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Helvetic Airways retires its last Fokker 100

Helvetic Airways made this announcement:

After more than 15 years of service with the type, Helvetic Airways officially withdrew its last Fokker 100 on June 14. Just prior to its withdrawal, aircraft HB-JVG performed an exclusive scenic flight around Switzerland before making its final landing at Zurich Airport in Helvetic service.

Following some commemorative activities at the departure gate, special flight 2L 100 departed for its farewell tour of Switzerland carrying several media representatives, Helvetic Airways employees and selected guests.

On landing, the aircraft was also treated to a water salute by the airport fire service.

Photos: Nicolas Bruni / Tis Meyer

Alliance Airlines salutes Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and the 90th anniversary of the first trans-Pacific flight with a new logo jet

Alliance Airlines is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the first trans-Pacific flight. The airline has unveiled a Fokker 100 (VH-FGB) with a special livery. The airline will also offer a commemorative beer on the flights.

The Fokker displays an image of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith on the tail

The fuselage displays the Fokker F.VIIb/3m Trimotor “Southern Cross’.

VH-FGB was painted at Norwich and has been ferried to Australia.

 

The story according to Smithy’s FGB Golden Ale:

On June 9, 1928 the Southern Cross, a Fokker F.VIIb/3m Trimotor, settled on to the grass of Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Aerodrome, having left Oakland, USA, 10 days earlier.  The aircraft flew 11,585km and had been airborne for 84 hours, with refuelling stops in Hawaii and Fiji.

Chuffed with the first ever trans-Pacific flight, the Prime Minister, Stanley Bruce, presented a cheque for £5,000 to the flight crew.  Equally pleased the flight’s financial backer Californian, George Hancock, waived any right to recover his substantial investment.

It was Saturday night and hero Australian pilots, Brisbane born Charles Kingsford Smith “Smithy” and Melbourne born Charles Ulm, together with Americans, radio operator James Warner and American navigator and engineer Harry Lyon were thirsty, cashed up and debt free.

It’s not recorded what beer they celebrated their world record breaking flight with, but “Smithy that’s Fokkin’ Good Beer” was heard well in to the night.

Alliance Airlines is the world’s largest operator of Fokker aircraft and proudly commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the Southern Cross’s historic flight with Smithy’s FGB. Cheers!

The Southern Cross is on public display near Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal.

Photos of Alliance Airlines VH-FGB on social media:

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Tus Air to add new service to Rome

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Tus Air (Tus Airways) is adding a new route to Rome (FCO) from Larnaca. The new route will operate two days a week with Fokker 100s starting on December 11, 2017.

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Tus Airways is an airline based in Cyprus. The airline received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in October 2015 and the Commercial Aviation License in December 2015.

Tus Airways is a scheduled airline and started operations in March 2016.

Tus Airways operates flights to the following destinations:

Cyprus
Larnaca – Larnaca International Airport Base

Israel
Tel Aviv – Ben Gurion Airport

Greece
Athens – Athens International Airport

Italy
Rome – Fiumicino Airport (starting on December 11, 2017)

All photos by Tus Air.

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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.

Austrian Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Lufthansa CityLine aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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).

Austrian Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Austrian-Tyrolean aircraft slide show: AG Airline 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.

Greenland Express may need a new investor

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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.