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Positive third quarter for Brussels Airlines thanks to strong summer demand

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-342 OO-SFD (msn 959) LHR (Richard Vandervord). Image: 955737.

Brussels Airlines issued this report:

Thanks to a summer with high leisure demand and a competitive cost structure resulting from its restructuring program, Brussels Airlines reports an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 1 million in the third quarter of the year (previous year: EUR – 51 million). For the first nine months of the year, the airline reports a 12% revenue increase year on year and an operating expense decrease of 10%. The Adjusted EBIT in the January-September period improved by 39% to -142 million, a result that is still heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brussels Airlines’ revenue in the first nine months of the reporting year rose by 12% year on year to EUR 380m (previous year: EUR 339m), while operating income was 7% higher than last year at EUR 402m (previous year: EUR 374m).

Operating expenses decreased by 10% to EUR 544 million (previous year: EUR 607 million) due to lower personnel expenses and expenses for external technical services as well as further effects of its successful restructuring program Reboot Plus.

Adjusted EBIT in the first nine months was EUR -142 million (previous year: EUR -233 million); EBIT in the reporting period was also EUR -142 million (previous year: EUR -256 million), with the previous year’s figure burdened by impairment losses on aircraft and rights of use for aircraft amounting to EUR 31 million.

Brussels Airlines closed the third quarter with an Adjusted EBIT of EUR 1 million, compared to EUR -51 million in the same period last year. In June 2021, Brussels Airlines restarted its hub structure and significantly increased its offer during the summer months in response to the increased market demand. The summer peak, which traditionally ends beginning of September, lasted much longer this year due to a catchup effect.

Within its Reboot Plus transformation program, Brussels Airlines has almost completed the restructuring phase which reduces the fleet size by 30% and the workforce by 25%. Among other additional measures in this program, new collective labor agreements have been in force since January 2021 for all employee groups, generating a competitive cost structure at the level of the personnel costs. Brussels Airlines in the meantime has started the second phase of Reboot Plus, which is the improvement phase, in order to create a sustainable and profitable future for the company. This phase includes investments in people, in tools to improve process efficiency and in the renewal of its fleet. In that respect 3 A320 Neo will join Brussels Airlines’ fleet by summer 2023. These state-of-the-art aircraft, with significantly lower CO2 and noise emissions, will replace three older A319 aircraft. Modernizing the fleet is crucial for Brussels Airlines in order to reach its  target of carbon neutrality by 2050.

 

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Top Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-342 OO-SFD (msn 959) LHR (Richard Vandervord). Image: 955737.

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Lufthansa Group expands tourist-oriented long-haul portfolio in Frankfurt and Munich with Eurowings

  • First-ever Eurowings presence in Frankfurt as of October 
  • Lufthansa will support marketing and sales for the new long-haul destinations 
  • In Munich, Eurowings will supplement Lufthansa’s long-haul portfolio with daily flights to Bangkok (Thailand) 
  • Harry Hohmeister: “Lufthansa will actively shape the future of tourism together with Eurowings”
  • Thorsten Dirks: “We are combining the strengths of Lufthansa and Eurowings”

Lufthansa Group will be significantly expanding its tourist-oriented long-haul portfolio at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. After the successes of Edelweiss in Zürich and the deployment of the first few Eurowings long-haul aircraft departing from Munich, there will now also be flights available from Frankfurt, along with an increase in flights from Munich. For Frankfurt Airport, this means that, as of Fall 2019, Eurowings will be taking off from the metropolis on the Main river.

"BIZ class on board", leased from Brussels on April 29, 2018

As a first step, Eurowings will offer flights from Frankfurt to the popular vacation islands Mauritius and Barbados when the winter flight schedule goes into effect in October 2019. In addition to this, there will also be flights to Windhoek in Namibia, with other destinations currently being planned.

From the Munich hub, Eurowings has already been successfully offering long-haul connections to a selection of tourist destinations since Summer 2018. In the 2019/2020 winter schedule, Eurowings will also be connecting the Bavarian capital with Bangkok (Thailand). Connections from Munich to additional flight destinations are currently being planned.

This step goes hand in hand with a closer cooperation between Lufthansa and Eurowings at Germany’s biggest hub airport: “It is the right strategic step for the Group to combine the strengths of its two largest airlines in Frankfurt: going forward, we will be combining a product tailored to leisure travelers and families and the affordable cost structure of Eurowings with the sales and marketing power of Lufthansa at the Frankfurt location,” says Thorsten Dirks, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and CEO of Eurowings. “This makes it possible for the group to successfully evolve its portfolio for the growing tourism and leisure travel segment at Germany’s largest airport.”

