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Sunwing Airlines starts Miami operations

Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) Boeing 737-8Q8 SSWL C-FYJD (msn 41807) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 932429.

Sunwing Airlines on December 1 added twice-weekly service on the Montreal (Trudeau) – Miami route until April 28, 2019.

The carrier will also operate weekly flights to MIA also from Ottawa, Quebec City and Toronto (Pearson) starting later this month during the winter/spring season according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Sunwing): Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) Boeing 737-8Q8 SSWL C-FYJD (msn 41807) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 932429.

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Ethiopian Airlines launches historic cargo route at MIA

(PRNewsfoto/Miami International Airport)

On August 29, Ethiopian Airlines launched the first of two weekly freighter flights between the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and Miami, creating the first-ever cargo-only route between the African continent and Miami International Airport. The scheduled flights will operate on a route that includes intermediate stops in Spain, Colombia and Belgium on inbound and outbound services. All flights will utilize Boeing 777-200LRF freighter aircraft.

Ethiopian’s announcement is the latest milestone in MIA’s strategic plan to expand into new global markets, adding to the synergies created by its extensive cargo network throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

During 2017, TACA Peru began four weekly freighter flights from five South American cities; Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM commenced 10 weekly freighter flights from Cancun; and Qatar Airways launched two weekly cargo flights from Doha, with intermediate stops in Luxembourg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, and Liege.

In 2018, Southern Air began weekly all-cargo service from Hong Kong via Anchorage; Turkish Cargo launched a second weekly frequency from Istanbul; and Polar Air Cargo launched direct Tokyo freighter service.

Ethiopian Airlines issued this short statement:

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, is pleased to announce that it commenced twice weekly freighter service to Bogota, Colombia on August 29, 2018. The cargo service will depart from Zaragoza (Spain) and will fly to Bogota with a stopover in Miami, using the Boeing 777 freighter aircraft.

Photo: MIA.

American to add two MAX 8 routes from Miami

American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N308RD (msn 44446) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104585.

American Airlines will add two additional MAX 8 routes from the Miami hub according to Airline Route:

St. Croix, VI – daily effective October 4, 2018

San Jose, CR – daily effective December 19, 2018

Top Copyright Photo (all others by American/ORD Spotter): American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N308RD (msn 44446) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104585.

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Delta to add a second Miami – Havana frequency

Delta Air Lines Airbus A320-211 N342NW (msn 381) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104643.

Delta Air Lines is adding a second nonstop flight from Miami’s International Airport to Havana, Cuba, starting on October 28, 2018.

Delta will operate this flight five times a week on an Airbus A320 aircraft with seating for 16 passengers in First Class, 18 in Delta Comfort+ and 123 in Main Cabin.

Delta will operate this new service on the following schedule:

Miami International Airport to Havana International Airport

Flight

Departs

Arrives

DL 513

MIA at 7:50 p.m.

HAV at 9 p.m.

DL 527

HAV at 10 p.m.

MIA at 11:05 p.m.

Last year, Delta celebrated the first anniversary of its return of service to Cuba. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Delta the ability to resume nonstop scheduled service to Cuba on August 31, 2016, and the return flights from the three U.S. cities to Havana took place on December 1, 2016.

The airline began offering daily flights for the first time in 55 years, connecting Havana with Miami, New York-JFK, and Atlanta. Delta was the first U.S. airline to open a City Ticket Office at the Havana sector of La Rampa, which was later expanded to accommodate increased customer demand.

Delta continues to expand connectivity options for customers traveling between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2018, Delta launched a series of services from New York, including:

  • one to Antigua and Barbuda, beginning on December 22, 2018
  • a second daily flight to Nassau, The Bahamas, starting October 1, 2018
  • a new daily service to Kingston, Jamaica, effective December 20, 2018
  • and new Saturday service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, beginning December 22, 2018

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A320-211 N342NW (msn 381) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104643.

