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 […]

Aircraft of the week and the history of TNT Airways:

This British Aerospace 146-300 (BAe 146-300), registered as 5X-AAZ for its future operator, Ugandan air cargo company Zone Four, is powered by 4 Lycoming ALF-502 turbofans and can seat between 97 and 112 passengers. It has had an interesting history, having not being taken up twice and being one of the few BAe 146s to […]

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, […]

Airline start-ups 2021:

Here is a list of the current airline start-ups in 2021, which will be regularly updated to add on new start-ups for this year : MeerExpress: A new German start-up based in Hünxe, North-Rhine Westphalia, that flies to several East Frisian Islands as of the 26th of March using a Cessna 208 Caravan and a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Austral Lineas Aéreas has merged into Aerolinéas Argentinas

Yesterday, Argentina’s 2nd biggest airline, Austral Lineas Aéreas merged into Argentina’s flag carrier, Aerolinéas Argentinas. The merger process began in the beginning of May this year after having failed in previous years. As a consequence of the merger, a new cargo division of Aerlinéas Argentinas will be created as well as a new third-party maintenance […]

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 […]

Aircraft of the week:

Aircraft 2-BHXG hasn’t had a very long history, but is a good example of the typical lifespan and operator history of an Airbus A340. Delivered to Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific in February 1998 after being assembled in Toulouse, France, under the registration number B-HXG (it is an Airbus A340-300), it was amongst Cathay Pacific’s […]

Ryanair sells $1 billion bond

On Tuesday of last week, Ryanair sold a $1 billion bond (€850 million), its 1st in 3 years, after the price of bonds soared, showing some recovery from the negative financial effects of this pandemic. The bond received orders of $5.22 billion (€4.4 billion) from investors, more than 5 times the amount that Ryanair was […]

Flybe sharholders sue former directors

Former Flybe shareholders are examining legal action over the cut-price sale of the independant airline to the Connect Airways consortium, owned by Virgin, Cyrus Capital Partners and Stobart Airways in 2019. Shareholders only received 1p per share for the sale. The day before the sale was announced, Flybe’s share price was worth 16.4 pence, making […]