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Eurowings doubles its operations at BER

Eurowings is significantly expanding its presence at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) and extending its range of attractive direct destinations.

With the start of the summer flight schedule from the end of March 2023, travelers will be able to choose from almost 30 destinations with Eurowings from the capital’s airport – twice as many as before. The new destinations that have already been determined include Malaga, Alicante, Antalya, Larnaca and Rhodes.

Further destinations from Berlin residents’ favorite vacation spots are currently being planned. In addition to the expansion towards the outh, Eurowings is strengthening its services to Northern Europe in particular:

The Lufthansa subsidiary will connect the German capital with Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Helsinki from March 2023. As part of this growth, Eurowings is increasing its base in the capital and will have six aircraft stationed at BER in the future. A fourth aircraft is already reinforcing Eurowings’ growth path at the capital’s airport in the current 2022/23 winter flight schedule.

With this significant expansion of its program, the Lufthansa Group airline is also responding to the withdrawal of international competitors, who have pulled out of the German market in the wake of the pandemic. Months ago, Eurowings had already emphasized the importance of the capital, announcing its intention to strengthen its position in Berlin.

Eurowings has the most popular vacation destinations in Mallorca, the Canary Islands, Greece, Croatia and Egypt in its program.

Within Germany, the airline is the market leader in Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart. Accordingly, Berlin has high-frequency connections to Cologne, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart via Eurowings. Eurowings’ BER program is supplemented by flights in the growing segment of visiting family and home countries, for example to Beirut/Lebanon.

The Eurowings program in summer 2023 from BER:

Destinations in Northern Europe

  • Denmark: Copenhagen (NEW)
  • Finland: Helsinki (NEW)
  • Sweden: Gothenburg (NEW)

Destinations in Central Europe

  • Germany: Dusseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
  • Austria: Salzburg

Destinations in Southern Europe

  • Greece: Heraklion, Rhodes (NEW)
  • Croatia: Dubrovnik, Rjieka, Split, Zadar
  • Spain: Alicante (NEW), Malaga (NEW), Mallorca
  • Turkey: Antalya (NEW)
  • Cyprus: Larnaca (NEW)

Destinations in the portfolio of family and home-country visits

  • Lebanon: Beirut

Top Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A320-216 D-ABZK (msn 3213) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 959406.

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ITA to add new cities and 39 aircraft

ITA Airways will add new routes from Rome Fiumicino to San Francisco and Washington Dulles starting from the 2023 summer season, and to Rio de Janeiro in South America from November 2023.

The airline will add 39 new generation aircraft including 9 A330-900s and 30 narrow-body aircraft in 2023.✈️

With new Airbus A321neo aircraft, ITA Airways will also add new destinations in the Middle East: Riyadh, Jeddah and Kuwait City.

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Top Copyright Photo: ITA Airways Airbus A320-216 EI-DTE (msn 3885) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 959353.

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Italy green lights the sale of ITA Airways but will retain a small share

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The government of Italy has signaled to the Lufthansa Group and MSC shipping group of Switzerland it can proceed with negotiations to acquire a majority share of newly-created ITA Airways.

The government however wants to retain a small share.

The government has also drafted a decree which lists ways it can offload its majority share of ITA Airways, including a direct sale or a public offer, without setting a deadline for a final deal.

ITA Airways on January 24, 2022 announced it had received an Expression of Interest from the MSC Group and Lufthansa to acquire the majority of ITA Airways. The MSC Group has agreed with Lufthansa its participation in the partnership on terms to be defined during the Due Diligence.

Both the MSC Group and Lufthansa have expressed the wish that the Italian Government maintains a minority stake in the Company. Furthermore, the MSC Group and Lufthansa have requested 90 days of exclusivity to work on this Expression of Interest.

Top Copyright Photo: ITA Airways Airbus A320-216 EI-DTN (msn 4143) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 956718.

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The first ITA Airways A320 is painted

ITA Airways’ first Airbus A320 has been painted. At 21:30 (9:30 pm) today the first plane with the new livery is scheduled to depart from Ostrava for Rome.

