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Aegean Airlines announces the expansion in Cyprus by adding two new routes, Pafos – Athens and Larnaka – Beirut

Aegean Airlines Airbus A321-231 SX-DVZ (msn 3820) LHR (Andi Hiltl). Image: 948198.

Aegean Airlines has announced the expansion of its activity in Cyprus by adding two new routes, Pafos – Athens and Larnaka – Beirut and by that enhances its continuing presence in Cyprus and its strategic commitment to further expand activity through investing in increased capacity during the winter season.

From December 12, 2019, and onwards Aegean will connect Athens with Pafos with two weekly scheduled flights throughout the year, with the possibility of adding a third flight during peak season, thereby increasing accessibility, through new connections to key markets of the international network.

The new popular destination adds to the already existing connectivity from Cyprus, and along with the new direct route from Larnaca to Beirut, which already runs twice a week from October 7, 2019, Aegean will operate a total of 5 destinations from Cyprus (Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Tel Aviv and Beirut).

By adding these two new routes, Aegean plans to increase capacity in the international network by 2020, offering 1.12m. seats overall from Cyprus, up 6% year-over-year, providing even more options and improved passenger connections.

Top Copyright Photo: Aegean Airlines Airbus A321-231 SX-DVZ (msn 3820) LHR (Andi Hiltl). Image: 948198.

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Holiday Europe has started operations in Bulgaria

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2019

Holiday Europe is a new airline based in Bulgaria. The new carrier was established in 2019 under its Bulgarian AOC (Air Operating Certificate) at its base in Sofia.

The new carrier launched its flights with one Airbus A321-200 aircraft on August 24, 2019. The first flight was from Antalya to Nuremberg, Germany.

By October 2019, the airline plans to increase its fleet to 7 Airbus A321-200 aircraft.


Holiday Europe holds a Bulgarian AOC issued by Bulgarian Transport Authority fulfilling the requirements of EU OPS and PART M and respective EU Regulations.

Top Copyright Photo: Holiday Europe Airbus A321-231 LZ-HEA (msn 811) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 947482.

Holiday Europe plans to operate to these airports, mainly in Europe:

Spirit Airlines introduces an Airbus A321 “Disney Dumbo” logo jet

Spirit Airlines has painted its Airbus A321-231 N662NK (msn 6897) in a promotional “Disney Dumbo” livery.

Spirit Airlines made this short announcement on social media:

Keep an eye out on the sky, as we are excited to bring the magic of Disney’s Dumbo to one of our Spirit planes. This special addition to our fleet is another opportunity to surprise and delight our valued Guests and showcase our fun and friendly service. Don’t miss it, and make sure you catch Dumbo in theaters on March 29!

The company also issued this press release and photo:

Spirit Airlines on March 6 unveiled its specially-themed Airbus A321 that features a larger-than-life image of the beloved Disney character Dumbo. The airline known for inspiring its Guests to take to the skies, is teaming up with Disney to celebrate the upcoming release of its live-action movie “Dumbo,” director Tim Burton’s all-new take on the classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished, and dreams take flight. Dedicated to everyone’s favorite flying elephant known for inspiring many to soar to new heights, Spirit and Disney revealed the new plane with a time-lapse video of the decal wrapping process which took place at Spirit’s state-of-the-art Detroit maintenance hangar.

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Aegean Airlines to launch 8 new routes

Aegean Airlines Airbus A321-231 SX-DGA (msn 3878) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945736.

Aegean Airlines 2019 flight schedule envisages increased capacity with additional frequencies and new routes. Investment is directed on both network expansion and the extension of the tourism season.

Specifically, in 2019 Aegean plans to increase the capacity of its international network by 700,000 thousand seats, reaching a total of 10.3 million seats in the international network and 17.7m seats in total, including the domestic network. Increased capacity is offered throughout the year, with the growth stemming mainly from the increase during the winter months as well as at the beginning and at the end of the summer season (i.e. April, May and October).

In 2019, Aegean plans to launch new routes from Athens to Marrakech, Casablanca, Ibiza, Valencia, Sarajevo, Tunis, Skopje, and from Thessaloniki to Hannover.

Aegean will increase frequency and capacity to key Western European markets, from Athens to Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon and Porto. The increase in the capacity will also come from the initiation of several seasonal routes either earlier in the year or through increased frequencies to Luxembourg, Malta, Venice, Bologna, Naples, Catania and Malaga. In addition, increased capacity will also be offered to Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Aegean’s fleet consists of 37 Airbus A320s, 11 Airbus A321s, 1 Airbus A319s, 2 DHC-8-100s, 8 DHC-8-402s (Q400s) and 2 ATR 42-600s.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Aegean Airlines Airbus A321-231 SX-DGA (msn 3878) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945736.

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Lufthansa reduces planned growth for 2019

Lufthansa Airbus A321-231 D-AISP (msn 3864) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 944223.

