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Nile Air starts operations

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord.

Nile Air (Cairo) has finally commenced operations this month with two Airbus A320s. The new airline received its AOC on November 1, 2009 but did not start until this month.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. Airbus A320-232 SU-BQC (msn 3219) prepares to land at London (Heathrow). It was acquired on November 4, 2009.

El Al starts Tel Aviv-Eilat flights with Boeing 737-700s

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.

Mexicana files for insolvency proceedings in Mexico and bankruptcy protection in the U.S.

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).

Airblue’s Airbus A321-231 AP-BJB crashes near Islamabad

Airblue’ (Karachi) flight ED 202 operating from Karachi to Islamabad crashed this morning while on approach to Islamabad.

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Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. A321-231 AP-BJB (msn 1218) is pictured at Manchester prior to today’s accident.

Norwegian Air Shuttle swings to a second quarter loss

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) reported a second quarter net loss of $21 million (NOK134 million). This reverses a gain in the same quarter a year ago.

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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.

New Bangladesh government does not like the new look of Bangladesh Airlines, demands the state-run airline return to the old colors and name

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord. Click on photo for the full story.

United Airways starts twice-weekly service to London (Gatwick)

United Airways (Dhaka) launched twice-weekly service to Gatwick Airport near London on November 21 via Dubai and Istanbul.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord.