Air Bagan (Yangon) suspended all operations on August 16. The company is vowing to reorganize and return in October with additional aircraft. The company has been struggling since an ATR 72-500 with 49 passengers skidded off the runway on landing at Yangon on July 24 in a heavy rainstorm. The airline was down to one operational ATR 72 and could not maintain its schedules.
Air Bagan started operations on November 15, 2004.
Binter Canarias – Lineas Aereas de Canarias (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands) today signed an agreement for the purchase of six new ATR 72-600 aircraft, following their first batch for six ATR 72-600s in February 2014, bringing total orders for ATR aircraft to thirty.
The new ATR order is a part of the Binter’s fleet modernization and network improvements program. By progressively replacing its current fleet of aging turboprops with the modern and fuel efficient ATR-600s, the airline will significantly reduce operating and maintenance costs, gain further in profitability and offer more comfort to its passengers due to its enhanced seats design.
Deliveries of the 72-seat ATR-600 aircraft commence this year and will be completed by 2017.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Binter currently operates a fleet of 16 ATR 72-500s. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-KSG (msn 907) approaches the runway on Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.
Trujet (Turbo Megha Airways dba) (Hyderabad) has identified 18 Tier II cities in southern India as prospective destinations in its new regional network. The company hopes to launch operations soon pending final approvals.
The new airline is leasing ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) 9M-TAG (858) from Berjaya Air in their new livery.
According to the carrier, the “Trujet” brand and name (above) signifies “Unfolding the True Indian Sky” and the colorful “Peacock” logo represents India (National Bird) and its vibrancy.
The prospective airline describes its activities:
Turbo Megha Airways Pvt Ltd had obtained NOC to operate Scheduled Air Transport (Regional) Services from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt of India. We’d be operating the schedule operations under the brand name Trujet. We have received our first ATR-72 500 aircraft (72 seats) and are in the process to receive the second one. We are undergoing the regulatory approvals process of getting our AOP and expect to start operations very soon!
Flybe Finland (Helsinki) will become Nordic Regional Airlines in May reflecting the recent change in ownership. The name change still requires approval by the Trade Register, which is expected to take place in early May.
According to the airline’s CEO Maunu Visuri, “The new name reflects our company’s core business, i.e. the regional flying. Our goal is to continue to be a high-quality and skilled Nordic airline to offer excellent service to their customers.”
A new look will be unveiled in the early summer and the transformation will be implemented in stages during 2015.
Amaszonas Linea Aerea (La Paz, Bolivia) is making a big move. The small regional airline from Bolivia has agreed to acquire the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of grounded BQB Lineas Aereas (Montevideo) according to this report by our partner Argentina Airline News, Photography & Spotting.
Above Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Amaszonas Linea Aerea). BQB’s ATR ATR 72-212A (marketed as the ATR 72-500) CX-JPL (msn 816) is pictured at Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery).
Under the agreed plan, Amaszonas would initially lease the three BQB ATR 72-212As (above) of BQB and restore operations starting on May 4 to Buenos Aires (Aeroparque) and Asuncion pending all approvals. BQB suspended operations on April 11.
BQB aircraft slide show:
Amaszonas currently operates a fleet of Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 regional jets (above). Eventually it would replace the ATR 72s with more CRJ200s.
BQB Lineas Aereas (Montevideo) has announced it will suspend operations on April 11. The airline commenced domestic and later regional operations in May 2010 as a subsidiary of ferry operator Buquebus. The airline is seeking additional investors and plans to resume operations.
The airline was operating two ATR 72-500s at the shutdown.
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Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. BQB Lineas Aereas ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) CX-LFL (msn 570) is pictured at the downtown Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires.
BQB aircraft slide show:
Video: The airline previously operated the Airbus A319:
Air Pegasus (India) (Bangalore) is a new airline in India. The new airline has received its AOC and is planning to commence scheduled passenger operations on April 12 with two 66-seat ATR 72-500s (ATR 72-212As) with a third copy coming.
The new airline is planning to operate in southern India from Bangalore to Hubli, Kochi and Trivandrum.
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