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Sunclass Airlines resumes operations

Sunclass Airlines (Formerly Thomas Cook Scandinavia) on July 25 resumed operations after more than four months with its fleet completely grounded. It operated five flights from different Scandinavian cities to Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Sunclass Airlines Airbus A321-211 WL OY-TCD (msn 6314) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 950731.

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Air Canada introduces winter service from Quebec City to Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2013 (second)

Air Canada today announced two new winter services from Quebec City (YQB) to popular sun destinations Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Service to Cancun begins December 21, 2019 until April 11, 2020, while Punta Cana flights start December 22, 2019 until April 12, 2020.


The flights will be operated on a 200-seat all-economy Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321.




Days of Week


Quebec City 08:00

Cancun 13:00



Cancun 14:00

Quebec City 18:30



Quebec City 08:20

Punta Cana 13:50



Punta Cana 14:50

Quebec City 18:30


This announcement represents the first expansion of Air Canada’s leisure travel offerings since the announcement of its exclusive agreement to pursue a combination with Transat A.T. The transaction, if completed, is expected to facilitate continued growth and expansion in the highly competitive, global leisure travel segment.

Air Canada in Quebec City

Including these two new routes, Air Canada will offer close to 1.2 million seats in the Quebec City market in 2019. Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and its regional airline partners flying under the Air Canada Express banner operate approximately 275 flights per week between Quebec and Montreal, Sept-Iles, Gaspe, Toronto and Ottawa.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Airbus A321-211 WL C-FJOU (msn 6873) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 930981.

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Air Canada acquires Transat, Air Transat to be merged into Air Canada

Air Transat Airbus A321-211 WL C-GTXV (msn 6526) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946807.

Air Canada and Transat A.T. Inc. announced today that they have concluded a definitive Arrangement Agreement that provides for Air Canada’s acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of Transat and its combination with Air Canada. Under the terms of the binding agreement, unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Transat, Air Canada will acquire all outstanding shares of Transat for $13 per share. The value of the all-cash transaction is approximately $520 million.

Air Canada and Transat A.T. Inc. Conclude Definitive Arrangement Agreement for Combination of the Two Companies (CNW Group/Air Canada)

The transaction remains subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals and other closing conditions usual in this type of transaction. If such approvals are obtained and conditions are met, the transaction is expected to be completed in early 2020.

Unanimous approval of the Transat Board of Directors

Following an approach from Air Canada in the Fall of 2018, Transat and Air Canada commenced discussions in late 2018 to explore a possible combination. Transat formed a Special Committee of independent directors to evaluate the proposal with the assistance of financial and legal advisors, consider, and if deemed advisable, undertake a process for the formal review of strategic alternatives, consider any alternative proposal, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors in the best interests of the Corporation and all its stakeholders. The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Transat and its Board of Directors have since then met multiple times in connection with all expressions of interest received by Transat, including Air Canada’s proposal.

On April 30, 2019, the Corporation announced having received expressions of interest and being in preliminary discussions with more than one party concerning a potential transaction involving the acquisition of the Corporation.

On May 15, 2019, Air Canada and Transat entered into a Letter of Intent with an exclusivity period to complete due diligence and to finalize definitive documentation reflecting the agreed terms. After that date, other parties continued to express unsolicited, non-binding interest in Transat.

On June 26, 2019, after an extensive review, the Special Committee of Transat’s Board of Directors concluded unanimously that combining with Air Canada and entering into the Arrangement Agreement are in the best interests of Transat and its stakeholders, including its employees, clients, shareholders, partners and suppliers, and has provided its unanimous recommendation to the Transat Board of Directors to that effect.

On June 27, 2019, the Transat Board of Directors, having among other considerations, received and considered the recommendation of the Special Committee, unanimously determined that the transaction is in the best interests of Transat and its stakeholders, approved the Arrangement Agreement and recommended that Transat shareholders vote in favour of the transaction. In addition, each of the directors and executive officers of Transat has entered into a voting support agreement pursuant to which each of them has committed to vote in favour of the transaction.

Each of National Bank Financial and BMO Capital Markets has provided the Transat Board of Directors with an opinion to the effect that, as of the date thereof, the consideration to be received by holders of Transat shares with respect to the transaction was fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders, in each case subject to the respective limitations, qualifications, assumptions and other matters set forth in such opinions.

