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Eurowings opens new base in Pristina

Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A319-112 D-ABGJ (msn 3415) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 937931.

Eurowings has made this announcement:

Eurowings is further expanding its European network: With the opening of a new base in Pristina, the airline is expanding its services in Eastern Europe and will be stationing an Airbus A319 in the capital of Kosovo from June 19, 2019. Thus, Pristina will become the thirteenth Eurowings location.

For the first time, Eurowings will offer direct connections from Pristina to Switzerland. At the same time, the existing connections to the cities of Düsseldorf, Munich and Stuttgart will be significantly increased. In total, the airline offers over 60 weekly frequencies to and from Pristina.

All flights including the new routes can be booked in the coming days – for example on the Internet at eurowings.com or via the Eurowings App.

Photo: Eurowings. Gjeravia, the highest mountain of Kosovo.

The metropolis Pristina

Pristina, with almost 150,000 inhabitants, is the capital and largest metropolis in Kosovo. It lies in the historical landscape of the Kosovo field and offers numerous historical buildings. Pristina is the economic, cultural and media center of the country. The city has one of the youngest populations in Europe and is characterized by above-average economic growth in recent years.

Top Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A319-112 D-ABGJ (msn 3415) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 937931.

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Croatia Airlines updates and simplifies its livery

Croatia's updated (and simplified) 2019 livery

Croatia Airlines has updated and also simplified its livery to an almost all “eurowhite” livery.

The blue underside has been removed to reduce painting costs as seen on Airbus A319s 9A-CTL (top) and 9A-CTG (below).

9A-CTG was the first to be “repainted”.

Above Photo: Croatia Airlines.

Croatia Airlines is also celebrating 30 years of flying.

Top Copyright Photo: Croatia Airlines Airbus A319-112 9A-CTL (msn 1252) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 946239.

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Allegiant announces 19 new routes

Allegiant Air Airbus A319-112 N332NV (msn 2638) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945205.

Allegiant Air announced 19 new twice-weekly seasonal routes for the summer season. Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Nashville received the greatest number of new routes:

Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Des Moines, Iowa: Two weekly flights starting May 16

Huntington, West Virginia: Two weekly flights starting June 6

Little Rock, Arkansas: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Rockford, Illinois: Two weekly flights starting June 5

Shreveport, Louisiana: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Toledo, Ohio: Two weekly flights starting June 7

Wichita, Kansas: Two weekly flights starting June 5

Nashville, Tennessee

Allentown/Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Bentonville/Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport: Two weekly flights starting June 6

Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Cleveland: Two weekly flights starting May 16

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Two weekly flights starting June 6

Orlando/Sanford, Florida: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Los Angeles

Bozeman, Montana: Two weekly flights starting June 5

Las Vegas: Two weekly flights starting  June 5

Savannah, Georgia

Albany, New York; Two weekly flights starting June 6

Providence, Rhode Island: Two weekly flights starting June 6

Knoxville, Tennessee

Pittsburgh: Two weekly flights starting May 17

Charleston, South Carolina

Columbus/Rickenbacker, Ohio: Two weekly flights starting June 6

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Allegiant Air Airbus A319-112 N332NV (msn 2638) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945205.

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Germania declares bankruptcy and shuts down after almost 33 years

Germania Fluggesellschaft Airbus A319-112 D-ASTT (msn 3560) (Whole Hearted Cyprus logo) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 945579.

Germania on February 4, 2019 declared bankruptcy along with its technical and service divisions but not Germania Flug in Switzerland and Bulgarian Eagle.

The final scheduled flight was flight ST 3711 from Fuerteventura to Nuremberg, arriving on February 5, 2019 at 01:11 AM.

Germania launched operations on June 1, 1986.

The airline issued this statement:

Germania Fluggesellschaft mbH, its sister maintenance company Germania Technik Brandenburg GmbH as well as Germania Flugdienste GmbH filed for insolvency at Amtsgericht Berlin-Charlottenburg on Monday, February 4, 2019.

Flight operations were terminated during the night from February 4 to February 5. Germania’s employees have been informed. Swiss airline Germania Flug AG and Bulgarian Eagle are not affected by this step.

Karsten Balke, CEO Germania Fluggesellschaft mbH, said: “Unfortunately, we were ultimately unable to bring our financing efforts to cover a short-term liquidity need to a positive conclusion. We very much regret that consequently, our only option was to file for insolvency. It is of course the impact that this step will have on our employees that we regret the most. All of them as a team always did their best to secure reliable and stable flight operations – even in the stressful weeks behind us. I would like to thank all of them from the bottom of my heart. I apologise to our passengers who now cannot take their Germania flight as planned.”

