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Air Cairo now flies to Hurghada, Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Skopje, launches flights to Tel Aviv

Air Cairo Airbus A320-251N WL SU-BUK (msn 10152) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 954956.

Air Cairo on April 29 started 6 flights a week between Hurghada, Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Skopje.

The civil aviation authorities of Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia have approved the operating schedule for two flights per week between Hurghada and Sarajevo on Friday and Tuesday, starting from April 29, 2022, and two more flights per week between Hurghada and Baniyaluka on Friday and Tuesday, starting from April 29, 2022, and two flights on Saturday and Wednesday between Hurghada and Skopje with the latest Airbus/320ne models. CEO, which seats 180 passengers in economy class.

In other news, the carrier has also launched a new route connecting Egyptian resort destination of Sharm El-Sheikh with Tel Aviv in Israel. The new route will operate three days a week.

Air Cairo will compete on the route with Sun D’Or, Arkia and Israir.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Cairo Airbus A320-251N WL SU-BUK (msn 10152) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 954956.

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Avianca and Viva Air agree to merge under the same holding company

Viva's new "Boomerang" yellow livery

Avianca and Viva Air jointly issued this statement:

The majority shareholders of Viva and Avianca jointly announced that Viva will become part of the same holding company as Avianca Group International Limited (Avianca Group) and that Declan Ryan, founding partner of Viva, will join the board of directors of Avianca Group, bringing his decades of aviation experience.

Any transfer of control rights over Viva’s operations in Colombia and Peru by the new holding company will be subject to requesting and obtaining all necessary regulatory authorizations.

Until the receipt of necessary authorizations, control and administration of Viva in Colombia and Peru will be independent of Avianca; Viva will continue to compete with the other airlines within the Avianca Group. Until the authorizations are obtained, customers, suppliers, employees, and relationships for the companies will remain the same; with separate internal and external operations, as well as independent sales channels and customer service teams.

In the future, if competent authorities approve a change of control, the shareholders anticipate that both airlines may be part of the same holding company, maintaining their individual brands and strategies.

The decision to unify the economic rights of both groups is made after Covid-19 triggered the biggest crisis in the airline industry, forcing airlines around the world to adapt to new ways of flying and strengthen their operations. The pandemic has awakened countries worldwide to see the need to create solid and sustainable airline groups to guarantee and enhance domestic and international air connectivity and, at the same time, generate value for the consumer.

“This is an important day for Viva as it is the perfect scenario to continue with our growth and expansion strategy, staying true to our goal of inclusiveness in air travel. If the authorities approve the management of both groups under the same holding company, it will encourage the growth of the air transport market, promoting low rates for users and good service with the best punctuality, allowing everyone to fly with a world of destinations. This transaction and a potential future combination will create high-skilled jobs for our employees and our suppliers. By delivering the fundamental good of bringing people together, we will positively impact the connectivity of Colombia, the region, and the economic development of the country”, added Declan Ryan, founding partner of Viva.

Potential approval of a full combination will provide both Avianca and Viva with more financial stability allowing them to accelerate investment, innovation, and growth.

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Top Copyright Photo: Viva (Air Colombia) Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWBH (HK-5352) (msn 10136) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 951288.
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Sky Express increases its flights to Crete for the summer season

Sky Express (Greece) Airbus A320-251N WL SX-NIG (msn 9456) (Greece is bliss) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 957132.

Sky express strengthens Crete even more in order to increase the connectivity of the island, create the conditions for arrival of visitors and lengthen the period with premium visitors.

Specifically, in the upcoming period of time, the airline of the new era will directly connect Crete with Brussels, eight French cities (Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Lille, Marseille, Havre, La Rochele, Châteauroux), three Polish cities (Warsaw, Rzeszów, Gdansk), Lisbon, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Billund, Denmark, but also Timisoara, Romania.

In addition, from the airports of the two major cities, there will be routes to five domestic destinations, namely Athens, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Volos and Karpathos, while the airport of Sitia continues to serve domestic flights to Preveza and Alexandroupoli.

