The last Air Berlin flight has touched down at Berlin-Tegel on Friday, marking the end of existence for the German airline. AB6210 (callsign “BER4EVER”), inbound from Munich, landed at 23:45 local time and was said goodbye by the airport fire brigade with a water salute. Over 400 aviation enthusiasts witnessed the final landing from the visitor terrace at Berlin-Tegel Airport.
Boeing and Singapore Airlines have formally announced a deal for a total of 39 new aircraft, split into 20 Boeing 777-9s and 19 Boeing 787-10s during a ceremony at the White House in presence of the United States President, Donald Trump and the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.
Air Mauritius has received its first Airbus A350-900 on Friday, October 20, 2017. The airline is now the first carrier in the Indian Ocean that operates this aircraft type. The wide body aircraft will be operated in a two-class-configuration, offering 28 business class seats, as well as 298 economy class seats. The aircraft was welcomed in Mauritius with a traditional water salute. The new A350 will bear the name “Le Morne Brabant”, which is the highest mountain on the island.
After more than 32 years on September 29, 2017, Southwestern Airlines send their Boeing 737 Classic on its very last flight from Housten to Dallas’ Love Field. Only two days later, on October 1, 2017, the low-cost carrier launched the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 and became the first airline in North America which offers scheduled flight with this type of aircraft. The low cost carrier will renew its current fleet and complement its existing fleet with Boeing 737 MAX in the next years.
The first Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner has touched down in Sydney this morning. The brand new long-haul jet is set to become a game-changer for Qantas, CEO Alan Joyce says.
Thomas Cook Group Airlines has launched a new airline, based in Mallorca, to supplement its existing operations. The British global travel company has applied for a new Airline Operator Certificate (AOC) in Mallorca with the aim of scheduling the first flights from early 2018.
After several insolvencies in Germany and the insolvency of the Austrian Intersky in 2015, the Swiss regional airlines were largely spared. But this could also change in the future. Skywork Airlines and the Lugano based Darwin (since June 20, 2017 Adria Airways Switzerland) seem to face financial problems.
Lufthansa has announced an interest in parts of insolvent Alitalia. The German carrier that bought parts of Air Berlin days ago would like to create a “new Alitalia”.
Germany's largest carrier Lufthansa has signed a contract to buy parts of Air Berlin. The carrier confirmed the signature on Twitter. Lufthansa will take more than half of the fleet of 144 aircraft and 3000 of Air Berlin's 8500 staff.
Lithuanian leisure charter operator Small Planet Airlines has announced it has obtained the Cambodian Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and will now operate flights under LKH callsign, assigned by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
If people are asked to name airlines in the Middle East region, probably only some might say Oman Air. During a meeting with the German Luftfahrt Presse Club in Hamburg, AVIPEO.COM had the chance to chat with Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO of the carrier.
The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has approved an investment framework of around EUR 1 billion for the purchase and leasing of p to 61 aircraft, including 41 Airbus A320 Family aircraft and 20 Dash 8 Q400.
Air Berlin' Supervisory Board has given information about the current status of the bidding negotiations for the sale of the company. The airline will focus on negotiations with Lufthansa and Easyjet. The aim of the talks that will continue until 12 October 2017 is to take over parts of Air Berlin.
Some days after struggling Air Berlin has announced the end of its long haul flights to the Caribbean, two major German carriers plan to fill the gap at Düsseldorf Airport.
The Hungarian low cost carrier Wizz Air has introduced its new “Flexible Travel Partner” service, allowing customers to create a new reservation without including all passengers’ names at the time of booking. This new product has been designed for customers who want to book their trip securing low cost fares in advance, yet are uncertain who their travel partners will be.
The first Airbus A320 aircraft to be produced at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, has flown for the first time. The A320 took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley on Thursday. The flight lasted approximately four hours, during which tests were performed on systems, engines and structural performance.
Several newspaper report, British low-cost carrier easyJet is in talks to buy assets from insolvent German carrier Air Berlin. EasyJet declined to comment on this matter.
ExpressJet Airlines, a Georgia-based capacity provider and wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. has announced a series of changes to contracts with several U.S. major carriers.
Etihad Airways has ended its A340-500 operations. Ch-Aviation reports the last jet was retired after its last flight on July 28. The aircraft was the last of three Airbus A340-500 in the Etihad fleet. All three aircraft were ferried to Spain for storage.
Romanian flag carrier TAROM has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to lease three widebody aircraft. In May, the Romanian transports minister, Razvan Cuc, announced that state-owned TAROM wants to acquire planes for flights to the US and China.