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Onurair files for bankruptcy

Onurair Airbus A321-231 TC-OBR (msn 1008) (20th Year) AYT (Ton Jpchems). Image: 957307.

Onurair (Onur Air) has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Previously the Turkish airline was forced to shut down In December 2021 after the Turkish aviation authorities did not renew the airline’s AOC, suspending all of Onurair’s operations.

In February 2022, Onurair’s last remaining airworthy aircraft was seized by its lessor.

The history of the company according to the company:

Onur Havayolları Taşımacılık A.Ş. was established on April 14, 1992 and launched its first flight to the Ercan Airport in Northern Republic of Cyprus on May 14, 1992 with an Airbus A320 aircraft. Subsequently, Onur Air expanded its fleet with a second aircraft in July 1992, third aircraft in December 1992 and the fourth plane in April 1993.

Onur Air increased its passenger volume as a result of cooperation with Ten Tour, one of the leading companies in tourism sector, in 1994. In order to meet the demand increase in its business volume, Onur Air acquired the fifth and sixth aircrafts, both of which were type A320, in April 1995. The fleet was further grown with addition of the seventh aircraft in July 1995. Increasing the number of aircrafts in its fleet with 2 more A320 aircrafts as sub-charters in the same year, Onur Air had 9 aircrafts, 1.556 seat capacity and 512 personnel by 1995, which was 150 when the company was first established.

After being fully acquired by Ten Tour in 1996, Onur Air added three A320 aircrafts with a larger passenger capacity. As two A300 aircrafts were added to the fleet in the same year, the seat capacity and number of personnel of Onur Air increased to 2.192 and 725 respectively.

Onur Air also continued its growth in 1997, and sub-chartered five McDonnell Douglas MD-88 aircraft and one A300 aircraft. Onur Air had 16 aircrafts in its fleet and reached to 3.503 seat capacity by the beginning of the 1997 season, and as a company with 912 employees became a significant component of the Turkish economy and the business world.

Despite being a relatively young company, by 1997, Onur Air had acquired the expertise to provide service and technical consulting about type A320 aircrafts to other airlines. Onur Air had to decrease its size as the other companies due to the economic and social problems experienced in Turkey and worldwide in early 1988. Due to recession, Onur Air had to reduce the number of the planes in its fleet to 13 in 1998 and then to 9 in 1999.

Onur Air’s objective was to get out of the crisis as a leader of its field; and thus, lent its flight teams to foreign companies, and as the Hajj period began, got through the period with minimum loss and started to grow again in 2000. Thanks to the timely measures taken, Onur Air continued its operations as the largest private airline company of Turkey again, and by adding 2 A-300 aircrafts to its fleet in 2000, increased the number of planes to 11 and seat capacity to 2.560. With addition of another A300 in November 2001, the company had 12 planes and 2.883 seats serving its passengers.

Onur Air continued its stable growth and increased the number of aircrafts in its fleet to 14 in 2002 and then to 20, 24, and 28 in the subsequent years. The company had 31 aircrafts and 4.012 seat capacity by 2006, then 29 and 25 aircrafts by 2007 and 2008 respectively.

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Top Copyright Photo: Onurair Airbus A321-231 TC-OBR (msn 1008) (20th Year) AYT (Ton Jpchems). Image: 957307.

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Sky Cana to wet lease 3 Airbus A321s and one A320 from Avion Express

Operated by Avion Express Malta

Avion Express has made this announcement:

Avion Express has announced the continuance and expansion of its successful partnership with Sky Cana, a start-up airline headquartered in Santo Domingo.

The companies have been in partnership for a few years and now the ACMI airline has signed a contract to wet-lease three Airbus A321s and one Airbus A320 aircraft to operate on behalf of the carrier for a one year period starting in April 2022 until March 2023.

Sky Cana is a Dominican air carrier, using ACMI for its operations. Working with some of the best tourist destinations in the Caribbean, the airline offers transfer, freight, overflight, helicopter, advertising, air ambulance, and tour services to locations in the United States of America, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Top Copyright Photo: Sky Cana-Go Puerto Plata Dominican Republic (Avion Express Malta) Airbus A321-231 9H-AMD (msn 1421) MIA (Tony Storck). Image: 956268.

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American introduces an Airbus A321 “Flagship Valor” special livery on N167AN

American Airlines on March 24 at its Dallas-Fort Worth hub introduced a special “Flagship Valor” livery saluting Medal of Honor recipients.

The special livery was unveiled on Airbus A321-231 N167AN.

Photo: DFW Airport.

American later issued this statement and photos:

Today, on National Medal of Honor Day, American Airlines debuts a new livery dedicated to recipients of the Medal of Honor. Flagship Valor — an Airbus A321 aircraft with a special wrap — is a flying tribute dedicated to recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest award for military valor in action.

The aircraft depicts major military conflicts and the six characteristics that embody the Medal of Honor and those who have received it.

On board, customers can scan QR codes for access to information about the Medal of Honor and its extraordinary recipients, serving as a teaching tool to pass on these remarkable stories for generations to come. Its first official mission will transport Medal of Honor recipients on an honor flight from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Washington D.C. (DCA) today.