Those Passengers affected by the suspension of flight operations who booked their Germania flight as part of a package holiday can contact their respective tour operator in order to organize substitute carriage. For passengers who have booked directly with Germania, there is unfortunately no entitlement to substitute carriage.

Germania’s short-term liquidity need emerged mainly due to unforeseeable events such as massive increases in fuel prices last summer and the simultaneous weakening of the euro against the US dollar, considerable delays in phasing aircraft into the fleet and an unusually high number of maintenance events that the airline’s aircraft required were major burdens for the company.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Germania Fluggesellschaft Airbus A319-112 D-ASTT (msn 3560) (Whole Hearted Cyprus logo) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 945579.

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Alaska Air Group reports fourth quarter 2018 and full-year results

Alaska Airlines Airbus A319-112 N530VA (msn 3686) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945344.

Alaska Air Group has issued this report:

Dividend Increase:

  • Announced today a 9% increase in the quarterly dividend, from $0.32 per share to $0.35 per share. This is the sixth time the company has raised the dividend since initiating the quarterly dividend in July 2013, with a cumulative increase of 250% since that time. The dividend will be paid on March 7, 2019, to all shareholders of record as of Feb. 19, 2019. Dividends are financed from operating cash flow and cash on hand.

Financial Highlights:

  • Reported net income for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of $23 million, or $0.19per diluted share, and $437 million, or $3.52 per diluted share. These results compare to fourth quarter 2017 net income of $315 million, or $2.55 per diluted share, and full year 2017 net income of $960 million, or $7.75 per diluted share. The 2017 financial information has been adjusted to reflect changes associated with the implementation of new revenue recognition and retirement benefits accounting standards that became effective Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Reported adjusted net income, excluding merger-related costs, special charges, and mark-to-market fuel hedging adjustments for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 of $93 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, and $554 million, or $4.46 per diluted share. These results compare to fourth quarter 2017 adjusted net income of $88 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, and full year 2017 adjusted net income of $791 million, or $6.38 per diluted share. This quarter’s adjusted results compare to the First Call analyst consensus estimate of $0.71 per share.
  • Paid a $0.32 per-share quarterly cash dividend in the fourth quarter, bringing total dividends paid in 2018 to $158 million.
  • Repurchased a total of 776,186 shares of common stock for approximately $50 million in 2018.
  • Generated approximately $1.2 billion of operating cash flow, and used approximately $960 million for capital expenditures, resulting in approximately $240 million of free cash flow in 2018.
  • Grew passenger revenues by 6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, and by 5% compared to full-year 2017.
  • Generated full-year adjusted pretax margin of 8.9% in 2018.
  • Held $1.2 billion in unrestricted cash and marketable securities as of Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Reduced debt-to-capitalization ratio to 47% as of Dec. 31, 2018, compared to 53% as of Dec. 31, 2017.

2018 Accomplishments and Highlights:

Recognition and Awards

  • Ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers” in 2018 by J.D. Power for the 11th year in a row.
  • Named “Best U.S. Airline” by Condé Nast Traveler in their 2018 Readers Choice Awards.
  • Mileage Plan™ ranked first in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Travel Rewards Programs for the fourth time.
  • Ranked among the best U.S. airlines by Consumer Reports for economy flights and overall satisfaction by passengers.
  • Ranked No. 1 for performance and quality in the Airline Quality Rating study for the second year in a row.
  • Won the “Best Rewards Program” for Mileage Plan™ for carriers in the Americas region in the annual FlyerTalk Award for the second year in a row.
  • Top-ranked airline in America for the second year in a row by The Points Guy.
  • Received 17th Diamond Award of Excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration, recognizing both Alaska and Horizon’s aircraft technicians for their commitment to training.
  • Ranked as one of only two U.S. airlines in the Top 20 safest airlines in the world for 2018 by AirlineRatings.com.
  • Rated “Best Airline Staff in North America” & “Best Regional Airline in North America” by Skytrax.
  • Won the 2018 APEX Passenger Choice Award for Best Food and Beverage in the Americas.
  • Ranked as the top U.S. airline in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the second consecutive year, receiving top scores for “corporate governance” and “efficiency.”

Our People

  • Ranked among Forbes’ 2018 “America’s Best Employers” for the fourth year in a row.
  • Awarded $147 million in incentive pay for 2018.
  • Reached joint agreements for all work groups except aircraft technicians.
  • Women Inc. magazine recognized Alaska’s female board members as five of the Most Influential Corporate Directors.
  • Launched Flight Path, a workshop for every Alaska and Horizon Air employee that includes a mix of presentations, open-and-honest dialogue and interactive activities focused on Alaska’s culture and future.

