August 2009 - Posts
Former Avianca MD83 N161BS msn 53464/2091 was recently overhauled at Meridiana jetbase at Olbia, Italy and than painted into Air Burkina paint scheme. New registration XT-ABF has been applied on fuselage. On last Aug 27 2009 the new plane have left Olbia to Ouagadougou, home of Air Burkina. This plane was delivered to the fist customer AOM of France in 1994.
Air Uganda have in service now a new Canadair CRJ100ER msn 7162 5X-UGD in all white plus titles. Delivery was between Aug 28 and 29 2009 via Heraklion-Jeddah-Entebbe. The new plane is a former Brit Air F-GRJH delivered brand new on March 12 1997.
Cape Verde Island flag carrier TACV is on the way to resume flights from Ilha do Sal to Milan Malpensa. Yet is unknown the schedule and how many flights are operated every week.
Local medias speaks that Baboo is on the way to have a deal with Milan Malpensa airport for opening new flights to Geneva and Marseille. The new operations are reported to commence soon.
23 million € lost in first six month of 2009 and with plans to lose in total 27,8 million€ at end of the year is the financial point of view of the airline seen yesterday by the Board. Gross income is estimated in 200 million € and in 2010 plans speaks about 290 million € and losses for 13 million €. These figures are wholly different from old business plan that has estimated to be equal.
The board have decide the new headings to the future needs by Sept 28 2009 when the board will have a new meeting to decide the new money injection for covering losses matured until now and by the end of October could be ready the new plan to integrate Eurofly in Meridiana.
In first half of 2009 they have matured incomes for 143 million € (-12,2% on same period in 2008). This figure is 3 percentual point less then the flying activity reduced by 9% with 20.641 flying hours. The losses are 23,278 milllion € versus 14,962 million € lost in 2008. They has created an increase in the negative performances by 50% more. Eurofly have net patrimoniun value for 7,596 million €, absolutely insufficient to run and forcing the shareholder to inject new money in the company. Meridiana is ready to grant until 20 million € that grant continuity until July 2010.
The new business plan model until 2015 speaks about to reduce the long haul fleet of 1 A330s ( from 3 to 2) by May 2009 and from October to May to fly with 7 A320s instead of 10 and than by coming May 2009 to fly with 9 jetliners of that type. They'll increase the flight operations to Egypt and reduce the inside Italy north to the south flights. Maintenance from 4Q2009 is in the hands of joint venture company established between Meridiana and Iberia. Saving will comes also from catering new contracts re-discussed and reductions in costs of the company structure. The headquarter in Milan will be sold and cabin crews will work under reduced salary until 2013. The copntract signed with pilot will be not extended and no paycheck increases will be awarded when age steps are exceeded.
Budget Lithuanian carrier Star1 Airlines is due to from Milan Malpensa to Vilnius on twice weekly basis on tuesdays and saturdays by November 21 2009 with B737/300s.
10.20 - 13.50 -2----- B737
18.50 - 22.20 -----6- B737
08.00 - 09.35 -2----- B737
16.30 - 18.05 -----6- B737
Recalling the common denominator of the difficult global economic
situation has prompted Delta to decide to reduce its capacity for the
winter season. As for the Italian market Delta suspends flights
Pisa-New York - says sales director for Italy of the carrier, Patrizia
Ribaga -. It will also decrease the frequency on Malpensa-Atlanta to 4
flights per week and the Rome-Atlanta and Rome-New York six times a
week, but only from January to March. " Delta flights from Milan,
Venice, Pisa and Rome on the U.S. have registered for the summer an
average load factor of about 87,5%.
The general crisis matched with lower demand usual in winter push American to drop the non stop flight Rome-Chicago by Oct 25 2009 with plans to be resumed by April 2010. The route is downgraded to seasonal from all year round. Services to New York JFK from Milan and Rome suffer same restrictions with reduced weekly frequencies from daily to five a week. Roberto Antonucci, country manager in Italy have released yesterday these updates to the medias and commenting "With
the exception of the last week of July and the first of August, we in
fact reported a drop in bookings compared to 2008 plus an average
tariffs fell by around 20%. The Italian market for us is interesting,
however, is too fragmented, and as a distrubution that as an airport
logistics and infrastructure, also affects the volume and yield".