The terms of the Arrangement Agreement provide for a break fee of $15 million payable by Transat in case of termination of the agreement in certain circumstances, including upon acceptance of a Superior Proposal that is not matched by Air Canada. Under the Arrangement Agreement, a Superior Proposal is defined, in part, as an unsolicited bona fide written acquisition proposal, that is made at a firm price per share equal to or exceeding $14 in cash, that has fully committed financing from a financial institution or similar organization (or is made by a person with adequate cash on hand), and that the Board of Directors of Transat determines in its good faith judgment, after receiving legal and financial advice, would result in a transaction that would be in the best interests of Transat and its stakeholders and be more favourable, from a financial point of view, to Transat shareholders. The terms and conditions for the making of a Superior Proposal and its complete definition are contained in the Arrangement Agreement.

The Arrangement Agreement also provides for the payment by Air Canada of a reverse break fee of a maximum of $40 million in the event that the agreement is terminated because regulatory or governmental approvals are not obtained, subject to certain conditions.

Further details regarding the terms of the transaction are set out in the Arrangement Agreement. The acquisition will proceed by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement pursuant to the Canada Business Corporations Act. Additional information regarding the terms of the Arrangement Agreement and the background of the transaction will be provided in the information circular for the special meeting of Transat shareholders. Copies of both the Arrangement Agreement and the information circular will be made available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Air Canada has retained Morgan Stanley as its financial advisor and Stikeman Elliott LLP as its legal advisor. Transat has retained National Bank Financial as financial advisor and Fasken as legal advisor. BMO Capital Markets and Norton Rose Fulbright are acting respectively as financial and legal advisors to the Special Committee of Transat’s Board of Directors.

Air Canada Head Office in Montreal.

Headquartered in Montreal since 1949, Air Canada maintains one of the largest global head offices in Quebec and has been named one of Montreal’s top employers in each of the last six years. Air Canada employs 36,000 employees globally, with approximately 10,000 in the province of Quebec where it has created over 2,600 new jobs over the last five years. Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer and other Executive Committee members are all based at the Montreal Headquarters.

Air Canada serves 11 airports across Quebec. Montreal-Trudeau Airport is a strategic hub for Air Canada connecting its Quebec and Atlantic Canada domestic network, with its U.S. trans-border, Caribbean, European, North African, Asian and South American flights. To the U.S. alone, Air Canada connects Montreal-Trudeau to some 24 cities.

Since 2012, Air Canada has launched 35 new routes from Montreal-Trudeau to global markets including Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Lima, Sao Paulo, and Casablanca. This growth has allowed Montreal to rank amongst the top 50 most internationally connected cities in the world and to become one of the largest North American hubs.

Air Canada served more than 10 million passengers in Montreal in 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Air Transat Airbus A321-211 WL C-GTXV (msn 6526) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946807.

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Delta to add Salt Lake City – Puerto Vallarta seasonal flights

Delta Air Lines Airbus A321-211 WL N318DX (msn 7441) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946479.

Delta Air Lines will add weekly Airbus A321 seasonal summer service between the Salt Lake City hub and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

According to Airline Route, the temporary route will operate on Saturdays from June 8 through August 10, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A321-211 WL N318DX (msn 7441) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946479.

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Enter Air buys into the Swiss market, acquires 49% of Germania Flug

Germania (Switzerland) (Germania.ch) Airbus A321-211 WL HB-JOI (msn 5843) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 930268.

Enter Air (Warsaw) has signed an agreement with Albex Aviation to acquire a 49% share of Germania Flug (Zurich) of Switzerland.

“The Swiss company has it all, it gives us access to the the of the Swiss tourism market, and in the future, to other markets, in which we are not yet fully present.” – says Grzegorz Polaniecki, CEO of Enter Air.

Germania Flug was not affected by the bankruptcy of its German shareholder Germania in February 2019.

All shares formerly held by Germania of Germany were sold to Albex Aviation.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): Germania (Switzerland) (Germania.ch) Airbus A321-211 WL HB-JOI (msn 5843) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 930268.

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Wow Air and Indigo Partners fail to reach an agreement, Icelandair is back in negotiations

Wow Air Airbus A321-211 WL TF-WIN (msn 7650) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946028.

