Thursday, November 29, 2012

Air Sweden is planning scheduled flights

The Swedish airline Air Sweden is now planning scheduled flights. As destinations the airline has announced  London, Frankfurt, and Paris as international and Arvidsjaur, Gällivare and Hemavan as domestic destinations out of the airlines hub in Umeå. Transfer is made through Umeå.

Air Sweden was founded in 2009 as successor of the failed airline Nordic Airways and commenced charter operations with an single MD-81 in early 2010. In the same year the airline added two Airbus A320 and one MD-83 to it´s fleet. In April 2011 the Swedish authorities withdrawn the AOC of the airline due to financial problems. In May, the licence was regained and the airline commenced limited operations, but due to a lack of money, the airline suspended operations again in September 2011, in early 2012 the airline lost its AOC again due to financial difficulties. The airline has now not been operative for one year, the Airbus are reterned to their lessors and the MD-80 aicraft have been sold.
But with a new investor, the airline now want´s to resume flights. In August 2012 the airline surprisingly announced to resume operations and therefore to lease two Airbus A320 from early 2013. In the same month it announced, that it will base both Airbus A320 in Crete in summer 2013. Just some weeks later, the Air Sweden released, that it plans to lease or buy Embraer E-Jets and furthermore purposes building an office in Umeå  Northern Sweden. The airline, that officially now is named Nordic Air Sweden stated, that it now have returned to the place, Umeå, where the successor Nordic Airlink started operations in 2001.

Now Air Sweden has announced to commence operations on the six routes named in the upper part of this article. In London the airline wants to fly to Stansted, in Paris CDG has been chosen.  The flights are scheduled to start already from February 2013 with two Embraer 195 with 120 seats. But neither a schedule nor a booking system has been released or invented yet. Air Sweden want´s to operate as an full-service carrier with free meals and baggage. The planes will wear the same livery as the planes of the old Air Sweden.
Air Sweden still has plans for two Cretan-based Airbus A320 in summer 2013.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

flybe interested in Wideroe acquisition

Wideroe Dash 8 in Bodo, one of the most important airports in the Wideroe network.

The UK regional carrier flybe is interested in acquisition of the Norwegian commuter airline Wideroe´s Flyveselskab. Wideroe is currently fully owned by SAS Scandinavian Airlines, but SAS has announced to sell Wideroe, SAS Ground Handling, engines and further property. In total, SAS plans to raise around USD 440 million USD through this. How much they expect for Wideroe, is not been published. Wideroe is operating an fleet of various Dash 8 on regional air routes and as fell on PSO flights. A high percentage of Wideroe flights are operated in an PSO agreement. The airline has an important role in the domestic Norwegian hub-and-spoke system by SAS. The airline has fixed assets worth total USD 250 million and is profit-making.

Flybe has now announced plans to acquire Wideroe. Flybe also operates an huge number of Dash 8 an is already well seasoned with regional operations. It has recnetly acquired Finnish commuter airline Finncomm Airlines and has rebranded it as flybe nordic. If flybe should acquire Wideroe, it is to hope, that they will keep the popular Wideroe brand, which is in use since several dozen of Years.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Manston Airports to get scheduled flights again

Manston Airport, also known as Kent International Airport in the UK is to get scheduled flights again. From April 2013 KLM will operate two daily services to Amsterdam with Fokker 70. The plane is to make an overnight stop in Manston.

Manston Airport is currently not served by any scheduled carrier. In the past the airport has been the base for the short-living EUjet and has to been served by flybe too with Dash 8. Furthermore there are a very few charter operations in Manston.

Friday, November 2, 2012

1time ceases operations and files for liquidation

The South-African low-cost carrier 1time has ceased all operations with immediate effect at 15 pm today, Friday 4th November and has filed for liquidation . The airline had an fleet of eleven McDonnell Douglas MD-80. The airline has debts about 320 million rand. In the last six months, the airline loosed 43.5 million rand, as it announced in late October. The airline has already been in an large restructuring process since August 2012.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Volotea announces two new bases from summer 2013

The European low-cost airline, established in 2011, has announced to open bases in Palermo and Bordeaux from summer 2013. Both destinations are already served today on a limited number and routes. Currently, the airline has bases in Venice and Nantes. Obviously, Volotea had an further base in Ibiza to, but it is now closed.

Volotea commenced operations in 2012 and offers routes across Southern Europe, featured on France, Italy and Spain. Furthermore, Munich and Prague are served. Volotea operates an fleet of Boeing 717.