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Austrian to resume Manchester service

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

Austrian (2015) logo

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).

Austrian Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Austrian-Tyrolean aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

KLM to launch new routes to Belfast, Krakow and Montpellier

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will expand its medium-haul network with three new destinations. KLM will launch a new scheduled service to Belfast, Krakow, and Montpellier. These new services will be part of KLM’s new summer schedule and will operate on a daily basis as from May 18, 2015.

Belfast will be the first city in Northern Ireland which is directly served by KLM and the 14th destination within the United Kingdom. KLM will operate on George Best Belfast City Airport.

Next to Warsaw, Krakow will be the second destination within Poland which is directly served by KLM.

Montpellier will be the sixth destination within France which is directly served by KLM. Air France is already operating into Montpellier out of both Parisian airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly.

All flights will be operated by KLM Cityhopper.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. KLM Cityhopper’s Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZS (msn 11540) rests at the Amsterdam hub painted in the new 2014 updated livery.

KLM Cityhopper aircraft slide show:

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.

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)

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.

Austrian Airlines: AG Slide Show

 

KLM to end Amsterdam-Manston flights on April 8, Manston’s future to be determined

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) is planning to end daily Fokker 70 service between its Amsterdam hub and Manston Airport in Kent on April 8 per Airline Route.

The route is operated by KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam).

KLM Cityhopper logo

Manston Airport is performing a review by consultants for 45 days to determine if the airport should remain open or close. 144 jobs are at stake.

Read the full report by the BBC: CLICK HERE

In other news, Air France-KLM Group has finalized an agreement with General Electric and has selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its fleet of Boeing 787-9. The first aircraft will be delivered to KLM in October 2015 and to Air France in January 2017. The joint selection of engine for Air France and KLM’s Boeing 787-9 enables the Group to benefit from significant synergies.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZV (msn 11556) operated by KLM Cityhopper lands at EuroAirport.

KLM Cityhopper: AG Slide Show

Austrian Airlines to fly to Ibiza next summer, hopes to end the year with an operating profit

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) starting on June 1, 2014, it will be offering one flight a week to the Balearic island of Ibiza. Having already added Palma de Mallorca to its ‘Austrian myHoliday’ flight program in summer 2013, the domestic carrier is now set to incorporate another Spanish destination into its program of charter flights. Austrian will be offering 20 nonstop flights a week to Spain next summer.

Vienna – Ibiza     Flight days    Departure     Arrival
OS9511             Sunday        6.30 a.m.     9.00 a.m.
Ibiza – Vienna
OS9512             Sunday        9.45 a.m.     12.15 p.m.

New from next July: summer service to Malé and more flights to Delhi.

Austrian continues to expand its tourism product under the Austrian myHoliday program. From July 1 next year, the domestic carrier will be offering one flight a week to Malé, capital of the Maldives, in a new drive to incorporate the idyllic Indian Ocean destination into its summer schedule. Until now, Austrian Airlines has only offered the route in its winter schedule. The Austrian service to Delhi will also increase by one extra flight from next summer onwards, and the company will fly to the Indian metropolis seven times a week as a result.

On the financial side, Austrian issued this statement:

Austrian Airlines has clearly improved the operating profit in the first nine months of the year (before one-time effects) by €10.3 million to €19.4 million. This increase was primarily achieved on the cost side and also includes savings from the merger of the flight operations of Tyrolean and Austrian. In total, €220 million in gross profit improvements were sustainably raised in the first year of the restructuring program.

Austrian Airlines CEO Jaan Albrecht: “Austrian Airlines is well on track. The restructuring phase will be followed by the planned development of the intercontinental business.”

Synergies from the merger of the engineering and flight operations administration as well as the expansion of long-haul routes should deliver an additional €40 million improvement in gross profit in years 2 and 3. The expansion phase also includes the appointment of around 230 new flight attendants with the operation of an additional long-haul aircraft starting in summer 2014. Recruitment of the staff has already commenced.

In contrast, further savings are being made in the area of administration: The merger of the engineering and flight operations administration of Tyrolean Airways and Austrian Airlines should be completed in 2014 and, as already announced last year, result in a reduction of up to 150 positions. The merger of flight operations and administration has seen the removal of four areas, including the duplicated areas of Cabin, Cockpit, Flight Ops Administration and Head Office Administration at Tyrolean and Austrian.