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Viva Air finalizes order for 50 A320 Family aircraft

Airbus made this announcement:

Following an MOU signed at Le Bourget Paris Airshow in June, Viva Air, the Latin America low cost carrier group owned by Irelandia Aviation, has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 50 A320 Family aircraft. The 35 A320neo and 15 A320ceo will be operated by the group’s airlines VivaColombia (below) and Viva Air Peru and will allow the two all-Airbus operators to modernize their fleets and capture growth opportunities across Latin America.

VivaColombia (VivaColombia.com) Airbus A320-214 HK-4811 (msn 1564) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104301.

Above Copyright Photo: VivaColombia (VivaColombia.com) Airbus A320-214 HK-4811 (msn 1564) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104301.

The Airbus-VivaColombia relationship began in 2012 when the airline began operations with A320 aircraft. VivaColombia, based in Medellin, has been an all-Airbus operator since, and today it operates 11 A320s. Viva Air recently launched Viva Air Peru, the sister airline of VivaColombia based in Lima. Viva Air Peru currently operates three A320 aircraft.

Viva Air is a Panamanian headquartered group created by Irelandia Aviation and led by Declan Ryan. Irelandia has successfully developed six low cost carriers around the world, namely Allegiant, Ryanair, Tigerair, VivaAerobus, VivaColombia and most recently Viva Air Peru. Combined, the airlines have a fleet of more than 420 aircraft and have carried over a billion passengers.

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European Commission updates the EU Air Safety List, Avior Airlines is added

Avior Airlines Boeing 737-401 YV3158 (msn 23984) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403408.

On November 30, 2017 the European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the Commission’s Aviation Strategy. With this update, one airline, Avior Airlines (Venezuela), is added to the list, while two others – Mustique Airways (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and Urga (Ukraine) – are removed following safety improvements.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “Our objective is to offer the highest level of safety in European skies. The EU’s Air Safety List remains one of our most effective tools to achieve this. Today we are showing that with our help, airlines can be quickly removed from the list when they tackle their safety issues. Work pays off and I hope that the example of Mustique Airways and Urga will inspire others.”

Avior Airlines (certified in Venezuela) is added to the list due to unaddressed safety deficiencies that were detected by the European Aviation Safety Agency during the assessment for a third country operator authorisation (TCO)[1]. On the contrary, Mustique Airways and Aviation Company Urga – which are respectively certified in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Ukraine – made safety improvements since their inclusion to the Air Safety List in May 2017. This allows them to be today removed from the list.

The EU Air Safety List not only helps to maintain high levels of safety in the EU, but it also helps affected airlines and countries to improve their levels of safety, in order for them to eventually be taken off the list. In addition, the EU Air Safety List has become a major preventive tool, as it motivates countries with safety problems to act upon them before a ban under the EU Air Safety List would become necessary.

With this update, a total of 178 airlines are banned from EU skies:

  • 172 airlines certified in 16 states[2], due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states.
  • Six individual airlines, based on safety concerns with regard to these airlines themselves: Avior Airlines (Venezuela), Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq), Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).

An additional six airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (Iran) and TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola).

Background information

This update of the Air Safety List is based on the unanimous opinion of the aviation safety experts from the Member States who met from 13 to 15 November within the EU Air Safety Committee (ASC). This Committee is chaired by the European Commission with the support of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The update equally got the support from the European Parliament’s Transport Committee. Assessment is made against international safety standards, and notably the standards promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The Commission is constantly looking at ways to improve air safety. One such way is to work with aviation authorities worldwide to raise global safety standards. With this in mind, EASA is therefore implementing technical cooperation projects with partner countries and regions. An example is the “Improving air transport in Central Africa” (ATA-AC) project, where EASA works with a number of African states on several aspects of aviation safety.

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Copyright Photo: Avior Airlines has been added to the list. Avior Airlines Boeing 737-401 YV3158 (msn 23984) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 403408.