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La Compagnie starts CDG-Newark with 74-seat all-business 757

La Compagnie starts CDG-Newark with 74-seat all-business 757

La Compagnie sneaked into the air on 21 July, with what is known in the marketing world as a ‘soft launch’ of its services. The French all-business class airline hopes to succeed where others of this type of carrier have failed in the past — anna.aero reviews its start-up plans and the competition.

PEOPLExpress launches services to Boston, Pittsburgh and New York Newark from new Newport News base

PEOPLExpress launches services to Boston, Pittsburgh and New York Newark from new Newport News base

Some 27 years after the original airline folded, the name PEOPLExpress is back in the air, this time based at Newport News, VA (not New York Newark, NJ). anna.aero takes a look into this reinvigorated brand’s initial flying programme and where it plans to go next.

Fly Romania makes debut with five routes

Fly Romania makes debut with five routes

Romania has a new airline. Fly Romania began operating on 15 May using two MD-80 series aircraft belonging to Ten Airways. We examine the airline’s full summer schedule in detail and identify which of the airline’s routes is currently the ‘odd one out’.


Frontier Airlines set to become #2 at Washington Dulles Airport; launching 14 routes by mid-September, faces United on 10

Frontier Airlines set to become #2 at Washington Dulles Airport; launching 14 routes by mid-September, faces United on 10

Jack, Larry, Foxy and Grizwald will soon be making their first appearances in the US capital, as Frontier Airlines announces plans to start 14 new routes from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), starting in mid-August. This will make the Denver-based carrier #2 at IAD, and will also make IAD Frontier’s second biggest airport after Denver.

Manchester becomes European destination #8 for Cathay Pacific

Manchester becomes European destination #8 for Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific Airways is famously reserved when it comes to route development in Europe — with no new routes into the continent for over four years. So when they announce they are coming to your airport, it really is time to get the red carpet out, which is exactly what Manchester Airport will be doing later this year.

UP launches to five destinations as El Al’s LCC starts operations

UP launches to five destinations as El Al’s LCC starts operations

UP replaces El Al on routes from Tel Aviv to destinations in Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary and Ukraine. We look at what competition the airline will face in its first five chosen markets.


LinksAir makes Doncaster Sheffield base #4; 15 weekly departures from April as Belfast and Isle of Man get direct flights

LinksAir makes Doncaster Sheffield base #4; 15 weekly departures from April as Belfast and Isle of Man get direct flights

LinksAir has announced plans this week to open its fourth base at Doncaster Sheffield, with one Jetstream 31. The regional airline is planning to operate a combined 15 weekly flights to both Belfast City and the Isle of Man airports from 11 and 14 April respectively. Read anna.aero’s investigation here. 

Ryanair makes Lisbon base number 65; now #3 after TAP and easyJet

Ryanair makes Lisbon base number 65; now #3 after TAP and easyJet

Less than two months after starting flights to the Portuguese capital, Ryanair has announced that Lisbon will become a full-blown base starting in April, with the addition of four new routes. Initially just a single 737-800 will be based there helping the airline to grab a 6% share of the airport’s weekly seat capacity.

Thai Lion Air becomes latest Lion Air joint venture

Thai Lion Air becomes latest Lion Air joint venture

Indonesia’s Lion Air is spreading its wings. Having started a joint venture in Malaysia in March of last year, it launched its Thai-based LCC, Thai Lion Air, in early December. We reveal some slightly odd scheduling as the airline copes with having just two aircraft at present.


Tigerair Australia bares its teeth at Brisbane

Tigerair Australia bares its teeth at Brisbane

Finishing the deal that brought two Tigerair Australia aircraft to Brisbane was probably not done on the airport’s apron between the two CEOs, but how the LCC is going head-to-head with Qantas’ in-house LCC Jetstar Airways may have been discussed. anna.aero takes a look down under.

Tirana Airport faces major challenge as belleair ceases operations; Italian LCC blu-express starts seven routes to assist

Tirana Airport faces major challenge as belleair ceases operations; Italian LCC blu-express starts seven routes to assist

Albanian carrier belleair’s grounding may not be big news on a pan-European scale, but last year the airline accounted for 50% of the 1.7 million passengers who passed through Tirana International Airport. We reveal which routes it operated from Tirana this summer and which of these have been ‘saved’ by Italian LCC blu-express.

Etihad Airways makes Etihad Regional as it buys 33.3% of Darwin Airline

Etihad Airways makes Etihad Regional as it buys 33.3% of Darwin Airline

Etihad Airways calls its acquisition of a 33.3% stake of Darwin Airline to create Etihad Regional a ‘step-change in global aviation’, however we prefer the more Darwinian phrase ‘natural selection’ as it seeks more feed onto its European services. anna.aero takes a look at the impact of this latest cash withdrawal from the Bank of Etihad.