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Thomas Cook Airlines UK quietly retires its last two Boeing 767-300s

Type Retired: November 2, 2017

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) has quietly stopped operating its last two 326-seat Boeing 767-300s (G-DAJC and G-TCCB). Both aircraft have not operated since November 2, 2017 and are now parked at Manchester minus any titles.

The airline has not made any official announcement.

Sister airline Condor of Germany will continue to operate the type.

Copyright Photo: Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Thomas Cook.com) Boeing 767-31K ER WL G-DAJC (msn 27206) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 913330.

 

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Finnair adds capacity to Stockholm, expands cooperation with Swedish regional airline BRA

BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) BAe RJ100 SE-DSV (msn E3250) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 934629.

Finnair will add connections to Stockholm’s Bromma airport, and deepen its cooperation with the Swedish regional airline BRA. With the new frequencies, Finnair adds capacity between Bromma and Helsinki by a total of 40%, offering up to 7 connections per day between both cities. The new connections to Stockholm’s conveniently located downtown airport further improve Finnair’s offering for the Swedish market, which is one of Finnair’s key markets. Finnair also flies to Stockholm Arlanda airport with up to 8 connections a day.

Starting from January 2018, BRA will operate an additional afternoon flight for Finnair from Bromma in Stockholm to Helsinki and back during the weekdays, offering Swedish customers an additional connection to Finnair’s extensive Asian network. Finnair will also operate an additional morning flight from Helsinki to Bromma five days a week, and an evening flight from Bromma to Helsinki six days a week, giving Finnair customers an improved schedule and quick transfers to BRA’s regional network in Sweden via Bromma. BRA offers connections from Bromma to Malmö, Umeå, Sundsvall, Växjö, Visby, Ängelholm, Halmstad, Ronneby, Östersund and Trollhättan.

 

Finnair flies to four airports in Sweden – Stockholm Arlanda and Bromma, Gothenburg and Umeå – with a total of up to 17 daily connections. With the BRA codeshare, Finnair covers altogether 13 cities in Sweden, and a frequent flyer program partnership between both airlines enables Finnair Plus customers to earn and use points throughout BRA’s network.

BRA flies to 13 destinations in Sweden.

BRA has a fleet of nine AVRO (BAe) RJ100s and two AVRO RJ85s.

Copyright Photo: BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) BAe RJ100 SE-DSV (msn E3250) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 934629.

Germania returns to Berlin Tegel

Germania Fluggesellschaft Boeing 737-75B WL D-AGEN (msn 28100) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 923545.

Germania issued this statement on November 1, 2017:

The aircraft with the green and white livery are once again taking off from Berlin-Tegel Airport (below). After a three year absence, the independent German airline Germania has returned to the airport in north Berlin, holding an inaugural flight to Gran Canaria.

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Germania now offers flights from Tegel in addition to Berlin-Schönefeld, giving Berlin’s inhabitants an even greater choice of flights to sunny destinations. The airline will continue to utlilize its hangar on the south side of the city, ensuring quick aircraft maintenance.

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New routes from Tegel include 6 destinations in Egypt, Israel and Spain. In May, another 7 destinations will be added to the schedule, totally 13. Moreover, the Canary Islands, Faro and Madeira/Funchal in Portugal, will be served, along with Marsa Alam in Egypt. Several Greek islands like Kos, Corfu, Crete and Rhodes, will also be included. In addition, Germania will provide a daily connection from summer 2018 to Palma de Mallorca from Berlin-Tegel.

Top Copyright Photo Germania Fluggesellschaft Boeing 737-75B WL D-AGEN (msn 28100) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 923545. (all others by Germania).

 

 

SkyWork Airlines secures a new AOC, resumes operations today

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SkyWork Airlines (Bern) has demonstrated sufficient financial backing and has secured a new Air Operators Certificate (AOC). The airline resumed operations on November 1, 2017 with its winter schedule.

Copyright Photo: SkyWork Airlines SAAB 2000 HB-IZD (msn 007) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 936718.