Our Guests and Product

  • Obtained a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration for Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, recognizing us as one airline.
  • Transitioned to a single Passenger Service System, enabling us to provide one reservation system, one website, and one inventory of flights to our guests.
  • Completed Premium Class rollout on our Boeing 737-800, 900 and 900ER fleets.
  • Began installation of next-generation Gogo inflight satellite-based Wi-Fi across the mainline fleet.
  • Added partnerships with Japan Airlines, Fiji Airways, Aer Lingus and Finnair.
  • Added 8 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft and 4 Airbus A321neo aircraft in 2018, bringing the total mainline operating fleet to 233 aircraft.
  • Added 25 Embraer 175 (E175) aircraft to the regional operating fleet in 2018.

Our Communities

  • Donated over $17 million and contributed more than 44,000 volunteer hours to support nonprofits in our local communities, focusing on youth and education, medical (research/transportation) and community outreach.

Alaska Air Group Inc. today reported fourth quarter 2018 GAAP net income of $23 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $315 million, or $2.55 per diluted share in 2017. Excluding the impact of merger-related costs, other special items, and mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments, the company reported fourth quarter adjusted net income of $93 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $88 million, or $0.71 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The company reported full-year 2018 GAAP net income of $437 million, compared to $960 million in the prior year. Excluding the impact of merger-related costs, other special items, and mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments, the company reported adjusted net income of $554 million, or $4.46per diluted share for 2018, compared to adjusted net income of $791 million, or $6.38 per diluted share in 2017.

“In 2018, we achieved the vast majority of our integration milestones and passed through an inflection point in our financial performance,” said Alaska CEO Brad Tilden. “Our employees have shown great resilience through the integration, and thanks to their skill and dedication, we have strong momentum and a lot of optimism heading into 2019.”

Dividend Increase:

  • Announced today a 9% increase in the quarterly dividend, from $0.32 per share to $0.35 per share. This is the sixth time the company has raised the dividend since initiating the quarterly dividend in July 2013, with a cumulative increase of 250% since that time. The dividend will be paid on March 7, 2019, to all shareholders of record as of Feb. 19, 2019. Dividends are financed from operating cash flow and cash on hand.

Financial Highlights:

  • Reported net income for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of $23 million, or $0.19per diluted share, and $437 million, or $3.52 per diluted share. These results compare to fourth quarter 2017 net income of $315 million, or $2.55 per diluted share, and full year 2017 net income of $960 million, or $7.75 per diluted share. The 2017 financial information has been adjusted to reflect changes associated with the implementation of new revenue recognition and retirement benefits accounting standards that became effective Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Reported adjusted net income, excluding merger-related costs, special charges, and mark-to-market fuel hedging adjustments for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 of $93 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, and $554 million, or $4.46 per diluted share. These results compare to fourth quarter 2017 adjusted net income of $88 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, and full year 2017 adjusted net income of $791 million, or $6.38 per diluted share. This quarter’s adjusted results compare to the First Call analyst consensus estimate of $0.71 per share.
  • Paid a $0.32 per-share quarterly cash dividend in the fourth quarter, bringing total dividends paid in 2018 to $158 million.
  • Repurchased a total of 776,186 shares of common stock for approximately $50 million in 2018.
  • Generated approximately $1.2 billion of operating cash flow, and used approximately $960 million for capital expenditures, resulting in approximately $240 million of free cash flow in 2018.
  • Grew passenger revenues by 6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, and by 5% compared to full-year 2017.
  • Generated full-year adjusted pretax margin of 8.9% in 2018.
  • Held $1.2 billion in unrestricted cash and marketable securities as of Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Reduced debt-to-capitalization ratio to 47% as of Dec. 31, 2018, compared to 53% as of Dec. 31, 2017.

2018 Accomplishments and Highlights:

Recognition and Awards

  • Ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers” in 2018 by J.D. Power for the 11th year in a row.
  • Named “Best U.S. Airline” by Condé Nast Traveler in their 2018 Readers Choice Awards.
  • Mileage Plan™ ranked first in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Travel Rewards Programs for the fourth time.
  • Ranked among the best U.S. airlines by Consumer Reports for economy flights and overall satisfaction by passengers.
  • Ranked No. 1 for performance and quality in the Airline Quality Rating study for the second year in a row.
  • Won the “Best Rewards Program” for Mileage Plan™ for carriers in the Americas region in the annual FlyerTalk Award for the second year in a row.
  • Top-ranked airline in America for the second year in a row by The Points Guy.
  • Received 17th Diamond Award of Excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration, recognizing both Alaska and Horizon’s aircraft technicians for their commitment to training.
  • Ranked as one of only two U.S. airlines in the Top 20 safest airlines in the world for 2018 by AirlineRatings.com.
  • Rated “Best Airline Staff in North America” & “Best Regional Airline in North America” by Skytrax.
  • Won the 2018 APEX Passenger Choice Award for Best Food and Beverage in the Americas.
  • Ranked as the top U.S. airline in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the second consecutive year, receiving top scores for “corporate governance” and “efficiency.”