The country’s youngest and greenest fleet and one of the most environmentally friendly in Europe unites Crete with a network of domestic and European cities, contributing actively to the further promotion of the island as a top choice in terms of tourism and entrepreneurship. At the same time, through the strategic agreements with global carriers such as Air France, KLM, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Condor, El Al, Middle East Airlines, Transavia, Air Transat and easyJet, SKY express creates additional conditions for interconnection with its entire internal network.

For the rest of the summer schedule:

New destinations are added to the existing network of London, Paris, Rome, Brussels and Larnaca. Amsterdam, Lisbon, Lyon, Lille, Marseille and Nantes, Copenhagen and Bilud, Denmark, Warsaw and the cities of Gdansk, Poznan, Rzeszów and Wroclaw in Poland, Tallinn in Estonia and Timisoara in Romania will enhance SKY express’ flight work for this summer.

Top Copyright Photo: Sky Express (Greece) Airbus A320-251N WL SX-NIG (msn 9456) (Greece is bliss) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 957132.

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Air Malta launches its Summer 2022 flight schedule

Malta - airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NEB (msn 8940) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 957147.

Summer has finally arrived with Air Malta launching operation of its significantly expanded Summer 2022 flying program. The seven-month schedule, which runs from 27th March till 29th October, will see the airline operate 125 weekly return direct services to 18 key European Airports, across 10 different countries.

After an absence of over a year, Air Malta will be returning with a daily service to London Gatwick and with a three times a week service to Madrid. London Heathrow will be the most served route with 15 weekly scheduled flights, followed by Munich (12), Rome (10), and Paris with nine weekly frequencies on Orly and seven weekly frequencies to/from Charles De Gaulle airport. Amsterdam, whilst operating a daily service, will see this increasing to eight services per week during July – October.

This Summer Air Malta will be operating direct flights to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Catania, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Rome Fiumicino, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan Linate, Munich, Lyon, Prague, Vienna, and Zurich.

Top Copyright Photo: Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NEB (msn 8940) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 957147.

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SAS reports a 320% increase in traffic during February

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROX (msn 9330) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 956994.

SAS issued this report:

During February 946,000 passengers traveled with SAS, an increase of 320% compared to the same month last year. SAS’ capacity increased at the same time by approximately 190% compared with the same period last year. In comparison with last month, the total number of passengers increased with almost 25% while capacity was reduced by 12%. The flown load factor for February was 58%, an improvement of 30 percentage points compared to February last year.

“Once again we saw that demand is positively impacted when travel restrictions around the world ease. We need to stay agile and flexible as demand changes due to unexpected events such as the pandemic or the uncertain geopolitical situation. Our recently launched plan, SAS FORWARD will make us a competitive sustainable airline going forward,” says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Feb21 Change1 Nov21- Feb22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 1,822 170.8% 8,567 150.4%
RPK (Mill.) 1,026 491.7% 4,738 384.6%
Passenger load factor 56.3%         30.5pp 55.3%  26.7 pp
No. of passengers (000) 908 303.9% 3,918 220.3%
Geographical development, schedule Feb22           vs.          Feb21 Nov21- Feb22   vs.   Nov20-Feb21
Intercontinental 1,438.6% 104.0% 1,047.0% 158.4%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 948.4% 512.8% 562.6% 323.7%
Domestic 145.9% 68.0% 111.5% 31.0%
SAS charter traffic Feb22 Change1 Nov21- Feb22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 130 2,248.8% 457 1,652.1%
RPK (Mill.) 108 4,969.1% 349 3,401.2%
Load factor 83.2% 44.6 pp 76.3% 38.1 pp
No. of passengers (000) 38 6,793.7% 110 3,931.5%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Feb22 Change1 Nov21- Feb22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 1,951 187.7% 9,023 161.8%
RPK (Mill.) 1,134 546.0% 5,087 415.1%
Load factor 58.1% 32.2 pp 56.4% 27.7 pp
No. of passengers (000) 946 319.9% 4,028 228.6%

1 Change compared to same period last year, p p = percentage points

Preliminary yield and PASK Feb22 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.03 -25.3% -28.9%
PASK, SEK 0.58 63.3% 55.3%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 74.5%
Regularity 98.4%
Change in total CO2 emissions 78.8%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer, -7.0%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 47.0%


