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Avianca and Viva Air agree to merge under the same holding company

Viva's new "Boomerang" yellow livery

Avianca and Viva Air jointly issued this statement:

The majority shareholders of Viva and Avianca jointly announced that Viva will become part of the same holding company as Avianca Group International Limited (Avianca Group) and that Declan Ryan, founding partner of Viva, will join the board of directors of Avianca Group, bringing his decades of aviation experience.

Any transfer of control rights over Viva’s operations in Colombia and Peru by the new holding company will be subject to requesting and obtaining all necessary regulatory authorizations.

Until the receipt of necessary authorizations, control and administration of Viva in Colombia and Peru will be independent of Avianca; Viva will continue to compete with the other airlines within the Avianca Group. Until the authorizations are obtained, customers, suppliers, employees, and relationships for the companies will remain the same; with separate internal and external operations, as well as independent sales channels and customer service teams.

In the future, if competent authorities approve a change of control, the shareholders anticipate that both airlines may be part of the same holding company, maintaining their individual brands and strategies.

The decision to unify the economic rights of both groups is made after Covid-19 triggered the biggest crisis in the airline industry, forcing airlines around the world to adapt to new ways of flying and strengthen their operations. The pandemic has awakened countries worldwide to see the need to create solid and sustainable airline groups to guarantee and enhance domestic and international air connectivity and, at the same time, generate value for the consumer.

“This is an important day for Viva as it is the perfect scenario to continue with our growth and expansion strategy, staying true to our goal of inclusiveness in air travel. If the authorities approve the management of both groups under the same holding company, it will encourage the growth of the air transport market, promoting low rates for users and good service with the best punctuality, allowing everyone to fly with a world of destinations. This transaction and a potential future combination will create high-skilled jobs for our employees and our suppliers. By delivering the fundamental good of bringing people together, we will positively impact the connectivity of Colombia, the region, and the economic development of the country”, added Declan Ryan, founding partner of Viva.

Potential approval of a full combination will provide both Avianca and Viva with more financial stability allowing them to accelerate investment, innovation, and growth.

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Top Copyright Photo: Viva (Air Colombia) Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWBH (HK-5352) (msn 10136) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 951288.
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Royal Brunei introduces a special livery for its Airbus A320neo aircraft

First Airbus A320neo for Royal Brunei

Royal Brunei Airlines has made this announcement on social media:

Thrilled to showcase our new A320neo livery to celebrate the very best of Brunei tourism! Decked with traditional songket patterns and showcasing some of Brunei’s most fascinating landmarks, lush rainforests and stunning underwater scenery.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Royal Brunei): Royal Brunei Airlines Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWBH (V8-RBA) (msn 8231) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 941738.

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Royal Brunei takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

First Airbus A320neo for Royal Brunei

Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft during an event in Toulouse, France attended by Karam Chand, RBA Chief Executive Officer: Her Excellency Datin Paduka Malai Hajah Halimah binti Malai Haji Yussof, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to France; and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

The aircraft is the first of seven A320neo ordered by the airline under its single aisle fleet renewal programme. Powered by CFM International LEAP-1A26 engines, the new aircraft features a premium three class layout with 12 business class seats, 18 economy plus and 120 in the main cabin. The airline will operate the aircraft on its extensive regional network.

Royal Brunei has been flying A320 Family aircraft since 2003 and currently operates a fleet of six A320ceo jets.

Top Copyright Photo: Royal Brunei Airlines Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWBH (V8-RBA) (msn 8231) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 941738.

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Photo Below: Airbus.

Jazeera Airways expands into India

Jazeera Airways Airbus A320-214 F-WWBH (9K-CAI) (msn 3919) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 904913.

Jazeera Airways (Kuwait City) has announced plans for further expansion into India. Following a successful launch in Hyderabad in November, Jazeera Airways will now fly to Ahmedabad and Kochi starting on January 17 and 18, 2018 respectively.

Copyright Photo: Jazeera Airways Airbus A320-214 F-WWBH (9K-CAI) (msn 3919) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 904913.

SaudiGulf Airlines to start operations on June 22, 2016

SaudiGulf Airlines to start operations on June 22, 2016

SaudiGulf Airlines is expected to receive its Air Operating Certificate (AOC) in June 2016 and the new airline is now planning to launch operations on June 22, 2016.

Previously SaudiGulf Airlines had stated in October 2015 that it intended to start operating flights on November 1, 2015 from Dammam to Jeddah, Riyadh and one international destination but the start date was delayed until now.

Copyright Photo: SaudiGulf Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL F-WWBH (HZ-SGA) (msn 6455) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 926237.

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