Flagship Valor was unveiled Thursday evening ahead of today’s groundbreaking of the National Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington, Texas. Expected to open in 2024, the new museum will create a permanent home for the incredible stories of our nation’s greatest heroes. Learn more about our partnership with the National Medal of Honor Museum and the important mission of the museum.

Watch as Flagship Valor comes to life at American’s Maintenance base at Tech Ops – Tulsa and as the airline welcomes special guests to Dallas-Fort Worth for the big reveal.

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Nordwind Airlines suspends all international flights

Nordwind Airlines Airbus A321-231 VP-BHN (msn 3106) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 956998.

Nordwind Airlines today is suspending flights to international destinations.

The company made this announcement (translate):

Nordwind Airlines, together with its partner PegasFly, informs about the temporary suspension of international flights, starting from March 7, due to the occurrence of “additional circumstances that impede the operation of flights.”

Passengers on international flights with one-way tickets will be accepted for carriage until the flight is terminated.

Passengers of canceled international flights can issue a full refund of the cost of the ticket at the place of purchase or reschedule the flight to any flight available for sale.

Previously on February 28 the Russian carrier suspended its flights on the following routes due to airspace closures:

Krasnodar – Athens
Kaliningrad – Berlin
St. Petersburg – Frankfurt
Saint Petersburg – Berlin
Saint Petersburg – Dusseldorf
Saint Petersburg – Stuttgart
Saint Petersburg – Belgrad
Moscow – Skopje
Moscow – Belgrade
Moscow – Berlin
Moscow – Zagreb

Top Copyright Photo: Nordwind Airlines Airbus A321-231 VP-BHN (msn 3106) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 956998.

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Royal Jordanian Airlines to receive $282 million aid package from the Jordanian government

"Madaba" in 1971 Alia livery, celebrating 100 years of aviation in Jordan

Royal Jordanian Airlines has been stressed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.

The flag carrier is seeking $282 million in state aid in two packages of $141 million in 2022 to recover from its losses and to purchase new aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Retrojet: Alia – The Royal Jordanian Airline (Royal Jordanian Airlines) Airbus A321-231 JY-AYV (msn 5177) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 955929.

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Sky Cana clarifies its operations to the United States

Operated by Avion Express Malta

Sky Cana (Santo Domingo) issued this statement:

Sky Cana formally clarifies that flight operations to and from the United States are being carried out through a strategic alliance with Air Century, where Air Century is the air operator, operating under its AOC, Sky Cana acting as a ticket agent, is up to at the moment, a commercial brand, not an authorized airline for this type of operation.

Indeed, as Sky Cana we are doing all the pertinent governmental and permitting procedures so that when the time comes to operate under our own AOC.

We apologize for the confusion this may have caused the consumer and government entities.

Sky Holdings Corporation dba Sky Cana Airlines is a virtual airline with ACMI contracted operators based in Santo Domingo.

Top Copyright Photo: Sky Cana-Go Puerto Plata Dominican Republic (Avion Express Malta) Airbus A321-231 9H-AMD (msn 1421) MIA (Tony Storck). Image: 956268.

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Photo: Alia – The Royal Jordanian Airline (Royal Jordanian Airlines) Airbus A321-231 JY-AYV (msn 5177) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 955929.

"Madaba" in 1971 Alia livery, celebrating 100 years of aviation in Jordan

Copyright Photo: Alia – The Royal Jordanian Airline (Royal Jordanian Airlines) Airbus A321-231 JY-AYV (msn 5177) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 955929.

 

Nordwind Airlines adds new service to Skopje

Nordwind Airlines Airbus A321-231 VQ-BOD (msn 1233) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 954869.

Nordwind airlines will start new service from St. Petersburg to Skopje on September 21, once a week, on Tuesdays according to the following schedule:

Flight Route Departure time/arrival time Flight time
N4 2109 Saint Petersburg – Skopje 11:10 – 13:35 3 h. 25 mins
N4 2110 Skopje – Saint Petersburg 14:40 – 18:55

As of September 29, Nordwind Airlines plans to increase the flights frequency from Moscow to the capital of North Macedonia. Direct flights Moscow – Skopje flights will be operated three times a week – every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Travel time will take 3 hours 35 minutes.

Top Copyright Photo: Nordwind Airlines Airbus A321-231 VQ-BOD (msn 1233) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 954869.

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Sky Cana is a new airline in the Dominican Republic

Leased from Avion Express (Malta)

Sky Cana (Dominican Sky) (Sky Cana Holding Inc.) (Santo Domingo and Miami) is a new airline based in the Dominican Republic.

Two Airbus A321-231s (9H-AMD and 9H-AME) have been leased from Avion Express Malta.

The aircraft promote popular destinations in the D.R. such as Samana and Puerto Plata.

Operations commenced on January 30, 2021.

Frank Diaz is the CEO (above).

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Top Copyright Photo: Sky Cana-Go Samana Dominican Republic (Avion Express Malta) Airbus A321-231 9H-AME (msn 2234) (Thomas Cook colors) MIA (L. Apso). Image: 954219.

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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