RPK – Revenue passenger kilometers

ASK – Available seat kilometers
Load factor – RPK/ASK
Yield – Passenger revenues/RPK (scheduled)

PASK – Passenger revenues/ASK (scheduled)

Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometers – SAS passenger related carbon emissions divided with total available seat kilometers (incl non-revenue and EuroBonus tickets), rolling 12 months vs rolling 12 months previous year

Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions – Share of SAS passenger related carbon emissions compensated by SAS (EuroBonus members, youth tickets and SAS’ staff travel) during the month

From fiscal year 2020 we report change in CO2 emissions in total and per Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) to align with our overall goal to reduce our total CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROX (msn 9330) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 956994.

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Air Corsica to operate seasonal service to Gothenburg

"U. Cao Corsu"

Air Corsica will operate a weekly flight from Bastia to Gothenburg, Sweden this summer season starting on April 25.

The seasonal route will operate through October 3, 2022 with Airbus A320 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Corsica Airbus A320-251N WL F-HXKJ (msn 9392) AJA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 955208.

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Jazeera Airways confirms its order for 28 new Airbus A320neo family aircraft

Jazeera Airways Airbus A320-251N WL 9K-CBB (msn 9002) LGW (Robbie Shaw). Image: 948488.

Jazeera Airways, the Kuwaiti-based carrier, has firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including 20 A320neos and eight A321neos.

The order confirms the Memorandum of Understanding announced in November 2021.

The airline was established in April 2004.

Jazeera Airways is the first non-government owned airline in the Middle East, continuing to be one of the few Middle East-based private airlines to this day.

Jazeera Airways serves to 30 destinations operating a reliable fleet of Airbus A320 and A320neo aircraft – all fitted with our signature leather seats and two or three class cabins. In June 2018, Jazeera was the first airline in the Middle East to introduce the A320neo into its fleet.

Jazeera Airways owns and operates its own terminal at Kuwait International Airport – Terminal 5 (T5) ensuring an enhanced passenger experience with dedicated check-in, fast immigration and short transfer distances.


Top Copyright Photo: Jazeera Airways Airbus A320-251N WL 9K-CBB (msn 9002) LGW (Robbie Shaw). Image: 948488.

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Sky Express signs an online agreement with Condor

Sky Express (Greece) Airbus A320-251N WL SX-NIG (msn 9456) (Greece is bliss) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 956646.

Sky Express has made this announcement:

Sky Express’s on-line cooperation with Condor further strengthens a strategic European destination, as it provides the possibility of booking a single ticket on the network of both airlines.

Condor is based in Frankfurt Airport, connecting the seven largest airports in Germany, Zurich in Switzerland, and soon Vienna in Austria with around 90 destinations in Europe, Africa and North America. Respectively, Sky Express operates in important European countries and 34 Greek destinations.

The alliance with Condor is added to the interline agreements maintained by Sky Express with American Airlines, Air Serbia, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Middle East Airlines and Cyprus Airways.

“We want to thank Condor for cooperating with us. We continue our continuous efforts and this gives us the opportunity to form more new collaborations with important airlines in our area. This cooperation strengthens our strategy, our main goal being to offer our passengers more options, but also to strengthen the potential of our country as a dynamic travel destination”, underlined Mr. Yiannis Lidakis, Commercial Director Sky Express.

Top Copyright Photo: Sky Express (Greece) Airbus A320-251N WL SX-NIG (msn 9456) (Greece is bliss) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 956646.

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Air Malta to cut half its workforce

Malta - airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NEC (msn 9049) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 951244.

Air Malta has announced it will cut half its workforce in order to keep the airline viable.

The airline currently has 890 employees.

The current plan is to offer around 470 employees jobs in other Malta government sectors.

Previously Air Malta announced it was considering consolidating its flight schedule for the months of January and February by reducing frequencies on certain routes without however cancelling any of the 16 routes the airline is operating to this winter. This curtailing, necessitated due to the dramatic downturn in demand over recent weeks, is presently very common in the industry especially in the current scenario during which airlines had to deal with multiple and unprecedented travel disruptions.

