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ASL Aviation Group to rebrand its four European airlines

ASL Airlines 737 (15)(Flt)(ASL)(LRW)

ASL Aviation Group (Dublin) is combining and rebranding its four European airlines under the same name. Air Contractors, Europe Airpost, Farnair Switzerland and Faranair Hungary will begin operating under the ASL Airlines brand. The group issued this statement:

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Ireland based ASL Aviation Group is to launch a new European airline brand, ASL Airlines, as part of its strategy for continued growth in passenger and cargo operations.

ASL’s 4 European airlines are to be renamed under the new ASL Airlines brand and there will be 4 airline operations ‘centres of excellence’ in Ireland, France, Switzerland and Hungary.

Air Contractors logo

Air Contractors will become ASL Airlines Ireland

Europe Airpost logo-1

Europe Airpost will become ASL Airlines France

Farnair Europe logo

Farnair Switzerland will become ASL Airlines Switzerland

Farnair Hungary will become ASL Airlines Hungary

The ASL Group, which employs 1,500 globally, will continue to be based at its Corporate Support Office in Swords, County Dublin and will be led by Group Chief Executive, Hugh Flynn.

The total ASL fleet is +/- 100 aircraft depending on leasing arrangements, of which 75 aircraft are flying in Europe and in future will operate as ‘ASL Airlines’. Some of these aircraft will be painted in airline customer colours while the rest will soon start to become visible in Europe’s airports in the new ASL Airlines livery.

The strategy, named ‘Platform for Growth’, is an initiative aimed building on ASL’s leading role in various express integrator, passenger and postal markets in Europe.

ASL will also expand its global presence through its interest in Safair in South Africa and cargo airlines K-Mile in Thailand and QuikJet in India where ASL announced last week that its shareholding is to increase to 72.59%.

 

The new ASL Airlines brand and identity will achieve a number of key strategic aims:

  • The creation of an evolutionary new identity and brand image
  • A progressive transition from the current ASL Aviation Group identity
  • Show a clear and consistent link between ASL Aviation Group and the 4 airlines
  • Reflect key selling points of trust, reliability, size and credibility
  • Affirm ASL’s commitment to our value proposition to our customers
  • Enable us to enhance optimisation across the group
  • Increase the competitiveness of each airline in the market

“Our intent is to have a new strong single brand that will play a major role in helping us to achieve our vision and mission and reflect our corporate values in our business”, said ASL Group Chief Executive, Hugh Flynn.

“This strong single brand will make it considerably easier to use the aircraft of the European fleet across the individual countries to meet customer demand and this increased fleet flexibility and consequent competitiveness will enable us to grow our business”, Hugh Flynn continued.

Hugh Flynn explained that ASL’s optimisation potential will include the creation of ‘Centres of Excellence’, reducing cost and improving safety, reliability, quality and profitability, 4 of ASL’s 5 corporate values.

“In addition”, he said. “there will be increased security of employment, job satisfaction and challenge for all of the people of ASL, our 5th corporate value, and the most important after safety,”, Hugh Flynn concluded.

A 5th operations ‘centre of excellence’ in South Africa will oversee the continued growth in Safair, the specialist humanitarian Hercules operator; FlySafair, South Africa’s first ‘true’ low cost airline launched in October 2014 and the two Asian airlines. ASL’s aircraft leasing platforms will also continue to be based in Dublin.

To facilitate the ‘Platform for Growth’ strategy the ASL Group is being restructured into two divisions, European Airlines and Rest of the World Airlines and Leasing.

  • The current CEO of Air Contractors, Colin Grant will become Chief Executive of the new European Airline’s division and will be based in Dublin.
  • The current CEO of Safair, Dave Andrew, will become Chief Executive of the new Rest of the World Airlines and Leasing Division and will be based between Johannesburg and Dublin.

    ‘Platform for Growth’ will see ASL increase the number of aircraft in its combined cargo and passenger fleets. Aircraft will also be transferred throughout the group to facilitate the airlines and their ‘centres of excellence’ becoming specialists in operating specific aircraft types.

    The 4 European airlines to be rebranded ASL Airlines currently operate throughout Europe for the leading express freight integrators and for postal services in France and the UK from hubs in France and Germany and between bases throughout the continent from Norway to Greece.

    Passenger services are also operated under the airlines own brand from Switzerland, Ireland and France while the Irish airline, Air Contractors, operates three passenger Boeing 757’s on daily transatlantic flights from Dublin and Shannon to Canada and the United States.

Air Contractors – ASL Airlines Ireland

Copyright Photo above: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212 EI-SLK (msn 395) prepares to land at Shannon.

