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Austrian Airlines to begin operating the Embraer 195 in January

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) is acquiring the 17 120-seat Embraer 195s (above) from fellow Lufthansa Group operator Lufthansa CityLine (Munich). The first aircraft delivery is due next month in August. The newer E195s will gradually replace Austrian’s aging Fokker 70s and Fokker 100s (below) by 2017. Lufthansa CityLine is replacing its E195s with Bombardier CRJ900s.

Austrian will introduce the new type on January 4, 2016. According to Airline Route, the first two E195 routes will be from Vienna to both Stuttgart and Tirana followed by Thessaloniki on January 8, 2016 and Milan (Malpensa) and Warsaw on January 9, 2016.

Top Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Lufthansa CityLine Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) D-AEME (msn 19000308) lands at Zurich.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com.  Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 OE-LVO (msn 11460) approaches the runway at Zurich.

 

Austrian to resume Manchester service

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) will resume daily Vienna – Manchester Fokker 100 service on September 10 per Airline Route.

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Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Previously operated by Tyrolean Airways as Austrian arrows, all Fokker 100s are now operated by a combined and new Austrian Airlines. Tyrolean Airways was quietly closed down on March 31, 2015. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) OE-LVI (msn 11468) departs from London (Heathrow).

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Greenland Express suspends operations, hopes to reorganize with new investors

Greenland Express (Keflavik and Aalborg) has suspended operations according to this report by check-in.dk. The flights were being operated with a Fokker 100 operated by Denim Air (above) twice-weekly. The flights from Denmark were making a technical stop in Keflavik, Iceland which was adding to the costs incurred by the company. According to the report, the company intends to restart operations with new investors and will look at possibly using an Airbus A320 for nonstop flights to Greenland. Greenland Express will lease the aircraft directly from the leasing company.

Read the full report (inn Danish): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Denim Air’s Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) PH-MJP (msn 11505) prepares to taxi to the runway at Amsterdam.

Greenland Express may need a new investor

Greenland Express (Denim Air) F.28 Mk 0100 PH-MJP (14)(Tko)(Greenland Express)(LRW)

Greenland Express has had to deal with two cancelled flights and other operational issues recently with operator Denim Air (Amsterdam) according to Nordjyske.dk. According to the report, the airline has issued refunds for the cancelled flights.

Greenland Express CEO Gert Brask also stated to the Danish website that a new investor will have to be found in the future. He will determine the time when new capital is needed.

Greenland Express Air is a Greenlandic/Danish virtual airline, established in the beginning of 2013.

Greenland Express Air chose Dutch flight operator Denim Air to operate the flights. Greenland Express Air uses a Denim Air 100-seat Fokker 100 aircraft (above) on flights between Denmark and Greenland.

Read the full article (in Danish): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Greenland Express. Denim Air’s Fokker 100 (F.28 Mk. 0100) PH-MJP (msn 11505) has been operated for Greenland Express in their colors since the start of services on June 17, 2014.

Adriatic Skyways commences charter operations

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Adriatic Skyways (Dubrovnik) has started charter operations from Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg (EuroAirport) to Pristina using a wet leased Denim Air Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) PH-LND according to ch-aviation.

The company describes itself:

Adriatic Skyways has joined forces with the Dutch AOC Holder Denim Air ACMI B. V. The flights will be operated by Denim on behalf of Adriatic Skyways, all other commercial operations are run by Adriatic Skyways.

Denim was carefully selected by Adriatic Skyways to become its single and exclusive airline partner. Denim has established an impressive track record as a regional aircraft operator. They have operated on behalf of airlines, companies, tour operators and other groups since 1996. Denim focuses on operational excellence, rather than ticket sales. The optimization of the flight operation in terms of reliability, punctuality, and passenger satisfaction has the highest priority.

Denim operates Embraer E190, Fokker 50 and Fokker 100, and confirms that they have these aircraft available.

Adriatic Skyways is established to promote and develop airline traffic from the Balkan region. Its expertise lies in the commercial operation of an airline, rather than the operational. Adriatic Skyways focuses on the contacts with tour operators, local tourism agencies, hotels, governments, etc, in order to increase traffic and tickets sales from the region. The business model excludes starting its own AOC to stay lean and low cost, and therefore Adriatic Skyways has selected Denim Air ACMI as its operator. The aircraft are in Adriatic Skyways livery and the flight program is managed by Adriatic Skyways. The entire flight experience for the passanges is an Adriatic Skyways product.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth. Denim Air’s Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) PH-LND (msn 11320) carries joint titles for this new operation. Oddly the titles on the aircraft “Adriatic Sky”.

Adriatic Sky-Denim Air F.28 Mk 0100 PH-LND (14)(Grd) BSL (PBW)(LRW)

Greenland Express to now start operations on June 17

Greenland Express (Denim Air) F.28 Mk 0100 PH-MJP (14)(Tail)(Greenland Express)(LRW)

Greenland Express has now set the date of June 17 as its launch date, delayed from June 2. Denim Air will wet lease and operate its Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) PH-MJP (msn 11505) for the new airline in its colors. The company issued this statement:

Due to events beyond our control, Greenland Express Air is forced to postpone the start up of our new routes between Greenland, Denmark and Iceland for 15 days. Thus, the initial flight is now moved from June 2, 2014 to June 17, 2014.