The flight will be AZ / ITY8020 and the arrival time iin Rome s expected shortly after 23:00 (11 pm) local time.

The pictured Airbus A320-216, registered as EI-DTE, is dedicated to the champion Paolo Rossi.
EI-DTE will enter revenue service tomorrow as flight AZ2044 between Rome (Fiumicino) and Milan (Malpensa).


Airbus A319-111 EI-IMN will be the next to be painted.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.



Photo: ITA Airways Airbus A320-216 EI-EIB (msn 4249) (Born in 2021) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 955557.

Started operations on October 15, 2021, replacing Alitalia

Copyright Photo: ITA Airways Airbus A320-216 EI-EIB (msn 4249) (Born in 2021) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 955557.

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Allegiant announces six new routes for the summer including Phoenix

Ex EI-DSD, delivered on January 11, 2018

Allegiant Air today announced six new nonstop routes for summer and fall vacation travel to premier destinations in Florida and the west. The new offerings include two routes to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), which Allegiant will serve for the first time in its history. 

The new routes to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) include:

  1. Provo, Utah via Provo Airport (PVU) – beginning Oct. 8, 2021
  2. Stockton, Calif. via Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) – beginning Oct. 15, 2021

The new route to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA):

  1. Pittsburgh, Penn. via Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – beginning Aug. 19, 2021

The new routes to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) include:

  1. Bentonville, Ark. via Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) – beginning July 2, 2021
  2. Provo, Utah via Provo Airport (PVU) – beginning Oct. 7, 2021

The new route to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL):

  1. Bentonville, Ark. via Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) – beginning Oct. 8, 2021

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-216 N273NV (msn 3076) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945314.

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Terminal move sets the stage for Allegiant’s LAX expansion on May 19

Ex EI-DSD, delivered on January 11, 2018

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) is setting the stage for its next phase of growth at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The Las Vegas-based airline, which has served LAX since 2009, will relocate its operations to Terminal 1 and the new, state-of-the-art West Gates at Tom Bradley. Allegiant will begin service from its new LAX location on Wednesday, May 19.

The move affords the leisure travel-focused carrier opportunity to offer even more of the affordable, nonstop flights which are its hallmark. Anticipating the busy summer travel season, Allegiant will increase its capacity in Southern California by locating a fourth Airbus A320 aircraft at LAX. Los Angeles has been a full-time base for Allegiant aircraft and crew since 2016. 

Allegiant’s all-nonstop network is unique among U.S.-based airlines, focused on bringing leisure travelers from small-to-medium sized cities to premier vacation destinations with convenient local access and affordable fares. Allegiant customers reach the people and places that matter most without the extra time and hassle of stops, connections and layovers.

Photo: LAX.

Allegiant currently serves 33 cities in 21 states from LAX, including new service to Indianapolis, Ind. beginning May 28; to Omaha, Neb. and Rapid City, S.D. beginning June 4; and to Shreveport, La. Beginning July 2.  More than half the cities Allegiant serves from LAX are unique to the airline. Since starting service in 2009, Allegiant has flown more than 4.2 million passengers through LAX.

Top Copyright Photo: Allegiant Air Airbus A320-216 N273NV (msn 3076) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945314.

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Austrian Airlines to offer more flights to Paris, Amsterdam and Copenhagen this summer

Austrian Airlines Airbus A320-216 OE-LXB (msn 3482) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941835.

Austrian Airlines has made this announcement:

Austrian Airlines will increase frequencies to other European destinations in the upcoming summer flight schedule in addition to the previously announced expansion of its offering primarily to Germany. It will offer twelve more weekly flights to Paris than in the summer flight schedule 2018. On balance, Austria’s home carrier will offer a total of 39 weekly flights to the “City of Love”.

One additional daily flight connection to Amsterdam will be offered, or seven more flights each week. Overall, Austrian Airlines will have 34 weekly flights to Amsterdam in its portfolio.

Travelers to Copenhagen can also be pleased with the addition of four weekly flight connections. Thus, Austrian Airlines will operate 31 flights per week on the Vienna-Copenhagen route. All the above-mentioned changes apply to flights starting on May 1, 2019.