Irish Airline, Air Contractors, will be rebranded as ‘ASL Airlines’ Ireland. Just last week the airline won the prestigious ‘Aircraft Operator of the Year’ award at the Irish Aviation Authority sponsored Irish Aviation Awards.

Copyright Photo above: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Contractors operates this Boeing 757-2Q8 EI-LBS (msn 27623) for Aer Lingus.

Air Contractors operates Boeing 757-200 transatlantic passenger services from Shannon and Dublin to North America for Aer Lingus and also operates Boeing 737 charter passenger services throughout Europe from Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Knock Airports.

The airline also operates a fleet of turbo prop and jet aircraft for express parcel integrators throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Air Contractors aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Europe Airpost – ASL Airlines France

Paris CDG based Europe Airpost will be rebranded as ‘ASL Airlines’ France. The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 737-300/-400/-700 aircraft on passenger and cargo services.

Copyright Photo above: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-31S EI-STA (msn 29057) of Europe Airpost arrives at scenic Salzburg, Austria.

Europe Airpost flies passenger charter services for tour operators throughout Europe and the Mediterranean countries, as well as VIP and ad hoc passenger flights throughout the world. On the cargo side, Europe Airpost flies for overnight and postal operators within France and Europe, and operates ad hoc cargo flights throughout the world.

As part of its strategy of diversification, Europe Airpost also operates a weekly scheduled cargo service out of Paris CDG to Tunis, and a number of seasonal scheduled passenger routes serving France, Austria, Portugal and Halifax (Nova Scotia/Canada) via Dublin.

Europe Airpost aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Farnair Europe – ASL Airlines Switzerland and ASL Airlines Hungary

The two European airlines in the Farnair Group will be rebranded as ‘ASL Airlines’ Switzerland and ASL Airlines Hungary.

Copyright Photo above: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Farnair Switzerland ATR 42-320 HB-AFF (msn 264) arrives back at the Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg base.

Farnair operates a fleet of turbo prop and jet aircraft for express parcel integrators throughout Europe and also operates cargo turbo prop services in Africa. Farnair also operates ATR42 passenger services.

Farnair’s joint venture airlines in Asia, Quikjet in India and K-Mile in Thailand are not included in the rebranding initiative.

Farnair aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Aeroflot retires the Ilyushin Il-96 from scheduled operations

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) according to Airline Route, planned to operate the last scheduled Ilyushin Il-96 flight yesterday (March 30) between Tashkent and its Moscow Sheremetyevo hub. The type was introduced in 1993.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Ilyushin Il-96-300 RA-96015 (msn 74393202012) taxies at Salzburg, Austria.

Aeroflot: AG Slide Show

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Norwegian to start Stockholm Heraklion, Crete flights on June 26

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) on June 26 will launch the Stockholm (Arlanda) – Heraklion with one weekly flight. Norwegian will now have two destinations in Crete, Chania and Heraklion. In addition to a new route to Crete increased number of flights to Tel Aviv, Larnaca and Riga.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8JP LN-DYO (msn 40868) arrives in Salzburg.

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Transaero Airlines to offer “Discount Class” starting on January 14

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) will offer a new low cost product called Discount Class.

Starting on January 14, 2014 Transaero will offer  Discount Class of travel on its flights from Moscow Domodedovo airport to a  number of popular destinations including those to Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna,  Vilnius, Milan, Rome, Tel Aviv, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Krasnodar,  Mineralnye Vody, Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint  Petersburg, Sochi, Stavropol, Tomsk, Ufa, Khanty-Mansiysk, Kiev, Donetsk,  Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa, Astana, Almaty, Karaganda and Yerevan.

Transaero will operate  Boeing 737-300/400/500 aircraft on the mentioned routes.

Discount Class tickets  will include from 10 to 20 kg free luggage allowance, the amount of luggage  allowance will depend on the ticket fare.

The low cost services  in Discount Class will be provided in accordance with the Federal Aviation Rules  of the Russian Federation and will include free onboard meals and drinks which will  vary depending on the flight duration (the maximal duration is up to four and  half hours). In particular, on all Discount Class flights all passengers will  be served refreshing drinks, tea and coffee. On flights lasting no longer than  two hours passengers will be served sweet snacks in addition to drinks. On flights  operating up to four hours passengers will be served cold meals. On flights  with duration longer than four hours passengers will be able to choose among  two options of hot meals.

As the airline  will operate aircraft in standard two-class configuration, passengers with  Discount Class tickets purchased at highest available airfare can enjoy air  travel in the Business Class cabin or in the Economy Class cabin with a vacant  seat next to his/her seat. They also will be invited to purchase a ticket to  the airline’s business lounge at Domodedovo airport at discounted fare.

Discount Class  ticket refunds will be made in accordance with the norms and rules set in the  Air Code of the Russian Federation.

