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Monarch serves seasonally Manchester-Bologna-Mombasa

Today leisure airline Monarch started to fly seasonally on charter basis Manchester-Bologna-Mombasa every fridays after a deal signed between four UK and three Italian tour operated. The charter route is operated by 309 seater B767/300ERs. This deal will stop at end of August 2009. Monarch wide body B767s G-DIMB was pictured this morning in Bologna by Lucio Alfieri.

Blue Air launch Bergamo-Lyon twice weekly

The last addition in the network of Romanian budget carrier Blue Air is Bergamo-Lyon two times a week by Oct 26 2009 operated on monday and wednesdays.

Lyon-Bergamo 10:45-11:30 1-3---- JOR109
Bergamo-Lyon 10:00-10:45 1-3---- JOR111


Windjet resumes Bergamo-Catania daily
Budget airline Windjet continue to expand the network adding newly Bergamo in his network thanks to a daily service from Catania by Sept. 21 2009. 18,75€ one way is the basic starting fare available.
Bacau-Catania join the Blue Air network by Oct 27 2009

Two times a week by winter schedule 2009/10 is the new proposal made by Blue Air from Catania linking Sicily with Bacau in Romania. Flights are on tuesdays and saturdays and booking are now already open.

Bacau-Catania 1445-1615 JOR245
Catania-Bacau 1715-2045 JOR246

Promo fares from 7€ one way taxes not enclosed. Blue Air have thrice weekly services Bucarest-Catania and by Aug 1 they'll becomes five weekly. Bookings at

Blue Panorama sees new opportunities after MyAir stop and Alitalia services cut

Franco Pecci, chairman and founder of Blue Panorama is on the way to check market opportunities after that some routes are available in the market due to MyAir grounding and Alitalia is reducing frequencies on the network. Blue Panorama is on the way to check new opportunities on routes and destinations where risk is low such as Brindisi. Shortly one more B737/300s will join the fleet. 

The deal signed with Meridiana two months ago is going well and its fit nice for both the carriers. Blue Panorama via low cost brand Blue Express give space on Turin-Rome and Meridiana have swapped capacity offer on Turin-Olbia, Cagliari-Roma and Verona-Rome. Especially on Turin-Rome Mr. Pecci declares to have in his hands the 30% of market share, thanks especially to the delays amassed.

Alitalia stops Venice-Cagliari by Oct 1 2009

Alitalia - Compagnia Aerea Italiana have removed from booking engine daily non stop services from Venice to Cagliari with effect Oct. 1 2009.

Danube Wings wants to serve Milan from Kosice

Regional airline Danube Wings have on the radar to serve Kosice by winter 2009/10 schedule. The route is appeared on network map this afternoon together with other new gateways while Brussels, Warsaw, Kiev.

Danube Wings was admitted this week in the ERA - European Regional Airlines association. Arpag Agosc - airline marketing manager is very happy about hows run Danube Wings in these months. 20000 passengers were carried until now and the average is now 400 pour day. Routes like Bologna-Crotone, Bratislava-Basel, Bratislava-Bologna are going very well. The first one have matured a faster growth since the opening with many constant fully booked flights in the last two weeks.

By mid-August is predicted the upload of winter schedules.


CargoItalia starts to go. First flight to Hong Kong

The Italian private all cargo carrier in the hands now of Alis Aerolinee on last July 25 2009 have operated its first revenue flight with an ad hoc charter from Milan Malpensa to Hong Kong with MD11SFs EI-UPI.

CargoItalia confirm the strat up of regular flights by September on Milan Malpensa to New York/Toronto/Abu Dhabi. Its in progress the upgrade of company stake capital from 15 to 20 million €.

Neos will fit B767/300ERs with blended winglets

In coming November the current pair of B767/306ERs in service with Neos (Milan/Italy) will go for performing major maintenance checks. Its reported that during them they'll get new blended winglets. Neos will be the first airline operating the B767s in Italy to have them  The new winglets will cut operational costs due to they save at least 6,5% of fuel.