So far, unlike some other airlines operating on the Malta route, Air Malta is not planning to cancel any of its planned scheduled routes for this winter or for summer 2022.

Commenting on this plan, Air Malta’s Executive Chairman, David G Curmi, said, “We are taking such decisions to match customer demand and avoid flying near empty aircraft. Such assessments are ongoing and will continue until demand returns to healthy levels. In these situations, we need to be very agile and financially disciplined to be able to adjust seat capacity and focus on efficiency to protect our liquidity and cash performance. Given the unprecedented times we are living in and the challenges that Air Malta is facing, we are continuously optimizing our network for profitability and liquidity, and we plan to continue to do so without compromises.”

The Chairman added, “In this ever-changing scenario, it is very difficult to make any predictions, however Air Malta is committed to remain an all-year-round vital link to mainland Europe not only for travel and tourism but also for the transfer of urgent medical cargo, mail and other import and export freight required for our various industries.”

Roy Kinnear, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer added, “Following the surge of the Omicron variant and the introduction of lockdowns or partial lockdowns and travel restrictions across much of Europe, Air Malta saw a slowdown in new bookings and received a number of cancellations for travel over the holiday period and in January and February. The cancellations came across most of Air Malta’s markets with varying degree. These fluctuating trends have been typical last year with markets opening and closing depending on threat levels. The combination of the current slowdown in bookings and with January and February being naturally lower demand months, has unfortunately driven an increased level of frequency consolidation compared to previously anticipated, but commercially necessary to do so.

“Most airlines vary their allocated capacity throughout the year as Malta’s tourism inflows are highly seasonal, with the peak season in the summer months from July to September and the low season in the winter months from November to February. While other airlines operate at a significantly lower capacity in the winter months, Air Malta ensures connectivity with the major European cities and key airports all year round,” added Mr Kinnear.

Top Copyright Photo: Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NEC (msn 9049) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 951244.

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Frontier Airlines recounts its remarkable 2021 growth story

Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N370FR (msn 10038) (Elrey, the Elk) BUR (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955732.

Frontier Airlines is reflecting on 2021 as an extraordinary year of growth for the 27-year-old Denver-based airline, which completed an initial public offering and became publicly traded on April 1, 2021.

Throughout 2021, Frontier added another 14 A320 family aircraft to its ultra-fuel-efficient all- Airbus fleet, furthering the company’s commitment to more sustainable flying. Frontier also expanded its ‘Low Fares Done Right’ route map by 132 routes, 21 destinations and nine countries.

“The Frontier team showed outstanding resilience and determination this year to accomplish unprecedented results,” said Barry Biffle, president and CEO, Frontier Airlines. “From becoming a publicly-traded company in April, to adding more than 130 routes and nearly ten international destinations to Frontier’s route network, and ordering 91 new Airbus A321neo aircraft, we’ve demonstrated the incredible growth our ‘Low Fares Done Right’ business model is capable of. As we look forward to 2022, we’re excited to continue this momentum with new, greener, aircraft joining our fleet, and many more exciting new route opportunities for our customers.”

Frontier strengthened its position as America’s Greenest Airline in 2021 through the announcement of multiple strategic agreements, including a deal with manufacturer Pratt & Whitney for ultra-efficient GTF engines to power 134 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, the launch of 30% lighter Recaro seats onboard new aircraft, and a 91-aicraft order of Airbus’ A321neo, featuring advanced fuel-saving technology and industry-leading operating economics. These new partnerships, and the order for additional aircraft to satisfy Frontier’s growing network needs, put the airline on the path to triple in size by 2029.

Above Photo: MIA. Frontier was late to serve MIA. Since then it has become the 5th largest airline at Miami International Airport.

To meet the demand of its widening network, the airline welcomed more than 670 flight new attendants and 170 pilots to the Frontier team in 2021 and continues to hire for additional crew member positions. Moreover, Frontier added bases in Tampa and Atlanta this year, extending the company’s local economic benefit with new jobs and more attractive base options for team members.

Top Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N370FR (msn 10038) (Elrey, the Elk) BUR (Michael B. Ing). Image: 955732.

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