Sunday, July 29, 2012

OLT Express ceased scheduled operations in Poland

The Polish low-cost and regional airline OLT Express has ceased scheduled operations on Friday, 27th June 2012. Just a few days earlier, the owner Amber Gold had announced to backtrack from the company and cut the schedule.


OLT Express was formed, when Amber Gold, until then owner of Polish regional airline Jetair, overtook the cash-stricken German airline OLT. In the following time Amber Gold invested much money in the airlines. OLT was rebranded as OLT Express Germany, announced new bases, commenced a lot of new routes with Saab 2000/Fokker 100 and announced to take over the German airline Contact Air. The Polish airline was rebranded as OLT Jetair and commenced 17 domestic routes in Poland with ATR 42/72 and Airbus aircraft early this year. Even in early 2012 OLT Jetair got the new name OLT Express Regional and a new airline was founded: OLT Express Poland, which commenced routes with A319/A320 aircraft from Poland to several international destinations.


OLT Express Germany is still operating and is seaching for an new owner. OLT Express Regional has ceased all operations definitely. OLT Express Poland has ceased all scheduled operations and tries now to survive with charter flights.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

OLT Express looses it´s investor and cutting the network.

The Polish investor Amber Gold, owner of OLT Express, backtracks from the airline, as they announced yesterday. OLT Express operatesinternational and domestic flights from Poland and Germany. There are three different companies in Germany and Poland, but they are all using the same brand.

It´s only an short of year ago, when Amber Gold, until then owner of Polish regional airline Jetair, overtook the cash-stricken German airline OLT. In the following time Amber Gold invested much money in the airlines. OLT was rebranded as OLT Express Germany, announced new bases, commenced a lot of new routes with Saab 2000/Fokker 100 and announced to take over the German airline Contact Air. The Polish airline was rebranded as OLT Jetair and commenced 17 domestic routes in Poland with ATR 42/72 and Airbus aircraft early this year. Even in early 2012 OLT Jetair got the new name OLT Express Regional and a new airline was founded: OLT Express Poland, which commences routes with A319/A320 aircraft from Poland to several international destinations.

But the fast expansion was not successful at all: With the backtrack of Amber Gold it was announced too, that 11 of 17 domestic routes in Poland will be disconnected and all ATR 42/72 will be retired. The international schedule will proceed without major changes. And finally: it is to expect, that OLT Express Germany have now future in the Group. Therefore a new Investor for the German part of the OLT Express is sought.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New chance for the successor of Air Afrique, Air Cemac

Air Cemac, ten years old but far apart from taking of. Founded in 2002 by the CEMAC countries (Congo-Brazzaville, Cameroon, Equatorial-Guinea, Chad and the Centralafrican Republic and Gabon, the airline should replace the collapsed Air Afrique. The airlines first partner, Royal Air Maroc backed out of the deal, after they decided, that the project is to hazardous. The "airline" used several years to find an new partner airline, which would help them to commence operations and also would invest in the airline. In the begin of 2011 Air Cemac could win South African Airways for the project, they took over 40 percent of the shares. But by the begin of 2012 South African Airways backtracked from the buisiness.

Now a new partner could be found: Air France. The airline should after the last news take off in 2013. But probably it will don´t be that easy: For time, again a lot of troubles between the countries is proceeding: Where will the base be set up? All six countries want to get as much from the airline as possible. It seems like the end of Air Afrique, when the countries argued about, that some countries got for much flights. They now continue with the troubles, which meant the end of Air Afrique an dacade earlier.

Another interesting question is what will happen with the existing government-owned airlines in the countries like ECAir or Camair-co? Will they continue to operate or will they be integrated in the new company?

All in all it would be a big surprise, if the airline would be a success: Six countries with six different interests can´t be good for an airline. An second Arik Air is possible, but implausible, when counties as Chad and Centralafrican Republic are amoung the owners.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ryanair interested in fly to Copenhagen

The Irish budget-airline Ryanair has recently applied for several slots at Copenhagen Airport for 34 routes across Europe. According to media reports the slots should be valid to commence the routes on 28th October this year. Therefore speculation spreading, whereby Ryanair is planning to open an new base on the airport.


Copenhagen-Kastrup Airport is one of the most expensive airports in Europe and not served by Ryanair to date. But the plans to serve Copenhagen are not really surprising if you regard to the network policy in the recent years: Ryanair has begun to commence bases on various airports with higher fares like London Gatwick and Barcelona El-Prat. Obviously is the possibility to grow on the secondary airports limited and Ryanair tries to tap a marked, which is dominated by carriers like SAS, Lufthansa and easyJet.


An second reason could be the end of Cimber Sterling in May this year. Cimber Sterling operated several services through Scandinavia but also operated an huge network of tourists flights to Spain, Italy and other Mediterranean Countries. The marked is now partly compensated by Norwegian Air Shuttle but could also be interesting for Ryanair.


All in all it is to estimate that Ryanair would have succes with an Copenhagen-base. The higher airport taxed could easy be compensated with higher ticket fares, which easily could be reached in Denmark. Currently Ryanair already flies with big succes to Billund an Aalborg, to cities in western Denmark.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Start-up Cosmo Airlines has recently taken over it´s second aircraft

Cosmo Airlines, a new Spanish charter airline has taken over it´s second Airbus A320-200 last week. The aircraft is operated by the Lithuanian Avion Express, which already operates the first Airbus A320-200 of the start-up. The second aircraft is registered as LY-COM and wears an black livery. It have already performed several Ad-hoc flights like an flight from London to Kos on behalf with Strategic Airlines or an flight from Amsterdam to Kos operated for Arkefly. Until now the young airline has no AOC so the two planes are wet-leased.

Cosmo Airlines was launched earlier this year and started operations on the 1st of May with its first wet-leased Airbus A320 (LY-COS) with is leased from Avion Express too.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tunisair and Syphax Airlines: sabotage and news from Tunisair network

Tunisair Express, subsidiary of flag-carrier Tunisair is extending their flights on the domestic route from Syphax to Tunis while using larger aircraft. Beside a new route from Syphax to Banghazi will be commenced soon.

All in all it could be a normal event, but the history of the start-up Syphax Airlines could allow other reasons for the increased capacity. Syphax Airlines was formed in 2011 as an private company and wanted to commence flights from Syphax, Djerba and Tunis destinations in Tunisia to France, Turkey and Morocco. In Syphax and Djerba the airline had no problems to get traffic rights but in Tunis the flag-carrier blocked the plans of the airline to save it´s monopoly and calm unions of Tunisair, which saw an job killer in the new carrier. The government tried to smooth down differences and allowed Syphax Airlines to fly to Tunis. Afterwards Syphax Airlines commenced flights with it´s two Airbus A319, but Tunisair-owned handling agents sabotaged the airlines operations. Syphax Airlines ceased operations just a few days after they´ve commenced and the founder and investor, Mohamed Frikha, said that he would drop the project definitely. A few days later the airline started to fly again, after the government have compounded, that the airline only can fly restricted to Tunis but in return they get secured for not be sabotaged.

With this in mind the announcement of Tunisair to expand on the Syphax market could have other reasons: Tunisair tries to combat the start-up, which have it´s focus on Syphax routes, with an better quotation.