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KLM updates its fleet plan for KLM Cityhopper, the last Fokker 70 to be retired by 2018

KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZL (msn 11536) LHR. Image: 930729.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has updated its fleet plan for its subsidiary KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam):

On December 19, the thirtieth—and, provisionally, final—Embraer 190 arrived in the Netherlands. Starting next year, KLM Cityhopper’s fleet will by supplemented by fifteen Embraer 175s. The first of its kind is scheduled to arrive in March. This signals a new phase in KLM Cityhopper’s fleet renewal program.

KLM Cityhopper on course to an all-Embraer fleet.

KLM Cityhopper is Europe’s largest regional carrier. Each year, it carries out more than 100,000 flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to fifty-four European destinations. In 2016, the number will grow to fifty-eight destinations.

By replacing the Fokker 70 with the Embraer 175 and the Embraer 190, KLM Cityhopper’s fleet will consist of thirty Embraer 190s, and fifteen Embraer 175s by no later than 2018. As a result, KLM will have the single-largest Embraer fleet in Europe.

Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. The venerable Fokker 70 will be retired in 2018. KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZL (msn 11536) taxies to the gate at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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KLM sells seven Fokker 70s to Air Niugini

KLM Cityhopper F28 Mk 0070 PH-KZF (02) handover to Air Niugini (KLM)(LR)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has issued this statement:

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Yesterday (October 16) saw the symbolic transfer of the first of seven KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam) Fokker 70 aircraft from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Air Niugini (Port Moresby), the national airline of Papua New Guinea.

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KLM will begin phasing out the Fokker 70 in December this year, at which time it will also welcome two new Embraer 190s.

Air Niugini previously purchased a Fokker 100 and a Fokker 70 from KLM, in September 2013 and October 2014 respectively.

Boet Kreiken, managing director of KLM Cityhopper, presented the Fokker 70 PH-KZF (below) to Sir Frederich Reiher, chairman of Air Niugini’s board.

KLM Cityhopper F28 Mk 0070 PH-KZF (02) CEO handover to Air Niugini (KLM)(LR)
“Following a 21-year history, we now bid a fond farewell to our second Fokker 70,” said Boet Kreiken. “It is good to know that our reliable Fokker 70s will have a second life at Air Niugini. These aircraft are valuable additions to the Air Niugini fleet, and we are proud of KLM’s contribution to the deal. We are also looking forward to having a young KLM Cityhopper fleet consisting entirely of Embraer 190s and 175s. These aircraft are more economical, ensuring cost benefits as well as better environmental performance.

Boet Kreiken – Managing Director KLM Cityhopper.

The KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70s are expected to be all phased out in 2018.

Airline Aircraft Endangered Species List:

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Photos: KLM.

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In other news, effective November 1, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will screen an innovative and unique flight safety film (below) on all intercontinental flights, inspired by Delftware decoration techniques.

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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.

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InselAir arrives again in Port of Spain, Trinidad

InselAir F.28 Mk. 0070 P4-FKC (Ldg)(LRW)

InselAir (Curacao) yesterday (December 15) relaunched service to Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. The inaugural flight was operated with the pictured Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 P4-FKC.

The company issued this statement:

On Monday December 15, InselAir relaunched it’s 20th destination Trinidad and Tobago with an festive early breakfast at Curacao International Airport followed by the inaugural flight to Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain. The flight was operated with a Fokker 70, with 80 seats, which was acquired by InselAir earlier this year. InselAir will operate flights from Curacao to Port of Spain three times per week; on Mondays and Thursdays departing Curacao at 10:30 AM and arriving in Trinidad at 12 PM. On Tuesdays the flight leaves at 4:15 PM and arrives in Trinidad at 5:45 PM which provides business travels a perfect schedule for a two-day business trip.

Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 P4-FKC (msn 11583) is the third Fokker 70 acquired by the airline. It is pictured landing at POS on the inaugural flight.

InselAir aircraft slide show:

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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).

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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.

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Carpatair files for insolvency

Carpatair (Timisoara, Romania) filed for the opening of insolvency proceedings on January 20 according to Daily Business.ro. The airline hopes the bankruptcy court-appointed trustees will allow the carrier to continue operations. The carrier reportedly has debts of over £75 million.  Carpatair reportedly is unable to pay its creditors including NAFA, BRD, Agroind Bank of Moldova, and Agerpress according to Realitatea.net.

The airline started operations in December 1999.

Read the full account (in Romanian): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Fokker 70 (F.28 Mk. 0070) YR-KMA (msn 11564) has since gone on to Alliance Airlines as VH-QQR.

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Route Map: The company just added a new route to London (Stansted) on December 19, 2013.

Carpatair 1.2014 Route Map

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.

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