Great Dane Airlines ceases operations

Aalborg-based Great Dane Airlines ceased operations on the 11th of October, filing for bankruptcy on the same day. At the time of its demise, the airline operated 3 Embraer E195 jets (with a capacity of 118 passengers) bought from Irish regional airline Stobart Air in 2019 and flew to 15 destinations across Europe. Its main […]

New German start-up MeerExpress

New Hünxe-based (North Ruhr Westphalia, Western Germany) start-up MeerExpress began operations on the 26th of March between Hünxe’s Schwarze Heide airfield and Norderney, an East Frisian island, using a Cessna 208 Caravan or 208B Grand Caravan (both turboprops, the 208 can seat up to 9 passengers and the 208B 11 passengers) operated by Hohenlockstedt-based (Schleswig-Holstein, […]

New Atlanta-based cargo airline CMA CGM Air Cargo

Launched a little over 3 weeks ago, Atlanta and Liege (a city in French-speaking eastern Belgium) based cargo airline CMA CGM Air Cargo possesses 4 Airbus A330-200Fs (freighters), 2 of which are currently in service, that are operated for them by Air Belgium, a Belgian long-haul airline. It is part of the large French shipping […]

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 […]

Air India sale delayed

Air India’s sale from the Indian government into private hands has been delayed to the 31st of March (the end of the 2020/2021 fiscal [business] year), as today’s deadline for potential bidders has expired. The Indian government wishes to prolong the time period for the airline’s sale so as to attract more bidders. It has […]

China’s Tianfu Airport completes first test flights

Tianfu Airport, an international airport under construction in the central Chinese province of Sichuan, has completed its first test flights. Major Chinese airlines Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, Chengdu Airlines and Sichuan Airlines all brought their signature aircraft to test out at the new airport. Air China flew its Boeing 747-8, China […]

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 […]

Virgin Australia cancels 23 Boeing 737 MAX orders

Virgin Australia has canceled 23 Boeing 737 MAX orders. Its original order was of 48 aircraft, but that has now been lowered to 25. This is due to the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic and the end of its takeover by Boston-based Bain Capital last month. All its canceled orders are for the […]

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 […]

El Al names new Chief Executive

Israeli flag carrier El Al has named its new Chief Executive (CE), Avigal Soreq, the successor of Gonen Usishkin, who is to step down next January. Avigal Soreq is the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Delek US Holdings, an American energy firm specialising in petroleum refining and logistics assets. Delek US Holdings is based in […]

Korean Air to absorb Asiana Airlines

Korean flag carrier Korean Air announced during board meetings with its parent company, Hanjin KAL (a South Korean conglomerate that is focused on South Korean shipping and aviation), on Monday, that it is to absorb Asiana Airlines, the 2nd largest airline in South Korea and the 25th largest airline in Asia. The acquisition will create […]