ITALYNEWS Ed. July 27 2009

 AIR ARABIA MAROC will add 5 more weekly flights from Aug 17 to Aug 31 on Bergamo-Casablanca. Today is daily and than for a short time is operated 12xweek. By Sept 1 to Sept 12 is 10xweek, after Sept 13 2009 the route will run daily.

AIR MEDITERRANEE was been selected by Holding Turismo to operate the flights from Rimini to Paris CDG after that MyAir was grounded.

AMESTERDAM AIRLINES was been selected by Holding Turismo to fly the routes Rimini-Amsterdam and Rimini-Lampedusa after that MyAir was grounded.

BELLE AIR will srve 3 times a week Bologna-Tirana along the winter time, same as now like day of operations on mo-we-sa. They'll ass new weekly flights from mid Dec 2009 to Jan 31 2010 on tu-th-su.

BLUE AIR have immediately increased the route Naples-Bucarest to five weekly operated on mo-tu-we-th-sa.
Two more weekly flights on Bucarest-Catania on mo and sa by Aug 1 2009. Five are the weekly flights now scheduled.

BLU EXPRESS have recently presented its first half figures in Rome during a press conference. 360000 passengers were carried from Jan to Jun 2009 in the services in departure from Rome. Turin, Genoa, Lamezia Terme, Brindisi, Nice, seasonal to Lampedusa, Pantelleria, Ibiza, Lampedusa and Pantelleria. They offer also flights to Mykonos and Palma de Mallorca. In 2010 they estimate to have more passengers thanks to the enlarged network of destinations especially in domestic market.
A new check-in area is planned to be open at Terminal A in Rome FCO.

LUFTHANSA ITALIA definitively will colose the Milan Mxp-Bruxelles.

MERIDIANA is on Venice-Catania market by Aug 7 2009 as thrice a week on fr-sa-su. Daily is by Oct 1st 2009.

MYAIR is off from the market from July 24 2009 since the AOC has been revocked by Italian CAA. 220 employees are now unemployed, the fleet is grounded and prosecutors are on the way to check the companies financial status affected by huge losses in 2008 and in 2009 and in some medias figures speaks about probably more than 100 million €. Carlo Bernini have wrote to the board sending the formal demise act from the leading position in the airline. The board revocked, but now everything is in the hands of Vincenzo Soddu, today VP with Chairman functions. They are on the way to find the way to survive, probably investors are announced in the week, but in another side is clear the sooner insolvency declared by the court just in case the bankruptcy is requested from creditors.
Stranded passengers has obtained  ad hoc fares in order to have the possibility to be back home with Meridiana, Alitalia, Ryanair, Blue Air.

RYANAIR these are new changes on winter 2009/10 network:
Bologna-London STN is increased from daily to 11xweek,
Bologna-Lamezia Terme is increased from 4xweek to daily
Bologna-Brindisi is increased from 4xweek to daily.
Treviso-Malta is confirmed on W09/10 ad three times a week on we-fr-su.

TRAVEL SERVICE have take over on MyAir flights operated on behalf for Holding Turismo. Lampedusa to Bergamo (2 flights on saturday), Bologna (2 flights on saturday), Milan Mxp, Rome FCO are the routes operated.

TRAWEL will fly the route Bergamo-Pantelleria every saturdays afther that MyAir was grounded.
They increase to 6xweek the route Bergamo-Naples by Sept 18 2009 and 5xweek on Bergamo-Catania on same day.

