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B&H Airlines to be liquidated

B&H Airlines (Sarajevo) will be liquidated. The flag carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina suspended schedule passenger operations on June 11. The federal government has decided to liquidate the carrier according to Balkans.com.

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The airline was originally founded in 1994 as Air Bosna and became the current B&H Airlines in June 2005.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

B&H Airlines crew

Photo Above: B&H Airlines. The personnel of the airline will lose their jobs.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212 T9-AAD (msn 464) approaches the runway at Zurich.

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ASL Aviation Group to rebrand its four European airlines

ASL Airlines 737 (15)(Flt)(ASL)(LRW)

ASL Aviation Group (Dublin) is combining and rebranding its four European airlines under the same name. Air Contractors, Europe Airpost, Farnair Switzerland and Faranair Hungary will begin operating under the ASL Airlines brand. The group issued this statement:

ASL Aviation Group logo

Ireland based ASL Aviation Group is to launch a new European airline brand, ASL Airlines, as part of its strategy for continued growth in passenger and cargo operations.

ASL’s 4 European airlines are to be renamed under the new ASL Airlines brand and there will be 4 airline operations ‘centres of excellence’ in Ireland, France, Switzerland and Hungary.

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Air Contractors will become ASL Airlines Ireland

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Europe Airpost will become ASL Airlines France

Farnair Europe logo

Farnair Switzerland will become ASL Airlines Switzerland

Farnair Hungary will become ASL Airlines Hungary

The ASL Group, which employs 1,500 globally, will continue to be based at its Corporate Support Office in Swords, County Dublin and will be led by Group Chief Executive, Hugh Flynn.

The total ASL fleet is +/- 100 aircraft depending on leasing arrangements, of which 75 aircraft are flying in Europe and in future will operate as ‘ASL Airlines’. Some of these aircraft will be painted in airline customer colours while the rest will soon start to become visible in Europe’s airports in the new ASL Airlines livery.

The strategy, named ‘Platform for Growth’, is an initiative aimed building on ASL’s leading role in various express integrator, passenger and postal markets in Europe.

ASL will also expand its global presence through its interest in Safair in South Africa and cargo airlines K-Mile in Thailand and QuikJet in India where ASL announced last week that its shareholding is to increase to 72.59%.

 

The new ASL Airlines brand and identity will achieve a number of key strategic aims:

  • The creation of an evolutionary new identity and brand image
  • A progressive transition from the current ASL Aviation Group identity
  • Show a clear and consistent link between ASL Aviation Group and the 4 airlines
  • Reflect key selling points of trust, reliability, size and credibility
  • Affirm ASL’s commitment to our value proposition to our customers
  • Enable us to enhance optimisation across the group
  • Increase the competitiveness of each airline in the market

“Our intent is to have a new strong single brand that will play a major role in helping us to achieve our vision and mission and reflect our corporate values in our business”, said ASL Group Chief Executive, Hugh Flynn.

“This strong single brand will make it considerably easier to use the aircraft of the European fleet across the individual countries to meet customer demand and this increased fleet flexibility and consequent competitiveness will enable us to grow our business”, Hugh Flynn continued.

Hugh Flynn explained that ASL’s optimisation potential will include the creation of ‘Centres of Excellence’, reducing cost and improving safety, reliability, quality and profitability, 4 of ASL’s 5 corporate values.

“In addition”, he said. “there will be increased security of employment, job satisfaction and challenge for all of the people of ASL, our 5th corporate value, and the most important after safety,”, Hugh Flynn concluded.

A 5th operations ‘centre of excellence’ in South Africa will oversee the continued growth in Safair, the specialist humanitarian Hercules operator; FlySafair, South Africa’s first ‘true’ low cost airline launched in October 2014 and the two Asian airlines. ASL’s aircraft leasing platforms will also continue to be based in Dublin.

To facilitate the ‘Platform for Growth’ strategy the ASL Group is being restructured into two divisions, European Airlines and Rest of the World Airlines and Leasing.

  • The current CEO of Air Contractors, Colin Grant will become Chief Executive of the new European Airline’s division and will be based in Dublin.
  • The current CEO of Safair, Dave Andrew, will become Chief Executive of the new Rest of the World Airlines and Leasing Division and will be based between Johannesburg and Dublin.

    ‘Platform for Growth’ will see ASL increase the number of aircraft in its combined cargo and passenger fleets. Aircraft will also be transferred throughout the group to facilitate the airlines and their ‘centres of excellence’ becoming specialists in operating specific aircraft types.

    The 4 European airlines to be rebranded ASL Airlines currently operate throughout Europe for the leading express freight integrators and for postal services in France and the UK from hubs in France and Germany and between bases throughout the continent from Norway to Greece.

