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Finnair flight AY865 diverts to Turku due to the smell of smoke

Finnair (Nordic Regional Airlines-Norra)  Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKE (msn 19000059) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 905901.

On December 3, 2017 Finnair flight AY865 from Helsinki (Vantaa) to Göteborg diverted to Turku due to the smell of smoke in the cabin. The Embraer 190 (OH-LKE) stopped on the runway and passengers and crew members exited the aircraft via the emergency chutes.

The flight was operated by Nordic Regional Airlines – Norra.

Finnair issued this short statement on social media:

Our flight AY865 HEL-GOT had to divert to Turku, as smell of smoke was detected in the aircraft. The plane landed safely and passengers were evacuated with slides. The passengers will be rerouted to GOT and the aircraft will now undergo thorough examination.

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Top Copyright Photo: OH-LKE when it was painted in the previous livery. Finnair (Nordic Regional Airlines-Norra) Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKE (msn 19000059) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 905901.

Japan Airlines and Aeroflot launch a comprehensive partnership

JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA828J (msn 38438) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 909162.

Japan Airlines (JAL) Aeroflot Russian Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic cooperation agreement to pursue commercial opportunities which will greatly benefit the customers of both airlines by providing more options for travel between Russia and Japan.

Since the relaxation of visa requirements to the nationals of Japan and Russia from January 1, 2017, the demand between the two countries has been steadily increasing and the two airlines have agreed to work together to further stimulate travel between the two countries.

As a first step, JAL and Aeroflot have agreed to start codeshare cooperation between Japan and Russia as well as Aeroflot’s domestic flights, and JAL’s domestic and international flights. The first stage of the codeshare cooperation is planned to be implemented after fiscal year 2018.

In addition to the codeshare cooperation, JAL and Aeroflot will pursue the development of the partnership in various areas, including frequent flyer programs, airport relocation, while considering a joint business in the future.

Japan Airlines currently operates four weekly flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport from Tokyo Narita Airport using Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Between July to October 2017, the frequency had temporarily increased to seven flights per week to accommodate the demand during the peak summer season in 2017.

Aeroflot operates daily nonstop flights year-round from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport to Tokyo Narita Airport. Flights from Moscow are operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA828J (msn 38438) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 909162.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BCV (msn 1072) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 911403.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BCV (msn 1072) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 911403.

Monarch retires its last Airbus A330, becomes a completely scheduled airline

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) officially retired its last Airbus A330 from revenue service on April 30. The last flight, operated by the pictured Airbus A330-243 G-EOMA (msn 265), was a short trip between the carrier’s two bases of London Gatwick and Birmingham and arrived to the signature water canon salute. Collectively, the A330 racked up over 30 million miles for the UK carrier. But as one door closes, another opens. The ending of A330 operations marked the beginning of a new age for Monarch, as it has completed it’s transition to a fully scheduled airline.

The airline said through it’s Facebook page on April 30:

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“Today the last remaining Airbus A330 in Monarch’s fleet operated its last flight for the airline, leaving the London Gatwick airport at 2.20 pm (1420) and landing at Birmingham Airport at 3.20 pm (1520).

This special day also marks a new chapter for us, as we become a completely scheduled airline.

We are very excited to see what the future holds and look forward to flying you to the best city and sun destinations in Europe!”

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. G-EOMA lands at Geneva prior to the last flight.

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ECAir has a Boeing 757-200 seized in Paris

PrivatAir (Geneva) has stopped operating its Boeing 757-204 HB-JJE (msn 27219) for ECAir-Equatorial Congo Airlines (Brazzaville). HB-JJE was operating the aircraft for ECAir.

According to a statement by ECAir, the airliner was seized at Paris (Charles de Gaulle) on April 11.

According to ECAir (translated from French);

“This seizure is considered by Equatorial Congo Airlines as manifestly illegal because it is based on a judgment by opposing parties other ECAir and the amount awarded in this judgment is not due to any hypothesis by Equatorial Congo Airlines. Equatorial Congo Airlines will assert its rights in court to release from the seizure and to obtain compensation for damages in a short time. The company has made arrangements to limit any inconvenience that may be caused to its passengers. Our lawyers are hard at work to recover the Boeing 757-200.”

In the coming weeks, Equatorial Congo Airlines plans to continue to expand its network with the opening of its third intercontinental (Beirut) and new regional destinations (Luanda, Abidjan, Yaounde, Bangui, N’Djamena).

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister-ship Boeing 757-236 HB-JJD (msn 25807) lands in Geneva, the home of PrivatAir.

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Swiss to add three new routes from Geneva this summer

Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) is adding three new routes this summer from Geneva. According to Airline Route, Swiss will add summer service from GVA to Biarritz (twice-weekly starting on June 25), Dublin (four days a week effective June 26) and Algiers (three weekly flights, effective June 27).

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 HB-JLR (msn 5037) taxies at Geneva.

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Darwin Airline to drop four routes as it regroups

Darwin Airline (Etihad Regional) (Lugano) will drop routes from Zurich to Lugano and Linz and from Geneva to Toulouse and Nice. The four routes were unprofitable.

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has restated its confidence in the regional carrier. Darwin is attempting to finalize its business relationship and investment by Etihad with the European regulatory authorities.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Darwin Airline SAAB 2000 HB-IZP (msn 031) in the Etihad Regional colors taxies at Geneva.

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El Al to start nonstop Boston flights on June 28

El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) will introduce nonstop Tel Aviv – Boston service on June 28. The route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3Q8 ER 4X-EAK (msn 27600) departs from Geneva.