The merger also includes combining the air traffic control centers at the two locations in Innsbruck and at the hub in Vienna. In the area of technical maintenance, the so-called “Part M” or support functions, such as engineering, planning and control, will be combined in Vienna. Technical maintenance of the fleets will continue to be performed at different locations. The maintenance of the Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft will be performed in Innsbruck, the Airbus and Boeing aircraft will be maintained in Vienna, and Bratislava is the location for the overhaul of the Fokker fleet.

Jaan Albrecht: “Unfortunately, we don’t have any choice. We must make our organization more efficient and remove duplications across the Group – above all the organizational duplications that have existed for years.”

The result as at 30 September 2013 in detail:

Operational expenditure was reduced in the first nine months of the year by €74 million or 4.3 percent from €1,722 million to €1,648 million.

Total operational revenue fell in the first nine months of 2013 by 3.7 percent to €1,667 million (2012: €1,731 million). The operating profit as at September 30, 2013 amounted to €19.4 million. In the previous year, the transfer of flight operations to Tyrolean Airways significantly increased the profit by €67.5 million. The subsequent application of the new accounting standards IAS 19R increased this one-off effect by an additional €134.4 million (see table of figures for details).

Fewer aircraft in service, but better load factors

Austrian Airlines carried 8.6 million passengers in the first nine months of 2013. This corresponds to a slight reduction of 1.8 percent compared to the previous year. The reason: Austrian has removed four aircraft from its medium-haul fleet. In addition, up to two fewer long-haul aircraft were deployed due to the retrofit of the cabins.

Capacity expressed in available seat kilometers (ASK) was reduced by 4.5 percent. However, Austrian Airlines improved its load factor to 78.8 percent (2012: 77.7 percent). In total, Austrian operated 102,768 flights in the first three quarters of the current year, or 376 flights a day on average.

The headcount of the Austrian Airlines Group including its fully consolidated subsidiaries was 6,222 employees on the reporting date of September 30, 2013 (30 September 2012: 6,320 employees).

Austrian Airlines continues to achieve excellent figures in terms of reliability and punctuality. With a departure punctuality rate of 88.6 percent, Austrian Airlines’ figures continued to be better than the European average. Regularity stood at 98.9 percent. This makes Austrian Airlines one of the most punctual and reliable airlines in the world.

Expansion of intercontinental business planned

The schedule to North America will be significantly expanded overall: From  July 1, the new Boeing 777-200 ER will fly daily to Washington, adding around 90 seats per flight to the seat capacity. Depending on the configuration, the Boeing 777-200 ER offers space for about 310 passengers, while the Boeing 767-300 ER has 220 seats. Newark, New Jersey, will also be added as a new destination. The newly introduced Vienna-Chicago O’Hare-Vienna route will be increased from five weekly to daily flights from summer 2014.

“The expansion will also have an impact on passenger numbers and the bottom line. We are expecting about 130,000 additional passengers in 2014,” says Albrecht.

Outlook: Profit in the low double-digit millions for the full year

Austria’s biggest domestic airline remains confident about the full year 2013:

“We want to end the year with an operating profit in the double-digit millions on the balance sheet, in the black, of course,” concludes Albrecht. The last time Austrian Airlines was in the black was in 2007.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. All Austrian branded aircraft are now operated by lower cost Tyrolean Airways (except one 777 to keep the Austrian AOA alive). Tyrolean Airways’ Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 OE-LFG (msn 11549) now with just Austrian titles (it was formerly Austrian arrows) lands at EuroAirport serving the Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg area.

Austrian Airlines: AG Slide Show

Skywest Airlines of Australia becomes Virgin Australia Regional Airlines

Skywest Airlines (Australia) (Perth) today (May 7) became Virgin Australia Regional Airlines.

The company issued this statement:

Virgin Australia today (May 7) unveiled its new regional airline operation with Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Australia Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti in Perth.

Following the acquisition of Skywest Airlines last month, today marked the launch of the newly branded airline. The first two aircraft to be rebranded as ‘Virgin Australia’ were officially unveiled (Fokker 100 VH-FSQ and Fokker 50 VH-FNA), representing the airline’s commitment to continued investment and new growth opportunities for regional and charter travel in Australia.

The entity known as Virgin Australia Regional Airlines will be based in Perth, Western Australia and the operation will now have 32 aircraft operating over 800 services per week to 41 different destinations.

Skywest (Australia) logo (large)(HR)

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines 5:2013 Route Map

The old Skywest Airlines route map (above).

Virgin Australia Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti described it as a momentous day for the airline, tourism and the travel industry.

