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9 Air operated its first flight on 2 December. A joint venture involving Juneyao Airlines, its fleet currently consists of two 189-seat 737-800s. We look at what competition the carrier faces at its base of Guangzhou Airport.
JETGO Australia begins scheduled domestic services with ERJs; three airline groups account for 96% of Oz domestic flights
JETGO Australia is branching out from its ad-hoc charter and corporate activities to enter the scheduled market. Sydney-Gladstone is the airline’s first route replacing the lost QantasLink service. We look at the major players in the domestic market.
Produced between 1946 and 1958 in the Soviet Union, the GAZ-manufactured ‘Pobeda’ car (it means Victory) has been adapted for many purposes. The name has now been adopted by Aeroflot’s LCC (formerly known as Dobrolet), which was launched (or is that relaunched) this week from Moscow Vnukovo Airport.
Alitalia’s decision to close Air One results in loss of 15 routes from Italian airports; opportunities created for other carriers
Alitalia’s on-going evolution has seen it close its “Smart Carrier” Air One at the end of the summer 2014 season. We look at the 50-plus routes it operated this summer in more detail and reveal which routes are still looking for replacement carriers.
Ryanair has made the Slovak capital its 71st base and will station two aircraft at the airport next summer. We examine the history of the airline’s operations at the airport and how next summer’s programme compares with previous years.
anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Vlad Cristescu, was invited by Flybe to the opening of the airline’s “virtual base” at London City Airport on 27 October, coinciding with the launch of flights to Aberdeen, Dublin, Exeter and Inverness. Highlights of the celebrations included a press briefing by airline, airport and government officials, as well as the anna.aero cake cutting.
anna.aero was invited to attend the biggest route launch event for some time in Budapest, the arrival of MEB3 carrier Emirates. The airline’s EVP and CCO Thierry Antinori was on-hand to divulge the airline’s mantra for its continued success.
Flybe ‘soft’ launches London City virtual base; up to 18 daily flights across seven destinations planned
Flybe will explode back into the London market this winter, launching seven routes from London City through October and November, ostensibly replacing the operations it withdrew from at London Gatwick in March this year, following its slot sale to easyJet.
The Croatian hotspot of Dubrovnik, currently unserved from Amsterdam, will join four other new routes to be established by easyJet next summer from its 26th base. While anna.aero did not see that city pair as an obvious choice for the LCC, we did achieve a 40% route prediction success rate.
anna.aero’s Assistant Editor, Vlad Cristescu, was specially invited by Brussels Airport to attend Emirates’ inaugural flight from Dubai on 5 September. Highlights of the celebrations included the traditional water arch salute, a press conference in the terminal by airport and airline officials as well as a special tour on board Emirates’ 777-200LR.
Ryanair and Jet2.com pressure pushes Monarch Airlines to close East Midlands base; no routes lost at EMA next summer
Monarch Airlines’ services from East Midlands only began in August 2012 after bmibaby’s closure. Now the airline’s eight routes are being discontinued as seven of them faced intense competition from Jet2.com and Ryanair.
Craiova becomes Wizz Air’s Romanian base #5; new routes to Bologna, Rome Ciampino, Dortmund and Barcelona
One year later after starting twice-weekly flights from Craiova to Milan/Bergamo, Wizz Air opened its fifth Romanian base (#18 overall) at the airport located in the south-western part of the country, with the addition of four new routes. The Hungarian ULCC will operate a total of 16 weekly flights to six destinations in four countries from Craiova. Read anna.aero’s investigation here.