Copyright Photo: New livery: 10 Tanker Air Carrier McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 N612AX (msn 48290) SBD (Michael B. Ing). Image: 954743.
Ethiopian Airlines (above), the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, has announced that it has finalized shareholders agreement with the Government of Zambia for the re-launch of Zambia Airways.
Copyright Photo Above: Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ET-ARM (msn 4472) FAB (SPA). Image: 931591.
Above: The logo of the first Zambia Airways.
The Government of Zambia will be the majority shareholder with 55% and Ethiopian will have 45% stakes in the airline.
Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines remarked: “In line with our Vision 2025 multiple hubs strategy in Africa, we are very happy that the discussions with the Zambian government have been crowned with success.
The launching of Zambia Airways will enable the travelling public in Zambia and the Southern African region to enjoy greater connectivity options, thereby facilitating the flow of investment, trade and tourism, and contributing to the socioeconomic growth of the country and the region. As an indigenous and truly Pan-African airline, we firmly believe that it is only through partnerships among African carriers that the aviation industry of the continent will be able to get its fair share of the African market, currently heavily skewed in favor of non-African airlines, and play its rightful role in availing efficient air connectivity within Africa as well as with the rest of the world. ” The airline is meant to initially serve national and regional destinations before embarking on international flights.
The Government of Zambia will be the majority shareholder with 55% and Ethiopian will hold 45% in the airline. The establishment of multiple hubs in Africa being an overarching strategy of Ethiopian under its Vision 2025, the national flag carrier currently operates hubs in Lomé (Togo) with ASKY Airlines and Malawian in Lilongwe (Malawi).
The first version of Zambia Airways operated from 1964 to 1967.
Above Copyright Photo: Zambia Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 N3016Z (msn 48266) ORY (Christian Volpati). Image: 920872.
Zambia Airways aircraftv slide show:
The company was reorganized and restarted as the second version in 1968 and operated through 1995 (above).
There was also a Zambian Airways which operated from 1999 to 2009 (below).
Copyright Photo: Zambian Airways Boeing 737-244 9J-JCN (msn 22588) JNB (Rob Finlayson). Image: 924351.
777 Partners, a US based investment firm, announced on November 8, 2017 that it has acquired the intellectual property of World Airways, Inc., the iconic US airline known for its worldwide operational capabilities, and is planning to re-launch World Airways as a low cost, long haul airline flying state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Initial funding for certification and aircraft acquisitions is being provided by 777 Partners. Discussions are underway with Boeing for an initial order for up to ten (10) 787-aircraft.
Ed Wegel, founding CEO of World (formerly of Eastern Air Lines 2nd) commented, “World has a rich and storied history dating back to 1947. It was once the world’s largest independent charter airline, and served the US military and other clients with great distinction for many years.
“Today, we are proud to begin preparations to launch scheduled operations from the US to Asiaand Latin America. We will be partnering with low cost, short haul carriers in the US and in the regions we serve to provide connecting traffic to and from our initial planned gateways. We plan to announce our new brand look and feel within the next few weeks, under the direction of our Founding CMO, Freddie Laker.”
Managing Partner of 777 Partners, Josh Wander, said, “777 Partners is humbled by the opportunity to participate in the relaunch of World, a seminal brand in the history of US commercial aviation. We are determined to pay proper homage to World’s rich heritage by delivering a transformative flying experience rooted in safety, technology and service to the large segment of the traveling public historically priced out of international travel.”
About World Airways
World Airways will be the first long haul wide body low cost carrier based in the US. It will operate the Boeing 787 on routes from the US to Asia and Latin America, and plans to be based at Miami International Airport with planned initial operating hubs at MIA and LAX.
About 777 Partners
777 Partners is a Miami based investment firm focused on a broad spectrum of specialty finance businesses, asset originators and financial technology and services providers. Our overarching thesis is to incubate new ventures and to make control investments in businesses with scalable profiles and ambitious management teams operating in attractive markets. 777’s senior management team is composed of industry veterans with backgrounds in private equity, venture capital, investment banking, financial technology, insurance, actuarial science, asset management, structured-credit, ABS, risk, analytics, complex commercial litigation and computer science.
Copyright Photo: The original World Airways ended operations on March 26, 2014. World Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 N138WA (msn 47845) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 904552.
Air Serbia (Belgrade) hopes to serve the United States again. Formerly as Jat Airways, the company previously flew to the USA starting in 1970 with Boeing 707s. Later McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30s were deployed on those routes starting in 1978 (below).
Above Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. JAT-Yugoslav Airlines (later Jat Airways) McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 YU-AMA (msn 46981) approaches Zurich.
Now as Air Serbia, the airline has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to serve the U.S. via a codeshare agreement with partner Airberlin (Berlin) using Airbus A330s (above).
If approved, the Air Serbia code would be shown on Airberlin flights to Chicago (O’Hare), Miami and New York (JFK) via Berlin (Tegel) and Dusseldorf according to Airline Route.
Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin’s Airbus A330-223 D-ALPC (msn 444) approaches the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) as planned, operated the last revenue passenger flight of a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 yesterday (February 24). The last flight was a charter flight (flight 008) from Birmingham with the pictured DC-10-30 S2-ACR (msn 48317) with 200 passengers eager to fly the last flight. The DC-10 type has flown passengers for nearly 43 years and continues today as a freighter with several cargo airlines.
Read the full report from the BBC: CLICK HERE
Top Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com. S2-ACR departs from Birmingham on the the next-to-last charter flight.
Bottom Copyright Photos: Allan Huse. A picture of the flight crew and the cockpit for the last flight from Birmingham. The seats in the middle were not sold. Only the window and exterior aisle seats were sold on the last flight.
Video: Amateur video of one of the enthusiast charter flights from Birmingham:
Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Dhaka) has delayed the retirement of its last McDonnell Douglas DC-10. Here is the updated message by the airline:
On, or about February 14, 2014 this three-engine wide-body will be withdrawn from scheduled service and prepped by engineering for its final flights. The last commercial flight will be on Thursday, February 20 when flight BG 1015 takes to the skies at 0830 from Dhaka enroute to Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Operating via Kuwait this flight will arrive in Birmingham the same day at 1620. Priced at only ₤ 600 (plus taxes) for a window seat or ₤ 500 plus taxes, for all the other seats, we have kept the pricing at minimal levels to ensure the flight is accessible to as many as possible.
But this is not its final operation. Due to an overwhelming response from aviation enthusiasts from around the world, we are going to operate scenic flights on the weekend of February 22, 23 and 24 from Birmingham airport. The first flights to go on sale will operate on the Monday, February 24 at 0900, 1200 and 1500 with a block time of an estimated one-hour. If as expected, they sell out quickly we will open up the Sunday, February 23 flights up for the same times of 0900, 1200 and 1500. As these sell out then we will open up the Saturday flights also at the same times – 0900, 1200 and 1500. As with the last commercial flight from Dhaka, we are keeping the prices for these scenic flights at reasonable levels with prices of ₤150 for a window seat and ₤100 for an aisle seat. Please note that for the last commercial flight ever on Monday February 24 @ 1500, prices have been set slightly higher at ₤200/₤150. In order to keep the flights as “special” as possible we are only selling 152 of the 319 seats on the aircraft – therefore all are window or aisle seats.
We want to make sure these flights only sold to aviation enthusiasts and not to third parties or wholesalers, so you must book on-line at www.biman-airlines.com. For the last commercial flight ever, on February 24 @ 1500, we have teamed up with Ian Allan travel in the UK at www.ianallantravel.com/aviationtours/ who will also sell tickets.
Biman Bangladesh is the last passenger operator of the DC-10.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 S2-ACQ (msn 47817) arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Arrow Cargo (3rd) McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F N526MD (msn 46998) MIA (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Arrow Cargo (3rd) (Miami) operated its last cargo flight last night. There are no flights scheduled for today and the fleet is sitting at Miami. This version of Arrow commenced operations on May 9, 2002.
The company issued the following press release:
Arrow Air Holdings Corp. (“Arrow”) today (June 30) announced the company will cease scheduled service operations, effective immediately. Arrow issued the following
“Like many companies in our industry, Arrow Air has experienced significant operating losses as a result of increasing operating costs and declining revenues. The decision to wind down the company’s schedule service operations was a difficult one. This decision
was not made lightly, and was a last resort after the company exhaustively searched for other options including financing or a sale of the business. Arrow is now focused on helping to smooth the transition for the company’s hard working, dedicated employees
as well as its customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.”
Arrow Air Holdings Corporation, operating under the trade name of Arrow Cargo, is a U.S. certificated all cargo air carrier operating out of Miami International Airport.
Read the full media report from the South Florida Business Journal:
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Arrow Cargo operated a mixed fleet of McDonnell Douglas DC-10s and new Boeing 757-200 freighters. DC-10-30F N526MD (msn 46998) taxies at the MIA base.