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Air Europa to enter the inter-island Canary Islands market tomorrow

Air Europa Express (2nd) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-MSN (msn 918) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 939430.

On Monday, October 30, 2017, AIr Europa is entering the inter-island market in the Canary Islands.

The airline will offer flights between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (LPA) and Tenerife Nord (TFN), Fuerteventura (FUE) and Lanzarote (ACE) with over 25 daily flights operated by its subsidiary Air Europa Express with two 68-seat ATR 72-500s.

Copyright Photo: Air Europa Express (2nd) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-MSN (msn 918) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 939430.

 

easyJet signs agreement with Airberlin for Berlin Tegel operations and 25 Airbus A320s

easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 G-EZTG (msn 3946) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 933720.

easyJet on October 27, 2017 signed an agreement with Airberlin to acquire part of its operations at Berlin Tegel Airport for a purchase consideration of €40 million. This excludes potential start-up and transitional operating costs. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in December 2017.

The acquisition will result in easyJet entering into leases for up to 25 A320 aircraft, offering employment to Airberlin flying crews and taking over other assets including slots. easyJet has launched a recruitment campaign to attract around 1000 of Airberlin’s pilots and cabin crew who will be recruited over the coming months and will then be trained on easyJet’s safety and operating procedures. In line with easyJet’s business model they will be employed on local, German contracts under collective labor agreements negotiated with ver.di.

This agreement is consistent with easyJet’s strategy of purposeful investment in strong number one positions in Europe’s leading airports (or number two to a legacy incumbent). This will enable easyJet to operate the leading short haul network at Tegel connecting passengers to and from destinations across Germany and the rest of Europe. This is in addition to easyJet’s existing base at Berlin Schönefeld and would mean that easyJet would be the leading airline in Berlin.

easyJet will make announcements on the new routes and services to be flown to and from Tegel in due course. easyJet will operate a reduced timetable at Tegel during the winter season but plans to operate a full schedule from the summer season 2018.

easyJet looks forward to building on the strong, customer focussed platform it already has in Berlin to fly more passengers, employ more people and support more economic growth in both Berlin and Brandenburg.

With Brexit, its is likely the new Tegel operation will be put under easyJet (Europe).

Top Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 G-EZTG (msn 3946) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 933720.

 

Thomas Cook Group Airlines creates a new airline based in Majorca

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) Airbus A321-211 WL G-TCDO (msn 7055) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 937660.

Thomas Cook Group Airlines has launched a new airline, based in Majorca, to supplement its existing operations. Currently operating ongoing airlines in Germany, the UK and Scandinavia, Thomas Cook Group Airlines has applied for a new Airline Operator Certificate (AOC) in Majorca with the aim of scheduling the first flights from early 2018.

The new airline, Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics, is part of Thomas Cook Group Airlines’ growth plans, giving it a new base in its most popular destination from which it can provide flights to support its other airlines, according to seasonal demand. The new base in Majorca will provide the Group with greater operational flexibility at a competitive cost, while allowing it to maintain closer control over the quality and customer experience than its current third-party lease arrangements.

The new airline will commence operations with at least three Airbus A320 aircraft which previously operated for Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium. These aircraft will initially take over short and medium-haul flights for Thomas Cook’s German airline Condor to replace third party aircraft leases.

Christoph Debus, Chief Airline Officer Thomas Cook Group, said: “The new airline and base will provide us with the right platform to better manage the seasonal demand in our business, giving us more control at lower cost as we continue to expand the choice of destinations we offer our customers. With more than one million Thomas Cook customers flying into Palma every year, we have a strong existing infrastructure on which to build.”

This announcement of the new AOC follows the recent agreement with Air Transat for the exchange of aircraft on a seasonal basis to better balance the seasonal demand for short and medium-haul aircraft in the European and Canadian leisure airline markets.

Copyright Photo: Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) Airbus A321-211 WL G-TCDO (msn 7055) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 937660.

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