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Small Planet Airlines to open two new European bases

Small Planet Airlines (Poland) Airbus A321-211 SP-HAX (msn 2903) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 934857.

Small Planet Airlines will open two new European bases in 2018: in Chania on the Greek island of Crete and in Stockholm-Arlanda airport which serves the Swedish capital. Together with major Scandinavian tour operators, Small Planet Airlines will perform flights to Albania, Croatia, Greece, and the Canary Islands.


The flights will commence in April 2018, and will be performed by two Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline plans to operate flights twice a day and transport 170 000 passengers during the seven months of the summer season.

Small Planet Airlines chose the Greek island of Crete as its new base due to its geographical location that will enable the airline to expand its route-map and reach multiple Scandinavian airports from one base in the Mediterranean.

In the Summer 2017, Small Planet Airlines utilized 22 Airbus aircraft from 9 European bases. The airline plans to operate a fleet of 28 aircraft in the year 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Small Planet): Small Planet Airlines (Poland) Airbus A321-211 SP-HAX (msn 2903) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 934857.

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Air Saint-Pierre to connect with Paris, France this summer via ASL Airlines

ASL Airlines (France) Boeing 737-73V WL F-GZTD (msn 32418) (Europe Airpost colors) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 939511.

Air Saint-Pierre will operate weekly seasonal flights from July 2 to August 20, 2018 to Paris (CDG).

The French outpost in North America will see a direct link operated by ASL Airlines. Air Saint-Pierre also has summer connections via Halifax and Dublin with ASL Airlines France.

From Wikipedia:

Saint Pierre and Miquelon, officially the Overseas Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, is a self-governing territorial overseas collectivity of France, situated in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean near the Newfoundland and Labrador province of Canada. It is the only part of New France that remains under French control, with an area of 242 km and a population of 6,080 at the January 2011 census.

Saint-Pierre Airport is at the lower right.
The mainstay of the Air Saint-Pierre fleet is the ATR 42-500 (below):

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Saint-Pierre): ASL Airlines (France) Boeing 737-73V WL F-GZTD (msn 32418) (Europe Airpost colors) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 939511.

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Royal Jordanian to return to Copenhagen

Royal Jordanian Airlines Airbus A320-232 JY-AYU (msn 5128) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 930660.

Royal Jordanian Airlines (Amman) will resume the Amman – Copenhagen route on June 3, 2018. The three-times-weekly route will be operated with Airbus A320 Family aircraft according to Airline Route.

The carrier last flew to CPH in February 1990.

Copyright Photo (all others by Royal Jordanian): Royal Jordanian Airlines Airbus A320-232 JY-AYU (msn 5128) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 930660.

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easyJet to add two new routes from Edinburgh, wants to double the number of German passengers

Named "Keri Emerton"

easyJet (UK) is adding two new routes from Edinburgh. Flights from Edinburgh to Jersey and Seville are now on sale

Flights to Seville take off from March 26, 2018 operating twice a week throughout the summer season.

Flights to Jersey take off from March 31, 2018 operating twice a week throughout the summer season.

easyJet now offers 40 routes from Edinburgh.an travellers

In other news, the company wants to more than double the number of passengers in Germany to 18 million in 2018. This goal comes after taking over the former Berlin Tegel operations of Airberlin.

Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDR (msn 3683) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 937114.

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airBaltic passengers up +27% in December, will add new destinations this summer

airBaltic Bombardier CS300 YL-CSD (msn 55006) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 939702.

airBaltic made this announcement:

Provisional data show that in December 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic carried over 260 000 passengers or roughly 27% more than in the same period of 2016. This has been the biggest number of transported passengers in December in the airline’s history.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “2017 was a tremendous year for airBaltic – we opened 13 new destinations, improved services to already existing routes, thus more passengers chose to travel with us. All of this would not have been possible without the addition of seven brand new Bombardier CS300 aircraft (above) that have outperformed our expectations and have been appreciated by our passengers.”

airBaltic served additional flights during the Christmas holidays from Riga to such destinations as Paris, London and Zurich. The additional flights improved the convenient connections already served between these cities. In addition, during winter season airBaltic is serving a variety of popular skiing destinations, including such popular services as Munich, Geneva, Salzburg, Verona and Poprad in the High Tatras Mountains. In December 2017, the most popular destinations were Moscow, Amsterdam, London, Paris and Berlin.

For the summer season of 2018 airBaltic will add Malaga (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Split (Croatia), Bordeaux (France) and Gdansk (Poland) as well as Sochi and Kaliningrad (Russia).

airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

Copyright Photo: airBaltic Bombardier CS300 YL-CSD (msn 55006) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 939702.