“This country has one of the most geographically dispersed populations in the world and reliable, affordable air services are vital to the growth of regional Australia.

“In 2010, we articulated a strategy to become the airline of choice for all travellers in Australia. Since then, we have changed the competitive landscape in many ways and today marks our next major leap forward.

“By integrating Skywest Airlines into the Virgin Australia Group, we unlock new opportunities to grow our services to regional Australia and significantly increase our charter presence in the high growth fly-in-fly-out markets.

“Western Australia is one of the fastest growing aviation markets and a very important part of our strategy. We have made significant investment over the past two years with the introduction of our internationally configured Airbus A330 aircraft on services between the East and West Coast, increased frequencies to the resource-rich Pilbara region and established a large crew base in Perth.

“By building a Perth-based operation and workforce, we will continue to invest in local resources, expertise and infrastructure”, Mr Borghetti said.

Sir Richard Branson said: “It is fantastic what John and the team have done over the last couple of years, completely repositioning the airline with the introduction of the Virgin Australia brand and its brilliant product and service. Now I am thrilled to see him focusing on other market segments including regional and charter services where I know they will deliver.

“This is the start of the next ground-breaking chapter for the Virgin Australia Group and an exciting time for the airline”, Sir Richard said.

Copyright Photo: Micheil Keegan. All other images and photos from Skywest. The Skywest Airlines brand is now being retired. All of the aircraft are gradually being repainted into the Virgin Australia brand.

Skywest Airlines FAs (Skywest)(LR)

The faces of Skywest Airlines.

Video: Skywest Airlines of Australia fades into the sunset:

Skywest Airlines: AG Slide Show

Virgin Australia: AG Slide Show

New combined Virgin Australia domestic route map:

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Virgin Australia Domestic 5:2013 Route Map

Air Bagan Fokker 100 crash lands on a road, 2 killed and 8 injured

Air Bagan‘s (Yangon) flight W9 011 from Mandalay to Heho, Myanmar (formerly Burma) was being operated yesterday (December 25) with the pictured Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) XY-AGC (msn 11420). The jetliner was operating with 65 passengers and six crew members. According to local reports, the flight was on approach to Heho in fog, when the Fokker 100 made an emergency landing on a road near the airport and came to a stop in a rice field in pieces and caught on fire.

One passenger and one motorcyclist was killed in the accident and eight were injured.

The airline issued the following statement:

Air Bagan Accident

Read the full account from The Independent: CLICK HERE

According to the airline, “Heho is the gateway to beautiful Inle Lake with its unique lifestyle, and the ancient pagoda complexes of Kekku, Indain and Taungto. There is also the Shwe Umin Cave Pagoda of Pindaya, a lovely little town with a lake in its centre ad a flourishing craft industry of hand made paper and paper umbrellas

Gateway to the Inle Lake which is known as the Venice of the East, picturesque Inle Lake is definitely one of the magical sights in South East Asia. The lake is not only a beautiful sight to enjoy, but also the practical home of the native Intha (sons of the lake), who live on the lake in stilt houses with neatly cultivated floating farms and nurseries. The presence of many ethnic groups in the area, still wearing their national dress, especially on market day makes it a captivating place of much cultural interest.”

Copyright Photo: K.C. Sim. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) XY-AGC (msn 11327) is pictured departing from Singapore before the accident.

Domestic Route Map:

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Air Bagan: AG Slide Show

OLT Express Germany is sold by Amber Gold to Panta Holdings

OLT Express (Germany) (Bremen) has been sold by Amber Gold to Dutch financial investor Panta Holdings BV.

Under the leadership of Panta Holdings, OLT Express (Germany) will continue its expansion plans by integrating Contact Air (Stuttgart) in early September.

Panta Holdings has been active in the aviation industry with Dutch company Denim Airways and leasing company Mass lease. In addition, Panta is involved in the Canadian supplier Avcorp Industries. Panta Holdings also owned VLM Airlines in the past before it was sold to the Air France-KLM Group.

After Amber Gold announced it was getting out of the aviation industry after the recent failure of OLT Express (Poland) there was a period of uncertainty for the employees of the OLT Express (Germany) and Contact Air. Now they have a more secure future.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. The Fokker 100 will now be the main aircraft for the new OLT Express. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 D-AOLG approaches for landing in the bright 2011 livery at Zurich. Unfortunately this color scheme is now also associated with the failure of OLT Express (Poland) which made headlines when it stranded passengers. A new branding effort by the new owners could become a new reality.

OLT Express (Germany): 

Contact Air: