of $92.9 million (€69.1 million) (up from $65.9 million – €49.1 million in 2011), up  40.7% with strong operating margin of 5.0% (2011: 3.8%).
  • – Total revenue up 8.2% with capacity growth of 0.5%.
  • – Strong balance sheet; total cash up 1.5% to $1.2 billion – €908.5 million as at December 31, 2012. Debt down 7.9% to $714.6 million – €531.6 million.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection. Set against stormy skies, Airbus A330-202 EI-DAA (msn 397) arrives back at the Dublin base and hub.

Aer Lingus: AG Slide Show

QANTAS to deploy wide-body Airbus A330 on all weekday Sydney-Perth and Melbourne-Perth services

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has announced it will deploy wide-body Airbus A330s on all weekday Sydney-Perth and Melbourne-Perth services as it continues to meet demand for business and premium travel on the routes.

QANTAS has added a ninth A330 flying on the domestic network. Airbus A330-202 VH-EBV (msn 1365) was accepted on November 23.

The airline has 30 wide-body aircraft operating on domestic routes in Australia, made up of Airbus A330s and Boeing 767-300s.

The new QANTAS A330-202 is configured with 36 seats in Business and 268 seats in Economy. Airbus has installed the latest Panasonic on-demand in-flight entertainment and laptop power in every seat.

By March, QANTAS will have refurbished 16 Boeing 767-300 aircraft with new interiors and individual inflight entertainment streamed direct to iPads in every seat.

In the past 12 months QANTAS has resumed services from Sydney to the Gold Coast, built new lounges at Gold Coast, Gladstone, Mackay, Emerald, Davenport and Rockhampton airport, commenced services to a number of new regional and Fly-In-Fly-Out destinations and introduced a number of new initiatives to improve customer experiences including free Wi-Fi at airports and dedicated premium boarding.

Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire. Airbus A330-202 F-WWKN (msn 1365) in the Oneworld motif at Toulouse became VH-EBV on the handover.

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Qatar Airways to drop Stuttgart on October 28

Qatar Airways (Doha) is reportedly planning to drop Stuttgart, Germany on October 28. The three roundtrips are operated from Doha to Stuttgart via a stop in Zurich. Zurich will continue to be served.

In other news, the airline will add a new destination in Saudi Arabia. Gassim will become Qatar Airways’ fifth destination in the country, where it already serves Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Medina.

The airline will operate four-flights-a-week to the central Saudi city of Gassim, offering travellers a greater choice of travel options to more than 100 destinations around the world served by the airline via its Doha hub. The Gassim route will be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in First Class and 132 in Economy.

Situated 400 kilometers northwest of Riyadh, Gassim is Saudi Arabia’s seventh most populated province with a rich agricultural industry.

Read the full report from Business Traveller: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. Airbus A330-202 A7-ACL (msn 820) departs from Zurich.

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Afriqiyah Airways converts three Airbus A321 orders into larger A330-200s

Afriqiyah Airways (Tripoli), rebuilding after the Libyan Civil War, has converted three Airbus A321s on order into larger A330-200s according to Airbus.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Airbus A330-202 TS-ONH (msn 1043) prepares to land at London (Heathrow).

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