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Austrian Airlines retires the last Fokker 100

Austrian Airlines Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 OE-LVJ (msn 11359) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 933115.

Austrian Airlines (Vienna), as planned, operated the last Fokker 100 revenue flight on December 31, 2017. The last flight was flight OS 778 from Pristina to the Vienna base with the OE-LVE.

Previously on the morning of November 29, 2017, employees, invited guests and members of the Friends of Vienna Airport Association had the opportunity to officially bid farewell to the beloved Fokker fleet of Austrian Airlines via the special flight OS 1100.

The last Fokker 100 aircraft still operated by Austrian Airlines, bears the registration number OE-LVE and the name “Zagreb”. The guests flew one last circuit over Austria in this aircraft under a clear blue sky.

The first Fokker 50 was authorized for operation on March 15, 1988 under the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Austrian Airlines. Two additional Fokker 70 jets were added in 1995. At that time, this type of jet was considered to belong to the next aircraft generation. Among the advantages were the low levels of noise generation and greenhouse gas emissions, combined with the higher speed and range compared to other aircraft models. Within the context of its Focus East strategy, Austrian Airlines acquired additional Fokker planes in 2004, including Fokker 100 aircraft. In 2015, the Austrian flag carrier decided to replace its entire aging Fokker fleet, consisting of 21 jets, with 17 modern Embraer aircraft. In August 2017, Austrian Airlines successfully concluded the integration of this new type of aircraft into its fleet.

The last remaining Fokker 100 was operated until December 31, 2017 mainly on routes to Geneva and Chisinau.

The Austrian Airlines Fokker fleet was sold to the Australian charter airline Alliance Aviation Services Limited for $15 million (US). The maintenance of the fifteen Fokker 100 and six Fokker 70 aircraft continues to be carried out by the Fokker specialists at Austrian Technik in Bratislava (ATB).

Top Copyright Photo: Austrian Airlines Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 OE-LVJ (msn 11359) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 933115.

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Austrian Airlines to end Fokker 100 operations on December 31, 2017

Austrian Airlines Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 OE-LVJ (msn 11359) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 933115.

Austrian Airlines has made this announcement:

On the morning of November 29, 2017, employees, invited guests and members of the Friends of Vienna Airport Association had the opportunity to officially bid farewell to the beloved Fokker fleet of Austrian Airlines via the special flight OS 1100. The last Fokker 100 aircraft still operated by Austrian Airlines, bears the registration number OE-LVE and the name “Zagreb”. The guests flew one last circuit over Austria in this aircraft under a clear blue sky. Austrian Airlines CEO Kay Kratky was also on board: “The Fokker jets were faithful companions over the last 29 years, and made a significant contribution towards the expansion of our dense route network in Central and Eastern Europe. However, the aircraft are getting on in years, and today we wanted to give the large fan community of our Fokker jets an opportunity to say a last Servus”.

The first Fokker 50 was authorized for operation on March 15, 1988 under the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Austrian Airlines. Two additional Fokker 70 jets were added in 1995. At that time, this type of jet was considered to belong to the next aircraft generation. Among the advantages were the low levels of noise generation and greenhouse gas emissions, combined with the higher speed and range compared to other aircraft models. Within the context of its Focus East strategy, Austrian Airlines acquired additional Fokker planes in 2004, including Fokker 100 aircraft. In 2015, the Austrian flag carrier decided to replace its entire aging Fokker fleet, consisting of 21 jets, with 17 modern Embraer aircraft. In August 2017, Austrian Airlines successfully concluded the integration of this new type of aircraft into its fleet.

Embraer aircraft consume about 18% less fuel per aircraft seat than the Fokker, and are thus much more environmentally compatible. Passengers enjoy greater traveling comfort as a result of the replacement of the Fokker aircraft: The cabin equipped with two seating rows is particularly spacious due to its ergonomic design, thus offering the 120 passengers a feeling of having more space.

The last remaining Fokker 100 will be operated until the end of December 2017, and will mainly be deployed on routes to Geneva and Chisinau.

The Austrian Airlines Fokker fleet was sold to the Australian charter airline Alliance Aviation Services Limited for $15 million. The maintenance of the fifteen Fokker 100 and six Fokker 70 aircraft continues to be carried out by the Fokker specialists at Austrian Technik in Bratislava (ATB).

The last revenue flight is currently scheduled as flight OS778 between Pristina and Vienna on December 31, 2017.

