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Etihad Regional (a.k.a. Darwin Airline) has issued a strongly worded statement criticising SWISS and parent company Lufthansa for a number of actions. We look in more detail at the network/competition issues to reveal what SWISS was (and was not) doing.
Times are tough for businesses in Cyprus, and the state-owned flag carrier Cyprus Airways is the latest victim of a weakened Cypriot economy. Following the European Commission ordering the airline to pay back around €65 million out of a €103 million state aid package received between 2012 and 2013, Cyprus Airways ceased operations on 9 January. anna.aero evaluates the airline’s network for S14.
Jeddah, Kuwait City and Erbil most likely new routes for Air Arabia Jordan; Dubai and Riyadh also expected
Starting a new off-shoot and opening its fifth base – Air Arabia Jordan and Amman – Air Arabia expects its latest incarnation to begin operations in Q1 2015. anna.aero takes a look at where the UAE-based LCC will fly to with its initial two aircraft fleet.
Vueling’s Rome base is still expanding this summer but it seems to be re-thinking its strategy with regard to domestic flights as it axes service to Bari, Brindisi and Lamezia Terme. Competitors Alitalia and Ryanair will not be upset.
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.