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Germania to retire its 10 Boeing 737-700s to become all-Airbus

Germania Fluggesellschaft Boeing 737-76J WL D-ABLA (msn 36114) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 937668.

Germania is setting a course to have an all-Airbus fleet in 2019. The airline made this announcement:

Germania will be implementing the most comprehensive fleet replacement measures in its corporate history. In this context, the airline is now setting the course for the standardization of its fleet.

Over the next 15 months, the ten Boeing type 737-700s in the fleet will be retired and replaced with Airbus aircraft. The first three Boeing aircraft will be leaving as early as the end of April this year while the last Boeing plane will leave Germania at the start of the 2019 summer season at the latest.

Together with Airbus and additional flight training schools, Germania is organizing an inhouse training for all Boeing pilots to be retrained to fly Airbus planes and obtain a type rating for their new workstation. This way, the airline will be paving the way for 2020 and the seamless integration of the 25 type A320neo aircraft that have been ordered.

In July 2016, Germania signed a contract for the delivery of 25 Airbus A320neos with an option on 15 additional aircraft of the same type. The aircraft on order will have 180 seats and be equipped with the latest generation of Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines. A high level of fuel efficiency and low noise emissions are key features of these aircraft, which are among the most modern of their kind.

Germania is an independent German airline which was established over 30 years ago. On short-haul and medium-haul flights the airline, with its distinctive green and white livery, carries more than 3 million passengers per year. Germania offers connections from 20 departure airports in Europe to over 55 destinations within the continent, North Africa and the Middle East. Reversing the common industry trend, Germania continues to offer complimentary snacks, soft drinks, magazines and a minimum of 20 kg free baggage allowance. Germania operates scheduled, charter and ad-hoc flights. Together with the Swiss airline Germania Flug AG and Bulgarian Eagle, Germania’s fleet currently has 29 aircraft. Germania Technik Brandenburg GmbH is responsible for the company’s aircraft maintenance.

Copyright Photo: Germania Fluggesellschaft Boeing 737-76J WL D-ABLA (msn 36114) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 937668.

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Eurowings creates this unique livery with this wet lease

West leased from PrivatAir

Eurowings has wet leased from Privatair this Boeing 767-316 ER registered as HB-JJF (msn 27613), wearing the colorful livery already seen on this aircraft last summer when it was operated by TUI Airlines Netherlands.

Eurowings titles and tail logo have been added creating this unique livery.

Copyright Photo: Eurowings (PrivatAir) Boeing 767-316 ER WL HB-JJF (msn 27613) (hybrid TUI – Eurowings scheme) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 940553.

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IAG to acquire Niki, will be put under Vueling

Transferred to Airberlin on January 12, 2017

International Airlines Group – IAG (London) has announced it will acquire insolvent Niki (Vienna) for €36.5 million ($43.8 Million). IAG became the lone bidder after the Lufthansa Group pulled out of the bidding. The IAG also out bid Niki Lauda who was bidding to take back his former airline. The IAG will pay €20 million ($24 million) for Niki’s assets and provide liquidity of up to €16.5 million to Niki.

The new Niki will become a subsidiary of Vueling and the IAG will employ most of the former Niki employees (around 740). Vueling will now be able to grow its presence in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Niki is now likely to adopt the Vueling brand.

Copyright Photo: Niki Luftfahrt (flyNiki.com) (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABHF (OE-LEE) (msn 2749) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 937271.

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S7 Airlines to add a new route to Alicante, Spain

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2017

S7 Airlines will add a new weekly seasonal Airbus A319 route linking St. Petersburg, Russia with Alicante, Spain starting on April 28, 2018 according to Airline Route.

In other news, S7 Airlines has announced the opening of scheduled flights between Novosibirsk and Minsk starting on May 2, 2018.

Nonstop flights from Tolmachevo Airport to Minsk will be carried out weekly on Wednesdays. Flights will depart from Novosibirsk at 11:10 and arrive in Minsk at 12:15 local time. Return flights will depart at 13:15 and arrive at Tolmachevo Airport at 22:00.

 

The flights from Novosibirsk to Minsk will be carried out on modern and comfortable Airbus A320neo (top) designed to carry 164 passengers: 8 business class passengers and 156 economy class passengers. Passengers will be able to appreciate the exceptional level of comfort on board the aircraft with its comfortable armchairs that are equipped with sockets with a USB port, as well as with holders for mobile devices. Airbus A320neo has an improved sound insulation, the most capacious overhead bins and more space under the armchairs to fit cabin baggage.

 

The airline has a wide internal route network, created on the basis of air transport hubs in Moscow (Domodedovo) and Novosibirsk (Tolmachevo). S7 Airlines also performs regular flights to countries of the Commonwealth of  Independent States (CIS), Europe, the Near East, Southeast Asia and countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

Top Copyright Phoito (all others by S7 Airlines): S7 Airlines (Siberia Airlines) Airbus A320-271N WL VQ-BCF (msn 7629) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 939196.

SmartLynx continues its cooperation with TUI Airlines Belgium by wet leasing three A320s for 2018

TUI Airlines (Belgium) (SmartLynx Airlines Estonia) Airbus A320-214 ES-SAK (msn 888) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 937666.

SmartLynx has issued this statement:

According to the agreement between SmartLynx Airlines Estonia OU, the Estonian subsidiary of SmartLynx Airlines Ltd., and TUI Airlines Belgium N.V. signed in November 2017, SmartLynx will wet lease three Airbus A320 swith Estonian registration marks ES-SAO (msn 936), ES-SAK (msn 888) and ES-SAS (msn 1725) to TUI Airlines Belgium.

The aircraft seating configuration is 180 Y all economy, MTOW 77 tons.

The lease term for all three aircraft differs, the total term of the leases ranges from April 16, 2017 until  October 30, 2018.

All aircraft will operate from the base in Brussels, Belgium.

This is a continuation of a successful collaboration initiated between these two airlines in 2016.

At the beginning of 2017, SmartLynx wet leased two aircraft Airbus A320 to TUI Airlines Belgium.

Copyright Photo: TUI Airlines (Belgium) (SmartLynx Airlines Estonia) Airbus A320-214 ES-SAK (msn 888) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 937666.

LGW is hiring Airbus A320 pilots, starts operating for Eurowings

Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABNT (msn 2562) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 939083.

LGW ceased operations along with Airberlin on October 27, 2017 (ironically 10 years to the day it started operations).

Since then the carrier has been hiring Airbus A320 crews. It started operating its first Airbus A320 for Eurowings on December 5. 2017. LGW will eventually replace the Airberlin A320s which previously operated for Eurowings.

Ex-Airline D-ABNT (above) became the first Airbus A320 to join the LGW fleet.

As previously reported, the Lufthansa Group acquired LGW and Niki from Airberlin as part of the bankruptcy procceedings.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by LGW): Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABNT (msn 2562) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 939083.

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Edelweiss to add four additional long-haul destinations in November 2018

Edelweiss Air's first Airbus A340, delivered on September 23, 2016

Edelweiss Air is adding four new long-haul destinations in November 2018. This includes Colombo (November 3, 2018, twice-weekly, A340-300), Ho Chi Minh City (November 15, 2018, twice-weekly A340-300), Mahe (November 3, 2018, weekly, A340-300) and Varadero (November 9, 2018, weekly, A330-300).

Copyright Photo: Edelweiss Switzerland (Edelweiss Air) Airbus A340-313 HB-JMG (msn 562) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 935101.