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Alitalia to end its Air France-KLM partnership

Alitalia (Societa Aerea Italiana) (3rd) (Rome) has a new growing relationship with partner Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). This expanding partnership with the Gulf carrier has made the older Air France-KLM (Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) (Paris and Amsterdam) relationship less important. As a result, Alitalia has decided to withdraw from the Air France-KLM partnership at the end of 2016. Will it also leave SkyTeam? The Italian airline issued this statement:

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Alitalia SAI has announced that it will not renew its partnership agreement and ancillary joint ventures agreements with Air France-KLM when they come up for renewal in 2017.

The agreements govern passenger services operated by the three carriers between Italy and France (and beyond), and between Italy and the Netherlands (and beyond), as well as the marketing, sales and distribution of Alitalia Cargo belly services undertaken by Air France-KLM.

The original agreements were concluded with Alitalia CAI (Compagnie Aerea Italiana) in 2009 and 2010 under very different economic circumstances, and were subsequently transferred to Alitalia SAI in January 2015.

Silvano Cassano, CEO of Alitalia, said: “These agreements are no longer beneficial, either commercially or strategically, to the new Alitalia and its ambitious turnaround plan. They were negotiated when Alitalia was in a very different position, with the result that the agreements in their current forms favor the other party.

“They are undermining our ability to restructure our network and the airline effectively to achieve the long term sustainability of our business.

“The new Alitalia is in a new position. Our business needs agreements which deliver equitable value to each party.

“For Italy and for Alitalia, our first priority is to win back the inbound tourism market, while better serving Italian leisure and business travellers.

“In our plans we also want to deliver up-to-date cargo solutions to the Italian manufacturing industry, the second largest in Europe, which has growing needs to export goods worldwide.

“We have indicated to Air France-KLM that we are willing to discuss more equitable arrangements that benefit all the parties involved, but thus far we have been unable to achieve this result.

“We remain open to further discussions to achieve a mutually acceptable solution. However in the interest of transparency and certainty for all parties, we felt it necessary to announce our intention not to renew these agreements under the present conditions.”

Alitalia (1st, 2nd and 3rd) aircraft slide show:AG Airline Slide Show

Copyright Photo below: AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-112 EI-IXJ (msn 959) taxies at London (Heathrow).

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Atlasjet Airlines fully rebrands as AtlasGlobal Airlines

AtlasGlobal A321-100 TC-ETN (14)(Grd) LTN (JMS)(LRW)

Atlasjet Airlines (Istanbul) has now fully changed its name to AtlasGlobal Airlines.

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Copyright Photo: James Mepsted. Although this new look was introduced in late 2014 on the pictured Airbus A321-131 TC-ETN (msn 614), the complete change has not taken place until now.

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Bosnian Wand Airlines suspends operations from Bosnia and Herzegovina

BWA-Bosnia Wand A321-100 F-GYAN (14)(Nose)(BWA)(LR)

Bosnian Wand Airlines (Sarajevo) is not an airline holding a valid Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from Bosnia and Herzegovina according to the aviation authority of that country. Instead the would-be carrier was planning to operate flights under its brand using an Air Mediterranee/ Hermes Airlines Airbus A321. The carrier announced it operated its first charter flight in January 2015 (below) with the pictured Airbus A321-111 F-GYAN (msn 535). The proposed airline was planning to operate from Sarajevo regularly to Amsterdam, Athens, Frankfurt, Malmo and Stockholm starting on February 20.

BWA-Bosnia Wand A321-100 F-GYAN (14)(First Flight)(BWA)(LR)

However there are now no flights scheduled this month. According to EX-YU Aviation News, the company has suspended all operations and will offer refunds.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation has issued this statement:

In reference to the information circulated by the media in the last several days, stating that a company named “Bosnian Wand Airlines” was to operate its first flight from Bosnia and Herzegovina, we would like to inform the public that said company does not hold an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) issued by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation, which is a necessary requirement for the provision of air transport of passengers and goods for commercial purposes.

Although the company, having the adjective Bosnian in its name, has a number of employees who are citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is, above all, not an airline, contrary to what was stated in certain media reports.

A request for the flight, which had been announced to be operated from Sarajevo to Amsterdam on January 9, was submitted by the Greek airline “Hermes Airlines”, and not by the company “Bosnia Wand Airlines”.

Bosnian Wand-BWA logo (LR)

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Lufthansa to offer two more routes from Munich to the Canary Islands

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will offer new weekly service from its Munich hub to Fuerteventura starting on Saturday October 25, before the start of the autumn holidays in Bavaria, while flights to Tenerife will be offered from Sunday October 31.

Both destinations will be served by an Airbus A321 with 200 seats in a two-class configuration.

Lufthansa is also resuming flights to Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, next winter.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-131 D-AIRY (msn 901) with “Die Maus” (The Mouse) markings at Zurich.

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Bosnian Wand Airlines starts operations today to Stockholm

Bosnian Wand-BWA (Air Mediterranee) A321-100 F-GYAN (14)(Grd) QSV (BWA)(LRW)

Bosnian World Airlines-BWA (Sarajevo) launched its first flight and route from Sarajevo to Stockholm (Arlanda) today (January 9). Athens will be added on January 11, followed by Amsterdam and Gothenburg on January 16.

Photo: Bosnian Wand Airlines. The pictured Air Mediterranee Airbus A321-111 F-GYAN (msn 535) in full BWA colors arrived in Sarajevo yesterday. Air Mediterranee will operate the aircraft.

Lufthansa to add two new routes from Munich to the Canary Islands

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will add new weekly service from its Munich hub to both Lanzarote and Tenerife Sur for the winter 2015/2016 season. The two routes will be operated with Airbus A321s according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-131 D-AIRX (msn 887) in the 1955 retro jet scheme departs from London (Heathrow).

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Alitalia and Etihad Airways receive European Commission approval for Etihad to save the Italian airline

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has received permission from the European Commission to permit Etihad to acquire a 49 percent share in the Italian carrier for €387.5 million and also implement their strategic partnership. Finally Alitalia has found its savior.

Alitalia and Etihad Airways jointly issued issued this statement:

Alitalia and Etihad Airways are pleased to confirm that they have received merger clearance from the European Commission under EU Regulation No. 139/2004. They can therefore proceed with the proposed strategic partnership announced in August.

Following the completion of its review, the European Commission on Friday (November 14) confirmed that the partnership complies with the European regulations on competition. In line with previous cases, the airlines undertook commitments aimed at facilitating the entry of new airlines on the Rome to Belgrade route.

The parties continue to work together with a view to completing the transaction before the end of the year.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said: “We are delighted to be able to move forward with this process and look forward to a positive outcome and the final conclusion of a our transaction with Alitalia.

“An equity investment in Alitalia will be beneficial not only for the both airlines, but, more importantly, it will give more choice and broader travel opportunities to business and leisure travellers into and out of Italy.”

Gabriele del Torchio, Chief Executive Officer of Alitalia, said: “This is an excellent outcome for Alitalia. This investment will provide financial stability and a foundation for impressive long-term growth for the Company and for the travel and tourism industry in Italy, in which Alitalia is a fundamental player.

Top Copyright Photo: Alitalia’s Airbus A321-112 EI-IXI (msn 494) pushes back from the gate at London’s Heathrow Airport displaying the 1960 retrojet colors.

Alitalia aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Etihad Airways aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Both Alitalia and Etihad have painted an Airbus A330 with these promotional Expo Milano 2015 markings.