Wow Air and Indigo Partners have failed to reach agreement on an investment.

Wow Air is resuming discussions with the rival Icelandair Group.

Wow Air issued this short statement:

The proposed investment of Indigo Partners LLC in WOW air has been cancelled by Indigo Partners. Therefore, all negotiations between WOW air and Indigo Partners have been cancelled.

Subsequently WOW air has started discussions with Icelandair Group. The parties aim to conclude the negotiations by Monday, March 25, 2019.

Icelandair Group had previously announced in November 2018 it was moving ahead with plans to take over Wow Air but the first attempt failed.

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Top Copyright Photo: Wow Air Airbus A321-211 WL TF-WIN (msn 7650) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946028.

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Thomas Cook Group will offer a larger fleet for the Summer 2019 schedule, Thomas Cook to introduce new “flat beds”

Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Airbus A321-211 WL D-AIAG (msn 6590) AYT (Andi Hiltl). Image: 945978.

The Thomas Cook Group made this announcement:

•Group Airline with a total of four additional short- and medium-haul aircraft compared to summer 2018
•Three further Airbus A321s in service for Condor as of early summer, one additional A321 to take-off for Thomas Cook Airlines UK
•105 aircraft in UK, Scandinavia, Spain and Germany

The Thomas Cook Group Airline is taking delivery of two additional Airbus A321 aircraft, which will be added to the Condor fleet for the 2019 summer flight schedule. The jets will be in service for Thomas Cook Airlines UK from winter 2019/20 afterwards. The Group Airline recently announced to include two further Airbus A321 for summer 2019, and will have a total of 105 aircraft then. Its short- and medium-haul fleet has been expanded by four additional own aircraft in total compared to the previous year.

Two Airbus A321s fly for Condor and are stationed in Leipzig and Hanover in summer 2019. In Leipzig, Condor is significantly increasing capacity with around 100,000 additional seats to the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, Turkey and Egypt. Another A321 is flying in Germany as well, the fourth airplane completes the A321 fleet of Thomas Cook Airlines UK.

The fleet growth is a clear sign for the Group Airline’s focus on operational stability during high season: “Using additional aircraft of our own is another measure to live up to our quality promise next summer, even during the high season”, says Christoph Debus, Chief Airline Officer of the Thomas Cook Group. With the additional aircraft, the Group Airline has further reserves available and has hired additional personnel on the ground and in the air. As part of an internal project, numerous other measures were implemented to ensure stable flight operations in the summer of 2019.

In other news, Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) on May 13 will introduce “flat beds” for its long-haul routes to the USA.


Top Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Airbus A321-211 WL D-AIAG (msn 6590) AYT (Andi Hiltl). Image: 945978.

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Vietjet orders 50 more Airbus A321neo aircraft

9000th Airbus Aircraft

Vietnamese carrier Vietjet has placed a firm order with Airbus for an additional 50 A321neo single aisle aircraft, finalizing an MOU signed at the Farnborough International Airshow last July.

The purchase agreement was signed in Hanoi by Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietjet President and CEO and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

The signing was witnessed by Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France, during his official visit to Vietnam.

The new purchase agreement increases the number of A320 Family aircraft ordered by Vietjet to 171, of which 46 have already been delivered. This leaves the airline with a backlog of 125 aircraft on order with Airbus for future delivery, comprising 120 A321neo and five A321ceo.

To date, the A320 Family has won more than 14,700 orders and over 8,000 aircraft are currently in service with 334 operators worldwide.

Top Copyright Photo: Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A321-211 WL VN-A651 (msn 5295) (9000th Airbus Aircraft) HAN (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 939474.

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Wow Air to drop three U.S. cities

Wow Air Airbus A321-211 WL TF-PRO (msn 7680) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 943953.

Wow Air is adjusting its U.S. routes. Due to disappointing results, the Icelandic airline will drop St. Louis on January 7, 2019.

The company will also not renew flights to Cleveland and Cincinnati next summer when it ends flights on October 27.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wow Air): Wow Air Airbus A321-211 WL TF-PRO (msn 7680) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 943953.

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Belair declares bankruptcy, will not fly again

Leased from Airberlin on June 1, 2017

Belair Airlines of Switzerland made this declaration on August 15, 2018:

The board of administration of Belair Airlines AG, headquartered in Glattbrugg (Switzerland) on August 15, 2018 resolved to issue a declaration of insolvency for Belair within the week.

