Aircraft of the week:

Under the registration number HB-AES for former Swiss airline Sky Work Airlines, this Dornier Do-328, of which only 217 were produced, has operated with 7 different airlines across 2 continents and is currently being stored at Bern Belp Airport in Switzerland. After coming out from the Dornier factory in Oberpfaffenhofen, Bavaria in February 1995, HB-AES […]

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 […]

New Croatian start-up Fly Air 41

The CEO of German leisure airline Sundair, Marcos Rossello, has announced that he is planning to open a new Croatian start-up, Fly Air 41, that will begin operations in either the end of April or the beginning of May. Mr Rossello stated that the possible name for this new airline comes from an IT aviation […]

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:

Aircraft 5Y-JWC for Kenyan regional airline Jetways Airlines is a Fokker 50 that is 33 years old. It is 1 of 213 Fokker 50s (which are turboprops) produced and is powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127Bs. The Fokker 50 seats 58 people. 5Y-JWC was originally delivered to Aer Lingus in January 1989 under […]

Air Serbia to begin flights to Geneva in March

Air Serbia will begin flights to the Swiss city of Geneva from the Serbian capital Belgrade on the 1st of March. Air Serbia already flies to the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich. It plans to operate 2 flights a week to Geneva, one on Mondays and another on Fridays. The Belgrade to Geneva route was […]

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 […]

Italy to have new flag carrier in April

As of April this year, Italy will have a new flag carrier under the name of ITA (Italia Transporto Aereo). The airline will possess 52 aircraft (43 narrowbodies and 9 widebodies) instead of Alitalia’s 104 and will reduce operations from 114 destinations in total to 60 (domestic and international). This comes after 3 years of […]

New Ilyushin Il-114 turboprop completes 1st flight

Yesterday, the Ilyushin Il-114-300 turboprop completed its 1st flight at Zukhovsky Airfield near Moscow, Russia. The aircraft carries up to 68 passengers and is powered by 2 Klimov TV7-117SM engines. It has been created to link passengers in remote parts of Russia with polar or tundra-like climates and poor infrastructure to cities and towns. Yury […]

Aircraft of the week:

Aircraft OE-LTK for People’s Viennaline (an Austrian charter airline based at the Swiss airport of St-Gallen Altenrhein), this Embraer 170LR (long range) has been in service with 5 airlines, all of which are situated in Europe. Embraer 170s are powered by 2 high-bypass General Electric CF-34s and have a maximum seating of 66 passengers in […]

La Nova: another Swiss start-up?

After Air Ticino, which has not yet started operations, could Geneva-based start-up La Nova be the solution to a rather poor last decade for the Swiss aviation industry? This year, we saw Swiss start-up Fly Bair begin operations this July, but it’s main route network, which consisted of flights from Swiss capital Bern to different […]

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 […]

Aircraft of the week:

Aircraft SE-LJS for Swedish start-up Air Leap, former Swedish regional carrier NextJet and Avitrans Nordic, this Saab 340 was produced at Saab’s Linköping factory in 1990 and first delivered to Swiss carrier Crossair in December 1990 under the registration number HB-AKL. There, it joined 7 other Saab 340s that had been delivered to the airline […]

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, […]

New Gambian start-up: FlyWestAf

A new Gambian airline, FlyWestAf, is soon to start operations. Even though many airlines are reducing operations and cutting costs, whether it be by retiring their Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 fleets, or by simply sizing down their network, FlyWestAf co-founder Richard Powell has definitely not given up. He and his team are finalising procedures […]

Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy

Virgin Atlantic filed for bankruptcy yesterday under Chapter 15 in New York. It told a London court that it would run out of money to continue operating in September. The airline is experiencing extreme financial difficulties due to the coronavirus, which is also what caused Virgin Australia to file for bankruptcy. Just because the airline […]