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Ural Airlines to launch flights to Switzerland

Ural Airlines Airbus A321-211 VQ-BKG (msn 991) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 907228.

Ural Airlines has announced the opening of weekly scheduled flights to Switzerland. The routing Zhukovsky – Geneva – Zhukovsky will be operating during the winter season from December 29, 2017 until March 23, 2018 on Fridays.

Copyright Photo: Ural Airlines Airbus A321-211 VQ-BKG (msn 991) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 907228.

Rossiya Airlines resurrects Transaero’s “Siberian Tiger” nose on EI-XLD

Transaero's Siberian Tiger color scheme

Transaero Airlines in June 2015 unveiled at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, the official presentation of the joint project with the Amur Tiger Center of a new “Siberian Tiger” livery on the pictured 447-seat Boeing 747-412 EI-XLN (msn 28029). The special color scheme was designed to “draw attention of the international and the Russian public to the issues of environmental protection and conservation of rare and endangered species.”

The airline continued;

The project, called “Striped Flight”, has acquired the characteristics and features of the tiger with the nose of the aircraft adorned in the image of the head of the Amur tiger.

According to surveys conducted in 2015, the Amur tiger population in Russia in the wild has stabilized at around 510-540 individuals.

In the coming decade, the fate of tigers and the whole natural complex will largely depend on the concerted action of the international community. The airline and the Amur Tiger Center have joined forces under the motto: “Let’s save nature together.”

In flight, Transaero passengers on “Striped flight” will be able to view the documentaries produced by the Center under the “Siberian Tiger” project.

The Amur Tiger Center, located in Moscow and Vladivostok, specializes in the protection of Siberian Tigers.

However, as previously reported, Transaero ended ended all operations at midnight on October 25, 2015 after losing its AOC.

Rossiya Airlines, a subsidiary of Aeroflot, has taken over the Boeing 747-400s formerly operated by Transaero. The carrier has decided to carry on the “Siberian Tiger” campaign on this Boeing 747 (below).

Top Copyright Photo: Transaero Airlines Boeing 747-412 EI-XLN (msn 28029) (Siberian Tiger) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 929397.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rossiya Russian Airlines Boeing 747-446 EI-XLD (msn 26360) (Siberian Tiger) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936198.

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Aeroflot will not proceed with the acquisition of Transaero, will end operations on December 15

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) will not proceed with its acquisition of 75 percent of the stock of rival and struggling Transaero Airlines (Moscow) according to Reuters. Transaero’s shareholders failed to meet the deadline for an acquisition plan.

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Meanwhile the Russian government has given its approval for Transaero to file for bankruptcy according to rt.com.

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The airline has acknowledged on social media that it is “rehabilitating its activities” and would have more details later today.

According to Bloomberg the airline’s creditors have not yet agreed on a restructuring plan. The government has banned the airline from selling any further tickets due to its large debt.

Aeroflot will reportedly stopped buying fuel for Transaero aircraft which affectively grounds the airline.

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Update: On October 2, 2015 Transaero Airlines issued this statement:

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Upon the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation on external management and sanation of Transaero Airlines, the carrier interacts with the partners to ensure the carriage of the passengers holding the tickets of the airline.

The airline has suspended ticket sales.

The transportation of passengers-holders of the airline’s tickets on domestic and international routes will be provided until December 15, 2015.

Passengers-holders of tickets for flights after 00.00 of December 15, 2015, will be able to get refund of the full ticket price.

In summary, Transaero Airlines will cease operations at midnight on December 15, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Antalya, Turkey is a favorite destination for the carrier and its uses Boeing 747-400s to bring large loads of Russian tourists to the popular beach resort. Flights are now being delayed from leaving Antalya (AYT). Boeing 747-446 EI-XLG (msn 30111) taxies at AYT.

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UTair Russia cuts its fleet by 44 aircraft

UTair Aviation (Russia) (Moscow) is the third largest airline in Russia. On March 29, 2015 the carrier transitioned to its spring and summer flight schedule and also downsized its fleet. During this period, UTair plans to operate over 200 daily flights, connecting more than 70 cities in Russia and abroad.

However according to The Moscow Times, UTair is cutting its fleet by 40 percent (44 aircraft) from 115 aircraft to 71 aircraft.

The airline blamed the decline on the fall in air travel demand and the sharp increase in leasing rates due to the decline of the Russian ruble.

