Is more European consolidation inevitable or even desirable, and who can afford it?Read more "Are there really too many airlines?"
Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy yesterday afternoon following 49% owner Etihad refusing to provide further finance for the airline. The German Government has loaned €155m to enable three months of operations but the airlines break up, is in my opinion, almost inevitable. Subsidiary FlyNiki was already in the process of being sold. Many aircraft have […]Read more "Air Berlin files for Bankruptcy "
The mildly bizarre way US majors operate regional flying on the sub-100 seat class seems to be a game of musical chairs at times. Who owns or flies what, for who, under which flag, is like trying to decipher whose banner men belong to which house in Game of Thrones. 1. Delta will take back […]Read more "Delta moves regional jets in-house "
Last September I deliberately organised our flights to Salzburg so that we got to fly on a pair of Fokker-100’s from Frankfurt. One was in full old-style livery, with sky blue and red interior, and the return a Star Alliance liveried version with a slightly different interior. Awesome aircraft, big comfortable seats, they felt a […]Read more "Austrian takes its last E-195 and prepares to retire last F-100’s"
EVA Air of Taiwan has confirmed it will operate its last Boeing 747-400 passenger flight this month, on August 21st. Cargo flights will continue. Subject to any last minute changes, the last flight is scheduled as flight BR 892 on August 21, 2017 between Hong Kong (HKG) and Taipei (TPE). The flight is scheduled to […]Read more "EVA Air to end 744 operations "
Romanian airline Tarom has suffered from chronic under investment for years and has slowly started to pick itself up. Little more than a minor regional carrier, flying to key European and Balkan neighbours, it’s now looking to return to long haul. Tarom have requested tenders for the supply of two aircraft no older than 5 […]Read more "Romania’s Tarom looks set to return to long haul "
Several major US airlines, airports, and companies associated with travel & tourism are urging Congress to support Open Skies agreements, and reject demands from American Airlines, Delta, and United, to restrict the major Gulf carriers over alleged subsidies. The Us Big 3, with support from pilots, continue to lobby the US government to address what […]Read more "Half of US Airlines oppose the other half over the ME3"