Discount Class passengers  will be offered a choice of free newspapers. The airline will also offer for  sale duty free goods on its international flights.

The new product  by Transaero Airlines will guarantee the reasonable balance of comfort and  affordable ticket prices.

Apart from  Discount Class flights Transaero Airlines will continue offering full service  on all of its flights operated from Moscow Vnukovo Airport including Imperial,  Business, Premium, Economy and Tourist classes of service.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Transaero Airlines Boeing 737-4Y0 EI-DDY (msn 24904) taxies at Salzburg.

Transaero Airlines: AG Slide Show

easyJet to launch 10 new routes from London’s airports in 2013

easyJet (UK) (London-Luton) has announced today that it will be introducing ten new routes from the summer of 2013 across the four London airports it operates from – London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted and London Southend.

The Russian capital Moscow, Greek city Kalamata, along with the Greek island of Mykonos and Spanish city of Santiago join other European city break favorites Sofia, Berlin and Krakow as well as the Sardinian resort of Olbia. The further afield destinations Sharm El Sheikh and Marrakech will also feature from additional easyJet London bases.

The route expansion means that more than 316,000 affordable seats have been added to easyJet’s 2013 Summer schedule which now extends to a total of 340 routes from the UK.

Year-round flights from London Stansted to Sharm el Sheik, Marrakech and Sofia are available from just £86.99 and £30.99 respectively and will significantly strengthen and expand the range of destinations on offer from London Stansted Airport.

New summer routes for London Luton Airport include Greek island Mykonos and Sardinian treasure Olbia, while the German city of Berlin and Polish city of Krakow will now fly year-round from London Southend Airport with fares starting from £22.99*. The new routes at Southend will be served by an additional aircraft at the airport.

The airline has today announced expansion plans which will see the airline begin flying to the popular Greek resort of Mykonos and the historic Sardinian resort of Olbia, from the summer of 2013 from Luton Airport.

EasyJet will fly to the Greek resort of Mykonos twice a week from London Luton Airport with fares starting from as little as £32.99* and the inaugural flight taking off on April 26, 2013.

Mykonos is a Greek island which forms part of the Cyclades and lies between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. A sun worshipper’s paradise, the island is also awash with cultural heritage with Petros the Pelican and the Mykonos Windmills being two of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos.

The new route to Olbia will operate twice a week with fares starting from £30.99* and inaugural flights taking off from May 15, 2013. Olbia is the gateway to the beautiful white beaches of the northeast Sardinian coast and the glittering Costa Smeralda. Once a little fishing village, it has grown to become Sardinia’s busiest ferry port and a haven for food lovers.

In other news, easyJet, announced today that it will reach the landmark of flying more than 100 routes from London Gatwick Airport.

The airline also revealed last week that it has been successfully awarded the rights to fly between London Gatwick – easyJet’s largest base, and Moscow – a key business and leisure destination with fares starting from as little as £67.00*. EasyJet will operate an Airbus A320 on two services a day between London Gatwick and Moscow Domodedovo airport and expects to fly over 230,000 passengers in its first year of operations alone with tickets on sale in the coming months. Flights will start from next Spring.

EasyJet’s Gatwick route expansion continues with the launch of flights between London Gatwick and Kalamata in Greece, as well as the Spanish city of Santiago from the summer of 2013. The airline will fly to Kalamata twice a week, with fares starting from £34.99*. This is easyJet’s first time flying to the Greek city and the inaugural flight will take off from London Gatwick on July 6, 2012. EasyJet’s new route to the historic Spanish city of Santiago will see the airline flying to the beautiful city three times a week, with fares starting from £32.99* and the inaugural flight departs on June 18, 2013.

* one way, including taxes based on two people travelling on the same booking.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Airbus A319-111 G-EZBR (msn 3088) taxies past the camera at Salzburg, Austria. The airliner wears the special “Airbus 100” logo to commemorate the delivery of the 100th Airbus aircraft.

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Ryanair to start new service to Lublin, Poland

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced it will open a new route between London (Stansted) and Lublin – its 11th Polish airport on December 17, bringing its Stansted winter schedule to 95 routes, including new winter routes to Budapest and Warsaw (Modlin), as well as ski routes to Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin.

The ultra low fare carrier also announced it open a new route between Dublin and Lublin – its 11th Polish airport on December 18, bringing its Dublin winter schedule to 54 routes, including new winter routes to Budapest and Warsaw (Modlin), as well as ski routes to Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCJ (msn 33564) taxies at the ski destination of Salzburg.

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Air Finland is planning to introduce a new livery

Air Finland is planning to introduce a new livery and brand.

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Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Boeing 757-2F2 OH-AFI (msn 26330) climbs beautifully at scenic Salzburg in the current 2003 color scheme.