For this expansion in the tourism segment, Eurowings will be using a total of seven Airbus A330 aircraft (with up to 310 seats), a portion of its fleet that is operated by Sun Express Deutschland. Capacities will be distributed evenly between the two Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Eurowings (Brussels Airlines) Airbus A330-342 OO-SFB (msn 915) (BIZ class on board) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 945850.

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Aeroplan announces Air Transat as a preferred partner

Air Transat's 2017 "30 Years Ans" logo jet

Aimia Inc. has announced a new preferred partnership arrangement with Air Transat, Canada’s number one holiday airline, effective in July 2020.

Aeroplan Miles will be earned and redeemed on all Air Transat flights and vacation packages.

Aeroplan continues to expand and enhance its member offering to provide Canadians with the best travel loyalty program experience come July 2020 including the flexibility to fly any airline, anywhere at any time. Preferred agreements, like the one announced today, coupled with bulk and block purchasing and stand-alone charters, unlock meaningful discounts supporting the delivery of great value to members on flight redemptions.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Transat): Air Transat Airbus A330-342 C-GTSO (msn 132) (30 Years Ans) BCN (Tony Storck). Image: 940160.

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Air Transat unveils its 2018-2019 winter line-up

Air Transat Airbus A330-342 C-GCTS (msn 177) YUL (Gilbert Hechema). Image: 940601.

Air Transat made this announcement:

Air Transat today unveiled its flight program for winter 2018–2019, offering travellers a choice of 34 sun destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America as well as Florida, along with an even more diversified selection of European cities, which are increasingly appreciated by Canadians during the winter season. Air Transat, the leading leisure carrier in Canada, is also pleased to announce the return of flights from Toronto and Montrealto Saint-Martin/St-Maarten and San Juan, Puerto Rico, both of which are embarkation ports for Transat’s all-in-one cruise packages.

Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Florida remain Canadians’ top picks

More than ever, Air Transat is there for Canadian vacationers looking to escape to their favorite trio of destinations, with an increase in the number of its direct flights and new travel opportunities via Toronto. Extra flights to Cancún, Mexico, will be added, departing from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Hamilton, Montrealand Quebec City. Vancouver residents will enjoy daily connections to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and more flights to the Pacific resort destination will be available to holidayers in and around Edmonton. The Dominican Republic is also prominent in the program, with flights added out of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax to Punta Cana, whose magnificent white sand beaches need no introduction. With the beaches of Florida enjoying a resurgence in popularity, Air Transat is boosting its direct flights to Fort Lauderdale from Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax, as well as to Tampa out of Toronto.

From major Canadian cities, a total of 29 weekly flights will be offered to Florida. Note also that Transat offers several all-in-one cruise package itineraries sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Miami.

In recent years, Costa Rica has emerged as an increasingly popular tourism destination, with its unbeatable blend of off-the-beaten-path natural wonders and relaxing beaches. Air Transat has responded to demand by adding more direct flights from Toronto to San José and Liberia.

The carrier is also pleased to announce that it is boosting its number of direct flights from Montreal to Cartageña, Colombia, and Fort-de-France, Martinique.

Europe year-round with Air Transat

For growing numbers of Canadians, a winter escape is now synonymous with Portugal or Spain. Accordingly, Air Transat is increasing capacity on its Lisbon and Porto routes out of both Toronto and Montreal, as well as to Málaga, Spain out of Montreal—and, thanks to Faro connection, also puts the Algarve region of Portugalwithin easy reach.

Air Transat also remains dedicated to offering Canadians year-round travel to Europe, with its popular daily direct flights from Montreal to Paris, France, and from Toronto to London in the UK, as well as frequent flights to Manchester and Glasgow.

Even more domestic and connecting flights

This winter, Air Transat is enriching its program of domestic flights, connecting many of Canada’s largest cities and opening up a wider choice of Sun and transatlantic destinations to travellers in those markets. The carrier is strongly developing its offer in Western Canada’s largest cities (Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton) to Torontoand Montreal, which significantly increases the number of South and Europedestinations available as well as the number of flights departing Western Canada. There will also be more flights between Montreal and Toronto, providing more flexibility to passengers looking to travel to a larger number of European destinations.

Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A330-342 C-GCTS (msn 177) YUL (Gilbert Hechema). Image: 940601.

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Air Transat celebrates 30 Years of flying

Air Transat celebrates 30 Years of flying

Air Transat (Montreal) on February 15, 2017 unveiled the first of its 30th anniversary aircraft, displaying their new anniversary logo.

This special livery will be displayed on 3 of its Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which fly Montréal–Paris and Toronto–London routes, and also serve Punta Cana and Cancun.

Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A330-342 C-GCTS (msn 177) (30 Years-Ans) YUL (Gilbert Hechema). Image: 937315.

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