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    Smartwings exits creditor protection after securing loan

    2021-03-26T18:37:00Z

    Smartwings has signed a Kc2 billion ($90 million) loan agreement with a syndicate of banks under the the Czech Government’s Covid Plus support programme helping it to come out of a moratorium with creditors it has been in since the pandemic hit. The Kc2 billion loan with four banks ...

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    Czech Airlines files for reorganisation

    2021-02-26T16:55:00Z

    Czech Airlines (CSA) has filed for reorganisation under insolvency regulations as “the last option to save the company” unless it receives government financial support.

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    A320 veered off runway as late hydraulic failure 'surprised' pilots

    2021-02-19T10:50:00Z

    Pilots of an Airbus A320 were caught out by a hydraulic failure as the aircraft landed at Burgas, their reaction leading the twinjet to veer off the runway and come to rest on rough ground. Operating for Smartwings, the Greek-registered Orange2Fly aircraft had suffered a leak in its green ...

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    How many jobs have Europe’s airlines cut in 2020?

    2020-12-24T12:15:00Z

    Tens of thousands of jobs have been lost in Europe’s airline sector since the crisis began, as carriers seek to reduce cash burn and ‘right-size’ for the eventual recovery in demand.

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    Czech carriers apply for protection to stabilise finances

    2020-08-26T21:40:00Z

    Czech operator Smartwings Group has formally sought temporary creditor protection to buy time to achieve financial stability during the air transport downturn. Smartwings Group, which includes both Smartwings and Czech Airlines, says it has filed with a Prague court for an extraordinary moratorium. The temporary measure provides space ...

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    Smartwings 737 inquiry recommends psychological appraisal of captain

    2020-07-26T16:40:00Z

    Czech investigators probing the incident in which a Boeing 737-800 proceeded to its destination without diverting, despite suffering engine failure early in the flight, have recommended that its captain should undergo psychological assessment. Investigation authority UZPLN says the unusual recommendation for a psychological examination at the Czech Institute of ...

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    Smartwings 737 captain 'hid' engine failure to continue flight to Prague

    2020-07-25T12:17:00Z

    Czech investigators have revealed that a Boeing 737-800 captain misled air traffic control over a serious engine failure and ignored the first officer’s urging a diversion, in order to press on to Prague, the flight’s original destination. Investigation authority UZPLN states that the captain’s poor decision-making – disregarding several ...

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    Smartwings seeks support on financing not state ownership

    2020-05-18T15:58:00Z

    Czech airline operator Smartwings Group insists it is only pressing for government support on financing through the crisis rather than wanting it to take a holding in the company. The group, which includes Czech Airlines as well as leisure operator Smartwings, was the focus of fresh speculation after the ...

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    Flydubai leases Smartwings 737s to offset Max problems

    2019-11-28T11:46:00Z

    Czech carrier Smartwings is to wet-lease four Boeing 737-800s to the Middle Eastern operator Flydubai, to help offset a capacity loss from the 737 Max grounding.

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    Inquiry probes 737's extended flight after engine failure

    2019-10-25T07:12:58Z

    ​Czech investigators have detailed a serious incident in which a Smartwings Boeing 737-800 departing the Greek island of Samos continued its flight to Prague despite an engine failure as the aircraft reached cruise altitude.

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    ​PICTURE: Travel Service takes first of 10 737 Max 8s from GECAS

    2018-02-02T04:15:41Z

    Travel Service Airlines has received its first Boeing 737 Max 8, one of 10 the Czech airline is taking on operating lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

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    Travel Service to acquire almost all of Czech Airlines

    2017-10-09T13:11:00Z

    ​Czech Airlines is to be taken over by rival operator Travel Service, following an agreement by Korean Air and asset-management firm Prisko to dispose of their stakes in the flag-carrier.

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    Travel Service signs 737 Max leases with ALC

    2015-03-05T10:41:37Z

    Czech carrier Travel Service has agreed an operating lease contract with US lessor Air Lease for two new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

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    LHT wins more CFM56 maintenance work from Travel Service

    2014-04-10T15:23:02Z

    Czech leisure carrier Travel Service has extended its engine MRO contract with Lufthansa Technik.