Our People

  • Ranked among Forbes’ 2018 “America’s Best Employers” for the fourth year in a row.
  • Awarded $147 million in incentive pay for 2018.
  • Reached joint agreements for all work groups except aircraft technicians.
  • Women Inc. magazine recognized Alaska’s female board members as five of the Most Influential Corporate Directors.
  • Launched Flight Path, a workshop for every Alaska and Horizon Air employee that includes a mix of presentations, open-and-honest dialogue and interactive activities focused on Alaska’s culture and future.

Our Guests and Product

  • Obtained a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration for Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, recognizing us as one airline.
  • Transitioned to a single Passenger Service System, enabling us to provide one reservation system, one website, and one inventory of flights to our guests.
  • Completed Premium Class rollout on our Boeing 737-800, 900 and 900ER fleets.
  • Began installation of next-generation Gogo inflight satellite-based Wi-Fi across the mainline fleet.
  • Added partnerships with Japan Airlines, Fiji Airways, Aer Lingus and Finnair.
  • Added 8 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft and 4 Airbus A321neo aircraft in 2018, bringing the total mainline operating fleet to 233 aircraft.
  • Added 25 Embraer 175 (E175) aircraft to the regional operating fleet in 2018.

Our Communities

  • Donated over $17 million and contributed more than 44,000 volunteer hours to support nonprofits in our local communities, focusing on youth and education, medical (research/transportation) and community outreach.

Alaska Air Group Inc. today reported fourth quarter 2018 GAAP net income of $23 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $315 million, or $2.55 per diluted share in 2017. Excluding the impact of merger-related costs, other special items, and mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments, the company reported fourth quarter adjusted net income of $93 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $88 million, or $0.71 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The company reported full-year 2018 GAAP net income of $437 million, compared to $960 million in the prior year. Excluding the impact of merger-related costs, other special items, and mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments, the company reported adjusted net income of $554 million, or $4.46per diluted share for 2018, compared to adjusted net income of $791 million, or $6.38 per diluted share in 2017.

“In 2018, we achieved the vast majority of our integration milestones and passed through an inflection point in our financial performance,” said Alaska CEO Brad Tilden. “Our employees have shown great resilience through the integration, and thanks to their skill and dedication, we have strong momentum and a lot of optimism heading into 2019.”

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Airbus A319-112 N530VA (msn 3686) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945344.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show (Airbus):

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KLM signs codeshare agreement with Atlantic Airways

Atlantic Airways-Faroe Islands Airbus A319-112 OY-RCI (msn 3905) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 945292.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and flag carrier of the Faroe Islands, Atlantic Airways, announced that they have signed a codeshare agreement. This will expand the global route offering for both companies.

 

The airlines now offer jointly operated flights to its base on the Faroe Islands. Thanks to the new agreement, KLM and Atlantic Airways customers will have access to more destinations starting  January 24, 2019.

KLM will add a KL code to Atlantic Airways flights. This will allow passengers from around the world to change flights in Copenhagen, Billund, Bergen, and Edinburgh and continue their journey on the same ticket and a one-stop check-in to and from the Faroe Islands.

Starting January 24, 2019 the cooperation will cover:

Vágar – Copenhagen (CPH)

Vágar – Bergen (BGO)

Vágar – Billund (BLL)

Vágar – Edinburgh (EDI)

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Atlantic Airways-Faroe Islands Airbus A319-112 OY-RCI (msn 3905) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 945292.

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FlyBosnia takes delivery of its first aircraft

FlyBosnia (Sarajevo) on December 22, 2018 took delivery of first aircraft, the pictured Airbus A319-112 E7-FBA (msn 1808, ex VP-BIS).

The first airliner is named “Sarajevo” after its based city.

The new airline is now going through the certification process. The company hopes to become airborne in 2019.

The new company describes itself:

FlyBosnia is a proposed Bosnia and Herzegovinian airline based at Sarajevo Butmir International Airport.

The Registers of Business Entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina states the airline was registered in November 2017.

The Saudi based Al-Shiddi Group is linked to its establishment with Nudžejma Skenderović and Sulaiman Abdullah Al Shiddi as founders of the new airline.

All photos by FlyBosnia.