    Passenger services are also operated under the airlines own brand from Switzerland, Ireland and France while the Irish airline, Air Contractors, operates three passenger Boeing 757’s on daily transatlantic flights from Dublin and Shannon to Canada and the United States.

Air Contractors – ASL Airlines Ireland

Copyright Photo above: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212 EI-SLK (msn 395) prepares to land at Shannon.

Irish Airline, Air Contractors, will be rebranded as ‘ASL Airlines’ Ireland. Just last week the airline won the prestigious ‘Aircraft Operator of the Year’ award at the Irish Aviation Authority sponsored Irish Aviation Awards.

Copyright Photo above: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Contractors operates this Boeing 757-2Q8 EI-LBS (msn 27623) for Aer Lingus.

Air Contractors operates Boeing 757-200 transatlantic passenger services from Shannon and Dublin to North America for Aer Lingus and also operates Boeing 737 charter passenger services throughout Europe from Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Knock Airports.

The airline also operates a fleet of turbo prop and jet aircraft for express parcel integrators throughout Europe and the Middle East.

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Europe Airpost – ASL Airlines France

Paris CDG based Europe Airpost will be rebranded as ‘ASL Airlines’ France. The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 737-300/-400/-700 aircraft on passenger and cargo services.

Copyright Photo above: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-31S EI-STA (msn 29057) of Europe Airpost arrives at scenic Salzburg, Austria.

Europe Airpost flies passenger charter services for tour operators throughout Europe and the Mediterranean countries, as well as VIP and ad hoc passenger flights throughout the world. On the cargo side, Europe Airpost flies for overnight and postal operators within France and Europe, and operates ad hoc cargo flights throughout the world.

As part of its strategy of diversification, Europe Airpost also operates a weekly scheduled cargo service out of Paris CDG to Tunis, and a number of seasonal scheduled passenger routes serving France, Austria, Portugal and Halifax (Nova Scotia/Canada) via Dublin.

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Farnair Europe – ASL Airlines Switzerland and ASL Airlines Hungary

The two European airlines in the Farnair Group will be rebranded as ‘ASL Airlines’ Switzerland and ASL Airlines Hungary.

Copyright Photo above: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Farnair Switzerland ATR 42-320 HB-AFF (msn 264) arrives back at the Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg base.

Farnair operates a fleet of turbo prop and jet aircraft for express parcel integrators throughout Europe and also operates cargo turbo prop services in Africa. Farnair also operates ATR42 passenger services.

Farnair’s joint venture airlines in Asia, Quikjet in India and K-Mile in Thailand are not included in the rebranding initiative.

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The former CEO of Air Mandalay questions whether it can resume operations

Air Mandalay (Yangon) suspended operations on December 10, 2014 with the announcement it would resume operations in late January or “no later than February”. The airline is planning to resume operations with one ATR 72-212 (above) and two newly-acquired Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets. However according to this report by Myanmar Times, “former CEO Gary Villiard, who resigned on November 14, 2014 due to conflict with the airline’s shareholders, said he did not believe it would be possible for the airline to resume services at the end of January.” The former CEO questioned whether “Air Mandalay had the financing and corporate affairs skills needed to turn the airline around.”

The company had planned to add new Boeing 737s next year.

Air Mandalay launched scheduled operations on October 18, 1994.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Background information from the airline:

Air Mandalay Limited is a private joint venture company that was incorporated on October 6, 1994 to operate as Myanmar’s first privately owned airline and support the country’s tourism industry.

The airline has since established itself as a carrier of high standards with a wide domestic network and one regional link, to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. It operates to all of Myanmar’s main tourist destinations and commercial hubs.

Air Mandalay tail (LRW)

 

According to the airline, “Air Mandalay’s logo depicts the mythological royal Hintha bird, which symbolizes loyalty, respect for traditional values, stability, good luck and prosperity.

The colors in our logo are also significant. Yellow represents the numerous golden pagodas found throughout Myanmar, which is often called the Golden Land. Burgundy signifies the color of the robes worn by Buddhist monks in Myanmar, thus representing religious values.”

Top Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Air Mandalay). ATR 72-212 XY-AIR (msn 467) departs from Yangon (formerly Rangon).

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Route map before it suspended operations:

Air Mandalay 12.2014 Route Map

How First Air keeps track of its aircraft in the remote far north of Canada

First Air (Ottawa and Yellowknife) flies to some of the most remote parts of the world in the northern Arctic regions of Canada (see route map). First Air uses an unique tracking system designed by FLYHT Aerospace Solutions. According to the company, the system automatically transmits four-dimensional GPS-based based position and flight data recorder information according to this article by the Daily Mail.

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Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212 C-GRMZ (msn 432) with the image of an Arctic Fox on the tail prepares to taxi from the gate at Yellowknife.

