Take-offs & Landings

anna.aero flies with Aer Lingus to share in Hartford BDL’s BDL (Big Dublin Launch)

anna.aero flies with Aer Lingus to share in Hartford BDL’s BDL (Big Dublin Launch)

Hartford in Connecticut joins Montreal and St. John’s in Canada in welcoming anna.aero’s North American loving Chief Analyst Ralph Anker on a route launch in 2016. See what happened on the inaugural flight from Dublin.

Blue Air to open base #7 at Constanta; will station one 737-500 and serve eight routes, four of them domestic

Blue Air to open base #7 at Constanta; will station one 737-500 and serve eight routes, four of them domestic

Blue Air is continuing its rapid expansion in the European market by announcing a new base for S17 – Constanta. It will join the airline’s existing bases at Bucharest, Bacau, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Larnaca and Turin. The Romanian hybrid carrier will connect its newest base to Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Oradea, Iasi, Rome Fiumicino, Milan/Bergamo and Paris Beauvais, with an eighth route to be confirmed.

Does Ernest know best? anna.aero finds out as Europe’s latest LCC takes off from Tirana to nine Italian destinations

Does Ernest know best? anna.aero finds out as Europe’s latest LCC takes off from Tirana to nine Italian destinations

Ernest is the latest LCC to commence operation in Europe. Using Mistral Air 737-400s and ATR 72s, the airline operates a virtual base from Tirana in Albania to nine destinations across Italy. With five of its routes already being served, anna.aero takes a closer look at the airline’s flying schedule, and to discover the impact it has had on this strong country market.


NewLeaf begins serving 11 Canadian airports; will face competition from WestJet on four routes; bases at Hamilton, Kelowna and Winnipeg

NewLeaf begins serving 11 Canadian airports; will face competition from WestJet on four routes; bases at Hamilton, Kelowna and Winnipeg

Last week witnessed Canada’s newest airline, ULCC NewLeaf, take to the skies, with it launching domestic routes from 11 airports, with its main focus of operation being at Hamilton, Kelowna and Winnipeg airports. anna.aero takes a look at the airline’s current schedule, with the airline seemingly following the style of a certain ULCC across the border.

Jet2.com announces Birmingham base; anna.aero talks to Ian Doubtfire, Business Development Director, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays

Jet2.com announces Birmingham base; anna.aero talks to Ian Doubtfire, Business Development Director, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays

Jet2.com has announced it will base four 737-800s at Birmingham Airport for S17, serving 15 destinations. Take a look to see which routes are starting, what carriers will be competing with the UK LCC, and what Mr Doubtfire has to say on the decision.

Collapse of VLM creates route opportunities in Belgium, Ireland, Germany and UK

Collapse of VLM creates route opportunities in Belgium, Ireland, Germany and UK

VLM is the latest European regional airline to cease operations. The Fokker 50 operator was flying just five routes in the end involving six airports in three countries. German domestic market takes biggest hit.


Castellon Airport welcomes the arrival of Blue Air – anna.aero onboard first flight

Castellon Airport welcomes the arrival of Blue Air – anna.aero onboard first flight

On 1 June Blue Air inaugurated service to Castellon Airport in Spain from Bucharest, the airport’s second scheduled carrier after Ryanair. Take a closer look to see how the day’s events unfolded.

Air Canada rouge is welcomed to London Gatwick by anna.aero

Air Canada rouge is welcomed to London Gatwick by anna.aero

Air Canada rouge commenced services between Toronto Pearson and London Gatwick on 19 May. anna.aero was on hand to help celebrate the carrier’s new service at the London airport on 20 May, and of course produce a splendid route launch cake.

anna.aero joins Icelandair in celebrating inaugural flight to Montreal

anna.aero joins Icelandair in celebrating inaugural flight to Montreal

For the third time anna.aero’s Chief Analyst has been invited along to an Icelandair route launch to a new destination in North America. First it was Denver (2013), then Portland (2015) and now Montreal. See what happened this time around.


anna.aero joins WestJet in celebrating first flight from London Gatwick to St. John’s in Newfoundland

anna.aero joins WestJet in celebrating first flight from London Gatwick to St. John’s in Newfoundland

Regardless of paying for his own flight, anna.aero’s very own Canadaphile Ralph Anker still flew on WestJet’s first 737-700 service from London Gatwick to St. John’s, along with 47 other passengers.

easyJet announces Palma de Mallorca as first seasonal base; carried almost 1.7 million passengers in 2015; served from 22 bases this summer

easyJet announces Palma de Mallorca as first seasonal base; carried almost 1.7 million passengers in 2015; served from 22 bases this summer

easyJet was the fourth biggest carrier at Palma de Mallorca Airport in 2015 according to Aena statistics. We reveal all the routes the LCC has ever operated there (and when they started) and how passenger numbers have developed since 2004.

Qatar Airways is welcomed to Birmingham

Qatar Airways is welcomed to Birmingham

anna.aero was live at Birmingham Airport to welcome the arrival of Qatar Airways’ inaugural service from Doha on 30 March, a route which will operate eight times weekly. Take a closer look to see how the morning’s events unfolded, and discover why Birmingham is an important link for Qatar Airways, and to hear from Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, to discover why the airport has experienced rapid growth in the past 12 months.