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Airlink to replace its Avro RJ85s with new Embraer E170s and E190s

RJ85s to be replaced with new Embraer E170s and E190s by 2020

Airlink, Southern Africa’s largest independent regional airline, is joining the E-Jet operator’s family. The airline is acquiring five E-Jets – three E170s and two E190s, from ECC Leasing, a wholly-owned Embraer subsidiary. Airlink will start to receive the aircraft in the first half of 2017.

Airlink already operates a large fleet of ERJ aircraft – last December, the airline started to add 11 further ERJ 140 jets to its fleet. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2017, the airline will be operating 30 ERJs, comprising all three types – ERJ 135, ERJ 140 and the ERJ 145.

Rodger Foster, CEO of Airlink, said, “This is the beginning of the implementation of a well planned growth and modernization strategy for Airlink that includes replacing our current fleet of Avro RJ85s over the next three years. The strategy calls for a total of 13 E-Jets, and we are in the process of sourcing the balance of the fleet requirement – an additional 8 E190s – from the market.”

Copyright Photo: Airlink (South African Airlink) BAe RJ85 ZS-ASY (msn E2316) JNB (Michael Stappen). Image: 906856.

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TAP Express puts its first Embraer 190 into revenue service

TAP Portugal’s first Embraer 190 is already flying across the European skies, operating on the company’s regional network in TAP Express livery. The new E190, CS-TPW (msn 19000550), made its maiden flight for TAP on Monday, May 23, with flight TP488, from Lisbon to Nice (France), departing Lisbon at 08:55 am.

The entry into service of the E190 aircraft is part of TAP’s regional fleet renewal strategy – the fleet will soon include nine E190 and eight ATR 72 aircraft – operating for TAP Express, the new branded product recently launched by TAP. TAP Express now replaces former PGA for regional operations, thus reinforcing TAP’s corporate identity and granting a more consistent brand and product.

The E190 aircraft operated by TAP Express will replace the Fokker 100s, which have been in operation for some years. With this new fleet – more modern and efficient – TAP will be able to significantly upgrade services provided to customers, both in comfort and reliability, also improving its operational regularity and punctuality.

With capacity for 106 passengers, the Embraer 190 displays comfortable seats (known as Slim Seats) in a cabin configuration of 2 + 2 seats per row that offer excellent in-flight comfort, and is often considered by passengers as the most comfortable aircraft in its segment.

In addition to the Lisbon-Nice route, the new E190 also operated from Lisbon to Barcelona and Toulouse (for a night-stop) in its first day in operation with TAP Express.

Video: TAP Portugal.

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JetBlue to launch Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Aguadilla, Puerto Rico flights, also adds more Baltimore service

JetBlue Airways Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N184JB (msn 19000008) (Blueberries) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 930230.

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced it is adding a new route between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The airline will also add additional frequencies in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, its South Florida focus city, and at Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston, where JetBlue is the largest airline. S

Roundtrip flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, will operate daily beginning May 5, 2016, on JetBlue’s Embraer 190 aircraft (above).

In addition to the new route, JetBlue is adding flights to some of its routes on the east coast. Starting May 5, 2016 the airline will add an additional daily roundtrip flight between Boston and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). The addition comes as JetBlue has grown significantly this year in Baltimore, recently adding service to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood just last month.

Also beginning May 5, 2016, JetBlue will add an additional daily roundtrip nonstop flight between Boston and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N184JB (msn 19000008) taxies to the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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JetBlue applauds the new U.S. – Mexico aviation treaty

JetBlue Airways Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N274JB (msn 19000082) (Tartan) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 930231.

JetBlue Airways (New York) has applauded the United States Department of Transportation on its announcement of a liberalized aviation treaty with the government of Mexico.

The agreement, signed yesterday (December 18) in Washington, lifts longstanding restrictions on the number of carriers allowed to operate on any given route between the U.S. and Mexico, opening the door for carriers to add unlimited new transborder air service effective January 1, 2016.

JetBlue, which operates an extensive network across Latin America and the Caribbean, has served Mexico since 2006. Today the airline operates service to Cancún and Mexico City from several U.S. gateways including Boston; Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla.; New York-JFK; and Orlando.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N274JB (msn 19000082) holds short of the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport hub.

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Delta to acquire Embraer 190s and more Boeing 737-900 ERs

Named for "C.E. Woolman, Principal Founder and First CEO"

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add up to 20 Embraer 190 and 20 new Boeing 737-900 ER jets acquired through a new agreement with The Boeing Company.

The agreement is part of the airline’s continued strategy to improve its efficiency by adding additional 737-900 ERs and upgauging its mainline fleet with the nearly 100-seat, twin-engine E190 jets while reducing the use of small regional aircraft.

The order announced today offered Delta more compelling economics over a previously cancelled order that also included Boeing-held E190s.

Expected to begin flying in early 2017, Embraer’s unique cabin design in the E190 includes two-by-two seating throughout the Main Cabin, one-by-two in First Class, and large overhead bins and oversized windows.

The additional Boeing 737-900 ERs will bring the total in Delta’s fleet to 120 by 2019. The aircraft features large overhead bins and audio/video seatback entertainment with 20 seats in First Class, 21 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 139 seats in the Main Cabin.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-932 ER WL N827DN (msn 31938) is named for C.E. Woolman, Principal Founder and the First CEO of Delta Air Lines.

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Finnair receives permission to transfer its 60% share of Nordic Regional Airlines

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Finnair (Helsinki) has announced its has received permission to transfer its 60 percent stock ownership in Nordic Regional Airlines to StaffPoint Holding Oy and Kilco Oy. Finnair wiill retain a 40 percent interest in the regional feeder airline. Here is the official statement:

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The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has approved the transaction in which Finnair transfers 60% of the shares in Nordic Regional Airlines AB to StaffPoint Holding Oy and Kilco Oy. Upon completion of the sale, StaffPoint’s ownership in the joint venture will be 45%, Kilco’s 15% and Finnair’s 40%. The transaction is expected to close in November 2015.