Lufthansa Group issued this report:

Lufthansa Group achieved an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 2.4 billion for the first nine months of 2018 – a 7.7 percent decline on the prior-year period which is primarily attributable to the integration costs at Eurowings. Adjusted EBIT margin for the period amounted to 8.8 percent. Nine-month results were also burdened by a EUR 536 million rise in fuel costs, an increase in the costs incurred in connection with flight delays and cancellations, and higher maintenance expenses.

“We expect to see our full-year costs increase by more than EUR 1 billion in 2018 due to fuel costs and the extra expenses incurred from delays and cancellations alone,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “But despite this, we achieved an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 2.4 billion for the first three quarters of this year, the second-best nine-month result in our history. And had it not been for the losses at Eurowings, we would have posted another record earnings result. This is a clear testament to our sustainable financial strength – a strength that we have demonstrated even under challenging conditions this year.”

Lufthansa Group generated total revenues of EUR 26.9 billion in the first nine months of 2018. Total revenues increased by 6 percent on the prior-year period, while traffic revenues were up 7 percent. As a result of the first-time adoption of the new IFRS 15 accounting standard, the reported growth of total revenues to EUR 26.9 billion was only 0.5 percent, while the reported traffic revenues declined by 1 percent to EUR 21.1 billion.

Unit costs for the period remained stable excluding fuel and currency effects, despite the extraordinary expense. Unit revenues excluding currency effects increased 0.3 percent. The airlines of Lufthansa Group transported some 108.5 million passengers in the first three quarters of 2018, a new record volume. Nine-month seat load factor was also at a record high of 82 percent. The exceptionally strong capacity growth for the period, which was driven by the insolvency of Air Berlin, will be substantially lower in 2019.

“Future growth in the air transport sector will need to pay far more regard to the capacities of the infrastructure in the air and on the ground,” Carsten Spohr observes. “At the same time, we aim to secure the profitability of our airlines through capacity discipline. We also expect the substantial rises in fuel costs to lead to higher ticket prices from 2019 at the latest.”

According to current market expectations, airlines in Germany are likely to expand their capacities by over 10 percent for the 2018/19 winter timetable period, a development that is still being driven by the demise of Air Berlin. The airlines of Lufthansa Group, however, will raise their capacity by a more modest 8 percent, and will further reduce their capacity growth to 3.8 percent for the 2019 summer timetable period.

Balance sheet further strengthened

Free cash flow for the period declined 59 percent to EUR 1.2 billion. The reduction is largely attributable to a 57-percent increase in net investments, which rose to EUR 2.6 billion. Most of this spending – EUR 2.2 billion – was on aircraft and reserve engines. Pension provisions for the period declined 6.2 percent to EUR 4.8 billion, owing partly to the increase in the discount rate from 2.0 to 2.1 percent. Net financial debt declined 14 percent from its 2017 year-end level to EUR 2.5 billion. The debt ratio (adjusted net debt in relation to Adjusted EBITDA) was reduced accordingly, declining 0.2 points to 1.5.

Network Airlines

The Network Airlines – Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines – further improved on their record earnings of 2017, raising their aggregate nine-month Adjusted EBIT by another EUR 13 million to just under EUR 2 billion. The driver behind this development was Swiss, which achieved an outstanding nine-month Adjusted EBIT of EUR 525 million, 18.8 percent above its prior-year level. Swiss remains the Group’s most profitable airline, with an Adjusted EBIT margin of 14.3 percent. Lufthansa’s nine-month Adjusted EBIT of EUR 1.3 billion was 4.2 per cent down on the prior-year period, while Austrian Airlines’ EUR 92 million represents a 14-per-cent decline.

Eurowings 

Eurowings reports an Adjusted EBIT of EUR -65 million for the first nine months of 2018. The EUR 210 million decline on the prior-year period is attributable in particular to a non-recurring expense of EUR 170 million for completing the integration of parts of the former Air Berlin, and to additional costs incurred as a result of flight delays and cancellations.

“In 2017 we seized a historic opportunity in the consolidation of Europe’s aviation sector,” comments Carsten Spohr. “And it was the right decision to do so in strategic terms, even if this has given Eurowings a very challenging 2018. We view the one-off costs of integrating these operations and of our rapid expansion as a long-term investment that will help sustainably strengthen our market position.”

Aviation Services

Buoyed by strong demand and continuing high yields at Lufthansa Cargo, the Group’s Logistics business segment raised its nine-month Adjusted EBIT 56.1 percent to EUR 153 million. The LSG Group also posted a much-improved Adjusted EBIT for the period of EUR 99 million, a 50-percent increase that was especially achieved through lower transformation costs. Nine-month Adjusted EBIT at Lufthansa Technik declined 3.3 percent to EUR 322 million, owing mainly to rises in the costs of spares and greater use of external maintenance capacities.

Outlook

Lufthansa confirms its full-year earnings projection for 2018. With originally-planned capacity for the winter timetable period now slightly reduced, total annual capacity is expected to be around 8 percent above 2017. The Group still expects to post a slight increase in unit revenues for the year as a whole. The reduction in unit costs excluding fuel and currency effects is expected to be around 1 percent, despite the negative impact of integration costs at Eurowings. Fuel costs are projected to be around EUR 850 million higher than in 2017.

