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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Montenegro Airlines introduces 4 new routes

Montenegro Airlines (the flag carrier of Montenegro) will introduce flights from the Montenegrin capital Podgorica to the cities of Kiev (the capital of Ukraine), Lisbon, Istanbul and Prague from the 28th of March next year. These flights will all be seasonal, taking place in the summer. The airline has already created a flight schedule for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jet2 terminates Stansted-Pula route

British LCC Jet2 has announced that it will not be recommencing the Stansted to Pula (a city in Western Croatia) route at the beginning of next year’s summer season. The route was launched in 2017. On the other hand, Jet2 will resume flights from the Croatian city to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester next May. […]

Airlink to restart 3 routes to Mozambique

South African regional airline Airlink (based at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport) is to restart 3 routes from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport (in South Africa) to the cities of Pemba, Beira and Vilanculos in Mozambique (a country in southeastern Africa) following the lifting of restrictions that didn’t allow travel between the 2 countries. Airlink also […]

Aviation this week video n°16:

Here is a video that shows some of the main events that have occurred in the aviation industry this week: The Boeing 737 used to sponsor the Montreal Alouettes is aircraft C-GNLW, a Boeing 737-200C (Convertible between cargo and passenger), which is 36.3 years old and was delivered to Nolinor Aviation in March 2016.

Easyjet to close base at Ljubljana Airport

Easyjet will temporarily close its base at Ljubljana Airport (Slovenia’s capital) at the beginning of this winter season. It only operates to 2 destinations from the airport: London Gatwick and Berlin Schönefeld. Flights from Ljubljana to Gatwick will be suspended on the 23rd of October whereas flights between Lubljana and Berlin have already been suspended […]

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 […]

Ryanair to open new base at Paris Beauvais

Ryanair has announced that it will establish a new base at Paris Beauvais Airport from the 3rd of December 2020. It will base 2 aircraft (an investment of $200 million) at the airport and will begin 2 new routes from the airport to Paphos in Greece on the 26th of October this year as well […]

Vietnam Airlines to resume flights to Tokyo

Vietnam Airlines (the flag carrier of Vietnam) will restart nonstop flights from Hanoi to Tokyo later on this week. The airline will offer 4 one-way flights from Hanoi to Tokyo Narita Airport, departing on the 18th, 25th and 30th of December at 23:45 (I don’t know what time zone). It will also operate a flight […]

Aer Lingus Regional has begun its Manchester-Belfast City service

Aer Lingus Regional has begun its new Manchester-Belfast City service today. The airline will operate 4 daily return flights from Manchester to Belfast, with fares starting from $29.99, taxes included. Last month, Aer Lingus Regional officially opened its base at George Best Belfast City Airport, and is now flying to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter and Manchester […]

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has received its 1st aircraft

Start-up Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has received its 1st aircraft, an Airbus A321neo. The aircarft, fitted with 2 Pratt & Whitney PW1100Gs, was originally ordered by the airline’s parent company, Wizz Air, but then went through a sale-and-leaseback process with Singapore-based BOC Aviation, an aircraft lessor. The airline is also getting ready to receive another […]