Greenland Express Air uses the Dutch aircraft supplier Denim Air ACMI as operator of the Fokker 100 aircraft which is being used for the routes, and Denim Air ACMI is still awaiting the Dutch aviation authorities’ approval of the aircraft register on the company’s AOC (Airline Operators Certificate). Denim Air ACMI has informed Greenland Express Air that this approval is expected within the next few days. Hereafter, registering of the aircraft on the AOC is subject to approval from the Danish aviation authorities.

The Fokker 100 aircraft arrived as scheduled to its new base in Aalborg Airport on June 2, in Greenland Express Air livery. The aircraft has been declared ready for operations.

Greenland Express Air also has a spare aircraft available under our agreement with Denim Air ACMI. The spare aircraft is being painted into its new livery during this week. The spare aircraft is already registered on Denim Air ACMI’s AOC, and it is expected ready for flight operations no later than the new date for initial flight operations. The spare aircraft will be based in Holland and can enter into service with a few hours’ notice, should it become necessary.

Passengers who are already booked on Greenland Express Air flights affected by the above stated cancellations have been contacted directly and have been either re-booked with other carriers, re-booked at later departure dates or have received a refund of their ticket, depending on the wishes of each passenger.

Greenland Express plans to operate on the following routes:

Aalborg – Kangerlussuaq
Aalborg – Keflavik
Aalborg – Narsarsuaq
Aalborg – Copenhagen
Keflavik – Narsarsuaq
Keflavik – Aalborg
Keflavik – Kangerlussuaq
Copenhagen – Narsarsuaq
Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq
Copenhagen – Aalborg
Keflavik – Copenhagen
Copenhagen – Keflavik
Narsarssuaq – Aalborg*
Narsarssuaq – Keflavik*
Narsarssuaq – Copenhagen*

*Routing from fra Narsarssuaq is via Kangerlussuaq.

Copyright Photo: Greenland Express. The tail of Denim Air’s PH-MJP.

No labor peace at Austrian Airlines-Tyrolean Airways and also no contract and no merger due to tense labor negotiations

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) and Tyrolean Airways (Innsbruck and Vienna) have met with stiff resistance and a possible strike from its unions on its recent proposals for a new contract and hopefully some labor peace. As a result, Tyrolean Airways has now withdrawn its offer for a new contract as previously reported. In addition, Tyrolean Airways will not be merged into Austrian Airlines. Lower cost Tyrolean Airways currently operates all aircraft (except one Boeing 777-200) for Austrian Airlines under the Austrian brand. The company has also decided not to pursue a replacement program for the Fokker jet aircraft due to this uncertain labor environment. The group issued this statement:

• Threat of industrial action or even a strike met with incomprehension
• Works Council considers the old collective wage agreement to be the basis for negotiations
• “Old collective wage agreement would lead into an economic dead end”

After ten months of negotiations the management of Tyrolean Airways has withdrawn its offer for a new Group collective wage agreement. Last Monday the Works Council responded to the presented offer by holding a general staff meeting and threatening industrial actions or even a strike – a total of 34 flights had to be cancelled, and almost 3,000 passengers were affected by the disruption of normal flight operations.

Moreover, at the first round of negotiations following the announcement of the offer, Karl Minhard, Chairman of the Works Council for the flight and cabin crew, declared that from his point of view the basis for negotiations is still the original collective wage agreement applying to the former flight staff of Austrian Airlines. In January, both parties had still defined the goal of reaching an agreement by May 31, 2014.

“We would not manage to achieve this under the prevailing circumstances, neither with respect to the timing or the contents”, says Klaus Froese, Managing Director of Tyrolean Airways. “The past cannot be the answer to an economically challenging future. The old collective wage agreement would lead us straight into an economic dead end”, he adds. As a reminder: for six consecutive years Austrian Airlines operated in the red. As of 2013 the company was again in the black, as a result of strict cost management and after the termination of the old collective wage agreement.

After consulting with the Executive Board of Austrian Airlines, the management of Tyrolean Airways decided to take the proposed solution off the agenda. “We have to remain punctual and reliable, especially when people are planning their summer vacations. Flight disruptions and cancellations are not acceptable for our customers”, Froese adds.

Thereby, for the time being, also the offer of merging Tyrolean Airways and Austrian Airlines is no longer under discussion. The management of Austrian Airlines does not believe it is an opportune time to make the potential investments of up to EUR 1 billion to replace the Fokker aircraft and expand long haul routes. This is because the former collective wage agreement does not provide a sound basis for such investments.

“We will now deliberate which options we have. Naturally my door remains open for serious negotiations about an economically viable Austrian Airlines”, Froese emphasizes.

The management remains confident with respect to the lawsuits filed by the trade union and the Works Council. The transfer of flight operations to Tyrolean was economically essential and also legally permissible.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. The Fokker 70s and 100s operated by Tyrolean Airways are not likely to replaced any time soon with this uncertainty. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) OE-LVC (msn 11446) arrives in Amsterdam.

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