Checking the airline web site at www.efly.it they has upload to fly Catania-Malta by Sept 12 2009. Media informations published in these days speaks that certification loop are close to be terminated. Efly wants to serve Malta and Catania twice a day and shortly they'll launch a special campaign with 3000 tickets at 39,95€ one way all inclusive with 25Kgs of free baggage allowance enclosed. 112 seater BAe146/300s are the flight equipment in fleet and by winter 2009/10 the route London Gatwick-Malta is on the radar of this airline after Braitish Airways route demise.
The shareholders meeting had yesterday that would have resulted in 4 new
potential investors for recovering the airline situation grounded by Italian CAA one month ago. Two funds and two airlines are the interested subjects. One of the
funds appears has already been submitted to ENAC. The airlines seem to
be the Libyan airline and an undisclosed Romanian carrier. Trade unions are perplexed about the situation of the company.
The shareholders want to resume flights soon but in last October
2008 was announced the arrival of 50 million € to give new future to the airline. Pity that the money never arrived. The twenty million €
which would apparently seem to be enough just taking in consideration of the airline patrimonial situation.
Rumors reports about is so close the deal between Ryanair and Naples airport managing company for opening routes with. Its one of the most biggest airport in Italy without any flight serviced by the most importan low cost airline in Europe. Ryanair have under radars to open services from Crotone, Catania and Comiso as well
Concerning Milan area Michael Cawley said "We are interested to fly from any airport. Even those of Milan, but we
need that Linate and Malpensa have a wake up, we need efficiency".
As from Oct 25 2009, Brussels Airlines will offer 12 weekly flights from Brussels to Milan city airport Linate. Flights are operated with Avro RJ liners and they are in partnership with Lufthansa Italia thanks to the code share applied.
Brussels Airlines offers now 30 weekly flights to Milan Malpensa Airport and with the new addition growth to 42.
Milan Linate airport is at just eight kilometers off from downtown and it fit verry well for businessmen as well as tourists flying in on a short city trip.
Brussels Airlines has a slot application running for an earlier
departure in Brussels and departure from Milan. Current schedule of the
morning flight could therefore change. Combination Linate and
Malpensa All flights can be combined with the scheduled flights
Brussels Airlines offers five times a day between Brussels and Milan
Malpensa Airport. With a daily flight offer to both Linate and
Malpensa, Brussels Airlines passengers have a choice of up to seven
daily departure options in both directions. On a weekly basis some 42
return flights and more than 8,000 airplane seats are offered between
the European capital and Milan.
The European leader no frills airline Ryanair is in talks with Aeroporti di Puglia for opening new bases in Bari and Brindisi shortly. Media "La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno" speaks about 2 planes located in Bari and one in Brindisi. Ryanair can growth from today 12 destinations available (8 from Bari and 4 from Brindisi) to 24 or 27 with different weekly frequencies. SEAP board of shareholders extraordinary meeting is planned on coming Sept 7 2009. The acceleration is due to the hole left from MyAir grounding that from Brindisi and Bari have established some months ago a large network of flights with destinations inside in Italy and to many destinations in Europe. Ryanair expansion can offer 1000 new jobs every one million passengers carried, they plans to lift more than 2 million passengers.
Previously operated by MyAir, now the charter route Venice-Erevan is in the hands of Air Italy. The take over is a consequence of recent flight operations suspension ordered to MyAir from Italian CAA. Flights are weekly every friday with 148 seater Boeing B737/300s. Air Italy have replaced MyAir one week later the grounding.
Below are stated the next schedules until end of summer timetable.
19:25 01:45 ----5-- I9 2634 B737/300s Sept 4 only
23:45 06:05 ----5-- I9 2634 B737/300s Sept 11 to Oct 24
In these days Italian leisure airline Blue Panorama have hired in ACMI one 450 seater Boeing B747/230C (SCD) SX-TIE from Hellenic Imperial Airways of Athens for operating charter flights on short-medium haul segments especially to Red Sea. In this photo the plane is pictured when in take off.
SAVE Venice airport managing company have published on company website two new flights operated by Blue Air. Venice-Paris Orly and Venice-Bucarest Baneasa are the flights uploaded two times a week on tuesdays and fridays effective Sept 29 2009. No availability there is at the moment present on booking engine of Romanian budget airline website. It appears a slot request applied to have space for future routes. In fact these are former MyAir routes operated until the airline have ceased flights.
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