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Air Mandalay to lease Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft

Air Mandalay Limited (Yangon) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) have signed a memorandum of collaboration  in support of working together toward Air Mandalay’s fleet renewal efforts. H.E. U Nyan Htun Aung, Minister of Transport of Myanmar and the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Derek J. Mitchell witnessed the signing.

Boeing will assist Air Mandalay with its efforts to procure Next-Generation 737 airplanes through leasing channels in support of Air Mandalay’s expansion plan.

The two parties commented:

“This memorandum is an important step in our growth strategy,” said Dato’ Adam Htoon, principal of Air Mandalay. “Due to the growth of tourism and business investment in Myanmar, air transportation has become an increasingly important contributor to both the nation’s economic growth and its infrastructure development. The country is looking to position itself as a major tourism destination capable of handling an increasing number of foreign visitors. The 737s will provide us with capabilities to support this critical national growth strategy.”

“We look forward to supporting Air Mandalay on its fleet expansion strategy, setting the foundation for a long and successful partnership between Air Mandalay and Boeing,” said Skip Boyce, president, Boeing Southeast Asia. “The Next-Generation 737 aircraft will provide Air Mandalay with market-leading efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort, allowing the airline to continue to prosper and grow in the region.”

Air Mandalay Limited is a private joint venture company that was incorporated on October 6, 1994 to operate as Myanmar’s first privately owned airline and support the country’s tourism industry. The airline, based in Yangon, has since established itself as a carrier of high standards with a wide domestic network and one regional link to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. It operates to all of Myanmar’s main tourist destinations and commercial hubs. The airline also offers air charter services to destinations both within the country and regionally.

Air Mandalay currently operates ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Mandalay ATR 72-212 XY-AIR (msn 467) arrives at the Yangon hub.

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Video: Flying on the ATR 72. Air Mandalay’s ATR 72-212 XY-AIR is taped operating into Heho Airport and landing on runway 18 from Mandalay International Airport as flight 6T 402 bound for Yangon. Situated at the edge of the mountainous Shan state at an elevation of 3,888 feet, the airport is the gateway to the picturesque Inle Lake. Videoed from Seat 5D.

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Current Route Map:

Air Mandalay 11.2014 Route Map

Aer Arann to become Stobart Air

Aer Arann (Dublin) on March 19, 2014 announced it would be changing its name to Stobart Air by the end of this year to better reflect its new ownership.

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According to Stobbart Group, “Stobart Air is operator of two complementary airport facilities, London Southend Airport and Carlisle Lake District Airport. The Group intends to grow Stobart Air significantly following the completion of London Southend Airport. London Southend Airport has developed new routes with major operators including Aer Lingus Regional, easyJet, Thomson Airways and First Choice with the ultimate aim of servicing up to two million passengers annually by 2020.

The Group is also pursuing air freight, maintenance and airport service opportunities at London Southend Airport, including airport retail, private facilities, lounges and fees generated from the rail terminal, which provides up to eight services an hour direct to London’s Liverpool Street Station.”

According to Wikipedia, “Aer Arann is owned by Everdeal Holdings Limited, which is 45% owned by the Stobart Group; 42% owned by Invesco; 8% owned by Cenkos Securities; and 5% owned by Pádraig Ó Céidigh, Aer Arann’s former Chairman. Stobart Group has an option to acquire complete control of the airline, by increasing its shareholding by a further 55% to 100%.”

Aer Arann was established in 1970 by James Coen and Ralph Langan to operate regular flights  between Galway and the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Operations began in August 1970 with a single Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander.

Besides operating for others as Stobart Air, the company will also continue to operate under the Aer Lingus Regional name as part of the franchise agreement with Aer Lingus.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212 EI-SLN (msn 405) in Aer Arann livery departs from Southend Airport (near London). Both entities are controlled by the Stobart Group.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212 EI-SLM (msn 413) in Aer Lingus Regional franchise colors arrives at Southend.

Island Air is sold to a mysterious new owner

Island Air (Hawaii) logo

Island Air (Honolulu) has disclosed it has entered into an agreement to sell the company to an undisclosed new operator (Empire Airlines?). The new owner should take control of the company within six to eight weeks according to the current management.

Hawaiian Airlines is getting ready to start its inter-island ATR feeder operation with Empire Airlines and Empire may be interested in consolidating with Island Air. If not, the new owners will have to compete against the new Hawaiian/Empire operation.

Read the full story from the Star Advertiser in Honolulu: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo Below: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. This colorful new 2012 livery for the airline could be short-lived if the new owners decide to retire the Island Air brand. The first ATR 72-212 (now N941WP, msn 349) arrived at the pictured Honolulu base on September 23, 2012. The airframe was formerly operated by American Eagle Airlines-Executive Airlines as N348AE.

Island Air (Hawaii) ATR 72-200 N348AE (N941WP)(12)(Grd) HNL (IN)(LRW)

Island Air: AG Slide Show

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