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Niki ends all operations after Lufthansa drops its bid

Niki-The Spirit of Niki (flyniki.com) Airbus A320-214 OE-LEX (msn 2867) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 911443.

Niki (Niki Luftfahrt GmbH) (Vienna) ended all operations late on December 13, 2017 and filed for insolvency (bankruptcy).

The drastic move was triggered when Lufthansa announced it would drop all plans to take over the ailing former Airberlin-owned Austrian carrier.

The last Niki flight was flight HG2601 from Tenerife Sur (TFS) to Vienna operated with the former Belair Airbus A320-214 HB-IOP (msn 4187) now registered as OE-LOG and operated by Niki.

The airline issued this short statement:

Dear guests,

The flight operations of Niki Luftfahrt GmbH under IATA-Airline-Code HG will cease as of December 14, 2017.

Passengers who have booked their flight with a tour operator are kindly asked to contact their tour operator directly. The tour operator is responsible to accommodate his passengers.

Copyright Photo: Niki-The Spirit of Niki (flyniki.com) Airbus A320-214 OE-LEX (msn 2867) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 911443.

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Air Arabia expands in Africa, adds Eritrea to its network

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Air Arabia (UAE) today (December 10, 2017) added Asmara, its first destination in Eritrea from the Sharjah base.

The flight will operate once a week on Sundays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 22:00 hours, and arriving at Asmara International Airport (ASM) at 01:00 hours local time. The return flight will depart Asmara on Mondays at 01:40, landing in Sharjah the next day at 06:20 hours local time.

Copyright Photo: Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (UAE) Airbus A320-214 A6-ANN (msn 5423) SHJ (Paul Denton). Image: 913891.

LGW is hiring Airbus A320 pilots, starts operating for Eurowings

Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABNT (msn 2562) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 939083.

LGW ceased operations along with Airberlin on October 27, 2017 (ironically 10 years to the day it started operations).

Since then the carrier has been hiring Airbus A320 crews. It started operating its first Airbus A320 for Eurowings on December 5. 2017. LGW will eventually replace the Airberlin A320s which previously operated for Eurowings.

Ex-Airline D-ABNT (above) became the first Airbus A320 to join the LGW fleet.

As previously reported, the Lufthansa Group acquired LGW and Niki from Airberlin as part of the bankruptcy procceedings.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by LGW): Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABNT (msn 2562) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 939083.




Finnair adds flights to top European destinations for summer 2018 and to Lapland for winter 2018/2019

Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXB (msn 1470) LHR (SPA). Image: 928937.

Finnair has made this announcement:

In line with its growth strategy, Finnair continues to grow its traffic and will add frequencies to popular destinations in Europe for summer 2018 and winter 2018, as well as increase flights to the popular winter destinations in Finnish Lapland for the peak season in winter 2018/2019. The additions are fueled by the increasing number of Asians traveling to Finnair’s European destinations.

Starting in June 2018, Finnair adds frequencies to its new year-round destination, Lisbon, where Finnair will operate daily flights during the summer season. Finnair also adds frequencies to Barcelona, operating up to 18 weekly frequencies during the high season in summer 2018. Budapest will get a third daily flight for the summer season, with improved connections to Finnair’s US network. In addition, Krakow will get two new weekly frequencies, with improved connections from Krakow to Asia and America, and Geneva will get one additional weekly frequency in summer and winter 2018. Finnair will also fly again to Astana, with two weekly frequencies in July-August.

Driven by demand from Asia, Finnair is also adding frequencies to its winter 2018/2019 schedules. Finnair will fly to Madrid with a total of 10 weekly connections in winter 2018, and Keflavik (Reykjavik) will also get two additional weekly frequencies for winter 2018/2019.

Asian demand is also fueling Finnair’s growing traffic to Finnish Lapland, known for its untouched nature, northern lights and possibilities for snow activities. Finnair is adding over 230 flights to Finnish Lapland for the winter season 2018/2019, offering more connections to the popular winter destinations of Ivalo, Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Kuusamo during the peak travel season. Altogether, Finnair will offer 482,000 seats to Lapland during the 2018/2019 winter season, an increase of 15% compared to the current winter.  Finnair will also continue the non-stop flights from London Gatwick, Paris and Zürich to Lapland during the 2018/2019 winter season.

Finnair is also launching a new Rail & Fly cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, combining air and rail travel. The new cooperation means that customers buying a Finnair ticket to or from Germany can also include a rail trip to their booking. The cooperation covers more than 5,600 railway stations in Germany.

Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A320-214 OH-LXB (msn 1470) LHR (SPA). Image: 928937.

Jazeera Airways expands into India

Jazeera Airways Airbus A320-214 F-WWBH (9K-CAI) (msn 3919) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 904913.

Jazeera Airways (Kuwait City) has announced plans for further expansion into India. Following a successful launch in Hyderabad in November, Jazeera Airways will now fly to Ahmedabad and Kochi starting on January 17 and 18, 2018 respectively.

Copyright Photo: Jazeera Airways Airbus A320-214 F-WWBH (9K-CAI) (msn 3919) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 904913.

American to start nonstop Charlotte – Tucson service

American Airlines Airbus A320-214 N122US (msn 1298) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403165.

American Airlines is planning to add a new spoke route from its Charlotte hub next year. The carrier will add nonstop daily Airbus A320 service between CLT and Tucson starting on February 15, 2018 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A320-214 N122US (msn 1298) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403165.

David Neeleman acquires a 32% share in Aigle Azur

Aigle Azur Transport Aeriens (2nd) Airbus A320-214 F-HBIB (msn 3289) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 924048.

David Neeleman, who has been involved in the founding of four airlines, Morris Air, WestJet, JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines, and a part owner of another airline, TAP Portugal, has acquired a 32% share of Aigle Azur from the Weaving Group.

The Weaving Group made this annopuncement (translated from French):

“The Weaving Group announced Thursday (November 16, 2017) that it has sold its minority stake of 32% in Aigle Azur, France’s second-largest airline, to David Gary Neeleman, a specialist in the sector.

Weaving (formerly GoFast) bought Aigle Azur in 2001 and decided to open its capital in 2010 to extend its model to the long-haul sector. In 2012, the Chinese group HNA entered the capital of the French company.

The Weaving Group is present in various sectors of activity such as transport and logistics (GoFast Freight Forwarding, GoFast Travel, Helifirst), communication (Dagobert) and investment (Weaving Invest).

Aigle Azur, created in 1946, employs some 1,200 employees. The airline serves Algeria, Portugal, Mali, Guinea, Lebanon, China and Senegal and carries around 2 million passengers a year.

The remaining 68% of the capital is held by Lu Azur (20%) and HNA Group (48%).”

Copyright Photo: Aigle Azur Transport Aeriens (2nd) Airbus A320-214 F-HBIB (msn 3289) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 924048.