According to its website, the airline currently operates:

The airline currently operates:

Boeing 767-300 2
Boeing 767-200 3
Boeing 737-800 12
Boeing 737-400 6
Boeing 737-500 30
ATR 72-500 15
Bombardier CRJ200 1
Antonov An-2 6
Antonov An-74 – TK-100 5

+ helicopters

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On the schedules side, the airline stated it will operate nonstop flights to Anapa, Sochi and Krasnodar from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Tyumen, Surgut, Nizhnevartovsk, Noyabrsk and Syktyvkar.

UTair aircraft will also connect Gelendzhik with Moscow and Surgut; Sochi with Tambov and Kursk; Anapa with Khanty-Mansiysk and Kursk; Mineralnye Vody with Surgut, Tyumen and Samara and Krasnodar with Novy Urengoy.

Passengers living in other regions of Russia will be able to travel to Sochi, Krasnodar, Anapa, Gelendzhik and Mineralnye Vody via convenient connecting flights in Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow. Flight frequency on these routes will be increased to three or four flights daily. The airline will also increase the number of daily flights from Moscow to Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Makhachkala, Vladikavkaz, Belgorod and Kiev, providing passengers with even more convenient connection options.

UTair will continue performing flights from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, Noyabrsk, Khanty-Mansiysk and Vladikavkaz as well as add new destinations – Makhachkala, Grozny and Magas. From Surgut, UTair will continue flights to Belgorod, Makhachkala, Grozny, Rostov-on-Don and Samara.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The new Airbus A321 fleet appears to be the main victim of the downsizing. Airbus A321-211 VP-BPC (msn 5919) is pictured at Antalya in Turkey.

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Wizz Air Ukraine to be shut down, operations in the Ukraine are restructured

Wizz Air (Hungary) (Budapest) has announced it will close its Wizz Air (Ukraine) (Kiev-Zhulyany) subsidiary and replace it with a new Wizz Air (Hungary) Kiev base. The last Wizz Air (Ukraine) flights will be operated on April 19.

The airline issued this statement of the restructuring of operations in the Ukraine:

Wizz Air Holdings Plc announced that it will be further restructuring the Group’s operations in Ukraine. From April 20, 2015, Wizz Air Hungary will operate 8 routes into and out of Ukraine, to be followed by opening a Kiev base with one Airbus A320 aircraft on June 4, 2015.

Also from April 20, 2015, Wizz Air Ukraine – currently flying two aircraft on 16 Ukrainian routes – will cease operations. The second Airbus A320 aircraft currently based in Kiev will be redeployed to Wizz Air’s new operating base in Kosice, Slovakia, which will start operating new routes from Kosice to Milan Bergamo and Sheffield-Doncaster in early June 2015.

Following the removal of two aircraft from Ukraine last year, further capacity refinement and restructuring of Wizz Air’s operations in Ukraine were needed due to the ongoing instability in Eastern Ukraine, the devaluation and volatility of the local currency and the impact of foreign exchange controls. Wizz Air Hungary’s operation will significantly mitigate these impacts and enable Wizz Air to remain one of the major airlines in the Ukrainian market and stand ready for expansion once market circumstances improve.

CONTINUED UKRAINE ROUTES

Kiev – Budapest

Unaffected – Bookings Unaffected

Kiev – London Luton

Unaffected – Bookings Unaffected

Kiev – Cologne

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Kiev – Dortmund

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Kiev – Hamburg-Lübeck

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Kiev – Katowice

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Kiev – Larnaca

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Kiev – Munich Memmingen

Flights need to be re-booked with Wizz Air Hungary

Customers holding tickets from April 20, 2015 on the routes noted above will need to re-book their flights with Wizz Air Hungary, who will be operating these routes from April 20, 2015.

These customers will be contacted for a full refund and will be able to purchase replacement tickets on Wizz Air Hungary at the same price as the original ticket (“Wizz Air Fare Guarantee”).

DISCONTINUED UKRAINE ROUTES

Kiev – Barcelona Girona

Kiev – Valencia

Kiev – Kutaisi

Kiev – Moscow

Kiev – Milan Bergamo

Kiev – Naples

Kiev – Venice Treviso

Lviv – Milan Bergamo

Lviv – Naples

Lviv – Venice Treviso

Customers on these services will be contacted for a full refund.

The restructuring of the Group’s Ukrainian operations and the closure of Wizz Air Ukraine will not have a material effect on the Group’s trading in the current year and subsequent financial years.

Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 UR-WUB (msn 3741) of Wizz Air (Ukraine) arrives at Antalya, Turkey.

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