Above Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Austrian Airlines Airbus A320-216 OE-LXB (msn 3482) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941835.

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Allegiant announces its financial results, will add 17 additional Airbus aircraft

Ex EI-DSD, delivered on January 11, 2018

Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant Air) has reported the following financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018, as well as comparisons to the prior year:

Three Months Ended
December 31,
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
Unaudited 2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change
Total operating revenue (millions) $ 412.1 $ 379.2 8.7 % $ 1,667.4 $ 1,511.2 10.3 %
Operating income (millions) 63.1 26.8 135.7 243.5 230.6 5.6
Net income (millions) 41.4 83.4 (50.4 ) 161.8 198.1 (18.3 )
Diluted earnings per share $ 2.56 $ 5.18 (50.6 ) $ 10.00 $ 12.13 (17.6 )

“I’m happy to report we had our 64th consecutive profitable quarter,” stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. “The past 18 to 24 months have been challenging as we pushed through a successful onetime changeover to an all Airbus fleet. This was a major undertaking by our team. During this period we sustained a number of one-time transition costs but still maintained among industry leading operating margins on our airline activity of 15.3 percent despite a 27 percent increase in the cost per gallon of fuel in 2018.

“And these returns were accomplished despite the added challenges of our fleet transition years. I couldn’t be more pleased with where we find ourselves today as we look forward to 2019 and beyond. We are also pleased with our EPS-based reporting approach which we started in 2018. You will see our estimates for 2019 below.

“Finally, my hat is off to our team. They not only rose up to the logistical challenge of the fleet changeover during the past 18 months, but at the same time continued to elevate our operational performance and customer service standards across the board.”


  • Currently 431 routes
       o Nearly 75 percent no competition – 90 percent of new 2018 routes no competition
    o Have identified an additional 600 routes for possible growth
  • 2019 expect higher EBITDA
    o Revenue improvement from higher number of incremental seats
    o Greater efficiencies in labor and fuel consumption
    o Higher aircraft reliability will enable more flights during peak days
    o Higher number of charter opportunities versus the MD-80
  • 2018 improvement in operations
    o Controllable completion – 99.7 percent, among best in industry
    o Improved operations – over $10 million in cost savings
    o On time arrival 77 percent, up nearly four percentage points over 2017
  • Co-brand credit card
    o Active accounts increased by approximately 60 percent versus 2017
    o Signed marketing agreement with Minor League Baseball participating clubs
  • 2019 high yield bond refinancing
    o $450 million term loan
    o Five year duration
    o Expected to close in early February

Shareholder returns

  • 2018 shareholder returns
    o Returned $45 million in dividends in 2018
    o Will pay dividends of $0.70 per share on March 14, 2019 to shareholders of record as of March 1, 2019
    o $100 million in share repurchase authority

2019 outlook

  • Aircraft
    o Expect to add seventeen Airbus aircraft by the end of the year
    o Have now terminated forward capital leases for eight aircraft due to extensive delivery delays
  • Scheduled and system ASM growth
    o First quarter expected to grow between four and six percent vs last year
    o Expect first quarter ASM growth to be the lowest of the year
    o Expect second quarter ASM growth to be the highest of the year due to later Easter
  • Sunseeker Resort financing
    o Expect $175 million of the estimated $420 millionSunseeker Resort construction cost
    o Provided by a well-known institutional asset manager
    o 2/3 of the loan is expected to be non-recourse to Allegiant Travel Company
    o Expect financing to close by the end of the first quarter 2019
Aircraft fleet plan by end of period
Aircraft – (seats per AC) YE18 1Q19 2Q19 3Q19 YE19
A319 (156 seats) 32 37 37 38 38
A320 (177/186 seats) 44 46 51 53 55
Total 76 83 88 91 93

Aircraft listed in table above include only in-service aircraft and future aircraft under contract (subject to change)

Previously the company announced 16 new routes and plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The company also announced service to two new cities – Nashville, Tennessee and Savannah, Georgia.

Above Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Allegiant Air Airbus A320-216 N273NV (msn 3076) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945314.

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