New Brazilian start-up ITA Transportes Aéreos

A new Brazilian airline, ITA Transportes Aéreos (Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos), received its first aircraft, a 15 year-old Airbus A320-200 previously operated by Spanair (a former Spanish scheduled airline) and Vueling (a Spanish low-cost airline) on the 20th of February and is to start operations on the 19th of March. Founded in early 2020 by parent […]

New Slovenian start-up SouthEast Airlines

Created by a pilot of Slovenia’s former flag carrier Adria Airways, Blaz Berdnik, SouthEast Airlines is a Slovenian airline that intends to begin operations in early June with a single-class, leased 180-seat Airbus A320-200. The project began in early 2019, before Adria Airways ceased operations. Mr Berdnik assembled former Adria Airways board members as well […]

The Czech Republic’s flag carrier has filed for bankruptcy

The Czech Republic’s flag carrier, CSA (which stands for České Aerolinie), has filed for bankruptcy under the country’s Insolvency Act (Act N° 182 or 2006), which as of 2013, offers a debt discharge program. This Insolvency Act is used for 3 types of insolvency proceedings: those of bankruptcy, reorganisation and debt relief. Prior to filing […]

Aircraft of the week and Air Serbia’s Boeing 737 fleet

Air Serbia officially retired its remaining 2 Boeing 737-300s on the 18th of February after almost 36 years in operation with JAT Yugoslav Airlines, JAT Airways and Air Serbia for the older aircraft. The 2 aircraft, which are registered YU-ANI and YU-ANK, have recently been operating for Air Serbia’s charter division, Aviolet (note how the […]

Volotea has retired its Boeing 717 fleet

Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea has retired its remaining 9 Boeing 717s. It was the last European operator of the type and was 1 of 4 operators of the type as of the beginning of this year. Volotea received its 1st Boeing 717 (which was its 1st aircraft) in May 2012, EI-EWI, when the airline started […]

Ernest Airlines has been declared bankrupt

An Italian court has declared that Italian low-cost carrier Ernest Airlines is bankrupt. The airline suspended operations in January this year but announced in August that it had plans to restart operations. It was supposed to restart operations in December with a fleet of ATR 72s. Founded in 2016, the Milan-based airline operated flights within […]

Chair Airlines to launch new service to Split

Swiss carrier Chair Airlines will launch a new seasonal summer service from Zurich to the Croatian city of Split on the 25th of April next year. It will occur twice per week, every Thursday and Sunday. The service will be operated by an Airbus A319. The Zurich-based airline will continue flights from Zurich to Pristina […]

Air Serbia takes delivery of former Adria Airways aircraft

Air Serbia has taken delivery of 2 former Airbus A319s which belonged to Adria Airways (the former Slovenian flag carrier, which ceased operations in September 2019). The 2 aircraft, YU-APL and YU-APM, were sent to Carlyle Aviation Partners (an American aircraft asset management company) in October 2019 and were susbsequently stored at Castellon Costa Azahar […]

AirAsia Japan Ceases Operations

AirAsia Japan ceased operations yesterday, following the decision from its parent company, AirAsia Group, to shut it down due to the impact on air traffic created by the coronavirus. The airline was the smallest subsidiary of the AirAsia airline group (the largest only low-cost airline group in Asia), which also operates in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, […]

Peach takes delivery of its 1st Airbus A320neo

Japanese LCC Peach Aviation has taken delivery of its 1st Airbus A320neo. The airline has 27 more A320neos and 6 Airbus A321LRs (the Long Range version of the A321neo) in its order book. Peach Aviation’s A320neos have a 188-seat, single-class layout and will permit the airline to expand its operations in Japan. Peach Aviation already […]

Last Airbus A380 assembled at Toulouse factory

The last Airbus A380 has been assembled at Airbus’ aircraft assembly unit in Toulouse, France (Toulouse is an assembly unit for the A380, the A320 , A330 and A350 families). It was announced last year that Airbus would discontinue the production of the aircraft as of 2021, but this date has been moved forward. Since […]

Armenia’s CAC suspends Atlantis Armenian Airlines’ licence

Armenia’s Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) suspended Atlantis Armenian Airlines’ (a light aircraft specialist) licence on the 11th of August for 7 months. The Head of the CAC’s Airworthiness Department, Karen Gyurjyan, told local media outlet Hetq that the reason for the airline’s suspension had nothing to do with safety issues, but with financial issues. Atlantis […]

Wizz Air to open new base in Doncaster

Wizz Air has announced that it will open a second base (after London Luton) for its British subsidiary Wizz UK at Doncaster Sheffield Airport in Northern England, increasing the annual capacity at Yorkshire’s busiest airport to 300’000 seats. The airline will now add 10 routes to the current 7 that it operates from the airport. […]

Lauda to cease operations and be renamed

Ryanair Group’s Vienna-based subsidiary Lauda will cease operations at the end of this year, making way for a new Maltese AOC that will be be called Lauda Europe. The airline’s headquarters will therefore move from Vienna to Malta. The coronavirus has been an influential factor in Ryanair’s decision, but there is also an interesting song […]

Vistara receives its 1st Airbus A321neo

Vistara (an Indian LCC) has received its 1st Airbus A321neo out of 6. Powered by 2 CFM International Leap 1As, the aircraft has a a 3-class configuration, with 12 fully flat beds in Business class, 24 seats in Premium Economy and 152 in Economy. This aircraft will add on to Vistara’s current 32 A320 family […]