The Group expects to report a slightly lower annual Adjusted EBIT for its Aviation Services segment. This is related to a more negative result at Other Businesses & Group Functions, owing to an absence of the currency gains reported here in 2017. All in all, Lufthansa Group continues to predict an Adjusted EBIT for 2018 that is slightly below the record level seen last year.

“We have achieved solid earnings for the first nine months of this year, and are still on course for our second-best-ever annual EBIT result,” confirms Ulrik Svensson, Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “So our earnings projections for 2018 as a whole remain unchanged at slightly below previous year.”

On a like-for-like basis, excluding volume growth, Lufthansa Group expects its fuel costs to rise by a further EUR 900 million in 2019.

Top Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A321-231 D-AISP (msn 3864) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 944223.

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German team takes off for the World Cup in Russia with the Fanhansa “Mannschaftsflieger”

Lufthansa has made this announcement:

The German National team took off for the World Cup aboard Lufthansa special flight LH2018 on June 12.The “Mannschaftsflieger”, which is christened with the city name “Lindau”, took off from Frankfurt Airport at 1 p.m. heading for the World Cup in Russia. On board were 122 passengers and nine crew members, including the national players, trainers and team coaches. The flight time from Frankfurt (FRA) to Vnukovo Airport (VKO), some 2,000 kilometres away, is three hours and five minutes.

Lufthansa Technik was responsible for attaching the “Mannschatsflieger” livery on the Airbus A321 with the identification D-AISQ (above and below) for this special occasion. In addition, the, well-known Fanhansa logo from the World Cup in 2014 is also on the fuselage of the aircraft. The welcome panels next to the first two doors on the left side are signed by the players of the German National team. Spiriant, a LSG subsidiary has embroidered the headrest of the seats with the names of the players, which will remain on board during the duration of the World Cup. So those who fly with the “Sierra Quebec” in the coming weeks will have the chance to sit in the seats of players like Neuer, Hummels, Kroos, Müller und Co.

"Fanhansa - Mannschaftsflieger" for World Cup 2018 Russia

Above Copyright Photo: Lufthansa – Fanhansa Airbus A321-231 D-AISQ (msn 3936) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 942398.

Culinary delights include meals and snacks specially prepared to meet the athletes’ dietary preferences. For this flight, LSG Sky Chefs, the catering specialist of the Lufthansa Group, created a four-course menu especially for the German Team: Spiced salmon topped with Frankfurt’s “7 herb pesto”, celery salad and Oyster mushrooms awaits the team as an appetizer. For the main course, they can choose between a Poulard breast with grilled vegetables, a cod fillet with curry-mustard crust or an Asian, vegetarian vegetable curry with basmati rice. Finally, a selection of cheese and white chocolate mousse with mango puree will be served. As healthy snack alternatives, cranberry almond, cocoa or vanilla bars will be available on this flight.

Lufthansa Group offers additional flights to Russia for the World Cup
The Lufthansa Group is offering 85 additional flights to and from Russia for the World Cup. This means that football fans have 18,000 more seats than usual to travel to the tournament and support their team. Lufthansa is increasing its range of flights from Frankfurt from four to up to six, in Munich from two to up to four daily connections to Moscow (Domodedovo). Between Frankfurt and Moscow, an Airbus A330 will also operate once a day except Fridays from  June 1 to July 31.

Follow the World Cup on board of Lufthansa
During the tournament, passengers on Lufthansa long-haul flights will be able to watch World Cup matches via the live TV channels on the screen in their seats as well as on their personal device (via FlyNet connection).

Photo: Lufthansa.

Air Astana launches a new route to Frankfurt

Now with "Expo 2017 - Astana Kazakhstan" sub-titles

Air Astana launched a new nonstop flight between Atyrau and Frankfurt on March 26, 2018.

The new service will be operated twice a week on Mondays and Fridays using Airbus A321 aircraft in a two-class layout with 28 Business Class and 151 Economy Class seats. The flight time from Atyrau to Frankfurt (KC947) is 5h 05min, with the return flight (KC948) time being marginally shorter at 4h 45min.

The new Atyrau–Frankfurt route will be operated under a codeshare agreement with Lufthansa, marking an extension of the cooperation between Air Astana and the German flag carrier.

Since March 2017, when the codeshare Agreement was initially launched on the route between Astana and Frankfurt, Air Astana have operated flights into Terminal 1 at Frankfurt, easing connectivity and transfer times between the two airlines.

Atyrau–Frankfurt is the third direct service offered by Air Astana between Frankfurt and Kazakhstan, complementing the existing daily services from Astana and weekly service from Uralsk. The carrier offers an additional seven connections between Almaty and Frankfurt through its codeshare agreement on Lufthansa operated services.

Copyright Photo: Air Astana Airbus A321-231 P4-KDB (msn 5404) (Expo 2017 – Astana Kazakhstan) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 930848.

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