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Eurowings to see its largest growth spurt in 2018

Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABNI (msn 1717) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937576.

Previously on September 26, 2017, Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board approved and announced the rapid growth of its lower-cost Eurowings, especially in Europe:

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG approved the rapid expansion of the Eurowings Group at its meeting in September 2017. For this purpose, an investment framework of around EUR 1 billion was approved for the purchase and leasing of aircraft. The funds were used towards obtaining up to 61 aircraft, including 41 Airbus A320 Family aircraft and 20 Bombardier Q400s.

During the summer of 2017, Lufthansa wet leased 20 aircraft operated for Eurowings under the existing wet lease agreement with Airberlin; 15 by acquisition and five more leased with a purchasing option.

The Eurowings Group is expected to require up to 3,000 additional jobs in the cockpit and cabin operations, due to the hiring and intended acquisition of companies of the Air Berlin Group. Job advertisements and staffing have already started.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG: “We now have the great opportunity to take a decisive step forward with Eurowings in Europe. The Supervisory Board and the Executive Board agree that we are determined to seize this opportunity. With the approval of an additional investment framework for the acquisition of aircraft, the necessary preconditions have now been met. For Eurowings, it will be a major challenge to cope with the rapid growth. I am particularly pleased that this will enable us to offer up to 3,000 new employees a secure perspective in the Eurowings Group.”

Adria Airways Airbus A319-132 S5-AAR (msn 4301) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 912192.

Above Copyright Photo: Adria Airways Airbus A319-132 S5-AAR (msn 4301) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 912192.

The airline is growing so fast, it is leasing in aircraft from other airlines to meet the expansion in the first quarter of 2018 following the failure of Airberlin. Adria Airways (above) will operate Airbus A319s from the Cologne/Bonn hub for Eurowings. Czech Airlines will operate its Airbus A319s for Eurowings from Hamburg (below).

Czech Airlines-CSA Airbus A319-112 OK-MEK (msn 3043) LHR (SPA). Image: 940351.

Above Copyright Photo: Czech Airlines-CSA Airbus A319-112 OK-MEK (msn 3043) LHR (SPA). Image: 940351.

Air Europa will operate its Boeing 737-800s from Munich and Stuttgart for Eurowings (below).

Celebrating 30 years of flying

Above Copyright Photo: Air Europa Boeing 737-85P WL EC-MKL (msn 60585) (30 Anos) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 940226.

The carrier has already launched a significant amount of new routes in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will continue in early 2018.

Here is the full list of new routes by country: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Eurowings): Eurowings (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABNI (msn 1717) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937576.

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Germania reacts to the Swiss court decision against its lawsuit against Hotelplan

Holiday Jet (Germania) Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 929001.

Germania issued this statement on December 20, 2017:

On November 28, 2017, the Zurich commercial court dismissed the action filed by Germania Flug AG against Hotelplan. Germania now has filed a complaint regarding this resolution with the Swiss Federal Court in Lausanne.

In the litigation, Germania had contested Hotelplan’s termination after only six months of the three-year charter agreement Hotelplan had entered into with Germania. Hotelplan alleged that Germania had operated fewer than 95% of the flights on its 2015 summer schedule with its own aircraft. Germania asserted that the termination was void because Hotelplan was not allowed to count flights which were not operated due to a lack of suitable slots towards the 95% threshold (“slot restriction”). According to the commercial court, the action had to be dismissed on the following grounds: “Even under the assumption that a slot restriction had been agreed upon, Germania was not able to explain why no suitable slots had been obtained.” In the brief subsidiary reasoning it was stated: “No slot restriction had been agreed upon.”

Germania does not share the commercial court’s opinion. It remains undisputed that the matter is complex and the file related to the suit is extensive. However, the strikingly brief decision shows that several facts and arguments put forward by Germania were acknowledged insufficiently by the commercial court.

Most of the considerations on which the resolution is based disregard the parties’ pleadings. Hence, key portions of the resolution are built on doubtful premises. Germania now has brought the decision before the next higher level for review and trusts that the Federal Court will take all the pleadings into consideration in its decision.

According to Wikipedia:

The airline was founded in August 2014 in cooperation with the German airline Germania,[4] who also lend its corporate design, and Swiss leisure company Hotelplan with the aim to operate leisure charter flights using the brand Holiday Jet. Following the inaugural flight on March 26, 2015, for the summer 2015 and winter 2015/2016, Germania Flug operated from Zürich to 17 leisure destinations in Europe and North Africa.

However, from November 2015 Germania Flug stopped its collaboration with HolidayJet and operates soley under its own brand name since.

Copyright Photo: Holiday Jet (Germania) Airbus A319-111 HB-JOH (msn 3589) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 929001.