Take-offs & Landings

Etihad Regional points finger at SWISS/Lufthansa as airline drops four routes

Etihad Regional points finger at SWISS/Lufthansa as airline drops four routes

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.

Cyprus Airways ceases operations; Blue Air moves in with Larnaca base

Cyprus Airways ceases operations; Blue Air moves in with Larnaca base

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

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 cuts domestic flights at Rome FCO base in battle with Alitalia and Ryanair

Vueling cuts domestic flights at Rome FCO base in battle with Alitalia and Ryanair

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 is newest Chinese carrier

9 Air is newest Chinese carrier

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 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.


Aeroflot claims ‘Victory’ in the LCC market as Pobeda launches (again)

Aeroflot claims ‘Victory’ in the LCC market as Pobeda launches (again)

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 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 makes Bratislava base 71 but adds only one new route in S15

Ryanair makes Bratislava base 71 but adds only one new route in S15

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.


Flybe touches down at London City with seven routes

Flybe touches down at London City with seven routes

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.

Emirates’ strategy revealed at Budapest route launch; “Be good, look good and make money,” says CCO

Emirates’ strategy revealed at Budapest route launch; “Be good, look good and make money,” says CCO

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 ‘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.