Air Arabia Jordan (Amman) (formerly Petra Airlines) has reverted to being a charter airline after suspending scheduled flights. The carrier was unable to obtain traffic rights from Amman according to Reuters.
In January 2015, Air Arabia (above) announced the acquisition of a 49% share in Petra Airlines. The RUM Group retained its 51% share of the airline. Petra Airlines was rebranded as Air Arabia Jordan on May 18, 2015. The company was planning to develop a low-cost hub in Amman.
In other news, Air Arabia previously announced that it has signed a lease agreement for six Airbus A321neo Long Range aircraft with the Los Angeles based Air Lease Corporation (ALC). These additional aircraft will join Air Arabia’s fleet starting in 2019 and will help the airline better serve its existing network as well as enter longer range routes in the near future.
Copyright Photo: Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (UAE) Airbus A320-214 WL A6-ANW (msn 6000) (Flying the 6000th Airbus A320 Family) DME (OSDU). Image: 934119.
Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) (Baku) has announced it is coming to Berlin. The airline will start twice-weekly Airbus A319 flights from Baku to Berlin (Tegel) on May 2.
The airline issued this statement:
The national carrier of Azerbaijan – AZAL – Azerbaijan Airlines announces the start of scheduled flights from Baku to Berlin commencing on May 2, 2015 and the opening of the ticket sales for this route from January 21. Flights to Tegel Airport (TXL) of the capital city of Germany will run twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with departure from Baku at 07.25 and arriving to Berlin at 09.25 local time. The return flights from Berlin will be operated at 10.45 and coming to the capital of Azerbaijan at 18.40 at the same days of the week.
Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Azerbaijan Airlines Airbus A319-111 4K-AZ04 (msn 2588) is pictured in action at Moscow (Domodedovo).
Ural Airlines (Yekaterinburg) ended Moscow (Domodedovo) – Cologne/Bonn flights on January 23. The route was operated with Airbus A320s on three days a week.
Ural Airlines currently operates, under operating leases, 34 Airbus aircraft (19 A320s, 10 A321s, and 5 A319s) on their Russian and international routes. The airline’s strategic plans include operating long-haul wide-body aircraft of the Airbus A330-type by 2016.
Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Ural Airlines Airbus A320-214 VQ-BAG (msn 1063) arrives back at Moscow (Domodedovo).
Ak Bars Aero (formerly Bugulma Air Enterprise) (Bugulma, Russia) is getting out of the scheduled airline business. The last scheduled flight will be operated on January 13 per Airline Route. The airline mostly operates Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets on the scheduled routes.
The last routes to be operated:
Bugulma – Nizhnevartovsk
Bugulma – St. Petersburg
Nizhnekamsk – Moscow (Domodedovo)
Nizhnekamsk – St. Petersburg
The company was established on July 10, 1953 as Bugulminskoe Aviapredpriyatie. That year operations began between Bugulma and Kazan. The airline was formerly part of Tatarstan Airlines.
NordStar Airlines (Norilsk) is planning to start a weekly flight linking Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia with Beijing, China according to Airline Route. Krasnoyarsk is the third largest city in Siberia after Novosibirsk and Omsk.
Copyright Photo: OSDU. Boeing 737-8Q8 VQ-BDN of NordStar arrives at Moscow (Domodedovo).
Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (Mirny) lost its Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684 (msn 90A-851) in Siberia on September 7. The airliner while operating flight 6R 514 from Polyarny to Moscow (Domodedovo) with 72 passengers and nine crew members suffered a complete in-flight electrical failure. An emergency landing was made at the closed Izhma Airport. The aircraft overran the overgrown runway on landing and was substantially damaged. All 81 people on board survived the crash landing. The aircraft is a write off since it will not be able to be recovered.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. RA-85684 is pictured at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport just three days prior to the accident.
Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) will convert up to 10 Airbus A320s into all economy-class configurations to compete against the growing number of low-cost carriers. The company will start with two A320s reconfigured to carry 42 additional passengers.
Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) officially joined the SkyTeam global airline alliance today (June 10).
As part of the joining ceremony in Hanoi, attended by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, senior government officials and representatives from SkyTeam member airlines, Vietnam Airlines unveiled its first aircraft in the SkyTeam livery to commemorate its membership in the alliance.
Copyright Photo: OSDU. Boeing 777-26K ER VN-A144 (msn 33505) lands at Moscow (Domodedovo).