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  • Under the wing: germanwings' Joachim Klein and Andreas Bierwirth

    News | 24 May 2006 23:00

    <P><STRONG><STRONG>By Jackie Thompson and Mark Pilling in London&nbsp; Photography&nbsp;by Etienne de Malglaive</STRONG></STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Although the leaders of germanwings insist they are not Lufthansa puppets, it is clear there are strong links between the low-cost carrier and its parent </STRONG></P> <P>Only a handful of carriers have tried to make the jump from the regional to the low-cost model. Some are flourishing, but others have failed. The UK’s flybe and Ireland’s Aer Arann are making a decent job of it, but US player Independence Air collapsed. Another notable European experiment is more than holding its own in a toughening market. That experiment is the brainchild of German regional Eurowings, with its germanwings offshoot and with Lufthansa as its mothership.</P> <P> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=445 bgColor=#ffffff align=center> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG border=1 alt=IT13_W445 src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=12783" width=445 height=343>
  • Kerry Skeen: Independence day

    News | 31 May 2004 23:00

    <P><STRONG>Kerry Skeen is leading an ambitious plan to free his airline from its role as a United Airlines feeder and reinvent it as a low-cost carrier flying regional jets. Can this unconventional vision succeed?</STRONG> </P> <P>When Kerry Skeen chose a logo for his planned carrier Independence Air, he ended up with a circle enclosing an off-centre "I", one that, in his words, "is decidedly eccentric". That is fitting, given the decidedly off-centre approach Skeen has taken in his attempt, the first anywhere, to create a full-grown low-fares airline starting out with regional jets. He is defying conventional wisdom that 50-seat regional aircraft just cannot work in a low-cost operation, especially in a region that is rapidly facing low-fare airline saturation. These are all tough considerations, but Skeen insists that Independence Air can succeed; "not because we're smart and have such great ideas but because we are smart enough to recognise that the time is right and that the stars
  • 737 and Cessna 404 in collision over Namibia

    News | 07 Jan 2003 00:00

    <p>DAVID LEARMOUNT / LONDON</p> <p>Light aircraft lands safely after mid-air impact as airliner continues to destination</p> <p>A TAAG Angola Boeing 737-200 with 45 people on board and a chartered Cessna 404 survived a mid-air collision shortly after they had taken off from different airports serving Namibia's capital, Windhoek. The 737 crew reported the collision to Windhoek tower, then continued its flight to Lubango, southern Angola, and took off again for its final destination, Luanda.</p> <p>The Westair Wings Charters 404, with only the pilot on board, had taken off from runway 01 at Eros Airport on 26 December for a visual flight rules positioning flight to Tsumkwe in north-eastern Namibia, and had just levelled at FL115 (11,500ft/3,500m) when the impact with the 737 occurred. </p> <p>TAAG's 737, carrying nine crew and 36 passengers, had taken off from runway 08 at Windhoek Hosea Kutato International Airport. About 4min later, cleared to FL310 (31,000ft), the 737 collided wit
  • A new lease of life

    News | 30 Sep 2000 23:00

    Lessors are taking note of a regional jet market that could be worth £200 billion over the next 20 years. G&uuml;nter Endres/LONDON <p>Not so long ago, regional aircraft leasing was something of a necessary evil, dominated by manufacturers desperate to shift their products. As the regional jet (RJ)continues to sweep all before it, that has started to change. Already the sector has begun to attract the attentions of the world's leading lessors. In June, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) raised the stakes with a massive order for up to 450 RJs. Others too are showing interest. </p> <p>There is little doubt about the potential of this once overlooked market. About 2,000 RJs are currently on order or option and jets account for 92% of the order backlog held by manufacturers. One of those, Fairchild Aerospace, estimates that the overall market for regional aircraft in the 30- 110-seat range will be worth $203 billion over the next 20 years. If US pilot unions agree to lift scope claus
  • Marketplace

    News | 10 Aug 1999 23:00

    Midwest Express Airlines is to acquire four Boeing MD-80 series aircraft operated by SAS. After refurbishment and modification, three are expected to enter service in 2001 and one in 2002. The Milwaukee-based airline operates six MD-80s; four more are scheduled to enter service by mid-2000. Chile's Ladeco has acquired an ex-British Airways Boeing 737-200 Adv from GE Capital Aviation Services/Polaris on five-year lease. Alitalia Express has taken delivery of the first two of three ATR 72-500s ordered earlier this year to replace ATR 42s. The two aircraft, with a third due later this year, will bring the carrier's ATR fleet to seven ATR 72s and six ATR 42s. Sabre Airways is boosting its 737-800 fleet with the lease of an aircraft from Tombo Aviation next February. Two 737-800s are leased from International Lease Finance. Dutch British Airways franchise operator BASE Airlines has boosted its Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia fleet to five aircraft, with the lease of three ex-WestAir examples.
  • Marketplace

    News | 15 Jun 1999 23:00

    Aviation Capital Group has bought an Airbus A320 that is on lease to America West, and a Boeing 727-200 that will be hushkitted and converted to cargo configuration for lease to an undisclosed US cargo carrier for eight years. Iberia has begun the next phase of its fleet renewal programme, with the delivery of the first of 16 new Airbus A320 family aircraft, an A320, that the Spanish carrier is leasing from International Lease Finance (ILFC). Six more A320s, along with nine A319s (all CFM International CFM56-powered), will be delivered on lease from ILFC up to the end of next year. A further 52 aircraft are on direct order from Airbus to replace the airline's Boeing 727s, 757s and McDonnell Douglas DC-9s. UK cargo airline MK Airlines has signed an agreement to lease an ex-Southern Air Transport Pratt &amp; Whitney JT9D-powered Boeing 747-200 freighter from Finova. Aerolineas Argentinas has taken delivery of the first of six ex-Philippine Airlines Airbus A340-200/300s on lease from