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Finnair sells three Embraer 170 aircraft

Finnair (Helsinki) has sold three Embraer ERJ 170s as the airline right sizes its fleet. The company issued this statement:

On May 5, 2014 Finnair Aircraft Finance Oy, Finnair’s fleet management subsidiary, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sale of three Embraer 170 aircraft to affiliates of Infinity Aviation Capital LLC, a US-based aircraft leasing company. The transactions have now been finalized, and their total value was approximately $40 million. The sale of the three aircraft does not have significant impact on Finnair’s 2014 result.

The transactions are a part of Finnair’s aim to focus on its core business. After the sale, Finnair Aircraft Finance owns only aircraft operated by Finnair or its affiliated company Flybe Finland.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. The remaining Finnair E170s are now operated by Flybe Nordic. The pictured ERJ 170-100STD OH-LEM (msn 17000141) in the old 2000 livery is now going to AeroMexico Connect.

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IAG reports a third quarter net profit of $751 million

International Airlines Group (IAG) (British Airways, Iberia, Iberia Express and Vueling Airlines) (London) reported a third quarter net profit of €598 million ($751 million) up 3.1% from €580 million ($728.4 million) in the same quarter a year ago.

The airline group issued this full statement:

NINE MONTHS RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) presented Group consolidated results for the nine months to September 30, 2014.

IAG period highlights on results:

  • Third quarter operating profit €900 million (2013: €690 million) before exceptional items, €210 million better than last year
  • At constant currency, third quarter passenger unit revenue down 0.9 per cent and non-fuel unit costs down 4.5 per cent
  • Revenue for the quarter up 8.5 per cent to €5,866 million, up 6.9 per cent at constant currency
  • Fuel unit costs for the quarter down 7.5 per cent at constant currency
  • Operating profit for the nine months €1,130 million (2013: €657 million) before exceptional items, €473 million better than last year
  • Exceptional charge of €82 million for currency re-evaluation
  • Cash of €5,064 million at September 30, 2014, up €1,431 million on 2013 year end
  • Adjusted gearing down 4 points to 46 per centPerformance summary:

Nine months to September 30

Financial data € million

2014

2013

Higher / (lower)

Passenger revenue

13,435

12,299

9.2 %

Total revenue

15,155

14,113

7.4 %

Operating profit before exceptional items

1,130

657

Exceptional items

(82)

(309)

Operating profit after exceptional items

1,048

348

Profit after tax and exceptional items

694

77

Basic earnings per share (€ cents)

33.4

3.2

Operating figures

2014

2013

Higher / (lower)

Available seat kilometres (ASK million)

190,234

172,234

10.5 %

Revenue passenger kilometres (RPK million)

153,537

140,220

9.5 %

Seat factor (per cent)

80.7

81.4

(0.7pts)

Passenger revenue per RPK (€ cents)

8.75

8.77

(0.2)%

Passenger unit revenue per ASK (€ cents)

7.06

7.14

(1.1)%

Non-fuel unit costs per ASK (€ cents)

5.00

5.21

(4.0)%

€ million

At September 30,

At December 31,

Higher / (lower)

2014

2013

Cash and interest-bearing deposits

5,064

3,633

39.4 %

Adjusted net debt(1)

5,547

5,701

(2.7)%

Adjusted gearing(2)

46%

50%

(4pts)

(1) Adjusted net debt is net debt plus capitalised operating aircraft lease costs.
(2) Adjusted gearing is adjusted net debt, divided by adjusted net debt and adjusted equity.

Willie Walsh, IAG Chief Executive Officer, said:

“This quarter we are reporting an operating profit before exceptional items of €900 million. At constant currency, revenue was up 6.9 per cent with non-fuel unit costs down 4.5 per cent and fuel unit costs down 7.5 per cent.

“We continued to grow capacity efficiently and both our non-fuel and fuel unit cost performances were strong with the latter boosted by the introduction of new, more efficient aircraft into our fleet.

“British Airways made an operating profit of €607 million, compared to €477 million last year, and grew capacity while retaining its focus on cost control. Iberia’s operating profit increased to €162 million from €74 million last year highlighting its strong cost discipline combined with the continued benefits of restructuring. Vueling continued to grow, developing new bases in Italy and Belgium, with an operating profit of €140 million compared to €139 million last year.

“In the nine months, we made an operating profit of €1,130 million before exceptional items, up by €473 million from last year”.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Iberia improved its financial performance with labor stability which was one of the main drivers for a better financial performance of the group in the third quarter. Iberia’s Airbus A320-214 EC-MCS (msn 6244) taxies at Geneva in the new look.

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Alitalia to add new flights to both Berlin and Dusseldorf on December 15 in association with partner Airberlin

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) on December 15 will inaugurate new daily service to Berlin and Dusseldorf from Rome (Fiumicino), Milan (Linate) and Venice.

New Alitalia flights to Berlin and Dusseldorf will operate daily during the winter season using Embraer 175 aircraft offering 2 classes of service: “Excellent”- Alitalia’s business class for international routes, and “Classic”, Alitalia’s economy class service.

New flights between Italy and Germany have strategic importance for Alitalia. With the introduction of the new flights to Berlin and Dusseldorf in 2015, Alitalia will offer approximately 370,000 more seats, an increase of 66% over 2014. Alitalia currently offers direct flights from Rome to Munich, and Rome and Milan Linate to Frankfurt.

Alitalia’s increase of seats offered to Germany during 2014 resulted in 60% more passengers carried over 2013.

The new flights will operate in codeshare with partner Airberlin (Berlin), Germany’s second largest airline.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) EI-RDB (msn 17000331) departs from Geneva.

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