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Copyright Photo Below: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Nordic Regional operates ATR 72s and Embraer regional jets for Finnair in Finnair colors. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKL (msn 19000153) taxies at Zurich.

Finnair (Nordic Regional Airlines-Norra) Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKL (msn 19000153) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 929151.

 

Colorful Guizhou Airlines to commence operations

Colorful Guizhou ERJ 190-100 (15)(Flt)(Embraer)(LRW)

Colorful Guizhou Airlines (Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China) has announced it will commence operations on December 28 with Embraer E190s. As previously announced by Embraer on June 15, 2015, the manufacturer had concluded an agreement with the new airline for 17 E190s.

CGA is the first locally-owned airline in China’s Guizhou Province. The contract is for seven firm orders with the first delivery in December 2015.

Colorful Guizhou Airlines is Embraer’s fifth E-Jet customer in China and the first in the southwest of the country.

Colorful Guizhou Airlines was established by the Guizhou Industrial Investment (Group) Company, Limited.

CGA will target operating to cities in Guizhou and neighboring provinces. Its entrance marks the end of the absence of a locally-owned airline in Guizhou and the start of improvements to regional aviation in western China.

The scope of the carrier’s business covers transport of cargo, aviation advertising, mail delivery, cabin supply, catering industry, tourism and real estate industry. The airline is expected to start flying in 2015. The fleet plan calls for 30 aircraft by 2020, and between 120 and 140 in the future.”

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JetBlue adds Wi-Fi to its first Embraer 190

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced it has passed a major milestone on its path to becoming the only U.S. carrier to offer free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet on every aircraft.

JetBlue has completed installation of Fly-Fi® on its fleet of more than 150 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, and its first Fly-Fi-enabled Embraer E190 made its official inaugural flight this week. The airline anticipates it will complete the installation of Fly-Fi on all 60 of its E190s by fall 2016, at which point it will have completed installation of Fly-Fi on the entire JetBlue fleet.

Fly-Fi uses Ka-band satellite technology to offer a broadband Internet experience similar to what customers have at home, including the ability to stream video and use multiple devices at once.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. JetBlue Airways Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N334JB (msn 19000446) in the Barcode tail scheme taxies at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

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JetBlue Airways to launch Syracuse – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood flights this winter

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced it will begin seasonal nonstop service between Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) this winter.

JetBlue will operate once daily round-trip service between the two cities seasonally from January 13, 2016 through Sunday, May 1, 2016.

JetBlue first began operating flights in Syracuse in 2001 and now serves eight airports across New York State with Albany set to become number nine in December. New Yorkers have long supported JetBlue as a leading carrier in the region and the airline continues to grow across the state.

This year JetBlue will operate up to 95 flights daily at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport which serves as one of JetBlue’s Florida gateways to the airline’s expanding network. Destinations from South Florida now include Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru. New destinations including Mexico City and Quito, Ecuador launch in the coming months.

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FLL-SYR Flight #1738 SYR-FLL Flight #1737

11:30 a.m. – 2:33 p.m. 3:10 p.m. – 6:31 p.m.

JetBlue will serve the route with its Embraer 190 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. JetBlue Airways Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N324JB (msn 19000388) in the Blueberries tail design taxies to the runway at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

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Finnair continues negotiations to sell 60% of Nordic Regional Airlines

Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this update on the on-going negotiations with Staffpoint and G.W. Sohlberg to sell a 60 percent share in its subsidiary Nordic Regional Airlines (Norra) (previously Flybe Nordic) (Helsinki). Norra operates 12 ATR 72-500s, two Embraer ERJ 170s and 12 Embraer ERJ 190s for Finnair on domestic and European routes. Here is the update:

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Finnair, Staffpoint Holding Ltd (Staffpoint) and G.W. Sohlberg Ltd (GWS) have previously indicated an intention to conclude a transaction whereby 60 percent of the shares in Nordic Regional Airlines AB would be transferred to the ownership of Staffpoint and GWS.

As of March 31, 2015, Finnair has owned 100 percent of the company during an interim permission by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA). Due to the negotiations being protracted and the interim permission expiring, Finnair has now filed an application with the FCCA to approve the current ownership structure.

However, negotiations on the ownership arrangements of Nordic Regional Airlines AB continue, and Finnair expects the transaction to proceed within the next few months. The delay is due to the need of the parties to assess even more thoroughly the alternative traffic models of regional flying in a constantly developing operating environment.

Nordic Regional Airlines AB owns the entire share stock in its Finnish subsidiary Nordic Regional Airlines Oy (Norra).

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Norra operates a fleet of 26 ATR and Embraer planes on Finnair’s domestic and European routes. The company previously operated under the name Flybe Finland Oy.

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Above Photo: Norra.

On January 7, 2015, Finnair signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Staffpoint and GWS on a transaction whereby Staffpoint and GWS would jointly acquire from Flybe Ltd its 60 percent majority stake in Finnair’s and Flybe Ltd’s joint venture company, Nordic Regional Airlines AB.

While the negotiations continued, Finnair acquired Flybe Ltd’s stake, and Flybe Nordic was thus transferred entirely to Finnair’s ownership on March 31, 2015.

Finnair has issued stock exchange releases on the Norra transactions on November 12, 2014, January 7, 2015, January 29, 2015 and March 31, 2015.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Finnair (Nordic Regional Airlines-Norra) Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKH (msn 19000086) prepares to land in Zurich.

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Video: A typical turnaround flight in rural Finland.

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