El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) has launched the Tel Aviv-Eilat domestic route. The airline will operate 17 flights a week (three a day from Sunday to Thursday and one a day on Friday and Saturday) in each direction from Ben Gurion’s domestic terminal. The 55 minute flight will be operated using a Boeing 737-700 with 136 seats. El Al will only charge $11 one-way for UK-bound passengers. The offer is open to customers with return international flights from the UK.
Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. Boeing 737-758 4X-EKD (msn 29960) approaches Barcelona.
Compania Mexicana de Aviacion (Mexicana) (Mexico City) on August 2, filed a “Concurso Mercantil” or insolvency petition with a Mexico City district court to ensure the continued operation of the Company. Likewise, a Chapter 15 petition was filed with a New York bankruptcy court in order to obtain bankruptcy protection and injunction relief in both countries.
The “Concurso Mercantil” is a Mexican legal resource that guarantees the operation of companies that are unable to meet their obligations, while protecting those companies they do business with. Similar to Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and other similar legislations, this recourse grants companies a reasonable timeframe in which to reorganize themselves in an orderly manner while continuing to operate.
Mexicana will continue to operate.
The company filed because CMA’s costs, particularly those associated to flight crews are well above industry average; such costs must be brought into line with market conditions to allow the Company to reach a restructuring agreement with its creditors in order to secure its financial viability well into the future.
Only CMA has filed for insolvency proceedings. Mexicana Click and Mexianca Link operate independently of CMA and will therefore not be affected by the reorganization process.
Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. Boeing 767-25D XA-MXO (msn 24734) heads for MEX from London (Gatwick).
Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. A beautiful climb-out of Boeing 737-86N LN-NOQ (msn 32658) at London (Gatwick). Norwegian is now speeding up the replacement of its older Boeing 737-300 fleet with the brand new 737-800s.
Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.
Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) has long opposed any closer relationship between British Airways and American Airlines, saying it is anti-competitive. As you would expect, Virgin Atlantic has publicly stated it welcomes the same concerns expressed by the European Commission although it has not yet seen the details.