Albatros Airlines (Venezuela) (Maracay) is becoming a new Boeing operator. The Venezuelan carrier will soon take delivery of this former Ukraine International Boeing 737-5L9 registered currently as N102ES (msn 28995, ex UR-GBB). The airliner was painted at East Midlands and rolled out yesterday.
The airline currently operates two Cessna 208B Grand Caravans and three Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias.
According to the airline, Albatros Airlines was founded on December 27 2007, in order “to strengthen the growth of commercial air activity; meet the transportation needs that affect various regions of the country, and promote the development of tourism in Venezuela.”
The carrier’s Air Operator Certificate (AOC) was awarded by the National Institute of Civil Aviation on May 13, 2010 for the commercial air transport of passengers, cargo and mail. On May 20, 2010 the company made its first commercial flight to Porlamar and Porlamar Carúpano. The new airline quickly expanded with routes to Los Roques from Caracas (Maiquetia) and Maracay.
Copyright Photo: Ian Bowley/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Albatros Airlines). The first 737 also introduces this new livery for the airline. The airline encouraged design contributions from the public before the final design was selected.
Aer Lingus (Dublin) is restoring the Dublin-East Midlands route on February 4, 2015. The restored route will be operated daily by Stobart Air (formerly Aer Arann) (Dublin) ATR 72s as an Aer Lingus Regional carrier.
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Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EI-REL (msn 748) departs from Manchester.
Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) has announced that it will cease flying from its base at East Midlands Airport by the end of April 2015.
The decision to close the base is part of a strategic review under the leadership of Andrew Swaffield, who was recently appointed Chief Executive of The Monarch Group. Through a review of its network strategy, the airline is focussing on offering customers greater flight frequency and more sociable departure times to short-haul European destinations from its main UK bases. These changes are already reflected in Monarch’s summer 2015 schedule.
The change is part of the next phase in Monarch’s transformation to become a scheduled European low-cost carrier. Monarch aims to complete the transition in advance of the arrival of its new narrow-bodied aircraft fleet of thirty Boeing 737 MAX 8s, announced last month, which are expected to start entering service in 2018.
Monarch’s base at Birmingham is the nearest alternative for customers used to flying with the airline from East Midlands Airport and is only 37 road miles away. Monarch has recently launched its schedule for summer 2015 from Birmingham.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 G-OZBG (msn 1941) taxies at Palma de Mallorca (PMI).
Sky Airlines (Antalya) will soon take delivery of ex-bmi Airbus A320-232 G-MEDE (msn 1194) as TC-SKT. The airliner has emerged from the paint shop at East Midlands in a purple version of the color scheme.
Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch. Ex-bmibaby Boeing 737-3Q8 G-TOYC (msn 26312) was rolled out at East Midlands on February 17 as VQ-BHD.
Kuban Airlines (Krasnodar) is a relatively unknown carrier from Russia despite the fact it was established and started operations in 1932 as a division of Aeroflot. The company was privatized in 1992. However this may be changing. The airline is adding its first Boeing 737 and has taken the opportunity to introduce this colorful “flower power” livery.