VUELING/CLICKAIR will fly in winter the same routes currently operated except:
Twice a week only is the service Pisa-Barcelona available on tuesday and saturday.
WINDJET by Sept. 15 2009 will open the third daily flight in Venice-Catania.
They reduce in coming winter 09/10 schedule the network of new Adriatic hub built in Forlì with support of local airport managing company. Results was not very well than announced at the beginning. Only seven foreign destinations will compose the international network. London Gatwick, Berlin, Prague are the only new reconfirmed destinations. Continue to serve Bucarest, Moscow and St. Petersburg. All twice a week except St. Petersburg is once a week. Paris is only in December and January.
Published load factor speaks matured until now are: Cagliari 50%, Olbia 60%, Riga 76%, Bruxelles 70%, Londra 69%, Krakow 63%, Prague 68%, Amsterdam 70%, Berlin 65%, Parigi 60%. Seasonal leisure like Lampedusa have the '87% and Zakynthos is at 97%.
Windjet considers 70% the entry level step for a profitable flight. Many of them are lower than the break even factor and figures are calculated on effective flights effectively operated. Until now many flights were cancelled due to low performances, flights like Barcelona are going lower than 40%.

WIZZ will open these new routes after that MyAir have left the market.
Naples-Bucarest on we and su by Sep 20 2009,
Catania-Bucarest on mo and fr by Sept 21 2009,
Forlì-Bucarest on we and saby Oct 28 2009.

Trawel Fly fill up holes left from MyAir grounding

Trawel Fly, the Italian paper airline part of Trawel SpA is on the way to resume routes in the past operated by MyAir and now with grounding decision made by ENAC- Italian CAA are currently non operated. The single ACMI leased B737/700s from Astraeus will increase flights on Bergamo-Naples until 6xweek by Sept. 18 2009 operated on mo-tu-we-th-fr-su and Bergamo-Catania five weekly by Sept 18 2009 operated on tu-we-th-fr-su. New seasonal route is the Bergamo-Reggio Calabria scheduled by Aug 7 to Sept 4 2009 on wednesdays and fridays.

Trawel SpA have such as most important core business  the marketing and sales on behalf for tour operators, hotels, airlines, air brokerage and car rentals in Italy and abroad. In example Meridiana & Eurofly is represented in France and Russia,  Visit Italy In Greece - France - USA - Russia, Viaggi Walloby in Russia, Baboo - Holiday Autos - Broker Air Group - Forexchange - Flyaway - Italiatour in Italy.


Alitalia extend helps to stranded MyAir passengers
Alitalia extension of three days supplying reduced rates to facilitate the return home from abroad to MyAir passengers

Rome, 24 July 2009 - To meet the needs of customers who had bought a ticket with MyAir and, in particular, to facilitate their return to Italy for passengers holding MyAir tickets who are abroad these days, Alitalia has decided to extend on days 26, 27 and July 28 the validity of the reduced rates for holders of MyAir tickets.

Therefore, presenting an e-ticket issued by Myair (or electronic ticket receipt), issued before July 23, travelers can buy a ticket on Alitalia network:

39 Euro (plus taxes and surcharges) for all direct flights from Venice to Cagliari, Bari and Palermo, or vice-versa;

59 Euro (plus taxes and surcharges) for one-way flights to a destination of national and international reach through Myair integrated network Alitalia-Air One in connection Fiumicino.

The fare tickets can be purchased only at the Alitalia ticket office in the present stopovers and are subject to availability of seats on selected flights.

For more information contact the call center number is unique to Alitalia 06.2222.
Meridiana enters on Venice-Catania market

Yesterday they has uploaded on airline booking engine and CRSs the new route Venice-Catania by Aug 7 2009, operated until Sept 30th 2009 only three times a week on fridays, saturdays and sundays. By Oct 1 2009 the flight is planned and increased to daily.





51€ one way and taxes enclosed is the entry level fare. Meridiana have anticipate the opening of this new route, it was already scheduled by Oct 25 2009, but since MyWay Airlines went out of business its arrived the decision to open the route in advance. 