This step was preceded by intense preparations since January 2018, aiming at a new start for the company in the summer of 2018. The plan had been to restart flight operations starting summer 2018 as a provider of wet lease flights (ACMI) for other airlines and of charter flights. Belair Airlines AG was acquired by Düsseldorf-based SBC AG from the insolvency assets of Air Berlin in January 2018.

Essential prerequisites for new start initially well on their way

Among the essential prerequisites for taking up flight operations again – as originally intended – from summer 2018 were a sufficient number of skilled and motivated employees, successful negotiations with potential customers, the interim securing of the operating costs, as well as the re-obtaining of the air operator’s certificate (AOC).

Skilled workforce

Immediately after the announcement of the preparation for a restart of the company in Jan- uary 2018, essential know-how carriers of the workforce who had been laid-off already in 2017 during the ownership of Air Berlin returned to Belair. At one point, Belair had approx. 20 employees with comprehensive knowledge of the processes and procedures necessary for flight operations who advanced the intense preparations for the restart of the company, putting forth an immense effort. In addition, more than 100 employees stood by to ensure flight operations.

Contract with new customer concluded

Furthermore, the management of Belair around CEO Michael Hoevel led successful negotia- tions with one of several potential customers. At the end of April 2018, a corresponding con- tract was concluded with a large customer from the tourism industry on the basis of an LOI (“letter of intent”) signed as early as the beginning of April. This contract stipulated the pay- ment of a first significant partial amount shortly after the conclusion of the contract. How- ever, this payment was never made.

Air operator’s certificate (AOC) not granted yet

To take up flight operations again, it was necessary to re-obtain the air operator’s certificate (AOC) through the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (BAZL – Bundesamt für Zivilluftfahrt). Besides proof of essential skills, suitable processes and in-company structures, proof of suffi- cient funds within the company was an important prerequisite for re-obtaining said air oper- ator’s certificate. Those funds were intended to be ensured in the restart preparation phase by means of contracts with at least one customer as well as the contribution of one or more investors.

Investor discussions finally unsuccessful contrary to expectations

In addition to talks with potential customers, numerous discussions were conducted with in- terested investors. For this purpose, the company including its significantly advanced business model was introduced to several potential investors over the past months. In the process, a potent investor was found and convinced of the advanced business model of Belair and the considerable demand on the market in the course of an intensive review (due diligence) and was planning on making a significant contribution. Unfortunately, said investor has now abandoned discussions at short notice, contrary to previous statements. Consequently, the air operator’s certificate could not be issued.

Declaration of insolvency unavoidable

In view of these developments – following the intensive restart preparation measures taken since the start of the year, the non-payment of aforementioned customer since late April and the surprising cancellation of the prospective investor – this resolution to issue a declaration of insolvency within the week was unavoidable.

The negative repercussions of this development in particular also affect the employees of Belair, who had supported the restart preparations with great commitment and profession- alism. They can now no longer be offered the prospective professional development. The management will provide support for their professional re-orientation within its capacity.

Regarding the development in the past months

Belair was acquired by SBC AG, based in Düsseldorf (Germany), a consulting firm specialising in reorganisation and restructuring, from the insolvency assets of Air Berlin in January 2018. Belair had been part of the Air Berlin Group since 2007. The liquidation of Belair had already been initiated by Air Berlin in the course of 2017. A first attempt by SBC to take over Belair in autumn 2017 initially failed since Air Berlin at the point in time back then was prevented from implementing this transaction for reasons of insolvency law. Subsequent to the takeo- ver, intense work on a restart of Belair had taken place since January 2018. It included further development of the business model as well as numerous intense discussions with customers and investors.

Top Copyright Photo: Airberlin (airberlin.com) – Operated by Belair Airlines Airbus A321-211 WL HB-JOU (msn 6454) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 938930.

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Below Copyright Photo: Before Airberlin, Belair Airlines was an independent carrier. Belair Airlines (flybelair.com) Boeing 767-3Q8 ER HB-ISE (msn 27600) ZRH (Paul Denton). Image: 911970.

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Belair Airlines (flybelair.com) Boeing 767-3Q8 ER HB-ISE (msn 27600) ZRH (Paul Denton). Image: 911970.