Air Armenia (Yerevan) commenced operations as a cargo airline on March 18, 2003 with Antonov An-12s. With the demise of Armavia, the airline commenced scheduled passenger flights on October 27 from Yerevan to Moscow (Vnukovo) with a Boeing 737-500 (737-505 EK73797, msn 26297, delivered on September 29). Local charter flights were started previously on October 23. The airline has also added an Airbus A320 (A320-214 EK32039, msn 1439, delivered on November 4).
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Images: Air Armenia. Air Armenia has also added a new look with the new jet aircraft.
Maastricht Airlines (Maastricht) is a new Dutch start-up which plans to launch scheduled passenger flights this spring. The new airline plans to operate to Amsterdam, Berlin (Tegel) and Munich from Maastricht in the Netherlands. Maastricht Airlines will operate up to six Fokker 50 aircraft by the end of 2014. Services are due to start on March 26.
Qatar Airways (Doha) has announced an expansion of its USA route network with the introduction of daily passenger flights to Chicago (O’Hare) from April 10, 2013.
The nonstop service from Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, will be Qatar Airways’ fourth USA gateway, following its daily operations to New York (JFK), Washington (IAD) and Houston (IAH).
The carrier, which already operates twice-weekly cargo flights to Chicago O’Hare, will use its flagship long-haul Boeing 777-300 ER (Extended Range) passenger aircraft on the Doha – Chicago route with an approximate flying time of 15 hours.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-3DZ ER A7-BAH (msn 37662) climbs away from Paine Field near Everett.