Alitalia expands the offer thanks to the code shareb with partners Air France/KLM. 13 new destinations available

Normal 0 14 Alitalia expands the international and intercontinental offering. 13 new destinations operated in codeshare with Air France / KLM

Alitalia expands its commercial offering and enhances its international and intercontinental network
with 13 new destinations in code-share with Air France / KLM:
• Hong Kong, Singapore, Montreal (from August), Dakar, Abidjan, Lisbon and Nuremberg
(via Paris);
• Dubai and Berlin (via Paris or Amsterdam);
• Stuttgart (via Paris or Lyon);
• Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Cape Town (via Amsterdam from August).
Alitalia and Air France / KLM have also increased the number of codeshare flights via Paris and via
• Brest, Clermont-Ferrand, Nantes, Pau (Pyrénées), Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse are now
also be accessed via Paris, as well as via Lyon.
• Hamburg, Birmingham and Montpellier can be reached via Lyon, as well as via
Alitalia now directly serves 24 domestic destinations, 34 international and 12 intercontinental and
agreements with 27 airlines serving more than 200 in codeshare destinations in the world (of which over
70 are those carried out in cooperation with Air France / KLM).
With the new codeshare connections not only strengthens the bid for Alitalia passengers
departure from the country but is also favoured the increase of international tourist flows towards Italy.
The agreement represents a further advancement of the strategic partnership between Alitalia and Air France / KLM
which offer significant growth opportunities for Alitalia, representing a growth factor
of air transport in the country, with particular reference to the connections
international and intercontinental.
The implementation of the partnership between Alitalia and Air France / KLM, as part of the SkyTeam,
generate synergies and operational benefits to passengers:
• increase the frequency on routes Italy and France-Italy-Holland;
• offer combinable fares or tickets that allow you to make the best use of
possible combinations of the network of Alitalia and Air France / KLM;
• expansion of the number of codeshare destinations;
• more opportunities to earn and spend miles on the network of the three companies and other
Sky Team partner;
• development of board and ashore in Italy and abroad.

MyAir grounded and on the way to be insolvent

According to the press agency news launched yesterday, no frills carrier MyAir which Enac yesterday have got suspended the license to fly and shortly is in a state of insolvency, after the 2008 budget shows a negative economic result of more than 100 million euros, and the Prosecutor of Vicenza is set to submit an application for bankruptcy of the company.

He said today the Guardia di Finanza, after a series of investigations conducted as part of an investigation by the judiciary of Vicenza.

"The 2008 budget of S.A., approved by the shareholders on June 15 without the assessment of reliability by the auditing firm Ria & Partners and the positive opinion of the supervisory board, even communicates a loss of about 30 million, should highlight, in fact, a negative economic result of more than 100 million euros, "reads a note from the provincial  Guardia di Finanza  command in Vicenza.

In the first half of this year, the company recorded a loss of nearly 17.6 million euros compared with a budget forecast that an estimated loss of 5.3 million.

"Given this situation we have been active for 10 million euros," he told Reuters by telephone to the Guardia Di Finanza Major Paul Borrelli, who has followed the operation.

Italian Civil Aviation Authority (Enac) yesterday issued an emergency decree that the company withdraw the temporary license to operate air transport of passengers and cargo that was released last June 25 "on hold announced the financial restructuring. "

The investigations made by Guardia Di Finanza against group companies Flyholding, of which the part, analysis of budgets and accounts of Vicenza based group of companies  and several witnesses have allowed the courts to report the framework of insolvency " , continues the note from the Guardia di Finanza.

The company, which has about 320 employees, has so far operated on 15 domestic destinations and as many in the rest of Europe with a small fleet of seven aircraft - none of which are owned - with main bases at Bergamo, Venice and Bari

The GdF added that he observed an "excessive use of commercial practices of overbooking" - by selling tickets far beyond their capacity, which has resulted in recent weeks delays and cancellations at many airports.

The Prosecutor's Office is going to present to the Court of Vicenza the instance of failure of the company, subject to the examination of the situation on the criminal, as he told the Guardia di Finanza.

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